Clarence William Grammer, Jr.
Clarence William Grammer, Jr., 71, of Loves Park, died in his home on September 12, 2019. Born August 21, 1948 in St. Louis, Missouri; son of Clarence Sr. and Edna (Krouse) Grammer. Graduated from Belvidere High School and served in the US Army during the Vietnam Conflict and earned 2 Purple Hearts. Clarence worked for Rockford Products and as Ground’s Maintenance for Hononegah High School. He also was a volunteer firefighter for about 10 years. He was a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed working on cars. You could always find him tinkering on something in his garage.
Survivors include his children Jessica Grammer, Jeremy (Jason) Grammer-Gold, Sondra Grammer, and Tyler (Fiancé Ryan King) Grammer; grandchildren Elvia Jo, Annastasia, and Christopher Grammer; sister Joan Isaacson, several nieces and nephews, and former spouse Margaret Grammer. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Joyce Maglio.
A private Celebration of Life has yet to be determined. Cremation rites have been accorded. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Rd., Loves Park.
Michael F. Guzzo
Michael F. Guzzo, 101, of Rockford, Illinois passed away peacefully on September 4, 2019. He was born January 4, 1918 in Ladd, Illinois, the son of Carmello and Concetta Guzzo. Mike married Nellie Ferry on April 30, 1960 and spent over 45 happy years with her until her passing in 2006. Mike and Nellie did everything together. Fishing was one of their favorite pastimes. He is the father of Michael (Noreen) Guzzo and is preceded in death by his stepdaughter Darlene (Donald) Goins. He is preceded in death by his seven siblings; Connie, Thomas, Angela, Mary, Sam, Rose and Ida. A decorated U.S. Army veteran, he served during World War II. He received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, among other service awards. After being Honorably Discharged from the service, he and his brother built a successful body shop business in Rockford, School Street Garage. Mike lived his life in such an exemplary way. He was a loving son, husband, father, brother and friend. He was kind to everyone and everyone was a friend. He was truly one of “The Greatest Generation” and will be greatly missed. He will be forever in the hearts of each and every person whose life he touched.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held to honor Mike’s life on Wednesday, September 11 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 2400 Bell Ave., Rockford, IL 61103. Visitation will be held prior to the Mass beginning at 9:00 a.m. Interment at Calvary Cemetery Chapel following the Mass, 8616 W. State St., Winnebago, IL 61088..
JoAnn “Auntie” Marie Fox
JoAnn “Auntie” Marie Fox, 61, of Rockford, died September 3, 2019 in Javon Bea Hospital, Riverside Campus. Born February 10, 1958 in Chicago, IL; daughter of Atwood W. and Betty Jean (Lucas) Fox. She enjoyed watching horror, action, and drama movies, and listening to music. Before she got sick, she enjoyed cooking. JoAnn had an infectious personality and loved to spend time with her family and friends joking, playing cards or dominoes, and having a good time. She loved a good party and loved to dance.
Survivors include her grandson Anthony Fox, siblings Regine (Floyd) Evans, Eugene Fox, Melvin Windons, Fletcher (Yvonne) Evans, John Berry (Nichole) Evans, Linda (Lawrence) Goshay, and Mary (Elliott) Hayes; brother-in-law Lindell Thomas; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; and her significant other of many years Isaac “Pie” Gilbert. She is preceded in death by her parents, son Anthony James Fox, sisters Ruth Ann Fox and Izora Fox, and brother Dobbie Fox.
A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, September 7, 2019 at DuJuan and Sydney’s home since that was the last place where JoAnn lived. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park.
Robert “Bob” A. Morgan
Robert “Bob” A. Morgan, 60, of Rockford, died August 28, 2019 in his home. Born February 14, 1959 in Rockford; son of Richard and Anna (Wick) Morgan. Graduated from Auburn High School in 1977. Former member of St. Patrick Church. Bob was an avid Bear fan and enjoyed fishing.
Survivors include his siblings Rick Morgan, Ron Morgan, Sue Mallen, Roger (Leslie) Morgan, and Sandy (Roger) Philips; and nieces and nephews Ricky Morgan, Adam Mallen, Carly Mallen, Ashley Morgan, Austin Morgan, Kyle Morgan, Anna Barker, Jeanette (Tim) Holmes, Del Philips, Kayla (Patrick) O’Sullivan, and Riker Philips. He is preceded in death by his parents.
A Celebration of Life will be 2-4 pm, Sunday, September 8, 2019 at the Lyran Society Hall at 1115 4th Avenue, Rockford. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park.
Stacey “Sprite” Alan Goble
Stacey “Sprite” Alan Goble, 57, of Rockford, died August 31, 2019 in PA Peterson at the Citadel after a long illness. Born August 29, 1962 in Rockford; son of Donald Sr. and Diana (Sublett) Goble. He graduated from Harlem High School and worked as a police officer for Loves Park, Cherry Valley, and Winnebago County Sheriff’s auxiliary. He also worked for Parson’s Collision Center as an adjuster and worked security for the Rockford Speedway. He enjoyed fishing and going to automobile races with his daughter Hailey. He also enjoyed road trips, working on cars, and participating annually in the Polar Plunge.
Survivors include his daughter Hailey, sons Nathaniel and Nicholas; brother Donald (Michelle) Goble; sister Melissa (John) Miles, several cousins, nieces, nephews, Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Bill Meyers, and stepmother Ruth Goble. He is preceded in death by his parents.
A Celebration of Life will be 4-8 pm, Thursday, September 12, 2019 in the Forest Hills Lodge, 1601 W. Lane Road (Rt 173), Loves Park, IL. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park.
James Dale Adams
James Dale Adams, 79, of Rockford, died August 26, 2019 in Swedish American Hospital. Born November 19, 1939 in Peach Orchard, Arkansas; son of Vester and Leona (Brown) Adams. He was blessed to have 7 brothers and 2 sisters. He grew up in a very close‐knit family. He married Jennifer L. Steffa January 31, 2002. Jim worked almost 30 years before retiring from Rockford Memorial Hospital. He loved his grandkids, WWE wrestling, and gardening. He also enjoyed sitting in his recliner and chewing tobacco. He would also ride his lawn mower over to the Old Still.
Jim is survived by his wife Jenny, children Abby (Marcus Crabtree) Adams, Nicholas Adams, Tabatha (Michael Cooksey) Steffa, and Jimmy Adams; grandchildren, Harmonie, Misty, and on the way Michael James; brothers, Larry (Irene), Doug (Brenda), Dean, Mike (Sandy); sisters Deb, and Cyndi (Bill). He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Richard, Ronnie, and Gene; brother‐in‐law, Ken LaFontaine; sister‐in‐law Dolly Adams, and niece, Aimee LaFontaine.
A Celebration of Life will be 2‐5 pm, Saturday, September 7, 2019 in St. Ambrogia Society, 802 Montague Street, Rockford. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park.
Kenneth Ray Bailey
Kenneth Ray Bailey, 52, of Rockford, died August 30, 2019 in Javon Bea Hospital,Riverside Campus. Born November 6, 1966 in Rockford; son of William Bailey and Geraldine (Smith) Parisella. Ken worked on and off for North American Moving company since he was 18 years old. Survivors include his children Kayla (Matt Seger) Bailey and Ryan (Cameo) Bailey; granddaughters Scarlett and Lillian; siblings Pam (Don) King and Dwayne (Chris) Bailey, and several nieces and nephews.Preceded in death by his parents.
A Celebration of Life will be at 11 am Saturday, September 7, 2019 in Rock Church, 6732 Harrison Avenue, Rockford with Rev. Jared Katke officiating. Visitation will be from 10 am until time of service. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park.
Richard M. Roth
Richard M. Roth, 70, of Rockton, IL, passed away August 27, 2019 at home. He was born September 17, 1948, in Janesville, WI, the son of Marvin and Elizabeth Ann (Kuebli) Roth. Richard graduated Janesville High School in 1966. He married Diane L Dewart in Elkhorn, WI on January 18, 1969. During his career, Richard worked for the Rock County Sheriff’s Dept., American Express, Beloit Corporation and Allied Auto Transport. After 25 years as a volunteer firefighter, he retired from the Rockton Fire Protection District earlier this year.
Survived by wife Diane; son, Chad M. (Erin), daughter, Lisa M. (Adnan) Harambasic; grandchildren, Geoffrey, Emma and Kaitlyn Roth, Adalyn, Myles, Elsy and Milly Harambasic; sisters, Judy (Kenneth) Nelson, Elizabeth (Bradley) Gough; brothers, Robert (Barbara), Thomas (Sharon), James (Christine Larson), Charles (LuAnn), Timothy (Jayme), Steven (Lynette) and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents and granddaughter, Evie Roth.
Memorial services at noon, Saturday, September 7, 2019 in the Old Stone Church, 101 East Union St., Rockton, with the Rev. Daniel J. Herman, officiating. Viisitation from 10:00 a.m. until service time. Fire Department walk through will be at 11:45 a.m. at the church. Memorials to the Rockton Fire Protection District or Beloit Regional Hospice.
Rev. Charles A. Franks, Jr.
Rev. Charles A. Franks, Jr., 83, of Rockford, went home to be with the Lord onAugust 18, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Born December 26, 1935; son of Charles A. Sr. and Thelma A. (Fern) Franks. Chuck graduated from Altoona High School and served in the US Air Force. Chuck married Freda Simm on July 2, 1955. He was a member of the Scout Troop Order of the Arrow. He enjoyed deer hunting and fishing with his grandchildren and great‐grandchildren. As an ordained minister, Chuck had a jail ministry called TAP (Turning Around Prisoners) Ministries. He is survived by his loving wife Freda; children Sheryl (Bill) Crowley, Charlene Franks, and Shawn (Vicky) Franks; grandchildren Jared, Justin (Sarah) , Jeremy, John (Brianna), Stephen, Jessica (Barry), Alexander, and Tanner (fiancé Whitney); great‐grandchildren Alexandria, Joshua, Julia, Nico, Owen, Cameron, and Adrian; siblings Irlene Papazian, Daniel (Carolyn) Franks; and many nieces
and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, son Shannon L. Franks, sisters Veronica Y. Conrad and Saraellen Kay Miller; brothers‐in‐law Harold Eugene Conrad, Sr., and Ara Papazian, MD.; and son‐in‐law Gregory R Manring.
A Celebration of Life will start at 2pm with Memorial Service to begin at 3pm, Sunday, August 25, 2019 at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61101 with Rev. Dave Fogderud, with the Overflowing Cup, officiating. Reception to follow 4 – 6 pm. A colour guard will be presented by the Boy Scouts, Troop 23. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the family for a memorial to be established. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N.Alpine Rd, Loves Park. www.statelinecremations.com
Jerrold “Jerry” W. Lewig
CELEBRATION OF LIFE UPDATED: Jerrold “Jerry” W. Lewig, 75, of Rockford, died in his home August 11, 2019. Born November 21, 1943 in Tyler, Minnesota; son of Wendell L. and Cora L. (Almhjeld) Lewig. Jerry loved people, he donated many hours to the Sandy Hollow K-Mart over the years as a greeter and parking lot attendant. He made many friends with employees and customer while there. He loved to collect many things over the years including bottle caps, butter boxes to make trains, paper that he cut into confetti, aluminum cans, and pop tabs, which he donated to the Ronald McDonald House. He had collected over 60 pigs, whether figurines, stuffed…you name it, he had it. He was the king of playing marbles, and enjoyed boating and fishing, and listening to country western music.
He will be missed by his sisters Arlene Gran of Sioux Falls, SD, and Jeanette Aspaas of Rockford; nieces and nephews Jeff Gran, Kim Moser, Pam Sullivan, Gail Freyman, Diane Fennel, Dawn (Ray) Pfeil, and Shayne Aspaas; great-nieces and nephews who held a special place in his heart Taylor (Chas) Cross, Connor Pfeil, Maxton Pfeil, Ashley (Jose Cruz) Aspaas, Austin Aspaas, and Aiden Aspaas; and great-great nieces and nephew Mya and Niko Cruz, and Oaklyn Cross.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sister LaVonne (Howard) Soma, brothers-in-law Robert Aspaas and Curtis Gran, and nephews Dennis and Kevin Soma.
Memorial Service will be at 2 pm, Sunday, August 25, 2019 in the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 3829 11th St., Rockford, IL 61109 with a visitation to follow until 5 pm. A private burial of cremated remains will be September 14, 2019 in Balaton, Minnesota. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family. www.statelinecremations.com
Jackie Evette Dean
Jackie Evette Dean, 48, of Machesney Park, died August 11, 2019 in her home. Born March 17, 1971 in Rockford; daughter of Louie A. and Beth (James) Dean. She was a homemaker and loved her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening and always lived to help others. She was an honorary member at City First Church. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Heartland Hospice for their loving care, and to cousin Lori and numerous friends for their donations.
Survivors include her children Tiffany Dean, Laura (Robert) Buckingham, John Dean, Brandy (Patrick) Varney, and Alexis (Michael Smith‐Fithen) Head; 8 grandchildren; siblings Albert, Silvia, and John Dean; special friend Kevin Head, and Becky Voll who is the Godmother of all Jackie’s children. She is preceded in death by her parents, and granddaughter Lily Mae Thompson.
A Celebration of Life will be 3 pm Saturday, August 17, 2019 in City First Church, 5960 Spring Creek Road, Rockford.. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park.
Thomas J. Payne
Thomas J. Payne, 69, of Amboy, passed away at home on Thursday, August 8, 2019. He was born on October 31, 1949 in Amboy, the son of Leo J. and Marjorie (Reed) Payne. He married Linda Madden on February 2, 1968, in Dixon. He retired as a mechanic from Ken Nelson Auto Mall and worked as a mechanic for Lavern Blosser for many years. Survivors include his wife Linda; daughter Angela (Mike) Healey of Marshall, son Keith (Robyn) of Louisville; grandchildren Klayton and Sierra Payne, and Brandon
Healy; sisters Sharon (Don) Sawyer of Dixon, Diane (Ed) Kutz of Humboldt, TN, Joan Sprague of Dixon, Paula (Butch) Schwitters of Dixon, and Renee Payne of Rockford. He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and brother‐inlaw Curt Sprague.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Private burial for immediate family and a Celebration of Life at a later date. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to Serenity Hospice and Home of Oregon, IL. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Rd., Loves Park, IL.
Vicki Louise Dunker
Vicki Louise Dunker, 66, of Rockford, died Sunday, August 4, 2019 in Javon Bea Mercy Health‐Rockton Campus. Born August 11, 1952 in Milwaukee, WI; daughter of Henry W. Jr. and Alice M. (Tiedeman) John. Married Karl R. Dunker on October 1, 1983; he died September 21, 1999. Vicki was a wonderful and loving mother and grandmother. If you knew Vicki you knew she was clever, witty, and unbelievably sarcastic and funny. Her family knows she would have been very successful had she written comedy professionally. She enjoyed floral gardening, cooking, and needlepoint. She also loved to read, play Scrabble, and do crossword puzzles. She will be missed by her children Ben, Max, and Chloe Dunker all of Rockford; her granddaughter Ella; sisters Cheri (Brad) Raudonis of Rockford, and Debbie (Stephen) Frank of Egg Harbor, WI; brother Mike John of Rockford; several nieces and nephews; and last but certainly not least, her beloved dog Porter, the best dog in the world. Predeceased by her parents, husband Karl, and sister‐in‐law Shirley John.
A Celebration of Life will be from 1 – 4 p.m. Sunday, August 25 at the Verdi Club, 782 N. Madison St., Rockford, IL 61107. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Dunker family would like to extend a special thank you to Northern Illinois Hospice Association and Dr. Shawn Wallery for their loving care, compassion, and support. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park, IL.
Debra Marie Alexander
Debra Marie Alexander, 63, of Rockford, died July 10, 2019 in her home. Born December 4, 1955 in Chicago, IL; daughter of Harold and Evenlyn (Burkes) Wardell. Married Daniel Alexander in McHenry County, he died January 3, 2000. Debra worked as a heat treater for Precision Twist Drill in Crystal Lake. She enjoyed playing solitaire, baking cookies, and crocheting.
She is survived by her children Juan Bahena, Vicky (Shawn Mullendore) Bangiorno, William Alexander, and BriAnn Alexander; grandchildren Nick Bangiorno, Kalin Bahena, Riley Bangiorno, Isabelle and Olivia Bahena; brothers Richie (Robin) Wardell, and Bruce “Lucky” Wardell.
Predeceased by her parents, husband Daniel, son Jerry Bahena and sister, Margie. A Celebration of Life is to be determined.
Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park, IL.
Royce H. Keeling
Royce H. Keeling, Sr., 72, of South Beloit, died Saturday, July 6, 2019 peacefully in his home after a 7‐year battle with dementia/alzheimer’s. Born December 31, 1946 in Baltimore, MD; son of Cecil and Gertrude (Huber) Keeling. Graduated
from Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, IN. Served our country in the US Navy for 3 years. Royce married Cheryl A. Peterson on September 11, 1999. He worked for General Motors for 30 years at 2 different plants in Indianapolis and Janesville. He also served as a Sherriff’s Deputy in Putnam County, IN. After retirement, he worked for Bud Weiser Chevrolet driving cars. Royce had many hobbies, but he loved fishing, going for drives, traveling, camping, and bowling. He was also a Colt’s and Packer’s fan.
Survivors include his loving wife Cheryl, sons Royce (Phyllis) Keeling, Jr. of IN, Cecil (Missy) Keeling of IN, Dan (Wendy) Keeling of IN, and Josh (Summer) Keeling of KY; daughter Sarah Keeling‐Stubbendick of Janesville; stepsons Steve (Marcie) Kellett of Janesville, Todd (Carla) Kellett of Poynette, WI, and Curtis (Amanda) Diddock of IN; stepdaughter Lisa (Thomas Hancock) Darby of KY; several grandchildren and step grandchildren; 5 great‐grandchildren; brother Bill (Pat) Szymezak of MD; sister Cindy (Russ) Kramp of FL; half‐brother Johnny Huber of MD; half‐sister JoAnn (Phil) Robbins of MD; several nieces and nephews; and his
faithful dog Abby. Predeceased by his parents, stepmother Lois Keeling, half‐brother Jimmy Vines, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Heartland Hospice and Home Instead for their loving care of Royce. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal. Cremations rites have been accorded and no services are planned at this time. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park, IL.
Douglas James Webster, Sr.
Douglas James Webster, Sr. 56 years young. Born in Milwaukee, WI, passed peacefully at home on Monday, June 17, 2019 in Rockford, IL, after severe health complications. In his younger days he loved to cook, had many different hobbies, attended a lot of churches, held several jobs and was a jack-of-all-trades. He loves his family and cherished the memories.
Later in life he distanced himself from God, taking the wrong path and faced many trials and tribulations, which led to addiction, and then it controlled his life. He probably wasn’t there when needed but he would show up when it mattered most.
His survivors include his 4 children Douglas Webster, Jr., Kayla (Derrick) Ballard, Brad (Lyndsey) Follis; 7 grandchildren Derrick Jr., De’Eric, D-Aria, and DeDrick Ballard, Reese and Parker Follis; his siblings Dorothy Wainwright, Dawn (Bob) Hendry, Daniel Webster, and Dale (Kathy) Webster; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
I’ll see you on the other side of the stars…
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kathryn Marie (Bill) Spradlin, and Charles Dale Webster; grandparents Clyde and Marion Feltz, children Angela Thompson and Justin Ralston; aunts, cousins, and a nephew.
Thank you to Stateline Cremations for your services. A Home-Going Memorial is being arranged.
James Charles Larkins, Sr.
James Charles Larkins, Sr., 80, of Rockford, died Friday, June 21, 2019 surrounded by his loving family and after a long courageous battle with cancer. Born on March 23, 1939 in Church Hill, TN; the son of Robert and Anna (Larkin) Larkins. Attended school and spent his childhood working his grandfather’s tobacco farm in Tennessee. Jim married Mary Ellen Morrison on August 26, 1956. He served his country in the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Military Police. Jim relocated his family to Rockford in 1969. He worked for National Lock for over 30 years and retired from Specialty Screw Corporation as a gifted machinist. Jim, fondly known as Papa, had a great love for his family, his Christian faith, and was an avid classic car enthusiast, winning multiple awards with his 1939 Packard. He always greeted you with a warm welcome, a beautiful smile, and a great story to tell. He was a proud, loving, and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle and will be dearly missed.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mary Ellen; children James (Cindy) Jr., Rick (Bonnie), Sue (Kyle) Larkins-Clark, and adopted daughter Tammy Aaronson; grandchildren Matt, Justin, Jess, Brent, Kate, and Brandon; and 10 greatgrandchildren; siblings Charlene Hensley, Elizabeth Hicks, Ronnie (Carolyn) Larkins, and Judy Thacker; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, and his son Robert Dale Larkins.
A special thank you to Swedish American Regional Cancer Center, Dr. Mardini, and Heartland Hospice for their care and dedication.
A Celebration of Life will be Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 5 to 8 pm at the VFW, 2018 Windsor Road, Loves Park. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park. www.statelinecremations.com
Kenneth Wayne LaFontaine
Kenneth Wayne LaFontaine, 68 of Roscoe, passed away June 10, 2019 due to a sudden illness. Everyone who knew Ken knew that he valued hard work, building and running a successful business, Forest City Decorators, with his own two hands from the ground up. Ken loved his family fiercely and they all knew he would be there for them no matter what. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor, his hearty laugh and his Donald Duck impression he performed for his grandchildren. His presence will be missed dearly by all who had the privilege to meet him. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Deborah;
son, Kenneth (Christi); five grandchildren, Lauren, Sam, Logan, Caitlin and Spencer; mother, Donna Hall; sisters, Georgann, Pam and Cindy and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Aimee.
A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, June 21, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. at the Iron Workers Union Hall, 5640 Sockness Drive, Rockford with words of remembrance at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials to the Walter Lawson Children’s Home 1820 Walter Lawson Drive, Loves Park, IL 61111. The family was assisted by Stateline Cremations.
Helen Louise Stowe
Helen Louise Stowe, 86, of Rockford, died Tuesday, June 4, 2019 in Swedish American Hospital. She was born January 19, 1933 in Belvidere; daughter of Lemuel Murphy and Ethel (Kronki) Pritz. Helen was married to Virgil Stowe. Helen enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and word searches. She like watching Family Feud and raising her canaries and cockatiels.
She is survived by her 6 children, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, 1 brother and 2 sisters. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, 5 brothers, and 1 sister.
A Celebration of Life will be at 11 am, Friday, June 14, 2019 at Rockford Community Church, 6909 Auburn Street, Rockford with Pastor Michael Kelley officiating. Cremation Rites have been accorded. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park
Joyce Lynne Weber
Joyce Lynne Weber, 68, of Machesney Park, died Monday, June 3, 2019 in her home. Born July 13, 1950 in Rockford; daughter of Robert B. and Jewell F. (Speer) Sansom. Worked as a customer service representative for Newell-Rubbermaid for over 30 years. Member of Northeast Christian Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend to many.
Survivors include her daughter Tresa (Douglas Todd) Dale of Machesney Park and son Joey Weber of Candler, NC; grandson Eli Dale, her furry companion Lewis; and sister Betty June Wiegmann
Predeceased by her parents, and brother Keith K. Bartlett.
A Celebration of Life will be 11 am, Thursday, June 6, 2019 in Northeast Christian Church, 5651 East Riverside Blvd, Rockford with Rev. Sylvia Staley officiating. Visitation will be from 10 am until time of service. The family would like to extend a special thank you to MercyHealth Hospice for their loving care of Joyce. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Rd, Loves Park
Carl Alexander Schultz
Carl Alexander Schultz, 73, of Loves Park, Illinois died peacefully in his home on April 28, 2019. He was born October 30, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois. Carl married who he often referred to as “his reason for living,” Louise on July 4th 1970. Carl was a faithful baptized Jehovah’s Witness and a loving husband and father. Everyone who knew Carl loved him for his sense of humor, storytelling, hospitality and how he always wanted to help everyone around him. Survivors include Wife, Louise C. (Abruzzo) Schultz; Children, David (Dawn) Schultz, Danny Schultz; Step Grandchildren, Emily (Landon) McHale, Austin Leonard; Sisters, Joan Schultz, Cecilia (Gary) Baldassari, Kathy Kier; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by Parents, Carl Alexander Schultz SR, Cecilia (Ziaja) Schultz; Brother, John (Pat) Schultz; Sister Madeline (Mike) Blackburn. The memorial service will be on Saturday, June 8th, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 9511 N. Second St., Machesney Park: Visitation will be from 3:00 pm – 4:00pm. This will be followed by a memorial talk at 4:00 pm. Carl’s family would like to thank Hospice of America for making the last 2 months of Carl’s life as comfortable as possible.
Arthur W. Cruse, Jr.
Arthur W. Cruse, Jr., 77, of Stillman Valley passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, IL. He was born on February 9, 1942 in Sparta, WI; the son of Arthur W. and Ruby (Adams) Cruse, Sr. Art graduated from South Beloit, Class of 1960. He then serviced in the US Navy. He married Leah Wedig on June 10, 1972. His last job was a truck driver for Simon’s Trucking of Farley, Iowa. He is survived by his wife Leah of 46 years; children Tina Cruse (Gene Holtz), Tammy Cruse (Randy Livingston), and his son Christopher (Melissa) Cruse; grandchildren Eddie Torrance, Jr, Ashley Cruse, Albert Livingston, Darion Livingston, Amanda McMasters, and Adam Cruse; and 7 great-grandchildren; 5 brothers O. Roy (Linda), Spencer, David, Bruce (Debbie), and Richard.
Proceeded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, and 2 sisters-in-law.
Private services are pending at this time. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Rd., Loves Park, IL
Reuben Eugene Hiatt
Reuben Eugene Hiatt, 58, of Beloit, died May 14, 2019 in Beloit. Born December 19, 1960 in Beloit; son of Roger and Ruby (Lecksheid) Hiatt. Attended South Beloit schools. Reuben owned and operated A & B Painting. He enjoyed making model cars; watching NASCAR, especially following Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Jr.
Survivors include his daughter Brittany; mom Ruby; nephew Byron Hiatt; niece Jennifer Marit; and a large supportive family made up of several aunt, uncles, cousins, and special friends.
He is predeceased by his dad Roger, and daughter Ashley.
A Memorial Service will be at 11 AM, Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the Moose Lodge 191, 1806 Gale Drive, Beloit, WI. Cremation rites have been accorded. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Rd, Loves Park, IL
Frank Joseph Lachman
Frank Joseph Lachman, Jr., 72, of Belvidere, died May 9, 2019 in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center. Born January 14, 1947 in Chicago; son of Frank Joseph Lachman, Sr. and Betty Gene Miller. Married Karen Marie Kelley on July 30, 1983. Frank was self-employed with Two Franks Lawn Care Service, working with his son and as a school bus driver for the Belvidere School District. He was a member of the American Legion of Belvidere. Frank enjoyed fishing and an avid Chicago Bear and Cub’s fan, but mostly he loved spending time with his two grandchildren Leland and Cheyenne.
Frank is survived by his wife Karen, children Frank (Brooke) Lachman, Patricia Lachman-Sullivan, Candice Gerron, and Jennifer (Jennifer) Cubillos; grandchildren Leland and Cheyenne, Thomas, Ty and Jaxon, Katie, Tyler, and Sarah. Predeceased by his father Frank, Sr.
A Celebration of Life will be 1 PM, Sunday, May 19, 2019, in the Belvidere American Legion, 900 W. Chrysler Drive, Belvidere, IL. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park.
Patricia A. Vance
Patricia A. Vance, 55, of Belvidere, died May 4, 2019 in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center. Born May 25, 1963 in Sioux Falls, SD; daughter of John and Fern (Kroger) Cannegieter. Patricia loved her family and especially enjoyed doting on her grandson Luke. She collected Coca Cola memorabilia, enjoyed gardening, raising dogs, and spending time with her many friends.
Survivors include her children: Derek (Katie) Vance, Matt (Ruby Johannes) Vance, and Amber (Donovan Bartram) Vance; grandson Luke Vance; siblings John (Sue) Cannegieter, Don (Penny) Cannegieter, Jim (Julie) Cannegieter, Debbie (Bill) Bergmann, Sandy (Dennis) Guthrie, and Karen (Steve) Carlson; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, and 3 nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday, May 11, 2019 with a brief service at 1 pm at the Caledonia Congregational Church, 14730 Oak Street, Caledonia.
Douglas Scott DeWitt
Douglas Scott DeWitt, 72, of Winnebago, died Wednesday April 24th, 2019 in Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon surrounded by his daughters. Born in Oklahoma City, OK. December 31st, 1946 to Preston & Helen DeWitt. Doug served in the US Navy from 1965-1969 as a shipman on the USS Delta servicing other ships in various Vietnam territories.
Doug was an avid outdoorsman & enjoyed fishing immensely. Over the years he served in many organizations. Doug served as Commander briefly at The American Legion post 720, Shasta Dam, CA, as well as bookkeeper & many other roles. He served as a Girl scout leader with his late wife, Mimi for many years with troop 399 of Winnebago & later served as “Cookie Commander” sorting all state-line cookie orders, for which he was recognized with awards. He acted as softball coach & assistant coach for his daughter Stephanie’s various teams. Doug’s favorite job was driving school bus for RPS for several years, where he would buy gifts for all of “his kids” each holiday & loved participating in their school bus rodeo every year. Doug rescued dozens of animals over the years & was a deeply devoted animal lover.
He loved being a Dad, but his greatest role in his 72 years was being the best Grampy to his three granddaughters- who had him most willingly wrapped around their little fingers. They will carry the love & memories shared with Grampy all the days of their lives.
Doug was a truly kind soul, who never hesitated to help where he could. He loved with every inch of his heart. His legacy will be one of just that- love, acceptance & kindness.
Survivors include his siblings Danny (Jean) Small, Patricia (Mike) Nardine, his daughters, Tiffany DeWitt, Stephanie (Jared) King, granddaughters Addison, Avery & Emme King. Special friends that he cherished at American Legion post 720 in Shasta Dam, California.
Predeceased by his parents, Preston & Helen, late wives Kathy L. Anderson & Mary E. “Mimi” DeWitt, dozens upon dozens of fur babies, most recently “Little Man”- (the anything but little) cat that was his greatest comfort these last months. He is finally reunited with them all.
Daddy. I will miss you forever, love you for always & will live by the lessons & morals you and Mom instilled, all the days of my life. I carry you both in my heart.
A huge thank you to the staff at Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon, IL. Your home is Heaven’s waiting room & each of you are hand-picked earth angels. There are not words great enough to give thanks for the absolute love & care you gave him. May God bless each & every one of you. Also, to Dr. Alexander neurosurgeon, Dr. Richards & Dr. McFarland at Mercy Health Cancer Center. Dr. Jon Strutzenberg & his amazing staff.
A memorial service will be announced in the coming weeks; dates TBD & will be posted here. Please consider a donation to Serenity Hospice & Home in his name.
Donald J. O’Brien
Donald J. O’Brien, Sr., 82, of Beloit, died Sunday, April 21, 2019 in his home. Born December 24, 1936 in Fort Atkinson, WI; son of Clark and Mary (McCune) O’Brien. Married Delores Stauffacher in 1996. Worked for Beloit Corp. as a maintenance painter, retiring in 1997. Donald had a heart of gold and was generous to a fault. He loved mowing his lawn with his riding lawnmower and helping the neighbors by mowing their lawns as well. He enjoyed fishing, going for a ride whether on his motorcycle or any other vehicle, and both vegetable and flower gardening. He also loved spending time with his many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Delores; children Donny O’Brien, Jr., Robin Simplot; Tom (Debbie) O’Brien, and Roger Jung, all of Beloit; step-children Connie Nguyen, Harold Stauffacher, Linda Morse, Ann Valadez, and Sarah Hinderliter; grandchildren Crystal (Mitch) Hemmerling, Richard (Taneisha) Alf, Christopher O’Brien, Angel (Jesse) Bessel, Joshua (Pam) O’Brien, Jeremy (Jackie) O’Brien, and Jessica (Mark) Hall; 12 step-grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren; siblings Richard (Pat) O’Brien, Diane (Bob) Grice, and Catherine Bigham; and several nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by his parents; siblings Jean, Rose, Dorothy, Geraldine, Beverly, and Charlie; and grandson Donald James.
A Celebration of Life will be 1 pm, Saturday, April 27, 2019 in Floral Lawns Cemetery Chapel, 835 Dearborn Ave. South Beloit, IL 61080, with Rev. Dave Fogderud officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded.
Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park.
Benjamin James Monroe
Benjamin James Monroe, 69, of Rockton, died April 22, 2019 in his home after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Born January 12, 1950 in Rockford; son of Edward and Lucy (Hellman) Monroe. Graduated from East High School in 1968. Married Pamela Ann Yeager on October 14, 1972. He worked as a maintenance engineer for Rockford Memorial Hospital for many years. He enjoyed traveling, with Door County being his favorite destination.
Survivors include his wife Pam; brothers William (Kathy) Monroe, Timothy (Marilyn) Monroe; sister-in-law Susan Monroe; sisters Bonnie (Tom) Mack, and Rebecca Monroe; nephews Daniel (Megan) Chadwick, Spencer and Zachary Monroe; and niece Sowmya Monroe; special friends Ken and Linda Konetski, Donna Dobratz, and Pamela deRoy. Predeceased by his mom Lucy Monroe, and brother Scott Monroe.
A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. Donations may be made to Carpenter’s Place, 1149 Railroad Ave. Rockford, IL 61104 or Goldie Floberg Center, 58 W. Rockton Road, Rockton, IL 61072. A special thank you to Heartland Hospice for their TLC of Ben. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 North Alpine Road, Loves Park. www.statelinecremations.com
Carrie Ann Bell
Carrie Ann Bell, 41, of Rockford, died April 14, 2019 in her home. Born June 18, 1977 in London, Ohio; daughter of John and Vickie Elliott. Graduated from South High School in Springfield, Ohio in 1996. Carrie worked in advertising for both outside companies and as self-employed. She loved spending time with her children watching movies, and fishing when they were younger. She was always there for her kids and will be greatly missed by all.
Survivors include her sons Jeffrey A. Dodd and Austin Dodd, and daughter Aryzona Dodd; father John Elliott; brother Alan “Marty” Coates; sisters Darcy and Leslie Bell. Carrie is predeceased by her mother Vickie.
A Celebration of Life will be 1 to 3 pm, Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Rockford Community Church, 6909 Auburn Street, Rockford, 61101. Cremation rites have been accorded. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park. www.statelinecremations.com
Ted L. Clyde
Ted L. Clyde, 63, of Loves Park, died April 15, 2019 in his home. Born April 27, 1955 in Woodstock, IL; son of Theodore John and Iona May (Good) Clyde. Married Tianna Lori Saeger on October 28, 2010. Ted worked for 25 years in construction. He enjoyed golfing and music, and back in the day was a singer in a few bands.
Survivors include his wife Tianna, sons Ted R. (Rebecca) Clyde, Billy Clyde, and Zach Swanson; daughters Jessica Swanson and Bailey (Derrick Watson) O’Donnell; granddaughters Victoria and Freyja; brother Jeff (Leslie) Clyde; brother-in-law Ross Wirth; Goddaughter Lindsay (Gary) Descher; and several nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by his parents, and sister Valerie Jean Wirth.
A Celebration of Life will be Noon to 4 PM, Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Neighbor’s Bar & Grill, 7745 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park, IL. Cremation rites have been accorded. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park. www.statelinecremations.com
James Martin Ball “Marty”
James Martin Ball “Marty”, 57, of Dixon, died April 16, 2019 in Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon after a battle with cancer. Born November 29, 1961 in Charlotte, North Carolina; son of Noah, Sr. and Toncie (Seggs) Ball. Graduated from South Rowan High School in 1978. Marty worked as a mechanic. He enjoyed anything to do mechanics, fixing things, traveling, and motorcycles.
Survivors include Marty’s significant other Dawn Challand of Dixon; mother Toncie Ball of Charlotte, NC; sons Jacob (Audi) Ball and Joshua Ball both of Oelwein, IA; grandchildren Jackie and Drake Ball; sister Rebecca (Steve) Philips of Indianapolis, IN; brother Robert (Amy) Ball of North Charleston, SC; and several nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by his father Noah Ball, Sr.; sisters Margaret Ellen Beaver and Patricia Ann Ball; brother Noah Edgar Ball, Jr.; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date and will be interred in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Cremations rites have been accorded. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 North Alpine Road, Loves Park. www.statelinecremations.com
Daryl L. Bowman
Daryl L. Bowman, 59, of Rockford, died April 13, 2019 in Rock River Health Care. Born November 21, 1959 in Valier, Montana; son of Howard Bowman and Rosalie (Norcutt) Rohrer. Graduated from Valier High School in 1977. Daryl worked at Walmart for 17 years. He enjoyed playing video games, using CB radios, and bicycling. He also loved anything to do with electronic gadgets. The family would like to extend their appreciation to Rock River Health Care and Heartland Hospice for their loving care of Daryl.
Survivors include his brothers Andrew Bowman, Michael Rohrer, Brian Rohrer; sister Julie (Carl) Ellis; and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, and sister Cynthia Barnes.
God has a reason for allowing things to happen. We may never understand His wisdom, but we simply have to trust His will. There will be a private Celebration of Life. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park, IL. www.statelinecremations.com
Jeffrey J. DeVoe
Jeffrey J. DeVoe, 57, of Rockford, died April 3, 2019 in Swedish American Hospital. Born November 7, 1961 in Madison, WI; son of Harold F. and Viola K. (Virning) DeVoe. Attended Guilford and Jefferson High Schools, graduating in 1979. Married Michelle Freier on February 14, 1985. Worked as a die maker for many years. Jeff was an avid Chicago Bears and Cubs fan; also enjoyed watching Nascar and Golf. He liked fishing, working on cars, and animals. Jeff also enjoyed doing anything that was outdoors.
Survivors include his daughters Brooke (Frank) Lachman and Jessie (Dan) Hackman; grandchildren Leland and Cheyenne Lachman, Janna, Nickolas, and Bella Hackman; siblings Jim (Ann), Joe, Jeanette England, Jerome, Jackie (Gary) Cozzi, and Jay; numerous nieces and nephews; and Michelle DeVoe-Heinhorst. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Celebration of Life will be 2 pm, Saturday, April 13, 2019 in the New Milford United Methodist Church, 7102 Cindy Drive, Rockford, IL 61109, with Rev. Kazimierz Luz Fi’ut “Pastor Casey” officiating. Visitation from 1 pm until time of service. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park. www.statelinecremations.com
Cynthia L. Goff
Cynthia L. Goff, 56, of Rockford, died April 1, 2019 in Fair Oaks Nursing and Rehab Center in South Beloit. She was born January 11, 1963 in Chicago, IL; daughter of Howard, Sr. and Sandy (Neumann) Wesley. Cynthia graduated from West Aurora High School in 1981. She married Robert Goff on April 28, 1990; he died April 5, 2008. Worked at Walter Lawson’s Children’s Home as a caregiver for almost 10 years. She loved to cook, enjoyed watching football, but most of all she just loved being a mom and grandma.
She is survived by her children, Tim (Amy) McDonald, Desiree (Chris) Nichols, Tony and Kyle Goff; 9 grandchildren; father Howard, Sr. (Patricia) Wesley; brothers Jerry (Lori) Wesley, Howard Jr. (Eileen) Wesley, and sister Candy (Mike) Anthony. Predeceased by her mother Sandy and husband Robert.
A Celebration of life is being planned for a later date. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family; 7307 North Alpine Road, Suite A4, Loves Park, IL. www.statelinecremations.com
Glen Elmer Markin
Glen Elmer Markin, 92, of Rockford, IL, passed away Sunday March 17, 2019. Born March 27, 1926 in Rockford, son of Elmer and Helen (Goodell) Markin. A veteran of World War II, Glen served in the United States Navy aboard LSM-47, which took part in D-Day operations during the battle for Iwo Jima February – March 1945. He married Pamela Bastian May 15, 1965. A driving instructor for The State of Illinois, he later retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 25 years. Glen was an avid league bowler, enjoyed dancing to swing jazz, and explored the country with his family in a recreational vehicle. Glen particularly enjoyed trips to Wisconsin with family, friends and loved ones. He was a member of St. Anskar’s Episcopal Church and many fraternal organizations, with a favorite being the VFW post in Belvidere, IL. Glen is survived by his sons, Michael and Kevin, in-laws Kimberly and Marlon Pool of Rockford and many nieces, nephews, loving family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his wife, parents, sisters Beverly and Inez and brothers Robert and Donald. The Markin Family would like to thank Robin Berkheimer and Optimal Care Advocates, Heritage Woods Belvidere, St. Anthony’s Hospital and East Bank Center. Memorial Services will be held at a later date. Stateline Cremations and St. Anskar’s Episcopal Church assisted the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Anskar’s.
Patricia Ann Vaughn
Patricia Ann Vaughn, 91, of Rockford, died March 24, 2019 in Wesley Willows. Born November 9, 1927 in Rockford, daughter of William and Dorothy (Raymer) Underhill. She married Donald G. Vaughn on November 16, 1946; Donald died in May of 2000.
Survivors include her sons Jeffrey (Linda), Stacey (Silvia), and Stan (Cece); 8 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents and sister Beverley Johnson.
A Celebration of Life will be 4 to 7:30 pm, Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Forest Hills Lodge, 1601 West Lane Rd. Loves Park, IL. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park. www.statelinecremations.com
She was feisty and fiery and quick with her wit.
A twist of her charm no one soon would forget.
Her face told a story, the wrinkles held time.
Her fingers all crooked and so out of line.
Eyes that were endless, blue azure tide.
Mountains of memories and old stubborn pride.
She loved deep in the heart but not on her sleeve.
A guarded soul until once perceived.
Strong as a palm tree in hurricane wind.
She weathered some branches but stood tall again.
Tales of her history could captivate crowds.
Eagerly listening as the time would allow.
She made me laugh, she saw me cry.
She taught me so much before she died.
Angels wings have taken her far away,
her love and memory live on in me today.
My heart has a hole.
I will forever treasure the bond we shared.
You were not just my grandma but one of my truest friends.
We loved each other but we also healed each other.
I will miss you until the day I die and we meet again.
I love you so much grandma. Wait for me.
Tanya Marie Alexander
Tanya Marie Alexander, 40, of Rockford, died March 18, 2019 in her home. Born December 18, 1978 in Rockford; daughter of Glen Hall and Julie (Gould) Cannegeiter. Married D’Andre’ C. Alexander, Sr. on June 5, 2009. Tanya was an avid photographer and loved all types of music. She loved being a wife and mother. D’Andre’s personal message to Tanya “Superman will forever miss his Wonder Woman”.
Survivors include her husband D’Andre’; children Raven, Chase, Shawn, Ethan, Serenity, and D’Andre’ Jr.; mother Julie (Jim) Cannegieter; brother David Hall; aunts, uncles, and numerous cousins. Predeceased by her father Glen Hall; maternal and paternal grandparents.
A Celebration of Life will be 6 pm, Saturday, March 30, 2019 in the Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Rockford, 3015 South 4th Street Rockford, IL 61104 with Rev. Dave Frederick officiating. There will be no visitation prior to the service. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family.
Vance Randall “Butch” Eubanks
Vance Randall “Butch” Eubanks, 60, of Loves Park, IL. entered the gates of Heaven at 1:32 p.m. on March 15, 2019 from Javon Bea Hospital [Mercy Health] of a massive stroke. Vance was born January 10, 1959 in Rockford, IL. son of Kenneth “Ken” and Shirley Jo (White) Eubanks. He graduated from Illinois School for the Deaf, Class of 1978. He attended Northern Illinois University and Technical Vocational Institute, St. Paul, MN. graduated with an Associate’s Degree.
He never married nor had any children, but loved children. He had such a zest for life. He loved to to make people smile; He loved family; food; cats; Superheroes, especially Superman and old cartoon characters, such as Casper and Scooby-Doo.
He was a member of Berean Baptist Church since June 2013 and was in the Deaf Choir. Prior to that, he was a member of Christian Deaf Center, until closing. He was an employee of Bridgeway, Inc. as a janitorial associate. Formally worked at Crusader Clinic for 18 years; and Ponderosa Steakhouse for 7 years.
Survivors include: one sister, Wendy Kuehne of Loves Park, IL.; father, Ken Eubanks of Vaca-ville, CA.; two half-brothers, Brandon (Renee) Eubanks of Klamath Falls, OR. and Bryan Eubanks of Vacaville, CA.: three half-nieces, Sydnie Eubanks, Jenna Eubanks, and Danielle Otlin; one half-nephew, Christopher Posey.
Predeceased by mother, Shirley Jo Kuehne; step-father, Darwin “Doug” Kuehne; paternal grand-parents, Herman Eubanks and Vivian (Morris) Bowers; maternal grandparents, William “David” and Lola (Brewer) White; step-grandparents, Rudolph “Rudy” and Bernice (Merrell) Kuehne.
Memorial Services will be held Thursday, March 28th at 2 p.m. at Berean Baptist Church, 5626 Safford Road, Rockford, IL. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Luncheon will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials to family.
Mary Louise Sheley
Mary Louise Sheley, 79, of Rockford, died March 16, 2019 in Madison, WI. Born June 2, 1939 in Fon du Lac, WI; daughter of Myrle and Louise (Normann) Schilling. Married Dale D. Sheley on August 17, 1957. Mary was a member of St. James Church, she worked as a maid, but was most proud of her work as a cake decorator.
Survivors include her husband, Dale; 3 children Cary Sheley, Kristine (Doug) Witherby, and Cynthia Lee; 4 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents and son-in-law John Lee.
A Memorial Mass will be held 10 AM, Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in St. James Church, 428 North 2nd Street, Rockford, with Father Leonard Jacobs officiating. There will be no visitation prior to service. Cremation rites have been accorded. Private burial at a later date. Stateline Cremations assisted the family with arrangements, 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park. www.statelinecremations.com
Connie L. Holman
Connie L. Holman, 59, of Machesney Park, passed away in her home on March 3, 2019. Born July 16, 1959 in Milwaukee, WI; daughter of Clifford and Patricia Burdette. Graduated from Union Grove High School. Married Bill G. Holman on February 2, 2002.
Connie spent her life raising her 3 daughters; Stephanie, Samantha, and Krystyn as well as her “heart daughters” Marina and Selah. She was loved by everyone that met her and will be greatly missed. Connie enjoyed plants and gardening, and spending time with her husband Bill and their Hot Rods.
Connie is survived by her husband Bill; daughters Stephanie Burdette, Samantha Holman, and Krystyn Holman, and 3 brothers Paul, Lew, and Alan Burdette. She was predeceased by her parents.
A Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 7307 N. Alpine Rd. Loves Park, IL 61111. www.statelinecremations.com
Kim DeLeo Nilsson
Loving Father, Grandfather, Brother, and Uncle
Kim DeLeo Nilsson, 62, peacefully passed away on February 25, 2019 in Oregon, IL. He was born on May 3, 1956 in Rockford, the son of Bill and Doris (Benson) Nilsson. Kim graduated from Stillman Valley High School in 1974.
Kim had a jovial spirit; laughter paired with a joke and a smile were never far from his lips. Described as a simple man, he was never one to be a burden on others and that was exemplified in how hard he worked, he worked with CNC Machines for over 20 years. Taking cues from one of his favorite bands, The Allman Brother’s Band, who said “You got to let your Soulshine, shine ’til the break of day”. Kim let his soul shine, he paired it with an even bigger heart; it showed in his willingness to help anyone that needed a hand, and that kindness was extended to his love of animals, a trait that was passed down from his sweet mother.
A die-hard Packers and Cubs fan, you could often find him excitedly watching or listening to a game and messaging his enthusiastic comments to family and friends. He would tell you that the Cubs winning the World Series was one the best moments of his life. If he wasn’t watching sports, you could find him “kicking back” as he would say, with one of his many hobbies and talents that included model trains, classic cars, camping, fishing, and listening to Blues, Rock and Roll, and Southern Rock.
The only thing bigger than his love for the Packers was the love Kim had for his family. His children, Rob and Trisha, and his granddaughters, Keys and Jayla meant the absolute world to him. He will be deeply missed.
Kim was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Doris, sisters Jody Donahoe and Heidi Nilsson, niece Wendy Donahoe, and great-nephew Jack Marler.
Left to remember Kim with love are his daughter Trisha (Jay) Montgomery, son Robert Nilsson, granddaughters Keyera and Jayla Montgomery, sister Susan (John) Howell, niece Dawn (Dustin) Burton, nephew Timothy (Kaydee) Marler II, great-niece and nephews Hailey Donahoe, Daniel Arroyo, Dylan and Gavin Burton, and David Marler.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Serenity Hospice for the care of Kim. Although his stay was short, he loved being there and felt at home.
There will be Celebration of Life at a later date and burial will be at Mouth of Stillman Cemetery in the spring.
Stateline Cremations is assisting the family. www.statelinecremations.com.
Doris Ann Nilsson
Loving Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother
Doris Ann Nilsson, 83, of Rockford, went to her heavenly home on February 24, 2019. She was born in Rockford on June 1, 1935 to Gustav and Caroline (Vanderwarker) Benson. She graduated from East High School in 1953. She married Bill Nilsson on March 26, 1955. A true pair of soulmates, they could be found laughing and out dancing together whenever they could sneak away. Bill loved her shining smile and her stylish sense of fashion that stayed with her throughout her life. Together they raised one son and three daughters. Many wonderful memories were made including many camping trips that were filled with lively activities as well as her love of travelling. They were married for 38 years until his passing in 1993. She was perfectly described as the sunshine in her family; simply put, she loved life. Her family would swear she woke up with a smile, always bubbly and cheerful. Her spirited laugh will always be remembered by all who knew her. She was always looking for the good in people. She had a passion for animals, especially cats; she was always quick to donate to save animals’s lives and to share cute animal photos. Doris worked for many years for different companies as a secretary and she was a member of Salem Lutheran Church.
Affectionately remembered by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as “Grandma Dodo”, she always made sure that her family knew how much she loved them and how proud she was of them. She always made time to visit and to stay connected with her family and friends, she loved to “be in the know” and she remained one of the most active members of the family on social media until her passing. Doris was an avid collector of memorable quotes; one of her favorite quotes of late said that “My home is my heaven”. We were blessed to have been able to share a slice of heaven with her here on earth.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill, daughters Jody Donohoe and Heidi Nilsson, granddaughter Wendy Donohoe, and great-grandson Jack Marler. Doris was followed in death by her son Kim D. Nilsson on February 25, 2019.
Left to remember her grace and laughter are her daughter Susan (John) Howell, grandchildren Timothy (Kaydee) Marler II, Dawn (Dustin) Burton, Robert Nilsson, and Trisha (Jay) Montgomery; great-grandchildren Dylan and Gavin Burton, Hailey Donohoe, Keyara and Jayla Montgomery, Daniel Arroyo, and David Marler; and brother James L. Benson.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Hospice Care of America for their years of service to Doris; without them, they surely wouldn’t have had her with them as long as they did.
There will be a Celebration of Life and burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens at a later date. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family. www.statelinecremations.com.
Sandra Jean Cook
Sandra Jean Cook, 75, of Belvidere, passed away in her home on February 10, 2019. Born July 29, 1943 in Stevens Point, WI; daughter of Earl and Earnestine Webie. Married Howard Mack Cook on September 3, 1960, they celebrated 50 years of marriage on September 3, 2010. Howard passed away March 1, 2011. She was a member of the Moose Club and Boone Lake from 1975 to 2011. She attended Redemption Church. Sandra had many interests which included baking, bingo, camping, crafts, crocheting, gardening, journaling, cooking, and traveling.
Survivors include her daughters Lori Walley, Norma (Leonard) Glogowski, Brenda (Tyler) Chandler, and Lisa Bogardus; son James (Kimberly Wennmacher) Cook; grandchildren Michelle (Daniel) Dunlap, Melissa (Thomas) Matthews, Michaele Walley, Nicholas (Meg) Glogowski, Nathan (Terrica) Glogowksi, Joshua (Melissa) Walton, and Paul Bogardus; great-grandchildren Alexis Robertson, Julia and Ethan Dunlap, Ruben, Jordan, and Alex Nieto, Zendaya Ward, and Baby Girl Walton; sisters Dorothy Chojnacki, and Nancy Flatoff; and her loyal companions, her dog Libby, and her bird Honey. Sandra was predeceased by her parents, husband, 2 brothers, 1 sister, and a son-in-law.
Celebration of Life Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 11 am in the VFW, 1310 W. Lincoln Ave., Belvidere with Rev. Adam Reardon officiating; a luncheon and visitation to immediately follow the service until 3 pm. Memorials to be given to the family via the Belvidere VFW. Burial will be in Belvidere Cemetery at a later date. All the Cook children would like to thank family and friends for all their love and support. Cremation Rites have been accorded. Stateline Cremations, 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park, IL 61111, is assisting the family; statelinecremations.com.
David Bruce Schlickman
David Bruce Schlickman, 73, of Rockford, passed away in his home after a long battle with cancer on February 9, 2019. Born June 21, 1945 in Rockford; son of Floyd Sr. and Jeanette (Utzig) Schlickman. Graduated from Boylan High School in 1964. Married Connie Fertitta on August 14, 1965. Worked as a heavy equipment operator for 34 years at Winnebago County Hwy Dept, retiring in 2008. He enjoyed DIY projects, fishing, playing cards, and spending time with family.
He is survived by his wife Connie; 2 sons Louis (Rena) of Meridian, Idaho, and Greg (Rose) of Stillman Valley; 3 grandchildren Vincent of Rockford, Anthony of Pecatonica, and Valerie of Stillman Valley; sister Mrs. Judy (Frank) Greenfield, 2 brothers Floyd Jr. (Vivian) and Richard; numerous nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by his parents, and 2 brothers Roland and Michael.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Mercy Health Hospice for their kindness and compassion.
Memorial service 11 am, February 16, 2019 in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 3300 Rural Street, Rockford with Rev. Len Hoffmann officiating. Visitation 10 am until time of service. Stateline Cremations, 7307 North Alpine Road, Loves Park is assisting the family, www.statelinecremations.com.