Rita Ann Kindgren - 64

9/10/1949 - 8/16/2014
Rockford, Illinois

 Rita A. Kindgren of Rockford died peacefully in her home on Saturday, August 16, 2014, after a long illness. Rita was born in Rockford on September 10, 1949, the daughter of Vitus and Frances (Hoy) Mund. Married to Lee Kindgren on April 13, 1991 in Rockford. Rita’s biggest love was her family and she enjoyed shopping, traveling, and gardening. She attended Auburn High School and Rock Valley College. She was employed at W. A. Whitney Co, Rockford Spring, and Cellusuede Products. She also volunteered at Rockford Memorial Hospital and was a member of the British Boots and Bonnets Car Club, Rockford Divers Association, and the Red Hats. Rita is survived by her husband, Lee; daughters, Serina, Rita, and a son, Charles III; grandchildren, Fred, Amber (Austin), Richard (Kacee), Hannah, Katrina, Charles, Ryan, Brianna, and Bianca. She is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two stepsons, Michael (Kristi) and Jeffrey (Cyndi) and three step grandchildren, Athena, Taylor, and Audrey. She is also survived by sisters, Pat, Judy, and Jerry and brother, Bob. Predeceased by a brother, Maurice, and a sister, Cindy.
Friends may call for a visitation and celebration of life at Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford on Thursday August 21st from 5 to 7 pm. Private graveside services will be at Arlington Cemetery.

April S. "Sue" Jackson - 64

11/19/1949 - 8/14/2014
Rockford, Illinois

April S. "Sue" Jackson, 64, passed away at 11:05 a.m., Thursday, August 14, 2014 in SwedishAmerican Heart Hospital. Born November 19, 1949 in Rochelle, IL, daughter of James and Doris (Isles) Tucker. Married to Larry D. Jackson in Rockford on November 21, 1967. Active member of First Baptist Church of Machesney Park, and was a member of Sinnissippi Quilt Guild, and Hope Ministries. Sue graduated from Guilford High School in 1968. Survivors include husband, Larry D. Jackson; children, Rick (Jennifer) Jackson, Keith (Lisa) Jackson, Tammy Jackson (Ronald Newman) and David Jackson all of Rockford; grandchildren, Britney, Kianna, Kaley, Kiersten, Tate, Cole, Kort, Mackenna, Ryan, and Indica; her father, Jim Tucker of Geff, IL; brothers, John Tucker, Oklahoma City, OK, Jim (Pat) Tucker of Rockford and Donald (Pat) Tucker of Bay City, MI; and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her mother; and brother, Bill Isles.

Visitation from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 20, 2014 in First Baptist Church, 718 Harlem Rd., Machesney Park with the service at 11:00 a.m. Senior Pastor Heath Tibbetts officiating. Private burial in New Milford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Hope Ministries, Inc., 943 Easton Parkway, Rockford, IL 61108.

Nancy Lind - 69

2/1/1945 - 8/12/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Nancy L. Lind, 69, passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 in SwedishAmerican Hospital. Born Feb. 1, 1945 in Rockford, daughter of Harry and Lucille (Glave) Lind. She was loved dearly by her children, grandchildren, and friends; and will be missed by all. Survivors included children, James Smythe and Vicki Smythe, both of Rockford; 9 grandchildren, and brother, Richard (Gloria) Lind of Rockford.
Graveside service at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in Scandinavian Cemetery.
Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107

Imogene S. Counts - 94

7/23/1920 - 8/6/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Imogene S. Counts, 94, passed away at 10:40 p.m., Wednesday, August 6, 2014 in SwedishAmerican Hospital. She was born July 23, 1920 in Lauratown, Arkansas, the daughter of Hershel and Minnie Nunally. Imogene married Oscar Counts in Alicia, Arkansas on May 4, 1940. He predeceased her in 1972. She retired from Blue Cross and Blue Shield and was a lifetime member of Church of Christ.
Survivors include her daughter, Barbara (Bill) Palmer of Stillman Valley, IL; daughter-in-law, Marguerita Counts of Rockford; a brother, Neil Nunally of Indianapolis, IN; a sister, Mildred Richey of Okeechobee, FL; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents; husband, her sons, Jerry, Ronnie, and Rex; a special grandson, Kristopher Counts; 3 sisters; and 2 brothers.
Visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Monday, August 11, 2014 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford with service beginning at 12:30 p.m. Wayne Morris will officiate and interment will follow in Arlington Memorial Park. Memorials to be given to Broadway Church of Christ.

Jimmy R. Tucker Sr. - 64

9/25/1949 - 7/27/2014
Loves Park, Illinois

Jimmy R. Tucker Sr., 64, passed away at 7:24 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014 in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, surrounded by his family, after a sudden illness. Born September 26, 1949 in Piggott, Arkansas, son of Truman M. and Mable Tucker. Married to Deborah J. Irvin in Rockford, April 5, 1969. Recently retired from his business, J & D Tucker & Sons Trucking. Member of North Love Baptist Church. He enjoyed NASCAR and camping. Survivors include wife, Deborah of Loves Park; sons, Jimmy Tucker Jr. of Chippewa Falls, WI and Michael (Tina) Tucker of Rockford; his mother, Mable Tucker of Rockford; grandchildren, Nathan, Jasmine, Ian and Mike Jr.; brothers, Bruce (Margaret) Tucker of Loves Park and Doug (Angel) Tucker of Byron; many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his father, Truman Tucker and brother, Randy Tucker.

Visitation 11:00 a.m. until Noon, Friday, August 1, 2014. Services at Noon, Friday, August 1, 2014 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107. Pastor Dan Outler of North Love Baptist Church officiating. Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Memorials to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN  38101-9908. 

Rick A. Decker - 60

8/28/1953 - 7/22/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Rick A. Decker, 60, passed away at 1:59 a.m. on Tues., July 22, 2014. Born August 28, 1953 in Rockford son of Paul R. & Carol M. (Larson) Decker. He was formerly employed as a machinist at J.L. Clark, an avid antiquer, and a devoted Chicago Bears fan. Survivors include daughter, Amy Silva of Rockford; son, Andrew McKinney of Florida; grandchildren, Jessica, Zachary, and Adriana; sisters, Pam Cunningham of Rockford, Cindy (Jon) Burkel of Florida; several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, a son, a brother and a sister.
Visitation from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Tues., July 29, 2014 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107.

Richard L. "Dick" Wilson - 79

2/5/1935 - 7/20/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Richard L. "Dick" Wilson, 79, was welcomed into Eternity on July 20, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Richard was born Feb. 5, 1935, in Sterling, IL, son of Harry and Mildred (Schaney) Wilson. Richard married the love of his life, Catherine Mary (Hawley) Wilson in 1956 and over the years that deep love survived everything else. He was stationed in Germany while serving in the U.S. Army. Richard served as contract manager at Sundstrand Aviation for thirty years and for the past ten years as building manager at St. James Catholic Church & School. Richard's love of travel took him to the shores of Florida, historic Italy and the mountainous regions of Japan. His passions included vacations, books, art and fishing. However, his greatest love was for God, his wife, and family. Richard cherished his friends, cousins and his devoted nieces and nephews, who adored him. Catherine and Richard have 4 daughters, RoxAnne (Joe) McCarren, Karen (Mitch) Whittington, Mary Wilson all of Rockford, and Cathy (Mark Ellis) of Belvidere. Richard adored his girls, their spouses, and his 12 grandchildren, Owen (Briana) Whittington, Anna (Jeff) Spurlock, Joseph McCarren, Jennah (Jeremiah) Christenson, Theresa, Michael, Alexandra Cervantes, Carrie and Alec Stenerson; 6 great-grandchildren, Savannah Johnson, Mari Spurlock, Izaiah and Mia Cervantes, Elizabeth and Olivia Whittington. He found true joy in being "Papa" to each and every one of his grandchildren. Also surviving are beloved brother, Robert K. Wilson and his children; brother-in-law, Nicholas T. Hawley and his children; and sister-in-law, Ellen Sumner and her children. Richard will forever be remembered for his gentle nature, his extraordinary patience, his tremendous love, devotion to his faith and his family. Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Mildred Wilson, his beloved sister, Bettie Irene Wilson; his cousins, Karen and Jerry Anderson; sister-in-law, Wilma; and his cherished granddaughter, Alexandra Cervantes.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 24, 2014 in St. James Catholic Church, 428 N. Second St., Rockford, IL 61107. Visitation prior to Mass  from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. James Catholic School. Burial in Arlington Memorial Park. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL assisted the family. 

Urra L. Carter - 98

8/18/1915 - 7/12/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Urra L. Carter passed away at 7:35 a.m., Saturday, July 12, 2014 in SwedishAmerican Hospital. She was born Aug. 18, 1915 in Cardville, MO, the daughter of Sublette and Elizabeth (Bell) Barker. She lived 61 years in Rockford coming from Pollard, AR. She married Obray R. Carter in Pollard on Mar. 17, 1934. He predeceased her April 30, 1987. Survivors include daughters, Judy Kay Szleszinski of Rockford, IL and Bonni F. (Jim) Fowler of Stillman Valley, IL; sons, Edward G. (Jan) Carter of Cedarville, AR, Jesse E. (Judith) Carter of Ft. Atkinson, WI, and Realus J. Carter of Rockford, IL; 13 grandchildren, Steve (Cara) Carter, Vicky (Glenn) Felterman, Timothy E. (Karyl) Carter, Michael B. (Tressa) Carter, Lori Burkens, Mark A. Carter, Jimmie R. (Rovana) Fowler, Jr. , Joseph R. (Laura) Fowler, Kristen (Tim) VanDeJetchte, Kimberly K. (Al) Winstead, Jonathan R. Fowler, Erica Feigl, and Jennifer M. Szleszinski; 13 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; and 2 sisters and a brother. Predeceased by parents and 8 siblings.
Service 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 16, 2014 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Visitation at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Wednesday. Interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Doris M. Roberts - 92

5/8/1922 - 7/11/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Doris M. Roberts, 92 , passed away Friday afternoon,  July 11, 2014 in Presence St. Anne Center. Born May 8, 1922 in Rockford daughter of Ernest & Mary (Lozzio) Zippieri. Married to John L. Roberts and he predeceased her Sept. 12, 1952. Member of St. Bridget Catholic Church. Survivors include, son, John (Diane) Roberts of Buda, TX; daughter, Donna (Dennis) Rebhuhn of Maxwell, TX; grandchildren, Nate (Jessica) Roberts, Travis (Mayra) Roberts, and Jason (Shayla) Nelson; and great-granddaughter, Allison Nelson. Predeceased by parents; and brother, Richard Zippieri.

Services will be private. Memorials may be made to Presence St. Anne Center 4405 Highcrest Rd., Rockford, IL, in her name.

Elmars Viesturs - 83

8/9/1930 - 7/9/2014
Belvidere, Illinois

Elmars "Harry" Viesturs departed his earthly life on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at "high noon".  Born in Latvia to Ilze Bumber and Jakob Viesturs, on August 9, 1930. At the age of 19, he and his family fled Lativa and found their way to a refugee camp in Hanover, Germany and from there were offered sponsorship in the United States. Elmars was drafted into the United States Army and stationed in Gelnhausen, Germany where he met his future wife, Ingrid Lorenz. He was honorably discharged as Sargent in 1953. Because of his love for mathematics and "the way things work", he and his young bride moved to Ft. Wayne, IN where he studied engineering at Indiana Tech. and where his two children, Velta Viesturs Pocs and Ed Viesturs, were born.

Moving back to Belvidere and then to Rockford where he made his home in 1960, Elmars worked for many years in the Tool and Die Industry as a Design Engineer. An avid reader and lover of history, geography and nature, he always encouraged his children to seek adventure.  In his retirement years, he collected heirloom seeds, gardened and baked; always trying, with great effort, to get the Latvian Rye bread just right!



Elmars is survived by his daughter, Velta Viesturs Pocs and her husband Paul and their children, Nadia and Lilija of Rockford IL.  He is also survived by his son, Ed (Eddie) Viesturs, his wife, Paula Barton Viesturs and their children, Gilbert, Ella, Anabel and Nina of Bainbridge, WA. Additionally, he is survived by his former wife and mother of Velta and Eddie, Ingrid Viesturs Dean.

A heartfelt thank you to the entire staff at Heritage Woods of Belvidere, the angels of Northern Illinois Hospice, namely Jennifer, Donica and Kelli, and a most special thank you, to Elmars' friend and caregiver, Randy Sprague.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to Northern Illinois Hospice or to the family to establish a memorial in Elmars' name.

A celebration of life will be scheduled and announced at a later date.  


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