Tag Archives: Cara Bartel

DSC_00372013-11-286245

‘Carrie’s going to be missed’

Photo: Longtime Elburn resident Carrie Petrie (pictured with her daughter, Cara, and granddaughter, Abby) passed away on Jan. 9. Petrie was involved with the Elburn American Legion’s Women’s Auxiliary, played an active role in the Elburn Memorial Day ceremony for many years and helped run the Elburn Community Blood Drive. Her absence has been felt by many in the community. Photo submitted by Cara Bartel to info@elburnherald.com

Community mourns passing of longtime Elburn resident
ELBURN—The passing of lifelong resident Carrie Petrie on Jan. 9 has left a hole in the community of Elburn.

“You never replace someone like Carrie,” Village President Dave Anderson said. “You can get someone to take over her responsibilities, but you never replace her. Carrie’s going to be missed.”

Anderson said his first experience with Petrie was years ago when he and a date stopped in at Robert’s Drive-In in Geneva to get a bite to eat. The restaurant was two-thirds full, and Petrie was not only the waitress who took their order and served them, but the cook who made their meal, as well as the cashier who took their money.

That take-charge, “let’s get it done” kind of attitude has defined her throughout her life, whether she was helping out on the family farm, placing flags on the graves of the veterans for Memorial Day, cooking spaghetti dinners at the American Legion, or managing the Elburn Community Blood Drive every year.

Carrie was the oldest girl in her family. According to her sister Cecelia, Carrie could run a tractor at an early age. During the war, when so many of the men were overseas, she said Carrie was a big help around the family farm. She could drive the horses as well as a set of mules.

“Dad said she was the best hired man he ever had,” Cecelia said.

Carrie, like many of the young girls in her day, wrote to the soldiers fighting overseas during World War II to keep them from being lonely. Grover Petrie from Sycamore was her choice of a pen pal because she thought he had nice handwriting.

When Grover came home from the war, and he and Carrie met, courted and married. They remained committed to caring for the men and women who had served their country.

Grover joined the Elburn American Legion, and Carrie became a charter member of the Women’s Auxiliary. She and the other wives were actively involved in the current American Legion building.

“That kitchen didn’t magically appear,” said Kay Swift, the Petrie’s neighbor. “There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears that went into that building. The ladies were there right beside the men, holding lunches and catering dinners to raise the money.”

The Legion’s spaghetti dinners featuring Carrie’s “private (sauce) recipe,” became an annual event. Swift, who helped out with the dinners, said Carrie had everything so well organized, it didn’t seem to be such a big chore.

Carrie had initially set up the kitchen with a place for everything and everything in its place. Village attorney and Vietnam veteran Bob Britz said that Carrie held everything together.

“I don’t think she was ever in the service, but she would have made a good drill Sergeant,” he said with a laugh.

Together with Britz, Carrie played an active role in the Elburn Memorial Day ceremony for many years. Carrie would read the names of each veteran who had passed away, as well as reciting the poem “Flanders Field” each year. Until several years ago, when the Boy Scouts took over the job, Carrie and a crew of volunteers during the week prior to the service would place flags at the gravesite of every veteran buried in Elburn.

Her dedication and service to veterans included weekly trips to Elgin Mental Health Center, where the 30 or so veterans there would receive packets of gum, cookies, hot chocolate or coffee and other treats that Carrie and other Legion members assembled.

She always felt that no matter what their circumstances were, the veterans deserved the respect and gratitude for the service they gave to their country, Kay Swift said.

“She was a very good motivator,” said Swift, who for the past eight years had helped Carrie run the Elburn Community Blood Drive.

Swift said that when she could no longer donate blood due to a heart condition, she asked Carrie what she could do instead.

“Have I got a job for you,” Carrie responded. And Swift became the blood drive coordinator.

Helen Johnson has known Carrie and her sisters since they were little girls. She said her dad would take the “Gum girls” along with them to basketball games and county fairs, and to Maple Park to make cider.

When Carrie married Grover, they were the first ones to travel to Hackensack, Minn., for their honeymoon, Johnson said. That first trip was the beginning of 40 years of summer fun with family and friends.

“We all cooked together and the guys went fishing,” Johnson said.

Carrie continued to make the drive up to their cabin after Grover passed away. As recently as this past summer, she made the long trip herself, even though her son, Neal, had also passed away, and it was getting harder for her to get in and out of her car.

On her way home, Carrie met her sister Cecelia and her husband Norbert Lund for dinner. Cecelia recalled the numerous nice things that Carrie has done for others.

She used to pick up Cecelia’s daughters and drive them to work at the restaurant in Wasco where she worked, so they could experience what it was like to have a real job. They were able to work their way through college, she said.

“We’re all very proud of her, and all her years of hard work and dedication,” Cecelia said.

Letter: Poppy Days a huge success for veterans

The members of the Daniel Simpson American Legion Auxiliary No. 630, Elburn, wish to thank the community for their generosity toward our Poppy Days on May 20 and 21. Your show of support for this important program is greatly appreciated.

We would also like to thank the many Legion and Auxiliary volunteers that put in hours on the streets. Legionnaires—Wiley Overley, Al Anderson, Jerry Lonigro, George Morris, Lloyd DaMask, Norbert Lund, Lou Swiderski, Dennis Richmond and Jim Elgar. Auxiliary members—Kay Swift, Robin Harley, Marleah Anderson, Pennie Griesmann and Carrie Petrie.

Many thanks go out to the area businesses that allowed us to be inside or outside of their buildings. Jewel/Osco, Mobil Gas, Elburn Kountry Kettle, Papa G’s, Ream’s Meat Market, Elburn Post Office, Blackberry Inn, Metra Station and Schmidts. Thank you for all courtesies extended to our volunteers.

All the proceeds of Poppy Days go towards veterans and their families. Elburn Auxiliary donated over $1,700 to veterans programs this past year. The Elburn unit hopes to continue to help with the needs of our veterans who have and are currently giving so much for our country. We hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day and took some time to reflect on the reason for the holiday … remembering our veterans.

Cara Bartel and Jan Herra
Poppy Chairmen
Daniel Simpson Unit No. 630, Elburn

Letter: Elburn American Legion to distribute memorial poppies

Elburn American Legion Auxiliary members and volunteers will be in downtown Elburn distributing memorial poppies on Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, in exchange for contributions to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans.

The poppy has become a nationally-known and recognized symbol of sacrifice, and is worn by Americans to honor those who served and died for their country. The wearing of a poppy means “honor the dead and help the living.”

The handmade poppies are crafted by disabled veterans, and the production activity provides physical and mental therapeutic benefits for the veterans. Donations received by the American Legion Auxiliary volunteers for the poppies are used extensively to assist and support veterans and their families through service programs.

In November 1918, Ms. Moina Michael bought a bouquet of poppies and handed them to businessmen where she worked, and she asked them to wear the poppy as a tribute to the fallen. In 1923, the poppy became the official flower of the American Legion family in memory of the soldiers who fought on the battlefields during World War I.

The Elburn American Legion Auxiliary volunteers look forward to a successful “Poppy Days” program May 20-21, and greatly appreciate the community’s generous support and participation.

Leah Anderson, Cara Bartel
Elburn American Legion
Auxiliary #630

Letter: Poppy Days a success thanks to veterans

The members of the Daniel Simpson American Legion Auxiliary No. 630, Elburn, wish to thank the community for their generosity toward our Poppy Days on May 14 and 15.

Your show of support for this important program is greatly appreciated. I would also like to thank the many Legion and Auxiliary volunteers that put in hours on the streets: legionnaires, Commander Wiley Overley, Al Anderson, Jerry Lonigro, George Morris, and Lloyd and Marie DaMask; auxiliary members, Key Swift, Janet Herra, Kathy Jackson, Robin Harley, Marleah Anderson, Cheryl Krauspe and Carrie Petrie; and junior auxiliary member, Abby Bartel.

Many thanks go out to the area businesses that allowed us to be inside or outside of their buildings, Jewel/Osco, Mobil Gas, Elburn Kountry Kettle, Papa G’s, Ream’s Meat Market, Elburn Post Office, Walgreens, Blackberry Inn, and Metra. Thank you for all courtesies extended to our volunteers.

All the proceeds of Poppy Days go toward veterans and their families. Elburn Auxiliary donated more than $2,000 to veterans programs this past year. The Elburn unit hopes to continue to help with the needs of our veterans who have and are currently giving so much for our country. I hope everyone will enjoy their Memorial Day and took some time to reflect on the reason for the holiday—remembering our veterans.

Cara Bartel
Poppy Chairman
Daniel Simpson Unit No. 630
Elburn

Letter: Auxiliary spaghetti supper a success

The Elburn American Legion Auxiliary No. 630 would like to thank everyone that made the April 22 spaghetti supper a success again.

We appreciate the community that came out to support our fundraiser. Many thanks go out to the members who worked and/or donated desserts.

We also thank the Elburn American Legion members that helped us, as well. We appreciate the community and our loyal members for their participation in our moneymaking events. Without your help, we could not make our donations to the important programs that help so many.

We hope to see everyone again in the fall.

Cara Bartel, Treasurer
Elburn American Legion
Auxiliary No. 630

Letter: Poppy Days a huge success for the veterans

The members of the Daniel Simpson American Legion Auxiliary No. 630, Elburn, wish to thank the community for their generosity toward our Poppy Days on May 15 and 16.

Your show of support for this important program is greatly appreciated. I would also like to thank the many Legion and Auxiliary volunteers that put in hours on the streets. Legionnaires—Commander Wiley Overley, Al Anderson, Jerry Lonigro, Joe Cerveny and Lloyd DaMask. Auxiliary members—President Kay Swift, Marleah Anderson, Mary Coffey, Pennie Griesmann and Carrie Petrie. Junior Auxiliary member—Abby Bartel.

Many thanks go out to the area businesses that allowed us to be inside or outside of their buildings: Mobil Gas, Elburn Kountry Kettle, Papa G’s, Ream’s Meat Market, Elburn Post Office and Jewel/Osco. Thank you for all courtesies extended to our volunteers.

All the proceeds of Poppy Days go toward Veterans and their families. Elburn Auxiliary donated over $3,000 to veterans programs this past year. The Elburn unit hopes to continue to help with the needs of our Veterans who have and are currently giving so much for our country. I hope everyone will enjoy their Memorial Day and take some time to reflect on the reason for the holiday: Remembering our veterans.

Cara Bartel
Poppy Chairman
Daniel Simpson Unit #630
Elburn

Letter: Auxiliary spaghetti supper a success

The Elburn American Legion Auxiliary No. 630 would like to thank everyone that made the April 16 spaghetti supper a huge success. We appreciate the community that came out to support our fundraiser. Many thanks go out to the members who worked and/or donated desserts.

We also thank the Elburn American Legion members that helped us, as well. Thanks to member Ann Lambert, who made an afghan which was raffled and won by Kris Conley. We also had an Easter basket raffle earlier in the month that was put together and donated by Elburn Chiropractic, Dr. Ken Baumruck and Pam Schneider, which was won by Gina Dunham.

We appreciate the community and our loyal members for their participation in our money-making events. Without your help, we could not make our donations to the important programs that help so many. We hope to see everyone again at the October supper.

Cara Bartel, Treasurer
Elburn American Legion
Auxiliary No. 630