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Rowena Hendrickson

d. September 17, 2015

Rowena Hendrickson, age 83, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at St. John’s Hospice in Springfield.

She is survived by her husband, Fred, Sr.; two daughters, Dawn (Rich) Stuemke of Springfield and LaDonna (Dale) Smith of Springfield; one son, Fred (Susan) Hendrickson, Jr. of Cape Coral, FL; ten grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; several foster great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by parents; two brothers, Ivan and Paul Hudson; sister, Mary Lou Boyd; and granddaughter, Amy Lynn Smith.

Rowena was born March 6, 1932 in Holliday, Illinois, the daughter of Roy and Leora Hudson.

She graduated from Macomb High School in 1950.

She married Freddie Hendrickson, Sr. on September 5, 1953 in Macomb, IL.

Rowena was a homemaker and retired from the Illinois Department of Revenue.

Following retirement, Rowena and her husband served with MAPS/RVers and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a member of the former First Assembly of God in Springfield, serving the youth for many years.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 20th from 4:00 until 6:00 PM at Calvary Church, 1730 W. Jefferson in Springfield.  An additional visitation will be held from 9:30 until time of funeral service at 10:30 AM on Monday, September 21st at Calvary Church.

Burial will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield.

Rev. Dawn Stuemke will be officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to MAPS/RVers.




  1. What a legacy of love she leaves us! What a champion of the faith! Her love walk showed her love for the Lord in everything she did. Her first mission field (and most favorite) was her family, but she regarded friends as family, too! She made my teen years to be ones filled with hospitality, graciousness and laughter – great laughter! Praying for all the Hendricksons and Hudsons and looking to the day when we are reunited in Heaven!

  2. I love you Aunt Rowena and I will always remember the summers I spent with y’all. Until me meet again………………………

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you say goodbye to your beloved Mom and Wife. As a young girl she treated my with such love and kindness. She was always ready with a cute story, chuckle and lots of smiles. We know where she is now and may you find comfort in knowing that as you remember her and miss her.

  4. So very sorry for your loss. My sincerest thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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