Category Archives: Community

Area resident earns degree at Kettering

After successfully completing requirements at Kettering College of Medical Arts, Joanne Shona Cross of Elburn has earned an Associate of Science degree in Nursing from the school.

More than 230 graduates were honored May 2 at Kettering College’s 41st commencement, which was held at the Dayton Convention Center in Ohio.

Kettering College of Medical Arts is a fully-accredited, coeducational college that specializes in health-science education.

Celebrate recovery event at FVCC

BATAVIA—Fox Valley Christian Church, 40W150 Main St., Batavia, will host a celebrate recovery event from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sat., July 25.

Bill Brooks, a musician, songwriter and story teller, will perform.

This event is free, but for mature audiences only. For more information, e-mail

Local residents earn scholarships

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley recently awarded 13 scholarships to southwestern Kane County residents for the 2009-10 academic year. The potential value of these scholarships over the next four years is $31,000.

The purpose of the Community Foundation Scholarship Program is to provide financial assistance to students who are academically qualified to pursue an advanced education in their chosen field of study. Scholarships are established within the Community Foundation by individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations, civic clubs and through bequests.

Earning the Alexander Family Scholarship was Samantha Eichelberger of Elburn and Erin Hellwig of Big Rock.

Receiving the Howard E. Charles, Jr. Scholarship were Sarah Korth, Tricia Oakes, Madeline Shurtleff and Robyn Wright, all of Elburn.

Earning the Community Foundation Scholarship was Zachary Babbe of Sugar Grove.

Receiving the Arthur and Daphne Heinz Memorial Scholarship was Anthony Gaudio of Sugar Grove.

Earning the Mr. & Mrs. William P. Hilgen Scholarship was Elizabeth Runge of Big Rock.

Receiving the David B. Perry Scholarship were Kathryn Bergman and Christopher Ott, both of Sugar Grove.

Earning the Robert G. Schweitzer Scholarship was Matthew Kramer of Sugar Grove.

Recieving the Louis Vago Scholarship was Catherine Pauls of Sugar Grove.

Citizens interested in creating scholarship funds to support the continuing education of southwestern Kane County students are invited to contact the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley by calling (630) 896-7800 or visiting

Local residents join Hispanic Honor Society

Three local residents were among the charter members recently inducted into Aurora University’s Psi Mu Chapter No. 563 of the Sigma Delta Pi National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.

Alison Kruger of Elburn, and Lauren Bieritz and Kristen Swiech, both of Sugar Grove, were inducted.

Founded in 1919 at the University of California, Berkeley, Sigma Delta Pi honors students who have completed three years of study of college-level Spanish, including at least three semester hours of a course in Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture and civilization with a minimum 3.0 grade point average in all Spanish courses taken.

Candidates must also rank in the upper 35 percent of their class—sophomore, junior, or senior—and have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college work.

Based at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., Sigma Delta Pi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, the certifying agency for college and university honor societies.

Long, Peters to wed

Diane and Gerry Long of Elburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Danielle, to Kody Myron Peters, son of Darla Mason of Lemont, Ill., and Ricky Peters of Yorkville.

Ashley is a 2005 graduate of Kaneland High School, and a 2009 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Kody is a 2005 graduate of Kaneland High School and is currently in the United States Air Force, based in Arkansas.

The couple plans to be wed June 2010 in Maui, Hawaii.

No train whistles, now no church bells

There will be no bells ringing on the hour from the Elburn Community Congregational Church—at least until the church gets its leaking roof fixed.

Here, church secretary Linda Miller (right) and church member Dave Royer detach the sound system for the carillon bells that chime in Elburn.

The church is running a “Give Your Fair Square” campaign to pay for the shingles to fix the leaks that have plagued the building. At almost halfway to its goal of 40 squares at $400 a square, the church is hopeful they can raise the funds.

For further information, call Miller at (630) 365-6544 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.
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Laura J. Tyler

Laura J. Tyler, 50, of Elburn, and formerly of Beloit, Wis., died Monday, July 13, 2009, in Delnor-Community Hospital, Geneva.

She was born June 3, 1959, in Osage, Iowa, the daughter of Eugene and Marlis Underdahl Kasel.

Laura was a 1977 graduate of Beloit Memorial High School and a graduate of the Minneapolis School of Technology. She married Richard T. Tyler on Sept. 1, 1979, in St. Jude Catholic Church, Beloit, Wis.

Laura was employed by the Kaneland High School District as the Accounts Payable Administrator. She enjoyed a healthy lifestyle that included hiking, reading and crossword puzzles. Laura loved to travel and was especially fond of her trips to Italy, Greece and Hawaii.

Survivors include her loving husband of 29 years, Richard Tyler of Elburn; three children, Sarah Tyler of Ottawa, Ill., Justin Tyler and Melanie Tyler, both of Elburn; parents, Eugene and Marlis Kasel of Roscoe, Ill.; five brothers and sisters, Gale (Jim) Ramsey of Beloit, Wis., Valarie (Wayne) Boe of Taopi, Minn., Calvin (Carolyn) Kasel of Wauconda, Ill., Melissa (Darryl) McCabe and Bradley (Gina) Kasel both of Roscoe, Ill.; grandmother, Ruby Underdahl of Adams, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 17, in Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 2222 Shopiere Road, Beloit, Wis., with Fr. Gary Krahenbuhl officiating. Visitation will be Friday from noon until the time of service in the church. Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2355 Cranston Road, Beloit, Wis., assisted the family with arrangements.

A memorial will be established at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Donald D. “Don” Iverson

Donald D. “Don” Iverson, 76, of Clearwater Beach, Fla., formerly of McLean, Va. as well as Elburn, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2009 following various health complications within the last two years.

He was born October 13, 1932, the son of Rudolf and Louise (Thompson) Iverson in Story City, Iowa.

When Don was four, the family moved to Hampshire, Ill., for a time before settling in Elburn in 1941. Don attended local schools and graduated from Elburn High School in 1950.

Don went on to Northern Illinois University for a semester before enlisting in United States Navy so he could serve his country in the Korean War.

Don was honorably discharged in 1955. Upon return to civilian life, Don received a basketball scholarship to attend Stetson University. He found a sense of home in Florida and after graduation in 1959, Don began working for New York Life, IBM as well as General Electric for a time.

Don was united in marriage to Diane Owen in May of 1968. Diane and Don adopted two children, Dean and Britt Iverson and made their home in Princeton Junction, N.J. for a time.

In 1977, the family moved to McLean and would make it their home for the next twenty years. In between starting and building a vast array of businesses, Don found love again when he married Shari Balthrope in McLean, Va., in 1998. Later, after he and Shari parted ways, Don moved back to Florida where he made his home in Clearwater Beach and continued to work until his retirement.

Don worked as a salesman for Honeywell, based in Philadelphia and had territories covering several states on the east coast. Don, having an entrepreneurial spirit, started his own business where he owned mobile health care units that traveled to different areas providing physicals to many people including military personnel and union members.

Later he would start a new company, this one named for himself, Iverson Technologies Corporation. Using IBM technology, he patented a way to prevent electromagnetic signals from being picked up from computers where they could be decoded and analyzed by foreign governments. His company was in high demand for some time and brought him in contact with nations around the world and a personal meeting with then President Ronald Reagan. He expanded the business and formed niche companies, one of which produced removable disk drives which then could be locked away for security purposes. When Iverson Technologies Corporation began to slow, Don founded another business, this time, a shoe company. Gamer Corporation concentrated on manufacturing and selling affordable footwear for athletes. He also founded International Kids, a company that specialized in the location of missing children.

Don was incredibly intelligent, had a mind for business and was featured in the Who’s Who series of publications. A salesman from birth, Don was always thinking, always planning, and almost always winning. He founded no less than thirteen companies, five of them offshore but through it all Don never forgot his roots in athletics and always had the most fun coaching kids’ football, basketball and baseball. He will be remembered for his entrepreneurial spirit, ample contributions to world industry and for never saying “quit.” More importantly, he will be remembered in the hearts and minds of his family and those who were lucky to call him friend.

He was a proud member of the Touchdown Club in Washington, D.C.

He now leaves his children: Dean and Britt Iverson of Clearwater Beach, Fla., and one stepson, Josh Balthrope, Richmond, Va.; One granddaughter, Dora Iverson of Richmond, Va.; One sister, Betty Weston of Elburn; Former wives, Diane Iverson of Bonita Spring, Fla., and Shari Iverson of Richmond Va., both of whom have remained good friends; Several cousins and a family of friends the world over.

He now joins his parents and one brother-in-law, Mert Weston, who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., Thursday, July 16, 2009 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memorial service to celebrate his life will follow the visitation at 11 a.m. Interment at Blackberry Township Cemetery will follow.

A memorial has been established in their name. Checks may be made to the “Don Iverson 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

Dorothy L. James

Dorothy L. James, 91, of Elburn, passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at Provena Geneva Care Center, Geneva.

She was born July 14, 1918 the daughter of Benjamin and Edna (Horner) Lane in Rex 5, a coal mining town in Iowa.

Dorothy grew up in Rex 5 and was a teenager when the family moved to Albia where she met and married Charles James on February 8, 1936, Albia, Iowa. They made their home in Albia for a short time before moving to Lovilia, Iowa. Over the next several years they lived in several surrounding communities.

Many years later, Dorothy took a job for a short time at National Electronics near LaFox and, though she had never done “piece work” in her life, her natural abilities quickly passed the others and she made her mark on the assembly line. In addition to her time “on the line”, Dorothy also cleaned houses for several families including the Rowe, Crawford, Goetz and Mercer families.

She was a member of the Elburn Mother’s Club.

Growing up during the depression years helped fortify Dorothy’s spirit as well as her work ethic and determination. It also showcased her “thriftiness” and an eye for a good bargain. A self proclaimed “queen of the garage sale”, Dorothy lived by the credo that, “You buy them whether you need them or not because after all, it’s a bargain.” In the kitchen, using portions as unique as her own hands, and known only to her, Dorothy made the best homemade noodles. Laughter was a mainstay in the James home and that gift was passed on to her children because she believed it bridged the gap during hard times. In her younger years, Dorothy played basketball as a center in high school. In later years, you could find her touring the countryside in her white Ford Taurus. If miles equaled memories, thousands were made and none will be forgotten.

She now leaves five children Deloris (James) O’Connell of Kaneville, Dixie (Richard) Schroeder of Batavia, JoAnn (Fred) Cregier of Geneva, Larry James of Elburn and Charlene Gerhinger of St. Charles.

Twelve grandchildren; Fourteen great-grandchildren; One brother, Dean (Donna) Lane of Iowa City, Iowa and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents, husband Charles, one son Paul in infancy, four siblings: Marie Hyde, George Lane, Harold Lane, Ferne Remmark; and three grandchildren: Tammy Gerhinger, Todd Olesen and Christopher James; one son-in-law Jerry Gerhinger who preceded her in death.

Visitation was held Monday, July 13, 2009 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A time to share memories followed during a Remembrance Service. Interment followed at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite local charities. Checks may be made to the “Dorothy James 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

Ortiz, Souders to wed

Jose and Ermelinda Ortiz of Melrose Park, Ill., announce the engagement of their daughter, Erica Ortiz, to Rodger Souders, son of Roger and Blanca Souders of Kaneville.

Erica is a graduate of Elmhurst College and Loyola University Chicago. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing. She is employed at Loyola University as a pediatric nurse at the Ronald McDonald’s Childrens’ Hospital.

Rodger is a graduate of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., and Northern Illinois University. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications, and a master’s degree in sport management.

The couple will be married by Pastor Leo Fossa at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Melrose Park on August 1, 2009.

Campbell wins broadcast awards

St. Ambrose University student Steve Campbell of Maple Park won top honors in both radio and television from the Iowa Broadcast News Association. The awards were received for his work at St. Ambrose radio and television stations, KALA-FM and TV-11. Campbell took first and third place in the Student Market Sports Play-By-Play radio category, and second place for TV-11 in the Student Market Sports Play-By-Play TV category.

Hill wins Elburn Post No. 630 essay contest

Alexa Hill, daughter of Cliiff and Pat Hill of Kaneville, won the American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 630 Americanism Essay Contest.

The theme for the essay was “Where are the American Heroes of Today?”

Hill will continue on to the district competition.

Hill plans to attend Waubonsee Community College with a major in business. She is currently the store manager at Hill’s Country Store in Kaneville.

NIU announces spring graduates

Northern Illinois University held commencement ceremonies in early May for its 2009 spring graduates.

Local residents receiving undergraduate degrees included Timothy Benham, Ian Essling, James Harrison, Rosemarie Heuman, Jessica Johnson, Benjamin Sanecki, Linda Sloan, Dawn Wiseman and Ryan Young, all of Elburn; Vanessa Wolbers of Kaneville; Megan Lockwood of Maple Park; Brandon Buchberger, Gloria Deutsch, Jeffery Johnson, Calan Kinnally and Bryan West, all of Sugar Grove.

Local residents receiving graduate degrees include Julie-Ann Fuchs of Kaneville; Sarah Kneller and Kerry McCune of Maple Park; Jennifer Belken of Sugar Grove.

Murphy receives scholarship at EIU

Kevin Murphy of Sugar Grove received the Gene Seymour Memorial Sports Journalism Scholarship from Eastern Illinois University.

The award is presented to an EIU junior or senior majoring in journalism that has been involved significantly in the sports journalism department at the Daily Eastern News.

Murphy is a 2006 Kaneland High School graduate.

Haas earns scholarship

Amanda Haas, daughter of Stephen and Caryn Haas of Elburn, received a Red and Black Scholarship worth $1,000 per year to attend the University of Central Missouri.

The scholarship is awarded to incoming UCM freshmen based upon their high school cumulative grade point average and ACT score.

Haas graduated from Wheaton Warrenville South High School in January.

Grace UMC and St. Mary’s VBS

MAPLE PARK—Grace UMC and St. Mary’s of Maple Park will be hosting their Crocodile Dock Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Grace UMC, 506 Willow St., Maple Park.

The VBS will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. from Monday through Thursday, July 20-23, with parents invited to a special kids presentation Friday, July 24, at 6 p.m. with a sundae bar to follow.

Registration information for the VBS can be found at Grace UMC or St. Mary’s of Maple Park. Parents may sign their children up at

More information is available by calling (815) 739-4168.

Sandra J. (Sandy) Morrow

Sandra J. (Sandy) Morrow, 69, of Marshall, Mo., died Monday, July 6, 2009, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.

Born Feb. 5, 1940, in Aurora, she was the daughter of the late Bennett Wesley Shoop and Mabel Irene Elliott Shoop. On Aug. 16, 1991, she married Jim Morrow who survives of the home. She had lived in Marshall since 1973 and was born and raised in Kane County. She was a secretary at Bueker Middle School for many years and was a lifelong church member. She had served as chairman of Saline County Chapter of the American Red Cross and was active in Meals on Wheels. She played in the Marshall Municipal Band and loved to play bridge with friends and travel with her family.

Additional survivors include two sons, Brett Moore and wife Donetta of rural Higginsville, Mo., and Brian Moore and wife Tammy of Concordia, Mo.; one daughter, Jody Oellien Mason and husband Kevin of Overland Park, Kan.; two stepdaughters, Leah Stein and husband Dennell of Moberly, Mo. and Rachel Neal and husband Lynn of Louisville, Ky.; 12 grandchildren; one brother, Dale Shoop of Elburn; one sister, Arlene Hibbard of Carol Stream, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Jennifer Oellien.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 10, at Marshall Cumberland Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Randy Shannon and Bobbie G. Morrow officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery south of Marshall.

Memorials may be made to Marshall Cumberland Presbyterian Church or Fitzgibbon-Mary Montgomery Hospice. Friends may sign the online register book at

Virginia E. Mueller

Virginia E. Mueller, 82, of Lake Wales, Fla., formerly of St. Charles, passed away at her daughter’s home in Paw Paw, Mich., Wednesday morning, July 1, 2009.

She was born June 14, 1927 in Lemont, Ill., the daughter of Frank and Gladys Klotz.

Virginia grew up in Frankfort, Ill., the daughter of a farmer and carpenter. She attended local schools and, in time, began working locally.

She was united in marriage to Clarence Mueller on Dec. 8, 1946, and together, they began a lifetime of sharing the toils and triumphs of dairy farming. They settled south of Wasco in 1953, working the soil, tending to the cows, raising their family until 1978 when a change in the wind sent them packing to Florida. There, they ran a vacation/fishing resort until their retirement in 1990.

She was a faithful member of Lake Wales Lutheran Church, Lake Wales.

Virginia was gifted with her hands and crocheted and sewed intricate table cloths and doilies that will be handed down for generations. She also was a dairy and home economics 4-H leader. In short, there was nothing that she couldn’t do. She could get anything to grow and also laid a claim to the biggest strawberry patch and canned more than 800 quarts of fruit every year. When company came, she was the first to offer a bite to eat and in no time flat would lay out a spread fit for a king. The “best mom ever,” Virginia not only left her unique footprints for generations to follow, she left a loving and indelible impression in the hearts of her family.

She now leaves five children; Larry Mueller of Adams, Wis., Ronald (Sylvia) Mueller of Garden Prairie, Ill., Susan (Kevin) Lockhart of Paw Paw, Mich., Bonnie (Joe) White of Elburn, and Nancy (Greg) Huggins of Sugar Grove; 13 grandchildren: James Mueller, Heather Mueller and her children Skyanne, Nevada and Ashley, Brent Mueller, Brian (Crystal) Mueller and their sons Cole and Bryce, Scott (Sarah) Mueller, Amy Lockhart, Kelly Lockhart, Aaron (Debra) White and their children, Aidan and Ethan, Jason (Kelly) White and their children Kathleen and Nicholas, Jennifer (Adam) Samuelson, Ryan White, Dustin (Nicole) Huggins, Jacob Huggins; three brothers; two sisters; many nieces and nephews and a lifetime of good friends.

She now joins her parents, Frank and Gladys Klotz, birth father Allen Morris, husband Clarence and one daughter Sandra Mueller.

Visitation was Friday, July 3 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate her life followed visitation. Interment was at Whitney Cemetery, Wasco, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit hospice, Lake Wales Lutheran Church and other charities. Checks may be made to the “Virginia Mueller 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

John J. Gigl

John J. Gigl, age 45, passed away suddenly Monday, July 6, 2009, following complications from an aneurism on June 22, at Central DuPage Hospital in Wheaton, Ill. Taken too soon, he leaves dreams unfulfilled but will live on in their hearts, walking side by side with them as an angel.

He was Nov. 19, 1963 the son of Myron “Mike” and Patricia “Patt” (Cooper) Gigl in St. Charles.

John grew up in St. Charles and attended local schools. He graduated with the class of 1982 from St. Charles High School.

John attended Elgin Community College as well as Waubonsee Community College, where he studied engineering.

John met his wife in the winter of 1985 when he was out with some friends. Names and many laughs were exchanged and two years later they were united in marriage on Dec. 5, 1987.

They began their new life together in Elgin where they welcomed their daughter Mallory on Mother’s Day 1991. They made their family complete with the birth of their son Christopher on April 13, 1993. A year later the family moved to Elburn where they have since made their home.

John entered the working world at a Japanese Machine Tool Company and traveled much of the time. He also worked for SDRC in Melrose Park, Ill., where he was lead engineer for Navastar, a turbo diesel engine. The last 10 years John worked with his brother-in-law at SolidWorks, a premier world renowned mechanical design software company with offices based in Boston, Mass. Although John hailed from the small town of Elburn, he held many technology patents and worked on thousands of products used every day in all industries and walks of life.

John was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

John was fun personified. His life was filled with non-stop jokes and laughter. A kid at heart, other children drew to him and in no time he turned them from mild-mannered little kids into a frenzied free-for-all much to their delight and to the chagrin of their parents. His children were his life and he would do anything for them or with them including being “made up” by his daughter complete with a full line of cosmetics. Never officially a coach, he was the Dad who helped whenever, whatever. Known as “Papa John” to Mallory and Christopher’s friends, he knew them all and had a nickname for each. He was passionate about cars and the NHRA, especially the Force Team. Every Sunday he would descend into his basement with beer and cheese in hand to watch his favorite drivers rip up the racetrack. His cars were never stock as he’d buy a new car and immediately rip out and re-machine parts to match his own unique vision. Aside from the family car, John also had an RX7 you could hear for miles. His heart beat to the sounds of the rock ‘n’ roll legends. From Van Halen, Rush, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, ACDC, Spinal Tap and more, when the stereo was turned on, it was turned up to full volume. Family was first in his heart and memories were made every step of the way including the yearly trip to Green Lake, Wis., where the kids waterskied all day long. His laughter will echo through the years and bring smiles to everyone he knew for a long time to come.

He now leaves his loving wife, Lora, two children Mallory Gigl and Christopher Gigl; his father, Myron “Mike” Gigl of Geneva; two brothers, Robert (Lynn) Gill and their children, Geoffrey and Tyler, of Keller, Texas and Richard (Melissa) and their children Erin and David, Gigl of Brighton, Mich.; one sister, Alison (Bob) George and their daughter, Lily of Red Hook, N.Y.; mother-in-law, Kathy Osman, of Sugar Grove; sister-in-law, Chris and Monty Jahns, and their children Matt and Quinn, of Sugar Grove; brother-in-law, Jeff and Jennifer Osman and their children, Molly and Layne, of Yorkville; several aunts, uncles and cousins, a close family of friends, and his black lab and best friend Gertie. John leaves hundreds who will always remember him and the smile he always left on their hearts.

He now joins his mother, Patricia “Patt” Gigl, father-in-law, David Osman, and his beloved Roxie who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 10, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 11, also at the funeral home. the Rev. Christina Vosteen, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Plano, Ill., will officiate.

Cremation will follow the service and private family graveside services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family strongly encourages memorials in his honor to benefit a college fund for his children. Checks may be made to the “John Gigl Memorial” and directly deposited at Old Second Bank, Elburn or mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Delos G. Bunce

Delos G. Bunce, 86, of Aurora, passed away July 2, 2009, at Provena Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora, surrounded by the love of his family and now reunited with the love of his life, Vivian, who died in June of this year.

He was born Aug. 22, 1922, in Artesian, S.D., the son of Arthur and Gretta (Hess) Bunce.

He attended local schools in his hometown of Artesian and continued in Kaneville when the family settled there in 1937.

He married his sweetheart Vivian Harrett in 1941 and spent the next 68 years of memories with each other, side by side.

Shortly after his marriage, Delos began serving his country in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1944.

Upon return to civilian life, Delos and Vivian made their home in Montgomery before moving to Lasher Road and finally settling in Aurora in 1973.

He began his working life as an electrician and worked several jobs before landing at Durabilt Manufacturing where they made farm equipment and school desks. They retooled during the war so they could manufacture parts to support the troops. Later he worked for St. Charles Kitchens as a maintenance man before rising to the rank of Maintenance Supervisor by the time he retired 37 years later.

He was a faithful member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church and the Kane County Farm Bureau.

Delos was a perfectionist. If he worked on something, you could be sure it was done right. He was a dependable man with a strong work ethic that he instilled in his children. He loved a good joke and could entertain others when he played his harmonica and spoons. He was especially gifted in the kitchen, on the grill and he only got better with age. Delos reminisced to his children about his younger years spent during the Dust Bowl era in South Dakota when he had to tie a rope from the house to the barn so he wouldn’t get lost, especially when the dust piled high like snow and covered the fence posts. Delos had immense pride in his family and often praised them as they grew up. Those times will now echo through the generations as he lives on in their memory.

He now leaves two children, Garry (Linda) Bunce of Elburn and Lavonne (Phil) Mahan of Aurora; one special daughter-in-law, Joyce Bunce of Aurora; six grandchildren, Deanna (Karl) Martinek, Connie (Tod) Parish, Christine (Bill) Martin and Lisa (Hank) Guerette all of Aurora, John (Leah) Bunce of Montgomery, and Stephen (Becky) Scheidt of Plano; 10 great-grandchildren Shane (Amanda) Powell, Cami Powell, Megan Parish, Nicholas Parish, Alex Martin, Sam Martin, Jacob Bunce, Joesett Guerette, Joseph Scheidt and Sarah Scheidt; and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents, wife Vivian, son Larry Bunce, one grandson Jeremy Mahan, and a great-grandson Erin Martinek, who preceded him in death.

All services will be private family-only.

A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Delos Bunce 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

My best man is my best friend

Regional—Many pet owners consider their pets a part of the family. If you are among this group, when you get married you want your family to be a part of your memorable day, right? What better way to do so than to have your pet be a member of the wedding party. But how can you be sure your pet will behave? You can’t, so hope for the best and be prepared for the worst. Above all, keep your sense of humor.

Many churches or other institutions may not allow pets on the premises. Check with the location where you are planning to hold the ceremony before making your pet a part of it.

Here are some basic guidelines to follow if you wish to include your pet in the ceremony:
• Be reasonable about your pet’s participation in the ceremony. Dogs are the most likely to be included in a wedding—just make sure they are well trained. They can serve as best man, maid of honor, ringbearer, usher or doorman (just make sure guests have an adequate supply of treats as a reward). Cats are less predictable and can be harder to control in a crowd, so their role might be best as an observer. Since they tend to flee quickly when they get spooked or enticed, it is best to secure them in a carrier or on a leash.
• Include your pets in the rehearsal activities. You may appear differently to your pet in a tuxedo or dress and spook them. So wear your tux or dress at least once in their presence before the ceremony.
• Choose appropriate attire for your pet. Getting a tux for your dog is not as hard as you might think. Websites like www.doggyduds .com can provide a custom fit within a week by mail. If you are going to have your pets dressed in costumes, try it on before the ceremony to see how they will react to wearing them. Do they try to take it off or gnaw on them? Maybe it would be best to just go with something simple like a bowtie collar.
• Have someone familiar with your pets be their chaperone. They can watch for signs of bad behavior and make sure your pets do not overindulge in people food. There is nothing wrong with your pets having their own food at the reception.
• Make sure your pets have been walked and given the chance to relieve themselves.

The bond between a human and their pet can be as strong as any human bond. Some even compare it to that of a parent and child. So it goes without saying that pets should be allowed to participate in the wedding ceremony and celebration of their masters.
by Ronda Addy, MultiAd Builder

Basic wedding etiquette guidelines

Regional—There are dozens of books on the market about wedding etiquette. Each has its own version of what is acceptable and what is not. Depending on how closely you choose to follow etiquette, here are some basics.

Bachelor and bachelorette party rules no longer require the sexes to have separate events. There is no reason, as long as both sides agree, why one party for the whole wedding party cannot be arranged. In this case, all those attending would pitch in an equal amount to cover costs.

Send wedding invitations to both sets of parents as a keepsake, as well as to the officiate. Send one to all members of the wedding party. If you don’t want children at the wedding, either print “Adult Reception” on the card or use word-of-mouth to spread the word. All invites should include a “Reply by” date. Call guests who have not replied one week after that date. You can estimate that about 85 percent of the guests you invite will attend. Make sure your RSVP cards include postage.

Everyone who is involved in the ceremony needs to be at the wedding rehearsal, including musicians, parents of the bride and groom, and all attendants, whether groomsmen or bridesmaids. A rehearsal dinner usually follows the ceremony practice but does not include spouses or significant others of those in the wedding party unless specifically invited by the hosts, which in most cases are the groom’s parents. Practicing the music at the rehearsal is essential. We take many of our cues from the music at the ceremony and one little mistake can throw everyone off balance.

For the ceremony seating, the parents of the bride and groom should sit in the front rows respectively. In the case of divorced parents who don’t get along, the mother sits in the front row and the father sits in the second row. If everyone is friendly, they may sit in the front row together. Don’t arrive late to the wedding or you can consider it missed. Once the mother of the bride is seated, a signal that the ceremony has begun, formal and informal seating is complete. No guest should ever enter the ceremony once it has started under any circumstances.

At a wedding of more than 75 guests, you may want to limit the receiving line to bride and groom, mother of the bride and groom, and maid of honor/best man. For smaller numbers of guests, the whole wedding party and fathers may be in attendance. Technically a receiving line should take place at the reception upon entrance of the first guests but since many couples schedule post-wedding photographs to be taken immediately following the ceremony, it is acceptable to hold the receiving line outside the church.

At the reception, plan on feeding the band or DJ when making catering arrangements. Don’t do the money dance—it’s tacky. Head-table seating is up for grabs these days, so any combination of the wedding party, parents, grandparents and significant others is fine. Assign seating if having more than 30 guests at the reception. You don’t have to name each person to a seat; just put the names on tables. For example, seat the Miller family and the O’Brian family together at one table. The parents of the wedding couple should sit at a reserved table if they are not already seated at the head table. Don’t bring gifts to the reception. Gifts should always be sent to the bride’s residence prior to the wedding.

At the reception, the bride and groom should have the first dance prior to a sit-down dinner. The bride should dance with the groom’s father and the groom with the bride’s mother. Etiquette also calls for the bridesmaids and groomsmen to dance together regardless of marital status. The garter toss, while a long-standing traditional event, has recently fallen out of favor. The bouquet toss, another long-standing event, can be omitted if desired, but is acceptable if kept low-key.

If the wedding is called off, you should return the gifts unused. Make sure you keep a list of who sent what. Engraved gifts may be kept. Cancel travel plans immediately and inform guests who planned to travel to your wedding first.

Keep in mind that these are just some basic wedding etiquette guidelines. Ultimately, it is your day and you need to bring to it your unique outlook so it will be much more memorable to you.
by Doris A. Black, MultiAd Builder

Gerald August Christensen

Gerald August Christensen, 71, of Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Elburn, passed away on June 23, 2009.

He was born Jan. 19, 1938, the son of Marvin and Maybelle (Hanson) Christensen in Maple Park.

He grew up on a farm south of Elburn, helping tend the fields and livestock while attending local schools. Gerry graduated from high school in 1956.

Jerry graduated from high school and went on to attend a year of college before concentrating on a full-time job at Jewel as a meat cutter.

He was united in marriage to Janice Stouffer on Feb. 21, 1959, at the Community Congregational Church in Elburn.

They made their home in Elburn for many years before moving to Port Richey, Fla., in 2002.

Growing up on a farm taught Jerry a strong work ethic that followed him during his years of employment. He worked for Jewel as a meat cutter and later became department manager. Later he worked for the Kane County Highway Department before retiring in 1996.

He was a proud and faithful member of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn for many years.

Jerry led an active lifestyle. He met every physical challenge head-on with a strength of spirit that couldn’t be matched. When Jerry was feeling well, he and Jan liked to walk three miles in the morning, bike 12 miles a day and play golf in the afternoon. He was a very competitive golfer, and when he wasn’t physically able to get out on the links, Jerry and Jan would spend hours playing games on the Nintendo Wii. He would always look forward to summertime fishing in Birchwood, Wis., with his brother, sons, son-in-law and grandson.

Jerry was a perfectionist when it came to many things, but especially woodworking. He made one-of-a-kind end tables, cabinets and more in his basement for friends and family. His greatest joys were his family. Many fond memories were made working side by side with his children and grandchildren. Those and thousands of others will be cherished for years to come by all who knew and loved him.

He now leaves his loving wife, Jan; two sons, Kevin (Gail) Christensen of Oregon, Ill., and Curt (Mary) Christensen of Ashton, Ill.; one daughter, Teresa (Glenn) Orman of Elburn; six grandchildren, Debra Christensen of Los Angeles, Kelly Christensen of Ashton, Ill., Michelle Christensen, also of Ashton, Ill., Danielle (Andrew) Stombres of Elburn, Rebecca (Timothy) Schultz of Kaneville and Matthew Orman of Elburn; three great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Claire and Cooper Stombres, all of Elburn.

He now joins his parents and two brothers, Dick Christensen and his infant twin brother Russell, who preceded him in death.

Private family services have already been held. A graveside service will be held Thursday, July 2, at 11:30 a.m. at Blackberry Cemetery, Elburn. Rev. David Bateman will officiate.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in his name to benefit Hernando/Pasco Hospice. Checks may be made to the “Gerald Christensen 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

25th District General Assembly Legislative Scholarships Awarded

Eight one-year General Assembly Scholarships have been awarded by State Senator Chris Lauzen (R-25, Aurora) to eligible college students in the 25th District.

Ryan Hall of Elburn received one of the one-year scholarships, and will attend Illinois State University in the fall.

The scholarship committee, including local business and community leaders from Kane, Kendall and LaSalle Counties, go over the applications to select eight students who plan to attend one of the state’s public universities or to attend the University of Illinois. Academic achievement in high school (or college, if applicable), community service, and financial need are among the criteria considered by committee members.

“Although I would vote and have sponsored legislation to discontinue the scholarship program because it represents a ‘perk’ of public office, I’m proud that the committee fulfills our responsibility by awarding these scholarships on merit rather than politics,” Lauzen said. “We keep the process open and available to every student who meets the criteria.”

Wittenberg accepted into professional vet medical program

Lora Ellen Wittenberg was accepted into the professional veterinary medical program, which leads to a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, at Colorado State University for the fall, 2009 term.

Lora was among 138 students selected for the program from a pool of 1,834 applicants.

Selection is based primarily on academic achievement, familiarity with the many facets of veterinary medicine, and extracurricular and community activities. Lora graduated in 2005 from St. Charles North High School and received an undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences from Colorado State University.

The professional veterinary medical program at Colorado State University is ranked as one of the most outstanding veterinary medicine programs in the United States. Students receive intensive training in clinical and nonclinical aspects of veterinary medicine.

Wittenberg is the daughter of Craig and Kathy Wittenberg of Elburn.

Sutherland named to honors list at COD

Greg Sutherland of Sugar Grove was named to College of DuPage’s academic honors list for the spring 2009 semester.

This spring, Sutherland was a recipient of the Honors Scholars Medal for successfully completing COD’s Honors Scholar Program and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Sutherland was elected as the 2009-2010 president of the Philosophy Club. He was elected as the 2009-2010 Community Outreach Coordinator, an officer’s position of the executive board of the COD Student Leadership Council, and met with Illinois lawmakers in Springfield during “Student Advocacy Day” on April 22 to request more appropriate state funding for Illinois community colleges.

Sutherland is studying small group communications this summer, an honors class that culminates in a backpacking trip in the Hawaiian wilderness along the Napali Coast, Kauai.

Sutherland is a 2008 graduate of Kaneland High School.

50th District General Assembly Legislative Scholarships Awarded

Chairwoman Jeanne Harms, Nancy Aschauer, Connie Emery, Paula Mueller and Lyle Rolf of State Representative Kay Hatcher’s Scholarship Committee are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s General Assembly Scholarship.

Representative Hatcher does not participate in the selection process; she believes that the impartial scholarship committee is the most transparent way to determine the recipients.

“The committee was honored to be asked by Hatcher to be in included in the process of selecting the scholarship recipients,” said Harms. “As everyone can appreciate, these students are our future leaders.”

Eight students from throughout the 50th district were chosen to receive a full-year’s tuition waiver for the 2009-2010 academic year. Selections were based on a detailed set of criteria which included academic achievement, community involvement and financial need.

“The quality of the applicants was amazing; the recipients are arguably some of the brightest and most brilliant individuals in the district,” Harms said.

Two Sugar Grove residents were among the scholarship winners.

Peter Vilim of Sugar Grove has owned and operated his own computer maintenance business since he was in the 9th grade. Peter was home-schooled and is currently attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying industrial engineering.

Jessica White of Sugar Grove attended Rosary High School and graduated as the class Salutatorian. Jessica plans to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and study actuarial science.

The Illinois General Assembly Legislative Scholarship program provides each State Senator and State Representative the opportunity to assist Illinois students by nominating eight students for one-year scholarships to a state university.

Calvary Episcopal announces VBS

BATAVIA—Calvary Episcopal Church, 222 S. Batavia Ave., invites the public to “Crocodile Dock,” its 2009 vacation Bible school.

The program will run Monday through Friday, August 3-7, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Music, Bible stories, crafts and many other activities are planned. Children from age 3 through those entering fifth grade in the fall are welcome to participate. Church membership is not required.

Admission to VBS is free, but each family is asked to volunteer at least one day during the week. Childcare will be provided for younger children of volunteers.

Advance registration is required by July 27.  Register in person at Calvary on Sunday morning or during regular office hours, or obtain a form by calling the church office at (630) 879-3378, or downloading it from

For more information, contact Calvary Director of Christian Formation and Youth Susan Lungren at (630) 879-3378, ext. 303.

Minerals, Rocks and Me Nature Camp

NORTH AURORA—Covenant of Grace Church, in conjunction with Union Congregational Church, invites children ages 5 to 11 years to its 2009 Minerals, Rocks and Me Nature Camp.

The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 13-17, at Union Congregational Church, 405 W. State St., North Aurora.

The camp will feature singing, Bible lessons, nature lessons, snacks, outdoor activities, and arts and crafts.

The cost is $15 per child. Register by calling Covenant of Grace Church at (630) 906-9661.

SGUMC offers VBS

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church is offering its vacation Bible school Monday through Friday, July 13-17.

“Camp E.D.G.E.: Experience + Discover God Everywhere” is an adventure camp that takes kids on Bible treks to experience and discover God everywhere, every day.

The camp runs from from 6:15 to 8 p.m., beginning Monday, July 13, and ending Friday, July 17.

Each Bible trek is supported with science activities, songs, crafts, games and snacks.

To join the camp, call the church office at (630) 466-4501 or visit the church website at