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Lyle G. Hicks

Lyle G. Hicks, 94 of St. Charles, passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at Illinois Veteran’s Home in LaSalle, Ill., surrounded by family.

He was born April 20, 1919, in Aurora, the son of Frank and Bessie (Hunt) Hicks.

Lyle was a 1937 graduate of Batavia High School. He served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II. Lyle shared 67 years of marriage with his loving wife Marilyn (Roehlk).

Lyle owned and operated Hicks Floor Covering in Geneva for over 65 years. He worked with his sons, John and James.

When they could, Lyle and Marilyn loved to go dancing. Lyle was a member of the Geneva American Legion, Batavia VFW, Moose Lodge, Masons and Shriners. He will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched.

Lyle is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn; sons, John of St. Charles, James (Vicki) of Aurora, Joel (Sharon) of Joliet, Ill., and Lyle of Mt. Vernon, Ill.; grandchildren, Byron (Tami) of Montgomery, Kyle of Wis., James (Heather) of Mo., Ian of Chicago and Kate (Jon) Casserilla of Downers Grove, Ill.; great-grandchildren, Kendall and Jordan Hicks; sisters, Shirley Hopp and Doris Perna; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Vera, Hazel, Alan, Stanley and Francis.

Funeral services will take place Saturday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. at Malone Funeral Home, Pastor Steven Srock will officiate. Burial will be private.

Visitation for Lyle will take place Friday, Nov. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St. (Route 38), Geneva.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Illinois Veteran’s Home, 1015 O’Connor Ave., LaSalle, Ill. 61301, would be appreciated.

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

Erwin ‘Erv’ H. Panzer

Erwin “Erv” H. Panzer, 75, of Maple Park, passed away in the early morning hours of Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, following complications from a farming accident.

He was born Feb. 6, 1938, in Elmhurst, Ill., the son of Henry and Hulda (Gehrke) Panzer.

Erv grew up in Roselle, Ill., and attended local schools. He graduated from Arlington Heights High School with the class of 1956.

During his high school years, Erv was a proud member of the Future Farmers of America and proved it by going back to the family dairy farm after graduation, where he continued his education. His classrooms were the barns and fields of his youth, until the family sold the farm and bought a bigger farm in Maple Park. Dairy became a thing of the past, with emphasis now put on grain, cattle and pigs.

He was a member of the Kane County Farm Bureau and faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church in Sycamore, where he was superintendent of the Sunday School, sang in the choir, was an elder and served on untold numbers of boards over the years. Erv was also a longtime member of the DeKalb County Steam Power Club and member of the North Grove School Association.

Erv was “King of the Ten Pins,” knocking them flat with each throw on bowling night with several area leagues. He was fluent in German, but his hands “spoke” welding perfectly. He also knew his way around the wood shop.

He also loved to travel to auctions galore, finding treasure and gold where others found none. If there was one thing Erv was, it was helpful. He had the kindest heart and would give you the shirt off his back. If there was ever a need, Erv was first in line to lend a hand.

He is survived by his loving fiancee, Bernice Maness; two siblings, Dorothy (Arnold) Grimm and Leonard Panzer; one niece, Donna (Brian) Tennis; one nephew, Warren (late Carol) Grimm, and his children, Benjamin and Andrew; and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded by his parents, Henry and Hulda Panzer.

Visitation will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church, 26555 Brickville Road, Sycamore. A funeral to celebrate his life and faith will take place on Friday, Nov. 8, at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Robert W. Weinhold and Rev. Marvin Metzger, pastors of the church, will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, Schaumburg, Ill.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit St. John Lutheran Church and Lutheran Hour Ministries. Checks may be made out to either, but both can be mailed to 26555 Brickville Road, Sycamore, IL 60178. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Clarence ‘C.E.’ Penninger

Clarence “C.E.” Penninger, 72, of Kaneville, passed from this life to eternal life in the early morning hours of Nov. 2, 2013, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family at his home.

Clarence was born May 6, 1941, the son of Clarence and Lois (Boyd) Penninger in Anna, Ill., where he attended local schools before graduating with the class of 1959.

Clarence enjoyed being a member of the Boy Scouts of America during his early years.

Clarence was introduced to a young lady by the name of Lois Hardy (nee Slavik) by mutual friends. On Jan. 23, 1970, the two were wed in Aurora. The newlyweds made their home in Kaneville, where they made memories to last a lifetime.

Clarence and Lois enjoyed the wind in their hair, and you would often pass them on the road while they were enjoying motorcycling or riding bicycles. The couple also enjoyed taking hiking trips together. Clarence and Lois wintered for 11 winters in Apache Junction, Ariz.

Clarence worked for Caterpillar for 30 years before retiring in 1996.

Clarence was a long time member of the Kaneville volunteer Fire Department, where he served as chaplain for the department. He was also a member Kaneville Men’s Prayer Group. Clarence was a devoted member of Village Bible Church in Sugar Grove.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Lois Penninger; son, Kenneth (Terina) Penninger of Mesa, Ariz.; daughters, Katrina (David) Winograd, of Mattoon, Ill., and Pamela Click of Metropolis, Ill.; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister, Susan Hase of Anna; and many nieces and nephews.

Clarence is preceded by his parents; and his daughter, Jenny Penninger.

Visitation was held Wednesday at Village Bible Church, Sugar Grove, with a funeral service to celebrate his life beginning at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Kaneville Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit the “Kaneville Fire Department” or “Village Bible Church.” Checks may be made to the organization and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Christopher Aaron Saumell

Christopher Aaron Saumell, 27, of Aurora, passed away on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.

He was born May 23, 1986, the son of Katherine (Smith) Saumell and Damon Saumell.

Christopher spent his childhood surrounded by a large, loving family that helped mold him into the loving man he became.

Christopher attended high school at Marmion Academy and graduated in 2005. He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., where he majored in mathematics and philosophy. He graduated with the class of 2009. While at Augustana, he was an active brother in the Omicron Sigma Omicron fraternity.

As a freshman at Augustana, Christopher met his wife-to-be, Clare Webster. After years of being “attached at the hip,” they married in October of 2010. A year and a half later, in April of 2012, they welcomed their son, Nicholas Augustine, into the world.

Christopher was well known for his love of philosophical debate, his dry sense of humor and his unconditional generosity. It was his tendency to give as much as he could that allowed him to touch the lives of literally hundreds of people throughout his 27 years. He was a patient teacher, whether he was teaching someone how to drive a tractor or tutoring them in advanced algebra. He never missed an opportunity to debate philosophy or politics, and he particularly loved to win bets with his uncanny knowledge of trivia.

Since his childhood, his large family imparted upon him a wide range of skills and talents, and of these, he particularly enjoyed sharpening knives, shooting rifles and fishing. He always attributed his love for animals to his mother, who made sure he grew up knowing how to ride a horse. He also loved German Shepherds, and always had a special place in his heart for his childhood canine best friend, Wolf.

Christopher is survived by his wife, Clare; his 18-month-old son, Nicholas; his brother, Michael; his parents, Kathy Saumell and Damon Saumell; his grandparents, Janice and Robert Smith; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his son’s education. Checks may be made to the “Christopher Aaron Saumell Memorial” and mailed in care of the Saumell family at P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.

Margaret Stover

Margaret Stover, 89, of Lily Lake, passed away Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, after struggling for several months with the aftermath of a stroke.

The daughter of Otto F. and Martha (“Magda” Knutzen) Rothlisberger, she was born in Plato Center, Ill., where she attended the local grade school and graduated from Plato Center High School in 1941.

In September 1943, she married Lt. Glenn Stover, also a Plato Center graduate, who was at that time in the Army Air Corps. Following World War II, they made their home in Lily Lake in 1946. They were married 36 years when Glenn died of a sudden heart attack in 1980.

Margaret’s life was about her family, whom she nourished and held dear to her, enjoying most the role of doting grandmother. A homemaker all of her life, she was a friend to many and cherished their friendship. She was the organist at several funeral homes in the Fox Valley. And when her children were all in school, she worked part time for several years as a van driver for Central CUSD 301 special education students.

Her passion was music, and she shared her gift as a musician with many, including the Congregational Church of Lily Lake, where she was an active member and played the organ for church services for nearly 70 years. Prior to her marriage, she was organist for several years at the Lily Lake (Country) Covenant Church, where she was also confirmed and married. Until her 89th year, she visited Pine View Care Center each month to play for residents, and provided music for the local and regional American Legion Auxiliary, of which she was a member all of her adult life.

Throughout her lifetime Margaret played organ for weddings and funerals, played piano to accompany dozens of students for their performances at school music competitions, and played accordion for dances in the 1940s. In the early 1950’s, she organized a “local band” of high school musicians from Lily Lake.

She is survived by her daughter and three sons, Kathleen, Ralph (Maureen), Lloyd (Gail), and Wayne Stover; nine grandchildren, Jan (Jeff), Tod (Lea), Colleen (Jean-Francois), Brian (Jennifer), Rob (Katie), Katie, Scott, Erin and Drew; nine great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Vivian Rothlisberger; two nieces and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant son; brothers, Herman and Harry Rothlisberger; sister-in-law, LaVelle Rothlisberger; and nephew, Melvin Rothlisberger.

Visitation was held Monday at Yurs Funeral Home in St. Charles. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment followed at Lily Lake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, if one wishes, memorial contributions may be made in Margaret’s name to the Congregational Church of Lily Lake, 44W188 Empire Road, St. Charles, IL 60175, or the Elburn American Legion Auxiliary Unit 630, 112 N. Main St., Elburn, IL 60119.

To leave an online condolence or remembrance to the family, visit the funeral homes obituary page at www.yursfuneralhomes.com. For more information, call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles at (630) 584-0060 or “like” it on Facebook.

James ‘Jim’ E. Murphy Jr.

James “Jim” E. Murphy Jr., 75, of North Aurora, passed away at Presence Mercy Hospital in Aurora on Nov. 3, 2013.

Jim was born Feb. 24, 1938, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James and Margaret (Belcher) Murphy Sr. in Mc Comas, W.V.

He attended local schools before his family moved to Bluefield, W.V., where he attended high school. In 1956, Jim joined the United States Air Force, where he proudly served his country until 1963.

In July 1963 Jim moved to Illinois to work for Anaconda Wire and Cable in Sycamore. During his time in Sycamore, Jim met the love of his life, Pearle V. Mc Millan. On April 3, 1965, the two made their lives one and were married. In 1973 the couple moved to Fort Wayne, Ind., for two years. Missing home, they returned to Sycamore, and Jim began driving a truck, which he did until his retirement in 2006.

Jim had many pastimes that he enjoyed. He enjoyed spending time fishing—as long as it took his bait, it became the catch of the day. Every Sunday during football season, he could be found rooting on his favorite team, the Chicago Bears. Throughout the summer, his beloved Chicago Cubs could be found on TV. When he wasn’t watching sports or enjoying some fishing time, you could find him working on his crossword puzzles or watching NASCAR.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Pearle Murphy of North Aurora; one daughter, Melissa (Terry) Stover of Elburn; one son, James E. (Tanya) Murphy III of Layton Utah; five grandchildren, Pam and Kim Stover, and Connor, Shannon and Brandon Murphy; and his great-granddaughter, Nahla. Many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, James Sr. and Margaret Murphy; and his sister, Trudi Klein.

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Virginia L. Wells

Virginia L. Wells, 86, of Plano, IL passed away, Thursday, October 31, 2013 at her home, surrounded by the love of her family. She was born April 8, 1927 in Charleston, West Virginia, the daughter of Theodore and Mary Elizabeth Shamblin. After many happy years at Armour Dial in Montgomery, Virginia retired in 1994 to spend time with her family, taking care of her grandchildren and great grandchildren and gardening. She was a member of Indian Trail Church of God. Her faith was central to her life.

She is survived by four children, Patricia Wheeler of Plano, Rick (Kelly) Wells of Georgia, Doug (Tracy) Wells of Plano and Michael (Kim) Wells of Danvers, IL; ten grandchildren, Stephanie Murray, Jim Braddish, Ken Wheeler, Ryan Wells, Jami Phillips, Jerrad Wells, Jennifer Wells, Nicholas Wells, Elizabeth Wells and Evan Wells; nine great grandchildren; one sister, Laura Darby of Oswego and several nieces and nephews, including Myrtle Murphy and Anna Mae Barnett.

Virginia was preceded in death by her daughter, Karen Hatch; one grandson, Eric Wells; her parents and nine sisters and brothers.

Family will be receiving guests on Monday, November 4, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway Ave., Montgomery, IL. Funeral Service will be on Tuesday November 5, 2013 at 10:30 am at Dieterle Memorial Home with a luncheon following. Interment will be at Fowler Grove Cemetery in Plano.

Elburn’s Community Congregational to hold annual Harvest Dinner

ELBURN—Community Congregational Church-UCC of Elburn will hold its annual Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m.

The buffet-style dinner will include turkey with all the trimmings, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, beans, cole slaw, homemade desserts and beverages. Carry-outs are available.

The dinner will also include a craft and White Elephant sale, a raffle and an art show. New this year, the art show will feature framed photographs from a local professional landscape photographer, as well as one-of-a-kind art from church member Jeremy Faivre.

Proceeds from the event will support Community Congregational Church’s local missions, which include the Elburn Food Pantry, Hesed House, Lazarus House, Elderday Center and Mutual Ground.

Tickets are $12 for ages 12 and up, $10 for ages 65 and up and $8 for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Children under the age of 5 eat free.

Community Congregational Church is located at 100 E. Shannon St., the northeast corner of Route 47 and Shannon Street. For more information, call the office at (630) 365-6544.

Ellanor Hauser

Ellanor Hauser, 86 of Elburn, passed from this life to eternal life in the early morning hours of Oct. 28,2013, at Arden Courts in Geneva.

Ellanor was born on Jan. 10, 1927, in Aurora, the daughter of Theodore B. and Marie M. (Songer) Clauser.

Ellanor grew up in Aurora and Oswego, Ill., graduating from East Aurora High School with the class of 1944. Ellanor was introduced to Herbert Hauser by a mutual friend and knew that he was the love of her life.

On Nov. 10, 1945, they were united in marriage in Aurora. Herb and Ellanor began their new life in Yorkville and began their family of six children.

In 1957 they moved their family to the John Grommes farm on Seavey Road, where Ellanor was a farmer’s wife and stayed home to raise her children.

She was a seamstress and made clothes for her children when they were small. She had a passion and a gift for knitting. Her hands rarely stopped when she was given the opportunity to sit and knit. Throughout the years, her hands created beautiful baby sweaters, booties, hats and baby blankets for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as many friends. Ellanor used her talents to make infant hats, which she donated to Delnor-Community Hospital for all of their newborns.

Herb and Ellanor enjoyed bowling and bowled with the Elburn Mixed League for many years. For a short time she took up the game of golf, which she enjoyed very much. After raising her children, she began working at the Elburn Herald, and for several years did housekeeping for St. Gall Church. She looked forward to her monthly card games with “the girls,” whom she also spent time with creating many beautiful quilts in her basement.

She joined St. Gall Church in 1957 and had been a faithful member until her failing health. She was a member of Elburn Sunset Swinger, and past president of the Spanish War Veterans Auxiliary in Aurora.

She now leaves her six children, Neal (Barbara) Hauser of Jacksonville, Ill., Steve (Janet) Hauser of Hinckley, Ellen (Vernon) Jones of DeForest, Wis.,Mark (Mary) Hauser of St. Charles, Barbara Hauser of Batavia and Philip Hauser of Sycamore; 13 grandchildren, Carl (Sarina) Hauser of Kaneville, Cory (Jodi) Hauser of Batavia, Carol (Oliver) Christensen of Jacksonville, David Hauser of Hinckley, Laura (Michael) Harmon of Rochelle, Ill., Brian (Colleen Kraul) of Phoenix, Ariz., Jenny (Aaron) Machotka of DeForest, Kevin (Tara) Jones of Portage, Wis., Ryan (Leslie) Hauser of Omaha, Neb., Eric (Heidi Nelson) Hauser of Yorkville, Elizabeth (Eric Hacker) Hauser of Plano, Michael (Cait Johnson) Hauser of Cortland and Samantha (Ivan) Valle of Bolingbrook, Ill.; 17 great-grandchildren, Andrew, Madison, Mic, Annabel, Cheyenne, Neal, Krystal, Justin, Betse, Donnie, Joshua, Tyler, Bryce, Annora, Lynley, Luke and Madison; one sister, Dena (Lester) Gebauer of Sugar Grove; one brother, Theodore (Linda) Clauser of Oswego; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

She now joins her husband, Herbert Hauser; her parents; one brother, Robert Clauser; and one great-grandson, Jason Hauser.

Visitation was held Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home. A mass to celebrate her life will take place on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Gall Catholic Church, 120 W. Shannon Street, Elburn. Father Timothy Seigel, pastor of the church, will officiate. Interment will follow the service at St. Gall Cemetery in Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Elburn Lions Club. Memorial checks may be made out to the Elburn Lions Club and mailed in care of the Hauser Family to P.O. Box 8049, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through www.conleycare.com.

William Richard ‘Dick’ Hedlund

William Richard “Dick” Hedlund, 80, of St. Charles, formerly and most proudly of West Aurora, peacefully passed away at his home, following a short but fierce battle with pancreatic cancer, on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. He stared down the cancer as only a Marine could. It broke his body but never his spirit. And one of his favorite sayings—”Once a jarhead, always a jarhead,” echos as his legacy.

He was born Sept. 8, 1933, in Aurora, the son of William and Genevieve Hedlund.

Though Dick spent many of his growing up years in several Aurora area towns, he always considered West Aurora his home. He attended local schools and graduated from West Aurora with the class of 1950, where he was a standout football player and was a boxer of note, undefeated at the local YMCA.

Upon graduation, Dick began working at ComEd, but shortly thereafter he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. After faithfully and proudly serving his country, he was honorably discharged and returned to ComEd, where he finished a 38-year career, retiring as a crew leader.

Dick met the love of his life by chance. He was supposed to pick up his date, but she wasn’t there. He was consoled by the fact that her roommate, Katherine “Kitty” Naughton, went in her place. The rest was history. They were united in marriage on Oct. 21, 1961.

They began their new life together in West Aurora for a time before building one of the first houses in Wasco, off of Empire Road.

They would live and raise a family for only a few short years before they lost their oldest son, John, on Oct. 2, 1969. Kitty lost her life to a rare cancer in 1977; that left Dick alone to raise his three boys. He never flinched from duty, his devotion was resolute, and you could search the world but never find a dad who did a better job or loved his boys more. The home was filled with thousands of memories, and when the kids were grown and on their own, grandchildren became his passion. He loved them with a singular intensity that was his trademark in anything he did.

Dick was a proud member of the Maple Park American Legion No. 312.

Dick was very proud of his Swedish heritage and hosted family gatherings when his relatives came from his homeland. Those gatherings and gatherings thereafter had one thing in common: beer. He liked to say, “I either have beer or I am out getting beer.”

His friendships were stronger than oak, and his word was stronger than that but nothing compared to the love he had for his family. Being a single dad was tough, but there was no other that was more devoted to their children. Three boys, three sports, three different games or meets each week—and he never missed even one. Dick made sure that they never wanted for anything. His boys not only got what they needed, but he also made sure there were yearly cross-country trips in a ’78 Dodge van to Disney, to the western states, fishing in Canada, and snowmobiling in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula.

He is survived by three sons, Joe (Megan) Hedlund and their son Viktor Stanley, Jim (Cori) Hedlund and their daughter Emma Grace, and

Jaret (Amy) Hedlund and his sons Noah Thomas and John Richard; three siblings, Sally Keup, Herman (Kathy) Kussro and Mike (Cathy) Kussro; many nieces and nephews and a brotherhood of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Kitty; one son, John Patrick; and one brother, Walter.
Visitation was held Friday at Conley Funeral Home. A funeral to celebrate his life and faith was held Saturday, also at the funeral home. Interment followed at Resurrection Cemetery, Geneva.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit Dick’s favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “W. Richard Hedlund Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Lois J. Shaw

Lois J. Shaw, 89, of Sugar Grove, passed away at her favorite place—home—on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, surrounded by family, friends and all the prayers from a countryside of friends.

She was born May 30, 1924, the daughter of Wilbur and Tona (Wolfe) Bower.

Lois grew up on a farm on Dauberman Road in Kaneville and attended local schools. She was a proud graduate from Kaneville High School with the class of 1943. Prior to her marriage, Lois found work at the Kaneville Store first before finding a job in the kitchen of Community Hospital in Geneva.

Lois met the man of her dreams at the Kaneville Store, Leon Shaw, who supposedly only visited because of gas rationing, but everyone else knew better. The spark they found together fueled a love that would last almost 69 years, but it all began on March 10, 1945, at the parsonage of the Kaneville United Methodist Church. It was a point of pride for both Lois and Leon, but she was always fond of saying that she started out with a sailor but ended up with a farmer.

The first year of marriage found Lois and Leon at his parent’s house for a time before making their home on a farm on Lasher Road. Though the original home grew a bit over the years, it was always overflowing with love, laughter and million memories made by a growing family and wonderful friends.

In her “spare time,” Lois was generous with her time—she volunteered at Community Hospital, was a Sunday school teacher for many years, and was famous for her melodic voice, singing in barber shop quartets, funerals, weddings and anything else that needed a touch of an angels voice. La Kelvine Club, a womens group at Kaneville United Methodist Church, also boasted her as a member.

Lois and Leon loved to travel all over the globe. They traveled to over 22 countries between them, including Hawaii, Australia, Alaska, Panama Canal, several points in Europe, not to mention every state in the union except for Connecticut.

They both were staples at several area restaurants for up to three meals a day, making it difficult for anyone to just “drop by.” Once the chores were done, they were on the road.

Lois had a wonderful habit of doing the exact thing—sometimes on a daily basis—that drove Leon crazy, but they wouldn’t have it any other way.

There was no place or time Lois wouldn’t sing. From early morning to late at night, or down the aisle of the grocery store, Lois sang her favorite songs for all to enjoy. The only thing she loved more were young children, especially her own grandchildren. They all had a special place in her heart and gave her a reason to smile.

She is survived by her loving husband, Leon; four children, Cheryl (Bill) Keller of Elburn, Rollin (Sara) Shaw of Sugar Grove, Colleen Christensen of Big Rock and Rene (Marty DeMararis) Shaw of Geneva; nine grandchildren, Kevin (Susan) Keller, Kimberly Provenzano, Shari (Troy) Schrader, Marcia (Kyle) McKittrick, Wayne (Liz) Shaw, Dane Christensen, Haley Christensen, Paul Borst and Mitchell Borst; nine great-grandchildren, Jade Schrader, Madison Schrader, Brynley Schrader, Kellan Schrader, Jack McKittrick, Noah McKittrick, Nicolette Provenzano, Joseph Provenzano and Alexander Keller; one brother, Donald (Donna Vee) Bower; one sister-in-law, Alice May Jandt; many nieces and nephews, and a countryside of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Wilber and Tona Bower; one great-granddaughter, Gianna Provenzano; a sister, Pauline Breon; and one brother, Lysle Bower.

Visitation was held on Sunday at Conley Funeral Home. A funeral to celebrate her life will followed on Monday at Kaneville United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Kaneville Cemetery, Kaneville.

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

‘Trunk or Treat’ at SGUMC

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church’s “Trunk or Treat” event will take place Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the church, 176 Main St., Sugar Grove.

The event will feature candy, costumes, hot dogs, games, crafts, s’mores, decorations, prizes and fun.

Two Guys and Free Spaghetti

ST. CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner with salad, garlic bread and homemade dessert to anyone in attendance on Sunday, Oct. 27, 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave. (Route 25) in St. Charles.

Carry-out is available, and the building is handicapped accessible. For more information, call Joe at (630) 890-6586.

Turkey Supper, Bake, Craft Sale

NORTH AURORA—Union Congregational Church will hold its annual Turkey Supper, Bake and Craft Sale on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the church, located at 405 W. State St., North Aurora. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $4 for children ages 5 to 12, and free of charge for children under age 5. Dinner will include a beverage and dessert. Carry-outs are available. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance by calling the church office at (630) 897-0013.

Elburn Congregational Church announces Elburn Days 2013 raffle winners

ELBURN—The Elburn Community Congregational Church would like to announce the winners of the 2013 Elburn Days raffle.

The winner of the American Girl Doll, donated by the Norm Berquist family, was Nancy Zak of Elburn. The winner of the remote control car, donated by the Jeff Johnson family, was D. Turner of Broadview, Ill.

The church would like to thank all who participated, and wishes to see them again next year.

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Lyle ‘Swish’ Johnson

Lyle “Swish” Johnson, 78, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Elburn, passed away on Oct. 11, 2013, surrounded by the love and care of his family.

He was born Aug. 18, 1935, in Aurora, Ill., the son of Gladys Johnson Scalet. Lyle grew up in the Fox Valley and graduated from Batavia High School with the class of ’53.

A lover of baseball, Lyle played for Rajah’s Colts from 1951-54. In 1958, he tried out for the Phillies but was told to gain weight and try again. However, before he could try again, Uncle Sam called and Lyle became a member of another team: the U.S. Army. He served from June 1958 to June 1960 with the rank of PFC Marksman.

Lyle met Barb Breese on a blind date on Nov. 23, 1962. The date was “blind,” but love was not, and a short time later, on Feb. 23, 1963, they were united in marriage. They happily celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary earlier this year.

They made their home in Wasco and St. Charles before settling in Elburn in 1976. While living in Elburn, Lyle and Barb raised their children, became involved in the life of the community and made a million memories. In 2002, they left Elburn to make their home in Florida.

Lyle worked as a bartender for a number of years at Denny’s Den, Wasco Inn and Ruby’s Half Moon. Until 1968, he worked on dairy farms in Batavia, Sycamore and Wasco. From 1968 to 1975, he was employed at the St. Charles Youth Center, then in 1977 went to work at Hines Lumber Company in St. Charles, where he remained for the next 21 years.

Lyle was employed by Conte Excavating, after retiring from Hines, until he and Barb moved to Largo, Fla., where they spent the next five years living next to both of Barb’s brothers and their wives.

He was a member of the Teamsters Local No. 330, and in the earlier years he coached Wasco Little League Baseball.

A true blue Cowboys fan, Lyle was also a die-hard Cub fan. He loved a good game of poker, especially with his sons, son-in-law, and his cousin George Wall and family.

He enjoyed golf, reading a good western, a trip to the boat with Jeff and Steph, talking sports with the boys and having a beer with friends. Butter Pecan ice cream with butterscotch topping and strawberry candies were his favorite “sweet” treats.

He enjoyed dinner and cards with Barb and his sister-in-law Marge. In more recent years, he also enjoyed traveling with his daughter and son-in-law. He will forever be missed and never forgotten.

Lyle is survived by his loving wife, Barb of St. Petersburg; children, Paul (Janis) Johnson, of New York, N.Y., Peggy (David) Stover, of Maple Park, Jeff (Steph) Johnson of Elgin, Ill., Dan Johnson of DeKalb, and Ed (Tammi) Johnson of Woodstock, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Joe Johnson, Kelsey Johnson, Lance Johnson, Shana Johnson, Gabe Curl, Zak Johnson and Ayden Johnson; two step-grandchildren, Tim (Susan) Stover and Paul (Alvina) Stover; one step-great-granddaughter, Cadence Stover; his sister, Ann (Bill) Boden of Friendship, Wis.; and his sisters-in-law, Marge Breese of St. Petersburg, and Kathy Carlson of Monticello, Minn.; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded in death by his mother and step-father, Gladys and Emil Scalet; his daughter-in-law, Kathy Johnson; his brother-in-law, Jerry Breese; his brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Helen Breese; and one niece, Lori Breese.

A memorial visitation will take place Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A eulogy will take place at 4:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit Suncoast Hospice (www.thehospice.org/donate) or the Wounded Warrior Project. Checks may be made to the “Lyle Johnson Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66 Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may be forwarded to the family at the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

JoAnn Kuzlik

JoAnn Kuzlik, 74, of Elburn, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Chicago, the daughter of Joseph and Bernice (Litwin) Lezon.

JoAnn worked many years for the Kane County Clerk’s Office in Geneva. She loved spending time with her family and especially enjoyed her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all those whose lives she touched.

She is survived by her children, Denise (Jack) Feltes of Sugar Grove, Robert of Polo, Ill., Kathryn (Scott) Hofmann of Elburn, Michael of St. Charles, and Pamela (Christopher Busch) of Hinesville, Ga.; grandchildren, Anthony Stover, Anna, Sarah and Emma Feltes, Julie and Victoria Kuzlik, Chase Hofmann, and Ciarra and Dylan Busch; siblings, Shirley (John) Smith of St. Charles, and Joseph (Kathy) Lezon of Downers Grove, Ill.; and many dear nieces, nephews and friends.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service and visition was held Oct. 14 at Malone Funeral Home, Geneva, with Father Robert Jones officiating. Burial was held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter, 525 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60661.

Turkey Supper, Bake, Craft Sale

NORTH AURORA—Union Congregational Church will hold its annual Turkey Supper, Bake and Craft Sale on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the church, located at 405 W. State St., North Aurora. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $4 for children ages 5 to 12, and free of charge for children under age 5. Dinner will include a beverage and dessert. Carry-outs are available. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance by calling the church office at (630) 897-0013.

‘Trunk or Treat’ at SGUMC

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church’s “Trunk or Treat” event will take place Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the church, 176 Main St., Sugar Grove.

The event will feature candy, costumes, hot dogs, games, crafts, s’mores, decorations, prizes and fun.

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NIU honors Erman of Elburn

DEKALB—The NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has selected faculty member James E. Erman of Elburn as one of four faculty honorees to receive a 2013 Distinguished Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Award. The awards celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of outstanding individuals in each category.

In making the award, the college cited Erman’s many decades of distinguished service to NIU as Presidential Research professor; Distinguished Research professor; interim director of the Institute for Nanoscience, Technology and Engineering; president of the Northern Illinois Research Foundation; interim vice president for Research; chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus; and Chair Emeritus.

Erman earned his undergraduate degree in physical chemistry from University of California Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His post-doctoral work included a National Institutes of Health Fellowship in biophysics and physical chemistry with the Johnson Research Foundation at the University of Pennsylvania, and a position as senior research scientist with Chevron Research Corporation.

Erman came to NIU in 1970. In 1988, he was named a Presidential Research Professor, and then served as chair of the Department of Chemistry from 1998-2006. During his final year as chair, external research funding exceeded $1 million, and the number of undergraduate majors involved in research projects soared. Under his guidance, the number of chemistry majors increased from 87 in fall 2000 to 143 by fall 2005.

An early advocate of engaged learning, Dr. Erman helped create the context for NIU’s current emphasis on mentored research as a key aspect of the undergraduate experience.

After retiring, Erman not only continued to mentor students, but also maintained his research and publishing agenda. In addition, he answered NIU’s call to put his wisdom and experience to work again in key leadership positions. In 2008, he agreed to fill a “short-term” assignment as the interim vice president for Research and Graduate Studies—that appointment ultimately stretched through 2010. Other administrative duties included serving as president of the Northern Illinois Research Foundation (2009-10) and as interim director for NIU’s Institute of Nano Science, Engineering and Technology (INSET) (2010-11) during periods when both institutions were undergoing significant reorganization.

Throughout his career, Erman contributed to the college and the university in all areas—research, teaching, service, administration and program development. He is highly regarded in his field and widely recognized by the scientific community. His research grants have totaled over $2.2 million from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. He received the NIH Research Career Development Award, an extremely competitive and prestigious award reserved for only top-notch scientists. In addition, he has given the plenary lecture at the international meeting of The Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, an invitation reserved for the best in the field.

Erman helped put NIU on the map as a leading center for research, scholarship and learning. The recognition brought to the institution and the college as a result of his research, lectures, teaching and service are immeasurable and make him most deserving of this distinguished recognition.

Dean Christopher McCord presented the 2013 awards on Friday, Oct. 11 at a reception, dinner and program held in Altgeld Auditorium on NIU’s DeKalb campus.

Speckman selected as a KU Student Housing Leader

LAWRENCE, KAN.—Molly Speckman of Elburn was recently named a 2013-14 student leader by the University of Kansas’ Student Housing.

Leadership in the halls includes resident assistants for KU’s eight residence halls, proctors and food board managers for 12 scholarship halls, and top officers for the four housing government organizations. Speckman was one of more than 175 KU students selected for the positions. She is currently a resident assistant in Oliver Residence Hall.

Arts and Crafts Show at St. Charles Episcopal Church

ST. CHARLES—An Arts and Crafts Show will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave. (Rte. 25), St. Charles. A wide variety of handmade items and homemade baked goods will be available.

Admission to this event is free. For more information, call the church office at (630) 584-2596.

Crafters are welcome to apply for a spot in the show. Managers of the juried show are seeking exhibitors of handmade items, including jewelry, autumn and holiday decorations, handmade garden items, fashion items, baby items, children’s clothes and toys. Information for exhibitors is available by emailing canadafay@clear.net, calling (630) 497-8799 or visiting www.stcharlesepiscopal.org.

Marilyn E. Homesley

Marilyn E. Homesley, 83, of Elburn, formerly of East Palestine, Ohio, passed away peacefully Monday evening, Oct. 14, 2013, surrounded by the prayers of her family.

She was born Feb. 28, 1930, in Salem , Ohio, the daughter of Russell and Edna (Keebler) Oberholtzer.

Marilyn grew up in East Palestine and attended local schools. She graduated as a “straight A” student in 1947.

Marilyn met the love of her life at a local basketball game when she crossed paths with Lester Homesley. They were united in marriage on Feb. 28, 1948, in East Palestine, and it was one of the best birthday gifts she ever received. The marriage certificate had both their full names, but ever after Marilyn only called Lester “Hon.”

They began their new life together with her parents for a time before Les built their first home. This was the first time that Les could put on display his growing craftsmanship, laying the foundation by hand. Although he built the house and eventually handcrafted most of the furniture, it was Marilyn who made it a home.

In 1958 Les sold his home and began plans to build another one. Les and Marilyn moved back into her parent’s home until it was completed three years later. This new home on Pleasant Drive was bigger and better than his first, and now held a growing family that included their 10-year-old son Randy. They eventually moved to St. Charles, but made Elburn their home from 1974 onward.

Marilyn was the perfect mom and wife, but after Randy was grown, she added executive secretary to her resume while working at Riverside Laboratory in Geneva before taking her talents to Curtis Breeding in Elburn. Eventually she worked at the Kane County Government Center Health Department for several years before retiring. Afterward, she and Les hit the road in their motor home and traveled to all the places they thought they might like to live, but found there was no place like home in Elburn.

Marilyn was an animal lover, especially cats and the ducks she loved to feed on the Fox River with her grandchildren in tow. She had no rivals when it came to working in the kitchen. Her roasts and ham loaf were second to none, and her cookies were one of a kind. Her love for her family was never ending, and the memories made with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren are priceless gifts that will be treasured forever.

She is survived by one son, Randy (Debbie) Homesley of Elburn; two grandchildren, Jason Homesley of St. Charles and Jennifer Dazzo of Elburn; and five great-grandchildren, Bella Homesley, and Drake, Drew, Kamryn and Corey Dazzo.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Edna Oberholtzer; and her husband, Lester “Hon” Homesley.

Private family services will be held. Interment will occur at Oak Hill Cemetery, Geneva.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made directly to the charity of your choice. Memories and tributes may also be forwarded to the family at www.conleycare.com where you can also see her full-life story.

Mary Marie Sohan

Mary Marie Sohan, 84, of Maple Park, formerly of Sugar Grove, passed away at her home, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.

She was born Oct. 13, 1928, in Aurora, the daughter of Morris J. and Helen M. (Martin) Gordon.

Mary grew up on the “family farm” in Sugar Grove and attended local schools both in Sugar Grove and in Aurora.

Mary was united in marriage to Edwin M. Stanton III, with whom she had three children, Nancy A., Edwin IV and Michael G.

In 1973, Mary was introduced to Edwin J. “Ed” Sohan by a mutual friend. On July 14, 1974, Mary and Ed were united in marriage. Not only did their hearts become one, so did their two families, as Ed’s daughter Nancy L. made them a family of six. They made their home on a farm in Maple Park.

Mary worked at Rorry’s, a dress shop at West Plaza in Aurora, for more than 10 years, many of which as the manager. Later, she worked part time at Sosin’s—another dress shop, this time in Sycamore—until Edwin’s passing in 1999.

Mary was a member and past secretary for Ohio Grove Grange, No. 1842. She was also a faithful member of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church in Sugar Grove, where was a bible school teacher and member of the Women’s Auxiliary, for many years.

Mary’s life was full of family and fun. She took turns leading troops of Cub and Boy Scouts, as well as Brownies and Girl Scouts. She loved to sew clothes and crotchet for family and friends. Her garden was always bright and beautiful, full of tasty vegetables and vibrant flowers. She always had enough love in her heart for anyone and everyone, including those “best friends” who walked on four paws. Her pets became family the instant she laid eyes on them. She will forever be missed and never be forgotten.

She is survived by four children, Edwin M. (Marion) Stanton of Darlington, Wis., Mike (Vickie) Stanton of Sycamore, Nancy L. (Linne) Calkins of Aurora, and Nancy A. Stanton of Sycamore; seven grandchildren, Renee (Terry) Douglas of Mineral Point, Wis., Vance E. (Kathy Reilly) Stanton, Andrew J. (Dianne) Stanton and Casey Stanton, all of Darlington, and Michelle (Michael) Fleming of DeKalb, Sheila (Richard) Stanton-Swanson of Wasco, and Jeneen (Nick) Stading of Hampshire, Ill.; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild (with another one on the way); many nieces, nephews, cousins and a countryside of friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Edwin; her parents, Morris J. and Helen M. Gordon; and two siblings, Donald J. Gordon and Helen G. Ogle.

Visitation was held Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate her life and faith will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, also at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery, Merrill Road, Sugar Grove.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Mary’s name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Mary Sohan 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 of through www.conleycare.com, where you can also find her full-life story.

Dennis R. Loske

Dennis R. Loske, 47, of Elburn, passed from this life to eternal life in the early morning hours of Oct. 9, 2013, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family.

Dennis was born March 5, 1966, in Chicago, to Dieter and Monica (McDonald) Loske. He grew up in the family homes in Lombard, Forest Lake and Barrington, Ill.

Dennis graduated from DeVry with his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, and from Illinois Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in computer science. He met and married his wife, Becky (Barnas), at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill. They were married on July 11, 1992. They lived in Wheaton until moving to Elburn, nearly 20 years ago, to start and raise their family.

Dennis worked in the information technology field for many years. He started at AT&T/Bell Labs after college, worked for several computer consulting firms, and then spent the past 12 years with CFS Consulting Group of Oak Brook, Ill.

He was active in Christ Community Church, St. Charles, in both the KidsWorld and AWANA ministries. He served as a Boy Scout leader for his sons in Troop 777 of LaFox. He also participated in several Bible studies, both at Christ Community Church and Bible Study Fellowship.
His life was devoted to his family and his God. He was a man of faith, a devoted husband and attentive father. Some of his hobbies included family vacations to national parks, running, cycling with friends and brewing a variety of beers.

He is survived by his wife, Becky; their children, Kyle, David,and Nicole; his parents, Dieter and Monica Loske; his brothers, John (Terry) Loske of Lexington, S.C., and Kevin (Brooke) Loske of Bartlett, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as relatives in Ireland and Germany.

He was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents.

Visitation was held Sunday at Christ Community Church in St. Charles. A funeral service celebrating Dennis’ faith was held Monday at the church, with Pastor Randy Isola officiating services.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his children’s education. Checks may be made to the “Dennis Loske Memorial” and mailed in care of the Loske Family at P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

KUMC welcomes new secretary

KANEVILLE—For years, Katee Werrline was a member of Kaneville United Methodist Church in Kaneville, attending services and socializing with parishoners, never knowing that one day, she would be the church secretary.

After her mother received the church’s monthly newsletter, which announced an opening for the secretary position, she forwarded the information over to Katee.

Werrline started supporting staff and church community members on Aug. 20 and has been fervently working with leaders of the church and collaborating with Rev. Avani-Cosset Christian. Also a newcomer to Kaneville United Methodist, Christian and Werrline are an energetic combination to execute new ideas, like an updated and fine-tuned website.

“Working at Kaneville United Methodist Church is a great opportunity for me,” Werrline said. “Not only am I able to see the inner workings of the church and be a support to our community, they have been extremely flexible with my schedule so I can continue my education.”

Werrline this fall will spend time between working at Kaneville United Methodist and attending her second year of classes at Waubonsee Community College. While her physical time at the church has increased, so has the spiritual aspect of her faith walk. Werrline is more excited about her faith in God than ever before as a result of this new position.

“I don’t feel like I am going to work,” she said. “The church is such a different environment, where people are constantly helping others. In fact, I am not only helping the church—they are helping me.”

The presence that Werrline feels mirrors the intent of United Methodist Church founder John Welsey. Today, with 11-million members globally, Werrline joins members at the Kaneville church who believe in an emphasis on Christian living, specifically putting faith and love into action.

Committed to spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ, Kaneville United Methodist practices hospitality, sharing, fellowship and serving others. A focus on bringing glory to God by impacting the lives of others and reaching out to the community and the world is the forefront and core beliefs of the church.

For more information about Kaneville United Methodist Church, visit its website at kanevilleumc.org, or call Katee at (630) 557-2353. Sunday school is offered for children at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 9:30 a.m. church service. The church is located at 46W764 Main Street Road, between Harter and Dauberman roads, in Kaneville.

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Sellers, Hartmann wed June 22

Doug and Cathy Hartmann of Maple Park are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Holly, to Logan Sellers, son of Don and Gay Sellers of Earlville, Ill.. The couple wed on June 22 in Sycamore.

The bride’s maid of honor was her cousin, Megan Rowland. The groom’s best man was his brother, Derek Sellers. Holly and Logan’s bridal party included bridesmaids Ashley Hartmann, Lauren Collins, Katie Scott, Kady Shane. Groomsmen included Chase Sellers, Brad Iversen, Austin Mitchell, and Dan Hartmann. The ushers were John Collins and Alec Williams.

The bride attended Kaneland High School and graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2012. She is currently employed as a crop insurance agent.

The groom attended Indian Creek High School and is employed as a wind turbine technician in Shabbona, Ill.

The couple resides in Waterman, Ill.

Church news for Oct. 11

Taize Worship at
St. Charles Episcopal Church

ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave. (Route 25), St. Charles, invites the community to experience Taize Worship on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m.
Worship in the style of Taize, a monastic community in central France, is a service of light and shadows, chant and silence, readings and quiet prayer. Due to construction in the church parking lot, parking is available one building to the south at the Delnor Medical Offices. Information on this and other worship services is available at www.stcharlesepiscopal.org or by calling (630) 584-2596.

KUMC Beef Supper
KANEVILLE—The Kaneville United Methodist Church invites the community to its annual Beef Supper and Bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m., featuring over 20 raffle baskets including a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, Ream’s Bar-B-Q, Family Fun Night, Rainbow Bracelet Loom, Superhero, Pet Care, Tastefully Simple, Al Fresco Dining and many more. Also on sale will be homemade baked goods, crafts, candy, jams and jellies and fall decorations.
Preparation for the supper began in August, when dozens of parishioners came together to husk and freeze the corn that will be served at the dinner. The featured aged roast beef, rolls, mashed potatoes and gravy, and “famous” homemade coleslaw, cranberry relish and desserts will round out the meal. Carry-outs are available beginning at 4:30 p.m., and supper will be served from 5 to 7 p.m.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children K-6 grade, and $1 for preschoolers. The church is located at 46W764 Main St. in Kaneville and is wheelchair accessible.

Financial Peace University provides hope
to families in Elburn

ELBURN—More than two million families have positively changed their financial future through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU).
The nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. The course meets once a week, where a different lesson is taught by Dave on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.
FPU will be held on Monday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at Saint Gall Catholic Church, 120 W. Shannon St. in Elburn. For more information or to register, contact Joe Salchert at (630) 365-6030.

Missionary Rev. Jeanette Salley to visit Elburn
ELBURN—The Rev. Jeanette Salley, a missionary who recently served in Haiti, will share her experiences with the National Spiritual Council of Churches of Haiti (CONASPEH) at an informal worship service on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at Community Congregational Church, 100 E. Shannon St., Elburn.
CONASPEH is part of the Common Global Ministries Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. Salley was in Haiti when the devastating earthquakes struck in January 2010. Salley is ordained in the United Church of Christ and makes her permanent home in Richmond, Va.
For more information, call (630) 365-6544.

Arts and Crafts Show
at St. Charles
Episcopal Church

ST. CHARLES—An Arts and Crafts Show will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave. (Rte. 25), St. Charles. A wide variety of handmade items and homemade baked goods will be available.
Admission to this event is free. For more information, call the church office at (630) 584-2596.
Crafters are welcome to apply for a spot in the show. Managers of the juried show are seeking exhibitors of handmade items, including jewelry, autumn and holiday decorations, handmade garden items, fashion items, baby items, children’s clothes and toys. Information for exhibitors is available by emailing canadafay@clear.net, calling (630) 497-8799 or visiting www.stcharlesepiscopal.org.

Turkey Supper,
Bake, Craft Sale

NORTH AURORA—Union Congregational Church will hold its annual Turkey Supper, Bake and Craft Sale on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the church, located at 405 W. State St., North Aurora. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $4 for children ages 5 to 12, and free of charge for children under age 5. Dinner will include a beverage and dessert. Carry-outs are available. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance by calling the church office at (630) 897-0013.

Elburn residents participate in Butler’s volunteer project

INDIANAPOLIS—Elburn residents Morgan Glowienke and Stephanie Maras recently participated in Butler University’s “Bulldogs Into the Streets (BITS),” a large-scale single day of community service hosted by the Butler Volunteer Center.

This year’s event partnered with 17 Indianapolis organizations, including Gleaners Food Bank and Holliday Park. The 2013 event had the most student participants in the program’s 19-year history.

Church news for Oct. 3

St. Gall to host
animal blessing

ELBURN—In honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals, St. Gall Catholic Church will celebrate a Blessing of Animals at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, in the church parking lot. All are welcome to bring their pets or animals (on leashes or in appropriate cages).
St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St, Elburn. For questions, contact the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030 or visit the parish website at www.stgall.com.

Taize Worship at
St. Charles Episcopal Church

ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave. (Route 25), St. Charles, invites the community to experience Taize Worship on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m.
Worship in the style of Taize, a monastic community in central France, is a service of light and shadows, chant and silence, readings and quiet prayer. Due to construction in the church parking lot, parking is available one building to the south at the Delnor Medical Offices. Information on this and other worship services is available at www.stcharlesepiscopal.org or by calling (630) 584-2596.

Financial Peace University provides hope
to families in Elburn

NASHVILLE—More than two million families have positively changed their financial future through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU).
The nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. The course meets once a week, where a different lesson is taught by Dave on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.
FPU will be held on Monday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at Saint Gall Catholic Church, 120 W. Shannon St. in Elburn. For more information or to register, contact Joe Salchert at (630) 365-6030.

Crafters wanted
for arts, crafts show

ST. CHARLES—Crafters are welcome to apply for a spot in the eighth annual Arts and Craft Show, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave. (Route 25), St. Charles.
Managers of the juried show are seeking exhibitors of handmade items, including jewelry, autumn and holiday decorations, handmade garden items, fashion items, baby items, children’s clothes and toys. The church is handicapped accessible. Information for exhibitors is available by emailing canadafay@clear.net, calling (630) 497-8799 or visiting www.stcharlesepiscopal.org.

Turkey Supper,
Bake, Craft Sale

NORTH AURORA—Union Congregational Church will hold its annual Turkey Supper, Bake and Craft Sale on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the church, located at 405 W. State St., North Aurora. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $4 for children ages 5 to 12, and free of charge for children under age 5. Dinner will include a beverage and dessert. Carry-outs are available. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance by calling the church office at (630) 897-0013.