Chris P. Holaves - 67

1/29/1945 - 6/13/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Chris Pete Holaves departed this earthly life Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at his home in Roscoe, IL. He was born January 29, 1945, in Astakos, Greece, the oldest son to Pete and Elleni Holaves. He lived in Roscoe, IL since 1976. He married Sharon K. Holaves on June 1, 1968. He was a wise, generous and kind man with a lyrical soul and a lion's heart who unconditionally shared his boundless energy, wit, and joy with his family and friends. He was an educator in the Rockford public school system for twenty-five years and a teacher of life to all those who knew him who constantly learned and embraced new experiences. A gifted and accomplished poet and author of children's books, his works were published and distributed nationally and appreciated by many. He had a deep love of music and travel, both of which enriched his and his family's life. He was a faithful member of St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church and loving and devoted Christian husband, father and grandfather who was loved by all. He was predeceased by his parents and older sister, Theodora. He leaves many cherished memories to his wife of forty-four wonderful years, Sharon Holaves; sons, Peter Christopher Holaves (Bridgette) and Matthew Nicholas Holaves (Jelena, close friend); granddaughter, Maureen Holaves; brothers, Sam Holaves (Rachelle) and Nick Holaves (Robin); and uncle and great-uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Sunday, June 17, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., followed by a Trisagion service at 6:30 p.m. in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford.
Funeral service 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 18, 2012, at St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 108 N. Fifth St., Rockford, with Fr. Demeterios Kounavis and Fr. John Artemas officiating. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery Online condolences at

Peter C. Kostantacos - 88

2/14/1924 - 6/11/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Peter C. Kostantacos, 88, passed away Monday morning in Provena St. Anne Center after a lingering illness. He was born Feb. 14, 1924 in Rockford, the son of Charles and Metaxia (Heotis) Kostantacos. He attended Rockford schools and in 1942, he enrolled in Beloit College. Shortly after, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps Reserve. After one semester, he received his notice to report to active duty. Peter became a B17 pilot assigned to the 31st Bomber Group of the Fifteenth Air Force. While co-piloting a return from a mission over Yugoslavia in 1945, his plane took enemy fire and went down in the Adriatic Sea. Of the 10 crew members, Peter was one of 7 survivors to raft to a nearby island. They all were eventually brought back safely and he flew 11 more missions. After the war, he returned to Beloit College, he became a Life Loyal member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, and received his undergraduate degree in 1948. He enrolled in U. of Michigan and received his law degree in 1952. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1952.  Soon thereafter, he was hired by the firm of Thomas and Davis located in the Talcott Building where he maintained his law practice for almost 60 years. Among his valued clients were Rock Valley College, Woodward, Clinton Electronics, HCI, and many fine individuals and their families. He was instrumental in establishing the Rock Valley Community College District. He served there as the attorney for the Board of Trustees for many years. Peter was honored in 2011 with the naming of the Peter C. Kostantacos Lobby in the Karl J. Jacobs Center for Science and Math at Rock Valley College. He was a former Republican Precinct Committeeman. Later, he chaired the Winnebago County Republican Central committee for several years. In 1968, Peter was named Assistant Attorney General for Winnebago Co. for Inheritance Tax Division. He was recognized by his peers with the prestigious Seeley P. Forbes Memorial Award in 2009. He has served on numerous boards and developed many lasting friendships. He proudly served on the Etnyre Board of Directors for many years. He was a member of the Masonic Order and Tebala Shrine. Peter was proud of his Greek heritage and his faith deeply rooted in the Orthodox Church. A devoted member of St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, he served several terms on the Parish Council in various offices. He was awarded the honored Medal of St. Paul by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in 1998. Peter is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Pauline Koplos; his children, Charles Kostantacos of Rockford, Tasha (Norman) Olsen of Portsmouth, NH, Angelique (David) Stuckey of Machesney Park, IL and Gregory (Maria) Kostantacos of Caledonia, IL; his grandchildren, Alexander and Andrew Stuckey, Peter G. Kostantacos, and Elizabeth and Alessandria Grisanzio; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, a brother, and 2 sisters. The family would like to thank the staff of OSF St. Anthony Hospital and Provena St. Anne Center for their care and compassion.

Visitation from 5 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 14 in St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 108 N. Fifth St., Rockford with Trisagion Service to follow.

Funeral service 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 15, 2012 in St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church with Fr. Demetrios Kounavis, Fr. Theodore Poteres, and Fr. John Artemas officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107. Online condolences at In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church.

Salvatore DiGiacomo - 64

8/20/1947 - 6/8/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Salvatore DiGiacomo, 64, passed away at 7:43 a.m., Friday, June 8, 2012 in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born in Sicily on Aug. 20, 1947, the son of Vincenzo and Maria (Galluzzo) DiGiacomo. He lived 40 years in Rockford, coming here from Italy in 1972. He married Maria Galluzzo in Sicily on Dec. 19, 1972. Salvatore was co-owner of Sam’s Pizza and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Maria; his children, Vincenzo (Domenica) DiGiacomo, Maria (Daniel) DiPuma, Gerlando DiGiacomo, and Alfonza DiGiacomo; his grandchildren, Salvatore, Marisa, Eleana, Julian, and Sebastien; his sister and brothers, Gina (Antonio) Buscemi, Natale (Petra) DiGiacomo, Alfonzo (Rosa) DiGiacomo, and Angelo DiGiacomo; numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents.
Visitation from 3 – 5 p.m., Sunday, June 10, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford with Rosary Service to follow.
Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m., in Holy Family Catholic Church, 4401 Highcrest Rd., Rockford, with Fr. Edward Seisser celebrating. There will be an additional visitation at the church 1 hour prior to service on Monday. Entombment in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Bernie Ammon - 57

5/8/1955 - 5/21/2012
Rockton, Illinois

Bernard “Bernie” Ammon, 57, passed away at 7:35 am, Monday, May 21, 2012, in his home after a courageous battle with cancer. Born May 8, 1955, in Rockford son of Rudolph “Rudy” and Marilyn (Oquist) Ammon Meyer. Bernie graduated from Guilford High School. Married Kathy Fewell in Las Vegas, NV in 1998. Employed as a plumber and member of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #23 for 35 years. Bernie enjoyed woodworking, golf, travel, and above all, his family. Survivors include: wife: Kathy of Rockton; 2 children, Tricia Rush and Scott Ammon; 2 step-sons, Mark and Steve Harper, 8 grandchildren; his mother, Marilyn Meyer; 2 sisters, Beverly Hogg and Barbara Bunting. Predeceased by his father, Rudy, in 1996.
Services at 2:00 pm, Friday, May 25, 2012, in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107, with the Pastor Jim Rosene officiating. Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation from 5 pm to 7 pm, Thursday, May 24, 2012, at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at

Peter S. Stavros - 88

1/16/1924 - 5/9/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Peter S. Stavros, 88, passed away Wed., May 9, 2012 in Provena St. Anne’s Center after a lengthy illness. Born in Jan. 16, 1924 in Rockford, the son of Samuel and Afrodite (Nestorides) Stavros. He proudly joined the military in 1943, and at age 19, became a WW II combat veteran. He served 3 years with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division in No. Africa, Italy, France, Germany, and Austria. Peter was awarded 2 bronze stars, a Purple Heart, 5 major campaign battle stars, and 2 Presidential Unit Citations. He also received the French Fouraguerre for his service in the French First Army. He owned and operated the Redwood Restaurant for many years and served as president of Rockford Restaurant Assoc. for 5 years. Peter was a lifelong member of St. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church and served many years on the parish council. His contributions to local government included: Traffic Commission, Housing Authority, Winnebago Co. Board of Review, and served as chairman of the 4th of July Committee in 1963. He was a member of the Masons and a Charter member of AMVET’s. Peter was very proud of his family, his Hellenic ethnic heritage, and was well-known for his humor and love of history. He is survived by his wife, Sandra; sons, Peter Jr. (Diane) Stavros of Delavan, WI, Nicholas (Susan) Stavros of Sarasota, FL, John (Virginia) Stavros of Rockford, and David (Pam) Stavros of Houston, TX; a daughter, Kathryn (Dan) Brewer of Omaha, NE; step-children, David Feggestad, Steven Feggestad, and Kari Smith; 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren, and 2 cousins. He was predeceased by his first wife and the mother of his children, Bernice (Bea McElroy) Stavros, and his second wife, Marcia (Larson) Stavros. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Anne’s Center and No. Illinois Hospice for their care and compassion.
Visitation 5 – 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2012, in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford with Trisagion Service to follow visitation. Funeral Service 10:30 a.m., Tues., May 15, 2012 in the funeral home with Fr. John Artemis and Fr. Andrew Zbeeb officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers or donations, his request is that you take a loved one out to dinner. Online condolences at

George N. Goldman - 80

3/11/1932 - 5/6/2012
Rockford, Illinois

George N. Goldman, 80, passed away Sunday morning in Swedish American Hospital. He was born Mar. 11, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of Robert and Rose (Cohen) Goldman. He married the former Judy Kimmelsman in Evanston, IL on June 15, 1952. George was an entrepreneur, real estate investor, and philanthropist who founded both “Goldman Philanthropic Partnerships” and “Partnership for Cures.” He was a member of Temple Beth-El in Rockford. George is survived by Judy, his devoted wife of 60 years, and four children: Nanci (Dr. Marc) Soriano of Rockford, David (Mary) Goldman of Hawthorn Woods, IL, Joanne (Rabbi David) Kay of Orlando, FL, Stephen (Karen) Goldman of Knoxville, TN; 11 grandchildren: Jason, Nate, and Ashley Soriano, Garrett and Ciara Ryan, Lisa and Daniel Goldman, Jonah Goldman Kay, Jessica, Danielle, and Andrea Goldman.
Service 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at Temple Beth-El, 1203 Comanche Dr., Rockford, with Rabbi Binah Wing officiating. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Goldman Philanthropic Partnerships, C/O Dr. Soriano, 973 Featherstone Rd., Suite 360, Rockford, IL 61107

Byron Whiting Hutchins - 90

12/21/1921 - 5/6/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Byron Whiting Hutchins died on May 6, 2012 due to complications from a stroke at the age of 90. He resided in Rockford with his wife, Margaret. He was born on December 21, 1921. His parents were Fay and Thirza Hutchins of Roscoe, Illinois. A graduate of Harlem High School in 1939, he earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in Agriculture from the University of Illinois. He served near Naples, Italy in the 15th Air Force during World War II. From 1951 to 1978, he worked as an Extension Farm Adviser in Carroll County and then as an Area Adviser in Dixon for the University of Illinois Extension Service. After retirement in 1978, he and his wife traveled extensively while writing guidebooks for backpackers, canoeists and bicyclists. They backpacked from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. He and Margaret walked across Europe from Holland to the Mediterranean Sea in 1988. Also, they hiked, trail-blazed and mapped out completed sections of the North Country Trail from Pennsylvania to North Dakota. For this Byron was awarded a lifetime honorarium. In 1984, he and Margaret started a nonprofit organization called ‘Friends of Mexico’ and spent 11 years working with mountain villages in central Mexico during the winter months. They were assisted in their aid efforts by their church, Beth Eden United Methodist Church, as well as 20 other churches. Byron served on the board of the Mt. Carroll Mutual Fire Insurance Company beginning in 1966. He was also a past director of the Regional Comprehensive Health Planning Board of Northwest Illinois and the Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging. He was known as the father of Oregon’s ‘Autumn on Parade’ Festival, which he helped organize in 1970. He was Past President of the Oregon, Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Northwest Illinois Tourism Council. In addition to his generous volunteer spirit, he was a true naturalist and musician. He was accomplished in voice, piano and cello. Throughout his life, Byron was a voracious reader, well-known at the public libraries that he utilized. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, two sons, Steven and John, of Denver, Colorado, a daughter, Audrey Stovall of Chicago, a step-daughter, Selinda Karl of Rockford, and a sister, Marion Paul of Milton, Wisconsin. There are five grandchildren and six great -grandghildren.
A celebration of Byron’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sat., June 23, 2012 in Beth Eden United Methodist Church, 3201 Huffman Blvd., Rockford, IL 61103. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in his name to the church or Rockford Public Library, 215 N. Wyman St. Rockford, IL 61101. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. is assisting the family.

E. Russel Conde - 91

5/13/1920 - 5/5/2012
Rockford, Illinois

E. Russel Conde, 91, passed away, May 5, 2012 in Willows Care Center. He was born May 13, 1920 the son of William and Mayte (Johnson) Conde. He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers L. Edward Conde and Owen Conde, and his wife, Phyllis Conde. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was employed for many years at Woodward Governor Co. in the engineering department.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 14, 2012 in Johns Chapel of Wesley Willows, 4141 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Online condolences at Memorials to Good Samaritan Fund at Wesley Willows.

Judy M. Gunderson - 50

2/4/1962 - 5/2/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Judy M. Gunderson, 50, was welcomed into Heaven on May 2, 2012. She was born in Rockford on Feb. 4, 1962. Judy loved to be with all her family and friends and as a CNA, was a caregiver for many people. She enjoyed baking and decorating cakes and had marched with the Phantom Regiment. Judy was a champion dart player along with Danuta Webb and Jan Haberkamp. Judy was the loving wife of R. Lee Smith; loving mother to Timothy Gunderson (Jessica Allison), Jaime Smith, Tracey Smith (Raymond Jackson), Roger Smith, and Kelli Smith. Judy was an awesome foster parent to many, and loving grandmother to several grandchildren. She is also survived by many brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and friends. Mom, we love you yesterday, today, tomorrow, forever and always.
Service 1:00 p.m., Monday, May 7, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Visitation at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. until service time. Interment in Roscoe Cemetery. Online condolences at In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family

Tom "TJ" Johnson - 70

1/3/1942 - 5/1/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Tom “TJ” Johnson, 70 passed away unexpectedly, Tues., May 1, 2012, in Swedish American Hospital. Born Jan., 3, 1942 in Rockford, son of Jonas and Marion (Gunderson) Johnson. Graduated from East High School. Tom was married to Jeannine Anderson in Rockton, IL, on Aug. 13, 1964. Tom was a member of Masonic Lodge #166, Freeport Consistory, member of the Wormsoakers Group, American Lombardi and Lyran Singing Society. He retired from Sjostrom Construction Co., loved fishing, snowmobiling and enjoyed his place at the lake. Survivors: wife, Jeannine Johnson of Rockford; children, Michael (Julie) Johnson of Bloomington, IL, Gregory (Teri) Johnson of Minier, IL, Coleen (Mitch) Masterson of Rockford, Tucker (TeriJo) Johnson of Byron. “Papa T” is survived by 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Survivors also include; brother, Brian (Karen) Johnson of Rockford; mother, Marion Johnson of Rockford. Predeceased by his father, Jonas Johnson.
Services at 12:30 pm., Friday, May 4, 2012, in Sundberg Funeral Home Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107. Visitation 10 am until time of service on Friday. Memorials in his name to American Diabetes Assoc., Rock River Valley Blood Center, or Shriners Hospitals. Online condolences may be left at

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