Stamatia 'Toula' Sotiropoulos - 82

12/14/1930 - 3/14/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Stamatia ‘Toula’ Sotiropoulos, 82, of Rockford, IL, died Thurs., March 14, 2012 in St. Anne’s Center after a short illness. Born December 14, 1930 in Patras, Greece daughter of Nicholas and Kanella (Tselis) Kapotas. Survivors include son, Elias Sotiropoulos, Rockford, IL, George Sotiropoulos, Fort Meyers, FL; daughter, Aspasia Gordon, Rockford, IL; brothers, George Kapotas, WI and John Kapotas, Rockford; 3 sisters in Patras, Greece; 6 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.
Memorial service 1:30 pm, Mon., March 18, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL.

Frances B. Clerico - 90

10/5/1922 - 3/14/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Frances B. Clerico, 90, died March 14, 2013. She was born Oct. 5, 1922 daughter of Frank and Catherine Lazarz. Lived 70 years in Rockford, coming here from Bay City, MI. Married to Don Clerico in Rockford. Employed as a homemaker. She was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church of Rockford. Survivors include daughter, Karen Kay (Don) Bittle; grandson, Anthony Sean (Diana)Bittle; great- grandsons, Riley, Louie, and Rudy; great-granddaughter, Isis Kunas ;brother, Eugene; special friends, Sharon Birch, Maxine Ahlgren, and Emmi Kinney; nieces, Sandra Dolak and Linda Dohm; son-in-law, Martin Niebur. Predeceased by husband, Don; daughter, Marianne Niebur; sisters, Dolores Reder and Julia Buczek; brothers, Ed and Marion.
Special thanks to the staff at St. Anne’s Center for the exceptional care she received.
Memorial Mass 2:00 pm Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in St. Anne Center, 4405 Highcrest Road, Rockford, IL with Fr. William Schuessler as celebrant.

Ida 'Irene' Youman - 94

5/24/1918 - 3/5/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Ida (Irene) Youman, 94, life began May 24, 1918 in Sheboygan, WI. Irene’s life ended March 5, 2013 at 8:57 a.m. in her home, surrounded by family and friends. Irene was always known as “I-I” to her family and friends. Irene was the oldest of four children. She is the sole surviving member of her family. Early on, Irene helped with the care of her brother and sisters (all have preceded her in death). They include Shirley (Harold) Katz, Dorothy (Yoshe) Zimmerman, and William (Libby) Katz. Irene left Sheboygan and traveled with her parents, Beoyl (Benjamin), and her mother, Minarocha (Rose) Katz, Irene’s two sisters, Shirley, and Dorothy, as well as brother, William (Kit). There were known as Rose Katz’s four kittens. Irene and family eventually returned to Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Irene graduated from Sheboygan High School in 1936. While attending school she worked as a teaching assistant. Irene first met her future husband and distant cousin, Jacob (Jack) at a family reunion when she was only 11. That is when our father, Jack said, “When I grow up, I will marry you”. That promise was, indeed kept. Jack and Irene were married on August 14, 1941. Mother and father traveled the country extensively while her husband, Jack and his brothers, Skip, and George toured the United States as the winners of the Major Bowes Talent Show, a major national radio show at that time. During the Holidays, Jack and Irene always returned to Chicago. When in Chicago, Irene worked at the downtown Goldblatt’s Department Store. Irene was a member of the “Flying Squad” sent to those departments that needed special cashiers to handle those extra customers in the rush of the Holidays. In May of 1945, Irene and Jack left the vaudevillian life and moved to Rockford, planting new roots in our city. They became members of the congregation at Ohave Sholom Synagogue. Father was employed at Barber Coleman and other manufactures. Later, her husband, Jack was employed at Sears. Irene managed the house. Irene and Grandmother Rose baked their wonderful breads, cakes, and pies. The beautiful aromas of their baking reached many of our neighbors and including the grade school students as well as the teachers across the street. Among her household duties, Irene also made the time to stretch the household curtains, iron, and mended all the clothes, as well as starching and ironing all of father’s dress shirts so that her husband Jack (and her children) would always look their best. She remained the resourceful manager of her family. For Irene, it was a labor of love. Survivors include sons, Ronald (Janice) Youman, and Merrick (Marylyn) Youman. Grandchildren, Breisa (Donald) Grandolfo, and Benjamin (Kristine) Youman and Damara Youman. Great grand children include Nathaniel, Nicholas, and Katherine Youman. The special relatives of Irene include Beth Katz, daughter of Irene’s brother, William (Kitty) Katz and Jeffrey Raffelson, son of Harold and Shirley Katz. Irene’s kind soul and love of family as well as close friends will be remember and cherished by all. Services for Irene will begin at Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, Illinois at 1:00 pm, Thursday, March 7, 2013. Irene will put to rest, next to her husband; and Irene’s mother and father in the Rockford Hebrew Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.sundbergfh.com In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ohave Sholom Synagogue or the Northern Illinois Hospice. Irene’s life has ended. She will now be with family and friends that have preceded her to heaven. What matters most of all is Mother’s life and the sharing of that life with family and friends.

George W. Porter - 53

6/16/1959 - 3/4/2013
Rockford, Illinois


George W. “Chuckie” Porter, 53, passed away Monday, Mar. 4, 2013 in Swedish American Hospital. Born June 16, 1959 in Missouri, the son of George W. and Lorene F. (Ray) Porter. Married Jackie Cederquist in Janesville, WI on May 26, 1989. He was a powerwasher at Henning, and a former employee of Source Interlink. George enjoyed woodworking, drawing, and spending time with his family. He like to watch cartoons, especially super heroes. He is survived by his wife Jackie; 4 sisters, Janice, Victoria, Sarah, and Frieda; 3 brothers, James, Cleatus, and Jerry; numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews.
Memorial service 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 8, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford.

Mary L. Streeter - 82

3/6/1930 - 3/1/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Mary L. Streeter, 82 passed away Friday, Mar. 1, 2013 in East Bank Center, Loves Park. Born March 6, 1930, in Rockford, IL, the daughter of Alfred B. and Mary L. (Buchanan) Scott. Married Melvin E. “Bob” Streeter July 24, 1950. Charter member of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.
Survivors include; husband, Bob; sons, Dennis (Gloria) Streeter of Mundelein, IL and Keith Streeter of Rockford; daughter, Karen (Cliff Kittel) Streeter of Loves Park; grandson, Kyle (Chevon) Streeter; granddaughter, Shannon Streeter; great-grandson, Brenden; great-granddaughter, Ferrah; and brother, Bud (Vera) Scott.
Private service Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Burial in Monroe Center Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family.

Ralph E. Northrup - 65

12/10/1947 - 2/21/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Ralph E. Northrup, 65, passed away in his home on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Born Dec. 10, 1947 in Rockford son of Donald E. and Mary (Harkins) Northrup. Formerly employed by Singer Mental Hospital for 20 years. Survivors include children, Kathy (Ken) Stoll of Elkhorn, WI; Angela Listenbee of Rockton,IL; Melinda (Robert) Hayes of Eau Claire, WI; and Ralph J. Northrup of Rockford; 7 grandchildren;1 great-grandchild; siblings, Roger (Beverly) Northrup; Mary (LeRoy) Hardy; Karen Enrico; James (Donna) Northrup; David (Marsha) Northrup; Ronald (Sue) Northrup, Barbara (Darwin) Walk, Carolyn (Richard) Schlee; Charles (Cheryl) Taylor. Predeceased by parents; son, James; brother, Donald; and sister, Joyce Cass.Gathering of family and friends from noon until 4:00 p.m., with memorial service, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 at Loves Park Village Hall, 100 Heart Blvd., Loves Park, IL. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the family.

Lorrine Mae Freeberg - 82

12/20/1930 - 2/18/2013
Rockford, illinois

Lorrine M. Freeberg, 82, passed away on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 in Rosewood Care Center after a lengthy illness. She was born Dec. 20, 1930, the daughter of Elmer L. and Edna M. (Slayton) Freberg. Lorrine married Jack Freeberg in Oregon, IL on Sept. 8, 1948.
Survivors include her husband, Jack; her children, Bonnie McBride, Charles Jack Freeberg, John Roger Freeberg, and Thomas Edward Freeberg; 3 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; her siblings, Caroline Neck, Judy Turner, and Mervin Hanson; brothers-in-law, Charles Willis (Jan) Freeberg John Graham (Bonnie) Freeberg and Lee Peterson; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Klamen, Alice Vaile, Marilyn Cibu, Sandra Houck, and Bonnie Freberg. Special thank you to OSF Cancer Center, OSF Hospice, and Rosewood Care Center.
No services are scheduled. In lieu of flowers, memorials to OSF Hospice.

Patricia "Patti" Moore - 67

10/28/1945 - 2/14/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Patricia E. “Patti” Moore, 67, passed away Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 in River Bluff Nursing Home. Patti was born Oct. 28, 1945 in Rockford, the daughter of George and Margaret (Davis) Moore. She was the former Office Manager for Humphrey Cadillac and Olds for many years. Survivors include her mother, Margaret Moore of Seattle, WA; her sisters, Sherry (James) Stiles of Pueblo West, CO, and Debbie (Scott) Ward of Seattle, WA; a niece, Michelle (Josh) Deuto of Idaho Springs, CO; nephew, Brian Ward of Seattle, WA; great nephews, Christopher and Luke Deuto of Idaho Springs, CO; step-granddaughter, Kaylynn Voightlander of Rockford; and special friends, Betty Martenson, Linda Setinc, Bonnie Loftus, Teresa Sugden, Kay Koster, and Sandy Lane. Predeceased by her father and long-time companion, Mickey Sornsin. The family would like to thank OSF Hospice and River Bluff Nursing Home, Cardinal Wing, for their care for Patti.

Earl M. Breon - 92

2/26/1920 - 1/28/2013
Machesney Park, Illinois

Earl M. Breon, 92 passed away 10:08 pm, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in SwedishAmerican Hospital of injuries received in an automobile accident on Jan. 9, 2013. Born Feb. 26, 1920 in Winnebago, the son of William and Esther (Wakefield) Breon. He married the former Aleathea Kemp in Louisiana, Dec. 25, 1945. Earl was a retired machinist from Babcock-Wilcox. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Army in the European Theater. Member of Grace United Methodist Church, VFW Post #9759, and Frat. Order of Eagles. He enjoyed participating in military events especially riding in the WWII Half Track vehicle in the parades. Survivors include his wife, Aleathea Breon of Machesney Park; daughter, Donna (Al) Poluyanskis of Machesney Park; grandchildren, James (Sue) Marston of Plainfield, IL; Tonya (Jon) Fritz of Freeport, IL; great-grandchildren, Nathan, Samantha, and Brianna Marston and Nick Fritz; great-nieces and –nephews. Predeceased by his parents and brother, Wallace Breon.
Services at 11:00 am, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107. Pastor Pam Rossmiller of Grace United Methodist Church officiating. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. Visitation at funeral home from 5 pm – 7 pm, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.

Dorothea Shugan Kaplan - 95

11/24/1917 - 1/26/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Dorothea Kaplan of Rockford passed away on Saturday, January 26 , 2013 at her home in Bickford House. Born in Chicago on November 24, 1917 to Harry and Anna [Goldfuss] Shugan, Dorothea graduated from Marshall High School in Chicago. She married A. Joe Kaplan on Sept. 24, 1940 and moved to Rockford, where in due course they lovingly raised their children, Lewis Barry [Anna] Kaplan (Rockford) and Sheila [Michael] Bradford (UK). Later in life, while working as bookkeeper and head secretary for Wolohan Lumber, Dorothea nursed first her father and then her brother Jack, and subsequently cared for Joe in his last years. Dorothea was a great family person and a very loyal friend to many. She was a very positive, very bright and independent person with an ‘I can do it’ attitude. She was an active member of O’have Shalom Sisterhood and the local chapter of Hadassah of which she was a life member of the national organisation. She is survived by her two children, her grandchildren, Jonathan, David and Sarah Kaplan, and by her brother, David [Charlotte] Shugan.
Graveside service 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 in Rockford Hebrew Cemetery with Rabbi Norman Lewison officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials directed to pancreatic cancer research. For donation information, go to: www.lustgarten.org/donate and include “In Memory of Dorothea Shugan Kaplan”. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL.

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