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Kathy Schmitt (Andersen)

April 27th, 1963 - November 26th, 2011

Age 48
 

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KATHERINE ANN ANDERSEN, MD, 48 ROCKFORD - Katherine Ann Andersen, MD, 48, of Rockford died peacefully, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, in Rockford Memorial Hospital, after a year and a half battle with cancer. Kathy was born April 27, 1963, in Park Ridge, the daughter of Dr. Milton G. and Judith C. (Hansen) Schmitt Jr. She married William F. Andersen Jr., on Aug. 6, 1988, in Rockford. Kathy was a physician for Rockford Health Systems and a member of Christ United Methodist Church. Katherine is loved and will be missed by her husband, Bill; children, Eric and Wills; parents, Dr. Milton and Judith Schmitt; brothers, David (Kim) Schmitt and John (Tammy) Schmitt; nieces and nephews, Michael, Hannah, Gabby, Alex, Ryan Schmitt, Jeffrey (Sarah), Colin, Austin Fritsch, Jenna, Matthew, Ethan Schilling; mother and father-in-law, Bill and Diane Andersen; sisters-in-law, Joan (Jeff) Fritsch and Amy (Kevin) Schilling. Predeceased by her children, Katie and John; and grandparents.

Service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Christ United Methodist Church, 4509 Highcrest Road, Rockford, with the Rev. Jane Eesley, pastor officiating. Private family burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the church. In lieu of flowers, Kathy preferred that memorials be given in care of Christ United Methodist Church, Youth Ministries and Work Camp, in her memory. Arrangements by Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere. To light a candle or to share a memory, please visit buckwheelerhyland.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from November 29 to November 30, 2011

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Mrs. Alice Beck

May 4th, 1936 - April 28th, 2006

Age 69

English Teacher

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Miss Nancy Busey

December 18th, 1922 - June 26th, 2008

Age 85

Social Studies Teacher

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Rockford Register Star (IL) - July 13, 2008

Deceased Name: Nellie Antoinette Busey (Beloit, Wis.)
 
NELLIE ANTOINETTE BUSEY BELOIT, Wis. - Nellie Antoinette Busey died on June 26, 2008, in the Home Bridge Care Facility (formerly the Biltmore) in Belvidere, Ill. Born Dec. 18, 1922, in Beloit, the daughter of James Dallas and Mary Margaret (Koch) Busey. Graduated valedictorian of her class from South Beloit, Ill., High School and went on to graduate from Northern Illinois University, and in 1946, received her master's degree from the University of Iowa. An accomplished musician, her dream was to be a piano accompanist, but she went into teaching instead and taught for more than 40 years. Nellie taught in public schools in Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota and Illinois. As an only child, she returned to Rockford to teach and to help care for grandparents and parents. She taught social studies at Guilford High School for 24 years, retiring in 1986.

Nellie was a dedicated teacher, and former students still maintained contact with her. Nellie loved to travel, visiting 25 countries. In 1962, she received a Fulbright to India and in 1964, received a second Fulbright to study in Iran. At that time she also traveled in Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan. Nellie loved all animals, and for many years her dog, Joey, was her constant companion. When it became difficult for her to care for a dog, she switched her affection to cats. Prior to entering the care facility in Belvidere, she and her beloved cat, Alexander "Alex" lived in the Grand Victorian in Rockford where she was affectionately known as the "cat lady." Member of Zeta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma. Former member of the Winnebago County Retired Teachers Association. She was predeceased by parents. Survivors include cousins; many friends; former students; and special friend, William Galaway of Palm Springs, Calif. Memorial service of remembrance at 11 a.m. Friday, July 18, in Rosman-Uehling-Kinzer Funeral Home, 1125 Cranston Road, Beloit. A lunch will follow at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers send memorials to Fund for Animals or to the American Parkinson Disease Association.

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Mr. Sherwood Coul

January 9th, 1926 - September 30th, 1992

Age 66

Industrial and Home Arts Teacher

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Mr. William R. Durham

August 15th, 1935 - April 29th, 2009

Age 73

English Teacher and Drama Club Advisor

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Rockford Register Star ( IL ) - May 8, 2009

Deceased Name: William Durham (Palm Springs, Calif.)


WILLIAM ROGERS DURHAM PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - William R. Durham of Palm Springs, formerly of Belvidere, Ill., passed away suddenly April 29, 2009, in the Emergency Room at Dessert Regional Hospital. Born Aug. 15, 1935, in Mendota, Ill., the son of Lyal Weeks and Harriet (Riegel) Durham. He graduated from Mendota High School in 1953, and graduated with a B.A. from Monmouth College (Illinois) and with an M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado. He was a lifelong member of Theta Chi Fraternity and member of the National Honorary Theatre Society, Alpha Psi Omega. Bill was a teacher for 35 years, teaching in Venezuela, Nebraska and Illinois. The past 24 years of his career he taught speech and drama at Guilford High School in Rockford , Ill. He was a Mason for 48 years and a life member of the Samuel H. Davis Lodge No. 96 in Mount Morris, Ill.

In addition to theatre, his lifelong interest was antiques and for several years he combined teaching and his love of antiques, doing trade shows during the summer and school breaks. Upon retiring, with his partner he opened the Home Place Antiques in Belvidere, which he operated for 14 years before moving to Palm Springs. He was an active member of the Belvidere community. He served on the board of the Boone County Community Building, was a past president of the Boone County Historical Society, the first president of Belvidere Main Street Center, on the vestry of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for several years, and was a founding member of the Main Street Players. In 2004, just prior to moving to Palm Springs, he received an Outstanding Volunteer Service Recognition Award for promoting the city of Belvidere Downtown Business District.

Upon moving to Palm Springs, Bill became active in his condominium association and served as president of the Homeowners Association Board for two years. His love of antiques led him to volunteer many hours a week at the Desert Aids Project's Revivals resale shops. In 2009, he was recognized for 3,000 hours of volunteer service to DAP. He is survived by his life partner of 44 years, Bill Galaway; special friend, Joe Musser; sister, Mary Borth of Tonica; sisters-in-law, Betty Durham of Mendota and Pauline Durham of Moline; and brothers-in-law, Raymond Maciejewski of Mendota, and Charles Rogers of Sycamore; and many friends. Predeceased by parents, four brothers and three sisters. Service will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, in Belvidere, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the William R. Durham Drama-Theater Scholarship Fund/Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, 946 N. Second St. Rockford , IL 61107, the Boone County Historical Society, Belvidere, or to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Belvidere.

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Mrs. Mary-Hope Ferrara

October 28th, 1933 - April 22nd, 2007

Age 73

Home Economics Teacher

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Rockford Register Star ( Rockford , IL ) - April 25, 2007

Deceased Name: Mary - Hope C. Ferrara
 
MARY-HOPE C. FERRARA, 73 GARDEN PRAIRIE - Mary-Hope C. Ferrara, 73, of Garden Prairie died early Sunday morning, April 22, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family at the time of her death. Mary-Hope was born Oct. 28, 1933, in Chester, Conn., the daughter of Albert and Mary (Albanese) Carini. She graduated from Chester High School in 1951, where she was the class valedictorian. She earned her bachelor's degree from Simmons College in Boston in 1955, and her master's degree in Education from Boston University in 1958.

Mary-Hope Carini married Dr. Thomas J. Ferrara on Feb. 6, 1954, in Chester. The couple moved to Belvidere in 1963. Mary-Hope's lifelong love was teaching. She spent more than 40 years teaching in the Belvidere and Rockford public school systems. She spent much of her career at Rockford Guilford High School, where she taught in the Home Economics department. She taught courses in early childhood development, marriage and family living, house design, food preparation, and sewing. Mary-Hope was an innovator in early childhood development. She was instrumental in developing the first high school pre-school program in the Rockford School system. In 1965, to meet a growing need for early childhood care and development, she founded Kiddie Kollege Day Care and Pre- School in Belvidere. She retired from the Rockford Public School system in 1996.

After her retirement Mary-Hope continued to nurture our youth as a substitute teacher for the Catholic Diocese of Rockford, St. James School in Belvidere, and Kishwaukee Elementary in Garden Prairie. She dearly loved, and was loved, by the children in each of those schools. Her substitute teaching career remained a top priority throughout her retirement. Prior to and during retirement, Mary-Hope and her husband, Tom, spent many weeks each year traveling the globe and enjoying the many wonders the world has to offer. Through their travels and their involvement in The Sister Cities Program, they built many lasting friendships not only around the world, but right here in their own backyard.

Cooking was Mary-Hope's passion. She grew up in a restaurant family. She taught classes and conducted seminars in Italian food and culture. From choosing the recipe, shopping for the ingredients, preparing and presenting the meal, to eating her creations, Mary-Hope loved all aspects of food. She was well-known for her brownie treats. Mary-Hope's faith guided her many volunteer and community activities. Mary-Hope was a member of St. James Catholic Church, former president of St. James Catholic Daughters, St. James School Education Commission, St. James Why Catholic, Catholic Women's League, Rockford Diocese Woman of the Year 2004, Caritas Woman of the Year 2007, Board of Directors for Boone County Council on Aging, Board of Directors Belvidere Sister Cities, former member of Zonta International, St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary, former member of Ostende Dance Club, former member of the Gourmet Club, Rockford Retired Teachers Association and the Winnebago-Boone Retired Teachers Association. Survivors include her husband, Dr. Thomas J. Ferrara of Garden Prairie; children, Marirose (John Mullin) Ferrara of Oak Park, Dr. Hope (Dr. Richard Snively) Ferrara Snively of Herndon, Va., Carina (Jeffery Furst) Ferrara-Furst of Rockford ; grandchildren, Sabina Ferrara Mullin, 24, Lena Ferrara Mullin, 16, Michael Snively, 19, Lauren Snively, 17, Carly Snively, 15, Joseph Thomas Snively, 11, Thomas Ferrara Furst, 6, Alexander Furst, 3, Isabel Furst, 3; sister-in-law, Mary Timothy of Rockford . Mary-Hope is also survived by many friends in her teaching, volunteer and religious activities and lengthy travels. Mary-Hope is predeceased by her parents.

Liturgy of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 27, in St. James Catholic Church, Belvidere, with the Rev. Thomas Brantman celebrating. Prayers will be at 10 a.m. in Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the funeral home with a prayer and personal reflection service at 8 p.m. Memorials can be made in honor of Mary-Hope C. Ferrara to the St. James Elementary School Scholarship Fund, 535 Caswell St., Belvidere, IL , 61008.

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Mr. John Flynn

Birth and Death dates unknown

Physical Education Teacher

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From laura masterson colombi on August 20th, 2011
what a great man he was  he taught me and my friends that we had to to work  no matter what he taught me to be strong and stand up for myself when my dad passed away he walked me through it i will miss him always  he will be in my heart forever   thank you for all youre help 

mr flynn was my favorite teach he was fun and understoog the children of r age i miss him he made a big impact on my life love ya

and guess what i would like to his daughter who helped me with my kids thank you 

 

Todd Jackson

January 14th, 1962 - October 2nd, 2013

Age 51

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Todd Winfield Jackson, 51, Rockford, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, after sustaining fatal injuries from an accident. He was born January 14, 1962, in Rockford, the son of Charles and Jill Jackson. Todd graduated from Rockford Guilford High School and participated in comedy courses at Second City in Chicago. He served 4 years in the Navy travelling around the world on the USS New Orleans. Todd was a Deputy Clerk at the Winnebago County Circuit Clerk's Office. He had a knack for making others laugh and lighting up the room. Todd was an avid Chicago Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks fan. He loved music and the theatre arts. Special thanks to the Rockford Police Department, Crime Stoppers, and the Winnebago County Coroner's office for their professionalism, kindness, and support.

Todd leaves behind to cherish his memory his parents, Charles and Jill; his brother, Mike (Rita) Jackson; his sister, Lisa (Brad) Nemeth; his nieces, Rachel, Jillian, and Anjeli; and his nephew, Nicholas; his aunts and uncles, Ruth Jackson, Mark Teismann, Diane Tegland, Ed Tegland, Jeff and Sharon Fritzlen, Joanne and Larry Longman and special friend, Colleen Quinn.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 3300 Rural St. with Reverend Jeffrey Fricke officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Monday, October 7, 2013, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Rd. and from 11:00 am until 12:45 pm on Tuesday at the church. There will be refreshments at the church immediately following the memorial service. A memorial fund will be established to purchase a park bench in Todd's memory. Please make checks payable to Todd W. Jackson Memorial c/o Alpine Bank, 2218 N. Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL 61107, Attn: Kim Marsh. Share online condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com

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David Kallal

March 4th, 1963 - August 16th, 1993

Age 30

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David E. Kallal, 30, Rockford, died Monda, August 16, 1993 of injuries sustained ni a bicycle/automobile accident.  Born March 4, 1963 in Chicago, the son of David and Judith Kalal.  Moved to Rockford in 1976.  Gradated from Guilfrord Hig Shol and Northern Illinois University.  Loving husband of the former Karen Lyon; beloved son of David nad Judith Balzer Kallal; dearest brother of Kinberly and Kevin Kallal; fond grandson of Edward and the late Anna Kallal of Florida, and Roman and the late Julia Bajzer; dear son-in-law of Vi Lyon and Bud Lyon of Rockford; brother-in-law of Susan (Todd) Johnson, Indiana, and Kevin (Vicki) Lyon; many dear aunts, uncles, cousins,nephews, nieces and friends.  Employed by W.A, Whitney Company.

Services at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20, in Wolniak Funeral Home, followed by Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Queen of the Universe Church.  Interment in Resurrection Cemetery.  Visitation 4 to 9 p.m.  Thursday at funeral Home.  Memorial services at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28.

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From JOE ERNST on October 19th, 2014
To The Kallal Family,

Just happened to goggle old friends and saw the Dave passed away. You may remember me as Dave's neighborhood friend along with Frank Bobak, Pat Maley and Joe Schuch from Darien, Il on Sawyer Rd/Portsmouth Dr.

We went to Cass Jr High school and played on the football and basketball team together with coach  John Morey. I lost track of him when he moved to Rockford.....

Sorry to hear and wish your family the best! I can't believe his accident happened 21 years ago.....

I hope you get my message.  

Sincerely-Joe Ernst
 

Mr. Jams Koehn

1937 - December 8th, 2008

Age 77

Math and Science Teacher

Famous phrase:  "Idnt it, Idnt it!"

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Rockford Register Star (IL) - December 9, 2008

Deceased Name: James Koehn, 77 (Rockford)

JAMES H. KOEHN, 77 ROCKFORD - James H. Koehn, 77, of Rockford died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, in Rockford Memorial Hospital, after a nine month battle with lymphoma. He was the son of Herman F. and Eula (Date) Koehn. Married Bessie Hagy on June 4, 1955, in Scales Mound. Graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville in 1952 with a B.S. in mathematics and from Northern Illinois University in 1957 with a masters in education. James taught math at Warren High School and Roosevelt Jr. High, prior to 26 years at Guilford High School, where he retired as the head of the department of mathematics in 1989. He then worked for Rockford Blacktop as an estimator until his early 70's.
 
James served as a sergeant in the Army during the Korean conflict from 1952 to 1954. Survived by his wife of 53 years, Bess; daughters, Deborah Koehn (Brenda Borkenhagen) of Schaumburg, Kathryn of Rockford and Sandra (Mark) Green of St. Charles; granddaughters, Rosalie and Evelyn Green; sister, Verneal (late John) Korn of Rockford; brother, Robert (Kay) Koehn of Racine; and very supportive dear friend, Connie Phillips. Predeceased by parents; infant son, David; and infant brother, Lee.
 
Service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St., Rockford, with the Rev. Keith A. Kelsey-Powell officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, in Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Riverside Chapel, 3910 N. Rockton Ave., also from 10 a.m. Thursday to time of service in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Illinois Growth Enterprises, 7200 Clinton Road, Loves Park, IL 61111 or Milestone, Inc. 4060 McFarland Road, Rockford, IL 61111. To express condolences online please visit www.fitzgerald fh.com.

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Mrs. Elizabeth Munson

July 20th, 1909 - May 12th, 2001

Age 92

English Teacher

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Mrs. Munson passed away in New York City.  There is no obituary available.

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Sarah Osborn

May 10th, 1962 - October 21st, 2001

Age 39

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ROCKFORD, IL - Sarah E. Osborn, 39, of Boulder Junction, Wis., died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001, after a brief bout with melanoma cancer. She was surrounded by her family and two cats, Tigger and Neko. Sarah was born May 10, 1962, in Rockford to Donald and Lois Anderson Osborn. She graduated from Guilford High School in 1980 and earned a certified nursing assistant diploma at Rock Valley College. Sarah was a liver transplant recipient and, as a result, became a strong advocate for organ donation and transplant support groups. She moved to the Northwoods in 1998, and was a volunteer with HYMC Auxiliary. She loved animals and feeding wildlife. Survivors include parents, Don and Lois Osborn of Rockford and Boulder Junction brother, David (Lisa) Osborn of Rockford sister, Jill (Bob) Lawrence of Boulder Junction nephews, Nick, Eric, Colin, Peter and Andrew Grandma Goldie aunts and uncles, Ada and Coe Johnson, Gail and Dennis Huffington, Steven and Carolyn Anderson and Nan Carter several great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins. Predeceased by grandparents, Dewey and Edna Osborn, Eric and Rowena Anderson and uncle, Howie Carter.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in Fisher Chapel at Rockford College, 5050 E. State St., preceded by a memorial gathering from 2 p.m. to service time. Pastor Loren Nielsen will officiate. Memorials are suggested to: Noah's Ark Animal Shelter, 111 N. First St., Rockford, IL 61104 the Melanoma Foundation or Transplant Society c/o The Osborn Family. Bolger Funeral and Cremation Services, Minocqua, Wis., is assisting the family. 10-26-2001.

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Mrs. Carolyn Osinski

May 30th, 1924 - September 21st, 1990

Age 66

Science Teacher

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Steven Pang

October 26th, 1962 - December 4th, 2008

Age 46

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Steven J. Pang

Steven J. Pang, 46, of Rockford, died from complications due to ALS on Dec. 4, 2008. Born Oct. 26, 1962 in Rockford, the son of Allen and Catherine Pang, Steve lived all of his life in Rockford - with the exception of his wonderful, fun-filled years at the University of Iowa, where he graduated in 1985.
Steve married the love of his life, Wendy, on April 10, 1999.

Steve was driven by his love for Wendy, his family and his multitude of friends. Together, they celebrated life through constant gatherings of family and friends, the love of the great outdoors, worship, and by cherishing the simple things that life offers to all of us. Steve concentrated on making every day a great day.

Following his diagnosis, his concentration on making every day a great one remained; his goal was to be a good example to others, especially by not fearing his death.

Steve is survived by his beloved wife, Wendy; parents, Allen and Catherine Pang; sister, Susan Pang-Hughes and brother-in-law, Doug Hughes, nephews and nieces, Christian, Benjamin and Meaghan; sister, Laura Pang and brother-in-law, Bill Wheeler, nephew, Jake; sister, Sarah and brother-in-law, Bruce Munies; parents-in-law, Donna and Jim Walenski; sister and brother-in-law, Vicki and Kevin Farley, nieces and nephews, Andrea, Jenna, Patrick, Ross and Kate; sister and brother-in-law, Pam and Bob Morrison, niece, Elizabeth and nephew, Henry; sister and brother-in-law, Cindy and Marty Pyke, nieces Riley, Erin and Marci; brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Maggie Walenski, nieces, Lauren and Maddie; brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Ann Walenski and nephews, T.J. and Nick; friends and colleagues too numerous to mention

Steve loved all of God's creatures and this love was returned by his many animal companions -- Bella, Chubb, Kiki, Cody, Paxton, all of the farm animals - horses, rabbits, dogs, cats, and the special cow, Willow.

Steve was a banker by profession.  Most recently, he worked at Alpine Bank, which was more than just a place of work to Steve.  Alpine was part of Steve's extended family and the bank rallied to his side when he needed it most.

The same was true of Wendy's work place, Rockford Spine Center.  Dr. Sweet and the clinic staff went above and beyond an employer's obligation to make sure that Steve and Wendy had everything they needed, and that Wendy could always be by Steve's side.

Steve experienced and appreciated an amazing and beautiful level of care and support that readily poured forth from colleagues, family, amazing friends, and three true angels -- Kay Ann, Annie and Danette -- caregivers who immediately became members of the Pang family.

Steve was defined by family, friends, work, community and faith.  He was extremely proud of his charitable affiliations and his service to the community through Children's Home and Aid Society, Heartland Hospice, Heartland Community Church, Kids Around the World and Rockford East/Cherry Valley Rotary, where Steve served as President.

As a memorial, Steve asked that you make this and every day a great day. Your kindness and generosity of spirit are gift enough.

But, if you choose to do more, donations may be made in Steve's memory to any of the organizations where he served: www.childrenshomeandaid.org, www.rockfordeast/rotary.org, www.kidsaroundtheworld.org, Heartland Community Church, 1280 S. Alpine Road, Rockford, IL 61108, Heartland Hospice Services of Rockford, 6886 Vistagreen Way, Rockford, IL 61107, or the Rockford Park District Foundation/Nicholas Conservatory, 401 S. Main St., Rockford, IL 61101. Funeral Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 8, in Heartland Community Church, 1280 S. Alpine Road. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 in Heartland Church, and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Service Monday. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd.

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Norman Petrie

1963 - July 2nd, 1997

Age 34

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ELLISTON, VA - Norman E Petrie, 34, of Elliston, Formerly of Rockford, IL, went to be with the Lord on July 2, 1997, after a courageous battle with brain cancer.  Graduated from  Guilford High School in 1981.  Employed 11 years by Circuit City as store manager in North Carolina and Florida.  Norman loved people and the great outdoors.  He was an accomplished horseman and especially liked riding his horse, Siernna, in the woods on the family homeplace.  He enjoyed skydiving, and was also a gourmet chef who loved to cook for family, friends and employees.  Norman traveled extensively in his career and touched many lives in his short time on this Earth.  He always went the extra mile for anyone he knew.  In all of his travels and accomplishments, his greatest is the most recent to be with Jesus Christ.  We love and miss you Norman, and we'll see you again in the Lord's time.  Survivors include daugher, Alexandria; mother, Erda Petrie-Anderson; father, Paul lambert; stepfathers, Russell Petrie and Thomas Anderson; sisters, Liz Lee and Susan (Braxton) Fore of Virginia, and Lynn (james) Butler of Rockford; brothers, Perry (Delores) Lambert, Roger Petrie and Robert (Laura) Petrie of Rockford; nieces, Sara Petrie and Eva Intravaia; nephews, Pyan and Justin Hancock; speckial friends, Renee Evans of Virginia, Beatrice Garcia of Mexico, Mike and Randee DeCello of North Carolina; Dave and Reneee Wolf, and godson, Taylur Wolf of New York.  Predeceased by sister Deboryah Johnson in 1994.  Services were at noon Saturday, July 5, 1997 in Halls Church, Ironto, VA.  Burialwas in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

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Andrew Plath

February 19th, 1963 - August 3rd, 1999

Age 36

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Andrew P. Plath, 36, of Robinsdale, MN, formerly of Rockford, died at 1:44 p.m. Tuesday, August 3, 1999, in Minnesota.  Born Feb. 1, 1963, in Madison , WI, the son of Philip and Sally Ketterer Plath.  Married Kristen Truax in Minnesota on Aug. 8, 1992.  Graduate of Guilford High School, Class of 1981.  Survivors include wife, Kristen; daughter, Hannah; son, Dylan, all of Robinsdale; parents, Philip and Sally Plath; sister, Laura (Scott) Johannes; nephews, Adam and Chad Johannes of Rockford; aunts, uncles and cousings. Pre-deceased by grandparents and brother, David.

Memoial service at 9: 30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, in Fitzerald & Associates Funeral Home, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S Mulford Rd, with the Rev. Richard Wisdom, associate pastor of Christ United Methodist Church, officiating.  Visitation 9 a.m. to service time Saturday.  Memorials may be directed to the family for a fund to be established for the children.

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From Daniel Gesmer on August 15th, 2011
I will always remember Andy’s precocious interest in physical fitness and nutrition, as well as his study of esoteric subjects such as yoga, meditation, and fasting. It was highly unusual for someone only 12 or 13 years old to discover, let alone independently pursue, such subjects. And this was in the mid-1970’s, many many years before these things became fashionable.

Andy was the first person I ever heard talk about the connection between physical and spiritual development. I will always be grateful for his inspiration and example. I pray that he has now found the transcendent truth he began seeking when we were just kids.
 
From laura masterson colombi on August 21st, 2011
 all the good times we had when we were young my heart is with u forever my friend u will be missed by many we love you

 
From Hannah Plath on April 17th, 2012
 Andy is my dad. Finding sites like these and reading about him is really quite wonderful. I have but fleeting memories of him since I was very young when he passed away. I especially love to read about his spirituality. In this way he has inspired me and affected me greatly. My biggest wish is to simply meet him - I couldn't ask for more - and perhaps for him to see me as I am now. I'd hope he would be as proud of me as I am of him.
 

Sgt. Donald Rose

September 2nd, 1931 - February 9th, 2001

Age 69

ROTC Instructor

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Rockford Register Star (IL) - February 12, 2001

Deceased Name: Sgt. First Class Donald L. Rose , U.S. Army (Ret.), 69

Husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend and teacher LOVES PARK - At 9:50 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, Donald L. Rose, 69, of Loves Park, passed from the loving arms of his family to the loving arms of the Lord. Born Sept. 2, 1931, in Pleasantville, Ind., son of Ulysses T. and Bessie B. Brewer Rose. Married Charlotte Ruth Pirtle on Sept. 30, 1951, in Sullivan, Ind. Came to Rockford as a ROTC instructor at Guilford High School in 1974 after serving in the Army for 20 years and as a ROTC instructor at two military academies. During his enlistment in the Army, Don served two tours in Vietnam and earned many medals and commendations, including the Bronze Star for Valor. He also was a member of a winning precision-drill team of the Army. Coached a championship women's softball team and was a respected softball umpire. As a civilian, he continued to be a winning fast-pitch softball player and umpire, and coached Little League baseball. Coached girls and boys military drill teams while he was at Guilford. He traveled many years with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, selling souvenirs. In his final years, he enjoyed watching his granddaughters play sports for Harlem High School.

Member of First Baptist Church of Machesney Park. Previously a member of Elim Baptist and Temple Baptist churches. Survivors include wife, Ruth daughters Melani (Dan) Sulser and Valeri Rose, both of Loves Park sons Larrie Rose of Las Vegas, Nev., and Linnie Rose of Greenville, N.C. granddaughters Tricia Nelson and Rachael Sulser of Loves Park grandsons Jon and Jason Rose of Las Vegas, Nev. sister, Beulah Alsman of Sullivan, Ind. several in-laws, nieces and nephews good friends Leroy and Clara Arnold of Loves Park and Bill Edmonds of Machesney Park. Predeceased by parents son, Terrie Gene Rose brothers, Arndolph and Laurel Rose sisters, Kathryn Rose, Mary Frances Shorter and Hannan Borders.

Don's family would like to thank Carolyn Shelton and Carol Dowds of Northern Illinois Hospice Association for their care during the last few months of Don's life. A special thank you to Pastor Ron Meyer, Rich Miller, Bill Edmond, Joan Morning, Dot O'Neill and many others at First Baptist Church of Machesney Park for the help, calls, visits, meals and everything else you've done. A celebration of Don's life will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, in Perry Funeral Home, 6825 Weaver Road, with the Rev. Ron Meyer of First Baptist Church officiating. Burial in Harlem Cemetery. Visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, in the funeral home and from 9:30 to service time Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family.

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Richard Slabaugh

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Mr. William Swaby

November 5th, 1930 - January 6th, 2010

Age 79

Social Studies Teacher
 

If you would like to visit the website the funeral home set-up for Mr. Swaby, here is the link:  www.spanishhillsfuneralhome.com/sitemaker/memsol.cgi

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William Henry Swaby passed from this world on Wednesday, January 6, 2010, at the age of 79, in Camarillo, California. He was born November 5, 1930, in St. Louis, Missouri to Everett and Grace Lucille Swaby (nee Underwood), and was their only child.

He was the devoted husband of Gail, who died in 2002, shortly before their 50th anniversary. He is survived by daughters, Joan Scott of Longmont, Colorado, and Nancy (Mrs. Tom) Watson of Camarillo, California, and by his five grandchildren, Nicholas Scott, Noah Scott, and Kellan Scott, Ali Watson, and Adam Watson.

Bill grew up in Collinsville, Illinois, and he graduated from Collinsville Township High School in 1948. He attended St. Louis University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1956, and a master’s degree in Education in 1958. In 1965, he earned a master’s degree in Economics from Northwestern Texas State University.

He served in ROTC in college and entered the U.S. Air Force in 1952. He served his country as a First Lieutenant Navigator and navigation instructor until his honorable discharge in 1955. He was stationed in Waco, Texas.

Bill Swaby was a respected teacher and coach at Collinsville High School, in Collinsville, Illinois (1955-1958); the head football coach at Pinckneyville High School, in Pinckneyville, Illinois (1958-61); at Aurora East High School, in Aurora, Illinois (1961-62); and at Guilford High School, in Rockford, Illinois (teacher 1962-1986, and head football coach from 1962-1978). Bill taught economics, government, and U.S. history. He and Gail were members of Temple Baptist Church in Rockford.

Bill and Gail moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in 1986. They were members of Fort Collins Covenant Church. Bill moved back to Rockford briefly from 2006 to 2008, and then moved with his family to Camarillo, California.

Bill loved people and loved helping others. He was a devoted husband and father. He loved to laugh and joke, but was always intent on doing things well and serving in every way he could. His family, his friends, his players, and his students are grateful for his time here with us. Now he is with his Savior and his dear wife.

A memorial service will take place in Fort Collins, Colorado, on Saturday, January 16, at 10am at the Evangelical Covenant Church on Lemay Avenue. Bill and Gail’s ashes will rest at Fort Logan Military Cemetery in Denver, Colorado. Rather than flowers or gifts, the family suggests leaving a remembrance at www.perezfamilyfuneralhome.com. Family contact information is c/o Watson at 250 Cathedral Cove #48, Camarillo, California, 93012.

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From J.R. Amsbaugh on May 31st, 2013
The obituary link should be updated to the following:
 
http://www.spanishhillsfuneralhome.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=159473
 
I remember Mr. Swaby's class very well. He made economics easy.
 

Timothy Swanson

August 17th, 1963 - December 26th, 2008

Age 45

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ROCKFORD - Timothy Swanson, 45, of Rockford died Friday, Dec. 26, 2008.  Born Aug. 17, 1963, the son of James and Myra (Barnes) Swanson.  Tim was a 1981 graduate of Guilford Hih School.  He was baptized and confirmed in 1st Evangelical Covenant Church, where he was active in Sunday school and youth group.  He also was involved in AWANA.  Survived by parent, Jon and Myrna Swanson; daughter, Sarah Swanson of California; brother, Daniel (Cathy) Swanson of New Town, Conn; nieces, Claire and Ryssa; and nephew, Jack.  Tim's family would like to thank all those who cared for him during his long illness.

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Mr. Roger Uliano

July 16th, 1947 - September 29th, 2003

Age 56
 
History Teacher

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Roger Uliano, 56 `Mr. U'-`Rog'

ROCKFORD - Roger Uliano, 56, Rockford died Monday night Sept. 29, 2003. He was born July 16, 1947, in Brooklyn, New York, to Vincent and Anna Uliano. He was dearly loved by "Girlfriend," her family, his many very close friends, students and his dog, Kola. He will be remembered "forever" by all of us. Roger had a passion for life and love. He enjoyed old cars, boating, horseback riding, his animals, dancing, history, old movies, teaching, vacations to Isla Mujeres and just "hanging out" with the guys at "the ranch." He also loved participating in reenactments of Custer's Last Stand in Montana. He graduated from West High School in 1965, attended Rock Valley College and graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1969, where he also earned his master's degree in education. He taught history at Guilford High School until retiring in 2002. Roger served in the United States Army and was a member of the Vietnam Veteran's Honor Society. He was predeceased by his parents his beloved brother, Vincent and his grandparents, Jimmy and Mary Sansone. Roger's friends and students will always cherish the memories of a great, generous and kind man and the good times they had together. "Rest in peace, Rog. We love you so! Amanini."

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Dr. Thomas Wallen

- - May 1st, 1995

Math Teacher

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