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DeLong, Roger - Racine  
ROGER G. DELONG, 97 MOUNT PLEASANT, WI - Roger G. DeLong, 97, passed away peacefully with his family on February 22, 2015, at his residence in Mount Pleasant, WI. Mr. DeLong was born in Logansport, Indiana to James and Esther DeLong. He was married to Nancy E. DeLong who predeceased him in 2003. After graduating from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Mr. DeLong attended Harvard Business School. Mr. DeLong worked at Twin Disc, Inc. from 1939-1986. He held positions of increasing responsibility during his long tenure at Twin Disc. His leadership and vision for what Twin Disc could achieve as a company kept him energized until he retired as President and Assistant Chairman of the Board. Mr. DeLong had the uncanny ability to engage all he met by asking about their family and their interests. He was a charming story teller and enjoyed life to its fullest. He was a valued member of each of the following Board of Directors: The BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Oilgear Company, Snap-on Inc., St. Mary's Hospital (Racine), Sundstrand Corporation and Waukesha Motor Company. Mr. DeLong was a member of the Milwaukee Country Club, Racine Country Club, Somerset Club and the Town Club. He is survived by his daughter, Lynden L. DeLong of Indianapolis, IN; son and daughter-in-law, R. James (Christine) DeLong of Town of Genesee, WI; daughter, E. Nicole DeLong of Farmington, CT; three grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jonathan and Daniel DeLong; and his dear friend and companion, Jacquie Macomber of Fox Point, WI. In keeping with Mr. DeLong's wishes, private services and burial were held at Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha, as he was laid to rest next to his wife, Nancy. Memorials may be made to the BloodCenter Research Foundation, PO Box 2178, Milwaukee, WI 53201-2178. Online condolences may be expressed at sturinofuneralhome.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 1 to Mar. 2, 2015
Dunbar, Ruth  
RUTH MILLICENT UTECH DUNBAR, 84 WINNEBAGO - Ruth Millicent Utech Dunbar, 84, of Winnebago died Friday, February 27, 2015, in SwedishAmerican Hospital, Rockford. Born January 22, 1931, in Chicago. Ruth married Raymond A. Dunbar in Florida on December 14, 1988. Previously married to Lloyd M. Epperson and Wayne R. Utech. Ruth worked for Swedish American Hospital, Excello Manufacturing, the Robin Drive-In Theater, and lastly a cook at Vianney Oaks for retired priests. Ruth was a Boy Scout Den Mother in Winnebago. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rockford since 1946, and transferred to Aldersgate United Methodist Church in 2011. Ruth was a member of the Roscoe VFW 2955 Auxiliary, VFW 8416 Auxiliary in Pecatonica and the Eagles Auxiliary 392 in Rockford. She dearly loved attending her children and grandchildren's school activities and sports events. Ruth is lovingly survived by her sons, Marty (Maggie) Utech of Rockford, Darrell (Sheila) Utech of Machesney Park, and Ted (Dala) Utech of Roscoe; daughters, Michele (Chris) Wiencek of Sterling Heights, Mich., and Dawn (Michael) Tracey of Pecatonica; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Eleanor Johnston of Beloit, Wis.; and best friend, Helen Barnhart of Rockford. Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Raymond A. Dunbar; parents, Emerson "Ted" Ottens and Sylvia Ottens Boyschou; brothers, Harry and Jack Boyschou; sister, Barbara Boyschou; granddaughter, Amanda Tracey; and self-adopted parents, Bill and Beatrice Williams. Service 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Genandt Funeral Home 602 N. Elida St. Winnebago Rd., Winnebago, with visitation from 11 a.m. until service time; the Rev. Douglas Williams, pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Rockford, will officiate. Burial in Winnebago Cemetery.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 1 to Mar. 2, 2015
Jacobson, George  
GEORGE WILLIAM JACOBSON ROCKFORD - George William Jacobson died February 26, 2015, after a long illness. George was born November 25, 1924, in Rock Springs, Wyoming to George C. and Mabel Jacobson. He had four sisters, Hazel, Audrey, Margaret, and Cora. The family moved to Rockford, Illinois where George attended Rockford Public Schools and graduated from East High School. George was a WWII veteran, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. After the war he returned to Rockford and married Bernice Edberg on February 12, 1950. They had four children, Vicki, Bonnie, Scott, and Bruce. He worked at Barber Colman Company for 40 years, retiring in 1990; and then opened his own business which was Jacobson Industrials. George operated Jacobson Industrials until he was well into his 80's. He was a member of First Covenant Church of Rockford, IL. George is predeceased by his wife, Bernice; his parents; and three sisters, Hazel (Charles) Hanford, Audrey Jacobson, and Margaret (Paul) Johnson. He is survived by his four children, Vicki (David) Anderson, Parkland, FL, Bonnie (David) Mosby, Peachtree City, GA, Scott (Heidi) Jacobson, Cherry Valley, IL and Bruce (Evelyn) Jacobson, Loves Park, IL; his sister, Cora Schafman, Milan, IL; grandchildren, Jenny Johnson, Joshua Anderson, Corrie Lohr, Sarah Balderrama, Michael Anderson, Kristie Jones, Karrie Mosby, Kathryn Romero, Kevin Mosby, Erica Jacobson, Ben Jacobson; great-grandchildren, Hailey Johnson, Ashley Johnson, Calla Anderson, Caitlyn Anderson, Konur Lohr, Jakob Lohr, Hunter Lohr, Patrick Balderrama, Ryan Balderrama, Johnny Balderrama, Hannah Jones, Ethan Jones, Noah Romero, and Abigail Nijoka. A graveside service for the immediate family will be conducted at a later date. Visitation from 10 until 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Julian-Poorman-Welte. Burial at Cedar Bluff Cemetery.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 1 to Mar. 2, 2015
Kollberg, Sally - Farmington  
SALLY ANN OLANDER KOLLBERG, 76 FARMINGTON, CT - Sally Ann Olander Kollberg, "Sweet Sally", who was loved and adored by so many, passed on February 26, 2015, surrounded by her loved ones. She died as she had lived, with great dignity, peacefully and with love in her heart. At the age of 76, Sally lost her battle to ovarian cancer. Sally was born in Rockford, Illinois on September 20, 1938, the first generation daughter of Emil and Alice (Larson) Olander from Öland, Sweden. Sally was Homecoming Queen senior year and graduated from East Rockford High School, Class of '57. She then went on and attended North Park College in Chicago, Illinois. In 4th grade, Sally met Gary Kollberg, which was the beginning of a love story of magical proportions. After high school they married and relocated to New Jersey. While raising her family, and after several careers, Sally began working along side her husband at Kollberg/Johnson, a prestigious and successful Design Firm that Gary started in 1981, in NYC. Sally and Gary were inseparable and spent many days golfing and relaxing at their weekend home in Buck Hill Falls, PA. They also enjoyed time on Cape Cod, Florida, California and summers relaxing with family at Big Moose Lake in the Adirondacks. Throughout their years together, Sally and Gary enjoyed antiquing and adding "treasures" to their various collections. Retirement came in the early 2000's, when they moved to bucolic Farmington, CT. Sally was an artist in all things; painter, floral designer, interior designer, jewelry designer, fashion, ceramics, and most of all gardening. Filled with compassion, kindness and interest in others, Sally made friends easily. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed entertaining for family and friends. Sally was proud of her Swedish heritage, and held dear her favorite family recipes. Sweet Sally will always be remembered for her beautiful smile that would fill a room with sunshine and as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Sally is survived by her high school sweetheart and adoring husband, Gary; daughter, Kimberly Dittrich and husband, Jamie, of Bedford NY; son, Jeffrey Kollberg of Weehawken, NJ; 2 grandchildren, Daniel and Kristina; her sister, Sara Stann of Malibu, CA; and many loyal, caring friends and neighbors. Her family wishes to thank Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for their professional care in Sally's treatment. Family also extends gratitude to the Jefferson House in West Hartford as well as Hospice Care of Hartford Hospital. Sally's life will be celebrated with a visitation, from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, at Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon, CT. A service will follow. Friends and family are also invited to attend a "Celebration of Life" at 6:30 p.m. at Cuginos, 1053 Farmington Ave., Farmington. Sally's memory may be honored by a contribution in her name to The American Cancer Society or ANY and ALL cancer fighting organizations. For condolences or directions, please visit carmonfuneralhome.com . www.caringbridge.com/visit/sweetsally
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 1 to Mar. 2, 2015
Snyder, Samuel  
SAMUEL L. SNYDER, 87 WINNEBAGO - Samuel L. Snyder, 87, of Winnebago, formerly of Byron, died Thursday, February 26, 2015, in Prairie View Assisted Living Community, Winnebago, following a lengthy illness. Born February 12, 1928, in Byron Township, the son of Thomas A. and Elnora (Moore) Snyder. He graduated from Byron High School in 1946. A farmer his entire life, Sam farmed primarily on the homestead in Byron Township. Along with his brother, Donald, together they showed state fair champion Spotted Poland China hogs in the 1950's. He was an Ogle County Farm Bureau member for over 50 years. His farming roots continued with large prosperous gardens, after moving from the homestead to Rock City and then to Orangeville. Sam is lovingly survived by his brothers, Donald (Virginia) Snyder and James "Jimmie" Snyder, both of Rockford; nephews, Michael Snyder of Dixon, Grant (Karen) Johnson of Byron, Jimmie (Lori) Snyder of Rockford, and Thomas (Stephanie) Snyder of Pecatonica; nieces, Debbie (Ken) Harrison of Waterford, Mich., Sara (Michael) McCracken of Machesney Park; several great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; infant sister, Betty Jane; infant brother, Thomas David; sister, Clara Reber; and nephew, Carl Johnson. Sam's family wishes to thank the staff and residents of Prairie View Assisted Living Community for their loving care and friendship. Service is at noon Monday, March 2, 2015, in Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago, with visitation from 11 a.m. until service time; the Rev. Matthew Smith, pastor of Winnebago United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial in Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery, Pecatonica. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Vets Roll. To sign the guestbook, give your condolences or light a candle, visit genandtfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 1 to Mar. 2, 2015
Specht, Anita  
ANITA L. SPECHT, 58 ROCKTON - Anita L. Specht, 58 of Rockton, Illinois, died Thursday, February 26, 2015 in her home. Funeral Ceremonies at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 5, 2015, at McCorkle Funeral Home - Rockton Chapel, with Rev. Seth Rumage officiating. Burial in Rockton Township Cemetery. Visitation will be held in the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday. Memorials have been established to Wounded Warriors and 4-H Foundation. Please visit www.mccorklefuneralhome.com to read complete obituary.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 1 to Mar. 2, 2015
Watson, Gladys  
GLADYS M. WATSON, 82 ROCKFORD - Gladys Marian Watson, 82, of Rockford passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015. Born February 24, 1933, in Kellogg, MN to LaVern R. and Marian E. Deming (Schurhammer). Gladys loved to "feed the horses" often testing her luck on the horses at the track. Loving, kind and generous are only a few qualities she possessed. She loved to spoil her family and simply was the best Mom in the world. She is survived by her son, Daniel (Marilyn) Watson; daughter, Kathy Peterson; granddaughters. Shanda (John) Carlson and Rachel Olson; great-grandchildren, Trinity Murphy and Danielle and Brandon Olson; siblings, LaVerne (Guy) Showalter, Barbara (John) Story, Robert (Ann) Deming, Susan (Dennis) Jones and John Deming; special friend, Mike Homner; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband, Clayton Gene Watson; and her parents. Private graveside services are planned. Interment at Arlington Memorial Park, Rockford. Christenson Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting with arrangements. Memorials to the family. www.rockfordfunerals.com
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 1 to Mar. 2, 2015

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Barlage, Carol  
carol june barlage BOLINGBROOK - Carol June (Thomas) Barlage nee Schuning, 83, of Bolingbrook, IL, formally of Amboy, IL, passed quietly into God's care, on February 1, 2015, with family members holding her hands, at Community Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Naperville, IL. She was born May 22, 1931, to the late Walter and Pearl Schuning of Plano, IL. "June" spent many happy years growing up in Plano, IL, where she enjoyed roller skating, water skiing and dancing. She always put the needs of family and friends before her own, even as a young teen. She had a wonderful quirky sense of humor, enjoyed by all to the day she died, including her doctors and staff. She was a supervisor at Green Giant, Belvidere, and later, owned and operated a cleaning business for a number of years, and continued her business after moving to California. She is survived by her son, Alan (Cheryl) Morel of Tempe, AZ; daughter, Carol (Greg) Serrurier of Amboy, IL; one brother, Bob (Bonnie) Schuning; two sisters, Mary (Edward) Assell and Linda (James) Sickles. Surviving grandchildren are Michelle Rose, Mindy (Jeremiah) Patton, Jennifer (David) Stone, Matt Morel, Robb Messick, Jason (Sara) Messick, Rhiannon Serrurier; and many loving great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Barlage; parents, Walter E. Schuning and Pearl M. Schuning; sister, Maxine M. Rogers; and brothers, Waverly E. (Deloris) Schuning and Dan L. (Ramona) Schuning. A Memorial Catered Buffet is being planned for 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015, for friends and family, at the American Legion Post, 510 E. Dearborn St., Plano, IL. R.S.V.P., JBmemorial@yahoo.com or 770-861-3913, no later than May 1, 2015.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2015
Chitwood, Aileen - Columbus  
AILEEN NEWSOM CHITWOOD, 93 BLOOMINGTON, IN - Aileen Newsom Chitwood, 93, died 3:40 a.m. Thursday, February 26, 2015, at Four Seasons Health Care Center. She was born September 2, 1921, into a pioneering Indiana and Bartholomew County family. She was the daughter of W. Terrell and Tressie Ott Newsom. Aileen was a 1939 graduate of Columbus High School and attended Earlham College and Purdue University. She married Julius R. (Jack) Chitwood August 6, 1944, in Clifford, IN; he preceded her in death April 21, 2008. She and her husband retired to Bloomington, IN in 2001, after living in Rockford, IL for 40 years. Her husband had been Executive Director of the Public Library and the Northern Indiana Library System. While there her interests and volunteer activities had included the Rockford Women's Club, Rockford Art Assoc., Rockford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Friends of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Monday Duplicate Bridge Club and the Unitarian Church of Rockford. She was a member of Delta Theta Tau Sorority. The Chitwoods enjoyed traveling and over the years there were 41 trips to foreign countries as well as to 47 of the United States. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on an extended excursion flying around the world. Aileen is survived by her sister, Mary Kathryn Day of Columbus; nieces and nephews. Her cremated remains along with her husband's will be buried in Garland Brook Cemetery. In keeping with her wishes there will be no services or visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Arrangements were made by Hathaway~Myers Chapel on Pearl Street. For online condolences to the family, please visit www.hathaway-myers.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2015
Fleming, Patrick  
PATRICK P. FLEMING, 81 ROCKFORD - Patrick P. Fleming, 81, of Rockford passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center. Born January 23, 1934, in Rockford, the son of Harold and Rosemary (Rice) Fleming. Patrick graduated in 1951, from Rockford East High School. He went on to join the United States Air Force, immediately after graduating, where he became a Staff Sergeant. Patrick married Helen Marie Prezioso in 1958; she predeceased him in 2003. On August 13, 2005, Patrick married Josephine Laudicina Sparacino. Patrick was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church as well as a lifetime member of the LLL Club. He played all sports in high school and played semi-professional football for the Rockford Golden Eagles. He coached Little League and Junior Tackle football and enjoyed camping and fishing. Patrick liked to joke around, especially with his family, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren. Survived by his wife, Josephine; son, Mike (Britt) Fleming; daughter, Pam (Ron) Hastings; grandchildren, Amanda (fiancé, Keith) Hastings, John (fiancée, Katie) Fleming, Krystin (John) Ewing, Katie Fleming, Jordan Hastings and Kyle Becker; great-grandchildren, Keith Jr., Arianna and Charlie Mae. Also predeceased by his brothers, Robert Fleming and Andrew Fleming. Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at St. Rita Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 4:30 until 7 p.m. on Monday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, with the rosary recited at 6:45 p.m. Visitation also at the church on Tuesday from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Inurnment in Arlington Cemetery at a later date. To express online condolences, please visit: www.fitzgeraldfh.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2015
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