Mrs. Anna Cavanaugh Ellen, age 100, of Rockford passed away on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. She was a 1927 graduate of Rockford High School and member of the Golden “R” Club. Anna was also the oldest living member of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church.

Family was important to her, and she was delighted to have her children close to her. Besides being a farmer’s wife and mother to her children, her home was always open for one more. For 35 years she worked for Wolverine World Wide, worked as a secretary at Our Lady of Consolation Church for Fr. Paul Milanowski, and later worked for Molesta Floral. She also volunteered at North Kent Service Center and at Gleaners.

Her devotion to her family was unconditional. She welcomed her daughters’ husbands as sons of her own.

Anna is survived by her loving daughters and their husbands, Sally and John Norton of Greenville, and Nancy and Scott Hobart of Rockford; grandchildren, Larry and Judy Norton, John and Amy Norton, Lynn and Rick Peters, Marcie and Darrel Demorest, Mark Norton, Connie and Bob Szymczak, and Amy and Jeff Haney; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren with another one on the way; nieces and nephews; and an adopted son by love, Harvey Hulett. She was preceded in death by her husbands, John “Jack” Cavanaugh and Russell Ellen; her great-grandson, Nicholas John; her brothers, John DeBoer and Garret DeBoer; and her sister, Tina Morman.

The mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Ellen was offered on Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Church with the Rev. Tony Russo presiding. Interment was in Assumption Cemetery. The Rosary for Anna was prayed at the funeral home on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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