Obit: Ida Lenker


Ida “Colleen” Lenker, 85, of Wilton died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 at the Wilton Retirement Community in Wilton. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. at Grace United Church of Christ in Wilton. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Masks and social distancing guidelines will be required. Interment will be in Oakdale Cemetery, Wilton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Church of Christ in her memory. Online condolences may be left at

Colleen was born in Albany, Kentucky on Dec. 18, 1934 to Frank and Emma (Dickens) Stearns. She graduated from Albany High School and St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Davenport. She was a surgical nurse for 30 years at St. Luke’s Hospital in Davenport.

Colleen married Bill Lenker on May 25, 1996 in Wilton. She was a member of Grace United Church of Christ, and the Tipton Lions Club.

In early years, she enjoyed bowling, crocheting, quilting and dancing.

Colleen is survived and lovingly remembered by her husband Bill of Wilton; her children: Pam (Rich) Downing of Davenport, Sherry (Dr. Richard) Boatman of Troy, Illinois, Connie D’hooge of Coal Valley, Illinois and Chuck Hood of Colorado; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and her brothers: Jesse (Sharon) Stearns, Howard (JoAnn) Stearns and Steve (Ruth) Stearns all of Franklin, Indiana.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson Gary Beard Jr.; son-in-law Richard D’hooge; sisters Opal Pitcher, Maxine Sidwell, Wilma Dugan, Lena Anderson, Phyllis Conner and Carol Stubbs; and sister-in-law Kay McConahay.

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