Category Archives: 2013 Obituaries

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William Garcia Jr.

William Garcia Jr. passed away on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at his home. He was born April 11, 1960, in Chicago.

William graduated from Bowen High School in Chicago in 1979. He then began working at South Chicago Bank, now known as Charter One, for about 15 years. He attended Aurora University and DePaul University.

William had worked for BMO Harris Bank in Oswego since 2001. He was also a past governor and volunteer at the Aurora Moose Club.

Survivors include his mother, Frances Garcia, nee Granado; four children, Joann Cervantez, Maryann Cervantez, Matthew Garcia and Sarah Garcia; his grandchildren, Lilly Arambula, Diego Garcia and Jasmine Colunga; his siblings, Donna and Liz Garcia; as well as several nieces and nephews.

William was preceded in death by his father, William Garcia Sr.

Funeral services were held on on Saturdayat The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. Fr. Jerome Leake officiated. Visitation was held on Friday at the funeral home. Interment will be private.

William was a very caring person who took great pride and joy in being a grandfather and father, as well. He will always be known as having a great sense of humor. He considered himself the No. 1 fan of the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Blackhawks. William will be dearly missed by family and friends, but will always remain in their hearts.

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

Howard C. Dietz

Howard C. Dietz, 91, of Batavia, passed away, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at LaSalle Veterans Home in LaSalle, Ill. He was born Aug. 5, 1922, in Chicago, the son of George and Harriet (nee Grodowski) Dietz.

He was united in marriage to Darlene Bennet on Oct. 28, 1950, at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, located in Nashua, Iowa.

Howard was a member of the Kane County Car Club, Thunderbird Club International and the Chicago Thunderbird Club. He served in the United States Army for three years during World War II.

He is survived by three sons, Robert (Linda) Dietz of Elburn, Thomas H. Dietz of St. Charles and Todd (Yvonne) Dietz of Oswego, Ill.; three grandchildren, Nicole (Scott) Kramer, Amanda (Chad) Render and Sean (fiancee, Stephanie Jones) Dietz; great-grandchildren, Chase (Ashlee), Madison and Logan Kramer; and the family’s beloved dogs, Sophie, Fiona and Chloe.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Darlene, and a brother, Leroy Dietz.

Visitation was held Friday at Moss Family Funeral Home in Batavia. Funeral services were held on Saturday at the funeral home. Interment followed at River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia.

Memorial contributions may be directed to American Cancer Society 143 First St. Batavia, IL.

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

Janice M. Wren

Janice M. Wren, 70, of Elburn, passed away at her home surrounded by the love and prayers of her family on Tuesday Sept. 3, 2013.

She was born May 17, 1943, the daughter of Alvin and Pearl Hetland in Ottawa, Ill. She attended local schools before graduating from Malta High School.

In the mid 1950s, Jan checked coats for the local high school basketball team. One night, a young man by the name of Ted Wren attended a game. That night, Jan checked more than his coat—she checked his heart, giving hers in return. Shortly after high school, Ted would ask Jan to be his wife. Their plans were temporarily put on hold when Ted went off to faithfully serve his country. During the Korean War, Ted found the time to make it home on leave to marry the love of his life. On June 24, 1961, Jan and Ted would finally have their unforgettable day.

Later that year the newly weds would make their home in Sycamore, where they would spend the next 10 years. In 1971, the couple moved their family to Elburn, where they made memories to last a lifetime.

During Jan’s high school years she worked for a jewelry store in Sycamore. After moving to Elburn, she worked for Anderson’s Grocery Store. It wasn’t until an opportunity to waitress at the Country Kettle that she found her true calling. Throughout the years she made countless friends, often those who would wait around for one of her tables to become available. Even though she truly loved her work at the Country Kettle, her love for Ted was much more. When Ted’s health needed attending to she provided everything he needed.

Jan and Ted enjoyed the outdoors together, especially attending to their garden and yard. She enjoyed watching birds and rabbits. Jan truly lived life for others, loved unconditionally and laughed often. There was nothing more important to her than her family. All holidays were spent at her home with a home-cooked meal specially made for those who meant the most to her.

Her constant companions—her cat Butter and dog Molly—were always by her side. Jan always put her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren first. She was their biggest supporter in everything her children did, always offering advice and encouragement when needed. Even as her children grew, they always knew that they could always go home to the love and support that only “mom” could provide.

When Ted’s health began to decline, he wanted nothing more than to be home. Jan made that possible by providing everything and more to the one who held her heart since high school. Jan wanted nothing different in her final days, and her children made it possible. She made it home the morning of Sept. 3, and just as she settled in to the comfort of her bed, she drifted off. Her new home is in Heaven, where she is reunited once again with Ted.

She is survived by her three children, Gary Wren of Maple Park, Anna Wren of Woodland, Ala., and Susan (Dan) McGuffin of Elgin, Ill.; Carolyn and Vicki, who were like daughters to her; eight grandchildren, Christina Wren, Michael Wren, Meg McGuffin, Connor McGuffin, Hunter McGuffin, Andrew (Anthea) Lowery, Shawn Lowery and Rebecca (Jackie) Vaughn; five great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jonathan, Emily, Alayna, and Wrangler; one brother, Myron Hetland; and a Country(Kettle)side of friends.

She is preceded by her parents and her husband of 50 years, Ted Wren.

Visitation took place on Sunday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service celebrating Jan’s life was held on Monday, with visitation held prior to the service. Rev. Laura Crites, pastor of Hinckley First United Methodist Church, officiated. Interment followed at Blackberry Township Cemetery in Elburn.

Tributes and Condolences can be mailed in care of “The Wren Family” to P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119 or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Ann R. Harmon

Ann R. Harmon, 90, of Elburn, passed away Aug. 30, 2013, at Pine Acres Rehab and Living Center, where she had made her home in recent years.

Ann was born Jan. 16, 1923, in Spring Valley, Ill., the daughter of James and Rose (Soeder) Lynch.

Ann grew up in areas surrounding Peru, Ill., and attended local schools. She graduated from LaSalle-Peru High School.

After working locally for a time, Ann enlisted in Women’s Army Corp on Sept. 16, 1944. She served stateside, taking care of her fellow wounded soldiers throughout the country. After she was honorably discharged in Oct. 14, 1946, she attended St. Mary’s School of Nursing and graduated with the class of 1950.

Ann was united in marriage to Thomas Leroy “Red” Harmon on May 19, 1951.

They first lived in rural Utica before moving to Elburn in 1955. In November of 1998, sadness struck when Red passed away, but Ann continued to live and make memories in their Elburn home.

In the ensuing years, as Ann’s healthcare needs changed, she lived in several locations.

Ann was a faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church and it’s Altar and Rosary Society. She and Red were also members of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Aurora.

Ann’s true gift was the caring for others. Whether they were injured soldiers, family, neighbors, scraped knees on grandchildren or a broken heart, no one cared for you like Ann. Ann’s hands were rarely idle, and when not caring for others, she loved to sew.

Ann also loved to read anything she could get her hands on. She was a hearty traveler, making trips with Red to many destinations throughout the Caribbean, the Middle East and Africa. Her favorite times were those spent reading to her children and grandchildren, and being surrounded by friends and family.

She is survived by two children, Jim (Sahar) Harmon of Cairo, Egypt, and Leanne (Larry) Snyder of Maple Park; three grandchildren, Keith Snyder, Lisa Harmon and Elizabeth Harmon; three siblings, James Lynch, Lois Humpage and William Lynch; several nieces, nephews and a community of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Kenneth Lynch.

Visitation will take place at 10 a.m., with a mass to follow at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Sept. 7, at St. Gall Catholic Church , 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn. Fr. Tim Seigel, pastor of the church, will officiate with interment to follow at St. Gall Cemetery.

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

Gary Wilson

Gary Wilson, 69, of Batavia, formerly of Sugar Grove and owner of the Yankee Clipper Barber Shop in Oswego, passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of his family following a brief but fierce illness, on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

He was a Christmas baby, blessing his family in 1943 in Aurora, the son of Carter Glidden and Catherine Rose (Greiter) Wilson. He was known to jokingly say that two important people were born on that day and he wasn’t always sure which one was greater.

Gary grew up in Sugar Grove and attended local schools. He graduated from Kaneland High School in 1961, where he proudly sang with a quartet known as the “Checkertones,” complete with red and white checked ties, who eventually became state champions. Throughout his years and beyond, Gary proudly wore the nickname “Hop” due to his love of Hopalong Cassidy. Following graduation, Gary went to barber college in Chicago and found something that not only was he very good at, but something he loved to do, as well.

In 1962, a certain young lady was enrolled in Copley School of Nursing, which was “The Place” for Kaneland boys to pick up cute girls. Kathleen “Kathi” Olson was set up with Gary so she could talk up her girlfriend, but after that first date, Gary and Kathi knew without a doubt there was something special in the air. They were eventually united in marriage on April 4, 1964, at St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn.

The newlyweds first lived in Kaneville for a brief time, but for Gary, “home” was Sugar Grove. They made their home on both the east and west sides, welcoming home three beautiful girls: Julie, Karin and Molly. In 1996, Gary and Kathi downsized after the girls left home, building a home in Batavia with the caveat that he would get his morning coffee in Sugar Grove on his way to work in Oswego.

Gary loved his job and made many special friends over the years. Gary always felt at home behind a barber chair. No matter where he worked—from brief stints in Batavia, Elburn and Sugar Grove before becoming his own boss at Yankee Clipper Barber Shop for over 30 years in Oswego—Gary loved his job and made many special friends over the years. Gary also was a school bus driver in the morning for Kaneland School District for over 20 years. Gary was far from putting down his shears until a diagnosis of cancer brought retirement to his door.

Above all else was Gary’s love for his family. He was the proudest father and grandfather you could find. Gary’s grandchildren were the apple of his eye, and Gary was the first one to support and cheer them on in all their activities. He was taken too soon, but not before his indelible mark was left on the hearts of all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Kathi Wilson; three daughters, Julie (Mark) Harrington, Karin (Scott) Herwick and Molly (John) Nelson; five grandchildren, Emily Harrington, Ben Harrington, Andrew Nelson, Anna Nelson and Ryan Herwick; four siblings, Bob (Sylvia) Wilson, Sharon (Don) Henderson, Dianne (Bill) Rissman Mason and Melodee (Mike) Probst; two sisters-in-law, Carolyn (Arlyn) Lund and Mary (John) Coon; many nieces and nephews; Max, his dog and constant companion for the last 17 years; and a countryside full of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Carter and Catherine; one brother-in-law, Darryl Rissman; sister-in-law, Marjorie Faltz Wilson; and his mother- and father in-law, Kenneth and Lorraine Olson.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate his life will take place on Friday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m., also at the funeral home. Interment will follow at River Hills Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Gary’s name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Gary Wilson Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com, where you can find his full-life story.

Chester Christian Meyer Jr.

Chester Christian Meyer Jr., 69, passed away while surrounded by family at his Maple Park home on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013.

Chet was born on Feb. 5, 1944, in Oak Park, Ill., to Chester C. and Edith C. (Larson) Meyer Sr. He was raised in Westchester, Ill., and graduated from Proviso West High School in 1962.

He spent five years stationed in Georgia as a radar operator in the U.S. Navy. After the Navy, the young veteran took a course in German from an attractive Triton College rookie instructor who was not at all impressed with his classroom antics. She left enough of an impression on him that he majored in German at University of Illinois-Chicago, graduating in 1974 with a B.A. Those antics eventually evolved to be more effective some years later, when Hilda Markowski, the instructor, finally accepted his offer to go to a musical.

Chet married Hilda on Aug. 10, 1974. Together they lived in Oak Park until they moved into their beautiful house in unincorporated Maple Park that Chet, Hilda and friends built in 1978.
Over the years Chet was the proprietor of three small businesses that allowed him to put his hands to work. First, he restored antique furniture at Old World Restoration; then he sold vintage and modern wood stoves at the Blackberry Stove Store in Geneva. Finally, when his daughter entered elementary school, he retrained as a dental technician at Triton College and started the Kane Denture Service. Chet continued to handcraft comfortable custom dentures in his lab until his recent retirement in 2011.

Chet was heavily involved in the Elburn community and active in the Kaneland schools. He coached baseball in Elburn for eight years, from 1987 to 1994, and served as president of the newly formed Elburn Countryside Athletic Association from 1994 to 1997. Chet also was an active observer of the Kaneland School Board and served on multiple committees.

Chet’s passions included the outdoors, gardening and woodworking. He spent time every summer canoeing in the upper Midwest with family and friends, and particularly loved the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and the Sylvania Wilderness. He was especially at peace on the water and loved to teach others about wilderness camping.

At home, Chet was often found in his workshop making beautiful objects, from furniture to wooden boats and canoe paddles to intricate toys for his grandchildren. He also enjoyed cultivating his bountiful flower and heirloom vegetable gardens. His curiosity for how and why things worked was infectious, and while mastering many, he was a true jack of all trades.

Chet was known for his Midwestern friendliness, his willingness to help others, and his fierce advocacy of progressive values. He loved his family, especially the grandchildren, and never passed up an opportunity to build or restore old toys for them. He loved to dote upon his grandchildren and sit outside in his beautiful yard, quietly observing the changing seasons, even when feeling ill during his year-long struggle with leukemia.

He is survived by Hilda, his loving wife of 39 years; his daughter, Katja Meyer; and son-in-law, Burt Thomas; his grandchildren, Farris and Mathilda Thomas Meyer; and his sister, Andrea Bauza.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Edith Meyer, Sr.

Chet did not want a funeral. Instead the family will host a celebration to honor his life at his home in September. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, www.donate.lls.org/lls/donate, or Friends of the Boundary Waters, www.friends-bwca.org/donate/. Tributes and memories may be forwarded to the family through conleycare.com.

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Eric Berry

Eric Berry, 55, of Malta, formerly of Elburn, passed away at Delnor-Community Hospital on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, following a short illness.

He was born Oct. 23, 1957, in Geneva, the son of Edward Sr. and Jeanne (Ferris) Berry.

Eric grew up in Elburn, graduating from Kaneland High School with the class of 1975.

Eric attended McMurray College, where he graduated in 1979 with a B.A. in education. He later earned a degree in computer science from Northern Illinois University.

Eric began as a special education teacher in Jacksonville, Ill., but it was music that ruled his heart. To that end, he opened his own guitar shop, Acoustic Woodworks, in Elburn, where he made custom guitars, by hand, that were as beautiful to see as to hear.

Eric changed careers in1994 when he joined Johnson Controls in DeKalb as an IT manager and systems analyst, working there for almost 20 years. In addition to his primary responsibilities, Eric also served as a site consultant, often going to the company’s plant in Mexico.

Eric’s heart and soul belonged to his partner Karen Bovenizer, whom he met by chance in Naperville in 1992. Though fate brought them together, it was their deep love for each other that kept them walking side by side, making memories for 21 years.

Eric had a kind soul, was a friend to many, and he could make just about anyone laugh in spite of themselves. He was generous to a fault, giving often to the Susan G. Komen Foundation For Breast Cancer.

He was also an accomplished pianist and was adept at playing just about any other kind of instrument he picked up. Eric’s passion for music was infectious. It brought together both family and friends for informal but intense jam sessions that often went into the wee hours of the morning. He also spent many hours creating, experimenting, and recording new music of every kind. In addition to music, Eric loved being on the water. Beginning in early childhood, he spent time every summer of his life at White Lake in Michigan, where he sailed and fished and swam and rowed.

He was craftsman of beer as well, tweaking his own homemade recipe for a brew that was second to none. Eric was a man who lived life to the fullest. He loved deeply, and was deeply loved. He will be forever missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving “sweets,” Karen Bovenizer; his parents, Edward and Jeanne Berry; eight siblings, Ted (Penny) Berry, Chris (Jeanne) Berry, Mark (Kathy) Berry, Valerie Berry, Sally Berry, Jennifer (Carter) Calloway, Margaret (Greg) Edwards and Michelle Berry; 16 nieces and nephews; six great-nieces and great-nephews; and a community of friends.

He is preceded in death by his nephews, Phillip Berry and Aaron Berry.

Visitation will take place at 10 a.m., followed by a memorial service to celebrate his life at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Private family burial will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Eric’s name to benefit his favorite charities, American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Checks may be made to the “Eric Berry Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Margie Brennan

Margie Brennan of Yorkville passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and music. During Margie’s last hours, her family sang many of her favorite songs to her.

She was born on Nov. 28, 1926, in Augusta, Kan.

She had a long career as an office assistant in several companies and schools. Margie enjoyed visiting her children, and spending holidays with her family.

Margie is survived by her children, Patricia (Tom) Hallin, Susan (Jim) McGuire, Judy (Perry) Milanesi, Kathy (Eric) Blasczcak and Michael (Tami) Brennan; 16 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene.

Margie’s family appreciates the many people who cared for her, including friends, hospice employees, nurses, and assistants.

Margie’s family is planning a private remembrance at a future date.

Arrangements were handled by Healy Chapel, Aurora. For further information, call (630) 897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.

LaRee Jacobson

LaRee Jacobson, 81, of Batavia, passed away on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. She was born Dec. 6, 1931, in Rankin, Ill., the daughter of Lawrence and Rebekah Barr.

She married Roger Jacobson on Nov. 27, 1953, the same year she graduated from Illinois State University. LaRee taught school for two years in Arkansas. Then she taught in North Aurora for 35 years, where she earned a master’s degree.

She was an avid reader, writer and entertainer. LaRee and her husband Roger performed together throughout the state with their act, “Homegrown Histories.” She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. LaRee’s personality and wit touched everyone who knew her. She was truly one of a kind.

Survivors include her loving husband, Roger; two sons, Jay and Lou (Sue) Jacobson of Elburn; a daughter, Libby Wolkoff of Highland Park, Ill.; one brother, D.J. Barr of Bayles Lake, Ill.; two grandchildren, Jacob and Ben; three step-grandchildren, Colleen, Tom and Paul; and three step-great-grandchildren.

LaRee was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Ronald Barr and Dwayne (Virginia) Barr.

LaRee’s immediate family has decided to mourn her loss privately. To leave an online condolence, visit www.conleycare.com/.

Arrangements handled with care by Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.

Patricia Ann Zimmer

Patricia Ann Zimmer, 62, of Miami, Fla., went home to the Lord on Wednesday on Aug. 13, 2013, after a seven month battle with cancer, her family by her side at Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich, Ill.

Patricia was born in Sycamore, Ill., on April 5, 1951, the oldest daughter of Joseph G. and Winifred B. (Herrmann) Zimmer. She graduated from Mount Saint Mary Academy in St. Charles, Ill., in 1969 and Northern Illinois University in 1974. She relocated to Miami in 1983.

She worked for Ryder Truck Rentals for many years. Patricia enjoyed playing darts and played in many leagues.
Patricia will be dearly missed by her brothers and sisters, Lawrence (Susan) Zimmer of Virgil, Ill., Virginia (Kenneth) Stewart of Glendale Heights, Ill., Janet (Joel) Beck of Sandwich, Diane LaFan of Aurora and Daniel (Kathryn) Zimmer of St. Charles. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph; and mother, Winifred.

Private family burial will be held at a later date at S.S Peter & Paul Cemetery, Virgil.

The family would like to sincerely thank Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion and Seasons Hospice for making Patricia’s final days comfortable and peaceful.

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Mary M. (Gette) Perkins-Richtman

Mary M. (Gette) Perkins-Richtman, 85, of Elburn, passed away on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at Delnor-Community Hospital. She was born on the family farm on Dec. 4, 1927, in Aurora, the daughter of the late Albert and Anna Gette, and one of 10 children.

Mary was a graduate of Annunciation School, Madonna High School and attended Waubonsee Community College. She married John F. Perkins on Nov. 15, 1947, and together they had eight children. In 1977, after 29 years of marriage, her first husband, John Perkins passed away. In 1978, she met Jack Richtman, and they were married on Dec. 26, 1979.

In 1990, Mary and Jack moved to Elburn, where they attended St. Gall Catholic Church. She was active as president of the Altar and Rosary Society, serving at funeral luncheons, and was a Eucharistic minister at the church. Mary worked at Brown’s Flowers for 20 years, retiring in 1993. She was a volunteer at Delnor-Community Hospital until 2009. She very much enjoyed spending time with her 52 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Mary also loved to work in the garden.

Mary was a loving mother to Mary Ann (Mike) Katz, of Sugar Grove, Tom (Karey) Perkins of Boulder City, Nev., Kathy (Tom) Wiacek of Elkhart, Ind., John (Ann) Perkins, of Aurora, Jeff (Tina) Perkins, of Pahrump, Nev., Susie (Jeff) Sartain, of Oswego, Ill., and Terri Morlock, of Aurora. Mary was a loving step-mother to Bill (Kate) Richtman, of St. Paul, Minn., Paul (Karen) Richtman, of Stillwater, Minn., Jane (Steve) Martin, of Woodbury, Minn., Mark (Vicki) Richtman, of Novato, Calif., Claire (Jim Young) Richtman, of Portland, Ore., John Richtman of Trevor, Wis., Jim (Theresa) Richtman, of Guyton, Ga., Ruth (Mike) Podmore, of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Julie (Dan) Feuerborn of Harrogate, U.K., Tom (Karen) Richtman of Elburn and Leo (Laura) Richtman, of Downers Grove, Ill.

Also surviving are her siblings, Kaye Woodard, Rose Hettinger, Albert Gette, Barb (Noel) Rivera, Joe Gette; and a sister in law, Ann Gette.

In addition to her parents and her first husband, John F. Perkins, Mary was preceded in death by her daughter, Lori Perkins; her sister, Margaret Kies; her brothers, Adam, Phil and Stephan Gette; and one step-daughter, Ann Richtman.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. A liturgical wake service will be held at 8 p.m.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, at St. Katherine Drexel Church, 8S055 Dugan Road, Sugar Grove, concelebrated by Fr. Timothy Seigel and Fr. Bernard Schaefer. A prayer service will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday at The Healy Chapel prior to the Mass. Interment will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to St. Gall Catholic Church, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn, IL 60119.

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

Nancy Louise Carson

Nancy Louise Carson passed away at her Anaheim, Calif., home on Saturday, July 20, 2013, with her family by her side, from complications of lung cancer.

Nancy was born on July 1, 1935, in Aurora, to Arden and Louise Perschnick. She grew up in nearby Sugar Grove with her sister, Judy, and graduated from Elburn High School in 1953.

After graduation, Nancy worked for the Barber-Greene Company in Aurora as a secretary. She married Steve Carson on Sept. 12, 1964, and moved to Anaheim in October 1965 for Steve’s work. While maintaining a busy household and later running a small print shop in Santa Ana, Calif., the couple raised their daughters, Julie and Jean.

Nancy took a job in the California State University, Fullerton, temp pool in 1994, handling various assignments and eventually became the History Department secretary. Nancy joined Steve in retirement at the end of 2005.

Nancy was an active homemaker and gardener, an excellent cook, talented at crochet and other needlework, and an avid mystery reader (as one could attest by her 1,000-plus volume library and database). She and Steve also developed a love of horse racing and loved spending time at Santa Ana and Del Mar, Calif. Nancy never forgot her Illinois roots and shared many stories and pictures over the years, at one point gathering materials for an unpublished Perschnick family history.

Nancy is survived by her two daughters, Julie Carson of Anaheim, and Jean (Jason) O’Donnell of Beaverton, Ore. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Ann (Jim) Carr, and numerous cousins and nephews.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, her sister and her husband.

In lieu of flowers, the public may send memorial gifts to Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 176 S. Main St., Sugar Grove, IL 60554; Anaheim United Methodist Church, 1000 S. State College Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92806; or Jericho Cemetery Association Perpetual Care Fund, 740 Meadow Lane, Hinckley, IL 60520.

Martin ‘Marty’ Kitz

Martin “Marty” Kitz, 72, of Elburn, passed away at his home on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. Released from his battles with cancer that he fought bravely for a decade, Marty fell asleep in this world, only to awaken in the arms of his Savior.

He was born Nov. 20, 1940, in Louisville, Ken., the son of George and Edith (Sandberg) Kitz.

Marty and his family moved to Chicago when he was 5 years old, and he attended local schools. When the last bell rang before summer vacation, the family made their annual trip to Indiana to see family and friends at his uncle’s farm.

Marty graduated from Senn High School in Chicago with the class of 1959.

Marty met the love of his life, Frances Feinberg, in Chicago in 1959. Fate chose a grocery store as their meeting place, but it was the altar that cemented 53 years of love and memories that began on Nov. 26, 1961.

They began their new life together in Chicago, and in the ensuing years they made homes in several areas before settling in Elburn in 1983.

Marty was a manager for several grocery stores as a young man, but also owned several businesses of his own, including a candy store, a pharmacy/variety store and, later, a jewelry store. He also spent nine years as manager of Grimm’s in St. Charles.

Marty never met a man who didn’t become a friend, and was the first to lend a hand to anyone in need. Special gifts and donations were always given but he never looked for the recognition. He loved to watch sports, especially football and always the Super Bowl. The time he spent with his children was golden, but became priceless when he got to make memories with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Frances; three children, David Martin (Katie) Kitz, Shari (Phillip) Moberley and Steven (Michelle) Kitz; five grandchildren, Tyler Martin (Tori) Kondelik, Shana Frances Kondelik and her daughter Layla Belle Craig, Kelly Shannon Kondelik, Sarah Katherine “Pooker” Kitz and Samuel David Kitz; one sister, Shirley Ann (Alan) Levin; two sisters-in-law, Jessica Weinstein and Mary Anne Nichols; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Edith Kitz; and two brothers-in-law, Preston Weinstein and Sherman Nichols.

Following cremation, there will be a private family service and burial at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Marty’s name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Martin Kitz 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 ww w.conleycare.com.

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Harry Clifford Neely

Harry Clifford Neely, 87 of Elburn, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at The Tillers. He was born June 26, 1926, and served the United States Navy during World War II, active in the Pacific.

The son of Batavia residents Clifford and Florence Neely (nee Mull), Harry united in marriage to Donna Hendrickson June 21, 1953, at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia.

Harry was a member of the Batavia Masonic Lodge 404, American Legion, Elburn Lions Club, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Batavia Shriners and Shriners International.

Harry loved to work drilling water wells in the Northern Illinois area.

Side by side in their 60 years of business and marriage Harry would hold Donna’s hand during walks, and bring her flowers and candy. The couple enjoyed their home in Elburn but traveled the U.S. in their motorhome, spending winters in Florida, deep sea fishing and hunting. Harry fondly spoke of long frequent trips to Europe, Hawaii and Africa watching wildlife being thrilled by leopard along with the lions on the prowl, and Australia and China, riding elephants in Thailand. As an avid war history buff, Harry lived his long-time dream sailing the Volga River and visiting the Hermitage in Russia.

He is survived by his wife Donna, who lovingly stayed by his bedside after he suffered a series of massive strokes in 2011; and dearest family friend, Jean Tamura; five children; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and his only brother, Richard.

At Harry’s request, the final service will be private.

In Harry’s memory, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association (www.heart.org/dallas), 8200 Brookriver Drive, Suite N-100, Dallas, Texas, 75247, and The American Kidney Foundation, www.kidney.org.

For additional information, contact Moss Family Funeral Home at (630) 879-7900 or visit www.mossfuneral.com.
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Harry Clifford Neely, 87 of Elburn, passed away peacefully while surrounded by family at The Tillers in Oswego, Ill.

He was born on June 26, 1926, to Clifford and Florence (Mull) Neely of Batavia.

On June 21, 1953, Harry was united in marriage to Donna Hendrickson. They built their life together in the Elburn area, where Harry was a well-known water well driller, learning the trade from his father and passing his knowledge down to his two sons.

Harry was a great father to his five children, had a love for travel and took his family on many
wonderful family vacations. Harry suffered from three strokes in October of 2013 and spent the remainder of his time at The Tillers, where family members still had very special times with him each and every day.

Harry is survived by his wife, Donna; children, Kathy (Robin) Lawson, Larry (Sue) Neely, Mark (Dede) Neely, Cindy (Jeff) Swanson and Kelly (Jack) Moorehead; eight grandsons; one granddaughter; and one great-granddaughter.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and his only sibling, Richard.

A service to honor Harry’s life was held on Aug. 9 at the Batavia West Cemetery in Batavia.

Ella Sue Harmon

Ella Sue Harmon, 79, of Lily Lake, passed away at her home, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, following a short but fierce battle with cancer that broke her body but never her spirit.

She was born Nov. 18, 1933, in Athens, Tenn., the daughter of Peter and Nellie (Vincent) Womac.

Ella Sue grew up in the rural areas surrounding Athens, and attended Idlewild Elementary School.

As many in her generation can attest, schooling only went so far before they were called back home to help support the family. Ella Sue worked from early in the morning and kept going strong through evening chores, but also as the oldest, she helped raise her siblings as well.

Although they had known each other since childhood and attended the Clear Springs Baptist Church together, Willis Harmon had to work hard to win Ella Sue’s heart, but won it he did, and she gave hers in return. On Dec. 4, 1955, they were united in marriage in Athens.

They made their home in Tennessee until the mid-1960s, when they moved to Illinois. They settled in the Lily Lake-Maple Park area, where Willis worked for the Elburn Packing Company. Soon he was driving for Speedway Disposal and later retired as a driver for Waste Management. Willis and Ella were blessed with five children whom they loved deeply.

After Willis’ passing in 2005, Ella Sue continued to live in their home that was filled with a million memories and those special moments that take your breath away.

Ella Sue took her education in the “school of life” and put it to work, making sure their house was a home that was brimming with love and laughter. Her children were her life, and there wasn’t anything that she wouldn’t or couldn’t do for them.

She was a faithful and longtime member of the Wasco Baptist Church.

Ella Sue’s kitchen was her castle, and her garden was the kingdom, where she reigned as ruler supreme. Any recipe became a work of art, filling the house with the aroma of perfection. Baking was second nature, and countless cookies, cakes and more fed the sweet tooth of family and friends. If she didn’t already have your favorite, it wasn’t long before a fresh batch was made and ready.

Summertime was her favorite time because she could continue her canning empire. Garden harvests became cans filled with tomato juice, green beans and many others, not to mention her infamous green tomato pickles. They filled the shelves of her pantry, ready to savor when the winter months came calling. Ella Sue adored each and every grandchild and loved to play board games with the kids—but they had to work hard to beat her.

A master story teller, she kept the little ones enthralled when she read books, opening magical worlds with only a phrase or two.

She is survived by five children, Linda (Scott) Stouffer of Maple Park, Donald (Pamela) Harmon of St. Charles, Pamela (Kevin) Bohlin of Elgin, Ill., Gordon (Betsy) Harmon of Lockport, Ill., and Alex Harmon of Lily Lake; 12 grandchildren, Amanda Bohlin, Derek Harmon, David (Stephanie McCord) Stouffer, Robert (Jacque) Harmon, Ashley Bohlin, Katie Stouffer, Mike Bohlin, Jessica Stouffer, Jared Harmon, Joshua Samuels, Brittany Harmon and Ben Harmon; seven siblings, Raymond (Mary) Womac, Dorothy Crisp, Nina Boyd, Arlin (Pat) Womac,
James (Becky) Womac, Betty King and P.J. Womac; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and a countryside of friends, both here and in Tennessee.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Nellie Womac; her husband, Willis; three siblings, Charlie Arnold Womac, Fraymond Womac and Ruby Bright; and one nephew, Ronnie Bright.

Visitation was held on Sunday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate her faith was held Monday at the Wasco Baptist Church, 4N783 Old La Fox Road, Wasco, with a brief visitation prior to the service. Rev. Bruce Miller, pastor of the church, officiated. Interment followed at Lily Lake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Ella Sue’s name. Checks may be made to the “Ella Sue Harmon Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com, where you can find her full-life story.

Wade V. Muranyi

Wade V. Muranyi, 49, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 3, 1964, in Elgin. He was united in marriage to Laurah Schrader on Jan. 6, 2010, in Geneva.

Wade lived and worked his entire life in Kane County. He was most recently employed at Fermilab as a senior technician for almost 15 years.

He was an avid fisherman and a master griller. Wade was known and loved by hundreds of people. He always put the well being of others ahead of himself. He was a family man who loved nothing more than spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Laurah; two daughters, Sarah and Jessica Muranyi; two grandchildren, Mykiah Tomlinson and Desmond Williams, and another granddaughter expected in November; his mother, Helen I. Donna, and father, Joseph S. Muranyi; three sisters, Angela (John) Nielsen, Robin Trettenero, and Tamara (Mike) Jarvis; the mother of his children, Patrecia Muranyi; and his wife Laurah’s family, including her mother, father, brother and sister.

A visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia. An 8 p.m. funeral service will immediately follow the visitation at the funeral home. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Wade’s memory may be made to the family in order to establish a college fund for his grandchildren.

For further information, contact Moss Family Funeral Home at (630) 879-7900 or visit www.mossfuneral.com.

Oledene Redemann

Oledene Redemann, 93, of Maple Park, passed away in sweet surrender to her lord and savior at Pine Acres Care Center in DeKalb, Ill., on Friday, July 26, 2013. After a long hard fought battle, her soul is now at rest.

Oledene was born Oct. 21, 1919, in Genoa City, Wisc., the daughter of George and Martha Gifford.

She grew up in Genoa City, where she attended local schools. After graduating, Oledene pursued her dream of becoming a beautician and went to beauty school. She often told the story of how her father, George, would take her to Lake Geneva to catch the Greyhound bus to get to school. Once there, she would spend the remainder of the week before returning home.

After completing beauty school, Oledene opened her own beauty shop back home. One afternoon, Oledene was brought out of her shop to see if she could help a young farmer, who had been out in the fields all day, and wash his hair. On that day, Oledene did what no one else could: she won the farmer’s heart. They were married in November 1948.

Oledene and Harry lived in Genoa City on a farm Harry worked on before moving to another near Lake Geneva. In 1951, they began their family and together welcomed their son Kurt into their lives. After Kurt was born, the family moved to Glenview, Ill., where they spent the next 13 years. In 1964, they moved to Maple Park, a place they would call “home” for the years to come.

Even though Oledene enjoyed working at the beauty shop, she loved caring for her family even more. In 1951, she gave up her shop and decided to stay home and focus on taking care of her family. In her later years, she was a school bus driver for Kaneland, and worked for Auto-Meter until her retirement.

Oledene was a devoted member at Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake, where she participated in the Home Circle, Rebecca Circle and Bible school, and was well known in the kitchen. She was always one of the first to volunteer her time to help with luncheons. The children at church adored Oledene, and she would light up each time she saw them.

Oledene was masterful at making and selling handmade rag rugs to benefit her church. She loved to go to domino games, not necessarily to play, but to socialize with friends and share a laugh or two.

She is survived by her son, Kurt Redemann of Maple Park; many nieces and nephews; and her church family at Grace Lutheran.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Harry; her parents; sister, Blanche; and her brothers, George and Ray.

Visitation was held Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate her life and faith will take place at Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hansen Road, Lily Lake, on Thursday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m. There will be a time of visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow cremation at a later date.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit Grace Lutheran Church. Checks may be made to “Grace Lutheran Church” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com, where you can also find her full-life story.

Charles L. Nelson

Charles L. Nelson, 70, of DeKalb, died Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Bethany Health Care and Rehabilitation in DeKalb.

Charles was born June 12, 1943, in Aurora, the eldest child of Arthur and Erma Irene (Chapman) Nelson.

Charles, his brother, Gary, and their sister, Karol, spent their early years in Maple Park and Kaneville, where they attended Kaneland schools. Charles graduated from Kaneland High School in 1961.

Charles farmed on the family farm in Troxel from 1961 to 1985. He enjoyed gardening and raising vegetables for himself, family and friends. He also enjoyed the family gatherings and rarely missed one. One of his most interesting activities was scuba diving. He was a member of the Aqua Masters Dive Club in Aurora for several years. He became a Divemaster and traveled to Lake Superior, Fla. and Raton, Mexico. He also participated in the Fox Valley Canoe Race for many years. After retiring from farming, he traveled the rural Sycamore area as a delivery driver for the Daily Chronicle. During this time, he met many people with whom he became friends.

He is survived by his sister, Karol (Mike Mihm) Nelson of Sycamore; brother, Gary (Marie) Nelson of Sheridan, Ill.; three nephews, Bryan Nelson (Carah Kahle) of Earlville, Ill., Chris (Diane) Homan of Batavia and Jon (Kelli) Homan of Oswego, Ill.; and his great niece, Samantha Homan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Nelson and Erma Irene Nelson Stearns.

A memorial service will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb. Visitation will precede the memorial, from 4 to 7 p.m. Private burial will take place at River Hills Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Charles L. Nelson Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.

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

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Wesley F. Landmeier

Wesley F. Landmeier, 94, of Kaneville, passed away on Friday July 19, 2013 at his home. He was born on January 9, 1919 in Elk Grove Township, IL. He was the son of the late Alfred and Meta (Schoppe) Landmeier.

Wesley is survived by his son, Lester (Joyce) Landmeier of Big Rock; his daughter, Valerie Landmeier of Sugar Grove; his four grandchildren, Julie (Curt) Moon of Mooresville, NC, Jason Landmeier of High Ridge, MO, Heather Landmeier of Sugar Grove, Hilary Landmeier of Chesterfield, MO; his 3 great grandchildren, Tyler Moon, Alexis and Joshua Landmeier and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Lucille M. (Jaacks) Landmeier; his sister, Marian (Oehlerking); foster brother, Leonard Cain, and special friend, June Toft.

Wesley’s family would like to thank his caregivers from Visiting Angels especially Ena Carlson for her love and dedication.

Visitation will be held Tuesday 4:00-8:00 p.m. July 23, 2013 at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL. Funeral services will be held Wednesday 10:30 a.m. July 24, 2013 at the English Congregational United Church of Christ, Third and Rhodes, Big Rock, IL. Interment will take place at Kaneville Cemetery, Kaneville, IL.

In lieu of flowers donations may be directed to English Congregational United Church of Christ, 301 Rhodes St., Big Rock, IL 60511.
For further information please call (630) 466-1330 or visit our website at www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.

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Patrick ‘Pattyboy’ Leuer

Patrick “Pattyboy” Leuer, 57, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on July 14, 2013, in Gurnee, Ill. He was born on March 2, 1956, in Aurora.

Patrick was a 1974 graduate of Kaneland High School, and graduated from Aurora University with a medical technology degree. He married the love of his life, Jo Ann, on June 25, 1983, in Cooperstown, N.Y., and was employed by Abbott Laboratories in north Chicago for 31 years.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jo Ann; two children, Ryan and Sara Leuer (fiancee, Neil Jamin); his mother, Marie Leuer; siblings, Yvonne (late Bill) Keifer, Yvette (Jim) Hogan, Tim Leuer, Mark (Fran) Leuer, Dan (Sherry) Leuer, Kathy (Bob) Herrejon, Steve (Anna) Leuer and Lisa (Rick) Reuter; many nieces, nephews and a truly wonderful set of friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, John E. Leuer; his grandparents, Martin and Elizabeth White and Peter and Kathryn Leuer; two uncles, Father Mark Leuer and David Leuer; and a brother-in-law, Bill Keifer.

A memorial service will take place Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m. at Marsh Funeral Home of Gurnee at 7 p.m. Vistitation will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Burial will be private.

Phyllis E. LaMonica

Phyllis E. LaMonica, 98 of Elburn, passed from this life to eternal life on July 15, 2013, at her home.

Phyllis was born Aug. 15, 1915, in Peoria, Ill., the daughter of Dr. Frederick and Odessa (Hicks) Causey.

Phyllis grew up in Peoria, where she graduated with the class of 1933 from the Academy of Our Lady. She went on to attend Wright Jr. College in Chicago, where she studied physical education. During one of her shifts as a life guard at the college pool, a young gentleman by the name of Philip LaMonica came in for a swim. Phyllis knew right at that moment he was the man of her dreams.

On July 10, 1937, they were united in marriage at the Presentation Catholic Church, Chicago.

Phyllis worked at Sears & Roebuck Company and Brach’s Candies, but the love of her life was her husband, her home and family. A spirited woman who gave herself to life completely, she remained undaunted when her son John was born with Praeder-Willi Syndrome. Throwing herself into his life and the lives of others, she used her education and knowledge of swimming to help at the school where John attended, and she made their home a special place to meet his needs.

Phyllis, Philip and their four children made their home in Chicago all of their lives until 1990, when Philip and Phyllis moved to Elburn. In 1996 Phyllis lost, Philip, the love of her life.

She was a longtime member of St. Gall’s Altar Society.

Phyllis loved spending time working on arts and crafts of any kind. She especially enjoyed needle point and painting figurines. She also enjoyed playing the organ for her own enjoyment and passed many hours that way.

Phyllis is survived by her daughter, Elaine (Thomas) Trulis of Batavia; son, Carl (Linda) LaMonica of Elmwood Park, Ill.; six grandchildren, Thomas Trulis, Michael Trulis, Michael (Roxanne) LaMonica, Michelle (Kevin) O’Bryan, Philip Anthony (Janel) LaMonica and Carl (Elizabeth) LaMonica Jr.; great-grandchildren, Domonic LaMonica, Patrick LaMonica, Cooper O’Bryan, Micaela O’Bryan, Luke LaMonica, Amalie LaMonica, Daniel LaMonica, Gabriel LaMonica and Jude LaMonica; her sister, Drucilla Norris of Sterling, Ill., and her brother, Gordon Causey of Falls Church, Va.; and many nieces and nephews and a family of friends in Chicago, and the Elburn area.

She now joins her beloved husband, Philip LaMonica; her sons, John LaMonica and Philip LaMonica, Jr.; her brother, Laun Causey; sisters-in-law, Annabelle Causey and Rose Nixon; and a brother-in-law, Robert Nixon.

Visitation will take place Friday, July 19, from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at St. Gall Catholic Church, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn. A funeral mass celebrating her faith will begin at 10 a.m. at the church, with Fr. Tim Seigel celebrating. Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Hillside, Ill., at 1 p.m.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit St. Gall Catholic Church or the charity of the donor’s choice. Memorial check may be made out to “St. Gall Catholic Church” and mailed in care to P.O. Box 8049, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through www.conleycare.com.

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Gary Robert Williams

Gary Robert Williams, 59, of Sandwich, Ill., passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family, in the afternoon hours of Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

Gary was a hard-working man who loved his family dearly and turned everyone he met into a friend.

He was born on Sept. 23, 1953, in Waco, Texas, the son of Marie and Robert Floyd Williams Sr. He was one of four siblings, and after several moves, Gary’s family eventually settled in Aurora.

Gary married Julie Anne Vogel on Nov. 24. The couple’s oldest child, Anne, was born in 1974. They had a son, Tom, in 1977, and the growth of their family concluded with the birth of their twins, Bonnie and Marsha, in 1979. The couple spent 23 years raising their family until Julie Anne passed away on Jan. 18, 1996.

Gary was fortunate enough to find love again when he met Maria Hotopp in October of 2005, and two years later, they wed. They spent the following years blending their families together.

He started working in construction with his dad at the age of 18 and continued in the industry for the rest of his career. He served as a building inspector for many years, until he was forced to retire due to his failing health.

In addition to spending time with his family, Gary loved sports. He was a Chicago Bears fan and loved to play golf. He loved to take his family on trips to his camper, where they would spend many hours fishing and laughing, trading stories and building relationships.

He was a member of the Yorkville Chapter Moose Lodge No. 2017.

He is survived by his wife and best friend, Maria; four children, Anne, Tom, Marsha and Bonnie; three step-children, Kenny, Phoenix and Michael; mother, Marie; three siblings, Patti, Robert Jr. and Don; 11 grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and a lifetime of friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Julie Anne; father, Robert Sr.; grandson, Emory; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Family and friends attended a celebration of his life on July 6 at their home at 209 Boulevard St., Sandwich, Ill. Tributes, memories and well wishes may be sent to their home.

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Aaron Blake Augusten

Aaron Blake Augusten, 34, of Sugar Grove, passed away unexpectedly in Madison, Wis., on June 27, 2013. Aaron was born on Nov. 9, 1978, in Geneva, Ill.

He is survived by his son, Chase David Augusten, and the love of his life, Sarah Fillmore, daughter of Dave and Luann Fillmore of Montgomery; mother and father, Tamara (Don) Bennett and Wolfgang “Pete” Augusten; brothers, Drew (Megan) Augusten, Nikolas (Bri) Augusten and Donny (Nikki) Bennett; sister, Melissa Bennett; grandparents, Meta Peters and Gary and Judie Hattersley.

He is also survived by his Uncle Ricky and Linda (Kody, Chad, Nikilett) Peters, Aunt Angie (Keith, Heather, Brandon), Aunt Bridget and Uncle Tony (Elicia, Nicci and Matt Hawbecker) DiBella, and Aunt DeeDee and Uncle Dan (Ty, Sam) Assell; as well as many extended families and a tremendous amount of friends.

Aaron is preceded in death by his great-grandparents.

Aaron was known for his loving personality, his infectious smile and his huge, kind heart. There was never a person who was not welcome in his eyes. Aaron lived for his son, Chase, his entire world, and Sarah, who had his heart. He was one of the best fathers a child could dream of. Aaron was a family man and he never missed a football Sunday at mama and papa’s house. We all remember the love for sports that Aaron had and how much he enjoyed watching his teams. He loved the Green Bay Packers, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Blackhawks and his Ohio State Buckeyes.

In celebration of Aaron’s life, guests may feel free to wear their favorite sporting apparel to his memorial service.

Memorial Visitation will take place on Saturday, July 5, from noon until a service at 3 p.m. at Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family for the support of Aaron’s son, Chase, to later be placed in a fund being prepared at Chase bank.

For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com/ to sign the online guestbook.

Donald ‘Don’ R. Andree

Donald “Don” R. Andree, 72, of Elburn, passed away at his home surrounded by the love and prayers of his family, Saturday, June 29, 2013. Don courageously battled Alzheimer’s and the effects of several strokes that plagued his body but never his spirit.

He was born Dec. 8, 1940, in Chicago, the son of Henry and Margaret (Vollmer) Andree. When Henry passed away when Don was just a baby, he was adopted by his aunt and uncle, Arthur and Charlotte (Vollmer) Timmons, who loved and raised him as their own in the Rockton, Ill., area.

Don attended local schools and graduated from Hononegah High School, where he made a name for himself on the football field, as well as the local street racing scene.

Don left his heart in the hands of Kathy Clankie, after taking her out for a Coke in 1957. She gave hers in return and after five years of courtship, they were united in marriage on Jan. 20, 1962, in South Beloit, Ill.

They began their new life together in Downers Grove, Ill., for a time before moving to Glen Ellyn, Ill. They called Winfield, Ill., home before settling in Elburn, where they raised two children and were blessed with three granddaughters, one great-granddaughter and a “grand-dog,” Guinness.

Don’s aunt and uncle owned a variety store in Rockton, where Don helped to clean the floors, dust and stock shelves for little to nothing, but it gave him the foundation for a strong work ethic and, more importantly to his aunt and uncle, kept him out of mischief. After trade school, Don became an accomplished plumber and pipe fitter for Union Local No. 514. Thirty-seven years of hard work took its toll, and at age 55, Don retired following open heart surgery.

Don, better known at work as “Tiny,” was a proud life time member of Local No. 514, now No. 501, several Edsel Car Clubs and the Fox Valley Camera Club. He also had the dubious distinction of helping out the jolly man from the North Pole when he dressed as Santa for various holiday functions.

Don was full of love for his family, as well as many well-worn sayings—some of which can’t be repeated in mixed company. He spoiled his children any way he could, and that extended to his grandchildren and great-granddaughter, as well. Those favorite times were chronicled with his prized Canon AE-1 camera. His favorite car was the infamous Edsel, the only car in his youth he couldn’t beat in a race.

Burnt popcorn and hamburgers were a staple in his diet, as well as knife-fulls of peanut butter straight from the jar. However, it was his love of antique clocks that took the cake. Don had dozens of clocks adorning the walls of his home. All of them were set minutes apart so that each chime or cuckoo could be enjoyed separately throughout the day. Don was one of a kind, a hardworking man who loved his family more than himself. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Kathy; two children, Dorene (Bob) Stanley and Karen (Jeremy Lake) Andree; three grandchildren, Karris (T.J.) Foster and their daughter, Kathryn, Amelia (Michael) Stahl and Hollyann Stanley; two brothers, Henry (Vi) Andree and Robert (Karen) Timmons; many nieces, nephews and a community of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Charlotte and Arthur Timmons.

Visitation was held Tuesday at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake. A funeral to celebrate his life, with an additional time of visitation, was held on Wednesday. Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church, officiated, with interment to follow at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Don’s name to benefit his favorite charities, including the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and Alzheimer’s Research. Checks may be made to the “Don Andree Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com, where you can also find his full-life story.

Catherine ‘Kay’ Peterson

Catherine “Kay” Peterson, 80, of Batavia, passed away July 1, 2013, at her home following a bout with cancer. She was born Feb. 22, 1933, in Geneva, the daughter of Peter and Mildred (nee Wallenberg) Arbizzani. Kay was united in marriage to Donald “Pike” Peterson March 19, 1954, in Elburn.

Kay and her husband, Pike, were co-owners of the Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home in Batavia. Kay served as a dedicated funeral director from 1966 until her retirement in 1991. She was also a dedicated mother who served as Cub Scout Den mother and Girl Scout cookie chairman.

Catherine was active and athletic. She enjoyed softball, bowling, tennis, golf and gardening. Following her retirement, she enjoyed traveling via her motor home, spending time in South Padre Island, Texas, and Gulf Shores, Ala. She will be remembered and missed by her family and many families she and her late husband had touch with in the community because of their compassion in funeral service.

She is survived by her two sons, Dave (Brenda) Peterson, of Rock Island, Ill., and Dan Peterson of Batavia; and a daughter, Cathy Fink of Batavia; six grandchildren, Brian, Jamie, Rachel and Joel Peterson, and Brandon and Jacob Fink; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Donald “Pike” Peterson; a sister, Audrey Armbruster; a son-in-law, Bryan Fink; and a nephew, Brett Armbruster.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 5, at Moss Family Funeral Home 209 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia. Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, at Moss Family Funeral Home.
Interment will be held in Blackberry Cemetery in Elburn. Rev. Steven Srock will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Presence Hospice, 19065 Hickory Creek Drive Suite 310, Mokena, IL 60448, or Bethany Lutheran Church 8 S. Lincoln St., Batavia.

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

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Norman F. Sirianni

Norman F. Sirianni, 82 of Chicago, formerly of Elburn, passed away Friday, June 28, 2013 at Skokie NorthShore Hospital with his beloved wife, five adoring children, devoted eldest grandson, caring niece and other beloved family by his side.

Norm was born on August 3, 1930 in Pittsburgh to the late Pasquale and Elizabeth Sirianni.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Frank and George and sisters, Florence and Tomasina. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, Catherine whom he adored and was married to for 57 years, his loving children Frank (Linda), Beth (Fred) Paretta, Steve (Dawn), David (Donna) and Carol (Mark) Nesci, and his beautiful grandchildren, Tony, Stephanie, Olivia, Owen, Hailey, Maxwell, Catherine and Matthew. Fond cousin, Uncle, friend and colleague to many.

Visitation Services will be from 3-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, and from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 6150 N. Cicero Ave., Chicago. A Funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. at St. Mary of the Woods, 7033 N. Moselle, Chicago.

For more information see www.smithcorcoran.com.

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Glen O. Adkins

Glen O. Adkins, 90, a lifelong farmer in the Sugar Grove area, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2013. He was born Feb. 17, 1923, in Harrisburg, S.D.

Glen worked on the McCannon farm for 27 years and then on the Scott farm in Big Rock for 16 years. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a life member of the Sugar Grove American Legion, where he was a past commander. Glen was a member of the United Church of Christ in Hinckley for 58 years.

Survivors include his loving wife of 66 years, Yvonne; his sons, Dave (Jan) Adkins and Rich (Lynda) Adkins; four grandchildren, Tricia (Anthony), David (Jen), Ryan (Bridget) and Reine (Mark); six great-grandchildren, Logan, Miles, Coralie, Sabrina, Kaelynn and Alexa; five brothers, Roy, George, John Thomas, James and Kenneth; and three sisters, Edith Moomy, Ruby Moore and Betty Smith.

Glen was preceded in death by his parents, Byron and Iva Adkins; three sisters, Viola Duncan, Lillie Markham and Rosa Scoughton; and two brothers, Charles and Howard Adkins.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 28, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. Visitation will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Interment with full military honors will follow at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the American Legion or to the Disabled Veterans.

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

Anna Lillian Damon

Anna Lillian Damon, 91, of Big Rock, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of June 22, 2013, at Tillers Nursing and Rehab Center in Oswego.

Lillian was born at her parents’ home in Sugar Grove on Oct. 30, 1921, the daughter of Peter and Emma (Loeffel) Lorenz. Lillian attended local schools before graduating from West Aurora High School.

Lillian was introduced to her husband Frank by a friend of his. After a period of courtship, they exchanged vows at the Sugar Grove Methodist Church on March 21, 1942.

While Frank was in the military, they lived in Georgia. After returning home, they moved to the family farm in Blackberry Township. They lived on the farm until 1971, when they moved to Big Rock.

Lillian was a loving mother to her family, making sure they always had what they needed. She raised their three children, was a wonderful cook and preserved much of the produce from her half-acre garden. In addition to caring for her family, she tended chickens and her own flock of sheep.

Lillian and Frank enjoyed their family and friends, creating a lifetime of memories before Frank passed away in 2001.

Lillian was a longtime member of Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for 30 years. She was involved with the church bazaar, helped serve church suppers, was a member of the quilting group, and headed the committee that made pies for the Sugar Grove Corn Boil.

She is survived by three children, Carol Crane, Sandra (Larry) Flickinger, Rich (Debbie) Damon; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth (Dan) Hellner, Ralph Flickinger, Rodney Flickinger, Todd (Patti) Damon, Marc (Christy) Damon, Scott Damon, Nick Damon and Andrew (Emily) Tannhauser; and two great grandchildren, Emma and Ethan Damon.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank Damon; four siblings, Daisy (Steve) Vargo, Rose (George) Hohmann, Alice Lorenz, and Paul Lorenz; son-in-law, Bill Crane; and great-granddaughter, Tessa Damon.

Visitation was held Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service celebrating Lillian’s life will take place Thursday at 11 a.m. Pastor Richard Mayer of Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will follow at Garfield Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in Lillian’s name to benefit the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church. Checks may be made to the “Sugar Grove United Methodist Church” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Joseph ‘Joe’ T. Martinak

Joseph “Joe” T. Martinak, 68, of Elburn, formerly of Western Springs, Ill., passed away Monday, June 17, 2013, at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill.

He is survived by his loving wife, Carole Martinak; two siblings: Nancy (Joe) Zvernia and Tom Martinak; two nieces, Laura (Rick) McDermott and their daughter Ashley, and Nancy (Paul) Hughes.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Private family services will be held following 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 “Joseph Martinak Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

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John L. Nickels

John L. Nickels, 82, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family, in the early morning hours of Monday, June 24, 2013.

A humble, hard-working man who was no stranger to chores on the farm or the bench of the Illinois Supreme Court, John was an “every man,” friend to all walks and every station in life. He will be missed by many and never forgotten.

John was born on Jan. 16, 1931, in Aurora, the son of Philip and Gertrude (Rausch) Nickels.

John grew up in Sugar Grove and spent his early educational years in a one-room school house with 14 other students. He eventually attended and graduated from Marmion Military Academy.

John continued his education at Northern Illinois University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business, and Northwestern University, where he studied trust administration. He then went on to DePaul University, where he received his Degree of Juris Doctorate before graduating from the National Judicial College.

John entered the United States Army in 1954. He supported his brothers in arms overseas through work in aircraft maintenance, and also trained for work in control towers while being stationed in both Texas and Louisiana. He was honorably discharged in 1956.

It wasn’t hardly a year later that his soul was made whole when he married Merita Smith on June 22, 1957, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia.

They began their new life in DeKalb while he attended NIU, but moved to Chicago during his law school years. Batavia was home during the early years while establishing his practice, but he settled in Maple Park. A man is only as great as the woman by his side, and there was no woman greater than Merita. Each step of the way, she made each house a home, filling it with love, laughter, memories and a growing family that would include eight children.

John was a man who never stopped learning. His iron-clad work ethic was forged on the farm, tending both his fields and livestock. He always strove to be the best no matter his station in life, and adapted those bedrock values to catapult from a trial lawyer to senior partner in his own firm, where he practiced in DeKalb, Kane and Kendall counties. He didn’t stop there however. John rose to the challenge of becoming a Circuit Court judge in 1982, an Appellate Court judge in 1990, eventually retiring as a justice on the Illinois Supreme Court.

John was a member of the Illinois State, Kane County and DeKalb County Bar Associations, the Kane and DeKalb Farm Bureau, International Association of Lions Clubs, Loyal Order of Moose, as well as the American Legion. He not only served his community on the bench, John also gave of his time to the Waubonsee College Board of Trustees, Kane County Zoning Board of Appeals, Kane County Regional Planning Commission, and was a city attorney. He was on the Advisory Board for Sheltered Workshop, Advisory Council for Kaneland School District 302, and past president of the PTA. John was also on the Kane County Bank and Trust Company Board of Directors, and was a parish lector and faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church, where he was also past president of the Men’s Club.

In later years, he was also a member of the Luxembourg American Cultural Society and supported the Rafiki Foundation, an organization established for the education and scholarships for orphans and abandoned children in Tanzania and Marmion Abbeys Mission School of San Jose, Guatemala.

Through all his accomplishments and accolades, John was forever a farmer at heart. His roots ran deep into the hills and valleys of the countryside, and he was never happier than when he was surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Merita; seven children, Mary (James) Himic of Kaneohe, Hawaii, Jacqueline (David) Beane of Big Rock, Margaret (Kenneth) Mangers of Maple Park, Lisa (Joseph) Edmeier of Hinckley, Philip (Sara) Nickels of Moshe, Tanzania, Africa, Ruth Anne (Jean-Baptiste) Philippot of Saint Arnoult-En-Yvelines, France, and Gertrude (Peter) Filipos of Maple Park; 23 grandchildren; one great-grandson; two sisters, Jean Morris of Couderay, Wis., and Phyllis Nickels of St. Paul, Minn.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a countryside of friends.

He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Christine; his parents, Philip and Gertrude Schneider-Nickels; four siblings, Paul (Dorothy) Schneider, Catherine Schneider, Fr. Robert Schneider and Gerald (Mary) Nickels; and a brother-in-law, Ralph Morris.

Visitation will take place Friday, June 28, from 2 to 8 p.m., with a wake service to begin at 7:30 p.m., at St. Gall Catholic Church, located at the corner of Route 47 and Shannon Street in Elburn. Parking and entrance are available behind the church, off of Gates and Pierce streets. A Mass to celebrate his faith will take place Saturday, June 29, at 11 a.m., also at the church. Visitation will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Fr. Tim Seigel, pastor of the church, will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Gall Cemetery, Route 47 in Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in John’s name to benefit his favorite charities. They include The Rafiki Foundation, an organization established for the education and scholarships of orphans and abandoned children in Tanzania, Africa, and Marmion Abbey’s Mission School of San Jose, Guatemala, a preparatory school for young men. Checks may be made to the “John Nickels Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com, where you can find John’s full-life story.

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Ruby Reh

Ruby Reh, 85, formerly of Sycamore, Ill., passed from this life to eternal life on June 12, 2013, at Countryside Care Centre, Aurora, Ill.

Born July 1, 1927, in Hayden, Colorado, the daughter of Zunker and Mary (Rappeau) Jacobson, Ruby moved to DeKalb as a young adult to live with her oldest sister. She met her first husband, Howard Smith, in DeKalb. They had two daughters and a son together. After divorcing, she met and married Andrew Reh of Sycamore.

Ruby worked in factories, as a waitress in DeKalb, and at Kendall’s Ranch (now Sorrento’s) east of Sycamore, and ended up working until her retirement at Northern Illinois University’s Student Center as head grill cook.

A very sweet and kind “people” person, Ruby would do anything for anybody. Many knew her as being very talented and creative. She could not read, but could look at a picture of a dollhouse and furniture, then make it out of plastic-canvas needlework. She loved to sketch in her growing-up years, then for her children. She also loved to paint with Artex. Her friends and family knew her love of animals of all kinds, especially cats and small dogs.

She is survived by her daughters, Patricia (Roger) Kahl of Maple Park, and Carolyn (Mike) Therriault of Amboy, Ill.; grandchildren, Christopher (Kim) Kahl of Tolleson, Ariz., Nicholas (Loren) Kahl of DeKalb, Matthew (Heather) Therriault of Atlanta, Ga., Dan (Jody) Therriault of Lombard, Ill., Vicki Therriault of Amboy, Christopher (Jessica) Smith of Pocahontas, Ark., Becky (John) Klawikowski of Brookfield, Wis., and Thomas (Julie) Hajostek of Waupaca, Wis.; great-grandchildren, Peyton, Aidan, Taylor, Josh, Benji, Gavi, Cassie, Ariel, Julie Ann, Jordan and Jasmine; two great-great-grandchildren; two very special nieces, Vickey (Rich) Becci and Linda Burgos; and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Bernice Snow, Mabel Lenke, Anna Carlton and Henry and Harry Jacobson; first husband, Howard Smith; second husband, Andrew Reh; son, Thomas Smith; and granddaughter, Jennifer.

The funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, with her daughter, Patricia Kahl, officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 21, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Ruby Reh Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.

For further information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call (815) 756-1022.

Adeline Ruth Dembowski

Adeline Ruth Dembowski, 95, of Elburn, passed from this life to her new life on Friday, June 14, 2013, and was reunited with her family that she had missed so much. She had been a resident of Countryside Care Centre for the past three years.

Adeline was born July 21, 1917, in St. Anne, Ill., the daughter of Earl and Caroline (Witthans) Magruder. Raised on the family farm, she delighted in telling stories of threshing the wheat, going to school in a horse and buggy, and helping her mother in the garden. The family eventually sold the farm and moved to Chicago, where Adeline met the love of her life, Stanley “Torps” Demowski.

Adeline and Torps were married in 1940 and lived in Chicago, within blocks of her mother and her siblings. She worked for Kerr Bottling Company for many years. Over the years, Adeline lived in Berwyn, Ill., Lisle, Ill., Naperville, Ill., and finally moved to Elburn to be near her son, Edward, and his family.

Adeline was a tireless worker and was never happier than when she was outside cutting grass (which she did into her 80s) and tending her flowers. Another thing that gave her great pleasure was helping any family member who needed her. There are countless stories of Adeline working in family businesses. She was also always ready to work alongside her family if there was painting, wallpapering, cleaning or yardwork to do. She didn’t wait to be asked, she—just wanted to know what time to be there. Adeline loved to play cards, and whenever she could, the slots. Until her eyesight became poor, she also loved to play bingo.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Caroline Magruder; brothers, Lester Desen, Allen Magruder, Harold Magruder and Alvin Magruder; sister, June Holik; and husband, Stanley Dembowski.

She is survived by her son, Edward (Anna) Dembowski of Elburn; two grandchildren, Stanley (Jennie) Dembowski of Wauconda, Ill., and Darlyne (Tom) Dwyer of Elburn; two-great-grandsons, Ryan Dwyer and Nick Dwyer of Elburn; as well as nieces and nephews that she loved as if they were her own children. Adeline also became “grandma” to Anna’s family and to a host of Generations Day Care children.

The family would like to thank Guiding Light Hospice for the loving care Adeline received. In her last days, the family was so grateful for the way Guiding Light ministered to Adeline and her family as they said goodbye. The family also wants to thank Adeline’s favorite nurse at Countryside, Lon, for going above and beyond his duties; for always doing what was best for Adeline, and for treating her with dignity and love.

Services took place on Tuesday, June 18, at Healy Chapel in Sugar Grove, and were followed by a burial at Blackberry Township Cemetery in Elburn.

Contributions can be made to Guiding Light Hospice, P. O. Box 124, Serena, IL 60549.

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