Category Archives: Obituaries

Francis Robert Farley

Francis Robert Farley, 88, of Aurora, passed away at home, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family, on Sunday, June 5, 2011.

He was born Sept. 4, 1922, in Mifflinburg, Pa.

Francis grew up on a farm near Bradford, Ill., the son of Lewis and Rae (Finkel) Farley.

Upon graduating from Bradford High School in 1940, Francis moved to Kaneville to farm with his uncle, Albert Farley. Unbeknownst to Francis, he was riding the wings of fate toward the woman he would soon marry. Francis and Norma met at a local high school basketball game.

On March 8, 1945, Francis married Norma Jean Johnson in a double ceremony with Francis’ sister, Jeannette, to Donald Wright at the Kaneville United Methodist Church.

A few weeks later, Francis left for Germany to serve in the United States Army during WWII until his honorable discharge in May of 1946. Upon returning to civilian life, Francis helped his father farm the Blatner Farm on Owens Road near Kaneville. Lewis and Rae eventually moved back to Kaneville. Francis and Norma remained on the Blatner Farm and continued to work the soil until March of 1954.

That same month Francis and Norma rented one of the Alexander farms on Galena Boulevard near Aurora. He actively farmed there for almost 50 years, including over 35 of them with his son, Bob. This partnership would continue in later years while he also managed three farms for the Alexander’s. In addition to corn, wheat, oats and soybean crops, Francis raised hogs until 1972 and cattle until 1987. In 1985, Francis and Norma purchased land near the farm and built their home on Prairie Road in Aurora. Francis had a strong work ethic and an unwavering love for farming. When other farmers finally left their fields in retirement, Francis continued to run his combine until his 80th birthday, and even then continued to consult with his son Bob.

Francis was a member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church and past member of the Big Rock American Legion, Post No. 529. In addition to farming, Francis was a volunteer fireman in Sugar Grove, and also served as Secretary of the Board of Trustees for the Sugar Grove Fire Protection District from 1978-1991.

Both Francis and Norma were members of a card club that met monthly for nearly 40 years. They also were known for the pranks played on friends and neighbors over the years, let alone the mischief they created every Halloween.

On their 25th anniversary, they started a long tradition of trips to Hawaii. In later years, they enjoyed many trips to Arizona.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Norma; three children, Robert Farley, Beth (Dr. Michael) Marzec and Diane Farley; three grandchildren, Brooke (Brett) Bonnell and son, Elliott Bauer-Brunswick, Alissa (Jeff) Hem, Michelle Marzec and her daughter, Molly Stanley; two siblings, Jeannette (Donald) Wright, Jean (Hank) Greenstreet; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a countryside of friends that will never forget him or the legacy he left for others to treasure.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Debbie Moffitt.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6:30 p.m., with a funeral service to celebrate his life to follow at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 9, at Kaneville United Methodist Church, Kaneville. Rev. Mark Harkness, pastor of the church, and Rev. Dave Bateman, will officiate with private family burial to occur at a later date.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit Kaneville United Methodist Church and VNA Hospice of Fox Valley. Checks may be made to the “Francis Farley 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.

Richard G. Tellner

Richard G. Tellner, 77, of Montgomery, passed away on June 4, 2011. He was born on July 6, 1933, in Charlotte, Mich., the son of Charles and Augusta Tellner.

He proudly served his country with the US Army as a radio communicator in Germany after WWII. He was employed with Republic Printing for over 30 years and had a true passion for his work.

He had a love for all sports and was an avid sports fan. He will be deeply missed by all.

He is survived by his children, Lisa (John) Vanjoske, Amy (Michael Gasen) Tellner, Thomas (Ruhi) Tellner, and David (Esmeralda) Tellner; his grandchildren, Megan, Rachel, Paloma, Amy, Anna, Esa, Hamza, Frankie, Adam, Pauly, Jennifer and David Jr.; eight great-grandchildren; his sister, Joanne (Jack) Carlson; and brother, Don Tellner.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Marge Poss, Vernon “Bud” Tellner and Jerry Tellner.

Family will be receiving guests on Thursday June 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway Ave., Montgomery, IL 60538. Interment will be private.

Phillip James Perlinski

Phillip James Perlinski, 62, of Elburn, passed away Monday May 30, 2011, at Delnor Hospital in Geneva.

He was born May 27, 1949, the son of Thaddeus and Virginia Perlinski in Chicago.

Phillip grew up in Grays Lake, Ill., and attended local schools.

After graduating high school, Phillip attended Upper Iowa College, where he studied journalism. Following his graduation from college, he worked as a sports writer for a time in the Pennsylvania area. Later, he worked for over 20 years for AT&T.

Phillip found the love of his life in 1998. Karen Styer stole his heart but gave him hers in return. After they were united in marriage, Phillip and Karen made their home in Elburn.

Phillip was a big man with an even bigger heart. He was always willing to lend a hand to help others. He was an avid sports fan from birth. Although he was a fan of many sports teams, he lived and died with his beloved Chicago Cubs. He enjoyed gardening at his home, bringing a bit of Mother Nature’s beauty indoors. Phillip enjoyed collecting stamps, watching horse racing and was an “information junkie,” perusing the Internet for the latest stories. He also loved his two cocker spaniels, Autumn and Dooley.

Phillip had a generous heart and was always willing to lend a hand to help others. Phillip leaves his unique mark on the hearts of all he knew and will be missed by all.

He is survived by his loving wife, Karen of Elburn; one sister, Maribeth Skradski of Rock Island, Ill.; and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Virginia and Thaddeus Perlinski.

Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., with a memorial service to follow at 2:30 p.m., on Thursday, June 2, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Private family burial will occur at a later date.

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

Barbara Ann Andersen Wood

Barbara Ann Andersen Wood, 75, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully early Saturday, May 28, 2011, after a two-year struggle with Leukemia.

The last two years were but a mere page in the story of Barbara’s life. The daughter of William and Ruth Andersen, Barbara was born on May 18, 1936, and was raised in a loving home along with her sister Margaret. Growing up mainly in Chicago, Barbara was a 1954 graduate of Roosevelt High School.

In 1966, Barbara married Raymond on June 25. They raised their family in Villa Park, Ill., for 11 years and then in St. Charles for 26 more years. After the children were grown, Barb and Ray settled into their Maple Park home in 2003 for their quiet retirement and grandchild-spoiling years.

Barbara was a loving, nurturing mother, but she had more to give. In the midst of raising a family, in 1982, Barbara realized her dream of becoming a nurse when she graduated from Elgin Community College School of Nursing. Her career began at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield in the Cardiac Step-Down Unit and finished in 1999 at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva as a Same-Day Surgery nurse. Barbara continued to socialize with her co-workers long after retiring in the Antique Nurse’s Association’s monthly gatherings at various restaurants.

Along with her love of family, Barbara treasured her time spent at Conference Point Camp on Lake Geneva. She spent many a teenage summer there as a camper and camp family member and continued to visit to soak in the spiritual rejuvenation that it provided for her. Barbara’s artistic passions included painting, drawing up dream home floor plans, and tending to her landscape that surrounded her home with the beauty of her irises and lilacs. Above all else, Barbara was a woman who gave her heart and love, support and advice (wanted or not!) to family and friends and tried to allow God to guide her and lead a good Christian life. She touched so many lives and she will be deeply missed by all.

She leaves behind a loving husband of 45 years, Raymond Wood; four devoted daughters, Debra Slater, Rita Gayman, Susan Metz and Kristen Johnson; eight beautiful grandchildren ranging from 28 years to 1 year, Amy and Heather Slater, Charlotte, Jarod, Eric, and William Metz, Logan and Jordan Johnson; her sister and best friend, Margaret Alexander; and an endless array of friends.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., on Friday, June 3, with a memorial service to follow visitation at Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park. Rev. Eun Young Ko, pastor of the church, will officiate with private family interment to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to “Conference Point Center” with the memo reading “Barbara Wood Memorial Fund” and mailed to Conference Point Center, P.O. Box 575, Williams Bay, WI 53191. For Barbara’s full life story, please visit www.conleycare.com, where you also can leave tributes. Arrangements were handled with care by Conley Funeral Home, (630) 365-6414.

William ‘Bill’ Chesnutt

William “Bill” Chesnutt, 75, of Yorkville, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2011.

He was born on April 23, 1936, in Sycamore, the son of the late John Henry and Marion Louise (Boyle) Chesnutt.

After serving in the Marine Corps, he graduated from Aurora College with a business degree and retired from BASF in Joliet after 25 years. Bill was an avid golfer and bow hunter.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jean P. Chesnutt; children, Mike (Karen) Chesnutt, Jeff (Shelli) Chesnutt and Ann (fiance Carlos Martinez) Hill; grandchildren, Scott (Georgette) Chesnutt, Megan Chesnutt, Jason Chesnutt, Glenn Hill and Jessica Hill; great-grandchildren, Caleigh and Mason Chesnutt; sisters, Chalys Chesnutt-McCoy and Rosie (Ronnie) Vermeland; brother, Ronald (Bev) Williams.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Stephen Hawley Chesnutt.

Visitation was Wednesday, May 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 26, at the funeral home. Interment will take place at St. Paul Cemetery.

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

Marjorie “Grandma Marge” Finlinson

Marjorie “Grandma Marge” Finlinson, 86, of Summerville, S.C., formerly of Elburn, passed away May 3, 2011, at her daughter and son-in-law’s home following complications from a recent stroke.

She was born in Albia, Iowa, the fourth of nine children.

She was united in marriage to Vincent Finlinson on Aug. 25, 1942. Later, they moved to Illinois in 1955, eventually buying a house on Reeder Street in Elburn, where they would spend over 20 years making the house a home and filling it with memories. Marjorie continued to live there following Vincent’s passing in 1984. She moved to Summerville, S.C., in 2008, and subsequently moved into the care of her daughter and son-in-law’s home when her health began to decline.

Marjorie was a member of the Eastern Star.

Marjorie had a way about her in the kitchen. Something magical happened when she combined chicken and noodles and her special spices. The aroma filled not only the house but your heart.

She is survived by her two daughters, Janette Johnson of Geneva and Linda (Duane) Henricksen of Summerville, S.C.; one daughter-in-law, Joyce Finlinson of Washington; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Vincent; two sons, John Finlinson and Thomas Finlinson in infancy; one son-in-law, Richard “Dick” Johnson and Francis “Jamie” Jamison, a special family friend.

Private family services have already been held.

Memorials can be sent in her memory directly to a hospice of your choice. Arrangements were handled with care by Conley Funeral Home, (630) 365-6414.

Esther L. Shelton

Esther L. Shelton, 91, of Canton, Ill., formerly of Aurora, Metropolis, Ill., and Elburn, passed away Saturday, May 21, at Heartland Healthcare in Canton.

She was born Jan. 24, 1920, on the Downing farm in Virgil, the daughter of Swedish immigrants, Carl E. and Clara (Magnusson) Swanson.

Esther grew up in Virgil and attended local schools. She graduated from St. Charles High School at age 16 in 1936.

She continued her education by completing her nurses training at Copley Memorial Hospital, where she worked before serving in the United States Army Nurse Corp. From October 1942 to August 1943, Esther served her country at Fort Sam Houston and Brook General in San Antonio, Texas, before taking her talents to Army-Navy General in Hot Springs, Ark., until her honorable discharge as a 1st Lt. in December 1945.

She was united in marriage to John L. Shelton on March 31, 1943, in San Antonio, Texas. They made a million memories for 44 years until his passing on July 11, 1987.

Esther was born with a heart made for caring, and she continued that legacy as a head nurse on the fourth floor of Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora from 1950 to 1970. Following her “retirement” in 1970, Esther and John purchased a farm near Metropolis, but while John worked the land, Esther answered the call for caring when she began working at Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis, as well as a local nursing home before really retiring in 1985. In 1989, Esther moved to Elburn to live with her brother and sister.

She was a faithful member of Grace Lutheran Church in both Lily Lake and Canton. She was also a member of the Copley Nurses Alumni Association and the American Legion Auxiliary in Elburn.

Esther’s heart was always giving, and her hands were never idle. When she wasn’t caring for others, she kept busy knitting sweaters and blankets for family, friends and church bazaars, working crossword puzzles, playing solitaire and dominoes. She loved to cook and was renowned for her spaghetti as well as her red velvet cake. She also brought her garden to life with all the vibrant colors Mother Nature could provide.

In quiet moments, Esther could travel to distant lands as she turned to pages of her favorite books. Those quiet moments could be shattered, however, when her beloved Chicago Cubs were playing. There was no bigger fan than Esther. Her legacy as a loving aunt and a friend to many will be remembered for many years and generations to come.

She is survived by two nieces, Sharyn ( Dr. John) Baker of Moline, Ill., and Sandra (Dan) Ihnes of Canton, Ill.; one great-niece; three great-nephews; two great-great nieces; two great-great nephews; and a family of friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Hilding and Carl Swanson; four sisters, Ethel Swanson, Ruth Swanson, Mildred (Leland) Taber and Alice (Roy) Pinegar.

Visitation was from 11 a.m. to noon with a funeral service to celebrate her life following the visitation on Wednesday, May 25, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake, officiated, and interment followed at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite churches, Grace Lutheran Church in both Lily Lake and Canton, Ill. Checks may be made to the “Esther Shelton 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.

Elvin J. ‘Al’ Holdridge

Elvin Jacob “Al” Holdridge, 86, of Maple Park, died Monday, May 2, at DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center, DeKalb.

He was born June 26, 1924, in Waterman, Ill., the son of Wayne and Alice (Jacobson) Holdridge. Elvin was united in marriage to Helen Frizol on Oct. 2, 1946, in DeKalb.

Elvin attended school in DeKalb and worked various jobs prior to being drafted to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. After returning home, he began a lifelong career as a truck driver at Elmer Larson, Inc., which spanned 40 years.

He is survived by daughter, Donna Holdridge of DeKalb; a sister, Wilma Stringham of Covina, Calif.; a brother, Jim Holdridge of DeKalb; and several nieces and nephews, as well as many good friends. Al will be remembered by all as a kind and giving person.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Helen; his parents; and two brothers, Laverne M. Holdridge and Clarence M. Holdridge, who died in infancy.

Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Elvin Jacob Holdridge Memorial Fund for DeKalb County Hospice or DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center, in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.

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

Angelene W. Medernach

Angelene W. Medernach, 55, of Jacksonville, Fla., passed away April 17.

Daughter of John and Doskie (Jackie) Jackson, she was born in Vina, Ala. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her parents; her husband, James L. Medernach; son, Christopher Ramos; daughter, Crystal (Paul) Donahue; daughter-in-law, Christy Ramos (San Hatcher); grandchildren, Daniel Smith, Brittany and Michael Ramos, Hunter and Austin Donahue; brothers, Johnny (Martha) and Matthew Jackson; sister, Patsy Jackson-Meszaros; a special nephew, Jerry Meszaros; mother-in-law, Myrtle Medernach; brother-in-laws, Nicholas (Nylietta) and Edward Medernach; sisters-in-law, Debra (Joel) Hernandez, Renee and Margaret Medernach; a number of nieces, nephews and a special friend; and her sons, Kelly (Geoff) Belanger and Shawn.

She was preceded in death by her two daughters, Victoria and Jennifer Medernach; a brother, Thomas; and a father-in-law, Nicholas Medernach.

Visitation was held April 22 at the Hardage-Gibbons Town and Country Funeral Home with internment at Riverside Memorial Park.

Dean Harms

Dean Harms, of Elburn and Post Lake, Wis., died Thursday, April 28, at AGI Health Care in Crandon, Wis. He was 81 years old. He was born on Sept. 26, 1929, in Aurora, son of the late Fred and Ruth (Minor) Harms. He married Laurine Amfahr on Sept. 13, 1952, in Mendota, Ill.

He was born and raised in Aurora, where he graduated from East High School. After marriage, he moved to Elburn, where he worked at his father’s auto dealership, Harms Chevrolet. He purchased the dealership from his father in 1969, and owned and operated it until 1994.

He owned a cabin on Upper Post Lake since 1972, where the family enjoyed many vacations and holidays. After retirement, Post Lake became his second home, and golf his primary pastime.

He was a member of the Harry Athletic Club in Aurora. He served as a volunteer, trustee and past president of the Elburn Fire Department. He was member and past president of the Elburn Lions Club, a member of Antigo Bass Lake Country Club and was a hole-in-one golfer.

Mr. Harms enjoyed fishing in Wisconsin and Canada, hunting crows and pheasants, playing pool and cards, waterskiing and snowmobiling. His travels took him to Europe, the Caribbean and many golf resorts.

Survivors include his wife, Laurine; a daughter, Carol (Ken) Brooks of Elcho, Wis.; three grandchildren, Steve Brooks and fiancee Nichole Valuch of Hartland, Wis., Laura Brooks of Milwaukee, Wis., and Ryan Brooks, a student at UW Stout; and a son-in-law, Ron Heuertz of St. Charles.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Heuertz.

A funeral service was held on Monday at 11 a.m. at Bradley Funeral Home, with Rev. Jack LaMar officiating. Burial took place in Elcho Cemetery. Visitation was Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be left at www.bradleyfh.com.

Mary Gould Mitchell

Mary Gould Mitchell, 84, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Elburn, passed away April 14, 2011, at the Braden Care Center in Bradenton.

She is survived by her son, John (Pat) Mitchell of Lakewood, Colo.; one granddaughter, Deanna (Shane) Rumley; two great-grandchildren, Hannah and Colin, both of Colorado; one sister, Helen (Moon) Johnson, who has stayed close to Mary and would regularly visit her in Florida; eight nephews, one niece; and many great nieces and nephews.

Her many “Florida Friends” that will miss her dearly include Jean Simmons, the Bryon Fischer family and the Ed and Kathy Ranft family.

She is preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; and her brothers, Charles, Webb and Norris (Frances) Gould. She is also preceded by her nephews, Robert Johnson and Jason Gould. She now will be joined together again with her friend for many years, Robert Hawley.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m., at the Elburn American Legion in Elburn, where friends are invited to share their memories of Mary.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Mary Mitchell 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 her full life story can be read.

Sharon E. Babros

Sharon E. Babros, 60, of Maple Park, died on Monday, April 25, 2011, in her residence. Born on June 5, 1950, in Kenosha, Wis., she was the daughter of Edward and Martha (Schindler) Babros.

She was married to the late Paul Sauber on Feb. 2, 1972, in Wisconsin; he preceded her in death on Sept. 17, 1977. Sharon was working for the Opportunity House in Sycamore as a stay-in caregiver; she was also a substitute school teacher for the Kaneland schools from 1996 to 2006.

Sharon has lived in the Maple Park community since the 1970s, moving here from Paddock Lake, Wis. Sharon loved drawing, her students, arts and crafts, gardening, and watching her favorite NASCAR racer Greg Biffle. She graduated from Central High School in Salem, Wis.; she then graduated from University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Survivors include sons, Tom (Dawn) Sauber of Cortland, Joe (Alana) Heyob of Aurora; grandchildren, Briana, Madison, Lucas; sisters, Cathy (Bill) Schutzen of Bristol, Wis., Pat Babros of Paddock Lake; brother, Mike (Peg) Babros of Paddock Lake. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Paul Sauber.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 29, from 1 to 4 p.m., with a family-held service to be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Cremation will follow services at the Finch Crematory. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Opportunity House, 350 N. Maple St., Sycamore, IL, 60178. To send an online condolence, visit www.ronanmoorefinch.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home 310 Oak St. DeKalb, IL 60115 (815) 758-3841.

Howard P. Anderson

Howard P. Anderson, 72, of Elburn, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday evening, April 12, 2011, at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, Ill.

He was born Sept. 13, 1938, in Aurora, the son of Gunnar and Edna (Freeland) Anderson.

Howard grew up in Elburn and attended local schools. After graduation with the class of 1956, he worked for Northern F.S. delivering feed. Later, Howard began working for Elburn Co-Op until he began a 35-year career as a Maintenance Supervisor for Burgess-Norton until his retirement in May of 1997.

Howard met someone special in 1958. Bernice Ketcham caught not only his eye but his heart. Before long they were married at Grace Lutheran Church in Aurora, on Dec. 10, 1960. Though the air was cold that day, their love was warm and true and would last 50 years.

They began their life together in a tenant house in Elburn for a time before moving to Main Street. Later they moved next door into their present home.

Howard was a dedicated member of his community serving on the Elburn Village Board and as a lieutenant on the Elburn Fire Department. He was also a member of the Northern Illinois Steam and Power Club, the Minneapolis-Moline Collectors Association and the Upper Midwest A-C Collectors Club.

Howard’s hands were “magic” and restored a little bit of anything. From antique tractors, clocks, furniture and an old ‘37 Dodge pickup that was his pride and joy, he brought new and beautiful life to the old and forgotten items of yesterday.

His passion garnered him several trophies at the Big Rock Plow Match and numerous car shows throughout the years. Howard was a “jack of all trades,” and the first person you called when you needed advice on how to fix anything. His family was most important to him, a fact that was clear to see when you looked into his eyes while he attended all of his children and grandchildren’s sporting events. He was a photographer of sorts, snapping hundreds of pictures of all the family get-togethers, though many of those pictures never saw the light of day.

He and Bernice also became the “vacation destination” for their grandchildren for a week each summer at their cottage on Lake Roshe-a-cri in Wisconsin.

Howard loved to watch his grandson Nick quarterback the University of Wisconsin-Platteville team to victory, though nobody wanted to sit by him if they lost. Howard cheered Neil on as well during his snowmobile races and his special pursuit of life. He also loved watching college basketball and NASCAR, where he cheered on his favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt Sr., and later Junior as well. He was a member of the “Liars Club” that held court over coffee at The Kountry Kettle every morning, seven days a week. Howard was a dear friend to many and loved by all. He will never be forgotten.

He is survived by his wife Bernice Anderson, three sons, Curt (Susan) Anderson of Elburn, Craig (Suzanne) Anderson of Sycamore, and Kent (Tammy) Anderson of Cortland; two grandsons, Nick and Neil Anderson, both of Sycamore; is mother, Edna Anderson of Batavia; three siblings, Judy (Ron) Johnson of Elburn, Byron (Sue) Anderson of Batavia, and Sheila (Bill) VanBuskirk of Big Rock; many nieces, nephews and a community of friends.
He is preceded by his maternal and paternal grandparents, as well as his father, Gunnar Anderson.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 15, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 16, also at the funeral home. Rev. Michelle Prentice-Leslie, pastor of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn, will officiate, and interment will follow at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Howard Anderson 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 D. ‘Slim’ Treadway

John D. “Slim” Treadway, 48, of Aurora passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 2, 2011, surrounded by his loved ones after a courageous fight against AML Leukemia. He was born July 31, 1962.

John attended West Aurora High School and had been employed at General Mills for 21 years. He married the love of his life, Linda, on New Year’s Eve of 2006. Together they shared a passion for traveling, gardening, cooking and one another.

John was the proud “Pops” to sons John Jr. and Nicholas. Together they shared a passion for music and nature. They were the apples of his eyes. He was a participant and huge supporter of Relay for Life. He loved reading and playing cribbage. Most of all, he loved humor and was always quick to bring laughter to those around him.

John always expressed such gratitude for all of the love and support given to him, especially from his General Mills family, the doctors, nurses and staff and his guardian Angel Sarah from Rush-University Medical Center.

John is survived his wife, Linda; his sons, John Jr. (Amanda) and Nicholas Treadway; his stepsons, Jonathan Grabow and Matthew (Meghan) Grabow; his loving mother, Marcela Treadway; his siblings, Tammy (Bill) Blake, Donald (Sarah) Treadway and Andrew Treadway; his granddaughters, Emma Rose and Evelyn Grabow; as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

John was preceded in death by his father, Donald L. Treadway; his nephew, William Blake Jr.; his maternal grandparents, Martha and John Bryan; and paternal grandparents, Gladys and Conrad Treadway.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, with Pastor Patricia Kitner officiating. Interment will be at Mazon-Brookside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 8, at the funeral home.

For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com.

Theodore ‘Ted’ John Weydert

Theodore “Ted” John Weydert, 83, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully at his home on March 23.

He was born Oct. 1, 1927, in Unity, Wis., to Frederick and Martha (Beyer) Weydert and moved with his family to Maple Park in 1939. He graduated from Maple Park High School in 1945, and married his high-school sweetheart, Lauryce Hintzsche, on March 30, 1951, in Memphis, Tenn.

Ted started farming in 1952, in Pierce Township, Ill., then in Burlington, and moved to his present farm in Maple Park in 1962, where he farmed until his retirement in 1994.

His family was his passion. He passed on his strong work ethic to his children by starting their roadside sweet corn business in 1963, which continued for 38 years, working with his grandchildren in the later years. He was also an award-winning seed corn salesman for Garst and Midwest Seeds. It was known that he kept “office hours” at various local coffee shops most mornings.

Ted was also actively involved in the Maple Park Lion’s Club for over 40 years. He was instrumental in starting the very successful annual Mother’s Day Rose Sale, which is still popular as a fundraiser.

Ted is survived by his wife; children, Carolyn (Gary) Faselt of Denver, Jane (Mac) McDonald of Eldridge, Iowa, Joy (Tom Fine) Weydert of Kansas City, Ted G. (Kristi) Weydert of DeKalb and Martha Weydert Cohen of Jacksonville, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and honorary daughter, Janet Clarke of Chicago. Ted is also survived by his brother, Fred (Ethel) Weydert of Leesburg, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Myrtle Weydert Donahue and Margaret Weydert; and grandchildren, Ayla Faselt and Louis Faselt.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Community of Christ Church at 1200 S. Malta Road, DeKalb, with Pastor Roger Hintzsche officiating. Lunch will be served in the fellowship hall following the service. Friends are welcome to call at the family home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Maple Park Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 10, Maple Park, IL 60151, who was so helpful to Ted.

Dorothy O. McAdams

Dorothy O. McAdams, 72, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family on Tuesday, March 22.

Dorothy was born March 7, 1939, in DeKalb, the daughter of Marcus and Audrey (Keefe) Olsen. Dorothy grew up on the family farm on Thatcher Road in Maple Park.

She attended local schools and she was united in marriage to Lloyd McAdams on Jan. 3, 1956.

Dorothy continued her farming heritage, working side by side with Lloyd for many years. Aside from tending the fields and animals, Dorothy made their house a home, raising three children. In 1969, the family moved to Alabama for several years. When the children were grown with Steve attending a local college and Cindy and Julie migrating back to Illinois, Dorothy followed suit, returning to her Maple Park roots in 1986.

Over the years, Dorothy shared her kind, gentle hands and a huge heart while caring for the elderly or anyone that was in need of some extra help.

Dorothy’s hobby was cooking. In reality, she did more than just “cook,” she catered to your body and soul. Her chicken soup had almost miraculous curative powers. Whether you were sick or not, it just made you feel good.

Her home was a destination every Halloween for her famous popcorn balls. Her famous “party mix” was a staple at every gathering and was also mailed to family across the globe. It was not unusual either for friends and neighbors to request her special chicken salad for them to bring to their own family functions.

She inherited a set of Franciscan dishes from an aunt that became more than just decor, it became an extension of her, proudly set on the table a full day before any holiday. Holiday menus contained the main dish and specific pie for each person’s taste. Enough food for an army, there were always leftovers that were given to friends and family throughout the community.

Dorothy was a woman on a mission each spring, making sure she had the right food for the right migration. She loved birds and enjoyed the many hours she spent watching them through her window and making sure the feeders were always full.

Dorothy’s grandchildren were the love of her life and in later years formed a special bond with her great-grandson, Nolan. They quickly became “best friends,” making new memories with every smile. She was more than a grandma, she was a woman who was loved by all and will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her three children, Cindy Heyob of DeKalb, Julie (Randy) Little of Maple Park, Steve (Amy) McAdams of Swaziland, Africa; six grandchildren, Audrey Heyob, Dan Heyob, Mackeinze Little, Katie McAdams, Maggie McAdams and Ellie McAdams; one great-grandson, Nolan Green; six siblings and two sisters-in-law, Patricia (Al) Homan of West Palm Beach, Fla.; sister-in-law, Helen Olsen of Maple Park, Mark (Jackie) Olsen of Withee, Wis., Nancy Olsen of Maple Park, sister-in-law, Sharon Olsen of Big Rock, Caryl (Jerry) Schrader of Maple Park, Bill (Sue) Olsen of Maple Park, and Mel (Fred) Needham of Maple Park; and many nieces and nephews and a community of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Mark and Audrey; her brothers, Albert Richard “Dick” and Thomas Michael “Mike” Olsen; and her son-in-law, Joe Heyob.

Visitation was from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A funeral service to celebrate her life began at 10 a.m. Monday, March 28, at the funeral home. Rev. Michael Massey, pastor of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, DeKalb, officiated, and interment followed at Gardner Cemetery in Maple Park.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities, including DeKalb Hospice. Checks may be made to the “Dorothy McAdams 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, where a full life story can be found.

Patricia Ann Frieders

Patricia A. Frieders, 81, of Elkhorn, Wis., passed away Sunday, March 20, 2011, at Mercy Hospital in Janesville, Wis.

She was born Aug. 27, 1929, in Aurora, the daughter of Sherman and Mabel (Lye) Phelps. Patricia married Donald Frieders in Illinois on April 22, 1950. She was employed at Interlaken Resort on Lake Como by Lake Geneva, Wis., for many years.

She is survived by her husband, Donald of Elkhorn; four daughters, Chris (Mike) Breen, Kathy Frieders of Florida, Sandy Lake of Florida and Sue (David) Miller of Delavan, Wis.; one son, Kevin Frieders of Wyoming; four grandchildren, Jamison, Jacob (Lupe), Zachary (Jenny) and Hailey; three great-grandchildren, MacKenzie, Izzic and Kaleih; two brothers, Ted (Norraine) Phelps and Leon Phelps, both of Illinois.

She is preceded in death by her parents and step-father, Albert Farley.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Monroe Funeral Home in Delavan is assisting the family. Visit us at MonroeFH.com.

Madelyn ‘Lynne’ Allen

Madelyn “Lynne” Allen, nee Hartung, 83, of Aurora, passed away peacefully on her birthday, Nov. 28, 2010, surrounded by her family and now joins her husband George in the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ.

She was born Nov. 28, 1927, in Cullman, Ala., to Fredrick Gottleib “Fritz” and Lorraine (Hoenig) Hartung.

Lynne’s family moved from the rural environment of Cullman to the city of Birmingham, Ala., while she was still young. Her heart remained in Cullman, and she often returned to see family, especially her cousins, aunts and uncles, spending countless hours horseback riding in the country. She attended local schools in Birmingham and later graduated from Birmingham Southern College where she met George Allen. They were united in marriage on April 24, 1947, at Christ Lutheran Church in Birmingham, Ala. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1951, with extensive studies in foreign languages, a love she would harbor for the rest of her life.

Lynne and George moved to Louisville, Ky., in 1949. Lynne raised three children while George attended graduate school and took a job with the Civil Service. They moved to Ohio in 1957, where they lived for nine years before relocating to Aurora, finally settling in Elburn in 1972. During all this time, Lynne never lost sight of her roots, taking her family on the annual vacation pilgrimage to Alabama to see relatives and friends in town and country, uniting her present with her past.

Lynne and George were faithful members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurora for many years and were also active in the Stevens Ministry and a Bible study group.

Lynne had a contagious, bright and adventurous spirit, so much so that after falling victim to the polio epidemic in the early 1950s, she fought everyday to graduate from crutches, to leg braces, to canes, and finally the ability to walk on her own while raising her three young children. Though she would never take the reins of a horse again, she never complained, but lived each day with the unspoken grace of one who is happy to be alive.

She had a passion for the outdoors and a passion for music. Lynne and George both enjoyed camping, hiking, biking, swimming, boating, and backyard picnics with the family. Even in her final days, Lynne would never pass up an opportunity to “go for a ride.” She learned to play the clarinet in school, and for many years let the music of her soul play out on the piano, sharing and passing on a love and appreciation for music to her children. Her passion for music also manifested itself in many trips to the Lyric Opera and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Lynne had a keen sense of justice and a compassionate, caring heart that innately understood how to help those in need. She relocated her aging parents to her home in Illinois, stepping into the role of caregiver to her mother, who suffered for many years from Alzheimer’s disease. After George’s passing, Lynne herself joined the ranks of Alzheimer’s patients, choosing to live each day with as much joy and dignity as her loving family and family of caregivers could provide. Now, she is free and “home” at last in Heaven, safe in her Savior’s keeping. Though Lynne’s last note has been played, her opus continues to resonate deep within the hearts of family and friends and will never be forgotten.

She is survived by her three children and their families, Mike (Nina) Allen, Steven Bradley Allen, Lea Lida Lorraine (Alan) Allen-Truemper;
six grandchildren, Megan (Ashley) Pimsner, Joshua (Blanca) Sullivan, Natalie Lynne (Jason) Hoyt, Kevin Allen, Ian Shain Bramel-Allen and Justin Alan Truemper; seven great-grandchildren, Lydia, Alejandra, Aeden, Elise, Gabriel, Carl, Gavin and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, George.

A visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, with a memorial service to follow visitation at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 85 S. Constitution Dr., Aurora, IL. Pastor John Fritz will officiate the service.

A memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to “Alzheimer’s Disease Research” and mailed to 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871.

The family would like to thank the many people who became special in the eyes of both Lynne and her family. To Sheila White, Raul “Paul” Nocete, a dedicated caregiver who provided Lynne with creative and joyful ways to make her smile through the haze of Alzheimer’s, and most recently, Roland, another caregiver who was instrumental in Lynne’s care. In addition, the family would like to thank the “angels” who visited the Neighbors Next Door including Julie, Jo, Diane, Connie, Kathy, Wes and Martha, a special friend. Pat Mason began as Lynne’s massage therapist but became a close friend and confidant, and last but not least, to Pastor John Fritz for all the support and spiritual care he provided for Lynne even into her last days.

Dolores (Bannister) Hart Turk

Dolores (Bannister) Hart Turk, 78, passed away March 15, 2011, after suffering a stroke in her Sycamore, Ill., home.

She was born Feb. 23, 1933, at home in DeKalb, to Charles W. and Esther (Lindeberg) Bannister. In June 1953, she married Clyde Francis Hart, Jr., and they made their home in DeKalb for 38 years. Clyde preceded her in death in 1991.

In 1994, she married Joseph Eugene Turk of Sycamore, who had lost his wife Margie of 40 years. When Joe and Dolores married, Father Timar said “Together these two already have 78 years of marriage experience.” Dolores was very happy to join the large Turk family of Joe’s eight children. She actively enjoyed watching 24 grandkids and six great-grandkids grow.

She worked in the financial field for over 40 years and was the first female vice president for DeKalb Savings and Loan, where she retired after 32 years. She then worked for Blunt, Ellis and Lowe (now known as Wachovia Securities) for eight years. She was actively involved in the DeKalb community, serving two terms as president of the DeKalb Business and Professional Women’s Club and was a board member of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce for 10 years. Dolores served as an officer and president of the Fox Valley Savings and Loan Counsel and was on the advising committee for Kishwaukee College and on the local Credit Bureau Advisory Committee.

Dolores enjoyed sewing with her ladies club and for her granddaughters, as well as entertaining in her home. Everywhere she went, she ran into people she knew. She attended over a thousand of the grandkids’ concerts and sporting events, at times cheering for Sycamore and other times for Kaneland—and sometimes for both teams at once.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph; brothers, James Bannister (children: Kathy, Jeff, Pat and Hope) and Ron Bannister (children: Ron Jr., Russell and Tracy); sister-in-law, Margie (Hart) Bedner (children: Kim, Randy and Kathi); several cousins; her step-children, James (Rose) Turk, Pamela (Philip) Burke, Barbara (Carson) Landis, Charles (Nancy) Turk, David (Linda) Turk, Kathy (Kevin) Claesson, Diane (Scott) Buzzard and Rosalie (Michael) Miller; 24 grandchildren; and six great-grand children.

In addition to her beloved Clyde, she was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Charles Bannister (his surviving children: Brenda Kay, Becky, Rhonda and Randy); brother, George Bannister (his surviving children: Cindy and Dolores Ann); an infant sister; and three special aunts, Agnes (Lindeberg) Hayes, Ruth (Lindeberg) Olson Neitzel and Minnie (Lindeberg) Johnson.

Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, and at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 18, at Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore, followed by funeral services at 10 a.m. Rev. Dr. Janet Hunt officiated the service. Burial followed at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Dolores (Bannister) Hart Turk Memorial Fund, in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.

Martha Catherine Kirchmann

Martha Catherine Kirchmann, 95, of the Sycamore and DeKalb areas, peacefully went home to her Lord on Monday, March 21, 2011.

Martha was born on Feb. 22, 1916, the daughter of Henry and Susanna (Hamsmith) Butt. Growing up in the Virgil/Maple Park area, Martha was a bright, self-assured and independent child. She attended grade school in both South Burlington and S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic School in Virgil. Working her way through high school, she graduated from Maple Park High School with the class of 1937.

She was united in marriage on Oct. 24, 1937, to John H. Kirchmann at the Holy Angels Church in Aurora. After they were married, they resided in Aurora before moving to Roselle, Ill. In 1946, they moved to South Burlington, where they spent a good part of 20 years enjoying their family. Raising 12 children was no small task with 18 loads of laundry every Monday and everyday household chores without the luxury of modern-day amenities.

Martha enjoyed organic gardening, planting fruit trees and her beautiful flower beds. Many happy hours were spent singing in her kitchen while canning her bounty from her 1 acre garden. Canning 100 quarts of pickles and 300 quarts of beans, her pantry was always full. Cooking a meal for Martha meant two quarts of everything. Martha was famous for her pies, and a pie was never complete without adding a little rhubarb or currant.

In 1963, John and Martha moved to a small farm in Clare, Ill. The farm was up a half mile lane, where she enjoyed the peace and solitude in the country. With the family half grown, life was easier now, and there was time for Martha to enjoy her gardening and raising chickens and geese. Martha was widowed in 1968, with six children remaining at home.

In 1979, she moved to Maple Park, where she continued to garden and plant an orchard. This is where Martha discovered a new love, china painting. She excelled at china painting, winning ribbons at the Sandwich Fair. Martha was a member of the Fox Valley China Art Guild and the World Organization of China Painting Teachers, passing the gift of art onto her children and grandchildren. All Martha’s descendants were blessed with beautiful heirloom pieces that will be passed on for generations to come. She was also a member of the Kane County Home Extension.

In later years, Martha moved to Sycamore to be closer to her children. Playing cards and bingo was a favorite pastime, as well as vacationing with children and grandchildren. At the age of 94, Martha loved the time spent with family and was game for anything, including 4-wheeling.

She was a member of SS Peter & Paul of Virgil, and also a member of St. Mary’s of Sycamore and active in her faith. The love of her life was her family and her heartfelt devotion to her grandchildren and her great-great grandchildren.

She is survived by 10 children, Kathleen Geen (Arthur) Port Richey, Fla., Germaine VanDerheyden (Tony) St. Charles, John Henry Kirchman Jr. (Carol) of Hinckley, Ernest Kirchman (Martha) of Minnesota, Sharon Voyles (Lester) of Rochelle, Ill., Paulette Tewksbury (Tim) of Sycamore, Diane Long (Vernon) of Maple Park, Josephine Susina (William) of Clare, Andy Kirchmann (Deborah) of Sycamore, and Susanna Smith (Jim) of Sycamore. Martha’s legacy includes 36 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren, with five more expecting, twins included. Martha is also survived by four sisters, Mary Gudek (Edward) of Woodsville, N.H., Isabelle Butt of Elgin, Ill., Jane Usczienski of Elgin, and Lucy Mogler of Sycamore.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Kirchmann, Sr.; one son, Edward Lee; two daughters, Janet Walk and Jean Hardt; and one son-in-law, Harold Hardt; her parents; six brothers, Charles, Henry, Robert, John, James and Arthur; and one sister, Anne Faber.

Visitation will be on Friday, March 25, from 2 to 8 p.m., with a wake service to begin at 4 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. Elburn. The funeral will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, with a high Mass at S.S. Peter & Paul, Virgil. Fr. Perfecto Vasquez, pastor of the church, will officiate and interment will follow at S. S. Peter & Paul Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to be given to masses. Checks may be made to the “Martha Kirchmann Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memorials may also be forwarded to the family through the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Letter: Support the Land Preservation and Preserve Improvement Referendum

I urge your readers to support the Forest Preserve District of Kane County’s Land Preservation and Preserve Improvement Referendum, which will be on the April 5 election ballot.

At first glance, it is surprising that with the present economy the Forest Preserve would propose a land acquisition referendum. A second look, however, will tell you that it makes good fiscal sense. After the last referendum, when the Forest Preserve was identifying high-quality land to buy, they found that developers were willing to pay much higher prices for the land than the Forest Preserve could afford. A number of very fine potential preserves were lost to preservation in this way. With today’s depressed land values, some of those developers are approaching the Forest Preserve District and offering their land for significantly reduced prices—less than what the Forest Preserve District offered the first time.

The Forest Preserve anticipates that $30 million now will buy much more land than it would have five years ago. This window of opportunity will close as land prices rise again.
The average home in Kane County is worth approximately $265,000; the cost of this referendum would be around $1 a month. That’s 3 to 4 cents per day, or about $12 a year.

Remember, preserved land adds value to a community, provides spaces for wildlife to live, cleans the air we breathe and the water we use, infiltrates rain and runoff, reducing the impact of flooding, and provides places for people to recreate and renew their spirits. All this without demanding municipal services or putting one more child in the local school.

For further information on the Forest Preserve’s plans or information about the referendum, please visit www.kaneopenspace.org or www.kaneforest.com.

Mary Ochsenschlager
Sugar Grove

Shirley J. Stoffa

Shirley J. Stoffa, age 59, of Elburn, passed away early Sunday morning March 13, 2011, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She fought the good fight; she finished the race, and with the loving, tender care of her family and countless prayers of many, she is now safely home in heaven.

Shirley Jane Collins was born July 3, 1951, in Elgin, Ill., the daughter of James and Dorothy (Heinberg) Collins. She grew up on a farm in rural St. Charles until the age of 12, when the family moved to the family farm on Keslinger Road, Elburn. She attended St. Patrick’s Catholic School in St. Charles and graduated from Kaneland High School with the class of 1969. Following graduation, she became employed at National Electronics, LaFox, and worked in customer service.

In 1973, through a mutual friend, Shirley went to supper with the young man who would steal her heart and in time become her husband of 35 years. Mike Stoffa and Shirley dated for several years before they were united in marriage on May 31, 1975, at St. Gall Church in Elburn. They made their first homes in several apartments in Elburn before moving to their first house on Nebraska Street in 1980. Shirley had a chance to make her house a home with all of her creative skills. Her hands and heart were truly made to be a mother, and Shirley exemplified both as their children, Todd and Sarah, grew up. In 2000, the family moved to their present home on Pierce Street.

No matter where they made their home, family was always first in Shirley’s heart. She was an ever-ready babysitter for nieces and nephews. She loved cooking, reading and took great pride in her flower and vegetable gardens. Shirley’s busy hands were never idle and through countless hours she sewed, altered and created clothing and costumes not only for her family but for many others. In later years, she created beautiful quilts and other crafts. She never missed any of Todd or Sarah’s school events. Mother-and-daughter times went from childhood to being grown women and best friends. Shirley was always there through all of Sarah’s joys and challenges. Through the last weeks, Sarah’s role changed as she became the caregiver and constant companion.

In 2003, the family grew as Molly became Todd’s wife and in 2005, Abigail Grace was born and Shirley became Grammy, finding the beginning of a light that could brighten any day. That joy became complete when Cole Michael was born in 2008. Abby and Cole brought hope and happiness with every hug.

In early 1984, Shirley became a library aid at the Kaneland Elementary School. It was a job that would grow into a career as she worked her way up to her present position as the Benefits Coordinator for Kaneland School District 302.

Apple Canyon Lake was one of Shirley’s favorite places to be. In 1996, the Collins family was looking for a place to have their annual family gathering. The perfect spot became the cabin at Apple Canyon Lake, a place built by family and friends, the Collins Ponderosa. It was the place where all of the family could be together and share not only their annual retreat but countless weekends of fun. Shirley’s memory will live forever in the hearts of her family and friends. Shirley had countless gifts, but it was the fruits of the spirit that perhaps exemplified her best: patience, love, caregiving, a trustful faith and always being the peacemaker.

She was a faithful member of St. Gall Church, the Elburn Firemen’s Ladies Auxiliary, served on the Kaneland Hall of Fame Board and the Kaneland 50th Anniversary Committee and volunteered many hours for the Elburn Lions Club.

She is survived by her loving husband, Mike of Elburn; two children, Todd (Molly) Stoffa and Sarah Stoffa, all of DeKalb; her two grandchildren, Abby and Cole (and grand-dog, Chief); three sisters, JoAnn Collins of Streamwood, Ill., Kathy Freeburg of St. Charles and Mary (John) Rogerson of Big Rock; two brothers, Richard (Terri) Collins of Oswego, Ill., and Don (Karen) Collins of Downers Grove, Ill.; her mother-in-law, Darlene Stoffa of Elburn; her brother-in-law, John (Terri) Stoffa of Geneva; three sisters-in-law, Linda Stoffa-Souders, Loretta (Jim) Rausch, Lora (John) Cain, all of Elburn; many nieces, nephews and extended family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Dorothy Collins; one brother, David Collins; great-nephews, Brian and Eric Lloyd; and her father-in-law, George Stoffa.

Visitation will be held Thursday, March 17, from 2 to 8 p.m., with the Rosary to be said at 2 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A Mass to celebrate Shirley’s life will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Gall Church, Elburn, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Father Karl Ganss will officiate, and interment will follow at St. Gall Cemetery, Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the Shirley Stoffa Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Memories and tributes may be forwarded to the family at the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com. For further information, call (630) 365-6414.

Nellie Rose McCannon

Nellie Rose McCannon, 93, of Wheaton, Ill., passed away on Friday, March 11, 2011, at Wyndemere Retirement Center, where she moved in 1997 after a longtime residence in Madison, Wis.

She was born on Dec. 29, 1917, in Sugar Grove, the only daughter of the late Benjamin and Bena (Willis) McCannon.

Miss McCannon was on the University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty for 37 years; 10 years of that at the Milwaukee County Extension Office. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University and her Master’s from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined the Agricultural Journalism Department to head their home economics journalism major. She handled the home economics news service and taught news writing and feature writing classes. She was also president of the Wisconsin Home Economics Association and on the board of the American Home Economics Association. There, she started a communications section and served as its first chair.

She initiated a yearly workshop for female editors and reporters in the state, and she was president of the Madison chapter of Women in Communications.

Working with international graduate students led her to a project with Mexican home agents, an assignment in Indonesia, and several trips around the world, including visiting all seven continents.

Miss McCannon is survived by her brother, Ben (Jayne) McCannon; sister-in-law, Vivian McCannon; eight nieces and nephews; and numerous great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers, Frank (Helen) McCannon, Willis (Grace) McCannon and John McCannon; nephews, Michael McCannon, Dennis McCannon and David McCannon.

Memorials may be made to the Nellie McCannon Life Science Communications Fund, UW Foundation, 1848 University Ave., Madison, WI 53708.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. until time of service at noon at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Burial will take place at Jericho Cemetery.

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

Marvin Ackerman

Marvin Ackerman, 78, of Melboune, Fla., passed away Nov. 21, 2010, at the William Child’s Hospice House in Palm Bay, Fla.

He was surrounded by his wife, son and many family members. He was born in Curtis, Wis., on June 14, 1932.

He was one of 13 siblings. He retired from the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District where he served as Fire Chief for 22 years.

He was a Korean War veteran. Some of his many passions were his family, the Fire Department, friends, sports and fishing.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Joyce (nee Stover); son, Ron (Debbie); and his grandchildren, Amy and Matt; seven siblings; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Community Congregational Church in Elburn on Saturday, March 19, with the visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Chicago Foundation for Fire and Life Safety, 200 Fremont St., West Chicago, IL 60185.

Lorraine Rita White

Lorraine Rita White, 85, of Lake Charles, La., formerly of Elburn, passed from this life to eternal life on Feb. 23, 2011. She was a resident of Grand Cove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born Feb. 7, 1926, the daughter of James and Margaret (Wittry) Pobstman of DeKalb.

Lorraine grew up in Pierce Township on a family homestead on Keslinger Road. She attended a one-room schoolhouse before going to Maple Park High School, where she graduated with the class of 1944.

Lorraine met her future husband, Francis “Bud” White, on a blind date that was set up through mutual friends. Little did they know that night while watching one of the free movies in Maple Park, that instead of the “Stars of Hollywood,” they themselves would become “the main attraction” two years later when they married at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park on May 4, 1946. Their marriage lasted 63 years, until 2009, when Lorraine had to say goodbye to her beloved Bud.

They began their new life together on a rented farm on Keslinger Road before making their home seven years later on Kansas Street in Elburn. In 2010, Lorraine moved to Lake Charles, La., to be with her daughter, Mary Frances Sherwood.

There wasn’t one person who didn’t receive a personal greeting, a warm smile and a helping hand from Lorraine during her 37 years with Northern FS (Farm Service). She first worked as a bookkeeper in Elburn and later retired from the DeKalb office.

Lorraine, a devoted Catholic, was a member of St. Gall Catholic Church, where she serviced on the Altar & Rosary Society and worked the annual turkey dinners. She was a member of Why Catholic Bible Study Group and the Elburn Sunset Seniors Group.

She had a solid work ethic, and a strong inner-core of resoluteness that was challenged in later years as she cared for her ailing husband with loving hands and gentle touch for seven years. She was an avid reader, enjoyed crossword puzzles and was particularly thrilled when she could complete the Chicago Tribune puzzle. Lorraine was a wonderful, wife, mother, grandmother, friend and neighbor. Her family and friends were the lucky ones who enjoyed her beautiful flower beds in the spring and summer, and her special lebkuchen and date pinwheels during the holiday season.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Mary Frances (Edwin) Sherwood; and grandson, William of Lake Charles, La.

She now joins her husband, Bud; parents, James and Margaret Pobstman; and sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Harold Hipps.

A visitation for Lorraine was held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A service to celebrate her life was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 28, at St. Gall Catholic Church. Father Karl Ganss officiated. Interment followed at SS Peter & Paul Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial Mass may be sent to St. Gall Catholic Church, 120 West Shannon St., Elburn, IL 60119-8220. A donation can be made to the Town and Country Public Library, 320 E. North Street, Elburn, IL 60119. Memories may be forwarded to the family through www.conleycare.com.

Melody F. Johnson

Melody F. Johnson, 75, passed away Thursday, Feb. 24, at Rosewood Care Center in St. Charles. She was born May 14, 1935, in Arlington Heights, Ill., the daughter of Lloyd and Jesse (Fronk) Sieburg. She was united in marriage to Golbert L. Johnson on Feb. 22, 1974, in West Chicago.

Mrs. Johnson’s passion was volunteering at area shelters, caring for all the animals.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Gilbert; her children, Elizabeth (Dan) Cooley of Wooster, Ohio, and Melody (Kevin) Coyne of Downer’s Grove, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 26, at Moss-Norris Funeral Home in St. Charles. Internment was private in Elm Lawn Cemetery in Elmhurst, Ill.

Contributions in Melody’s memory may be directed to the Anderson Animal Shleter, 1000 LaFox Road, South Elgin, Ill., 60177 or to a shelter or humane society of the donor’s choice. For additional information, please contact Moss-Norris Funeral Home in St. Charles at (630) 584-2000 or www,norrisfh.com.

Roy W. Johnson

Roy W. Johnson, 89, of Lily Lake, passed away on Feb. 17, 2011, at Delnor Hospital. He was born on Nov. 20, 1921, in Phoenix, Ariz., the son of Birger A. and Jennie (Bloomquist) Johnson.

The family lived in Highwood, Ill., and St. Charles before moving in 1935 to the farm at Lily Lake.

He graduated from St. Charles High School in 1939.

On Aug. 19, 1944, he married Norma Leone Johnson. Their life together was devoted to family and farming. She preceded him in death in 1993.

Roy was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake, and he had a deep interest in local history, supported by a prodigious memory.

Survivors include four children, Ross (Jennie) Johnson of Tampa, Fla., Ellen (Craig) Eden of Dorsey, Ill., Paul (Betty) Johnson of Ft. Morgan, Colo., and Owen Johnson of Lily Lake. Also surviving are his sister, Betty Barnett of Napa, Calif.; brother, John Johnson of Crystal River, Fla.; dear friend, Jackie Obenauf of Wasco; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Norma; and one infant son.

Visitation was from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A funeral to celebrate his life was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 21, also at Conley Funeral Home. Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Lily Lake, officiated. Interment followed at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in his name to a charity of your choice. Tributes only may be forwarded to the family through his name in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119 or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Alexis Y. ‘Lexi’ Weber

Alexis Y. “Lexi” Weber, 21, of Maple Park died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital as the result of an automobile accident.

She was born on July 3, 1989, in St. Charles, the daughter of James S. and Dawn L. (Johnson) Weber.

Lexi was a graduate of Kaneland High School, class of 2007, and was a senior at Northern Illinois University. She was in her last year of getting her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She was a student teacher for the Burlington School District and worked for the Sycamore School District in their OSCAR program.

Lexi was a volunteer for many community programs, including being one of the founding members of the Feed’em Soup organization. She was a very caring person who continued to help people by being a tissue donor.

She is survived by her father, James Weber of Cortland; her mother, Dawn Weber of Maple Park; two brothers, Will Weber of Sycamore and Mark “Jr.” Akers of Geneva; one sister, Dominique Weber of DeKalb; maternal grandparents, Gary and Rita Johnson of Maple Park; her step-mother, Janet Weber; three uncles, Rick (Paige) Johnson of Yorkville, Doug (Nicole) Johnson of Maple Park and Mike Weber of Palatine, Ill.; one aunt, Jan (Bill) Hall of Sycamore; special friend of Lexi and her mother, Jay Jacobson; and her cousins, Jay Weber, Jennifer Caravia, Jason and Tracey Hall, Gabe, Sloane, Shae, Nicholas, Evan and Olivia Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Arthur and Mary Weber.

Her funeral service will be on Friday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. at the Salem Lutheran Church, 1145 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, with Rev. Michael Morell officiating. Burial will be private.

Visitation will be on Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the church.

Memorials can be made for Alexis Weber in care of the Butala Funeral Homes, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. For info go to www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call (815) 895-2833.

Regina “Renee” Rae Lowe (Eaves) Kivisto

Regina “Renee” Rae Lowe (Eaves) Kivisto, 68, of Aurora passed away Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at McCauley Manor in Aurora.

A long battle with cancer, kidney failure and congestive heart failure brought her to the angels above.

Renee is survived by her life-long soul mate Wallace (Walter) Kivisto, married for 24 wonderful years. She had previously been married to Garry Eaves of Mendota and had three children, Steve (Kristi) Eaves of Plano, Ill., Joel (Lisa) Eaves of Sugar Grove, and Amy (Eric) Eaves Larson of Plano; stepsons, Todd (Grace) and Troy Kivisto; grandchildren, Steven (Mookie) Eaves, Ross Kivisto, Rory (Tiffany) Kivisto, Jordan Eaves, Erin Larson, Tony Larson, Taylor Eaves, Zack Eaves, Scott Eaves, Shane Eaves, Katya Kivisto, Rider Larson and Josie Larson; brothers, Clifford Lowe and his partner, Laura Cadena; nephews, Chris Lowe and his adored children, Amanda and CJ (Christopher), Chad (Chani) Lowe and their adored children, Lulu and Rocco, and Ed (Cathy) Lowe; nephews and nieces, Ryan Lowe, Renae Lowe and Raquel Lowe; and great-grandchildren, Eili Kivisto (daughter of Rory and Tiffany Kivisto).

Additional family members include Walt Kivisto of Streator, Ill., brother to Wally Kivisto; Daryl and Chris Mathews of St. Cloud, Minn., brother to Wally Kivisto.

Regina was born and raised in Aurora. She graduated from West Aurora High School in 1960. She worked for Western Electric/Lucent Technologies/AT&T for 32 years. She had a passion for cooking, and when she retired from AT&T, she wanted to start her own catering business.

A diagnosis with breast cancer put this dream out of reach. Regina enjoyed making birthday dinners for family and friends; in addition, making sure everyone close to her had a birthday cake or dessert. This included neighbors, coworkers and restaurant employees, who she enjoyed so much, the dialysis center patients and employees, and even gas station attendants. She always went out of her way to make people feel happy and loved.

Regina also loved to travel. Regina and Wally went on a total of nine cruises, traveling the Artic Circle in 1996, California, Florida and trips to Minnesota. She enjoyed fishing in Galesburg, Ill., with family and would never give up; sometimes from sunrise to sunset without ever a bite.

Regina also loved gardening. She had a huge garden in her back yard and would sometimes plant over 20 tomato plants. These fresh vegetables and herbs would be used in her cooking. Always fresh herbs, never store bought.

Regina was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and mother-in law. Regina made friends whereever she went, and her smile encouraged you to be a better person. Once you met Regina, you would never forget her.

A memorial service and celebration for Regina will be held Friday, Feb. 18, from 3 to 8 p.m., with a small service to be held from 5:30 to 6 p.m. at the Orchard Community Church, 101 Barnes Road, Aurora, Ill., 60506.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Aurora Dialysis Center of Aurora ( in memory of Regina Kivisto), 455 Mercy Lane, Aurora, Ill., 60506, payable to Aurora Dialysis.

John J. Machias

John J. Machias, 81, of Elburn, passed away Friday evening, Feb. 11, 2011, at Rosewood Care Center in St. Charles.

He was born Nov. 30, 1929, in the Bronx of New York, the son of John J. Sr. and Edith (Nikkenen) Machias.

He grew up in the Bronx, where everyone called him Johnny. When he was 9, the family moved to Joliet, Ill., where he graduated high school in 1948.

Following graduation, he attended Lewis College in Lockport, Ill., for a time.

Johnny enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean War. Upon his honorable discharge on May 10, 1952, Johnny began working for various companies in various sales and marketing positions, spending the last 18 years at U.S. Tsubakimoto, retiring in 1992.

Johnny met the love of his life after returning from the service. Coral Hock stole his heart, but gave hers in return, when they were united in marriage on Oct. 25, 1953, in Joliet.

They began their new life together in Joliet for a short time before moving to Aurora in 1955 and began raising a family. They traded the city streets for the country life in Nottingham Woods of Elburn in 1975, where Johnny felt right at home in the great outdoors and socializing with neighbors, many of whom became very close friends.

Johnny was one of the first members of Hughes Creek Golf Course when it opened, and he spent time on the links nearly every day thereafter. He and Coral were also members of the Kaneville United Methodist Church in Kaneville.

Johnny was a salesman at heart, even in retirement, and he enjoyed working part time for S.E.S. Construction Equipment in West Chicago, Ill. He also loved to travel with Coral to Brownsville, Texas; Ludington, Mich.; and Machias, Maine; among many others, making memories with every mile. In 1986, they travelled to Hawaii and sampled the island life.

Johnny also had a standing “play-date” every Friday with his grandchildren for many years. He was an avid golfer but also loved to fish and camp and played couples bridge for 40 years with the Pierson’s, Snyder’s and Johnson’s.

Johnny also gave of his time and heart to the Salvation Army, once travelling to South Dakota, where he helped to care for flood victims. Locally, he served as an election judge for Blackberry Township. Johnny loved to cheer for his Chicago teams, but no one cheered louder when he attended his daughter’s sporting events, sometimes traveling hundreds of miles to surprise her.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Coral Machias; his son Jeffrey Machias of Illinois, one daughter, Lea Ann (Tim) Brei of Cortland; five grandchildren, Jessica Machias of Texas, Willis Brei, Johnny Brei, Emmett Brei and Timmy Brei, all of Cortland; one sister, Barbara Machias of Joliet; two sister-in-laws, Lois (Leonard) Perretta of Joliet, and Beverly Suhadolc of Joliet; one brother-in-law, Jack (Charlene) Wagner of Shorewood, Ill.; and he was a favorite “Uncle Johnny” to 11 nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death in by his parents.

Visitation was Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Kaneville United Methodist Church, with a funeral service following the visitation. The Rev. Mark Harkness, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment will followed at Kaneville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “John Machias Memorial” and mailed in care of PO Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or at www.conleycare.com.

Lawrence J. ‘Tuffy’ Faber

Lawrence J. “Tuffy” Faber, 87, of Lily Lake, passed away at Delnor Hospital in Geneva on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.

He was born Dec. 20, 1923, in Virgil, the son of Andrew and Mary (Berkes) Faber.

Lawrence, one of nine children, tragically lost his mother at the age of 2. His eldest sister, Margaret, helped his father in raising her younger siblings on their farm in Virgil. Life was not easy for the family, but they persevered. When Lawrence was about 6 years old, he was dared to run barefoot through a patch of thistles. He did, and was called “Tuffy” from then on.

Tuffy attended SS Peter and Paul school. Being the youngest son, he was soon called home to work in the fields and on the farm. It was during these early years that a strong love of family developed. His life revolved around his brothers and sisters as they worked together to make ends meet. It was also during these years that Tuffy learned determination and hard work. They milked the cows by hand and had only minimal machinery to work the land. Most everything was done by hand. There was no electricity on the farm or in the house until he was a young man. Life was hard, but no one complained.

In March during a warm spring rain when he was 25, Tuffy was unloading a silo when he was buried under an avalanche of silage. He miraculously survived and lived to cheat death once more, when in later years, he barely escaped after being downed by a dairy bull.

On a blind date arranged by Pauline’s sister, Frances, Tuffy met the love of his life, Pauline “Polly” Flanders. They married at St. Mary’s Church on Nov. 25, 1950. Their marriage lasted through many hardships and much joy as they celebrated their 60th anniversary last year.

Tuffy and Polly made their first home in an apartment in Sycamore, Ill., while Tuffy worked at Harbaugh Lumber Company. Tuffy’s love of farming never left him, and in 1954, he returned to the life he loved. He farmed on Winters Road in Maple Park, then on Dittman Road in Plato Center, Ill. It was during these years that their four children were born. After his retirement from farming in 1973, he and Polly moved to Lily Lake.

Retirement from farming did not mean retirement from work for Tuffy. As soon as he could, he found a job at Hummel Lumber Yard. He also worked for a time at Patterson Lumber Yard. After a few years, he began work for Northern FS, delivering feed and supplies to local farmers. All of these jobs suited him well. He loved driving around the countryside and visiting with the farmers in the area.

In his spare time, Tuffy planted a garden, raising enough vegetables for the whole neighborhood. Even though there were just the two of them, he planted 36 tomato plants every year. It brought him great joy to share the abundance with everyone.

One of his favorite hobbies was what he called “junking,” taking apart machinery from engines to lawn tractors, and anything metal that he could acquire. He carefully separated and cut all metals and recycled them. When it came time to take the metal to the salvage yard, he would load his truck with precision, getting as much as possible in it and come home and proudly hand a check to Polly.

Hard work was a way of life for Tuffy. If he did not know how to do something, he would find a way and then do it. There was nothing he couldn’t handle, and that work ethic was handed down to his children.

It was during his “retirement” years that Tuffy was blessed with his six grandchildren. He loved each and every one of them with all of his heart.

Tuffy loved a “crowd” and never met a stranger. When there was a gathering, his feelings were the more people the better.

He was always ready to lend a hand to anyone in need. If someone needed help, he would drop everything and pitch in. He used to say “that’s what I’m here for.” There was never a bad time to stop by his house. He was never too busy to stop what he was doing to visit with someone. His happiest times were when he was with family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife, Pauline Faber of Lily Lake; three children, Loretta (Steve) Hatch of Maple Park, Charlotte “Char” (Mike) Johnson of Batavia, and Guy (Diane) Faber of Sycamore; six grandchildren, Ryan (Cheryl) Hatch of St. Charles, Larissa (Steve) Alcorn of Gilberts, Ill., Melanie Hatch of Maple Park, Keith Johnson of Batavia, Renee Johnson of Batavia, and Renee Garcia of Sycamore; two sisters, Therese Herrmann of Sycamore, and Mary Johnson of Kaneville; many nieces, nephews, his beloved Huskie, Raven, and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Mary Faber; his son, Lennie Faber; and six siblings, Joe Faber, Margaret Faber, Hank Faber, Tony Faber, Rosie Bertram and Madelyn Sibley.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with a funeral service to celebrate his life to follow at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Burial will be private following cremation.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Lawrence Faber Memorial” and mailed in care of PO Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com, where his full life story may be read.

Fayola Jean Musser

Fayola Jean Musser, 85, of Sugar Grove, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by the love and prayers of her family on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011.

She was born Oct. 4, 1925, in Champaign, Ill., the daughter of Fay and Lula (Wacker) Hayes.

Shortly after she was born, Fay’s family moved to Sugar Grove in March 1927, where she was raised on the Nelson Myers Farm on Galena Boulevard. She attended a one-room school house, where one teacher taught grades 1-8. Fay graduated from Sugar Grove High School in 1942 with the largest class at that time, which featured nine boys and nine girls. In June of that year, Fay went on to attend the Metropolitan Business College.

In 1946, Delmer and Ruth Kriegbaum set Fay up on a blind date up with a cute, wavy-blonde-haired basketball player by the name of Dean Musser. Little did she know that Dean would be her soul mate, and they were married on Aug. 10, 1947, at the Sugar Grove Methodist Church, a marriage that would last for 51 years. They made their home in Kaneville until 1956, when they built their dream home in Sugar Grove, which they lived in together until Dean’s death in 1998. Fay has been able to remain in the family home with the loving help of her son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Carol.

In 1942, Fay took her first job at Barber Greene and worked in the Steno Department until 1945, when she was asked to be an expediter in repair parts. She left Barber Greene in 1955.

She worked at the library at Waubonsee Community College for 18 years until her retirement in 1994.

Fay was a lifetime member of the Sugar Grove Methodist Church, where she sang in the church choir for 50 years. She was also a member of WSCS for a time, as well as the Young Adults Club until age of 40. Fay then started the “Card Club” with the seven other couples, but no hand could beat her beloved Chicago Cubs, who “trumped” all.

She is survived by two sons, David Dean (Sheryl) Musser of Oswego, Ill. and their family, and Doug Wayne (Carol) Musser of Sugar Grove and their daughter; four grandchildren, Brianna Jean Musser of Yorkville, Matthew Dean (Marietta Culbertson) and their children, Nicholas Jager and Coltin Dean Musser, all of Sheridan, Ill.; Markus Wayne Musser of Sheridan; and Nicole Marie Musser of Oswego; a very special sister-in-law, Shirley Moore of Naperville; brother and sister–in-law, Guy “Ozzy” and Becky Musser of State College, Penn.; one aunt, Maxine Daly of Philo, Ill.; one special cousin, June Watson of Champaign-Urbana, Ill.; special caregiver and friend, Elizabeth Kakoczki from Aurora; and many nieces, nephews and a community of friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dean; her parents; one brother, Carl Wayne Hayes; one nephew, Ronald Moore; and many aunts and uncles.

Visitation was held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, with a funeral service to celebrate her life following at noon. Rev. Steve Good, pastor of the church, officiated. Interment followed at Sugar Grove Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in Fay’s name to benefit the building fund at the Sugar Grove Methodist Church. Checks may be made to the “Fay Musser 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.