Mary Margaret Johnson - 579/6/1954 - 7/9/2012
Mary Margaret Johnson, 57, passed away Monday, July 9, 2012 in her home. Born Sept. 6, 1954, the daughter of Walter and Margaret (Baker) Johnson. Mary was a member of St. James Catholic Church. She is survived by her sister, Allison Svornik and brother, Karl G. Johnson, both of Rockford, her nieces and nephews, Joshua Johnson, Tarah Marzorati, Megan Svornik, and Karl C. Johnson. Predeceased by her parents and brothers, Joseph and Walter.
Carroll Joe Yoho - 4711/7/1964 - 7/8/2012
Carroll Joe Yoho, 47 passed away at 11:58 am, Sun., July 8, 2012 in his home. Born Nov. 7, 1964 in Rockford son of Carroll G. & Mary Joy (Spray) Yoho. Employed as union master painter for over 20 years. A member of International Union Painters and Allied Trades, Local #607 and member of ABATE. Graduated from West High School. Survivors are children, Gerald, Steven, & Alannah Yoho; his father, Carroll G. Yoho; his mother, Mary Joy Bridges; brothers, Doug, Sherman, Ricky, Terry, and Darrell Yoho. Predeceased by step-father, Albert F. Bridges; and brother, Scott Yoho. Gathering of family and friends from Noon – 4:00 pm, Thurs., July 12, 2012, in at 5640 Sockness Drive, Rockford, IL. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107 assisted the family. Online condolences may be left at www.sundbergfh.com. Memorials to the family.
Raymond L. Poshka - 758/9/1936 - 6/19/2012
Raymond L. Poshka, 75 passed away Tues., June 19, 2012 in Provena St. Anne Center after a lengthy illness. He was born in Rockford on Aug. 9, 1936, the son of John and Olga (Janusevic) Poshka. He previously worked for Rockford Machine Tool and Dasco Steel Corp. He was a former member of Fraternal Order of Eagles, Loyal Order of the Moose, and Harmony Singing Society and avid Cubs and Bears fan. Ray is survived by a brother, Donald (Joyce) Poshka of Rockford, sister-in-law, Margaret Poshka of AZ, special friend Svea Henn, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, brothers, John, Albert, Norman, and Jerry, a sister Evelyn Abate, and a nephew, Brian Poshka. The family would like to thank the staff and bingo volunteers at St. Anne Center.
Funeral Service at noon, Friday, June 22, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, with Rev. Ralph Kuespert officiating. Visitation at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. until service time. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Bethlehem Lutheran Church or St. Anne Center.Online condolences at www.sundbergfh.com.
Jane C. Price - 918/10/1920 - 6/15/2012
Jane Catherine Price, 91, passed away Friday, June 15, 2012. Born August 10, 1920, in Dixon, Illinois, daughter of Clyde and Elvia (Cupp) Garman. Graduated from Polo High School and Rockford Business School. After graduation went to work at Woodward Governor Co. where she met the love of her life, Earl. They were married October 31, 1942. Jane also worked at several Rockford School District offices and Rockford Public Schools' Social Work Office, retiring in 1983.
Jane and Earl were lifelong members of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Rockford.
Jane enjoyed playing cards, traveling, bowling, eating out with family and friends and was an avid Chicago White Sox fan. She enjoyed watching all the birds and wildlife that visited their yard. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include: daughter, Marcia (Klaas) Schenkel of Holcomb; sons, Bill (Vicki) Price and Steven (Karen) Price, both of Rockford; grandchildren, David (Katy) Price, Alan Price, Amy Price and Bobby Price; great-grandchildren, Gavin, Mason and Reagan Price; several nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by husband of 68 years, Earl, who passed away in June 2011. Also, predeceased by 2 brothers, Melvin Garman and LeRoy Garman.
The family would like to thank the staff at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center for their care and compassion.
Service at 11:00 am, Tuesday, June 19, 2012, in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, with visitation from 10:00 am to service time. Rev. Eric Lemonholm will officiate. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials to Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Online condolences may be left at www.sundbergfh.com.
Marsha Ann Williams - 3710/2/1974 - 6/15/2012
Loves Park, Illinois
Marsha Ann Williams, 37, passed away peacefully Friday morning, June 15, 2012 in her home. She was born Oct. 2, 1974 in Great Falls, MT, the daughter of Gary and Judith (Allec) Speaker. Marsha was a devoted homemaker and loved her children. Survivors include: her children, Heidi and Kyle Swick of Loves Park, her mother, Judith Speaker of Grand Junction, CO, her brother Michel Speaker and his wife, Christina, of Loves Park, maternal grandmother, Beverly Allec of Rifle, CO, her significant other, Chris Clinton, and Kiersten Aurand. She was predeceased by her father, Gary Speaker, her paternal grandparents, Gerald and Bernice Speaker, and her maternal grandfather, Lawrence Allec.
Memorial service 1:30 p.m., Thursday. June 21, 2012 in Alpine Lutheran Church, 5001 Forest View Ave., Rockford, with Rev. Dr. Richard Meier officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family.
Chris P. Holaves - 671/29/1945 - 6/13/2012
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 www.sundbergfh.com.
Peter C. Kostantacos - 882/14/1924 - 6/11/2012
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 www.sundbergfh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church.
Salvatore DiGiacomo - 648/20/1947 - 6/8/2012
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 - 575/8/1955 - 5/21/2012
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 www.sundbergfh.com.
Peter S. Stavros - 881/16/1924 - 5/9/2012
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 www.sundbergfh.com.
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