Gordon E. Hadley - 65

6/14/1948 - 9/14/2013
Rockford, Illinois

On Sunday, September 15, 2013, Gordon E. Hadley, 65, of Rockford, Illinois, passed away at his home ending this chapter of life and beginning a new one as he continues on his journey.

He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

He was the second son born to John and Martha (Merchant) Hadley in Sycamore, Illinois, on June 15, 1948. He graduated from Sycamore High School. He worked for many years and took early retirement from the DeKalb Park District in DeKalb, Illinois.  He also drove a school bus for Septran in Rockford, IL until fully retiring in June 2013.

He married his wife, Alta, on February 14, 1990, in Sycamore, Illinois. He loved being a dad and grandpa.

He is survived by his wife, Alta; his son, Matthew Hadley and Bonnie; his daughter, Kara (David) Groesch; 7 grandchildren, Nicole, Dylan, Liberty, Cheyenne, Caleb, Gloria, and a new grandbaby Groesch to arrive in 2014; 2 granddogs,Lucy and Simon; 3 brothers, Ed, Rick, and Gene; 3 sisters-in-law, Cheryle (Denny) Coleman, Pamela Holdridge, LaVerna (Dean) Lyons; many nieces and nephews; and special friends.

Gordon has been reunited with his family and friends who have gone on before him. His parents; grandparents; brother, Tom; sister-in-law, Yong; parents- in-law, LaVerne and Marcia (Lovell) Holdridge; he was finally able to hold his precious “little angel” granddaughter, Genevieve MyKale.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. assisted the family.

In his memory he asks if people would purchase a favorite book or compact disk and give it to someone or donate it to your place of choice to continue passing on the love of reading and music into the next generation.

Yvonne K. Sandbergh - 69

5/31/1944 - 9/9/2013
Winnebago, Illinois

Yvonne K. Sandbergh, 69, passed away at home on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 surrounded by family. Born June 1, 1944 in Rockford, daughter of Robert and Doris (Larson) Markin. Married to Lennart Sandbergh in Rockton. Employed by Burlington Northern Railroad for 28 years, retiring in 1999. Former Winnebago Township Election Judge. Her family was very important to her. Graduated from Winnebago High School Class of 1962.
Survivors include son, Daron B. (Deborah) Sandbergh of Watertown, WI; daughter, Camille J. (Guy) Hillary of Genoa City, WI; grandchildren, Christine, Daniel, Megan, Erica, Randall, Amber, Amanda, Michelle, Justin, Vanessa, Delores, and Andrew; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Linda (Gary) Budsberg of Monroe, WI; nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents; brothers, Randall, Jon, Robert, and Barry; granddaughter, Alycia; and her former husband, Lennart.
Visitation 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 14, 2013, in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford, IL 61107.

Norma "Vanessa" Carrera - 30

2/24/1983 - 9/6/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Norma “Vanessa” Carrera, 30, passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, September 7, 2013 after a lengthy illness. She was born February 25, 1983, in New Braunfels, Texas, the daughter of Israel Lara Romo and Norma H. Carrera. Vanessa graduated from Elgin High School and was a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.  She enjoyed watching movies, latch hook, and karaoke. Vanessa collected anything with butterflies. Survivors include her mother, Norma H. Carrera; her step-father, Saul Parra; her brother, Peter Verastegui, all of Rockford; her grandmother, Amalia Carrera of New Braunfels, Texas; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Predeceased by her father, Israel Lara Romo; and grandfather, Lazaro Carrera. Memorial Mass 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 13, 2013 in St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 617 Lincoln Ave., Rockford, Illinois. Burial in Texas at a later date. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Memorials to National Kidney Foundation, Inc., 30 East 33rd Street, New York  10016.

Grace J. Theden - 86

2/11/1927 - 9/1/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Grace J. Theden, 86, passed away Monday, September 2, 2013 in Fair Oaks Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, South Beloit. Born February12, 1927 in Rockford, daughter of Julius and Emma (Baldwin) Sulak. Graduated from East High School. Married to Richard Theden in Rockford in 1948. Employed by Amerock Corp. for 32 years. Grace enjoyed fashion magazines and window shopping in downtown Chicago. She was an adventurous “foodie”. Survivors include; 2 sons, Bruce (Kathy) Theden of Great Mills, MD, Richard (Pamela) Theden of Roswell, GA; sister, Wanda Haley of Rockford; 4 grandchildren, Lawrence Theden, Kimberly Corcoran, Sarah and Flora Theden. Predeceased by former husband; son, Lawrence; brother, Julius Sulak; and sister, Emma McHugh.
Gathering of friends from 11:00 a.m. until noon on Friday, September 6, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Burial in Cedar Bluff Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.sundbergfh.com.

Janet A. Wickam - 93

6/20/1920 - 8/30/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Janet A. Wickam, 93, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 in Rosewood Care Center. Born June 21, 1920 in Rockford, she was the daughter of Lloyd and Alice (Anderson) Rowe. She graduated from Rockford Central High School. Janet married William L. “Lee” Wickam in Dubuque, IA on June 27, 1938. He predeceased her Oct. 4, 1992. She was formerly employed by Sundstrand Corp. for 18 years. Janet was a former local Past-President and former State Officer of Gold Star Mothers.
Survivors include her sons, Thomas (Janna) Wickam of Rockford, and Danny Wickam of Mooresville, IN; daughter-in-law, Suzanne Wickam of Leaf River, IL; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 great great-grandchildren; and her dear friend and “sister”, Angie White. Predeceased by her parents; 2 sons, Jerry and Greg; an infant daughter, Barbara; daughter-in-law, Shirley Wickam; and 2 brothers, Robert and Richard Rowe.
Funeral service at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 5, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, with visitation I hour prior to service. Burial in Lightsville Cemetery. Memorials to Gold Star Mothers or VietNow.

Stanley J. Smith - 71

4/14/1942 - 8/21/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Stanley J. Smith, 71, died on August 22, 2013 in Rockford Memorial Hospital of injuries received in an automobile-bicycle accident that occurred a day earlier. He was born Apr. 15, 1942, in Rockford, the son of Nicholas and Martha (Deckler) Smith. He loved his family and church, enjoyed riding his bicycle. Survivors include his brother, Verlan (Doris) Smith of Rockford and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; sisters, Irene Untz, Cynthia Jacobs, and Evelyn Good; and brother, Ernie Smith.
Service 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, August 27, 2013 in Memorial Baptist Church, 7007 Flora Rd., Rockford with pastor Terry L. Pergl officiating. Visitation at the church from 10:00 A.M. until service time.

Victor T. Scimeca - 61

3/22/1952 - 8/17/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Victor T. Scimeca, 61, passed away in his home on Sunday, August 18, 2013. Born March 23, 1952, in Chicago, IL, son of John and Barbara Scimeca. Formerly married to Laurie Blazek in Chicago. Employed as a machinist by Excelsior, Inc. for many years. Victor enjoyed technology, reading, and martial arts. Survivors include son, Victor (Angie) Scimeca of Belvidere; daughter, Nicola (Josh) Ollman of Rockford; 6 grandchildren; his parents, John and Barbara Scimeca; and siblings, John, Cheryl, and Mary Ann. No services are scheduled. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd, 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107 is assisting the family.

Virginia A. Preston - 88

12/5/1924 - 8/16/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Virginia A. Preston, 88, passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, August 17, 2013. Born in 1924 in Chicago, IL daughter of Edwin and Elizabeth (Remias) Happ. Graduate of Waller High School in Chicago. Married to Milton Preston in Chicago in 1944. He predeceased her in 1963. Milton Preston was a U.S. Coast Guard/Navy veteran of World War II. Virginia and Milton met at a Lawrence Welk Dance in Chicago in 1943. She was a former Cub Scout, Den Mother, PTA volunteer, and American Heart Association Volunteer. She enjoyed religion, history, literature, movies, science, fashion and world affairs.
Survivors include 2 sons, Neal Preston and Glen (Sharon) Preston; a brother, Edwin Happ; 6 grandchildren, Marybella, Adonna, Veronica, Femme, Drake, and Sage; 4 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by a daughter, Mary Ann Thompson.
Services at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday,  August 21, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford, IL 61107. Visitation at funeral home 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials to American Heart Association.

Erma "Jane" Thomas - 64

7/24/1949 - 8/14/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Erma “Jane” Thomas, 64, fell asleep in death on the evening of Thursday, August 15, 2012 at her home surrounded by family and friends. She was born in 1949 in St. Louis, MO. Jane, “don’t call me Erma”, was a wonderful cook, enjoyed camping, and spending time with family. She is survived by her brother, Ernest H. Thomas; daughter, Tina (Scott) Matthews; granddaughter, Taylor Christine Matthews; and special friend, Cassie Mendez. Predeceased by her parents, Clay A. Thomas and Mary Belle Veitch, and a brother, Amos Donald Thomas.
Graveside service 3:00 p.m., Wed., August 21, 2013 in Scandinavian Cemetery with Scott Griffeth presiding.

Christopher J. Thompson - 46

10/27/1966 - 8/6/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Christopher J. “Chris” Thompson, 46, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Wednesday, August 7, 2013. He was born October 28, 1966 in Rockford, the son of C. Dean and Gloria C. (Chudoba) Thompson. Chris had served in the US Air Force and was a former captain and pilot with Northwest Airlines. He loved his family and friends, including Bentley, his dog. Survivors include his parents, C. Dean and Gloria Thompson of Rockford; a sister, Carol (Dave) Harris of Minong, WI; a niece, Mikayla; a nephew, Eli; his grandmother, Frances Chudoba; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friend, Polly Roberts. Predeceased by his grandfather, Chris Chudoba.
Visitation from noon until service time on Saturday, August 10, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd.  Service will begin at 1:00 p.m. with interment to follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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