Betsy J. Alms - 86

4/11/1925 - 3/7/2012
Rockford, Illinois

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

Ethel Mae Challberg - 97

10/24/1914 - 3/1/2012
Rockford, Illinois

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.

Leslie Charles Johnson - 87

10/31/1924 - 2/24/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Leslie Charles Johnson, 87, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday February 24, 2012. He was a lifelong resident of Rockford. Leslie was a graduate of East High School class of ‘42. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater as a SGT. in the Army Air Corp. On July 11, 1953 he was joined in marriage to the former Joan Louise Howe of Mystic, IA. He worked for many years as a comptroller for Eclipse Inc.  He was a communicant of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
Leslie was an avid gardener and enjoyed fishing and reading, especially military history. He will be fondly remembered by his children for the wonderful cross country adventures the family experienced including trips to Yellowstone Park, World Expo 67 and Disneyland.
Mr. Johnson is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Joan, one daughter and son- in -law Jackie and William Hatfield of Rockford, one son and daughter -in -law James and Marianna Johnson of Delaware, his cherished grandchildren Jonathan and Kyle Martin; and Paige Johnson.
Memorial Visitation from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Saturday March 3rd at Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Gary Kniseley, officiating.

Mary Jean Earl - 82

11/6/1929 - 2/18/2012
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Mary Jean Earl, 82, of the Villages at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma passed away on February 18, 2012. She was born to Howard and Margaret “Ann” Earl on November 6, 1929 in Marshalltown, Iowa. After moving to Bloomington, Illinois with her family, she graduated from Bloomington High School and received her degree in Education from Illinois State University – Normal. Mary was a Kindergarten Teacher for 35 years in the East Aurora School District in Aurora, Illinois. Most of her teaching years were spent at Bardwell Elementary School and she was passionate about making a difference for her students. After retiring, Mary moved to Bradenton, Florida in 1993 where she was an active member of the Freedom Village Community and the Palma Sola Presbyterian Church. She moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma in July 2011 to be closer to her family. Mary was preceded in death by her loving parents and her brother, James S. Earl. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Joan Silvernail; her nephews, Steven (Penny) Earl and Jeffrey (Paula) Earl; her niece Mary (Stephen) Franquemont; and four grandnieces and one grandnephew. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in her memory to Bardwell Elementary School 417 5th Street, Aurora, Illinois, 60505 % Business Office. The graveside service will be held March 19th at 11:00 a.m., Greenwood Cemetery, Rockford, Illinois. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford, IL.

Marcella G. Barber - 104

10/28/1907 - 2/17/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Marcella G. Barber, 104 passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 in Alpine Fireside. Born Oct. 28, 1907, the daughter of William and Lena (Garwick) Bast. Married LeRoy Barber in 1928. He predeceased her in 1972. She was a buyer of
men’s furnishings by Hess Bros., Carson Pirie Scott, and Stuckey’s, retiring in 1982. Member of Creekwood
Baptist Church, Order of Eastern Star #590, Daughter of the Nile #31, VFW Post 1461 Auxiliary, and was an election judge for 25 years.  Survived by daughter, Sandra J. Bates of Mission Viejo, CA; grandchildren, Jill, Kyle, and Barry; and a great-granddaughter, Trisha. Predeceased by a daughter, Jacqueline Vanoski, agrandson, Kurt, special friend, Raymond R. Reynolds, and her siblings.
Memorial service 2:00 pm, Wednesday, February 29, 2012 in Creekwood Baptist Church, 7281 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, IL  61114.  Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., assisted the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorial to Creekwood Baptist Church.

Jackie - 59

12/26/1952 - 2/13/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Jackie “Jack” L. Kearby, 59, passed away, Mon., Feb. 13, 2012 in Rockford Memorial Hospital after a sudden illness. Born Dec. 26, 1952 in Rockford son of Oliver and Thelma (McNabb) Kearby. Married Debbie Todd on Sept. 23, 1974 in Rockford. Jackie was a self-employed painter for many years. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with family and friends. He was a very good cook and enjoyed playing guitar. Survivors: wife, Debbie; daughter, Kimmy Kearby(Gary); granddaughter, Kaylee Ecklund all of Rockford; sister, Delores (Leon) Pruitt of New Milford; brother, Bill (Joyce) McDonald of St. Louis, MO; special friend, Troy Gregory; many friends, nieces, nephews, and cousins including Dawn (Joe) Nelson and Steven Nelson, cousin, Gary Kirby. Predeceased by daughter, Lisa; his parents; brothers, Bobby and Don McDonald; sisters, Willa Salazar, Darlene Henderson, Mary Lowder and infant sister.
Memorial service at 1:00 pm, Sat., Feb. 18, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107. Online condolences may be left at

Doris B. - 89

12/12/1922 - 2/13/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Doris B. “Tweedy” Burton, 89, passed away at 6:20 a.m., Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 in Provena Cor Mariae Center. Born Dec. 12, 1922 in Elgin, NE, the daughter of William and Ann (Velder) Vanderheiden. Married John V. Burton in Rockford Sept. 20, 1941. He predeceased her Sept. 27, 1991. She worked at National Lock Co., was co-owner of Tweedy’s Inc. in Belvidere and later, John and Tweedy’s Broadway Inn. Tweedy was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church, an avid ballroom dancer, and enjoyed boating. Survivors include her son, William R. “Terry” (Gloria) Burton of Rockford; grandchildren, Laurie (Mike) Sanders of Alaska, Jackie Watson of Florida, and Russell (Karol) Burton of Rockford; Great-grandchildren, Shawn Sanders, Toby Burton, Nicole Burton, Heather Burton, Jenna Sanders, and Kasey Watson; sisters, Alma (Ralph) Schumacher and Rita Fox, both of Nebraska; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a grandson, Terry Michael Burton in infancy, a sister, Rita, in infancy, a brother Raymond in WW II, and good friend Nisse “Nels” Nelson in 2005.
Memorial service at 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 17, 2012 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, with Fr. William Wentink officiating. Visitation at the funeral home from 11:30 a.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers and memorials, the family prefers Masses. Online condolences at

Ray E. Weiland - 95

8/28/1916 - 2/9/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Ray E. Weiland, 95, passed away at 2:20 p.m., Thursday, February 9, 2012 in River Bluff Nursing Home.  He was born in Iowa on August 28, 1916, the son of C. B. and Grace (Conner) Weiland.  Ray married Mildred E. Carlson on Feb. 2, 1947 in Willmar, MN.  She predeceased him May 8, 1999.  Ray and Mildred were life-long members of Jehovah's Witnesses and were active in missionary work, including work in Pakistan.  Together they formed a janitorial business and Ray also worked as a painter.  Survivors include 2 sisters, Mae Wilson of Edmonds, Washington and Lois Wilson, of Everett, Washington, 2 grandchildren, Nicole Weiland of Oak Park, IL and Kyle Weiland of Rockford, IL, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Ray was predeceased by a son, Tim and Ray's other siblings.  The family would like to thank River Bluff Nursing Home and OSF St. Anthony Hospice for their care and compassion.

Private inurnmet will be in the family lot in Scandinavian Cemetery.

Katharina - 84

9/14/1927 - 2/2/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Katharina “Kathy” Lazarevich, 84, passed away at 11:10 pm, Thurs., Feb. 2, 2012 in Heritage Woods Assisted Living of Rockford where she lived from 2008 to present. Born Sept. 14, 1927, in Belgrade, Yugoslavia daughter of Vladimir & Vera Nikolsky. She lived 60 years in Rockford, coming here from Milwaukee, WI. Married to Vladimir Lazarevich in Steubenville, OH., on Oct. 1, 1950. He predeceased her June 5, 2002. Employed as retail sales person by Sears in Rockford and Translator with Ingersoll Milling Machine, Inc. for 8 years. Member of Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox church and of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, Milwaukee, WI. She was very active in numerous church activities and organizations as well as assisting with family placement for war refugees into the Rockford community. She was also instrumental in the funding of the Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church in Rockford. Survivors include sons: Aleksander (Susan) Lazarevich, Miodrag (Alyce) Lazarevich, Tomislav Lazarevich; grandchildren: Rebecca (George) Dunn, Alison (Mike) Carr, and Peter Lazarevich, and fiancée, Laura Layman, and sister Olga Prisekin. Predeceased by her siblings, Boris Nikolsky, Aleksander Nikolsky, and Irene Drake.
Services at 10:00 am, Tues., Feb. 7, 2012 in Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 108 N. Fifth Street, Rockford, with Fr. Demetrios Kounavis officiating. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. Friends may call at Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL, from 6 – 8 pm, on Monday with Trisagion Service at 6:30 pm. Memorials will be established at a later date.

Igor N. Kazakov - 31

3/16/1980 - 1/30/2012
Rockford, Illinois

Igor N. Kazakov, 31, passed away January 30, 2012 in Rockford. He was born March 16, 1980 in Russia, the son of Nikolay and Margarita (Shuvlova) Kazakav. He married Lenura Kurbanova. Graveside service at 2:00 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 in Greenwood Cemetery, 1011 Auburn St., Rockford, Illinois.

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