Category Archives: Obituaries

Josephine Stredde

Josephine Stredde, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, Sept. 6, at Jennings Terrace. She was born Aug. 3, 1914, in Waltonville, Ill., the daughter of the late Alva and Cecelia (Carson) Baldridge.

Josephine graduated from Waltonville High School in 1932 and moved to Aurora. On June 2, 1939, she was united in marriage to Carl Stredde. After Carl’s death in 1985, she continued to maintain her Montgomery home until 2004, when she moved into Jennings Terrace. Josephine will be remembered for her red hair and manicured nails.

She is survived by her four nephews, Al (Diane) Baldridge of Sugar Grove, Charles (Linda) Baldridge of Marshall, Wis., Ernest (Martha) Baldridge of Kaneville, and Fred Baldridge of Hinckley; three nieces, Betty (Phil) Koukol of Oswego, Ill., Dorothy (Bill) Hanson of Elburn, and Gay (David) Lewis of Big Rock.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Stredde; and her brother, Clyde Baldridge.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Healy Chapel 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora. Visitation will be begin at 10 a.m. and run until the time of service. Interment will take place at Lincoln Memorial Park.

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

Sharon Nier

Sharon Nier, 61, of Elburn, passed away at her home, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009.

She was born Nov. 21, 1947, the daughter of LaVerne “Bud” and Charlene (Wood) Ritchey in Aurora. Sharon grew up in Troxel, Ill. When she was 16, the family moved to the outskirts of Kaneville and later to the old Schleifer place.

Sharon graduated from Kaneland High School with the class of 1966 and began working for Farmer’s Insurance Group. She also helped her parents operate the Elburn Dairy Joy and worked part-time at Gliddon’s Drug Store. In November of 1968, Sharon began what would become a 31-year career at Richardson Electronics, Ltd. Although some predicted she would not last long, her determination and penchant for details moved her up the line through the years from assembly to engineering clerk, to accounting and to executive secretary to the Vice President of Manufacturing before retiring on Dec. 31, 1999, as the senior inventory control clerk.

On March 21, 1970, she was united in marriage to Gene Nier. They began their new life together in a house on South Street in Elburn. It was there they transformed the house into a home and made many improvements and thousands of memories.

Sharon turned their back yard into a virtual haven for a remarkable spectrum of birds, including Orioles, Indigo Buntings, Rose Breasted Grosbeaks, Cardinals, Brown Thrashers, Gold Finches, White Breasted Nuthatches, Hairy and Red Bellied Woodpeckers and many others. She also was fond of caring for her fox or red squirrels, as well as the grey and the little chipmunks for which her backyard was a playground. She knew what they loved to eat and saw that they had a year-round smorgasbord. Sharon’s knowledge of the birds was truly encyclopedic, and she enjoyed imparting that knowledge to her nieces, nephews and friends.

Sharon was a member of the “Women of the Moose” since 1975. She also bowled on mixed and women’s leagues through the 1970s and ‘80s, until her job became too demanding and she had to stop bowling.

Her family includes one step-son, Steven (Stacy) Nier and their children Drew and Katie, of Hale, Mo.; one brother, Ron (April) Ritchey of Elburn; seven nieces and nephews, Dawn (Keith) McLaughlin of Millington, Ill., Kelly Ritchey of Elburn, Dana (Alan) Herra of Elburn, Kim (Mike) Paulus of Sugar Grove, Susan Henne of Kaneville, Jeff (Cara) Nier of Hinckley, and Mark (Bethany) Nier of Chilton, Wis.; her mother-in-law, Doris Nier of Kaneville; one sister-in-law, Karen (Leonard) Heinberg of Kaneville, one brother-in-law, Myron (Lenore) Nier of Hinckley; 16 great-nieces and nephews, Jeff, Kevin, Charles, Kyle and Katie McLaughlin, Charlene, Natasha, and Jackson Herra, Chris and Ben Paulus, Nick and Melanie Henne, and Alex, Kourtney, McKenzie and Harrison Nier; three great-great-niece and nephews, Xavier, Luke and Mylie; and a family of close friends who will never forget her.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Gene; her parents, LaVerne “Bud” and Charlene Ritchey; one sister, Sandra Carroll; and her father-in-law, Arnold Nier.

Following direct cremation, a private family graveside service will be held at Kaneville Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Sharon’s wish was for you to plant something for nature in her memory. A memorial has also been established in her name. Memorials checks may be made to the Sharon Nier 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 her obituary at www.conleycare.com.

Charles E. ‘Chas’ Barsic

Charles E. “Chas” Barsic, 54, of Maple Park, passed away at his home on Sept. 5, 2009, after succumbing to cancer. He was surrounded by the love of his family, who cared for him right up to his last days.

He was born Nov. 13, 1955, the son of Joseph and Edna “Babs” (Neisendorf) Barsic in Geneva.

Chas grew up on County Line Road in Maple Park with his parents, two sisters and three brothers, and continued to live in the family home until his death.

He attended Maple Park grade school and graduated from Kaneland High School, where he attended Mid-Valley Vocational School for drafting. This education gave him the foundation for his 30-year career at Caterpillar in Montgomery.

He retired as a design engineer from Caterpillar in October 2003. After his retirement, Chas loved to spend his time living life to the fullest, riding his Yamaha motorcycle nearly every day and spending as much time with his family and his friends as he could.

Following his father’s passing, Chas purchased and continued to live in his childhood home.

Though Chas never married, he dedicated himself to his family and friends. If you needed help, he was always there, and many can attest to the fact there was no better example of a Good Samaritan.

He was a faithful, dedicated member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church of Maple Park just down the street, often helping others at Mass, where he faithfully served as an usher.

Chas had many things in his life he loved, though none more precious than his nieces and nephews, who brought out the kid in him. When he wasn’t with his family or friends, Chas indulged in his love of flying, piloting his own Cessna for hours at a time.

Chas loved high-performance vehicles, especially his beloved Acura NSX or his Yamaha motorcycle. In high school, Chas was a multi-sport athlete who played many sports, including baseball, football and golf, although golf alone survived his path to adulthood. The game of golf not only gave him 30 years of happiness, but also much success, as evident from his many trophies.

He also loved to travel across the United States, visiting many parts of the country, especially the southern and western states. In later years, he used his breadth of knowledge and experience to begin designing his own house, as well as working on building his own experimental airplane.

He now leaves five siblings, Matt Barsic of Sycamore, Karen (Jim) Morris of Doha, Qatar, Mike (Connie) Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., Marianne (Mark) Gemmer of Maple Park and Jim (Brenda) Barsic of Elburn; nieces and nephews, Brian Gemmer of Kaneville, Megan (Brad) Thill of North Aurora, Emily Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., Paul Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., David Gander of Madison, Wis., Bob Gander of Rochester, Minn., Eric Gander of Rochester, Minn. and Jennifer (Ben) Halverson of Chatfield, Minn.; Kaitlyn and Kaley Barsic of Elburn; and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents and one niece, Kelsey Barsic, who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., with a service to follow at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 10, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Charles Barsic 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.

Francis H. “Bud” White

Francis H. “Bud” White, 87, of Elburn, passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva, surrounded by the love of his family following a courageous fight against a brain tumor. Though his body lost the battle, his spirit triumphed over all.

He was born Aug. 22, 1922, the son of Edward and Susan (Schmal) White in Maple Park.

Bud grew up in Maple Park but moved to Beith Road before he started school at S.S. Peter & Paul Grade School in Virgil.

As most young men of his generation, he went to work as soon as he finished eighth grade. Bud was no different. He started hauling milk at the age of 15 and would continue for the next 37 years.

Bud and Lorraine Pobstman each had a friend that set them up on a date at the free movies in Maple Park. They sat on a plank and not only watched a movie, but watched their lives intertwine off screen for the next two years before they were united in marriage at St. Mary’s in Maple Park on May 4, 1946.

They began their new life together on the family farm on Keslinger Road before making their home seven years later on Kansas Street in Elburn. Many years later, the walls are filled with pictures and the air thick with memories of a growing family, a hard-working father and a loving husband.

Bud was a dairy man through and through and knew from a very young age the type of hard work, dedication and long days it took to make it work. He farmed with his brother for a time before working for two companies, Western United and Certified Grocers Inc., hauling milk from local farmers to the respective processing plants for 37 years.

Bud was a longtime member of the Kane County Farm Bureau, Aurora Moose and a lifetime member, honorary board member and recipient of the Melvin Jones Award of the Elburn Lions Club.

Bud was a “certified corn shucker” and helped in the donation of eye glasses for the Elburn Lions Club, but his favorite times came when the “Cancer Kids” weekend came about and he got to work with all the kids.

Over the years, Bud grew a collection of toy tractors that he used as a farmer, beer steins—a celebration of his heritage, and had them all proudly displayed in his home.

When Bud and Lorraine went out, they made sure to have shrimp at Red Lobster, though if asked he said he could live on candy alone. Alaskan cruises topped the list of favorite destinations, along with trips to Europe, Hawaii, dozens of bus trips around the country and memories of the fun had along Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Bud also loved to play 31 for nickels with friends and family. These and thousands more will be the legacy he leaves to his friends and family, especially his grandson, who will not soon forget him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lorraine; one daughter, Mary Frances (Edwin) Sherwood and their son William of Lake Charles, La.; one sister, Leona Thompson of Waterman, Ill.; two brothers, Robert (Beverly) White of Indio, Calif. and Arthur White of Waterman, Ill.; several nieces and nephews and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents, his brother, Charles, and his sister, Betty Moore, who preceded him in death.

Visitation and wake service was Friday, Sept. 4, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A mass to celebrate his life was held Saturday, Sept. 5, at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, with interment following at S.S. Peter and Paul Church, Virgil.

A memorial has been established in Bud’s name. Checks may be made to the “ Francis ‘Bud’ White” 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.

Patricia L. Sanderson

Patricia L. Sanderson, 62, of Earlville, Ill., passed away suddenly at Mendota Community Hospital on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009.

Patricia was born on October 19, 1946 in Chicago, the daughter of James B. and Barbara A. (Bailey) Sanderson.

Pat grew up in Wasco, and attended Wasco Grade school. After graduating from St. Charles High School with the class of 1962, Pat furthered her education on a scholarship to Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Shortly after, she moved to Heidelberg, Germany, and worked for the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Office. Later, she returned to St. Charles, and worked for local lawyers before dedicating 17 years working for the State of Illinois. Upon her retirement she volunteered for the COPD Foundation that she helped establish.

Pat was always moving and always doing, especially when it came to winter activities such as cross-country skiing, tobogganing, sledding and more. Summers were full of adventure and filled to capacity with activities like rafting. She was also known for her peculiar (some say “twisted”) sense of humor that balanced out the graciousness, sincerity and generosity that spoke volumes of her spirit.

In her retirement, Pat saw a need for support groups for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She was involved in the very early stages of the COPD Foundation and has spent countless hours on the call line, letting others know they are not alone in their struggles.

She now leaves her mother, Barbara, of Earlville; two sisters, Jane Sandison and Maureen (Gary) Ayala, both of Earlville; three nieces, two nephews, six great-nieces, one great-nephew, and a family of friends.

She now joins her father, James, who preceded her in death.

A memorial visitation was held Friday, Aug. 28, and a memorial service celebrating her life followed at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn.

A memorial will be established in Patricia’s name to benefit the COPD Foundation. Memorials checks may be made to the COPD FOUNDATION 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 her obituary at www.conleycare.com.

Albert F. “Al” Bergquist

Albert F. “Al” Bergquist, 75, of Elburn, passed away at his home surrounded by the love of his family in the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Sept. 17, 1933, the son of Hilmer and Irene (Powers) Bergquist in Aurora.

Al grew up on the family farm in La Fox and attended local St. Charles and Geneva schools. His two passions in life were farming and racing motorcycles. Years of memories were made in the fields and on the dirt tracks of raceways across the country.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1955 and faithfully served his country until his father suffered from a stroke and Al was discharged to help his family back home.

Al gave his heart to his high school sweetheart, Joan Oksas, whom he met through friends. Love only grew over the years and when he returned on leave their two lives became one when they were united in marriage Dec. 29, 1955.

They began their new life and spent their first holiday together making their home on the corner of Route 47 and Keslinger Road in Elburn. Later they would live in town at the Bateman’s house before moving to Pouley Road, where they have since made their home.

Al was a “jack of all trades” but he was a farmer at heart. He woke before dawn to tend the livestock, often only stopping after sunset. Always a hard worker, he also drove truck part time over the years for Stover’s, Bowgren’s and White Brothers Trucking. Later he served as the Road Commissioner for Blackberry Township for 20 years, retiring in 1997. Upon retirement Al continued to work for the township plowing the snow in winter. He helped put together John Deere lawn tractors for Ehlers Recreation, Lawn and Garden in Elburn for many years. In 1992, Joan and Al bought a used Goldwing motorcycle from a neighbor. Thereafter, they spent weekends on the road, riding from state to state and coast to coast from March through October. They traded up to a new one 1996 and moved to a Trike in 2003.

He was a life member of the American Motorcycle Association as well as the GWRRA Illinois B-2, DK of DeKalb, Chapter V in Batavia and was director of Enduros District 17. He followed family tradition by serving on the board of the Elburn Co-Op for 17 years and was a long-time member of the Illinois Highway Commissioners Association. When not riding or working, he and Joan loved their time dancing as part of the square dancing club, Fox Valley Mixers, later called the Sugar Squares. Al also was a member, along with many of his friends, of the Fox Hunters Club.

Al had adventure in his heart and participated in a 500-mile snowmobile race during Winter Carnival from Winnipeg, Canada, to St. Paul, Minn., in 1974 and 1975. In 1966, Al made a nine-pony hitch that was sponsored by Moorman Feed. They were featured in many parades here and in Chicago. As the children were growing up and helping on the farm, he often would remark when it came to dressing for the weather that you had to make a choice, “Do you want to be warm or do you want to look pretty?” The answer he preferred was the former, making them dress in overalls and snow suits. He made the miles fly by on his Goldwing, when he participated in the cross-country Enduros Race and won more nationals than he lost from 1950 until his last race in 1992. Al was a man unto himself and was never late to lend a hand to anyone. He would do anything for his family and has left thousands of memories scattered across the countryside and in the special place where he’ll live forever in the hearts of his family.

He now leaves his loving wife, Joan Bergquist; four children: Vicki Bergquist of Elburn, Al “Butch” (Connie) Bergquist of Troxel, Barbara (Patrick) Bradford of Maple Park, and Mary (Chuck) Liss of Elburn; six grandchildren: Rebecca, nee Bradford, (Ronald Jr.) Edwards of Sycamore, Ben Bradford of Maple Park, Blake Bradford of Maple Park, Mackenzie Liss of Elburn, Allison Liss of Elburn, Chucky Liss of Elburn; two great-grandchildren, Shelby and Bradford Edwards, both of Sycamore; three siblings: Carl (Sharon) Bergquist of St. Charles, Alice Nickels of Monroe, Wis., and Norm (Diane) Bergquist of Elburn; one sister-in-law, Carol Fabrizius of Maple Park, and one brother-in-law, Bob Oksas of Maple Park; many nieces and nephews and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents, one sister-in-law, Diane Oksas and a brother-in-law, Joseph Fabrizius, and a mother-in-law, Hazel Oksas who preceded him in death.

Visitation was Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, at the Lord Of Life Church, on the corner of Route 38 and LaFox Road in La Fox. A funeral service to celebrate his life was held at the church, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009. Rev. Phil Ressler, pastor of the church, officiated and interment followed at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Al Bergquist 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. Arrangements were handled with care by Conley Funeral Home.

George A. Siebens

George A. Siebens, 77, of DeKalb. died on Saturday, Aug. 22, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva, with his loving wife and all eight of his children at his side.

He was born on Dec. 10, 1931, to Elias G. and Zelma (Storm) Siebens in Sycamore, Ill., and he farmed for many years with his father.

He graduated from Maple Park High School in 1950 and married Carolyn Nieminen of DeKalb on Aug. 7, 1954. The couple recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.

The family lived on its farm in Maple Park for more than 50 years before moving to DeKalb five years ago. In addition to farming, George owned and operated Siebens Arctic Cat for nearly 20 years and was a founding member of the DeKane Snow Trackers snowmobile club. He also was an operating engineer for Stahl Construction Company in DeKalb, and later for Harry W. Kuhn Inc. of West Chicago, Ill.

He was an 18-year member of the Kaneland Community Unit School District 302 School Board and a lifetime member of the Local 150 International Union of Operating Engineers. He was also a member of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in DeKalb.

George was active in both his church and the Maple Park community throughout his life. He owned a log cabin in Sugar Camp, Wis., which was the favorite vacation spot for his large family. He often opened the cabin to friends and visitors, most notably from Maple Park, many summers for an annual softball tournament in Sugar Camp, and youth members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church for ski trips many winters. Along with his brother, Richard, he also owned a fishing cottage in Western Ontario, Canada, that was built by their father. That also became a favorite vacation spot for many family members and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his brother, Richard (Marie) Siebens of Maple Park; his sister, Joann (George) Seyller of Missouri; and eight children, Deborah (Dean) Helfers of Aurora, Tamara (David) Farley of DeKalb, Peter Siebens of Waterman, Ill., Timothy (Tammy) Siebens of Oswego, Ill., Daniel (Sandra) Siebens of Green Bay, Wis., Melissa (Dale) Wawracz of Lakeville, Minn., Nathan (Carlye) Siebens of DeLand, Fla. and Alicia (Randy) Holley of Malta, Ill.

He is also survived by 21 grandchildren, Katherine Signorella of Naperville, Ill., Kimberly (Scott) Martin of Maple Park, Todd Signorella of Omaha, Neb., Andrew and Jacob Helfers, both of Aurora, Allison and Kristen Farley, both of DeKalb, Angela Jaeger of North Aurora, Ill., Matthew Jaeger of Palatine, Ill., Aaron (Misty) Siebens of Jacksonville, Fla., Jessica Drake of Oswego, Lance, Laura and Alexandra Siebens, all of Green Bay, Elias, Emma, Sophie and Sylvie Wawracz, all of Lakeville, Landon Siebens of DeLand, and Jared and Christopher Holley, both of Malta. He leaves behind 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents and an infant grandson, Quentin Richard Helfers.

Visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 26, at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be at 10:30 a.m., with visitation to precede the service from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 27, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1915 N. First St., DeKalb. The Rev. Gary Erickson, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, DeKalb.

A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “George Siebens 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.

Robert Lewis Larsen

Robert Lewis Larsen, 86, passed away peacefully Aug. 7, 2009, at St. Judes Memorial Center in Fullerton, Calif.

He was born March 1, 1923, in Maple Park. In high school, he worked for different farmers to help pay for his education.

He left Maple Park to serve his country in the Air Force for four years in WWII.

When he joined the Elgin Fire Department, he met Arlene Olesen at the Blue Moon Dance Hall, and they were married Aug. 9, 1948, in Elgin.

They were blessed with two children; a son, Dale Larsen, and a daughter, Janet Hebner.

Robert was a member of the Elgin Fire Department for many years. When he retired, he and Arlene moved to Clearwater, Fla., where they bought a mobile home and lived for almost 35 years.

When Arlene died Oct. 8, 2008, he moved to Yorba Linda, Calif., to be near his son and family.

He is survived by his son, Dale and his wife, Cheryl; grandchildren, Derek, Kristine, Steven, and David; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Drew, and Lilly Marie; a sister, Loretta Christensen of Maple Park; a brother, Alfred Larsen of Florida; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Arlene. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary Aug. 9, 2008, with Daughter Janet, his parents, two sisters and two brothers.

A memorial service is being planned for October at Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Elgin.

Arthur Gordon Miller

Arthur Gordon Miller, 86, of Dunnellon Fla., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009. He was born on March 16, 1923, in Janesville, Wis., the son of the late Arthur G. and Maud May (Heath) Miller.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII and was a member of the LaVerne W. Anderson Post No. 729 and American Legion of Sheridan, Ill.

Arthur is survived by his children, Judy Dodge-Seitzinger of Dunnellon, Fla., and Arthur (Evelyn) Miller of Montgomery; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great grandchildren; brother, Russell (Thelma) Miller of Yorkville; and sister, Irene (Dean) Schultz of Boynton Beach, Fla.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Marie; grandson, Randy Dodge; and sister, Dorothy Smith.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora. Funeral services took place on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the chapel. Burial took place at Lincoln Memorial Park.

For further information, please call (630) 897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.

Patricia L. Sanderson

Patricia L. Sanderson, 62 of Earlville, Ill., passed away suddenly at Mendota Community Hospital on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009.

A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 28, from 4 to 5:45 p.m., with a memorial service to celebrate her life following at 6 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. The service will also be webcast live at www.conleycare.com, beginning five minutes prior to the service, and will later be available as an on-demand video on the website.

A memorial will be established in Patricia’s name to benefit the COPD Foundation. Memorials checks may be made to the COPD Foundation 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 her obituary at www.conleycare.com.

Marion Nelson

Marion Nelson, 92, of Maple Park passed away Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, in Champaign, Ill., where she was recently receiving care.

She was born Jan. 11, 1917, the daughter of George and Laura (Towner) Gehrke, in Prairie View, Ill.

Marion grew up in Crystal Lake, Ill., and attended local schools, graduating from Crystal Lake High School in 1934. She then worked at The Oaks, a local factory for several years before she met Eric Nelson at the Blue Moon. Over time, friendship bloomed into love over the 35 miles of road that separated their homes.

She was united in marriage to Eric G. Nelson on Aug. 6, 1949, in Crystal Lake. They began their new life together working alongside Eric’s family dairy near Elburn. She especially enjoyed feeding the small calves and all of the barn cats.

Following Eric’s passing in 1969, her son Ken continued the dairy operation for several years. In more recent years, her son David was in charge of the operation. Deteriorating health limited her ability to work on the farm and recently necessitated a move to Mattoon, Ill., to be closer to her daughter, Marge.

She was a faithful member for over 50 years of Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake, where she taught Sunday school for many of them.

Marion was a child of the Depression and knew the value of making the most of what you had. In that spirit, she always planted a big garden full of a vast array of vegetables, especially parsnips and green beans. When autumn came, canning was a priority, and pantry shelves were filled with the harvest of hard work. She also was infamous for her homemade apple sauce, making so much that to this day there are still jars in her freezer though the tree had died long ago.

Marion made the most of her kitchen, and the fresh-baked smell of cookies and cakes lingered long after the goodies were gone. They never stayed gone for long, however, especially when friends would drop by and she had an excuse to make her patented 20-minute coffee cake. Other family favorites included chocolate chip cookies, ginger snaps and special chocolate layer cake on birthdays.

Despite her age, Marion also enjoyed feeding the calves well into her 80s. Her love of cats also grew from her years on the farm, and in recent years, she would make oatmeal just for them.

Marion made many friends over the years, but everyone knew not to call her on Tuesday nights when she and June Reed had their weekly phone call that routinely lasted over two hours as they exchanged the latest news and gossip. A legacy of love and recipes will be passed down to the next generation who will no doubt enjoy one as much as the other.

She now leaves three children, Kenneth (Julie) Nelson of Maple Park, Marjorie (Durwin) Sanders of Mattoon, Ill., and David (Peggy) Nelson of Maple Park; six grandchildren, Dan (Heather) Nelson of Ashton, Ill., Kathy (Ryan) Gibbs of Monroe Center, Ill., Nicholas (Halley) Sanders of Paris, Ill., Neil (Erin) Sanders of Bloomington, Ill., Rebecca Nelson of Maple Park, Eric Nelson of Maple Park; one step-grandson, Gabriel (Laura) Sanders of St. Charles; five great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews with whom she was very close; and a family of friends that span generations.

She now joins her parents; husband, Eric; and three siblings, Elsie Wiese, Bess Modin and George Gehrke, who preceded her in death.
Visitation was Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Grace Lutheran Church, Lily Lake. A funeral service to celebrate her life was held Wednesday, Aug. 26, also at Grace Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Grace Lutheran Church. Checks may be made to the Marion Nelson 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.

Nancy J. Bower

Nancy J. Bower of Clinton, Ark., formerly of Batavia, passed away on Aug. 15, 2009. She was born July 25, 1938, to Lee and Margaret Butts.

Nancy leaves her children, Steven (Cathy) Bower of North Carolina, Terri (Bob) Blahnik of Arkansas, Lyle (Liana) Bower of Illinois; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; three siblings, Dorothy Struckman, Joe (Donna) Butts and Donna Vee (Don) Bower; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She now joins her husband of 50 years, Vernon (Butch) Bower, and her parents.

Burial will be at a later date. A memorial fund has been established in Nancy’s name, and remembrances may be sent in care of Bower, 615 W. State St., North Aurora, IL 60542.

Nicholas Alexander Gura

Nicholas Alexander Gura, 5, of Montgomery, fought for years the leukemia that was afflicting his body. Although it took its toll over time, Nicholas never gave up and fought for every day. His spirit was finally released on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at Loyola University Hospital, Chicago.

He was born Sept. 26, 2003, in Hinsdale, Ill. He came home to his parents and two big brothers, Zachary and Joseph II, and a big sister, Starla, in Bolingbrook, Ill. His first years were full of all the milestones that make parents proud.

In 2005, the family moved to Montgomery, and in October, Nicholas was diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL). He began a battle that would last just under four years. Nicholas was a rapid responder to his treatments, but a relapse came in October 2008.

Good news was on the horizon when, thanks to his brother Joseph, Nicholas received a bone marrow transplant on Feb. 4, 2009. Everything was shattered when another relapse came in July of 2009. Through it all, Nicholas remained energetic and showed a strength of spirit that lifted the hearts of all around him.

Everything Nicholas did made his parents smile. In difficult times, his big brown eyes and infectious smile made all things better. He loved to listen to music, and when he sang, his voice rang down the halls. Even when you met him for the first time, you recognized something special inside Nicholas that radiated with every word and step. Even though he was small, his faith was larger than life. His relationship with Jesus was one that humbled everyone he met.

Nicholas loved to play basketball, baseball and when it came to fishing, you couldn’t find a more patient and dedicated angler. Wrestling, running, being chased and jumping off the couch made his laughter ring throughout the house. Chuck E. Cheese was a favorite destination, and when it came to television, Sponge Bob Square Pants and Patrick stole the show.

He also loved to play swords and left marks to prove it. Video games ruled the house when he could play Guitar Hero and on Nintendo Wii, carnival and boxing. The one thing Nicholas wanted most in life was to swim, but the doctors said he couldn’t get his chemotherapy port wet. Even a trip to Disneyland paled in comparison to his wish to have a swimming pool, and that wish came true when Make-A-Wish Foundation installed one of his very own in June.

At the end of the day, questions left unanswered must stay that way. One thing is known and will forever remain true, Nicholas lives on in the hearts of his family, and anyone that he met that was lucky enough to call him friend.

He now leaves his loving parents, Sherri (nee McNulty) Gura of Montgomery and Joe Gura of Westmont, Ill.; two brothers, Zachary and Joseph II of Montgomery; two sisters, Starla of Montgomery and Skylar of Westmont, Ill; two maternal aunts, Rose (nee McNulty) Hurst and Lakeisha McNulty; two maternal uncles, Vincent McNulty and Timothy McNulty; one maternal great-aunt, Delores (nee Mitchell) Smith; two paternal aunts, Donna (nee Gura) Tadey and Dawn Gura; three paternal uncles, Jim Gura, Jeff Gura and Jerry Gura; paternal grandparents, Emery Gura and Marlene Gura; and one paternal great-grandmother, Elsie McIntyre; and many cousins and a family of friends.

He now joins his maternal great-grandmother, Alberta “Mammo” Mitchell; maternal grandparents, Lee Edward and Shirley (nee Mitchell) McNulty; two maternal uncles, Derrick McNulty and Jimmy McNulty; two maternal aunts, Ella McNulty and LeEster McNulty; his parental great-grandfather, Joy “Mac” McIntyre.

Visitation will be on Friday, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 21, at 11 a.m. at Conley Funeral home, with a visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will follow.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Nicholas Gura Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119 or directly deposited in his name at the Old Second Bank, Elburn branch. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Joanne J. Doll

Joanne J. Doll, 68, of Lily Lake, passed away suddenly Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at Delnor Hospital, Geneva, following complications from viral pneumonia.

She was born June 8, 1941, the daughter of Thomas Elizabeth (Saybo) Crowley in Chicago.

She grew up on the south side of Chicago and attended local schools. Joanne worked for Eastman Kodak for a time, and at the Chicago Tribune as an editor. Then she worked as a radiologist technician for both the Community Hospital in Geneva and St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. Later, Joanne found her mission in life as a support specialist for the Elgin office of DCFS. There she fought valiantly for the children she was given to protect, and it was quickly known that she was a force with which to be reckoned.

Joanne met the love of her life in Ernie Doll. She was living across the street from his sister in Hanover Park, Ill., and before long they formed a friendship that bloomed into something more. They were united in marriage in 1971 in Chicago. They began their life together in Streamwood, Ill., for a time before making their home in Lily Lake.

Joanne and Ernie shared their life, love and home as dedicated foster parents through DCFS and Catholic Charities.

They provided a safe haven and a loving home to over 300 children, while eventually adopting seven children for their own.
She was a faithful member of S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Virgil.

Joanne was a crafter, plain and simple. She loved to knit, sew, crochet and macrame anything at anytime. Family treasures include hand-sewed paper doll families and Santa hats with matching knitted scarves.

QVC was as close to her heart as her hand was to the remote. She called early and often, getting clothes, laptops, Christmas and birthday presents, as well as all the decorations that made their home festive for any occasion.

Never one to let technology pass her by, Joanne also was a faithful Nintendo Wii bowler with her children, passing the time frame by frame.

Through her work with DCFS and the thousands of children she cared for, Joanne never ran out of love, compassion and the passion it takes to care for those children who are left unprotected. Hundreds called her house a home, while only seven were lucky enough to call her mom. Her heart and soul left their mark on this world, and none will soon forget it.

She now leaves her loving husband, Ernie; seven children, Kim, Diontae, Krista, Brandon, Tera, Timothy and John; three brothers, Thomas “Junior” Crowley of Jim Thorpe, Pa., Francis “Corky” Crowley of Braidwood, Ill., and William “Bill” Crowley of Arizona; also many nieces and nephews, and hundreds of children and friends who became family when they walked through her door.

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

Visitation was Friday, Aug. 14, at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn. A wake service concluded visitation. A Mass to celebrate her life was Saturday, Aug.15, 2009, at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church Virgil—Fr. Perfecto Vasquesz, pastor of the church, officiated. Private family interment will follow cremation.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Joanne Doll 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.

David Warner Christenson

David Warner Christenson, 61, passed from this life to the next in the early morning hours of Aug.12, 2009, at his home surrounded by the love of his family.

David was born on May 12, 1948, the son of Harry Warner and Alice May (Carlson) Christenson in Geneva.

David grew up less than a mile from where he would raise his own family. He was a “fourth-generation Genevian” who would eventually raise two more generations in his hometown, and no one could be prouder.

David attended school in Geneva and graduated with the class of 1966 from Geneva High School. He then went on to attend and graduate from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

David was one of the last people in Kane County to be drafted into the armed services on Oct. 28, 1971. He served his country for two years, primarily honoring his fallen brothers on the funeral detail before his honorable discharge on Jan. 8, 1973.

Upon his return to civilian life, David took over his father’s business as a wood and metal pattern maker. He met his future wife, Barb, at Tin Cup Pass in November of 1977. She came in to pick up her friend, who was working at the restaurant and caught David’s eye as well. They had their first date a few days later at Pal Joey’s and were eventually married on Sept. 13, 1980, at the Geneva Lutheran Church in Geneva.

They began their new life together in their house that became the home where they raised their family and made thousands of memories.

He was a very active lifetime member of the Geneva Lutheran Church.

David was an intelligent man who knew “a little about everything,” which was evident in his “jack of all trades” persona. David also had a great sense of humor and could make light of any situation in life. He was a great craftsman and could build just about anything with his hands. He built a special table for his sister, all of his children’s bedroom furniture from three White Oak trees he cut down at his father’s house, put a beautiful addition onto his home that has been used for all of the family holidays, remodeled the upstairs and added a patio outside.

David had a great love of nature, as well as motorcycles, which led him and Barb to take the Harley for a “road trip.” It took three weeks as they rode along the Canadian border, over to Vancouver, down to Washington and back home. They camped out every night under the stars and just got back to nature.

David loved his family and all the memories they made together. From canoeing with his brother-in-law Ed, (even if the canoe tipped over and they got wet) to doing “donuts” in the car with his daughter and her friends, family vacations that took them across the country and beyond, family came first in his book. He was always there to help anyone with anything. Everyone admired David’s life, because he did what he wanted to do.

He now leaves his loving wife, Barb; two children, Matthew and Elizabeth; one step-daughter, Jennifer; one grandson, Joseph Michael; his mother, Alice of Geneva; one sister, Karen (Ed) Worst of Westmont, Ill.; his mother-in-law, Barbara Hoffman of St. Charles; one niece, Emma (Ken) Evans of Portland, Ore.; one nephew, Stan (Jessica) of Palatine, Ill., and a family of friends.

He now joins his father, Harry; and father-in-law, Joseph Hoffman, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at the Geneva Lutheran Church. A funeral to celebrate his life was held Monday, Aug. 17, also at the church, with a brief visitation prior to the service. Rev. Doug Opp, pastor of the church, officiated, with private family interment following cremation.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit the Geneva Lutheran Church Building Fund. Checks may be made to the “David Christenson 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, or www.davidwarnerchristenson.com.

Joshua “ Josh” Ancil Benge

Joshua “ Josh” Ancil Benge, 35, of West Chicago, Ill., formerly of Elburn, died unexpectedly at his home on Friday, Aug. 14, 2009.

He was born May 31, 1974, the son of Victor and Melinda (Benge) Nelson in St. Charles.

He grew up in Elburn and attended Kaneland schools. In 2004, the family moved to a home in West Chicago.

Josh was an exceptionally good tow truck driver, gaining access to locked cars in mere seconds. Later he was a concrete tester for PSC and also worked on lobster boats with Wade Thomas in Rhode Island.

He was a member of the Aurora Land Archers for a time.

Josh loved the outdoors and spent every year hunting deer in Spooner, Wis., during the “Nelson Family Weekend.” He also loved to fish for anything that would bite. Josh often spent time on Kress Creek in the back of the house but his favorite fishing hole was Smith Lake in Wisconsin.

A lover of animals, Josh kept a special place in his heart for man’s best friend, and Timber, Chance, Diablo, and Chica were fond of him as well. Reptiles also held a top spot in his life, and over the years he cared for two iguanas, Judas and Stoner, measuring five to six feet in length, a boa constrictor named Humphrey, a bi-polar lizard named Larry and a corn snake named Lenny.

Josh loved to play his music often and loud. His iPod was filled to the top with many kinds of music, but a song list wasn’t complete without a number of his favorite Grateful Dead songs.

In his younger years, Josh was known to take his grandpa’s ‘69 Chevy truck (that he painted purple) complete with a rebuilt engine and race on local roads, avoiding the attention of local police the best that he could.

Josh was larger than life to his family and friends. When he developed health complications as a boy, the doctors didn’t expect him to make his 30th birthday. Despite their predictions or maybe because of them, Josh lived every day like it was his last. He surpassed their predictions by five years but packed enough memories and stories to last two lifetimes. His family and friends have only Josh’s memory to fill the void he left behind. Though gone too soon, he will never be forgotten.

He now leaves his parents, Victor and Melinda; two sisters, Stormy (Cele Diaz) Benge and Lindsay (Antonio Jimenez) Nelson; five nieces and nephews; Kristopher Benge, Emily Benge, Noel Diaz, Magdalena P. Diaz and Tyler Rose, and a family of lifetime friends, including his “little firecracker,” Mary Rose.

He now joins both his maternal and paternal grandparents, his cousin and partner in crime, Wade Thomas, his uncle Eugene Spurgin, cousin Scott Kiefer, and his loving dog Chance, who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 20, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate his life will follow visitation at 5:30 p.m. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Josh Benge” 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 “Skip” Murray

Richard “Skip” Murray, 59, of Kaneville, formerly of Grand Rapids, Mich., passed away unexpectedly at his home Friday night, Aug. 14, 2009.

He was born Oct. 19, 1949, the son of Walter and Ellen (Freeman) Murray in Muskegon, Mich.

Rich grew up in Muskegon and attended local schools. He graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in 1968. Following graduation, he attended Ferris State University where he studied biology. Following his education, Rich began working in the building trades, eventually running his own business, Richard F. Murray Builders.

He was united in marriage to Marcia Veldman on June 30, 1973. They lived in Grand Rapids and welcomed their son, Michael, on April 10, 1975. A little more than a year later, they were blessed with their daughter, Megan, on June 29, 1976.

Rich moved to Illinois in 1997 and found love again when he married Nancy Myers McDade on July 15, 2000. Nancy and Rich began their new life together by making a home in Kaneville.

Rich was one of a kind and had a unique personality to match. When it found its counterpart in others, it bonded them together through thick and thin.

Rich had a love for the outdoors that could be traced back to his time in the Boy Scouts. He could spend all day at the beach, spending most, if not all, of it in the water. When the sun set, Rich loved to set up camp for the night and sleep under the stars.

As a man who made a living with his hands, Rich brought his talents home with him, often making furniture for family and friends. When his hands weren’t busy building, they were busy playing cards, especially bridge and cribbage—a pastime he handed down to his children.

Rich was a kid at heart as well. He made many fun memories playing Frisbee with his children and taking them on long and “torturous” walks where they were “supposed” to be learning things.

During the summers, Rich would never pass up a water fight, especially with the advent of Super Soaker squirt guns. When not playing outside, Rich found a home in the kitchen, often adding spices with abandon making adventurous meals. It was well known that when family and friends would eat these unique concoctions, they did so with the knowledge that Rich would become irritated if they didn’t love it as much as he did.

Although he left this world without being able to say goodbye, his life made an indelible mark on friends and family that will stand the test of time.

He now leaves his wife Nancy; four children, Megan (Fred) Russell of Comstock Park, Mich., Michael Murray in Grand Rapids, Mich., Stephanie (Ryan) Hooper of Toulon, Ill., and Bradley (Molly) McDade of Montgomery; eight grandchildren; and one sister, Helen “Toot” Milanowski of East Grand Rapids, Mich.

He now joins his parents and two brothers, Gib and Pat Murray, who preceded him in death.

A memorial service will held at Needham’s Woods, 4S662 Swan Rd. Big Rock, on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 4 p.m. with fellowship to follow at Grace Fellowship Church following service.

A memorial service will also be held at Calvary Chapel Riverside, 1950 Waldorf, NW
Grand Rapids, Mich., at 11 a.m. For more information, call (616) 988-9673.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Richard Murray 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.

Kelsey M. Barsic

Kelsey Marie Barsic, 17, of Elburn, died tragically following a car accident early Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009. In an instant, a thousand other lives changed forever, but Kelsey’s smile and generosity will never be forgotten.

She was born in Aurora on April 1, 1992, the daughter of Jim and Brenda (Weiland) Barsic.

Kelsey grew up in Elburn and attended Kaneland schools. She planned to graduate in 2010 and attend college to pursue a medical career. She had made several wonderful lifelong friends during her school years.

When she wasn’t in school or busy with friends, Kelsey worked at an ice cream parlor in Sycamore, Ill.

Always on the move, Kelsey was rarely home. She was full of life, fun and energy. A social teenager, Kelsey always had time for friends and going out. She also made time to help her grandpa with household chores and would enjoy a long lunch with him afterwards. She enjoyed spending time with her sister, Kaitlyn, and taking her places even though she would have to search Kaitlyn’s room for her clothes. Kelsey and her friend Caitlin loved taking her youngest sister Kaley and Caitlin’s nephew for a fun day at Chuck E Cheese.

Kelsey was an adventurous soul who liked to vacation with family and friends in Wisconsin and Disney World. She loved to laugh and brought joy to everyone. She was always eager to help others. She will be greatly missed and treasured forever.

She now leaves her parents, Jim and Brenda; two sisters, Kaitlyn and Kaley; maternal grandfather, LaVerne Weiland of Elburn; several aunts and uncles, Dan (Karen) Weiland of Elburn, Laura (Billy) Larson of Cortland, Valerie (Chad) Boughton of Elburn, Charles “Chas” Barsic of Maple Park, Matt Barsic of Sycamore, Karen (Jim) Morris of Doha, Qatar, Mike (Connie) Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., Marianne Gemmer of Maple Park, and Mark Gemmer of Kaneville; several cousins, Brian Gemmer of Kaneville, Megan (Brad) Thill of North Aurora, Emily Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., Paul Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., David Gander of Madison, Wis., Bob Gander of Rochester, Minn., Eric Gander of Rochester, Minn., Jennifer (Ben) Halvorson of Chatfield, Minn., Craig Weiland of Anchorage, Alaska, Matt Weiland of Elburn, Michelle Weiland of Elburn, Drake Boughton of Elburn, Siara Boughton of Elburn, and Logan Boughton of Elburn; and many special family and friends wherever she went.

She now joins her maternal grandmother, Josephine Weiland; and maternal grandparents, Joseph and Edna “Babs” Barsic, who preceded her in death.

Visitation and wake was Monday, Aug. 24, at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn. A mass to celebrate her life was Tuesday, Aug. 25, at St. Gall Church. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at S.S. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Virgil.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial was established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Kelsey Barsic 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.

Ozie ‘Terry’ P. Brown

Ozie “Terry” P. Brown, 84, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, at her home in Elburn.

She was born Oct. 13, 1924, the daughter of Jesse and Edith (Shepard) Parish in Blountstown, Fla. Two years later, the family moved to Sarasota, Fla., where Terry attended local schools.

Terry met her husband and the love of her life while working at a drug store soda fountain in Sarasota. Tony Brown was stationed in Sarasota, and they dated for two months before he was shipped overseas. They corresponded for two years and got married the day after his return to civilian life on Aug. 14, 1944.

They made their home in Sarasota for a time before a number of transfers took Tony, Terry and a growing family to El Paso, Texas, Rochester, N.Y., Villa Park, Ill., and Gary, Ind. His last transfer brought them to St. Charles in 1956.

Terry and Tony then split time between Illinois and Florida until Tony’s passing in 1990. She then moved to Sturgis, Mich., for a time before finally making her home at the Meadows Apartments in Elburn for the past two years.

Terry worked in several grocery stores over the years. She also worked in the dietary departments of Community Hospital in Geneva and Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, where she retired in 1989.

Terry loved to crochet, knit and sew outfits, baby sweaters, afghans and beautiful dolls for her family. She was an avid football fan, and her cheers for the Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still echo in the halls of memory. She made the best fried chicken in the history of the world and had an endless supply of chocolate for all of her visitors whenever they needed a chocolate fix. Terry loved her “babies,” which included her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchild. She loved to play bingo and had so many friends to look after her it was like her “family” away from her family. Terry made friends wherever she lived and leaves a legacy of love and memories that stretch across many generations and across the nation.

She now leaves one daughter, Linda (Keith) Farrell of Elburn; and four grandsons, Tony (Michelle) Rouse of St. Charles, Michael Rouse of DeKalb, Justin Webb and Matthew Powell, both of Sturgis, Mich.; two granddaughters, Kimberly (Bill) Zwiers of Elburn, and Colleen Farrell of Aurora; 13 great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Jack and Kate Rouse of St. Charles, Shelbie, AJ and Jaden Rouse of DeKalb, Jordan Webb of Bernie, Mo., Faith and Breanna Webb of Sturgis, Mich., Zack Powell of Sturgis, Mich., Lilly Zwiers of Elburn, and Jackie and Breanna Farrell of Aurora; one great-great-grandson, Aidyn Farrell of Aurora; one sister, Doris Courson of Sarasota, Fla.; many nieces and nephews; special friends, Lorraine “Mimi” Larson, Lu Modaff, Jamie and Peaches Estes, Tom Armesy, and many dear friends at the Meadows Apartments.

She now joins her parents; husband, Tony; daughter, Laura Mead; sisters, Tessie Parish and Bernadine Scott; and brother, Edgar Parish, who preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 320 Franklin St., Geneva, Saturday, Aug. 8.

A memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Ozie Brown Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.

G. David Rivers

G. David Rivers, 71, went to be with the Lord early Monday morning.

Dave was born in Newton, Mass., and grew up in Belmont, Mass. He was from humble beginnings and grew up in rough neighborhoods. He became a Christian when he was in high school and literally fought his way out of being a leader of his local gang to follow Christ. Dave worked his way through Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Ill. He graduated with a major in theology and several minors.

He served in the professional ministry for 12-1/2 years as assistant pastor, youth director, pastoral counselor, and director of Christian education.

He later built a successful career in financial services. The last year of his working life was spent substitute teaching at local middle and high schools in Mililani, Hawaii. He loved sharing stories of the young kids or people he had helped wherever he worked. Many were touched by him.

He loved his iPod, and listened by the hour to Il Divo, Whitney Houston, Neil Diamond and many other favorites. He enjoyed Southern Comfort, duct tape, the beach, playing guitar, and puppets—and dreamed of taking them to brighten children in the hospital. But music, of really any kind, was his overall passion.

While David had several favorite churches over his lifetime—David spent his last months playing congas in his church’s band. It brought him much joy.
He will be partying in heaven, loving the music, and carefully preparing a place for all his family to join him.

He was welcomed into Heaven by his mother, Ottolene Belban.

He is survived by one uncle, Charlie Rivers; his wife, Kristin Rivers; five children and their spouses, David and Dee Rivers, Mark and Pam Rivers, Sarah and Sean Garratt, Rachel and Jay Boulay, and Devorah Rivers; his 12 grandchildren, David, Joshua, Tamara, Sharaya, Dyana, Misha, Laura, Caitlin, Jessica, Jesse, Ethan and Hannah; and also by his great-grandchildren, Brittany and Emma. They were all a treasure to him, and he was very proud of each of them. Being an only child growing up, family was always very important to Dave. He will be deeply missed.

A funeral service will be held at Trinity Church West Oahu, Mililani, Hawaii, on Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m. A reception will follow the service. David will be laid to rest at Miliani Memorial Park and Mortuary, 94-560 Kamehameha Highway, Waipahu, Hawaii. Graveside service for family and close friends will be Friday, July 31, at 10 a.m.

Laura J. Tyler

Laura J. Tyler, 50, of Elburn, and formerly of Beloit, Wis., died Monday, July 13, 2009, in Delnor-Community Hospital, Geneva.

She was born June 3, 1959, in Osage, Iowa, the daughter of Eugene and Marlis Underdahl Kasel.

Laura was a 1977 graduate of Beloit Memorial High School and a graduate of the Minneapolis School of Technology. She married Richard T. Tyler on Sept. 1, 1979, in St. Jude Catholic Church, Beloit, Wis.

Laura was employed by the Kaneland High School District as the Accounts Payable Administrator. She enjoyed a healthy lifestyle that included hiking, reading and crossword puzzles. Laura loved to travel and was especially fond of her trips to Italy, Greece and Hawaii.

Survivors include her loving husband of 29 years, Richard Tyler of Elburn; three children, Sarah Tyler of Ottawa, Ill., Justin Tyler and Melanie Tyler, both of Elburn; parents, Eugene and Marlis Kasel of Roscoe, Ill.; five brothers and sisters, Gale (Jim) Ramsey of Beloit, Wis., Valarie (Wayne) Boe of Taopi, Minn., Calvin (Carolyn) Kasel of Wauconda, Ill., Melissa (Darryl) McCabe and Bradley (Gina) Kasel both of Roscoe, Ill.; grandmother, Ruby Underdahl of Adams, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 17, in Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 2222 Shopiere Road, Beloit, Wis., with Fr. Gary Krahenbuhl officiating. Visitation will be Friday from noon until the time of service in the church. Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2355 Cranston Road, Beloit, Wis., assisted the family with arrangements.

A memorial will be established at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.daleymurphywisch.com.

Donald D. “Don” Iverson

Donald D. “Don” Iverson, 76, of Clearwater Beach, Fla., formerly of McLean, Va. as well as Elburn, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2009 following various health complications within the last two years.

He was born October 13, 1932, the son of Rudolf and Louise (Thompson) Iverson in Story City, Iowa.

When Don was four, the family moved to Hampshire, Ill., for a time before settling in Elburn in 1941. Don attended local schools and graduated from Elburn High School in 1950.

Don went on to Northern Illinois University for a semester before enlisting in United States Navy so he could serve his country in the Korean War.

Don was honorably discharged in 1955. Upon return to civilian life, Don received a basketball scholarship to attend Stetson University. He found a sense of home in Florida and after graduation in 1959, Don began working for New York Life, IBM as well as General Electric for a time.

Don was united in marriage to Diane Owen in May of 1968. Diane and Don adopted two children, Dean and Britt Iverson and made their home in Princeton Junction, N.J. for a time.

In 1977, the family moved to McLean and would make it their home for the next twenty years. In between starting and building a vast array of businesses, Don found love again when he married Shari Balthrope in McLean, Va., in 1998. Later, after he and Shari parted ways, Don moved back to Florida where he made his home in Clearwater Beach and continued to work until his retirement.

Don worked as a salesman for Honeywell, based in Philadelphia and had territories covering several states on the east coast. Don, having an entrepreneurial spirit, started his own business where he owned mobile health care units that traveled to different areas providing physicals to many people including military personnel and union members.

Later he would start a new company, this one named for himself, Iverson Technologies Corporation. Using IBM technology, he patented a way to prevent electromagnetic signals from being picked up from computers where they could be decoded and analyzed by foreign governments. His company was in high demand for some time and brought him in contact with nations around the world and a personal meeting with then President Ronald Reagan. He expanded the business and formed niche companies, one of which produced removable disk drives which then could be locked away for security purposes. When Iverson Technologies Corporation began to slow, Don founded another business, this time, a shoe company. Gamer Corporation concentrated on manufacturing and selling affordable footwear for athletes. He also founded International Kids, a company that specialized in the location of missing children.

Don was incredibly intelligent, had a mind for business and was featured in the Who’s Who series of publications. A salesman from birth, Don was always thinking, always planning, and almost always winning. He founded no less than thirteen companies, five of them offshore but through it all Don never forgot his roots in athletics and always had the most fun coaching kids’ football, basketball and baseball. He will be remembered for his entrepreneurial spirit, ample contributions to world industry and for never saying “quit.” More importantly, he will be remembered in the hearts and minds of his family and those who were lucky to call him friend.

He was a proud member of the Touchdown Club in Washington, D.C.

He now leaves his children: Dean and Britt Iverson of Clearwater Beach, Fla., and one stepson, Josh Balthrope, Richmond, Va.; One granddaughter, Dora Iverson of Richmond, Va.; One sister, Betty Weston of Elburn; Former wives, Diane Iverson of Bonita Spring, Fla., and Shari Iverson of Richmond Va., both of whom have remained good friends; Several cousins and a family of friends the world over.

He now joins his parents and one brother-in-law, Mert Weston, who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., Thursday, July 16, 2009 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memorial service to celebrate his life will follow the visitation at 11 a.m. Interment at Blackberry Township Cemetery will follow.

A memorial has been established in their name. Checks may be made to the “Don Iverson 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.

Dorothy L. James

Dorothy L. James, 91, of Elburn, passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at Provena Geneva Care Center, Geneva.

She was born July 14, 1918 the daughter of Benjamin and Edna (Horner) Lane in Rex 5, a coal mining town in Iowa.

Dorothy grew up in Rex 5 and was a teenager when the family moved to Albia where she met and married Charles James on February 8, 1936, Albia, Iowa. They made their home in Albia for a short time before moving to Lovilia, Iowa. Over the next several years they lived in several surrounding communities.

Many years later, Dorothy took a job for a short time at National Electronics near LaFox and, though she had never done “piece work” in her life, her natural abilities quickly passed the others and she made her mark on the assembly line. In addition to her time “on the line”, Dorothy also cleaned houses for several families including the Rowe, Crawford, Goetz and Mercer families.

She was a member of the Elburn Mother’s Club.

Growing up during the depression years helped fortify Dorothy’s spirit as well as her work ethic and determination. It also showcased her “thriftiness” and an eye for a good bargain. A self proclaimed “queen of the garage sale”, Dorothy lived by the credo that, “You buy them whether you need them or not because after all, it’s a bargain.” In the kitchen, using portions as unique as her own hands, and known only to her, Dorothy made the best homemade noodles. Laughter was a mainstay in the James home and that gift was passed on to her children because she believed it bridged the gap during hard times. In her younger years, Dorothy played basketball as a center in high school. In later years, you could find her touring the countryside in her white Ford Taurus. If miles equaled memories, thousands were made and none will be forgotten.

She now leaves five children Deloris (James) O’Connell of Kaneville, Dixie (Richard) Schroeder of Batavia, JoAnn (Fred) Cregier of Geneva, Larry James of Elburn and Charlene Gerhinger of St. Charles.

Twelve grandchildren; Fourteen great-grandchildren; One brother, Dean (Donna) Lane of Iowa City, Iowa and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents, husband Charles, one son Paul in infancy, four siblings: Marie Hyde, George Lane, Harold Lane, Ferne Remmark; and three grandchildren: Tammy Gerhinger, Todd Olesen and Christopher James; one son-in-law Jerry Gerhinger who preceded her in death.

Visitation was held Monday, July 13, 2009 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A time to share memories followed during a Remembrance Service. Interment followed at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

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

Sandra J. (Sandy) Morrow

Sandra J. (Sandy) Morrow, 69, of Marshall, Mo., died Monday, July 6, 2009, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.

Born Feb. 5, 1940, in Aurora, she was the daughter of the late Bennett Wesley Shoop and Mabel Irene Elliott Shoop. On Aug. 16, 1991, she married Jim Morrow who survives of the home. She had lived in Marshall since 1973 and was born and raised in Kane County. She was a secretary at Bueker Middle School for many years and was a lifelong church member. She had served as chairman of Saline County Chapter of the American Red Cross and was active in Meals on Wheels. She played in the Marshall Municipal Band and loved to play bridge with friends and travel with her family.

Additional survivors include two sons, Brett Moore and wife Donetta of rural Higginsville, Mo., and Brian Moore and wife Tammy of Concordia, Mo.; one daughter, Jody Oellien Mason and husband Kevin of Overland Park, Kan.; two stepdaughters, Leah Stein and husband Dennell of Moberly, Mo. and Rachel Neal and husband Lynn of Louisville, Ky.; 12 grandchildren; one brother, Dale Shoop of Elburn; one sister, Arlene Hibbard of Carol Stream, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Jennifer Oellien.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 10, at Marshall Cumberland Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Randy Shannon and Bobbie G. Morrow officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery south of Marshall.

Memorials may be made to Marshall Cumberland Presbyterian Church or Fitzgibbon-Mary Montgomery Hospice. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.

Virginia E. Mueller

Virginia E. Mueller, 82, of Lake Wales, Fla., formerly of St. Charles, passed away at her daughter’s home in Paw Paw, Mich., Wednesday morning, July 1, 2009.

She was born June 14, 1927 in Lemont, Ill., the daughter of Frank and Gladys Klotz.

Virginia grew up in Frankfort, Ill., the daughter of a farmer and carpenter. She attended local schools and, in time, began working locally.

She was united in marriage to Clarence Mueller on Dec. 8, 1946, and together, they began a lifetime of sharing the toils and triumphs of dairy farming. They settled south of Wasco in 1953, working the soil, tending to the cows, raising their family until 1978 when a change in the wind sent them packing to Florida. There, they ran a vacation/fishing resort until their retirement in 1990.

She was a faithful member of Lake Wales Lutheran Church, Lake Wales.

Virginia was gifted with her hands and crocheted and sewed intricate table cloths and doilies that will be handed down for generations. She also was a dairy and home economics 4-H leader. In short, there was nothing that she couldn’t do. She could get anything to grow and also laid a claim to the biggest strawberry patch and canned more than 800 quarts of fruit every year. When company came, she was the first to offer a bite to eat and in no time flat would lay out a spread fit for a king. The “best mom ever,” Virginia not only left her unique footprints for generations to follow, she left a loving and indelible impression in the hearts of her family.

She now leaves five children; Larry Mueller of Adams, Wis., Ronald (Sylvia) Mueller of Garden Prairie, Ill., Susan (Kevin) Lockhart of Paw Paw, Mich., Bonnie (Joe) White of Elburn, and Nancy (Greg) Huggins of Sugar Grove; 13 grandchildren: James Mueller, Heather Mueller and her children Skyanne, Nevada and Ashley, Brent Mueller, Brian (Crystal) Mueller and their sons Cole and Bryce, Scott (Sarah) Mueller, Amy Lockhart, Kelly Lockhart, Aaron (Debra) White and their children, Aidan and Ethan, Jason (Kelly) White and their children Kathleen and Nicholas, Jennifer (Adam) Samuelson, Ryan White, Dustin (Nicole) Huggins, Jacob Huggins; three brothers; two sisters; many nieces and nephews and a lifetime of good friends.

She now joins her parents, Frank and Gladys Klotz, birth father Allen Morris, husband Clarence and one daughter Sandra Mueller.

Visitation was Friday, July 3 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate her life followed visitation. Interment was at Whitney Cemetery, Wasco, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit hospice, Lake Wales Lutheran Church and other charities. Checks may be made to the “Virginia Mueller 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 J. Gigl

John J. Gigl, age 45, passed away suddenly Monday, July 6, 2009, following complications from an aneurism on June 22, at Central DuPage Hospital in Wheaton, Ill. Taken too soon, he leaves dreams unfulfilled but will live on in their hearts, walking side by side with them as an angel.

He was Nov. 19, 1963 the son of Myron “Mike” and Patricia “Patt” (Cooper) Gigl in St. Charles.

John grew up in St. Charles and attended local schools. He graduated with the class of 1982 from St. Charles High School.

John attended Elgin Community College as well as Waubonsee Community College, where he studied engineering.

John met his wife in the winter of 1985 when he was out with some friends. Names and many laughs were exchanged and two years later they were united in marriage on Dec. 5, 1987.

They began their new life together in Elgin where they welcomed their daughter Mallory on Mother’s Day 1991. They made their family complete with the birth of their son Christopher on April 13, 1993. A year later the family moved to Elburn where they have since made their home.

John entered the working world at a Japanese Machine Tool Company and traveled much of the time. He also worked for SDRC in Melrose Park, Ill., where he was lead engineer for Navastar, a turbo diesel engine. The last 10 years John worked with his brother-in-law at SolidWorks, a premier world renowned mechanical design software company with offices based in Boston, Mass. Although John hailed from the small town of Elburn, he held many technology patents and worked on thousands of products used every day in all industries and walks of life.

John was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

John was fun personified. His life was filled with non-stop jokes and laughter. A kid at heart, other children drew to him and in no time he turned them from mild-mannered little kids into a frenzied free-for-all much to their delight and to the chagrin of their parents. His children were his life and he would do anything for them or with them including being “made up” by his daughter complete with a full line of cosmetics. Never officially a coach, he was the Dad who helped whenever, whatever. Known as “Papa John” to Mallory and Christopher’s friends, he knew them all and had a nickname for each. He was passionate about cars and the NHRA, especially the Force Team. Every Sunday he would descend into his basement with beer and cheese in hand to watch his favorite drivers rip up the racetrack. His cars were never stock as he’d buy a new car and immediately rip out and re-machine parts to match his own unique vision. Aside from the family car, John also had an RX7 you could hear for miles. His heart beat to the sounds of the rock ‘n’ roll legends. From Van Halen, Rush, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, ACDC, Spinal Tap and more, when the stereo was turned on, it was turned up to full volume. Family was first in his heart and memories were made every step of the way including the yearly trip to Green Lake, Wis., where the kids waterskied all day long. His laughter will echo through the years and bring smiles to everyone he knew for a long time to come.

He now leaves his loving wife, Lora, two children Mallory Gigl and Christopher Gigl; his father, Myron “Mike” Gigl of Geneva; two brothers, Robert (Lynn) Gill and their children, Geoffrey and Tyler, of Keller, Texas and Richard (Melissa) and their children Erin and David, Gigl of Brighton, Mich.; one sister, Alison (Bob) George and their daughter, Lily of Red Hook, N.Y.; mother-in-law, Kathy Osman, of Sugar Grove; sister-in-law, Chris and Monty Jahns, and their children Matt and Quinn, of Sugar Grove; brother-in-law, Jeff and Jennifer Osman and their children, Molly and Layne, of Yorkville; several aunts, uncles and cousins, a close family of friends, and his black lab and best friend Gertie. John leaves hundreds who will always remember him and the smile he always left on their hearts.

He now joins his mother, Patricia “Patt” Gigl, father-in-law, David Osman, and his beloved Roxie who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 10, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 11, also at the funeral home. the Rev. Christina Vosteen, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Plano, Ill., will officiate.

Cremation will follow the service and private family graveside services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family strongly encourages memorials in his honor to benefit a college fund for his children. Checks may be made to the “John Gigl Memorial” and directly deposited at Old Second Bank, Elburn or 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.

Delos G. Bunce

Delos G. Bunce, 86, of Aurora, passed away July 2, 2009, at Provena Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora, surrounded by the love of his family and now reunited with the love of his life, Vivian, who died in June of this year.

He was born Aug. 22, 1922, in Artesian, S.D., the son of Arthur and Gretta (Hess) Bunce.

He attended local schools in his hometown of Artesian and continued in Kaneville when the family settled there in 1937.

He married his sweetheart Vivian Harrett in 1941 and spent the next 68 years of memories with each other, side by side.

Shortly after his marriage, Delos began serving his country in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1944.

Upon return to civilian life, Delos and Vivian made their home in Montgomery before moving to Lasher Road and finally settling in Aurora in 1973.

He began his working life as an electrician and worked several jobs before landing at Durabilt Manufacturing where they made farm equipment and school desks. They retooled during the war so they could manufacture parts to support the troops. Later he worked for St. Charles Kitchens as a maintenance man before rising to the rank of Maintenance Supervisor by the time he retired 37 years later.

He was a faithful member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church and the Kane County Farm Bureau.

Delos was a perfectionist. If he worked on something, you could be sure it was done right. He was a dependable man with a strong work ethic that he instilled in his children. He loved a good joke and could entertain others when he played his harmonica and spoons. He was especially gifted in the kitchen, on the grill and he only got better with age. Delos reminisced to his children about his younger years spent during the Dust Bowl era in South Dakota when he had to tie a rope from the house to the barn so he wouldn’t get lost, especially when the dust piled high like snow and covered the fence posts. Delos had immense pride in his family and often praised them as they grew up. Those times will now echo through the generations as he lives on in their memory.

He now leaves two children, Garry (Linda) Bunce of Elburn and Lavonne (Phil) Mahan of Aurora; one special daughter-in-law, Joyce Bunce of Aurora; six grandchildren, Deanna (Karl) Martinek, Connie (Tod) Parish, Christine (Bill) Martin and Lisa (Hank) Guerette all of Aurora, John (Leah) Bunce of Montgomery, and Stephen (Becky) Scheidt of Plano; 10 great-grandchildren Shane (Amanda) Powell, Cami Powell, Megan Parish, Nicholas Parish, Alex Martin, Sam Martin, Jacob Bunce, Joesett Guerette, Joseph Scheidt and Sarah Scheidt; and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents, wife Vivian, son Larry Bunce, one grandson Jeremy Mahan, and a great-grandson Erin Martinek, who preceded him in death.

All services will be private family-only.

A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Delos Bunce 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.

Gerald August Christensen

Gerald August Christensen, 71, of Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Elburn, passed away on June 23, 2009.

He was born Jan. 19, 1938, the son of Marvin and Maybelle (Hanson) Christensen in Maple Park.

He grew up on a farm south of Elburn, helping tend the fields and livestock while attending local schools. Gerry graduated from high school in 1956.

Jerry graduated from high school and went on to attend a year of college before concentrating on a full-time job at Jewel as a meat cutter.

He was united in marriage to Janice Stouffer on Feb. 21, 1959, at the Community Congregational Church in Elburn.

They made their home in Elburn for many years before moving to Port Richey, Fla., in 2002.

Growing up on a farm taught Jerry a strong work ethic that followed him during his years of employment. He worked for Jewel as a meat cutter and later became department manager. Later he worked for the Kane County Highway Department before retiring in 1996.

He was a proud and faithful member of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn for many years.

Jerry led an active lifestyle. He met every physical challenge head-on with a strength of spirit that couldn’t be matched. When Jerry was feeling well, he and Jan liked to walk three miles in the morning, bike 12 miles a day and play golf in the afternoon. He was a very competitive golfer, and when he wasn’t physically able to get out on the links, Jerry and Jan would spend hours playing games on the Nintendo Wii. He would always look forward to summertime fishing in Birchwood, Wis., with his brother, sons, son-in-law and grandson.

Jerry was a perfectionist when it came to many things, but especially woodworking. He made one-of-a-kind end tables, cabinets and more in his basement for friends and family. His greatest joys were his family. Many fond memories were made working side by side with his children and grandchildren. Those and thousands of others will be cherished for years to come by all who knew and loved him.

He now leaves his loving wife, Jan; two sons, Kevin (Gail) Christensen of Oregon, Ill., and Curt (Mary) Christensen of Ashton, Ill.; one daughter, Teresa (Glenn) Orman of Elburn; six grandchildren, Debra Christensen of Los Angeles, Kelly Christensen of Ashton, Ill., Michelle Christensen, also of Ashton, Ill., Danielle (Andrew) Stombres of Elburn, Rebecca (Timothy) Schultz of Kaneville and Matthew Orman of Elburn; three great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Claire and Cooper Stombres, all of Elburn.

He now joins his parents and two brothers, Dick Christensen and his infant twin brother Russell, who preceded him in death.

Private family services have already been held. A graveside service will be held Thursday, July 2, at 11:30 a.m. at Blackberry Cemetery, Elburn. Rev. David Bateman will officiate.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in his name to benefit Hernando/Pasco Hospice. Checks may be made to the “Gerald Christensen Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Chris Steve Zanis

Chris Steve Zanis fell asleep in the Lord on Father’s Day, June 21, 2009, at home. He was born in Spokane, Wash., on April 11, 1948, to Rev. Fr. Steve Zanis and Presvytera Maria.

Chris was raised with a strong church tradition in Washington, Tennessee and Chicago, before the family settled in Geneva, where the Fr. Steve founded St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church in Aurora and served for many years.

In 1953, the Zanis family started American Church Supply, a company that still provides Orthodox vestments and altar accessories to churches across the country. Chris assisted his father in the company while studying business at Loyola University, and later Sewanee.

Chris was a very intelligent man and an avid reader, particularly of religious books and the lives of the saints. He was an active member of the business community of Maple Park for many years, where he regularly attended Village Board and Police Commission meetings. He helped rewrite commission laws, zoning laws and policies concerning Maple Park’s water treatment plant. He had many friends in politics and law in Kane and DeKalb counties. Shortly before his death, Chris was appointed to the Maple Park Library Board. He was a caring, generous man who could make you smile and make you feel good.

Chris Zanis is survived by his loving wife Barbara; sons, Jon and A.J.; as well as four siblings, Matrona, Irene, Steve and Greg Zanis, and their families.

In DeKalb, he will be missed by his aunt, Anna Halikias; and cousins, Jimmy and Mickey. Other survivors include cousins, Athena and Jimmy in Montana and Tennessee; Uncle Stanley in Illinois; and Aunt Mary in Washington.

Chris is being welcomed to eternal paradise by his parents and grandparents.

Visitation was at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 320 South Second St., DeKalb, on June 30. The funeral service followed immediately. Internment took place at Willwood Burial Park in Rockford, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Zanis Family Trust Fund at Old Second Bank in Maple Park. May the memory of Chris Steve Zanis be eternal. To send an online condolence visit www.ronanmoorefinch.com.

James O. Winter

James O. Winter, 81, of Sugar Grove, passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at his home. He was born on Dec. 8, 1927, in Rose Hill, Ill., the son of the late Lester and Pearl Winter.

After serving in the Navy during WWII, he married the former Lucille Mefford in 1951.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Lucille Winter of Sugar Grove; children, Sandra J. Boyce of Sugar Grove, Stephen J. (Beth) Winter of Aurora and Michael D. (Glenda) Winter of Aurora; grandchildren, Lindsey (Dan) Winter of Montgomery, Carissa of Aurora, Melissa, Michael and Matthew Williams of Aurora; brother, Niel Winter of Kankakee, Ill.; sister, Geneva Binder of Washington, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Dale; and sister, Jewel.
Jim never met a stranger. He had many friends and neighbors in Sugar Grove that he met through his coffee visits, lawn mowing services and driving the tractor and train at Blackberry Farm in the 1990s.

He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 3, at the chapel. Burial will take place at Sugar Grove Cemetery.

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

Virginia M. Tierney

Virginia M. Tierney, 69, of Sugar Grove passed away Friday, June 26, 2009, at her home.

She was born Sept. 21, 1939, in Chicago, the daughter of the late Joseph and Grace (Soreng) Tierney.

Virginia was a graduate of St. Columbkille High School in Chicago, and a long time member of Holy Angels Catholic Parish. She was employed for over 30 years as an adjustor for the Hartford Insurance Company.

She is survived by her daughter, Pam (Joe) Fese of Aurora; her grandchildren, Jessica Fese and Joseph Fese of Aurora; her nieces, Kathy Farmstone and Patricia Amerlan; her nephews, James Orabutt and Tim Orabutt; many cousins and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Marian Orabutt; and her brother, Jack Teirney.

Visitation was held June 29 at The Healy Chapel in Sugar Grove, with a Liturgical Wake service that evening. A Funeral Mass was held June 30 at Holy Angels Catholic Church. Interment took place at Resurrection Cemetery in Geneva.

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

Rose M. Heth

Rose M. Heth, 88, of Elburn, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at Bethany Healthcare Center, DeKalb.

She was born April 27, 1921, at home in Chicago, the daughter of Emil Edward and Antonia (Baron) Hanzlik.

She grew up and attended local schools in Chicago, graduating from Kelly High School in 1940.

Rose attended a business school for a short time before working as a secretary at Goldblatt Department Store and later at Spiegel’s.

She met the man of her dreams at the Paradise Ballroom, where Roger J. Heth was an instructor. They were united in marriage on Nov. 26, 1946, in Wheaton, Ill.

They made their home and began a family in Chicago. Rose raised the children and made their house a home. In 1960, they moved to Brookfield, where Rose was employed by Ever Ready Printing for 27 years, retiring in 1992. Rose continued to make her home in Brookfield after Roger’s death in 1989 before moving to Elburn following her retirement.

She now leaves one daughter, Marge (Ronald) Herold and their children, Brian and Brant of Elburn; one son, Eric Heth and his children, Sarah and Emily of Lemont, Ill.; several nieces and nephews and a close circle of friends.

She now joins her parents and husband, Roger; two sisters, Mildred Hanzlik and Bessie Kral; two brothers, James and Emil Hanzlik; one son, Henry Heth; and one great-grandson, Daniel Herold, who preceded her in death.

In lieu of services and flowers, a memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Rose M. Heth 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.