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Alphanso Louis Barbary

 Alphanso Louis Barbary, 62, of Rockford, departed his earthly life on Friday, January 7, 2022, in his home after a short illness. Al was born December 22, 1959, in Rockford, IL; the son of Dorothy (Barbary) Joyner and James Edward Marshall. As a child, Alphanso grew up attending Tabernacle Church of God in Christ. He graduated from Auburn High School in 1980. Al was employed for many years at Maid-Rite Restaurant. Al enjoyed his life to the fullest and loved his family and close friends. May he rest in peace.

Al leaves to cherish his memories, his mother Dorothy Joyner; brothers Anthony and Dion Barbary; sister Kayla Dean; nephews Chenaire Barmore and Javeion Hoover; nieces Shanon Hoover, Alesha and Valentyna Barbary, and Power Moore; aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his brother Darrell Barbary; grandparents Roosevelt and Mary Barbary and Leo Tidwell.

Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park.

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William W. Anderson

 William W. Anderson, 83, of Rockford, passed away on January 12, 2021, in his home surrounded by his family. Born June 12, 1938, in Rockford; the son of Harley R. and Rachel E. (Zobal) Anderson. He graduated from Harlem High School in 1955 and went to serve our country in the US Marine Corps from 1955 to 1959. He married Barbara J. Dominguez on November 28, 1958. He worked his entire career for AT&T as a commercial installer and in data services. William was a member of the VFW, Harmony Club, and the SMSF Club. He was also a member of the St. Catherine Catholic Church in Sarona, WI. William loved to be outside, whether it was hunting, fishing, or trap shooting. He also enjoyed being on the water with his family on their pontoon. William loved his grand and great-grandchildren and spending time with them was his joy. He also loved his dogs, including Angel, Sushi, and Mylee.

William is survived by his loving wife Barbara; sons Joey D. (Karen) Anderson and Ryan K. Anderson; grandchildren Sarah (Charlie) Knilans, Stacey (Kyle) LaBrant, Stephanie Anderson, Daniel Anderson, and Jessica Anderson; great-grandchildren Cooper Jo, Charles, Jr., Cecelia, and Layla; and his faithful dog Mylee. He was predeceased by his parents and son Michael D. Anderson.

Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park.

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Gary C. Anderson

Gary C. Anderson of Rockford, IL passed away peacefully Monday afternoon in his home. Gary was born to Clarence and Olive (Johnson) Anderson on 6/15/1943 in Rockford, although he spent the majority of his life in Belvidere. Throughout his life Gary formed a close bond and many memories with his cousin Harold Anderson. Gary had one elder brother, Robert, who preceded him into life eternal. Gary went to Belvidere High School and then to Northern IL University where he earned his teaching degree as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history. Gary married Sandra Kuehnert shortly after college and they had two daughters, Kirsten and Amy Lynn who unfortunately passed in infancy. The couple then chose to adopt two sons, C. Thomas “Tom” and Mark, whom they proudly raised together. Gary was an extremely dedicated teacher in the Rockford Public School system, but always had time for his boys. The Anderson’s were lifelong members of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Gary was an avid Cubs fan as well as a master history buff. He adored the sport of golf, playing frequently with Mark, as well as his friend, Larry Baumer. His true passion was teaching children and he spent 40 years in the education system, most of them in the Special Education program at John Nelson in Rockford. He still found time for one more hobby which was gardening. He prided himself on his knowledge of plants and trees and was awarded the lawn of the month more than once. His unrealized dream was to own and operate a nursery.  Gary loved to tag along with Mark while he worked for the Stott family of companies for the last few years. Gary leaves behind his two sons and several grandchildren. He will be missed by many. We encourage you to come celebrate his life on 1/22/2022 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1045 Belvidere Rd, Belvidere. Service begins at 11 a.m. and a lunch celebration follows. Please RSVP for the lunch to gcanderson43@yahoo.com by 1/20/22. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, IL 61111.

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L'orchid Annette Martin

L’orchid Annette Martin, 54, passed away on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at OSF Saint Anthony Hospital, in Rockford, Illinois. L’orchid was born to Dale Louis Wilkinson and Lorraine Ann Kellogg in Greenville, Michigan on March 16, 1967. L’orchid attended high school at Faith Center and graduated in 1985. On January 8, 2002, L’orchid married Glenn Martin. She went on to be a paraprofessional with Harlem School District.

She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She was a faithful member to Grace Family Church, as well as attending the ladies bible study there. She also worked with North Park Church of Christ as a volunteer at food pantries. L’orchid also loved to spend time reading. She believed in uplifting others with the Lord’s words as often as she could. She made spending time with her family, friends, and especially her grandson Alexzander, a priority.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 20 years, Glenn; daughter, Emily Vallance; son, Joshua Peters; parents, Lorraine and Gerald Kellogg; grandson, Alexzander Vallance; sisters, Linda Simon and Debbie Phillips; brother, Jim Wilkinson. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ron Wilkinson; father, Dale.

No services for L’orchid are being announced at this time. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, IL, 61111. 

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Eddie R. Hare

Eddie R. Hare, 91, of Rockford, formerly of Wappapello, MO, passed away on January 5, 2022, surrounded by his family at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center. Born June 3, 1930, in Fulton, MS; son of Edgar and Amelia (Dozier) Hare. He is an Army veteran and served during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the VFW and Eagles Club in Wappapello, MO. Eddie loved to be outside. He loved to hike, fish, go boating, and swim. He was always taking care of his yard and stayed active well into his 80’s. Eddie was a huge fan of old Western movies and tv shows and was a country music buff. He could tell you anything you would want to know about the legends in country music. He faithfully read his Bible and loved to spend time with his grandchildren, including great and great-great grandchildren. Eddie had a lot of spunk and was known for his one-line comebacks. He will be missed by his family.

Survivors include his children Linda (Tommy) Rambo, Roger Hare, Vicki Whitman, Kathleen (Louie) Scharr, Lisa (Keith) Sappington, and Teresa Lowder; grandchildren Tracey (Charles) Lane, Heather Wellwood, Christy (Jason) Kunz, Christopher (Julie) Hare, Dawn Hare, Sara (Ron) Boxrud, Alexander Hare, Levi Scharr, Kayley, Emily, and Blaine Sappington, and Sam (Ashly) Lowder; 30 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents and all of his siblings Guy, Cecil, Edgar, Winfred, Inez, Marie, Charlie Mae, and James; granddaughter Elizabeth Peppers; and grandson Shane Lowder.

There will be a Celebration of Life in Missouri later this summer. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park, IL.

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Gloria A. Rollins

Gloria A. Rollins, 71, passed away on January 4, 2022, in Oregon, Illinois. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois, 61111.

Gloria Devon Posey

Gloria Devon Posey, 59, of Rockford passed away in her home on January 4, 2022. Born May 11, 1962, in Rockford; daughter of James and Wanda (Shell) Files. Gloria enjoyed live music and going to concerts. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed taking care of her vegetables and flowers. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to tell jokes. She was the life of the party and made it her mission to put a smile on everyone’s face. Her happy place was on the motorcycle taking in her surroundings as she rode with her husband Steve.

Gloria is survived by her loving husband Steve and her puppy Tinkerbell; siblings Tim (Mary) Files, Linda (Richard) Ballard, David (Trina) Files, Melva (Gust) Lundstrom; several nieces and nephews; and siblings-in-law Lee Guarra, Sam (Carol) Powell, Gayle Posey, and Karen Howard. She is predeceased by her parents and brother Ron Files.

There will be a private Celebration of Life at a later date. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park. www.statelinecremations.com

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Alexander Langham Barta

Alexander Langham Barta

“One day you’ll leave this world behind, so live a life you will remember. When thunder clouds start pouring down, light a fire they can’t put out. Carve your name into those shining stars.” Avicci

With his unexpected death on Monday, December 27, 2021, Alexander Langham Barta left this world behind. He definitely lived a life all of his loved ones will remember.

Alex was born on January 9, 1985, in Denver, Colorado to Bruce Victor Barta and Kathy Jane Velzen. He was joined by his twin sister, Jennifer Lynne (Becerra). He graduated from Denver Christian High School in 2003. He then pursued a career working in the trades, both in electrical training and the elevator mechanic union. After relocating to Florida in 2019, Alex studied to become an elevator inspector. He became a licensed inspector in Miami, Florida. While in Florida, Alex met the love of his life, Taylor Stoddard. He became her “one”, the partner she could only imagine. She knew he was the one when he met her baby, Eddie the Wonder Dog. Eddie is very particular, and Alex was an instant hero to Eddie. Alex loved Taylor and Eddie with his whole heart, and they loved him. Alex had one last test to pass, The Stoddard Siblings. We don’t know if he was ready to take on a whole family when he started dating Taylor, but he quickly became a family member. In doing so, he gained a brother, Chase and two sisters, Faith and Macey. He also became a new son to Greg and Cathey.

Alex moved to Illinois with Taylor in September 2020 and became a licensed elevator inspector in both Illinois and Wisconsin. He worked for Bureau Veritas until the time of his passing. Alex was an incredible friend to so many. He was smart, kind, patient, a great listener and funny. You couldn’t spend time with him and not be laughing. He amazed his trivia team with his depth of knowledge about so many different topics-some left his team just laughing. Alex was blessed with the most beautiful voice. He was a member of the Colorado Children’s Chorale, held the lead in high school productions and had received a generous vocal scholarship to college. Upon moving to Byron, Alex joined the Byron Lions Club. He enjoyed working with his fellow Lions in giving back to the community.

Some knew Alex only through the lens of the addictions he battled for years. That wasn’t the real Alex though, and those fortunate to truly know him immediately recognized him as one who loved deeply and would do anything for those he loved. He talked often of his dear family: His mom, Kathy in Galveston, Texas; his dad, Bruce in Littleton, Colorado; his twin sister, Jennifer, her husband Mark and nephew Tre, in Austin, Texas. He especially loved and missed his grandparents, Eugene and Martha Barta and Frank and Sylvia Velzen. Frank and Sylvia were called Grandma and Grandpa Elf because Frank ran the Keebler Cookie Company (the cookies made by Elves). He shared his treasured memories of his grandparents often.

As we, his loved ones, try to make sense of his tragic death to a disease we won’t understand, we will take comfort in knowing we were blessed to know Alex as the man he wanted to be. We will lean on our faith and each other as we grieve, heal and celebrate his life.

Alex will be cremated and his ashes will be spread in the mountains of Colorado in early spring. To celebrate his life now and to send him into Jesus’ arms, there will be a service on Monday, January 3, 2022 at Ebenezer Reformed Church in Oregon, IL. There will be a visitation from 5:00-5:45 pm and the service at 5:45 pm. Immediately following the service, all are invited to join.  Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park, IL 61111.  www.statelinecremations.com

Willie Moore

Nora Elizabeth Molitor

Nora Elizabeth Molitor passed away in her home on December 24th at the age of 61. She was born on January 27th, 1960, to Richard and Linda Beishir. She graduated from Rockford East High School in 1978. In high school she loved to dance. She had a job with a catering company early on in life. There she developed a deep love and skill for cooking and baking. She worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield until she retired. She was a Stampin' Up demonstrator for 15 years. Survived by her children Elizabeth (Lucas) and Lane, brother Raymond, lifelong friends Chris and Larry Smith and their daughters Elizabeth and Katherine, grandpuppy Floki, and many friends. Predeceased by her husband Maynard, parents Richard and Linda, and brother Lane. 

Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park.

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James "Casey" Perkins

Casey Perkins, 50, passed away on Monday December 27, 2021, at Javon Bea ICU unit surrounded by his wife and daughters due to complications of Covid. Casey was born March 2, 1971, in Rockford, IL, to James and Jackie Perkins. Casey started dating Heather Boyden in August of 1990, getting married on March 13, 2000. Casey worked 17 years at Lincoln Rent-All and Sales. He held many positions there, but most recently he was a small engine repair mechanic and enjoyed it. 

Casey proudly and faithfully rooted for the Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls. Casey had many talents and hobbies. Casey enjoyed playing the drums and guitar- turning a talent and hobby into a true passion. In his younger years (not that he’s really old) he enjoyed fishing with his brother Tim and Nephews. His newest hobby was woodworking, which he built a TV stand and a desk. Casey could fix anything that needed fixing as he was a real handyman. Casey had the greatest love for his granddaughters, even though he really wanted just one grandson. 

 Casey also had the best sense of humor, always had a joke to tell someone, and some jokes he would even make up on his own. He will be so deeply missed by all who knew him, that’s for sure. 

 Casey leaves behind his wife of 30 years Heather; daughters Tricia (Kevin) Boyden Loberg and Kayla Boyden. Granddaughters; Kealynn, Sophia, Olivia and Eleanor. Sisters; Lorie Shallcross, Tammy Algeria, Donna (Tony) Sanchez, and Beth (Paul) Kohlhorst. Brother-in-law, Nick and Sami Boyden, sister-in-law, Hillery (Stephanie) Boyden, father-in-law Corky (Kim) Boyden, Step father-in-law Jock Smith. Numerous nieces and nephews. Fur babies; Benny, Greta and Ray.

 Casey was preceded in death by his parents, James and Jackie; brothers Tim and Gary; brother-in-law Duane Shallcross; mother in-law Jan Smith and fur-babies Diva and Halie.

 The family of Casey would like to thank Javon Bea ICU team for doing everything in their power to help heal Casey. All the nurses were phenomenal, especially Jon, who took the time to shave Casey’s beard twice. It is this type of kindness and care that needs to be recognized.

 The family will do a celebration of life for Casey in the spring/summer of 2022 in a park-setting. Thank you all for all your prayers for Casey and our family. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, IL. Statelinecremations.com

Willie Moore

Doris Irene Nornhold

Doris Irene Nornhold, 84, of Byron, passed away on December 16, 2021, in Serenity Home in Oregon. Born July 29, 1938, in Deer Grove, IL; daughter of Oliver and Mary (Hamblock) Johnson. She was married to Monte Nornhold before he passed away on December 11, 2015. Over the years she worked for Lawrence Brothers and National Manufacturing in Sterling, IL. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a super mom and grandma and will be missed by her family.

She is survived by her daughters Melissa (Dave) Christian and Vikki (Gabe) Castillo; grandchildren Kelsie, Dawson, Mattie, Baylee, and Ben Christian, Jason, Jeremy, and Brianna Castillo; great-grandson Hunter; several cousins, nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents; husband Monte; siblings Bob Johnson, Sharon Johnson, and Larry “Bodean” Johnson.

Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park, IL.

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Willie Moore

Bertha Ann Bednarczyk

Bertha Ann Bednarczyk, 88, passed away on December 20, 2021. She was born to George Allard and Lillian Balanger in New Hampshire on July 10, 1933. She married the (Late) Richard Bednarczyk. They lived together in Chicago, where they raised 5 children Sandy (Martin),  Michael (Faith), Richard, Gladys,  John (April). As a Senior, she resided in Rockford / South Beloit IL. She is Survived by siblings Ron (Jean) and Don (Janet) and also her (Late) twin sister Shirley. She is survived by 17 grandchildren and 15 Great Grandchildren. Bertha was a dedicated and active member of church, always helping others feel welcome. She always put others first. There will be a celebration of life at a date to be decided by the Family. Questions should be directed to (email) johnapril1@yandex.com. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois 61111.

Willie Moore

Rose A. Trickle

Rose A. Trickle, 75, of Poplar Grove, passed away in her home on December 16, 2021, surrounded by her family. Rose was born on January 16, 1946, in Palermo, Sicily; daughter of Jack DeMay and Mary Fardella. She married Vern J. Trickle on February 19, 1966, in McHenry, IL. The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Rose. She enjoyed quiet evenings on the lake with her husband, a glass of wine and a good book. She would have movie date nights with her husband, shopping trips with her daughters, and vacations with friends. Her smile and love for her children, and grandchildren was evident every moment she was with them, and she loved when their home was filled with kids. She was the grandmother that always made time for sporting and school events. Rose was the embodiment of unconditional love and kindness. 

Rose is survived by her loving husband Vern; her daughters Julie Harrison and Sherry (Westley) Ramos; grandchildren Vanessa and Vincent Brown, and Jacob Harrison; and her siblings Mary Jo (Tony) Olszewski and John (Barb) Fardella. She is predeceased by her parents.

There will be a Celebration of Life in the summer of 2022. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park. www.statelinecremations.com

Willie Moore

Rachel Marie Hardin

Rachel Marie Hardin, 33, passed away on Friday, December 10, 2021, in Rockford, Illinois. Rachel was born to Laurina Merrithew and David Hardin in Rockford on September 20, 1988. Rachel graduated high school in 2006 in Surry County, North Carolina.

Rachel adored all animals, but especially horses. She even became a horse trainer and fell in love with Rodeo Barrel Racing. Rachel also took up a special interest in fixing cars. She enjoyed both participating and watching drag racing. Rachel loved her family dearly and spent as much time as possible with them. She was incredibly close to her cousin, Sarah Venable, and her aunt Karen Keenan of Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Rachel is survived by her parents, Laurina Merrithew and David Hardin; step-parents, Dean Merrithew and April Hardin; children, Tristan Lineback, Logan Shore, Desmond Nicholls, and Jackson Nicholls; grandparents, Richard and Margaret Nicholls, Douglas and Patricia Hardin; special Aunt, Karen Keenan; special Cousin, Sarah Venable; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family and friends of Rachel would like to extend their gratitude for Pastor Jeremiah Griffin of Living Stones Church- where Rachel was a member, and Northern Illinois Hospice for their love and support in this challenging time.

A memorial service for Rachel will be held in the spring of 2022. A date will be announced in the coming months. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois, 61111. Statelinecremations.com 

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Kenneth E. Forrester, Jr.

Kenneth E. Forrester, Jr., 69, of Rockford, passed away at Swedish American Hospital on November 12, 2021. He was born on May 2, 1952, in Sanford, FL and was raised in Freeport, son of Kenneth, Sr. and Trudy Forrester. Ken graduated from McHenry County College and worked as Tool and Die maker. Married Sandra Walberg on December 15, 1979, in Belvidere. Ken loved fishing for walleye and was an avid Bear’s fan. He had an extensive baseball card collection, including Mickey Mantle as his first card, that he started when he was seven years old.

Ken is survived by his wife Sandi; children Katrina (Dana) Dobson in Virginia, Christopher Forrester in Oklahoma, Jeremiah (Jennifer) Forrester in Roscoe, and Jess Forrester in Rockford; grandchildren Austin, Shane, Erick, Max, Mia, Hannah, and Claire. He is predeceased by his parents, and both maternal and paternal grandparents.

There will be a Celebration of Life in the spring. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park. www.statelinecremations.com

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A. Juanita Klinger

Alice Juanita Klinger, 95, of Winnebago, Illinois passed away peacefully on December 12, 2021 at River Bluff Nursing Home. Juanita was born on April 22, 1926 in Rockford, Illinois daughter of Walter B. and Marie (Dierks) Schwartz. She graduated from Rockford West High School, class of 1944. Juanita was married to Duane W. Klinger from 1953 to 1968 and she was blessed with three wonderful children which Juanita found were the loves of her life. 

Juanita began her career as a medical lab technician advancing to X-ray Tech and Mammography, on the job full time at Brookside Medical Group/Swedish American and its predecessors for over 50 years before retiring.  During its heyday, Juanita also spent many years working as a ticket taker at the Robin Drive-In Theatre. Many fond memories were made during family vacations to the western states traversing Route 66 with Albuquerque holding a special place in her heart. Juanita was a positive-minded, determined and resilient woman who strived to provide for her beloved family with respect and integrity. She took great pride in knowing that she raised three successful children. Juanita enjoyed volunteering and was a long time “On the Waterfront” committee member serving as the volunteer center coordinator. She was recognized by the OTW board of directors as “Weekend Warrior” in 1998 and presented the “Outstanding Leadership” award in 2001 for her volunteer dedication. Juanita was a great home cook and loved gardening and traveling, but more than anything… she loved her family. 

Juanita is loved and greatly missed by her children; Jeff Klinger (Jane Sanchez), Jim Klinger, Judy (Len) Polczinski; grandchildren Jonathan Klinger (Shelly Taberski), Julie Klinger, PhD (Nick Bojda, DPT), Brad (Kara) Peterson; three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her parents and sisters Esther Schwartz and Ruth Crocker.

The family would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation to the incredible staff at River Bluff Nursing Home and Unity Hospice for their loving and dedicated care. Memorial donations can be made to River Bluff Nursing Home Health and Rehabilitation Services in honor of Juanita. A private family graveside service will take place at a later date

Willie Moore

Mary Eileen Fowler

Mary Eileen Fowler, 77, of Loves Park, peacefully passed away in her home on December 13, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was born on June 3, 1944, in Watertown WI to Elmer and Margaret (Morrison) Kiesow. Mary married Michael Fowler on January 29, 1998. She worked for 25 years at Clinton Electronics as a forklift driver and 20 years at Walmart as a stocker before retiring. She was a member of the White Eagles Club. Mary enjoyed gambling at casinos and traveling to Las Vegas. She loved shopping with her daughter Penny and fishing with her husband Mike. She also enjoyed cooking for her family. 

Mary is survived by her loving husband Mike Fowler; her children Penny (Mark) Verstraete, Alan Cox, and Ricky Cox; stepchildren Colleen (David) Dannenberg and Patrick (Nicole) Fowler; grandchildren Alyssa and Matthew Haling, and Michael and Tyler Cox; great grandchildren Kato and Kali Cox; sisters Janet, Jackie, Dodie, and Lucy; brother Jimmy, Johnny, and Larry; and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, and siblings Judy and Harry.

A Celebration of Life will be 1 to 4 pm, Saturday, January 29, 2022, at the White Eagle Club at 235 15th Ave., Rockford. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park. www.statelinecremations.com

Willie Moore

Lial Leroy McCullough

Lial Leroy McCullough, 71, passed away on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, in Rockford, Illinois, surrounded by his family. Lial was born on August 30, 1950, to Donna and Harold McCullough in Fort Dodge Iowa. He attended Stillman Valley High School Lial married the love of his life, Doreen in December of 1999. Lial was a machinist in the area for many years. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, watching TV, cheering on the Chicago Bears, and spending time with his kids and grandkids.

Lial is survived by his wife, Doreen of Rockford, Illinois; daughters, Amy Price and Christine (Jerry) Polk of Rockford; son, Dennis Mahurin of Rockford; Carmen and Makila of Rockford, Illinois. Lial was preceded in death by his parents, and Aunt Jody.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to their daughter Amy and niece Michelle Champion of their support and help.

A memorial service for Lial will take place Thursday, December 16, 2021, at 11:00 AM at United Methodist Church of Cherry Valley, Illinois. A visitation will begin at 10:00 AM until the time of service. A luncheon will take place at Davis Junction Fire Department following the service. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois, 61111.

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Arthur G. Peucker

Arthur G. Peucker, 84, of Roscoe, Illinois passed away peacefully on December 11, 2021. Arthur was born on February 18, 1937 in Rockford, Illinois, the son of Arthur and Emma (Black) Peucker. He lived his entire life in his childhood home in Roscoe, Illinois.  In his youth, Arthur assisted family and neighbors with their farming, and eventually became quite a successful farmer himself. Arthur served briefly in the Army, stationed in Germany.  He always spoke fondly of his service there. Arthur had several hobbies including stamp collecting and attending auctions, but his greatest interest was hunting. An expert marksman, his hunting skills were legendary. One of his favorite memories was of his hunting trip to Canada with his brother, uncle, and friends. Arthur was preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by his brothers Roger and Walter, several nieces and nephews, and his beloved cats Blackie and Boots.  The family is grateful for the support and care given by Mercy Hospice during his final days. A special thank you to Beloit At Home Health Care for the many months of support given to Arthur, especially by Nurse Thu and Nurse Kelly.  A memorial service for Arthur will be held at a later date. 

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Richard "Hardy" Hardman

Richard “Hardy” Hardman, 85, while surrounded by family and friends, went to spend eternity with his Heavenly Father, Jesus, on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Hardy was born on August 23, 1936, in Oelwein, Iowa, to Beatrice (Gray) and Leroy Hardman. He graduated from Stanley High School in Stanley, Iowa. In 1958 Hardy married Ruthann Hurd and they had one child, Richie Todd. Hardy then traveled the country managing a display van for Micro Switch. In 1965, Hardy married Paula Herrmann in Freeport, Illinois and refocused his career becoming the Government Contract Liaison for Micro Switch.


Moving to Iowa, he was employed in the trucking industry, advancing to manage several terminals including Briggs Transportation in Cedar Rapids, IA and then in Kansas City, MO where he was promoted to Southwestern Area Manager. He was awarded “Manager of the Year” with Briggs in 1978, 1979, and 1980. The last 10 years of his career he managed at Yellow Freight in the Palatine/Chicago area. After his retirement, he worked as a real estate coordinator for 2 years and then moved to Rockford where he was fairway mower and courier for the Rockford Park District for 10 years.


In his spare time, Hardy enjoyed golfing. He played most of the courses within 50 miles of Rockford and designed/built golf clubs for friends. As a member of the Cedar Rapids Bass Masters he competed in monthly tournaments throughout the Midwest. When his career led him back to Crystal Lake, he moved to the Fox River for another round of big boats, big fish, incredible friends, and “the best time of my life”. Hardy also enjoyed hunting and hanging out with his beloved German Shorthaired Pointers. He continued to devote hours every week to ancestry research for his family and friends until his passing. 


He was a participating member of Willow Creek Church in Barrington, IL and then Heartland Church in Rockford where he was active and led a growth group with his wife.


Hardy is survived by his wife of 56 years, Paula; son, Rich (Karla) Hardman, Golf Superintendent of Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Country Club of Rockford; and numerous brothers and sisters, nieces, and nephews throughout the country.


He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters and 5 brothers.


The family thanks Dr. Baris and staff at Valley Clinic, Dr. Siraj and the Heart Hospital, UW Hospital Rockford (SwedishAmerican), RNA and Jim Gillette for their love and compassion for the past years in caring for Hardy.


A Celebration of Life in Hardy’s honor will take place on Monday, December 20, at 2:00 pm at Christ United Methodist Church, 4509 Highcrest Road, Rockford, Illinois, 61107. A visitation for Hardy will begin at 1:00 pm, until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship will be established in Hardy’s name with Rock Valley College. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, IL 61111. 

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James Vincent Comparetto

 James Vincent Comparetto, 67, passed away in his home on Sunday, November 21, 2021, in Rockford, Illinois. James was born on April 27, 1954, in Chicago, Illinois to Carol Josephine (Potoczny) and Victor Vito Comparetto. He then was raised in River Grove, Illinois, and attended East Leyden High School Class of 1972. He went on to major in Counseling at Northeastern College and worked in management for several years. James was employed with Rockford Mass Transit for over 10 years, serving as a bus driver and faithfully getting his community to where they needed to go. James was a quiet man, but always showed his kindness towards others. He was a loyal fan of the Chicago Bears and Bulls, and looked forward to their seasons. He enjoyed watching many movies, but especially Science Fiction.

James is survived by his children; Carol-Lynn (Sam White) Comparetto, and Lucas Comparetto; brothers, Tony Comparetto, and Vic (Kathy) Comparetto. He was preceded in death by parents, Carol and Victor; sister, Marie Anderson.

A celebration of life for James will be announced in the coming weeks, so please refer back for more information. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois 61111. 

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Bill Hogue Jr.

Bill Hogue Jr., 64, of Loves Park IL. passed away in his home Monday November 22nd, 2021. Bill was born in Chicago on May 19th, 1957 to Bill and Jean Hogue. He attended Elgin High School where he pursued his love of baseball. That was until he was told he would have to cut his hair, thus ending his baseball career. After leaving school, Bill met and married his first wife Pam and they had three children: Billy, Holly, and Jen. Bill worked for ten years with his father and brother selling, installing, and servicing car washes at Hogue Industrial Service. During this time is when he earned his nick-name “Mr. Fix-It”. He later became a maintenance electrician at Elco Ind. in Rockford. It was while working there that he met and married his wife, Phyllis. For several years Bill enjoyed riding his motorcycle with his wife every chance they could. He had a passion for music and a remarkable memory for music history and trivia. Most weekends were spent playing pinochle with his wife and parents. When he wasn't playing cards or riding his motorcycle, he took much pride in the maintenance of his pristine pool and manicured lawn. Bill enjoyed spending time with his family and was always available to help when needed. He lived by his motto, “You called me, so something must be broke.”

Bill is survived by his wife Phyllis Hogue (Sandstrom); his parents Bill Hogue Sr. and Jean Hogue (Magie); brother Jim Hogue (Jill), brother Scott Hogue, sister Kelly Kavanagh (Vince); his children Bill Hogue III, Holly Malik (Eric), Jennifer Ocampo (Jose), Amanda Hammerlund (Jeff), and Christine Zimmerman; his grandchildren Corvin Borrego and Zoey Malik; and his fur-baby Chloe. In lieu of a memorial service, there will be a celebration of life at a later date. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois 61111.

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David L. Young

David L. Young, 38, of Loves Park, passed away on November 19, 2021, at Swedish American Hospital. Born March 31, 1983, in Rockford; son of Louis Gulley and Connie Young. He graduated from Harlem High School in 2002. He loved animals, especially his dog Layla. He was referred to as the animal whisperer because animals always seemed to find him and love him. He was a very non-judgmental person and that was one of his greatest qualities. He was a good listener, and many people would open up to him and share very private things because he was great at keeping their secrets. David had many friends and had this aura that drew people close to him. He was good to others and would help a person in need any way that he could. He enjoyed music, especially Michael Jackson, Boyz to Men, 

Tupac Shakur, Bones Thugs-N-Harmony, and Prince. He also loved to cook, WWE Wrestling, and follow the San Francisco 49ers. 

David is survived by his mother Connie Young; sisters Alisia (Tuan) Ngo and Khara Rivera; nieces Ashya Rivera and Amaya Ngo; nephews Damon Ngo and Gavin Powell; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; his fur baby Layla; and his best friend Morgan Busker and other father Dana Busker.  He was predeceased by his father Louis Gulley; his paternal uncles Harry, Larry, Thomas, and Robert Gulley; maternal uncle Johnny Young; and maternal aunt Linda Young.

A Celebration of Life for David will take place Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. located at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), 922 7th Street, Rockford, Illinois 61104. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois 61111.

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Robert L. Fischer

Robert L. “Bob” Fischer, 52 of Rockford, passed away unexpectedly on November 17, 2021.

He was born on March 10th, 1969, in Rockford, the son of John L. and Martha J. (Giglio) Fischer.

Bob attended St. Anthony Grade School and East High School.  After completing his apprenticeship, he worked as a Plumber for various companies over the years.

He loved to “tinker” with everything, never wanting to throw anything away because he always said that he could fix it and make it useful again.  He liked working on small engines, the challenge of making an old non-running motor run again, but better. A jack of all trades.  He loved minibikes, go carts and dirt bikes the most, bringing out the “kid” in him when riding. 

He had many interests, but he really enjoyed fishing – locally & making many trips to Lake Kegonsa, Lake Koshkonong, Lake Mendota in Wisconsin and made a couple of trips to Canada and charter trips to Lake Michigan. He enjoyed going to fishing shows and had a vast collection of fishing equipment that he acquired over the years. 

Material things never really meant anything to Bob. He lived simply, was a humble guy and other than having a cell phone, he never owned a computer and was never into any social media, never showed any interest, saying it was a “waste of time” .  He was a people person and truly loved to be around the company of anyone, he always loved to have someone around to enjoy their time together, their stories and never wanting anyone to leave too quick, always wanting them to stay longer and hang out with him. He was quick to make anyone a friend, never meeting a stranger. He shined when he was just hanging out with friends and family, having conversation, a cold beer, cut up, joke around, teasing one another all done in fun.

He had a huge heart and would help anyone in need at any time, it didn’t matter who they were, lending his plumbing skills, helping someone fix a mower engine, helping someone move, it didn’t matter. He was there many times for many people. He didn’t have much but he generously gave his time & would literally give the shirt off his back if that is what you needed.

Most important of all, he loved his family. Never having children of his own, he was always bragging up his niece and two nephews. 

 His huge smile, hearty laugh and his silly giggle is going to be missed by many.

Bob is survived by his brother John (April) Fischer of Rockford, sister Lori (Mike) Cotner of Rockford, niece Caitlin Fischer of des Moines, Iowa, nephew David Cotner of Rockford, his loyal and loving dog Petey, his very special & close cousin, Brad Peterson, many other cousins, and a huge host of friends.

Preceded in death by parents, John & Martha and nephew, Michael Fischer. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois 61111.

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Manuel Torres

Manuel Torres Villagrana, 66, of Rockford, Illinois, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, in his home. Manuel was born on October 17, 1955, in Mexico to Tomas Torres and Hermelinda Villagrana Torres. Manuel had a passion for music and could be often heard playing his bass. He also loved collecting various items. Manuel will be deeply missed by his family, especially the love of his life, Patricia Sanchez, and children, Antonio Torres, Cindy Torres, Cesar Garcia, and Karina Torres. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois, 61111.

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Clyde Robert Wilson

It is with great sadness that the family of Clyde Robert Wilson, of Rockford, IL, formerly of McHenry, IL, announce that he passed away peacefully on November 15, 2021, at the age of 91, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born on July 18, 1930 in Versailles, IL to Lawrence R. Wilson and Georgiann Root Wilson.

Clyde will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 54 years, Marilynn (nee Dulicek) Wilson, and children Judy (Brent) Boden, Sharon (Joseph) Rada and Joseph (Karren) Wilson; grandchildren Katherine and Connor Rada, who knew him as “Poppy,” and Mark Wilson; sisters Emma Ruth Copes of Vermont, IL and Loreeta Rogers of Wood River, IL, sister-in-law Arlene Justin of Chicago, IL and numerous nieces & nephews and friends.

Clyde is preceded in death by his parents, his son, Ronnie Wilson and his brothers, John, Joseph, Elmer, Woodrow and Clarence Wilson.

Clyde joined the armed forces right out of high school and enlisted in the Army Air Corps, serving as a medic in the Korean War. His Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C. in recent years was an unforgettable occasion. 

He was a jack of all trades and entrepreneur, and worked as a window washer, charter boat captain, insurance agent and came out of retirement to be a greeter at Walmart, which he truly enjoyed. Clyde was also a weekly volunteer at the food pantry of First United Methodist Church of Crystal Lake, where he helped those in need. In addition, his mechanical skills allowed him to fix any bicycle, engine or motor he encountered. He enjoyed fishing and attending the events of his grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 1:00pm at Our Lady of the Lakes Parish-St. Bede Church, 36455 N. Wilson Road, Ingleside, IL 60041, with a luncheon to follow. Interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL will be private. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois 61111.

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James M. Lyles

James M. Lyles, 77, of Kings, passed away November 11, 2021, at home after a short illness surrounded by his family and friends. He was born February 15, 1944, on Pumpkin Center, Arkansas, son of Walter and Sallie (Walker) Lyles. Jim got together with Gloria Ohnstad in 1989 they have been together for the last 32 years. Jim worked in the cotton fields when he was young and learned many skills through the years. He worked tool and die at Barber Colman before going on to be an excellent body and fender specialist for Walt SAPP Auto Body. Jim and Gloria worked together fixing and repairing many rental homes and met several friends through the years. Jim and Gloria were almost always by each other’s sides. Jim was what they would call a “Jack of all trades”, as he could do just about anything, and he never met a stranger. Jim loved to cut up and joke around, he was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, and boating. Jim loved the idea of going to auctions to see what kind of treasures he could bring home and at the end of they day he loved to come home to their 2 dogs that he adored.

Survived by his wife Gloria Ohnstad, his sisters Berl (Donnie) Bingham and Sally (Joe) Husky of Hoxie, AR; brothers Dean (Wanda) Lyles and Dewayne (Kay) Lyles of Paragould, AR, and Bill (Diane) Lyles of Davis, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his son James Ronnie Lyles; father Walter Lyles; and mother Sallie Walker Lyles; sister Mary Light; brothers Foy and J.L. Lyles; and very special niece Karla Lyles Lighthart.

Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd. Loves Park.

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Ronald Allen Zick

Ronald Allen Zick 67, passed away after a short illness on November 1, 2021. He was surrounded by his family as he left this earth to live in eternity with his heavenly father. A memorial service was held at Central Christian Church on Nov. 8. He is survived by his wife, Cindy and his children and grandchildren. They are: Josh and Linda(Kennedy) Zick, Ashley Hammerand, Bailey Hammerand, Benjamin Zick, and Matthew Zick. Kori Zick, Caleb and Carolyn (Glenny) Zick, Ernest Zick and Claudia Zick.

He was born on December 12, 1953 to Donald E Zick and Dolores J (Lother) Zick. Dolores (aka Dee or Grandma Dee) is surviving as is his sister, Susan Swanson and Duane, Nancy Bedows and Steve. This includes 4 nieces and a nephew and their families as well as Cindy's family in the Shultz clan.

He has worked as a farmer, excavator, in maintenance, and for the last 20 years worked for Barnes International in Rockford, IL. He loved working on fixing up his boat. His plan was to travel with Cindy after retirement. He was a long time member of Central Christian Church in Rockford, IL. He served many years as an elder and a Sunday School Teacher. He loved Jesus and knew the scriptures well.
"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him." James 1:12

Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park.

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Kevin Dale Collins

Kevin Dale Collins, 58, of Machesney Park, passed away on November 9, 2021, in Javon Bea Hospital. Born November 7, 1963, in Rockford; son of Bobby and Mary (Dewey) Collins. Kevin was a member of the Good Time Car Club and Gear Heads of Rockford. From a small boy he enjoyed building models and was a member of a multiple model building clubs. He enjoyed racing and raced at the Rockford Speedway, watching Nascar, working on cars and restoring cars to pristine condition. He was always cracking jokes. They were not always the most appropriate jokes, but he never missed the opportunity to be his funny self.

Survivors include his wife, Tonya; children Drew (Cheyenne King) Collins and Ryan Collins; granddaughters Zoey Marie and Nova Jean Collins; brother Dennis (Janet) Collins and twin sister Kathy (Brian) Blosser; several nieces and nephews; lifelong friends Bill and Shirley Jones, and Brad Smith. He is predeceased by his parents; brothers Mike and Jim Collins; sister Joyce Collins; and many great friends, including his partner in shenanigans Manley Finney.

There will be a Celebration of Life announced in the Spring of 2022. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park.  www.statelinecremations.com

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Kleber Maxon Bartram

Kleber Maxon Bartram, age 92, passed away at home of his son, David Bartram, on 

Thursday, the 4th of November, 2021, in Beloit, Wisconsin. 

Born June 28, 1929, in Hancock, WI.  Eldest son of George William Bartram and Esther Mae (Monroe) Bartram of Beloit, WI.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Lee (Luepke) Bartram and daughter, Paula Mae Bartram.

He wed Maxima (aka Amy) (Apostol) Nordmoe on December 1952 who survives him.  Kleber is survived by his many offspring.  They had four children.  Mariam (aka Mary) Bartram, Wanda  & (Roger) Gieseke, David & (Linda) Bartram, and Anna & (Larry) Schmidt. Grandchildren include Jennifer (Hill) Leaf, Lisa (Hill) & (David) Wall, Michael Kyriakopoulos, Gia (Kyriakopoulos) & (Omar) De Mara, Michelle (Gieseke) & Greg Cromer, April (Gieseke) Hayes, Donovan & (Amber) Bartram, Sean Bartram, Amber Bartram, Aimee (Herren) & Jay Lamothe, Austin Herren, and AJ & (Heather) Herren.  Great-grandchildren include Kleber and Nathan Leaf, Mable, Daniel, and Noah Clark, and Charles Spicer, Christian and Forest Hanchey, Antonio III, Elizabeth, Alexis Venegas, Vanessa (Venegas) & Ray Romero, and Omar De Mara III.  Harper Hayes, Kennedy and Declan Cromer, Brooklyn Bartram and Averi Graham Herren, and a great- great granddaughter Raya Romero.

Sisters Lois Engen and Lieta Reyburn, brother Byron & (Nancy) Bartram, sister in laws Carol, Esther, and Rita Bartram, many nieces, nephews, and cousins from Bartram, Monroe, Patefield, and Paine families survive.  His sister, Ramona Bartram, and his brothers, Kenneth Bartram, Ronald Bartram, and Philip Bartram predeceased him. 

Kleber wed Sandra Lee Luepke on January 20, 1961, in Harvard, IL.  They have a surviving son, Peter Jay Bartram, grandson, Joshua & (Kristie) Bartram, and granddaughter, Tawni Lee Bartram with three of Kleber’s great-grandchildren, Riley, Hartley, and Avid. 

Kleber grew up and attended Beloit High School, Beloit College in mechanical engineering.  He was a Korean War Veteran and served in USAF where he was stationed at Clarks AFB, Manila, Philippines  He worked as an airplane mechanic leaving with an honorable discharge A/IC. He worked in several die casting companies as plant engineer, general manager, general foreman, maintenance supervisor at Woodstock Die Casting, Flexicore, Teledyne Abco Die Casting in IL, El Monte Tool & Die Casting, Die Cast Mfg in CA.  He retired as an Arizona Department of Corrections Correctional Officer II, having received two awards from the Arizona State Governor for his services. 

 He lived in Oxnard, CA, Beloit, WI when he returned from the war.  He lived in Harvard, IL, Westchester, IL, Buena Park, CA, Yucaipa, CA, Buckeye, AZ, Beloit, WI, Kansas, OK, and most recently resided at his home in Hustonville, KY, before returning to Beloit, WI. 

He was a church member his entire life, and a member as a veteran USAF, Elks, Moose, VFW, Mason, UAW, and the USAF Band. He believed in the truth and principle of righteousness and justice.  He often gave the shirt off his back to help others in need, and stopped to help people stranded with their cars on the road to get them back on the right track from the goodness of his heart.  He loved to stop to visit people to tell a story or joke to everyone he would meet and share a laugh. He had strong political opinions about justice and righteousness which led to his last career as a Correctional Officer II in law enforcement. He loved country western music, played music on cornet, trumpet, saxophone, piano and organ. Loved travelling on his Indian, Harley, Honda, and Triumph motorcycles, playing Mexican train dominos, euchre, pinochle, solitaire, restoring cars, fixing things, remodeling his homes, and reading his scriptures. May he find his final perfect peaceful rest at last in the garden of heaven.

There will be a celebration of life service held at 2 pm on November 20, 2021, at the VFW, 2711 S Afton Rd., Beloit, WI 53511 with luncheon to follow.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to the Bartram Family, 712 Windsor Rd, Loves Park, IL  61111. 

Final veteran interment services will be at Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Nicholasville, KY with Bro. Greg Powell officiating.

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Arthur G. Quist

UPDATED SERVICE INFORMATION: Athur G. Quist, 80, of Rockford, passed away on November 1, 2021, in Rockford.  Art was born in Kirkland IL to Roland and Ida Quist on October 19, 1941. He went to school in Kirkland. He married Irene February 17, 1968, in Rockford. They had a loving 53-year marriage. He worked as an auto mechanic for Goodyear Tire for 40 plus years. He was a veteran and served in the Army. He was a cartographer and loved flying in helicopters. He got to travel to Africa and Ethiopia during his time in the Army.

He was a simple man, but what he did he did well. He really enjoyed collecting marbles and going to marble shows. He loved sports and going to Estate Sales. Art was an avid outdoorsman. He really enjoyed his garden. He spent many years at his parents Greenhouse on 4th Street.

Art is preceded in death by his Parents Roland and Ida Quist. His Daughter Victoria Quist.

He is survived by Irene, his Children Anne, Garrett (Cyndi), Jeff (Andrea); Art had 6 grandchildren, Brittany, Andrew, Alex, Ava, Ceclia, Eli; 3 Great Grand Children, Elianna, Mariah, Christian; and his sister Nancy (Jerry) Wickson.

Memorial Service will be 1 pm, Saturday, November 27, 2021 at Brooke Rd. United Methodist Church, 1404 Brooke Rd. Rockford, IL 61109.Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park, IL.  www.statelinecremations.com

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Diana J. Lungo

UPDATED SERVICE INFORMATION

Diana J. Lungo, 76, of Rockford passed away in her home on November 1, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. Born October 17, 1945, daughter of Charles and Jean Kurlinkus. Graduated from Marengo High School. Married to the love of her life, Guy Lungo, for 54 years. Diana was employed as a lunch lady at Cherry Valley Elementary. Diana enjoyed church, reading, and her gardening. She was her children and grandchildren’s biggest fan, attending all their sporting events and was always the loudest in the stands. She was devoted to her family and was a leader with Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Brownies. She loved the holidays most. That’s when she knew that all her family would be under one roof. We will miss her dearly. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Rock Church and Pastor Dan and all the wonderful people at Serenity Hospice and Home. We can’t express how much we appreciate all your love and care for our beloved mother.

Survivors include her husband Guy Lungo; children Elizabeth (Nick) Hardt, Mike (Tracy) Lungo, Fortunata (Brian) Fowler, and Anna Lungo (Robert); grandchildren Christopher (Debbie) Wigtion, Trista (Brandon) Christian, Nicky (Theanna) Hardt, Steven Hardt, Brandon Hardt, Amanda Lungo (Cheyenne), Nicole Lungo (Jason), Adam Sanders (Codie), Paris Jones (Jordan), Kimberly Lungo (Corey), Tyler Fowler (Katie), and Connor Fowler; great-grandchildren Trinity Wigtion (Lucas), Issac Wigtion, Emma Weingartner, Michael Wigtion, Edrick Hardt, Xochiana Hardt, Xiavier Hardt, Xander Hardt, Nevaeh Hardt, Rose Hardt, Addi Sanders, Abel Sanders, Destiny Sanders, Gianna Foss, Hiram Foss, and Landyn Jones; great-great-grandchild Aurora Boyles; brothers Carl and Robbie Kurlinkus; and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents Jean Aloha Fedderly and Charles Kurlinkus; and sister Georgina (Pookie) Kurlinkus.

A Celebration of Life will be A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, November 13, 2021 with visitation at 1 pm and service at 2 pm at Rock Church, 6732 Harrison Ave., Rockford, IL 61108 with a luncheon to follow. . Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park, IL. www.statelinecremations.com

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Jill A. Miles

Jill A. Miles, 74, of Loves Park, passed away in her home on October 30, 2021. She was born on October 2, 1947, in Freeport. She was with her partner in life, Bill Lindquist for 30 years and he will miss her very much. Jill was known to be a very strong person. She enjoyed reading, was a good cook, and loved to spend time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her partner Bill; a daughter; brother Bud Haight; Bill’s son Eric Lindquist and his children Kayla and Jonathon Lindquist, and her friends Connie and Beverly. She is preceded in death by her parents and son Sean Haight.

There will be a private graveside service at the Oakland Cemetery & Mausoleum in Freeport, IL. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park. www.statelinecremations.com

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Patricia E. Anderson

Patricia E. Anderson of Rockford died on October 23, 2021, after a long life. She was born March 9, 1923, in Beloit, Wisconsin, the daughter of Joseph H. Padon and Iva (Reed) Padon. Pat graduated from West High School as part of the first graduating class in 1941. She married Donald F. Anderson on April 30, 1943 and was primarily a homemaker and volunteer. Pat was a Cub Scout den mother; the long-term treasurer and last surviving member who enjoyed over 60 years of service and fellowship in the Buckbee School Women’s Club; worked as a volunteer at the PA Peterson gift shop for over 30 years; served as a Jenny Lind volunteer at Swedish American Hospital for 54 years including various leadership roles; and numerous other volunteer activities. At Alpine Lutheran Church she was a three decade plus member of the choir, chair of the Bereavement Committee for 38 years, and on behalf of the church she participated in and served two terms as President of Church Women United. Pat is survived by her sons, Douglas R. (Sue) Anderson of Poway, California, and Terry D. (Mary) Anderson of Rockford, grandchildren Dan Anderson of Caldwell, Idaho, Gina (Jean-Baptiste de Vilmorin) Anderson of Sevres, France, Grant (Benita Chan) Anderson of New York City, great-grandchildren, Eliot and Apolline de Vilmorin, nephew Rodney (Suzette) Weaver, niece Carole Meyers, numerous cousins, grandnieces and grandnephews. Predeceased by parents, stepmother Gertrude (Ford) Padon, husband Donald, sister Dorothy Weaver, and brother-in-law, Bill Weaver. 

Thanks to all the staff at Wesley Willows for the wonderful compassionate care which enhanced the last several years of her life. In addition, the family wants to thank the entire team at Mercyhealth Hospice Illinois for their compassionate assistance and support during the last three weeks of her life.

Cremation rites were accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 6 at 11:30 am at Alpine Lutheran Church, 5001 Forest Ave., Rockford, IL 61108 with lunch to be served. In accordance with applicable governmental directives, masks will be required other than when eating or drinking.

Memorials to Alpine Lutheran Church, 5001 Forest Ave., Rockford, IL 61108, The Employee Christmas Fund of Wesley Willows, 4141 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford 61103, or a charity of your choice. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois, 61111.

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Linda Mae King

Linda (Van Dan) King, of Beloit, unexpectedly passed away October 19th, 2021, at Beloit Memorial Hospital. She was born in Harvard, IL Sept 11th, 1950, to Arthur and Viola Van Dan.

Linda graduated from Blackhawk Technical college with her high school equivalency diploma Nov 8th, 1990.

Linda enjoyed being a homemaker and taking care of her children. She also enjoyed gardening, baking, and loved animals. While growing up on the family farm Linda was often found riding one of her father’s milking cows, finally her father had enough and bought her a pony to ride.

Linda is survived by her three children John (Angie) King, Brian (Jodi) King, and 

Lisa (Scott Babashka) King. She is also survived by her sister Valeria (Clois) Shook; Grandchildren, Alyssa King, Cheyenne King, Jared King, Kennedy King, Cassidy King and Zachary King; Great Grandchildren Amarah, Makai, Mason, Zoey, and Nova; Niece, Dawn Champion and Nephew Daniel Heft. Lastly, she is survived by her former husband and lifelong partner John King.

Linda’s sister Arlene Heft followed her in death 12 hours after Linda’s passing and she was preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Viola Van Dan and her brother Aaron Van Dan.

There will be no memorial service, and a private graveside service for immediate family only will be at North Sharon Cemetery N1691 Co Hwy C, Sharon, WI.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established to help with burial costs by the family with Paypal @ crzy4equines@gmail.com

Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd, Loves Park, IL 61111

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Carolyn Ann Politic

Carolyn (Jurgens) Politic passed Friday October 15, 2021, in her home at Independence Village. Born Aug. 23, 1951, to John and Ruth Jurgens. She married Dennis Politic on April 27, 1991, at Grace United Methodist Church of Rockford, IL. Together they made several trips to Disney World, as well as trips to Door County, New Mexico, and out East. She worked at Rockford Memorial Hospital for a total of 47 years. Carolyn worked as a Pharmacy Tech for the first 21 years, then in Health Information Services until she retired. As well as being a dedicated employee she was loved and respected by her coworkers, being referred to as “A Real Peach”. Carolyn was a loving wife to Dennis and faithful member of Grace United Methodist Church. She was involved in making church breakfasts and was famous for her Swedish meatballs, breakfast casserole and banana bread. She is survived by Dennis Politic, husband of 30 years. Sibling Bruce (Karen) Jurgens; Linda (Mike) Strang and Randy (Ann) Jurgens; Nieces and Nephews, Thyra (Ryan) Kiehl, and Lilly, Brian Jurgens, Andrew, Elizabeth and Johnathan Jurgens. Preceded in death by parents John & Ruth Jurgens; Sisters, Grace Jurgens and Joyce Jurgens; Lifelong friend Debbie (Schafman) Bauer. A Celebration of Life will be held at Grace United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 2:00 pm at 3555 McFarland Road, Rockford, IL. The service will be live streaming on the church website, graceumcrockford.org. Masks will be required. Memorial Contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church and Hospice. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, IL 61111.

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Mary Cramlett

Mary Cramlett, 85, of Rockford, IL affectionately known as "Grandma" to everyone that knew her, passed comfortably in her home October 3, 2021.  Mary was born December 22, 1935, to T. Moses & Hettie Hon in Hoxie Arkansas. She worked for Conover Square, Product Display and Community Care for many years as a caregiver to numerous people through the years. Mary truly had a special gift of taking care of everyone. She had a special way of making everyone she came into contact with smile and feel beautiful or handsome. She had a quick wit and a great sense of humor. Even though she had a 14-year battle with Alzheimer’s dementia, she never lost her sweetness and charm. She truly loved everyone unconditionally.

Mary is survived by her son K. Dale (Alanna) Turner, daughter Tammie Hada, grandchildren Naomi (Jim) Maddux, Bruce (Laura) Turner, Jerod (Magen) Turner, Chelsea (James) Ewing and Timmy Voyles. She is also survived by 12 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren as well as her brother Eldred Hon and numerous members of extended family.

Mary is predeceased by her parents, siblings Duffie, Cruse, Andie and Vera and very special significant other Melvin Strang and special great grandson Cody Garrison-Maddux.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Auxillium and United Hospice especially Nurse Susan.

A Service for Mary will be October 29 at 5pm-7pm at Firstborn Ministries, 8213 N. Alpine Rd, Loves Park, IL 61111.  Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park, IL. 

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Willie Moore

Willie Moore, 70, of Belvidere, IL passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family on October 13, 2021. He is survived by his loving wife, Hope Espinoza Moore of 52 years, children Paula A. (Juan) Mendoza, William L. Moore and Phillip A. (Alejandra) Moore, and by grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who lovingly call him Papa. 


Willie was known as a man of great pride and strength. He was a Veteran, who was proud to serve his country. A man with many life experiences, that made for unforgettable stories. He was man who loved his family and found his greatest joy when spending time with them. As his oldest granddaughter stated, “time can never fade the memories of him. He has touched our lives in so many ways, it’s impossible to ever forget him.” He is loved, will never be forgotten and will be greatly missed.



Memorial services for Willie Moore will begin promptly at 10:30am on October 20, 2021, Queen of Heaven Chapel, 1400 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, IL 60162. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois 61111.

Willie Moore

John Frank Kruschka

John Frank Kruschka, 78, passed away at home on September 29, 2021, in Byron, Illinois. On March 14, 1943, to Bruno Kruschka and Connie Rafayko in Chicago, Illinois. John attended Niles East High School, graduating in the class of 1961. On May 4, 1961, John married the love of his life, Joyce Cooper. John faithfully served his community as a firefighter and paramedic for the village of Niles. John took up a special interest in fish. He was a member of Tropical Fish Clubs from 1968-1975. He also was fascinated by raising Angelfish. In his later years, he enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family. John was a Christian, associated with the Church of Christ.


John leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Joyce Kruschka; daughters, Cheryl Vertucci and Christine Anderson; grandchildren, Stephanie Nagrodess, Heather Garrity, and Desirèe Vertucci; brother, Bob Kruschka. John was preceded in death by his mother and father; Brother, Rick Kruschka.



A gathering in remembrance for John will take place Sunday, October 24, 2021, at the family’s home in Byron, Illinois. The family invites you to personally reach out to them for the location of this event. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois 61111.

John Frank Kruschka

Laurence I. Page

Laurence I. Page, 67, of Rockford, passed away September 27, 2021. Born October 29, 1953, in Baraboo, WI; son of Lloyd and Marcella (Emery) Page. Larry married his forever love and is survived by Vicki in 1973 and they had 3 children Patricia (Dan), Michael, and Michelle (Rob), 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; and brother Bob Page. He is preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Ron and Colleen. 


Larry was a CNC programmer/operator. He loved using his brain and was a very smart man. A funny guy who loved to have a good time. He raised his family to love the outdoors. Always fishing with his son-in-law Dan. Most of his time was spent with his wife Vicki; they loved car rides together, watching footballs, racing, and was also a very good bowler. He loved to grill and smoke fish and ribs. His smile was the best. Larry was the greatest husband, father, and grandfather and we will miss him dearly.


A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 pm on October 29, 2021, at 114 Lincoln Park Boulevard, Rockford, IL. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park.

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Laurence I. Page

Virginia Mary Ostrander

Virginia Mary Ostrander, 71, Passed peacefully at her daughter Kim's house after her battle with lung cancer on October 2, 2021. Born May 28, 1950; daughter of Stanley and Zephrene Wiza. Virginia loved spending time with her family. Hobbies included plants and gardening. She liked going to the casino, refinishing furniture, and helping family and friends. Mom liked going for sunny day drives. Always kept a clean house and liked to cook and bake. She liked reading and word search puzzles. She liked finding treasures at garage sales. She worked at Worzalla in Plover, WI and Brakebush Bros in Westfield, WI. She also did house cleaning. 

Loved and survived by her children: Keith Crusher, Brian (Michelle, Joey and Alea) Shultis, Kimberly (Gordon, Cassandra, and Sean) Bates, Jamie (Julie Mahaney) Evenson, Johnathon (Lillian, Kyler and Autumn) Hidrogo and Aathon (Kayden and Riley) Hidrogo. Siblings: Stanley (Barbara) Wiza, Larry (Jackie) Wiza, Wally (Candy) Wiza, Dennis Wiza, Marlene (Mike) Gorski. 


Predeceased by: Parents: Stanley and Zephrene Wiza, siblings: Joseph Wiza, Jimmy Wiza, Tommy Wiza, and Delores (Don) Koback.


The family want to express a special thanks to Beloit Cancer Center and Hospice. 

Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park.

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Virginia Mary Ostrander

Thomas A. Sturgeon

UPDATED BURIAL INFORMATION: Thomas A. Sturgeon, 86, of Machesney Park, formerly of Olmsted Falls, OH, passed away in his home on October 2, 2021. Born July 22, 1935, in Middleburg Heights, Ohio; son of John and Sarah (Adams) Sturgeon. He graduated Class of 1953 from Berea High School in Berea, OH. Tom served in the US Army for 6 years and was the treasurer for the ASA (Army Security Agency) for 14 years. He also was in Officer’s Training School at Fort Benning. He married Marian Shawback on January 19, 2002. He worked for United Airlines as a ticket agent for 30 years and was a travel agent for Suburban Travel in North Olmsted, OH. Tom was a member of the Evangelical Friends Church in North Olmsted and sold popcorn every year on July 4th for the Berea Historical Museum. He loved going to classic car shows, traveling, and starting his day with a good cup of coffee.


He is survived by his loving wife Marian; children Andy (Carol) Sturgeon of Vancouver, WA, Randy (Lorrinda) Sturgeon of Vale, AZ, and Ken (Beth) Sturgeon of Woburn, MA; 11 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson; stepdaughters Brenda (Kris) Johnson and Julie Shawback; siblings Bob Sturgeon and Dan (Cheryl) Sturgeon; and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents and sister Joanie Ferguson.


Burial will be 10 am, Saturday, October 23, 2021, at Woodvale Cemetery, 7535 Engle Rd., Middelburg Heights, OH 44130 with a lunch to follow at North Olmsted Evangelical Friends Church, 5665 Great Northern Blvd, North Olmsted, OH 44070. Memorials may be given to OSF Hospice, 5501 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park, IL. www.statelinecremations.comMemorials may be given to OSF Hospice, 5501 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park, IL.

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Thomas A. Sturgeon

John R. Neujahr

John R. Neujahr, 71, of Rockford, passed away peacefully on October 5, 2021, in his home surrounded by his family. Born and raised in Machesney Park, IL. He served honorably in the US Navy from 1968 to 1972. He worked as a machinist at Metcut for over 40 years. He was an avid fisherman. Love for his family was his main priority. He will be missed by his loved ones and all who knew him. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.


John is survived by his loving wife of over 51 years Bobbie Jean; children George (Irene), Trisha (Jessica), Richard (Sandy), Jon (Sean), and Martha; 10 grandchildren Ally “Baby”, Gracie, Johnny, Adler, Konner, Kennedi, Kaleb, Alex, Isabella, and Jacob; siblings Margaret (Charles) Martoglio, faithful brother George (Judy) Neujahr; brothers-in-law Randall Cates and Theodore Mehren; several cousins, nieces, and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Richard and Mary Neujahr; sister Joan and brother-in-law Ronald Monighan, and sister Paula Cates; and father and mother-in-law Ted and Josie.


Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park, IL.

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John R. Neujahr

Steven G. Stanley

Steven Gordon Stanley was born September 14, 1960, in Rockford Illinois to Gordon and Iris (Anderson) Stanley. He passed away on October 2, 2021, in his home surrounded by his family.


Steven graduated college from Colorado Art Institute in 1984 with a BA in Graphic Design. He was able to draw anything from cartoon characters to still life but had a passion for letters and being creative with the graphic design of signs. He had a love for music, especially "The Who" and Aerosmith. He enjoyed watching action movies and sports. His favorite teams were the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Cubs. Steven loved being around family and had a great sense of humor, he could come up with some unexpected one-liners that were hilarious.


He was a mild mannered, kindhearted man that would generously help you even when he didn't have much for himself. He was loved and will be missed by all that knew him.


Survived by siblings, Vicki Beckman, Kurt Stanley, Lester Stanley, Heidi Crawford (Adam), Todd Stanley (Dana) and Traci Stanley, along with many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by Parents Gordon and Iris (Anderson) Stanley, brother Glen Stanley, and nieces Raven Sanders and Sarah Stanley.


There will be a memorial in the spring with family, planting a tree in his honor and sharing memories of our beloved brother and friend. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park. www.statelinecremations.com

Steven G. Stanley

James Robert Goble

James Robert Goble, 78, passed away on September 23, 2021, at Generations at Neighbors in Byron, Illinois, with his girls by his side. Jim was born on February 19, 1943, to Ida and James Goble. He graduated from West High School in the 1960s. Jim is survived by his two children, Roxanna Goble and Aalim Hannef; granddaughters, Jessica Goble and Asiyah Hannef; along with six loving grandchildren; nephew, Steven (Midge) Morrow; brother, Kenneth Goble. He will be deeply missed by many. Jim loved to poke fun, make friends during any occasions, drive around with his girls for hours and listen to music. He took a special interest in finding antique cars and listening to motorcycles rev their engines. He was one who was “hard” on the outside, but the biggest “softie” to those who found a place in his heart. The family would like to extend a special, heartfelt thank you to all the staff in the memory care unit at Generations at Neighbors for all the love they shared and time they spent with Jim. A celebration of life will take place on Sunday, October 24, 2021, from 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M., at B & B Park Bowl 5626, North 2nd Street, Loves Park, Illinois, 61111. Memorials may be made to the family. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois, 61111. www.statelinecremations.com 

James Robert Goble

Juanita Castro

Juanita Castro, 81, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 1, 2021, in Rochelle, Illinois. Juanita was born on February 8, 1940, to Emilia and Santos Suniga in Natalia, Texas. Juanita loved spending time in her garden, paying special attention to her flowers. She enjoyed cooking, dancing, but above all else, spending time with her friends, family and loved ones.

Juanita is survived by her children, Jr Castro and Beth Smith, Debbie Smith, and Ricky Castro (partner, Troy Johnson); grandchildren, Frank and Cassey Arriaga, Josh and Melissa Smith, Rosie and Tim Hinkens, Brandi Smith (partner, Chris Carter), Leslie and Andrew Freeman, Santos Castro and 9 great-grandchildren, with baby number 10 on the way.


Juanita was preceded in death by her parents, Emilia and Santos and daughter, Norma Arriaga.


Per Juanita’s request, a private family celebration of life will take place. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St. Jude's, an organization Juanita was very passionate about, at the following link - St Jude's (Juanita)


Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois 61111. statelinecremations.com

Juanita Castro

Pamela Sue Hale

Pamela Sue Hale, 62, passed away unexpectedly from natural causes in the evening hours of Thursday, September 23, 2021, at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. Pamela was born to Dona and William “Bill” Heyer on July 16, 1959, in Winona, Minnesota. Pamela attended Belvidere High School, Rock Valley College and McHenry County College, and went on to be a CNC Lathe Operator. Pamela married Larry Wlyde in 1978, and later married Paul O. Hale Jr. from 1982-2012.


Pamela was a breast cancer survivor. She was always in the mood for a cup of coffee with family and friends. She enjoyed reading and napping in her living room chair. She took up a special interest in art and animation, crafting, gymnastics, and bowling. She was also passionate about DACA, taking part in the group in high school.


Pamela is survived by her mother, Dona Heyer; sister, Linda (Jim) Ward; brother, Bill (Patty) Heyer; daughter, Jennifer (Michael) Howard; son, Paul and Nikki Hale; grandchildren, Alley, Jonathan, Ethan, and Jacob; great-grandchild, Olivia.


Pamela was preceded in death by her father, William “Bill” Heyer; brother, James “Jim” Heyer.

A celebration of life for Pamela is planned for Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 1:00 P.M. with a visitation taking place at 12:00 P.M., at New Life Lutheran Church, where Pamela was a member, 1100 North Lyford Road, Rockford, Illinois 61107. A luncheon at the church will take place following the service at 2:00 P.M. Flowers may be sent to the church and accepted throughout the morning before the time of the visitation. Memorials may be made to the family. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, IL 61111. statelinecremations.com 

Pamela Sue Hale

James "Jim" W. Carlson

James William Carlson, 63, of Belvidere, Illinois, passed away peacefully at his home on September 24, 2021. Jim was born June 19, 1958, in Belvidere, Illinois, son of Carl and Rosemarie (Leonard) Carlson. He graduated from Belvidere High School class of 1976. He worked as a DJ at Casa Mia, bartended at Grampa’s, and as a forklift driver for Syncreon. Jim’s great sense of humor enabled him to enjoy his jobs and make others laugh. He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago White Sox. Jim always lived life on his own terms. 

Jim is loved and missed by sister, Diane Wheeler of Byron; niece, Jennifer Wheeler of Rockford; nephew, Derek Wheeler of Byron; nephew, Mathew Wheeler of Minnesota; loving and loyal companion, Scooter; aunts and several cousins.


Jim is predeceased by his parents; grandparents; brother-in-law, Kevin Wheeler; as well as several aunts and uncles. 


A visitation will be held on Wednesday October 6, 2021, from 4-7 pm at United Church of Byron. 701 W. 2nd Street Byron, Illinois 61010. Memorial donations in Jim’s honor may be made to United Church Byron.



Jim’s family would like to extend heartfelt thankyous to Dr. Kellenberger, nurse Mike Gillette, DaVita, Keenage Transportation and bus driver Wayne, as well as the many family members and friends who helped him out through some rough times. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois 61111.

James

Beverly K. (Craft) Schubbe

She was born in St. Louis, Mo to Everett L. Craft and Mary Evelyn (Potts) Craft. She was the second oldest child out of 9. She was a resident of Dundee and Carpentersville areas until 1994. She attended DCHS for while before she went to ICHS. She was a graduate of ICHS class 1970. She was married to Bruce E. Schubbe (1949-2020). They married on June 19, 1971 in Elgin, Il. She loved listening to music, astrology, reading, her family, her grandson, her friends and researching our family tree. 


She is survived by her two daughters, Urainia (John) Gerhardt of Freeport, IL; Danielle (Brian) Russell of Loves Park, IL; one grandson, Frank E Russell; foster grandson Tony Ray; 2 brothers, Cecil (Lois) and David (Vickie) Craft of Arkansas, many in-laws, many nieces, nephews, family and friends. 


She was preceeded in death by her husband of 48 years; her mother, father, 5 brothers, Terry, Tim, Darrell, Michael and Rodney Craft; 1 sister, Cyndi (Craft) Hardin, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, some nieces, nephews and friends.


At her request she was cremated. There will a memorial for her at a later date. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois, 61111. 


Beverly K. (Craft) Schubbe

William "Billy" Anthony Gordon

William “Billy” A. Gordon, 49, of Cherry Valley, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, September 16, 2021, after a long illness. Billy was born on June 19, 1972, in Elkhorn, Wisconsin to Stuart Gordon II and Alice (Hewett) Gordon. Billy married his soulmate, Amy (Hendrix) Gordon, on December 2, 2013. He was so very loved by his family and friends. He will especially be missed by his first grandson, Ryan, who Billy loved and adored. Billy rode his motorcycle whenever he had the chance.


Billy is survived by his wife of 7 years, Amy; Children, Shane, Shai, Shana, Shaila, Chaz Gordon, and Viktoria Vronch; special niece Summer Tallacksen; grandson, Ryan Morris; mother and father-in-law, Dave and Vicky Hendrix; 3 sisters and many more family and friends he considered his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Stuart Gordon III.


A celebration of life will be held for Billy on Sunday, October 3, 2021, at 2:00 P.M., at Crazy Time’s Pub and Grub, 1520 Glen Forest Drive, Machesney Park, IL 61115. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Billy’s honor to the American Heart Association. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois, 61115. 


William

David Paul Mastrangeli

David Paul Mastrangeli, 63, passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, September 19, 2021, in Rockford, Illinois after a courageous fight with glioblastoma brain cancer. David was born on September 21, 1957, in Rockford, Illinois to Al Mastrangeli and Geraldine Turgeon. He attended Guilford High School, graduating in the class of 1976. After high school, David married the love of his life, Kathleen “Kathy” Nolan on September 8, 1979. David spent 32 years of dedicated employment with the Illinois Tollway working in maintenance.



David was “Mr. Fix-it” around the house. His favorite thing in the world was spending time at many golf courses with buddies, Luigi, Joe and Vito. He was a devoted Chicago Bears fan. He was known as the family “pool boy”. Most of his days were spent at Menards, seeing what he could find. David was truly a family man, and always strived to put his family first. He was everyone’s hero, and everyone’s dad.


David leaves behind his wife of 42 years, Kathy; children, Brian (Katie) Mastrangeli, Trisha Mastrangeli; grandson, Arlo; sister, Rita Palmeno and her children, Tia and Torre; sister, Lisa Mastrangeli; stepbrother, Randy (Tracy) Knight and their children, Nicole, Stacie, and Sarah; stepbrother, Jeff (Adella) Knight; special nieces, Tara and Morgen; special nephew Cory; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family; many friends; a man’s best-friend and dog, Riley.


David was preceded in death by parents, Al and Geraldine; maternal grandparents, Jean and Claude Johnson; paternal grandparents, Paul and Rita Mastrangeli; stepsister, Jody Knight; brother-in-law, Michael Palmeno.


The family would like to extend their gratitude to Heartland Hospice, especially Diane and Julia, for their unconditional love and support through this journey.


A Celebration of Life will take place for David on Sunday, October 10, 2021, from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the Twin Shelters within Sinnissippi Park, 1401 North Second Street, Rockford, Illinois, 61107. Memorials may be made to the family, or at gofund.me/86246f36, for a memorial tree to be placed in David’s honor at Sinnissippi Golf Course. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois, 61111.

David Paul Mastrangeli

William "Bill" Charles Fredrick

William “Bill” Charles Fredrick, 70, of Rockford, passed away on September 21, 2021, after fighting a courageous battle of cancer. Born March 27, 1951, in Endeavor, WI; son of William J. H. Fredrick and Jean S. Fredrick. Married Marianne Fredrick on June 21, 2019. He worked as a salesman for Quietwoods, RV. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, caring for his squirrels and hummingbirds, and going on vacations. 


Bill is survived by his wife Marianne; sisters Denise (Joe) Chapman and Marilyn Fredrick; mother Jean; children Todd (Torry) Fredrick, Sheri (Kyle) Lohn, Stacy Fredrick, Gabby (DJ) Niedermeier, Jonah Niedermeier, and Billy Joe Fredrick; and grandchildren. He is predeceased by his father William Fredrick, brother Robert Fredrick, and nephew Jason William Fredrick. 

A Memorial Service will be at 1:30 pm, Wed., September 29, 2021, in Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home, 430 W. Wisconsin St., Portage, WI 53901.


Visitation will be held from 11 am until time of service. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 pm on October 2, 2021, at JoJo’s Pizza and Pub at 3110 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712. Windsor Rd., Loves Park. www.statelinecremations.com


William

Mary Bartow Olson

Mary Barstow Olson, 84, of Dekalb passed away peacefully on the evening of September 8, 2021. She was the daughter of Theodore S. Barstow and Jane Smith.


She is preceded in death by her husband, William Edward Olson (1935-2012), and is the mother of two sons, Peter Barstow Olson (b. 1967) and Laurence William Olson (b. 1970).

 Everyone who ever had the good fortune to cross paths with Mary knew a kind, compassionate, thoughtful, and witty person. As one dear friend recalled, she possessed a “quiet, radical grace”. She takes many riches of love and wisdom with her. 


 A virtual gathering of remembrance will be held over Zoom on Sunday, October 17 at 3pm CDT. Peter Olson kunstformen1904@gmail.com is collecting email address to send invitations to this virtual gathering.


Memorial contributions may be made to Unity Worldwide Ministries, 200 Unity Circle North, Suite A, Lee’s Summit, MO, 64086, or The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury, 4245 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100, Arlington, VA, 22203. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park. www.statelinecremations.com



Mary Bartow Olson

Shelly Marie Proper

Shelly Marie Proper, 53, of Loves Park, Illinois, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at Javon Bea Hospital. Shelly was born on August 27, 1968, in Rockford, Illinois, to Mary (Diane) Schneider and William McAlister. Shelly attended Harlem High School, graduating class of 1986. After high school, Shelly completed cosmetology school. Through the years, Shelly also took on the role of a caregiver. On June 8, 2012, Shelly married Earl Proper Sr. Shelly was a member of Saint Bridget’s Catholic Church. 


Shelly took a special interest in cross stitching, sewing, and baking. She loved cheering on the Dallas Cowboys. Shelly will be deeply missed by many. 


Shelly was survived by her husband of nine years, Earl Proper Sr.; mother, Diane (Burt) Roush; sisters, Vickie McAlister and Tina Randolph; children, Casey (Brittany) McAlister, Katlyn McAlister, Kane McAlister, Earl (Courtney) Proper Jr., Joseph (Brianna) Proper, Harley (Nicole) Proper, Seles (Tigre) Maldonado, close cousin (but considered a daughter), Ashley Schneider; family friend (but considered a son), Teddy Hardy Jr.; 10 loving and spirited grandkids; nephew, Zach Randolph; close friends, Cammy and Diana. 


Shelly was preceded in death by her father, William McAlister; Paternal and Maternal grandparents; mother-in-law Margaret Torres; 3 beautiful grandchildren. 


A celebration of life for Shelly will take place from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, September 23, 2021, at Forest Hills Lodge, 1601 West Lane Road, Loves Park, Illinois, 61111. Memorials may be made to the family. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois, 61111. 

Shelly Marie Proper

Barbara "Barb" J. Sullivan

Barbara Jeanne Sullivan, 77, of Rockford, Illinois, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday September 5, 2021. Barb was born on October 31, 1943, in Rockford to Stanley and Apolonia “Polly” (Makulec) Dzielak. Barb attended East High School in Rockford. On March 25, 1961, Barb married her best friend, Jeremiah “Jerry” Sullivan. Through the years, she was a daycare provider, a garden specialist at Lowe’s, and even opened Sullivan’s Landscaping with her husband, Jerry. She was an avid gardener in her career, and her personal life. One of her proudest moments was becoming a published writer in the Midwest Living Garden Book. Barb also enjoyed reading. She had a special love for her grandchildren, making it a priority to attend all sporting events. Barb also spent much time making blankets for numerous friends and family members, now precious heirlooms.


Barb is survived by her children, Amy (Ron) Truninger, Kelley Walker, Jeremiah “Jay” (Fiance, Karen Lucas) Sullivan, Dan (Suzie) Sullivan; grandchildren, Nick (Jen) Sullivan, Zack (Katie) Truninger, Matt Truninger, Jacob Walker, Kaitlyn Truninger, Hannah (Derek Rhodes) Walker, Benny Walker, Lexi Sullivan, and Payton Sullivan; great-grandchildren, Zoey, Selena , and Maiya Walker, Charlotte Truninger, Baby Boy Truninger in February 2022 (who great-grandma rooted for as “Team Boy”) and Raelynn Rhodes; brother, George (Meg) Jelak; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Barb was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; parents, Stanley and Polly; sister, Joanne (John) Schleicher, mother-in-law, Bea Sullivan. A graveside service for Barb will take place on Saturday, September 25, 2021, 10:30 A.M. at Arlington Cemetery, 6202 Charles Street, Rockford, Illinois, 61108. A luncheon to celebrate Barb’s life will continue at Gerry’s Pizza, 7403 Argus Drive, Rockford, Illinois 61107. Memorials may be given to the family. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois 61111.


Barbara

Floyd E. Fluaitt III

Floyd E. Fluaitt III, 72, of Rockford, Illinois, passed away on 09/06/2021. Retired USAF Veteran. He was born to parents Floyd Fluaitt and Bernadette Fluaitt, on August 30, 1949, in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Floyd is survived by sons, Floyd and Stella Fluaitt IV and Adam and Angie Fluaitt; sister, Lynda Kahl; brothers, David Fluaitt and Russell Fluaitt; along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by father, Floyd Fluaitt; mother, Bernadette Fluaitt; brothers, Dwight Fluaitt, Arthur Fluaitt, William Fluaitt, brother, Gary Fluaitt, and Michael Fluaitt. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 3:00 CST at Ross Pearson VFW 922 7th Street, Rockford, Illinois 61104. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois, 61111. Statelinecremations.com



Floyd E. Fluaitt III

George "Frank" Wilson

George F. “Frank” Wilson a.k.a. Paw Paw, 83, of Roscoe passed away Monday, September 6th, 2021 following a short illness. Born on August 21, 1938, in Lepanto AR, the son of Buford and Viola (Cline) Wilson. Frank would eventually relocate to Rockford IL, where he would marry Sandra L. Pape and raise a family. Frank was employed by Gunite Corporation for nearly thirty years, until his retirement in 1996. As an avid outdoorsman Frank enjoyed hunting and fishing whenever he would get the chance. He loved watching “wrassling” and would rarely miss any of the televised matches. Now he always said that he enjoyed working on cars but since working on cars is where he taught his kids how to cuss, you’ll have be the judge on that one. However, his favorite pass time was always spending time with family. With a laid back and easy-going disposition Frank seldom met a stranger and was always willing to help those around him. 


Survivors include his wife Sandra; his children, Rick (Stacy) White, Lori White, and Shawn (Marcy) Wilson; his brothers, Bill (Hattie) Wilson and Russell (Sharon) Wilson; grandchildren, Ricky White, Amber Homewood, Todd Newsome, Theo Newsome, Shy Newsome, Alex Wilson, Alyssa Wilson; great grandchildren, Izabella, Sophiya, Trey, Titan, Taylor, Tahliya, Lily, Everly, Talana, Trew, TaKoda, Taelynn, Tiara, Gage and Major. A special thank you to Theo and Kandice for taking care of “Paw Paw” for the past few years. He is predeceased by his parents and brother Don.


Services to be held at a later date. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park, IL.


George

Marilyn Collins

Rockford, Illinois resident, 83, Marilyn passed away on Monday, August, 9, 2021 in her home. Marilyn was always surrounded by her loved ones and that day was no different. On October 1, 1937 Marilyn  was born to Rodger and Florence Hazel Wilson.


On April 16,1954 Marilyn married William Collins in West Plains, Missouri. They had 4 children. Marilyn is survived by all four of her children; daughter Marilyn Flores, daughter Bonnie & Robert Johnson, son William Collins Jr and son Robert & Carla Collins. Her siblings;

brothers Lavern “Pete” & Marce Wilson and Leslie & Chris Wilson, sisters Juanita & Peter Plew, sister Carol Ann & Ronald DuFoe, Hazel & Jimmy Akers. Marilyn had several nieces and nephews; Karen.


Marilyn had several grandkids; Jennifer & Aron Freeman, Ahide “Heidi” & Sam Rattanasavanh, Jonathan Collins, Ashley & Kyle Dusing, Robert Collins Jr., , Armando " Juan" & Marianna Espinoza. Marilyn had several great grand kids; Sabrina Freeman, Samantha Freeman, Nouk & Melissa Rattanasavanh, Tommy Rattanasavanh, Anthony Rattanasavanh, Malia Mandujano - Ethridge and Theodore “Teddy” Dusing, Jaymein Espinoza, Bryan Espinoza, Ashlyn Espinoza and Arianna Espinoza. Marilyn was predeceased by her husband William Collins, both of her parents, brother Leslie Wilson, and grandson Samuel Mandujano. Marilyn was a housewife and an antique fanatic all her life. She loved to go to garage sales, estate sales and auctions.


She loved rummaging through all the boxes even when they were covered with dust. She

was sure to let you know that you just never knew what could be found in a box that looked like junk to most people. I think it is safe to say that going to auctions, estate sales and garage sales was one of Marilyn’s happy places. Rest assured though nothing could bring a bigger smile to Marilyn’s face than when she had a house full of family, including the grand furbabies. There will be graveside services for immediate family on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 2pm in Willwood Burial Park 7000 West State Street, Rockford, Illinois, 61102. The family will be having a celebration of life on October 3,2021 at The Filling Station, 6259 Eleventh Street, Rockford, Illinois, 61109. Time is yet to be determined.

Marilyn Collins

Leon M. LeBeau

Leon M. LeBeau, 69, of Machesney Park passed away in his home on Friday, August 27, 2021 surrounded by his family. Born August 25, 1952 in Rockford, IL., the youngest son of Gustave Charles and Margaret Rose Friedly. He lived in the Rockford area his entire life, graduating from Auburn High School in 1971. He married Merry Joy Weidig on February 27, 1981, she passed away on December 9, 2016. He previously worked at Anderson Brothers, Ingersoll Machine Tools, and Excel Gear as a CNC Operator. He enjoyed playing on his company softball teams, as well as riding the several motorcycles he had over the years. His travels took him to the Snake River and Yellowstone. Survivors include his daughter Christina Reneé (Aaron) Larson of Machesney Park, son Michael (Emma) Jalouga of Ft. Lauderdale, brothers and sisters Ronald (Pat) LeBeau, Ella (Gerald) Ellefson, Chuck (Sara) Lebeau, Teena (Craig) Burdick, Anthony (Judy) LeBeau, and Mary (Michael) Valaisis; Goddaughters Tracey Kennington and Angela Stahl; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his grandkittens Cygnus and Lyra. Predeceased by his favorite grandkitten Orion. Memorials in his name may be given to the American Heart Association. Per his wishes, no memorial service will be held.



Leon M. LeBeau

Samuel S. Mandujano

Samuel S. Mandujano, 35, passed away on July 30. 2021 with loved ones by his side in Swedish American Hospital. Known to his friends and family as “Sammy”. Sammy was born on January 15,1986 in Rockford, Illinois. The son of Samuel “ Sam ” Mandujano and Marilyn S. (Collins). Sammy received his G.E.D. from Rock Valley College. When Sammy was not spending time with his daughter Malia, you could find him outdoors. He could spend hours tinkering around in the garage. As much as he enjoyed the outdoors he never hesitated to drop everything for some daddy / daughter time. Sammy’s world revolved around his daughter Malia. You could always hear him telling her “ I love you and that she was the love of his life.”


Sammy is survived by his mother Marilyn Flores, daughter Malia Mandujano - Ethridge, step sister Ahide “Heidi” & Sam Rattanasavanh, nephew Nouk & Melissa Rattanasavanh, Tommy Rattanasavanh, nephew Anthony Rattanasavanh, maternal grandmother Marilyn Collins, his aunt Bonnie & Robert Johnson, uncle William “Bill” Collins Jr., uncle Robert & Carla Collins, uncle Benigno Mandujano, uncle Hermillo “Chico” & Nancy Mandujano, cousin Jennifer & Aron Freeman, cousin David & Karri Mandujano, cousin Jonathan Collins, cousin Jessica & Jordan Mahnke, cousin Noah Mandujano, cousin Ashley & Kyle Dusing and cousin Robert Collins Jr. Along with many other aunts, cousins and loved ones in Texas and Mexico. Sammy also had many friends that he considered family by choice. Sammy is predeceased by his father Samuel “ Sam” Mandujano, maternal grandpa William Collins, paternal grandparents Evaristo & Gabina Mandujano and both maternal and paternal great grandparents. 



The family would like to extend a special thank you to the second floor CCU at Swedish American Hospital. The entire staff went up and beyond to help our family through this difficult time. There were many times we felt as if we were all family. Words can not express our gratitude. 


Everyone would agree that Sammy would do anything he could to help anyone and everyone. Even those he didn’t know. This may or may not be a surprise to everyone. But it was a surprise to his family when we were notified that Sammy had signed up to be an organ / tissue donor. Although Sammy will not be here to physically look at. He will forever live in our hearts and memories. But for those special recipients he will be able to physically live on in them for many years to come. 


We will also be having a celebration of life at The Filling Station at 6259 Eleventh Street, Rockford, Illinois, 61109 on Oct 3,2021. As the date approaches closer the family will make posts on facebook with more information.



Samuel S. Mandujano

Troy Alan Stromblad

Troy Alan Stromblad was born on March 28, 1969 to Alan Frederick Stromblad and Mary Ellen Gozy in Chicago, IL. 



Troy loved spending time with his family and friends. He had a love for movies and music. Troy loved his career as a waiter and enjoyed meeting new people. He enjoyed going out to eat and playing the slot machines. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. 

He is survived by his Aunts Crystal (Paul Sr.) Reed and Sylvia Kujansuu; Aunts Deb (Rich) Bohlin, Sue (Roy) Stone, and Pat (Jim) Thomas; stepbrother Jerry (Christine) Miller, nephew Alan Miller, niece Heather Miller, and many, many first and second cousins. 


He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Frederick William Stromblad and Frances Orene Poole Stromblad; maternal grandparents Walter Gozy and Cora Belle Taylor Gozy; his father Alan Frederick Stromblad, his mother Mary Ellen Gozy Gorham, his stepfather Charles W. Gorham, stepmother Virgina “Ginger” Miller; his brother Alan Stromblad Jr., cousin Timothy Martin Kujansuu, Uncle Martin Kujansuu, niece Rachel Therese Miller; and his partner Carlos Morales. 


There will be a private celebration of Troy’s life with his family. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois 61111. 



Troy Alan Stromblad

Gotthold "Butch" Schumann Jr.

Gotthold “Butch” Schumann Jr., 68, of Loves Park, died peacefully at his home after the Lord opened his arms and he left his earthly life on August 18, 2021. He was an Army Veteran stationed in Korea and later worked as a Union Cement Mason until retiring. He enjoyed fishing (but never caught a big one), bowling, watching old western movies, and being around family.


He is survived by brothers, Alonzo (Lynn) Schumann, Don (Denise) Ott, Ken (Marylou) Ott, Larry Ott, Richard Schumann; sisters, Sandi Kokas, Lorrie (Jerry) Berg, Carol (Joe) Hagen, and Pam (Norm) Sanders; one heck of a lot of cousins, nephews, nieces, and one very special Godchild, Jeremy Berg, who he loved and teased all of the time. 


Preceded in death by parents, Gotthold and Loretta Schumann; Sisters, Donna and Cathy; brothers, Victor and David; three nephews.



Memorials may be sent to: www.veteransdropincenter.com or www.diabetes.org. Cremation rites have been accorded with a private interment in Greenwood Cemetery at a later date. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, Illinois, 61111. 



Brian Joseph Liekam

Brian Joseph Leikam, 59, passed away in his Loves Park, Illinois home on Saturday August 7, 2021. Brian was a proud Air Force veteran. He was a founding member and Sachem of the Fox Nation group and was a fixture at Camp Anokiji, teaching Native American arts and crafts and telling stories, for many years. Brian was a Dungeons and Dragons player, DM, and game module author. He followed the Cubs and Bears faithfully, and his joy when the Cubbies went all the way was immense. Brian will be missed by many.


Brian is survived by his wife, Carla; brother Barry Leikam; sisters Erin (Bruce) Murphy, Kelly Hartman, Katie (Brian) Peterson; children Joe (Katie) Leikam, Jenny (Jason) Tennant, Sara (Thomas) Morgan, Marcus (Abbey Dean) Leikam; grandchildren Vincent Leikam and Mina Morgan; nieces and nephews Lacey, Lindsay, Bobby, Tara, Jimmy, Kelsey, Lucas, Tom, Tony and Talya. Predeceaased by his parents Thomas "Sam" Leikam and Patricia West Leikam, sister Tracy Gerambino, and nieces Aubree and Amber.


Per his wishes, no services will be held, and his family will scatter his ashes in the Chippewa Flowage in Wisconsin. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park, IL 61111. www.statelinecremations.com



Brian Joseph Liekam

Max David Berry

UPDATED SERVICE INFORMATION: Max David Berry, 74, passed away April 9, 2021, at his home in Winnebago, IL. Max was born October 12, 1946, in Paris, IL. Max is survived by his two daughters; Vanessa Bishop of Burlington, WI and Erica Berry of Eugene, OR; His siblings Maranna Oakley of Charleston, IL, John H. Leonard III of Paris, IL and Tom (Tammy) Leonard of Mattoon, IL: grandchildren; Ava Bishop, Ana Bishop, Ella Bishop, and Orin Noffsinger, all of Burlington Wisconsin; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Teal Leonard (Cunningham) of Ashmore, IL and father John H Leonard, Jr. of Charleston, IL.


 Max grew up in southern Illinois and volunteered for the Navy in 1964, serving in Vietnam for many years as a Radarman. He also sang tenor in the Navy’s Blue Jacket Choir. 

 He has called Winnebago, IL his home for the last 42 years. Max was a lifelong learner and strong advocate of education. He dedicated his professional life to working with and educating youth, serving at Byron Middle School as a social studies teacher and school counselor, and spent a few summers working at a camp for special needs kids. 


 Max had a myriad of interests, but especially enjoyed golfing, playing pool, hanging out with his friends, listening to music and going on fishing trips with his buddies in Canada. He was a voracious reader of books with an unmatched knowledge of history, philosophy, science, and politics. He loved engaging in debate with friends and giving impromptu (unsolicited) history lessons (lectures) to his children and grandchildren. He devoted much of his time after retirement to being with family and friends and took great pleasure in teaching his grandchildren to fish. His true love was travel and he was always willing to explore new places and cultures and sought to make friends wherever he went. Max was a unique soul, genuine, decidedly unconventional, and unafraid to show his true self. His antics will be the fodder of the many, many stories his loved ones will be telling for years to come. 


A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, October 10th at Roc's Blackfront Tavern & Grill in Charleston, IL from 4-6pm. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park, IL

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Max David Berry

James William Ralston

James William Ralston,76, of Caledonia, died August 15, 2021. On a beautiful summer day Jim was in his woods on the tractor he used almost every day when a tree fell and crushed him. Born in Rockford's Swedish American Hospital, he lived his entire life near his childhood home. He was preceded in death by his parents, William J. C. Ralston and Margaret Jeanette Greenlee Ralston. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Katherine Griffeth Reed Ralston, son Matthew (Lisa) Ralston, daughter Jamie Ralston (Jim) Cunningham; sisters Elizabeth Ann Patchen (Kenneth L Patchen) Ralston, Constance Jeanne Ralston (George) Kassal, and grandchildren Isla, Benjamin, and Grayson. An Auburn High School graduate, Jim grew up on the family farm, helping raise crops and livestock as he cultivated a lifelong interest in fixing broken electronics, vehicles, and anything else that needed repair. As a student he had a room in the house where he kept tools and parts for repairs and tinkering. As a working adult he had pole barns in which he kept vehicles, tractors, and spare parts. A clean up effort of a workspace room in his home yielded 30 phones and 17 television sets being saved for spare parts. He had seven riding lawnmowers, four operational. After high school, Jim worked at Barber-Coleman for two years, served in an Army Artillery unit in Viet Nam from 1967-69, and then began working for Western Electric, which became AT&T, and finally, Lucent Technologies. He was a communications equipment installer specializing in telephone systems for large office buildings, for 44 years, retiring in 2009. Active in the Willow Creek Presbyterian Church of Argyle, he provided his perfectly pitched voice to the choir as well as a church quartet called the Stringers. He was self taught on guitar. He served as a deacon, church elder, and was on the Scottish Cemetery Board. He was a member of a couples group called Windjammers. He was a magazine reader, had an interest in archaeology, did some camping and cave exploration, and followed NASCAR, the Bears and the Cubs. He kept an eye on a heron rookery near the edge of his property and was proud to be a Scotsman. He had a great sense of humor. Chevrolets were his vehicle of choice, but he was quick to repair anyone's vehicle when asked. He was the pit crew for J & J racing team at Rockford Speedway for eight years for team driver and brother-in-law Jeff Griffeth. A visitation will take place on Friday, August 27, 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Willow Creek Presbyterian Church of Argyle, with a memorial service following at 3:30 P.M. Memorial donations may be made to the Willow Creek Presbyterian Church, 7300 Belvidere Road, Caledonia IL 61011. 



James William Ralston

Norman Roy Viel

Norman Roy Viel, 68, of Rock City, passed away in his home on August 19, 2021. Born August 11, 1953, in Davis, IL; son of Harm and Lois (Winche) Viel. Norman graduated from Winnebago High School and worked for Columbia Pipe until his health caused him to retire early. Norman married Kelly Kline on March 17, 1990. He was a farmer and enjoyed raising livestock. Norman was an avid hunter, fisherman, and trapper; he also coached and pitched for baseball teams in Pecatonica and Seward for many years. He was a member of the German Valley United Methodist Church.


Norman is survived by his wife Kelly Viel; children Amy (Kevin) Seyller, Melissa Viel, Samantha Viel, Heather (Bobby) Steines, Abigail Viel, and Joshua Viel, bonus son, Zacharias Lemoine; grandchildren Isaac, Gabriella, Diana, Luca, Allie, Cassie, Hailey, Zoe, Damien, Landon, Brooklyn, Samantha, and Angela; siblings, Patricia Siemens, Marlene (Russell) Siemens, Gary (Aleasa) Viel, and Linda (Craig) Clausen; sister-in-law Ann Viel; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is predeceased by his parents, brother Gene Viel; brother-in-law Walter Siemens; and nephew Jeffrey Russell.


A Memorial Service will be held at 2 PM, Thursday, August 26, 2021, in German Valley United Methodist Church, 7 Main St., German Valley, IL 61039. A visitation will be from 12 PM until time of service. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park. www.statelinecremations.com.



Norman Roy Viel

Lawrence "Larry" Marotta

Lawrence “Larry” Marotta, 84, of Belvidere, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on August 17, 2021. He was born on August 23, 1936, to Samuel and Angelina (DeMarco) Marotta in Rockford. Larry was a proud Navy Veteran. He was a member of Holy Family Church, St. James Church, Moose Club, Motorcycle Club, and the African Violet Club. He enjoyed woodworking; he made doll furniture, clocks, pens, and lamps out of wood. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, and his pets, especially his dog Foxy.


Larry was the loving husband of the late LaDonna; adoring father of Michael (Yana); beloved grandfather of Denis Kolesnik; fond uncle to many. He is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Angelina; brother Richard; and many aunts and uncles.


Services are pending at this time. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park. www.statelinecremations.com


Memorial contributions in Larry’s honor may be gifted to the National Kidney Foundation, 215 W. Illinois St. #1c, Chicago, IL 60654.



Lawrence

Gary Dennis Scoville

Gary Dennis Scoville, 76, passed away at home with his family on August 14th, 2021. Gary was born in Stoughton, WI, the son of Ansel and Katherine Scoville. Gary graduated from Monona Grove high school in WI. He retired from Sundstrand after 30 years at the age of 50. He was a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan who enjoyed playing cards, riding his motorcycle, fishing on his boat and telling stories. He is now able to go dance with Sally again. He is loved and missed by his children Valerie, Dennis (Diane), Brad & Sheila (Troy) Bain. Grandchildren Lindsey, Lacey, Justin, Chris and Sarah. Great Grandchildren Aubree, Maclynn, Charlie and Ross. He was preceded in death by his wife Sarah aka Sally Scoville, his parents Ansel and Katherine and his brother Carl. A special thank you to John Sutton for always helping. Stateline Cremations is assisting the family, 712 Windsor Rd., Loves Park. www.statelinecremtions.com