JAMES EDWARD LONGARDNER, 80 TUNING FOR THE ANGELS NOW ROCKFORD - James Edward Longardner, 80, of Rockford died peacefully Friday, February 28, 2014, in his home, surrounded by his family. He was born on September 10, 1933, in Ft. Wayne, IN, son of Andrew and Lucile (Rogers) Longardner. James was a piano technician for over 30 years, and the former owner of Rockford Organ and Piano, with stores in Rockford and Wisconsin. Past member of the Walleye Club, Navy Club and the Piano Technicians Guild. United in marriage to Linda on May 29, 1987, in Rockford. Survived by his wife, Linda; daughters, Susan (Jeff) Cellitti, Patricia (Greg) Matranga, Marcia (Bob) Linley, Kelli (Randy) Blank; sons, James A. and Robert A. Longardner, John P. and Mark A. Farbo. James was affectionately known as Grandpa Jim to numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Richard Longardner; sister, Joan Demo; brother-in-law, Don Doehring; numerous nieces, nephews, fishing friends and extended family. Preceded in death by parents, sister, Betty, and grandsons in infancy. Jim arranged for his body to be donated to science to further medical understanding and research. Memorial Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Grace Funeral & Cremation Services, 1340 South Alpine Rd., Rockford, at Colonial Village. To share a memory or condolence visit www.graceFH.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2014
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