Ella A. Clouser - 96

2/28/1915 - 11/26/2011
Rockford, Illinois

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

John (Jon) Jones, Jr. - 84

12/1/1926 - 11/22/2011
Machesney Park, Illinois

MACHESNEY PARK - John (Jon) Earl Jones, Jr., 84, died at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011 in Rockford Memorial Hospital ER. He was born Dec. 1, 1926 in Indianolia, MS, an only child of John Earl Jones, Sr. and Josephine Mildred (Johnson) Jones, (both predeceased.) Mr. Jones, his mother and father were most recently recognized as a Pioneer African-American family in Indianolia, MS, who left a monument for entertainment – Club Ebony. John lived in Rockford 54 years, coming from Chicago, IL to care for his mother. He lived in Chicago for 30 years and was the retired Chicago Business Owner of Jon-Ya’s Health and Beauty Salon, on East 73rd St. Mr. Jones was also a Veteran of WWII and the recipient of various metals, with duty in the continental and foreign service. He was also active in various Rockford Community Organizations until his death. He was a graduate of Indianolia, MS High School and became a Licensed Business Owner in 1947.
Jon is survived by his wife, La Fayetta (Gaines) Jones, Gary, IN whom he married on Dec. 21, 1976 and 3 stepchildren. He is also survived by: Daughters: Mrs. Toni (Paul) Y. Davenport, Mettawa, IL and Mrs. Thema (Tyron) Robinson, Rockford, IL; Grandsons: Deon Lamont (Theresa) Davenport, Rockford, IL; Jason Brown, Riverside, CA, and Erik Paul (LaTonya) Davenport, Gary, IN.
Granddaughters: Nicole Brown-Campbell, Riverside, CA and Lisa Ann Davenport, Portage, IN; Great-grandchildren: Kylie and Kalan Campbell and Taylor Robinson.
A memorial service will be help at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Sundberg Funeral Home, 215 N. Sixth St. Rockford, IL. Inurnment will be private.

Norland O. Bolen - 72

4/7/1939 - 11/19/2011
Leaf River, Illinois

LEAF RIVER - Norland O. Bolen, 72, passed away in his home on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 after a lengthy illness. He was born April 7, 1939 in Egan, the son of Rolland and Minnie Bolen, and stepson of Elsie Bolen. He graduated from Rockford West High School in 1958. Norland married Kerrill K. West in Rockford on Oct. 22, 1960. He was the President of Valley Header Die for 42 years. Survivors include his wife, Kerrill of Leaf River, son, Rolland & wife, Penny Bolen, daughter, Patricia Camacho, and son, Jason & his wife, Lori Bolen, all of Rockford, granddaughters, Minel and Taylar Camacho of Rockford, Sisters, Jean Zehr of Mediapolis, IA and Vickie & her husband, Jim Warner of Lynchburg, VA, and a brother, Donald Bolen of Freeport, IL. Predeceased by a daughter, Minel Juel Bolen.
Service 1:30 pm., Friday, Nov. 25, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N.Sixth St., Rockford, IL with Pastor Alvin English officiating. Visitation at the funeral home from 11:30 a.m. until service time on Friday. Online condolences at www.sundbergfh.com. Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO, at 1-800-A-Family or www.FocusOnTheFamily.com.

Phillip "Phil" Lomas - 74

2/10/1937 - 11/17/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Phillip “Phil” Lomas, 74 was born into eternity at 9:45 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Born Feb. 10, 1937 in Caledonia, IL, the son of Phillip and Emma (Garner) Lomas. He graduated from North Boone High School where he was an accomplished basketball and football player. Later, Phil graduated from Northern Illinois Univ. with a business degree. He married Nina Nardiello in St. Anthony Catholic Church in Rockford on April 20, 1968. Phil was a self-employed home inspector prior to retirement. Survivors include his wife, Nina, a daughter, Andrea Tanner, both of Rockford, a son, Danny (Lindsay) Lomas of Nevada, grandchildren, Brittany, Alyssa, Elizabeth, Ethan, Nicolas, and Emma, and nieces and nephews. Phil was devoted to his children and grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents, and sisters, Roberta Bond and Dorothy Rorberg.

Service at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford with Rev. Wendell Maynard officiating. Visitation at the funeral from 5:00 pm until service time. Private interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family. Online condolences to www.sundbergfh.com.

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 www.sundbergfh.com. 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 www.sundbergfh.com. 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 www.sundbergfh.com.

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