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Barbara B. Gambino of Rockford passed away on May 11, 2017. She was born October 16, 1928, in Freeport, IL, to parents Alfred and Gertrude Brockmeier. She graduated from East High School and the University of Illinois, Phi Beta Kappa. She worked as a speech therapist in the Deerfield and Rockford Public Schools. Barbara served on the boards of Rockford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Rockford Day Nursery, Rockford Women's Club, Junior League of Rockford, Alpha Chi Sorority and Second Congregational Church. She was a member of Rockford Country Club and the University Club. Barbara married Joseph F. Gambino on June 28, 1952, in Rockford at Second Congregational Church; he predeceased her in 2004.
She is survived by her 3 daughters, Pat (Dave) Varland of Rockford, Chris (Mike) Bishop of Burr Ridge, and Karen (Bob) Westrick of LaGrange; 5 granddaughters, Laura, Sarah, Alison, Lisa and Amy; 1 great-granddaughter, Louisa; and brother, Edward Brockmeier of Lone Tree, CO.
Memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Second Congregational UCC/First Presbyterian Church, 318 N. Church St. Rockford, IL 61101 with Rev. Rebecca White Newgren officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:45 prior to the service. Memorials to Second Congregational UCC/First Presbyterian Church.

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  1. Howard and Shirley Johnson

    Our high school pot luck enjoyed many happy times through the years. Memories are golden! We send our sympathy to all the family. You were blessed with a great mother. The Johnsons

  2. Bruce Armstrong

    Pat(ty)...Wonderful memories of your mother (and father) throughout the years. May your family rejoice and celebrate her life in the weeks ahead. Warm thoughts.

  3. Lowanda

    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. I know that Ms. Gambino will be truly missed. But in God word the Bible he tells us about the resurrection found at John 5:28, 29.

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