James Robert Coppoletti - 69

12/15/1941 - 10/8/2011
San Diego, CA

SAN DIEGO, CA. – James Robert Coppoletti, 69, of San Diego passed away Saturday, October 8, 2011, in Rose Medical Center, Denver, CO, after a brief illness while visiting friends. Born December 15, 1941, in Rockford, IL., to Samuel and Violet (Westlund) Coppoletti. Jim graduated from East High School in 1959.

Jim was a fun loving individual who preferred the constant warm sunny climate in California to the cold and snowy Midwest. Jim lived in Hawaii for a year living on a number of the islands. He was an avid tennis player for many years and enjoyed playing pool with friends. Private aviation was a favorite hobby and he enjoyed flying with his friends. Weight lifting and physical fitness were very important to him all his life. Early in his life he worked in the family hardware store and later the family grocery store. Prior to his retirement Jim worked as an ironworker in Rockford and San Diego. Jim enjoyed conversations with friends and family, especially telling and retelling old stories full of fun about growing up in a large family.

Jim will be dearly missed by his many friends and his family. Sisters; Joan (Rodney) Maxwell of Chicago, Diane (Jack) Weston of Gaylord, MI and Debbi Sainsbury, of Canton, MI. Brothers; Gordon (Nancy) of Lake Geneva, WI, Dr. Richard (Karen) of Rockford, IL., and Dr. Sam (DeLynn) of Cincinnati;OH, and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents and sister Jean.

Gathering of remembrance from 10:00 a.m. until noon, Saturday, November 26, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Cremation rites have been accorded. Inurnment in Calvary Cemetery at 10:00 a.m., Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Arlene Becklin - 87

12/15/1923 - 9/28/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Arlene Madelyn Lindberg Becklin, 87, of Rockford, died Wed. Sept. 28, 2011 at 6:50 am in Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center. Born Dec. 15, 1923, on the farm at Blomford, MN in Isanti County, the first child of Harry and Hildur (Rosenquist) Lindberg. Graduated from Cambridge High School and married Paul H. Becklin. Her roles through the years were farm wife, mother, secretary, talented cook, seamstress and quilter. After her children were grown and she was single she worked for a government sub-contractor in Las Vegas, NV until retirement. She has lived in Minnesota, Nevada, Washington and Illinois and enjoyed all of those places. Arlene is survived by son, Arland Murray Lindberg (Morre) of Salou, Spain; son, Andre Paul Becklin of Republic, WA; daughter, Linda (Dr. Gary) Salisbury of Rockford, IL; grandchildren, Tara Russell of Mahtomedi, MN, Dr. Dana (Paul Shirkey) Salisbury of Corvallis, OR, Zena Lindberg and Emil Lindberg of Salou, Spain, Gabriel Becklin and Ace Becklin of Republic, WA; great-grandchildren, Lucas and Amanda Russell, Paige Shirkey, Arland and Ona Lindberg, Isaac and Hailey Becklin; sister, Phyllis Green of Cambridge, MN and brother, Gary Lindberg of Fridley, MN. She was preceded in death by sister: Yvonne, brothers: Virgil and Bennett, grandson; Todd Aaron Salisbury.
A memorial service will be held at a later in Minnesota. Memorials may be made to Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center in Rockford, IL. Thanks to the wonderful staff of Fairhaven for the loving care of Arlene for seven years and also a special thank you to Dr. Peter Phelan.
Cremation services were performed by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107.

Dorlan "Bud" White - 86

4/21/1925 - 9/27/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Dorlan “Bud” White, 86, died at 7:00 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011 in his home. Born April 21, 1925 in Rockford, the son of John and Catherine (Baxter) White. Married Jacquita “Jackie” Stebbins in Belvidere on May 13, 1975. She predeceased him July 6, 2007. WW II veteran of US Navy serving in the Pacific Theater aboard the submarine, USS Tang.

Member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 392 and Navy Club Ship 1.

Survived by his sons, Tommy White of Baltimore, MD, Darin (Kelly) Gillenwater of Virginia, and Barry (Laurie) White of Rockford, step-children, Jack (Carol) Stebbins of Redmond, WA, and June (Kenneth) Gustafson of Rockford, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and special granddaughter, Becki.  Predeceased by a brother Roger and sisters, Dottie, Beverly, and Betty.

Service 1:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Visitation at the funeral home from noon until service time on Friday. Interment in Arlington Memorial Park.

Carl "Cully" Nelson - 87

12/2/1923 - 9/19/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Carl “Cully” Nelson, 87, passed away at 8:45 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19, 2011 in Rosewood Care Center. He was born Dec. 2, 1923 in Rockford, the son of Gustav and Nannie (Jonsson) Nelson. He was a veteran of the US Navy and was serving at Pearl Harbor during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. Cully married Katherine M. Duffy on Jan. 5, 1946. He was always known as a practical joker and a “character”. He worked as a carpenter for 40 years and was a member of Carpenter’s Union Local #792 since 1946. He worked for the Board of Education for 18 years, retiring in 1985. During his working career he usually wore a polka dot cap and was known as “Cully the Carpenter”. He was a member of LLL Club, Elida Lodge, VFW Post #1461, and St. Edward Catholic Church. He and Kaye loved to dance. After he retired they spent their winters in Florida for 25 years enjoying the sun and fun of South Florida. Survivors include his wife, Katherine, 5 children, James (Linda) Nelson of Rockford, Cheri (Jerry) Friemuth of Rockford, Tom (Denise) Nelson of Rockford, Kathleen (Terry) Meinking of Cincinnati, OH, and Russell (Deborah) Nelson of Machesney Park, 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by a brother, Kenneth Nelson and sister, Ruth Williams.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m., Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 in St. Edward Catholic Church, 3004 Eleventh St., with Fr. William Wentink as celebrant. Visitation at the church from 9:00 a.m. until Mass time on Friday. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Online condolences at www.sundbergfh.com. Memorials to Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center.

Robert "Bob" E. Sailsbury - 88

3/23/1923 - 9/5/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Robert Earl Sailsbury passed into eternal life Monday, September 5, 2011. Bob was born on March 23, 1923 in Ames, IA, son of Paul and Alma (Snyder) Sailsbury. He married Dorothy Jane O’Mara on April 16, 1952.

Bob served in the European Theater of Operations during World War II and in theater during the Korean War. He retired from the Des Moines Public School district in 1988.

He is survived by Dorothy, his loving wife of 58 years; children Shari (Larry) Buddin, Chris (Cathy) Sailsbury and Rick Sailsbury; grandchildren Nicole (Dan) Cesarek, Marc (Nicole McLain) Buddin, Elizabeth Sailsbury and Patrick Sailsbury; he also leaves behind many other beloved family members and friends. Bob was predeceased by his parents and brothers Dale and Maurice.

Bob loved the Cubs, gardening and fishing, but most important to him was the love he held throughout his life for his wife and family. He devoted his entire being to supporting their physical, emotional and spiritual well being. His quiet manner will be missed.

An open house will be held in his memory on Thursday, September 8 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Buddin home in Rockford. His ashes will be interred in Cambridge, Iowa on Saturday, September 10. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Online condolences at www.sundbergfh.com.

Beverly A. Magnuson - 70

11/12/1940 - 9/3/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Beverly A. Magnuson, 70, formerly of Tarpon Springs, FL, passed away at 11:35 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 at Highview in the Woodlands, Rockton, IL, after a lengthy illness. Beverly was born Nov. 12, 1940 in Hood River, OR, the daughter of Andy and Ethel (Whittbecker) Owens. She was later adopted by Raymond and Ione Clauson.


Beverly married Gerald Magnuson on September 12, 1977. He predeceased her on December 12, 2010. Jerry and Beverly enjoyed traveling together—especially making pilgrimages to Medjugorje, Lourdes, Fatima and Rome. Beverly loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also loved cooking and baking for Jerry, especially her famous cherry pie. Bev loved her life in Florida and leaves behind many friends at Innisbrook Resort. Strong in her faith, Beverly was devoted to Blessed Mother.


Beverly is survived by her sons, Lane (Johnnie) Johnson of Longview, TX, Michael Brackett of Rockford, Anthony (Sheri) Brackett of Machesney Park, daughter, Kathy O’Dierno of Rockton; grandchildren, Tim (Joanna) Lowe and Tara (Karl) Hughes, Jacob, Janelle and Krystal Pineo, Amanda, Alex (Lauren), Peter and Skyler Brackett, and Samantha Allen; numerous great-grandchildren; step-children, Nancy (Robert) Gough and Stewart (Cathy) Magnuson; step-grandchildren, Jason (Michelle), Zachary (Lerryn), Cody and Hannah Gough, and Sarah and Michael Magnuson.


Predeceased by her daughter, Laurie Boula, her parents, her adoptive parents, special aunt, Ollie Labutzke, and fathers of her children, Peter Brackett and David Johnson.


The family would like to especially thank Beverly’s wonderful caregivers at Highland in the Woodlands for their compassion and love.


Mass of Christian burial at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011 in St. James Catholic Church, 428 N. Second St., Rockford, with Fr. David Beauvais as celebrant. Visitation at the church from 9:45 a.m. until Mass time on Thursday. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Online condolences at www.sundbergfh.com. In lieu of flowers, donations to Alzheimer’s Association or St. James Church.

Sharon L. Egbert - 64

9/20/1946 - 9/1/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Sharon L. Egbert, 64, died at 9:12 am, Thurs., Sept. 1, 2011, in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center ER. Born Sept. 20, 1946 in Beaver Dam, WI, the daughter of James & Juanita (Vanderkolk) Tetzlaff. Married to Richard P. Egbert in Loves Park, March 13, 1964. Sharon & Richard are foster parents have been for 24 years. She attended Living Word Ministries Fellowship. Survivors include: husband, Richard of Rockford; children, Richard D. (Marisela) Egbert of Roscoe and Andrea LaGrene of Rockford; 11 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Juanita (Willie) Chears of Rockford, Linda Gulley of Rockford; 2 brothers, James Tetzlaff of Phoenix, AZ, Lawrence (Carol) Tetzlaff of S. Beloit, IL. Predeceased by a son, Michael; a daughter, Juanita Lorraine; her parents; mother-in-law, Ava Egbert; a stepbrother, James Smythe, brothers Leonard and William Tetzlaff and 2 sisters & 1 brother as babies.
Services at 1:00 pm, Tues., Sept. 6, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL with the Pastor John McClintock officiating. Visitation at the funeral home from noon until service time on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family. Online condolences may be left at www.sundbergfh.com.

Joanie Carlson - 81

5/4/1930 - 8/13/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Joanie Carlson, 81, died Saturday morning in Perry Memorial Hospital Princeton, IL.  She was born May 4, 1930 in Barrington, IL the daughter of John and Ruth (Moser) Linville, and was raised by Ruth and her second husband Paul Gehrke after John’s death.  She married Joseph H. Carlson in Sycamore, IL Sep. 6, 1947.  He predeceased her Oct. 23, 1991. Joan was formally employed as a Secretary at Rockford Guilford High School from 1966 to 1988.  She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and Retired School Secretaries.  Joan loved Swedish cooking, working crosswords, traveling (Puerto Rico, Greece, London) and enjoying nature at her home and cottage.  Joanie’s friends and family will miss her dependable and caring nature.  Survivors are: two sons: Jeffrey (Doris) of Dover, IL and John (Wendy) of Amery, WI; eight grandchildren: Matthew, David, Rachel (Jeremy), Thomas, Aaron, Benjamin, Shawn, and Tori; and siblings, Delores (John), Pauline (Carl), Geraldine, Paul (Ann), Joe (Sheryl), and Sandy (Dennis).  Joan’s life will be celebrated with a visitation at 10 am and a memorial service at 11 am on Thursday, Aug. 18, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 827 16th St. Rockford.  Memorials may be sent in memory of Joanie Carlson to: American Diabetes Association (1-800-342-2383) or Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Mill Brook Rd., Wilton, NH  03086-0923.  Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107 online condolences at www.sundbergfh.com.

Penny J. Ellison - 64

3/25/1947 - 8/9/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Penny J. Ellison, 64, passed away at 10:45 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center after a courageous eight year battle with cancer.  Born March 25, 1947 in Rockford, the daughter of Marshall K. and Doris (Finley) Ellison.  She graduated from West High School in 1965 and was a member of the first graduating class at Rock Valley College.  She received her BA Degree at Rockford College and Masters Degree from National College of Education.  Penny was an elementary school teacher in the Rockford Public Schools for 40 years.  She also worked at Zanocco’s Ace Hardware for more than 20 years.  She was an avid reader of mystery novels and loved her flowers and garden, but her true love and real passion in life involved her students.  She believed that every child was equally important.  With her dedication and commitment to excellence, she had a positive impact on the lives of more than 800 children within the Rockford community.  She is cherished and loved by family and friends, and is truly missed.  Survivors include: her mother; 2 sisters: Christine (Richard) Estes of Cherry Valley and Barbara Stevens of Great Falls, MT; 2 brothers: Richard Ellison and Steven (Cathleen) Ellison, both of Rockford; 3 nieces: Rachael Estes (Eric Hill), of Rockford, Tria (Andy) Belcourt of Claremont, CA and Stephanie Doster of MT.; 3 nephews: David Estes of Myrtle Beach, SC, Nicholas Ellison of Rockford, Derek Ellison; great nephew: Rowan Belcourt; great niece: Courtney Estes and very special friends: Chris May and Donene Sand.  Predeceased by her father, sister, Sandra and nephew, Timothy Ellison. In the hope to aid others, Penny chose to leave her remains to NIU for anatomical study.
Penny's life will be celebrated with a memorial service at 3:00 p.m., Monday, Aug. 15, 2011 in Christ United Methodist Church, 4509 Highcrest Rd., Rockford.  Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL.  The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the Doctors, Nurses, CNA’s and staff of St. Anthony Hospital and the St. Anthony Center for Cancer Care.  Memorials may be directed to: “Susan G. Komen For the Cure”. Phone: 1-877-465-6636.  Online condolences may be left at www.sundbergfh.com

Justin Kurt Oefelein - 0

8/7/2011 - 8/7/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Justin Kurt Oefelein, was still stillborn on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011 in Swedish American Hospital.  He is survived by his parents, Justin and Sonya (Miller) Oefelein, mat. grandparents, Carrey and Dorlinda Miller, pat. grandparents, Kurt and Linda Oefelein, all of Rockford, 4 uncles, 5 aunts, and many cousins.

Memorial service 1:00 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19, 2011 in Rockford First, 5950 Spring Creek Rd., Rockford with Rev. Bob Taylor officiating.  Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. assisted the family.

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