Obituaries — June 10, 2010


Mr. Wilfred “Bill” Paull, age 100, of Rockford went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 2, 2010. He was a 1925 graduate of Rockford High School. His working years were spent with Wolverine World Wide in various capacities from warehousing and manufacturing to supervision and as interplant coordinator for the company’s (scientific) Leather Measurement Program.

Bill retired after 42 years of service. He was a very faithful servant of God and holds the longest membership (since 1924) at First Congregational Church of Rockford, UCC. Choral music was his passion. Bill sang with the Rockford Congregational Church choir 30 years, and directed various area choirs including being choir director at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church 20 years. When directing the choir or singing, you could see by his expression the wonderful contentment that music brought to him. Bill was a member of the Northview Seniors and sang with the Northview Silvertones for 15 years and also sang with the Rockford Community Choir. During leisure time, he enjoyed photography.

The Paull family would like to thank Bishop Hills Elder Care Community, Bill’s home for the last five years, for their wonderful care and devotion.

Bill is survived by his children, Douglas Paull, and Lee and Faith Paull; his grandchildren, Stephen Paull, Renee and Aaron Harvey, Heather and Tom Emperor; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Coyla (Zimmerman) Paull on December 10, 1983; and brothers and sister, Gordon, Mildred, Mary, Wayne, Alvin, Donald, and Ruth.

The celebration of Mr. Paull’s life was Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Rockford, UCC with Rev. Laurel Ten Have-Chapman officiating. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the building fund at First Congregational Church of Rockford, UCC.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.


Mrs. Elizabeth Alcumbrack, age 91, of Rockford passed away on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

Elizabeth was raised on the family farm during the Great Depression. Her father was a farmer while her mom was a homemaker. In 1937 she graduated from Rockford High School. For a short time, she worked for Wolverine World Wide and then met the love of her life at a dance at Silver Lake Grange Hall.

After a loving courtship, “big and tall” Morey and “little” Elizabeth were wed. Her life became that of a wife and homemaker. If Morey was not working, you would find them together at social events.

Elizabeth was a member of Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, UCC, where she was very active. She particularly enjoyed her home on Silver Lake. She loved entertaining, playing cards, and having parties with her family. Elizabeth will always be remembered for her positive attitude about life, her sense of humor, and her laughter.

She is survived by her daughters, Muriel and Larry Crow of Comstock Park, Judy and Dan Brechting of Rockford; grandchildren, Mary and Joe Willacker, JoAnn and Mike Riley, Sandy and Ed Morris, Beth and Jim Perry, Denice and Scott Hubbard, Colleen and Mark Mandreky, Matthew and Laurie Brechting, Phil Brechting; 18 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Virginia Alcumbrack; brother-in-law, Lester Alcumbrack; sister-in-law, Mrs. Kenneth (Mary Ann) Baldwin; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice “Morey” Alcumbrack on November 29, 1993; and brothers, Howard Baldwin and Kenneth Baldwin.

The service for Mrs. Alcumbrack was Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, UCC, with Pastor Richard Alcumbrack officiating. Interment was in Bostwick Lake Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, UCC.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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