Gerald (Gary) Wayne Doyle - 53

6/25/1959 - 1/22/2013
Monroe Center, Illinois

Gerald (Gary) Wayne Doyle, 53 died 11:00 pm, Tuesday, Jan.22, 2013 in his home surrounded by his loving family. Born June 25, 1959, in Rockford, IL to Sterling Warren & Shirley Noreen (Kahl) Doyle. Gary was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, and friend. He was a kind spirit with a big heart that deeply loved his family and friends. He enjoyed being outdoors and was always busy planning his next big project. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. The love and laughter he brought to us all will truly be missed. Gary was a long time member of the Laborers Local 32 Union. Survivors include; mother, Shirley Doyle of Monroe Center; siblings, Christi (Kevin) Dailey of Stillman Valley, Larry (Stephanie) Doyle of Monroe Center, Barry (Brenda) Doyle of Rockford, and Scott (Amy) Doyle of Monroe Center; nieces and nephews; Amanda, Andrew, Nathan, Dustin, Casey, Justin, Cameron, Sierra, Kelsey, and Kaley; great-nieces & -nephews, Makayla, Brady, Mason, Aliyah, Dustin, Jr.; special friends, Jingles and Dave Johnson; numerous aunts,uncles, and cousins. Predeceased by father, Sterling; brother, Darrell Lee; and wife, Joyce Doyle.
Visitation from 11 – 1 Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107. Service at 1:00 pm, in funeral home with Pastor Ken Schmoyer officiating. Burial in White Rock Cemetery, Kings, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of America, 3815 N. Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL 61114. Special thanks to the entire staff of Hospice of America.

George F. Morgan - 76

5/5/1936 - 1/6/2013
Rockford, Illinois

George F. “Jr.” Morgan, 76, passed away in his home on Sunday morning, Jan. 6, 2013. He was the son of George and Frances (Herrington) Morgan and was born May 5, 1936 in Austin, MN. He married Evelyn Hardy in Rockford on June 7, 1958. He was retired and last worked at Logli’s Supermarket. His favorite pastime was working with electronics, especially TVs and computers. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; daughters, Rhonda (James) Thom Sr. of Machesney Park and Colleen (Mike) Beair of Rockford; sons, George Morgan and Johny (Julie) Morgan, all of Rockford; 17 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents and sons, David “Bug” and Darrell Morgan.
Service 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Visitation at the funeral home from noon until service time on Wednesday. Burial in Cedar Bluff Cemetery.

Earl L. Null - 79

5/1/1933 - 12/31/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Earl L. Null, 79 of Rockford passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in his home surrounded by his family. Born May 1, 1933 in Belvidere, IL. Son of Earl W. and Ethel (Baylor) Null. Married to L. Joann Griffin on July 16, 1971. Retired member of IBEW Local 364 and also served as an instructor for the electrical industry. Electrical inspector for City of Rockford and Winnebago County. Member of the Winnebago County Board 11th District from 1984-1996, Winnebago Board of Health, and the Rock River Mental Health Association. Veteran of Korean War serving with US Army 1950-1962.
Survivors include: son, Curtis (Sara) Null, South Beloit; daughter, Sara (Charles) Gardner, Rockford; daughter from a previous marriage, Phyllis (Ed) Smerke, Rockford; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister, Helen (Brywn) Remily, Florida. Predeceased by his parents; wife, Joann Griffin Null; brother, Robert Null; sister, Ilene Haas; sister, Mardele McElroy; sister, Elizabeth Null.
Visitation 5 – 7 pm, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107. Service 1:00 pm, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at funeral home. Interment to follow in Willwood Burial Park. Online condolences may be left at

Leon Rosenzweig - 89

10/18/1923 - 12/22/2012
Hollywood, Florida

Leon Rosenzweig, 89, former long-time Rockford resident, passed away in Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami Beach, FL on December 22, 2012. He was born Oct. 18, 1923 in Spring Valley, IL, the son of Harold and Golda (Eliashaw) Rosenzweig. Leon was a veteran of WW II serving in the US Navy on the USS Cleveland. He married Florence “Faye” Bernstein in Lakewood, NJ on Mar. 11, 1951. He was the owner/operator of Ace Premium & Novelty and Rockford Wholesale Supply for many years in Rockford. He was a member of Ohave Sholom Synagogue and B’Nai B’rith Society. Survivors include his wife Faye of Hollywood, FL; a daughter, Lisa (Bryan) Tropper of Commack, NY; 2 sons, Bruce Rosenzweig (wife, Jane Adam) of Louisville, KY, and Jeff (Leah) Rosenzweig of Ketura, Israel; his grandchildren, Jason, Daniel, Hila, Yaniv, and Binyamin; and a brother, Lyle (Gloria) Rosenzweig of Floral Springs, FL. Predeceased by his parents.
Funeral service 1:00 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 in Ohave Sholom Synagogue, 3730 Guilford Rd., Rockford, with Rabbi William Fertig officiating. Burial to follow in Rockford Hebrew Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Online condolences at In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to the donor’s choice.

Helen R. Aures - 97

7/31/1915 - 12/20/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Helen Aures went peacefully to be with the angels in heaven Thursday, Dec. 20th. Born July 31, 1915 in Buffalo ,New York, Helen touched everyone she knew for her entire life with unending kindness and generosity. From babysitting neighborhood kids, to cooking at the old Alps Drive-In, to working at Atwood Vacuum Machine, to retiring and running Geraghty’s Costume Shop; she was a “little 4 ‘ 8” dynamo”. Everyone was always welcome in her home and in her heart. Helen was a battler to the end, fully recovering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome at 80 years of age to be named Patient of the Year at RMH plus hip replacement surgery at the age of 87. Helen loved nothing more than to care for and be with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They lit up her eyes to the end.
Predeceased by her husband, Harvey. Survived by four children Butch, Judy, Jerry (Pat), and Tim (Karen) ; grandchildren Amy, Starr, Karl, Kevin, Liz; great grandchildren Amanda, Nic, Nora, Maguire, Miles; as well as other extended family who meant the world to her. A special thanks to Dr. Kalweit and the nursing staff of Ogle County Hospice, in addition to her wonderful care-giver the last 20 months, Rhoda Ceniza.
Cremation arranged by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. A private celebration of Helen’s life will be held by the family at a later date.

Sheryl S. Semple - 65

1/1/1946 - 12/18/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Sheryl S. Semple, 65, passed away at 1:10 pm, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 in her home. Born Jan. 1, 1947 in Rockford. Graduated from Guilford High School and was first graduating class of Rock Valley College. Employed by U.S. Post Office, retiring in 2005 after 39 years of service. Member of National Association of Federal Employees, she was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, she enjoyed travel, and her family. Survivors : her mother, Isabell Johnson; her siblings, Fred (Sharon) Semple, Lynn Koch, Lori (Kerry) Kline, Deana (Doug) Carlson, Larry (Jodi) Johnson; many nieces and nephews; great-nieces and-nephews, including special nieces, Kim Carlson and Erin Kline. Predeceased by her grandparents, Fred and Hazel Youngberg; Aunt Margaret Laspese; and Uncle Arthur Youngberg.
Services at 1:30 pm, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL, with the Rev. Jay Quinn officiating. Burial in Arlington Memorial Park. Visitation at the funeral home from noon until service time Saturday. A memorial will be established at a later date.

Sheldon (Skelly) Speers, Sr. - 71

12/21/1940 - 12/13/2012
Pecatonica, Illinois

Sheldon R. (Skelly) Speers, Sr., 71, passed away at, 10:00 pm, Thurs., December 13, 2012 in Swedish American Hospital after a courageous fight with Acute Leukemia. Born December 21, 1940 in Lanark, IL, the son of Kenneth Speers and Mildred (Pontnack) Wissmach. Lived 35 years in Pecatonica. Married to Bonnie (Lawler) in Rockford, March 18, 1966. Owner of Skelly’s Appliance Service for 26 years. Formerly employed by Chas. V. Weise for many years. Veteran of U.S. Navy serving on USS DuPont 941. Skelly touched everyone he met. He loved life, but most of all, he loved his family. He was a true gentleman in every sense. He never missed his children’s or grandchildren’s activities. He married the love of his life, Bonnie, and was married for 46 years. He enjoyed his weekly card games with his son and friends; and his “trips” to the casino with Bonnie. A special thank you to our “extended family” from the 7th floor at Swedish American Hospital for their love and compassion.
Survivors include: wife, Bonnie; best “6” children anyone could ask for, Sheldon, ‘Kelly’ (Laurie, favorite daughter-in-law) Speers, Jr. of Winnebago; Michelle (Don) Vesely of Janesville, WI; Kim (Chris) Stender of Rockford; 5 beautiful grandchildren, Emily and Molly Speers; Cole Vesely; Chase and Addison Stender; 2 brothers, Greg (Ken) Wissmach and Jack (Darlene) Boyer; a sister, Doris Bilodeau; sister-in-law, Sandra Speers; brother-in-law, Jack; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Dixie (Mike) Magee, Phyllis Kleckler, Joyce Land, and Merrill Lawler; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Predeceased by parents, brothers, Neil “Wimpy” Speers, Larry, and Donald; sister, Marilyn Doty. Also predeceased by in-laws, Bud and Mabel Lawler, brothers-in-law, Bob, Jerry, Dick, Al, Milton; sisters-in-law, Fern, Shirley, and Beverly.
Services at 11:00 am, Wed., December 19, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford, with Pastor Steve Shullanberger officiating. Burial in Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery, Seward, IL. Visitation at funeral home from 4 pm to 8 pm, Tues., Dec. 18, 2012. In lieu of flowers a memorial to be established.

Joyce Geraldine Woodruff (Ripps) - 93

9/17/1919 - 12/8/2012
St. Petersburg, Florida

Born Joyce Geraldine Sanders in Freeport IL, Sept. 17, 1919 to Louis and Zelda Sanders. The oldest of three sisters, Lorraine Pritkin (deceased) and Cherie Raznick of Calabasas CA., Joyce attended Freeport Elementary School and Freeport High School and was confirmed at Temple Beth El in Rockford IL. After graduating from Frances Shimer Junior College in 1939, she planned to teach elementary school. But her plans changed when she met and married Jerome Woodruff in Sept. 1940 at Temple Beth El. Her only child, Michael Joel Woodruff, was born October 1943 in Freeport. Her grandson, Jay Lance was born March 1970 in Freeport and died of leukemia in 2009. Jerome and Joyce lived in Freeport full time until 1976 when they decided to spend winters closer to their grandson in St. Pete, FL. Eventually they relocated there and became active members of Temple Beth El. In her lifetime, Joyce traveled to Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and Israel. Her husband Jerome Woodruff died in 1982. She married Seymour Ripps in Nov. 1983. Sy passed away in 1999. Her generosity has been shared with Temple Beth El in St. Pete and Menorah Manor. Her many hobbies over the years included antique collecting, knitting and playing bridge. She is survived by many family and friends including her son Michael (CA), sister Cherie Raznick (CA), great grandchildren Natasha and Nicholas Woodruff and granddaughter-in-law, Tara Woodruff (PA) and many nieces and nephews.
Service 1:00 p.m., David C. Gross Funeral Home, 6366 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. Graveside Service 10:30 a.m., Wed., December 12, 2012 in Rockford Hebrew Cemetery, Rockford, IL. Local arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL.

Donald W. Johnson - 90

3/25/1922 - 12/2/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Donald W. Johnson, 90, passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 in Highview In The Woodlands, Rockton, IL. He was a proud veteran of WW II serving in the U.S. Navy. He married Dorothy A. Nethery on Sept. 3, 1955 in Court Street Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Rockton, a son, Daniel W. (Connie) Johnson, and grandchildren, Reese Johnson and Paige Johnson, all of Rome, GA.

Graveside service at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 in Scandinavian Cemetery, 1700 Rural St., Rockford. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL.  In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to the donors choice.

Ida Myers - 99

1/18/1913 - 11/16/2012
Frankton, Indiana

Former Rockford resident, Ida Myers, 99, passed away in Frankton, IN on Nov. 16, 2012. Born Jan. 18, 1913, the daughter of John and Cora (Light) Alden. She was a former plater at National Lock Co. and long time member of UAW #449. She was an avid bowler and former member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Survivors include her step son-in-law, Max Waymire of Frankton, IN, step-son, Robert Myers of AZ, step-daughter, Beverly Littlefield of Milwaukee, WI, and step-grandchildren.
Graveside service 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 in North Grove Christian Grove Cemetery, Leaf River, IL.

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