Arlene J. Henson - 76

8/23/1940 - 6/16/2017

Byron, IL

Arlene J. Henson, age 76, died on June 16, 2017 at Serenity Hospice Home in Oregon. She was born on August 24, 1940 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Earl and Irene (Marshall) Whitney. She married Wayne Henson in Feb. 1956. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Byron. Arlene received her Associate’s degree from Rock Valley College and then went on to Northern Illinois University where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. She worked as an adult probation officer for DeKalb County prior to her retirement. Arlene was an amazing artist. She was a member of the Eagle’s Nest Art Group and loved showcasing her talents at Ceramics by Cin and the Serenity Shed. She was active in the Byron Library, Byron Senior Citizen’s Group, a knitting club, and a prior member of the Rockford Yacht Club. She was an avid gardener and was a real animal lover. Arlene enjoyed spending her time making friends especially at Conover Square. She is survived by her children, Brian (Mary) Henson of Rockford, Jeffrey Henson of Rockford, Steven Earl Henson of Waupun, WI, and Rebecca Henson of Franklin Grove; the father of her children and life long friend, Wayne Henson of Stillman Valley; siblings, Rochelle (Grenville) Claxton and Richard Whitney; grandchildren, Jenna Henson, Jake Henson, Josiah Henson, Cory Reidl, Tyler Reidl; and great grandchildren, Irelynd, Bella, Aislynn, and Kieran; sister-in-law, Betty and beloved nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and infant great grandson, Cheyenne. Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday June 22, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron with Father Howard Barch officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 PM on Wednesday June 21, 2017 at the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St in Byron concluding with a rosary at 7 pm. Memorials are established in her name and will be applied to Serenity Hospice and Home, St. Jude’s, and towards cancer screening and prevention. The family would like to thank the staff at Serenity Hospice and Swedish American Palliative Care and Oncology for their loving care of Arlene.


Wed. June 21, 2017 from 5-7 PM Farrell Holland Gale in Byron with a 7 PM Rosary


Thurs. June 22, 2017 at 11 AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Byron

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