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Grace Gessner

GRACE 'ROGENE' GESSNER, 74 ROCKFORD - Grace "Rogene" Gessner, 74, of Rockford, died at 1:10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in her home. Born May 14, 1938, in Rockford; the daughter of James and Icle (McConnaughay) Wallack. She married Ron Gessner on Oct. 17, 1987, in Las Vegas. He predeceased her Dec. 25, 1995. Rogene was a secretary for Illinois Bell Telephone. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, going to casinos, and playing Bingo. Her greatest joys were her grandchildren and her puppies. She is survived by her children, Lisa Vangsness and Tracy Whitaker, both of Rockford; grandchildren, Heather, Brandon, Justin, Mason, Reese and Grace; great-grandchildren, Breanna, Ashley, and Austin; brother, Jim (Wava) Wallack of Montana; sisters, Beverly Wallack and Sue (Sam) Schiro, both of Rockford; and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her son, Randy; and her three precious Pomeranians, Pesci, Pryor, and Pippen. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services Ltd., North Main Chapel, 2811 N. Main St., with visitation from 9 to 10:45 a.m.; Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the family for a memorial to be established. To share a memory or condolence, visit olsonfh.com.

Published in Rockford Register Star from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2013
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