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Abramson, John Erik --JOHN ERIK ABRAMSON--The body of John Erik Abramason, a former Rockford resident who died in Chicago Friday night, arrived in Rockford this noon. Burial was made in the Scandinavian cemetery. The Rev. O. Gerfield Beskstrand officiated at the grave. Mr. Abramson moved from Rockford to Chicago fifteen years ago and is survived by one son, Richard Abramson, 1231 Fifth avenue. Another son died in Chicago last year.--Rockford Daily Gazette, January 3, 1921

Acaley, Walter R.
ROCKFORD--Walter R. "Roy" Acaley, 79, of Rockford died at 4:35 a.m. Monday, Jan, 12, 2004, in Provena Cor Mariae Center. Born May 21, 1924, in Rockford, the son of William and Pearl (Howe) Acaley. Attended East High School. Veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. Married Theresa M. "Terry" Contrera on July 6, 1944, in Brooklyn, N.Y.; she died Oct. 2, 1999. They resided in the Loves Park area for more than 50 years. Employed as an electrician by W.F. & John Barnes, retiring in 1979. Survivors include daughters, Lauren Parrish and Kim (Mark) Alba; son, Gary (Susan) Acaley; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Richard Acaley; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives. Predeceased by parents; infant daughter, Lana; brothers, William and John; and sister, Gladys. A special thank you to Jim Gaddis and staff at Provena Cor Mariae Center for their loving care. Service will be private. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Delehanty funeral Home LTD., 401 River Lane, Loves Park.

Taken from: Rockford Register Star, Wednesday, January 14, 2004, Page 10A - Col. 1
Contributed by Pat Esterday - g.esterday at comcast.net

Adams, Elizabeth  --Mrs. Elizabeth A. Adams Is Dead--Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth A. Adams, who died last night at the home of her niece, Miss Elizabeth Weld, 1016 Spafford Avenue, will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock at St. James Pro-Cathedral, where requiem high mass will be said. Rev. Father Finn will officiate. Mrs. Adams died of diseases incident to old age. She was born in 1824 in Lina, N.Y., and with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.P. Smith, moved to Rockton in 1845. The next year she was married to Howard Adams. For a number of years they made their home in California and after Mr. Adam's death, Mrs. Adams came to Rockford to live. Mrs. Adams is survived by a sister, Mrs. Mary Weld, who is 88 years old, two nephews, C.F. Weld of California, and Dr. F.J. Weld of Rockford, and two nieces, Sister M. Olympia of Washington, D.C., and Miss Elizabeth Weld of this city.--Rockford Republic, December 8, 1910
Albee, Alexander--1898 WAR VETERAN DIES; 9 LEFT HERE--Rockford's ranks of Spanish-American war veterans were reduced to nine Thursday with the death of Alexander Albee in Veteran's Hospital, Madison, Wis. Mr. Albee, 95, formerly of Loves Park, was a member of the closely-knit Camp 5, Department of Illinois, United Spanish War Veterans. All surviving members of the group are octogenarians. He was a member of a pioneer family in Madison, Wis. His grandfather helped build one of the Wisconsin capitol buildings. Surviving are his widow, Elda; a son, Kenneth C., Loves Park; two grandchildren; a daughter, Mrs. Lila Gruwell, Dubuque, Iowa; a brother, Crosper, Rockford, and a sister, Mrs. pearl Bolin, Shirland. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Delahanty Funeral Home, 401 River Lane, Loves Park. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens.--Rockford Morning Star, August 10, 1963
Albracht, Bonnie Lynn--Reunion Massacre Shocks Small Town--Carlinville IL - December 19, 1968 Special to the Register-Republic--Residents of this small Central Illinois town were recovering today from the tragedy at the local welfare office in which four persons, including a former Rockford resident, were killed Wednesday by a distraught father who later killed himself. Among the victims was Mrs. Bonnie Lynn Albracht, 23, a welfare worker, daughter ofMr. and Mrs. Robert Keith, 3211 Guilford Road, Rockford. "It was a terrible shock," said Bernice Nixon, an office employee at the Carlinville Democrat, the weekly newspaper where Mrs. Albracht's husband, Edward Albracht Jr., works as a printer. "It is something hard to believe, but everyone is pulling things back together. He's (the killer) dead, but that's not going to bring back all the people." The shooting spree occurred whenSherman Kline, 38, Brussells, Illinois, arrived at a Christmas party arranged as a reunion for him, his wife and seven of their 10 children. In addition to Mrs. Albracht, those killed included Kline's wife,Lorraine, 33; Frank Wildgrube, 23, a caseworker who set up the reunion in the office of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Welfare, and Ann Keppler, 28, an office stenographer. Wildgrube was the first victim.
Mrs. Albracht's parents went to Carlinville today to make funeral arrangements. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Heinz Funeral Home here. The victim's father is chief inspector for the Goss Printing Press Co., Rofkford, Illinois. Mrs. Albracht attended Lincoln Junior High School and graduated from East high School in June 1962. At East she was a member of the orchestra, symphonetta, German Club and Sports Club. She graduated from Blackburn College here in 1966. Miss Nixon, who described Mrs. Albracht as tall, attractive, with dark short hair, said she had been employed by the welfare agency for about two and a half years as a homemaker coordinator. (the rest of the article missing). --Submitted by Jessy Moyer

Allen, Ellery--LOCAL SOLDIER WOUNDED, DIES--Injured in Korea--Pfc Ellery Allen, 22, son of Mrs. Charles Leonard, Pasadena, Cal., and Harry Allen, 4418 Compton ave., Rockford, died Feb. 14 as a result of wounds suffered in action with the 7th infantry division on the central Korean front.  Word of the soldier's death was received Saturday by his mother in California in a telegram from the defense department. Mrs. Leonard telephoned the news to another son, LaVerne Allen, 617 Theodore st., Rockford. Pfc. Allen is the sixth Rockford man killed in the fighting in Korea. A reservist in the army engineers, Pfc. Allen was recalled to active duty Oct. 18, 1950. He arrived in Korea Christmas eve after receiving training in Japan and Fort Lewis, Wash. Pfc. Allen joined the army in August, 1946, following graduation from West high school, and served 18 months in occupational duty in Korea. When he was discharged from service he joined an engineer reserve unit in Rockford. In his last letter home, Pfc. Allen wrote that his unit, the 13th engineer construction battalion of the 7th infantry division, had been bulking airstrips, laying barbed wire, and destroying bridges in the mountainous central front.  Surviving, in addition to his parents, are two brothers, LaVerne, 617 Theodore st, and Clifford, Cleveland; and two sisters, Mrs. Lillian Flink, 1811 W. Jefferson st. and Carol Allen, Pasadena.--Rockford Morning Star, February 15, 1951
Allen, Enoch  --ENOCH ALLEN--Enoch Allen, 78, 526 Euclid avenue, died at 3:30 p.m. yesterday at a local hospital since last Thursday. He had been in failing health for several months. Born in Worcester, England, July 3, 1864, he had lived in Rockford for 30 years. He is survived by the widow, the former Mary DeLong. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Fred C. Olson mortuary, 1001 2nd avenue. The Rev. O. Garfield Beckstrand will officiate and burial will be in Cedar Bluff cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary between 7 and 8 o'clock this evening.--Rockford Morning Star, July 21, 1942
Aman, Byron --BYRON AMAN DEAD--Long Time Resident of Winnebago County Dies at the Home of His Sister in This City--Funeral Friday Afternoon--Byron Aman, a resident of this county for the greater part of his life, died suddenly last evening about 6:10 o’clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. Frank Pieters, 214 North Horsman Street. He had only been ill since last Monday, although in poor health for five or six years. Death was due to a complication of diseases. He lived in this city for seven years, and was born in Laona township, Feb 27, 1853, and was married in 1875. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Bert Johnson, 423 Market Street, and Mrs. Fred Woodrich, Oak Park, Chicago. Aside from Mrs. Pieters, the following brothers and sisters survive him: Bert Aman, Gayhill, S.D.; Mes. Ida Adams, Butte, Mont.; and Mrs. Norman Veley, Rockford. The funeral is to be Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock from the home of Mrs. Pieters. Rev. H.M. Bannen is to officiate. --Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, May 26, 1910
Anderson, Charles A. --CHARLES A. ANDERSON, 88, IS DEAD--Charles A. Anderson, 88 years old, 1119 Tenth ave., died Sunday night at 11:30 o'clock at his home after an illness of six months from infirmities of age.  Mrs. Anderson was born July 7, 1839, in Falkoping, Westergothland, Sweden, and had resided in Rockford for the past 48 years. He had been a member of First Lutheran church since coming to this city.Surviving him are two sons, John S. Anderson, and Edward N. Anderson, both of Rockford; three daughters, Mrs. W.L. Smith, Mrs. Olof P. Olson, and Mrs. Joel Olson, all of Rockford; six grandchildren, and one great grandchild. His wife, Mrs. Mary Anderson, died 24 years ago.Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home. The Rev. J.F. Seedoff will officiate and burial will be in the Scandinavian cemetery.--Rockford Republic, April 9, 1928
Anderson, Claus --Claus Anderson. Funeral services for Claus E. Anderson, 62, who died in his sleep early Sunday morning at his home, 507 Paris avenue, will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Fred C. Olson mortuary, 1001 2nd. avenue. The Rev. G.A. Gustavson of Temple Baptist church will officiate and burial will be in Arlington cemetery. Mr. Anderson, who had been in failing health for som time, and was born Feb. 2, 1881, in Smoland, Jonkoping, Sweden, and had resided in Rockford for 42 years. He had operated the Longwood Meat shoppe for the past 15 years. Surviving are the widow, Freda; two sons, Vernie, Rockford, and Ray, a naval aviation cadet at Lakehurst, N.J.; a daughter, Evelyn Anderson, a teacher at Welsh school, and a sister, Mrs. Beda Wedin, residing in Sweden.--Rockford Morning Star, February 23, 1943
Anderson, Inga--MRS. ANDERSON, AGED RESIDENT, IS DEAD--Had Been a Resident of Rockford for Foorty-one Years--Funeral to be Held Saturday Afternoon at 2 O'clock--Mrs. Inga Anderson, 1114 Fifteenth avenue died at her home this morning, old age being the cause of her death, at 4:59 o'clock. The funeral services will be held at the home Staurday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. Mr. Bemander officiating, and burial in the Scandinavian cemetery. Mrs. Anderosn was born in Sweden during the year of 1836, moving to this county forty-one years ago and making her home in this city during the remainder of her life. Mrs. Anderson was an active member of the Swedish Lutheran church up to a few weeks of her death. She had not suffered at all, but the last two days she had been confined to her bed, under the care of a doctor. One daughter, Mrs. W. Larson, with whom Mrs. Anderson had made her home for the past few years, one sister, Mrs. Andrew Molberg, and four grandchildren all of this city, are left to mourn the death of Mrs. Anderson--Rockford Repbulic, Thursday Evening, March 2, 1916

Anderson, John W.--John W. Anderson, 88, formerly of 2202 S. 6th St., died at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, June 12, 1976, in Swedish-American Hospital after a long illness. Born Aug. 10, 1887, in Falkoping, Sweden, son of Mr. and Mrs. August Anderson. Lived more than 70 years in Rockford, coming here from Sweden. Married in January, 1915. Formerly owned and operated the 18th Avenue Market more than 50 years, retiring in 1963. Member of Svithiod Lodge. Survivors include four sons, Vernie, John, Robert, and Lyle, all of Rockford; three daughters, Mrs. Dolores Dmochowski, Mrs. Florence Lundquist, and Mrs. Doris Soderberg, all of Rockford; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Sigfrid, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Gustaf, Detroit, Mich.; four sisters, Mrs. Anna Carlson and Mrs. Edna Johnson, both of Rockord, and two others living in Sweden; and several nieces and nephews. His wife died Dec. 25, 1962. Services at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, in WILBUR CHRISTENSON FUNERAL HOME, 925 3rd. Ave., with Rev. Donald E. Lavelle, pastor of Salem Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. No visitation.--Rockford Register-Republic, June 14, 1976

Anderson, Maria--Mrs. Maria Anderson, 86, 1124 21st Ave., died at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 1963, in her home after a long illness. Born Feb. 22, 1877, in Tivedstorp Tived, Sweden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anders Peterson. Lived 67 years in Rockford, coming here from Sweden. Married to J. Alfred Anderson in Rockford May , 1900. Member at Zion Lutheran Church, and of Dorcas Society, Good Neighbor Circle, Jenny Lind Society. Survivors include: a son, Harold R. Anderson, and two daughters, Mrs. Gordon A. Nelson and Miss Margaret Anderson, all of Rockford, seven grandchildren an eight great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Her husband died on June 12, 1941. A son, Gunnard, died and a daughter, Dorothy, died earlier. Services at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in WILBUR CHRISTENSON FUNERAL HOME, 925 3rd Ave., with the Rev. Carl Linder, assistant pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, and Rev. Gordon A. Nelson, chaplain of Swedish-American Hospital, officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. No visitation. Friends may contribute to a memorial fund for the Good Neighbor Circle.--Rockford Morning Star, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1963

Anderson, Mary --Mrs. Mary Anderson Dead--Mrs. Mary Anderson died Sunday evening at her home, 726 Eighth avenue, after a few days' illness.--She was the victim of a paralytic stroke several days ago and did not arise from her bed again. Decendent was 61 years of age. She was born in Sweden but had made Rockford her home for the past thirty-one years. She was a member of the Mission Tabernacle. She leaves one son, Charles Anderson, of Rockford. P.J. Anderson in South Fifth street is a brother.  The funeral will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the house and at 2:30 from the Mission Tabernacle. The Rev. S.W. Sundberg will officiate.--Rockford Morning Star, October 29, 1901
Anderson, Mary --MARY ANDERSON DEAD--Inmate of County Farm Died Yesterday Afternoon--Funeral Thursday--Miss Mary Anderson, an inmate of the county farm, died at that institution at 1:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon, following a long illness. She was about 40 years of age; was born in Sweden; and lived in Rockford many years. She had been an invalid for some time, and was poor in health when she went to the county farm. She is survived by a cousin in this city, Mrs. Alfred Samuelson of Fifth Avenue. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Samuelson home. Rev. J.F. Seedoff will officiate. Interment will be in the Scandiavian Cemetery.--Rockford Republic, March 17, 1908

Anderson, Nels-- Nels Anderson, a Swede about 50 years old, was run over by a freight train Tuesday evening, April 12. He was standing on the track watching a passenger switching some cars and did not see the freight backing down upon him. He was instantly killed and was buried Wednesday afternoon. Funeral exercise at the Swedish church. He leaves a brother in Kirkland who is his only relative in this country--Daily Register-Gazette, 04-18-1898

Anderson, Roger C. --ROCKFORD GI DIES IN ACTION IN VIETNAM--Spec. 4 Roger C. Anderson, 20, serving with the 8th Engineer Battalion of the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam, was killed Aug. 24 at L.Z. Nancy near the Demiltarized Zone.  He was the son of Mrs. Elaine Coffenka, 928 Emerson Drive. He attended West High School and before entering the service on Aug. 10, 1967, was employed Mr. Steak in Dekalb.  Besides his mother, he is survived by a twin brother, Airmain 1 C. Donald L. Anderson, stationed in Spain, and a brother, Alan, at home.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete. --Rockford Morning Star, September 1, 1968

Andrews, Ronald S. --Ronald S. Andrews, 80, of 2511 Dennis Drive, Quincy, died at 9:35 p.m. Sunday (May 22, 2011) in his son's home. Ronald was born Aug. 19, 1930, in Rockford, a son of Robert William and Rena Elanor Schafer Bazarek. He married Beverly M. Berens on Sept. 10, 1955, in Beloit, Wis. She survives. Ronald spent his early years in Rockford and Rockton. He was a graduate of Hononegah High School in Rockton. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy, aboard the USS Power DD839 from 1951 to 1955. Upon completion of this duty, he returned to employment with GTE, from which he retired in 1980. Survivors include five children, Susan Smith and her husband, David, of Heyworth, Gregory Andrews, and his wife, Donna, of Quincy, Annette Quinn and her husband, Steve, of Fayetteville, Ga., Margaret Nolle and her husband, John, of Belmont, Mich., and Steven Andrews and his wife, Stacey, of Speedway, Ind.; and 13 grandchildren. Ronald was preceded in death by his parents and two
sisters, Shirley and Sharon. SERVICES: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Anthony Catholic Church, with the Rev. Donald Knuffman officiating.
Burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Rockton Township Cemetery, Rockton. VISITATION: There will be no visitation.--Quincy Herald Whig, Quincy, IL, contibuted by Ella Tittsworth

Armstrong, Fred --NEW MILFORD MAN DIED AT ST. ANTHONY--Fred Armstrong Died This Morning. Was Elipteptic--Burial at Kishwaukee Fred Armstrong of New Milford died this morning at 10 o'clock at St. Anthony Hospital, where he had been a patient since Tuesday. Mr. Armstrong was an epileptic, and it is thought that a fall which he sustained fifteen years ago produced the trouble. He was born thirty-four years ago near Bloomington. He is survived by his wife and two children, aged two and four years, also one sister and several brothers living at Rochelle. Mr. Armstrong was a member of the Modern Woodman Camp at New Milford. Funeral arrangements have not been completed but burial will be in Rochelle.--Rockford Republic, April 29, 1911
Ascher, James A. --WINNEBAGO SOLDER KILLED IN VIETNAM--WINNEBAGO--Army 1st. Lt. James A. Ascher, 28, Winnebago, was killed Jan. 8 while serving as a platoon leader with the 25th. Infantry Division in South Vietnam. He had been in Vietnam since Aug. 29, 1968. Ascher was born in Seward, and was graduated from Winnebago High School in 1960 and from Aurora College in 1965. At Aurora, he was a member of the basketball team. He also was a member of Sigma Delta Kappa social fraternity and served as its president. He married Ann Leden in Winnebago June 26, 1965. They were parents of a son, Tabbe James, born three and a half months ago. The couple lived in Aurora for a year and a half before he entered the service in 1966. His widow and son are living with her parents, the Howard Ledens of Winnebago. Lt. Ascher underwent basic training at Ft. Dix, N.J., then went to officer candidate school at Ft. Benning, Ga. Besides his widow and son, he is survived by his mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Asche, Winnebago; four brothers, Vernon Ascher, Pecatonica; Eugene and Richard Ascher, and Kenneth Asche, alll of Winnebago, and his granmother, Mrs. Helen Ascher, German Valley. Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home, Pecatonica. --Rockford Morning Star, January 14, 1969
Atkinson, William, Jr. --DEATH AT LIFE’S PRIME--William Atkinson, Jr. Passes Away in California--William Atkinson, Jr., former supervisor of Shirland township, died last Saturday afternoon at his home in Orange, Cal. The remains will arrive on Saturday. Funeral services will be held in the Congregational church in Harrison on Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock. The interment will be in the Phillips cemetery.Mr. Atkinson was widely known throughout the northern part of the county and his family is one of the oldest in this section. He was the son of William Atkinson, ho resides at 1510 School street in this city. He was born in Harrison township, reaching his 41st birthday March 3. He followed the occupation of farming and for a number of years resided in Shirland township. He was highly esteemed in his community and at the time of his removal to California was supervisor of Shirland. Two years ago Mr. Atkinson’s health failed and he decided to move on the west, hoping the blamy climate would improve his condition. He submitted to an operation a short time before he left. A few months spent on the Pacific slope seemed to do him a great deal of good and he purchased a home at Orange, near Los Angeles. Reports came from him that his health was improving, but it proved to be only temporary. A decline set in and he fell a victim to tuberculosis. Mr. Atkinson is survived by his wife and two children. Of his own family there are beside the aged father, three brothers and six sisters. The news of Mr. Atkinson’s passing in the prime of life will occasion much sorrow to those who knew him. He was a man of the highest personal worth and had many very warm friends.--Rockford Morning Star, 04-25-1900

Atwood, Patten--OLD SETTLER DEAD-Patten Atwood Passes Away at Home in Owen Township. One of the oldest men and an early settler in Winnebago county was Patten Atwood, who passed away yesterday on his farm in Own Township at 4:30 a.m. He was well known to older residents and in an earlier day, but has of late been living in retirement while failing in health. Mr. Atwood was born in Grafton, N.H., Jan. 11, 1805, lacking but a few days pf completing his 93d year. When he was still a boy he moved to Canada with his parents, coming to this country several years later. He reached here in 1839 and took up the farm in Harlem township now known as the Peter Mable farm. When he sold this he bought the farm where he lived at the time of his death. He has a large family of living children, many of them in this state. There are `4, P.B. and Mrs. Irons of this city being among them. Mr. Atwood was known to his church friends as Deacon Atwood and in the Baptist church of which he became a member as early as 1840, had served nearly a life membership in that capacity. He was one of the strong men of the early days and among the few who lived to see the results of the work in the new country. The funeral will be held at 12:30 tomorrow from the house--Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, Monday, January 3, 1898




















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