The Reverend Frank C. Alderson

Death:Saturday, November 28, 2009
Ogle Co, Illinois

The Reverend Frank C. Alderson, 92, a resident of Rochelle since 1973, died Saturday November 28, 2009 in Rochelle Rehab & Health Care Center. He was born March 2, 1917 in Streator, IL the son of Arthur & Lelia Sopher Alderson. He attended schools in Streator and also Terre Haute, IN. He graduated from Hobart College in Geneva, NY and from there went on to Seabury Western Seminary in Evanston, IL to study for the Episcopal priesthood. He was ordained a priest on December 1, 1946. At a relatively young age, he became the rector of St. Mark's, Evanston, one of the largest and most prestigious churches in the Diocese of Chicago. He later served a church in Sterling, Colorado before returning to Chicago and leaving the priesthood to work in business. During this time, he worked in the personnel departments for such companies as Pure Oil, Follett Publishing, Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, and Easter Seal. In the early 1970's, Father Alderson returned to the priesthood and accepted a call to St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Rochelle. He served there until his retirement in the 1980's. His retirement years were very active with travel and time spent with friends. Father Alderson was a lifelong circus fan and was known by many in the circus family of owners and performers. He proudly drove around with his CIRCUS 1 license plate. He also served as chaplain to the Rochelle Fire Department for many years and truly enjoyed his time with "the boys". Father will be remembered by all who knew him as a gregarious, fun-loving "character". For much of his life, he loved cigars, scotch, and regaling friends with many humorous stories. As he often said of himself, he lived a good and full life. Father Alderson is survived by a nephew, Richard (Cindy) Alderson of San Dimas, CA; great nieces, Colleen Alderson and Jennifer Hodges; a great great nephew, Jack Lagasse, and Carolyn Alderson, his niece by marriage. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, George Alderson. Funeral services will be held Saturday December 5, 2009 at 12:00 PM in St. Bride's Episcopal Church, 1000 W. Rt. 64, in Oregon with The Rt. Rev. Victor Scantlebury presiding, assisted by Father Robert Cristobal. Visitation will be held in the church Saturday from 10:00 AM until service time. Burial will be in St. Bride's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to The Order of St. Anne Convent, 1125 N. LaSalle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, St. Bride's Episcopal Church, or the Rochelle Fire Department, 401 5th Ave., Rochelle, IL 61068.

Source: Mortuary Obit

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