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Robert Lee Bandi (Bob), 70, of Machesney Park, passed away on March 24, 2017 in his home. He was born on March 4, 1947 in Monroe, Wisconsin, the son of Fred Albert and Frieda Marie (Klossner) Bandi. He graduated from Durand High School in 1965. Bob served in the United States Army from 1965 to 1969 and then served and retired as a Major from the United States Army Reserve. Robert married Karen Olson on November 10, 1973 at Alpine Lutheran Church, Rockford. She predeceased him May 2, 2016. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church where he was involved in WOW and was an usher. Robert was a member of the German Society; past President of Rockford Chapter of the National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE); American Legion Post 1207; Swiss Club (Turner Hall), Monroe, Wisconsin; and Moose Lodge 754, Monroe, Wisconsin. Robert was employed as a civilian and retired from the U.S. Army Reserve Center, Rockford, Illinois. Robert cherished time spent with family and friends. He was an avid Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs fan.
Survivors include his son, Alexander Bandi; sisters, Ethel Ahrendt and Rose Kelly; honorary brother, Patrick Kelly; brother and sister-in-law, Arden and Donna Stenglein; nephew, Stefan Ahrendt; and aunt, Shirley Streit; and many cousins. Predeceased by his wife, Karen and his parents.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 31, 2017 in Zion Lutheran Church, 925 5th Ave., Rockford, with Rev. Dr. Michael Thomas officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10:00 to 10:45 am in the church. Graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m. in Washington Reformation UCC Cemetery, Monticello, WI. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or Northern Illinois Hospice, 4215 Newburg Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, or the Washington Reformation UCC Church, N6026 Church Rd, Monticello, WI 53570. To share a memory or send an online condolence, visit

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  1. The Members of The Rockford German Society

    May it comfort you to know how many caring thoughts are with you at this sad time. With our sympathy, The Members of The German Society

  2. Kevin and Judy Johnson

    We're sorry to learn of Bob's passing and send condolences to his family. Kevin served with Bob in the Army Reserves for many years and shared many great memories.

  3. Deborah Krauss Smith

    I'm so sorry to learn of Bob's passing. He was a member of the New World Swiss Club of the Turner Hall of Monroe for many years, and often came to help out with projects, especially during Green County Cheese Days. I last saw him at the end of October 2016, having lunch with a friend in the Turner Hall Ratskeller, and we had such a nice visit. On behalf of the Turner Hall of Monroe, we extend our sincere sympathies, and send wishes for strength and peace during this difficult time.

  4. Lucy Sowl Huber

    Ethel sorry for your loss

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