Sandra Lee Burns - 71

12/12/1940 - 8/28/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Sandra Lee Burns, 71, went home to be with her Lord and Savior at 11:00 p.m., August 28, 2012 after a short, courageous battle with cancer. Sandra was born Dec. 12, 1940 in Freeport and married Jack Burns on May 23, 1959. She is survived by her husband; children, DeeAnne (Michael) Cleary, Shaun (Debra) Burns, and Treasure Burns; grandchildren, Sarah Cleary, Rachel, Hallie, Ashley and Kaylie Burns, Michael Davison and Michelle (Daniel) Wolter; sisters, Carol (Nicholas) Williams and Debra (Arlan) Bystrom; nieces, Josepha Grewe and Laura Pellini-Brown; and nephew, Thomas Pellini. Sandra’s close walk with the Lord was an inspiration to family and friends. Special thanks to St. Anthony Center for Cancer Care and OSF Hospice for their tender care and comfort to Sandra and her family.
Memorial Service 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, with Rev. Rene Escalante officiating.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in her name to OSF Hospice.

Ernest E. Smith - 73

2/23/1939 - 8/21/2012
Byron, Illinois

Ernest E. “Ernie” Smith, 73, passed away at 7:20 a.m., Tues., August 21, 2012 in Kindred Hospital, Sycamore, IL. He was born Feb. 23, 1939 in Rockford, the son of Nicholas E. and Martha M. (Deckler) Smith. Ernie was a former truck driver who enjoyed fishing, camping, and working on old cars. Survivors include his children, Peggy (Daniel) Heavin, Ernie (Teresa) Smith, Kathy (Doug) Bahling, and Robert (Gabe) Smith, all of Rockford; step-children, Roger (Tamara) Klinger of WA, and Kelly (Ron) Tibbs of Rockford; special companion, Anita Smith of Byron; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; his brothers, Verlan Smith and Stanley Smith, both of Rockford. Predeceased by his parents; his sisters, Irene Untz, Cynthia Jacobs, and Evelen Good; and step-children, Terri Coltrain and Mark Klinger.

Memorial service 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 25, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL.  The family requests no flowers.

Barry D. Pohl - 42

8/21/1969 - 8/18/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Barry D. Pohl, 42 passed away at 2:05 pm, Saturday, August 18, 2012 in his home of an apparent heart attack.  Born August 21, 1969, in Rockford, son of DeWayne and Bernice (Aurand) Pohl.  Employed by Chrysler Corp. since February 2012,  and previously employed by Rockford School District and Elco Industries for many years.  He was a member of Belvidere Moose Club.  Barry was an avid Chicago Bears fan and NASCAR enthusiast, especially Jeff Gordon.  He graduated from East High School and received a BS degree from Judson College.  Survivors include, father, DeWayne of Rockford; brother, Allen Pohl of Georgia; sisters, Linda (Bruce) Breault of Rockford and Val (Gary) Kramer of Cortland, IL.  Nieces and nephews, Jessie, Ryan, and Katie Kramer, Eric (Darcy) Breault, Stephanie (Don) Morton, Kylee and Samantha Morton, and special friends Marky and Ginger Davis, Sue Erickson of Rockford.  Predeceased by his mother, Bernice, in 1992.  Services at 11:00 am, Thursday, August 23, 2012, in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford, IL  61107.  Burial in White Rock Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 am until service time.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family to be established at a later date. 

Eleanor Mary Husolo - 85

11/8/1926 - 8/7/2012
Cherry Valley, Illinois

Born November 8, 1926 in Capreol, Ontario, Canada, Eleanor Mary Husolo passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at the age of 85. Daughter of the late Cecile Lamontagne and Alphonse Bechamp. Wife of the late William D. Husolo, married on November 21, 1953. Survived by brothers: Hector, Victor, Donald, Eveance and sister Grace. Mother of the late Denyce Bilbrey, Margaret (Mark) Ferdinandsen, Kristine VanGrinsven, Ronald Husolo, Robert Husolo, Kenneth (Margaret) Husolo and John (Stevie) Husolo. Survived by 14 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Eleanor was a Member of the Cherry Valley Methodist Church, an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #478 and also of the Daughters of the Nile, Alabet Temple #31. She was active in the P.T.A. and a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts for many years.
Visitation 5 – 7 pm, Fri., Aug. 10, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107, with Eastern Star service at conclusion. Funeral service Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford, IL, followed by entombment in the Chapel of Peace at the Sunset Memorial Gardens, with her husband. Online condolences may be left at

Lawrence - 83

3/29/1929 - 8/5/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Lawrence “Larry” Sandager, 83, passed away at 2:13 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 in his home. He was born Mar. 29, 1929 in Rockford, the son of Lauritz and Helen (Colby) Sandager. Larry married Juanita Seymour in Loves Park, IL on Feb. 22, 1963. He worked in the construction trade for 45 years with Rockford Blacktop, Charlie Ind. and others. He was a member of Local #150, former member of West Suburban Firemen, and former member of Loyal Order of the Moose. Larry was an avid golfer, fisherman, and enjoyed bowling. Survivors include his wife, Juanita of Rockford, a daughter, Sandy L. Sandager of Rockford, 2 brothers; Harry (Arlene) Sandager of Winnebago, and Raymond (Sue) Loberg, Little Elm, TX. Predeceased by a son, Robert “Digger” Sandager, his parents, and step-father, Hans Loberg. The family would like to thank OSF St. Anthony Hospice, the staff of 4 East at OSF St. Anthony Med. Center, and Dr. DeGuzman for their care and compassion.
Funeral service 1:00 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, with Rev. Gregory L. Carlson officiating. Visitation from 11:30 am until time of service. . Burial in Willwood Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials directed to the family. Online condolences at

Nickolas - 75

2/5/1937 - 8/4/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Nickolas “Nick” Rakuc, 75, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2012, after a valiant effort against cancer. He was born on February 5, 1937 in Belarus; the son of Peter and Halina Rakuc and stepson to Jadwiga Rakuc. He immigrated to the United States in 1949, and he moved to Rockford in 1950 and started working at Amerock in 1956. He married Olga Nekrasewich on July 19, 1958 and they were happily married for 34 years until she lost her own battle with cancer in 1990. After working at Amerock, he decided to follow his love of building houses and eventually started his own business, Rakuc Distinctive Homes, Inc. in 1967. He was a past president of the Rockford Home Builder’s Association and built many custom homes in Rockford and the surrounding areas. He was an avid fisherman and a member of Coon Creek Casters Fishing Club in Belvidere. He was also a member of the Belvidere Lion’s Club and Belvidere Moose Club. He served as Vice President on the Greenwood Cemetery Board of Directors in Rockford. He was a life long member of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Rockford and served his church in many capacities. Survived by his children, John (Lisa Stankey) Rakus of Belvidere, Julie (Jim) Hansberry of Rockford, Deborah (Jim) Brucker of Cincinnati; grandchildren, John and James Hansberry; brother, Walter (Lidia) Rakuc; sister, Mary (Bill) Johnson; friend, Nadya Opri; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his second wife, Reva (Pedriana) Rakuc and his parents. Visitation 5 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford with Blessing Service at 7:00 p.m.. Funeral Service 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2012 in Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, 1802 Pershing Ave., Rockford, with Fr. Basil Aden, officiating. Memorials to Christ the Savior Orthodox Church. Online condolences at

Daniel - 45

6/25/1967 - 8/4/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Daniel “Dan” E. Wolf, 45, passed away in his home on Aug. 4, 2012. Born June 25, 1967 in Waukegan, IL, the son of Blaine B. Wolf, Sr. and Linda Louise Wolf. Daniel was a great creative carpenter with high standards for quality assurance. He was a loving son, brother, uncle, and friend and was also very generous to the homeless community. Survivors include his father, Blaine Wolf, Sr., and his wife Betty, his siblings, a twin brother, David F. Wolf, Belinda L. Wolf, Michael Gore, Blair Wolf, Brianne Wolf, Blaine B. Wolf, Jr., and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother and a sister, Tammi Reber.
Gathering of family and friends from 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford.

Joan Louise Johnson - 81

3/28/1931 - 7/23/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Joan Louise (Howe) Johnson formerly of Mystic, IA, passed away peacefully Monday, July 23, 2012 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, surrounded by her children. She was a graduate of Mystic High School class of 1948. Joan worked at Sears Service Center in Rockford until her retirement in 1997. On July 11, 1953 she was joined in marriage to Leslie C. Johnson who preceded her in death. The couple enjoyed a blessed union of 58 years filled with love and devotion. Joan was an avid Chicago Bulls fan never missing a game during the season. Joan enjoyed trips to the casinos playing slots , word search games to keep her mind sharp. Joan was an accomplished pianist/vocalist and in her early years recorded a rendition of The Lord’s Prayer. She will be fondly remembered by her children for the many wonderful cross country adventures the family experienced including trips to Yellowstone Park, World Expo 67 and Disneyland and trips with her grandchildren and family to The Dells, Mall of America and Lancaster PA . Joan will be greatly missed by her loving family; one daughter Jackie and Bill Hatfield of Rockford, son James and Marianna of DE and her cherished grandchildren Paige Johnson , Kyle & (Taryn) Martin and Jonathan (Casey) Martin. Mrs. Johnson is also survived by one sister and brother in law Patricia (Howe) Ron Morrisson of TX and one sister in law Helen Howe of IA. She was preceded in death by two brothers James Howe who was killed in the Korean War and Orville (Junior) Howe of IA.

Visitation will be Saturday, July 28, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Memorial service 11:00 a.m., Saturday with Rev. Jeff Fricke officiating.

Dorothy L. Jenkins - 92

4/23/1920 - 7/19/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Dorothy L. Jenkins, 92, passed away at 1:30 pm, Thurs, July 19, 2012 in Rosewood Care Center after a short illness. Born April 23, 1920 in Richmondale, OH, daughter of George and Lucy (Harrison) Baxter. Married to the former Hugh “Tabe” Jenkins in Ohio, he predeceased her on Dec. 17, 1969. Employed as Punch Press Operator by National Lock 30+ years. Survivors: her sons; James (Ossie) Jenkins and Fred Jenkins; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren great-great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Predeceased by son, Hugh Jenkins and daughter, Marjorie “Sis” Simoens. She was everybody’s mother and everybody’s best friend, and we will miss her always.
Funeral Service 11:00 am, Tues., July 24, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. 215 North Sixth St., Rockford. Burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 am until time of service.

Tassius W. Pappas - 84

5/2/1928 - 7/17/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Tassius W. Pappas, 84, passed away at 9:50 p.m., Tues., July 17, 2012 in Rockford Memorial Hospital. He was born May 2, 1928 in Rockford, the son of Theodore and Anna (Nordgren) Pappas. Married Bertha Picavet in Rockford in Nov. 1950. Tassius graduated from East High School and served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was the former owner of the Rockette Drive-In for 25 years during the 1950’s and 1960’s. He retired from Sundstrand Aviation. He is a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Bertha, his sons, Michael, William (Angie), James, John, Robert (Cindy), Gerald, and Edward, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, a brother and sister. Predeceased by his parents and a sister.
Visitation from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday, July 21, 2012 in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 201 Buckbee St., Rockford ,with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m., Saturday at the church. Interment in Scandinavian Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Online condolences at Memorials to Foundation for Sardcoidosis Research, 1820 W. Webster Ave., Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60614.

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