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 www.sundbergfh.com.

Jeanne A. Kerns - 95

11/3/1918 - 2/8/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Jeanne A. Kerns, 95, passed away peacefully at home with her son at her side on Saturday, February 8, 2014. She was born Nov. 3, 1918 in Davenport, IA, the daughter of George and Rozella (Hibst) Senjen. Jeanne was a former active member of Moline, IL PTA, National PTA, and the first female trustee at Black Hawk College in Moline, IL. While living in Nigeria, she taught knitting and sewing in women’s schools. Jeanne was one of the first female agents hired by Tom Dickerson Realtors and worked there many years. She was active with RAMP and was a founding board member. Survivors include her son, Kevin M. Kerns of Rockford; grandchildren, Sean (Lisa) Kerns of Morrow, OH, Colin (Kaia) Kerns of Minneapolis, MN, Robert (Barb) Kerns of St. Louis, MO, and Kelsi Megan (Seth) Kerns-Carter of Bloomington, IL; a sister, Sandra Tack of Gold Canyon, AZ; four great-grandchildren; longtime friend from the Peace Corps, Harlan Attfield; other longtime friends, Jane Hawkins-Hoff, Tom and Earline Dickerson, Beth Langen, Julie Bosma, and Kim Schweitzer; and beloved dog, Miss Ginger. Predeceased by her husband, Robert J. Kerns; sons, Clayton Webster Kerns and Kendal Scott Kerns; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth “Betsy” Kerns; brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Virginia Senjen; and dogs, Loki and Skye. Special thanks to Dr. McHugh and the nurses in D3 (RMH), Atrium staff, and Transitions Hospice.
No services scheduled at this time. Inurnment in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL assisted the family. Online condolences may be directed to www.sundbergfh.com. Memorials in her name to RAMP, 202 Market St., Rockford, IL 61107 or Transitions Hospice, 5100 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108.

Zeno S. Vourliotis - 86

1/18/1928 - 1/25/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Beloved Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather, 86
Zeno Vourliotis, 86, passed away on Saturday, January 25 at Rosewood Care Center in Rockford. He was the son of Spiros and Calliope Vourliotis. Zeno was born in Rockford on January 18, 1928 and lived here his entire life. He graduated from West High School in 1945, attended the University of Illinois, and served in the U.S. Navy. Zeno married Irene Grevin on June 10, 1951 who predeceased him on November 18, 2000.
He was employed by Nicor Gas Company for 28 years in the Service Department. He was a devoted and loving husband, son, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Zeno can best be remembered for his humor, his care and concern of people and being young-at-heart . Zeno loved to dance and listen to music and gave his family the most heart-warming and fun Christmases that will always be remembered. His family values and traditions will live on with his family. He was a lifetime fan of the Chicago Bears, Cubs, and Bulls.
He was Zeke the Greek and always proud of his heritage. He was an avid gardener, loved building model airplanes, antiquing, fishing, and loved spending time with his family.
He was an active member of his church and participated in Greek Fest and On The Waterfront. He accepted all the stages that he went through with dignity and strength and his love for the Lord was always present. He meant everything to his entire family and will be greatly missed!
Surviving him are his daughters Colette (Wayne) Oliver, Marguerite (Paul) Godlewski, son, Spero (Annette) Vourliotis of Alabama, grandchildren Laura (Richard) Fisher of Florida, Eric (Nataly) Hawker, Stephen (Emilie) Godlewski, John Godlewski, Chase and Ashley Vourliotis of Alabama, Great-grandchildren, Isla and Dylan Fisher of Florida, Gabriel and Gavin Zeke Hawker, and Gianna Godlewski.
The family wishes to express a sincere thank you to all the staff at Rosewood Care Center for the excellent care they gave Zeno as well as N.I. Hospice for their care and compassion.
Visitation will be Friday, January 31 at Sundberg Funeral Home 215 N. Sixth Street from 5-7 pm. Trisagion service at 6:30 p.m. with Reverend Demetri Kounavis officiating. Funeral will be Saturday, February 1 at 10:00 a.m. at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 108 N. Fifth Street with Reverend Peter Sarolas and Reverend John Artemas officiating. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials to Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church.

Andrew J. Myers - 80

12/14/1933 - 1/17/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Andrew J. Myers, 80, passed away at 10:00 p.m., Friday, January 17, 2014 in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center. He was born December 14, 1933 in Rockford, the son of Andrew and Evelyn (Smyth) Myers. He married Sue Shirk in Rockford on May 26, 1962. Andrew was formerly employed by Cotta Transmission for 30 years. He is a former US Marine and Korean War Veteran. Andrew enjoyed playing bingo, cooking, and watching westerns. Survivors include his wife, Sue; 4 children, Danny Myers, Brenda Myers, Todd Myers, and Megan Myers (Robert); 7 grandchildren, Christopher, Ryan, Coty, Carlitto, Alexis, Nathan, and Hayden; 1 great-grandchild, Seanna; several nephews; and his favorite pet, George. Predeceased by a sister, Evelyn Rotello.
Memorial service 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 25, 2014 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL, with visitation from noon until service time.  

Anne R. Martegani - 106

9/20/1907 - 1/9/2014
Rockford, Illinois

Anne R. Martegani, 106, passed away peacefully in her home on January 9, 2014. She was born in 1907, the daughter of Mark and Maria (Rossi) Martegani. Anne was a lifelong member of St. James Catholic Church and member of Catholic Women’s League. She attended St. James and later at St. Thomas High School. She was a 25+ year member of River Bluff Auxiliary, and member of Lombardi and Verdi Clubs. Anne was former legal secretary and court reporter for Judge Fred J. Kullberg. She also worked for former Winnebago Co. Coroner, Collins Sundberg and Sundberg Funeral Home. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and is predeceased by 12 siblings.
Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 15, 2014 in St. James Catholic Church, 428 N. Second St., Rockford, with Fr. Dean Russell and Fr. David Beauvais concelebrating. Visitation on Wednesday at the church from 9:30 am until service time. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Memorials to the church or Poor Clares Monastery.

Stephan Keriz Sr. - 85

2/1/1928 - 12/27/2013
Cherry Valley, Illinois

Steve Keriz, 85, of Cherry Valley, IL passed away in his home during the evening of Friday, December 27, 2013. Healthy, active and alert until the very end, his death came as a surprise to those close to him. Steve’s life was an amazing journey. Born in the Ukraine, with the horrors of World War II taking away his youth and educational opportunities, he survived a German war camp and immigrated to the States. He met his future wife, Anna (also from the Ukraine), at a wedding in New York City and they married and moved to Baltimore, where both of their children were born.

The family moved from Baltimore to Rockford in 1962, where everyone was an active member of the Ukrainian Community and their church. Steve’s love of history and reading in general helped him continue to grow and his dedication and work ethic eventually led to his becoming one of the owners of a steel fabrication company.

He was an avid gardener, whose fields were full of apple, pear and peach trees along with a garden of cucumbers, tomatoes, string beans and dill. He was also an avid fisherman, in all seasons, and loved to take his son-in-law (from Atlanta) ice fishing. At the end of a long day of casting, he and his buddies - Henry, Mike and Pete - often solved the world’s problems over crappie, beer and VO.

Steve is preceded in death by his wife of nearly 54 years, Anna. He is survived by his son, Steve, Jr. and his wife Lidia and also by his daughter, Vicky and her husband Joe Bell. Visitation will be Monday, December 30, 2013 from 5-7 PM at the Sundberg Funeral Home, 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, with a Blessing Service immediately following. Service 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2013 in Christ The Savior Orthodox Church, 1802 Pershing Ave., Rockford.

Sally Garten Balkin - 84

12/29/1928 - 12/19/2013
Boca Raton, Florida

Sally Garten Balkin, age 84, died on December 19, 2013 as a result of a pedestrian - automobile accident in Boca Raton, Florida. Sally was born on December 29, 1928 in Chicago, Il. She is survived by her beloved children, Debbie Garten ( Gary Stone) and Gary Garten (Annie Garten) and cherished grandchildren, Ali and Evan Garten Stone, as well as her sister, Leona Alpert, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Sally was predeceased by her parents, Ida and Louis Hochwert, her husbands, Robert Garten and Nat Balkin, her son, Joel Evan Garten, her granddaughter, Zoe Garten Stone, as well as her 4 brothers, Sam, Joe, Harold and Ben Hochwert.

Sally led by example and lived a life of grace, kindness, generosity, compassion, hospitality, style and love. Sally was involved in many civic and charitable organizations throughout her life but her favorite role that brought endless joy was being a Mother and a Bubby. She taught us to celebrate life and love, each and every day. She illuminated the lives of all who knew her and her immeasurable love will live on in our hearts forever. She will always be our sunshine and our guiding light.

Donations in Sally's memory can be made to the Sally Garten Balkin Camp Shalom Scholarship Fund, 6434 Enterprise Lane, Madison, Wi 53719.

Sally S. Warmoth Shoemaker - 66

1/15/1947 - 12/16/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Sally S. Warmoth Shoemaker, 66 passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 in her home. Born Jan. 15, 1947 in Rockford. Previously married to James B. Warmoth Sr. Survivors include 5 children: Rebecca (Cory) McLester, James B. Warmoth Jr., Dora (Coty) Qualls, Randall (Rose) Warmoth Sr., and Teresa (Darin) Berogan; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara Harris; brother, Terry Belknap; and special caregiver, Sheri Warmoth; numerous nieces and nephews. 

Memorial service 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 20, 2013 in New Life Bible Church, 2285 N. Hoisington Rd., Pecatonica, IL with visitation at the church from 4:00 p.m. until service time. 

Raymond D. Carter - 81

5/13/1932 - 12/12/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Raymond D. Carter, 81, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 12, 2013 in his home. Born May of 1932 in Pollard, AR. He was the second of 4 children born to Floyd R. and Nova (Kirk) Carter. Married Wilma J. Barker August 23, 1950. She predeceased him August 5, 2009 after 59 years of marriage. He was a Deacon at 20th Street Missionary Baptist Church and a member of IBEW Union 364.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed baseball and was a fan of St. Louis Cardinals. Family was his priority. Wilma and Raymond’s union was blessed with 3 children, Ronnie (Judy) Carter, Glenda Carter, and Donnie Carter (deceased); 5 grandchildren, Ronnie Carter Jr., Owen (Patrick) Carter, Joseph Carter (deceased), Alisha (Chris) Wachowiak, Kristina (Chris) Short; and 4 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers; and 1 sister.  A special thank you to SwedishAmerican Hospital, Heartland Hospice, and Peak for their caring support.
Services at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 17, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford, IL 61107. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation in funeral home from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Jerome Hobel - 83

6/2/1930 - 12/9/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Jerome “Larry Jerry” Hobel, 83, passed away on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 in his home. Born June 2, 1930 in Rockford. He was a former Rockford Civil Defense Director and Fire Marshall. He enjoyed doing flea markets and was a faithful Democrat. Veteran of U.S. Army. Survivors include, brother, Jerald (Joyce) Hobel of Rockford; and nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents; 4 brothers; and 1 sister.
Memorial service in spring 2014. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107 assisted the family. Memorials to Salvation Army.

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