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Parish prepares for Pentecost with candlelight prayer vigil

Photo: Members of St. Gall Catholic Church recently held a vigil in celebration of Pentecost. Courtesy photo by Donna Doherty submitted to DBehrends@elburnherald.com

ELBURN—With new ministry comes new ideas, and St. Gall Catholic Church bore witness to a new idea on Friday.

During a discussion about Pentecost and its importance to the church as a whole, Rev. Tim Siegel envisioned a prayer service—a vigil—just prior to the celebration of Pentecost.

“I thought it would be neat to do something unique and different during the celebration of the birth of the church,” Siegel said. “The idea of a vigil came to my mind. A vigil is usually at night, with lots of candles.”

Parishioner Heather Sidman was among the group that helped to plan the special service.

“Something like this helps us to come together as a community, to pray together, rather than just attending Mass,” Sidman said.

“It gives us some enthusiasm and energy, and I think everyone got something out of it,” she added.

Siegel has been the spiritual leader at St. Gall for just a few days shy of two years.

“This parish is a wonderful community,” he said. “But we belong to the larger church in the world. We’re celebrating our little place in the big picture.”

Siegel said the service is significant because of the spirituality of the people, adding it’s a very generous spirituality.

“People really care about St. Gall, their great memories of the past and real hope for the future,” Siegel said.

Among the prayers were some relating to a tangible and important goal, according to Siegel.

“We need the faithfulness of the entire church community, because we’re hoping to build a new facility in the next few years, maybe three or four,” Siegel said.

Built in the mid-1920s, Siegel said the building was erected at time when churches had a lot of steps. “They were built higher to be more prominent in the community and to look like a more worthy place to worship God. That was the architecture of the day,” he said.

Not only is the building showing signs of age, Siegel said handicapped accessibility is the larger issue.

“It’s more than a medical issue; it’s very much a civil rights issue,” Siegel said. “The church is supposed to be available for all people at all times, but because we have so many steps, we lack ease of access.”

Siegel said the lift, installed many years after the church was built, is not the answer to accessibility issues.

“It’s not reliable, it breaks down and with a lack of access, we’re excluding some very important people from worship,” Siegel said. “A church looks more like a place to worship if everybody can be there.”

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Vincenzo Anthony Middona

Joe and Miranda Middona of Elburn proudly announce the birth of their son, Vincenzo Anthony, who was born May 15, 2014, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. He weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.

The proud grandparents are Roger and Donna Ronzheimer of St. Charles, and Len and Linda Middona of Bartlett, Ill.

Vincenzo was welcomed home by his very excited brothers, Gianni and Gabriele.

Lloyd Edward Dietterle

Lloyd Edward Dietterle, 96, of Elburn, passed away and was reunited with his life-long love, Marjorie, on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Lloyd was born June 24, 1917, in Roberts, Ill., the son of Earl Milton ad Ethel Amanda (Martin) Dietterle.

Lloyd grew up in Roberts and attended local schools. He graduated from Herscher High School in Herscher, Ill., with the class of 1935. During that time, Lloyd’s path in life would be forged because of two things; his love of farming born from helping his grandfather, and a life long love affair with Marjorie Lockwood. The latter began when he was working hard to “crank” his father’s car. Marjorie laughed at him and asked if he needed any help. He replied, “no,” but the spark had already been ignited, and when he asked her out the next time they met, she accepted. They dated throughout her high school years, and after her graduation from Reddick High School, he asked her to marry him.

Lloyd and Marjorie were united in marriage on Nov. 29, 1941, in the parsonage in Morris, Ill. They lived with Marjorie’s folks for the first six months and then moved to Kaneville, where Lloyd worked for Bennett Shoop. Lloyd was drafted in June of 1942 and entered the service of his country with the U.S. Army. He served in Quartermaster Corps and was stationed in Virginia, Florida, Kansas, Tennessee, and more for the next two years. Marjorie followed Lloyd around the country, and wherever he was stationed they made their home, and Marjorie looked for work to do. In January 1944, Lloyd was discharged and made their home in Yorkville for a time before moving to rural Elburn where they lived on the Meredith farm. In 1962, Lloyd and Marjorie moved into town where they continued to fill their homes and hearts with memories.

Lloyd was no stranger to work. In fact, oftentimes he worked two jobs. His work ethic was forged when he cultivated corn when he was 13, using a team of horses and picking the resulting harvest by hand. Returning home from the service, Lloyd worked for Carter Wilson, shelling corn and grinding feed for farmers. He left the fields for a brief stint at Burgess-Norton, but returned to the land of grain and dairy, working for Pete Allegretti, Nolan Farms and Joe Bateman through the years. His last stop before leaving the fields of his youth was Hughes Farm. Ultimately leaving farming behind, Lloyd began working at Duplex Products in Sycamore, serving 31 years, 20 of them a forman, before retiring in 1991.

Lloyd always found the humor in everyday things and was forever ready for a good practical joke. In later years, he would make his daily trips to Papa G’s and give the waitresses a “hard time.” He was a big flirt too, and got his share of hugs and kisses from the staff. He was a friend to all, with a ready smile and, when he came to town it was like a parade, waving at everyone on the street. He was forgiving and kind. Never one to wait for life to entertain him, Lloyd found his own entertainment, even in the later years. He took a hot air balloon ride for his 81st birthday and hoped to sky dive for his 90th. Unfortunately, he never got the chance to dance in the air, but he did rev up his car to 90 mph on Bunker Road to “blow the cob webs out” and to see if his car had wings. Other times, it was the leisurely drives through the countryside that brought a special kind of peace.

He is survived by his loving daughter, Sandy Haring of Elburn; two children, Kim (Kevin) Mazuc of Elburn and their children, Melanie and Jake Mazuc; and Ron (Lisa) Boryla of DeKalband their children, Trevor, Ryan, Brooke; two siblings, Phyllis (Robert) Schneider of Lancaster, Texas, and John (Irene) Dietterle of DeSoto, Texas; sister-in-law, (Muriel) Dietterle of Fullerton, Calif.; many nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and nephews and a community of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Marjorie in 2006; and two siblings, Yvonne Eccelson and Francis Dietterle.

Private family services have already been held.

In lieu of flowers, friends can send a donation directly to their local American Cancer Society.

Craig L. Owen

Craig L. Owen, 50, of St. Charles, passed away suddenly at home, June 7, 2014. His passion was sports, whether playing on the softball field for St. Charles VFW or watching his favorite teams, Cubs, Blackhawks and his beloved NASCAR. He was a man who loved greatly and will be missed deeply.

He is survived by his loving wife, Patti Wise-Owen of St. Charles.

He was preceded in death by his father, William.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Friday, June 13, 2014, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service will follow visitation. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Craig’s name. Checks may be made to the “Craig Owen 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.

Doris C. Stollard

Doris C. Stollard, 86, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Doris was born Oct. 3, 1928, in Joliet, Ill., and resided in Elburn.

Doris was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who always wore a smile on her face. After her husband’s (James) untimely death in 1983, Doris went back to school, back to work, and ultimately ran a successful secretarial service until her retirement. In her later years, her greatest joys were spending time with her children, grand children and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed knitting, ceramics and spending time with her friends at The Meadows Apartments in Elburn. Doris is survived by her three children, Tina (Darrell) Dudzik of Phoenix, Jeffrey (Lisa) Stollard of Elburn and Jim Stollard of Jacksonville, Ill. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Stephanie Lenderman, Jim Dudzik, Nick and Mike Stollard. Also surviving are her three great-grandchildren, Alexis, Kylee and Cash Lenderman. Doris is survived by one sister, Marion (William) Pollack of Wilmington, Ill. She was Aunt to many and a loving, caring friend to all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James; parents, Loren and Zelda Carver; and her brother, George Carver.

Private funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Graceland Cemetery in Decatur, Ill. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Brintlinger and Earl, Decatur.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The American Heart Association.

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Local church provides four-legged comfort

Photo: Chloe, a comfort dog from Lord of Life Lutheran Church in La Fox, gets love from some young dancers during a recent party at Dreams Dance Academy in La Fox. Photo by Debbie Behrends

LA FOX—Chloe Comfort Dog is living proof that happiness is a warm dog. And she recently visited with some young dancers at Dreams Dance Academy in LaFox.

A dozen little girls gently stroked Chloe’s soft golden coat, some sharing stories of their own pets or the desire for a dog. Handler Sue Kessler of South Elgin, Ill., listened to their stories, and shared a few tales of Chloe’s visits to people in need of the comfort a warm, gentle and calm dog can provide.

“(Chloe’s) been to Sandy Hook, to New York after superstorm Sandy, to Rockford after a shooting, Washington, Ill., after the November tornado, and so many more places,” Kessler said of the 3-year-old Golden Retriever.

A member of Lutheran Church Charities (LCC), Chloe is based at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in La Fox. Chloe’s mission, according to her Facebook page, is to bring a calming influence, allowing people to open their hearts and receive help in times of need.

Kessler explained that Chloe was trained as a general service dog in a women’s prison. She was picked specifically as a comfort dog based on her gentle temperament. She was 13 months old when her leash was passed to handlers at Lord of Life.

Chloe’s primary handlers are Sandy and Bob Kessler. Although she is of no relation to the primary handlers, Sue laughingly refers to herself as “Chloe’s grandma.”

Sue is no stranger to comfort dogs. She said she has been a handler before, and was among the first comfort teams to arrive at Northern Illinois University after the 2008 shooting that left six students dead.

“I was excited when the church decided to get a comfort dog,” Sue said.

Lutheran Church Charities’ website shows 44 working comfort dogs all over Northern Illinois and other states, as well. Two more are in training.

Dreams Dance Academy owner Jenny O’Brien learned of Chloe online.

“I saw a picture on Facebook of one of my students with the dog,” O’Brien said. “I contacted the church and invited her here.”

Watching her young dancers interact with Chloe, O’Brien smiled, pleased that she had reached out.

For more information about LCC and its comfort dogs, visit www.lutheranchurchcharities.org and click the Ministries tab and then K-9 Comfort Dog. For more pictures and specific information about Chloe, visit Facebook and search for Chloe Comfort Dog.

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Sharleen L. Meredith

Sharleen L. Meredith, 86, of Marion, Ill., passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at home with her husband at her side.

Sharleen was born July 26, 1927, in Aurora, to Harold N. and Mildred J. (Sorensen) Sharp. On Aug. 17, 1945, she married Leslie Meredith in Elburn, and celebrated 68 years together.

She is survived by her husband, Leslie; one son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Linda Meredith of Carbondale, Ill.; three daughters, Linda (Dan) Long of Maple Park, Gail (Randy) Jones of Marion and Lori (Lynn) Martin of Evansville, Ind.; along with 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson.
Sharleen devoted her entire life to her family and being a farm wife in both Elburn and Marion. While living in Elburn, she was one of very few women at that time to receive her private pilot’s license. Les and Sharleen moved to Marion in June 1972.

Sharleen’s faith played a very important part in her life in both Northern and Southern Illinois. Throughout the years, she taught Sunday school, helped with youth groups, sang in choirs, played in a bell choir, sat on various boards, and always helped in the kitchen until she was physically unable. In 2013, she was bestowed the honor of being named Mother of the Year at Zion United Church of Christ in Marion. She and her mother, Mildred Sharp, are currently the only mother/daughter couple to have each received this award, as Mildred received it in 1997.

Sharleen enjoyed travelling with Les, whether it was to a livestock sale, overseas to visit relatives or seeing the sights of the United States. She and Les encouraged their children to travel, and participated in the AFS Exchange Program in both sending two of their daughters abroad with the program to Australia and Malaysia, and hosting an AFS daughter from New Zealand. Additionally, they hosted many short-term AFS students.

After moving to Marion and raising her family, Sharleen spent much of her time assisting her son at the new Meredith Funeral Home in Marion, along with babysitting grandchildren and taking care of her mother.

In her later years, she enjoyed walking to stay fit. Through this activity, she is remembered by her neighbors as having a smile on her face and greeting everyone with a big, friendly wave. Everyone was always welcome in her house for a laugh and good conversation. She will be missed by all of her family and friends, but is at peace with the Lord and still watches over everyone as she sings joyously with the angels.

A celebration of her life was held Wednesday at the Zion United Church of Christ; Pastor John Holst officiated. Interment was held in New Rose Hill Cemetery following the service. Visitation was held Tuesday at Zion United Church of Christ. Memorials may be made to Zion United Church of Christ Memorial Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at the church.

Visit www.meredithfh.com to leave an online condolence.

Eugene F. ‘Gene’ O’Connell

Eugene F. “Gene” O’Connell, 87, of Mt. Vernon, Ill., died Friday, May 30, 2014, at his home in Mt. Vernon.

He was born Saturday, July 17, 1926, in Kane County, the son of Edward F. and Jessie Grace (Brackett) O’Connell. He married Gertrude A. Bebar on Sept. 15, 1951, in Aurora.

Gene was a career military serviceman in the U.S. Air Force for 27 years. After retirement, he was a teacher at Special School District of St. Louis County, and he was a member of St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mt. Vernon.

He is survived by his wife, Gertrude A. O’Connell of Mt. Vernon; four children, Gael O’Connell of Mt. Vernon, Katherine Newnam and husband Stan of Mt. Vernon, Eugene O’Connell II and wife May of Palmdale, Calif., and Robin M. O’Connell of De Soto, Mo.; four grandchildren, Kyle Newnam and wife Roberta of Clinton, Ill., Tanya McCarty and husband Mike of Muscatine, Iowa, Douglas Morgan Jr. of De Soto, Mo., and Jessie O’Connell of Palmdale; three great-grandchildren, Theodore Newnam, Katherine Franker and John Newnam; brother, Edward O’Connell and wife, Janice of Sugar Grove; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Hugh “Bud” O’Connell; and two sisters, Julia Touvell and Mary K. Voss.

Memorial Mass was held on Wednesday at St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mt. Vernon, with the Very Reverend Father John Iffert officiating. Interment of cremated remains will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis with full military honors.

Mr. O’Connell will be cremated. Friends and family gathered on Wednesday at St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mt. Vernon.

For those who wish to do so, memorials may be given to the St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or to Angels on Assignment and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.

Doris Turner

Doris Turner, 94, of Lily Lake, passed away early Friday morning, May 30, 2014.

She was born Feb. 24, 1920, in Batavia, the fifth of six children of Swedish immigrants Andrew and Hulda (Peterson) Strom.

She grew up on the Garfield Farm near LaFox with her parents; brothers, Evald, Allan and Harold; sisters, Helga and Rose; and uncles, Pat and Mauritz.

She attended Wasco Grade School and graduated from St. Charles High School with honors in 1937. She then entered the nursing school at Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Ill. After graduating from nurse’s training in 1941, she worked first at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and then at Delnor Hospital in St. Charles.

During World War II, she joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. She was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant, later promoted to 1st Lieutenant, and was stationed with the Army’s 102nd General Hospital near Devizes, England.

After the war, she returned to Delnor Hospital for two years, and then went to work for Owens-Illinois in West Chicago, Ill. She was the Plant Nurse there for seven years, and won the Queen of Owens-Illinois contest in 1952.

Doris married George W. Turner on July 18, 1953, and moved to the Turner farm in Lily Lake, where she lived for over 60 years.

She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake for over 90 years. She taught Sunday School there and participated in several of the church’s women’s groups. She was a member of the American Legion for over 60 years, a member of the Ugo-Igo club for over 60 years, and was an election judge in Campton Township for over 25 years.

She travelled extensively in the United States, Sweden, England and Scotland. She went camping every summer with George and their kids for many years. In later years, she went on bus trips with groups including the Grace Roadrunners and the Prime Time Club. She was a life-long Cubs fan and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles.

Doris was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved nothing more than spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by four loving sons, Jim of Watsonville, Calif., Bill (Mary) of Muscatine, Iowa, Dan (Peggy) of Lily Lake and Steve (Melanie) of St. Charles; and five grandchildren, Adam, Aaron, Kari, Andrew and Katie. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Harriet Strom of Geneva and Phyllis Turner of Sister Bay, Wis.; and many nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; brothers, Evald, Allan and Harold; and sisters, Helga and Rose.

Visitation was held Wednesday at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake. A funeral was held following visitation. Interment took place at Lily Lake Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit Doris’ favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Doris Turner 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.

Parker Wolfsmith

Parker Wolfsmith

Parker Wolfsmith, 14, of Maple Park, passed away tragically on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Taken from his family and friends too soon, he now lives on the hearts and minds of his community. He will never be forgotten.

Parker was born Sept. 25, 1999, the son of Michael and Amy Wolfsmith.

He grew up in McHenry, Ill., and attended local schools, where he was a standout wrestler at McHenry Middle School. In August of 2013, Parker began attending Kaneland Harter Middle School when he moved to Maple Park to live with his father. He graduated from Harter Middle School and was excited to make four more years of memories when he entered Kaneland High School in the fall.

Parker was a self-taught fisherman who cast a line in any body of water he could find. Rumor has it that he once caught 35 in an hour (although there is no hard evidence as to whether or not it was the same fish over and over). Parker had dreams of attending a local technical school so he could pursue his passion of carpentry and working on cars. You could often hear him working, surrounded by the noises of saws and hammers, but the tune changed when he worked on cars and tractors. Then the melody sang true with air ratchets and spray guns.

Classic rock was the beat to which he lived his life. Artists like Pink Floyd, The Beach Boys, and Elton John were played often, but Grand Funk Railroad was his favorite. Parker loved movies, too. “Shaun of the Dead” and “The Great Outdoors” were watched often, but when it came to cards and board games, Monopoly and Buy It captured his attention for hours on end.

Parker was no stranger to the kitchen, either. He would sit and watch his grandma cook to her hearts content, then take the best recipes home to make his own culinary master pieces. No matter how busy Parker was, there was always time for mischief, however, much to the chagrin of his parents and teachers (though sometimes they had to hide a smile, as well). His favorite time was spent surrounded by family, especially his dad.

He is survived by his father Michael (Ellen Crosby) Wolfsmith; his mother, Amy Opfer; one sister, Summer Wolfsmith; half-siblings, Michael Wolfsmith and Briana Culberson; paternal grandparents, Stephen and Jean Walrack; maternal grandmother, Mary Kennedy; and several aunts, uncles and many cousins.

He is preceded by his a paternal grandfather, Joseph F. Wolfsmith.

A memorial visitation will take place 4 to 9 p.m., with a wake service to begin at 7 p.m., on Friday, June 6, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Fr. Tim Seigel, pastor of St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn, will officiate. A private family burial will follow cremation at a later date.

Allen C. Swan

Allen C. Swan, 73, of Elburn, passed out of this world to the place God made for him on May 24, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Allen was born March 25, 1941, to Charles (Chuck) Swan and Lucille Penrod Swan in Aurora. He spent the first few years of his life in Kaneville before the family moved to Elburn, where he would spend the rest of his life. He attended Kaneland High School and graduated with the inaugural class in 1959.

Allen was married to Dorothy Paulson in 1961, and they made their home in Elburn and together raised two children, Mark and Stacey.

Allen began his career as a mechanic with his father, Chuck, first at Phillips 66, and then the business became Swan Ford until 1982, when it closed. His friend, Chuck Poust, opened a shop off of North Street, and Allen was turning wrenches again. He was joined by Jim Sandberg, and the team was complete. Allen bought the business from Chuck a few years later and he and Jim were together at Valley West Auto for the next 30 years.

A lifetime in Elburn and 30 years at the same spot brought Allen a community of friends and loyal customers. He fixed many cars over the phone, just giving advice or making just a “tweak” here and there. His mind and memory were amazing—he could remember whose car it was and what kind it was 20 years prior. Generations of cars and customers came through the doors of Valley West. It was not unusual for Allen to be seen out driving some lady to get her hair fixed, or driving her home while he changed her oil and then picked her up again.

Allen was a proud member of the Elburn Lions Club; a past president, a lifetime member and a recipient of the Melvin Jones Award. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and a member of the National Rifle Association. He loved nature, especially his beloved birds that he so enjoyed and loved feeding. He was a fierce football fan, but his really big love was stock car racing; he never missed a race on TV and attended many races for years with so many friends who had such wonderful tales to tell about his times with them. He was a past member of the Elburn Zoning Board and a member of the Elburn Planning Commission with his dear friend Dave Anderson.

In 2000 Allen lost his first wife to multiple sclerosis. He later married his best friend and “soul mate,” Lynette Crisp. He and Lynette worked together every day, played together, laughed together and were seldom apart. They spent many hours going to soccer, T-ball, baseball, wrestling and football games, and lately stock car races. It was never too hot, too cold or too wet to keep Allen away; only his illness could sideline him from watching his beloved grandchildren.

In January of 2014, Allen and “Net” would face their biggest challenge together when Allen was diagnosed with cancer. They faced this hurdle side by side, fighting every day, even though the battle was already lost. They spent the last months together enjoying as much as time allowed until she closed his eyes for the last time. He fought in Allen’s typical style: “never give up!”

Allen is survived by his loving wife, Lynette; two children, Stacey (Matt) Roach of DeKalb and Mark Swan of Chicago; four grandsons, Alex, Nick, Logan and Brian Roach, all of DeKalb; his mother, Lucille Swan, and his brother, Craig Swan, both of Elburn; one aunt, Louise Penrod of Minnesota; his beloved father-in-law, Kenneth Clayton; three special sisters-in-law, Donna Tischhauser, Lisa Clayton and Kristi (Randy) Thompson, all of Athens, Tenn.; three nieces, Elizabeth (Mark) Boesen of Woodstock, Ill., Amanda (Brandon Smith) Walker and Sophia Guffey of Athens, Tenn.; one nephew, Joseph Guffey of Athens; two special great-nephews, Nathan Gabriel Walker of Athens and Aron James Boesen of Woodstock. In addition, he leaves several cousins and a community of friends.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Swan; his father, Charles Swan; his uncles; one special aunt, Frances James; his mother-in-law, Susie Clayton; and his dear friend and brother-in-law, Barry Tischhauser, in November of 2013.

His visitation will be held at his beloved church, Grace Fellowship Church, 17081 Owens Road, Maple Park, on Thursday, May 29, from 4 to 7 p.m., with a memorial service to follow at 7 p.m. The Rev. Ray Byrne and special speaker Steve Lawson will officiate. Private family interment will follow at a later time.

Allen was a man of integrity. He will be missed.

In lieu flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit the Elburn Lions Club and Grace Fellowship Church. Checks may be made to the “Allen Swan Memorial” and be mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may be forwarded to the family at the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com. Arrangements handled through the care of Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.

Doris Kahl

Doris Kahl, 79, of Aurora, formerly of Kaneville, passed away at Jennings Terrace on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

She was born in Aurora on April 6, 1935, the daughter of August and Minnie (Scheuring) Bohn.

Doris grew up in Sugar Grove and attended local schools. She graduated from Elburn High School with the class of 1953.

On May 29, 1954, she was united in marriage to Charles Kahl at the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church. They began their new life together in Aurora for a time before settling back on the Kahl family farm in Kaneville.

When the family farm was sold, Doris and Chuck retired and moved to Aurora, where they enjoyed making memories with their grandchildren.

Following Chuck’s passing in 2006, Doris continued to make her home at Constitution House.

She was longtime and faithful member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church in Kaneville.

Doris was a faithful card player in the Merri/Fems card club. Bingo was another way to pass the time, as well as being a “frequent flyer” at Harner’s in Aurora, where the world’s problems could be solved with a cup a coffee, a tasty pastry and good friends.

Doris also was an avid shopper and had an eye for bargains. Later in life, she went on trips with her children to Shipshewana in Indiana. Above all was the love she had for her family, but especially her grandchildren, who were the loves of her life.

She is survived by three children, David Kahl of Yorkville, Daniel (Sheri) Kahl of Kaneville and Pamela (John) Probst of Aurora; five grandchildren, Tiffany Probst, Michelle Probst, Kari (Michael) Moody, Charlie and Lindsay Kahl; three great-grandchildren, Ruben and Aryana Rosas, and Aaliyah McCall; many nieces and nephews, and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles “Chuck” Kahl; and six siblings, Richard, August, Robert, Emma, Mary and Donna.

Visitation and funeral service was held May 22 at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

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

Charles F. ‘Chuck’ Matheny

Charles F. “Chuck” Matheny, 80, of Geneva, formerly of Bonita Springs, Fla., and Kankakee, Ill., passed away peacefully at his home in Greenfields of Geneva, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family, Sunday, May 18, 2014.
He was born Dec. 19, 1933, in Paris, Ill., the son of Ralph and Lola Matheny.
Chuck grew up in Paris and attended local schools. He graduated from Paris High School before continuing his education at Eastern Illinois University.
Although Chuck was a good student, his classes weren’t the only thing he studied. Shirley Unger, also a student at EIU, not only caught his eye, but stole his heart.
After he graduated, there was a brief engagement before they were united in marriage on Aug. 5, 1956, in Kankakee. Their family grew by one when Stephen was born a year later.
They began their new life together in Kankakee, and there was nothing that could separate them, except the United States Marines who called upon Chuck after his ROTC training.
The Mathenys were stationed throughout the U.S. and only separated briefly while Chuck was stationed for a time in Okinawa, Japan. They were reunited after Japan near Parris Island and added a son, Jeffrey, in 1959. Finally a daughter, Susan, made the family complete in 1963.
They made their home in Bradley, Ill., for many years until 1987, when they split their time with the snow birds in Bonita Springs. In 1995, they moved to Bonita full time before returning to Geneva, making their home at Greenfields of Geneva in 2011.
Upon his return to civilian life, Chuck began working in the family business, Kanweld, a welding distributorship. He started low on the totem pole, driving trucks and filling canisters all the way up to being vice president.
Chuck was a member of the Kiwanis, Y’s Men, The United Way, and Toast Masters.
Chuck was very active in his local YMCA and was an avid fisherman who loved his yearly trips up north. When he was south of the Canadian border, he loved to golf early and often. He was an avid runner and bicyclist all his life and could boast being the 1951 IHSA State Cross Country Champion and the IHSA One Mile Champion a year later. Of all his medals and accomplishments, it was the invisible ones won by being a wonderful husband and loving father that meant the most. He will be missed dearly and never forgotten.
He is survived by three children, Stephen Matheny of East Peoria, Ill., Jeffrey (Lynne) Matheny of Canton, Mich., and Susan (Joel) Speckman of Elburn; eight grandchildren, Milyne (Charles) Gaden and their children, Charles and Johnathan, Sarah (Kris) Roe, Caleb (Katelyn) Matheny, Meghan Matheny, Molly Speckman, Alexander Speckman, Claire Matheny and Emily Matheny, and several nieces and nephews; and two sisters, Helen Shanks and Betty (Joe) Eldredge.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Shirley; two brothers, Dale and Ralph Matheny; and one daughter-in-law, Julie Matheny.
A memorial visitation will be Friday, May 23, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., with a memorial service to follow at 3:30. Private family interment will follow at a later date. The family would appreciate all who plan on attending to feel free to wear casual attire. Chuck himself loved wearing Hawaiian shirts and surely now wears one in heaven.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Checks may be made to the “Alzheimer’s Association” 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.

Palmer L. Onstad

Palmer L. Onstad, 91, of Sycamore, formerly of Elburn and Eau Claire, Wis., passed away peacefully at his home, Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

He was born March 15, 1923, in Chippewa Falls, Wis., the son of Paul and Freida Onstad.

He graduated with the class of 1940 from Eau Claire Memorial High School.

Palmer faithfully served his country during World War II in the United States Army.

He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Lucille Delores Sloat, on Aug. 5, 1947.

Over the years, Palmer split time between Elburn and Eau Claire before making his home in Sycamore.

He worked for over two decades at Peters Packing Plant in Wisconsin, many years after that at Burgess-Norton in Illinois, and a few more at Crays back in Wisconsin before his retirement.

Palmer was a night owl and fiercely independent. He lived by his own set of rules that were written in black and white—the same way he saw the world. He was strong in word and deed, but at the same time the depth of his caring nature was unfathomable.

He is survived by five children, Janice, Judy, Delores, Joan and Rick; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; six siblings, Paul, Elaine, Ione, Janet, David and Sally; and two special friends, Allen and Carol.

He is preceded in death by his wife; one son, John; and three siblings, Maryanne, Diane and Marvin.

There will be a visitation on Saturday, May 24, from 2 to 3 p.m., with a memorial service to follow at 3 p.m., at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn.

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

Gail B. Mellish

Gail B. Mellish, 66, of Elburn, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, surrounded by her family.

She was born Aug. 22, 1947, in Elgin, the daughter of Ernest and Lillian (Carr) Thompson.

Gail graduated from North Central College in 1969 and then received her master’s degree in education from Northern Illinois University in 1970. After graduation, she taught at Wing School in Elgin from 1970 to 1974.

She later went on to work for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Geneva as the church secretary from 1980 to 1993 and as the director of children’s ministries from 1994 to 2003. Gail taught Bible boot camp classes, as well as many Bible study fellowship programs. She served her church as a greeter and was known as a great hugger.

Gail had a heart that went out to the mission field. She especially loved the Honduran people and traveled to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, seven times. In her spare time, Gail enjoyed fishing in Canada, cross-stitching and gardening. However, her greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with her friends and family, who will definitely miss her hugs.

She is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Timothy; sons, Scott (Olivia) of Batavia and Shawn of Elburn; grandchildren, Isabel and Daniel; sister, Flo Tenney of Iowa; nephews, Mike (Olga) Tenney and Steve (Mindy) Tenney; great-nephews and great-nieces, Dustin (Sarah), Brian, Josh, and Liza; and great-great-nephews, Nolan, Nathan and Clark Tenney.

Gail was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 31, at 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 320 Franklin St., Geneva, with Rev. Mark A. Tusken to officiate.

Inurnment will follow at St. Mark’s Episcopal Memorial Gardens, Geneva.

Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Jericho Ministries, P.O. Box 781, Appleton, WI 54912 or SAMS (Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders) , P.O. Box 399, Ambridge, PA 15003. A memo indicating Russ and Heidi Smith would be appreciated.

Arrangements handled by Malone Funeral Home. For information, call (630) 232-8233 or visit www.malonefh.com.

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Kemp earns President’s Scholarship

Will attend Indiana State University this fall
ELBURN—You could say Brittany Kemp’s most recent accomplishment was a slam dunk of an achievement.

Kemp, an Elburn resident who is a Kaneland High School senior and a basketball and track athlete, will attend Indiana State University (ISU) this coming fall. And she recently earned the title of a President’s Scholar upon receiving the President’s Scholarship.

That means Kemp will get free tuition and premium housing at an honors dorm at ISU, from freshman to senior year.

Kemp is one out of 20 students in the country selected to be an ISU President’s Scholar.

“It really hasn’t sunk in,” Kemp said. “I’m just really excited.”

Andy Franklin, counselor at Kaneland High School, said that Kemp is “well deserving” of the President’s Scholarship.

“She’s one of those really focused students who definitely knows what she wants, and will go the extra mile to accomplish her goals,” he said.

Kemp plans on studying pre med at ISU and has hopes to work in the pediatric or forensic psychiatrist field.

Kemp has made many accomplishments during her high school career. She has a 3.98 grade point average and has been in the National Honor Society her junior and senior years.

“It makes me happy to succeed in school,” she said.

Kemp has been a Knights of Distinction member, played on Kaneland’s basketball team and is the co-captain of the track team. She’s also participated in DECA and student council, and mentored freshmen in Peer Leadership.

The list doesn’t end there, as Kemp has done community service for Toys for Tots, Marklund Foundation and Kaneland Silver Stars.

Motivation clearly isn’t an issue for her.

“I am motivated by my parents,” Kemp said. “I just like making them proud of me.”

Although Kemp has played sports most of her life, she said that she is not going to play sports in college.

She anticipates that college will be “more difficult than high school,” and her goal is to maintain a high GPA so that she can keep her scholarship, which will also allow her to study in Germany.

“I really want to push myself,” she said.

Meanwhile, it seems that Kemp’s mom, Wendy, is one of her biggest cheerleaders.

“She is just so kind and good-hearted,” Wendy said. “That’s to me what stands out.”

Kemp’s father, Daryl, is just as big a fan of Brittany.

“We’re very proud of her,” Wendy said. “And we love her. And she has succeeded just everything we could ever imagine.”

Covenant of Grace Church pancake breakfast

SUGAR GROVE—Covenant of Grace Church will host a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, May 17, 8 to 10 a.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House, Main Street in Sugar Grove. The breakfast will benefit the Between Friends Food Pantry.

The church asks that all those who attend bring a non-perishable food item, paper product or personal care item to donate to the food pantry. Cash donations will also be accepted, with 100 percent going straight to Between Friends.

For more information about Covenant of Grace or the pancake breakfast, call the church office at (630) 906-9661 or visit our website www.covofgrace.org.

St. Gall announces Vacation Bible School

ELBURN—St. Gall Church in Elburn will host its annual Vacation Bible School the week of June 23-27, 9 a.m. to noon. All children from preschool through fourth grade are eligible to attend. The theme of the Vacation Bible School is “Go Tell it on the Mountain.” There will be crafts, songs, skits, activities and snacks.

An ice cream social will be held Friday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. for all attendees and their parents.

The cost to attend is $25 per child. Registration forms can be found on the parish website at www.stgall.com, or you can email Religious Education Director Darlene Biggs at dbiggs@stgall.com. St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St, Elburn. For more information, call (630) 365-9166.

Meta E. Mannion

Meta E. Mannion, 75, of Yorkville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at Rush University Medical Center. She was born May 27, 1938, in Lithuania, the daughter of the late Vilius and Helena Fetting.

From ages 3 to 11, Meta lived in 33 displaced persons camps throughout World War II Europe. She arrived with her family at Ellis Island in 1949, was sponsored by a Menno, S.D., church, moved to Milwaukee and graduated from South Division High School in 1956. She married James A. Mannion, settled in Aurora and Yorkville, raised three children and served a 30-year career between Mercy Center Hospital and the Visiting Nurses Association. Meta was an avid gardener, loved to travel and rummaged for books, but spent her best time with grandchildren.

She is survived by loving husband, James A. Mannion; children, James M. (Sheri) Mannion, Susan (Jeff) Dellutri and Laura Steging; grandchildren, Zachary, Michael, Natalie and Henry; beloved sister, Christa (Richard) Giese; nieces, Suzanne (Dan) Bully and Lisa Schultz; grand-niece, Samantha; grand-nephew, Jacob; and other extended family and many friends.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son-in-law, Jim Steging; and brother, Manfred Fetting.

In keeping with Meta’s wishes, there will be a celebration of life gathering with friends and family. Arrangements by The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. For information, call (630) 466-1330, or visit www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.

Donald G. Werling

Donald G. Werling, 73, of Friendship, Wis., passed away Sunday, April 13, at his winter home in Mesa, Ariz. He was born July 24, 1940, in Chicago. Don retired from Murphy & Miller Inc. in 2002 after working there as a service manager for many years.

He is greatly missed by his wife of 53 years, MaryAnn (Maxian); his daughters, Linda (Potvin) and son-in-law Mark of Elburn, Kim (Smith) and son-in-law Paul of Romeoville, Ill.; five grandchildren, Paul Potvin and wife Alicia (David), Kathy (Potvin) Maddox and husband Scott, Jill Potvin, Michael Potvin and Andrew Smith; two great-grandchildren, Morgan and Blake Potvin; three sisters, the late Rita (Werling) Beaver of Darien, Ill., Loriane Werling of Chicago, and twin sister Diane (Werling) Nelson of Chicago.

A memorial mass will be held Saturday, May 24, at noon at St. Gall Catholic Church, Route 47 & W. Shannon Street, Elburn.

Covenant of Grace Church pancake breakfast

SUGAR GROVE—Covenant of Grace Church will host a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, May 17, 8 to 10 a.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House, Main Street in Sugar Grove. The breakfast will benefit the Between Friends Food Pantry.

The church asks that all those who attend bring a non-perishable food item, paper product or personal care item to donate to the food pantry. Cash donations will also be accepted, with 100 percent going straight to Between Friends.

For more information about Covenant of Grace or the pancake breakfast, call the church office at (630) 906-9661 or visit our website www.covofgrace.org.

Burton A. Brown Jr.

Burton A. Brown Jr., 68, of Maple Park, passed away Monday, April 28, 2014, at Delnor Hospital in Geneva.

He was born Feb. 12, 1946, in Indianapolis, the son of Burton and Mary (Jones) Brown.

Burton was raised in Kankakee, Ill., and attended Lincoln College. He graduated from Howe Military Academy in northeastern Indiana. Burton served four years in the Air Force as an airplane mechanic. He was an avid outdoorsman, and in his spare time Burton loved to golf and was very active with the Boy Scouts. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Julie (Salamone); son, Adam of Maple Park; sister, Gretchen (Larry) Morgan of Texas; brother-in-law, Norm (Laura) Salamone; nieces, Gina (Shaun) Callahan of Aurora and Kelly Morgan of Colorado; nephews, Derek (Kimberly) Morgan of Texas and Tyler Morgan of Texas; and many dear cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Burton was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service was held Monday at Malone Funeral Home, Geneva. Father Perfecto Vasquez officiated. Burial followed at Resurrection Cemetery in Geneva.

Visitation was held Sunday at Malone Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Boy Scouts of America Troop 36 of Geneva, Illinois, C/O TJ Farrell, 750 Anderson Blvd., Geneva, IL 60134 Illinois would be appreciated.

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

Betty I. Neisendorf

Betty I. Neisendorf, 82, of Hampshire, Ill., passed away Friday, May 2, 2014, at her home, with her family by her side.

She was born June 7, 1931, in Maple Park, the daughter of Adam and Lois (Nevitt) Moser.

Betty was a member of Maple Park High School’s Class of 1949. She married Edward “Bud” Neisendorf on May 10, 1952, at St. Mary Church in DeKalb, and they resided at their farm near Burlington, Ill., for 60 years.

Betty retired from Burlington Central High School District 301, where she was the director of Food Service for 25 years. She was always supportive of her children’s and grandchildren’s activities, and was very active in her community. She was a dedicated volunteer of Easter Seals and the American Cancer Society. She had worked as an Avon representative, and had made plenty of wedding cakes.

She will be greatly missed by her husband, Bud; her children, Bev (Louis) Thies, Richard (Judi), Daniel “Boomer” (Peg), David (Pam), Tom (Jody), Tim (Peg) and Dean “Farmer” (Jenny); 14 grandchildren, Andrea, Courtney, Alyson, Abby, Amber, Adam, Samantha, Rachel, Jacob, Mary, Erin, Jill, Danielle and Christopher; four great-grandchildren, Raven, Brandon, Harper and William, and another great-grandchild due in June; two sisters, Bonnie (the late Louis) Priwer and Barb (Eric) Pinion; her aunt, Ruth (the late Emory) Voyles; many cousins, nieces and nephews, and many good friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a granddaughter, Megan Neisendorf.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at a later date.

If desired, memorial contributions in her name may be directed to the Make-A-Wish (Team Meg) Foundation at KishHealth System Hospice.

The Frederick Funeral Home in Hampshire is assisting the family. For more information, call (847) 683-2711.

KUMC Mother-Daughter Banquet

KANEVILLE—All mothers and daughters in the community are invited to the Kaneville United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 4, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for its annual Mother-Daughter Banquet. The potluck supper will begin in the basement, followed by a brief program in the sanctuary. This year’s program, “For God so loved the world … That He gave us mothers and chocolate” will be deliciously amusing and inspirational. Don’t miss out on this tradition of food, fellowship and fun as the church reflects on God’s blessings. Awards, prizes and special music will complete the evening’s program.

Bring a dish to pass and your own table service. The church is located at 46W764 Main Street Road, Kaneville. For more information, call (630) 557-2353.

Covenant of Grace Church pancake breakfast

SUGAR GROVE—Covenant of Grace Church will host a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, May 17, 8 to 10 a.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House, Main Street in Sugar Grove. The breakfast will benefit the Between Friends Food Pantry.

The church asks that all those who attend bring a non-perishable food item, paper product or personal care item to donate to the food pantry. Cash donations will also be accepted, with 100 percent going straight to Between Friends.

For more information about Covenant of Grace or the pancake breakfast, call the church office at (630) 906-9661 or visit our website www.covofgrace.org.

Dawn Lynnette Long

Dawn Lynnette Long, 45, of Elburn, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, on Friday, April 18, 2014.

Dawn was born on June 9, 1968, at Delnor Hospital in St. Charles, to loving parents Beverly and George Laux.

Dawn grew up in Batavia on her parents’ produce farm. She spent most of her childhood helping in the fields and at the market on Fabyan Parkway.

Dawn started her education at Western Avenue School. Coultrap Middle School in Geneva was her next destination. She finished her studies at Geneva High School, graduating in 1986.

Dawn met the love of her life, James Long, in early 2012. They were united in holy matrimony at Grace Fellowship Church in Maple Park by Pastor James Harper on Aug. 3, 2013.

Dawn spent several years in the Bluegrass State of Kentucky, near Corbin, Ken. She moved back to be close to her family, living with her sister Karla in Batavia. When Dawn and James were married, they lived on his farm in Kaneville.

Dawn liked working with her hands, putting them to work refinishing, making, and installing cabinets with Nat, “the handy man.”

After returning to Illinois, Dawn found her life’s work as a homemaker. That was until Dawn became a grandmother. She took care of her granddaughter Leighton like only a grandmother could.

Dawn was a devoted member of Grace Fellowship Church of Maple Park.

Dawn was an avid gardener; she loved to plant flowers, vegetables and tomatoes. A favorite pastime was throwing the Frisbee to her beloved “Tanky Boy.”

Dawn liked to bake and cook for her family; she specialized in pies. Whatever was in season was the pie of the week in Dawn’s kitchen. She enjoyed watching cooking shows, where she picked up many recipe ideas for her family to try out.

She truly appreciated any time she got to be around her friends, just hanging out, relaxing and talking. When she met Jim, one of their favorite things to do was to spend a quiet night at home watching movies—one of her favorites was “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” starring George Clooney. She even snagged a copy from mom.

She enjoyed the open road. When she lived in Kentucky, she would call her sister Karla out of the blue and say, “See you in seven hours.” Seven hours later you could hear her muffler coming up the driveway.

She is survived by her husband, James Long; parents, Beverly and Dale Kuipers; brother, Todd (Shanne) Kuipers; sister, Karla Kuipers; step-children, Jacob, Joseph (Katlyn), Sarah and Benjamin Long; grandchildren, Leighton Long; niece and nephew, Cierra and Dylan Kuipers; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, step-family and in-laws.

She is preceded in death by her father, George Laux; grandparents, Theodore and Catherine Uthe; and her beloved dog, Tanky Boy.

Visitation was held on Monday. A memorial service will follow at a later date.

A memorial has been established in their name to benefit. Checks may be made to the “Dawn Long 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.

Sadie Ann Sane

Sadie Ann Sane, 76, of Elburn, passed away peacefully Friday, April 25, surrounded by the love of her family.

Sadie is survived by her loving children Diane Lynn (Dennis) Mattoon, Deborah Kay (Brian) Terpstra and Dayton (Gabriella) Sane Jr. ; fond grandchildren, Anthony and Lia Turchi, Christopher (Stephanie) Heins, Theresa Terpstra, Jordan and Daniella Sane; one great-grandchild, Gianna Heins; brothers, William (Janet) Johnesee and Kenneth (Sharon) Johnesee; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Joe Sane; parents, Clinton and Evelyn Johnesee; brother, Joe Johnesee; sister, Sandy Boutin; nephew, Keith Johnesee.

Visitation was held Tuesday at Conley Funeral Home. Burial will follow at a later date in Tennessee.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities: Checks may be made to the “Sadie Sane 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.

Covenant of Grace Church pancake breakfast

SUGAR GROVE—Covenant of Grace Church will host a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, May 17, 8 to 10 a.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House, Main Street in Sugar Grove. The breakfast will benefit the Between Friends Food Pantry.

The church asks that all those who attend bring a non-perishable food item, paper product or personal care item to donate to the food pantry. Cash donations will also be accepted, with 100 percent going straight to Between Friends.

For more information about Covenant of Grace or the pancake breakfast, call the church office at (630) 906-9661 or visit our website www.covofgrace.org.

Dawn Laynnette Long

Dawn Laynnette Long, 45, of Elburn, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, on Friday, April 18, 2014.

Dawn was born on June 9, 1968, at Delnor Hospital in St. Charles, to loving parents Beverly and George Laux.

Dawn grew up in Batavia on her parents’ produce farm. She spent most of her childhood helping in the fields and at the market on Fabyan Parkway.

Dawn started her education at Western Avenue School. Coultrap Middle School in Geneva was her next destination. She finished her studies at Geneva High School, graduating in 1986.

Dawn met the love of her life, James Long, in early 2012. They were united in holy matrimony at Grace Fellowship Church in Maple Park by Pastor James Harper on Aug. 3, 2013.

Dawn spent several years in the Bluegrass State of Kentucky, near Corbin, Ken. She moved back to be close to her family, living with her sister Karla in Batavia. When Dawn and James were married, they lived on his farm in Kaneville.

Dawn liked working with her hands, putting them to work refinishing, making, and installing cabinets with Nat, “the handy man.”

After returning to Illinois, Dawn found her life’s work as a homemaker. That was until Dawn became a grandmother. She took care of her granddaughter Leighton like only a grandmother could.
Dawn was a devoted member of Grace Fellowship Church of Maple Park.

Dawn was an avid gardener; she loved to plant flowers, vegetables and tomatoes. A favorite pastime was throwing the Frisbee to her beloved “Tanky Boy.”

Dawn liked to bake and cook for her family; she specialized in pies. Whatever was in season was the pie of the week in Dawn’s kitchen. She enjoyed watching cooking shows, where she picked up many recipe ideas for her family to try out.

She truly appreciated any time she got to be around her friends, just hanging out, relaxing and talking. When she met Jim, one of their favorite things to do was to spend a quiet night at home watching movies—one of her favorites was “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” starring George Clooney. She even snagged a copy from mom.

She enjoyed the open road. When she lived in Kentucky, she would call her sister Karla out of the blue and say, “See you in seven hours.” Seven hours later you could hear her muffler coming up the driveway.

She is survived by her husband, James Long; parents, Beverly and Dale Kuipers; brother, Todd (Shanne) Kuipers; sister, Karla Kuipers; step-children, Jacob, Joseph (Katlyn), Sarah and Benjamin Long; grandchildren, Leighton Long; niece and nephew, Cierra and Dylan Kuipers; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, step-family and in-laws.

She is preceded in death by her father, George Laux; grandparents, Theodore and Catherine Uthe; and her beloved dog, Tanky Boy.

Visitation was held on Monday. A memorial service will follow at a later date.

A memorial has been established in their name to benefit. Checks may be made to the “Dawn Long Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

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An Easter journey

Photo: Valleybrook Community Church Pastor Brian Smith of Batavia touches base on the meaning of Easter with the youth before excusing them to Sunday school. Photo by Lynn Logan

Valleybrook Church celebrates Easter with new location
MAPLE PARK—Valleybrook Community Church celebrated Easter on Sunday in its new location at the former Kaneland Middle School on Meredith Road, next to the high school.

Valleybrook was founded in 2002 and began life at the former campus of the Broadview Academy on Keslinger Road in La Fox. The church in 2005 moved to Blackberry Creek Elementary School in Elburn.

Valleybrook was originally a daughter church to the First Baptist Church of Geneva. Initially it had a launch team of 100 people from the First Baptist Church, and now has around 150 people who attend regularly. After experiencing an increase in attendance, Pastor Brian Smith felt it was time for Valleybrook to move to a different location that would support a bigger congregation.

“With growth in attendance beginning to squeeze us at Blackberry Creek last fall, we learned of the larger middle school and made plans to hold our larger Christmas service there in December (2013),” Pastor Smith said. “Our people were excited about the middle school facility at Christmas, and we began to explore possibilities of making a more permanent move by Easter.”

The church gathered together at their new location at 9:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday to enjoy a continental reception with coffee and rolls, followed by its worship service at 10 a.m.

Their service featured a mix of traditional hymns and contemporary music, a children’s lesson, and a message explaining why Christ’s death on the cross is the most important gift that the world has ever received, according to Pastor Smith. Kids in grades kindergarten through third had their children’s church during the service, where they learned about the importance of the meaning behind Easter.

After their regular church services, Valleybrook has what it calls a “connection time,” which is similar to Sunday school for adults and children.

A forward-thinking church, Valleybrook has already preselected a location should it choose to have a new facility built in the future.

“The location is on Hughes Road, not far from Route 47,” Pastor Smith said. “As far as the timing, that is in God’s hands.”

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Rodriguez named NACC Athlete of week for track and field

AURORA—Aurora University freshman Lisa Rodriguez of Sugar Grove was named the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Student-Athlete of the Week.

Rodriguez helped lead the Spartans to a second place finish at the Wheaton College Invitational April 5, winning the 200-meter dash (26.08 seconds), finishing third in the 100-meter (12.70) and participating in the winning 4×100 relay team (49.72). The times in the 200-meter dash and 4×100 relay set AU school records.

Easter celebration at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church (SGUMC) will host its Easter celebration on Holy Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. to noon at the church, 176 Main St., Sugar Grove.

Invite your neighbors and bring the grandkids to this family event as the church prepares to celebrate Easter Sunday, complete with crafts, egg dying and an Easter egg hunt.

Children will meet in the sanctuary for a chance to sing with the SGUMC choir. Families will then go downstairs to the Sunday school area for crafts and egg dying. Bring your own hardboiled eggs.