Rose Wilkinson

Jerseyville | Friday, August 6 2021 |

Rose A. Wilkinson, 72, died at 11:20 p.m., Friday, August 6, 2021 at her residence, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Hardin, Illinois on March 17, 1949, and was one of five children born to George and Theresa (Vetter) Sagez. 

Her family moved to Jersey County when she was a young girl, and she graduated in 1967 from Jersey Community High School in Jerseyville.

Her life was centered around her family, and her children and grandchildren were her universe. There was nothing that she wasn't willing to do for them, and her love knew no boundaries. She was blessed in her life, as her children and grandchildren returned that same love and admiration right back to her.

Her grandchildren were the apple of her eyes, and she cherished every minute spent with them, and they knew exactly where Grandma's "candy stash' was located. After retirement, she volunteered at Holy Ghost Catholic School in the cafeteria during lunch hour, just so she could spend even more time with them.

She also assisted with her daughter and daughter in-law in their day care business, and became affectionately known as "Grandma Rose" to many other adoring children.

She raised her children with love and affection, and after the death of her husband at a very young age, Rose assumed the role of both Mom and Dad with flying colors. Although it wasn't easy, she made sure her children knew that her love would never fail them, and made sure they were raised in a way that would make their Dad proud. She succeeded in ways that were immeasurable.

For more than 30 years, Rose owned and operated Wilkinson Upholstery out of her home on East Prairie Street in Jerseyville, where she worked her magic on countless pieces of furniture, and more importantly, gained many friendships along the way.

She married Terry Norman Wilkinson on December 23, 1967 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Jerseyville, and together they shared nearly 28 years of marriage and the joys of their four children before his death on August 26, 1995. She then married Randy Johnson on June 13, 1997 in Las Vegas, Nevada and just after one week of marriage, he was tragically killed on June 20, 1997.

Surviving are her four children and their spouses, Joy and Eric Stemmler of Jerseyville, Christi and Joe Bright of Brighton, Tony and Bethany Wilkinson of Jerseyville, and Andy and Katie Wilkinson of Jerseyville; 13 Grandchildren, Katie Stemmler, Emily Stemmler, Shelby Holybee, and her companion, Brennan Vahle, Jesse Holybee, Grant, Lily, Caleb, Kali and Jacob Wilksinson, and Taylor, Luke, Brody and Mallory Wilkinson; a great grandson, Noah Holybee; two sisters and brothers in-law, Marie and Bill Trask of Jerseyville, Sandra and Ed Maher of Jerseyville; a brother and sister in-law, Joseph and Charlotte Sagez of Jerseyville; two sisters in-law, Joyce Sagez of Kane and Naomi Dunsing of Jerseyville; and a brother in-law and sister in-law, Loya and Judy Wilkinson of Cedarville, Arkansas.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jerome Sagez.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville, with a Rosary being recited at 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Jerseyville, with Father Martin Smith officiating.

Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville.

Memorials may be given to St. Francis/Holy Ghost Catholic School. 

Obit Provided By:
Crawford Funeral Home

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