Category Archives: Obituaries

Lucille A. Johnson

Lucille A. Johnson, 96, of Maple Park and Cortland, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love and prayers of her family at the Champaign County Nursing Home on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012.

She was born Feb. 16, 1915, in Kaneville, the daughter of Foster Raymond and Laura Rebecca (Miller) Kahl.

Lucille grew up in the Kaneville area and graduated from Kaneville High School in 1933. Following graduation, she found work as a housekeeper for a time, but also spent time behind the counter at the hardware store in Maple Park.

She married her high school sweetheart, Merle Johnson, on Feb. 12, 1938. They lived for 40 years on the family farm near Maple Park, and following their retirement they purchased a home near Cortland, where they could still see the silos of their farm. After Merle’s passing in 1986, Lucille continued to make her home in Cortland until declining health brought her into the care of Champaign County Nursing Home in 2008.

Lucille was a past member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park and Ladies Aid for many years.

Lucille was a quiet and humble lady who never put herself first. She was much loved and cherished by her family.

She and Merle shared the workload of the family farm, side by side. She was a child of the depression and worked hard all her life. When needed, she was in the fields on the tractor in addition to many other tasks, such as chicken feeding, egg gathering, cattle “doctoring” with Merle, gardening, canning, and being a wonderful wife and mother. Many times she would work tirelessly only to return to the kitchen and prepare wonderful meals sure to satisfy any appetite. Her moist chocolate cake and “one of a kind” fudge are the stuff of culinary legend.

She was an avid garage sale and flea market shopper, with a keen eye for the unusual and unique, including her fascination with children’s toys. After retirement, she and Merle spent many happy days going to garage sales together and tending their garden.

At age 60, Lucille took up oil painting. She now leaves behind many beautiful paintings that are cherished by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved bright colors and flowers. She was an intelligent and artistic lady who often surprised those around her with her witty remarks at unexpected times. On the farm, she planted a wonderful display of Zinnia’s—her favorite—as well as a favorite of the many butterflies they attracted. She was adored by the many stray cats who ate well, being recipients of her kind-heartedness.

She is survived by two daughters, Nancy (Richard) Spears of Union, Ill. and Judy (Al) Lutton of Champaign, Ill.; three grandchildren, John (Kindra) Spears and their four children, Naomi, Jared, Nicole, and Jadon—all of Johnsburg, Ill., Brian (Karen) Spears and their daughters, Kira and Christina—all of Algonquin, Ill., and Kathy (Shawn) Artis of Glendale Heights, Ill.; one brother, Glenn Kahl of Maple Park; and many nieces, nephews and friends, who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Merle; one daughter, Mary, in infancy; and two sisters, Dorothy McAdams and Alice Schroyer.

Visitation was from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate her life followed at 11 a.m. Rev. Lisa Kruse-Stafford, pastor of the Cornerstone United Methodist Church, Plato Center, officiated, and interment followed at Kaneville Cemetery.

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

Daniel “Dan” T. Nauert

Daniel “Dan” T. Nauert, 43, of Sugar Grove, passed away around the morning hours of Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at Elmhurst Hospital in Elmhurst, Ill.

He was born April 9, 1968, in Aurora, the son of Paul and Judy (West) Nauert.

Dan grew up in Oswego, Ill., with his father, mother and older brother Dave Nauert. He attended Oswego High School, where he became very involved as a student athlete. He represented the Panthers in both football and basketball, and was an all-state baseball player, as well. Throughout his experience at OHS, Dan also managed to win over the heart of his high school sweetheart, Dawn Coddington. The two were united in marriage on Aug. 3, 1991.

Dan began his college journey at Eastern Illinois University, but after a year discovered his true home belonged at Monmouth College. His skill in baseball allowed him to represent the Fighting Scots for three years, as well. Outside of his success and involvement in baseball, Dan spent his time at Monmouth with all of his fraternity brothers at the TKE house. He graduated in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in business.

His career path led him to many different places but ultimately brought him to JVM Realty. Throughout the years, his hard work and dedication granted him the position of Chief Operating Officer at JVM. Dan lived for what he did and saw his coworkers as a second family.

Outside of work, Dan’s pride and joy in life was his three children. His oldest, Megan, is a freshman at the University of Iowa. Although he referred to her as the biggest pain and high maintenance, he was more than proud of her success and independence. Through coaching her growing up and keeping her out of trouble, as she got older, Dan was a major influence on who she has become today. His middle child and only son, Dylan, shared an extremely close bond with Dan—one that only a father and son could have. He lived for all of Dylan’s sporting events, video games, fishing and anything else that would allow the two to get away from the chaos of all the girls. Dan was Dylan’s No.1 fan at every event and never failed to give his input and advice.

Last but definitely not least, Dan lived through the humor and craziness of his youngest child, Hannah, otherwise known as “Da Big G.” Being the youngest, Hannah spent a lot of her time with Dan, causing her to insist that she was his favorite. He looked forward to watching her excel in both volleyball and basketball and could not wait to get home from work to here her long stories and jokes. All of his involvement and love in his children’s lives would not have been possible without the love and support of his wife Dawn. The two spent many years together making memories that will last a lifetime. The strong, confident woman Dawn has become today is because of Dan’s push and encouragement.

Dan is survived by his wife, Dawn; his three children, Megan, Dylan and Hannah; his mother, Judy; his mother and father-in-law, Grace and Larry Coddington; his brother, Dave; and his father, Paul. His extended family, friends and many of the families within the Kaneland Community will also forever remember Dan.

Like a song by one of his favorite artists, Tracy Chapman, Dan will always, “If you think of me, if you miss me once in a while, Then I’ll return to you’ll return and fill that space in your heart.”

A funeral mass was celebrated on Saturday at Holy Angels Church. Fr. Bob Jones officiated. Interment took place at Blackberry Township Cemetery in Elburn. Visitation was held on Friday at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive in Sugar Grove. A prayer service was conducted Friday evening.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the American Heart Association.

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

The Kaneland High School Athletic Department has started a benefit fund for the Nauerts. Donations can be made directly to Old Second Bank or dropped off with Linda Kelley at the high school athletic office.

Wilma Davis

Wilma Davis, 82, of Maple Park, passed from this life to eternal life surrounded by the love of her family at her home on Jan. 27, 2012.

She was born June 18, 1929, in McLeansboro, Ill., the daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Smith) Nations.

Wilma grew up on the family farm near McLeansboro and attended local schools. After graduating from McLeansboro High School with the class of 1946, Wilma began working for Illinois Bell as an operator.

Around that time, Wilma found the love of her life, Joe Davis. Love knows no age, and theirs was timeless as they were married on Sept. 20, 1947.

They made their home in Walpole for a time until they moved north of St. Charles, where Joe found work at Burgess Norton, located in Geneva. During this time, their family was growing, and they would eventually welcome home four children. In 1963, the family moved to Maple Park and presided over five acres before adding 17 more when they settled on Route 38 in 1969.

Her occupation changed from operator to full-time mother while her children were growing, but she returned to the working world when she took a position with the State Bank in Geneva for a time, then Able Construction as a secretary. In 1963, Wilma began working for the Northern Illinois Farm Service, or F.S., in Elburn. She retired 30 years later in 1993.

Wilma was a faithful member of the Country Covenant Church in Lily Lake, where she also helped in the kitchen and participated in their women’s group for many years.

Wilma was first and foremost a doting mother and dedicated wife whose love was strong and true. Everyone had a special place in her heart, and she could make you feel that connection with just a look from her eyes, especially the youngest, who seemed to find a kindred soul in Wilma.

However, behind those kind and compassionate eyes lived a strong woman whose decisions were swift and decisive. Wilma’s talents in the kitchen brought many to her door asking for recipes over the years. When you sat down at the table, you could always find your favorite dish made just for you. For dessert, her Texas Sheet Cake with extra icing, peach cobblers, German chocolate cake and banana pudding, all won blue ribbons—if not in competition, then in the hearts of all who enjoyed them. She had a giving soul and would help all those in need, but was equally thankful for the kindness that was repaid her over the years.

She is survived by four children, Glen “Joe” Davis of Big Rock, Wanda “Gayle” Boyle of Oswego, Ill., Daphne (Bill) Doane of Davis Junction, Ill. and Debbie (John) Harling of Maple Park; twelve Grandchildren, Lindsay (Sam) Fong, Shane (Theresa) Davis, Price Davis, Corina Boyle, Steven (Callie) Boyle, Nikki Doane, Robert (Julie) Doane, William M. (Angie) Doane, Jarred (Julie Beckman) Doane, Suzeahn (Travis) Hunt, Deidra Harling and Colt (Jennifer) Harling; fourteen great-grandchildren, Charlotte Davis, Lanie Davis, Maddox Fong, Angel Boyle, Cheyann Boyle, Cade Doane, Annie Swanson, Taylor Doane, Jacob Doane, Hannah Doane, Dylan Hunt, Danielle Hunt, Morgan and Miranda Harling; several nieces, nephews, a special caregiver, Lilya Mrichka, and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband Joe, her parents, Thomas and Maggie Nations, and seven siblings, J.L., John, Dexter, Beulah, Evelyn, Novie and Wanda.

Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. followed by a funeral service, on Monday, Jan. 30, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Interment followed 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Hebron Cemetery in Walpole, Ill.

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

Lou Ann Lambert

Lou Ann Lambert, 67, of Elburn, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, at the Pepper Family Hospice Facility in Barrington, Ill. Released from her courageous battle with cancer, she now claims the promise of her Savior.

She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Dennis Lambert of Elburn; two children, Dennis Lambert Jr. of McHenry, Ill., and Michael (Tiziana) Lambert of Chicago; two grandchildren, Olivia Grace and Isabella Rose Lambert; two siblings, Bill (Jackie) Docimo of Elburn and Maryann (Jack) Patti of Bartlett, Ill; her mother, Mary Docimo of Bartlett; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her father, Tony Docimo.
Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m., with a wake service at 7:30 p.m., on Sunday, Jan. 29, at Conley Funeral Home. An additional time of visitation, also at the funeral home, was held Monday, Jan. 30, from 9 to 10 a.m. A funeral Mass to celebrate her life was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, at St. Gall Catholic Church. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at St. Gall Cemetery in Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Lou Ann’s favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Lou Ann Lambert 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.

Clarence ‘Clar’ E. Self

Clarence “Clar” E. Self, Jr., 86, of Elburn, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Countryside Care Center in Aurora, Ill.

He was born Oct. 25, 1925, in Birmingham, Ala., the son of Clarence Sr. and Willie Mae (Oldeacre) Self.

Clar grew up in Decatur, Ill., where his father owned an iron working business before the depression hit. The family piled into the car and took a trip north to Chicago, where he attended local schools. The family moved in 1939 to Cicero, where he attended Morton East High School. There he became an all-state football player and state champion wrestler. Before his graduation in 1942, he caught the eye of the head cheerleader, Darlene Bushong. The two high school sweethearts were united in marriage on Feb. 22, 1947.

His reputation in athletics preceded him and after being recruited nationally, Clar’s love of fishing and Lake Mendota helped lure him north to the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Two years later, in 1944, Clar was drafted into the United States Navy and honorably served his country during WWII. His return to civilian life brought him back to school to finish his studies and continued excellence both on the mat and on the field. Even though he became the Big Ten Wrestling Champion and was one bout away from making the Olympic Team, his exploits on the football field, including the North-South All-Star Shrine Football game, brought the attention of the NFL. He was drafted by the then Chicago Cardinals before being traded to the Detroit Lions, but found a home on his beloved Green Bay Packers. No matter what uniform he wore, he always called both Cicero, and later Berwyn, home.

Clar and Darlene called Indian Head Park, Ill., their home until they both went their separate ways; Darlene to Florida, and Clar found a home in Lake Como, Wis. In 2000, he moved to Elburn and lived with his son Bruce until declining health brought him into the care of Countryside Care Center in Aurora.

Clar worked as a milk man in the football offseason for Willow Farm Dairy. Later, he returned to his family’s iron working roots, working in the iron mills of Hammond, Ind. He moved to the construction side of iron working in 1968, then for 10 years in construction management before starting his own iron working company. He eventually left iron working behind and followed his long time passion of coin and stamp collecting by opening The Aurora Coin and Stamp Shop. During the same time he also owned and ran The Cove Lounge, also in Aurora, before his retirement in 1988.

Clar was a proud member of the Iron Workers Union, as well as the NFL’s “Pre-‘59” group of former players.

Clar was an avid gun collector, especially WWII-era weapons. He had a special place in his heart for dogs and they had one for him; there wasn’t a dog anywhere that didn’t love him on sight or scent. Clar loved and supported his children unconditionally, often encouraging them to do their best no matter what they chose to do. There was no bigger or vocal fan than Dad. His green thumb helped his rose bushes to bloom, country music spoke to his heart and beer always went best with just about anything. Those memories and thousands more will be the legacy he leaves, never to be forgotten.

He is survived by his two children, Bruce A. (Margie) Self of Elburn and Cynthia L. (Chester) Thomas of Houston, Texas; and five grandchildren, Jason Self, Amber (Michael) Boothe, Alexandra Self, Megan Cantini and Jaclyn Self.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Carl N. Self, and his former wife, Darlene Self.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. with a funeral service to begin at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

The family invites friends to send their favorite memory mailed in care of “Memories of Clarence Self” to P.O. Box 66, Elburn. Memories can also be sent through www.conleycare.com where you can also find his full life story. For those wishing to donate monetarily, the family encourages donations to your favorite charity.

Amien Swift

Amien Swift, 42, of Elburn, passed away tragically Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. He leaves a legacy of memories, treasured friends and a loving family who will miss him dearly.

He is survived by his mother, Kay Swift of Elburn; a special friend and companion, Christi Wade and her children, Shain and Luke of Elburn; his former wife, Sofia Lorena Swift of Aurora; many aunts, uncles and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, Henry Swift; his maternal grandparents, Ellis and Birdine Allen; and his paternal grandparents, Fred and Grace Swift.

Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m., with a memorial service following at 7 p.m., on Monday, Jan. 16, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Private family burial will occur 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 “Amien Swift 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.

John H. Heinz

John H. Heinz, beloved husband of Jo Beth, passed away Friday, Jan. 6, 2012.

He was the loving father of Debra (Mark) Lewis and Russell (Sheri); dear “Papa” of Marisa, Brianne (Jeff) Uecke, Alayna, Laurielle, Serena and Giselle; dear brother of Sophie (the late Jim) Walker, Barb (the late Don) Voirol, Gerry (the late Don) Ponziani, Bruce (the late Lynn), the late Otto (Rae Anne), and the late Elaine (the late Ernie) Siefert; uncle and friend to many and loved by all.

John was the proud owner of Precision Stone Co., a classic car collector and avid traveler who was always awaiting the next adventure. His most cherished moments were with his family.

Visitation was Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Norris-Walen-Segert Funeral Home, Douglas Peterson Funeral Director, 132 Fremont St. (one block north of Washington Street and Main), West Chicago, Ill.

Services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the Assumption Cemetery. Donations to Children’s Memorial Hospital (in honor of his granddaughter Serena) or the Make-A-Wish Foundation are appreciated.

For information, call (630) 231-0060.

David L. Meyers

David L. Meyers, 79, of Maple Park, woke to celestial grace after passing away peacefully at his home on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012.

He was born on Sept. 10, 1932, in Sheldon, Wis., the son of Clarence “Clare” and Ann (Warchalowski) Meyers.

David grew up in Sheldon, Wis., and attended local schools. During school, David played and lettered in baseball, basketball and boxing.

Shortly after graduating from Tony High School in 1950, David faithfully served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. When he returned to civilian life in 1953, David and his brother, Dan, both tried out and eventually played minor league baseball. David was a pitcher with a nice knuckle ball, and Dan played second base for Superior Blues, a minor league team for the Chicago White Sox.

David met the woman he would eventually marry in Ladysmith, Wis. Sandra “Sandy” McKnight caught his eye and soon his heart. Following a whirlwind romance, David and Sandy were united in marriage on Sept. 10, 1955. They began their new life together in Ladysmith and welcomed home a daughter, Kimberley, a year later before moving to Aurora, where Jim made the family complete.

After 40 years of memories, David and Sandy moved to Maple Park in 2001.

David’s hands were made for working, and they served him well for over 20 years in the construction trade. Later he would spend 20 more as a custodian for School District 204 until his retirement in 2001.

David was a member of the Barber Greene Hunting and Fishing Club, where he not only caught wildlife but a few tall tales as well.

In his younger years, David enjoyed gardening and took his children asparagus and mushroom hunting. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman—passions that he passed on to his son Jim. Summers always brought baseball, whether he played himself as a young man, coached his son’s Little League team or later as “Pops,” when he played softball alongside his son until his late 50s. No matter where he played, his word was law and his opinions were always right, no matter whether you were a player, spectator or even umpire. He watched his beloved Chicago Cubs with the fervor of a number one fan and lived and died with each win or loss.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Sandy; two children, Kimberley Meyers and Jim (Cindy) Meyers; two grandchildren, Alayna and Alicia Meyers; one brother, Dan Meyers; his mother, Ann Tainter, as well as his fishing and hunting buddy, Frank Wood.

He is preceded in death by his father, Clare Meyers.

Visitation was from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate his life followed visitation at 5 p.m. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

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

John E. Schull

John Edwin Schull, 63, of Custer, S.D., and formerly of Mankato, S.D., died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City, S.D.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9, at Mankato Mortuary. Visitation was from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial was in Decoria Cemetery in rural Mankato. Memorials may be given to Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City.

John Edwin Schull was born Aug. 1, 1948, to Edwin and Romaine (Olson) Schull in Mankato. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1966. After graduation, he briefly attended Mankato State College and Mankato Vo-Tech. He went to work for Sears and Roebuck in 1969. John married Mary Tierney in Good Thunder, S.D., on Sept. 20, 1969. They had one son and two daughters. They lived throughout the Mid-west and the south as John pursued a career with Sears and Roebuck. His final promotion and transfer was to Chicago as a Region Operations Manager. He retired on Feb. 27, 2009, with 40 years of service from Sears Holdings.

In March of 2009, they moved to the Black Hills Region of South Dakota and built their retirement home in Custer, S.D. John loved to ride his motorcycle, go camping, traveling, spending time with his girls, and just doing things around the house.

John will be greatly missed by his wife, his daughters and friends for his kind heart, his humor, his generosity and his love of life.

John is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary of Custer, S.D; two daughters, Beth (Chad) Woods of Des Moines, Iowa and Emily (Alek) Nelsen of Waterman, Ill.; his mother, Romaine Schull of Mankato; and numerous other family members and special friends.

John was preceded in death by his son, David John; his father, Edwin John; his sister, Annette.

Lisa (Claypool) Allen

Lisa (Claypool) Allen, 47, of Evanston, Ill., passed away on Friday, Dec. 30, with her loving family by her side after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

Lisa was born on Nov. 21, 1964, in Elgin, Ill. She attended Kaneland High School and excelled in everything she did. She finished top in her class and was named valedictorian. As an accomplished ballet dancer, Lisa danced the part of the doll in the Nutcracker Suite.

After high school, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. Lisa also earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Until her illness sidelined her this past fall, Lisa was a speech therapist for the Chicago Public School system.

Lisa is survived by her father, James Claypool of Sugar Grove; children, Joseph and Rose Allen of Evanston, Ill.; and brother, Mark Claypool of Elburn.

Lisa is preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Claypool.

A private, family-only memorial will be held in Evanston.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested gifts be made in Lisa Allen’s name to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, www.nationalbreastcancer.org/donate. Lisa Allen was a high achiever in school, doting mother, loving sister and special friend to many.

Doris E. Parson

Doris E. Parson, 87, of Sandwich, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich, Ill.

She was born April 8, 1924, in Springfield, Ill., the daughter of Cecel and Esther (Hood) Dorworth. She was a 1942 graduate of Lanphier High School in Springfield. She was employed by Memorial Hospital in Springfield in the dietary department for 25 years, retiring in 1989. Doris was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sandwich. She was a volunteer at Fox Valley Older Adults for 15 years, did Meals on Wheals for 10 years, enjoyed and was very active living at the Sandwich Manor.

She is survived by one daughter, Darlene Kay (Milton) Martin of Allons, Tenn.; two sons, Wayne (Kathy) Parson of Sugar Grove, and Richard (Corinne) Parson of Aurora; eight grandchildren, Melissa Jeffery, Lisa (Kenneth) Stephens, Theresa (Jeff) Howell, Regina Coons, Tamara (Mike) VanDyke, Captain Peter (Tommye) Nelson of USMC, Michael (Laura) Parson and Stacy (Daniel) Carty; 21 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Master Sgt. Gary Parson of the USMC; one sister, Lola Stewart; and one brother, C. Edward Dorworth.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 2, at Burkhart-Eighner Funeral Home with Rev. David Kaul officiating. Burial followed at Jericho Cemetery in Sugar Grove. Memorials may be directed to Fox Valley Older Adults in Sandwich.

Visitation was from 11 a.m. until the time of services at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, at Burkhart-Eighner Funeral Home, 606 E. Arnold Road, Sandwich, IL 60548. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.EighnerFuneralHomes.com.

Lucille Lourine Eheart Peters

Lucille Lourine Eheart Peters, of Grand Rapids, Mich., formerly of Elburn, passed away Dec. 21, 2011.

She was born on Aug. 28, 1926, in Roseville, Mich., the fourth daughter of Lubbe “Louis” Janssen and Vallie Lourine (Vaughn) Theesefeld.

She was raised on a farm in Onarga, Ill., and attended local schools.

Lucy graduated from Onarga High School with the class of 1944 before attending Midstate in Peoria, Ill., where she became a certified court reporter for the state of Illinois.

Lucy was united in marriage to Bennie R. Eheart in Aug. 11, 1946, in Buckley, Ill.

They began their new life together by moving to Ft. Lewis in Tacoma, Wash. while Bennie faithfully served his country in the United States Army. After his honorable discharge, they settled back in the Buckley and Onarga area before moving to Pontiac, Ill., for a time.

Bennie, while working for the Illinois State Police, was transferred in 1968 to the Aurora Airport, where he was crew chief for the Air Division. The family made a home in Nottingham Woods in Elburn. The Lord took Bennie suddenly in 1985 but gave Lucy another to share her heart and home with when she was married to George Peters in 1988. They continued to make their home in Nottingham Woods before moving to town in 1995. Following George’s passing in 2005, Lucy moved to Delnor Glen and Bickford in St. Charles until declining health brought her into the care of Sunrise of Cascade in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Lucy honed her skills working for both the State’s Attorney and Assistant State’s Attorney in Pontiac, while also being a court reporter for the Honorable Judge Erlenborn in Livingston County Circuit Court. She began working as a paralegal in Batavia for John Gosselin, Attorney at Law, and was also with the firm of Benson, Maier and Gosselin for 22 years.

Lucy was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake and active on their worship committee. After moving to Elburn, Bennie and Lucy were also active in the Sugar Grove American Legion Post 1271. Lucy was a member of the Kane County Legal Secretaries and served on an advisor board for the Mid-Valley Area Vocational Center in Maple Park. While married to George Peters, she became a member of the Community Congregational Church in Elburn and was involved in many activities of both the Elburn Lions Club and Elburn American Legion, where she was a member of the Elburn American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.

Lucy had an indomitable spirit and a loving heart that always strove to care for her family. She worked tirelessly to improve their standard of living, proving to her children that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. Lucy also cared for her grandchildren following “semi-retirement” and strove to teach each of them the same values as she did her own children, which included an AFS student, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, who later became involved in diplomacy and is currently the Ambassador for Brazil to the United Nations.

Though her hands were rarely idle, Lucy enjoyed reading historical novels in her spare time. She was a collector of antique books and indulged her artistic side by taking opera appreciation classes, as well as oil painting artistry, later showcasing her skills on canvas as well as through unique cards she made on the computer. Lucy’s love of music led her to achieve three of her life’s goals, seeing Luciano Pavaratti, the Rockettes and the Chicago Symphony while raising her children on Strauss Waltz, Mario Lanza and the Mills Brothers.

Her talents were also renowned in the garden as well as the kitchen—even managing to master preparing the pheasants and rabbits that Bennie brought home every hunting season. If her hands were rarely idle, the same could be said of her feet, which enjoyed square dancing with Bennie. Sundays not only brought church, but also visits to the multitude of relatives in Central Illinois.

In the summer, the family took vacations to fish in Wisconsin and spent many weekends casting lines at her sister Dorothy’s lakeside home. Later in life, Lucy and George enjoyed playing cards with friends, golfing side by side and traveling to Florida every winter to visit her sisters. Lucy was an unforgettable women whose memory will live on forever in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by three children, Drusilla Elaine Pollick, Sandra Diane Theis and Raymond Louis (Sarah) Eheart; eight grandchildren, Aaron Christopher Konen, Corey Patrick Konen and his daughter, Abbygail Anne Marie Konen, Arianna Gabrielle Konen, Leonard T. (Tracy) Weber and their son, Benjamin Weber, David N. (Kristina Romence) Weber and their children, Nelson, Kaylyn and Adam Weber, Laura Eheart and her son, David, Angela Eheart and her children, Mikayleigh and Mackendrick, and Diana Eheart; in addition, she leaves three step-children, Joyce (Marty) Fisher, Jan (Ron) Erdmann and Chris Peters; five step-grandchildren, Katie (Ted) Frank, Drew Fisher, Brett (Jennifer) Erdmann and their daughters, Rachel, Laura and Clare, Brad Erdmann and Erin Peters; two sisters, Dorothy Janssen of Lake Wales, Fla., and Emma Rush of Winterhaven, Fla.; one brother-in-law, Earl Eheart of Piper City, Ill.; one sister-in-law, Nola Eheart of Danforth, Ill.; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husbands, Bennie Eheart and George Peters.

Visitation was from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 30, at Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hansen Road, Lily Lake. A funeral service to celebrate her life followed at noon, officiated by Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church. Interment was at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

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

Lucille Lourine Eheart Peters

Lucille Lourine Eheart Peters of Grand Rapids, Mich., formerly of Elburn, passed away Dec. 21, 2011.

She was born on August 28, 1926, in Roseville, Mich., the fourth daughter of Lubbe “Louis” Janssen and Vallie Lourine (Vaughn) Theesefeld.

She was raised on a farm in Onarga, Ill., and attended local schools.

Lucy graduated from Onarga High School with the class of 1944 before attending Midstate in Peoria, Ill., where she became a Certified Court Reporter for the state of Illinois.

Lucy was united in marriage to Bennie R. Eheart in Aug. 11, 1946, in Buckley, Ill.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 30, at Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hansen Road, Lily Lake. A funeral service to celebrate her life will follow at noon officiated by Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church. Interment will be at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

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

Keith Downen

Keith E. Downen, 39, of Princeville, Ill., died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, at his residence.

Keith was born June 23, 1972, in Rockford, Ill., the son of Stephen W. and Katie L. Holtz Downen.

He married Mary J. Neville on Sept. 6, 1997, in St. Charles, who survives him. Also surviving are his parents in Kaneville; a son, Dean of Princeville; two daughters, Faith Sampson of Princeville and Keli Bell of Millbrook, Ill.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Dean in 1986, and his grandparents.
Keith worked as a locomotive engineer for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad for the past seven years.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 17, at Princeville United Methodist Church. Cremation followed the services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Downen Memorial established at The Better Banks, Dunlap. Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home, Princeville, is in charge of arrangements. Private condolences may be made to the family via www.hammitthott.com.

Jean Adair Nelson

Jean Adair Nelson, 73, of Oswego, formerly of Sugar Grove, passed away Wednesday evening, Dec. 7, 2011, at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora.

Jean was born Aug. 18, 1938, in Aurora, the daughter of Ernest and Eleanor (Adair) Beutien.
She grew up in Aurora and attended local schools. She graduated from West Aurora High School in 1956, where she excelled in gymnastics as well as music, playing the violin and piano. Following graduation, Jean attended Wesley Nursing School, now a part of Northwestern University, where she was a “straight-A” student. After getting her RN, she crossed paths with Richard H. Nelson.

She and Rich couldn’t wait to get married and escaped the trappings of a traditional wedding when they were united in marriage on June 9, 1957, in Crown Point, Ind. Shortly afterward, Richard was drafted into the United States Army. Rich and Jean welcomed a son, Martin, the following year before making the family complete with the arrival of their second son, Mark, in 1962.

The family moved several times over the years, making their homes and their living on several farms in Sugar Grove and Kaneville. Jean would continue to make her home in Sugar Grove following Rich’s passing in 1994 before moving to Oswego six years later in 2000.

Jean worked briefly for a surgeon in Boston, where Rich was stationed for a time. Later, she worked for Fred Quick Auctions as a bookkeeper, but retired from what is now Mooney and Thomas, after 35 years.

Jean and Rich were both members of the Aurora Loyal Order of the Moose. Later she became an active member of several “senior groups” including those in Yorkville and Oswego.

Jean was “always on the go.” She was always looking for fun and adventure with family and friends, but her zest for life never left her much time to spend at home. Jean preferred to travel, often visiting friends and family no matter where they called home. In her younger years, she and Richard took family trips, including the family dog, instilling in the children a love for travel.

Later, after she retired, she often took scooter trips with her life-long friends. She also travelled with the many senior groups to which she belonged. Whether it was by bus, plane, train or boat, she was made memories with every mile. Jean and her “bingo friends” also travelled to games throughout the United States, sometimes playing 12 hours straight.

She wasn’t a stranger to the local casinos or Las Vegas, either, preferring penny slots over the other games, but she always made time for the theater. Whether it was local community theater or professional, the stage called to her like nothing else could. Next to family, there was nothing more important to Jean than the beloved dogs that made a home in her heart.

She is survived by two sons, Marty Nelson of Oswego, Ill. and Mark Nelson of Cortland; one brother, C.J. Beutien of South Bend, Ind.; several nieces, nephews and a community of friends that will miss her dearly.

She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, maternal grandparents, and one sister, Paula Pearson.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m., with a funeral service to celebrate her life at noon, on Saturday, Dec. 17, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. in Elburn. Rev. Steve Good, pastor of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, will officiate and interment will follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery.

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

Robert H. ‘Bob’ Locke

Robert H. “Bob” Locke, 80, of Aurora, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. He was born Dec. 31, 1930, in Appleton, Wis., the son of the late Floyd and Mable (Wickesberg) Locke.

Bob grew up and went to Appleton Senior High School and was a graduate of Gale Institute and Midwestern Broadcasting School in Chicago. In 1952, he joined the United States Army and was in the Signal Corps during the Korean War.

He started broadcasting news and sports in Escanaba, Mich. He then moved back to Aurora and worked for WMRO and WKKD, broadcasting high school sports. Bob was inducted into the Illinois Hall of Fame, News Media in 1995. He was also inducted into the East Aurora Sports Hall of Fame. With his love of sports, Bob held a passion for broadcasting high school sports and fast-pitch softball. He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers and had a genuine love for all sports.

Bob was elected Commissioner of Public Health and Safety for the city of Aurora and served from 1973-1977. He worked for many years at Home Savings and Loan in downtown Aurora until his retirement. Bob also served as president and trustee for 20 years at Fox Metro Water Reclamation District.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Elsie Kissel of Aurora. They had five children, Joseph (Hallie) Locke of Rockford, James (Jill) Locke of Elburn, Lori Werner of Oswego, Lisa (Scott)Felker of Sandwich and the late Judith Ann Locke, in infancy. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, Steven Locke, Adam (Jessica) Locke, Jimmy Locke, Ben Locke, Robbie Locke, Kyle Werner, Hannah Werner, Troy and Peter Medlin and Caleb and Jacob Felker, as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 1233 Douglas Road, Montgomery, with Pastor Scott Guhl officiating. Interment will be at Lincoln Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. Bob will lie in state from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday at the church.

Memorial donations may be directed to St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 1233 Douglas Road, Montgomery, IL 60538, or to the Aurora Noon Lion’s Club.

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

Richard ‘Dick’ Wise

Richard “Dick” Wise, 79, of Geneva, entered into eternal life on Dec. 3, 2011, surrounded by the love and prayers of his wife and children.

Dick was born on June 27, 1932, the son of Roy and Georgia V. (Mooney) Wise in Galatin, Mo. His family moved to Elburn in 1941. Over the ensuing years, Dick would meet the love of his life, Ellen. They were married on Oct. 24, 1964, and together lovingly raised their children: Mary, Susan and Michael. After 24 years at General Mille, Dick retired only to return to his initial profession as a barber until declining health forced him to lay down the tools of his trade.

He is survived by his loving wife Ellen; four children, Mary (Michael) Frandsen, Susie Wise and her husband Michael Donahoe and Michael (Heather) Wise; eight grandchildren, Sara, Cory and Kyle Frandsen, Jessica Holander, Billy Creutz, Megan,Thomas and Andrew Wise; two brothers, Max (Jean) Wise of Apple Canyon, Ill., and Bud (Marilyn) Wise of Elburn; two sisters, Kay Hartgrave of Eugene, Ore., and Judy Gould of Batavia; several nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dean and Cricket Wise.

Private family services have already been held.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities including CNS Home, Health and Hospice. Checks may be made to the “Richard “Dick” Wise 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.

Alberta M. Braffet

Alberta M. Braffet, 87, of DeKalb, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, Ill. She was born on Sept. 2, 1924, in Little Rock Township, Kendall County, the daughter of Wayne and Catherine (Vilmin) Griswold.

Alberta was united in marriage on July 30, 1947, to Mr. James “Pat” Braffet, and they spent many happy years together until his passing. Mrs. Braffet was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb. She was a longtime member of the Sugar Squares, Square Dancing Club. Alberta was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt who will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her sons, Gary (Vicky) Braffet of DeKalb, Craig (Patti) Braffet of Hinckley, Jim (Sue) Braffet of Sandwich, Ill., and Curtis (Peggy) Braffet of Carlock, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; her brother, Lorraine (Marion) Griswold of Yorkville, Ill.; her sisters, Leona Meade of Phoenix, Ariz., Marcella Johnson of Sandwich, Ill., and Marian Hester of Yorkville, Ill.; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Catherine Griswold; her husband, James “Pat” Braffet; and her brother, Gerald Griswold.

A memorial funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 North Maple St. in Hinckley. Interment will be private.

Friends may visit from 3 until 7p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Funeral Home in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory, www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com or (815) 286-3247.

Orva Irene Jump

Orva Irene Jump, 76, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, Ill.

She was born on Aug. 13, 1935, the daughter of George T. and Irene H. (Austin) Ramer in Elgin, Ill.

Orva grew up in Elburn and attended local schools. She graduated from Elburn High School with the class of 1954 and soon found work at National Brush Company. It was there that a certain soldier caught her eye, and with a little persistence, her heart. Before long their two lives became one as Orva was united in marriage to Nickolas Jump on June 29, 1957, at Marion Avenue Baptist Church in Aurora.

They began their new life together on Lincoln Avenue in Aurora for a time before settling on Spruce Street in 1962. There they made a million memories together before Nick’s passing in 2008. Although it was never the same, Orva continued to make her home on Spruce Street, content to spend as much time as she could with friends and family.

In addition to National Brush, Orva worked at the Campana Building in Batavia as a line worker, packing boxes with caramels until it closed down in the late 1970s. In 1982, she began working full time at the Wayside Cross Mission in Aurora. When her first and only granddaughter came along in 1988, Orva went down to part time so that she could spend time and create a special relationship with Katie. When her two grandsons, Nickolas and Zachary, were born, you could find no other grandmother more proud than she. Eventually she dedicated all her love and time to her grandchildren until declining health ended her reign as “babysitter supreme.”

Orva was a long time and most faithful member of the Orchard Community Church in Aurora.

There wasn’t a thrift store or garage sale that didn’t catch her eye, but only if there was a bargain in the making. When there were bargains to be had, Orva was quick to pick up any item that a family member or friend might need, but of course she also added to her own collection of cookbooks, angels, bells, walking sticks, and salt and pepper shakers, to name a few.

Anytime was a good time to have a party, and for Orva, bigger was always better. Never did a birthday pass without her singing “Happy Birthday” in her best singing voice over the phone. Orva didn’t really need a reason to pick up the phone to call her family and friends, she could spend hours on the phone and not think twice. Orva’s heart overflowed with love for her family and her community. She will be remembered most for social nature, caring heart and memorable friendship.

She is survived by two children, Michael A. (Michelle) Jump of Somonauk, Ill., and Michelle I. Romero of Aurora; three grandchildren, Katie Romero, Nickolas Romero and Zachary Jump; six siblings, Catherine (Tom) Schattke, Vivian Ramer, Ivan (Linda) Ramer, Bonnie (Dean) Anderson, Jim (Cathy) Ramer and Bob Ramer; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a community of friends who will remember her well.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Nick; and two brothers, Georgie and Donnie Ramer.

Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. at The Orchard Community Church, 101 S. Barnes Road, Aurora, on Thursday, Dec. 1. A funeral to celebrate her life will begin at 11 a.m., also at the church, on Friday, Dec. 2. The Rev. Scott Hodge, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at East Pierce Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Orva’s name to benefit her favorite charities, including the Ronald McDonald House, Aurora Animal Shelter and St. Jude’s. Checks may be made to the “Orva Jump 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.

William B. Roxworthy

William B. Roxworthy, 64, of Elburn, formerly of St. Charles, passed away Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, at Delnor Hospital in Geneva. His battle against cancer took his body but could never break his spirit, and he now embraces the promise of his Savior.

He was born the youngest of six on Sept. 20, 1947, in Chicago, the son of Thomas J. and Georgiene (Thompson) Roxworthy.

Bill grew up in Barrington Hills, Ill., and attended local schools. After graduating from Barrington High School with the class of 1965, Bill attended Dickinson State University in Dickinson, N.D.

Bill was lucky in love. Bill met his future bride when he was only 16 years old. While cruising around with his best friend, they stopped to visit another friend, John Mack. As they pulled up to the Mack house, his eye fell on John’s 14-year-old sister, Nancy, as she washed her dad’s car in the driveway. The minute he saw her he fell in love. They dated all through high school and college. During this time, the nation was calling its youth to serve in the armed forces. Though many were drafted, Bill chose to enlist into the United States Army in October of 1966. Bill faithfully and proudly served his country, which included two tours of duty in Vietnam. While separated, Bill and Nancy wrote to one another daily. In one letter, he mentioned his upcoming “R&R” to Hawaii. Bill was shocked and overjoyed to see Nancy on the tarmac, waiting for his plane to land. While in Hawaii, they decided to make their love official and united in marriage on July 17, 1968.

He returned to civilian life after his honorable discharge in May of 1969. He came home to Barrington and into the waiting arms of a beautiful wife and a newborn son, Philip. The family grew to include two more children, Kelly in 1970, and Kerry made the family complete in 1971. After moving to Palatine, Ill., and their first home, Bill and his family moved to St. Charles in 1977. A lifetime of family memories were made in St. Charles with school, sports, social and church activities. Once the children were grown, Bill and Nancy moved to Elburn, where they made a home perfect for grandkids that now number 10.

Bill’s education, which began in North Dakota, continued when he returned home from Vietnam. In need of a job to support his instant family, his oldest brother Tom found him an advertising job in Chicago. He juggled the responsibility of his growing family while working and taking night classes. Advertising sales and publishing became his calling; over the years Bill found himself working for some of the most well-known magazines in the country, including Cosmopolitan, Parents Magazine, Mechanix Illustrated, Field & Stream, Better Homes & Gardens and Sport magazines. He retired from his dream job with Ski Magazine at age 49, which allowed him time for his creative talents.

Bill, never one to sit idle, started up a small business aptly named “Good Dog Landscaping.” He also dedicated much time to his artistic passions. He created watercolor landscapes born of not only his imagination, but from the inspiration of iconic farming structures and the rural countryside surrounding his home. He could be found most days painting in his quaint studio out back with his dog Wrigley for company.

Bill’s childhood was cut short by the death of his parents when he was still just a boy. He quickly found that if life brought you strife, you needed to adapt and make your own “sunshine” to share. Bill was a talker and a born salesman who never met a stranger. He had a smile that would light up a room and a heart so big it had room for anyone and everyone. If anyone was in need, Bill was ready to lend a helping hand and always had a hug ready to share. Bill supported many causes and organizations, not only monetarily, but with his time and talent as well. Bill was a member of the team that implemented Planetree at Delnor Hospital, a patient centered model of care. Bill and Nancy donated a seven-foot-tall star sculpture at the entrance to Delnor Hospital to recognize the dedication of Delnor employees.

Though he worked in print advertising, his hobby was his fellow man. Whether it was coffee with friends or a speech in front of fellow businessmen, Bill had a way about him that put you instantly at ease. Bill loved the outdoors and was known as “tractor grandpa” to his grandkids. He also was an avid golfer with a standing tee time every Sunday at Settler’s Hill, where he created lasting friendships for years. Fishing also caught his attention very early in life with his father and brothers, and he returned the favor by sharing that passion with his kids and grandkids. Together they brought in huge catches—not just tall tales. Bill was passionate about all of God’s creatures, especially dogs, many of which found a place not only in his heart but also in his home. Bill loved his family with the strength of 10 men, and was most happy when surrounded by the love of his wife, his children and later, his grandchildren who became the apple of his eye and the talk of the town. Bill leaves millions of memories and a legacy of love and passion that will be carried on by his family and friends for generations to come.

He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; three children, Philip (Emily) Roxworthy and their children, Lucy, Mack, Hope and Chloe, Kelly (Ethan) Matyas and their children, Jake, Charlie, and Grace, and Kerry (Ian) Franke and their children, Brendan, Alison and Megan; four siblings, Jim (Barbara) Roxworthy, Pat Rydin, Don (Jo Ellen) Roxworthy and Dennis (Laurie) Roxworthy; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Roxworthy; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Thomas Roxworthy; sister-in-law, Connie Roxworthy; brother-in-law, Russell Rydin; two nephews, David Roxworthy and Brian Mack; and his mother and father-in-law, John and Mary Ellen Mack.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m., with a wake service to conclude visitation at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A brief visitation began the following morning at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, also at the funeral home, and conclude with military honors. Following the presentation, there was a short procession to St. Gall Catholic Church, where there was a Catholic Mass to celebrate his life, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Bill’s name to benefit his favorite charities, including the ASPCA, Delnor Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project. Checks may be made to the “William Roxworthy 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.

Helmut Wituk

Helmut Wituk, 63, passed away Nov. 25, 2011, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Center in Wichita, Kan. He was born in Wels, Austria, on Dec. 17, 1947, the first of eight children born to Wassil and Katherine Zehetner Wituk.

As a small child, his family moved to Elburn. After graduating from high school, he served in the United States Air Force.

While stationed at McConnell AFB, he would meet the love of his life. On Aug. 8, 1970, he married Carol Vinduska at Pilsen, Kan. Here, they would make their family home. Helmut was a sales representative for many years with Donahue Manufacturing; he later worked for Golden Living Center and Prairie Land Partners in maintenance.

Helmut was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jim. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol; sons, Jason Wituk of Wichita, and Scott Wituk of Wichita; five grandchildren, Madeline, Braden, Emma, Nathan and Alex; and siblings, Mark Wituk of Batavia, Judy Woods of Montgomery, Fran Joyner of Elburn, Kathy McIlnay of New Bedford, Ill., Betty Wituk of Batavia, and Heidi Jakubaitis of Batavia.

All services will be held at Holy Family Parish, St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen, Neb., with the Rosary at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, and the Funeral Mass to be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1. Interment will be in the Pilsen Cemetery. Memorial funds have been established for the Fr. Kapaun Building Fund or the American Cancer Society in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, PO Box 6, Marion, KS, 66861.

Douglas Murrey Zolper

Douglas Murrey Zolper, 73, of Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Aurora and Sugar Grove, passed away on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. He was born Dec. 10, 1937, in Elgin, the son of the late William L. and Mary Ellen Zolper.

Doug married Mary Lou Southwick on Dec. 28, 1963, in Aurora.

Doug graduated from West Aurora High School in 1956 and then earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Aurora University. He later attained his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration at Northern Illinois University. Doug began his teaching career with School District 129 in 1962 at Nicholson Elementary School. In 1966, he was appointed Director of Gifted Education and Staff In-Service Training for West Aurora Schools.

In 1972, Doug was named the Principal at Greenman Elementary School and remained in that position until his retirement in 1994. In 1993, he was honored with the West Aurora School District’s Golden Apple Award for his many contributions over his 32 years with the district. Doug had many fond memories of the students, staff and parents at Greenman Elementary School, and he missed them dearly. In 1997, Doug and Mary Lou moved to Scottsdale, Ariz. They enjoyed traveling, especially a leisurely cruise or a visit to interesting places, such as Bangkok, Berlin, Istanbul, London, and the coastal villages of Cornwall. The best summer days were spent with family and friends on the Prestbury Golf Course and the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

Doug is survived by his wife, Mary Lou of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and his sister, Sandra Zolper of Aurora.

In addition to his parents, Doug was preceded in death by his daughter, Melissa Leigh Davidson; and his brother, Michael Zolper.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at The Healy Chapel. 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora. A private graveside service will take place on Friday, Dec. 2, at Riverside Cemetery, Montgomery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Foundation for the West Aurora Schools in care of the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, 111 W. Downer Place, Suite 312, Aurora, IL 60506-9913, or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.

For further information, please call (630) 897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.

Donald A. McPhail

Donald A. McPhail, 65, of Aurora, formerly of Naperville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at his home. He was born Aug. 28, 1945, in Detroit, Mich., the son of Joseph and Margaret (McLean) McPhail.

Donald served his country in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam as an A37 pilot. He was an aerobatic pilot and flew experimental planes with the EAA. Donald was a pilot for American Airlines for 32 years. He loved golfing, kayaking, biking and RVing. Donald was a proud grandpa.

Survivors include his wife, Bobbie; kids, Mike (Aika) McPhail, Michele (Adam) Stowers, Jeff (Jeannie) LaMarre, Suzy (Jay) Boxer and Kelly (Paul) Dahl; grandchildren, Lauren, Jackie, Tucker, Natalie, Jack, Jake, Sophie and Violet; siblings, Inez Neuenfeldt, Deerdre Hambleton, John McPhail and Alan McPhail.

A memorial visitation will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 3 to 6 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Military honors will be at 6 p.m., followed by a time of sharing.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 143 First St., Batavia, IL 60510 or the Melanoma Research Foundation, 1411 K St. NW #500, Washington, DC 20005.

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

Michael Duane Parrette

Michael Duane Parrette, 62, of Sugar Grove, formerly of Michigan and Iowa, passed away unexpectedly Nov. 12, 2011.

He was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Oct. 31, 1949, the son of Richard and Rita (Smith) Parrette.

Mike grew up in Saginaw, Mich., and attended local schools. He graduated from Parkside High School in Jackson, Mich., with the class of 1967, and then graduated from Grand Valley State College in Michigan with a B.S. in business. Mike’s work took him throughout the Midwest. Ingersoll-Rand, Tooling Systems and Reynolds all benefited from his expertise, and most recently, Mike worked for his brother’s company, Packaging Logic.

Mike met Paula Taber in the summer of 1971. They were married July 13, 1974, in Saginaw, Mich.

They began their new life together in Jackson, but moved as they followed Mike’s work throughout the Midwest. Along the way they were blessed with Michael Duane II and Jenny Anne. In 1993, they settled in Illinois, making their home in Sugar Grove in 2001.

Mike volunteered for the Naperville Community Radio Watch, or the NCRW, as well as several business organizations throughout the years.

Mike loved sailing and found windsurfing a delightful challenge. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and was an excellent marksman. He loved the blues, Motown, and the harmonica. Mike and Paula were involved in several euchre clubs and made many close friendships. He loved to talk, period. He loved his dogs, especially his Sweetness. Mike made many friends over the years, and they stood the test of time. He was a born salesman and one of the best. The most important thing to Mike was being a loving husband, father and good provider. Mike left too soon to say goodbye, but not before leaving a lifetime of memories.

He is survived by his loving wife, Paula; two children, Mike (Jessica Stines) Parrette of Kaneville and Jenny Parrette of Naperville; his father, Richard T. Parrette Sr., five siblings, Sharon (Richard) Ulrey, Cyndy (Richard) Poulos, Richard T. (Valerie) Parrette Jr., Janie (Richard) Lefere and Candi (Brian) Gudowski; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Rita Jo; and brother, Kim S. Parrette.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL. A memorial service to celebrate his life will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, with the Rev. Lisa Kruse-Stafford of The Cornerstone Methodist Church of Plato Center officiating, also at the funeral home. Private family cremation burial will occur at a later date.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities, including American Heart Association and Rover Rescue. Checks may be made to the “Michael Parrette 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.

Jeannette Wright

Jeannette Wright, 87, of Hinckley, passed from this life to eternal life on Wednesday evening, Nov. 9, 2011, at Franklin Grove Nursing Center in Franklin Grove, Ill., where she had recently made her home.

She was born Nov. 11, 1923, the daughter of Lewis and Rae (Finkel) Farley in Princeton, Ill.

Jeannette grew up in Bradford, Ill., and attended local schools. She graduated in 1941, not only with a diploma, but with the heart of her future husband, Donald Wright, as well.

On March 8, 1945, Jeannette was united in marriage to Donald in a double ceremony with her brother, Francis and Norma (Johnson) Farley at the Kaneville United Methodist Church.

They farmed briefly in Bradford before renting the Terrill Farm on Scott Road, near Kaneville. They remained there for 10 years and were blessed with three children, Janice, Gary and Joan. Moving then to Sugar Grove, they farmed the Alexander Farm on Prairie Road, where their fourth child, Susanne, was born. Eight years later, they moved to Big Rock, where they lived on the O’Brien Farm on Jericho Road. In 1973, the Waldee Farm on Shabbona Grove Road near Waterman became home, and they continued there until 1988, when Donald and Jeannette moved to town and settled in Hinckley, where she continued to live following Donald’s passing in 2008. Later, when her health began to decline, she moved to be near her daughter in Franklin Grove, Ill.

She was a faithful member of the Methodist Church, including Boyd’s Grove, Kaneville, Waterman and the Hinckley First United Methodist Church. In Kaneville, she was member of the La Kelvine Club, was a Sunday School teacher and Sunday School Superintendent. Jeannette also was a member of the Indian Oaks Country Club in Shabbona, Ill., where she and Don loved to have hours of fun, one tee shot at a time. As the girls grew up, Jeannette became involved in 4-H. Later, after being “kicked out” of the young adults card club because she was no longer “young,” Jeannette dealt cards for the next 40 years in the 500 Card Club, which she established with her friends.

Jeannette was a devoted and loving wife and mother. She was the quintessential “farmer’s wife,” whose talents in the kitchen kept her family and friends well fed with everything good under the sun. Those recipes were gold and have now become priceless as they have been passed down to not only family, but lucky friends who have taken her legacy and shared it with the next generation.

In later years, there was nothing she loved more than to make cookies with her grandchildren, and they loved nothing more than to eat them, especially her snickerdoodles. Jeannette’s hands were never idle, as she sewed many of her and her children’s clothes, crocheted and made the warmest quilts, each one made with love in every stitch. She also had an incredibly green thumb both inside and outside of the house. There was nothing she couldn’t grow. It was these and thousands of other memories that made her so beloved. Jeannette will never be forgotten.

She is survived by four children, Janice (John) Carnes of Franklin Grove, Ill., Gary (Mary) Wright of Urbana, Ill., Joan (William) Dorion of Hinckley and Susanne (Mark) Whitt; four grandchildren, Nicole Dorion of Louisville, Ken., Ashley Dorion of Fulton, Mo., Caitlyn Whitt and Dylan Whitt of Hinckley; one sister, Jean (Hank) Greenstreet of Oswego, Ill.; and one sister-in-law, Norma Farley of Aurora; as well as several nieces and nephews, and a lifetime of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Donald; brother, Francis Farley; sister, Debbie Moffitt; and brother-in-law, Everett Moffitt.

Visitation was from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, at the Hinckley First United Methodist Church, 801 N. Sycamore St., in Hinckley. A service to celebrate her life followed visitation at 7 p.m. Rev. Laura Crites, pastor of the church, officiated with private family burial to follow at a later date.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit the Hinckley First United Methodist Church. Checks may be made to the “Jeannette Wright 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.

Chad Ryan Johnson

Chad Ryan Johnson, 32, of Elburn, now rests in his faith and the arms of his Savior after passing away unexpectedly at home, leaving this Earth too soon on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011.

He was born Nov. 17, 1978, in Oak Park, Ill., the son of Ken Johnson and Vicki (Johnson) Linden.

Chad grew up in Elburn and attended local schools, splitting his education between the Fox Valley Lutheran Academy and Kaneland High School. During his tenure, he made a name for himself on the Kaneland varsity baseball team. Chad racked up hundreds of “K’s,” beginning with pitching a no-hitter when he was only 12.

Following his graduation in 1997, Chad went on to attend Waubonsee Community College for a time before transferring to Northern Illinois University, where he studied Criminology.

He was a faithful and active member of Grace Lutheran Church, where he was a member of the Vision Team as well as part of a music team, planning out selections for the weekly services. He also showed his competitive side as a member of the church softball and bowling teams.

Chad loved the outdoors, no matter the season, and often spent time making sure all the local birds, squirrels and more were fed by filling various feeders throughout the year. He was an avid fisherman, and the best fishing partner you could find. Chad took part in 25 years of Muskie tournaments, but dedicated his time and his heart to Squirrel Lake in Minocqua, Wis.

Even when he had little to share, Chad supported many organizations, including the Blind Skiing Association, Special Olympics, Easter Seals and several others. When it came to supporting his favorite sports teams, the Green Bay Packers, the Mighty Ducks, the White Sox and NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt Sr., you could find no bigger fan. You could find no better son brother or friend either.

Although he was large in stature, his heart was even bigger, and he easily wore it on his sleeve, ready to care and to protect those in need. Chad was also the king of giving. Whether it was gifts at Christmas, cards at birthdays or special attention during a difficult time, no one cared more than Chad.

He is survived by his parents, Ken (Gina) Johnson and Vicki (Larry) Linden; one brother, Greg (Kate) Johnson; five step-brothers and sisters, Nicki Graham, Bob Graham, Michael (Kayla) Linden, Mathew (Monica) Linden and Michele (Kyle) Breyne; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and his faithful four-legged feline friends, Carla, L.B. and Mischief, will all miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Melvin and Erma Johnson; and his maternal grandparents, Harry and Violet Johnson.

Visitation was held Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit Grace Lutheran Church and other favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Chad Johnson Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or online at conleycare.com. His giving did not end with his death, but gave life to others through Gift of Hope, an organ transplant and donation organization.

Erling ‘Erl’ Pederson

Erling “Erl” Pedersen, 90, beloved husband of Christine (nee Carsten) of 35 years, passed away after a courageous battle, at home on Nov. 4, 2011.

Loving and devoted father of Rod (RaeAnn) and Glenn (Sherri); cherished grandfather to 10, Deanne, Glenn (Lisa), Holly (Mark), Dana (Kevin), Michael (Nicole), Chad (Nicole), Derek, Andrew, Brian and Shannon; great-grandfather to Kevin, Morgan, Brittney, Katelyn, Andrew, Courtney, Alyssa, and Ava. Erl is also survived by his dear sister, Lilly and family.

Erl was preceded in death by his parents, Einar and Christine; father-in-law, Cliff; and brother-in-law, Paul.

Erl emigrated from Denmark to Chicago in 1929, spending his youth in the Humboldt Park area, where he would later graduate from Lane Tech High School. Erl also spent time as a baseball player for the Chicago Cubs farm team in Appleton, Wis. A veteran of the D-Day invasion of World War II, Erl was a proud American. Active in his community, Erl was a respected trustee of Maple Park and in Carol Stream, Ill., where he and Chris lived for 14 years. In addition, he was an elected alderman of West Chicago while they lived there for 12 years.

He will be dearly missed by extended family and friends. Funeral services will be on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church, 1145 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, with Rev. Rob Kinnear officiating.

Visitation will be on Wednesday from 1 to 9 p.m. at the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family, or Seasons Hospice of DesPlaines. For information or to sign the online guest book, go to ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call (815) 895-2833.

Richard ‘Dick’ K. Noren

Richard “Dick” K. Noren, 76, of Campton Township, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family, on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011.

He was born Sept. 18, 1935, in St. Charles, the son of Kenneth and Elsie (Johnson) Noren.

Dick grew up in St. Charles and attended local schools. He was a member of the rifle club before graduating from St. Charles High School with the class of 1954. Following graduation, Dick began working at Moline Foundry on Dean Street in St. Charles before serving his country in the United States Army.

Dick was proud of the fact that he was once stationed in the same place as Elvis Presley in Friedberg, Germany. Following his honorable discharge, Dick returned to civilian life and his job at the foundry.

On June 25, 1966, he was united in marriage to Mary Anne Weirich, a long-time family friend whose husband Raymond raced stock cars with Dick before Raymond’s passing in 1962. They made their home in Batavia briefly before moving to the present family home in Campton Township, where they had room to raise children and Saint Bernards.

After Moline closed its doors, Dick, at 58 years old, ran as a “write in” candidate for the Campton Township Road Commissioner and won. He proudly served two terms before he relinquished his role in 2001. Retirement was just a word for Dick, so instead of taking it easy, he went to work part-time for Life Saving Enterprise in Lily Lake.

In his younger years, Dick raced stock cars at Mazon and Soldier Field before it became the home of the Chicago Bears. In later years, he couldn’t be pulled away from the television until the checkered flag flew. In high school, he learned to race pigeons; his careful, strong hands guiding and teaching each bird with care. As an adult, those same hands built many bird houses that decorated his lawn, and the lawns of family and friends, where he enjoyed watching the birds make them into a home. He also hand-crafted mangers that were donated to local churches.

Dick loved to test the odds by playing the Lotto and searched for “Lady Luck” at various gambling boats. When peace and quiet reigned at home, he enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and word searches for hours. You could always find Dick in his customary cap, and you were always welcome to tip back a few cups of his homemade alcohol. Whether it was Dandelion Wine, Corn Cob Whiskey or a peach concoction that would make your hair stand on end, Dick was always ready to share.

He also was the first to keep in touch with family and friends through thoughtful hand-picked cards that he unfailingly sent on special occasions or for no occasion at all. Following his wife’s passing, Snuffy, his faithful four-legged friend, helped keep him company and helped “guard” his home, alongside Dick’s .38 special.

Dick had a strong spirit that helped him overcome many obstacles in life. Even in his later years, when he battled through the loss of his legs and hip replacement, Dick remained positive, refusing to be beat. In the end his body broke, but his spirit never did, and that strength of spirit and character has been passed on to the next generations, who will carry on his legacy and his memories, making sure that he lives on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his constant companion, Snuffy; one daughter, Cecilia Vermaat of Batavia; one son, John (Karen) Weirch, Ocala, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Christopher Vermaat of Elburn, Amy (Matthew) Rubeck of Sycamore, Mary Anne Zuniga of Batavia, Brian (Deanna) Thielk of St. Charles, Raelene Thielk of Geneva, Paula Thielk of Batavia, Stephanie (Wayne) Jenkins of Frederick, Md., and Amy (Matthew) Rubeck of Sycamore; and 13 great-grandchildren, James, Adriana, Andrew, Brandon, Jinae, Jarin, Joah, Jace, Anthony, Taeah, Trey, Talia and Wayne Jenkins III. In addition, he leaves several nieces, nephews and a close family of friends and neighbors.

He is preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Mary Anne; one sister, Beverly Bateman; and a daughter, Ruth Anne Weirich.

Visitation will be on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memorial service to celebrate his life will follow visitation at 11 a.m. The Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the Grace Lutheran Church, will officiate. Private family interment will follow at a later date.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Dick Noren 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 conleycare.com.

Arnold H. Gehrke

Arnold H. Gehrke, 81, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully into the arms of his Savior, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family after a 30-year battle with Parkinsons Disease, in the early morning hours on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Marie; two sons, Robert (Beth) Gehrke and their children, Wayne and Carolyn of Elgin, and Gordon (Sherry) Gehrke of Maple Park; three nieces, Karen (Phil) Stojan of Maple Park, Donna (John) Happersberger of Indianapolis, Ind., and Joyce (Henry) Schwebel of Jacksonville, Fla.; and one sister-in-law, Mildred Winkelmann of Elburn.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Margaret Gehrke; his brother-in-law, Emil Winkelmann; and one nephew, Glen Winkelmann.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, at St. Peters Lutheran Church North Plato, 43W301 Plank Road, east of Route 47 on Plank Road, Hampshire, Ill.

A funeral to celebrate his life began at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, also at the church. The Rev. Gerhard Mau, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at Lily Lake Cemetery, Lily Lake.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit St. Peters Lutheran Church North Plato. Checks may be made to the church and mailed in care of St. Peters Lutheran Church North Plato, 43W301 Plank Road, Hampshire, IL. Tributes may also be forwarded to P.O. Box 66 or online at www.conleycare.com.

Marjorie (Lucille) Wigton

Marjorie (Lucille) Wigton, 101, of Aurora, formerly of Batavia, now rests in the everlasting arms of her Savior after passing away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Countryside Care Center in Aurora.

Technically born a Leo on July 29, 1911, Marjorie was really a “lamb” and was a blessing to her parents, Theron “Brownie” and Georgie (Snyder) Wigton.

From birth, Brownie wanted his baby girl to be a harpist, as he himself was a musician who played throughout the United States. He waited patiently for 12 years before her instruction would begin, and begin it did with practice six to seven hours a day. Wiggy took to it so naturally that after only two years learning under a local teacher, the “student became the master” and she was sent to Wurlitzer in Chicago to study under the great Italian Master, Alberto Salvi. He told most students to “go home and help wash the dishes,” but not Wiggy. Though practice took much of her time, it never deterred her from her studies, and she graduated from East Aurora High School in 1929. Her father died several years later, and so Wiggy put down her harp to help support the family.

In 1936, Wiggy became a “Zephyrette,” a group of women stewardess’ on a train that traveled nationwide. When the war came five years later, the trains had barely enough room for the soldiers, so the Zephyrettes were disbanded. Wiggy went back to Chicago and found work in accounting and later in the law departments of the Burlington Railroad. She retired in 1976 after 39 years of service.

Retirement gave her an excuse to return to her passion. She was known to say that you don’t “master the harp—the harp masters you.” Few could argue that she became one with her instrument, and her talent brought her into the company of many other locally renowned musicians and orchestras throughout the years, playing at the NBC Orchestra Silken Strings Hour, Chicago Amphitheater, The Aurora Symphony, Interlochen Music Camp Orchestra, Fox Valley Music Festival, Blackhawk Concert Orchestra—later, the Civic Orchestra of Aurora and soloed with the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra.

Wiggy also shared her passion at weddings, concerts and other functions throughout the Chicagoland area. Her heart was meant for playing music with a passion that wouldn’t be denied and although she never married, she was always quick to add that she “broke a lot of hearts.”

In recent years, she was known as the “Mayor of Stone Manor Circle” and had several articles written about her life and her playing that were featured in local newspapers and the Chicago Tribune. Wiggy also was a member of the Chicago Musicians Union for over 65 years. She had a great sense of humor, loved riddles and was a friend to many, often saying “I love everybody, no matter who you are or how you are made.

In recent years, Wiggy began every morning by praying for others while she played The Lord’s Prayer on her harp, sometimes having so many that she had to play it twice. She will be missed by many and although the sound of her harp now becomes a distant echo, she will never be forgotten in the hearts of all who loved her.

Survivors include one nephew, Ron (fiance Ann Brown) Wigton; two nieces, Janet (Pat) Inlow and JoAnn (Roy) Boeckler; three great-nephews, Ken (Wendy) Wigton, Jeff (Aimee) Wigton and Scott (Pam) Inlo; one great-niece, Sheri (Ed) Washeleski; three great-great nephews, Alex Wigton, Nathan Wigton and Carter Wigton; one great-great niece, Beth Wigton; cousins, Richard and Marie Murphy; and special long-time friends, Sharon “Sandy” Sanderson and Mary Anast. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Wayne Wigton.

Visitation to celebrate her life and her passion was held Monday, Oct. 31, at Conley Funeral Home. Private family burial will occur at a later date.

A memorial will be established in her name to benefit Wayside Cross and other favorite charities. Memorials checks may be made to the Marjorie “Wiggy” Wigton 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 conleycare.com.

Maxie Jean Francis Todd

Maxie Jean Francis Todd was born Aug. 1, 1920, to James W. and Naomi Francis in Bogart, Missouri. She was the oldest of three children. On Dec. 12, 1942, she married James E. Todd Jr. in Chicago.

In 1949, they moved to Sugar Grove, with their two little girls. They decided Sugar Grove was a wonderful place to raise their two daughters and later a son. James and Maxie joined Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, the Young Adult Club and later “Senior Citizens.” They always participated enthusiastically.

Some younger folks may remember Maxie as Mr. Crow’s secretary at Sugar Grove Elementary School. Later she worked at Hartford Insurance in St. Charles.

In raising her children, Maxie was often heard admonishing them to “Love one another,” “Be kind to one another,” and “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” Her children blessed her with eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She loved them all well. Maxie was full of life and lots of energy.

She went home to be with the Lord quietly in her sleep on Oct. 30, 2011.

Maxie is survived by all three of her children; Sherlyn Holdeman of Naperville, Jerolee Richards (Stan) of Naples, Fla., James E. Todd III of Fall River, Wis.; and all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, her husband and a son-in-law, Roger.

We praise the Lord for her life and all that she meant to us.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 4, at noon at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Healy Chapel in Sugar Grove, 370 Division Drive. Interment will take place at Sugar Grove Cemetery. For further information, please call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to sign the online guest book.

Chad Ryan Johnson

Chad Ryan Johnson, 32, of Elburn, now rests in his faith and the arms of his Savior after passing away unexpectedly at home, leaving this earth too soon on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011.

He is survived by his parents, Ken (Gina) Johnson and Vicki (Larry) Linden; one brother, Greg (Kate) Johnson; five step-brothers and sisters, Nicki Graham, Bob Graham, Michael (Kayla) Linden, Mathew (Monica) Linden, Michele (Kyle) Breyne; several aunts, uncles, cousins and his faithful four-legged feline friends, Carla, L.B. and Mischief, will all miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Melvin and Erma Johnson; and his maternal grandparents, Harry and Violet Johnson.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, at Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hansen Road, Lily Lake. A funeral to celebrate his life will be at the church, on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. The Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit Grace Lutheran Church and other favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Chad Johnson 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. His giving did not end with his death but gave life to others through Gift of Hope, an organ transplant and donation organization.