Our Obituaries

Fleta Mae Shrum

December 11, 1931 - January 28, 2018

Fleta M. Shrum, 86, of Rockford, Il. was welcomed into heaven on Sunday, January 28, 2018. In a life well celebrated, Fleta, married Woodrow Shrum in 1948, and together shared 70 years while raising their family in a home filled with love. Fleta was a valued employee for Amerock for over 30 years. She fashioned her life around family. Preparing home cooked meals especially her biscuits and...
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Beatrice Jean Parrish

August 28, 1922 - January 25, 2018


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Guadalupe Hernandez

November 17, 1934 - January 25, 2018


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Emma M. Powles

September 20, 1928 - January 21, 2018

Emma M. Powles, 89, of Loves Park passed away Sunday January 21, 2018 with family by her side. Emma was born in Tallula, IL, the daughter of Louis and Mona West. Emma married Howard Burriell in 1946 and he preceded her in death, she then married Sherman Powles in 1980 and he preceded her in death. Emma loved shopping and spend time with her family.Emma is survived by her children: Connie (Gary)...
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Audrey Erickson

April 17, 1921 - January 21, 2018

Audrey S. Erickson, 96, of Rockford, died peacefully at 5 p.m. at Alden Debes Nursing Home. Born April 17, 1921 in Rockford, daughter of J. August and Ida (Granquist) Dahlstrand. Attended Rockford Public Schools. Married Kenneth R. Erickson on December 24, 1938 in Iowa. He predeceased her on May 24, 1990. She was a homemaker and talented seamstress making wedding, prom and dance dresses...
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Joanne S. Ballard

October 11, 1937 - January 21, 2018

Joanne Sue Ballard, 80 of Rockford, passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2018. Born on October 11, 1937 in Rockford, Illinois. Daughter of Robert Clinton and Loretta Jane (Bowler) Kampmeier. United in marriage to Harlow S. Ballard on November 11, 1982 in Las Vegas. He predeceased her on June 1, 1993. Joanne worked for the Rockford Police Department for 20 years. She found enjoyment in playing...
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James L. Kelley

November 18, 1932 - January 20, 2018

James L. Kelley,85, of Land O' Lakes, FL, passed away January 20, 2018. He was born in Rockford, IL and moved to FL in 2005 to retire. From 1952-1956 James served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Korea. James worked for Westinghouse Electric for six years and Department of Energy for over 25 years. He liked sports, reading, crossword puzzles and wine collecting. He enjoyed going on...
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Justin T. Matthews

October 27, 1998 - January 20, 2018

Justin T. Matthews, 19, of Rockford, Il. departed this earthly life on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Although Justin wrestled with stumbling blocks in his earthly journey, he had a tender, generous and caring heart. A gentle giant who would do anything for anyone. He was a guardian angel to those not able to stand up for themselves, he gave them a voice. He was a "dog whisper" who could train...
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Richard L. Johnson

August 21, 1927 - January 19, 2018

Richard L. "Dick" Johnson passed away Friday, January, 19, 2018, at IL. Veterans Home in Manteno, IL. Born August 21, 1927, in Centerville, Iowa to Walter and Etta (Shanahan) Johnson. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Navy Air Force. In 1945, Dick married Bernadine "Trudy" Reed and together shared 50 years while raising their two children. She preceded him in death. Dick made a career...
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Adolfine Dolly Buedenbender

August 19, 1939 - January 19, 2018


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Edwin Dalen

May 7, 1947 - January 15, 2018

Butch Dalen, 70, of Roscoe passed away Monday, January 15th at his home surrounded by his family. Born May 7th, 1947 in Rockford, IL to Edwin O. and Leona (Miller) Dalen. Graduated from Harlem High School and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps from 1967-1970. He was sent to Vietnam where he was wounded twice within one week. He received 2 purple hearts and many other awards. He worked...
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DeLores M. Hoffmann

December 4, 1931 - January 14, 2018

DeLores M. Hoffmann, 86, of Rockton, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Born December 4, 1931 in Coloma, WI. Daughter of Edward and Della (Pinkowski) Pavlik. United in marriage to Hubert Albert Hoffmann on May 24, 1958. He predeceased her on August 21, 1994. Member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. She found enjoyment in cooking, baking, sewing, gardening and anytime...
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Margaret L. Browning

March 6, 1915 - January 13, 2018

Margaret L. Browning 102, of Loves Park, passed away Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Crimson Pointe with her loving family by her side. "Those we hold most dear never truly leave us. They live on in the kindnesses they showed, the comfort they shared, and the love they brought into our lives." Margaret certainly lived those words to the fullest her entire life. She was born in a farming community...
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Marilyn B. Knight

October 16, 1927 - January 12, 2018

Marilyn B. Knight, 90, of Rockford passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018. Born October 16, 1927 in Chadwick, IL. Daughter of Walter and Florence (Kehl) Bailey. United in marriage to Eugene F. Knight on October 26, 1946 in Rockford, IL. Together they shared 67 years of marriage until his passing on March 20, 2015. Member of First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years....
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Edward J. Badowski

June 17, 1946 - January 12, 2018

Edward Jozef Badowski 1946-2018 Born June 17, 1946, at the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in Germany, Ed grew up in Rockford with his parents and 5 siblings. He later served in the United States Army as a medic. During his 40 years of marriage to Cheryl (Olson) Badowski, he was blessed with two daughters, Amy (Matt) Boeke and Julie Badowski, and four precious granddaughters, Amelia &...
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Ralph Torgerson

March 10, 1929 - January 11, 2018

Ralph B. Torgerson, 88, of Rockford, passed away surrounded by loved ones on Thursday, January 11, 2018. Born March 10, 1929 in Ferryville, WI. He was one of 14 to Phillip and Eva (Seymour) Torgerson. Married Mary Ditto on January 6, 1954. She predeceased him on January 30, 2017. Member of Eastside Church of Christ. Retired from Sunstrand in 1985 after 30 years at age of 55. Survived by...
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Lorraine L. Manning

June 25, 1929 - January 10, 2018

Lorraine L. Manning, 88 of Loves Park, Il. was welcomed into heaven on Wednesday, January, 10, 2018. In a life well celebrated she married Percy Manning. He proceeded her in death in 2003. Lorraine worked for GE Cabinet Finishers for over 26 years and was considered a valued employee because of the meticulousness of her production. After retiring she earned her Brokers license in realty and...
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Robert E. Barker

September 17, 1930 - January 5, 2018

Robert Eugene Barker, 87, of Rockford, IL died Friday, January 5, 2018. In a life well celebrated Robert served his country as a U.S. Marine. In 1957, he married Margaret Jari and together shared 58 years while raising their family in a home filled with love. Margaret preceeded him in 2015. Robert was a valued employee at Woodward Governor where he worked for over 35 years in the Jig Bores Dept.,...
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Audrey J. Hammer

April 13, 1933 - January 5, 2018

Audrey J. Hammer, 84, of Rockford, passed away on Friday, January, 5, 2018. Born April 13, 1933 in Rockford, IL. Daughter of Harold and Evelyn (Ainsworth) Grace. Married to Richard "Dick" John Hammer in 1952. She retired from Jefferson High School as a Custodian and part time at Shell Gas Station. She found great enjoyment in reading, watching cooking shows, collecting recipes and using...
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Antonia Ford

November 29, 1922 - January 5, 2018

Antonia Ford, 95, of Rockford, IL. was welcomed into heaven on Friday, January 5, 2018 in her home with family. In a life well celebrated, Antonia married Henry Ford and together raised their two children while enjoying traveling, fishing, and entertaining family and friends. He preceded her in death in June 1993. Antonia was a valued employee at National Lock where she worked over 30 years...
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Kathryn H. Schoon

June 1, 1932 - January 1, 2018

Kathryn Helen Schoon, 85, of Roscoe, IL was welcomed into heaven on Monday, January 1, 2018, with her family at her side. A loving wife, mom and grandma, her life was complete when surrounded by her family. In a life well celebrated, Kathryn married Alfred Schoon and spent 54 years together. Kathryn was a selfless person, generously donating her time and talent to many organizations. She was a...
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Ethel Geneva Ritter

June 6, 1931 - December 30, 2017

Ethel Geneva Ritter, 86, of Rockford passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2017. Born June 6, 1931 in Relief, NC. Daughter of Robert and Hassie Bryant. United in marriage to Robert E. Ritter on October 1, 1955. He predeceased her on November 8, 1996. Ethel worked for several years as a Quality Inspector for J.L. Clark until her retirement. After retirement she worked for the Salvation Army...
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Mark Anthony Kennedy

June 12, 1999 - December 29, 2017

Mark Anthony Kennedy, 18, of Williston, North Dakota passed away December 29, 2017 at his residence in Williston, North Dakota. Mark was born June 12, 1999 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois to Gerald and Susan Kennedy. Mark is preceded in death by his mother, Susan Smith. Left behind to treasure his memory is his father and step-mother, Gerald and Tammy Kennedy; his siblings, Danielle Kennedy, Jessica...
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John L. Sullivan

March 23, 1932 - December 27, 2017

Following a sudden onset of acute leukemia, John passed into a peaceful sleep on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 with family at his side.John loved spending time with his family and friends, fishing, hunting, playing fast pitch softball, attending sporting events, travel and reading. He was in the US Army for 3 years, most of which was spent in Germany. John was a cabinetmaker, carpenter and...
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JoAnn Marie Addis-Menchinger

June 7, 1932 - December 26, 2017

JoAnn left us on December 26, 2017 to join with her loved ones in the hands of the Lord. This wonderful friend, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother is now at peace. She was born June 7,1932 in Kewanee, IL to Elmer and Betty Seifert. She was survived by her children, Lori (Mark) McEntee, Gayle Addis, Charles Addis, Robert (Jennifer) Addis;Grandchildren: Amber(Scott) Krabbenhoft,...
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Jerzy Czaplicki

January 1, 1946 - December 23, 2017

Jerzy Czaplicki, 71, of Rockford, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 23, 2017. Born January 1, 1946 in Warsaw, Poland. Son of Zdzislaw and Ksawera (Muler) Czaplicki. United in marriage to Hanna Szlachetna on August 29, 1970 in Poland. Came to the United States in 1979. Employed with Advanced Machine for 30 years having retired in 2010. He was a hard worker who after retirement...
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Leo D. Knopes

September 29, 1938 - December 22, 2017

Leo D. Knopes, 79, of Rockford, died December 22, 2017 at Lasalle Veteran's Home in Lasalle, IL. Born September 29, 1938 in Janesville, WI to Leslie D. and Mary Ellen (Masterson) Knopes. Leo grew up in Janesville and joined the U.S. Navy after high school. He spent 4 years on a Destroyer Escort ship the Dealy in the Mediterranean Sea. He visited Greece and other ports. He spent his life with...
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Vera M. Carlson

August 3, 1942 - December 22, 2017

Vera Mae Carlson, 75, of Freeport, died Friday, December 22, 2017. Born Aug. 3, 1942, in Earle, AR. to Fletcher (Troy) and Grace Smith. Lived 12 years in Freeport, coming from Rockford. Married Rodger Carlson on Dec. 31, 1971, in Byron. Vera started every morning with a cup of coffee and a dose of bible scripture which nurtured her love for gardening. Vera was very proud of her flowers and she...
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James R. Penticoff

February 19, 1926 - December 22, 2017

James Raymond Penticoff, 91, of Rockford, IL died Friday, December 22, 2017. Born in Rockford to Raymond Frances and Cora Sophia (Waterstradt) Penticoff. Jim graduated from Harlem High School in June 1944. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the South Pacific Theater and was highly decorated. Jim was discharged with the rank of Sergeant on Oct. 12, 1946. Jim loved the outdoors; he...
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Beulah Millie Wyttenbach

June 18, 1937 - December 22, 2017

Beulah "Millie" Wyttenbach, 80 of Rockford, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 22, 2017. Born June 18, 1937 in Dane County, WI. Daughter of Henry and Mildred (Riley) Argue. United in marriage to Luther J. Wyttenbach on October 5, 1957 in Madison, WI. Millie found enjoyment in family gatherings, the annual 4th of July family vacation in Wisconsin, serving her church and community,...
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Daniel J. Wallenberg

July 3, 1951 - December 21, 2017

Daniel J. Wallenberg, 66, of Rockford passed away Thursday December 21, 2017. Dan was born July 3, 1951, in Rockford, the son of Ralph and LaVonne (Scholten) Wallenberg. Dan married Lois Young on July 31, 1971. Dan was employed at Hinckley Big Rock High School for 34 years, where he was loved by his students as a teacher and coach. He was a graduate of Rockford West High School in 1969, Rock...
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Delbert E. Young

January 7, 1918 - December 19, 2017

Delbert E. Young, 99, of Rockford died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center. Born Jan. 7, 1918, in Light, Ark., to Walter and Effie (Hoffman) Young. He was raised on a farm. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Member of City First church for 70 years, where he was an Elder and active in many capacities. Worked as a tool and die maker at Barber Colman more than...
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Wendell R. Jones

August 18, 1919 - December 18, 2017

Wendell "Rex" Jones, 98 of Loves Park, IL. died Monday, at his home, with family at his side. Born August 18, 1919 in Sumner, IL. to Clint and Mayme Jones. Rex was veteran of the U.S. Army serving in WWII. In a life well celebrated, Rex worked hard all his life, from hand plowing the family farm fields to 38 years as a valued employee with Elco Industries. He married Virginia "Gin" Bilodeau...
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Betty J. Dunn

December 31, 1937 - December 16, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Sunset Funeral Home, Machesney Park, IL.
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Betty J. Dunn

December 31, 1937 - December 16, 2017

Betty Jean Dunn, 79, died unexpectedly in her home on Saturday, December 16 2017. A loving mom and grandma. Betty was born December 31, 1937 in Greenville, NC. to Lewis and Juanita (McGowan) Hudson. In a life well celebrated, Betty was a valued employee who worked for Chrysler for over 30 years in many capacities. She enjoyed working on her flowers and showcasing her beautiful results. Betty...
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Michelle Worley

January 14, 1970 - December 15, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Sunset Funeral Home, Machesney Park, IL.
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Jack Dee Gaines

February 22, 1957 - December 15, 2017

Jack Dee Gaines, 60, of Loves Park, passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017. Born February 22, 1957 in Rockford, IL. Son of Danny and Betty (Rose) Gaines. Veteran of the United States Army. He was employed as an over the road truck driver. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 325. He found enjoyment in camping, fishing, spending time with his children and family, watching the Chicago...
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Suzanne J. MORI

August 22, 1934 - December 14, 2017

Suzanne J. "Smiley" Mori, 83, of Rockford, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 14, 2017, with her daughter, Michelle by her side. Born August 22, 1934 to Dominic and Helen DiMarco. Married Gene R. Mori on June 29, 1966. He passed away on May 23, 1999. She worked at Jacks of Better and then as a Caregiver for the elderly. She loved her family very much. She enjoyed family...
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Katherine L. Carter

February 21, 1926 - December 8, 2017

Katherine L. Carter, 91, of Machesney Park, Il. was welcomed into heaven on Friday, December 8, 2017. Born February 21, 1926 in Austin, MN. To William and Florence (Osbourne) Coyle. In a life well celebrated Katherine married George Carter in 1945 and together raised their four children. He preceded her in 2003. Katherine was a homemaker most of her life and made a career of taking care of...
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Bruce Nelson

November 11, 1929 - December 7, 2017

Rockford - Bruce A. Nelson, 88, passed away Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. He was a longtime Rockford resident. Bruce was the only child of Arthur and Edith (Carlson) Nelson. He is the beloved husband of Florence (Klein) Nelson and the great father of Russ (Candace) Nelson and Debra Nelson. Being an Eagle Scout, Bruce was co-leader of Sea Scouts Ship 508, a group whose purpose was to help scouts with...
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June I. Durham

April 24, 1930 - December 6, 2017

June I. Durham, 86, of Rockford passed away Thursday December 6, 2017. June was born on April 24, 1930 in Oelwein, IA, the daughter of Ludwig F. and Orpha I. (Heaton) Ollmann. June married Robert T. Durham on June 6, 1948 and he preceded her in death on February 2, 2003. June was a member of Brooke Road United Methodist Church and was very active in all her church activities. June and her husband...
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Dale A. Bennett

November 24, 1931 - December 3, 2017

Dale A. Bennett, 86, of Pecatonica, IL. died Sunday, December 3,2017. Dale, loved the outdoors. He connected with nature through his farming career in Payne Points, IL. and later through his gardening hobby. Dale was an avid bowler. Dale was a valued employee who worked at Kysor in Byron then Greenlee Tool where he worked for over 21 years as a tool and die maker until his retirement in...
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Mary L. Brace

December 23, 1919 - November 30, 2017

Mary L. Brace, 97, of Machesney Park passed away Thursday November 30, 2017 at Alden Debes with family by her side.Mary was born on December 23, 1919 in Wilton Junction, IA, the daughter of Adam and Emma (Hammann) Dach. She married Donald W. Brace on February 21, 1942 and Donald preceded her in death on October 19, 1966. Mary was of the Lutheran Faith and worked at Barber-Colman Company for 27...
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Zachery Kevin Ruffcorn

November 29, 2017 - November 29, 2017

Zachery Kevin Ruffcorn : precious from the start was born to his loving family without a heartbeat and gently taken into the arms of Jesus and the heavenly angels on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Zachery "Zach Attack" is survived by his parents, Michael and Carissa Ruffcorn and his 2 brothers, Michael Clemence III, 9 and Caleb Ezra, 6 Ruffcorn. Zachery was the piece of the puzzle that...
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Joe N. Heller

May 8, 1927 - November 25, 2017

Service to celebrate Joe's life will be 10:00 am on Saturday December 2, 2017 at Sunset Funeral Home 8800 N. Alpine Road in Machesney Park.
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Patricia M. Nelson

October 23, 1947 - November 24, 2017

Patricia M. Nelson, 70, of Rockford, passed away on November 24, 2017. Born on October 23, 1947 in Rockford, IL. Daughter of Alfred and Floy (Swartz) Pilling. Employed by Rockford Public Schools in various positions from classroom, library and the lunchroom for 31 years having retired on June 30, 2013. She found enjoyment in traveling having traveled to London, England, doing puzzles,...
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Joseph C. Cassioppi

October 1, 1924 - November 23, 2017

Joseph C. Cassioppi, 93, of Loves Park, passed away Thursday, November 23, 2017 surrounded by his loved ones. Born October 1, 1924 in Rockford, IL. Son of Paul and Marguerite (Calcagno) Cassioppi. Veteran of the United States Army. United in marriage to the love of his life Patricia Anderson on January 22, 1966. She predeceased him on March 3, 1996. Employed as a Machinist at various...
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Johnny G. Stephens

September 21, 1941 - November 23, 2017

Johnny G. Stephens, 76, died Thursday, November 23, 2017. In a life well celebrated, Johnny married Barbara Frazier in 1963, together they shared 45 years while raising their three children in a home filled with love. Barbara preceded him in 2008. Johnny was a valued employee with CamCar for over 43 years and worked alongside his son, David for several years. He enjoyed being a part of CamCar...
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Connie Lee Clark

June 20, 1961 - November 23, 2017

Connie Lee Clark, 56, of Rockton, IL. died Thursday, November 23, 2017. In a life well celebrated, Connie made a career in food service. She had a kind and gentle spirit. She loved all animals and embraced the beauty of nature on her visits to the cabin in the Dells. She enjoyed the company of a good book and playing and teaching euchre to her nieces and nephews. Connie was a big...
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Betty J. Torsrud

March 26, 1925 - November 20, 2017

Betty Torsrud, 92, formerly of Loves Park, IL. died at Liberty Village in Freeport after a long illness of Alzheimers on November 20, 2017. Betty was born in St. Paul, MN. On March 26, 1925 to Jim and Dorothy Sorensen. In 1946 she married Harold Torsrud in Minnesota and in 1951, they moved to the Loves Park area when Harold bought Sorensen Janitor Service. In 1971 they opened a janitor...
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Steven R. Knutson

May 4, 1956 - November 19, 2017

Steven Robert Knutson, 61, of Rockford, passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2017 after a courageous battle with Cancer. Born May 4, 1956 in Rockford, IL. Son of Raymond and Sally (Ver Kuilen) Knutson. Graduate of Stillman Valley High School. United in marriage to Christy Cunningham on June 24, 1995 in their home. Steven found enjoyment in fishing, camping, feeding and watching the birds and...
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Leslie R. Fuller

November 15, 1944 - November 18, 2017

Leslie R. Fuller of Rockford born to Ralph and Evelyn Fuller on November 15, 1944, lost his fight on Saturday, November 18, 2017. He married Charleston (Charli) on May 21, 1976. Les was an avid car lover. He was an active member of the Rockford Gentleman's Car Club since the 1960's. He loved watching Nascar every Sunday, had a passion for playing poker on the slot machine and going to watch his...
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Anna Marie Pickett

December 25, 1949 - November 17, 2017

Anna Marie "Mama" Pickett, 67, of Rockford entered into eternal rest on Friday, November 17, 2017 in her home surrounded by her loving family. Born on December 25, 1949 in Camden, AR. Daughter of John and Juanita McNeely. As we celebrate the wonderful life of Anna Marie Pickett we remember she was a devoted Christian and member of Macedonia Baptist Church. She loved her God, her family,...
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Lottie Clayborn

February 15, 1920 - November 17, 2017

Lottie (Betts) Clayborn, 97, of Rockford passed away Friday November 17, 2017. Lottie was born on February 15, 1920 in Madison, AL, the daughter of Walter and Richetta (Moore) Betts. She married John H. Clayborn on August 2, 1936 and he preceded her in death on November 3, 2003.Lottie was a great servant and faithful member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, she loved to cook and spend...
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Debra Stone

April 29, 1959 - November 17, 2017

Debra Gail Stone, 58, of Roscoe, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family after a courageous 10 year battle with cancer. Born April 29, 1959 in Rockford, IL. Daughter of David Albert and Delores Ann (Lutz) Meyer. Graduate of Auburn High School. Debbie met the love of her life in 1974 while working at Little Anthony's in Rockford. John Ed and Debra married in 1976...
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John D. Mixon

August 8, 1941 - November 15, 2017

John D. Mixon, 76, of Machesney Park, IL. was welcomed into heaven on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. In a life well celebrated he married Vicki Hofmann in May 1964 and together shared 53 years while raising their five children. John worked for Equipment Depot formerly Geraghty Industrial and Material Handling Services for over 43 years in many capacities but most favorably as a truck driver and...
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Kay E. Dobson

July 14, 1937 - November 15, 2017

Kay E. Dobson, 80, of Machesney Park, IL, passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2017. She was born in 1937, in Dale, Hamilton County IL, the daughter of Paul & Doris Hunt. She married Jack Dobson and together had "two big boys and two little girls". Kay worked as a secretary for State Farm Insurance most of her life, retiring in 1999. Following retirement, Kay traveled throughout the Midwest...
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Stephen J. Nesbit

February 2, 1940 - November 10, 2017

Stephen J. Nesbit, 77, of Machesney Park passed away Friday November 10, 2017 with family by his side. Stephen was born on February 2, 1940, the son of Roy and Josephine Nesbit. Stephen married Jeanette M. Hohn in May of 2004. Stephen retired for Chrysler Automotive Plant, he loved showing is Corvette and driving his Dodge Challenger.Stephen is survived by his wife Jeanette; step-children:...
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Raymond E. Sanders

April 21, 1923 - November 9, 2017

Raymond Earl Sanders, 94, of Loves Park, passed away on November 9, 2017. Born April 21, 1923 in La Farge, WI. Son of Raymond Rue and Mary Helene (Unbehaun) Sanders. Veteran of the United States Army having served in WWII. United in marriage to Ellen Catherine Thompson on August 29, 1953. She predeceased him on November 6, 1999. Employed as a Machinist and Truck Driver up until his...
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Elsie M. Bowen

April 5, 1947 - November 6, 2017

Elsie M. Bowen, 70, of Rockford, passed away on Monday, November 6, 2017. Born April 5, 1947 in Blair, NE. Daughter of Lewis and Carol (Norris) Hillman. United in marriage to Robert Bowen on October 27, 1973 in Rockford, IL. Employed by Barber Colman retiring in 2001. Lifelong Chicago Bulls Fan. She found enjoyment in camping, fishing, sitting on the deck, tending to her flower gardens,...
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John W. Carlson

October 22, 1946 - November 5, 2017

John W. Carlson, 71, of Pecatonica went home to be with the Lord on Sunday November 5, 2017. John was born in Rockford on October 22, 1946, the son of Elmer W. and Anna Mae (Mickelson) Carlson. John married Jody J. Johnson in 1987. John was a 1964 graduate of Byron High School. John was co-owner of Carlson Transport, Inc. from 1982 until 1987 with his brother Bill. He was director of the Soil and...
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Bonnie Jean Scott Wright

July 15, 1944 - November 5, 2017

Bonnie Jean Scott Wright, 73, of Rockford, died on November 5, 2017 in her home. Born July 15, 1944 in Washington D.C. Daughter of William T. and Thelma E. (Clarke) Davis. Survived by daughter, Jackie (Jim) Anderson; son, Roger Marsh; sisters, Mary Ann Krehbiel and Thelma Marshall; grandchildren; great-grandchildren. Predeceased by husband, John F. Wright Jr; brother, William T. Davis. ...
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Curtis C. Nichols

November 7, 1953 - November 4, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Sunset Funeral Home, Machesney Park, IL.
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Curtis C. Nichols

November 7, 1953 - November 4, 2017

Curtis C. Nichols, 63, of Roscoe passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Son of Chuck and Marge Nichols born on November 7, 1953 in Wanatah, IN. Moved with his family when he was a young boy to Rockford, IL. Graduated from Guilford High School. United in Marriage to Patricia Fiorenza on July 8, 1978 in Holy Family Church in Rockford, IL. Went to work for Bob Walt at the Rockford Ski Rack...
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Dennis L. Suhr

September 24, 1950 - November 4, 2017

Dennis L. Suhr, 67, of Rockford has gone to his eternal home on Saturday November 4, 2017. Dennis was born on September 24, 1950 in Rockford, the son of Alice and Verle Suhr. Dennis attended West High School and after graduation his number was drawn to go off to Vietnam until 1972. Denny supported the Boy Scout and Girl Scouts, he loved animals, especially birds. He was an avid music lover and...
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Dennis M. Schroeder

September 7, 1954 - November 3, 2017

Dennis M. Schroeder, 63, of Rockford passed away Friday November 3, 2017 with family by his side. Dennis was born on September 7, 1954 in Rockford. Dennis married Debra J. Carr on May 24, 1988. Dennis was a business unit manager for many years at ELCO. He loved home projects and could build anything.Dennis is survived by his wife Debra; son Aaron (Jessika) Schroeder; mother Joann Nelson; grandson...
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Elizabeth A. Hirth

May 26, 1933 - November 2, 2017

Betty A. Hirth, on Thursday November 2, 2017 embarked on a new journey surrounded at home by her family. Betty was born on May 26, 1933, in Sterling, Illinois to Everett and Carlotta (Ohda) Teske. Betty was predeceased by her high school and life partner Stanley Hirth. She always enjoyed living life to its fullest including taking many vacations and donating her money to the casinos. She was...
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Ellie Ann Larson

October 5, 2016 - October 28, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Sunset Funeral Home, Machesney Park, IL.
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Debra L. Dougherty

August 22, 1954 - October 25, 2017

Debra L. Dougherty, 63, of Rockford passed away Wednesday October 25, 2017 with her loving family at her side. Debra was born on August 22, 1954 in Rockford, the daughter of Dorothy L. (Meyer) and William T. Johnson, Sr. Debra attended St. Anne Chapel at Presence Saint Anne Center.Debra is survived by her son Justin (FiancÚ's Alexis) Dougherty; sister Diane (Tom) Kisting, brother Jim (Noi)...
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Carolyn H. Rud

December 10, 1927 - October 24, 2017

Carolyn Helen Rud, 89, was welcomed into heaven on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Carolyn was born December 10, 1927 in Edgerton, WI to Herman and Cora (Benash) Kersten. In a life well celebrated she married LeRoy Rud and cherished the time spent together raising their daughter. Carolyn was a homemaker and made a career of taking care of her family. She enjoyed cooking for them, especially her...
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Hendrix Grace Brasher

October 22, 2017 - October 22, 2017

Remember MeHendrix Grace Brasher precious from the start was born to her loving parents, Harley Jackson and Ian Brasher on Sunday October 22, 2017, and gently taken into the arms of Jesus and the heavenly angels on Sunday, October 22, 2017. Memorial Service: 10:00 a.m. on Thursday October 26, at Sunset Funeral Home 8800 N. Alpine Rd. Machesney Park, IL. Express condolences www...
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Marie Ann Earhart

September 24, 1931 - October 19, 2017

Marie Ann Earhart, 86, of Machesney Park, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Born on September 24, 1931 in Ottawa, IL. Daughter of George and Constance (Kasper) Vancena. United in marriage to Jack R. Earhart on July 28, 1951 in Ottawa, IL. He predeceased her on July 15, 2004. Before Jack's passing they retired to Florida where they lived for 13 years. ...
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John Weeks

January 8, 1935 - October 18, 2017

John James "Jack" Weeks, 82, of Loves Park, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Born January 8, 1935 in Rockford, IL. Son of Raymond A. and Margaret M. (Schricker) Weeks. Jack graduated from Rockford West High School, Rock Valley College and Western Illinois University. Served in the United State Air Force from 1952 to 1956, achieving the...
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Murray E. Huffman

January 24, 1939 - October 17, 2017

Murray E. Huffman son of Ezra E. Huffman and Georgia L. (Cox) Huffman departed this life on October 17, 2017. He squeezed every ounce of life out of his body that he possibly could, often defying his medical expert's expectations. His life story is the American success story. Growing up on the farm in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, he was taught hard work by his father and love of family by his...
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Linda K. Beebe

December 7, 1946 - October 13, 2017

Linda Kay Beebe, 70, of Rockford, Il. died Friday, October 13, 2017 in the comfort of her friends and staff at RIverBluff Nursing Home. She was born in Jonesboro, AR. to George and Mary Jane Beebe. Linda, worked for the City of Rockford as a secretary, and later opened a daycare out of her home. She loved to play bingo and had an interesting collection of teddy bears and angels. Linda had a...
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Jayce N. Ludlow

September 12, 2017 - October 13, 2017

Romans: 8:28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Remember MeJayce Nicolas Ludlow, infant, precious from the start was born to his loving family on September 12, 2017, with premature complications and gently taken into the arms of Jesus and the heavenly angels on Friday, October 13, 2017. Jayce was the piece...
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Jane M. Guenzler

December 21, 1921 - October 9, 2017

Jane Mary Guenzler, 95, of Rockford, passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017 and met her Lord and Savior. Born December 21, 1921 in Rockford, IL. Daughter of Floyd and Marie (Waller) Hanford. She graduated from Rockford Central High School class of 1940. United in Marriage to Leonard Guenzler on October 10, 1941. After his passing Fairhaven became her home in 2002. Jane's greatest joy in...
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Emily Anne Anderson

November 25, 1991 - October 8, 2017

Emily Anne Dull, 25, of Loves Park, Il. is now joined with her mom and all the angels in heaven. In a life well celebrated, Emily's final earthly mission was the impact she created in joining all the community together to provide search, support and genuine love to her family at such a difficult time. Emily loved her family, and the pure joy she shared together with her sisters, wrestling,...
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Morgan A. Patmythes

October 14, 1995 - October 5, 2017

Morgan Ashley Patmythes, 21, of Roscoe, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 5, 2017. Born October 14, 1995 in Rockford, IL. Daughter of Jeffrey Patmythes and Marcy Newland. Morgan loved life and loved living it by the seat of her pants. It wasn't uncommon for a sudden road trip to Chicago with her sisters. She had a love of all kinds of music playing it loudly and singing along. ...
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Robert J. Conant

April 21, 1947 - October 5, 2017

Robert J. Conant, 70, of Rockford was born on April 21, 1947, the son of Harry and Ann (Cuccia) Conant. He passed away suddenly during his best golf game on Thursday October 5th. Robert was a graduate of West High in 1965 and went into Local Union #23 as a pipefitter and wielder. He married Margot Lyon in 1966; together they raised Michele (Kevin) DePauw and David (Judy) Conant. Bob had one...
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Michael P. Mineau

March 5, 1947 - October 4, 2017

Michael P. Mineau, 70, of Loves Park, IL died Wednesday, October 4, 2017, in his home with his wife at his side. In a life well celebrated, Michael married Darlene Nortch and together shared 49 years while raising their family in a home filled with love. Together they enjoyed their travels to Hawaii for their 25th wedding anniversary, Vegas, Mexico and cruises. Michael enjoyed donating money to...
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William D. Hillhouse

October 20, 1945 - October 3, 2017

At 0900 on Oct. 3rd dad left this earth to join our mother Carolyn, the love of his life and soul mate, at his eternal residence. Even though we are all sad we share the peace of knowing we will see him again. We know mom was there waiting to say welcome home. Dad loved the outdoors and fishing. If you needed to find him, you knew he would be piddling around in the garage. He leaves behind his...
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Brenda Sue Harvey

February 6, 1945 - September 27, 2017

Brenda Sue Franks Harvey, 72, passed away September 27, 2017 of natural causes in her home in Culpeper, VA. Born in Clarkston, MO. to Boyd and Juanita Franks. She is survived by her beloved husband, William Harvey Jr.: sons, J.R. Marshall (Rockford, IL), Danny Franks, Tim King, and Andy Harvey (all of Culpeper, VA.) and daughters Deb (Jim) Demler (Shelbyville, KY), Carol (Ron) Rabineau ...
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Richard O. Roberson

January 23, 1935 - September 27, 2017

Richard Otis Roberson, 82, of Machesney Park, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family and loved ones on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Born January 23, 1935 in Pleasant Plains, AR to Otis and Alli Dale (Mitchell) Roberson. After high school he attended Arkansas State College where he starred on the Basketball team. Enlisted in the United States Navy where he was in Special...
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Edward J. Petrie

October 23, 1935 - September 23, 2017

Edward "Eddie" Petrie, 81 departed this life Saturday, September 23, 2017 in his home. He was born in Waukesha, WI, October 23, 1935 to Edwin Petrie and Elizabeth (Folman) Petrie. He married Marge Ostrander in Rockford, IL, April 13, 1957. They just celebrated their 60th anniversary with family & friends. Eddie loved and lived for his family, he was the supporter and strength of his...
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Evelyn M. Jensen

July 15, 1930 - September 22, 2017

Evelyn Marie Jensen, age 87, from Rockford, IL passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on Friday, September 22, 2017. Evelyn was born on July 15, 1930 in Chicago, IL. She was the daughter of Nickolas and Katherine Yurkiewicz, both deceased. She was married to James R. Jensen of Chicago, IL also deceased. Her survivors include her five children, James R. Jensen (Cathy), Clarissa...
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Pauline Marie Knox

December 10, 1925 - September 22, 2017

Pauline Marie Knox, 91, of Rockford, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 22, 2017. Born December 10, 1925 in Lincoln, NE. Daughter of Rex and Nina (Moyer) Holdren. United in marriage to Leo Knox in 1946. He predeceased her on January 19, 1970. Pauline found enjoyment in dancing, motorcycles and just being a Mom. During her lifetime she worked for various places but was mainly a stay...
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Lester Fernstaedt

March 4, 1928 - September 19, 2017

Lester E. Fernstaedt, 89, of Loves Park, IL. died Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from complications of Alzheimer's in his home. Lester was born in his home to Herman and Emilie (Krupke) Fernstaedt on March 4, 1928 in Lafayette County, WI. He attended schools in Lena, IL. graduating in 1946. Lester was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the Korean War stationed in Germany. He...
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Monte Lee Weber

July 25, 1932 - September 19, 2017

Monte Lee Weber, 85, of Rockford passed away Tuesday September 19, 2017. Monte was born on July 25, 1932 in Chicago, the son of Leonard and Grace (Volkers) Weber. He married Janice Erickson on June 5, 1953 and she preceded him in death on March 15, 1975; he then married Nancy( Reinhold) Aadnoy on March 22, 1980 and she preceded him in death on August 6, 2017. Monte was an auto mechanic from the...
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LaVerne A. Selquist

August 13, 1916 - September 17, 2017

LaVerne A. Selquist, 101 of Rockford, IL died peacefully in his home. LaVerne served his country as a U.S. Army veteran. On May 11, 1946, he married Ramona Sundby and shared 71 years together while raising their daughters in a home filled with love. They shared the dance floor with pure joy and entertainment. He worked most of his life in retail as a clothing salesman. LaVerne enjoyed connecting...
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Mary K. Driggs

October 11, 1949 - September 17, 2017

Mary K. Driggs, 67, of Machesney Park, IL. was welcomed into heaven on Sunday, September 17, 2017. In a life well celebrated Mary married Larry Driggs in June 1968, and together shared 49 years while raising their family in a home filled with love. Mary was a homemaker and made a career of taking care of her family. She was masterful in many areas. She would showcase her talents in cooking,...
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Estle M. Moore

December 7, 1936 - September 16, 2017

Estle M. Moore, 80, of Machesney Park went to be with the Lord on September 16, 2017 with family by her side. Estle was born on December 7, 1936 in Boydsville, AR, the daughter of Benjamin Franklin McElyea and Addie Burkhart. She married Virgil D. Moore on July 10, 1952 in Pocahontas, AR. Estle put everybody first and made sure all were taken care of before thinking about herself, she was a...
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Gary Nyberg

October 18, 1950 - September 14, 2017

Gary Bruce Nyberg, 66, of Lincoln, CA formally of South Beloit, passed away on Thursday, September 14, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Born October 18, 1950 in Rockford, IL. Son of Duane Elnore and Juliette Edith Grace (Hillary) Nyberg. Graduate of Harlem High School and Northern Illinois University. Married the love of his life Lorrie Anne Rhead on September 10, 1977 in Beloit, WI. ...
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Morris F. Allen

June 17, 1935 - September 14, 2017

Morris Fay Allen, 82, of Roscoe, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Born June 17, 1935 in Ferryville, WI. Son of Morris and Dorothy (Scribbons) Allen. Veteran of the United States Army having served in Korean War. United in marriage to Madge Sheets on December 29, 1956 at St Paul's Lutheran Church in Rockford. Employed for over 25 years by Rockford Fastener Inc. as Plant...
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Lorraine Mosinski

July 3, 1922 - September 14, 2017

Per Lorraine's wishes no Services were held. Cremation Rites were accorded
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Daniel Zeigler

November 14, 1932 - September 13, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Sunset Funeral Home, Machesney Park, IL.
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Nancy J. Kronberg

March 8, 1943 - September 12, 2017

Nancy J. Kronberg of Rockford IL, departed this earthly life on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 in her home after a long illness. She was born March 8, 1943 in Rockford Illinois. The daughter of Dietrich and Viola (Polkow) Beck. She lived in Rockford her whole life. In 1961 she graduated East High School. She married Richard Kronberg on June 24, 1961. Nancy was a member of the Blackhawk Athletic...
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Rosa M. Salvador De Aguilar

December 14, 1940 - September 10, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Sunset Funeral Home, Machesney Park, IL.
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Dolores I. Lohmer

October 14, 1930 - September 10, 2017

Dolores Irene (Merriman) Lohmer, 87, of Byron, IL. Our beloved sister passed from this world peacefully at home in the loving arms of her family on September 10, 2017. Born October 14, 1930 in Oberlin, KS. Daughter of Claude and Gladys (Stucks) Merriman. Despite being born into an impoverished family, then affected by Polio at age 7, heart condition and Rheumatic Fever, that did not stop her...
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Mary Sue Jacobs

March 7, 1934 - September 10, 2017

.Mary Sue Jacobs, 83, was welcomed into heaven on Sunday, September 10, 2017. In a life well celebrated Mary Sue was a receptionist, a valued employee at Barber Coleman for over 30 years until her retirement. She enjoyed engaging in conversation with everyone. She had a tender heart for cats and never met a stray she didn't try to rescue. Mary Sue was an active member of St. Bernadette's...
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