AUSTINETTE J. AKERMAN, 97 ROCKFORD - Austinette J. Akerman, 97, of Rockford passed away Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, in her home, with family members by her side. Born Sept. 8, 1913, in Lacey, Iowa, to Clyde and Nellie Vermilyea. Married Edgar L. Akerman on Jan. 28, 1940, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The family moved to Rockford in 1960 and opened Akerman's Professional Shoes in the Rockford Trust Building. In April 2010, Austinette participated in the 50th anniversary of Akerman Shoes in its current location at Edgebrook Shopping Center. Austinette worked for 17 years as a bookkeeper at JC Penny Co. in downtown Rockford. Since retiring, she loved to play bridge and spend time with family and friends at Siena. Survived by three sons, Gary (Mary Ann) of Roscoe, Kent (Laura) of Rockford and Greg of Freeport; 11 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by parents; husband, Edgar; sons, John Jeffrey; twin sister, MargaRette and sister, Helen. Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 8800 N. Alpine Road, Machesney Park, with visitation from 9 a.m. to time of service. For online condolences, visit Sunsetfhmemgardens.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Aug. 16 to Aug. 17, 2011