Porter L. Shockey - 657/3/1947 - 6/18/2013
Porter L. “Butch” Shockey, 65, passed away suddenly Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in St. Mary Hospital, Madison, WI. Born on July 3, 1947 in Sioux City, IA, he was the son of Raymond and Eleanor (Garett) Shockey. He married Sharon Van Buskirk in Rockford on Oct. 30, 2004. He retired from Gates Rubber after working there 21 years. Butch enjoyed fishing, boating, and swapping books with friends. Survivors include his wife, Sharon Shockey; a son, Scott Shockey; grandchildren, Angel and Brandon Shockey; step-children, Tim Van Buskirk, Kelly and Debbie Williams, and Thomas and Henryetta DuFoe; step-grandchildren, Sara, Brad, Ashley, Katelynn, Amanda, and T.J.; a brother, Dave Shockey; sisters, Gloria Baker and Clara Eye; and his former wife, Shirley Shockey. Predeceased by a son Troy, a brother, Gene, and his parents.
Visitation from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., Monday, June 24, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL with funeral service beginning at 1:00 p.m. Interment in Willwood Burial Park.
Lucille V. Lind - 949/16/1918 - 6/10/2013
Lucille V. Lind was born on September 16, 1918 to August and Blanche (Billstrand) Glave. She was raised by her grandparents John and Matilda Billstrand along with special loving care from her aunt, Adena Billstrand. She married Harry C. Lind and they had 4 children; Richard, Thomas, Nancy, and Gary. Survivors include son, Richard (Gloria); daughter, Nancy; daughter-in-law, Jacque Lind, widow of her youngest son, Gary; six grandchildren, Tracey (William) Buckler, Rick (Paula) Lind, James (Rose) Smythe, Vickie (Keith) Collier, Thomas (Erin) Lind, and Annie Lind. Predeceased by husband, Harry; sons, Thomas and Gary; and grandson, David Terrell.
Marilyn Toback - 7810/15/1934 - 6/5/2013
Marilyn Toback, 78, was born Oct. 15, 1934 in Boston, MA. She later moved to New York where she graduated from Flushing High School and American Institute of Banking. On May 20th, 1956 she made the best decision of her life and was married to Tony Toback in Forest Hills, NY. Marilyn started her business career at the age of 18 as a uniformed messenger at Chase-Manhattan Bank in New York City. She was also a bookkeeper at the Wall Street Journal. After the family moved to Rockford 45 years ago, she was employed by United Bank and later Life Savings, TCF, Associated Bank and served as Vice President and branch manager. Marilyn was also an Internal Auditor for Calcott Companies. She also enjoyed working part-time at Busch Jewelers.
Marilyn was a member of Temple Beth-El (former president), life member of Hadassah, Northern IL Hospice & Grief Center volunteer, Children’s Development Center volunteer and a Pink Lady at St. Anthony Hospital.
Survivors include her husband, Tony of Rockford; son, Mark (Terri) Toback of Santa Cruz, CA; daughter, Nina Toback and her husband, Michael Weiss, of Long Beach, NY; 6 grandchildren, Joshua Toback, Rachel Toback, Asher Toback, Rachel Weiss, Alanna Weiss, and Diana Weiss; sister, Joanie (Todd) Vigor of Wauconda, IL and nephews Eric and Joshua Vigor. Marilyn was predeceased by her brother Frank Bologna.
Marilyn’s open heart and welcoming personality was matched by her culinary skills. Every holiday or birthday was an opportunity to invite old friends and new acquaintances into her home. For many years Jewish students from Rockford College gathered around the Toback dinner table to celebrate the holidays.
Marilyn also organized countless special events, holiday meals, family dinners, open houses and various gatherings and parties for her community. One noted highlight each year was the Temple Beth-El Food-A-Rama. Each year Marilyn and her husband Tony could be counted on for preparing hundreds of pounds of baked beans.
Marilyn was loved and admired by so many people. She had a special way of including people so that new friends quickly became dear friends and then life-long friends. She will be missed by all.
Her circle of friends grew not only from the places she worked but from all the places where she volunteered. She gave her time and her heart to the Pink Ladies at St. Anthony Hospital, Hadassah (an international Jewish woman’s organization), to the Rockford Jewish Community Center, the Northern Illinois Hospice & Grief Center, the Children’s Development Center and Temple Beth-El where she served continually for over 40 years in many capacities; most notably as the congregational president.
Marilyn and Tony loved to visit new places and learn new things. They enjoyed many Elder Hostel vacations. Most recently they took their children and grandkids to Cancun for their fun-filled 50th anniversary and on a Caribbean cruise for their 55th. Marilyn and Tony traveled to many foreign countries of which her favorites were Israel, Italy and Thailand.
For those who loved Marilyn it is hard to imagine a world without her. She was a source of comfort, wisdom, friendship and laughter to all her who were privileged to know her.
Her generosity and strength, her boundless energy and love will be an inspiration to us for as long as we live.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Friday June 7th at Temple Beth-El, 1203 Comanche Drive, Rockford, IL, with Rabbi Binah Wing officiating. Burial in Rockford Hebrew Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Memorials to Temple Beth-El Youth Group or Northern Illinois Hospice & Grief Center.
Muriel C. Roggensack - 809/19/1932 - 5/30/2013
Muriel C. Roggensack, 80, of Rockford died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Thursday, May 30, 2013. She was born on September 19, 1932 in Blair, Nebraska the youngest daughter of Charles and Marion (Kindred) Gustin. She married Melvin C. Roggensack on August 5, 1950. He predeceased her in death on March 15, 1979.
Muriel graduated from East High School in 1950. She was retired from Elco Tool where she had been employed as an inspector for over 30 years. Muriel loved to work in her flower gardens, and enjoyed watching the birds and wildlife at her back yard bird feeder. She enjoyed crafts especially making quilts with her sisters and nieces. She loved spending time with her family and especially enjoyed the family cookouts at the farm. She loved giraffes and acquired quite a collection over the years most of them being gifts from her loved ones.
Survivors include 2 sons, Melvin Roggensack of Rockford, Ronald (Lisa) Roggensack of Rockford, 2 daughters, Sharon (Larry) Crimmins of Bettendorf, Iowa, Linda Gillespie of Rockford, 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in death by her parents, special companion Wayne Kliebe, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, 1 daughter-in-law, 1 son-in-law, and 1 great grandson.
The family would like to offer a special thanks to Beverly and Lavonne who were always there for her throughout the years, Lisa, Donna, and Fran who were her primary caregivers, and the nurses and staff of OSF Hospice who provided great care and support to the family.
The services will be held at Sundberg Funeral Home, 215 N Sixth Street, Rockford, Illinois with Pastor Wayne Hodge officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery. The visitation will be on Sunday, June 2, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the funeral will be on Monday, June 3, at 11:00 a.m. Memorials may be made to the family.
Michael E. Nelson - 6510/25/1947 - 5/29/2013
Michael E. Nelson, 65, passed away May 29, 2013. He died peacefully in his Roscoe home with his wife Robbin at his side. Born Oct. 25, 1947, in Rockford, IL to Elmer and Pauline (Stotts) Nelson. Mike graduated from Rockford East High School in 1965 and from Bradley University in 1969 with a degree in business. Upon graduation he proudly served in the US Army as a military police officer. Mike’s professional career was highlighted by his tenure as the Business Manager at WTVO. He often commented that he enjoyed being surrounded by the highly creative staff. In 1997 Mike founded Nelson Accounting. Working with his daughter Dana, they developed a successful business and a strong friendship. Mike and the former Robbin Olson were married July 17, 1971, after meeting five years earlier at the East High tennis courts. They were avid tennis and theater enthusiasts, visiting venues all over the country. Mike shared his love of theater with his daughter Tracey by attending many productions together. In recent years Mike and Robbin enjoyed visiting over a dozen European countries with close friends. None of the places they traveled could ever match the treasured moments Mike spent with his grandsons. Mike is survived by his wife, Robbin; daughters, Dana (Jason) Long and Tracey Nelson; grandsons, Jonathan and Michael Long; sister, Wanda (Steve) Ferrall; mother-in-law, Marilyn Olson; brother-in-law, James (Annette) Olson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his mother, Pauline Nelson.
Per Mike’s wishes a private family burial will be held. Donations can be made the Rock Valley College Starlight Theater, 3301 N. Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL 61114, in his memory.
Terry Lynn Miles - 552/21/1958 - 5/29/2013
Terry Lynn (Bellars) Miles, 55, passed away, Wed. May 29, 2013 in her home. Born Feb. 21, 1958 in Rockford daughter of Ronald & Arlene (Bartman) Bellars. Married George Miles in Rockford. Terry enjoyed bingo and spending time with her family. Survivors: sons, George Ronald Miles, Glendale, AZ and Michael (Adrianne) Miles of Casey, IL; grandchildren, Samuel Miles, Ajaye Meeks, and Skye Lynn Miles; niece, Kayla Bellars; 2 brothers; and 3 sisters.
Memorial service at 2:00 pm Wed., June 5, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107.
Dolly A. Huntley - 709/19/1942 - 5/23/2013
Machesney Park, Illinois
Dolly A. Huntley, 70, passed away at 4:52 p.m., Thurs., May 23, 2013 in Amberwood Care Centre. She was born Sept. 19, 1942 in Rockford, the daughter of Creighton and Marjorie (Stevens) Hale. She married James W. Huntley who predeceased her. Dolly was a member of Evans Methodist Church and a pen-pal to several people. She was an animal lover, especially her cat. Survivors include her children, Dean Huntley, Janet Huntley, Penny McCord, and Paul Huntley; a grandson, Dan McCord; and good friend, Irene Cedarquist. She was predeceased by her brothers and sisters.
Graveside service at 11:00 a.m., Wed., June 5, 2013 in Willwood Burial Park with Chaplain Brenda Byrne of No. IL Hospice, officiating. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL.
Fotia Matsakis - 903/2/1923 - 5/21/2013
Fotia Matsakis, 90, formerly of Rockford passed away peacefully May 21, 2013. Born March 2, 1923 in Karpathos Greece, the daughter of Rev. Christ and Irene Kavallieros. She immigrated to the United States at the age of seventeen and settled in Rockford where her father was the priest at St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. She married her childhood sweetheart Louis Matsakis on November 14, 1948, in Rockford, IL. Her greatest pleasure in life was her family and grandchildren, especially Manny, Elias and Fotini. Fotia was very passionate about enjoying life. She and Louis owned the Boston Restaurant on E. State St. for many years. Fotia was a former volunteer with Jenny Lind Society at SwedishAmerican Hospital. She was the kindest, most loving and compassionate mother anyone can ever have, without uttering a harsh word ever about anyone. May her memory be eternal.
Survivors left to cherish her memory are, her daughter, Irene Matsakis (Dimitrios) Litos , Farmington, CT. son George (JoAnn) Matsakis. Grandchildren, Manny Litos, Elias (Calliope) Litos of Farmington, CT. Fotini Litos, of Ocean, NJ, Caterina, Elias, and Lee Matsakis of Rockford.Three adoring great- grandchildren, Irini Lambrinos, Dimitris and Alexandra-Maria Litos.
Private funeral services with burial in Greenwood Cemetery were entrusted to Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford, Illinois 61107. A special thank you to Darryl and his wonderful staff for their compassion and help during this difficult time.
Donna E. Holets - 791/27/1934 - 5/19/2013
Donna E. Holets, 79, of Rockford, passed away peacefully, May 19, 2013 at home with her family by her side, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born January 27, 1934, in Alta, Iowa the seventh child of Gustaf and Ida Magnuson. Married George Holets on Nov. 28, 1964 in Rockford, IL. She worked for Amerock Corp for 38 years before retiring in 1996. She was also a crossing guard for the Rockford School District. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. George and Donna were very passionate about enjoying life. She is survived by her husband, George; sons, Larry (Deb) Henning, Danny (Sandy) Henning, Jerry (Robin) Henning; daughters, Robin Anderson (Kirk), Bobbi Holets; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; special friend and former son-in-law, Scott Anderson; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends. Predeceased by parents; 3 brothers, Elmer, Clarence and Paul; 3 sisters, Florence, Violet, and Delores; daughter, Susan Walsh; and son, Terry Henning. The family would like to thank OSF Hospice for their care and support.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Sundberg Funeral Home, 215 N. Sixth, St. Rockford, Illinois. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m.,Thursday, May 23 in the funeral home. Entombment in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to OSF Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
Robert "Bob" James - 741/6/1939 - 5/19/2013
Robert “Bob” James, 74, passed away at 7:58 a.m., Sunday, May 19, 2013 in his home. Born Jan. 6, 1939 in Mattoon, IL, the son of Harold and Ruth James. His passion for teaching was evident from the many bonds he had with former students over the years. He leaves a brother, Steven James, a nephew, Kevin James, and many, many friends.
Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, is assisting the family. Memorials preferred to St. Anthony Catholic Church or Noah’s Ark.
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