Maria L. Martinez - 76

4/11/1937 - 3/27/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Maria L. Martinez, 76, passed away in SwedishAmerican Heart Hospital on Thursday, March 27, 2014. She was born April 11, 1937 in Nayarit, Mexico, the daughter of Ustaquio Miramontes and Sara Castaneda. She married Underico Martinez in Mexico on June 4, 1954. He predeceased her June 16, 1996. Maria worked for Northern Illinois Hospital Service for over 25 years. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, cooking, and crafts. Survivors include her children: Froylan “Pancho” Martinez, Fidela Soto, Sara Martinez, Raudel Martinez, Elisa Zipse, Blanca Martinez, and Adi Martinez; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a brother. Predeceased by her parents and 3 grandchildren.
Service 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 1, 2014 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107 with interment to follow in Calvary Cemetery.

Janet Marie Michaelson - 58

8/2/1955 - 3/16/2014
Machesney Park, Illinois

Janet Marie Michaelson, 58, of Machesney Park, passed quietly in her sleep, Sunday, March 16, with family at her side. Born August 2, 1955 in Rockford, IL to the late Lowell and Della Haldeman. Janet was a waitress for many years in the Machesney Park area. She had many friends who will remember her good nature and warm smile. She leaves behind her son, Gordy Michaelson; daughter, Calleigh Michaelson; and grandson, Lex Michaelson. She was sister to Tom (Lolly) Pearson, Jim Haldeman, Connie Heller, and Kenny (Sherry) Haldeman; many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly; and special companion, Kelly Nelson. Predeceased by her parents, Lowell and Della Haldeman; and infant son, Ken Michaelson, Jr.
Cremation arrangements provided by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. No services are scheduled at this time.

Alex M. Armato - 55

2/28/1959 - 3/15/2014
Las Vegas, Nevada

Alex M. Armato, 55, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Saturday, March 15, 2014. He was born February 28, 1959 in Rockford, the son of Sam Armato and Carol Armato Boraiko. Alex graduated from Boylan Central Catholic High School and Northern Illinois University. He has resided in Las Vegas since 1999. He was an avid sports enthusiast, especially a fan of the Green Bay Packers. Survivors include his mother, Carol (Carl) Boraiko of Las Vegas, NV; his father, Sam (Sandra) Armato of Rockford; a sister, Ann Armato of Las Vegas, NV; brothers, Jim and Joel Armato of Rockford; step-sisters, Lynda (Michael) Messman of Apollo Beach, FL, Barbara Schweppe of Las Vegas, NV, and Carla (Michael) Brady of Peachtree City, GA; step-brothers, George (Karen) Boraiko of Valrico, FL and Carl John (Karyn) Boraiko of Dubai, UAE; several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Special friend, Bernice and his “Packer Backer” friends.
Visitation Noon – 1:30 p.m., Sunday, March 30, 2014 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Private interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Algoma, WI. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in his name to American Cancer Society.

Walter Lukaszyk - 41

6/30/1973 - 3/13/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Walter Lukaszyk, 41, passed away in his home on Thursday, March 13, 2014. He was born June 30, 1973, the son of Stefan and Zofia (Michelek) Lukaszyk.
Survivors: his sons, Skyler and Austin Lukaszyk; mother, Zofia Muszynski; brothers, Steve and Michael Lukaszyk; uncle, aunts and cousins. Predeceased by his father.
Service 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 17, 2014 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Visitation at the funeral home from 4:00 p.m. until service time.

Marjorie L. Howard - 89

9/27/1924 - 3/10/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Marjorie L. Howard, 89, of Rockford, IL died at 8:51 a.m., Monday, March 10, 2014 in her home. Born September 27, 1924 in Duluth, MN, daughter of Morris & Mildred Hansey. Lived 79 years in Rockford. Employed as a cook at Terrazinos Restaurant for 15 years. Survivors include children: Nancy (John) Dickman, Margaret Benham, William (Sheila) Carlon, Jean (David) Elwell, John (Cindy) Carlon, Robert (Charlene) Carlon, Michael (Ruth) Howard, and Joseph (Debora) Howard; 30 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Gloria (Leo) Johnson and Darlene Bagwell. Predeceased by parents; twin sister, Margaret; sister, Joyce; and longtime companion, Stanley Wdowiak.
Service at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Visitation in the funeral home from 2 p.m., until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family.

William D. Finkboner - 60

9/24/1953 - 3/8/2014
Rockford, Illinois


Dragana Bovan - 26

8/10/1987 - 3/8/2014
Rockford. Illinois


Jerome L. "Jerry" Anderson - 77

9/24/1936 - 3/6/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Jerome L. “Jerry” Anderson, 77, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014 in his home. He was born Sept. 24, 1936 in Rockford, the son of Ira and Rhoda D. (Sundquist) Anderson. He graduated from Rockford East High School class of 1955. Jerry married the former Jackie Johnson in Rockford on Sept. 24, 1966. He was formerly employed by Commercial Printing and he retired from Rockford Board of Education. Jerry was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, LLL Society, and Elida Lodge, serving on the drill team. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his granddaughters.
Survivors include his wife, Jackie; daughters, Jessica and Joella Anderson; granddaughters, Alexandra and Carley Anderson; a sister, Jeannine Johnson, all of Rockford; a brother, John A. (Donna) Anderson of Wild Rose, WI; Brother-in-law, Eugene (Diane) Johnson of Winnebago, IL; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, Mickey and Nick Mangiaracina, Michael Meyers, and Jay Castrogiovanni.
Funeral Service 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Sundberg Funeral Home, ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Visitation at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Wednesday. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. I lieu of flowers, memorials to the family.

Agnes R. Christensen - 97

2/10/1917 - 3/5/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Agnes R. Christensen, 97, passed away in P. A. Peterson Home on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. She was born February 10, 1917 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of David and Ann (Hennigan) Courtney. Agnes married Carlo M. Christensen in Chicago, IL on June 1, 1940. They moved to Freeport, IL in the early 1940’s and resided there until 2005 when she moved to Rockford. Agnes was a long time member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church (Freeport, IL), the Freeport Country Club, and the Freeport Elks Club. She enjoyed golf and won many tournaments; she played until age 87. In addition to golf, Agnes enjoyed all the home arts socializing with her family and many friends. She was an outstanding cook, seamstress, and knitter. Survivors include her daughter, Mary (Ted) Bowen of Rockford; son, C. Michael (Katherine Tegtmeier) Christensen of Folsum, CA; 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carlo, daughter, Sharon, 3 sisters, and 2 brothers.
Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 8, 2014 in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1400 Kiwanis Dr., Freeport, IL with Fr. Ken Anderson as Celebrant. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL, assisted the family.

Ronald L. Higgins - 63

2/2/1951 - 2/23/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Ronald L. Higgins, 63, passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2014 in SwedishAmerican Hospital. He was born Feb. 2, 1951 in Rockford, the son of Ernest and Mae (Clankie) Higgins. Survivors include his children, Dennis (Melissa) Higgins and Rhonda (Donnie Burkett) Higgins; 3 grandchildren, Trinity, Taryn, and Brittany; several brothers and sisters.
No services are planned. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL assisted the family. Online condolences at

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