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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.

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Martinelli playing football at Central College

PELLA, IOWA—Zach Martinelli of Elburn, a wide receiver and recent Kaneland graduate, is a member of the Central College football team.

The Dutch are the third-winningest football team of any college or university in the U.S. since 1975 (.805 winning percentage) and have not had a losing season since 1960. Central has captured a record 30 Iowa Conference championships with 20 NCAA Division III playoff berths, including 17 in the past 26 years.

Coach Jeff McMartin entered his 10th season ranked 12th among active NCAA Division III coaches in career winning percentage, posting a 73-23 (.760) mark. Central returns 44 letterwinners and 19 starters (7 off., 8 def., 4 specialty) from last year’s 5-5 squad.

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.

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William Garcia Jr.

William Garcia Jr. passed away on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at his home. He was born April 11, 1960, in Chicago.

William graduated from Bowen High School in Chicago in 1979. He then began working at South Chicago Bank, now known as Charter One, for about 15 years. He attended Aurora University and DePaul University.

William had worked for BMO Harris Bank in Oswego since 2001. He was also a past governor and volunteer at the Aurora Moose Club.

Survivors include his mother, Frances Garcia, nee Granado; four children, Joann Cervantez, Maryann Cervantez, Matthew Garcia and Sarah Garcia; his grandchildren, Lilly Arambula, Diego Garcia and Jasmine Colunga; his siblings, Donna and Liz Garcia; as well as several nieces and nephews.

William was preceded in death by his father, William Garcia Sr.

Funeral services were held on on Saturdayat The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. Fr. Jerome Leake officiated. Visitation was held on Friday at the funeral home. Interment will be private.

William was a very caring person who took great pride and joy in being a grandfather and father, as well. He will always be known as having a great sense of humor. He considered himself the No. 1 fan of the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Blackhawks. William will be dearly missed by family and friends, but will always remain in their hearts.

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

Howard C. Dietz

Howard C. Dietz, 91, of Batavia, passed away, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at LaSalle Veterans Home in LaSalle, Ill. He was born Aug. 5, 1922, in Chicago, the son of George and Harriet (nee Grodowski) Dietz.

He was united in marriage to Darlene Bennet on Oct. 28, 1950, at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, located in Nashua, Iowa.

Howard was a member of the Kane County Car Club, Thunderbird Club International and the Chicago Thunderbird Club. He served in the United States Army for three years during World War II.

He is survived by three sons, Robert (Linda) Dietz of Elburn, Thomas H. Dietz of St. Charles and Todd (Yvonne) Dietz of Oswego, Ill.; three grandchildren, Nicole (Scott) Kramer, Amanda (Chad) Render and Sean (fiancee, Stephanie Jones) Dietz; great-grandchildren, Chase (Ashlee), Madison and Logan Kramer; and the family’s beloved dogs, Sophie, Fiona and Chloe.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Darlene, and a brother, Leroy Dietz.

Visitation was held Friday at Moss Family Funeral Home in Batavia. Funeral services were held on Saturday at the funeral home. Interment followed at River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia.

Memorial contributions may be directed to American Cancer Society 143 First St. Batavia, IL.

For additional information, contact Moss Family Funeral Home at (630) 879-7900 or www.mossfuneral.com

Local residents named to Purdue University dean’s list

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.—Laura Maida, Tricia Oakes and Mary Reynertson of Elburn, and Megan Cummins of Sugar Grove, were recently named to the Purdue University dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester.

To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have completed at least 12 credit hours, be enrolled at least half-time, have a semester grade point average of at least 3.0 and have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

Meuer makes impact through University of Evansville Freshman Service Project

EVANSVILLE, IND.—The University of Evansville is proud to announce that Eric Meuer of Elburn participated in the Freshman Service Project on Aug. 26.

The project sent new UE students to 20 locations throughout Evansville—including parks, community centers, and other nonprofit organizations—to perform tasks ranging from painting to cleaning to landscaping.

The Freshman Service Project is part of Welcome Week, a program designed to help incoming students transition into college life before classes begin.

“The goal of the Freshman Service Project is to help new students such as Eric Meuer get acquainted with the community they’ll call home during their college years,” said Geoff Edwards, director of UE’s Center for Student Engagement and coordinator of the Freshman Service Project. “Last year, UE students contributed more than 19,000 hours of community service, and we hope the Freshman Service Project inspires students to continue making an impact on the Evansville community.”

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Jahns celebrate 45th wedding anniversary

ELBURN—Bill and Carol Jahns of Elburn wanted to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary in a special way. Considering that Alaska is the 49th state and Hawaii is the 50th, they took the No. 4 from the 49th and the No. 5 from the 50th and came up with a 45th celebration idea, turning it into a “Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and Ships)” adventure.

Since family has always come first in the Jahns’ lives, they decided to take their son Joedy and his family on an Alaskan cruise in June, and then take their grandson Tucker to Hawaii in July. Sharing their celebration this way created a series of 9,000 pictorial memories that will certainly last a lifetime for them, and serve as the gift that keeps on giving and giving.

Church news for Sept. 13

Services at
Temple B’nai Israel

AURORA—Temple B’nai Israel, an independent congregation serving Jewish families of the Fox Valley area, recently announced the schedule for its 2013 High Holiday services.
Kol Nidre services will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, with Yom Kippur morning services continuing at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14. The High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur bookend the 10 Days of Awe—a period of prayer, self-examination, fasting and repentance.
Admission to High Holiday services is free to current members, IMSA students, all area college students, and first-time prospective members. All others may purchase tickets. To arrange for tickets, call the temple office at (630) 892-2450.
The Temple’s religious school, meeting on Wednesdays and Sundays, is directed by Kitty Hall, and provides a strong foundation of Jewish knowledge for children pre-school through high school. Traditional services are held every Shabbat and holiday. A lay-led Reform service ‘Shabbat Chaverim’ is held monthly, often including instrumental music.
Rabbi Shmuel Mann is the full-time spiritual leader of the congregation. For more information about Temple B’nai Israel and its upcoming service and events, call the office or visit www.temple-bnai-israel.org.

St. Gall announces Rite of Catholic Initiation classes
ELBURN—St. Gall Church in Elburn will hold Rite of Catholic Initiation (RICA/RCIC) classes beginning in September. Adults interested in becoming catholic, children over the age of 7 who have not been baptized—and anyone baptized Catholic as a child but has not celebrated the Sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation—are eligible to attend the classes.
St. Gall Parish offers an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our faith. Sessions focus on the teachings and experiences of Church and prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist during the Easter season. There are separate sessions for children or youth. The public is welcome to participate in the process with their questions, insights and faith story in a warm, accepting setting.
Inquiry classes are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. No registration is required.
St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St, in downtown Elburn. For more information, contact the Parish Office 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.

Janice M. Wren

Janice M. Wren, 70, of Elburn, passed away at her home surrounded by the love and prayers of her family on Tuesday Sept. 3, 2013.

She was born May 17, 1943, the daughter of Alvin and Pearl Hetland in Ottawa, Ill. She attended local schools before graduating from Malta High School.

In the mid 1950s, Jan checked coats for the local high school basketball team. One night, a young man by the name of Ted Wren attended a game. That night, Jan checked more than his coat—she checked his heart, giving hers in return. Shortly after high school, Ted would ask Jan to be his wife. Their plans were temporarily put on hold when Ted went off to faithfully serve his country. During the Korean War, Ted found the time to make it home on leave to marry the love of his life. On June 24, 1961, Jan and Ted would finally have their unforgettable day.

Later that year the newly weds would make their home in Sycamore, where they would spend the next 10 years. In 1971, the couple moved their family to Elburn, where they made memories to last a lifetime.

During Jan’s high school years she worked for a jewelry store in Sycamore. After moving to Elburn, she worked for Anderson’s Grocery Store. It wasn’t until an opportunity to waitress at the Country Kettle that she found her true calling. Throughout the years she made countless friends, often those who would wait around for one of her tables to become available. Even though she truly loved her work at the Country Kettle, her love for Ted was much more. When Ted’s health needed attending to she provided everything he needed.

Jan and Ted enjoyed the outdoors together, especially attending to their garden and yard. She enjoyed watching birds and rabbits. Jan truly lived life for others, loved unconditionally and laughed often. There was nothing more important to her than her family. All holidays were spent at her home with a home-cooked meal specially made for those who meant the most to her.

Her constant companions—her cat Butter and dog Molly—were always by her side. Jan always put her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren first. She was their biggest supporter in everything her children did, always offering advice and encouragement when needed. Even as her children grew, they always knew that they could always go home to the love and support that only “mom” could provide.

When Ted’s health began to decline, he wanted nothing more than to be home. Jan made that possible by providing everything and more to the one who held her heart since high school. Jan wanted nothing different in her final days, and her children made it possible. She made it home the morning of Sept. 3, and just as she settled in to the comfort of her bed, she drifted off. Her new home is in Heaven, where she is reunited once again with Ted.

She is survived by her three children, Gary Wren of Maple Park, Anna Wren of Woodland, Ala., and Susan (Dan) McGuffin of Elgin, Ill.; Carolyn and Vicki, who were like daughters to her; eight grandchildren, Christina Wren, Michael Wren, Meg McGuffin, Connor McGuffin, Hunter McGuffin, Andrew (Anthea) Lowery, Shawn Lowery and Rebecca (Jackie) Vaughn; five great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jonathan, Emily, Alayna, and Wrangler; one brother, Myron Hetland; and a Country(Kettle)side of friends.

She is preceded by her parents and her husband of 50 years, Ted Wren.

Visitation took place on Sunday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service celebrating Jan’s life was held on Monday, with visitation held prior to the service. Rev. Laura Crites, pastor of Hinckley First United Methodist Church, officiated. Interment followed at Blackberry Township Cemetery in Elburn.

Tributes and Condolences can be mailed in care of “The Wren Family” to P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119 or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Local residents recognized by Purdue University for academic achievement

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.—Laura Maida, Mary Reynertson, Tricia Oakes, Eric Eichelberger and Alexandra Tarr, all of Elburn; and Megan Cummins and Zachary Ganz of Sugar Grove; recently earned semester honors from Purdue University for the spring 2013 semester.

To earn semester honors, students must be attending at least half-time, have at least a 3.5 semester grade point average and at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

Helm attends Robotics Camp

RAPID CITY, S.D.—Maple Park resident McKayla Helm during the week of July 21 got the chance to get out of the classroom and explore opportunities that can come from a degree in electrical engineering and computer science when she attended Robotics Camp at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, S.D.

Helm and 11 other campers from around the country attended the Robotics Camp.

The five-day curriculum included building, designing, coding and programming robots to perform a variety of complex functions automatically and with a remote control. Teamwork is a key element of the camp; students were required to solve problems collaboratively and encouraged to help each other.

Ann R. Harmon

Ann R. Harmon, 90, of Elburn, passed away Aug. 30, 2013, at Pine Acres Rehab and Living Center, where she had made her home in recent years.

Ann was born Jan. 16, 1923, in Spring Valley, Ill., the daughter of James and Rose (Soeder) Lynch.

Ann grew up in areas surrounding Peru, Ill., and attended local schools. She graduated from LaSalle-Peru High School.

After working locally for a time, Ann enlisted in Women’s Army Corp on Sept. 16, 1944. She served stateside, taking care of her fellow wounded soldiers throughout the country. After she was honorably discharged in Oct. 14, 1946, she attended St. Mary’s School of Nursing and graduated with the class of 1950.

Ann was united in marriage to Thomas Leroy “Red” Harmon on May 19, 1951.

They first lived in rural Utica before moving to Elburn in 1955. In November of 1998, sadness struck when Red passed away, but Ann continued to live and make memories in their Elburn home.

In the ensuing years, as Ann’s healthcare needs changed, she lived in several locations.

Ann was a faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church and it’s Altar and Rosary Society. She and Red were also members of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Aurora.

Ann’s true gift was the caring for others. Whether they were injured soldiers, family, neighbors, scraped knees on grandchildren or a broken heart, no one cared for you like Ann. Ann’s hands were rarely idle, and when not caring for others, she loved to sew.

Ann also loved to read anything she could get her hands on. She was a hearty traveler, making trips with Red to many destinations throughout the Caribbean, the Middle East and Africa. Her favorite times were those spent reading to her children and grandchildren, and being surrounded by friends and family.

She is survived by two children, Jim (Sahar) Harmon of Cairo, Egypt, and Leanne (Larry) Snyder of Maple Park; three grandchildren, Keith Snyder, Lisa Harmon and Elizabeth Harmon; three siblings, James Lynch, Lois Humpage and William Lynch; several nieces, nephews and a community of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Kenneth Lynch.

Visitation will take place at 10 a.m., with a mass to follow at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Sept. 7, at St. Gall Catholic Church , 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn. Fr. Tim Seigel, pastor of the church, will officiate with interment to follow at St. Gall Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Ann Harmon 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.

Gary Wilson

Gary Wilson, 69, of Batavia, formerly of Sugar Grove and owner of the Yankee Clipper Barber Shop in Oswego, passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of his family following a brief but fierce illness, on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

He was a Christmas baby, blessing his family in 1943 in Aurora, the son of Carter Glidden and Catherine Rose (Greiter) Wilson. He was known to jokingly say that two important people were born on that day and he wasn’t always sure which one was greater.

Gary grew up in Sugar Grove and attended local schools. He graduated from Kaneland High School in 1961, where he proudly sang with a quartet known as the “Checkertones,” complete with red and white checked ties, who eventually became state champions. Throughout his years and beyond, Gary proudly wore the nickname “Hop” due to his love of Hopalong Cassidy. Following graduation, Gary went to barber college in Chicago and found something that not only was he very good at, but something he loved to do, as well.

In 1962, a certain young lady was enrolled in Copley School of Nursing, which was “The Place” for Kaneland boys to pick up cute girls. Kathleen “Kathi” Olson was set up with Gary so she could talk up her girlfriend, but after that first date, Gary and Kathi knew without a doubt there was something special in the air. They were eventually united in marriage on April 4, 1964, at St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn.

The newlyweds first lived in Kaneville for a brief time, but for Gary, “home” was Sugar Grove. They made their home on both the east and west sides, welcoming home three beautiful girls: Julie, Karin and Molly. In 1996, Gary and Kathi downsized after the girls left home, building a home in Batavia with the caveat that he would get his morning coffee in Sugar Grove on his way to work in Oswego.

Gary loved his job and made many special friends over the years. Gary always felt at home behind a barber chair. No matter where he worked—from brief stints in Batavia, Elburn and Sugar Grove before becoming his own boss at Yankee Clipper Barber Shop for over 30 years in Oswego—Gary loved his job and made many special friends over the years. Gary also was a school bus driver in the morning for Kaneland School District for over 20 years. Gary was far from putting down his shears until a diagnosis of cancer brought retirement to his door.

Above all else was Gary’s love for his family. He was the proudest father and grandfather you could find. Gary’s grandchildren were the apple of his eye, and Gary was the first one to support and cheer them on in all their activities. He was taken too soon, but not before his indelible mark was left on the hearts of all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Kathi Wilson; three daughters, Julie (Mark) Harrington, Karin (Scott) Herwick and Molly (John) Nelson; five grandchildren, Emily Harrington, Ben Harrington, Andrew Nelson, Anna Nelson and Ryan Herwick; four siblings, Bob (Sylvia) Wilson, Sharon (Don) Henderson, Dianne (Bill) Rissman Mason and Melodee (Mike) Probst; two sisters-in-law, Carolyn (Arlyn) Lund and Mary (John) Coon; many nieces and nephews; Max, his dog and constant companion for the last 17 years; and a countryside full of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Carter and Catherine; one brother-in-law, Darryl Rissman; sister-in-law, Marjorie Faltz Wilson; and his mother- and father in-law, Kenneth and Lorraine Olson.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate his life will take place on Friday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m., also at the funeral home. Interment will follow at River Hills Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Gary’s name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Gary Wilson 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, where you can find his full-life story.

St. Gall announces Rite of Catholic Initiation classes

ELBURN—St. Gall Church in Elburn will hold Rite of Catholic Initiation (RICA/RCIC) classes beginning in September. Adults interested in becoming catholic, children over the age of 7 who have not been baptized—and anyone baptized Catholic as a child, but has not celebrated the Sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation—are eligible to attend the classes.

St. Gall Parish offers an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our faith. Sessions focus on the teachings and experiences of Church and prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist during the Easter season. There are separate sessions for children or youth. The public is welcome to participate in the process with their questions, insights and faith story in a warm accepting setting.

Inquiry classes are scheduled for Thursdays, Sept. 5 and Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. No registration is required.

St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St, in downtown Elburn. For more information, contact the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030.

Chester Christian Meyer Jr.

Chester Christian Meyer Jr., 69, passed away while surrounded by family at his Maple Park home on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013.

Chet was born on Feb. 5, 1944, in Oak Park, Ill., to Chester C. and Edith C. (Larson) Meyer Sr. He was raised in Westchester, Ill., and graduated from Proviso West High School in 1962.

He spent five years stationed in Georgia as a radar operator in the U.S. Navy. After the Navy, the young veteran took a course in German from an attractive Triton College rookie instructor who was not at all impressed with his classroom antics. She left enough of an impression on him that he majored in German at University of Illinois-Chicago, graduating in 1974 with a B.A. Those antics eventually evolved to be more effective some years later, when Hilda Markowski, the instructor, finally accepted his offer to go to a musical.

Chet married Hilda on Aug. 10, 1974. Together they lived in Oak Park until they moved into their beautiful house in unincorporated Maple Park that Chet, Hilda and friends built in 1978.
Over the years Chet was the proprietor of three small businesses that allowed him to put his hands to work. First, he restored antique furniture at Old World Restoration; then he sold vintage and modern wood stoves at the Blackberry Stove Store in Geneva. Finally, when his daughter entered elementary school, he retrained as a dental technician at Triton College and started the Kane Denture Service. Chet continued to handcraft comfortable custom dentures in his lab until his recent retirement in 2011.

Chet was heavily involved in the Elburn community and active in the Kaneland schools. He coached baseball in Elburn for eight years, from 1987 to 1994, and served as president of the newly formed Elburn Countryside Athletic Association from 1994 to 1997. Chet also was an active observer of the Kaneland School Board and served on multiple committees.

Chet’s passions included the outdoors, gardening and woodworking. He spent time every summer canoeing in the upper Midwest with family and friends, and particularly loved the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and the Sylvania Wilderness. He was especially at peace on the water and loved to teach others about wilderness camping.

At home, Chet was often found in his workshop making beautiful objects, from furniture to wooden boats and canoe paddles to intricate toys for his grandchildren. He also enjoyed cultivating his bountiful flower and heirloom vegetable gardens. His curiosity for how and why things worked was infectious, and while mastering many, he was a true jack of all trades.

Chet was known for his Midwestern friendliness, his willingness to help others, and his fierce advocacy of progressive values. He loved his family, especially the grandchildren, and never passed up an opportunity to build or restore old toys for them. He loved to dote upon his grandchildren and sit outside in his beautiful yard, quietly observing the changing seasons, even when feeling ill during his year-long struggle with leukemia.

He is survived by Hilda, his loving wife of 39 years; his daughter, Katja Meyer; and son-in-law, Burt Thomas; his grandchildren, Farris and Mathilda Thomas Meyer; and his sister, Andrea Bauza.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Edith Meyer, Sr.

Chet did not want a funeral. Instead the family will host a celebration to honor his life at his home in September. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, www.donate.lls.org/lls/donate, or Friends of the Boundary Waters, www.friends-bwca.org/donate/. Tributes and memories may be forwarded to the family through conleycare.com.

Baish attends National Career Exploration Camp

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Alexis Baish of Sugar Grove, a junior this fall at Central High School in Burlington, Ill., recently participated in Explore Your Future, a six-day career exploration camp at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf on the RIT campus in Rochester, N.Y.

In its 28th year, campers got a taste of possible careers in computer art design, business, healthcare, laboratory science, computing, engineering, even participating in a “CSI robbery investigation.”

Explore Your Future not only helped the students and their parents decide what majors and careers may best interest them, the experience also allows many to meet others their ages who have similar backgrounds.

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Eric Berry

Eric Berry, 55, of Malta, formerly of Elburn, passed away at Delnor-Community Hospital on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, following a short illness.

He was born Oct. 23, 1957, in Geneva, the son of Edward Sr. and Jeanne (Ferris) Berry.

Eric grew up in Elburn, graduating from Kaneland High School with the class of 1975.

Eric attended McMurray College, where he graduated in 1979 with a B.A. in education. He later earned a degree in computer science from Northern Illinois University.

Eric began as a special education teacher in Jacksonville, Ill., but it was music that ruled his heart. To that end, he opened his own guitar shop, Acoustic Woodworks, in Elburn, where he made custom guitars, by hand, that were as beautiful to see as to hear.

Eric changed careers in1994 when he joined Johnson Controls in DeKalb as an IT manager and systems analyst, working there for almost 20 years. In addition to his primary responsibilities, Eric also served as a site consultant, often going to the company’s plant in Mexico.

Eric’s heart and soul belonged to his partner Karen Bovenizer, whom he met by chance in Naperville in 1992. Though fate brought them together, it was their deep love for each other that kept them walking side by side, making memories for 21 years.

Eric had a kind soul, was a friend to many, and he could make just about anyone laugh in spite of themselves. He was generous to a fault, giving often to the Susan G. Komen Foundation For Breast Cancer.

He was also an accomplished pianist and was adept at playing just about any other kind of instrument he picked up. Eric’s passion for music was infectious. It brought together both family and friends for informal but intense jam sessions that often went into the wee hours of the morning. He also spent many hours creating, experimenting, and recording new music of every kind. In addition to music, Eric loved being on the water. Beginning in early childhood, he spent time every summer of his life at White Lake in Michigan, where he sailed and fished and swam and rowed.

He was craftsman of beer as well, tweaking his own homemade recipe for a brew that was second to none. Eric was a man who lived life to the fullest. He loved deeply, and was deeply loved. He will be forever missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving “sweets,” Karen Bovenizer; his parents, Edward and Jeanne Berry; eight siblings, Ted (Penny) Berry, Chris (Jeanne) Berry, Mark (Kathy) Berry, Valerie Berry, Sally Berry, Jennifer (Carter) Calloway, Margaret (Greg) Edwards and Michelle Berry; 16 nieces and nephews; six great-nieces and great-nephews; and a community of friends.

He is preceded in death by his nephews, Phillip Berry and Aaron Berry.

Visitation will take place at 10 a.m., followed by a memorial service to celebrate his life at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Private family burial will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Eric’s name to benefit his favorite charities, American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Checks may be made to the “Eric Berry 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.

Margie Brennan

Margie Brennan of Yorkville passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and music. During Margie’s last hours, her family sang many of her favorite songs to her.

She was born on Nov. 28, 1926, in Augusta, Kan.

She had a long career as an office assistant in several companies and schools. Margie enjoyed visiting her children, and spending holidays with her family.

Margie is survived by her children, Patricia (Tom) Hallin, Susan (Jim) McGuire, Judy (Perry) Milanesi, Kathy (Eric) Blasczcak and Michael (Tami) Brennan; 16 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene.

Margie’s family appreciates the many people who cared for her, including friends, hospice employees, nurses, and assistants.

Margie’s family is planning a private remembrance at a future date.

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

LaRee Jacobson

LaRee Jacobson, 81, of Batavia, passed away on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. She was born Dec. 6, 1931, in Rankin, Ill., the daughter of Lawrence and Rebekah Barr.

She married Roger Jacobson on Nov. 27, 1953, the same year she graduated from Illinois State University. LaRee taught school for two years in Arkansas. Then she taught in North Aurora for 35 years, where she earned a master’s degree.

She was an avid reader, writer and entertainer. LaRee and her husband Roger performed together throughout the state with their act, “Homegrown Histories.” She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. LaRee’s personality and wit touched everyone who knew her. She was truly one of a kind.

Survivors include her loving husband, Roger; two sons, Jay and Lou (Sue) Jacobson of Elburn; a daughter, Libby Wolkoff of Highland Park, Ill.; one brother, D.J. Barr of Bayles Lake, Ill.; two grandchildren, Jacob and Ben; three step-grandchildren, Colleen, Tom and Paul; and three step-great-grandchildren.

LaRee was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Ronald Barr and Dwayne (Virginia) Barr.

LaRee’s immediate family has decided to mourn her loss privately. To leave an online condolence, visit www.conleycare.com/.

Arrangements handled with care by Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.

Patricia Ann Zimmer

Patricia Ann Zimmer, 62, of Miami, Fla., went home to the Lord on Wednesday on Aug. 13, 2013, after a seven month battle with cancer, her family by her side at Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich, Ill.

Patricia was born in Sycamore, Ill., on April 5, 1951, the oldest daughter of Joseph G. and Winifred B. (Herrmann) Zimmer. She graduated from Mount Saint Mary Academy in St. Charles, Ill., in 1969 and Northern Illinois University in 1974. She relocated to Miami in 1983.

She worked for Ryder Truck Rentals for many years. Patricia enjoyed playing darts and played in many leagues.
Patricia will be dearly missed by her brothers and sisters, Lawrence (Susan) Zimmer of Virgil, Ill., Virginia (Kenneth) Stewart of Glendale Heights, Ill., Janet (Joel) Beck of Sandwich, Diane LaFan of Aurora and Daniel (Kathryn) Zimmer of St. Charles. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph; and mother, Winifred.

Private family burial will be held at a later date at S.S Peter & Paul Cemetery, Virgil.

The family would like to sincerely thank Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion and Seasons Hospice for making Patricia’s final days comfortable and peaceful.

KHS’ Leyden accepted to University of Alabama Early College program

TUSCALOOSA, ALA.—Kaneland High School’s Kara Leyden was recently accepted to the University of Alabama Early College program. UA Early College students are high school students from across the United States who earn college credit online, and are eligible for the UA Summer Residential/Honors Ready Experience. The highly students may earn up to 30 hours of college credit from The University of Alabama, and still enter the school eligible for freshmen scholarships.

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Mary M. (Gette) Perkins-Richtman

Mary M. (Gette) Perkins-Richtman, 85, of Elburn, passed away on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at Delnor-Community Hospital. She was born on the family farm on Dec. 4, 1927, in Aurora, the daughter of the late Albert and Anna Gette, and one of 10 children.

Mary was a graduate of Annunciation School, Madonna High School and attended Waubonsee Community College. She married John F. Perkins on Nov. 15, 1947, and together they had eight children. In 1977, after 29 years of marriage, her first husband, John Perkins passed away. In 1978, she met Jack Richtman, and they were married on Dec. 26, 1979.

In 1990, Mary and Jack moved to Elburn, where they attended St. Gall Catholic Church. She was active as president of the Altar and Rosary Society, serving at funeral luncheons, and was a Eucharistic minister at the church. Mary worked at Brown’s Flowers for 20 years, retiring in 1993. She was a volunteer at Delnor-Community Hospital until 2009. She very much enjoyed spending time with her 52 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Mary also loved to work in the garden.

Mary was a loving mother to Mary Ann (Mike) Katz, of Sugar Grove, Tom (Karey) Perkins of Boulder City, Nev., Kathy (Tom) Wiacek of Elkhart, Ind., John (Ann) Perkins, of Aurora, Jeff (Tina) Perkins, of Pahrump, Nev., Susie (Jeff) Sartain, of Oswego, Ill., and Terri Morlock, of Aurora. Mary was a loving step-mother to Bill (Kate) Richtman, of St. Paul, Minn., Paul (Karen) Richtman, of Stillwater, Minn., Jane (Steve) Martin, of Woodbury, Minn., Mark (Vicki) Richtman, of Novato, Calif., Claire (Jim Young) Richtman, of Portland, Ore., John Richtman of Trevor, Wis., Jim (Theresa) Richtman, of Guyton, Ga., Ruth (Mike) Podmore, of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Julie (Dan) Feuerborn of Harrogate, U.K., Tom (Karen) Richtman of Elburn and Leo (Laura) Richtman, of Downers Grove, Ill.

Also surviving are her siblings, Kaye Woodard, Rose Hettinger, Albert Gette, Barb (Noel) Rivera, Joe Gette; and a sister in law, Ann Gette.

In addition to her parents and her first husband, John F. Perkins, Mary was preceded in death by her daughter, Lori Perkins; her sister, Margaret Kies; her brothers, Adam, Phil and Stephan Gette; and one step-daughter, Ann Richtman.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. A liturgical wake service will be held at 8 p.m.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, at St. Katherine Drexel Church, 8S055 Dugan Road, Sugar Grove, concelebrated by Fr. Timothy Seigel and Fr. Bernard Schaefer. A prayer service will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday at The Healy Chapel prior to the Mass. Interment will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to St. Gall Catholic Church, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn, IL 60119.

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

Nancy Louise Carson

Nancy Louise Carson passed away at her Anaheim, Calif., home on Saturday, July 20, 2013, with her family by her side, from complications of lung cancer.

Nancy was born on July 1, 1935, in Aurora, to Arden and Louise Perschnick. She grew up in nearby Sugar Grove with her sister, Judy, and graduated from Elburn High School in 1953.

After graduation, Nancy worked for the Barber-Greene Company in Aurora as a secretary. She married Steve Carson on Sept. 12, 1964, and moved to Anaheim in October 1965 for Steve’s work. While maintaining a busy household and later running a small print shop in Santa Ana, Calif., the couple raised their daughters, Julie and Jean.

Nancy took a job in the California State University, Fullerton, temp pool in 1994, handling various assignments and eventually became the History Department secretary. Nancy joined Steve in retirement at the end of 2005.

Nancy was an active homemaker and gardener, an excellent cook, talented at crochet and other needlework, and an avid mystery reader (as one could attest by her 1,000-plus volume library and database). She and Steve also developed a love of horse racing and loved spending time at Santa Ana and Del Mar, Calif. Nancy never forgot her Illinois roots and shared many stories and pictures over the years, at one point gathering materials for an unpublished Perschnick family history.

Nancy is survived by her two daughters, Julie Carson of Anaheim, and Jean (Jason) O’Donnell of Beaverton, Ore. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Ann (Jim) Carr, and numerous cousins and nephews.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, her sister and her husband.

In lieu of flowers, the public may send memorial gifts to Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 176 S. Main St., Sugar Grove, IL 60554; Anaheim United Methodist Church, 1000 S. State College Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92806; or Jericho Cemetery Association Perpetual Care Fund, 740 Meadow Lane, Hinckley, IL 60520.

Martin ‘Marty’ Kitz

Martin “Marty” Kitz, 72, of Elburn, passed away at his home on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. Released from his battles with cancer that he fought bravely for a decade, Marty fell asleep in this world, only to awaken in the arms of his Savior.

He was born Nov. 20, 1940, in Louisville, Ken., the son of George and Edith (Sandberg) Kitz.

Marty and his family moved to Chicago when he was 5 years old, and he attended local schools. When the last bell rang before summer vacation, the family made their annual trip to Indiana to see family and friends at his uncle’s farm.

Marty graduated from Senn High School in Chicago with the class of 1959.

Marty met the love of his life, Frances Feinberg, in Chicago in 1959. Fate chose a grocery store as their meeting place, but it was the altar that cemented 53 years of love and memories that began on Nov. 26, 1961.

They began their new life together in Chicago, and in the ensuing years they made homes in several areas before settling in Elburn in 1983.

Marty was a manager for several grocery stores as a young man, but also owned several businesses of his own, including a candy store, a pharmacy/variety store and, later, a jewelry store. He also spent nine years as manager of Grimm’s in St. Charles.

Marty never met a man who didn’t become a friend, and was the first to lend a hand to anyone in need. Special gifts and donations were always given but he never looked for the recognition. He loved to watch sports, especially football and always the Super Bowl. The time he spent with his children was golden, but became priceless when he got to make memories with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Frances; three children, David Martin (Katie) Kitz, Shari (Phillip) Moberley and Steven (Michelle) Kitz; five grandchildren, Tyler Martin (Tori) Kondelik, Shana Frances Kondelik and her daughter Layla Belle Craig, Kelly Shannon Kondelik, Sarah Katherine “Pooker” Kitz and Samuel David Kitz; one sister, Shirley Ann (Alan) Levin; two sisters-in-law, Jessica Weinstein and Mary Anne Nichols; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Edith Kitz; and two brothers-in-law, Preston Weinstein and Sherman Nichols.

Following cremation, there will be a private family service and burial at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Marty’s name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Martin Kitz 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 ww w.conleycare.com.

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 jewel- ry, autumn and holiday decorations, handmade garden items, fashion items, baby items, chil- dren’s clothes and toys. The church is handi- capped accessible. Information for exhibitors is available by emailing canadafay@clear.net, calling (630) 497.8799 or visiting www.stcharlesepiscopal.org.

Summer Family Fest at Temple B’nai Israel

AURORA—Temple B’nai Israel will welcome members and guests to its annual Summer Family Fest (aka temple picnic) on Sunday, Aug. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the synagogue, 400 N. Edgelawn, Aurora. A cookout lunch will be served at noon. There will be a small charge for member families. Prospective members can attend free of charge. Call (630) 892-2450 to make reservations.

Learn more about the congregation at temple-bnai-israel.org.

Summer Family Fest at Temple B’nai Israel

AURORA—Temple B’nai Israel will welcome members and guests to its annual Summer Family Fest (aka temple picnic) on Sunday, Aug. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the synagogue, 400 N. Edgelawn, Aurora. A cookout lunch will be served at noon. There will be a small charge for member families. Prospective members can attend free of charge. Call (630) 892-2450 to make reservations.

Learn more about the congregation at temple-bnai-israel.org.

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 jewel- ry, autumn and holiday decorations, handmade garden items, fashion items, baby items, chil- dren’s clothes and toys. The church is handi- capped accessible. Information for exhibitors is available by emailing canadafay@clear.net, calling (630) 497.8799 or visiting www.stcharlesepiscopal.org.