Michael Joseph Ognibene, Sr., 74, Rockford, Illinois, passed away at 7:30 a.m., Monday, November 3, 2014 in Swedish American Hospital.\r\r\n\r\r\n Born January 6, 1940 in Rockford, Illinois, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Benny and Antonia (Guestella) Ognibene. Married his high school sweetheart Patricia Rafferty on November 22, 1958. They had five children, Michael (Lori) Ognibene, Jr., Freeport, Illinois, Deb Ognibene, Rockford, Illinois, Tony (Brenda) Ognibene, Davis Junction, Illinois, Cira Ognibene-Berger, Davis Junction, Illinois and Rosemary (Adrian Gillette) Ognibene, Rockford, Illinois. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Jen Howarth, Sarah Ognibene, Michael Ognibene, Tim Ognibene, Megan Ognibene, David Ognibene, Tyler Ognibene, Zack Berger, Alexandria (Ben) Pluemer, Nick Berger, Jake Berger and Tori Berger; five great grandchildren, Cassie Howarth, Yasmeen Hollins, Trent Stanford, Devon Bania and Tanner Ognibene and sisters-in-law, Kathleen Peters, Rosemary Rafferty and Josephine Ognibene. Mike loved his family. His greatest joy was seeing his grandchildren and hearing about their lives and accomplishments. He also enjoyed putting together model cars and airplanes. He was preceded in death by his parents, Benny and Antonia Ognibene, sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Roger Best; brother, Joseph Ognibene; in-laws, Norbert and Leila Rafferty; granddaughter, Heather Ognibene and great granddaughter, Caila Ford.\r\r\n\r\r\n Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 7, 2014 in McCorkle Funeral Home-Pecatonica Chapel, 203 West Fifth Street, Pecatonica, Illinois with Msgr Robert Sweeney, St. Mary Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Pecatonica, Illinois. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Friday.\r\r\n\r\r\n In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association.