Shirley C. Okland - 87

6/15/1924 - 11/10/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Shirley C. Okland, 87, passed away Nov. 10, 2011 in a nursing home in Aurora, IL. Shirley was a long time resident of Rockford, IL and lived a long fulfilling life. She was a wonderful friend, mother, and grandmother, and will be greatly missed. She is survived by her sons, Mark D. (Dyane) Okland and Robert C. (Sharon) Steidel, dau-in-law, Dottie Okland, step-sister, Beverly Fox and 7 grandchildren,. Predeceased by her husband, Elmer N. Okland and step-son, Stephen D. Okland.
Funeral service 11:00 a.m., Mon., Nov. 14, 2011 at Alpine Lutheran Church, 5001 Forest View, Rockford, with Rev. Dr. Richard Meier, officiating. Visitation at the church from 9:30 a.m. until service time. Burial in Arlington Memorial Park. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name to the donor’s choice.

Beverly E. Christenson - 77

3/23/1934 - 11/4/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Beverly E. Christenson, 77, passed away at 11:12 a.m., Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 in the home of her daughter. Born Mar. 23, 1934 in Sioux City, IA, the daughter of Herbert and Helen (Knudson) Menefee. She married Clair Christenson on Oct. 8, 1935. He predeceased her July 31, 1994. Beverly was a retired office manager at Forest City Electric after 20 years of service. She was a member of Christ the Rock Lutheran Church. Beverly enjoyed shopping QVC and playing “the one-armed bandits” with her best friend and companion of 17 years, Donna Vandersall. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and hearing about their busy lives. Survivors: a daughter, Jolyn (Michael) Fritchen and their children, Justin, Mariah, and Savannah, a son, Chris (Kristina) Christenson and their children, Matthew, Ryan, and Kyle, a sister-in-law, Shirley Menefee, and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her 3 brothers.
Memorial service at 11:00 a.m., Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 in Christ the Rock Lutheran Church, 8330 Newburg Rd., Rockford. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107. Online condolences at Memorials to the family.

Shirley M. McIntosh - 88

10/1/1923 - 11/4/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Shirley M. McIntosh, 88, passed away at 8:27 a.m., Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 in Rockford Memorial Hospital. She was born Oct. 1, 1923, the only child of Clinton and Iva Spackman. Shirley was one of the first female cheerleaders at Rockford High School. She graduated as valedictorian from West High School in 1941. She married Sgt. Stanley McIntosh on Oct. 3, 1942. He predeceased her July 27, 1995. She was a former Pink Lady at RMH for 15 years. Four children survive: Steven, Gregory, Lynda, and Michael McIntosh; 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Private family services are scheduled. The family requests no flowers or memorials. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford.

Arthur F. Foss - 78

10/17/1933 - 10/31/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Arthur F. Foss 78, died Oct. 31, 2011. He was born October 17, 1933 son of Oscar and Louise Foss in Rockford, IL. Arthur attended Rockford public schools and was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. He married Kay Louise Nelson on Nov. 11, 1955. They were married 50 years until her death in 2006. There was not a day that went by since her death that he wasn’t thinking about her and their life together. Art retired from Rockford Blacktop. He enjoyed golf, the Chicago Bears and making crazy things in his woodshop, especially for friends and the nurses at Swedish American Hospital, where he was a volunteer since 1997. Art leaves behind 3 children Alan, Wendy and David; and 8 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents; wife, Kay; brother, Thacher; and sisters, Harriet, Margret and Barbara.
A Gathering of Remembrance will be from 2 – 4 pm, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Northern Illinois Hospice, St. Judes Research Hospital or The American Cancer Society.

Maria Kuzmin - 89

10/21/1922 - 10/29/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Maria Kuzmin, 89, died peacefully at her home on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, with her son Michael, daughter-in-law Jane, and granddaughter Tayne at her side. She was born the daughter of Ivan and Eugenia (Borovik) Misiuk. Maria was born on October 21, 1922, in Bogoshevo, Belarus (White Russia) at that time, under Polish occupation. During World War II, German army forces selected one able-bodied member of Belerus families for forced labor in Germany. Maria left her older sister Anna, brother Michael, and younger sister Olga, and was taken to Grundstadt Germany, where she worked on a farm where she later met her husband Nicholas, also a forced laborer who had been born near Moscow in 1922. Following the war, Maria and Nicholas were married in Wetzler, Germany, by a Russian Orthodox Priest. After the birth of their first child, Olga, in 1946, they immigrated to America, via Ellis Island, in 1950. Sponsored by the Mennonite Church, the family lived near Tiskilwa, Illinois and worked on a farm until Nadia was born and the family moved to Rockford. The family grew as Michael, and Eugenia were born while the family built their family home. Nicholas worked as a machinist while Maria worked as a custodian. Maria was a life member of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Rockford and loved to garden and cook for her beloved family. Mom, you always did so much for your family that we will be forever grateful, and you will remain in our hearts forever. Vechneya Pomyat, Eternal Memory. She was preceded in death by her husband Nicholas and sisters Anna and Olga of Belarus. She is survived by her son Michael (Jane) Kuzmin, of Rockford, daughters Olga (John) Haub, Eugenia (Paul) Kuzmin-Walling of Portland, Oregon, and Nadia (John) Spring of Oregon City, Oregon, granddaughters Katya Haub of San-Tan-Valley, AZ and Tayne (Jacob) Wolfe of Warren OR, a brother Mikhail (Evdokia) Misiuk of Belarus and nieces and nephews in Belarus.
Visitation at Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, from 5 – 7 PM, Wed., November 2, with a Panahida prayer service to follow. The Funeral Liturgy will be served Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 at the funeral home at 10:00 AM, with Father Basil Aden, of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. Online condolences at A special thank you to Dr. James Woodman, the nurses at Wound Care, and Jessica and Lisa of No. IL Hospice.

Brenda Sue Bankes - 63

4/23/1948 - 10/27/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Brenda Sue Bankes, 63 died at 11:10 am, Thurs., Oct. 27, 2011 in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center ER after a brief illness. Born April 23, 1948 in Walnut Ridge, AR, daughter of Will Henry and Leona Afton (Spargo) Holder. She was married to Gary G. Bankes April 22, 1967 in Rockford. He predeceased Oct. 27, 1995. Brenda worked at Amrock and many years at Ello Furniture, retiring in 2009. Member of Calvary Baptist Church, Fraternal Order of Eagle Auxiliary. Brenda enjoyed watching birds, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. Survivors: daughter, DeAnn (Shane) Hendrickson, Machesney Park; grandchildren, Bryce and Bryant of Machesney Park; 3 brothers, Billy Holder, Bob (Margaret) Holder, Lonnie (Beverly) Holder; 1 sister, Shirley Holder Stults; special friend, Doyle King. Several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents; sister, Imogene Holder Spain; brothers, Ray Holder and Lehman Holder.
Services at 11:00 am, Tues., Nov. 1, 2011 in Calvary Baptist Church, 6286 Linden Road, Rockford, IL, with Greg A. Whitaker, Pastor, officiating. Burial in Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL from 5 – 7 pm Mon., Oct. 31, 2011. Memorials to the family. Online condolences may be left at

Clark Graydon Lowry - 75

10/7/1936 - 10/21/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Clark Graydon Lowry died 8:30 am, Fri., Oct. 21, 2011 in his home. Born Oct. 7, 1936 son of Paul and Freda (Mincemoyer) Lowry. Graduated from Rockford East High School. Married Barbara Isoz, Dec. 16, 1961. He was a U.S. Marine served 1958 to 1964. Clark graduated in 1966 from IIT as mechanical engineer. He was also an air traffic controller for FAA. He worked as a systems analyst for IBM for 27 years and then for ISI for several years. Later drove courtesy van for Napleton’s after retirement. Proud father of Andrew Karl Lowry and several AFS students. Predeceased by parents. Survived by wife, Barbara; son, Andrew; sister-in-law, Rebecca (Roger) Thomas; niece, Joanna Thomas Lindstrom and nephew Eric Thomas. Very special friends Neal and Pat Setchell and Joseph and Wendy Newman.
Services at 1:00 pm on Tues., Oct. 25, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL with Rev. Joseph Warner and Major Jordan officiating. Visitation from 11:00 am until time of service. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the physicians of Rockford OSF and the Mayo Clinic Staff. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN and Salvation Army. Online condolences may be left at

Robert "Bob" Karhoff - 87

2/9/1924 - 10/21/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Robert “Bob” Karhoff, 87 died at 6:55 am, Fri., Oct. 21, 2011 in his home. Born Feb. 9, 1924 in Knox, Co., MO, son of John and Elizabeth (Kruger) Karhoff. Married to the former Doris Francis in Edina, MO., Aug. 14, 1946. She predeceased him on Jan. 7, 1979. Bob was employed by JL Clark for 42 years, retiring in 1989. Veteran of U.S. Navy serving in WWII. Member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and social member of St. Ambrogio Society. Survivors include, children: Sandy Bevins, L. Joyce (Gerald) Gassaway and Richard Karhoff; grandchildren: Beth Gassaway, Faye Hutsell,Tracy Waldrop, Chrissy Karhoff, Heather Karhoff, and Jamie Karhoff; 12 great-grandchildren: Robert, Jerrit, Edward, Amanda, Ashley, Nicole, A.J., Kelsey, Britney, Brandy, Jessie and Lori; 10 great-great grandchildren, a niece; Ann. Honorary family members Ken and Sharon, Renee, Tonya Brueggeman, special friend Harry Turner. Predeceased by 3 brothers, a son-in-law, Jim Bevins and a grandson, Danny Reed.
Local visitation 5 – 7 pm, Mon., Oct. 24, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107 with rosary to follow. Mass of the Christian Burial at 11:00 am, Wed., Oct. 26, 2011 in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Edina, MO. Visitation at church from 10 am until Mass time. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Edina, MO. Online condolences may be left at

Richard J. "Dick" Larson - 93

10/30/1917 - 10/13/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Richard Joseph “Dick” Larson, 93 died, Thurs., Oct. 13, 2011 surrounded by family in OSF Medical Center. Born Oct. 30, 1917 in Rockford, IL son of Louis C. and Lettie (Thorpe) Larson. Dick graduated from Rockford Central High School. Married Veronica “Ronnie” Letkusky in Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Rockford on May 21, 1944. She predeceased him Feb. 20, 2007. Employed 44 years at Amerock, retiring in 1981. Veteran of WWII serving in U.S. Army Air Corps 1942-1945. Member of Holy Family Catholic Church, member of YMCA’S Retired Men’s Club where he was in charge of their Christmas Tree Sales, and a member of the Ostomy Club. Dick was an avid golfer and volunteer, Cubs fan, and loved his garden. Survivors include: 2 daughters, Susan Kay Stavros, San Diego, CA; Barbara Beth (John) Manning of Rockford; son, Richard James “Rick” (Ann Somers) Larson of Rockford. Grandsons, Nicholas Peter (Debbora) Stavros of Powder Springs, GA; Christopher Richard Stavros, San Diego, CA, Samuel Joseph Stavros (Jeff Bastoni), Santa Rosa, CA; granddaughter: Kelly Elizabeth Manning of Rockford; great-grandson: Nicholas Richard Stavros of Powder Springs, GA; great-granddaughter: Hailey Bastoni-Stavros, Santa Rosa, CA. and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents, sister, Lenore Larson and brother, Lyman A. Larson. The family wishes to thank special friend Fr. David Beauvais, Dr. Pedro de Guzman, OSF NICU, Fourth Floor West, Caregivers Kastyte, Klaudia and Hidi for their loving and special care.
Mass of the Christian Burial 11:00 am, Sat. Oct. 15, 2011 in St. James Catholic Church, 428 N. Second St., Rockford, IL 61107 with visitation from 9 am to time of Mass; Fr. Joachim Tyrtania (Parochial Vicar) officiating. Entombment in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107. Online condolences may be left at A memorial will be established at a later date.

Abraham H. Liebling - 83

10/24/1927 - 10/11/2011
Rockford, Illinois

ROCKFORD - Abraham “Boomie” Herbert Liebling, 83 of Rockford , died peacefully Tues. evening Oct. 11, 2011 after a short illness, at River Bluff NH. Born Oct. 24, 1927, the son of Marcus and Clara Liebling who preceded him in death. Survived by his sister, Edith Liebling Forman (Connecticut ) and her grown children, Marcus, Jody, and Michael, their families, and many cousins in the Chicago, New York and California areas. Graduated West High School and Univ. of Illinois, Champaign, with honors in accounting, he was treasurer, over the years, of Ohave Sholom Synagogue, Rockford Hebrew Cemetery, and the Rkfd. Jewish Federation. Honorably discharged from the Army as a bookkeeper and retired in that capacity from Liebovich Bros. Steel Company. His active love of opera, cooking, family and community are well known. Appreciated are the love, care and attention he received from the staff at River Bluff Nursing Home. Donations may be sent to: Ohave Sholom Synagogue, River Bluff NH or to the Jewish Federation of Greater Rockford. Funeral services: Monday, 10:30 a.m., October 17, at Ohave Sholom Synagogue 3130 Guilford Rd. with burial to follow at Rockford Hebrew Cemetery; Rabbi William Fertig to officiate. More information at

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