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.
Darlene J. Hysmith - 892/5/1924 - 5/14/2013
Darlene J. Hysmith, 89, passed away on May 14, 2013 in the home of her brother. Born Feb. 5, 1924, in Belvidere, Ill., daughter of Gunnard and Catherine (McKiski) Olson. Graduated from Caledonia High School. Married to Raymond A. Hysmith in Rochester, Wis. on March 29, 1941, he predeceased her on Sept. 26, 1997. Employed as a saleslady for 25 years. Member and former Deacon of Bethany Presbyterian Church, W.O.T.M., and former member of Jenny Lind Society, as a 500+ hour volunteer. Survivors include brothers, Richard (Margaret) Meyers, Shirland, Emery (Beverly) Meyers, South Beloit; and a sister, Gloria (Walter) Gothard, South Beloit; and a brother-in-law, Jeff Waters. Predeceased by her son, Raymond ‘Jackie’ Hysmith in 1962 and a sister, Jean Waters.
Visitation from 10-11a.m. on Friday, May 17, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford with funeral service to begin at 11a.m. Burial in Belvidere Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice.
Alfred D. Ziebell - 838/23/1929 - 5/13/2013
BELVIDERE - Alfred D. Ziebell, 83, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away Monday, May, 13, 2013. His jokes always kept us laughing and his knowledge made him Mr. Fix-it.
Alfred was born in Bloomer, Wis., and moved to Rockford in 1950. He worked for Sundstrand for more than 30 years. Alfred married Mary Mittelsteadt on June 5th, 1954.
Survivors include their loving daughters, Tammy (Joseph) Reiss of Chicago, IL and Terry (Scott) Furman of Belvidere, IL; grandchildren, Amber (Jared) Haerterich and Seth Furman; great-grandchildren, Jayden and Adyson and many other relatives and friends including his endeared nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by loving wife, Mary of 58 years, parents, Fred and Ida Ziebell and siblings Valeria, Gilbert, Melvin, Fern, Alice and Lucielle. The family would like to thank Northwoods Care Center and all the other medical staff for their care and compassion.
There will be a small gathering at 926 Warren Ave., Belvidere, IL on May 25th, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m.. In lieu of flowers, a monetary gift can be made to the family for future donation to a charity of the family’s choice.
June Marie Radke - 755/31/1937 - 5/5/2013
June M. Radke, 75, passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2013 in Rockford Memorial Hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born May 31, 1937 in Rosewood, WI, the daughter of Alfred and Aredes (Nelson) Bradbury. June retired from G.C. Electronics. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and enjoyed retirement parties with her co-workers. June also enjoyed her activities at the Lutheran Center.
Survived by her children, Steve (Donna) Radke, Lisa (Scott) Bicknese, Robert, Kevin, Melodie, and Valerie; stepbrother, Jon Heide; best friend, Pat Nelson; numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Predeceased by a daughter, Debra Johnson; and brothers, Kenneth and Michael Bradbury. The family would like to thank the staff on A-3 of the Oncology Dept. at RMH for their care and compassion.
Service 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford with visitation from noon until service time. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. Fr. William Wentink is officiating.
Wanda H. Brungart - 917/1/1921 - 5/4/2013
Loves Park, Illinois
Wanda H. Brungart, 91, passed away peacefully May 4, 2013. Wanda was born July 1, 1921, the daughter of Andrew and Magdalena (Krzyzowski) Kapala. She loved traveling, gardening, her pets, and the company of her friends and relatives. Wanda had a passion for golf until her health problems forced her to hang up her clubs. She was a member of St. Bridget Catholic Church. Wanda is survived by her sister Jeanette O’Brien and numerous nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents; sisters, Violet Colby and Sophie MacQueen; and brothers, Stan and Fred Kapala.
Grateful thanks to Rich Colby, Valerie (Colby) Pixler, Dr. Greg Kapala, Becky Rippentrop, and Dr. John O’Brien for their many kindnesses over the years. Special appreciation for her “little family,” Fred and Jill Kapala and their daughters, Katie and Candice.
Private family service with burial in Arlington Memorial Park. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer that Masses be celebrated in her name at St. Bridget or Holy Family Catholic Churches. Online condolences at www.sundbergfh.com.
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