Category Archives: Obituaries

Francis “Bud” E. Gaumer

Francis “Bud” E. Gaumer, 90, of Kaneville, passed away at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva on Tuesday, May 11, 2010.

He was born Aug. 1, 1919, in Annawan, Ill., the son of Hobart and Bertha (Cryer) Gaumer.

Bud spent his early years in Annawan on the family farm but moved to Geneseo at age 13 when his father passed away. Typical of his time, Bud only attended school until the eighth grade but possessed a mind as quick as a calculator and as sharp as a two-edged sword.

Bud found work at the age of 16 in the local coal mines. His time spent in the dangerous depths helped to forge his hardened work ethic and steel determination to not only survive but to succeed despite his hardships.

Bud enlisted in the United States Army and faithfully served his country during WWII, becoming one of the thousands to arrive on the second day of the Normandy invasion. Later, he braved the Battle of the Bulge and came home a man who had seen the worst of humanity. Following his discharge, Bud came home to a new day and with the hope of a new love.

He met Martha Kirchman in 1943 and by the time he came home in 1945, their relationship blossomed into marriage on Oct. 19 of that same year.

For a time, they made their home in Bellwood, Melrose Park and Maywood, Ill., until 1951, when they moved back to Bud’s hometown of Geneseo, Ill. In 1956, they moved to Kaneville, where except for a brief period in West Chicago, they made their home for 25 years.

Bud worked at John Deere in Moline, Ill., for five years before beginning at Western Electric in Montgomery, now Lucent Technologies, and retired after 25 years in 1981. No matter where he worked in a full-time basis, he always helped on neighboring farms, giving release to his love of the land.

He was a member of the VFW in Batavia, as well as a faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn.

Bud was a farmer at heart, but when he couldn’t tend the fields, he tended his garden with a passion. The other passions that shared space in his heart including the Chicago Bears, Chicago White Sox and NASCAR, especially No. 5, Mark Martin. Bud also loved to play the odds by scratching his instant lotto tickets and waiting for a big win.

In his younger years, he worked as a pin setter at the local bowling alley, and booming crashes echoed long after he stopped setting and began bowling himself on local leagues. The biggest loves of his life were his three great-grandchildren, affectionately known as “Ugly,” “Knucklehead,” and “Squirty.”

He is survived by one daughter, Joan (Tom) Roberts of Maple Park; one grandson, Tim (Michaeline) Roberts of Bartlet, Ill., three great-grandchildren, Trisha Roberts of Maple Park, Denise Roberts of Bartlett, Ill., and Jason Roberts of Bartlet; several cousins, including Arden Hoowerfer of Geneseo, and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Martha; and one son, Frank Gaumer.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 14, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A funeral to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, May 15, also at the funeral home, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at S.S. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Virgil.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Bud Gaumer 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.

Meredith Kate Albrecht

Meridith Kate Albrecht, 33, of Mexico Beach, Fla., passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at her home. She was born in Chicago, and had lived in Mexico Beach for the last five years, moving there from Elburn.

Meridith was the beloved daughter of Al and Linda Albrecht of Mexico Beach, and the sister of Brooke Mullen (Guy) of Cave In Rock, Ill. She was very artistic and loved animals, especially her cats and her dog Onyx. Meridith will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, at the Dunham Woods Riding Club, Wayne, Ill. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Meridith’s name may be made to AID Crisis Line, 1230 N. Highland, Aurora, 60506, or to the STARR Center, 4101-B W. 21st Street, Panama City, FL 32405.

Dale T. Stout

Dale T. Stout, 74, of DeKalb, formerly of Elburn, passed away Saturday, May 8, 2010, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in Sycamore.

He was born Sept. 7, 1935, in New Holland, Ill., the son of Dewey and Agnes (Swingle) Stout.

Dale grew up in both Lincoln and Aurora, and attended local schools. He graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1953. Following high school, Dale worked locally for a time before finding a job at Allsteel in Aurora. In the beginning, Dale worked in the shop but later moved to the advertising department. He finished his tenure in the computer department, retiring in 1998.

During his time at Allsteel, Dale enlisted in the Army National Guard and received training, though he never actively served.

Dale met Marjorie “Marge” Wagner at Allsteel, and before too long, more than just steel was formed. Dale and Marge were united in marriage on April 15, 1961, in Aurora.

They began their new life together outside of Elburn until 2000, when they moved to their present home in DeKalb.

Dale was a man of motion with a heart dedicated to fitness. He was always on the move, and if you were anywhere near him you were taken along for the ride. Dale was an outdoorsman who felt at home around a campsite, on a bicycle or a motorcycle, both on and off the road.

His family chronicled years of memories traveling to camping sites around the country in an RV packed to the hilt. Later, when the children were grown, Dale and Marge continued to travel together, albeit in a “newer model,” much to the chagrin of his kids who likened the original to a “Port-O-Potty On Wheels.”

Dale spent many years among his friends in North Aurora aiming for strikes on the local bowling league and later at Funway in Batavia. Dale rarely played golf, but when he did, he made it count. His documented “hole-in-one” is a proud achievement that is framed and hangs proudly in his home. These memories and thousands more have been shared over the years. Gone, but not forgotten, Dale lives on in the stories and hearts of all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife, Marge, of 49 years; three children, Aaron Stout of Mesa, Ariz., Jeff (Linda) Stout of Steward, Ill., and Jennifer (Jason) Estes of Elburn; three sisters-in-law, Betty (George) Gould, Lorraine Seavey, and Donna (Glen) Vining; one aunt, Berneda Biggs; many nieces, nephews, cousins; and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, May 13, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL, 60119. A funeral service to celebrate his life will follow visitation at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at River Hills Cemetery, Batavia.

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

Clarice M. ‘Clem’ Wood

Clarice M. “Clem” Wood, 78, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at Provena Pine View Care Center in St. Charles, where she had recently made her home.

She was born July 13, 1931, in Fort Atkinson, Wis., the daughter of Edwin and Helen (Paulson) Gilkey.

In 1939, the family moved to a farm in the Elburn area, and she graduated from Elburn High School. Following high school, Clem went to college for a year before having the distinction of being the first waitress at the local Dairy Joy and worked at the Kountry Kettle for 20 years. She then spent more than 30 years working between the stacks at the Elburn Library.

Clem’s brother had a good friend in Frank Wood, and before long, the introduction was made, and then history was made as well when they were united in marriage in 1954.

They began their new life together in Batavia for a time before moving into town for a time. Many years were spent on a farm on Keslinger Road until they made their home in town once more in 1970.

Clem was an active member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Elburn American Legion, Post 630. She also was a member of the Community Congregational Church in Elburn.

Clem was a picture of opposites at times. In her younger years, she rode her pony, Amigo, was a “biker” and later a librarian. She was a crafter who enjoyed crocheting and macrame but also bowled more than 40 years of frames and knocked down thousands of pins on a local league. She enjoyed garage sales but also trips to Chicago to see the latest play.

Her biggest passion and pastime, no matter her age, was playing cards, especially Liverpool Rummy. Clem was known for her softball skills, and later her coaching skills, leading team after team to local championship games, many times hoisting the trophy after the final out. Her grandchildren were the best part of her life, and the years of memories were chronicled by the “quirky” one-of-a-kind gifts that no one else could ever, and most likely will ever, give. Thousands of memories, hundreds of gifts, and 78 years were the legacy she left those who loved her most.

She is survived by her husband, Frank; two daughters, Deborah A. Faber of Maple Park, and Jami B. (Todd) Haffner of Elburn; four grandchildren, Christopher (Kari) Faber and their daughter, Addison of North Aurora, Michelle (Charlie) Worthley of Geneva, Matthew Haffner of Elburn and Casey Haffner, also of Elburn; two siblings, Jean Harrington and Robert (Jan) Gilkey; and many nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, James Gilkey.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6:30 p.m. with a memorial service to celebrate her life to follow at 7 p.m., Friday, May 7, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Private family interment will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Town and Country Library in Elburn. Checks may be made to the “Clarice Wood Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or online at www.conleycare.com.

Marie Grace Pickering

Marie Grace Pickering, 1915-2010; wife to Leonard Pickering; mother of Lezlie B. Lopez; grandmother of Jennifer Lopez and Sunshine Colannino; and great-grandmother of Jaden Colannino.

Marie was born in Spokane, Wash. She attended Sacred Heart School of Nursing as well as University of Washington. She worked at Sharp Memorial Hospital and retired from Doctor’s Hospital in San Diego. She was an avid traveler and a longtime member of Trinity Methodist Church. Her kindness, wit and wisdom will be greatly missed.

Eugene ‘Gene’ A. Waldschmidt

Eugene “Gene” A. Waldschmidt, 81, of Maple Park, formerly of Wheaton, Ill., passed away suddenly following heart complications Sunday, April 25, 2010.

He was born Oct. 8, 1928, in Minonk, Ill., the son of Peter and Edith Waldschmidt.

Gene grew up in Blackstone and attended St. Paul School in Odell, Ill., where he graduated with the class of 1946.

Gene faithfully served in the Illinois National Guard before defending his country during the Korean War.

There was only one woman for Gene, and her name was Dorothy Dutko, whom he met on a blind date. Fate joined them in marriage when they were married at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Bloomington, Ill., in 1954.

They began their new life together in Streator, Ill., and later moved to Wheaton. Following Gene’s retirement, they moved to Morton, Ill., before returning to Maple Park to be closer to their family.

Gene’s first job was tending to the fields as a farmer with his father for a time. He also was a truck driver until he left for Korea. Upon his return, he worked again as a truck driver and later was a salesman for both Doenges Stationary in Wheaton and J.A. Sexauer Plumbing and Heating Supply.

Gene was a faithful member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park and was proud to ride as a member of the Streator Motorcycle Club, as well as the infamous “Blackstone Cowboys” that was made up of Gene and three of his brothers.

Gene also seemed to be busy and his mind always working. He loved working puzzles, playing Scrabble and reading his favorite mystery authors such as Jack Higgins and Robert Ludlum. He also loved to garden and work with wood, creating one of-a kind birdhouses and Christmas decorations for family and friends. His faith was his bedrock, and no time was more treasured than those times he was surrounded by family.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy, seven children, Aline Waldschmidt of Geneva, Kevin (Ella) Waldschmidt of Las Vegas, Mark (Lori) Waldschmidt of Winfield, Ill., Melanie (Robert) of Wheaton, David (Donelle) Waldschmidt of Aurora, Joseph (Stephanie) Waldschmidt of Batavia, and Neil (Melanie) Waldschmidt of Geneva; 16 grandchildren, Brian, Lisa, Jessica, Joshua, Stephen, Michael, Matthew, Robyn, Thomas, Alicia, Katie, Brandon, Ethan, Nathaniel, Claire and Matison; four great-grandchildren, Kayla, Madeleine, Jayden and Caleb; three sisters, Lorraine (Bob) Simpson of Largo, Fla., Mary Lou Bedeker of Blackstone, Ill., and Edith (Harvey) Grieff of Odell, Ill.; many nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, John, Richard, James and Bernard; and two sisters, Norma and Mary Margaret.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 29, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Rosary will be said at 5:30 p.m. with a wake service to follow at 6 p.m. A mass to celebrate his life will be Friday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park. Fr. Joachim Tyrtania, pastor of the church, will officiate. Private family interment will occur at a later date following cremation.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit St. Mary of the Assumption, Maple Park Maintenance Fund. Checks may be made to the “Eugene Waldschmidt 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.

Ella Wilkison

Ella Wilkison, 91, of Elburn, passed from this life to eternal life in the morning hours of Monday, April 19, 2010, at Provena Pine View Care Center, following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

She was born Oct. 4, 1918, in Ainsworth, Neb., the daughter of Edd and Anna (Steiger) Jones.

She grew up in Ainsworth and attended local schools. Anna passed away when Ella was young, so Ella entered the working world earlier than some to help support the family. At age 16, she traveled to Illinois to live with relatives in the Fox Valley area.

Ella worked various jobs in the area. She met the love of her life at a party, where she was introduced to Earl J. Wilkison. That meeting proved providential as they married in St. Charles on Feb. 27, 1940, and made their home in Elburn above the village bakery for a time.

As the family grew to include six children, Ella and Earl moved to Babcock Street and later to a farm on Beith Road, where generations of memories were made. In 1985, Earl and Ella visited family in Arizona and stayed after their daughter-in-law passed away unexpectedly. Four months later, Earl passed away. Ella continued to make her home in Mesa, Ariz., until failing health brought her back to Illinois in 2004. Most recently, she made her home with her son Earl back in her hometown of Elburn.

Ella was a member of the Elburn Community Congregational Church, Ladies Auxiliary of the Elburn American Legion, the Five C’s and the Women of the Moose Chapter 83.

When she was young, Ella loved to ride horses, especially her favorite, Old Bonnie, who she rode to school and back every day. Throughout her life, Ella was always busy. Whether she was working or at home, her hands never slowed down. Ella made dresses for the girls, knitted and crocheted baby sweaters, hats and booties. When she cooked in the kitchen, word spread throughout the family as well as the neighborhood.

Ella was famous for her Christmas cookies, Divinity, and all kinds of fudge each winter. Her cakes knew no season, as they made their mark on birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and every day in between. In earlier years, both she and Earl loved to bowl and spent many years knocking down pins with friends on Thursday nights. She was a life-long bingo and card player who loved to play Kings on the Corner, Canasta and Pinochle, among others.

She now leaves six children, Karen (Robert “Buck”) Sivert of Elburn, Marilyn Long of Elburn, Elma (James) Wilmath of Elburn, Arlene Wilmath of Chouteau, Okla., Earl G. Wilkison of Elburn, and Ella ”Sally”(John) Malnar of Fort Atkinson, Wis.; 15 grandchildren, Brenda (Randy) Swanson, Cindi (Paul) Paschal, Daniel (Adrienne) Sivert, Missi (Jon) Lewis, Randy Long, Richard (Susan) Wilmath, Joseph Wilmath, Jerry Wilmath, Kenny (Sara) Wilmath, Penny Moore, Martin (Kristi) Wilmath, Adam (Courtney) Wilkison, Chris (Andrea) Malnar, Kurt Malnar and Kelsey Malnar; 25 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Ann Gliddon of Sugar Grove and Lillian Windisch of Arkansas; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl, siblings, Lena Cole, Frank Jones and Gladys Smith; and one grandson, Earl G. Wilkison.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 22, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL. A service to celebrate her life will also be held at the funeral home on Friday, April 23, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Ella Wilkison Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through www.conleycare.com.

Casimir S. Sikon

Casimir S. Sikon, 97, of Elburn, formerly of Bensenville, Ill., and affectionately known as “Cas” or “Gramps” to family and friends, died peacefully of natural causes at home surrounded by the love and prayers of his family, on Tuesday, April 6, 2010.

He was born Aug. 23, 1912, the son of John and Frances (Gurecki) Sikon in Chicago.

Gramps grew up in Chicago, where he attended local schools and graduated from Carl Schurz High School.

Gramps found the love of his life early and never looked back. Dorothy K. Sabala won his heart and before long they were united in marriage and became an instant family when he adopted Dorothy’s son, Henry, whose father had passed away in an accident.

Shortly after, Gramps began faithfully serving his country in the United States Army. He worked as a mail carrier, which would foreshadow a career in civilian life that would span many years and see Gramps rise to the rank of Supervisor for the Chicago Branch of the United States Postal Service.

His homecoming was marked with excitement. Not only was he returning to his bride but also a son, who was born shortly before he left. Joseph Q. Sikon was 3 years old and seeing his father for the first time. They made their home in Chicago for a time before Gramps built their house in Bensenville, filling the house with love, laughter and memories.
During that time, Gramps worked as a butcher some days and as a carpenter on others before working for the U.S.P.S. He retired in the mid 1970s, and then he and Dorothy moved down to Boynton Beach, Fla. There, they shared many years until her passing in 1997. In January of 2001, his grandson Joseph and his family closed on their new home in Elburn, complete with room for Gramps. He would spend the next nine years making unforgettable memories colored with laughter and smiles.
Gramps was a member of the Letter Carriers Association and the carpenters union.
Gramps was “The Energizer Bunny.” His family thought he was going to live forever because of the way he would bounce back after every illness or set back in his health. Gramps loved to garden, pruning his grapefruit, orange, key lime and mango trees in Florida.
Deep sea fishing was a favorite pastime, always waiting to catch the next “whopper” or thinking up a story for the one that “got away.” Gramps loved to talk, and whether he was in Florida or Illinois talking to a friend, neighbor or the meter man, his conversations were as long as they were memorable. He possessed a kind and gentle spirit, one that a stranger could see from a mile away. His memories are a priceless gift he leaves to family and friends who will miss him greatly.
He now leaves his son, Joseph Q. (Beverly) Sikon of Penrose, Colo.; two grandchildren,Joseph J. (Chris) Sikon and their children, Morgan, Zachary Casimir, Makenna all of Elburn; and Jennifer (Clay) Hahn and their daughter, Kelsey of St. Charles; one great-great grandson on the way; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends from Illinois to Florida.

He now joins his parents and wife, Dorothy; two siblings, Henry J. Sikon and Helen Mahal, who preceded him in death.

The family is hosting a memorial Mass beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, April 16, at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn. Private family interment will follow 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 “Casimir Sikon Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or online at www.conleycare.com.

Orville Pinne

Orville Pinne, 80, of DeKalb, formerly of Sugar Grove, passed away on Friday, April 9, 2010, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

He was born Jan. 1, 1930, the son of Fred and Veronica Pinne on the family farm in Genoa, Ill.

Orville grew up in his home town of Genoa and attended local schools.

When his nation called, Orville responded by enlisting in the United States Army in June 1945 and serving his country faithfully until his honorable discharge on Dec. 23, 1948.

Soon after returning to civilian life, Orville married his sweetheart, Doris Daniels, in the Sycamore United Methodist Church on May 14, 1949.

They began their new life in Sycamore for a time before moving to Sugar Grove. In 2005, they moved to their present home in DeKalb.

Orville worked for a number of companies, including the city of Sycamore for a time, at Barber Green in both Aurora and DeKalb, and drove a semi for Stover Brothers. He also drove a pigeon truck out west with his grandsons to release them. Then they raced home, many times finding that the pigeons got home first.

Orville was a life member of many organizations, including the Moose Lodges of Sycamore and Aurora, Outer Door Guide, the Tiger Club and the Phoenix Clubs of Aurora, as well as the Montgomery Veteran’s Association and the United Veteran’s Association in Sycamore. He was also an election judge for over 10 years in Sugar Grove.

In his younger years, Orville could be seen touring the countryside many times with Doris on the back of his Gold Wing motorcycle. As his children grew, Orville was a coach for baseball and softball.

He also loved the outdoors, spending many hours with his family on outings, camping and especially fishing in Canada. He always had a garden, and every year it seemed to get bigger and bigger. In addition to being a liturgist at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, helping with the reading of scripture and prayers, Orville also participated in the hand bell choir and served on many committees. At home, his walls and shelves were adorned with John Deere figurines, barbershop music filled the house, and John Wayne and Chuck Norris movies were never missed when they played on T.V.

Survivors include his wife, Doris; two daughters, Andrea (Tom) Ball and Connie (David) Siebens; eight grandchildren, Mark and his girlfriend Laura, Monika, Elizabeth, Tiffany, Scott and his wife Whitney, Sheila and her husband Miguel, Stacy and her fiancee Mike, and Shayna and her husband Josh; nine great-grandchildren, Alura, Sandra, Daniel, Duston, Devon, Destani, Ambyr, Christopher and Brandon; one brother, Donald Pinne of Genoa, Ill.; two sisters, Dorothy Eicksteadt of Delavan, Wis., Shirley Overton of Sycamore; and his mother-in-law, Helen Daniels, and many friends who will miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Veronica Pinne; his father-in-law, Herchel Daniels; three brothers-in-law, Richard Daniels, Cliff Overton and Rudy Eicksteadt; and one sister-in-law, Evelyn Pinne.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 17, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memorial service to celebrate his life will begin at 3:30 p.m. The Rev. Steve Good, pastor of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, will officiate, with private family interment to follow 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 “Orville Pinne Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through the same address and on www.conley-care.com.

Dennis C. Kohley

Dennis C. Kohley, 58, passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on March 26, 1951, in Geneva, the son of George and Phyllis (Johnson) Kohley. Dennis retired in 2008 after many years with Local 150. He also served as a member of the Elburn Fire Department for 15 years.

He was an avid fisherman and loved to golf.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Wendy; daughter, Heather (Bert) Veldhuizen; grandson, Garrett; mother, Phyllis Wallman; father-in-law, Denis Till; sister, Susan (Bob) Farrell; brother, Mike (Lynn) Kohley; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, George Kohley; and mother-in-law, Bonnie Till.

Friends called on Monday, March 22, with a memorial service at the Hamre Funeral Home in Lodi, Wis.

Myrtie Marie Kern

Myrtie Marie Kern, 94, of Elburn, passed away peacefully at her home in the early morning hours of Friday, March 26, 2010.

She was born May 7, 1915, the daughter of Ralph and Anne (Dwyer) Briggs in Houston, Minn.

She grew up in Houston and attended local schools. The family spent some of her younger years between Houston, Minnesota, Chicago, and Madison, Wis. Myrtie graduated with the class of 1933 and began working as a teller for First National Bank in Chicago.

Myrtie saw the man she would marry every day at work; and in uniform, no less. Rudolph Kern was a security guard at the bank, and before long a friendship bloomed into love as they were united in marriage at Queen of Angels Catholic Church on July 26, 1941.

They began their new life in the north side of Chicago and welcomed four daughters, Patricia, Carol, Joan, and the family became complete with the arrival of Barbara.

Myrtie made her life’s work raising her children and making their house a home. Myrtie loved to be outside in her small garden, tending to her flowers and watching all the colors bloom. The time she cherished most was when she was with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When Myrtie was young, the family always ate at home, but she made up for it later, jumping at the chance to eat out seven days a week. Trips to get ice cream at the corner store in Kaneville were a special weekly event, and when she was in Elburn, the destination was Alice’s Place, where a special treat always awaited her. She also loved to go to the movies and watch the newest love story or tear-jerker. Though she left this earth and claimed the promise of her savior, Myrtie left behind a treasure trove of memories to be cherished by all who knew her.

She now leaves her four children, Pat Fitzgerald of Westchester, Ill., Carol (Dennis) Warszona of St. Charles, Joan (Roger) Ax of St. Charles, Barbara Kern of Bartlet, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Lisa (Steve) Touloumis, Michael Fitzgerald, Laura Fitzgerald, Brian Fitzgerald, Kathleen Zehelein, Ted (Annette) Zehelein and Christie Zehelein; five great-grandchildren; many cousins and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents and her husband, Rudolph, who preceded her in death.

Visitation was Monday, March 29, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A mass to celebrate her life was Tuesday, March 30, at St. Gall Catholic Church. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines, Ill.

A memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Myrtie Kern 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.

Louise Guth

Louise M. Guth, 90, a resident of Drummond, Wis., died on Friday, March 5, 2010, at the Ashland Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Louise was born on March 14, 1919, in Blackberry Township, Ill., to parents Wallace and Mabel (Swanson) Peterson.

On May 2, 1942, she was united in marriage to William “Bill” Guth in Aurora. While living in the Chicago/Aurora area, she found work as a seamstress. The couple resided in the Chicago/ Aurora area until 1965, when they moved to Elburn, and finally moving to Drummond in 1986. She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Cable, Wis., and enjoyed reading and sewing. She loved to help others, and was loved by others.

Louise is survived by her husband of 67 years, Bill; sons, Kenneth of South Elgin, Ill., Charles (Barbara) of Richmond, Ill.; two grandchildren, James of Hebron, Ill., and Laura (Eric) Hanson of Waukee, Iowa, and many nephews and nieces.

Louise is preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Mary, Hazel, Rose; and brothers, Clarence and Charles.

A memorial service for Louise Guth will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Cable, Wis. Pastors Lynn Larson and Deb Pyne will officiate the memorial service. A time of gathering with family and friends will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church on March 27. Interment will be at a later time in the River Hill Cemetery in Batavia, Ill.

Online condolences may be left at www.andersonnathan.com

Evelyn Mae Johansen

Evelyn Mae Johansen passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, Feb. 24, 2010. She was in hospice care in the home of her son, Bob, and daughter-in-law, Robin, in San Mateo, Calif., for her last weeks. Her daughter, Jeanie, and son-in-law, George Pecknoe, from Morgantown, Penn., were also with her, as well as granddaughter, Lisa, and her husband, Zach Mumbach. Grandson, Cory and his wife, Amanda, from Portland, Ore., visited just before and just after Evelyn’s death.

Evelyn was born in Elburn and lived there until her marriage to Randy Johansen—when she moved 11 miles to Geneva. There, Evelyn and Randy ran Johansen’s Dairy together for many years until their retirement in 1980. Evelyn moved to San Mateo after Randy and Evelyn’s mom, Edna Coryell, passed away.

Evelyn lived her life by the motto “I’ll bloom where I’m planted,” which she first saw on a banner in the Methodist Church in Geneva, where she was an active member for many years. Evelyn also worked closely with both the Girl and Boy Scouts as her kids grew up.

Even though she had been deeply rooted in Illinois, she blossomed again in California. Evelyn volunteered at Call-Primrose, a local service for homeless people, and was on the board of her Condominium Association. She grew new roots through her many friends in California and was deeply involved across generations with her family.

Evelyn was a humble, caring person who was nurturing by nature. She leaves many memories and touched many people in her own quiet and gentle way. She passed away just as Lawrence Welk (one of her and Randy’s favorites) played Sentimental Journey on the iPod next to her bed.

No services will be held. Donations in Evelyn’s name can be sent to Call-Primrose in Burlingame, Calif., or visit www.callprimrose.org.

For information, call Sneider & Sullivan & O’Connell’s Funeral Home, (650) 343-1804.

Bonnie D. Holcomb

Bonnie D. Holcomb, 77, of Elgin, Ill., formerly of rural Maple Park, passed away on Monday, March 1, 2010, in her home.

She was born Jan. 10, 1933, in Elgin, the daughter of Flyd and Geraldine Warren Bierman. She was a graduate of Elgin High School in 1950 and then attended Elgin Community College in the nursing program. She was a registered nurse and was employed by Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin for 20 years before retiring.

She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, Elgin.

Surviving are her husband, Clayton C. Holcomb, whom she married on Sept. 21, 1952; one son, Mike Holcomb of Edwardsville, Ill.; three grandchildren, Jason, Ian (Lindiwe) Holcomb and Marissa (Joe) Austin; one great-granddaughter, Natasha; and one sister, June (Loyd) Sybert of Ft. Pierce, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Marc G. Holcomb.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 4, at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, Elgin, with the Rev. Mark Bestul officiating. Burial will follow in Lakewood Memorial Park, Elgin. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Laird Funeral Home, Elgin, and Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of services in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Provena St. Joseph Hospice, Elgin, or Visiting Angels, South Elgin. Visit www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.

William D. Paulson

William D. Paulson, 64, of North Aurora and formerly of Elburn, passed away Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born May 30, 1945, in Aurora, the son of Ture and Marion (nee Kiefer) Paulson.

On Feb. 13, 1970, he was united in marriage to Robin Bartholomew at the Union Congregational Church; they just celebrated their 40th anniversary.

During the late 1950s until 1965, William and his father owned and operated Paulson’s Pure Oil, located at the corner of Prairie Street and Wilson Street in Batavia. William then worked at Par Gas in Batavia; it was there he met his loving wife, Robin. He later purchased his own truck and formed Paulson Trucking, where he leased to several different companies. In 1999, due to health issues, he took employment part-time with United Express. He was a member of the Union Congregational Church in North Aurora.

He is survived by his wife, Robin; two daughters, Kathryn (Gary) Stover and Melody (Jeff) Sexton; one son, Charlie (Julie) Paulson; six grandchildren, Aimee (Matt) Lewis, William Stover, Brett, Jacqui and Ture Paulson, and Jeffrey Sexton; five great-grandchildren, Dylan, Aaron and Paige Lewis; and Alexzis and Kloey Stover; and a special pal, Buddy.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Swan.

Visitation will be held 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia, IL.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Union Congregational Church, 405 W. State St., North Aurora, Ill., where he will lie in state from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Rev. Mark Alvis will officiate. Interment will be in River Hills Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family, where a memorial gift will be designated at a later time.

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

Martha Louise Volkening

Martha Volkening, 85, of rural Hampshire, left this earthly plain on Feb. 1, 2010, the result of a stroke she had suffered on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Martha was born on March 28, 1924, in Flint, Mich., the daughter of Rev. Percy and Roberta Ward Spangler. Martha was the youngest of four girls.

She was married to Henry L. Volkening on Oct. 5, 1946. She was a loving, devoted wife and mother. Martha and her husband, Henry, celebrated 63 years of marriage last year.

She was renowned for her many abilities, a highly creative and artistic woman, long involved in her faith communities, in leadership capacities, and a friend to many in need. Her many gifts blessed her family, friends and community. She operated a cake decorating business until she became unable due to a diagnosis of scleroderma in the late 1950s. In spite of her illness, she continued on, sustained by her faith, the prayers of many, her indomitable spirit and the grace of God.

Martha is survived by her beloved husband, Henry; her sons, John (John Schuh) Volkening of Chicago, Jim (Christy) Volkening of Sugar Grove; her daughter, Susan Volkening, who resides with and cares for her parents; three grandchildren, Jennifer (Paul) Mulder of Ozark, Mo., Joshua (Debbie) Volkening of Sugar Grove, Nick (Liz) Volkening of North Pole, Alaska; and nine great-grandchildren. Martha leaves behind many wonderful brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, lifelong friends and neighbors who meant the world to her.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Kowalczyk, Roberta Hammer and Ruth Kingsley.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Norris Funeral Home, 100 S. Third St., (three blocks west of the Fox River and one block south of Route 64) St. Charles.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Fox Valley Bible Church, 4N780 Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60175, where visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the hour of the service. Burial will be in Burlington Cemetery, Burlington, Ill.

Contributions in Martha’s memory may be made to Fox Valley Bible Church.

For information, call (630) 584-2000 or visit www.NorrisFH.com.

Jean B. Lettow

Jean B. Lettow, 82, of Elgin, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at Sherman West Court, Elgin. She was born Dec. 29, 1927, in Oak Park, Ill., the daughter of Paul and Laura Westedt.

She had been a resident of Elgin for the past 25 years. She had been employed as an Avon Representative for the past 25 years.

She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, Elgin.

She was the devoted mother of Alan (Vicki) Lettow of Sugar Grove, and Carol (David) Bartels of Caledonia, Ill.; six grandchildren, Scott Lettow, Dana (Tim) Wagner, Lisa (David) Anderson, Stacy Lettow (Zach Moneypenny), Brad (Hilary) and Doug Bartels; six great-grandchildren, Kyle, Michaele Lettow, and their mother, Janet Tomesko, Cal, Reece, and Sydney Wagner and Brayden Anderson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 52 years, Robert W. Lettow; and one sister, Florence O’Brien.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 23, at Laird Funeral Home, Elgin. Burial followed in Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin. Memorials may be given to Calvary Lutheran Church, Elgin.

Joseph ‘Joe’ F. Bisztriczky

Joseph “Joe” F. Bisztriczky, 75, of Elburn, passed away at Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, Ill., on Jan. 12, 2010, following complications from a stroke he suffered on Dec. 24, 2009.

He was born on Nov. 26, 1934, in Gyomro, Hungary, the son of Joseph and Julia (Hutwagner) Bisztriczky.

Joe grew up in Gyomro and attended local schools. At that time, children were only required to attend school for eight years, but Joe continued his secondary education into the 12th year in what we would now call “Pre-Med.” Due to family hardships, he was unable to finish his studies, which frustrated him greatly. Instead of giving up, he completed an apprenticeship as a loom fixer in the textiles industry.

It was this change in vocation that gave Joe the opportunity to meet the love of his life, Elizabeth Ivan, who also worked in the textile industry in her hometown of Szentgotthard. They were united in marriage on Sept. 18, 1954.

Two years later, Joe and Elizabeth escaped under gunfire during a revolution against the suffocating Communist rule in November of 1956 and lived in a refugee camp in Austria until their immigration to Canada on April 22, 1957.

It was in Lindsay, Ontario, that they were blessed with a son, Joseph, named in honor of his father and grandfather. In December 1965, the now-growing family settled in Reedsburg, Wis., where they welcomed a daughter, Julie. Because of the limited job opportunities in the textile industry, the family moved where Joe could find work. Over the years, they made their home in Baraboo, Wis., where their second daughter, Jeanne, made their family complete in September 1968.

Eventually the family moved to Millington, Ill., for a time and then to Plano, to be closer to Joe’s mother, who also escaped Hungary in 1956. In 1992, after the children were grown, Joe and Elizabeth moved to Oswego. Seven years later they made their final home in Elburn, where they continued to make memories, which now included many grandchildren.

Joe was a faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn for many years.

Joe was happiest outdoors fishing, hunting, tending to his fruit trees or just taking long hikes and taking in all Mother Nature had to offer. His dedication to his craft of looming in the textile industry helped him construct his own loom where rugs, placemats, table runners and more were born from his imagination.

Joe also had a passion for history and life in the Wild Wild West. His musical tastes rarely strayed from Pavarotti, and in his spare time you couldn’t find a better opponent across the chessboard.

Nothing made Joe happier than being with his family, reading to his grandchildren and telling stories of his childhood. His memory will live on in the hearts of his family, in the stories of his youth and in the pieces of wisdom given over the years, including the saying, “What you learn is something that no one can ever take away from you.”

He now leaves his loving wife, Elizabeth; three children, Joseph Bisztriczky of Elburn, Julie (Tony) Crabb of Maple Park, and Jeanne Bisztriczky and her husband Robert Steller of Lake In The Hills, Ill.; five grandchildren, Megan Crabb, Jonathan Crabb, Madelyn Crabb, Zachary Steller and Matthew Crabb; two step-grandchildren, Rachael Steller and Alexander Steller; one sister, Ilona Bukovits of Mende, Hungary; many nieces, nephews; and an extended family in Hungary.

He now joins his parents and two grandsons, Daniel and Benjamin Crabb, who both died in infancy.

Visitation was from 10 to 11 a.m., with a memorial mass to celebrate his life following at 11 a.m., at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn, on Monday, Jan. 18. Interment followed at St. Gall Cemetery, Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities, including the Arbor Day Foundation. Checks may be made to the “Joseph F. Bisztriczky 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.

Beatrice M. (Weimer) Hunter

Beatrice M. (Weimer) Hunter, 94, of LaFox, Ill., passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at Heritage Manor, Elgin, Ill.

She was born on April 20, 1915, in West Chicago, the fifth child born to George and Catherine Weimer. By the time Beatrice was 11, she had lost both parents and an older sister.

The family, then numbering five children ranging in age from 9 to 23, remained together in their West Chicago home with the eldest sibling as their only provider. Although they were eventually joined by a widowed aunt who helped maintain the family unit, each child went to work as soon as they were able and helped support the family. To their credit, every one of them graduated from West Chicago high school.

Bea married John Hunter of La Fox on July 7, 1945. They made their first home in Geneva for a time until 1953, when they purchased John’s parents’ home in LaFox. Tragically, John passed away in that same year, and Bea worked hard to keep their family home.

Through the ensuing years, she succeeded and continued to reside there until her death. Bea loved the La Fox area, where she was surrounded by fields of corn or beans. She found great pleasure in gardening and tending her family home, where she hosted many family gatherings and entertained her beloved grandchildren. Bea was also a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and seldom missed a game.

She is survived by one daughter, Judy Hanson of St. Charles; two sons, John (Kathy) Hunter of Oak Forest, Ill., and Joe (Deb) Hunter of St. Charles; a step-daughter, Barbara (Skip) Lassen of West Chicago; nine grandchildren, Jeff (Jenn) Hanson of Elburn, Matt (Steph) Hanson of Virgil, and Chris (Alexis) Hanson of South Elgin; Lauren (Mike) Corsi of Shorewood and Adam Hunter of Oak Forest, Jennifer (Jeff) Fritsch of Aurora, and Phil Lawson, Kevin Lawson and Jonathan Hunter, all of St. Charles.

In addition she leaves a growing family of great-grandchildren; one sister, Rosemary Welter of Elmhurst, Ill., many nieces, nephews and a close family of friends.

Bea was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Katherine and Florence; and two brothers, Frances and George.

At her request, there will be no visitation, and interment is private.

A memorial has been established in Bea’s name to benefit CNS Hospice, 690 East North Ave., Carol Stream, IL 60188-2178 and The Neediest Children’s Fund, in care of WGN Radio, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611. Memorials checks may be made and mailed directly to either charity. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through her obituary at www.conleycare.com.

Leon F. Gramley

Leon F. Gramley, 66, of Kaneville, died unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Delnor Hospital, Geneva.

He was born Oct. 31, 1943, the son of Benjamin and Frances (Flanders) Gramley in Aurora.

Leon grew up in Kaneville and spent his whole life making memories and taking care of his community. He attended local schools and graduated from Kaneland High School in 1962. He attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, for a time before graduating from DeVry School of Electronics in Chicago.

Leon married Margaret Myers in 1965, and they were blessed with two sons, Philip in June of 1967 and Stephen in November of 1969. In later years, Leon would say he met the “love of his life” in 1991, when he met Mary Fecht, a nurse who worked at Delnor Community Hospital. They were married a year later on Sept. 6, 1992, and shared the love of a lifetime, going to concerts and traveling extensively with Disney World high on their list of favorite destinations.

Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. In December of 1967, Leon returned to civilian life and worked for Illinois Bell. In 1971, he began farming alongside his brother Elmer on the family farm in Kaneville.

Leon was a volunteer fireman with the Kaneville Fire Department, later becoming an EMT and paramedic with Elburn Ambulance for 13 years. He served on the Kaneville Township Board and was elected Kaneville Township Supervisor in 1994. Leon was also the Vice President and sexton for Kaneville Cemetery and was very active in the Kaneville Memorial Day service, serving in the Color Guard and Honor Guard, as well as identifying the graves of all the veterans, making sure no one was ever forgotten.

He devoted his life to the service of his community. Leon’s thoughts were always of family and community first. Whether it was answering phone calls at all hours, going to the community center late into the evening whenever there was a problem, or checking his answering machine nightly while on vacation just in case there was someone in need of his help.

He also was the driving force behind Kaneville Township’s designation as a village, dedicating untold hours until it was official in 2007.

Even in death, Leon gave to his community by donating his eyes to those without sight. He was an avid NASCAR fan, cheering on Dale Earnhardt with every turn.

Leon was a man of many talents, though few knew that while growing up Leon took tap dancing for a time and played the French horn as well as the piano. He also was proud of his collection of Mickey Mouse ties, hats and watches.

Every Christmas, Leon made the trip to Marshall Fields, now Macy’s, and brought home two shopping bags full of Frango Mints, which he loved to pass out to family and friends, but his generosity waned when it came to his favorite, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Leon was always fixing anything for anyone, from friends to his granddaughters, who were always saying, “Papa fix it!”, though the end result was always “neat and tidy” it oftentimes included a fair share of electrical tape and form wire. A “papa band aid” was a folded napkin and electrical tape, which the granddaughters proudly displayed. He will be remembered by many different people for many different things for generations to come, but when anyone thinks about Leon, they all think of the same thing, “Kaneville.”

He now leaves his loving wife Mary of Kaneville, three sons, Philip (Christine) Gramley of Chicago, Stephen (Leanne) Gramley and their children Lillian and Robert, of Kaneville, and Albert (Lori) Fecht and their children, Joshua, Hannah and Emilee, of Leland, Ill.; one brother, Elmer (Janet) Gramley and their daughter Sara, of Kaneville, and a countryside full of friends.

He now joins his parents, Ben and Frances Gramley, who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, at Kaneville United Methodist Church, Kaneville. A remembrance service will begin at 6 p.m., where friends and family are encouraged to share their favorite memory of Leon.

A funeral service to celebrate his life will be Friday, Jan. 22, at St. David Episcopal Church at the corner of Randall and Illinois in Aurora, at 1 p.m. The Rev. Susan Holstrom, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at Kaneville Cemetery, Kaneville.

Those unable to attend the services at either church may view them live at www.conleycare.com beginning five minutes prior to each service. The services will also be available in an on-demand format 24 to 48 hours after the services at the same website.

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

Kathlene G. Porter

Kathlene G. Porter, 61, of Elburn, went to be with her Savior, The Lord Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, at Provena Mercy Hospital in Aurora, Ill. She was born on Jan. 22, 1948, in Chicago, to Richard and Shirland Groh.

Kathy’s passion was for God, her family and her students. She never missed an opportunity to share the message of God’s love with others. Her faith and dedication touched countless lives, including her many kindergarten students at Parkview Christian Academy in Yorkville and her church family at First Presbyterian in Aurora. She cherished the time she spent with her family and loved ones, and constantly nurtured and supported them.

She is survived by her loving husband, Robert Porter of Elburn; parents, Richard and Shirland Groh of Roselle, Ill.; children, Vicky (Gary) Spratt and their children, Kailey, Ryan, Aiden and Casey, of Yorkville, and Brian (Jamie) Porter and their children, Kyle and Allison, of Batavia; siblings, Carol Fitzpatrick of Roselle, Chris (Tonya) Groh of Lima, Ohio, Nancy (Arnie) Lamoso of Cary, Ill., and Janet (Howard) Rosenbach of Huntley, Ill.; Robert’s siblings, Dorothy (Dick) Barclay of Montgomery, Mary (Oscar) Sliva of Galesburg, Ill., Kathy (Tim) Borgstrom of West Bend, Wis., Margaret (Roy) Wackerlin of Oswego, and Ginger (Jeff) Ellis of Aurora; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Daniel Porter; father and mother-in-law, Robert and Jeanette Porter; grandparents, Sarah Crawford, Fred and Emma Groh; and niece, Amy Berkeland.

Services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 18, at First Presbyterian Church, 325 E. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60506. The family greeted guests on Sunday, Jan. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., also at First Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements were handled by The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60506. For information, please call (630) 897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.

Albert Lawrence ‘Larry’ Suggett, Jr.

Albert Lawrence “Larry” Suggett, Jr., 86, of Kaneville, passed peacefully from this life to eternal life on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at his home in Kaneville, surrounded by the love of his family.

Larry was born on March 23, 1923, in Chicago, the son of Albert Lawrence Sr. and Nigel Naomi (Baer) Suggett.
He grew up in Evanston and attended local schools.

Larry was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Force Engineers only one day after his marriage to Elva Beck on Nov. 26, 1942, in the Maple Park Methodist Church. He served for three years, serving most of his time in the South Pacific Theater before being honorably discharged on Dec. 11, 1945.

Larry returned to his wife in Maple Park, and they began raising a family. Larry found work in the construction trade for 10 years, using the knowledge he gained in the service. In 1956, Larry began working in sales full time. He worked for many companies over the years, realizing his gift for sales.

His last job was for Equipto Electronics in Aurora, where his expertise increased and he became national sales manager. They began with 326 customers, and before he left 10 years later, they had served over 1,300 customers and increased their business by $1 million dollar a year. From “mom and pop” companies to fortune 500 companies and the government, Larry served them all faithfully, and upon his retirement in August of 1985, he had 105 sales persons under him throughout the United States and Canada. He was a man devoted to his work, but his family was his prized possession. Following his retirement, Larry loved to take many trips with his wife all around the U.S. and Canada.

He was a member and Past Master of the Maple Park Masonic Lodge for many years before becoming a member of the DeKalb Masonic Lodge when the two joined in the early 1950s.

A lifelong student, Larry was never content to rest on his high school diploma. In 1961, Larry gave of his time to disadvantaged youth at the Boys Home, helping them to read. In addition to taking 12 classes through the military, he continued to take more than 20 different courses throughout his life at Waubonsee Community College. He then turned from student into teacher from 1986 to 1988, when he taught an antique class at Waubonsee Community College for a time, where they sent him to various locations in the community including Elburn, the Tri-cities, the College of DuPage and on to Chicago.

In 1994, he made display cases for the Schingoethe Center to display the Schingoethe Indian artifacts, which is located at Dunham Hall at Aurora University. Another project that Larry volunteered to take on was the rehabilitation of a home in Aurora that became the original Hesed House. Later, he specialized in restoration of Victorian homes in the Fox Valley.

In his spare time, Larry enjoyed staying at his “second home” in Nigel’s Point in Land O’ Lakes, Wis., cooking every meal over an open fire in the summer and navigating the snowcapped peaks and valleys on his skis in the winter. Later, he made the local trip to Villa Olivia to satisfy his cravings. In his younger years, he indulged in his passion for speed by flying his Cessna ZO6 and driving his Jaguar K150 whenever he could. He also was a faithful Santa’s helper, dressed to the hilt in red and white, bringing the joy of Christmas to all he met. His hands crafted hundreds of letters to friends and family, and his eye for taking pictures produced priceless gifts for many.

He leaves now two daughters, Susan Joy (Charles) Gates of Campton, Teri Ann Suggett of Kaneville; seven grandchildren, Kimberly Skaper of Sycamore, Kelly (Mark) McCarney of Aurora, Carrie, Tanya and Chuck Gates of Campton, and Joscelyn and Chanel Suggett of Kaneville; five great-grandchildren, Andrew and Steven Skaper, Shawn, Sharon and Christine McCarney; one great-great grandson, Michael Skaper; one step-sister, Dorothy Anderson of Southern Illinois; and a community of friends.

He joins now his wife, Elva; one daughter, Sharon K. Orr; and his parents, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Kaneville United Methodist Church, 46W764 Main Street Road, Kaneville, IL 60144. A funeral to celebrate his life followed the visitation. The Rev. Jason Turner, pastor of the church, officiated, and private family interment followed at Kaneville Cemetery on Monday, Jan. 11.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Albert Lawrence “Larry” Suggett Jr.” 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.

Paul F. Schuppner

Paul F. Schuppner, 82, of Virgil, passed away at his home surrounded by the love and care of his family on Sunday morning, Dec. 27, 2009.

He was born Aug. 11, 1927, the son of Frederick and Florence (Lenz) Schuppner in Elgin.

Paul spent his first years in Elgin and attended local schools, but graduated in 1945 from Plato Center High School, where he was a stand-out basketball player. Paul was a farmer his whole life, and it began on Witt’s farm.

Paul played basketball at Plato Center, but it was a certain cheerleader for Maple Park that caught his eye. Soon a courtship began, and in 1946, Paul and Adeline Helmuth were united in marriage on the Howard farm on Howard Road in Maple Park.

They began their new life together with Adeline’s parents in an apartment while Paul worked at Turner Brass. Then in a few years, Paul became manager on a farm in Sycamore for a time before finding a dairy farm in Virgil in 1951. After renting on a few different farms in the area, they moved into their present home on Meredith Road in 1981. They saved for 35 years to buy their home, and the moment they turned the key, it was theirs and theirs alone.

Paul was a farmer at heart, but later he would add driving a school bus to his daily regimen in 1959 in Maple Park, and spent the next 38 years making sure his charges were delivered to and from school safely. His rules were strict but fair, and many students who never rode his bus heard of his lore. He retired from farming in 1991 and driving a bus in December of 1997. Paul spent the next few years concentrating on making memories with his family and helping his son tend to his land and dairy cattle.

Paul was a past member of the Kane County Farm Bureau and the Loyal Order of the Moose, St. Charles.

Paul was a man who knew what he wanted and how he wanted it done. When a CB was brought in to help his farms communicate, there was no doubt that his “handle” would be “The Boss.” If Paul had a tough exterior and demeanor at times, it only provided cover for the biggest caring heart a man could have. No one knew that better than his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he cheered on at every possible opportunity at school functions and activities, including hundreds of basketball games. He loved to dance with his “honey” at the Blue Moon and play cards in a club full of friends and neighbors. In 1974, he and Adeline went to Hawaii and Las Vegas in 1975, making memories with every mile.

He now leaves his wife of 62 years, Adeline of Virgil; his son, Steve (Ruth Banas) Schuppner of Cortland, five grandchildren, David Schuppner and his children, Hannah and Kaleb, of Elburn; Paul W. (Nicole) Schuppner of East Lansing, Mich.; and Andrea (Josh) Pethoud and their daughter, Maysen of DeKalb; Renee (Adam) Real-Banas of Minneapolis, Minn.; and Andy (Shana) Banas of Roseville, Minn.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

He now joins his parents; one son, Edward; one sister, Marilyn Schuppner; one grandson, Brian Schuppner; and one brother-in-law, Warren Klingenberg, who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A funeral to celebrate his life will be held at the funeral home on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Lily Lake, and the Rev. Paul Meyer, pastor of Cornerstone Methodist Church, Plato Center, will both officiate, and interment will follow at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Paul Schuppner 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.

Lorraine L. Miller

Lorraine L. Miller, 87, of Vigil, formerly of Dundee, Ill., passed away at DeKalb County Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, DeKalb, on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009.

She was born on the family farm in Virgil on April 3, 1922, the daughter of Michael J. and Elizabeth K. Petit.

Lorraine grew up in Virgil and attended the S. S. Peter & Paul schools. She worked on the farm and in the home while the boys were off to war. In between milking the cows and cooking meals, Lorraine also worked at Elgin Watch Factory.

Lorraine loved to dance and spent many nights at The Grange, a dance hall on Plank Road. It was there that she caught a certain gentleman’s eye and shared a dance with Bob Miller. They were united in marriage on Oct. 6, 1951, at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.

They began their new life together on the Miller family farm in Dundee, Ill. They would spend the rest of their married life making memories and raising their daughter, Mary. She worked across the road for a time, making beds at their family-owned Dun-El View Motel in Dundee, Ill. When Bob passed away in 1995, Lorraine moved in with her niece, Mary Hindenburg, in Sycamore for a time before building a home in Virgil across the street from her childhood church and school, and next door to the old convent.

Lorraine was a faithful member of S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and was a past member of the Altar and Rosary Society at St. Catherine Catholic Church. She started a sewing club, was involved in Country Cousins as well as the Kane County Home Extension. She also was a volunteer at St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. Lorraine was active in Rural Life, a diocesan farm group.

Lorraine entertained everyone at anytime and possessed the gift of hospitality. She loved her time playing cards with the “Virgil Card Club” every week at different homes. She was “Mrs. Claus” to all her nieces and nephews, not only at Christmas time but all year round. In the summers she had pool parties and invited her family, and many times the rest of her neighbors as well. Lorraine loved to knit and crochet and passed on her wisdom and talent to the next generation.

In their younger years, she and Robert loved to travel on pilgrimages to different Marian Shrines around the country hosted by her brother, Fr. Clement Petit. Lorraine was the family historian and could be found behind the camera at many family functions chronicling the events for future generations. The Petit family reunions that she and Earlene Petit began continue annually. They also made sure never to miss a wedding or a funeral, no matter where they were being held.

Whenever her nieces and nephews came into town, there was no lap more comfortable or available for babies to snuggle and nap. For her granddaughter and her friends, tea parties were the norm and were complete with cups, saucers, tea (that was really Kool-Aid) and cakes.

She now leaves her daughter, Mary (Steve) Lemaster of Elgin, Ill.; two grandchildren, Kate (James) Freestrom of Sycamore and Jeremy Lemaster of Elgin, Ill.; three siblings, Frank M. Petit of St. Charles, Sister Marie Petit of St. Francis Convent, Milwaukee, Wis., and Peter M. Petit of Virgil; many nieces and nephews that were all close to her heart, especially Clete Zang and Mary Hindenburg; and a countryside of friends who will miss her dearly.

She now joins her parents; husband, Bob Miller; four sisters, Louise (Petit) Zang, Regina Petit, Julia (Petit) Dinges, and Sr. Donna Petit O.S.F.; five brothers, Herman, Clement, Carl and Michael; and one other brother, Michael, who died in infancy.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, 60119. A mass to celebrate her life was held at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Virgil, at 10 a.m., with a time of visitation from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the church prior to Mass Wednesday, Dec. 30. Fr. Perfecto Vasquez, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at River Valley Memorial Garden Cemetery in Dundee, Ill.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit Provena St. Joseph Hospital or St. Francis of Assisi Convent. Checks may be made directly to either of the charities and mailed to Lorraine L. Miller 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.

Donald ‘Dutch’ Phillips Jr.

Donald “Dutch” Phillips Jr., 66, of Kaneville, passed away following a fierce battle with pancreatic cancer, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at his home surrounded by the love and prayers of his family. Dutch was a man of simple tastes with a smile always on his face who never let life’s problems get him down.

He was born Sept. 3, 1943, the son of Donald Sr. and Mary Helen (Klemm) Phillips in Aurora.

Dutch met his wife during high school, and though she stole his heart, she gave him hers in return. Dutch and Jane Schramer went to their first dance in 1960, and four years later, were united in marriage on Sept. 12, 1964, at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Virgil.

Dutch began working in the family egg business and also worked for a time at Zephyr Gas, a small gas station in Sugar Grove. He spent most of his years behind the wheel of a semi, driving for G. Baker Express and later Blackhorse Carriers.

He now leaves his wife of 45 years, Jane; four children, Deanna (Phil) McCarney and their children, Nicholas and Nolan, of Elburn; Denise (Mike) Thelander and their daughter, Jordan, of Elburn; Keith (Julie) Phillips and their children, Brandon and Katelyn, of Batavia; and Kevin (Aimee Lave) Phillips and their children, Cody, Cecily, and Courtney of Watertown, S.D.; four siblings, Jerry “Cork” (Sue) Phillips, Patrick “Skip” (Mary Perry) Phillips, Rita (Larry) Schmitt and Marcy (Randy) Vanatta; many nieces, nephews; and a countryside of friends who will never forget his smile.

He now joins his parents and one niece, Tiffany Vanatta, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was at St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn from 4 to 9 p.m., with a wake service at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30. A Mass to celebrate his life and faith will be at 10:30 a.m., with a time of visitation to precede the mass from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at Kaneville Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Donald Phillips 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.

Mardelle L. Voigt

Mardelle L. Voigt, 80, of Elburn, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at her home and passed from this life to the next, meeting her husband Vern in time to be truly “home” for Christmas.

She was born Nov. 29, 1929, the daughter of Willard and Dorothy (Henning) Murbach in Oak Park, Ill.

Mardelle grew up in Oak Park and attended local schools. She graduated with the class of 1948 from Oak Park Township High School. Following graduation, Mardelle continued her education at a local business school in Chicago, where she studied bookkeeping.

Mardelle worked for several companies in the Chicago area, including Borden Ice Cream Company and the Federal Reserve Bank. In 1972, Mardelle began working for the Little Traveler in Geneva for what was only supposed to be six weeks. Later in 1988, Mardelle worked her way to be the general manager and was in charge of purchasing. She would accumulate a history of over a dozen trips to England in search of the perfect antiques to bring home.

It was Christmas time in 1957, and Mardelle attended a party where she met her future husband, Vern Voigt, who was home for the holidays from working in Alaska. Eleven months later in November 1958, they were married and soon headed back up to Alaska, as a family, to finish the work he started previously. Upon completion, they headed to Elburn to construct their new home, where they eventually settled. The family traveled extensively with Vern’s job and worked in many places throughout the world, including England.

Mardelle was an avid reader of anything she could get her hands on, especially Danielle Steele romance novels and mysteries. Although Mardelle traveled for work extensively, she also took many trips just for pleasure, with destinations across the United States and abroad, such as Ireland and Germany. When home, traveling around her social circles made each day go by faster.

Mardelle was a member and past Worthy Matron of Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary.

She now leaves one daughter, Catherine (Jeff) Mathews of Maple Park; one grandson, Bill (Alison) Donovan of St. Louis; one granddaughter, Bethany M. Donovan of Maple Park; one great-granddaughter, Kyla Rachas of Maple Park; one brother, John (Marti) Murbach of Florida; many nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents; her husband, Vern; and one son, James “Jimmy,” who passed away as a toddler in 1955, who preceded her in death.

Friends called Monday, Dec. 21, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn.

A funeral service to celebrate her life was held at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, with the Rev. David Bateman officiating. Interment followed at Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Mardelle Voigt Memorial” and mailed to P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.

Mike F. Del Medico

Mike F. Del Medico, 51 , of St. Charles, died suddenly Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009. Mike will be remembered for the man that he was, the memories that he made and the love that he gave to family and friends. Although his life ended, his spirit lives on in all those who both knew him and who will miss him.

Mike was born on Oct. 12, 1958, the son of Paul and Diane (Rossi) Del Medico in Junction City, Kan.

Mike’s childhood was surrounded by generations of family who lived in Chicago. Following his schooling, auto body restoration caught his attention, and his career as a technician began in the local shops around the suburbs of Chicago.

Mike met the love of his life, Monica, in 1975 at the age of 16. Their two hearts became one on June 7, 1980, and their family became complete with the birth of their son Michael in 1981. Over the years, they made their home in many places throughout the suburbs, finally settling in St. Charles in 1992.

Mike’s passion for cars led to the opening of his first auto-repair business in 1982. His most recent and sustained venture was the opening of Mastercraft Autobody in Wauconda, Ill., in 1992.

In Mike’s spare time he loved to hunt and fish, and he also enjoyed many years as a member of the St. Charles Sportsman’s Club.

Mike was a perfectionist at heart and took incredible pride in everything he did. No one was more special to Mike than his son, and he was quick to share his accomplishments with everyone he met. He also made Michael his unofficial apprentice, teaching him the skills required to both renovate their home and complete minor car repairs and upkeep over the years.

Mike also had a special relationship with his nephew Matthew, whom he treated as a second son as he guided him through the trials of life. As a playful jokester, Mike loved to laugh, and his smile consistently brightened rooms. “Big Mike’s” heart was made of gold, and his generosity was unwavering. He will be missed for many reasons, but his life and memory will be cherished forever.

He now leaves his wife Monica; his son, Mike (Lindsay Wasenko) Del Medico; his mother, Diane Del Medico; two brothers, Paul and Mark Del Medico; his paternal grandparents, Frank and Philomena Del Medico; his mother-in-law, Marcie Vazquez; many aunts and uncles, including Mary (Frank) Donato; several brothers- and sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews, cousins and a vast quantity of people who were lucky enough to call him friend.

He now joins his father; his grandfather, Steve Rossi; father-in-law, Gilbert Vazquez; and brother-in-law, Christopher Kapusta, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was from 3 to 9 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn on Friday, Dec. 18. The Elburn Fire Department honored the family with a Catholic wake service. A funeral to celebrate his life was Saturday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Mission Catholic Church, 6N491 Crane Road, St. Charles. Private family interment will occur at a later date following cremation.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities, including Illinois Children’s Burn Camp and the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center. Checks may be made to the “Mike Del Medico Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or at www.conleycare.com.

Frank Anthony Lo Destro

Frank Anthony Lo Destro, 88, died peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 20, in his Elburn home.

He was born Sept. 23, 1921, in Chicago.

He was an entrepreneur and held many positions over his life, mainly in the building materials industry. On Dec. 8, 1945, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines, where he was assigned to the First Marine Division. He saw action in the first offensive against the Japanese at Guadalcanal and Tulagi. His tour of duty also included New Guinea, Cape Gloucester, Talasee and Pelileu in the South Pacific.

On Dec. 2, 1950, he married Erminia Panozzo, and they were happily married until her death on May 30, 1990.

He is survived by children Frank (Hope) Lo Destro, Peter (Cheri) Lo Destro and Michele (Roderick) Kelly; grandchildren, Tricia, Paula (Dennis) Paben, Julie, Bonnie, Brent (Natalia), Grant, Chana, Sonya, Brina; Katherine, Patrick and Peter; and great-granddaughter, Samantha.

Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 22, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Mass began at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 23, at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn. Interment was in Resurrection Cemetery, Geneva.

Judith ‘Judy’ K. Watters

Judith “Judy” K. Watters, 69, of Elburn, passed away at Provena Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora, on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009.

She was born April 8, 1940, the daughter of Charles and Katherine (Roper) Cronk in Chicago.

Judy grew up in Franklin Park and attended local schools. After graduating in 1958, she met James Coakley, and they were married soon after. They were blessed with five children, Gayle, Bryan, Roy, Michael and Patricia.

Judy and Jim and their growing family made their home in Melrose Park, Ill. Judy and Jim parted ways in 1979. Love found Judy once again, this time with a childhood friend named Boyd Watters after a serendipitous Christmas card found its way into her hands. His heart followed soon after, and they were united in marriage on June 20, 1981, on Boyd’s boat in Burnham Park Harbor, Chicago.

Boyd brought with him two blessings from his previous marriage, Jacqueline and Richard. Just as the number in the family multiplied, so did the blessings and memories during the next 28 years. The memories began where they made their home in Melrose Park until they moved to Bristol, Ill., in 1983. They left for the west coast in 1986 to be near Judy’s mom in California before returning to be near family in 2002, settling in Elburn.

Judy put her heart and soul into her family, which left little room for additional jobs outside the home.

Judy’s kitchen was a wonderland of delicious baked sweets, especially fudge, which was a family favorite. She was a great friend to those in need, and the friendships made spanned across the country and across generations. Judy was a very patient and kind person. She was an angel to many, but none more so than her husband, Boyd, who regularly told her that she made him want to be a better man. A loving wife, adoring mother and a favorite among the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Judy will be missed by many for a long time to come.

She now leaves her loving husband, Boyd; seven children, Gayle (Curtis) Miller of Mendota, Ill., Bryan (Maggie) of Coakley of Palatine, Ill., Roy (Becky) Coakley of North Lake, Ill., Michael (Tracy) Coakley of St. Charles, Patricia Strayer of Aurora, Jacquelilne (Eric) Rothfone of Mokena, Ill., and Richard (Carol) Watters of Tinley Park, Ill.; 15 grandchildren, Melissa (Brian) Bembenek and their daughter, Angela of Downers Grove, Ill., Shelby Miller of Mendota, Ill., Leah Griffen of Palatine, Ill., Paige Coakley of Palatine, Ill., Maddy Coakly of North Lake, Ill., Jacqueline Coakley of North Lake, Ill., Jesse Coakley of North Lake, Ill., Lexia Coakley of St. Charles, Logan Coakley of St. Charles, Kalyn Strayer of Hebron, Ind., Stephanie Strayer of Hebron, Ind., Wendy (Shawn) Gamble and her children, Sara and Gage, of Bryan, Texas, Paul Armenia of Bourbonnais, Ill., Lauren Watters of Tinley Park, Ill., and Brian Watters of Tinley Park, Ill.; other extended family, and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents, who preceded her in death.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Following cremation, a memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Kaneville United Methodist Church, 724 Main Street Road, Kaneville, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Lonnie Caha, pastor of the Parkview Christian Church of Orland Park, Ill., and Rev. Jason Turner, Pastor of Kaneville United Methodist Church, will officiate with private family interment to follow at a later date.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Judy Watters 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.

Reita V. Zanardi

Reita V. Zanardi, 92, of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Dec. 2, 2009, at Countryside Care Center in Aurora, Ill.

She was born on Aug. 1, 1917, the daughter of Alice (Harrison) and Hermann Jonas in Minneapolis, Minn.

Reita grew up in Minneapolis and attended local schools before her family moved to St. Charles in 1938.

She was united in marriage to Joseph Zanardi in 1938 in Springfield, Ill., but spent 71 of her memory-making years in the Fox Valley area.

Reita worked at many different manufacturing companies over the years, but the one thing that remained constant was her involvement in the area of quality control as an inspector. Her longest tenure was with Campana in Batavia.

She was a member of the Batavia VFW Women’s Auxiliary and served her community by being an election judge in Kane County for many years.

Reita had a joy for learning new skills and information that was charming and delightful, and possessed a manner that belied her years. Never too young to learn, she attended college in her 80s to enhance her piano playing abilities.

Never a stranger to hard work, Reita dedicated herself to each task and each job, whether it was in the working sector or just working in her garden. Summers and sunshine were a balm to her soul, and the time spent picking grapes for jam or sweet peas growing on a trellis were a treat unlike any other. The smells from the kitchen wafted through her home as she cooked and canned and passed on her knowledge to the next generations, even teaching her son Curt to make gravy.

When not in the kitchen, Reita enjoyed crocheting afghans and garments for her granddaughters. She also enjoyed traveling the U.S., memorializing each trip with a bounty of pictures. When she and her husband Joe began to attend flea markets, they never could imagine that a favorite pastime would become a passion. They soon became dealers specializing in old glass and pottery.

After Joe died in 1975, she continued dealing in glass and flea markets for many years. Late in life, she had a special friend in John Murphy, with whom she would share trips and activities that made her later years an adventure.

She now leaves her son, Curt (Marlene) Zanardi of St. Charles; two granddaughters, Heather (Norman) Pink of Aurora and Joanna (Matthew) Janecek of St. Charles; four great-grandchildren whom she called her “Angels,” Miles Janecek, Caden Pink, McCoy Janecek and Dante Pink; one sister, Betty McKamey of Dixon, Ill.; many nieces and nephews and a host of good friends.

She now joins her husband, Joseph; her brothers, Bud Stadler and John Harrison; and her good friend, John Murphy, who preceded her in death.

Private family services were handled with care by Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Reita Zanardi 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.

Emma Rita Karch

Emma Rita Karch, 90, of Virgil, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

She was born Aug. 15, 1919, in Virgil, the daughter of Henry and Margaret (then) Kirchmann. She was married to George W. Karch.

Emma was a lifelong resident of Kane County and SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Virgil. She was a graduate of West High School in Aurora. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and knitting. She made beautiful scarves, afghans and gloves for her family and people in need. She also loved to babysit for her grandchildren and friends in the community. She retired from Doan’s pill factory in Geneva after many years of service.

Emma is survived by two sons, George (Geri) Karch of Benton, Ken. and Jack (Pati) Karch of Manitowoc, Wis.; three grandchildren, Michelle Karch, Jack “J.B.” (Gretchyn) Karch and Todd (Aileen) Karch; six great-grandchildren, Madi, Cole, Katelyn Emma, Will, Alexandrea and Lea; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one brother and six sisters.

Her Funeral Mass was Saturday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. at the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5N939 Meredith Road in Virgil, with Fr. Perfecto Vasquez officiating.

Her visitation was Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at the church. A luncheon followed the Funeral Mass, and a graveside service was held at 1:30 p.m. at the Virgil Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for Emma Karch in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. For information, call (815) 895-2833.

William Paul Jarvis

William Paul Jarvis, 89, of Sugar Grove, formerly of Aurora, passed away on Dec. 2, 2009, at Hillside in Yorkville.

He was born Nov. 22, 1920, the son of Frank and Barbara (Esser) Jarvis.

Bill grew up in Aurora and attended local schools. Although his formal education only took him through his sophomore year in high school, he was a very knowledgeable man.

Bill was inducted into the U.S. Army on June 7, 1944. He served his country with valor and pride during WWII as a rifleman and postal clerk with Company 1, 85th Mountain Infantry, 10th Division in Italy.

Bill married his soulmate during a weekend furlough, Lois Gustafson, on Oct. 23, 1944. He would return to his bride on April 13, 1946, following his honorable discharge.

Bill would spend most of his life in his hometown of Aurora, where he was born and raised. In 1988, Bill and Lois moved to Sugar Grove.

He was employed by Trio Brass Foundry in Aurora for many years, eventually becoming manager until his retirement in 1988.

Bill was a faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn, was past president and a member of the Tiger Club, the Phoenix Club and the American Legion in Sugar Grove, Post 1271.

Bill was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan through thick and thin. When he wasn’t rooting for his home team, he loved working in his garden. Whether it was flowers or vegetables, everything came up “roses.” He also enjoyed camping across Illinois and Wisconsin, but his favorite site was Devils Lake in Baraboo, Wis.

He now leaves his wife of 65 years, Lois; three daughters, Kay (Vince) Chawgo of Breese, Ill., Linda (Dave) Dugan of Leland, Ill., and Sandy (Daryl) Jones of Steward, Ill.; six grandchildren, Becky Chawgo of Lynnwood, Wash., Jeremy Chawgo of Breese, Ill., Josh (Anne) Thacker and their daughter, Isabel, of Montgomery, Adam Thacker of North Hills, Calif., Jason (Kim) Jones and their children, Halle, Quinn and Macie, of Yorkville, and Kristy (Chadd) Nelson and their daughters, Sophia and Olivia Nelson of Sugar Grove; one brother, John Jarvis of Aurora; a sister-in-law, Elnor Gustafson of St. Charles; and many nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents; his brothers, Ralph and Francis; and sisters, Leona Bates, Marie Boylan, Margaret Ugoli and Catherine Castner, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A service to celebrate his life followed at 3 p.m. Private family interment will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit Seasons Hospice and Hillside. Checks may be made to the “William Jarvis 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.

We will forever be thankful to everyone at Hillside for their loving care for Dad and Mom. We also want to thank Seasons Hospice for their compassion during such a difficult time.

“Lord, help us find our way through the changes in our lives.”