We will miss all of you who are no longer with us.

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Diana Allen

June 8th, 1947 - April 20th, 2001

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Bonnie Anderson (VanSickle)

July 9th, 1948 - June 10th, 1999

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Married to Marcus Anderson
 
Died: 10 Jun 1999 (aged 50)
West Virginia, USA
 

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Sheila Anderson (Brooks)

- - July 4th, 2018

Sheila Brooks Anderson passed away July 4, 2018 in Belvidere Illinois. She had previously lived in California and Arizona.  At one time she raised exotic birds.  She leaves behind 4 daughters and their families.

She was active in A Capella and stage musicals as well as GAA, FTA, Pep Club, Aquins Synchronized Swim Team, Class Secretary, Yearbook Staff and Drama Club while at Auburn.

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Cheryl Belden

August 21st, 1948 - April 22nd, 2005

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Patricia Bouchard (Giles)

October 30th, 1948 - November 4th, 2001

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Daryl Braden

- - February 9th, 2005

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Terry Bredeson

September 11th, 1948 - April 26th, 2019

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Terry Bredeson, 70, passed away April 26, 2019.  He was born September 11, 1948.   Terry lived his whole life in Rockford, attending Church Elementary school, Wilson Jr. High and Auburn High School.  He worked at various occupations through the years.  Terry is remembered as a person with a great sense of humor who enjoyed watching and collecting movies.  He had a great memory and loved to talk about events of the past.  He is survived by his brother Craig Bredeson, and sister Linda Vincencio. He was predeceased by his parents and sister Vicki.

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Bruce Callihan

September 5th, 1948 - May 12th, 2012

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Bruce Raymond Callihan, 63, of Rockton passed away Saturday, May 12, 2012, of natural causes in his home. 
 
Bruce was born September 5, 1948, in Chicago, son of Raymond and Ruth (Taffy Lucas) Callihan. Bruce served in the United States Army. He enjoyed music, reading, golfing and spending time with family and friends. 
 
Survived by son, Ryan (Amber Guerin) Callihan, daughter, Jessica (Jay Shover) Callihan; 3 grandchildren, Ashton, Danielle and Kaitlyn Callihan; brothers, Michael (Melinda) Callihan and Chuck Callihan; sister, RaeAnn (Bruce) Oberg; great friend, Nyla Stein; many friends. 
 
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2012, in the chapel of Cremation Society of Illinois, 6825 Weaver Road, Rockford, with visitation from 2:00 p.m. till time of service. Pastor Rob James will officiate. Cremation Society of Illinois assisted the family.
 

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Muriel Camp (Corpora)

August 16th, 1948 - February 10th, 2016

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Muriel I. Camp, 67, of Rockford passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at her residence with family by her side. 
 
Muriel was born August 16, 1948, in Rockford, the daughter of Santo and Thelma (Strine) Corpora. Muriel married LeRoy Camp, Sr. on September 2, 1966. Muriel was a member of Lincoln Wood Baptist Church in Rockford; she was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and sister. Muriel was an avid Green Bay Packer's fan. Muriel worked for the Rockford Register Star and enjoyed being around all her co-workers and friends. Muriel's journey on this earth was to be helpful and kind to everyone she met. 
 
Muriel is survived by her husband, LeRoy, Sr.; son, LeRoy (Stephanie) Camp, Jr.; daughters, Paula (Graig) Jensen and Angela Camp (Frank); sisters, Lillian McMahon and Dorla Hardy; brothers, Harold Dobbs and Santo "Joe" Corpora; 9 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. Muriel was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother, and 1 sister.


A service to celebrate Muriel's life will be 3 p.m. Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Lincoln Wood Baptist Church, 705 N. Springfield Ave. in Rockford. Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Basswood Cemetery in Basswood, WI on Sunday. Condolences can be sent to www.advantagefunerals.com.
 

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Fred Carter

February 21st, 1948 - March 8th, 2002

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Jim Chalman

May 15th, 1948 - May 1st, 2001

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Kay Chapman

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Bonnie Conery (Eatmon)

January 18th, 1947 - September 17th, 2011

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BONNIE SUE CONERY, 64 STEWARD - Bonnie Sue Conery, 64, of Steward passed away Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. 
 
Born Jan. 18, 1947, in Rockford, the daughter of Knox and Violet (Hiatt) Eatmon. She was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Mike Conery, on Aug. 10, 1968. Bonnie graduated from Auburn High School in 1966. After school, she attended cosmetology school. She worked on and off as a beautician throughout her life. She also worked as a teacher's aide at Indian Creek Middle School. She was an avid golfer, bowler, and softball player and generally loved being outdoors. 
 
Survived by her children, Jeff Conery, Andrew Conery and Shannon (Jeff) Rissman; grandchildren, Dale and Thomas Rissman and Aidan and Olivia Conery; sisters, Sandra (Clarence) Beck and Carolyn (Les) Dryden; and mother-in-law, Phyllis Conery. Predeceased by her parents; husband; and father-in-law, Robert Conery. Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at St. James Catholic Church, 221 W. Kirke Gate in Lee, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. to time of service; the Rev. Bonaventure Okoro will officiate. Interment in St. James Calvary Cemetery in Lee. Torman Funeral Home, Paw Paw, 815-627-3811, assisted the family.

 

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From MARLENE Schoeneck (Carlsen) on June 22nd, 2016
Bonnie was my very  first friend when my  dad was transferred to Rocford in 1956. She befriended  me, an only child with limited social skills around other children. She and Mike ultimately rented an apartment from my dad and our families lived across the hall from one another.

When they moved to Prophetstown we lost touch. I only managed  visiting her once there. I will always remember as a loving, caring individual who took me under her wing.

Love you Bonnie!
 

Mike Conery

July 28th, 1948 - February 1st, 2004

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Michael was born on July 28, 1948 and passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2004.
Michael was a resident of Steward, Illinois.
The information in this obituary is based on data from the US Government's Social Security Death Index. No further information is available. 
 

 

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Roger DeGarmo

March 7th, 1948 - June 2nd, 1991

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Roger A. DeGarmo, 43, 1470 Hampshire Court, died at 11:42 p.m. Sunday, June 2, 1991, in St. Mary's Hospital, Duluth, Minn., following a sudden illiness. 

Born March 7, 1948, in Rockford, son of Leo and Esther Ussery DeGarmo. Lifelong Rockford resident. Employed at Dean Foods Co. for 24 years. Veteran of the Vietnam War, serving with the U.S. Army. Graduated from Auburn High School. 

Survivors include his fiancé, Sheri Carlson; father, Leo (Dorothy) DeGarmo, Rockford; two brothers, Marvin (Lois) DeGarmo and Larry (Charlotte) DeGarmo, all Winnebago; one sister, Mary Lan (George) Kopp, Bel Air, Md.; one stepsister, Bonnie McNames, South Carolina; three stepbrothers, Kenneth O'Bright, South Carolina, Grant O'Bright, Connecticut, and John O'Bright, Freeport; eight nieces and nephews; cousins, aunts and uncles. Predeceased by his mother, Esther DeGarmo, in 1949. 

Services at 10 a.m. Friday, June 7, in Genandt Funeral Home, 601 Winnebago Road, Winnebago, with the Rev. E. Butler, retired pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Winnebago, officiating. Burial in Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery, Rockford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Memorial to be established. 

 

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Bill Dimke

March 21st, 1948 - November 23rd, 1988

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Dale Falconer

October 29th, 1948 - October 17th, 2014

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DALE E. FALCONER, 65 WINNEBAGO - Dale E. Falconer, 65, of Winnebago, died Friday, October 17, 2014, in his home, surrounded by his loving family, following a lengthy illness. 
 
Born October 29, 1948, in Rockford, the son of Dr. Everett G. and Vara C. (Fifer) Falconer. He graduated from Auburn High School in 1966, attended Bradley University, Rock Valley College and then UW Whitewater when he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving during the Vietnam War. Dale married Barbara Kohler on October 6, 1973, in Como Community Church. He began his career at Seward Screw Products, Inc. immediately upon his discharge in 1972. Instrumental with the company's growth, he eventually served as president and chairman of the board. Dale actively supported and mentored the Winnebago robotics team, Winnovation; supported WOTM (Women of Today's Manufacturing), the EIGERlab, along with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. He served as president of the board of First National Bank of Winnebago several years ago, and was past-president of Stateline Angels, an organization that mentors small start-up businesses. Dale also served the Seward School Center and Seward Historical Society, and was a member of the Rockford Skeet Club and the Plug and Pellet. He enjoyed golfing, sailing, and skeet and trap shooting. Dale is lovingly survived by his wife, Barbara; sister, Virginia (Ebrahim) Sarkarati of Merritt Island, Fla; sister-in-law, Brenda Falconer of Rockford; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Kohler of Elkhorn; niece, Sarah (Alex) Luna of Byron; nephews, Andrew (Lisa) Falconer of Park Ridge, David (Shannon) Sarkarati of Winter Park, Fla. and Kamran (Linda) Sarkarati of Melbourne, Fla.; numerous cousins, extended family on Barbara's side and dear friends he considered family. He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Lloyd E. Falconer; father-in-law, John Kohler. 
 
Gathering of family and friends from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, October 25, 2014, in Giovanni's, 610 Bell School Road, Rockford, with sharing of memories at 2 p.m. Visitation 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, October 24, 2014, in Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago. Cremation rites have been accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Visiting Nurses Association Hospice, 4223 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108 or to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. To sign the guest book, give your condolences or light a candle, visit www.genandtfuneralhome.com.

 

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From Sheryl Noble on September 17th, 2016
Always thought of DAle as family since he was related to
my aunts side of McCray=Falconer family.
 

Joanne Falzone (Geraci)

December 15th, 1948 - May 29th, 2004

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Penny Gibson (Meyer)

June 14th, 1948 - September 16th, 1993

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Penny K. Gibson, 45, N. Rockton Ave., died Thursday morning, Sept. 16, 1993, in Rockford Memorial Hospital after a long illness. Born June 14, 1948, in Rockford, daughter of Gene and Ellen Roland Meyer. Married John T. Gibson in Rockford, Aug. 24, 1968. Graduate of Auburn High School, Class of 1966. Employed as secretary and assistant buyer by Beloit Corp. Attended Rockton United Methodist Church. Member of Hononegah Booster Club, Owen Blue Bonnet Home-Makers Club and Ladies of Leisure Social Club. 
 
Survivors include her husband, John; two sons, Tadd C. (fiancé, Anna Yattoni) Gibson, Clarendon Hills, and Troy J. Gibson, Rockford; parents, Gene and Ellen, Rockford; sister, Jan (Bill) Ritter, Belvidere; three brothers, Ted (Diana) Meyer and Tom (Lydia) Meyer, all Rockford, and Scott Meyer, San Jose, Calif.; father- and mother-in-law, George and Virginia Gibson, Rockford; brother-in-law, Jerry (Naomi) Gibson, Loves Park; 12 nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. 
 
Services at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, in Fosman-Uehling-Kinzer Funeral Home, 1401 Blackhawk Blvd., South Beloit, with the Rev. Mark Davidson of Midtown Church of Christ, Rockford, officiating. Burial in Owen Center Cemetery. Visitation from 11 a.m. to time of services Monday at the funeral home. Memorials to Northern Illinois Hospice and American Cancer Society preferred. 
 

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From Jeannette Whitman on September 10th, 2016
Some people remain in our hearts long after they've left this earth. Penny was larger than life while she was here and larger than death when she left. What a sweet soul that loved everyone and was so easy to love in return. I can hear her laugh even now and I will never forget all the giggles we shared.
She knew heaven on earth with Tom and their sons and she fought so hard to be here for them as long as she could. I pray we can someday hold hands and giggle again. Til we meet again, my beautiful friend.
 

Patricia Good (Elliott)

November 29th, 1948 - August 9th, 1991

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Adele Green (Frisbie)

September 27th, 1948 - February 2nd, 1974

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Mrs. Adele R. Green, 25, 1704 Centerville Road, died 12:15 a.m., Saturday, Feb, 1974, in University Hospital, Madison, Wis., after lengthy illness. Born Sept. 27, 1948, in Rockford, daughter of Willoughby R. Frisbie. Lived in Rockford. Married to Richard Green in Rockford, Nov. 27, 1966. Former employee of Yahr-Lange Rockford Drug, Inc. Member of Evergreen Covenant Church, and Mother of Twins Group. Survivors include: husband, Richard; three daughters, Cyndie and twins Connie and Candie, all at home; her parents; her grandmother, Mrs. Hazel Lindstand, Rockford; four sisters, Mrs. Richard (Jan) Barlow, Rockford, Mrs. Sye (Bev) Carlson, and Mrs. Steve (Val) Whetsel, all of Rockford, and Kim Frisbie, Byron; a brother, Bill Frisbie, Byron; and a foster brother, George Stauffer, Rockford. 
     Services at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Elzie R. Ulrey Chapel of the Chimes, 7000 W. State St., with Rev. Lyle Person, pastor of the Evergreen Covenant Church officiating. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. There will be no visitation. 

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Joanna Hall-Smith (Bellars)

January 31st, 1948 - December 31st, 2015

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JOANNA 'JO' D. HALL-SMITH, 67 ROCKFORD - Joanna "Jo" D. Hall-Smith, 67, of Rockford has gone to be with God on Thursday, December 31, 2015. 
 
Born January 31, 1948, in Rockford, the daughter of Donald L. and Kathleen R. (Harrington) Bellars. Member of Rockford United GB Ministries, Belvidere Moose Chapter 1052 and YMCA. Joanna could spot a diamond in the rough as she was an avid antique collector of dishes, jewelry, Bakelite and furniture. Jo loved to travel, dance and read. 
 
Survivors include her daughter, Blake Hall; sister, Jacqueline Wahl; brother, Fred (Megan) Bellars; nieces, Michelle (Mark) and Katrina (Christian); nephew, Eric (Kristen); an aunt; an uncle; and several cousins. Predeceased by her parents; brother-in-law; several aunts; uncles; and cousins. In lieu of flowers, cards and service, please take the time to remember the moments shared with Jo and hold them in your hearts. Arrangements by Delehanty Funeral Home, Ltd., Loves Park. 
 

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Cecil Hankins

December 25th, 1948 - March 14th, 2014

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Cecil T. Hankins, 65, of Rockford passed away Friday, March 14, 2014 in his Home. 
 
He was born December 25, 1948, in North Tazwell, VA to Cecil and Loretta (Bottomley) Hankins. Cecil went on to become building inspector for the city of Bend, OR. He was an avid antique engine enthusiast, and loved spending time with his family. He will be truly missed. 
 
Survivors include mother, Loretta (Bill) Johnson; siblings, Walter (Michelle) Hankins, Geneva (Keith) Seaberg, Brenda (Bill) Burns, Jeff Hankins, and Jen (David) Thacker; nephews, Travis Burns, and Zachary Seaberg; nieces, Melissa Seaberg, Gabrielle Hankins, and Emily Hankins; and the love of his life, Patti Dunn. He is preceded in death by his father, Cecil T. Hankins. Memorial celebration 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park. 
 

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Robert "Bob" Hester

August 15th, 1948 - July 18th, 2017

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ROCKFORD - Robert "Bob" Alan Hester, age 68, of Rockford passed away on Tuesday July 18, 2017. Born in Rockford on August 15, 1948 to Clifford "Kip" & Bernice Hester (Krawczyk). Robert proudly owned & operated Machine Tek in Rockford. In his early years he worked at Ingersol Machine, and was a Rockford Park District police officer. A man of many talents, he was a nationally known square dance caller and an auctioneer for NRA, Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever. An avid trap shooter, he was a charter member of the Plug & Pellet, and a proud member of the White Eagles Club. Beloved father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, and dear friend, he will remain in our hearts forever.

He is survived by daughter, Amy (Dustin) Campbell; sister, Sue (Phil) Graceffa Jr.; grandchildren, Lacee, Cassidy, & DJ Campbell; great-grandchild, Abrianna; mother of his daughter, Connie Addison; and dear friend, Mike Busjahn. He is predeceased by his grand-daughter, Rhiannon Michelle Campbell, parents, and his beloved dog Taffy.

A Celebration of Life Memorial to be held on Sunday July 23, 2017 at 4:00 PM at Christenson Funeral Home, 925 3rd Ave., with visitation from 1:00 PM until the time of service at 4:00 PM. Cremation rites accorded. Memorials to the family. Christenson Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. 

 

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Rae Jean Hill (Allen)

October 29th, 1948 - August 20th, 2015

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Rae Jean Hill passed away at SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford on Aug. 20, 2015, from complications after pulmonary edema. 
 
Born Oct. 29, 1948, in Rockford, to Eugene and Phyllis (Bowman) Allen. She graduated from Auburn High School, a highly decorated accordion player. She married Merritt Hill in 1968 and followed him to Germany during his service time, where they started their family. They moved to Roscoe to raise their family. She worked part time at Kohls in Machesney Park for over 10 years. The remainder of her time was spent having adventures with friends and family, which included spoiling her seven grandchildren: Haley, Faith and Dane Simonson; Holden and Charlie Hill; and Isabelle and Elijah Shipman. They were her pride and joy. Rae Jean was a loving mother to many children, not just her own. She cared for her children’s friends and family friends’ as if they were her own. She was always there to offer advice and a firm “wisterpoop” if you ever decided to stray off course. She was always there through the good times and the bad, showing her love and support with a laugh and a smile. She was a loving wife, mom, daughter, grandmother, sister, and unbelievably loving Aunt. Her friends were a large part of her family and we would like to thank them all for their love and support, especially the Zintaks, Renners, Pitners, Roberts, Andersons and Mr. Lee.
 

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From Sheryl McCray-Noble on September 17th, 2016
Found out in high school that Rae Jean and I were cousins on my GMa McCray's side.
 
 

Elaine Holmquist (Stellhorn)

October 31st, 1948 - March 8th, 2011

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ELAINE HOLMQUIST, 62 SOUTH BELOIT - Elaine Holmquist, 62, of South Beloit died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. 
 
Born Oct. 31, 1948, in Red Bud, daughter of Alfred and Olga (Koester) Stellhorn. Graduated from Auburn High School and Rock Valley College. She worked more than 30 years as an X-ray/CT Technologist for Rockford Memorial and Mercy Health Systems. Married Larry Holmquist on Aug. 20, 1988, in the Church By The Side Of The Road in Rockton. Members of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Rockton. 
 
Survived by husband, Larry; sons, Curt Schelm of London, Ky., and Christopher (Cheryl) Schelm of Janesville, Wis.; stepdaughter, Marci (Kevin) Hagemann of Poplar Grove; stepson, Brayden Holmquist of Beloit, Wis.; her special loves, grandchildren, Cory Gibbons, Nicholas Hoskins, Cameran Hackman, Rutger Hagemann, Kozmo Hagemann, Tyler Holmquist, Patrick Schelm and Stephanie Schelm; aunts and uncles, Earl (Lorine) Reinhardt of Red Bud, Roy (Laverne) Falkenheim of Baldwin and Paul (Karen) Stellhorn of Texas; cousins, Geraldine (David) Stahre of Baldwin, Gerald (Debbie) Koester of Baldwin, David (Faye) Reinhardt of Red Bud, Dennis (Barb) Falkenheim of Mt. Zion and Ann (Larry) Monke of Boulder, Colo. Predeceased by her parents, and aunts, Laverne (Elroy) Koester and Luella Koester. 
 
The family would like to thank her special friends, Harriet Rands, Elena Hernandez, Phyllis Borchmann and Kathy Seymour, Dr. Boswell, Dr. Korkmaz, the nurses at OSF and all her friends and family. 
 
Funeral rites at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12, in St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Rockton, with the Rev. Paul Ficken officiating. Burial in Belvidere Cemetery. Visitation from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, in Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere. In lieu of flowers or memorials in her memory, Elaine's wishes were for you to hug and love the people that are closest to you. To express online condolences please visit buckwheelerhyland.com.
 

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Diane Huff (Schmidt)

- - August 15th, 2017

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Diane Schmidt Huff died August 15, 2017, in Mesa, AZ of an aortic aneurism.  Besides her twin sister Susie Schmidt Smith, she leaves behind her husband Joe, daughter Teresa of Roscoe, IL, son Dan, and grand-daughter Briana of Mesa, AZ.

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Art Johnson

September 5th, 1948 - January 10th, 2004

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Gregg Johnson

September 27th, 1948 - January 16th, 2011

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Sara Johnson

March 20th, 1948 - January 6th, 2018

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Sara Irene Johnson, 69, passed away on January 6, 2018 at River Bluff Nursing Home after an extended illness. 
 
Sara was born March 20, 1948 to Clarence and Ann Johnson. She was a graduate of Auburn High School Class of 1966. Sara spent her life in service to others. For many years she cared for her parents and their household. For 34 years she volunteered her time at Rockford Memorial Hospital on the Tel-Med line, the library cart and the newspaper/ magazine cart. She gave a total of 12,230 hours of service there! Sara was also a dedicated member of Court Street United Methodist church, helping in many ways before her illness. 
 
Sara is survived by her twin brother Brian (Martha) of Rockford. 
 
A memorial service is planned for a later date. 

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Marilyn Kell (Ammons)

November 28th, 1948 - July 8th, 2002

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David Kiser

- - February 11th, 1994

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Lewis Kline

February 16th, 1948 - January 2nd, 1985

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From Marlene Schoeneck (Carlsen) on June 22nd, 2016
Lewis was one of those boys I had a major crush on , must have beenaround  7th  grade.  Still have memories of  being with kids down at the quarry by the creek. He was such a "cool" kid!

With fond memories,
Marlene
 

Carolyn Kruger (Hewitt)

- - January 1st, 2015

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CAROLYN FAY HEWITT KRUGER 1948 - 2015 MACHESNEY PARK - Carolyn passed away at Tennova West Hospital in Knoxville Tennessee on January 1, 2015, after a long illness. She was visiting her son and family for Christmas. She resided in Machesney Park, Illinois and will be missed by family and friends. She was preceded in death by parents, Helen and Earl Hewett of Rockford; her sister, Alice Gordon of Memphis, Tennessee; and grandparents, Loretta and Harold Klaman of Loves Park. 
 
She is survived by daughter, Tammy Hays, husband Jerry son, Russell Kruger, wife Lisa, Knoxville Tennessee. A sister, Beatrice (Babe) Hewett Huene, husband Tom of Niceville, Florida. Grandchildren, Kristopher Kruger USAF, New Mexico, Kristina DeJong, husband Nick of Machesney Park, Richard Hays of Machesney Park; Justin Dawson, Devon and Zack Kruger from Machesney Park, Amanda Verkiulen, Regan, Luke Sirknen from Knoxville. Great grandchildren, Odin, Phoenix, Connor, Dominic, Dylan, Kolyn, and Maximus. A special thanks to Jessica Nystrom and Kathy Breeze for their help and support throughout the years. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, January 5, 2015, with visitation beginning at 4 p.m. at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 502 Orth Road, Loves Park, IL. In lieu of flowers please send condolence cards to the family.
 

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Gary McFadden

July 23rd, 1948 - March 3rd, 2000

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Samuel McMickle

August 31st, 1947 - April 12th, 2016

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Samuel McMickle, 68, born August 31, 1947, passed away April 12, 2016. Memorial service will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Westside Church of Christ, 1523 Morgan Street. Services are entrusted to Collins and Stone Funeral Home, 128 South 5th Street, Rockford, IL 61104.
 

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Jeanne Meichtry (Forbes)

July 11th, 1948 - March 19th, 2007

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Jeanne L. Meichtry, 58, of Roscoe died at 9:10 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2007, in her home following a lengthy illness. 

Born July 11, 1948, in Rockford, the daughter of Merton and Ethel (Bradt) Forbes. Married Edwin Meichtry, her best friend for 38 years, on Jan. 25, 1969, in St. Rose Catholic Church, Brodhead, Wis. Retired in 2004 after serving 10 years as Director of Human Resources at Taylor Company, Rockton. Jeanne was also employed by Amerock Corporation for 16 years in various positions including Executive Administration and Human Resources. Served as board member and past board president of Stateline United Way, Beloit, Wis. She was a member of several professional organizations including Rockford Area Personnel Association and Society for Human Resources Management. Member of St. Peter Catholic Church, South Beloit. Graduated from Auburn High School, Rockford, class of 1966, and attended Rock Valley College, Rockford. 

Survivors include husband, Ed Meichtry, Roscoe; son, Mark (Joni) Meichtry, Rockton; daughter, Michelle (Chris) Keating; grandsons, twins Mitchell and Jonathan Meichtry and Jacob Keating; sisters, Janet (Lonn) Myers, Glenview, and Phyllis (Art) Russell, Lynwood, Wash.; brothers, Allan (Carole) Forbes, Littleton, Colo., and John (Virginia) Schuneman, Rocklin, Calif., and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, LaVern Schuneman. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, in St. Rose Catholic Church, 1005 W. Second Ave., Brodhead, Wis., with Father Jerome Koutnik, pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church, South Beloit, officiating. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Brodhead. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 23, with a rosary to be recited at 7:45 p.m. in McCorkle Funeral Home, 767 N. Blackhawk Blvd. Rockton. In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Beloit, WI 53511. 

 

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Seth Miller

March 20th, 1948 - January 28th, 2010

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SETH BANÉ MILLER, 61 ROCKFORD - Seth Bané Miller, 61, of Rockford, was called to rest Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, in the comfort of his home. 
 
Born March 20, 1948, in Carthage, Ark., to Henry and Carstella Miller. Seth moved to Rockford with his family in 1951. He attended Rockford Auburn High School and excelled in track, basketball and football. After graduation, Seth played football for Arizona State University, where he was named All-American defensive back. He continued his career playing in the NFL, the Canadian Football League and the World Football League. In 1977, he began working for United Parcel Service. Seth was a diligent and dedicated employee for 30 years. After he retired from UPS, he enjoyed working part-time at Jet Beauty Supply. In his spare time, he loved tending to his home and lawn, detailing vehicles for friends and family and playing fantasy football. Seth will forever be remembered for his charismatic smile and his amazing ability to inspire, encourage and mentor just about every person he met. 
 
He leaves to celebrate his Homegoing, his faithful wife, Joyce; mother, Carstella Miller; brother, Calvin Miller, both of Rockford; sister, Portia Peyton of Carson, Calif.; daughters, Lanette Miller of Marietta, Ga., and Tiffani (Roshown) McLeod of Bloomington, Ind.; son, Dax (Dasnyl) Miller of Chicago; grandchildren, Sharell Flores, Anthony McLeod and Anisa McLeod; special niece and nephews, Calleen Bird, Derick Charles and Calvin Miller II; God-daughter, Lynn (Corey) Leslie; a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and other relatives and many dear friends. Predeceased by father, Henry Miller. 
 
A celebration of life at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in Allen Chapel AME Church, 3000 Rural St., with visitation from 9 a.m. to time of service. Arrangements completed by Collins and Stone Funeral Home, 3993 W. State St.


 

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Susan Miller (Kline)

- - September 20th, 2015

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From Sheryl McCray=Noble on September 17th, 2016
My dear friend for Life. Prom together, wedding together, Pat, Sue and I graduated together. My Dad always took pics of us at Coronado THeater. Don't know where they are.
So sad to lose friends as we age.
 

Roline Milne (Minnick)

January 5th, 1948 - July 25th, 2013

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ROLINE MARIE MILNE, 65 MACHESNEY PARK - Roline Marie Milne, 65, of Machesney Park, IL., died at 7:43 a.m. Thursday July 25, 2013 in her home. 
 
Born on January 5, 1948 in Rockford, IL. to Alton and Dorothy (Knapp) Minnick. Married Dennie Milne in Rockford on June 1, 1968. She was formerly employed as a lab technician doing water analysis and various positions at Motorola. She was a member of the Ladies Aux. in Cherry Valley. She loved to collect penguins and also Indian & mountain man artifacts from the 1800's. Enjoyed riding and going to cruise and car shows in the 1926 Franklin. She loved to camp and spend time with her family and grandchildren. 
 
Survived by her husband, Dennie Milne; son, Dennis A. (Lynn) Milne; daughter, Denine (Kevin) Anderson; sisters, Sandy Minnick, Vicky (Fred) Kaylor, Terry Minnick & Mickey Minnick; brothers, Doug (Pam) Minnick & Rick Minnick; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; 3 special friends, Linda, Kathy & Karen. Predeceased by her brother, Steve Minnick; and her sister, Kim Spears. Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday August 2, 2013 at The United Lutheran Church at 3630 N. Rockton Ave. Rockford, IL 61103 with the the Rev. Krista Zimmerman, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family. Arrangements by Julian-Poorman-Welte Funeral home 304 N. 5th St. Rockford, IL. For online memorial guest book, maps and directions, visit www.weltefuneral.com.
 

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From Karen (Fosler) taylor on July 30th, 2016
Image Best Friend, Like a Sister..Roline was one of the best people I know.  Her, Linda(Myers)Wiggs, Kathy(Olson)Nuckles and I did so many fun things together..Roline and her husband.Dennie Milne, were inseparable.  She is missed so much, by so many people..Love ya Ro.
 

Deborah Nelson (Ference)

February 24th, 1948 - January 12th, 2009

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Stephen Nordhop

March 21st, 1948 - June 17th, 1995

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Judy Otten

March 25th, 1948 - October 20th, 1998

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Kathryn Packard (Thomas)

March 5th, 1948 - April 4th, 2015

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Thomas Parrott

October 24th, 1948 - December 14th, 1998

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Phillip M Pedersen

January 14th, 1948 - October 6th, 2020

Phillip McKevitt Pedersen was born January 14, 1948, in Rockford, IL to Harold L. and Gertrude M. (McKevitt) Pedersen. 

Phil grew up on the southwest outskirts of Rockford, IL where he enjoyed the friendship and antics of numerous childhood neighborhood friends who spent lots of time playing outside and adventuring from property to property via Fuller Creek. His youthful adventures were watched over by as many Centerville neighborhood mothers as there were homes. 

Phil began his formal education in the one-room Centerville grade school where his first-grade lessons were enhanced by overhearing exciting geography and math lessons of upper classes. In the middle of second grade his schooling moved to the new Centerville School building which featured two classrooms, indoor toilets and running water. As a youth he learned to love swimming and diving when his parents took him to Friday family nights at the YMCA, with stops on the way home at the Prince Ice Cream Castle for square scoops of his favorite rainbow sherbet. 

Along with his family Phil attended Centennial Methodist Church in Rockford where he grew his Christian faith while participating in youth activities and singing in the choir. Phil once wrote he “loved the old Centennial of my K-12 years.” Phil attended Washington Jr. High School in 7th grade and was known as one of “the Centerville students” who had a well-developed history of rising to the top of the class. When given the opportunity to become a member of the first freshman class at Auburn High School, Phil optioned to remain at Washington for 9th grade in order to have the opportunity to set additional city diving records, which he did. During his three years at Auburn, Phil participated in the debate squad, cross country, diving, tennis, and orchestra and Chamber Ensemble playing bassoon. During his junior year he was elected class vice president and was named to the National Honor Society. During his senior year he was the American brother and host to Foreign Exchange student Jón Júlíusson from Iceland and was one of the scholastic Top Ten male students. 

Phil went on to become a 1970 graduate of Drake University. In Sept. 1970 he moved to Colorado where he enjoyed the beauty of the mountains and skiing. He was a 1973 graduate of the University of Denver Law School. He served in the United States Air Force 1973 – 1977, retiring as Captain. Phil worked in the law profession gaining experience and expertise in several areas of law. A man of high principles, he at one time expressed disillusionment in his chosen profession because defending people’s actions so often involved working through legal loopholes and not so much in pursuing honesty and truth. 

Phil married Terrie Sadler on Oct. 29, 1983, and their union gave birth to Mark, Erin and Emily. Phil worked many years in the legal profession with a second job at Kinko’s, often putting in exhausting 13-hour days between the two jobs. Over a series of summers, Phil and his father enjoyed canoeing the length of the Mississippi River. Phil was always a serious thinker, pondering very deep thoughts and plans and inventions he thought would be worthwhile. He was a man of a great many intentions, most of which never saw action. By his own admission, he was a committed procrastinator, taking more than six years to get around to reading The Procrastinator’s Guide to Success. He so very much enjoyed reunions with school friends. In August 2019 Phil and Terrie moved to Iowa to be near their two grandchildren. 

On the afternoon of Oct. 6, 2020, Phil lost his multi-year battle with cancer. 

Phil will be missed by by wife Terrie; children Mark, Erin and Emily; grandchildren Annabelle and Reeve; younger sister Miriam “Mimi” Pedersen Jacobson; and numerous cousins. And most certainly by “my friend Harry”. 

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From Roger Bain on October 25th, 2020

We’ve lost one of our best!  Phil and I shared a lot of classes together. We were good friends and shared many discussions. We disagreed on many things yet still remained friends enough to continue our discord until tomorrow.  Of course, we knew we were both right.   Sadly, we have no more tomorrows today.  The best of those times was when we were blessed with the presence of Charles (Chuck) “Dudley” Sweeney to our debates.  

A few months back I sat at Chuck’s funeral service and smiled fondly thinking of Phil, Chuck, and I  laughing at a comment one of us couldn’t wait to share.  I do recall being the only one of us that was ever asked by a teacher (can’t for the life of me remember the exact number!) to “Please leave our presence at this time.” And I must say “it was my utmost pleasure.”  Phil was surprised I still got an “A” from Mrs Bischoff.

It was such a Pleasure to see him and  Jón  at the last reunion .  There are friends we’ll never forget and friends we wouldn’t want to. Phil will always be in my latter category.  My life is much richer for having included. 

To those of us who remain, we never really knew how good we had it, until times like these.  Stay safe, keep calm, and God bless us everyone. 

Roger Bain

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From Jon Juliusson on October 23rd, 2020
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I was lucky to be chosen as an exchange student in USA from Iceland and to have the Pedersen´s as my host family for an 11 month period during my stay at Auburn. Phil played a big role that year, both as my AFS brother and as a dear friend. We shared a room and slept in a bunk bed. Sometimes I was in the upper and he in the lower and sometimes it was reverse. He had his good friends in school whom I got to know. I will name three: Larry Davis, Harry Tallacken and Roger Bain. Phil proved to be helpful, supportive, and very reliable friend to me. He wanted to come to Iceland and was very interested in my country and in the Icelandic nation. We went our seperate ways during the years that followed but kept occacionally contact. I have visited the USA four times since 1966 and I met Phil on three of my trips. That was a celebration.

Now he is at peace from a painful illness and I am certain that on a higher level he has been met with gratitude and kindness. He had put in great unselfish work for his clients. I also know that his life was sometimes hard. He loved his three children and I know the whole family is experiencing heavy loss. So is his only sister, Mimi who I have also kept in touch with   during the years that have passed from 1966.

The memory of a good person will live on.
AFS "brother" Jon Juliusson
 

Sandra (Elaine) Phillips

November 18th, 1946 - March 31st, 2010

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Donald Price

- - October 3rd, 1994

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Isaiah Richardson

September 15th, 1948 - February 4th, 1971

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Wayne Russell

April 29th, 1947 - September 27th, 2012

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Robert Schwengels

December 22nd, 1948 - December 12th, 1993

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From Patricia L Johnson on October 27th, 2015
Remember him well from teens
We had a common cousin and a group of us would cards and board games
very nice person,always a smile
 

Robert Severson

March 15th, 1948 - April 3rd, 2001

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From Char Rose,Severson,Clayton on September 16th, 2016
Bob and I were high school sweethearts. We were married after his 6 weeks training in the Air Force where he served for 6 years along with his brave service in Vietnam. We had 3 daughters & 5 grandchildren. He was a wonderful husband, father, & grandfather. He enjoyed his basketball days at Auburn, working on motorcycles at his shop on Auburn street for 25 years. Many fond years of racing in NHRA along with having many friends. He has truly been missed and will forever be in our hearts.
 
From Char Rose,Severson,Clayton on September 16th, 2016
Bob and I were high school sweethearts. We were married after his 6 weeks training in the Air Force where he served for 6 years along with his brave service in Vietnam. We had 3 daughters & 5 grandchildren. He was a wonderful husband, father, & grandfather. He enjoyed his basketball days at Auburn, working on motorcycles at his shop on Auburn street for 25 years. Many fond years of racing in NHRA along with having many friends. He has truly been missed and will forever be in our hearts.
 

Richard Sharp

October 10th, 1947 - January 16th, 2016

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From Karen (Fosler)Taylor on July 30th, 2016
Such a great person and neighbor..Was a family member through his sister.  He was a great uncle to my nephew and always had a smile on his face..We will miss you Rick...
 
 

Gary Smith

- - April 1st, 2002

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Charles D "Chuck" Sweeny

October 26th, 1948 - May 20th, 2019

Charles D. “Chuck” Sweeny, 70, Rockford died suddenly on Monday, May 20, 2019 in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Born October 26, 1948 in Rockford, son of Fay C. and Winifred M. Daniels Sweeny. Graduated from Auburn High School in 1966 and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Married Cherene Gourley in Rockford on March 3, 1973. He was a long time staff member of the Rockford Register Star where he had been a reporter, columnist, political editor and senior editor. He was a lifetime journalist, political advocate, Rockford historian and commentator. Chuck was also a musician all of his life and loved playing with several different bands throughout the years. 

Survivors include his wife, Cherene; son, James M.D. Sweeny; daughter, Stephanie M.M. Sweeny; sister, Mary (Robert) Douglas; brothers-in-law, Michael Gourley and Patrick (Cheryl) Gourley; niece and nephews, William C. Douglas, Emily A. Douglas, Todd Gourley, Lisa Sanders and many other extended family members who loved him. Predeceased by his parents. 

A time of visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 26, 2019 in Zion Lutheran Church, 925 5th Ave., followed by a Celebration of Life at 4 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Michael Thomas officiating. Memorials may be made to The Phantom Regiment or Friends of the Coronado. The family was assisted by Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Riverside Chapel, 3910 N. Rockton Ave. Extend condolences and share memories at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.

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Ruby Tate (Brown)

April 15th, 1947 - January 11th, 1987

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Eugene Taylor

October 15th, 1946 - November 3rd, 2009

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EUGENE MARKQUIST TAYLOR, 63 ROCKFORD - Eugene Markquist Taylor, 63, died at 7:58 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, in Rockford Health Systems from natural causes after a lengthy illness. 
 
Eugene was born Oct. 15, 1946, in Rockford to Elzathera and Emmajean Taylor. Lived 63 years in Rockford. Married Caroline Williams on Oct. 27, 1967, in Rockford. Employed as a relief man at Chrysler Corp. for 22 years. Veteran of Vietnam, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. Member of Livina Word Tabernacle and of UAW Local 1268. Received his GED in the military. 
 
Survivors include wife, Caroline Taylor; mother, Emmajean Hall of Fort Atkinson, Wis.; and children, Eugene M. Taylor of Rockford, Brandi and Litesia Taylor, both of Rockford. 
 
Service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Christ the Carpenter Church, 1100 S. Winnebago, with visitation from 9 a.m. to service time; the Rev. Michael F. Cole of the Worship Center will officiate. Arrangements by Collins and Stone Funeral Home, 3993 W. State.
 

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Richard Thompson

August 27th, 1948 - July 12th, 2006

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Edie Torrance (Barnes)

- - June 6th, 2018

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Edie Barnes Torrance Died June 6, 2018 in Laguna Hills, California, from complications of a severe stroke suffered in March in Bali.  She loved her adopted country and life in Bali where she had resided for many years.  She made friends there from all over the world. 
 
Her family and friends say she was a hard working woman who loved her family and life.  She had found her place in the world and was happy with it.  
 
She leaves behind her daughters Renee Cisneros and Michelle Whitmore, 7 grandchildren; Andrew, Daniel, Jasmin, Sarah Natalie, Alica and Kimberly as well as 4 great-grandchildren; Ava, Ari, Audrey, and Aumi.   
 
The following is an excerpt of an email Edie sent just before the 45th Class Reunion in 2013.
"Just wanted to share with all of you that I feel younger than ever and am so happy with myself and my life.  I am dancing and teaching and living my life to the max.  I am a cancer survivor and help others to see the light and come into the light of the great  life force that is always coming to us every moment of the day.  As we open  to receive more good and have gratitude for it all, including our life, we can give out more of the PEACE, LOVE and JOY to all."
 
Blessings,
ET dancer
p.s. Keep on dancing, singing and living

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Deborah VanDyke (Metz)

December 24th, 1948 - August 16th, 2013

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DEBORAH JANE VAN DYKE, 64 ROCHELLE - Debby Van Dyke (Metz) of Rochelle passed away Friday, August 16, 2013, in her home, after a courageous battle with cancer. In her final days, Debby was lovingly supported by dear friends and family. 
 
She was born December 24, 1948, in Rockford, Ill., to Jim and Betty Metz. Debby married her college sweetheart and true love, Arlyn Van Dyke on June 13, 1970, and together, they made Rochelle a lifetime home. A dedicated educator, Debby taught English then oversaw the Rochelle Township High School Library for 33 years. She touched the minds and hearts of many students and teachers. Debby took great pride in her two children, Todd Jeffrey Van Dyke (Jen DeMay) and Lisa Jane Van Dyke. Her greatest joy was being "Granny" to her five adoring grandchildren - Ellen Jane Mawyer, Mazie Jane Mawyer, James Paul Van Dyke, William Jacob Van Dyke, and Elizabeth Alice Van Dyke. Debby loved reading, cooking, crossword puzzles, collecting Fiesta and antiques and spending time with her closest friends from church, school and "the book club girls." Partnering with her husband and best friend, Debby passionately restored their 125-year-old home and enjoyed touring the country seeking out America's hidden historical gems. She took great interest in Rochelle history leading local events and celebrations. Debby was a woman of faith and dedicated to First Presbyterian Church in Rochelle. 
 
She was blessed to love and be loved by her mother, Betty Metz; brother, Don Metz (Kristie); and niece, Jennifer Metz. She was preceded in death by her father, Harold James Metz and nephew, Matthew James Metz. 
 
In celebration of Debby's life and love, the family will host a visitation at First Presbyterian Church in Rochelle from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 24. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a Memorial Service will follow at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Flagg Township Historical Society, Rochelle Township High School Library or First Presbyterian Church. Guest book at UngerHorner.com.
 

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Diana Williams (Mereness)

July 15th, 1948 - December 31st, 2015

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Diana was born on July 15, 1948 and passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2015. Diana was a resident of Rockford, Illinois at the time of her passing. She was married to Donald. Memorial services will be held June 20th 2016 at Ice Lake in Iron County Michigan on what would have been her 47th wedding anniversary.
 

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Maria A Winters

January 10th, 1948 - October 21st, 2018

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Maria A. Winters, 70, of Cherry Valley, passed away October 21, 2018 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center.

Born January 10, 1948 to Albert C. and Anna V. (DiPiazza) Winters in Rockford, IL. Moved to Cherry Valley, Il in 1982. Maria retired from the State of Illinois Department of Corrections, Winnebago Community Correctional Center in 1998. Volunteered at Swedish American Hospital 2001-2012, New American Theater, Rockford Community Concert, and AARP Volunteer Tax Services for the Elderly. Maria enjoyed spending time with family, friends and her two cats Bosca and Bella.

Survivors include brother, Albert (Gloria) Winters; nephew Jeff (Robin) Winters, nieces Tracey (Jim) Parker and Mariann (Chris) Webster, great nephews Eric (Carrie) Wolfe, Christopher, Aaron and Nicholas Winters; great nieces Mara and Ada Parker, cousins Donna (Ed) Froeliger, Joe (June) DiPiazza, Kelly Froeliger (Goddaughter), and Scott (Kathy) Froeliger and their children Rosemary and Sarah Froeliger; great great niece Lucy Wolfe.

Mass will be 11 a.m. Monday, October 29, 2018 at St. Rita Catholic Church, 6254 Valley Knoll Dr, Rockford, IL 61109. Visitation from 10 a.m to 10:45 a.m. Burial at Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials to Mayo Clinic Research, Rochester, Mn for metastatic breast cancer research. Arrangements by Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, 1860 S. Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL 61108. – Send online condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.

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