Celebrating the life of Vicky De Neve
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VICKY (THORMAHLEN) DE NEVE, 75, of Prophetstown, IL, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at the Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling, IL.
A graveside service for family members will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown. A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on June 18, 2023, at the Advent Christian Church at 200 Elm Street Prophetstown, IL. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home in Prophetstown is in charge of arrangements. A memorial has been established by the family.
Vicky was born February 4, 1948, the daughter of Chet and Vernabel (Redshaw) Thormahlen in Prophetstown. She was in the Leon Wide Awakes 4-H Club. She always brought home a lot of blue ribbons and the showmanship trophy. While showing hogs at the fair, her dad, Chet, was always proud of her! She attended Centerville Grade School and graduated from Prophetstown High School in 1966. Vicky was a cheerleader in grade school and high school. When she would do her front or back flips and land in the Chinese splits, the crowds would go, “oooo!” She then pursued a physical education major at Western Illinois University, 1966-1967.
Vicky and Larry De Neve were married December 23, 1967, while Larry was stationed at Ft. Leonardwood, MO, in Advanced Infantry Training. Vicky farmed for 17 years; helping with the livestock and also driving the tractor and disk, while Larry ran the planter. Vicky also ran the combine in the fall harvest.
Vicky always enjoyed canning, freezing and dehydrating a lot of vegetables and herbs from her garden along with apples, pears, cherries and her delicious peach marmalade.
Vicky always loved flowers! She has several flower beds with a large variety along with her tulips, daffodils, azalea and irises of many colors. She bought Flowerland on Main Street in Prophetstown. Vicky was so happy to have her own business. The last 23 years of her life was spent as a massage therapist in her home in the country called Treelane Touch. She received great happiness in helping people with their aches and pains.
Vicky had a very creative mind in developing her own patterns and color combinations when she would make her quilts. She loved the challenge of a 1,000 piece puzzle! Vicky developed the logo verse, “Prophetstown – Practically Perfect” for Mayor Bud Thompson. She was also a Lions Club member for several years.
Vicky was extremely athletic. She loved to water ski, snow ski, golf and play tennis. She was also extremely artistic, creating a mural on the 15 foot high walls of the Prophetstown Park District swimming pool, elementary school and for various backgrounds needed for church programs.
Vicky loved to travel with Larry to Europe, Caribbean Islands, Egypt, Israel, Costa Rica and the beaches of Hawaii and Sanibel Island. Taking the grandsons whitewater rafting down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon was certainly a favorite.
Vicky attended the Advent Christian Church for 40 years where she started her spiritual walk with Jesus Christ. Over the years, she served on the Board of Directors as deaconess, clerk, church secretary and choir member. The last few years, she had attended the Assembly in Sterling, where her son, Steve, is an Elder and speaker.
Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband, Larry; son, Steve (Erica); grandchildren, Ben (Mari), Luke, Phoebe, Jessie; great-grandson, Zion; sister, Connie (Orville) Johnson; brother, Dave (Deb) Thormahlen.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Chet and Vernabel Thormahlen.
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Celebration of Life
200 Elm Street
Prophetstown, IL 61277
300 E. 3rd Street
Prophetstown, IL 61277