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.

Bruce Bayer - 74

10/22/1939 - 12/7/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Bruce Bayer, 74, husband of Maxine; father of Denyse Bayer (Joe Bachman); brother of Beverly Mallen, Fred Bayer, and Nita Lasky; many nieces, nephews, friends, and special pet, Ginger. The family extends much gratitude to the doctors and nurses at SwedishAmerican Hospital for their loving care.
Visitation from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 16, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, with funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Rabbi Binah Wing will officiate. Interment will follow in Rockford Hebrew Cemetery.

Stanley J. Aniszewski - 72

5/29/1941 - 12/4/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Stanley J. Aniszewski, 72, passed away, Wednesday evening on December 4, 2013 in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Born May 29, 1941 in Rockford, the son of Stanley and Stella (Zamouski) Aniszewski. He enjoyed fishing with best friend, Jim Beck. Survivors include his mother, Stella Anderberg, his children, caring daughter, Valorie, Mark, James, Tanya, Rachael, Henry, Stella, and Nicholas; numerous grandchildren; and his siblings, Ann, Ellen, Curt, and Rick. Predeceased by his father; step-father; sons, Peter and Stanley Jr.; and former wife, Patricia.

Graveside service 9:00 a.m., Monday, December 9, 2013 in Scandinavian Cemetery with the Rev. Donald Wynn officiating. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd, 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL  61107.

Bruce A. Hill - 54

3/2/1959 - 12/1/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Bruce Allen Hill, 54, died early in the morning on Sunday, December 1, 2013 in his home of a sudden illness. He was born March 2, 1959 in Rockford. Bruce graduated from Rock Valley College Journeyman Tool & Die program, studied for 2 years at De Anza College, Cupertine, CA with a focus on math and blueprint reading, and also studied art 1 year at Johnson State College, Johnson, VT. Bruce was a skilled machinist in the northern Illinois area for over 25 years. He could set up, program, and operate Bridgeport and Lagun milling machines, Engen and Turrent lathes, and surface grinders. He was also an accomplished artist. His art was resplendent with many experiences and thoughts he lived and shared with friends. Bruce had a vivid imagination and anything he saw could become the canvas or the art. He loved playing his guitar by the campfire and did so at many music festivals over the years all across the US. His love of Bob Dylan and especially The Grateful Dead was known to all who interacted with him. These artists were his passion, muse, and inspiration which helped create expressive color in all things Bruce. “May the four winds blow you safely home.”

Survived by his finacee’, Catherine Fosse; mother, Nancy Garrett; daughter, Sara (Ryan) Hughes; son, Michael Hill; grandchildren, Vanessa, Elias, and Ellie; brother, Steven (Beckra) Hill; several nieces and nephews; and dear friends. He was predeceased by his father, Lonnie Hill.

Memorial service 6:00 p.m., Saturday, January 4, 2014 in Burritt Twp. Museum and Meeting Hall, 8284 Trask Bridge Rd., Rockford, with Rev. John Alex officiating. Visitation from 5:00 p.m. until service time at the Meeting Hall. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. assisted the family.

Richard A. Brunson - 72

11/8/1941 - 11/24/2013
Shirland, Illinois

Richard A. Brunson, 72, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, November 24, 2013 in his home. He was born November 8, 1941 in Freeport, IL, the son of Robert and Dorothy H. (Boltz) Brunson. Richard married Sharon Pippel in Rockford on July 22, 1960. He was a long time member of Plumbers & Pipe Fitters Union Local 23 and was co-owner of RRB Fabrication, Inc. in Loves Park for 25 years. Survivors include his wife, Sharon; sons, Robin (Tammy) Brunson and Steve Brunson; daughter, Theresa (Paul) Feehan; 8 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; brother, James (Dorothy) Brunson; sisters, Mary (Michael) Borza and Kathleen Brunson. Predeceased by his parents and of his 6 siblings who survived to adulthood, his brothers, Charles and David, and sister, Joyce, also preceded him in death.
Visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 29, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Graveside service at 2:00 p.m., Friday in Shirland Twp. Cemetery.

Shirley J. Scott - 79

4/11/1934 - 11/11/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Shirley Joyce Scott, 79, Rockford died peacefully on Monday, November 11, 2013. Born April 11, 1934, in Rockford, IL. Shirley was the oldest daughter of Charles and Nellie (Housenga) Scott. She graduated Lincoln Park Elementary School and was pleased in her later years to reconnect with her schoolmates for class reunions. She also graduated from West High School and Anderson College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. After teaching in Kenosha, WI, she then traveled the world teaching military children on US bases for more than 20 years. Her assignments included Turkey, Germany, Italy, the Philippines, and South Korea. She loved to travel, to cook, and to get together with her family and friends. She is predeceased by her parents and two brothers, Alvin C. Scott and Donald J. Scott. Survivors include her sisters, Judy Swan of Rockford; Joye (Richard) Paker of Robertsville, MO; her brother, David (Merita) Scott of Jersey City, NJ; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.

Memorial service 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 2, 2013 in Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2001 N. Alpine Rd., Rockford. 

Janet E. Arneson - 92

2/5/1921 - 11/10/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Janet Eleanor Arneson, age 92, of Rockford, died peacefully November 10, 2013, of natural causes, with her daughter Marilyn and granddaughter Petrea at her side singing her favorite hymns. She was born February 5, 1921, at Rockford Memorial Hospital, graduated from Central High School in Rockford and married Russell William Arneson on August 15, 1943, at the Marine base in Lakehurst, New Jersey.

She is survived by her children, Marilyn (Peter) Moyle, Karen Arneson, and Bruce Arneson and by her grandchildren Petrea (Vince) Marchand and Noah Moyle, Heidi (Jim Brooks) and Steve (Carolyn) Arneson, Erika and Lauren Arneson, great grandchildren Jimmy, Michael, Mckaelah , Stephanie, Nicholas, Maddie, Cordelia and Romy and by her sister, Marie Stenberg, sisters-in-laws Clare Almquist and Ellen Arneson, niece Sheryl Hall, nephews Dean Almquist and Ross (Ann) Stenberg, cousins Joan (Ben) Mohrmann and Carol Borden, close family members Dorothy and Gus Almquist, and by many other nieces and nephews in Wisconsin, North Dakota, Washington State and Arizona. During this past year she especially enjoyed the frequent visits from her granddaughter Heidi, great grandsons Michael and Jimmy, her newest great granddaughter Mckaelah Arneson, and cousin, Anna Kallin and many other cousins in Sweden. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Marvin and Donald in World War II, her parents, Peter and Anna Bergman, her husband, Russell Arneson, and son Theodore Arneson, niece Carla Long, nephew Leonard Almquist, and brother-in-law Stanley Almquist.

Janet was employed as a secretary at Continental Electric for 9 years and as an attendance secretary at Jefferson High School for 17 years. Former students still remember that nothing could fool Mrs. Arneson. She cared enough to photocopy their forged excuses and call their parents to check on them. She was a lifelong member of Salem Lutheran Church in Rockford and a life member of the Sons of Norway. At Salem, she sang in the church choir, drove people to choir practice, was a member of the bell choir, altar guild, and a Sunday School teacher. She also volunteered for Meals on Wheels. She will be remembered for her passion for caring for others, her love for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her many friends, her sense of humor and optimism during the darkest days, her amazing ability to send cards to family and friends for every occasion that arrived on time, and her beautiful red hair. The family wants to thank the staff at Alden Debes Rehabilitation and Health Center for their compassionate, loving care during the past three and a half years. Her daughter Karen faithfully visited her mother and assisted nursing home staff with her care and was a caregiver for her mother during her last years at home. A Celebration of Life will be held at Salem Lutheran Church, 1629 South 6th Street Monday, November 25, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Bill Dahlberg will officiate. Visits with the family are from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. or during the lunch after the service. Donations in Janet's memory can be made to family or Salem Lutheran Church. Private burial was at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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