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Janice M. Grimes

November 18, 1964 — July 8, 2021

Janice M. Grimes, 56, of Rockford, IL, passed away on July 8, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Belvidere, IL on November 18, 1964 to Jim and Christine (Willis) Kirkland. Janice graduated from Belvidere High School in 1982 and went on to graduate from Beauty School. She worked as a Beautician out of her home for 8 years and was part owner of Grimes Trucking for 35 years. Janice married Joseph Grimes on November 17, 1984 at Faith Center in Rockford, IL. Janice loved going to Estate Sales, fishing, camping, traveling with her family, and long walks on the beach. She loved gardening and her favorite flowers were Tulips, Roses, and Tiger Lilies. Janice biggest love was being a grandma and spending time with her granddaughter. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her.

Janice is survived by her husband of 37 years, Joseph Grimes; her children, Jeromiah (Shelby) Grimes and Jena Grimes; her granddaughter, Athena Grimes; her father, Jim Kirkland; her brothers, Kenneth Kirkland, Roger Kirkland, and Jimmy Kirkland Jr.; her in-laws, Donald and Dorothy Grimes. She is preceded in death by her mother, Christine Kirkland.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Heartland Hospice for all of the compassion and care.

Celebration of Life for Janice will take place on Friday, July 16, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 1860 S. Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL 61108. Cremation rights will be accorded. Arrangements entrusted to Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory. Share online memories and condolences at

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Celebration of Life

Friday, July 16, 2021

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory

1860 South Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61108

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