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Mitchel "Mitch" H. Viren,37, of Loves Park, passed away on August 22, 2017. He was born on February 15, 1980 in Rockford, IL, the son of Anthony and Virginia (Zinke) Viren. Mitch graduated from Harlem High School in 1998 and in 2002 he received his BS degree in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University. He met his future wife, Holly L. Swanson, in grade school and were best friends from that point on. They were married on October 20, 2007, at Holy Family Catholic Church and later had their son, Harrison.
Mitch was a member of St. Bridget Catholic Church. He loved photography, riding his bike, sampling craft beer, and spending time with friends and family. He enjoyed being a husband and a father and loved playing with his son. He was also someone that everyone could count on when they needed help; he was usually the first person there to lend a hand. He loved a good joke and was quite the prankster. He was a lifelong fan of the Chicago White Sox and the Green Bay Packers and loved the game of golf. When diagnosed with AML in 2014, he maintained his extremely positive outlook on life, and handled each challenge that arose with an amazing outlook and never let it get him down. He attributed his positivity to his faith and he always had a smile on his face. In 2016 he was selected as the Honored Hero for Rockford's "Light the Night Walk" for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and took great pride in being selected.
Mitch is survived by his wife, Holly; son, Harrison; parents, Anthony and Virginia; brother, Shannon; sister, Colleen (Andy) Wade; nieces, Lily, Ellie, and Ruby Wade; in-laws Patricia and Robert Shaw, Roy and Susan Swanson, Cassie (Kyler) Hartje, and Kenny Swanson; and his faithful, four-legged, furry friend, Buster. Predeceased by his brother, Richard, grandparents, aunts, and a cousin. The family would like to extend a sincere thanks to Dr. Mark Juckett and the fantastic medical staff at the University of Wisconsin Hospital for taking such great care of Mitch, the Infusion Center at Swedish American Regional Cancer Center, and Agrace Hospice, specifically Erika and Cain, as well as to Mitch's extended family and close friends for your friendship and support during this fight - no one fights alone and Mitch definitely had an army of support!
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. on August 26, 2017 at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 600 Clifford Ave., Loves Park, IL with Reverend Keith Romke officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2017 at Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 2nd Ave., Rockford, IL. and also on August 26th at church from 12:00 to 12:45 prior to Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family

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Condolences & Shared Memories (16)

  1. Niki Milazzo

    Dear Colleen and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this most sorrowful time. Bob, Niki, Jacob, Cole, and Katie Milazzo-Licklider

  2. Debie Trotter

    Another angel joined to watch and protect over us until we see each one again. Mitch gave many hope in his battle and faith brought him peace. Prayers and continued love to all.

  3. Marie Hartzog

    Anthony and Virginia, I'm so very sorry for the loss of your son Mitchell. I'm praying for your family. God bless his soul.

  4. John Flanagan

    Mitch accepted life's challenges with grace and courage, his friendship will be missed.

  5. Cindy and Craig Duff

    We are very sorry for your tremendous loss. We had the pleasure of working with him at Eddiez's. What a wonderful man may you find some peace in memories of happy times. Take special care!

  6. Kelley kapraun

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.

  7. Tim Klaas

    Holly and Harrison, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I'm sorry for your loss.

  8. Kenneth A. Kamm

    My heart is heavy with sadness and sympathy at the passing of your beloved. I am so very sorry

  9. Joanne Ramsey

    May GOD's Peace and Comfort be with Mitch's wife and son, Mr. and Mrs. Viren, and his brother, Shannon and sister, Colleen. I remember Mitch at Ralston. He always had a smile. I'm so sorry I won't be there to tell you in person, but I now live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. May GOD Bless you all.

  10. Tom & Angie Streck

    This is surreal and there are no words to express our sadness ... words just aren't there to tell you how deeply sorry we are.....God be with you today and all the tomorrows ahead....

  11. Tina Miller

    Colleen, Andy, Lily, Ellie, Ruby and the entire family, My heart breaks for you and I want to wish you my sincerest condolences. I will be praying for you all. I am sorry I cannot attend the services, but my thoughts are definitely with you! Love and hugs,

  12. Paul Baits

    Holly and Harrison, I am so saddened that this day arrived. Mitch fought with such strong will and consistently positive outlook. I learned from him. Remember the hoards of people who are here to help and support you.

  13. Greg & Phyllis Lutyens

    Tony and Family,. We are very sorry for your loss. Blessings to your family.

  14. Ken & Mary Frederick

    Holly and Harrison, Mitch will live on in the legacy of the love he had for both of you. Prayers and thoughts are with you.

  15. Karen flock

    Holly thinking of you and all the family during this hard time. May God look down and help you through this difficult time...

  16. Mimi Fagan

    Dear Holly~ My thoughts and prayers are with you, Harrison and the rest of your family. May God ease your grief quickly and bless you all. Love, Mimi

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