Jeanne L. McNiff - 95

8/24/1914 - 1/19/2010
Rockford, IL

Services are private.

Dorothy P. Messinger - 90

11/8/1919 - 1/16/2010
Rockford, IL Dorothy Messinger (nee Pinsky), mother of Marilyn (Robert) Friedman and Bobbi Felix. Dorothy was a loving mother and grandmother, besides being a sweet kind woman. Her cookies were adored by all who knew her. Donations to Parkinsons Foundation.

Nora Goomas - 84

7/12/1925 - 1/10/2010
Rockford, IL

Nora Goomas, 84, went home to her Lord Savior, Jesus Christ on Jan. 11, 2010. Married to James (deceased) for nearly 62 years. Beloved mother to Dennis (Donna), Elena (deceased), and Shelley (Gem). Loving grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Funeral service 12:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 in Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 108 N. Fifth St. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Local arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd.

Gladys Viola "Josie" Nelson - 94

10/12/1915 - 1/7/2010
Rockford, IL

Gladys Viola "Josie" Nelson, age 94, died January 8, 2010. Josie was born in Rockford, IL, October 13, 1915 and lived there until 4 1/2 years ago. Then she moved west to live with her daughter Susan first in Littleton, CO, and next in Hillsboro, OR, since January 2007. Predeceased in 1992 by her husband of 52 years, attorney C. Oliver Nelson. Survived by her three children Lyn (Ron) Bianchi, Susan (the late Bengt) Carlstrand and local attorney Oliver W. Nelson (Mary Jo); 8 grandchildren (including local Sarah and Stephanie Nelson) and 4 great-grandchildren.

In her early twenties, Josie was a hospital lab technician, work which she enjoyed greatly. She was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church and worked on many service committees there and elsewhere. She was a 20-year member of Alpine Senior Center.

Josie's artistic and creative sides found expression in gardening, decorating, knitting, crafts, furniture refinishing and precision hand work, especially professional heirloom-quality sewing and hand-painted porcelain. She enjoyed cribbage and played party bridge with pals for seven decades. We remember Josie for her competency, gritty practicality and zest for life. Memorial service to be held at a later date. Local arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL.

Beryl B. Salsbury - 80

6/20/1929 - 1/6/2010
Rockford, IL Beryl B. Salsbury, 80, of River Bluff Nursing Home, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 7, 2010. Born June 21, 1929 in Freeport, IL, the daughter of Peter and Selma (Blair) Borgmann. Married John E. Salsbury on Apr. 2, 1948 in Rockford. Beryl was employed by North Health Care for 19 years before retiring in 1993. Beryl is survived by three children, Dennis, Cheryl (Kevin) Connell, and Roger. five grandchildren, Theresa (Bill) Peer, John Heral, Christy (Jeremy) May, Samantha Lightheart, and Melissa Salsbury, four great-grandchildren whom provided much delight, Amber, Devin, Owen, and Isaac, a brother, Ed (Marge) Borgmann, a sister, Aletha Cox of Kokomo, IN, and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, spouse, several brothers, sisters, and her precious great-grandchild, Lauren May. The family would like to thank her friends for all the hours of listening, laughing, and uplifting her, Maryann Leon, Barb Miller, Delores, and a very special thanks to Shirley Wedwick for her faithfulness and help. The family also wishes to thank ALL the nursing staff at River Bluff for their outstanding care, compassion, and dedication while caring for her. She considered many of you her friends. We miss you Mom

Virgil E. Shamblin - 49

7/31/1960 - 12/31/2009
Rockford, IL "Virgil E. Shamblin, 49, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010 surrounded by his family, after a lengthy illness. Born Aug. 1, 1960 in Belvidere, the son of Patricia Shamblin. He was employed by Waldom Electronics for 30 years. He attended East H.S. and graduated from Byron H.S. Virgil enjoyed golfing and fishing. He was an avid Bears, Cubs, and NASCAR fan, but his priority was always raising his sons and being a good father. Survivors include his sons: Brad (Nicole) Shamblin, Christopher Shamblin, and Brett Shamblin, all of Byron; his mother, Patricia Shamblin Knutson (Dave Wilson) of Rockford; 3 sisters, Susan Shanks of S. Beloit, Patricia (Greg) Smith of Rockford, and Cathy (Dan) Rorbach of Vail, AZ; a grandson, Ethan; special mother-in-law, Erna Seiler of Rockford; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Predeceased by his father, grandparents, father-in-law, Jack Seiler; and a brother-in-law, Allan Shanks. Service at 1 pm, Wed., Jan. 6, in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL, with Fr, William Wentink, officiating. Visitation at the funeral home from 5 – 8 pm, on Tuesday. Memorials in his name to VNA Hospice or Easter Seals – Rockford Region for Autism, research and support. Online condolences may be made at"

Beverly Beatson Johnson - 82

2/15/1927 - 12/30/2009
Rockford, IL Beverly Beatson Johnson, 82, died at 9:25 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 in her home. Born Feb. 16, 1927 in Rockford, she was the daughter of Robert and Marie (Newcomer)Beatson. Long time resident of Rockford and Connersville, IN. Survivors include her daughter, Jodi (Robert) McCarthy of Rockford, grandsons, Robert III and Jonathan, a brother, Bob Beatson of California, and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Dudley Johnson, her parents, and brothers, Gerald (Jerry) and Jack Beatson. Private memorial service at a later date with inurnment in Dale Cemetery, Connersville, IN. Memorials to Heartland Hospice. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, is assisting the family. Online condolences can be made at

Lennart Bo Sandbergh - 69

1/10/1940 - 12/22/2009
Rockford, IL "Lennart B. Sandbergh, 69, of Winnebago, passed away at home with his family by his side, on Wednesday, December 23, 2009. Born to Lennart J. and Karin M. (Gustafson) Sandbergh on January 11, 1940 in Borlange, Sweden. Immigrated to the United States with his family in 1953. He attended Rockford schools and graduated from East High School, class of 1959. Lennart became a United States citizen while proudly serving in the United States Marine Corps from 1959 to 1963. While deployed on the 6th Fleet flagship USS Des Moines (CA-134) in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, he received a congratulatory letter from then Vice President Richard M. Nixon on his citizenship, after which he became the Admiral’s Orderly. (He never revealed the contents of the letter!) Lennart then attended Northern Illinois University, where he received his BA in accounting in 1968. He was employed by Warner Lambert Co. (Pfizer) from 1969 until his retirement in 2000. He was a member of United Way of Rockford, the Marine Corps League, the SM&SF Club, the Lithuanian Club, St. Ambrogio Society, the Baltic Club, and Hayward, Wi. Veteran’s Center. Lennart enjoyed spending as much time as he could at his cabin outside of Hayward. He also enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, canoeing, bird watching, and spending time with his family. He loved watching the History channel and reading anything concerning World War II. His favorite meals were any traditional Swedish foods, especially what he referred to as his “toothpaste”, which is a caviar paste in a tube. Lennart is survived by the mother of his children, Yvonne K. Sandbergh, of Winnebago, son, Daron B. (Deborah) Sandbergh , of Watertown, Wi., daughter, Camille J. Sandbergh (Guy Hillary), of Pell Lake, Wi., grandchildren, Christine, Daniel, Megan, Erica, Randall, Amber, Amanda, Michelle, Justin, Vanessa, Delores, and Andrew, seven great grandchildren, sister, K. Birgitta (Robert) Pellant of Punta Gorda, Fl. and Hayward, Wi. and four nephews. Predeceased by parents and granddaughter, Alycia. Services will be held on Tuesday, December 29, at Sundberg Funeral Home, 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, at 11:00 AM, with Lt. Col. Marvin Dahl of the Salvation Army officiating to be followed by Naval burial at sea."

Jayden A. Bornbach - 0

6/18/2009 - 12/17/2009
Rockford, IL

Jayden A. Bornbach, 6 mo., died Friday, Dec. 18, 2009 in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Born June 19, 2009, the son of Jay Bornbach and Tessa Neuendorf. He is survived by his parents, grandparents, and other family and friends. Service at noon, Wed., December 23, 2009 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St. Rockford, IL. Burial in Cedar Bluff Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

Andrew Leigh Neath - 28

5/10/1981 - 12/14/2009
Rockford, IL Andrew L. Neath, 28, died suddenly Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009 in Rockford Memorial Hospital ER. Born May 11, 1981 in Rockford, the son of Randall and Cynthia (Amos) Neath. He graduated from Harlem High School and was pursuing a degree with Phoenix University. He had worked at K-Mart, Salvation Army, and Amerock. Survivors include his parents, a sister, Nicole Neath, Mat. Grandmother, Elizabeth Amos, Pat. Grandparents, Denzil and Marion Neath, all of Rockford, and numerous aunts and uncles. Memorial Service 10:00 a.m., Monday, Dec. 21, 2009 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford with Rev. Taka Iguchi officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to the family. Online condolences may be made at

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