Alberta Rosalyn (Hickstein) Taylor

ROCHELLE — Alberta Rosalyn (Hickstein) Taylor of Rochelle passed into eternity on Jan. 14 at Bethany Rehabilitation Center in DeKalb. 

Alberta was born in Chicago on Oct. 11, 1923 to Albert and Lillian (Schlicting) Hickstein. Alberta fondly remembered her childhood when she frequently rode the streetcars in Chicago and spent her summers at her grandparents’ grist mill farm in Amherst, Wisconsin. While living in Chicago, she met and married the love of her life, Otto John (O.J.) Taylor. 

Alberta is survived by her two sons: Dwayne (Sara) Taylor of Ashton and Barry (Vickie) Taylor of DeKalb; five grandchildren: Ginger (Scott) Awalt, Joel (Rachel) Berry, Janine Erdahl, Tiffany Taylor and Barry Lee Taylor; nine great-grandchildren: Jake Terry, Jonah Awalt, Angel Awalt, Nicholas Berry, Alison (Elijah) Valdivieso, Julia Berry, Benjamin Erdahl, Miranda Erdahl and Taylor Tobler; two great great-grandchildren: Henry Valdivieso and Brynlee Gomer. 

In heaven, she has been reunited with her beloved husband, her parents, her daughter, Ottolyn Berry, and her sisters: Lillian Mather and Dorene Montague. 

Alberta was a caring sister, mother, and grandmother (known as “Grams”). She deeply loved her family and cherished her time taking care of loved ones. She loved gardening, going for walks, and drinking coffee. She was a role model to her family members and was affectionately known by many as “the strongest woman they had ever met.” 

Alberta was a devoted member of the Faith Lutheran Church of Rochelle for many years and enjoyed serving others in their kitchen.  

After 99 long years, Alberta has gone to be with our Lord and Savior. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. 

The memorial visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at Faith Lutheran Church, 14206 E. Flagg Road, Rochelle. The memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday with Pastor Joy Alsop officiating. Burial will be at Trinity Memory Gardens at a later date. Memorials may be made in Alberta’s memory to Faith Lutheran Church. Visit to sign the online guest book.


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