Brita I. Perkins

October 15, 1918 - May 5, 2020

Brita I. Perkins


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Brita I. Perkins, 101, passed away on May 5, 2020 in her home surrounded by her family. She was born on October 15, 1918 in Sunne, Varmland, Sweden to Axel R. and Esther (Anderson) Wernstrom. She immigrated with her family to Rockford, Illinois.  Brita graduated from Rockford High School and played softball on the Rockford women’s softball team that became the Rockford Peaches.   On June 29, 1940, she married her sweetheart, Myron Perkins, in Dubuque, Iowa. Brita was the treasurer of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for a number of years. She found her spiritual home at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and was a faithful member. Both Brita and Myron were Charter Members of the Boone County Saddle Club and loved riding their horses every chance they had.  She also loved attending antique auctions, playing bridge into her 90’s, and was heavily involved with her church. She was very creative, and mastered rug hooking and demonstrated rug hooking at Pioneer Days along with her sister Ingrid and loved neighbor Jan Knutson.   In addition, she made small wooden crafts, and the one her family members most treasure is the Swedish folk art candelabra.    Most importantly, she loved spending time with her family, and they will miss her tremendously.

Brita will be dearly missed by her daughters, Jeanne Smith, Trudy (John) Noren, and Rhonda Perkins; her sister, Barbara Harris; her grandchildren, Fletcher (Leah) Smith, Kara  (Justin) Symonds, Lindsay Noren (Daniel) Hayes and Jay Noren; nieces Carol Morris, Mary Mann, and Susan (Bill) Wise  and nephews Jeff (Kathy) Harris and Rick (Donna) Harris and her much loved caregiver Alta Banzragch, for her loving care of Brita for 12 years. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Myron, her sister Ingrid Mann, her brother-in-law, Fred Harris, her brother and sister-in-law Gail and Dorothy Perkins and brother-in-law Alden Perkins.

Brita’s funeral ceremony will be live streamed at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 9, 2020.

To access the live stream, please visit Brita’s obituary page at A private burial will take place in Belvidere Cemetery. To write a memory, please visit

Service Schedule

Saturday, May 9, 2020
11:00 am

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


Brita’s funeral ceremony will be live streamed at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 9, 2020

 Live Stream Click Here

Belvidere Cemetery

Private burial in Belvidere Cemetery

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My condolences to the family, She was such a special lady and always so pleasant with a smile. Jan Knutson always let me know how Pettie was doing. Wishing you all peace and comfort with wonderful memories.

With Sympathy, Karen Hays an old neighbor at 219 West Madison.

Karen Hays 2020-05-12T14:04:24

My deepest condolences to Rhonda and her family. I know my co-worker, Danette Sterna, also sends her love and prayers. The three of us worked together for over twenty years, loved and cared for each other. We have shared life as a family knowing laughter, pain and sadness. Through the years we have marveled at Brita’s resilience to bounce back at setbacks. Even though we never met Trudi, Jeanne and Alta, we do know them. The service was beautiful. The video lovely. May God give you peace.

Kay Bertholdt 2020-05-10T15:53:30

My deepest sympathy to Trudy and her family. Brita’s service online was lovely. I felt as tho I were there with you. Brita’s life is to be celebrated! 101 years and able to live in her own home till the end. Trudy, Rhonda and Jeanne have been devoted, caring daughters cherishing family all Brita’s life. I’m so happy for her to have Rhonda, Jeanne and Alta at her side to provide comport and peaceful passing. Bless her soul.

Sharyn Hanna Meagher 2020-05-09T15:52:48

Trudy, Jeanne , Rhonda and Alta
What a wonderful service. I know she will be missed. What a spectacular life Brita led. Blessings to you all.
Peace and Love,
Perky Mull

Perky Mull 2020-05-09T11:31:37

Brita was someone who made her church a special place. Her faithfulness and dedication, creativity and service were beyond measure. She and Myron were extremely helpful to me as a new priest and first time rector.
They welcomed me into their home, family life generously. I learned much from them. Our common interest in antiques and collectibles were a passion we shared. mY life and many others were enriched and blessed.
How wonderful that she had such dedicated daughters who cared so much and in many ways. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Fr. Tom Rosa 2020-05-09T00:45:30

A note of gratitude for Brita’s many faithful contributions to the life and ministries at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Belvidere! Blessings of peace and consolation for her family and friends.

Fr. Randy Wakitsch 2020-05-08T06:51:26

So sorry for your loss. Brita was a dear, dear person fondly remembered by me. My thoughts and prayers are with all family and friends who were touched by her love and kindness.

Patricia Eickstead 2020-05-06T17:22:24


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