AVALON L. ATKINSON, 81 GENOA - Avalon L. Atkinson, 81, of Genoa died Friday, October 4, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. She was born May 22, 1932, in Chana. The daughter of George and Jeannette (Bruns) Alderks. She married Kenneth "Ray" Atkinson on Oct. 22, 1955. Avalon retired from GTE/ AG Communications in Genoa after 15 years of service. Survivors include her five sons, Kenneth, Jr. "Beaver" of Janesville, WI., George (Brenda) of Kingston, Brian (Julie) of Hampshire, Ralph (Beverly) of Genoa and Kevin (Judy) of Belvidere; ten grandchildren, Michael Ray, Daniel, Jason Ray, George, Jr., Nicholas Ray, Jacob, Marcus Ray, Alyssa, Shannon Ray and Desiree; and six great grandchildren, Kameron, Elizabeth, Loretta, Kylie, Karlie and Danielle. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 2012; and one daughter in infancy, Loretta. Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12th at the Slater-Butala Funeral Home in Genoa, with the Rev. James P. Freund officiating. Burial will be at the White Rock Cemetery in Kings, IL. Visitation will be on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Funeral Home. Memorials can be made for the American Stoke Association (a division of the American Heart Assoc.) in care of the Slater-Butala Funeral Home, 132 W. Main St., Genoa, IL 60135. For info or to sign the online guest book, go to www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call 815-784-5191.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Oct. 6 to Oct. 7, 2013