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Cicero, Mathew P. - Rockford  
Mathew P. Cicero 1920—2016 Mathew P. Cicero, 96, of Rockford, IL, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Mathew was born April 26, 1920, to Paul and Mabel (Napoli) Cicero in Rockford. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Carl Cicero. Mathew was a 1948 graduate of the University of Illinois School of Law, University of Illinois School of Business, 1942 and Rockford Central High, 1938. Mathew was proud of his service to his Country. He was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942, assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron of the 20th Fighter Group, serving from 1943 to 1945 at Kingscliffe Airfield, Northants, England as the Squadron Executive Officer until WWII ended. Mathew continued his military service with the U.S. Air Force Reserve until 1968, retiring as a Colonel. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, Air Force Reserve Medal and Air Force Longevity Service Award. Mathew practiced as an Attorney in Winnebago County from 1948 to 1988. He served as City Attorney for Rockford from 1957 to 1961. He served as City Attorney for Loves Park from 1971 to 1973. Mathew served as Chairman of the Board of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois from 1981 to 1991, serving as a director from 1967 to 1991. He was a director of Rockford Blue Shield Board from 1960 to 1967. Mathew served terms as President of the Winnebago County Bar Association, Retired Officers Association and the 20th Fighter Group Association. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Reserve Officers Association, 8th Air Force Historical Society and the Air Force Association. Mathew's civic service included serving as Board Chairman of "WAVE", Board Chairman of the Visiting Nurses Association, Board Chairman of NICADD, Commissioner of the Greater Rockford Airport Authority, Community Chest Board, Co-Chairman of the Holy Family Church Building Fund Drive, and Past President of the St. Anthony Senior Holy Name Society. He was voted into the Italian American Hall of Fame in 2004. Mathew was a long suffering Cub fan who greeted each new season with optimism. He had the honor of throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley Field in 1987, on a day the Cubs actually won. Mathew married Pauline Philippi in Champaign, IL on January 27, 1947. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Pauline; sons, Paul R. (Nancy) Cicero and John E. (Marilyn) Cicero; daughters, Janet L. Cicero and Lenore A. (Stephen) Balogh. He was predeceased by his daughter, Margaret M. (Nikola) Culich and son, Carl W. Cicero. He is survived also by 8 grandchildren, Megan Culich (David) Butman, Mathew P. (Lilja Dora Gudmundardottir) Cicero II, Craig R. Cicero, Rachel C. Culich, Mathew J. (Stephanie) Cicero, Allison Cicero (Davis) Moore, Jacob S. Balogh and Margaret E. Balogh, and 7 great-grandchildren. Mathew rarely met a stranger, was encouraging and helpful to younger lawyers, lived a long and productive life and always enjoyed the company of his many good friends and family. He also was very indulgent to his children. A Catholic Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, May 2, 2016, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4401 Highcrest Road, Rockford, IL, with Fr. David Beauvais officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church. A private burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to United Way of Rock River Valley. Arrangements are with Gasparini & Oliveri Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 707 Marchesano Dr. Condolences to: www.gasparinioliverifuneral.net
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Published in Rockford Register Star on Apr. 30, 2016
Denzer, Logan R. - Roscoe  
Logan R. Denzer 1943—2016 Logan R. Denzer, 72, of Roscoe, passed away Monday, April 25, 2016, in Alden Debes. Born November 12, 1943, in Le Sueur, Minnesota to Logan H. and Dorothy (Weldon) Denzer; married Joyce Johnson. Logan served in the U.S. Army and owned Logan Equipment Group. He also enjoyed gardening. Survived by his wife of 48 years, Joyce; son, Logan Christopher (Rebecca) and their sons, Logan and Cole; son, Kevin R. (Pam) and their children, Anthony, Kylie and Kristin; great-grandson, Rhys Benjamin Denzer; brother, Connie (Donna) Denzer; sister, Mary (Mark) Davis. Predeceased by parents; brother, Danny; sister, Bonnie. A private family service will be held. Honquest Family Funeral Home with Crematory is honored to assist the family. To share a memory or express condolences, visit honquestfh.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star on Apr. 30, 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
Hannah Jr., John W. - Las Vegas  
John W. Hannah, Jr. 1949—2016 John W. Hannah, Jr., 67, Las Vegas, formerly of Rockford, passed away Friday, April 1, 2016, in his home. He was born in Hawaii, the son of John W. and Agnes (Sughroue) Hannah, Sr. John was a graduate of Rockford West High School, class of 1968. Survived by his sister, Patricia (Dave) Lang; brother-in-law, Mike Sartino; nieces and nephews, Michael (Maurine), Annette (Jamin), David (Sarah), Michael, A.J. (Tamie), and Jimmy (Katie); several great-nieces and great-nephews. Predeceased by his parents and sister, Jane Sartino. Private graveside services will be held. Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory assisted the family. Share online condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star on Apr. 30, 2016
Koets, Vera - Belvidere  
Vera Koets 1918—2016 Vera Koets, 97, of Belvidere, IL, passed away, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Alma Debes in Rockford. Born September 27, 1918, in Danforth, IL, daughter of John and Angie (Perzee) Zeedyk. Funeral service will be held at noon Monday, May 2, 2016, at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008, with Rev. Chuck Rife officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m., until the time of service. Burial in Belvidere Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to First Free Evangelical Church or Evangelical Covenant Church, Belvidere. To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star on Apr. 30, 2016
Mathenia, Brandon T. - Rockford  
Brandon T. Mathenia 1998—2016 Brandon T. Mathenia, 17, of Rockford passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016. Born on August 5, 1998, in Rockford, the son of James and Debra (Enyart) Mathenia, Jr. Brandon was a student at Auburn High School. He is survived by his parents, Jim and Deb and sister, Jamie. A gathering to celebrate Brandon's life will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 4055 North Rockton Avenue, Rockford, IL 61103. To read the full obituary or send condolences, visit honquestfh.com or Brandon's Facebook page.
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Published in Rockford Register Star on Apr. 30, 2016
Mayfield, Stan - Rockford  
Stan Mayfield 1954—2016 Stan Mayfield, 61, of Rockford, Illinois passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016, in his home. "When I am gone release me, let me go. I have so many things to see and do, you mustn't tie yourself to me with tears. Be happy we had so many years. I gave you my love and you only guess how much you gave me in happiness. I thank you for the love you each have shown. But now it's time I traveled alone. So grieve awhile for me if grieve you must. Then let your grief be comforted by trust. It's only for awhile that we must part, So bless those memories in your heart. I won't be far away, for life goes on. So if you need me, call and I will come, Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near. And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear all my love around you soft and clear." –Unknown Per Stan's wishes, cremation rites accorded with private burial near his parents. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Caring Bridge at www.caringbridge.org , Mesothelioma Applied Foundation at www.curemeso.org or Hospice Care of America, 3815 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, Illinois 61114. Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory assisted the family. To express online condolences, please visit: www.fitzgeraldfh.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star on Apr. 30, 2016
Mickelson, Bradley K. - Freeport  
Bradley K. Mickelson 1960—2016 Bradley Kent Mickelson, 55, of Freeport, passed away April 24, 2016, in Kindred Hospital, Sycamore, Illinois. He was born May 12, 1960, in Rockford, Illinois; the son of Stanley K. and Janet (Kruse) Mickelson. He graduated from West High School, class of 1978, and received his bachelors of Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1982. He is survived by his wife, Jamie (Strait); daughters, Jennifer Lyn and Jessalyn; mother, Janet Wilson; sister, Belinda Mickelson; and brother, Brian Mickelson. Predeceased by his father, Stanley Mickelson and stepfather, Melvin Wilson. Private family services were held. Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church, 200 N. 1st Street, Rockford, IL 61107. To share a memory or online condolences, visit oslonfh.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star on Apr. 30, 2016

Obituaries from the Past Week

Benjamin, Lewis A. - Rockford  
Lewis A. Benjamin 1947—2016 Lewis A. Benjamin, 69, of Rockford went to Heaven on Friday, April 22, 2016. Born February 12, 1947, in Rockford, IL; son of Arthur and Wanda (Schemel) Benjamin. Married Nora L. Craddock on July 31, 1965. Survived by wife; sons, Lewis Jr and Christopher; 10 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; siblings, Margaret Benjamin, John Benjamin, Vivian (Daryl) Beeler; brother-in-law, Gilbert Walthers; several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents; sisters, Theresa Walthers, Lonnie Veitch; brother, Lavern Benjamin. Funeral Service at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park, IL. Visitation at 1 p.m. until time of service. To share a condolence visit www.sunsetfhmemgardens.com
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Published in Rockford Register Star on Apr. 28, 2016
Bock, John David - Rockford  
John David Bock 1982—2016 John David Bock, 34, of Rockford passed away March 24, 2016 in Rockford. A service to celebrate John's life will be 2:30 pm Friday April 29, 2016 at Advantage Funeral Home 7000 West State St. in Rockford with visitation one hour before services. Burial will be in Willwood Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to www.advantagefunerals.com
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Published in Rockford Register Star on Apr. 27, 2016
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