Dorothy M. Gennaro

March 13, 1934June 30, 2019

Dorothy M. Gennaro, 85, of Rockford, passed away peacefully at home in her loving daughter’s arms on Sunday June 30, 2019. Born March 13, 1934 in Scottsboro, Alabama. Daughter of John J. and Mary L. (Matlock) Romans. United in marriage to James R. Garrison and during that marriage they were gifted with six children. Employed by National Lock until their closing. Dorothy took enjoyment from many things mainly her amazing green thumb with her flower gardens and when she grew vegetables, to cooking, doing yardwork and going to the casinos to play the slot machines with her family. Above all Dorothy’s pride and joy was her family and spending time with them. Dorothy was one of kind and will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

Survived by her children, Brenda Laube, Rick (Debbie) Garrison, Ava (Jim) Musick, Pam Garrison, Terri (Reid) Bumber; grandchildren, Penny (Shawn) Lee, Gary (Julie) Thornton, Doyle Garrison, Sean (Penny) Garrison, Jamie Garrison, Ginger Garrison, Nichole (Mickey) Barnes, Tiffany (Jimmy) Thom, Tracey (Carl) Halbrader, Sheena (Matt) Harris, Brittany (Steve) Hewkin, Brandy (Corey) Snyder, Natasha (Paul) King, William (Brandon) Stelma, Kyle (Kassie Permenter) Stelma, Shane (Breanne Henderson) Stelma; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; special dog, Miley. Predeceased by her parents; 13 brothers and sisters; son, Doyle Garrison; grandson; Todd Garrison; son-in-law, Gary Laube; special dog, Tia. Family wishes to give special thanks to Heartland Hospice for their loving care especially from Korin, Sharene, Deana and Pam.

Celebration of Life Funeral Service at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 5 at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park. Visitation at 2 p.m. until time of service. Entombment following services in Sunset Memorial Gardens. To share a condolence or memory


  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service Friday, July 5, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Visitation Friday, July 5, 2019


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Bill and Joanie Turley

July 2, 2019

We would like to send condolences to the family of our favorite Aunt. We will miss our long talks and enjoying a "cold beverage" with her. We loved listening to her gravelly voice talking about her family and Loved ones. She was and IS the last of a generation, a very Loving generation. We will forever miss her, along with our mama, (her sister) Flora Martin. They have finally been reunited. In our hearts, we will be holding hands with our beloved family as we say goodbye. We Love all of you!
Bill and Joanie