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Laura Bethanne Molina

08/25/1968 - 12/28/2021

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Obituary For Laura Bethanne Molina

Laura Bethanne Molina, of Rockford, daughter of Paul and Myrna Pullin passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 in her home with her family and friends surrounding her. She was born August 25, 1968 in upstate New York and lived in New York and Vermont before moving to Rockford at the age of 4. She was a graduate of East High School, class of 1986. She went on to earn her nursing degree through RPS and worked as a nurse in different roles at Rockford Memorial Hospital for many years.

Survivors include her husband, John Guthrie, daughters; Gabi (Tom) Canty, and Ali Molina; son Jay Brenowitz; her second family of children Matt, Sarah, Andrew & Clare; mother, Myrna Pullin; siblings Eric Pullin, Cathy Butler & Jenny Myers
Laura was predeceased by her father Paul and her brother Ed.

Laura was a loving mother and friend to all, who had a joy of life that extended to everything she did. Her love of family was one of her greatest gifts and was reflected in all her thoughts and actions. Second only to her love of family (most of the time) was the love of her dogs: Lobo, Chico, Jet, Hulk and Stanley. She has maintained and cherished long, close relationships with people from throughout her life spanning, school, work, charitable and social activities. She was an avid gardener, loved music of all varieties and was a lifelong Cubs fan. Her collections of all things Flamingo and Wonder Woman was extensive and brought her great joy, as did her love of Super Hero movies.

Those that had the great opportunity to know and love her will cherish our memories of her and they will provide a lasting legacy of her life.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to in Laura’s name: Sarcoma Foundation of America, curesarcoma.org. Miss Carly’s at misscarlys.org, Nikolas Ritschel Foundation, nikolasritschelfoundation.org

Funeral Mass at 11:00am Thursday January 13, 2022 in Holy Family Catholic Church 4401 Highcrest Rd. Rockford. Visitation from 4:00pm until 7:00pm on Wednesday January 12th in Tony Gasparini Funeral Chapel, 6825 Weaver Road Rockford.

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  • 01/12/2022

    I had the pleasure of meeting Laura through a co-worker. She was one special person!! My day was always lifted by her smile and contagious laugh. I realize that all of us wish that you were with us in person. However; it brings much peace knowing that you are no longer in pain. Sending prayers to the family for finding your peace. May blessings be upon you. Christine Gillette

  • 01/12/2022

    Laura was such a joy to know and have across the street all those years. How special to be involved with all the Pullin family. Our lives were enriched by the energy coming out of that special place, and Laura's smile and good nature will never be forgotten, She is now in heaven with Paul and Ed. We love you Laura and family. Tom and Nancy Edwards

  • 01/10/2022

    Laura made me cry a couple of years ago when she passed on (for mothers day) a beautiful peony plant that she had received from HER mother, many years before. It felt like a passing of a motherhood torch, as I had small children. I'm so sorry to hear of her passing, especially as she had just begun what was supposed to be a beautiful season of life. We will continue to pray for the family.

  • 01/04/2022

    I've known Laura since high school and we've crossed paths many times since then. I am shocked and very saddened to learn of her passing. Much love to her family.

  • 01/03/2022

    I never met Laura, but she did raise the best daughters! You are now their guardian angel. Thank you for bringing the best girls in my life! You are now added to my prayers. I promise to look over Ali at school, which I know you will too!

  • 01/03/2022

    Our hearts are broken after the news of Laura's passing. We didn't get to really know her, but knew how happy she made my cousin, John. Their life just began to grow as they married a short time ago and planned a life together in their new house in Florida. Plans didn't go as planned but for the short time they had together some wonderful memories were made. Our prayers and love go out to John and Laura's blended family. John, we wish the pain will get easier as the time passes. Laura will always be with you in your heart and memories. Love and prayers, Deb and Bruce Porsche

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