Joyce Geraldine Woodruff (Ripps) - 939/17/1919 - 12/8/2012
St. Petersburg, Florida
Born Joyce Geraldine Sanders in Freeport IL, Sept. 17, 1919 to Louis and Zelda Sanders. The oldest of three sisters, Lorraine Pritkin (deceased) and Cherie Raznick of Calabasas CA., Joyce attended Freeport Elementary School and Freeport High School and was confirmed at Temple Beth El in Rockford IL. After graduating from Frances Shimer Junior College in 1939, she planned to teach elementary school. But her plans changed when she met and married Jerome Woodruff in Sept. 1940 at Temple Beth El. Her only child, Michael Joel Woodruff, was born October 1943 in Freeport. Her grandson, Jay Lance was born March 1970 in Freeport and died of leukemia in 2009. Jerome and Joyce lived in Freeport full time until 1976 when they decided to spend winters closer to their grandson in St. Pete, FL. Eventually they relocated there and became active members of Temple Beth El. In her lifetime, Joyce traveled to Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and Israel. Her husband Jerome Woodruff died in 1982. She married Seymour Ripps in Nov. 1983. Sy passed away in 1999. Her generosity has been shared with Temple Beth El in St. Pete and Menorah Manor. Her many hobbies over the years included antique collecting, knitting and playing bridge. She is survived by many family and friends including her son Michael (CA), sister Cherie Raznick (CA), great grandchildren Natasha and Nicholas Woodruff and granddaughter-in-law, Tara Woodruff (PA) and many nieces and nephews.
Service 1:00 p.m., David C. Gross Funeral Home, 6366 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. Graveside Service 10:30 a.m., Wed., December 12, 2012 in Rockford Hebrew Cemetery, Rockford, IL. Local arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL.
Donald W. Johnson - 903/25/1922 - 12/2/2012
Donald W. Johnson, 90, passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 in Highview In The Woodlands, Rockton, IL. He was a proud veteran of WW II serving in the U.S. Navy. He married Dorothy A. Nethery on Sept. 3, 1955 in Court Street Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Rockton, a son, Daniel W. (Connie) Johnson, and grandchildren, Reese Johnson and Paige Johnson, all of Rome, GA.
Graveside service at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 in Scandinavian Cemetery, 1700 Rural St., Rockford. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to the donors choice.
Ida Myers - 991/18/1913 - 11/16/2012
Former Rockford resident, Ida Myers, 99, passed away in Frankton, IN on Nov. 16, 2012. Born Jan. 18, 1913, the daughter of John and Cora (Light) Alden. She was a former plater at National Lock Co. and long time member of UAW #449. She was an avid bowler and former member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Survivors include her step son-in-law, Max Waymire of Frankton, IN, step-son, Robert Myers of AZ, step-daughter, Beverly Littlefield of Milwaukee, WI, and step-grandchildren.
Graveside service 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 in North Grove Christian Grove Cemetery, Leaf River, IL.
Carol L. Ridens - 7111/18/1940 - 10/23/2012
Carol L. Ridens, 71, passed away at 3:00 am, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Swedish American Hospital. Born Nov. 18, 1940 in Rockford. Married to Frank C. Ridens in Belvidere, IL, Feb. 25, 1956. Survivors are husband, Frank; son, Rusty (Tammy) Ridens; daughters, Teresa Molander and Melaney Herbig (and Chuck); son, Gregory Ridens (and Elizabeth); Marrissa and Travis, still at home; several grandchildren and many great-grandkids. Brothers, Gene (Doris) Middleton, Ronald (Janet) Middleton; sister, Melodie Loveland (and Hooper). Predeceased by her parents; granddaughter, Marci; great-granddaughter, Alexis; grandson, Timmy; and sister, Sharon.
Graveside service at 2:30 pm, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 in Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery, Pecatonica. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL.
Mary Szilveszter - 869/24/1926 - 10/22/2012
Mary Szilveszter joined our heavenly Father on Monday, October 22, 2012 in Rockford. Born September 24, 1926 in Czechoslovakia, daughter of Mikulas and Apolonia (Sajnoha) Steklac, came to the U.S. in her twenties. Married to Otto Szilveszter in Germany and later at St. James Catholic Church, Rockford. Retired from Rockford Products with over 20 years of service. Member of St. James Catholic Church, Holy Family Women’s Guild, and Verdi Club. She enjoyed bingo and her family. Survivors include: (7) children; Pete (Jan) Szilveszter of Sparta, TN; Eva Franke of Amarillo, TX; Otto (Lisa) Szilveszter of Rockford, IL; Les Szilveszter of South Beloit, IL; Tammy (Dennis) Bahling of Caledonia, IL; Debby Kruger of Elk River, MN; Kim (Steve) Lazzerini of Rockford; 17 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents; twin brothers, Mikulas and Antonin; brother, Frantisek; sister, Lydia; and two grandsons, Jake and Tom.
Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am, Saturday, October, 27, 2012 in St. James Catholic Church, 428 N. Second Street, Rockford, IL, with Fr. David Beauvais officiating. Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford, IL 61107. Visitation at the funeral home from 5 pm to 7 pm on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. Memorials to the family.
Wanda N. Crumb - 8912/30/1922 - 10/21/2012
Wanda Crumb, 89, returned to our Heavenly Father on Sunday, October 21 in SwedishAmerican Hospital following a courageous effort to recover from surgery. Born December 30, 1922 in Rockford, daughter of Edward and Nannie (Nye) Werner. Wanda graduated from Rockford High School, class of 1940, and Saint Anthony School of Nursing, 1944. She proudly served her country as a registered nurse in the United States Navy during World War II. Married the love of her life, Charles Crumb, on Sept 28, 1946 in Rockford. Together they built a good life and loving home, making many long-term friends along the way. Wanda continued her nursing career at the TB Sanitarium, Saint Anthony Hospital, and as an industrial nurse at Sundstrand’s, retiring in 1980. After retiring, Wanda and Chuck traveled extensively in both the U.S. and Europe. She was an active member of Second Congregational Church since 1946, serving as a Deaconess, a member of Gordon Circle, and a member of the church choir. Wanda moved to Siena on Brendenwood in 2011 where she enjoyed a full, happy life until her recent illness. She loved God, her family, and her friends. Angels really do walk among us, as anyone who knew Wanda can attest to. Survived by daughter, Catherine McBride, beloved son-in-law John; granddaughter, Colleen Glodo; great-grandchildren, Amber (Louis) Saucedo and Chelsea Glodo; great-great-grandchildren Jonathan, Aiva, and Abby; numerous dear friends. Predeceased by parents; husband, Charles; sister, Arline; and great-grandson Allen Glodo. Special thanks to the CCU staff at SwedishAmerican for their heroic efforts to save Mom’s life, the SAH chaplain’s service, the Siena and SCC communities, and her many friends for their support. Service at 11:00 am, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 in Second Congregational Church, 318 N. Church with the Rev. Doctor J. Michael Solberg officiating. Visitation one hour prior to service. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Memorials to Saint Anthony College of Nursing or Second Congregational Church.
J. Christopher Lee Woods - 362/18/1976 - 10/15/2012
On October 15, 2012 the world lost a kind soul. Born Feb. 8, 1976, Chris was a dedicated husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend to many. Anyone who knew Chris knew that he engaged challenges with great outlooks and conquered everything he set to do. Chris was employed at Nostalgia Lane in Machesney Park for 15 years he made those who had a vision for their cars a reality. Chris and Tina began their journey together on Feb. 14, 1996. Chris will forever be loved and remembered by wife Tina; son, Austin; daughter, Hailey; sister, Joyce (Bob) Larkins and children, Bradley and Donna Clutter; sister-in-law; Cassy (Chad) Spencer; nephews; nieces; “Pops”; brother, Warren Clutter; brother, Richard (Pam) Aller; cousin, Charlene (Oli) Cardona; and numerous other cousins and a host of extended family, friends and special people in his life. Chris was predeceased by parents, Gary and Donna Woods; and aunt, Brenda Moran.
Memorial service 2 pm in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. Visitation from 1 pm until time of service. A post-memorial gathering to be at Nostalgia Lane, 1115 Turret Dr., Machesney Park, IL, following the service. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to set up trust for daughter, Hailey. Special thanks to Bill Sefton and the Barth family.
Robin Montgomery Wilson - 589/21/1954 - 10/13/2012
Robin Montgomery Wilson, 58, passed away Oct. 13, 2012 in Swedish American Hospital after a long illness. Survivors include her mother, Gloria Montgomery, and brother, Dixon (Mary Ann) Montgomery, all of Rochelle, IL, her daughters, Kyanne (Tom) Kerble and Amber (Michael) Rice, all of Des Moines, IA, 2 grandsons, Caleb Rice and Cashus Kerble, and a niece, Susan (Zack) Ferrara-Calhoon of New York, NY. Predeceased by her father, James W. Montgomery.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL.
Mary M. Mittelsteadt-Ziebell - 792/14/1933 - 9/24/2012
Mary M. Mittelsteadt-Ziebell, 79, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away Sept. 24, 2012. Her long and courageous fight made her a hero in our eyes. Mary was born in Shullsburg, WI and moved to Rockford in 1951. She worked at Sundstrand for 20+ years. Mary married Alfred Ziebell on June 5, 1954. Survivors include her loving husband of 58 years, Alfred of Roscoe; her daughters, Tammy (Joseph) Reiss of Chicago and Terry (Scott) Furman of Belvidere; grandchildren, Amber (Jared) Haerterich and Seth Furman; great-grandchildren, Jayden and Adyson. Also survived by her brothers and sisters, Geraldine Kissinger of Phoenix; Marjorie Green of Machesney Park, LaVern (Betty) Mittelsteadt of Freeport, Albert (Janet) Mittelsteadt of Warren, Charlotte Rous of Loves Park, and Robert (Jackie) Mittelsteadt of Davis Junction; and many other relatives and friends including her endeared nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, William and Florence Mittelsteadt and brothers, Melvin, Charles, Gordon, and Francis.
There will be a small gathering of family and friends from 2 – 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 at 5435 Heartwood Lane, Roscoe. In lieu of flowers, a monetary gift can be made to the family for a future donation to a charity of the family’s choice. The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice and all the other medical staff for their care and compassion.
Stanley J. Peterson - 661/28/1946 - 9/18/2012
Stanley J. Peterson, 66 passed away at 6:05 pm, Tues., Sept. 18, 2012 in his home after a lengthy illness with loving friends at his side. Born Jan. 28, 1946 in Chicago, IL, the son of Jesse and Mirtle Peterson. He retired from Swedish American Hospital as an orderly in the surgical department after 22 years of service. Stanley appreciated opera music and enjoyed traveling. He spent much time socializing with friends. Survivors include, 2 sisters, Judy Corole and Marilyn Cherry; 2 brothers, Harlan and Michael Peterson; and loving friends Lori and Marty. Predeceased by his parents.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. assisted the family. Memorials to: Family Home Health Services, Hospice, 2171 Executive Drive, Suite 450, Addison, IL 60101.
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