32 Knights earn NIB-12 honors

KANELAND—Kaneland High School announced its fall all-conference athletic honorees Tuesday. In all, 32 Knight athletes were honored by the Northern Illinois Big XII.

• Cross Country
Boys: Luis Acosta, Kyle Carter, Nathaniel Kucera and Andrew Lesak
Girls: Brianna Bower, Erika Carlson, Victoria Clinton, Aislinn Lodwig and Sydney Strang

• Golf: Matt Yonkovich and Brody Kuhar

• Football: Brandon Bishop, Drew David, Cole Carlson, Justin Diddell, Gary Koehring, Joe Komel, Dylan Nauert, Jaumaureo Phillips, John Pruett and Alex Snyder

• Soccer: Arsim Azemi, Anthony Parillo, Tyler Siebert and Chris VanDinther

• Tennis: Jelly Emmanouil, Madi Jurcenko, Stephanie Karolewicz, Colleen Landers and Sammie Schrepferman

• Volleyball: Ellie Dunn and Jenny Lubic

KHMS Football ends year 8-3

SUGAR GROVE—The Kaneland Harter Middle School eighth grade football team finished the year 8-3, after going 2-1 in the St. Charles Tournament in October.

The eighth-grader Knights outscored their opponents 243-136. The KHMS Knights earned wins over Sycamore, DeKalb Rossette, Yorkville, Geneva South, Aurora Herget, Batavia Rotolo and St. Charles Thompson.

Check out this great recap written by coach Barney Callaghan.

Sarah ‘Sally’ Compton

Sarah “Sally” Compton, 91, of Elburn, passed away peacefully at her home Friday evening, Nov. 8, 2013, where she was lovingly cared for by her family.

As the new day dawned, Sally was greeted not only by the angels, but by her father, William, and husband, Dave, who passed within one day of each other (William on Nov. 9, and Dave on Nov. 7) many years apart. Shortly before midnight on the Nov. 8, the long-awaited reunion began and she was escorted into eternity with Dave on her left and her dad on her right.

She was born July 2, 1922, the daughter of William and Lee (Zimmermann) Bangs in Geneva.

Sally grew up in Geneva and attended Putney Boarding School in Putney, Vt. She graduated in 1942 from the School of Horticulture in Ambler, Penn. Sally returned to her roots in Geneva, where she worked at Little Traveler for many years and cared for her ailing mother. A combination of fate and cupid introduced her to a certain gentleman who possessed the other half of her soul.

Sally and David Compton were united in marriage on Aug. 16, 1952.

They made their home on David’s family farm on Pouley Road in Elburn, where she and Dave worked side by side, sharing the daily chores from sunrise to sunset. Sally shared Dave’s love and life on the farm, but they both also gave of their hearts and time to their community as well.

Sally donated 15 years of her time creating and organizing the 4-H Dog Training Project for any child wanting to show their dog at the Kane County Fair. She also knitted over 100 stocking caps a year for over a decade, the likes of which she donated to Snug Hugs for Kids.

Her fresh-baked bread, a dozen eggs and a jar of homemade jam were gifts she gave freely to anyone whom she thought needed a “pick-me-up,” including, at one time, an entire fire department fighting a barn fire. Sally pulled up her van that had been piled high with enough sandwiches, hot chocolate and coffee for everyone in attendance.

When Christmas time came rolling around, Sally became a baking machine. Homemade cookies were made from scratch and filled with double the love before being sent out to all their family, friends, businesses and more.

Sally was a member of the Kane County Farm Bureau and Kane-DuPage Soil Conservation District. She took her dog training experience with 4-H to the FVDTC, a dog training club for the Fox Valley area, where she created the hospitality table and was the first recipient of an annual award created in her honor for Outstanding Service.

Sally had the kindest heart and the warmest smile for miles around. Her hospitality and hard work spoke volumes about her dedication to her community. She was a loving mother and devoted wife, making sure that no one went without. Losing her father when she was only 8, and later her daughter, and a son in infancy, plumbed the depth of her soul so that when you had loved and lost, there was someone there who knew and understood the pain that life could bring. Her love of animals rivaled the love she had for family and her dogs. In the last days, there was a dog always by her side, helping to share the burden and return the unconditional love.

She is survived by three children, Mark (Patty) Compton of Oneida, Ill., Kit Compton of Batavia and Robin Urich of Elburn; five grandchildren, Krista (Greg) Peck, and their son Matthew James, of Cambridge, Ill., Kelly (Jason) Cheline of Kewanee, Ill., Craig Compton of Oneida, and Amber Urich and Rachel Urich, both of Elburn; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a loving community of friends whom she held so dear.

She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Lee Bangs; her husband, David Compton; one daughter, Becky Compton-Otto; a son, Timothy, in infancy; two brothers, Bill and Bobby Bangs; and one sister, Kay Mayer.

A memorial open house will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Following cremation, Sally will be laid to rest on the family farm.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Sally’s name to benefit The Town and Country Public Library in Elburn, specifically the “Homebound to Seniors” program, as well as “PAWS With A Cause.” Checks may be made to the “Sally Compton 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

The family would like to thank Visiting Angels and their caring staff, especially Kristy Anderson, for their special comfort and care.

Editorial: Thank you, veterans

It’s an age-old question: what would you do for your country? How far would you be willing to go to ensure the United States’ safety and prosperity? How much is your freedom worth to you?

Honestly, those are questions many of us won’t ever have to seriously consider—as non-military, it’s unlikely we’ll be asked to be put in a position where we may have to make the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

We’re afforded the luxury of not having to put our lives on the lines for our country, and that’s because of the brave men and women who have actively sought out the opportunity to serve in the United States’ armed forces. For these men and women, the question of “what would you do to protect your country?” needs only a simple response.

“Whatever it takes.”

Veterans Day was Monday, and we had the privilege of being in attendance for the flag-raising cremony at Kaneland John Stewart Elementary. We also had the privilege of sharing in the moment with several men and women who have committed to do what is necessary to protect the United States of America, and we couldn’t have been prouder to share the same space with such heroes. What an honor.

To the veterans in the Kaneland Community and beyond, we thank you for everything you’ve done for this country. Your courage is immeasurable; your strength and committment infallible. And it’s safe to suggest that this country, as well as the rest of the world, would be a very different place without your respective contribution.

Happy Veterans Day from the Elburn Herald.

Family Bingo, Auction Night at Blackberry Creek

Family Bingo, Auction Night at Blackberry Creek KANELAND—The Kaneland Blackberry Creek PTO will host a Family Bingo and Auction Night on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Blackberry Creek Elementary School.

The PTO is currently looking for donations from families and businesses to use in its silent auction. Also, if you would like to provide any promotional items or coupons; they will be included in gift bags that will be given out to all attendees.

Your generous donation will certainly help to make this a successful event. If you have any questions, call (630) 205-5810 or email All donations can be sent to KBC-PTO c/o Nicole Fleshman, PO Box 746, Elburn, IL 60119. All donations will be greatly appreciated.

Holiday cooking class at St. Charles Episcopal

ST. CHARLES—Chef Mike Zema, Elgin Community College Culinary Department Professor Emeritus, will host a cooking class on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave (Route 25) in St. Charles.

Get recipes, tips and great samples of featured holiday appetizers such as spinach and artichoke wontons, cranberry baked brie, portobello mushrooms stuffed with Italian chicken sausage and warm tomato, basil and olive bruschetta.

The fee for the class is $30 per person. To reserve your spot, call the church office at (630) 584-2596.


Photos: Apples Applenty

Contestants brought their ready-to-eat apple dishes this past Sunday to the 5th annual Apples Applenty Cooking Contest at Kuipers Family Farm’s Orchard Shop. Many recipes contained the use of Kuipers apples. Judges Marge, of Somonauk, Ill., and Karen Backey, of Lake Montezuma, Ariz., based the scoring on showmanship, taste and the creative use of apples.

Hultgren accepting intern applications for spring 2014

GENEVA—U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) recently announced that he is now accepting applications for spring 2014 semester internships in both his Washington, D.C. and Geneva offices. The position is unpaid and will run approximately from January to May. Academic credit may be available, and schedules can be flexible for those with classes or other obligations. Applicants from the 14th Congressional District are preferred.

“I have spent the last few months gaining valuable Capitol Hill experience while learning vital administrative skills,” said Alex, a current intern. “From learning office procedures and constituent services, to giving tours, to writing constituent response letters and answering their concerns promptly, I’ve honed my understanding of what it takes to run a congressional office effectively while gaining valuable insight into policy and the political process.”

Applicants should be college students or recent graduates, and will assist staff with constituent relations, policy and outreach efforts. Many duties will be administrative in nature, but interns may also be asked to staff Congressman Hultgren at meetings in the district or assist legislative staff in Washington.

Applicants should email a resume, cover letter and writing sample to and specify whether they seek a position for the Geneva or Washington, D.C. office.

AU awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools designation

AURORA—Aurora University has been named to the coveted Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

Whildin clan 2nd formal

Whildins celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

Everett and Kathleen (Holbert) Whildin of Sugar Grove celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last summer. They were married June 29, 1963, at the Geneva Lutheran Church. Kathy, in 2008, retired from Alcatel-Lucent after 40 years, but Everett continues to farm.

Their children and grandchildren joined them on a cruise to the Bahamas: Chris, Doug and Eddie Foster of Sugar Grove, Kim, Mike, Katie, Robert and Ryan Nelson of Sugar Grove and Brian Whildin of Portland, Ore.

Editorial: ‘Tis the season to give back to the Elburn Food Pantry

For many, the holiday season begins the moment Halloween ends (the fact that local stores are already carrying holiday lights and decorations confirms this). And now that Oct. 31 is in the rear-view mirror, the Elburn Fire Department is kicking off the holiday season offering the Kaneland community a chance to give back in a subtle-yet-awesome way.

The Fire Department this holiday season will collect food and additional household items for donation to the Elburn Food Pantry. Any local residents who are able to help the Fire Department stock the Food Pantry are encouraged to make some sort of item donation at either the pantry’s location in the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, 525 N. Main St., Elburn Fire Station No. 1, 210 E. North St., or Fire Station No. 2, 39W950 Hughes Road, Elburn.

What items are needed for donation? Great question. The Food Pantry is in need of items including macaroni and cheese, stuffing mix, canned vegetables, canned pasta meals, bar soap, boxed potatoes, toilet paper, etc. And if you’re unable to swing by the designated donation locations, give the Fire Department a call, and they’ll have a representative swing by your home and pick up the donated items. Simple, right?

Members of the Fire Department will also set up shop in front of the Elburn Jewel on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, to collect donations. And during the Elburn Christmas Stroll on Friday, Dec. 6, the Fire Department will host its annual Open House event at Fire Station No. 1. Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good for donation.

So there you have it. It may be early November, but we’re already approaching the season of giving back. And with so many opportunities to donate an item or two to the Food Pantry during the holidays, we’re confident that the Fire Department’s donation effort this year will be a successful one. You, of course, can help make that a reality by contributing to the Food Pantry’s cause.

Elburn close to bringing in Dunkin’ Donuts

ELBURN—The Dunkin’ Donuts franchise is one step closer to coming to Elburn, after the Planning Commission on Tuesday recommended approval for a drive-thru.

The restaurant would be located in front of the Jewel-Osco, in the lot at the northwest corner of Prairie Valley Street and Route 47, otherwise known as lot three in the Elburn Crossing Subdivision.

The front of the building would face east onto Route 47, with the drive-thru on the west side, facing the Jewel. There are plans for an outdoor seating area to the north of the building.

The architect, Diane Duncan from Gleason Architects, represented franchisee Vishal Vagahani at the Plan Commission on Tuesday. After a public hearing solicited no negative comments, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval for the special use application to allow the drive-thru.

The request for the special use next goes to the Village Board for approval.

Plan Commission member Sue Filek said it was good to see lots of room for the cars, stating that the parking lot and the drive-through for the Dunkin’ Donuts on Route 64 in St. Charles always seems so crowded.

Vagahani operates four other stores, including one on Route 59 in West Chicago, Ill. The Elburn location would be considered a satellite store, with the majority of the donuts made at the West Chicago location. However, fresh muffins would be made in Elburn.

Duncan told the commissioners that she will work closely with the village’s Building Commissioner, Tom Brennan, on the colors for the building’s facade.

“We want to be in harmony with the existing stores,” she said.

Duncan said there are currently no plans for a Baskin Robbins connected to the restaurant, but the building has the potential for such an addition in the future.

The Plan Commission had only one question for Duncan.

“When?” asked Plan Commission member John Krukoff.

Duncan said that once the approvals and plans are all in place, the actual construction should take about three months.

“It’s all good,” Plan Commission Chair Jeff Metcalf said. “We’re halfway there.”

“We appreciate that (Vagahani) picked Elburn,” Krukoff said. “Too bad he won’t be open for the Christmas walk.”

Levy increase?

SG Village Board announces proposed 2013 Property Tax Levy
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday announced the village’s proposed 2013 Property Tax Levy.

Village President Sean Michels said that the village is considering raising the tax levy 2.4 percent for real estate taxes in 2013. The estimated property taxes are $1,518,162 for 2013, which is $35,461 (or 2.4 percent) above the 2012 extension amount of $1,482,701.

There were different opinions expressed by Village Board members about the proposed increase in property taxes for this year.

“I would hate to have a situation where residents are getting taxed out of their homes. I would like to find out how we could remain flat (and not increase taxes) and give the taxpayer a break,” village trustee Kevin Geary said.

Other board members discussed the potential disadvantages of not approving the proposed levy on property taxes.

“It’s a double-edged sword. If you keep it flat, you won’t have the funds for certain things. You would have to cut some services to the community,” village trustee Rick Montalto said.

Geary brought up another potential disadvantage to increasing property taxes for residents.

“The real estate tax could be as much as the principal on a house if we keep compounding. If we try to remain flat, it will force us to be more creative,” he said. “It will make us think very carefully about our budget. I would really like for us to take the lead and think about keeping the tax flat this year.”

A public hearing regarding the 2013 Property Tax Levy will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Village Hall, 10 S. Municipal Drive. The Sugar Grove Village Board is scheduled to vote on the tax levy on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Holiday Spirit needs your help

ELBURN—Holiday Spirit, a joint program between the Kaneland Schools and Conley Outreach/West Towns, is in need of groups to adopt local families in need this holiday season. Last year, Holiday Spirit provided assistance to 160 children in 63 families through the donations. The program anticipates that the need will be just as great this year.

Those interested in adopting a family can contact Kaneland John Shields Elementary social worker Nicole Pryor at (630) 466-8500, ext. 108, or or West Towns Coordinator Carol Alfrey at (630) 365-2880 or Visit to download the donation form, or click here. Monetary donations are also needed to purchase last minute gifts and for gas gift cards. Checks payable to Holiday Spirit can be sent c/o Conley Outreach, P.O. Box 931, Elburn IL 60119.

MP board approves Waste Management contract

MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Village Board on Tuesday voted 6-0 to approve a contract with Waste Management of Illinois, Inc., for the purpose of waste collection and disposal.

The board’s authorization extends the current contract with Waste Management, initiated in February 2001, for an additional five years. The rate for refuse, recycling and yard waste services will be $19.91 between the dates of Feb. 1, 2014, and Jan. 31, 2015. The rate will then increase by 2.9 percent each year.

Residents covered under the agreement will receive a 65-gallon recycling cart; those who prefer a smaller container can choose a 35-gallon cart. Also, senior citizens ages 65 and older will receive a 10 percent discount on refuse, recycling and yard waste services.

“The board is pleased with the extension of the Waste Management contract,” Village President Kathy Curtis said. “I feel the residents will like the larger recycling bins that will now be an amenity included in the monthly fee. The annual increase in the contract is a reasonable operating expense to cover fuel cost increases.”

Waste Management will sponsor Maple Park Fun Fest, and will supply 15 Port-O-Lets, five hand-washing stations, 10 96-gallon toters, a 30-yard roll-off box and 35 special event cardboard boxes.

Waste Management will provide a new refuse and recycling brochure for the village of Maple Park, and will be responsible production and distribution of the document to all residential homes covered under the Waste Management agreement.

Sugar Grove conducting hotel feasibility study

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Community Development Director Richard Young and Village President Sean Michels announced on Tuesday that they are in the process of implementing a hotel feasibility study. They said they are looking to share the cost of the study with the Sugar Grove Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

Young explained that the cost of the study for the Village Board would be $3,600, but the village is reaching out to different sources for funding. Michels commented on the community’s need for a hotel.

“Based on the citizen survey, we need to conduct the study and bring a hotel here. I would really like to get this going before we get too close to the holidays,” he said.

The Village Board has a consulting firm in mind, HVS International, which possesses expertise in hotel management and assessment and is ready to provide guidance and different services for their study. Young is in the process of going back to the EDC board to find additional funds for the village’s expenses for the study.

KJS Elementary to celebrate Veterans Day

ELBURN—Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School will hold a Veterans Day celebration on Monday, Nov. 11, with an 8:50 a.m. celebration near the school’s flagpole, and an afternoon assembly at 2:40 p.m.

During these events, area Boy Scouts will raise U.S. colors, Girls Scouts will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and fourth-graders will perform their annual Choral Concert. Members of the Elburn Legion will speak, and several students will read thank you notes and poetry.

John Stewart Elementary invites and encourages veterans to join the school for its morning flag-raising ceremony and end-of-day assembly. For more information, email Heidi Gilkey at

Board members feeling ‘out of the loop’

Question whether meeting twice a month is enough
ELBURN—The move for the Elburn Village Board to meet twice a month instead of four times a month has caused some trustees to feel “out of the loop,” as noted during some of the discussions that took place on Monday.

During a presentation by Finance Director Doug Elder on a proposed property tax levy for the village, trustee Jeff Walter said he was concerned that he didn’t know how village staff had arrived at the amount Elder presented.

Trustees eventually unanimously approved the proposed levy amount for $824,000 and set a public hearing for Monday, Dec. 2, at Village Hall. The public hearing is necessary because the amount is more than 105 percent of the previous year’s extension of $695,000.

However, the discussion preceding the vote revealed the discomfort of several of the trustees due to the increased time between the meetings and the amount of time they have to review the information prior to the meetings.

“It seems like we’re going into this without much discussion,” Walter said. “We have a number here on paper and I’m not sure where this number came from. It’s like, ‘Here’s the number, guys. Let’s vote on it.’”

Up until last summer, the Village Board met on the first and third Mondays of the month, with the Committee of the Whole meetings scheduled for the second and fourth Mondays.

The Committee of the Whole meetings are when discussion regarding items before the board takes place. The Village Board meetings are where votes are taken to approve those items.

A few months ago, the board began meeting twice a month on the first and third Mondays, with both the Committee of the Whole and the Village Board meetings taking place on the same evening.

Trustees receive the packet of information on the Friday prior to the Monday meetings, which Walter said leaves little time for them to review the items and prepare.

“I’m not feeling like we’re in the loop anymore,” Walter said. “We should be coming in here completely prepared to vote on the issues. We really need time to digest this stuff.”

Village President Dave Anderson mentioned the weekly report that Village Administrator Erin Willrett sends out to board members, encouraging them to call her or other staff members with questions. He noted that he was at Village Hall every day.

“And I’m not,” trustee Dave Gualdoni responded. “Some of this stuff needs to be discussed by everyone at this table, and it’s not.”

Trustee Bill Grabarek said that meeting only twice a month during the summer made sense when not as much was happening, but now that the village is seeing more activity, meeting more often might be warranted.

Trustee Ken Anderson, who works for Kane County, said they meet once a month, and keep up with issues through the use of executive summaries.

Dave Anderson said he prefers meeting less frequently, because it allows Village Administrator Erin Willrett to be more efficient, with less time preparing for board meetings and more time to do her job.

Grabarek said he could see both sides of the issue. However, he stated that he could see an advantage to meeting four times a month.

Since trustees Ethan Hastert and Pat Schuberg were not in attendance at the meeting, the other board members agreed to continue the discussion when they could all participate.

The controversy of pet vaccinations

ILLINOIS—Vaccinations are a critical component to the preventive care of your companion animal. Your health, as well as your pet’s, depends on it. While this may seem like common knowledge to some, the topic of pet vaccination can be quite controversial, making it a hot topic in veterinary medicine today.

Most veterinary professionals agree that vaccinating your pets is the best way to protect them from various life threatening illnesses.

“Controversy about vaccinating your pet is usually centered around misinformation or the false concept in humans that suggest vaccinations cause autism,” said Dr. Bethany Schilling, Clinical Instructor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

Choosing vaccinations specific to your animal’s health and lifestyle should be an informed decision made between you and your veterinarian.

Many pet owners believe that the possible dangers of pet vaccinations outweigh the positive aspects. One risk that worries pet owners is the chance that their pet will have a negative reaction from the vaccination. While this is a viable concern, Schilling and many other veterinarians agree that this occurrence is rare.

“Vaccine reactions are usually non-life threatening, are easily treated, and can typically be prevented in the future,” Schilling said. “Reactions in dogs are typically swelling of the face or hives, and reactions in cats are typically vomiting or diarrhea.”

Vaccines do not guarantee that your pet will not become sick, just like a human getting the flu vaccine can still catch the flu, but it will likely minimize the seriousness of illness in your pet.

Vaccines help build up your pets’ immune system so that their chances of becoming ill when exposed to disease are much lower. They can prevent many upper respiratory diseases in cats such as herpes, calicivirus, and panleukemia, as well as feline leukemia and rabies. There are vaccines to prevent various diseases, such as parvovirus, leptospirosis, Lyme disease, Bordetella and rabies, in dogs as well. Bordetella is found to be one of the causes of “kennel cough,” a highly contagious respiratory disease in dogs.

The two classifications of pet vaccines are core and non-core vaccines.

“Core vaccines are things the entire pet population should be vaccinated against, due to universal risk,” Schilling said. “Non-core vaccines are recommended based on region of the country in which the patient lives and individual patient risk factors, like lifestyle and travel.”

Core vaccines would include vaccines against common diseases, like rabies, whereas vaccines against Lyme disease or kennel cough are among the non-core vaccines. Non-core vaccines are not usually considered necessary, but are available to pets that are at risk for illness due to geographic locations or specific lifestyle needs.

Another debate among many pet owners is whether performing at-home vaccinations on your pet is easier and more efficient than taking them to a veterinary clinic. When making this decision, it is important to keep in mind that vaccines are extremely sensitive to handling. Various factors such as extreme temperatures can inactivate them, and vaccines purchased at a feed store are not guaranteed to be effective.

“Vaccines administered at a vet clinic are handled appropriately and care can be made to make sure the pet is vaccinated at appropriate intervals to ensure protection,” Schilling said. “The pet is examined prior to receiving vaccines each visit to make sure they are healthy.”

Dave Anderson, Village President

Officials celebrate Anderson bridge groundbreaking

ELBURN—Decades in the planning, construction is set to begin on the Anderson Road bridge as public officials put shovels in the ground on Monday.

The shovels symbolized breaking ground on the project that will provide an overpass to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Officials from all levels of government, from village to federal, gathered at the construction site near the intersection of Anderson Road and Prairie Valley Street in Elburn for Monday’s ceremony.

Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen said reaching this point in the project is the result of hard work, cooperation, collaboration and compromise, along with a heavy dose of federal, county and state funding.

The project will extend Anderson Road, which currently ends at Prairie Valley Street, to Keslinger Road to the south, as well as build the bridge, which will provide an alternate to crossing the railroad tracks on Route 47 through Elburn.

Elburn Village President Dave Anderson, Lauzen, Kane County Board member/Transportation Committee Chair Drew Frasz and Kane County engineer Carl Shoedel were among those who spoke at the event.

State Rep. Kay Hatcher, ShoDeen Inc. president Dave Patzelt, Kaneland School District Superintendent Jeff Schuler and Elburn trustee Bill Grabarek were among those in attendance.

Elburn Village President Dave Anderson said he could remember when there were no bridges over what was then the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. There was just a rickety old bridge over Harley Road, he said.

The progress that the Anderson Road bridge exemplifies is the result of the foresight and cooperation of governmental partners, Anderson said.

Kane County Engineer Carl Shoedel earned a round of applause when he said that, while happy to see this progress, he will be even more excited when the road and the bridge is open to traffic, and the project is completed on time and under budget.

Martam Construction, Inc., together with Herlihy Mid-Continent Company, was awarded its $14.4 million bid on the project, approximately 25 percent less than the engineer’s original project estimate of $19.8 million.

Breaking ground this fall will give it time to freeze and thaw throughout the winter, leaving it ready for construction to begin by spring, Frasz said. He anticipates the project to be completed by late 2014 or early spring 2015.

Frasz said that there was a time in the past year when completion of the project was in question. Patzelt owned the property necessary for the right-of-way for the bridge, and annexation of this land for ShoDeen’s Elburn Station development was a prerequisite to the construction of the bridge.

But Frasz said that in the end, Patzelt and the village were able to come to an agreement on the development. He credited village trustees, and Grabarek in particular, for their careful consideration of the details of the project.

Anderson extolled the positive outcomes that will take place as a result of the bridge, including increased connectivity and accessibility to the Metra station, the industrial park and the downtown area, as well as the safety and welfare of the people within the community.

Anderson said that when the bridge is finished, a bike and pedestrian pathway will provide access to county forest preserves Elburn Woods and Johnson’s Mound.

He reflected that the project had involved generations of elected officials.

“It was all of us,” Anderson said, mentioning the Kane County Board, the Transportation Committee with Frasz’s leadership and Jan Carlson before him, former Elburn Village President Jim Willey, as well as former Speaker of the U.S. House Dennis Hastert, who brought the federal dollars home to Kane County.

“This was started before us,” Anderson said. “We were fortunate enough to be a part of it.”

The build-out of the Elburn Station development will begin once the bridge has been completed.

“The bridge will provide for the efficient movement of traffic, and will be a catalyst for positive development of the entire region,” Anderson said.

Twenty years from now, we’ll be astounded how much activity and how much traffic this bridge will have,” he added.

Photos by Patti Wilk

Trustees raise concerns on village social media policy

ELBURN—Village Board members and staff on Monday raised concerns regarding the village’s social media policy for its employees.

The policy was added to the village’s employee personnel policy manual during the past year, and came up for discussion during an annual review of the updates.

Trustee Jeff Walter wanted to know if the policy applied to board members and other elected officials.

One restriction in particular that troubled him was one in which employees were prohibited from identifying their employer.

Walter said that he uses his Facebook page to campaign for re-election.

“When my Facebook page says ‘Re-elect Jeff Walter, village trustee,’ I’m identifying myself as an employee of the village,” Walter said.

Trustee Dave Gualdoni said he wondered about the legality of the restriction.

“It seems to me it violates First Amendment rights,” he said.

Public Works Superintendent John Nevenhoven said that the purpose of his LinkedIn account was to network.

“I can’t tell people I work here?” he asked. “That’s the whole purpose (of LinkedIn).”

While Walter said he didn’t think the village would want to prevent employees from posting positive images of the village, Village Attorney Bob Britz said the policy is to “control the not-so-positive images.”

Village Administrator Erin Willrett said the intent of the policy is to prevent employees from discrediting the village. She said that there have been no issues with the policy since it was implemented last November.

Britz explained that the policy, while not perfect, lets everyone know what is expected, and any disciplinary action would therefore not be seen as “arbitrary and capricious.”

He said he is very sensitive about First Amendment rights, but that it was necessary for the village to have some type of policy in place.

Village President Dave Anderson said he didn’t think that the policy applied to board members and other elected officials.

“Representing the village (as an elected official) is one thing; working for the village is another,” Anderson said.

Anderson asked board members to send their comments and concerns to Willrett for a follow-up discussion.

“I don’t want to get into something like a ‘Code Napoleon,’ where everything is forbidden unless expressly permitted,” trustee Bill Grabarek said.


Saturday Preview: No. 5 Kaneland (9-1) @ No. 4 Joliet Catholic (9-1)

Joliet Memorial Stadium • Saturday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.
It’s a battle of two 9-1 teams as the Knights head to ATI Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium to battle perennial playoff contender Joliet Catholic Academy (JCA).

JCA is no stranger to the IHSA playoffs, having made it the previous 16 years, and 37 years overall. JCA has won 13 state titles, with their most recent in the 2006 season while playing in the 6A division. They have been in the title game 17 times.

JCA’s road to the 2013 playoffs had them winning the stout East Suburban Catholic Conference with an 8-1 overall record (6-1 in conference). The ESCC boasted six playoff qualifiers this year. JCA’s only loss came to 7A St. Patrick by a score of 22-21. St. Patrick defeated Geneva 31-23 on the road in the first round last weekend.

JCA defeated Chicago Urban Prep-Englewood 69-12 in the First Round of the 5A playoffs last weekend.

Both teams come in with similar offensive point totals, with Kaneland averaging 39.2 points per game and JCA averaging 41.8 through 10 games. The defenses are both staunch, with Kaneland surrendering just 10.5 points per game, to JCA’s 15.1 through 10 games.

Jaumaureo Phillips & Gary Koehring

Team defense

35 points by offense overshadowed by defensive gem in first round
KANELAND—Drew David and the Knights offense was clicking, but it was the other side of the ball that stole the show.

The Knights opened the 2013 playoffs in dominating fashion, picking apart the visiting Hampshire Whip-Purs 35-0.

Defensive coordinator Keith Snyder was very happy with how his unit played.

“I was really happy with how the kids responded,” Snyder said. “We’ve been trying to get back to being a little more simple and letting the kids play football after the Sycamore game, and the last two weeks they’ve done a heck of a job doing it.”

On Friday, the Knights’ defense was always in the right spots to make plays.

“We tried to dial it down to let the kids fly around and be aggressive, and they’ve really responded,” he said.

Senior Gary Koehring, who led the team with 8.5 tackles, led the defense, which has given up an average of only 10.5 points through last Friday’s game.

“Our defense played awesome; we all are buying into what coach Snyder has us doing,” Koehring said, “Everyone is doing their jobs, and we’re just playing as a whole unit.”

Koehring was impressed with his teammates’ contributions, too.

“Tyler Carlson played really well; he had two interceptions. He’s done a really nice job filling in for our two graduated guys last year in Korey Harner and Blake Bradford,” Koehring said. “Andy Kray steps up as a sophomore; he’s been doing really good this year.”

Carlson also had a tackle for a loss, and Kray had one of three sacks for the Knights.

“Everyone has just stepped up as a unit this year,” said Koehring.

The Knight’s offense was impressive, too. Junior Isaac Swithers got the Knights on the board on their third possession with a three-yard touchdown run with 2:56 left in the first quarter.

The Knights drove the ball well early in the second quarter, with key catches coming from senior John Pruett (five catches for 91 yards), and were rewarded with another Swithers TD run, this time from the goal line.
Later in the second, after a Brandon Bishop 51-yard touchdown pass was called back due to a penalty, David found junior Connor Fedderly for a seven-yard TD pass with 1:57 to go before the half.

Two third quarter touchdowns: a four-yard run by senior Nate Dyer after a nice drive, and a quick strike 14 yard pass from David to senior Tyler Slamans as time expired in the third quarter finished the scoring on the night.

However, a scary moment came with 7:51 left in the third quarter, when Bishop (seven catches, 91 yards) had to be taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons after taking a helmet to the back on a punt return. The senior did give his teammates and the Peterson Field crowd a thumbs up as he was loaded into the ambulance. Head coach Tom Fedderly said Bishop’s playing status wouldn’t be determined until late in the week.

Hampshire finished the night with only 84 yards of total offense, and had just four first downs.

“To do what we did tonight and with the turnovers, (to give up) only four first downs and to shut a team out in the playoffs—that’s a total team defensive effort right there,” Snyder said after the game.

Snyder credited his unit’s preparation for keeping the Whip-Purs offense in shambles.

“It starts in film study, and they’ve been phenomenal. They see things I haven’t even seen, and I pride myself in studying film,” Snyder said.

Snyder was quick to credit the rest of the defensive staff.

“Their position coaches do a tremendous job with them—Pat Ryan with the inside linebackers, Marcus Goedken with the defensive line and Ryan Gierke with the defensive backs—so when they get to me, I can just coach them on some smaller things, and then they just know what is going on out there,” Snyder said. “It makes my job much easier when you have smart football players that play like that.”

The Knights now travel to Joliet, Ill., to take on the Joliet Catholic Hilltoppers at Joliet Memorial Stadium on Saturday at 7 p.m. The winner of the second-round matchup will face the winner of the Montini Catholic/Marian Catholic matchup in the Quarterfinals.

Photos by Patti Wilk


Last line of offense

Knight behemoths help Kaneland football in trenches
KANELAND—Throughout the 35-game regular season win streak and 47 wins in the last 52 overall games, Kaneland’s playmakers have made plenty of noise with their actions.

But it’s been said by coach Tom Fedderly in months past that the games are won on the offensive line.

Being charged with the task of protecting quarterbacks like Drew David and predecessor Joe Camaliere, while being asked to clear holes for Jesse Balluff, Isaac Swithers, Nate Dyer and Blake Serpa, is all in a productive night’s work for the Knight offensive line. It’s personnel like seniors Alex Snyder, Shane Jorgensen, Joe Komel, Justin Diddell and Sam Bower that win the offensive battles first, allowing for glory in the endzone later.

With Kaneland securing one playoff win in Class 5A action, the challenge of storied program Joliet Catholic looms, but personnel like Jorgensen (6-foot-2, 270 pounds) just wish to play within themselves, even as two-way players.

Jorgensen, whose older brother Troy was a valuable receiver on the 2006 Class 5A semifinalist team, has tried to keep it business as usual.

“We try to practice just as hard, no matter what jersey we have on,” Jorgensen said. “The Morris game was huge, we just knew we had to bounce back.”

Diddell (6-foot-3, 285 pounds) came into 2013 in a unique situation, having been mostly a defensive lineman, but still maintains the aggressive mentality.

“It’s still nice to hit people. But, the thing is, people took me under their wing and they helped me out throughout practice,” Diddell said. “Every time I’d make a mistake, they helped me out.”

That mode has made a big difference for the first-year O-line talent.

“They don’t just leave me there to die, and I’m just glad I have a group of linemen that know what they’re doing,” Diddell said. “We really get hyped up about our double teams. Then, when we start pancaking people and we start double-teaming them after that, that’s when we get really hyped up.”

Snyder (6-feet-0, 270 pounds) is the elder statesman of the line, and holds the school record for most wins in a four-year span as an individual player for the Kaneland football program.

How much of a change to Snyder’s game has there been?

“I think, physically, I’m more of the same player; mentally, just a lot different,” Snyder said. “I understand a lot more things. Obviously, with maturity and preparing more. But it’s just seeing what someone will do and seeing their tendencies from the first couple of plays.”

With injuries to threats like Balluff and Zach Thielk and a share of dings, bumps and bruises, Snyder and Co. have had to work and persevere through a slew of obstacles in 2013.

“I just think this year, seeing how people have responded kind of helps us through everything. With the Sycamore game, obviously we didn’t want to lose it, but the only thing we could do was bounce back,” Snyder said.

Komel (6-foot-4, 280 pounds), at right tackle, has a full plate of tough draws every game that differs slightly from his linemates.

“The right tackle is responsible for the pocket. Guards and centers are more responsible for the depth. Those defensive ends are coming hard at me and the quarterback, and you’ve got to keep them off,” Komel said. “You get a running start and you’re backpedaling almost, basically.”

With the 2013 postseason the last ride no matter what week it ends, the line responsible for so many breakaway plays breaks it down to its basest form.

“You’ve just got to protect the quarterback as best as possible,” Komel said.

Kaneland’s meeting with Joliet Catholic takes place on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m., at Joliet Memorial Stadium.

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Kaneland takes care of sectional challenge

Photo: Sophomore Sean Spaetzel cracked the varsity roster, running as Kaneland’s seventh runner at the Belvidere Sectional with a time of 16:51. File Photo

Boys’ fourth place yields State berth
KANELAND—In certain situations, a team’s fourth-place finish might be cause for kicking one’s self.

For the Kaneland boys cross country team, it’s a chance to keep striding toward bigger and better things at this coming weekend’s State contest at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Ill.

Kaneland boys cross country’s performance at the Class 2A Belvidere Sectional on Saturday morning yielded a total of 163 points, in the middle of the pack of State qualifiers. Vernon Hills took first with 45 points, followed by Northern Illinois Big XII entry Dixon with 99 points. Crystal Lake Central took third at the 102-point mark. After Kaneland’s comfortable fourth-place slot, Prairie Ridge and Grayslake Central earned qualifying nods with 181 points each.

Ryan Pitner, senior representative from Crystal Lake Central, finished the morning with a time of 15 minutes 9 seconds to nab individual champion honors.

Kyle Carter, a KHS senior, finished in 19th place at 15:56, finishing over Grayslake Central’s Jack Battaglia by .09 seconds, with senior classmate Nathaniel Kucera next up for KHS in 21st at 16:00. Additionally, junior Brandon Park took 37th at 16:21, followed by fellow junior Andrew Lesak in 41st at 16:23, while senior Ryan Bower finished in 45th at 16:30.

Kaneland’s average varsity time was 16:23 on the Belvidere school course.

“We knew it was a battle for the final two qualifying spots, and we knew a pack split under 40 seconds was necessary for this team to advance for a third year in a row,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said. “Led by an inspired effort from the seniors, the team advanced with a 34-second pack split.”

As the 17th boys team to advance to the big course, Clarey was glad to see the team effort work on the grass.

“We are very thankful for the opportunity to return to Peoria. We realize there are some very talented teams who will end their seasons today. When we needed it most, the team rallied around one another and got the job done,” Clarey said.

The highest finish for the Kaneland program in recent memory was second place 14 years ago. In 2012, Chicago’s Jones High School took the Class 2A crown with 85 points, followed by Belvidere North at 126 points. Local rival Yorkville took third with 129 points.


Just enough: Girls cross country’s fifth place means another trip to Peoria

Photo: Senior Erika Carlson stepped up for the Lady Knights, running as their No. 3 with a time of 19:30. File Photo

KANELAND—Looks like the Lady Knights cross country squad had just enough on Saturday in Belvidere, Ill.

Due to their 176-point total, the Kaneland girls cross country lineup earned the last Class 2A State qualifying margin by 27 points over Woodstock at the Sectional meet at Belvidere High School.

The Lady Knights, who saw sophomore Victoria Clinton take the top prize in 2012, now set plans for the Class 2A finals on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Ill.

Crystal Lake Central was crowned Sectional champs with a 103-point total, followed by Marengo at 121, Vernon Hills at 126 and Lake Forest at 141.

Senior Maura Beattie of Woodstock took the course with a stellar time of 17 minutes, 43 seconds. For Kaneland, the troop was led by junior Clinton, who finished 11th at 18:31. Sophomore Brianna Bower continued her steady trajectory with a 18:37 for 15th place. Third-best for KHS was senior Erika Carlson in 42nd at 19:30. Rounding out the top five for Kaneland: freshman Abby Shaw in 53rd at 19:46, and veteran junior Aislinn Lodwig at 55th in 19:49.

For the third year in a row, the Lady Knight girls saw hard work and a rise to the occasion pay off.

“Once again, Victoria Clinton and Brianna Bower led the way with strong races,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said. “In arguably the toughest sectional in the state with 8-9 teams running for five spots, I’m very proud of how the girls ran their best race on the day it mattered most. They definitely earned their trip to the State meet.”

In 2012, Clinton’s championship run helped KHS toward a sixth-place team finish, with rival Yorkville and Normal University taking the top two spots on the Peoria course.

Anna Sinise

Third game not a charm

Photo: Sophomore Anna Sinise had four digs and two kills in the Lady Knight’s Regional loss to Sycamore last Thursday. Photos by Patti Wilk

Lady Knights’ journey ends by third-seed Sycamore in regional final
SANDWICH, Ill.—There would be no standing tall, despite the valiant effort.

Kaneland, the No. 1 seed in the Class 3A Sandwich Regional, looked to knock off Sycamore, the No. 3 seed, last Thursday, in a repeat of the 2012 Hampshire Regional final.

What ended up happening after a nice first game was two drops in a row, allowing the Lady Spartans to hoist the Sandwich Regional plaque after a 17-25, 25-12, 25-18 tussle. Sycamore was set to hit the Princeton Sectional against Dunlap on Tuesday in a semifinal matchup.

Kaneland finished the 2013 campaign at 16-16, while Sycamore improved to 16-17 after the three-game tussle.

Lone senior Jenny Lubic had 25 assists in her swan song, while junior teammate Ellie Dunn had 13 kills and 14 digs. Sophomore Vanessa Gould had seven kills and eight digs.

Kaneland had earned a slot in the final by beating Plano on Oct. 29, while Sycamore had defeated Sandwich in the following game.

The Lady Knights got off to a nice start against their Northern Illinois Big XII conference rival with a 14-9 edge in the first game. Sycamore took advantage of some service errors to close within 17-16. Soon, Dunn took control with two kills, and coupled with a sideout, the Lady Knights led 23-16. After a Sycamore point, the Lady Knights got a Dunn kill followed by a Lubic set to Dunn for the match point and eight-point margin of victory.

Service mishaps, errors and an overall tightening of the Sycamore game had Kaneland fall to a 20-8 margin in the second game. Despite a key kill by Hannah Nauert to close it to 21-10, Sycamore went on a 4-2 run to even matters.

Back and forth action had Kaneland’s last lead of the 2013 season at 12-11 before strategic placement of the ball and key blocking made for third-game woes. Sycamore went on an 11-4 run to take a 22-16 lead. Dunn would come up with two late kills, to close within 24-18, but a side out ended the contest.

With the first year a season-long adjustment, the Lady Knights hoped to make it past the regional final. Strides were made, however.

“New coach, new systems, young team, individual player, the bond, trust and friendships that were made, we did a lot in roughly 70 days,” KHS coach Kerri McCastland said. “I’m just sorry we didn’t have more time to foster it. The future looks bright.”

With the loss, Lady Knights volleyball says goodbye to Lubic.

“Jenny was the unanimous chosen leader on our team by her peers,” McCastland said. “She was great under pressure and stayed poised as a player and person. She is selfless; playing injured and never giving less than 110 percent. She’s a dynamic player who loves to attack the game. I will miss that among so many other things about her.”

G. Byron Healy

G. Byron Healy passed away early on the morning of Oct. 31, 2013, at his residence in The Gardens of Sun City. He was 96 years old, and preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Helen Elizabeth Jackson Healy. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Claude, William and Ralph; and one grandson.

He is survived by his daughters, Barbara (Jack) Hallock of Hazelhurst, Wis., Marti Healy of Aiken, S.C., and Reverend Patricia Locke of Grand Haven, Mich., along with three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Healy was born in Sugar Grove on Jan. 23, 1917. He attended Aurora University, and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1937. He was employed by the International Harvester Company for 42 years, serving in several management positions in its truck division in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Utah and California, retiring from the Chicago home office in 1978.

Byron Healy had a life-long interest in music and was gifted with a rare voice talent. He studied vocal performance in college and privately. He shared his remarkable ability through a variety of venues and productions, including church, oratorio, stage musicals and solo performances.

After he and his wife moved to Sun City, Ariz., in 1978, he continued to participate in church music and with the West Valley Chorale and the Sun City Players. He also served several terms on the board (and as president) of the Sun Cities Chamber Music Society, was a founding member and president of the Sun Cities Symphonic Chorus, and was past president of the Sun City Musician’s Club.

Additionally, Healy was a loyal member of the Sun City-Agua Fria Kiwanis Club for many years, and served as its president. He also served as president of the Illini Club (University of Illinois) of the West Valley, and was a former board member and president of the Sun Health Foundation, the Sun City Home Owners’ Association, and the West Valley Art Museum.

For many years, he was a dedicated member of the choir and soloist for the Church of the Palms (United Church of Christ) in Sun City, where he also held a term as moderator, and was a member of the Union Hills Country Club.

Visitation for Mr. Healy will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, with a brief service following at 11 a.m. His burial will take place immediately afterward in the Sugar Grove Cemetery, next to his beloved wife and near his birthplace.
His gentle presence and gifted voice will be greatly missed here on earth.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Church of the Palms, 14808 Boswell Blvd., Sun City, AZ 85351, The Sun Health Foundation, 13180 North 103rd Drive, Sun City, AZ 85351, or the musical organization of your choice.

Arrangements are being made through Healy Chapel, Sugar Grove. For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit to leave an online condolence.

Lyle G. Hicks

Lyle G. Hicks, 94 of St. Charles, passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at Illinois Veteran’s Home in LaSalle, Ill., surrounded by family.

He was born April 20, 1919, in Aurora, the son of Frank and Bessie (Hunt) Hicks.

Lyle was a 1937 graduate of Batavia High School. He served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II. Lyle shared 67 years of marriage with his loving wife Marilyn (Roehlk).

Lyle owned and operated Hicks Floor Covering in Geneva for over 65 years. He worked with his sons, John and James.

When they could, Lyle and Marilyn loved to go dancing. Lyle was a member of the Geneva American Legion, Batavia VFW, Moose Lodge, Masons and Shriners. He will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched.

Lyle is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn; sons, John of St. Charles, James (Vicki) of Aurora, Joel (Sharon) of Joliet, Ill., and Lyle of Mt. Vernon, Ill.; grandchildren, Byron (Tami) of Montgomery, Kyle of Wis., James (Heather) of Mo., Ian of Chicago and Kate (Jon) Casserilla of Downers Grove, Ill.; great-grandchildren, Kendall and Jordan Hicks; sisters, Shirley Hopp and Doris Perna; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Vera, Hazel, Alan, Stanley and Francis.

Funeral services will take place Saturday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. at Malone Funeral Home, Pastor Steven Srock will officiate. Burial will be private.

Visitation for Lyle will take place Friday, Nov. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St. (Route 38), Geneva.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Illinois Veteran’s Home, 1015 O’Connor Ave., LaSalle, Ill. 61301, would be appreciated.

For information, call (630) 232-8233 or visit

Erwin ‘Erv’ H. Panzer

Erwin “Erv” H. Panzer, 75, of Maple Park, passed away in the early morning hours of Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, following complications from a farming accident.

He was born Feb. 6, 1938, in Elmhurst, Ill., the son of Henry and Hulda (Gehrke) Panzer.

Erv grew up in Roselle, Ill., and attended local schools. He graduated from Arlington Heights High School with the class of 1956.

During his high school years, Erv was a proud member of the Future Farmers of America and proved it by going back to the family dairy farm after graduation, where he continued his education. His classrooms were the barns and fields of his youth, until the family sold the farm and bought a bigger farm in Maple Park. Dairy became a thing of the past, with emphasis now put on grain, cattle and pigs.

He was a member of the Kane County Farm Bureau and faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church in Sycamore, where he was superintendent of the Sunday School, sang in the choir, was an elder and served on untold numbers of boards over the years. Erv was also a longtime member of the DeKalb County Steam Power Club and member of the North Grove School Association.

Erv was “King of the Ten Pins,” knocking them flat with each throw on bowling night with several area leagues. He was fluent in German, but his hands “spoke” welding perfectly. He also knew his way around the wood shop.

He also loved to travel to auctions galore, finding treasure and gold where others found none. If there was one thing Erv was, it was helpful. He had the kindest heart and would give you the shirt off his back. If there was ever a need, Erv was first in line to lend a hand.

He is survived by his loving fiancee, Bernice Maness; two siblings, Dorothy (Arnold) Grimm and Leonard Panzer; one niece, Donna (Brian) Tennis; one nephew, Warren (late Carol) Grimm, and his children, Benjamin and Andrew; and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded by his parents, Henry and Hulda Panzer.

Visitation will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church, 26555 Brickville Road, Sycamore. A funeral to celebrate his life and faith will take place on Friday, Nov. 8, at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Robert W. Weinhold and Rev. Marvin Metzger, pastors of the church, will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, Schaumburg, Ill.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit St. John Lutheran Church and Lutheran Hour Ministries. Checks may be made out to either, but both can be mailed to 26555 Brickville Road, Sycamore, IL 60178. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Clarence ‘C.E.’ Penninger

Clarence “C.E.” Penninger, 72, of Kaneville, passed from this life to eternal life in the early morning hours of Nov. 2, 2013, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family at his home.

Clarence was born May 6, 1941, the son of Clarence and Lois (Boyd) Penninger in Anna, Ill., where he attended local schools before graduating with the class of 1959.

Clarence enjoyed being a member of the Boy Scouts of America during his early years.

Clarence was introduced to a young lady by the name of Lois Hardy (nee Slavik) by mutual friends. On Jan. 23, 1970, the two were wed in Aurora. The newlyweds made their home in Kaneville, where they made memories to last a lifetime.

Clarence and Lois enjoyed the wind in their hair, and you would often pass them on the road while they were enjoying motorcycling or riding bicycles. The couple also enjoyed taking hiking trips together. Clarence and Lois wintered for 11 winters in Apache Junction, Ariz.

Clarence worked for Caterpillar for 30 years before retiring in 1996.

Clarence was a long time member of the Kaneville volunteer Fire Department, where he served as chaplain for the department. He was also a member Kaneville Men’s Prayer Group. Clarence was a devoted member of Village Bible Church in Sugar Grove.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Lois Penninger; son, Kenneth (Terina) Penninger of Mesa, Ariz.; daughters, Katrina (David) Winograd, of Mattoon, Ill., and Pamela Click of Metropolis, Ill.; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister, Susan Hase of Anna; and many nieces and nephews.

Clarence is preceded by his parents; and his daughter, Jenny Penninger.

Visitation was held Wednesday at Village Bible Church, Sugar Grove, with a funeral service to celebrate his life beginning at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Kaneville Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit the “Kaneville Fire Department” or “Village Bible Church.” Checks may be made to the organization 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