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Gloria Ann Knoll, 68, native of Rockford, passed away at home on Sunday, August 12, 2018 from lung cancer (nonsmoker). Born on April 11, 1950, in Rockford, IL, the daughter of Philip and Bernice (House) Fontana. A graduate of Auburn High School, Gloria earned her BA from Mankato State University, MS from Northern Illinois University. Gloria married James Knoll on June 29, 1985 in Sinnissippi Gardens, Rockford. She served in various positions in the Rockford Public Schools, retiring as a reading specialist. Gloria will forever be remembered for her vibrant personality, passionate love of family, friends and travel.
Gloria is survived by her husband, James; sons, Ryan (Carrie) Knoll of Byron, IL and Jarrod (Danielle) Knoll of Rockford, IL; grandchildren, Brayden, Kendall, Karmen, Larkin, and Dustin; siblings, Christine (Jim) Essington, Greg Fontana, Kevin (Beth) Fontana, and Marlayna (John) Quintanilla; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, Philip and Bernice Fontana.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Anderson Garden Pavilion, 318 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 3:00 pm., with Jason Afram officiating. Memorial Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 23, 2018 in Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave., Rockford. Private interment at Scandinavian Cemetery, Rockford, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Dr. Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601

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  1. Laura Bressler

    I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Gloria. I only knew Gloria when I was very young because my best friend Marlayna and I always hung out and Omg what a beautiful family they all are. My prayers are being sent from florida to all of you. I loved looking at the video. What a beautiful life she lived

  2. phil bratta

    prayers and thoughts to all the family, rest in peace the Bratta family

  3. Marion & Jack Burch

    Dear Jim, Knoll and Fontana Families, We are heartbroken to bid farewell to dear Gloria too soon. There was truly no one else like her - sparkling laugh, curious mind, courageous spirit -- and talent for finding joy the moment. Whenever people in a room gathered around someone, it was usually Gloria -- captivating them with her amazing stories and bubbling personality. She will be so missed. We hope this bit of wisdom taken from an Irish headstone will bring you some comfort: "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal." Gloria left a rich legacy of love for us all. We pray that knowledge will lift your spirits during the hard days ahead.

  4. Byron Jr. Tackle

    Our Deepest sympathy to our Coach, Ryan Knoll and his entire family with the loss of Gloria. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this tough time. Sincerely, Entire Byron Jr. Tackle Program

  5. Beth and Scott Christensen

    We will miss this neighbor waving at us. So sorry.

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