Source: Rockford Register Star, Aug. 15, 2021.
Source: Rockford Register Star, Aug. 15, 2021.
Source: Rockford Register Star, Oct. 9, 2021.
Marguerite “Marge” E. Hevrin 1923—2021
Marguerite “Marge” Evelyn Hevrin, 97, of Rockford passed away Thursday, July 29, 2021. Born October 12, 1923, in Little Falls, MN, the daughter of Bernard and Hilma (Broberg) Kisting. Graduated the first class from West High School, Class of 1941. Attended Hunter College and graduated from Hamilton School of Business. Proud veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy (Waves). Married Earl F. Hevrin on September 22, 1944, in Rockford. Employed by Mattison Machine Works for 18 years, retiring in 1977. Longtime member of Church of the Holy Spirit in Roscoe. Member of St. Prisca Society, Catholic Women’s League, Jolly 31 Club of Durand and Illinois Village Hatters. Lifelong Cubs fan. Survivors include her daughter, Kathleen “Kathy” (Jim) Wilson; son, William “Bill” (Kady) Hevrin; grandchildren, Joanna (Alfonso) Gulley, Sara (Joe) White, Lindsey (Bill) Piggott, Edward Wilson (Elena Ten), Kyle Hevrin, Whitney Waldsmith and Julia Waldsmith; 9 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Shirley Hevrin, Dolores Raine and June Kisting; brother-in-law, Stan Wentland; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by her parents; husband; brothers, Robert “Bob” (Roseann) Kisting and Raymond Kisting; sisters, Mary Dolores Kisting, Bernadine (Lewis) Sisti and Dorothy Wentland; daughter-in-law, Pat Hevrin; and great-grandson, Gabriel White. Thank you to Dr. A. Rone; nurse, Karen; Mercy Health Home Hospice nurse, Jen; and the staff at Independence Village.
Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 3, 2021, in St. Bridget Catholic Church, 600 Clifford Ave., Loves Park, with visitation from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Special Olympics. Arrangements by Delehanty Funeral Home, Ltd., Loves Park. For complete obituary, visit delehantyfh.com.
Added note: Marge’s Navy uniform is said to be donated/on display at Memorial Hall.
Source: Published in Rockford Register Star on August 2, 2021.
Josephine worked 16 years as a nurse and many more years as a volunteer. She helped out at Holy Family Parish, Meals on Wheels and St. Anne’s Nursing Home, to name a few. Yet, she was always present for her children and grandchildren and was a passionate advocate for them — whether attending a parent-teacher conference, defending her son Larry on the campaign trail or calling the newspaper to correct a story about one of her grandchildren. She was a constant source of encouragement to her kids and grandkids. She would say, “You can do it!” and she was always there to lend her love and support.
During the Pandemic, Jo lived with her daughter, Eileen, and son-in-law, Joe, at their home. Nana was blessed to receive the best possible love and care from Eileen, who kept her healthy and safe. Nana also had great pals in Eileen’s dogs, Rocky, Coco, and Skipper, who loved and supported Nana as part of their “pack”. Rocky was especially close, spending each night snuggled up with Nana as she slept. Rocky continued to comfort Nana into her final hours, nestling with her in bed.
Nana had an incredible caregiver, Deborah, who is also a great friend. Nana and Deborah made meals together and worked on projects. They made recipe books which Nana gave to her family. They even began making cookies for the firefighters at each of the Rockford fire stations. Nana was so proud of the work and assistance the paramedics had given her and her family over the years.
In recent weeks, with the help of Eileen and Deborah, Nana was able to return to her own home. Nana had a favorite spot in her living room where she could look at Spring Lake and enjoy the ducks, geese, birds, butterflies and sounds and sights of nature. She called it her “little corner of the world”. She read, prayed and colored many coloring books. Amid a crazy world, here she enjoyed a simple peace. She was content and happy. She was vibrant until the very end.
Prayer was an intimate part of Josephine’s life. She was devoted to her faith, including the Blessed Virgin Mary. Each day concluded with praying the Rosary. She carried this tradition into her final hours, as memories, prayers, and love were shared. Her oldest son, Bill, led a final afternoon prayer session and provided incredible spiritual support and leadership for Nana and our family. As her body was letting go, Nana found comfort through the intercession of the Blessed Mary, holding and praying her Rosary like she had done every evening for years. Her heart stayed strong until its final beat. While it’s so hard to say goodbye, we are comforted by warm memories and the blessed gifts of faith, hope, and love that she gave us. She showed us how to live a vibrant life and to die with faith, dignity, perseverance, and courage.
Josephine entered Heaven’s Door at the age of 94. She is survived by her children, Bill (Melissa) Morrissey, Eileen (Joe) Carlson, and Larry (Stacy) Morrissey; grandchildren Larissa, Joseph, Josh, Matt, Andrew, Grace, Seanna, Sophia, Dillon and AJ. Also surviving are sister-in-laws: Rita Glenn, Lois Considine, Frances Carroll, Monica Scorby, Colleen Koch, Corrine Morrissey and Linda Morrissey and brother-in-law, Larry Morrissey; many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by her beloved husband, Joseph Morrissey; parents, Lorenzo and Catherine Matranga; grandson, Michael Joseph Morrissey; brother and sister-in-law Cosmo and Antoinette Matranga; brother and sister-in-law Joseph and Marge Matranga; three brothers all named Samuel Matranga, who died as young children; sisters-in-law Rosie Hawks, Bette Wilhelm, and Barb Goy; brothers-in-law Robert Morrissey, John “Tiny” Morrissey, Rev. William Morrissey, Leroy Goy, Doug Koch, George Hawks, Louis Wilhelm, Alvin Glenn, Gene Carroll, Lloyd Considine, and Jack Scorby; nephews Tim Considine, Jay Hawks, and Brian Goy.
Visitation will be Friday, June 4, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Fitzgerald Funeral Home on Mulford Road. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm. Visitation will also take place on Saturday, June 5, from 10 am to 11 am at Holy Family Church with Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection celebrated at 11 am. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Please bring a mask or face covering to follow COVID-19 protocol at the Visitation and Mass. Special thanks to Fr. David Beauvais and Fr. Kaim, Pastor of Holy Family Church who provided counsel, comfort, and support.
Source: Rockford Register Star, July 14, 2021.
Source: Rockford Register Star, Feb. 28, 2021.