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Madeline Hedlund
  • Passed away on June 21, 2016

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Madeline “Lynn” C. Hedlund passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in Summerfield, Florida with her family by her side.  She was born May 8, 1939 in Belvidere, Illinois to Elmer “Booty” and Mildred (Tolley) Frank.  She married James R. Hedlund, Sr. on November 13, 1965 in McHenry, Illinois and they recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. Lynn decided to go in the seminary in 1983, after their sons were grown, and attended Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, where she received her Associates in Ministry degree.  She served on the Northern Illinois Candidacy Committee for 18 years and was employed by Salem Lutheran Church in Rockford, Illinois from 1982 – 2000.  In addition to all of those accomplishments, she helped Jim with the family tour and charter service until her retirement to Florida.

Lynn is survived by a large family who loved her deeply and will miss her. Jim, her husband of 50 years; two sons, Michael (Linda) Hedlund of Winnebago, Illinois and Todd (Julie) Hedlund of Rockford, Illinois; two stepsons, James R. Hedlund Jr. and Jeff (Erin) Hedlund of Rockford, Illinois; six grandchildren; Kathy (Harley) Pier, Stephen Hedlund, Marc Hedlund, Melissa (Nick) Souvestke, Allison Howen, and Emilee Hedlund;  two great-grandchildren, Addisyn Pier and Jax Souvestke; two brothers, Fred (Marylee) Frank and Rick (Blanca) Frank; five sisters, Karen (chuck) Britnell, Laurie Pavlue, Debbie (Dale) Landmeier, Nancy Johnson and Wendy Frank; half-brother, Doug Bethke; half-sister, Lisa Lillywhile; and special uncle, Donn (Rose) Tolley; several cousins; and many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by her parents; brother, Hal Frank; sister, Trudy Critchfield; granddaughter, Carol Ann Hedlund; niece, Terry Lynn Beck; and favorite uncle, Harold Tolley.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday July 31, 2016 at Salem Lutheran Church, 1629 S. Sixth St., Rockford Illinois.  Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until time of service at 3:00 p.m., with Rev. William T. Dahlberg and Rev. Donald Lavelle officiating. In Lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family.


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  1. Fred Halsted Jr. lit a candle:
    27 Jul 2016
    Lit since July 27, 2016 at 7:02:32 PM

  2. Randy Cottell says:
    24 Jul 2016
    So very sorry for you loss. Good byes are not forever, are not the end; It simple means we will miss you tell we meet again...God Bless

  3. Joan and Gilman Dumais says:
    27 Jun 2016
    Lynn was a true neighbor and friend in time of needs, she went to her Heavenly reward no doubt.

  4. Jan Blankenship says:
    26 Jun 2016
    So sorry to hear of your loss. She was such a wonderful woman. Remember her fondly from Salem church.

  5. Bob and Carole Klemp says:
    26 Jun 2016
    Lyn has gone home. God Bless her and her family.

  6. DAVE & JUDY MONAHAN says:
    25 Jun 2016
    We had only had the pleasure of meeting Lynn twice, but we immediately knew she was a sincere, caring person.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jim and Lynn's family.

  7. Monica Werner says:
    24 Jun 2016
    A.I.M. Lynn was a person of great faith and an inspiration to me and to many others. I already miss her! My prayers for strength and healing go out to her family.

  8. Ann Russell says:
    24 Jun 2016
    Lyn was one of the best. I was privileged to call her my friend. The world would be a better place if we followed her example. We are sad but heaven is rejoicing for a true angel has joined them. She will live forever in my heart,

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