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Pearson, Nancy  
NANCY A. PEARSON, 56 LOVING MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER AND DAUGHTER ROCKFORD - Nancy A. Pearson, 56, of Rockford died March 25, 2015, in her home. Nancy was born February 27, 1959, in Rockford, daughter of Mary Buckingham. Survived by her children, Maria Pearson of Rockford, Jenna-Fer (Jason Novak) Pearson of Woodstock; granddaughter, Elizabeth Wilson of Woodstock; mother, Mary Buckingham of Rockford; brother, Steve (Tracey) Johnson of Rockford; and niece, Jenny (Jon) Beu of Machesney Park. Per Nancy's request, no services will be held. Grace Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family. Share a memory at www.graceFH.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 27 to Mar. 28, 2015
Skurski, Lucia  
LUCIA SKURSKI, 91 ROCKFORD - Lucia (Biasin) Skurski, 91, of Rockford, passed away March 24, 2015, at Rosewood Care Center. Born October 20, 1923, in Rockford; the daughter of Angelo and Eleanor (Casca) Biasin. Lucia was married to Harry Skurski. She enjoyed playing bridge and achieved the rank of Life Master. She is survived by her husband, Harry Skurski; daughter, Lydia Skurski; son, William (Janet) Skurski; granddaughter, Rebecca Skurski. A private family service will be held at a later date. Cremation Society of Illinois assisted the family. To extend condolences go to Cremation-Society.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 27 to Mar. 28, 2015
Smith, Lula - Spokane  
LULA MARIE SMITH, 94 SPOKANE, WA - On March 5, 1921, on a cold (-30) night in McCreary Manitoba, Lula Smith was born. Her parents were homesteaders living in a one room log cabin. She was born with a sunny disposition and a strong will. When her parents gave up homesteading, they moved to Northern Illinois where she spent most of her life. She was living in Pingree Grove, IL on March 18, 1925, when the worst tornado on record roared through. She had vivid memories of it and would head into the basement when the wind came up. Her family had grown to 9 by the start of the depression, money was tight so she went to work at 14 and saved enough money to put herself through nursing school. When she graduated, she met Earl R. Farmer (Rockford, IL) and fell madly in love. However, in those days, a woman couldn't be a nurse and be married so she gave up her nursing career. She had two children, Richard Farmer, San Francisco, and, Francia Stanton, Spokane, WA, and worked for many years at the Rockford, IL Register Republic. Earl died of cancer in 1964, when she was just 43 years old. Through her work at the newspaper, she met another widower, Morton Corbin. They were married only a year when he passed away suddenly. He owned a tire shop which she ran for several years before she met Earnest Smith. Again, she was blessed with love including four step children, Randy Smith, Denver, CO, Sheri Collins, Durango, CO, Ernest Smith II, Denver, CO and Jana Robinson, Northeast Harbor, MN, which she loved like her own. She was married to Ernie for 32 years. When Ernie died of congestive heart failure, she decided she had enough of harsh winters and moved to California to live with her daughter, Francia Stanton. She followed Francia to West Point, CA, Modesto, CA and finally to Spokane, WA to be with the rest of the family. She loved: People, Cambozola cheese, fireworks, presents, brownies, yard sales, chocolate mousse, her family, Dungeness crab, Denny's senior omelets, windmills, and driving around looking at houses. On TV, she never tired of House Hunters and Alaska, The Last Frontier. Her life was filled with positive energy, cheerfulness, and optimism. She was a member of New Hope Church in Spokane and got great joy from their camaraderie. She passed away at home of COPD on March 17, 2015, at the age of 94, leaving great sadness but joy in a life well spent. There will be a service to celebrate her life in the spring.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 28 to Mar. 29, 2015
Spooner, Darlene - LOVES PARK  
DARLENE C. SPOONER, 90 LOVES PARK - Darlene C. Spooner, 90, of Loves Park, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 21, 2015, in her home, surrounded by family. Born May 6th, 1924, in Boone County to Claude and Olive Oakley, married Alden H. Spooner on July 11, 1971, in Belvidere. She retired from St. Joseph's Hospital in Belvidere, where she worked in the lab. She was a campground host at Rock Cut State Park for many years and worked as a Sunday School teacher for 4th graders at Belvidere United Methodist Church. Her survivors include her children, Linda (Leroy) Blum of Belvidere, Rita Skaradek of Portland OR, Michael (Elaine) Hollingsworth of Hillcrest, Mary (Karl) Holeton of Loves Park, Joshua (Jessica) Rich of Rockford, Pamela Spooner Rezendez of Colorado, David Spooner of Belvidere; grandchildren, Jessica (Emerson Loustau) Presten, Angela (Frankie Dozal) Blum, Kyler Holeton, Kasandra (Josh) Beck, Kohl Holeton and Jodie Hollingsworth; great-grandsons, Zavier Dozal, Zummani Dozal, Brighton Rich and Avery Beck; sister, Gerrie Bruns; a niece and several nephews. A dinner will be held by immediate family in her honor. Services entrusted to Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 28 to Mar. 29, 2015
Taylor, David  
DAVID GAIL TAYLOR, 73 CAPRON - David Gail Taylor, 73, departed earth peacefully on Sunday, March 22, 2015, from his own Boone County farmhouse bedroom with wife, Susan, ever vigilant by his side. Dave is also survived by daughters, Christine Freehill and Deanna Rodriguez and grandchildren. Dave described himself as a "renaissance man" enjoying family, friends, politics, horses, dogs, sailing, scuba diving, cooking, woodworking, and renewing a well-used farmstead into his dream home. At Dave's request no funeral or memorial service will be held. Memorial contributions can be made to his favorite charities, Rockford Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army. Honquest Family Funeral Home with Crematory is honored to assist the family. To share a memory or condolence visit www.honquestfh.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 28 to Mar. 29, 2015
Thompson, Joy  
JOY KATHERINE THOMPSON, 74 ROCKFORD - Joy Katherine Thompson, 74, died March 24, 2015, at Alden Debes. Born Joyce Katherine Heil in 1940, in Chicago to Frank (a well-known Chicago nightclub performer) and Mary Kay (Berebrodt) Heil. Joy married Donald Henning and moved to Rockford in 1963, to raise a family. Don died in 1976, and Joy raised her three children. Joy worked for the City of Rockford for 25 years. It was there she met and married her second husband, Richard Thompson; he died in 2002. Joy had a passion for music and performing her whole life. She was involved in many performances with fine arts clubs in Chicago, Aeolian Choral, Rockford Symphony Chorale, Classic Chorale and Sweet Adelines. She also played piano, guitar and her children's favorite, the harp. She was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 32 years and helped many on their quest for sobriety. She loved to volunteer at the Milestone Foundation Bingo and in her spare time had a passion for making her own brand of "Joyful Jewelry". Joy is survived by her children, Dawn (Harkins) Butler, Scott Harkins and Todd Henning; five step-children with their spouses and children; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Laura; brother, Jim; and very special best friend with whom she traveled many adventures in her life-special thanks to you Marjorie Wright. Predeceased by her parents; husbands; and two grandchildren, Ellyn and Tucker Henning. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. with a funeral service at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Honquest Family Funeral Home with Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 4311 N. Mulford Road, Loves Park. To share a memory or express condolences, please visit honquestfh.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 28 to Mar. 29, 2015
Untz, Vivian  
VIVIAN E. UNTZ, 99 BELOIT, Wis. - Vivian E. Untz, 99, of Beloit, Wis., died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Beloit. Born April 3, 1915, in Pine Creek, the daughter of George and Grace (Longman) Travis. Married Sherwin W. Untz on Jan. 7, 1962, in Rochelle. Formerly employed by Amerock Corp. Survivors include her children, Robert and Ronald Dusing, Nellie Laughlin, Dorothy Ware and Margaret Bry; grandchildren, Eric (Tina) Bry, Jr., Vivian Byerly, Lisa Houseweart, Sherrie, Randy, Robert, Jr., James, Carrie, David and Donald Dusing, Linda (Jack) Dohrer, John, Robert, Jr. and David Ware, Steven and Sharon Smith, Edward, Pamela and John Laughlin; 27 great-grandchildren; 29 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Harry Travis; sister, Isabel Bachman; numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband; son, David Dusing; grandson, Ricky; brothers, Vern and Carl Travis; sister, Lillian Kuhn; son-in-law, Eric Bry, Sr.; and daughter-in-law, Janice Dusing. Service at 2 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015, in Delehanty Funeral Home, Ltd., 401 River Lane, Loves Park, with visitation from 1 p.m. to service time. Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visit delehantyfh.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 28 to Mar. 29, 2015
Wilhelms, Marjorie  
MARJORIE L. WILHELMS, 88 FREEPORT - Marjorie L. Wilhelms, 88, of Freeport, went to be with the Lord, on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at F.H.N. Memorial Hospital. Marjorie was born August 2, 1926, in Ridott, Illinois, the daughter of Henry and Ida (Ackerman) Fairbairn. Marjorie married LeRoy "Willie" Wilhelms on August 15, 1942, in Hannibal, Missouri. Mr. Wilhelms passed away July 29, 2001. Marjorie was a member of First Baptist Church, where she was in the church choir and was a bell ringer. She was also a member Stephenson County Home Extension Center. Marjorie worked at Micro Switch, Freeport Journal Standard and Freeport High School. In her free time Marjorie enjoyed cooking for her family and church functions. Surviving are three sons, Lyle G. (Darlene) Wilhelms of Rockford, Gale E. (Linda) Wilhelms of Ridott, and Darrell L. (Carol) Wilhelms of Freeport; daughter, Sharon Balles of Freeport; nine grandchildren, Lana Roberts, Doreen Yates (Rick), DeAnn (Matt) Jennings, Keith (Emily) Wilhelms, Susan Albert, Tammy (Jon) Thomas, Christopher (Renee) Wilhelms, Bradley (Sarah) Wilhelms, and David (Vanessa) Wilhelms. Also surviving are 15 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter. Preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers; three sisters; son-in-law, James Balles; grandson-in-law, Craig Albert; and great-grandson, Adam Yates. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at First Baptist Church. Rev Caleb Kolstad and Rev. Kurt Strong will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Burke Tubbs Funeral Home, Freeport. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. A memorial has been established for First Baptist Church, Bible Community Church and All Veterans Memorial Park in her memory. Please sign Marjorie's guestbook and share a memory at burketubbs.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 27 to Mar. 28, 2015

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Blackledge, Dorothy - Belvidere  
DOROTHY A. BLACKLEDGE, 85 ROCKFORD - Dorothy A. Blackledge 85, of Rockford, IL passed away peacefully, Monday, March 23, 2015, at the Villa of PA Peterson. Dorothy was born August 14, 1929, in Belvidere, IL; the daughter of Ray E. and Helen R. (Innis) Blackledge. She earned her MA and PhB from the University of Chicago. Dorothy taught English at Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, IL where she was also a class counselor. Dorothy was an avid reader and had a lifelong pursuit of knowledge. She was a former board member of the Boone County Historical Society; volunteered with the Rockford Area Literacy Council and was a member of N.I.R.I.S. Dorothy is loved and will be missed by her nieces and nephews, Don (Katherine) Black, Lynn (Jack) Gallagher, Charles (Stephanie) Textor, Alexandra Textor-Glanz, Medwin (Bill) Textor, John (Jane) Textor; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Howard Blackledge and sister, Vivian Textor. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services at Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. Chuck Olson, of PA Peterson officiating. Burial will be at Highland Garden of Memories. Memorials can be given to a charity of your choice in Dorothy's name. To light a candle or to share a memory, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27, 2015
Cieslak Jr., Theodore  
THEODORE M. CIESLAK, JR., 68 ROCKFORD - Theodore M. Cieslak, Jr., 68, of Rockford died Monday, March 23, 2015, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center. He was born April 5, 1946, in Gary, Indiana, the son of Theodore M. and Martha (Brown) Cieslak. Ted graduated from Northern Illinois University. He proudly served in the US Navy and married his loving wife, Karen Thrasher, on August 17, 1963. Ted was a stock broker for many years and after he retired he continued to trade for himself. He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church and a faithful volunteer for Rockford MELD for over 27 years. He enjoyed music, nature and was a collector of memories. He especially cherished time spent with his grandchildren. He had a big heart and loved life. He was a kind and caring man, who devoted his time to his family, he will be greatly missed. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Ajaz Khan and the staff at OSF Cancer Center and the OSF ICU and 4 West nursing staff for their care and compassion. Survivors include his wife, Karen; daughters, Lisa (Todd) Clark, Lori (Doug) Derleth and Amy (Ryan) Conter; grandchildren, Jack, Isabelle, Benjamin, Mitchell, Madeline, Olivia and William; siblings, Josephine (Gerald) Rice, Luella (Dennis) McNeal, Mari (Roy) Mattocks, James (Debra) Stanford and Charles (Becky) Stanford; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents. Memorial service at noon Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Rd., with Pastor Bill Dahlberg officiating. Visitation from 10:30 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to: OSF Cancer Center or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Express online condolences at www.fitgeraldfh.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27, 2015
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