Margaret Gorman

MARGARET AGNES GORMAN, 86 ROCKFORD - Margaret Agnes Gorman, 86, of Rockford passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, in SwedishAmerican Hospital, after a brief illness. Born Nov. 24, 1925, to William and Edna (Colloton) Gorman, Margaret was the fourth of six children. After a typical Irish Catholic upbringing, Margaret graduated from Muldoon High School, Rosary College and completed her master's degree in social work at Boston College. She spent her career primarily in the fields of mental health and child welfare, practicing in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Washington before returning to Rockford where she concluded her work as the executive director of family consultation services, retiring in 1986. Her common sense approach to problem solving benefitted the many boards, church groups and organizations that were fortunate to have her participation. As a lifelong member of St. Bernadette Catholic church, Margaret lived her faith through example, caring for others, fostering children and providing young unwed mothers a home. Margaret will always be remembered for her fondness for games, as an avid bridge player, well read, and a compassionate friend with a quick wit and an intelligent sense of humor. To her family she was a loving aunt, a confidant, keeper of the Magic Set and the designer and hostess of annual Easter Egg Hunts. Margaret loved all animals, especially her dogs, Malarky and Kelly. She enjoyed attending family dinners and concluded many by dancing an Irish jig or winning the final round of Jeopardy. Most of all, Margaret was the family historian and could always be counted on to recall any date or detail with her keen mind. Margaret will be missed by her sisters-in-law, Virginia, Joanne and Margarete Gorman; her 14 nieces and nephews; and countless friends. She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Mary Gorman Gyarfas; brothers, Francis, Donald, John and Robert Gorman; and nephew, John Gorman. The family would like to thank the staff at Cor Mariae for their care and concern. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in St. Bernadette Church, 2400 Bell Ave., Rockford, with visitation from 9 a.m. to time of service. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements completed by Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 3910 Rockton Ave. Express online condolences at

Published in Rockford Register Star from Oct. 3 to Oct. 4, 2012