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

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Rae Jean Hill (Allen)

Birth Date: 1948-10-29
Deceased Date: 2015-08-20
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.
Sheryl McCray-Noble - September 17th, 2016
Found out in high school that Rae Jean and I were cousins on my GMa McCray's side.

Diana Allen

Birth Date: 1947-06-08
Deceased Date: 2001-04-20
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Marilyn Kell (Ammons)

Birth Date: 1948-11-28
Deceased Date: 2002-07-08
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David Lee Appell

Birth Date: 1947-07-07
Deceased Date: 2023-09-15

 David Appell 

Monday, July 7th, 1947 -  Friday, September 15th, 2023

David Lee Appell, 76, of Roscoe, IL, passed away Friday, September 15, 2023.  Born July 7, 1947, in Monroe, WI, the son of Robert and Marilyn (Cashman) Appell.  Owned and operated Dave Appell Auto Sales until he retired and sold the business in 2017.  David enjoyed biking, hiking, snow skiing and traveling.  Selling cars was his true passion.  Survivors include his sons, Jake Appell and Luke Appell; sisters, Christine Appell and Cheryl (Joe) Ortiz; brother, Mike (Vicki) Appell; numerous nieces and nephews; longtime companion, Kathy; and the mother of his children, Sandee Appell.  Predeceased by his parents; and brothers, Stephen Appell and Johnny “Rotten” Appell.

Memorial visitation from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 23, 2023, at Delehanty Funeral Home, 401 River Lane, Loves Park, IL.  Cremation rites accorded.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established.

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Robert L. "Bob" Arnold

Birth Date: 1948-07-13
Deceased Date: 2023-02-26
Robert Louis Arnold, age 74, passed from this life peacefully on Sunday, February 26, 2023 at Wagoner Community Hospital in Wagoner, OK.

He was born on July 13, 1948 in Mazie, OK to Lewis Joshua Arnold and Betty Jean Arnold (Cooper). 

On March 1st, 1968, he married his beloved wife Jo Florence Arnold (Webb), and they celebrated 49 years of marriage. 

Bob graduated from Auburn High School in 1966  and later furthered his education from 1966 to 1968 at NSU in Tahlequah. 
He worked at McDonnell Douglas and as an Entrepreneur. He enjoyed his animals and had his own herd of cattle by the time he was eight years old. In 1959, his dad moved off the farm and the family moved to Haskell, OK. In 1990, Bob and his dad got back together and started raising cattle again. He wrote his own memoirs and lived an extraordinary life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Betty and Louis Arnold and his beloved wife; Jo Arnold. 

He leaves behind his children; Amy Hummingbird and husband Joe of Tulsa, OK, Sam Arnold of Wagoner, Sarah Davis and husband Jason of Broken Arrow, grandchildren Meredith, Eli, Leah, Violet and many other family members & friends. 

Memorial service will be at 10:00 am on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory in Wagoner, Ok. 

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Ronald Ball

Birth Date: 1946-10-07
Deceased Date: 2017-03-14
Ronald Lee Ball, 70, of Rockford, passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017, surrounded by his loving family, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. 
Born October 7, 1946, in Salisaw, OK; one of seven sons to Raymond and Lucille Ball. Veteran of the United States Army, having served in the Vietnam War. United in marriage to Kristine Hagemann on October 19, 1985. Employed by UPS as a mechanic for many years. Ron took pride in being a veteran as he volunteered with the LZ Peace Memorial. Volunteer fire fighter for over 40 years with the Blackhawk Fire Department. At home he found enjoyment in his vegetable garden, fixing things and being there for anybody that needed anything. He was larger than life and loved living life to the fullest. 
Survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Kristine; daughters, Lorleanne and Brittley; brothers, Joe, Jerry, Jack and George. Predeceased by his parents; daughter, Jocelyn; brothers, Charles Edward and Mikeral. Friend of many and loved by all. Special thanks to Heartland Hospice for their compassionate care. Even with the cancer, Ron stayed as independent as possible for as long as he could. 
Memorial service at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at Calvary Baptist Church, 6286 Linden Rd, Rockford, with visitation from noon until time of service. Fellowship to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Ron's name for the family. Per Ron's wishes cremation rites have been accorded. To share a condolence visit
Published by Rockford Register Star from Mar. 22 to Mar. 24, 2017.
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Edie Torrance (Barnes)

Deceased Date: 2018-06-06
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."



ET dancer

p.s. Keep on dancing, singing and living
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Cheryl Belden

Birth Date: 1948-08-21
Deceased Date: 2005-04-22
freddie carter - March 17th, 2023
I had a lot of fun with her i remember where she lived Daisyfield and West State.

Joanna Hall-Smith (Bellars)

Birth Date: 1948-01-31
Deceased Date: 2015-12-31
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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Daryl Braden

Deceased Date: 2005-02-09
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Terry Bredeson

Birth Date: 1948-09-11
Deceased Date: 2019-04-26
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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Sheila Anderson (Brooks)

Deceased Date: 2018-07-04
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Ruby Tate (Brown)

Birth Date: 1947-04-15
Deceased Date: 1987-01-11
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Bruce Callihan

Birth Date: 1948-09-05
Deceased Date: 2012-05-12
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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Fred Carter

Birth Date: 1948-02-21
Deceased Date: 2002-03-08
From the Sunday, March 10, 2002 issue of the Orlando Sentinel: 
FREDERICK J. CARTER, 54, Stonewood Estate Lane, Orlando, died Friday, March 8, of a heart attack. 
Mr. Carter was a software developer. Born in Rockford, Ill., he moved to Central Florida in 2000. He was a member of First United Church of Christ. He was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. 
Survivors: wife, Kristie S.; son, Hans Beyer, Indianapolis; daughters, Angela Herron, Columbus, Ind., Wendy, Orlando; brother, Timothy L., Rockford; five grandchildren. 
Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home, Orlando.
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Jim Chalman

Birth Date: 1948-05-15
Deceased Date: 2001-05-01
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Kay Chapman

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Terry Clugston

Birth Date: 1947-10-29
Deceased Date: 2020-07-31
Columbus, Kansas. Terry Lynn Clugston, Sr., age 72 passed away Friday. July 31, 2020 at his home following an illness.  He was born October 29, 1947 in Pittsburg, Kansas to William and Alma (Shreve) Clugston. 

He graduated from Rockford, Il Auburn High School in 1966 and later that year entered the US Navy, serving with the Seabees from 1966-1972. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He served many communities in law enforcement, retiring as a Jail Administrator with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department.  He was a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans.  He enjoyed pottery, fishing, and drives in the countryside.

He is survived by his wife Pauline, two sons, Terry Clugston, Jr. (Brenda), and Roger Marshall, daughter Jennifer Leeper, and 4 grandchildren.  He is also survived by his first wife Peggy Meinert Larson (Karl) of Rockford, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Mary Ann Clugston, and brothers Steven and William.

Cremation rites were accorded. A celebration of his life will take place at a later date.

Derfelt Funeral Home    Columbus, Kansas
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Mike Conery

Birth Date: 1948-07-28
Deceased Date: 2004-02-01
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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Leslie William "Bill" Copas

Birth Date: 1948-09-14
Deceased Date: 2019-11-04
ROCKFORD – Leslie W. “Bill” Copas, age 71, of Rockford passed away peacefully Monday November 4, 2019. 

Born in Rockford on September 14, 1948, to Leslie & Phyllis Copas (Estes). A proud Veteran of the United States Air Force, Bill owned & operated his father’s moving company – J & L Transfer for many years. He retired after 23 years of service from Freeport Tire and CBA Tire. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing & wood working, but most of all enjoyed the time spent with his grandchildren. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and dear friend; he will remain in our hearts forever.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Jean L. Copas (Esterbrook); children, Amy (Steve Wolfe) Pea and L. Aaron (Jacqui) Copas; grandchildren, Kyle Pea and Bryanna & Aydin Copas; siblings, Sally Carlson, Carol (late Chuck) Sutton, James (Sherry) Copas, Joan (Jay) Gorman and Rick (Eniara) Copas; brother & sister-in-law, Jerry Kruse and Donna Copas; numerous nieces & nephews; mother-in-law, Vivian Esterbrook; as well as many dear Esterbrook Family relatives; and beloved dog, Sadie. He is predeceased by his sister, Mary Kruse; brother, Michael Copas; and his parents.

Celebration of Life Memorial held Monday November 11, 2019, at 2:00 PM at the VFW Post 9759 Loves Park, 2018 Windsor Rd., Loves Park, IL, with visiting from 1:00 PM until the time of services at 2:00 PM – reception to follow. Cremation rites accorded. In lieu of flowers, Memorials to the family for a Memorial to be established at a later date. Christenson Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
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Muriel Camp (Corpora)

Birth Date: 1948-08-16
Deceased Date: 2016-02-10
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
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Dale Cox

Birth Date: 1948-02-27
Deceased Date: 2019-09-22

PORT RICHEY, FL – Dale Everette Cox, age 71, of Port Richey, FL and formerly of Rockford passed away peacefully Sunday September 22, 2019. Born in Galesburg, IL on February 27, 1948 to Robert George & Ruth Louise Cox (Carusi). A proud Veteran of the United States Air Force, Dale loved building and racing cars at the Rockford Speedway. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and dear friend; he will remain in our hearts forever.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Louise Ann Cox (Ahmer); daughter, Carrieann (Gary) Mahan; grandchildren, Jhona Mahan, Morgan (Westley) Clodfelter; great-grandchildren, Adrian Vela and Anderson Clodfelter; nephew, Doug Cox; great niece, Ruthie Cox; and many dear friends. He is predeceased by his parents, Robert & Ruth Cox; siblings, Dave Cox and Diana Sue Roberts; and nephews, Davey Cox and Nicholas Roberts.
Services are Private. Cremation rites accorded. Christenson Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Memorials to the family.
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Charles "Chuck" D Crawford

Birth Date: 1948-02-10
Deceased Date: 2023-07-13

Charles D. "Chuck" Crawford, 75, of Albany, Oregon passed away Thursday at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House. Born in Rockford, Illinois to John and Cora (Clankie) Crawford, Chuck was raised in Rockford and graduated from Rockford Auburn High School. He moved to Albany in 1978. He worked as a journeyman carpenter for 16 years and then for the City of Albany Public Works Department for 25 years and was a union steward. Chuck loved old Fords and loved working with wood, building houses and designing and crafting all kinds of furniture and marquetry. He was a strong family man and loved cats and dogs. Chuck was a big fan of the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls, and loved funny jokes and playing pranks on family and friends. He was a member of the Ford V8 Club.

He married his forever love, Rita Price in 1966 in Rockford. She survives in Albany as well as children Candice (Mike Jones) Crawford of Scio, Cindy (Lanny) Engom of Albany, John Crawford of Albany, and Angie (Mike Chance) Crawford of Salem; grandchildren Tiffany Chihuahua, Scott Lockhart, Hannah Engom, Landon Engom, Marissa Engom, Tyson Engom, and great grandchildren Josh Wibbens, Amada Chihuahua, Carlos Chihuahua, Kambriella Lockhart, Kinsley Lockhart. 

He was preceded in death by his Mom and Dad; great grandson Jordan Rowlee; brother John Crawford; and sisters Gloria Draper, Trudi Terrones, and Nancy Keegan.

A viewing will be from Noon to 3pm Sunday at Fisher Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10am Monday at Fisher Funeral Home with a concluding graveside at Willamette Memorial Park. Online condolences may be posted at
Terry McGuire - September 5th, 2023
My earliest memory of Chuck was 4th grade at Ellis Elementary School---I was new to Ellis and had no friends... I had a crush on what turned out to be Chuck's girlfriend. Chuck confronted me and told me to meet him on the playground after school, by the big tree. I was excited to be making a new friend. After school I went to the playground and waited. He didn't show up. It was years later I figured out that he meant to beat my ass! My loss. We hung out at times..going to the small store near his house. He taught me to pick up 6-packs of soda from the back of the store, bring them into the store for the deposit...which we used to buy candy. Later, when he got his driver's license, we took his cousin and a couple of nieces to the Robin Drive was probably a late '40's car...he pulled over before we got to the Robin and told me & his cousin to get in the trunk...he then went through the ticket booth and paid for one tickets...nieces got in free. We dove in to find a spot to park; Chuck took great pleasure at hitting the speed bumps hard enough to bounce us around in the trunk. Then he stopped to let us out of the trunk to the applause and honking horns of movie goers... he slammed the trunk shut and jumped back in the driver's seat...but the trunk wouldn't latch, so he had to jump back out to slam it again...& the honking and cheering continued! These are just a couple of memories suitable for sharing! I will miss Chuck & wish all the best to Rita and family!

Michael Dal Fratello

Birth Date: 1948-03-11
Deceased Date: 2021-12-10
  Michael C. Dal Fratello, 73, of Litchfield Park, Arizona died early Friday afternoon, December 10, 2021, at Banner Estrella Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Born March 11, 1948, in Rockford, to Ida and Dino Dal Fratello.  Michael graduated from Rockford Auburn High School in 1966.  While attending Auburn he was an Executive Officer in the National Defense Cadet Corps.  He joined the National Guard April 11, 1969 and was honorably discharged on April 10, 1975.  Michael attended Northern Illinois University earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts and two master’s degrees; one from Rockford College in education.

Michael was an administrator, educator, and coach in the Rockford area, spending most of his career at Rockford East High School as an art teacher, special education teacher, and later in his career a special education diagnostician.  He retired at the age of 63, but continued to work in the district as an administrator and teacher.

Michael was an avid bodybuilder for most of his life, participating in bodybuilding competitions across the country, even placing third for his age group in the Mr. America competition.  He prioritized health and fitness and exercised daily.  In 2010 Michael moved to Peoria, Arizona on a part-time basis where he enjoyed creating his artwork and completing a variety of home-improvement projects.  In 2013 he, along with his partner Robin, moved full-time to what he referred to as his “forever home” in Litchfield Park, Arizona.  He loved being a host.  Michael always had beautifully landscaped properties and would frequently host garden parties for friends and family.  Michael enjoyed cooking, eating out, drinking wine, swimming in his pool, and traveling.  He and his partner Robin enjoyed visiting vineyards and wineries throughout the country and Italy.  They had plans to spend a month in Italy this summer and had hoped to eventually move there.

Michael was a devoted son, brother, father, and friend to many.  He was family-focused; a feeling that intensified when he became a Papa.  He was deeply loved and will be missed by many.

Survivors include daughter, Jessica (Chris) Potter; grandchildren, Castor and Tallulah; partner, Robin Carr; sister, Mary (John) Galvan; nieces, nephews, and many friends.  Predeceased by parents, Ida Guzzo Dal Fratello and Dino Dal Fratello; brother, Richard Dal Fratello, newborn sister Constance Dal Fratello; Uncles, Aunts, and Cousins.

At Michael’s request, there will be no funeral or memorial service.  A Celebration of Life will be held in the near future, loved ones will be notified.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Michael’s honor to an organization that makes you think of him.
John Lombardo - December 18th, 2021
I have know Mike since grade school at O.F. Barbour School. During our years at Auburn HS we would often hang out with Mike, Phil Meli, Al Rudolf, Larry Pozzi, Don Arnold, Bob Blosser, Bob Clark and our girlfriends. Many good times celebrating New Years Eve, going to the Wagon Wheel Ice Rink and getting together to prepare for NDCC inspections and drill competions with the other high schools. My wife, Linda Bartscher-Lombardo (Auburn class of 68), and I were glad we had the opportunity to meet up with Phil, his wife Linda and Mike and Robin in Florida a few years ago. He was a dear friend that we will certainly miss. Our heartfelt condolences to his daughter Jessica and rest of the DalFratello family.
Sheryl McCray Noble - December 18th, 2021
Mike was always friendly and sat beside me in English Class. I have memories of him sharing little jokes and being very kind. 

Roger DeGarmo

Birth Date: 1948-03-07
Deceased Date: 1991-06-02
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

Birth Date: 1948-03-21
Deceased Date: 1988-11-23
freddie carter - March 17th, 2023
I was in R OT C OR NDCC He was the best friend a man could have

Lonnie Drayton

Birth Date: 1947-08-03
Deceased Date: 2022-05-11
Lonnie “Junior” Earl Drayton of Rockford departed this earthly life May 11, 1922. He was born on August 3, 1947 in Rockford, IL the son of Lonnie and Roberta Drayton. He graduated from Auburn High School Class of 1966, later attend Rock Valley College and played basketball. He married the former Madeleine Sherod in 1967; of this union, five children were born. Lonnie was a member of Providence Baptist Church.

Lonnie was employed many years as a skilled Machinist, concluding his career at Ingersoll where he worked eleven years. He played semi-pro basketball and enjoyed other sports - baseball, NASCAR, and football. His favorite team was the San Francisco 49er’s with Joe Montana being his favorite QB. If you knew Lonnie, you knew he loved music; The Commodores and Ohio Players were a few artists he jammed to. He was even in a band with his brothers. Lonnie spent time watching Western movies and sharing special moments with his grandchildren. He showed no mercy when he played chess, dominos and spades with his family and friends. His favorite sayings was “Sho Ya Right!”

Lonnie leaves to cherish many loving memories, his daughters Angelique’; LaChelle and Nyokalynn Drayton; son, Lonnie E. (Janet) Drayton II, three grandchildren; Kendra (Quadell Kimble) Turner, E’Chelle Drayton-Ollins, and MaLonni Drayton; three great grandchildren; JaTavia Avery, DaRez Drayton Kimble and Traine’r Robert DeShawn Kimble; Mother, Roberta Drayton; three brothers, Dwight Drayton, Leon (Ruby) Drayton and Robert (Michelle) Drayton; sister, Arnez Glover; Companion and caregiver Annette Hardnett and God-daughter Tonya Wallace and a host of relatives and friends. Special thanks to Phillip Robinson, Leon Staten and Northern Illinois Hospice.

He was predeceased by his father, Lonnie; son, Traine’r Drayton; and sister, Vicki Lynn Ellis; paternal and maternal grandparents.

Keith Lindstrand - October 13th, 2022
Belated prayers for the family of Lonnie...Lonnie was a good guy and an obvious credit to the great family that he was part of ... many memories of  time spent playing basketball at the Ellis School playgound ...he took it to the next level at Rock Valley!!!  God Bless

Bonnie Conery (Eatmon)

Birth Date: 1947-01-18
Deceased Date: 2011-09-17
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.

MARLENE Schoeneck (Carlsen) - 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!

Patricia Good (Elliott)

Birth Date: 1948-11-29
Deceased Date: 1991-08-09
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Cathy Ann Buckely (Falconer)

Birth Date: 1948-10-08
Deceased Date: 2023-05-31
Cathy Ann Buckley, 74, of Rockford, passed away on May 31, 2023. She was born on October 8, 1948, in Rockford, the daughter of Glenn and Wanda (Dunnavan) Falconer. Cathy graduated from Auburn High School, class of 1966.

Cathy was a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church. She was an animal lover and enjoyed watching and feeding the squirrels. She was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers Fan and loved puzzles.


She is survived by her son, Sean (Stacey) Buckley; grand pets, Sookie and Stella; sister, Teena Newburg; special cousin, Melody (Ed) Campbell; numerous loving nieces, nephews, and cousins; and neighbor, Carol. She is predeceased by her parents and daughter, Jennifer.


Cremation rites have been accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rockford Visiting Nurses or the ASPCA.
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Dale Falconer

Birth Date: 1948-10-29
Deceased Date: 2014-10-17
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

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

Deborah Nelson (Ference)

Birth Date: 1948-02-24
Deceased Date: 2009-01-12
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Jeanne Meichtry (Forbes)

Birth Date: 1948-07-11
Deceased Date: 2007-03-19
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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Adele Green (Frisbie)

Birth Date: 1948-09-27
Deceased Date: 1974-02-02
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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Joanne Falzone (Geraci)

Birth Date: 1948-12-15
Deceased Date: 2004-05-29
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Patricia Bouchard (Giles)

Birth Date: 1948-10-30
Deceased Date: 2001-11-04
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Cecil Hankins

Birth Date: 1948-12-25
Deceased Date: 2014-03-14
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

Birth Date: 1948-08-15
Deceased Date: 2017-07-18

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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Carolyn Kruger (Hewitt)

Deceased Date: 2015-01-01
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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Daniel C Hogan

Birth Date: 1948-01-09
Deceased Date: 2022-04-21
Daniel C. Hogan

JANUARY 9, 1948 – APRIL 21, 2022
Daniel C. Hogan, 74, of Roscoe, Illinois passed away peacefully at home on April, 21, 2022. Daniel was born on January 9, 1948 in Rockford, IL to Byron   James and Hildegard A. (Wallschlaeger) Hogan.

Daniel was an Auburn High School graduate and state champion swimmer. He served his country in the US Navy. Daniel married the love of his life, Melanie Harmon on October 30th, 1971. He worked as a quality control manager in the manufacturing and fabrication industry. Daniel was an avid Chicago Bears fan. He also enjoyed golfing and fishing and spending time with his loyal canine companion, Wilby Daniels.

Daniel is survived by his children, Jennifer D. (Jim) Akers and Jessie D. (John Lewis) Hogan; grandchildren, James D. Akers, Ava N. Akers, and Jada P. Lewis; sisters, Margaret Schobinger and Cathe (Brian) Glenn and numerous nieces nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by his wife Melanie in 2020, parents, sister, Barbara Hogan and brother, Dennis Hogan. 

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, May 9th, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Advantage Funeral Home, 7000 W. State St, Rockford, IL 61102, with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until service time. In Lieu of Flowers, memorials can be made to the family. Share online condolences for the Hogan family at
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Sara Johnson

Birth Date: 1948-03-20
Deceased Date: 2018-01-06
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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Art Johnson

Birth Date: 1948-09-05
Deceased Date: 2004-01-10
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Gregg Johnson

Birth Date: 1948-09-27
Deceased Date: 2011-01-16
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David Kiser

Deceased Date: 1994-02-11
Sheryl Noble - November 18th, 2021
My dear cousin David had a wife and family and lived in Calif. His brother Steve Kiser is still in Princeton IL. I am in touch with his sister Sylvia Whitehead in Winnebago, IL

Susan Miller (Kline)

Deceased Date: 2015-09-20
Sheryl Noble - November 18th, 2021
Sue's daughter was April Thrun, she married and moved to Calif, last I heard had 1 daughter.
Sheryl Noble - November 18th, 2021
Survived by son  Jay Thrun (Cheryl),2 grandchildren, and daughter (husband) and granddaughter.
Sheryl McCray=Noble - 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.

Lewis Kline

Birth Date: 1948-02-16
Deceased Date: 1985-01-02
Marlene Schoeneck (Carlsen) - 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,

Dixie Lee Magee (Lawler)

Birth Date: 1948-01-08
Deceased Date: 2022-11-19
Dixie Lee Magee, 74, of Rockford, died Saturday, November 19, 2022, at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford with her family by her side.

She was born January 8, 1948 in Belvidere, the daughter of Joseph Basil and Mabel Elizabeth (Peterson) Lawler. She graduated from Auburn High School in Rockford in 1966. Dixie married Michael “Mike” Patrick Magee on July 21, 1979, at First Church of the Brethren in Rockford.

Dixie worked at Bill Hembrough Buick, PoJo Pacemaker and OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center all in Rockford. Dixie and Mike then later owned and operated Chamfermatic Inc. in Rockford for 27 years. She enjoyed the simple things in life such as thrift shopping, playing slots at the casino, anything to do with animals, laughing and spending time with her friends and family.

Dixie is survived by her husband, Mike Magee of Rockford; son, Kevin (Cindy) Magee of Laona, WI; daughter, Kelli (Tom) Faris of Soldotna, AK; grandchildren, Cynthia Faris, Toria Faris, Toshi Faris, Glora Magee; great-grandson, Mitchell Faris; sister, Bonnie Speers of Pecatonica, Joyce Land of Durand; numerous nephews and nieces, including special to her heart, Kelly Speers, Michelle Vesely, Kim Stender.

Dixie is predeceased by her parents, brothers, Milton Lawler, Merrill Lawler, sisters, Beverly Anderson, Shirley Peters, Phyllis Kleckler.

Funeral service 12:00 p.m., with a visitation starting at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 25, 2022, at Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago with Pastor Kevin Kratzer of the Berean Baptist Church in Rockford officiating.

Interment at Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery near Pecatonica. In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established for the Winnebago County Animal Services.

Arrangements by Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago. For an online obituary and tributes go to

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John Edward Machnik

Birth Date: 1948-12-25
Deceased Date: 2002-09-29
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Gary McFadden

Birth Date: 1948-07-23
Deceased Date: 2000-03-03
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Rita Tenner (McKenna)

Birth Date: 1948-11-08
Deceased Date: 2022-04-13

Rita Marie Tenner (November 8, 1948-April 13, 2022) 

“…Laughter and tears are sown right into the quilt, part and parcel, stitch by stitch. Emotions, experiences, heartbreak, mourning, pain and regret, stitched into the cloth, along with happiness, satisfaction, cheer, comfort, and love. The finished quilts were a living thing, a reflection of the spirits of its creators.” --Arlene Stafford- Wilson, Lanark County Connections-Memories Among the Maples 

Rita Marie McKenna Tenner was a quilter. A gifted quilter; an award-winning quilter! If we close our eyes, we can imagine Rita looking over the quilt of her life, tenderly touching each piece. She pauses, running her finger over one tear-stained square, representing the heartbreak, pain, and grief of a cancer diagnosis that she knew would end badly. But side-by-side with that square was another: a piece made of soft flannel, warm, comforting, sturdy, with deep, jewel-toned colors, Carl! Rita smiles as she recalls her life lived with the love of her life, her devoted husband of 53 years, Carl Tenner with whom she shared everything. 

Her eyes scan the quilt. There are hundreds of pieces scattered over the surface, each representing a relationship she had experienced throughout her life, friends she collected along the way, like she collected fabric for her quilts: life-long friends from high school in Rockford, friendships formed from years of camping at the Harbor Campground in Three Lakes Wisconsin, friends and colleagues she made when teaching in the Rockford Public Schools. 

But at the center of the quilt is a large piece in the shape of a heart. This piece is for the children. Rita loved children. Her first calling in her life was as a mother, and she deeply loved her children Kim and Mike, and always knew she was deeply loved right back. Her love of children is also why she became a teacher. And knowing that she still had more room in her heart, Rita and Carl became foster parents and over a ten-year period of time, they shared their lives, and their home with one hundred foster children, some staying for a day, some for a season, but all of them staying in Rita’s heart forever. 

Rita folds the quilt, smiling over a life well-lived, well-loved, and faith-filled. 

The world will be a little colder without Rita’s quilts and without the love and joy she radiated to all who have known her. Rita will always be missed by her many friends, her husband Carl, children Kim and Mike (Tatyana),and grandson Sergey, her sisters Linda, Debbie and Jody and faithful little dogs, Cricket and Emma. 

A memorial service for Rita is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19 at 12pm at United Lutheran Church, located at 3630 N Rockton Ave, Rockford, IL 61103. A visitation will take place at 10am until the time of service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Serenity hospice and home at 1658 South IL RT 2 PO 462 Oregon, IL 61061
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