Benjamin Schaefer


July 14, 2011 // 0 Comments

Leys Mrs. Dorothy J. Leys, age 79, of Rockford passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2011. She was a stay-at-home wife and mother who liked to crochet, sew, care for her home, and garden. Dorothy was a member of the Rockford Chapter #215 O.E.S. She is survived by her husband of 60-plus years, Kenneth; children, Alan and Kimberly Leys, Russell J. Leys, Rebecca Oakley, and Doreen Timmers; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and nieces and nephews. Dorothy was preceded in death by her two sons, Doug and Jim; parents, Fred and Mabel Murray; and brother and sisters, Shirley Barker, June Alcumbrock, Barbara Callen, and Richard Murray. The service for Mrs. Leys will be Thursday, July 14, at 10:30 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home. Interment will be in Bostwick Lake Cemetery. The Order of Eastern Star service is Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford. Burch Mrs. Nancy J. Burch, age 82, passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2011. She was born in Chicago and moved as a child to the Rockford area where she graduated from Rockford High School in 1946. She met Bob (who was out of the service) while she was working at Patrick’s Drug Store, and they were married on June 23, 1951. Nancy’s primary concern was always her family. She held old-fashioned values and loved being a homemaker with the gift of hospitality. Mrs. Burch was a member of the First Congregational Church of Rockford, UCC. Nancy is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Robert “Bob” Burch; her children, Sue Anne and John Erickson, Robert P. and Dana Burch, John and Susan Burch; grandchildren, Joseph Erickson, Lauren Erickson, Kaitlin Erickson, Sadie Erickson, Betsy Burch, Lindsey Burch, Maxim Burch, Meghan Benham, Erin Benham, Annie and Brad Smith, and Betsy Mas; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gene and Jane Burch; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Marguerite Rhea; her sister, Joanne and her husband Michael Fitzgibbon; and her brother, Charles. The service for Mrs. Burch will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home […]