Our Obituaries

Raymond R. Swart

June 8, 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 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 ethic...
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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

Arrangements are being handled with Sunset Funeral Home
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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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Ben W. Greenwood

August 28, 1929 - June 15, 2017

Ben W. Greenwood, 87, of Loves Park passed away Thursday June 15, 2017 at his residence with his loving family by his side. Ben was born on August 28, 1929 in Georgia and raised in TN, the son of Ben H. and Willie Mae Greenwood. He married Grace Louise Jones on December 3, 1955. Ben was a member of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Loves Park. Ben worked for Duo Fast for 36 years and was a...
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Barbara J. Williams

October 24, 1928 - June 13, 2017

We celebrate the life of Barbara Joyce (Barb) Williams who passed away peacefully on June 13, 2017 at Presence Cor Mariae Center in Rockford, Il. Barb was born in Rockford, IL. Oct. 24, 1928, to Luander and Olga ( Johnson) Barrett. Barb is survived by, children, Terry L. (Marilynn), Gerald W. (Laraine) Williams; grandsons Matthew and Corey Williams ; granddaughters Valorie (Dino) Corsolini ...
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Gabriel R. Henze

August 20, 2009 - June 13, 2017

Gabriel "Gabe" Russell Henze,7, of Winnebago, IL. named after the angel Gabriele, completed his role in life and joined the other angels on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 after a sudden illness. Selfless, caring ,loving, sweet, kind, funny just a few words to describe Gabe. He was a student at Dorothy Simon Elementary School, in Winnebago, Il. where he was accepted and liked by everyone. On a...
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Herman J. Giggee

November 8, 1917 - June 12, 2017

Herman J. Giggee, 99, of Machesney Park passed away peacefully in his home with his family by his side on Monday, June 12, 2017. Born on November 8, 1917 in Yankton, SD. Son of Arthur and Emma (Kopp) Giggee. Veteran of the United States Army Air Corp having served in WWII. United in marriage to Montez L. Nelson on February 27, 1946. She predeceased him on June 27, 2003. Life long member of...
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Victoria Regina Collins

February 24, 1952 - June 11, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Sunset Memorial Gardens, Machesney Park, IL.
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Mae R. Farris

November 21, 1928 - June 4, 2017

Mae Ruth Farris, 88, of Rockford, Il. died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family. In 1955 she married John Farris and together raised their family in a home filled with love and an array of good cooking. Mae made a career as a homemaker taking care of family, tending to her beautiful flowers, keeping watch over the neighborhood and making the family favorites such as cornbread, ...
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Allie M. Farley

September 8, 1913 - June 2, 2017

Allie "Dink" Farley, 103, of Rockford, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 2, 2017. Born September 7, 1913 in Tishomingo, MS. Daughter and one of seven to William and Maude (Moore) Hill. United in marriage to William Farley in February 1946. He predeceased her on October 19, 1981. During her working career she made hats for the Navy during WWII, worked for a Toy company and did...
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Charles L. Peterson

December 23, 1932 - June 2, 2017

Charles L. Peterson, 84, of Rockford, passed away Friday June 2, 2017. He was born December 23, 1932 in Kewanee Public Hospital to LaVern and Alie Peterson. He graduated from AlWood High School in Woodhull, IL in 1950. He worked at Coyne Electric in Chicago. He served his country in the US Army from 1953 to 1955, stationed in Japan. He graduated from Milwaukee School of Engineering in 1956. ...
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James B. WHITE

July 9, 1931 - June 1, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Sunset Memorial Gardens, Machesney Park, IL.
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Timothy A. D'Angelo

December 13, 1960 - June 1, 2017

Timothy A. D'Angelo, 56, passed away on Thursday June 1, 2017 at Rockford Mercy Hospital with his family by his side.Tim was born on December 13, 1960 in Rockford, the son of John and Dolores (Akers) D'Angelo. Tim was a member of Roofers Union #11; he was a Boy Scout, Order of the Arrow and then became an Eagle Scout. Tim graduated in the top 5% of his class of 1978 at West High in Rockford. He...
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Dorothy L. Stuller

February 26, 1923 - May 27, 2017

Dorothy Louise Stuller 94, of Rockford, Il. died Saturday, May 27,2017. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, February 26, 1923, to Arthur and Pearl (Richardson) Petersen. Married Calvin Harris Stuller in June 27, 1947. Graduated from West High School, class of 1941, after attending Shawnee Mission High School in Shawnee, Kansas. Graduated from Rockford School of Commerce, 1942. Employed as...
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Corinne Ritts

May 4, 1924 - May 26, 2017

Corinne L. Ritts, formerly of Fort Myers, FL, died May 26, 2017, in Rockford, IL, in the home of her daughter. She was born to Catherine and Claude Printz on May 4, 1924 in Masontown, PA. Our mother was an energetic and resilient woman of the Greatest Generation-- the wife of a soldier newly home from war, a homeroom and den mother many times over, a member of several ladies' service groups, and...
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Steve W. Smith

October 16, 1951 - May 26, 2017

Steve Wayne Smith, 65, of Rockford, passed away on Friday, May 26, 2017. Born October 16, 1951 in Trumann, AR. Son of Jack and Betty (Wright) Smith. Veteran of the United States Army. His working career spanned from Rockford Power Train to General Mills Green Giant as a Maintenance Mechanic. Member of First Born Ministries. He found enjoyment in trap shooting, fishing, going to garage sales...
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Richard L. Hockison

August 31, 1928 - May 26, 2017

Richard Leroy Hockison, 88, of Rockford, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Friday, May 26, 2017. Born August 31, 1928 in Lincoln, NE. United in marriage to Dorothea M. Garner on January 4, 1947 in the Winnebago County Court House. He worked for Northern Illinois Optical for 28 years and had worked 33 years in the optical business as a craftsman of eyeglass lenses. He was a...
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Merton R. Stenzel

August 27, 1918 - May 25, 2017

Merton R. Stenzel, 98, of Rockton, Il. was welcomed into heaven on Thursday, May 25, 2017 surrounded with love of family. In a life well celebrated, Merton proudly served as an Army veteran in WWII. He married Tena (Naurine Haas) and shared 71 years together while raising their family in a home filled with love. Merton worked for many years as a machinist for Rockford Screw Products. Merton...
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Tina Marie Larson

July 29, 1964 - May 25, 2017

Tina Marie Larson, 52, of Rockford passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Born July 29, 1964 in Rockford. Daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Gille) Jennings. Married Steven Larson on September 26, 1986 in Rockford. Tina found great enjoyment as a School Bus Aide for special needs children for the Harlem School District. She enjoyed taking care of her kids as she called them. ...
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Christopher L. Peters

December 28, 1978 - May 20, 2017

Christopher "Chris" L. Peters, 38, of Rockford, IL. left this earthly life too soon on Saturday, May 20, 2017. He was a caring father to his son, Colton whom he loved very much and a good friend to many. He would offer to help anyone in need. Chris was employed by On Site Woodworking, and recognized as a good worker and very trainable. Chris was passionate with keeping a fit and...
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Stanley A. Weisensel

August 28, 1934 - May 18, 2017

Stanley A. Weisensel, 82, of New Milford, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and family on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Born on August 28, 1934 in Columbus, WI. Son of Roman and Lucille (Perronne) Weisensel. United in Marriage to Yolanda Abney on September 3, 1955 at St. Mary's Church in Rockford, IL. His working career spanned from Sundstrand where he met the love of his life to...
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Gene R. Johnson

March 22, 1937 - May 18, 2017

Gene R. Johnson, 80, of Rockford, Il. died Thursday, May 18, 2017. Loving, husband, father and poppy. He was born in St. Louis, MO. on March 22, 1937 to Ray and Jewel (Cantrell) Johnson. In a life well celebrated, he married Sonja Woelfel in 1956. Gene owned and operated gas and convenient stores. He was a devoted cheerleader for all of his kids and grandkids sporting events. He never...
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Richard J. DeMetsenare

April 22, 1924 - May 17, 2017

Richard J. DeMetsenare, 93, of Rockford, IL. was welcomed into heaven on Wednesday May 17, 2017, after enduring Dementia and Alzheimer's for several years. In a life well celebrated he worked as a transporter for the Detroit Public Schools for 38 years. He married Darlene Glendenning and shared 38 years together. Richard was a man of simple pleasures. He enjoyed the comfort of his home,...
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Janet A. Kearns

July 30, 1937 - May 11, 2017

Per Janet's wishes, graveside service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday June 3, 2017 at Sunset Memorial Gardens 8800 N. Alpine Road in Machesney Park, IL.
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Julie E. Burns

August 10, 1938 - May 9, 2017

Julie E. Burns, 78, of Machesney Park, Il. died Tuesday, May 9 2017 in the comfort of her home. In 1957 She married Kent Burns who preceded her in death. In a life well celebrated Julie owned and operated Rock River Research, where she enlisted in the friendships of many of her clients for over 42 years. A cup of coffee, a cigarette and a winning lottery ticket, ignited her big smile, but...
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Debaldo M. Ceci

June 10, 1928 - May 9, 2017

June 10, 1928 - May 9, 2017Debaldo M. Ceci, age 88, of Rockford was born in Leckrone, Pennsylvania on June 10, 1928 to Bruna Ceci nee Rossini and Mario Ceci.Beloved husband to Betty J. Ceci, nee Beighton; married on February 11, 1967 in Chicago. Loving father to Charlene B. Ceci and son-in-law William "Chris" Byars. Devoted husband, father, father-in-law, brother and brother-in-law and dear...
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Udell Lee Williams

February 1, 1931 - May 4, 2017

Udell Lee Williams, 86, of Roscoe, passed away in his home on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Born February 1, 1931 in Streeter, ND. Son of Hubert and Marie (Nelson) Williams. Veteran of the United States Army. Employed as an electrician for Barber Colman retiring in 1991. He found great enjoyment in listening to country music, riding his bike, watching westerns and going for breakfast with his...
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Evelyn Vermies

January 21, 1919 - May 4, 2017

Evelyn Vermies, 98, of Rockford passed away Thursday May 4, 2017 with family by her side.Evelyn was born on January 21, 1919 in Dallas, WI., the daughter of Lewis and Stella (Dennis) Candler. Evelyn married Alfred F. H. Vermies on April 22, 1941 in Waukon, IA, Alfred preceded her in death on July 27, 1978. Evelyn attended Maywood Evangelical Free Church and was a regular attendee at the Center...
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Dorothy Krause

April 19, 1927 - May 1, 2017

Dorothy L. Krause, 90, joined her husband Richard in heaven on Monday, May 1, 2017. In 1958 she married Richard and their love was shared with their three children. Together they owned and operated Marketplace of the Master, a Christian bookstore. In a life well celebrated Dorothy was rich in love and good and wise in counsel. She implanted in us unforgettable memories of great family times...
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Peter J. Jardine

August 19, 1919 - April 30, 2017

Peter J. Jardine, 97, of Rockford, passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Born on August 19, 1919 in Rockford, IL. Son of Gustof and Teresa (Massari) Jardine. Veteran of the United States of Army having served in WWII. Married Priscilla Nagro on October 26, 1946 in St. Anthony's Church in Rockford, IL. Worked as a furniture finisher and also as a wood worker. He found great enjoyment in...
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Mary A. Taylor

January 21, 1942 - April 29, 2017

Mary Ann Taylor, 75, of Roscoe, passed away at home with her family by her side on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Born January 21, 1942 in Rockford, IL. Daughter of Rockwell and Irene (Miller) Rydeberg. Married Dennis Taylor on October 21, 1961 in Rockford. Drove school bus for Harlem School District for 18 years. She found great enjoyment in knitting, playing slot machines, listening to Elvis...
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Roy C. Clark

February 6, 1916 - April 28, 2017

Roy C. Clark, 101, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2017 in his son's home. He was born in Delaplaine, Arkansas on February 6, 1916 where he married Victoria Maynard and they raised seven children together and owned and operated a cotton farm. They moved the family to Rockford, Illinois in 1951 where he later opened Clark's gas station and service center that he and family members operated...
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Damian Serrano

July 12, 2016 - April 27, 2017

Damian Serrano, 9 months, of Rockford, passed away suddenly after a sudden illness on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Born on July 12, 2016 in Rockford, IL. Son of Raul Serrano and Kimberly Molina. Even though he was only here for a short time his smile and laughter lit up the room. He was a bundle of love that will be forever missed by everyone who knew him. He is survived by his loving parents,...
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Harold E. Cooper

December 25, 1940 - April 27, 2017

Harold E. "Joe" Cooper, 76, died Thursday, April 27, 2017 in the comfort and care of Neighbors Nursing Home in Byron, with family by his side. Joe was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend. He was born December 25, 1940 in Charleston, MO. to Everett and Ora Cooper. In a life well celebrated, Joe filled his life with a career at Forgings N Stampings for over 45 years working along with his...
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Antonia Betancourt

March 9, 1921 - April 26, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Sunset Funeral Home, Machesney Park, IL.
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Marsha K. Guzman

November 9, 1951 - April 25, 2017

Marsha Kay Guzman, 65, left us on April 25, 2017 to be with Christ. She was born November 9, 1951 in Rockford, Il. She had three children, Stephanie and her children, Alexander, Carlo, Marcus, Adrianna and Peter, Ramon and his children, Mikaya, McKenzie, Alyssa and Alyana, and Jesus and his children, Abram and Aubriana; and many great - grandchildren. Marsha was a member of Kishwaukee Baptist...
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Paul Benjamin Nichols

April 17, 2017 - April 22, 2017

Paul Benjamin Nichols, of Roscoe, went onto heaven comfortably with his loving parents by his side on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Born on April 17, 2017 in Rockford. Son of Benjamin and Ashley (Williams) Nichols. Little Benji came into this world small but was very mighty. He was only here for a short time but he left his mark on everyone who got to meet him. Heaven has gained a new little...
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Carlos J. Coulter

March 2, 1934 - April 22, 2017

Carlos J. Coulter, 83, of Loves Park passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017 at his residence with family by his side.Carlos was born in Washington County, Kentucky on March 2, 1934, the son of Carl Raymond and Sadie Ray (Darland) Coulter. He married Mary L. Rapier on November 2, 1956 in San Francisco, CA. Carlos was a member of Windsor Baptist Church and a Veteran of the U. S. Army. Carlos attended...
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Arleen Brobeck

September 2, 1930 - April 20, 2017

A. Arleen Brobeck, 86, of Galena formally of Rockford, passed away peacefully with her sister by her side on Thursday, April 20, 2016. Born September 2, 1930 in Elizabeth Township, IL. Daughter of Thomas F. and Myrtle G. (Brodrecht) Glanman. Graduated from Galena High School in 1948 and St. Anthony School of Nursing in Rockford in 1951. She did obtain her Masters in Nursing. She was a...
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Mandy M. Johnson

December 27, 1919 - April 19, 2017

Mandy M. Johnson, 97, of Cherry Valley, IL. was welcomed into heaven on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, surrounded by her family. In 1948 she married, Edwin W. Johnson, he preceded her over 40 years ago and never remarried. For over thirty years she resided in the comfort of her daughter, Linda's home. In a life well celebrated, Mandy established herself as a caretaker, always giving so selflessly,...
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Julio D. Silletti

March 23, 1920 - April 18, 2017

Julio "Jay" D. Silletti, 97, of Rockford, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Born on March 23, 1920 in Rockford, IL. Son of Dominic and Louisa (DiMichele) Silletti. Veteran of the United States Army. Married Adelyn Zrutskie on April 11, 1944 in Dubuque, IA. She predeceased him on January 16, 1979. Employed as a Machinist for Eckstrom...
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Kathleen M. Tubbesing

July 22, 1950 - April 15, 2017

Kathleen "Kathy" M. Tubbesing, 66, of Rockford, died Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Presence Cor Mariae Center surrounded by loved ones. Born July 22, 1950 in Rockford, Kathy graduated from Guilford High School in 1968 and completed her bachelors degree at NIU. Kathy worked as a plant manager at Sundstrand for almost 30 years. She was an active member of Holy Family Church and was presented...
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John G. Lichtenberg

January 9, 1941 - April 10, 2017

John G. Lichtenberg, 76, of Rockford passed away peacefully in his home with his wife by his side. Born January 9, 1941 in Beloit, WI to John and Marian (Rasmussen) Lichtenberg. Graduate of Beloit Memorial High School in 1958. Veteran of the United States Marines. Married Dixie Aultman on July 16, 1976. He was employed by the United Parcel Service having retired 19 years ago. He was a kind...
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Donald U. Liebgott

November 15, 1932 - April 9, 2017

Donald Uno Liebgott, 84 of Rockford, Il. was welcomed into heaven on Sunday, April 9, 2017 in his home surrounded by his loving family. Born November 15, 1932 to Uno and Kally (Borg) Liebgott. He lived his whole life in Rockford. Donald was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Korea. He married Margaret Cicio and together shared 60 years while raising their family in a home filled with...
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Clarence E. McCoy

May 28, 1953 - April 8, 2017

Clarence E. McCoy Sr., 63 of Hampton, GA formally of Rockford passed away after a short illness on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Born in Rockford, IL on May 28, 1953. One of 12 children to Johnnie and Rosielee (Ross) McCoy. Graduate of Auburn High School class of 1973. Married Cynthia A. Jones on July 1, 1978 in Rockford. Employed by Muller-Pinehurst Dairy in Rockford for 37 years having retired...
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Barbara J. Nevel

April 6, 1932 - April 7, 2017

Barbara J. "Sue" Nevel, 85, of Rockford passed away peacefully on April 7, 2017. She was born in Rockford on April 6, 1932 to Burt L. and Violet Way. She was married to Lyle L. Nevel in 1949. Sue kept busy as a homemaker, mother, sister, sister-in-law and friend. She loved being with friends and family entertaining, camping, playing cards, fishing and traveling. Special thanks to Highview in...
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Virginia A. Brudnowski

June 18, 1932 - April 6, 2017

Virginia A. (Harvey) Brudnowski, 84, of Rockford. On the evening of April 6, 2017, Ginny walked into the arms of her Lord and Savior in the company of her loving family. She was born on June 18, 1932 in Rockford, IL. Daughter of George and Stella (Curry) Harvey. She married the love of her life Edward Brudnowksi on May 21, 1949 in Dubuque, IA and proceeded to make him her project for the...
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Kathleen Baer

January 4, 1923 - April 5, 2017

Kathleen (Kay) Mary Hampson Baer 94 of Plattsburg Missouri formerly of Rockford, IL passed away on Wednesday April 5, 2017 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She was born January 4, 1923 in Liverpool, England to Samuel and Kate Hampson, immigrating with her parents, three brothers and two sisters to Chicago, Illinois at the age of four. Married William G. Baer on April 6, 1946, in Chicago,...
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Van Zandt Hook

March 31, 1955 - April 3, 2017

Van Zandt Hook, 62, of Roscoe passed away on April 3, 2017. Van was born March 31, 1955, in Lake Forest, IL, Van is survived by his wife of 39 years, Michelle nee Primeaux Hook, children, Vanessa Hook, and Rich (Laura) Hook; grandson Ian Pusz, his little buddy; his dear Aunt June Clendenin and his Mother in law Arlene Primeaux. Van's memory will also be remembered by many nieces, nephews,...
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Lyle Johnson

September 7, 1929 - April 3, 2017

Lyle "Sonny" Johnson, 87, of Rockford, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017 in his home surrounded by his loving family. Born September 7, 1929 in Rockford, IL. Son of Jesse and Hanna (Hall) Johnson. Married Onetta Barton on June 3, 1967 in Missouri. Worked for 43 years for Nelson & Storm Tool Supply Company retiring in 1995. When he wasn't working he found enjoyment in tinkering with his...
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James G. Rowton

August 30, 1924 - April 1, 2017

James G. Rowton, 92, of Bethany, MO, formerly of Rockford, passed away Saturday April 1, 2017 at the Bethany Care Center in Bethany, MO.Jim was born on August 30, 1924 in Hickoria, AR, the son of John Larn Rowton and Dora C. Small. Jim married Senthie Louventia Moore on August 9, 1960 and she preceded him on September 8, 2009. Jim owned South Gate Auto Sales in Rockford and loved being around...
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Veousha S. Murphy

November 11, 1938 - March 29, 2017

Veousha Selma (Sally) Dunseth Murphy, 78, of Belvidere, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Born November 11, 1938 in Dixon, IL; daughter of Francis Clay and Veousha Emma (Marquitz) Dunseth. Graduate of Harlem High School, Class of 1956. Married John Charles Murphy on October 25, 1958, at St. Bridget Catholic Church of Loves Park. He predeceased her in 2005. Sally was a member of St James Catholic...
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Edith June Findley

June 29, 1927 - March 28, 2017

Edith June Findley, 89, of Rockford passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Born June 29, 1927 in Gary, IN. She was one of eight to Everett and Phebe (Clasen) Pinner. Married Donald William Findley on May 25, 1945 in Indiana. He predeceased her on July 19, 1996. Moved to Rockford in 1958. Employed by the Illinois Bell Telephone company for 29 years. Edith was a long time member of the...
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Barbara A. Donovan

April 24, 1939 - March 28, 2017

Barbara Ann Donovan, 77, of Rockford, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Amberwood Nursing Home. Born April 24, 1939 in Nekoosa, WI. Daughter of Clarence "Bud" and Alma Dukey. Married Roger J. Donovan on July 26, 1956. Survivors include husband of 60 years, Roger; sons, Roger (Julie), Scott (Kim), Robert (Jessica); daughter, Cynthia (Ray) Meives; grandchildren, Joel, Katrina, Shaun,...
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Lillie Vivian Bridges

April 30, 1925 - March 27, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Sunset Memorial Gardens, Machesney Park, IL.
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Steven J. McLaughlin

May 20, 1958 - March 26, 2017

Steven J. McLaughlin, 58, of Roscoe passed away Sunday March 26, 2017 at Rockford Memorial Hospital.Steve was born on May 20, 1958 in Rockford, the son of Thomas and Jeanne (Atkinson) McLaughlin. Steve was a huge supporter of local bands, he loved his pets, collecting memorabilia such as trains, Mickey Mouse, match box cars and he loved his Mountain Dew. Steve was a member of the Lombardi Club...
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Patricia L. Byes

December 11, 1934 - March 26, 2017

Patricia L. Byes, 82, of Stillman Valley, passed away surrounded by family in her home on Sunday, March 26, 2017. Born December 11, 1934 in Sycamore, IL. Daughter of Glenn and Mildred (Ferris) Fell. Raised in the Lindenwood and Monroe Center area. United in marriage to Bill Byes in 1956 and together they shared 60 years. Member of Faith Center Church in Rockford. She had a heart of Gold and...
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Maida J. Knoll

March 24, 1942 - March 24, 2017

Maida Jean Knoll, 75, of Machesney Park, passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017. Born March 24, 1942 in Morris, IL. Daughter of Wayne and Lois (Hunt) Faust. Married Paul Knoll on June 18, 1984 in Washington State. Retired from Logli's after several years of service. Maida found great pleasure in making crafts and cooking for her family. Together with Paul they enjoyed traveling out west to...
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Julian Brinson

April 20, 2013 - March 23, 2017

Julian M. "Juju" Brinson, 3, blessed his mother and the world on April 20, 2013, and was called home to Heaven March 23, 2017.Julian was everything a parent could ask for in a child. A pure, happy, loving soul, and such a handsome cutie. Juju started his days giving hugs, kisses, and cuddles to his mommy. He ended his days cradled in his mommy's arms, both singing "You Are My...
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Joshua Aldrich

November 17, 1979 - March 20, 2017

Joshua J. Aldrich, 37, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Born November 17, 1979 in Rockford to Daniel and Linda (Engelbretson) Aldrich, the youngest of six children. Joshua was a true light in this world, and possessed the traits of kindness, empathy, generosity, and above all, love. Joshua attended Pecatonica High School, and was musically gifted in many ways. ...
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Edith L. Jenkins

November 15, 1942 - March 19, 2017

Roger "Bud" Hille, 75, of South Beloit, passed away at home Sunday, March 19, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born January 15, 1942 in Freeport, IL. Son of Russell and Irene (Stevens) Hille. Married Ruth Rouse on September 6, 1959 in Freeport. She preceded him in death on March 19, 1997. Roger worked at Murphy Trucking and then TNT /Holland as a dispatcher. Member of the Moose Lodge...
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Mary Jane Henry

October 25, 1930 - March 18, 2017

Mary Jane Henry, 86, passed away peacefully March 18, 2017 in Fort Myers, FL. Born October 25, 1930, in Iowa, to Paul A. and Etta Mae Moore and attended school there. She married Warren E. Henry, Nov. 6, 1949. Mary Jane lived over 60 years in Machesney Park, IL. She was employed at Rockford Dry Goods for 15 years and Park State Bank, 15 years. She was a life member of Clifford Johnson V...
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Harold Ricketts

January 25, 1925 - March 11, 2017

Harold Ricketts, 92 of Rockford, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Harold was born Jan. 25, 1925, to Robert and Anna Ricketts of New Harmony, IN. He grew up and attended Savah School in New Harmony. He later moved to Rockford for work in the factories. In the 1950s, he began working for Haties Heater as a spot welder. There, he met and...
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Eloise I. Reynolds

December 31, 1942 - March 10, 2017

Per Eloise's wishes no Services are scheduled at this time. Cremation Rites have been accorded.
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Mary E. Cline

September 17, 1933 - March 9, 2017

Mary Ellen Cline, 84, of Loves Park, passed away on March, 9, 2017. Born September 17, 1933 in Rockford, IL. Daughter of Otto and Hazel Emerson. United in marriage to Lerma Cline on December 1st 1951 in Rockford, IL. He predeceased her on June 21, 2014. She was a loving wife of 63 years to the sunshine of her life and now she is able to once again to be in his arms. During her lifetime...
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Doreen Jill Black

November 10, 1949 - March 8, 2017

Doreen "Jill" Black, 67, of Rockford passed away Wednesday March 8, 2017 at Swedish American Hospital. Jill was born on November 10, 1949 in Rockford, the daughter of Bruce and Doris (Quitno) Baxter. She married Eugene R. Black on 5/6/78 and he preceded her on September 3, 2014. Jill was a lifetime member of Union Grange, she loved sewing, quilting, playing cards, camping and traveling....
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Bruce Robins

February 29, 1960 - March 7, 2017

Bruce A. Robins, 57, of Rockford, IL. died Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Born in Rockford, IL. February 28, 1960, to Harry and Jeraldine (Cox) Robins. Bruce was a man of simple pleasures. He found contentment sitting outside and taking in the pleasures of nature and observing people walking by. He had a calmness to him, although Bruce was surrounded by many friends, he enjoyed fishing, playing his...
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Gail L. Knudson

April 15, 1921 - March 7, 2017

Gail Louise Knudson, 95, of Rockford passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Born April 15, 1921 in Lincoln County, CO. Daughter of Paris and Bonnie (White) Brown. Married Kenneth C. Knudson on July 12, 1941 in Chicago, IL. He predeceased her in November of 1963. Member of First Baptist Church in Machesney Park. Gail was a Homemaker, CNA Caregiver, Manager at Top Dog Restaurant but most of all...
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Martha J. Bader

December 30, 1934 - March 7, 2017

Martha J. Bader, 82, of Loves Park passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Born December 30, 1934, in Cash, Arkansas; daughter of Palmer and Margie Brewer. Martha retired from Woodward Governor Company. She enjoyed spending time with friends and getting together with fellow retirees from Woodward. Going to garage sales was one of her passions. Predeceased by her parents and several brothers and...
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Dennis VanderWaal

September 13, 1946 - March 6, 2017

Dennis VanderWaal, 70, died March 6, 2017. Dennis lived his childhood in Rockton, IL, eventually settling in Roscoe, IL. He was a veteran of the Army, serving in Germany as a paramedic. He attended Rock Valley College and owned and operated Rockford Septic Tank Company and D.R. VanderWaal Construction. He enjoyed learning about history in addition to current events. Dennis loved boating on the...
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Donna Carroll

December 28, 1942 - March 6, 2017

Donna L. Carroll, 74 of Machesney Park passed away in her home on March 6, 2017. She was surrounded by her husband, children, and her protective Black Lab, Luke. Born December 28, 1942 in Rockford, Illinois. Donna graduated from East High School and then went to beauty school. She worked part-time doing hair while raising her three children. Her love for them throughout their entire lives...
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Katherine J. Guetzke

December 10, 1946 - March 5, 2017

Katherine Joanne Guetzke, 70, of Belvidere passed away Sunday March 5, 2017 at Rockford Memorial Hospital.Joanne was born on December 10, 1946 in Beloit, WI, the daughter of Clifton Drayton Elmer and Vera Elizabeth Lewis. She married Mitchell H. Guetzke on July 1, 1967 and he preceded her in death on November 25, 2013. Joanne was a very loving and caring woman who put everyone else before herself...
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Lucretia P. Vogt

October 18, 1926 - March 5, 2017

Lucretia "Lou" P. Vogt, 90, of Rockford, IL. went home to our Lord peacefully on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 6:00 a.m. Lou was born October 18, 1926 in Ventura, CA, the daughter of Jose and Juanita (Saucedo) Morales. Married James R. Vogt, July 13, 1947 at the Mission San Buenaventura, Ventura, CA. Members of St. Edward Catholic Church, Rockford, member of Senior Club St. Edward's Ladies...
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Daniel Hicks

August 12, 1969 - March 4, 2017

Daniel Joseph Hicks, passed away in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Born August 12, 1969 in Rockford, IL. Son of Billy Denver and Carol (Fitch) Hicks. Graduate of Jefferson High School class of 1988. United in marriage to Lorraine Czubachowski on July 10, 1999 in Loves Park. Dan and Lorrie shared a love of camping so much that they camped...
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Dorothy E. Leis

July 22, 1927 - February 27, 2017

Dorothy E. Leis, 89 of Paragould, AR. formerly of Rockford, IL. died February 27, 2017. Born July 22, 1927 in Dixon, IL. to John and Clara (Portner) Schaefer. Dorothy married twice and was preceded in death by both husbands. She worked for over 20 years as a punch press operator for Amerock in Rockford. Then worked with all the sweet ladies at Roma Bakery until retiring. Dorothy enjoyed...
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Pat D. Norman

July 21, 1944 - February 24, 2017

Pat D. Norman, 72, of Machesney Park passed away Friday February 24, 2017. Pat was born on July 21, 1944 in Rockford, the daughter of Keith and Doris (Glen) Williams. Pat married Lee Norman on October 31, 1962. Pat was affiliated with First Free Rockford, she loved gardening, going to the beach, traveling with Lee and spending time with her family.Pat is survived by her loving husband Lee; sons...
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Dennis F. Lolli

June 4, 1944 - February 23, 2017

Dennis "Denny" F. Lolli, 72, left this earthly life on Thursday, February 23, 2017. In a life well celebrated Denny served over 25 years as a civil servant for the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department as a director of Emergency Services. During that time he was recognized for many of his accomplishment. Denny was instrumental in implementing the weather warning sirens. He graduated...
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Velma Kathryn Bessert

July 5, 1927 - February 23, 2017

Velma Kathryn Bessert, age 89, Roscoe, IL passed away February 23, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was born July 5, 1927 in Rockford, Illinois to Wilford Washington Walton and Theresa Catherine (Hoff) Walton. She graduated from West High School in 1945. Velma was married to William A. Conkling Jr. in 1947 and then to Richard Bessert in 1970. She attended Saint Patrick's Catholic Church in...
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Dolores L. Lenz

May 1, 1934 - February 21, 2017

Celebration of Life Open House: 10:00 a.m. ~ 12:00 noon on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Sunset Funeral Home 8800 N. Alpine Rd. Machesney Park, IL.food and refreshments will be served. We invite you to share in the memories and stories of Dee.
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Willie B. Huffman

September 2, 1937 - February 19, 2017

Willie B. "Mickey" Huffman, 79, passed away on Sunday February 19, 2017 at her residence with family by her side.Mickey was born on September 2, 1937 in DeKalb, IL, the daughter of James and Willie B. Pierce. She married Murray E. Huffman in 1977. Mickey loved crocheting, cross stitching, sewing and was an avid reader. She loved her dogs, tending to her flowers and idolized her grandchildren,...
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Gerald E. Nicholas

September 17, 1930 - February 19, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Sunset Memorial Gardens, Machesney Park, IL.
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Kyle R. Gillingham

January 9, 1960 - February 17, 2017

Kyle R. Gillingham, 57, died Friday, February 17, 2017. Kyle spent most of his life in the company of friends and caregivers at Milestone. He participated in the Special Olympics and other activities. His favorite treat was Baskin Robins ice-cream. Kyle was always comforted by the touch of his mom's hand and she felt rewarded by the expression of love and pure joy on his face. Kyle was born...
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Loan T. Nguyen

December 20, 1923 - February 12, 2017

Loan Thi Nguyen, 93 of Loves Park, IL, was welcomed into heaven surrounded by her family on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Was born December 20, 1923, in Vietnam to Sanh Van Nguyen and Nhu Thi Duong. She married Tu Duy Duong in Vietnam and spent 35 years together while raising their eight children. In a life well celebrated, Loan embraced life. Sheloved to travel and was always eager to take road...
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Mary L. Hasemeyer

October 25, 1927 - February 12, 2017

Mary L. Hasemeyer, 89, of Rockford passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center. Mary was born in Pontiac, MI, the daughter of Clayton and Ada Almeda (Swain) Bearinger. She married Robert Lewis Hasemeyer on January 19, 1952; he preceded her in death on May 29, 1996. Mary was affiliated with Westminster Presbyterian Church. She was a member of Bridgeway Friends of...
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