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 sundbergfh.com"

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 sundbergfh.com.

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"

Thenora H. Cassioppi - 100

4/3/1909 - 5/15/2009
Rockford, IL Thenora H. Cassioppi, 100, passed with her family celebrating her long life at 5:30 p.m., Friday, May 15, 2009 in River Bluff Nursing Home. Born April 3, 1909 in Harmony, MN, the daughter of Julius and Ellen (Madson) Bergan. Married Claire McKinney Oct. 5, 1929. He predeceased her July 14, 1961. Married Frank Cassioppi July 6, 1967. He predeceased her June 24, 1980. She worked for Chas. V. Weise Co. for 20 years, retiring in 1980. Survivors include a daughter, Marion Mannino Ginestra of Rockford, 6 grandchildren, Paulette Pena, James (Moana) Pena, Deena Pena, Gilbert (Laura) Pena, Mark Mannino, and Christopher Mannino, 8 great-grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren, and 1 great-great-great-grandchild. Predeceased by her daughter Betty Pena, 2 brothers, Kermit and Fordes Bergan, and a son-in-law, Sal Mannino. Special gratitude to Shelly and all who cared for Thenora on the Blue Jay wing at River Bluff. Services 11:00 a.m., Tues., May 19, 2009 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. Visitation at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Tuesday. Memorials to the family. Online condolences at sundbergfh.com.

Norma Clausen Blackburn - 70

3/29/1939 - 5/13/2009
Rockford, IL Norma Jean Clausen-Blackburn, passed away from cancer at her home on Wed., May 13, 2009. She is survived by her husband, Walter Blackburn, a son, Donald Clausen, her sister, Evelyn Nelson, step-sons, John Blackburn, David (Tammy) Blackburn, and a step-daughter, Dawn (Brian) Harter. Private family services, however, memorials may be made in her name to American Cancer Society, 4312 E. State St., Suite 1, Rockford, IL 61108. Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. assisted the family.

Robert D. Morgan, Sr. - 70

3/29/1939 - 5/2/2009
Rockford, IL Robert D. Morgan, Sr., 70, died at 3:05 p.m., Sat., May 2, 2009 in his home after a lingering illness. Born Mar. 29, 1939 in, Marion IL, the son of Clyde and Flossie (Davis) Morgan. Married the former Dorothy M. Hopkins in Marion, IL on Jan. 10, 1959. She predeceased him Oct. 17, 2006. Robert and Dorothy co-owned the Ambassador Taxi Co. for many years. He attended Water of Life Ministries. Robert loved his family and was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan. Survivors: son Allen Morgan, daughters, Patty (Rick) Hoover, Tamie Foreman, and Sandy (Mike) Clark, brothers, Kenny Morgan and Gary (Gloria) Morgan, sisters, Thelma Biley and Velma Edwards, grandchildren, Cindy (Damon) White, Robby (Linda) Hoover, Christa Clankie, Rodney (Jenny) Hoover, James (Kamesha) Morgan, Tulena Foreman, Kerstein (Zack) Bracken, Richard Tyler, Wendy Tyler, Chris Morgan, Nikki (Chad) Smith, Bobby Joe Morgan, David Headberg, and Trisha Clark, his mother-in-law, Ruby Krantz, and 13 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by a son. Robert Jr., a daughter, Edith Jewel, and a granddaughter, Corrine Hoover. Funeral service 1:30 p.m., Wed., May 6, 2009 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, with Pastor Dan Hernandez, officiating. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation at the funeral home from 5

Irvin Wayne Miller - 60

5/13/1948 - 4/22/2009
Rockford, IL "Irvin Wayne Miller, 60, died Wed., April 22, 2009 in Swedish American Hospital ER from a recent illness. Irvin was born May 13, 1948 in Novinger, MO to Arthur Miller and Viola Guffy-Ziech. He enjoyed being retired. During his life, he worked for Barnes Drill, Sterling Cutter, Master Typewriter, and managed Pork Chop Alley. He was delighted in the independence of being self-employed. Irvin married his lifelong love Palma “Pam” Nipper on Nov. 26, 1988 after a 23 year long engagement. He enjoyed travelling and his love for bluegrass music took him to Branson, MO many times. Irvin continues to live in the hearts and memories of his wife, Palma Carlene Nipper-Miller, Brother Carl (Cheryl) Miller, Sister Norma Riggles, Sister La Deta Ziech, Sister-in-law Gladys Miller, his nieces, nephews, and many other family members. Predeceased by his brother, Pearl Miller, parents, grandparents, and step-dad, Ray Ziech. Service 1:30 p.m., Monday, April 27, 2009 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, with Rev. Karen Stubblefield officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation at the funeral home from 5 – 7 p.m. on Sunday. Online condolences may be made at sundbergfh.com. Blessings sent to Danny Mertz and Chancellor King for their devotion and love. Special thanks to the staff at Swedish American Hospital, the Cardiac Rehab Center, and the staff of the South Alpine Burger King. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6.” Irvin Miller, loving, devoted, gentle."

Carmen Penzi - 86

10/7/1922 - 4/18/2009
Rockford, IL Carmen Penzi, 86, died 7:34 am, Sat. April 18, 2009 in SwedishAmerican Hospital after a short illness. Born Oct. 7, 1922 in Germany, daughter of Giacomo & Laura (Dagnolo) Manarin. Married Sante “Sam” Penzi in Italy on Oct., 26, 1946. He predeceased her Mar. 20, 1999. Member of St. James Catholic Church. She was a dedicated mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Survivors include a daughter, Gladys (Giorgio) Ferrari of Rockford, a son, Louis (Lori) Penzi of Whitefish, Mon., 3 grandchildren Jeff (Melodie) Ferrari, Michael (Dawn) Ferrari & Samuel Penzi, 2 great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Emma. Funeral Mass at 10 am, Wed. Apr. 22, 2009 in St. James Catholic Church with Father Dean Russell officiating. Entombment in Calvary Mausoleum. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107. Online condolences at Sundbergfh.com. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 pm to 7 pm Tuesday, and from 9:30 am until service time on Wednesday, at the church. The rosary will be recited at 6 pm, Tues. at the funeral home.

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