Category Archives: Obituaries

Russell W. Stewart

Russell W. Stewart, 66, of Sugar Grove, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014, at The Tillers in Oswego, Ill.

He was born June 27, 1947, in Chicago, the son of the late Henry and Evelyn Stewart.

Russ worked for Honeywell for more than 30 years. Besides being very handy and being able to fix almost anything, he was a very dedicated husband and father. Russ worked very hard to support his family, sometimes holding three jobs. He loved sailing, wind surfing and travelling, as well as taking road trips.

Russ is survived by his wife, Denise, of Sugar Grove; son, Wayne Stewart, of Elmhurst, Ill.; daughter, Monica Stewart, of Henderson, Nev.; siblings, Blondina (Cholo) Ruiz of Waukegan, Ill., Della (Juan) Ruiz of Chicago, Edward (Betty) Stewart of Yuma, Ariz., Barbara (Keith) Jauch of Wonder Lake, Ill., and Sonny Stewart, of Lake Geneva, Wis.; father in law, Denis Bielick; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, sisters- and brothers-in-law.

In addition to his parents, Russ was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Joan Bielick.

Visitation was held Tuesday at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. The funeral service was held on Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org/donate).

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

Esther Leverenz

Esther Leverenz passed away Dec. 3, 2013. Her family invites those who knew and loved Esther to a burial of her cremated remains at Blackberry Township Cemetery on Saturday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, call Conley Funeral Home at (630) 365-6414.

William K. Marlatt

William K. Marlatt, 88, of Sugar Grove, passed away on Monday, April 7, at Asbury Gardens in North Aurora. He was born Sept. 27, 1925, in Steger, Ill., the son of the late Chalmer and Mable (Unger) Marlatt.

He served in the Navy as a pilot after graduating from Thornton High School in 1942. He married Ruth Cashion in 1946. Bill graduated from the University of Illinois in 1951 with a degree in civil engineering, and was employed by Stephens-Adamson in Aurora for over 30 years, retiring in 1987.

Bill is survived by his son, Rob (Jeanette) Marlatt of Sugar Grove; his daughter, Shawn (Fredrick) Harms of Sugar Grove; his five grandchildren, Danielle Harms, Karyn Harms Williams (Ian), Kyle Harms, Stephanie Marlatt and Bethany Marlatt; and his many other family and friends.

In addition to his parents and brother, Robert, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth C. Marlatt, in 2006.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 11, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will take place at Sugar Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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

Peter Mezei

Peter Mezei passed away March 7 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Peter was born in Austria and moved to Chicago as a child. His family moved to the Elburn area in 1966. He was a 1968 graduate of Kaneland, where he not only played in the school band, but was also a member of two rock bands: Infiniti and Threads of Dawn.
After graduating, Pete joined the Marine Corps and fought in Vietnam, where he received a Purple Heart award.
He wore many hats in his career, including creative light technician at Pheasant Run, a stint filming with the Chicago Bulls cheerleaders, and many years as a graphic arts designer.
Pete moved to Arizona later in life, where he loved searching for the Lost Dutchman Mine in the Superstition Mountains. He was known to catch rattlesnakes and scorpions and sell them to vendors.
His other hobbies included classical music, mirror etching and writing poetry. Drawing was also one of his passions.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alex, in 1995.
He leaves behind his mother, Emily; his sister, Viola; and his nephew, Jason; all of Tucson, Ariz.
Peter’s creativity, laughter and friendship will be sorely missed by those who were fortunate enough to know him.

Angela M. ‘Angie’ Lexa

Angela M. “Angie” Lexa, 84, of Sycamore, formerly of Elburn and Virgil areas, past owner of The Kountry Kettle, passed away at her home, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, on Friday, March 21, 2014.

She was born Jan. 29, 1930, the daughter of Nicholas and Katherine Schramer.

Angie grew up in Virgil, helped with chores on the family farm and attended local schools. Later she attended beauty school. Her studies kept her busy, but not too busy to be courted by William L. “Bill” Brummel.

They were soon married at S. S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church on May 20, 1950. Bill and Angie made their home in Virgil, where Angie worked as a hairdresser out of her home. Their family began to grow and eventually filled the house with 10 children and thousands of memories.

After Bill’s passing in 1967, Angie continued waitressing for a time before the family moved to Mooseheart in August of 1967. Angie never shied away from work and began working in the kitchens of Mooseheart. While there she met Zdenek “Dennis” Lexa, who had three children of his own and were also residents of Mooseheart. Dennis proposed on their second date and they were married six months later on April 11, 1970. The family grew by two more soon thereafter for a total of 15 children.

Angie may have started her cooking career in the kitchens of Mooseheart, but she stood on her own when she started a catering company she ran out of her kitchen in 1975. Six years later, she and Dennis purchased the Elburn Kountry Kettle in 1981. The business would stay in the family when it was bought by her daughter, Mary, in 1996. Angie left the kitchen in 2002 to focus on her “grandma duties.”

Angie and Dennis, and their “blended” family, made their home in Lily Lake. Later, in 1990, they moved to Elburn. Following Dennis’ passing in 2002, Angie moved to Sycamore, where she continued to make memories with each new generation of grandchildren.

Angie was a lifetime member of S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.

Angie had a big and loving heart, but as all 15 children can attest to, she had an even bigger “wooden” spoon, which helped keep everyone in line and the house in order. When the grandchildren came into the picture, the spoon disappeared because, in grandma’s eyes, they could do no wrong.

Making daily meals for such a crowd was no mean feat, but that was nothing when it came to the holidays. Two turkeys and a ham were commonplace, but one year it was a 44-pound bird that took the cake. Putting bricks in the oven to lower the shelves just didn’t do the trick, so they had to cut the turkey in half and cook it in two pots, much to Angie’s chagrin.

Her hospitality at the restaurant was legendary, but it was born in her home. Visitors would have a plate of food in hand before they even had a chance to sit down. With a house always full with kids, grandkids, friends and neighbors, it wasn’t unusual for Angie to keep up with five conversations at once.

As well as Angie did in the kitchen, she failed miserably in the garden. Her “black thumb” was the ruin of many a plant, and even rumored to have killed off a plastic one. The same could be said for her sewing abilities. What normally could be done with needle and thread, Angie accomplished with a stapler, some glue and dogged determination.

Angie was one of a kind who lived a one-of-a-kind life. She was often heard to say,”You gotta do what you gotta do when you gotta do it and forget the rest.” She did it her way, one day at a time, filling each precious hour with love, laughter and memories. She will forever be missed but never forgotten.

She is survived by her 14 children, Bill (Pat) Brummel, Allan Brummel, Karen (Stan) Sikorski, Rick Brummel, Dave (Debbie) Brummel, Sharon (Don) Hart, Ken (Marsha) Brummel, Steve Brummel, Jim Lexa, Mary Whitney, Tom (Myla) Lexa, Julie Brummel, Dennis (Barb Parrish) Lexa and Michelle (Pat) White; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; three siblings, Marion Umbdenstock, Clara Schmitt and Joseph (Mary Ann) Schramer; several nieces and nephews, and a countryside of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, William Brummel and Dennis Lexa; son, John Lexa; son-in-law, Tom Whitney; four brothers, Nicholas, Fritz (Sue), Matt (Loretta) and Leonard (Mary) Schramer; two sisters, Barbara (Patrick) Hahn and Catherine “Katie” Schramer; and two brothers-in-law, Chuck Schmitt and Maurice Umbdenstock.

Visitation was held on Monday at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn. A mass to celebrate her faith was held Tuesday at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Virgil. Fr. Perfecto Vasquez, pastor of the church, officiated; interment followed at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery, Virgil.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit Angie’s favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Angela Lexa Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com, where you can also find her full-life story.

Clarence Robert ‘Tres’ Janecek III

Clarence Robert “Tres” Janecek III, 45, died tragically as a victim of an accident in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 11, 2014, near DeKalb.

Tres was born to life on Dec. 13, 1968, the son of Clarence and Darlene Janecek. Tres grew up in Clarendon Hills, Ill., where he attended local schools, graduating with the Kaneland High School class of 1987.

In his younger years, Tres was a child who loved any kind of outdoor sport. He enjoyed water skiing, snowmobiling, snow skiing and boating. He loved playing little league baseball and football. The Pittsburgh Steelers was a family favorite as his grandfather, Clarence Janacek Sr., was on the team’s roster in the 1930s.

Watching NASCAR on TV was a fond pastime of Tres. His favorite memories were of trips to the cabin in Cable, Wis., and rolling skating with his family.

Tres was united in marriage to Jori Blackwell in 1992, and they welcomed home a son Clarence Robert, also known as C.R., and settled into a home Tres built in St. Charles. He was lucky in love a second time when he met and married Angela Langenour in 2001. Tres and Angela were blessed with a daughter, Caliee Jo, that same year. Eventually, Tres and Angela went their separate ways, but the love he had for his children never changed.

Tres put his strong hands to work as a carpenter. He worked for many years as a self-employed carpentry contractor. He owned his own company called T’s Construction. There was no job that was too big or small for Tres; he took on any job that came his way.

Tres was a proud member of the Lincoln Highway 4-H club for many years.

Tres was a fan of all different genres of music, but his favorite was country. He loved to turn up the radio and belt out a tune when the time was right, but especially when it was Waylon Jennings or if he was in a rock and roll kind of mood with Boston or Foreigner.

He was a man who loved to laugh, enjoying comedy shows featuring Ron White, Larry The Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy. His favorite movies, hands down, were Caddyshack and Airplane! He had a strong handshake but an even bigger heart. Tres also liked to travel and made many memories as the miles ticked by to destinations such as Cancun and Acapulco Mexico, as well as Texas and Missouri.

Tres is survived by his parents, Clarence and Darlene Janecek; his children, Clarence Robert (C.R.) and Caliee Jo Janecek; two brothers, Todd Janacek, and Ted (Ann) Janacek and their children, Emily, Marisa and Brandon; many cousins and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Clarence and Marie Janecek; and maternal grandparents, George and Josephine Nemec.

Arrangements will include a memorial visitation from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, with a service to follow at 5 p.m., all at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Private family burial will follow cremation at a later date.

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

William ‘Bill’ E. Snow

William “Bill” E. Snow, 84, of Maple Park, formerly of Geneva, passed away at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

He was born July 27, 1929, in Geneva, the son of William H. and Florence (Muelhfelt) Snow.

Bill grew up in Geneva and attended local schools. He learned his strong work ethic early as he helped both his parents on the family farm.

When he was grown, Bill continued to farm and purchased 80 acres in Geneva. He eventually spent over 25 years as a heavy equipment operator but returned to the fields of his youth before selling those acres and purchasing farms in both Kane and DeKalb counties. He also bought an old farm in Maple Park that once was an “airport” boasting of a grassy landing area. His proudest achievement was his home farm on Beith Road.

Although he never married, Bill surrounded himself with family and friends, making sure that they all had a place to kick back, relax and have a lot of fun in Marcell, Minn., where he bought a “compound.” Ten years of fun left its mark before selling it, but not before thousands of memories were made. His next “compound” was a six-mile journey up the Fox River in St. Charles, where Bill continued to provide for his family and friends at every opportunity.

Bill was a former member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, St. Charles, Lodge 1368, Chapter 512. He also was a retired member of the Local No. 150 Operators Union, Kane Farm Bureau and the Kane County Corn Growers.

Bill was a hardworking man who was proud of his spotless farm tractors that gleamed the green and yellow of John Deere. Retirement was a dirty word to Bill. He never stopped and could outwork men half his age without breaking a sweat or taking a break. Even now, Bill is tending the fields of the Lord, putting the angels to shame and telling them how to do it right. His plowed rows may blow away, but his memory will forever stay in the hearts and minds of his family and friends.

One half-sister, Marian Heiser; a brother, DeWitt (Angie) Snow; many nieces, nephews and countryside of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Florence Snow; one sister, Blanche Fender; and one half-brother-in law, Don Heiser.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate his life will take place Friday, March 14, at 10 a.m., with a visitation from 9 to 10 a.m., also at the funeral home. Fr. Tim Seigel, pastor of St. Gall’s Catholic Church, will officiate, with interment to follow at Union Cemetery in St. Charles.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to a children’s charity of your choice. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to two people who were both Bill’s “right hand”: Buck, who was Bill’s trusted farmhand and helped keep the farms running right; and Roger Biddle, who in later years became Bill’s best friend and was instrumental in his care.

Sandra ‘Sandy’ M. Busby

Sandra “Sandy” M. Busby, nee Johnson, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love and prayers of her family in the early morning hours of Monday, March 3, 2014.

She was born Nov. 19, 1942, in Sycamore, the daughter of Martin and Metta (Larsen) Johnson.

Sandy attended Maple Park Grade School and graduated from Kaneland High School.

She was united in marriage to Jerry N. Busby, on June 5, 1960. Together they filled 53 years with as much love and memories as anyone possibly could. She was a loving wife, mother, and later the best grandmother to seven grandchildren.

She loved baking cookies, making crafts, and celebrated the holidays like no other. Outside of the home, she dedicated time to Relay for Life, Coaches vs. Cancer and Daffodil Days for the American Cancer Society. She loved basketball and attended most DeKalb High School boys and girls games, along with the NIU guys and gals games. She cheered loud and often, but never was there a better “cheerleader” than when her husband Jerry played “town team ball,” law enforcement ball, and later on the 65-year-and-older team. Sandy had a heart with room enough for everyone and was a great caregiver for her grandmother, mother, husband, grandson, uncles, aunts and many friends.

Sandy worked at the DeKalb School District as a teacher’s aide after her children started school. She also was a drive-up supervisor at First National Bank in DeKalb. Sandy worked at Creative Calligraphy before retiring in 2001.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of DeKalb.

Sandy and her husband, and grandson’s Jimmer and Michael, started Fort Willow Creek in Paw Paw, Ill., which became a playground that gave them thousands of memories and many happy happy years.

She is survived by her loving husband and best friend, Jerry; her son, Fred; daughter, Yvonne; dear friend Kelli Liebl and her son, Brice of DeKalb; six grandchildren, Michael, John, Brice, Jennifer, Emily and Amy.

She is also survived by two sisters, Jane and Barbara, both of Maple Park; one aunt, Madonna Larsen Wise of Colorado; a niece; several nephews and cousins; as well as a countryside of friends who will never forget her.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Metta; grandparents; one grandson, James Edward “Jimmer” Busby; a niece; great-niece; nephew; and several aunts and uncles.

Following cremation, the family will host a memorial service at a later date.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit both the American Cancer Society and DeKalb County Hospice. Checks may be made to the “Sandra Busby 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.

Alfred L. Larsen

Alfred L. Larsen, 88, of Tampa, Fla., formerly of Maple Park, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. After 30 years, he is finally reunited with the love of his life, Betty, who has been patiently waiting to spend the rest of eternity in his arms.

He was born Oct. 31, 1925, in Sycamore, the son of Nels and Hansine (Olesen) Larsen.

Alfred grew up just outside Maple Park and attended local schools.

Before long, Alfred answered the call of his country, enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. Following his honorable discharge on May 22, 1946, Alfred returned to civilian life and found his heart had been stolen by Betty Hill. Following a whirlwind courtship, they were united in marriage on Nov. 1, 1946, and settled in Maple Park.

Alfred worked local farms for a time before entering the foundry business. For the next many years, he worked at the Maple Park Foundry before retiring after a 30-year career at the Batavia Foundry and Machine Company.

Alfred was a lifelong resident of Maple Park, continuing to live on Summer Street after Betty passed away in 1984. In 2001, Alfred followed his son to Tampa, where he enjoyed the sunshine and sunset years of his life.

Alfred was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church and proud lifetime member of the Maple Park American Legion Post 312.

Alfred was a loving father and grandfather who enjoyed the outdoors. He loved to go hunting for pheasants and rabbits on local farms, often taking along his sons. But when it came to fishing for northern, Clam Lake in Wisconsin was his favorite destination.

In his early years, as soon as spring hit, Alfred hit the links as part of the Maple Park Golf Association he joined in 1973. He also coached and was past president of the Maple Park Baseball Program for several years. Aside from Harry Caray, Alfred was the Chicago Cubs’ No. 1 fan, and he proved it, cheering on his Cubbies nearly every inning of every game.

He is survived by children, Joel (Veronica) Larsen and Daniel Larsen, both of Tampa; two grandsons, Mark Larsen of Tampa, and David (Keri) Larsen and their children, Violet and Ivy, of Tampa; one sister-in-law, Madonna Wise of Colorado; many nieces, nephews and a community of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Nels and Hansine Larsen; three sisters, Marion, Metta and Loretta; three brothers, Claude, Edward and Robert Larsen.

Visitation was held Tuesday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate his life was held Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home. Rev. Eun Young Ko, pastor of the church, officiated. Interment followed at Gardner Cemetery, Maple Park.

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

Mary L. Whildin

Mary L. Whildin, 96 of Aurora, passed away Feb. 22, 2014, at Jennings Terrace after each member of her family was able to see her one last time and say goodbye.

Mary was born Jan. 8, 1918, on the family farm near Maple Park, the daughter of Eben and Edith (Reed) Rowe.

Mary graduated from Kaneville High School in 1935 and then attended Northern Illinois University, where she received her teacher’s certificate. In the early years she taught in a one-room schoolhouse, and later taught throughout the Kaneland School District.

She was united in marriage to Wayne Whildin on Nov. 22, 1939. They made their home in Big Rock until 1945 and then moved to Wheeler Road in Sugar Grove, where they farmed until retiring to the west side of Aurora in 1972.

After her husband’s death in 1980, Mary remained very active. She enjoyed reading, volunteering at Copley Hospital, playing bridge, membership in the Aurora Women’s Club, traveling with friends and spending time with her family. She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Aurora for 40 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; her parents, Eben and Edith Rowe; along with her brother, John Rowe.

She is survived by one son, John (Linda) Whildin of Elburn; three grandchildren, Brandon (Susan) Whildin of Elburn, Courtney (Darren) Lackey of Geneva and Michael Whildin of Elburn; along with six great-grandchildren, Ian, Aidan and Evan Whildin, and Grant, Macey and Reese Lackey.

Visitation was held Wednesday at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. Funeral services will take place on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 10:30 a.m. at The Healy Chapel.

Private interment will take place at West Big Rock Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to First Baptist Church in Aurora.

Lois McLaughlin

Lois McLaughlin, 83, of St. Charles, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. She was born April 3, 1930, in St. Charles, to Roy and Victoria Osborne.

For over 17 years, she was a teacher assistant and lunch room attendant at Richmond School in St. Charles. She was a great baker, enjoyed her woodworking and gardening with her husband.

Mrs. McLaughlin is survived by her husband of 62 years, James; three children, Robert (Jan) of North Aurora, Diane (Mark) Duncan of St. Charles, and Donna Town of Elburn; two grandchildren, Ryan (Melissa) Duncan and Daniel Duncan; two step-grandchildren, Matthew (Cherie) Binzen and Michelle Jongewaard; five great-grandchildren; and a nephew, Rodney (Laura) Osborne.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Robert and Donald Osborne; and son-in-law, David Town.

Memorial service was held Tuesday at Yurs Funeral Home in St. Charles. Interment will be private at Union Cemetery, St. Charles. Memorial visitation was also held Tuesday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Parkinson Foundation or Arthritis Foundation.

To leave an online condolence or remembrance to the family, visit www.yursfuneralhomes.com. For more information, call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles, (630) 584-0060 or “like” it on Facebook.

Richard ‘Dick’ Samuelson

Richard “Dick” Samuelson, 58, of Yorkville, formerly of Sugar Grove, passed away suddenly Saturday evening, Feb. 15, 2014.

Dick was born Feb. 21, 1955, in Geneva, the son of Emanuel and Elizabeth (Hulseberg) Samuelson.

Dick grew up in Elburn and attended local schools. He graduated from Kaneland High School in 1973 after four straight years on stage with the drama club.

Dick followed up his high school education at both Waubonsee Community College and the University of Wisconsin Banking School. In addition to an Associates Degree in banking from Waubonsee, Dick earned an advanced degree in banking from the University of Illinois and University of Wisconsin.

Dick began working in the banking industry in high school with Kane County Bank & Trust, before starting a career at Merchants Bank in Aurora. He returned to work at Merchants for many years before becoming chairman of the board, president and CEO of Benchmark Bank, eventually adding branches in St. Charles and Aurora, where he concluded his banking career.

Although he lived in different locations over the years, he spent the most time calling Sugar Grove home. Most recently he moved to Yorkville in 2012.

Dick was a very active member of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, eventually becoming a Big Brother himself. He was certified in Kane County to take foster children into his home, giving them the love and support they sorely needed. Dick also was a board member and past president of Family Counseling in Aurora. In addition, Dick also served many years on the Kaneland School Board, where he was also past president.

Dick was a man with a very big heart, helping many people throughout his lifetime. He enjoyed working in the yard, riding the tractor and cultivating his herb garden. Those herbs transformed his kitchen into another world full of wonderful smells and delicious treats, which were always shared with family and friends.

Dick was chosen as one of the “Fab Forty” during Waubonsee Community College’s 40th anniversary. Dick was “the biggest Disney fan ever,” boasting a huge collection of Disney memorabilia that spanned decades.

He is survived by his sons, Michael Samuelson and Matthew Adragna; two siblings, Terry (Terri) Samuelson and Shirley Easley; and many nieces and nephews, including Jeremy (Lindsay) Samuelson and their son, Jaxson, Ryan (Colleen) Samuelson and their daughters, Samantha, Lilliana and Sloan, Adam (Jennifer) Samuelson, Jonathan Easley and Daniel (Shana) Easley, Jared Davis, Joshua Blatner and Kelly Humiston and her children, Graelyn and Isaac.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Emanuel and Elizabeth Samuelson; and one sister, Verdell Blatner.

A memorial visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memorial service to celebrate his life will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, at Community Congregational Church of Elburn, 100 E. Shannon St., Elburn. Private family interment will follow the service at a later date.

John A. Wold

John A. Wold, 80, passed away on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, free at last from Alzheimer’s disease, which he suffered from for many years.

John was an educator, businessman, Bears fan, coach, wonderful father and husband. His love of community led him to be involved in various functions, including a position on the Citizens Utility Board in Chicago, and a run for mayor in Yorkville.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Arlene; children Phillip (Martha) and Elizabeth; step-children, Don and Paula Davids, Marcia and Mike Thibault, Mike and Mary Davids and Marty and Cindy Davids; two grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

Survivors also include his brother, Tom (Imogene); sister, Margaret Harrison; and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves a special aunt, Eunie Ross; and nephew, Joe Wold of Naples, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Joe and Marie Wold; and brother, Joe Wold.

Having donated his body to science, John was cremated.

His memorial service will take place on Sunday, March 9, at the English Congregational United Church of Christ (ECUCC) in Big Rock. Visitation will take place at 3 p.m., with a service at 4:30 p.m. and a light supper afterward.

Memorials may be sent to ECUCC Music Dept. or Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, D.C.

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Hubertino ‘Tino’ Garcia

Hubertino “Tino” Garcia was born on Sept. 18, 1964, in Las Jicamas, Mexico, and died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was loved immensely by his wife, two children, immediate and extended family, co-workers and friends.

Tino grew up on the ranch in Las Jicamas, Mexico, where he learned to love the land and animals on it. Tino served in the Mexican Army prior to arriving in the US. Tino came to the United States in the 1980s.

On June 17, 1995, Tino married his soulmate Mary. On April 4, 1997, they were blessed with their first child, Murphy Rose. On Oct. 6, 1998, they were blessed with their second child, Benjamin Cruz.

A few years later, Tino and Mary built their dream home in Elburn. Tino continued to build his dream while working full time as an HVAC specialist and running his own landscape business, Family Lawn and Garden Care.

In September 2003, Tino became a U.S. citizen.

Tino was extremely hard-working, loving, caring, comical and a happy man. He loved his family, work, music, food and the great outdoors. But most importantly, he loved helping and making people happy.

Tino enjoyed fixing cars, collecting just about anything, fishing, cooking, playing his guitar, making jewelry and other crafts. Tino was always cracking jokes, teasing and trying to put a smile on someone’s face. When he was working, Tino wanted his clients, residents and co-workers to be happy and comfortable. Tino would go out at any time, day or night, to help someone who was having a problem with a car, furnace, air conditioner or any other emergency. He always put others before himself.

Tino was extremely proud of his family, accomplishments and Mexican heritage. He loved sharing stories and everything about his culture.

Although his family have lost someone so special and dear in their lives, he will always be living in their memory and hearts. Never shall they ever forget how Tino touched this Darth with his loving hands.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Murphy; son, Benji; mother, Emperatriz; father, Javier; sisters, Ana and Laura; brothers, Javier, Fernando, Juan de Dios, Guadalupe, Cruz and Hugo; niece, Fernanda; nephews, Christopher and Victor; and an infinite many more.

Visitation will take place on Friday, Feb. 14, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Yurs Funeral Home, 1771 W. State St., Geneva. Funeral service will take place at St. Galls Catholic Church, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn, on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 12:30 p.m. Interment will be at Blackberry Cemetery, Route 47 and Keslinger Road, Elburn.

To leave an online condolence or remembrance to the family, visit the obituary page at www.yursfuneralhomes.com. For more information, call Yurs Funeral Home of Geneva at (630) 232-7337 or “like” it on Facebook.

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Edward Neal ‘Tip’ Cooper

Edward Neal “Tip” Cooper, 80, of Aurora, passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. He was born Nov. 22, 1933, in Kincaid, Ill., the son of the late Muncie Elbert and Amy Eileen (Green) Cooper.

Tip served in the U.S. Army Infantry during the Korean War and was a member of AmVets. He enjoyed fishing, working in his garden and spending time with his family. Tip retired from Layne-Western after over 35 years of service. He was a member of Local 150 IUOE for over 50 years.

Survivors include his sons, Thomas E. Cooper and Jack (Karen) Cooper; grandchildren, Christopher Cooper, Tracy Cooper, Alexandra Jenkins and Jenna (Dan) Parrot; great-grandson, Caleb; last surviving brother, Glen E. Cooper of Cape Coral, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Ray, M.E., Jerry, Don and Bill Cooper; and a granddaughter, Sara Cooper.

Visitation was held Wednesday at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. Funeral services will take place on Thursday, Jan. 30, at The Healy Chapel. Interment will take place at Kaneville Cemetery.

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

Debra Ziomek

Debra Ziomek, nee Szczepaniak, loving wife and mother, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at the age of 53. Debbie passed peacefully after a nearly 11-year battle with kidney cancer.

Debbie, who most recently resided in Montgomery, was a longtime resident of the village of Woodridge, Ill., and parishioner of St. Scholastica Parish in Woodridge. She was a dedicated member of the church’s Catholic Council of Women and spent many years as a part of the area’s Girl Scout program. Debbie worked 34 years at Fermilab in Batavia as an administrative assistant.

Debbie is preceded in death by her parents, Jerome and Emily Szczepaniak; and brother, Michael Szczepaniak.

She was a loving woman survived by her husband of 31 years, Michael Ziomek; her daughter, Stephanie (John) Beery; her grandsons, Isaac and Jackson; her brothers, Raymond Szczepaniak and Gerard Szczepaniak; her sisters, Lynn (Rick) Passarelli and Laurie (Don) Fosen; and her beloved nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Tuesday at The Healy Chapel, Sugar Grove. A funeral Mass was held Wednesday at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Sugar Grove. Interment will take place at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to The American Cancer Society or Seasons Hospice Foundation.

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

Leonard Dave Jump

Leonard Dave Jump, 67 of Bellevue, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, under the care of Hospice of Dubuque.

Leonard is survived by his wife of 45 years, Susan (Nowak) Jump; children, Victoria Pertiet of Batavia, Deborah Jump of Sandwich, Ill., and Cynthia Jump of Tinley Park Ill.; his brothers, William Jump (Peggy) of Aurora and Lee Jump of North Aurora; and his sister, Katherine Heiman (Ronald) of North Aurora.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dave and Margaret (Smith) Jump; his brother, Nicholas Jump (Orva); and sister, Frances Mills (Harold).

Leonard was born in Aurora and grew up in Kaneville. He graduated Kaneland High School in 1964 and began his career at Faskure/Aurora Metals/Borden Chemical. He started out working on the shop floor, and over the course of his 36-year career, worked his way up to Plant Superintendent, responsible for two factories.

He married in 1968 and lived in Elburn prior to settling in Yorkville, where he remained until his retirement in 2000, when he and his wife moved to Bellevue, Iowa, to be close to the Mississippi River. He spent his retirement fishing the river he loved and spending time with friends and family.

His proudest accomplishment was raising three wonderful daughters.

Family and friends are invited to join in a day of remembrance to be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Horizon Hall, 970 N. Riverview Drive, Bellevue, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to The American Diabetes Association or The Wounded Warrior Project.

Walter ‘Wally’ Phillips Jr.

Walter “Wally” Phillips Jr., 69, of St. Charles, passed away unexpectedly at home on Jan. 26, 2014.
He was born Feb. 10, 1944, in Aurora, the son of Walter Sr. and Marie (Heyob) Phillips.
Wally grew up in Elburn and attended local schools. He graduated from Kaneland High School with the class of 1962 and continued his education at Aurora College for a time.
Wally and Joyce E. Warren had a whirlwind courtship that brought them to the altar on Oct. 14, 1966, at St. Gall Catholic Church.
They began their new life together in Elburn for a time, where they welcomed home a daughter, Janice. They moved to Lily Lake and were blessed with a son, Michael, who made their family complete. They eventually settled in St. Charles for the next 39 years.
Wally worked for St. Charles Kitchens as a draftsman for several years before finding work with Spaulding Composites in DeKalb. He retired in 1998.
Wally was a past member of St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn.
As a young adult, Wally helped his uncle on his dairy farm and mow lawns. Wally fell for his favorite pastime hook, line and sinker. An avid fisherman, Wally was a regular at Blue Lake Resort in Minocqua, Wis., as well as Lake Delavan in Lake Geneva, Wis. When he wasn’t on the lake, he was a talker and loved to receive and pass on the latest information with friends and neighbors. If you needed help with anything, you couldn’t find a better or more loyal friend than Wally.
He is survived by his two children, Janice (Dale) Diehl of Maple Park and Michael (Christy) Phillips of Elburn; four grandchildren, Gregory (Caitlin Singer) Diehl, Matthew Diehl, Jaclyn (Joshua) Mancilla and their son, Andrew, and Christopher Phillips; four siblings, Rose Marie Newcomb, Laura Sheehan, Gerald (Judy) Phillips and Raymond (Susan) Phillips; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents Walter and Marie Phillips.

Visitation will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with a memorial service to follow at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 31, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn.

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

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Paul James Heyob

Paul James Heyob, 51, of Shelbyville, Ill., formerly of Elburn, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at the Sullivan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Sullivan, Ill.

In keeping with Paul’s wishes, there will be no services. Arrangements are by Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Send condolences to www.howeandyockey.com

Paul was born on Aug. 17, 1962, in Sycamore, the son of Anthony and Jean Turk Heyob. He graduated from Kaneland High School in Maple Park with the Class of 1980.

He married Judy Whetzel on June 9, 2001. Paul and his wife, Judy, owned and operated The Angler Bait Shop at Coon Creek Campground from 2006 to 2013. Paul was also a former employee at the Ace Hardware Store in Shelbyville. Paul was a member of the Shelbyville Moose Lodge and the Shelby Sports Club. He loved fishing, boating, and hanging out with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Judy; brothers and sisters, David Heyob of Maple Park, Susan Stanley and husband Charles of DeKalb, Karen Signorella and husband Michael of Maple Park, Sandra Luhtala and husband Thomas of Oshkosh, Wis., Patricia Hjelmberg and husband Vern of Sycamore, Michael Heyob and wife Chris of Maple Park, Charlie Heyob and girlfriend Amy of Maple Park, Kevin Heyob and wife Laura of Kirkland, Ill., and Cindy Heyob of DeKalb; daughter, Nikki (Heyob) Schmidt and husband Will of DeKalb; step-daughter, Nicole Enck and fiancee Troy of Balsam Lake, Wis.; grandchildren, Wyatt and Dane Schmidt, and Tyler and Dylan Jones; father-in-law, Fred Whetzel and wife Amy of Shelbyville; mother-in-law, Pam Jahns and husband Dick of Oregon, Ill.; brothers-in-law, Monty Jahns and wife Chris of Sugar Grove, and Richard Jahns of Cortland; sisters-in-law, Anna Mainhart and husband Tom of Elburn, and Dawn Griswold and husband Phil of Dixon, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews, including Colin and Logan Griswold of Dixon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Roger and Joseph Heyob.

The family would like to thank the Cancer Care Center in Decatur, Ill., Dr. Velasco, Dr. Ulis, the ladies at the Shelbyville Wal-Mart Pharmacy, and the nurses at Shelby Home Health Care.

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Petrie of Elburn passes away

Carrie E. Petrie, 87, of Elburn, passed away peacefully, Thursday, Jan. 9, at Oak Crest Retirement Center, DeKalb. She took her last breath as her daughter held her hand to complete her bridge between Earth and the heavenly gates.

Carrie was born April 22, 1926, on the family farm, in Blackberry Township, the daughter of Cecil L. and Helen G. (McNair) Gum. She grew up on the farm with her three sisters and attended Mud Island Country School. A “country girl” through and through, Carrie spent countless hours working with her dad tending the stock and the land. She graduated from Elburn High School with the class of 1944.

While a high school student, Carrie became a “pen pal” with Grover Petrie, a soldier fighting in the U.S. Army during World War II. She saw Grover’s name on a girlfriend’s list of soldiers, liked his handwriting, stole the name from her girlfriend, and that was the beginning of their courtship.

Carrie and Grover corresponded for two years, neither having any idea what the other looked like. One day, Grover came knocking at the door of the Gum family home and Carrie (in from her farm work and still in her bib overalls) found there was a soldier there to see her. It was 1945, and life would never be the same for either of them. That day was the beginning of a lifetime of love and hard work, sweetened with laughter.

Carrie and Grover were united in marriage on Nov. 28, 1946, at the Elburn Congregational Church. They lived in several apartments in Elburn during the early years, then in what had been the Mud Island School in rural Elburn. For 35 years, they made their home on the McNair farm before returning to a newly remodeled Mud Island School.

After Grover’s passing in 2005, Carrie continued to make her home in their beloved little house until ill health brought a recent move to Oak Crest in DeKalb.

Carrie was not just a “farm wife”—she was a partner in all of the work on the farm. She was as comfortable on a tractor seat as she was cooking in her own kitchen.

Together, she and Grover raised all kinds of livestock and a family of three children, Kenton, Neal and Cara. Carrie and Grover supported their children in every way. As the kids grew and became involved in sports, their folks attended practically every event no matter how far the distance or how bad the weather. They truly enjoyed supporting and watching the 1982 Kaneland girls basketball team win the state championship while Cara served as the team’s scorekeeper. Always being there for their children with love and advice was extremely important.

In 1974, tragedy struck the Petrie family with the sudden loss of their eldest son Kenton, who lost his life in an auto accident. In October 2012, Carrie’s middle son Neal, while sitting at the kitchen table admiring the beautiful, tranquil waters of Birch Lake, answered God’s call and went from his own kitchen to that “house not made with hands,” which had been prepared for him.

Each year, the family made their annual trek to Hackensack, Minn., where they enjoyed countless hours of fishing, fun and fellowship with other Elburnites and their Minnesota “family” of friends. Carrie’s Minnesota family, friends and church held a special spot in her heart. In more recent years, including 2013, Carrie made the trip up north alone and settled into her “second” home for the summer, surrounded by her family of loving friends. The memories of those days, leaves a rich legacy for all who shared them.

On Nov. 7, 2001, Carrie was blessed with the birth of granddaughter Abigail “Abby” Bartel. Abby brightened the lives of her grandparents as only a little girl could, and as she grew was often grandma’s “companion.” Carrie delighted in every accomplishment and when Abby experienced serious health issues, Carrie carried constant prayers in her heart. Abby bestowed the nickname “Mimi” on Carrie, and it stuck. Mimi enjoyed going to Abby’s events from spring sings to Girl Scout bridging ceremony, and most recently to band concerts and pom performances. Mimi didn’t want to miss a memory, cherished every one, and together they created a bond of unconditional love that will last forever.

Carrie worked during the early years at Robert’s Drive-In in Geneva, the Wasco Inn in Wasco, the Elburn Kountry Kettle, and catered countless parties to help earn the extra money for the family’s annual fishing trip to Minnesota.

That early love for a soldier remained with Carrie for a lifetime. The Elburn American Legion Auxiliary became Carrie’s home away from home. A charter member of the unit, she filled many offices and jobs through her many years of service. She and Grover delivered gifts to veterans who were patients at the Elgin Mental Health Center weekly for 35 years. It was a ministry that Carrie continued alone after Grover’s passing until her declining health caused her to stop.

On Poppy Day, Carrie was a fixture on Main St. in Elburn, where she greeted friends and strangers with her “bouquet” of poppies—you could not pass Carrie by without making a donation and proudly wearing a poppy. For countless years, she placed the flags that marked the veteran’s graves at local cemeteries for Memorial Day, and then proudly and solemnly read the names of deceased veterans at the annual observance at Blackberry Cemetery. When it became necessary to pass that job on to another, she continued to read “Flander’s Field ” with the same pride and dignity.

Wherever service was needed, you would find Carrie steady and sure, always ready to serve in any way she could. She was a volunteer for every local Heartland Blood Bank Community Blood Drive, greeting donors and serving up refreshments. She cooked countless spaghetti dinners and funeral luncheons, and lent her expertise to many church dinners.

She was a charter member of the Daniel Simpson American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 630, where she was past unit president and secretary for countless years.

Carrie was chairman to many committees; her footprints leave a path of service that will be hard to follow. She was past president of the Kane County Council and Past 11th District President. She was a member of the Kane County Salon No. 63 of the 8/40 of which she was a past La Petit Chapeau. Carrie was a member of the Quivera Club, the Elburn Community Congregational Church and the Union Congregational Church of Hackensack. She enjoyed her dominoes group, pinochle clubs and coffee at the Kountry Kettle with her many friends.

Carrie Petrie was a woman born of a different time—a woman who was not afraid to laugh at herself, stand up for herself or speak her opinion on anything. Like many of her era, she was a good steward and a “keeper” of many things. She was strong-willed and determined, which gave her the strength to “manage” through countless physical limitations. She was a loving and faithful caregiver for her husband and other family members when failing health brought the need for care.

She is survived by her devoted daughter, Cara (Stephen) Bartel, and her beloved granddaughter, Abigail; two sisters, Cecelia (Norbert) Lund of Sycamore and Elaine Johansen of DeKalb; one brother-in-law, Donald Westlake of Wheaton, Ill.; many nieces and nephews; and a lifetime of friends both in Illinois and Minnesota.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Grover; two sons, Kenton in 1974 and Neal in 2012; her sister, Helen Grace Westlake; and one brother-in-law, John Johansen.

A celebration of her life will take place on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Elburn American Legion Post No. 630, 112 N. Main St., Elburn, starting at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to benefit Carrie’s favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Carrie Petrie Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may be forwarded to the family at the same address of on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Gertrude A. Hall

Gertrude A. Hall, 92, of Tampa, Fla., and Aurora, passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Tampa. She was born Sept. 16, 1921, in Midland, Mich., the daughter of the late Frank and Molly (Jahn) Neitzke.

Gertrude was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Aurora.

Survivors include her sons, Carroll (Kay) Martin, Jr., James (Susan) Martin and Robert (Diane) Martin; grandchildren, Darcy Martin, John Martin and Thomas (Dawn) Martin; and great-grandchildren, Abigail and Alyssa Martin.

Gertrude was preceded in death by her husbands, Carroll Martin and Norman Hall; brothers, Frank and Elmer Neitzke; and sisters, Elsie Finn, Eva Hydorn, Elinore Dinsmore and Marie Eichinger.

The family received friends on Monday at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora.

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

Hurlburt ‘Burt’ W. Haring

Hurlburt (Burt) W. Haring, 88, of Cornell, Mich., formerly of Elburn, passed away Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Aug. 14, 1925, in Marquette, Mich., the fourth son of Leslie and Florence (June) Haring.

Burt graduated from Escanaba (Mich.) High School in 1943, where he met and fell in love with Norma Sanville. Burt and Norma married June 22, 1946. He farmed in Michigan until 1950, when they moved their young family to Illinois. There he farmed for a time before becoming a milkman for Riverview Dairy in St. Charles, and Ludwig Dairy in Elgin, Ill. He finished out his career working as a maintenance supervisor at The State Bank of St. Charles. They lived and worked in Illinois for 38 years before returning to Michigan to retire in 1988.

Burt was a devout man of God throughout his life. He taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and held many leadership positions both in Michigan and during his time at First Baptist Church of Geneva. During his lifetime, Burt had many interests and hobbies, including woodworking, stained glass, riding ATVs to hunt for wild mushrooms or raspberries, and in retirement, playing the harmonica both for pleasure and for leading worship.

Burt is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Vernon; one daughter, Cherie; and two daughters-in-law, Donna and JoAnn.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Norma (Sanville) Haring of Cornell; his four children, Dick Haring of Cornell, David (Melody) Haring of Sigel, Penn., Daren (Lori) Haring of Elburn and Christine Haring-Clausen (Jim Clausen) of Geneva; three brothers, Robert (Audrey) Haring of Grand Marais, Minn., G. Wilber (Elaine) Haring of Fairhope, Ala., and R. Kenyon Haring of Downers Grove, Ill.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held Dec. 19 at Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. For more information, visit www.andersonfuneralhomes.net.

Ronald Henne

Ronald Henne, 69, of Elburn, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 10, 1944, the son of Elde and Myrle (Kinney) Henne.

He grew up on the family farm in Sugar Grove and attended Kaneland area schools.

While working as a student in the Kaneland High School cafeteria, he met his high school sweetheart, Patricia O’Brien. Ron and Pat wed on Feb. 23, 1963. After they were married, Ron worked as a farmhand for the Flint family before becoming a drywall taper for Painter’s District Council 30.

While Ron worked hard on the job, his passion was serving as an Elburn Lions Club member. Ron and Pat spent many of their free hours at the park helping at company picnics, Elburn Days and other events. Ron was a past Lions Club President and received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award in 1988. Health changes limited Ron’s involvement in Lions events in recent years. He greatly missed the park and camaraderie he felt there.

Ron’s quick smile and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him. He was a Chicago Cubs fan and began watching many games on television when his health declined. Like all Cub fans, Ron experienced the ups and downs of their play and was known to let a few swear words fly when something went awry for his team.

Ron is survived by his children, Rona Henne of Batavia, Lori (John) Hoffman of Aurora and Jeff Henne of Elburn. He also leaves his grandchildren, Kevin (Amanda) Hoffman of Yorkville, Kyle Hoffman and fiancee Bailey Peterson of Yorkville, Madison Hoffman of Aurora, Nick and Melanie Henne of Elburn, and Michael Henne of Batavia; as well as his sister, Lorraine Kaus of DeKalb, and several nieces and nephews.

Ron’s first great-grandchild, Quinn Hoffman, is due to arrive in March.

Ron also leaves his faithful canine companion, Snoops, whom he loved despite her less-than-ideal manners.

Ron is preceded in death by his wife, Pat, whom he has missed dearly; as well as his parents, and brother, Roger.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to: Larry Erickson for faithfully driving dad into Elburn for breakfast in recent years; his caregiver, Debbie Brandau, for her companionship and long talks on the porch with dad; and Michelle Mars, dad’s favorite waitress at Papa G’s, for the laughs she shared with him.

Visitation was held on Friday at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn. Visitation continued on Saturday at the funeral home, followed by a funeral service to celebrate Ron’s life. Interment followed at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ron’s name may be made to the Elburn Lions Club Helping Hands Fund, c/o Elburn Lions Club, 500 S. Filmore Street, Elburn IL, 60119. Tributes may be forwarded to P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119, or on the web at conleycare.com.

John A. ‘Jack’ Ory

John A. “Jack” Ory, 74, of Tecumseh, Mo., formerly of Elburn, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at his daughter’s home in Huntley, Ill.

He was born Oct. 20, 1937, in Harrisburg, Pa., the son of the late Al and Helen Ory. Beloved husband of Susan, loving father of Judy Ory, Robyn Applegate, Michael Ory and Kevin Ory; cherished grandfather of Danielle and Neal; dear brother of Joan Parrish and the late Judity Ory; fond step-son of Mary Ory.

Jack was a former deputy sheriff in Kane and DuPage counties, and then started his plumbing business, retiring in 2003. He had been a resident of Elburn from 1972 to 2004, and had been residing in Tecumseh.

In lieu of flowers, memorial to either Journey Care Hospice, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010, or Hospice Compasses, 1406 Kentucky Ave., Suite 100, West Plains, MO 65775.

A memorial visitation was held Sunday at the Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville. A memorial service followed visitation. A private family internment will take place at a later date.

Ronald Henne

Ronald Henne, 69, of Elburn, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 10, 1944, the son of Elde and Myrle (Kinney) Henne.

He grew up on the family farm in Sugar Grove and attended Kaneland area schools.

While working as a student in the Kaneland High School cafeteria, he met his high school sweetheart, Patricia O’Brien. Ron and Pat wed on Feb. 23, 1963. After they were married, Ron worked as a farmhand for the Flint family before becoming a drywall taper for Painter’s District Council 30.

While Ron worked hard on the job, his passion was serving as an Elburn Lions Club member. Ron and Pat spent many of their free hours at the park helping at company picnics, Elburn Days and other events. Ron was a past Lions Club President and received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award in 1988. Health changes limited Ron’s involvement in Lions events in recent years. He greatly missed the park and camaraderie he felt there.

Ron’s quick smile and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him. He was a Chicago Cubs fan and began watching many games on television when his health declined. Like all Cub fans, Ron experienced the ups and downs of their play and was known to let a few swear words fly when something went awry for his team.

Ron is survived by his children, Rona Henne of Batavia, Lori (John) Hoffman of Aurora and Jeff Henne of Elburn. He also leaves his grandchildren, Kevin (Amanda) Hoffman of Yorkville, Kyle Hoffman and fiancee Bailey Peterson of Yorkville, Madison Hoffman of Aurora, Nick and Melanie Henne of Elburn, and Michael Henne of Batavia; as well as his sister, Lorraine Kaus of DeKalb, and several nieces and nephews.

Ron’s first great-grandchild, Quinn Hoffman, is due to arrive in March.

Ron also leaves his faithful canine companion, Snoops, whom he loved despite her less-than-ideal manners.

Ron is preceded in death by his wife, Pat, whom he has missed dearly; as well as his parents, and brother, Roger.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to: Larry Erickson for faithfully driving dad into Elburn for breakfast in recent years; his caregiver, Debbie Brandau, for her companionship and long talks on the porch with dad; and Michelle Mars, dad’s favorite waitress at Papa G’s, for the laughs she shared with him.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Visitation will continue Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with a funeral service to celebrate Ron’s life beginning at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ron’s name may be made to the Elburn Lions Club Helping Hands Fund, c/o Elburn Lions Club, 500 S. Filmore Street, Elburn IL, 60119. Tributes may be forwarded to P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119, or on the web at conleycare.com.

Melanie Hatch

Melanie Hatch, 24, opened an eternal gift on Christmas day after valiantly fighting her cancer with an amazing strength and unmatched dignity since she was only 5 months old. Truly home for Christmas, Melanie was surrounded by the love and prayers of her family that will never forget her courage and the fact that although cancer had broken her body, it never came close to breaking her spirit.

She was born Oct. 1, 1989, in DeKalb, the daughter of Steven and Loretta (Faber) Hatch. At only 5 months old, Melanie was diagnosed with cancer, and her prognosis gave her only another six months to live. Unbeknownst to the doctors, this was the opening Melanie was looking for to shock them by not only exceeding their expectations at every turn, but shattering them. Steven and Loretta searched for the right doctors and new treatments, and each time a door closed, a window opened for them to continue their fight.

Melanie grew up in Maple Park and attended local schools. She graduated in 2008 from Central High School in Burlington, Ill. While in school, Melanie was president of the Writer’s Club and editor of their literary magazine, even though she was legally blind her entire life.

Following graduation, she attended Waubonsee Community College, where she studied English and poetry. She continued the leadership she honed in high school and became editor and president of the Poetry Club, where she was instrumental in the publishing of a book of poems gathered from her fellow students, as well as some works of her own. Later she changed her major to massage therapy with the hopes that she could leave the cold winters of Illinois behind, making a living and name for herself in the warm sunshine of Florida

Melanie was an ambassador for Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, and was a literal poster child for Ride For Kids, founded by Mike and Dianne Traynor, when she was only 3 years old. As she grew, so did the organization, as she helped to develop, organize and expand Ride For Kids, which has now become the largest non-governmental non-profit organization for pediatric brain tumor research. Through her years of treatment, full of ups and downs, success and failures, Melanie never shied away from the spot light and became a role model to other children. Doctors worldwide studied her case and the path she trail-blazed for others to follow.

Melanie had a tremendous heart and a warrior spirit that belied her size. She had a love for everyone and everything, especially those of the four-legged variety. Melanie had a connection with animals of all sizes and kinds, but cats always had a special place in her heart.

While in college, Melanie performed her poetry at The House Cafe and Borders, and was a headliner at “Open Mic Night” at Westridge Community Church in Elgin, Ill.

Through all the years of her diagnoses and treatments, never did she express self-pity or ask “Why me?” Her bedrock of family and faith weathered all storms with the quiet strength of Gibraltar. Rock and roll was the music that spoke to her soul, starting with Elvis and extending through Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix to all the 1980s hard rock and glam-rock bands during her late high school years. College brought alternative bands, whose harder rhythms and darker themes became a balm and brought catharsis to her warrior spirit. No matter who was blasting from her speakers, the life and sparkle that emanated from her eyes and smile could power the city of Chicago with its electricity never faded. Her handshake was strong and firm, and the honest and natural connections she had with so many people radiated warmth and sincerity that forged unbreakable bonds with all who were lucky enough to know and love her.

She is survived by her loving and dedicated parents, Steve and Loretta Hatch; two devoted siblings, Ryan (Cheryl) Hatch and Larissa (Steve) Alcorn; one maternal grandmother, Pauline Faber; aunts and uncles, Char (Mike) Johnson, Guy (Diane) Faber, Sheila (Elwood) Lange, Pierre’ (Kathy) Hatch, Pam Van Den Bosch; seven cousins, Renee (Keith) Johnson, Renee Garcia, Autumn, Travis and Warren Lange, Carmella Hatch and Natalie Hatch; and thousands of people the world over who have come to love and respect Melanie not only for her valiant fight, but her determined spirit and a never-ending love for others.

She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Ansley and Catherine Hatch; her maternal grandfather, Lawrence “Tuffy” Faber; and two uncles, Warren Hatch and Lenny Faber.

Visitation was held on Monday at Westridge Community Church in Elgin. A funeral to celebrate her life and faith will also take place at the church, following a brief visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 11 a.m. Rev. Darren Sloniger, founding pastor of the church, will officiate with private family interment to follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Melanie’s favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Melanie Hatch Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com, where you can also see her amazing full-life story.

Rosanne Kennedy

Rosanne Kennedy, 61, of Maple Park, passed from this life to eternal life on Nov. 8, 2013, at RML Specialty Hospital in Hinsdale, Ill., surrounded by the love and prayers of her family.

Rosanne was born April 28, 1952, in DeKalb the daughter of Thomas and Rosemary (Finley) Kennedy.
She grew up in Maple Park, where she attended local schools. As a young girl, she was a member of the Girl Scouts and enjoyed all of the camping trips she was able to go on. She later went on to graduate from Notre Dame High School.

After graduation, Rosanne’s love for children called her to the field of childcare. She cared for many children over the years, including her nieces and nephews.

Rosanne enjoyed passing her time in many different ways. She kept up to date with current pop culture, always reading the most recent magazines. As a night owl, she spent endless hours surfing the web. Rosanne had an extensive music collection, but there was no better artist than Elvis Presley in her mind. One of her favorite trips was to Graceland. She enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, like a nice ride in the car or catching a good movie. In recent years, Rosanne enjoyed cooking. Even with all the interests and past times, there was nothing more important to Rosanne than her family. She took a great interest in all of the life events and happenings in the lives of her many extended family members, and she had an amazing memory for family dates and occasions. Rosanne was always there for her family when needed.

She was a lifelong member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park.

Roseanne is survived by her mother, Rosemary Kennedy; her brothers and sisters, Patrick (Mona) Kennedy, Mary Kennedy, Tim (Sally) Kennedy, Nora (Kim) Joiner, John (Debra) Kennedy, Dick (Gena Rice) Kennedy, Susan Kennedy and Jim (Katie) Kennedy; her nieces and nephews, Nathan, Ian, Tom, Elizabeth, Joel, Kayla and Mitchell; an extended family and a countryside of friends in Maple Park, where she was a lifelong resident.

She is preceded in death by her father, Thomas Kennedy.

Visitation was held Nov. 11 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral mass celebrating Roseanne’s faith was held Nov. 12 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Maple Park. Fr. Dennis Morissy, pastor of the church, celebrated Roseanne’s life.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit: Checks may be made to the “Name 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.

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Barbara ‘Barb’ Crump

Barbara “Barb” Crump, 70, of Elburn, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the prayers of her family, on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013.

She was born Sept. 23, 1943, the daughter of K. Neville and Virginia (McMillan) Ens in St. Louis, Mo.

Barb grew up in Webster Groves, Mo., and attended local schools. She graduated from Webster Groves High School with the Class of 1961, but not before meeting the man of her dreams, Mark Crump, while roaming the halls.

Following graduation, she attended Lindenwood College. She continued her education at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

In between her studies, she and Mark Crump were united in marriage at the Webster Groves Presbyterian Church on Sept. 7, 1963.

They began their new life together back on the campus of Purdue University until they both graduated in 1965. They made their home throughout the Midwest, including Milwaukee, Sterling, Ill., and St. Charles, before settling in Elburn in 1978.

Barb was a clerk for Marshall Field’s for a time, but spent years as a daycare provider out of her home. When her children entered their teen years, she closed the daycare but kept her hands busy by becoming a professional floral designer at Jacobsen’s Flowers in Geneva. Barb worked a few seasons at The Little Traveler in Geneva, where she was known for her display work and her floral arranging demonstrations. She even had one of her designs chosen to be the centerpiece of every table at the FTD National Convention.

Although she tried to retire several times, Barb kept being asked to do special events, weddings and all the arrangements at her church, Fox Valley Presbyterian Church in Geneva. There, she was one of the coordinators of the Friday Night Community Dinners; was an Elder and a Deacon; taught Sunday School; was active in Women’s Church Circle; and was a founding member of the church’s chapter of Stephen Ministry, a care-giving ministry for training lay people of the church to provide care to people faced with difficult life situations. Barb also spent 10 years and thousands of hours reading to the blind with Blind Services in Chicago, and served as president of the Women’s Auxiliary at Delnor Hospital.

Barb had a great imagination and a crafter’s heart. She was a down-to-earth “Martha Stewart,” but without her own television show. She loved being a homemaker and ruled the house from the kitchen. Her cookies, in any variety, were legendary, bringing a smile to your face even if it had been years since you were lucky enough to have one.

She was a hostess to the core, with house decorations for every holiday. It wasn’t uncommon to have parties of 50 or more, several times each year. With all of the effort spent inside the house, she enjoyed the outside, as well, especially on her John Deere mower, making the lawn look great.

She was a loving and devoted grandmother, known to her grandkids as “Grandma Bead” for her beaded necklaces. Every time she saw her grandchildren, she had a present for them.

She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Mark Crump; two children, Ann (Ken) Johnson of Evanston, Ill., and Jim (Kristen) Crump of Muskego, Wis.; three grandchildren, Ginny Johnson, Kathryn Crump, William Crump and one unofficial “adopted” granddaughter, Marquita Howard.

She is preceded in death by her parents, K. Neville and Virginia Ens.

A closed casket visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate her life will take place Saturday, Dec. 28, at 10 a.m. at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, 227 East Side Drive, Geneva. Rev. Carl Gray, pastor of the church, will officiate. Private family interment will follow at Garfield Cemetery, St. Charles.

A memorial has been established in Barbara’s name to benefit her favorite charities, including the Fox Valley Presbyterian Church. Checks may be made to the “Barbara Crump 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.

Barry L. Tischhauser

Barry L. Tischhauser, 61, of Athens, Tenn., formerly of Virgil, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at his home surrounded by the love and care of his family.

He was born Feb. 15, 1952, in Sycamore, the son of Norman and Joyce (VanStone) Tischhauser. Barry grew up in Virgil and attended local schools, graduating from Kaneland High School in Maple Park. After high school, he worked with his dad as a mechanic at Norm’s Service in Virgil.

In April of 1978, he was united in marriage to Donna Clayton. Barry and Donna began their new life together in Athens, where they would spend the next 35 years together. Barry worked at a number of jobs through the years, including a time as a carpenter. He was employed by Robinson Enterprises for over 15 years. Whatever the job, Barry was a “jack of all trades” whose talents were in his hands. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed countless hours with his Harley-Davison and many an hour with a fishing pole in his hands.

Barry and Donna were blessed with twin daughters, Elizabeth and Amanda. Though they were very small when they arrived, it did not take long for them to win their daddy’s heart. Grown now, with children of their own, Barry loved being “Papaw” to Nathan, Aaron and Savanah. The lights of his world, he leaves them with countless and treasured memories.

He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Donna Tischhauser of Athens; his daughters, Elizabeth (Mark) Boesen, and son Aaron, of Woodstock, Ill., and Amanda Walker and special friend, Brandon Smith, and their children Nathan and Savanah, of Athens; four brothers, Dennis Tischhauser of Virgil, Robin Tischhauser of Minnesota, David (Judy) Tischhauser of Genoa, Ill., and Greg (Carla) Tischhauser of Las Vegas, Nev.; one sister, Ena Carlson of DeKalb; his father-in-law, Kenneth Clayton, also of Athens; special friends, Richard “Nutty” McNutt and Ray Revis; a number of nieces and nephews; and a lifetime of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Norm and Joyce Tischhauser; his mother-in-law, Susie Clayton; and his brother-in-law, Keith Carlson.

A celebration of Barry’s life was held Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Christ Community Church, in Athens. The Rev. Carlos Peterson officiated.

Vicki Zerby Frew

“Well, folks, apparently I have accomplished my purpose in life and have moved on. Sorry to report, I still have no idea what my mission was.

“However, I am grateful for all the blessings of this life, starting with my parents, Robert N. and Martha Johnson Zerby of Kaneville. They provided my brothers and me with a solid foundation to build our lives on. I know my brothers Robert K. Zerby and Michael (Cyndi) Zerby will agree. Into that mix I have a son, Jordan (Sara), who I not only admire and respect, but actually like quite a lot. And a nephew, Zak (Kelly) and children (Sully and Mallory), all of whom are an absolute delight. I am also fortunate enough to still have an aunt, an uncle, and nine cousins in this world.

“Besides my family and friends, the core of my life has been shared by four incredible women: Russetta Flander Rauch (cradle friend), Monica Payden (roommate), Deborah Naramore (work mate) and Bakula Sheth (work mate). Our paths have crossed, intertwined, bolstered, and paralleled each other throughout the years. I’ve known Russetta literally my entire life and have known the others each for at least four decades. They each, in their own way, helped me grow into the person I became.

“In lieu of flowers, please practice random acts of kindness.”

Vicki passed away in the early hours of Dec. 1. She was surrounded by love throughout her lifetime and was in the presence of loved ones at the time of her passing. She touched many lives during her 67-year journey in this world.

Vicki’s family and friends are spread far and wide, making a traditional memorial service difficult—therefore, in lieu of a memorial service, please visit VickisCloud.com to share memories, photos, experiences and kind words. Through this tribute of sharing our combined love, memories and experiences of Vicki and her influence on our lives, it’s our hope we can remember—as she believed and reminded us of, in both word and deed:

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Phyllis Liss

Phyllis Liss, 76, went home to Heaven, Wednesday, December 4, 2013 in Fountain Hills, AZ. She was born November 23, 1937.

If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Liss; brother, Rocco Crudele (Vonni); children, Joanne (Dan) Schwerdtmann, Francine (Mark) Leuer, James (Kris) Liss and Charles (Mary) Liss II; grandchildren, Bryan (Michelle), Stephanie (Andy), Patrick (Jenn), Samantha, Mackenzie, Andrew, Kimberly, Jimmy, Allison, and Chucky; great-grandchildren, Leanna, Leland, Kinley, Finn, and Gavin.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents James and Anna Crudele.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2013 from 1-6 P.M. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove 60554. Her funeral service will be held on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. at The Healy Chapel, Sugar Grove. Interment will be at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

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

Alexandra Brown

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Alexandra Brown, 95, of Plano, formerly of Oswego, Ill., was called by the Lord on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. She was born Oct. 1, 1918, to the late Gus and Argiro Hatzidakis of Crete, Greece.

Her parents were visiting relatives in Burgettstown, Penn., when Alexandra was born. She was the oldest of seven children. At the age of 2, she and her parents returned to Crete.

In 1946, Alexandra returned to the United States. She married Manuel “Mike” Brown, who had emigrated in 1913 from Crete to the United States. Together they raised five children.

Mike and Alexandra owned and operated gas stations in Naperville and Aurora. Each day, Alexandra would cook homemade Greek dishes for his lunch and deliver them to the gas station. It was not uncommon to see Alexandra helping out by pumping gas and attending to their customers. She worked at Riverdale Coat Company from 1962 until her retirement in 1983.

Alexandra was an excellent cook of Greek cuisine and pastries. She so much enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends. She also enjoyed reading, crocheting and needlepoint. Alexandra was one of the founding members of the St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church in Aurora in 1966.

Alexandra is survived by her loving children, Manuel Brown Jr. of Somonauk, Michael (Linda) Brown of Mission Viejo, Calif., Gusty Brown of Plano, George Brown of Yorkville, and Christine (Steve Brackett) Freeland of Big Rock; her grandchildren, Kristine (Ron) Underwood, Doug (Laura) Brown, Emilie Brown, Noel, Michael (Melissa) and Lindsay Brown, Brittani, Ryan and Jessica Freeland; great-grandchildren, Dylan and Ellis Brown, and Jayda Freeland and Connor Brown.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel; and her grandchildren, Stephanie Brown and Kari Clawson.

Visitation was held on Sunday at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, followed by the Trisagion service. Funeral services were held on Monday at St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, Aurora. Interment will take place at the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Alexandra’s name to St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, 1855 East Fifth Ave., Aurora, IL 60504.

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