EDWARD A. WILSON III ROCKFORD - Edward A. Wilson III of Rockford passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014, at Anam Care. He was born November 4, 1933, in Detroit, MI; the son of Edward A. and Ella Mae (Garrison) Wilson II. He graduated from the University of Detroit. He then went on to get his Master's Degree at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He married Mary Ellen Naze in Hawaii on January 31, 1984. He worked for many years at Sears, Roebuck and Company. Edward also worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation as a highway planner. He served in the US Army. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen; grandson, Ian Alexander Droessler-Wilson; granddaughter, Adelyne Droessler; sister, Joan Wilson; many in-laws; and many nieces and nephews whom he inspired and for whom he was the first cheerleader. He was predeceased by his parents; his son, Justin Francis Wilson; four siblings, Beth, Yvonne, Richard and Judith; and his father-in-law, Deacon Anthony Naze, for whom had great admiration and respect. He was loved by and loved Mary Ellen's parents, Tony and Rita Naze, who were both very influential in his life. A Funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014, in St Rita Catholic Church, 6284 Valley Knoll Drive, Rockford. Visitation from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Friday in the church. A private family burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Satori Pathway, 753 Tulip Ln., Rockford, IL 61107, Anam Care, 8104 Sayer Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 and Serenity Hospice, 1658 S. Illinois Route 2, Oregon, IL 61061. Arrangements are being completed by Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 1860 S. Mulford Rd. Express online condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
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Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory - Rockford
1860 S. Mulford
Rockford, IL 61108
Published in Rockford Register Star from May 14 to May 15, 2014