John F. Widergren

Born: Wednesday, October 31, 1928
Passed: Friday, April 6, 2018

5/4/2018 | 11:00 AM -
Second Congregational Church UCC/ 1st Presbyterian  , Rockford IL 
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John F. Widergren, 89, of Rockford, passed away Friday, April 06, 2018. He was born in Rockford October 31, 1928, to Fred and Ruth (Carlson) Widergren. After graduating from East High in 1946, he attended Beloit College and married a classmate Dorothy ("Darry") Ritter in 1950. After teaching in an Iowa high school, he served in the army during the Korean War as a medic. On his return, he received a Master's Degree at the University of Iowa and later a Doctorate from the University of Wyoming, both in Educational Administration. He then served in several schools and universities including overseas work in the Philippines and India, returning to Rockford to retire.
Survived by his wife; children- Paul (Carolann Gratton) Widergren , Kathryn Peterson, James (Denise) Widergren , and Karen Watase; and grandchildren- Alex, Andrew, Diane, Kyle, Kevin, Cynthia, Nicole and Karen; and several great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018 at Second- First Church of Rockford, 318 N Church St, with Rebecca White Newgren officiating. Memorials preferred to Second - First Church, 318 N. Church St., Rockford, IL 61101.

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