Alan B. Arenson - 704/21/1941 - 3/26/2012
Alan Arenson, 70, passed away at home on Monday, March 26, 2012. Born April 21, 1941 in Los Angeles, CA, son of Shirley and Irving Arenson. Graduated from L.A. High School and City College. Married MaryAnn Dwyer, November 10, 1963 in Tucson, Arizona where both attended the University of Arizona. Lived in Pecatonica 45 years. Retired from own business, Almar Communications. He was an active volunteer in 4-H program for nearly 40 years. Survived by his wife, daughter Anne, son Charles (Cathie), sister Arlene Rosenblatt and numerous cousins, nieces & nephews. Predeceased by his parents and brother Jerry. Memorials to Winnebago County 4-H and Extension Foundation. Join the family for a celebration of Alan’s life at US Bank community room in Pecatonica on April 21, 2012 from 2-5 pm. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. is assisting the family.
Marilyn Kay Doty - 671/20/1945 - 3/10/2012
Marilyn Kay Doty, 67, passed away at 3:00 am, Sat., Mar. 10, 2012 in her home. Born January 30, 1945 in Rockford daughter of Kenneth Speers and Mildred (Potnack) Wissmach. Married to Jack Doty on July 2, 1988. She was employed 12 years at Kelley Williamson and loved her job as manager at Truck Stop Mobil. Survivors: husband, Jack; sons, Tim (Wendy) Bray, Todd (Eva) Bray; daughters, LaKaye (Kaye) Wilke, Tana (Michael) Houston and Melissa Nipper; grandchildren, Lacey Bray, Jacob and Jordan Bray, Lindsey, Allison and Tyler Wilke, Nolan and Tayler Crawford, Tyler and Connor Houston, Donovan Bray, Ashley and Delany Nipper; great-grandchild, Mason Crawford; brothers, Jack (Darlene) Boyer, Sheldon (Bonnie) Speers and Greg (Ken) Wissmach; sister, Doris Bilodeau; numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents; grandson, Timothy Michael Bray; brothers, Donald Boyer, Larry Miller and Neil “Wimpy” Speers.
Special thank you to Heather with VNA Hospice, Bojan Pavlovic, M.D. and Craig Rogers, M.D. for their care and compassion.
Visitation from 4 – 7 pm, Tues., Mar. 13, 2012, in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107 with service at 7:00 pm with Pastor Wayne Hodge officiating. In lieu of flowers a memorial to be established. Online condolences may be left at www.sundbergfh.com.
Doris May Finley Ellison - 919/26/1920 - 3/10/2012
Loves Park, Illinois
Doris May(Finley) Ellison, 91, passed away at 10:22 A.M. Saturday, March 10 in her home at Lincolnshire Place-an Assisted Living facility in Loves Park. Born September 26, 1920 in Rockford, the daughter of Burr and Metta Finley. Graduated from Rockford High School in 1938. Married to Marshall K. Ellison in Dubuque, Iowa on Oct. 24, 1938. Worked for many years in office positions at Eclipse, Inc. in Rockford. Doris is remembered by all who knew and loved her as a remarkable woman-with a big heart, a kind and gentle disposition, a ready smile and sunny, positive outlook on all facets of life. She loved music and the sound of laughter, and possessed-and displayed at every opportunity-a quick wit and a magnificent, dry, understated sense of humor. Her favorite hobbies and activities included her garden, bird-watching, daily walks and, of course, her extended family. Doris and Marshall-husband and wife, companions and soul mates for 59 years-vacationed and lived in Northern Wisconsin for many years. They shared a love of fishing and a relaxed lifestyle, as well as the natural beauty and serenity of that part of the world. Doris is cherished and loved by family and friends, and is truly missed. Her special gift to those left behind is a lifetime of wonderful memories of a truly remarkable woman-funny and kind, warm and caring-one of God’s special children. Survivors include two daughters: Barbara Stevens of Great Falls, Montana and Christine(Richard) Estes of Cherry Valley; two sons, Steven(Cathleen) Ellison and Dick Ellison, both of Rockford; Grandchildren: Rachel(Eric Hill) of Rockford, Tria(Andy) Belcourt of Claremont, CA and Stephanie Doster of Montana, David(Amanda Mullen) Estes of Myrtle Beach, SC, Nicholas(Alexandra Schwantes) Ellison of Rockford and Derek Ellison of Texas; Great-Grandchildren: Courtney Estes and Carter Ellison, both of Rockford, and Rowan Belcourt of Claremont, CA. Predeceased by her husband, Marshall; daughters, Sandra and Penny; and grandson, Timothy. The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to an extraordinary network of caregivers-too numerous to mention here-for the kindness, commitment, dignity and love with which they cared for Doris during the last two years of her time with us. Doris’ life will be celebrated Wednesday-March 14, 2012 with visitation and funeral service at Christ United Methodist Church; 4509 Highcrest Road, Rockford; visitation 12:00 Noon-1:00 P.M.; service at 1:00 P.M. Burial at Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery Funeral arrangements being made by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd; 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford. Memorials may be directed to Heartland Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association of Illinois.
Betsy J. Alms - 864/11/1925 - 3/7/2012
Betsy J. Alms, 86, passed away at 7:15 a.m., March 7, 2012 in Rockford. She was born April 11, 1925 in Rockford, the daughter of Arthur C. and Helena S. Price. She graduated from West High School in 1943. Betsy married Edward L. Alms, Sr. in Rockford on Nov. 27, 1948 and they spent 53 wonderful years together. Betsy spent most of her life raising her children and also enjoyed working at the Sears Portrait Studio after her children were grown. Later she enjoyed spending time with grandchildren and reading them books. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church. Survivors include her children, Thomas E. (Linda) Alms, Patricia J. Aden, Gary S. (Patti) Alms, all of Rockford, Douglas C. (Liz) Alms of Mitchell, SD, Joanne M. (Sam) Smith of Green Lake, WI, John D. (Karrie) Alms of Peoria, IL, Nancy Alms-Buchelt of Blaine, MN, and Edward L. (Lori) Alms, Jr. of Loves Park, IL; 29 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, husband, Edward, Sr., brothers, John W. and James A. Price, a sister Audrey Gruno; and a grandson, Brian Aden.
Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m., Sat., March 10, 2012 in St. James Catholic Church, 428 N. Second St., Rockford, IL, with Fr. Joachim celebrating. Visitation from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford with Rosary immediately following. Interment in Scandinavian Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.sundbergfh.com.
Ethel Mae Challberg - 9710/24/1914 - 3/1/2012
Ethel Mae Challberg, 97 passed away peacefully on Thursday, Mar. 1, 2012 in her daughter’s home surrounded by her loving family. She entered Heaven at 5:50 p.m. She was born October 24, 1914, the daughter of John and Julia (Flood) Burgeson and lived her entire life in Rockford. Graduated from Old Central High School. She married Milton Challberg on Oct. 4, 1941; he passed away in January 2004. Member of Temple Baptist Church. Ethel devoted her life to her family and loved spending time with them. One of her fondest memories was riding in the horse and buggy with her mother. She enjoyed traveling and had many memories of Christmas in Hawaii. She found great joy in loving and caring for animals and enjoyed pansies. Gram will be greatly missed and will always be remembered with love by her daughter, Julie Ann Atkins of Rockford; grandchildren, Tyler (Wendy) Atkins of Rockford; Jill (Michael) Hardy of Tucson, AZ; Jamie (Donnie) Gasparini of Rockford; great-grandchildren, Ashtion, Noah, and Lukas Atkins; Calvin and Caitlyn Hardy; and Ella and Joey Gasparini; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband, Milton, her parents, John & Julia, brothers, Elmer, Paul, and infant, Ingve, and her son-in-law, Thomas Atkins. Gram was blessed to be in the loving care of Wendy in her final days. The family would also like to thank Northern Illinois Hospice for their compassionate care.
Service 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford with Rev. Gordon Hanstad officiating. Visitation at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Tuesday. Interment in Scandinavian Cemetery. Memorials to Epilepsy Foundation or Rockford Rescue Mission.
Leslie Charles Johnson - 8710/31/1924 - 2/24/2012
Leslie Charles Johnson, 87, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday February 24, 2012. He was a lifelong resident of Rockford. Leslie was a graduate of East High School class of ‘42. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater as a SGT. in the Army Air Corp. On July 11, 1953 he was joined in marriage to the former Joan Louise Howe of Mystic, IA. He worked for many years as a comptroller for Eclipse Inc. He was a communicant of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
Leslie was an avid gardener and enjoyed fishing and reading, especially military history. He will be fondly remembered by his children for the wonderful cross country adventures the family experienced including trips to Yellowstone Park, World Expo 67 and Disneyland.
Mr. Johnson is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Joan, one daughter and son- in -law Jackie and William Hatfield of Rockford, one son and daughter -in -law James and Marianna Johnson of Delaware, his cherished grandchildren Jonathan and Kyle Martin; and Paige Johnson.
Memorial Visitation from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Saturday March 3rd at Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Gary Kniseley, officiating.
Mary Jean Earl - 8211/6/1929 - 2/18/2012
Mary Jean Earl, 82, of the Villages at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma passed away on February 18, 2012. She was born to Howard and Margaret “Ann” Earl on November 6, 1929 in Marshalltown, Iowa. After moving to Bloomington, Illinois with her family, she graduated from Bloomington High School and received her degree in Education from Illinois State University – Normal. Mary was a Kindergarten Teacher for 35 years in the East Aurora School District in Aurora, Illinois. Most of her teaching years were spent at Bardwell Elementary School and she was passionate about making a difference for her students. After retiring, Mary moved to Bradenton, Florida in 1993 where she was an active member of the Freedom Village Community and the Palma Sola Presbyterian Church. She moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma in July 2011 to be closer to her family. Mary was preceded in death by her loving parents and her brother, James S. Earl. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Joan Silvernail; her nephews, Steven (Penny) Earl and Jeffrey (Paula) Earl; her niece Mary (Stephen) Franquemont; and four grandnieces and one grandnephew. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in her memory to Bardwell Elementary School 417 5th Street, Aurora, Illinois, 60505 % Business Office. The graveside service will be held March 19th at 11:00 a.m., Greenwood Cemetery, Rockford, Illinois. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford, IL.
Marcella G. Barber - 10410/28/1907 - 2/17/2012
Marcella G. Barber, 104 passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 in Alpine Fireside. Born Oct. 28, 1907, the daughter of William and Lena (Garwick) Bast. Married LeRoy Barber in 1928. He predeceased her in 1972. She was a buyer of
men’s furnishings by Hess Bros., Carson Pirie Scott, and Stuckey’s, retiring in 1982. Member of Creekwood
Baptist Church, Order of Eastern Star #590, Daughter of the Nile #31, VFW Post 1461 Auxiliary, and was an election judge for 25 years. Survived by daughter, Sandra J. Bates of Mission Viejo, CA; grandchildren, Jill, Kyle, and Barry; and a great-granddaughter, Trisha. Predeceased by a daughter, Jacqueline Vanoski, agrandson, Kurt, special friend, Raymond R. Reynolds, and her siblings.
Memorial service 2:00 pm, Wednesday, February 29, 2012 in Creekwood Baptist Church, 7281 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, IL 61114. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., assisted the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial to Creekwood Baptist Church.
Jackie - 5912/26/1952 - 2/13/2012
Jackie “Jack” L. Kearby, 59, passed away, Mon., Feb. 13, 2012 in Rockford Memorial Hospital after a sudden illness. Born Dec. 26, 1952 in Rockford son of Oliver and Thelma (McNabb) Kearby. Married Debbie Todd on Sept. 23, 1974 in Rockford. Jackie was a self-employed painter for many years. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with family and friends. He was a very good cook and enjoyed playing guitar. Survivors: wife, Debbie; daughter, Kimmy Kearby(Gary); granddaughter, Kaylee Ecklund all of Rockford; sister, Delores (Leon) Pruitt of New Milford; brother, Bill (Joyce) McDonald of St. Louis, MO; special friend, Troy Gregory; many friends, nieces, nephews, and cousins including Dawn (Joe) Nelson and Steven Nelson, cousin, Gary Kirby. Predeceased by daughter, Lisa; his parents; brothers, Bobby and Don McDonald; sisters, Willa Salazar, Darlene Henderson, Mary Lowder and infant sister.
Memorial service at 1:00 pm, Sat., Feb. 18, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107. Online condolences may be left at www.sundbergfh.com.
Doris B. - 8912/12/1922 - 2/13/2012
Doris B. “Tweedy” Burton, 89, passed away at 6:20 a.m., Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 in Provena Cor Mariae Center. Born Dec. 12, 1922 in Elgin, NE, the daughter of William and Ann (Velder) Vanderheiden. Married John V. Burton in Rockford Sept. 20, 1941. He predeceased her Sept. 27, 1991. She worked at National Lock Co., was co-owner of Tweedy’s Inc. in Belvidere and later, John and Tweedy’s Broadway Inn. Tweedy was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church, an avid ballroom dancer, and enjoyed boating. Survivors include her son, William R. “Terry” (Gloria) Burton of Rockford; grandchildren, Laurie (Mike) Sanders of Alaska, Jackie Watson of Florida, and Russell (Karol) Burton of Rockford; Great-grandchildren, Shawn Sanders, Toby Burton, Nicole Burton, Heather Burton, Jenna Sanders, and Kasey Watson; sisters, Alma (Ralph) Schumacher and Rita Fox, both of Nebraska; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a grandson, Terry Michael Burton in infancy, a sister, Rita, in infancy, a brother Raymond in WW II, and good friend Nisse “Nels” Nelson in 2005.
Memorial service at 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 17, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, with Fr. William Wentink officiating. Visitation at the funeral home from 11:30 a.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers and memorials, the family prefers Masses. Online condolences at www.sundbergfh.com.
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