Peter Paul Lorenz

Peter Paul Lorenz, 81, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at his home. He was born March 21, 1929, in Sugar Grove, the son of the late Peter John and Emma (Loeffel) Lorenz.

Paul attended Sugar Grove High School. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Paul was a kind, gentle man who was well thought of and liked. He was always there to help a neighbor in need when called upon. Paul had a love for animals, especially his cat, Buddy, and gardening. He was a lifelong area farmer who raised Registered Brown Swiss Cows.

Survivors include his sister, Anna “Lillian” Damon of Big Rock; niece, Carol Crane of Big Rock; niece, Sandra (Larry) Flickinger of Sugar Grove; nephew, Richard (Deb) Damon of Batavia; nephew, Michael (Deborah) Vargo of Kankakee, Ill.; niece, Nancy (Victor Gauer) Vargo of Montgomery; nephew, George “Lee” (Karen) Hohmann, Jr. of Oswego, Ill.; nephew, Bruce (Lisa) Hohmann of Batavia; many great-nieces and nephews; great-great-nieces and nephews; and cousins, Alice Marie Ziittel and Bernice Hueter.

Paul was preceded in death by his sisters, Daisy (Steve) Vargo, Rose (George) Hohmann and Alice Lorenz; brother-in-law, Frank Damon; and nephews, Ernest Vargo, James Vargo, Gary Vargo and Bill Crane.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60506. A funeral service will be held on Friday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m., also at the Aurora Chapel, with Mr. Joe Dunham officiating. Interment will be at Spring Lake Cemetery.

Memorials in Mr. Lorenz’ name may be directed to the Fox Valley Animal Welfare League, Inc., 600 S. River St., Aurora, IL 60506.

For further information, please call (630) 897-9291 or visit

Eleanor A. Harling

Eleanor A. Harling, 84, of Maple Park, passed away in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Bethany Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in DeKalb, where she had recently made her home.

She was born April 17, 1926, in DeKalb, the daughter of Nick and Mildred Janich.

Eleanor grew up in DeKalb and attended local schools. She graduated with the class of 1945 from DeKalb High School.

Eleanor met Allan Harling following his return from WWII in 1948. They met at a local roller rink, which was appropriate as a whirlwind courtship followed, and months later they were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb.

They made their home in Maple Park and spent the next 49 years making memories and raising a family together. Eleanor continued to make her home following Allan’s passing in 1997, until declining health brought her into the care of first, an assisted living facility in Shabonna, and later she became a part of the Bethany Healthcare family in DeKalb.

Eleanor devoted her life to the care of her husband and family, but she also had a special place in her heart for the Legion Wives, a part of the Maple Park American Legion Post 312. She was a faithful member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church of Maple Park and for many years was in charge of funeral luncheons, in addition to her position on the Cenacle Guild.

Eleanor read cookbooks like others would read magazines. Her skills in the kitchen were unrivaled, skills that she later passed onto her children and grandchildren. She also had a penchant for bingo and the occasional trip to “the boat” to try her luck on the slot machines. In earlier years, Eleanor and Allan went on cruises and traveled extensively with friends throughout the United States. Eleanor was also know to kick up her heels at The Blue Moon on Saturday nights. She never lost the rhythm and was tapping her toes to music long after she had to hang up her dancing shoes.

She is survived by three children, Carol (Stan) Schumacher of Sugar Grove, John (Debra) Harling of Maple Park and Michael Harling of southern Illinois; six grandchildren, Suzeahn (Travis) Hunt and their children, Danielle and Dylan, Deidra Harling, Colt (Jennifer) Harling and their children, Morgan and Miranda, Kindra Schumacher, Kristin Schumacher and Shawn Harling; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Allan; her parents; three sisters, Francis Dujmovich, Katherine Graham and Mary Meyer; two brothers, Joe and Louis Japunich.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL, 60119. A mass to celebrate her life will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Maple Park. Fr. Joachim Tyrtania, pastor of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in McHenry, Ill., will officiate and interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, DeKalb.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Eleanor Harling Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or at

Church news for Jan. 6

St. Charles Episcopal
invites public
to Taize Worship

ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Avenue (Route 25), St. Charles, invites the community to experience Taize Worship at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 9. Worship in the style of Taize, a monastic community in central France, is a service of light and shadows, chants and silence, readings and quiet prayer.
Information on other Sunday worship and services, Wednesday morning and evening Holy Eucharists, the outdoor labyrinth, youth and adult education classes and outreach opportunities is available from or by calling (630) 584-2596.

Immanuel Lutheran “Second Sunday”
concerts begin Jan. 9

BATAVIA–A series of four “Second Sunday” concerts will begin at 3 p.m. on Jan. 9 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 950 Hart Road in Batavia.
The first, a program of organ music, will be given by Jonathan Rudy, a master’s degree candidate at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.  Rudy, a native of Batavia, began studying organ in fifth grade under Karl Bruhn. He is a 2006 graduate of Batavia High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in music, with emphasis in church music, from Valparaiso University.

Marriage conference
at Fox Valley
Christian Church

BATAVIA—Fox Valley Christian Church, 40W150 Main St., Batavia, will host a special marriage conference on Friday, Jan. 28, and Saturday, Jan. 29. The conference will be led by Justin and Trisha Davis, founders of Refine Our Marriage, who partner with churches all over the country.
Conference sessions will include “The Marriage Matrix,” “Marriage Icebergs and Dips,” “The Sex Factor,” “Intimacy Through Conflict,” “Choosing Forgiveness” and “Good Intentions vs. Intentional Living.”
The marriage conference is open to anyone. Cost is $35 per couple, and childcare will be provided. For details and to register, visit or call the church office at (630) 208-8484.

Lee Murdock’s Annual Hometown Concert Saturday, Jan. 7

MAPLE PARK—Lee Murdock’s Annual Hometown Concert will welcome special guest artist Jim Post at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, in the Kaneland High School Auditorium, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park.

Post is well-known for his one-man shows, including “Mark Twain and the Laughing River,” and has enjoyed a long career, beginning in 1968 with the No. 3 hit song “Reach Out in the Darkness (as Friend and Lover).”

Tickets are $10, $8 for students and seniors and are available at the door.

Courtesy Photo: Jim Post