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KUMC to begin summer worship schedule

KANEVILLE—Kaneville United Methodist Church will begin its summer worship schedule on Sunday, June 2, which is also Graduate Recognition Sunday.

Summer worship will begin at 9:30 a.m., alternating between indoor and outdoor services. The June 2 worship will be indoors.

Lois J. Slaughter-O’Brochta

Lois J. Slaughter-O’Brochta, 81, of Montgomery, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Presence Mercy Center. She was born Aug. 7, 1931, in Mendota, Ill., the daughter of the late George and Myrtle “May” (Sperrey) Duffey.

Lois is survived by her four children, Kenneth (Jeanine Lehnert) Slaughter, Marilyn (Donald) Holmes, Rodney (Jacqueline) Slaughter and Steven Slaughter; 10 grandchildren, Carolyn Slaughter, Sarah (Jason) Stauffenberg, Scott Slaughter, Andrea (Michael) Jarot, Tracy (Eric) Smith, Theo Calvert, Theron Greene, Johnathon Slaughter, Noah Slaughter and Marcus Slaughter. Survivors also include eight grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by her two husbands, Theron “Pete” Slaughter and Frances “Frank” O’Brochta; two sisters, Beverly Contreras and Dorothy Johnson; as well as a brother, Howard Duffey.

Funeral services were held on Saturday at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, with Pastor Jeff Moore officiating. Visitation was held prior to the funeral hour. Interment followed at Lincoln Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

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

Borg inducted into Phi Kappa Phi honor society

BATON ROUGE, LA.—Kelsey Borg of Maple Park was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Borg is pursuing a degree in communication disorders at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Borg is among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as well as faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Paxton Michael Greiff

Mark and Heide Greiff of Cortland announce the birth of their son, Paxton Michael. He was born Sept. 28, 2012, at Delnor-Community Hospital. He weighted 9 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

The proud grandparents are John and Nancy Greiff of Aurora, and Richard Striedl of Kaneville. Great-grandparents are Jim and Joyce Davis of Aurora, and Douglas and Genevieve Porter of Batavia.

Paxton was welcomed home by big sisters, Audra, 13, and Kierston, 3.

Leonard A. Douglas

Leonard A. Douglas, 79, of North Aurora, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at his home. He was born Dec. 19, 1933, in Aurora, the son of the late C.A and Irene (Zaricor) Douglas.

Len was the beloved husband of Marilyn (Barger) Douglas. Marilyn was at his side as she was for their 56 years of marriage.

Len was a 1952 graduate of East Aurora High School. Upon graduation, Len served our country in the U.S. Navy for four years. He and Marilyn then started their life together in their North Aurora home, and Len continued working for the government, delivering mail. In 1964, the couple started L.A. Douglas Carpet Service, which their sons grew into the respected Fox Valley companies, Douglas Carpet One and Big Bob’s.

Len found the greatest joy in life through his family. He adored his wife, children, grandchildren, as well as the many family dogs. In addition to his family legacy, Len left behind many beautiful pieces of handcrafted furniture that family and friends will cherish always. Woodworking was his passion. Len loved to laugh and enjoyed many great memories with friends and family.

Len had a servant’s heart and had a long history of donating time and resources through the North Aurora Lion’s Club, where he served as the president and was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. He was a volunteer fireman for North Aurora for many years and served on the Kane County Board. He would sit with disabled neighbors for coffee each morning or drive anyone wherever they needed to go for chemotherapy appointments or doctor’s visits. Len was also a Golden Heart Award recipient, having donated more than eleven gallons of blood.

Len is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his loving children, Michael and Kari (Adams) Douglas, James and Barbara (Humann) Douglas, and Christine (Douglas) and Christopher Theisen; his grandchildren and greatest source of pride, Matt (fiancee Casie), Kelley, Jay, Lindsay, John and Zachary Douglas, and Alex, Ellie and Jake Theisen; his sister, Carolyn (Orv) Jones; a sister in law, Dorothy (Bill) Hotle; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and his beloved dog, Topper.

Besides his parents, Len was preceded in death by his father- and mother-in-law, George and Leona (Kerr) Barger; and a brother-in-law, James Barger.

Visitation will take place from 2 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive in Sugar Grove, where a funeral service will follow at 6:30 p.m. A graveside service with military honors will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Honor Flight Chicago, 938 West Montana St., Chicago, Illinois 60614 (honorflightchicago.org), or to the North Aurora Lion’s club.

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

New church meeting in John Shields Elementary School

SUGAR GROVE—Covenant of Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church will be begin meeting for worship at the John Shields Elementary School on Sunday, June 2. Covenant of Grace is a Christ-centered, Bible-believing, Bible-teaching Presbyterian Church with reverent worship. The church will hold Sunday worship services at 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Nursery is available for the morning service.

Sunday school classes for all ages meet at 11:15 a.m. Covenant of Grace will also hold a Nature Camp program for children ages 5-11 the week of June 24.

For more information, visit www.covofgrace.org or call (630) 906-9661.

Going Green for God

LILY LAKE—Going Green for God (all about recycling, reducing and reusing) will take place Monday through Friday, June 17-21, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake.

The cost of the week-long event is $20 for the first child, and $10 for each additional child. This event is for children ages 3 to fifth grade.

Kurian of Elburn studies abroad through the ‘Augustana In Australia’ program

ROCK ISLAND, ILL.—Alex Kurian of Elburn was among the 50 Augustana College students who studied and worked in Sydney, Australia, for the first two months of 2013.

The international study program known as “Augustana in Australia” places students in career-relevant positions in Sydney and immerses them in Australian culture. Over 250 students have participated in the program in the last seven years.

Kurian is a senior at Augustana, and is majoring in business administration-management. He interned at SalDoce Fine Foods.

Local students named to Augustana College winter term dean’s list

ROCK ISLAND, ILL.—The following local students were named to the Augustana College dean’s list for the 2012-13 winter term: Emma Anderson (psychology and sociology-social welfare), Kristina Bowen (biology and environmental studies), Emily Butts (elementary education), Margaret Clarkson (business administration-marketing), Benjamin Hodges (biology), Casey Komel (biology education), Alex Kurian (business administration-management) and Chassidy Mangers (communication sciences and disorders), all of Elburn; Danilo Bruno (Spanish and Spanish education), Malory Groen (liberal studies), Tara Groen (biochemistry), Anna Novotny (communication sciences and disorders) and Kylie Siebert (liberal studies), all of Sugar Grove; and Benjamin Damisch (liberal studies) of Maple Park.

Students who have earned this academic honor have maintained a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for courses taken during the term.

John Neisendorf Jr.

John Neisendorf Jr., 89, of Maple Park, passed away Saturday evening, May 11, 2013, at DeKalb County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where he had recently made his home.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 63 years, Rose; six children, Vicky (Dean) Wood of Maple Park, Bob (Jane) Neisendorf of Maple Park, Barbara (Anil de Silva) Neisendorf of San Antonio, Texas, Betsy (Mike Ehorn) Neisendorf of DeKalb, Joe Neisendorf of Maple Park and Patrick Neisendorf of Maple Park; nine grandchildren, Dave (Heidi) Kinney, Susan Bogolin and her daughter Gabrielle, Johnny Kinney, Katie Neisendorf, Rachel Neisendorf, Grace Neisendorf, Sarah Leoni, Lisa Leoni and Laura Melgosa; and one brother, Edward “Bud” Neisendorf of Hampshire, Ill.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and five sisters, Mary Eder, Helen Strausberger, Frances Koenig, Agnes Neisendorf and Edna Barsic.

Memorial services will be held privately at a later date.

A memorial has been established in John’s name to benefit the DeKalb Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Checks may be made to the “John Neisendorf Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.

John’s family would like to thank Dr. Dhaval Thakkar and the staff of the DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center for the care and compassion they provided John these past years.

Zander honored at St. Olaf College

NORTHFIELD, MINN.—Hilary Zander of Elburn was among nearly 900 St. Olaf College students recognized for academic achievement at the college’s annual Honors Day convocation on May 3. Zander is a biology and sociology/anthropology major, and holds additional honors including membership in Lambda Alpha and Phi Beta Kappa. She is the daughter of William and Donna Zander.

Honors Day recognizes students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.60 or higher on a 4.0 scale. The convocation also recognizes students who have been awarded scholarships and fellowships, including Fulbright scholars, Goldwater scholars, and senior members of leadership and academic honor societies.

Going Green for God

LILY LAKE—Going Green for God (all about recycling, reducing and reusing) will take place Monday through Friday, June 17-21, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake.

The cost of the week-long event is $20 for the first child, and $10 for each additional child. This event is for children ages 3 to fifth grade.

Hansen, Herwaldt to wed

William and Georgia Hansen of Elburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsay, to Mitchell Herwaldt, son of Rick and Toni Herwaldt of Wheaton, Ill.

The bride-to-be graduated from Kaneland High School in 2008, and later Aurora Univer- sity. She is currently employed as an English teacher at West Aurora High School.

The future groom is a graduate from St. Francis High School in 2005, and later Northern Illinois University. He is currently employed as an appraiser for Vehicle Valuation Services.

The couple will wed on Oct. 5, 2013, in Lily Lake.

Berenice H. O’Donnell

Berenice H. O’Donnell, 89, of Batavia, formerly of Chicago, passed away in the early morning hours of May 5, 2013. She is now at peace, but leaves behind her memories as a loving grandmother, boating on Lake Michigan, and the grace she displayed on the ballroom floor with her husband, Charles E. O’Donnell.

She is survived by two children, Helen A. (Wayne) Zmrhal of Elburn, and Jack C. O’Donnell of Richland Center, Wis.; and two grandchildren, Brent K. Zmrhal and Jennifer A. Zmrhal.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles E. O’Donnell; and two siblings, Gordon and Robert Klett.

Private family services will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit the American Cancer Society. Checks may be made to the “Berenice O’Donnell 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.

Delmar Loren Ingram

Delmar Loren Ingram, 77, of Harvard, Ill., died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock, surrounded by his family. He was born March 19, 1936, in Scales Mound, Ill., to Forrest and Ida (Fiedler) Ingram. He married Donna LaCosse on July 14, 1973, in Elburn.

Loren received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, and did graduate work at the University of Iowa. He taught English at Harvard High School for 21 years, and had also taught in Warren, Ill., and Door County, Wis. He coached two state champion chess teams while at Harvard High School. In later years, he worked for Motorola and was a crop adjuster in the state line area.

Loren was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Harvard, and for many years the resident director of the Harvard Players. He founded and directed the Ingram Players in the Galena, Ill., area. He served on the Harvard Bicentennial Committee and various other committees in Harvard.

Loren shared his love of the classics, and was particularly known for reciting Shakespeare. He loved the Ingram family farm in Apple River, Wis., where he was the designer/builder, and was involved with the breeding of its Guernsey cattle.

Loren was known for his joyful, contagious laugh, and his beautiful tenor voice. In recent years he sang in the Stage Coach Singers gospel quartet.

He experienced life with passion and curiosity and unconditionally loved his family and friends. He was strong in expressing his convictions and held fast to them. Many who have known him have commented about the lasting impact he has had on their lives.

Survivors include his wife, Donna of Harvard; two daughters, Dianna Ingram of Yorkville, and Lynell Ingram of Arlington Heights, Ill.; two brothers, Duane (Mary Jo) Ingram of Rockford, Ill. and Terrence (Nancy) Ingram of Apple River; four nieces and nephews, Lowell Ingram, Brian Ingram, Julie Grinde and Donna Autobee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and by his sister, Corinne Grinde.

Visitation was held on Friday at Saunders and McFarlin Funeral Home. Visitation was held on Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Harvard. Funeral service followed; Rev. Dr. Jeff Borgerson officiated. Interment was private.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 846, Harvard, IL 60033.

For more information, call the funeral home at (815) 943-5400. Sign the online guest book at saundersmcfarlin.net.

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Caitlyn ‘Caity’ Rose Phillips

Caitlyn “Caity” Rose Phillips, 13, of Elburn, died tragically on Friday, April 26, 2013. Taken from us too early, Caitlyn now lives on in heaven as one of God’s favored angels. Her memory, a shining example of compassion and love, lives on in our hearts and will never be forgotten.

She was born Jan. 21, 2000, in Geneva. A full two months early, Caity was small but mighty. She proved she had an uncommon strength of spirit, defying the doctors’ pessimistic expectations, and she came home a mere week after she was born. This would be a trait that Caity displayed throughout her life, leaving a lifetime of impressions in 13 short years.

Caity attended Kaneland schools, albeit begrudgingly, but excelled at the social aspects of school life. Many were lucky to call her a friend.

As a baby, no one could foretell the amazing energy and zest for life Caity would display in later years as she napped fitfully with her uncle Kenny. That bundle of joy became a force to be reckoned with and a delight to behold. She rode dirt bikes and flew over jumps as well as any boy, let alone the laps she took with her go-cart (complete with “Caity pedals” fashioned by dad so her feet could reach).

No matter the temperature of the water, Caity was part fish and swam like a champ, even when it was cold, her lips were purple and she couldn’t stop shaking. Caity loved boating and riding jet skis with her family, skimming over the water of several lakes and rivers.

She was a “flyer” in cheerleading, jumping and tumbling with her hair flying wild, only to land with grace and the biggest smile you ever saw. She went rock climbing for her 13th birthday and explored the streets of Elburn on her roller blades. She loved bouncy houses and made unforgettable YouTube videos with friends on how to do nails, how to make-up after an argument and often sang as Justin Bieber. It had no followers, but it was infamous just the same.

Caity never had just one sweet tooth as all of them were “sweet.” Aunt Becky’s chocolate eclair cake, cotton candy (legend has it Caitlyn ate five in one sitting at Golden Corral), Mondo drinks, untold numbers of ‘smores eaten with friends next to a bonfire so big it shut off the street lights, and many other treats, were enjoyed to the fullest and at every opportunity.

If Caity loved sweets, they paled in comparison to the love she had for her family and friends. A mama’s girl, she always woke up a half-hour early each day so she could cuddle with mom before the day began. Dad wasn’t too far behind, either, as she loved riding on the mower with dad, and later when she was old enough to drive it, Caity took her nephew Noah for rides around the yard.

Caity was the official welcome wagon to all who came to the house. Her one-of-a-kind hugs were given with every ounce of strength she possessed, leaving many breathless and all astonished at their ferocity. She was the first to apologize and the first to volunteer for any activity, whether it was digging a hole with her dad or delivering dinner to her sister when she worked late (but you could count her out when it came to doing the dishes).

She only saw the ocean twice, but it was love at first sight, epitomized by her fondness of sea shells.

When it came to the art of “tie-dying,” there was none better. Caity also possessed the ability to recognize the beauty of God’s handiwork all around her, and to be thankful for the smallest blessing. She had a “pay it forward” spirit whose prayers were simple, but many and always heartfelt. Her friendship was one to be treasured.

She was strong-willed and a take-charge kind of girl—though some would say bossy—and was a champion of the underdog. If someone was being picked on, you wouldn’t want to underestimate “the little white girl from Elburn”. She was the perfect Girl Scout, and when it came to babies, you would have to search far and wide for someone more nurturing. Caity also had a special place in her heart for every kind of animal, from puppies, hamsters, birds, goldfish and rabbits to even bugs—none escaped her notice or her love. In short, Caity was one of God’s special gifts, and although we will never know why she had to leave us, we will be forever thankful for the memories she left us to treasure.

She will be missed by her parents, Crystal and Gary; two sisters, Jordan and Taylor Phillips; one nephew, Noah Phillips; maternal grandparent, Mary Bateman; paternal grandparents, Ted and Sally Phillips; several aunts and uncles, including Ted and Patti Phillips, Dan and Denise Phillips, Becky and Ken Stout; a “truck load” of cousins and a “village” of friends and neighbors who helped raise Caitlyn.

She is preceded by Crystal’s biological parents, Bob Howie and Cynthia Baranowski; as well as Crystal’s father, Glen Bateman; and one uncle, Bobby Howie.

Visitation will take place from 1 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, at Calvary West Church, 1600 Beta Drive, Sugar Grove. A funeral to celebrate her life will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 3, following a time of visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m., also at the church. Rev. Russ Hurst, pastor of the church, will officiate, with interment to follow at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Caitlyn’s name. Checks may be made to the “Caitlyn Phillips Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. You can also deposit direct into an account set up in her name at Old Second Bank, 749 N. Main St., Elburn.

Memorial tributes may also be forwarded to the P.O. Box or on the web at www.conleycare.com. Arrangements were handled with care by Conley Funeral Home.

Mary M. Currie

Mary M. Currie, 59, of St. Charles, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 26, 2013, at home with her loving family surrounding her.

She was born Aug. 18, 1953, in Morris, Ill., the daughter of Russel and Virginia (Wilkinson) Philips. She received her elementary education at Hume School in Wauponsee Township, and graduated from Morris Community High School in 1971. She received her associates degree from Joliet Junior College in 1973, her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in 1975, and her master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in 1986.

Mary married the love of her life, Bruce B. Currie, on June 28, 1975, at the First Congregational Church in Mazon, Ill.

Mary spent 36 years in education. She taught 10 years at various school districts—Geneva, Glendale Heights, Kaneland and Batavia—while teaching a variety of grade levels. Mary then moved into administration by working in Kaneland and Sycamore. She spent her last 18 years in education as principal of Sycamore’s West Elementary School. Her passion and love for the students, staff and curriculum was evident.

She is survived by her loving husband, Bruce; one son, Robert of St. Charles; three sisters, Ruth Ann (Jim) Benson of Morris, Kathy (Larry) Gibbons of Montgomery, and Patti (Don) Anderson of Unionville, Mo.; two brothers, Kenneth Phillips and Rodney (Chris) Phillips, both of Morris; her brother-in-law, Donald Sterritt of Morris; her sister-in-law, Jean Phillips of Dwight, Ill.; along with numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Russel A. and Virginia A. Phillips; a brother, Thomas L. Phillips; a sister, Betty J. Sterritt; her parents-in-law, Samuel B. and Jeanne L. Currie; brother-in-law, Paul Baker; sister-in-law, Vicky Phillips; nephew, Dylan Baker; and a greatnephew, Ean Phillips.

Memorial visitation will take place from 11 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at Yurs Funeral Home, 1771 W. State St. (Route 38), Geneva. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. Clark Blade will officiate. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Betty J. Steritt Nursing Fund of the Morris Hospital, 150 W. High St., Morris, Ill. 60450.To leave an online condolence or remembrance to the family, visit the funeral homes obituary age at www.yursfuneralhomes.com.

For more information, call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles at (630) 584-0060 or “like” them on Facebook.

Strong, Jahns to wed

Monty and Chris Jahns of Sugar Grove announce the engagement of their son, Matthew, to Emily Strong, daughter of Terry and Laura Strong of Elburn.

The bride is a 2004 Kaneland graduate, and is currently employed as the owner of Emily Kay Salon.

The groom is a 2003 Kaneland graduate, and is currently employed as a contractor at Heartland LLC, in Aurora.

The wedding ceremony will take place Jan. 4, 2014, at Royal Fox Country Club in St. Charles.

Hansen, Herwaldt to wed

William and Georgia Hansen of Elburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsay, to Mitchell Herwaldt, son of Rick and Toni Herwaldt of Wheaton, Ill.

The bride-to-be graduated from Kaneland High School in 2008, and later Aurora University. She is currently employed as an English teacher at West Aurora High School.

The future groom is a graduate from St. Francis High School in 2005, and later Northern Illinois University. He is currently employed as an appraiser for Vehicle Valuation Services.

The couple will wed on Oct. 5, 2013, in Lily Lake.

Lee, Barshinger wed Feb. 15, 2013

Douglas and Constance Lee of Milton, Wis., formerly of Elburn, are proud to announce the marriage of their daughter, Shelley Lynne, to Andrew Davey Barshinger, son of Joe and Phyllis Barshinger of Shabbona, Ill. The couple wed on Feb. 15, 2013, on the beach at Now Sapphire Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

The bride is a 1992 St. Charles High School graduate, and a stay-at-home mom.

The groom is a 1994 graduate of Indian Creek High School, and a 1996 graduate of John Wood Community College in Quincy, Ill. He is self-employed at Barshinger Farms.

The couple resides in Lee. A celebration of their marriage will take place on the Barshinger family farm at a later date.

DeVoss earns honors from University of Nebraska-Lincoln

LINCOLN, NEB.—Katie DeVoss of Elburn was among more than 1,700 University of Nebraska-Lincoln students recognized in conjunction with the All-University Honors Convocation on April 14.

DeVoss, a freshman in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources was honored as a high scholar for earning placement in the top 10 percent of her class.

Danny ‘Dan’ R. Christensen

Danny “Dan” R. Christensen, 73, of Sugar Grove, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013, at his home. He was born May 23, 1939, in Lee, Ill., the son of the late Carl and Gladys (Andersen) Christensen.

Dan served his country with the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1961. Dan was a salesman for many years at Napa Auto in Aurora. He was a longtime and active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He also was very active in the bluegrass community. He was a member of the American Legion Post 1271, and also past secretary of the Elburn Seniors.

Dan is survived by his wife, Phyllis G. Christensen of Sugar Grove; his two daughters, Cathy Abraham of McHenry, Ill., and Heather Christensen of Ft. Lee, N.J.; his two grandsons, Kyle Abraham of Sugar Grove, and D.J. Landau of Ft. Lee; his great-granddaughter, Aliesha Korda of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; his brother, Curt (Irena) Christensen of Shabbona, Ill.; his two sisters, Carol (Dave) Bend of Shabbona, and Karen Vass of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Eleanor DeBolt.

Visitation was held Monday at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Aurora. A service was held following visitation. Interment took place at Oak Mound Cemetery. Arrangements by The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr. Sugar Grove.

For further information, call (630) 46-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.

Marilyn Gould

Marilyn Gould, 49, of Elburn, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013. She was born Dec. 16, 1963, in Aurora, the daughter of Merle and Esther Marie (Boecker) Miller. Marilyn graduated from Aurora Central Catholic High School in Aurora in 1981.

Marilyn was a manager at Schmidt’s Towne Tap in Elburn for many years. She also worked at Gould Cider and Apple Pressing every fall. She was a member of the American Legion Post 630 Ladies Auxiliary.

In her free time, Marilyn had a passion for being artistic with crafts, decorating and painting. She loved traveling, boating and swimming with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Gould of Elburn; her son, Peter Gould of Elburn; her daughter, Lauren Gould of Elburn; her father, Merle Miller of Aurora; her brothers and sisters, Lynda (Bill) Goheen, Bill (Lisa) Miller, Marie (Paul) Reuland, Kathy (Frank) Evans, John (Ellen) Miller, Thomas Miller, and Robert (Barbara) Miller; many nieces and nephews, relatives and many friends.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her grandma, Esther Marie Boecker (Gram).

Visitation was held Tuesday, followed by a service, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive in Sugar Grove. Interment will be private.

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

Ruth B. Nash

Ruth B. Nash, 82, of Sugar Grove, passed away peacefully on Wednesday April 10, 2013, at her home. Ruth was born Aug. 16, 1930, in Aurora, the daughter of the late John and Ina (Christenson) Covach.

Ruth was united in marriage to Paul C. Nash on July 17, 1953. She retired from Eagle Foods. Ruth also worked for the Kaneville School District cafeteria. She then volunteered for over 19 years at Delnor Hospital.

Ruth was a member of the Elburn American Legion No. 630 for over 25 years. She was a vibrant, energetic, loving woman whom continued to volunteer at Delnor and work out with friends until her death. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

Ruth is survived by her three sons, Michael P. Nash, Tim J. Nash and Dion P. Nash; her six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and her devoted sister, Jean.

In addition to her parents, she was proceeded in death by her husband Paul in 1986; and her sisters, Phyllis and Mary.

Graveside services will take place Saturday, April 20, at 3 p.m. at the Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn. A memorial of Ruth’s life will take place at the American Legion Post 489, 112 N. Main St., Elburn, from 3 to 5 p.m. Arrangements by the Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive Sugar Grove.

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

Elsie Ottens

Elsie Ottens, 91, of Aurora, passed away suddenly, following a brief illness, in the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Provena Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora. She is now free to live eternally in Heaven.

She was born Feb. 8, 1922, in Bairdford, Penn., the daughter of Clark and Barbara Greene.

Elsie’s family moved to Mooseheart in Batavia following her father’s passing before her second birthday. When her mother married Jay Moulding in 1933, Elsie and the rest of the children moved back with her, making their home on a farm in the Elburn area.

She was united in marriage on June 7, 1947, to Harry Joseph Ottens at the First Presbyterian Church in Aurora. They began their life on Watson Street in Aurora and made thousands of memories in the town that would be her lifelong home.

Elsie worked at Allsteel for more than 50 years. She retired after they closed their doors in 1994. Elsie would carry the burden of grief twice in her life with the loss of Harry in 1979, and her son Kevin in 1995.

Elsie was a former member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Post 100 and First Presbyterian Church in Aurora.

Elsie’s hands were immensely talented and always moving. She enjoyed many kinds of crafts and always loved to share her handiwork with family and friends. She even taught as a Tri-Chem instructor on how to use a special paint made especially for craftwork. She also had a mind for details and was deft at putting together puzzles. The end results were many times immortalized by sealing them forever and displaying their beauty on the walls of her home.

She is survived by one sister, Ann I. Lambert of Lily Lake; many nieces and nephews and a community of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Clark Greene and Barbara Moulding; her husband, Harry; only son, Kevin Ottens; three brothers, Clyde “Norman” Greene, Clark Greene and Wilbur Peterman; and one sister, Pearl McCann.

Visitation was held on Friday at Conley Funeral Home. A funeral service to celebrate her life followed visitation, with interment at Blackberry Township Cemetery in Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Memorials may be made to the “Elsie Ottens Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may be forwarded to the same address or at www.conleycare.com.