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Dorothy E. Cedarleaf, 96, of Rockford, passed away on April 8, 2017. She was born on August 21, 1920, in Rockford, the daughter of Alvin and Ruby (Ostberg) Hemenway. Dorothy graduated from Harlem High School in 1937. She married Paul G. Cedarleaf November 23, 1940 in Rockford. He predeceased her December 5, 2012. Dorothy worked for Illinois Bell Telephone and Christian Elementary School. She was a member of First Evangelical Covenant Church where she was active in Judith Circle, Covenant Women, teaching Sunday school and volunteering for the monthly church publication for many years.
She is survived by her daughters, JoAnn Herren, Vicki Mehtlan, and Janice (Larry) Lathrop; sister-in-law Louise Hemenway; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband, Paul; brother, Alvin Hemenway; and sister, Frances (Stuart) Widstrom.
Memorial services will be at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in Fairhaven Christian Retirement Chapel, 3470 N Alpine Rd, Rockford, with Rev. Peter Dibley officiating. Visitation will be from 12:30 until the time of service. Private burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fairhaven or First Evangelical Covenant Church, 316 Wood, Rockford, IL 61107. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd. To share a memory or send an online condolence, visit

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  1. Gloria/Friend/CoWorker

    JoAnn, my dear was such a pleasure meeting your friends and family today. The service was beautiful and uplifting. God keeps blessing my "Life Journey" with warm, loving and genuine people....I am so very grateful. Take care, and I will keep you forever close to my heart.

  2. Linda Smith

    I am very sorry to hear of Dorothy's passing. I worked (now retired) as a unit clerk at the resident nurses office where her daughter would often bring her to there to work puzzles. She was a sweet lady & very lucky to have dedicated family. My heart goes out to you all. God Bless her & all her family.

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