Evelyn "Bea" Lenzini - 8610/2/1924 - 6/25/2011
Evelyn O. “Bea” Lenzini, age 86, died peacefully on June 25, 2011 in her daughter’s home, surrounded by her children and members of her extended family. She was born October 2, 1924, in Rockford, Illinois, to Joseph and Dena Koplos. She was married to David Eugene Lenzini in March of 1950 in Fort Collins, Colorado. He preceded her in death in 1991. A son, Tom, also preceded her in death in 1994, as did a grandchild, Zachary, in 1992. Her brother, Harry Koplos of Kerrville, Texas, preceded her in death in June of 2011. Her brother, John Koplos, sister-in-law Jeanne Koplos, sister Pauline (Peter) Kostantacos, and sister-in-law Nitza Koplos survive her. She is survived by six children: Linda Lenzini (James Kaufmann), Springfield, Illinois; Deborah (Michael) Johns, Rockford, Illinois; Gary Lenzini (Sandy), Columbus, Missouri; Dana (Tito) Nappi, Pearl City, Illinois; Mark (Janet) Lenzini, Lake in the Hills, Illinois; and Laura (Shawn) McAuliffe, O’Fallon, Missouri. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren: David and Matthew Johns; Kelli Johns O’Neal; Alyssa Lenzini; Samantha Lenzini; David J. and Emily Lenzini; Fionne McAuliffe; Logan McAuliffe; Daniel, Taylor and Benjamin French; and Jennifer Cline. She had 7 great-grandchildren: Alice, Lily, Nicholas, Gabriella, Colin, Carter, and Brooke; and fourteen nieces and nephews. She is also survived by several cousins and many close friends.She graduated from Rockford College and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, UCLA, and Northern Illinois University. She taught elementary school in the Rockford public school system for twenty-seven years and operated a home day care business for several years after her retirement as a teacher. She loved being with her family, visiting with friends, doing crossword puzzles, playing bridge, and bowling. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thurs., June 30, 2011 in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 3300 Rural St., Rockford with Pastor Woody Knutson officiating. Visitation at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Thursday. Interment in Cedar Bluff Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Evelyn O. Lenzini Memorial Fund and designated for the VNA Hospice Program of Rockford, the oncology wing of Rockford Memorial Hospital, and the Literacy Council of Rockford. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Online condolences may be made at www.sundbergfh.com.
Tomi Sykaluk - 713/30/1940 - 6/23/2011
Tomi Sykaluk, 71 died peacefully surrounded by family at 3:11 am, Thurs., June 23, 2011 in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Born March 30, 1940 on Kume Island, Japan. She was the daughter of Takeo & Yoshiko (Iramina) Itokazu. Married to Konstanty Sykaluk in Okinawa on July 9, 1959. He predeceased her on Apr. 15, 2003. Employed by Rockford Memorial Hospital for over 26 years, retiring in 2009. Member of St. Vladimir Vladimirovo Orthodox Church and Sisterhood. Tomi enjoyed sewing, cooking and gardening. Survivors include: 2 sons; Edward (Annette) Sykaluk of Sarnia, Ontario, William Sykaluk of Rockford; a grandson, Mark Sykaluk of Topeka, KS; her mother, Yoshiko Itokazu of Okinawa; siblings, Takehiro, Takeshi, Takenori and Sueko; numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her father.
Services at 10:00 am, Sat., June 25, 2011 in St. Vladimir Vladimirovo Orthodox Church, Lost Lake with Fr. John Sykaluk officiating. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation at Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL from 6 – 7 pm Fri., June 24, 2011. Blessing service at 7 pm in funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.sundbergfh.com.
Shirley Mae (Akre, Cates) Conner - 777/21/1933 - 6/17/2011
Shirley Mae (Akre, Cates) Conner, 77, joined her Heavenly Father at 12:08 p.m., Friday, June 17, 2011 in SwedishAmerican Hospital ER as a result of an automobile accident. Born July 21, 1933 in Rockford, the daughter of George T. and Rosemary (Featherston) Peterson. Lived in Lindenwood for 19 years, going there from Rockford. Married Orville A. Akre in 1951. Married Chester Cates in 1985. Married Harry W. Conner in 1992. She was formerly employed by Aquamatic and was a homemaker. Shirley was a life-long member of St. Edward Catholic Church, Ladies Guild, and Senior’s Club. She was also a member of Hub City Senior Center. Survivors include her husband, Harry Conner of Rockford, her children, Diane (Tom) Koester of Sheboygan, WI, Theresa Hexom of Loves Park, Vicki (Bruce) Skaggs of Rockford, William (Christine) Akre of Winnebago, Rosemary Scott of Rockford, step-daughter, Kathy (Steve) Austin, Hampshire and step-son, Kevin (Sheila) Conner, Rockford; grandchildren, April (Nate) Opp, Scott Green, Tim Akre, Keith (Pam) Skaggs, Kimberly (Brandon) Borgwardt, Heather Hoekman, Sarah Scott, Carl (Bethany) Akre, Jennifer (Tom) Kegle, Lori (Brian) Zwiger, 9 great-grandchildren; her siblings, a sister, Mary Jane (Richard) White, and 2 brothers, George (Angie) Peterson and Jerry (Bonnie) Peterson, all of Rockford, a sister-in-law, Minnie “Bonnie” Peterson, of Rockford, a special, helpful nephew, Jay Salsbury of Rockford, and other nieces, nephews, and cousins. Predeceased by brothers LaVern Peterson and Raymond Peterson and sons-in-law, Randy Hoekman and Robert L. Hexom.
Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m., Wed., June 22, 2011 in St. Edward Catholic Church, 3004 11th Street, Rockford, with Fr. Michael Black, Pastor, celebrating. Visitation at Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, from 5 – 7 p.m., Tuesday. The Rosary Service will follow. Visitation at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Wednesday. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials to the family. Online condolences can be made at www.sundbergfh.com.
Katerina "Kathy" Rodak - 758/15/1935 - 6/13/2011
Katerina “Kathy” Rodak, 75, died at 10:25 p.m., Monday, June 13, 2011 in Alden Alma Nelson Manor. Born August 15, 1935 in Ukraine, the daughter of Gregory and Anastasia (Kaluczyk) Bulka. Married Steve Rodak July 3, 1954 in Chicago, IL. He predeceased her Nov. 29, 1993. She retired from All Rental Garment Co. in 1990 after 15 years of service.
Survivors include a son, George Rodak of Rockford, a daughter, Mary (John) Robinson of Evanston, IL, a granddaughter, Emily (Bradd) Haley, 2 sisters, Olga (Peter) Malez and Polly (Jan) Molosz, both of Rockford, numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, a brother, and sisters.
Service 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 16, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, with Fr. Basil Aden officiating. Visitation at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Thursday. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery.
Charles L. Connell - 739/2/1937 - 6/6/2011
Charles L. Connell, 73, formally of Milan, MO, died at 3:20 p.m., Monday, June 6, 2011 in his home. Born Sept. 2, 1937 in Milan, MO, the son of Clarence and Mary Alice (Lumsden) Connell. Graduated from Milan High School in 1955. Married the former Joan LaVasseur in Norridge, IL in April 4, 1959. He was a lift truck mechanic employed by Material Handling. He is survived by his wife Joan of Belvidere, IL, his daughters, Pam (Paul) Knulty of Crystal Lake, IL and Carolyn (Steve) Drenkard of Cummings, GA, his grandchildren, Justin, Matthew, Trent, and Peyton. Charles was predeceased by his parents. Interment will be at a later date in Shatto Cemetery, Milan, MO. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107 Online condolences at www.sundbergfh.com. Memorials may be directed to No. IL Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
Wm. Earl Price - 905/31/1921 - 6/2/2011
Wm. Earl Price, 90, passed away 9:15 pm, Thurs., June 2, 2011 from a stroke. Born May 31, 1921 in Nora, IL son of William Lee and Ruby (Poland) Price. Graduated from Rockford Central High School. Married to the former Jane Garman in Rockford on Oct., 31, 1942. Retired from Woodward Governor after 44 years, most recently as Service Manager. Member of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and Rockford Moose Club. Earl enjoyed playing cards and was a Chicago White Sox Fan. He was also an avid bowler and golfer, winning many trophies for each. His grandchildren were very important to him. The family would like to thank the staff at Fairhaven for their care and compassion.
Survivors include; wife: Jane of Rockford, a daughter: Marcia (Klaas) Schenkel of Holcomb, IL, 2 sons: Bill (Vicki) Price and Steven (Karen) Price, both of Rockford; 4 grandchildren: David (Katy) Price, Alan Price, Amy Price and Bobby Price, 3 great-grandchildren: Gavin, Mason and Reagan Price; 2 brothers: Jim Price and Ralph Wilson, 2 sisters: Margaret Altergott and Doris McCaw and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a sister, 3 brothers and a half-sister.
Services at 11:00 am, Mon., June 6, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, with the Rev. Eric Lemonholm officiating. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. Visitation at funeral home from 10:00 am to service time on Monday. Online condolences may be left at www.sundbergfh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.
Marie Willson - 932/27/1918 - 6/1/2011
Marie Willson, 93 died 8:55 am, Wed., June 1, 2011 in her home surrounded by her family. Born Feb. 27, 1918 in Rockford daughter of Sigfried & Alzina (King) Swenson. Graduated from Rockford Central High School. Married to Eric Carl Willson in Old Stone Church, Rockton on Apr. 5, 1941. He predeceased her May 17, 1998. Her life centered around her home, family and friends. Marie was an avid Bridge player, enjoyed golf at Sandy Hollow and continued to meet regularly with a small group of high school friends. Survivors include; daughters: Marcia Weflen, Evanston, IL and Janet (Jeff) Guzzardo of Oceanside, CA; a son: Donald (Susan) Willson of Rockton, 6 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by a twin sister, Marion Juul.
Private family services at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials to charity of your choice. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Online condolences may be left at www.sundberghfh.com.
Zoe Peplos - 823/15/1929 - 6/1/2011
Zoe Peplos, 82, passed away in her sleep at her home on Wed., June 1, 2011. Born in Greece on Mar. 15, 1929 and later married James Peplos in Athens. She was a devoted member of Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church and a member of the Philoptochos Society. Zoe was a homemaker and real estate broker who along with her husband, owned and operated James Peplos Realty for many years. He predeceased her on Oct. 10, 2003. Survivors include her children, Olga (Dino) Peplos Analitis, M.D., Peter (Fran) Peplos, Marika (Robert) Panton, and Dino (Helen) Peplos, grandchildren: Alexander and Eva Analitis, Jimmy and Georgiann Peplos, Jonathan, James, and Zoe Panton, and Jimmy and Billy Peplos, her sisters: Pope Kouropoulou and Hariklia Samartzis.
Visitation from 5 – 7 pm on Fri., June 3, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. with Trisagion Service to follow. Service 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 4, 2011 in Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 108 N. Fifth St., Rockford, IL, with Fr. Demetrios Kounavis and Fr. John Artemes officiating. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established in her name with the church. Online condolences may be left at www.sundbergfh.com.
Gordon "Gordy" S. Rosenquist - 803/30/1931 - 5/17/2011
Gordon “Gordy” S. Rosenquist, 80 died at 4:33 am, Tues., May 17, 2011 in his home. Born Mar. 30, 1931 in St. Charles, IL son of Godfrey & Bertha (Hegstrom) Rosenquist. Graduated from East H.S. in 1950, veteran of US Army serving from 1952 – 1954. Married to Betty Nelson in Rockford, Sept. 24, 1955. Employed by US Post Office for 32 years retiring in 1986. He was an avid chess player. Gordy had a love for all God’s creatures. The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice for their care & compassion. Survivors include, wife: Betty, son: Greg Rosenquist, sister: Norma (Ted) Fagerburg, nephew: Jim Fagerburg, special friends: Tom & Cornelia Foley all of Rockford. Predeceased by a brother: Marvin “Bud” Rosenquist and parents.
Services at 10:00 am, Sat., May 21, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL with Chaplain Pam Lojewski of Heartland Hospice officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Visitation at funeral home from 9:00 am to 10:00 am Saturday. Online condolences may be left at www.sundbergfh.com.
Jane E. Meyers - 956/2/1915 - 5/16/2011
Jane E. Meyers, 95 died 6:15 pm, Mon., May 16, 2011 in Fairhaven Christian Home after a brief illness. Born June 2, 1915 in Rockford daughter of Alfred & Della (Anderson) Tetlow. Married to Clarence Carlson on May 30, 1940, he predeceased her Aug. 8, 1958. Married to Walter Meyers in 1959, he died in 1984. Survivors include; son: Barry (Cheryl) Carlson of Hoffman Estates, IL, 1 step-daughter: Sue (Allan) Conner of White Rock, NM, 1 step-son: Gary Meyers of Garden Grove, CA. 3 granddaughters, 2 step-granddaughters, 1 step-grandson, many great-grandchildren. A brother and sister preceded her in death.
Services at 10:00 am, Thurs., May 19, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL with Rev. Wendell Maynard officiating. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. No visitation. Online condolences may be left at www.sundberghfh.com.
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