Upcoming Events

We are proud to be a part of your community. Below is a list of events, activities and seminars that we are involved in.

October 2018 Events

Operation Honor Guard

Oct 4, 2018 06:00 AM to Oct 4, 2018 06:00 PM

Operation Honor Guard provides charitable assistance for Honor Guard Details through a statewide fundraising event.  Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory was chosen as the local funeral home by the founder of Operation Honor Guard, Richard Darby,  to raise awareness in the  Northern Illinois Region.  In partnership with WTVO/WQRF television stations and other sponsors around the area, the community is encouraged to support their local VFW, American Legion and Viet Now posts who provide Military Honors  for their fallen brothers and sisters. 

Operation Honor Guard™ has been created by Support Our Troops® to assure that the proper dignity, respect, and gratitude are given to fallen American soldiers and their families during military funerals. On March 2, 2011 the Supreme Court in Snyder v. Phelps, et al, 131 S. Ct. 1207 (2011) , ruled that the First Amendment protects the right of ne'er-do-wells to visibly and audibly protest in the face of family members at the funerals of their beloved sons and daughters who have recently died in military service to us and our country. Thankfully, this freedom of speech also applies to those of us who wish to politely and properly honor the life of these fallen soldiers and their families by delivering in positive manner the respect and gratitude due them during this time of bereavement and loss.

We are honored to have been chosen to participate in this important fundraiser.  For more information visit the website  www.operationhonorguard.us

Operation Honor Guard

A Walk to Remember

Oct 7, 2018 01:00 PM to Oct 7, 2018 03:00 PM



This annual memorial walk is the first Sunday in October. It is for all parents and families who have lost children at any time, either in the recent or distant past because of miscarriage, stillbirth, infant and childhood death. It is also for those caregivers who are involved in the lives and support of these families. The walk is co-sponsored by the SwedishAmerican Foundation.

For more information, please call:
Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory
(815) 226-2273

A Walk to Remember
November 2018 Events

Memorial Luminaria

Nov 17, 2018 04:00 PM to Nov 17, 2018 06:00 PM

This annual program is held in November, the Saturday before Thanksgiving and is a chance for all area residents who have experienced the death of a loved one to come together in remembrance. Families are encouraged to personalize and decorate their loved one’s luminary bag with photographs, poems, letters or any artistic decoration. The funeral home provides the bags, candles, markers, glue and stickers. At dusk the luminaries are placed outside around the funeral home followed by a memorial program honoring our loved ones.  Refreshments are provided throughout the evening. It is a very special time for reflection, sharing and remembrance.


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Memorial Luminaria

Angel Hope

This annual (national) program is held on December 6th at 6:00 p.m. every year. Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory staff members join with representatives of Rockford Memorial Development Foundation, Rockford Health Systems, Swedish American Hospital, OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Haven Network and other community members for a Candlelight Vigil and Remembrance Ceremony.  This event is held in the downtown river front area in Millennium Park.

Angel Hope