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Tani C. Schelling

June 10, 1939 — November 19, 2023

Tani C. Schelling, 84, Rockford, died on Sunday, November 19, 2023 in Generations at Neighbors in Byron. Born June 10, 1939 in Rockford, daughter of George and Mary Gullo Russo. Graduated from Muldoon High School in 1957 and was a lifelong member of St. Anthony of Padua Church. Married Harry G. Schelling, Jr. on August 29, 1959. He died July 11, 2017 after 57 years of marriage. Together they owned and operated The Grasshopper Bar in Rockford and later The Farmers Roost in Leaf River where over the years they made many special friends. Tani was a member of the Sicilian Ladies Club and St. Anthony Altar and Rosary Society. She had a passion for baking, especially her Italian Christmas Cookies and enjoyed baking for St. Joseph. Tani was always proud of her Italian heritage and dearly loved her cousins, extended family and special friends. Her immediate family was her entire life. She loved and adored her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Survivors include her sons, James (Peggy) Schelling, Jeffrey (Kim) Schelling and Joseph (Kari) Schelling; grandchildren, Anthony (Melissa) Schelling, Adam (Dawn) Schelling, Derek Schelling, Kaylee (Andrew) Johnson, Alexa (Noah) Melton, Samuel Schelling and Claire Schelling; great-grandchildren, Brooklynn (Noah) Ledger, Madison Schelling, Allessandra Schelling and Gabriella Schelling. Predeceased by her parents and her husband.


A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 in St. Anthony of Padua Church preceded by a time of visitation at 10:00 a.m. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Generations at Neighbors, Serenity Hospice & Home or St. Anthony of Padua Church. The family was assisted by Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel. Send condolences and share memories at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.


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Service Schedule

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Memorial Visitation

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church

1010 Ferguson Street, Rockford, IL 61102

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Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church

1010 Ferguson Street, Rockford, IL 61102

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Burial

Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Winnebago/Rockford

8616 West State Road, Winnebago, IL 61088

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