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Bernita A. Grow, 86, of Rockford, passed away on Friday, May 19, 2017, in Morning Star Village. She was born January 31, 1931, in Rockford, IL, the daughter of Carrol and Helen (Harbeck) Rundblade. Bernita married Warren A. Grow on October 22, 1949, in Rockford. Bernita was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She enjoyed gardening, canning food, crocheting, and knitting. Bernita loved her family beyond measure and was very involved in their lives.
She is survived by her husband, Warren A.; son, Charles (Malea) of Gilbert, AZ and daughter, Nancy (Paul) Rehberg of Rockford; grandchildren, Nathan Charles and Allison Renee Grow; adopted granddaughter, Kristi Fane; grandson-in-law, Kristofor Franklin; sister, Raye Wilkinson and brother, Carl Rundblade; along with dear friend, Diana Gorrell. Predeceased by her daughter, Pamela Jean; granddaughter, Kristin L. Rehberg Franklin; sister, Ruth Platt and brothers, Richard Rundblade and Alan Ray. She adored animals especially her grand dogs, Tiger Lily, Simba, and Oliver. The family would like to thank the staff at Morning Star Village and Heartland Hospice for the love and care they gave Bernita.
Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave. Rockford with Pastor Joanne Adrian officiating. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. prior to the service in the chapel. Memorials to Heartland Hospice, 363 Financial Court, Unit 300, Rockford, IL 61107.

Condolences & Shared Memories (13)

  1. Brenda Marlin

    Lots of years & precious memories from RI. Thankful we know she & Mom are painfree in God's garden. Next time we see them, we won't ever have to say good-bye. Love & prayers

  2. Beth Colman

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Warren, Chuck, Nancy and their families... Bernita was the best Godmother anyone could ask for... I have so many memories of summer fun, birthdays, and of course New Years Eves spent together... I can imagine Bernita and Mom (Bobbe), best friends together again.

  3. Sharon Helm Cannella

    My sister Bobbe, her husband George and children spent many New Year's Eves celebrating with Bernita and Warren and their kids. Bernita was a wonderful lady. I'm sorry for your loss. Sharon

  4. Lori Carlson

    Nancy and Paul. ...my heart goes out to you with all your loss in the last year...your mom was a wonderful person...sorry I can't be there today.

  5. Cathie Rundblade

    Wonderful memories of "Aunt Bernita" one of the first extend "Family" I met 49 years ago! Praying you have already had a Heavenly reunion with all your loved ones. With Love! ðŸ'•

  6. Brenda Page

    I always enjoyed visiting at Aunt Bernita's house. As my brother Brian mentioned, she made the best Swedish pancakes! Loved eating large family meals at her house and enjoying family time when we were younger. We will miss you Aunt Bernita.

  7. Donna pels

    Aunt bernita. i was a very special aunt you will be missed

  8. Donna. Pels

    Aunt been its. Wa a wonderful and loving aunt. You could talk to her bout anything. You will be missed love. Donna

  9. Brian Wilkinson

    Aunt Bernita always made us Swedish pancakes when we visited. Hers were the best and I always looked forward to visiting. Also walking her down the aisle, 'ushered' at Nancy's wedding. Missing you Aunt Bernita.

  10. Beatrice Franklin

    We were so blessed to know her. She always put sunshine in our lives. She was adored by Kristin who was the one who brought her into our lives. Kristin was worried about being there alone but 2 little sweet hearts awaited her and now she's blessed again with grandma. Been its will be greatly missed.

  11. Marlene & Bob Reynolds

    Sorry to hear of Bernita passing, she was a wonderful Mother to her children and loved being a Grandma, and last but not least a good partner to Warren. She will be missed.

  12. Terry Rundblade

    Aunt Bernita was a great aunt and loved the family! She was a blessing to all that she knew! She will be missed!

  13. Randy & Deborah Gilley

    R.I.P. Bernita. We will sure miss this sweetheart.


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