Norma - 30

2/25/1983 - 9/7/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Norma “Vanessa” Carrera, 30, passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, September 7, 2013 after a lengthy illness. She was born February 25, 1983, in New Braunfels, Texas, the daughter of Israel Lara Romo and Norma H. Carrera. Vanessa graduated from Elgin High School and was a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.  She enjoyed watching movies, latch hook, and karaoke. Vanessa collected anything with butterflies. Survivors include her mother, Norma H. Carrera; her step-father, Saul Parra; her brother, Peter Verastegui, all of Rockford; her grandmother, Amalia Carrera of New Braunfels, Texas; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Predeceased by her father, Israel Lara Romo; and grandfather, Lazaro Carrera. Memorial Mass 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 13, 2013 in St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 617 Lincoln Ave., Rockford, Illinois. Burial in Texas at a later date. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Memorials to National Kidney Foundation, Inc., 30 East 33rd Street, New York  10016.

Grace J. Theden - 86

2/12/1927 - 9/2/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Grace J. Theden, 86, passed away Monday, September 2, 2013 in Fair Oaks Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, South Beloit. Born February12, 1927 in Rockford, daughter of Julius and Emma (Baldwin) Sulak. Graduated from East High School. Married to Richard Theden in Rockford in 1948. Employed by Amerock Corp. for 32 years. Grace enjoyed fashion magazines and window shopping in downtown Chicago. She was an adventurous “foodie”. Survivors include; 2 sons, Bruce (Kathy) Theden of Great Mills, MD, Richard (Pamela) Theden of Roswell, GA; sister, Wanda Haley of Rockford; 4 grandchildren, Lawrence Theden, Kimberly Corcoran, Sarah and Flora Theden. Predeceased by former husband; son, Lawrence; brother, Julius Sulak; and sister, Emma McHugh.
Gathering of friends from 11:00 a.m. until noon on Friday, September 6, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Burial in Cedar Bluff Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at

Janet A. Wickam - 93

6/21/1920 - 8/31/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Janet A. Wickam, 93, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 in Rosewood Care Center. Born June 21, 1920 in Rockford, she was the daughter of Lloyd and Alice (Anderson) Rowe. She graduated from Rockford Central High School. Janet married William L. “Lee” Wickam in Dubuque, IA on June 27, 1938. He predeceased her Oct. 4, 1992. She was formerly employed by Sundstrand Corp. for 18 years. Janet was a former local Past-President and former State Officer of Gold Star Mothers.
Survivors include her sons, Thomas (Janna) Wickam of Rockford, and Danny Wickam of Mooresville, IN; daughter-in-law, Suzanne Wickam of Leaf River, IL; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 great great-grandchildren; and her dear friend and “sister”, Angie White. Predeceased by her parents; 2 sons, Jerry and Greg; an infant daughter, Barbara; daughter-in-law, Shirley Wickam; and 2 brothers, Robert and Richard Rowe.
Funeral service at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 5, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, with visitation I hour prior to service. Burial in Lightsville Cemetery. Memorials to Gold Star Mothers or VietNow.

Stanley J. Smith - 71

4/15/1942 - 8/22/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Stanley J. Smith, 71, died on August 22, 2013 in Rockford Memorial Hospital of injuries received in an automobile-bicycle accident that occurred a day earlier. He was born Apr. 15, 1942, in Rockford, the son of Nicholas and Martha (Deckler) Smith. He loved his family and church, enjoyed riding his bicycle. Survivors include his brother, Verlan (Doris) Smith of Rockford and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; sisters, Irene Untz, Cynthia Jacobs, and Evelyn Good; and brother, Ernie Smith.
Service 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, August 27, 2013 in Memorial Baptist Church, 7007 Flora Rd., Rockford with pastor Terry L. Pergl officiating. Visitation at the church from 10:00 A.M. until service time.

Victor T. Scimeca - 61

3/23/1952 - 8/18/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Victor T. Scimeca, 61, passed away in his home on Sunday, August 18, 2013. Born March 23, 1952, in Chicago, IL, son of John and Barbara Scimeca. Formerly married to Laurie Blazek in Chicago. Employed as a machinist by Excelsior, Inc. for many years. Victor enjoyed technology, reading, and martial arts. Survivors include son, Victor (Angie) Scimeca of Belvidere; daughter, Nicola (Josh) Ollman of Rockford; 6 grandchildren; his parents, John and Barbara Scimeca; and siblings, John, Cheryl, and Mary Ann. No services are scheduled. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd, 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107 is assisting the family.

Virginia A. Preston - 88

12/6/1924 - 8/17/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Virginia A. Preston, 88, passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, August 17, 2013. Born in 1924 in Chicago, IL daughter of Edwin and Elizabeth (Remias) Happ. Graduate of Waller High School in Chicago. Married to Milton Preston in Chicago in 1944. He predeceased her in 1963. Milton Preston was a U.S. Coast Guard/Navy veteran of World War II. Virginia and Milton met at a Lawrence Welk Dance in Chicago in 1943. She was a former Cub Scout, Den Mother, PTA volunteer, and American Heart Association Volunteer. She enjoyed religion, history, literature, movies, science, fashion and world affairs.
Survivors include 2 sons, Neal Preston and Glen (Sharon) Preston; a brother, Edwin Happ; 6 grandchildren, Marybella, Adonna, Veronica, Femme, Drake, and Sage; 4 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by a daughter, Mary Ann Thompson.
Services at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday,  August 21, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford, IL 61107. Visitation at funeral home 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials to American Heart Association.

Erma "Jane" Thomas - 64

7/25/1949 - 8/15/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Erma “Jane” Thomas, 64, fell asleep in death on the evening of Thursday, August 15, 2012 at her home surrounded by family and friends. She was born in 1949 in St. Louis, MO. Jane, “don’t call me Erma”, was a wonderful cook, enjoyed camping, and spending time with family. She is survived by her brother, Ernest H. Thomas; daughter, Tina (Scott) Matthews; granddaughter, Taylor Christine Matthews; and special friend, Cassie Mendez. Predeceased by her parents, Clay A. Thomas and Mary Belle Veitch, and a brother, Amos Donald Thomas.
Graveside service 3:00 p.m., Wed., August 21, 2013 in Scandinavian Cemetery with Scott Griffeth presiding.

Christopher J. Thompson - 46

10/28/1966 - 8/7/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Christopher J. “Chris” Thompson, 46, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Wednesday, August 7, 2013. He was born October 28, 1966 in Rockford, the son of C. Dean and Gloria C. (Chudoba) Thompson. Chris had served in the US Air Force and was a former captain and pilot with Northwest Airlines. He loved his family and friends, including Bentley, his dog. Survivors include his parents, C. Dean and Gloria Thompson of Rockford; a sister, Carol (Dave) Harris of Minong, WI; a niece, Mikayla; a nephew, Eli; his grandmother, Frances Chudoba; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friend, Polly Roberts. Predeceased by his grandfather, Chris Chudoba.
Visitation from noon until service time on Saturday, August 10, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd.  Service will begin at 1:00 p.m. with interment to follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Winona M. Kling - 88

1/31/1925 - 7/30/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Winona M. Kling went with the angels on July 30, 2013 surrounded by family, in the loving care of P.A. Peterson. Loving wife, mother, stepmother, grandma, great-grandma. Born to Moses M. and Inez (Otto) Gunther, on Jan. 31, 1925, in Pekin, IL. Moved to Rockford, IL at one year of age. Attended Rockford schools. Married the love of her life, Milton W. Kling, Sr. on Jan. 9, 1948 in Little Rock, AR. Worked in several department stores in Rockford downtown, JC Penney’s, Worthams, Kay Campbells, also; phone company, Essex Wire, Roper Whitney. Worked in many adventures with her husband, farming Circle K Ranch, Kiddie Land/Sherwood Park, Funland, Sherwood Ceramics. Together they trained and loved many animals. The last two chimpanzees of 14 total, Casey and Cooky were retired to Henry Villas Zoo, Madison, WI, Primate Complex. Casey passed away March 6, 2013 at 31 years of age. Survivors include daughters, Connie J. (Late, Robert) Peters Loves Park, IL, Judy A. (Bill) Self, Honolulu, HI; stepsons, Milton W. (Joanne) Kling, Jr., Rockford, IL, Ronnie (Linda) Kling, Mission, TX; stepdaughter, Gloria J. (Jim) Wolfe, Rockford; 10 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; Cooky, beloved chimp and Casey’s best buddy. Good friends and primate care taker of the Villas Zoo’s Primate Complex, Mary Schmidt. Predeceased by mother and father; husband of 56 years; brothers, Kenny, Dean, Nelson, Gilbert; sister, Violet Elizabeth at 18 months old; numerous aunts and uncles; and many beloved pets. Special thanks to staff at P.A. Peterson and Northern IL Hospice for all their care and support.
Graveside services at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 2, 2013 in Scandinavian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to be made to Northern IL Hospice or Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107.

Brian M. Barron - 40

6/9/1973 - 7/24/2013
Rockford, Illinois

Brian M. Barron, 40, passed away at 6:10 a.m., Wed., July 24, 2013 in his home after surviving 10 years with cancer. Born June 9, 1973 in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, the son of Michael and Karla (Hanna) Barron. He graduated from Jefferson High School and served in the US navy. Formerly employed by NAPA Auto Parts and Gander Mountain. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed shooting pool, and kayaking. Brian was a Bingo volunteer at Harmony Club. Survived by his children, Madison and Brayden Barron; his parents, Mike and Karla Barron; sister, Shelly Barron; aunts; uncles; and cousins. Predeceased by his grandparents.
Private family service. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials to No. IL Hospice.

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