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Ruth Mabel Constance Carlson, 101, of Rockford, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. She was born January 22, 1915, in Windom, MN; to Swedish immigrant parents, Carl and Karin Nilsson. She spent most of her life as a Rockford resident. A graduate of Brown's Business School, she was employed by National Lock Company as a secretary for over 50 years. Ruth enjoyed photography, travel, pets, and her family. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her nephew, Jon (Judy) Carlson; niece, Cindy (Brian) Carlson Dobberke; and their children and grandchildren. She is predeceased by parents; and brother, G. Willard (Bernice) Carlson.
Graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 2, 2017, in Scandinavian Cemetery. Memorials to Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary, 111 N. 1st St. Rockford, IL 61107.

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  1. Lyn Johnson

    My Mom and Ruth were longtime friends and Ruth became a "family member" to all of us. My Mom use to pick Ruth up for church, shopping, etc... all the time. She was very special to us!!! My Mom, Daughter, Granddaughter and I visited her after she moved into her brothers home in Loves Park. We even got to know some of her family. My Mom passed away recently so now she and Ruth are finally together again to celebrate ETERNAL LIFE. ❤

  2. Jane K Welter & Chester TDIG TWT

    We were most saddened to hear today of Ruth's passing. We will miss visiting with her at Lifescapes, for Ruth so looked forward to therapy dog visit days. For several years she and Chester had a mutual admiration for each other. We feel privileged to have had the opportunity to know Ruth and her family. We know she will be missed by many. Jane K. Welter & Chester TDIG TWT

  3. Karen Hult, Charles Walcott

    The Hult family has known Ruth Carlson for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Cindy, Jon, and the rest of the family.

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