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Bernice Gaffney Obituary
BERNICE C. GAFFNEY, 84 LOVING MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER, FRIEND ROCKFORD - Bernice C. Gaffney, 84, of Rockford died after a short illness at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at Wesley Willows, with family by her side. Born July 8, 1928, in Rockford, daughter of Felix and Anna (Herron) Verble. Lifelong Rockford resident. She was a 1946 graduate of East High School. Bernice was an administrative assistant for 30 years at Rockford auto dealerships, including Frontier Ford, Humphrey Cadillac & Olds, Milbury and Napleton. She enjoyed working and interacting with customers, retiring at 78 years old. Bernice also loved family events and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchild. Survivors include children, Lydia Swangren of Oak Park, Laura Swangren of Rockford, Alan Swangren of Roscoe and Glen Swangren of Rockford; grandsons, Joshua Fulton, Edward Swangren, Ryan Whelchel, Adam Swangren and Eric Swangren; great-granddaughter, Brianna Fulton; sister, Theresa (Ray) Schoster of Cincinnati; brother-in-law, Conway Johnson; aunts, Mary Himbert of Oregon, Ill., and Natalie Herron of Rockford; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by second husband, George Gaffney; brother, Claude (Lee) Verble; sister, Christine Johnson; and father of her children, Ray Swangren. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave., with Celebrant Karon Pfile officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Visitation from 12 to 12:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date. To share a memory or condolence, visit olsonfh.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 12 to Dec. 13, 2012
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