Evelyn V. Flood - 971/25/1915 - 4/27/2012
Evelyn V. Flood, 97, passed away at 7:25 a.m., Friday, April 27, 2012 in her home. Born Jan. 25, 1915 in Hudson, SD, the daughter of Charles and Selma (Kilberg) Larson. She married W. Clifford Flood in LaSalle, IL on July 4, 1934. He predeceased her Mar. 22, 1972. Evelyn was a lifelong member of Tabor Lutheran Church and was previously employed by Ingersoll Milling Machine for many years. She retired in 1977. Survivors include 2 daughters, Barbara Lutzow of Belvidere and Judith Chatfield of Rockford; a son-in-law, Dennis Johnson, of Rockfortd; 8 grandchildren, Debbie (Dean) Reid, Michael (Ilana) Lutzow, Pam Lutzow (Dana Strate), Ronald Malloy, Joe (Melissa) Walberg, Vicki (Erik) Johnson, Jeff (Julie) Johnson, and Scott (Jill) Johnson; 14 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-granddaughter; a sister, Alvina Swenson of Fullerton, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a daughter, Mary Ellen Johnson; son-in-law, Maynard Lutzow; brother, Floyd Larson; and sisters, Eleanor Borgren and Ione Buell. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Sue, Terri, Kent, Michelle, Kristen, and everyone else at No. IL Hospice for their care and compassion.
Memorial Service 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in Tabor Lutheran Church, 2233 Twelfth Ave., Rockford, with Rev. Jane McChesney officiating. Private interment in Scandinavian Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Online condolences at www.sundbergfh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family.
Jeanette M. (DeBaere) Osborne - 8911/27/1922 - 4/19/2012
Jeanette M. (DeBaere) Osborne, 89 passed away Thurs., April 19, 2012 in her home. Born Nov. 27, 1922 in Rockford, the daughter of Desire and Mary DeBaere. She was formerly employed by Wood & Brooks, Quaker Oats, and Warner Lambert, retiring 22 years ago. Member of St. Edward Catholic Church and was a member of the first confirmation class. Jeanette loved nature and enjoyed feeding the squirrels and birds. Survivors include a sister, Josephine (Mario) Agostini; 3 brothers, Jack (Carol) DeBaere, James (Liz) DeBaere, and John (Martha) DeBaere, all from Rockford area; and she was “Aunti” to her numerous and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, brothers Julian, Jerry, and Jeffery, and a sister, Janice Thornton.
Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 23, 2012 in St. Edward Catholic Church, 3004 11th St., Rockford, with Fr. Lorenzo Gonzales celebrating. Visitation at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford.
Therese - 572/24/1955 - 4/17/2012
Therese “Teri” Rose Gillett, 57, passed away peacefully in her home on April 17, 2012. Born Feb. 24, 1955 in Rockford, the daughter of Francis and Jean (Barker) Gillett. She is survived by her parents; sister, Cindy (Craig) Dunaway of Rockford; brother, Raymond Gillett of Indianapolis, IN; sister, Ann Gillett of Rockford; fiancée, Brad Hefton; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. As per Teri’s wishes, her remains were donated for anatomical study.
Memorial Mass 11:00 a.m., Sat., April 21, 2012 in St. James Catholic Church, 428 N. Second St., Rockford with Fr. Dean Russell celebrating. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107. Memorials to Poor Clares Monastery
John Raudonis - 943/12/1918 - 4/12/2012
John Raudonis, 94, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at 9:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12, 2012 in Provena Cor Mariae Center. John was born March 12, 1918 in Spring Valley, Illinois, the son of Gabriel and Tillie Raudonis. John married Evelyn Slitkas on January 12, 1946 and enjoyed 62 wonderful years of marriage. Evelyn predeceased him on April 25, 2008. John served in the Atlantic with the merchant marines during WWII. He worked as a tool maker for 43 years, retiring in 1984. He enjoyed his work and was very loyal to his employer Eclipse Inc. The Perks family has repaid his loyalty during his retirement. John was a very active member of the YMCA Retires Club and worked on many fund raisers. He was active in scouting and saw many of his boys become successful individuals. John was an avid golfer, fisherman, bowler, hiker, and extensive world traveler. He was someone who truly enjoyed life and was a superb role model to his sons and those who knew him. He is survived by his sons, Brad (Cheri) Raudonis of Rockford and Scott of Portland, Oregon, grandsons Brian (Tina) Raudonis and Jason (Alisha) Raudonis both of Rockford, granddaughter Megan (Dave) Perry of Virginia Beach, Virginia, great-grandchildren, Elijah, Skylar, Zoe, Rheanna, Victoria, Haley, Paige, and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers Phil, Al, Pete, and Louis Raudonis, and sisters Isabelle and Betty. Special thanks to Tom and Norma Conti for their loving support and friendship and the nursing staff at Provena Cor Mariae and the VNA Hospice nurses.
Memorial Service 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 18th in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Gathering of friends and family one hour prior to service.
Online condolences at www.sundbergfh.com. In lieu of flowers donations to the YMCA would be appreciated.
Terry Neblock - 728/24/1939 - 4/3/2012
Terry Neblock, 72, passed away at 12:18 pm, Tues., April 3, 2012, in his home. Born Aug. 24, 1939, in Rockford, the son of Neal and June (Patnou) Neblock. Attended Morris Kennedy Schools. Married to the former Earla J. Lovins. Formerly employed by Wales Beach, Jackson Screw and retired from Eagle Foods. The family would like to thank OSF Hospice, Troy Olsen and Nancy Bently for their care and compassion. Survivors include: wife, Earla; 3 children, Jodi Williams, Robin Neblock and Joyce (James) Weaver; his grandchildren; brother, Neal Neblock, Jr.; 3 sisters, Audrey (Jerry) Whalen, Mary Ann (James) Wells, and Debbie (Wally) Anderson. Predeceased by parents and sister, Beverly Poe.
Services at 11:00 am, Fri., April 6, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL, online condolences can be left at www.sundbergfh.com. Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at funeral home from 9:30 am until time of service on Friday. In lieu of flowers memorials to the family. Everyone is encouraged to wear their everyday clothes.
Alan B. Arenson - 704/21/1941 - 3/26/2012
Alan Arenson, 70, passed away at home on Monday, March 26, 2012. Born April 21, 1941 in Los Angeles, CA, son of Shirley and Irving Arenson. Graduated from L.A. High School and City College. Married MaryAnn Dwyer, November 10, 1963 in Tucson, Arizona where both attended the University of Arizona. Lived in Pecatonica 45 years. Retired from own business, Almar Communications. He was an active volunteer in 4-H program for nearly 40 years. Survived by his wife, daughter Anne, son Charles (Cathie), sister Arlene Rosenblatt and numerous cousins, nieces & nephews. Predeceased by his parents and brother Jerry. Memorials to Winnebago County 4-H and Extension Foundation. Join the family for a celebration of Alan’s life at US Bank community room in Pecatonica on April 21, 2012 from 2-5 pm. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. is assisting the family.
Marilyn Kay Doty - 671/20/1945 - 3/10/2012
Marilyn Kay Doty, 67, passed away at 3:00 am, Sat., Mar. 10, 2012 in her home. Born January 30, 1945 in Rockford daughter of Kenneth Speers and Mildred (Potnack) Wissmach. Married to Jack Doty on July 2, 1988. She was employed 12 years at Kelley Williamson and loved her job as manager at Truck Stop Mobil. Survivors: husband, Jack; sons, Tim (Wendy) Bray, Todd (Eva) Bray; daughters, LaKaye (Kaye) Wilke, Tana (Michael) Houston and Melissa Nipper; grandchildren, Lacey Bray, Jacob and Jordan Bray, Lindsey, Allison and Tyler Wilke, Nolan and Tayler Crawford, Tyler and Connor Houston, Donovan Bray, Ashley and Delany Nipper; great-grandchild, Mason Crawford; brothers, Jack (Darlene) Boyer, Sheldon (Bonnie) Speers and Greg (Ken) Wissmach; sister, Doris Bilodeau; numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents; grandson, Timothy Michael Bray; brothers, Donald Boyer, Larry Miller and Neil “Wimpy” Speers.
Special thank you to Heather with VNA Hospice, Bojan Pavlovic, M.D. and Craig Rogers, M.D. for their care and compassion.
Visitation from 4 – 7 pm, Tues., Mar. 13, 2012, in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107 with service at 7:00 pm with Pastor Wayne Hodge officiating. In lieu of flowers a memorial to be established. Online condolences may be left at www.sundbergfh.com.
Doris May Finley Ellison - 919/26/1920 - 3/10/2012
Loves Park, Illinois
Doris May(Finley) Ellison, 91, passed away at 10:22 A.M. Saturday, March 10 in her home at Lincolnshire Place-an Assisted Living facility in Loves Park. Born September 26, 1920 in Rockford, the daughter of Burr and Metta Finley. Graduated from Rockford High School in 1938. Married to Marshall K. Ellison in Dubuque, Iowa on Oct. 24, 1938. Worked for many years in office positions at Eclipse, Inc. in Rockford. Doris is remembered by all who knew and loved her as a remarkable woman-with a big heart, a kind and gentle disposition, a ready smile and sunny, positive outlook on all facets of life. She loved music and the sound of laughter, and possessed-and displayed at every opportunity-a quick wit and a magnificent, dry, understated sense of humor. Her favorite hobbies and activities included her garden, bird-watching, daily walks and, of course, her extended family. Doris and Marshall-husband and wife, companions and soul mates for 59 years-vacationed and lived in Northern Wisconsin for many years. They shared a love of fishing and a relaxed lifestyle, as well as the natural beauty and serenity of that part of the world. Doris is cherished and loved by family and friends, and is truly missed. Her special gift to those left behind is a lifetime of wonderful memories of a truly remarkable woman-funny and kind, warm and caring-one of God’s special children. Survivors include two daughters: Barbara Stevens of Great Falls, Montana and Christine(Richard) Estes of Cherry Valley; two sons, Steven(Cathleen) Ellison and Dick Ellison, both of Rockford; Grandchildren: Rachel(Eric Hill) of Rockford, Tria(Andy) Belcourt of Claremont, CA and Stephanie Doster of Montana, David(Amanda Mullen) Estes of Myrtle Beach, SC, Nicholas(Alexandra Schwantes) Ellison of Rockford and Derek Ellison of Texas; Great-Grandchildren: Courtney Estes and Carter Ellison, both of Rockford, and Rowan Belcourt of Claremont, CA. Predeceased by her husband, Marshall; daughters, Sandra and Penny; and grandson, Timothy. The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to an extraordinary network of caregivers-too numerous to mention here-for the kindness, commitment, dignity and love with which they cared for Doris during the last two years of her time with us. Doris’ life will be celebrated Wednesday-March 14, 2012 with visitation and funeral service at Christ United Methodist Church; 4509 Highcrest Road, Rockford; visitation 12:00 Noon-1:00 P.M.; service at 1:00 P.M. Burial at Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery Funeral arrangements being made by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd; 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford. Memorials may be directed to Heartland Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association of Illinois.
Betsy J. Alms - 864/11/1925 - 3/7/2012
Betsy J. Alms, 86, passed away at 7:15 a.m., March 7, 2012 in Rockford. She was born April 11, 1925 in Rockford, the daughter of Arthur C. and Helena S. Price. She graduated from West High School in 1943. Betsy married Edward L. Alms, Sr. in Rockford on Nov. 27, 1948 and they spent 53 wonderful years together. Betsy spent most of her life raising her children and also enjoyed working at the Sears Portrait Studio after her children were grown. Later she enjoyed spending time with grandchildren and reading them books. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church. Survivors include her children, Thomas E. (Linda) Alms, Patricia J. Aden, Gary S. (Patti) Alms, all of Rockford, Douglas C. (Liz) Alms of Mitchell, SD, Joanne M. (Sam) Smith of Green Lake, WI, John D. (Karrie) Alms of Peoria, IL, Nancy Alms-Buchelt of Blaine, MN, and Edward L. (Lori) Alms, Jr. of Loves Park, IL; 29 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, husband, Edward, Sr., brothers, John W. and James A. Price, a sister Audrey Gruno; and a grandson, Brian Aden.
Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m., Sat., March 10, 2012 in St. James Catholic Church, 428 N. Second St., Rockford, IL, with Fr. Joachim celebrating. Visitation from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford with Rosary immediately following. Interment in Scandinavian Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.sundbergfh.com.
Ethel Mae Challberg - 9710/24/1914 - 3/1/2012
Ethel Mae Challberg, 97 passed away peacefully on Thursday, Mar. 1, 2012 in her daughter’s home surrounded by her loving family. She entered Heaven at 5:50 p.m. She was born October 24, 1914, the daughter of John and Julia (Flood) Burgeson and lived her entire life in Rockford. Graduated from Old Central High School. She married Milton Challberg on Oct. 4, 1941; he passed away in January 2004. Member of Temple Baptist Church. Ethel devoted her life to her family and loved spending time with them. One of her fondest memories was riding in the horse and buggy with her mother. She enjoyed traveling and had many memories of Christmas in Hawaii. She found great joy in loving and caring for animals and enjoyed pansies. Gram will be greatly missed and will always be remembered with love by her daughter, Julie Ann Atkins of Rockford; grandchildren, Tyler (Wendy) Atkins of Rockford; Jill (Michael) Hardy of Tucson, AZ; Jamie (Donnie) Gasparini of Rockford; great-grandchildren, Ashtion, Noah, and Lukas Atkins; Calvin and Caitlyn Hardy; and Ella and Joey Gasparini; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband, Milton, her parents, John & Julia, brothers, Elmer, Paul, and infant, Ingve, and her son-in-law, Thomas Atkins. Gram was blessed to be in the loving care of Wendy in her final days. The family would also like to thank Northern Illinois Hospice for their compassionate care.
Service 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford with Rev. Gordon Hanstad officiating. Visitation at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Tuesday. Interment in Scandinavian Cemetery. Memorials to Epilepsy Foundation or Rockford Rescue Mission.
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