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Vara C. Falconer

December 1, 1911 October 29, 2009
Vara C. Falconer
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Seward - Vara C. Falconer, 97, a Seward resident for 67 years, died Thursday afternoon, in Wesley Willows Health Center, Rockford. Born December 1, 1911 in Butler, Ind., the daughter of Freeman and Ethel (Huntington) Fifer. Graduated from Butler High School and the nurses training program at Bethany Hospital, in Chicago. Vara married Dr. Everett G. Falconer on August 6, 1938, in Butler. She was a registered nurse in Cook County Hospital and an obstetrical supervisor at Bethany Hospital. For many years Vara assisted her husband in his medical practice and was the secretary of Seward Screw Products, Inc. She taught Sunday school, was president of the Ladies Aid Society and served as a member of the deacon board at First Church of the Brethren, in Rockford. This good and faithful wife and mother was a life-time member of the Seward Historical Society, worked with the local AFS chapter, loved gardening, making latch hooked rugs, reading and listening to music. She especially enjoyed cooking (for many years provided home-made popcorn balls at Halloween to the children of the Seward community), entertaining at the family weekend home on Lake Delavan, Wis., and being a part of her church and community.

Vara is lovingly survived by her daughter, Virginia (Ebrahim) Sarkarati of Merritt Island, Fla.; son, Dale (Barbara) Falconer of Winnebago; daughter-in-law, Brenda Falconer of Rockford; grandchildren, David (Shannon) Sarkarati of Orlando, Fla., Kamran Sarkarati of Melbourne, Fla., Sarah (Alex) Luna of Byron, and Andrew (Lisa) Falconer of Chicago; great-grandsons, A.J. and John Luna, and Benjamin and Everett Falconer; sister, Woodena Colvin of Manassas, Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband on June 28, 1985; son, Lloyd E. Falconer on November 2, 2004; brother, Cecil Vernon Fifer; and sister, Wava Diehl.

Funeral Information

Celebration of life is at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 1, 2009 in Genandt Celebration of life is at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 1, 2009 in Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago, with visitation from 12:00 p.m. until service time; the Rev. Brian J. Kenney, chaplain of Wesley Willows will officiate. Private burial in Willwood Burial Park, in Rockford.
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