Clark Graydon Lowry - 75

10/7/1936 - 10/21/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Clark Graydon Lowry died 8:30 am, Fri., Oct. 21, 2011 in his home. Born Oct. 7, 1936 son of Paul and Freda (Mincemoyer) Lowry. Graduated from Rockford East High School. Married Barbara Isoz, Dec. 16, 1961. He was a U.S. Marine served 1958 to 1964. Clark graduated in 1966 from IIT as mechanical engineer. He was also an air traffic controller for FAA. He worked as a systems analyst for IBM for 27 years and then for ISI for several years. Later drove courtesy van for Napleton’s after retirement. Proud father of Andrew Karl Lowry and several AFS students. Predeceased by parents. Survived by wife, Barbara; son, Andrew; sister-in-law, Rebecca (Roger) Thomas; niece, Joanna Thomas Lindstrom and nephew Eric Thomas. Very special friends Neal and Pat Setchell and Joseph and Wendy Newman.
Services at 1:00 pm on Tues., Oct. 25, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL with Rev. Joseph Warner and Major Jordan officiating. Visitation from 11:00 am until time of service. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the physicians of Rockford OSF and the Mayo Clinic Staff. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN and Salvation Army. Online condolences may be left at

Robert "Bob" Karhoff - 87

2/9/1924 - 10/21/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Robert “Bob” Karhoff, 87 died at 6:55 am, Fri., Oct. 21, 2011 in his home. Born Feb. 9, 1924 in Knox, Co., MO, son of John and Elizabeth (Kruger) Karhoff. Married to the former Doris Francis in Edina, MO., Aug. 14, 1946. She predeceased him on Jan. 7, 1979. Bob was employed by JL Clark for 42 years, retiring in 1989. Veteran of U.S. Navy serving in WWII. Member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and social member of St. Ambrogio Society. Survivors include, children: Sandy Bevins, L. Joyce (Gerald) Gassaway and Richard Karhoff; grandchildren: Beth Gassaway, Faye Hutsell,Tracy Waldrop, Chrissy Karhoff, Heather Karhoff, and Jamie Karhoff; 12 great-grandchildren: Robert, Jerrit, Edward, Amanda, Ashley, Nicole, A.J., Kelsey, Britney, Brandy, Jessie and Lori; 10 great-great grandchildren, a niece; Ann. Honorary family members Ken and Sharon, Renee, Tonya Brueggeman, special friend Harry Turner. Predeceased by 3 brothers, a son-in-law, Jim Bevins and a grandson, Danny Reed.
Local visitation 5 – 7 pm, Mon., Oct. 24, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107 with rosary to follow. Mass of the Christian Burial at 11:00 am, Wed., Oct. 26, 2011 in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Edina, MO. Visitation at church from 10 am until Mass time. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Edina, MO. Online condolences may be left at

Richard J. "Dick" Larson - 93

10/30/1917 - 10/13/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Richard Joseph “Dick” Larson, 93 died, Thurs., Oct. 13, 2011 surrounded by family in OSF Medical Center. Born Oct. 30, 1917 in Rockford, IL son of Louis C. and Lettie (Thorpe) Larson. Dick graduated from Rockford Central High School. Married Veronica “Ronnie” Letkusky in Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Rockford on May 21, 1944. She predeceased him Feb. 20, 2007. Employed 44 years at Amerock, retiring in 1981. Veteran of WWII serving in U.S. Army Air Corps 1942-1945. Member of Holy Family Catholic Church, member of YMCA’S Retired Men’s Club where he was in charge of their Christmas Tree Sales, and a member of the Ostomy Club. Dick was an avid golfer and volunteer, Cubs fan, and loved his garden. Survivors include: 2 daughters, Susan Kay Stavros, San Diego, CA; Barbara Beth (John) Manning of Rockford; son, Richard James “Rick” (Ann Somers) Larson of Rockford. Grandsons, Nicholas Peter (Debbora) Stavros of Powder Springs, GA; Christopher Richard Stavros, San Diego, CA, Samuel Joseph Stavros (Jeff Bastoni), Santa Rosa, CA; granddaughter: Kelly Elizabeth Manning of Rockford; great-grandson: Nicholas Richard Stavros of Powder Springs, GA; great-granddaughter: Hailey Bastoni-Stavros, Santa Rosa, CA. and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents, sister, Lenore Larson and brother, Lyman A. Larson. The family wishes to thank special friend Fr. David Beauvais, Dr. Pedro de Guzman, OSF NICU, Fourth Floor West, Caregivers Kastyte, Klaudia and Hidi for their loving and special care.
Mass of the Christian Burial 11:00 am, Sat. Oct. 15, 2011 in St. James Catholic Church, 428 N. Second St., Rockford, IL 61107 with visitation from 9 am to time of Mass; Fr. Joachim Tyrtania (Parochial Vicar) officiating. Entombment in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107. Online condolences may be left at A memorial will be established at a later date.

Abraham H. Liebling - 83

10/24/1927 - 10/11/2011
Rockford, Illinois

ROCKFORD - Abraham “Boomie” Herbert Liebling, 83 of Rockford , died peacefully Tues. evening Oct. 11, 2011 after a short illness, at River Bluff NH. Born Oct. 24, 1927, the son of Marcus and Clara Liebling who preceded him in death. Survived by his sister, Edith Liebling Forman (Connecticut ) and her grown children, Marcus, Jody, and Michael, their families, and many cousins in the Chicago, New York and California areas. Graduated West High School and Univ. of Illinois, Champaign, with honors in accounting, he was treasurer, over the years, of Ohave Sholom Synagogue, Rockford Hebrew Cemetery, and the Rkfd. Jewish Federation. Honorably discharged from the Army as a bookkeeper and retired in that capacity from Liebovich Bros. Steel Company. His active love of opera, cooking, family and community are well known. Appreciated are the love, care and attention he received from the staff at River Bluff Nursing Home. Donations may be sent to: Ohave Sholom Synagogue, River Bluff NH or to the Jewish Federation of Greater Rockford. Funeral services: Monday, 10:30 a.m., October 17, at Ohave Sholom Synagogue 3130 Guilford Rd. with burial to follow at Rockford Hebrew Cemetery; Rabbi William Fertig to officiate. More information at

David W. Owen - 75

3/22/1936 - 10/9/2011
Rockford, Illinois

David W. Owen, 75, died at 12:40 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 in Provena St. Anne Center. He was born Mar. 22, 1936 in Rockford, the son of Dr. Alfred and Mrs. Clara (Warnes) Owen. David was a graduate of West High School and University of N. Colorado. He married Mary J. Foltz in Rockford on Aug. 18, 1962. She predeceased him Mar. 5, 1995. He was a retired school teacher working 16 years with the public school system. David was a member of Rockford Cemetery Association (Greenwood Cemetery) Board of Trustees, and was currently serving as President. Survived by his children: Elizabeth (Donald) Gorham of Rockton, Philip (Theresa) Owen of Rockford, Andrew Owen of DeKalb, and Emily Owen of Winnebago, 4 grandchildren, Claire and Leslie Gorham, and Anthony and Elise Owen, and a brother, William Owen of Pleasant Prairie, WI.
Private family services at a later date. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, assisted the family. Online condolences can be made at In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Greenwood Cemetery Capital Campaign, 1011 Auburn St., Rockford, IL 61103. For information, call 815-962-7522.

Alaray Louise Derrington - 85

7/15/1926 - 10/9/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Alaray Louise Dunn Derrington, 85, passed away Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 in Swedish American Hospital. She was a very private, strong, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandma “D”. She was born in Union Grove, AL on July 15, 1926, the daughter of Matthew Earmon and Quillie Izella Dunn. She enjoyed gardening and her Pomeranian best friend, Sophie. Alaray married Fred Derrington on Oct. 31, 1942 in Jonesboro, AR. She is survived by 3 children, Louise Nutt of Loves Park, Dorothy (Bob) Beckington of Rockford, and Fred D. Derrington of Winnebago; 7 grandchildren, Jeff and Scott Nutt, of Loves Park, Nicole (Eric) Meyer of Jacksonville, FL, Danielle (Justin) Zwiger of Rockford, Courtney (Jason) Luethje of Machesney Park, Caitlin (Dustin) Hardcastle of Winnebago, Chelsea (Alex Smith) Derrington of Byron; 2 great-granddaughters, Taylor and Sydney of Jacksonville, FL; a sister, Jeanette Dunn Sharp of Russellville, AR; a niece Kay (Romeo) Holiday of Jonesboro, AR; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband, Fred, a son Earmon Derrington, her parents, a sister, Opal Potter, son-in-law, Norman Nutt, daughter-in-law, Kim Derrington, and special nephew, James Derrington.
Private family service at a later date. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, assisted the family. Online condolences may be made at Memorials in her name to the donor’s choice.

James Robert Coppoletti - 69

12/15/1941 - 10/8/2011
San Diego, CA

SAN DIEGO, CA. – James Robert Coppoletti, 69, of San Diego passed away Saturday, October 8, 2011, in Rose Medical Center, Denver, CO, after a brief illness while visiting friends. Born December 15, 1941, in Rockford, IL., to Samuel and Violet (Westlund) Coppoletti. Jim graduated from East High School in 1959.

Jim was a fun loving individual who preferred the constant warm sunny climate in California to the cold and snowy Midwest. Jim lived in Hawaii for a year living on a number of the islands. He was an avid tennis player for many years and enjoyed playing pool with friends. Private aviation was a favorite hobby and he enjoyed flying with his friends. Weight lifting and physical fitness were very important to him all his life. Early in his life he worked in the family hardware store and later the family grocery store. Prior to his retirement Jim worked as an ironworker in Rockford and San Diego. Jim enjoyed conversations with friends and family, especially telling and retelling old stories full of fun about growing up in a large family.

Jim will be dearly missed by his many friends and his family. Sisters; Joan (Rodney) Maxwell of Chicago, Diane (Jack) Weston of Gaylord, MI and Debbi Sainsbury, of Canton, MI. Brothers; Gordon (Nancy) of Lake Geneva, WI, Dr. Richard (Karen) of Rockford, IL., and Dr. Sam (DeLynn) of Cincinnati;OH, and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents and sister Jean.

Gathering of remembrance from 10:00 a.m. until noon, Saturday, November 26, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Cremation rites have been accorded. Inurnment in Calvary Cemetery at 10:00 a.m., Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Arlene Becklin - 87

12/15/1923 - 9/28/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Arlene Madelyn Lindberg Becklin, 87, of Rockford, died Wed. Sept. 28, 2011 at 6:50 am in Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center. Born Dec. 15, 1923, on the farm at Blomford, MN in Isanti County, the first child of Harry and Hildur (Rosenquist) Lindberg. Graduated from Cambridge High School and married Paul H. Becklin. Her roles through the years were farm wife, mother, secretary, talented cook, seamstress and quilter. After her children were grown and she was single she worked for a government sub-contractor in Las Vegas, NV until retirement. She has lived in Minnesota, Nevada, Washington and Illinois and enjoyed all of those places. Arlene is survived by son, Arland Murray Lindberg (Morre) of Salou, Spain; son, Andre Paul Becklin of Republic, WA; daughter, Linda (Dr. Gary) Salisbury of Rockford, IL; grandchildren, Tara Russell of Mahtomedi, MN, Dr. Dana (Paul Shirkey) Salisbury of Corvallis, OR, Zena Lindberg and Emil Lindberg of Salou, Spain, Gabriel Becklin and Ace Becklin of Republic, WA; great-grandchildren, Lucas and Amanda Russell, Paige Shirkey, Arland and Ona Lindberg, Isaac and Hailey Becklin; sister, Phyllis Green of Cambridge, MN and brother, Gary Lindberg of Fridley, MN. She was preceded in death by sister: Yvonne, brothers: Virgil and Bennett, grandson; Todd Aaron Salisbury.
A memorial service will be held at a later in Minnesota. Memorials may be made to Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center in Rockford, IL. Thanks to the wonderful staff of Fairhaven for the loving care of Arlene for seven years and also a special thank you to Dr. Peter Phelan.
Cremation services were performed by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107.

Dorlan "Bud" White - 86

4/21/1925 - 9/27/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Dorlan “Bud” White, 86, died at 7:00 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011 in his home. Born April 21, 1925 in Rockford, the son of John and Catherine (Baxter) White. Married Jacquita “Jackie” Stebbins in Belvidere on May 13, 1975. She predeceased him July 6, 2007. WW II veteran of US Navy serving in the Pacific Theater aboard the submarine, USS Tang.

Member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 392 and Navy Club Ship 1.

Survived by his sons, Tommy White of Baltimore, MD, Darin (Kelly) Gillenwater of Virginia, and Barry (Laurie) White of Rockford, step-children, Jack (Carol) Stebbins of Redmond, WA, and June (Kenneth) Gustafson of Rockford, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and special granddaughter, Becki.  Predeceased by a brother Roger and sisters, Dottie, Beverly, and Betty.

Service 1:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Visitation at the funeral home from noon until service time on Friday. Interment in Arlington Memorial Park.

Carl "Cully" Nelson - 87

12/2/1923 - 9/19/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Carl “Cully” Nelson, 87, passed away at 8:45 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19, 2011 in Rosewood Care Center. He was born Dec. 2, 1923 in Rockford, the son of Gustav and Nannie (Jonsson) Nelson. He was a veteran of the US Navy and was serving at Pearl Harbor during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. Cully married Katherine M. Duffy on Jan. 5, 1946. He was always known as a practical joker and a “character”. He worked as a carpenter for 40 years and was a member of Carpenter’s Union Local #792 since 1946. He worked for the Board of Education for 18 years, retiring in 1985. During his working career he usually wore a polka dot cap and was known as “Cully the Carpenter”. He was a member of LLL Club, Elida Lodge, VFW Post #1461, and St. Edward Catholic Church. He and Kaye loved to dance. After he retired they spent their winters in Florida for 25 years enjoying the sun and fun of South Florida. Survivors include his wife, Katherine, 5 children, James (Linda) Nelson of Rockford, Cheri (Jerry) Friemuth of Rockford, Tom (Denise) Nelson of Rockford, Kathleen (Terry) Meinking of Cincinnati, OH, and Russell (Deborah) Nelson of Machesney Park, 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by a brother, Kenneth Nelson and sister, Ruth Williams.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m., Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 in St. Edward Catholic Church, 3004 Eleventh St., with Fr. William Wentink as celebrant. Visitation at the church from 9:00 a.m. until Mass time on Friday. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Online condolences at Memorials to Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center.

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