Kelsey Marie Barsic, 17, of Elburn, died tragically following a car accident early Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009. In an instant, a thousand other lives changed forever, but Kelseyâ€™s smile and generosity will never be forgotten.
She was born in Aurora on April 1, 1992, the daughter of Jim and Brenda (Weiland) Barsic.
Kelsey grew up in Elburn and attended Kaneland schools. She planned to graduate in 2010 and attend college to pursue a medical career. She had made several wonderful lifelong friends during her school years.
When she wasnâ€™t in school or busy with friends, Kelsey worked at an ice cream parlor in Sycamore, Ill.
Always on the move, Kelsey was rarely home. She was full of life, fun and energy. A social teenager, Kelsey always had time for friends and going out. She also made time to help her grandpa with household chores and would enjoy a long lunch with him afterwards. She enjoyed spending time with her sister, Kaitlyn, and taking her places even though she would have to search Kaitlynâ€™s room for her clothes. Kelsey and her friend Caitlin loved taking her youngest sister Kaley and Caitlinâ€™s nephew for a fun day at Chuck E Cheese.
Kelsey was an adventurous soul who liked to vacation with family and friends in Wisconsin and Disney World. She loved to laugh and brought joy to everyone. She was always eager to help others. She will be greatly missed and treasured forever.
She now leaves her parents, Jim and Brenda; two sisters, Kaitlyn and Kaley; maternal grandfather, LaVerne Weiland of Elburn; several aunts and uncles, Dan (Karen) Weiland of Elburn, Laura (Billy) Larson of Cortland, Valerie (Chad) Boughton of Elburn, Charles â€œChasâ€ Barsic of Maple Park, Matt Barsic of Sycamore, Karen (Jim) Morris of Doha, Qatar, Mike (Connie) Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., Marianne Gemmer of Maple Park, and Mark Gemmer of Kaneville; several cousins, Brian Gemmer of Kaneville, Megan (Brad) Thill of North Aurora, Emily Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., Paul Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., David Gander of Madison, Wis., Bob Gander of Rochester, Minn., Eric Gander of Rochester, Minn., Jennifer (Ben) Halvorson of Chatfield, Minn., Craig Weiland of Anchorage, Alaska, Matt Weiland of Elburn, Michelle Weiland of Elburn, Drake Boughton of Elburn, Siara Boughton of Elburn, and Logan Boughton of Elburn; and many special family and friends wherever she went.
She now joins her maternal grandmother, Josephine Weiland; and maternal grandparents, Joseph and Edna â€œBabsâ€ Barsic, who preceded her in death.
Visitation and wake was Monday, Aug. 24, at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn. A mass to celebrate her life was Tuesday, Aug. 25, at St. Gall Church. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at S.S. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Virgil.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial was established in her name. Checks may be made to the â€œKelsey Barsic Memorialâ€ and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.