Alice L. (Snodgrass) Chezem


FREEPORT – Alice L. (Snodgrass) Chezem, 86 of Freeport, passed away Aug. 29, 2019 at Pinecrest Nursing Home. She was born in Mount Morris on Oct. 14, 1932, the daughter of Fred and Carrie (Stevens) Snodgrass. Alice graduated from Leaf River High School in 1950. On Oct. 18, 1952 she married Kenneth A. Chezem in German Valley. She worked at Illinois Cabinet in Rockford, at Newell for 10 years, and then did home care before retirement. As a teen, she played baseball on the local Leaf River team; just a bunch of farm kids as Alice would always say. Alice was a pitcher and was very proud of the fact that they played against the Rockford Peaches. Alice was a member of Bethany United Church of Christ, Freeport.

Surviving are her children, favorite daughter, Debra (Stuart) Toney of Mount Morris; sons, Kirk (Lorna) Chezem of Ridott, and Randall (Joey) of Freeport; grandchildren, Stuart Toney Jr. (Corrie) of Texas, Erin Dietrich of Mount Morris, Kristina (Michael Stadermann) of Freeport, Randy (Lori) Chezem of Wisconsin, Perry (September) Chezem, Nic (Amanda) Chezem of Freeport, and Tihanna (Nathan) Martin of Cedarville; 19 great grandchildren; two brothers, James Snodgrass, and Claude (Janet) Snodgrass both of Byron;  two sisters, Virginia (Frank) Miller of Mount Morris and Donna (Jack) Daws of Forreston; also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death, were her parents, Fred and Carrie Snodgrass; husband, Kenneth A. Chezem on April 10, 1994; son, Michael on March 29, 2017; five brothers, Charles, Orin, Carl, George and Robert; and five sisters, Margaret Wertin, Shirley Pommering, Barbara McDonald, Etta Martin, and Betty Bowers.

Memorial Service was at 11 a.m. Saturday Sept. 7, 2019 at Burke- Tubbs Funeral Home, 504 N. Walnut Avenue, Freeport. Ronnie Van Tassel, nephew officiated. Vocals by John Chase; accompanied by Beth Chase. Visitation was 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be at a later date. A memorial has been established in Mrs. Chezem's memory. Please sign Alice's guestbook and share a story at