Scandinavian Cemetery and the Swedes of Rockford

Source: Northwest Quarterly, Spring-Summer 2019

Clarence L. Freese – U.S. Navy, WWII

Clarence L. Freese, born in Freeport, Illinois, enlisted in US Navy in WWII. Served on USS Enterprise.

Foreman at Elco. 30 years employment at Elco

Died 9/19/2011

Olson Funeral and Cremation Services LTD., Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery.

Source: Rockford Register Star 9/25/2011


Dog’N’Suds Drive-In East – (2010)

Dog’N’Suds East former owner Donald A. Pearson, died…

obituary, Rockford Register Star 11/7/2010

Donald Albin Pearson, 79, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, peacefully in his sleep at Wesley Willows. Born Nov. 2, 1931, in Rockford, the son of Albin and Eva (Anderson)Pearson.  Don served our country during the Korean War.  Don attended Rockford Public Schools and graduated from Northwestern University in 1960 with a degree in communications.  Don was the longtime owner/operator of the Dog’N’Suds restaurant on South Alpine Rd.  He was also employed many years by B&H Office Furniture on Broadway.

Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Scandinavian Cemetery.

Robert Claus Swenson, 1927 – 2018 – obituary

Source:  Rockford Register Star 4/9/2018

Lundgren, John W.F.

69, former Rockford resident, who died Monday at Alhambra, California. Services at Zion Lutheran Church, Rev. E.G. Knock, officiating. Burial will be in Scandinavian Cemetery formerly lived at 1644 Oakes Ave., and in 1939 went to California with his wife. Born November 1, 1872 in Bornholm, Denmark, son of Mrs. and Mrs. Frederick Lundgren. He came to the United States when he was 12 years old. He resided first in Brisbon, Pa. He married Miss Anne Hansen on Dec 24, 1895 at Patton, Pa. Leaves Three daughters and a son (listed in obituary)

Source: Rockford Morning Star 1/16/1942

Mickelson, Axel

58, died Saturday pm at St. Anthony hospital after a lengthy illness born Oct. 30, 1885, Oland, Sweden; came to U.S./Rockford in 1905 Svithiod Lodge, Viking Lodge, Elida Lodge, member of Board of Directors of Swedish Historical Society. Widow, 2 daughters, 2 sons, 2 sisters, 1 brother. Fred C. Olson Funeral Home, Salem Lutheran Church, Scandinavian Cemetery

Source: Rockford Morning Star 8/27/1944

Peterson, August P.

funeral services were held yesterday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. A resident of Rockford since 1869, industrial leader since 1879. He died Tuesday in his home; burial in Scandinavian Cemetery.

Source: Rockford Morning Star 1/12/1940

Organized and developed half a dozen of city’s furniture factories served in city council and county board

Source: Rockford Register Republic 1/11/1940

Rundquist, Richard A.

Source: Rockford Register Star 1/30/2013