Bobby Gene Collins - 846/7/1927 - 12/29/2011
Loves Park, Illinois
Bobby Gene Collins, 84, passed away at 10:25 p.m., Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 in Rockford Memorial Hospital. He was born June 8, 1927 in Green County, TN, the son of Allen and Agnes (Britton) Collins. Bobby was a veteran of WW II serving in the US Army Air Corps. He married Mary Dewey in Rockford in 1950 and she predeceased him in 1977. Formerly employed as a machinist by Rockford Acromatics, retiring in 1984. Bobby enjoyed working with his hands, with woodworking, auto body repair, and as a mechanic. He attended Rockford Church of Christ Survivors include his children, Jim Collins of Wildrose, WI, Dennis (Janet) Collins of Loves Park, Kathy (Brian) Blosser of Rockford, and Kevin (Tonya) Collins of Machesney Park; step-children, Jackie and David; 13 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; a brother, Howard (Darlene) Collins of Chuckey, TN; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, an infant daughter, Joyce, son Mike, wife Dora, and brothers, Jim and Richard.
Memorial graveside service 11:00 a.m., Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 in Willwood Burial Park. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Online condolences at www.sundbergfh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family.
Eleanor Replogle - 886/21/1923 - 12/29/2011
Eleanor L. Replogle, 88, passed away at 5:04 p.m., Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 in Swedish American Hospital. She was born June 22, 1923 in Peoria, IL, the daughter of John and Emma Thompson. Married Paul E. Replogle Sept. 12, 1946 in Lancaster, MO. He predeceased her Feb. 20, 2006. Survivors include: a son, Lee Roy Replogle of Rockton; 2 grandchildren, Larry R. Replogle of Rockton and Nicole M. Replogle of Loves Park; great-grandchildren, Alex and Maddix; a sister, Lucille Kruger, and several nieces and nephews. Also predeceased by a daughter, Gaylene Replogle.
Visitation from 5 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Service 2:00 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., with a visitation 1 hour prior to service. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. Online condolences at www.sundbergfh.com. Memorials to the family.
John E. Poshka - 7812/7/1933 - 12/19/2011
Apache Junction, AZ
John E. Poshka, 78, passed away at 11:43 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 in Arizona, John was born Dec. 8, 1933 in Rockford, the son of John and Olga Poshka. He married the former Margaret Inman on Oct. 14, 1961, in Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Rockford. John had worked at Rockford Machine Tool, Woodward Governor Co., and Sundberg Funeral Home. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Masonic Lodge #166, Freeport Consistory, Tebala Shrine, Loves Park Order of the Eastern Star, Order of Ameranth, Oriental White Shrine #5, Moose Lodge, and Eagles Club. Survivors include his wife Margaret, a daughter, Rhonda (Roger) Gates, a son, Robert (Linda) Poshka, grandsons, Jacob, Andrew, and Nicholas Poshka, and Sharrod Gates, a sister, Evelyn Abate, and brothers, Donald (Joyce) Poshka, and Ray Poshka, and several nieces and nephews and his special pet, Princess. John’s life was devoted to his family, God and church family, and his friends. If you needed help, John was always there for you.
Visitation from noon – 1:00 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Masonic service to begin at 1:00 p.m. Funeral service in the funeral home at 1:30 p.m., with interment to follow at Willwood Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family. Online condolences at www.sundbergfh.com.
Sandra J. Vazquez - 665/15/1945 - 12/18/2011
Sandra J. Vazquez, 66, passed away at 1:22 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 19, 2011 in her home. She was born May 16, 1945 in Rockford. Married Humberto Vazquez and was employed by the IL Dept. of Human Services for many years. Survived by her husband, a son, a daughter, and many grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents and 2 daughters.
Memorial Service 5:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 at 1522 S. Fourth Street, Rockford. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, assisted the family.
Lucien W. Hemenway - 772/19/1934 - 12/14/2011
Lucien W. Hemenway, 77, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 in Swedish American Hospital. Feb. 20, 1934 in Rochelle, IL, the son of William M. and Edith F. Hemenway. He was a former Lawncare Specialist at Rochelle Country Club and former farmer. He attended Steward United Methodist Church. Survived by a sister, B. Anne (William) Parler of Ocean View, DE; a brother, R. David Hemenway of St. Louis, MO; 2 nieces; 2 nephews; and several grandnieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents. A service will be held at a later date. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107, assisited the family. Online condolences at www.sundbergfh.com.
Peter M. MacKay - 788/25/1933 - 12/12/2011
Born to Kenneth and Virginia MacKay in Rockford on August 26, 1933, Pete passed away on December 13, 2011. Pete graduated from West High School in 1951 and served proudly in the United States Army, gaining the rank of drill sergeant. He worked for General Finance Corporation throughout the 1960’s and later served as a police officer for the City of Chicago. Pete ran MacKay Sign Co., which his father established, for more than 50 years and enjoyed a long career as a talented artist, specializing in political cartoons, which should surprise no one. A stalwart conservative, he was the longest serving member of the Winnebago County Board, representing District 5 nearly without interruption from 1978 to 2009. From 2001 – 2009 he served as the Rockford Township Highway Commissioner. He graduated from the University of Illinois Leadership Institute in 2008. Pete was an avid private pilot (and a founding member of the Polish Air Force), EAA member, 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Tebala Shriner and Knights Templar. Pete married Rose Marie “Rosie” Chaon on April 24, 1980 and missed her each day since her death in January, 2009. He will be missed, remembered and cherished by his daughters, Margot (Efrain) Castillo and Meredith MacKay, granddaughters, Ariana Elise and Ava Marie Castillo, best friends Frank Manzullo and Ken Becker, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Pete leaves behind a legacy of plainspoken honesty, integrity, service, grit, guts and glory. Go Illini! Pete was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sister (Kathleen Leonard) and brother (Dave MacKay). The family wishes to thank the staff of the Heart Hospital at Swedish American. Visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 16 at Sundberg Funeral Home at 215 N. 6th St. from 4 – 8 p.m. and funeral will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 at St. Edward Church at 3004 11th St. at 10:00 a.m. In honor of Pete, feel free to wear orange and blue. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pete MacKay Memorial Fund for disbursement to charity, which will include the University of Illinois Scholarship fund.
Evelyn M. Viney - 944/24/1917 - 12/7/2011
South Beloit, Illinois
Evelyn M. Viney, 94, died 3:15 pm, Thurs., Dec. 8, 2011 in Fair Oaks Health Center. Born April 25, 1917 in Rockton Twp. Daughter of George & Grace Sly. Married Lawrence Madru in Dubuque, IA in 1939. He predeceased her in 1970. Married to Leo W. Viney Nov. 9, 1970 in Janesville, WI, he predeceased her Oct. 14, 1988. Member of VFW Post #9759 Auxiliary. Survivors: (6) children: Lawrence P. Marian) Madru of Beloit, WI; Sallie L. Culver of Beloit, WI; Ralph T. (Ellen) Madru of Ashland, MS; Mary (Dareld) McClellan of Rockford; Brenda (Jeff) Martin of Loves Park; Becky (Clarke) Shih of Rockford; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, & great-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by daughter, Grace Madru; son-in-law, Mike Culver; 4 grandchildren, Cindy, Brian, Todd & Joshua. The family would like to thank the staff at Fair Oaks Health Center for their care and compassion.
Memorial Service at 5:30 pm, Tues., Dec. 13, 2011 in Cornerstone Church of God, 322 Olympian Blvd., Beloit, WI with the Rev. Dr. David Metzger officiating. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107. Online condolences may be left at www.sundbergfh.com. Friends may call at the church from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Tues. Memorials to the family.
Sandra J. Goff - 713/29/1940 - 12/1/2011
Machesney Park, Illinois
Sandra J. Goff, 71, passed away at 9:55 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 in her home surrounded by family and friends. She was born Mar. 30, 1940 to Orrie Grant and Daisy Blanche Berge in Ransom, IL. She graduated from Streator High School in 1958 and from Rockford Business College in 1960. Sandra married James J. Goff in 1962. She was formerly employed by American Red Cross and Woodward Governor and retired in 2002. She also was also organist at Christ Church Unity of Rockford for many years. Sandra enjoyed spending time with family, doing crafts, playing cards, and playing the piano and organ. She and Jim also enjoyed spending their winters in Sebring, FL.
Survivors: her husband, James; her brother, Craig Berge of Streator, IL; son, Bradley (Teresa) Goff of Machesney Park; daughters, Melanie (John) Edson of Rockford, and Valerie (Christopher) Leighty of Roscoe, IL; her grandchildren, Chelsie and Rachele Robertson, Kassondra and Jason Goff, A. J. and Brandon Leighty; great-grandson, Brayden Robertson; stepgrandchildren, Cory Starnes and Makenna Thorpe; and nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, granddaughter, Melinda “Mindy” Robertson, brothers-in-law, Raymond, Robert, and Kerry Goff, and sister-in-law, Karen Berge.
Service at noon, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Visitation from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Friday. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice Care of America, especially Julie, Barb, Sharon, Claire, and Pastor Ken. Memorials in her name to Hospice Care of America or Tanglewood Community Church.
Carol M. Decker - 825/14/1929 - 11/29/2011
South Beloit, Illinois
Carol M. Decker, 82, went home at 1:15 am Wed., Nov. 30, 2011 in Fair Oaks Health Center and will be sadly missed. Born May 15, 1929 in Rockford daughter of John & Signe (Wetterquist) Larson attended Rockford schools. Married Paul R. Decker, Dec. 7, 1946 in Rockford. He predeceased her June 7, 2002. She had worked at many Rockford area companies. Survivors: 2 daughters, Pamela Cunningham of Rockford, and Cindy (Jon) Burkel of Roscoe; 1 son, Rick Decker of Rockford; 15 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by daughter, Cheryl Decker and son, Gary Decker.
The family wishes to thank the staff and friends at Fair Oaks Care Center and VNA Hospice for their support and kindness.
Private family services at 2:00 pm, Fri. Dec. 2, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:00 pm until service time on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family.
Ella A. Clouser - 962/27/1915 - 11/25/2011
Ella A. Clouser, 96, died peacefully in her home on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Born Feb. 28, 1915 in Peoria, the daughter of John and Maggie Stechke. Ella moved with her family to Rockford when she was a young girl. She married Kenneth “Tip” Clouser on Nov. 2, 1940 and they spent 55 happy years together. Ella was an avid fisherman and enjoyed trips to Shabbona and fishing from her boat, fishing off the handicapped pier at Pierce Lake, and fishing afternoons at her granddaughter’s house at Westlake. She also loved to travel with her Golden Agers group and went on exciting trips, watched wonderful plays, and enjoyed spending time at the Golden Agers Center with her friends. Ella leaves behind her daughter, Carol Postulka of Rockford, her son, Thomas (Lolita) Clouser of Thornton, CO, granddaughter, Dana (Brett) Hopkins of Winnebago, and grandson, Jason Postulka of Manila, Philippines. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Kenneth Clouser.
Gathering of Remembrance from 10:00 – Noon, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford with interment service to follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Online condolences at www.sundbergfh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to Golden Agers Center, 1115 Sixth Ave., Rockford, IL 61104
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