Daniel J. Wallenberg

July 3, 1951December 21, 2017

Daniel J. Wallenberg, 66, of Rockford passed away Thursday December 21, 2017. Dan was born July 3, 1951, in Rockford, the son of Ralph and LaVonne (Scholten) Wallenberg. Dan married Lois Young on July 31, 1971. Dan was employed at Hinckley Big Rock High School for 34 years, where he was loved by his students as a teacher and coach. He was a graduate of Rockford West High School in 1969, Rock Valley College in 1971, and Northern Illinois University in 1973. Dan was predeceased by his father Ralph, grandparents and nephew Kurt. Dan started every morning with coffee and the Chicago Sun Times. He loved history, reading and crosswords. He always made us laugh and was so proud of his children and grandchildren. Dan is survived by his loving wife, Lois; daughter, Shannon (Rob) Golightly; son, Daniel (Christina) Wallenberg; mother, LaVonne Wallenberg; grandson, Daniel Dade; granddaughters, Lily Jane, Nya Grace and Hope Marie; sisters, Bonnie (John) Andersen and Debbie Betts. A celebration of Dan’s life will be 2 p.m. Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road in Machesney Park. To share a memory or condolences visit


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Kay Thoman Gerken

January 4, 2018

Was saddened and shocked to hear of Dan's passing. Taught with him for several years at HBR--a good guy! May he rest in peace. Sending prayers to his family. Kay Thoman Gerken

January 4, 2018

Bill and I taught with Dan at Hinckley Big Rock High School. He was one special man.
So saddened to hear of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.
Bill and Julenne Davey

January 4, 2018

I only knew "Wally" that first year, but he helped me out tremendously to learn the culture and success of "HBR" and always was a joy to coach and teach with. His stories will always be remembered, along with his laughter and wisdom. Rest in Peace Dan, we will always remember you.

Paul Taeuber

January 2, 2018

I taught with Dan at Hinckley Big-Rock High School for several years. I was out of town last week and am saddened to hear of his passing. I always enjoyed hearing about all of his driving adventures that he experienced on his way to school. He was an outstanding teacher, coach and colleague.

My condolences,
Carolyn Taylor

Karla Carpenter

January 2, 2018

Dear Wallenberg Family,
Always fond memories of all of you. May God's peace surround you all at this difficult time.
Karla Carpenter

Roland Thompson

January 2, 2018

So sorry to hear of the passing of Dan.... I always enjoyed him as a person, teacher, and coach at Hinckley-Big Rock High School. He had a good sense of humor and a very pleasant personality.

Glenn Maxam

December 30, 2017

So sorry for your loss.
I have a lot of good memories of him from high school, attending his class and when he coached our soccer team. He was a brilliant mentor and coach.


Rob Maxam

December 30, 2017

Some of my fondest memories growing up centered around playing soccer at HBR. Coach Walenberg was a big part of that time and was an awesome person to be around. I was sad to hear the news and wanted to,say thank you coach for always being a positive and outstanding person and I will miss you

Rob Maxam class of 83

David Maxam

December 30, 2017

Dear Dan: We are very sad that you have left us and we offer our sincere condolences to your family. You will be missed by many, particularly those of us who coached with you for many years, especially Doc and I, who together had a friendship that only we can explain. It went beyond coaching and the statistics, which made us the envy of other schools. Personally my wife and I considered you a special family friend while having fun together at many games and functions over the years and our three sons were better for knowing you, as a teacher, coach and friend. God bless you.
Jeanne and David Maxam

pam sexton

December 30, 2017

Lois and Family, As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to lifes routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of Family and Friends. Our Hearts go out to you all at this time and in the days ahead. Love Pam & Frank Sexton