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Gilg, Louise Anne - Rockford  
Louise Anne Gilg 1923—2016 Louise Anne Gilg, 92, of Rockford died Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Alden Debes. Born July 7, 1923, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, daughter of Gustav Adolf and Marie Rose "Hilda" (Carlstrom) Gilg. She lived all of her childhood in Haiti, her father being Swiss Consul there. After high school, she moved to Canada and studied at Alma College in Ontario and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She then moved to Switzerland and entered the community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross. She taught piano and French. In 1953, she came to the United States to become a member of the American Province of the community in Merrill, WI. She continued to teach and further her education, graduating from St. Louis University in 1963. She studied and taught in Canada, Switzerland, Missouri, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Texas, Minnesota and New York City. She was a hospital chaplain at St. Luke's in Milwaukee and St. Mary's in Minneapolis. In 1984, she left the religious life, retired from teaching, and became a nanny living in New York City, close to her sister, Evelyn. There she did extensive research on family genealogy. In 1998, she moved to Rockford to be closer to her brother and his children. She became an active member of St. James Catholic Church and the Swedish Genealogical Society. She enjoyed watching tennis and growing flowers. She always carried a camera to capture important moments, a beautiful flower, tree or sky. Survivors include sister-in-law, Trudy Gilg; nephews, Gustave Christian (Felicia) Gilg, Ronald (JoMarie) Gilg, Norman (Tammie) Gilg, Vinton (Doris) Zwahlen, Michael (Janine) Zwahlen, Robert (Suzanne) Zwahlen; niece, Rosemarie Gilg-Winquist; great-nephew, Travis Winquist; great-nieces, Maggie (Jeff) DeWitt and son Sam, Katelyn Gilg and son Jared. Predeceased by brother, Gustave Gilg and sisters Florence Zwahlen, Evelyn Sparacino and Andre Gilg. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016, at St. James Catholic Church. Private family interment at a later date. Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, assisted the family. To express online condolences, please visit: www.fitzgeraldfh.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star on May 5, 2016

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Gall, Dorothy "Dolly" - Machesney Park  
Dorothy "Dolly" Gall 1933—2016 Dorothy "Dolly" Gall, 82, of Machesney Park, went home to her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Born November 17, 1933, in Rockford, IL; daughter of Harley and Lillian (Carlson) Welch. United in marriage to Elbert Dene Gall on April 8, 1961. He predeceased her on August 15, 2011. Her inspiration in life was her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include children, Donna Morton, Dianna (Dee) Lynn, Sharon (James) Warren, Pat (Keith) Hale, Alan (Valerie) Harlacher; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and one on the way; siblings, Melvin (Dorie) Welch, Bruce (Gloria) Welch. Predeceased by spouse; parents; son, Daniel Gall; siblings, Bernice Carlson, Bernita Carlson, Donald Welch, Laverne Welch, Daniel Welch. Memorial Service at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Grace Lutheran Church, 343 Grand Ave, Loves Park, IL. Private family entombment was held at Sunset Memorial Gardens. To leave a memory or condolence visit www.advantagefunerals.com
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Published in Rockford Register Star on May 1, 2016
Getter, Doris E. - Rockford  
Doris E. Getter 1929—2016 Doris E. Getter, 86, of Rockford passed away Monday, April 25, 2016. Born July 21, 1929, in Viroqua, WI, daughter of Issac and Ruby (Allen) Lawrence. Married Walter J. Getter on July 27, 1947, in Viroqua. Member of Central Christian Church. Survivors include sons, Robert (Marguerite), Ray (Gail), David and Joseph (Lynn) Getter; 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister; and a brother. Predeceased by her husband; son, William; a great-grandson; 3 sisters; and 5 brothers. Service at 11 a.m. Friday, April 29, 2016, in Delehanty Funeral Home, Ltd., 401 River Lane, Loves Park, with visitation from 10 a.m. to service time. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. Visit delehantyfh.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star on Apr. 28, 2016
Gotaas, David Stanley - Rockford  
David Stanley Gotaas 1924—2016 David Stanley Gotaas joined his Savior and Lord on April 16, 2016. He was born in Chicago on February 6, 1924, to Johannes and Esther Gotaas, who had served as missionaries in the Belgium Congo in the early 1900s, where their first two of seven children were born, and subsequently as a pastor in Chicago. David married Lois Benson in 1947, at The Moody Church, Chicago, IL, and they had four children: Sharon Gotaas Frahler, David John Gotaas, Ruth Gotaas Anderson, and Barbara Gotaas Johnston. David graduated from Northwestern University in 1949, with a B.A. in Education and from Northern Baptist Seminary with an M.Div. in 1952, and a Th.D. in 1958. David and Lois served as missionaries with TEAM for eight years in Venezuela. He and Lois later returned to Chicago, where David served on the pastoral staff of The Moody Church, taught at the Moody Bible Institute for ten years, and subsequently pastored the Winnetka Bible Church for 13 years. He then served as the Director of Doctoral Studies at Columbia Biblical Seminary for five years. After retiring, he continued to study and received an M.A. and subsequently a Ph.D. in International Studies (with a concentration in Russian Studies) from the University of South Carolina. After completing his graduate studies, David with his wife, Lois, retired in Rockford, IL. David's passion in life was seeing people come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. One of the many highlights of his ministry was leading a group of 144 men at the Winnetka Bible Church in studying the Bible and applying Christ's teachings to their lives in relation to their family, their friends, and their employment. In addition, David's family was the delight of his life! He is survived by his family, Don and Sharon (Gotaas) Frahler, Sally Slingerland Gotaas, Andy and Ruth (Gotaas) Anderson, Keith and Barbara (Gotaas) Johnston; ten grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife, Lois, in March 2015; his son, David, in May 2015; his parents; and his six siblings, Herbert Gotaas, Albion (Dub) Gotaas, Stella Gotaas Eklund, Clifford Gotaas, Bernice Gotaas, and Paul Gotaas. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016, in Winnetka Bible Church, 555 Birch St, Winnetka, IL 60093. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to the Rockford Rescue Mission, P. O. Box 1958, Rockford, IL 61110; Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center, 3470 N. Alpine Road, Rockford, IL 61114; or to the Winnetka Bible Church. Honquest Family Funeral Homes with Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 4311 N. Mulford Road, Loves Park, is honored to have assisted the family. To share a memory or condolence please visit www.honquestfh.com
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Published in Rockford Register Star on Apr. 30, 2016
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