Category Archives: 2013 Obituaries

Norma M. Crawford

Norma M. Crawford of Elburn passed from this life to eternal life on June 10, 2013, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family.

Norma was born Sept. 6, 1924, in Burlington, Ill., the daughter of Chris and Loretta (Haderer) Axelsen, in Burlington.

Norma attended local schools until graduating from Burlington High School with the class of 1942.

On Jan. 7, 1950, she married her first love, Mayne Jensen. They spent the next 49 years making a lifetime of memories before Mayne’s passing on Aug. 10, 1989.

Norma was one of the lucky ones who were able to find love yet again. She married her friend of 40 years, Howard Crawford, on Sept. 12, 1990, at St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn. Howie’s family became hers, and she always treated them as her own. On Jan. 17, 2008, her heart was broken yet again when she lost Howie.

Over the years, Norma lived in Geneva, Elgin and Elburn. Many can remember when she worked at Wyatt Morris’ grocery store in Elburn, which was located on the site that is now Schmidt’s Towne Tap.

For many years, she also worked for the Kane County Clerk’s Office in Geneva, where she provided birth and marriage certificates for many couples. She also helped many people while working on the Voter Registration Van.

Norma was a devoted member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles.

One of her joys was tending to her yard, always keeping it perfectly cut and totally free of any sticks. Neighbors always laughed when they saw her outside after winter because they knew spring was around the corner.

Norma loved spending time and playing cards with Mary and Rich. Anyone close to Norma knew that she loved garage sales, always finding gifts for the whole family. If there were roosters, angels, bunnies or toddler toys—or if she found one of her famous sweatshirts—they surely became hers.

There was nothing more special to her than her family and friends. She loved spending time with each of them, never taking any second for granted. Norma especially loved heading out to dinner with them, as it always brightened her spirit because then she would not have to cook. One of her favorites was a fried chicken dinner from Culver’s.

She is survived by her daughters, Susan (Jerry) Black of Geneva, and Wendy (Brian) Ellis of Granite City, Ill.; four grandchildren, Chris (Krista) Black of Glendale, Ariz., Julie (Adam) Nicolai of Lombard, Ill., Maggie Kline of Alton, Ill., and Katie (Oyvind) Barstad of Eidsvoll, Norway; four great-grandsons, Xander and Max Nicolai, and Danny and Ryan Kline; two great-nieces, Rebecca (Norman) Gratz and their children, Haley and Norman, all of Poplar Grove, Ill., and Jacquelyn (Rob) Allen and their children, Alainna and Sophia, all of Hampshire, Ill.,; and a host of dear friends from the tri-cities, Elgin, Hampshire and Elburn.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Monica(Lloyd) Kiesler, her first husband Mayne Jensen; and her second husband Howard Crawford.

A memorial visitation will take place Friday June 14, at 10 a.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memorial service celebrating Norma’s life will follow visitation at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Chienyu Jade Yi, interim pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles, will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit the Elburn Fire Department, which helped Howie whenever needed. Checks may be made to the “Elburn Fire Department” 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.

Mary Jane Ellis

Mary Jane Ellis, 62, of Geneva, formerly of Elburn, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, following a long battle with cancer that eventually took her body, but never her spirit.

She is survived by her loving husband, Jack Ellis; five children, Ricky Seals, Susan (Joe) Schumacher, Debra Anne Ellis, Denise Renee Ellis and Deanna Katherine Ellis; five grandchildren, Cecily Seals, Samantha Jo Ellis, Jessica Renee Schumacher, Jayson Brandon Schumacher and Emma Elaine Schumacher; four siblings, Jim Hewitt, Bill (Mary) Hewitt, Dee Heunsser and Marlene Hewitt; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a countryside of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Clara Hewitt; her father and mother in-law, William and Sophie Ellis; one sister, Lois Carr; one sister-in-law, Anne Hewitt; two brothers-in-law, John Richards and Russ Heunsser; as well as several aunts and uncles.

Following cremation, private services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit cancer research. Checks may be made to the “Mary Jane Ellis 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.

Mary Jane Ellis

Mary Jane Ellis, 62, of Geneva, formerly of Elburn, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, following a long battle with cancer that eventually took her body, but never her spirit.

She is survived by her loving husband, Jack Ellis; five children, Ricky Seals, Susan (Joe) Schumacher, Debra Anne Ellis, Denise Renee Ellis and Deanna Katherine Ellis; five grandchildren, Cecily Seals, Samantha Jo Ellis, Jessica Renee Schumacher, Jayson Brandon Schumacher and Emma Elaine Schumacher; four siblings, Jim Hewitt, Bill (Mary) Hewitt, Dee Heunsser and Marlene Hewitt; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a countryside of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Clara Hewitt; her father and mother in-law, William and Sophie Ellis; one sister, Lois Carr; one sister-in-law, Anne Hewitt; two brothers-in-law, John Richards and Russ Heunsser; as well as several aunts and uncles.

Following cremation, private services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit cancer research. Checks may be made to the “Mary Jane Ellis 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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Betty Ann Rich

Betty Ann Rich was born on March 29, 1940, and raised in the north side of Chicago, near Lake Michigan and Wrigley Field.

Her father, Clyde, took her to many football games and at an early age, taught Betty a lot about life. At the age of 10, Betty learned to take the CTA (the ‘L’) train on her own and quickly fell in love with the city. She also grew to love the Cubs, as the elementary school she attended sat just across the street from Wrigley Field. School would let out just in time for students to catch seventh inning.

Betty attended Lakeview High School for a half year before her family moved to Downers Grove. In 1957, she graduated from Downers Grove High School and had dreams of becoming a teacher. She had her heart set on attending North Central College or Northern Illinois University. Upon receiving a scholarship, she ultimately chose Northern Illinois.

Excelling at shorthand and typing, Betty studied business education while at college. She was very smart, dedicated, and got along with all her fellow classmates. As a freshman, she lived in Neptune Hall, where she soon met Jerry Rich. Jerry was fixing up his friend at that time and did not know Betty. He can remember seeing her walk down the stairs and was instantly swept away. Soon thereafter, they started seeing each other. Four years later, Betty and Jerry both graduated on June 10, 1961, and later that night, got married at the First Methodist Church in Downers Grove.

Betty and Jerry always dreamed of owning their own little farm, and soon enough they moved to a small farm in Sugar Grove. Little did they know that, one day, their 10 little farms would blossom into one special farm estate.

Supportive of all Jerry’s endeavors, Betty was always a part of every major decision he made. This was especially so when they began to develop Rich Harvest Farms in 1985, the now 18-hole private golf course that sits amidst a tranquil and picturesque landscape. After Jerry built just one hole, Betty and he agreed it would be “more fun” to continue building, and so he did.

Although not favored by many golfers, the tall oaks and shagbark hickories scattered on the course were kept for Betty and her love of trees and nature. Betty also loved the English, Tudor-style look, and every building on Rich Harvest Farms reflects her taste and has a warm, country feel as soon as you enter any room.

In her later years, Betty enjoyed playing bridge with friends and family members, including her mother, Marge—still living today at age 92—whom many say Betty got her good looks and warm heart from.

Betty’s giving spirit was shared by Jerry and eventually grew into something special: the Kids Golf Foundation. Founded in 1998, this nonprofit junior golf organization makes its home today at Rich Harvest Farms. The Foundation has touched the lives of over 150,000 youth through golf, and its valuable life lessons.

Betty’s strong sense of character and optimism are an inspiration to all that knew her. No matter what endeavors she encountered, her spirit was never broken and her smile never faded. She was loved by all who knew her and will be deeply missed.

Betty is survived by her husband, Jerry Rich; mother, Marge Shaffer; son, Keith Rich; and grandchildren, Margaret and Lauren Rich.

A funeral mass was held on Saturday at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, celebrated by Fr. Bob Jones. Private family interment will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois, P.O. Box 610, Sugar Grove, Illinois, 60554 is appreciated.

Arrangements were finalized under the direction of The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive. For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.

Mike ‘Whitey’ Proctor

Mike “Whitey” Proctor, 60, of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., previously of Elburn, passed from this life to eternal life on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay, Wis., after a brief illness.

He was born Jan. 23, 1953, the son of Fred and Alice (Anderson) Proctor in Geneva.

Mike grew up playing with the neighborhood kids on Kansas Street, playing baseball every day in empty lots around town. He attended Kaneland High School, where he loved all things sports—excelling as the quarterback in football and burning up the basketball court.

Mike earned the nickname “Whitey” with the blond hair and blue eyes of his Swedish heritage. He was “Mr. Social,” and was crowned homecoming king and prom court his senior year, 1971.

After graduation, Mike attended Waubonsee College for a short time before pursuing his life’s passion: building homes. His concrete company and construction business, FMP, flourished through many economic ups and downs for over 30 years. Most recently, Mike managed his portfolio of apartments and townhomes in both Illinois and Wisconsin, allowing him to maintain friends at both homes.

Mike met his best friend and love of his life, Janet Shelton, in 1984. Their two hearts became one when they were united in marriage in Lake Tahoe, Nev., in 1987. They were partners in every way, loving life and enjoying every day. They ran businesses together and traveled frequently, enjoying cruises to the Mediterranean, East and West Caribbean.

Mike’s favorite place on earth was Sturgeon Bay. He took Janet during their dating years to a favorite cabin, later appropriately named by a friend, “The Love Shack.” Through the years Mike and Janet built themselves many houses, but their dream home, “Love Shack III,” with breathtaking views of the bay, was most beloved. They often welcomed friends and family to enjoy the beauty of Door County, Wis.

Mike was a favorite uncle to two nieces and three nephews, sharing many fun experiences through the years. His soft side showed in his affection for Persian kitties, as well—Sonny, Quarters, Penny, Goldie, Silver and Bronze all shared a special place in Mike’s heart.

He also was a “‘vette guy,” owning a variety of cool cars through the years, along with always having a boat to be able to cruise the waters of Sturgeon Bay. Looking for fun in all seasons, Mike and Janet enjoyed fishing and snowmobiling. Mike’s view of paradise includes the Richard Siebin’s cabin in Canada, where he made at least one annual pilgrimage with his fishing buddies and brother Tom; even including Janet one year so she could experience rustic life without plumbing.

He loved the beaches of Key West, Fla., and the tall pines of Hackensack, Minn., equally. He made friends wherever he went, always introducing himself with a big smile, hearty handshake and “I’m Whitey Proctor.” He could connect people and places, almost always making a link with a total stranger to someone or someplace he knew.

Mike is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Janet; his father, Fred Proctor (for whom F. Michael “Mike” was named); one brother, Tom (Bonnie) Proctor of Elburn; one sister, Nancy (Steve) Henrikson of Morristown, Tenn.; two nieces, Kellie Jo Henrikson and Marianne Henrikson Roberts; three nephews, Matt, Chris and Scott Michael Proctor; two great-nieces, Sammie Jo and Lexi Henrickson; two great-nephews, Nick and Ryan Proctor; and many lifelong friends he maintained through the years.

He is preceded by his mother, Alice Proctor, who passed away in 1997; his father in-law, I.J. Shelton, and mother in-law, Liz Shelton.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, followed by a service to celebrate his life, held at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn . Following cremation, a memorial service will take place at a later date in Sturgeon Bay.

A memorial has been established in Mike’s name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Michael Proctor 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.

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Betty Ann Rich

Betty Ann Rich was born on March 29, 1940, and raised in the north side of Chicago, near Lake Michigan and Wrigley Field.

Her father, Clyde, took her to many football games and at an early age, taught Betty a lot about life. At the age of 10, Betty learned to take the CTA (the ‘L’) train on her own and quickly fell in love with the city. She also grew to love the Cubs, as the elementary school she attended sat just across the street from Wrigley Field. School would let out just in time for students to catch seventh inning.

Betty attended Lakeview High School for a half year before her family moved to Downers Grove. In 1957, she graduated from Downers Grove High School and had dreams of becoming a teacher. She had her heart set on attending North Central College or Northern Illinois University. Upon receiving a scholarship, she ultimately chose Northern Illinois.

Excelling at shorthand and typing, Betty studied business education while at college. She was very smart, dedicated, and got along with all her fellow classmates. As a freshman, she lived in Neptune Hall, where she soon met Jerry Rich. Jerry was fixing up his friend at that time and did not know Betty. He can remember seeing her walk down the stairs and was instantly swept away. Soon thereafter, they started seeing each other. Four years later, Betty and Jerry both graduated on June 10, 1961, and later that night, got married at the First Methodist Church in Downers Grove.

Betty and Jerry always dreamed of owning their own little farm, and soon enough they moved to a small farm in Sugar Grove. Little did they know that, one day, their 10 little farms would blossom into one special farm estate.

Supportive of all Jerry’s endeavors, Betty was always a part of every major decision he made. This was especially so when they began to develop Rich Harvest Farms in 1985, the now 18-hole private golf course that sits amidst a tranquil and picturesque landscape. After Jerry built just one hole, Betty and he agreed it would be “more fun” to continue building, and so he did.

Although not favored by many golfers, the tall oaks and shagbark hickories scattered on the course were kept for Betty and her love of trees and nature. Betty also loved the English, Tudor-style look, and every building on Rich Harvest Farms reflects her taste and has a warm, country feel as soon as you enter any room.

In her later years, Betty enjoyed playing bridge with friends and family members, including her mother, Marge—still living today at age 92—whom many say Betty got her good looks and warm heart from.

Betty’s giving spirit was shared by Jerry and eventually grew into something special: the Kids Golf Foundation. Founded in 1998, this nonprofit junior golf organization makes its home today at Rich Harvest Farms. The Foundation has touched the lives of over 150,000 youth through golf, and its valuable life lessons.

Betty’s strong sense of character and optimism are an inspiration to all that knew her. No matter what endeavors she encountered, her spirit was never broken and her smile never faded. She was loved by all who knew her and will be deeply missed.

Betty is survived by her husband, Jerry Rich; mother, Marge Shaffer; son, Keith Rich; and grandchildren, Margaret and Lauren Rich.

A funeral mass was held on Saturday at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, celebrated by Fr. Bob Jones. Private family interment will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois, P.O. Box 610, Sugar Grove, Illinois, 60554 is appreciated.

Arrangements were finalized under the direction of The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive. For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.

Jeanne Mack

Jeanne Mack, 66, of North Aurora, formerly of Paw Paw, Ill., passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, on Saturday, May 25, 2013.

She was born May 21, 1947, the daughter of Calvin and Betty (Miller) Dirksen in Amboy, Ill.

Jeanne was a faithful member of the Living Stone Christian Church in Aurora.

She is survived by her husband, Tom Mack; one son, Daryl (Barb Larson) Filkins of Sycamore, Ill.; one grandson, Cory Jay Filkins of DeKalb; five siblings, Dennis (Denise) Dirksen, Judy (Robert) Marquardt, Vicki Dirksen, Renee (Dave) O’Donnell and Trudi (Scott) Schoger; many nieces and nephews, and a circle of close friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Calvin and Betty.

Private family services and burial will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Jeanne’s favorite charities, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Checks may be made to the “Jeanne Mack 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.

Lois J. Slaughter-O’Brochta

Lois J. Slaughter-O’Brochta, 81, of Montgomery, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Presence Mercy Center. She was born Aug. 7, 1931, in Mendota, Ill., the daughter of the late George and Myrtle “May” (Sperrey) Duffey.

Lois is survived by her four children, Kenneth (Jeanine Lehnert) Slaughter, Marilyn (Donald) Holmes, Rodney (Jacqueline) Slaughter and Steven Slaughter; 10 grandchildren, Carolyn Slaughter, Sarah (Jason) Stauffenberg, Scott Slaughter, Andrea (Michael) Jarot, Tracy (Eric) Smith, Theo Calvert, Theron Greene, Johnathon Slaughter, Noah Slaughter and Marcus Slaughter. Survivors also include eight grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by her two husbands, Theron “Pete” Slaughter and Frances “Frank” O’Brochta; two sisters, Beverly Contreras and Dorothy Johnson; as well as a brother, Howard Duffey.

Funeral services were held on Saturday at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, with Pastor Jeff Moore officiating. Visitation was held prior to the funeral hour. Interment followed at Lincoln Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

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

Leonard A. Douglas

Leonard A. Douglas, 79, of North Aurora, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at his home. He was born Dec. 19, 1933, in Aurora, the son of the late C.A and Irene (Zaricor) Douglas.

Len was the beloved husband of Marilyn (Barger) Douglas. Marilyn was at his side as she was for their 56 years of marriage.

Len was a 1952 graduate of East Aurora High School. Upon graduation, Len served our country in the U.S. Navy for four years. He and Marilyn then started their life together in their North Aurora home, and Len continued working for the government, delivering mail. In 1964, the couple started L.A. Douglas Carpet Service, which their sons grew into the respected Fox Valley companies, Douglas Carpet One and Big Bob’s.

Len found the greatest joy in life through his family. He adored his wife, children, grandchildren, as well as the many family dogs. In addition to his family legacy, Len left behind many beautiful pieces of handcrafted furniture that family and friends will cherish always. Woodworking was his passion. Len loved to laugh and enjoyed many great memories with friends and family.

Len had a servant’s heart and had a long history of donating time and resources through the North Aurora Lion’s Club, where he served as the president and was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. He was a volunteer fireman for North Aurora for many years and served on the Kane County Board. He would sit with disabled neighbors for coffee each morning or drive anyone wherever they needed to go for chemotherapy appointments or doctor’s visits. Len was also a Golden Heart Award recipient, having donated more than eleven gallons of blood.

Len is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his loving children, Michael and Kari (Adams) Douglas, James and Barbara (Humann) Douglas, and Christine (Douglas) and Christopher Theisen; his grandchildren and greatest source of pride, Matt (fiancee Casie), Kelley, Jay, Lindsay, John and Zachary Douglas, and Alex, Ellie and Jake Theisen; his sister, Carolyn (Orv) Jones; a sister in law, Dorothy (Bill) Hotle; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and his beloved dog, Topper.

Besides his parents, Len was preceded in death by his father- and mother-in-law, George and Leona (Kerr) Barger; and a brother-in-law, James Barger.

Visitation will take place from 2 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive in Sugar Grove, where a funeral service will follow at 6:30 p.m. A graveside service with military honors will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Honor Flight Chicago, 938 West Montana St., Chicago, Illinois 60614 (honorflightchicago.org), or to the North Aurora Lion’s club.

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

John Neisendorf Jr.

John Neisendorf Jr., 89, of Maple Park, passed away Saturday evening, May 11, 2013, at DeKalb County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where he had recently made his home.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 63 years, Rose; six children, Vicky (Dean) Wood of Maple Park, Bob (Jane) Neisendorf of Maple Park, Barbara (Anil de Silva) Neisendorf of San Antonio, Texas, Betsy (Mike Ehorn) Neisendorf of DeKalb, Joe Neisendorf of Maple Park and Patrick Neisendorf of Maple Park; nine grandchildren, Dave (Heidi) Kinney, Susan Bogolin and her daughter Gabrielle, Johnny Kinney, Katie Neisendorf, Rachel Neisendorf, Grace Neisendorf, Sarah Leoni, Lisa Leoni and Laura Melgosa; and one brother, Edward “Bud” Neisendorf of Hampshire, Ill.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and five sisters, Mary Eder, Helen Strausberger, Frances Koenig, Agnes Neisendorf and Edna Barsic.

Memorial services will be held privately at a later date.

A memorial has been established in John’s name to benefit the DeKalb Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Checks may be made to the “John Neisendorf Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.

John’s family would like to thank Dr. Dhaval Thakkar and the staff of the DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center for the care and compassion they provided John these past years.

Berenice H. O’Donnell

Berenice H. O’Donnell, 89, of Batavia, formerly of Chicago, passed away in the early morning hours of May 5, 2013. She is now at peace, but leaves behind her memories as a loving grandmother, boating on Lake Michigan, and the grace she displayed on the ballroom floor with her husband, Charles E. O’Donnell.

She is survived by two children, Helen A. (Wayne) Zmrhal of Elburn, and Jack C. O’Donnell of Richland Center, Wis.; and two grandchildren, Brent K. Zmrhal and Jennifer A. Zmrhal.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles E. O’Donnell; and two siblings, Gordon and Robert Klett.

Private family services will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit the American Cancer Society. Checks may be made to the “Berenice O’Donnell 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.

Delmar Loren Ingram

Delmar Loren Ingram, 77, of Harvard, Ill., died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock, surrounded by his family. He was born March 19, 1936, in Scales Mound, Ill., to Forrest and Ida (Fiedler) Ingram. He married Donna LaCosse on July 14, 1973, in Elburn.

Loren received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, and did graduate work at the University of Iowa. He taught English at Harvard High School for 21 years, and had also taught in Warren, Ill., and Door County, Wis. He coached two state champion chess teams while at Harvard High School. In later years, he worked for Motorola and was a crop adjuster in the state line area.

Loren was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Harvard, and for many years the resident director of the Harvard Players. He founded and directed the Ingram Players in the Galena, Ill., area. He served on the Harvard Bicentennial Committee and various other committees in Harvard.

Loren shared his love of the classics, and was particularly known for reciting Shakespeare. He loved the Ingram family farm in Apple River, Wis., where he was the designer/builder, and was involved with the breeding of its Guernsey cattle.

Loren was known for his joyful, contagious laugh, and his beautiful tenor voice. In recent years he sang in the Stage Coach Singers gospel quartet.

He experienced life with passion and curiosity and unconditionally loved his family and friends. He was strong in expressing his convictions and held fast to them. Many who have known him have commented about the lasting impact he has had on their lives.

Survivors include his wife, Donna of Harvard; two daughters, Dianna Ingram of Yorkville, and Lynell Ingram of Arlington Heights, Ill.; two brothers, Duane (Mary Jo) Ingram of Rockford, Ill. and Terrence (Nancy) Ingram of Apple River; four nieces and nephews, Lowell Ingram, Brian Ingram, Julie Grinde and Donna Autobee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and by his sister, Corinne Grinde.

Visitation was held on Friday at Saunders and McFarlin Funeral Home. Visitation was held on Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Harvard. Funeral service followed; Rev. Dr. Jeff Borgerson officiated. Interment was private.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 846, Harvard, IL 60033.

For more information, call the funeral home at (815) 943-5400. Sign the online guest book at saundersmcfarlin.net.

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Caitlyn ‘Caity’ Rose Phillips

Caitlyn “Caity” Rose Phillips, 13, of Elburn, died tragically on Friday, April 26, 2013. Taken from us too early, Caitlyn now lives on in heaven as one of God’s favored angels. Her memory, a shining example of compassion and love, lives on in our hearts and will never be forgotten.

She was born Jan. 21, 2000, in Geneva. A full two months early, Caity was small but mighty. She proved she had an uncommon strength of spirit, defying the doctors’ pessimistic expectations, and she came home a mere week after she was born. This would be a trait that Caity displayed throughout her life, leaving a lifetime of impressions in 13 short years.

Caity attended Kaneland schools, albeit begrudgingly, but excelled at the social aspects of school life. Many were lucky to call her a friend.

As a baby, no one could foretell the amazing energy and zest for life Caity would display in later years as she napped fitfully with her uncle Kenny. That bundle of joy became a force to be reckoned with and a delight to behold. She rode dirt bikes and flew over jumps as well as any boy, let alone the laps she took with her go-cart (complete with “Caity pedals” fashioned by dad so her feet could reach).

No matter the temperature of the water, Caity was part fish and swam like a champ, even when it was cold, her lips were purple and she couldn’t stop shaking. Caity loved boating and riding jet skis with her family, skimming over the water of several lakes and rivers.

She was a “flyer” in cheerleading, jumping and tumbling with her hair flying wild, only to land with grace and the biggest smile you ever saw. She went rock climbing for her 13th birthday and explored the streets of Elburn on her roller blades. She loved bouncy houses and made unforgettable YouTube videos with friends on how to do nails, how to make-up after an argument and often sang as Justin Bieber. It had no followers, but it was infamous just the same.

Caity never had just one sweet tooth as all of them were “sweet.” Aunt Becky’s chocolate eclair cake, cotton candy (legend has it Caitlyn ate five in one sitting at Golden Corral), Mondo drinks, untold numbers of ‘smores eaten with friends next to a bonfire so big it shut off the street lights, and many other treats, were enjoyed to the fullest and at every opportunity.

If Caity loved sweets, they paled in comparison to the love she had for her family and friends. A mama’s girl, she always woke up a half-hour early each day so she could cuddle with mom before the day began. Dad wasn’t too far behind, either, as she loved riding on the mower with dad, and later when she was old enough to drive it, Caity took her nephew Noah for rides around the yard.

Caity was the official welcome wagon to all who came to the house. Her one-of-a-kind hugs were given with every ounce of strength she possessed, leaving many breathless and all astonished at their ferocity. She was the first to apologize and the first to volunteer for any activity, whether it was digging a hole with her dad or delivering dinner to her sister when she worked late (but you could count her out when it came to doing the dishes).

She only saw the ocean twice, but it was love at first sight, epitomized by her fondness of sea shells.

When it came to the art of “tie-dying,” there was none better. Caity also possessed the ability to recognize the beauty of God’s handiwork all around her, and to be thankful for the smallest blessing. She had a “pay it forward” spirit whose prayers were simple, but many and always heartfelt. Her friendship was one to be treasured.

She was strong-willed and a take-charge kind of girl—though some would say bossy—and was a champion of the underdog. If someone was being picked on, you wouldn’t want to underestimate “the little white girl from Elburn”. She was the perfect Girl Scout, and when it came to babies, you would have to search far and wide for someone more nurturing. Caity also had a special place in her heart for every kind of animal, from puppies, hamsters, birds, goldfish and rabbits to even bugs—none escaped her notice or her love. In short, Caity was one of God’s special gifts, and although we will never know why she had to leave us, we will be forever thankful for the memories she left us to treasure.

She will be missed by her parents, Crystal and Gary; two sisters, Jordan and Taylor Phillips; one nephew, Noah Phillips; maternal grandparent, Mary Bateman; paternal grandparents, Ted and Sally Phillips; several aunts and uncles, including Ted and Patti Phillips, Dan and Denise Phillips, Becky and Ken Stout; a “truck load” of cousins and a “village” of friends and neighbors who helped raise Caitlyn.

She is preceded by Crystal’s biological parents, Bob Howie and Cynthia Baranowski; as well as Crystal’s father, Glen Bateman; and one uncle, Bobby Howie.

Visitation will take place from 1 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, at Calvary West Church, 1600 Beta Drive, Sugar Grove. A funeral to celebrate her life will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 3, following a time of visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m., also at the church. Rev. Russ Hurst, pastor of the church, will officiate, with interment to follow at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Caitlyn’s name. Checks may be made to the “Caitlyn Phillips Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. You can also deposit direct into an account set up in her name at Old Second Bank, 749 N. Main St., Elburn.

Memorial tributes may also be forwarded to the P.O. Box or on the web at www.conleycare.com. Arrangements were handled with care by Conley Funeral Home.

Mary M. Currie

Mary M. Currie, 59, of St. Charles, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 26, 2013, at home with her loving family surrounding her.

She was born Aug. 18, 1953, in Morris, Ill., the daughter of Russel and Virginia (Wilkinson) Philips. She received her elementary education at Hume School in Wauponsee Township, and graduated from Morris Community High School in 1971. She received her associates degree from Joliet Junior College in 1973, her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in 1975, and her master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in 1986.

Mary married the love of her life, Bruce B. Currie, on June 28, 1975, at the First Congregational Church in Mazon, Ill.

Mary spent 36 years in education. She taught 10 years at various school districts—Geneva, Glendale Heights, Kaneland and Batavia—while teaching a variety of grade levels. Mary then moved into administration by working in Kaneland and Sycamore. She spent her last 18 years in education as principal of Sycamore’s West Elementary School. Her passion and love for the students, staff and curriculum was evident.

She is survived by her loving husband, Bruce; one son, Robert of St. Charles; three sisters, Ruth Ann (Jim) Benson of Morris, Kathy (Larry) Gibbons of Montgomery, and Patti (Don) Anderson of Unionville, Mo.; two brothers, Kenneth Phillips and Rodney (Chris) Phillips, both of Morris; her brother-in-law, Donald Sterritt of Morris; her sister-in-law, Jean Phillips of Dwight, Ill.; along with numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Russel A. and Virginia A. Phillips; a brother, Thomas L. Phillips; a sister, Betty J. Sterritt; her parents-in-law, Samuel B. and Jeanne L. Currie; brother-in-law, Paul Baker; sister-in-law, Vicky Phillips; nephew, Dylan Baker; and a greatnephew, Ean Phillips.

Memorial visitation will take place from 11 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at Yurs Funeral Home, 1771 W. State St. (Route 38), Geneva. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. Clark Blade will officiate. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Betty J. Steritt Nursing Fund of the Morris Hospital, 150 W. High St., Morris, Ill. 60450.To leave an online condolence or remembrance to the family, visit the funeral homes obituary age at www.yursfuneralhomes.com.

For more information, call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles at (630) 584-0060 or “like” them on Facebook.

Danny ‘Dan’ R. Christensen

Danny “Dan” R. Christensen, 73, of Sugar Grove, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013, at his home. He was born May 23, 1939, in Lee, Ill., the son of the late Carl and Gladys (Andersen) Christensen.

Dan served his country with the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1961. Dan was a salesman for many years at Napa Auto in Aurora. He was a longtime and active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He also was very active in the bluegrass community. He was a member of the American Legion Post 1271, and also past secretary of the Elburn Seniors.

Dan is survived by his wife, Phyllis G. Christensen of Sugar Grove; his two daughters, Cathy Abraham of McHenry, Ill., and Heather Christensen of Ft. Lee, N.J.; his two grandsons, Kyle Abraham of Sugar Grove, and D.J. Landau of Ft. Lee; his great-granddaughter, Aliesha Korda of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; his brother, Curt (Irena) Christensen of Shabbona, Ill.; his two sisters, Carol (Dave) Bend of Shabbona, and Karen Vass of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Eleanor DeBolt.

Visitation was held Monday at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Aurora. A service was held following visitation. Interment took place at Oak Mound Cemetery. Arrangements by The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr. Sugar Grove.

For further information, call (630) 46-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.

Marilyn Gould

Marilyn Gould, 49, of Elburn, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013. She was born Dec. 16, 1963, in Aurora, the daughter of Merle and Esther Marie (Boecker) Miller. Marilyn graduated from Aurora Central Catholic High School in Aurora in 1981.

Marilyn was a manager at Schmidt’s Towne Tap in Elburn for many years. She also worked at Gould Cider and Apple Pressing every fall. She was a member of the American Legion Post 630 Ladies Auxiliary.

In her free time, Marilyn had a passion for being artistic with crafts, decorating and painting. She loved traveling, boating and swimming with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Gould of Elburn; her son, Peter Gould of Elburn; her daughter, Lauren Gould of Elburn; her father, Merle Miller of Aurora; her brothers and sisters, Lynda (Bill) Goheen, Bill (Lisa) Miller, Marie (Paul) Reuland, Kathy (Frank) Evans, John (Ellen) Miller, Thomas Miller, and Robert (Barbara) Miller; many nieces and nephews, relatives and many friends.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her grandma, Esther Marie Boecker (Gram).

Visitation was held Tuesday, followed by a service, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive in Sugar Grove. Interment will be private.

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

Ruth B. Nash

Ruth B. Nash, 82, of Sugar Grove, passed away peacefully on Wednesday April 10, 2013, at her home. Ruth was born Aug. 16, 1930, in Aurora, the daughter of the late John and Ina (Christenson) Covach.

Ruth was united in marriage to Paul C. Nash on July 17, 1953. She retired from Eagle Foods. Ruth also worked for the Kaneville School District cafeteria. She then volunteered for over 19 years at Delnor Hospital.

Ruth was a member of the Elburn American Legion No. 630 for over 25 years. She was a vibrant, energetic, loving woman whom continued to volunteer at Delnor and work out with friends until her death. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

Ruth is survived by her three sons, Michael P. Nash, Tim J. Nash and Dion P. Nash; her six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and her devoted sister, Jean.

In addition to her parents, she was proceeded in death by her husband Paul in 1986; and her sisters, Phyllis and Mary.

Graveside services will take place Saturday, April 20, at 3 p.m. at the Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn. A memorial of Ruth’s life will take place at the American Legion Post 489, 112 N. Main St., Elburn, from 3 to 5 p.m. Arrangements by the Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive Sugar Grove.

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

Elsie Ottens

Elsie Ottens, 91, of Aurora, passed away suddenly, following a brief illness, in the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Provena Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora. She is now free to live eternally in Heaven.

She was born Feb. 8, 1922, in Bairdford, Penn., the daughter of Clark and Barbara Greene.

Elsie’s family moved to Mooseheart in Batavia following her father’s passing before her second birthday. When her mother married Jay Moulding in 1933, Elsie and the rest of the children moved back with her, making their home on a farm in the Elburn area.

She was united in marriage on June 7, 1947, to Harry Joseph Ottens at the First Presbyterian Church in Aurora. They began their life on Watson Street in Aurora and made thousands of memories in the town that would be her lifelong home.

Elsie worked at Allsteel for more than 50 years. She retired after they closed their doors in 1994. Elsie would carry the burden of grief twice in her life with the loss of Harry in 1979, and her son Kevin in 1995.

Elsie was a former member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Post 100 and First Presbyterian Church in Aurora.

Elsie’s hands were immensely talented and always moving. She enjoyed many kinds of crafts and always loved to share her handiwork with family and friends. She even taught as a Tri-Chem instructor on how to use a special paint made especially for craftwork. She also had a mind for details and was deft at putting together puzzles. The end results were many times immortalized by sealing them forever and displaying their beauty on the walls of her home.

She is survived by one sister, Ann I. Lambert of Lily Lake; many nieces and nephews and a community of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Clark Greene and Barbara Moulding; her husband, Harry; only son, Kevin Ottens; three brothers, Clyde “Norman” Greene, Clark Greene and Wilbur Peterman; and one sister, Pearl McCann.

Visitation was held on Friday at Conley Funeral Home. A funeral service to celebrate her life followed visitation, with interment at Blackberry Township Cemetery in Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Memorials may be made to the “Elsie Ottens Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may be forwarded to the same address or at www.conleycare.com.

Gilbert ‘Gib’ L. Nickels

Gilbert “Gib” L. Nickels, 88, of Elburn, passed away peacefully on Friday March 29, 2013, at Presence McAuley Manor in Aurora.

He was born July 18, 1924, the son of N.M. and Ada B. (Benton) Nickels in Aurora.

Gib grew up on the Benton Family Farm on Lorang Road, where he attended Kaneville Schools. It was the farm that held his heart, and with his schooling finished, he went back to the farm to tend the fields with his father.

In January 1944, Gib enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. and faithfully served his country in the South Pacific as a corporal. He was honorably discharged in May of 1946. Upon returning to civilian life, Gib continued to work for his father for the next four years before taking over the family business.

In 1991, Gib retired from farming, and with the farm sold, he spent his time helping his friends with their fields. More often, he just enjoyed the passing of days.

In January of 1951, Gib was united in marriage to Elsie B. Gehringer in Indiana. They began their new life together back on the farm that Gib owned. They cherished the time they were given, but in January of 1978, Elsie passed away following her battle with leukemia. In February of 1981, Gib once again found his best friend and companion in Louise Penrod, with whom he would spend more than 30 years, making a life and a lifetime of memories together.

Gib loved the game of baseball and even spent a number of years coaching in the local area. He passed on the knowledge and passion for the game to those he coached. For 20 years, Gib and his brother K. B. ran Nickels Flyers Pigeon Club. Gib also spent time golfing, playing cards and playing pool. When he wasn’t passing time with all of his favorite activities, you often found Gib socializing at the local taverns.

He is survived by one daughter, Kathleen (Jack) Culbertson of Sawyer, Mich.; two sons, Jeffrey G. (Peggy) Nickels of Plano, Ill., and Jim Gehringer of Leland, Ill.; one daughter-in-law, Charlene Gehringer of Illinois; four grandchildren, Kyle, Randy, Jill and Becky; many nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

He is preceded by his first wife, Elsie Nickels; one son, Gerald Gehringer; one daughter-in-law, Joanne Gehringer; brother, K.B. (Leota) Nickels; and sisters, Norine (Wayne) Florence and Jean Nickels.

Visitation was held on Tuesday at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn. A funeral service celebrating Gib’s life was held Wednesday, with a second visitation preceding the service, at the funeral home. Rev. Mark Harkness, pastor of Kaneville United Methodist Church, officiated. Burial and military honors followed at Kaneville Cemetery.

In honor of Gib’s love for casual attire, the family requests that casual attire be worn for both the visitation and funeral service. Traditional funeral attire is not required.

A memorial has been established in Gib’s name to benefit the Elburn American Legion Post 630: Checks may be made to the “Elburn American Legion Post 630” and mailed in care of the Nickels Family P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Shirley Matheny

Shirley Matheny, 77, passed away peacefully on Friday March 22, 2013, at Greenfields of Geneva.

Shirley was born Oct. 21, 1935, in Kankakee, the daughter of Howard and Miley (Grisham) Unger.

She grew up in Kankakee and attended local schools. Shirley graduated Salutatorian from Kankakee High School with the class of 1935. She then attended Eastern Illinois University, where she studied to be a teacher, but found the apple of her eye instead.

Shirley and Charles “Chuck” Matheny were united in marriage on Aug. 5, 1956, in Kankakee. Their family grew by one when Stephen was born a year later.

They began their new life together in Kankakee, and there was nothing that could separate them, except the United States Marines, who called upon Chuck after his ROTC training. They were stationed throughout the U.S. and only separated briefly while Chuck was stationed for a time in Okinawa, Japan. Afterward, they were reunited near Paris Island and added a son, Jeffery, in 1959. Finally a daughter, Susan, made the family complete in 1963.

Shirley made a career out of caring for her family and making their house a home. She was a cleaning machine, making sure that even with three children, everything was in its place.

Shirley was a consummate room mother for her children’s classrooms throughout their school years. When it came to dinner time, her home-cooked meals still linger in the halls of memory. As grandchildren were added to the mix, grandma, or “nana,” as she was known, opened their eyes to the magical wonders of her kitchen and helped them to make the best chocolate chip cookies ever.

Shirley was a member of the Riverside Auxiliary and volunteered for the American Red Cross. She was on the board of directors for the Kankakee YMCA, as well.

Shirley’s hands could grace the keys of a piano like no other. Her melodies were often classical, but Christmas music was her favorite. When her hands were idle, which was seldom, you could find her reading. She also was accomplished at cross stitch, but was a professional when it came to shopping.

She is survived by her loving husband, Chuck Matheny; three children, Stephen Matheny of East Peoria, Ill., Jeffrey (Lynne) Matheny of Canton, Mich., and Susan (Joel) Speckman of Elburn; eight grandchildren, Milyne (Charles) Gaden and their children, Charles and Johnathan, Sarah (Kris) Roe, Caleb (Katelyn) Matheny, Meghan (Josh) Wolfe, Molly Speckman, Alexander Speckman, Claire Matheny and Emily Matheny; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Miley Unger; one brother, Kenneth Unger; and one daughter-in-law, Julie Matheny.

Visitation will take place Thursday, March 28, at 2:30 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memorial service celebrating Shirley’s life will begin at 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake, will officiate services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Shirley’s name to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association and Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). Checks may be made to the two groups and mailed in care of the Shirley Matheny Family P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or at www.conleycare.com.

Doris Castenson

Doris Castenson of Maple Park died peacefully in her home on Saturday, March 23, 2013, with family by her side.

Born on Sept. 20, 1926, in Shelby County, Ill., Doris was the daughter of Herschel and Nellie (Funderburk) Williams.

On March 1, 1941, Doris married the love of her life, Donald Glen Castenson, and proudly celebrated their 67 years together.

Doris’ life was devoted to her husband and her family, who will forever cherish memories of her love and her smile. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and was their biggest cheerleader and supporter in all their endeavors. They will always remember her as a great story teller and giver of love and treats. Known to her great-grandchildren as “Grandma McDonald,” she loved to watch them build with Legos on her living room floor.

Doris was an avid reader, enjoyed listening to music, loved to travel with her husband and have coffee with her friends. She especially treasured Saturday morning breakfasts with her siblings.

She is survived by her husband, Donald; two daughters, Christi Castenson of Sycamore and Donna (Mike) Sauber of Virgil; grandchildren, Katherine (John) Duraski, Addie (Dustin) Storm, Michael Paul Sauber (Allison Schramer, fiancee) and Drew Castenson; great-grandchildren, Samantha and Ethan Storm and Jack and Harlee Duraski; siblings, Lorna Knuuttila (Don Davidson), Jess (Helen) Williams and Dallas (Donna) Williams. She was also a special aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Herschel and Nellie Williams.

A visitation was held on Tuesday at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd. Quiram Chapel in Sycamore. The funeral service was held on Wednesday at Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore. Reverend Rob Kinnear officiated. Burial took place at Fairview Cemetary in DeKalb.

All memorial gifts will be distributed among Doris’s favorite charities. To share special memories or condolences, visit www.olssonfh.com.

Michael J. ‘Mike’ Dillon

Michael J. “Mike” Dillon 79, of Elburn, formerly of Chicago, passed away following a long illness on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Holy Family Hospital in Des Plaines, Ill. An Irishman to the core, he made it to the gates of heaven just in time for a celestial St. Patrick’s Day, the likes of which have never been seen.

He was born March 5, 1934, in Chicago, the son of Edward J. and Mary M. (Fox) Dillon.
Mike grew up a “son of Chicago” and attended St. Mel Grammar School and High School, graduating in 1953.

Mike heard the call of his country and enlisted into the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He spent two years stateside and two more across the pond in England, using every opportunity to travel to places he had only dreamt about whilst growing up in Chicago.

Upon his honorable discharge and return to civilian life, Mike found work as a bartender for a “shirt-tail” relative at Sage’s Pub before entering the police academy in 1959. After graduation, he joined the ranks of the Chicago Police Department as a motorcycle cop before becoming a patrolman and then field training officer. He then drove for Central Detention for many years.

Mike also worked as security for Chicago Catholic Charities on the northwest side of the city. In addition to his many years of service to the City of Chicago, he and his bride also were involved in the real estate market, helping many people buy and sell their homes. After 35 years of living the motto, “To Protect and Serve,” Mike retired, but he never sat idle, instead focusing his attentions and energy trying to keep up with his grandchildren.

When Rosemary (Bubbles) met her future husband (Michael), her intuition immediately said “this is the one.” Although Rosemary was an “uptown girl” with a Cadillac suitor, and Michael was a downtown guy driving an old Rambler, Rosemary’s intuition was right on the mark, and their romance led to matrimony on Sept. 16, 1961, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elmhurst, Ill.

The couple settled in a “shoebox” apartment in the city, and Rosemary’s talent made it a home. When their first child, Sandy, was born, it was time to move on, and they found a “two-story-shoebox” in Oriole Park, Ill. They would spend 14 years there, and added two more children, Suzanne and Michael S., and added on two bedrooms and a family room.

In 1979 the family moved on to Edison Park, Ill., where they remained until 2001, when they took a leap of faith and moved to Elburn.

Although it took some time to get used to the quiet of Elburn, Mike and Rosemary settled in nicely, getting to know the community and spending many meals at Papa G’s, where he enjoyed discussing politics with Noula and the boys and enjoyed the company of their favorite waitress, Michelle.

Mike always remembered his roots and had lunch once a month with his friends from the old neighborhood, otherwise known as the “Irish Mafia.” In addition to being proud and protective of his ancestry, Mike had a passion for his beloved Chicago Cubs, not to mention the “Monsters of the Midway.” Mike read four newspapers a day, cover to cover, and always had his finger on the political pulse of the Windy City, which was quite a feat considering Chicago’s history. Mike was also a proud “Fenian,” always hoping in his heart of hearts for a united Ireland.

He was an excellent dancer back in the day, cutting the rug with “women a plenty” at the Aragon Ballroom and various Irish dances throughout the city before finding his true dance partner in Rosemary. Though he lost her in 2008, they are now reunited and free to dance into eternity.

He is survived by three children, Sandra (Craig) Orzolek of St. Charles, Suzanne Dillon of Elburn, and Michael S. (Cathy) Dillon of St. James, Mo.; six grandchildren, Matthew Orzolek, Lindsay Orzolek, Jennifer Orzolek, Sara Todd, Lauryn Todd, Michael Edward Dillon; two sisters, Dolores Slater and Margaret Dillon; one brother-in-law, William (Lucy) Lindsay; two sisters-in-law, Gean Frase and Donna (Frank) Blake; and many nieces and nephews that were dear to his heart.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Rosemary (Bubbles); one sister-in-law, Marilyn Capelle; and a sister-in-law who died in childhood, Sandy Lindsay; two brothers-in-law, Robert Frase and Robert Slater; and most recently his beloved dog, Eva Habib Dillon.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, with an 8 p.m. wake service to conclude visitation, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A brief visitation will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday morning at the funeral home, concluding with prayers before a Mass to celebrate his faith at 10:30 a.m. at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn. Fr. Tim Seigel, pastor of the church, will officiate. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit for Masses, as well as to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Misericordia Heart of Mercy among other favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Michael Dillon Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or at www.conleycare.com, where you can find his full-life story.

The family would especially like to thank the wonderful medical staff at both Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, Ill., and Holy Family Hospital in Des Plaines for their compassion and care during Michael’s illness.

Loretta Christensen

Loretta Christensen, 97, of DeKalb, formerly of Maple Park, passed away Monday, March 11, 2013, at the DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, where she had recently made her home.

She was born Oct. 6, 1915, in Maple Park, the daughter of Nels and Hansine (Olesen) Larsen.

She grew up in Maple Park and attended local schools. Loretta graduated from Maple Park High School in 1933. While still in high school, Loretta moved in with Charles and Lillie Christensen. After high school, she stayed and worked for the family by helping on the farm. After Lillie’s passing, Loretta helped to raise the children, as well. The bond formed between she and Charlie grew naturally into love and before long, they were united in marriage 1939.

Loretta and Charlie continued to farm and raise a family. After the kids were raised, they left the farm and moved to Libertry Street in Maple Park. She continued to live there after Charlie’s passing in 1974 until declining health brought her into the care Heritage Woods in DeKalb in 2010.

Without the fields and livestock to tend, Loretta found work as a cook at the Little Traveler in Geneva for a time. Later, she worked at the Maple Park Cafe. She also cleaned local homes before becoming a nanny for a family in Geneva for 20 years.

She was a faithful member (one of the longest serving, in fact) of Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park.

Her baking was legendary and longstanding as she baked until her 93rd birthday. The pies that graced the tables at Maple Park Legion fish fries and bake sale were mouthwatering and always in demand.

She also had a great talent and love for crocheting beautiful baby clothes and blankets.

She is survived by her stepdaughter, Helen Schramm and her family of Hampshire, Ill.; stepson, Phillip Christensen and his family of Thailand; one step-great-granddaughter, Karen Stephan and her son, Cole Daniel Stephan, of Alaska; one brother, Alfred Larson of Florida; sister-in-law, Madonna Wise of Colorado, many nieces, nephews and a community of friends.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Charlies; parents, Nels and Hansine Larsen; two sisters, Marion and Metta; three brothers, Claude, Edward and Robert; two step-sons, Burdette and Windel; and one step-granddaughter, Judy Christensen.

Visitation will take place from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., with a funeral to follow at 2 p.m., on Thursday, March 14, at Grace United Methodist Church, 506 Willow St., Maple Park. Rev. Eun Young Ko, pastor of the church, will officiate, with interment to follow at Gardner Cemetery, Maple Park.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Loretta’s name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Loretta Christensen 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 her full-life story.

Kathleen ‘Kathy’ Ann Long

Kathleen “Kathy” Ann Long, 70, of Aurora, formerly of Kaneville, passed away at Mercy Center Hospital on Sunday March 3, 2013, following a long battle with COPD, and is now finally at rest.

She was born Feb. 22, 1943, in Aurora, the daughter of Arnold D. and Anna Mae (Foose) Long.

She grew up in Kaneville, and attended Kaneville Elementary School. She graduated from Kaneland High School with the class of 1961. Following her schooling, Kathleen found work locally for a time.

Kathy was united in marriage in March of 1963 to Eugene “Gene” Long.

They began their new life back in her home town of Kaneville, where they welcomed two children: Denise in 1964; a son, Rodney, made the family complete a year later in 1965. Kathy found work in the printing department of Furnas Electric in Batavia in 1968.

Kathy and Gene were eventually fated to go their separate ways in 1971. Kathy continued to make her home in Kaneville. Following her retirement from Furnas Electric over 30 years later, Kathy devoted her time to before and after-school activities through Blackberry Creek Elementary School, as well as Kuiper’s Family Farm during the fall.

Kathy was a member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church for many years.

Kathy loved to garden anything and everything, but especially tomatoes, green peppers and musk melon, as well as flowers that beautifully graced not only her lawn, but her table, as well.

She loved to bake and was a wonderful cook. Her pecan pies were exceptional, and her fudge made your mouth water. During the main meal, however, her scalloped corn took the prize.

Her bird feeder was always full, and she was never without a faithful four-legged companion. Dogs or cats, it didn’t matter; each had an equal share of her heart and home.

Kathy’s hands were always busy, many times wrapped around a crotchet needle making baby blankets for the next generation. Her children and grandchildren were the apple of her eye, and no one could keep her busy as they.

Kathy was a devoted great-grandmother, too, making sure that each little one knew that they were special. Her love of family became her legacy, and she will forever be remembered by the ones who she loved.

She is survived by two children, Denise (Bob Couch) Long of Stuart, Fla., and Rodney (Kathi) Long of Aurora; grandchildren, Jessica Long, Courtney Brown, Nicholas (Ashley) Kramer and their children, Waylon and Shelby, and Stephanie (Brendan Clayton) Kramer and her daughter, Alaina; two siblings, Sharon Rahr and Dan (Linda) Long; four nieces and nephews, Scott Rahr, Dori (Mark) Stone, Matthew (Carolyn) Long and Monica (Arik) Gum; and a community of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother-in-law, Don Rahr.

Visitation was held March 7 at Conley Funeral Home. A funeral service to celebrate her life was held at the funeral home Friday. Interment followed at Kaneville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Kathleen Long 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.

John Edward ‘Ed’ Leuer

John Edward “Ed” Leuer, 82, of Sugar Grove, formerly of Elburn, passed away Monday, March 4, 2013, at Provena McAuley Manor.

He was born March 24, 1930, in Geneva, the son of Peter and Kathryn (Lyness) Leuer.

Ed grew up in Elburn and attended Elburn Elementary. He graduated from Marmion Military Academy, where he won the top award in History. He graduated with the class of 1948.

Ed met the love of his life in the heart of his faith while singing in the choir at St. Gall Catholic Church. What began as friendship bloomed into love, and before long they were united in marriage on Oct. 28, 1950.

They began their new life as man and wife on Marie’s family farm on Hughes Road, where Ed tilled the land and tended cattle. A year later, the family grew by two when twin girls, Yvonne and Yvette, were born, and the family moved to Sugar Grove. They weren’t finished growing, however, as Timothy, Mark, Patrick, Daniel, Kathleen, Stephen and Lisa followed to make the family complete.

Ed worked on local farm lands, as well as fields in Minnesota, for 40 years until he walked away from the land he loved so much. He didn’t venture far as he went from farming to buying cattle to, later, appraising real estate.

In order to keep up with all of his business dealings, he sported the first car phone in the area—a monstrous block of technology in the 1960s.

As cattle buying died out in the 1970s, he and Marie opened Leuer Realty in Elburn in 1976. Thousands of farming families found a friend in Ed, who specialized in appraising the land of his youth. His son Dan joined him in the late 1990s, and Ed then transitioned into retirement (in name only). The reality was that he still came to the office every day making sure the benefit of his wisdom was available at a moment’s notice.

In 2009, Alzheimer’s came to call, bringing an end to Ed’s realty reign, but never his love of his family, his business and his community.

Ed was a faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church, as well as their Men’s Group. He also donated thousands of hours to the Elburn Lion’s Club, lining up the parade that passed his office front for many years. Ed was the president of the Aurora Board of Realtors, and an officer of the Realtors Land Institute.

Ed was an avid racing fan—especially stock cars—and was a regular at Bob Jo Speedway in Sycamore, Ill. Boats and fishing also peaked his interest—both at local fishing holes, as well as at their home on Florida’s Gulf Coast, where they spent many winters.

He loved to walk everyday but on the occasion when he stopped moving long enough to sit down, Ed loved to tuck into the nearest suspense novel.

Ed had the “gift of gab” and loved to regale anyone with a story about anything, many times with a thread of truth thrown in for good measure. He was a regular at several local coffee shops, catching up with the latest and greatest news about town, and seemed to know just about everyone. You couldn’t even buy a newspaper in a neighboring state without running into a friend of Ed’s.

Everything Ed did was done with conviction. His work ethic was second to none, and was passed down to his children and grandchildren, whom he loved with all his heart.

He is survived by his loving wife Marie; nine children, Yvonne Keifer, Yvette (Jim) Hogan, Tim Leuer, Mark (Fran) Leuer, Pat (JoAnn) Leuer, Dan (Sherry) Leuer, Kathy (Bob) Herrejon, Steve (Anna Durso) Leuer and Lisa (Rick) Reuter; 19 grandchildren, Doug (Renee`) Keifer and their children, Madison and Brennan, Jeff (Jamie) Keifer and their children, Jillian and Jayden, Marty (Stephanie) Keifer, Stephanie (Andy) Lank and their children, Kinley and Finn, Patrick Leuer, Ryan Leuer, Sara Leuer, Aaron (Vanessa) Leuer and their daughter Lilly (with one on the way), Alisha (Steve Arce) Leuer, Gabriella Herrejon, Alex Herrejon, Ben Herrejon, Adam Leuer, Caroline Leuer, Matt Leuer, Kyle Leuer, Elisabeth Reuter and Jacob Reuter; three brothers, Howard (Carole) Leuer, Tom (Marilyn) Leuer and Joe (Toni) Leuer; many nieces, nephews and truly a countryside of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Kathryn; two brothers, Fr. Mark Leuer and David Leuer; and one son-in-law, Bill Keifer.

Visitation and a wake service were held Monday at Conley Funeral Home. A mass to celebrate his faith was held Tuesday, with visitation preceding the service. Fr. Tim Seigel, pastor of the church, officiated. Interment took place at St. Gall Cemetery, Elburn.

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

Tracey Lynn Madden

Tracey Lynn Madden, 45, of Schaumburg, Ill., passed away Friday morning, March 1, 2013, at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill., after a courageous fight with melanoma.

She was born on Dec. 9, 1967, at Community Hospital in Geneva to William B Jeter and the late Karen Lynn Jeter. Tracey graduated from Kaneland High School in Maple Park in 1986, and continued on to earn a bachelor’s degree in interior design from University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.

Tracey had a passion for her work in the floor covering and tile business, and most recently worked for Douglas Carpet One in North Aurora. She was an active member of the Yorkville and Oswego Chambers of Commerce and their leads groups.

In her free time, Tracey loved swimming, boating on Lake Michigan, riding Harley Davidsons, walking her dog and spending time with all of her terrific friends. In 2012, Tracey was elected as the Membership Director of the Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club.

She is survived by her husband, John Thomas (Dirty Dog) Madden; father, William B. Jeter; brother, Thomas William (Red) Jeter; and sister-in-law, Debra Lynn Jeter; her beloved dog Whiskey; other relatives and many friends.

Tracey was preceded in death by her mother, Karen Lynn Jeter (Magill).

A memorial gathering will take place on Friday, March 15, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Well Church, 33W835 Cherry Lane, Geneva. A service by Pastor Jim Popavich will follow at 4 p.m. A celebration of life will be held this summer at North Point Marina in Winthrop Harbor, Ill. The date has yet to be announced.

To those within the circle of Tracey’s life who enjoyed her never-ending spirit, amazing smile and laughter, and who shared her many joys of life along with her, be at peace and know she loved you all and had a special place for you in her heart.

Paul Louis Kussman

Paul Louis Kussman, 66, passed peacefully into God’s arms on Friday, March 1, 2013, after a short, courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Nov. 7, 1946, in Chicago, the son of Louis H. and Katherine (Seidl) Kussman. He grew up in Melrose Park, Ill., until joining the Navy in 1965.

Paul served two tours of duty with the SeaBees in Vietnam, followed by duty on the U.S.S. William R. Rush destroyer in the Mediterranean and North Atlantic oceans. He belonged to American Legion Post No. 377 of Post Lake, Wis.

On Jan. 15, 1972, he married the love of his life, Barbara L. Walesh, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Two Rivers, Wis. They then made their home in Illinois, where Paul worked for Illinois Bell Telephone Company as a cable splicer technician until his retirement. The family then moved to Wisconsin in 1994.

He was most proud of creating a large loving family. He loved the outdoors, riding his motorcycle, and sitting at the beach with his wife, enjoying the peace and ever-changing moods of Lake Michigan. Most of all, he loved spending many happy hours with his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife Barbara of 41 years, he is survived by his six favorite children: Louis Kussman and his fiancee, Jenny Homesley, of St. Charles, Ill., Martha Randall of Sycamore, Ill., Theresa (Jeff) George of Aurora, Virginia “Ginger” (Scott) Bohman of Francis Creek, Wis., Elizabeth (Curt) Arkens of Mishicot, Wis., Dianna (Dave) Biely of Two Rivers; 13 grandchildren, Kylee and Travis Randall, Gretchen and Julianna George, Taylor, Sydney and Grasyn Bohman, Wyatt, Carson and Porter Arkens, Cole and Beau Biely, and Bella Homesley.

He is also survived by his sister, Mary Lou Ball of Elk Grove Village, Ill.; numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews; and best friend, Frank Croschere of Surprise, Ariz.

He now joins his parents; two brothers, Lenny and Bobby Kussman; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Russel and Salome (Sally) Walesh; and sister-in-law, Kris Walesh, all of whom preceded him in death.
His funeral Mass was held at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church in Two Rivers, where full military rites were accorded by V.F.W. and American Legion Posts of Two Rivers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be used to support the missionary efforts in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family by visiting www.kleinandstangel.com.

The Klein & Stangel Funeral Home and All-Care Cremation Center of Two Rivers is assisting the Kussman family with further arrangements.

Rita Mary Allen

The Mass of Christian Burial for Rita Mary Allen (nee Rice), 89, recently of Alpharetta, Ga., was held on Saturday, March 2, at St. Anne Church, Barrington. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Barrington, Ill.

Born Feb. 28, 1923, in Ottawa to the late Richard and Mary (nee Mooney) Rice, Rita passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Ivy Hall at St. Ives in Alpharetta.

Mrs. Allen was a long-time employee at the Jewel Tea Company in Barrington, and while living in Fort Myers, Fla., worked as a greeter at Southwest Florida International Airport. Most
importantly, Mrs. Allen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include her children, Barbara (Barry) Tippey of Lexington, Ken., Brian (Mary) Allen of Maple Park, Donald (Sheila) Allen of Berkeley Lake, Ga., and Janet (Paul) Lebiecz of Cary, N.C.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and brother, Donald (Ruth) Rice of Charlotte, N.C.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; and siblings, Richard (Mary Lou) Rice and Dorothy Jean (William) McDonald.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mrs. Allen’s name may be made to Agape Hospice Foundation, 5825 Glenridge Dr. Northeast, Bldg. 4, Ste. 200, Atlanta, GA 30328.

You may leave online condolences for the family at www.davenportfamily.com. For more information, call (847) 381-3411.

Lorraine Francis Stanek Dunteman

Lorraine Francis Stanek Dunteman of South Barrington, Ill., devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed peacefully of natural causes on Friday, Feb. 15, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. Lorraine was born on July 24, 1928, in Chicago.

Lorraine grew up in the Grand Crossing neighborhood of Chicago and loved dancing, playing games with her girlfriends, visiting and working on her grandparent’s farm in Cloverdale, Ill., and on the family ranch in Nebraska. After graduation from high school, Lorraine worked for the Department of Agriculture in downtown Chicago.

She married Marvin Dunteman on Sept. 24, 1950, and moved to the suburbs of Chicago to begin their family and help maintain the family’s farm.

Lorraine loved socializing, supporting her husband and children on the farm. She served
as a Girl Scout leader, 4-H volunteer, and as President of the Cook County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee. Lorraine enjoyed watching the activities of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and cheering on the Chicago Bears.

Lorraine is survived by her sister, Irene Karlzen; children, Susan (Bruce) Rucks, Judy (Jim)

Bodnar, Jean (Arland) Prestidge, Karen Dunteman, William (Kari) Dunteman, and Robert (Kelley) Dunteman; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a dear friend, Hank Gooday.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; her parents, Albina and Edward Stanek; and her brother, Edward Stanek.

Visitation was held on Feb. 17 at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 East Main St. (corner of Route 64 & Route 25), St. Charles, IL 60174. Funeral services took place on Feb. 18 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 720 Dundee Ave., Barrington. A visitation preceded the service. Burial took place at Lakewood Memorial Park, Elgin, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 30 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 2015 Chicago, IL 60602, or a charity of donor’s choice.

To leave an online condolence or remembrance to the family, visit www.yursfuneralhomes.com. For more information, call (630) 584-0060.

Margaret ‘Peggy’ Gallegos

Margaret “Peggy” Gallegos, 83, of Elburn, passed from this life to eternal life on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, surrounded by the love and prayers of her devoted family.

She is survived by her three children, Michael (Barbara) Gallegos, Madelyn (Gregory) Harmon and Sandra (Bob) Wicklund; her grandchildren, Katherine (Andy), Shelly (Chris), Nikki (Pete), Kelly (Matt), Steve, Eric (Courtney), David and Greg; and her great-grandchildren, Olivia, Piper, Ben, Reilly, Brady, Kelsey, Nola, Molly and Quinn.

Visitation was held Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate her life followed visitation. Pastor Phillip Miller of Christ Community Church officiated.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in her name to benefit TAILS Humane Society in DeKalb: Checks may be made to the TAILS Humane Society and mailed in care of the Margaret Gallegos Memorial at P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Ansley W. Hatch

Ansley W. Hatch, 97, of Maple Park, recently passed away at his home, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family, on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.

He was born May 9, 1915, the son of H. Wallace and Hazel A. (Quackenbush) Hatch on the family farm near Morrison, Ill.

When Ansley was only a month old, the family moved to several places to find their roots, and finally found a home in the community of St. Charles, where Ansley attended and graduated from St. Charles High School with the class of 1933.

Ansley attended North Central College from 1933 to 1937. Following graduation, he worked locally for a time at various jobs.

Ansley was united in marriage to Catherine Modine on April 8, 1939. They began their new life together in Hampshire, Ill. Catherine made their house a home and raised a family, while Ansley worked for Standard Oil Company as an agent delivering oil to local communities.

In 1943, Ansley enlisted into the United States Navy and served his country in the South West Pacific during World War II as a junior officer in charge of decoding messages. At 2 a.m. one particular evening, Ansley was given a decoded message to file away, but upon closer inspection, he realized it contained the coordinates of two kamikaze submarines that he determined were only 75 miles away and heading straight toward them. Instead of filing the message as he was ordered, he woke up the Admiral, who immediately sent planes to seek and destroy, which they did, saving hundreds of lives directly because of Ansley’s foresight and courage.

Upon his return to civilian life, Ansley began working for Burgess-Norton in Geneva. He retired 32 years later in 1983. Following his retirement, he pursued his love of golf by working at Hughes Creek as a ranger starter, and up until age 95, he enjoyed working with Meals on Wheels for the Salvation Army following Catherine’s passing in 2002.

Ansley and his family were faithful members of Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake for many years.

Ansley loved spending as much time on the links as possible, many times in the company of his grandchildren while trying to pass on “the fever.” He began as a caddie when he was 10 years old, carrying the clubs for members of the St. Charles Country Club. He even went so far as to shorten clubs just for his grandchildren. However, to his chagrin, nobody ever took up his favorite pastime.

Ansley also loved to fish and make memories with every cast, trying to land the big one on any lake or river he could find, especially those in Minnesota.

One pastime that did catch on was baking different cookies, especially “Joe Froggies,” a chewy cookie that were “great keepers” made with rum and molasses. His garden was a kingdom, stretching 70 feet wide and 80 feet long, which didn’t sound big until you had to weed it. Its harvest of strawberries, horse radish, asparagus and raspberries were enjoyed by family and friends all year round.

When it came to sports, Ansley loved all of them, especially the Chicago White Sox, Blackhawks and the Bears. However, his greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren and all their activities that filled up the calendar. And those activities were on top of his involvement in the church.

Ansley leaves three children, Sheila C. (Woody) Lange and their children, Warren, Travis and Autumn; Steven (Loretta) Hatch and their children, Ryan and Larissa; and Pierre Hatch and his children, Natalie and Carmella, all of Maple Park; one sister, Ruth Gaston of Leaf River, Ill.; two brothers, Gordon Hatch of Oregon, Ill., and Bruce (Vernelle) Hatch of Lake Crystal, Minn.; several nieces and nephews, and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Catherine; two brothers, Jack and Warner Hatch; and one son, Warren M. Hatch.

Visitation was held on Friday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. There was an additional visitation held on Saturday, at Grace Lutheran Church, Lily Lake. A funeral service to celebrate his life followed visitation. Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church, officiated. Interment was held at Lily Lake Cemetery.

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

Lorella Marie Huff

Lorella Marie (nee McCormack) Huff, 78, of Kaneville, passed away unexpectedly, following a car accident on Feb. 5, 2013.

Lorella was born at home in Zion in 1934 to Merton L. and Leona (Baker) McCormack. She and her two sisters and baby brother were raised by Leona in the Baker grandparents’ home on Elisha.

Lorella met the love of her life, Richard F. Huff, during their high school years. They attended different high schools, but during their courtship, Richard began attending Lorella’s church, Grace Missionary Fellowship, pastored by Rev. Lee Skinner. Richard not only began his life’s faith journey at Grace, but he also enjoyed playing on their softball team, where he was cheered on by Lorella, as well as Richard’s cousin Danny, who eventually married Lorella’s sister Lavonne, whom he met at those ballgames. Lorella graduated from Zion Benton Township High School in 1952.

Richard and Lorella were married in 1954 and settled in Waukegan, on Brookside Avenue, to raise their family of three girls. While Richard worked as a computer operations supervisor at the Great Lakes Naval Station as a civilian, Lorella worked at Johnson Motors as an executive secretary. She had excellent office skills including shorthand, which she used daily for the rest of her life. Also, her beautiful penmanship was nearly calligraphic in perfection, as if it were typeset.

In 1974, Lorella and Richard relocated to the Harrisburg, Penn., area for Richard’s job. The Mechanicsburg Navy Depot benefitted from his computer expertise.

The Huff’s once again settled down and attended the Hershey Evangelical Free Church, pastored by Revs. David V. Martin and Bob Sproul. Lorella used her knack for office administration to work for Jack Snavely Insurance in Lemoyne, Penn.

Everywhere she went, she spread her care and love for others with her generous and incredible baking, sewing, knitting, quilting and scrapbooking. She became one of the top volunteers at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, Penn.; she knit baby caps for the newborns, racking up well over 10,000 hours of service. Lorella had so many talents that she shared so unselfishly bringing joy to others. It was no wonder that no one could ever “out-give” Lorella.

Lorella’s faith in God was her bedrock, and nothing could shake that foundation. Even when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1980, she relied on God’s strength in the difficult battle, and by His grace, lived cancer-free for 25 years. Just when Lorella was hitting her stride during remission, her world was turned upside down in 1988, when her beloved Richard died of cancer after 34 years of marriage. She would never recover fully from this loss, feeling his absence daily to her very last day.

In 2005, Lorella’s cancer returned, and once again she began her fight in earnest. Always the quintessential patient advocate for herself, she armed herself with ongoing and persistent research. She spoke with her doctors using their medical terminology, pushing them to stay current on their own research and taking copious notes in that shorthand learned long ago. She carried all medical records with her, often providing the physicians with copies of reports they hadn’t even seen.

In 2007, she left her dear community of friends in central Pennsylvania to live closer to her youngest daughter, settling into small-town life in quaint Kaneville, where she continued to shower her generosity and kindness on the people around her. She was a regular at the “Purple store,” the post office, bank and library, enjoying the many varied community functions.

Lorella was thrilled to live close to her granddaughter Alicia, and one of her brightest joys was hearing those “happy feet” running down the hallway to her door.

Known as the family “archivist,” Lorella spent countless hours in her last few years compiling book after book of family history and photos for family members. Most dear to her were her four grandchildren: Don, Christina, Garrett and Alicia. Each one was very precious, and each carries memories of her extravagant love and care.

Family was central to Lorella. Every relative has a story of how much she loved them, how she remembered their birthdays unfailingly, her incredible generosity and tenacious faith in God. She was always serving others, fixing meals, constantly making something for someone. She always had at least one, usually several, projects going on—a sweater, a baby blanket, a family history scrapbook.

Lorella was snatched away too quickly from us. While we were not ready to let her go, she was ready to be with her Lord and reunited with her beloved Ritchie. We look forward to the day when we also will see clearly, face to face. God’s timing is perfect.

She is survived by three daughters, Tanya M. Sandholm of Fullerton, Calif., Leona M. (Mike) Zawoysky of Gainesville, Va., and Susan M. (Jon) Diaz of Elburn; four grandchildren, Donald W. (Grace) Tjader III of Wisconsin, Christina M. (Kees) Slot of Virginia, Garrett Zawoysky of Virginia, and Alicia M. Diaz of Illinois; three siblings, Lucille M. Camp of Alabama, Lavonne M. (LeRoy) Klemm of Arizona, and M. Leroy (Beverly) McCormack of Georgia; one brother-in-law, Roger (Christa) Huff of Arizona; and over 70 nieces and nephews, multiple generations, all dearly loved and cherished.

Lorella was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Richard F. Huff.

Lorella’s family will host a memorial service to celebrate her life at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Geneva on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. An open house with refreshments will follow take place from 2 to 4 p.m.

The family asks for friends and relatives to reflect and share memories at www.memorialwebsites.legacy.com/LorellaHuff.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of Lorella’s favorite ministries: Zion Evangelical Ministries of Africa, Insight for Living or NightSounds. Mail to Lorella Huff Memorial, P.O. Box 24, Kaneville IL 60144.