Peter Bartkus Jr. - 94

3/27/1923 - 10/31/2017

Rockford, Illinois

Peter Bartkus Jr., 94, passed away in Presence St. Anne Center on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. He was born March 27, 1923 in Rockford, the son of Peter Sr. and Mary E. (Karsok) Bartkus. Peter attended Rockford Central High School and was a member of the first class to graduate from East High School. He was a decorated U.S. Army veteran of WWII serving in the Pacific Theater and occupied Japan. He married the former Norma Jean Nelson and she predeceased him July 20, 2016. Peter was formerly employed by Greenlee Bros., Mechanics, and Gates Rubber Co. He and Norma owned and operated Tru Tone Music for many years. Peter was an accomplished musician and was a member of accordion clubs in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Peoria.

He is survived by his son, Bradley D. Bartkus of Rockford; sisters-in-law, Vera Avery and Marian Johnson; nephews, Craig Johnson and Michael Avery; and niece, Lisa Avery.

Visitation 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Monday, November 6, 2017 with service beginning at 2 p.m. in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford with Rev. Jaci McNeil officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Rockford Rescue Mission, 715 W. State St., Rockford, IL 61102.


1 - 2 p.m., Monday, November 6, 2017 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford, IL 61107


2 p.m., Monday, November 6, 2017 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford, IL 61107

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