Kendal "Ken" Kerns - 601/26/1950 - 12/30/2010
Kendal S. “Ken” Kerns, 60, died at 3:13 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Born Jan. 26, 1950 in Davenport, IA, the son of Robert J. and Jeanne (Senjen) Kerns. He was a former singer in the group White Rock. He graduated from Guilford High School and attended Rock Valley College. Ken was formerly employed with the Rockford Housing Authority. In 1980, Ken founded RAMP and served as its first President of the Board. He also founded CCDI (Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities of Illinois) in Springfield, and spent his life working for the rights of the disabled . Ken enjoyed keeping in touch with his friends on his computer. Survivors include his mother, Jeanne of Rockford, a brother, Kevin M. Kerns of Rockford, his aunt, Sandra “Sam” Tack of Phoenix, AZ, a cousin Virginia Ann Olsen, Sister Bay, WI, long-time friends, Elizabeth “Beth” Langen of Springfield, IL and Jane Hawkins-Hoff of Rockford, and several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to his long time caregiver, Ned. Predeceased by his father, a brother, Clayton “Webb” Kerns, and a sister-in-law, Elizabeth “Betsy” Kerns.
RAMP will honor Ken's life with an Open House at their Winnebago County office, 202 Market St., Rockford, on Thursday, January 27 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., with a special program and dedication at noon. A light lunch will be served. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to RAMP, 202 Market St., Rockford, IL 61107.
John T. Jarman - 7012/12/1940 - 12/23/2010
John T. Jarman , 70, passed away suddenly Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 in SwedishAmerican Hospital. Born Dec. 5, 1940 in Sioux Falls, SD, the son of James and Nettie (Inman) Jarman. He was married twice to wonderful wives, Mary and Iris. John enjoyed fishing, was a member of many clubs, and was owner/operator of 18th Ave. Bakery for many years. Survivors: a daughter, Judy Beck, a son, Jim Napton, grandchildren, Cynthia, Marie, Johnny, and Jessica beck, his lovely great-grandchilden, a twin sister, Joanie Heimemann and brothers, Jim, Dick, and Jerry Jarman, and his dogs, Duke and Shylo. Special thanks to Fred Zitzke. Predeceased by a brother and sister.
Memorial service 2:00 p.m., Sat., January 8, 2011 in LLL Society, 1515 Ninth St., Rockford. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family. Always beloved, always missed, and never forgotten.
Sylvia Finley Hecker Malott - 923/17/1918 - 12/18/2010
Sylvia Finley Hecker Malott, 92 years young, died at 11:31 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 surrounded by her family, and went immediately to heaven. Born Mar. 17, 1918 in Belvidere, IL, the daughter of Burr and Meta (Clark) Finley. Graduated from Rockford Central High School. Formerly employed by Pierce Packaging Co. Married Edward W. Hecker in Rockford on May 5, 1939. He died Aug. 15, 1966. She married Everett “Buster” Malott in Rockton on June 14, 1975. He died April 18, 1980. She attended Court St. United Methodist Church and she loved walking. Now she is walking the universe with God. Sylvia also enjoyed bowling, skating, and golfing. Survivors: children, LeRoy (Sally) Hecker, Thomas (Peggy) Hecker, Karen (Robert) Schmidt, Margaret Lowe, and Timothy (Teresa) Hecker, grandchildren, Daniel, Eric, Paul, Karen, Butch, Connie, Tisha, Melanie, Shane, Carie, Tera, Nick, Joshua, Matthew, Joe, Randi and Shelbi; great-grandchildren, Nathan, Faith, Jacob, Brian, and David, a sister, Doris Ellison, numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by 2 daughters, Geraldine Hecker and Lynn Hecker, and a great-grandchild, Kevin.
Service noon Wed., December 22, 2010 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Visitation from 11:00 a.m. until service time. Burial in Roscoe Cemetery. Memorials to American Cancer Society. Online condolences at www.sundbergfh.com.
Mary E. Mortimore - 697/18/1941 - 12/17/2010
Mary E. Mortimore, 69, died at 1:58 pm, Fri., Dec. 17, 2010 in Loyalton of Rockford. Born July 18, 1941 in Edina, MO, daughter of Vincent & Pauline (Hunolt) Karhoff. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and was a member of the Lithuanian Club. Survivors include: sister, Ann (L. D.) Chastain, Lake City, AR, nephews, Larry & Brian Chastain, AR, and a granddaughter Brandy Mortimore of Rockford. The family would like to thank Dorie and Randy for their care and comfort. Predeceased by husband, Robert and finance’, Vacy Smatavicius.
Visitation 4 – 6 pm, Mon., Dec. 20, 2010 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Private burial in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials to Loyalton or Heartland Hospice. Online condolence can be may made at www.sundbergfh.com
Donald A. Clapper - 333/31/1977 - 12/13/2010
Donald “Donnie” Aubrey Clapper, 33, formerly of Rockford, departed this world peacefully at 7:15 p.m., Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 in his home. Born Mar. 31, 1977 in Rockford, the son of Donald R. and Helen E. Clapper. Donnie attended Hallstrom Grade School and later was home schooled. He enjoyed playing darts and working with computers. He was honored with many certifications of expertise in the Computer/IT field. He attended the International House of Praise. Survivors include his parents, his siblings, Joshua N. and Julianne (Jeremy) Ferris, all of Rockford, and his cat, Precious.
Services 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL with Rev. John McClintock officiating. Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation at the funeral home from noon until service on Tuesday. Memorials to Epilepsy Association, 321 W. State St., Rockford, IL 61101. Online condolences at www.sundbergfh.com.
Gerald M. Magnuson - 805/2/1930 - 12/12/2010
Tarpon Springs, FL
Gerald M. Magnuson, 80, of Tarpon Springs, FL and formerly of Rockford, passed away on Sunday, December 12, 2010. Born May 2, 1930, in Rockford, IL, he was the son of Martin and Janet (Keenan) Magnuson. He married Beverly Brackett on September 12, 1977.
Jerry attended St. Thomas High School until he enlisted in the Marines, where he earned the World War II Victory Medal. Upon his return from the service, he began his career as a Quality Control Supervisor at Amerock. Shortly after, he entered the Bricklayers Union as a Journeyman Bricklayer later serving as Business Agent. During this time, he also travelled throughout Illinois as a basketball referee for the Illinois High School Association. In 1962, Jerry left bricklaying and became a successful bar and nightclub owner. He owned and managed The Northern Star, Stardust Lounge, Bull Room, Maggie’s Pub and Snoopy’s in Rockford and The Lamplighter in Ottawa, IL, as well as having interests in other bars and clubs bringing top level entertainment to Rockford. From the fan dancing of Sally Rand to the rock ‘n roll of Bill Haley & the Comets to his pride in bringing Cheap Trick and Chicago onto the stage at the Stardust, Jerry enjoyed the music and entertainment industry and loved meeting the diversity of people associated with the business.
Jerry founded Magnuson Industries, Inc. in 1976. The company has grown into the world’s largest manufacturer of measuring liquor pourers with millions in use today. His vision and determination continue to inspire family who carry on his legacy at Magnuson Industries.
Jerry loved the game of golf. In 1981, he moved to Innisbrook Golf Resort in Tarpon Springs, FL, where over the years, he mastered its three championship courses and continued to play with his devoted friend and partner in crime, Larry Kirk.
Jerry will always be remembered with much love for his sense of humor, his generosity and his strength of character. For those who knew him, especially his grandchildren, he was always larger than life, and he will be dearly missed. A devout Catholic, Jerry and his wife, Beverly, made several visits to Medjugorje, Lourdes and the Vatican.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Beverly, daughter Nancy (Robert) Gough, son Stewart (Cathy) Magnuson, grandchildren, Jason (Michelle), Zachary, Cody and Hannah Gough, Sarah and Michael Magnuson, great-grandchildren Medea and Athena Gough, stepsons Lane (Johnnie) Johnson, Michael (Vanessa), Anthony (Sheri) Brackett, stepdaughter Kathy O’Dierno, step grandchildren Tim and Tara Johnson, Jake, Janelle and Krystal Pineo, Skylar, Amanda, Alexander and Peter Brackett, and Samantha Allen, brother Raymond (Patricia) Magnuson, sisters-in-law Shirley and Marilyn Magnuson, former wife and mother of his children, Annabelle Fair and many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. He was predeceased by parents, brothers Ronald and Lenny and stepdaughter, Laurie Boula. Jerry is also survived by his adopted family and friends in Florida, (where he was fondly known as “The Mayor of Innisbrook”), especially Larry and Carolyn Kirk, Doug and Claire Laseter, Jay and Sally Overton and his “guardian angels” Becky, Deborah, Denise, Diane and Kim.
A Memorial Celebration was held at Innisbrook Resort in Tarpon Springs, FL on Thursday, December 16, 2010. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, December 20, at St. James Catholic Church, 428 N. Second St., Rockford, with Father Beauvais officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 19, at Sundberg Funeral Home, 215 N. Sixth St., and also from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Jerry’s name to: Father James J. Murphy Memorial Fund, The Alzheimer’s Association, or the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Online condolences may be made at www.sundbergfh.com.
Daisy L. Johnson - 874/13/1923 - 12/8/2010
Daisy L. Johnson, 87, passed away Wed., December 8, 2010 in River Bluff Nursing Home. Born Apr. 13, 1923 in West Brooklyn, IL, the daughter of Christopher and Belle (Stout) July. Married Harold K Johnson in Rockford in 1942. He predeceased her in 2004. She was a member of Broadway Methodist Church. Survivors: son Jerry (Linda) Johnson of Machesney Park, granddaughter, Trisha (Jim) Harrison of Stillman Valley, grandson, Jarrett (Megan) Johnson of Rockford, great-grandsons, Justin Whipple, Nick Harrison, Ryan, Dylan, and Nathan Johnson, great-granddaughters, Rachel and Elaina Johnson, and Kristen Harrison, sister, Betty J. Krause of Hot Springs, AR, and brother, Clifford L. July of San Mercos, CA. Predeceased by brothers, Charles and Duane July, and sisters, Marion Booster, Juanita Fenton, and Mildred Johnson. The family would like to thank VNA Hospice and the Eagle wing of River Bluff Nursing Home for their care.
Service 1:00 p.m., Monday. Dec. 13, 2010 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, with Rev. Christopher Druce Jones officiating. Visitation 1 hour prior to service. Interment in Willwood Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials to VNA Hospice.
Jessie I. Pemberton - 833/19/1927 - 11/21/2010
Jessie I. Pemberton, 83, a 60-year resident of Rockford, died at 9:30 PM, Sunday, November 21, 2010 at the McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah after a brief illness. He was born March 19, 1927 in Biggers, Arkansas, son of Elbert and Laura Belcher Pemberton. He served in the 503rd Military Police Battalion of the U. S. Army in Italy at the end of WW II. He married Dora Lee Robinson on December 8, 1947 in Charleston, MO. He was employed as a machinist at Rockford Products from 1951 until retirement in 1989. He was an active member of the Rockford First Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints until his move to Utah in early 2010. The surviving family includes his daughter Martha A. (Keith) Taylor, Plano, TX and his son Stephen W. (Julie) Pemberton of Salt Lake City, UT. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren – Brian, Jeffrey, Gregory, Douglas and Bradford Taylor; Jennifer Taylor Bringhurst; Phillip, Jessica, Kendra, Nicole and Connor Pemberton. There are also seventeen great-grandchildren. Other surviving family members include his two sisters – Dorothy (David) Sitton of Winnebago, IL and Delois Wicker of Charleston, MO; his brother Kenneth (Brenda) Pemberton of Cape Girardeau, MO; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife Dora who passed away in 1991. He is also predeceased by his parents, his brother James Pemberton and his sister Geneva Pemberton Webb.
Friends may call at Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM on Friday, November 26th. Services at 10 AM on Saturday, November 27th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located at 620 N. Alpine Rd., Rockford with Bishop Michael Polizzotto officiating. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 9:00 AM to time of services. Memorials to Alzheimer’s Association.
Margaret "Peggy" McGaw - 855/7/1925 - 11/19/2010
Margaret “Peggy” Schindler McGaw, 85, passed away Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 in Rockford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born May 7, 1925 in Moscow, WI, the daughter of Henry and Mary (Doescher) Schindler. Married Robert W. McGaw in Rockford on June 23, 1946. He served as Rockford’s mayor from 1973 – 1981. He predeceased her in 1988. She served 16 years on Winnebago Co. Board, and was an advocate for River Bluff Nursing Home, Crusader Clinic, and Memorial Hall. She was Past-President of VFW Ross-Pearson Post Auxiliary. Survivors: daughters, Marlis (Patrick) Young, and Roberta Suzan McGaw (Koulis), both of Rockford, a son Raymond (Patti) McGaw of Rockford, grandchildren, Robert (Julie) Young, Monica Young, James (Rachel) McGaw, Mark, Raymond II, and Matthew McGaw, Margaret McGaw Sullivan, great-grandchildren, Vincent, Kaden, and Aubrey McGaw, Mairend and Nathaniel Mulrooney. Predeceased by 4 brothers, 2 sisiters, and a granddaughter, Sarah McGaw.
Service at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until service time with Rev. William Ward of Westminster Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. Online condolences at sundbergfh.com.
Michael J. Spickler - 537/31/1957 - 11/9/2010
Michael J. Spickler, 53, died in his home on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. Born July 31, 1957, the son of Bruce and Carole (Wurtz) Spickler. Married Linda Rakuc in Rockford on June 25, 1983. He worked at Wickes Lumber, Stock Lumber, United Building Center, and most recently as a Contractor Sales rep. for Kitzmans Lumber. He was a member of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church. Mike graduated from East High School in 1975 and was a proud member of the E-Rabs 1974 State Championship Football Team as an outside linebacker and defensive end. He was an active member of the East High Booster Club and backer of East High athletics, particularly football, baseball, volleyball, and dance team in support of his children and their friends. Mike was an avid Bear fan and also enjoyed fishing and boating at Castle Rock Lake, WI. Survivors: his wife, Linda, their children, Stephanie and Alec, his parents, Bruce and Carole, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Walter and Lidia Rakuc, sisters, Barbara Kosinski and Karen Spickler, his brothers-in-law, Jim (Corinne) Rakuc and their children, James and Ashley, Tom (Lynn) Rakuc, and their children, Ciara and Chelsea, other relatives including, Ron (Vera) Fox, Jeff Fox, and Kristin (Tony) Hammes and their son, Jonah and many good friends. Predeceased by his grandparents, John and Elizabeth Wurtz.
Visitation from 4 – 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 12, 2010 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, with a Memorial Service at the conclusion. Memorials to his wife, Linda, for distribution to East High School Athletics. Online condolences may be made at sundbergfh.com
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