PRINCETON — Terry Lynne Ellberg, 74, of Princeton passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at Liberty Village in Princeton from Parkinson’s disease.
Terry was born Feb. 17, 1944, in San Francisco, Calif., to the late Benjamin and Irma Joy (Tumbleson) Huffstodt.
She was a graduate of Princeton High School, Class of 1962, and was the homecoming queen. She then attended Northern Illinois University, from which she received a two-year secretarial degree. In the meantime, she married the late John Jensen, and they had two children, Michael and Marla.
She married the late Carl Ellberg Jr. on Sept. 27, 1980, in Princeton. After working several different jobs, including the opening and running of the Windchimer Shop, she finally found her calling in real estate. She was one of the co-founders of Bureau Valley Realty with Jan Heaton, and together they ran one of the most successful real estate businesses in the area. She was also a member of several local organizations and clubs.
Terry enjoyed reading and traveling with Carl, mostly to visit grandchildren in the Peoria area, Ohio, Arizona and Montana. She and Carl had a favorite getaway in New Glarus, Wis., (the site of their honeymoon) which they visited frequently, as well as the Ozarks.
She is survived by her six children, Marla Jensen of Princeton, Michael (Connie) Jensen of Great Falls, Mont., Patty (the late Jerry) McDonald of Chandler, Ariz., Diane (Scott) Palubiak of Richfield, Ohio, Dan (Paula) Ellberg of Princeton and Terri (Rick) Haas of Germantown Hills; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Carolyn (Mike) Dailey of Sun City West, Ariz.
Terry was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl Ellberg Jr.; a grandson, Luke Jensen; a son-in-law, Jerry McDonald; and brother-in-law, Doug Riley.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Feb. 11, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Princeton. Services will be at noon Monday with Pastor Derek Boggs officiating. A graveside service will follow at Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton.
Terry will be deeply missed by her family, and her many, many, friends and acquaintances in the Princeton area and abroad. She can finally rest in peace following her long battle.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association or to the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide in memory of her grandson, Luke.
The Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.