Our Obituaries

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

Arrangements for Lottie are pending at this time at Sunset Funeral Home.
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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 31, 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

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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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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Maynard Tipton

April 24, 1935 - September 9, 2017

Maynard Tipton, 82, of CherryValley, IL. died Saturday, September 9, 2017 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family. In a life well celebrated, Maynard was a Native American who embraced his heritage with great respect. He was registered with the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and fondly referred to as Wha-onk-wa-neek-lo-onk translated to Hawkman. In 1955 he voluntarily enlisted in the...
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Patricia Rose Johnson

August 16, 1937 - September 9, 2017

Patricia Rose Johnson, 80, of Rockford passed away Saturday September 9, 2017 with family at her side. Patricia was born on August 16, 1937 in Hoxie, AR, daughter of Roy and Etta (Carley) Rice. She married Archie L. Johnson on September 15, 1956. Patricia was a faithful woman and affiliated with the First Assembly of God Church where she was very active and a Sunday School Teacher. Patricia loved...
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George L. Williams

February 28, 1941 - September 7, 2017

George L. "Corky" Williams, 76, of Machesney Park, IL. died Thursday, September 7, 2017 in the comfort of his son's Joe,s home surrounded by his family. In a life well celebrated, Corky proudly served his country as a veteran of the U.S. Army. He served his community as a valued officer of the Winnebago Sheriff's Dept, for over 27 years until his retirement. Corky was a Master Mason of the 32...
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Wilbert A. Cugler

November 5, 1941 - September 6, 2017

Wilbert Alan Cugler, 76 of Rockford IL. entered eternal life on September 6, 2017.He was born November 5, 1941, to Mary Powell in Pedricktown NJ. He grew up in Penns Grove, NJ. attended school there and also went to Penns Grove Regional High School. In the early sixty's, he joined the US Army at Fort Dix, NJ. He was later stationed in Texas in the medical field. After leaving the Army, ...
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Leslie M. Martin

February 2, 1959 - August 31, 2017

Leslie M. Martin, 58, of Rockford passed away Thursday August 31, 2017. Leslie was born on February 2, 1959 in Rockford, the daughter of Charles and Patricia (Johnson) Tomkus. Leslie married Tim Martin on August 3, 1983 and lost him in a tragic accident in 1997. Leslie was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and was passionate about her faith. She worked with Illinois Growth Enterprises. Leslie...
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Sandra F. Heim

October 4, 1945 - August 31, 2017

Sandra F. Heim, 71, of Loves Park, IL died Thursday, August 31, 2017. In a life well celebrated she married her true love, Floyd Heim in July 1982. He affectionately referred to her as "My Sandra". She was a valued employee with Prairie St. Legal Services, working as a paralegal for over 25 years. Together with her husband they embraced the adventures of traveling and camping in their 5th wheel...
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Patricia Dee Woolbright

July 30, 1939 - August 30, 2017

Patricia Dee Woolbright, 78, of Rockford passed away Wednesday August 30, 2017 at her residence with family by her side.Patricia was born on July 30, 1939 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of DeForest and Beatrice (McDermott) Springer. She married Eather "Wooly" Woolbright on September 2, 1961. Patricia was owner along with her husband of Wooly's Café in Pecatonica and then worked for Mary's...
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Richard Patrick Doherty

June 19, 1935 - August 30, 2017

Richard Patrick Doherty, 82, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Born June 19, 1935 in Loves Park, IL. Son of Fintan Patrick and Uveta Fay (Bloyer) Doherty. Attended Harlem High School. Veteran of the United States Army having served in Germany. United in marriage to Janet Buss on June 6, 1958 at South Park Covenant Church in Rockford. Employed by Gustave A Larson Company for 36 years...
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Sondra Arlene Rogers

October 2, 1938 - August 28, 2017

Sondra Arlene Rogers, 78, of Lake Mills, WI passed away peacefully on Monday, August 28, 2017. Born October 2, 1938 in Richland Center, WI. Daughter of Grover and Odessa Camilla (Goplin) Worden. United in marriage to Glenn W. Rogers on February 11, 1972, in North Park Church of Christ in Loves Park. Sondra worked as a Winnebago County Sherriff Deputy Secretary and Secretary for Temple Baptist...
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William A. Sabin

June 7, 1935 - August 28, 2017

William A. Sabin, Sr, 82, of Roscoe passed away Monday August 28, 2017. William was born on June 7, 1935 in Rockford, the son of Frank and Lavern (McNames) Sabin. William married Joan R. Hayenga-Vollstedt on October 2, 1953. William worked for Sterns Fixture and Hunter Corporation for the Byron Nuclear System, after retirement he served on the Roscoe-Harlem Fire Department for 17 years. William...
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Betty Jane Grams

April 24, 1923 - August 19, 2017

Betty Jane Grams, 94, passed away on August 19, 2017. Betty was born on April 24, 1923 to Evelyn and Fred Steeves in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin where she spent most of her early life and where she met and married Arthur (A.G.) Grams in 1941. She lived in Texas, Missouri, Colorado and again in Wisconsin before moving to the Rockford area with "A.G." and her daughter, Jackie. She used her...
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Frank Edward Dolezalek

April 22, 1929 - August 17, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Sunset Memorial Gardens, Machesney Park, IL.
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Jospeh J. Bugbee

October 25, 1938 - August 17, 2017

Joseph James Bugbee, 78, of Rockford, passed away on Thursday, August, 17, 2017. Born October 25, 1938 in Vernon City, WI. Son of James H. and Edna C. (Winchel) Bugbee. Employed by Chrysler for 36 years. Married Nona Jean Martin on September 28, 2013 in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness. Devoted member of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Enjoyed laughter, life and all of life's creatures. ...
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Paula L. Cates

July 9, 1954 - August 17, 2017

Paula L. Cates, 63, of Rockford, IL. died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family. In a life well celebrated, she married Randy Cates and shared 29 years together while raising their family in a home filled with love. Their life together was a beautiful love story inspiring to their children. In the words of her family, "She was beautiful without having to try." A perfect day would be...
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Wunitta L. Brown

October 20, 1954 - August 11, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Sunset Funeral Home, Machesney Park, IL.
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Reva Clankie

July 1, 1933 - August 10, 2017

Reva Ann Clankie, 84, of Durand passed away Thursday August 10, 2017 in her residence with family by her side. Reva was born on July 1, 1933 in Grand Rapids, MI, the daughter of James B. and Millie T. Rathbun. She married LeRoy Clankie on July 28, 1951 and he preceded her in death on November 5, 1994. Reva loved being with her family and loved her cat "Precious".Reva is survived by her children:...
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Gladys Hamilton

November 17, 1923 - August 10, 2017

Beginnings are scary. Endings can be sad. It's what you do in the middle that counts. This journey began November 17, 1923 when John and Lula (Houser) White gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and named her Gladys Normalee White. Gladys was born and raised in Centerville, Iowa where graduated from Centerville High School. She worked for a few years at McClellans Store as a bookkeeper. She met...
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Roy C. Straley

April 3, 1937 - August 7, 2017

Roy C. Straley, 80, of Rockford went to be with the Lord on Monday August 7, 2017 at Rockford Mercy Hospital. Roy was born on April 3, 1937 in Rockford, the son of Roy I. and Jeannette M. (Gregg) Straley. Roy love the Lord, he enjoyed watching the Bears and Cubs on T.V. Roy loved playing softball and did play into his mid-60's.Roy is survived by his sister Shirley (Dallas) West; sister-in-law...
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Elsie D. Kayser

May 4, 1923 - August 4, 2017

Elsie D. Kayser, 94 years old, of Rockford passed away August 4th at Rosewood Care Center. Born May 4, 1923 in Liege, Belgium, the daughter of Martin and Augusta (De Bleyser) Nelissen. Elsie was fluent in French, Flemish, German and English. While working as a translator for the Belgian government, she met her future husband, Loren E. Kayser, who served in the US Army in WWII. They married...
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Mary J. Powers Urbelis

July 17, 1933 - August 4, 2017

Mary J. Powers-Urbelis, 84, of Indiantown, FL. formally of Rockford, passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017. Born July 17, 1933 in Rockford. Daughter of Fred and Margaret (Munk) Cox. Mary Jo found great pleasure in cooking, reading, watching Nascar, visiting the local VFW, and having potlucks with her friends in Indiantown. Survived by her daughters, Denise Cannon, Vikki Powers, Jeanette...
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Paul F. Seaworth

April 30, 1927 - August 3, 2017

Paul F. Seaworth, 90, of Portage , WI. died Thursday, August 3, 2017. A loving husband, father, grandfather. In a life well celebrated, Paul worked as a machinist for 17 years with Elco and 17 years with Wooden Brook. In 1945 he married Joyce Seaworth and together raised their 2 children in a home filled with love. Joyce preceded him in death in 1997. Paul loved fishing and he was a...
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Susan K. Beeler

March 28, 1945 - August 3, 2017

Susan K. Beeler, 72, of Rockford, passed away Thursday, August 3, 2017, after a long illness surrounded by her loving family. She was a loving mother, grandma, great-grandma, sister and friend to many. Born March 28, 1945, in Phoenix, AZ. Daughter of James and Ruth (Stam) Tennyson. She was employed at the Epilepsy Foundation for many years and retired in 2016. She found great enjoyment in...
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Albert W. Kuschel

January 10, 1945 - July 30, 2017

Albert Wayne Kuschel, 72, of Chicago, passed away peacefully in Rosewood Manor in Delavan on Sunday, July 30, 2017. Born January 10, 1945 in Chicago, IL. Son of Albert and Theresa (Douvris) Kuschel. Even though Albert was blinded at age 22 he was still able to go on to obtain his Master's degree in Investments and his Undergrad in Finance from Southern Illinois University. He first married...
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Richard L. Gresty

September 30, 1943 - July 29, 2017

Richard L. "Dick" Gresty, 73, of Machesney Park, IL. died Saturday, July 29, 2017. Loving husband, dad and Poppy. In a life well celebrated, Dick served his country proudly as a veteran of the Army. In 1964 he married his sweetheart Karen Murray and together shared 53 years while raising their two sons. Best known for Gresty Auto Sales first on Broadway and his current location on Harlem Rd....
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Kenneth W. Beidler

June 19, 1934 - July 28, 2017

Kenneth William Beidler, 83, of Rockford passed away on Friday July 28, 2017 with his loving family at his side.Kenneth was born on June 19, 1934 in Dakota, IL the son of Melvin Lavon and Gladys (Brinkmeier) Beidler. Kenneth married Joan Marilyn Breuer on September 24, 1955 and she preceded him in death on March 14, 2001. Kenneth was an amazing family man and was known for his enormous generosity...
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Heidi L. Diaz

February 16, 1960 - July 27, 2017

Heidi L. Diaz, 57 of Rockford, Il. died unexpectedly on Thursday, July 27, 2017. In a life well celebrated, Heidi married Robert Diaz on August 2, 1980, together they shared almost 37 years while raising their family in a home filled with love. Heidi's hands were never idle; she was either knitting or crocheting beautiful keepsakes for her family, even though she wasn't looking at you she was...
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Dan L. Sturm

April 24, 1933 - July 26, 2017

Dan L. Sturm, 84, went to be with the Lord on Thursday July 26, 2017 at his residence with family by his side.Dan was born in Dayton, OH, the son of Thomas and Juanita Sturm. He married Betty White on March 18, 1960. Dan was a Barber and a Korean War Veteran serving in the Air Force. Dan was affiliated with Halstead Baptist Church where he taught the Men's Sunday school class. Dan liked to draw,...
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Lloyd C. Tays

May 15, 1928 - July 25, 2017

Lloyd C. Tays, 89, of Rockford, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Born May 17, 1928 in Mayland, TN. Son of Vance and Myrtle (Reeves) Tayes. Veteran of the United States Army having served in the Korean War. United in marriage on September 28, 1953 to Sharlett Hill. Lloyd had a very strong work ethic that he showed in his years working at Rockford Drop Forge where he retired...
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Wilma Leta Young

May 8, 1920 - July 24, 2017

Wilma Leta Young, 97, of Rockford, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, July 24, 2017. Born May 8, 1920 in Round Grove, MO. Daughter of Wade and Mandy Hurst. United in marriage to Delbert Young on October 20, 1956 in Rockford, IL. Worked at Barber Coleman for 35 years. Attended City First Church for 70 years. Survivors include her husband, Delbert; stepson, Jim (Cynthia) Young;...
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Marjorie M. Jones

October 23, 1931 - July 24, 2017

Marjorie M. Jones, 85, went into the loving arms of Jesus on Monday July 24, 2017 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center. Marjorie was born on October 23, 1931 in Rockford, the daughter of Dwight and Welma (Kuhl) Tanner. She married Wilmer Jones on July 25, 1953 and spent 64 wonderful years together. Marjorie was a member of First Baptist Church in Rockford and attended First Evangelical Free Church...
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Jean L. Rudderham

July 10, 1930 - July 22, 2017

Jean Lois Rudderham, 87, of Rockford, IL. died Saturday, July 22, 2017 with family by her side. In a life well celebrated she married Rick Rudderham and shared 61 years together while raising their family in a home filled with love. Jean worked for Bergners, WROK, and Aetna Ins. Co. and volunteered for many years as an election judge, however, she made a career of taking care of her family and...
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Gay Henderson

November 16, 1941 - July 22, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Sunset Funeral Home, Machesney Park, IL.
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M. Anthony Hall

October 23, 1973 - July 20, 2017

M. Anthony "Tony" Hall 43,Born To Life, October 23, 1973At Rest, July 20, 2017 Remember MeFill not your hearts with pain and sorrow,but remember me in every tomorrow.Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles,I've only gone to rest a little while.Although my leaving causes pain and grief, my going has eased my hurt,and given me relief.So dry your eyes and remember me,not as I am now, but as I...
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Raymond R. Swart

June 6, 1938 - July 20, 2017

Raymond Roy Swart, 79, of Rockford, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family. Born June 6, 1938 in Elgin, IL. Son of Roy and Cora (Ash) Swart. United in marriage to Betty Vervinck on May 27, 1967 in Rockford. She predeceased him on August 22, 2008. Together they shared 41 years of marriage. Having been raised on a farm as a child that instilled in him a strong work...
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Alvin O. Worthington

January 29, 1934 - July 19, 2017

Alvin O. Worthington, 83, of Rockford passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at his residence. Alvin was born January 29, 1934, in Hillsboro, WI, the son of Alvin and Zola (Malosh) Worthington. Alvin married Juanita "Nita" Niswonger on December 15, 1962, in Oregon; she preceded him in death on May 4, 2003. He married Crystal Vella and she survives. Alvin had memberships in the Masonic Lodge, Moose...
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Dora M. Miller

October 2, 1924 - July 18, 2017

Dora M. Miller, 92, of Machesney Park, IL died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Grandma Dora to everyone! The angels on earth were all her grand, great and great-great grandchildren. She was most comforted when surrounded by all the family especially the babies. In a life well celebrated, she raised 7 wonderful children, in a home filled with love. She made a career of taking...
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Ashton Kobie Michael Lathrop-Claus

November 29, 2016 - July 15, 2017

Ashton Kobie Michael Lathrop-Claus passed away peacefully on Saturday July 15, 2017. Born November 29, 2016 in Rockford, IL. Son of William Brown and Alyssa Lathrop. Little Ashton came into this world early and made quite the impression on everyone who met him. He fought for as long and as hard as he could until it was his time to be called home to be with his Uncle Cody. Even though he was...
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Kenneth L. Sansom

January 6, 1933 - July 13, 2017

Kenneth L. Sansom, 84, of Rockford, passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017. Born January 6, 1933 in Decherd, TN. Son of William and Jessie (Vant) Sansom. Veteran of the United States Army, having served in the Korean War. Member of the Masons. He loved to go fishing, collecting tools, loved reading anything and everything and he would never would turn down a cup of coffee. He enjoyed traveling...
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Barbara Rae Crosty

July 25, 1933 - July 13, 2017

Barbara Rae Crosty, 83,of Rockford passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Born on July 25, 1933 in Rockford, IL. Daughter of Dean and Carolyn (Petersen) Hodges. Married Donald Eugene Crosty on March 27, 1953 in Rockford. He predeceased her on November 28, 2013. She worked as a secretary for the Local Dairy Union #742. Member of the Verdi Club...
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Robert L. Vignali

July 19, 1929 - July 7, 2017

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Gary R. Anderson

June 15, 1946 - July 7, 2017

Gary R. Anderson, 71, of Rockford passed away Friday July 7, 2017 with his family by his side. Gary was born on June 15, 1946 in Rockford, the son of Raymond and Amelia Anderson. Gary married Angela M. Salamone on February 21, 1970. Gary was district manager for Burger King Restaurants for 20 years before owning his own Subway Restaurant Franchise. Gary was a 1964 graduate of Rockford East High...
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George Studer

June 14, 1930 - July 7, 2017

George Studer, 87, of Rockford, IL. died Friday, July 7, 2017 in the comfort of Serenity Hospice Oregon, Il. In a life well celebrated George married Harriett L. Johnson and together shared 48 years while raising their family in a home filled with love. They enjoyed the adventures of travel all over the United States and embraced the beauty of nature and fishing at Lake Kegonza and Koshgonog...
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Donald A. Bender

August 5, 1919 - July 7, 2017

Donald A. Bender, 97, of Machesney Park, IL. was welcomed into heaven on Friday, July 7, 2017. In a life well celebrated, Don was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in WWII. In 1942 he married Phyllis Hutton and together they shared 55 years while raising their family in a home filled with love. In his lifetime, Don created wonderful memories with his family at their summer cabin in...
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Antoinette M. Zandonai

December 31, 1929 - July 5, 2017

Antoinette M. Zandonai, 87, of Rockford, passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Born December 31, 1929 in Rockford, IL. Daughter of John and Mary (Paravala) Mazzola. United in Marriage to Leno Zandonai on October 27, 1956 in Rockford. She worked at Barber Colman until her son was born then she became a Homemaker. Antoinette enjoyed the simple pleasures of cooking, baking, cake decorating...
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Sarah J. Lynch

September 14, 1926 - July 3, 2017

Sarah "Sally" (Crabill) Lynch, 90, passed away Monday July 3, 2017 at Alden Alma Nelson Nursing Home in Rockford. Sarah was born on September 14, 1926 in La Harpe, IL to Martha (Harrington) and Joseph Crabill. Sarah moved to Davenport, IA then to Rock Island, IL where she attended schools, graduating from Rock Island High School in 1944. She married Lyle Lynch that same year. They had two...
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Derek Paul Jones Samp

May 1, 1986 - June 29, 2017

Derek Paul Jones Samp, 31, of Freeport, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 29th in his home. Born May 1, 1986 in Rockford the son of Misti Jones. Graduated from Tricoci University with a degree in Cosmetology. He started and owned Restauro Salon in Loves Park for four years. Besides his love of hair, he found passion in interior design. He loved to spend time with his extended family...
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Joe F. Tester

December 25, 1931 - June 26, 2017

Joe F. Tester, 85, passed away Monday June 26, 2017 in the comfort of his home. Joe was born on December 25, 1931 in Elizabethton, TN., son of Robert and Martha (Bryant) Tester. Joe enjoyed spending time with his family and watching wrestling and cop shows. He served as a lineman in the U.S. Army for 21/2 years. He married Mary G. Percell in July of 1955 and moved to Illinois where he worked for...
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Charles H. Addams

October 11, 1934 - June 23, 2017

Charles "Chuck" H. Addams, 82 of South Beloit, IL. was welcomed into heaven on Friday June 23, 2017. Born October 11, 1934 in Machesney Park, IL. to Charles and Lillian (Lawson) Addams. In 1959 he married Joan St. John and shared 58 years while raising their family in a home filled with love. Chuck was a truck driver and worked many years in the plating business. Chuck was skillful at many...
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Lola Miracle Grant

June 8, 2017 - June 23, 2017

Lola Miracle Grant passed away in her loving parent's arms at home after a hard fought fight on Friday, June 23, 2017. She arrived in the world on June 8, 2017. Daughter of Lawrence and Lakita (Armstrong) Grant. Even though Lola was only here for a short time she touched everyone who met her. Lola may have been small but she was sure mighty. She is going to be greatly missed. Survived by...
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Sharon D. Lindquist

September 29, 1936 - June 22, 2017

Sharon Dee Lindquist, 80 of Loves Park, Il. died Thursday, June 22, 2017. She was born September 29, 1936, in Rockford, IL to Roy and Verna Wikstrom. In 1956 she graduated from Rockford East High School. Sharon was married to Jerry Nelson, father of her three children and then Married Dennis Lindquist in 1967 . Sharon worked at Arachnid for 10 years. She loved doing yard work, traveling,...
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Beverly J. Scott

September 15, 1947 - June 15, 2017

Beverly J. Scott, 69, of Mission, TX (formerly of Rockford) passed away Thursday June 15, 2017 in McAllen, TX. Beverly was born on September 15, 1947 in Edgerton, WI., daughter of Alfred and Ruth Ebert. Beverly married Richard I. Scott on December 4, 1965. Beverly was an avid reader and loved to play cards and games with her family. She loved to play bingo and occasionally was known to visit the...
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Genevieve L. Warren

February 23, 1939 - June 15, 2017

Genevieve L. Warren, 78, of Loves Park passed away Thursday June 15, 2017 with family by her side. Genevieve was born on February 23, 1939 in Dodgeville, WI, the daughter of Will A. and Loretta Gertrude (Palzkill) Pittz. She married Kenneth M. Warren and they have spent 59 wonderful years together. Genevieve is a member of St. Bridget Catholic Church in Loves Park. Genevieve is survived by her...
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