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Acker, Jill Adele Kinley - Fontana  
Jill Adele Kinley Acker 1946—2016 Jill Adele Kinley Acker passed away at her home in Fontana on June 14, 2016, after battling cancer with bravery and grace. She was 69 years old. Jill was born October 16, 1946, in Rockford, Illinois, the daughter of Maravene Berg Kinley and John R. Kinley. She earned a degree from Beloit College and studied at University of California in Irvine before ultimately receiving a masters of science in teaching from the University of Chicago. She first met fellow Rockford native, David S. Acker when they were both less than a year old, but the two did not decide to get married until nearly 20 years later. Moving to Ankara, Turkey to live with her new husband during his military service was just one of the adventures Jill sought out in her life, from bicycling across the state of Iowa in the annual Ragbrai ride to squiring groups of high school students to Russia, China, South America, and Eastern Europe for the Latin School of Chicago, and starting the Model UN program at both Kenwood and Latin. Her international travel also included mission trips to Haiti and Honduras under the auspices of the United Church of Christ. One of Jill's most lasting adventures was raising her sons, Seth and Andrew, instilling in them her kindness, her love of being active, and the pleasures of a good book. After teaching in the Chicago Public School system at Kenwood Academy, Jill spent many years at the Latin School in Chicago; in 2007, she retired and moved full time to the family's house in Fontana. In Wisconsin, Jill continued to teach, substituting at the local Walworth and Lake Geneva public schools, game to take on everything from Spanish to gym class. She built a strong network of friends, both in Chicago and Wisconsin, and was always ready for a walk, swim, round of golf, bicycle ride, or exercise class at the Abbey. There were many causes dear to Jill, including the Geneva Lake Art Association, American Association of University Women, Fontana Garden Club, Geneva Lake Museum, and especially the Community Church of Fontana. She is survived by her husband, David S.; sons, D. Seth Acker, Jr. (Allecia Vermillion) of Seattle and Andrew K. Acker (Amanda Lossia) of Chicago; her grandson, Silas Vermillion Acker; sister, Carol Kinley of Texas, and half-sister, Barbara Flood of Colorado. Jill was also very close to her stepsister, Sara Werckle of Rockford, as well as her extended family. Jill's family will be present for her interment on June 27; a memorial service will be held on an as yet-to-be-determined date in July at the Community Church of Fontana. In lieu of flowers, Jill would appreciate donations to the Community Church of Fontana ( http://www.communitychurchoffontana.com/ ) or to the Jill A. Acker Scholarship Fund at the Latin School of Chicago ( https://www.latinschool.org/support-latin/makeagift ).
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Published in Rockford Register Star on June 26, 2016
Forsell, Stacey A. - Poplar Grove  
Stacey A. Forsell 1961—2016 Stacey A. Forsell, 54, of Poplar Grove, IL, passed away peacefully Friday, June 24, 2016, in his home. He was born November 28, 1961, in Aurora, IL, son of William and Phyllis (Melland) Forsell. Stacey married Kristi Bohm on April 11, 1987, in Rockton, IL. He was a heavy machinery operator for Operators Local 150. Stacey enjoyed NASCAR, fishing and woodworking. He is loved and missed by his wife, Kristi; daughter, Amanda (Steve) Wieczorek; grandsons, Colin and Wyatt Wieczorek; brothers, Lenny (Michele) Forsell, Scott (Terry) Forsell; sister, Christina (Kevin) Shields; and numerous nieces and nephews. Stacey is preceded in death by his parents. A time of gathering will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, June 27, 2016, at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008. Memorials may be made to the family. To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star on June 26, 2016
Johnson, Diane M. - Machesney Park  
Diane M. Johnson 1944—2016 Diane Marie Johnson, 71, passed away May 28, 2016. She is survived by her husband, Henry "Hank" Johnson; sister, Marilyn Keevan; daughters, Michelle (Gary) Rothmeyer, Dawn (Bob) Lierman, Michele (Mike) Dobbs; son, Chris Johnson; nieces and nephews, Sheila, Bridget, Kurt, Jeff, Mike; grandchildren, Brad, Chelsea, Tyler, Katie, Andrea, Bailey, Zane, Kaya, John, Sara, Cullen, Alyssa, Faith, and Hope. Memorial service will be Saturday, 2 p.m. July 2, at Riverside Community Church in Machesney Park, IL. A very special THANKS to - Stan & Judy Hatfield, Bill & Lois Johnson - for BELIEVING.
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Published in Rockford Register Star on June 26, 2016
Kirrish, Grace Elaine (Kidd) - Naples  
Grace Elaine (Kidd) Kirrish 1936—2016 Grace Elaine (Kidd) Kirrish passed away June 20th, 2016, at Arbor Trace Hospice in Naples, FL. She was 80 years old. Grace was born in Fall Creek, WI, the second child of Sally (Liberko) and Finley Kidd. Her family moved extensively before settling in the Chippewa Falls, WI area in the 1940's. Grace married a student from Jerusalem studying in Milwaukee in 1957. After several moves for his work and education, they raised two children in Rockford, IL. Both graduated from East High School. She was interested in history and other cultures and traveled frequently around the world, eventually living many years in University Park, IL, and recently, Naples, FL. Grace cared deeply about making the world a better place for her family and others. She had a wide range of interests and was actively involved in promoting environmental, agricultural, peace and other social causes originally fostered by growing up on Wisconsin farms and the progressive views of her parents. She was an award-winning amateur artist, a board member of the U.S. Farm News newspaper, a member of P.E.O., a philanthropic women's organization, and an active and beloved member of her communities. She is survived by her husband, Hail Kirrish of Naples, FL; daughter, Petra Schneider, her husband, Greg and their children, Bailey and Balin of Topeka, KS; and son, Greg Kirrish, his wife, Kathy and their children, Anthony and Eden of Kenilworth, IL. Funeral services are private. Memorial services are being organized by Greg Kirrish.
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Published in Rockford Register Star on June 26, 2016
Ort, Cecil E. "Gene" - Machesney Park  
Cecil E. "Gene" Ort 1952—2016 Cecil E. "Gene" Ort, 64, of Machesney Park passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016, with family by his side. Cecil was born April 11, 1952, in Piggott, AR., the son of Cecil C. and Sally (McCormick) Ort. Cecil was a machinist, he loved fishing, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his family. Cecil is survived by his children, Michael (Gina) Ort, Chad (Traci) Ort, Christina Ort-Gulatto and Jeremy Ort; 13 grandchildren. Cecil was preceded in death by his parents and siblings. A visitation to celebrate Cecil's life will be from 6 until 8 p.m.Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road in Machesney Park. Cremation rites will be accorded after visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family. Condolences may be sent to www.sunsetfhmemgardens.com
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Published in Rockford Register Star on June 26, 2016
Potter, Paul E. - Richland Center  
Paul E. Potter 1929—2016 Paul E, Potter was born July 21, 1929, in Avon, Illinois, the son of Russell D. and Elva B. Potter. During his school years Paul was active with the purebred Polled Shorthorn cattle raised on the home farm. He traveled from Illinois to Maryland in a railroad boxcar with a dozen heifers, a forerunner of many such trips. Paul met his future wife, Grace, in Maryland and they were married in December 1951, prior to his reporting to California for duty in Korea. Following discharge from the Army, Paul and Grace were employed to manage the Shorthorn herd at Susanna Farms at Lake Villa, Illinois and Melbourne Farms. He exhibited winners at many state fairs and national shows. Due to the success in the show ring, Paul also judged state and national shows, officiating in 26 states and 3 Canadian provinces, including the International Stock Show in Chicago and the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Canada, the Canadian National at Brandon, Manitoba, as well as many other shows. In 1973, he wrote a history of the shorthorn breed, titles '25 Years of Shorthorns' which covered the breed history from 1946 to 1971. Paul and Grace had three children, Dianne, Paul and Phillip, and they moved to Lena, Illinois to a small farm, where he became involved with the farm auction business. He retired from auction sales in 1983, and he founded Real Estate Appraisers, Inc. He wrote several other books about farming and cattle. He is survived by his wife, Grace of Richland Center; daughter, Dianne Walters-Butler of Lone Rock, Wisconsin; sons, Paul Potter of Lena, Illinois and Phillip Potter of Denver, Colorado; 4 grandchildren; 5 great- grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russel Doan and Elva B Potter; 3 brothers, Art, George, and Gary; 2 sisters; daughter- in-law, Regina; and granddaughter, Sara. Visitation will be held from 4 until 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at the Leamon Funeral Home in Lena, IL. Burial will follow at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at the Lena Burial Park. The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service and Leamon Funeral Home are assisting the family with their arrangements. Online condolences may be made at prattfuneralservice.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star on June 26, 2016
Schmidt, Doris M. - Rockford  
Doris M. Schmidt 1930—2016 Doris M. Schmidt, 85, of Rockford passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016, at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Born July 30, 1930, in Krem, North Dakota, the daughter of Emmanuel and Leontina (Kilber) Suess. She married Melvin Schmidt on October 17, 1948, in Stanton, North Dakota. She worked as a secretary at H and R Block for many years. Doris was a member of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Survived by her children, Mark Schmidt, Dawn (Tim) Arndt and Deanna (Richard) Asplund; grandchildren, Tammy Schmidt, Joey Schmidt, Kyle (Karen) Grant, Erich (Lauren) Cain, Emily Cain, Melissa (John) Brennan, Alec Asplund and Teddy Asplund; great-grandchildren, Brennan Grant, Nathan Schmidt and Zander Wolf; siblings, LeJames Suess, Iver Suess, Franne Suess, Marian Miller and Hermelle Wilson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband, Melvin; son, Myles Schmidt; daughter-in-law, Kay Schmidt; sisters, Fern Meagan and Meta Langman; brothers, Roland Suess and Roger Suess. Funeral service will be at 7 p.m. Monday, June 27, 2016, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Riverside Chapel, 3910 North Rockton Avenue, with visitation from 5:30 p.m. until the time of service. Private family burial in Cedar Bluff Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wesley Willows Good Samaritan Fund. To express online condolences, please visit: www.fitzgeraldfh.com
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Published in Rockford Register Star on June 26, 2016
Weyenberg, Evelyn Berger - Holland  
Evelyn Berger Weyenberg 1928—2016 Evelyn Berger Weyenberg, 88, died June 18, 2016, at Freedom Inn, Holland, MI. Born January 5, 1928, in Sedgwick, Colorado, to Reverend Clarence and Mrs. Myrtle McPherson. She received Jesus Christ into her heart at an early age. She married Rodney Berger and together raised six children. After his death in 1974, she relocated to Mesa, Arizona, where she lived and cared for her mother. In July 1989, she married Henry Weyenberg from Holland, Michigan. Member of Immanuel Church, Holland. Survived by children, Steve (Sandee) Berger, Paul (Mary) Berger of Rockford Illinois, Ralph Berger of Joliet, Illinois, Karen (Walter) Herrmann of Syracuse, New York and Arnold Berger of Ninilchik, Alaska. She leaves nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great- grandchild. Stepchildren, Dottie (Jim) Mann of Wheaton Illinois, Carol (Jim) Winslow of Zeeland, Michigan and Philip (Nancy) Weyenberg of Portland, Maine, stepgrandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and precious friends. Preceded in death by daughter, Christine; brothers, Lawrence McPherson and Howard McPherson; parents; husbands, Rodney Berger and Henry Weyenberg. Memorial service at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Heartland Community Church, 1280 S. Alpine Road, Rockford. IL. Private burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Memorial service in Holland, MI will be held at a later date. Please visit wwwlakeshorememorial.com to leave a message or memory for the Weyenberg family.
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Published in Rockford Register Star on June 26, 2016
Zanin, Constance Smith - Rockford  
Constance Smith Zanin 1920—2016 Constance Smith Zanin, 96, of Rockford passed away June 23, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born August 11, 1920, in Rockford, IL; daughter of George H. and Connie (Ellis) Smith. She and her husband, Mario owned Elm's Recreation in Rockford, Mar-Al-An Business in the 40's and 50's in Elgin. She was employed as a buyer for several stores, including Joseph Speiss Company, and Owens, Inc. She managed Singer's Specialty Sportswear Shop. She was a charter member of Contacts at Court Street United Methodist Church. Member of Women of the Moose, Four Son's Club Loves Park; golf chairman of the Thursday Golf League of Macktown. She played golf at Atwood at the Red Bard with the "Happy Hookers." Constance excelled at Bridge, belonging to several clubs including the Sand Castle Group in South Beloit and the Atwood Bridge Club. Constance was a world traveler, she attended the 1939 World's Fair in Chicago, and took numerous trips to Canada, Europe and Latin America. Most of all she was devoted to her loving mother, Connie Smith. Survived by grandson, Frank J. Zanin Jr.; granddaughter, Christina Marshall; and five great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her four wonderful brothers, George H. Smith, Frank E. Smith, Howard Smith and Cyril Smith; husband, Mario Zanin; Honorable Son, Col. Frank J. Zanin (USMC, Lawyer, Judge and Prosecutor); brother, Howard Smith; and wonderful uncle, Thomas M. Mack. Private burial in Owen Center Cemetery. Memorials may be made to The Salvation Army Temple Corps, 500 S. Rockford Ave., Rockford, IL 61104. Grace Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family. Share a memory or condolence at www.graceFH.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star on June 26, 2016

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Arnold III, Charles J. - Rockford  
Charles J. Arnold III 1942—2016 Charles J. Arnold III, 74, of Rockford passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in SwedishAmerican Hospital. He was born January 6, 1942, in Syracuse, NY, the son of Charles II and Mother. He worked for US Can for over 30 years. Chucks passion was his woodworking. Five Children, Chuck (Anna) Arnold, Tim (Karen) Arnold, Ronald "Butch" (Debbie) Robinson, Roland (Tanya) Robinson, Lura (Ted) Grzeskowiak; 20 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren and two on the way. Predeceased by his parents and his bride, Judith. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2016, in Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 3910 North Rockton Avenue, with Dr. Chuck Olson officiating. Visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 26, in the funeral home. Visitation also from 10 a.m. Monday until service time in the funeral home. Express online condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com
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Published in Rockford Register Star on June 25, 2016
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