Category Archives: Community

St. Peter Church seminar set for Feb. 8

A “Why the Catholic Faith?” seminar, presented by Deacon Alex Jones, will be held Sunday, Feb. 8; Monday, Feb. 9, and Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. at St. Peter Church, 1891 Kaneville Road in Geneva.

Seminar topics include:
• Apologetics 101: Can I Get A Witness?
• Christ Present in the Eucharist
• The Rapture: Faith, Fact, or Misunderstanding?

Flint, Schoger to wed

Ron and Rhonda Flint of Maple Park announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Flint, to Carl Schoger, son of Robert and Sharon Schoger of Big Rock.

Amy is a 2006 graduate of Hinckley-Big Rock High School and is currently employed at Record Information Services in Kaneville, where she has been working for the past two-and-a-half years as a data enterer.

Carl is a 2002 graduate of Hinckley-Big Rock High School and is currently employed at F.E. Wheaton in Yorkville, where he has been driving a truck for the past six years.

Amy and Carl are set to marry on June 27, 2009, at the English Congregational Church in Big Rock.

Royer, Luxbacher to wed

David and Mary Royer of Elburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Christina Royer, to Steven Luxbacher, son of William and Suzanne Luxbacher of Pittsburgh, Penn.

The bride-to-be is a 1996 graduate of Kaneland High School, a 2001 graduate of Elmhurst College with a bachelor’s in music education, and a 2006 University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana graduate with a master’s in music education. She is employed at Community Unit School District No. 6 in New Berlin, Ill. as a general music teacher for kindergarten through sixth grade, and a choral director for junior high and high school.

The future groom is a 1995 graduate of Penn Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Penn., a 1999 graduate of Western Virginia University with a bachelor’s in music education, and a 2005 University of Illinois graduate with a master’s in music education. He is employed at Oil City High School in Oil City, Penn. as a choral director.

The wedding is Aug. 1, 2009, at Community Congregational Church in Elburn.

St. Charles Episcopal offers Taize service

St. Charles’ Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Avenue,(Route 25) in St. Charles invites the community to share in a Taize Prayer Service on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

This is a service of candlelight, music and silence encouraging contemplation and peace in all who attend. It is an ecumenical prayer service movement that originated in France and is being offered monthly at the church.

For more information on this and other worship, outreach, education opportunities and the church’s outdoor labyrinth, visit or call (630) 584-2596.

Rose M. Augustine

Rose M. Augustine, 85, of Elburn, formerly of Garden Grove, Calif., passed away at Delnor-Community Hospital, Geneva, Tuesday morning, Feb. 3, 2009.

She was born April 22, 1925, the daughter of James and Carmela (Gaston) Garatano in Heilwood, Penn.

She grew up near Alverda, Penn., and attended Alverda High School. After graduating in 1943, Rose worked as one of three secretaries to Henry Ford from 1945 to 1949. One of her gifts in life was the ability to “get along” with anybody and in any situation, a gift that ultimately served her well during her tenure at the Ford Motor Company.

Rose found a home for her heart in John C. Augustine. A neighborhood boy who grew to be soldier, John and Rose corresponded while he was serving in the Army Air Corps, and on his return to civilian life in 1948, Rose and John were wed on May 21, 1949, in Alverda, Penn.

During the next few years, as they began their new life together, John pursued his passion for flying while Rose strove to make their house in Moses Lake, Wash., a home. Following John’s work as a pilot, they moved to Detroit in the early ‘50s and to Garden Grove, Calif., in 1962, where John worked on the Apollo Space Project.

Throughout this time, Rose continued to raise her children while taking cosmetology classes. She eventually opened a small shop in the family garage and worked as a hair dresser through the 1970s. Following John’s death in 1984, Rose made her home in Garden Grove until 1996, when she moved in with her youngest daughter, Janice. Later, in May 2006, she moved to the Midwest to live with her eldest son, Rev. Gary Augustine in Elburn.

Rose was widely known for her hospitality. She loved taking care of people—cooking, cleaning and caring in every way. If she ever came into your home, she would always ask if there was something she could do to help you. At every stage of her life, Rose found ways to care for others even into her last days.

When her children were small, Rose made their clothes herself, and when the girls reached high school, she made their drill team uniforms as well. Service, humility, love and care were the hallmarks of her life. After all was said and done, Rose’s life was her family, and to them she leaves a lifetime of memories and a legacy of love.

In recent years, Rose was a faithful member of the Evangelical Fellowship Church, Elburn. In earlier years, she was president of the CCD program at St. Hedwik Church in Garden Grove, CA.

She now leaves five children and eleven grandchildren: Gary (Pamela) Augustine of Elburn and and their family, Zach (Rachael) Augustine, of Rapid City, S.D., currently a captain in the Air Force, Noah (Melissa) Augustine of Elburn, Hannah (Philip) Stevens Hudsonville, Mich., and Ian Augustine, a 2nd Lt. in the Air Force currently stationed in Columbus, Miss.; Doug Augustine of Ventura County, Calif.; Denise (Kevin) Stone of Portland, Ore., and their family, Andrew, Matthew and Timothy; Deborah (Keith) Myers of Newport Beach, Calif., and their daughter, Kayley Myers (11); Janice (Nathan) Donaldson of Costa Mesa, Calif., and their family, Kenton, Kelsey, Jacob; siblings, Flint (Phyllis) Gaston of Alverda, Penn. and Mary Daugherty of Norwalk, Calif.

She is preceded in death by eight siblings, Helen Manerino, Anthony Gaston, John Gaston, Joe Gaston, Sam Gaston, Vic Gaston and Francis Gaston.

Her visitation and funeral service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at the Evangelical Fellowship Church, 506 N. Main St., Elburn. Friends may call from 4 to 7:45 p.m. An evening funeral service will begin at 8 p.m. Rose’s son, the Rev. Gary Augustine, will officiate, and interment will follow Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 11:30 a.m.

A memorial has been established in Rose’s name to benefit orphans in Chad and other third-world countries, her church and other favorite charities. Memorial checks may be made to the Rose Augustine 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

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

Sara Michelle Bihner, Matthew Peter Bowman, April J. Runde, Amanda N. Lindoo and Maray Ellise Rhoades, all of Elburn, were named to the Dean’s List at Augustana College for the 2008 fall term.

Students who earned this academic honor maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a four-point scale for courses taken during the 2008 fall term.

Bihner, Bowman and Runde are majoring in general studies; Lindoo and Rhoades are majoring in geology and psychology, respectively.

Local resident graduates with honors

2nd Lt. Ted Lauzen recently graduated with honors from the U.S. Marine Corps’ Basic School in Quantico, Va.

The Basic School is an intensive six-month training program required for all officers in the Marine Corps. Through classroom instruction, individual examinations, practical application exercises and extreme physical tests, the Basic School teaches officers the expectations and tactics of an infantry platoon commander.

Lauzen graduated 10th in his class of 233 officers and was named to the Commanding General’s Honor Roll. Lauzen will begin training as a Naval Aviator in Pensacola, Fla. in March.

Ted Lauzen is a 2007 magna cum laude graduate of Duke University and is the son of state Sen. Chris and Sarah Lauzen of Aurora.

Tooth Fairy Mission

Sugar Grove United Methodist Church invites the community to help the homeless at Hesed House with donated supplies or financial donations to be used for dental purchases during the month of February.

Dental care items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss may be brought to the church at 176 Main St. in Sugar Grove and put in the “Tooth Fairy Bucket.”

Sugar Grove Dentist Dr. Donald Fee will use any monetary donations to purchase dental supplies at cost for the mission. One of the first things neglected when one becomes homeless is dental care. With just a few items donated, you can become a “tooth fairy” to a homeless man, woman or child.

For more information, contact SGUMC at (630) 466-4501.

Local residents recognized as students of the month

Kaneland High School students Ryan Blake (Residential/Commercial Electrician II), Robert Kuti (Small Engines I), Joseph Spitzzeri (Small Engines I), Zachary Born (Welding I), Brenton McCuan (Auto Technology I), Adam Ross (Auto Technology II), Ernest Baldwin (Welding I), Jesus Caltzontzin (Auto Technology I) and Curtis Lubic (PC Maintenance, Repair & Networking) have been recognized as “students of the month” by the Fox Valley Career Center.

To receive this honor, students are selected by their program instructors because they have demonstrated the ability to do excellent work and accomplish goals for their particular career training during the past month.

News anchor and best-selling author to speak at St. Peter Church

Award-winning journalist and best-selling author Raymond Arroyo will discuss Engaging the Culture on Monday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. at St. Peter Church, 1891 Kaneville Road in Geneva.

In this bracing and funny talk, Arroyo will reveal how some well-known Catholics have engaged the culture and transformed it. Discover how you can do the same and why this cultural engagement is so important today.

Arroyo is seen each week in more than 100 million homes around the globe on EWTN’s international news magazine, “The World Over Live.” As host and creator of this show, Arroyo has interrogated the leading figures of the day, including Mel Gibson on the set of his film, “The Passion of the Christ,” and Pope Benedict XVI in the only English language conversation ever recorded with the pontiff.

Arroyo will also introduce his latest best-selling book, “Mother Angelica’s Private and Pithy Lessons from Scriptures.” He has also written New York Times Bestsellers “Mother Angelica: The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve and a Network of Miracles” (Doubleday), and “Mother Angelica’s Little Book of Life Lessons and Everyday Spirituality” (Doubleday). Books will be available for purchase, and Arroyo will sign books as well.

Everyone is welcome. This speaker is sponsored by St. Peter Church’s Adult Formation and by the Parent Education Committee of St. Peter’s Home & School Association. A free-will donation will be taken. Call the Parish Center with questions, (630) 232-0124.

Matthew Daniel Kray

Daniel and Teresa Kray of Elburn announce the birth of their son, Matthew Daniel, Dec. 10, 2008, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva.
He weighed 10 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 21 inches long.
His grandparents are Karen and Roy Porschakin of Northlake, Ill., David Kray of River Grove, Ill., and Linda Kray of Lombard, Ill.
He was welcomed home by his big brother, Andrew, 11.

Gauge Parker Ballard

Jeff Parker and Kimberly Ballard of Batavia are happy to announce the birth of their son, Gauge Parker, who was born Dec. 17, 2008, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. He weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19 inches long.
The proud grandparents are Ronn and Sharon Ballard of Stevensville, Mich., Ken Parker of Port Richey, Fla., and Bob and Beverly Kulikowski of Lake in the Hills, Ill.
Gauge is welcomed by his 4-year-old brother, Kyler McConnell.

Justice James F. Quetsch

James Franklin Quetsch
James Franklin Quetsch
James Franklin Quetsch, 75, of Geneva, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, after an illness.
He was born on Nov. 13, 1933, in Oak Park, Ill. At the time of his death, he was at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Jim graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1952, and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind., in 1956.

He married his high school sweetheart Patricia Perrin on Sept. 3, 1956, at St. Giles Catholic Church in Oak Park.

In 1959, Jim graduated from Chicago Kent Law School. He practiced law in Chicago, and the couple lived in Oak Park until 1963, when they moved to West Chicago.

That year, he began working for the law firm of Gates Clancy in Geneva. In 1965, he joined the firm of Corrigan & MacKay in Wheaton. A successful trial lawyer, he became a partner several years later in the expanded firm of Corrigan, MacKay, Quetsch and O’Reilly.

Jim was the father of six children, born between 1957 and 1966. He and Pat moved their family to Geneva in 1972.

He was appointed a Kane County Court Associate Judge in 1975 and elected as a full judge in the 16th Circuit Court in 1976. He held the position until 1992, when he became an Illinois Appellate Court Justice in the Second District. He was appointed to the seat by his predecessor, Justice John Nickels, who was elected to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Following his retirement in 1994, Jim traveled extensively with his wife. Among their destinations were South America, Israel and several European countries including his favorite, Ireland.

Jim was a member of the St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club in Elburn for more than 20 years, spending many pleasurable hours there, shooting trap and skeet.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Gertrude (Shea) and Leonard J. Quetsch; and his brothers, Leonard, William and John.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his brother, Richard of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; his sister, Gertrude of St. Louis, Mo.; his children, Karen Quetsch, Martha Quetsch and Elizabeth Entile, all of Geneva, and Thomas (Patricia Seastrom Banbury) Quetsch and Paula (Vincent) Giuliano, both of Batavia, and James (Jo Martin) Quetsch of Idaho Falls, Idaho; 10 grandchildren, Natalie Entile, Phillip and Julie Andersen, Caroline Cagney, Paul, Marie and Francesca Giuliano, Kyle and Casey Banbury and Megan (Banbury) Mara; and one great-grandchild, Vincent Mara; and his beloved Vizsla, Maggie.

A memorial visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, at the Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St. (Route 38), Geneva. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Malone Funeral Home. Interment will be private.

In lieu of sending flowers, please do a kindness for someone today.

Patricia E. Bilodeau

Patricia E. Bilodeau, 85, of Batavia, passed away at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva in the early morning hours of Jan. 17, 2009. Though her spirit was strong, it was Pat’s heart that eventually gave out, but not before leaving a lifetime of memories for generations to share.

Pat was born Sept. 24, 1923, the daughter of Francis and Mertle O’Shea in Victoria Harbor, Ontario, Canada.

She grew up in Victoria Harbor and attended local schools, graduating with the class of 1941.
She was united in marriage to Alfred Bilodeau on Aug. 18, 1954, in Noranda, Quebec. They began their life together in Noranda, where they began to raise a family.

Their family was to know loss in the beginning months of 1965, when Alfred passed away. Shortly after, the family migrated to the United States and settled at Mooseheart in Batavia, where Pat worked as a seamstress.

Pat was a proud member of the Women of the Moose.

Pat had an unmistakable spirit that she loved to share with others. Although she guarded her privacy, her arms were always open to friends and family whenever they needed her. A huge White Sox fan, Pat reveled in finally seeing them win a World Series in 2005.

Pat had many passions and talents that she shared with her children and grandchildren, including sewing, cooking, singing songs in French and her Irish heritage. She also loved to spend time in her garden, and when the seasons changed, Pat could be found spending more time indoors crocheting and knitting. Pat had a love for animals, especially her cat Dusty. She will be dearly missed by her children, family and all who had the honor of knowing and loving her.

She is survived by her three children, Frank (Sheila) Bilodeau of Aurora, Kathy (Ron) Worden of Maple Park and Rick (Robbie) Bilodeau of North Aurora; four grandchildren, Melissa Worden, Jeff Bilodeau, Ricky and Jessie Bilodeau; three great-grandchildren, Kayla, Katie and Gianna; two sisters, Frances McKay of Sarnia, Canada and Muriel Pinkos of Ontario, Canada; many more family, friends, and last but not least, her loving cat, Dusty.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alfred; one brother, John J. O’Shea; and her sister Jean Plaszynski.

A mass to celebrate her life will be held on Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, at 6 p.m. in the evening at Mooseheart in Batavia. Family and friends are welcome.

A memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Patricia Bilodeau Memorial” and mailed in care of PO Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through Arrangements handled with care by Conley Funeral Home, Elburn, (630) 365-6414.

Congregation accomplishes goal

With the goal of sending 750,000 meals to the needy, Christ Community Church gathered their congregation for two weekends in December 2008 to assemble and pack meals for Feed My Starving Children ( Not only did they meet their goal, but exceeded it by packing 757,296 meals. As a result, over 2000 needy children will be fed for an entire year.

Volunteers were instructed to register online for two-hour shifts that took place throughout the weekends at the St. Charles and DeKalb campuses. Approximately 3,000 people signed up to serve.

“This is our second time partnering with Feed My Starving Children,” said Larry Stratton, director of Community Impact for Christ Community Church. “It has been amazing to see our church and community respond to the simple need of feeding starving children. Three thousand people took time to assemble meals that will result in 2,074 children being fed for a year. Wow. That’s rewarding.”

Asked why this effort was especially significant, Stratton said, “I believe people are looking for ways to serve outside of themselves or their own families. They recognize that the world is small and that, even with an economy in crisis, we have so much more than the rest of the world. This experience helped us understand in a much more tangible way the profound issue of hunger.”

‘Freed Up Financial Living’ class series

Hosanna Lutheran Church will offer a free class series on financial living. “Freed Up Financial Living” will be held on Saturdays, Jan. 31, Feb. 7 and Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m., at Hosanna Lutheran Church.

Based on biblical principles, learn methods to help your family save, eliminate debt, create and live within a budget, and be better stewards of what God has given you. Advance registration and a pre-seminar preparation task is required for all participants.

For more information or to register, call (630) 584-6434 or visit the “Where We Serve—Caring” webpage on Hosanna is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road.

Local residents awarded scholarship

Stephanie Munyon and Tyler Larson, both of Maple Park, were honored as recipients of the Jonathan Baldwin Turner Scholarship during a Dec. 5, 2008 banquet held at the Illini Union on the Urbana Campus of the University of Illinois.

Stephanie is majoring in animal sciences and hopes to own her own veterinary practice specializing in exotic animals. Stephanie is the daughter of Carl Trenton Munyon. Her JBT Scholarship is funded by the Jacobs-Kinsey JBT Scholarship fund.

Tyler is majoring in agricultural engineering sciences and plans to work in the agriculture industry designing equipment using mechatronics. Tyler is the son of David Walter and Robin Gwynn Larson. Tyler’s JBT Scholarship is funded by the Faculty and Staff of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Both students are Kaneland High School graduates.

Local resident re-enlists

Army National Guard Sgt. John F. Hunter has re-enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard.
Hunter, a truck driver-squad leader with six years of military service, is assigned to the 1744th Transportation Company, Streator Armory, Ill.

He is the son of John F. and Luann Hunter of Kenmar Drive, Elburn.

The sergeant is a 2004 Kaneland High School graduate.

Boehm, Jahns wed Aug. 31, 2008

Matthew and Kara Jahns
Matthew and Kara Jahns
Ken Boehm Jr. of Plainfield and Deana Boehm of Downers Grove announce the marriage of their daughter, Kara Boehm, to Matthew Jahns, son of Monty and Chris Jahns of Sugar Grove, on Aug. 31, 2008.

The ceremony took place at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle, Ill. A reception followed at Seven Bridges Golf Course in Woodridge, Ill.

The maid of honor was Krysta Boehm, sister of the bride. Bridemaids were Alison Pipkalejs, Rachel Sineni and Nicole Gervasio all friends of the bride; Mallory Gigl, cousin of the groom, and Kyla Stazak, cousin of the bride. Flower girls were Molly Osman, cousin of the groom, and Ashley Parks, cousin of the bride.

The best man was Quinn Jahns, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Dan Neely, Kevin Rogers, Shearson McClain and Andrew Pipkalejs, all friends of the groom, and Christopher Gigl, cousin of the groom. Ushers were John Haracz and Mike Stryczula, both friends of the groom. Ring bearer was Will Parks, cousin of the bride.

The bride is a Lemont High School graduate and manager at X-Sport Fitness. The groom is a graduate of Kaneland High School and the Illinois School of Broadcasting, and is employed at Greco’s at the Promenade in Bolingbrook, Ill.

Following a honeymoon in Captiva Island, Fla., the couple will reside in Lisle, Ill.

Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors offer Shabbat services

Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors will offer a Shabbat morning service on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 121 S. Third St. The service will begin at 10 a.m.; lunch will follow at a member’s home.

The service will incorporate Hebrew and English readings, and will include a discussion centered around the week’s Torah portion.

Additionally, the group invites the public to attend services, events and educational programs offered throughout the year.

The group invites the public to attend Shabbat services on the third Friday of each month, at FVJN. Services begin at 7 p.m., followed by an oneg (snacks and visiting). Services are family friendly, and all are welcome.

Interested in meeting with others and discussing topics of interest? Come to the Lunch and Lomed (Learn) discussions for adults, which meets at noon, the first Thursday of each month. This open meeting invites adults to bring sack lunches and discuss topics of interest related to Judaism, including world events, politics, religion, Israel, and more. The meetings are run by attendees. Feel free to bring articles, stories or ideas to discuss. The next Lunch and Lomed will be held on Feb.12.

If you are looking for ways to introduce young children to Judaism, FVJN offers two opportunities to do so. Religious education classes for children ages 3 to 5 years old are held the first and third Sunday of each month, and a play group is also being offered once a month at the FVJN site, as well.

Please visit for more information on these and other events. A complete calendar of offerings for 2009 can also be found at this site, as well as contact information and how to get involved.

FVJN is located at 121 S. Third St., in downtown Geneva.

Robert ‘Bob’ Walz

Robert “Bob” Walz, 77, of Aurora, formerly of Elburn, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, at Provena Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora, following complications from diabetes.

He was born Sept. 2, 1931, the son of Harry and Elsie (Szebler) Walz in Aurora.

Bob grew up on the south side of Aurora and graduated in 1949 from Marmion Military Academy.

On June 2, 1973, Bob was united in marriage to Kathy Skow. They began their new life together by building a home in the Stillmeadows subdivision just outside of Elburn. In 2008, they celebrated 35 years of a wonderful life together.

Kathy met Bob while both were working at the Barber-Greene Company. Bob eventually retired after 26 years of service in 1985. Although officially retired from Barber-Greene, Bob wasn’t ready to stop working. He then worked for Furnas Electric in West Chicago before retiring once more and for the last time in 1994.

Bob enjoyed membership in many associations, including the Phoenix Club, Tiger Club, Barber-Greene Quarter Century Club and the EAA. In earlier years, both Bob and Kathy were active in the Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake. Later, when they downsized their home and moved to the Lora Lei Acres of Maywood in Aurora, they became active in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

Bob’s first priority and love in life was his family, but coming in a close second were golf and airplanes. He fulfilled his greatest dream when he actually took over the controls of a rebuilt B-17 Aluminum Overcast Bomber owned by the Experimental Aviation Association.

He now leaves his loving wife, Kathy; son, Keith (Jennifer) Walz; sister, Doris (George) Snyder; brother-in-law, Jerry (Jo Ann) Skow; niece, Jane Burns; three nephews, John (Amette) Snyder, Joe (Sandy) Snyder and Jason Skow; one very special cousin-in-law, Johnny Skow, and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents, mother-in-law and father-in-law, his niece, Julie Snyder, and nephew, Joel Skow, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was held from 9 to 10:30 a.m.,with a funeral celebrating his life following at 11 a.m., on Monday, Jan. 12, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 27 S. Edgelawn Dr. in Aurora. The Rev. Mindy Elliot and Rev. Pat Geisman, pastors of the church, officiated. Interment followed at Sugar Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit the American Diabetes Association, Shriners Hospitals For Children and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Checks may be made to the “ Robert Walz 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, at (630) 365-6414, or through

Don Byrd

Don Byrd, 71 of Elburn, formerly of Kaneville, died unexpectedly Dec. 23, 2008.

Don was born in Elgin, the youngest child of Eva and Preston Byrd.

Don attended Elgin High School and proudly relived his football days and records he set. He served in the U.S. Army, a Vietnam-era Veteran serving as a corporal.

Don married Denyse Foley at St. Mary’s Church in Maple Park. They raised their children in Kaneville, where they lived for almost 40 years.

Don was an avid outdoorsman, most happy when outdoors. He loved hunting, fishing, camping and gardening. Don converted many people into his organic gardening beliefs and taught organic gardening classes at Waubonsee Community College.

Don was also very proud of his German heritage and had happy memories of his maternal grandparents, George and Christine Funk. He was also close to his uncles who taught him to hunt and fish. Mechanically inclined and self-taught, he could fix any mechanical device and knew how it worked just by looking at it. If he could not find a tool, he invented one. Don worked at Fermilab in Batavia for 30 years, adding his ingenuity and creativity to many projects, including the Super Collider.

Don enjoyed his retirement, working on his many projects, including winemaking, gardening and woodworking.

Don is survived by his children, David (Rebecca) Byrd, their children, Michaela and Elena; Denyse (Gordon) Kuykendall, their children, Sabrina, Michela and Jake; Maret (Ron) Kocian, their children, Benjamin and Jessica; Delores (Dave) Carroccio and their son, Daniel, and Don’s youngest daughter, Laura Suzan Byrd.

Don is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Denyse; sister, Arlene Micklevitz, and infant daughter, Carolyn.

William (Jim) James Quinn

William (Jim) James Quinn, 57, finished his courageous four-year fight against cancer on Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, when he left this world for the peaceful respite prepared by his Lord and Savior. He was born Jan. 7, 1951, in Elmhurst, Ill., and current resident of Sugar Grove, Ill.

A devoted husband and father, Jim is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Gail (McConnell) Quinn and their six children, Callie (Brian) Matheny of Aurora, Megan (William) Haefner of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Jocelyn (Ronald) Reichert of Oswego, Ill., Lt. Ryan Quinn deployed to Afghanistan, Rory and Sean, both of Davenport, Iowa. He is the steadfast son of Donald Quinn of Montgomery; and three brothers, Robert (Eileen) Quinn of Downers Grove, Ill., Thomas (Denise) Quinn of St. Charles and Frederick (Joanne) Quinn of Avondale Estates, Ga. He is the adored “Daddy Papa” of eight grandchildren, Sophie, Charlotte, Cooper and Gavin Matheny, Fiona Haefner, and Evan, Avery and Chloe Reichert.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Charlotte (Bonnie) Quinn and his sister, Penelope.

Jim was a loyal employee of 35 years of Rockwell Automation, formerly Reliance Electric Co. He was a long-time member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Aurora, and a current member of St. Katharine Drexel Church of Sugar Grove.

Although Jim is no longer physically present, his legacy lives in the family he so dearly loved and the many lives he touched with his quiet confidence. Courage takes many forms, and in Jim’s case, it was reflected by his determination at the end of each day that said, “I’ll try again tomorrow.” No matter how long the odds, Jim took them, fighting always to get up and play with his grandchildren and give his family the time they needed to say their good-byes. His humility and strength of spirit are infused in his family, leaving the world a better place for generations to come.

Visitation was held Friday, Jan. 2, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, from 3 to 9 p.m. A funeral mass was Saturday, Jan. 3, at St. John Neumann Church, St. Charles. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to your choice of the American Cancer Society, Our Lady of Good Counsel Journey of Faith Campaign or St. Katharine Drexel Building Fund.

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

Carl A. Jacobson

Carl A. Jacobson, 79, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at Rush-Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.

He was born of Finnish ancestry and reared in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Carl left the “U.P.” and came to Illinois to find employment. There, he met his wife, Sue, and they enjoyed an exceptional 55 years of marriage.

Carl served his country during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952 and returned home to work for the U.S. Postal Service, where he was a mail carrier for 30 years. In his retirement, he joined Sue and a host of friends as they traveled the Lincoln Highway and promoted its history. Carl was currently the Illinois state treasurer of the Lincoln Highway Association.

His passion for ski jumping resulted in Carl being a U.S. and International ski official, and he judged many U.S. tournaments and international competitions. He also worked with the youth of Aurora, coaching baseball for 25 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Jake (Susan) Jacobson and their children, Sara, Samantha and Ben; one brother, Paul, and his wife; a niece and two nephews.

He now joins his parents, two uncles and an infant daughter and infant sister, who preceded him in death.

As per Carl’s request, there will be no funeral services. His body will be returned to his native U.P. home, and in the spring, private family committal services will be held at Nisula Cemetery, Nisula, Mich.

A memorial has been established in Carl’s name to benefit the Lincoln Highway Association and other favorite charities. Memorials in his name may be made to the Carl Jacobson Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Cards and memories may be forwarded to the family through the same address or e-mailed through his obituary at For information, call Conley Funeral Home at (630) 365-6414.

Stanley Cady

H. Stanley Cady, 81, of Sycamore, passed away at his home surrounded by the love of his family on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008. He was born June 28, 1927, the son of Rev. H. Milton and Mabel (Marlow) Cady in Buckhorn, Ill.

Stanley grew up the son of a Methodist minister and attended several local schools throughout Illinois.

Following graduation from Carbondale High School in 1945, Stanley enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.

Upon returning to civilian life, Stanley eventually settled in DeKalb and worked for his brother at Goal Post Restaurant. Later, with his mother-in-law, he opened Maple Café in Maple Park before working for Northern Illinois Finance. He retired on his birthday from the National Bank and Trust of Sycamore after 23 years of dedicated service in June 1992

Stanley found a home for his heart in Roseann Keenan after only a few dates. Following a whirlwind Christmas courtship, they were united in marriage on Oct. 17, 1953. They began their new life together in Maple Park for a time until moving to Sycamore, where they have since made their home for the last 39 years.

Stanley was a longtime member of the American Legion of Maple Park.

Stanley was a simple man at heart. He was most happy surrounded by family and friends, especially when they were gathered around the table for Sunday dinners, whether they were at his home or at his favorite restaurant. When the sun was shining, you could find Stanley in the yard or on the road listening to his favorite big band music. Overall, he was a loving father and husband whose memory will never diminish, but become more golden as the generations pass.

He now leaves his loving wife of 55 years, Roseann of Sycamore; four children, Cindy Cady and her daughter Heather Lay, Kim (Randy Vaughn) Bower and their children Clara, Tim Jr. and Ryan, Patrick (Christine) Cady and their children Michael, Ashley and Zachary, and Kevin (Karen) Cady and their children Courtney, Trace, and Cole; two great-grandchildren, Lilyana and Ryan Jr.; two nephews, Fred (Millie) Cady Jr. and Fred Green; one niece, Marcia Jean (Dick) Tracy; several cousins and a special family of friends and neighbors.

He now joins his parents; one brother, Marshall (Eula) Cady, who died in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII; a brother, Fred (Elfrieda) Cady; sister, Eldora (Earl) Gree; and one nephew, Gordon Green, who preceded him in death.

Private family services were held Friday, Jan. 2, and were followed by a public celebration of life reception at his son Kevin’s office, Cady Heating and Cooling at 116 S. California St. in Sycamore, from 2 to 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit DeKalb County Hospice. Checks may be made to the “Stanley Cady 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

Lulu Loshbough

            Lulu Loshbough, 95, of Elgin, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, at the Pine View Care Center in St. Charles. In the season of her Savior’s birth, Lulu was “called home for Christmas” to join her daughter, Judy Clauss and brothers, Edward and Richard Stepina. 

            She was born Feb. 26, 1913, in Chicago, the daughter of Frank and Edna (Spitz) Stepina. Lulu grew up in Chicago, and at age 15, began working at Progress Engraving to help support herself and her siblings. In later years, she was employed with the Sears company, where she proudly recalled learning to operate a computer. 

            On  July 27, 1935, Lulu was united in marriage to Raymond Loshbough in Cicero, Ill., and they made their home in Chicago. As the years passed, they lived in many different places and eventually Lulu settled herself in Medinah, Ill. Her fondest recollections were of “faith and family.”

            While living in Itasca, she was very active at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. Later, in Roselle, Ill., she took great pride in becoming a lector at Trinity Lutheran Church. More recent years brought her further west to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church near Plato Center. While making her home with her daughter Judy, Lulu made her “faith home” at St. Peter’s, where she continued to love teaching and being part of a growing church.
            A woman who found the secret to remaining young at heart, Lulu always enjoyed learning new things—including her enthusiasm for learning line dancing at 90-years-old. Though life was not a “rose garden,” Lulu learned to bloom where she was planted, and in her own words, “I just ask the Lord every morning to come into my heart and then I have joy all day.”

            She is survived by one son, Robert (Eileen) Loshbough of Vail, Ariz.; a son-in-law, Walter (the late Judy) Clauss of Plato Center, Ill.; four grandchildren and their families, Brian (Pat) Clauss of Elgin and their children, Natalie, Nathan and Clint; Sherry (Gordon) Gehrke of Maple Park, Bob (Joanne) Loshbough Jr. of Tucson, Ariz., and Rich (Jeannette) Loshbough of Elgin; three great grandchildren from Brian and Pat: Natalie (John) Seper, Nathan Campbell (Fianc`ee Kelly Riha) and Clint Clauss; two great-greatgrandchild from Natalie and John: Christopher and Ian Seper; three siblings, Frank (Mary) Stepina of Fla., Clarence Stepina of Ill. and Dorothy (Al) Simon of Fla.

            In addition to her parents and her husband, Raymond, she is preceded in death by their daughter, Judy Clauss; and her two brothers, Edward and Richard Stepina. 

            Her funeral service and visitation were combined on Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Plato Center, Ill. Friends called at visitation hours from 11 a.m. until 12:45 pm. The funeral service began at 1 p.m. and  concluded with committal services at Lily Lake Cemetery, Route 47, Lily Lake.

            A memorial has been established in Lulu’s name to benefit her church  as well as other favorite charities.  Memorials checks may be made to the  Lulu Loshbough 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 her obituary at For information call (630) 365-6414 or 1-800-8-CONLEY.

Mary ‘Lou’ Smith

            Mary “Lou” Smith, 73, of Earlville, Ill., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008. She was born Aug. 30, 1935, in Oak Park, Ill., the daughter of the late Clarence and Mary Irmis.

            Lou is survived by her husband, Gerald Smith; sons, Perry (Lisa) Smith and Timothy (Laurie) Smith; five grandchildren; and sister, Linda Shaw.

            Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Sandra O’Day.

            Visitation was held Dec. 29, 2008, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Burial will take place in Stone Lake, Wis.

            Memorials may be made to the American Brittany Rescue-Lou Smith, c/o Deborah Lary, 114 Marlin Ct., Centryville, MD 21617 or the American Cancer Society, 143 First St., Batavia, IL 60510.

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

Josephine E. Weiland

            Josephine E. Weiland, 69, of Elburn, passed away unexpectedly at her home Friday morning, Dec. 19, 2008.

            Wife of LaVerne Weiland, 32 years in partnership with William Hanson of Hanson Excavating, Josephine was diagnosed with kidney cancer in September and had battled courageously through surgery and long weeks of treatment. Hospitalized recently, she returned home Thursday evening, anticipating the comfort of hospice care and family time. Called instead to Heaven for the holidays, she claims now the promise of her Savior and the hope of her faithful prayers.

            She was born Jan. 27, 1939, in Aurora, the daughter of William and Anna (Medernach) Hanson. Josephine attended S.S. Peter and Paul Grade School and went on to graduate from Maple Park  High School with the class of 1957.

            She met LaVerne Weiland in 1956 at a Little 8 tournament at Genoa High School. LaVerne remembers fondly how his best friend (and Josephine’s cousin), LeRoy Probst, introduced them. It was love at first sight that night, and on Oct. 26, 1957, they were wed at S.S. Peter and Paul Church, Virgil.

            They first made their home in West Chicago in an upstairs apartment at Bill and Arlene Patterman’s. Five years later, they moved to Virgil, and through the ensuing years, moved from farm to farm until La-Verne built his bride their first home on Main Street Road. In 1972, they built the present family home on Green Road.

            Josephine worked briefly at Furnas Electric in Batavia until Daniel was born, and three little girls followed thereafter. Josephine had a busy life she loved as the children grew. As grandchildren began to arrive, life only got better. When she wasn’t babysitting, she was always ready to “get her purse and go to the casino” with a friend. She and LaVerne enjoyed several trips to Hawaii and Jamaica, among other destinations.    Still, there was no place like home for Josephine. She was especially fond of the many house plants she raised there to adorn her beautiful home.

            In addition to her husband, LaVerne, she is survived by four children, Daniel (Karen Feltes) Weiland of Elburn, Laura (William) Larson of Cortland, Brenda (James) Barsic and Valerie (Chad) Boughton, both of Elburn; nine grandchildren, Daniel and Karen’s: Craig Weiland of Seattle, Wash., Matthew Weiland and Michelle Weiland, both of Elburn; Brenda and James’: Kelsey Barsic, Kaitlyn Barsic and Kaley Barsic, all of Elburn; Valerie and Chad’s: Drake Boughton, Siara Boughton and Logan Boughton, all of Elburn; two brothers, Bill (Dorothy) Hanson of Elburn and Anthony Hanson of DeSoto, Wis.,; four sisters, Margaret (Floyd) Worden of McFarland, Wis., Mary Ann (Ron) Pondelick of Maple Park, Patricia (Edward) Sak of Maple Park, Linda (William “Bill”) Dittman of Aurora; several brother and sister-in-laws, her late sister’s husband, Ted (Margaret) Seed of Earl-ville, Ill., LaVerne’s siblings, John (Alice) Weiland of Aurora, Arlene (William) Pattermann of Hilbert, Wis., James (Clareen) Weiland of Lodi, Wis., Leonard (Judy) Weiland of Apple River, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.

            In addition, she leaves among many good friends two very special friends, Marvin and Janet Romanski of Malta, Ill.

            In addition to her parents, William and Anna Hanson, she is preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Seed, as well as her mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Martha Weiland.

            Her visitation was held Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, from 2 to 8 p.m., with a liturgical wake service held at 7:30 p.m.

            Her funeral mass was celebrated Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Gall Church, Elburn. The service was webcast live at and available thereafter as on-demand video. Immediately prior to mass, prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Conley Funeral Home.

            A memorial has been established in Josephine’s name to benefit masses, St. Galls, as well as other favorite charities.  Memorial checks may be made to the Josephine Weiland 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 her obituary at For information, call Conley Funeral Home at (630) 365-6414 or 1-800-8-CONLEY.