JOHN 'BUD' CARLBERG, 91 LEAF RIVER - John "Bud" Carlberg, 91, of Leaf River passed away Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at Neighbor's Rehabilitation Center in Byron. Born Aug. 18, 1921, in Rockford, son of Einar and Victoria Carlberg. Lived in Rockford for many years prior to moving to Albuquerque, N.M., where he was employed by the local gas company until his retirement. He then relocated to Leaf River where he has lived for the past 25 years. Bud enjoyed bowling, his home, working around his property and caring for his many pets over his lifetime. He was a gentle soul, well liked by family, friends and coworkers and he was always there to help a neighbor in need. He was the ultimate animal lover and many a stray dog were fortunate to find refuge in his loving care. Survivors include sister, Carin (William) Belt of Winnebago; nieces, Janille (Bill) Hicks of Albuquerque, Diane (Dale) Lofquist of Evergreen Park, Holly (Harold) Sweeney, Penny Johnson and JoAnn (Richard) Saunders, all of Rockford; nephews, David (Barbara) Carlberg of Los Lunas, N.M., Clint (Kim) Carlberg of Rockford and Allen Johnson of Albuquerque; many great-nieces and -nephews; his cat, Holly and dog, Rick. Predeceased by his parents; sister, Caroline; brothers, Claire and Clint; and great-niece, Tracy Scroggins. The family would like to thank the staff at Neighbors Rehabilitation Center for their compassionate care of Bud and the assistance they offered his family members, and they would also like to thank Bud's Neighbors, Sue and Bob for all they did for him over the years. Service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road, Rockford, with visitation from 10 a.m. to time of service; Pastor Gregory Carlson will officiate. Memorials may be made to Noah's Ark Animal Shelter. To express condolences online please visit www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Oct. 7 to Oct. 8, 2012