KINGS — On Nov. 29, 2019 at the age of 87, Marjorie “Marge” Alice Landaker Adams passed away to join her beloved husband of 65 years, William “Mr. Bill” Adams. Marge got her final wish to pass on in the home she and Bill built, which became known as “the red brick house of Kings.” She was surrounded by family in her final hours.
Marge was born Aug. 2, 1952 in White Rock Township of Ogle County to parents, Richard and Mae Marie (Ralph) Landaker. In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by siblings, Roy and his wife, Bernice Landaker, Robert Landaker, Richard, fondly known as Dickie, and his wife Betty Landaker and Agnus and husband, Murray, Landaker Altenburg. Surviving sibling is baby of the Landaker family, Judith “Judy” Kay (Richard) Landaker Dorsa of Matawan, New Jersey.
Marge graduated from Stillman Valley High School. She wed her lifelong partner in life, William Adams on Oct. 4, 1952 after which William was shipped off abroad to fight in the Korean Conflict. Marge’s cedar chest still holds letters home from the soldier to his new bride 69 years later.
Marge and Bill raised their five children in the red brick house of Kings. Three sons and two daughters, Steven W. “Steve” of Rochelle, Susan L. “Sue” Rice of Arizona, Scott R. (Sharon) of Colorado, Stanley E. “Stan” (Lisa) of Colorado and baby, Sandra “Sandy” (Richard) Pelka of Kings.
Because of Sandy’s strong love and devotion to her mother with the support of her husband, Richard, and end of life care from Serenity Hospice and Home of Oregon, Marge got her final wish of being in her “red brick home of Kings” until the final day she left her home.
“The red brick house of Kings” saw a lot of life over the years, from their five children who grew up there to 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a fourth great-grandchild, Audrey Lynn, who arrived into the world the same day of great grandma Marge’s passing. We would be remiss if we did not mention two special kitties, Sunshine and Twinkles, who will be missing Marge as well as her entire family.
Marge did many things to support her family. She was a farmer’s wife. She could make a meal out of anything, which included the kids’ “missing” pet breeder rabbits she tried to pass off as chicken, beef tongue, butchered hogs and beef, fresh berries, mushrooms, asparagus and whatever else could be grown and canned from the garden. Marge was a private housekeeper for Mr. and Mrs. Caron of Caron Spinning Yarn Co. and their daughter. She logged many hours behind the wheel of a Rochelle High School bus. Marge belonged to the VFW and Moose Club. Upon retiring from driving bus, she opened her home to private daycare in “the red brick house of Kings.”
Marge will be cremated with her remains laid to rest this summer next to husband, Bill, at White Rock Cemetery when out of state family can gather.
Memorials may be made in Marge’s honor to Serenity Hospice and Home, P.O. Box 462, Oregon, IL 61061 so other loved ones may spend their final time in their own “red brick house.” Cremation care has been provided by the Unger-Horner Funeral Home in Rochelle.
Visit www.ungerhorner to sign the online guest book.
Just don’t be surprised if by chance you drive by “the red brick house of Kings” in the early morning and you see a short elderly woman in a white nightie wearing sneakers without socks topping off the bird feeders in the backyard. It might just be Marge looking after the birds that don’t want to leave “the red brick house of Kings” either.