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John W. Cederstrom, 93, of Rockford, passed away on Monday, November 20, 2017. He was born on July 13, 1924, in Rockford, the son of Emil Arthur and Edna Christine (Peterson) Cederstrom. John was a graduate of East High School, class of 1942 and later received a degree in Aeronautical Engineering . A United States Army veteran who served in WWII in "Patton's Army", Battle of the Bulge and received a Purple Heart. He worked as an aeronautical engineer at Sundstrand for 36 years. John married Betty Coyer on October 9, 1948. She predeceased him on August 7, 1958. He later married Gloria (Larson) Rowley on July 27, 1974, in Rockford. He was an active member at Bethesda Covenant Church.
Survived by his wife, Gloria; his children, Dr. Susan (Noel Torgerson) Cederstrom of Newport Beach, CA, Peggy (Bruce) Knutson of Oklahoma City, OK, and David Cederstrom of Verona, WI; Gloria's children, Susan (Duane) Wilke of Rockford, Timothy (Colleen) Rowley of Rockford, and Barbara (Howard) Beck of Micanopy, FL; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Marion Ward; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also predeceased by sister, Doris Johnson; infant sister, Priscilla Cederstrom; daughter-in-law, Nancy Eichinger; and Gloria's daughter, Pam DeJesus - Edwards.
Private Graveside Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017 in Scandinavian Cemetery. Following will be a Memorial Services held at 11:00 a.m. in Bethesda Covenant Church, 2101 E. State Street, Rockford, IL, with Reverend David Wood officiating. Family prefers memorials be made to Bethesda Covenant Church, 2101 E. State Street, Rockford, IL 61104. The family wishes to thank the entire staff and especially Angie and John at the Grand Victorian Senior Living Center for their extraordinary care and support to John and our family this past year.

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  1. Bruce and Sheri Pape

    You all have our deepest sympathy. Our paths crossed in different ways; Bruce being the Cederstrom computer guy for John, and Sheri teaching Katie Rowley piano lessons oh so many years ago. We never knew how close the circle really was.


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