Letter: Help the library, help the community

I was hired by Sugar Grove Public Library trustees to help them provide first-rate library service to a growing community.

A facility, appropriate to meet the needs of an increased population, would be necessary. This facility would provide for a growing collection, space to study, space for programming, and space to come together. I am proud to have been part of making this new facility a reality.

The role of the library has not diminished with the Internet. The Internet has actually expanded the library’s role. In addition to print and audio resources, we now offer electronic resources. You now have the ability to access our services 24/7 online, including our electronic subscription services.

Library staff follow the library mission “to actively participate in the development of a strong, literate and well-informed community … be a unique resource providing open access to a variety of materials that foster opportunities for learning … support democracy, citizenship and cultural growth of the Sugar Grove Public Library.”

This includes working to develop a collection of materials, information and resources which support the information needs of the community. We continue our education through participation in several organizations. We expect to provide library service that is important to the community.

Volunteers and donors support us in our plans. It is our goal to offer consistent, reliable information and programming to the community. We would love to spend more time sharing the collection with patrons and working with school kids promoting reading and reading skills. We would like to offer more sessions of programs for preschoolers. We look forward to having time and resources for assisting job seekers, investors, vacation planners, and frugal families. To be a resource of cultural activities is our aim. Our list is longer than available resources or library hours can support. Help us to help you.

Beverly Holmes Hughes
Director
Sugar Grove Public Library

Re-elect Sean Michels for Sugar Grove village president

I am P. Sean Michels and I am proud and honored to be the Village President of Sugar Grove. I ask that you vote for me on Tuesday, April 7, 2009.

I have served as village president for the past nine years. Along with the Village Board, we have worked hard to make Sugar Grove a desirable place to live and work.

The board and I are working hard to bring in new businesses to Sugar Grove to diversify our tax base to reduce taxes. I do not believe, however, that reducing our impact fees or building standards to bring thousands of homes into town is the way to attract retail.

The sales tax will benefit the village, but the other taxing bodies, such as the Kaneland School District, will only receive property taxes.

Further, as the other candidates claim, residential must come first to attract the retail. Then I ask, who will pay for the new schools and infrastructure until the retail comes, if impact fees are reduced? The only answer is that current residents would be asked to approve more referendums.

Look at an Oswego tax bill. The village rate is the lowest in the area, but they pay more in taxes due to the school district. My approach is that Sugar Grove must work to attract commercial development. This can be done now that sewer and water are at the site of Hi Point Business Center, a 180-acre business park west of Waubonsee Community Center. This infrastructure was recently extended to the new Kaneland Middle School and looped around Hi Point, which will significantly reduce the development costs for this business park. This has taken some time to be completed, but this was a very expensive project that the village could not undertake by itself.

Under my tenure as Village President, Sugar Grove has maintained a strong financial position. The village went from an “A” rating by Standard and Poor’s in 2006, to an “A+” rating in 2008. This was based on good fiscal practices that have helped the village maintain very strong financial reserves. This conservative approach in spending will help the village through these tough economic times.

We have spent tax dollars wisely to improve or repair our infrastructure. We have improved water quality, added water storage, looped and extended mains while not raising taxes. We do regular maintenance on the sewer system, and do annual inspections to make the system efficient. We will be improving the dangerous intersection of Bliss Road and Merrill Road, and resurfacing Hankes and Wheeler roads, all with grants or matching funds, costing the village a fraction of the total cost. We realize there are other infrastructure needs, which we are currently working on.

Under my leadership, the village has made many plans to prepare for growth. We have been recognized by Kane County for our planning efforts. We work with our neighboring communities to plan for road and bike trail extensions. We have negotiated boundary agreements with Aurora, North Aurora, Montgomery, Yorkville, Plano and Batavia. We have tried to work with Elburn and Big Rock, but they have not wanted to negotiate an agreement.

I again ask that you vote for me on April 7. Please look beyond the campaign rhetoric. It would be a great honor to serve four more years.

P. Sean Michels
Sugar Grove

Letter: Long has the necessary experience

I am writing in support of Denny Long for Kaneville Township road commissioner.

Denny has a lot of experience at maintaining the roads for Kaneville Township, 28 years to be exact. Denny is an honest, hard working man who enjoys caring for the people. He has built good working relations with the Kane County Highway Department. He understands his budget and works within those numbers to get the needed maintenance done on the roads.

The job may seem simple—keep the snow plowed and ditches mowed—but there is a great deal more to the job that people don’t see everyday, and Denny understands every aspect of it.

I hope that you will get out and vote for Denny Long on April 7th for Kaneville Township Road Commissioner.

Russ and Kim Wendling
Kaneville

Letter: Vote for the future of Elburn

I would like to take the opportunity to ask all Elburnites to consider their votes carefully in this election.

My wife Patricia has worked hard day and night to get her message out about her campaign. Despite criticism and false allegations, she has pushed on, walking door to door to ask for votes, many times in freezing temperatures and on rainy days.

I can personally attest to the passion she brings to the table, and all the while without support from any politician, local, county or other. She has been self-funded and will therefore not be obligated to any political party or persons.

When did a small town like Elburn become so saturated in the machinations of politics? Actually, it wasn’t until a couple of months ago. We went from being a carefully growing, modest community sharing the pains that come with development. The change came with the jockeying for position in the town’s first contested mayoral election in eight years, accompanied by the fact of a long sitting mayor deciding to step down.

Jim Willey led Elburn through significant growth, and although it may have been trying at times, he never let it show. He wore his love for Elburn on his sleeve; he really deeply cared about us. His contributions will be with us for a very long time. Development was happening to the north and south of the sleepy little village, and people were arriving by the hundreds to be part of the far west suburb we call home. The arrival of Metra will always be an accomplishment Jim can be proud of. The dedication of the end of the line was indeed a momentous day, even though it was postponed a while due to one of our dazzling snowstorms, but come it did and with it the opportunity to link the old Elburn with the new.

Development has slowed; there are those who would like to take Elburn back 30 years, with policy made in the local coffee shop and committees meeting in private rather than out in front of the public, where citizens would have the opportunity to weigh in on the decisions of the board. We should not let machine politics become a part of our way of life.

The state of Illinois, the city of Chicago and Kane County itself have done nothing if not taught us that government should be more transparent. Our president has made good on his promise of transparency in government; you can go to the web and see where the money is going. We too must be willing to post our budget on the website for everyone to see, along with our local ordinances and all documents that affect our citizens. We can bury our heads in the sand and let the good old boys take us back to Mayberry, or we can move forward with courage and optimism by choosing a leader who is not a career politician, but possesses intelligence, is educated and has spent a 25 year career in business, and who is willing to work hard to bring Elburn forward to it’s rightful place as a destination for everyone looking for a special place to call home.

Please vote for the future of Elburn on April 7th, choose Patricia Romke as our next Mayor.

Richard Romke
Elburn

Letter: Based on experience, Rotter is best choice

I am writing this letter because I feel very strongly I would be remiss in my duty as Blackberry Township Supervisor if I did not express my support for Uwe Rotter, our township assessor.

I have had the opportunity to work very closely with Uwe and have observed his professional conduct with his staff and the myriad of taxpayers he has interacted with.

As township assessor, he keeps the Blackberry Township Board of Trustees informed and educated in the workings and statutory requirements of his office. Uwe, since he became assessor, has worked very diligently and openly to educate all property taxpayers in the property assessment process.

He has continually used and updated his website to inform and illuminate the data used in property assessment. He has begun open information programs for taxpayers at the Blackberry Town Hall. He is, for the second year, distributing materials to individual property owners to explain the assessment process.

He is fair, when the data is correct and accurate, in his assessments of property within Blackberry Township. He, most importantly, runs the office of Blackberry Township according to the law.

Blackberry Township deserves the best assessor in the county. In my opinion and experience, Uwe Rotter is the best.

David L. Anderson
Supervisor
Blackberry Township

Letter: I stand behind my work and reputation

I wanted to address some issues brought up, relating to the road conditions in Kaneville Township.

Some of the roads do have pot holes. Unfortunately, until the frost is out of the ground, they cannot be repaired properly. I have, however, been patching the blacktop roads and grading the gravel roads on a constant basis.

I have also been asked about the candidate running against me for Kaneville Township Road Commissioner, and I have never met or spoken with him. I have never even seen him at a township meeting. He has never asked me any questions about the position or responsibilities of road commissioner, so I can’t comment.

Several people have asked why I haven’t campaigned more. Well, I have lived here my whole life and know most of the residents on a first-name basis. I stand behind my work and reputation. I believe my experience should outweigh who came by your door campaigning in the past few weeks. I believe in running a clean campaign based on facts.

The one thing I do want the residents to know is if re-elected, I will continue to serve the people with the highest quality of road services possible.

Dennis Long
Kaneville
Kaneville Township Highway Commissioner

Letter: Dirty campaign for Blackberry assessor election

The previous two issues of the Elburn Herald contained letters that prove that dirty politics aren’t confined to state or national elections.

In my 40 years as a voter, this election for Blackberry Township assessor is the most nasty campaign for a local government office that I have yet seen. The incumbent has run a clean campaign, but the same can’t be said for the supporters of his opponent.

It’s the oldest campaign trick in the book: The candidate stands aside while her partisans, themselves immune from retaliation, hurl insults and accusations at her opponent.

In the March 19 Elburn Herald, a politician who does not live in this township—who doesn’t even live in Kane County—attacks Mr. Rotter on ethics grounds, but fails to explain how he received the brochure in question when he doesn’t live anywhere near here. The brochure is an annual one prepared by the assessor to inform residents of this township of their rights to appeal and of how the process works. Every taxpayer wants transparency, and Mr. Rotter is one of the few assessors who have gone to great extent to provide it. Apparently, Mr. Friedrich of Kendall County doesn’t have enough to do in his own assessor re-election campaign, so he had decided to interfere in one here.

The March 26 Elburn Herald contained the letter that disgusted me enough to write this one. That letter, from a Blackberry Township resident, slanders Mr. Rotter’s service as a fireman, calling it a “conflict of interest” with his office as assessor. It is that letter which angered me and has caused me to write this one.

As a former firefighter of seven years’ service and an ambulance attendant for two, I take personal offense to this unfounded attack on the reputation of a fellow fireman, and consider it an attack on all firemen and public safety personnel. The duty of firefighters is the protection of lives and property, and in the heat of an emergency there is time for nothing else. A firefighter risks his life and health in the service of his community, yet Ms. Snow of Elburn claims an assessor being a firefighter is a “conflict of interest;” shame, shame.

Something dark and dirty is behind all of this. I think the machinery of Ms. Wilcox’s campaign is being operated by someone we do not see, for motives we do not know. This is an ugly campaign, and as I write this, I cannot know what additional slanders and accusations will be thrown at candidate Rotter in this issue of the Elburn Herald, but a pattern has been established in the past two Elburn Heralds that there will be more.

The best way to discourage ugly campaigns like this is not to reward them. Mr. Rotter, the foul campaign tactics used by the accomplices of your opponent have convinced me that you are the right person for the job.

Mr. Rotter, you have my vote.

Dennis C. Ryan
Elburn

Colon cancer-preventable, treatable, beatable

by Susan O’Neill
How many of you are 50-plus and still have not made an appointment for your colonoscopy? I know, it’s not the most exciting thing to think of spending an hour doing, but it can save your life, or at least save you from getting colon or colorectal cancer.

St. Charles school teacher Jan McDowell’s father had colon cancer, as did three of his five brothers. Her mother had colon cancer, as well.

When McDowell almost 50, she began to feel tired, run down, and was losing weight. One day at work, she thought she was going to pass out. She had a high fever and her blood pressure had dropped.

At the emergency room, they told her she had two tumors, one on each side of her colon, and one of them had burst. The tumor had become infected and was spreading. The doctors performed surgery that night. One tumor was stage one and the other stage three, a more serious stage.

So far, McDowell has been lucky. As a patient of Dr. Robert Bayer’s, she underwent chemotherapy, which was successful.

She was 51 when the doctors diagnosed her cancer. She said if she had had a colonoscopy earlier, she might have prevented it.

“I know it’s not a fun test, but I should have had my colonoscopy,” she said.

Sure, it’s the last thing on your mind. It’s already annoying that turning 50 has gotten your name on the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) mailing list, but you’re still too young to qualify for senior discounts. So who wants to think about how old you are or what might be lurking in your colon?

Bayer, a Delnor-Community Hospital oncologist (cancer doctor), said everyone should have a colonoscopy when they turn 50. And those people whose family has a history of colon cancer should have a colonoscopy even sooner than that.

Bayer said that although the majority of colon cancers are diagnosed after 50, people as young as 20 can get colon cancer if it runs in their family.

“Everybody thinks they’ll live forever, until their friends start dropping,” Bayer said.

According to the American Cancer Society website, your colon (or large intestine) is the internal organ to which your small intestine is attached. Although your small intestine is so incredibly long (20 feet) that it is hard to imagine something like that would fit inside your body, your large intestine or colon is five feet.

Your colon is also the internal organ through which your body’s waste materials move before they leave your body. So it is understandable that people don’t want to think about (or heaven forbid, talk about) it.

I have to say I was probably busy a) washing my hair, b) playing with my dogs or c) ignoring the fact that I was 50, 51 or even 52 while I put off making the appointment to have my colonoscopy.

After all, your colon is five feet long, and they do a colonoscopy by sticking a hollow tube up your rear end and through your colon to see if there’s anything hiding there. So doesn’t that make that hollow tube about five feet long?

The tube has a light and a camera inside of it, so the doctor can take a picture of the inside walls of your colon. Sometimes they find little benign growths called polyps in the lining of your colon or rectum. Polyps are non-viral, warty-like growths that may or may not grow into colon cancer, but most colon cancers start out as polyps. While the doctor is performing the colonoscopy, he can snip out the offending polyps before they can grow into a cancer.

The day before you go for your colonoscopy, you participate in a medical ritual called “the prep.” The prep ensures that your colon is squeaky-clean, so your doctor can easily see the inside of it without anything in the way. The prep can be accomplished in a couple different ways. You can drink gallons of a liquid, or take pills over a number of hours and finish it all off with an enema.

This is actually the worst part of a colonoscopy. I would advise sleeping in the bathroom.

Once you arrive at the hospital the following day, you will likely be given some sedation while you wait nervously in the little pre-operative room. At some point, you will be rolled into the surgical room where you will lie on one side while you wait for the entry of the five-foot tube. Then you will wake up back in the recovery room. You will yawn and say, “Is it over?”

And it will be. Now, won’t you feel foolish for waiting so long to have it done?

Bayer said that colon cancer is the third most common cancer in America, with more than 100,000 new cases diagnosed per year. It is the second most lethal cancer in America, resulting in more than 50,000 deaths in 2008.

However, he said that if a polyp is caught early enough, you can prevent it from progressing to cancer. And if you find the cancer, you can treat it. He said that colonoscopies have proven very effective in screening for colon and colorectal cancer. In addition, chemotherapy has been shown to be effective in treating colon cancers that have not metastasized or spread.

He said that people often do not have any symptoms with colon cancer until it is too advanced to do anything about it. And he said that the longer you have polyps, the larger they get and the more likely they are to turn into cancer.

He said there is a screening test called a Hemoccult fecal blood test designed to find traces of blood in the stool. However, he said that although colon cancers and polyps can bleed, sometimes they do not. He said this screening test can give false positive and false negative results. He said it can be a basic starting point, but a colonoscopy is much more effective in getting accurate results.

He said that Kane County has relatively better statistics than other areas for how many people get tested. Still, he said, less than 50 percent of the population ever gets a colonoscopy. The most informative statistic might be that the majority of the patients he is treating for colon cancer have never had a colonoscopy.

McDowell said she understands people dragging their feet to get their colonoscopy.

“It’s a part of your body you feel is private; that you don’t feel comfortable talking about,” she said. “You think it’s going to hurt. I didn’t think it could happen to me.”

McDowell wears a blue bracelet that signifies colorectal cancer. It has the words on it, “Preventable, treatable, beatable.”
She said she is always after people now to get their colonoscopies.

“It was like a wake-up call for me,” she said. “I could have saved myself a lot of grief.”

Risk factors for colon cancer
• Age: About 90 percent of people
who get colon cancer are over 50
• Family history of colon-related
cancer or polyps
• Inflammatory intestinal conditions of
the colon, such as ulcerative colitis
and Chrohn’s disease
• Diet low in fiber and high in fat and
calories; some increased risk with
high red meat diets
• Sedentary lifestyle: Regular physical
activity may decrease risk
• Diabetes
• Obesity
• Smoking
• Heavy use of alcohol

Signs and symptoms of colon cancer
• Change in bowel habits for more
than two weeks
• Rectal bleeding or blood in stool
• Persistent abdominal discomfort,
such as gas, cramps or pain
• Abdominal pain with bowel movement
• Feeling that your bowel doesn’t
empty completely
• Weakness or fatigue; shortness of breath
• Unexplained weight loss
• Iron deficiency anemia *

* According to Dr. Robert Bayer, colon cancer is the most common cause of iron deficiency anemia

Pull-tab collectors help Ronald McDonald House Charities

by Martha Quetsch
Carrie Petrie’s 7-year-old granddaughter Abigail survived cancer as a baby. Now she and her family are giving back to those who helped them during their ordeal, and inspiring others to do the same.

Petrie, of Elburn, said Abigail brings home “gobs of pull tabs” she collects to give to Ronald McDonald House. Abigail’s parents, Cara and Steven Bartel of DeKalb, stayed there while she was receiving cancer treatment at Loyola University Medical Center and Children’s Memorial Hospital.

“They thought it was just wonderful that they could stay there when Abigail was in treatment. They could sleep there, take a shower, all for free,’ Petrie said.

Petrie said her granddaughter has brought hundreds of one-gallon containers filled with pull tabs to Ronald McDonald House with her parents for the past four years.

“She gets donations from everywhere,” Petrie said.

Elburn Chiropractor Ken Baumruck has helped with the effort, offering his office at 319 N. Main St. as a drop-off site for pull tabs for Abigail’s Ronald McDonald House collection. Baumruck delivers the tabs to Ronald McDonald House for them.

“Dr. Baumruck has been just great,” Petrie said.

Former Kaneland Blackberry Elementary School fifth-grade teacher JoAnn Tierney, a patient of Baumruck’s, heard about the Ronald McDonald pull tab program from him. She decided that instead of last year’s efforts, in which Blackberry students collected and exchanged the tabs for money for the student council, they could donate them in the school’s and Abigail’s name to the Ronald McDonald program. So she brought the jug the students filled with tabs to Baumruck’s office.

“It was more meaningful to give to him for the local girl’s Ronald McDonald House collection,” said Tierney, now the Blackberry librarian.

Abigail and Blackberry Elementary students are among hundreds of individuals who have collected pop tabs to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Ronald McDonald House has the tabs recycled and receives the market value of the recycled metal, plus a charitable match from the recycling company, United Scrap. Last year, Ronald McDonald House raised more than $40,000 from the program.

Photo: Abigail “Abby” Bartel, 3, is a cancer survivor whose parents stayed at Ronald McDonald House during her treatment. Courtesy Photo

Nelson John Wendell

Brad and Kristina Wendell of Geneva would like to announce the birth of their son, Nelson John Wendell, who was born March 3, 2009, at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva. He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

His grandparents are Joy and Gregg Nelson of Geneva and Laura and John Wendell of Buffalo Grove, Ill.

Shaw, Durrenberger to wed

Chari Shaw of DeLand, Fla., would like to announce the engagement of her daughter, Helen Lindsay Shaw, to Daniel Craig Durrenberger, son of Don and Paulette Durrenberger, originally from the Fox Valley area and now residing in Arizona.

The bride to be is a 2004 graduate of DeLand High School and a 2008 graduate of Florida State University with a BA in Mass Media Studies. She is employed by WCTV, a CBS affiliate in Tallahassee, Fla.

The future groom is a 2004 graduate of Kaneland High School and is completing his degree at Florida State University, pursuing a double major in Theatre and English Literature. He is employed by the Element Church as a junior high pastor.

The wedding is scheduled for Aug. 1, 2009, in Tallahassee, Fla.

Irene Dodd Sachen

Irene Dodd Sachen, 91, of Jefferson City, Tenn., formerly of Kaneville, passed away at her daughter’s home in Jefferson City, Tenn., on Monday, March 23, 2009.

She was born Feb. 22, 1918, the daughter of Fredrick and Chestie (Beck) Schleifer in Kaneville.

Irene grew up in Kaneville and attended local schools while her parents owned and operated the Schleifer Grocery Store in town.

In October, 1937, she was united in marriage to Lewis Dodd, and they made their home in Elburn.

Irene’s life changed drastically on May 29, 1962, when her husband died suddenly.

Irene lived in Elburn for 32 years and worked for Furnas Electric for over 25 years before she retired in 1976.

She was lucky in love for a second time when she was united in marriage to Theodore Sachen on Oct. 29, 1976, in Las Vegas, Nev. They made their home in New Port Richie, Fla., where she found that many elderly people need some help and she was the one to do it. It gave Irene great satisfaction to be able to help others pay their bills, do their banking, housework and grocery shopping. While at home and much to her friends’ delight, Irene baked goodies to share whenever she would visit them.

Following the death of their son-in-law, Ervin Rada, in 2003, Irene and Ted moved with their daughter Marlene to Jefferson City, Tenn., where they made their home near Marlene’s daughter and son-in-law, Faith and Mark Henrikson. One year later, Ted’s health began to decline and Irene had to say goodbye to Ted for the last time on July 22, 2006.

In 2004, Irene and Marlene moved to Jefferson City, Tenn., where they have since made their home.

Irene is a member of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn.

Irene’s number-one love was her grandchildren. In second place was cooking. From baking to canning, cooking delicious meals and home grown, fresh-squeezed orange juice, Irene said “I love you” in dozens of delicious ways.

She is survived by her family, Marlene Rada of Jefferson City, Tenn., and Lonna (Jerry) Schmidt of Elburn; seven grandchildren, Faith (Mark) Henrikson of Jefferson City, Tenn., Gene Fink of Park Forest, Ill., Jim (Beth) Schmidt of Cottage Grove, Tenn., Kevin Schmidt of Elburn, Kelly (Matt) Durbala, also of Elburn, Jim Rada of Cottage Grove, Tenn., Shelly (Ken) Coupe of Naperville; nine great-grandchildren, two nieces, and three nephews.

She now joins her parents; two husbands, Lewis Dodd and Ted Sachen; one son-in-law, Ervin Rada; one brother, Ralph Schleifer; one brother-in-law, Harry Meltzer; and one sister, Thelma Peiffer, who preceded her in death.

Visitation was held the morning of March 30, with a funeral service to celebrate her life following. Interment followed at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn. The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Dire, pastor of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn, officiated.

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

Kristie K. Moore

Kristie K. Moore, 44 formerly of Big Rock, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora.

She was born Feb. 23, 1965, in Aurora, the daughter of Naomi (Baumann) Moore and the late Darrell Moore.

Kristie was a long-time employee at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.

She is survived by her mother, Naomi Moore of Aurora; her sister, Candy Moore-Erikson of Seneca, Ill.,; her brothers, Darrell Moore of Plano, Ill., and Robert Moore of Sandwich, Ill.; her niece, Natalie Moore and her nephew, Nathan Moore.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 28, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. Visitation was held Friday, March 28, at the funeral home. Interment took place at River Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society 143 First St. Batavia, IL, 60510.

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

Arlene E. Christian

Arlene E. (Northrup) Christian, 88, of Grand Island, Neb., formerly of Aurora, passed away on Friday March 27, 2009, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

She was a loving wife and mother of three sons. While she never had a career, Arlene did charity work for the Jumble Shop in McCook, Neb., and was involved with congregational church functions in McCook and earlier in Aurora. Arlene was an accomplished pianist, who, along with her late husband Kenneth Christian, Sr., a professional clarinet and saxophone player, created a home atmosphere that fostered music.

Survivors include her two sons, Steve and Terry; a grandson, Eric; three granddaughters, Lisa Wilczynski, Karen Campbell and Jill Smith, as well as seven great-grandchildren.

Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Christian, Sr.; and her eldest son, Kenneth Christian, Jr.

Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday April 4, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. Interment will be at Spring Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 3, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

Nancy Ayres

Nancy Ayres, a beloved citizen of Elburn, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. She was born Dec. 14, 1921. She was united in marriage to John Ayers, a chiropractor in Elburn for many years.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband John. They had no children.

Her family was the Elburn community, and her church St. Mark’s Episcopal.

She had traveled with St. Mark’s to Israel and was instrumental in the expansion of the church in 2002. Nancy had a keen mind and delighted in the issues of the day. One of Nancy’s greatest passions was her service to the Town and Country Public Library District.

She dedicated countless hours as a member of the library board, serving in numerous positions including president and secretary. She would also be an integral part of a committee responsible for planning the new Elburn Town and Country Library. Nancy co-founded the Friends of the Library and was an active member of the noon book discussion group.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 31, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 320 Franklin St., in Geneva. The Rev. Mark Tusken officiated.

Memorials in her memory may be directed to the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Geneva.

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

Edward Carl Anderson

Edward Carl Anderson, 98, of Tuscon, Ariz., formerly of the Leland, Ill., area, passed away unexpectedly Friday, March 27, 2009, at the Northwoods Care Center, Belvidere, Ill., where he had recently become a resident.

He was born April 17, 1910, the son of Carl and Betty (Carlson) Anderson in Batavia.

Edward grew up in Elburn and attended local schools, graduating from Elburn High School in 1928.

Edward married Lillian Lindvall on June 14, 1941. They farmed for many years in the Elburn and Leland area, and for 16 years, Edward worked as a mechanic for a Leland implement dealer. In 1980, they retired and moved to Tucson, Ariz. Following Lillian’s passing in 2004, Ed continued to make his home there until a battle with cancer in 2008.

Edward was a faithful member and trustee at the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sandwich, Ill., and was a 32nd degree Mason in the Earlville Masonic Lodge. He was also a 50-year member of the Benevolent Protector of the Elks in DeKalb (B.P.O.E), as well as a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose lodges in Sandwich and Tucson.

Edward was a man of many talents. He was well read in many areas, but also was a sports fan and was especially devoted to the Chicago Cubs and was an avid fisherman.

He is survived by one son, Rodney (Rosemary) Anderson of Wakefield, Kan.; two daughters, Evelyn (Ron) Prasse of Freeport, Ill., and Susan Anderson of Chicago; four grandchildren, Kirsten (Jon) Schwartz and their children, Annika and Alaina and Amelia of Utah; Karen (John) Swalwell and their children, Linnea, Carl and Gretchen of Iowa; Rob (Julia) Prasse of Chicago, and Nate (Emily) Prasse and their daughter, Stella, of Pearl City, Ill.; one sister, Florence Lehman of Naperville; one brother-in-law, Fred Proctor of Elburn; many nieces and nephews and a family of friends from Illinois to Arizona.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Lillian; his parents, Carl and Betty Anderson; four brothers, Gunnar and Oliver Anderson, and Paul and Harold Anderson in infancy; and one sister, Alice Proctor of Elburn.

Visitation will be held Saturday, April 4, from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1022 N. Main St., Sandwich, followed by the funeral service at noon. The Rev. Gene Peiske will officiate.

View service webcast live at www.conleycare.com or as on-demand video in 48 hours. Cremation will follow and private interment services will later take place at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit the American Cancer Society, the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church and other favorite charities. Checks may be made to the Edward Anderson Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL, 60119. Tributes and condolences may be mailed to the same address or e-mailed to the family through his obituary at www.conleycare.com. For information, call (630) 365-6414.

Virgil church offers Lenten fish fries

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

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

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

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

Lord of Life Church offers Easter worship services

Lord of Life church announces the following events in celebration of Easter:

Seder Dinner-Lord of Life Church will celebrate a traditional Christian Seder dinner commemorating the Last Supper celebrated by Jesus on Sunday, April 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost of the meal is $8 per person, and reservations can be made by calling the church office at (630) 513-5325. Child care will be available for children under 10 years of age.

Maundy Thursday worship service with communion will be held on Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m.

Good Friday worship service will be held on Friday, April 10, at 7 p.m.

Easter Egg Extravaganza-Children of all ages are invited to a special Easter Egg Hunt at Lord of Life Church Saturday, April 11, at 10 a.m.

Easter worship service-Two worship services will be held on Easter Sunday, April 12, at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

The church is located at 40W605 Route 38 in Elburn. For more information, visit www.lolchurch.net or call (630) 513-5325.

St. Gall announces Holy Week schedule

St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn will observe Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week with the blessing of palms branches at the Saturday, April 4, Mass at 4:30 p.m.

Palms will also be blessed and distributed at the following Sunday Masses on April 5: 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. There will also be a solemn procession at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass.

In addition to the usual schedule, Holy Week services are as follows: Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 p.m.; Good Friday, Stations of the Cross at 1 p.m.; Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, 7:30 p.m.; Holy Saturday, Blessing of Easter foods, 11 a.m.

The Easter Vigil will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. Because of the vigil, the usual 4:30 p.m. Mass has been cancelled.

Masses on Easter Sunday are at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

For information, call (630) 365-6030.

Immanuel Lutheran schedules Holy Week

Holy Week services at Immanuel Lutheran Church are scheduled from Saturday, April 4, through Easter Sunday, April 12.

Saturday worship is at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Traditional Palm Sunday worship will be at 8 and 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary; a contemporary worship is at 10:45 a.m. in the Family Life Center.

Holy Week devotions will be at 7:15 a.m. Monday, April 6, through Friday, April 10, in the chapel.

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services will be at 3:45 and 7:15 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Easter Eve worship will be at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Easter worship will include a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m.; traditional worship at 9 a.m. and contemporary worship at 11 a.m. All services will be in the Family Life Center.

For information, call the church office, (630) 879-7163, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Seder, prayer for sick

A Passover Seder experience will be presented by Chosen People Ministries at Evangelical Fellowship Church (EFC) in Elburn on Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. The last supper of Jesus and his disciples will be explained, giving prophetic insight to the Jewish Passover tradition.

EFC, in cooperation with Faith Assembly, Community Congregational and Hope Anglican, will follow the presentation with a city-wide interchurch hour of prayer for the sick, unemployed and hurting. Everyone is welcome, especially those who are in trouble.

There will be a free-will offering taken for Chosen People ministries.