BELVIDERE – J. Elaine King, 88, of Belvidere, passed away Friday, Nov. 13. She was born June 23, 1927 to Lillian (Bean) O’Connell and Thomas J. O’Connell Sr.

On Jan. 31, 1948, she married Laurel G. King at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Belvidere. The couple lived in Rochelle for 30 years and moved to northern Wisconsin in their retirement only to later return to Belvidere.

Surviving are her two daughters, Stephanie (Arnold) Stewart of Hayward, Wis., and Camille (Gerald) Bever of DeKalb, Ill.; her three grandsons, Eric North of Cable, Wis.; Dustin North of Eau Claire, Wis.; Shannon (Jennie) Bever of Arlington Heights, Ill.; her two great-granddaughters, Arnica North (and her mother, Angelina Portoluri) and Lillianna North; her one great-grandson, Connor Bever; her nephews, T.J. (Connie) O’Connell III of Ill.; Jeff Jury of Texas; and nieces, Jill O’Connell of Wis.; Kathleen (Dick) Ziegler of Ill.

King is predeceased in death by her parents, husband, brother, T.J. O’Connell, Jr., and four sisters, Eleanor Nelson, Marge Wolf, Catherine Jury, and Lorraine O’Connell in infancy. She was also predeceased by nephew, Tom Jury and niece Jackie Herdklotz.

In accordance with Elaine’s wishes, a private service has already been held; Father Randy Wakitsch of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church officiated, with interment in Belvidere Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Fresh Start Animal Rescue, Inc. of Belvidere, Ill. To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit

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