Category Archives: Community

Couples’ ministry series

“Love and Respect,” a two-week couples ministry series at Kaneville United Methodist Church, will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Sundays, March 15 and 22, at 46W764 Main St., Kaneville.

Kaneville UMC is partnering with Grace Fellowship Church of Maple Park for this series. There will be a DVD segment, fellowship time, light refreshments and small-group discussion.

For more information, call (630) 557.2353 or visit www.kanevilleumc.org.

Maple Park hosts organ concert

The public is invited to an organ concert held by St. Mary of the Assumption Church on Saturday, March 21, at 5:30 p.m., following the 4:15 evening Mass.

James R. Brown will be the organist, and will perform on the organ built in 1899 and purchased by St. Mary in 1923.

At the end of the concert there will be a free-will offering to support the church’s conference of St. Vincent de Paul Society in Maple Park.

Virgil church offers Lenten fish fries

Saints Peter and Paul Church, 5N939 Meredith Road in Virgil, will host Lenten fish fries on Fridays through April 3, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Cost is $9.50 ($11 for shrimp) for adults and $4 ($6 for shrimp) for children ages 5 to 10. There is no cost for children under the age of 5. Carry-out is available.

The menu consists of fried perch, baked cod, french fries, baked potato, vegetable, coleslaw, applesauce, dinner rolls, dessert, coffee or milk. Beer and pop are available at an extra charge. Shrimp and macaroni and cheese can be added to the regular buffet for an extra charge.

For more information or to place a carry-out order, call (630) 365-6618.

Samuel Lawrence Vanatta

Ben and Lisa Vanatta of Elburn are happy to announce the birth of their son, Samuel Lawrence, who was born Jan. 21, 2009, at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora. He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 18 inches long.

The proud grandparents are Doug and Mary Stolp of North Aurora, Larry and Yvonne Plansky of Chicago, and William and Jacque Vanatta of Aurora.

Szajkovics, Matthews to wed

Patrick and Linda Szajkovics of Mokena announce the engagement of their daughter, Terri, to Brandon Matthews, son of Bob and Sue Matthews of Sugar Grove. Terri attended Lincolnway Central High School and received her degree in business management from Southern Illinois University in 2007.

Brandon is a Kaneland High School graduate, and in 2006, received his degree from Southern Illinois University in automotive technology. Terri is currently working as a Program Change Specialist for Colorado Technical University Online in Hoffman Estates, and Brandon is the Service Manager at Bridgestone-Firestone in Wheaton. They are planning an October 2009 wedding.

Norman ‘Norm’ Charles Tischhauser

Norman “Norm” Charles Tischhauser, 77, of Virgil, passed away peacefully at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb, where he had courageously battled cancer for many months.

He was born May 15, 1931, the son of Charles L. and Ena Margaret (Wade) Tischhauser in Bond County, Ill.

Norm faced many physical and emotional obstacles throughout his life, and he faced them in a way that was uniquely his. At the early age of 6 years old, Norm caught his hand in a horse-drawn hay elevator and lost the use of his ring finger. Through sheer determination, he worked with that limitation until he had it surgically removed so that he wouldn’t hinder his abilities as a mechanic and all-around jack-of-all trades.

It was only eight years later that he lost his mother to colon cancer. He would have to relive that nightmare once again when his sister also died of colon cancer at the age of 36. After the death of his mother, Norm became the “chief cook and bottle washer” of the family, with a little help from his aunt, and cooked a majority of the meals for the family. Through all of this, Norm continued his education, earning straight A’s until his graduation from Carlyle High School in 1949. Later, when recounting his younger years, Norm would routinely tell the story of how he had to walk to school every day, sometimes through snow as high as the fence line, up hill, both ways, with the miles to school increasing with every telling.

Norm’s life changed when he came up from southern Illinois to work on the Oliver Anderson farm. It was less than a mile from where Joyce VanStone worked as a waitress at her parent’s coffee shop on the corner of Meredith Road and Route 64. One look and Norm was hooked.

Before he went back down south for Christmas, Joyce gave Norm a nifty “flip top” lighter. A hot romance followed his return, and on July 22, 1950, they were wed. Joyce was 16, Norm was 18, and some folks were counting the days until a baby was born. They had to count about 730 days, however, before Barry was born two years later. Joyce and Norm were young and life was never easy, but their love lasted a lifetime.

Norm put down roots at the corner of Meredith Road and Route 64 in Virgil when he opened his own shop on April 1, 1960.

It consisted of a full-service gas station and garage where the community brought their cars to be fixed and their stories to be told. Norm was dedicated to his shop as well as his patrons, and no one ever drove away a stranger because they could all count Norm among their friends. He also worked for Bob-Jo Speedway, towing away the wrecks using a converted ‘58 Willy Jeep.

In 1969, Norm bought a cabin on Spores Island on the Rock River in Byron, Ill. It was there his legend was born, landing a 32-pound, 36-inch long catfish and a 45-pound turtle. The cabin had electricity, but not much else, but that didn’t matter to Norm and his boys, and later his grandsons, as they made a lifetime of memories and passed on decades of wilderness wisdom.

Norm was an avid hunter, and he took advantage of every season throughout the year. No matter what he brought home, whether it be squirrel, pheasant, rabbit or any other wildlife, Norm as adept at preparing them so that Joyce could put on a feast of flavors for the family, although no one could rival his smoked catfish. In the spring, there was no one better at mushroom hunting along the railroad tracks as his keen eyes helped fill bags to bring home when he went on his “walks” after dinner. Norm was also a horseshoe expert, winning nearly every match, even when picking the worst player as a partner.

When he wasn’t working in the shop or spending time at the cabin, Norm enjoyed bowling with his friends and fishing trips to Canada. In 2007, Norm got a taste of Hollywood when he and his shop took center stage in Witless Protection, starring Larry the Cable Guy. The movie featured the shop and a cameo by Norm himself, though the credits only say “old man sleeping.” His new-found celebrity brought out several stories in suburban newspapers as well as the Chicago Tribune.

In later years, Norm gave up many of his favorite things to care for Joyce as her health began to decline. He was determined to keep his promise that no matter what happened, he would care for her and she would never spend one night in a nursing home. Shortly before her passing in December of 2008, Norm was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer and would finish the last three months of his life facing yet another obstacle. Norm’s brother Jim was instrumental in his care, coming whenever Norm called and doing whatever was asked of him; including trips to chemotherapy. He was Norm’s rock and an inspiration to the rest of the family.

Overall, Norm was a man of many talents. He was an entertainer but he could fix anything; he was proud of the grease under his fingernails, yet could recite Shakespeare and poetry from memory. He was the type of man who loved his family dearly, his wife endlessly and who never met a stranger that didn’t become a friend. His memory will live on for generations and his spirit will dwell in the hearts of his family and all the people who were lucky enough to call him friend.

He is survived by six children, Barry (Donna) Tischhauser of Athens, Tenn., Dennis (Shari) Tischhauser of Wasco, Rob (Jackie) Tischhauser of New Albin, Iowa, David (Judy) Tischhauser of Genoa, Ill., Greg Tischhauser of Virgil, and Ena Carlson of Yorkville, Ill.; 18 grandchildren, Barry and Donna’s: Amanda (Brad) Walker, and Elizabeth (Mark) Boesen; Denny and Shari’s: Sarah Galpin, Ben Galpin, Emily Tischhauser, Eli Tischhauser; Rob and Jackie’s: David (Gege) Tischhauser, Rebecca (Cody) Brunning and Kevin (Jessi) Tischhauser; David and Judy’s: Chaz Tischhauser, Miles Tischhauser, Wade Tischhauser, Abby Richards, Tyler Richards; Greg’s: Samantha Tischhauser; Ena and Keith’s: Nicole Carlson, Samantha Carlson, Michael McCormac; 11 great-grandchildren: Tyler, Bryce, Devyn, Josyah, Shaelynn, Patrick, Morgan, Madison, Megan, Mark and Maverick, plus two “on the way”; one brother, James (Marilyn) Tischhauser of Pocahontas, Ill.; several nieces and nephews, and one special cousin, Linda (Mike) Zitkus of Elburn.

He now joins his parents; his wife, Joyce; one sister, Betty Lou Tischhauser; and one son-in-law, Keith Carlson (June 2007).

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 12, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL. There will also be a time of visitation Friday, March 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., with a funeral service to celebrate his life to follow at noon. Following cremation, private family committal services will later be held.

Friends not able to come for the service may begin watching it via webcast at 11:55 a.m. at www.conleycare.com. It will also be available for on-demand viewing the following day.

A memorial has been established in Norm’s name to benefit the American Cancer Society, as well as other favorite charities. Memorials checks may be made to the Norm Tischhauser 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 his obituary at www.conleycare.com.

Robert Jeffery Rogerson

Robert Jeffery “Jeff” Rogerson, 82, of North Aurora, passed away Sunday, March l, 2009, at Willow Crest Nursing Home after prolonged health problems. He was born Dec. 30, 1926, at home in Oswego to Jeffery and Margaret (Davis) Rogerson.

Jeff attended the Little White School, the Red Brick School, and graduated from Oswego High School with the Class of 1944. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1945 and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. After World War II, he served as a member of the Occupation Forces in Northern China.

In 1948, he started his career in the telephone business as a lineman with Illinois Bell Telephone Company. Jeff worked in many departments throughout his career, with his last assignment being the 911 Product Manager. He traveled the state working with city officials, implementing 911 in their respective communities. Jeff was instrumental in bringing 911 to Tri-Com and the Aurora area. He was a founding father of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and the Illinois Chapter. In 1984, he retired with 36 years of faithful service.

Jeff lived in North Aurora for 56 years and served the village in many ways. He was a trustee of the North Aurora Countryside Fire Protection District, chairman of the North Aurora Police Commission and an ESDA director. He spent many decades as a Scout leader in the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Explorer Post in North Aurora, as well as a merit badge counselor in the Aurora area. He was honored to be an assistant Scoutmaster for the Aurora area Scout troop that attended the fourth annual Boy Scout Jamboree at Valley Forge, Pa. in 1957.

He was a member at the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Aurora and served as an elder, deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was also a member of the Oswego American Legion Post No. 675 and the Aurora Golden K Kiwanis. During his retirement, Jeff enjoyed model railroading and spending time with his family.

Jeff is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joy (Sandell); son, John (Mary) Rogerson of Big Rock; daughter, Julie (James) Sippel of Oswego; grandchildren, Jessica and Jimmy Sippel and Katie Rogerson; sister, Marilyn Marklein of Montgomery; brother, David (Pat) Rogerson of Florida; sisters-in-law, June Gamage of Petersburg, Ill. and Janet (Mel) Trapp of Wisconsin, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, Jeff was preceded by his sister, Jeanne Carlton; and brothers-in-law, Fred Marklein, Lyle Carlton and Lee Gamage.

A celebration of Jeff’s life took place on Saturday, March 7, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 N. Edgelawn Drive, Aurora, with a visitation one hour prior to services. Visitation was also held on Friday, March 6, at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora. A private burial will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorials may be given to the church or The Eagle Scout Scholarship Endowment Fund c/o Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, 111 W. Downer Place, Ste. 312, Aurora, IL 60506 or The Aurora Golden K Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 4523, Aurora, IL 60507.

For more information, please call (630) 897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave a condolence.

William ‘Bill’ Lloyd Parker Jr.

William “Bill” Lloyd Parker Jr., 75, of Elburn, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2009, at his home after a long battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Bill served his country in the U. S. Army from 1954 to 1956 and returned home to marry Marietta Fredrich on Feb. 4 of that year.

He was a long-time resident of the Elburn area and a pilot with United Airlines for more than 22 years.

A private person at heart, Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing, camping and hiking and was a voracious reader.

In addition to his wife, Marietta, of Elburn; he is survived by three siblings, Jane Brown, Mary (Boyd) Loptien and Virginia Fowler; one brother-in-law, Jim Sane; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son and daughter, Fredrich and Laura Louise, who died at birth; his parents, William Lloyd Parker Sr. and Sara Camille (Ray); one sister, Sara Sane; as well as two brothers-in-law, Warren Brown and Leonard Fowler.

In keeping with Bill’s wishes, the care and keeping of his cremated remains will be entrusted privately to his family. There will be no public services. Assistance provided by Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.

A memorial has been established in his name to provide a bench for walkers at the Nelson Lake Preserve and to benefit other favorite charities. Checks may be made to the William Parker Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through the same address.

Grace Mary Lesher

Grace Mary Lesher, of St. Charles, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at Children’s Memorial Hospital. She was born Sept. 26, 2008, in Naperville.

She is survived by her parents, Andy and Collen Lesher; siblings, Meghan, Allyson, Jack and her twin, Kate; grandparents, Jeff and Carol Grady, Greg and Mary Lesher; great-grandfather, Walter Frydrychowicz; uncles, Bob Lesher, Patrick Lesher and Brian (Cathy) Grady; and cousin, Madeline Grady.

Grace was preceded in death by her uncle, Patrick Grady.

The family would like to give a special “thank you” to the doctors and nurses at Edward Hospital, Children’s Memorial Hospital and Baylor Medical Center for their compassion and relentless care of Grace.

A memorial visitation was held from Friday, March 6, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554. A prayer service followed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Texas Childrens Fetal Center waystogive.texaschildrens.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=752. To donate by phone, call Kim Harris at (832) 824-6806 or Holly Trueblood at (630) 527-5187.

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

Norma Jean Bornemann

Norma Jean Bornemann, 83, of Sugar Grove, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at The Tillers Health Care Residence in Oswego. She was born Oct. 11, 1925, in Aurora, the daughter of the late Edward and Clara (Giese) Delaney.

Norma Jean was a charter member of the Montgomery V.F.W. Post No. 7452 Women’s Auxiliary. She was united in marriage to John Bornemann on Sept. 12, 1953, at Our Savior Lutheran Church by Pastor Peter Kruntz.

She is survived by her two sons, John (Mary) Bornemann of Plainfield and Jeff (Kay) Bornemann of Sugar Grove; her five grandchildren, Andrea Bornemann and Chase Bornemann of Sugar Grove, Michael (fiancee Regina Arras) Bornemann of Seattle, Wash., Brian (fiancee Jenna Fracaro) Bornemann of Joliet, and Timothy Bornemann of Plainfield; many nephews and nieces; her special niece, Norma Anderson; her brother, William Delaney of Cincinnati, Ohio, and her brother-in-law, Fred Neupert of Montgomery.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Bornemann, who passed away in 2000; her brother, Ronald Delaney and her sisters, Viola Neupert and Hazel Gunnerson.

Mrs. Bornemann’s family would like to thank the staff at Tillers for their care and compassion during her time of need.

In keeping with Norma Jean’s wishes, there will be a memorial visitation at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, on March 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. A private burial will take place at Little Rock Township Cemetery.

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

Robert Jeffery ‘Jeff’ Rogerson

Robert Jeffery “Jeff” Rogerson, 82, of North Aurora, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2009, at Willow Crest Nursing Home after prolonged health problems.

He was born on Dec. 30, 1926, at his home in Oswego, Ill., the son of the late Jeffery and Margaret (Davis) Rogerson.

Jeff is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joy (Sandell) Rogerson; son, John (Mary) Rogerson of Big Rock; daughter, Julie (James) Sippel of Oswego; grandchildren, Jessica and Jimmy Sippel and Katie Rogerson; sister, Marilyn Marklein of Montgomery; brother, David (Pat) Rogerson of Florida; sisters-in-law, June Gamage and Janet (Mel) Trapp, along with many nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Jeanne Carlton; brothers-in-law, Fred Marklein, Lyle Carlton and Lee Gamage.

A celebration of Jeff’s life will take place Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 N. Edgelawn Drive, Aurora, IL 60506 with a visitation one hour prior to services. Visitation will also be held on Friday, March 6, from 3 to 8 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora. A private burial will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorials may be given to the church or The Eagle Scout Scholarship Endowment Fund c/o Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, 111 W. Downer Place, Ste. 312, Aurora, IL 60506 or The Aurora Golden K Kiwanis Club.

For further information, please call (630) 897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave a condolence.

Denis Zec

Denis Zec, 34, of Aurora passed away on Sunday March 1, 2009, at Rush-Copley Hospital. He was born July 12, 1974, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Denis was employed at Rich Harvest Farms for eight years, and following that, he was associated with White Eagle for two years. He had a big heart and loved people. Denis also loved music and dancing.

Denis is survived by his parents, Fadil and Jozica Zec and a brother, Zlatko Zec.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday March 5, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr. Sugar Grove, with Fr. Robert Jones officiating. Interment will be at Sugar Grove Cemetery. Visitation was Wednesday March 4, at the funeral home. A liturgical wake service was conducted at 8 p.m.

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

Linaya Grace Arroyo

Linaya Grace Arroyo was born into heaven on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, at Delnor Hospital in Geneva. Though she was not destined to see this world, Linaya now breathes heavenly air and lives among the angels who watch over her parents, Alfred and Katrina, who were specially chosen to love her as only a mother and father could.

From the moment that Linaya’s spirit captured their hearts, Alfred and Katrina began making plans and having dreams for the life they were bringing into this world. In just 37 short weeks, Alfred and Katrina had planned years into the future of what their lives would be like. In only mere moments, those loving plans became lasting memories.

Linaya will live on forever in that special part of their hearts that is only for her. She now leaves her loving parents, Alfred and Katrina Arroyo of Aurora; her maternal grandparents, Eugene and Christina Ewbank; her paternal grandparents, Humberto and Luz Arroyo; her maternal great-grandparents, Richard and Edith Ewbank, as well as Vita Potter; her paternal great-grandparents, Armando and Maria Morales, as well as Isabel Arroyo and Rafaela Burciaga; many aunts, uncles, cousins and a “family” of friends who were anxious for her arrival.

Friends called on Tuesday, March 3, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. Elburn. A service to celebrate her memory followed visitation. The Rev. Fr. Robert Camacho, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Aurora and Rev. Dick Watts, chaplain of Delnor Hospital, Geneva, co-officiated.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit in part the rebuilding fund of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Checks may be made to the “Linaya Grace Arroyo Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.

St. Gall prepares for annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

Sunday, March 15, will mark the 126th anniversary of the St. Patrick’s celebration at St. Gall Parish in Elburn.

The annual tradition, sponsored by the St. Gall Women’s Altar and Rosary Society, begins with lots of planning and more than 500 volunteers. Jobs including servers, bakers, carvers, decorators, potato peelers and the popular clean-up crew bring this parish community together to create quite a feast for their guests.

Last year, St. Gall volunteers served approximately 1,000 guests to either a sit-down family style feast at the church hall or carry-out dinners at the American Legion on Route 47.

The feast, consisting of home-cooked turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, coleslaw, cranberry sauce, rolls, pie, coffee and milk, will be held this year on Sunday, March 15, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sit-down service will be at the church hall at 120 W. Shannon St., and carry-outs will be available at the Elburn American Legion Hall-both located on Route 47 in downtown Elburn. Cost is $4 for children ages six-12, $7 for seniors and $10 for adults. Carry-outs are $8. For additional information, contact the St. Gall Parish Office at (630) 365-6030.

Kaneville UMC hosts chili supper

Kaneville UMC Men’s Club will host its annual chili supper on Saturday, March 14, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kaneville United Methodist Church, 46W764 Main St. in Kaneville.

The supper will be held in the basement of the church; the elevator is located in the back of church.

There will be more than 20 kinds of chili, from mild to wild. Carry-outs and hot dogs are also available. Live country and bluegrass music will be provided by The Willard’s. A free will offering will be taken. For more information, call the church at (630) 557-2353.

Author to speak at Sugar Grove UMC

Diane Mayer Christiansen, author of the young adult fantasy novel “Switcher,” will speak at the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 176 Main St., on Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m.

Mayer Christiansen is a strong advocate for children struggling with dyslexia. The undercurrent theme of her first novel is “Being different is just fine. In fact, it’s amazing.”

The public is invited to meet Diane and hear her talk about her personal struggle with the neurological disorder dyslexia, and the correlation between her feelings of not belonging with those of Samantha, the heroine of the book. She will also address the writing process and the road to publication.

For more information, call the church office at (630) 466-4501.

Virgil church offers Lenten fish fries

Saints Peter and Paul Church, 5N939 Meredith Road in Virgil, will host Lenten fish fries on Fridays, March 6 to April 3, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Cost is $9.50 ($11 for shrimp) for adults and $4 ($6 for shrimp) for children ages 5 to 10. There is no cost for children under the age of 5. Carry-out is available.

The menu consists of fried perch, baked cod, french fries, baked potato, vegetable, coleslaw, applesauce, dinner rolls, dessert, coffee or milk. Beer and pop are available at an extra charge. Shrimp and mac and cheese can be added to the regular buffet for an extra charge.

For more information or to place a carry-out order, call (630) 365-6618.

Samuel Lawrence Vanatta

Ben and Lisa Vanatta of Elburn are happy to announce the birth of their son, Samuel Lawrence, who was born Jan. 15, 2009, at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora. He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 18 inches long.

The proud grandparents are Doug and Mary Stolp of North Aurora, Larry and Yvonne Plansky of Chicago, and William and Jacque Vanatta of Aurora.

Local students named to Augustana College fall term Dean’s List

Sara Michelle Bihner, Matthew Peter Bowman, April J. Runde, Amanda N. Lindoo and Mary Ellise Rhoades of Elburn, and Tara M. Czepiel and Elizabeth A. Shollenberger of Sugar Grove, have been named to the Dean’s List at Augustana College for the 2008 fall term. Students who have earned this academic honor have maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a four-point scale for courses taken during the 2008 fall term.

Shumaker named to dean’s list

Megan Shumaker has received recognition on the National Dean’s List for the fall semester of 2008-09 academic year at Indiana Wesleyan University. Students must obtain a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, and carry at least 12 credit hours for the semester.

Shumaker is a 2008 Kaneland High School graduate.

Sophia Noelle Rosati

Christopher and Jennifer Rosati of Elburn are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Sophia Noelle, who was born Dec. 18, 2008, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.

The proud grandparents are Gene and the late Joanne Capes of Elburn and Dennis and Patricia Rosy of Itasca, Ill.

Sophia was welcomed by her 6-year-old sister, Grace, and her 3-year-old brother, Rocco.

Paige Elizabeth Fair

Jason and Becky Fair of Elburn are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Paige Elizabeth, who was born Jan 19, 2009, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 inches long.
The proud grandparents are Dennis Rubeck of Elburn, Robert and Patricia Easterling of Peoria, Ill., and Scott and Chris Fair of Rochelle, Ill.
Paige is welcomed by sisters Olivia, 5, and Kate, 2.

Emma Nicole Horvath

Sean and Alicia (Scalici) Horvath are happy announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Nicole, who was born Jan. 12, 2009, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. She weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19 inches long

The proud grandparents are Donnie and Kay Herbst of Sugar Grove, Jim and Pat Fitzpatrick of Plainfield, Ill., and Jim and Patty Horvath of Canal Fulton, Ohio.

Stone completes Navy basic training

Navy Seaman Apprentice Andrew J. Stone, son of Rebecca and stepson of David W. Cromley of Sugar Grove, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Stone completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ”Navy” flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.

Stone is a 2007 Kaneland High School graduate.

Burlington UMC men’s club hosts dinner

The Men’s Club of the Burlington United Methodist Church invites the public to its 68th Annual Ham Dinner.

This all-you-can-eat dinner will be served to the public on Saturday, March 7, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The group will serve dinner at the Burlington United Methodist Church, 195 W. Center St., across from the fire station in Burlington. Carry-outs for people on the go and a bake sale of fresh homemade treats will be available until 6:30 p.m.

Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under the age of 6 are free. Proceeds from this fundraiser help support the programs of the United Methodist Church in Burlington.

For more information, call (847) 683-3535 or visit www.burlington-umc.org.

Robert ‘Bob’ E. Strong

Robert “Bob” E. Strong 76, of Elburn, passed away at McAllen Medical Center, McAllen, Texas, on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009.

Bob was born March 6, 1932, the son of LeRoy and Helen (Antkowiak) Strong in LaSalle, Ill. Bob grew up in LaSalle and attended local schools. He went on to receive his B.A. in Physical Education and later a Masters Degree in School Administration.

Bob entered the United States Army in 1952 and bravely served his country in Korea just south of the DMZ (de-militarized zone) where his military specialty as lineman laying telephone wire near the front lines constantly put him in harm’s way. He was awarded a Combat Infantry Badge for his service and returned home in 1954.

Bob, looking for a party and a pretty lady, crashed a wedding a year or so before he married his wife. As luck would have it, he found his pretty lady in Ruth Ann Munson, and the party lasted nearly 53 years ever since their marriage on Aug. 25, 1956.

Bob and Ruth Ann lived in Viola and Streator, Ill., for a time early in his teaching career. They moved to Maple Park in 1965 while their current home was being built within a block of Elburn Elementary School.

Bob was a dedicated and passionate coach, teacher and school administrator for 35 years. Bob began his teaching career as Principal at Elburn Elementary. Seventeen years later, the school and many like it, were consolidated into Kaneland Elementary on Meredith Road in Maple Park.

Bob completed the last seven years of his tenure as the seventh grade basketball coach and Assistant Principal at Kaneland’s Junior/Senior High School.

Bob loved his wife first and foremost, and he delighted in his children and grandchildren. He was a friend to all and had a special ability of relating to children because he could make the simplest, ordinary things fun.

Bob had a great passion for football. He played four years of both high school and college football and was a lifelong, passionate fan of the Chicago Bears. The highlight of his football days came in 1950 when he played in the Gold Dust Bowl (National Junior College Football Championship Game) in Vallejo, Calif., for Illinois Valley Community College. Bob was co-captain of the team a year later, and he completed his college career as an offensive guard for North Dakota State University at Fargo.

For the last 14 years, Bob and his wife wintered with many friends in the ‘Tip-of-Texas’ in Pharr, Texas.

He now leaves his loving wife, Ruth Ann Strong of Elburn; three daughters, Julie (Ed) Herzog of Aurora, Lora (Kevin) Denison of Shawnee, Kan., Suzanne (Steve) Crotty of St. Charles; one son, Mark (Betsy) Strong of Bolingbrook, Ill.; eight grandchildren, Rachel, Jacob, Leslie and Lance Denison of Shawnee, Kan., Samantha, Natalie and Ben Crotty of St. Charles, Marcia Strong, a student at Olivet Nazarene University, home to the training camp for the Chicago Bears in Bourbonnais, Ill.; Robert (Kristal) Strong and their soon-to-be-born son, Collin Robert, who will be ushered into this world with a great-grandpa angel as his guide; his sister, Gladys Huffstodt of LaSalle, Ill., and a family of friends stretching from Illinois to Texas.

He now joins his parents, LeRoy and Helen Strong; and his brothers, Bill, Francis “Red”, and Jim, who preceded him in death.

Friends may call on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Elburn from 10 a.m. to noon, with a memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life to follow at noon. The Rev. Dr. Jeff Dire, pastor of the church, will officiate, and private family interment will occur at a later date. A memorial has been established in Bob’s name to benefit the Community Congregational Church, as well as Huntington’s Disease Research, which has affected a family member. Checks may be made to the “Robert Strong Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66 , Elburn, IL 60119 . Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.

T. Robert Lawrence

T. Robert Lawrence, 75, of North Aurora, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, at home. He was born June 16, 1933, in Aurora, the son of the late Ignatius and Helen (Biro) Lawrence.

TB (as he was known to his family and friends) was a 1952 graduate of East Aurora High School. He was married to Marilyn J. Jaffke in 1957, and they spent the next 52 happy years of their lives together. TB was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be deeply missed by family and friends.

He served his country with the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. He was employed by National Tea-A&P for 30 years as a meat cutter. TB retired in 1998 from Aurora University Maintenance Department. He attended St. Paul Lutheran Church and was a member of the Aurora Turner’s Club, Phoenix Club, Batavia Moose Lodge and Irish Club.

TB will always be remembered for his big smile, happy ways and joke telling.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn of North Aurora; two sons, Michael (Darlene) of Woodstock, Ga. and John “Senator” (Arlaine) of Yorkville; five grandchildren, Courtney (Nick) Miller of Pendelton, Ind., Ashley Lawrence of Somonauk, Brandon Lawrence of Aurora, Tyler and Nicole Lawrence of Woodstock, Ga.; great-granddaughter, Lillie of Pendelton, Ind.; sister, Margaret “Tootsie” (Arthur) Smith; brother-in-law, W.W. “Jeff” (Arlene) Jaffke of Rochelle; sister-in-law, Donna Jaffke of St. Charles, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, Fred Sr. and Lillian Jaffke; brothers-in-law, Fred Jr. and Owen Jaffke, and sister-in-law, Sally Steib Jaffke.

Visitation was held on Friday, Feb. 20, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 21, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 85 S. Constitution Drive, Aurora, with a visitation half hour prior to services. Burial took place at Lincoln Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to VITAS Hospice, 580 Waters Edge, Ste. 100, Lombard, IL 60148, American Cancer Society, 143 First St., Batavia, IL 60510 or to the church.

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

Nancy A. Heuertz

Nancy A. Heuertz, 53, of Elburn, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Monday, Feb. 16, 2009. She was born Oct. 26, 1955, the daughter of Dean and Laurine (Amfahr) Harms in Aurora.

Nancy grew up in Elburn, was in the Kaneland High School Band and graduated with the class of 1973. She excelled in bookkeeping and computers and spent the majority of her career working with her father at Harms Chevrolet in Elburn. After sharing the business office for several years with her mother, she became the dealership’s business and finance manager.

Nancy found her true love and soul mate in Ron Heuerta, who grew up in the St. Charles area and worked for many years at Gus Ehlers’ Deere dealership in Elburn. They married on April 23, 1982, and resided in the Elburn area throughout their 26-year marriage.

Nancy enthusiastically loved her husband, family, friends and fun. She was a planner and a schemer and showed her personality and love in big ways.

Weekends and vacations were never lost on relaxing; for Nancy, they meant boating, snowmobiling, camping, golf, waterskiing, riding her Harley, traveling and doing those things with as big a group as she could gather. Nancy was sure to organize the details, provide the equipment and toys, and of course, cook and bake with everyone’s favorites in mind.

Nancy’s love for life and others was only matched by that of her husband, Ron, who shared equally in her plans, adventures and giving. Nancy frequently took advantage of everything Post Lake, Wis., the Illinois River and Kentucky Lake had to offer, and her travels never lacked for imagination, with Florida, Hawaii and Cancun among her many destinations.

Nancy lavished attention on her nieces and nephews, and she taught them to love challenges and never miss an opportunity to turn fun into something great. Nancy didn’t just celebrate holidays and events, she made them memorable. She was the force that brought family and friends together and made simple things like planting and carving pumpkins, setting off fireworks, and cutting down Christmas trees special and joyful.

Rex and Molly were among the many pets that shared in Nancy ’s love, and her generosity with her delicious baked goods, casseroles and cookouts was widespread and well known.

She now leaves her husband, Ron; her parents, Dean and Laurine Harms of Elburn; her sister, Carol (Ken) Brooks of Antigo, Wis.; two nephews, Steve Brooks of Pewaukee, Wis. and Ryan Brooks of Menomonie, Wis.; one niece, Laura Brooks of Milwaukee, Wis.; one brother-in-law, Wayne Heuertz and his children, Steve and Stephanie of St. Charles, and a family of friends.

She now joins her husband’s parents, Adolph and Gladys Heuertz, who preceded her in death.

Friends called on Sunday, Feb. 22, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A mass to celebrate her life was held Monday, Feb. 23, at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at St. Gall Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Nancy Heuertz Memorial ” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn , IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.