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Ronellda L. Malm, 96, of Rockford, passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Grand Victorian of Rockford. Born on January 15, 1922, in Mason City, Iowa, the daughter of Oscar D. and Rose E. (Dill) Hill. Graduate of Central High School in Rockford, the class of 1938. Ronellda married Gerald R. Malm on September 20, 1941 in Rockford. He predeceased her on March 9, 2000. Together they started out in life together in farming for 10 years while their children were small. They loved to travel in their motor home and enjoyed their summers at a lake home in Tomahawk, WI. She enjoyed gardening, family, and friends. Ronellda also worked at Illinois Cabinet & Malm Machine and also Thrift Remsen Printing Company. She was a member at Alpine Lutheran Church and most recently she attended services at Aldersgate United Methodist Church and The Grand Victorian.
Survived by her daughter, Kathleen (Leroy) Dearth of Rockton, IL; grandson, James (Shelby) Jensen of Oshkosh, WI.; granddaughters, Emily (Steve) Wiezorek of Wheaton, IL and Laura Jensen of Rockton, IL; step-granddaughter, Diane (Leslie) Beck; step-grandson, Brian Dearth; great-grandchildren, Dakota, Cameron, Braden, Benjamin, Mya, Ty, Corbynn, Elijah, Nathan, Noah (Morgan), and Abigail; brother, Kenneth (Mary) Hill; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Also predeceased by her son, Randal Malm; grandson Randal Jensen; sisters, Mae (Woody) Swartzbaugh, Ellen (Walter) Engstrom, Edna (Earl) Malm, Lucy (John) Bomgarden, Betty (Fred) Bell, and Esther (Don) Gorsuch; and brother, William (Lorraine) (Naomi) Bronson. The family would like to thank the staff at Grand Victorian and Heartland Hospice.
Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Tabor Lutheran Church, 2233 12th Ave., Rockford with Reverend Jane McChesney officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service in the church. Burial in Arlington Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date.

Condolences & Shared Memories (8)

  1. Christine Malm

    Aunt Ronnie was one of the best women I have ever known. She taught me so much, how to be a woman, how to be hospitable & how to love your family. She promised my Mom that she would watch out for me. She never missed a birthday or Christmas. She always remembered my children as well. What a woman of faith and loyalty to those around her. My memories are endless. The visits were too short but the effect upon my life was incredible. Thank you dear Aunt Ronnie and Uncle Gerald for all that you have done for me! Your memories will always be in my heart! We all have been sincerely Blessed by you being in our lives!!!! Love you XOXO

  2. Carol Dearth Fulkrod

    Kathy and family, So glad that I had the opportunity to meet your mother. I remember her as an upbeat lady, fun to be with. Sorry for your loss. Carol Fulkrod and family

  3. Deborah Chabucos

    Kathy & Family, Thinking of you in this time of loss of your lovely mother! With Love & God's Blessing to you all! Debbie & Nick Chabucos

  4. Ken Hill III

    My Aunt Roni was dear to my heart, just as much as my uncle Red. Their memory has always stayed in the front of my mind and I wish that I could have spent more time with them then I could. My dearest condolences to our family and hers. With Love, Kenneth E. Hill III

  5. Amy Hill Gibson

    Great Aunt Roni was such a beautiful person inside and out. I have many fond memories of her and Uncle Red when I was a youngster. Please keep in touch. Love, Amy Hill (granddaughter of Kenneth Hill)

  6. Ken Hill Jr

    My Aunt Ronnie was one of the most loving and disciplined people I have known. As a child we would visit from time to time. I would watch her care for Randy with such patience and love. I did not understand at the time, but my age has allowed me to see and understand what she knew then. A long life and your next breath is a gift from God and no accident and for his purpose cannot be argued. When we would go fishing at the cabin I always had to reel in her fish because it was bigger than mine! I think she did that on purpose. One trip I picked her up at the Las Vegas airport, dad was not able to, and on our return trip back to the airport I decided to take the scenic route through Cedar Breaks, Utah. She really enjoyed that. At one of the look out points, a long way down, she ask me to take a picture for her. I did not know she was scared of heights. However I manage to talk her into walking up to the rail and snap a picture. I'm bad! But after words she laughed and was very exhilarated. Now she will see Randy(s) whole again and embrace one of my favorite Uncles and all the sisters. Love all of you, May the peace and love our lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Ken Jr

  7. Mel Oberg

    Roni was a beautiful woman who really loved her sweets! In heaven she can eat all the chocolate and ice cream she wants . . .

  8. Steve and Joan Hammill

    Our thoughts, sympathy and prayers are with you at the loss of Roni. She was such a delightful and class lady and will be missed by us all.

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