ROCHELLE — Millicent “Millie” Piersma, 99, of Rochelle, went to be with the Lord Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Her family and friends celebrate her long life and the joy she shared with everyone.
Millie will be remembered for her love of church and family. She was a lifelong Christian actively involved in the Dutch Reformed Church of Chicago and the Presbyterian Church of Rochelle.
Surviving are three sons: Bradford P. (Jean) Piersma of Bradenton, Florida, Brian R. (Judy) Piersma of Sherman, and Brent A. Piersma, of Warrenville; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Born in Chicago, July 21, 1920 to Arthur R. and Cora H. (Blocker) Worthy, Millie always considered herself a Chicago girl. She loved rooting for the Cubs and the Bears and shopping at Marshall Field’s. As a 72-year resident of Rochelle, she grew to love the beautiful Illinois farmland.
After marrying Sidney F. Piersma in Chicago on March 28, 1942, she started her married life in Florida as a military bride during WWII. Millie enjoyed visiting family and neighbors in Bradenton, Florida over the years. Millie purchased a condo and lived there during the winter season.
Millie’s husband of 45 years, Sidney F. Piersma, and her three younger brothers, Arthur Worthy, Henry “Hank” Worthy and Ross Worthy preceded her in death.
Millie and Sid were significantly involved in the building and development of the First Presbyterian Church, Rochelle. Millie belonged to many committees and organizations, including the Westminster Guild, the Junior Women’s Club, the Hospital Auxiliary, countless bridge groups and Bible studies. While in residence in Florida, Millie attended the Bethel Baptist Church established by members of the Piersma family.
Soon after they moved to Rochelle, Millie and Sid built a home in Tilton Park. Several years ago, Millie moved and became an active resident at Hawthorne Inn before recently coming to the Rochelle Rehabilitation Center.
The family will share a private funeral service at Unger-Horner Funeral Home prior to interment at Lawnridge Cemetery, Rochelle. Visit www.ungerhorner.com to sign the online guest book.