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Gladys Hallock

GLADYS J. HALLOCK, 91 ROCKFORD - Gladys J. Hallock, 91, of Rockford, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. She was born Dec. 12, 1921, in Rockford; the daughter of Nels and Ellen A. Johnson. Her father Nels immigrated at age 18 to America from Sweden, and after working in Massachusetts, moved to Rockford to work with Swedish Industrialist P.A. Peterson. Her mother, Ellen, was the daughter of Rockford residents, Carl and Emma Johnson. Gladys was a graduate of Rockford Central H.S., and the National College of Education in Evanston, Ill. While in college, she worked in the inner city of Chicago at Jane Adams Hull House, and would ride the Chicago elevated trains and city buses to work from Evanston. Sadly, both of her parents passed away when she was young, her mother in 1941, and her father in 1944. Gladys married her high school sweetheart, John W. Hallock on January 23, 1943, in Cincinnati, Ohio when he was in graduate school at the University of Cincinnati. During World War II, they lived in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma where he was a Staff Sgt. in the U.S. Army. After World War II, they resided in Ann Arbor, Mich. while John attended law school at the University of Michigan. After his graduation, they returned to Rockford where John practiced law, and Gladys was a teacher at Keith County Day School. Gladys was a very compassionate, kind, optimistic, and charismatic person with a great sense of humor. With her effervescent personality, she always strived to enhance the lives of others. She enjoyed every day of her life. She believed that "this is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalm 118:24). Throughout her life, she was active in numerous community organizations including serving as President of the Rockford Community Concert (Coronado Concert Association) and board member for 45 plus years; President of Lutheran Welfare Service; P.A. Peterson Home; Chairwomen of St. Anthony's Pink Ball; President of Keith School Parents' Association; President of Rockford Women's Club; Emerson Department; President of Winnebago County Law Wives; President of Winnebago County Women's Republican Club; Illinois Federation of Republican Women State Ways & Means Committee Chairwoman; City of Rockford Election Judge for 35 plus years; Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout den mother. She was also active in the American Heart Association; Meals on Wheels; American Cancer Society; Rockford Center for the Blind; Northern Illinois Hospice; and many other local organization and charities. Gladys was a lifetime member of Rockford First Lutheran Church and a devoted, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. The family is saddened not only by the passing of our Mother, but also by the passing of the last member of our family from her great generation. She is survived by her sons, Thomas C. Hallock of Rockford and John W. (Mary) Hallock Jr., of Rockford; daughters, Jane E. (Bill Wolford) Hallock of Madison, Wis., and Martha H. Muller of Sierra Madre, Calif.; brother-in-law, Robert V. Hallock of Arlington, Va.; Avis Hallock of Rockford; grandchildren, Tom C. Hallock of Chicago, Sarah Hallock of Rockford, John W. Hallock III of Genoa, Italy, Mike J. Hallock of Washington, D.C., Emily C. (Nate Hazlerig) Hallock of Chicago, Megan (Nate Maddux) Hecox of Madison, Wis., Andrew (Susan) Hecox of Raleigh, N.C., Britta Muller of Reno, Nev., and Andrew Muller of Baton Rouge, La.; great-grandchildren, Phoenix, Phoebe, Cameryn, and Hollis; along with many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her beloved husband, John W. Hallock Sept. 28, 1997; dear sister, Helen A. Johnson Sept. 28, 2003; brothers, Ted Johnson and Alden Johnson; and sister-in-law, Eleanor Hallock. The family would like to thank Provena Cor Mariae Center for their compassionate care. Memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in First Lutheran Church, 225 S. 3rd St., with Rev. Jay Quinn officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Visitation from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. prior to the service in the church. Memorials to Rockford First Lutheran Church; or Lutheran Social Services, 119 N. Wyman, Rockford, IL 61101; or Rockford Coronado Concert Association, P.O. Box 4444, Rockford, IL 61110. Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd. assisted the family. To share a memory or online condolence, visit olsonfh.com.

Published in Rockford Register Star from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8, 2013
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