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Dorothy M. Wallace, 96, of Rockford, passed away on March 15, 2017. Dorothy was born on September 13, 1920 in Des Plaines, IL, the daughter of Theodore B. and Ida Mae (Poyer) Gray. She graduated from Maine East High School in Park Ridge. Dorothy owned and managed Little Miss & Mr. Shop in Elk Grove Village, IL. She married William "Bud" Knowles on February 19, 1966 in Harvard, IL. He predeceased her in April of 1979. She later married John Wallace I on June 23, 1984 in Delavan, WI and he predeceased her in October of 2002. Dorothy was a resident of Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center for over 30 years and a member of First Free of Rockford.
Survivors include her children, John (Jackie) Wallace II of Scottsdale, AZ, Betty (Lee) Bergstedt of Northbrook, IL, Bruce (Sandy) Wallace of Crystal Lake, IL, Faith Reese of Rockford, IL, Thomas (Judy) Knowles of Park Ridge, IL, Peter (Judy) Knowles of Arlington Heights, IL, Christine( (Jim) Stevenson of Poplar Grove, IL; brother, Robert (June) Gray of Geneva, IL; grandchildren, Barbara (Tim) Noe, Jon (Cherie) Reese, Jennie (Steve) Manock, Laura (Norm) Waligora, Todd (Pam) Romeis, Corinne (Tony) Mazukelli, Sean (Hillary) Knowles, Becky(Rick) Greenbury, Eric Knowles, Emily (Josh) Grumble, James (Debbi) Stevenson, Jason (Melissa Graf) Stevenson, Joshua (Debbie) Stevenson, Jennifer (Jon) Lauriat, Jodi (Mark) Malenfant, John (Sandy) Wallace III, Karin Bergstedt, Randy (Heather) Bergstedt, Todd (Erin) Wallace, and Rob Wallace; great-grandchildren, Abbie, Nate, Faith, Grace, Paul, Kayla, Jeremiah, Daniel, Josh, Caroline, Sam, Christian, Evelyn, Kate, Lincoln, Rebecca, Haley, Brenna, Willa, Bodhi, Joshua, Eleanor, Ruth, Abraham, Leon, Kayla, Alexis, Gregory, Taylor, Jessica, Colton, Haylee, Jordon, Jacob, Riley, and Raegan; great-great-grandchildren, Killian, Cecily, and John. Predeceased by Theodore Gray, Ida Gray, Charles Gray, Ruth (Gray) Ahrens, Lois (Gray) Boeck and Cornelia A. (Knowles) Romeis.
Services will be at 11:00 am, Friday, March 24, 2017 at First Evangelical Free Church, 2223 N. Mulford Rd., Rockford with Rev. Chuck Rife & Rolf Eglund officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 9:00 - 10:45 am at the church. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army Rockford Temple Corps, 500 S. Rockford Ave., Rockford, IL 61104 or Rockford Rescue Mission, 715 W. State St., Rockford, IL 61102. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd. To share a memory or send an online condolence, visit

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  1. Bonnie Stewart Eash

    Dear Friends and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you tomorrow as you celebrate the life of Aunt Dorothy! We regret that we are unable to be there but we will be remembering her as well and thanking God for the gift of her life in our family! She always had a smile on her face and a cheerful greeting whenever I talked with her and she was always interested in how my family was doing! Now we rejoice with her that she can enjoy God's perfect world, His powerful presence and the company of her loved ones there! We will miss her but look forward to seeing her again! That's our wonderful blessed hope given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ! May God's comfort and peace surround each of you!

  2. Richard Westrate

    Aunt Dorothy was one of the sweetest and kindest people I have ever known. My mother, Edith Hodsdon Westrate, thought of her as a dear cherished friend rather than just the wife of her Uncle Bud. In this age where animosity and lack of respect for one another seems so pervasive in our society, her life was a shining example of how things should be. Her beautiful smile and Godly spirit will be missed but never forgotten.

  3. Anne Larson

    Aunt Dorothy was always a classy woman that was always a joy to spend time with. Her face always had a sparkle in her eyes and happiness in her smile. May your wonderful memories of being with her and listening to her stories be a comfort to your hearts.

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