Category Archives: 2010 Obituaries

Orville Pinne

Orville Pinne, 80, of DeKalb, formerly of Sugar Grove, passed away on Friday, April 9, 2010, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

He was born Jan. 1, 1930, the son of Fred and Veronica Pinne on the family farm in Genoa, Ill.

Orville grew up in his home town of Genoa and attended local schools.

When his nation called, Orville responded by enlisting in the United States Army in June 1945 and serving his country faithfully until his honorable discharge on Dec. 23, 1948.

Soon after returning to civilian life, Orville married his sweetheart, Doris Daniels, in the Sycamore United Methodist Church on May 14, 1949.

They began their new life in Sycamore for a time before moving to Sugar Grove. In 2005, they moved to their present home in DeKalb.

Orville worked for a number of companies, including the city of Sycamore for a time, at Barber Green in both Aurora and DeKalb, and drove a semi for Stover Brothers. He also drove a pigeon truck out west with his grandsons to release them. Then they raced home, many times finding that the pigeons got home first.

Orville was a life member of many organizations, including the Moose Lodges of Sycamore and Aurora, Outer Door Guide, the Tiger Club and the Phoenix Clubs of Aurora, as well as the Montgomery Veteran’s Association and the United Veteran’s Association in Sycamore. He was also an election judge for over 10 years in Sugar Grove.

In his younger years, Orville could be seen touring the countryside many times with Doris on the back of his Gold Wing motorcycle. As his children grew, Orville was a coach for baseball and softball.

He also loved the outdoors, spending many hours with his family on outings, camping and especially fishing in Canada. He always had a garden, and every year it seemed to get bigger and bigger. In addition to being a liturgist at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, helping with the reading of scripture and prayers, Orville also participated in the hand bell choir and served on many committees. At home, his walls and shelves were adorned with John Deere figurines, barbershop music filled the house, and John Wayne and Chuck Norris movies were never missed when they played on T.V.

Survivors include his wife, Doris; two daughters, Andrea (Tom) Ball and Connie (David) Siebens; eight grandchildren, Mark and his girlfriend Laura, Monika, Elizabeth, Tiffany, Scott and his wife Whitney, Sheila and her husband Miguel, Stacy and her fiancee Mike, and Shayna and her husband Josh; nine great-grandchildren, Alura, Sandra, Daniel, Duston, Devon, Destani, Ambyr, Christopher and Brandon; one brother, Donald Pinne of Genoa, Ill.; two sisters, Dorothy Eicksteadt of Delavan, Wis., Shirley Overton of Sycamore; and his mother-in-law, Helen Daniels, and many friends who will miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Veronica Pinne; his father-in-law, Herchel Daniels; three brothers-in-law, Richard Daniels, Cliff Overton and Rudy Eicksteadt; and one sister-in-law, Evelyn Pinne.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 17, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memorial service to celebrate his life will begin at 3:30 p.m. The Rev. Steve Good, pastor of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, will officiate, with private family interment to 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 “Orville Pinne Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through the same address and on

Dennis C. Kohley

Dennis C. Kohley, 58, passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on March 26, 1951, in Geneva, the son of George and Phyllis (Johnson) Kohley. Dennis retired in 2008 after many years with Local 150. He also served as a member of the Elburn Fire Department for 15 years.

He was an avid fisherman and loved to golf.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Wendy; daughter, Heather (Bert) Veldhuizen; grandson, Garrett; mother, Phyllis Wallman; father-in-law, Denis Till; sister, Susan (Bob) Farrell; brother, Mike (Lynn) Kohley; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, George Kohley; and mother-in-law, Bonnie Till.

Friends called on Monday, March 22, with a memorial service at the Hamre Funeral Home in Lodi, Wis.

Myrtie Marie Kern

Myrtie Marie Kern, 94, of Elburn, passed away peacefully at her home in the early morning hours of Friday, March 26, 2010.

She was born May 7, 1915, the daughter of Ralph and Anne (Dwyer) Briggs in Houston, Minn.

She grew up in Houston and attended local schools. The family spent some of her younger years between Houston, Minnesota, Chicago, and Madison, Wis. Myrtie graduated with the class of 1933 and began working as a teller for First National Bank in Chicago.

Myrtie saw the man she would marry every day at work; and in uniform, no less. Rudolph Kern was a security guard at the bank, and before long a friendship bloomed into love as they were united in marriage at Queen of Angels Catholic Church on July 26, 1941.

They began their new life in the north side of Chicago and welcomed four daughters, Patricia, Carol, Joan, and the family became complete with the arrival of Barbara.

Myrtie made her life’s work raising her children and making their house a home. Myrtie loved to be outside in her small garden, tending to her flowers and watching all the colors bloom. The time she cherished most was when she was with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When Myrtie was young, the family always ate at home, but she made up for it later, jumping at the chance to eat out seven days a week. Trips to get ice cream at the corner store in Kaneville were a special weekly event, and when she was in Elburn, the destination was Alice’s Place, where a special treat always awaited her. She also loved to go to the movies and watch the newest love story or tear-jerker. Though she left this earth and claimed the promise of her savior, Myrtie left behind a treasure trove of memories to be cherished by all who knew her.

She now leaves her four children, Pat Fitzgerald of Westchester, Ill., Carol (Dennis) Warszona of St. Charles, Joan (Roger) Ax of St. Charles, Barbara Kern of Bartlet, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Lisa (Steve) Touloumis, Michael Fitzgerald, Laura Fitzgerald, Brian Fitzgerald, Kathleen Zehelein, Ted (Annette) Zehelein and Christie Zehelein; five great-grandchildren; many cousins and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents and her husband, Rudolph, who preceded her in death.

Visitation was Monday, March 29, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A mass to celebrate her life was Tuesday, March 30, at St. Gall Catholic Church. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines, Ill.

A memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Myrtie Kern Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Louise Guth

Louise M. Guth, 90, a resident of Drummond, Wis., died on Friday, March 5, 2010, at the Ashland Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Louise was born on March 14, 1919, in Blackberry Township, Ill., to parents Wallace and Mabel (Swanson) Peterson.

On May 2, 1942, she was united in marriage to William “Bill” Guth in Aurora. While living in the Chicago/Aurora area, she found work as a seamstress. The couple resided in the Chicago/ Aurora area until 1965, when they moved to Elburn, and finally moving to Drummond in 1986. She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Cable, Wis., and enjoyed reading and sewing. She loved to help others, and was loved by others.

Louise is survived by her husband of 67 years, Bill; sons, Kenneth of South Elgin, Ill., Charles (Barbara) of Richmond, Ill.; two grandchildren, James of Hebron, Ill., and Laura (Eric) Hanson of Waukee, Iowa, and many nephews and nieces.

Louise is preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Mary, Hazel, Rose; and brothers, Clarence and Charles.

A memorial service for Louise Guth will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Cable, Wis. Pastors Lynn Larson and Deb Pyne will officiate the memorial service. A time of gathering with family and friends will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church on March 27. Interment will be at a later time in the River Hill Cemetery in Batavia, Ill.

Online condolences may be left at

Evelyn Mae Johansen

Evelyn Mae Johansen passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, Feb. 24, 2010. She was in hospice care in the home of her son, Bob, and daughter-in-law, Robin, in San Mateo, Calif., for her last weeks. Her daughter, Jeanie, and son-in-law, George Pecknoe, from Morgantown, Penn., were also with her, as well as granddaughter, Lisa, and her husband, Zach Mumbach. Grandson, Cory and his wife, Amanda, from Portland, Ore., visited just before and just after Evelyn’s death.

Evelyn was born in Elburn and lived there until her marriage to Randy Johansen—when she moved 11 miles to Geneva. There, Evelyn and Randy ran Johansen’s Dairy together for many years until their retirement in 1980. Evelyn moved to San Mateo after Randy and Evelyn’s mom, Edna Coryell, passed away.

Evelyn lived her life by the motto “I’ll bloom where I’m planted,” which she first saw on a banner in the Methodist Church in Geneva, where she was an active member for many years. Evelyn also worked closely with both the Girl and Boy Scouts as her kids grew up.

Even though she had been deeply rooted in Illinois, she blossomed again in California. Evelyn volunteered at Call-Primrose, a local service for homeless people, and was on the board of her Condominium Association. She grew new roots through her many friends in California and was deeply involved across generations with her family.

Evelyn was a humble, caring person who was nurturing by nature. She leaves many memories and touched many people in her own quiet and gentle way. She passed away just as Lawrence Welk (one of her and Randy’s favorites) played Sentimental Journey on the iPod next to her bed.

No services will be held. Donations in Evelyn’s name can be sent to Call-Primrose in Burlingame, Calif., or visit

For information, call Sneider & Sullivan & O’Connell’s Funeral Home, (650) 343-1804.

Bonnie D. Holcomb

Bonnie D. Holcomb, 77, of Elgin, Ill., formerly of rural Maple Park, passed away on Monday, March 1, 2010, in her home.

She was born Jan. 10, 1933, in Elgin, the daughter of Flyd and Geraldine Warren Bierman. She was a graduate of Elgin High School in 1950 and then attended Elgin Community College in the nursing program. She was a registered nurse and was employed by Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin for 20 years before retiring.

She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, Elgin.

Surviving are her husband, Clayton C. Holcomb, whom she married on Sept. 21, 1952; one son, Mike Holcomb of Edwardsville, Ill.; three grandchildren, Jason, Ian (Lindiwe) Holcomb and Marissa (Joe) Austin; one great-granddaughter, Natasha; and one sister, June (Loyd) Sybert of Ft. Pierce, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Marc G. Holcomb.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 4, at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, Elgin, with the Rev. Mark Bestul officiating. Burial will follow in Lakewood Memorial Park, Elgin. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Laird Funeral Home, Elgin, and Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of services in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Provena St. Joseph Hospice, Elgin, or Visiting Angels, South Elgin. Visit

William D. Paulson

William D. Paulson, 64, of North Aurora and formerly of Elburn, passed away Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born May 30, 1945, in Aurora, the son of Ture and Marion (nee Kiefer) Paulson.

On Feb. 13, 1970, he was united in marriage to Robin Bartholomew at the Union Congregational Church; they just celebrated their 40th anniversary.

During the late 1950s until 1965, William and his father owned and operated Paulson’s Pure Oil, located at the corner of Prairie Street and Wilson Street in Batavia. William then worked at Par Gas in Batavia; it was there he met his loving wife, Robin. He later purchased his own truck and formed Paulson Trucking, where he leased to several different companies. In 1999, due to health issues, he took employment part-time with United Express. He was a member of the Union Congregational Church in North Aurora.

He is survived by his wife, Robin; two daughters, Kathryn (Gary) Stover and Melody (Jeff) Sexton; one son, Charlie (Julie) Paulson; six grandchildren, Aimee (Matt) Lewis, William Stover, Brett, Jacqui and Ture Paulson, and Jeffrey Sexton; five great-grandchildren, Dylan, Aaron and Paige Lewis; and Alexzis and Kloey Stover; and a special pal, Buddy.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Swan.

Visitation will be held 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia, IL.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Union Congregational Church, 405 W. State St., North Aurora, Ill., where he will lie in state from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Rev. Mark Alvis will officiate. Interment will be in River Hills Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family, where a memorial gift will be designated at a later time.

For additional information, contact Moss Family Funeral Home at (630) 879-7900 or at

Martha Louise Volkening

Martha Volkening, 85, of rural Hampshire, left this earthly plain on Feb. 1, 2010, the result of a stroke she had suffered on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Martha was born on March 28, 1924, in Flint, Mich., the daughter of Rev. Percy and Roberta Ward Spangler. Martha was the youngest of four girls.

She was married to Henry L. Volkening on Oct. 5, 1946. She was a loving, devoted wife and mother. Martha and her husband, Henry, celebrated 63 years of marriage last year.

She was renowned for her many abilities, a highly creative and artistic woman, long involved in her faith communities, in leadership capacities, and a friend to many in need. Her many gifts blessed her family, friends and community. She operated a cake decorating business until she became unable due to a diagnosis of scleroderma in the late 1950s. In spite of her illness, she continued on, sustained by her faith, the prayers of many, her indomitable spirit and the grace of God.

Martha is survived by her beloved husband, Henry; her sons, John (John Schuh) Volkening of Chicago, Jim (Christy) Volkening of Sugar Grove; her daughter, Susan Volkening, who resides with and cares for her parents; three grandchildren, Jennifer (Paul) Mulder of Ozark, Mo., Joshua (Debbie) Volkening of Sugar Grove, Nick (Liz) Volkening of North Pole, Alaska; and nine great-grandchildren. Martha leaves behind many wonderful brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, lifelong friends and neighbors who meant the world to her.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Kowalczyk, Roberta Hammer and Ruth Kingsley.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Norris Funeral Home, 100 S. Third St., (three blocks west of the Fox River and one block south of Route 64) St. Charles.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Fox Valley Bible Church, 4N780 Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60175, where visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the hour of the service. Burial will be in Burlington Cemetery, Burlington, Ill.

Contributions in Martha’s memory may be made to Fox Valley Bible Church.

For information, call (630) 584-2000 or visit

Jean B. Lettow

Jean B. Lettow, 82, of Elgin, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at Sherman West Court, Elgin. She was born Dec. 29, 1927, in Oak Park, Ill., the daughter of Paul and Laura Westedt.

She had been a resident of Elgin for the past 25 years. She had been employed as an Avon Representative for the past 25 years.

She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, Elgin.

She was the devoted mother of Alan (Vicki) Lettow of Sugar Grove, and Carol (David) Bartels of Caledonia, Ill.; six grandchildren, Scott Lettow, Dana (Tim) Wagner, Lisa (David) Anderson, Stacy Lettow (Zach Moneypenny), Brad (Hilary) and Doug Bartels; six great-grandchildren, Kyle, Michaele Lettow, and their mother, Janet Tomesko, Cal, Reece, and Sydney Wagner and Brayden Anderson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 52 years, Robert W. Lettow; and one sister, Florence O’Brien.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 23, at Laird Funeral Home, Elgin. Burial followed in Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin. Memorials may be given to Calvary Lutheran Church, Elgin.

Joseph ‘Joe’ F. Bisztriczky

Joseph “Joe” F. Bisztriczky, 75, of Elburn, passed away at Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, Ill., on Jan. 12, 2010, following complications from a stroke he suffered on Dec. 24, 2009.

He was born on Nov. 26, 1934, in Gyomro, Hungary, the son of Joseph and Julia (Hutwagner) Bisztriczky.

Joe grew up in Gyomro and attended local schools. At that time, children were only required to attend school for eight years, but Joe continued his secondary education into the 12th year in what we would now call “Pre-Med.” Due to family hardships, he was unable to finish his studies, which frustrated him greatly. Instead of giving up, he completed an apprenticeship as a loom fixer in the textiles industry.

It was this change in vocation that gave Joe the opportunity to meet the love of his life, Elizabeth Ivan, who also worked in the textile industry in her hometown of Szentgotthard. They were united in marriage on Sept. 18, 1954.

Two years later, Joe and Elizabeth escaped under gunfire during a revolution against the suffocating Communist rule in November of 1956 and lived in a refugee camp in Austria until their immigration to Canada on April 22, 1957.

It was in Lindsay, Ontario, that they were blessed with a son, Joseph, named in honor of his father and grandfather. In December 1965, the now-growing family settled in Reedsburg, Wis., where they welcomed a daughter, Julie. Because of the limited job opportunities in the textile industry, the family moved where Joe could find work. Over the years, they made their home in Baraboo, Wis., where their second daughter, Jeanne, made their family complete in September 1968.

Eventually the family moved to Millington, Ill., for a time and then to Plano, to be closer to Joe’s mother, who also escaped Hungary in 1956. In 1992, after the children were grown, Joe and Elizabeth moved to Oswego. Seven years later they made their final home in Elburn, where they continued to make memories, which now included many grandchildren.

Joe was a faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn for many years.

Joe was happiest outdoors fishing, hunting, tending to his fruit trees or just taking long hikes and taking in all Mother Nature had to offer. His dedication to his craft of looming in the textile industry helped him construct his own loom where rugs, placemats, table runners and more were born from his imagination.

Joe also had a passion for history and life in the Wild Wild West. His musical tastes rarely strayed from Pavarotti, and in his spare time you couldn’t find a better opponent across the chessboard.

Nothing made Joe happier than being with his family, reading to his grandchildren and telling stories of his childhood. His memory will live on in the hearts of his family, in the stories of his youth and in the pieces of wisdom given over the years, including the saying, “What you learn is something that no one can ever take away from you.”

He now leaves his loving wife, Elizabeth; three children, Joseph Bisztriczky of Elburn, Julie (Tony) Crabb of Maple Park, and Jeanne Bisztriczky and her husband Robert Steller of Lake In The Hills, Ill.; five grandchildren, Megan Crabb, Jonathan Crabb, Madelyn Crabb, Zachary Steller and Matthew Crabb; two step-grandchildren, Rachael Steller and Alexander Steller; one sister, Ilona Bukovits of Mende, Hungary; many nieces, nephews; and an extended family in Hungary.

He now joins his parents and two grandsons, Daniel and Benjamin Crabb, who both died in infancy.

Visitation was from 10 to 11 a.m., with a memorial mass to celebrate his life following at 11 a.m., at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn, on Monday, Jan. 18. Interment followed at St. Gall Cemetery, Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities, including the Arbor Day Foundation. Checks may be made to the “Joseph F. Bisztriczky 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

Beatrice M. (Weimer) Hunter

Beatrice M. (Weimer) Hunter, 94, of LaFox, Ill., passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at Heritage Manor, Elgin, Ill.

She was born on April 20, 1915, in West Chicago, the fifth child born to George and Catherine Weimer. By the time Beatrice was 11, she had lost both parents and an older sister.

The family, then numbering five children ranging in age from 9 to 23, remained together in their West Chicago home with the eldest sibling as their only provider. Although they were eventually joined by a widowed aunt who helped maintain the family unit, each child went to work as soon as they were able and helped support the family. To their credit, every one of them graduated from West Chicago high school.

Bea married John Hunter of La Fox on July 7, 1945. They made their first home in Geneva for a time until 1953, when they purchased John’s parents’ home in LaFox. Tragically, John passed away in that same year, and Bea worked hard to keep their family home.

Through the ensuing years, she succeeded and continued to reside there until her death. Bea loved the La Fox area, where she was surrounded by fields of corn or beans. She found great pleasure in gardening and tending her family home, where she hosted many family gatherings and entertained her beloved grandchildren. Bea was also a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and seldom missed a game.

She is survived by one daughter, Judy Hanson of St. Charles; two sons, John (Kathy) Hunter of Oak Forest, Ill., and Joe (Deb) Hunter of St. Charles; a step-daughter, Barbara (Skip) Lassen of West Chicago; nine grandchildren, Jeff (Jenn) Hanson of Elburn, Matt (Steph) Hanson of Virgil, and Chris (Alexis) Hanson of South Elgin; Lauren (Mike) Corsi of Shorewood and Adam Hunter of Oak Forest, Jennifer (Jeff) Fritsch of Aurora, and Phil Lawson, Kevin Lawson and Jonathan Hunter, all of St. Charles.

In addition she leaves a growing family of great-grandchildren; one sister, Rosemary Welter of Elmhurst, Ill., many nieces, nephews and a close family of friends.

Bea was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Katherine and Florence; and two brothers, Frances and George.

At her request, there will be no visitation, and interment is private.

A memorial has been established in Bea’s name to benefit CNS Hospice, 690 East North Ave., Carol Stream, IL 60188-2178 and The Neediest Children’s Fund, in care of WGN Radio, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611. Memorials checks may be made and mailed directly to either charity. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through her obituary at

Leon F. Gramley

Leon F. Gramley, 66, of Kaneville, died unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Delnor Hospital, Geneva.

He was born Oct. 31, 1943, the son of Benjamin and Frances (Flanders) Gramley in Aurora.

Leon grew up in Kaneville and spent his whole life making memories and taking care of his community. He attended local schools and graduated from Kaneland High School in 1962. He attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, for a time before graduating from DeVry School of Electronics in Chicago.

Leon married Margaret Myers in 1965, and they were blessed with two sons, Philip in June of 1967 and Stephen in November of 1969. In later years, Leon would say he met the “love of his life” in 1991, when he met Mary Fecht, a nurse who worked at Delnor Community Hospital. They were married a year later on Sept. 6, 1992, and shared the love of a lifetime, going to concerts and traveling extensively with Disney World high on their list of favorite destinations.

Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. In December of 1967, Leon returned to civilian life and worked for Illinois Bell. In 1971, he began farming alongside his brother Elmer on the family farm in Kaneville.

Leon was a volunteer fireman with the Kaneville Fire Department, later becoming an EMT and paramedic with Elburn Ambulance for 13 years. He served on the Kaneville Township Board and was elected Kaneville Township Supervisor in 1994. Leon was also the Vice President and sexton for Kaneville Cemetery and was very active in the Kaneville Memorial Day service, serving in the Color Guard and Honor Guard, as well as identifying the graves of all the veterans, making sure no one was ever forgotten.

He devoted his life to the service of his community. Leon’s thoughts were always of family and community first. Whether it was answering phone calls at all hours, going to the community center late into the evening whenever there was a problem, or checking his answering machine nightly while on vacation just in case there was someone in need of his help.

He also was the driving force behind Kaneville Township’s designation as a village, dedicating untold hours until it was official in 2007.

Even in death, Leon gave to his community by donating his eyes to those without sight. He was an avid NASCAR fan, cheering on Dale Earnhardt with every turn.

Leon was a man of many talents, though few knew that while growing up Leon took tap dancing for a time and played the French horn as well as the piano. He also was proud of his collection of Mickey Mouse ties, hats and watches.

Every Christmas, Leon made the trip to Marshall Fields, now Macy’s, and brought home two shopping bags full of Frango Mints, which he loved to pass out to family and friends, but his generosity waned when it came to his favorite, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Leon was always fixing anything for anyone, from friends to his granddaughters, who were always saying, “Papa fix it!”, though the end result was always “neat and tidy” it oftentimes included a fair share of electrical tape and form wire. A “papa band aid” was a folded napkin and electrical tape, which the granddaughters proudly displayed. He will be remembered by many different people for many different things for generations to come, but when anyone thinks about Leon, they all think of the same thing, “Kaneville.”

He now leaves his loving wife Mary of Kaneville, three sons, Philip (Christine) Gramley of Chicago, Stephen (Leanne) Gramley and their children Lillian and Robert, of Kaneville, and Albert (Lori) Fecht and their children, Joshua, Hannah and Emilee, of Leland, Ill.; one brother, Elmer (Janet) Gramley and their daughter Sara, of Kaneville, and a countryside full of friends.

He now joins his parents, Ben and Frances Gramley, who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, at Kaneville United Methodist Church, Kaneville. A remembrance service will begin at 6 p.m., where friends and family are encouraged to share their favorite memory of Leon.

A funeral service to celebrate his life will be Friday, Jan. 22, at St. David Episcopal Church at the corner of Randall and Illinois in Aurora, at 1 p.m. The Rev. Susan Holstrom, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at Kaneville Cemetery, Kaneville.

Those unable to attend the services at either church may view them live at beginning five minutes prior to each service. The services will also be available in an on-demand format 24 to 48 hours after the services at the same website.

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

Kathlene G. Porter

Kathlene G. Porter, 61, of Elburn, went to be with her Savior, The Lord Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, at Provena Mercy Hospital in Aurora, Ill. She was born on Jan. 22, 1948, in Chicago, to Richard and Shirland Groh.

Kathy’s passion was for God, her family and her students. She never missed an opportunity to share the message of God’s love with others. Her faith and dedication touched countless lives, including her many kindergarten students at Parkview Christian Academy in Yorkville and her church family at First Presbyterian in Aurora. She cherished the time she spent with her family and loved ones, and constantly nurtured and supported them.

She is survived by her loving husband, Robert Porter of Elburn; parents, Richard and Shirland Groh of Roselle, Ill.; children, Vicky (Gary) Spratt and their children, Kailey, Ryan, Aiden and Casey, of Yorkville, and Brian (Jamie) Porter and their children, Kyle and Allison, of Batavia; siblings, Carol Fitzpatrick of Roselle, Chris (Tonya) Groh of Lima, Ohio, Nancy (Arnie) Lamoso of Cary, Ill., and Janet (Howard) Rosenbach of Huntley, Ill.; Robert’s siblings, Dorothy (Dick) Barclay of Montgomery, Mary (Oscar) Sliva of Galesburg, Ill., Kathy (Tim) Borgstrom of West Bend, Wis., Margaret (Roy) Wackerlin of Oswego, and Ginger (Jeff) Ellis of Aurora; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Daniel Porter; father and mother-in-law, Robert and Jeanette Porter; grandparents, Sarah Crawford, Fred and Emma Groh; and niece, Amy Berkeland.

Services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 18, at First Presbyterian Church, 325 E. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60506. The family greeted guests on Sunday, Jan. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., also at First Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements were handled by The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60506. For information, please call (630) 897-9291 or visit to sign the online guestbook.

Albert Lawrence ‘Larry’ Suggett, Jr.

Albert Lawrence “Larry” Suggett, Jr., 86, of Kaneville, passed peacefully from this life to eternal life on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at his home in Kaneville, surrounded by the love of his family.

Larry was born on March 23, 1923, in Chicago, the son of Albert Lawrence Sr. and Nigel Naomi (Baer) Suggett.
He grew up in Evanston and attended local schools.

Larry was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Force Engineers only one day after his marriage to Elva Beck on Nov. 26, 1942, in the Maple Park Methodist Church. He served for three years, serving most of his time in the South Pacific Theater before being honorably discharged on Dec. 11, 1945.

Larry returned to his wife in Maple Park, and they began raising a family. Larry found work in the construction trade for 10 years, using the knowledge he gained in the service. In 1956, Larry began working in sales full time. He worked for many companies over the years, realizing his gift for sales.

His last job was for Equipto Electronics in Aurora, where his expertise increased and he became national sales manager. They began with 326 customers, and before he left 10 years later, they had served over 1,300 customers and increased their business by $1 million dollar a year. From “mom and pop” companies to fortune 500 companies and the government, Larry served them all faithfully, and upon his retirement in August of 1985, he had 105 sales persons under him throughout the United States and Canada. He was a man devoted to his work, but his family was his prized possession. Following his retirement, Larry loved to take many trips with his wife all around the U.S. and Canada.

He was a member and Past Master of the Maple Park Masonic Lodge for many years before becoming a member of the DeKalb Masonic Lodge when the two joined in the early 1950s.

A lifelong student, Larry was never content to rest on his high school diploma. In 1961, Larry gave of his time to disadvantaged youth at the Boys Home, helping them to read. In addition to taking 12 classes through the military, he continued to take more than 20 different courses throughout his life at Waubonsee Community College. He then turned from student into teacher from 1986 to 1988, when he taught an antique class at Waubonsee Community College for a time, where they sent him to various locations in the community including Elburn, the Tri-cities, the College of DuPage and on to Chicago.

In 1994, he made display cases for the Schingoethe Center to display the Schingoethe Indian artifacts, which is located at Dunham Hall at Aurora University. Another project that Larry volunteered to take on was the rehabilitation of a home in Aurora that became the original Hesed House. Later, he specialized in restoration of Victorian homes in the Fox Valley.

In his spare time, Larry enjoyed staying at his “second home” in Nigel’s Point in Land O’ Lakes, Wis., cooking every meal over an open fire in the summer and navigating the snowcapped peaks and valleys on his skis in the winter. Later, he made the local trip to Villa Olivia to satisfy his cravings. In his younger years, he indulged in his passion for speed by flying his Cessna ZO6 and driving his Jaguar K150 whenever he could. He also was a faithful Santa’s helper, dressed to the hilt in red and white, bringing the joy of Christmas to all he met. His hands crafted hundreds of letters to friends and family, and his eye for taking pictures produced priceless gifts for many.

He leaves now two daughters, Susan Joy (Charles) Gates of Campton, Teri Ann Suggett of Kaneville; seven grandchildren, Kimberly Skaper of Sycamore, Kelly (Mark) McCarney of Aurora, Carrie, Tanya and Chuck Gates of Campton, and Joscelyn and Chanel Suggett of Kaneville; five great-grandchildren, Andrew and Steven Skaper, Shawn, Sharon and Christine McCarney; one great-great grandson, Michael Skaper; one step-sister, Dorothy Anderson of Southern Illinois; and a community of friends.

He joins now his wife, Elva; one daughter, Sharon K. Orr; and his parents, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Kaneville United Methodist Church, 46W764 Main Street Road, Kaneville, IL 60144. A funeral to celebrate his life followed the visitation. The Rev. Jason Turner, pastor of the church, officiated, and private family interment followed at Kaneville Cemetery on Monday, Jan. 11.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Albert Lawrence “Larry” Suggett Jr.” 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