Category Archives: 2010 Obituaries

Phil ‘Santa’ Kuzlik

A celebration of life for Phil “Santa” Kuzlik, 69, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at East Lake Community Church in Chapin, S.C.

The family received friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo, S.C.

An additional memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St, Elburn.

Phil died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010. Born in Chicago, he was the son of the late Theophil and Marianne Alaksiewicz Kuzlik.

A member of East Lake Community Church, he served as a church usher and member of the greeter team. He was a graduate of St. Rita High School in Chicago. In addition, he had many hours of mechanical, plumbing and electrical training.

He loved working for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and was supportive of all law enforcement branches. A man with a kind and giving heart, he played Santa during the holidays. He was always ready to help people and was the one others turned to when things needed to be fixed.

Surviving are his wife of 29 years, Pamela Olson Kuzlik; daughter, Denise Feltes (Jack) of Sugar Grove; son, Bob Kuzlik (Stephanie) of Dixon, Ill.; daughter, Kathryn Hofmann (Scott) of Elburn; son, Michael Kuzlik of St. Charles; daughter, Pam “Pammy” Kuzlik (Chris Busch) of Cleveland, Tenn.; stepsons, Jerry Carroll (Linda) of Lakeland, Fla., Randy Carroll (Toni) of Guyton, Ga.; 12 grandchildren, Anthony Stover, Anna, Sarah and Emma Feltes, Julie and Victoria Kuzlik, Chase Hofmann, Ciarra and Dylan Busch, Adeline, Isaiah and Joshua Carroll; sisters, Therese Kuzlik, Luanne Thiel Dehar (Allan); many unofficially adopted children; and beloved dogs, Maggie and Molly.

Special thanks to the staff of Palmetto Health Richland for their extraordinary care of Phil and his family.

Memorials may be made to Palmetto Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 100199, Dept. 274, Columbia, SC 29202 or East Lake Community Church, ACTS Metro, 10057 Broad River Road, Irmo, SC 29063.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

Virginia Claypool

Virginia Claypool nee Noland Wilson, 78, of Sugar Grove, passed away on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Virginia, also known as Ginni by her family and closest friends, was under the wonderful care of Tower Hill Healthcare Center in South Elgin and Passages Hospice during the final months of her life.

Virginia was born on July 17, 1932, in St. Mary’s, W.Va. At the age of 12, she was taken in by the family of Hal and Eunice Wilson. The Wilsons and their daughter, Dona Lynn, welcomed Virginia into their home, where she was adopted and became a member of a wonderful loving family.

Virginia attended Spencer High School and excelled in everything she did. She finished top in her class. She was also voted most popular and most likely to succeed by her classmates. After graduation, Virginia ventured far from home to attend Aurora College in Aurora, where she studied education and worked part time at All Steel in Montgomery. It was during this time in college where she met the love of her life and future husband, James Claypool.

After graduation, she taught English at the Community High School in Erie, Ill., and then at Franklin Junior High in Aurora. James and Virginia were married on June 22, 1957, in Aurora and began building their life together. In October of 1958, Virginia gave birth to her first child, Mark Claypool. At that time she gave up her teaching career to dedicate her life to her family. In 1964, James and Virginia adopted an infant girl, Lisa, and their family was complete.

Virginia worked as an admissions counselor at Aurora College and later served a term as President of the Alumni Association. Virginia attended Northern Illinois University and earned a Masters Degree in Education.

In 2000, the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease began to show and set the stage for the final years of her life. True to her nature, she did research to better understand and come to terms with the disease that would eventually claim her life.

Virginia is survived by her husband, James Claypool of Sugar Grove; son, Mark (Tricia) Claypool of Sugar Grove; daughter, Lisa Claypool Allen of Evanston, Ill.; grandsons, Tyler and Kyle Claypool and Joseph Allen; granddaughters, Brianne Claypool and Rose Allen; brothers, Bill Noland, Jack Stewart and Harley Stewart; sisters, Helen Boggs and Dona Lynn MacMurdy.

Virginia is preceded in death by her birth parents, Lula and Amon Noland; her adopted parents, Hal and Eunice Wilson; and two brothers, Eugene Hornbeck and Warren Noland.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60506. Funeral services were held at 10 am. on Wednesday, at the chapel. Graveside services will immediately follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery in Sugar Grove.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested gifts be made in Virginia Claypool’s name to the National Alzheimer’s Association or Aurora University.

Virginia Claypool—high achiever, loving wife, doting mother, faithful servant to God in life.

For information, please call (630) 897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.

Annie “Ann” V. Gliddon

Annie “Ann” V. Gliddon, 92, of Sugar Grove, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at The Tillers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oswego.

She was born April 5, 1918, in Elburn, the daughter of Earl and Gracie (Galiger) Wilkison.

Ann grew up in Elburn and attended local schools. During high school, Ann worked for Jane Nash in the hotel/restaurant in downtown Elburn. She graduated from Elburn High School in 1936. Following graduation, she worked as a waitress at The Farm.

Ann was united in marriage to Fred E. Goetz on Aug. 23, 1940, in the parsonage of the West Chicago Congregational Church. They welcomed a daughter, Ethel, two years later, and made their home in Elburn until 1968, when they moved to Sugar Grove.

Following Fred’s passing on Aug. 23, 1991, love favored her again when she was married to Almer T. Gliddon in Carrie’s Parlor at the Community Congregational Church of Elburn on Jan. 15, 1994. Sugar Grove continued to be her home with Almer and was where they enjoyed 15 years of love and memories until he passed away on Oct. 3, 2009.

While raising her daughter, Ann also worked at a tailoring factory for a time, as well as Burgess Norton during WWII. She returned to waitressing at the Fisher Cafe in Elburn for many years before turning to bookkeeping for her husband when they purchased from his dad the Elburn Hardware, Plumbing and Heating in 1954. After the business was sold 14 years later, Ann worked for the Henry Pratt Company. She retired 16 years later in 1985.

Ann was a lifetime member and Sunday school teacher for 10 years at the Community Congregational Church of Elburn and was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America. She was a 50-year member and past chaplain of the Elburn American Legion Auxiliary, Post No. 630, where she compiled a book of prayers that was dedicated to her sister Grace and won honors when it was submitted to a regional competition. In later years, Ann volunteered at Provena Mercy Center Hospital from 1990-94. During that same time, she was a member and past Treasurer of the Women of the Moose in Aurora, Chapter No. 83.

Ann loved her family and spent as much time as she could with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She never slowed down and filled her time with many activities and memberships but was at her best in the kitchen making mouth watering cookies, toffee, peanut brittle, pies and angel food cakes. Out of the kitchen, her hands kept busy sewing and crocheting, and any time left over was given to reading her favorite books.

She is survived by her daughter, Ethel (Bill) Cole of Manteno, Ill.; two step-children, Mary (Ken) Gustafson of Elburn and Steve Gliddon of Elburn; one granddaughter, Jacklyn (Bruce) Campbell and their children, Logan and Timothy of Yorkville; four step-grandchildren, Diana (Howard) Bentley and their children, Erica and Elizabeth of Concord, N.C., Tom Cole of Salisbury, N.C., Eric Gustafson of Geneva, and Jon Gustafson, of Geneva; and one sister-in-law, Lillian Windisch of Mountain Home, Ark.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Gracie; husbands, Fred Goetz and Almer Gliddon; seven siblings, Edwin Wilkison, Ray Wilkison, Cora Lee, Earl Wilkison, Jane Willis, Grace Kintz and Hattie Windisch; and two sisters-in-law, Marion Wright and Mable Simpson.

Visitation was Monday, at Community Congregational Church of Elburn, with a service following that evening. The Rev. Michelle Prentice-Leslie, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed Tuesday morning at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit Sugar Grove Public Library, Sugar Grove Fire Protection District, the Elburn Lions Club, the Elburn Community Congregational Church and the American Legion Auxiliary Post 630 of Elburn. Checks may be made to the “Ann Gliddon Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or online at www.conleycare.com, where you can also find Ann’s full life story.

Mary J. Miller

Mary J. Miller, 82, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Elburn, passed from this life to eternal life on Aug. 20, 2010.

She is survived by her husband, Dean D. Miller; her daughter, Frances (Tom) Wilson; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She now joins her daughter, Carol Ann Miller.

Her visitation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A service to celebrate her life will be held on Friday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m., with visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. David Petty of Rockford will officiate. Interment will follow at Blackberry Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Mary Miller Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or online at www.conleycare.com.

Clare Groff Frantz, Jr.

Clare Groff Frantz, Jr., 95, of Sugar Grove, passed away at his home surrounded by the love and prayers of his family on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010.

He was born Dec. 4, 1914, the son of Clare Groff Sr. and Eleanor S. (Tague) Frantz in Moorestown, N.J.

Groff lived in Chicago for a time. The family moved to Sugar Grove during the winter of 1925-26. Groff graduated from Sugar Grove High School with the class of 1934 and then joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and was stationed in Brule, Wis. A year later, he attended the University of Cincinnati.

Groff was united in marriage on June 4, 1939, to Jeanette Huggins and eventually welcomed home four children. They began their new life together in Hessville, Ind. Groff and Jeanette’s lives took separate paths in the fall of 1962, but he would be lucky in love once again when he met Ruth Boy Randall at a group called Parents Without Partners. They would soon have no need for the group when they joined their two families in October of 1963.

Groff served as a machinist apprentice at Youngstown Sheet and Tube in Hammond, Ind., eventually becoming a journeyman tool maker/ machinist just before WWII began. Groff received a deferment during war time and helped make engines for B-25 bombers in Chicago. Following the war, Groff and his then-growing family came back home to Sugar Grove and converted a local blacksmith shop into his own machine shop, complete with an upstairs apartment. In the late 1940s, Groff began working for many companies, including Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab. Any time not spent at work was dedicated to Groff’s imagination, and the results were born in his shop, which was where he loved to be. For 95 years, Groff’s hands never slowed.

Groff was a member of the Lincoln Highway Association, the Contemporary Historical Vehicle Association and the Auroraland Auto Restorers Club, where he served as president. As a Mason, he was a member of the Jerusalem Temple Lodge, No. 90 in Aurora. Groff was also a lifetime member, past Sunday school teacher and drew up the plans for the Fellowship addition at the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church. He helped establish the first Boy Scout Troop 41 in Sugar Grove. He formed the Sugar Grove Historical Society around his dining room table. In addition, Groff was also Past Assistant Chief of the Volunteer Sugar Grove Fire Department.

Groff’s achievements and inventions were only limited to the scope of his imagination. His machines were ingenious, his labor intensive, and the results were numerous and one of a kind.

When the children were young, Groff and Jeanette vacationed at a cabin in Hayward, Wis., and later, when Groff and Ruth’s families became one, trips to the Upper Peninsula in Michigan became an annual ritual. At first, the family spent their time living in tents until a cabin was built and later re-built, becoming a haven for family retreats. Groff and Ruth also loved to travel around the country with friends through the CHVA and the Lincoln Highway Association in vintage cars and motorcycles. Groff also built a roadster from the frame up using a Crosley Station Wagon, and his son Cliff now owns and shows it at local car shows.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth, of Sugar Grove; nine children, Clifton G. (Lynne) Frantz of Batavia, Nancy C. Wilkison of Elburn, David S. (Vickie) Frantz of Sugar Grove, Steven J. Frantz of Sandwich, Mark J. (Beth) Randall of Plain City, Ohio, David L. (Kathy) Randall of Yorkville, Terry M. (Jim) Jensen of Aurora, Jane A. (Ken) Laurie of Elburn and Dwight C. (Monica) Randall of Woodstock; 20 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Thomas T. Frantz; and two grandsons, Curtis Groff Frantz and Jonathon Randall.

Visitation and a memorial service were held Monday, Aug. 23, at the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 176 Main St., Sugar Grove. The Rev. Steven Good, pastor of the church, officiated. Private family interment will follow at a later date.

In lieu flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit the Sugar Grove Historical Society. Checks may be made to the “Sugar Grove Historical Society” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 102, Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or online at www.conleycare.com.

Marjorie Cecelia Klein

Marjorie C. Klein, of Elburn, 87, passed away on July 13, 2010.

Marjorie was born on Aug. 17, 1922, in Taylorville, Ill., to Frank and Margaret (Lupton) Curtin.

After WWII, during which she worked at an aviation plant, Marjorie finished beauty school in Springfield, Ill., and became a licensed beautician. She practiced her art in Decatur, Ill., where she partnered with her friends in her first private enterprise.

After marrying Bill Salins, she moved to Chicago with her children, Judy and Billy, and operated Avalon Beauty Salon in Maywood and Bellwood.

Even after retiring, she continued to work for Hair Crafters in Elgin.

Marjorie was involved with the Holy Name Society, Elburn Book Club and Senior Vitality of Delnor in her later years. She did the crossword puzzle everyday.

Marjorie was a member of St. Peter & Paul Church in Virgil, where a memorial mass will be held in her honor on Saturday, Aug. 21, at 11 a.m.

Survivors include her son, Bill (Christine) Youmans; her grandson, S. Aaron Etienne; and her niece, Marjorie Ann (Jim) Schick and their son, Robert.

Marjorie is preceded in death by her daughter, Judith K. Etienne; and William D. Youmans, Bill Salins and Ralph Klein, her loving husbands.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to The American Cancer Society in honor of Marjorie at www.cancer.org or American Cancer Society, 225 North Michigan Avenue #1210, Chicago, IL 60601-7833 (312) 372-0471.

Joan I. Needham

Joan I. Needham, 74, of DeKalb, formerly of Maple Park and Big Rock, passed away on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at the DeKalb Area Retirement Center in DeKalb.

She was born on May 26, 1936, in Aurora, the daughter of Lloyd and Helen (Schuld) Fritsch.

Joan was raised on a farm outside of Big Rock and went through 12 years of school there. After graduating from Big Rock High School, she entered the Copley Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Aurora, and made many lifelong friends there.

Joan was united in marriage on Sept. 23, 1956, at the Baptist Church in Big Rock, to Mr. Donald C. Needham. They made their first home in Maple Park.

Joan went to work as a registered nurse at the Sycamore Municipal Hospital and continued there until 1970. She held many positions, including charge nurse of pediatrics, evening house supervisor, and assistant night house supervisor.

Joan’s family began to grow; Pamela Jo was born in 1957 and Peggy Ann was born in 1960. In 1969, Joan accepted a position at the new Mid-Valley Area Vocational Center, where she was one of the eight “original” teachers who developed curriculum and taught junior and seniors from the participating schools.

Joan went back to school and earned her baccalaureate degree from the College of St. Francis in 1977. After completing her degree, Joan moved on to Delnor Hospital in St. Charles for three years, working as an in-service education instructor. In 1980, she was hired as director of education at DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Facility.

Joan graduated in 1981 from Northern Illinois University with a master’s degree in adult education. She also taught continuing education courses for nurses and nursing assistants at Kishwaukee Community College, Elgin Community College and Waubonsee Community College.

Joan’s career expanded when she began writing textbooks for Delmar Publishers in New York. She authored, co-authored and contributed chapters for a total of 13 books. In addition to writing, she served as a consultant for the development of media materials used in teaching nurses and nursing assistants.

Through the years, Joan was active at Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park, serving as a Sunday school teacher, and on various committees at First United Methodist Church in DeKalb, and as secretary for two years for the United Methodist Women. Joan was also a member of the Illinois Nurses Association and Delta Kappa Gamma sorority for women in education.

Joan was an original board member establishing the Maple Park Public Library in 1963 and continued to serve on the board for 20 years. She volunteered at both the DeKalb County Hospice and the DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center.

In her spare time, Joan enjoyed several hobbies, including photography, needlework, sewing, genealogy, traveling and entertaining.

Joan is survived by her daughters, Pamela Needham-Volkert of Rochelle, Ill. and Peggy (Jeff) Yagen of Maple Park; her grandchildren, Samuel Volkert of Rochelle, Ill., Margaret Joan Yagen of Maple Park, Kim (Todd) Stecker of Creston, Ill., and Stephanie (Eric) Kersten of Ashton, Ill.; her great-grandchildren, Noah and Luke Steckert, and Madison and Elias Kersten; her brothers, Ken (Barbara) Fritsch of Wheaton, Ill., and Ron Fritsch of Chicago; her sister, Beverly (Gene) May of Sugar Grove; her good friends, Blen and Perry Lakin, Gwen and John Fox, Barbara Hoffman, Myrna and Bob Stouffer; and many nieces and nephews.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Needham; and her parents, Lloyd and Helen Fritsch.

A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, at the First United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St., DeKalb, with Reverend Laura Crites officiating.

Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 30, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St., Hinckley. Interment will follow in the Ohio Grove Cemetery in DeKalb.

Memorials in Joan’s name made by made to either the DeKalb County Hospice, 2727 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, IL 60115, or to the First United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115.

Joan’s family would like to thank the DeKalb County Hospice for their wonderful care of Joan.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory, (815) 286-3247. For information, visit www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com.

Donna Mae Crook

Donna Mae Crook, 76, of Elburn, formerly of Lily Lake, passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Tuesday, July 20, 2010.

She was born Dec. 15, 1933, in Elmhurst, Ill., the daughter of Donald and Mable (Anderson) Talty.

Before she was 1, her father took a different path. Mable then married Edward Reinink Jr., who became the man she always saw as her father.

Donna jumped on a train each day to attend Wheaton High. Her younger years were filled with happy memories and times spent in the family-owned meat market and general store, Andersons, in Elmhurst.

She found love very early in life and caught the eye and the heart of William Crook. They were united in marriage on Oct. 21, 1950, in Warrenville, Ill. Donna and Bill spent many years raising a family and making their house a home.

When Bill became afflicted with MS, Donna became his caretaker for more than 20 years. Their love increased with every day; their bond becoming unbreakable until his passing in 1993.

They began their new life together on the family farm for a time until 1953, when they moved to Lily Lake. They built a new home two years later. After Bill’s passing in 1993, Donna moved to live with her son, Tom, and his family for the next 13 years.

Donna’s heart was big enough to care for the world and everyone in it. For most of her years, she was affectionately known by all as “Grandma.” She never met a stranger, and very few ever left without having their lives changed for the better.

Never one to brag about herself, Grandma could do anything. She worked on the farm, at a pickle company for a time, worked as a welder, and later worked many years in the restaurant industry. Grandma worked at The Farm Inn in Wasco, Campton Inn in Lily Lake, and later at the Kountry Kettle in Elburn.

Family was most important in her life, so for the next many years she helped take care of her grandchildren, spoiling them rotten and loving every moment. Grandma was a fixture in their lives, present for every step and every accomplishment.

She went back to work after the grandkids were grown at her best friend and daughter Linda’s restaurant, Gert’s Place in Batavia, before dedicating her energy and care for the next many years at the Valley Sheltered Workshop until December 2009. It was the perfect place for a woman with an unlimited amount of love to give, and it didn’t take long for her to adopt “her kids” as her own. They adopted her as well, and the legend of Grandma grew exponentially.

Later she was featured in several newspaper articles lauding her hard work and determination, and deemed her the reason for the continued success of the shelter. After meeting Grandma, no one was ever the same, and the mark she left on the hearts and minds of all she knew will last for generations and beyond.

She is survived by her son, Tom (Deborah Lee) Crook of Elburn; seven grandchildren, Ted Crook, Jenny (Jason) Peak, Billy Norton, Eleni (Mark) Zelazoski, Cynthia Higgins, Kit Crook and Cody Crook; seven great-grandchildren, Emma Peak, Danielle Norton and her daughter, Lilly Ann; William Norton Jr., Brandy Norton, Joey Melby, Ashley Zelazoski and Derek Zelazoski; one sister, Charlene Terlecki; many nieces, nephews and a countryside of “family” that will never forget her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; daughter, Linda Runge; son, Willy (Doreen) Crook; sister, Kaye Brogie; and brother, Ed Reinink.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate her life on Saturday, July 31, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Lily Lake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in hers name to benefit Valley Sheltered Workshop and other favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Donna Crook Memorial” 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.

Beverly ‘Bev’ A. Siebert

Beveraly “Bev” A. Siebert, 71, of Yorkville, formerly of Elburn, passed away Monday, July 19, 2010, at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora.

Beverly was born July 7, 1939, in Mattoon, Ill., the daughter of Paul and Lois (Grant) Jones.

Bev grew up in Mattoon but moved to the Elburn area in 1949 and attended local schools.

On June 30, 1956, Beverly married her high school sweetheart, David Siebert. They made their home in California for a time but soon returned to Illinois, settling in the Elburn-Kaneville area, where they would share most of the next 48 years together. David and Bev moved to Yorkville in 1996. She continued to make her home there following David’s passing in 2004.

Though Bev worked at various jobs over the years, she made it her job to raise her children and care for David. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for her children, even pulling them in a wagon for over eight miles to a friend’s home who had a swimming pool. She truly made her house a “home,” making not only delicious meals but everlasting memories.

When the holidays came around, Bev was unofficially credited with inventing Chex Mix, a mixture of seasoned cereal now sold in bulk, but was once uniquely her own. She was firm but fair with her children, but when grandchildren came along, Bev found her calling, taking them shopping, teaching them how to bake, and she attended nearly all the various school events. Her family was her life, and she wouldn’t have had it any other way.

She is survived by three children, Paula Siebert of Yorkville, Terry (Sarah) Siebert of Manatee County, Fla., Trent (Dawn) Siebert of Sugar Grove; four grandchildren, Krista (Jay) Lutz and their son, Jayden, of Manatee County, Fla., and Jake Siebert of Oswego, Ill., Kylie and Tyler Siebert of Sugar Grove; one sister, Claudette Liehr of Oswego, Ill.; many nieces, nephews; and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a step-father, Walter “Bertie” Gregory; husband, David; and brother-in-law, Rick Liehr.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 24, with a service to conclude visitation at noon at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Interment will follow at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Beverly Siebert Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or at www.conleycare.com.

John T. Bush

In loving memory of John T. Bush, who was born March 2, 1963, passed away June 16, 2010.

Services were held June 21 at 7 p.m. at Salerno’s Rosedale Chapel in Roselle, Ill. Internment services were private.

John was a good friend and neighbor who always gave a helping hand. John will be missed and long remembered for his care of people and the land. May the Lord bless John’s daughter, Sara, family and many friends with his comforting hand.

Thank you

On May 4 of this year, our daughter Meridith passed away. It has meant so much to us to have received cards, emails, letters and phone calls from our Illinois friends.

Thank you for being there for us in our time of grief and honoring Meridith is such a positive way. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.

Al and Linda Albrecht
Mexico Beach, Fla.
labeach@mchsi.com

Marie E. Frasz

Marie E. Frasz (nee Gullidge), 90, of Geneva died peacefully in her home on June 17.

She was born Aug. 18, 1919, in Hobart, Tasmania.

She met her late husband, Dr. Edward Frasz, a naval officer during World War II in Sydney, Australia, and they corresponded for the duration of the war. After losing her two brothers in the war, she traveled to San Francisco to marry Ed on Sept. 10, 1945 and became a U.S. citizen.

They started their life together in Chicago before moving to Geneva in 1950 where Marie raised a family and assisted in running the office of Ed’s Geneva dental practice for 30 years.

Marie was a curator, docent and resident at the Fabyan Villa for 12 years, a volunteer at the Geneva History Center, and had a life long passion for flower arranging and was proud of her status as a senior member of the Geneva Garden Club.

She is survived by her two sons, Geoffrey (Margie) of Las Vegas, Andrew “Drew” (Gail) of Elburn, and a daughter, Paula of Plano; also her grandchildren, Laura, Aaron Frasz, Sephanie, Samantha, and Jerry Henrickson.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ed in 1983, and a son Noel in 1954, and her parents, two brothers and a sister.

Marie would say “Have a long, wonderful life. I sure did !”

Visitation was held Sunday, June 20 at the Yurs Funeral Home in Geneva. Burial took place Monday at Oak Hill Cemetery, in Geneva.

William J. Berens

William. J. Berens, 84, of Sycamore, passed away at Bethany Rehab Center on Monday, June 7, 2010.

William was born June 12, 1925, in Virgil on the family farm. He was the son of William. N. and Emma Berens.

He grew up in Virgil. When a young man, he became a carpenter/contractor and worked as a carpenter until he retired in 1980.

After retirement, he repaired furniture for just about anyone in the area.

Through the years, Bill had acquired many friends that he never ceased to remind you about.

His breakfast club buddies, for instance, whom he met with at various local restaurants, would always stir some kind of comeback remarks when William had an enlightening remark or catch phrase to throw out to them—which were all in good fun of course.

He was formerly married to Francis A. Berens and had four children. Later in his life he married Vivian Butts.

He is survived by four children, David (Wanda) Berens Maple Park, Richard (Georgia) Berens Maple Park, Michael (Toni) Berens Maple Park, and Bonnie (Jeff) Worland Jamestown, N.Y.

He had five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Joan (George) Potter of Canada and Dorothy (Chuck) Bristol of Virgil.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and sister, Dorothy Bristol, and his beloved dog, Susie.

A memorial service was held on his birthday, Saturday, June 12, at the Church of Christ, Sycamore.

Lucinda Muirhead Corron

Lucinda Muirhead Corron, 101, of Campton Township, died June 12 at her home.

She had been a resident of Campton Township for 64 years.

She was born June 4, 1909 in Plato Township, the daughter fo the late John and Elizabeth Beith Muirhead.

Lucinda graduated from Plato Township High School in1927 and also was a graduate of Wheaton College in 1931 and Northwestern University M.A. in 1938.

She taught English at Plato High School until her marriage to Robert Corron on June 14, 1946.

Her memberships include the Wasco Ladies Aid, St. Charles Women’s Club and she was a former member of the Plato Methodist Church. She was also a volunteer at the Elgin Mental Health Center.

She is survived by two sons, Robert (Jane) Corron of Campton Township, and David Corron of Campton Township. One Daughter, Sarah (Larry) Toms of Oregon, Ill., and one granddaughter, Ashley Corron, of Chicago.

Lucinda was preceeded in death by her husband, Robert, two sisters, Elizabeth Muirhead and Lillian Dahlstrom, and two brothers, Donald and John Muirhead.

Lucinda and her family appreciated the loving care given to her by Mary Niceley and Norene Milligan.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 16 at Whitney Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. June 15 at Yurs Funeral Home in St. Charles.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wasco Ladies Aid, the American Cancer Society, or to the Parkinson’s Sisease Foundation.

Marie C. Phillips

Marie C. Phillips, 90, of Elburn, passed away Saturday, June 5, 2010, at DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in DeKalb.

She was born Dec. 17, 1919, in Richardson, Ill., the daughter of Anthony and Susan Roberta (Deutsch) Heyob.

When Marie was only a child, the family moved to the Virgil area, where she attended S.S. Peter and Paul School. She graduated from Mt. St. Mary High School in St. Charles.

She was united in marriage to Walter “Bud” Phillips on July 13, 1940, at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Virgil. They began their new life together in St. Charles before moving to their home in Elburn in 1946. When her health began to decline, Marie moved to the DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Marie worked in the Elgin Watch Factory through the war but also worked for a number of businesses in the Kaneland area, including Smith’s Grocery in Elburn and the County Line Restaurant in Maple Park for 15 years before retiring at the age of 75.

She was a faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church for 64 years, was a former member of the Altar and Rosary Society, was a choir member for many years, and provided transportation to the nuns from Virgil and St. Charles for the religious education programs.

Marie was a private person and always found the comforts of home to be “just what the doctor ordered.” Her sense of humor was only a breath away and always on the dry side. Through her working years, she made many friends among the area farmers and neighbors whom she served at various restaurants and establishments where she worked.

She is survived by two daughters, Rose Marie Newcomb of Harrisburg, Ill., and Laura Sheehan of Chana, Ill.; three sons, Walter A. Phillips of St. Charles, Gerald (Judy) Phillips of DeKalb, and Raymond (Susan) Phillips of DeKalb; three siblings, Marcella Turk of Sycamore, Jacob (Marilyn) Heyob of St. Charles, and Richard Heyob of Russelville, Ark.; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, especially Cheryl Nicolaou and Bernard Blasch, and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter (1974); her brother, Anthony “Tony” (Jean) Heyob; brothers-in-law, Edwin F. Turk and Donald (Virginia) Blasch; sisters-in-law; and Taomi Heyob.

A wake service concluded the visitation on June 8 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. , Elburn, IL 60119. A mass to celebrate her life was held at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn, on Wednesday, June 9. The Rev. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at St. Gall Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities.Checks may be made to the “Marie Phillips Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or online at www.conleycare .com.

The family passed along a heartfelt thank you to all the dedicated staff and volunteers at the DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Helen A. Kahl

Helen A. Kahl, 92, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully into the arms of her Savior surrounded by the love of her family at her home on May 31, 2010.

She was born Dec. 8, 1917, in Aurora, the daughter of Richard and Mary (Gatzke) Dumdie.

Helen grew up in Aurora on Union Street and was able to walk to school every day. She graduated from East Aurora High School. Afterward, she began working for Miller, Bryant & Pierce Manufacturing, where they made typewriter ribbons.

Helen was 27 when she met the love of her life, Glenn Kahl, in August of 1945. After a whirlwind two-week courtship, Helen found a ring on her finger and was told, “You are it.” They were united in marriage the following year on Feb. 2, 1946. Sixty-four years of love, laughter and family later, it still was the best decision Glenn ever made.

They began their new life together in the Maple Park area and never left, making their house a home and a haven for friends and family.

Helen was a member of the UMW at the Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park, as well as Sunday School teacher for many years. When she wasn’t at work she found herself at a table among friends playing cards, especially Pinochle.

Helen loved to sew for her family, making endless flannel shirts, night gowns and even most of her own clothes. She was a fabulous baker known for her pies and coffee cakes. You knew she was baking the minute you walked into the house, because the intoxicating aroma coming from the kitchen instantly brought a smile to your face. Helen was especially proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a kind and compassionate soul, never said a bad word about anyone and was endlessly devoted to her “man,” loving him until the very end.

She is survived by her husband, Glenn, of 64 years; five children, Roger (Pat) Kahl, Dennis (Karen) Kahl, Carol (Ron) Williams, Allen (Mary) Kahl and Janet (Ken) Stoll; eight grandchildren, Grant (Cindy) Kahl, Brandon (Dana) Kahl, Chris (Kim) Kahl, Tiffany (Lori Angstadt) Kahl, Heather (Bert) Veldhuizen, Addam Kahl, Nick (Loren Thompson) Kahl and Breanne Kahl; eight great-grandchildren, Trevor Kahl, Kailyn Kahl, Brock Kahl, Mackenzie Kahl, Brooke Kahl, Peyton Kahl, Aidan Kahl and Garrett Veldhuizen; one brother, Paul (Audrey) Dumdie; an aunt, Bernice Helmeker; one sister-in-law, Lucille Johnson; two wonderful caretakers, Bev Roethlisberger and Krystyna Struzik; the compassionate hearts of DeKalb County Hospice; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends from church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Mary Dumdie; five sisters, Lucille Fritz, Ella Bastion, Minnie Wennemaker, Evelyn Shevlin and Mary Cross; her father and mother-in-law, Ray and laura Kahl; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Alice and Orvis Schroyer, Dorothy and Bill McAdams, and Merle Johnson.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. with a funeral service to celebrate her life to begin at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 3, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL, 60119. Burial will follow on Friday morning, June 4, at Gardner Cemetery, Maple Park, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Grace United Methodist Church and DeKalb Hospice. Checks may be made to the “Helen Kahl Memorial” 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. A full life story is also available on the website.

Elsie G. (Riedelsperger) Rissman

Elsie G. (Riedelsperger) Rissman, 91, of Shabbona, Ill., formerly of Elburn and Hinckley, passed away at the Shabbona Health Care Assisted Living Center, where she had recently made her home, on Saturday, June 5, 2010.

She was born Dec. 1, 1918, in Hinckley, the daughter of Louis and Pauline (Pfisterer) Riedelsperger. Elsie grew up in Hinckley, where she attended local schools.

Elsie was united in marriage to Walter M. Rissman on Feb. 8, 1938. They made their home in Aurora for a time until 1947, when they began farming in rural Hinckley. In 1952, they moved to the Rowe farm on Keslinger Road, and for a time, she worked at National Electronics (formerly Cetron). They continued to make their home on the farm until 1968, when they purchased the H-Way Lounge in Shabbona, Ill. Retiring in 1979, they continued to make their home in Shabbona, where Walter passed away in 1988. In the years since, Elsie continued to make her home in Shabbona with the help of her loving family.

Like her mother before her, Elsie was a good homemaker and housekeeper. They might have lived on a farm, but she would have no animals in her house, except the dog that David would sneak into the basement on cold winter nights. Elsie’s word was law, and the punishment for breaking the rules would often be being chased out the door with a broom.

Elsie loved to collect antiques: figurines, paper weights, antique furniture and antique dolls all had places in her heart and home. Although she had no hobbies, she was an avid Walmart shopper. Her travels never brought her farther from home than where she could get back to her own bed at night. Elsie was a good cook, always making something to make your mouth water. During their farming years, Elsie took charge of the house while Walter took care of the farm. Later they ran the Hi-Way Lounge, where she helped in the kitchen.
She is a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.

She is survived by four children, Marcia (Bill) Mikesell of South Elgin, Ill., David (Karren) Rissman of Elburn, Vicki (Ken) Lackey of St. Charles, Gary (Beverly) Rissman of Sugar Grove; 17 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; former son-in-law, Larry (Diana) Erickson of Kaneville; former daughter-in-law, Dianne Rissman of Buena Vista, Calif.; many nieces and nephews, and a countryside full of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter; one son, Darryl; one daughter, Connie; and five siblings, Florence, Clara, Martha, Walter, Ronald and Ella.

Visitation was Wednesday, June 9, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL, 60119. A funeral to celebrate her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley, on Thursday, June 10. Interment will follow the service at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

A memorial will be established in Elsie’s memory to benefit the Immanuel Lutheran Church and other charities. Memorials checks may be made to the Elsie Rissman 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 the obituary at www.conleycare.com.

Frances B. “Fran” Koenig

Frances B. “Fran” Koenig, 88, of Maple Park, passed away in the early morning hours, surrounded by the prayers of her family on Saturday, June 5, 2010, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born Nov.5, 1921, in Maple Park, the daughter of John and Grace (Birkeneder) Neisendorf.

Fran grew up in rural areas around Maple Park and attended local schools. She graduated Maple Park High School with the class of 1939.

Fran moved to Geneva for a time and attended a beauty school. She made use of her newly acquired education doing hair for various local beauticians.

Fran met her future husband, Edward Koenig, while still in high school. Their friendship would turn into love following his discharge from the United States Navy during WWII. They were united in marriage on Feb. 11, 1945, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park.

They would begin their new life together in their hometown of Maple Park and spend the rest of their lives raising a family and making enough memories to last a lifetime.

Ed and Fran ran the Dairy Bar on Main Street for a time while living above the shop. When they sold the Dairy Bar, Fran opened the Powder Box Beauty Shop next to Kahl’s Appliance Store. Later, when they built their home, Fran brought the Powder Box into her home and did hair for friends and family for the next 40 years.

In the 1970s, Fran not only was Sexton for St. Mary of the Assumption Cemetery on County Line Road in Maple Park, she also mowed it on a weekly basis.

In 1983, Fran put down her scissors and put away the curlers to begin a 21-year career at the Maple Park Post Office. In earlier years, both Fran and the Legion wives catered events for the American Legion. Later, she became the bar manager for many years. She retired from the Maple Park Post Office on May 31, 2005, and when her health declined a year later, she put down the books she kept for both the American Legion and the cemetery.

Fran was a member of the Maple Park American Legion Wives for many years. She was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Church Board, Cenacle Guild and helped count money on Sundays.

Fran was a woman who never seemed to stop moving or helping those in need within her community. When she wasn’t working or attending various meetings, you could find her sitting around the table with friends playing Pinochle or at the Legion playing Pitch. She also enjoyed her time trying to beat the house at different casinos, and when Bingo came calling, Fran always answered.

Fran was also known to hit the links in her late 60s with a local women’s golf group. In later years, Fran made many trips and cruises with friends across the country and abroad. From Las Vegas and Atlantic City and across the globe to Africa, Egypt, China, Ireland, Europe and Australia, Fran saw it all. Every night, Wheel of Fortune was an event, along with whenever her beloved Cubbies would play.

She is survived by five children, Rodney (Jacque) Koenig of Norwood, Colo., Stephen (Billie) Koenig of Rhinelander, Wis., Julia (Scott) Eyster of Rochelle, Ill., Patricia (Mike) Pomatto of Batavia, and Susan (Randy) Ekstrom of Elburn; six grandchildren, Aaron Eyster, Nathan Eyster, Christa Pomatto, Sarah Pomatto, Halie Ekstrom and Brooke Ekstrom; three siblings, Helen Strausberger of Sandwich, Ill., John (Rose) Neisendorf of DeKalb, and Bud (Betty) Neisendorf of Burlington, Ill.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends the world over.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward; and three sisters, Mary Eder, Babs Barsic and Agnes Neisendorf.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 10, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL, 60119. A mass to celebrate her life will be held at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Maple Park, Friday, June 11, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Joachim Tyrtania, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at St. Mary of the Assumption Cemetery.

For those unable to attend the mass, it will be available online at www.conleycare.com five minutes prior to the service. You may also view the service in an on-demand format 48 hours following the service at the same address.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in their her name to benefit St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, specifically the cemetery and organ restoration funds. Checks may be made to the “Fran Koenig Memorial” 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.

Gregory ‘Greg’ Phillip Graham

Gregory “Greg” Phillip Graham, 51, of Elburn, formerly of Lombard, Ill., passed away May 23, 2010, at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family following a long and fierce battle with cancer.

He was born Nov. 30, 1958, in Effingham, Ill., the son of Lynn and Vera Graham.

He grew up spending many years on his grandparents’ farm, and although he built his knowledge in local schools, his character was built on each acre of that farm.

Greg attended St. John’s Lutheran School and graduated from Glenbard East High School with the class of 1977. Greg found excavating and demolition work in the construction trade, working long hours but always finding time to work on various motorcycles and cars.

Greg found the love of his life just down the road from his home, but never met her until after graduation while camping with mutual friends. Tracy Gilman stole his heart while she gave him her own when they were united in marriage in 1982.

They began their new life together in Lombard for a time, where they began raising a family that would include two sons, Austin and Mason. In 1988, the family moved to Elburn, where he built the house where they would make their home.

Greg never found a motorcycle or car that he couldn’t fix up and sell for more than he paid. In recent years, a 1950 Ford brought him many hours of happiness as well as accolades when he won the First Place Friday Night Award in Lombard. His vehicle was also chosen to continue with an entry into the World of Wheels.

Greg hosted great parties and huge bonfires that originally just “happened” but quickly became an annual event that brought friends and family from around the country.

Greg was one of a kind. His strength of character that was forged on the farm combined with his infectious unique laugh and warmth of spirit made him unforgettable in every sense of the word. Gone but not forgotten, his presence can still be found in the legacy of memories he left behind for all those who loved him.

He is survived by his wife, Tracy; two sons, Mason Graham of DeKalb and Austin Graham of Elburn; five siblings, Marcia Catalano of Lombard, Kevin Graham of Lombard, Carole (Mark) Roberts of Wheaton, Ill., Jeff (Ann) Graham of Downers Grove, Ill., and Tim Graham of Lombard; his parents, Lynn and Vera Graham of Lombard; and many nieces, nephews and a family of friends who will miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by both his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL, 60119. A funeral to celebrate his life will begin at 11 a .m., Friday, May 28, also at the funeral home. The Rev. James Ilten, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lombard, will officiate. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit the American Cancer Society. Checks may be made to the “Greg Graham Memorial” 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.

Lyla Y. Johnsen

Lyla Y. Johnsen, 84, of Elburn, passed from this life to eternal life early in the afternoon on May 18, 2010, surrounded by the love of her family at Kindred Hospital in Sycamore.

Lyla was born the daughter of D. Clyde and Bessie B. (Brundige) Divine on Dec. 19, 1925, in Geneva.

She grew up in the La Fox area and attended both La Fox and Wasco schools. She graduated from Geneva High School with the class of 1942. After graduation, like many of her generation, Lyla found work at Burgess-Norton, where employees made tank piston pins in support of the war.

During her younger years on the family farm, Lyla got to know her “farm neighbor,” a 13-year-old boy named Jay Johnsen. Their farms were adjoined on a creek, and through the passing of time, friendship grew into love, and love into marriage on June 19, 1946.

They made their home with Lyla’s brother Bill and his wife until they could save enough money to have a dream farm of their own.

Lyla and Jay began farming on the Beith farm, where they farmed for three years until 1949, when Lyla and Jay moved to the Warne farm west of Elburn. There, they bought their first herd of dairy cows. In 1952, they moved to the Zeller farm on Shoefactory Road near Elgin, Ill., and farmed there until 1960, when they purchased the present family farm homestead, where Jay’s family lived when he was a boy.

Through the years they would farm many acres throughout the area. The Johnsen families eventually purchased 1,000 acres near DeKalb.

Besides working on the farm and raising her family, Lyla spent many years as a teacher’s aide at Wasco Elementary School, where many friendships were made with many generations. She also was a Sunday school teacher at United Methodist Church of Geneva.

Lyla had a giving heart and always found ways to give back to her neighbors and surrounding communities. She was a 4-H leader for more than 20 years, first with the Elgin Eagles and then with the La Fox Boys. When the boys were young, Lyla also was a Cub Scout Leader.

Her family ties were strong to the old one-room Sholes School house. Many members of her family were taught as students with her aunt, Emma Divine, being a teacher, as well. She was instrumental in the moving of the school house from Burlington and its refurbishing when it finally found its home in Le Roy Oaks Forest Preserve. When an election time came around on the calendar, she could always be counted on as an election judge.

Lyla also was a member of the Wasco Ladies’ Aid and the Aurora Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Later, she helped to organize and became a charter member of the Elias Kent-Kane Chapter of the DAR on December 10, 1980. Jay and Lyla both were active together, starting the Lords and Ladies Square Dance Club in Elgin. They also were very involved in the La Fox Farmers’ Club and the Associated Milk Producers Inc. For more than 20 years, Lyla was the superintendent of the Hobby and Crafts Building at the Kane County Fair.

Lyla had a love for travel with her sister, Merilyn, and later Jay, with destinations in every state as well as into Canada and Mexico. Lyla and Jay could always be found in the stands rooting on their children and grandchildren at nearly every single game, no matter the sport or the weather. Lyla will be missed by many and forgotten by none.

She is survived by four sons, Steve Johnsen of Denver, Colo., Rodney (Diane) Johnsen of Elburn, K.C. (Phyllis ) Johnsen of Batavia, and Todd (Linda) Johnsen of St. Charles; seven grandchildren, Marc-Paul (Melissa) Johnsen and their children, Evelyn and Leia of Denver, Colo., Grant Johnsen, Ryan Johnsen, Nicole “Coley” (Dan) Pawlikowski, Ben Johnsen, Kaitlyn Johnsen and Tara Johnsen; one sister, Lois Divine, of St. Charles; four sisters-in-law, Marcia Filip of Vancouver, Wash., and Marilyn Divine of Wisconsin, Judy Johnsen of Florida and Viola Johnsen of Geneva; one brother-in-law, Merle Johnsen of southern Illinois; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and a countryside of friends.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jay (2008); her parents; two brothers, Bill and Ramon; and one sister, Merilyn Divine.

Visitation was Tuesday May 25, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A funeral service to celebrate her life was held Wednesday, May 26, also at the funeral home. Lyla’s son, Steve Johnsen, pastor of the Denver Inner City Parish, officiated, and interment followed at Garfield Cemetery, Garfield Road, Campton Township.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit Denver Inner City Parish, and the Garfield Farm. Checks may be made to the “Lyla Johnsen Memorial” and mailed in care to P.O. Box 66, 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through her obituary at www.conleycare.com. For additional information, call (630) 365-6414

John R. Harter

John R. Harter, 69, of Northlake, Ill., formerly of Sugar Grove, passed away at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Elmhurst, Saturday, May 15, 2010.

He was born March 21, 1941, in Aurora, the son of J. Raymond and Gladys (Severtson) Harter.

John grew up in the Elburn area on several farms over the years and attended Kaneland High School.

John was lucky in love twice, marrying Margaret Keierleber in 1959, and later, Linda Macon in 1969. He was blessed with nine children and a lifetime of memories.

John spent his first adult years in Elburn before living in Aurora, Sugar Grove and Yorkville. Most recently, he called Northlake home for 13 years.

Though he farmed like his family in his younger years, before long he traded a tractor seat for a seat in a tractor trailer. He drove a truck for many companies, most recently for Chicago Sweeteners Inc.

He loved to fish for anything that swam in any body of water big enough to hold them. The term Dad never encompassed what John was to his children. He was a dad to more than just his children, adopting not by law, but by love, children that weren’t his own.

John also was a loving grandfather to all his grandchildren, but over the years developed an especially close relationship with his granddaughter, Olivia Harter.

He was a man large in stature, but even bigger when it came to how he cared for others. A better friend no man could find. His loss can’t be measured in size but found in the number of footprints that were uniquely his, alongside his family and friends as he walked with them through their lives.

He is survived by his mother, Gladys Harter; nine children, John Maseman of Burlington, Wis., Byron (Sue) Maseman of Titusville, Fla., Steve (Donna) Maseman of Sandwich, Ill., Deb (Che) Gonzalez of Rockford, Ill., Teresa (Richard Givens) Harter of Joliet, Ill., Kenneth A. (Roberta) Kassinger of Yorkville, Phil (Becky) Kassinger of Sugar Grove, Tim Kassinger of Scott City, Mo., and Nina Lynn (Steven) Saindon of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 36 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one sister, Kathryn Zawacke of Morristown, N.J.; one brother, Dennis (Diane) Harter of Keller, Texas, many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends along each country mile.

He is preceded in death by his father, J. Raymond; and one grandson, Jeremie Maseman.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, May 24, at Kaneville United Methodist Church, Kaneville. A memorial service hosted by his family with the help of the church will begin at 7 p.m. Rev. Jason Turner, pastor of the church, will officiate, and private interment will follow cremation.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit American Lung Association. Checks may be made to the “John Harter Memorial” 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.

Juanita ‘Nita’ Ann Elizabeth Cornell Quigley

Juanita “Nita” Ann Elizabeth Cornell Quigley, CMSGT USAF, Ret., nee Shaw, 68, of Trenton, died Friday, May 14, 2010, at her residence surrounded by her family.

Nita was born Aug. 8, 1941, in Jeffers, Minn., to Lloyd and Clara (Greiner) Shaw; they preceded her in death.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Theresa Jean Cornell; brothers, Duane Vincent Shaw, Lawrence Shaw and Tommy Shaw; a sister, Joan Kay Shaw; maternal grandparents, Matthias and Anna Greiner; paternal grandparents, Jacob and Lottie Shaw; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Henry and Marion Quigley.

She married Paul Anthony Quigley on Oct. 9, 1976, and he survives in Trenton.

Also surviving is a son, Bradley John (Debra) Cornell and a daughter, Elizabeth “Beth” Joan (Curt) Meredith, all of Elburn; grandchildren, Jason Lloyd Bradley (Jaclyn) Cornell, Christopher Len (Jeny) Cornell, Angeline Joan Meredith and Madeline Elyse Meredith; great-grandchildren, Noah Lloyd Bradley Cornell, Caleb Christopher Cornell and Landon Levi Cornell; step-sons, Paul Quigley, Jr. of Dublin, Ireland, and Michael Patrick (Jeanine) Quigley of Schererville, Ind.; siblings, Douglas Robert (Sherri) Shaw of Bertha, Minn, Michael Allen Shaw of Junction City, Wis., Mary Jean (Wayne) Herzog of Plover, Wis., William Steven (Jean) Shaw of Bertha, Minn., Gregory Mark (Pam) Shaw of Florida, Kathryn Joan (Scott) Oines of Park Rapids, Minn., Victoria Renee Kapphahn of Hoffmann, Minn.; a brother-in-law, Hank Quigley of Gary, Ind.; honorary sister, Sherry (Ron) Deien of Trenton; special friends, Charlotte (Gary) Reymond, Annie Duing all of Trenton, and Mary Douthitt, of Belleville; and a host of relatives and friends.

Nita retired as a CMSGT after 26 years in the USAF. She was an honor graduate of Basic Military Training, Personnel Training School, Air Force Recruiting School and was awarded Outstanding Recruiter of the Year, a Wing Career Advisor where she created the Career Counseling that is still used today. She was a Personnel Specialist and achieved Personnel Assistant Manager status, Special Duty Assignment at AMC, IMA Chief for TACC and developed numerous guidance policies and were relied on and trusted to manage that command function. Nita was given the Air Force Meritorious Medal with Cluster, three Air Force Accommodation Medals and three Achievement Medal Awards, and also received numerous awards and was selected for Senior NCO of the Year for AMC in 2000.

She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and Altar Sodality, where she served as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister, Trenton American Legion, Trenton VFW Auxiliary and Lifetime Member, Hospice of Southern Illinois volunteer, Multiple Sclerosis. She was a fundraising volunteer and participant in the 50-Mile MS Challenge Walk, Christian Missionary, and was a professional clown. Nita formerly worked as a beautician and was the past owner/operator of Skeeter’s Cut & Curl Beauty Salon and Boutique in Elburn.

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, May 18, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton, with Msgr. Donald Eichenseer and Fr. Eugene Kreher officiating. Interment with full military honors followed in St. Mary Cemetery, Trenton.

Visitation was Sunday, May 17, and Monday, May 18, at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.

Memorials can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and will be received at the funeral home.

The Trenton VFW Auxiliary held services on Sunday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to www.mossfuneralhome.com.

Robert Alan Phelps

Robert Alan Phelps, 80, passed away May 9, 2010, in Tulsa, Okla.

He was born on May 15, 1929, in Kaneville, the second child of Alan and Edith (Brackett) Phelps. He married Charlene Volkers on June 9, 1951, while serving with the Army Corps of Engineers and was later deployed to Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Robert went to school in Kaneville, graduating with the class of 1947.

He moved with his family to Oklahoma in 1966. Years later, he began the R.A. Phelps Equipment Co., selling and servicing heavy equipment for street sweeping and sewer cleaning. He later designed, manufactured and sold the Line King sewer root saw for commercial use.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Barbara Snyder. He is survived by his wife, Charlene; a son, Brad Phelps and his wife, Joyce Polkinghorne; a daughter, Cheryl Davidson and husband, Dale; a brother, Keith Phelps and wife, Kay, of Indianapolis; a sister, Lynette Werdin and husband, Dave, of Kaneville; and three grandchildren, Sarah and Alan Davidson, and Killian Phelps.

In honor of Robert, gifts may be made to Clarehouse of Tulsa and The American Heart Association.

Robert’s funeral and burial were held in Tulsa, Okla., on May 14, 2010.

Francis “Bud” E. Gaumer

Francis “Bud” E. Gaumer, 90, of Kaneville, passed away at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva on Tuesday, May 11, 2010.

He was born Aug. 1, 1919, in Annawan, Ill., the son of Hobart and Bertha (Cryer) Gaumer.

Bud spent his early years in Annawan on the family farm but moved to Geneseo at age 13 when his father passed away. Typical of his time, Bud only attended school until the eighth grade but possessed a mind as quick as a calculator and as sharp as a two-edged sword.

Bud found work at the age of 16 in the local coal mines. His time spent in the dangerous depths helped to forge his hardened work ethic and steel determination to not only survive but to succeed despite his hardships.

Bud enlisted in the United States Army and faithfully served his country during WWII, becoming one of the thousands to arrive on the second day of the Normandy invasion. Later, he braved the Battle of the Bulge and came home a man who had seen the worst of humanity. Following his discharge, Bud came home to a new day and with the hope of a new love.

He met Martha Kirchman in 1943 and by the time he came home in 1945, their relationship blossomed into marriage on Oct. 19 of that same year.

For a time, they made their home in Bellwood, Melrose Park and Maywood, Ill., until 1951, when they moved back to Bud’s hometown of Geneseo, Ill. In 1956, they moved to Kaneville, where except for a brief period in West Chicago, they made their home for 25 years.

Bud worked at John Deere in Moline, Ill., for five years before beginning at Western Electric in Montgomery, now Lucent Technologies, and retired after 25 years in 1981. No matter where he worked in a full-time basis, he always helped on neighboring farms, giving release to his love of the land.

He was a member of the VFW in Batavia, as well as a faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn.

Bud was a farmer at heart, but when he couldn’t tend the fields, he tended his garden with a passion. The other passions that shared space in his heart including the Chicago Bears, Chicago White Sox and NASCAR, especially No. 5, Mark Martin. Bud also loved to play the odds by scratching his instant lotto tickets and waiting for a big win.

In his younger years, he worked as a pin setter at the local bowling alley, and booming crashes echoed long after he stopped setting and began bowling himself on local leagues. The biggest loves of his life were his three great-grandchildren, affectionately known as “Ugly,” “Knucklehead,” and “Squirty.”

He is survived by one daughter, Joan (Tom) Roberts of Maple Park; one grandson, Tim (Michaeline) Roberts of Bartlet, Ill., three great-grandchildren, Trisha Roberts of Maple Park, Denise Roberts of Bartlett, Ill., and Jason Roberts of Bartlet; several cousins, including Arden Hoowerfer of Geneseo, and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Martha; and one son, Frank Gaumer.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 14, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A funeral to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, May 15, also at the funeral home, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at S.S. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Virgil.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Bud Gaumer Memorial” 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.

Meredith Kate Albrecht

Meridith Kate Albrecht, 33, of Mexico Beach, Fla., passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at her home. She was born in Chicago, and had lived in Mexico Beach for the last five years, moving there from Elburn.

Meridith was the beloved daughter of Al and Linda Albrecht of Mexico Beach, and the sister of Brooke Mullen (Guy) of Cave In Rock, Ill. She was very artistic and loved animals, especially her cats and her dog Onyx. Meridith will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, at the Dunham Woods Riding Club, Wayne, Ill. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Meridith’s name may be made to AID Crisis Line, 1230 N. Highland, Aurora, 60506, or to the STARR Center, 4101-B W. 21st Street, Panama City, FL 32405.

Dale T. Stout

Dale T. Stout, 74, of DeKalb, formerly of Elburn, passed away Saturday, May 8, 2010, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in Sycamore.

He was born Sept. 7, 1935, in New Holland, Ill., the son of Dewey and Agnes (Swingle) Stout.

Dale grew up in both Lincoln and Aurora, and attended local schools. He graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1953. Following high school, Dale worked locally for a time before finding a job at Allsteel in Aurora. In the beginning, Dale worked in the shop but later moved to the advertising department. He finished his tenure in the computer department, retiring in 1998.

During his time at Allsteel, Dale enlisted in the Army National Guard and received training, though he never actively served.

Dale met Marjorie “Marge” Wagner at Allsteel, and before too long, more than just steel was formed. Dale and Marge were united in marriage on April 15, 1961, in Aurora.

They began their new life together outside of Elburn until 2000, when they moved to their present home in DeKalb.

Dale was a man of motion with a heart dedicated to fitness. He was always on the move, and if you were anywhere near him you were taken along for the ride. Dale was an outdoorsman who felt at home around a campsite, on a bicycle or a motorcycle, both on and off the road.

His family chronicled years of memories traveling to camping sites around the country in an RV packed to the hilt. Later, when the children were grown, Dale and Marge continued to travel together, albeit in a “newer model,” much to the chagrin of his kids who likened the original to a “Port-O-Potty On Wheels.”

Dale spent many years among his friends in North Aurora aiming for strikes on the local bowling league and later at Funway in Batavia. Dale rarely played golf, but when he did, he made it count. His documented “hole-in-one” is a proud achievement that is framed and hangs proudly in his home. These memories and thousands more have been shared over the years. Gone, but not forgotten, Dale lives on in the stories and hearts of all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife, Marge, of 49 years; three children, Aaron Stout of Mesa, Ariz., Jeff (Linda) Stout of Steward, Ill., and Jennifer (Jason) Estes of Elburn; three sisters-in-law, Betty (George) Gould, Lorraine Seavey, and Donna (Glen) Vining; one aunt, Berneda Biggs; many nieces, nephews, cousins; and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, May 13, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL, 60119. A funeral service to celebrate his life will follow visitation at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at River Hills Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Dale Stout Memorial” 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.

Clarice M. ‘Clem’ Wood

Clarice M. “Clem” Wood, 78, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at Provena Pine View Care Center in St. Charles, where she had recently made her home.

She was born July 13, 1931, in Fort Atkinson, Wis., the daughter of Edwin and Helen (Paulson) Gilkey.

In 1939, the family moved to a farm in the Elburn area, and she graduated from Elburn High School. Following high school, Clem went to college for a year before having the distinction of being the first waitress at the local Dairy Joy and worked at the Kountry Kettle for 20 years. She then spent more than 30 years working between the stacks at the Elburn Library.

Clem’s brother had a good friend in Frank Wood, and before long, the introduction was made, and then history was made as well when they were united in marriage in 1954.

They began their new life together in Batavia for a time before moving into town for a time. Many years were spent on a farm on Keslinger Road until they made their home in town once more in 1970.

Clem was an active member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Elburn American Legion, Post 630. She also was a member of the Community Congregational Church in Elburn.

Clem was a picture of opposites at times. In her younger years, she rode her pony, Amigo, was a “biker” and later a librarian. She was a crafter who enjoyed crocheting and macrame but also bowled more than 40 years of frames and knocked down thousands of pins on a local league. She enjoyed garage sales but also trips to Chicago to see the latest play.

Her biggest passion and pastime, no matter her age, was playing cards, especially Liverpool Rummy. Clem was known for her softball skills, and later her coaching skills, leading team after team to local championship games, many times hoisting the trophy after the final out. Her grandchildren were the best part of her life, and the years of memories were chronicled by the “quirky” one-of-a-kind gifts that no one else could ever, and most likely will ever, give. Thousands of memories, hundreds of gifts, and 78 years were the legacy she left those who loved her most.

She is survived by her husband, Frank; two daughters, Deborah A. Faber of Maple Park, and Jami B. (Todd) Haffner of Elburn; four grandchildren, Christopher (Kari) Faber and their daughter, Addison of North Aurora, Michelle (Charlie) Worthley of Geneva, Matthew Haffner of Elburn and Casey Haffner, also of Elburn; two siblings, Jean Harrington and Robert (Jan) Gilkey; and many nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, James Gilkey.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6:30 p.m. with a memorial service to celebrate her life to follow at 7 p.m., Friday, May 7, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Private family interment will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Town and Country Library in Elburn. Checks may be made to the “Clarice Wood Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or online at www.conleycare.com.

Marie Grace Pickering

Marie Grace Pickering, 1915-2010; wife to Leonard Pickering; mother of Lezlie B. Lopez; grandmother of Jennifer Lopez and Sunshine Colannino; and great-grandmother of Jaden Colannino.

Marie was born in Spokane, Wash. She attended Sacred Heart School of Nursing as well as University of Washington. She worked at Sharp Memorial Hospital and retired from Doctor’s Hospital in San Diego. She was an avid traveler and a longtime member of Trinity Methodist Church. Her kindness, wit and wisdom will be greatly missed.

Eugene ‘Gene’ A. Waldschmidt

Eugene “Gene” A. Waldschmidt, 81, of Maple Park, formerly of Wheaton, Ill., passed away suddenly following heart complications Sunday, April 25, 2010.

He was born Oct. 8, 1928, in Minonk, Ill., the son of Peter and Edith Waldschmidt.

Gene grew up in Blackstone and attended St. Paul School in Odell, Ill., where he graduated with the class of 1946.

Gene faithfully served in the Illinois National Guard before defending his country during the Korean War.

There was only one woman for Gene, and her name was Dorothy Dutko, whom he met on a blind date. Fate joined them in marriage when they were married at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Bloomington, Ill., in 1954.

They began their new life together in Streator, Ill., and later moved to Wheaton. Following Gene’s retirement, they moved to Morton, Ill., before returning to Maple Park to be closer to their family.

Gene’s first job was tending to the fields as a farmer with his father for a time. He also was a truck driver until he left for Korea. Upon his return, he worked again as a truck driver and later was a salesman for both Doenges Stationary in Wheaton and J.A. Sexauer Plumbing and Heating Supply.

Gene was a faithful member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park and was proud to ride as a member of the Streator Motorcycle Club, as well as the infamous “Blackstone Cowboys” that was made up of Gene and three of his brothers.

Gene also seemed to be busy and his mind always working. He loved working puzzles, playing Scrabble and reading his favorite mystery authors such as Jack Higgins and Robert Ludlum. He also loved to garden and work with wood, creating one of-a kind birdhouses and Christmas decorations for family and friends. His faith was his bedrock, and no time was more treasured than those times he was surrounded by family.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy, seven children, Aline Waldschmidt of Geneva, Kevin (Ella) Waldschmidt of Las Vegas, Mark (Lori) Waldschmidt of Winfield, Ill., Melanie (Robert) of Wheaton, David (Donelle) Waldschmidt of Aurora, Joseph (Stephanie) Waldschmidt of Batavia, and Neil (Melanie) Waldschmidt of Geneva; 16 grandchildren, Brian, Lisa, Jessica, Joshua, Stephen, Michael, Matthew, Robyn, Thomas, Alicia, Katie, Brandon, Ethan, Nathaniel, Claire and Matison; four great-grandchildren, Kayla, Madeleine, Jayden and Caleb; three sisters, Lorraine (Bob) Simpson of Largo, Fla., Mary Lou Bedeker of Blackstone, Ill., and Edith (Harvey) Grieff of Odell, Ill.; many nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, John, Richard, James and Bernard; and two sisters, Norma and Mary Margaret.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 29, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Rosary will be said at 5:30 p.m. with a wake service to follow at 6 p.m. A mass to celebrate his life will be Friday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park. Fr. Joachim Tyrtania, pastor of the church, will officiate. Private family interment will occur at a later date following cremation.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit St. Mary of the Assumption, Maple Park Maintenance Fund. Checks may be made to the “Eugene Waldschmidt Memorial” 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.

Ella Wilkison

Ella Wilkison, 91, of Elburn, passed from this life to eternal life in the morning hours of Monday, April 19, 2010, at Provena Pine View Care Center, following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

She was born Oct. 4, 1918, in Ainsworth, Neb., the daughter of Edd and Anna (Steiger) Jones.

She grew up in Ainsworth and attended local schools. Anna passed away when Ella was young, so Ella entered the working world earlier than some to help support the family. At age 16, she traveled to Illinois to live with relatives in the Fox Valley area.

Ella worked various jobs in the area. She met the love of her life at a party, where she was introduced to Earl J. Wilkison. That meeting proved providential as they married in St. Charles on Feb. 27, 1940, and made their home in Elburn above the village bakery for a time.

As the family grew to include six children, Ella and Earl moved to Babcock Street and later to a farm on Beith Road, where generations of memories were made. In 1985, Earl and Ella visited family in Arizona and stayed after their daughter-in-law passed away unexpectedly. Four months later, Earl passed away. Ella continued to make her home in Mesa, Ariz., until failing health brought her back to Illinois in 2004. Most recently, she made her home with her son Earl back in her hometown of Elburn.

Ella was a member of the Elburn Community Congregational Church, Ladies Auxiliary of the Elburn American Legion, the Five C’s and the Women of the Moose Chapter 83.

When she was young, Ella loved to ride horses, especially her favorite, Old Bonnie, who she rode to school and back every day. Throughout her life, Ella was always busy. Whether she was working or at home, her hands never slowed down. Ella made dresses for the girls, knitted and crocheted baby sweaters, hats and booties. When she cooked in the kitchen, word spread throughout the family as well as the neighborhood.

Ella was famous for her Christmas cookies, Divinity, and all kinds of fudge each winter. Her cakes knew no season, as they made their mark on birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and every day in between. In earlier years, both she and Earl loved to bowl and spent many years knocking down pins with friends on Thursday nights. She was a life-long bingo and card player who loved to play Kings on the Corner, Canasta and Pinochle, among others.

She now leaves six children, Karen (Robert “Buck”) Sivert of Elburn, Marilyn Long of Elburn, Elma (James) Wilmath of Elburn, Arlene Wilmath of Chouteau, Okla., Earl G. Wilkison of Elburn, and Ella ”Sally”(John) Malnar of Fort Atkinson, Wis.; 15 grandchildren, Brenda (Randy) Swanson, Cindi (Paul) Paschal, Daniel (Adrienne) Sivert, Missi (Jon) Lewis, Randy Long, Richard (Susan) Wilmath, Joseph Wilmath, Jerry Wilmath, Kenny (Sara) Wilmath, Penny Moore, Martin (Kristi) Wilmath, Adam (Courtney) Wilkison, Chris (Andrea) Malnar, Kurt Malnar and Kelsey Malnar; 25 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Ann Gliddon of Sugar Grove and Lillian Windisch of Arkansas; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl, siblings, Lena Cole, Frank Jones and Gladys Smith; and one grandson, Earl G. Wilkison.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 22, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL. A service to celebrate her life will also be held at the funeral home on Friday, April 23, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Ella Wilkison Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through www.conleycare.com.

Casimir S. Sikon

Casimir S. Sikon, 97, of Elburn, formerly of Bensenville, Ill., and affectionately known as “Cas” or “Gramps” to family and friends, died peacefully of natural causes at home surrounded by the love and prayers of his family, on Tuesday, April 6, 2010.

He was born Aug. 23, 1912, the son of John and Frances (Gurecki) Sikon in Chicago.

Gramps grew up in Chicago, where he attended local schools and graduated from Carl Schurz High School.

Gramps found the love of his life early and never looked back. Dorothy K. Sabala won his heart and before long they were united in marriage and became an instant family when he adopted Dorothy’s son, Henry, whose father had passed away in an accident.

Shortly after, Gramps began faithfully serving his country in the United States Army. He worked as a mail carrier, which would foreshadow a career in civilian life that would span many years and see Gramps rise to the rank of Supervisor for the Chicago Branch of the United States Postal Service.

His homecoming was marked with excitement. Not only was he returning to his bride but also a son, who was born shortly before he left. Joseph Q. Sikon was 3 years old and seeing his father for the first time. They made their home in Chicago for a time before Gramps built their house in Bensenville, filling the house with love, laughter and memories.
During that time, Gramps worked as a butcher some days and as a carpenter on others before working for the U.S.P.S. He retired in the mid 1970s, and then he and Dorothy moved down to Boynton Beach, Fla. There, they shared many years until her passing in 1997. In January of 2001, his grandson Joseph and his family closed on their new home in Elburn, complete with room for Gramps. He would spend the next nine years making unforgettable memories colored with laughter and smiles.
Gramps was a member of the Letter Carriers Association and the carpenters union.
Gramps was “The Energizer Bunny.” His family thought he was going to live forever because of the way he would bounce back after every illness or set back in his health. Gramps loved to garden, pruning his grapefruit, orange, key lime and mango trees in Florida.
Deep sea fishing was a favorite pastime, always waiting to catch the next “whopper” or thinking up a story for the one that “got away.” Gramps loved to talk, and whether he was in Florida or Illinois talking to a friend, neighbor or the meter man, his conversations were as long as they were memorable. He possessed a kind and gentle spirit, one that a stranger could see from a mile away. His memories are a priceless gift he leaves to family and friends who will miss him greatly.
He now leaves his son, Joseph Q. (Beverly) Sikon of Penrose, Colo.; two grandchildren,Joseph J. (Chris) Sikon and their children, Morgan, Zachary Casimir, Makenna all of Elburn; and Jennifer (Clay) Hahn and their daughter, Kelsey of St. Charles; one great-great grandson on the way; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends from Illinois to Florida.

He now joins his parents and wife, Dorothy; two siblings, Henry J. Sikon and Helen Mahal, who preceded him in death.

The family is hosting a memorial Mass beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, April 16, at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn. Private family interment will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Casimir Sikon Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or online at www.conleycare.com.