OBITUARY

Charlotte A Abruzzo

November 2, 1924June 5, 2019
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Charlotte A. Abruzzo, 94, of Rockford, passed away peacefully and went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019. Born November 2, 1924 in Rockford. Daughter of Domonic and Helen (Ochiltree) Kaisi. Employed by Rockford Products where she met the love of her life Benny S. Abruzzo. They were united in marriage on October 13, 1946 in Rockford. He predeceased her on April 20, 2002. She returned to work at Flinn Middle School cafeteria where her children were attending. Member of St Edwards Catholic Church. She found enjoyment in word search puzzle books and especially working outside in her yard and garden which she took pride in. She loved watching the Chicago Bulls and kept record of every game played.

Charlotte is loved and missed by her daughter, Karen (William) Kerschner; grandchildren, Ryan (Erin) Abruzzo, Christine (Stephen) Reyes; great-grandchildren, Natalie and Logan Abruzzo; nieces, Tamara and Terri; nephew, Scott; daughter-in-law, Betsy (Earl) Ewers; many wonderful friends. Predeceased by her parents; husband, Benny; son, Victor; sister, Betty Tunis; brothers, Roger Kaisi and Kenneth Kaisi; sister-in-law, Audri Kaisi; brother-in-law, Bob Tunis.

Many thanks to Swedish American Hospital 10th floor staff, the Rapid Response team and the Intensive Care Heart Hospital staff. Special mention to her friends Ronnie and Josie who watched and helped her for many years.

Celebration of Life Funeral Service at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 14 at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park. Visitation at 1 p.m. until time of service. Burial following in Sunset Memorial Gardens. To share a condolence www.sunsetfhmemgardens.com

Services

  • Celebration of Life Visitation Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service Friday, June 14, 2019

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Biography

Charlotte A Abruzzo was a modest woman, quiet and observant in her ways. She was trustworthy and traditional in her approach to her life and in her relationships. She was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew her. She was also a woman who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything she undertook. Realistic about life, she was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      Charlotte was born on November 2, 1924 at St. Anthony's Hospital in Rockford, Illinois. Her parents were Domonic and Helen Kaisi. Charlotte was raised in Rockford, Illinois. She was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Growing up in the Abruzzo household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Charlotte was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and she was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Charlotte was raised with three siblings. She had one sister, Betty and two brothers, Roger and Kenneth. Charlotte was constantly involved in activities with her brothers and sisters. Charlotte and her siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Charlotte was always consistently loyal to her family.

      While her teachers and even her friends generally thought of Charlotte as being a serious person, she managed to have a pretty good time in high school as she made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from East High School in 1942. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Charlotte was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using her exceptional memory, she was able to learn much through observation. Charlotte always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though she could easily master any problem that might be presented to her.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Charlotte was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during her life. Since she disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw her own conclusions based on direct observation, Charlotte was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew her. She was committed to her friends and valued the trust she placed in them. It was not uncommon for Charlotte to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought her out for advice because she had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of her best friends were Ruth and Jack Hanley. Later in life, she became friends with Carol & John Ford, Elsie & Jack Knack, Donna Gifford and Ronnie & Josie Aaronson.

      On October 13, 1946 Charlotte exchanged wedding vows with Benny S. Abruzzo at St. Anthony Catholic Church of Rockford, Illinois. Compassionate and devoted to Benny, Charlotte held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. She took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it her total commitment. She was a source of strength to Benny and using her gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, she worked hard to make her new family happy.

      Charlotte brought the same traditional values in her marriage to bear on how she raised her children. She was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in her dealings. She would always listen carefully and think things through before she acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Charlotte was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Charlotte was blessed with two children, son, Victor and daughter, Karen. They were also blessed with two grandchildren, Ryan and Christine.

      Charlotte greatly enjoyed what she did for a living. She was a hard worker who expected the same in return from her co-workers. She was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Charlotte enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Charlotte was excellent at meeting deadlines. She was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. Her primary occupation was Clerical and or Machine Operator. She was employed for several years at Rockford Products. Charlotte later worked at Jefferson High School in the Cafeteria. Charlotte worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Charlotte liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into her hobbies, where she was very methodical in how she organized her activities and categorized things. Since she enjoyed her private time, Charlotte always tried to allocate a specific time for working on her hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were doing yardwork and gardening, playing cards with friends, word search puzzles and some traveling. Charlotte was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Charlotte found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, she could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. She applauded those who won, and she enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find herself wrapped up in those details. She would watch her favorite sporting events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were Chicago Bulls Basketball. She would keep record of every game played and knew every players names even having nicknames for them.

      Charlotte was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church. During that time, she was St. Joseph's Alter. She was a sympathetic woman who valued her beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      Charlotte enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since she was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Charlotte appeared effortless. She enjoyed researching all of her examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where she traveled, Charlotte always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included the Bad Lands, South Dakota; San Diego, California; Hoover Dam, Nevada; Grand Canyon, Arizona; Florida and the cabin in Minocqua, Wisconsin.

      Charlotte was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Charlotte’s favorites was GiGi, a poodle dog. They were best friends for 12 years.

       She always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things she knew, so she was very confident in planning her retirement. She had begun the process early and had her retirement all laid out well in advance. Her new life involved staying in Rockford. In retirement, she found new pleasure in working in her yard and garden and word search puzzles. Even in retirement, Charlotte continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in her new community and felt fulfilled.

      Charlotte A Abruzzo passed away on June 5, 2019 at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, Illinois suffering from Heart failure, Renal failure and TIA's. She is survived by her daughter, Karen (William) Kerschner; grandchildren, Ryan (Erin) Abruzzo, Christine (Stephen) Reyes; great-grandchildren, Natalie and Logan Abruzzo; nieces, Tamara and Terri; nephew, Scott; daughter-in-law, Betsy (Earl) Ewers; many wonderful friends. Services were held at Sunset Funeral Home. Charlotte was laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Machesney Park, Illinois.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Charlotte A Abruzzo. She was committed to living the life of a good woman who was both practical and trustworthy. She was committed to the traditional values that she upheld her entire life. She committed herself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around her. Most of all, she was committed to those she knew and loved.