Shirley Mae (Akre, Cates) Conner - 77

7/20/1933 - 6/17/2011

Lindenwood, Illinois

Shirley Mae (Akre, Cates) Conner, 77, joined her Heavenly Father at 12:08 p.m., Friday, June 17, 2011 in SwedishAmerican Hospital ER as a result of an automobile accident. Born July 21, 1933 in Rockford, the daughter of George T. and Rosemary (Featherston) Peterson. Lived in Lindenwood for 19 years, going there from Rockford. Married Orville A. Akre in 1951. Married Chester Cates in 1985. Married Harry W. Conner in 1992. She was formerly employed by Aquamatic and was a homemaker. Shirley was a life-long member of St. Edward Catholic Church, Ladies Guild, and Senior’s Club. She was also a member of Hub City Senior Center. Survivors include her husband, Harry Conner of Rockford, her children, Diane (Tom) Koester of Sheboygan, WI, Theresa Hexom of Loves Park, Vicki (Bruce) Skaggs of Rockford, William (Christine) Akre of Winnebago, Rosemary Scott of Rockford, step-daughter, Kathy (Steve) Austin, Hampshire and step-son, Kevin (Sheila) Conner, Rockford; grandchildren, April (Nate) Opp, Scott Green, Tim Akre, Keith (Pam) Skaggs, Kimberly (Brandon) Borgwardt, Heather Hoekman, Sarah Scott, Carl (Bethany) Akre, Jennifer (Tom) Kegle, Lori (Brian) Zwiger, 9 great-grandchildren; her siblings, a sister, Mary Jane (Richard) White, and 2 brothers, George (Angie) Peterson and Jerry (Bonnie) Peterson, all of Rockford, a sister-in-law, Minnie “Bonnie” Peterson, of Rockford, a special, helpful nephew, Jay Salsbury of Rockford, and other nieces, nephews, and cousins. Predeceased by brothers LaVern Peterson and Raymond Peterson and sons-in-law, Randy Hoekman and Robert L. Hexom.
Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m., Wed., June 22, 2011 in St. Edward Catholic Church, 3004 11th Street, Rockford, with Fr. Michael Black, Pastor, celebrating. Visitation at Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, from 5 – 7 p.m., Tuesday. The Rosary Service will follow. Visitation at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Wednesday. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials to the family. Online condolences can be made at


Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 5 - 7 pm in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford, IL 61107


Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 10:00 am in St. Edward Catholic Church, 3004 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109 Burial in Calvary Cemetery

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