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Anderson, Wayne  
WAYNE L. ANDERSON, 73 DAD GRANDPA, BROTHER, FRIEND, PACKER FAN ROCKFORD - Wayne L. Anderson, 73, died on Monday, April 20, 2015, in his comfy bed in his favorite room at P.A. Peterson Center, after a tenacious 16-month battle with congestive heart failure and lymphoma. His family was with him when he died and rejoices in the assurance that he is reunited with his wife (and our mother) Judy, in Heaven with God. Wayne was born on March 30, 1942, in Eau Claire, Wisc., to Ray and Ruby Anderson. His family later relocated to Rice Lake, Wisc., where Wayne met his future bride, Judy Brunette, while both attending Rice Lake High School and graduating in 1959. They were married on May 20, 1961. In the mid-60's, they moved to Rockford where Wayne found work in the booming manufacturing job market, his first job being at W.F. & John Barnes. Before retiring, Wayne's last position was as a Manufacturing Supervisor; and after retiring, he enjoyed attending RVC for 2 years, proudly earning an Associate Degree in Criminology. He loved and served the Lord all of his life and had been an active member of Christ Lutheran Church for the last 40 years. To keep his memory alive are his two daughters, Kristi (fiancé, Jeff Allen) Butterfield and Julie (Kent) Buryska, and his son, Tony Anderson, his three treasured grandchildren, Maddie (Madelynne), Aidan and Garrett, to whom he was and will always be THE BEST GRANDPA EVER, his dear brothers, Larry (Karen) and Don (Sue) and their children/grandchildren, sisters and brothers-in-law, Sandi (Jim), June, Lavonne, Doris, Betty (Bob), Brad (Audrey), and their children/grandchildren, his Packer buddies, Ron, Aaron, Mike, and Rich, his best friends, Dave, Scott, Melissa, and Harold, and the current and past players, coaches, and fans of the Green Bay Packers, for which he was the biggest fan. GO PACK GO! Wayne has rejoined with his wife, Judy, son, Peter, parents, grandparents, mother-in-law (Madelynne), sisters and brothers-in-law, Bob, Phyllis, Steve, Lorraine, Jim, Marv, Joy, Tom, many family members and friends, and Reggie White and other players, coaches, and fans of the Green Bay Packers, all of whom he knew he would see again. GO PACK GO! Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 29, at 12:00 noon at Christ Lutheran Church, 425 Riverside Boulevard, Belvidere, Illinois; and a celebration of Wayne's life will be held that day at 2:00 p.m. at the Backyard Grill & Bar in Loves Park. "I believe in God and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man's finest hour - his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear - is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious." - Vince Lombardi
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Apr. 26 to Apr. 27, 2015
Bender, Joyce  
JOYCE ANN BENDER, 70 ROCKFORD - Joyce Ann Bender, 70, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2015. Born March 7, 1945, in Smock, PA to George and Dorothy Billy. She married Robert Westpfahl in 1962, until his death in 1968. She later was married to Phillip Bender until 1987. She enjoyed reading and making afghans for family and friends. Joyce was retired from Premium Oil and Logli's. She is survived by her children, Sandra (Gary) Gustafson, Susan (Tim) Greer and Phillip (Tina) Bender; grandchildren, Andrew, Benjamin and Joey Gustafson, Randi Witte, Katie and Matthew Greer, Nicholas Bender and Nathan Reuber; great-grandchildren, Krista and Bailey; nephews, Michael Hysmith, Ronald Billy Jr. and Jerry Billy. Predeceased by her parents, Robert Westpfahl, brother, Ronald Billy Sr. and his wife, Sandra Billy. Special thanks to the caring staff at Rockford Supportive Living and Heartland Hospice. Please join us for a celebration of her life from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2015, at North Suburban Women's Club, 6320 N. 2nd St, Loves Park, IL. Casual dress please. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. See full obituary at weltefuneral.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star from May 1 to May 2, 2015
Betz, Lyle  
LYLE BETZ, 85 LEAF RIVER - Lyle Betz, 85, Leaf River, Illinois passed away at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 27, 2015, in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Born August 12, 1929, on the family farm near Leaf River, Illinois, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William and Cora (Kendel) Betz. For eight years he attended a one room school house in Prairie Valley and then attended Leaf River high school. He later purchased the one room school house that he attended school at as a child. Married the former Darlene J. Helman in Leaf River, Illinois. He farmed his entire life on the family farm. Survivors include sons, William J. Betz of Rockford, Illinois and Bob J. Betz of Loves Park, Illinois; grandchildren, Jessica and Joshua; brother, Max (Dora) Betz of Leaf River, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in death by his parents and two sisters, Edna Green, and Erda Betz. Funeral Ceremonies will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 2, 2015, in McCorkle Funeral Home-Countryman Chapel, 529 Washington Street, Pecatonica, Illinois, with Rev. Katie Voigt, pastor of Pecatonica United Methodist Church officiating. Visitation will be held in the funeral home from noon until time of funeral Saturday. Burial will be at Lightsville Cemetery in Leaf River, Illinois. To share a memory or send an online condolence, please visit www.mccorklefuneralhome.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2015
Buchanan, Laura - Cleveland  
LAURA M. BUCHANAN, 72 CLEVELAND, OH - Laura M. Buchanan (nee Lee), 72, of Cleveland, OH; formerly of Rockford; beloved companion of John Louden and wife of the late James Buchanan; devoted mother of Jacqueline (James) Richardson, Joseph (Amy) and Jeffrey (Megan) Buchanan; loving grandmother of 5; dear sister of Donna Hunt, Anne Rames, Janette Whitbeck and Joseph. Memorial service 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 28th, at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road, Machesney Park. Visitation 11:30 a.m. until time of service. Inurnment in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be submitted at sunsetfhmemgardens.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Apr. 26 to Apr. 27, 2015
Buffo, John  
JOHN CHRISTOPHER BUFFO, 44 loving son, brother and uncle ROCKFORD - John Christopher Buffo, 44, of Rockford, passed away Monday, April 27, 2015, after a long illness. John was the beloved son of Joseph and Judy Buffo. John was born October 23, 1970. John spent his elementary years at St. Bernadette Grade School and graduated from Boylan High School. John loved sports and started his sports career at an early age, playing for the Police Dept. Mighty Mite League. From there it was many hours spent at Roy Gayle, continuing on through Bronco and Pony League. He also played flag football when not playing baseball. While at St. Bernadette Grade School, he played football and basketball. He also found time to be an Altar Boy, serving many Masses for Fr. Larson. John continued on playing football, basketball, and his favorite sport, baseball, at Boylan Catholic High School. Upon graduation, he went on for two years of study at Rock Valley College. You would always find John wearing his favorite Green Bay Packer gear, and in baseball season, it was the Cubs. You could even catch him watching NASCAR. Whatever sport was going on, he was into it. John's working career started in an optical shop making eyeglasses, but his love of working with his hands and making things work, lead him to a career in installing alarm systems, cable installations, and occasionally installing speaker systems in cars for his buddies. John also spent many hours fishing with his buddies up in Wisconsin, even winning a fishing boat on one trip. He was a special friend, and a very kind and loving person, giving selflessly to all. We will miss him so... John leaves behind his mom and dad; brother, Joe (Luisa) Buffo; sisters, Beth (Brian) Zimmerman, Brenda Buffo, and Becky (David) Miller; special nephews, Joe (Tammy) Ognibene, Ryan Ognibene, Lucas Davidson, Blake and Bronson Miller; special niece, Kelly (Brad) Nordquist; numerous aunts and uncles, cousins; and two very special friends, Todd and Matt. John is predeceased by his grandparents, Peter and Betty Buffo, Ken and Gladys Johnson; and his brother, Bradley Michael Buffo. John's family would like to thank his caretakers, Tabitha and Travis, and all of the nurses and doctors at SwedishAmerican Hospital, who took care of John. Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, 3910 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, IL 61103. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2015, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Riverside Chapel; and from 10 a.m. Saturday until time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to John's family. To share memories, or to express condolences online, please visit www.fitzgeraldfh.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2015
Burns, Ozella  
OZELLA BURNS, 102 LOVES PARK - Ozella Burns, 102, of Loves Park was called home Monday, April 27, 2015, in her home. Born Jan. 28, 1913, in Knobel, Ark., the daughter of Pate and Addie (Medlock) Dixon. Married Quentis Burns on Dec. 29, 1928, in Corning, Ark. Member of North Love Baptist Church. Survivors include daughters, Charlene (Ralph) Jones, Diana Fassl and Deborah (Tony) Loporchio; sons, L.C. (Helen), Bill (Brenda) and Dan (Pam) Burns; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by husband; daughters, Wanda Burns and Georgia Babb; sons, Bobby and J.C. Burns; and grandson, Chris Burns. The family wishes to thank OSF Hospice. Service at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 30, 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 from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2015
Carlson, Marilyn  
MARILYN L. CARLSON, 91 ROCKFORD - Marilyn L. Carlson, 91, of Rockford, died May 1, 2015, at Presence St. Anne Center. Born March 9, 1924, in Rockford, the daughter of Carl O. and Emelie (Johanson) Janson. She was a graduate of East High School, class of 1942. She married Gordon M. Carlson Jan. 7, 1949. They moved to the Clearwater, FL area during the 70s. Gordon predeceased her in 1991, and Marilyn moved back to Rockford in 2007, where she enjoyed living at the Grand Victorian for five years. Survived by her niece, Susan Janson of Rockford; nephew, Jeffrey (Robin) Janson of Appleton, WI; sister-in-law, Elsie Janson of Rockford; niece, Twila Klemp; nephew, Gordon Klemp; and several cousins. Predeceased by sister, June (Harry) Johnson; brother, Roger Janson; and niece, Sharon Janson Powers. Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 1111 S. Alpine Rd., #307, Rockford, IL 61108. Olson Funeral & Cremation Services served the family. To share a memory or condolence, visit olsonfh.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star from May 2 to May 3, 2015
Carlson, Randy  
RANDY C. CARLSON, 59 ROCKFORD - Randy C. Carlson, 59, Rockford resident passed away Saturday, April 25, 2015, in SwedishAmerican Hospital. Born in Rockford on December 10, 1955, son to George H. and Phyllis (Drotts) Carlson. Randy was a Guilford High School graduate, attended University of Illinois and graduated from Rockford Business College. He worked as a tool and die maker at W.G. Carlson & Sons. Randy loved his family and selflessly cared for his parents for the last ten years. Randy also enjoyed living in Stowe, Vermont for some of his life. Friends and family knew Randy best as a kind and humble man who loved life and was deeply spiritual. He was exceptionally proud of his daughter. Survivors include his mother, Phyllis D. Carlson; daughter, Erica (Thomas) Lafferty; granddaughter, Brooke; brother, Reid (Carolyn) Carlson; sisters, Kathy (Rick) Burgin and Kay (Dave) Crouch; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his father and brother, Richard Carlson. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Honquest Family Funeral Home with Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 4311 North Mulford Road, Loves Park. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Rockford Rescue Mission. To share a memory or condolence, please visit honquestfh.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Apr. 26 to Apr. 27, 2015
Crawford, Carol - Loves Park  
CAROL S CRAWFORD, 82 LOVES PARK - Carol S. Crawford, 82, of Loves Park died Saturday, April 25, 2015. Funeral: 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 29. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. Burial Sunset Memorial Gardens, Condolences, visit www.sunsetfhmemgardens.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Apr. 28 to Apr. 29, 2015
Cregeen, Sandra - Belvidere  
SANDRA LU CREGEEN, 79 BELVIDERE - Sandra Lu Cregeen, 79, of Belvidere, IL passed away Friday, April 24, 2015, at SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford, IL. She was born July 8, 1935, in Joliet, IL; the daughter of Gilbert R. and Mildred C. (Carlson) Julin. She graduated from Belvidere High School in 1953, and attended Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. She was a long term, award winning real estate agent in the Belvidere and Rockford area, and was a member of the Belvidere Board of Realtors and the Rockford Area Association of Realtors. She was a lifetime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Belvidere, IL where she was a member of the worship and music committee. She was actively involved with the Belvidere Community Concert Association, the Boone County Historical Society, and Friends of Ida Public Library. She was interested in Belvidere and local history. She was an avid antique collector. She never forgot a birthday, thank you, or special occasion card. She is survived by her children, Lesa C. Cregeen of Abilene, TX, Scott D. Cregeen of Belvidere, IL, Christopher J. Cregeen of Austin, TX; granddaughter, Cara L. Cregeen; and great-grandsons, Seth and Scotty. She is preceded in death by her parents and by her sister, Mary A. Julin. There will be a visitation from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Zion Lutheran Church in Belvidere, IL. A funeral service will follow at 11:30 a.m. Interment in Belvidere Cemetery in Belvidere, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.belviderefh.com .
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2015
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