George A. Hillburst - 91

3/3/1923 - 5/19/2014
Rockford, Illinois

George “White Knight” Hillburst, 91, passed away in his home on May 19, 2014. He was born March 3, 1923 in Rockford, the son of Inga Olson. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater during WWII from 1943-1946. He married Eleanor J. Ulrich in Roscoe, IL on Sept. 17, 1955. George was the owner/operator of Commercial Printing from 1948-1989. George enjoyed Canadian fishing trips, snowmobiling, golfing and boating with his family on the Mississippi River. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor; daughter, Rebecca Hillburst;  sons, George and Lars Hillburst; also a special family friend, Helen Sell. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Sundberg Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Memorials in his name to Heartland Hospice, 363 Financial Court, Rockford, IL 61107.

Velma A. Quackenbush - 78

12/16/1935 - 5/17/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Velma A. Quackenbush, 78, departed this life at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 17, 2014 in her home. She was born December 16, 1935 in Vinton, IA, the daughter of Jesse John and Blanche (Hannah) Quackenbush. Velma graduated from high school in Vinton, IA and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Iowa State Teacher’s College. She earned her Master’s degree at N. Illinois University. After working in Fort Dodge, Iowa for a number of years, she was hired as an Executive Girl Scout Camp Director in the Rockford, Beloit, and Janesville area. After retiring from the Girl Scouts of America, she taught at Lincoln Park, Wilson, and West Middle Schools. She also taught track at Wilson Middle School and Auburn High School for many years. Velma enjoyed spending her summers at her cabin at Golden Lake, in Iron River, MI. She retired from Rockford School District #205 20 years ago. Velma enjoyed meeting with her lunch group over the years. She also loved reading, wood working, canning, gardening, feeding and watching birds, and was an animal lover. The Green Bay Packers and Chicago White Sox were her favorite sports teams. Velma is preceded in death by her parents, 4 brothers, 1 sister, 3 nephews, 4 aunts, and 2 uncles. She is survived by her sister, Mary (Quackenbush) Kaiser; brother-in-law, Walter John Kaiser; and sister-in-law, Delores (Blacksmith) Quackenbush; and 19 nephews and nieces. Also survived by her dear friends, Marty Cole (aka Dusty) of Washburn, WI; Teddy Hills of Denver, CO; and her caregiver and unconditional friend, Jeri Jones of Rockford, IL.As per Velma’s wishes, there will be no service. Velma will be greatly missed. Her purpose in life was to educate and help others when and where she was needed. Rest in Peace. We loved you, but God loves you best.

Dorothy A. Johnson - 86

2/19/1928 - 5/6/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Dorothy A. Johnson, 86, passed away in Highview in the Woodlands, Rockton, on Tuesday morning, May 6, 2014. She was born Feb. 19, 1928, the daughter of Harry and Bernice (Russell) Nethery. Dorothy married Donald W. Johnson in Court Street United Methodist Church, Rockford, on Sept. 3, 1955. He predeceased her Dec. 2, 2012. She was employed by Illinois Bell for many years. Survived by her son, Daniel W. (Connie) Johnson; grandchildren, Reese and Paige Johnson, all of Rome, GA. Graveside service 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 14, 2014 in Scandinavian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name to the donor’s choice.

Marilyn J. Friend - 82

2/19/1932 - 5/5/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Rockford resident Marilyn Joan Friend, 82, passed away at 8:15 p.m., Monday,May 5, 2014 in Morristown Hamblen Hospital, Morristown, TN. She was born on February 19,1932 in Rockford, daughter of Alban and Chrystal (Grimes) Hagg. She was a graduate of EastHigh School, Class of 1949. Marilyn married Robert E. Friend in Rockford on March 19, 1955.They were married for 48 years before he predeceased her in 2003. Marilyn was a longtimemember of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where she had served as Sunday SchoolSuperintendent and Altar Guild. She worked at Browns Clothing on Broadway and Prange’sDepartment Store for several years. She was an active volunteer for many organizations,including Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. She was predeceased by sister, Judith Hagg, and brother,Ronald Hagg. She is survived by her Sliver Sisters, Bev Oswald of Tucson, AZ, Jackie Ueland ofBeloit, WI, and Andrea Hagg, of Rockford, IL; her two sons, Gerald (Beth) Friend of Morristown,TN and Mark (Valerie) Friend of Tucson, AZ; her grandchildren, Nicholas (Kristen) Friend, Abigail(Jamian) Hulbert, Anna Friend, all of Morristown, TN, and Caitlyn and RJ Friend of Tucson, AZ;Great-granddaughter Sophia Friend, of Morristown, TN; and numerous nieces and nephews. Aspecial thank you to her nephew, John Oswald and his wife, Brenda, for all their care and support.Visitation will be from 5-7p.m., Monday, May 12, 2014 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. 215 N.Sixth St., Rockford. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in BethlehemLutheran Church, 4620 20th St., Rockford, with Rev. Ralph G. Kuespert officiating. A private interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran in her honor.

James "Jim" Hoffman - 78

4/19/1936 - 4/27/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Beloved Husband, Father and Papa
James "Jim" Hoffman, 78, passed away at 7:35 a.m., Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Neighbor's Rehabilitation Center after an extended illness. Born April 19, 1936 in Rockford, the son of Owen and Florence (Reed) Hoffman. Graduated from Rockford West High School in 1954. Married to Karin T. Boutin in Rockford August 26, 1961. He was formerly employed by Hydro-line Mfg. Co. for many years. Jim was an entrepreneur and from 1983 - 1998 owned and operated Video Unlimited. He enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas and gambling in Elgin at the Riverboat. Jim also enjoyed watching the Chicago Bears and NASCAR. Survivors include: wife, Karin; daughters, Laurie (Randy) Hoyle and Debbie Romonouski; granddaughters, Ashley Romonouski and Maria Hoyle, all of Rockford; siblings, Robert (Sharon) Hoffman of Huntley, IL, Diane Lewis, Sally (Dick) Parrot, and Bill (Shirley) Hoffman, all of Rockford; sister-in-law, Dorothy Hoffman; numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brother, Jack Hoffman.
Visitation from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL, 61107. Gathering of friends and family at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, 2014 in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Noah's Ark, 111 N. First St., Rockford, IL 61107 and Alzheimer's Association, 1111 S. Alpine Rd., Suite 307, Rockford, IL 61108.

Raymond P. "Ray" Magnuson - 86

3/17/1928 - 4/22/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Raymond "Ray" Patrick Magnuson left his family on April 22, 2014. Ray was born on March 17, 1928, the oldest of four sons born to Martin and Janet (Keenan) Magnuson. He married Patricia Marsh on July 3, 1950 in Dubuque, IA. He was a bricklayer, Local 6, U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII. Ray and Pat had three sons. Ray enjoyed many things in this life, but above all else, he loved God and his family. Ray is survived by his wife of 65 years, Pat; his sons and daughters-in-law, Steve (Mary), Mark (Cheryl), and Scott (Janice); seven grandchildren, Jeffrey, Cassie, Tony, Audrey, Jonathan, Ryan, and Cory; two great-grandchildren, Louis and Russell; sisters-in-law, Shirley and Marilyn; numerous nieces and nephews; and many dear and good friends. He was predeceased by his parents, his in-laws, Harold & Lucille Marsh; and his three brothers who he missed terribly, Jerry, Ron, and Lenny. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of the 7th floor at Swedish American Hospital for their kindness and caring attention. Celebration of life 2 - 4 p.m. Sat., April 26, 2014 in First Evangelical Free Church, 2223 N. Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL 61107, with a private burial. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Rockford Rescue Mission. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107.

Thelma M. Denton - 91

4/11/1923 - 4/12/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Former Rockford resident Thelma M. Denton, 91, passed away in her home in Mt. Morris, IL on Saturday, April 12, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 11, 1923 in West Frankfort, IL, the daughter of Lacy M. and Lessie Adams. She married Theron A. Denton in Cape Girardeau, MO on Dec. 7, 1940. Thelma retired from Penguin Foods in 1992 to care for her grandchildren. She was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints-Mormon, a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Survived by her sons, Larry Denton of Oregon, IL, Samuel Denton of Nauvoo, IL, Dr. Bruce (Kelly) Denton of Mt. Morris, IL, and Jeff Denton of Lake Zurich, IL; grandchildren, Allen (Jeannie) Denton of Pensacola, FL, Aaron (JoAnn) Denton of Atlanta, GA, Stephen (Utahana) Denton of Byron, IL, Samuel (Bethany) Denton, Jr. of Davis Junction, IL, Mary (Adam) Taylor of Lehi, UT, Rachel (Chad) Denton of Rockford, Kelsey (David) Cheatwood of Dixon, IL, Alexis (Dan) Denton, and Ashley Denton, both of Mt. Morris, IL, and Claire Denton of Lake Zurich, IL; 20 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Carol Fischer of PA and Carol Adams of TX; and special friends dear to her heart, Suzette Denton and Penny McIntire. Predeceased by her loving husband, Theron, a son Stephen Denton, a grandson, Zachary Denton, daughter-in-law, Rosemary Denton, and brothers Granville, John, and Arnold Adams.

The family would like to thank Serenity Home Hospice for their care and compassion.

Service 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints-Mormon, 620 N. Alpine Rd., Rockford with visitation from 3:00 p.m. until service time. Graveside service 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17, 2014 in West Frankfort, IL. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107.

Basil O. "Junior" Beck - 86

8/9/1927 - 4/11/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Basil O. "Junior"  Beck, 86, passed away at 5:10 p.m., Friday, April 11, 2014 in Swedish American Hospital. He was born August 9, 1927 in Ramsey, IL, the son of Basil and Ida (Duvall) Beck. He married Evelyn B. Tilton in rural Oregon, IL on April 17, 1948. Basil was a former printer and worked in the Rochelle, Woodstock, Crystal Lake, and Chicago areas for many years. He is a US Army veteran. Survived by his wife, Evelyn; children, Robert Beck (Roxanne), Pamela Beck (Michael), Evelyn Nuhn (Bill), Basil P. Beck, and Joseph Beck (Kathleen); 6 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; sisters, Peggy Mayberry and Patricia McCann; a brother, Elvis Beck; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a daughter, Angela Beck Kreger, his parents, 6 brothers, and 2 sisters.
Private family service at a later date. Interment of cremated remains will be in Flagg Center Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Online condolences at Memorials may be directed to Winnebago County Animal Control.

Zina Nekrasewich - 95

10/15/1918 - 3/29/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Zina Nekrasewich, 95, passed away in Presence Cor Mariae Center on Saturday,  March 29, 2014. Born Oct. 15, 1918 in Pinsk, Poland, daughter of Gregory and Ewa Baranchuk. Married to Peter Nekrasewich, in Poland, May 15, 1935. He predeceased her on October 4, 2002. Retired from National Lock Co. Member of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church. Survivors include daughters, Maria (Henry) Hryszcuk of Rockford, Eugenia Hull of Oregon, and Sophie (John) Hall of North Carolina; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by daughter, Olga Rakuc and son, Nick Nekrasewich.
Services at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 4, 2014 in Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, 1802 Pershing Avenue, Rockford, IL with Fr. Jonathan Bannon officiating. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL.

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.

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