It is with sadness to inform you that Brother Maurice Bolte passed away Friday evening. Funeral arrangements are pending but the family has requested an Odd Fellow service at the visitation. Will inform you of final arrangements.

To All Northern Illinois Rebirth Oddfellows:

The passing of Gatekeeper Brother Maurice marks a heavy loss for our Rebirth Lodges and the Jurisdiction of Illinois as a whole. Brother Maurice was one of the handful of Gatekeeper Oddfellows that truly held an open hand to those that had an "Unseemly exterior but possessed a true heart" in a time when it was frowned upon by other members of the Order. Brother Maurice was a founding father and Gatekeeper of the Rebirth Lodges of Northern Illinois. He lived by the Tenants of our Order and taught by pure example of a simple Oddfellow with his hand opened to those in need. He lived his entire life as an Oddfellow starting with the Oddfellows Children Home and had accomplished the highest Rank in Illinois as an Oddfellow...his Odd-accolades are many. Brother Maurice never let the "what he did" ever get in front of the what he was...that was a true Oddfellow in his words and actions. Our hearts go out to his family and his home Lodge Rockford #140.

Together we will ride with the pride of respect for our Gatekeeper and perform our last duty to an Oddfellow. For those that ride we will be leaving Century Lodge #492 @ 10:30 sharp. We will make one stop at Miss Kitty's Saloon in Marengo by11:30 with pullout being at Noon sharp. We will travel Rt. 20 to Alpine Rd. in Rockford and head to the Funeral home arriving by 1pm. We are working on a police escort through Rockford for the protection of the pack. All Illinois Rebirth Oddfellows will be required to wear your R.I.P. armbands on your left arm only. Vehicles may follow the pack or arrive at the funeral home by 1pm.

While there is not much that is mandatory in Oddfellowship; laying to rest of our last Original Gatekeeper is for all of us.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

12:00pm - 2:00pm

Sunset Funeral Home

8800 N. Alpine Rd.

Machesney Park, IL 61115

(815) 633-0211

Respectfully in F.L.&T.,
John "BJ" Goldberg
Past Grand Master
Grand Lodge of Illinois

In Memory of
Mr. Maurice M. Bolte Sr.
December 3, 1917 - August 17, 2012

Maurice M. Bolte Sr., 94, of Rockford passed away Friday, August 17, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born on Dec. 3, 1917 in Rockford to Henry and Effie (Housholder) Bolte. He married Sarah C. Gagliano on November 24, 1941 in Rockford.
A WWII Marine Veteran, Maurice served his country in battle against the enemy at Okinawa, Ryukyu Island from April until June of 1945 and participated in the occupation of China from September of 1945 until March of 1946.
Maurice was a Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Explore Troop Leader, a member of American Legion, Post #60, a lifelong member of Rockford Odd Fellows and Court Street United Methodist Church. He was formerly employed by the Rockford Board of Education, Burson Knitting Company, and Rockford Bolt & Steel.
He is survived by his son, Maurice M. Bolte Jr.; his grandchildren, Andrea (Richard) Nickels, Paul Bolte, Josh (Heather) Bolte, Sarah Grace (Matthew) Edwards, Meghan Bolte, and Robert Bolte Jr.; great-grandchildren, Breanna R. and Jacob T. Nickels; daughters in law, Robin Bolte and Linda Bolte; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his sons, Robert E. Bolte, Sr., and Richard W. Bolte; and his sister, Betty Bolte.
A special thanks to his caregivers, Ganaa, Uka, and Dumba.
Services will be held Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 2 p.m., at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road, Machesney Park. Pastor Calvin Culpepper will be officiating. Visitation from 12 p.m. to time of service at 2 p.m. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be submitted at www.sunsetfhmemgardens.com
Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 August 2012 )
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