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Sheila Ilene Van Bockern

April 20, 1943 - December 28, 2017

Sheila Ilene Van Bockern Sheila Ilene Van Bockern
    January 3, 2018 | Wednesday 4 to 7:00 P.M.
  • Memorial Visitation will held from 4 to 7:00 PM Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the Yurs Funeral Home Geneva
  • January 3, 2018 | 7:00 P.M. January 3, 2018 at Yurs Funeral Home Geneva
  • Yurs Funeral Home Geneva
  • Burial Location
    Linesville, Penn

Sheila Ilene Van Bockern (née Rabinovitz) of Elgin, Illinois, was born April 20, 1943, and passed away peacefully December 28, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.

Beloved wife of the late Hollis Van Bockern; daughter of the late Nathan and Ida Rabinovitz; devoted mother to Rachel (Ben) Zimmerman of Elburn, IL and David (Edna) Van Bockern of Erie, PA; mother-in-law to Cheri Van Bockern of Stockbridge, GA; loving grandmother to Hailey and Nathan Zimmerman, Jared Van Bockern.

Sheila was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio where she met and married Hollis. After becoming a mother to her two children, Sheila joined Weight Watchers in 1978. Sheila successfully became a lifetime member of Weight Watchers and worked for the company for 37 years.

Sheila had a unique passion for life. She arose every day before 6:00am to exercise and get her daily Starbucks. She was extremely active with various groups and clubs that included holding a position within Welcome Club, weekly walking group, monthly theatre group, two book clubs, as well as numerous other volunteering activities.

After her husband passed in 2011, Sheila relocated to a Del Webb community in Elgin, Illinois. She embraced the active lifestyle and filled her years with extensive travel and friendships.

Sheila was a devoted and loving mother. She was proud of her family and excited to become a “Bubbe” to her grandchildren. Spending time with her family was important to her. She was also known for her fashion sense and feisty sense of humor. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, 251 East Huron, Suite 3-200, Chicago IL 60611 or

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 3rd at Yurs Funeral Home, 1771 W. State St., Geneva. A memorial service will follow from 7 to 8 p.m. There will be a burial service in Linesville, Pennsylvania in the spring.


Claudia Curtis from Batavia, IL

"Sheila's spirited approach to life will definitely be missed throughout the Fox Valley."

Kim Davenport from South Elgin, IL

"Rachel & Family,I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. Sending my deepest sympathy to you and your family."

The Ceazan Family: Lisa, Jon, Katie and Kimbie from Olympia , WA

"Our deepest and heartfelt condolences. Our dear cousin will be missed."

Jonathan Gripe from St. Charles, IL

"All of those in my office who had the pleasure of knowing Hollis and Sheila, are better for it. Sheila was such and energetic woman, passionate about great things. We have so many wonderful memories of her and will enjoy them for many years to come, especially when we are enjoying a Starbucks!"

Jeanne Vignau from Kendallville, IN

"Dearest Rachel, Sheila was an important part of life for many years. I'll miss her so very much. My love and prayers for you and David and both your families"

Jaime Baselice from Marlton, NJ

"Rachel & Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your entire family."

dawna Mcdonald from torotno , AK

"so sorry for the loss of your mother. my deepest sympathy to you and your family.""

Rick & Judy Sikorski from Saint Charles, IL

"Rachel & sorry we couldn't attend the service. Sheila will be missed. Such wonderful memories of both Van and Sheila on Foxwood Lane."

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