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Gertrude D. Bacilek, 96, of Frisco, TX, formerly of Rockford, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019. Born February 3, 1922, in Rockford, the daughter of Walter Forsman and Hilda (Saxe) and Gust Thor. Graduate of Central High School, Class of 1940. Gertrude married Vladimir E. Bacilek on August 23, 1944. He predeceased her on January 16, 1967. Before retiring in 2002 she worked at Bergners, the Court House, and NIAAA. She was a lifelong member of Salem Lutheran Church where she was a Sunday School Teacher, member of church council, Bible study, and 3M's. Gertrude was also a member of Swedish Historical Society and Winnebago County Legal Secretaries.
Survived by her daughter, Susan (Bernard) Cannariato of Baytown, TX; son, Lee Bacilek of Frisco, TX; nieces, Lisa (Henry) Guiterrez and Jane Carlson both of Loves Park; nephews, William and John Bacilek; grandsons, Sam Cannariato, Bernard Jr., John and James Bacilek; and brother, Donald (Claudette) Thor of Florida. Also predeceased by her parents; and brother, Robert Forsman.
Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Salem Lutheran Evangelical Church, 1629 S. 6th St., Rockford, IL 61104, with Reverend William Dahlberg officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service in the church. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery, Rockford. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Carpenter's Place, 1149 Railroad Ave, Rockford, IL 61104 or Salem Lutheran Church.

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  1. Kathy Lonergan

    Gert was our good friend, a member of our Sewing Group for 50 years, a wonderful positive role model, and we loved her. Gert will be missed by many.


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