Elburn woman arrested on forgery charges

The Kane County Sheriff’s Department conducted an investigation into an incident where a homeowner had received two counterfeit twenty dollar bills at a garage sale. The sale occurred at the victim’s residence on Willow Creek Drive in unincorporated Kane County over the weekend on July 24 and 25.

Sheriff’s Detectives reviewed the case with the Kane County States’ Attorney’s Office, who authorized one count of forgery against Doris Adamson, of the 500 Block of Main St., Elburn. On Aug. 14, Adamson was arrested while at the Kane County Judicial Center.

It does appear that this case was connected with a similar incident in Sugar Grove.

The charge against Adamson is not a proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

8/20 Police blotter

The following reports were obtained from local police departments. The individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

• Oscar Eduaredo Diaz, 19, of the 100 block of Lorlyn Circle in Batavia, was arrested at 6:05 a.m. for driving without a valid license or insurance. Police stopped him as he was eastbound on Route 38 in Elburn, after he failed to stop at the stop sign before turning from First Street.

• Someone dropped off an aged, yellow Labrador, mixed-breed dog at the Elburn Police Station. An officer found the dog in the fenced K-9 holding area behind the station at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Police called the Kane County Animal Control Center to pick up the animal. The center will hold the animal for one week and if no one claims it, the dog will be euthanized.

• Bradley K. Green, 35, of the 600 block of North Edgelawn Drive, Aurora, was arrested at 11:45 p.m. Aug. 13 for driving while his license was revoked. Police stopped him for speeding, on Route 47 south of Capes Drive in Elburn.

Letter: Thanks to AJ from Rosatis

Recently, my husband and I ordered from Rosatis, which we have done for a number of years. Not only was our order delivered quickly, but about five minutes after we sat down to eat the doorbell rang again and AJ (the owner) was at our door with a blank check, which I had inadvertently torn off when I wrote a check for our food. He could have called and asked me to come and pick it up, but he drove over and personally delivered it. There has been some negative publicity about Elburn lately on these pages, and I thought it only fitting that someone who possesses both honesty and integrity should be recognized. Thanks AJ, and continued success to you!
Patricia and Richard Romke

Letter: Lauzen releases constituent survey results

In early May, I sent a survey to my constituents, both Democrats and Republicans, to get their final advice before we voted on many issues in June and early July. More than 4,000 citizens in our area replied!

My assistant and I have made the conscious decision to save the state postage expense and to report the most interesting 12 findings through this channel of a letter to the local editor.

1. “What do you believe the state’s legislative top priority should be?” (asked to check one box only):
46.5% Budget
16.5% Jobs
14.0% Ethics
5.6% Health care
5.4% Education

2. “Do you favor (Gov. Pat Quinn’s) 50% increase in the income tax rates?”
72% No (3,071 replies)
17% Yes (745 replies)
11% Undecided (459 replies)

3. “In order to pay for a road and infrastructure construction plan, which do you prefer?”
56% Cut services (2,391 replies)
24% New gambling (1,024 replies)
15% Tax hike (628 replies)
5% Undecided (232 replies)

4. “On a scale of 1-10 (important), indicate how strongly you believe each factor has contributed to there being the same level of academic achievement over time despite increased funding?”
Lack of focus on basic, demanding curriculum (7.5 index level)
Social problems at home (7.1 index level)
Apathetic parents (7.5 index level)
Teacher’s Union influence (6.9 index level)
Ineffective expensive administration (8.2 index level)

5. “Do you believe that shifting funding for public education from local property taxes to higher state taxes will improve student academic achievement?”
73% No (3,117 replies)
12% Yes (491 replies)
15% Undecided (655 replies)

6. Should medical marijuana be legalized?
47.5% Yes (2,030 replies)
37.9% No (1,619 replies)
14.6% Undecided (624 replies)

7. “Do you support the State of Illinois requiring/providing state-run health care for all Illinois, even those who have private insurance now?”
71% No (3,050 replies)
14% Yes (606 replies)
15% Undecided (618 replies)

8. “Should voters in Republican primaries be allowed to vote for the equivalent of the board of directors for the Illinois Republican party?”
59% Yes (2,516 replies)
10% No (413 replies)
31% Undecided (1,345 replies)

9. “Should homosexual marriage be legalized?”
75% No (3,185 replies)
17% Yes (723 replies)
9% Undecided (366 replies) (note-slight rounding error)

10. “Should homosexual civil unions be legalized?”
46% No (1,983 replies)
41% Yes (1,740 replies)
13% Undecided (550 replies)

11. “On a scale of 1-10 (important), how important to you is someone’s Democrat or Republican affiliation?”
4.95 Index Level (4,187 replies)

12. “Should it be illegal for any family member of a legislator to function as a lobbyist?”
83% Yes (3,560 replies)
9% No (400 replies)
7% Undecided (316 replies) (note-slight rounding error)

I personally read each one of your responses and am deeply grateful for the time you took to guide me to serve you better.

Christopher J. Lauzen
Illinois State Senator

Letter: Elburn unfairly criticized

This is in regards to a Letter to the Editor titled “Please return money lost at Elburn Jewel,” that was run on Aug. 6, 2009. In that letter, a Campton Hills woman had left a blue bank bag full of checks and $3,400 in the Jewel on Aug. 4. The money she explained, was for treatment for her dog who had lymphoma. She was looking to get her money back, and rightfully so, pleading with the person who took it to return it to any bank in Elburn without prosecution. First, I hope her dog gets well. Second, I hope she gets her money back, because it was wrong for someone to take the money, period.

However, what she said in her letter was disturbing to me. She said, “I thought a little town like Elburn still had very honest and proud residents, but I was very wrong and hurt by this little town.” So, I get this from that statement—She feels that there are no honest and proud residents in Elburn currently, and that our little town hurt her and that it absolutely had to be someone from Elburn. So there are no dishonest people in Campton Hills or St. Charles? Ugh. There are unfortunately bad people everywhere. And let me get this straight, no one from anywhere else but Elburn shops at that Jewel-Osco, right? That’s funny because she was from Campton Hills shopping there. And now the general residents of Elburn are dishonest and not proud? Well, I still hope she still gets her money back, and I really do hope her dog gets treatment and gets well (I have dogs myself) but I hope she really thinks about what she said. Lumping a whole community as dishonest, especially the community I love, does not sit well with me. I think it was a pretty ignorant statement and, well, I am very sorry we didn’t live up to your expectations—it could have happened anywhere, even Campton Hills, believe or not.

Melissa Mullany

Letter: Calling all youth in the Elburn area

The Elburn Lions are looking for help with cleanup during Elburn Days.

Cleanup consists of distributing and maintaining receptacles during two-hour shifts. Gloves and safety vests will be provided. You can sign up for multiple shifts. Pay is $5/hour for under the age of 16, and $7/hour for 16 and up.

We have various shifts available. They are limited—first come, first serve!

If you are between the age of 12-18 who would like to earn some money for Elburn Days, please contact Uwe Rotter at (630) 408-8969. Leave a message with your phone number if you get the answering machine.

Friday Aug. 21
8-9 a.m. – Distribution
7-9 p.m. – Cleanup shift
Saturday Aug. 22
6 a.m. – General park cleanup
12-2 p.m. – Cleanup shift
2-4 p.m. – Cleanup shift
4-6 p.m. – Cleanup shift
6-8 p.m. – Cleanup shift
8-9:30 p.m. – Cleanup shift
Sunday Aug. 23
6 a.m. – General park cleanup
12-2 p.m. – Cleanup shift
2-4 p.m. – Cleanup shift
4-6 p.m. – Cleanup shift
6-8 p.m. – Cleanup shift
8-9:30 p.m. – Cleanup shift
Monday Aug. 24
8 a.m. – General park cleanup
Uwe Rotter
Elburn Lions Club

Carnival has new ‘Glass House,’ unlimited-ride bracelets

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—The Elburn Days Carnival at Lions Park will have a new feature this year, the walk-through Glass House. The festival’s carnival provider, Skinner’s Amusements, also will offer its traditional rides, from the Zipper to the Ferris wheel.

“We have a wide variety-family, intermediate and thrill rides—18 to 20 total,” company owner Pat Skinner said.

For many festival-goers, the carnival is the highlight of the three-day summer event at Lions Park, which offers four opportunities for unlimited rides during the weekend.

The carnival kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, with the festival’s first multi-ride wrist bracelet period, during which fest-goers may take all the rides they want with a purchase of a $15 bracelet.

On Saturday, Aug. 22, the carnival opens at noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. the second multi-ride wrist bracelet periods will take place.

Carnival rides will start at noon on Sunday, Aug. 23, with the third multi-ride wrist bracelet period extending from then until 4 p.m. The final multi-ride bracelet period is from 5:30 to 8:30.

Maple Park Baseball league hosts tryouts

The Maple Park Baseball League will hold tryouts for the 12U Boy’s Travel Team. This team will compete in the Kane County Bronco League during the 2010 season. The season runs from mid-April through July. Fees start at $300 per player.

Players must be younger than 13 as of April 30, 2010. Tryouts will be held at the Maple Park Baseball Field on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m.

For more information, call Jeff Violett (815) 827-3664 or Tom O’Shea (815) 827-3810.

Physicals begin for WCC Athletics

All student-athletes who plan on participating in intercollegiate athletics at Waubonsee Community College during the 2008-09 school year are invited to receive a free physical. Physicals will be administered on Wednesday, Sept. 2, starting at 1 p.m. in Erickson Hall on the school’s Sugar Grove campus. The examinations are being provided to Waubonsee student-athletes free of charge.

The NJCAA requires that all student-athletes, including walk-ons, have a completed physical prior to beginning practices with a sports team. No one will be allowed to practice or participate in games without a completed current physical on file. Athletes may choose to have a physical completed by their personal physician at their own expense.

To schedule an appointment, please contact the Waubonsee Athletic Department at (630) 466-2524.

Picnic in the park

FVJN Hot Dogs & Havdalah (end of Sabbath) event Aug. 29
The Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN) will feature a family-friendly evening at the upcoming Hot Dogs & Havdalah event, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Wheeler Park, Geneva.

A Havdalah service will be held at 7:30 p.m., but come earlier for dinner, socializing and playtime for the younger set.

RSVP to Tammie at tammie.weinberger@gmail.com with the number attending and what food you would like to bring.

For information on upcoming events, please visit www.fvjn.org.

Food needed for the FVJN event
• Hot dogs & buns
• Green salad
• Desserts
• Fresh fruit
• Condiments
• Chips
• Water bottles/soda
• Veggie tray
• Coolers with ice
• Plates, napkins & cutlery
• Large platters
• Hot mitts
• Wet wipes and paper towels

Ice cream and pie social at St. Charles Episcopal

ST. CHARLES—St. Charles’ Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th. Ave., will host an ice cream and pie social from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23. Proceeds will support Lazarus House, Shelter Assistance, Habitat for Humanity and TriCity Family Services.

Advance tickets are available, by calling (630) 584-2596, or at the event. Tickets are $6 per person, with discounts for families.

More information on worship, outreach and education at the church is available at www.stcharlesepiscopal.org.

Lunch menus for Aug. 26-28

Wed: Hot dog, mac and cheese, fresh carrots and dip, pears.
Thu: Rib sandwich, oven fries, green beans, mandarin oranges.
Fri: Cheese pizza, tossed salad, peas, fresh cantaloupe, yogurt parfait.
Wed: Hot dog, mac and cheese, fresh carrots and dip, fruit and milk.
Thu: Rib sandwich, oven fries, green beans, fruit and milk.
Fri: Cheese pizza, tossed salad, peas, fresh cantaloupe, yogurt parfait, fruit and milk.

Shumaker named to dean’s list at IWU

Megan Shumaker, a 2008 graduate of Kaneland High School, has received recognition on the national dean’s list for the spring 2009 semester at Indiana Wesleyan University. To be named to this list, a student must obtain a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, and carry at least 12 credit hours for the semester.

Cain attends summer big band jazz program

Chuck Cain, a musician from Elburn, spent two weeks this summer studying jazz at Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, Wis. He is the son of Lora and John Cain and studies drums privately with Aaron Puckett, and is a student at Kaneland High School.

Cain is the 2009 winner of the Special Recognition for Outstanding Musicianship Award. He was among 94 young musicians selected from throughout the country to attend one of two Big Band Jazz sessions at the school, which provides intensive, performance-based instruction to musicians age 12-19 by immersing them in a professional, mentoring environment.

Snyder graduates U.S. Coast Guard recruit training

Coast Guard Seaman Eric Snyder, son of Pam and Kelly Snyder of Elburn, recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J.

During the eight-week training program, Snyder completed a vigorous training curriculum consisting of academics and practical instruction on water safety and survival, military customs and courtesies, seamanship skills, first aid, fire fighting and marksmanship.

Snyder and other recruits also received instruction on the Coast Guard’s core values—honor, respect and devotion to duty—and how to apply them in their military performance and personal conduct. Snyder will join 36,000 other men and women who comprise Coast Guard’s force.

Snyder is a 2004 graduate of Kaneland High School.

McFadden named to dean’s list at Washington University

Kaitlin McFadden of Elburn was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2009 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. McFadden is a graduate of St. Charles North High School, and is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences.

To qualify for the dean’s list in arts and sciences, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units.

Local residents earn degrees from Western Governors University

The following local students have received degrees from Western Governors University. The online university awarded nearly 900 degrees at its semi-annual commencement ceremonies held in Salt Lake City on July 11.

Mary Miller of Elburn received a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies, while Kimberly Branca of Elburn completed a post baccalaureate teacher preparation program in elementary education grades.

Millikin announces dean’s list

Millikin University recently announced students named to the dean’s list for the spring 2009 semester.

To be eligible, students must complete at least 12 graded credits during the semester and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Students placed on the high dean’s list have earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Local students earning the honor were Michelle Buck, Erika Davidson and Rebecca Hof, all of Elburn.

Nicholas Alexander Gura

Nicholas Alexander Gura, 5, of Montgomery, fought for years the leukemia that was afflicting his body. Although it took its toll over time, Nicholas never gave up and fought for every day. His spirit was finally released on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at Loyola University Hospital, Chicago.

He was born Sept. 26, 2003, in Hinsdale, Ill. He came home to his parents and two big brothers, Zachary and Joseph II, and a big sister, Starla, in Bolingbrook, Ill. His first years were full of all the milestones that make parents proud.

In 2005, the family moved to Montgomery, and in October, Nicholas was diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL). He began a battle that would last just under four years. Nicholas was a rapid responder to his treatments, but a relapse came in October 2008.

Good news was on the horizon when, thanks to his brother Joseph, Nicholas received a bone marrow transplant on Feb. 4, 2009. Everything was shattered when another relapse came in July of 2009. Through it all, Nicholas remained energetic and showed a strength of spirit that lifted the hearts of all around him.

Everything Nicholas did made his parents smile. In difficult times, his big brown eyes and infectious smile made all things better. He loved to listen to music, and when he sang, his voice rang down the halls. Even when you met him for the first time, you recognized something special inside Nicholas that radiated with every word and step. Even though he was small, his faith was larger than life. His relationship with Jesus was one that humbled everyone he met.

Nicholas loved to play basketball, baseball and when it came to fishing, you couldn’t find a more patient and dedicated angler. Wrestling, running, being chased and jumping off the couch made his laughter ring throughout the house. Chuck E. Cheese was a favorite destination, and when it came to television, Sponge Bob Square Pants and Patrick stole the show.

He also loved to play swords and left marks to prove it. Video games ruled the house when he could play Guitar Hero and on Nintendo Wii, carnival and boxing. The one thing Nicholas wanted most in life was to swim, but the doctors said he couldn’t get his chemotherapy port wet. Even a trip to Disneyland paled in comparison to his wish to have a swimming pool, and that wish came true when Make-A-Wish Foundation installed one of his very own in June.

At the end of the day, questions left unanswered must stay that way. One thing is known and will forever remain true, Nicholas lives on in the hearts of his family, and anyone that he met that was lucky enough to call him friend.

He now leaves his loving parents, Sherri (nee McNulty) Gura of Montgomery and Joe Gura of Westmont, Ill.; two brothers, Zachary and Joseph II of Montgomery; two sisters, Starla of Montgomery and Skylar of Westmont, Ill; two maternal aunts, Rose (nee McNulty) Hurst and Lakeisha McNulty; two maternal uncles, Vincent McNulty and Timothy McNulty; one maternal great-aunt, Delores (nee Mitchell) Smith; two paternal aunts, Donna (nee Gura) Tadey and Dawn Gura; three paternal uncles, Jim Gura, Jeff Gura and Jerry Gura; paternal grandparents, Emery Gura and Marlene Gura; and one paternal great-grandmother, Elsie McIntyre; and many cousins and a family of friends.

He now joins his maternal great-grandmother, Alberta “Mammo” Mitchell; maternal grandparents, Lee Edward and Shirley (nee Mitchell) McNulty; two maternal uncles, Derrick McNulty and Jimmy McNulty; two maternal aunts, Ella McNulty and LeEster McNulty; his parental great-grandfather, Joy “Mac” McIntyre.

Visitation will be on Friday, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 21, at 11 a.m. at Conley Funeral home, with a visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will follow.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Nicholas Gura Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119 or directly deposited in his name at the Old Second Bank, Elburn branch. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Joanne J. Doll

Joanne J. Doll, 68, of Lily Lake, passed away suddenly Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at Delnor Hospital, Geneva, following complications from viral pneumonia.

She was born June 8, 1941, the daughter of Thomas Elizabeth (Saybo) Crowley in Chicago.

She grew up on the south side of Chicago and attended local schools. Joanne worked for Eastman Kodak for a time, and at the Chicago Tribune as an editor. Then she worked as a radiologist technician for both the Community Hospital in Geneva and St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. Later, Joanne found her mission in life as a support specialist for the Elgin office of DCFS. There she fought valiantly for the children she was given to protect, and it was quickly known that she was a force with which to be reckoned.

Joanne met the love of her life in Ernie Doll. She was living across the street from his sister in Hanover Park, Ill., and before long they formed a friendship that bloomed into something more. They were united in marriage in 1971 in Chicago. They began their life together in Streamwood, Ill., for a time before making their home in Lily Lake.

Joanne and Ernie shared their life, love and home as dedicated foster parents through DCFS and Catholic Charities.

They provided a safe haven and a loving home to over 300 children, while eventually adopting seven children for their own.
She was a faithful member of S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Virgil.

Joanne was a crafter, plain and simple. She loved to knit, sew, crochet and macrame anything at anytime. Family treasures include hand-sewed paper doll families and Santa hats with matching knitted scarves.

QVC was as close to her heart as her hand was to the remote. She called early and often, getting clothes, laptops, Christmas and birthday presents, as well as all the decorations that made their home festive for any occasion.

Never one to let technology pass her by, Joanne also was a faithful Nintendo Wii bowler with her children, passing the time frame by frame.

Through her work with DCFS and the thousands of children she cared for, Joanne never ran out of love, compassion and the passion it takes to care for those children who are left unprotected. Hundreds called her house a home, while only seven were lucky enough to call her mom. Her heart and soul left their mark on this world, and none will soon forget it.

She now leaves her loving husband, Ernie; seven children, Kim, Diontae, Krista, Brandon, Tera, Timothy and John; three brothers, Thomas “Junior” Crowley of Jim Thorpe, Pa., Francis “Corky” Crowley of Braidwood, Ill., and William “Bill” Crowley of Arizona; also many nieces and nephews, and hundreds of children and friends who became family when they walked through her door.

She now joins her parents, who preceded her in death.

Visitation was Friday, Aug. 14, at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn. A wake service concluded visitation. A Mass to celebrate her life was Saturday, Aug.15, 2009, at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church Virgil—Fr. Perfecto Vasquesz, pastor of the church, officiated. Private family interment will follow cremation.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Joanne Doll 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.

David Warner Christenson

David Warner Christenson, 61, passed from this life to the next in the early morning hours of Aug.12, 2009, at his home surrounded by the love of his family.

David was born on May 12, 1948, the son of Harry Warner and Alice May (Carlson) Christenson in Geneva.

David grew up less than a mile from where he would raise his own family. He was a “fourth-generation Genevian” who would eventually raise two more generations in his hometown, and no one could be prouder.

David attended school in Geneva and graduated with the class of 1966 from Geneva High School. He then went on to attend and graduate from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

David was one of the last people in Kane County to be drafted into the armed services on Oct. 28, 1971. He served his country for two years, primarily honoring his fallen brothers on the funeral detail before his honorable discharge on Jan. 8, 1973.

Upon his return to civilian life, David took over his father’s business as a wood and metal pattern maker. He met his future wife, Barb, at Tin Cup Pass in November of 1977. She came in to pick up her friend, who was working at the restaurant and caught David’s eye as well. They had their first date a few days later at Pal Joey’s and were eventually married on Sept. 13, 1980, at the Geneva Lutheran Church in Geneva.

They began their new life together in their house that became the home where they raised their family and made thousands of memories.

He was a very active lifetime member of the Geneva Lutheran Church.

David was an intelligent man who knew “a little about everything,” which was evident in his “jack of all trades” persona. David also had a great sense of humor and could make light of any situation in life. He was a great craftsman and could build just about anything with his hands. He built a special table for his sister, all of his children’s bedroom furniture from three White Oak trees he cut down at his father’s house, put a beautiful addition onto his home that has been used for all of the family holidays, remodeled the upstairs and added a patio outside.

David had a great love of nature, as well as motorcycles, which led him and Barb to take the Harley for a “road trip.” It took three weeks as they rode along the Canadian border, over to Vancouver, down to Washington and back home. They camped out every night under the stars and just got back to nature.

David loved his family and all the memories they made together. From canoeing with his brother-in-law Ed, (even if the canoe tipped over and they got wet) to doing “donuts” in the car with his daughter and her friends, family vacations that took them across the country and beyond, family came first in his book. He was always there to help anyone with anything. Everyone admired David’s life, because he did what he wanted to do.

He now leaves his loving wife, Barb; two children, Matthew and Elizabeth; one step-daughter, Jennifer; one grandson, Joseph Michael; his mother, Alice of Geneva; one sister, Karen (Ed) Worst of Westmont, Ill.; his mother-in-law, Barbara Hoffman of St. Charles; one niece, Emma (Ken) Evans of Portland, Ore.; one nephew, Stan (Jessica) of Palatine, Ill., and a family of friends.

He now joins his father, Harry; and father-in-law, Joseph Hoffman, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at the Geneva Lutheran Church. A funeral to celebrate his life was held Monday, Aug. 17, also at the church, with a brief visitation prior to the service. Rev. Doug Opp, pastor of the church, officiated, with private family interment following cremation.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit the Geneva Lutheran Church Building Fund. Checks may be made to the “David Christenson 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, or www.davidwarnerchristenson.com.

Joshua “ Josh” Ancil Benge

Joshua “ Josh” Ancil Benge, 35, of West Chicago, Ill., formerly of Elburn, died unexpectedly at his home on Friday, Aug. 14, 2009.

He was born May 31, 1974, the son of Victor and Melinda (Benge) Nelson in St. Charles.

He grew up in Elburn and attended Kaneland schools. In 2004, the family moved to a home in West Chicago.

Josh was an exceptionally good tow truck driver, gaining access to locked cars in mere seconds. Later he was a concrete tester for PSC and also worked on lobster boats with Wade Thomas in Rhode Island.

He was a member of the Aurora Land Archers for a time.

Josh loved the outdoors and spent every year hunting deer in Spooner, Wis., during the “Nelson Family Weekend.” He also loved to fish for anything that would bite. Josh often spent time on Kress Creek in the back of the house but his favorite fishing hole was Smith Lake in Wisconsin.

A lover of animals, Josh kept a special place in his heart for man’s best friend, and Timber, Chance, Diablo, and Chica were fond of him as well. Reptiles also held a top spot in his life, and over the years he cared for two iguanas, Judas and Stoner, measuring five to six feet in length, a boa constrictor named Humphrey, a bi-polar lizard named Larry and a corn snake named Lenny.

Josh loved to play his music often and loud. His iPod was filled to the top with many kinds of music, but a song list wasn’t complete without a number of his favorite Grateful Dead songs.

In his younger years, Josh was known to take his grandpa’s ‘69 Chevy truck (that he painted purple) complete with a rebuilt engine and race on local roads, avoiding the attention of local police the best that he could.

Josh was larger than life to his family and friends. When he developed health complications as a boy, the doctors didn’t expect him to make his 30th birthday. Despite their predictions or maybe because of them, Josh lived every day like it was his last. He surpassed their predictions by five years but packed enough memories and stories to last two lifetimes. His family and friends have only Josh’s memory to fill the void he left behind. Though gone too soon, he will never be forgotten.

He now leaves his parents, Victor and Melinda; two sisters, Stormy (Cele Diaz) Benge and Lindsay (Antonio Jimenez) Nelson; five nieces and nephews; Kristopher Benge, Emily Benge, Noel Diaz, Magdalena P. Diaz and Tyler Rose, and a family of lifetime friends, including his “little firecracker,” Mary Rose.

He now joins both his maternal and paternal grandparents, his cousin and partner in crime, Wade Thomas, his uncle Eugene Spurgin, cousin Scott Kiefer, and his loving dog Chance, who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 20, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate his life will follow visitation at 5:30 p.m. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Josh Benge” 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.

Richard “Skip” Murray

Richard “Skip” Murray, 59, of Kaneville, formerly of Grand Rapids, Mich., passed away unexpectedly at his home Friday night, Aug. 14, 2009.

He was born Oct. 19, 1949, the son of Walter and Ellen (Freeman) Murray in Muskegon, Mich.

Rich grew up in Muskegon and attended local schools. He graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in 1968. Following graduation, he attended Ferris State University where he studied biology. Following his education, Rich began working in the building trades, eventually running his own business, Richard F. Murray Builders.

He was united in marriage to Marcia Veldman on June 30, 1973. They lived in Grand Rapids and welcomed their son, Michael, on April 10, 1975. A little more than a year later, they were blessed with their daughter, Megan, on June 29, 1976.

Rich moved to Illinois in 1997 and found love again when he married Nancy Myers McDade on July 15, 2000. Nancy and Rich began their new life together by making a home in Kaneville.

Rich was one of a kind and had a unique personality to match. When it found its counterpart in others, it bonded them together through thick and thin.

Rich had a love for the outdoors that could be traced back to his time in the Boy Scouts. He could spend all day at the beach, spending most, if not all, of it in the water. When the sun set, Rich loved to set up camp for the night and sleep under the stars.

As a man who made a living with his hands, Rich brought his talents home with him, often making furniture for family and friends. When his hands weren’t busy building, they were busy playing cards, especially bridge and cribbage—a pastime he handed down to his children.

Rich was a kid at heart as well. He made many fun memories playing Frisbee with his children and taking them on long and “torturous” walks where they were “supposed” to be learning things.

During the summers, Rich would never pass up a water fight, especially with the advent of Super Soaker squirt guns. When not playing outside, Rich found a home in the kitchen, often adding spices with abandon making adventurous meals. It was well known that when family and friends would eat these unique concoctions, they did so with the knowledge that Rich would become irritated if they didn’t love it as much as he did.

Although he left this world without being able to say goodbye, his life made an indelible mark on friends and family that will stand the test of time.

He now leaves his wife Nancy; four children, Megan (Fred) Russell of Comstock Park, Mich., Michael Murray in Grand Rapids, Mich., Stephanie (Ryan) Hooper of Toulon, Ill., and Bradley (Molly) McDade of Montgomery; eight grandchildren; and one sister, Helen “Toot” Milanowski of East Grand Rapids, Mich.

He now joins his parents and two brothers, Gib and Pat Murray, who preceded him in death.

A memorial service will held at Needham’s Woods, 4S662 Swan Rd. Big Rock, on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 4 p.m. with fellowship to follow at Grace Fellowship Church following service.

A memorial service will also be held at Calvary Chapel Riverside, 1950 Waldorf, NW
Grand Rapids, Mich., at 11 a.m. For more information, call (616) 988-9673.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Richard Murray 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.

Kelsey M. Barsic

Kelsey Marie Barsic, 17, of Elburn, died tragically following a car accident early Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009. In an instant, a thousand other lives changed forever, but Kelsey’s smile and generosity will never be forgotten.

She was born in Aurora on April 1, 1992, the daughter of Jim and Brenda (Weiland) Barsic.

Kelsey grew up in Elburn and attended Kaneland schools. She planned to graduate in 2010 and attend college to pursue a medical career. She had made several wonderful lifelong friends during her school years.

When she wasn’t in school or busy with friends, Kelsey worked at an ice cream parlor in Sycamore, Ill.

Always on the move, Kelsey was rarely home. She was full of life, fun and energy. A social teenager, Kelsey always had time for friends and going out. She also made time to help her grandpa with household chores and would enjoy a long lunch with him afterwards. She enjoyed spending time with her sister, Kaitlyn, and taking her places even though she would have to search Kaitlyn’s room for her clothes. Kelsey and her friend Caitlin loved taking her youngest sister Kaley and Caitlin’s nephew for a fun day at Chuck E Cheese.

Kelsey was an adventurous soul who liked to vacation with family and friends in Wisconsin and Disney World. She loved to laugh and brought joy to everyone. She was always eager to help others. She will be greatly missed and treasured forever.

She now leaves her parents, Jim and Brenda; two sisters, Kaitlyn and Kaley; maternal grandfather, LaVerne Weiland of Elburn; several aunts and uncles, Dan (Karen) Weiland of Elburn, Laura (Billy) Larson of Cortland, Valerie (Chad) Boughton of Elburn, Charles “Chas” Barsic of Maple Park, Matt Barsic of Sycamore, Karen (Jim) Morris of Doha, Qatar, Mike (Connie) Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., Marianne Gemmer of Maple Park, and Mark Gemmer of Kaneville; several cousins, Brian Gemmer of Kaneville, Megan (Brad) Thill of North Aurora, Emily Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., Paul Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., David Gander of Madison, Wis., Bob Gander of Rochester, Minn., Eric Gander of Rochester, Minn., Jennifer (Ben) Halvorson of Chatfield, Minn., Craig Weiland of Anchorage, Alaska, Matt Weiland of Elburn, Michelle Weiland of Elburn, Drake Boughton of Elburn, Siara Boughton of Elburn, and Logan Boughton of Elburn; and many special family and friends wherever she went.

She now joins her maternal grandmother, Josephine Weiland; and maternal grandparents, Joseph and Edna “Babs” Barsic, who preceded her in death.

Visitation and wake was Monday, Aug. 24, at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn. A mass to celebrate her life was Tuesday, Aug. 25, at St. Gall Church. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at S.S. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Virgil.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial was established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Kelsey Barsic 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.

Elburn Days 2009

Friday, August 21
8 a.m.
• Sidewalk Sale—Downtown Elburn,
sponsored by the
Elburn Chamber of Commerce
• Flea Market—Downtown Elburn,
sponsored by the
Elburn Chamber of Commerce
• Rummage Sale & Bake Sale—St. Gall Church

9 a.m.
• Town and Country Library Book Sale,
sponsored by the Friends of the Town
and Country Public Library

12:30 p.m.
• 4-H Weigh-in for livestock,
sponsored by local 4-H clubs

5 p.m.
• Lions Beer Garden opens
• Commercial tents open

6 p.m.
• 80th Annual parade begins
• Main Stage opens—HiFi Superstars
• Rides/carnival opens and Multi-Ride Wrist Bracelet period begins
• Food stands open

7:30 p.m.
• Ronald McDonald performs on the
Community Stage, sponsored by the Elburn/
Yanni Management McDonalds
• Alyssa Parma, 2008 Elburn Idol winner,
performs on the Main Stage
• Catfight performs on the Main Stage
• “Elburn Idol” contest begins—
Community Stage

8 p.m.
• Bingo

8:30 p.m.
• A Factor Dance Company—Community Stage

Saturday, August 22

7 a.m.
• Elburn Boy Scouts Pancake Breakfast
• 5K Run and 1M Fun Run/Walk
registration at the Elburn Fire Station

8 a.m.
• 19th Annual 5K Run and 1M Fun Run/Walk
• 4-H livestock judging
• Sidewalk Sale and Flea Market—
Downtown Elburn
9 a.m.
• Town and Country Library—Bag Book Sale,
sponsored by the Friends of the Town
and Country Public Library
• Elburn Craft Show at Lions Park,
sponsored by the
Elburn Chamber of Commerce
• Registration for the Antique Tractor Show

10 a.m.
• Antique Tractor Pull
• Truck and Tractor Pull registration
begins at Lions Park

11 a.m.
• 32nd Annual Truck and Tractor Pull begins
• Food stands open
• Rides, carnival and beer garden opens
• “Elburn Idol” finalist competition—
Winners will be chosen
• RC Truck Racing—On-road track,
sponsored by HobbyTown USA, St. Charles
• Jazzercise—Community Stage

1 p.m.
• Multi-Ride Wrist Bracelet period begins
• He Said She Said performs on the Main Stage

2:30 p.m.
• Excel Gymnastics and Rebel Cheerleaders—
Community Stage

3:45 p.m.
• Pretty in Pink dance exhibition,
bring your preschoolers for a free dance
class with Miss Maggie

4 p.m.
• Teen “Elburn Idol” runner-up performs
on the Main Stage
• Back Country Roads perform
on the Main Stage

4:30 p.m.
• M&M Dance Performs—Community Stage

5:45 p.m.
• Hula Hoop Contest—Community Stage

6 p.m.
• Bingo

7:30 p.m.
• Teen “Elburn Idol” winner performs on the Main Stage
• Red Woody performs on the Main Stage at Lions Park

7:45 p.m.
• Teen band/dance—“The Public” band performs—Community Stage

Sunday, August 23

9 a.m.
• Elburn Farmers Market—
(North of the Main Pavillion)
• Elburn Chamber of Commerce Craft Show

9:30 a.m.
• Elburn Community Worship Service
at Lions Park, sponsored by the
Elburn Community Congregational Church

10 a.m.
• RC Truck Racing—Dirt Track,
sponsored by HobbyTown USA,
St. Charles, and the Dirt Dawgs

11 a.m.
• Elburn Lions barbecue pork chop
and chicken dinner begins
• Food tents open

11:30 a.m.
• Mud Volleyball Tournament registration—
sponsored by the Elburn Herald and
Elburn Chamber of Commerce on the
Truck Pull Track

• Rides/carnival begins
• Beer garden opens with
Pete & Tim performing
• Mud Volleyball Tournament begins—
sponsored by the Elburn Herald and
Elburn Chamber of Commerce

1 p.m.
• 2nd Annual Talent Contest—
Community Stage
• Multi-Ride Wrist Bracelet period begins
• 4-H livestock auction

2:15 p.m.
• 2nd Annual Ice Cream Eating Contest—
Community Stage, sponsored by
Colonial Ice Cream

2:30 p.m.
• Bingo begins

3 p.m.
• Jr. “Elburn Idol” runner-up
performs on the Main Stage
• Deep Six performs on the Main Stage

3:30 p.m.
• Dance Party for ages 7-10—
Community Stage

4:15 p.m.
• M&M Dance performs—Community Stage

5:30 p.m.
• Multi-Ride Wrist Bracelet period begins

6:30 p.m.
• Jr. “Elburn Idol” winner performs
on the Main Stage
• 7th Heaven Main Stage performance

8 p.m.
• Raffle of the 2010 Chevy Camaro
2LT/RS Package (or $25,000)
• Raffle and give-aways

10 p.m.
• Festival closes

4-H is a family affair

by Susan O’Neill
Sally Gorenz has been involved with 4-H since she was 9 years old. The 18-year-old Kaneland graduate is a member of the Lincoln Highway 4-H club, as well as a 4-H ambassador.

As a 4-H ambassador, Gorenz introduces young people in the area to 4-H and agriculture through events such as Mooseheart Agricultural Days and Ag in the Classroom.

Gorenz will head off to Iowa State University in the fall to study animal science. Her dream is to become a large animal veterinarian.

This summer, she showed her sheep at the Kane County Fair, the DuPage County Fair and the Illinois State Fair. In addition, she has been helping her brother Brad and sister Catherine get their sheep ready for the Elburn Days Livestock Show and Auction.

A cross between Hampshires and Suffolks, the sheep were born in January. The Gorenzs bought them in April, when they were 60 pounds. The 11-year-old twins, Brad and Catherine, have been working with them daily since then.

Catherine said the sheep are fun to work with, because they each have their own personality and they recognize their handlers after awhile.

Since they are market lambs, it is important to make sure they have enough muscle. That is where walking them every day comes in. Catherine said that touching them and running her hands over them gets them used to being handled.

“We have to get them in shape,” she said. “We feed them right, walk them and handle them.”

Several weeks before the auction, the sheep weighed in at 140 pounds. They named one of them Muscle Boy, because he has a particularly muscular hindquarters. He should bring a good price at the auction.

The sheep, steers and pigs that the 4-H members show at Elburn Days on Saturday are sold off during the auction on Sunday. The better the animals do in the show, the more they are likely to be sold for at the auction.

Joe Gorenz, a sophomore at Kaneland High School, will show his sheep at the Sandwich Fair in September, and 13-year-old Mike showed his rabbits at the Kane County Fair and will again at the Sandwich Fair.

Anne Gorenz, their mom, said she has been involved in 4-H since she was a girl. She and her children raise rabbits, dogs, chickens and horses, as well.

“We do it all,” she said. “It’s a family affair.”

Livestock Judging
Saturday, Aug. 22 • 8 a.m.

Livestock auction
Sunday, Aug. 23 • 1 p.m.