PECATONICA—Caroline J. Stoddard, 87, Pecatonica, died at 1:50 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019 in Javon Bea Hospital, Rockford.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1301 Jackson St., Pecatonica, with Pastor Terry Theiss officiating. Burial will be in Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery, Pecatonica.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 5, at McCorkle Funeral Home-Pecatonica Chapel, 203 W. Fifth St., Pecatonica.

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Born March 19, 1932, in Pecatonica, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David and Rose (Daughenbaugh) Campbell. She was born on the Campbell farm on Best Road and lived her entire life in Pecatonica.

She graduated from Pecatonica High School with the Class of 1950 and married Charles Lyle Stoddard on Nov. 10, 1951, in St. John's Lutheran Church in Pecatonica. Their wedding was organized in two weeks after Charles received his draft notice for the Korean War.

In her senior year of high school she worked part-time at the telephone office, operating the switchboard. Later she worked at the Electric and Gas Company office on Main Street, and Ipsen Ceramics. She worked for Newell Corp. in Freeport for 10 years and retired from there.

She was baptized in the United Methodist Church. She became a member of St. John's Lutheran Church after her marriage to Charles, where she was active in the Mary and Martha Society, sang in the choir, and was a member of the altar guild. She was a past president and member of the Women's American Legion Auxiliary, member of Pecatonica Historical Society, and Pecatonica Garden Club.

In retirement, Caroline traveled to Rockford every Tuesday morning to sew sleeping bags for the homeless for 20-plus years. She also enjoyed her "Class of 1950" reunion breakfasts on a monthly basis. Charles and Caroline enjoyed camping and traveling before and after retirement; a joy she shared later with her grandchildren.

Survivors include two sons, Martin Stoddard of Pecatonica and James (Teri) Stoddard of Knoxville, Tenn; a daughter, Marsha (Ron) Foltz, of Mount Carroll; grandsons, Ryan (Samantha Cuthbertson) Stoddard, of Pecatonica, Chad (Desiree) Stoddard of Seward, Nathan (Jackie) Foltz of Monroe, Wis., and Samuel Stoddard of Battle Creek, Mich.; granddaughters, Stephanie (Ben) Huber of Monroe, Wis., and Anna Stoddard of Knoxville, Tenn.; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald Campbell of Honolulu, Hawaii; a sister, Susanne (William) McVinnie of Clarkston, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Charles in 1995; sister Zelda and brother-in-law Carroll Potter; sister-in-law Lillian Campbell; and niece Bonnie Campbell.