Rose Dougherty

ROSE MARIE DOUGHERTY, 91 STURGEON BAY, Wis. - Rose Marie Dougherty, 91, Sturgeon Bay, WI passed away February 4, 2014, at the Skilled Nursing Unit at Door County Hospital. Rose had been a resident of Sturgeon Bay since August 2012, though she lived most of her life in Rockford. Rose was born December 2, 1922, in Tulsa, Oklahoma to George and Ella Peel. As a youngster, she lived in both Oklahoma and Minnesota before her parents settled in Rockford. She graduated from Rockford East High in 1942. She was an active member of Centennial United Methodist Church and later Christ United Methodist Church, singing in the church choirs and frequently playing the organ or piano. She also played the piano at Bell School. She and her late husband were active in church bowling leagues for many years. Rose worked part-time for the Loves Park Camera Shop. She also was a regular volunteer at SwedishAmerican Hospital, and later, at Rockford Memorial Hospital. She served her community well in those activities. Rose enjoyed reading, traveling with her husband, socializing with friends and spending time with her grandchildren. Rose was married on Feb 25, 1945, in Rockford, to her love of nearly 48 years, Robert M. Dougherty Sr., who passed away in 1993. Survived by daughter, Sandy (Greg) Swagel, Sturgeon Bay, WI; two sons, Robert M. Dougherty Jr., Rockford, and Roger (Debbie) Dougherty, Ashland, OH; seven grandchildren, Kim (Greg) Jacobson, Jill (Kurt) DeGrave, Jeff (Val) Espe of Sturgeon Bay, Tom Espe of Mountain, WI, Leslie (John) Solanik of Gunnison, CO, Chad (Tabatha) Dougherty of Roscoe, IL, and Megan (David) Wetz of Hurst, TX; thirteen great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Newman of Albuquerque, NM; and sister-in-law, Harriett Reid of Rockford. Predeceased by her husband; parents; and daughter-in-law, Linda Dougherty. Rose's family would like to thank the staff at The Grand Victorian for several years of care. Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 8, 2014, at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park. Pastor Scott Himel will be officiating. Visitation will be from 10 To 11 a.m. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Skilled Nursing Unit at Door County Hospital or to Rosecrance Treatment Center, Rockford. Online condolences can be given at


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Sunset Funeral Home
8800 North Alpine Road Machesney Park, IL 61115
(815) 633-0211

Published in Rockford Register Star from Feb. 6 to Feb. 7, 2014