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BLOOMINGTON — Violet Frances Hamilton, Bloomington-Normal, died at 4:40 a.m. Saturday (May 7, 2011) at Heritage Manor, Bloomington.

A prayer service will be at 6 p.m. Friday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington. Burial will be at noon Saturday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Chicago. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the memorial home.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Normal, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Mrs. Hamilton was born in Chicago, a daughter of John Ellis Wenneberg and Frances Ann Klober. She married A. Bruce Hamilton in Chicago. He preceded her in death in Bloomington in April 1973.

Survivors include three daughters, Karen L. Tjaden, St. Louis, Mo.; Rosemary Kamyszek, Walker, Mich.; and Dorothy Uidel, Cumming, Ga.; 12 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Conrad Albert Wennerberg, Chicago.

Her parents and a brother, John Ellis Wenneberg Jr., preceded her in death.

Mrs. Hamilton was a member and former chairwoman of the board of deaconesses at First Baptist Church, Bloomington, and often attended Calvary Baptist Church, Normal. She was a former Girl Scout leader and had served as executive director of Promise, a McLean County parent-taxpayer organization which studied school legislation. She was a winner in the National Creative Writing workshop and member of the McLean County Winner Spinners Contest Club, winning many national prizes.

She served as an election judge for 50 years in Normal. Her political endeavors included a successful effort to place the open housing issue on the Normal voting ballot in 1968. She also was an original member/commentator on the WJBC Radio Forum.

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