Home show returns

With cabin fever at an all-time high, Chicagoland homeowners may be noticing things around the house in need of maintenance, repair or updating. From decks to decorating and roofs to remodeling, The Old House New House Home Show is a tool for homeowners to tackle home improvement needs with ease.

This in-class event returns Friday through Sunday, Feb. 6, 7 and 8, at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 East Main St. in St. Charles. The Mega Center and Ballroom will be brimming with 300 deluxe displays featuring creative solutions and home improvement innovations. Show hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is free. Adult admission is $7, senior (62 and up) admission is $4 and children (under 18) attend free.

For a printable $1 off admission coupon, visit www.kennedyproductions.com. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley.

Elburn village notes

by Martha Quetsch

Village licenses teams for field use
The Elburn Village Board approved license agreements on Monday with three youth athletic teams for the use of the village-owned Blackberry Creek Subdivision baseball fields in 2009.

The agreements authorized the Kane County Knights to use the fields during its season April 1 through May 31, on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon; Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 to 9 p.m.; and Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Kane County Wildcats 12U will use the fields from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and noon to 2 p.m. Sundays from April 1 through Aug. 1.

The ACR Heat will use the playing fields from 5 p.m. to nightfall on Wednesdays and from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays, between March 15 and July 29.

Under the agreements, the teams will maintain the fields during their periods of use.

Team donates home plate for Blackberry field
The ACR Heat youth baseball team will donate a home plate for the North Blackberry Creek playing field owned by the village. The plate is valued at $50 to $65.

ACR Heat uses the field on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons between March 15 and July under an agreement with the village.

Churches were overlooked in food pantry thank you

Regarding the Letters to the Editor in the Jan. 29 issue of the Herald, I was miffed by a glaring oversight on the part of the Board President of the Elburn Countryside Food Pantry.

While thanking “Individuals, Scout troops, schools and businesses” who donate to the Food Pantry, no mention was made of the churches of our community who play a large role in supporting the pantry.

I cannot speak for our friends in the other religious communities of our area, but the parishioners of St. Gall have a long-standing reputation for helping the Elburn pantry and certainly deserve recognition for their generosity.

The families of St. Gall conduct a monthly food collection for area needy families. Our parishioners help staff the food pantry. And in the past, we have also contributed funds to purchase essential food items for the pantry. Our support, as I am sure is the case with other churches of our community, is not seasonal, but ongoing.

I find it ironic that the associate executive director of the Conley Outreach Community Services, in a “thank you” letter in the same Jan. 29 issue of the Herald, directly above the Food Pantry missive, would mention area churches while the food pantry head knowingly or unknowingly chose to omit a “thank you.”

In closing, let me point out that this letter is in no way meant to take away from the fine work the Elburn Food Pantry is doing. In these hard times, the Food Pantry does a vital service. And we, as a faith community, are committed to continue supporting the pantry.

Rev. Karl P. Ganss
St. Gall Church

A story of giving

As VNA of Fox Valley’s Volunteer Coordinator, I see the generosity of people every day. This year, I was humbled by the extent of that generosity and I would like to take a moment to share a story of giving that came from so many very special people in the Fox Valley region.

VNA of Fox Valley has partnered with the community to bring holiday cheer to our hospice and home health patients for over 10 years. For the second year, Jake’s Bagels and Alden of Waterford agreed to host our Giving Stocking Program, and they were joined this year by Hill’s Country Store in Kaneville. With the support of their customers, residents and staff, we were able to brighten the holidays for all of our patients and their families.

Each patient received a basket with a gift purchased by a community member, along with handmade cards from the students of St. Rita of Cascia and holiday crafts and cards made by East Aurora High School students. The joy those baskets brought to our patients was beyond words! The look in their eyes as they received these gifts would have melted the heart of Scrooge himself.

On behalf of VNA of Fox Valley and the families we serve, I want to extend again our deepest thanks to everyone involved in this effort. Special thanks to Char and Joseph Jacobs of Jake’s Bagels, Kathy Beedle of Alden of Waterford, Pat Hill of Hill’s Country Store, Mary Rockwood and the student council members of St. Rita of Cascia and Sara Nied Henion and the students of East Aurora High School, and to all the customers, residents and staff who gave so generously. You brought the Christmas Spirit to life.

Linda Reiter

In praise of J.R. Herra staff

I doubt those from J.R. Herra who responded to our call that Friday morning had any idea they’d not eat a decent meal or see their families until the following Monday evening.

What we all thought was nothing more than a routine service call to restore heat to one of the four units at the “First and Shannon Building” evolved into a temporary property name-change to the “Disaster on First.”

It was discovered that a section of the pipes in the heating system had frozen in the face of sub-zero temperatures. Thawing the affected pipe was no easy task, requiring extended hours of crawling through ridiculously tight spaces, then repairing the damage in multiple locations. Every time we all thought things were under control, something else went wrong. The domino effect was beyond belief.

Herra’s technicians never gave up, making sure heat was maintained in the balance of the units as everyone brain-stormed to find solutions to the frustrating and elusive challenges.

Building co-owner Bob Klock of Klock Building Reconstruction, together with myself as an agent for Farmers Insurance, have worked with countless contractors and vendors over nearly the last three decades. It is no exaggeration when I say that the ownership, management and field techs of J.R. Herra, Inc. go above and beyond the industry standard in servicing their customers.

Each of our companies are members of the Elburn Chamber of Commerce, and we all are vested in the Elburn Community. To me, this likely underscores the value of doing business here in town, where folks really do take pride in their work.

Thank you so much to all who were on site. It was back-breaking, tedious work in awful conditions, at the worst possible times of the day and the worst days of the week. If not for your dedication, our losses would have been catastrophic.

Denise Klock

Kaneland FFA leaves mark

Kaneland FFA was sure to leave their mark in 2008. The club participated and competed in many different activities, ranging from dairy, horse, crop and land-use judging, to horticulture and speech contest, to the annual FFA livestock and project fair.

In July, Kaneland took part in the Section 6 livestock and project fair. The chapter did extremely well, walking away with numerous honors.

Winning Grand Champion honors included Sarah Carson with her crossbred steer, Sally Gorenz with her market lamb, Holly Hartmann with her pen of two market gilts, Charlene Steininger with her steer, Katie Weiss with her fresh flower arrangement, and Sally Gorenz with her crossbred doe.

Achieving reserve champion honors include Kelsey Fletcher with her horticulture display, Sally Gorenz with her fish and wild life project, Holly Hartmann with her single market gilt (and also) a mixed market pair of hogs, Trent Pierson in soybeans, and Charlene Steininger with her junior heifer.

As a chapter, Kaneland FFA was awarded the School Exhibits award in the swine, beef and rabbit divisions.

On Sept. 19, Kaneland participated for the first time ever in the Section 6 horse judging contest. With a team consisting of Sally and Joe Gorenz and Olivia and Grace Fabrizius, the team clinched third place. Olivia finished 11th place overall, and Sally took home 16th place.

Shortly after, the horticulture team consisting of Kelsey Fletcher, Allie Grossmann, Alyse Olson and Charlene Steininger won first place at the Section 6 Horticulture contest. Kelsey earned first place overall, with Allie receiving third, Alyse eighth and Charlene 13th.

After hosting the Section 6 land-use judging competition at Kaneland, a team comprised of Trent Pierson, Chase Bornemann, Scott Dienst, Tyler Burgin and Derek Noadine earned eighth place. Thank you to the Gramley family for lending us the use of your fields, and to Mr. Pierson for donating your time, and Kane-DuPage Soil Conservation Office for their expertise.

Deciding to venture a bit from the norm, Kaneland decided to try their hand at the Section 6 Dairy Products contest. Coming out strong in the end, and surprising themselves, the team took home first place. Sally Gorenz finished third, Katie Weise fourth, Grace Fabrizius sixth, Tyler Burgin seventh and Olivia Fabrizius 10th.

Later that evening, the team went out to celebrate with a stop at Culvers for some “dairylicious” ice cream.

The last contest of ‘08 was the Section 6 speech challenge held at Sycamore High School. J.C. Gillette took home fourth place in the prepared speech division, and Sally Gorenz finished second in the impromptu section.

Other than a stellar year with judging competitions and contest, Kaneland FFA was very successful with their second annual harvest. The success, fun and rewards would have not been achieved without the help of many families, individuals and companies: Feldott Family, Dienst Family, Pierson Family, Elburn Co-op and Hintzsche Fertilizer.

Thank you again to all of these individuals, families and companies who put forth their time, hard word and efforts to making this year’s season a huge success.

Kaneland FFA looks forward to a new year of which will bring more contest, competitions and excitement.

Sally Gorenz
Kaneland FFA Reporter

Learning by being

by Lynn Meredith
It’s not often you get to spend time with the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Elvis Presley, Julia Child or Curly from the Three Stooges.

It’s not usual to be able to talk to Rosa Parks, Walter Payton, Walt Disney or Mother Theresa just by pressing a button and seeing them come to life. But that’s what visitors to Kaneland John Shields Elementary School in Sugar Grove were able to do when Stacey Gacek’s third-grade class presented the Biography Living Museum on Jan. 30.

The “statues” stood stock-still at their station, surrounded by posters or collages of their lives and dressed in the costume they would have worn when they were alive. When a visitor pressed the button at a station, the historical figures came alive and began to tell their life stories.

“I was born Jan. 8, 1945,” began Elvis Presley (Brandon Molitor).

The characters from history told about their upbringing, hobbies, accomplishments and when they died. They wore costumes to help visitors recognize them.

Thomas Edison (Stephanie Alagna) wore a light bulb secured to a headband on top of her head. Pocahontas (Savanna Chimenti) and Sacagewa (Shaelah Kinzinger) wore fringe, feathers and fur as Native American characters. Babe Ruth (Brennan Hare) sported a baseball uniform and carried a bat. Amelia Bloomer (Jordan Frazier) wore the article of clothing she invented underneath her long skirt.

“My mom found a person who made (the bloomers) on the Internet. I like them-just not the ruffles. They are kind of itchy,” Frazier said.

Abe Lincoln (Niko Barrientos) wore the long beard, tall hat and suit we associate with Lincoln.

“Abraham Lincoln is my favorite president because he freed the slaves, and I think that’s real cool,” Barrientos said.

Madame Curie (Ava Mandele) stood by a poster that said “Science Hero” and held a microscope, a gift from her grandmother for Christmas. Mandele chose Curie as her character because she admired her research that helped people with cancer.

“I thought she was very cool because she made medicine to help people. I want to be either an astronomer or be in Congress or be a doctor,” Mandele said.

Vann Thompson, who played Curly from the Three Stooges, had other motives for choosing his famous person.

“Because I’m funny. I used to love his shows. He used to say like this: ‘Nyakk, nyakk, nyakk (imitation of Curly’s famous sounds).’ I do Moe, I do Shemp. I do Larry,” Thompson said.

Described by Gacek as the “class clown,” Thompson said how he’d like to be on a show like that in the future.

“I just say funny stuff. I made the teacher laugh when I was in trouble. I made the principal laugh,” Thompson said.

Gacek said the third-graders researched the famous person from history, finding facts about them and pictures. They then wrote a short speech, which they memorized. They created the visual aids and backgrounds at home, as well as found or made their costumes.

“I told them that their person had to be dead, because otherwise they wanted to be Hannah Montana. They have to be dead so they have a lifeline of information,” Gacek said. “They get so excited when they get to do a special project.”

Photo: Mrs. Gacek’s third grade class at John Shields Elementary School presented a Biography Museum on Friday. The students chose a famous person, dressed like that individual and gave a presentation for parents and other students. (From left to right) Niko Barrientos as Abraham Lincoln, Ava Mandele as Marie Curie and Vann Thompson playing Jerry Horowitz (a.k.a. Curly of The Three Stooges). Photos by John DiDonna

Grapplers prep for Sandwich

by Mike Slodki
Kaneland wrestling needed one last tune-up before this Saturday’s IHSA Class 2A regional at Sandwich High School.

Time will tell how key the triangular with Marengo and Hampshire was in preparation for the postseason gathering.

With Kaneland’s 45-29 loss to the Marengo Indians and the 63-18 win over first-year program Hampshire, the final dual mark for the Knights is 11-16 (2-5 Western Sun Conference).

Noteworthy pins against the Indians were accomplished by 103-pound asset Ryan Goodenough, 119-pounder Josh Kuefler and 125-pounder Devon Scholl.

“All I did, basically, was try to go out there with intensity, and we needed pins,” Scholl said.

Scholl’s bracket on Saturday morning in Sandwich looks like a gauntlet, with competitors like Yorkville’s Jed Lightfoot and Rochelle’s Geoff Huntley.

“125 is pretty stacked, it’s pretty tough,” Scholl said. “Going through the season, you tough it out and dig deep and that’s what you have to do there.”

Besides KHS, Yorkville, Rochelle and the host Indians, the regional also houses Aurora Central Catholic, Oswego and Sycamore.

Individual standouts will meet up at the LaSalle-Peru Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 14, along with personnel from the Peoria Woodruff, Pontiac and Geneseo regionals.

Photo: Kaneland’s Kyle Davidson (140) tries to bring his Glenbard South opponent down during the WSC invite at Sycamore High School on Saturday, January 24. Photo by John DiDonna

Bowlers rolled by IMSA, Lisle

Kaneland Lady Knights bowling suffered two non-conference losses this past week.

The bowlers lost a Thursday clash with host IMSA by a count of 2,630-2,547.

They followed that loss with a 2,768-2,377 loss at Lisle on Monday.

The Lady Knights are now 3-12 with a 2-6 record in the Western Sun Conference.

Highest series were had by Kathleen Moravcik with a 485, Holly Thomas at 476 and Danielle Rose at 421.

Standout games of Kaneland belonged to Moravcik at 193, Thomas at 185 and Rose at 180.

The JV team took a 1,915-1,878 win from IMSA.

Against Lisle, Kaneland’s Thomas had a 450 series, followed by Moravcik’s 432 and Jessica Stebbins’ 406.

Now Kaneland gears up for the IHSA Sectional which takes place at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 9 a.m. All Western Sun bowling schools join Kaneland along with 11 others.

Lady Knights dropped by Rochelle, pick up non-conference win

by Mike Slodki
Lady Knights basketball had some good times and bad on the court during the regular season’s final homestretch.

Kaneland dealt with a Lady Hubs team from Rochelle that had an outside shooting touch and fell 62-49 on Thursday night. Kaneland did manage a 52-43 win over East Aurora at home on Jan. 28.

The Lady Knights sit at 5-15 with a 1-10 record in the Western Sun Conference.

Alyssa Galvan had 20 points and 11 rebounds against Rochelle, with Brianna Hurst scoring nine and adding six rebounds. Sara Rose had eight points.

“Alyssa had a nice game for us,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “Our guards did a nice job of getting her some easy shots.”

For Rochelle, Natalie Meiners had 17 points and Olivia Caron added 13.

Kaneland was 17-for-47 from the field, and 15-for-20 from the foul line.

Down 12-7 to Rochelle, a returning Katie Hatch hit two free throws with 2:09 left to close within 12-9 before the Lady Hubs sunk two baskets and went up 16-9 after one quarter of play.

After a Hatch basket closed within 23-15 with 4:37 remaining in the first half, Rochelle went on a tear with four steals and the perimeter game and went on a 12-4 run to close the half at 35-19.

The third quarter tide turned toward Kaneland as they used stingier defense and a flurry of points from Galvan and Hurst. A 35-21 lead for Rochelle shrunk to 43-40 by the end of the third quarter.

Unfortunately, the Lady Hubs regained their composure and used two baskets sandwiched between two trips to the foul line to go up 57-45 with 4:12 to go and effectively seal the game.

“I thought we did a better job of containing Rochelle in the second half. The first half, you’d see a Rochelle player catch a pass, and we’d be moving on the catch instead of the pass,” Colombe said.

Against the Lady Tomcats, Hatch had a game-high 14 points and Rose added 12 points and four steals.

Down 6-0 to start the contest, Kaneland closed to within 12-8 after one and led 22-20 after the first half. The Lady Knights went up 37-29 after the third quarter and made 9 of 13 foul shots in the fourth to seal the deal. East Aurora coach William Anderson was tagged with two technical fouls in the frame to send Hurst to the line for four free throws.

In lower class action, the sophomores were defeated by Rochelle on Thursday 40-12, but beat East Aurora the previous night by a final of 28-7.

The Lady Knights also received their IHSA Class 3A Regional assignment this past week. In their own regional, Kaneland, the number-four seed, will battle Illinois Math & Science Academy on Monday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

The winner will face number-one seed Hampshire on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. (2) Sycamore faces (3) Burlington Central in the Tuesday nightcap.

The regional title game is on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m., with the winner going on to the Marengo Sectional.

Knight boys handled by Rochelle, Hampshire

by Mike Slodki
Boys basketball hit a week’s worth of struggles, but the silver lining is that there remains time to emerge from it on a high note.

On Friday night, Rochelle defeated the host Knights in a 69-59 affair that featured a combined 65 foul shots for both squads.

KHS followed that up with a Saturday afternoon loss at the new Hampshire High School gym, 51-44.

The Knights are now 8-10 with a 2-7 record in Western Sun Conference play.

Dave Dudzinski had 31 points vs. the Hubs, including going 19-for-22 from the foul line.

Andy Wilkinson had a stellar night for Rochelle, going 15-for-16 from the line and ending up with 38 points.

Rochelle led 14-11 after one and Kaneland came back to tie the score at 27 all at halftime. Rochelle led 47-41 after three before cinching it in the fourth.

In lower class action, Rochelle defeated the sophomores 51-43.

Against the Whip-purs, Dudzinski had 15 points, while Christian Dillon had 10.

The Knights saw themselves get out to a hot start highlighted by four straight successful shots to go up 9-8, and a Chris Ott three-pointer with 4:31 to play in the quarter to go up 12-8.

Hampshire recovered and took advantage of 10 straight missed shots by KHS. The Whip-purs had an 11-0 run go their way and led 19-12 at the end of the frame.

Chaon Denlinger hit two foul shots with 5:22 to go and Dudzinski hit two more with 3:09, but by the time the center hit the Knights’ first field goal of the quarter with 2:07 remaining, KHS was down 21-18.

Hampshire led 24-20 at the half.

Both teams traded baskets in the third quarter, and while Dudzinski cut the Hampshire lead to 31-30, Hampshire scored the last eight points to go up 39-30 after three.

Hampshire hit seven of eight foul shots to pad their lead, and Denlinger cut the lead to 49-44 with 29.4 left, but it was too late.

“We were trying to get inside all game, and they were really clamping down,” KHS coach Dennis Hansen said. “They forced us to shoot, and we weren’t shooting very well. There were a lot of missed shots and we got behind.”

Kaneland takes its attack to Yorkville on Friday, Feb. 6, and hosts Sycamore on Saturday, Feb. 7.


Boys Basketball:
Soph at Yorkville, 7 p.m.
Girls Basketball:
Soph at Yorkville, 5:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball:
V at Yorkville, 7 p.m.
Fresh A/B vs. Sycamore, 5:30 p.m.
Girls Basketball:
V at Yorkville, 5:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball:
Vy vs. Sycamore, 5:30 p.m.
Soph vs. Sycamore, 2:30 p.m.
Fresh A/B at Geneva, 9 a.m.
Girls Basketball:
V vs. Sycamore, 4 p.m.
Soph vs. Sycamore, 1 p.m.
Fresh A/B vs. Geneva, 9 a.m.
V at Sandwich (IHSA 2A Regionals),
9 a.m.
V at DeKalb (IHSA Sectionals at Mardi
Gras Lanes), TBA.
TUESDAY, Feb. 10
Boys Basketball:
V/soph vs. Marengo, 5:30 p.m.
Fresh A/B vs. Marengo, 5:30 p.m.
Girls Basketball:
V/soph at Marengo, 5:45 p.m.
Fresh A/B at Marengo, 5:45 p.m.
Girls Basketball:
Fresh at Rochelle (WSC Tournament),
THURSDAY, feb. 12
Boys Basketball:
Soph at Sycamore, 7 p.m.
Fresh A/B at Burlington Central,
5:30 p.m.
Girls Basketball:
Soph at Sycamore, 5:30 p.m.

Fire alarm set off by pipe leak at former Emma’s building

by Martha Quetsch
The fire alarm at the former Emma’s Pub & Cantina building, 117 N. Main St., Elburn, sounded at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, but it wasn’t because of a blaze.

“It looks like this was a water leak in the upstairs apartment. Water got into the fire alarm system below and set off the alarm,” Elburn & Countryside Assistant Fire Chief Tate Haley said.

Six firefighters arrived at the scene shortly after the alarm, and shut down the water and power. They also immediately notified ComEd, and the company sent an electrician to determine whether the power could be turned on again without any hazard. ComEd reinstated the power and firefighters were able to leave the scene by 2 p.m., Haley said.

Haley said the pipe leak was not weather-related. No one was in the building when the alarm went off and the building’s electrical system did not experience a power short.

Firefighters cleaned up some of the water that had leaked from the pipe, and turned over the remaining damage repair to the building’s owner, Michael Alvarez.

Haley said the amount of damage to the building is not known yet.

Photo: Elburn firefighters responded to an alarm at 117 N. Main St. on Friday at about 12:30 p.m. A water leak set off the alarm system and ComEd was called to check the wiring system before reinstating the power. Photo by John DiDonna

St. Peter Church seminar set for Feb. 8

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

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

Flint, Schoger to wed

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

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

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

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

Royer, Luxbacher to wed

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

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

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

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

St. Charles Episcopal offers Taize service

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

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

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

Rose M. Augustine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A memorial has been established in Rose’s name to benefit orphans in Chad and other third-world countries, her church and other favorite charities. Memorial checks may be made to the Rose Augustine Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through his obituary at www.conleycare.com.