OBITUARY

Anita L. Lundberg

November 23, 1948April 4, 2019
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Anita L Lundberg – Stanhope

Anita Lundberg, 70, passed away on Thursday April 4 at home with loving family by her side after her battle with cancer. She was born in Rockford, IL November 23, 1948 to Frank and Arlene (Cagnoni) Nelson. After high school Anita started her life as a beautician, using the money she earned to put herself through college. After graduating from Northern Illinois University, Anita’s entrepreneurial spirit continued, buying her first property in her early 20’s. She spent her working life as a property owner, real estate agent and teacher. Anita was independent and strong minded, and was a tireless worker, who was dedicated to her family and friends. She always treated everyone around her with kindness and respect and was always a lady. Anita is survived by her husband Charles Stanhope, her son Mathew (Jennifer) Muralt and granddaughter Rylie. She is further survived by her husbands children Christine (Nick) Schuette and Rachel (John) Reilly and children. Also the children of her former husband, Aaron Muralt. Jeff (Darla) Muralt, Georgean (Roger) Hunt, Mariann (Jerry) Rufer, Pam (Mike) Parker, Donna Muralt, and all of their extended families. Preceded in death by her parents Frank and Arlene Nelson and her former husband Aaron Muralt.

Celebration of Life Funeral Service at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2821 N Bell School Rd, Rockford. Visitation at 10 a.m. until time of service in the church as well as Monday April 8 at 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park. Burial following in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Special thanks to Dr. Khan, all the nurses and staff at St. Anthony Medical Center. Your care and concern through this time was above and beyond.

To share a memory or condolence www.sunsetfhmemgardens.com

Services

  • Celebration of Life Visitation Monday, April 8, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Visitation Tuesday, April 9, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service Tuesday, April 9, 2019
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Janna Wertz

April 8, 2019

I always enjoyed seeing Anita on my visits back to Rockford. She was a wonderful mother, wife, and friend to many. She always enjoyed seeing my boys and I'm so glad she finally became a grandmother. She was such a great friend to my mom, Ingrid. I hope that they have been reunited and are smiling down on us all. My thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.

Michael Parker

April 8, 2019

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April 8, 2019

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Biography

In the song of life, Anita L. Lundberg was surely the composer. A very observant woman who would rather spend her time creating than talking, Anita preferred to live in a world of harmony where everything around her made sense. In fact, she depended on her sensory world to provide her with concrete data. A free spirit, Anita believed that actions definitely spoke for themselves. She seemed to know what fit and what didn’t fit in everything she did. Anita perceived that all of life’s possibilities were open to her, yet she lived with a definite sense of purpose. She was a woman who was always ready to share her creations with those around her.

      Anita was born on November 23, 1948 at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford, Illinois. Her parents were Frank and Arlene Nelson. Anita was raised in Rockford, Illinois. As a young child, Anita was optimistic in her outlook. She sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply her creative energies. Anita rarely calling attention to herself, but when she did speak out, her message was clearly understood by those around her.

      As she was growing up, Anita developed into a person who enjoyed physically doing things, and she took pleasure in using her hands in order to create. Whether it was drawing pictures, working with building kits, or even just tapping out a rhythm to play by, Anita liked concrete things. In her spare time she liked listening to records, reading poetry and animals. However, to Anita, the most fun she had was simply playing, and spending time with friends.

      Early on in her school years, Anita showed an interest in learning, especially when it came to subjects in the arts. At times, school learning did not provide Anita with sufficient challenges, but being an avid reader, she could often be “lost in a book” well above her grade level. Her passion for fine arts was so keen that fellow students and even her teachers recognized it. She graduated from East High School in 1966. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was English and Language class.

      In college, Anita showed that she was able to focus on what was necessary. She found it quite easy to dive headlong into classes, especially those that truly interested her. Using her understanding of language, Anita was able to move comfortably through a wide variety of courses. She also demonstrated her artistic temperament and talent, even in classes that weren’t typically considered art courses. Anita’s ability to assemble highly creative projects became second nature to her. She earned her Bachelor's degree. Her favorite courses were English and Spanish. Anita also studied for six months in Madrid, Spain.
Anita moved out onto her own when she was first able to and paid her way through school. She also owned property to pay her way through school.

      Those who didn’t know Anita well might not view her as being an outgoing person, those who called her their friend knew differently. Anita was shy and sensitive, a person who never forced her opinions and values on others. Close friends knew that her kindness was unmatched, and once you became a friend of Anita’s, you understood how true a friend she could be. While growing up, some of her best friends were Lois Pate, Jill Lundberg, Shirley Janson, Shirley Cero and Rick Sanders. Later in life, she became friends with Kim and Dennis and the Mexican Train Domino Gals.

      A person who was sensitive to others’ feelings, modest and tolerant, Anita had the ability to become completely devoted to another when that affection was returned. On January 19, 2007, Anita exchanged wedding vows with her life partner Charles Stanhope on Catalina Island of Avalon, California.

      Anita was exceptionally sympathetic and compassionate when it came to her children. These emotional bonds made her as much playmate as parent. She gave her family unconditional love and kindness, sharing her artistic nature by turning everyday events into creative play. Anita was blessed with one child; a son, Matt. She was also blessed with one grandchild; granddaughter, Rylie.

      Anita found ways to enjoy what she did for a living. She worked hard and did her best to succeed every day. Her primary occupations were teaching for the Rockford school system, Century 21 real estate and was a self employed property owner. She was a property owner for 50 years. Anita tended to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done without imposing her will on others.

      Anita enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were home improvement projects, shopping, traveling and ballroom dancing. Anita was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others. She was relaxed in her approach to her leisure time because she wanted to savor the present moment.

      Throughout her life, Anita was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. Throughout her later years, Anita was an active member of the Rockford Apt. Association. She had a tendency to bring peace to her relationships by avoiding disagreements.

      Anita’s faith was important to her. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church for 14 years. During that time, she was a Sunday School Teacher. Anita's passionate commitment to upholding her values placed her at home in her religion, where she took comfort in the company of others who believed as she did.

      Though she never set out to gain individual recognition, Anita was given accolades for her many and varied accomplishments throughout her life. She often undervalued her achievements and abilities and simply viewed her performance as fulfilling her responsibilities. Some of her most prestigious awards included various real estate sales awards.

      Because she loved the world around her, Anita enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. It was an opportunity for her to kick back and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Anita put her personal trademark on any leisure planning that she undertook. Favorite vacations included California and traveling the world enjoying everywhere she went.

      Anita was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Anita’s favorites was Spikey, a tiger cat and Juno, a mixed breed dog. She was best friends with Spikey for 16 years and Juno for 14 years. Her family was rounded out by her cat, Maria, dogs Jackie and Belle and various fish.

       In retirement, she found new pleasure in traveling with Charles and to her second home in California and shopping. Even in retirement, Anita continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. In these later chapters of her life, she became active in the community, feeling fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered her and simply enjoying what she had worked so hard to attain.

      Anita passed away on April 4, 2019 in her home in Roscoe, Illinois. Anita fought a brave battle against cancer. She is survived by her husband Charles Stanhope, her son Mathew (Jennifer) Muralt and granddaughter Rylie. She is further survived by her husbands children Christine (Nick) Schuette and Rachel (John) Reilly and children. Also the children of her former husband, Aaron Muralt. Jeff (Darla) Muralt, Georgean (Roger) Hunt, Mariann (Jerry) Rufer, Pam (Mike) Parker, Donna Muralt, and all of their extended families. Services were held at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Anita was laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Machesney Park, Illinois.

      Anita was a good woman, a kind woman, and a practical woman who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being warm and deeply caring. She leaves behind her a treasury of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. Anita always had much to give and was able to make those connections in her life where her gifts were appreciated. Anita was a faithful, practical and loving person. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Anita L. Lundberg.