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Calcione, Sam J. - Rockford  
Sam J. Calcione 1919—2016 Sam J. Calcione, 96, of Rockford, died Thursday, May 26, 2016, in his home. Born Sept. 19, 1919, in Rockford; the son of Samuel and Catherine Calcione. A United States Army Veteran serving during WWII and came home to marry his beautiful bride, Sally Narramore. Sam was the owner and operator of "The Spa" until his retirement at age 65. A faithful member of St. Rita Catholic Church, an avid golfer and had a love for western movies and old west cowboys. He was always busy but loved to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air. He was a kind and caring man who loved life and the friends he and Sally made along the way, he will be missed. The family wishes to thank his 24 hour caregivers, Dorothy, Kim, Lavendar, Jackie and to OSF Hospice Care especially Julie, Kris, Michelle, Kathy and Tina for their compassionate and dedicated care of Sam. Survivors include his numerous nieces and nephews and special friends and family, Hazel and Sal Armato, Roy (Judi) Tammen and Judy Ferguson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sally in 2011; 3 brothers; and 2 sisters. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at St. Rita Catholic Church, 6284 Valley Knoll Dr., with visitation from 10 a.m. until time of prayer at 10:45 a.m. Private burial in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to OSF Hospice, 5501 E State St, Rockford, IL 61108. Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Mulford chapel is assisting the family. Express online condolences at: www.fitzgeraldfh.com
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Published in Rockford Register Star on May 30, 2016

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Cunningham, Betty L. - Rockford  
Betty L. Cunningham 1933—2016 Betty L. (Barker) Cunningham, 82, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Betty was born August 10, 1933, in Alto Township, Illinois. She graduated from Ashton High School in 1951. Betty worked at Woodward Governor for a time and then was a beautician and teacher at Rockford Beauty Academy, where she eventually was in charge of running the school. After the beauty academy, administrative work took her to Naples, Florida. In Naples, she volunteered at "Fresh Start", a shelter for abused women. While in Florida, she made old fashioned teddy bears out of old fur coats. After returning back to Rockford to eventually live at Luther Center, Betty joined the choir, made the "themed" monthly table decorations for the cafeteria and enjoyed buying thrift store jewelry to make her own style jewelry. She loved to dress in pretty clothes and jewelry. She very much enjoyed going to the Rockford Public Library "Friends of Library" to look for her beloved paperback mystery books. Betty is survived by her brother, Robert Barker; grandchildren, Kari (Rick) Nelson, Vanessa Buchheit and Sarah Buchheit; great-grandson, Bryce; and many cousins and nieces. She is predeceased by her parents, Henry and Edna Barker; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Buzzy Buchheit; and sister-in-law, Margaret Barker. Special thanks to the nurses on the Bluejay Wing at River Bluff, Serenity Hospice and Home and special friends, Sally, Jim and Dennis. There will be a memorial graveside service at Union Cemetery in Steward, IL at 11 a.m. Friday, June 3, 2016. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Serenity Hospice and Home, 1658 S. IL Route 2, P.O. Box 462, Oregon, IL 61061.
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Published in Rockford Register Star on May 29, 2016

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Camp, Phyllis A. - Naperville  
Phyllis A. Camp 1921—2016 Phyllis A. Camp, 94, of Naperville, IL, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016, in Tabor Hills Healthcare Facility. She was born October 17, 1921, in Cumberland, WI; the daughter of Joseph and Lena (DaBruzzi) Mancuso. Phyllis married Eugene Mirwald; he predeceased her in 1965; she later married William E. Camp Sr. on April 17, 1982; he predeceased her January 19, 2011. Phyllis was a longtime faithful member of St. Edward Catholic Church. She belonged to the Catholic Women's League, Ladies Guild and Ladies of the Moose Club; most of her life was occupied as a "care taker." She is survived by her children, Joyce (Edward) Shanahan of Lisle, IL and Eugene J. Mirwald of Philadelphia, PA; 4 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Duke Mancuso of Rockford, IL and Robert (Anne) Mancuso of Del Ray, FL; along with several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brother, James Mancuso. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at St. Edward Catholic Church, 3004 11th St., Rockford with Father William Schuessler officiating. Burial in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service in the church. Memorials to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl. Memphis, TN 38105. To share a memory or online condolence, visit olsonfh.com . Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd.
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Published in Rockford Register Star on May 24, 2016
Catalano, Francis Richard "Perk" - Camarillo  
Francis Richard "Perk" Catalano 1923—2016 Francis Richard "Perk" Catalano passed away peacefully May 19, 2016, in Camarillo, California. Frank was born in Rockford, Illinois on January 19, 1923, to Tony and Jennie Catalano. Frank graduated from Rockford West High School and from the Army Air Corps officer's school as a Second Lieutenant. On February 24, 1946, he married the love of his life for the next 70 years, Angela Alongi, at St. Anthony's Church in Rockford. Quick to smile and sharp of mind, Frank was an inspiration to everyone he met. He enjoyed travel, chess and Sunday family dinners. He enjoyed studying his family history and visiting family in California and Italy. In 1951, Frank founded Metal Fabricators, Inc. in Rockford and grew it into a successful regional construction business. At work, Frank sought fairness and openness; he frequently came to the aid of his employees in many aspects of their lives. He was an inventor of several tools useful to the metalworking industry. Frank was an avid golfer and member of Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Country Club, the Knights of Columbus, St. Anthony's and Holy Family parishes in Rockford and Padre Serra Parish in Camarillo. He was an enthusiastic volunteer with the Boy Scout Troop 37. Frank and Angel left Rockford for Rohnert Park, California in 1985; later moved to Palm Desert and then to Camarillo in 2005. Frank was a wonderful and dedicated father, grandfather, teacher, friend and a loving husband. He is survived by his wife, Angela; children, Anthony (Linda), John, Jeanine (Phil Gough), Frank (Darby) and Peter (Erin); nine grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Marian Perrecone and Iole Catalano; brother-in-law, Dominic Pezzopane; and his many loving nieces and nephews across the country. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, May 26, 2016, at Padre Serra Parish, Camarillo followed by a private interment. Donations can be made to the Poor Clares Monastery and St. Anthony's Church in Rockford, IL, and to Padre Serra parish in Camarillo. Arrangements are under the direction of Griffin Family Funeral Chapels, Camarillo, CA 805-482-1166.
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Published in Rockford Register Star on May 25, 2016
Charlton, Randal S. - Rockton  
Randal S. Charlton 1952—2016 Randal "Randy" S. Charlton, 64, of Rockton, passed away on Friday, May 20, 2016 surrounded by his family. He was born on May 7, 1952 in Rockford, the son of Sherman and Barbara (Dygert) Charlton. Randy served proudly in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Schenectady during Vietnam. He worked as a butcher at Cub Foods for nearly 20 years. Randy was an avid traveler, particularly with Circle of Love group through Rockford First Church, traveling to 5 continents and countless countries. When home, he loved spending time on his Harley, with his family and golfing. Survived by his sons, Jeremy (Beth) Charlton and Timothy Charlton; his granddaughter, Andrea; his father Sherman(Bobbie) Charlton; his siblings, Shawn Charlton, David (Sherilyn) Charlton, and Betty Jane Charlton; his nephew Chad Charlton; caretaker Beverly Charlton; close friends Ben Graceffa, Jaxon Oshita, and Stephen Sievers. He is predeceased by his son, Andrew Charlton, and mother. A visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Mulford Chapel. Military honors at 6 p.m. Inurnment Sunset Memorial Garden at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society appreciated. Express online condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star on May 24, 2016
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