Edith Dorothy Hentz, 94, of rural Greenville died on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 in the Greenville Regional Hospital Emergency Room.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23 at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville, with the Rev. Darryl Bolen officiating. Burial will follow in Montrose Cemetery.
She was born on June 30, 1921 at the family home in Pocahontas to Charles Albert and Florence Emily (Brown) Thompson.
She married George William Hentz on Nov. 4, 1945 at the Greenville First Christian Church, with the Rev. R.H. Peters officiating. She and her husband enjoyed more than 62 years together. He passed away on June 18, 2008.
Mrs. Hentz grew up in Pocahontas and attended the Pocahontas one-room school and graduated from Pocahontas High School in 1938. She graduated from McKendree College in 1942.
She had been teaching for several years in Pocahontas, then after graduation, she taught in both Central School and Inglis School in Greenville. She attended both Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Greenville College, receiving her master’s degree in education. She did post-graduate study as well.
After raising her family, she returned to teaching in 1959. She retired in 1978 from the Greenville Elementary School after 34 years teaching.
Mrs. Hentz enjoyed working at the Utlaut Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and helped with the one-room school in Greenville.
She was a member of the Bond County Retired Teachers, the Garden Club, and Greenville First Christian Church, where she also served as Sunday school superintendent of the Primary Department for many years.
Survivors include her children, Thomas (Joanie) Hentz of rural Greenville and Susan (Michael) Hooker of Highland; grandchildren, Christy (Todd) Hentz Noran-Hentz, Amy (Jason) Hentz Macak, J.R. (Annie) Hentz, Rachel (Josh) Hooker Thuenemann and Melissa (Scott) Hooker Thole; and great-grandchildren, Carter, Lincoln, Madison, Jack, Rhys, Olivia, Brynn, Adalyn and Hadon.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Keith Thompson, who died in infancy, and Milton Thompson.
Memorials may be made to the Greenville First Christian Church.