Category Archives: Obituaries

Patricia Sibley

Patricia Sibley, 76, of Hinckley, formerly of Kaneville, passed away on Saturday evening, March 21, 2009, at the home of her daughter in Romeoville, Ill., and surrounded by the love of her family.

Pat was born Sept. 11, 1932, in Louisville, Ken., the daughter of Clarence T. and Anna L. (Murray) Smith.

Pat grew up in Louisville, Ken., and attended Loretto High School graduation in 1950. She went on to earn an RN degree, graduating from Nazareth School of Nursing in Louisville in 1953.

While raising a family of eight, she went back to college and graduated Magnum Cum Laude with a B.A. in nursing from Northern Illinois University in 1982.

Pat was united in marriage to Charles Sibley of Lincoln, Neb., in October 1955 in Louisville. They made their home in several towns across the Midwest, including Omaha Neb., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Chicago, Lombard, Ill., and Kaneville, before making her final home in Hinckley. All eight children attended and graduated from Kaneland High School.

In addition to her love of family and community, Pat found her passion in nursing and specialized in the care of paraplegic and quadriplegic veterans at the V.A. Hines Hospital in Maywood, Ill. At Hines, Pat was instrumental in the care and research of spinal cord injuries. Pat was one of the founders of the Nurses of the Veterans Administration Association (NOVA) and co-founder of the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses (AASCA). Several of Pat’s research and works were published in scientific journals. She retired from the V.A. in 1998.

Pat was a faithful member and Lector of St. Gall Church in Elburn, and dedicated many years to various Catholic ministries, including the RCIA. She was a member of the Hinckley Homemakers, YMCA and The Life Long Learning program at Northern Illinois University. Always one to give back to her community in various ways, Pat was also elected to the Kaneville Township Library Board, as well as the Kane County Library Board and was a strong supporter of Hinckley Library. Wherever she served, she helped to raise the awareness, visibility and viability of the libraries.

Pat’s faith and passion for life created positive influences on the people she met. She was the matriarch of the family. Her strength and perseverance was evident in everything she did and was an example of what a “mom” should be to her eight children. Pat worked at night, raised her family and attended Northern Illinois University, graduating with honors in 1992. Pat was instrumental in bringing positive change to disabled veterans. Pat strove to correct disparities in treatment and rehabilitation of severely injured veterans. Pat’s significant contribution to veteran care was her emphasis on returning and restoring the disabled veterans to their families and communities, instead of facing a lifetime in a hospital ward.

Following her retirement from the Veterans Administration, Pat became the consummate traveler. Whether it was traveling on camels across the desert, backpacking through the Swiss Alps and much of France, riding elephants in Nepal, attending Shakespeare festivals here and abroad, being on the maiden flight of Buddha Air and seeing the Himalayas from a much different perspective, traveling to Alaska and taking the St. Paul Tour around the Greek Islands, Pat filled her passport with stamps and made enough memories to fill two lifetimes.

She was a lover of music, especially opera. She had season tickets to the Chicago Symphony Opera and reveled in its music and drama as the brilliance of Mozart, Puccini and the traditional Italian Opera washed over her time and time again. An avid reader, Pat loved to disappear into the twists and turns of traditional mysteries, though she could be just as thrilled with 18th century literature and volumes on American history.

Above all else, her faith and family were her bedrock. There was nothing that she wouldn’t do for her children and grandchildren. It didn’t matter if you called at 2 a.m., she would travel across state lines just to be able to help in a time of need. The same could be said of the friendships that she attracted like Velcro. It only took a few moments for a stranger to become a friend, and there was none better than Pat. Her generosity of time, spirit and vast knowledge was a gift she gave freely. Pat was definitely one-of-a-kind, and though no one will ever be able to walk in her considerable footsteps, her memory and legacy will forever live in the hearts of those she loved.

She leaves eight children, Julia (Ron) Mical, Steve (Susan) Sibley, Tim (Priscille) Sibley, Mark Sibley, Peg (Curt) Braffet, Patrick (Mandy Fenske) Sibley, Michele (Roland) Gonzales and Lee Anne (Steve Berry) Sibley; 12 grandchildren, Robert, Ethan and Cole Sibley, Meghan, Kristen and Kayla Braffet, Ann and Olivia Sibley, Marco and Mateo Gonzales and Julien, Morgan and Madelynn Sibley; two great-grandchildren, Mia and Seivan Braffet; one brother, Richard Smith of Tampa, Fla., and a world filled with family and friends.

She now joins her parents, husband Charles and her beloved sister, Rita Smith Herr.

Visitation was held Tuesday, March 24, with a wake service concluding the visitation at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. in Elburn. A mass celebrating her life began with a visitation at St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn until the time of mass on March 25. The Rev. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at St. Gall Cemetery.

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

Matthew I. Peters

Matthew I. Peters, 73, of Midlothian, Ill., passed away March 1, 2009.

Beloved husband and best friend of Carolyn, nee McMillion; loving father of Cathy (John Reed) Clemens of Frankfort, Ill., Mike (Cathy) Peters of Sugar Grove and Bob Peters of Midlothian; cherished grandfather of Ryan, Matthew and Caleigh Clemens, Drew and Reid Peters; loving son of the late Matthew and Rose, nee Cozzie, Peters; dear brother of the late Rosemary (Edward) Huenecke and brother-in-law of Bill (Sharon) McMillion; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Matthew was a longtime coach and manager of Midlothian Baseball, the first president of St. Christopher Athletic Board, a longtime employee of the village of Midlothian, 55-year member of the Plumbers Union Local No. 130 and an avid White Sox fan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Christopher Church Memorial Fund or the American Lung Association. The funeral was held Friday, March 6, at the Hickey Memorial Chapel, Midlothian, and then at St. Christopher Church for Mass. Interment was held at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday, March 5. Sign the guestbook at chicagotribune.com/obituaries.

Norman ‘Norm’ Charles Tischhauser

Norman “Norm” Charles Tischhauser, 77, of Virgil, passed away peacefully at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb, where he had courageously battled cancer for many months.

He was born May 15, 1931, the son of Charles L. and Ena Margaret (Wade) Tischhauser in Bond County, Ill.

Norm faced many physical and emotional obstacles throughout his life, and he faced them in a way that was uniquely his. At the early age of 6 years old, Norm caught his hand in a horse-drawn hay elevator and lost the use of his ring finger. Through sheer determination, he worked with that limitation until he had it surgically removed so that he wouldn’t hinder his abilities as a mechanic and all-around jack-of-all trades.

It was only eight years later that he lost his mother to colon cancer. He would have to relive that nightmare once again when his sister also died of colon cancer at the age of 36. After the death of his mother, Norm became the “chief cook and bottle washer” of the family, with a little help from his aunt, and cooked a majority of the meals for the family. Through all of this, Norm continued his education, earning straight A’s until his graduation from Carlyle High School in 1949. Later, when recounting his younger years, Norm would routinely tell the story of how he had to walk to school every day, sometimes through snow as high as the fence line, up hill, both ways, with the miles to school increasing with every telling.

Norm’s life changed when he came up from southern Illinois to work on the Oliver Anderson farm. It was less than a mile from where Joyce VanStone worked as a waitress at her parent’s coffee shop on the corner of Meredith Road and Route 64. One look and Norm was hooked.

Before he went back down south for Christmas, Joyce gave Norm a nifty “flip top” lighter. A hot romance followed his return, and on July 22, 1950, they were wed. Joyce was 16, Norm was 18, and some folks were counting the days until a baby was born. They had to count about 730 days, however, before Barry was born two years later. Joyce and Norm were young and life was never easy, but their love lasted a lifetime.

Norm put down roots at the corner of Meredith Road and Route 64 in Virgil when he opened his own shop on April 1, 1960.

It consisted of a full-service gas station and garage where the community brought their cars to be fixed and their stories to be told. Norm was dedicated to his shop as well as his patrons, and no one ever drove away a stranger because they could all count Norm among their friends. He also worked for Bob-Jo Speedway, towing away the wrecks using a converted ‘58 Willy Jeep.

In 1969, Norm bought a cabin on Spores Island on the Rock River in Byron, Ill. It was there his legend was born, landing a 32-pound, 36-inch long catfish and a 45-pound turtle. The cabin had electricity, but not much else, but that didn’t matter to Norm and his boys, and later his grandsons, as they made a lifetime of memories and passed on decades of wilderness wisdom.

Norm was an avid hunter, and he took advantage of every season throughout the year. No matter what he brought home, whether it be squirrel, pheasant, rabbit or any other wildlife, Norm as adept at preparing them so that Joyce could put on a feast of flavors for the family, although no one could rival his smoked catfish. In the spring, there was no one better at mushroom hunting along the railroad tracks as his keen eyes helped fill bags to bring home when he went on his “walks” after dinner. Norm was also a horseshoe expert, winning nearly every match, even when picking the worst player as a partner.

When he wasn’t working in the shop or spending time at the cabin, Norm enjoyed bowling with his friends and fishing trips to Canada. In 2007, Norm got a taste of Hollywood when he and his shop took center stage in Witless Protection, starring Larry the Cable Guy. The movie featured the shop and a cameo by Norm himself, though the credits only say “old man sleeping.” His new-found celebrity brought out several stories in suburban newspapers as well as the Chicago Tribune.

In later years, Norm gave up many of his favorite things to care for Joyce as her health began to decline. He was determined to keep his promise that no matter what happened, he would care for her and she would never spend one night in a nursing home. Shortly before her passing in December of 2008, Norm was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer and would finish the last three months of his life facing yet another obstacle. Norm’s brother Jim was instrumental in his care, coming whenever Norm called and doing whatever was asked of him; including trips to chemotherapy. He was Norm’s rock and an inspiration to the rest of the family.

Overall, Norm was a man of many talents. He was an entertainer but he could fix anything; he was proud of the grease under his fingernails, yet could recite Shakespeare and poetry from memory. He was the type of man who loved his family dearly, his wife endlessly and who never met a stranger that didn’t become a friend. His memory will live on for generations and his spirit will dwell in the hearts of his family and all the people who were lucky enough to call him friend.

He is survived by six children, Barry (Donna) Tischhauser of Athens, Tenn., Dennis (Shari) Tischhauser of Wasco, Rob (Jackie) Tischhauser of New Albin, Iowa, David (Judy) Tischhauser of Genoa, Ill., Greg Tischhauser of Virgil, and Ena Carlson of Yorkville, Ill.; 18 grandchildren, Barry and Donna’s: Amanda (Brad) Walker, and Elizabeth (Mark) Boesen; Denny and Shari’s: Sarah Galpin, Ben Galpin, Emily Tischhauser, Eli Tischhauser; Rob and Jackie’s: David (Gege) Tischhauser, Rebecca (Cody) Brunning and Kevin (Jessi) Tischhauser; David and Judy’s: Chaz Tischhauser, Miles Tischhauser, Wade Tischhauser, Abby Richards, Tyler Richards; Greg’s: Samantha Tischhauser; Ena and Keith’s: Nicole Carlson, Samantha Carlson, Michael McCormac; 11 great-grandchildren: Tyler, Bryce, Devyn, Josyah, Shaelynn, Patrick, Morgan, Madison, Megan, Mark and Maverick, plus two “on the way”; one brother, James (Marilyn) Tischhauser of Pocahontas, Ill.; several nieces and nephews, and one special cousin, Linda (Mike) Zitkus of Elburn.

He now joins his parents; his wife, Joyce; one sister, Betty Lou Tischhauser; and one son-in-law, Keith Carlson (June 2007).

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 12, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL. There will also be a time of visitation Friday, March 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., with a funeral service to celebrate his life to follow at noon. Following cremation, private family committal services will later be held.

Friends not able to come for the service may begin watching it via webcast at 11:55 a.m. at www.conleycare.com. It will also be available for on-demand viewing the following day.

A memorial has been established in Norm’s name to benefit the American Cancer Society, as well as other favorite charities. Memorials checks may be made to the Norm Tischhauser 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 his obituary at www.conleycare.com.

Robert Jeffery Rogerson

Robert Jeffery “Jeff” Rogerson, 82, of North Aurora, passed away Sunday, March l, 2009, at Willow Crest Nursing Home after prolonged health problems. He was born Dec. 30, 1926, at home in Oswego to Jeffery and Margaret (Davis) Rogerson.

Jeff attended the Little White School, the Red Brick School, and graduated from Oswego High School with the Class of 1944. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1945 and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. After World War II, he served as a member of the Occupation Forces in Northern China.

In 1948, he started his career in the telephone business as a lineman with Illinois Bell Telephone Company. Jeff worked in many departments throughout his career, with his last assignment being the 911 Product Manager. He traveled the state working with city officials, implementing 911 in their respective communities. Jeff was instrumental in bringing 911 to Tri-Com and the Aurora area. He was a founding father of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and the Illinois Chapter. In 1984, he retired with 36 years of faithful service.

Jeff lived in North Aurora for 56 years and served the village in many ways. He was a trustee of the North Aurora Countryside Fire Protection District, chairman of the North Aurora Police Commission and an ESDA director. He spent many decades as a Scout leader in the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Explorer Post in North Aurora, as well as a merit badge counselor in the Aurora area. He was honored to be an assistant Scoutmaster for the Aurora area Scout troop that attended the fourth annual Boy Scout Jamboree at Valley Forge, Pa. in 1957.

He was a member at the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Aurora and served as an elder, deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was also a member of the Oswego American Legion Post No. 675 and the Aurora Golden K Kiwanis. During his retirement, Jeff enjoyed model railroading and spending time with his family.

Jeff is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joy (Sandell); son, John (Mary) Rogerson of Big Rock; daughter, Julie (James) Sippel of Oswego; grandchildren, Jessica and Jimmy Sippel and Katie Rogerson; sister, Marilyn Marklein of Montgomery; brother, David (Pat) Rogerson of Florida; sisters-in-law, June Gamage of Petersburg, Ill. and Janet (Mel) Trapp of Wisconsin, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, Jeff was preceded by his sister, Jeanne Carlton; and brothers-in-law, Fred Marklein, Lyle Carlton and Lee Gamage.

A celebration of Jeff’s life took place on Saturday, March 7, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 N. Edgelawn Drive, Aurora, with a visitation one hour prior to services. Visitation was also held on Friday, March 6, at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora. A private burial will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorials may be given to the church or The Eagle Scout Scholarship Endowment Fund c/o Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, 111 W. Downer Place, Ste. 312, Aurora, IL 60506 or The Aurora Golden K Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 4523, Aurora, IL 60507.

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

William ‘Bill’ Lloyd Parker Jr.

William “Bill” Lloyd Parker Jr., 75, of Elburn, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2009, at his home after a long battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Bill served his country in the U. S. Army from 1954 to 1956 and returned home to marry Marietta Fredrich on Feb. 4 of that year.

He was a long-time resident of the Elburn area and a pilot with United Airlines for more than 22 years.

A private person at heart, Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing, camping and hiking and was a voracious reader.

In addition to his wife, Marietta, of Elburn; he is survived by three siblings, Jane Brown, Mary (Boyd) Loptien and Virginia Fowler; one brother-in-law, Jim Sane; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son and daughter, Fredrich and Laura Louise, who died at birth; his parents, William Lloyd Parker Sr. and Sara Camille (Ray); one sister, Sara Sane; as well as two brothers-in-law, Warren Brown and Leonard Fowler.

In keeping with Bill’s wishes, the care and keeping of his cremated remains will be entrusted privately to his family. There will be no public services. Assistance provided by Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.

A memorial has been established in his name to provide a bench for walkers at the Nelson Lake Preserve and to benefit other favorite charities. Checks may be made to the William Parker 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.

Grace Mary Lesher

Grace Mary Lesher, of St. Charles, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at Children’s Memorial Hospital. She was born Sept. 26, 2008, in Naperville.

She is survived by her parents, Andy and Collen Lesher; siblings, Meghan, Allyson, Jack and her twin, Kate; grandparents, Jeff and Carol Grady, Greg and Mary Lesher; great-grandfather, Walter Frydrychowicz; uncles, Bob Lesher, Patrick Lesher and Brian (Cathy) Grady; and cousin, Madeline Grady.

Grace was preceded in death by her uncle, Patrick Grady.

The family would like to give a special “thank you” to the doctors and nurses at Edward Hospital, Children’s Memorial Hospital and Baylor Medical Center for their compassion and relentless care of Grace.

A memorial visitation was held from Friday, March 6, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554. A prayer service followed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Texas Childrens Fetal Center waystogive.texaschildrens.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=752. To donate by phone, call Kim Harris at (832) 824-6806 or Holly Trueblood at (630) 527-5187.

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

Norma Jean Bornemann

Norma Jean Bornemann, 83, of Sugar Grove, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at The Tillers Health Care Residence in Oswego. She was born Oct. 11, 1925, in Aurora, the daughter of the late Edward and Clara (Giese) Delaney.

Norma Jean was a charter member of the Montgomery V.F.W. Post No. 7452 Women’s Auxiliary. She was united in marriage to John Bornemann on Sept. 12, 1953, at Our Savior Lutheran Church by Pastor Peter Kruntz.

She is survived by her two sons, John (Mary) Bornemann of Plainfield and Jeff (Kay) Bornemann of Sugar Grove; her five grandchildren, Andrea Bornemann and Chase Bornemann of Sugar Grove, Michael (fiancee Regina Arras) Bornemann of Seattle, Wash., Brian (fiancee Jenna Fracaro) Bornemann of Joliet, and Timothy Bornemann of Plainfield; many nephews and nieces; her special niece, Norma Anderson; her brother, William Delaney of Cincinnati, Ohio, and her brother-in-law, Fred Neupert of Montgomery.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Bornemann, who passed away in 2000; her brother, Ronald Delaney and her sisters, Viola Neupert and Hazel Gunnerson.

Mrs. Bornemann’s family would like to thank the staff at Tillers for their care and compassion during her time of need.

In keeping with Norma Jean’s wishes, there will be a memorial visitation at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, on March 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. A private burial will take place at Little Rock Township Cemetery.

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

Robert Jeffery ‘Jeff’ Rogerson

Robert Jeffery “Jeff” Rogerson, 82, of North Aurora, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2009, at Willow Crest Nursing Home after prolonged health problems.

He was born on Dec. 30, 1926, at his home in Oswego, Ill., the son of the late Jeffery and Margaret (Davis) Rogerson.

Jeff is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joy (Sandell) Rogerson; son, John (Mary) Rogerson of Big Rock; daughter, Julie (James) Sippel of Oswego; grandchildren, Jessica and Jimmy Sippel and Katie Rogerson; sister, Marilyn Marklein of Montgomery; brother, David (Pat) Rogerson of Florida; sisters-in-law, June Gamage and Janet (Mel) Trapp, along with many nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Jeanne Carlton; brothers-in-law, Fred Marklein, Lyle Carlton and Lee Gamage.

A celebration of Jeff’s life will take place Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 N. Edgelawn Drive, Aurora, IL 60506 with a visitation one hour prior to services. Visitation will also be held on Friday, March 6, from 3 to 8 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora. A private burial will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorials may be given to the church or The Eagle Scout Scholarship Endowment Fund c/o Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, 111 W. Downer Place, Ste. 312, Aurora, IL 60506 or The Aurora Golden K Kiwanis Club.

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

Denis Zec

Denis Zec, 34, of Aurora passed away on Sunday March 1, 2009, at Rush-Copley Hospital. He was born July 12, 1974, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Denis was employed at Rich Harvest Farms for eight years, and following that, he was associated with White Eagle for two years. He had a big heart and loved people. Denis also loved music and dancing.

Denis is survived by his parents, Fadil and Jozica Zec and a brother, Zlatko Zec.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday March 5, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr. Sugar Grove, with Fr. Robert Jones officiating. Interment will be at Sugar Grove Cemetery. Visitation was Wednesday March 4, at the funeral home. A liturgical wake service was conducted at 8 p.m.

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

Linaya Grace Arroyo

Linaya Grace Arroyo was born into heaven on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, at Delnor Hospital in Geneva. Though she was not destined to see this world, Linaya now breathes heavenly air and lives among the angels who watch over her parents, Alfred and Katrina, who were specially chosen to love her as only a mother and father could.

From the moment that Linaya’s spirit captured their hearts, Alfred and Katrina began making plans and having dreams for the life they were bringing into this world. In just 37 short weeks, Alfred and Katrina had planned years into the future of what their lives would be like. In only mere moments, those loving plans became lasting memories.

Linaya will live on forever in that special part of their hearts that is only for her. She now leaves her loving parents, Alfred and Katrina Arroyo of Aurora; her maternal grandparents, Eugene and Christina Ewbank; her paternal grandparents, Humberto and Luz Arroyo; her maternal great-grandparents, Richard and Edith Ewbank, as well as Vita Potter; her paternal great-grandparents, Armando and Maria Morales, as well as Isabel Arroyo and Rafaela Burciaga; many aunts, uncles, cousins and a “family” of friends who were anxious for her arrival.

Friends called on Tuesday, March 3, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. Elburn. A service to celebrate her memory followed visitation. The Rev. Fr. Robert Camacho, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Aurora and Rev. Dick Watts, chaplain of Delnor Hospital, Geneva, co-officiated.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit in part the rebuilding fund of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Checks may be made to the “Linaya Grace Arroyo 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.

Robert ‘Bob’ E. Strong

Robert “Bob” E. Strong 76, of Elburn, passed away at McAllen Medical Center, McAllen, Texas, on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009.

Bob was born March 6, 1932, the son of LeRoy and Helen (Antkowiak) Strong in LaSalle, Ill. Bob grew up in LaSalle and attended local schools. He went on to receive his B.A. in Physical Education and later a Masters Degree in School Administration.

Bob entered the United States Army in 1952 and bravely served his country in Korea just south of the DMZ (de-militarized zone) where his military specialty as lineman laying telephone wire near the front lines constantly put him in harm’s way. He was awarded a Combat Infantry Badge for his service and returned home in 1954.

Bob, looking for a party and a pretty lady, crashed a wedding a year or so before he married his wife. As luck would have it, he found his pretty lady in Ruth Ann Munson, and the party lasted nearly 53 years ever since their marriage on Aug. 25, 1956.

Bob and Ruth Ann lived in Viola and Streator, Ill., for a time early in his teaching career. They moved to Maple Park in 1965 while their current home was being built within a block of Elburn Elementary School.

Bob was a dedicated and passionate coach, teacher and school administrator for 35 years. Bob began his teaching career as Principal at Elburn Elementary. Seventeen years later, the school and many like it, were consolidated into Kaneland Elementary on Meredith Road in Maple Park.

Bob completed the last seven years of his tenure as the seventh grade basketball coach and Assistant Principal at Kaneland’s Junior/Senior High School.

Bob loved his wife first and foremost, and he delighted in his children and grandchildren. He was a friend to all and had a special ability of relating to children because he could make the simplest, ordinary things fun.

Bob had a great passion for football. He played four years of both high school and college football and was a lifelong, passionate fan of the Chicago Bears. The highlight of his football days came in 1950 when he played in the Gold Dust Bowl (National Junior College Football Championship Game) in Vallejo, Calif., for Illinois Valley Community College. Bob was co-captain of the team a year later, and he completed his college career as an offensive guard for North Dakota State University at Fargo.

For the last 14 years, Bob and his wife wintered with many friends in the ‘Tip-of-Texas’ in Pharr, Texas.

He now leaves his loving wife, Ruth Ann Strong of Elburn; three daughters, Julie (Ed) Herzog of Aurora, Lora (Kevin) Denison of Shawnee, Kan., Suzanne (Steve) Crotty of St. Charles; one son, Mark (Betsy) Strong of Bolingbrook, Ill.; eight grandchildren, Rachel, Jacob, Leslie and Lance Denison of Shawnee, Kan., Samantha, Natalie and Ben Crotty of St. Charles, Marcia Strong, a student at Olivet Nazarene University, home to the training camp for the Chicago Bears in Bourbonnais, Ill.; Robert (Kristal) Strong and their soon-to-be-born son, Collin Robert, who will be ushered into this world with a great-grandpa angel as his guide; his sister, Gladys Huffstodt of LaSalle, Ill., and a family of friends stretching from Illinois to Texas.

He now joins his parents, LeRoy and Helen Strong; and his brothers, Bill, Francis “Red”, and Jim, who preceded him in death.

Friends may call on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Elburn from 10 a.m. to noon, with a memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life to follow at noon. The Rev. Dr. Jeff Dire, pastor of the church, will officiate, and private family interment will occur at a later date. A memorial has been established in Bob’s name to benefit the Community Congregational Church, as well as Huntington’s Disease Research, which has affected a family member. Checks may be made to the “Robert Strong 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.

T. Robert Lawrence

T. Robert Lawrence, 75, of North Aurora, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, at home. He was born June 16, 1933, in Aurora, the son of the late Ignatius and Helen (Biro) Lawrence.

TB (as he was known to his family and friends) was a 1952 graduate of East Aurora High School. He was married to Marilyn J. Jaffke in 1957, and they spent the next 52 happy years of their lives together. TB was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be deeply missed by family and friends.

He served his country with the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. He was employed by National Tea-A&P for 30 years as a meat cutter. TB retired in 1998 from Aurora University Maintenance Department. He attended St. Paul Lutheran Church and was a member of the Aurora Turner’s Club, Phoenix Club, Batavia Moose Lodge and Irish Club.

TB will always be remembered for his big smile, happy ways and joke telling.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn of North Aurora; two sons, Michael (Darlene) of Woodstock, Ga. and John “Senator” (Arlaine) of Yorkville; five grandchildren, Courtney (Nick) Miller of Pendelton, Ind., Ashley Lawrence of Somonauk, Brandon Lawrence of Aurora, Tyler and Nicole Lawrence of Woodstock, Ga.; great-granddaughter, Lillie of Pendelton, Ind.; sister, Margaret “Tootsie” (Arthur) Smith; brother-in-law, W.W. “Jeff” (Arlene) Jaffke of Rochelle; sister-in-law, Donna Jaffke of St. Charles, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, Fred Sr. and Lillian Jaffke; brothers-in-law, Fred Jr. and Owen Jaffke, and sister-in-law, Sally Steib Jaffke.

Visitation was held on Friday, Feb. 20, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 21, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 85 S. Constitution Drive, Aurora, with a visitation half hour prior to services. Burial took place at Lincoln Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to VITAS Hospice, 580 Waters Edge, Ste. 100, Lombard, IL 60148, American Cancer Society, 143 First St., Batavia, IL 60510 or to the church.

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

Nancy A. Heuertz

Nancy A. Heuertz, 53, of Elburn, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Monday, Feb. 16, 2009. She was born Oct. 26, 1955, the daughter of Dean and Laurine (Amfahr) Harms in Aurora.

Nancy grew up in Elburn, was in the Kaneland High School Band and graduated with the class of 1973. She excelled in bookkeeping and computers and spent the majority of her career working with her father at Harms Chevrolet in Elburn. After sharing the business office for several years with her mother, she became the dealership’s business and finance manager.

Nancy found her true love and soul mate in Ron Heuerta, who grew up in the St. Charles area and worked for many years at Gus Ehlers’ Deere dealership in Elburn. They married on April 23, 1982, and resided in the Elburn area throughout their 26-year marriage.

Nancy enthusiastically loved her husband, family, friends and fun. She was a planner and a schemer and showed her personality and love in big ways.

Weekends and vacations were never lost on relaxing; for Nancy, they meant boating, snowmobiling, camping, golf, waterskiing, riding her Harley, traveling and doing those things with as big a group as she could gather. Nancy was sure to organize the details, provide the equipment and toys, and of course, cook and bake with everyone’s favorites in mind.

Nancy’s love for life and others was only matched by that of her husband, Ron, who shared equally in her plans, adventures and giving. Nancy frequently took advantage of everything Post Lake, Wis., the Illinois River and Kentucky Lake had to offer, and her travels never lacked for imagination, with Florida, Hawaii and Cancun among her many destinations.

Nancy lavished attention on her nieces and nephews, and she taught them to love challenges and never miss an opportunity to turn fun into something great. Nancy didn’t just celebrate holidays and events, she made them memorable. She was the force that brought family and friends together and made simple things like planting and carving pumpkins, setting off fireworks, and cutting down Christmas trees special and joyful.

Rex and Molly were among the many pets that shared in Nancy ’s love, and her generosity with her delicious baked goods, casseroles and cookouts was widespread and well known.

She now leaves her husband, Ron; her parents, Dean and Laurine Harms of Elburn; her sister, Carol (Ken) Brooks of Antigo, Wis.; two nephews, Steve Brooks of Pewaukee, Wis. and Ryan Brooks of Menomonie, Wis.; one niece, Laura Brooks of Milwaukee, Wis.; one brother-in-law, Wayne Heuertz and his children, Steve and Stephanie of St. Charles, and a family of friends.

She now joins her husband’s parents, Adolph and Gladys Heuertz, who preceded her in death.

Friends called on Sunday, Feb. 22, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A mass to celebrate her life was held Monday, Feb. 23, at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at St. Gall Cemetery.

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

Lester ‘Les’ L. Homesley

Lester “Les” L. Homesley, 80, of Elburn, passed away following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease at Delnor-Community Hospital on Feb. 17, 2009. Although time may have robbed him of his body, his spirit never faltered, and Les is now free among the angels in heaven.

He was born July 3, 1928, the son of John and Mary Homesley in Freedom, Pa.

Les’s mother made their home in several areas of Pennsylvania as he grew up and attended local schools. Les had a strong work ethic and had to grow up quickly in a difficult environment when he began working on the Pennsylvania Railroad in a section gang at the age of 13. It was the time before automatic safety gates, so when he wasn’t working in the section gang, one of the jobs was to sit on a perch, and when a train came along he would manually lower the gates so the train could pass. When he turned 16, he began working at a local steel mill.

Les met the love of his life at a local basketball game when he crossed paths with Marilyn E. Oberholtzer. They were united in marriage the day after Marilyn’s birthday on Feb. 28, 1948, in East Palestine, Ohio, and it was one of the best birthday gifts she ever received.

They began their new life together with her parents for a time before Les built their first home. This was the first time that Les could put on display his growing craftsmanship, laying the foundation by hand. Although he built the house and eventually handcrafted most of the furniture, it was Marilyn who made it a home. In 1958, Les sold his home and began plans to build another one. Les and Marilyn moved back into her parent’s home until it was completed three years later. This new home on Pleasant Drive was bigger and better than his first and now held a growing family that included their 10-year-old son, Randy.

Les owned his own upholstering business, but when business got slow he moved his family to St. Charles in 1965 to work as a supervisor at Howell Company, a furniture company located on the Fox River. In 1971, Les began taking real estate classes to become a realtor with his son. Les found enough success and became a broker. He founded Homesley Real Estate in Geneva in the late-70s/early-80s. In the meantime, Les built his third house in 1973 on Keslinger Road in Elburn. The house later sold, though they continued to make their home in Elburn.

In his earlier years, Les was a member of a Masonic Lodge as well as the United Presbyterian Church in East Palestine, Ohio.

Les was a gregarious man who never found a person who didn’t become a friend. As the years passed, he expressed his creative soul through building many houses and found his creative soul through many talents including framing, trimming, plumbing, electrical and cabinetry. Les also filled his home with the most beautiful handcrafted furniture. Les also had a passion for gardening, a passion he passed onto his son. His garden was filled with vegetables and flowers, but his specialty was tomatoes. He would grow everything from a seed and was very particular about keeping it immaculately manicured. As a young man, he was heavily involved in harness racing, but he also showed Hackney Ponies. Although he never had a college education, he had a Ph.D in the lessons of life. His “education” and lessons learned will be his legacy passed onto the next generations.

He now leaves his loving wife, Marilyn; son, Randy (Debbie) Homesley of Elburn; two grandchildren, Jason (Jennifer) Homesley, and their daughter Bella, of St. Charles, and Jennifer Dazzo and her three children, Drake, Drew, and Kamryn of DeKalb.

He now joins his parents; three brothers, Bill, John and Albert; and one sister, Mae, who preceded him in death.

Private family services will be held, and interment will occur at Oak Hill Cemetery in Geneva.

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

Donald Parker DeMerritt

Donald Parker DeMerritt, 72, of Aurora, formerly of Big Rock, passed away following a 12-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease on Feb. 7, 2009, in Springfield, Mo. He was born Aug. 20, 1936, the son of John Parker and Anna Helen (Stewart) DeMerritt in Aurora.

Don grew up in Aurora on Pigeon Hill and attended local schools. He graduated from East Aurora High School in 1954. Following graduation, Don became an apprentice typographer for the Aurora Beacon before he was drafted into the United States Army. Before he went to boot camp, he married his neighborhood sweetheart, Sandra Bushor, in 1958.

He served his country from 1959 until his honorable discharge as a Staff Sergeant in 1961. Upon his return to civilian life, Don continued to work setting type for the Aurora Beacon for the next 40 years, retiring in September 1998. In later years, Don worked as a part-time realtor for Pilmer Realty in Plano.

Don and Sandra made their home in Aurora until 1972, when they moved to Big Rock.

Don was a long-time member, past president and recipient of the Fellows Award by the Big Rock Lions Club. He also was a faithful member and served as trustee and treasurer for the Big Rock English Community Congregational Church. Don held the office of Secretary Treasurer for the Aurora Trades and Labor and was the union representative for the Aurora Beacon News. He also served time as the President of the Chicago Progressive Club, which was a political party within the International Typographical Union, of which he was also a member.

Don, known to some in later years as “Papa,” had a special sly sense of humor which he only bestowed upon close family and friends, and was always accompanied by his “Archie Bunker” smile. Don was the oldest of six children and possessed an intellect that belied his years, which partly came from the numerous books and newspapers that found their way onto his path. His love of dogs began during his childhood, and his devotion to “man’s best friend” only grew throughout the years.

He now leaves two children, John DeMerritt and Kathleen (Isidro) Gonzalez, both of Aurora; five siblings, JoAnn Gately of San Clemente, Calif., Alan (Jan) DeMerritt of Coldwater, Miss., James (Betty) DeMerritt of Delray Beach, Fla., Patricia (Bill) Buss of Oakland, Ark. and Martha (John) Duy of Bitely, Mich.; two step-grandchildren, Melanie and Chris Gonzalez of Oswego; and one “adopted grandson,” Brian Gonzales of Aurora; many nieces and nephews, as well as a community of friends.

He now joins his wife, Sandra, and his parents who preceded him in death.

Visitation was held Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Rev. Byron Henn, pastor of the Big Rock English Congregational United Church of Christ, officiated, and interment followed on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Aurora.

A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Donald Parker DeMerritt Memorial” and sent in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through www.conleycare.com

Boleslaw ‘Bill’ Wojtal

Boleslaw “Bill” Wojtal, 92, of Elburn, passed away at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009. He was born Oct. 27, 1916, in Szczecin, Poland.

Bill grew up in Szczecin and attended local schools. He joined the Deblin Air Force Academy in 1938, trained as a fighter pilot and began his career as a lieutenant. On the second day of the war, he shot down two enemy aircraft before a third clipped his wing. After jumping out, Bill parachuted to the ground safely before being captured by German forces and put in a concentration camp. For the rest of the war, he worked for the German government on local farms. He then joined the English Army until emigrating to the United States in 1949.

Once on American soil, Bill worked in the grain elevators on the south side of Chicago in Riverdale and lived with his sponsor family. Later, in January 1950, he met the love of his life, Dorothy Borek, and following a whirlwind 10-month courtship, they were married in October. They began their new life together in Chicago.

Bill worked for two paint companies, Benjamin Moore and DeSoto Chemical, for a combined 20 years before eventually retiring from the Chicago Board of Education, where he worked in the kitchen as a baker in 1987.

In 1991, Dorothy and Bill moved to Elburn behind Lions Park and have since made 18 years of memories. Bill was a faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church, as well as the Polish National Alliance.

In 1995, Bill had the honor of welcoming another generation into the family upon the arrival of his only grandson, Peter, which only highlighted the love he had for family. Bill was best known for his roses and vegetable garden, as well as his many fruit trees. He also grafted a few fruit trees, producing delicious hybrids for friends and family alike.

When he couldn’t be in his garden, Bill busied himself in his workshop honing his talent at making wine, which has been enjoyed by many over the years. From his window, Bill passed the time watching the local rabbits, squirrels and birds foraging for the “treats” he had left for them.

He now leaves his loving wife, Dorothy, of Elburn; one son, Eugene (Denise) Wojtal and their son Peter, all of Burlington; seven nieces and nephews, Paul (Mary) Borek, Pam (Mike) McDonald, Jim Borek, Connie (Bill) Piotrowski, Barbara (Ken) Little, Susan (Jay) Bledsoe and Mary Pilat; a very special family friend, Sharon (Ted) Gressick, and a family of friends.
He now joins his parents, two sisters and three brothers, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was on Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A wake service followed visitation. A mass celebrating his life was held at St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn on Tuesday, Feb. 17. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at St. Gall Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in Bill’s name. Checks may be made to the “Bill Wojtal 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.

Pamela A. Waller

Pamela A. Waller, 58, of Sandwich, Ill., passed away suddenly on Sunday evening, Feb. 15, 2009.

She was born Aug. 31, 1950, the daughter of Alfred and Mariam (Meyer) Sullivan in Cincinnati, OH.

Pam grew up in near Cincinnati for a time and attended local schools. Later her family moved to Florissant, Mo., and stayed through her junior year in high school. In 1967, they moved once more to Glen Ellyn, Ill., where she finished out her senior year at St. Francis Catholic High School.

Pam was married early in life and during that time had two children, Annette in 1971 and Joseph in 1974. In 1979, she was remarried to Stephen Waller in Wheaton, Ill. They made their home together in Glen Ellyn, where the family grew to include Christina in 1981, and Shaun completed the family in 1984. Later in 1990, the family moved to Aurora. Pam moved once more in 2004 to Sandwich, Ill., where she has since made her home.

Throughout her life, Pam worked several jobs but never found a career. Instead she focused her energy into her passion, which was writing. Romance was her specialty, but she also found time to write poetry and songs. Her first major success came in the late 1990s when her first book, “Treasure My Heart,” was published. Several novels followed, including “The Glass Rose,” “The Ryan Brides,” “MacLeed’s Bride,” and “The Walk.”

Pam was a proud member of the Romance Writers of America and the International Society of Poets.

Pam’s heart was always open to anyone who needed an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on or to help celebrate a victory. She was also very proud of her Irish heritage, which was reflected in the research of her genealogy. In earlier years, she was fond of making charcoal drawings and later creations featured paintings in water color.

Her imagination didn’t stop there as she flexed her artistic flair in various forms, including arts and crafts, usually resulting in beautiful one-of-a-kind jewelry. As a young woman, Pam took classes to become a beautician. Those lessons served her well over the years as friends and family benefited from her talent.

In her spare time, and sometimes a source of inspiration, Pam indulged in romance and fantasy movies, though anything with Johnny Depp was fair game. She also was a collector of Betty Boop nostalgia, as well as fairies and angels. If there was a soundtrack to Pam’s life, it would have to include her favorite artist Phil Collins and her favorite genre, Celtic music. Pam’s first priority was her family, but she lived for her grandkids. Though she left too soon, Pam’s legacy of love and imagination will be felt for many years and generations to come. In recent months, she acquired an interest in NASCAR; (her favorite driver was Carl Edwards of the #99 car).

She now leaves her four children, Annette Pezzute and her children, Anthony, Stephanie, and Nicholas; Joseph Behr and his children, Morgan and Joshua; Christina Waller and her son, Zachery Clayton; and Shaun Waller; their father/step-father, Stephen H. Waller; two brothers, John Sullivan and Dan Sullivan; six sisters, Maureen Falkenberg, Sharon Sullivan, Geri Fata, Nancy Blocker, Laurie Hendrickson and Jennifer Howell; one uncle, Roger Sullivan; many nieces and nephews and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents, Alfred and Mariam Sullivan; one grandson, A.J.; one aunt, Helen Meyer; and both paternal and fraternal grandparents, who preceded her in death.

Friends may call from 3 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate her life will follow visitation at 8 p.m. Rev. Gary McCann, pastor of New England Congregational Church, Aurora, will officiate. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

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

Elizabeth D. Johnson

Elizabeth D. Johnson, 97, a life-long resident of St. Charles, passed away peacefully at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva on Friday, Feb. 6, 2009.

She was born at home on Feb. 13, 1911, in Batavia, the daughter of Emil and Louise (Jenson) Jensen. Though early years were spent in Batavia, her family later moved to St. Charles, where she graduated from St. Charles High School with the class of 1929.

With the dawning of the Great Depression, Elizabeth took any job anywhere and kept busy. Eventually, she was fortunate enough to land a job with the Illinois Department of Personnel in Chicago. It was there that she met her husband, Harry Johnson.

A whirlwind romance began at the Aragon Ballroom and concluded at the altar, shortly before Pearl Harbor. Though Harry was soon drafted, an unexpected medical discharge sent him home just prior to “D-Day.” He and Elizabeth made their home with her parents for a time, and a few years later, built a new home just two blocks away. In the meantime, Harry had been attending Northwestern University-Chicago, and following graduation, began working for Hawthorne Electric in Chicago.

In 1955, Elizabeth and Harry adopted their first son, Randy, and three years later adopted a second son, Norman. When the boys were young, Elizabeth was active with them in both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Together, the four of them were a close family who also enjoyed spending time with their many relatives who lived throughout the area. Elizabeth was also a lifelong member of the St. Charles Congregational Church, where she was continuously active through the years on every committee and function of the church.

Following Harry’s retirement, he and Elizabeth began to travel. Elizabeth had the kind of personality and attitude toward life that allowed her to easily make herself at home with any group in any place in the world. Following Harry’s death in 1995, Elizabeth never looked back, but kept living forward and continued to enjoy travels far and wide with family and friends. Her indomitable spirit and unbridled sense of humor remained vibrant to her last days. Her legacy will live in the laughter that will forever echo in the hearts of those she loved.

Elizabeth is survived by her two sons, Randy (Evelyn) Johnson of Geneva and Norman of Chicago; two grandchildren, Diana (Ron) Dennis of Plato Center, Ill. and Theresa (Rob) Wonsowski of Oswego.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Harry, she is preceded in death by her two beloved infant grandchildren, Trevor and Sydney Wonsowski.

Friends were invited to a visitation and funeral service on Tuesday morning, Feb. 10, 2009, at the St. Charles Congregational Church, LaFox Road in Wasco. Visitation was held from 9 to 10:45 a.m., with services following at 11 a.m. The Rev. Pat Kitner officiated. A reception in the church great room will follow. Private cremation interment services will later conclude at Union Cemetery, St. Charles.

A memorial will be established in Elizabeth’s name to benefit the St. Charles Congregational UCC Church. Memorial checks may be made to the church and mailed in care of the church at 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd., St. Charles, IL 60175. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119 or through her obituary at www.conleycare.com.

For information, call Conley Funeral Home at (630) 365-6414 or 1-800-8-CONLEY.

Norman B. Herrington

Norman B. Herrington Sr., 80, of Sugar Grove, passed away Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009. He was born on May 6, 1928, in Aurora, the son of the late George B. and Francesca (Wood) Herrington.

He is survived by his children, Norman (LeAnne) Herrington Jr., and Lisa (Greg) Palmer; grandchildren, Adam (Megan) Herrington, Joel Herrington, Mark Herrington, Kate Palmer and Bradley Palmer; great-granddaughter, Emma Herrington.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; (Clayton) and daughter, Beth Ann Leigh.

Norman was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Barbershop Lamplighters and Masonic Aurora Lodge 254. He was also a lifelong member of Park Place Baptist Church.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, from 4 p.m. until Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at the chapel with the Rev. Barry Norris officiating. Burial will take place at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Assn. of Illinois-Greater Chicago, 55 W. Wacker Dr., Ste. 800, Chicago, IL 60601.

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

Jeanette D. Hager

Jeanette D. Hager, 77, of Elburn, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, after a short illness at the Provena Health Care Facility in Geneva.

She was born Sep. 27, 1931, in Oshkosh, Wis., the daughter of Fred and Dorothy (Stead) Schmidt. She married Lowell T. Hager on Feb. 3, 1950. Together, they made their home in West Chicago, Ill., where they raised their four children.

Jeanette was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for 49 years, at which she was very active member pre-retirement. She worked at the Painters District Council No. 30 until her retirement in 1989. She traveled the states for the first couple of years; and then summered in Wisconsin and wintered in Arizona. In 2004, Jeanette decided it was time to get back closer to home, her kids and grandkids, so she found herself a home at the Meadows Apartments in Elburn. It was there she met some more incredible friends and was able to renew her fondness for playing cards, dominos and bingo, and of course, the monthly trips with the Elburn Seniors.

Jeanette is survived by her four children, Lowell Jr. (Laura) Hager, Peggy (Del) Domena-Ward, Tim (Cindy) Hager, and Gracie Lueken; six grandchildren, Phyllis (Doug Brauer) Domena, Kristi (Jeff) Mansfield, Jay (Amanda) Hager, Alan (Kay) Hager, Curtis Hager and Samantha Lueken; six great-grandchildren, Gabrielle Domena, Spencer Brauer, Katelyn and Jacob Hager, Mabel Hager and Addison Mansfield.

Also survived are her three sisters, three brothers, two brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law, all back in Oshkosh, Wis.

Jeanette is preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, Ivan Domena; grandson, Bobby Domena; her father/mother in-law, one brother, a sister-in-law and brother-in-law.

Visitation was held on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, at Konrad-Behlman Funeral Homes-Westside in Oshkosh, Wis., with funeral services immediately following. Burial was at Lake View Memorial Park.

Clarence J. (Jack) Christensen

Clarence J. (Jack) Christensen, 83, of Lake Delton, Wis., died Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, in his home after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Jack was born March 17, 1925, in DeKalb, the son of Clarence and Sadie (Coddington) Christensen. He was very proud of his tour of active duty with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II.

Jack is survived by his wife of 33 years, Doris (Weaver) Christensen; his son, Jeffery Christensen of Elburn; step-children, Thomas (Mary Ann) Powell of Gainsville, Ga., and Peggy Powell (Craig) Frank of St. Charles; grandchildren, Natalie, Megan and Phillip of Maple Park; four step-grandchildren and one great-grandson; brother, James of Morris, Ill., and a sister, Mary Lu Wagley of Animosa, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents.

At Jack’s request and honoring his wishes, a private memorial service will be held at a later date at his former home in Illinois with family and friends. Memorials may be given to Home Health United Hospice or the Veterans Administration.

The Picha Funeral Home and Crematory of Lake Delton, Wis., assisted the family with arrangements. For online condolences and information, go to www.pichafuneralhome.com.

Rose M. Augustine

Rose M. Augustine, 85, of Elburn, formerly of Garden Grove, Calif., passed away at Delnor-Community Hospital, Geneva, Tuesday morning, Feb. 3, 2009.

She was born April 22, 1925, the daughter of James and Carmela (Gaston) Garatano in Heilwood, Penn.

She grew up near Alverda, Penn., and attended Alverda High School. After graduating in 1943, Rose worked as one of three secretaries to Henry Ford from 1945 to 1949. One of her gifts in life was the ability to “get along” with anybody and in any situation, a gift that ultimately served her well during her tenure at the Ford Motor Company.

Rose found a home for her heart in John C. Augustine. A neighborhood boy who grew to be soldier, John and Rose corresponded while he was serving in the Army Air Corps, and on his return to civilian life in 1948, Rose and John were wed on May 21, 1949, in Alverda, Penn.

During the next few years, as they began their new life together, John pursued his passion for flying while Rose strove to make their house in Moses Lake, Wash., a home. Following John’s work as a pilot, they moved to Detroit in the early ‘50s and to Garden Grove, Calif., in 1962, where John worked on the Apollo Space Project.

Throughout this time, Rose continued to raise her children while taking cosmetology classes. She eventually opened a small shop in the family garage and worked as a hair dresser through the 1970s. Following John’s death in 1984, Rose made her home in Garden Grove until 1996, when she moved in with her youngest daughter, Janice. Later, in May 2006, she moved to the Midwest to live with her eldest son, Rev. Gary Augustine in Elburn.

Rose was widely known for her hospitality. She loved taking care of people—cooking, cleaning and caring in every way. If she ever came into your home, she would always ask if there was something she could do to help you. At every stage of her life, Rose found ways to care for others even into her last days.

When her children were small, Rose made their clothes herself, and when the girls reached high school, she made their drill team uniforms as well. Service, humility, love and care were the hallmarks of her life. After all was said and done, Rose’s life was her family, and to them she leaves a lifetime of memories and a legacy of love.

In recent years, Rose was a faithful member of the Evangelical Fellowship Church, Elburn. In earlier years, she was president of the CCD program at St. Hedwik Church in Garden Grove, CA.

She now leaves five children and eleven grandchildren: Gary (Pamela) Augustine of Elburn and and their family, Zach (Rachael) Augustine, of Rapid City, S.D., currently a captain in the Air Force, Noah (Melissa) Augustine of Elburn, Hannah (Philip) Stevens Hudsonville, Mich., and Ian Augustine, a 2nd Lt. in the Air Force currently stationed in Columbus, Miss.; Doug Augustine of Ventura County, Calif.; Denise (Kevin) Stone of Portland, Ore., and their family, Andrew, Matthew and Timothy; Deborah (Keith) Myers of Newport Beach, Calif., and their daughter, Kayley Myers (11); Janice (Nathan) Donaldson of Costa Mesa, Calif., and their family, Kenton, Kelsey, Jacob; siblings, Flint (Phyllis) Gaston of Alverda, Penn. and Mary Daugherty of Norwalk, Calif.

She is preceded in death by eight siblings, Helen Manerino, Anthony Gaston, John Gaston, Joe Gaston, Sam Gaston, Vic Gaston and Francis Gaston.

Her visitation and funeral service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at the Evangelical Fellowship Church, 506 N. Main St., Elburn. Friends may call from 4 to 7:45 p.m. An evening funeral service will begin at 8 p.m. Rose’s son, the Rev. Gary Augustine, will officiate, and interment will follow Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 11:30 a.m.

A memorial has been established in Rose’s name to benefit orphans in Chad and other third-world countries, her church and other favorite charities. Memorial checks may be made to the Rose Augustine 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 his obituary at www.conleycare.com.

Justice James F. Quetsch

James Franklin Quetsch
James Franklin Quetsch
James Franklin Quetsch, 75, of Geneva, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, after an illness.
He was born on Nov. 13, 1933, in Oak Park, Ill. At the time of his death, he was at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Jim graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1952, and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind., in 1956.

He married his high school sweetheart Patricia Perrin on Sept. 3, 1956, at St. Giles Catholic Church in Oak Park.

In 1959, Jim graduated from Chicago Kent Law School. He practiced law in Chicago, and the couple lived in Oak Park until 1963, when they moved to West Chicago.

That year, he began working for the law firm of Gates Clancy in Geneva. In 1965, he joined the firm of Corrigan & MacKay in Wheaton. A successful trial lawyer, he became a partner several years later in the expanded firm of Corrigan, MacKay, Quetsch and O’Reilly.

Jim was the father of six children, born between 1957 and 1966. He and Pat moved their family to Geneva in 1972.

He was appointed a Kane County Court Associate Judge in 1975 and elected as a full judge in the 16th Circuit Court in 1976. He held the position until 1992, when he became an Illinois Appellate Court Justice in the Second District. He was appointed to the seat by his predecessor, Justice John Nickels, who was elected to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Following his retirement in 1994, Jim traveled extensively with his wife. Among their destinations were South America, Israel and several European countries including his favorite, Ireland.

Jim was a member of the St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club in Elburn for more than 20 years, spending many pleasurable hours there, shooting trap and skeet.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Gertrude (Shea) and Leonard J. Quetsch; and his brothers, Leonard, William and John.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his brother, Richard of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; his sister, Gertrude of St. Louis, Mo.; his children, Karen Quetsch, Martha Quetsch and Elizabeth Entile, all of Geneva, and Thomas (Patricia Seastrom Banbury) Quetsch and Paula (Vincent) Giuliano, both of Batavia, and James (Jo Martin) Quetsch of Idaho Falls, Idaho; 10 grandchildren, Natalie Entile, Phillip and Julie Andersen, Caroline Cagney, Paul, Marie and Francesca Giuliano, Kyle and Casey Banbury and Megan (Banbury) Mara; and one great-grandchild, Vincent Mara; and his beloved Vizsla, Maggie.

A memorial visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, at the Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St. (Route 38), Geneva. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Malone Funeral Home. Interment will be private.

In lieu of sending flowers, please do a kindness for someone today.

Patricia E. Bilodeau

Patricia E. Bilodeau, 85, of Batavia, passed away at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva in the early morning hours of Jan. 17, 2009. Though her spirit was strong, it was Pat’s heart that eventually gave out, but not before leaving a lifetime of memories for generations to share.

Pat was born Sept. 24, 1923, the daughter of Francis and Mertle O’Shea in Victoria Harbor, Ontario, Canada.

She grew up in Victoria Harbor and attended local schools, graduating with the class of 1941.
She was united in marriage to Alfred Bilodeau on Aug. 18, 1954, in Noranda, Quebec. They began their life together in Noranda, where they began to raise a family.

Their family was to know loss in the beginning months of 1965, when Alfred passed away. Shortly after, the family migrated to the United States and settled at Mooseheart in Batavia, where Pat worked as a seamstress.

Pat was a proud member of the Women of the Moose.

Pat had an unmistakable spirit that she loved to share with others. Although she guarded her privacy, her arms were always open to friends and family whenever they needed her. A huge White Sox fan, Pat reveled in finally seeing them win a World Series in 2005.

Pat had many passions and talents that she shared with her children and grandchildren, including sewing, cooking, singing songs in French and her Irish heritage. She also loved to spend time in her garden, and when the seasons changed, Pat could be found spending more time indoors crocheting and knitting. Pat had a love for animals, especially her cat Dusty. She will be dearly missed by her children, family and all who had the honor of knowing and loving her.

She is survived by her three children, Frank (Sheila) Bilodeau of Aurora, Kathy (Ron) Worden of Maple Park and Rick (Robbie) Bilodeau of North Aurora; four grandchildren, Melissa Worden, Jeff Bilodeau, Ricky and Jessie Bilodeau; three great-grandchildren, Kayla, Katie and Gianna; two sisters, Frances McKay of Sarnia, Canada and Muriel Pinkos of Ontario, Canada; many more family, friends, and last but not least, her loving cat, Dusty.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alfred; one brother, John J. O’Shea; and her sister Jean Plaszynski.

A mass to celebrate her life will be held on Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, at 6 p.m. in the evening at Mooseheart in Batavia. Family and friends are welcome.

A memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Patricia Bilodeau Memorial” and mailed in care of PO Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com. Arrangements handled with care by Conley Funeral Home, Elburn, (630) 365-6414.

Robert ‘Bob’ Walz

Robert “Bob” Walz, 77, of Aurora, formerly of Elburn, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, at Provena Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora, following complications from diabetes.

He was born Sept. 2, 1931, the son of Harry and Elsie (Szebler) Walz in Aurora.

Bob grew up on the south side of Aurora and graduated in 1949 from Marmion Military Academy.

On June 2, 1973, Bob was united in marriage to Kathy Skow. They began their new life together by building a home in the Stillmeadows subdivision just outside of Elburn. In 2008, they celebrated 35 years of a wonderful life together.

Kathy met Bob while both were working at the Barber-Greene Company. Bob eventually retired after 26 years of service in 1985. Although officially retired from Barber-Greene, Bob wasn’t ready to stop working. He then worked for Furnas Electric in West Chicago before retiring once more and for the last time in 1994.

Bob enjoyed membership in many associations, including the Phoenix Club, Tiger Club, Barber-Greene Quarter Century Club and the EAA. In earlier years, both Bob and Kathy were active in the Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake. Later, when they downsized their home and moved to the Lora Lei Acres of Maywood in Aurora, they became active in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

Bob’s first priority and love in life was his family, but coming in a close second were golf and airplanes. He fulfilled his greatest dream when he actually took over the controls of a rebuilt B-17 Aluminum Overcast Bomber owned by the Experimental Aviation Association.

He now leaves his loving wife, Kathy; son, Keith (Jennifer) Walz; sister, Doris (George) Snyder; brother-in-law, Jerry (Jo Ann) Skow; niece, Jane Burns; three nephews, John (Amette) Snyder, Joe (Sandy) Snyder and Jason Skow; one very special cousin-in-law, Johnny Skow, and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents, mother-in-law and father-in-law, his niece, Julie Snyder, and nephew, Joel Skow, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was held from 9 to 10:30 a.m.,with a funeral celebrating his life following at 11 a.m., on Monday, Jan. 12, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 27 S. Edgelawn Dr. in Aurora. The Rev. Mindy Elliot and Rev. Pat Geisman, pastors of the church, officiated. Interment followed at Sugar Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit the American Diabetes Association, Shriners Hospitals For Children and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Checks may be made to the “ Robert Walz 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, at (630) 365-6414, or through www.conleycare.com

Don Byrd

Don Byrd, 71 of Elburn, formerly of Kaneville, died unexpectedly Dec. 23, 2008.

Don was born in Elgin, the youngest child of Eva and Preston Byrd.

Don attended Elgin High School and proudly relived his football days and records he set. He served in the U.S. Army, a Vietnam-era Veteran serving as a corporal.

Don married Denyse Foley at St. Mary’s Church in Maple Park. They raised their children in Kaneville, where they lived for almost 40 years.

Don was an avid outdoorsman, most happy when outdoors. He loved hunting, fishing, camping and gardening. Don converted many people into his organic gardening beliefs and taught organic gardening classes at Waubonsee Community College.

Don was also very proud of his German heritage and had happy memories of his maternal grandparents, George and Christine Funk. He was also close to his uncles who taught him to hunt and fish. Mechanically inclined and self-taught, he could fix any mechanical device and knew how it worked just by looking at it. If he could not find a tool, he invented one. Don worked at Fermilab in Batavia for 30 years, adding his ingenuity and creativity to many projects, including the Super Collider.

Don enjoyed his retirement, working on his many projects, including winemaking, gardening and woodworking.

Don is survived by his children, David (Rebecca) Byrd, their children, Michaela and Elena; Denyse (Gordon) Kuykendall, their children, Sabrina, Michela and Jake; Maret (Ron) Kocian, their children, Benjamin and Jessica; Delores (Dave) Carroccio and their son, Daniel, and Don’s youngest daughter, Laura Suzan Byrd.

Don is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Denyse; sister, Arlene Micklevitz, and infant daughter, Carolyn.

William (Jim) James Quinn

William (Jim) James Quinn, 57, finished his courageous four-year fight against cancer on Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, when he left this world for the peaceful respite prepared by his Lord and Savior. He was born Jan. 7, 1951, in Elmhurst, Ill., and current resident of Sugar Grove, Ill.

A devoted husband and father, Jim is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Gail (McConnell) Quinn and their six children, Callie (Brian) Matheny of Aurora, Megan (William) Haefner of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Jocelyn (Ronald) Reichert of Oswego, Ill., Lt. Ryan Quinn deployed to Afghanistan, Rory and Sean, both of Davenport, Iowa. He is the steadfast son of Donald Quinn of Montgomery; and three brothers, Robert (Eileen) Quinn of Downers Grove, Ill., Thomas (Denise) Quinn of St. Charles and Frederick (Joanne) Quinn of Avondale Estates, Ga. He is the adored “Daddy Papa” of eight grandchildren, Sophie, Charlotte, Cooper and Gavin Matheny, Fiona Haefner, and Evan, Avery and Chloe Reichert.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Charlotte (Bonnie) Quinn and his sister, Penelope.

Jim was a loyal employee of 35 years of Rockwell Automation, formerly Reliance Electric Co. He was a long-time member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Aurora, and a current member of St. Katharine Drexel Church of Sugar Grove.

Although Jim is no longer physically present, his legacy lives in the family he so dearly loved and the many lives he touched with his quiet confidence. Courage takes many forms, and in Jim’s case, it was reflected by his determination at the end of each day that said, “I’ll try again tomorrow.” No matter how long the odds, Jim took them, fighting always to get up and play with his grandchildren and give his family the time they needed to say their good-byes. His humility and strength of spirit are infused in his family, leaving the world a better place for generations to come.

Visitation was held Friday, Jan. 2, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, from 3 to 9 p.m. A funeral mass was Saturday, Jan. 3, at St. John Neumann Church, St. Charles. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to your choice of the American Cancer Society, Our Lady of Good Counsel Journey of Faith Campaign or St. Katharine Drexel Building Fund.

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

Carl A. Jacobson

Carl A. Jacobson, 79, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at Rush-Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.

He was born of Finnish ancestry and reared in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Carl left the “U.P.” and came to Illinois to find employment. There, he met his wife, Sue, and they enjoyed an exceptional 55 years of marriage.

Carl served his country during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952 and returned home to work for the U.S. Postal Service, where he was a mail carrier for 30 years. In his retirement, he joined Sue and a host of friends as they traveled the Lincoln Highway and promoted its history. Carl was currently the Illinois state treasurer of the Lincoln Highway Association.

His passion for ski jumping resulted in Carl being a U.S. and International ski official, and he judged many U.S. tournaments and international competitions. He also worked with the youth of Aurora, coaching baseball for 25 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Jake (Susan) Jacobson and their children, Sara, Samantha and Ben; one brother, Paul, and his wife; a niece and two nephews.

He now joins his parents, two uncles and an infant daughter and infant sister, who preceded him in death.

As per Carl’s request, there will be no funeral services. His body will be returned to his native U.P. home, and in the spring, private family committal services will be held at Nisula Cemetery, Nisula, Mich.

A memorial has been established in Carl’s name to benefit the Lincoln Highway Association and other favorite charities. Memorials in his name may be made to the Carl Jacobson Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Cards and memories may be forwarded to the family through the same address or e-mailed through his obituary at www.conleycare.com. For information, call Conley Funeral Home at (630) 365-6414.

Stanley Cady

H. Stanley Cady, 81, of Sycamore, passed away at his home surrounded by the love of his family on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008. He was born June 28, 1927, the son of Rev. H. Milton and Mabel (Marlow) Cady in Buckhorn, Ill.

Stanley grew up the son of a Methodist minister and attended several local schools throughout Illinois.

Following graduation from Carbondale High School in 1945, Stanley enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.

Upon returning to civilian life, Stanley eventually settled in DeKalb and worked for his brother at Goal Post Restaurant. Later, with his mother-in-law, he opened Maple Café in Maple Park before working for Northern Illinois Finance. He retired on his birthday from the National Bank and Trust of Sycamore after 23 years of dedicated service in June 1992

Stanley found a home for his heart in Roseann Keenan after only a few dates. Following a whirlwind Christmas courtship, they were united in marriage on Oct. 17, 1953. They began their new life together in Maple Park for a time until moving to Sycamore, where they have since made their home for the last 39 years.

Stanley was a longtime member of the American Legion of Maple Park.

Stanley was a simple man at heart. He was most happy surrounded by family and friends, especially when they were gathered around the table for Sunday dinners, whether they were at his home or at his favorite restaurant. When the sun was shining, you could find Stanley in the yard or on the road listening to his favorite big band music. Overall, he was a loving father and husband whose memory will never diminish, but become more golden as the generations pass.

He now leaves his loving wife of 55 years, Roseann of Sycamore; four children, Cindy Cady and her daughter Heather Lay, Kim (Randy Vaughn) Bower and their children Clara, Tim Jr. and Ryan, Patrick (Christine) Cady and their children Michael, Ashley and Zachary, and Kevin (Karen) Cady and their children Courtney, Trace, and Cole; two great-grandchildren, Lilyana and Ryan Jr.; two nephews, Fred (Millie) Cady Jr. and Fred Green; one niece, Marcia Jean (Dick) Tracy; several cousins and a special family of friends and neighbors.

He now joins his parents; one brother, Marshall (Eula) Cady, who died in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII; a brother, Fred (Elfrieda) Cady; sister, Eldora (Earl) Gree; and one nephew, Gordon Green, who preceded him in death.

Private family services were held Friday, Jan. 2, and were followed by a public celebration of life reception at his son Kevin’s office, Cady Heating and Cooling at 116 S. California St. in Sycamore, from 2 to 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit DeKalb County Hospice. Checks may be made to the “Stanley Cady 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.

Lulu Loshbough

            Lulu Loshbough, 95, of Elgin, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, at the Pine View Care Center in St. Charles. In the season of her Savior’s birth, Lulu was “called home for Christmas” to join her daughter, Judy Clauss and brothers, Edward and Richard Stepina. 

            She was born Feb. 26, 1913, in Chicago, the daughter of Frank and Edna (Spitz) Stepina. Lulu grew up in Chicago, and at age 15, began working at Progress Engraving to help support herself and her siblings. In later years, she was employed with the Sears company, where she proudly recalled learning to operate a computer. 

            On  July 27, 1935, Lulu was united in marriage to Raymond Loshbough in Cicero, Ill., and they made their home in Chicago. As the years passed, they lived in many different places and eventually Lulu settled herself in Medinah, Ill. Her fondest recollections were of “faith and family.”

            While living in Itasca, she was very active at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. Later, in Roselle, Ill., she took great pride in becoming a lector at Trinity Lutheran Church. More recent years brought her further west to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church near Plato Center. While making her home with her daughter Judy, Lulu made her “faith home” at St. Peter’s, where she continued to love teaching and being part of a growing church.
 
            A woman who found the secret to remaining young at heart, Lulu always enjoyed learning new things—including her enthusiasm for learning line dancing at 90-years-old. Though life was not a “rose garden,” Lulu learned to bloom where she was planted, and in her own words, “I just ask the Lord every morning to come into my heart and then I have joy all day.”

            She is survived by one son, Robert (Eileen) Loshbough of Vail, Ariz.; a son-in-law, Walter (the late Judy) Clauss of Plato Center, Ill.; four grandchildren and their families, Brian (Pat) Clauss of Elgin and their children, Natalie, Nathan and Clint; Sherry (Gordon) Gehrke of Maple Park, Bob (Joanne) Loshbough Jr. of Tucson, Ariz., and Rich (Jeannette) Loshbough of Elgin; three great grandchildren from Brian and Pat: Natalie (John) Seper, Nathan Campbell (Fianc`ee Kelly Riha) and Clint Clauss; two great-greatgrandchild from Natalie and John: Christopher and Ian Seper; three siblings, Frank (Mary) Stepina of Fla., Clarence Stepina of Ill. and Dorothy (Al) Simon of Fla.

            In addition to her parents and her husband, Raymond, she is preceded in death by their daughter, Judy Clauss; and her two brothers, Edward and Richard Stepina. 

            Her funeral service and visitation were combined on Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Plato Center, Ill. Friends called at visitation hours from 11 a.m. until 12:45 pm. The funeral service began at 1 p.m. and  concluded with committal services at Lily Lake Cemetery, Route 47, Lily Lake.

            A memorial has been established in Lulu’s name to benefit her church  as well as other favorite charities.  Memorials checks may be made to the  Lulu Loshbough 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. For information call (630) 365-6414 or 1-800-8-CONLEY.

Mary ‘Lou’ Smith

            Mary “Lou” Smith, 73, of Earlville, Ill., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008. She was born Aug. 30, 1935, in Oak Park, Ill., the daughter of the late Clarence and Mary Irmis.

            Lou is survived by her husband, Gerald Smith; sons, Perry (Lisa) Smith and Timothy (Laurie) Smith; five grandchildren; and sister, Linda Shaw.

            Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Sandra O’Day.

            Visitation was held Dec. 29, 2008, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Burial will take place in Stone Lake, Wis.

            Memorials may be made to the American Brittany Rescue-Lou Smith, c/o Deborah Lary, 114 Marlin Ct., Centryville, MD 21617 or the American Cancer Society, 143 First St., Batavia, IL 60510.

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

Josephine E. Weiland

            Josephine E. Weiland, 69, of Elburn, passed away unexpectedly at her home Friday morning, Dec. 19, 2008.

            Wife of LaVerne Weiland, 32 years in partnership with William Hanson of Hanson Excavating, Josephine was diagnosed with kidney cancer in September and had battled courageously through surgery and long weeks of treatment. Hospitalized recently, she returned home Thursday evening, anticipating the comfort of hospice care and family time. Called instead to Heaven for the holidays, she claims now the promise of her Savior and the hope of her faithful prayers.

            She was born Jan. 27, 1939, in Aurora, the daughter of William and Anna (Medernach) Hanson. Josephine attended S.S. Peter and Paul Grade School and went on to graduate from Maple Park  High School with the class of 1957.

            She met LaVerne Weiland in 1956 at a Little 8 tournament at Genoa High School. LaVerne remembers fondly how his best friend (and Josephine’s cousin), LeRoy Probst, introduced them. It was love at first sight that night, and on Oct. 26, 1957, they were wed at S.S. Peter and Paul Church, Virgil.

            They first made their home in West Chicago in an upstairs apartment at Bill and Arlene Patterman’s. Five years later, they moved to Virgil, and through the ensuing years, moved from farm to farm until La-Verne built his bride their first home on Main Street Road. In 1972, they built the present family home on Green Road.

            Josephine worked briefly at Furnas Electric in Batavia until Daniel was born, and three little girls followed thereafter. Josephine had a busy life she loved as the children grew. As grandchildren began to arrive, life only got better. When she wasn’t babysitting, she was always ready to “get her purse and go to the casino” with a friend. She and LaVerne enjoyed several trips to Hawaii and Jamaica, among other destinations.    Still, there was no place like home for Josephine. She was especially fond of the many house plants she raised there to adorn her beautiful home.

            In addition to her husband, LaVerne, she is survived by four children, Daniel (Karen Feltes) Weiland of Elburn, Laura (William) Larson of Cortland, Brenda (James) Barsic and Valerie (Chad) Boughton, both of Elburn; nine grandchildren, Daniel and Karen’s: Craig Weiland of Seattle, Wash., Matthew Weiland and Michelle Weiland, both of Elburn; Brenda and James’: Kelsey Barsic, Kaitlyn Barsic and Kaley Barsic, all of Elburn; Valerie and Chad’s: Drake Boughton, Siara Boughton and Logan Boughton, all of Elburn; two brothers, Bill (Dorothy) Hanson of Elburn and Anthony Hanson of DeSoto, Wis.,; four sisters, Margaret (Floyd) Worden of McFarland, Wis., Mary Ann (Ron) Pondelick of Maple Park, Patricia (Edward) Sak of Maple Park, Linda (William “Bill”) Dittman of Aurora; several brother and sister-in-laws, her late sister’s husband, Ted (Margaret) Seed of Earl-ville, Ill., LaVerne’s siblings, John (Alice) Weiland of Aurora, Arlene (William) Pattermann of Hilbert, Wis., James (Clareen) Weiland of Lodi, Wis., Leonard (Judy) Weiland of Apple River, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.

            In addition, she leaves among many good friends two very special friends, Marvin and Janet Romanski of Malta, Ill.

            In addition to her parents, William and Anna Hanson, she is preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Seed, as well as her mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Martha Weiland.

            Her visitation was held Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, from 2 to 8 p.m., with a liturgical wake service held at 7:30 p.m.

            Her funeral mass was celebrated Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Gall Church, Elburn. The service was webcast live at www.conleycare.com and available thereafter as on-demand video. Immediately prior to mass, prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Conley Funeral Home.

            A memorial has been established in Josephine’s name to benefit masses, St. Galls, as well as other favorite charities.  Memorial checks may be made to the Josephine Weiland 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. For information, call Conley Funeral Home at (630) 365-6414 or 1-800-8-CONLEY.