Irene M. Penzi - 90

1/31/1921 - 5/12/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Irene Maria Penzi, 90, passed away at 7:22 p.m., Thurs., May 12, 2011 in her home. She was born Jan. 31, 1921 in Fanna, Italy, the daughter of Luigi and Virginia (Pasinato) DeMarco. She married Gino Penzi in Fanna on July 12, 1947. He predeceased her on Jan. 22, 1989. They immigrated to the USA in 1952 and settled in Rockford. She was a member of St. James Church. Irene was devoted to her family and enjoyed cooking and gardening. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren were an extremely important part of Irene’s life. They lovingly referred to her as “Nonni.” Survivors include her daughters, Grace Rathke of Rockford and Lory (Keith) Cavanagh of Bettendorf, IA, her grandchildren, Kim (Geoff) Carlson and David (Katey) Rivera, both of Rockford, Marcus Cavanagh, Steven Cavanagh, and Anthony Cavanagh, all of Bettendorf, IA, great-grandchildren, Grant and Mia Carlson of Rockford, several nieces and nephews, and a host of loving and caring family, neighbors, and friends. Irene was predeceased by her parents, her brothers, Alfred and Mario, and a daughter, Gloria.
Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m., Tues., May 17, 2011 in St. James Catholic Church, 428 N. Second St., Rockford, with Fr. Dean Russell, pastor, celebrating. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Visitation from 5 – 7 p.m., Monday, May 16th at the funeral home with Rosary service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation at the church on Tuesday from 9: 00 a.m. until service time. Memorials may be directed to St. James Church or school, or Passages Hospice. Online condolences may be made at

Charles "Chuck" Kaplan - 82

2/24/1929 - 5/5/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Charles “Chuck” Kaplan, 82, passed away Thursday morning, May 5, 2011 in his home. Born Feb. 24, 1929 in Chicago, the son of Nathan and Evelyn (Zweig) Kaplan. Served in the US Navy. Graduated from Sullivan High School and attended Roosevelt University. He was the former Vice Pres. of Marketing, Consumer Products Div. of Chemway Corp. 1952-1964, Vice Pres. & Director of Sales with Associated Products 1964-1970, Pres. and Director with ADMAR, Inc. 1970-1971, Chairman and Pres. of Chark Corp. 1972-1976, Pres. and Director of W.T. Rawleigh Co., Inc. and later owner of a number of fast-food restaurants. Chuck married the former Milly Hertz in Rockford on May 28, 1978. He was a member, Past Pres., and Board Member of Temple Beth-El, and a Board Member of Rockford Jewish Federation. Chuck was a devoted member of YMCA and was an avid reader. He and Milly also enjoyed traveling and the theater. He is survived by his devoted wife, Milly, daughters Lauren (James) Savage of Mountain Lakes, NJ, and Allison (James) Collins of Ellisville, MO, a son, Kenneth Kaplan of Andover, NJ, grandchildren, Amanda, Justin, and Olivia Savage, Samantha and Jacob Collins, and Ashley Kaplan. He was predeceased by his parents, a daughter, Karen Kaplan, and sister, Carole Chandler.
Funeral service 1:00 p.m., Sunday, May 8, 2011 in Temple Beth-El, 1203 Comanche Dr., Rockford, with Rabbi Binah Wing officiating. Burial will be in Rockford Hebrew Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Online condolences can be made at In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to Temple Beth-El or American Cancer Society or VNA Hospice.

Charles "Bud" Skare - 84

2/11/1927 - 5/5/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Charles “Bud” Skare, 84 died at 9:15 pm, Thurs., May 5, 2011 in his home. Born Feb. 2, 1927 in Rockford son of Charles and Marie (Sahn) Skare. Married to Blenda Hoge in Rockford in 1948. She predeceased him Dec 31, 1998. Employed as a Firefighter by the city of Rockford for 28 years, retiring as a Lieutenant. He was also a bricklayer for 33 years. Bud was a US Army veteran of WWII serving in Europe. Member of YMCA Men’s Club and a volunteer at Midway Village. Survivors are daughter, Diane (Gary) MacGregor, son, Tom Skare, grandchildren, Ryan and Rory MacGregor and sister, Jean Winquist. And nephews and nieces. Predeceased by sister, Lavern Cleveland. The family would like to thank Bickford House and Heartland Hospice for their care and support.
Service at 11:00 am, Tues., May 10, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL with Chaplain Pam Lojewski of Heartland Hospice officiating. Burial in Arlington Memorial Park. Visitation at funeral home from 10:00 am until time of service. Memorials to Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be made at

Maria DiGiacomo - 83

5/5/1927 - 4/26/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Maria DiGiacomo, 83, passed away 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, 2011 in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center. Born May 5, 1927 in Aragona, Italy, the daughter of Natale and Rosa (Meli) Galluzzo. She married Vincenzo DiGiacomo in 1946. He passed away in 1979. She came to Rockford in 1980 and is a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Maria loved her family and enjoyed taking care of them. Survivors include her children, Salvatore (Maria) DiGiacomo, Gina (Antonio) Buscemi, Natali (Petra) DiGiacomo, Alfonzo (Rosa) DiGiacomo, and Angelo DiGiacomo, 11 grandchildren, 15, great-grandchildren, a brother, Angelo, and sisters, Angelina, Assunta, and Giuseppina.
Visitation from 4 – 6:00 p.m., Sunday, May 1, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford with Rosary to follow. Additional visitation at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1010 Ferguson St., Rockford, from 9:00 a.m. until Mass time on Monday. Mass of the Resurrection 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 2, 2011 in St. Anthony Catholic Church with Franciscan Friars celebrating. Entombment in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Henrietta D. Lasky - 95

10/13/1915 - 4/2/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Henrietta D. Lasky, beloved wife of the late Louis C. Lasky, mother of Maxine (Bruce) Bayer, Benita “Nita” Lasky, and beloved pets, grandmother of Denyse (Joe Bachman) Bayer. The end of a generation. Graveside service 11:00 a.m., Friday, Apr. 8, 2011 in Menorah Gardens, 2630 S. 17th Ave., Broadview, IL. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107.  A memorial service to be held at a later date.

Louis Fiori, Jr. - 83

7/12/1927 - 3/25/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Louis Fiori Jr., 83, loving husband, father and grandfather passed away on Fri., at home surrounded by his family. Born July 12, 1927 in Centerville, IA to Louis and Lena (Kauzlarich) Fiori. Moved to Rockford as a child. He began working at Amerock at age 17. Lou served as a machine shop foreman with the Occupation Forces stationed in Japan. He returned to Amerock after the war where he remained until his retirement in 1988. Married Betty J. Blascoe on May 20, 1950. Lou’s life was filled with activities. He enjoyed many fishing trips and vacations with family and friends. As an avid bowler, he competed in many ABC tournaments over the years. He loved to golf and play bocci, and was a lifelong Cubs, Bears and Bulls fan. He was past President of the Verdi Club. Lou was a very loving grandfather and enjoyed the special times he shared with his grandchildren. A truly goodhearted man, who treated everyone he met with respect and kindness. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty; sons, Mike (Julie) and Mark (Maureen); grandchildren, Lindsay and Russell; and brother Harold (Virginia) Fiori. Predeceased in death by his parents.
Funeral Mass at 11:00 am, Mon., March 28, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 201 Buckbee St., Rockford, with visitation from 9:30 am to time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Edwards Catholic Church or N. IL Hospice. To share a memory or condolence, visit Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL assisted the family.

Marco A. Calacci - 92

4/29/1918 - 3/24/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Marco A. Calacci, 92, died 8:47 am, Thurs., Mar. 24, 2011, in SwedishAmerican Hospital after a short illness. Born April 29, 1918 in Rockford son of Harry and Ida (Pompo) Calacci. Married to the former Edith Aaby in Dubuque, IA, on Aug. 3, 1940. She predeceased him on Jan. 7, 2002. Employed as building engineer by Rockford Public School District for 30 plus years. Attended Zion Lutheran Church. He was an avid Chicago Bears & Cubs fan. He enjoyed country music and visited Branson, MO., frequently. In addition, he liked to spend time on gambling boats. Marco was a hard worker who held multiple jobs to support his family.
Survivors include: a daughter Patti (Jerry) Lecklider of Roscoe,  sons: Gary (Chris) Calacci of Newport Beach, Ca., Rod (Susan) Calacci, Mark (Sue) Calacci both of Rockford, Rick (Kelly) Calacci of Long Grove and Scott (Wendy) Calacci of Rockton; numerous grandchildren & great-grandchildren; a brother Bill (Stella) Calacci of Rockford, a sister Nina Randall of Rockford. Predeceased by a granddaughter, Kelsey Calacci, a brother Eugene Calacci and a sister Mary Willey.
Private family service. Private burial in Arlington Memorial Park. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd, 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Online condolences may be left at In lieu of flowers, memorials to Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary or American Cancer Society.
The family wishes to thank the staff of 8th floor at SwedishAmerican Hospital, Peak Professional Services, and Staff of OSF Oncology. Special thanks to Dr. Ahmad, Dr. Sreenivasappa, and Dr. Stocker for their care and concern.

Roger W. Hochstatter, Jr. - 53

3/26/1957 - 3/22/2011
New Milford, Illinois

Roger W. “Hot Rodder” Hochstatter, Jr., 53, died at 8:58 a.m., Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2011 in his home after a courageous battle with cancer. Born Mar. 26, 1957 in Rochelle, the son of Roger W. Sr., and Norma Hochstatter. Married Ruth Clark in Rockton on June 2, 1990. He was a machinist at Rock Valley Die Sinking for 20 years. Member of Arie 392 Eagles Club. Roger enjoyed hot rods, drag racing, and working on cars. He also liked camping at River Road Camp Ground. Survived by his wife, Ruth, sons, Casey, Leroy (Jennie) Howard, and Billy (Kristy) Howard, all of Rockford, a daughter, June (Jason) Weaver of Marine City, MI, 7 grandchildren, sisters, Lisa (Ron) Roggensack, of Rockford, and Theresa (Michael) Marks, of TX, several nieces and nephews, many special friends, including Rick and Mary Stucy. Predeceased by his parents and brothers.
Funeral Service 11:00 a.m., Sat., March 26, 2011 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Visitation at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday. The family would like to thank Dr. Schultz, Kate Tammen, and N. IL Hospice for their care.

Zelman Kiwaiko - 81

12/31/1929 - 3/17/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Zelman Kiwaiko, 81, died at 6:00 pm, Thurs., Mar. 17, 2011 in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Born Dec. 31, 1929 in Sokolov, Poland. Married to the former Ann Shirley DiGiovanni in Chicago in 1962. Started his career at Illinois National Bank. He was an entrepreneur and owner/founder of National Consumers Corp. Zelman was a veteran of U.S. Army serving in the Korean War. Member of Ohave Shalom Synagogue. Predeceased by his parents. Survivors include: wife; Ann Shirley Kiwaiko of Rockford, children; David (Jill) Kiwaiko of Glenview, IL, Suzanne (Scott) Anderson of Machesney Park; (4) grandchildren, Kelsey, Sydney, Ally, and Jacob, brothers and sisters-in-law Anthony & Marsha DiGiovanni, Merlin & Alberta Manley & (5) nephews.
Services at 11:00 a.m., Mon., March 21, 2011, at Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107, with Rabbi William Fertig officiating. Burial in Rockford Hebrew Cemetery. A memorial to be established at a later date. Online condolences may be made at

Maxine Mohr - 96

3/12/1914 - 3/5/2011
Rockford, Illinois

Maxine Mohr, 96, died at 2:10 a.m., Saturday, Mar. 5, 2011 in P. A. Peterson Home. Born Mar. 12, 1914 in Rockford, the daughter of Henry and Vivian (Burghardt) Mohr. She graduated from Rockford Central High School, class of 1932. Maxine was an accomplished artist and was formerly employed by Gunite Corp. Survivors include 2 cousins, Thomas M. Johnson of Rockford, and Janaan McMurray of Orange, CA. Predeceased by her parents.  The family would like to thank the 3rd floor nurses at P. A. Peterson, for their care of Maxine. 
Graveside service 1:30 p.m., Wed., March 9, 2011 in Willwood Burial Park with Rev. Dr. Michael Thomas officiating. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107. Online condolences at Memorials to Salvation Army.

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