Aletha Fuerstenberg

Lee FuerstenburgDWIGHT – Aletha Fuerstenberg, March 10, 1925 – August 14, 2016
Aletha “Lee” died peacefully , Sun., August 14, 2016 with her family by her side, after 91 fruitful years of life.
Visitation will take place from 5-8 p.m. today, Wed., August 17 at Hager Memorial Home in Dwight. Services will be held at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church August 18 at 11 a.m., with additional visitation before the service. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Dwight.
Born to Rudolph H. and Sophie Hahn Kraft, March 10, 1925 Lee was a long-time Dwight native, where she raised a family of four with her husband, Arnie. She saw much change over ten decades, though she remained a constant example for those who had the pleasure of knowing her.
After Arnie served in the Navy during World War II, he came to Chicago, where he met Lee at the Veterans Administration. They were married November 10, 1951. Over 30 years, they travelled to many places throughout the country, spending plenty of time fishing in Arkansas and at “Big Winnie” at Deer River, Minnesota. Lee worked at several places in Dwight, including the Correctional Center, the newspaper, the A&P store, Morris Drapery, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, and the Methodist Church. She even sold baked goods with her mother to the store that later became Turtle’s Tap.
Lee was very social, and had many interests. She embroidered countless pieces for friends and family, loved to bowl and play cards, cooked, canned, and volunteered. She had many long-time friends at the Dwight Senior Center, and she loved being around people. She even considered preparing income taxes a hobby, helping many family and friends at no charge.
Over the years she was a fixture at every important family event, which would have included numerous graduations, weddings, band concerts, the birth of great grandkids, sporting events, and plenty more. She was ever the salesperson, promoting her family wherever she went. She sold her grandson’s music CD to neighbors, picked up snowblower and lawn care business for her grandsons in Dwight, made deals at garage sales, and surely made her friends believe that talent ran deep in the Fuerstenberg family!
Her kitchen was a place where many people loved to gather. Homemade birthday cakes were produced year round, with special frosted roses on each one. Pizza, turkey stuffing, chocolate pies, and marshmallow topped Jell-O were crowd pleasers for sure.
Lee was a Christian woman, and always talked about “The Good Lord” in her life, and how He blessed her with a wonderful family. She made it clear that raising a family was important to her, and left these words of wisdom in her autobiography. “I hope that when you read this…you will realize and appreciate all the wonderful things you have today. I also hope that it will make you realize that you do not ‘have to have everything’ to enjoy life. Just thank the Good Lord every day for all the fine things you have! I love my family!”
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnie, and her brothers, Rudy and Herb Kraft. Lee has a large and vibrant family spread throughout the country. Her sister, Lydell “Punky” Kraft Grunwald of Downers Grove; Son, John, of Chicago; Daughters, Judy (Mark) Haalboom of Galesburg; Andra (Craig) Blume of Fort Wayne, IN; and Alice (Rick) Huseman of Yorkville. She also cared for her nephew, James Kraft, of Sandwich. She has 12 grandkids, Sonia (Ryan) Bechtloff, Kirsten (August) Hinz, Marta (Sean) Mooney, Britta Haalboom, Nathan (Becky) Blume, Matthew (Lizbeth) Blume, Brian (Sarah) Blume, Kristin Marie Blume, Josh (Shelly) Huseman, Sarah (Mike) Condon, Felicia Huseman and Blake Huseman; and 12 great-grandkids.
Memorials in honor of Aletha can be made to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Dwight, the Dwight Seniors Center, or the charity of the donor’s choice.