Mary Szilveszter - 869/24/1926 - 10/22/2012
Mary Szilveszter joined our heavenly Father on Monday, October 22, 2012 in Rockford. Born September 24, 1926 in Czechoslovakia, daughter of Mikulas and Apolonia (Sajnoha) Steklac, came to the U.S. in her twenties. Married to Otto Szilveszter in Germany and later at St. James Catholic Church, Rockford. Retired from Rockford Products with over 20 years of service. Member of St. James Catholic Church, Holy Family Women’s Guild, and Verdi Club. She enjoyed bingo and her family. Survivors include: (7) children; Pete (Jan) Szilveszter of Sparta, TN; Eva Franke of Amarillo, TX; Otto (Lisa) Szilveszter of Rockford, IL; Les Szilveszter of South Beloit, IL; Tammy (Dennis) Bahling of Caledonia, IL; Debby Kruger of Elk River, MN; Kim (Steve) Lazzerini of Rockford; 17 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents; twin brothers, Mikulas and Antonin; brother, Frantisek; sister, Lydia; and two grandsons, Jake and Tom.
Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am, Saturday, October, 27, 2012 in St. James Catholic Church, 428 N. Second Street, Rockford, IL, with Fr. David Beauvais officiating. Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford, IL 61107. Visitation at the funeral home from 5 pm to 7 pm on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. Memorials to the family.
Wanda N. Crumb - 8912/30/1922 - 10/21/2012
Wanda Crumb, 89, returned to our Heavenly Father on Sunday, October 21 in SwedishAmerican Hospital following a courageous effort to recover from surgery. Born December 30, 1922 in Rockford, daughter of Edward and Nannie (Nye) Werner. Wanda graduated from Rockford High School, class of 1940, and Saint Anthony School of Nursing, 1944. She proudly served her country as a registered nurse in the United States Navy during World War II. Married the love of her life, Charles Crumb, on Sept 28, 1946 in Rockford. Together they built a good life and loving home, making many long-term friends along the way. Wanda continued her nursing career at the TB Sanitarium, Saint Anthony Hospital, and as an industrial nurse at Sundstrand’s, retiring in 1980. After retiring, Wanda and Chuck traveled extensively in both the U.S. and Europe. She was an active member of Second Congregational Church since 1946, serving as a Deaconess, a member of Gordon Circle, and a member of the church choir. Wanda moved to Siena on Brendenwood in 2011 where she enjoyed a full, happy life until her recent illness. She loved God, her family, and her friends. Angels really do walk among us, as anyone who knew Wanda can attest to. Survived by daughter, Catherine McBride, beloved son-in-law John; granddaughter, Colleen Glodo; great-grandchildren, Amber (Louis) Saucedo and Chelsea Glodo; great-great-grandchildren Jonathan, Aiva, and Abby; numerous dear friends. Predeceased by parents; husband, Charles; sister, Arline; and great-grandson Allen Glodo. Special thanks to the CCU staff at SwedishAmerican for their heroic efforts to save Mom’s life, the SAH chaplain’s service, the Siena and SCC communities, and her many friends for their support. Service at 11:00 am, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 in Second Congregational Church, 318 N. Church with the Rev. Doctor J. Michael Solberg officiating. Visitation one hour prior to service. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Memorials to Saint Anthony College of Nursing or Second Congregational Church.
J. Christopher Lee Woods - 362/8/1976 - 10/15/2012
On October 15, 2012 the world lost a kind soul. Born Feb. 8, 1976, Chris was a dedicated husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend to many. Anyone who knew Chris knew that he engaged challenges with great outlooks and conquered everything he set to do. Chris was employed at Nostalgia Lane in Machesney Park for 15 years he made those who had a vision for their cars a reality. Chris and Tina began their journey together on Feb. 14, 1996. Chris will forever be loved and remembered by wife Tina; son, Austin; daughter, Hailey; sister, Joyce (Bob) Larkins and children, Bradley and Donna Clutter; sister-in-law; Cassy (Chad) Spencer; nephews; nieces; “Pops”; brother, Warren Clutter; brother, Richard (Pam) Aller; cousin, Charlene (Oli) Cardona; and numerous other cousins and a host of extended family, friends and special people in his life. Chris was predeceased by parents, Gary and Donna Woods; and aunt, Brenda Moran.
Memorial service 2 pm in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. Visitation from 1 pm until time of service. A post-memorial gathering to be at Nostalgia Lane, 1115 Turret Dr., Machesney Park, IL, following the service. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to set up trust for daughter, Hailey. Special thanks to Bill Sefton and the Barth family.
Robin Montgomery Wilson - 589/21/1954 - 10/13/2012
Robin Montgomery Wilson, 58, passed away Oct. 13, 2012 in Swedish American Hospital after a long illness. Survivors include her mother, Gloria Montgomery, and brother, Dixon (Mary Ann) Montgomery, all of Rochelle, IL, her daughters, Kyanne (Tom) Kerble and Amber (Michael) Rice, all of Des Moines, IA, 2 grandsons, Caleb Rice and Cashus Kerble, and a niece, Susan (Zack) Ferrara-Calhoon of New York, NY. Predeceased by her father, James W. Montgomery.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL.
Mary M. Mittelsteadt-Ziebell - 792/13/1933 - 9/23/2012
Mary M. Mittelsteadt-Ziebell, 79, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away Sept. 24, 2012. Her long and courageous fight made her a hero in our eyes. Mary was born in Shullsburg, WI and moved to Rockford in 1951. She worked at Sundstrand for 20+ years. Mary married Alfred Ziebell on June 5, 1954. Survivors include her loving husband of 58 years, Alfred of Roscoe; her daughters, Tammy (Joseph) Reiss of Chicago and Terry (Scott) Furman of Belvidere; grandchildren, Amber (Jared) Haerterich and Seth Furman; great-grandchildren, Jayden and Adyson. Also survived by her brothers and sisters, Geraldine Kissinger of Phoenix; Marjorie Green of Machesney Park, LaVern (Betty) Mittelsteadt of Freeport, Albert (Janet) Mittelsteadt of Warren, Charlotte Rous of Loves Park, and Robert (Jackie) Mittelsteadt of Davis Junction; and many other relatives and friends including her endeared nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, William and Florence Mittelsteadt and brothers, Melvin, Charles, Gordon, and Francis.
There will be a small gathering of family and friends from 2 – 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 at 5435 Heartwood Lane, Roscoe. In lieu of flowers, a monetary gift can be made to the family for a future donation to a charity of the family’s choice. The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice and all the other medical staff for their care and compassion.
Stanley J. Peterson - 661/28/1946 - 9/18/2012
Stanley J. Peterson, 66 passed away at 6:05 pm, Tues., Sept. 18, 2012 in his home after a lengthy illness with loving friends at his side. Born Jan. 28, 1946 in Chicago, IL, the son of Jesse and Mirtle Peterson. He retired from Swedish American Hospital as an orderly in the surgical department after 22 years of service. Stanley appreciated opera music and enjoyed traveling. He spent much time socializing with friends. Survivors include, 2 sisters, Judy Corole and Marilyn Cherry; 2 brothers, Harlan and Michael Peterson; and loving friends Lori and Marty. Predeceased by his parents.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. assisted the family. Memorials to: Family Home Health Services, Hospice, 2171 Executive Drive, Suite 450, Addison, IL 60101.
Anna Keriz - 855/15/1927 - 9/8/2012
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Anna Keriz, 85, of Cherry Valley, IL passed away peacefully in her sleep early Saturday morning on September 8, 2012. Anna was a quiet, kind and gentle soul, who loved her husband, Steve Keriz, her two children, Steve and Vicky, and their spouses, Lidiya and Joe. Born in Belarus in 1927 she survived the difficulties of World War II and was very thankful to be able to immigrate to New York City in 1949 where she met her husband. They were married in Baltimore, MD in 1956 where both children were born. The family moved to Rockford, IL in 1962 and to Cherry Valley, IL in 1979, where Anna survived breast cancer and spent the remainder of her life in their beautiful countryside home.
Services are at 10:00 AM at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, 1802 Pershing Ave., Rockford on Wednesday September 12th. Visitation on Tuesday, September 11th from 5 to 7 PM in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford.
Mark Anthony Bokath - 554/12/1957 - 9/4/2012
Mark A. Bokath, 55, passed away on Tues., Sept., 4, 2012 at Swedish American Hospital. Born April 12, 1957, in Rockford son of Harvey and Julitta Bokath. Mark enjoyed life even though he had a limited life style. Those of us that knew him always enjoyed his sense of humor in light of his circumstances. He would always try to make you laugh with some smart remark and usually had a smile on his face. Mark had gone through some pretty tough times during the last 30 years after his accident but for the most part kept a sunny outlook. He really enjoyed the trips with his friends at The Blind Center. Thanks to all of you for looking after him, he loved giving you a rough time. He will be missed. Survivors include his brothers, Dan (Deb) Bokath, and Ken (Pam) Bokath; sisters, Nancy (Ed) Ryan, Jean (Wayne) Kester, and Linda (Jerry) Walker; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Harvey and Julitta Bokath, brothers, David and Robert Bokath; sister, Karen Walschlaeger. Thanks to his caregivers and his friends at Buckbee Apartments for watching over him so well. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Center for the Sight and Hearing, 8038 Macintosh Lane, Rockford, IL 61107.
Service at 10:00 am, Friday, Sept., 7, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107. Visitation from 9:30 until time of service in the funeral home. Burial in Arlington Memorial Park.
Suzanne J. Whiteford - 656/9/1947 - 8/29/2012
Suzanne J. Whiteford, 65 passed away in her home Wed., August 29, 2012. Born June 9, 1947 in Rockford daughter of Robert M. and Esther (Johnston) Whiteford. Graduated from East High School in 1965 and Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, WI, with a B.F.A. in 1969. She was a freelance commercial artist and self employed fine artist for many years. Suzanne has had her work on display in Milwaukee art galleries. She was a member of Lithuanian Club and attended Universal Unitarian Church. Survivors include; brother, John (Sharon) Whiteford of Machesney Park; niece, Collette (George) Cichon of Machesney Park; nephew, Christopher (Jennifer) Whiteford of Loves Park; great nieces and nephews, Justin, Erika, Nicole, and Jeremy; her very special friend, Gaylord Carlson; and her dog, Nemo. Predeceased by her parents, Robert and Esther Whiteford, and a sister, Jonnette Whiteford.
Visitation from noon until 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Service at 1:30 pm, Tuesday in the funeral home. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials to Humane Society of Winnebago County, P.O. Box 7722, Rockford, IL 61126.
Sandra Lee Burns - 7112/12/1940 - 8/28/2012
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.
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