Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

8800 North Alpine Road, Machesney Park, IL


Lena Guirlando

February 20, 1924January 9, 2020

Lena M. Guirlando passed away peacefully on January 9, 2020 at Rosewood Care Center in Rockford, Illinois. Lena was daughter to Leonardo and Anna (Maggio) Serafina, born February 20, 1924. Lena married the love of her life Jasper “Jay” Guirlando in 1941. Lena took pride in her career at Barber Coleman for 33 years. Lena’s most treasured moments included spending time with her family, and cooking meals for them every Sunday. Lena was a longtime member of Saint Bridget’s Catholic Church in Rockford, Illinois. She was a gift to the world and all around her. She was sweet and caring and put everyone first. Her voice could carry through a whole room. Lena is survived by her daughter-in-law, Terry; 4 grandsons, Matthew (Sydney Howard) Guirlando, James Guirlando, Jeff Guirlando, and John Guirlando; great grandson, Enzo Guirlando; brother-in-law, Angelo (Judy Barnum) Guirlando; special family, Bob (Suzi) Henneberry. Predeceased in death by her parents; husband, Jasper “Jay” Guirlando; sons, Lenny and Mike Guirlando; grandson, Jasper “Jay” Guirlando. Memorials may be made to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Services are to take place privately. To share a condolence, please visit www.sunsetfhmemgardens.com. It was time for you to go be with your beloved sons and husband. You have done all that you can on this Earth. You will never be forgotten.


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Lee and Arleta Juliano

January 13, 2020

We have such fond memories of Lena after really getting to know her better on our trip to Italy in 2000. She was such fun and a real character! Later on we always saw her in the front row at St. Bridget’s. She will be missed.

Deb Delia

January 12, 2020

Terry, my prayers are with you and your family. Lena made me smile whenever I saw her throughout the years. She will be missed. Deb

Chad Reuber

January 9, 2020

Rest in peace to one of the sweetest kindest apodted Grandmas... you loved us kids like your own. Never forget you...
Kisses grandma lena