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The Elburn Herald has been serving the Kaneland communities since 1908. To reach our editor, Keith Beebe, email, or call (630) 365-6446, ext. 105. To reach our owner/publisher, Ryan Wells, email, or call (630) 365-6446, ext. 107.

Elburn Lions Bingo

The Elburn Lions Club hosts a Bingo night every Friday at the clubhouse at Lions Park. The doors open at 6 p.m. Early Bird Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m., with regular games beginning at 7 p.m. Thirteen regular games are offered, as well as three progressive and one split-the-pot raffles.

Proceeds go towards Campaign SightFirst II, a worldwide Lions fundraising campaign to fight preventable and reversible blindness. Call (630) 365-6315.

AID hosts telethon at WCC

The Association for Individual Development is hosting its 10th annual telethon Feb. 28 at Waubonsee Community College’s Sugar Grove campus.

The telethon is an all-day event to raise $125,000 for programs and services for children and adults with disabilities and mental illness. The broadcast will feature local talent and interviews with AID clients, family and staff. Hundreds of volunteers are needed.

The telethon will air on local Comcast channels 99 and 17, and Mediacom channel 15. The public is welcome to attend the telethon’s live broadcast. To volunteer, pledge or for more information about the telethon, call Wendy at (847) 931-2294.

2009 Charles Hanson, M.D. Scholarship

Delnor Health Care Foundation offers the Charles Hanson, M.D. Scholarship to qualifying students. The scholarship endowment was established in 1999 by the Delnor staff and medical community to honor the dedication pediatrician Dr. Hanson demonstrated to families in the Fox Valley area for so many years.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be a Delnor volunteer, medical staff member, employee or a relative of one of these, an employee of a Delnor-affiliated physician, or resident of a community served by Delnor Health System. Those communities include Aurora, Batavia, DeKalb, Geneva, Elburn, Elgin, Kaneville, LaFox, Maple Park, Mooseheart, North Aurora, St. Charles, South Elgin, Sugar Grove, Sycamore, Virgil, Wasco, Wayne and West Chicago.

Applicants must also have been accepted to a medical school, graduate program or professional program, with all applicable undergraduate/prerequisites completed, and be pursuing a medically related career. Examples of qualifying study include nursing, medicine and physical therapy. Previous award recipients are welcomed to reapply for the scholarship award. Applications are due by May 1, 2009.

For a copy of the 2009 Charles Hanson, M.D. Scholarship guidelines and application, a downloadable PDF is available at: Direct questions to Judy McCosky, Delnor Health Care Foundation at or (630) 208-3896.

Lions Park announce Calendar Raffle winners

Dorothy Milnamow of Elburn won $500 in the Lions Park Calendar raffle for January 2009.

Other local winners include the Elburn Seniors of Maple Park, $50; Lynette Swan, Rich and Doris Hall, Miller Aimee, Rob and Tom, Dylan Kuipers, Michael Hill, Sam Marcusson, Gene Laski and Jim Gillett of Elburn, and Mike Sauber of Maple Park, all winning $25

Local winners for the February 2009 raffle include Sue Helfers, Country Automotive, John and Judy Van Bogaert, Melanie Kuhar, Rob and Tom (twice) and Jim Gillett of Elburn, and Zak Streid, Aleah Meyer and Elburn Seniors of Maple Park, all winning $25.

Food company donates to local food bank

Homemade Gourmet is hosting 24 canned-food drives in February around the country, including one in Big Rock.

During the company’s Taste & Talk event on Friday, Feb. 20, Homemade gourmet consultants and others interested in the company will gather to taste the new spring/summer food line. Admission is a canned good.

The Texas-based Homemade Gourmet offers a line of more than 100 food mixes and beverages distributed through a network of homebased consultants.

Homemade Gourmet’s Rebecca Genglerwill be on hand to answer questions. Guests who attend will receive a free food sample to take home and enjoy with their family. The Big Rock-area Taste & Talk will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at Rebecca’s Home, 400 Jefferson, Big Rock.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Rebecca at (630) 556-4259.

County technology committee addresses environmental issues

The public is invited to learn about the new Kane County Environmental and Energy Technology Committee.

Join the group on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the St. Charles Library, lower level, to hear from Thomas Van Cleave, chair of the new committee created to address the environmental issues facing Kane County. Joining him will be Karen Kosky, watershed engineer.

For more information, call (630) 365-2138.

St. Charles Episcopal hosts wine tasting, auction

St. Charles’ Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25), St. Charles, invites adult members of the community to a wine tasting and auction on Sunday, Feb. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Top Shelf Wine Shop, 240 Randall Road, South Elgin.

Every four years, the Senior High Group goes on a pilgrimage; the adult members of the parish are raising some of the funds for the group’s June trip to University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. The Senior High youth have also raised funds with a November poinsettia sale and a recent sub-sandwich sale.

Help support the parish Senior High Pilgrimage, learn about different wines and enjoy a silent auction by purchasing $25 tickets from the church at (630) 584-2596. More information on church worship, outreach activities, education and the outdoor labyrinth is available at


Friday, Feb. 20
Boys Basketball:
Varsity/sophomore vs. Geneva, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 21
Boys Basketball:
Freshmen at Geneva (WSC Tourney), TBA.
Girls Track:
Varsity/JV at Wheaton-Warrenville South Quad, 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 25
Boys Track:
Varsity/JV at Sycamore, 4 p.m.

Dave’s Hairstyling adds stylist

Dave’s Hairstyling is pleased to announce the addition of stylist Kelsey Scott. Kelsey is a graduate of Pivot Point International Academy for Hair, and specializes in woman’s haircuts, perming and color.

Kelsey has been a member of Midtown Martial Arts for the past nine years. She volunteers as a leader in two youth programs for the Kane County area, designed to build relationships with middle school and high school age students in order to help them achieve their greatest potential in all areas of life.

“I am so excited to serve the people of my neighborhood,” Scott said. “I love the small-town feel and the friendly atmosphere. I am proud to be a resident of such a family-oriented community.

Kelsey can be reached at (630) 365-5911.

Sugar Grove UMC offers annual benefit luncheon

Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will host its annual Bread and Soup Benefit Luncheon on Sunday, March 1, from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House.

The outreach fundraiser is based on voluntary donations. Contributions can be made to Aurora Shalom Ministries. It is a faith-based ministry to at risk children and youth.

Call Sugar Grove United Methodist Church at (630) 466-4501 for more information.

Donald Parker DeMerritt

Donald Parker DeMerritt, 72, of Aurora, formerly of Big Rock, passed away following a 12-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease on Feb. 7, 2009, in Springfield, Mo. He was born Aug. 20, 1936, the son of John Parker and Anna Helen (Stewart) DeMerritt in Aurora.

Don grew up in Aurora on Pigeon Hill and attended local schools. He graduated from East Aurora High School in 1954. Following graduation, Don became an apprentice typographer for the Aurora Beacon before he was drafted into the United States Army. Before he went to boot camp, he married his neighborhood sweetheart, Sandra Bushor, in 1958.

He served his country from 1959 until his honorable discharge as a Staff Sergeant in 1961. Upon his return to civilian life, Don continued to work setting type for the Aurora Beacon for the next 40 years, retiring in September 1998. In later years, Don worked as a part-time realtor for Pilmer Realty in Plano.

Don and Sandra made their home in Aurora until 1972, when they moved to Big Rock.

Don was a long-time member, past president and recipient of the Fellows Award by the Big Rock Lions Club. He also was a faithful member and served as trustee and treasurer for the Big Rock English Community Congregational Church. Don held the office of Secretary Treasurer for the Aurora Trades and Labor and was the union representative for the Aurora Beacon News. He also served time as the President of the Chicago Progressive Club, which was a political party within the International Typographical Union, of which he was also a member.

Don, known to some in later years as “Papa,” had a special sly sense of humor which he only bestowed upon close family and friends, and was always accompanied by his “Archie Bunker” smile. Don was the oldest of six children and possessed an intellect that belied his years, which partly came from the numerous books and newspapers that found their way onto his path. His love of dogs began during his childhood, and his devotion to “man’s best friend” only grew throughout the years.

He now leaves two children, John DeMerritt and Kathleen (Isidro) Gonzalez, both of Aurora; five siblings, JoAnn Gately of San Clemente, Calif., Alan (Jan) DeMerritt of Coldwater, Miss., James (Betty) DeMerritt of Delray Beach, Fla., Patricia (Bill) Buss of Oakland, Ark. and Martha (John) Duy of Bitely, Mich.; two step-grandchildren, Melanie and Chris Gonzalez of Oswego; and one “adopted grandson,” Brian Gonzales of Aurora; many nieces and nephews, as well as a community of friends.

He now joins his wife, Sandra, and his parents who preceded him in death.

Visitation was held Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Rev. Byron Henn, pastor of the Big Rock English Congregational United Church of Christ, officiated, and interment followed on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Aurora.

A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Donald Parker DeMerritt Memorial” and sent in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through

Lord of Life movie event

Lord of Life Church will show the movie “Fireproof” on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m.

All couples are invited to register to attend the special event. The cost is $20 per couple and includes the movie, popcorn and drinks, and a copy of the “Love Dare 40-day Devotional Challenge Guide.”

Lord of Life Church is celebrating 20 years of connecting people with Jesus and each other. Join the congregation for Sunday morning worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., and fellowship and refreshments in the Family Life Center at 9:30 a.m. Nursery Care is available during both worship services, and Sunday school is available for school-aged children during the 10 a.m. worship service. The church is located at 40W605 Route 38 in Elburn.

For more information, visit or call (630) 513-5325.

Lutheran choir to perform in Batavia

The Valparaiso University Chorale, one of the nation’s leading Lutheran collegiate choirs, will perform Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St., in Batavia, as part of its spring tour of major cities in nine Midwestern states. The concert will feature an array of classical and contemporary choral works.

The performance is free and open to the public. A freewill donation will be collected. For more information, call the church at (630) 879-3444.

C.S. Lewis classic explored at Adult Winter Retreat

Hosanna Lutheran Church will have an Adult Winter Retreat on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dr. Jerry Root of Wheaton College will explore the message and meaning of the C.S. Lewis classic book, “The Screwtape Letters,” with his presentation “A Window to Your Soul.”

Cost of the retreat is $15 per person and includes lunch. Advance registration is required, as space is limited.

For more information or to register, call (630) 584-6434 or visit The church is located at 36W975 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Millikin names local students on dean’s list

Millikin University announced the list of students named to the dean’s list for the Fall 2008 semester, including several local students.

Named to the high dean’s list was Jacqueline Rempala of Sugar Grove. Named to the dean’s list were Erika Davidson and Rebecca Hof, both of Elburn.

To be eligible for the high dean’s list, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. To be named to the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.5 grade point average.

Burlington UMC hosts battle of the praise bands

The Burlington United Methodist Church will host four groups on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m., for a fundraiser benefiting the Burlington UMC mission trip to help repair homes in Appalachia.

The “Saving Grace” singers from Burlington UMC will head up the show, followed by “Beacon” of Epworth UMC, Elgin, “Joyful Noise” from Kaneville UMC, Kaneville, and then the old time gospel acoustic sounds of “The Good Ol’ Boys,” hailing from the Country Covenant Church in Plato Center. It will be a great show for folks of all ages.

Tickets are $10 at the door at the Burlington United Methodist Church, 195 W Center St., Burlington. All proceeds will go toward a mission trip with the Appalachia Service Project to Kentucky to repairs people’s homes. See them at

For more info, call (847) 683-3535 or visit

St. Gall announces parish mission

St. Gall Church invites the community to a lenten mission beginning Sunday evening, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Monsignor Robert Hoffman, former pastor of St. John Neumann parish in St. Charles, will conduct the mission.

The goal of the mission, whose theme is “God is Our Strength and Our Salvation,” is to identify the “givens” of our lives. “Givens are things that we cannot change, yet must hopefully live with in a positive way.” Msgr. Hoffman believes that if we accept and embrace the “givens” of life, we can experience relative happiness in our lives.

The mission continues Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 23 and 24. The same talk will be given each day at 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

For more information, please call the parish office at (630) 365-6030.

Boleslaw ‘Bill’ Wojtal

Boleslaw “Bill” Wojtal, 92, of Elburn, passed away at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009. He was born Oct. 27, 1916, in Szczecin, Poland.

Bill grew up in Szczecin and attended local schools. He joined the Deblin Air Force Academy in 1938, trained as a fighter pilot and began his career as a lieutenant. On the second day of the war, he shot down two enemy aircraft before a third clipped his wing. After jumping out, Bill parachuted to the ground safely before being captured by German forces and put in a concentration camp. For the rest of the war, he worked for the German government on local farms. He then joined the English Army until emigrating to the United States in 1949.

Once on American soil, Bill worked in the grain elevators on the south side of Chicago in Riverdale and lived with his sponsor family. Later, in January 1950, he met the love of his life, Dorothy Borek, and following a whirlwind 10-month courtship, they were married in October. They began their new life together in Chicago.

Bill worked for two paint companies, Benjamin Moore and DeSoto Chemical, for a combined 20 years before eventually retiring from the Chicago Board of Education, where he worked in the kitchen as a baker in 1987.

In 1991, Dorothy and Bill moved to Elburn behind Lions Park and have since made 18 years of memories. Bill was a faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church, as well as the Polish National Alliance.

In 1995, Bill had the honor of welcoming another generation into the family upon the arrival of his only grandson, Peter, which only highlighted the love he had for family. Bill was best known for his roses and vegetable garden, as well as his many fruit trees. He also grafted a few fruit trees, producing delicious hybrids for friends and family alike.

When he couldn’t be in his garden, Bill busied himself in his workshop honing his talent at making wine, which has been enjoyed by many over the years. From his window, Bill passed the time watching the local rabbits, squirrels and birds foraging for the “treats” he had left for them.

He now leaves his loving wife, Dorothy, of Elburn; one son, Eugene (Denise) Wojtal and their son Peter, all of Burlington; seven nieces and nephews, Paul (Mary) Borek, Pam (Mike) McDonald, Jim Borek, Connie (Bill) Piotrowski, Barbara (Ken) Little, Susan (Jay) Bledsoe and Mary Pilat; a very special family friend, Sharon (Ted) Gressick, and a family of friends.
He now joins his parents, two sisters and three brothers, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was on Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A wake service followed visitation. A mass celebrating his life was held at St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn on Tuesday, Feb. 17. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at St. Gall Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in Bill’s name. Checks may be made to the “Bill Wojtal Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through

NIU announces Fall 2008 dean’s list

Northern Illinois University announced its fall 2008 dean’s list students.

Local students named to the list include Kelsey Drendel, Mallory Enders, Krista Escamillo, Ian Essling, Micaelyn Janke, Spencer Johnson, Alicia Lisowski, Dominick Parillo, Katherine Potvin and Ryan Young, all of Elburn; Kelsey Borg, Danila Colosi, Rachel Mcdowelt and Lauren Stott, all of Maple Park; and Michael Algozine, Jake Bower, Raquel Debartolo, Jonathan Easto, William Homan, Joseph Kozon, Ashley Schroeder and Jacob Strong, all of Sugar Grove.

The dean’s list is compiled by NIU’s academic colleges according to varying criteria. Students enrolled in the colleges of Business, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Visual and Performing ARts, and Health and Human Sciences must meet a minimum semester grade point average of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale. Students enrolled in the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology must meet a minimum semester grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Pamela A. Waller

Pamela A. Waller, 58, of Sandwich, Ill., passed away suddenly on Sunday evening, Feb. 15, 2009.

She was born Aug. 31, 1950, the daughter of Alfred and Mariam (Meyer) Sullivan in Cincinnati, OH.

Pam grew up in near Cincinnati for a time and attended local schools. Later her family moved to Florissant, Mo., and stayed through her junior year in high school. In 1967, they moved once more to Glen Ellyn, Ill., where she finished out her senior year at St. Francis Catholic High School.

Pam was married early in life and during that time had two children, Annette in 1971 and Joseph in 1974. In 1979, she was remarried to Stephen Waller in Wheaton, Ill. They made their home together in Glen Ellyn, where the family grew to include Christina in 1981, and Shaun completed the family in 1984. Later in 1990, the family moved to Aurora. Pam moved once more in 2004 to Sandwich, Ill., where she has since made her home.

Throughout her life, Pam worked several jobs but never found a career. Instead she focused her energy into her passion, which was writing. Romance was her specialty, but she also found time to write poetry and songs. Her first major success came in the late 1990s when her first book, “Treasure My Heart,” was published. Several novels followed, including “The Glass Rose,” “The Ryan Brides,” “MacLeed’s Bride,” and “The Walk.”

Pam was a proud member of the Romance Writers of America and the International Society of Poets.

Pam’s heart was always open to anyone who needed an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on or to help celebrate a victory. She was also very proud of her Irish heritage, which was reflected in the research of her genealogy. In earlier years, she was fond of making charcoal drawings and later creations featured paintings in water color.

Her imagination didn’t stop there as she flexed her artistic flair in various forms, including arts and crafts, usually resulting in beautiful one-of-a-kind jewelry. As a young woman, Pam took classes to become a beautician. Those lessons served her well over the years as friends and family benefited from her talent.

In her spare time, and sometimes a source of inspiration, Pam indulged in romance and fantasy movies, though anything with Johnny Depp was fair game. She also was a collector of Betty Boop nostalgia, as well as fairies and angels. If there was a soundtrack to Pam’s life, it would have to include her favorite artist Phil Collins and her favorite genre, Celtic music. Pam’s first priority was her family, but she lived for her grandkids. Though she left too soon, Pam’s legacy of love and imagination will be felt for many years and generations to come. In recent months, she acquired an interest in NASCAR; (her favorite driver was Carl Edwards of the #99 car).

She now leaves her four children, Annette Pezzute and her children, Anthony, Stephanie, and Nicholas; Joseph Behr and his children, Morgan and Joshua; Christina Waller and her son, Zachery Clayton; and Shaun Waller; their father/step-father, Stephen H. Waller; two brothers, John Sullivan and Dan Sullivan; six sisters, Maureen Falkenberg, Sharon Sullivan, Geri Fata, Nancy Blocker, Laurie Hendrickson and Jennifer Howell; one uncle, Roger Sullivan; many nieces and nephews and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents, Alfred and Mariam Sullivan; one grandson, A.J.; one aunt, Helen Meyer; and both paternal and fraternal grandparents, who preceded her in death.

Friends may call from 3 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate her life will follow visitation at 8 p.m. Rev. Gary McCann, pastor of New England Congregational Church, Aurora, will officiate. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Pamela Waller Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through

St. Gall slates Ash Wednesday services

St. Gall Church in Elburn has slated the following services to observe the traditional beginning of the season of lent: services on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 25, will be at 8:30 a.m. (Mass and distribution of ashes), 12:10 p.m. (Word service and distribution of ashes), and at 7:30 p.m. (Mass and ashes).

In addition to the above services, there will also be a short service with distribution ashes for religious education students and their families on Monday, Feb. 23, at 4:30 p.m. Other religious education services will be at 4:30 and 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 24 and 25.

For more information, please contact the parish office at (630) 365-6030.

Possible attempted child abduction in Mill Creek Feb. 16

From the Kane County Sheriff’s Department
The Kane County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a report of an attempted child abduction that occurred in the Mill Creek Subdivision west of Geneva. The incident took place on Feb. 16 at approximately 3:00 p.m. in the area of Brundige and West Weaver Ct.

A male white subject approximately 20-30 years old with brown eyes and red hair approached a 9-year-old boy and asked if he wanted to go to bible study with him. When the boy said no, the subject exited his vehicle and grabbed the boys bicycle. The 9-year-old was able to free the bicycle and ride home. The subject got back in his car and left the area. He was last seen traveling north on Brundige towards Keslinger Road.

The subject was driving a newer model dark green Mustang GT with red seats and a decal of a baseball going through the back window.

The Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone who has information to please call the Kane County Sheriff’s Department at (630) 232-6840.


Thursday, Feb. 12
Boys Basketball:
Sophomore at Sycamore, 7 p.m.
Freshmen A/B at Burlington Central, 5:30 p.m.
Girls Basketball:
Sophomore at Sycamore, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, FEB. 13
Boys Basketball:
Varsity at Sycamore, 7 p.m.
Girls Basketball:
Varsity at Sycamore, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, FEB. 14
Boys Basketball:
Varsity/sophomore at Marmion, 4:30 p.m.
Freshmen A/B at Batavia, 9 a.m.
Girls Basketball:
Freshmen at Rochelle (WSC Tourney), TBA.
Varsity at LaSalle-Peru (IHSA 2A Sectionals), 9 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 16 (president’s day)
Boys Basketball:
Freshmen at Geneva (WSC Tourney), 5:30 p.m.
Girls Basketball:
Varsity vs. IMSA (IHSA 3A Regionals), 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 17
Girls Basketball:
Varsity – IHSA 3A Regionals, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 18
Boys Basketball:
Freshmen at Geneva (WSC Tourney), TBA.
Girls Track:
Varsity/JV at Dundee-Crown, TBA.

WSC future discussed

From the Western Sun Conference, “The WSC representatives met at Yorkville High School at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6 to discuss the future of the conference. As is done on an annual basis, the conference strengths, challenges, current enrollment and future enrollments were dicussed. The WSC will continue to have their regular monthly meetings to discuss what is best for our students and communities.”