Verna M. (Van Tassel) Wilson & Rowena B. McIntire

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Verna M. (Van Tassel) Wilson, 95, passed away on Thanksgiving Day at Cedarhurst in Bethalto. She was born February 18, 1925, in Jersey County. Her sister, Rowena B. McIntire, 91, passed away on February 22, 2021, in Marietta, Georgia. Both were daughters of the late Lloyd and Bertha (Busch) Maguire; raised on the family farm in Ottercreek Township, Jersey County; and attended the historic Hamilton School.

Verna married Everett R. Van Tassel in 1944 and he died in 1974. She then married James A. Wilson in 1983 and he died in 2003. She was a homemaker and an accomplished seamstress.

She is survived by three daughters and a son: Donna M. (Dan) Amick of Jefferson City, MO, Linda K. Leckrone of Edwardsville, Patti Wilson (Jack) Marcum of Louisville, KY and Steve (Diane Rudolph) Wilson of Pittsburgh, PA; two grandsons: Christopher (Stefani) Wilson and Matthew (Lauren) Wilson; four great grandchildren, three step grandchildren, special nieces, nephews and extended family.

Rowena married Harry Cecil McIntire in 1947. She was part of an airline family, travelling frequently, both domestically and abroad. A homemaker, she enjoyed working in her flower garden and loved her cats.

She is survived by her son Larry (Janet) McIntire, granddaughters, Cheri (Denis) Olivier, Sandra (Melvin) Toledo, great grandson, Hudson Chase Toledo, special nieces and nephews.

A joint celebration of life will be held on Sunday, July 18th, at The Ink House, 117 N. 2nd Street, Edwardsville, from 2:00 to 6:30 p.m. Burial will be private at Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville.

Memorials for Verna may be made to Vitas Community Connections, 8 Executive Drive, Suite 150, Fairview Heights, IL 62208 or online at

Memorials for Rowena may be made to Good Mews Animal Foundation, 3805 Robinson Road, Marietta, GA 30068 or online at Gent Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Online guestbook and information may be found at

Obit Provided By:
Gent Funeral Home

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