Bruce A. Hill - 543/2/1959 - 12/1/2013
Bruce Allen Hill, 54, died early in the morning on Sunday, December 1, 2013 in his home of a sudden illness. He was born March 2, 1959 in Rockford. Bruce graduated from Rock Valley College Journeyman Tool & Die program, studied for 2 years at De Anza College, Cupertine, CA with a focus on math and blueprint reading, and also studied art 1 year at Johnson State College, Johnson, VT. Bruce was a skilled machinist in the northern Illinois area for over 25 years. He could set up, program, and operate Bridgeport and Lagun milling machines, Engen and Turrent lathes, and surface grinders. He was also an accomplished artist. His art was resplendent with many experiences and thoughts he lived and shared with friends. Bruce had a vivid imagination and anything he saw could become the canvas or the art. He loved playing his guitar by the campfire and did so at many music festivals over the years all across the US. His love of Bob Dylan and especially The Grateful Dead was known to all who interacted with him. These artists were his passion, muse, and inspiration which helped create expressive color in all things Bruce. “May the four winds blow you safely home.”
Survived by his finacee’, Catherine Fosse; mother, Nancy Garrett; daughter, Sara (Ryan) Hughes; son, Michael Hill; grandchildren, Vanessa, Elias, and Ellie; brother, Steven (Beckra) Hill; several nieces and nephews; and dear friends. He was predeceased by his father, Lonnie Hill.
Memorial service 6:00 p.m., Saturday, January 4, 2014 in Burritt Twp. Museum and Meeting Hall, 8284 Trask Bridge Rd., Rockford, with Rev. John Alex officiating. Visitation from 5:00 p.m. until service time at the Meeting Hall. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. assisted the family.
Richard A. Brunson - 7211/8/1941 - 11/24/2013
Richard A. Brunson, 72, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, November 24, 2013 in his home. He was born November 8, 1941 in Freeport, IL, the son of Robert and Dorothy H. (Boltz) Brunson. Richard married Sharon Pippel in Rockford on July 22, 1960. He was a long time member of Plumbers & Pipe Fitters Union Local 23 and was co-owner of RRB Fabrication, Inc. in Loves Park for 25 years. Survivors include his wife, Sharon; sons, Robin (Tammy) Brunson and Steve Brunson; daughter, Theresa (Paul) Feehan; 8 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; brother, James (Dorothy) Brunson; sisters, Mary (Michael) Borza and Kathleen Brunson. Predeceased by his parents and of his 6 siblings who survived to adulthood, his brothers, Charles and David, and sister, Joyce, also preceded him in death.
Visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 29, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Graveside service at 2:00 p.m., Friday in Shirland Twp. Cemetery.
Shirley J. Scott - 794/11/1934 - 11/11/2013
Shirley Joyce Scott, 79, Rockford died peacefully on Monday, November 11, 2013. Born April 11, 1934, in Rockford, IL. Shirley was the oldest daughter of Charles and Nellie (Housenga) Scott. She graduated Lincoln Park Elementary School and was pleased in her later years to reconnect with her schoolmates for class reunions. She also graduated from West High School and Anderson College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. After teaching in Kenosha, WI, she then traveled the world teaching military children on US bases for more than 20 years. Her assignments included Turkey, Germany, Italy, the Philippines, and South Korea. She loved to travel, to cook, and to get together with her family and friends. She is predeceased by her parents and two brothers, Alvin C. Scott and Donald J. Scott. Survivors include her sisters, Judy Swan of Rockford; Joye (Richard) Paker of Robertsville, MO; her brother, David (Merita) Scott of Jersey City, NJ; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
Memorial service 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 2, 2013 in Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2001 N. Alpine Rd., Rockford.
Janet E. Arneson - 922/5/1921 - 11/10/2013
Janet Eleanor Arneson, age 92, of Rockford, died peacefully November 10, 2013, of natural causes, with her daughter Marilyn and granddaughter Petrea at her side singing her favorite hymns. She was born February 5, 1921, at Rockford Memorial Hospital, graduated from Central High School in Rockford and married Russell William Arneson on August 15, 1943, at the Marine base in Lakehurst, New Jersey.
She is survived by her children, Marilyn (Peter) Moyle, Karen Arneson, and Bruce Arneson and by her grandchildren Petrea (Vince) Marchand and Noah Moyle, Heidi (Jim Brooks) and Steve (Carolyn) Arneson, Erika and Lauren Arneson, great grandchildren Jimmy, Michael, Mckaelah , Stephanie, Nicholas, Maddie, Cordelia and Romy and by her sister, Marie Stenberg, sisters-in-laws Clare Almquist and Ellen Arneson, niece Sheryl Hall, nephews Dean Almquist and Ross (Ann) Stenberg, cousins Joan (Ben) Mohrmann and Carol Borden, close family members Dorothy and Gus Almquist, and by many other nieces and nephews in Wisconsin, North Dakota, Washington State and Arizona. During this past year she especially enjoyed the frequent visits from her granddaughter Heidi, great grandsons Michael and Jimmy, her newest great granddaughter Mckaelah Arneson, and cousin, Anna Kallin and many other cousins in Sweden. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Marvin and Donald in World War II, her parents, Peter and Anna Bergman, her husband, Russell Arneson, and son Theodore Arneson, niece Carla Long, nephew Leonard Almquist, and brother-in-law Stanley Almquist.
Janet was employed as a secretary at Continental Electric for 9 years and as an attendance secretary at Jefferson High School for 17 years. Former students still remember that nothing could fool Mrs. Arneson. She cared enough to photocopy their forged excuses and call their parents to check on them. She was a lifelong member of Salem Lutheran Church in Rockford and a life member of the Sons of Norway. At Salem, she sang in the church choir, drove people to choir practice, was a member of the bell choir, altar guild, and a Sunday School teacher. She also volunteered for Meals on Wheels. She will be remembered for her passion for caring for others, her love for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her many friends, her sense of humor and optimism during the darkest days, her amazing ability to send cards to family and friends for every occasion that arrived on time, and her beautiful red hair. The family wants to thank the staff at Alden Debes Rehabilitation and Health Center for their compassionate, loving care during the past three and a half years. Her daughter Karen faithfully visited her mother and assisted nursing home staff with her care and was a caregiver for her mother during her last years at home. A Celebration of Life will be held at Salem Lutheran Church, 1629 South 6th Street Monday, November 25, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Bill Dahlberg will officiate. Visits with the family are from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. or during the lunch after the service. Donations in Janet's memory can be made to family or Salem Lutheran Church. Private burial was at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Gary J. Olson - 729/20/1941 - 11/7/2013
Gary J. Olson, 72, passed away, restfully, surrounded by loved ones, in his home on Thursday, November 7, 2013. Born September 20, 1941 in Prairie du Chien, WI, son of Orin and Stella (Jones) Olson. He was the owner, operator of O & O Tree Service since 1972 serving the Rockford area proudly. Outside of his work, he loved to restore cars and inspire his family and friends. Survivors: daughters, Jennifer (Barry) Kneubuehl and Robin Olson; grandchildren, Courtney, Alex, Kirsten, Caryssa, Caleb, Natalie, Paige, Jacob, Jenna, Bryan, Beth and Blaine; sisters, Sharon (Ken) Mercer and Joyce (Dean) Craun; special friend, Kyle Boss; special niece, Kathy Joe Stroud; special nephew, Gary Olson; life partner, Marcia Whitmire, her daughter, Jenifer, and her son, Ashton; numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents; brother, Roger; sister, Donna; daughter, Tracy Boss Gardiner; brother-in-law, Mike Richardson; father-in-law, Laurence Boss; and son, Tony Hohnhurst.
Service of remembrance from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 16, 2013 at his home, 2782 North Meridian Rd., Rockford, IL. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107. The family would like to thank Lacey, Steve, and the rest of the staff at Heartland Hospice for their care.
Mary E. "Red" Phelan - 758/10/1938 - 10/23/2013
Mary “Red” E. (Kuhl) Phelan, 75, passed away on, Wednesday, October, 23, 2013 in her home after a courageous battle with cancer. Born August 10, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Bertha (Fleming) Kuhl. Graduated from Visitation Academy in Dubuque, IA, attended St. Anthony School of Nursing. Later graduated from Rock Valley College. Married Mike R. Phelan in Galena, IL, August 30, 1958. Employed as OR Technician at Swedish American Hospital for 20 years, retiring in 2001. Also worked in the Rockford School District as a lunchroom aid. Former member of St. James Catholic Church, American Legion Aux., Carlson Post, and Eagles Club Aux., Aerie #392. Mary enjoyed gardening, going to casinos, and spending time with her grandchildren. Survivors include, husband, Mike of Rockford; daughter, Miki Bodoh of Loves Park; son, Jeff Phelan of Rockford; grandchildren, Carissa Phelan and Matthew Northup; great-grandchildren, Tye and Anna. Predeceased by daughter, Christina Northup; her parents; and brother, James Kuhl.
Services at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford, IL 61107. Burial in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation at funeral home from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 28, 2013. A memorial will be established by the family.
Marion I. Johnson - 938/1/1920 - 10/23/2013
Marion I. Johnson, 93, passed away at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, October 23, 2013 in Alpine Fireside Health Center. Born August 1, 1920 in Beloit, WI, daughter of George and Isabelle Gunderson. Married to Jonas B. Johnson in Rockford on April 6, 1940. He predeceased her March 6, 1987. Graduated from Rockford Business College. Employed by J.L. Clark retired after 25 years as executive secretary. Member of Tabor Lutheran Church and a volunteer at OSF Medical Center. She enjoyed family and vacationing at Spider Lake, Hayward, WI. Survivors include: son, Brian (Karen) Johnson of Rockford; daughter-in-law, Jeannine Johnson of Rockford; grandchildren, Michael (Julie) Johnson of Bloomington, IL, Gregory (Teri) Johnson of Miner, IL, Coleen Masterson of Rockford, IL, Tucker (TeriJo) Johnson of Byron, IL, Britta (Steve) Anderson of Rockford, Brent (Kim) Johnson of Rockford, Kristina Johnson and Steve Daub of Rockford; 25 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by son, TJ Johnson; granddaughter, Mary Ann Johnson; a sister; and 2 brothers.
Service at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 28, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107. Visitation from 1:00 p.m. until time of service in the funeral home. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Memorials to the family. The family would like to thank OSF Hospice and Alpine Fireside Health Care Center for their care and compassion.
Sterne A. Roufa - 718/18/1942 - 10/22/2013
Sterne A. Roufa, 71, of Machesney Park, died 6:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 22, 2013 surrounded by family at home after battling cancer and Parkinson’s Disease over the last 15 years. Born August 18, 1942, in St. Louis, MO, son of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Roufa (Jean Prince). Lived 23 years in Machesney Park, coming here from Buffalo, NY. Married to the former Mary E. Skora in Buffalo, on July 15, 1984. Self-employed following retiring from the Army after 21 years of service. Veteran of the Vietnam War serving in multiple worldwide locations. Member of Temple Beth El and Rockford Vietnow & VA groups, Interfaith Council, Young Onset Parkinson’s support group, former docent at Anderson Japanese Gardens, board member of Jewish Federation, board member and Sunday school teacher at Temple Beth El. Attended Clayton High School and Missouri Military Academy, received B.S. from Pepperdine University, M.S. from New Mexico State University and Ph.D. in Educational Administration from University of Buffalo. Survivors include wife, Mary; son, Jacob (Caitlin) Roufa; daughter, Rachel (Alex) Bagne; daughter, Jean Kampschroeder; son, Sherman (Anne) Roufa; daughter, Joanna (Darren) Welch; sister, Sondra Dobinsky; brother, Sheldon (Phyllis) Roufa; and five grandchildren.
Memorial Service is at Temple Beth El, 1203 Comanche Dr., Monday, October 28, at 10 a.m. followed by burial in Rockford Hebrew Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. Shiva service at the Roufa residence at 6:30 P.M. Monday and Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, donations requested to Parkinson’s research, cancer research, or local food pantries.
Lorena E. Tighe - 9910/24/1913 - 10/19/2013
St. Louis, Missouri
Lorena Elizabeth Tighe, 99, passed away Saturday, October 19, 2013 in St. Louis, MO. She was born October 24, 1913 in Tyrone, PA, the daughter of Francis and Margaret (Farley) Fisher. She married Elmer C. Tighe on June 5, 1948 in Tyrone, PA. He predeceased her October 28, 1977. She retired from Rockford Products and was previously a member of St. Edward Catholic Church. She is survived by her son, Chris (Amy) Tighe of Russellville, KY; her daughter, Margaret (John) Stahr of St. Louis, MO; her grandchildren, Eileen Freund, St. Louis MO, Julie Wall, Orland Park, IL, Laura (Corey) Papp, Hattiesburg, MS, David (Jenelle) Freund, St. Louis, MO, Shannon Key, Loves Park, IL, Michael Tighe, Florence, SC , John (Trista) Stahr, St. Peters, MO, and Justin (Emily) Stahr, St. Louis, MO; and 9 great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 26, 2013 in St. Edward Catholic Church, 3005 11th Street, Rockford, IL. Interment in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation at church from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Sylvia E. Conde - 906/14/1923 - 10/14/2013
Sylvia E. Conde, 90, a resident of Naples, Florida, passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, October 14, 2013. Born June 14, 1923, in Oak Park, IL, the daughter of Winsor and Sylvia (Lounsbury) Martin and the beloved wife of Dale Conde. They were married on August 14, 1942. She was a member of Naples United Church of Christ, Naples Florida and Second Congregational Church, Rockford, IL. She was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority, P.E.O., Daughters of the American Revolution, and Rockford Women’s Club. Sylvia graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.A. with a teaching certificate. For many years she was a member of Quail Creek Country Club, Naples, FL and a member of Rockford Country Club, where for several years she was chairman of the Ladies 18 Hole Group and was an avid tennis player. Sylvia enjoyed traveling and she and her husband, Dale, traveled extensively. She enjoyed playing in duplicate bridge tournaments and also was in several bridge clubs in Rockford and Naples.
Survivors include her husband, Dale F. Conde of Naples, FL and Rockford; son, Douglas (Robin) Conde of Boise, Idaho; granddaughters, Melissa (Steven) Giles of Crown Point, Indiana, Amy (Benjamin) Groff of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Kelly Conde of Stanley, Idaho; grandsons, Zachary (Hollie) Conde of Boise, Idaho, and Seth Conde of Portland, Oregon; and great-grandchildren, Joshua and Madeleine Groff.
Her daughter, Susan Vieweg, son-in-law, Rick Vieweg, son, Dale Philip Conde, and daughter, Sara Conde, predeceased her.
Friends are invited to join the family for a luncheon reception at Rockford Country Club, 2500 Oxford, Rockford, from noon until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Memorials may be made to Visiting Nurses Association, 2215 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103.
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