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William Paul Jarvis

William Paul Jarvis, 89, of Sugar Grove, formerly of Aurora, passed away on Dec. 2, 2009, at Hillside in Yorkville.

He was born Nov. 22, 1920, the son of Frank and Barbara (Esser) Jarvis.

Bill grew up in Aurora and attended local schools. Although his formal education only took him through his sophomore year in high school, he was a very knowledgeable man.

Bill was inducted into the U.S. Army on June 7, 1944. He served his country with valor and pride during WWII as a rifleman and postal clerk with Company 1, 85th Mountain Infantry, 10th Division in Italy.

Bill married his soulmate during a weekend furlough, Lois Gustafson, on Oct. 23, 1944. He would return to his bride on April 13, 1946, following his honorable discharge.

Bill would spend most of his life in his hometown of Aurora, where he was born and raised. In 1988, Bill and Lois moved to Sugar Grove.

He was employed by Trio Brass Foundry in Aurora for many years, eventually becoming manager until his retirement in 1988.

Bill was a faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn, was past president and a member of the Tiger Club, the Phoenix Club and the American Legion in Sugar Grove, Post 1271.

Bill was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan through thick and thin. When he wasn’t rooting for his home team, he loved working in his garden. Whether it was flowers or vegetables, everything came up “roses.” He also enjoyed camping across Illinois and Wisconsin, but his favorite site was Devils Lake in Baraboo, Wis.

He now leaves his wife of 65 years, Lois; three daughters, Kay (Vince) Chawgo of Breese, Ill., Linda (Dave) Dugan of Leland, Ill., and Sandy (Daryl) Jones of Steward, Ill.; six grandchildren, Becky Chawgo of Lynnwood, Wash., Jeremy Chawgo of Breese, Ill., Josh (Anne) Thacker and their daughter, Isabel, of Montgomery, Adam Thacker of North Hills, Calif., Jason (Kim) Jones and their children, Halle, Quinn and Macie, of Yorkville, and Kristy (Chadd) Nelson and their daughters, Sophia and Olivia Nelson of Sugar Grove; one brother, John Jarvis of Aurora; a sister-in-law, Elnor Gustafson of St. Charles; and many nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents; his brothers, Ralph and Francis; and sisters, Leona Bates, Marie Boylan, Margaret Ugoli and Catherine Castner, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A service to celebrate his life followed at 3 p.m. Private family interment will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit Seasons Hospice and Hillside. Checks may be made to the “William Jarvis 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.

We will forever be thankful to everyone at Hillside for their loving care for Dad and Mom. We also want to thank Seasons Hospice for their compassion during such a difficult time.

“Lord, help us find our way through the changes in our lives.”

Link, Warner to wed

Jeff and Cheryl Link of Elburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Alyssa Link, to Michael Warner, son of Tom and Dee Warner of North Aurora, Ill.

The bride-to-be is a 2006 graduate of Aurora Central Catholic High School and of Saint Ambrose University. She is employed by Heartland Blood Center as a phlebotomist.

The future groom is a 2002 graduate of Aurora Central Catholic High School and Waubonsee Community College. He currently serves as a lieutenant in the Sugar Grove Fire Protection District.

The wedding ceremony will be May 22, 2010, at St. Peter Church in Geneva.

The couple plans a honeymoon in the Fiji Islands.

Elburn native sings in concert choir

Senior Erin Peters of Elburn will sing alto in the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Concert Choir.

The UW-Whitewater Concert Choir is a large mixed chorus made up of singers from across campus. Repertoire includes classical music of all periods, both sacred and secular, as well as global music. Performances are at university and local events, including concerts in combination with other choirs and the Whitewater Symphony Orchestra.

Joan A. McLaughlin

Joan A. McLaughlin, 83, of Batavia, passed away at Provena Pine View Care Center, St. Charles, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family in the early morning hours of Monday, Nov. 23, 2009.

Joan was born April 5, 1926, the daughter of Charles Curtis and Katherine (McMullen) Printiss in Boston.

She grew up in Quincy Point, Mass., and attended St. Josephs Grammar School and graduated from Sacred Heart High School, Weymouth, Mass., in 1943. Following graduation, Joan worked in the front office of Bethlehem Steel, where she would find a life time of love with her boss, Jim.

Joan was united in marriage on Sept. 7, 1946, to James Edward McLaughlin in Quincy Point, Mass. They began their new life together in her hometown of Quincy, raising a family while Jim continued to work for Bethlehem Steel. A few years later, the family moved to Pittsfield, Mass. Ten years later, they moved to Galveston, Texas, for a time before settling in St. Charles in 1962. During their time in the tri-cities, Joan worked at Morgan’s Jewelry Factory and DuKane.

In 1975, they moved to Batavia, where she began working at Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company. Following Jim’s passing, she changed vocation once more when she worked as a receptionist for eight years at the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA). Joan then moved to Elburn for six years before returning to Batavia, where she made her home until declining health brought her to Provena Pine View Care Center in St. Charles.

Joan was a member of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), as well as St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, St. John Neumann and most recently Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia.

Joan had a giving heart and an unending love for her grandchildren. Her hands were always busy doing something. She loved to knit, crotchet and volunteer for a number of organizations, including the Batavia Fireworks Fund, RSVP an organization of senior citizens who volunteer at Delnor Hospital gift shop, where she earned her badge for 1,500 hours of service and also found time to prepare meals for Hesed House. She always had a special place in her heart for her pets, including Bucky, T-Bone and Kava. In her younger years, she also enjoyed camping with her family at Illinois Beach State Park, Starved Rock, Angola, Ind., and Fish Creek, Wis., much to the chagrin of her children.

She now leaves six children, Anne Marie Wyatt (Bill) Rogers of Newport News, Va., Charles Curtis McLaughlin of New Jersey, Virginia (David) Ritchie of Naperville, Ted McLaughlin of St. Charles, Paul (Connie) McLaughlin of Aurora, Peggy (Mark) Macaluso of Batavia; six grandchildren, Andrew Wyatt of Batavia, Alana McLaughlin of Prescott, Ariz., David and Robert Ritchie, both of Naperville, Andrea and Marc Macaluso, both of Batavia; one great-granddaughter, Abigail Jones; and many nieces and nephews and a family of friends.

She is preceded by her husband, James; one sister, Martha Murphy; and a daughter-in-law, Maggie McLaughlin.

Visitation, followed by a memorial service celebrating her life, was held Nov. 28 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities, including the local food pantry and the Salvation Army. Checks may be made to the “Joan McLaughlin Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or at www.conleycare.com.

Church news for Dec. 3

St. Mary’s of Maple Park hosts annual Christmas cookie sale
Maple Park—The St. Mary’s of Maple Park annual Christmas cookie sale will be held on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Novak Center on County Line Road in Maple Park. Homemade cookies will be sold for $6 per pound.

Advance orders for assorted cookies may be placed until Thursday, Dec. 17. For more information or advance orders, call (815) 827-3302.

Calvary Episcopal offers wreath, roping sale, bazaar and vendor show
Batavia—Following a more than 10-year tradition, Calvary Episcopal Church in Batavia offers affordable, high-quality, locally grown Christmas wreaths and roping for sale this holiday season.

The sale takes place Friday through Sunday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6.

Proceeds benefit the church’s outreach ministries. Calvary is located at 222 S. Batavia Ave., at the corner of Route 31 and Main Street. For information, call (630) 879-3378.

Immanuel Lutheran Church presents St. Nicholas Day program
BATAVIA—Christmas music, a puppet show and skit will be presented at a St. Nicholas Day program from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. It will be at the Peg Bond Center on Batavia’s Riverwalk. The program will be presented by members of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Dec. 6 is celebrated as St. Nicholas Day in many parts of the world. St. Nicholas, a bishop in the 4th century, ministered to people in Myra, which is now in modern-day Turkey. He was known for his generosity and outreach to the poor and children, especially during difficult times. Today in the United States, people know him as Santa Claus.

St. Nicholas was known for putting gifts in the shoes of poor people. Those attending the program are asked to bring used, but still usable, shoes that will be donated to various agencies, and non-perishable food for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry.

Music will be by the church’s Third Voice contemporary choir, the traditional Christus Choir, and Immanuel Lutheran School students. Instrumental music will include dulcimer music by Mary Cook. There will be a puppet show by Immanuel’s Hands Alive Children’s Puppet Ministry, and a skit presented by adults to tell the story of St. Nicholas. The program will end with community singing.

Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

For information, call (630) 879-7163.

St. Paul’s offers annual cookie walk, bake sale
Hinckley—St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Hinckley, will host its annual cookie walk and bake sale on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The church is located at the corner of View and McKinley streets in Hinckley.

Call (815) 286-3391 for information.

St. Charles Episcopal begins Advent season with lessons, carols
St. Charles—St. Charles’ Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave., St.Charles, invites the community to the traditional Lessons and Carols Service at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6.

This solemn service of Scripture readings, prayers, choir anthems and congregational singing is a perfect way to begin the Advent season of waiting and reflection before the miracle of Christ’s birth on Dec. 25.

More information is available at (630) 584-2596 or www.stcharlesepiscopal.org.

William M. (Bill) Sanders

William M. (Bill) Sanders, 77, of Maple Park, died unexpectedly following heart surgery on Nov. 26, 2009.

He was born Dec. 17, 1931, the son of William Lawrence and Elizabeth Jane (McCabe) Sanders in DeKalb.

Bill grew up in Maple Park, where he graduated from Maple Park High School in 1949. Bill began what has become a long standing family tradition of distance running by setting the school record for the mile run. Bill’s love of the outdoors was kindled by his father with frequent trips “north” to their favorite fishing lakes.

Following high school, he attended barber college in Chicago and practiced his trade in the same shop operated by his father. For the next 20 years, Sanders’ Barber Shop would be not only a place for a trim and a shave, but also a place to learn the latest town news, hear the best jokes and to play a friendly game of billiards in the pool hall in back.

Bill met the love of his life, Ilene (Ike) Ryan at the DeKalb roller skating rink. Their 56-year marriage began on Nov. 14, 1953, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb.

Bill and Ilene made their home in Maple Park, where they raised not only their own three children; but, as was the tradition in mid-western small towns, they played a role in the lives of many of the neighborhood kids as well.

While running his barber shop, Bill often made calls to shut-ins at their homes and the sick at the hospital. In the middle 1970s, Bill set aside his clippers and picked up hammer and nails, working as a carpenter until his retirement in 1994. He would often be found helping neighbors, friends and family with their construction projects well into his retirement.

Bill’s many interests included many close friendships. He was especially fond of the North Woods, in particular Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where he hunted, fished, camped and snowmobiled for more than 50 years. Bill was always eager to share his interests with others, especially the young neighborhood kids. He became an accomplished archer, wining many competitions, and was a successful deer hunter. Bill was also an avid golfer. In retirement, he and Ike spent many happy days in the company of their friends in Mercedes, Texas and Sardis, Miss., where they could golf, fish and enjoy their friendships in warmer climes. Bill’s kindness and friendship has deeply touched the lives of many people, and he will be terribly missed for a very long time.

Bill was a volunteer Maple Park fireman for many years, dashing out of the barbershop, sometimes with a half finished haircut in the chair when the call for help was sounded. He was also a charter member of the Kishwaukee Archers and the Maple Park Lions Club.

He now leaves his loving wife, Ike Sanders; three children, Susan (Tim) Sanders-Norris of Sugar Grove, Sally (Tim) Kennedy of Maple Park and Bill (Noreen Heitman) Sanders of Marquette, Mich.; six grandchildren, Carrie (Chris) Sanchez of Gilbert, Ariz., Henry Norris of Maple Park, Will Sanders of Marquette, Mich., Mickey Sanders of Marquette, Mich., Tom Kennedy of Maple Park, Elizabeth Kennedy of Maple Park; one great-granddaughter, Alyson Sanchez; one sister, Jane Ryan of Bourbonnais, Ill.; one brother, Jim (Mary) Sanders of Tucson, Ariz.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Bill now joins his parents; one sister, Helen (Ike) Lawson; one brother, Tom Sanders; and one brother-in-law, Terry Ryan, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A mass to celebrate his life was held Dec. 2, with a time of visitation preceding the service at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Maple Park. Fr. Joachim Tyrtania, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in Bill’s name to benefit his favorite charities, including the Maple Park Lions Club. Checks may be made to the “Bill Sanders Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or made at www.conleycare.com.

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ J. Hartmann

Elizabeth “Betty” J. Hartmann, 79, of Elburn, passed away suddenly following a heart complication at Delnor Hospital, Geneva, on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009.

She was born Dec. 10, 1929, the daughter of Archie and Margaret (McKinley) Schutzman.

Betty was born in Chicago and attended local schools, graduating from Harrison High School in 1947.

Betty was working at Woolworths Store in Chicago and found more than she bargained for when she met Charles M. Hartmann. They were united in marriage on May 22, 1948, at Resurrection Church in Chicago. They began their new life together in Chicago right off of Cicero Avenue in an apartment once owned by Al Capone.

In the mid 1950s, the now growing family moved to Bellwood, Ill., and then to Lombard, Ill., in 1973 and Villa Park, Ill., in 1976. Charlie and Betty moved to Geneva in 1986, but when Charlie passed away shortly afterwards on Aug. 2, 1989, Betty moved to Carol Stream, Ill. Then in 1999, Betty moved to Elburn to be near her son.

Betty worked at Turnstyle, once owned by Jewel. Venture soon bought them out, but Betty stayed for the next 25 years.

She was a faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn, and former member of the Corpus Christi Church in Carol Stream.

Betty was a member of the “Shop Till You Drop Club.” She always had an eye for a bargain, which allowed her to “spend a little” but “shop a-lot.” She also enjoyed spending time with her friends exercising at the Elburn Countryside Community Center. Above all, she loved her family and was happiest when they were together.

She now leaves two sons, Ed (Donna) Hartmann of Pecatonica, Ill., and Art (Linda) Hartmann of Elburn; five grandchildren, Bryan (Traci) Hartmann and their children, Brendan, Nicholas and Zachary of Dixon, Ill., Kristy (Brad) Huffman and their children, Ashlyn, Meghan and Ryan of Dixon, Ill., Dennis (Jennifer) Hartmann and their children, Tyler and Kyle of Cortland, Jerry (Patty) Huston of South Elgin, Ill., Jennifer Huston and her son, William of Eagle, Neb.; one brother-in-law, John LeVoy of Eagle River, Wis.; one sister-in-law, Vivian Schutzman of McHenry, Ill.; one nephew, John LeVoy of Florida; several nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents; sister, Margaret LeVoy; and two brothers, Carl and Arthur Schutzman, who preceded her in death.

Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A mass to celebrate her life was held Wednesday, with a time of visitation preceding the service at St. Gall Catholic Church. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial to benefit her favorite charities has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Betty Hartmann Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Personal tributes and memories may also to the same address or forwarded to the family through www.conleycare.com.

Aslyn Frances Schnaitman

James and Stacey Schnaitman of St. Charles announce the birth of their daughter, Aslyn Frances Schnaitman, who was born Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva.

She weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long. Her maternal grandparents are Beverly Scalone of Geneva and Leendert Tankink of Great Falls, Mont. Her paternal grandparents are Jim and Nancy Schnaitman of Elburn, and paternal great-grandparents are Geri Karas of Aurora.

Aslyn was welcomed home by her big sister, Greer (4 1/2), Cheyenne (3 1/2) and James Jr. (19 months).

Pamela Hope Williams

Pamela Hope Williams, 60, of Gerton, N.C., died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) at Hendersonville Health and Rehabilitation.

Originally from Elburn, she was the daughter of the late June and Benjamin Waskow.

She was a vibrant person and a wonderful mother of two before PSP took her.

Surviving are a daughter, Kelley J. Stefka, of Greenville, S.C.; and a son, Kent D. Williams and wife, Lacey, of Charleston, S.C.; her best friend of 25 years, Linda Straughan; a sister, Penny Meyer of Big Rock; and a brother, Craig Waskow and his wife, Patty. She had the chance to be a part of her only granddaughter’s new life, Callie Hope Williams, of Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Executive Plaza III, 11350 McCormick Road, Suite 906, Hunt Valley, MD 21031 or online at www.curepsp.org.

Visitation was from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, 44 S. Mill St, Naperville, Ill. A private family interment was at Mount Emblem Cemetery, Elmhurst, Ill.

To read more and sign an online register book, please visit www.shulerfuneralhome .com. Shuler Funeral Home will assist the family with arrangements in North Carolina.

Winifred ‘Winnie’ Zimmer

Winifred “Winnie” Zimmer, 85, of Virgil, passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 21, 2009, at Meadowbrook Care Center, Naperville, Ill., where she had recently become a resident and was battling cancer.

She was born April 25, 1924, near Steward, Ill., the daughter of Marguerite (O’Donnell) and Irvin Herrmann.

She grew up on the family farm the fourth of 11 children.

Following graduation from Shabbona Community High School, Winnie went on to become a registered nurse, graduating from St. Charles Hospital School of Nursing in Aurora with the class of 1947.

On June 19, 1948, she was united in marriage to Joseph G. “Jeff” Zimmer in Columbus, Ohio. They made their home in Virgil, where they were blessed with six children.

Winnie was employed at Sycamore Hospital for many years until the late ‘60s, when her nursing “ministry” became more focused on home and community nursing. In many ways, Winnie was the Virgil community “health department.” Whenever the misfortune of accident or illness occurred, the first person people called was Winnie. Her demeanor was always straightforward, but her heart was filled with love and never was there a road too long or a hill too high when you called her name.

For many years, she helped Conley Ambulance in countless ways and was highly respected among area physicians. In spite of her many responsibilities, somehow dinner was always on the table, even if she was headed out the door to help someone else before her family could sit down to enjoy the meal.

She is survived by six children, their children and families, Larry (Susan) Zimmer of Maple Park, and their family, Bart Zimmer and his children, Corey, Haley and Tyler, Sarah (Rob) Orth and Jeremy Zimmer; Patricia Zimmer of Miami, Fla.; Virginia (Ken) Stewart of Glendale Heights, Ill., and their family, Elizabeth Stewart and her son, Ethan, Rebecca (Mark Morozink) Stewart; Janet (Joel) Beck of Sandwich, Ill., and their family, Aaron (Teresa) Calhoon (and his two sons, Logan and Brandon) Lynn Calhoon; Diane LaFan of Aurora, and her family, Kendra Flowers and Jared Flowers (and his son, Bryce); Dann (Kathy) Zimmer of St. Charles, and their family, Robby and Margaret; six siblings, Leon Herrmann of Lincoln, Neb., Joyce Clinton of San Diego, Calif., Paul Herrmann of Shabbona, Ill., Thomas Herrmann of DeKalb, Ill., William (Linda) Herrmann of DeKalb, Ill., Irvin (Janie) Herrmann of Dayton, Ohio; one sister-in-law, Margaret Seisser of Jefferson, Wis., as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Joseph, she is preceded in death by two sisters, Madaline Barnes and Helen Inskeep; and two brothers, Joseph and Chester Herrmann.

Visitation will be held at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, on Sunday, Nov. 29, from noon to 3:30 p.m., with funeral services to follow at 4 p.m. Winnie’s long time friend and pastor, the Rev. George Williamson, will officiate. Following cremation, interment will conclude at S.S. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Virgil.

A memorial in her name has been established to benefit diabetes research, among others. Memorials in her memory may be 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.

Church news for Nov. 25

Calvary Episcopal offers wreath, roping sale, bazaar and vendor show
Batavia—Following a more than 10-year tradition, Calvary Episcopal Church in Batavia offers affordable, high-quality, locally grown Christmas wreaths and roping for sale this holiday season.

The sale takes place Friday through Sunday, Nov. 27-29, and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6.

In addition, the church will offer a bazaar and vendor show on Friday, Nov. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop from more than 25 crafters and vendors for such products as jewelry, health and beauty, fashion and accessories, home decor, gourmet food and drink, crafts and holiday items, professional services, stationery, florals, kitchen and cooking tools, fine linens and more. 

Proceeds from both events benefit the church’s outreach ministries. Calvary is located at 222 S. Batavia Ave., at the corner of Route 31 and Main Street. For information, call (630) 879-3378.

Two Guys and Free Spaghetti
St. Charles—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will be held for the eighth time on Sunday, Nov. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Charles’ Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. in St. Charles.

The event is hosted by Joe Ryan and Matt Rhead, who supply a free spaghetti dinner to anyone who wants to attend. Spaghetti, meatballs, salad, garlic bread and dessert are free, supplied by Ryan and Rhead and their friends, who also cook and serve the meal.

The “Two Guys” recognize that many families would enjoy a free night out, good food and fellowship, especially in these difficult times. Everyone is welcome.

Immanuel Lutheran Church presents St. Nicholas Day program
BATAVIA—Christmas music, a puppet show and skit will be presented at a St. Nicholas Day program from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. It will be at the Peg Bond Center on Batavia’s Riverwalk. The program will be presented by members of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Dec. 6 is celebrated as St. Nicholas Day in many parts of the world. St. Nicholas, a bishop in the 4th century, ministered to people in Myra, which is now in modern-day Turkey. He was known for his generosity and outreach to the poor and children, especially during difficult times. Today in the United States, people know him as Santa Claus.

St. Nicholas was known for putting gifts in the shoes of poor people. Those attending the program are asked to bring used, but still useable, shoes that will be donated to various agencies, and non-perishable food for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry.

Music will be by the church’s Third Voice contemporary choir, the traditional Christus Choir, and Immanuel Lutheran School students. Instrumental music will include dulcimer music by Mary Cook. There will be a puppet show by Immanuel’s Hands Alive Children’s Puppet Ministry, and a skit presented by adults to tell the story of St. Nicholas. The program will end with community singing.

Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

For information, call the church, (630) 879-7163.

Local student receives national degree

INDIANAPOLIS—Sarah Carson received the American FFA Degree at the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on Saturday, Oct. 24. It is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA organization and recognizes Carsons’s demonstrated leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing and service programs.

Less than one in 154 FFA members advance through their local chapter and state FFA degree programs to earn this national degree. Carson, the daughter of Dan and Anne Carson of Maple Park, is currently pursuing a degree in Agricultural Education at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

She is a member of the Kaneland FFA Chapter, and her agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor is Laura Widhalm.

AU honors employees for years of service

Aurora—Local residents are among Aurora University employees recently honored for five to 35 years of service.

Employees were recognized at a third annual Fall Founders Convocation in Crimi Auditorium. Local employees recognized were Beverly Taylor of Elburn and Judith Maxwell, both with five years of service.

Warren Bernhardt

Warren Bernhardt, 86, of Elburn, peacefully passed away on Nov. 11, 2009, at his home after a battle with cancer.

He was born July 30, 1923, the son of Oscar and Rose (Galle) Bernhardt in Oak Park, Ill.

Warren gained a sister two years later, Margeolaine, and both of them grew up and attended local schools in Maywood, Ill. He graduated from Proviso High School in 1941.

Warren found his true love early in life at a roller rink in Villa Park, Ill. Although Warren was 17 and Jeanne “Rae” Raiman was 13 at the time, their love never wavered and they were united in marriage six years later at the Methodist church in Maywood on June 28, 1947.

They began their new life together in the Glen Ellyn countryside and raised a family of four children; Ronald, Richard, Carol and Thomas.

Warren worked at a number of jobs to provide for his family and settled on Bar Vending in St. Charles for 26 years. He retired in 1986 and soon thereafter moved to Elburn.

Warren’s love of automobiles kept him busy repairing the family’s cars. His vegetable garden was a source of pride and always provided a bounty of everything from tomatoes to squash, zucchini and more. He loved to startle his wife and make her “eyes water” by wearing mixed plaids where no plaids should be worn.

He leaves his wife of 62 years, Jeanne, four children, Ron (Tracy) Bernhardt of Mesa, Ariz., Richard (Donna) Bernhardt of Grand Forks, N.D., Carol Syme of Glen Ellyn, Ill. and Thomas Sr. (Julie) Bernhardt of Sarasota, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Jill (Tony) Leitner, Jason Bernhardt, Rob (Lorine) Bernhardt, Michael Bernhardt, Timothy Bernhardt, Thomas Jr. Bernhardt and Victoria Bernhardt; four great-grandchildren, Anna, Charlie Warren, Elle and Kaylin; many nieces and nephews and family of friends.

He now joins his parents and one sister, Margeolaine Bernhardt, who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memorial service to celebrate his life will follow the visitation at 4 p.m.

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

Garry K. Bunce

Garry K. Bunce, 63, died tragically following complications from emergency surgery on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at Provena Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora.

He was born Feb. 15, 1946, the son of Delos and Vivian (Harrett) Bunce in Aurora, Ill.

Garry grew up on Lasher Road near Kaneville and graduated from Kaneland High School in 1964.

Garry was born a mechanic but grew into a “Diesel Mechanic Extraordinaire.” Garry never darkened a doorway at a traditional university, but he studied his craft relentlessly. He never stopped learning and soon he could fix anything with the exception of the TV, which was off limits per his wife.

He was united in marriage to Linda Price on May 1, 1965, at Wheatland Salem United Methodist Church in Plainfield.

They began their new life together in Hinckley and Big Rock for a time before moving to Aurora in 1975. In 1992, they made the move to Elburn, where they made memories for the next 17 years.

Garry worked at the Big Rock Truck Stop from 1964-71 before spending the next 38 years at Northern National Lease/Ryder. Garry’s talent for helping and inspiring people was amazing. He taught his employees the importance of doing the job the right way the first time, because public safety depended on their work.

He was a long time member of Wheatland Salem United Methodist Church and was proud to be a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers for 38 years.

Garry was a good and gentle man who was intensely devoted to his wife and family. He treated his wife like a queen and spoiled his children, making sure they always had their heart’s desire. Garry also wasn’t afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve and never missed an opportunity to tell his wife, kids and grandchildren how much he loved them.

Although his family always came first, he never hesitated to help others in need. His skills and friendly personality were known and acknowledged by everyone he met. Garry lived his life with a friendly smile and a contagious laugh.

He loved black-and-white movies, the hilarity of “The Three Stooges,” and never turned the channel when “Svengoolie” was on Channel 26.

Even when he wasn’t working, his hands never stayed still, or clean, as he worked on old motorcycles, making them run faster and stronger. He also worked on cars and trucks, leaving his mark on every one.

He loved to travel, go gem hunting in North Carolina and antique shopping with Linda wherever and whenever they could. Garry loved the times he spent hunting at his uncle’s, or fishing in the creek by his house, and he couldn’t help but join in the fun when his kids would go sledding.

Ready with a easy laugh, Garry loved to tell funny stories and play practical jokes. He also was an animal lover and kept a special place in his heart for his dogs, Fluffy, Sherry and Tina. The holidays spent at his home and games of horseshoes played in the back yard will never be the same without Garry. No longer able to leave his trademark crushed pop cans as a calling card, Garry leaves his mark on our hearts that will last for generations.

He now leaves his loving wife of 44 years, Linda; two children, Deanna (Karl) Martinek and Connie (Tod) Parish; four grandchildren, Shane (Amanda) Powell, Cami Powell, Megan Parish and Nicholas Parish, all of Aurora; one sister, Lavonne (Phil) Mahan, many cousins, nieces, nephews and countless friends across the countryside.

He now joins his parents; one grandson, Erin Martinek; a nephew, Jeremy Mahanl; one brother, Larry Bunce; his in-laws, Milford and Helen Price; and his grandparents, Forest and Blanch Harrett, and Arthur and Gretta Bunce, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate was also held at the funeral home, Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. Rev. Jason Turner, pastor of the Kaneville United Methodist Church, Kaneville, officiated, and interment followed at Kaneville Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Garry Bunce Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or at www.conleycare.com.

Sandra Lee Kemp

Sandra Lee Kemp (nee Santmyers) passed away on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at the Tiller’s Nursing Home, surrounded by her family after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

She was born on March 4, 1937, in Detroit, Mich., and resided in Grosse Point, Mich., the daughter of Melville and Evelyn Mae (Kopp) Santmyers. She was married to Roy Kemp in 1956.

Sandra loved life and loved her family, friends, including the many friends she had made over the past 11 years at Tiller’s and Hillside, and her many pets. Sandy will be missed by all who loved her. She had a great sense of humor, was kind to everyone, and enjoyed life no matter what obstacles came her way.

She leaves behind a brother, Mel (Maria) Santmyers of California; two daughters, Cindy Jo (Steve) Cunningham of Algonquin, Ill., and Rebecca Lee (Mark) Johnson of Oswego, Ill.; three grandchildren, Kellen Jay Bain, Melissa (Brian) Scottberg and Troy Johnson; and two great-granddaughters, Kayla and Sarah Scottberg.

Preceding her in death are her parents and Roy Kemp, as well as her beloved grandson, Corey Joe Bain.

Friends may call on the family on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 5 to 7:15 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, with a memorial service at 7:15 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Sandy has requested that donations be made to an animal shelter/sanctuary of the donor‘s choice, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Provena Mercy Hospice or any other nonprofit organization.

The family wishes to thank Tiller’s Nursing Home and the many wonderful, compassionate and loving staff members that were a family to us and our mom for so many years.

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

Jeanette I. (Seibert) Marshall

Jeanette I. (Seibert) Marshall, 85, of Montgomery, formerly of Sandwich and Aurora, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at her home.

She was born on Dec. 5, 1923, in Aurora, the daughter of the late William and Margaret (McClure) Seibert.

She and Donald G. Marshall were married 53 years before his passing in 2000. Survivors include their children, James (Peggy) Marshall of Aurora, Steven (Pamela) Marshall of Dunlap, Ill., Diane (Donald) Barrow of Montgomery and Cindy Tessmann of Warrenville, Ill. She delighted in being the grandmother of Steven and Lauren Marshall, Eric, Carly and Melissa Tessmann, and Derek Barrow. Left to mourn the loss in addition to immediate family are step-grandchildren, Dario, Emily, Matt, Ryan and Shaunna. She is also fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews, as well as all her friends at Wedgewood Manor Apartments.

Jeanette worked during WWII first in Washington D.C. and later in Aurora and Fort McDowell in the Government Accounting Office and for the U.S. Army. After their marriage in 1946, Don and Jeanette moved to Urbana while Don attended U of I Engineering School.

She was active in the community, church and school programs while raising her family and working part time. In her later years, she volunteered at the Fox Valley YMCA preschool. She loved working with children, indulging her animal friends and baking her special banana bread. Jeanette never knew any strangers, only friends she hadn’t met yet.

Along with her parents and husband, Don, she was preceded in death by her sisters and brother, Frank (Helen) Seibert, Ione (Richard) Lorang, Wilma (Leroy) Kewenig, Selma (Winnie) Johnson, Shirley (Charles) Harrington and Joyce (Jack) Legler.

Private services will be held followed by an interment of her and Donald’s ashes at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Arrangements were handled by The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60506. For further information, call (630) 897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.

Remember Jeanette by donating to the Fox Valley Animal Welfare League, The Salvation Army or the charity of your choosing.

Francis D. Whelan

Francis D. Whelan, 80, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, in St. Charles. He was born Aug. 16, 1929, in Chicago, the son of Francis V. and Genevieve M. (nee Eck) Whelan.

He was united in marriage to Ruth M. Bartimes on Sept. 11, 1954, in Aurora.

Frank graduated from East Aurora High School with the class of 1947. He began his employment with Illinois Bell in June of 1945, and retired from the company after 38 years. Frank joined the U.S. Navy in September of 1952 and proudly served his country until July of 1954.

On Feb. 4, 1959, Frank joined the North Aurora Fire Department. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1963, and later became Chief in 1976. On Oct. 2, 1972, he was able to carry out his ultimate dream of saving a life. In 1973, Illinois Bell awarded Frank with the Theodore N. Vail Bronze Medal for noteworthy public service.

Frank greatly enjoyed being a fireman and was active in many capacities of fire protection service. He trained EMTs in first aid and CPR certification for the Red Cross, and served on the Kane County Fire Chiefs Association as both treasurer and president.

In 1989, Frank celebrated 30 years as a fireman with a “roast” celebration hosted by the North Aurora Fire Department. He retired two years later as Chief and became Chief Emeritus after 32 years of service.

Outside of his work with the fire department and Illinois Bell, Frank served the community of North Aurora in the Lions Club (where he was on the board of directors), the Loyal Order of the Moose and the Telephone Pioneers. Frank was honored as the North Auroran of the Year for his countless hours of service to the community.

Frank is survived by his children, Terry Whelan of Kaneville and Linda (Dan) Revai of Plover, Wis.; his grandchildren, Heather, Nick and Danielle; a sister, Phyllis (Nick) Klein; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Frank is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ruth; and daughter, Colleen Meggesin.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 4 to 9 p.m. at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave. (Rt. 31), Batavia.

Funeral services will begin with prayers on Friday, Nov. 20, at the funeral home, before proceeding to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 801 Oak St., North Aurora, for Mass at 10 a.m., with Rev. Jack Heraty serving as celebrant. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery in Geneva Township.

For additional information, call the Moss Family Funeral Home in Batavia at (630) 879-7900 or visit www.mossfuneral.com

Church news for Nov. 19

St. Mary, Grace UMC, pair up for Turkey Drop
Maple Park—St. Mary Catholic Church and Grace United Methodist Church, both in Maple Park, will hold their annual turkey drop on Sunday, Nov. 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stop by Grace UMC, 506 Willow St., and drop off a turkey, ham or any other items to complete a holiday meal for an area family that is experiencing financial difficulties this year. Please enter through the south doors at the back of the church.

Full holiday meals will be delivered to families in the Maple Park area and Kaneland School District. Any items received above and beyond the needs of these families will be delivered to area food pantries.

Coffee, hot chocolate and desserts will be offered to all those who stop by to donate.

SS Peter & Paul Fall Festival raffle & live auction

Virgil—SS Peter and Paul Parish will hosts its annual Fall Festival raffle and live auction from 3 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22.

This year’s raffle includes turkeys and hams, sports tickets, a Diamond Mart certificate, gift cards, autographed White Sox baseball, cooking lessons and much more.

The festival also includes kids games. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The parish hall is located at 5N939 Meredith Road, Virgil. For more information or to donate a raffle item, call (630) 365-6618.

St. Gall offers Thanksgiving service
Elburn—The Community Ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship Service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at St. Gall Catholic Church at 7 p.m.

Hosanna! Lutheran works with Operation Christmas Child

St. Charles—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will be a regional drop-off site this year for Operation Christmas Child.

This ministry project of international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse has collected and hand-delivered more than 68 million shoe box gifts to hurting kids in over 130 countries since 1993. This ministry helps to spread the word about the hope and brings joy to millions of needy boys and girls throughout the world during the holiday season.

Shoe boxes filled with small gifts can be dropped off at Hosanna! through Monday, Nov. 23. Hours for the drop-off are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. On Monday, Nov. 23, drop-off hours are from 10 a.m. to noon.

Gift selections to put in the shoe boxes include small toys, school supplies, hygiene items, hard candy and gum (double bagged) and a special note of encouragement. A donation of $7 would also be appreciated to help cover the shipping cost.

For more information, call (630) 584-6434, e-mail Welcome@HosannaChurch.com or visit www.HosannaChurch.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road in St. Charles.

Payne, Clapp to wed

Cecil and Denise Payne of Sugar Grove announce the engagement of their daughter, Kara Payne, to David Clapp, son of Kent and Mary Clapp.

The bride to be is a graduate of Aurora Christian High School and currently a student at Northern Illinois University.

The future groom is a graduate of Aurora Christian High School and currently a student at Michigan Technological University.

The couple will be married on Aug. 20, 2010, at Village Bible Church in Sugar Grove.

Kurian recognized as student laureate

Sarah Kurian of Elburn, a student at Knox College, was recognized as a Student Laureate by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois during a special convocation Nov. 7 at the Old State Capitol State Historic in Springfield.

Presenting the honor was (left to right) Lincoln Academy Chancellor John B. Simon; Sarah Kurian; Knox College President Dr. Roger Taylor; and the Honorable Richard Mills, Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois.

David G. Compton

David G. Compton, 84, of rural Elburn, passed away peacefully at his home, late Saturday evening, Nov. 7, 2009.

Having battled aggressive congestive heart failure for many months, he claimed at last his heavenly home and a reunion there with his beloved daughter, Rebekah.

He was born Nov. 20, 1924, in Chicago, the son of Gove and Martha Mott Compton. He spent his early years in Chicago until 1934, when the family moved to a farm two miles west of Wayne on Dunham Road. Then, in January of 1937, they moved to the present family farm on Pouley Road. Dave attended some country schools in Wayne and St. Charles and later Riverside Military School in Gainesville, Ga.

World War II interrupted his education when he joined the Marine Corps. Shipping out to Iwo Jima, his convoy stopped in the Hawaiian islands, where it dropped off about 100 men, including Dave, at Pearl Harbor. Dave was among the few in his unit who returned.

After the war, Dave came back to the farm in 1946 and graduated from Elburn High School. Unlike many students, Dave was a lifelong learner, and a significant part of his education soon followed when he went to work on farms in Australia and New Zealand in 1950.

Throughout the rest of his life, David would take opportunities to travel whenever he could. Whether he traveled across the country to the mountains and the oceans or simply took a local train ride, David was a keen observer of the landscape, one who loved and appreciated people (Dave could make friends with a fence post), history and the fingerprint of God’s hand in every life.

He came back to the family farm, inspired to apply some of the unique farming methods he had learned. In the process, he discovered that Sally Bangs, daughter of long time family friends, would be the perfect “farm-wife,” someone who could be married to the “man and the land” and love them both. So it was that Dave and Sally were wed on Aug. 16, 1952, in Geneva, in the back yard of Sally’s uncle.

They moved into Dave’s one-room house on Pouley Road, where they lived for a year before moving to the present family farm on the Compton homestead. True to form, the two were inseparable from each other or from the farm.

An area leader in soil conservation, Dave began strip farming long before others and strove to leave every field better than he found it. He and Sally worked hard and raised their children to follow in that ethic. “Leave it on the track” David would say; his admonishment to always give your all.

Speaking of his life and passion, David said: “I have farmed this land as religiously and as faithfully as I could; trying as best I could, for no soil or water or nutrients to leave the land, irregardless of my financial bottom line. To me this has been my whole life.”

Though the farm was his life, David shared that life with his community in a number of ways. Many people knew David as the quiet Good Samaritan who helped them in their hour of need. He was also a long time member of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn, where he served for many years as chairman of the Memorial Committee, the Music Committee, the Board of Deacons, sang in the choir, worked long hours in the Elburn Days food tent and single-handedly kept the church’s recycling program active and functioning.

He was also a member of the Kane County Farm Bureau, Kane-DuPage Soil Conservation Board and a former Blackberry Township Trustee.

He is survived by his wife, Sally of Elburn; three children, David Mark ( Patty ) Compton of Oneida, Ill., Katharine “Kit” Compton of Batavia, Robin Urich of Elburn; five grandchildren, Krista (Greg) Peck of Galva, Ill., Kelly Compton of Oneida, Ill., Craig David Compton of Oneida, Ill., Amber and Rachel Urich, both of Elburn; former son-in-law and dear friend, Daniel Otto of Elburn; as well as several nieces and nephews.

David is preceded in death by his parents, Gove and Martha Compton; his daughter, Rebekah “Becky” Otto (1986); one son in infancy, Timothy Compton; two nephews, David and John Bates; and their parents, Linda and Samauel Bates.

A memorial open house will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Following cremation, David will be laid to rest on the family farm with generations of loved ones gone before him.

A memorial has been established to perpetuate his memory and the Elburn Town and Country Public Library, where David constantly sought answers for his searching mind. Checks may be made to the David Compton Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL. 60119.

Delores ‘Dee’ Hunley

Delores “Dee” Hunley, 79, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, at home. She was born on April 12, 1930 in Aurora, the daughter of the late Melburn R. and Irene (Bruce) Hupach.

Dee has been a compassionate caregiver since 1988 with Copley Home Care and Comfort Keepers. One of her favorite past times was playing the organ. She played a “mean” Beer Barrel Polka.

She is survived by her children, Nancy (Joseph) Myers III, Gary (Connie) Hunley and Marsha (Delvin) Noss Jr.; grandchildren, Lindsay and Kimberly Hunley and David, Ryan, Brianne McCoy; sister, Charleen Gray; niece, Janeen Pienkos; nephew, Scott (Diane) Gray; and special friend, Norma Hester.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Joey Myers IV.

Visitation was held on Monday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL, 60554. Burial took place at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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

Dee was a sweet and loving mother, grandmother and friend, and will be deeply missed.

John ‘Jack’ G. Herra

John “Jack” G. Herra, 74, of Elburn, passed away at his home Monday, Nov. 9, 2009. Jack was surrounded by his loving family.

He was born July 31, 1935, the son of George and Mary (Kessel) Herra in Ottawa, Ill.

While he was still young, the family moved to Elburn, where he would attend local schools and graduate from Elburn High School in 1953. Following graduation, he worked for his family at Herra Grocery and Market until his enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps on April 29, 1954.

Jack faithfully served his country and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, until his honorable discharge on April 28, 1956. Upon his return to civilian life, Jack began working for A&P Food as a butcher in St. Charles.

Jack was united in marriage to Florence Altepeter on June 13, 1959. They were blessed with four children, Steve, Phil, Mary and Pattie. He later worked for his father-in-law, who owned a plumbing and heating business, H & L Altepeter.

Florence passed away on Feb. 10, 1973. Jack continued to work and raise his family in Elburn. In June of 1974, Jack and his brother Rich had the opportunity to buy the business and renamed it J & R Herra Inc.

Jack met Janet Sue Allen at the local bowling alley, and before long they were married on Nov. 23, 1974, at Kaneville United Methodist Church. They continued to live in Elburn and were blessed with two more children, Alan and Brian.

Jack poured his heart and soul into his business and not only watched it grow, but watched his sons walk in his footsteps and was blessed to be able to work side by side with them for many years.

Jack was a life member of the American Legion, Elburn Post 630. He also served as Captain of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District and was known as “Capt. Jack” by his fellow fire fighters.

Jack was dedicated to all he put his mind to, whether it was serving his community on the Fire Department for more than 32 years, working to keep his friends and neighbors warm and dry though his business, or the hours spent hunting, camping and fishing with family and friends.

Jack hunted for many years in Lee and Bureau counties for deer and pheasant. Jack loved to go on his annual fishing trips beginning in the late 1960s with friends Stafford Meek, Marty Strausberger and Henry Swift in Shelbyville, Ill. In later years, more friends joined the gang, and the location moved to Kentucky Lake. In 2002, a dream was fulfilled when he finally made it to Canada with his son, Phil.

He also loved to travel with Jan all over the globe, and they especially enjoyed cruises with good friends Marty and Elverna Strausberger.

With every mile they made a memory on each trip and cruise. Destinations included the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Bahamas, London, Australia, Alaska and more. One of his best memories was made on his trip to Alaska, when Jack was reunited with Archie, a Marine he served with in Okinawa.

Jack also loved to dance, and if Jan wasn’t his partner, he found other willing souls regardless of their experience. Above all, his family was the most important, and he was very proud of all his children’s athletic and academic accomplishments. He will live on in his children and grandchildren, who will remember him always.

He now leaves his loving wife, Jan; six children, Steve (Carol) Herra and their children, Jordan, Megan and Shannon of Elburn; Phil (Linda) Herra and their children, John, Lindsay, Steve and Mary of Belvidere, Ill.; Mary (Chris) Heineman and their children, Dan and Jacob of Sugar Grove; Pattie (Randy) Pattermann and their children, Will, Justin and Kylen of Elburn; Alan (Dana) Herra and their children, Charlene Walker, Tasha Capes and Jackson Herra of Elburn; and Brian (Laura) Herra with one on the way in early 2010, of Elburn; four brothers, Richard (Mary) Herra, D. Larry “Bucky”(Maxine) Herra, Leroy (Carol) Herra and Dean “Yogi” Herra, all of Elburn; one sister, Darlene (Terry) Terrill of Knox, Ind.; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents; two sisters, Marie Fraunberg, and Janet Kay, who died in infancy; and his first wife, Florence, who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be Sunday, Nov. 15, from 3 to 7 p.m., at Elburn Lions Park, 500 Filmore Drive, Elburn. Private family burial will occur following cremation at a later date.

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

Church news: Nov. 12

St. Peter offers Nativity exhibition
Geneva—St. Peter Church in Geneva will host its annual Nativity exhibition on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14 and 15. The public is invited to stroll through a large collection of Nativity sets. More than 100 sets are loaned to the church by parishioners and community members. Last year, 1,000 people visited the exhibit over the two days.

During the event, visitors have an opportunity to support two charitable causes. Items that make lovely gifts, as well as practical products for the home, are available in a mini bazaar from a Catholic Relief program, The Work of Human Hands. All products are made by the poor of developing nations. One hundred percent of these proceeds will be returned to them.

The church will also accept a free-will donation, and this money will be given to the St. Peter Community Food Pantry. The pantry feeds more than 300 families from the Fox Valley twice a month. For the convenience of visitors who like to have Advent reminders in their home, new Nativity sets, Advent calendars, prayer books and candles will be available for purchase. Net proceeds from these sales will be also be given to the Food Pantry.

The event hours are Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

St. Peter is located at 1891 Kaneville Road, Geneva. For information, call (630) 232-0124.

St. Gall hosts Da Capo Duo
Elburn—With its blend of contemporary and classical styles, The Da Capo Duo will present an afternoon of music on Sunday, Nov. 15, at St. Gall Catholic Church, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn.

Much of the program will feature Ben Westfall’s original arrangements for flute and guitar. A set of American film music includes the Forrest Gump Suite and selections from The Hours soundtrack composed by Phillip Glass. Concert goers will also hear two premier performances: Westfall’s arrangements of Claude Debussy’s Arabesque No. 1, and Frederic Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu.

For information, call (630) 365-6030.

St. Mary, Grace UMC, pair up for Turkey Drop
Maple Park—St. Mary Catholic Church and Grace United Methodist Church, both in Maple Park, will hold the annual turkey drop on Sunday, Nov. 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stop by Grace UMC, 506 Willow St., and drop off a turkey, ham or any other items to complete a holiday meal for an area family that is experiencing financial difficulties this year. Please enter through the south doors at the back of the church.

Full holiday meals will be delivered to families in the Maple Park area and Kaneland School District. Any items received above and beyond the needs of these families will be delivered to area food pantries.

Coffee, hot chocolate and desserts will be offered to all those who stop by to donate.

Elburn community offers Thanksgiving worship service
Elburn—The Community Ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship Service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at St. Gall Catholic Church at 7 p.m.

Calvary Episcopal offers day of folk music
BATAVIA—Pete Norman of the Fox Valley Folk Music Society will perform at Calvary Episcopal Church on Sunday, Nov. 15.

The afternoon of food, fellowship and folk music will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. in an informal setting. The public is invited and there is no admission fee, but a freewill offering will be taken.

Calvary is located at 222 S. Batavia Ave. Call (630) 879-3378 or visit www.calvary-episcopal.org.

Hosanna! Lutheran works with Operation Christmas Child
St. Charles—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will be a regional drop-off site this year for “Operation Christmas Child.”

This ministry project of international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse has collected and hand-delivered more than 68 million shoe box gifts to hurting kids in over 130 countries since 1993. This ministry helps to spread the word about the hope and brings joy to millions of needy boys and girls throughout the world during the holiday season.

Shoe boxes filled with small gifts can be dropped off at Hosanna! through Monday, Nov. 23. Hours for the drop-off are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. On Monday, Nov. 23, drop-off hours are from 10 a.m. to noon.

Gift selections to put in the shoe boxes include small toys, school supplies, hygiene items, hard candy and gum (double bagged) and a special note of encouragement. A donation of $7 would also be appreciated to help cover the shipping cost.

For more information, call (630) 584-6434, e-mail Welcome@HosannaChurch.com or visit www.HosannaChurch.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Church news: Nov. 5

Elburn community
offers Thanksgiving
worship service

Elburn—The Community Ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship Service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at St. Gall Catholic Church at 7 p.m.

Rejoice Lutheran sends
dozens to mission in Biloxi

Geneva—Rejoice Lutheran Church in Geneva recently sent 23 adults and two teenagers on a mission trip to Biloxi, Miss., where they built two houses with Habitat for Humanity-Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Although it has been more than four years since Hurricane Katrina hit, many residents of Biloxi are still suffering from the tragedy, and some do not yet have permanent housing to replace homes lost.

Habitat for Humanity continues to send groups from all over the U.S. to build homes in the Biloxi area, and when organizers for Rejoice’s annual mission trip considered where to head this year, it seemed natural to lend a hand to their Southern neighbors.

“It is always incredible to see houses rise in areas where people most need them,” said Inga Theeke, one of the Rejoice missionaries and a local Habitat coordinator. “What was amazing to see in this case was how grateful the whole community was just because we were there to help a few of their neighbors.”

Some of the amazing work for the trip occurred before the missionaries even left. Rejoice mission trips typically encompass a supplemental mission, which offers all at Rejoice an opportunity to participate by gathering donations for goods that are most needed in the mission trip support area. When mission trip organizers asked Bethel Lutheran Church in Biloxi what their greatest need was, the answer was loud and clear: The church’s food pantry desperately required food and diaper donations to stock its shelves.

Rejoice went into action: Local grocery stores provided paper grocery bags that Rejoice families distributed to friends and neighbors to fill with non-perishable foods. Rejoice’s middle school youth group canvassed the neighborhood surrounding the church one evening asking for donations, and a drive-through food drive netted additional help from area residents.

In all, Rejoice gathered 7,226 pounds of donations, filling 198 boxes.

Quickly, a problem—albeit a good problem—surfaced: How would Rejoice deliver all this food to Biloxi? A Battle of the Bands fundraiser and individual contributions brought in several hundred dollars toward the cause. The final answer to prayer came in the form of the Penske trucking company, which rented Rejoice a 26-foot truck at a fraction of the regular price.

“When we shared what we were doing, the local Penske agent at Simply Self Storage in Geneva went straight to corporate and received permission to give us the truck at a very fair rate,” said Janet Paeth, food drive organizer. “Because we saved so much on transportation costs due to Penske’s and Simply Self Storage’s assistance, we had money left over to fund future food needs at the church’s pantry.”

The truck, driven by one missionary’s parents, arrived in Biloxi on the final day of the mission trip. Unloading the truck and stocking the shelves became the missionaries’ last task before returning home.

“The church was overwhelmed,” Theeke said. “They were expecting to receive the donations, but not anywhere close to the amount of what actually arrived.”

Rejoice Lutheran Church is located at 0N377 N. Mill Creek Drive in Geneva. For more information, ocall (630) 262-0596 or visit www.rejoiceinthemission.org.

Calvary Episcopal
offers day of folk music

BATAVIA—Pete Norman of the Fox Valley Folk Music Society will perform at Calvary Episcopal Church on Sunday, Nov. 15.

The afternoon of food, fellowship and folk music will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. in an informal setting. The public is invited and there is no admission fee, but a freewill offering will be taken.

Calvary is located at 222 S. Batavia Ave. Call (630) 879-3378 or visit www.calvary-episcopal.org.

Michael Beary

Michael Beary, 75, of Aurora, formerly of Geneva and Elburn, passed away Oct. 30, 2009, peacefully with his family by his side at Rush Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora.

He was born Nov. 12, 1933, in Chicago, the son of the late John and Alma (Christiansen) Beary.

He is survived by his wonderful loving wife, Mersene (Schatz) Beary and their seven children; Catherine (Gary) Pack of St. Charles, Alma (John Siebold) Counihan of Cortland, Michael John (Diane) Beary of LaFox, Patty (Barry) Pazin of Elburn, Paula (Ken) Schatz of West Chicago, Theresa (Ed Grzesiak) Robnett of DeKalb, and Mersene (Lloyd) Fletcher of Aurora; 22 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, with one on the way.

He has five surviving siblings, Betty Shissler, Mary Sheldon, Nancy Stawnyczy, John Beary and Joe Beary.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his youngest sister, Alma Laura Long.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 5, from 3 to 8 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, Nov. 6, at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church, Aurora. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in West Chicago. For information, call (630) 466-1330 or to leave a condolence, visit www.healychapel.com

Bernice Lydia Bowgren

Bernice Lydia Bowgren, 95, of Geneva, passed away Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at Rosewood Care Center, St. Charles.

She was born March 30, 1914, on the Weisel farm on Peck Road west of Geneva, the daughter of Ben and Alma Sarah Elizabeth (Magnusson) Anderson. When she was six years old, the family moved to the Lawrence Olson farm on Francis Road. She attended a one-room school house where eight grades shared one room.

She graduated Valedictorian from Elburn High School with the class of 1932. Bernice went on to Aurora Metropolitan Business College and then began working for the Kane County Bank and Trust Company. 

She was united in marriage on Nov. 15, 1941, to Gordon Allan Bowgren at the Geneva Lutheran Church, where she was baptized and confirmed as a child. They began their new life together on the corner of 5th and State streets in Geneva. Gordon was drafted into the United States Navy at the end of 1943. On his return to civilian life on Oct. 1, 1945, he was greeted by his wife and his eldest son, Keith, now one year old, as he was born while Gordon had been overseas.

They continued to live at Fifth and State until 1947, when they built a new home on Oakwood Drive on Geneva’s east side.   Gordon had five brothers who helped him build the home. Bernice stopped working as soon as Keith was born, and later worked for Chronicle Publishing, now the Kane County Chronicle, until she was 70.

Bernice had a kind and gentle spirit, was unfailingly loyal and always cared for others before herself. The waters of her faith ran deep and strong, a lifelong trait born out of her upbringing. Family was of the utmost importance to Bernice. She enjoyed being at home and was a good cook. She was famous for her rice pudding, whipped cheese cake in various flavors, Swedish meatballs and fried chicken. Although the cooking kept her busy in the kitchen, her favorite place to be was outside, tending to the garden and mowing the lawn, even into her laten 80s.

She was a faithful lifetime member of Geneva Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her three children, Keith G. (Rita) Bowgren of St. Charles, Dale A. (Nancy) Bowgren of Watertown, Wis., Beverly A. (Michael) Fitzpatrick of Aurora; six grandchildren, Rebecca (Craig) Martin and their children, Nathan and Luke of Palmeto Bay, Fla., Matthew (Laura) Bowgren and their daughter Abigail, of Champaign, Ill., Debra (Paul) Degner and their children, Megan, Kadie, Kylie and Jaden of Elkhorn, Wis., Brent (Pamela) Bowgren and their daughter, Emily of Waukesha, Wis., Gregory Fitzpatrick of Aurora, Karen (Russ) Carter of Nashville, Tenn.; three sisters-in-law, Jewel (the late Clifton Bowgren) of Geneva, Nina (the late Stanley Bowgren) of Wasco, and Gladys (the late John Olson), of Batavia; many nieces and nephews and a family of friends.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Gordon; three brothers, Leonard (Joan) Anderson, Gunnar (Amy) Anderson and Harold (Gladys) Anderson; and twin sisters who died in infancy, Rose and Lillie.

Visitation was from 10 to 11:30 a.m. with a funeral to celebrate her life following at noon on Oct. 31, 2009, at Geneva Lutheran Church. The Rev. Doug Opp, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at Garfield Cemetery, St. Charles.

A memorial will be established in Bernice’s name to benefit Geneva Lutheran Church,  and Moody Radio. Memorials checks may be made to the Bernice Bowgren 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 this obituary at www.conleycare.com.