BERTHA ADELIA PRATHER, 96 LOVING MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER AND GREAT-GRANDMOTHER, 'GG' ROCKFORD - Bertha A. Prather, 96, of Rockford, passed away Feb. 3, 2013, surrounded by her family. Born April 7, 1916, in Chicago, she was the daughter of William and Ada (Faltz) Taylor. She married Gordon Prather on Aug. 16, 1941. She was the best friend, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother in the world, an amazing and incredible woman. She is survived by her children, Joel (Jan), Veena "Bunny", Bill, Dick (Gloria), Kim Arnold, Jack; son-in-law, Chuck Jansen; grandchildren, Gordy, Heidi, Nicole, Ted, Ananda, Coral, Teri, Kate, Chris, Arian, Amy, Vicki, Jeremy, Taylor, and Amber; 21 great-grandchildren. Bert was predeceased by her husband, Gordon; parents; and daughter, Holly Jansen. A service to celebrate Bertha's life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road, Machesney Park., the Rev. Orlyn G. Huwe will officiate. Visitation from noon to service time. In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to be made to the Bert Prather Memorial Fund, Associated Bank, 622 Roosevelt Road, Machesney Park, IL 61115, established to continue her giving to the community she loved. Condolences may be sent to the family at sunsetfhmemgardens.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 9 to Mar. 10, 2013