ROCHELLE —On July 15, 2020 with her three children and her family there, our beautiful Mother, Laurie Kaye Ballwahn, 69 of Rochelle, passed on from this world into God’s care. We told her to go and we would find our way. One tear fell from her eye and God whisked her away.
Laurie was born in Sycamore, to the late Keith and Joan (Beck) Densborn. She grew up in Sycamore, and was a 1969 graduate of Sycamore High School. Laurie married Steven J. Du Prey in 1969 and together they have three children, Heather (Christopher Tenggren) Wiedrich, Angela (Jeremy) Adams, all of Rochelle, and Jason (Tonia) Du Prey of Salem, Wisconsin; and six grandchildren, Joshua, Zachary, Kaydence, Dylan, Alexa and Matrix.
Laurie later married Larry L. Ballwahn in 1989 and welcomed his children, Teresa (Todd) Busch of McQueeney, Texas, and the late Anthony Ballwahn of Genoa; and four more grandchildren, Derek (Cory Brooks) Hodgson, Deniel (Travis) Robbins, and AJ (Laura) Busch, all of Texas, and Logan (Jacob) Coronado of Utah; and seven great-grandchildren of Texas and Utah.
Laurie is survived by her husband, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her great-aunts Jane Vandeburg of Sycamore and June Cadie of DeKalb, her sister-in-law Colleen (Gordy) Winchel of Belvidere, her Godson and nephew Ryan Vandeburg of Sycamore and many cousins.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her baby brother, Gregory Keith; her step-son; her grandparents; and aunts and uncles and great-grandparents.
Special thanks to the staff at Serenity House in Oregon and to Pastor Doug Cowan of First Baptist Church in Rochelle for being there for our mother and our family. A memorial is established for First Baptist Church, 810 Woolf Court, Rochelle, IL 61068.
At Laurie’s request, there will be no services.