Editorial: Two ways to help

Become informed, then vote
Because the state of Illinois is considered safe for President Obama for the presidential election, there may be some who do not feel the need to vote on Election Day because either their vote “won’t count” or their candidate is already certain to win the state.

However, there are many reasons why everyone eligible to vote should still do so by Tuesday, Nov. 6.

While the vast majority of news is focused on presidential politics, the reality is that the presidential race represents two positions (president and vice president) within the same branch of the federal government. It does not address U.S. House or Senate races; it does not deal with state-level races; it does not deal with local races.

It can be argued that local politics matter a lot more to the daily lives of citizens than do presidential politics. The more local one gets, the more direct impact one will feel from those elected to office.

If you need to deal with the local court system in any way, you are impacted by the actions of local elected officials. If you have a county zoning question, or need help with information about a local issue, that help is provided by either a local elected official directly, or someone working for that official.

Most of the situations in which you interact with the “government” in your day-to-day lives, you are interacting either directly or indirectly with local elected officials. Even the broader, federal policies that are passed require the votes of local, elected officials.

Given that, no matter what your view is in regards to presidential politics, the importance of your vote can not be over-stated. At the county level, there are a number of offices that will be filled by a newcomer, no matter which candidate wins. In other local races, there are newcomers with fresh perspectives facing incumbents who want the chance to finish the work they’ve started.

You owe your community your time to become informed, as well as your time to vote. You do not even have to dedicate a portion of Election Day to the process, there are still opportunities to vote at your convenience before then.

The early voting period ends Saturday, Nov. 3, and the absentee voting period ends Monday, Nov. 5. The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

We are warm and safe; millions are not
The devastation from Hurricane Sandy is mind-boggling. As of Wednesday morning, dozens passed away, an unknown amount suffered injuries, millions remain without power, and economic loss estimates range from $10 billion to $50 billion.

The worst part of the situation is that it is still not over. Weather.com reported Wednesday that the storm is weakening, but also lingering, in the northeast. Meanwhile, a winter storm is taking control of the atmosphere, with an estimated three feet of snow dumped in certain locations that had just been battered by the hurricane. Additionally, arctic temperatures are flowing into the ravaged areas, many of which continue without power.

It is an awful situation, and you can help.

According to the American Red Cross, there is an immediate need for blood donations. Due to the scope of the storm, the organization said that 300 blood drives have already been cancelled, with more to occur in the future. This will put a strain on already-strained resources. Additionally, blood continues to be needed to help those injured from the storm itself.

Additionally, the Red Cross is asking for monetary donations, as those are the best, fastest ways to provide assistance to those in the storm-ravaged areas.

To find out how and where to donate, or how else you can help, visit redcross.org.

The worst of the storm has past, but the disaster will continue for some time, and help from those of us not affected by the disaster will prove vital to the recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Letter: Supporting Pierog for Illinois Senate District 25

I am writing to encourage people in the Illinois Senate District 25 to vote for Corinne Pierog. Corinne is a resident of St. Charles and serves on the St. Charles School Board. She also is a local businesswoman, as well as the founder and president of Sustainable Leadership Solutions, a consulting company that advises nonprofits and government agencies on fundraising, management, economic development and executive transitioning.

As a School Board member, Corinne is of course an advocate for our schools, but as a businesswoman, she also knows what it’s like to start up a business. She understands the problems facing our economy. That’s why her main reason for running is to put people back to work. Some of her solutions include providing tax incentives for small businesses—not just large corporations—and providing help to schools, colleges and training facilities so they can better educate our residents for existing jobs and those of the future. She wants to bring manufacturing plants back to Illinois, and encourage research and development institutions to locate here.

Corinne is not a “politician.” She is a local businesswoman who wants to work to fix the problems in Springfield. She cares. That’s why I am giving her my vote.

Chuck Sutcliff

Letter: A loving thank you

A loving thank you to Deanna, Bob and Bailey Cates, and Kathryn and Herbert Moeckel, for making our 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 20, 2012, an unexpected surprise with loving memories that we will always cherish.

Also, a thank you to all who sent cards and wishes on our special day.

Charles and Joan Gregg
G-ma and G-pa, and many friends of
near and far

Book of Genesis study

ST. CHARLES—The study of the Book of Genesis will be given by Bible Study Fellowship International on Wednesday mornings, 9:10 to 11 a.m. from now until May 2013 at Riverside Community Church, St. Charles.

A preschool program is available for members. Visit www.bsfinternational.org for more information.

St. Gall announces All Saints Day Mass schedule

ELBURN—In order to accommodate Catholics in fulfilling their holy day obligation, St. Gall Church, Elburn, is offering three Masses to observe All Saints Day on Thursday, Nov. 1. Masses will take place that day at 8:30 a.m., 12:10 and 7:30 p.m.

St. Gall Church is located at the corner of Shannon Street and Route 47 in Elburn. For more information, call the parish office at (630) 365-6030.

Della M. Denny

Della M. Denny, 99, of Batavia, formerly of Wasco, died peacefully at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva, surrounded by the prayers of her family on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012.

She was born May 12, 1913, in Mark, Ill., the oldest of Enrico and Augusta (Bertucci) Mancini’s eight children.

Della grew up in Mark and attended local schools. Like many of her generation, a basic education was provided but was quickly replaced with opportunities to help support the family. Della was no different and found work at Westclox, a watch company, located in LaSalle, Ill. While working at Westclox, Della kept her eye on a certain gentleman, Peter Denny, who worked at a different department. She only got occasional glances when they both would visit the water fountain, but their fate was sealed when they shared the dance floor. Della lost her heart that night and Peter gave his in return. Their two lives became one on Sept. 1, 1934, with 53 years of memories to follow.

They began their new life together in LaSalle. Before long, her uncle, Severo Bertucci, asked her to come and help run a local family tavern, and renamed it Denny’s. Though she may not have known it then, this would be the start of a lifelong relationship with owning and operating taverns and restaurants.

April 24, 1938, the family was blessed with a son, D. Michael, then in August 1945, Susan D. made the family complete. Della and Peter continued to run Denny’s in LaSalle until they moved to Wasco in 1950, where they opened their own tavern, Denny’s Den. They lived in a small connected apartment just behind the tavern, making it their home until their retirement on March 24, 1973, when they sold the business to John Karametzos, who renamed it The Wasco Inn.

Denny’s Den was known all over for their cooking on Friday and Saturday, with Della running the kitchen, making every dish the only way she knew how—from scratch. The aromas that came wafting through enticed everyone who stepped through the door, and helped make the tavern a well-respected and very busy place. The fish frys on Saturdays were very popular, as well, not to mention the businessman lunches throughout the week.

Della was a faithful member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in St. Charles.

Della’s responsibilities started early, being the oldest of eight, and may have been where her incredible work ethic was born. It was that foundation that allowed her to find success in the restaurant business, a business fraught with failures for those not willing to dedicate all they had to making it work on a daily basis. Della and Peter made it look easy though, with Peter making jokes at the bar, and Della’s singing above the din and raucous laughter. They were a match made in heaven, and have finally been reunited for their next chapter of adventures.

She is survived by one daughter, Susan Galley of Elburn; one daughter-in-law, Nancy Denny of Hackettstown, N.J.; six grandchildren, Jason (Vivian) Galley of Anchorage, Alaska, Natalie Galley of Istanbul, Turkey, Stephanie Galley of Elburn, Clarissa Denny of Hackettstown, N.J., Amanda (Erik) Jorgenson and their children, Van and Liv, of N.J., and Emily Denny, also of N.J.; three sisters, Beatrice Billard of Fairborn, Ohio, Rose (Gene) Bartlett of Peru, Ill., and Margaret (Len) Jaross, also of Peru; several nieces and nephews, and a family of friends.

She is preceded by her parents, Enrico and Augusta Mancini; husband, Peter; one son, Michael Denny; a son-in-law; Bruce Galley; granddaughters, Brandi Galley and Rebecca Denny; and four siblings, Anne Brovelli, Mary Shea, Albina Smith and Hank Mancini.

Following cremation, a private memorial service and burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Della Denny 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.

Dorothy Jane Holby

Dorothy Jane Holby, 90 of Elburn, passed away on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at her home. She was born on Jan. 28, 1922, in Chicago, the daughter of Owen and Mabel (Flasher) Vrooman.

Dorothy was united in marriage on June 10, 1950, in Oak Park, Ill., to Mr. Eric Holby, and they spent the next 55 happy years together until his passing on Feb. 8, 2006.

Dorothy enjoyed photographing cats, and sold many of her images to magazines and other publications.

She is survived by her son, Eric R. (Tammy) Holby of Elburn.

Funeral services and interment will be private.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory. For more information, contact www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com or (630) 553-7611.

Ronald E. Reynolds

Ronald E. Reynolds, 78, of Geneva, passed away on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born July 16, 1934, in Aurora, the son of the late Lyle and Louise (Wickton) Reynolds.

Ron was a 1953 graduate of West Aurora High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-59. Ron worked for Burgess-Norton and then Toastmaster, Inc. for 31 years. He held a passion for organizing his class reunions and enjoyed staying in touch with his classmates.

Ron is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Charlene (nee Calkins) Reynolds of Geneva; his children, Sally (Karl Cremieux) Reynolds, M.D., of Chicago, and Jeff (Gale) Reynolds, Ph.D., of Paxton, Ill.; three grandchildren whom Ron dearly loved, Clair and Rachel Reynolds of Paxton and Scott Cremieux of Chicago.

In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by his siblings, Robert and Jack Reynolds, Shirley McNally and Grace Orr.

The family would like to offer special thanks to Dr. Bayer and his nursing staff, who treated Ronald for many years, as well as CNS Hospice nurses Beth and Linda.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora. Interment with military honors was held at River Hills Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

For more information, call (630) 897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.