Paul R. Petersen - 8310/12/1929 - 7/10/2013
Loves Park, Illinois
Paul R. Petersen, 83, born on October 12, 1929, to Jergen and Helen (O’Roke) Petersen in Rockford, IL passed away in his Loves Park home, July 10, 2013. Married Yvonne “Bonnie” (Huber) Petersen on July 24, 1953. Korean War Veteran, truck driver for Art Thomas, Piggly Wiggly, and Spector Freight System. Worked at Swedish American then retired to start his own lawn care service. Lifetime member and past commander at Loves Park VFW #9759. He took great pride in serving on the Honor Guard for fallen veterans. Greatest husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. Survived by wife; children, Debbie (Craig) Moline, Mark Petersen, Steve (Diane) Petersen, Colleen “Kelly” (Rick) Petersen, and Marlene (Darryl) Donaldson; grandchildren, Fred (Amy), Paul (Tammy), Megan, Blake, Connor, Garrett, Tiffany, Amber, and Amanda; great-grandchildren, Tara, Jenna, Vera, Aurora, Milynn, Autumn, Brooklyn, Abbie, Domenica, and Weston; brothers, Jerry (Bobbi) Petersen, and Joe (Linda) Petersen; sister-in-law, Phyllis Huber; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Ginger and Bill Blythe. Predeceased by brothers, Eugene “Pete” and Elwynn “Buzz” Petersen; sister, Frances Young; and son-in-law, Doug Moline.
Visitation from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Sat., July 13, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL with funeral service beginning at 11:00 a.m. Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Richard 'Rich' Anderson - 6510/23/1947 - 7/8/2013
Richard ‘Rich’ A. Anderson, 65, passed away at 6:05 am, Mon., July 8, 2013 in Amberwood Care Center after a lengthy illness. Born Oct. 23, 1947 in Rockford. Son of Douglas R. and Louise (Baumgardner) Anderson. Formerly employed by Napa Auto Parts for many years. Confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church. Graduated from Guilford High School in 1965 where he was a member of the football team and chess club. Survivors include daughter, Melissa (Mark) Kunze; son, Matthew (Megan) Anderson; mother, Louise L. Hurlbutt; brother, Doug (Jane) Anderson; 11 grandchildren; niece, Alison (Brandon) Belfiore; and special friend, Caroline Tilson. Predeceased by his father.
Graveside memorial service at 11:00 am, Sat., July 13, 2013 in Scandinavian Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107.
Charles Francis Hall, Jr. - 10212/1/1910 - 6/29/2013
Charles Francis Hall, Jr., 102, an educator and artist, died on June 29, 2013, in his home. He was born Dec. 1, 1910, in Streator, IL. He was a graduate of Illinois State University, University of Illinois, and Teachers College, Columbia University. He was a resident of Colorado from 1946 until moving to Rockford, IL in 1999. He taught at the University of Denver and the public schools of Bloomington, IL and Colorado Springs, CO. He was chairman of the social science department of Wasson High School in Colorado Springs before his retirement in 1976. For some years following his retirement, he had both the pleasure and privilege of being actively associated with The Arati Artists Gallery in Old Colorado City.
He served as a reserve officer with the Seventh Fleet in the Pacific Theater of World War II, going into Japan with the occupying forces at the close of hostilities.
He married Rachel Fern Bergstrom on May 31, 1941, at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, IA. Rachel died in Colorado Springs, CO, on June 18, 1991.
He is survived by his daughter, Nancy (Martin) Wolff of Rockford, IL; three grandchildren, Cheryl (Barry), David, and Jonathan; a great-grandchild, Clara; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy. Predeceased by a brother and his parents.
As per his request, no services are scheduled. Inurnment in Arlington National Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107.
Bertha Pappas - 8410/24/1928 - 6/23/2013
Bertha M. Pappas, 84, passed away at home at 6:43 a.m., Sunday, June 23, 2013. She was born Oct. 24, 1928 in Rockford, the daughter of Theodore and Lucia (Den Tant) Picavet. She graduated from East High School. Bertha was formerly employed by Illinois Bell for 20 years and later worked as a switchboard operator for Rockford Memorial Hospital for 25 years. She married Tassius W. Pappas in November of 1950. He predeceased her July 17, 2012. She was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. Survivors include her sons, Michael (Linda), William (Angie), James (Jacki), John, Robert (Cindy), Gerald (Kendal), and Edward; many grandchildren, including a special grandson, "Nickie"; her great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces, including Linda and Mary; and special brother-in-law, "Rogo." She was predeceased by her 3 sisters and parents.
Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 27, 2013 in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 201 Buckbee St., Rockford. Burial will follow in Scandinavian Cemetery. Visitation at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Thursday. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Memorials may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association, 1111 S. Alpine Rd., Suite 307, Rockford, IL 61108.
Porter L. Shockey - 657/3/1947 - 6/18/2013
Porter L. “Butch” Shockey, 65, passed away suddenly Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in St. Mary Hospital, Madison, WI. Born on July 3, 1947 in Sioux City, IA, he was the son of Raymond and Eleanor (Garett) Shockey. He married Sharon Van Buskirk in Rockford on Oct. 30, 2004. He retired from Gates Rubber after working there 21 years. Butch enjoyed fishing, boating, and swapping books with friends. Survivors include his wife, Sharon Shockey; a son, Scott Shockey; grandchildren, Angel and Brandon Shockey; step-children, Tim Van Buskirk, Kelly and Debbie Williams, and Thomas and Henryetta DuFoe; step-grandchildren, Sara, Brad, Ashley, Katelynn, Amanda, and T.J.; a brother, Dave Shockey; sisters, Gloria Baker and Clara Eye; and his former wife, Shirley Shockey. Predeceased by a son Troy, a brother, Gene, and his parents.
Visitation from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., Monday, June 24, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL with funeral service beginning at 1:00 p.m. Interment in Willwood Burial Park.
Lucille V. Lind - 949/16/1918 - 6/10/2013
Lucille V. Lind was born on September 16, 1918 to August and Blanche (Billstrand) Glave. She was raised by her grandparents John and Matilda Billstrand along with special loving care from her aunt, Adena Billstrand. She married Harry C. Lind and they had 4 children; Richard, Thomas, Nancy, and Gary. Survivors include son, Richard (Gloria); daughter, Nancy; daughter-in-law, Jacque Lind, widow of her youngest son, Gary; six grandchildren, Tracey (William) Buckler, Rick (Paula) Lind, James (Rose) Smythe, Vickie (Keith) Collier, Thomas (Erin) Lind, and Annie Lind. Predeceased by husband, Harry; sons, Thomas and Gary; and grandson, David Terrell.
Marilyn Toback - 7810/15/1934 - 6/5/2013
Marilyn Toback, 78, was born Oct. 15, 1934 in Boston, MA. She later moved to New York where she graduated from Flushing High School and American Institute of Banking. On May 20th, 1956 she made the best decision of her life and was married to Tony Toback in Forest Hills, NY. Marilyn started her business career at the age of 18 as a uniformed messenger at Chase-Manhattan Bank in New York City. She was also a bookkeeper at the Wall Street Journal. After the family moved to Rockford 45 years ago, she was employed by United Bank and later Life Savings, TCF, Associated Bank and served as Vice President and branch manager. Marilyn was also an Internal Auditor for Calcott Companies. She also enjoyed working part-time at Busch Jewelers.
Marilyn was a member of Temple Beth-El (former president), life member of Hadassah, Northern IL Hospice & Grief Center volunteer, Children’s Development Center volunteer and a Pink Lady at St. Anthony Hospital.
Survivors include her husband, Tony of Rockford; son, Mark (Terri) Toback of Santa Cruz, CA; daughter, Nina Toback and her husband, Michael Weiss, of Long Beach, NY; 6 grandchildren, Joshua Toback, Rachel Toback, Asher Toback, Rachel Weiss, Alanna Weiss, and Diana Weiss; sister, Joanie (Todd) Vigor of Wauconda, IL and nephews Eric and Joshua Vigor. Marilyn was predeceased by her brother Frank Bologna.
Marilyn’s open heart and welcoming personality was matched by her culinary skills. Every holiday or birthday was an opportunity to invite old friends and new acquaintances into her home. For many years Jewish students from Rockford College gathered around the Toback dinner table to celebrate the holidays.
Marilyn also organized countless special events, holiday meals, family dinners, open houses and various gatherings and parties for her community. One noted highlight each year was the Temple Beth-El Food-A-Rama. Each year Marilyn and her husband Tony could be counted on for preparing hundreds of pounds of baked beans.
Marilyn was loved and admired by so many people. She had a special way of including people so that new friends quickly became dear friends and then life-long friends. She will be missed by all.
Her circle of friends grew not only from the places she worked but from all the places where she volunteered. She gave her time and her heart to the Pink Ladies at St. Anthony Hospital, Hadassah (an international Jewish woman’s organization), to the Rockford Jewish Community Center, the Northern Illinois Hospice & Grief Center, the Children’s Development Center and Temple Beth-El where she served continually for over 40 years in many capacities; most notably as the congregational president.
Marilyn and Tony loved to visit new places and learn new things. They enjoyed many Elder Hostel vacations. Most recently they took their children and grandkids to Cancun for their fun-filled 50th anniversary and on a Caribbean cruise for their 55th. Marilyn and Tony traveled to many foreign countries of which her favorites were Israel, Italy and Thailand.
For those who loved Marilyn it is hard to imagine a world without her. She was a source of comfort, wisdom, friendship and laughter to all her who were privileged to know her.
Her generosity and strength, her boundless energy and love will be an inspiration to us for as long as we live.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Friday June 7th at Temple Beth-El, 1203 Comanche Drive, Rockford, IL, with Rabbi Binah Wing officiating. Burial in Rockford Hebrew Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Memorials to Temple Beth-El Youth Group or Northern Illinois Hospice & Grief Center.
Muriel C. Roggensack - 809/19/1932 - 5/30/2013
Muriel C. Roggensack, 80, of Rockford died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Thursday, May 30, 2013. She was born on September 19, 1932 in Blair, Nebraska the youngest daughter of Charles and Marion (Kindred) Gustin. She married Melvin C. Roggensack on August 5, 1950. He predeceased her in death on March 15, 1979.
Muriel graduated from East High School in 1950. She was retired from Elco Tool where she had been employed as an inspector for over 30 years. Muriel loved to work in her flower gardens, and enjoyed watching the birds and wildlife at her back yard bird feeder. She enjoyed crafts especially making quilts with her sisters and nieces. She loved spending time with her family and especially enjoyed the family cookouts at the farm. She loved giraffes and acquired quite a collection over the years most of them being gifts from her loved ones.
Survivors include 2 sons, Melvin Roggensack of Rockford, Ronald (Lisa) Roggensack of Rockford, 2 daughters, Sharon (Larry) Crimmins of Bettendorf, Iowa, Linda Gillespie of Rockford, 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in death by her parents, special companion Wayne Kliebe, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, 1 daughter-in-law, 1 son-in-law, and 1 great grandson.
The family would like to offer a special thanks to Beverly and Lavonne who were always there for her throughout the years, Lisa, Donna, and Fran who were her primary caregivers, and the nurses and staff of OSF Hospice who provided great care and support to the family.
The services will be held at Sundberg Funeral Home, 215 N Sixth Street, Rockford, Illinois with Pastor Wayne Hodge officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery. The visitation will be on Sunday, June 2, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the funeral will be on Monday, June 3, at 11:00 a.m. Memorials may be made to the family.
Michael E. Nelson - 6510/25/1947 - 5/29/2013
Michael E. Nelson, 65, passed away May 29, 2013. He died peacefully in his Roscoe home with his wife Robbin at his side. Born Oct. 25, 1947, in Rockford, IL to Elmer and Pauline (Stotts) Nelson. Mike graduated from Rockford East High School in 1965 and from Bradley University in 1969 with a degree in business. Upon graduation he proudly served in the US Army as a military police officer. Mike’s professional career was highlighted by his tenure as the Business Manager at WTVO. He often commented that he enjoyed being surrounded by the highly creative staff. In 1997 Mike founded Nelson Accounting. Working with his daughter Dana, they developed a successful business and a strong friendship. Mike and the former Robbin Olson were married July 17, 1971, after meeting five years earlier at the East High tennis courts. They were avid tennis and theater enthusiasts, visiting venues all over the country. Mike shared his love of theater with his daughter Tracey by attending many productions together. In recent years Mike and Robbin enjoyed visiting over a dozen European countries with close friends. None of the places they traveled could ever match the treasured moments Mike spent with his grandsons. Mike is survived by his wife, Robbin; daughters, Dana (Jason) Long and Tracey Nelson; grandsons, Jonathan and Michael Long; sister, Wanda (Steve) Ferrall; mother-in-law, Marilyn Olson; brother-in-law, James (Annette) Olson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his mother, Pauline Nelson.
Per Mike’s wishes a private family burial will be held. Donations can be made the Rock Valley College Starlight Theater, 3301 N. Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL 61114, in his memory.
Terry Lynn Miles - 552/21/1958 - 5/29/2013
Terry Lynn (Bellars) Miles, 55, passed away, Wed. May 29, 2013 in her home. Born Feb. 21, 1958 in Rockford daughter of Ronald & Arlene (Bartman) Bellars. Married George Miles in Rockford. Terry enjoyed bingo and spending time with her family. Survivors: sons, George Ronald Miles, Glendale, AZ and Michael (Adrianne) Miles of Casey, IL; grandchildren, Samuel Miles, Ajaye Meeks, and Skye Lynn Miles; niece, Kayla Bellars; 2 brothers; and 3 sisters.
Memorial service at 2:00 pm Wed., June 5, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107.
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