Category Archives: Obituaries

Sarah ‘Sally’ Compton

Sarah “Sally” Compton, 91, of Elburn, passed away peacefully at her home Friday evening, Nov. 8, 2013, where she was lovingly cared for by her family.

As the new day dawned, Sally was greeted not only by the angels, but by her father, William, and husband, Dave, who passed within one day of each other (William on Nov. 9, and Dave on Nov. 7) many years apart. Shortly before midnight on the Nov. 8, the long-awaited reunion began and she was escorted into eternity with Dave on her left and her dad on her right.

She was born July 2, 1922, the daughter of William and Lee (Zimmermann) Bangs in Geneva.

Sally grew up in Geneva and attended Putney Boarding School in Putney, Vt. She graduated in 1942 from the School of Horticulture in Ambler, Penn. Sally returned to her roots in Geneva, where she worked at Little Traveler for many years and cared for her ailing mother. A combination of fate and cupid introduced her to a certain gentleman who possessed the other half of her soul.

Sally and David Compton were united in marriage on Aug. 16, 1952.

She is survived by three children, Mark (Patty) Compton of Oneida, Ill., Kit Compton of Batavia and Robin Urich of Elburn; five grandchildren, Krista (Greg) Peck, and their son Matthew James, of Cambridge, Ill., Kelly (Jason) Cheline of Kewanee, Ill., Craig Compton of Oneida, and Amber Urich and Rachel Urich, both of Elburn; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a loving community of friends whom she held so dear.

She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Lee Bangs; her husband, David Compton; one daughter, Becky Compton-Otto; a son, Timothy, in infancy; two brothers, Bill and Bobby Bangs; and one sister, Kay Mayer.

A memorial open house will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Following cremation, Sally will be laid to rest on the family farm.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Sally’s name to benefit The Town and Country Public Library in Elburn, specifically the “Homebound to Seniors” program, as well as “PAWS With A Cause.” Checks may be made to the “Sally Compton 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.

The family would like to thank Visiting Angels and their caring staff, especially Kristy Anderson, for their special comfort and care.

Christine Mutschler

Obit-Mutschler
Christine Mutschler, 91, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at Seasons Hospice. She was born Dec. 25, 1921, in Rawen, Latvia, the daughter of the late Marlin and Teofily Graumann.

Christine was a member of Hope Lutheran Church. She enjoyed knitting, sewing and gardening.

Christine is survived by her son, Vern Mutschler of Hinckley.

In addition to her parents, Christine was preceded in death by her husband, Gabriel, who she married on May 8, 1953; her son, Roy Mutschler; two brothers, Ludwig and Ernest Graumann; a sister, Otily Schwartz; and a brother-in-law, Harry Mutschler.

Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, followed by a funeral service at noon, at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora. Interment will take place at Spring Lake Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be directed to Hope Lutheran Church.

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

George Grever

George Grever, 91, was born on July 11, 1922, in rural Lake Zurich, Ill., the son of George Sr. and Martha Hapke Grever.

He was joined with Christ in baptism as an infant, and as a young teen confirmed at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Lake Zurich. He attended local elementary and high schools in Lake Zurich, and then began working full time on the family’s dairy farm. After several years of farming, George switched from food production to waste management, becoming a plumber.

In 1945, he married Gloria Homuth of Barrington, Ill., who died suddenly three years later. They had no children.

In November 1948, George met Annetta Bicknese of Itasca, Ill., when both were attendants in their cousins’ wedding. On their first date they went bowling, and although Annetta beat him (a feat she was never able to repeat), he asked her out again and proposed to her on Valentine’s Day. They were married in May 1949 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Itasca, where George became an active member, serving on various boards and committees. He also joined the Itasca Volunteer Fire Department to serve his community. George and Annetta made their home in Itasca for the next decade, and during these years their three children, Marcia, Warren and Rhoda, were born.

In 1959, George and Annetta formed a partnership with George’s brother, Harry, and his wife, Pearl, and bought a farm in Big Rock. The two families lived next door to each other on the property, gardened together and celebrated family birthdays together. Annetta and Pearl took turns driving the children to Immanuel Lutheran School in rural Hinckley until the school parents banded together to purchase a bus, which George and the other fathers then maintained and repaired.

From the Big Rock years, George and Annetta’s children remember fondly the family vacations on $20 a day (for gas and lodging, but not food, as they carried most of the food with them and picnicked in parks) to the Black Hills, the Rocky Mountains and Yellowstone.

When the brothers dissolved the partnership in 1967, George and Annetta ventured out on their own and bought a farm in Kaneville Township, where they made their home until this day. During those 46 years, they were active members of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Montgomery. George again served on various church boards and committees, and also served as a trustee of the Kaneville Fire Department.

After putting their children through college and seeing them married, George and Annetta had the opportunity to travel widely, especially after Warren joined the family business. They always took playing cards along and often made friends with other travelers who played pinochle or 500. Their first major trip was to China in 1980, where George’s red hair and tall stature made him an object of curiosity. They traveled to Germany in 1984, took an Alaskan cruise, went to Australia and New Zealand, and in 1998, just months after George had heart bypass surgery, they drove to Alaska with friends they had met on the Australia/New Zealand trip. They made a trip to Europe with daughter Marcia and her husband, Wayne, and toured Israel with daughter Rhoda and her husband, Mark. Son Warren and his wife, Susan, of course, were home doing the chores and tracking the net worth of the farm with the computer program “Pig Champ,” while the “party animals” (as their granddaughters dubbed them) traveled the world.

Although he officially retired in 1987, George continued to help around the farm, especially during planting and harvesting time, until 2010, when bouncing around on farm machinery became too painful for him. Because his bad knees made climbing into the combine too much, the last years he helped with harvest. Warren used the front-end loader to get him in and out of the combine.

When they weren’t traveling, George and Annetta kept active on the farm with their his ‘n her gardens (Annetta grew strawberries, green beans, onions, and tomatoes; George grew potatoes) and his ‘n her lawn mowers.

During baseball season, they would watch the Cubs faithfully on TV or “watch” the games on the radio that weren’t televised. They would occasionally get to a game in Wrigley Field, which was usually a multi-generational affair with children, granddaughters and great-grandchildren. They played 500 and pinochle with friends from church, friends from their travels, and family members. Family gatherings, which always included lots of good food and George’s favorite dessert—cherry pie—usually ended with a game or two of pinochle. Whether playing with family or friends, George seemed to be on the winning team the vast majority of the time.

George completed his baptism and entered his eternal home on Nov. 23, 2013, after suffering a severe stroke in mid-August. He died at home, surrounded by loving family members.

George was preceded in death by his parents; five of his seven brothers, Fred, Harry, Elmer, Earl and Kenneth; five of his seven sisters, Ella, Laura, Marion, Esther and Annette; and his first wife, Gloria.

Remaining to mourn are his wife of 64 years, Annetta; daughters, Marcia Snyder (Wayne Mory) and Rhoda (Mark Schuler), and son, Warren (Susan); brothers, Robert and Orville, and sisters, Joan and Donna; two granddaughters: Rachael Williams (Matthew) and Bethany Gryfakis (Nicolas); and four precious great-grandchildren, Gavin and Tessa Williams, and Ellia and Vivian Gryfakis.

George will be sorely missed by family and many friends, but his family is thankful for 64 years of marriage, a loving family, a long life to enjoy great-grandchildren, and the assurance of his new home with Jesus, where there is no sorrow or pain.

Because both George and Annetta were educated in Lutheran schools and worked avidly to provide a Lutheran education for their children, Annetta requests that memorials in George’s honor be made to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and School, 63 Fernwood Road, Montgomery, IL 60538.

Visitation was held Tuesday at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate his life will take place at 11 a.m., with a time of visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 63 Fernwood Road, Montgomery. Rev. Peter Hoffman, pastor of the church, will officiate, with interment at Kaneville Cemetery, Main Street Road in Kaneville.

Annetta requests that memorials in George’s honor be made and mailed to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 63 Fernwood Road, Montgomery, IL 60538.

JoAnn M. Haring

JoAnn M. Haring, 65, of Batavia, formerly of Lily Lake, passed away Nov. 15, 2013.

She was born March 11, 1948, in St. Charles, the daughter of Marvin and Josephine (Neri) Toppel.

JoAnn grew up in St. Charles and attended local schools. She graduated from St. Charles High School with the class of 1966.

JoAnn and Richard “Dick” Haring were united in marriage on Dec. 17, 1966 and were married for 20 years.

They began their new life in Elburn for a time before moving to Lily Lake. While Dick worked outside the house, JoAnn worked to make their house a home. They welcomed a son, Klentin, in 1970, and made their family complete when their daughter Kelli was born in 1972. While the children were growing, JoAnn worked in the kitchen of the Lily Lake Elementary School for several years.

JoAnn’s hands were always full and busy. Whether it was knitting, doing jig saw puzzles or voraciously reading (sometimes finishing a book in a single day), JoAnn never stopped except when it came to her beloved Chicago Cubs. The sun rose and set with her boys in blue, and one of the highlights of her life came when she visited them during spring training. Her love for her children was never ending, and though she left without being able to say goodbye, her legacy of memories continue on in the hearts of all who loved her.

She is survived by her children, Klent (Michelle) Haring of DeKalb and Kelli Larsen of Sycamore; four grandchildren, Eathon Larsen, Logan Haring, Keagon Larsen and Skylar Haring; one brother, Mike (Debbie) Toppel of Arizona; one sister-in-law, Hollie Toppel of Arizona; several nieces and nephews, and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Josephine Toppel; and one brother, Tom Toppel.

A memorial visitation will take place Friday, Nov. 22, 4 to 7 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Private family burial will follow cremation at a later date.

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

LaVerne Haug

LaVerne Haug, 86, of Virgil, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Lincolnshire Place, in Sycamore.

He was born Oct. 23, 1927, in Elgin, the son of Joseph and Margaret (Mettel) Haug.

LaVerne grew up on the family farm until he reached 8 years old. The family moved to Virgil in 1936 and continued to farm while LaVerne attended local schools. He graduated from Maple Park High School with the class of 1946. After graduation, LaVerne returned to the fields of his youth and helped run the farm from sunrise to sunset.

LaVerne met his future wife in the halls of his high school. Iris Barrett caught his eye but kept his heart. They graduated together and eventually walked down a different aisle together when they were united in marriage on Dec. 12, 1953.

At age 25, LaVerne was drafted into the United States Army. There were no wars to be fought during his time in the service, but he served his country proudly and faithfully nonetheless. He was honorably discharged in September of 1955.

LaVerne and Iris called El Paso, Texas, home while he was stationed there for a time. After returning to civilian life, they moved back to the family farm while LaVerne’s parents moved to town. Thousands of memories were “harvested” during the next many years as LaVerne and Iris welcomed three children to make their family complete.

LaVerne added construction to his list of jobs and worked for Soderquist Construction in Geneva, building rural bridges. After he was self-employed for a time, LaVerne was a union cabinet installer in Chicago.

When he wasn’t working, LaVerne, his family and a host of childhood friends, loved to escape eight hours north to a cabin in Wisconsin. Fishing and waterskiing (and maybe even a few beers) were enjoyed immensely by LaVerne. The memories made during those trips were as indelible as they were priceless. When he was “semi-retired,” he would take his granddaughter to her babysitter every day and was always ready to help friends and neighbors with projects (as long as they had beer).

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 60 years, Iris Haug; three children, Joe (Karen) Haug of Corpus Christi, Texas, James (Mary Beth) Haug of Pittsburgh, Penn. and Amber Jorgensen of Sycamore; six grandchildren, Dennis, Glenna, Sara, Adam, Luke and Iris; three great-grandchildren, Carson, Ethan and Landon; one sister Carol Schulz; one sister-in-law, Joan Haug; many nieces, nephews and a family of farming friends far and wide.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Margaret Haug; one sister, Virginia Haug; and two brothers; Donald Haug and Eugene Haug.

A memorial visitation was held on Monday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Private family burial will follow cremation at a later date.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit LaVerne’s favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “LaVerne Haug 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 his full-life story.

Charles Edward ‘Charlie’ Thul

Charles Edward “Charlie” Thul, 65, of Cortland, formerly Elburn, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Cortland on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.

He was born June 16, 1948, in Redbank, N.J., the son of Charles and Rita Thul.

Charlie grew up in Red Bank and attended local schools. He graduated with the class of 1966.

After working local jobs for a time, Charlie enlisted in the United States Navy, proudly serving his country until he returned to civilian life in Park Forest, Ill., with his wife, Barbara Latourette. They welcomed home a son, Charles Edward Thul III, who would not only continue the family legacy, but also made their family complete.

Charlie and Barbara’s paths diverged, each taking a different road in life. Charlie continued to work construction in and around the suburbs. He loved what he did, but soon found he loved someone more. Her name was Cindy Morano. They met while Charlie was working at Builder’s Square and sold her a fence. That simple transaction turned into something more beautiful when they were united in marriage in Naperville, Ill., at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on May 10, 1995.

They began their new life together in Naperville for a time before settling in Elburn. Charlie continued to work construction until the housing downturn forced him into retirement in 2007. He never gave up and eventually found inspiration in the kitchen while helping Cindy run her store, Party Animals, in Elburn. Charlie began attending Elgin Community College in 2012 and worked toward becoming a pastry chef.

Charlie was the best grandpa you could find, and cheered the loudest at all of their activities. They also went to numerous destinations, with fun on order with every trip. Everybody had a great time when they hung out with grandpa.

Using the skills he honed on the work sites of his youth, Charlie crafted beautiful one-of-a-kind rocking horses, trains and airplanes. He also learned to scuba dive and pilot a plane.

Charlie always said he loved to travel, but never went anywhere, although that’s only half-true, because besides traveling back to his old stomping grounds in New Jersey, Charlie also made it all the way to Pakistan.

He was a man among men and larger than life to his family. His shoes will never be filled and his legacy of laughter and love will never be forgotten.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy Thul; one son, Charlie Thul; six grandchildren, Zachary Benson, Briana Aken, Cody Benson, Nathaniel Aken, Sarah Thul and Charles Edward Thul IV; two siblings, Mary (Neil) Smith and John (Patty) Thul; many nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Rita Thul.

Following cremation, private family services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. For his full-life story, visit www.conleycare.com.

Sarah ‘Sally’ Compton

Sarah “Sally” Compton, 91, of Elburn, passed away peacefully at her home Friday evening, Nov. 8, 2013, where she was lovingly cared for by her family.

As the new day dawned, Sally was greeted not only by the angels, but by her father, William, and husband, Dave, who passed within one day of each other (William on Nov. 9, and Dave on Nov. 7) many years apart. Shortly before midnight on the Nov. 8, the long-awaited reunion began and she was escorted into eternity with Dave on her left and her dad on her right.

She was born July 2, 1922, the daughter of William and Lee (Zimmermann) Bangs in Geneva.

Sally grew up in Geneva and attended Putney Boarding School in Putney, Vt. She graduated in 1942 from the School of Horticulture in Ambler, Penn. Sally returned to her roots in Geneva, where she worked at Little Traveler for many years and cared for her ailing mother. A combination of fate and cupid introduced her to a certain gentleman who possessed the other half of her soul.

Sally and David Compton were united in marriage on Aug. 16, 1952.

They made their home on David’s family farm on Pouley Road in Elburn, where she and Dave worked side by side, sharing the daily chores from sunrise to sunset. Sally shared Dave’s love and life on the farm, but they both also gave of their hearts and time to their community as well.

Sally donated 15 years of her time creating and organizing the 4-H Dog Training Project for any child wanting to show their dog at the Kane County Fair. She also knitted over 100 stocking caps a year for over a decade, the likes of which she donated to Snug Hugs for Kids.

Her fresh-baked bread, a dozen eggs and a jar of homemade jam were gifts she gave freely to anyone whom she thought needed a “pick-me-up,” including, at one time, an entire fire department fighting a barn fire. Sally pulled up her van that had been piled high with enough sandwiches, hot chocolate and coffee for everyone in attendance.

When Christmas time came rolling around, Sally became a baking machine. Homemade cookies were made from scratch and filled with double the love before being sent out to all their family, friends, businesses and more.

Sally was a member of the Kane County Farm Bureau and Kane-DuPage Soil Conservation District. She took her dog training experience with 4-H to the FVDTC, a dog training club for the Fox Valley area, where she created the hospitality table and was the first recipient of an annual award created in her honor for Outstanding Service.

Sally had the kindest heart and the warmest smile for miles around. Her hospitality and hard work spoke volumes about her dedication to her community. She was a loving mother and devoted wife, making sure that no one went without. Losing her father when she was only 8, and later her daughter, and a son in infancy, plumbed the depth of her soul so that when you had loved and lost, there was someone there who knew and understood the pain that life could bring. Her love of animals rivaled the love she had for family and her dogs. In the last days, there was a dog always by her side, helping to share the burden and return the unconditional love.

She is survived by three children, Mark (Patty) Compton of Oneida, Ill., Kit Compton of Batavia and Robin Urich of Elburn; five grandchildren, Krista (Greg) Peck, and their son Matthew James, of Cambridge, Ill., Kelly (Jason) Cheline of Kewanee, Ill., Craig Compton of Oneida, and Amber Urich and Rachel Urich, both of Elburn; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a loving community of friends whom she held so dear.

She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Lee Bangs; her husband, David Compton; one daughter, Becky Compton-Otto; a son, Timothy, in infancy; two brothers, Bill and Bobby Bangs; and one sister, Kay Mayer.

A memorial open house will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Following cremation, Sally will be laid to rest on the family farm.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Sally’s name to benefit The Town and Country Public Library in Elburn, specifically the “Homebound to Seniors” program, as well as “PAWS With A Cause.” Checks may be made to the “Sally Compton 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.

The family would like to thank Visiting Angels and their caring staff, especially Kristy Anderson, for their special comfort and care.

G. Byron Healy

G. Byron Healy passed away early on the morning of Oct. 31, 2013, at his residence in The Gardens of Sun City. He was 96 years old, and preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Helen Elizabeth Jackson Healy. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Claude, William and Ralph; and one grandson.

He is survived by his daughters, Barbara (Jack) Hallock of Hazelhurst, Wis., Marti Healy of Aiken, S.C., and Reverend Patricia Locke of Grand Haven, Mich., along with three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Healy was born in Sugar Grove on Jan. 23, 1917. He attended Aurora University, and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1937. He was employed by the International Harvester Company for 42 years, serving in several management positions in its truck division in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Utah and California, retiring from the Chicago home office in 1978.

Byron Healy had a life-long interest in music and was gifted with a rare voice talent. He studied vocal performance in college and privately. He shared his remarkable ability through a variety of venues and productions, including church, oratorio, stage musicals and solo performances.

After he and his wife moved to Sun City, Ariz., in 1978, he continued to participate in church music and with the West Valley Chorale and the Sun City Players. He also served several terms on the board (and as president) of the Sun Cities Chamber Music Society, was a founding member and president of the Sun Cities Symphonic Chorus, and was past president of the Sun City Musician’s Club.

Additionally, Healy was a loyal member of the Sun City-Agua Fria Kiwanis Club for many years, and served as its president. He also served as president of the Illini Club (University of Illinois) of the West Valley, and was a former board member and president of the Sun Health Foundation, the Sun City Home Owners’ Association, and the West Valley Art Museum.

For many years, he was a dedicated member of the choir and soloist for the Church of the Palms (United Church of Christ) in Sun City, where he also held a term as moderator, and was a member of the Union Hills Country Club.

Visitation for Mr. Healy will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, with a brief service following at 11 a.m. His burial will take place immediately afterward in the Sugar Grove Cemetery, next to his beloved wife and near his birthplace.
His gentle presence and gifted voice will be greatly missed here on earth.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Church of the Palms, 14808 Boswell Blvd., Sun City, AZ 85351, The Sun Health Foundation, 13180 North 103rd Drive, Sun City, AZ 85351, or the musical organization of your choice.

Arrangements are being made through Healy Chapel, Sugar Grove. For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com/ to leave an online condolence.

Lyle G. Hicks

Lyle G. Hicks, 94 of St. Charles, passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at Illinois Veteran’s Home in LaSalle, Ill., surrounded by family.

He was born April 20, 1919, in Aurora, the son of Frank and Bessie (Hunt) Hicks.

Lyle was a 1937 graduate of Batavia High School. He served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II. Lyle shared 67 years of marriage with his loving wife Marilyn (Roehlk).

Lyle owned and operated Hicks Floor Covering in Geneva for over 65 years. He worked with his sons, John and James.

When they could, Lyle and Marilyn loved to go dancing. Lyle was a member of the Geneva American Legion, Batavia VFW, Moose Lodge, Masons and Shriners. He will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched.

Lyle is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn; sons, John of St. Charles, James (Vicki) of Aurora, Joel (Sharon) of Joliet, Ill., and Lyle of Mt. Vernon, Ill.; grandchildren, Byron (Tami) of Montgomery, Kyle of Wis., James (Heather) of Mo., Ian of Chicago and Kate (Jon) Casserilla of Downers Grove, Ill.; great-grandchildren, Kendall and Jordan Hicks; sisters, Shirley Hopp and Doris Perna; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Vera, Hazel, Alan, Stanley and Francis.

Funeral services will take place Saturday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. at Malone Funeral Home, Pastor Steven Srock will officiate. Burial will be private.

Visitation for Lyle will take place Friday, Nov. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St. (Route 38), Geneva.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Illinois Veteran’s Home, 1015 O’Connor Ave., LaSalle, Ill. 61301, would be appreciated.

For information, call (630) 232-8233 or visit www.malonefh.com.

Erwin ‘Erv’ H. Panzer

Erwin “Erv” H. Panzer, 75, of Maple Park, passed away in the early morning hours of Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, following complications from a farming accident.

He was born Feb. 6, 1938, in Elmhurst, Ill., the son of Henry and Hulda (Gehrke) Panzer.

Erv grew up in Roselle, Ill., and attended local schools. He graduated from Arlington Heights High School with the class of 1956.

During his high school years, Erv was a proud member of the Future Farmers of America and proved it by going back to the family dairy farm after graduation, where he continued his education. His classrooms were the barns and fields of his youth, until the family sold the farm and bought a bigger farm in Maple Park. Dairy became a thing of the past, with emphasis now put on grain, cattle and pigs.

He was a member of the Kane County Farm Bureau and faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church in Sycamore, where he was superintendent of the Sunday School, sang in the choir, was an elder and served on untold numbers of boards over the years. Erv was also a longtime member of the DeKalb County Steam Power Club and member of the North Grove School Association.

Erv was “King of the Ten Pins,” knocking them flat with each throw on bowling night with several area leagues. He was fluent in German, but his hands “spoke” welding perfectly. He also knew his way around the wood shop.

He also loved to travel to auctions galore, finding treasure and gold where others found none. If there was one thing Erv was, it was helpful. He had the kindest heart and would give you the shirt off his back. If there was ever a need, Erv was first in line to lend a hand.

He is survived by his loving fiancee, Bernice Maness; two siblings, Dorothy (Arnold) Grimm and Leonard Panzer; one niece, Donna (Brian) Tennis; one nephew, Warren (late Carol) Grimm, and his children, Benjamin and Andrew; and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded by his parents, Henry and Hulda Panzer.

Visitation will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church, 26555 Brickville Road, Sycamore. A funeral to celebrate his life and faith will take place on Friday, Nov. 8, at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Robert W. Weinhold and Rev. Marvin Metzger, pastors of the church, will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, Schaumburg, Ill.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit St. John Lutheran Church and Lutheran Hour Ministries. Checks may be made out to either, but both can be mailed to 26555 Brickville Road, Sycamore, IL 60178. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Clarence ‘C.E.’ Penninger

Clarence “C.E.” Penninger, 72, of Kaneville, passed from this life to eternal life in the early morning hours of Nov. 2, 2013, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family at his home.

Clarence was born May 6, 1941, the son of Clarence and Lois (Boyd) Penninger in Anna, Ill., where he attended local schools before graduating with the class of 1959.

Clarence enjoyed being a member of the Boy Scouts of America during his early years.

Clarence was introduced to a young lady by the name of Lois Hardy (nee Slavik) by mutual friends. On Jan. 23, 1970, the two were wed in Aurora. The newlyweds made their home in Kaneville, where they made memories to last a lifetime.

Clarence and Lois enjoyed the wind in their hair, and you would often pass them on the road while they were enjoying motorcycling or riding bicycles. The couple also enjoyed taking hiking trips together. Clarence and Lois wintered for 11 winters in Apache Junction, Ariz.

Clarence worked for Caterpillar for 30 years before retiring in 1996.

Clarence was a long time member of the Kaneville volunteer Fire Department, where he served as chaplain for the department. He was also a member Kaneville Men’s Prayer Group. Clarence was a devoted member of Village Bible Church in Sugar Grove.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Lois Penninger; son, Kenneth (Terina) Penninger of Mesa, Ariz.; daughters, Katrina (David) Winograd, of Mattoon, Ill., and Pamela Click of Metropolis, Ill.; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister, Susan Hase of Anna; and many nieces and nephews.

Clarence is preceded by his parents; and his daughter, Jenny Penninger.

Visitation was held Wednesday at Village Bible Church, Sugar Grove, with a funeral service to celebrate his life beginning at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Kaneville Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit the “Kaneville Fire Department” or “Village Bible Church.” Checks may be made to the organization 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.

Christopher Aaron Saumell

Christopher Aaron Saumell, 27, of Aurora, passed away on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.

He was born May 23, 1986, the son of Katherine (Smith) Saumell and Damon Saumell.

Christopher spent his childhood surrounded by a large, loving family that helped mold him into the loving man he became.

Christopher attended high school at Marmion Academy and graduated in 2005. He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., where he majored in mathematics and philosophy. He graduated with the class of 2009. While at Augustana, he was an active brother in the Omicron Sigma Omicron fraternity.

As a freshman at Augustana, Christopher met his wife-to-be, Clare Webster. After years of being “attached at the hip,” they married in October of 2010. A year and a half later, in April of 2012, they welcomed their son, Nicholas Augustine, into the world.

Christopher was well known for his love of philosophical debate, his dry sense of humor and his unconditional generosity. It was his tendency to give as much as he could that allowed him to touch the lives of literally hundreds of people throughout his 27 years. He was a patient teacher, whether he was teaching someone how to drive a tractor or tutoring them in advanced algebra. He never missed an opportunity to debate philosophy or politics, and he particularly loved to win bets with his uncanny knowledge of trivia.

Since his childhood, his large family imparted upon him a wide range of skills and talents, and of these, he particularly enjoyed sharpening knives, shooting rifles and fishing. He always attributed his love for animals to his mother, who made sure he grew up knowing how to ride a horse. He also loved German Shepherds, and always had a special place in his heart for his childhood canine best friend, Wolf.

Christopher is survived by his wife, Clare; his 18-month-old son, Nicholas; his brother, Michael; his parents, Kathy Saumell and Damon Saumell; his grandparents, Janice and Robert Smith; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his son’s education. Checks may be made to the “Christopher Aaron Saumell Memorial” and mailed in care of the Saumell family at P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.

Margaret Stover

Margaret Stover, 89, of Lily Lake, passed away Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, after struggling for several months with the aftermath of a stroke.

The daughter of Otto F. and Martha (“Magda” Knutzen) Rothlisberger, she was born in Plato Center, Ill., where she attended the local grade school and graduated from Plato Center High School in 1941.

In September 1943, she married Lt. Glenn Stover, also a Plato Center graduate, who was at that time in the Army Air Corps. Following World War II, they made their home in Lily Lake in 1946. They were married 36 years when Glenn died of a sudden heart attack in 1980.

Margaret’s life was about her family, whom she nourished and held dear to her, enjoying most the role of doting grandmother. A homemaker all of her life, she was a friend to many and cherished their friendship. She was the organist at several funeral homes in the Fox Valley. And when her children were all in school, she worked part time for several years as a van driver for Central CUSD 301 special education students.

Her passion was music, and she shared her gift as a musician with many, including the Congregational Church of Lily Lake, where she was an active member and played the organ for church services for nearly 70 years. Prior to her marriage, she was organist for several years at the Lily Lake (Country) Covenant Church, where she was also confirmed and married. Until her 89th year, she visited Pine View Care Center each month to play for residents, and provided music for the local and regional American Legion Auxiliary, of which she was a member all of her adult life.

Throughout her lifetime Margaret played organ for weddings and funerals, played piano to accompany dozens of students for their performances at school music competitions, and played accordion for dances in the 1940s. In the early 1950’s, she organized a “local band” of high school musicians from Lily Lake.

She is survived by her daughter and three sons, Kathleen, Ralph (Maureen), Lloyd (Gail), and Wayne Stover; nine grandchildren, Jan (Jeff), Tod (Lea), Colleen (Jean-Francois), Brian (Jennifer), Rob (Katie), Katie, Scott, Erin and Drew; nine great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Vivian Rothlisberger; two nieces and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant son; brothers, Herman and Harry Rothlisberger; sister-in-law, LaVelle Rothlisberger; and nephew, Melvin Rothlisberger.

Visitation was held Monday at Yurs Funeral Home in St. Charles. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment followed at Lily Lake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, if one wishes, memorial contributions may be made in Margaret’s name to the Congregational Church of Lily Lake, 44W188 Empire Road, St. Charles, IL 60175, or the Elburn American Legion Auxiliary Unit 630, 112 N. Main St., Elburn, IL 60119.

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

James ‘Jim’ E. Murphy Jr.

James “Jim” E. Murphy Jr., 75, of North Aurora, passed away at Presence Mercy Hospital in Aurora on Nov. 3, 2013.

Jim was born Feb. 24, 1938, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James and Margaret (Belcher) Murphy Sr. in Mc Comas, W.V.

He attended local schools before his family moved to Bluefield, W.V., where he attended high school. In 1956, Jim joined the United States Air Force, where he proudly served his country until 1963.

In July 1963 Jim moved to Illinois to work for Anaconda Wire and Cable in Sycamore. During his time in Sycamore, Jim met the love of his life, Pearle V. Mc Millan. On April 3, 1965, the two made their lives one and were married. In 1973 the couple moved to Fort Wayne, Ind., for two years. Missing home, they returned to Sycamore, and Jim began driving a truck, which he did until his retirement in 2006.

Jim had many pastimes that he enjoyed. He enjoyed spending time fishing—as long as it took his bait, it became the catch of the day. Every Sunday during football season, he could be found rooting on his favorite team, the Chicago Bears. Throughout the summer, his beloved Chicago Cubs could be found on TV. When he wasn’t watching sports or enjoying some fishing time, you could find him working on his crossword puzzles or watching NASCAR.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Pearle Murphy of North Aurora; one daughter, Melissa (Terry) Stover of Elburn; one son, James E. (Tanya) Murphy III of Layton Utah; five grandchildren, Pam and Kim Stover, and Connor, Shannon and Brandon Murphy; and his great-granddaughter, Nahla. Many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, James Sr. and Margaret Murphy; and his sister, Trudi Klein.

be865830-affa-4b21-8659-5a76131f7bc7

Virginia L. Wells

Virginia L. Wells, 86, of Plano, IL passed away, Thursday, October 31, 2013 at her home, surrounded by the love of her family. She was born April 8, 1927 in Charleston, West Virginia, the daughter of Theodore and Mary Elizabeth Shamblin. After many happy years at Armour Dial in Montgomery, Virginia retired in 1994 to spend time with her family, taking care of her grandchildren and great grandchildren and gardening. She was a member of Indian Trail Church of God. Her faith was central to her life.

She is survived by four children, Patricia Wheeler of Plano, Rick (Kelly) Wells of Georgia, Doug (Tracy) Wells of Plano and Michael (Kim) Wells of Danvers, IL; ten grandchildren, Stephanie Murray, Jim Braddish, Ken Wheeler, Ryan Wells, Jami Phillips, Jerrad Wells, Jennifer Wells, Nicholas Wells, Elizabeth Wells and Evan Wells; nine great grandchildren; one sister, Laura Darby of Oswego and several nieces and nephews, including Myrtle Murphy and Anna Mae Barnett.

Virginia was preceded in death by her daughter, Karen Hatch; one grandson, Eric Wells; her parents and nine sisters and brothers.

Family will be receiving guests on Monday, November 4, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway Ave., Montgomery, IL. Funeral Service will be on Tuesday November 5, 2013 at 10:30 am at Dieterle Memorial Home with a luncheon following. Interment will be at Fowler Grove Cemetery in Plano.

Ellanor Hauser

Ellanor Hauser, 86 of Elburn, passed from this life to eternal life in the early morning hours of Oct. 28,2013, at Arden Courts in Geneva.

Ellanor was born on Jan. 10, 1927, in Aurora, the daughter of Theodore B. and Marie M. (Songer) Clauser.

Ellanor grew up in Aurora and Oswego, Ill., graduating from East Aurora High School with the class of 1944. Ellanor was introduced to Herbert Hauser by a mutual friend and knew that he was the love of her life.

On Nov. 10, 1945, they were united in marriage in Aurora. Herb and Ellanor began their new life in Yorkville and began their family of six children.

In 1957 they moved their family to the John Grommes farm on Seavey Road, where Ellanor was a farmer’s wife and stayed home to raise her children.

She was a seamstress and made clothes for her children when they were small. She had a passion and a gift for knitting. Her hands rarely stopped when she was given the opportunity to sit and knit. Throughout the years, her hands created beautiful baby sweaters, booties, hats and baby blankets for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as many friends. Ellanor used her talents to make infant hats, which she donated to Delnor-Community Hospital for all of their newborns.

Herb and Ellanor enjoyed bowling and bowled with the Elburn Mixed League for many years. For a short time she took up the game of golf, which she enjoyed very much. After raising her children, she began working at the Elburn Herald, and for several years did housekeeping for St. Gall Church. She looked forward to her monthly card games with “the girls,” whom she also spent time with creating many beautiful quilts in her basement.

She joined St. Gall Church in 1957 and had been a faithful member until her failing health. She was a member of Elburn Sunset Swinger, and past president of the Spanish War Veterans Auxiliary in Aurora.

She now leaves her six children, Neal (Barbara) Hauser of Jacksonville, Ill., Steve (Janet) Hauser of Hinckley, Ellen (Vernon) Jones of DeForest, Wis.,Mark (Mary) Hauser of St. Charles, Barbara Hauser of Batavia and Philip Hauser of Sycamore; 13 grandchildren, Carl (Sarina) Hauser of Kaneville, Cory (Jodi) Hauser of Batavia, Carol (Oliver) Christensen of Jacksonville, David Hauser of Hinckley, Laura (Michael) Harmon of Rochelle, Ill., Brian (Colleen Kraul) of Phoenix, Ariz., Jenny (Aaron) Machotka of DeForest, Kevin (Tara) Jones of Portage, Wis., Ryan (Leslie) Hauser of Omaha, Neb., Eric (Heidi Nelson) Hauser of Yorkville, Elizabeth (Eric Hacker) Hauser of Plano, Michael (Cait Johnson) Hauser of Cortland and Samantha (Ivan) Valle of Bolingbrook, Ill.; 17 great-grandchildren, Andrew, Madison, Mic, Annabel, Cheyenne, Neal, Krystal, Justin, Betse, Donnie, Joshua, Tyler, Bryce, Annora, Lynley, Luke and Madison; one sister, Dena (Lester) Gebauer of Sugar Grove; one brother, Theodore (Linda) Clauser of Oswego; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

She now joins her husband, Herbert Hauser; her parents; one brother, Robert Clauser; and one great-grandson, Jason Hauser.

Visitation was held Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home. A mass to celebrate her life will take place on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Gall Catholic Church, 120 W. Shannon Street, Elburn. Father Timothy Seigel, pastor of the church, will officiate. Interment will follow the service at St. Gall Cemetery in Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Elburn Lions Club. Memorial checks may be made out to the Elburn Lions Club and mailed in care of the Hauser Family to P.O. Box 8049, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through www.conleycare.com.

William Richard ‘Dick’ Hedlund

William Richard “Dick” Hedlund, 80, of St. Charles, formerly and most proudly of West Aurora, peacefully passed away at his home, following a short but fierce battle with pancreatic cancer, on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. He stared down the cancer as only a Marine could. It broke his body but never his spirit. And one of his favorite sayings—”Once a jarhead, always a jarhead,” echos as his legacy.

He was born Sept. 8, 1933, in Aurora, the son of William and Genevieve Hedlund.

Though Dick spent many of his growing up years in several Aurora area towns, he always considered West Aurora his home. He attended local schools and graduated from West Aurora with the class of 1950, where he was a standout football player and was a boxer of note, undefeated at the local YMCA.

Upon graduation, Dick began working at ComEd, but shortly thereafter he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. After faithfully and proudly serving his country, he was honorably discharged and returned to ComEd, where he finished a 38-year career, retiring as a crew leader.

Dick met the love of his life by chance. He was supposed to pick up his date, but she wasn’t there. He was consoled by the fact that her roommate, Katherine “Kitty” Naughton, went in her place. The rest was history. They were united in marriage on Oct. 21, 1961.

They began their new life together in West Aurora for a time before building one of the first houses in Wasco, off of Empire Road.

They would live and raise a family for only a few short years before they lost their oldest son, John, on Oct. 2, 1969. Kitty lost her life to a rare cancer in 1977; that left Dick alone to raise his three boys. He never flinched from duty, his devotion was resolute, and you could search the world but never find a dad who did a better job or loved his boys more. The home was filled with thousands of memories, and when the kids were grown and on their own, grandchildren became his passion. He loved them with a singular intensity that was his trademark in anything he did.

Dick was a proud member of the Maple Park American Legion No. 312.

Dick was very proud of his Swedish heritage and hosted family gatherings when his relatives came from his homeland. Those gatherings and gatherings thereafter had one thing in common: beer. He liked to say, “I either have beer or I am out getting beer.”

His friendships were stronger than oak, and his word was stronger than that but nothing compared to the love he had for his family. Being a single dad was tough, but there was no other that was more devoted to their children. Three boys, three sports, three different games or meets each week—and he never missed even one. Dick made sure that they never wanted for anything. His boys not only got what they needed, but he also made sure there were yearly cross-country trips in a ’78 Dodge van to Disney, to the western states, fishing in Canada, and snowmobiling in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula.

He is survived by three sons, Joe (Megan) Hedlund and their son Viktor Stanley, Jim (Cori) Hedlund and their daughter Emma Grace, and

Jaret (Amy) Hedlund and his sons Noah Thomas and John Richard; three siblings, Sally Keup, Herman (Kathy) Kussro and Mike (Cathy) Kussro; many nieces and nephews and a brotherhood of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Kitty; one son, John Patrick; and one brother, Walter.
Visitation was held Friday at Conley Funeral Home. A funeral to celebrate his life and faith was held Saturday, also at the funeral home. Interment followed at Resurrection Cemetery, Geneva.

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

Lois J. Shaw

Lois J. Shaw, 89, of Sugar Grove, passed away at her favorite place—home—on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, surrounded by family, friends and all the prayers from a countryside of friends.

She was born May 30, 1924, the daughter of Wilbur and Tona (Wolfe) Bower.

Lois grew up on a farm on Dauberman Road in Kaneville and attended local schools. She was a proud graduate from Kaneville High School with the class of 1943. Prior to her marriage, Lois found work at the Kaneville Store first before finding a job in the kitchen of Community Hospital in Geneva.

Lois met the man of her dreams at the Kaneville Store, Leon Shaw, who supposedly only visited because of gas rationing, but everyone else knew better. The spark they found together fueled a love that would last almost 69 years, but it all began on March 10, 1945, at the parsonage of the Kaneville United Methodist Church. It was a point of pride for both Lois and Leon, but she was always fond of saying that she started out with a sailor but ended up with a farmer.

The first year of marriage found Lois and Leon at his parent’s house for a time before making their home on a farm on Lasher Road. Though the original home grew a bit over the years, it was always overflowing with love, laughter and million memories made by a growing family and wonderful friends.

In her “spare time,” Lois was generous with her time—she volunteered at Community Hospital, was a Sunday school teacher for many years, and was famous for her melodic voice, singing in barber shop quartets, funerals, weddings and anything else that needed a touch of an angels voice. La Kelvine Club, a womens group at Kaneville United Methodist Church, also boasted her as a member.

Lois and Leon loved to travel all over the globe. They traveled to over 22 countries between them, including Hawaii, Australia, Alaska, Panama Canal, several points in Europe, not to mention every state in the union except for Connecticut.

They both were staples at several area restaurants for up to three meals a day, making it difficult for anyone to just “drop by.” Once the chores were done, they were on the road.

Lois had a wonderful habit of doing the exact thing—sometimes on a daily basis—that drove Leon crazy, but they wouldn’t have it any other way.

There was no place or time Lois wouldn’t sing. From early morning to late at night, or down the aisle of the grocery store, Lois sang her favorite songs for all to enjoy. The only thing she loved more were young children, especially her own grandchildren. They all had a special place in her heart and gave her a reason to smile.

She is survived by her loving husband, Leon; four children, Cheryl (Bill) Keller of Elburn, Rollin (Sara) Shaw of Sugar Grove, Colleen Christensen of Big Rock and Rene (Marty DeMararis) Shaw of Geneva; nine grandchildren, Kevin (Susan) Keller, Kimberly Provenzano, Shari (Troy) Schrader, Marcia (Kyle) McKittrick, Wayne (Liz) Shaw, Dane Christensen, Haley Christensen, Paul Borst and Mitchell Borst; nine great-grandchildren, Jade Schrader, Madison Schrader, Brynley Schrader, Kellan Schrader, Jack McKittrick, Noah McKittrick, Nicolette Provenzano, Joseph Provenzano and Alexander Keller; one brother, Donald (Donna Vee) Bower; one sister-in-law, Alice May Jandt; many nieces and nephews, and a countryside of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Wilber and Tona Bower; one great-granddaughter, Gianna Provenzano; a sister, Pauline Breon; and one brother, Lysle Bower.

Visitation was held on Sunday at Conley Funeral Home. A funeral to celebrate her life will followed on Monday at Kaneville United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Kaneville Cemetery, Kaneville.

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

Obit Picture Lyle Johnson

Lyle ‘Swish’ Johnson

Lyle “Swish” Johnson, 78, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Elburn, passed away on Oct. 11, 2013, surrounded by the love and care of his family.

He was born Aug. 18, 1935, in Aurora, Ill., the son of Gladys Johnson Scalet. Lyle grew up in the Fox Valley and graduated from Batavia High School with the class of ’53.

A lover of baseball, Lyle played for Rajah’s Colts from 1951-54. In 1958, he tried out for the Phillies but was told to gain weight and try again. However, before he could try again, Uncle Sam called and Lyle became a member of another team: the U.S. Army. He served from June 1958 to June 1960 with the rank of PFC Marksman.

Lyle met Barb Breese on a blind date on Nov. 23, 1962. The date was “blind,” but love was not, and a short time later, on Feb. 23, 1963, they were united in marriage. They happily celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary earlier this year.

They made their home in Wasco and St. Charles before settling in Elburn in 1976. While living in Elburn, Lyle and Barb raised their children, became involved in the life of the community and made a million memories. In 2002, they left Elburn to make their home in Florida.

Lyle worked as a bartender for a number of years at Denny’s Den, Wasco Inn and Ruby’s Half Moon. Until 1968, he worked on dairy farms in Batavia, Sycamore and Wasco. From 1968 to 1975, he was employed at the St. Charles Youth Center, then in 1977 went to work at Hines Lumber Company in St. Charles, where he remained for the next 21 years.

Lyle was employed by Conte Excavating, after retiring from Hines, until he and Barb moved to Largo, Fla., where they spent the next five years living next to both of Barb’s brothers and their wives.

He was a member of the Teamsters Local No. 330, and in the earlier years he coached Wasco Little League Baseball.

A true blue Cowboys fan, Lyle was also a die-hard Cub fan. He loved a good game of poker, especially with his sons, son-in-law, and his cousin George Wall and family.

He enjoyed golf, reading a good western, a trip to the boat with Jeff and Steph, talking sports with the boys and having a beer with friends. Butter Pecan ice cream with butterscotch topping and strawberry candies were his favorite “sweet” treats.

He enjoyed dinner and cards with Barb and his sister-in-law Marge. In more recent years, he also enjoyed traveling with his daughter and son-in-law. He will forever be missed and never forgotten.

Lyle is survived by his loving wife, Barb of St. Petersburg; children, Paul (Janis) Johnson, of New York, N.Y., Peggy (David) Stover, of Maple Park, Jeff (Steph) Johnson of Elgin, Ill., Dan Johnson of DeKalb, and Ed (Tammi) Johnson of Woodstock, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Joe Johnson, Kelsey Johnson, Lance Johnson, Shana Johnson, Gabe Curl, Zak Johnson and Ayden Johnson; two step-grandchildren, Tim (Susan) Stover and Paul (Alvina) Stover; one step-great-granddaughter, Cadence Stover; his sister, Ann (Bill) Boden of Friendship, Wis.; and his sisters-in-law, Marge Breese of St. Petersburg, and Kathy Carlson of Monticello, Minn.; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded in death by his mother and step-father, Gladys and Emil Scalet; his daughter-in-law, Kathy Johnson; his brother-in-law, Jerry Breese; his brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Helen Breese; and one niece, Lori Breese.

A memorial visitation will take place Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A eulogy will take place at 4:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit Suncoast Hospice (www.thehospice.org/donate) or the Wounded Warrior Project. Checks may be made to the “Lyle Johnson Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66 Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may be forwarded to the family at the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

JoAnn Kuzlik

JoAnn Kuzlik, 74, of Elburn, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Chicago, the daughter of Joseph and Bernice (Litwin) Lezon.

JoAnn worked many years for the Kane County Clerk’s Office in Geneva. She loved spending time with her family and especially enjoyed her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all those whose lives she touched.

She is survived by her children, Denise (Jack) Feltes of Sugar Grove, Robert of Polo, Ill., Kathryn (Scott) Hofmann of Elburn, Michael of St. Charles, and Pamela (Christopher Busch) of Hinesville, Ga.; grandchildren, Anthony Stover, Anna, Sarah and Emma Feltes, Julie and Victoria Kuzlik, Chase Hofmann, and Ciarra and Dylan Busch; siblings, Shirley (John) Smith of St. Charles, and Joseph (Kathy) Lezon of Downers Grove, Ill.; and many dear nieces, nephews and friends.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service and visition was held Oct. 14 at Malone Funeral Home, Geneva, with Father Robert Jones officiating. Burial was held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter, 525 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60661.

Marilyn E. Homesley

Marilyn E. Homesley, 83, of Elburn, formerly of East Palestine, Ohio, passed away peacefully Monday evening, Oct. 14, 2013, surrounded by the prayers of her family.

She was born Feb. 28, 1930, in Salem , Ohio, the daughter of Russell and Edna (Keebler) Oberholtzer.

Marilyn grew up in East Palestine and attended local schools. She graduated as a “straight A” student in 1947.

Marilyn met the love of her life at a local basketball game when she crossed paths with Lester Homesley. They were united in marriage on Feb. 28, 1948, in East Palestine, and it was one of the best birthday gifts she ever received. The marriage certificate had both their full names, but ever after Marilyn only called Lester “Hon.”

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. They eventually moved to St. Charles, but made Elburn their home from 1974 onward.

Marilyn was the perfect mom and wife, but after Randy was grown, she added executive secretary to her resume while working at Riverside Laboratory in Geneva before taking her talents to Curtis Breeding in Elburn. Eventually she worked at the Kane County Government Center Health Department for several years before retiring. Afterward, she and Les hit the road in their motor home and traveled to all the places they thought they might like to live, but found there was no place like home in Elburn.

Marilyn was an animal lover, especially cats and the ducks she loved to feed on the Fox River with her grandchildren in tow. She had no rivals when it came to working in the kitchen. Her roasts and ham loaf were second to none, and her cookies were one of a kind. Her love for her family was never ending, and the memories made with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren are priceless gifts that will be treasured forever.

She is survived by one son, Randy (Debbie) Homesley of Elburn; two grandchildren, Jason Homesley of St. Charles and Jennifer Dazzo of Elburn; and five great-grandchildren, Bella Homesley, and Drake, Drew, Kamryn and Corey Dazzo.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Edna Oberholtzer; and her husband, Lester “Hon” Homesley.

Private family services will be held. Interment will occur at Oak Hill Cemetery, Geneva.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made directly to the charity of your choice. Memories and tributes may also be forwarded to the family at www.conleycare.com where you can also see her full-life story.

Mary Marie Sohan

Mary Marie Sohan, 84, of Maple Park, formerly of Sugar Grove, passed away at her home, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.

She was born Oct. 13, 1928, in Aurora, the daughter of Morris J. and Helen M. (Martin) Gordon.

Mary grew up on the “family farm” in Sugar Grove and attended local schools both in Sugar Grove and in Aurora.

Mary was united in marriage to Edwin M. Stanton III, with whom she had three children, Nancy A., Edwin IV and Michael G.

In 1973, Mary was introduced to Edwin J. “Ed” Sohan by a mutual friend. On July 14, 1974, Mary and Ed were united in marriage. Not only did their hearts become one, so did their two families, as Ed’s daughter Nancy L. made them a family of six. They made their home on a farm in Maple Park.

Mary worked at Rorry’s, a dress shop at West Plaza in Aurora, for more than 10 years, many of which as the manager. Later, she worked part time at Sosin’s—another dress shop, this time in Sycamore—until Edwin’s passing in 1999.

Mary was a member and past secretary for Ohio Grove Grange, No. 1842. She was also a faithful member of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church in Sugar Grove, where was a bible school teacher and member of the Women’s Auxiliary, for many years.

Mary’s life was full of family and fun. She took turns leading troops of Cub and Boy Scouts, as well as Brownies and Girl Scouts. She loved to sew clothes and crotchet for family and friends. Her garden was always bright and beautiful, full of tasty vegetables and vibrant flowers. She always had enough love in her heart for anyone and everyone, including those “best friends” who walked on four paws. Her pets became family the instant she laid eyes on them. She will forever be missed and never be forgotten.

She is survived by four children, Edwin M. (Marion) Stanton of Darlington, Wis., Mike (Vickie) Stanton of Sycamore, Nancy L. (Linne) Calkins of Aurora, and Nancy A. Stanton of Sycamore; seven grandchildren, Renee (Terry) Douglas of Mineral Point, Wis., Vance E. (Kathy Reilly) Stanton, Andrew J. (Dianne) Stanton and Casey Stanton, all of Darlington, and Michelle (Michael) Fleming of DeKalb, Sheila (Richard) Stanton-Swanson of Wasco, and Jeneen (Nick) Stading of Hampshire, Ill.; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild (with another one on the way); many nieces, nephews, cousins and a countryside of friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Edwin; her parents, Morris J. and Helen M. Gordon; and two siblings, Donald J. Gordon and Helen G. Ogle.

Visitation was held Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate her life and faith will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, also at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery, Merrill Road, Sugar Grove.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Mary’s name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Mary Sohan 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 of through www.conleycare.com, where you can also find her full-life story.

Dennis R. Loske

Dennis R. Loske, 47, of Elburn, passed from this life to eternal life in the early morning hours of Oct. 9, 2013, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family.

Dennis was born March 5, 1966, in Chicago, to Dieter and Monica (McDonald) Loske. He grew up in the family homes in Lombard, Forest Lake and Barrington, Ill.

Dennis graduated from DeVry with his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, and from Illinois Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in computer science. He met and married his wife, Becky (Barnas), at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill. They were married on July 11, 1992. They lived in Wheaton until moving to Elburn, nearly 20 years ago, to start and raise their family.

Dennis worked in the information technology field for many years. He started at AT&T/Bell Labs after college, worked for several computer consulting firms, and then spent the past 12 years with CFS Consulting Group of Oak Brook, Ill.

He was active in Christ Community Church, St. Charles, in both the KidsWorld and AWANA ministries. He served as a Boy Scout leader for his sons in Troop 777 of LaFox. He also participated in several Bible studies, both at Christ Community Church and Bible Study Fellowship.
His life was devoted to his family and his God. He was a man of faith, a devoted husband and attentive father. Some of his hobbies included family vacations to national parks, running, cycling with friends and brewing a variety of beers.

He is survived by his wife, Becky; their children, Kyle, David,and Nicole; his parents, Dieter and Monica Loske; his brothers, John (Terry) Loske of Lexington, S.C., and Kevin (Brooke) Loske of Bartlett, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as relatives in Ireland and Germany.

He was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents.

Visitation was held Sunday at Christ Community Church in St. Charles. A funeral service celebrating Dennis’ faith was held Monday at the church, with Pastor Randy Isola officiating services.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his children’s education. Checks may be made to the “Dennis Loske Memorial” and mailed in care of the Loske Family at P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

William Garcia Picture

William Garcia Jr.

William Garcia Jr. passed away on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at his home. He was born April 11, 1960, in Chicago.

William graduated from Bowen High School in Chicago in 1979. He then began working at South Chicago Bank, now known as Charter One, for about 15 years. He attended Aurora University and DePaul University.

William had worked for BMO Harris Bank in Oswego since 2001. He was also a past governor and volunteer at the Aurora Moose Club.

Survivors include his mother, Frances Garcia, nee Granado; four children, Joann Cervantez, Maryann Cervantez, Matthew Garcia and Sarah Garcia; his grandchildren, Lilly Arambula, Diego Garcia and Jasmine Colunga; his siblings, Donna and Liz Garcia; as well as several nieces and nephews.

William was preceded in death by his father, William Garcia Sr.

Funeral services were held on on Saturdayat The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. Fr. Jerome Leake officiated. Visitation was held on Friday at the funeral home. Interment will be private.

William was a very caring person who took great pride and joy in being a grandfather and father, as well. He will always be known as having a great sense of humor. He considered himself the No. 1 fan of the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Blackhawks. William will be dearly missed by family and friends, but will always remain in their hearts.

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

Howard C. Dietz

Howard C. Dietz, 91, of Batavia, passed away, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at LaSalle Veterans Home in LaSalle, Ill. He was born Aug. 5, 1922, in Chicago, the son of George and Harriet (nee Grodowski) Dietz.

He was united in marriage to Darlene Bennet on Oct. 28, 1950, at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, located in Nashua, Iowa.

Howard was a member of the Kane County Car Club, Thunderbird Club International and the Chicago Thunderbird Club. He served in the United States Army for three years during World War II.

He is survived by three sons, Robert (Linda) Dietz of Elburn, Thomas H. Dietz of St. Charles and Todd (Yvonne) Dietz of Oswego, Ill.; three grandchildren, Nicole (Scott) Kramer, Amanda (Chad) Render and Sean (fiancee, Stephanie Jones) Dietz; great-grandchildren, Chase (Ashlee), Madison and Logan Kramer; and the family’s beloved dogs, Sophie, Fiona and Chloe.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Darlene, and a brother, Leroy Dietz.

Visitation was held Friday at Moss Family Funeral Home in Batavia. Funeral services were held on Saturday at the funeral home. Interment followed at River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia.

Memorial contributions may be directed to American Cancer Society 143 First St. Batavia, IL.

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

Janice M. Wren

Janice M. Wren, 70, of Elburn, passed away at her home surrounded by the love and prayers of her family on Tuesday Sept. 3, 2013.

She was born May 17, 1943, the daughter of Alvin and Pearl Hetland in Ottawa, Ill. She attended local schools before graduating from Malta High School.

In the mid 1950s, Jan checked coats for the local high school basketball team. One night, a young man by the name of Ted Wren attended a game. That night, Jan checked more than his coat—she checked his heart, giving hers in return. Shortly after high school, Ted would ask Jan to be his wife. Their plans were temporarily put on hold when Ted went off to faithfully serve his country. During the Korean War, Ted found the time to make it home on leave to marry the love of his life. On June 24, 1961, Jan and Ted would finally have their unforgettable day.

Later that year the newly weds would make their home in Sycamore, where they would spend the next 10 years. In 1971, the couple moved their family to Elburn, where they made memories to last a lifetime.

During Jan’s high school years she worked for a jewelry store in Sycamore. After moving to Elburn, she worked for Anderson’s Grocery Store. It wasn’t until an opportunity to waitress at the Country Kettle that she found her true calling. Throughout the years she made countless friends, often those who would wait around for one of her tables to become available. Even though she truly loved her work at the Country Kettle, her love for Ted was much more. When Ted’s health needed attending to she provided everything he needed.

Jan and Ted enjoyed the outdoors together, especially attending to their garden and yard. She enjoyed watching birds and rabbits. Jan truly lived life for others, loved unconditionally and laughed often. There was nothing more important to her than her family. All holidays were spent at her home with a home-cooked meal specially made for those who meant the most to her.

Her constant companions—her cat Butter and dog Molly—were always by her side. Jan always put her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren first. She was their biggest supporter in everything her children did, always offering advice and encouragement when needed. Even as her children grew, they always knew that they could always go home to the love and support that only “mom” could provide.

When Ted’s health began to decline, he wanted nothing more than to be home. Jan made that possible by providing everything and more to the one who held her heart since high school. Jan wanted nothing different in her final days, and her children made it possible. She made it home the morning of Sept. 3, and just as she settled in to the comfort of her bed, she drifted off. Her new home is in Heaven, where she is reunited once again with Ted.

She is survived by her three children, Gary Wren of Maple Park, Anna Wren of Woodland, Ala., and Susan (Dan) McGuffin of Elgin, Ill.; Carolyn and Vicki, who were like daughters to her; eight grandchildren, Christina Wren, Michael Wren, Meg McGuffin, Connor McGuffin, Hunter McGuffin, Andrew (Anthea) Lowery, Shawn Lowery and Rebecca (Jackie) Vaughn; five great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jonathan, Emily, Alayna, and Wrangler; one brother, Myron Hetland; and a Country(Kettle)side of friends.

She is preceded by her parents and her husband of 50 years, Ted Wren.

Visitation took place on Sunday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service celebrating Jan’s life was held on Monday, with visitation held prior to the service. Rev. Laura Crites, pastor of Hinckley First United Methodist Church, officiated. Interment followed at Blackberry Township Cemetery in Elburn.

Tributes and Condolences can be mailed in care of “The Wren Family” to P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119 or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Ann R. Harmon

Ann R. Harmon, 90, of Elburn, passed away Aug. 30, 2013, at Pine Acres Rehab and Living Center, where she had made her home in recent years.

Ann was born Jan. 16, 1923, in Spring Valley, Ill., the daughter of James and Rose (Soeder) Lynch.

Ann grew up in areas surrounding Peru, Ill., and attended local schools. She graduated from LaSalle-Peru High School.

After working locally for a time, Ann enlisted in Women’s Army Corp on Sept. 16, 1944. She served stateside, taking care of her fellow wounded soldiers throughout the country. After she was honorably discharged in Oct. 14, 1946, she attended St. Mary’s School of Nursing and graduated with the class of 1950.

Ann was united in marriage to Thomas Leroy “Red” Harmon on May 19, 1951.

They first lived in rural Utica before moving to Elburn in 1955. In November of 1998, sadness struck when Red passed away, but Ann continued to live and make memories in their Elburn home.

In the ensuing years, as Ann’s healthcare needs changed, she lived in several locations.

Ann was a faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church and it’s Altar and Rosary Society. She and Red were also members of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Aurora.

Ann’s true gift was the caring for others. Whether they were injured soldiers, family, neighbors, scraped knees on grandchildren or a broken heart, no one cared for you like Ann. Ann’s hands were rarely idle, and when not caring for others, she loved to sew.

Ann also loved to read anything she could get her hands on. She was a hearty traveler, making trips with Red to many destinations throughout the Caribbean, the Middle East and Africa. Her favorite times were those spent reading to her children and grandchildren, and being surrounded by friends and family.

She is survived by two children, Jim (Sahar) Harmon of Cairo, Egypt, and Leanne (Larry) Snyder of Maple Park; three grandchildren, Keith Snyder, Lisa Harmon and Elizabeth Harmon; three siblings, James Lynch, Lois Humpage and William Lynch; several nieces, nephews and a community of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Kenneth Lynch.

Visitation will take place at 10 a.m., with a mass to follow at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Sept. 7, at St. Gall Catholic Church , 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn. Fr. Tim Seigel, pastor of the church, will officiate with interment to follow at St. Gall Cemetery.

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

Gary Wilson

Gary Wilson, 69, of Batavia, formerly of Sugar Grove and owner of the Yankee Clipper Barber Shop in Oswego, passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of his family following a brief but fierce illness, on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

He was a Christmas baby, blessing his family in 1943 in Aurora, the son of Carter Glidden and Catherine Rose (Greiter) Wilson. He was known to jokingly say that two important people were born on that day and he wasn’t always sure which one was greater.

Gary grew up in Sugar Grove and attended local schools. He graduated from Kaneland High School in 1961, where he proudly sang with a quartet known as the “Checkertones,” complete with red and white checked ties, who eventually became state champions. Throughout his years and beyond, Gary proudly wore the nickname “Hop” due to his love of Hopalong Cassidy. Following graduation, Gary went to barber college in Chicago and found something that not only was he very good at, but something he loved to do, as well.

In 1962, a certain young lady was enrolled in Copley School of Nursing, which was “The Place” for Kaneland boys to pick up cute girls. Kathleen “Kathi” Olson was set up with Gary so she could talk up her girlfriend, but after that first date, Gary and Kathi knew without a doubt there was something special in the air. They were eventually united in marriage on April 4, 1964, at St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn.

The newlyweds first lived in Kaneville for a brief time, but for Gary, “home” was Sugar Grove. They made their home on both the east and west sides, welcoming home three beautiful girls: Julie, Karin and Molly. In 1996, Gary and Kathi downsized after the girls left home, building a home in Batavia with the caveat that he would get his morning coffee in Sugar Grove on his way to work in Oswego.

Gary loved his job and made many special friends over the years. Gary always felt at home behind a barber chair. No matter where he worked—from brief stints in Batavia, Elburn and Sugar Grove before becoming his own boss at Yankee Clipper Barber Shop for over 30 years in Oswego—Gary loved his job and made many special friends over the years. Gary also was a school bus driver in the morning for Kaneland School District for over 20 years. Gary was far from putting down his shears until a diagnosis of cancer brought retirement to his door.

Above all else was Gary’s love for his family. He was the proudest father and grandfather you could find. Gary’s grandchildren were the apple of his eye, and Gary was the first one to support and cheer them on in all their activities. He was taken too soon, but not before his indelible mark was left on the hearts of all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Kathi Wilson; three daughters, Julie (Mark) Harrington, Karin (Scott) Herwick and Molly (John) Nelson; five grandchildren, Emily Harrington, Ben Harrington, Andrew Nelson, Anna Nelson and Ryan Herwick; four siblings, Bob (Sylvia) Wilson, Sharon (Don) Henderson, Dianne (Bill) Rissman Mason and Melodee (Mike) Probst; two sisters-in-law, Carolyn (Arlyn) Lund and Mary (John) Coon; many nieces and nephews; Max, his dog and constant companion for the last 17 years; and a countryside full of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Carter and Catherine; one brother-in-law, Darryl Rissman; sister-in-law, Marjorie Faltz Wilson; and his mother- and father in-law, Kenneth and Lorraine Olson.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate his life will take place on Friday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m., also at the funeral home. Interment will follow at River Hills Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Gary’s name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Gary Wilson 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 find his full-life story.

Chester Christian Meyer Jr.

Chester Christian Meyer Jr., 69, passed away while surrounded by family at his Maple Park home on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013.

Chet was born on Feb. 5, 1944, in Oak Park, Ill., to Chester C. and Edith C. (Larson) Meyer Sr. He was raised in Westchester, Ill., and graduated from Proviso West High School in 1962.

He spent five years stationed in Georgia as a radar operator in the U.S. Navy. After the Navy, the young veteran took a course in German from an attractive Triton College rookie instructor who was not at all impressed with his classroom antics. She left enough of an impression on him that he majored in German at University of Illinois-Chicago, graduating in 1974 with a B.A. Those antics eventually evolved to be more effective some years later, when Hilda Markowski, the instructor, finally accepted his offer to go to a musical.

Chet married Hilda on Aug. 10, 1974. Together they lived in Oak Park until they moved into their beautiful house in unincorporated Maple Park that Chet, Hilda and friends built in 1978.
Over the years Chet was the proprietor of three small businesses that allowed him to put his hands to work. First, he restored antique furniture at Old World Restoration; then he sold vintage and modern wood stoves at the Blackberry Stove Store in Geneva. Finally, when his daughter entered elementary school, he retrained as a dental technician at Triton College and started the Kane Denture Service. Chet continued to handcraft comfortable custom dentures in his lab until his recent retirement in 2011.

Chet was heavily involved in the Elburn community and active in the Kaneland schools. He coached baseball in Elburn for eight years, from 1987 to 1994, and served as president of the newly formed Elburn Countryside Athletic Association from 1994 to 1997. Chet also was an active observer of the Kaneland School Board and served on multiple committees.

Chet’s passions included the outdoors, gardening and woodworking. He spent time every summer canoeing in the upper Midwest with family and friends, and particularly loved the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and the Sylvania Wilderness. He was especially at peace on the water and loved to teach others about wilderness camping.

At home, Chet was often found in his workshop making beautiful objects, from furniture to wooden boats and canoe paddles to intricate toys for his grandchildren. He also enjoyed cultivating his bountiful flower and heirloom vegetable gardens. His curiosity for how and why things worked was infectious, and while mastering many, he was a true jack of all trades.

Chet was known for his Midwestern friendliness, his willingness to help others, and his fierce advocacy of progressive values. He loved his family, especially the grandchildren, and never passed up an opportunity to build or restore old toys for them. He loved to dote upon his grandchildren and sit outside in his beautiful yard, quietly observing the changing seasons, even when feeling ill during his year-long struggle with leukemia.

He is survived by Hilda, his loving wife of 39 years; his daughter, Katja Meyer; and son-in-law, Burt Thomas; his grandchildren, Farris and Mathilda Thomas Meyer; and his sister, Andrea Bauza.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Edith Meyer, Sr.

Chet did not want a funeral. Instead the family will host a celebration to honor his life at his home in September. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, www.donate.lls.org/lls/donate, or Friends of the Boundary Waters, www.friends-bwca.org/donate/. Tributes and memories may be forwarded to the family through conleycare.com.

Eric_obitBW

Eric Berry

Eric Berry, 55, of Malta, formerly of Elburn, passed away at Delnor-Community Hospital on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, following a short illness.

He was born Oct. 23, 1957, in Geneva, the son of Edward Sr. and Jeanne (Ferris) Berry.

Eric grew up in Elburn, graduating from Kaneland High School with the class of 1975.

Eric attended McMurray College, where he graduated in 1979 with a B.A. in education. He later earned a degree in computer science from Northern Illinois University.

Eric began as a special education teacher in Jacksonville, Ill., but it was music that ruled his heart. To that end, he opened his own guitar shop, Acoustic Woodworks, in Elburn, where he made custom guitars, by hand, that were as beautiful to see as to hear.

Eric changed careers in1994 when he joined Johnson Controls in DeKalb as an IT manager and systems analyst, working there for almost 20 years. In addition to his primary responsibilities, Eric also served as a site consultant, often going to the company’s plant in Mexico.

Eric’s heart and soul belonged to his partner Karen Bovenizer, whom he met by chance in Naperville in 1992. Though fate brought them together, it was their deep love for each other that kept them walking side by side, making memories for 21 years.

Eric had a kind soul, was a friend to many, and he could make just about anyone laugh in spite of themselves. He was generous to a fault, giving often to the Susan G. Komen Foundation For Breast Cancer.

He was also an accomplished pianist and was adept at playing just about any other kind of instrument he picked up. Eric’s passion for music was infectious. It brought together both family and friends for informal but intense jam sessions that often went into the wee hours of the morning. He also spent many hours creating, experimenting, and recording new music of every kind. In addition to music, Eric loved being on the water. Beginning in early childhood, he spent time every summer of his life at White Lake in Michigan, where he sailed and fished and swam and rowed.

He was craftsman of beer as well, tweaking his own homemade recipe for a brew that was second to none. Eric was a man who lived life to the fullest. He loved deeply, and was deeply loved. He will be forever missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving “sweets,” Karen Bovenizer; his parents, Edward and Jeanne Berry; eight siblings, Ted (Penny) Berry, Chris (Jeanne) Berry, Mark (Kathy) Berry, Valerie Berry, Sally Berry, Jennifer (Carter) Calloway, Margaret (Greg) Edwards and Michelle Berry; 16 nieces and nephews; six great-nieces and great-nephews; and a community of friends.

He is preceded in death by his nephews, Phillip Berry and Aaron Berry.

Visitation will take place at 10 a.m., followed by a memorial service to celebrate his life at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Private family burial will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Eric’s name to benefit his favorite charities, American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Checks may be made to the “Eric Berry 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.

Margie Brennan

Margie Brennan of Yorkville passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and music. During Margie’s last hours, her family sang many of her favorite songs to her.

She was born on Nov. 28, 1926, in Augusta, Kan.

She had a long career as an office assistant in several companies and schools. Margie enjoyed visiting her children, and spending holidays with her family.

Margie is survived by her children, Patricia (Tom) Hallin, Susan (Jim) McGuire, Judy (Perry) Milanesi, Kathy (Eric) Blasczcak and Michael (Tami) Brennan; 16 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene.

Margie’s family appreciates the many people who cared for her, including friends, hospice employees, nurses, and assistants.

Margie’s family is planning a private remembrance at a future date.

Arrangements were handled by Healy Chapel, Aurora. For further information, call (630) 897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.

LaRee Jacobson

LaRee Jacobson, 81, of Batavia, passed away on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. She was born Dec. 6, 1931, in Rankin, Ill., the daughter of Lawrence and Rebekah Barr.

She married Roger Jacobson on Nov. 27, 1953, the same year she graduated from Illinois State University. LaRee taught school for two years in Arkansas. Then she taught in North Aurora for 35 years, where she earned a master’s degree.

She was an avid reader, writer and entertainer. LaRee and her husband Roger performed together throughout the state with their act, “Homegrown Histories.” She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. LaRee’s personality and wit touched everyone who knew her. She was truly one of a kind.

Survivors include her loving husband, Roger; two sons, Jay and Lou (Sue) Jacobson of Elburn; a daughter, Libby Wolkoff of Highland Park, Ill.; one brother, D.J. Barr of Bayles Lake, Ill.; two grandchildren, Jacob and Ben; three step-grandchildren, Colleen, Tom and Paul; and three step-great-grandchildren.

LaRee was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Ronald Barr and Dwayne (Virginia) Barr.

LaRee’s immediate family has decided to mourn her loss privately. To leave an online condolence, visit www.conleycare.com/.

Arrangements handled with care by Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.