|. Billie Marie Nestor, 1921 - 2015, d/o Ernest Fuget Nestor
. author: Michael D. Nestor, email: email@example.com
G4143 Billie Marie Nestor,8 G414 (Ernest,7,Ballard,6,Jacob,5,Daniel,4,Jacob,3,Frederick,2)
. b 23 Oct 1921 Huntington, Cabell Co, WVa; d 4 Oct 2015 Madison, Wisc. See her pictures below.
. Her name was Willie Marie in the WVa birth rec index, Willie in the 1930 census and, and Willie Marie in the 1940 census.
. m 5 Jun 1945 Winona, Winona Co, Minn (and later div) to Dr. Robert Edgin Whitsit (Bob), b 13 Apr 1924 South English,
. Iowa, d 15 Oct 2014 Rockford, Ill, s/o Leo Karl Knapp, and adopted by Dr. William Silas Whitsitt and Geraldine Mabel
. Long. Bob m(2) 1977 to Barbara Jeanne Petticord (Barb), b 14 Aug 1946 Belvidere, Ill, d 22 Jun 2014 Rockford, Ill, d/o
. Sylvan Petticord and Barbara Fair. See Bob's and Barbara's pictures below.
. 1. Robert Edgin Whitsitt (Bob), b 1946 Charleston, Kanawha Co, WVa, m(1) May 1966 (and later div) to Julia Carol Peter-
. sen. He m(2) 1980 Lana Kay Bryan, b 1946 East Liverpool, Ohib. Bob and Lana were web page creators, having done
. business as The Write Team.
. See his picture below, from that site. They are retired and live in Monterey, Cal.
. issue (stepchildren):
. a. Britt S. Barnard, b ca 1970, m Scott J. Schanel, b ca 1969, and they div. She m 2013 Washington to Lisa Tallarico.
. Live in Portland, Ore. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
. b. Dae Shannon Barnard, b 1972 Fayette Co, Ky, m(1) 16 Nov 1995 Norwich, New London Co, Conn to Marc L.
. Low, b ca 1969, and they div. She m(2) 2011 to Arin Umberger. Live in Milwaukie, Ore (suburb of Portland).
. 2. Richard Alan Whitsitt (Rich), b 1949 Indianopolis, Marion Co, Ind, m(1) 13 Feb 1971 (and later div) to Judy Lud-
. gaard, b 1951 Milwaukee, Wisc, and they div. Rich m(2) 7 Mar 1981 Marengo, Ill to Jan Karen Beebe, b 1954 Harvard,
. Ill, d/o Harold Eugene Beebe and Lilas Jean Lowe.
. a. Michael William Whitsitt (Mike), b 1971 Rockford, m(1) 14 Nov 1990 Winnebago Co, Wisc (and they div 1995)
. to Patrice Northrup (Trice). Mike m(2) 13 May 2000 Shell Lake, Wisc to Vicki Hopke, b 1977 Shell Lake.
. Of Springfield, Mo.
. issue: (of Trice)
. (1) Rachel Whitsitt, b 1991 Fort Hood, Tex.
. (2) Stephanie Whitsitt, b 1993 Wiesbaden, Germ.
. b. Alan Eric Whitsitt (Al), b 1975 Rockford, m Jun 2001 to Jacki LaTendresse.
. c. Jacqueline Marie Whitsitt (Jackie), b 1982 Rockford, m Jason Dover. Of Anna, Ill.
. (1) Jillian Marie Dover, b 2000 Rockford.
. d. Kimberly Ann Whitsitt, b 1986 Rockford.
. 3. Anne Linda Whitsitt, d as infant, May 1952.
. 4. Jill Marie Whitsitt, b 1954 Rockford, m 20 Oct 1990 Eagle, Wisc to Kenneth Wayne DeLisle (Ken), b 1951, s/o Law-
. rence and Irene DeLisle.
. issue: (adopted)
. a. Lia Marie Liang DeLisle, b 1995 China.
. b. Kim Thuong Mai DeLisle, b 1998 Can Tho City, Can Tho Province, Mekong Delta, Viet Nam.
. Ref: 1. www.informedchoicefunerals.com/obituary/142040/Billie-Whitsitt/
. Billie Marie Whitsitt, born Willie Marie Nestor on October 23, 1921, died peacefully in her sleep on October 4,
. 2015, 19 days shy of her 94th birthday. She was born in Huntington, West Virginia, rather than in the small coal
. mining town of Wolfpit, Kentucky, where her parents and brothers were living, due to the need for a hospital birth.
. Billie was the only daughter of Ernest Fuget Nestor and Mary Etta (Goad) Nestor. During her childhood the family
. moved often, living in multiple coal mining towns in eastern Kentucky and western West Virginia. She always loved
. the area and spoke of it with great fondness, especially during the last few years of her life. Billie took a year off
. after high school before attending Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, where she met a Navy man, Robert (Bob) Edgin
. Whitsitt, who would become her husband of 30 years. Billie and Bob graduated from Berea College, she with a BA in
. History, he in pre-med. After they married on June 4, 1945, they moved often, sometimes living with his parents,
. sometimes with hers, and sometimes in tiny apartments in the cities where he attended medical school and Billie
. briefly attended nurses' training. When her husband completed his medical training, they bought a small home in
. Loves Park, Illinois, not far from his clinic. Soon after, the Navy sent him to Okinawa, Japan. Billie and their two
. sons later joined him for his last nine months of service there. A year after the family returned to Loves Park, they
. moved to their new home in Rockford, close to Swedish American Hospital where Bob was on the staff. He went
. back to practicing medicine in Loves Park while Billie took care of their home and then three children. In her mid-
. 40's, Billie became a first grade teacher at William Dennis Grade School in Rockford, where she taught for the next 20
. years. She was totally dedicated to the children she taught and gave much of her time and energy to them. She was
. innovative in her teaching methods, working hard to reach every student she had. While there, she started a volunteer
. program that involved teaching several of the parents to read. When she started her teaching career, she also started
. attending Rockford College, where she earned a Master's Degree in Education. She had been allowed to teach without
. a teaching certificate because at the time there was a great shortage of teachers. When Billie retired, she continued
. working with children, volunteering at a local elementary school for several more years. She also spent much time
. with her grandchildren, whom she thoroughly enjoyed. She took classes at Rock Valley College each semester, always
. interested in a variety of subjects. She loved learning and could not imagine anyone did not. During her time in Rock-
. ford, Billie was very involved with the Rockford Unitarian Church (now Unitarian Universalist), the League of
. Women Voters, PTA at Jackson Elementary School, leading a Brownie troop, and volunteering her time for various
. causes. A favorite leisure activity was playing bridge with their close friends, Anne and Winfield Foster. She enjoyed
. attending theater productions, hiking, nature, doing word puzzles of all kinds, spending time with children, teaching,
. and learning about everything, history, anthropology, and education in particular. A favorite family event was a week
. each summer at George Williams College Camp on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. She attended this UU family church
. camp off and on for many years. She continued the tradition for several years after she retired, at a spin off camp,
. Bayside UU Family Camp. Spending holidays with friends was another favorite tradition for her family. After the
. meal, everyone joined in, playing charades, the dictionary game, perhaps singing, and great conversation. She partic-
. ularly enjoyed reading and writing, authoring several poems and short stories based on her childhood experiences. She
. was strongly encouraged to publish these works, but never pursued it. In 2010, she moved to the Madison, Wiscon-
. sin, area to be closer to her daughter who helped care for her. By that time she had been diagnosed with Ischemic
. Dementia. She gradually declined cognitively, but remained quite strong physically. She was generally very cheerful,
. often commenting on how much she enjoyed the staff and other residents where she lived, first in an assisted living
. facility in Fitchburg, then a memory care unit in Monona, where she died.
. Billie is survived by her children, Robert (Bob) E. Whitsitt, II (Lana Bryan) of Monterey, California, Richard A.
. Whitsitt (Jan) of Rockford, Illinois, and Jill M. DeLisle (Kenneth) of Madison, Wisconsin. Eight grandchildren and
. six great-grandchildren survive her as well. The grandchildren are Britt Schanel (Lisa Talarico) of Portland, Oregon,
. Dae Umburger (Arin) of Milwaukie, Oregon, Michael Whitsitt (Vicki) of Springfield, Missouri, Alan Whitsitt (Jacki)
. of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Jacqueline Dover (Jason) of Anna, Illinois, Kimberly Burkhart (Clinton) of Rockford, Illi-
. nois, Lia DeLisle of Springfield, Missouri, and Kim DeLisle of Madison, Wisconsin. Her brother, Paul Nestor of
. North Carolina will be 97 in January 2016. Two days before her death she was so pleased to have the opportunity to
. speak with Paul on the phone. There remain several nieces and nephews, as well as grandnieces and grandnephews.
. Billie was preceded in death by her parents, her former husband, her third child, Anne Linda, who died within days
. of her birth, her brother Ernest Nestor, her sisters-in-law Dorothy (Ernest) Nestor and Janet (Paul) Nestor, her
. nephew, Ronnie Nestor, and her grandniece, Kelly Nestor.
. Billie lived a long and amazing life. She was kind and generous to everyone, believing the most irritating people
. needed the most acceptance. She was quiet and reserved with a subtle sense of humor with which she continued to
. delight her daughter and the staff of Heritage Monona Memory Care Unit H-10 until shortly before her death.
. Billie was cremated in Madison, Wisconsin, on October 10, 2015. The celebration of her life will be in Rockford,
. Illinois, on November 22, 2015, at the Rockford Unitarian Universalist Church located at 4848 Turner Street in
. Rockford, Illinois 61107, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Rockford
. Unitarian Universalist Church. Billie believed supporting her church financially was of utmost importance because of
. all it gives to so many people both within and outside the congregation. With her friend Anne Foster, at their annual
. Halloween birthday party, they requested donations for the food pantry instead of personal gifts. Please donate to
. your local food pantry to continue their legacy. To help celebrate Billie's life, please share stories about her with her
. children or at informedchoicefunerals.com (find her listed under the obituary section), or even better, come prepared
. to share them yourself.
. 2. www.legacy.com: .DR. ROBERT E. WHITSITT, 90 ROCKFORD - Dr. Robert E. Whitsitt, 90, of Rockford passed
away with loved ones by his side on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, in Swedish American Hospital, after a short ill-
. ness. Born Leo Carl Knapp, April 13, 1924, in South English, Iowa. Orphaned at 11 months and housed in Soldiers
. and Sailors Orphanage, Davenport, IA. Adopted by the Rev. Dr. William S. and Geraldine (Long) Whitsitt, Winona,
. MN. Grew up in Winona, MN. Attended Carlton College, Northfield, MN, Berea College, Berea, KY, Univ. of S.
. Dakota, Vermillion, SD, and Univ. of IL College of Medicine, Chicago, IL, graduating with an M.D. in 1948. A vete-
. ran of both WWII and the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Navy from 1942-54. Practiced medicine in Rockford from
. 1950 to 1986, as co-owner of Loves Park Medical Clinic and as an active staff member of Swedish American Hospi-
/ tal. Delivering babies was his favorite part of practicing medicine, having delivered approximately 1500 babies in
. Rockford during his career. Provided free medical care at Sabrooke in the 1960's, served as President of the medical
. staff at Swedish American Hospital, President of Blue Shield for five years, served on the boards of Family Consulta-
/ tion Service, American Cancer Society, Medical-Surgical Service of IL, and the American Contract Bridge League.
. Owner of Rockford Bridge Club from 1980-86. Served as President of the Congregation at The Unitarian Church
. from 1961- 63. He was an avid golfer (scratch handicap), bridge player (Life Master in 1988), and storyteller. He
. loved telling jokes and could always quiet a crying baby and bring smiles to kids' faces. Perhaps you saw him enjoy-
/ ing early morning walks all over town while collecting hundreds of dollars in change from the streets and drive-up
. windows of Rockford. Bob's first marriage to Billie Marie Nestor ended amicably after 30 years. Bob then married
. the "light of his life", Barbara Jeanne Petticord in 1977. She provided the energy, love, and companionship that car-
. ried him through multiple health issues over the years. When she predeceased him on June 22, 2014, his light was
. gone and his energy began to fade. Also predeceased by daughter, Ann Linda in 1952, and brother, Bill Whitsitt in
. 1990. Survivors include children, Robert (Lana) Whitsitt, II, of Monterey, CA, Richard (Jan) Whitsitt of Rockford,
. IL, Jill (Ken) DeLisle of Madison, WI, and Sarah (Jeff) Werckle of Rockford, IL; grandchildren, Brit (Lisa Talarico)
. Schanel of Portland, OR, Dae (Arin) Umberger of Mikwaukie, OR, Michael (Vicki) Whitsitt of Springfield, MO,
. Alan (Jackie) Whitsitt of Eau Claire, WI, Jackie (Jason) Dover of Anna, IL, Kimberly (Clinton) Burkhart of Rock-
. ford, IL, and Maxx and Maia Werckle of Rockford, IL. Along with 6 great-grandchildren and special family friend,
. Andrew (Sarah) Raridon of Lafayette, IN......
. 3. Whitsett/Whitesides family history: http://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/whitsett/434/
. 4. Descendants of William Whitsitt of Jefferson County, Indiana:
| Billie Marie Nestor
early 1940's, Marmet, WVa
|Billie Marie Nestor, 1940, in front of Baptist Church, Marmet, WVa
Picture courtesy of Jill Marie Whitsitt Delisle
from Billie Marie Nestor Whitsitt
|Robert Edgin Whitsitt, Jr
Picture from his website
|Billie Marie Nestor Whitsitt and Jill Whitsitt DeLisle
| Robert Edgin Whitsitt, Sr, 2014
Picture courtesy of Jill Whittsitt DeLisle
|Robert Whitsitt Jr and Lana
| Barbara Jeanne Whitsitt
Picture from her obituary
|Bob Whitsitt and E F Nestor Marmet, WVa, 1946
| Billie Marie Nestor Whitsitt
Picture from her obituary