John Whiston - 73

3/5/1936 - 7/5/2009
Loves Park, IL "Former Berwyn resident John “Jack” Whiston, 73, died at home on Sunday, July 5, 2009. Born Mar. 5, 1936, the son of John and Jean (Calas) Whiston. Retired in 1998 from Joe Rizza Ford in North Riverside. Survivors: sons, Mark (Kathy) of Cicero, and John (Diane) of Stickney, 5 grandchildren, brother-in-law, Robert Kotek of Berwyn, and numerous family and friends. Predeceased by parents, an infant son, 2 infant daughters, and a sister, Patricia Kotek. Memorial service 11:00 a.m., Fri., July 10, 2009 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, with Chaplain Maureen McLain officiating. A special thank you to Dr. Juliette Kalweit and Heartland Hospice for all their kind, loving care."

Lowell "Bud" Livingston - 73

1/1/1936 - 7/4/2009
Rockford, IL "Lowell “Bud” Livingston, 73, died July 4, 2009 in his home surrounded by family. Born Jan. 1, 1936 in McGregor, IA, the son of Lowell and Florence Livingston. Married Mary Butterbaugh on Aug. 28, 1954. Worked as a tool and die maker for several years before joining his father operating Livingston and Son Septic and Well, Inc. Survived by his wife, Mary, sons Randy of Rockford, Steve (Karol) of Byron, grandsons, Ryan and Kyle of Linden, MI a granddaughter Nicole of Byron, nephews, Brad (Sue) and Adam (Dawn), and several cousins. A special thanks to Ivan Livingston for his daily visits and/or phone calls. Predeceased by a son, David, and his parents. Services 11:00 a.m., Wed., July 8, 2009 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Visitation at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until service time. Burial in New Milford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to N. Illinois Hospice or Bethlehem Lutheran Church."

Corey Blake Gorzynski - 24

11/27/1984 - 7/2/2009
Rockford, IL Corey Blake Gorzynski, 24 passed away suddenly, Thurs., July 2, 2009 in his home. Born Nov. 27, 1984 in Rockford, the son of Sharon (Kevin) Merkle and Thomas (Kathy) Gorzynski. He attended Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, OK. Corey loved life and people, especially his daughter, Brooklyn. He will be greatly missed by his parents, siblings, and friends. Survivors include his daughter, Brooklyn, parents, Sharon (Kevin) Gorzynski of Stillman Valley, and Thomas (Kathy) Gorzynski of Rockford, brothers, Shane (Katie), Zachary (Lindsey), Erik, and Jake, a sister, Jenna, his grandmothers, Johann Goetz, who loved his bear hugs, and June Gorzynski, his nieces that he loved so much, Myah, Rylee, and Haylie, and special friend, Tim Wedig. Services 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 7, 2009 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Visitation at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Tuesday. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Carmella P. Savalla - 97

10/2/1911 - 6/30/2009
Oxnard, IL Former Rockford resident, Carmella Savalla, 97, died Tues., June 30, 2009 in St. Johns Regional Med. Center, Oxnard, CA. Born Oct. 2, 1911 in Mission TX, the daughter of Isidro and Martina (De La Garza) Pena. Married Mark J. Savalla in Laredo, TX on May 6, 1941. He predeceased her Apr. 17, 1972. She was an LPN and worked at St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford for over 20 years before retiring. She is survived by 4 sons: Mark Savalla, Jr. of Port Hueneme, CA, Louis Savalla, Steven Savalla, and Lawrence Savalla, all of Rockford, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Service 10:00 a.m., Thurs., July 9, 2009 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford with visitation from 9:00 a.m. until service time. Burial in Calvary Cemetery.

Catherine Helen Chesak - 95

1/18/1914 - 6/14/2009
Rockford, IL "Catherine H. Chesak, 95, died at 2:30 a.m., Sunday, June 14, 2009 in The Loyalton Of Rockford. Born Jan. 18, 1914 in Koroni, Greece. Daughter of Nicholas and Anna (Psaltis) Pikios . Married Marvin Chesak in Rockford on Aug. 15, 1948. He predeceased her Apr. 3, 2005. She was formerly employed by Rockford Dept. Store and Shumway Seed Co. for many years. A member of Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Ladies Philoptochos Society, and active with the Cornucopia Food Pantry. She was also an avid golfer and bowler. Survivors include her daughters, Mary Ann Brown, Rockford, Maria K. (Hilo) Tamaoka, Connecticut, and Venita (Chris) Smith of McHenry, her grandchildren, Steve and Nicole Cantrall, Catherine Brown, Michael McKiski, Anna Tamaoka, Tyler Slove, and Taylor Smith, great-grandchildren, Hallie Nicholas, and Brianna Cantrall, Maiyha Burnett, and Aiden Brown, sisters, Lola Weber and Mary Manesis, a brother, Chris Pikios. The family would like to thank Marilyn and Cheryl of Family Home Healthcare Services, and the staff at Loyalton of Rockford for their care. Service at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 19, 2009 in Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery to follow. Visitation Thursday at Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, from 6 – 7:00 p.m. with Trisagion Service at 7:00 p.m. Memorials to the church. Online condolences may be made at"

Eleanor Nelson Wood - 82

12/13/1926 - 6/12/2009
Rockford, IL Eleanor M. Wood, 82, passed away at 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 12, 2009. Born on December 13, 1926 in Chicago, the daughter of William and Jessie Longdon. Survived by son, Don (Rita) Nelson, daughters, Pat Boyd and Judy (Terry) Swearingen, 11 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. Predeceased by a daughter Mary C. Nelson, and husbands, D.C. Nelson and Harvey Wood. A kind and gentle woman, she will be forever missed by those who loved her. Per Ellie’s request, there will be no visitation or formal service. A private celebration of Ellie’s life will take place at a later date.

Virginia W Wynn - 81

2/24/1928 - 5/28/2009
Rockford, IL Virginia W. Wynn, 81, died at 1:45 a.m., Wed., May 28, 2009 in her home. Born Feb. 24, 1928 in Delaplane, AR. She was the daughter of Benjamin and Esta (Eveland) Shoe. Married Calvin B. Wynn in Arkansas on April 12, 1946. He predeceased her Oct. 29, 2004. She retired from Clarcor after 25 years of service. Member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Survivors: 2 daughters, Phylicia Wynn of Rockford and Shelia L. (Tom) LoCicero of Tennessee, grandson, Andrew (Gina) Pomering, granddaughter, Laura L. Pomering, great-grandchildren, Linnea and Dominic Pomering, all of N. Carolina, a sister, Opal Coleman of Indiana and a brother, Marva Shoe of Arkansas. Predeceased by 8 siblings. Service 10:00 a.m., Sat., May 30, 2009 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, with Rev. Ralph Kuespert officiating. Visitation from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home on Saturday. Burial in Willwood Burial Park.

Marion V Bennett - 88

8/24/1920 - 5/27/2009
Rockford, IL "Marion V. Bennett, 88, died at 6:54 p.m., Wed., May 27, 2009 in Swedish American Hospital after a brief illness. Born Aug. 24, 1920 in Rockford, the daughter of Emil and Cecelia (Anderson) Palmer. Graduated from Rockford Central High School. Married Kenneth “Bugs” Bennett in Clinton, Iowa on June 8, 1939. He died June 1, 1971. She was a former room mother at Riverdahl School and an assistant Girl Scout leader. Marion was election judge for over 30 years and a member of Creekwood Baptist Church. Survivors include her daughters, Joan N. (Rodney) Towne of Rockford, and Laurel M. Varilek of Homosassa, FL, honorary daughter, Linda K. (Bill) Campbell of Staunton, IL, 5 grandchildren, Cheri L. Brown, Connie G. Lenstrom, Lori A. Millard, Rita D. Hanson, and Todd E. Pennington, a sister, Doris Williams, 10 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a son, Edward A. Bennett in 1964 and a sister Shirley Frasier. Service 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 1, 2009 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL with Rev. Dr. John Peterson officiating. Burial in Kishwaukee Cemetery. Visitation at the funeral home from 4 – 6 p.m. on Sunday. Memorials to Creekwood Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made at"

Randall S. Pepin - 51

11/8/1957 - 5/20/2009
Rockford, IL Randall “Randy” Pepin, 51, died at 3:05 a.m., Wed., May 20, 2009 in Kindred Hospital, Sycamore, IL after a brief stay due to an injury. Born Nov. 8, 1957 in Rockford, the son of Leon and Maxine Pepin. He graduated from East High School in 1975. Employed by NAPA Auto Parts, and previously at Carquest. He enjoyed buying and restoring vehicles. Randy was the proud owner of Xena and other pit bulls. Survivors: his brother, Gordon R. Pepin of Ft. Atkinson, WI, his other brother, Ken W. Markee of Rockford, sister-in-law, Joy E. Hartje of Rockford, IL and girlfriend, Christy Whary of Pennsylvania. Memorial gathering for Randy’s close friends at Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main street on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 from 6 – 8 p.m. with rites of passage at 8:00 p.m. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford. Online condolences may be made at

Irene Caroline Caroti - 87

1/1/1922 - 5/19/2009
Rockford, IL "Irene Caroti, 87, passed on to the Lord at 9:17 p.m., Tues., May 19, 2009, of a sudden illness. She was born in Rockford, the daughter of Eugene and Adele Milani. She attended St. James School and graduated from Bishop Muldoon High School. She married Charles Caroti at St. James Church on Oct. 28, 1950. He predeceased her Nov. 11, 1984. Her parents, sister Doreen, and aunts, uncles, and cousins also preceded her in death. She worked for John Hancock Insurance for over 25 years. Irene was active in many organizations – Verdi Club Auxiliary as President for 25 years. She also served on the Auxiliary Bingo Committee for Thursday and Sunday nights. She was a former President of the St. James Altar and Rosary Society and served on the funeral committee for many years. She was a member of the Catholic Women’s League and became St. James Woman of the year for 1994. She was a great lady to many people and was always willing to help in any way she could. She is survived by her wonderful neighbors John and Bev Johnson, their children, Andrea and Tim, and grandchildren, who were like family to her. Other survivors include her good friend and special neighbor, Vivian Borkus, her wonderful friend and caregiver, Judy England, who we are all grateful for, her cousin, Sharon (Mel) Hendricks who was always there for her, Special friends Lil and Frenchy who were her friends and bingo pals, her relatives in Cassano Magnago, Italy, and all her other friends. Special thank you to Dr. Willard Moore and Dr. Ajaz Kahn for their care. Thank you to her church family and friends, Fr. David Beauvais, Fr. Dean Russell, and Monsignor David Kagan. We will miss you Irene but now you are with your family and host of friends in heaven. We will always remember you and keep you in our hearts. We love you. Funeral Mass 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 23, 2009 in St. James Catholic Church, 428 N. First St., with Fr. Dean Russell and Monsignor David Kagan concelebrating. Visitation at the church from 12:30 p.m. until service on Saturday. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford. Online condolences may be made at sundbergfh"

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