Category Archives: 2012 Obituaries

Letter: A thank you to Conley Funeral Home

Our family would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation and thank you to the staff of Conley Funeral Home for all of their work and effort in providing us with a memorable and meaningful service. Their untiring devotion to quality and compassion, as well as their superlative level of support was and is appreciated to the highest degree.

We are deeply grateful and touched by the Elburn American Legion and Fire Department for their honoring and respectful expressions, along with display of the antique fire truck, Mike’s jacket, pictures, and walk through salutations and honors.

And we thank the community for their cards, condolences, phone calls, flowers, and memorials in remembrance of Mike.

Our family remembers and appreciates everyone’s kind expressions of sympathy and caring.

Mary Ann Jurgensen, and
Scott, Brenda and Alyssa Bevans

Suzanne Splain

Suzanne Splain, 69, of Elburn, passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Provena Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.

She was born July 6, 1942, the daughter of Edwin R. and Arlene Johnson.

Suzanne grew up in Batavia and attended local school. She graduated from Batavia High School with the class of 1960. Following graduation, Suzanne worked for Sears for a time before working for a local book bindery. Later, she worked for Fox Valley Jobbers and answered phones for Country West Towing before retiring.

Suzanne met the man she would share almost 45 years of memories when she was only 8 years old when both she and Bob Splain were receiving treatment for polio. Years later, Suzanne looked him up, and it didn’t take long before their hearts became one. They were united in marriage on November 18, 1967 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia.

They began their new life together in Park Shore Apartments in St. Charles for a time before building a house in Elburn on Keslinger Road in 1964. They made that house a home and filled it with memories, making a life that will be remembered for generations.

Suzanne was a faithful member of both the Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia and in later years, Faith Lutheran Church in Geneva.

When Suzanne and Bob first were married, they loved to travel anytime and anywhere. Their trips took them throughout the U.S., taking in the sights as they went. Destinations included Yellowstone National Park and Mt. Rushmore to Cape Canaveral in Florida and many places in between. One trip took them south to Mexico and was particularly memorable for all involved. Suzanne loved being outside, mowing the grass and tending the garden, gracing her home with beautiful flowers and serving mouthwatering dishes like “no peek” stew using vegetables from the harvest. Other delicious recipes included her famous lasagna and goulash, tater tot casserole and homemade macaroni and cheese. Basically, if Suzanne made up her mind up to cook something, you could guarantee it would be good. Suzanne was the definition of the word grace. Her faith was true, and her heart was quick to love and even quicker to forgive. Her inner strength and resolve was stronger than many. She overcame breathing difficulties for over fifteen years and was an example of how to live a life no matter what obstacles life gives you. Although she and Bob never had any children, their nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends will miss her dearly.

She is survived by her loving husband of almost 45 years, Bob; and two siblings, Ed (Karen) Johnson and Kathy (Keith) Douthit.

She is preceded in death by her parents and one sister.

Visitation was held June 2 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate her memory followed visitation. Interment followed at River Hills Cemetery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Suzanne Splain 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 where you can find her full life story.

Glenn R. Kahl

Glenn R. Kahl, 93, passed from this life to eternal life on May 29, 2012, at his home, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family.

Glenn was born in Maple Park on May 18, 1919, the son of Foster Ray and Laura (Miller) Kahl.

Glenn attended local schools and graduated from Maple Park High School as president of the class of 1937. During his high school years, Glenn was busy shooting baskets and making a name for himself on the basketball court. He began farming at a young age.

Following high school, he continued to work for his dad on the farm until he enlisted in Army Air Corps just after Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Glenn served proudly for four years, became a Master Sergeant, and spent the last year and a half serving in the European Theater before his honorable discharge in October of 1945.

He returned to farm life upon his return from the service but found more than harvest waiting for him. Helen Dumdie caught not only his eye but his heart, and from that very moment he knew that he’d marry her and she’d make him the happiest man alive, she just didn’t know it yet. Two weeks into their courtship, he slipped a ring on her finger, and before the snows melted the following year, they were married on Feb. 2, 1946.

They began their new life together in the Maple Park area. While Helen was busy making their house a home, Glenn left the fields and opened a new repair shop, Kahl Appliance Sales and Service, through which he cared as much for his community as his community cared for him. He retired in 1982, but still kept busy as an avid woodworker, making custom furniture and frames for family and friends to proudly display in their homes.

Glenn wore many hats over the years as he worked and lived in town that he loved. He was captain of the Maple Park Merchants Basketball Team in the late 1930s. He was elected to the Maple Park Village Board as trustee in 1949, and later became village president at the age of 33 in 1952. During this time, he not only became co-chair of the Maple Park Centennial, but also won the Abe Lincoln Look-Alike Contest as well. A proud veteran, Glenn was a lifetime member of the Maple Park American Legion, Post No. 312, where he was Post Commander and served as Chaplain for 16 years. He was also an 81-year member of the Grace United Methodist Church, where he was Lay Leader for 10 years, trustee, board chairman and worked hard during all the numerous fund raising activities. Glenn was also instrumental in bringing about the East Room Addition in 1964. In 1966, he was appointed to serve as supervisor of Virgil Township and, thereby, a member of the Kane County Board of Supervisors. He oversaw the township for 14 and a half years before stepping down in the spring of 1981. During this time Glenn served on various other committees, including the Chairman of Recorders Committee, and served as member of the Kane County Zoning Board of Appeals for over 20 years. He also was a volunteer fireman in Maple Park for many years and in 2004, Glenn held his highest office, that of “King” during Maple Park’s Sesquicentennial.

You could take a farmer out his fields but he’ll always remember the smell of the harvest. Glenn never forgot his farming heritage and was proud of his renowned talent of picking corn by hand and how quickly he could move down the rows with ease. His wit was quicker than most and his “one-liners” could really zing, bringing smiles all around. Glenn was a family man of the highest order. Of all his accomplishments, marrying his wife and raising a family of five children were the highlights of his life. Glenn will never be forgotten, nor will his last sentiments written for his family and friends, “Don’t grieve but celebrate the past.”

He is survived by his 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, Nick (Loren) Kahl, and Addam 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-in-law, Paul (Audrey) Dumdie; many nieces, nephews and cousins; a special care giver, Krystyna Struzik; and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded by his beloved wife, Helen A. Kahl; his parents, Ray and Laura Kahl; and three sisters, Alice Schroyer, Dorothy McAdams and Lucille Johnson.

A private family service and burial will be held at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit the Maple Park American Legion, Post No. 312. Checks may be made to the “Glenn 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 where you can find his full life story.

Delwin O. Laughridge

Delwin O. Laughridge, 72, of Carol Stream, Ill., passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of his family on Thursday, May 24, 2012, at Glen Oaks Hospital in Glendale Heights, after a second battle with cancer that took his body, but never his spirit.

He was born, Sept. 24, 1939, in Minot, N.D., the son of Roy and Buela Laughridge.

Delwin grew up on a rural farm in Minot and attended local schools. He graduated from Surrey High School with the class of 1958.

A special young lady who taught at a local parish school caught the eye of Delwin, who was a parishioner at the time. Marliss stole his heart, but gave hers in return. They began a 50-year love affair on Jan. 27, 1962, in Mitchell, S. D. Married at last, they began their new life together in Minot, N.D., for a time before moving to the Chicago area and making a home in Villa Park, Ill.

Delwin worked at the Gerber Food Company until an opportunity to change jobs took them to Denver, Colo., where he became a service parts manager. Omaha, Neb., became home when he accepted the new title of sales branch manager, and before long, Delwin moved up again when he accepted the position of service parts regional manager in Carol Stream.

Delwin’s work ethic was second to none, so it was no surprise that he took on a six-state sales territory for Oreck before buying into Carpet Express, which still operates today.

Delwin was a faithful member and elder at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church in La Fox. There he taught bible class for over 20 years. Delwin enjoyed helping people learn and grow in the Word, but he also liked the challenge it presented him, helping to look inside himself and hear what God was saying. In earlier years, Delwin loved to knock all 10 pins down while playing in one of his bowling leagues.

Delwin had an incredibly big heart with room enough for all. He never met a stranger and was quick to share his infectious sense of humor bringing smiles and a laughter from all. He was a self-made man whose home was his castle. Delwin was often found caring for his lawn and garden, making sure everything was just right, especially his prized Hibiscus. The fountains, grills, lawn mowers and snow blowers were only purchased after meticulous shopping to find just the right one. After all the yard work was complete, he’d cap off the day, admiring his work while grilling in his back yard.

Delwin was no slouch in the garage, either, as his hands, dirty from grease, would deftly repair anything and everything, from the clutch on his daughter’s car to building a car from scratch alongside his son. He even taught others how to handle their own maintenance.

Delwin enjoyed traveling, too. His trips to Acapulco, Puerto Rico and Cancun with Marliss, along with family reunions in North Dakota and Disney cruises with his grandchildren, were filled with enough memories to last generations. One of his last trips was no exception when they left on a road trip with no destination, plans or time constraints, eventually reaching the “end” when they came to Salt Lake City.

Delwin was also an avid reader of mysteries full of intrigue and governmental conspiracies. When he wasn’t on the road, Delwin loved to catch some of his favorite shows and games on the television. He was fan of crime dramas like “CSI,” “24” and “Person of Interest.” “American Idol,” “Jeopardy,” and “Wheel of Fortune” found spots on his list of things to watch, but sports always came first. NASCAR, the Denver Broncos and the White Sox demanded his attention, although the latter was just to antagonize his son-in-law, who is a Cubs fan.

The most important things in his life were his family. His steadfast faith was the bedrock on which he built a life that would mirror the scriptures, and he was proud to call Jesus his personal Savior. He was forever learning about himself, and would freely share the wisdom learned from his own mistakes. Delwin always strove for unconditional love and to be the best man he could be for his wife, children and especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When his cancer first struck, he fought valiantly and won, but unfortunately that victory would be short lived. The cancer returned, but Delwin’s faith kept him strong for as long as it could, and despite all the hardships, you never would hear him complain. Delwin was indeed a great man who will never be forgotten.

He is survived by his wife, Marliss; three children, Delwin “Chip” (Denise) Laughridge II, Christine (Van) Harrington and Eric (Nicole) Laughridge; eight grandchildren, Rebekah (Seth), Hatley, Alex, Kallie, Jonah, Lisa, Vanny, Colin; four great-grandchildren, Tirzah, Jeremiah, Levi and Silas; six brothers, Stan (Jo) Laughridge, Gary (Helen) Laughridge, Del (Marilynn) Laughridge, Jack Laughridge, Garth (Sue) Laughridge and Craig (Wendy) Laughridge;many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

He is preceded in death by his father Roy, mother Buela, step-mother Helen, and one brother, Gary “Butch” Laughridge.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 1, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, on the corner of La Fox Rd. and Route 38. A funeral service to celebrate his life will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, also at the church. Rev. Phil Ressler, pastor of the church, 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 support Lord of Life mission trips, as well as a scholarship to benefit children attending Lord Of Life Pre-School. Checks may be made to the “Delwin Laughridge Memorial” and mailed in care P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Roger Phillip Crome Sr.

Roger Phillip Crome Sr., 65, of Sycamore, formerly of Burlington, passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2012.

He was born Dec. 31, 1946, in Lawton, Okla., the son of John and Dorothy Juanita (Roskam) Crome. Roger grew up in Burlington and attended Burlington Elementary School and Burlington Central High School. Roger served in the Army from 1965 to 1968 in the 7th Battalion (HAWK) 5th Artillery. He was stationed in Korea during the Vietnam War.

Roger worked as an electrician for 37 years and was a member of the IBEW Local No. 117. He enjoyed fishing and deer hunting and loved to play cribbage.

Surviving are his wife, Connie (nee Dodd), whom he married on Nov. 17, 1984; his mother, Juanita Crome of Genoa, Ill.; two sons, Roger (Cristy) Crome Jr. and John (Nicole) Crome, both of Sycamore; one daughter, Dawn Reis of Wonder Lake, Ill.; one stepson, Duane (Sharon) Zeilmann of Peoria, Ariz.; one stepdaughter, Dawn (James) Northcutt of Marengo, Ill.; 10 grandchildren, Derrick and Brayden Crome, Gabriel, Elijah and Lillian Crome, Jourden and Shawn Reis, Konner, Keegan and Kyle Northcutt; one sister, Patricia (Richard) Laverty of St. Charles; and two brothers, Kenneth (Patricia) Crome of Genoa, and Charles (Marissa) Crome of Davis Junction, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Visitation will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, at the Fredrick Funeral Home, 284 Park St., Hampshire, Ill., and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, June 1, at St. John Lutheran Church, 13N535 French Road, Burlington, Ill.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday at St. John Lutheran Church. Pastor Howard Gleason officiating. Burial will be at the Burlington Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Roger’s name may be directed to the St. John Lutheran Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

Jeffrey A. “Jeff” Hickman

Jeffrey A. “Jeff” Hickman, 55, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family at Manor Care in Elgin, Ill., on Saturday, May 19, 2012.

Jeff met Laura Fencl during their teenage years. As the years went by, what was once a friendship turned into forty years of memories when they were united in marriage on January 15, 1982.

They began their new life together in Elgin and welcomed three children, Jeff, James, and Jessica. The family moved to Maple Park in the early 1990s where they have continued to make their home.

Jeff was a member of Independent Order of Odd Fellows for many years.

He loved driving, whether it was on four wheels or two; he was a dedicated racer. As long as it had a motor, Jeff was your man. From fixing his stock cars to his beloved Harley Davidson, you would never find Jeff without a little grease under his fingernails. When he wasn’t in his garage surrounded by the sounds of wrenches and certain exclamations, Jeff could be found enjoying the outdoors and occasionally hunted but when it came other members of Mother Nature, you could find no better friend. In his backyard you could find a wide selection of bird feeders which provided a buffet of bird seed specific to each visitor, so that no one flew away wanting more. He was also dedicated to his community and fellow man through his time with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a fraternal organization.

Above all he was a loving father who was happiest making memories with his wife and children. His life changed in an instant when he and Laura were hospitalized after a motorcycle accident during a charity run on June 25, 2006. Although Laura recovered from her injuries, Jeff never did. He was forced to live the rest of his life dependant on the love and devotions of his wife and children who cared for his every need, as a tribute of the love and dedication he so willingly gave. Although his body was broken, his spirit never was and now he is free to ride the highways of Heaven.

He is survived by his loving wife Laura of Maple Park,three children: Jeff (Amanda) Hickman of Janesville, Wis., James Hickman of Sycamore, and Jessica Hickman of Maple Park; his parents, Mike and Betty Hickman; his in-laws, Ron and Pearl Fencl; two brothers: John (Karen) Hickman and Chris Hickman

He is preceded in death by his grandparents.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 25, from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. An Independent Order of Odd Fellows service will be held in his honor beginning at 7:30 p.m. Private family interment will follow cremation 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 “Jeffrey Hickman 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

Justin Tyler

Justin Tyler, 27, of Elburn, suddenly passed from this life to the next unexpectedly on Friday May 18, 2012, at his home.

Justin was born July 30, 1984, in Beloit, Wis. the son of Richard and Laura (Kasel) Tyler.

He was the second of three children.

Justin attended Stone Creek Elementary School in Roscoe, Ill. before his family moved to Elburn where he later attended Kaneland High School. As a child, Justin took part in local youth baseball, basketball, and soccer programs.

After graduating from Kaneland High School in 2002, Justin decided to further his education and began taking classes at Southern Illinois University (SIU) where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

After returning from SIU Justin began working as a para-professional for Kaneland High School. For a short time he worked for a temp agency before being offered a position with Jimmy Johns. If you frequented any of the Jimmy Johns in the St. Charles or Geneva area, you may have come across his friendly smile.

Justin’s love for sports as a kid continued on later in life. He had a special place in his heart for his beloved Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls and Green Bay Packers. There was also a special interest in cars and bikes. As a young man Justin took on a job with McDonald’s so he could purchase his first bike for moto-cross racing. One of his biggest moments was when he “table topped” and crashed. When asked how he was, he answered “sore, but did it look cool?” Justin found himself on many camping trips with his family. He frequented Shabbona Lake or Minocqua Lake searching for the fish “on the bite.” Justin was a kind hearted spirit who was always willing to extend a helping hand to people. He really cared about helping those who needed it most, especially those with special needs, aspiring to someday become a counselor. The care he had for his family surpassed all others and he was especially close to his sisters Sarah and Melanie. Although Justin’s time with us was short lived, his good deeds and memories will live on forever.

He is survived by his father, Richard Tyler; two sisters, Sarah and Melanie Tyler; maternal grandparents, Eugene and Marliss Kasel; many aunts and uncles, cousins and a host of friends, and also by his mother, Laura Kasel; and paternal grandparents, John and Betty Tyler.

Visitation was held on Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. in Elburn. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of St. Gall Catholic Church, officiated.

A memorial has been established in Justin’s name to benefit the Lazarus House: Checks may be made to the “Lazarus House” and mailed in care of the Tyler Family P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Donald ‘Donnie’ R. Krause

Donald “Donnie” R. Krause, 74, of Elburn, passed away peacefully on May 22, 2012, at Geneva Nursing and Rehab Center after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

He was born Dec. 9, 1937, in Elgin, Ill., the son of Albert and Freida Krause.

Donald grew up in Elgin, where he attended local school before graduating from Elgin High School in 1957. In his teenage years he would spend his time working on cars and “tinkering” with any thing that needed fixing.

Donald was drafted into the United States Army where he proudly served his country as an operator of heavy equipment.

In 1964 he met the love of his life, Bonnie Vogt. On April 24, 1965, they were united in marriage and would spend the next 47 years by each other’s side.

After living in the Elgin area most of his life, Donald decided to upgrade to a bigger home that was also closer to work. Donald moved his family to their new home in Elburn.

Upon his return from the Army, Donald returned work with Geneva Construction, where he worked for 42 years, 8 months, and 12 days. During his tenure with Geneva Construction he worked as an operator. During his final years before retirement, Donald served in the capacity of shop foreman. In 2000 he said goodbye to the career he loved so much and retired.

He was a proud member of International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, for over 50 years. He was a longtime member of Moose Lodge 1368 in St. Charles and American Legion Post 312 in Maple Park.

Donald was a “people person,” and regardless of how long you knew him, it was like he was a lifelong friend. Those close to him would say no one was a stranger to Donald. He was an avid collector who always went looking for his special “treasures.” If it needed to be fixed, he fixed it.

Donald was a simple person who enjoyed life on the go. No matter where he was, he was always enjoyed the company of others. Many would consider him a natural entertainer. He enjoyed spending time at his local hangouts to catch a football or baseball game. If he wasn’t there, he was at home hosting his friends. Above all, he was a devoted family man who cherished his family more than anything else.

He is survived by his loving wife Bonnie of Elburn; one son, Donald Krause of Elgin; one daughter, Lisa (Shawn) Simmons of Elburn; three grandsons, Matt, Steve and Scott Simmons; and many close friends.

He is proceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Laverne Krause.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 24, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. Elburn. A funeral service celebrating Donald’s life will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday May 25, with a time of visitation from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Pastor Lisa Kruse-Safford of Cornerstone Methodist Church will officiate.

A memorial has been established in Donald’s name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Donald Krause Memorial” and mailed in care of the Krause Family, P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Terri Doremus

Terri Doremus, 65, of Elburn, formerly of Des Plaines, Ill., passed away peacefully at Loyola Hospital, Saturday, May 5, 2012.

Terri was born on Sept. 16, 1946, in Bellwood, Ill., the daughter of Ralph (Bud) and Elsie (Sue) (Peterson) Doremus.

She grew up in Des Plaines, where she attended West Elementary School and Algonquin Junior High. Throughout her childhood years, she was involved in Girl Scouts of America; never missing summer camp at Norwesco and attending the Girl Scout Round-Up in Button Bay, Vt., during her senior year in high school.

She was active in her church youth group and sang in the choir. As a student at Maine West High School, Des Plaines, Terri was a cast member of “Kiss Me Kate” and assisted behind the scenes with lighting and costuming. She graduated in 1964.

Terri valued her opportunity to further her education by attending Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis., DePaul University, Chicago, and receiving her Bachelor’s Degrees in Theatre and English from the University of Montana in Missoula.

Terri spent the summer after graduation doing Summer Stock in Scobey, Mont., as a costume assistant.

Upon return to Illinois, she worked as a full-time secretary and a part-time director of youth ministry at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Niles.

In 1978, Terri entered seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She directed the musical “Godspell”. Her third year of seminary was spent as an intern at Zion Lutheran Church in Gowrie, Iowa, where she continued to blend her love of the theatre with her faith by writing and presenting a Lenten series of dramatic presentations on the women of Jesus’ life.

She graduated in 1982 with a Masters of Divinity. Terri was one of 13 women out of 40 Masters of Divinity students. She was ordained in January 1983 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, Ill.

Terri was called as pastor to two congregations in southern Illinois; St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Nokomis and St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Fillmore. She faithfully served those two communities for 10 years, creating new and innovative ways to reach out in faith.

Upon her return to the northwest suburbs, Terri served as Interim Pastor at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Arlington Heights, Ill.

She graduated from the Chaplaincy Program at Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Elk Grove Village, Ill. Terri served as an on-call chaplain for the hospital for several years. During that time, she participated in the Anniversary Celebration of Ordination for the head of the Chaplaincy program. Terri also sang and played guitar during a peace vigil at the hospital.

Terri also worked as a counselor in a private practice in Schaumburg, Ill., until the mid-1990s, when she retired due to health concerns.

Terri had a special place in her heart for her “furry friends” and was a strong supporter of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. Her constant companion the last 12 years was her beloved dog, Domino, a dog she rescued as a puppy. She was a foster parent to a variety of dogs over the years, for in her heart there was always “room for one more”.

Terri loved reading mysteries; especially the ones that included recipes. She was an avid fan of the television show “Chopped” and loved to try new recipes out for friends and loved ones. She also enjoyed NCIS, Animal Planet and Worst Cooks.

Although she enjoyed all genres of music, Terri loved show tunes and the music of Josh Groban.

She crocheted and loved making appliqued Christmas stockings for family and friends—especially as a gift for a newborn baby.
Every New Year’s Eve included Thin Man or Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies, banging pans at midnight and the traditional forkful of herring for good luck.

Terri’s apartment door was always open, welcoming all, listening compassionately and lovingly supporting those who needed a shoulder to lean on.

She actively participated in the ceramics class at the Meadows Apartments, and every Thursday you could find her calling the Bingo games.

Terri never lost hope, relying on her faith amidst the hardest of times, meeting each new day courageously with a smile on her face and love in her heart.

She is survived by her sister, Roxanne; her nephew, Ryan Andrew; and great-nephew, Elijah Ryan.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Private celebration of life will be held by the family on Friday, May 18, in the Community Room at the Meadows Apartments.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Terri’s name to benefit Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and Tails Animal Shelter.

Checks may be made out to either charity and mailed in the care of the Terri Doremus family at P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Gary D. Jones

Gary D. Jones, 75, of SaddleBrooke, Ariz., and formerly of Geneva, born Aug. 11, 1936, to Walter and Ferne Jones in Ottumwa, Iowa, passed away May 8, 2012, in SaddleBrooke, Ariz.

Gary received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Iowa State in 1958. He was employed at Robert H. Anderson of St. Charles, until his retirement in 1998. He was an Alderman for the 3rd Ward in Geneva from 1991-1995.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents.

Gary is survived by his loving wife, Maureen Jones; daughter, Sheri (Chris) Crandall of St. Charles; sons, Brian (Amy) Jones of DeKalb, and Brad (Debbie) Jones of Elburn; six grandchildren, Stephen Crandall, Dylan Jones, Allison Jones, Erin Crandall, Ellen Jones and Austin Jones, all of Illinois.

He enjoyed playing poker with his friends, traveling and spending time with his family. Gary made numerous friends during his life, who along with his family will miss him dearly.

A visitation will be held Friday, June 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Malone Funeral Home in Geneva. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, June 9.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Casa de la Luz Foundation. Vistoso Funeral Home, Oro Valley, AZ (520) 544-2285.

Margaret M. Kellen

Margaret M. Kellen, 73, of Aurora, passed away Friday, May 11, 2012, at Provena Mercy Center. She was born June 28, 1938, in DeKalb, Ill., the daughter of the late Louis and Leona (Gallery) Kinniry.

Margaret was united in marriage to Daniel L. Kellen in 1957 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb. She and her family were life-time parishioners of St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Chicago.

She is survived by her three children, Louis (Shari) Kellen of Lake Villa, Ill., Maureen Cervantes of Fort Worth, Texas, and Patrick (Jennifer) Kellen of St. Charles; her grandchildren, Sarah, Thomas, Maggie, Drew, Leo and Lexi; her sisters, Joanne (Paul) Blatt of Tucson, Ariz., and Sheila Kinniry of Florida; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel L. Kellen in 2008.

Visitation was held Wednesday, May 16, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove. Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, May 17, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 302 Fisk Ave. DeKalb, IL. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. For further information, please call (630) 466-1330 or visit to sign the online guestbook.

Christopher Hollis Lay

Christopher Hollis Lay of Maple Park passed away May 1, 2012, following a long illness.

Christopher was born April 12, 1928, in Washington County, Ky., to W.C. and Isa Mae (Adkinson) Lay.

He attended local schools in Mackville, Ky.

In 1944 Christopher met the love of his life, Gloretta, when his brother married her sister. Before long the two were united in marriage on March 16, 1948, in Harrodsburg, Ky. They would spend the next 64 years by each others side.

They made their home in Harrodsburg the next four years before making their big move to northern Illinois. In 1957, they made their home in the Elburn/Maple Park area.

Throughout the years, Christopher worked various jobs. He worked for Elburn Packing, where he “fat cattled” before he was given the opportunity to become a welder for National Electronics. His welding career continued when Richardson Electronics took over. He continued his work with Richardson before retiring in 1993.

If you frequented the St. Charles Bowling Alley, you often found Christopher bowling, whether he was leading his league to a win or just enjoying a game of bowling with his family. If Christopher was not bowling you could find him in the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting squirrel, rabbit, pheasant, turtles, frogs or sinking a few worms to catch some catfish or bluegill. Regardless of what his catch was, it would always feed his family. If he wasn’t out hunting or fishing, he would be out tending to the flowers in his garden. He also enjoyed listening to classic country and gospel music.

Christopher is survived by his loving wife, Glo; his daughter, Peggy (Dennis) Wogen of Malta, Ill.; his son, Rick (Cathy) Lay of Maple Park; daughter-in-law, Ursula Lay of Dallas, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one brother and three sisters, all of Kentucky; many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, six brothers, two grandchildren, and one son, Larry.

Visitation was held May 5 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 West Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate Christopher’s life was held after visitation. Burial followed at Gardner Cemetery in Maple Park.

A memorial has been established in Christopher’s name to benefit the Maple Park Family Fund. Checks may be made to the “Maple Park Family Fund” and mailed in care of The Lay Family at P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Orville ‘Mike,’ ‘OJ’ Jurgensen

Orville “Mike” “OJ” Jurgensen, 84, of Elburn, passed from this life to eternal life on Monday May 7, 2012, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family at the Michealsen Health Center in Batavia.

Mike was born Aug. 25, 1927, in Mt. Vernon, S.D., the son of John and Helena Jurgensen.

In 1951, he met Mary Ann Stredde through her brother. Before long, they decided to get married, and on Jan. 20, 1952, they exchanged vows.

In 1953, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he proudly served during the Korean War. During his service, he completed his high school education.

While Mike was serving in Korea, Mary Ann moved to Aurora for work. After returning from the Army, Mike made his way to Aurora, where he and Mary Ann lived for about three years, during which time their family grew and they were blessed with their daughter Brenda. They then moved to the Meredith’s Farm in Elburn for a few years before moving to Sycamore. A number of years later the family moved back to Elburn.

Over the years, Mike became a “Jack of all trades.” He began as a fuel truck driver while in Aurora after returning from the Army. Mike could not pass up the one true career he was looking for when he accepted a job at Meredith’s Farm in Elburn, and later, Quigley’s Farm in Sycamore. While working his years as a farmer, he also worked as a school bus driver, as a local postman, for John Deere, and monitored and delivered cars for Bob Jass. He also proudly served on the Elburn Fire Department as a volunteer.

Mike was a member of the Elburn American Legion and a faithful member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake.

Mike was a kind and gentle man who never complained and was self sacrificing, generous and helpful to anyone he met. There was not a mean bone in his body, and anyone who ever knew him loved and adored him. Although he loved to be around all people, he especially loved his family. He was a devoted and caring husband, father and grandfather. He always found the time to cheer Brenda on in any school events she was involved in.

Mike also had a gentle wisdom that he shared with the younger generations. He always loved to watch the children play and enjoy life, and he in turn had a peaceful satisfaction in the simplicities of life. Mike had an outstanding sense of humor and was the family’s comedian, finding joy in nearly everything. He also had a special place in his heart for his puppy, who he often shared his popcorn with.

Mike is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mary Ann; one daughter, Brenda (Scott) Bevans of Elburn; one granddaughter, Alyssa; one sister, Lucille (Leonard) Storm of Parkston, S.D.; many nieces and nephews; and numerous close family and friends.

He now joins his parents.

Visitation will be held Thursday, May 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. Elburn, IL 60119. A funeral service celebrating Mike’s life will be held Friday May 11, at 10 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake with Pastor Ernst Rex officiating. Interment will follow services at Blackberry Cemetery in Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Mike’s name to benefit his favorite charities: Checks may be made to the “Orville Jurgensen 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

Donald S. Myers

Donald S. Myers, 94, formerly of Sugar Grove, passed away April 30, 2012, at The Birches in Clarendon Hills, Ill. He was born Sept. 18, 1917, in Sugar Grove, the son of the late Nelson and Stella (Seavey) Myers.

Don served his country during WWII with the US Army Air Corps as a flight instructor. He earned his master’s degree from Northern Illinois University and was employed with Kaneland School District before moving on to teach at McCleery Elementary School, where he retired in 1970.

He also enjoyed working at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, Wesley United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church as choir director over the years. After retirement, Don worked as a woodworker and weaver at Hackley House Antiques in Phelps, Wis., a shop he owned and ran with his wife of nearly 71 years, Mary Jean Stanton.

Don is survived by his loving wife, Mary Jean Myers; his daughters, Margaret (Lynn Schreiner) Gramley of Elgin, Ill., and Elizabeth (Bill) Chalberg of Downers Grove, Ill.; his grandchildren, Philip (Christine) Gramley, Steven (Leanne) Gramley, Jack Chalberg, Cassie Chalberg, George (Audrey) Chalberg and Bill (Sarah) Chalberg Jr.; his great grandchildren, Robert Gramley, Lillian Gramley, Keegan Chalberg, Connor Chalberg and Grace Chalberg; his sister, Phyllis Leighton of Tempe, Ariz.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Alice Goodfellow.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 2, at 2 p.m. at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 176 Main St., Sugar Grove. Visitation will take place from 1 p.m. at the church until the time of service. Interment will take place at Sugar Grove Cemetery.

For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit our website at to sign the online guestbook.

David A. Diehl

David A. Diehl, 84, of Maple Park, passed away on his farm surrounded by the love and prayers of his family Sunday morning, April 29, 2012. Released from his earthly battles, David left his farmland to claim the promise of his Savior and now surely tends the celestial fields of Heaven.

David was born Oct. 9, 1927, in Aurora, the son of Edward M. and Catherine M. (Pattermann) Diehl.

David grew up on the family farm near West Chicago and attended local schools. He graduated from West Chicago High School with the class of 1945.

David’s love of dancing brought him much joy over the years, but in his heart he knew something was missing. It wasn’t until he fell into step with Joyce C. Anderson at a Pure Milk Association dance that he realized he’d found a partner for life. Four years later, David and Joyce were united in marriage on Nov. 7, 1953.

They made their home east of Geneva, where he farmed before buying his own farm in Maple Park. On March 1, 1961, they packed up the family and moved west to Maple Park, where together they raised livestock, farmed the fields and cultivated 42 years of memories. David and Joyce had looked forward to many more, but they had danced their last when Joyce died unexpectedly following surgery in 1995. Although shook to his core, David continued to farm and make memories with his seven children, 19 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all the while wearing the smile he was rarely seen without.

In addition to his love of the land, David also was the friendly rural-route mail carrier for 21 years in Maple Park. Not only did his neighbors depend on him for the daily mail, but they counted on his 10-year dedication to the Maple Park Fire Department to keep their homes safe.

David was a faithful member of the St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park, as well as a 50-year member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. The Rural Couples Club, with whom David and Joyce danced many nights away, also counted him as a member.

David was a life-long farmer whose heart believed in the details. His tractors shone bright, his planted rows were straight as an arrow, and his barns warmed the countryside with their color. When he left his fields for the day, David kept busy by making hand-carved decorations that were painted with love and cherished by his family. Jigsaw puzzles also became a pastime, with many completed puzzles ending up framed and hung with care in his home.

No one was better at remembering special dates and occasions as David. A special card was always preceded by a trip down an unseen but well-worn path to his favorite store, where they knew him by name.

He also enjoyed going to Casey’s, where he tried his luck playing Little Lotto. But his favorite trips came on Mondays when he would travel to the gambling boat in Aurora, where he played the cards he was dealt. On his last visit, David left a winner after laying down a full house—twice. His family wasn’t a stranger to card games, either. He taught his children and grandchildren to play “skit scat,” which became a requirement of any and all who joined their ranks.

David was a man who loved to dance—from Long’s Barn to the Blue Moon Ballroom—he and Joyce cut a rug whenever they could. They also liked to travel with family and friends, visiting not only Colorado, California and his favorite Las Vegas, but also on cruises to Alaska, Hawaii and the Caribbean, as well.

David had his share of troubles, too. In addition to losing his wife, David had several bouts with the cancer that would end up taking his life—the first beginning 22 years ago. But through it all, he wore a smile and never let a day go by without letting someone know he cared. His sense of humor was bountiful, making everyone smile and laugh at his practical jokes. Even when cancer stole his voice and he was dependent on his mechanical voice to help make himself heard, David soldiered on with a smile. His family was his most prized possession, and he showed them his love in a thousand different ways.

David rarely missed engaging with his children in 4-H and was a fixture at many sporting events, cheering on his children. David loved life and all the little things that made it beautiful, and has passed that legacy onto the next generation of family and friends who will never forget him.

He is survived by one daughter, Susan (Dennis) Wiles of Batavia; six sons, Richard (Gail) Diehl of Sycamore, Ronald (Linda Asselin) Diehl of Maple Park, David E. (Karen) Diehl of Sycamore, Daniel (Tracy) Diehl of DeKalb, John (Jodi) Diehl of Shabbona, Ill., and Charles (Jennifer) Diehl of Sycamore; 19 grandchildren, Amie (Jason) Rosinski and their two sons, Nathan and Caden, Katie (Rob) Hartle and their daughter, Sienna, Jennifer (Matthew York) Wiles, Julie (Andrew) Anselm, Cody Nance, and Ryan, Kurt, Lauren, Lindsey, Adam (and Angela), Holly, Abigail, Brandon, Drew, Josie, Sarah, Delia, Jillian and Hanna Diehl; one brother, Paul (Mary) Diehl of Elburn; two sisters, Toots (Don) Kohley of Huntley, Ill., and Carol Cibulskis of Batavia; one sister-in-law, Ann Diehl of Elburn; one brother-in-law, Bernard Kuhn of Bartlett, Ill.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce; five brothers, Elmer, Raymond, Franklin, George and Edward Diehl; three sisters, Mary Jane Nagel, Dorothy Kuhn and Marcia, who died in infancy; two sisters-in-law, Eleanor and Patricia Diehl; and a brother-in-law, Robert Nagel.

Visitation was held Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. There will be a private family prayer at the funeral home, prior to a Mass to celebrate his life, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Maple Park, at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 3. Fr. Dennis Morrissey, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Maple Park.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit hospice and cancer research. Checks may be made to the “David A. Diehl Memorial” and mailed in care to P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through

The family would like to recognize the many professional health care providers who supported David over the years, with a special thank you to the staff of DeKalb County Hospice for their expert care, loving advice and services provided to David and his family during the last weeks of his life.

Elizabeth (Pintye) Meisch

Elizabeth (Pintye) Meisch, 90, of DeKalb, passed away Friday, April 27, 2012, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

She was born March 19, 1922, in Aurora, the daughter of Peter and Mary (Selagy) Pintye. She attended St. Therese grade school, East Aurora High School and graduated from Madonna High School in 1939. Elizabeth married Robert R. Meisch on May 11, 1946, at St. Therese Church in Aurora. He preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 1991.

She and her husband farmed in Naperville, Ill., Batavia, Sugar Grove, Maple Park and Genoa, Ill., before retiring to their home in DeKalb in 1991. In addition to farming, Liz worked at The Bluebell Dress Shop in Naperville; Sears Roebuck & Co. at Northgate in Aurora; Pick ’N’ Save in DeKalb; and worked part-time for her daughter and son-in-law at Gonterman Jewelers in DeKalb. She and her husband worked at Maple Park Sale Barn in Maple Park for many years until its closing, as well as the Kane County Flea Market from 1979 until each of them passed on.

She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb and a lifelong member of the “Gad-a-bouts,” a social club from grade school, until her passing.

Liz was a city girl who married a farmer, raised five children, and was involved in many of the activities of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a great love for life, family and friends. Lizzie was a people person and loved dancing, playing cards (she always loved a good game of cards and occasional trips to the boats in Aurora), baking (she made great apple slices, rhubarb pie, kiefla and stuffed cabbage rolls) and was famous for her German potato salad.

She enjoyed her travels to the Ivory Coast, Malaysia, the Caribbean, and throughout the United States, including Hawaii.

Elizabeth is survived by her children, David (Donna) Meisch of Elburn, Cindy (Dick) Wickness of DeKalb, Dennis (Jeri) Moody-Meisch of Batavia, Robert Meisch of Aurora and Sharon (Hyoung) Meisch-Suh of Davis, Calif.; her grandchildren, Amy Meisch, Sara (David) Fritz, Jason Meisch, Adam (Brigid) Wickness, Emily (Dan) Weller, Kate Wickness, Nicholas Meisch and Lura Meisch; her great-grandchildren, Tre and Tyler Fritz, Conor and Aislinn Wickness, and baby Weller, due in June.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Florence Garbe; a brother, Dimitri, in infancy; and many in-laws.

The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 3, at Annunciation of The Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 1820 Church Road, Aurora, with the Rev. Brian Konopa celebrating. Burial will follow at Marywood Cemetery, Aurora. Visitation was held Wednesday at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Elizabeth (Pintye) Meisch Memorial Fund, in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.

For information, visit or call (815) 756-1022.

Edward David Zak

Edward David Zak, 90, of Horseshoe Bend, Ark., was born on Sept. 17, 1921, in Chicago, the son of Edward Casimir and Sophia Zak. He departed this life on April 10, 2012, at Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Ark.

Edward was united in marriage to Lillian B. Nawara on Oct. 10, 1942, in St. Louis. He spent his working years as a repairman for Sears and served his country in the U.S. Marines during WWII. Edward was a member of the St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bend, Ark.

He leaves to mourn his passing three sons, Donald E. Zak and wife Rebecca of Foley, Ala., Daniel Zak and wife Jill of Naperville, Ill., and Edward D. Zak of Elburn; one daughter, Sandra L. Franciskovich and husband Dennis of Eagle River, Wis.; one sister, Elizabeth Kross; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and nine brothers and sisters.

Interment was in the St. Mary of the Mount Memorial Garden Columbarium in Horseshoe Bend, Ark., on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

Memorials preferred to the charity of your choice.

Garth L. Glader

Garth L. Glader, 52, of Geneva, passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, after an extended illness, surrounded by family and friends. He was born April 21, 1959, in Minneapolis, Minn., the son of Nancy and Richard Glader.

Garth was the former president of Anasco Incorporated.

Garth is survived by his mother, Nancy Glader; his son, Ben, and his mother, Maggie of Geneva; his brother, Gregg Glader of Geneva; his sister, Gretchen and Jay Schuette and their children, Ann, Sam and Joe of Sugar Grove; as well as numerous cousins and friends.

Garth was preceded in death by his father, Richard.

A visitation was held on Friday at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, and was followed by a service. Pastor Andy Morgan officiated. Interment will be private.

For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit to leave an online condolence.

Shirley Hankes

Shirley Hankes, 87, of North Aurora, Ill., passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, April 3, 2012, at Delnor-Community Hospital, Geneva. A woman devoted to her faith, Shirley celebrated her birthday with her family, and now celebrated the joy of Easter morn in Heaven, just a week later.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 3:6.

Shirley was born April 2, 1925, in Aurora, the daughter of John and Madeline (Bury) Weisgerber. She grew up in Aurora, where she attended local schools, graduating from East Aurora High School. Following graduation, she worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad for a time until she met Ray Hankes through mutual friends. Their courtship was not long, but the vows that were taken on April 7, 1945, bound their hearts together for a lifetime.

They began their married life on the farm in Sugar Grove, where they lived with Ray’s parents. Though Shirley did not begin as a farmer, she grew to share her husband’s love for the farm and was a part of much of the daily activity. She enjoyed her garden from which countless things were frozen to feed her growing family.

While she was a busy wife and mother, she always made time for others and volunteered in many places, including being active with the Helping Hands and Sugar Grove Boys 4-H clubs. Shirley was involved with many aspects of her church, Holy Angels Catholic Church, where she served as a volunteer for Holy Angels Food Pantry, and since 1985 had been a minister of care, taking Holy Communion to the homebound. In 2006, Shirley was awarded the honor of being “Catholic Woman of the Year”.

She and Ray were actively involved in the development of Waubonsee Community College. She also worked for the Girl Scouts for several years.

She was a lifelong member of Holy Angels Catholic Church Aurora, St. Ann’s Society, Kane County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, the Canasta Club and the Kane County Home Extension.

Her family had a number of treasured traditions, and spending Christmas Eve together was one of the most important times. Phone calls and visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the sunshine of her life and memories that they will remember always. With hands that were never idle, Shirley found time to embroider tablecloths for each of her children, latch hook, and create centerpieces for the senior group. Those same hands were found each day holding the treasured beads of her Rosary. The prayers of each day supported those she loved and sustained her through all of the days of her life.

She is survived by seven children, Raymond (Ellen) Hankes of Gibson City, Ill., Elizabeth (Dennis) Engel of Hampshire, Ill., Nicholas (Darlene) Hankes of Virgil, James (Kae) Hankes of Galesburg, Ill., Joan (Paul) Burns of Springfield, Ill., Patricia (Gregory) Sinn of Tremont, Ill., Christine (Michael) Turner of North Aurora; and one daughter-in-law, Lorri Hankes of Sugar Grove; 24 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Frances Adams of Sandwich, Ill.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ray Hankes; her son, Robert Hankes; and one granddaughter, Michelle.

Her visitation was held Sunday, April 8, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A Rosary began visitation at 3 p.m. A Mass will to celebrate her life was held Monday morning, April 9, at 10 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 180 S. Russell Ave., Aurora. Interment followed at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Aurora.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Angels Food Pantry, 204 S. Russell, Aurora, IL 60506. Tributes may be forwarded to the family at Conley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119, or on the web at

Cynthia R. Hollarbush

Cynthia R. Hollarbush, 56, of Bristol, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2012. She was born Jan. 25, 1956, in Roselle, Ill., the daughter of Richard and Charlene Rohlfing.

Cynthia worked for many years at Provena Mercy Center and Rush-Copley Medical Center as a surgical assistant. Cynthia also had a passion for cooking, gardening, reading, and most of all, any activities with her children and grandchild. She will always be remembered for her positive attitude and free spirit.

Cynthia is survived by her loving husband, Rick; her children, Jaci, Jodi, Jake and Justin; and granddaughter, Addison.

She will truly be missed by her friends and family.

In keeping with Cynthia’s wishes, all services were private at The Healy Chapel 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. For further information. please call (630) 466-1330 or visit to sign the online guestbook.

William “Bill” L. Schilling

William “Bill” Leo Schilling, 71, passed away at home Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

William was born on March 4, 1941, in Youngstown, Ohio, to the late Virginia O’Leary and Louis Schilling. He grew up in California and attended schools in the North Hollywood area.

After high school, William entered the U.S. Navy on Sept. 28, 1959, at North Hollywood, Calif., and served on the USS Coral Sea. His honorable discharge, at the rank of SN, took place on Sept. 28, 1961, at Alameda, Calif. After serving in the Navy, he returned to Ohio, where he met his wife of 40 years, Kathleen Schilling. They were married on Oct. 28, 1972, and raised four children (Jennie, Bob, Michael and Amy) together, in addition to Kathy’s youngest brother, Kevin.

Bill was a man of many trades. He worked for General Motors before entering the restaurant business, where he worked for companies such as Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips, Long John Silver’s and Taco Johns, eventually owning and operating his own Taco Johns franchise in Stevens Point, Wis. Despite the many long hours, he loved interacting with his employees and customers. Through this experience, he developed many life-long friends.

Bill enjoyed many things, which he shared with his wife, Kathy. These included attending UWSP sporting events, camping, fishing, watching movies and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Schilling of Plover,Wis.; his step-father, Fred (Rose) Boggs of San Jose, Calif.; brother, John (Marian) Schilling of Meridian, Idaho; and four children, Robert (Tracy) Schilling of Elburn, Jennie (Scott) Blum of Holly Springs, N.C., Michael (Kari) Schilling of West Bend, Wis., and Amy (Delano Roberts) Schilling of Stevens Point, Wis. In addition to his children, William had seven grandchildren whom he adored: Ashley and Ethan Blum, Tyler, Pearse, Savannah, Olivia and Grace Schilling. In addition, he is survived by brothers-in-law, Terry Daw of Cleveland, Ohio, and Mark Daw of Fayetteville, N.C.; his cousin, Kay (Vince) Capka of North Olmstead, Ohio; and nieces, Andrea Schilling of Boise, Idaho, and Angela Schilling of Sioux Falls, N.D.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Judith Schilling, and his brother-in-law, Kevin Daw.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at St. Bronislava Catholic Church in Plover. The Rev. Greg Bohren will officiate. Burial with full military honors will follow in the Parish cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p..m Friday, April 20, at the Pisarski Community Funeral Home, 2911 Plover Road, Plover, Wis., and from 9:30 am until the time of services Saturday morning at the church. A general Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. For online condolences, please visit In lieu of flowers, a memorial in his name will be established at a later date.

The family would like to thank Ministry Home Care Hospice for their care of Bill.

Nancy K. Bos

Nancy K. Bos, 68, of Oregon, Ill., stepped into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, March 22, 2012, at the Serenity Home in Oregon. Nancy was born Nov. 2, 1943, in Elgin, Ill., the daughter to Lawrence and Marion (Stettner) Wolfe.

Nancy spent her childhood growing up in Elburn, and was active in the church choir and youth group. She married Harvey Lee Bos on March 25, 1970. They made their home in the Sycamore area until retiring in Oregon, in 1998.

Nancy enjoyed working in the health field for many years and then working at Creative Calligraphy as credit manager for about 10 years. She served on the Women’s Ministry Team, various church committees, and taught women’s Bible studies in the Sycamore/DeKalb, and Oregon areas. She is a member of the Evangelical Free Church of Mt. Morris.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Harvey, of Oregon, Ill.; daughter, Denyse Christensen of Elburn; step-daughter, Lisa Bos of Sycamore; step-sons, David (Louise) Bos of Colorado and Rick (Darla) Bos of Steward, Ill.; brother, Larry (Barbara) Wolfe of California; as well as 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 31, at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Free Church of Mt. Morris, with pastors Bruce McKanna and Larry Jameson co-officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service at the church, 10 to 11 a.m.

Burial will be at the Riverview Cemetery near Oregon.

A memorial fund is established for the Evangelical Free Church of Mt. Morris and the Billy Graham Association.

For more information, visit

Jim R. Nulf

Jim R. Nulf, 72, of Otterville, Mo., passed away on Friday, March 23, 2012, at the home of his daughter in Sugar Grove. He was born March 27, 1939, in Huntsville, Mo.

Jim retired in 2001 after 39 years working for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad and then the Union Pacific Railroad. He served in the U.S. Army from 1959-1962. He was an avid collector of guns and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Jim also enjoyed many trips to Utah, collecting rocks and fossils.

Survivors include his daughter, Kathleen Aldridge and her husband, Joel; a granddaughter, Olivia Aldridge; brothers, David William Nulf of Rochester, Wash., and Kurt Arn Nulf of Round Lake Beach, Ill.; and a sister, Caroline Wayne of O’Fallon, Ill.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Ross William Nulf and Dollie (Hughes) Nulf.
A private service was held for the family. Arrangements were made by The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove.

For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit to leave an online condolence.

Klaus D. Korth

Klaus D. Korth, 61, of Elburn, died Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Delnor-Community Hospital. He was born Feb. 24, 1951, in Essen, Germany.

He was President of Korth Gear Services, Inc., in Elburn.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma; two children, Gregory (Theresa) Wagner of Sugar Grove, and Theresa (Matthew) Smith of Glendale Heights, Ill.; two grandchildren, Kara and Noah; brother, Michael (Cheryl) Korth.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilhelm and Elfriede Korth.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. on March 16 at Yurs Funeral Home of Geneva, and funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on March 17, also at the funeral home. Burial was at Union Cemetery, St. Charles.

For more information, call Yurs Funeral Home of Geneva, (630) 232-7337 or visit

Ardath L. Pierce

Ardath Pierce, 71, of Maple Park, formerly of Wheaton, Ill., passed away at her daughter’s home in North Riverside, in the early morning hours of Thursday, March 8, 2012, following a brief battle with cancer.

She was an avid gardener and loved baking and entertaining. She worked at the Batavia Jewel for almost 20 years, where she was known as “The Cookie Lady.”

She is survived by her sons, Timothy (Nancy) and Douglas Pierce; her daughter, Victoria (Phil Malhiot) Pierce; three granddaughters, Jennifer, Laura and Christina.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Oakley Pierce; and her parents, Alfred and Edna Prestebak.

Visitation and a funeral service to celebrate her life were held on March 12, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. in Elburn. Rev. Roger Crites, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Geneva, officiated. Interment followed at Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Elmhurst, Ill.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit Anderson Animal Shelter. Checks may be made to the “Ardath Pierce 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

Lillian L. Gawrys

Lillian L. Gawrys, 103, passed away Friday, March 2, 2012, at Countryside Care Centre in Aurora.

A long-time resident of North Tonawanda, N.Y., Lillian and her husband, Frank, operated “Frank’s Diner” on Oliver Street for many years.

Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, in 1970; her sisters, Ann (Lisowski) Farkas, Bernice (Lisowski) Astalos and Jennie (Lisowski) Kokoszka; and her brother, Steve Lisowski.

She is survived by her daughter, Janet (Gawrys) Darata; her step-daughter, Virginia (Gawrys) Feuerbach; and her step-son, Raymond Gawrys.

A funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. on Monday at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Aurora. Interment was private at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kenmore, N.Y.

Arrangements by The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554.

Flowers are gratefully declined.

Robert Dale ‘Bob’ Lewis

Robert Dale “Bob” Lewis, 74, passed away at 3:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at his residence, surrounded by his loving wife and family after a long and courageous battle with colon cancer.

Robert was a salesman for Elgin Corrugated Box Company in Elgin, Ill.

He was a veteran of the U. S. Army.

Robert was born July 9, 1937, in Hord, Ill., to Paul Edward and Lura Faye (Wilson) Lewis.

Robert was united in marriage with Vickie Lynn Durham on Aug. 19, 1993, in Nashville, Tenn.

Surviving are, his wife of 18 years, Vickie Lynn Lewis of rural Carbondale; his children, Paulette Lewis of Rochelle, Ill., Michael Lewis of Bartlett, Ill., and Shauna Kane and her husband, Phil of Cortland, and Robin Lewis of California; three grandchildren, Joey Bemos, Tyler Nolan and Maddison Kane; brother, Gary Eugene Lewis of Phoenix, Ariz.; former wife, Eva Lewis of Bartlett; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ruby and Charles Durham of Carbondale, Ill.; brothers-in-law, Kevin Durham and his wife, Ivona, of Cortland, Rick Durham and his wife, Allison, of Elburn; nephew, Charles Durham of Cortland; niece, Crystal Durham of Elburn; and close friends, Dale and Gloria Gabriel of rural Carbondale, Roger and Lois Propes of rural Carbondale and many other close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were at 1 p.m. on Feb. 27, at Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin with Mr. Dale Gabriel officiating. Interment with military graveside rites conducted by the Herrin American Post # 645, Baker-Ladd V.F.W. Post # 1567 and the IL Army National Guard Honor Detail will be in Friendship Cemetery at Goreville. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Patrick A. “Pat” Taylor

Patrick A. “Pat” Taylor, 59, passed away peacefully at Delnor-Community Hospital Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, after a long fought battle with cancer.

He was born Oct. 7, 1952, in La Porte, Ind., the son of Robert and Helen Taylor.

He grew up in La Porte, where he attended St. Peter’s Catholic Grade School and graduated from La Porte High School. Wanting to further his education, he attended St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, Ind. Pat later earned a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University.

In the 1970s, Pat often visited his brother, Joe, in Palatine, Ill., and the young lady who lived across the street caught his eye. Nine years later, Pat married Bev on Aug. 23, 1980. For the next 31 years, Pat would faithfully stand by her. Five years later, they were blessed with their first child, Aimee. In the years that followed, Pat and Beverly would welcome Jim, Dan and Katie into their lives.

They made their home in St. Charles for a time before moving to Virgil and finally, in 1994, came to make their home in Elburn.

Pat had a love for education and history. He began his teaching career at East Aurora High School in 1980 and would spend 13 years there teaching social studies. With an opportunity to work closer to home, Pat became a social studies teacher at St. Charles East High School, where he continued until the end of January.

Pat was a faithful parishioner of St. Gall Parish in Elburn, where on Saturday evenings he would devote his time to the church as an usher.

Pat had a special place in his heart for sports, especially his beloved Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He became very excited whenever tickets made their way into his hands. His love for sports extended beyond the Fighting Irish to his Chicago Bears and Cubs. His interest in sports did not stop there, however. Whenever he had the opportunity to coach his children, whether it was baseball or basketball, he would be there. Pat also had a passion for tennis, which he not only enjoyed playing, but teaching others to play, as well.

If Pat was not spending time coaching or watching one of his beloved teams, he was spending time with his family. He enjoyed taking vacations, especially time in a cottage overlooking a lake. You would often find him out on the porch with his family playing cards or board games. In the background, you would hear some of his favorite artists playing. You could still hear the echoes of the Beatles, The Eagles, Simon and Garfunkel, and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Pat and his family enjoyed spending time at numerous cottages, but Door County, Wis., was where they spent most of their vacations together. Pat enjoyed the simple pleasures and beauty in life. He spent endless hours in the garden growing flowers or would lose himself in books, particularly historical fiction. Those who knew Pat well knew that his interesting sense of humor was like no other.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Taylor of Elburn; four children, Aimee Taylor, Jim (Kristen) Taylor, Dan Taylor, Katie Taylor; seven siblings, Joe (Audrey) Taylor, Mary Gineman, Martha Taylor (Lester Gillespie), Mike (Judy) Taylor, Rita (Gerry) Bambrick, Beth (Don) Lopotko and Bobi (Mike) Wheeler; a host of nieces and nephews and a lifetime of friends.

He is preceded by his parents.

Visitation was held Sunday, Feb. 26, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral mass celebrating his life was held Monday, Feb. 27, at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn. Fr. Dennis Morrissy, pastor of The Church of St. Mary of Assumption in Maple Park, officiated the funeral.

Memorials in Patrick’s name may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Checks may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) and mailed to 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06815, on the web at, or mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may be forwarded to the family through P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119, or on the web at

Nancy M. Baum

Nancy M. Baum, 74, of Aurora, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. She was born on June 11, 1937, in Dog Fork, Ken., daughter of the late Raleigh and Nellie Marie Herbert.

Raised in West Virginia, she attended Mooseheart after her father passed away. While at Mooseheart she was a proud member of the drill team. Her family later moved to Sugar Grove, where she graduated from Elburn High School. She was a beautician for 30 years in Aurora, and for the last 10 years, was a teacher aid at Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove. Mom was a hard worker and truly loved working with the children at Kaneland.

Nancy is survived by her sons, Gary (Jami) Baum, Gregory (Teresa) Baum and Glen (Mindy) Baum; grandchildren, Matthew, Jonathan, Ethan, Jarod and Zachary; great-grandchildren, Michael and Connor; siblings, Karen (Tom) Silver, Sally Vilbig, Martha Vickory, Richard (Jean) Herbert and Garry Herbert.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Jack Herbert, David Herbert and Alfred Herbert; and sister, Patricia Rediger.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kaneland Foundation with the memo line noting that it is for the Nancy M. Baum Memorial.

For information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit to sign the online guestbook.

Alexander L. Haas

Alexander L. Haas, 20, born Sept. 6, 1991, passed away suddenly on Feb. 12, 2012.

Alex was a loving father, son, brother, grandson and nephew. He leaves behind his fiancee, Shyla Jankowski; a beautiful 6-month-old daughter, Averie Haas; his mother, Doreen Haas; his sister, Elaxus Haas; his brother, Zackery Russell; maternal grandparents, Carol Haas, Ed Engleking and Louis Haas; two uncles, Louie (Tiffany) Haas and Brian Haas; great aunts and uncles, Shirley Garza, Donald (Peggy) Kestner, Merry (David) Roe, Sonja (Steven) Lange, Joe (Tori) Hoffman and Tom (Diana) Haas, as well as many cousins.

Alex was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Louis Haas, Sr., and great-grandmother, Joyce Ann Hoffman.

Visitation was held Thursday, Feb. 16, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. Alex’s funeral service was held on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Sugar Grove Chapel. Interment was at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made directed to his family for his daughter, Averie Reann Haas.

Rest in peace Alex. You will always and forever be in our hearts.

For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit

Arnold “Arnie” F. Leifheit

Arnold “Arnie” F. Leifheit, 94, of Sugar Grove, passed from this life to eternal life on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at his son’s home in Batavia, surrounded by the love of his family.

Arnold was born on Oct. 13, 1917, in Yorkville, Ill., the son of Frederick and Louise (Henne) Leifheit.

Arnold grew up in Yorkville and attended local schools.

Arnold took the next step in his storied life by working in the Civilian Conservation Corps near West Branch, Mich. He would go into West Branch on weekends, where a young lady by the name of Byrel Killinger caught his eye. Nevertheless, Arnie made his way back to Yorkville, but neither of them could deny that a spark was ignited. Five years of love letters ensued before Arnie’s proposal of marriage prompted Byrel to leave her job and home, and travel alone to Camp Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he was then stationed after his enlistment in the United States Army. Sixty-eight love-filled years began on Sept. 18, 1942. Arnie continued to serve his country until his honorable discharge on Dec. 9, 1945.

Arnie and Byrel made their first home in Colorado Springs. Later they were transferred to Durham, N.C., where Arnie helped to train the troops. Life was put on hold when Arnie was deployed to Europe near the end of World War II. Upon his return to civilian life, they made a home above a service station they operated in Yorkville. In 1955, an opportunity to own and operate a station up the road on Route 47 brought them to live and work in Sugar Grove.

Arnie worked in the fields and as a carpenter before going into the Army. When Arnie returned from the Army, he opened Leifheit Service Station in Yorkville from 1945 to 1948. He then owned and operated Horton & Leifheit trucking from 1948 to 1954 before taking over the Sugar Grove gas station and restaurant. In 1959, Arnie began working for Caterpillar Tractor, where he spent the next 20 years before retiring in 1979. Even in retirement, Arnie never stopped working, but kept busy by opening Leifheit Sharpening, which was operated out of his home, with his son.

Arnie was a Life Member of the Sugar Grove American Legion and VFW in Montgomery.

Arnie never met a stranger, and no one could find a better friend. He was your all-around sports fan. You often would find him enjoying his Chicago Bears or Chicago Bulls, but the one sport he enjoyed more than any was baseball. In Arnie’s eyes, there was no better team than his beloved Chicago Cubs. As a young man, you could find Arnie on a local baseball field, often times playing two games at once. In his later years he shared his love for the game with younger generations by volunteering his time with local Little League teams.

The outdoors also called to him. Hunting and fishing were pastimes that brought him not only to local hunting grounds but back to West Branch, on and around Cranberry Lake.

Arnie also made a name for himself on local bowling and horseshoe leagues for many years, but when it came to cards, he was nearly unbeatable. By the time the cards were dealt, he already had you beat—you just didn t know it yet.

Arnie had a heart that beat only for Byrel, and together they were the ultimate team. Her passing separated them for little over a year, but nothing could keep them apart. They are now finally reunited, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Arnold is survived by one son, David (Billie) Leifheit of Batavia; one son-in-law, Daren (Lori) Haring of Elburn; five grandchildren, Jason Leifheit of Arkansas, Amanda (Steve) Reckinger of Elburn, Tyler Haring of Michigan, and Emily Haring and Meredith Haring of Elburn; six step-grandchildren, Roy Gustafson of Sugar Grove, Jeff Pini of Elgin, Ill., Kyle (Alton) Pini of Plainfield, Ill., Steven Pini of Yorkville, Ill., Kristin Sivak of Toronto, Ontario, and Kelly Sivak of Elburn; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and a true community of friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Byrel, who passed away in January 2011; one daughter, Donna L. Haring; and his parents.

Visitation was held on Sunday, Feb. 19, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. in Elburn. A service to celebrate his life was held on Monday, Feb. 20, at the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 176 Main St., Sugar Grove. Rev. Steve Good, pastor of the church, officiated. Interment followed at Sugar Grove Cemetery.

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