DOMINIC J. SAVALA ROCKFORD - Dominic J. Savala of Rockford passed away Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Rockford Memorial Hospital. He was born October 6, 1928, in Freeport , the son of Dominic and Sarah Savala. He attended from West High School. He married Orpha Dull on September 2, 1951, in St. Patrick Church, Rockford. Dominic worked at Standquist Motors as service manager for 48 years and also for the Winnebago County Sheriff Department. He was a member of St. Bernadette Church and also was on The Italian Festa Committee for 25 years. Dominic was an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener, loved to work with cars, a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Survivors include his wife, Orpha; son, Dave Savala of Evergreen, CO; grandchildren, Melissa Gilbertson of St Petersburg, FL and Ashley Gilbertson of Dubuque, IA; brother, Robert Savala of Rockford. Predeceased by his parents and daughter, Nancie Gilbertson in 2012. Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Friday, July 19, 2013, in St. Bernadette Catholic Church, with Father Ken Stachyra officiating. Visitation from 9 until 9:45 a.m. Friday in the church. Arrangements completed by Fitzgerald Funeral Home Riverside Chapel. Express online condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from July 17 to July 18, 2013