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Barbara A. Girardi

August 14, 1958 — January 28, 2011

Rockford- Barbara A. Girardi, 52, died unexpectedly, Friday, January 28, 2011 at Swedish American Hospital . Born August 14, 1958 in Rockford, the daughter of Gilbert and Elizabeth (Poss) Rutlin. Graduated from Guilford High School in 1976. Married her loving husband, Patrick Girardi, on August 19, 1989 at St. James Catholic Church. Worked for over 25 years at Youngberg Industries Inc. and because of her illness she had to stop working in 2008. Barb enjoyed bird watching, flower gardening, antiques, shopping, sweets and her most favorite was the 1 st two weeks in July when she an Pat would go to Minnesota to go fishing. She was also an avid traveler, she enjoyed many trips with her friends and family. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the following people: the staff at the transfusion unit at SwedishAmerican, Dr. Harvey Einhorn, Dr. Patrick Stiff and the nurses at High Dose Unit at Loyola Medical Center, Pat's fellow Rockford Police officers and all those who remembered Barb in their prayers through her illness. Survivors include her loving husband, Pat Girardi, of Rockford; siblings, Mary (James) Kenell of Va, Ellen (Brett) Riedel of Crystal Lake and Mike (Sarah) Rutlin of Rockford; nephews, Sage and John McGirk of Va, Eric, Kevin and Nathan Riedel of Crystal Lake; aunt, Jean Towbridge of Rockford; special friends, Tom Larson, Mike and Joan Petros , Ray Padron and Claire Rotolo and Sandy Anderson; and her faithful K9 companions, Gypsy and Spirit. Funeral Mass, Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 at St. Rita Catholic Church, 6284 Valley Knoll Dr. at 10:00a.m. Visitation Thursday, Feb. 3, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Mulford Chapel 1860 S. Mulford Rd. with a rosary service at 8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday in church from 9:00 a.m. until time of prayer at 9:45 a.m. Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials to : Be the Match Foundation, www.marrow.org.

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