Mrs. Winona (Nonie) Varner Henig, Galesburg Chapel

88, of Galesburg passed away at her home on Sunday afternoon, January 9, 2011.
She is survived by loving son, John (and Tammy) Rosenberg of Galesburg and daughter, Judy (and Lou) Rosenberg Prevost of Spring Hill, Fla., as well as three brothers and a sister: Raymond R. Varner of Rhinelander, Wis., W.D. Varner of Cincinnati, Ohio, James M Varner of Brooksville, Fla. and Dorothy (and Ramon) Hershman of San Diego, Calif.; two grandsons and two granddaughters.
She was first married to Charles W. Rosenberg and later to A.J. Henig. Both preceded her in death. She had been employed in her early life by the Scandia Restaurant and O. T. Johnson and Company, and later maintained a position as dispatcher for two major trucking firms here in Galesburg.
Nonie loved traveling and enjoyed reading and studying about distant places, and had almost total recall of geographical locations. When she was able, she traveled frequently throughout the United States. She was very well read and had an extensive and eclectic library which ranged from Shakespeare and the Classics to modern political commentary, but her favorite author was Mark Twain. She was a talented writer and clothing designer, and at one time ran her own dressmaker’s shop. In the 1950’s, she began to research the genealogy of her family, collecting stories and information which were later compiled and published in a family history book. A person of strong opinions and ready wit, she will long be remembered as an independent thinker and student of history.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. on Friday, January 14, at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel, 1070 West Fremont Street, followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m. Rev. James Ecklund will preside. Burial will be in East Linwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be left at

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5 Guestbook Entries to “Mrs. Winona (Nonie) Varner Henig, Galesburg Chapel”

  1. Dear Judy and Lou, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love from us all.

  2. Dear Judy and Lou,

    Thinking of you during these difficult days. May your fond memories of mom comfort you Noe. Love,Karen

  3. I had the pleasure of working with your mom over the last few years and wanted you to know that it was a joy. The world will be a little duller without her wit and sense of humor and she will be fondly remembered.

  4. We are thinking of you. You have so many good memories of your mother that you can share with your family during this difficult time. We hope you will get comfort from thinking of her interesting life and knowing that she didn’t have to suffer too long.
    Sending you big hugs,
    Christina and Geoffrey

  5. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Henig but, as a dear friend of Judy’s, I know she must have been special. She raised a loving, caring and devoted daughter who I am proud to know. Judy, take good care of yourself. Much Love, Paula

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