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Dr. Craig Brown MD, 70, passed away on December 10, 2016. He was born on December 10, 1946, in Peoria, Illinois; the son of Harold and Mary (Burns) Brown. Craig was married to Dr. Patricia M. Panzica MD for over 32 years. He was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church.
He worked as a research chemist and MBA prior to attending medical school at the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine in Rockford. After completing his residency at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, he became board certified in Emergency Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine. He has practiced as an ER Physician for over 25 years working at Rockford Memorial, Freeport and Proctor Hospital. He retired from medical practice December 2015. Craig loved and taught scuba diving. He also enjoyed skiing and teaching his children to ski. He was always ready to travel whether it was a safari in Africa, touring Europe, sailing /diving the Caribbean or traveling the highways in the US.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia M. Panzica MD; children, Amy Beiersdorff of Belvidere, Thaddeus (Gina) Kromelis of Tarrytown, NY, Robert Brown of Belvidere, and twin sons, Ryan and Steven Brown of Belvidere; grandchildren, Vaughn and Quinn Beiersdorff, Thaddeus and Henry Kromelis; brother, Bruce Brown of Peoria; sister, Barbara (Ken Zanca) Brown-St. John of LaQuinta, CA and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 16, 2016, at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, North Main Chapel, 2811 N. Main St. Rockford with Pastor Tony Dusso officiating. Memorial visitation will be on Thursday, December 15, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at North Main Chapel. Friends may contribute memorials to Children's Home and Aid, 910 Second Ave. Rockford, IL 61104 or Alpine Lutheran Boy Scouts of America Troop 57, 5001 Forest View Ave. Rockford, IL 61108.

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  1. Dan and Michelle Kromelis

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

  2. Janet and Keith

    Sorry to hear about Craig. He will be greatly missed. If you need anything please let us know.

  3. Carla Koyak

    John and I are so sorry and send our condolences. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We were fortunate to have spent some time with Craig at Lauren's Reception. Love always, Carla and John

  4. Michele Byers

    On behalf of the members and staff of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), we send our sincere condolences to your family.

  5. Brittany Beagley

    Children's Home + Aid and MotherHouse send our condolences to our longtime friend, leader, and supporter. We are grateful for your legacy of compassion, caring, and helping children in need.

  6. Jo Jo and Dwight

    May there always be angels to watch over you. Our prayers, love, and sympathy to you and everyone who loved Craig.

  7. Vicki, Josh, and Jared Weiss

    Our hearts are with you. Wishing we could be there with you and your family. Just know we are thinking of you

  8. Mary Anne (Ferrari)Louis

    Healing prayers sent you and your family during this difficult time.


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