Wilma Jean Carter - 795/21/1930 - 8/5/2009
Rockford, IL Wilma Jean Carter, 79, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday evening, August 5th, 2009, after an extended illness, surrounded by her loving family. Born May 21, 1930 in Pollard, AR. She was the sixth child of 10 children to Alfred and Sarah Barker. She married Raymond D. Carter on August 23rd, 1950, in Arkansas, Their union was blessed with three children, Ronnie, Glenda, and Donnie (deceased) Carter. She was a loving homemaker and devoted to her family. She was most happy by spending time with loved ones and being his "Sweetie" of 59 years. She is going to be missed dearly by all of us. Wilma is survived by her husband, Raymond D. Carter, children Ronnie D. (Judy) Carter and Glenda Carter, Grandchildren Ronnie Jr. (Tonsha) Carter, Owen Carter, Alisha Schwanke, Kristina Posey. Great grandchildren, Tabatha and Sabrina Carter, Sisters Urra, Wanda, and Eileen, and Brother Kenneth. Predeceased by parents Alfred and Sarah Barker, her Son Donnie G. Carter, a Grandson, Joseph P. Carter, a Sister Sadie, and her Brothers, Lennie, Louis, Doyle, and Louie (Buddy). Service 11:00 a.m., Mon., Aug. 10, 2009 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, with Pastor Patrick Chadwick officiating. Visitation at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Monday. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to Erica Keeney Aneurysm Foundation. A special thank you to Swedish American Hospital and Heartland Hospice for their caring support during her illness.
Sophia Maria Michajewicz - 725/1/1937 - 7/20/2009
Rockford, IL Sophia M. Michajewicz, 72, died 8:10 am, Mon., July 20, 2009, in her home surrounded by her family and friend after a courageous battle with cancer. Born May 1, 1937, in Owzychy, Ukraine daughter of John & Tekla (Buzuk) Michajewicz. She arrived in US in 1949 moved to Rockford in 1950 and graduated from East High School in 1957. Sophia began her banking career at American National Bank in 1956. She briefly worked in Los Angeles, CA and later returned to Rockford and worked for First of America Group until retirement in 1995. A long time member of St. Vladimir Vladimirovo Orthodox Church and was the former treasurer and a member of the Sisterhood. Survivors include niece Sophia (Louis) Rodriguez, (the joys of her life) grand-nieces Alexandra and Miranda Rodriguez, sister-in-law Anastazia Michajewicz, cousins, Rose, Steven, Michael Laputa, best friend for 40 years, Kathleen Lawrence, cousins in Ukraine, extended church family, and her pet cats
Renee Heavin - 481/5/1961 - 7/16/2009
Caledonia, IL Renee Heavin, 48, went home to our Lord on Thurs., July 16, 2009 in OSF St. Anthony Med. Center. Born Jan. 5, 1961, the daughter of Russell Painter and Mary (Gills) Painter. Married Vernon R. Heavin June 25, 1992. She was a deacon at Caledonia Congregational Church. Survivors: husband, Vern of Caledonia, 2 sons, Ryan (Krista) Heavin of Roscoe and Brandon Kluesner of Rockford, a daughter, Brittni Heavin of Caledonia, a brother Randy Painter of Rockford, and her mother, Mary Painter of Rockford, her father, Russell (Louise) Painter of Winnebago. Numerous family and friends. Predeceased by a son, Jerry Jeffers. Funeral service at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 20, 2009 in Ca ledonia Congergational Church, 14730 Oak St., with Rev. Gary Schwerin. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Online condolences may be made at sundbergfh.com.
Gordon Cummings - 685/25/1941 - 7/10/2009
"Gordon “Gordy” Cummings III, 68, died suddenly at 8:35 p.m., Fri., July 10, 2009 in OSF St. Anthony Med. Center ER. Born May 25, 1941, in Hevner, OK, the son of Gordon F. Cummings, Jr. and Ophelia (Henry) Cummings. He graduated from Iowa State Univ. with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Married the former Sherry Stolp in Clinton, IA on June 1, 1963. They moved to Rockford in 1965. He was formerly employed by Clinton Corn Processing and later with Woodward Governor in Rockford. He retired as a Senior Project Engineer with Rockford Powertrain after 30 years of service and continued as a part-time consultant. He was the Pres. of Winnebago Sport Modelers Club (Kieselburg Forest Preserve) and an SAE member for 35+ years. Gordy was a lifetime inventor and held 12 U.S. patents on mechanical innovations. He also mentored in the Rockford Public Schools. Survivors include his wife, Sherry, 2 daughters, Leigh (Mark) Plock of Sigourney, IA, and Wendy (Chris) Van Vleet of Palo Alto, CA, a grandson, Brent Stauffenberg of Roscoe, and granddaughter, Cheyenne Rawhoof of Sigourney, IA, and a niece, Sarah Ratcliffe of Chicago. Predeceased by his parents and a sister, Pamela Cummings Ratcliffe. Memorial Service 3:00 p.m., Thurs., July 16, 2009 in Riverside Community Church, 6816 N. Second St., Machesney Park. Private interment at Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials to Klehm Arboretum or Noah’s Ark."
John Whiston - 733/5/1936 - 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 - 731/1/1936 - 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 - 2411/27/1984 - 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 - 9710/2/1911 - 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 - 951/18/1914 - 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 www.sundbergfh.com."
Eleanor Nelson Wood - 8212/13/1926 - 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.
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