1988 – 1993

Hershel Douglas     1988.10.15

Hershel Douglas, 88, of Waterman, passed away on Saturday, October 22, 1988 at Aurora Manor in Aurora.  He was born in Norris City, IL on November 6, 1899, the son of John and Minnie (Edwards) Douglas.  On August 27, 1932 he married Vera Gladys Hays in Waterman.

Mr. Douglas was employed as a dairy worker in the Hays Dairy in Waterman before his retirement, was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church, and was a member of AF & AM #741 and was a past Master of the lodge.

He is survived by three brothers, William (Rita), Lawrence (Fern) and Earl (Rita) all of Norris City, IL, a sister-in-law, Mrs. Bernice Hays Morris of Aurora, and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and one sister.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 26 at 1:30 PM at the Waterman United Methodist Church with Rev. George Woosnam officiating.  Burial was in North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.  Arrangements by Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman.

 

Stella Alva Hage  Grometer     1988.10.16

Mrs. Stella Alva Grometer, 88, of Aurora, died Friday, October 21, 1988 at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born December 18, 1899 in Hinckley, the daughter of the late George and Minnie (Lange) Hage.

She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ and of the Daughters of Ruth.

She is survived by one son, Carl (Bonnell) Grometer of Hinckley; a daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Herron of Aurora; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Grometer, in 1982.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 24 at 10:30 AM from St. John United Church of Christ.  The Reverend Leroy H. Klemm officiated.  Burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park.

 

 

 

 

Jeremy James Johnson     1988.10.17

Jeremy James Johnson, three months, Racine, WI, died Friday afternoon, October 21, 1988 of sudden infant death syndrome at a home in Racine.

The son of James and Kristy (Philips) Johnson, he was born July 9, 1988, in Racine.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.

Surviving are his parents, Racine; maternal grandparents, Robert and Patricia Phillips, Hinckley; paternal grandparents, Edward and Joyce Johnson, Kenosha; great-grandparents, Verna Johnson, Bruce Crossing, MI, Clarence Phillips, Morris, IL and Clarence and Arlene Harriman, Jr., Haven Hill, MA and great-great-grandmother, Mary Marchisio, Groveland, MA.

He was preceded in death by great-grandparents Martin and Catherine Zapp and Carl Johnson.

Graveside services were held on Monday, October 24, 1988 at 11 AM at St. George Cemetery, Kenosha.

 

Oakley D. Myers     1988.10.18

Oakley D. Myers, 82, of Hinckley, died Thursday, October 20, 1988 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born December 16, 1905 at Hinckley, the son of Ed and Nora Myers.  On December 21, 1927 he married Lydia Louis’s Zaugg in Hinckley.  Mr. Myers was a farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Lydia, of Hinckley, one sister, Mrs. Maxine Morsch of Hinckley and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 24, 1988 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.  Rev. Wayne Kirk officiated and burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

 

Andrina C. Johnson Nelson     1988.10.19

Andrina C. Nelson, 93, rural Kingston, formerly of Kirkland, died Thursday, October 13, 1988, in Fairview Manor, Belvidere.  She was born November 29, 1894 in Newman Grove, NE, daughter of Lewie and Anna (Lee) Johnson.

She married Fred O. Nelson in Newman Grove August 12, 1919.  She was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Kirkland, 43 years, and of Lydia Circle of the church and Lutheran Church Women.

Survivors include one son, Quinton (Nellie) Nelson, Fenimore, WI; four daughters, Rosabel (Harold) Kahle, Sycamore, Carolyn (Stanley) Peterson, Kingston, LaVerna (Howard) Johnson, Sycamore, Bernice (Russell) Anderson, Belvidere; one brother, Henry Johnson and two sisters, Johanna and Ruth Johnson, Newman Grove, NE, 21 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, her husband in 1966, four brothers and two sisters.

Services were at 11 AM Monday, October 17, in the First Lutheran Church, Kirkland, with the Reverend Peter Holmer, pastor, officiating.  Burial was in Park Cemetery, Kirkland.

 

 

 

 

Patricia C. Dooley     1988.10.20

Patricia C. Dooley, 51, of Rogers, AR, died Monday, October 24, 1988 at her daughter’s home in rural Shabbona.

She was born March 17, 1937 in St. Louis, MO.  She married Byron Dooley April 25, 1971 in Pacoima, CA.

She was a member of the Roman Catholic Church in Rogers, AR.

She is survived by her husband, Byron Dooley of Rogers, AR; two sons, Patrick Zelinger of Rogers, AR, and Charles Anton of Corona, CA; one daughter, Toni (Frank) Gordon of Shabbona and eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister.

There will be no visitation or funeral services.  Cremation has taken place.  Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.

 

Paul A. Malmberg     1988.10.21

Paul A. Malmberg, 85, of Hinckley, died Saturday, October 29, 1988 at home.

He was born October 21, 1903 in Lee, the son of John and Nettie Ames Malmberg.

He married Eve Good in 1932 in Naperville.

He was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church.  Mr. Malmberg was a member of the Shabbona Masonic Lodge #374 for more than 50 years.  He worked as a blacksmith and operated a machine shop in Hinckley for many years.

He is survived by a son, J. Edward Malmberg, Hinckley; a brother, Dr. Kenneth Malmberg, Auburn; two sisters, Ruth (A. Charles) Ford, Oak Lawn, and Ellen Baker, Kansas City, MO.

He was preceded in death by his wife, and a brother, Carl.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 PM Monday, at the Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.  The Rev. Wayne Kirk, minister of the Hinckley United Methodist Church officiated.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

 

James V. Blue     1988.10.22

James V. “Doc” Blue, 68, of Waterman, passed away on Saturday, October 22, 1988 as his home.  He was born in Marion, IL on July 4, 1920, the son of Oscar and Orphia (Hastings) Blue.  On September 10, 1952 he married Delores (Susie) Hamilton in DeKalb, IL.  Mr. Blue worked for Strever Seed and Grain Co., Petrolane Gas Co., and was an assistant surveyor with Robert Mattern Associates in DeKalb.  At the time of his death, he had his own scrap materials business.  He served in the Army during World War II and was a member of the American Legion Post 654 of Waterman.

He is survived by his wife, Delores, of Waterman, one son, James A. (Bud) Blue of Waterman, one daughter Deborah (John) Harvey of Lawton, IA, three grandchildren, one brother, Kenneth Blue, of Oswego and one sister, Wilma Small, of Marion.  He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.  Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 25, 1988 at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman with Rev. George Woosnam officiating.  Burial was in Johnson Grove Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

Frances Koch Hansing     1988.10.23

Word has been received here that Mrs. Frank (Frances Koch) Hansing passed away on Sunday, October 30, 1988.

Mr. and Mrs. Hansing were teachers at the high school and Hinckley in the late 30s and early 40s.  Mr. Hansing taught agriculture and Mrs. Hansing was commercial teacher.  Memorial services were held on Wednesday evening, November 2 in Rockville, Maryland.  The Hansing address is 9220 Scott Drive, Rockville, MD 20800. 

 

Rebecca E. Liddick Kitner     1988.11.13

Rebecca E. Kitner, 94, of DeKalb, formerly of Waterman, passed away Sunday, November 6, 1988 at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.

She was born in Perry County, PA on November 8, 1893, the daughter of Harry and Emma (Wallace) Liddick.  On December 4, 1913 she married John M. Kitner in Sycamore.  They made their home in Waterman, where John was the village barber for 61 years.

Mrs. Kitner was a homemaker, a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, where she served as treasurer for 22 years and was a charter member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Bernice (Kermit) Kirkus of Waterman, a son, John R. Kitner, of Aurora, three grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Emma (Elmer) Henderson of Sandwich and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John, four brothers, Walter, Sam, Irvin and Lester Liddick and two sisters, Mary Belle Liddick and Estella  Brunner.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 8 at the Waterman United Methodist Church with Rev. George Woosnam, Jr., officiating.  Burial was in North Clinton Cemetery at Waterman.  Arrangements were by Nash-Nelson Chapels.

 

Margaret A. Domke Lavaty Heath     1988.11.14

Margaret A. (Lavaty) Heath, 80, of Hinckley, died Sunday, November 13, 1988 at the Shabbona Nursing Home, Shabbona.  She was born November 20, 1907 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Otto and Mary (O’Keefe) Domke.

Mrs. Heath was a homemaker, member of the St. Marys Catholic Church in DeKalb and member of the Women’s Catholic Order of Foresters.  Survivors include her husband, Arthur E. Heath  of Hinckley; her children: Mrs. Lorraine (August) Marfise of Alsip, Mrs. Geraldine (David) Honeycutt of Nashville, TN, Mrs. Susan (George) Enright of Alsip, Robert (the late Josephine) Lavaty of Chicago, the late Peter Roy and Cathy Lavaty, Mrs. Patricia (Jerry) Howell of Genoa, Robert A. (Marion) Heath of Sycamore, Charles (Mary) Heath, Ronald L. (Deborah) Heath; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded by her parents.

Mass was held on Tuesday, November 15 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.  Rev. Father William Schwartz officiated with burial in the Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore. 

 

 

Theodore V.  Undesser     1988.11.15

Theodore V. “Ted” Undesser passed away Thursday, November 17, 1988.  He was born in North Aurora on July 17, 1921.

He is survived by his wife, Josephine ( Halmagyi), four sons, Roger D. (Pearl) of Big Rock, Danielle K. (Cynthia) of Geneva, Theodore J. and Martin J., both of Aurora.  He was grandfather to Candy Lynn, Anna Marie, Chrissy Undesser, and Roger David and brother, Ricky.  He was known as “Grandpa” to Lisle and Jim Winant and Cindy Schommer.

He is also survived by a brother, Richard (Henrietta) Undesser of Bristol; many brothers and sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, John; his mother, Rose; sister, Dorothy Gaworski; and brother, John.

He was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church of Aurora, where he served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons.  He was employed by Farmers Insurance Group of North Aurora.  Mr. Undesser served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Physical Therapy Technician.

Funeral services were held on Monday, November 21, 1988 at 10 AM at the Healy Chapel with the Rev. John S. Hall and Pastor Bob Burns officiating.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in his memory to the Second Presbyterian Church of Aurora.

 

Ross Alexander Mattin     1988.11.16

Ross Alexander Mattin, son of Margo and Gary Mattin, Sycamore, IL was stillborn November 15, 1988 at Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb, IL.  Besides his parents, survivors include grandparents, Irene and Francis Vallo, Villa Park, IL, brothers, Seth and Luke, one aunt, Frances Vallo of Sparta, IL, and one uncle, Robert Mattin, of Welcome, MN, and one cousin, Michelle Mattin of Fairmont, MN.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Ross and Mildred (Paschke) Mattin, and a sister, Sabrina.  A private burial has taken place.

 

Carol Lynn Arndt Anderson     1988.11.17

Carol Lynn Anderson, 45, of Delray Beach, FL, formerly of Hinckley, died Sunday, November 27, 1988 at the Boca Raton Community Hospital, Boca Raton, FL.  She was born July 22, 1943 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of LeRoy and Frances E. Arndt.

She was employed with Fidelity Investments in Florida.

Survivors include her husband, David Anderson of Florida, two sons: Dale Kaus of Florida and David Kaus of Hinckley; her mother, Frances Vandre, of Rochelle; two brothers: Jerry Houghtby of Rochelle and James Houghtby of Dixon; one sister, Mrs. Beverly (Bernhard) Daugherty of Rochelle.  She was preceded in death by her father and two brothers.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 2, 1988 at 10 AM at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.  Rev. Wayne Kirk will officiate.

Visitation will be on Thursday, December 1 from 3-5 and 7-9 PM at the Nash-Nelson Chapel.  Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

 

 

Doris N. Remala  Nicoson     1988.11.18

Doris N. Nicoson, 82, of rural Kingston, died Sunday, November 27, 1988 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born August 13, 1906 in Mayfield Township, the daughter of Edward and Leone (Townsend) Remala.

She married Archie Nicoson April 17, 1930 at her parents home in Mayfield.

She was a lifetime member of the Mayfield Congregational Church and a member of the Mayfield Church Women’s Fellowship.  She was the church pianist and organist for many years.  She was a member of the DeKalb County Home Extension.  She was also active in many community projects.  She was a graduate of Sycamore High School Class of 1926.

She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Betty (Milford) Clauson, Waterman, and Cleo (Robert) Sorenson, McFarland, WI; one son, Harlan Nicoson, Elgin; a sister, Barbara Remala, Cherry Valley; a brother, Wayne (Viola) Remala, Leesburg, FL; a sister-in-law, Delia Remala, Sycamore; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, William.

Funeral services were at 2 PM on Wednesday, with the Rev. Jeanne K. Vetere officiating.  Burial was at Mayfield Cemetery.

 

Virginia Baie McGinty     1988.11.19

Virginia Baie McGinty, 47, Fort Atkinson, WI, formerly of Waterman, died Thursday, November 24, 1988 in Madison, WI.

She was born in Waterman, March 20, 1941, the daughter of Enos and Mable Baie.

She married Patrick McGinty on November 11, 1977.

She was educated in Illinois and Wisconsin, graduating from Whitewater High School.  She worked for 23 years at Jones Meatpacking, Fort Atkinson, WI.  She is a member of Friedens United Church of Christ, Fort Atkinson.

She is survived by her father and stepmother, Ruth, Fort Atkinson; a daughter, Lana Huggett, Fort Atkinson, WI; two grandchildren, Jessica and Brian Huggett, Fort Atkinson, WI; a brother, John Baie, Sheridan; two sisters, Victoria (Tom) Matske, Darien, WI, Lorraine (Arthur) Fields, Waterman.

She was preceded in death by her mother in 1973.

Funeral services were held on Monday, November 28, 1988 at Friedens United Church of Christ, Fort Atkinson, WI at 11 AM.  Burial was at Lakeview Cemetery, Wisconsin.

 

Margaret L. O’Donnell Herrmann     1988.12.11

Margaret L. Herrmann, 93, of Shabbona, died Saturday, December 3, 1988 at her home.

She was born February 25, 1895, the daughter of Thomas and Nancy O’Donnell.  She married Ivan Herrmann.  She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society of the St. James Catholic Church in Lee, IL and was an active member of the Shabbona Senior Citizens group.  She and her husband farmed for many years in the Lee area.

Survivors include five sons, Leon, of Chicago, Paul of Steward, Tom of DeKalb, Bill (Linda) of DeKalb, and Irvin (Jane) at Dayton, Ohio and; four daughters, Madeline (Cecil) Barns of Battle Creek, MI, Helen Inskeep of Columbus, OH, Winifred Zimmer of Kaneville, Joyce (Hugh) Clinton of San Jose, CA; two sisters, Helen Schuh of DeKalb and Ruth Jacobson of DeKalb; 29 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and two sons, Joseph and Chester.

Funeral services were Tuesday at 10:30 AM at the St. James Catholic Church in Lee, with Father Pesut officiating.  Burial was the St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Rochelle.

 

Ruth J. Love Keene     1988.12.12

Mrs. Ruth J. Keene, 96, Sandwich, formerly of Waterman, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 1988 at Roosevelt Square in Sandwich.  She was born in DeKalb on July 20, 1892, the daughter of Fred and Alice (Steele) Love.  On January 24, 1917 she married Floyd E. Keene in DeKalb.

Mrs. Keene was an elementary school teacher in Shabbona and the Greentown School, was a librarian in Waterman for 18 years, was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church, the DeKalb County Home Extension, and the United Methodist Women.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Ardith (Elmer) Politsch of Earlville, a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Henel Keene of Sandwich, a granddaughter, Mrs. Linda Johnson of Bluford, IL and a great-grandson, Randy Johnson.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Floyd, a son, Donald, a grandson, James, two sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services were held on Friday, December 2, 1988 at 1:30 PM at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman with Rev. George Woosnam officiating.  Burial was in Johnson Grove Cemetery in Waterman.

 

Cecelia E.  Gabrielson Speir     1988.12.13

Cecelia E. Speir, 76, of Aurora, IL, passed away Friday, December 2, 1988 at Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora.  She was born December 12, 1911 in Aurora, IL.

Mrs. Speir was employed by Stevens Cleaners, Aurora for ten years, until her retirement in 1979.  She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Indianapolis, IN; a member of the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers and a member of St. Mary’s Church.

Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Thomas (Margaret) Howard of Aurora, Mary C. Rice of Big Rock, Mrs. Raymond (Veronica) Hansen of Shabbona, Mrs. James (Gloria) Rayburn of LaCombe, LA and Dorothy A. Speir of Indianapolis, IN; one son, Clyde (Eunice) Speir; 20 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Morin of Las Vegas, NV  and several nieces, nephews and one aunt, Veronica Sipple of Montgomery, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Margaret Gabrielson; her husband, Clyde H. Speir in 1969; one son, Richard Reinert; two brothers and three sisters.

The funeral was from the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary, Aurora, Monday, December 5, 1988 at 11:30 AM to St. Mary’s Church at 12.  Father Albert F. Rennell officiated with interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

 

Wayne E. Moudy     1988.12.14

Wayne E. Moudy, 82, of Waterman, died Saturday, December 3, 1988 at Pine Acres Retirement Center in DeKalb.

He was born January 7, 1906 in Paxton, IL, the son of Elisher and Blanch (Hamilton) Moudy.  He married Dorothy I. Turner on April 7, 1928 in Sumner, IL.

He was a lifetime DeKalb County Farmer.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Waterman, the Waterman Lions Club, and in DeKalb County Farm Bureau.  He was a vice president of the Illinois  Swine Heard Improvement Association and for several years served on the Waterman Vocational Agricultural Advisory Council.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; three sons, Donald (Bonnie) Moudy of Sandwich, Richard (Sandra) Moudy, of DeKalb, and Robert (Jane) Moudy, of Sycamore; two daughters, Dolores (Duane) Charlesworth, of Phoenix, AZ, and Loretta (James) Hipple, of Sycamore; 17 grandchildren 7; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mercedes Osborne, of DeKalb, and Loreena (Ralph) Ivens, of Urbana; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a step mother, Gertrude, and one sister, Metta Zahorsky.

The funeral will be Thursday at 10:30 AM at the United Methodist Church of Waterman with the Rev. George Woosnam officiating.  Burial will be at Fairview Park Cemetery.

 

Wilma Jo Zeiter     1988.12.15

Wilma Jo “Willie” Zeiter, nine weeks, of Genoa, died Monday, December 5, 1988 at St. Joseph Hospital in Belvidere.

She was born October 2, 1988 in DeKalb, the daughter of Ted and Cathie Zeiter.

She is survived by her parents; three stepbrothers, Eric, Daniel and Joseph; maternal grandparents, Larry and Beverly Hicks of DeKalb; paternal grandparents, Jerry and Sandra Zeiter of Waterman; maternal great-grandfather, Gerald McDonald of Cortland; maternal great-grandmother, Verda Wiltse of DeKalb; paternal great-grandmothers, Doreen Woods of Plano and Wilma Zeiter of Hinckley; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were held at 2 PM Thursday, December 8, 1988 at the Cortland United Methodist Church with the Reverend Lisa Krell officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Park Cemetery.

 

Gerald J. Thomas     1988.12.16

Gerald J. Thomas, 83, of Hinckley, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 1988 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.  He was born May 26, 1905, the son of Julius and Florence (Brown) Thomas.  On January 25, 1928, he married Florence Meyer in Marengo, IL.

Mr. Thomas was a farmer, a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of rural Hinckley, the Men’s Club of the church, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, and the DeKalb County Pulling Team.

He is survived by his wife, Florence, of Hinckley, five daughters: Shirley Frantum of Sycamore, Carolyn (Carl) Gaddie of Aurora, Beverly (Wilfred) Danekas of Hinckley, 15 grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and one sister, Cecelia Knepprath of Rockford.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Dorothy, and an infant brother.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 14, 1988 at 1 PM at the Immanuel Lutheran Church with Rev. Donald Balgeman officiating.  Burial was in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery.  Arrangements by Nash-Nelson Chapel of Hinckley.

 

Alvin E. Bastian     1988.12.17

Alvin E. Bastian, 70, of DeKalb died Friday, December 16, 1988 at his home.

He was born December 6, 1918 in Hinckley, the son of Earl and Alma (Klein) Bastian.  He married Evelyn M. Rolf in Waterman August 17, 1940.

He farmed in the Hinckley area and later worked for Standard Oil.  Later he worked for eleven years at the DeKalb School Administrative Center as an administrative assistant.  He is a lifelong member of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, of DeKalb; one daughter, Janice (Eugene S.) Vesta of DeKalb; one son, Donald A. Bastian, of Warrenville, IL; two grandchildren, Steve and Greg Vesta of DeKalb; three brothers, Wilber (Jane) Bastian, of Hinckley, Allan (Dorothy) Bastian, of Big Rock and Ronald (Dolores) Bastian, of Hinckley; one sister, Dorothy Mortel, of Hinckley; one aunt and one uncle; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.  Funeral services were held Tuesday at the 11 AM at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley with the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Burial took place at the Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk.

Arrangements for by the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.

 

Ethel A. Heriaud Butler     1988.12.18

Mrs. Ethel A. Butler, of Big Rock, formerly of Oswego, died Tuesday, December 13, 1988 at Tillers Nursing Home, Oswego.  She was born May 9, 1910 in Victor Township, IL.

She was formerly a member of the Oswego Presbyterian Church and present member of the First Baptist Church of Big Rock.  She was a former member of the Kane and Kendall County Farm Bureaus; the Farther Light Society of the First Baptist Church of Big Rock; and was very talented and active in the Woolen Hooked Picture Craft.

She and her family were featured in 1948 in the Aurora Beacon News as the typical farm family in the State of IL, which they were later elected to at the State Fair.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Sharon (Leslie) Pepple of Wasco, IL; one son, Rev. David (Kathy) Butler of Yellville, AR; three granddaughters, Sara Beth Pepple, Amy Lynne Pepple, both of Wasco, Rosa Angeline Butler of Yellville, AR; three grandsons, Ryan David Butler, Benjamin Aaron Butler and Mark Abel Butler, all of Yellville, AR; one sister, Mrs. Ralph (Jenevieve) Ross of Oswego; also several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles (Velva Olmstead); her husband, Clifford L. Butler; one son, Daniel LeRoy Butler; and two brothers, Earl and Raymond..

Funeral services were held Friday, December 16 at 10 AM.

 

Gertie A. Bly Edwards     1988.12.19

Gertie A. Edwards, 88, of Lee, died Thursday, December 15, 1988 at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

She was born November 26, 1900 in Alto Township, Lee County, the daughter of Martin and Hattie (Johnson) Bly.

She married Iver Edwards on March 4, 1926 in Lee.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Lee, and the Ladies Aid and Leah Circles of the church.  She worked as a cook at the Lee schools and farmed with her husband.

She is survived by a brother, Orville Bly, Lee; a sister, Violet (Clifford) Knudtson, DeKalb; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, and a brother, Harold.

Services were held at 11 AM Saturday at the First Lutheran Church, Lee.  The Reverend Steven Woita officiating.  Burial was in First Lutheran Cemetery, Lee.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.

 

Everet Lane Sr.     1988.12.20

Everet Lane Sr., 89, of Waterman, died Wednesday, December 21, 1988 at home.

He was born November 23, 1899 in Shabbona Township, the son of Elmer and Betty (Cox) Lane.  He married Mildred Mullins Johnson on April 16, 1947.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Waterman American Legion Post 654.  He was a truck driver for many years, driving for Paul Johnson Trucking of Waterman, the Illinois  State Highway Department, DeKalb Ag, and Del Monte Corporation.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred, of Waterman; a son, Everett (Gailla) Lane Jr., of Waterman; two stepsons, Robert (Lila) Johnson of Waterman, and Glenn Johnson, of Lakewood, CO; a daughter, Alice (Ralph) Stryker, of Waterman; two stepdaughters, Donna (Don) Cook, of DeKalb, and Lois Elliott, of DeKalb; a sister, Carrie Thatcher, of Mesa, AZ; five grandchildren; eleven stepgrandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; eight step great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, a brother, a son, a grandson and a step grandson.

The funeral was Saturday at 10 AM at Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona with the Reverend George Woosnam officiating.  Burial was in the Old English Cemetery in Shabbona.

 

Robert Frank Park     1988.12.21

Robert F. Park, 43, Hayward, WI, died Monday, December 26, 1988 in Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

He was born March 30, 1945 in DeKalb, the son of Richard L. and Josephine (Johnson) Park.  He was a graduate of the University of Illinois where he received a bachelor’s and master’s degree.  He attended the University of Texas at Austin to receive his doctor’s degree.  He taught English in several foreign countries and was a textbook writer for a London publisher.

He is survived by his mother; two brothers, Steve (Carol), of Mission Viego, CA and Tom (Trudy) of Lake Villa, IL; two nephews and two nieces.  He was preceded in death by his father.

A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.  Cremation took place with the Anderson-Nathan Funeral Home in charge arrangements in Hayward, WI.

 

 

George J. Lowery     1989.01.14

George J. Lowery, 65, of Waterman, died Tuesday, January 31, 1989, at Sandwich Community Hospital.

He was born February 28, 1923 at Shongum, NJ, the son of Edward and Jennie Lowery.  On August 31, 1957, he married Laura McIntyre in Geneva.

Mr. Lowery was a farmer and a former member of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Survivors include his wife, Laura, of Waterman, two sons: George (Kathy) Lowery, Jr., William Dale (Sheila) Lowery; three daughters: Elizabeth Jane (Grady) Andrews, Jennie Lowery, and Ella Marie Lowery; eight grandchildren; one brother, Buck Lowery; four sisters: Pearl Savincek, Amena Forgy, Beatrice Pratt, and Myrtle Lowery.  Several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

Private funeral services were held on Thursday, February 2, 1989, at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman.  Burial was private.

 

Kenneth H. Pogue     1989.01.15

Kenneth H. Pogue, 92, of Waterman, died Tuesday, January 31, 1989 in Oakland, CA.  He was born January 1, 1897 in Paw Paw, IL, the son of Robert and E. Maude (Hunt) Pogue.

He is survived by his wife, Mary McKay, who he married October 4, 1933 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.  He is also survived by his daughter, Caryl H. James, of Piedmont, CA and two grandsons, David K. James of Bakersfield, CA and Scott P. James of Berkeley, CA.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi.  He was owner of the Pogue Lumber Company in Waterman for 50 years and also co-owner of the St. Charles Lumber and Fuel company, for seventeen years.

He was a staunch member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church where he served as Elder, treasurer and trustee.  He was also Committee Chairman of the new sanctuary.

Mr. Pogue served on the Waterman Village Board for 50 years.  He was also a fifty-year member of the Waterman Post 654 American Legion, a fifty-year member of the Tebala Temple of Rockford, a fifty-year member of the Grand Lodge of Illinois AF & AM of Waterman and a member of the DeKalb Farm Bureau.  He was a World War I veteran.

Funeral services were at 11 AM Saturday, February 4, 1989 at the Waterman Presbyterian Church.  Burial was in Oswego.  Rev. Roger Bokenhauer officiated at both services.  Funeral arrangements were held by the Nash-Nelson Chapel of Waterman.

 

  1. Ronald Hamilton 1989.01.16
  2. Ronald Hamilton, 82, of Hinckley, passed away Sunday, January 1, 1989 at the Sandwich Community Hospital. He was born on June 3, 1906 in Enid, OK, the son of Rollie and Estella (Waters) Hamilton. For many years Mr. Hamilton, known as “Hamy” ran a restaurant in Hinckley and also delivered fuel oil for Standard Oil.  He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge No. 400, in Aurora.

He is survived by his wife, Lulu, of DeKalb, one son, Gerald (Sharon) Hamilton of Auburn, CA, one daughter, Karen Kline Hamilton, of Hinckley, two stepsons, Lloyd (Maemarie) Doner of DeKalb and Glenn (Wilmot) Doner of Broken Bow, OK, three grandsons, 14 stepgrandchildren, 11 step great-grandchildren, and a sister, Ruth Iske, of Dixon.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one stepson.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 5, 1989 at 10 AM at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley with Reverend George Woosnam officiating.  Visitation was held on Wednesday from 3-5 and 7-9 PM at the chapel.  Burial was in Johnson Grove Cemetery in Waterman.

 

Gayle F. Swanson Cunz     1989.01.17

Gayle F. Cunz, 69, of Waterman, passed away on Monday, January 2, 1989 at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.  She was born on September 29, 1919 in Glendive, MT, the daughter of Boadie and Margaret (Lupson) Swanson.  She married Kenneth E. Cunz in June of 1949 in Waterman.  Mrs. Cunz was a homemaker and worked for many years at Graham’s Grocery in Waterman.  She was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church.

She is survived by three daughters: Lynn (Roger) Larson of Park Park, Margaret (Paul) Shreeman of Irvington, and Paige (Remme) Malo of Waterman, two sons: Marsh (Kathy) Cunz of Aurora and Randy Cunz of Waterman, twelve grandchildren, and two brothers: Chester (Cass) Swanson of Waterman James (Helen) Swanson of Columbus, OH.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

A private family funeral service was held on Wednesday, January 4, 1989 at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman with Reverend George Woosnam officiating.  Burial was in North Clinton Cemetery.

 

Bernice Knudtson Mullis     1989.01.18

Bernice Mullis, 85, of DeKalb, died Friday, January 6, 1989 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born January 23, 1903 in rural Park Park, the daughter of Thomas and Anna (Halverson) Knudtson.  She married Virgil J. Mullis in DeKalb on November 24, 1924.

She was a homemaker and was employed at Sycamore Hospital for 16 years as a nurse’s aide.  She was an active artist in her retirement and was active in DeKalb Christian Church affairs.

She is survived by three sons, De Laine Mullis, of Cortland, Ronald Mullis, of Sedonia, AZ, and Jack Mullis, of DeKalb; four daughters, Mildred Williams, of DeKalb, Joanne (Robert) Stroyan, of DeKalb, Charlotte Carley, of Sycamore, and Merille Joranlien, of Rockton; 29 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Kenneth Knudtson, of Waterman, and Roy and Russell Knudtson, both of Ottawa; and one sister, Alma Schweitzer, of Malta.

The funeral was Monday at 1:30 PM at the Anderson Funeral Home of DeKalb with Reverend Roger W. Thomas officiating.  Burial was in Fairview Park Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

Harvey M. Beard     1989.01.19

Harvey M. Beard, 89, of DeKalb, died Thursday, January 5, 1989 at Pine Acres Retirement Center in DeKalb.

He was born August 25, 1899, in Casey Creek, KY, the son of George and Melcina Beard.  He married Inez R. Buerer in Pierce Township on May 14, 1929.

He farmed in Hinckley, Kaneville, and Big Rock and later was a barber in the DeKalb-Sycamore area.  He was a partner of the Welcome Lanes Bowling Alley in DeKalb.  He was a member of the Pierce Community United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Inez; one daughter, Reva (Paul) Johnson, of Dodgeville, WI; one son, Curtis (Virginia) Beard, of Alderwood Manor, WA; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Rev. Morris Beard, of Plano, TX, and Calvin Beard of Campbellsville, KY; two sisters, Hazel Murray and Gladys McKinley, both of Campbellsville, KY; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral was Saturday at 11 AM at the Pierce Community United Methodist Church with Reverend Mary Jo McDougall officiating.  Burial was in the East Pierce Cemetery.

 

Hulbert L. Loring     1989.01.20

Hulbert “Hub” L. Loring, 75, of Aurora, died Thursday, January 12, 1989 at the Suncoast Hospital in Clearwater, FL.  He was born May 15, 1913 in Hinckley, IL.

Mr. Loring was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose #400 and was employed for many years by Stevens-Adamson.

Survivors include his wife, Neva B. (Haish) of Aurora; two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Sharell) Suiter, Jr. of Aurora and Mrs. James (Carol) LaSanska of Big Rock, IL; one brother, Cecil Loring of Hinckley; one sister, Marvel Loring, also of Hinckley, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George L. and Maude (States) Loring.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 16, 1989 at 1 PM at the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary with the interment in Lincoln Memorial Park.

 

James A. White     1989.01.21

James A. White, 27, of Big Rock, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 1989 at the Sycamore Hospital.  He was born February 7, 1961 in Aurora, the son of Joseph V. White Jr. and Joyce (Stauffer) White.  Mr. White was employed as a carpenter, was a member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock, the Sandwich Moose Lodge #1016, the Third Ward Club of Aurora, and the Carpenter’s Local #916 of Aurora.

Survivors include two children, Jennifer and Jacob White of South Elgin, his parents, Joseph and Joyce White of Big Rock, two brothers, Jeff White of Hinckley and Jerry White of Big Rock, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents and a brother, Joshua J. White.

Funeral services were held on Friday evening at 8 PM at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.  Rev. Kurt Simon officiated.  Burial was in the Dillavou Cemetery in Scranton, IA on Monday morning.  A memorial is being established.

 

 

 

Earl H. Danekas     1989.01.22

Earl H. “Red” Danekas, 71, of Waterman, IL, died Saturday, January 14, 1989 at the Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora, IL.  He was born in June 22, 1917 in West Brooklyn, IL, son of John and Margaret (Wacker) Danekas.  On May 15, 1943 he married Gladys Rissman in Hinckley, IL.

Mr. Danekas was a farmer for many years.  He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, DeKalb, IL.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys, of Waterman, one son: Jaye (Gwen) Danekas of Waterman, IL, one daughter, Kaye (Robert) Cairns, Denver, CO, and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 1989 at 10 AM at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Lee Road, Hinckley, IL.

The Rev. Donald Balgeman will officiate.

The arrangements by Nash-Nelson Chapels, Waterman, IL.

 

Elizabeth Lillian Walter Daum     1989.01.23

Elizabeth Lillian Daum, 94, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, January 14, 1989, at Countryside Health Care Center in Aurora.  She was born on January 24, 1894 in Hinckley, the daughter of Bernard and Elizabeth (Miller) Walter.  On January 24, 1918 she married Anthony Joseph Daum in Sandwich.  Mrs. Daum was a homemaker and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora.

Survivors include one daughter: Mrs. Warren (Dorothy) Faxon of Punta Gorda, FL, one son: Anthony F. (Josephine) Daum of Chicago Heights, two grandchildren, Richard Faxon of San Diego, CA and Ralph (Karen) Faxon of Hinckley, one great-grandson, Anthony Faxon of Aurora, CO, and niece, Mrs. Florence (Harold) Darling of Hinckley.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1958, a grandson in 1972, one brother and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, January 21, 1989 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora with Reverend Father Albert Rennell officiating.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.  Arrangements by Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.

 

Robert C. Brickert     1989.01.24

Robert C. Brickert, 74, of Waterman, IL, passed away Thursday, January 19, 1989 at his home.  He was born January 6, 1915 in Cicero, IL, the son of Charles and Martha (Anders) Brickert.

He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley; and the Men’s Club of the church.  He was employed as Foreman at the All-Steel Company for 25 years, retiring in 1958 and he farmed for the next 20 years in the Big Rock area.

Survivors include one son, William (Jane) Brickert of Big Rock, IL; two daughters, Donna (Louis) Nauman of Yorkville and Eileen (Harlan) Asher of Milica, MN; a stepson, David (Mary) Kandell, of Frankfort, IL; stepdaughter, Robin (Craig) Blamer, of Naperville, IL; nine grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; one brother, John Brickert of Oswego; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, July Brickert; one daughter, Martha Brickert; one sister, Gladys Brickert; and three brothers, Frederick, Charles and William Brickert.

Funeral services were held on at 10 AM Monday, January 23, from the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley.  The Rev. Donald Balgeman officiated.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

 

Samuel Enrique Espinoza     1989.01.25

Samuel Enrique Espinoza, 14 days, of Hinckley, passed away Monday, January 23, 1989 at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge.

He was born January 9, 1989 in Park Ridge, the son of Lawrence and Jodene (Smith) Espinoza.

He is survived by his parents of Hinckley; one brother, Michael and two sisters, Angela and Katrina, all of Hinckley; his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Henry Espinoza of Aurora and Mrs. Frances McCoy of Montgomery; a great uncle and great aunt, Alden and Darlene Johnson of Oswego and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 25, 1989 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Hinckley with Rev. Donald Balgeman officiating.  Burial was in Spring Lake Cemetery in Aurora.

Arrangements were made by the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel of Hinckley.

 

Peter Thorson     1989.01.26

Peter Thorson, 75, of DeKalb, formerly of Shabbona, died Tuesday, January 17, 1989 at Kishwaukee Hospital.

He was born September 7, 1914 Shabbona, the son of Ed and Lena Thorson.  He lived all of his life on the farm until the death of his parents.  He worked at Northern Illinois University for ten years and lived at the DeKalb Golden Years Plaza.

There are no known survivors.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.  Cremation took place at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.

 

Chester B. Knutson     1989.01.27

Chester B. Knutson, 91, of rural Malta, died Friday, January 27, 1989 at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

He was born December 25, 1897 in Leland, son of Andrew and Bertha (Wig) Knutson.

He farmed in rural Malta for 54 years, moving there from Waterman.

He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee, and also a member of the DeKalb Farm Bureau.

Survivors include one brother, Alvin (Ellen) Knutson of rural Malta; one sister, Ruth Coleman of Rockford; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Conrad, Clarence, and Bernie and one sister, Olga.

Funeral services were 1:30 Monday afternoon at Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee.  Rev. Vernon Tweedt officiated.  Burial was at Leland Cemetery.

Arrangements by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.

 

 

 

Polly E. Thomas     1989.02.16

Miss Polly E. Thomas, 96, of Aurora, passed away Friday, February 10, 1989 at Countryside Health-care Center.  She was born December 30, 1892 in Big Rock, IL, the daughter of George W. and Helen C. (Royce) Thomas.

She was a graduate of West Aurora High School and University of Illinois- Class of 1916.  She received her master’s degree in Education from Teachers College-Colombia University, NY.  She did additional graduate study at the University of Chicago.  She was the very first Extension Home Agent in Randolph County, WV.  She taught Home Economics at Hardin College, Mexico, MO from 1923 to 1926 and at Judson College, Marion, AL from 1926 to 1946.  She served as president of the Alabama Home Economics Association in 1946.

She was a Home Extension Agent in Cahokia, MO for 7 years and then managed the cafeteria at Naperville High School until her retirement in 1962.  She was a member of the Big Rock Baptist Church, the D.A.R.; AAUW. and the National Home Economics Association.

Survivors include many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Abner  and Hanley Thomas.

Funeral services were held at 11 AM Monday, February 13, 1989 from the Healy Chapel.  The Reverend Dale R. Thomas officiated.  Interment was at West Big Rock Cemetery.

 

Mabel Gunderson Sanna Flewellin     1989.02.17

Mabel G. Flewellin, 92, of Shabbona, formerly of Lockport, IL, and Fort Myers, FL, died Wednesday, February 8, 1989 at the Shabbona Health-care Center.

She was born June 28, 1896, in Lockport, the daughter of Charles and Anna (Anderson) Gunderson.  She married Julius Sanna, who died in 1955.  She then married Don M. Flewellin, who preceded her in death in 1976.  She was a graduate of Northern Illinois Teachers College in DeKalb, and taught for many years in the Chicago Public School System.  She was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ, the Pokonokah Chapter Order of the Eastern Star in Shabbona, and the Professional Educators Association.

Survivors include one cousin, Anna Newlander of Colorado Springs, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother; and both husbands.

Funeral services were held at 11 AM Friday at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona with the Rev. Evelyn J. Dickerson, minister of the Shabbona United Church of Christ officiating.  Cremation will follow, with burial at Lockport Cemetery in Lockport. 

 

Thomas R. Begley     1989.02.18

Thomas R. Begley, 69, 3132 Maryland Road, Rockford, died February 8, 1989, at Rockford Memorial Hospital after a short illness.  He was born May 3, 1919, in Waterman, the son of Warren and Ola Mayes Begley.  He married Elizabeth Erickson in DeKalb, June 22, 1947.  She died in Rockford July 1, 1985.  He married Helen DeMarco in Rockford, June 18, 1988.

He lived and Sycamore for 12 years, graduating from Sycamore High School and the University of Utah.  He was a civil engineer of structural steel, employed by Liebovich Company, retiring in 1982.  He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the Broadway Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Helen, of Rockford; one son, Thomas Begley, Jr., Murray, Kentucky, four stepsons, Anthony (Judy) DeMarco, Hebron, Joseph DeMarco, Loves Park, Michael (Lisa) DeMarco, Long Grove, and John (Jennifer) DeMarco, Oswego; two grandchildren, Heather and Erik Begley, seven stepgrandchildren; and five sisters, Mary (Arnold) Leifheit, Evelyn (Stanley) Mack, Hinckley, Caroline Weichlein, Ann Arbor, MI, Della (Philip) Hodge, Veradale, WA, Rhoda (Peter) Johnson, Sycamore.

 

Pritchard E. Grimm     1989.02.19

Pritchard E. (Dick) Grimm, 67, of Akron, CO, formerly of Hinckley, died Sunday, February 19, 1989 at the Washington County Nursing Home in Akron, CO.

He was born January 7, 1922 in Hinckley, the son of Ivan Sylvester Grimm and Dorothy Pritchard Grimm.

He was employed as a funeral director and owned his own funeral home in Akron since 1973.  He was a member of the Akron United Methodist Church, the Pierce United Methodist Church in Park Park, the Akron Chamber of Commerce and the Akron Lions Club.  He was a graduate of Worsham School of Mortuary Science in Chicago and a graduate of Hinckley High School.  He also was a World War II veteran in the Army.

He is survived by one son, Kirk (Loreile) Grimm, of Pingree, ND; one daughter, LeAnn (Danny) Uehran of Pingree; four grandchildren; three brothers, Delbert (Lucille) Grimm of Tuscola, IL, Merwin Grimm of Rockford, and Oliver (Judy) Grimm of Peoria Heights, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Curtis.

Funeral services will be at 11 AM Thursday at the Pierce United Methodist Church in Park Park with the Reverend Mary Jo McDougal and Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Burial will be in Pierce Cemetery in Park Park.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 7-9 PM at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.

 

John R. Findlay     1989.02.20

John R. “Jack” Finley, 28, of rural Waterman, died Sunday, February 19, 1989 in Chicago.

He was born November 11, 1960 in Joliet, the son of John and Judy (Donnelly) Novak.

He graduated from Waterman High School in 1979.  He was an active member of the DeKalb County 4-H Federation and attended Kishwaukee College.  He was employed for three years as a nurse’s aide at the Shabbona Health Care Center and was a member of the Newman Center where he served in the Liturgy Commission.

He is survived by his parents, Raymond and Judy Findlay, of Waterman; three sisters, Patti (Brian) Blumhorst, of Deer Grove, IL; Ginger  (Slade) Browder, of Shabbona, and Susan (David) Lilja, of Paw Paw; one niece, Jessica Rose Lilja; one grandfather, Matthias Novak of Joliet; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, John M. Novak, and his grandparents.

A funeral mass was Wednesday at 11 AM at St. James Catholic Church in Lee with father Steve Potter officiating.  Burial was in St. James Cemetery in Lee.

 

Merwin E. Ness     1989.02.21

Merwin E. Ness, 68, of Hinckley, formerly of Big Rock, died Wednesday, February 8, 1989, at Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora, IL.  He was born April 2, 1920 in Sheridan, IL, the son of Joseph and Josephine (Johnson) Ness.  Mr. Ness was a farmer.  On June 12, 1952, he married Josephine Greenwalt in Oswego, IL.

He was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church, Board member of Kane County Livestock Feeders Association, the Kane County Farm Bureau, and Big Rock-Sugar Grove Park District, and had held various Church offices.

Survivors include his wife, Josephine, of Hinckley; one son, Ron (Julie) Ness of Hinckley; one daughter, Cindy (Gary) Johnston of Seattle, WA; two grandchildren; one brother, Joseph (Rita) Ness of Hinckley and four sisters: Lucille (Mark) Evans of Hamilton, MT, Irene Ayres, California, Betty Beck, Hinckley, and Nell (Edward) Evans of Big Rock.  He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Francis, Howard and James and one sister, Ruth Ann Dorion.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 11, 1989 at the Hinckley United Methodist Church in Hinckley with the Rev. Wayne Kirk officiating.  Burial was in the South Big Rock Cemetery, Big Rock, IL.

Arrangements by route were by the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.

 

William M. Altepeter     1989.02.22

William M. Altepeter, 67, of Virgil, IL, died Saturday evening, February 11, 1989 at Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb, where he had been a patient for the past four days.  He was born January 16, 1922 in Virgil Township, the son of Steve and Johanna Nettie (Deutsch) Altepeter.

He was born and raised on IC Rail near Virgil, began working as an auto and farm mechanic.  For several years he was employed with G. R. Johnson Implement Company until 1963 when he purchased the dealership and began Altepeter Equipment Company.  Leaving the business in 1972, he continued to make his home in the Virgil and Sycamore area.

He is survived by four daughters, Carolandra (Terry) Dyer, of Roscoe, IL, Lynn (Pat) Cavello of St. Charles, Jeannette (Paul) Harper of West Burlington, IA, and Mary (Larry) Lake of Burlington, IL; three sons, Henry (Cheri) Altepeter of Creston, IL and David W. (Michelle) Altepeter of Hampshire, IL and Paul RE. (Freyja) Altepeter and their mother Janice (Lawrence) Goodwick of Sycamore; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandson; three brothers, Henry (Elizabeth) Altepeter of Elburn, Leo (Ruth) Altepeter of Florida and Michael (Rita) Altepeter of Park Park, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, George, Joseph, John and Philip and a twin brother and sister in infancy.

He was a member of the S. S. Peter and Paul Parrish, whose pastor, Father Michael officiated at the funeral services Wednesday, 10:30 AM from the Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.  Interment followed at S. S. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

Maxine Jarvis Adams     1989.03.20

Maxine J. Adams, 54, of Big Rock, IL, died Friday, March 3, 1989 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born November 7, 1934 at Weston, WV, the daughter of Clawson V. and Velma (Hardman) Jarvis.

Mrs. Adams was employed at Caterpillar Tractor Company in the tool crib department.  She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Hinckley; Certified in Food Management, was involved in home health care in Kane and DeKalb County, active in the Big Rock Following Match Association and was Team Secretary for Quality of Work Life through Caterpillar.

Survivors include her husband, Jack C. Adams of Big Rock; one daughter, Carmen Fidai; three grandchildren, Micah Fidai, Adams Fidai and Joseph Fidai; two brothers, Charles V. Jarvis of California and David Jarvis of Prescott, AZ; two sisters, Karen (Gerald) Reingardt of Whiteland, IN and Phyllis (Edwin L.) Taylor of Weston, WV and six nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Charles Victor Hall; one brother, Everet W. Jarvis and one niece.

Memorial services were held on Monday, March 6, 1989 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley with the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Burial was private.  There was no visitation.

Memorials may be given to the DeKalb County Hospice.

 

Ernest E. Heyer     1989.03.21

Ernest E. Heyer, 93, of Hinckley, passed away Sunday, March 12, 1989 at the Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born February 28, 1896 in Squaw Grove Township, the son of Charles and Caroline (Splinter) Heyer.  On February 15, 1928 he married Florence Riedelsperger in Hinckley.

Mr. Heyer was a farmer.  He was a lifelong member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley, IL and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include his wife, Florence of Hinckley; one daughter, Eleanor (Owen) McGraw, Naperville, IL, one grandson, Keith McGraw, Duluth, MN and one sister, Augusta Radlovich, Sandwich.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, a grandson, four brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 15, 1989 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley.  The Reverend Donald Balgeman officiating.

Burial was in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Hinckley.

Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Fellowship Hall Fund.

Arrangements were made by the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.

 

Alma Zeiter Charlesworth     1989.03.22

Alma Charlesworth, 90, of DeKalb, formerly of Hinckley, died Tuesday, March 14, 1989 at DeKalb County Nursing Home.  She was born March 20, 1898 in Yorkville, IL, the daughter of Jacob and Emma (Hage) Zeiter.

On August 3, 1919 she married Alfred Charlesworth in Yorkville.

Mrs. Charlesworth was a homemaker, a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, a member of the Ladies Aid and a former choir member.

Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Elaine (Ralph) McKirgen of Hinckley; two sons: Donald (Ma Dell) Charlesworth of Shabbona and Duane (Delores) Charlesworth of Phoenix, AZ, and a brother, Jacob Zeiter, of Yorkville.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter (Olive Trumpour) two brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 16, 1989 at 10:30 AM at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley, with the Reverend Donald Balgeman officiating.

Visitation will be from 5-8 PM on Wednesday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.

 

Luella Campbell Gourley     1989.03.23

Luella C. Gourley, 66, of DeKalb, died Tuesday, March 14, 1989 at the University of Chicago Hospital.

She was born March 3, 1923 in Massac County, IL, the daughter of Charles L. and Ella E. (Buddenbaum) Campbell.  She married Robert H. Gourley on February 13, 1943 in Chicago.

She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1947 and was a home economics teacher at Hinckley-Big Rock High School for more than ten years.  She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in DeKalb, a representative of the Youth for Understanding Foreign Exchange program, and a member of the American Association of University Women and the DeKalb County Hospice.

She is survived by one son, Robert Steven (Janet) Gourley of Landisburg, PA; three daughters, Sarah (Robert) Euler of Oak Park, Laura Sue (Mark) Brody, of St. Petersburg, FL, and Sheila (Kent) Kramer, of Minneapolis, MN; three grandchildren, Jennifer Lyn Gourley, Joseph Benson Euler and Allison Campbell Euler; one brother, Carl Campbell, of San Antonio, TX; two sisters, Frances Rice, of Grantsburg, IL, and Mary Lewis, of Metropolis, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Dr. Robert H. Gourley, in 1978.

The funeral was Friday, March 17 at 11 AM at the First Congregational United Church of Christ with the Reverend William Moore and the Reverend Jane Ann Moore officiating.

Burial was in the Vienna Fraternal Cemetery in Vienna, IL, Saturday at 1 PM.

Arrangements were made by the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.

 

Ruth F. Anderson Noll     1989.03.24

Ruth F. Noll, 66, of Hinckley, died Tuesday, March 21, 1989 at Pine Acres Care Center, DeKalb.  She was born March 24, 1922 in Oxford, NE, the daughter of Roscoe and Bethel  Hildreth) Anderson.  In January of 1945 she married Willis Noll in Lincoln, NE.

Mrs. Noel was an elementary school teacher in Sandwich for 12 years.  She was a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University, a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

Survivors include her son, Paul (Cynthia) Noll  of Hinckley, one brother, John (Marilyn) Anderson of Wayne, NE and six grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one daughter, Joanne.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 24, 1989 at the Hinckley United Methodist Church with Rev. Wayne Kirk officiating.  Burial was at the Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman.  Visitation was held on Thursday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.

 

John C. Acksel     1989.03.25

John C. Acksel, 19, of Hinckley, died Wednesday, March 29, 1989 at Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora.  He was born July 6, 1969 in DeKalb, IL, the son of Glennon J. and Ann Karlene (Hendrix) Acksel.

Mr. Acksel was a freshman at Waubonsie Community College.  He was an honored student and a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Glennon J. Acksel of Hinckley, two brothers: Glenn Acksel and Joe Acksel, both of Hinckley, and one sister, Anne Acksel of Hinckley.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 31, 1989 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.  Rev. Wayne Kirk officiated.  Burial was at the West Big Rock Cemetery, Big Rock, IL.

 

Phillip M. Rice     1989.04.18

Phillip M. Rice, 83, of Waterman, died Saturday, April 8, 1989 at Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora.  He was born July 12, 1905 at Princeville, IL, the son of Calvin E. and Laura (Brockhouse) Rice.  On December 16, 1924, he married Cynthia Greely in Jacksonville, IL.

He taught in country schools in Morgan and Cass County, farmed for ten years and Morgan County and 40 years in Waterman.

He was a member of Waterman United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge AF & AM #728 and the Waterman Grange.

Survivors include his wife, Cynthia, of Waterman, one daughter; Arla (Gerald) Staublin of Charlevoix, MI, three sons: Carlton (Ione) Rice of Dundee, IL, Craig (Pamela) Rice of Waterman, and Curt (Judy) Rice of Waterman, 19 grandchildren, two sisters; Virginia (Leland) Werries of Chapin, IL and Elizabeth Hegner of Beardstown, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Anita Javier, two brothers, James and Wilfred Rice and one sister, Rowena Kirkwood.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 11, 1989 at the Waterman United Methodist Church with the Rev. George Woosnam officiating.  Burial was in the North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.

Visitation was at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman with a Masonic service at 7 PM.  Memorials may be made to the Waterman United Methodist Church.

 

Ada T. Kumpik Vaitkus     1989.04.19

Ada T. Vaitkus, 70, of Aurora, died Tuesday, April 4, 1989 at Mercy Center Hospital.  She was born February 9, 1919 in Chicago.

She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and a graduate of West Aurora High School.

Survivors include her husband, Albert F. Vaitkus, of Aurora; one son, Tom (Alyce) Vaitkus of Virginia Beach, VA; two daughters, Mrs. Gerri (James) Shrader of Big Rock and Mrs. Pat King of Long Beach, CA; three sisters, Mrs. Bernice (Sandy) Learmonth and Mrs. Angeline Margewich, both of Boynton Beach, FL; Mrs. Ann (Stanley) King of Montgomery; two grandsons, Todd Kleinstiver of Batavia and Steven Kleinstiver of Big Rock; four stepgrandchildren, Lisa Crofton-Faulk, Mrs. Shelley Barringer, Stacy and Brent Shrader; several nieces and nephews.

The she was preceded in death by her parents, John and Hannah  Kumpik; one sister and two brothers.

Funeral services were held at 10 AM Thursday, April 6, from the Dieterle Memorial Home, to St. Peter’s Catholic Church at 10:30 AM.  Father Edwin Millen officiated.  Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

 

Pearl Blossom Baie Ederer     1989.04.20

Pearl Blossom Ederer, 89, of DeKalb, formerly of Waterman, passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 1989 at the DeKalb County Nursing Home after a long illness.  She was born in Squaw Grove Township, DeKalb County, IL on July 16, 1899, the daughter of Edward and Ethel (Francis) Baie.  On November 24, 1920 she married Henry Ederer in Waterman.  Mrs. Ederer was a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church, was a former Sunday School Superintendent, a former member of the Presbyterian Women’s Fellowship, and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by one son, Maynard (Louise) Ederer of Waterman, one daughter, Mrs. Velma (Roger) Chapman of Hinckley, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one brother, Enos Baie of Fort Atkinson, WI.  She was preceded in death by her husband and two brothers, Lawrence and Reuben Baie.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 15, 1989 at 1:30 PM at the Waterman Presbyterian Church with Rev. Mark Tammen officiating.  Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery in girl Somonauk.  Arrangements were by Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman.

 

Kenneth C. Radovich     1989.04.21

Kenneth C. Radovich, 55, of Hinckley, passed away Monday, April 17, 1989, at his home.  He was born September 29, 1933 in Chicago, IL, the son of Walter and Anna (Hizke) Radovich.  On May 9, 1959 he married Betty Krieghbaum in Hinckley.

Mr. Radovich was employed as an assembler at the All-Steel Manufacturing Company.

He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Hinckley; the American Legion, and served in the United States Air Force from 1953 to 1957.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, of Hinckley; one son, Kent Radovich of Hinckley; one daughter, Mrs. Julie (Brian) Voelkel of Sandwich; one grandson; four brothers, Wallace Radovich, Richard Radovich, Allen (Karen) Radovich and Marvin (Gwen) Radovich, all of Crystal Lake, IL; and one sister, Gladys Milkert of Manning, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Lavergne Lodtz.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Thursday, April 20, at the Nash -Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.

Rev. Donald Balgeman will officiate, with burial in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Hinckley.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 PM Wednesday, April 19, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.

 

Estella Wedkemper Morsch     1989.04.22

Estella Morsch, 96, of Hinckley, died Friday, April 21, 1989 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born September 1, 1892 at Hinckley, the daughter of Fred and Alvina (Scheele) Wedkemper.  On December 17, 1914 she married Carl J. Morsch, in Hinckley.

Mrs. Morsch was a homemaker.  She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley where she was active for many years in the Ladies Guild, the choir, teaching Sunday school and playing the organ.

Survivors include her daughter, Dona Jean Morsch, of Bristol and two first cousins: Lester Hage of Sandwich and Beulah Boyter of Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband in 1982.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 25, 1989 at the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Hinckley, with burial in the Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.  Rev. Kate Feeney-Bastian officiated.  Visitation was in the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.  Memorials may be made to the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.

 

Archie King     1989.04.23

Archie King, 88, of Santa Ana, CA, formerly of Hinckley, IL, passed away Monday, April 10, 1989 and Coastal Community Hospital, Santa Ana, CA.  He was born March 25, 1901 in Hinckley, IL.

Mr. King was raised in Hinckley, IL and he and his wife, Mabelle, move to California in 1945.  He worked for Fox Valley Express in Aurora for many years; farmed in the Big Rock area and was employed by the City of Riverside, CA for 20 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Ruby Hunt of Costa Mesa, CA and Maxine Anderson of Redding, CA; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren; two brothers, Edward King and Ralph King, both of Park Park, IL; two sisters, Mae Smith and Edith Feldman, both of Aurora, IL; cousin, Martha Poffenbarger of Hinckley and several nieces.

Graveside services were held Friday, April 14, 1989 at 1 PM at Hollywood Cemetery, Riverside, CA.  The Rev. William A. Graf of Eden Lutheran Church, officiated.

 

Virginia E. Greenstreet Antrobus     1989.05.10

Virginia E. Antrobus, 66, of Sugar Grove, formerly of Yorkville, died Wednesday, May 3, 1989 at Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora.  She was born August 1, 1922 in Loogootee, IN, the daughter of Earl and Agnes (Smith) Greenstreet.  On June 6, 1945, she married Clyde E. Antrobus in Sandwich.

Mrs. Antrobus was a mother, a farm wife, and was employed by the House of Plenty in Sugar Grove as a waitress for 27 years.

She is survived by two daughters: Mrs. Jacqueline (Walter) Flyte of Sugar Grove, Christie Lynn Antrobus of Oak Park, IL, two sons: Gerald (Janice) Antrobus of East Gloucester, MA, Thomas ( Connie) Antrobus of Yorkville; three grandchildren, Elizabeth and Andrew Antrobus of East Gloucester, MA, and Nathan Antrobus of Yorkville; three sisters, Mrs. Marge (Roy) Rissman of DeKalb, Mrs. Mary (Roger) Myers of Lyles, TN, Mrs. Sandra (Wayne) Larson of Kaneville; two brothers: Donald (Gloria) Greenstreet of Canon City, CO, Henry (Jean) Greenstreet of Oswego.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband in 1972.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, May 6, 1989, at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, Yorkville, with the Rev. Paul Gerardy officiating.  Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.  Organist was Mrs. Sadie Duvick.

Pallbearers were: Richard Skinner, Henry J. Greenstreet, Norman Wesson, Wayne Larson, James Rayos and Douglas Antrobus.

Memorials may be made to the National ALS Foundation or the Suydam United Methodist Church in Leland.

 

James M. Stewart     1989.05.11

James M. Stewart, 81, of Lincoln, IL, formerly of DeKalb County, died Wednesday, May 3, 1989 in Millington, IL.

He was born February 6, 1908 in DeKalb County, the son of James L. and Gertrude (McCullough) Stewart.  He married Mary Elizabeth Putman in Canton, IL on September 12, 1936.

He attended Hinckley grade and high schools and earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Illinois in 1930.  He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.  Mr. Stewart served as an aircraft carrier fighter plane commander in the South Pacific during World War II.

He was a member and trustee of the First United Presbyterian Church in Lincoln.  He was an assistant farm adviser of Fulton County from 1930 until 1933, Appraiser for the St. Louis Federal Land Bank from 1933 until 1952, General Agent for the Scully Estate from 1952 until 1985, chairman of the First National Bank of Lincoln and Vice Chairman of the Magna Bank in Lincoln.

Mr. Stewart was a member of the Lincoln Library Board, the Lincoln Rotary Club, Lincoln Elks Lodge BPOE 914 and chairman of the Kickapoo Park and Lincoln Park and Trails Foundations.

Mr. Stewart was assistant scoutmaster of Troop 102 of the First United Presbyterian Church in Lincoln from 1952 until 1965 and was an executive board member of the Corn Belt Counsel and the W. D.  Boyce Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  He was a member of the Northern High Adventure Base Committee in Ely, MN.  He also served on a variety of regional and national Boy Scout committees, including the National Wood Badge Committee.  He receives Scouting’s two highest leadership awards, the Silver Beaver and the Silver Antelope.  He was Scoutmaster of the National Jamboree in Valley Forge, PA.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, James F. and John C. Stewart of Denver, CO; one granddaughter, Emily Stewart; two nephews, A. Dean (Irene) Schultz of Boynton Beach, FL and John A. (Joyce) Nash of Hinckley, IL.

He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

Funeral services were held in Lincoln, IL with burial in Hartsburg Union Cemetery, Hartsburg, IL.

 

Arthur Nickle     1989.05.12

Arthur “Ducky” Nickle passed away May 9, 1989 in Las Vegas, NV.  A seven-year resident of Las Vegas, he was formerly resident of Aurora, IL, having also resided in Hinckley and Waterman, IL when he owned Dream Lanes Bowling Alley.

Born September 1, 1924 in Terre Haute, IN, he was a retired member and past president of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 319 and also a member of Masonic Lodge #254 of Aurora, IL.

He is survived by his wife, Marwinette “Toby” of Las Vegas, sons, Chuck of Las Vegas and Tom, Sergeant U.S. Army in Italy; daughters, Debbie Trajkovski of Las Vegas and Jane Schenk of Aurora, IL and one grandson, Shonn Trajkovski of Las Vegas.

There were no services.  Donations can be made to the Nathan Adelson Hospice, 4141 Swenson Street, Las Vegas, NV 89119 or the American Cancer Society.

 

Fraser J. Hipple     1989.05.13

Fraser J. Hipple, 82, of DeKalb, formerly of Waterman, passed away on Thursday, May 11, 1989, at Oak Crest Retirement Center in DeKalb.  He was born on April 18, 1907, the son of Edgar E. and Sadie (Fraser) Hipple.  Mr. Hipple graduated from Waterman High School and attended Iowa State University.  On September 25, 1930, he married Reba McAllister in rural Somonauk.  Mr. Hipple was a farmer for 25 years, was owner of the Case Implement franchise in Waterman for 13 years, was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir and was a former official board member, was a former member of the Clinton Township Board, the  Library Board and was a fifty-year member of AF & AM #728 in Waterman.

He is survived by his wife, Reba, of DeKalb, two sons: Tom (Barbara) of Moscow, ID and Jim  (Loretta) of Sycamore, 6 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and one brother, Edgar (Florence) Hipple, Jr. of Waterman.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Robert and Roger, and one sister, Helen Swanson.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 15, 1989 at the Waterman United Methodist Church with Rev. George Woosnam and Rev. Preston D. Woods officiating.  Burial was private.  Visitation was held at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman from 6-8 PM on Sunday evening and a Masonic service was held at 7 PM.

 

Robert H. Schleifer     1989.05.14

Robert H. Schleifer, 57, of Hinckley, died May 25, 1989 at Mercy Center, Aurora.  He was born June 9, 1931 in Aurora, the son of John and Bernice (Willis) Schleifer.  On September 18, 1954 he married Betty Leifheit in Aurora.

Mr. Schleifer was the vice president of Fox Valley Dry Wall.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 and-1954.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, of Hinckley, two daughters: Mrs. Jane (Gary) Wiskur of Hinckley, Mrs.  Patti (Glenn) Maxam of Hinckley and one son: John Schleifer of Naperville, and two grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 27, 1989 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley  Rev. Kurt Simon officiated with burial in the West Big Rock Cemetery, Big Rock.

Memorials may be made to the Hinckley Fire Department.

 

Viola M. Broge Fitzsimmons     1989.05.15

Viola M. Fitzsimmons, 80, of Shabbona, died Sunday, May 28, 1989 at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

She was born May 14, 1909 in Lena, the daughter of Ferdinand and Agnes (Cullen) Broge.  She married Joseph B. Fitzsimmons January 3, 1932 in Freeport.

She was a member of the St. James Catholic Church in Lee, the Alter and Rosary Society of the church and was active in Shabbona senior citizens groups.

She is survived by 11 grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband; two sons, Richard and Robert; and one sister, Verneal Maltry.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 AM Tuesday, May 30, 1989 at St. James Catholic Church in Lee, with Rev. Lewis Pesut and the Reverend Clemet Petit officiating.  Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon.

Visitation and a rosary were held Monday at the Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.

 

Adelaide M. Johnson Sands     1989.05.16

Adelaide M. Sands, 77, of Shabbona, died Saturday, May 27, 1989 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

She was born February 17, 1912 in Marseilles, IL, the daughter of John Hall and Mabel (Higgins) Johnson.  She married Orville B. Sands October 18, 1934, in Chicago.

She was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Lee.  She was a beautician in Shabbona for many years and worked at Kishwaukee Community Hospital as a unit worker for ten years.

She is survived by two sons, Douglas (Ave) Sands of Dearborn, MI, and Dennis (Kathy) Sands of Shabbona; four daughters, Joe Ann Johnson of DeKalb, Karen (James) Anderson of Elgin, Sandra (Richard) Moudy of DeKalb and Deborah (Bevin) Wold of Leland; one brother, Verle Johnson of Marseilles; 20 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband on May 3, 1980; one son, Orville Sands Jr.; one sister; one brother; and one great-grandson.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee, with Rev. Donald Myhres officiating.  Burial was at Norway Cemetery, Norway, IL.

 

Melvin Chester Morsch     1989.06.13

Melvin Chester Morsch, 93, of Big Rock, formerly of Hinckley, died Sunday, June 4, 1989 at Mercy Center, Aurora.  He was born July 7, 1896 in Hinckley, IL, the son of Henry and Lena (Baie) Morsch.  On January 26, 1921, he married Anna Jandt in Waterman, IL.

Mr. Morsch was a farmer, a member of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and the Pure Milk Association.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Morsch; one daughter, Gayle Mefford of Lansing, MI; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters: Hilda Leifheit of Aurora, and Celia Lancaster of Apple Canyon, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Betty, and three brothers and five sisters.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 7, 1989 at 10 AM at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Hinckley.  Rev. Kate Feeney-Bastian officiated.  Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk, IL.

 

Jeffrey A. Overmyer     1989.06.14

Jeffrey A. Overmyer, 35, of Hayward, WI, formerly of the DeKalb and Waterman area, died Friday, June 2, 1989 at the Valley Health Care Center in Hayward.

He was born January 24, 1954 in DeKalb, the son of Ethan A Overmyer, Jr., and Beverly June (Ward) Overmyer.  He graduated from Waterman High School and attended Kishwaukee Community College for one year.  He was employed as a custodial worker at NIU and later moved to Hayward to work with his parents.

Survivors include his parents, and one sister, Elizabeth (Jerry) Kastler, Bloomington.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Services were held Tuesday at 2 PM at the Anderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Thomas Hansen officiating.  Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery.

 

Ronald L. Schule     1986.06.15

Col. (Retired) Ronald L. Schule, 59, of Gregory Road in Wilmington, NC, passed away Friday, June 9, 1989 at the Hanover Memorial Hospital.  He was born in Hinckley, IL, November 11, 1929, the son of Kenneth and Mildred Burmeister Schule.

Col. Schule attended the Calvary Baptist Church in Wilmington.  He was a member of the Hanover Lions Club.

He was retired from the U.S. Army having three tours of duty in Vietnam. Schule was an Auxiliary Commander in Vietnam and also served in the Korean conflict.  He had been manager of the officers Club at Fort Riley, KS when he was stationed there.

He was currently employed at Creative Cabinet and Cupboard Designs.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; his parents, Kenneth and Mildred Schule of Hinckley; one daughter, Susan Hackworth, of Springfield, MO; one son, Michael Schule of Chandler, AZ; one brother, Eugene of Aurora, IL; three stepdaughters, Lynn of Dallas, TX and Connie and Wanda of Wilmington, NC; two grandsons, Christopher, of Springfield, MO and Kenneth Jr. of Chandler and many friends.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock, June 12 at the Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. David Goodroot officiating.

Interment with all military honors took place at the Oleander Memorial Gardens.

 

Josephine I. Feyereisen Augsburg     1989.06.16

Josephine I. Augsburg, 76, of Aurora, formerly of the DeKalb County area died Monday, June 5, 1989 at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.

She was born July 31, 1912 in Aurora, the daughter of Frank and Catherine (Flammang) Feyereisen.  She married Alfred  C. Augsburg Sr..

She was a member of the St. Rita Cascia Church of Aurora and member and past president of the DeKalb and Kane County Homemakers Extension and also the Merry Go Round Club.  She and her husband farmed in the Naperville, Hampshire and Waterman area’s for over 40 years.

She is survived by one daughter, Ruth Anne (James) Strope of Yorkville; one son, Alfred C. (Jean) East Augsburg of Hinckley; one brother, William (Dorris) Feyereisen of Boulder Hill, IL; six grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1986; one sister, Anne Block; and two brothers, John and Fred.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 AM Friday, June 9, 1989 at the Daleiden Mortuary in Aurora and at 10 AM at the St. Rita Cascia Church in Aurora, with the Rev. Robert Willhite officiating.  Burial will be in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery, Aurora.

 

Sheldon Wayne Klotz     1989.06.17

Sheldon Wayne Klotz, 63, of Hinckley, passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 1989 at his home.  He was born May 30, 1926 in Waterman, IL, the son of Morris and Stella (Rimsnider) Klotz.

Mr. Klotz was a farmer and carpenter in the area for many years and later worked at the post office.  He was a member of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley and the American Legion.

He served in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean War.  Survivors include his wife, Ann (Seibert) Klotz of Hinckley, his children: Dale (Branda) Klotz of Sandwich, Roland Klotz of Sandwich, Duane Klotz of Sandwich, Mrs. Gale (Doug) Jones of Waterman, Steve (Cookie) Grosso of Seneca, Richard (Eula) Mitchell of Seneca, Mrs. Cathy (Kevin) Brooks of Seneca and Allan Mitchell of DeKalb;  12 grandchildren, two brothers: Harley (Pauline) Klotz of Hinckley, and Kenneth (Betty) Klotz of Stanwood, IA.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Pearl Stein and one son.

Funeral service was held on Saturday, June 17, 1989 at 11 AM at the Nash -Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, with the Rev. Wayne Kirk officiating.  Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

 

Ivan Henry Erickson     1989.06.18

Ivan Henry Erickson, 71, of Hinckley, died Saturday, June 17, 1989 at the Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born August 27, 1917 at Leland, IL, the son of Ingval and Pearl (Sanderson) Erickson.  Mr. Erickson was a farmer for many years in the area and later worked at Caterpillar in Aurora until his retirement.

Survivors include six children: Larry Erickson, of Kaneville, Dennis (Claire) Erickson of St. Charles, Joel (Madonna) Erickson of Geneva, Mrs. Donna (David) Meisch of Kaneville, Mrs. Bonnie (Tom) Proctor of Elburn, and Mrs. Jill (Jeff) Roberts of St. Charles, 13 grandchildren, two sisters: Isabell Meier of DeKalb and Mrs. Phyllis (Russell) Wilkenson of Glen Ellyn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Dorothy and one sister, Marion.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 19 at 10 AM at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.  Rev. Wayne Kirk officiated.  Burial was in the Leland Cemetery, Leland.  A memorial is being established.

 

Robert James Albrecht     1989.06.19

Robert James “Jim” Albrecht, 57, of Naperville, IL, died Tuesday morning, June 27, 1989 at Snow Valley Living Center, Lisle, IL.  He was born November 18, 1931 in Aurora, IL.

He was a lifelong resident of Naperville.  He was a United States Army veteran serving in Germany from 1952 to 1954.  He was a United State Post Office Letter Carrier in Naperville for thirty years.  Mr. Albrecht was a life member of the VFW Post #3873.

Survivors include his wife, Vivian, of Naperville; two sons, Robert J. and Randy Albrecht, both of Naperville; two daughters, Renee (George) Nimrichter of Apopka, FL and Rhonda Albrecht of Lombard; two brothers, Richard (Catherine) Albrecht of Naperville and Jack (Beverly Albrecht of Big Rock, IL; one sister, JoAnne (Oliver) Rowe Aurora; four grandchildren, Nicole and Matthew Albrecht and Derek and Palley Nimrichter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Josepha (Adams) Albrecht and one sister, Patricia Kradel.

Funeral services and interment were private.

 

Elizabeth Mae Hoover Kowaleski     1989.07.12

Elizabeth Mae “Betty”: Kowaleski, 59, of Waterman, IL, died Monday, July 3, 1989 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb, IL.  She was born November 7, 1929 in Oregon, IL, the daughter of Joseph and Mildred (Maysilles) Hoover.  On July 9, 1948 she married Anthony J. “Tony” Kowaleski in Dixon, IL.

Mrs. Kowaleski worked in the Accounting Department at NIU Center for 15 years.  She was a member of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, DeKalb, twice president of Waterman Post #654 American Legion Auxiliary, and was a life member of the Amateur Trap Shooting Association.

Survivors include her husband “Tony” of Waterman, one son: Michael (Debrah) Kowaleski of Albuquerque, NM, two daughters: Mrs. Janet (George) Goehst of Plano and Cathy L. Carreoll of Plano; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, her mother: Mildred Hoover of Hayward, WI and one brother: Herbert (Lois) Hoover of Dixon, IL.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 6, 1989 at the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon.  Burial was at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements were handled by the Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman, IL.

 

John E. Agnew     1987.07.13

John E. Agnew, 64, of Aurora, died July 7, 1989 at his home.  He was born July 27, 1924 and Waterman, IL, the son of Edwin Hooker and Bernice (Marston) Agnew.

He was a graduate of the Waterman High School and the Illinois State Police Academy.  On October 1, 1948, he married Barbara Mizel in Waterman.  He was employed for 25 years as a Sergeant with the Illinois State Police Department, retiring in 1981.

Mr. Agnew was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Aurora, the American Legion in Oswego, the State Fraternal Order of Police.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1942 to 1946.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara, in Aurora; two daughters, Mrs. Christine (Michael) Noonan of Joliet and Mrs. Georgia (Dennis) Cyr, of Aurora; three sons, Earl (Nettie) Agnew of Kansas City, MO, Mark (Barbara) Agnew of Aurora, and John (Susan) Agnew of Aurora; 11 grandchildren; one brother, Robert (Jeanne) Agnew of St. Charles; three sisters, Joyce Shook of DeKalb, Verna “sis” Harding, of Waterman, and Lois Kauffman of Waterman.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 10, 1989 at the Waterman United Methodist Church, with Rev. George Woosnam officiating.  Burial was in the North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.

Visitation was at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman.

 

William J. Eichelberger     1989.07.14

William J. Eichelberger, 87, of Oswego, died Sunday, July 9, 1989 at the residence of his daughter.  He was born August 8, 1901 in Naperville, IL.

Mr. Eichelberger was employed as an auto mechanic in the Auroraland area for over fifty years, retiring in 1964.  He was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel; and Aurora Moose Lodge #400.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Joan (Robert) Barna of Oswego; three grandsons, Thomas, Todd, and Thad; six granddaughters, Mrs. Rich (Terry) Kramer, Tammy, Tracie, Mrs. Tom (Tricia) Jensen, Tiffair; and Teanna; three great-granddaughters, Kate Barna, Jen Barna and Lindsay Kramer; one great-grandson, Timmy Kramer; and one sister, Mrs. Frank (Jesse) Winkler of Big Rock, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; his wife, Lucille; and one grandson, Tim Barna.

Private family services were held Tuesday at the McKeown -Dunn Funeral Home, Oswego.

 

Wilder D. Roberts     1989.08.15

Wilder D. “Zeke” Roberts, age 70, of Waterman, IL, died Sunday, August 20, 1989 at his home.  He was born December 20, 1918 at Waterman, the son of John and Jessie (Carson) Roberts.  On October 15, 1943 he married Dorothy Evans in Waterman.

Mr. Roberts was a farmer.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 654 where he was Past Commander and Vice-Commander and member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.  He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, of Waterman, three sons, Kenneth (Pat) of Tye, TX, Donald (Janet) of Oswego, IL, Roger (Linda) of Waterman; one daughter, Jerri (Gene) Kempson of Dixon, IL; three grandsons, Roger, Jr., and Christopher Roberts and Carl Kempson; five granddaughters, Nancy, Angela, Diana Roberts and Karen and Sarah Kempson; one brother, Robert (Jeannie) of Waterman; one sister, Eva (Delbert) Immel of Sycamore, IL; two brothers-in-law, Kenneth (Bertha) Evans of DeKalb, IL and Enos (Ruth) Baie of Fort Atkinson, WI; one sister-in-law, Lucille Evans of Crown Point, IN, several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, three brothers and one sister.

The Funeral was held on Wednesday, August 23, 1989 at 11 AM at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman, IL.  The Rev. George Woosnam officiated with burial in Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb, IL.  A memorial is being established.

 

John M. Larson      1989.08.16

John M. Larson, 77, of rural Shabbona, died Friday, August 25, 1989 in Shabbona.

He was born August 8, 1912 in rural Earlville, the son of John C. and Elsie (Goble) Larson.  He married Lucille Challand December 8, 1933 at Crown Point, IN.

He  farmed in the Shabbona area and was a trucker in the Shabbona area for fifty years.  He was an avid trapshooter, a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and the Shabbona United Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille, of Shabbona; two sons, David (Judy) Larson of Lee and Richard (Linda) Larson of Shabbona; a daughter, Barbara (Russell) Voga of Leland; a brother, Howard (Harriet) Larson of Hinckley; seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Glen.

Funeral services were at 11 AM Monday at Shabbona United Church of Christ with Rev. Tim Kenyon officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

Visitation was Sunday at the Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.

 

Ann Janette Seibert Mitchell Klotz     1989.08.17

Ann Janette Mitchell Klotz, 54, of Hinckley, IL died Wednesday, August 23, 1989 at Hillside Living Center, Yorkville, IL.  She was born May 28, 1935 at Louisville, KY, the daughter of Oscar and Catherine (Hazlip) Seibert.  On November 15, 1952 she married Wilbur J. Mitchell in Seneca.  Later she married Sheldon W. Klotz on April 14, 1979 in Ottawa.

She was employed with LeSan Cleaners and later with Sparks Cleaners in Morris, IL.  She was a member of the Seneca Evangelical Church.

Survivors include Steve (Cookie) Grosso, Hinckley; Richard (Eula) Mitchell, Seneca; Cathy (Kevin) Brooks, Seneca; Allan Mitchell, DeKalb; Dale (Brenda) Klotz, Sandwich; Rollin Klotz, Sandwich; Dwayne Klotz, Sandwich; Gayle (Doug) Jones, Waterman, twelve grandchildren, her mother, Catherine (Pete) Vernardi, Ottawa, two brothers, Bill (Donna) Seibert, Ottawa; Albert Seibert, Waukegan, five sisters, Judy (Joe) Babcock, Marseilles; Nancy (Vernon) Warner, Wilmington; Jennifer (Stan) Snell, Ottawa; Sally (Doug) Brockman, Wisconsin; Delores Adams, Ottawa.  She was preceded in death by her two husbands and her father.

The funeral was on Saturday, August 26, 1989, and 11 AM at the Seneca Evangelical Church.  Rev. Roy Wilson and Rev. Wayne Kirk officiated with burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Arrangements were made by the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.

 

Marjorie S. Baie Meredith     1989.08.18

Marjorie S. Meredith, 64, of Waterman, died Thursday, August 24, 1989 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb, IL.  She was born on November 5, 1924 in Waterman, the daughter of Lawrence and Alice (Norton) Baie.  On November 28, 1947 she married Jack O. Meredith in Waterman.  She attended area country schools and was a graduate of Hinckley High School.  Mrs. Meredith was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Jack, Waterman; nine children: Paulette (Ed) Bowman of Waterman, Judy (Roger) Blanken of DeKalb, Mary Alice (David) Stryker of Waterman, Pam (Elwin) Hadley of Everett, WA, Linda (Vadon) Loudermilk of Fort Ord, CA, Jack (Jan) of Lake Geneva, WI, Larry (Nancy) of West Allis, WI, Bill (Barb) of Waterman, Ralph of Peterson Air Force Base, CO, 20 grandchildren, a brother: Edward (Doris) Baie of Hinckley and a sister-in-law: Joan Anderson of Elburn.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 26 at the Waterman Presbyterian Church.  Rev. Mark Tammen officiated.  Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.  Visitation was on Friday at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman. 

 

  Mabel H. Rud Solberg     1989.08.19

Mabel H. Solberg, 84, of Waterman, died Tuesday, August 22, 1989 at her home.  She was born August 25, 1904 in North Dakota, the daughter of Lars and Lena (Olson) Rud.  On October 7, 1931 she married Carl Solberg in Tacoma, WA.  Mrs. Solberg was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Puyallup, WA.

Survivors include two daughters: Nila (Ronald) Hunt of Waterman and Carlyn Cartago of California, two step-daughters: Krya Hendrickson of California and Genevieve Anseth of North Dakota, seven grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, three great-grandchildren, one brother, Morten Rud of Chehalis, WA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother and six sisters.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 24, 1989 at the Waterman Presbyterian Church.  Rev. Mark Tammen officiated.  Burial was in Sumner, WA.  Arrangements were handled by the Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman.

 

Joseph Michaelson     1989.08.20

Joseph Michaelson, 77, of Hinckley, died Wednesday, August 23, 1989 at his home.

He was born May 7, 1912 in Bricelyn, MN, the son of Abraham and Karen (Severson) Michaelson.  He married Helen Christians and was a retired farmer.

Survivors include his wife, of Hinckley; one son, Stanley Michaelson, of Osakis, MN; one daughter, Dorothy (Edward) Snell, of Fairfax, IA; seven grandchildren; one sister, Inger (Fred) Elsworth, of Sycamore; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Gerhard and Martin Michaelson; four sisters, Cora Weber, Ida Skre, Tillie Skre, and Anne Skre; and one grandson, Saron Michaelson.

Funeral services were held August 26 at the Larson-Gabel Funeral Home in Newark with Pastor Harold Nastad officiating.  Burial was in the Helmar Cemetery.

Beeda H. Clark Fields     1989.09.11

Beeda H. fields, 94, of DeKalb, formerly of Waterman, died Thursday, September 7, 1989 at DeKalb County Nursing Home.  She was born October 17, 1894 in Scott County, IN, the daughter of Allen and Eliza (Harris) Clark.  On April 15, 1930 she married Luther A. fields in Geneva, IL.

Mrs. fields was a homemaker, a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church and the Waterman Grange.

Survivors include one daughter: Mrs. Emogene (Raymond) Christensen of Plato Center, IL; three sons, Arthur (Lorraine) of Waterman, Vernon (Joyce) of El Cajon, CA, and Carl (Mary Lou) of Green Bay, WI; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, nine brothers, two sisters, and one grandson and two granddaughters.

Funeral services were held on Monday, September 11, 1989 at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman.

 

Agnes J. Kroeger Kahle     1989.09.12

Agnes J. Kahle, 94, of DeKalb County Nursing Home, formerly of Waterman, died Thursday, September 7, 1989 at the nursing home.

She was born August 25, 1895, in Rader, MO, the daughter of the Rev. Frederick and Maria (Mennicke) Kroeger.  She married Elmer Kahle November 9, 1917 in the Immanuel Lutheran Church parsonage in Hinckley with her father officiating.

In 1905 her family moved to Hinckley and she was educated at the Immanuel Lutheran School.  She taught school for several years and later traveled with many families caring for their children.  She was the eldest member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.

She is survived by two sons, Harold (Rosabel) Kahle of Sycamore and Walter (Martha) Kahle of Des Plaines; a daughter, Wilma (Ernest) Kastler of Waterman; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Edna Marks of Joliet; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1971; an infant son; a son, Willard, in 1980; two sisters; a brother, the Rev. August Kroeger of Argentina; and a grandchild.

The funeral was Monday at 10:30 AM at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley with the Rev. Donald Balgeman officiating.  Burial was in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery.

 

Ellen Johnson Clausen     1989.09.13

Ellen J. Clausen, 90, of the Pine Acres Care Center in DeKalb, formerly of rural DeKalb, died Thursday, September 7, 1989 at the care center.

She was born October 24, 1898 in Cortland, the daughter of Frank and Anna (Anderson) Johnson.  She married Niles Peter Clausen June 6, 1923 in Cortland.

She lived in rural DeKalb for 66 years.  She was a member of the First Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School and was visitation chairwoman, a member of the LCA Project Group and a member of the Naomi Circle.

She is survived by two sons, Niles Clausen Jr. of Rockford and Richard A. Clausen of Sycamore; four daughters, Mary Ellen Ikler of DeKalb, Louise Dewey of Brighton, CO, Barbara Haag of Shabbona and Carol Click of DeKalb; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Niles in 1982; a grandchild, Bruce; a sister; and two brothers.

The funeral was Monday at 2 PM at the First Lutheran Church of DeKalb with the Rev. Thomas Hanson officiating.  Burial was in Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.

 

Ella McAllister Whitford     1989.09.14

Ella M. Whitford, 89, of the Oak Crest Retirement Center, formerly of Waterman, died Sunday, September 3, 1989 at the retirement Center.

She was born July 22, 1900 in rural Waterman, the daughter of Ward and Mary (Reid) McAllister.  She married Lawrence E. “Bill” Whitford June 22, 1921 in Waterman.

She was a graduate of Waterman High School and attended Monmouth College.  She was employed at the Waterman State Bank for several years.  She was a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church and president and Presbyterian Women’s Fellowship, where she served as local president.  She was president of the State Presbyterian Synodical Board and a member of the Waterman Women’s Club.  She had served on the Waterman Library Board, was a former member of the PTA, the Waterman American Legion Auxiliary and the Order of the Eastern Star, where she was a former Worthy Matron.

She is survived by one daughter, Mary (Clark) Hull of Jupiter, FL; two sisters, Reba Hipple of DeKalb and Edna Rasmusen Giles of Florida; two granddaughters, Mary Joe (Lou) Benhart of New Lenox, IL, and Carol (Richard) Carlson of St. Charles; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1976 and three brothers, Dr. Ralph McAllister, Russell McAllister and Donald McAllister.

A memorial service was held at 2 PM Sunday at the Waterman Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Mark Tammen officiating.  Burial was at the Oak Mound Cemetery near Somonauk.

 

Frances E. Mander Lawrence     1989.09.15

Frances E. Lawrence, 94, of Big Rock, IL, died Wednesday, September 13, 1989 at Elmwood Living Center, Aurora.  She was born January 16, 1895 in Little Rock Township, Kendall County, IL, the daughter of Albert and Margaret (King) Mander.

Mrs. Lawrence was a homemaker.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Big Rock, member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Farther Lights Society.

Survivors include two sons, Albert (Evelyn) Lawrence of Big Rock and LeRoy (Shirley) Lawrence of South Elgin; nine grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, a sister, Nellie Berg of Compton, IL and nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ernest Lawrence, one son, Robert, and one daughter, Dorothy Walker.

Graveside services were held on Friday, September 15, 1989 at the South Big Rock Cemetery, Big Rock, IL.  Rev. Eugene Frost officiated.  Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Big Rock, IL.  Arrangements were handled by the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.

 

William N. Wurtz     1989.09.16

William N. Wurtz, 86, of Hinckley died Friday, September 29, 1989 at Hillside Living Center, Yorkville.  He was born December 30, 1902 at Manteno, IL, the son of John H. and Clara (Houghton) Wurtz.  On June 18, 1931, he married Bertha Buss in Elwood, IL.

Mr. Wurtz was a farmer, a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church, Loyal Order of the Moose of Aurora, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, and the Masonic Lodge of Wilmington.

He is survived by one son, Roger (Vicki) Wurtz of Hinckley; two grandchildren, Michael and Ashley, a brother, Clifford Wurtz of Dayton, OH, and a sister, Edna Zaldivar of Dayton, OH.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 2, 1989 at 10:30 AM at the Hinckley United Methodist Church with Rev. Wayne Kirk officiating.  Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Wilmington, IL.  Arrangements by Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel of Hinckley.

 

Burton Houghtby     1989.09.17

Burton Houghtby, 77, of Shabbona, died Thursday, September 28, 1989 at home.

He was born April 4, 1912 in Shabbona, the son of Ezra and Ada (Johnson) Houghtby.  He married Genevieve Pierce on February 13, 1955 in Aurora.

He was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ, a member and past worthy patron of Pokonokah Chapter Order of the Eastern Star in Shabbona, a member and past worshipful master of Shabbona Masonic Lodge #274, and was a self-employed contractor in Shabbona for many years.

Survivors include his wife of Shabbona; five sons, Charles R. (Mary Ann), of Holtsville, NY, Duane G. (Janice) of Shabbona, Richard B. (Judy), of Sandwich, Ernest E., of Tremonton, UT, and David E. (Linda), of Livonia, MI; one daughter, Suzanne Stevens of Aurora; one brother, Gordon Houghtby, of Shabbona; two sisters, Margery (Marvin) Christensen, of Homossa Springs, FL, and Edna (William) Shields, of Homossa Springs and 13 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lenora, two brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were Monday at 10:30 AM at the Shabbona United Church of Christ with the Reverend Evelyn J. Dickerson officiating.  Burial was in Roses Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.

 

Erlene Beck Bushnell     1989.09.18

Erlene B. Bushnell, 60, of Big Rock passed away unexpectedly at Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora, IL on Thursday, September 28, 1989.

She was born July 3, 1929 and Waterman, IL, the daughter of Harvey and Frances (Smiley) Beck.  On December 4, 1948 she married Earl J. Bushnell in Somonauk, IL.  They moved to the farm in Big Rock, where they lived for 40 years.  Mrs. Bushnell was a homemaker, a member of the Big Rock Baptist Church and the Farther Lights Society.

Survivors include her husband, Earl, of Big Rock; four children: Darrell (Amy) Bushnell of Charlotte, NC, Barbara (Randy) Spears of Big Rock, Pam (Hiroshi) Yano of Plano, Karen Bushnell of Naperville; four loving grandchildren: Brian, Mike, Kevin and Carinne, and two sisters.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 30, 1989 at 10 AM at the Big Rock Baptist Church.  Rev. Eugene Frost officiated.  Mr. Jim Carlson was the organist.  Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.  Visitation was on Friday, September 29 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley. 

 

Ruby Blanche Thompson Johnson     1989.10.12

Ruby Blanche Johnson, 99, of Waterman, died Saturday, October 7, 1989 at Pine Acres Care Center, DeKalb, IL.  She was born June 28, 1890 in Wedron, IL, the daughter of Edgar and Melinda (Benson) Thompson.  She was a graduate of Pleasant View College in Ottawa and taught school for three years.  On February 18, 1914 she married Justin Elias Johnson in Harding, IL.  Mrs. Johnson was a homemaker, a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church, member of the Women’s Fellowship and Circle.

Survivors: six children: Marjorie (Harry) Carlson of Sacramento, CA, Ruth (Phillip) Maughn of Rancho Murieta, CA, Lois (Joe) Goularte of Menlo Park, CA, Dorothy (Clarence) Lawrence of Sycamore, IL, Lorne (Mildred) Johnson of Leland and Norman (Hildegard) Johnson of Waterman, 23 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, two sisters, Edith Jameson of Ottawa, IL and Mayme Jameson of Earlville, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, six grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 7, 1989 at the Waterman Presbyterian Church.  Rev. Mark Tammen officiated.  Burial was in the North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.  Visitation was on Sunday at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman. 

 

Howard Albert Kaus     1989.10.13

Howard Albert Kaus, 64, of Hinckley, died Sunday, October 8, 1989 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born July 19, 1925 in Waterman, the son of Albert and Mary (Weiherman) Kaus.  He married Marjorie Mullis in 1944 and later Lorraine Henne September 3, 1970 in DeKalb.

He was a farmer, a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, Immanuel Lutheran School Board, Board of Trustees at the church, DeKalb County Cattlemen Association and DeKalb County Corn Growers Association.  He was a Pierce Township Trustee and was past president of the church congregation.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, of Hinckley; three sons, Jerry (Tita) Kaus of DeKalb, Jim (Ruth) Kaus of Hinckley and Jerry Luther of Hinckley; two daughters, Janice King of Boulder Hill, IL, and Debbie Luther of Peoria; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Lucille Whitman of DeKalb and Margaret (Roger) Cox of Milwaukee, WI; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 AM Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, with the Reverend Donald Balgeman officiating.  Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.

A memorial is being established.

 

Herbert D. Whitfield     1989.10.14

Herbert D. Whitfield, 73, of Lakeland, FL, a former resident of Hinckley for a number of years, died Saturday, October 7, 1989 in Florida.

Mr. Whitfield was born in November 20, 1915 in Macon County, MO.  He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene of Lakeland, FL.

Mr. Whitfield is survived by his current wife, Lavera, and one son, Larry Whitfield of Hinckley; four stepsons; one stepdaughter; one brother and one sister of Missouri.

He was preceded by his first wife, Doris.

Funeral services were at 11 AM Wednesday, October 11 at the Healy Chapel of Aurora with the Reverend Martin Arnie officiating.

 

Hilda I. Morsch Leifheit     1989.11.14

Hilda I. Leifheit, 97, of Squaw Grove Township, DeKalb County, IL died Monday, November 13, 1989 at Elmwood Living Center, Aurora.  She was born June 1, 1892 in Squaw Grove Township, DeKalb County, IL, the daughter of Henry and Lena (Baie) Morsch.

On January 14, 1913 she married William Leifheit in Hinckley.  Mrs. Leifheit was a homemaker and had worked at Goerlich’s Bakery in Hinckley.

She was a member of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, the Ladies Guild, former member of the choir, and was the oldest member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, which her husband helped organize in 1912.  Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Norval (Stanley) Schumacher of Park Park, her son: Morsch (Mary) Leifheit of Hinckley, twelve grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, for great-great-grandchildren, one sister, Celia Lancaster of Apple River Canyon, IL, and two sisters-in-law: Anna Morsch of Aurora, formerly of Big Rock and Ruth Morsch of Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one grandson, David Bastian, four brothers and five sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Thursday, November 16 at the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Hinckley.  Rev. Kate Feeney-Bastian will officiate.  Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.  Visitation will be on Wednesday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, 2-4 and 7-9 PM.

Pallbearers are Bruce Thompson, Don Thompson, Dwene Lancaster, Jack Leifheit, Ronnie Morsch and Norman Dienst. 

 

Earthel Frost East     1989.11.15

Earthel F. East, 84, of Waterman, died Thursday, November 9, 1989 at her home.  She was born April 18, 1905 in Jefferson County, IL, the daughter of Henry Vincent and Lucy Floy (Ward) Frost.  On July 20, 1925 she married R. Lynn East in Chicago, IL.  Mrs. East was a graduate of Illinois State Training School for Nurses in Chicago and was employed as a Registered Nurse.  She was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church, member of Order of the Eastern Star Pokonokah Chapter #648, American League Legion Auxiliary and the Methodist Women.

Survivors include two daughters: Maxine (William) Sharp of Humansville, MO, and Pauline Webb of Springfield, MO, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, two brothers: Ray (Virginia) Frost of Hinckley, Paul (Jan) Frost of Bono, AR, one sister: Treva (Ralph) Barber of Provo, UT.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, Richard, two sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services were held on Monday, November 13 at 10 AM at the Waterman United Methodist Church.  Rev. George Woosnam officiated.  Clara Greely was the organist.  Burial was in the North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.

 

Dale Wilhelm     1989.11.16

Dale Wilhelm, 31, of Shabbona, IL died Sunday, November 12, 1989 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford from injuries received in an auto accident.

He was born February 10, 1958 in Anchorage, AK, the son of George W. and Ethel (Helling) Wilhelm.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served from 1978 to 1982.  He was employed as a lead operator at Johnson Controls in Geneva.

He is survived by his mother, Ethel Wilhelm of Shabbona; two daughters, Don (John) Hanson of Virgil and Dana Johnson, of Kaneville; five brothers and sisters, Robert (Diane) Carroll of Bradenton, FL, Jeanne (Rodney) Vagel of Rockford, Keith Carroll of Plano, Gregory D. (Peggy) Carroll, of Waterman and Joyce (Mike) Welter, of Elburn; two step grandsons, Jeffrey Johnson and Kevin Hanson; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Friday, November 10, 1989 at 10:30 AM from the Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.  The Reverend D. Robin Benson, pastor of the Kaneville United Methodist Church officiated and following cremation, a family committal service was held at Kaneville Cemetery.

 

Kay Ann Wilkening     1989.11.17

Kay Ann Wilkening, 42, of Little Rock, IL passed away Tuesday, November 7, 1989.  She was born September 25, 1947 in Aurora, IL and graduated from the West Aurora High School with the Class of 1967.

For five years she was a partner in the Oswego Floral and Greenhouse in Oswego and later a farm manager.  She was a member of the Sandwich Community Hospital Board and a volunteer there, a member of the choir at the Plano Methodist Church.

Survivors include her parents, Harvey and Lavina Wilkening of Little Rock, IL, with whom she made her home.

Funeral services were held on Friday, November 10, 1989 at Plano Methodist Church in Plano at 2:30 PM.  The Reverend Thomas Kingery officiated and interment was at Jerico Cemetery in Sugar Grove Township.

Memorials in her name may be made to the Plano Methodist Church, c/o Conley Funeral Home, Box A, Elburn, IL 60119.

 

Larry D. Carroll     1989.11.18

Larry D. Carroll, 43, of Kaneville, passed away Tuesday, November 8, 1989.  He was born May 26, 1946 in DeKalb, IL, the son of Chester J. and Wilma J. (Chapman) Carroll.

A graduate of Waterman High School he served in the Navy.  He was employed by Commonwealth Edison, a Past Commander of the Sugar Grove Legion Post #1271, a member of the Sycamore Moose Lodge and the Waterman Presbyterian Church.

He married Sandy L. Ritchie on April 6, 1974.

In addition to his wife, Sandy, he leaves his parents of Waterman; two sons, Larry of Peru, IL and Andrew of Mendota, IL; two stepbrothers, Steve (Christine) Wilhelm of Waterman and Elmer Wilhelm of Shabbona; two half-brothers, Roger (Judy) Ickes of Paw Paw and Rick (Sandy) Ickes of Wedron, IL; a sister, Roxanne Edward of Sugar Grove; his maternal grandparents, Elmer and Eleanor Helling of Shabbona; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father on July 28, 1989.

The funeral was Wednesday at 10:30 AM at the Jacobson Funeral Home of Shabbona, with the Reverend Rosario Lombardo officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.

 

Florence Meyer Thomas     1989.11.19

Florence M. Thomas, 82, of Hinckley, IL, died Friday, November 17, 1989 at Hillside Living Center, Yorkville.  She was born February 9, 1989 and Union, IL, the daughter of Herman and Mary (Wenthe) Meyer.  On January 25, 1928 she married Gerald Thomas in Marengo, IL.

Mrs. Thomas was a homemaker, a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, the Ladies Aid and the Home Extension.

Survivors include five daughters: Shirley Frantum of Sycamore, Carolyn (Carl) Gaddie of Aurora, Beverly (Wilfred) Danekas of Hinckley, Pat Thomas of Naperville and Nancy (William) Kuppler of Hinckley; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services were held on Monday, November 20th at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.  Rev. Donald Balgeman officiated.  Burial was in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery.  Visitation was held on Sunday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.  Organist was Dolores Wilkening.  Pallbearers were: David Gaddie, Michael Gaddie, Stephen Podschwit, William Danekas, Doug Waldschmidt and Jim Kuppler.

 

Betty Mae Stahl Corneils     1989.11.20

Betty Mae Corneils, 62, of Plano, passed away Thursday, November 23, 1989 at her home.  She was born March 24, 1927 in Big Rock, IL, the daughter of Lloyd and Elsie Stahl.  On October 13, 1946, she married Raymond Corneils.

She was employed by CTS Knights Inc., in Sandwich.  She was a member of the All Seasons Resort Camping in Marseilles, IL.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond of Plano; four children, Susan (William) McCoy, of Montgomery, Larry Corneils of DeKalb, Bradley (Karen) Corneils of Waterman, Lisa (John) Petrovic of Gurnie, IL; two grandchildren; and one sister, Marie Priegle of California.

Funeral services were held at 10 AM Saturday, November 25 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, Yorkville.

Reverend Wayne Kirk officiated with burial in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Aurora.

 

James C. Bafia Sr.     1989.11.21

James C. Bafia, 48, of Hinckley, formerly of Chicago, died suddenly Friday November 24, 1989, the result of an accident, when a tree that was being cut fell on him.

Bafia served in Vietnam in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, Lottie (Zielinski); three children, James, Jr., Sandra, and David; and his mother, Sophie; mother-in-law Angeline; brothers, Charles (Joanne), Walter (Barbara) and Donald (Rita); brother-in-law Joseph Jr. (Rose) Zielinski and sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Edward) Oedzes.  He also is survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded by his father, Walter Bafia and father-in-law Joseph Zielinski.

Funeral was at 9:15 AM Tuesday from St. Joseph Church, 48th Street and Hermitage Avenue, Chicago, where mass was at 10 AM.  Interment was in Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, IL.

 

Elizabeth Barbara Plapp Adzima     1989.12.14

Elizabeth Barbara Adzima, 78, of Waterman, passed away Monday, December 4, 1989 at the Shabbona Health-care Center in Shabbona.

She was born April 27, 1911 at Malta, IL, the daughter of Joseph E. and Etta (Montgomery) Plapp.  In 1941 she married George Adzima in Highland Park, IL.  Mrs. Adzima was formerly employed at various restaurants and at NIU as a cook.

She was a member of the Waterman Bible Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Diana Adzima, Green Bay, WI, a grandson, Andrew Adzima and a granddaughter, Rene Adzima, both of Green Bay, WI; a brother, Francis (Bonnie) Plapp of Castlebery, FL; 5 sisters, Georgia (Scotty) McLain of Deltona, FL; Myrtie Houghtby of Shabbona; Winifred Gathercoal of Valparaiso, IN; Ruby (Lloyd) Milligan of Shabbona; Fay (Harry) Blazak of Cedar Lake, IN, several nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles.

She was preceded by her husband, her parents, a son, George, and a sister, Fern Doty.

Memorial services will be held on Sunday, December 10, 1989 at the Waterman Bible Church at 2 PM with the Reverend Wesley Phillips officiating.  Private burial will be in the Malta Cemetery.  There will be no visitation.

A memorial is being established.

Arrangements were made by the Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman, IL.

 

Leroy C. Kitner     1989.12.15

Leroy C. Kitner, 81, of Waterman, formerly of Shabbona, died Monday, December Mary 11, 1989 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb.  He was born September 7, 1908 in Waterman, the son of James William and Cora Selene (Wade) Kitner.

He married Clara Gordon, December 3, 1931 in Sugar Grove.  After her death, he married Eunice (Benjamin) Gruben, December 9, 1982 in Hinckley.  He was a self-employed barber in Shabbona and Leland for many years.  He was a member of the Shabbona Church of Christ and the Waterman Elderberries Senior Citizens Group.

Survivors include his wife, Eunice, Waterman; a daughter, Mrs. Earl (Patricia) Krantz of Tampico; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. James (Patricia) Kitner of St. Charles; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Robert (Gloria) Alms of Rimrock, AZ and Mrs. Richard (Doris) Marshall of Waterman; a brother, Glenn (Celestine) Kitner of Sandwich; a stepson, Robert Gruben of Earlville; four grandchildren; 14 stepgrandchildren; four great-grandsons; 15 stepgrandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, March 31, 1981; a son, James; a brother, Lester, and his parents.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 PM Wednesday afternoon at the Jacobsson Funeral Home, Shabbona.  The Rev. Evelyn J. Dickerson, minister of the Shabbona United Church of Christ officiated.  Cremation followed with the interment of the remains at North Cemetery, St. Charles.

Memorials are being established.

 

James R. Brooks     1989.12.16

James R. Brooks, 38, of Montgomery, died Monday, December 11, 1989 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born November 17, 1951 in DeKalb, IL, the son of James L. and Viola Lucio Brooks of Montgomery.

He is survived by one sister, Barbara Jean Brooks of Flagstaff, AZ, two aunts: Dorothy (Fred) Bend of Waterman, IL, and Beverly Swanson of Eau Claire, WI, one uncle: Rev. Edward (Jane) Heyer of Sheridan, IL, and a nephew, Nicholas Brooks of Flagstaff, AZ.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 14, 1989 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley at 2 PM.

Pastor Jack Ficken will officiate.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.  Visitation will be on Wednesday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley from 5-8 PM.

 

Harlen Dean Asher     1989.12.17

Harlen Dean Asher, 64, of Southfork County, passed away on December 7, 1989 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in St. Cloud. 

He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a farmer.

He married Eileen Brickert at Park Place Baptist Church in Montgomery, IL on December 17, 1976.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen of Milaca; seven daughters; Susan Warkau of Burbank, IL; Mrs. Ron (Phyliss) Rehm of Orland Hills, IL; Mrs. Lawrence (Donna) Tummins of Aurora, IL, Heidi Joe Asher at home, Linda Clark of Galveston, TX, Mrs. Jesse (Misty) Larson of Braham, MN and Marty Lambert at home; three sons: Alan and wife, Lisa Asher of Aurora, IL, Les and wife, Cathy Asher of Big Rock, IL, and Robert Lambert at home; one daughter-in-law, Sharon Asher of DeKalb, IL; one sister-in-law, and Edythe  Sutton of Milaca; 26 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Gene in 1978; one sister, Wilva in infancy; one son, Bill in 1976 and two grandsons.

Funeral services were held at 10 AM Monday, December 11, 1989 at the Evangelical Free Church in Bock with the Reverend Don Blasing officiating.  The soloist was Lynette Blasing, and the organist Terry Johnson.  Casket bearers were: Harold Smith, Jesse Larson, Gary Meixell, Harvey Smith, Wally Westling, Darrel Asher, Gary Asher, and Gregg Asher.  Interment was made in Bergholm Cemetery near Bock.

 

Ken A. Hutson     1989.12.18

Ken A. Hutson, 36, of Hinckley and Salem, passed away December 5, 1989.

He was born May 16, 1953 to Dorsey and Mary (Schleutker) Hutson in Aurora.

He was a truck driver.

He is survived by his mother and father, one brother, Andy (Chris), several sisters, Cindy, Dorsie Anne, Lisa Jo, Heidi Kathern, and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents and an uncle D. C. Hutson.

Services were held Saturday, December 9, 1989 at Aldamont, IL

 

Walter E. Overby     1989.12.19

Walter E. Overby, 81, of Shabbona, passed away Friday, December 15, 1989, and Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born October 31, 1908, in Brown County, IN, the son of Luther and Lucy (Bagwell) Overby.  He married Leta Fleenor, September 1, 1932, in Leland.

He was a self-employed trucker in Shabbona for many years and served as the Shabbona Township Road Commissioner for twenty-four years.

He is survived by his wife Leta of Shabbona; two sons, Richard (Marilyn) Overby of Rochelle and Lieut. Brian (Jean) Overby of Key West, FL; two daughters, Phyllis Jones of Rochelle and Anita (James) Rogers of Dixon; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, December 18, 1989 at the Jacobson Funeral Home, in Shabbona, IL with the Reverend Charles Denison of the First United Presbyterian Church of Rochelle officiating.  Burial will be at Fairview Memory Gardens, DeKalb.

 

Harvey E. Hoyt     1989.12.20

Harvey E. Hoyt, 82, of Elburn, died Wednesday, December 20, 1989 at Jennings Terrace.

He was born July 7, 1907 in Elburn, the son of Edward and Della (Sharp) Hoyt. 

He graduated from Elburn High School in 1925 and later taught in the Gould Country School while attending Northern Illinois University (Illinois Teachers College) in DeKalb.  He was employed as a bookkeeper for the Kane County Service Company.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1941-45, then returned to work at the Kane County Service Company.  He later was a bookkeeper for Harms Chevrolet Sales for many years.  He had taught at both the Elburn and Sugar Grove elementary schools, retiring in 1973.  He was a member of the Elburn American Legion Post #630, the treasurer of the Northern Illinois Teachers College Alumni, and Chef De Gare of the 40 and 8 Voiture #592 in Kane and Kendall Counties.

Survivors include one sister, Helen E. Scott, of Big Rock; two nephews, Byron (Roberta) Scott and Burton (Lois) Scott, of Big Rock; four nieces, Marilyn (Royce) Thompson, of DeKalb, Marjorie Hewitt, of Aurora, Elizabeth (Phil) Skeba, of Red Wing, MN, and Ellen (Tom) Neupert, of Oswego; and many grandnieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Howard; and one nephew, Harold Hoyt.

Funeral services were held Friday at 11 AM at Community Congregational Church in Elburn with Rev. Robert Anderson officiating.  Burial was in Blackberry Cemetery in Elburn.

 

Donald V. Slaker     1989.12.21

Donald V. Slaker, 96, of Waterman, formerly of Aurora, passed away on Saturday, December 23, 1989 at the Shabbona Health-care Center.

He was born May 5, 1893 in Aurora, the son of Charles and Louise Haas.  He was a graduate of West Aurora High School and the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Mining Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.  On September 29, 1921 he married Mildred Skinner in Tomah, WI.  He had been a superintendent at Austin-Western Company, in Aurora.  He invented a railway dump car for copper ore which was purchased by the Santa Fe Railroad and is still in use in Arizona.  He also invented a street sweeper that was sold by Austin-Western Company, in Aurora.  He was a charter member of the Aurora Lamplighters Chorus S. P E. B. S. Q. S. A..

He served in the U.S. Army during World War I.

Survivors include his daughter, Mrs. Sue (Robert) Buhse of Waterman, two grandchildren, Richard L. (Patricia) Buhse of Manchester, MO, Mrs. Jill (Richard) Covington of Stonington, IL, four great-grandchildren, Stephanie and Michael Buhse and Kate and Brent Covington.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mildred in 1975 and one sister, Grace Slaker.

Services were held on Tuesday, December 26, 1989 at 1:30 PM at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman, with the Reverend George Woosnam officiating.  Clara Greely was the organist.

Burial was in North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman, IL.

Pallbearers were: Clinton Gletty, Ralph Schaefer, Kenneth Reid, Ralph Stryker, Harold Boekenhauer and Walter Finette.

 

Herman B. Isabel     1989.12.22

Herman B. Isabel, 68, of Gillespie, IL, died Wednesday, December 20, 1989, at Community Memorial Hospital in Staunton, IL.

He was born May 1, 1921, in Vera, IL, the son of Bonnie Isabel and Betty Sears.  He married Anna Marie Dodson in Vandalia, IL, September 19, 1946.

He was a retired welder for a manufacturing Company.  He was a World War II Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Edward Isabel, of Sycamore, and William Isabel, of Hinckley; two daughters, Debrae Hatcher, of St. Petersburg, FL, and Sina Fritz, of Plano; two brothers, Hershal Isabel, of Phoenix, and Lonnie Isabel, of Sandwich; two sisters, Gerlene Vanmersger, of Chicago, and Ilene Meyerholz of Earlville; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday at 10 AM at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie.  Burial was in Ramsey Cemetery.

 

Patricia Lee Kolesar Dean     1989.12.23

Patricia Lee Dean, 33, of Hinckley, died Wednesday, December 20, 1989 at Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora, the result of an auto-train accident.  She was born August 1, 1956 in Morris, IL, the daughter of Jerry J. and Leona Mildred (Melton) Kolesar.  She had been employed by McCaslin’s Bakery in Sandwich, IL.

Survivors include her children: Karl Dean and Heather Dean, her fiance, Jeffrey P. White, of Hinckley, her parents, Jerry and Carole Kolesar of Minooka, IL, two brothers, Jerry S. Kolesar, of Lubbock, TX, Hal Jeffrey (Vickie) Kolesar of Waterman, IL, one sister, Vickie (Don) Allen of Seneca, IL, one stepsister, Leslie Kolesar of Rockdale, IL, one half-sister: Sonja Kolesar of Minooka, IL.

She was preceded in death by her mother, one brother, one sister and her grandfather.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 23, 1989 at 10 AM at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 148 North Sycamore, Hinckley.  Rev. Kurt Simon and Reverend Wayne Kirk officiated.  Burial was in St. Columbus Cemetery, Ottawa. 

 

Fred A. Mathis     1989.12.24

Fred A. Mathis, 77, of Hinckley, died Wednesday, December 27, 1989 at Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora.  He was born November 4, 1912 in Metropolis, IL, the son of Spence and Ida (Johnson) Mathis.  On June 10, 1948, he married Erica Krecmmeieri in Aurora, IL.

He was a farmer, a member of the Golden Age Club in Hinckley.  He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Survivors include two sons: Fred H. Mathis of Bourbonnais, IL and Steven R. (Mary) Mathis of Hinckley; one grandson: Steven Michael Mathis; three brothers: Olin, Russell, Truman and three sisters: Gertrude, Thelma and Vermell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one brother and one granddaughter.

Funeral services were held on Friday, December 29, 1989 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.  Rev. Kurt Simon officiated.

Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.  Aileen Tiede was the organist.

Pallbearers were Dave Faber, Jack Hattner, Jim Getz, Eric Baumgarner, Dan Hill, and Dave Bauer.

 

Harold E. Erickson     1990.01.16

Harold E. Erickson, 72, of Waterman, formerly of Lemont, passed away Sunday, January 7, 1990 at Hillside Living Center, Yorkville.  He was born December 8, 1917 in Lemont, IL, the son of John and Catherine (Herbert) Erickson.  On May 1, 1943 he married Grace Graunke in Lemont.

Mr. Erickson was a farmer.  He was a former member of the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Lemont; and a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include his wife, Grace of Waterman, two sons, Richard (Mollie) Erickson of Waterman, Donald (Mary Ann) Erickson of Shabbona, two grandchildren and two step grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were held on Wednesday, January 10, 1990 at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman.  Deacon Les Hancock officiated.  Clara Greely was the organist.  Burial was in the Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman.

 

Lila L. Halvorson Carlson     1990.01.17

Lila L. Carlson, 93, of DeKalb, formerly of Waterman, passed away Friday, January 12, 1990 at DeKalb County Nursing Home, DeKalb.  She was born January 8, 1897 in Victor Township, DeKalb County, IL, the daughter of Nelson and Inga Marie (Nelsen) Halvorson.

She was a homemaker, and a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a sister, Hilda Thorson, of Florida and a nephew and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Edwin Carlson.

A graveside service was held on Monday, January 15, 1990 at the Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman, Rev. George Woosnam officiated.

Arrangements were made by the Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman.

 

Richard Lee Morgan     1990.01.18

Richard Lee Morgan, 57, of Oswego, passed away Wednesday, January 10, 1990 at Loyola Medical Center.  He was born September 8, 1932 in Aurora.

Mr. Morgan was self-employed as a carpenter building contractor for 35 years in the Oswego and Aurora area.  He was a member of the Claim Street Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Sally (Hendricks) Morgan of Oswego, one son, Daniel Morgan of Montgomery; two daughters, Mrs. Linda (Kent) Hamilton of Oswego and Ms. Donna Morgan of Melrose Park, IL; his mother, Mabel Morgan of Aurora; two brothers, Wendell (Verna) Morgan of Montgomery, Donald (Jean) Morgan of Roscoe, IL; one sister, Mrs. Betty (David) Michael of Hinckley, IL; two brothers-in-law, Bernhard (Jean) Hendricks of Parkland, FL, John (Margaret) Hendricks of Aurora; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Morgan in 1976.

Services were held on Saturday, January 13, 1990 at the Dieterle Memorial Home at 1 PM with the Rev. Leon Rowland officiating.  Burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park, Aurora.

 

Mary Mercer Eakle     1990.01.19

Mary Eakle, 92, of DeKalb, formerly of Waterman, passed away on Monday, January 15, 1990 at Pine Acres Care Center, DeKalb.  She was born in November 3, 1897 in Waterman, the daughter of John A. and Alice (Fisher) Mercer.  In November 1919 she married Paul B. Eakle in Waterman.

She was a graduate of Waterman High School, and attended Monmouth College and she also attended the School of Nursing of Cook County Hospital.

She was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Waterman Women’s Club, Charter member of the U.S. Air Mail Pioneers and was an employee of the U.S. Weather Bureau.

Survivors include seven children: John (Mary) Eakle of DeKalb; Alice (Henry) Marks of Rochelle; Mavis (Ivan) Williams of DeKalb; Dea Eakle of Waterman; Joey Clark of Sycamore; Nancy (Jim) Coss of Beaverton, OR and Angela (Jim) Finstad of Burnsville, MN; 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in her death by her parents, her husband, one son, David “Buck”, one grandson, Michael Marks; one brother, Raymond Mercer; one sister, Mildred Swift and a son-in-law, Jack Clark.

Services will be held on Saturday, January 20, 1990 at 2 PM at the Waterman United Methodist Church.  Rev. George Woosnam will officiate.  Burial will be in the North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.

Visitation will be on Friday, January 19, 1990 from 5-9 PM at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman.

 

Marjorie Wach Biehl Larsen     1990.01.20

Marjorie Larsen, 70, formerly of Hinckley, passed away Wednesday, January 17, 1990 at the Mendota Community Hospital.  She was born December 14, 1919 in Hinckley to George and Alice (Ennenbach) Wach.

She is survived by her husband, Arnold of Bloomington, IL; three sons, Jerome Biehl, Wakefield, KS; Steven Biehl of McLean, IL; David Larsen of Bloomington, IL; four daughters, Linda Spenader, Mendota; Sharon Yepsen, Mendota; Debra Larsen, Mendota; Dawn Goldman, Bloomington, IL; 21 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were at 1 PM Saturday, January 20, 1900 at the Schwar-Butala Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Dixon officiating with burial in the Restland Cemetery.

 

Edgar Merriman     1990.02.20

Edgar (Tom) Merriman, 74, of Shabbona, died Tuesday, February 6, 1990 in his home.

He was born March 29, 1915 in Ramsey, IL, the son of Lewis and Della (Carter) Merriman.  He married Geraldine Spicer December 11, 1937 in Shabbona.

He attended Ramsey schools, was a contractor, a custodian, a deacon and trustee of the First Baptist Church in Shabbona, and was the first person inducted into Shabbona’s Sports Hall of Fame as a number one fan.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Ron (Kathy) of Newport Beach, CA; two daughters, Carol (Roger) Kern of Mendota and Rita (Tom) Thompson of Steward; three sisters, Gladys McCormick of Decatur, Lorraine (Nelson) Hill of Sandwich, and Madeline (John) Showalter of Roanoke, VA; four grandsons; four granddaughters; five great-grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 10 at 10:30 AM at the First Baptist Church in Shabbona with Rev. Rosario Lombardo officiating.  Burial was in Johnson’s Grove Cemetery in Waterman.

 

Mary T. Stus Fabbri     1990.02.21

Mary T. Fabbri, 91 of Big Rock and passed away Saturday, February 17, 1990 at her home.  She was born May 15, 1898 in Poland the daughter of Joseph and Mary Stus.

Mrs. Fabbri was a homemaker.  She was a Mother of seven daughters and two sons; many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Services were held on Tuesday, February 20, 1990 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.  Rev. Patrick D. Corbally officiated.  Joan Hillmann was the organist.  Burial was in St. Marys Cemetery, Park Park, IL.

 

Wayne H. McCrea     1990.03.13

Wayne H. McCrea, 63, of Hinckley, died Wednesday, March 14, 1990 at Sandwich Community Hospital, Sandwich, IL.  He was born January 7, 1927 in Big Rock Township, Kane County, IL, the son of Howard and Hazel (Hefty) McCrea.

On October 16, 1948, he married Evelyn Birch in Elburn, IL.  Mr. McCrea was a farmer for many years, and later worked for the village of Hinckley.

He was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church, the Hinckley Lions Club, Moose Lodge No. 400 of Aurora, Wade Post of the American Legion, former member of the Hinckley Fire Department, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn, of Hinckley, four children, Richard (Catherine) McCrea of Rochelle, IL, Lynn (Nathan) Gross of Bloomington, IL, Michael (Shawn) McCrea of Hinckley, and Julie (Peter) Waddington of Mitchelton, Australia; five grandchildren and two sisters; Marjorie McCrea of Hinckley and Virginia (Walter) Bock of Aurora, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Steven.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 19, 1990 at the Hinckley United Methodist Church at 10 AM with Rev. Paul J. Gerardy officiating.

Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

 

Irene Runge Boesche     1990.03.14

Irene Boesche, 56, of DeKalb, died Sunday, March 18, 1990 at Woodstock Memorial Hospital following an auto accident.

She was born April 28, 1933 in Mount Prospect, the daughter of Otto and Ida (Krueger) Runge.  She married Ralph G. Boesche, in Arlington Heights, June 5, 1958.

Prior to her marriage, she worked for the Washington National Insurance Company in Evanston for seven years.  She later became a homemaker.

She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in DeKalb, the DeKalb County Home Extension/Prairie Dames, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, served on many church committees, was a volunteer for the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society and also served as an election judge.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, James Ralph (Carol) of DeKalb and John George of DeKalb; four daughters, Janet Susan (William) Danekas of Hinckley, Judith Karen (Jeffrey) Sharpee of Waukesha, WI, Joycelyn May (Lane) Pickwell of Shabbona and Joann Irene of DeKalb; three grandchildren, Jennifer Danekas, Katherine Boesche and Jacqueline Sharpee; one sister, Bernice Runge of Arlington Heights; two sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service was held Wednesday at 11 AM at First Congregational United Church of Christ with Rev. William and Jane Ann Moore officiating.  Burial was in the Fairview Park Cemetery.

 

Delores Jane Baie Thorson     1990.03.15

Delores Jane Thorson, 59, of Big Rock, died Sunday, March 18, 1990 at Copley Memorial Hospital.

She was born June 3, 1930 in Waterman, IL, the daughter of Reuben and Anna (Andersen) Baie.

Mrs. Thorson was a homemaker.

Survivors include her son, Kim (Karen) Thorson of Indiana, and her daughter, Joni Thorson of DeKalb; three grandchildren, Stacey Ann Siminson of Hinckley, Paula Siminson of Big Rock, and Sarah Ann Thorson of DeKalb; two brothers, Dennis (Barbara) Baie of Big Rock, Dwaine Baie of Boulder Hill; two sisters, LaVonne “Bonnie” Pepper of St. Paul, MN and Amita “Beets” (Roger) Zeiter of Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Merle Thorson.

Funeral services were Wednesday, March 21, 1990 at 10 AM at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, IL.  Burial was in the Helmar Cemetery, Helmar, IL.

Arrangements were by the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapels.

 

Ralph P. Rausch     1990.03.16

Ralph P. Rausch, 81, of Aurora, died Saturday, March 17, 1990, at Mercy Center Hospital.

He was born September 9, 1908 in Aurora.  He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and the Phoenix Club.

He retired from Austin Western in 1972 after 42 years of service.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Robert (Joyce) Caskey of Carpentersville, Mrs. Delbert (Carol) Wells of Arroyo Grand, CA, Sandra Rausch and Mrs. Robert (Janice) Brent of Aurora; three sons, Ralph W. (Jo Ann) Rausch of Western Springs, Norman R. (Diana) Rausch Big Rock, James G. (Loretta) Rausch of Elburn; one sister, Mrs. Joe (Geraldine) Even of Ventura, CA; eighteen grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

He was preceded into by his parents, John N. and Emma (Sachen) Rausch; his wife, Ruth Rausch, in 1957; one brother, John N. Rausch, Jr.; and one sister, Hildegard Rausch.

Funeral mass was held at 10 AM Tuesday at Sacred Heart Church.  Father Timothy Piasecki officiated.  Interment was at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in the American Cancer Society.

 

Gordon J. Beels     1990.03.17

Gordon J. Beels, 79, of Big Rock, died Monday, March 26, 1990 as his home.  He was born September 4, 1910, the son of Herbert J. and Anna Marie (Rogde) Beels.

On December 26, 1936 he married Aleta Trottnow, and later married Margaret Farley in Big Rock, IL on August 20, 1966.

Mr. Beels was an elementary schoolteacher, principal, and basketball coach.  He began his career in education by teaching 12 years in the Lee area, the first year at Peterson Country School, north of Lee and the next eleven years as teacher of grades 5-8 at Lee Public School.  He came to Big Rock in 1942 and taught seventh and eighth grades in the Big Rock Elementary School, also serving as sports coach.  In 1957 he was named principle of the Big Rock Elementary School.

He was a member of the Big Rock Congregational Church, the Illinois Principals Association, Masonic Lodge No. 728, Big Rock Lions Club, Phi Delta Kappa, Moose Lodge No. 400, and a charter member of the Education Conference.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Beels of Big Rock, five children: Gregory (Ronda) Beels of Big Rock, Lynda (James) Brummett of Big Rock, Craig (Melodie) Thomas of Leland, Joel (Donna) Thomas of Hinckley and Jeff (Peggy) Thomas of Hinckley, 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Aleta, in 1964.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 29, 1990, at the Big Rock Congregational Church at 11 AM with Rev. Kurt Simon officiating.  June Hillman will be organist.  Burial will be in the West Big Rock Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 28, from 2-5 and 6-9 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley with a Masonic Service at 9 PM by Lodge No. 728.

A memorial is being established.

 

Lois M. Plapp Engstrom     1990.03.18

Lois M. Engstrom, 75, of Cortland, IL, passed away Sunday, March 25, 1990 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born July 23, 1914 in Pierce Township, DeKalb County, the daughter of Elmer D. and Lillie M. (Schumacher) Plapp.  She married Elmer R. Engstrom in Pierce Township on January 1, 1938.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Pierce Community Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school for 40 years.  She was also a member of the Pierce Home Extension.

She is survived by two sons, Rodney (Ellen) Engstrom of Cortland and John (Sue) Engstrom of DeKalb; a daughter, Sharon (Larry) Forest of Cortland; five grandchildren, Kristen (Paul) Brayfield, Lafayette, IN, Kevin Engstrom of Cortland, Karla Engstrom of Cortland, Randall (Rilla) Forest of Cortland; one great-granddaughter, Hanna Marie Forest; one sister, Ruth (Oliver) Westphal of Park Park and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer and her parents.

Services were held on Wednesday, March 28, 1990 at 11 AM at the Pierce Community United Methodist Church with the Reverend Mary Jo McDougall officiating.  Burial was in the East Pierce Cemetery, Park Park, IL.

Arrangements were made by the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb. 

 

Louis C. Hintzsche     1990.03.19

Louis C. Hintzsche, 87, of DeKalb, passed away on Monday, March 26, 1990 at the Shabbona Health Care Center in Shabbona.

He was born February 10, 1903 in rural DeKalb, the son of Otto and Maria (Wenzel) Hintzsche.  He married Alberta Lynde March 24, 1926 in DeKalb.

He farmed in the DeKalb area, and was employed by Hintzsche Feed and Grain and retired from Del Monte Corp..  He was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day  Saints.

He is survived by three sons, Robert (Shirley) Hintzsche of Plainfield, IL; Richard (Joan) Hintzsche of Hinckley and Kenneth (Doris) Hintzsche of DeKalb; a daughter, Lauryce (Ted) Weydert of Park Park; eighteen grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Genevieve Lusha of DeKalb and Marian Lynde of Aurora.

He was preceded in death by his wife Alberta in 1986, four brothers and a sister.

Services will be held today, Thursday, March 29, 1990 at 11 AM at the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Co-officiating will be elders Jim Dougherty and Roger Hintzsche.  Burial will be in Fairview Park Cemetery.

 

Albert E. Tippy     1990.03.20

Mr. Albert E. “tip” Tippy, 72, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, March 22, 1990 at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.  He was born August 27, 1917 in Hinckley.

He was retired from Aurora Industries.  He operated Grandpa’s Shop following his retirement and served in the Merchant Marines during World War II.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Audrey of Aurora; two daughters, Phyllis (Carl) Hand, of Plano; and Bonnie (David) Zwart of Sheridan; one brother, David (Lois) Holingsworth, of Bristol; five grandchildren, Richard (Melissa) Zwart, of Triumph, IL; Sarah Hand of Yorkville; Anthony (Alison) Zwart of Sandwich; James (Amy) Zwart of DeKalb and Connie (Timothy) Riffell, of Waterman; 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and one grandson, Carl A. Hand in 1985.

Services were held at 1 PM on Saturday, March 24, 1990 at the Healy Chapel in Aurora.  Rev. Jeffrey A. Coester officiated.

Burial was in Spring Lake Cemetery.

 

Thomas H. Russell     1990.03.21

Thomas H. Russell, 75, of Waterman, died Friday, March 30, 1990 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born April 24, 1914 in Speer, IL, the son of Robert and Anna Hastings Russell.

He married Ethel Schaeffer, February 8, 1936 in Sandwich, IL.  He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Somonauk and Church Elder for many years.  He was a former member of Sandwich Hospital Board and also served on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army in DeKalb County, the DeKalb Livestock Feeders Organization, the DeKalb County Zoning Board, the Waterman School Board and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.  He was also Secretary/treasurer of the Oak Mound Cemetery Association.

Survivors include his wife, Ethel; one daughter, Barbara (Francis) Heal of Shabbona; one son, Robert (Linda) Russell of Somonauk; four grandchildren, Ed Heal of Chicago, Dan (Marcia) Peterson of DeKalb, Bradley Russell of Somonauk; one great-grandson, John Peterson of DeKalb; and one niece, Miriam Chapman of Omaha, NE.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Ruth Lincoln.

The funeral service was held at any 11 AM Monday, April 2, at the United Presbyterian Church, Somonauk.  The Rev. B. G. Sills officiated.  Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.

 

Ralph K. Fox     1990.03.22

Ralph K. Fox, 79, of Shabbona, died Saturday, March 10, 1990 at the Holmes Regional Nursing Center in Melbourne, FL.

He was born January 10, 1911 in Colchester, IL, the son of Frank and Frieda (Swanson) Fox.  He married Dorothy McClure on July 28, 1933 in Palmyra, IL.

He was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ, a fifty-year member of the Shabbona Masonic Lodge No. 374, a member of the Scottish Rite in Moline, IL, and of the Tebala Temple in Rockford.  He was a graduate of Western Illinois University in Macomb, and received a master’s degree from the University of Illinois.  He began teaching in country schools in Hancock and McDonough counties.  He served as a superintendent and helped form the Unit School District in Augusta, IL.  He served as superintendent for ten years in Rock Island County, and for 15 years as school superintendent for Shabbona School District 425, retiring in 1975.

Surviving are his wife, of Shabbona; two sons, Lloyd (Dorothy) Fox of Bettendorf, IA, and Ralph R. (Diane) Fox of Colchester, IL; a daughter, Susan Wright of Lake Forest, IL; one brother, John R. (Joan) Fox of Tavares, FL; one sister, Freda Tucker of Galesburg, IL; 6 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral services were held at 9:30 AM Wednesday at Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  Burial was at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  A Masonic service was held at the graveside.

 

Dwight T. Williams     1990.04.11

Dwight T. Williams, 81, of Mountain Home, AR, formerly of Big Rock, died Thursday, April 5, 1990 at Delnor Community Hospital in St. Charles.

He was born in Big Rock on July 3, 1908, the son of Thomas and Della (Jones) Williams.  He married Gladys Meek on July 15, 1967.

He was a graduate of Big Rock High School, and served in World War II.  He was employed as a machinist at Stevens-Adams in Aurora for 31 years.  He moved to Mountain Home, AR, after his retirement.  He was a member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ, and a member of the Big Rock American Legion Post #529.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys, of Elburn; one son, Del (Marion) Williams of Hinckley; two step-daughters, Nancy (Randy) Nelson of Elburn and Mertie (Al) Warren of Leland; two grandchildren, Dwayne (Becky) Williams of Waterman and Laurie Williams of Sycamore; two great-grandchildren, Alec and Kendall; eight step grandchildren; and one sister, Mabel Thomas of St. Charles.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 PM Monday at the English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock with the Rev. Kurt W. Simon officiating.  Burial followed in Big Rock Welsh Cemetery.

 

Charlotte Swift  Youngs     1990.04.12

Charlotte Swift Youngs, of Miami Springs, FL, formerly of Aurora, died Tuesday, April 3, 1990 at her home.  She was born September 20, 1990 in Waterman, IL, the daughter of M. Earl and Mildred (Mercer) Swift.

She was a graduate of Northern Illinois University, a homemaker and a former elementary teacher in West Aurora Schools, and later in Miami Springs, Florida schools.  She was a member of the Miami Springs Methodist Church, and the Miami Springs Methodist Women’s Club.

Survivors include three children: John Culbert Youngs of Nuremberg, West Germany, Robert Terry (Pacquita) Youngs of Miami Springs, FL and Bonnie Jean Youngs of Miami Springs, FL; two sisters: Mary James Swift-Raufer of Washington, IL and Virginia Swift-Start of Brevard, NC.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 7, 1990 at 11 AM at the Nash -Nelson Chapel, Waterman, IL, with the Rev. George Woosnam officiating.  Burial was in the Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk, IL.

 

Della V. Morris Williams     1990.04.13

Della V. Williams, 96, of Hinckley, died Monday, April 9, 1990 at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.

He was born February 14, 1894, in Hinckley, the daughter of Thomas and Rachel (Davis) Morris.  She married Robert Williams December 31, 1926.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church.

She is survived by one son, Morris Williams of Elburn; and several cousins and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1978; and one brother, Harold Morris.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 AM Wednesday, April 11, 1990 at the Hinckley United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Paul Gerardy officiating.  Burial was at the West Big Rock Cemetery, Big Rock.

 

Mary Lou Ritter Leifheit     1990.04.14

Mary Lou Leifheit, 59, of Waterman, passed away Monday, April 16, 1990 at her home.

She was born September 11, 1930 in Mendota, IL, the daughter of Haskell and Ruth (Vance) Ritter.  She married Lloyd Leifheit in Waterman on March 9, 1951.

She was employed by Waterman School District No. 431 for 20 years.  She was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Lloyd, of Waterman; two sons, Jeffrey Leifheit of DeKalb and Bradley (Theresa) Leifheit of Earlville; three daughters, Pamela Mullis of DeKalb, Terrie (Edward) Gordon of Cary, IL, and Sharon (Robert) Oest of Waterman; 13 grandchildren; two sisters, Corinne (Milan) Sulaver of DeKalb and Diana (Albert) May of Aurora; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Donna McCauley; two infant brothers; and one infant sister.

Services will be held on Thursday, April 19, 1990 at the Waterman United Methodist Church.  Burial will be private.

Arrangements were made by the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman.

 

Vinal Eugene Lang     1990.04.15

Vinal Eugene Lang, 56, of rural Hinckley, passed away Saturday, April 14, 1990 at the Pike County Memorial Hospital in Murfreesboro, AR.  He was born September 9, 1933 in Hendricks, Minnesota, the son of John T. and Nora L. (Selleck) Lang.

Vinal married Mary F. Saccani on August 4, 1956 in West Elizabeth, PA.  Vinal lived in the Sandwich area for 23 years coming from Pennsylvania.  He was employed at Caterpillar Tractor Company in Aurora.  He belonged to an amateur radio club and served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955.

Survivors include his wife, Martha; two sons, Darryl (Leslie) of Miami, FL and Vinal, at home; two daughters, Mick (Sheryl) Westbrook, of Midlothian, TX and Vicki, at home; six sisters, Fay Lang of Lawton, OK, Mrs. Clarence (Virginia) Adams, of Grand Island, NE, Mrs. Henry (Myrtle) Schutt, of Sioux City, IA, Mrs. Floyd (Donna) Tanner of Minneapolis, MN, Mrs. Jess (Marybelle) Adams, of Bristol, VA and Lola Prickett three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers.

The funeral services were held on Wednesday at 1:30 PM at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich, with the Reverend Martin Arni officiating.

 

Ray F. Evans     1990.04.16

Ray F. Evans, 56, of Los Angeles, CA, formerly of Big Rock, IL, passed away Thursday, April 26, 1990 at Los Angeles County Hospital.  He was born November 25, 1933 in Aurora, IL, the son of Merritt and Pauline (Dodson) Evans.

Survivors include two sons, Randy Evans and Brad Evans, three grandchildren; two brothers, Edward (Nell) Evans, and Darrel (Cindy) Evans, both of Big Rock, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his stepmother, Ruby.

Graveside services will be held at a later date, at the West Big Rock Cemetery, in Big Rock, IL.

Arrangements are being handled by the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, IL.

 

Delbert H. Baney     1990.04.17

Delbert H. Baney, 69, of Big Rock, IL, passed away Thursday, April 16, 1990 at the Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born July 10, 1920 in Beach Creek, PA, the son of Henry and Hanna Baney.

He was retired from the Hinckley Grain Company, in Big Rock and was an Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Baney; two daughters, Mrs. David (Saundra) Morse, of Waterman; and Theresa Baney and fiance, Carl Pike, both of Plano; two grandsons, James W. and Matthew D. Morse; one sister, Rowena Fasolt, of Pennsylvania and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Earl E. Baney.

Private services will be held for the family.  Interment will be private.

There was no visitation.

Arrangements were by the Larson Funeral Home in Plano.

 

Laura Larsen Thorson Harris     1990.04.18

Laura (Thorson) Harris, 92, of Aurora, died Wednesday, April 25, 1990 at Mercy Center Hospital.

She was born September 22, 1897 in Miller Township, LaSalle County, to J. O. T. and Elizabeth Larsen.

She was a member of St. Marks Lutheran Church.

Survivors include one son, Arthur C. (Genevieve) Thorson, Jr., of Shabbona; five daughters, Margaret (Joseph) Price of Woodruff, WI, Loretta (William) Birtwistle of Lake Tomahawk, WI, Mary (Frances) Pleskovistch of Ottawa, Barbara (Carl) Thurow of Big Rock, and LauraJean (Duane) Brandt of Park Park; 26 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur Thorson, Sr.; her second husband, Herman J. Harris; one daughter, Arlene Sebby; her parents; three sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services were held at 11 AM Friday at St. Marks Lutheran Church.  The Reverend Gerald Rygh officiating.  Burial was in Oakwood Memorial Cemetery in Ottawa.

 

Marguerite E. Thiessen Stryker     1990.04.19

Marguerite E. Stryker, 83, of Grinnell, IA, died Friday, April 27, 1990 at Friendship Manor in Grinnell.

She was born September 14, 1906 near Keystone, IA, the daughter of George and Amanda (Bender) Thiessen.  She married Everett “Bob” Potter Stryker on July 22, 1942 in Kahoka, MO.

After their marriage, she and her husband lived in the Grinnell area, where she worked as a bookkeeper for the Grinnell Grain Company and the Hatcher Motor Company.

She is survived by a stepdaughter, Dorothy Kleckner, and a stepson, Roger Stryker, both of Waterman; five-step grandchildren; 11 step great-grandchildren; and a step great great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a step grandson.

The funeral was Monday at 10:30 AM at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell, IA.  Burial and a private family service was at North Clinton Cemetery near Waterman.

 

Shirley Ann Wilson    1990.05.12

Shirley Ann Wilson, 52, of DeKalb, formerly of Waterman, died Monday, May 7, 1990, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born June 7, 1937 in Beardstown, IL, the daughter of Norvelle and Mary J. (Bowman) Wilson.

She worked for the Waterman School District and the Hi-Way Lounge Shabbona as a cook.

She is survived by her mother, Mary J. Wilson, of Waterman; two daughters, Debbie (Roy) Kelm of Earlville and Katrina (Brian) Davis of DeKalb; one son, David Wilson of Waterman; four brothers, Bill (Rita) Wilson of Hinckley, Doug Wilson of Aurora, Mary Wilson of Waterman and Charles Wilson of Waterman; three sisters, Carol Beatty Council Bluffs, IA, Linda (Earl) Beck of Waterman, and Patty (Jeff) Mith of Waterman; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, two brothers, one sister and one granddaughter.

Private funeral services were Wednesday with burial at North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.

 

Deborah E. Lis Marcin     1990.05.13

Deborah E. Lis-Marcin, 36, of Lombard, passed away on Wednesday, May 2, 1990 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Milwaukee.  She was born in Berwyn, IL.

She is survived by her husband, Edward Marcin, D. D. S.; her father, Joseph Lis, O. D. and her brother, Richard Lis, M.D..

Funeral services were Saturday, May 5 from the Model Funeral Home of Darien to Our Lady of Peace.  Final resting place is the Resurrection Gardens Mausoleum in Justice, IL.

Edward Marcin D. D. S., has a dental office in Hinckley.

 

Malena Bue Martinson Ward Wedlake     1990.05.14

Malena Martinson Ward Wedlake, 93, of DeKalb, died Wednesday, May 2, 1990 at DeKalb County Nursing Home.

She was born May 6, 1896 in Norway, the daughter of Elling and Jorgina Bue.  She married John Martinson on January 31, 1920.  She later married Worth Ward and later John Wedlake.

She and her family came to America when she was seven years old.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Malta United Methodist Church.

Survivors include one son, Gerald (Marilyn) Martinson, of Hinckley; three daughters, Ruth (Loren) Teel, of DuQuoin, IL, Dorothy (Reid) Challand, of Shabbona, and Mary (Frank) Johnson of Fairfield Bay, AR; 31 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law, Betty and Verna Martinson, of Malta; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, her parents, four brothers, three sisters, two daughters, three sons, and three granddaughters.

Funeral services were held Saturday at 1:30 PM at Anderson Funeral Home with the Reverend Fred Morris officiating.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Creston.

 

Samuel M. David     1990.05.15

Samuel M. David, 77, of Big Rock, passed away May 9, 1990 at his home.  He was born October 12, 1912 in Aurora.

He was a retired supervisor of Austin-Western Company, and a member of Holy Angels Church and the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; a son, Gary S. David, of LaJolla, CA; one brother, Andrew David, of North Aurora and one sister, Catherine Riordan, of Mt. Carmel.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Margaret Stanoy.

Funeral services were held on Saturday at 10 AM at Holy Angels Church.  Father Joseph Lutz officiated, with interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. 

 

Ruth Inis Jennings Ormsby     1990.05.16

Ruth Inis Ormsby, 83, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, May 13, 1990 at her home.  She was born November 12, 1906 in Oxly, MO, the daughter of David Nelson and Alice (Timmons-Harris) Jennings.

On November 11, 1923, she married James Virgil Ormsby.  Mrs. Ormsby was a homemaker.  She was associated with Carpenter’s Restaurant in Big Rock and later with Raymond’s Manufacturing Co., also in Big Rock.  She had worked for Anchor Brush in Aurora and retired in 1972.

Survivors include four children, Violet (Russell) Scent, of Plainfield, Ted (Ruth) Ormsby, of Big Rock, Pat (Norman) Linton, of Seattle, WA and Gerald (Carol) Ormsby, of Aurora; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her brother, Albert Jennings and numerous stepbrothers and stepsisters.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 16 at 10 AM at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, Yorkville.  The Rev. Kurt Simon officiated and burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park in Aurora.

 

David Paul Voss     1990.05.17

David Paul Voss, 44, of Hinckley, passed away Saturday, May 12, 1990 at his home.  He was born October 7, 1945 in Aurora, the son of Martin J. and Ione (Schmidt) Voss.

Mr. Voss attended Northwestern University and graduated from Northern Illinois University.  He was baptized and confirmed at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.  He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Survivors include two sons, Mark A. Voss and Aaron D. Voss, both of Normal, IL; his parents, Martin and Ione Voss, of Hinckley; two brothers, John (Lolly) Voss, of Arlington Heights; one sister, Deborah (William) Mecklenburg, of Schererville, IN and nine nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Phillip Voss.

Private family funeral services were held at 11 AM on Tuesday, May 15 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.  The Rev. Donald Balgeman officiated.  Burial was in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Hinckley.

 

Darline C. Osland Johnson     1990.05.18

Darline C. Johnson, 70, of Shabbona, died Saturday, May 12, 1990 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born on August 20, 1998 Shabbona, the daughter of Oscar and Carrie (Vandre) Osland.  She married Glenn “Bud” Johnson on February 17, 1937 at the Presbyterian Parsonage in Waterman.

She is survived by her husband; two sons, Roger (Karen) Johnson of Polo, and Colvurn (Rosemary) Johnson, of DeKalb; three daughters, Janet Keene, of DeKalb, Barbara (Don) Johnston, of Davenport, IA, and Audrey (Gilbert) Duran, of Tampa, FL; a sister, Helen Todd, of Shabbona; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers.

The funeral was Tuesday at the 11 AM at the Jacobson Funeral Home of Shabbona with the Rev. Rosario Lombardo officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.

 

Edna Cook Whildin      1990.05.19

Edna Whildin, 82, of Sugar Grove, passed away Thursday, May 31, 1990 at the Pine View Care Center, St. Charles, where she had recently become a patient following cancer surgery.

She was born April 28, 1908 in Yorkville, IL, the daughter of John and Mary (Langendefer) Cook.  The family made their home in Sugar Grove were Edna graduated from the Sugar Grove High School.

In 1928 she was united in marriage to Everette S. Whildin in Aurora.  They made their home on the family farm on Rte. 30 where they lived all of their lives together until 1975 when Everette passed away.  A devoted farmer’s wife and mother, Edna continued to make her home on the family farm, sharing the labor with her son as with her husband.

She is survived by one daughter, Marilyn (James) Swift; one son Everett (Kathleen) Whildin, both of Sugar Grove; five grandchildren, Chris, Kim and Brian Whildin, all of Sugar Grove; Charles Swift of Kentucky and Gloria (Jeff) Gordon of Elburn; three great-grandchildren, Jennifer, Adam and Eric; one sister, Frances Schnurstein of Elgin; two brothers, Charles Cook of West Allis, WI and John (Pat) Cook of Michigan; and one sister-in-law, Madelene Cook of California.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Roy Cook.

She was a member of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church whose pastor, the Rev. John F. Smith, officiated at her funeral services on Monday, June 3, 1990 at 10:30 AM from the Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.

Burial was in the Kaneville Cemetery in Kaneville.

Memorials in her name may be given to Cancer Research, American Cancer Society, 17 North River Street, Batavia, IL 60510.

 

Ethel Pitzer Brewick     1990.05.20

Ethel Brewick, a longtime resident of Sheridan and Hinckley, passed away in Aurora on May 24, 1990 at the age of 90.  She was the second child of Mary Jane Schreiner and Friedel Pitzer.  Her sister, Josephine Pitzer Resser and brother Friedel preceded her in death.  She was a sixth generation descendant of Benjamin Green who fought in Yorktown in the Revolutionary War and fifth-generation descendant of Anna Green Pitzer who as a widow came with a large family and settled in LaSalle County in 1830 and who was befriended by Pottawattamie Chief Shabbona.  He saved her family during the Blackhawk Uprising of 1831 while neighboring settlers were killed.

Mrs. Brewick married Lester C. Brewick in Indiana in 1916 and settled in Sheridan, IL.  Their farm house burned to the ground in 1930 and most of their possessions were lost.  In an often told story it is said that in the midst of the fire Mrs. Brewick and her husband pushed her beloved upright piano out to the porch and down three step into the front yard.  It took five men to move the piano from the front yard later.  In 1932 the Brewicks lost their farm when the local bank closed and subsequently move to the Hinckley and Big Rock area.  Upon the death of her husband, she moved to Elgin where she lived with her daughter for more than 30 years.  In 1986 she moved to Aurora where she resided until the time of her death.

She was a well-known and active member of the United Methodist Church and Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Elgin.  She was also an amateur painter all of her life and is remembered for two books she wrote, illustrated and hand bound for her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, a daughter, Dorothy Brewick Graff.

She is survived by a son, Lester C. Brewick, Jr., of Aurora, and a daughter, Phyllis Brewick Nohl of Iron River, WI, seven grandchildren, JoAnne Schmidt-Graff of Rockford, Charles (Nick) Nohl of Elgin, Paul Nohl of Iron River, WI, Kay Nohl Popp of Elgin, Lester C., II of Green Bay, WI, Lynn Madden Brewick of Aurora and Lowell Charles of LaGrange, IL, and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services were held at the Schmidt-Madison Funeral Home in Elgin on May 26, 1990 and she was buried at Lakewood Memorial Park Cemetery in Elgin.

 

Ivan J. Kuter     1990.06.10

Ivan J. Kuter, 56, of Chicago, IL, formerly of the local area, died Sunday, June 3, 1990 at St. Joseph Hospital, Chicago.  He was born September 7, 1933 in Hinckley, IL, the son of James and Anabelle (Bickert) Kuter.

He attended elementary schools in Malta and Waterman.

Survivors include several aunts and uncles, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Saddoris of Carol Stream, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Koenig of Vero Beach, FL, Mrs. Frances Koenig of Park Park, Mrs. Myra Schoeniger of Aurora, Mr. and Mrs. Royce Daws of Forreston, IL and Mr. and Mrs. Marion Kuter of Loves Park, IL, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kuter of Dixon, IL and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Rita Rose Kuter.

Funeral mass was held at 10 AM Thursday, June 7, 1990 at Holy Cross Church, Batavia, Father Stephen C. Jules officiated.  Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, DeKalb.

 

Mary Jane Swift Raufer     1990.06.11

Mary Jane Raufer, 71, of Washington, IL, died Monday, June 4, 1990 at the Methodist Medical Center, Peoria, IL.  She was born July 26, 1918 in Waterman, the daughter of Earl and Mildred (Mercer) Swift.

She was a graduate of the Evanston Hospital School of Nursing and the University of Missouri.  She was Director of Information and Referral at Cedar Rapids, IA.  She was a member of the Universal Unitarian Church of Peoria, IL.  She served as a Navy Nurse during World War II.

Survivors include three sons: Mark (Linda) Raufer of Springfield, Eric (Cathy) Raufer of Bloomington, and Thomas Raufer of Morton, IL, three grandchildren, one sister, Virginia (Paul) Stark of Brevard, NC, several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother.

Funeral services were held at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman on Wednesday, June 6, 1990 at 2 PM.  Father Phil Hoebling officiated.  Burial was in the Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Cancer Society, c/o Dr. James Feeley, Mercy Hospital, 500 East Market Street, Iowa City, IA 52245.

Arrangements for by Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapels.

 

 

 

 

Anna Ida Emilie Jandt Morsch     1990.07.11

Anna Ida Emilie Morsch, 92, of Holt, MI, formerly of Hinckley, IL, died Monday, July 2, 1990 at the Martin Luther Holt Home, Holt, MI.

She was born August 25, 1897 in Waterman, IL, the daughter of Albert and Eureka Jandt.  On January 26, 1921, she married Melvin Chester Morsch in Waterman.

Mrs. Morsch was a homemaker.  She was a member of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley and the Women’s Guild.

Survivors include her daughter, Gayle Mefford of Diamondale, MI, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her daughter, Betty, one sister and five brothers.

The services will be held on Friday, July 6, 1990 at 10 AM at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, IL, Rev. Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk, IL.  Visitation will be Thursday, July 5, 1990 from 7-9 PM at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.

 

Kent R. Strever     1990.07.12

Kent R. Strever, 52, of San Francisco, CA, formerly of Kaneville, IL, passed away at the family home in Kaneville, Thursday evening, July 5, 1990, following a brief illness.

He was born February 21, 1938 at Aurora, IL, the son of John and Faye (Roman) Strever.  The family made their home in Kaneville where Kent attended local schools, later graduating from Park Park High School with the class 1956.

Following graduation, Kent began working for Finley Nursery, in Big Rock, and also pursued some studies in forestry at Ames, IA, for a time.  Later, for several years he worked with his father at Strever Seed & Grain in Waterman until 1962 when he moved to California.  Settling in San Francisco, he worked at landscaping and also for several hotels until becoming disabled with diabetes in 1973.  In more recent years, though, he frequently motorcycled home in the summer.  He has also helped work in gold mining claims near Downieville, CA on the Yuba River.

In addition to his mother, Faye Strever, of Kaneville, he leaves three sisters, Mary (Scott) Baker of Chicago, IL, Peggy (Craig) Danforth of Denver, Colorado, and Beth (Simon) Tankard of Chicago, IL; two brothers, Joel (Diana) Strever and Keith Strever, both of Santa Fe, NM; three nieces; and six nephews; three great-nieces; and several aunts and uncles; and a “family” of friends, both in Illinois and California.

He was preceded in death by his father, John A. Strever (1986); and several aunts and uncles.

The funeral mass was held Monday, July 9 at 10:30 AM from St. Gall Church, Elburn.  Father Richard Paddock officiated and interment followed at Kaneville Cemetery, Kaneville.

A general memorial in his name has been established c/o Conley Funeral Home, box A, Elburn, IL 60119.

 

Moody Berger     1990.07.13

Moody Berger, 88, of Hinckley, passed away Thursday, July 12, 1990 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born July 13, 1901 in Naperville Township.

Mr. Berger attended the Copenhagen School, a one room schoolhouse in rural Naperville.  He was a farmer and a lifelong resident of Naperville, until he moved to Hinckley in 1971.  He continued farming in Hinckley until his death.  Mr. Berger was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.

Mr. Berger is survived by his son, Donald (Ruth) Berger of Somonauk; and his sister, Beatrice Mende of Naperville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Cora (Kemmerer); his wives, Marion (Rickert) and Christine (Krantz); three brothers, James, Walter and Eugene; two sisters, Gertrude and Jewel Manning; and two grandchildren, Richard and Carolyn Berger.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, July 14, 1990 at 2:30 PM at the Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home with the Rev. Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

Ruth M. Nelson Souder     1990.07.14

Ruth M. Souder, 74, of Deltona, FL, formerly of Somonauk, IL, passed away Wednesday, July 4, 1990 at F. F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua, NY.

She was born September 23, 1915 in Somonauk, IL, the daughter of Joseph and Elvira (Townsend) Nelson.  On December 24, 1938 she married Donald Souder in Somonauk.

Mrs. Souder had been an elementary school teacher for more than 25 years.  She was a member of the Aurora Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her husband, Donald of Deltona, FL; three daughters: Charlotte (John) Woods of Champaign, IL, and Karon (Nyal Ernest) Laird of Palm Harbor, FL and Susan (Kenneth) Wurster of Farmington, NY, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild, two brothers: Henry (Shirley) Nelson of Sandwich and Allan Nelson of Somonauk one sister, Laura Voga of Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister, Mae.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 8, 1990 at 2 PM at the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church.  Pastor B. G. Sills officiated.  Burial was in the Deltona Memorial Gardens, Deltona, FL.

A Memorial is being established c/o Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman, IL.

 

Jessie Dean Fay     1990.07.15

Jessie D. Fay, 86, of Stanton, IA, died Monday, July 16, 1990 in Red Oak, IA.

Memorial services were held at 10 AM Friday, July 20 at the Somonauk Presbyterian Church with the Rev. B. G. Sills and Rev. R. Harmison officiating.  Burial was at the Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk.

She was born November 7, 1903 to Elbert and Ardelia (Whitford) Dean.  She married Wells Fay, Jr., August 27, 1928 in Chicago.  She was a 1928 graduate of Mount Vernon College in Iowa, and had been a teacher.  She was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church, the National and Illinois Retired Teachers Association and a member of the Mothers Club.

She is survived by her husband, one son, Warren of Byron, MN, one daughter, Mrs. Dwight “Jerry” Vennerberg of Stanton, IA, one sister, Mrs. Preston “Maud” Woods of DeKalb.  She was also survived by 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by one sister, Mrs. Ross Swift and one grandson, Dean Vennerberg.

 

Kenneth Wesley Culp     1990.07.16

Kenneth Wesley Culp, 82, 1344 Truman Place, Ames, IA, died Friday, July 13, 1990 of cancer at Mary Greeley Medical Center.  Services were held Monday, July 16, 1990 at 10:30 AM at Stevens Memorial Chapel in Ames, with Pastor Jim Stiles officiating.  The body will be cremated.

Kenneth Culp was born in Hinckley, IL to George and Margaret (Smith) Culp.  He moved to Ames from Adel 20 years ago, and was a factory representative for American Lubricants in Dayton, OH.  He served as a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving and California, Georgia, and Korea.

He married Sue Carlson on July 25, 1943, in Del Monte, CA.  He attended the University of Illinois, and was affiliated with Tau Delta Tau Fraternity.

He is survived by his wife, Mabelle (Sue) of Ames; one son, Ken Culp Jr. of Dallas, TX; one daughter, Sandra Culp Millstead of Clarksburg, NJ; one sister, Audra Culp Severance of Hinckley, IL; and one granddaughter.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.

Mrs. Lee Phillips of Geneva drove to Ames, IA to be with the family of Kenneth Culp at the time of his death.  She attended the memorial service for her uncle on Monday, July 16 at the Stevens Memorial Chapel in Ames.

 

Myrta A. Coddington     1990.07.17

Myrta A. Coddington, 74, of Aurora, passed away Friday, July 20, 1990 at Hillside Living Center in Yorkville.  She was born May 28, 1916 in Princeton, IL.

Miss Coddington taught school in the Aurora-Montgomery area for many years and taught for the past 34 years at Greenman School.

She was a member of Fourth Street United Methodist Church and the Retired Teachers Association.  She was a graduate of Northern Illinois College.

Survivors include one brother, Dean (Marge) Coddington, of Somonauk; two sisters, Betty Jean Cook, of Sycamore and Jeannette (Lester) Dillon of Sandwich and 10 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Eva Coddington and one brother, Clay Coddington.

Memorial services were held on Sunday, July 22 at the Fourth Street United Methodist Church at 2:30 PM.  The Rev. Robert Wentworth officiated.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Fourth Street United Methodist Church.

 

Frances Celia Baran Gerlovich     1990.07.18

Frances Celia Gerlovich, 86, of Waterman, died Sunday, July 22, 1990 at DeKalb County Nursing Home, DeKalb, IL.  She was born April 20, 1904 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Albert and Eva (Cimko) Baran.  On September 5, 1925 she married Stanley Gerlovich in Chicago.

Mrs. Gerlovich was a homemaker and a member of the St. James Catholic Church in Lee, IL.

Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Rita (Howard) Bork of Park Park, IL; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two sisters: Irene Giroux of Stowe, VT and Rose Hermanowicz of Chicago.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, Edward, one brother and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 26, at 10 AM at the St. James Catholic Church in Lee, IL.  The Rev. Father Louis J. Pesut will officiate.  Burial will be in the North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.  Visitation will be Wednesday, July 25 from 3-9 PM at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman.

 

Merritt L. Risetter     1990.07.19

Merritt L. Risetter, 84, of Shabbona, died Saturday, July 28, 1990 at his home.

He was born September 23, 1905, in Willow Creek Township in Lee County, the son of Lars and Jane Risetter.

He married Henrietta B. Eden on February 27, 1926 in Dixon.

He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Lee and served on the church board and Church cemetery association for many years.

He farmed in rural Lee until his retirement in 1979, when he and his wife moved to Shabbona.

Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy (Robert) Knutson of Shabbona and Shirley Lemar, of Rochelle; one sister, Agnes Risetter, of Shabbona; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Henrietta, on October 15, 1982; his sister, Mae; and one granddaughter, Robin.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 AM Tuesday at the First Lutheran Church, in Lee, with the Reverend Tom Mattson, the grandson by marriage of Mr. Risetter, officiating.  Burial was in the First Lutheran Cemetery in Lee.

 

Altha N. Warburg Peterson     1990.07.21

Altha N. Peterson, 87, of Shabbona, formerly of Waterman, died Monday, July 30, 1990 at Shabbona Nursing Home, Shabbona, IL.

She was born November 9, 1902 in Lee, IL, the daughter of Albert and Eva (Larson) Warburg.  On July 9, 1927 she married Elmer T. Peterson in Lee, IL.

Mrs. Peterson was a homemaker.  She was a member of Waterman United Methodist Church and various church groups.

Survivors include two sons: Richard (Janice) Peterson of Lee, IL, Lloyd Peterson of DeKalb, a daughter: Carol Hamilton of Rockford, IL, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and three brothers.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 1, 1990 at 10 AM at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman.  Rev. Paul K. Zeman officiating.  Burial was at the Union Cemetery, Lee, IL.  Visitation was from 6-8 PM, Tuesday, July 31, 1990 at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman, IL.

 

LaVon L. Rissman Olson     1990.08.10

Mrs. LaVon L. Olson, 62, of Plano, passed away Friday, August 3, 1990, at Memorial Hospital in Lima, OH.  She was born June 24, 1928, in Hinckley, IL, the daughter of George and Frieda (Zeiter) Rissman.

She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.

She is survived by one daughter, Charles (Sandra) Johnson, of Plano; two sons, Kurt (Sandra) Olson, of Mt. Blanchard, OH, and Keith (Carolyn) Olson of Big Rock; seven grandchildren, Matthew, Megan, Nicole, Kristine, Ashley, Danielle, and Amanda; one brother, Myrl Rissman, of Hinckley; one niece, Sue Kitzsteiner of Missouri; and one nephew, John Rissman of, of Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lavonn (Jack) Olson; one sister, Arlene Rissman; her parents; and her stepfather, William Wichman.

Funeral services were held at 11 AM on Tuesday, August 7, 1990, and the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.

Rev. E. George Krause officiated, with interment at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Hinckley.

Memorials may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

 

George C. Cies     1990.08.11

George C. Cies, 72, of Yorkville, IL passed away Saturday, August 4, 1990, at his home.  He was born October 21, 1917, in St. Joseph, MO, the son of George N. and Leita (Burkhalter) Cies.

On December 8, 1940, he married Eunice Kelly in Farmington, MO.  Mr. Cies had worked in sales for the DeKalb Feed Company for 27 years and for the Fasco Mills Feed Company in Mendota for 10 years.  He was a member of the Au Sable Grove Presbyterian Church in Yorkville, where he served as an elder.  He was active in the CROP organization.  He had been active in Scouting as a cubmaster.  He also served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a second lieutenant.

Survivors include his wife, Eunice, of Yorkville; one son, George K. (Melody) Cies of Waterman; two daughters, Julie (Jerry) Elliott of Aurora, and Gene (William) Witzel of Sandwich; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; one brother, William B. (Marty) Cies of Grand Tower, IL; two sisters, Gene (Kenard) Besse of Sterling, IL, and Marilyn (Ed) Watson of San Bruno, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 11, 1990, at 2 PM at the Au Sable Grove Presbyterian  Church in Yorkville.  Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Yorkville.  There will be no visitation.  Please omit flowers.  Memorials may be made to the CROP organization.

 

  1. Alta Martin 1990.08.12

Mrs. W. Alta Martin, 90, of Aurora, passed away Friday, August 10, 1990 at Tillers Nursing Home.  She was born April 1, 1900 in Big Rock, IL.

She was united in marriage to Elmer Martin on September 13, 1925 and taught school in Sugar Grove.

Survivors include three sons, Bradley (Beth) Martin, of Carrollton, TX, Robert (Elaine) Martin, of Aurora and George (Lynne) Martin, of Aurora; two daughters-in-law, Rose Martin, of Overland Park, KS and Shirley Martin, of North Aurora; one sister, Mrs. Paul (Margaret) Benson, of Chicago; 13 grandchildren, Carl (Karen) Martin of Stilwell, KS, Mrs. Keith (Jerry) Beckley, of Dallas, TX, Chris (Donna) Martin, of Overland Park, KS, Mrs. Coleman (Mary) Moore, of Houston, TX, Scott Martin, of Dallas, TX, Timothy (Leeann) Martin, of Aurora, Debbie Martin, of North Aurora, Brian Martin, of Aurora, Jennifer Martin, of North Aurora, Ame Martin, of Aurora, Daniel Martin, of Aurora, Sarah Martin of Aurora and Shelly Martin of Aurora and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Monday, August 13, 1990 at the Healy Chapel.

 

Russell C. Boyce     1990.08.13

Russell C. Boyce, 80, of Big Rock, passed away in St. Charles Township, IL, Friday morning, August 17, 1990 at the St. Charles home of his daughter, Jeanene, following a long illness.

He was born October 25, 1909 on the family farm in Big Rock, IL, the son of Frank and Iza C. (Minard) Boyce.

On September 15, 1931, he was united in marriage to Fern C. Williams and they made their home on the family farm until retiring in 1972.

He was a member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ, Big Rock, Big Rock Lions Club and for a time was also a Big Rock volunteer fireman.

In addition to his wife, Fern, he is survived by three daughters, Charlene (Roger) Davis of Grayville, IL, Jeanene (Tom) Sipos of St. Charles and Lonna Lee (Leland) Moellering, of Dyer, IN; seven grandchildren, Marcia (John) Blum, of Hanover Park, Wayne Davis, of Mission, KS and Greg Davis of Champaign, IL, Jan (Eugene) Kinsel of Millbrook, IL, Douglas (Vicki) Sipos, of St. Charles and Sherry and Jason Moellering, of Dyer, IN; three great-grandchildren, Evan and Hanna Blum, and Amy Kinsel, two stepbrothers, John and Burdette Barrett and one step sister, Agatha Shopp; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Ruth Gum.

Funeral services were Monday from the English Congregational United Church of Christ, Big Rock at 2 PM.  The Rev. Robert Anderson officiated with interment at Kaneville Cemetery.

Memorials in his name may be made to the English Congregational UCC Church, 3rd and Rhodes Street, Big Rock, IL 60511 or to a general memorial in his name c/o Conley Funeral Home, Box A, Elburn, IL 60119.

 

Arlene E. Redmer Riedelsperger     1990.09.08

Arlene E. Riedelsperger, 69, Sycamore, formerly of Hinckley, died Wednesday, September 5, 1990, at the County Nursing Home, DeKalb.

She was born August 16, 1921, the daughter of Max and Katherine (Krieger) Redmer.

On December 5, 1945, she married Ronald Riedelsperger in Hinckley.  She was the past owner with her husband of Ron’s Tavern in Hinckley for many years.

Survivors include her husband, Ron, Sycamore; two daughters, Pamela Jane (Ford) Lewis, Hinckley and Lisa Ann (Stanley) Ballard, Mt. Morris; four grandchildren; and one sister, Elsie Savage, Tucson, AZ.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

Funeral services were held at 1 PM Friday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.  Burial was at the Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore. 

 

Jerry Klomhaus     1990.09.09

Jerry Klomhaus, 45, Mount Ayr, IA, died Sunday, September 2, 1990 in Mount Ayr.

He was born February 9, 1945 in Aurora, the son of Viola Klomhaus Maskiokas and Clarence Klomhaus.  He married Glenda Fletchal from Sycamore on June 15, 1963.

He attend the Lutheran Parochial Elementary School and Waterman High School.  He lived and farmed in Mount Ayr since 1968.  He was also a semi-truck driver for Schneider Transport Company of Green Bay, WI for seventeen years.  He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Hinckley where he taught Sunday school for several years.

He is survived by his wife, Glenda; three daughters, Tammi Warrick, Seattle, WA, Terrinda (Bob) Berry, Murray, IA, Tenise (Scott) Peterson, Mount Ayr; his mother and stepfather, Leonard Masiokas; two brothers, Allen (Alicia) Klomhaus, Lancaster, CA, Gene (Jewel) Klomhaus, Ellston, IA; one sister, Mona (Dale) Strausberger, Hinckley; his grandmother, Nellie Hardesty, Walnut; two grandchildren, TeReva Warrick and Garrett Peterson; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; one brother, Ray Klomhaus; and a granddaughter, Tega Alyce Berry.

Services were held at the First Lutheran Church in Mount Ayr on Wednesday, September 5.  The Reverend Glenn Meyer officiated.  Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.

 

Christopher William Badal     1990.09.10

Christopher William Badal, 16, of Hinckley, passed away Monday, September 17, 1990.  He was born in November 16, 1973 in Aurora.

Chris was beginning his senior year at the Hinckley-Big Rock High School and was captain of the track team.  Last year he was given a special award for his inspiration to the team.  He was a member of the Village Bible Church in Sugar Grove.  Through his leadership and participation in the youth groups at Village Bible Church (and their volleyball team), First Presbyterian Church and the Plano Bible Church, Chris touched and influenced the lives of many young people and adults with his strong faith in Jesus Christ.

Survivors include his parents, William and Michelle (Hewitt) Badal, of Hinckley; two brothers, Timothy and Joel Badal, of Hinckley; his maternal grandmother, Marge Hewitt, of Aurora; his paternal grandparents, John and Angela Nanajan Badal, of Turlock, CA, formerly of Boulder Hill, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Gordon Hewitt.

Funeral services will be held at 3 PM on Thursday, September 20 from the Village Bible Church in Sugar Grove.  The Reverend James Harper and Reverend John Avery will officiate.  Interment will be at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Friends may call at the Healey Chapel from 3 to 9 PM on Wednesday.

Contributions in Chris’ memory may be made to the Christopher Badal Memorial Fund at the Village Bible Church in Sugar Grove or to the Hinckley-Big Rock High School Memorial Fund.

 

Malvern Bland     1990.09.11

Malvern Bland, 79, of Shabbona, died Tuesday, September 25, 1990 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born March 22, 1911, in Carmen, OK, the son of George and Allie (Pickens) Bland.  He married Eileen (Nease) June 18, 1938 in Belvidere.

He was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ, the Shabbona Lions Club and a charter member of the Shabbona Civics Club.  He was graduated from Cornell college, Mount Vernon, IA and did post graduate work at Northern Illinois Teachers College, DeKalb.  He taught and coached for 36 years, 21 of which were in Shabbona School District No. 425.  He started the Little League and the Pony League programs in Shabbona and served as coach for seventeen years.  He was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1985, and he was inducted into the Shabbona Sports Hall of Fame in February 1990.

Survivors include his wife, Eileen of Shabbona; two sons, George (Sandy) Bland of Kingston and John Bland of Shabbona; one daughter, Maureen (Gerald) Cocking of Sterling; one sister, Myrtle (Clifford) Sterba of  Carmen, OK; and three grandchildren, Michelle, Brad and Ryan.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Kathryn and Irene.

Funeral services were at 11 AM Friday at the Shabbona United Church of Christ, with the Reverend Evelyn J. Dickerson, Church Pastor, officiating.  Burial was in Highland Garden of Memory Cemetery in Belvidere.

 

Lois Isabelle Chapman Jacobson     1990.09.12

Lois Isabelle Jacobson, 67, of Round Rock, TX, formerly of Hinckley, passed away Sunday, September 30, 1990 in Round Rock, TX.  She was born December 19, 1922 in Kaneville, IL, the daughter of Earl and Hazel (VanVolkenburg) Chapman.

On August 17, 1940, she married Meryl L. Jacobson.  Mrs. Jacobson was a homemaker, and a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Dene (Margot) Jacobson of Austin, TX, and Ryan (Cathey) Jacobson of Dallas, TX; two daughters, Bonita (Chauncey) Baker of Leland and Marcene (Ray) Rothlisberger of Scotts, MI; nine grandchildren; one brother, George (Mary) Chapman of Sycamore; three sisters, Irene (Russell) Stearns of Sycamore, Alice (Howard) Gates of West Chicago and Emma (Robert) Pederson of Missouri; and a sister-in-law, Eileen Faxon of Chicago.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 4, 1990 at 1 PM at the Hinckley United Methodist Church.  Rev. Paul Gerardy will officiate.  Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

 

 

 

James F. Coss     1990.10.13

James F. Coss, 70, of Portland, OR, formerly of Waterman, died Sunday, October 7, 1990 in a Hillsboro, OR hospital.

He was born December 29, 1919 in Paw Paw Township, the son of Jay and Anna Coss.

He attended Paw Paw schools, graduating in 1938.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 through 1945.

He married Nancy Eakle in November 1949.  He was employed over the years by the DeKalb Hybrid Co., Waterman School District and Northern Illinois University.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 654 of Waterman where he resided until 1982 when he and his wife moved to the Portland area.  He was an avid sports fan.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy, Portland; three daughters, Beryl (Jim) Fursman, Susan (Gary McCoy) Coss and Maridea (Rick) Alberts; three grandchildren, Jimmy and Jonathan Fursman and Lindsey Alberts; one sister, Janet Bronson of DeKalb; two brothers, Jay Coss of Amboy and Arthur Coss of Auburn, AL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and one brother.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Pegg, Faxon & Springer Chapel, Beaverton, OR.  Burial was in the Williametter National Military Cemetery in Portland.

 

Wilbur G. Souders, Sr.     1990.10.14

Wilbur G. Souders, Sr., 83, of Kaneville, passed away Sunday morning, October 7, 1990 at Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora, where he was taken following a sudden collapse at his home.  He was born September 30, 1907 in Big Rock Township, the son of George F. and Helena R. (Cook) Souders.

He attended country schools and at the age of 17, began working for the Burlington Railroad.  He grew to love the railroad and became Supervisor of the Signal Shop where he was employed until his retirement in 1972.

On June 12, 1929 he was united in marriage to Bessie B. Gleason in Yorkville, IL, and they made their home near Sugar Grove.  By the late 30s they had moved to the present family home near Kaneville.  There he developed a woodworking shop which produced everything from fine grandfather clocks to wicker cradles.  An avid hunter and fishermen, he was a longtime member of the Aurora Sportsman’s Club.

In addition to his wife, Bessie, he is survived by one daughter, Helen (Richard) Bailey of Elburn; three sons, Wilbur G. (Jeanette) Souders, Jr., and Kenneth (Janet) Souders both of Kaneville, and Richard (Linda) Souders of Elburn; one brother; one sister, 10 grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.

Services were held on Wednesday, October 10, 1990 at the Conley Funeral Home, Elburn, with the Reverend Robert Anderson, pastor of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn officiating.  Interment followed at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Aurora.

Memorials in his memory may be made to the Wilbur G. Souders Memorial Fund c/o Conley Funeral Home, Box A, Elburn, IL 60119.

 

Dorothy M. Heyer Bend     1990.10.15

Dorothy M. Bend, 65, of Waterman, passed away Tuesday, October 2, 1990 at her home.

She was born July 18, 1925 in Aurora, IL to Albert C. and Cora (Fleanor) Heyer.  She married Fred Bend on February 12, 1949 in Hinckley.

She attended the Waterman Bible Church.

Survivors include her husband, Fred; two sons, Robert (Becky) Bend of Waterman and Brian (Phyllis) Bend of Pontiac; three daughters, Ruth (Bill) Huddelstun of Oswego, Karen (Chauncey) Watson of DeKalb and Janice (Brett) Bargamian of Wheeling; nine grandchildren; one brother, the Reverend Edward (June) Heyer of Sheridan; two sisters, Lucille Brooks of Montgomery and Beverly Swanson of Eau Claire, WI; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services were held on Friday, October 5, 1990 at 1 PM at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb with the Reverend Wesley Phillips of the Waterman Bible Church officiating.  Burial was in the North Clinton Cemetery.

 

Justine Renae Curts     1990.10.16

Justine Renae Curts, six, of rural Malta died Friday, October 5, 1990, in rural Malta, the result of an accident involving a motor vehicle.

She was born December 28, 1983, in DeKalb, the daughter of Heather Curts.

She was a member of Rochelle United Pentacostal Church and was a first grade student at Shabbona Grade School.

Survivors include her mother, Heather, rural Malta; her grandmother, Eva Curts, of rural Malta; her grandfather, Earl Curts of Jacksonville, FL; maternal grandmother, Tillie Randolph of Leland; two uncles, Dennis Johnson of Somonauk, and Wyatt Curts of DeKalb; three aunts, Dawn Horn of Kaanopolis Phyllis, NC, Linda Curts of Malta, Nora Johnson of Somonauk; and numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandfather, George Randolph; great-grandmother, Myrtle Curts; and a cousin, Dallas Horn.

Funeral services were Wednesday at 1:30 PM at the Jacobsson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  Pastor Dale Gentry and Assistant Pastor Bobby Gentry of Rochelle United Pentacostal Church officiated.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.

 

Maryhellen Detjen Williams     1990.10.17

Maryhellen (Detjen) Williams, 57, of Big Rock, IL, formerly of Sycamore, died Monday, October 1, 1990 and Mercy Hospital in Aurora.  She was born December 5, 1932 in St. Louis, MO, the daughter of Edward Gustav Detjen and Delores Richter Detjen.

She married Kenneth G. Williams, September 22, 1951 in Mount Vernon, IL.  She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth, of Big Rock; one daughter, Holly (Marc) Williams Butlett; one son, Peter Williams; two grandchildren, Anthony and Amanda Butlett, all of Kalispell, MT; and two aunts, Dorothy and Jean Richter of St. Louis, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Andrew.

Funeral services were held at 11:30 AM Thursday, October 4, 1990 and Prestbury Ward Chapel, corner of Bliss and Hankes Road, Prestbury Subdivision, Aurora, with Bishop Jerry Lippincott conducting.  Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore.

Memorials may be made to the Heart Fund or the donor’s choice.

 

Stanley Peter Schumacher     1990.10.18

Stanley Peter Schumacher, 78, of Park Park, IL passed away Tuesday, October 2, 1990 at Pine Acres Care Center in DeKalb.  He was born December 20, 1911 in Park Park, the son of Albert and Judith (Lentz) Schumacher.  On September 30, 1936 he married Norval Leifheit.

Mr. Schumacher farmed all of his life in the Pierce area and retired from farming in the fall of 1989.  He was president of the Pierce Cemetery Board, member of the Pierce United Methodist Church where he held several offices.  He was a member of the Farm Bureau Board of Directors for 12 years, and the DeKalb Gideon International.

Survivors include his wife, Norval of Park Park; four children, Janice (Paul) Bastian, of Mexico, MO, William A. (Harriet) Schumacher of Chicago; Beth (Eddie) Mongler, of Auxvasse, MO and Stan Lee (Carroll) Schumacher, of Sugar Grove; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and four step grandchildren and a brother, Donald F. (Peggy) Schumacher of Hinckley and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 6, at 10:30 AM at the Pierce United Methodist Church.

Pastor Doug Williams officiated.  Burial was in the Pierce Cemetery.

 

LeRoy M. Nier     1990.10.19

LeRoy M. “Ted” Nier, 78, of Kaneville, died Saturday, October 6, 1990 at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.

He was born June 18, 1912, near Kaneville, the son of John and Abbie (Minor) Nier.

He grew up in Kaneville where he attended local schools and graduated in the class of 1932.  He made his home in the area with his aunt and uncle, Edward and Rose Scott.  During World War II he served as an infantryman from 1940 to 1945.  He was employed at Barber Greene Manufacturing Company from where he retired in 1977 after 25 years of service.

Survivors include his cousin-brother, Carroll “Ed” (Mary) Scott of Payson, AZ; one sister-in-law, Doris Nier, of Kaneville; two nephews, Gene (Sharon) Nier of Elburn, and Myron (LeNore) Nier of Hinckley; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Arnold Nier.

Funeral services were Tuesday at 2 PM at the Conley Funeral Home in Elburn.  Burial followed at the Kaneville Cemetery.

 

Duane M. Shrader     1990.10.20

Duane M. Shrader, 58, of rural Shabbona, died Friday, October 12, 1990 at his home.

He was born July 24, 1932, in Waterman, the son of Morris W. and Ella M. (Babcock) Shrader.  He married Mary G. McDonald on June 2, 1951 in Shabbona.

He was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ, the Shabbona Masonic Lodge #374, the Freeport Consistory and the Tebala Temple.  He farmed in the Shabbona area for 40 years and owned and operated the Shrader Feed & Farms, a Kent Feeds and Ciba-Geigy the “Funks” seed corn dealership.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, of rural Shabbona; mother, Ella, of Shabbona; two daughters, Cindy (Leon) Oleson, of rural Lee, and Diane (Chuck) Wrigley, of Lee; one sister, Carol (Warren) Holdridge, of DeKalb; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1984.

Funeral services were at 11 AM on Monday at the Shabbona United Church of Christ.  The Reverend Evelyn J. Dickerson officiated.  Burial was at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.  A Masonic service was conducted Sunday at 6:30 PM.

 

Jerome P. Broz     1990.10.21

Jerome P. Broz, 84, of Hinckley, passed away Monday, October 15, 1990 at Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion, Sandwich.  He was born April 9, 1906 in Thurber, TX, the son of Joseph and Anna (Cerveny) Broz.

On October 20, 1928 he married Josephine Vopelak in Chicago.

Mr. Broz worked as a hot mill operator at Western Electric for 40 years and farmed in the Hinckley area for 20 years.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #934 AF & AM in Hinsdale, IL.

Survivors include his wife, Josephine, of Hinckley; a son, James (Dorothy) Broz of Sugar Grove and a daughter, Josephine (Thomas) Mikolajczyk of Lemont, IL and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.

Services will be held on Thursday, October 18, 1990 at 9:30 AM at the Clarendon Hills Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 1990 from 4-8 PM at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley where a Masonic service will be held at 8 PM.

 

  1. Russell Davies 1990.10.22
  2. Russell Davies, 85, died October 17, 1990 in Phoenix, AZ. He was a resident of Phoenix. He was born in Big Rock, IL on January 10, 1905.

He moved to Arizona in 1974 from Illinois.  He was a past Exalted Ruler for the  Elks #705, Aurora, IL; member of the local Elks Club #2729 in Phoenix; and the Longhaven Lions Club of Phoenix.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel; one daughter, Patricia Tastad; one son, Phil Davies; one sister, Doris Brackett; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held in AZ and graveside services will be held at a later date in Illinois.

Green Acres Mortuary of Glendale, AZ handled the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks National Foundation, 2750 Lakeview Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60614; or the Christ Presbyterian Church, 6440 West Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85033.

Edward Rueff     1990.10.23

Edward Rueff, 89, of Waterman, died Friday, October 19, 1990 at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

He was born September 6, 1901 in Scottsburg, IN, the son of Emil and Ida (Limberg) Rueff.  He married Bernice H. McCall on September 18, 1937 in Kahoka, MO.

He was employed at the DeKalb Ag for 32 years as a farm manager.  He was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, a charter member of the Waterman Senior Citizens, and a former member of the Waterman School Board for 12 years.

Survivors include three sons, Sheldon (Joyce) Rueff, Byron (Janet) Rueff, and Verle (Sandra) Rueff, all of Waterman; one daughter, Kathleen (James) Suddeth, of Fennimore, WI; eight grandchildren, Kylene and Wesley Suddeth, Deron, Justin, Steven, Mark, LeeAnn and Scott Rueff; and one sister, Mamie Pritchard, of Sandwich.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1984, one sister and one brother.

Funeral services were held Monday at 1 PM at the Anderson Funeral Home.  The Reverend Evelyn Dickerson of the United Church of Christ of Shabbona officiated.  Burial was at the Fairview Park Cemetery.  A memorial has been established.

 

 

Frank J. O’Brien     1990.10.24

Frank J. O’Brien, formerly of Big Rock, passed away October 29, 1990 at Sherman Hospital.  He was born in Rock Island, IL.

He was a former executive with Motorola Corporation.

Survivors include his wife, Ingrid M. O’Brien; three daughters, Regina, of Batavia, Donna Rae Raymond of St. Augustine, FL and Nancy Broader of Princeton, NJ; two sons, Jeffrey O’Brien of Batavia and Jim O’Brien, of Santa Fe, NM and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joanne.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary where friends may call from 5 to 8 PM on Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

Perry David Evans     1990.10.25

Perry David Evans, 95, of Big Rock, IL died Tuesday, October 30, 1990 at the Dogwood Health Center, Sandwich.  He was born October 3, 1895 in Oelrichs, SD.

Perry had a life long interest in music, singing duets with his wife and was a tenor in the Evans Brothers Quartet that sang over early WLS radio.  The Evans Brothers Quartet were popular entertainers in the Fox River Valley, blending their voices in close harmony, singing religious and secular music.  He was a member of the Big Rock Baptist Church, the church choir and the men’s chorus.  He continued to show his enthusiasm for life by working faithfully at the Big Rock Plowing Match.  He was a trustee at the Big Rock Baptist Church.  He was a skillful mechanic, having owned his own garage in Big Rock and was a sportsman who hunted and fished until he was well over 80 years of age.

Survivors include his loving wife of 68 years, Vernie (Lewis) Evans and many nieces and nephews who loved him like a father and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Loral Perry, 1941, his parents, Levi and Tillie (Mathwig) Evans; four brothers, John (Edna), Willie, Edward (Susan) and Merritt (Pauline), and three sisters, Fannie Evans, Louise (Montague) Jones and Ella (Edwin) Reese.

Funeral or services were held on Friday, November 2 at 11 AM at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.  The Reverend Eugene Frost officiated.  Burial was in the West Big Rock Cemetery.

 

Mark Anthony Troyer     1990.10.26

Mark Anthony Troyer, 20, of Plano, formerly of Big Rock went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, October 31, 1990 in Dayton, TN.  He was born October 5, 1970 in Aurora, the son of Robert D. and Many Jean (Helland) Troyer.

He was a member of the Plano Bible Church.  He graduated from Hinckley-Big Rock High School in 1988 and was currently attending Bryan College in Dayton, TN, where he was majoring in Psychology with a minor in teaching.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Jean Troyer, of Plano; four sisters, Debbie (David) Wright, of Zanesville, OH, Julie (John) Kolodziej, Susan (Gary) Fry and Roxane (Bill) Hartman, all of Aurora; five brothers, Kevin, of Bellingham, WA, Keith, of Aurora, Jonathan, at home, Eric of Aurora and Jason Peter, at home; his maternal grandparents, Agner and Judith Helland, of Seneca, IL; seven nieces and nephews and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father; his paternal grandparents, Robert and Vera Troyer and one uncle.

Funeral services were held at 10 AM on Monday, November 5, 1990 at the Plano Bible Church.  The Reverend Dwight Lehman officiated with interment at the South Big Rock Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Plano Bible Church.

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Mark Troyer, 21, was pronounced dead at about 3:30 PM by coroner Gene Cochran of the Rhea County Ambulance Service at the dormitory at William Jennings Bryan College, a Christian liberal arts school on the Tennessee River outside Dayton about 30 miles north of Chattanooga.

Cochran said Troyer was seated in a chair studying, when he fell out of the chair and could not be revived, despite efforts of his fellow students and paramedics.

 

Daniel E. Houghtby     1990.10.27

Daniel Houghtby, 17, of Livonia, MI, died Tuesday, October 30, 1990 at Children’s Hospital in Detroit, MI.

He was born February 1, 1973, in DeKalb, the son of David and Linda (Fultz) Houghtby.

He was a student attending Churchill High School in Livonia and attended the Nativity United Church of Christ in Livonia.

He is survived by his parents; a brother, David Houghtby Jr., of Livonia; maternal grandparents, Howard and Naomi Fultz of rural Earlville; maternal grandmother Genevieve Houghtby of Shabbona; maternal great-grandmother, Kathleen Cole of Earlville; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, C. Burton Houghtby.

Funeral services were at 11 AM Monday at the Shabbona United Church of Christ with the Reverend Evelyn J. Dickerson officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.

 

Lavonne Sherman Nelson     1990.11.14

Lavonne (Sherman) Nelson, 88, of Hinckley, passed away Saturday, November 3, 1990 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb, IL, after a short illness.  She was born October 6, 1902 in Yates City, IL, the daughter of John and Sadie (Stone) Sherman.

Lavonne had a life long interest in literature, poetry and teaching.  She attended Knox College, studying English Education.  Her extensive teaching career started in Farmington, IL, where she taught Ancient History, English, began a speech contest, and gave expression lessons for five years.  She then taught sophomore English Class, directed class plays and was coach for the debate teams at West Aurora High School.

In 1933 she married Waverly Nelson at the home of her parents in Yates City, IL.  After Waverly’s sudden death in 1949, Lavonne resumed teaching English, speech and drama at Hinckley-Big Rock High School.  After 27½ years of teaching, Lavonne retired in 1968.  In 1987 she was the recipient of the Golden Crown of Excellence Award for her dedication towards education.

She was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church, member of the area Senior Citizens, where she held the office of Program Chairman for several years.  She was a member of the Hinckley-Big Rock Woman’s Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Kane County Farm Bureau.  Lavonne also had an interest in travel.  She went on many trips through the United States, Canada, Europe and the Orient. 

Survivors include her children, Phillip S. Nelson, of Yorkville, Nancy (Douglas) Engel of Hinckley; her two grandchildren, Bradford Engel and Elizabeth Engel, both of Hinckley; a nephew, John (Anne) Sherman of Milwaukee, WI, a niece, Rosemary Sherman, of Chicago and a host of friends.

The she was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Waverly, in 1949, her brother, John S. Sherman, and an infant sister.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 6, 1990, at 11 AM at the Hinckley United Methodist Church.  The Reverend Paul Gerardy officiated.  Judy Royer was the organist and Sally Sauer sang “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “In The Garden.”  Burial was in the West Big Rock Cemetery. 

 

Sterling Glenn Berger     1990.11.15

Sterling Glenn Berger, 74, of Naperville, passed away Tuesday, November 6, 1990 at the American Healthcare Center.  He was born January 22, 1916 in Naperville.

He had farmed in the Naperville area from 1942 to 1970.  He was also a heavy equipment operator, retiring in 1980.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian; two daughters, Aria Jean Minor, of Naperville and Mary Kidd, of Big Rock; one son, Keith Berger, of Sugar Grove; one sister, Irene Campbell, of Aurora; two stepsons, Paul Kreinbrink of Naperville and Peter of Plano; a daughter stepdaughter, Patricia Brown, of West Chicago; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; seven step grandchildren and one step great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Berger.

Funeral services were on Friday at 9:30 AM at St. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Josephine Vopelak  Broz      1990.11.16

Josephine Broz, 84, of Hinckley, passed away Monday, November 19, 1990 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born April 24, 1906 in Necedah, WI, the daughter of Joseph and Ann Vopelak.  On October 20, 1928, she married Jerome P. Broz in Chicago.

Mrs. Broz was a homemaker.

Survivors include her son, James (Dorothy) Broz of Sugar Grove and a daughter, Josephine (Thomas) Mikolajczyk of Lemont, IL, three grandchildren: William Mikolajczyk of Lemont and Jennifer Broz and John Broz both of Sugar Grove, and a sister, Jennie (Herman) Wehman of Necedah, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Services were held at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, November 21, 1990, at the Clarendon Hills Cemetery Chapel in Westmont.  Burial was in Clarendon Hills Cemetery.

 

Robert Howard Reimensnider     1990.11.17

Robert Howard Reimensnider, 68, husband of Patricia W. (Whitmer) Reimensnider, of Landrum, SC, formerly of Hinckley, passed away Monday (November 26, 1990) in White Oak Terrace Nursing Center in Tryon, NC.  He was born in Somonauk, IL on May 22, 1922, the son of the late Howard Harry and Signe (Johnson) Reimensnider.

He was a graduate of the University of Illinois.  He was a retired Lieut. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force.  During World War II, he was a fighter pilot, and stayed in Germany after the war during the Occupation.  Among posts served were NATO, Diplomatic Military Attaché and several other assignments.  He was a past employee of the Spartansburg County School District #7, a member of the International Rotary and Tryon Hounds.  He had moved to Landrum in May of this year from Spartanburg, SC.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia; one son, Robert H. Reimensnider, of Clemson University; two daughters, Patricia Ann Reimensnider, of Rumford, ME and Linda Marie Reimensnider, of Grand Cayman Islands, Bahamas.

Graveside services were held at 10 AM Monday, November 26 at the Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk.  The Rev. Harry Conner officiated.

Memorials may be made to FENCE, 500 Hunting County Road, Tryon, NC 28782 or to Foothills Humane Society, PO Box 126, Tryon, NC 28782.

 

Willard E. Berg     1990.11.18

Willard E. “Slim” Berg, 76, of Lee, died Saturday, November 24, 1990 at his home.

He was born July 12, 1914 in Milan Township, the son of Oscar T. D. and Ada (Eames) Berg.

He marred Dorothy M. Hall September 28, 1940 in Creston.

He was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church of rural Lee.  He was a former member of the Calvary Lutheran Council.  He was a president of the Union Cemetery Board, served on the Lee Village Board for many years and was a member of the Lee Lions Club.  He farmed in rural Lee for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Lee; a son, Roger (Rhonda) Berg of Lee; two daughters, Dianne (David) George of Lee and Donna (Tom) Alford of Sycamore; a brother, Leonard (Josephine) Berg of Rochelle; three sisters, Alma Berg of Shabbona, Hazel Johnson of Lee and Edna Barker of Rochelle; six grandchildren, Michelle (Brian) Mathews, Shawn and Kristen George, Heather and Daniel Berg and Jameson Storey.

He was preceded in death by six brothers, Ralph, Stanley, Chester, Orlando Harold and Charles Berg; two sisters, Edith Jordal and Dorothy Phelps; and a daughter-in-law, Deborah Berg.

Funeral services were at 11 AM Tuesday at the Calvary Lutheran Church with the Rev. Donald Myhres officiating.  Burial was in the Union Cemetery, rural Steward.

 

Delores Schmidt Fralick     1990.11.19

Delores Schmidt Fralick, age 70, of Hobe Sound, FL, died November 21, 1990.  She was born in Waterman, IL, and had been a resident of Hobe Sound and Tequesta for eight years, coming from Grosse Pointe, MI.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Tequesta and, Tequesta Country Club and the Eaglewood Country Club, the PEO Sisterhood AO Chapter, the Young Women’s Home Association for Detroit, and the Junior Group of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit.

Delores is survived by her husband, John F. Fralick, II; two sons, John F. Fralick III of Cleveland Heights, Ohio and Bruce E. Fralick of Grosse Pointe Woods, MI; two grandchildren, Kelly and Peter Fralick of Cleveland Heights, OH; and three aunts, Martha Poffenbarger, Ann Klomhaus and Selma Halverson.  She was predeceased by her parents, Edwin F. and Emma (Klomhaus) Schmidt, and sister, Generva.

A memorial service will be held at 1 PM Saturday, December 1, 1990 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 324 West McKinley Avenue, Hinckley with Rev. Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment will be in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk, IL.

Those who wish, may make contributions to the Junior Group of Goodwill Industries, 3132 Trumbull Avenue, Detroit, MI 48216 or the American Cancer Society, 357 Cypress Drive, Suite 13, Tequesta, FL 33469.

 

Harry F. Hardy    1990.11.20

Harry F. Hardy, 80, of Englewood, FL, formerly of Lee and DeKalb, died Friday, November 30, 1990 in Englewood.

He was born on July 20, 1910, the son of Charles and Margaret (Miller) Hardy in Elgin.  He married Frances M. Gornick.

He owned Hardy’s Sporting Goods Store in Longville, MN, and was the vice president of the Michigan Photo Shutter Company in Kalamazoo, MI.

He was a member of the Englewood Elks Lodge No. 2378 and a legionnaire of the Loyal Order of Moose of Englewood.  He was an Army World War II veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Frances, of Englewood; two daughters, Carol Cagle, of Portage, MI, and Beverly Chambers of Wellmar, MI; one sister, Thelma Kehm of Shabbona; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

There was an Elks Lodge of Sorrow service at the Lemon Bay Funeral Home in Florida on Monday at 2 PM.  Cremation followed.

 

Roy A. C. Craigmile     1990.12.22

Roy A. C. Craigmile, 81, of Waterman, passed away Saturday, December 15, 1990 at the Shabbona Health Care Center in Shabbona, IL.

He was born May 1, 1909 in West Union, OH, the son of Arthur and Myrtle (Spohn) Craigmile.  On November 11, 1938 he married Ardella Serby.

Mr. Craigmile farmed in the Waterman area for many years.  He was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church, of which he held several church offices, active in Farm Bureau and Masonic Lodge AF & AM 728.

Survivors include his wife, Ardella, three children, Mrs. Nancy (Gary) Smith, of Riverton, IL; Mrs. Betty (James) Olson, of Waterman; Mrs. Ruth (Robert) Aageson of Oswego; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one brother, Paul, of Malta, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 18, 1990 at the Waterman Methodist Church at 11 AM with Rev. Paul Zeman officiating.  Interment followed in Fairview Cemetery.

Lulu Beaver Doner Hamilton     1990.12.23

Lulu B. Hamilton, 87, of DeKalb, formerly of Hinckley, passed away these Wednesday December 12, 1990 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born March 6, 1903 in Melvin (near Red Oak), IA, the daughter of Robert and Carrie Beaver.

She had owned and operated the Hamilton’s Restaurant in Hinckley for many years, worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Aurora and was a homemaker.

Survivors include her four children: Lloyd (Mae Marie) Doner of DeKalb, Roger (Wilma) Doner of Broken Bow, OK, Gerald (Sharon) Hamilton of Auburn, CA and Karen “Cookie” Kline of Hinckley; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands and a son, James Doner.

Graveside services were held on Friday, December 14, 1990 at 1 PM at the Spring Lake Cemetery, Aurora with Rev. Paul Gerardy officiating.

 

Geraldine F. Edge Latimer     1990.12.24

Geraldine (Geri) F. Latimer passed away on Sunday, December 30, 1990 at the Mt. Vernon Hospital at Alexandria, VA.

She was born February 17, 1922 at Meriden, IL, the daughter of Francis and Edna (Johnson) Edge.

She married Raymond L. Latimer on March 30, 1946 at the Hinckley Methodist Church, Hinckley, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Col. Latimer in 1989, a sister, Frances Shields and an infant granddaughter, Marcie  Hawes.

She is survived by one daughter, Nancy (Patrick) Hawes of McLean, VA; three sons, Michael (Marianne) Latimer of Copenhagen, Denmark, Edward Latimer of Bluemont, VA and James (Tammy) Latimer of Manassas, VA; three grandchildren, Sharon Hawes, Bryce and Alexandria Latimer; four sisters, Irene (Clark) Nehring, Hinckley, IL, Virginia (Donald) Lundeen, Sycamore, IL, Shirley (Otto) Huebner, Carmel Valley, CA and Annette (Robert) Clayton, Montgomery, IL; one brother, Robert (Ingrid) Edge, Aurora, CO and a dear niece, Sharon (Richard) Samuelson, Portage, IN, also her aunt Alice (Julius) Foss of Rockford, IL and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the Ives Pearson Funeral Home, 2847 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA on Friday, January 4 at 12 noon.  Burial will be with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Visitation will be on Thursday evening from 7 PM to 9 PM.

 

Kenneth H. Schule     1991.01.14

Kenneth H. Schule, 85, of Hinckley, passed away Tuesday, January 8, 1991 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born February 17, 1905 in Pierce Township, the son of John and Alma (Mack) Schule.

On June 14, 1924 he married Mildred Burmester in Hinckley.  Kenneth was a farmer and did masonry work.  He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley and actively involved with the dartball league at his church, and with the brotherhood.  He worked at the loan company in Hinckley since 1978, until his illness.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred, of Hinckley, a son, Eugene (Anna) Schule from Aurora, and also a brother, Sylvester “Mac” Schule also of Aurora.  Also surviving are four grandchildren, Mrs. Susan (Michael) Hackworth of Springfield, MO, Michael Schule of Chandler, AZ, Gina (William) Johnson, Glendale, CA, Brian Schule, of Oswego, IL, and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Col. Ronald Schule, and one brother, Manley Schule.

Funeral services will be on Friday, January 11, at 1:30 PM at the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, with Rev. Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 10, 1991 from 4-8 PM at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Hinckley.

 

Frank M. Winckler Sr.     1991.01.15

Frank M. Winckler, Sr., 96, formerly of Big Rock, passed away Wednesday, January 9, 1991 at Hillside Nursing Center in Yorkville.  He was born September 4, 1894 in Naperville, the son of the late Frank and Mary (Bonifas) Winckler.

Mr. Winckler farmed in the Naperville and Big Rock areas during his lifetime and was a lifetime member of the Farm Bureau and the Big Rock Volunteer Fire Department.  He was active with the 4-H. Youth Group and was an avid sportsman during his lifetime.

Survivors include his wife, Jessie (Eichelberger), formerly of Big Rock, now of Yorkville, to whom he was married on November 2, 1915; two sons, Frank P. (Doris) Winckler, of Plano and William (Charlotte) Winckler, of Erie, IL; a daughter, Shirley Davies, of Montgomery; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jessie, in infancy; three brothers; three sisters; a son-in-law, Wesley Davies and a great-grandson, Kevin Winckler.

Private funeral services were held on Saturday at the Healy Chapel in Aurora.  Burial was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Contributions in his memory may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Harold V. Asselborn     1991.01.16

Harold V. Asselborn, 79, of Aurora, passed away suddenly, January 13, 1991 at Mercy Center Hospital.  He was born on August 26, 1911 in Aurora.

Mr. Asselborn was employed by Batavia Dairy for thirty years and by Aurora National Bank for 15 years until his retirement in 1985.  He was a member of St. Rita of Cascia Church, the Teamsters Local Union #423, the Loyal Order of the Moose #400 and he Knights of Columbus #736.

Survivors include his wife, Loretta R.  (Feltes), of Aurora; three sons, Larry (Donna) of Hinckley, Ronald (Judi) of Batavia and Dean (Patti) of Englewood, CO; three daughters, Mrs. Frank (Kay) Medernach, of Aurora, Mrs. Ron (Donna) Dieter of Galva, IL and Mrs. Chris (Debbie) Cotter, of Aurora; 15 grandchildren; one sister, Ione Skinner, of Macon, MO and two nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Magdalena (Ott) Asselborn; two sisters and one brother.

 The funeral was from the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary on Wednesday, January 16 at 10 AM to St. Rita of Cascia Church for concelebrated funeral mass at 10:30 AM, Fr. Robert J. Willhite, the principal celebrant with Fr. Clemint Petit and Father Edmund Petit concelebrating with interment in Marywood Cemetery.

 

William Crowell Spencer     1991.01.17

William Crowell Spencer, age 91, of Waterman, IL, passed away on Friday, January 18, 1991 at Sandwich Community Hospital.

Born November 12, 1899 in Kendallville, NY, the son of Irving W. and Belle Crowell Spencer, he graduated from high school in Phoenix, NY in 1917 and Syracuse University in 1921.  He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.

On May 14, 1955 he was united in marriage with Amy Partridge in Highland, IL, and they moved to Waterman the following year when he became affiliated with the Ho-Ka Turkey Farm.

A salesman most of his adult life, he spent a number of years as District Manager for the feed department of Swift & Co..  For almost 20 years after the normal age of retirement, he worked in sales promotion for the Vernon Co. of Newton, IA.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Lions Club of Waterman, having filled a number of elected offices in both.

He is survived by a sister, Margaret Wilson of Asheville, NC and a niece, Mary Safford of Manchester, NH, as well as his stepchildren, James Partridge of Davenport, IA and Roberta Partridge Graff of Seven Lakes, NC.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, and his wife, Amy, a brother, Harold and his parents.

Funeral services will be held in the Waterman Methodist Church on Friday, January 25, 1991 at 1 PM and burial will be at North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman, IL.

Visitation will be from 7-9 PM on Thursday, January 24, 1991 at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman.

 

Lucille Severson Baker     1991.01.18

Lucille S. Baker, 82, of Waterman, died Saturday, January 26, 1991 at her home.

She was born September 4, 1908, in Ellsworth, IA, the daughter of Edward Severson and Allie Narland Severson.  She married Vernon T. Baker on June 30, 1934, in Ellsworth.

She was a homemaker for many years and attended Waterman United Methodist Church.  She was a member of the Methodist Women Naomi Circle.

Survivors include one daughter, Diane (Lance) Veit of Fort Wayne, IN; two sons, Roger (Sue) Baker of Ely, MN, and David (Norraine) Baker of Champaign; one sister, Eloise (Wilber) Galloway of Marshalltown, IA; twelve grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters and one brother.

Funeral services were Tuesday at the 11 AM at the Waterman United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Paul Zeman officiating.  Burial was in the Leland Cemetery in Leland.

 

Edwin E. Carls     1991.01.19

Edwin E. Carls, 77, of Monroe Center, died Monday, January 22, 1991 at home.

He was born on March 5, 1913 near Flanagan, IL, to John and Hattie (Meyer) Carls.  He married Esther F. Schultz on August 15, 1936 in Rochelle.

He was a district manager at IDS and retired in 1984.  He also owned a grocery store in Monroe Center from 1936 to 1954.

He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Lindenwood and was a charter member of the Monroe Center Fire Department and former member of the Monroe Center Lions Club.

He is survived by his wife, Esther of Monroe Center; one son, Arland, of Hinckley; two brothers, Ernest of Sycamore and Elmer (Rose) of Vero Beach, FL; two sisters, Elsie Hewitt of Rochelle and Lucille (James) Cave of Monroe Center; three grandchildren, Tracy, Vicki and Derek Carls all of Hinckley; 10 nieces and eight nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Wilbert, Simon and Herman; one sister, Loraine Storey and two nephews.

Funeral services were held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lindenwood, IL, Saturday at 10 AM with the Rev. Floyd Loeschke officiating.  Burial was at the Trinity Memorial Gardens in Rochelle.

 

Henry L. Leifheit     1991.01.20

Henry L. Leifheit, 82, of Sugar Grove, IL, passed away on Thursday, January 31, 1991 at countryside Health Care Center in Aurora, IL.

Mr. Leifheit was born in Hinckley, IL on December 24, 1908 to William Leifheit and Anna (Jacobson) Leifheit.  He was married to Ruth Campbell, who passed away and later he married Gladys Kostka in Aurora on December 1, 1950.

Mr. Leifheit was a meat cutter at Walt’s Super Market in Aurora for many years.  He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Aurora and was a member of Aurora #400 Moose Lodge for over 30 years.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys, of Sugar Grove, his sons, Kenneth (Marie) Leifheit, Elburn, IL and Gene (Joan) Leifheit of Boulder Hill, IL, two stepsons, Dean (Marilyn) Gobel of Elburn, IL, Bruce (Kathy) Gobel of Puerto Rico, and a stepdaughter, Joan (James) Dunlap of Aurora, IL, 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and a brother, Arnold (Mary) Leifheit of Hinckley, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Ruth.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 PM on Monday, February 4, 1991 at Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley with Rev. Donald Balgeman officiating.  Burial was at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Hinckley.

 

Hazel Eleanor Montavon Rosenkrans Mizel     1991.01.21

Hazel Eleanor Mizel, 87, passed away at Heritage Park Manner, Littleton, CO on Thursday, January 31, 1991.

Mrs. Mizel was born in Compton, IL on September 17, 1903.  She was the daughter of Just E. Montavon and Carrie Bauer Montavon.  On Feb. 22, 1928, she married Forest Dennison Rosenkrans, who preceded her in death.  She later married William Frank Mizel on June 19, 1954.

Mrs. Mizel was a teacher at Paw Paw, IL for many years and a substitute teacher in Waterman, IL.  She was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church and the Methodist Church Circle.  She was also a member of the Compton, IL Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include her son, Donald DeForest Rosenkrans (Mollie) of Englewood, CO, a grandson, Donald (Kathy) Rosenkrans, Jr. of Castle Rock, CO and a granddaughter, Nancy R. Sutton (James) of Ketchum, ID.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, a brother and a sister.

Funeral services were Monday, February 4, 1991 at 11 AM at the United Methodist Church in Waterman, IL, Pastor  Mark Tammen officiating.  Burial was at Wyoming Township Cemetery, Paw Paw, IL.

 

Etta Ann Conner Seely     1991.01.22

Etta Ann Seely, former resident of Waterman Garden Apartments, died New Year’s Day (January 1, 1991) in St. Joseph Medical Center, Joliet.  She was 91.

Mrs. Seely was an honor graduate of the Metropolitan Business College of Chicago.  She received achievement recognition as a 4-H. Club and Girl Scout Leader and was active as a pianist and Sunday School teacher in the Baptist Church.  She received awards as an RSVP Volunteer for helping with nutrition planning for senior citizen lunches.

Surviving are her brother, Richard Conner, of Aurora; daughters, Helen Myers of Joliet and Ruth Dozier of La Mesa, CA; and one granddaughter.

Mrs. Seely was predeceased by her husband, Gerald, in 1976 after 53 years of marriage.

A memorial service was held in Joliet.  Memorials may be directed to the Messiah Lutheran Church in Joliet or the Moody Bible Institute.

 

Florence M. Kussman Stillman     1991.01.23

Florence M. Stillman, 84, of Elburn, passed away Monday, January 28, 1991 at the Pine View Health Care Center in St. Charles, where she had recently become a resident.  She was born on June 18, 1906 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Edward A. and Eva Rose (Cozdic) Kussman.

Following graduation from Morton East High School in Cicero, she attended secretarial college and became employed with the advertising firm of Stack & Goble in Chicago.

On August 15, 1930, she was united in marriage to Merle C. Stillman and they made their home in Berwyn, IL.  Later, after moving to Dubuque for a time, they returned to Winfield, IL, and then moved to Elburn to make their home on Kansas Street.  After Merle’s death in 1984, Florence continued to make her home there until recently when ill health necessitated complete nursing care.

A lifelong active member of her church, wherever she made her home, Florence was a member of the Elburn Community Congregational Church, the Women’s Guild and the Sunset Swingers Club.

Survivors include three daughters, Alice (Harry) Erickson, of Hinckley, Leland (Kenneth) Havlik, of Winfield, and Eva (George) Winton of Groton, MA.  In addition, she leaves 11 grandchildren, Kenneth Havlik, of Aurora, Cheryl Qualls of Wasco, April Foote, of West Chicago, Beth Middlebrooks, of Georgia, Jeffrey Winton, of Florida, Lisa Streit, of Georgia, Tamara Parker, of Tennessee, Scott and Jon Winton, of Massachusetts, Linnea Windel, of St. Charles, and Mark Erickson, of Rockford, and 13 grandchildren.

The Rev. Robert Anderson, Pastor of her church, conducted private graveside funeral services on Thursday, January 31 at Blackberry Cemetery in Elburn.

Memorials in her name may be made c/o the Elburn Community Congregational Church, Shannon Street, Elburn, IL 60119.

 

Myra E. Kuter Schoeniger     1991.02.15

Myra E. (Kuter) Schoeniger, 86, of Dixon, IL died Monday, February 4, 1991 after a sudden illness at K. S. B. Hospital in Dixon, IL.  She was born June 24, 1904 at Hinckley, IL.

Mrs. Schoeniger was employed as a teacher in the East Aurora School District; and also taught in Somonauk, Hinckley and Kirkland schools.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Dixon.

Survivors include one sister, Harriet (Royce) Daws of Forreston; two brothers, Marion (Winnifred) Kuter of Loves Park, IL; Paul (Virginia) Kuter of Dixon, IL; several nieces and nephews and four step grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Schoeniger; her parents, Alvin and R. Sarah (James) Kuter; her stepdaughter, Esther Behr; one sister, Beulah Thompson and her brother, James Kuter.

The funeral will be at 10:30 AM on Friday, February 8 at the Bethany of Fox Valley United Methodist Church where she will lie in state from 9:30 AM until the funeral hour.

Rev. Thomas Babler will officiate with burial in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 PM on Thursday at the Dieterle Memorial Home.

 

 

 

Irma B. Lash  Hambly     1991.02.16

Irma B. Hambly, 89, of Aurora, died Friday, February 8, 1991 at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born July 3, 1901 in Big Rock, the daughter of the late Louis and Mamie (Cate) Lash.

Mrs. Hambly was a member of the Marion Avenue Baptist Church and had been employed by the Paramount Stationers and Copley Hospital for many years.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Betty (Clifford) Smith of Aurora; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren;  1 brother, Albert Lash of Big Rock; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Hambly in 1979.

Funeral services were held from the Healy Chapel on Monday, February 11, at 2 PM.  The Rev. C. Orville Kool officiating.  Burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park.

Contributions in her memory may be given to Marion Avenue Baptist Church.

 

Carol Sue Wilson Beatty     1991.02.17

Carol Sue (Wilson) Beatty, 45, of Council Bluffs, IA, formerly of Waterman, died Saturday, February 2, 1991 in Omaha, NE.

She was born October 10, 1945 in Beardstown, the daughter of Norvell and Mary (Bowman) Wilson.

She lived in Council Bluffs for 29 years and worked at the Council Bluffs Care Center as a registered nurse for eight years.  She also attended Iowa Western Community College.

She is survived by two daughters, Christine Sue Beatty and Deanna Jean Beatty and one son, Gary Dean Beatty, all of Council Bluffs, IA; her mother, Mary Wilson of Waterman; four brothers, Douglas Wilson of Aurora, Bill (Rita) Wilson of Hinckley, Larry Wilson of Waterman, Charles Wilson of Rochelle; two sisters, Linda (Earl) Beck of Waterman and Patty (Jeff) Smith of Waterman and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, two brothers and two sisters.

Burial was at North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.

 

Ora M. Hartman Rimsnider     1991.02.18

Ora M. Rimsnider, 87, of Aurora, IL, formerly of Hinckley, IL passed away on Thursday, February 14, 1991, at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL.

She was born in Big Rock, IL to Edward and Anna (Weddige) Hartman on July 1, 1903.  She married Orin G. Rimsnider on February 18, 1925 in Hinckley, IL.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, in Hinckley, IL and a member of the Women’s Guild.  She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Orin G. Rimsnider, her daughter, Blanche Hundley of Aurora, IL, her son, Don Rimsnider of New Orleans, LA, three grandchildren, Kim (Debbie) Darrow of Aurora, IL, Jan Darrow of Huntington Beach, CA, Joe Darrow, of Aurora, IL, and one great-grandson, Robbie Darrow of Aurora, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Harry Hartman, Alvin Hartman, Rollin Hartman and Oakley Hartman, one sister, Hazel Wahlgren, and her son-in-law, Tom Darrow.

Funeral services were at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley on Sunday, February 17, 1991 at 2 PM with Rev. Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.

Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.

 

Ethel M. Wilcox Price     1991.02.19

Ethel M. Price, 96, of Sandwich, IL, formerly of Hinckley, passed away on Sunday, February 17, 1991 at Willowcrest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich.  She was born on January 15, 1895 in Chicago, IL.  She was the daughter of Hoyt and Margaret “McClellan” Wilcox.  On November 25, 1915, she married Howard Price in Hinckley.

Mrs. Price was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church and she was a homemaker.

She is survived by her daughters, Cleo Freundt, of DeKalb, IL and Marge (Robert) Hage of Sandwich, IL, her son, Howard “Jack” (Isabel) Price of Naperville, IL, nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Services were held at 10 AM on Wednesday, February 20, 1991 at Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, with Rev. Paul Gerardy officiating.

Burial was at West Big Rock Cemetery, Big Rock, IL.

 

Bessie Irene Malmgren Lee     1991.02.20

Bessie Irene Lee, 86, of Kansas City, MO, formerly of Big Rock, IL passed away on Thursday, February 14, 1991 at St. Joseph Health Care Center in Kansas City.

She was born in Aurora, IL on November 15, 1904 to August Malmgren and Laura Stead Malmgren.  She married Dan Lee in Aurora, IL on February 6, 1926.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Big Rock and had also been active in the Girl Scouts and the Home Bureau.  She managed the Big Rock School Cafeteria for many years.

She is survived by her daughter, Virginia Coster, of Kansas City, MO, three grandchildren, Diane (Ken) Wilson of Escondido, CA, John Coster of Rock Island, IL and Dr. James (Suzanne) Coster of Rochester, MN, two brothers, Marshall (Mary) Malmgren of Aurora, IL and Rev. Stanley (Margaret) Malmgren of Bismarck, ND, two sisters, Mrs. Gladys Jones of Big Rock, IL and Mrs. Louise Nelson of Aurora, IL, several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan Lee.

Services were held at 10 AM on Monday, February 18, 1991 at the First Baptist Church of Big Rock with the Reverend Carl Malmgren officiating.

Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

 

Louise Schnibbe Lange     1991.02.21

Louise Lange, 89, of Waterman Garden Apartments, Waterman, died Wednesday, February 20, 1991 at Willowcrest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich.

She was born May 3, 1901, in Waterman, the daughter of William and Dorette (Specht) Schnibbe.  She married August Lange, September 4, 1922, in Waterman.

She and her husband farmed for many years and later she was a seamstress at the Reliable in DeKalb.  She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.  She belonged to the Ladies Aid.

She is survived by her son, William (Violet) Lange of Waterman; a granddaughter, Ruth Ann Fuller Smith of DeKalb; one niece, Bernice (Darrell) Rhodes of Omaha, NE; two nephews, Fred (Margret) Klages of Bradenton, FL, and Kenneth (Elinor) Klages of DeKalb.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Emma Klages; a brother, Otto Schnibbe; and a daughter and son-in-law, Hazel and Russell Fuller.

Services were held at 1 PM Saturday at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman with the Reverend Donald Balgeman officiating.  Burial was at North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.

 

George F. Johanningsmeier     1901.02.22

George F. Johanningsmeier, 90, of Kingston, died Sunday, February 24, 1991 at Northwoods Health Care Center, Belvidere.

He was born May 6, 1900, in Garden Prairie, the son of Frederick H. and Wilhelmina (Kampfranz) Johanningsmeier.  He married Erma C. Dassow January 6, 1922 in Rockford.

He farmed most of his life in Boone and DeKalb Counties, and was a former janitor at the DeKalb High School and Falls Products, Genoa.

Survivors include his wife, Erma of Kingston; one daughter, Genevieve (LeRoy) Wells of Leaf River; one son, Donald D. (Marjorie) Johanningsmeier, of Hinckley; three sisters, Martha Cordray of Garden Prairie, Alvinie (Paul) Bloomingdale of South Carolina, Bertha (Ernest) Bosselman of Tampa, FL; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; two sisters; one daughter, Mildred Fruit; and one infant grandson.

Funeral services were held at 8 PM Tuesday at the Cooper-Sullivan Funeral Home, Genoa with the Reverend Harold Schmidt officiating.  Burial was at Kingston Cemetery.

 

Christine Johanne Larsen Nielsen     1991.02.23

Christine Johanne Nielsen, 72, formerly of Lombard, passed away February 23, 1991, following a long illness.  She resided at the Hillside Health Care Center, Yorkville, IL.  She was born August 5, 1918, in Dwight, IL.

She was the daughter of Hans and Marie Larsen, and had three brothers, Lars, Gerald and Don.  On September 5, 1942, Chris married Holger Nielsen in Little Rock, AR, while Holger was in the Army.

She is survived by her husband, Holger, and three children, Audrey Ann (Larry) Hoffman of Hinckley; Betty (Jim) Landmeier of Upland, CA; and Don (Debbie) Nielsen of Oswego.

She had nine granddaughters and three grandsons.  She also shared a special friendship with Bea Johnson since primary school.  She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Edith and brother, Albert.

Funeral services were at 8 PM Monday, February 25, 1991 at Larson-Nelson Funeral Home with the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

 

Hipolito M. Apodaca     1991.02.24

Hipolito M. Apodaca, 86, of Aurora, passed away on Monday, February 25, 1991 at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born on August 2, 1904 in Socorro, NM.

He was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel and the AFL-CIO Railroad Union.

Survivors include his wife, Lazara (Davila) Apodaca, of Aurora; two sons, Joe (Cindy) Apodaca, of Hinckley and Robert Apodaca, of Aurora; his daughter, Mrs. Rosemary Comstock, of Aurora; three brothers, Fred Apodaca, of Las Cruces, NM, Kenny Apodaca, of El Paso, TX and Tino Apodaca, of California; three sisters, Mrs. Jesuita Apodaca, of El Paso, TX, Mrs. Soila Mendez, Alamogordo, NM and Mrs. Romona Licon, of El Paso, TX; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Vivianita Apodaca; one son, Richard Apodaca and his sister, Sophia Cortinas.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, February 28 at the Dieterle Memorial Home to Our Lady of Good Counsel at 10 AM.  Father Edward F. Gillespie will officiate with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church Mass Donations in his memory.

 

Florence E. Windom Miller     1991.02.25

Florence E. Miller, 76, of Shabbona, died Saturday, February 23, 1991, at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

She was born August 28, 1914, in Nodaway, IA, the daughter of Lew and Gertrude (Winchell) Windom.  She married Lorenzo Miller July 4, 1935, in Princeton.

She moved to the Shabbona in 1933 from Iowa and held various jobs as a cook in Shabbona and also served as a cook for many years at the Shabbona Nursing Home.

Survivors include three sisters, Marguerite Wilcox of Winnebago, Dorothy Hill of Yorktown, VA, and Betty (Roger) Stewart of Oskaloosa, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Warren (Dolores) Miller of Shabbona.

She was preceded in death by her husband on December 28, 1979, and a sister, Ruth Maifield in 1974.

Funeral services were held at 9:30 AM Tuesday at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona, with the Reverend Evelyn J. Dickerson, minister of the United Church of Christ, officiating.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.

 

Albert K. Johnson     1991.02.26

Albert K. “Al” Johnson, 73, of DeKalb, died Wednesday, February 20, 1991 in Myrtle Beach, SC.

He was born February 16, 1918, in Finland, the son of Abel and Laine Johnson.  He married Loraine U. Driver in Marengo on March 10, 1940.

He owned and operated Johnson Auto Service for 35 years and attended the Cortland United Methodist Church.

He was a member of the DeKalb Lions Club, of which he served as past president, was a life member of the DeKalb Elks Lodge 765, and was a member of the Kishwaukee Ham Radio Operators Club, serving as past president.

He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was a member of the American Legion Post 66 in DeKalb.  He was also a member of the DeKalb Masonic Lodge, was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Tebula Shrine Temple in Rockford.

Survivors include his wife, Loraine; two sons, Albert H. (Carol) Johnson of Waterman and Charles (Diane) Johnson of DeKalb; one daughter, Betty Scarbrough of DeKalb; 11 grandchildren, Dana, Dennis, Nicole, Charles, Steve, Julie, Susie Poly and Toesanna Johnson, Brent and Kari Scarbrough; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held at 2 PM Tuesday at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb with Rev. Warren Lowe officiating.  Burial was in the Fairview Park Cemetery.

 

Willard L. Norton     1991.02.27

Willard L. Norton, 66, of Barb City Manor, formerly of Shabbona, died Tuesday, February 26, 1991, at Barb City Manor.

He was born on October 3, 1924, in Ottawa, the son of Harry and Julia (Hilleson) Norton.

He served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Lee.  He also served as a custodian at Barb City Manor.

Survivors include his brother, Donald (Myrtle) Norton of Shabbona; his aunt, Mabel Halloway of Paw Paw; three nieces; four great-nieces and great-nephews; and one great great-niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 AM Friday at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona, with the Reverend Steven Woita officiating.  Burial was in the First Lutheran Cemetery in Lee.

 

Dorothy E. Sanderson Strausberger     1991.03.23

Dorothy E. Strausberger, 73, of Waterman, passed away on Monday, March 4, 1991 at her home.  She was born on August 7, 1917 in Lee, IL, the daughter of Lawrence and Nora (Peterson) Sanderson.

She married Herbert G. Strausberger on July 18, 1942.  She was employed by the Northern Illinois University Library for 20 years retiring in 1985.  She was at an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in DeKalb.

Survivors include her husband, Herbert, three sons: James Strausberger, of Waterman, Robert (Barbara) Strausberger, of Waterman, and Dale (Mona) Strausberger of Hinckley; three daughters, Diane Leifheit of DeKalb, Nancy (John) Didier of Burlington, WI, and Cheryl Strausberger of DeKalb, two brothers, Robert and James Sanderson, both of DeKalb, one sister, Lois Johnson of DeKalb, eight grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, one great-grandson and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held on Wednesday, March 6, 1991 at 1 PM at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb with the Reverend Howard Jacobson of Trinity Lutheran Church officiating.  Burial was in Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.

 

Rufus B. Henderson     1991.03.24

Rufus B. Henderson, 61, of DeKalb, died Sunday, March 24, 1991 at his home.

He was born September 29, 1929, in Winfield, AL, the son of Jess and Artie Lee (Keennam) Henderson.

He married Margaret Annette Ziegler, December 31, 1968 in DeKalb.

He had been employed at Richardson’s Company in Melrose Park for ten years and continued to work for Spaulding in DeKalb for 36½ years until his retirement in 1989.

He was a member of the DeKalb County Sheriffs Department radio watch.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of the DeKalb County Ham Radio Club.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret of DeKalb; three daughters, Jutitta (David) Leiser III, Cindy (Ferrie) Corral, Suzie Henderson; one son, Randy Henderson, all of California; four grandchildren, Jennifer, David IV; and, Autumn Leiser and Coty Corral; his father, Jess, of Winfield; two brothers, J. T. Henderson and John Henderson, both of Baltimore, MD; three sisters, Ruby Lee (Tom) Snider of Woodleaf, NC, Jesse Merle (Luman) Evans of the Tuscoumbia, AL, and Juritta (Benny Jo) Clements of Sachse, TX and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, stepmother and one daughter.

Funeral services were held at 10 AM Wednesday at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb with the Reverend Bob J. Waddell of the New Hope Baptist Church officiating.  Burial was in the East Pierce Cemetery in Park Park.

 

Gayle N. Neubauer Hoggins     1991.04.25

Gayle N. Hoggins, age 63, died Sunday, April 7, 1991 at Parkway Terrace Nursing Home in Wheaton, IL.  She was a former resident of Hinckley, IL and Tulsa, OK.  She was a graduate of Hinckley High School and received a degree in journalism from the University of Illinois.  She was employed in the field of advertising, having worked in South Bend, IN, Chicago, IL, NY and Tulsa, OK.  She is survived by her sisters, Joyce (Norman) Olsen of Hinckley, and Gwen Neubauer of Wheaton, IL, a niece and nephew.  She was preceded in death by her husband, James P. Hoggins and her parents, Arthur and Elizabeth Neubauer.

Graveside services were held Wednesday at 1 PM at the Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.

 

Elmer W. Carls     1991.04.26

Elmer W. Carls, 76, of Vero Beach, FL, formerly of Hinckley, passed away Monday, April 8, 1991 in Indian River Memorial Hospital, Vero Beach.  He was born February 15, 1915 in Flanagan, IL, the son of John and Hattie Meyer Carls.

He married Rosa P. Garman in Sycamore on September 28, 1940.

Mr. Carls was an Army veteran of World War II having served with the field artillery.  He was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Vero Beach, Veteran of Foreign Wars and American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Rose, Vero Beach, one daughter, Diana (Jim) Booker, Rockford; one daughter-in-law, Sharon Carls, Hinckley; seven grandchildren, Michael Lindgren, Peter Lindgren, Sandra Lindgren, Connie (Terald) Brue, Richard Carls, Randy Carls and Christy Carls; two step grandchildren, Sandra Booker and Dusty Booker; one brother, Ernest Carls, Sycamore; two sisters, Elsie Hewitt, Rochelle, and Lucille (James) Cave, Monroe Center; 10 nieces and 12 nephews.

He was predeceased by one son, Richard Carls; four brothers, Wilbert, Simon, Herman and Edwin, and one sister, Loraine Storey.

Private family services will be held with arrangements by Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach, FL.  Memorials may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.

 

Artillis L. Taylor     1991.04.27

Artillis L. Taylor, 76, of Big Rock passed away Saturday, April 6, 1991 at Mercy Center Hospital.  He was born October 2, 1914 in Benton Harbor, MI.

He was employed at Barber-Greene for 15 years until 1963; in 1966 he moved to Benton Harbor, MI to work on his family’s fruit farm; and in 1985 he moved to Big Rock.

Survivors include his wife, Betty M. Taylor of Big Rock; two sons, Artillis G. (Vivian) Taylor of Kansas City, MO and Gregory R. (Mary) Taylor of Aurora; three daughters, Judith A. (Rudy) Moore of Iuka, IL, Janet K. Taylor of Pontiac, MI and Karen S. (Robert) Tunnage of Big Rock; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Artillis A. and Adelaide Taylor.

Funeral services were held at 7 PM Tuesday, April 9, 1991 at the Healy Chapel.  The Rev. Arlan H. Brandt officiated.

 

George E. Barton     1991.04.28

George “Bud” Barton, 81, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 1991 at his home.  He was born on January 4, 1910 Big Rock, the son of the late Frank and Ellen (Davies) Barton.

He was married to Ethel B. Shults, of Sugar Grove, on December 14, 1930.  In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II.  He was active for many years in the American Legion Post of Big Rock and was a post commander in 1968 and was post chaplain for 20 years.  After the war, he returned to Aurora and was employed with Philips Petroleum Company as a truck driver and yard man until 1961 when he was employed with the Gem Oil Company as plant foreman, retiring in 1975.  He was a member of the English Congregational Church of Big Rock, of the Titanic Historical Society and was a member of the Sandwich Early Day Engine Club and of the Northern Illinois Steam and Power Club.

Survivors include his sister, Irene (Don) Richards, of Elburn and many nieces and nephews and a host of friends from all over the world.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel on January 20 of this year; his parents, Frank and Ellen (Davies) Barton; two brothers, Frank W. Barton, of Ontario, CA; Clifford a Barton, of Yorkville; three nephews, Wesley Barton, of Aurora, Donald Richards, of Elburn and John Richards of Elburn.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday and 11 AM from the Healy Chapel.  The Reverend Kurt W. Simon will officiate.  Burial be in West Big Rock Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be given to the English Congregational Church.

 

 

 

 

Donald Lloyd Stahl     1991.04.29

Donald Lloyd Stahl, 88, of Hinckley, IL, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 1991 at Sandwich Community Hospital.

He was born October 25, 1902 in DeKalb County to Richard and Mary (Dienst) Stahl.  He was engaged in farming until he retired and was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.

Mr. Stahl is survived by a sister, Irene (Ray) Dienst of Hinckley, a brother, Glenn (Jean) Stahl of Mesa, AZ, two nephews, Norman (Marilyn) Dienst of Hinckley, Leonard (Barbara) Stahl of Sandwich and a niece, Florence (Vern) Berg of Shabbona and several great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Myranda Eberly, a brother Earl Stahl and a brother, Curtis in infancy.

Visitation was at Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley on Friday, April 12, 1991 with the funeral service immediately following.  Pastor Kate Feeney-Bastian officiated.  Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, Hinckley, IL.

 

Orrin G. Rimsnider     1991.04.30

Orrin G. Rimsnider, 87, of North Aurora, formerly of Hinckley, passed away on Saturday, April 13, 1991, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  He was born on July 25, 1903, the son of Charles and Minnie  Baie) Rimsnider.

On February 18, 1925, he married Ora Hartman in Hinckley.  Orin farmed for many years in the Hinckley area and later was an automobile salesman in Hinckley and DeKalb.  He was active in the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and Pure Milk Association.  He belonged to the Loyal Order of Moose in Florida.  He was a great lover of music and had played in several orchestras, and was active in his church choir.  He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.

Mr. Rimsnider is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Blanche Hundley of Aurora; his son, Don Rimsnider of the New Orleans, LA; three grandchildren, Kim (Debbie) Darrow of Aurora, Jan Darrow of Huntington Beach, CA and Joe Darrow of Aurora; and one great-grandchild, Robbie Darrow of Champaign, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Ora, two sisters, Erma Freundt, Elrie Wiley and his son-in-law, Tom Darrow.

Funeral services were held at 11 AM, April 16, 1991, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.  Pastor Kate Feeney-Bastian officiated.  Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery.  Visitation was at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.

 

Beulah Lillibridge Hough     1991.04.31

Beulah Lillibridge Hough, 91, of Aurora, IL passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 1991 at Jennings Terrace.  She had been a resident there since February.

She was born October 6, 1899 in St. Charles, IL where were she has resided for over 80 years.  She was active in many social circles including the St. Charles Country Club and bridge clubs, along with the family-owned business.

In her senior years, she was the weekend cashier at the Mill Race Inn and enjoyed the many opportunities to greet and socialize with her friends.  She was also involved in the DAR and the Eastern Star Chapters in St. Charles.  After moving to Aurora in 1983, she added another community of friends to her list of valued acquaintances.

Survivors include one son, Mark (Valerie) Hough, Butte, MT, one daughter, Marlene (Clifford) Eschenbacher, Chattanooga, TN, six grandchildren: Mark Eschenbacher, Geneva, IL, Karen (Larry) Yaggie, Hinckley, IL, William Hough and Ian Hough, Eugene, OR, Ellen Eschenbacher, Chattanooga, TN and Mary M. Hough of Bozeman, MT, three great-grandchildren: Joshua of Albuquerque, NM and Jay and Ryan of Hinckley, and a dear friend, Shirley Trammell of Aurora, IL.

Beulah was preceded in death by her husband, Mark Harold Hough, in May of 1960, a brother, Duane Lillibridge of Elgin, a sister, Gladys Durstock, of Rockford and a grandson, Winston Hough of Bozeman, MT.

Private funeral services were held on April 13, 1991 from the Healy Chapel.  The Reverend John S. Hall officiated.  Interment was at Union Cemetery in St. Charles.  Contribution in Mrs. Hough’s memory may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, or to the charity of their choice.

 

Hazel Hildred Jandt Weiherman     1991.04.32

Hazel Hildred Weiherman, 82, of Hinckley, passed away on April 28, 1991.  She was born on February 28, 1909, the daughter of Herman and Anna (Dienst) Jandt.

She married Louis Henry Weiherman at St. Paul’s Church in Hinckley on May 7, 1936.  She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley and belonged to the Ladies Guild of the church.  She also belonged to the Valparaiso University Guild and the Hinckley Women’s Club.  She was a manager for an insurance company.

Survivors include her husband, Louis; a daughter, Judy (Jon) R. Schumacher, of Brookfield, WI; four grandchildren, Deborah Schumacher, Jon Schumacher and Kristin Schumacher and Tamara (Thomas) Scheck; one great granddaughter, Katelyn Scheck; two brothers, Howard (Charlotte) Jandt, of Hinckley and Stanley (Alice May) Jandt, of Hinckley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Dennis; one brother, Irvin.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 1, at 11 AM at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.  The Reverend Donald Balgeman officiated.  Burial was at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Hinckley.

 

Harold Ray Hardy Sr.     1991.05.18

Harold Ray Hardy, Sr., 73, of Mulberry, KS, formerly of Waterman, died Thursday, May 9, 1991.

He was born April 1, 1918, in Genoa, the son of Jesse and Carrie May (Huey) Hardy.  He was married to Viola Thompson and later married to Florence Lundgren in DeKalb on September …, 1947.

He was a farmer in the Waterman area for many years.  He was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church.  He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, fighting in the  Battle of the Bulge.

He is survived by his wife, Florence of Mulberry; seven children, Merle Rae (Danny) Cummings of Cambridge, MN, Jesse (Carla) Hardy of Park Park, Harold Ray (Karen) Hardy of Sycamore, John Hardy of DeKalb, Robert (Connie) Hardy and Michael Hardy, both of rural DeKalb, and James Hardy of Mulberry; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 PM Sunday at the Nash-Nelson Chapel and Waterman with the Rev. Paul Zeman officiating.  Burial was in Johnson Grove Cemetery in Waterman.

 

Ruby E. Harner Hanson     1991.05.19

Ruby E. Hanson, 64, of Big Rock, passed away on Friday, May 17, 1991 at her home with her family.  She was born on August 21, 1926 in Chicago.

She attended First Assembly of God Church in Aurora, and was employed at A.T.&T.

Survivors include her mother, Martha Smith Harner, of Warner Robbins, GA; two sons, David A. Hanson and Ronald J. Hanson, both of Big Rock; three daughters, Diane S. Hanson, Sharon K. Hanson, both of Big Rock, and Mrs. Daniel (Carol Ann) Taylor, Jr. of Juneau, AK; two brothers, Merle (Irene) Harner of Perry, GA, and Dale (Biddy) Harner of Clovis, NM.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest R. Hanson; and her father, Charles M. Harner.

Funeral services were held at 1 PM on Tuesday, May 21, 1991, at the Healy Chapel.

Reverend Larry D. Hodge officiated.  Interment was in West Big Rock Cemetery.

Contribution in Mrs. Hanson’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Mildred E. Falk Salfrank     1991.05.20

Mildred E. Salfrank, 86, of Shabbona, formerly of Costa Mesa, CA, died Friday, May 24, 1991 at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

She was born November 28, 1904 in Shabbona, the daughter of Joseph and Rosa (Swanson) Falk.

She was a member of VFW Auxiliary in Costa Mesa, CA.

She is survived by a son, Edward (Marjorie) Miller of Aurora; a daughter, Florence Ruth (Carlos) Spindler of Hines, MN; a brother, Don (Billie) Falk of Shabbona; a sister, Eva (Albert) Underwood of Malta; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by two sons, Andrew and James; two brothers, Olba and John; a sister, Ethel; and two children in infancy.

Graveside services were held at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona with the Reverend Evelyn J. Dickerson of the United Church of Christ of Shabbona officiating.

 

Grace E. Dienst     1991.05.21

Grace E. Dienst, of DeKalb, formerly of Hinckley and Sycamore, died Thursday, May 9, 1991.

She was born on August 2, 1925, the daughter of Arthur H. and Myrtle (Underhill) Dienst.

She was a homemaker and a pianist.  She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.

Survivors include a sister, Wilhelmina Davis of Mesa, AZ; and 12 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Leona Phillips and Gladys Brush.

Funeral services were at 10 AM on Tuesday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel.

 

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  2. Glen Lane, 84, of Hinckley, IL, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 1991 at Sandwich Community Hospital. He was born on December 27, 1907 in Peoria County, IL, the son of Walter and Florence (Ewalt) Lane. On March 18, 1936, he and Ruth Garbelman were married.

He lived most of his life in the Hinckley area and was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church.

Mr. Lane is survived by five sisters, Ruth Peterson of San Jacinto, CA; Irma Sowers of Seattle, WA; Iola Swanson of Morton Grove, IL; Laura Wilkening of Sandwich, IL; Anna Utis of Aurora, IL and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ruth, and one sister, Ethel Holland.

Funeral services were held at 1 PM on Thursday, June 20, 1991 at the Hinckley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Paul Gerardy officiating.  Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.

 

Carl J. Youngen     1991.08.12

Carl J. Youngen, 77, of Big Rock, IL passed away on August 17, 1991 at Elmwood Living Center.

He was a member of Holy Angels Church.  He retired from Clark Equipment Company after 36 years of service.  He served in the 8th Air Force in World War II and was stationed in England.  He was a member of the 96th Bomb Squadron Association, the National Wildlife Federation, the Greenpeace Organization and the Animal Welfare League.

He was the husband of Ethel (Tess) Youngen; Father of Sally (Rob) Wehler; grandfather of Kelly and Randy Wehler, of Mazomanie, WI; brother of Mrs. Elizabeth David of Big Rock and a nephew, Gary of LaJolla, CA and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Jane, and father, Louis Youngen.

Funeral mass was Tuesday at 10 AM at Holy Angels Church.  Father Joseph Lutz officiated, with interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart Fund or the Animal Welfare Association.

 

Betty J. Friesstead  Schou     1991.08.13

Betty J. Schou, 62, of rural Earlville, died Friday, August 16, 1991, at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

She was born January 18, 1929, in DeKalb, the daughter of Arthur and Anna (Cutter) Friestead.  She married Donald Schou on July 30, 1950, at the First United Methodist Church in DeKalb.

She was a member of the Rollo United Church of Christ, a former Sunday School teacher, member of the Diaconate and choir director of the church, member of the Mendota Elks, was an accomplished musician and was active in various arts and crafts.  She owned and operated the Fabric Hutch in Shabbona for 12 years.

Survivors include her husband, Donald of rural Earlville; four sons, Howard (Pat) Schou of Princeton, Gary Schou of Van Nuys, CA, Roger (Pam) Schou of Sacramento, CA, and David (Sharon) Schou of Ridgway; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Howard.

Funeral services were held at 11 AM Tuesday at the Rollo United Church of Christ with the Reverend Dean Funk officiating.  Burial was in Precinct Cemetery, rural Earlville.

 

Joyce Annette Cromer     1991.08.14

Joyce Annette Cromer, 67, of Cicero, IL, formerly of Waterman, passed away Wednesday, August 7, 1991 at Lorretto Hospital in Chicago.

She was born November 6, 1923 in Waterman, the daughter of Fred and Myrtle (Tallman) Cromer.

She is survived by her cousins, Marilyn Fields, of Naperville, Janet (Joseph) Mishodek of Yucaipa, CA and Gerald (Patricia) Daw of Cleveland, OH.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were held at noon on Friday, August 9, 1991 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Waterman with the Reverend Paul Zeman officiating.  Burial was at the North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.

Arrangements were made by Nelson Funeral Homes.

 

Dylan Michael Cornwall     1991.08.15

Dylan Michael Cornwall, infant son of David and Paula Cornwall of Hinckley, passed away on August 28, 1991 at Rockford Memorial Hospital.  He was born August 17, 1991.

Besides his parents, he is survived by his grandmother, Josephine Cornwall.

Funeral services were August 6, 1991 with Rev. Donald Balgeman officiating.  There was a private interment.

 

Delbert R. Smiley     1991.09.13

Delbert R. Smiley, 70, of Queen Creek, AZ, formerly of Waterman, passed away on Monday, September 9, 1991 in Rushville, IL.  He was born in Waterman on November 2, 1920, the son of George and Alta (Parks) Smiley.

He was united in marriage on February 14, 1953 in Dyer, IN to Fredrecia Spears.  He had been a farmer in this area for over 30 years and a truck driver out of this area for fifty years.  He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion of Waterman.

Survivors include his wife, Fredrecia, of Queen Creek, AZ; two children, Kevin (Lesley) Smiley, of Industry, IL and Delita (Carl) Johnson, of Pawkatuck, CT; six grandchildren; one brother, Jack (Joyce) Smiley, of Waterman, and four sisters, Margaret (Ken) Knoblock, of Sarasota, FL, Maureen (Orville) Leisman, of Aurora, IL, Eleanor Evans of Melbourne, FL, and Mary (Chick) Hubbell, of Melbourne, FL.

He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, George Smiley, Jr..

Funeral services took place on Thursday, September 12, 1991 at 11 AM at the Presbyterian Church of Waterman with the Reverend Mark Tamman officiating.  Interment was at the Johnson Grove Cemetery in Waterman.

 

 

 

Maleta Dorothy Weddige Larsen     1991.09.14

Maleta Dorothy Larsen, age 89, of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Hinckley, passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 1991 in Sarasota, FL.

She was the daughter of William Henry George and Laura Elizabeth (Leifheit) Weddige.  She was born in Pierce Township, IL on August 2, 1902.  She was educated at Briercrest, Saskatchewan, Canada.

She was united in marriage to Alfred Larsen on June 18, 1929 in Briercrest, Saskatchewan, Canada.

She was an active member of the United Church of Christ in Hinckley where he was also a member of the Women’s Guild.  She also was a member, along with her husband, of the Farm Bureau for many years.

Survivors include three sons, Arnold W. of Bloomington, IL; Jerry D. (Rubell) of Sarasota, FL, and Robert L. (Irene) of Mendota, IL; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Frank (Lucille) Lockwood of Vancouver, British Columbia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers, Clare, Harold, Irvin, and Melvin, and one sister, Viola.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 21 at 10:30 AM from the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley with the Rev. Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment will take place at the Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.

Friends may call on Friday, September 20 from 4 to 8 PM at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.

 

Dwayne C. Voreis     1991.11.11

Dwayne “Buck” C. Voreis, 72, of Somonauk, passed away on Monday, November 4, 1991 at Sandwich Community Hospital. Dwayne was born on October 30, 1919, the son of Oscar and Orilla (Troeger) Voreis of Sandwich Township.

He was united in marriage on March 5, 1944 to Frances Darling at the DeKalb Methodist Church in DeKalb. Dwayne was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley where he had been on the church council for many years.  He was also a member of the DeKalb Farm Bureau, ASC committeeman and on the Hinckley Fire Department.

Dwayne will be remembered for the 40 years that he was with the Sandwich Fair Association (Night Patrol) and also remembered for his great sense of humor.

Dwayne is survived by his wife, Frances; three children, Charles (Mary Ann) Voreis, of Utica, Richard (Marie) Voreis of North St. Paul, MN, and Diane Lynn Voreis, of Glen Ellyn; five grandchildren, Aaron, Adam, and Angela Voreis, Tim and Jeff Voreis; and one sister Lucille (Walter) French, of Cortland, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Burdette, and one sister Marilyn Edwards.

 Funeral services were held November 7 at the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley with the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.

Interment was at the Oak Mound Cemetery in rural Somonauk.                         CC 11/21/1991

 

Clara Watne Lyon    1991.11.15

Clara Watne Lyon, 90, of McHenry, died Tuesday, November 12, 1991, at the Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry.

She was born on August 13, 1901 in Leland, the daughter of Tobias and Carrie (Larsen) Watne.

She was an elementary school teacher.

Survivors include her husband, Vergil E. Lyon of McHenry; three sisters-in-law, Esther Watne of Shabbona, Wilma Watne of Hinckley, and Anna Bowgren of Hinckley; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and infant sister.

Funeral services were held November 15 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, with the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating. Burial was in the Johnson Grove Cemetery in Waterman.                                 CC 11/21/1991

 

Minnie B. Wieser Carpenter Thurow     1991.11.16

Minnie B. Thurow, 93, of Plano, died Sunday, November 10, 1991, at the Sandwich Community Hospital in Sandwich.

She was born September 27, 1898, in Buffalo, NY. the daughter of Adam and Augusta (Kapahnke) Wieser. She married George Carpenter of Big Rock.

She and her husband were the owners and operators of Carpenter’s Truck Stop for many years. After his death she married Carl Thurow. She was a charter member for more than 50 years of the Willing Workers of the Big Rock Congregational Church. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Plano.

Survivors include one niece, Harriet (Francis) Finnan of DeKalb; one nephew, Leo (Zelma) Tadd of DeKalb; three great-nephews; one great-niece; two great-great nephews; and one great-great niece.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, George Carpenter; her second husband, Carl Thurow; three sisters, Anna Walker, Emma Peterson, and Ida Tadd; and two brothers, Charles Wieser and Albert Wieser.

Funeral services were held November 13 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, Plano, with the Reverend M.L. Jacobson and the Reverend Vernon Tweedt officiating. Burial was at the West Big Rock Cemetery in Big Rock.            CC 11/21/1991

 

Cecil G. Loring     1991.11.17

Cecil G. Loring, age 76, of Hinckley, passed away Tuesday November 12, 1991, at his home. Cecil was born on January 7, 1915, the son of George and Maude (States) Loring in Hinckley. He was united in marriage to the former Betty Miller on July 12, 1945 at the Hinckley United Methodist Church. Mr. Loring was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church; he was a brick-layer in the Hinckley area for many years; he was a former member of the American Legion and enjoyed bowling and golfing with his family and friends. Mr. Loring served with the United States Army during WWII.

He is survived by his two children, Patricia (Gene) Thurow, of Big Rock, Randy (Judy) Loring of Adams, WI; two grandchildren; one sister, Marvel Loring, of Hinckley and two nieces.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents; his wife, Betty; one son in infancy and one brother, Hubert Loring.

Funeral services were held on November 15 at the Hinckley United Methodist Church with the Reverend Paul Gerardy officiating. Interment was at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich, IL.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Loring’s name to the United Methodist Church.                  CC 11/21/1991

 

Helen Marie Bates Finch     1991.11.18

Mrs. Fred (Helen Marie Bates) Finch passed away suddenly Saturday, November 16, 1991 at the Morris Hospital.

Helen was born July 3, 1922 to Albert Oscar and Pearl Mae (Colman) Bates in Morris, IL.  She graduated from Mazon High School and received her registered nursing license from Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet in 1943.

On September 4, 1943, she married Fred Finch and they raised a family of six in Verona. Mrs. Finch worked several years at Silver Cross after the death of her husband in 1961 and then retired from the Morris Hospital in 1985.

Surviving are six children: David (Selma) and Robert

(Donna) of Morris, Gregory (Nina) of Hinckley, Pearl Janulewicz of San Diego, Barbara Devine and Mrs. Richard (Sue) Tyler; one brother, Robert Bates of Mazon: 14 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband on December 4, 1961, her parents, one sister, Alma Mae McGuan, and one brother, William Bates. She was buried in the Ward Cemetery in Verona on Tuesday.                 CC 11/21/1991

 

Ronald W. Riedelsperger    1991.11.19

Ronald W. Riedelsperger, age 67, of Sycamore, formerly of Hinckley, passed away on Saturday, November 23, 1991 at Sandwich Community Hospital.

He was born in Hinckley on May 25, 1924, the son of Louis and Pauling (Pfisterer) Riedelsperger.

Ronald was united in marriage on December 5, 1945 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley to the former Arline Redmer.

Mr. Riedelsperger was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, the Sycamore Masonic Lodge #134, the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1506 in Sycamore and a former member of the Sycamore Elks Club.  He and his wife, Arline, were the owners of Ron’s Tap in Hinckley for over 2 years. Ron had a given talent for creating wood-working products and was known by his friends and family as a true professional in that area.

He is survived by his two daughters, Pamela (Ford) Lewis of Hinckley, and Lisa Ballard of Mount Morris, IL; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Lewis of Hinckley, Sarah Lewis of Hinckley, Katheryn Ballard of Mount Morris; Andrew Ballard of Mount Morris; one brother, Walter (Ruth) Riedelsperger of Hinckley; five sisters, Florence Heyer of Hinckley, Elsie Rissman of Shabbona, Clara Ziegler of Plainfield, Martha Lyle of Hinckley, Ella Wassman of Hinckley; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents, his wife, Arline, in 1990, and a brother in infancy.

Funeral services for Mr. Riedelsperger were held on Tuesday, November 26, 1991 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, IL, with Pastor Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating. Entombent was at the Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore, IL.

A Masonic service was held the evening of Monday, November25.

Serving as pallbearers were Glen Riedelsperger, Darryl Heinemeier, Mark Riedelsperger, Jerry Kaus, John Nash and Scott Rosenbalm.

Arrangements were made by Nelson Funeral Homes.

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Marjorie Houghtby Christensen     1991.11.20

Marjorie (Houghtby) Christensen died on Monday, November18, 1991, at Shabbona Health Care Center.

Visitation was scheduled for 5:00 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Burkhart Funeral Home in Sandwich with services at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church.

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Marjorie A. Christensen, age 78, of Homosassa Springs, FL, formerly of Hinckley, passed away November 18, 1991 at the Shabbona Health Care Center in Shabbona Health Care Center in Shabbona.

She was born June 25, 1913 in Shabbona, the daughter of Ezra and Ada (Johnson) Houghtby. Marjorie married Marvin Christensen on December 3, 1935 in Shabbona.

She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, Somonauk, and had taught Sunday School there. She had been active in her younger years in Cooperative Home Extension and active as a 4-H leader.

Survivors include one son, Gary (Bev) Christensen of Oregon, IL, one sister, Mrs. Edna (William) Shields of Homosassa Springs FL, one brother Gordon  (Marilyn) Houghtby of Shabbona, three grandchildren, Scott, Stacey and Lisa Christensen, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Mrs. Christensen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marvin, on May 15, 1990; three brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, November 21 at the United Presbyterian Church of Somonauk, with the Reverend B.G. Sills officiating. Burial was at the Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk. Arrangements were made by Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.

Memorials may be made in the name of Marjorie A. Christensen to M.A.D.D.                   CC 11/28/1991

 

Caroline Margaret James     1991.11.21

Caroline Margaret James, age 78, of Garden Grove, CA, formerly of Big Rock, passed away on Saturday, November 16, 1991 at Fountain Valley FHP Hospital in California.

 She was born in Aurora on September 3, 1913, the daughter of William and Mary (Schaefer) James.

Mrs. James was a long time resident pf Big Rock where she and her husband, Everett, farmed and also owned and operated the James Trucking Company for many years.

She is survived by one daughter, Donna (James) Day of Garden Grove, CA, one son, Bob (Jackie) James of Big Rock, three granddaughters, three great-grandchildren, one sister Henrietta Beck of Big Rock.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband Everett, and one son, Bill.

Graveside services were held on Friday, November 22, 1991 at the South Big Rock Cemetery in Big Rock with the Reverend Kurt Simon officiating.

Arrangements were made by the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.                CC 11/28/1991

 

Irene G. Stahl Dienst     1991.12.16

Irene (Stahl) Dienst, 90, of Hinckley, passed away on Thursday, December 5, 1991, at her home.

She was born March 29, 1901, in DeKalb, IL. Irene was united in marriage to Ray Dienst on February 28, 1924, at St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Hinckley the Reverend Schemmer. They shared a good life together farming their land working side by side. Irene was a hard worker, dedicated wholly to her family, which she held dear. She was baptized and confirmed at the St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church. She belonged to the Women’s Guild of her church and was a faithful member, attending many times when it was difficult because of her health.

Survivors include her loving son and daughter-in-law, Norman and Marilyn (Tuttle) Dienst of Hinckley; her loving granddaughter and grandson-in-law Catherine Sue (Franklin D.) Bartels of Belmont, CA; and her loving great granddaughter, Molly Elizabeth Bartels; a brother, Glenn Stahl, of AZ; also several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of dear friends.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Mary Anna Dienst Stahl; husband Ray Dienst; two brothers, Earl (Agnes) Stahl and Donald Stahl; one sister, Myranda (Warren) Eberly; and an infant brother, Curtis Stahl.

She was a loving wife to Ray and a loving mother to Norman. One of the greatest joys in her life was her grand-daughter Cathy; this joy was compounded when Cathy and Frank were married and little Molly came along. She was “Oma” to Molly, who couldn’t wait to go to visit her.

Irene made ten or more trips to California with Norman and Marilyn to visit Cathy and her family, making new and dear friends there also. She loved company, and little children in the neighborhood used to come by her front porch and visit with her through the years when they would see her there. She had friends of all ages who were so faithful to stop and visit her when she was well, and in the days when she wasn’t so well.

Funeral services for Irene were held on Saturday, December 7, 1991, at the St. Paul’s United Church in Hinckley with the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.

Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Pallbearers were: A.A. Burgin, Donald Mack, Delbert I. Mack, Wilbur Bastian, Stanley Jandt, Howard Jandt, and Donald Nehring.

Arrangements were made by Nelson Funeral Homes.

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Affa N. Thompson Bietel     1991.12.17

Affa N. (Thompson) Bietel, 102, of ByronL IL, formerly of Hinckley, died Monday, December 2, 1991, at the nursing home in Byron.

Mrs. Bietel was preceded in death by her husband, Lester.

Burial took place Thursday, December 5, at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.                             CC 12/12/1991

 

 

Harland J. Isaacson     1991.12.18

Harland J. Isaacson, age 67, of Waterman, passed away on Saturday, December 21, 1991 at his home. He was born May 25, 1924 in Hooppole, IL, the son of Milo and Velma (Wolf) Isaacson.

He was united in marriage to Edith Williams on June 17, 1945 at the home of her parents in Waterman.

Mr. Isaacson was a farmer in the Waterman area for the past 45 years. He was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, Masonic Lodge of Waterman, the Shriners and Jobes Daughters International.

Surviving are his wife, Edith, of Waterman; a son, Milo (Hope) Isaacson of Waterman; a daughter, Marsha (Ted) Konshak of Des Plaines, IL; four grandchildren; and a brother, Glenn (Gloria) Isaacson of Hooppole, IL.

Preceding him in death were both of his parents.

Funeral services were held on Monday, December 23, 1991 from the Waterman United Methodist Church with the Reverend Paul Zeman officiating. Burial was at the West Big Rock Cemetery, Big Rock.

Arrangements were by the Nelson Funeral Homes.

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Kevin R. Sandrock     1991.12.19

Kevin R. Sandrock, 21, of rural Malta, died Sunday, December 29, 1991, at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

He was born July 18, 1970 at DeKalb Public Hospital, the son of Stanley and Cheryl (Harvey) Sandrock.

He was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ and was a 1988 graduate of Shabbona High School. While in high school, he was a member of the Shabbona Pioneers 4-H Club, a four-year member of Shabbona FFA, National Honor Society, the track team, band, student council and the Shabbona High School Science Club. He was a senior at the University of Illinois in Champaign, majoring in ag mechanization. He was a member of the Farmhouse Fraternity.

Survivors include his parents of rural Malta; a sister, Staci Sandrock also of rural Malta; his paternal grandfather, Kenneth Sandrock of Shabbona; his maternal grandmother, Doris Travis of Sedona, AZ; two uncles and one aunt.

Preceding him in death is his grandmother, Marie Sandrock.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Shabbona United Church of Christ, with the Reverend Evelyn J. Dickerson officiating. Burial will be at the Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona. Visitation will be from 3- 8 p.m. Thursday at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.

A memorial fund in the name of Kevin Sandrock is being established.                         CC 1/2/1992

 

Steven L. Feldott     1991.12.20

Steven L. Feldott of Hinckley, IL, died Sunday, December 22,1991 at Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora, where he had been in critical condition following an auto accident Friday morning, December 20.

Age 22, he was born March 26, 1969 in Geneva, IL, the son of Lawrence G. and Joan E. (Lind) Feldott. Steve attended both Kaneland and Hinckley Schools and following high school was employed for a time with the Wesco Steiner Company and Lectrovend, Aurora. More recently he had worked as a motorcycle mechanic and parts manager for Aurora Cycle, an occupation he truly enjoyed. Unlike many of his generation, Steve saw value in older things and possessed both the determination and the meticulous care, to make them look and work like new. Motorcycles, automobiles and even electric guitars were equally at home in his hands.

In addition to his beloved friend Lisa Garland of Hinckley, he is survived by his parents, Lawrence and Joan Feldott, also of Hinckley; two sisters, Susan (Gary) Amy of Naperville and Debra (Don) Stammer of Sugar Grove; two brothers, David A. Feldott of Sugar Grove and Paul (Lori) Feldott of Aurora; eight nieces and nephews, Danielle, Cara, Nicole and Josh Amy, April and Tony Stammer, and Julie and  Corey Feldott; his paternal grandmother, Virginia Feldott of Aurora, and maternal grandparents, Charles Lind of Beloit, WI, and Mary Lind of Briggsville, IL, many aunts, uncles and cousins and a “family” of good friends.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, John Feldott, one aunt and one uncle.

His funeral was held Friday, December 27, at the Conley Funeral Home, Elburn, the Reverend John F. Smith, pastor of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was at River Hills Cemetery, Batavia.

Memorials in the name of Steven L. Feldott may be made to either the Big Rock or Hinckley Rescue Squads, or to the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church.            CC 1/2/1992

 

Eugene W. Wrigley     1991.12.21

Eugene W. Wrigley, 64, of Lee, died Wednesday, December 25, 1991, at his home.                                                         

 He was born October 8, 1927, in Waterman, the son of Earl and Myrtle (Jordal) Wrigley. On December 13, 1947, he was married to Beverly Bly at the First Lutheran Church in Lee.

Mr. Wrigley was a member and former council member of the First Lutheran Church in Lee. He was secretary and former council member of the First Lutheran Church in Lee. He was secretary and former past master of the Shabbona Masonic Lodge No. 374 and a member of the DeKalb County Shrine Club, the Freeport Consistory Tebala Temple, DeKalb Elks Lodge No. 765, Rochelle Moose and Rural Letter Carriers Association.

He was a former village trustee and mayor of Lee; former Lee fire chief and he owned and operated Wrigley’s Garage for many years prior to 1983 when he became a rural mail carrier for Lee and Shabbona.

Surviving are his wife of Lee; a son, Chuck (Diane) Wrigley of Lee; three daughters, Lynn (Robert) Schmidt of DeKalb, Lori (Jim) Fernstrom of Bloomington and Susan (Lance) Koury of Henderson, NV; and eight grandchildren, Steve, Stefanie, Matthew and Mark Schmidt, Tiffanie and Chad Wrigley and Kristen and Janelle Fernstrom.

Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister, Lorraine Peace.

A Masonic service was held on Friday evening. Funeral services took place on Saturday, December 28, at the First Lutheran Church in Lee with the Reverend David Mueller officiating. Burial was at First Lutheran Cemetery in Lee.

Arrangements were by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.

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Molly Getzelman     1991.12.22

Molly Getzelman, formerly of Big Rock, passed away recently in South Carolina.

Mrs. Getzelman and her husband, Milton, farmed years ago west of Big Rock. She will be remembered by many as an avid bowler. After moving out of state, Mrs. Getzelman tried to return to Big Rock for as many of the Plowing Matches as possible.

Survivors include a son, Gordon, of Joliet, a daughter, Molly, of South Carolina, and several grandchildren.

Mrs. Getzelman was preceded in death by her husband.

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Murnie Troeger Larson     1991.12.23

Murnie (Troeger) Larson, 81, of Rockford passed away on Tuesday, December 31, 1991, in Rockford.

She was born in Hinckley on May 11, 1910, the daughter of Herman and Jennie (Baie) Troeger.

Survivors include her daughters, Mary Louise Reed of California, Sandra (Robert) Masters and Jeanie Larson of Rockford; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Celestine (Glenn) Kitner, and a brother, Lyle (Pearl) Troeger, both of Sandwich.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, LaVerne; four children and a grandson.

Funeral services were held on January 3, 1992, at the Sunset Funeral Home in Rockford with the Reverend Donald Lavelle of the Salem Lutheran Church, Rockford, officiating.

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                           Charlene L. Johnston     1992.01.16

Charlene L. Johnston, 45, of Somonauk, died Tuesday, January 7, 1992 at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.

She was born August 20, 1946 in Sandwich, the daughter of Clifford and Jeanette (Manser) Johnston.  She was a sixth grade teacher in Somonauk Elementary School for the past 13 years, and started her teaching career in Missouri.  She was a member of the Somonauk Junior Women’s Club.  She attended the Hinckley United Methodist Church, where she also taught Sunday School.

Funeral services were held Friday, January 10, at the Hinckley United Methodist Church, with Rev. Paul Gerardy and Rev. Jack Lockwood officiating.  Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk.  Visitation was Thursday, January 9, at the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk.

She is survived by her mother, Jeanette Johnston of Sandwich, and a sister, Ila Prine of Sandwich, a niece Alizabeth of Sandwich, several aunts and uncles and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, in June of 1991; maternal grandparents, Paul and Mabel (Bastian) Manser, and paternal grandparents, Tyre and Pearl (Conley) Johnston.

Memorials may be made to the Word of Truth Tape Ministry in Kansas City, MO or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Charlene L. Johnston, 45, of rural Sandwich, died Tuesday; January 7, 1992 at Mercy Center in Aurora. She was the daughter of Jeanette (Manser) Johnston and the late Clifford Johnston. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday at the Hinckley United Methodist Church. The casket will be open for an hour prior to the services to allow friends to pay their respects. Burial will be in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.

Charlene L. Johnston, 45, of Somonauk, passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 1992, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora. She was born on August 20, 1946, in Sandwich, the daughter of Clifford and Jeanette (Manser) Johnston.

She was a sixth grade teacher in Somonauk Elementary School for the past 13 years and started her teaching career in Missouri. She was a member of the Somonauk Junior Women’s

Club.  She attended the Hinckley United Methodist Church where she also taught Sunday School.

Survivors include her mother, Jeanette Johnston, of Sandwich; a sister, Ila Prine, of Sandwich; a niece and a nephew, Alizabeth and Adam Prine of Sandwich; several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father in June of 1991; her maternal grandparents, Paul and Mabel (Bastian) Manser and her paternal grandparents, Tyre and Pearl (Conley) Johnston.

Funeral services were held on Friday, January 10, 1992, at the Hinckley United Methodist Church in Hinckley with Reverend Paul Gerardy and Reverend Jack Lockwood officiating, Pallbearers were Craig Busby, Kevin Busby, Wade Johnston, Michael Manser, Richard Manser and Paul Noll.

Burial was at Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.

Arrangements were by the Turner Funeral Home, Somonauk.

Memorials may be made to the Word of Truth Tape Ministry in Kansas City, MO, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Ronald E. Todd     1992.01.20

Ronald E. Todd, 28, of rural Shabbona, died Friday, January 3, 1992 at Rockford Memorial Hospital.

He was born December 27, 1963 in DeKalb, to Roy and Rhonda (Houghtby) Todd.

He was a 1982 graduate of Shabbona High School and worked at A.O. Smith Harvestor in DeKalb. He was a member of Indian Oaks Country Club in Shabbona, the Illinois Trappers Association, Rochelle Moose and Rochelle Masonic Lodge. He was a charter member of the Fishing Hall of Fame.

Survivors include his parents of rural Shabbona; a brother, David Todd, Shabbona; a sister, Barb (Randy) Davis, Shabbona; his maternal grandparents, Harry and Betty Houghtby, Waterman; his paternal grandparents, Lester and Esther Todd, Shabbona; three nephews, Kyle, Matthew and Trevor Davis; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by an aunt, Beverly Todd.

Funeral services were held on Monday at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona, the Reverend Mark Tammen officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.      CC 1/9/1992

 

Charles A. Maier     1992.01.21

Charles A. Maier, 64, of DeKalb, died Friday, January 3, 1992, at the DeKalb Nursing Home.

He was born on June 26, 1927 in Aurora. He was a long time fur buyer and farmer in Sugar Grove and Waterman.

Survivors include three daughters, June (Doug) McCaslin, of DeKalb, Janice Maier, of Batavia, Karen (Santosh) Bhatt of Louisville, Kentucky; two sons, Willy (Patty) Maier of Kaneville, and Kieth Maier, of Malta; his mother, Luella Maier, of Bay City Michigan, a brother, Jim (Florence) Maier, of Sugar Grove; two sisters, Carol (Dick) Powell, of Bay City, MI, and Mary Lou Maier of Dixon; twelve grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Maier, and by an infant son.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 6, at the Healy Chapel in Aurora with the Reverend James Harper officiating. Burial was at Lincoln Memorial Park.         CC 1/9/1992

 

Altha M. Olson Tuestad     1992.01.22

Altha M.Tuestad, age 77, of Waterman; passed away Friday, January 3, 1992, at the Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb. She was born on March 20, 1914, in Leland, LaSalle CountyL IL, the daughter of Lawrence and Bathilda (Mickelson) Olson.  She was united in marriage on April 16, 1938, to Lyle M.Tuestad in Waterman, IL.

Altha was a homemaker all her life, and a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church, where she was a member of the Women’s Fellowship. She was also a past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter #648, in Shabbona. She had played softball with the DeKalb Co. Hybred Softball Team.

She is survived by her four children; Norraine (David) Baker of Champaign, IL, Lila (Robert “Baret”) Johnson of Waterman, IL, Lyle Tuestad, Jr., of Waterman, IL, and Leon (Julie) Tuestad of Shabbona, IL. She is also survived by ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Virgil Olson of Arizona, Lawrence Olson, Jr., of Shabbona, IL. Robert Olson of Leland, IL; and one sister, Madell Charlesworth of Shabbona, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle, in 1990; her parents; three brothers, Kenneth, Jeremiah, Lavonne; and one sister, Jeanette.

Funeral services were held on Monday, January 6, at the Waterman Presbyterian Church, Waterman, IL, with the Reverend Mark Tammen officiating.

Interment was at Union Cemetery, Lee, IL.

Arrangements were made by Nelson Funeral Homes.

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Birdena I. Dellenback Swedberg     1992.01.23

Birdena I. D.  Swedberg, 76, of Sycamore, died on Tuesday, January 7, 1992, at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.

She was born on January 14, 1915, in Pierce Township, the daughter of Harvey H. and Anna L (Larsen) Dellenback.

She married Leroy C. Swedberg on May 20, 1939, in DeKalb.

She attended DeKalb schools and was graduated from Northern Illinois University (NIU), and was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore, where she served on the Mary Circle. She was also a member of the DeKalb County Homemakers Extension.

Survivors include a daughter, LuAnn Baloun of Capitola, CA; three sons, Gary (Liz) Swedberg of Plymouth, MN, Bruce (Myrna) Swedberg of Austin, TX; four grandchildren, David and Douglas Baloun, Beth Young and Nathan Swedberg; one great-granddaughter, Amber Swedberg; one brother, Harvey “Bud” (Betty) Dellenback of Vero Beach, FL; many nieces and nephews; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Funeral services were held Friday, January 10, at the Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore, with the Reverend Gary B. Ryden officiating.

Cremation and a private graveside service (Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore) were planned.

Arrangements were made by the Anderson Funeral Home.

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Edward L. Feeney     1992.01.24

Edward L. Feeney, 80, of 2617 North Dittmer Street, Davenport, IA, died Friday, January 3, 1992, at Mercy Hospital, Davenport.

Mr. Feeney was graduated from St. Ambrose Academy, Davenport, and attended St. Ambrose College, also in Davenport.

He married Lillian Heitz in 1934 in Davenport.

During World War II, he served in the Merchant Marines.

Mr. Feeney worked as a company timekeeper for McCarthy Improvement Company, Davenport. He retired from Priester Construction Company, Davenport.

He enjoyed golf and other sports.

His memberships included Holy Family Catholic Church, Davenport; Knights of Columbus, Elks Club and Loyal Order of the Moose.

 Survivors include his wife; daughters, Angela (Mrs. Frank) Cassady, Arlington Heights, IL, Sheila Monson, Wheeling, IL, Rita (Mrs. Jim) Groggins, Ashburn, VA, Kate Feeney ( Mrs. Bob) Bastian, Hinckley, and Sarah (Mrs. Mike) Hitch, Tulsa, OK; and sons, Michael, Clearwater, FL, M. Patrick, Davenport; and Matthew W. Eldridge, Iowa; 22 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Thomas W., Sun City, AZ.

A daughter, Jacqueline Irene Feeney, preceded him in death in 1984.

Memorial services were held on Monday, January 6, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Davenport. A rosary was recited at the Halligan-McCabe Funeral Home on the previous evening.

His body was donated to the Department of Anatomy, University Hospital, Iowa City.

Memorials may be made to American Lung Association or Knights of Columbus building fund.         CC 1/16/1992

 

Margaret Herrmann LaTondre     1992.01.25

Margaret Mary (Peg) LaTondre, 47, of Ridott, IL, died on Saturday, January 4, 1992, at her home after a brief illness.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Freeport.

Born on January 16, 1944, in DeKalb, she was the daughter of Jerome and Jean (Desautels) Hermann.

She married Walter LaTondre on August 26, 1967, in Lee.

Surviving are her husband, Walter; a son, James LaTondre of Columbia, Maryland; her parents of Esmond, IL; seven sisters, Therese (Mrs. Joseph) Diedrich of Hinckley, Helen (Mrs. Charles) Fox of Elgin, Annette (Mrs. Robert) Marson of Akron, Ohio, Lucille (Mrs. Raymond) Rossi of LaSalle, Sister Denise Herrmann of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Agnes (Mrs. Donald) Kiertscher of Murphy, Texas, and Evelyn (Mrs. Dennis) Campbell of Rockford; and four brothers, Lawrence Herrmann of Rocklin, California, Gerard (Lynne) Herrmann of Shelton, Connecticut, Matthew (Ellen) Herrmann of Munster, Indiana, and Anthony (Kay) Herrmann of Atlantic, IA..

A scripture service was held on Tuesday evening, January 7, at the Schwarz Funeral Home. On Wednesday morning, services were held at the Schwarz Funeral Home and at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Reverend Donald DeSalvo officiating.

Burial was at Calvary Cemetery.

A memorial for the American Cancer Society has been established in her memory.            CC 1/16/1992

 

Mildred Bark Weber     1992.01.26

Mildred (Bark) Weber, 90, of Aurora, formerly of Hinckley, passed away at Countryside Healthcare Center in Aurora on January 20, 1992.

She was born in Hinckley, IL, the daughter of Frank and Florence (Patterson) Bark.

Mrs. Weber was a homemaker who was active in the American Legion Guild and the Senior Citizens of Hinckley.

She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Yeates, of Aurora; a grandson, David (Kathy) Coffee, of Streamwood; a nephew, Wayne (Marge) Bark, of Hinckley; two great-children; and dear friends, Judy Jeffers and Alane Ferguson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry; two brothers; two sisters and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 23, 1992, at 10:00a.m. from the Hinckley United Methodist Church with the Reverend Paul Gerardy officiating.

Interment will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.

Friends may call on Wednesday, January 22, 1992, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.                   CC 1/23/1992

 

Verna Jean Leifheit Peterson     1992.01.27

Mrs. Verna Jean Leifheit Person, 68, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 1992, at Copley Memorial Hospital. She was born on January 2, 1924, in Waterman, IL.

Survivors include her husband, John Stewart “Socko” Peterson; two sons, Richard (Marie) Peterson and Robert “The Kidd” (Kristine) Peterson; two daughters, Vicki (Rodney) Dotson and Karla Peterson; six grandchildren, Stephen, Shaun, Crystal, Jimmy, John and Ashley, all of Aurora; two brothers, Lloyd “Duke” Leifheit, of Sycamore; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Ida (Mizel) Leifheit, and a brother, Daniel, in infancy.

Funeral services were held on Monday, January 27, from the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Dan Sullivan officiating.

Private burial services were held at River Hills Memorial Park.

Contributions in Mrs. Peterson’s memory may be made to the Fox Valley Hospice.                CC 1/30/1992

 

Charles M. Doruska     1992.01.28

Charles M. “Chuck” Doruska, 63, of 50922 Garrett Road, Dowagiac, MI, died at  11:30 a.m. Friday, January 10, 1992, in Mercy-Memorial Medical Center, St. Joseph, following a six-month illness.

 Born March 20, 1928, in Chicago, IL, the son of Charles and Agnes (Vavrik) Doruska, Mr. Doruska’s family moved to this area from Worth, IL in 1988.

He was a sheet metal worker for Local 73 in Chicago for more than 30 years and retired from General Motors, where he had also been a sheet metal worker.

He was a member of Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Local 73 in Chicago and a member of the United Auto Workers.

On April 4, 1970, in Oak Lawn, IL, he married the former Sandra Costas.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy; three daughters, Mrs. James (Sue) Richardson of Alsip, IL, Mrs. Lawrence (Robin) Biesboer of South Holland, IL, and Mrs. Keith (Kerry) Tracy of Orland Park, IL; a son, Robert Doyle of Lynwood, IL; seven grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Allan (Dorothy) Bastian of Hinckley, IL.

He was preceded in death by a daughter Mary Loretta Doyle, on May 15, 1987.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, January 13, in Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Silver Creek Township.

Father Leo Taubitz, pastor, celebrated the mass with burial taking place in Keeler Cemetery, Keeler. A scripture service took place the day before.

Memorials may be made to the Cass County Cancer Society.

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Eric D. Severyns     1992.01.29

Eric D. Severyns, 14, Big Rock, died Monday, January 27, 1992, at Wylers’ Children’s Hospital, Chicago, where he had recently been hospitalized for cancer treatment.

He was born May 26, 1977, in Naperville, the son of Daniel S. and Christine (Kuhn) Severyns. The family made their home in Hinckley for a short time before moving to Big Rock in 1978. Suffering from a liver dysfunction since infancy, he received a liver transplant in 1989. In 1991 he graduated from Big Rock Elementary School and became a student of Hinckley-Big Rock High School. His art work was selected for the 1992 Regional Organ Bank of Illinois calendar. He enjoyed baseball, bowling, fishing, camping, and travel.

Eric is survived by his parents of Big Rock; a sister, Katherine “Katie” Severyns of Big Rock; his maternal grandparents, Andrew and Joan Kuhn of Naperville; his paternal grandparents, Albert and Pearl Severyns of Chicago; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the English Congregational Church in Big Rock, the Reverend Kurt W. Simon officiating; visitation from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Conley Funeral Home, Elburn. Private cremation committal services will be held at a later date.

A memorial fund is being established in the name of Eric D.

Severyns, for the Ronald McDonald House at the Wylers’ Children’s Hospital.                        CC 1/30/1992

 

Paul Dwayne Davis     1992.01.30

Paul Dwayne Davis, 76, of Hinckley, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 1992 at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora. He was born in Big Rock on April 22, 1915, the son of Paul and Laura (Michael) Davis.

Mr. Davis was united in marriage on February 25, 1948, in Ottawa to the former Lorraine Flewellyn.

Paul was a farmer in the Hinckley- Big Rock area for many years and a former member of the Kane County Farm Bureau. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during WWII in the Pacific Theatre.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine “Ted”, of Hinckley; a brother, Roger (Charlene) Davis, of Big Rock and two sisters, Sally Gibbs, of Aurora and Jean (Harland) Friestad, of Rochelle.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents and three brothers.

Funeral services took place on Monday, January 27, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley with the Reverend Paul Gerardy officiating. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.                        CC 1/30/1992

 

Glenn Harold Stahl     1992.01.31

Glenn Harold Stahl, 80, of Mesa, AZ, died Saturday afternoon, January 18, 1992, at Springdale Village Nursing Home.

He was born September 9, 1911, in Hinckley, IL, and was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church. When he was in his 20’s he moved to the Joliet area, and from there he moved to Arizona in 1973. He was a retired oil refinery worker with the Texaco Oil Co.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Wiltsie Watson; his parents, Richard and Mary Anna (Dienst) Stahl; two sisters, Myranda (Warren) Eberly and Irene (Ray) Dienst; three brothers, Earl (Agnes) Stahl, Donald Stahl, and in infancy, Curtis Stahl.

He is survived by two stepdaughters, Jean Shirley Watson of Burbank, CA, and Dona Locas of  San Diego, CA; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nephews, nieces and cousins.

His body was cremated.

Chapel of Prayer Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

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Mary Jane Larson Baird     1992.01.32

Mary Jane Baird, 71, of rural Park Park, died Wednesday, January 29, 1992, at her home.

She was born January 7, 1921, in Geneva, the daughter of Amos A. and Anna L. (Rolander) Larson. On September 26, 1981, she married Richard Baird at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sycamore.

She was graduated from Sycamore High School and was a supervisor with Commonwealth Edison for many years, retiring in 1980.

Mrs. Baird was a past president of the Prairie Rose Society and the DeKalb County Historical Society, vice president of the Fox Valley Rose Society, a board member of the Ellwood House Association and DeKalb Women’s Club, a member of the Homemakers Extension, DeKalb County Farm Bureau and was co-president of Voluntary Services at Oak Crest Retirement Center.

She is survived by her husband of Park Park; a stepson, James (Cheri) Baird of Omaha, NE; a stepdaughter, Patricia Karraker of East Moline; three step grandchildren; two great-step grandsons; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four aunts and three uncles.

A memorial service was held Saturday, February 1, at the Butala-Van Natta Funeral Home with readings by Karen Johnson from the First Church of Christ Scientists in DeKalb. Burial was private.

A memorial fund is being established for the Oak Crest Good Samaritian Fund.          CC 2/6/1992

 

Mabel Mae Haskins Williams     1992.01.33

Mabel Mae Williams, 63, of rural Hinckley, died Wednesday, January 29, 1992, at her home.

She was born December 20, 1928, at Monon, IN, the daughter of Wiley S. and Blanch (Harper) Haskins. She married James L. Williams of Hinckley on August 20, 1973.

She was a homemaker and formerly employed as a seamstress for Brody Coat Manufacturers in DeKalb.

Survivors include her husband; four sons, Jerry (Rhonda) Ladson of Waterman, Frank (Cheryl) Ladson of Hinckley, Randy (Mae) Ladson of Kirkland and William (Angie) Ladson of DeKalb; two daughters, Peggy (Roger) Kelly of Hinckley and Nancy (Bob) Donoho of Shabbona; 23 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a stepson, James (Yolanda) Williams of Los Angeles, CA; a stepdaughter, Cindy Williams of Shabbona; three brothers, Frank (Helen) Haskins of IN, Edward (June) Haskins of MN; two sisters, Mary Hall of Oregon, and Helen Nance of IN; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lester Ladson, in 1972; by her parents; two sisters; and a stepson.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb. Burial was at Trinity Memory Garden in Rochelle.

A memorial fund is being established for the Hinckley Rescue Squad.                       CC 2/6/1992

 

John J. Barrett     1992.02.17

John J. Barrett, 67, of Aurora, died Saturday morning, February 1, 1992, as he slept, when his trailer at Woodhaven Lakes, Sublette, IL, caught fire.

He was born November 18, 1924, in Kaneville Township, the son of Everett Paddy and Audrey (Phillip) Barrett.

Shortly after graduating from Kaneville High School, he joined the Navy. On returning home, he attended Northern Illinois University where he majored in Industrial Arts.

On August 2, 1947, in DeKalb, he married Arlene Pettenger of Hinckley.

He was employed by the Coca-Cola Company in Rockford before opening Barrett Vending Company in Kaneville.

Moving to Aurora, Mr. Barrett was employed in sales by Oberweis Dairy and the Borden Company. In the early 70’s he began work with the West Aurora School District custodial department, retiring in 1985.

While living in Kaneville, Mr. Barrett saw the need for a Little League team in that community. He started one there and worked to organize the ‘Twilight League”.  He coached Pony League after moving to Aurora.

He was a member of the DeKalb Elks Club, the Aurora Moose Lodge #400 and the Legion of the Moose, and was a Life Member of the Aurora VFW Post #468.

Mr. Barrett is survived by his wife, Arlene, of Aurora; two sons, Paddy (Debbie) Barrett of Kaneville, and Tracy Barrett of Jacksonville,FL; a daughter, Nancy L. Barrett of Aurora; seven grandchildren; a brother, Burdette (Carol) Barrett of Matteson, IL; a sister, Agatha Jean (Ellis) Shoop of DeKalb; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two children, Larry Barrett in 1976 and Cathy Barrett in 1964.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 4, at the Conley Funeral Home, Elburn, the Reverend D. Robin Benson of the Kaneville United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was at Kaneville Cemetery.                     CC 2/6/1992

 

Alice M. Lane Stryker     1992.02.18

Alice M. Stryker, age 71, formerly of Waterman, passed away on Monday, February 10, 1992, at Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich.

Mrs. Stryker was born in Waterman on January 30, 1921, the daughter of Everett and Mary (Comp) Lane, Sr.

She was united in marriage to Ralph Stryker on January 17, 1941, in Waterman. Mrs. Stryker was a member of Waterman United Methodist Church and had been a devoted wife and mother.

She was the beloved wife of Ralph, of Waterman; the dear mother of Ronald (Marcia) Stryker of Lubbock, TX, Michael Stryker of Moequwa, IL, and Sharon (Fred) Todd of Waterman; devoted grandmother of four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and fond sister of Everett (Gailla) Lane, Jr. of Waterman.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 13, 1992, at 11:00 a.m. at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman with the Reverend Paul Zeman officiating.

Pallbearers are Mark Todd, Brian Todd, Joe Barshinger, Jack Barshinger, Jerry Lane, and David Stryker.

Interment will take place in North Clifton Cemetery, Waterman.                              CC 2/13/1992

 

Adam Robert Johnson     1992.02.19

Adam Robert Johnson, age 3 ½ months, of Waterman, died Sunday, February 9, 1992, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born October 28, 1991, in DeKalb, the son of Timothy and Cheryl (Mathesius) Johnson.

Surviving are his parents; maternal grandparents, Ralph and Janice Mathesius of Paw Paw; paternal grandparents, Robert “Baret” and Lila Johnson of Waterman; maternal great-grandparents, Ervin and Flora Mathesius of Shabbona; paternal great-grandmother, Mildred Lane of Waterman; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Waterman Presbyterian Church and the Reverend Leslie Fox of Loves Park officiating. Burial was at the Anderson Funeral Home.

A memorial is being established.           CC 2/13/1992

 

Winifred M. Rosette Erlenbach     1992.02.20

Winifred M. Erlenbach, age 83, of Waterman passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 1992, at the home of her son, Harold.

Mrs. Erlenbach was born on March 19, 1908, in rural Rollo, IL, the daughter of Arthur and Viola (Goble) Rosette. She was united in marriage to Truman Erlenbach on January 1, 1936, on the family farm at Rollo.

Mrs. Erlenbach owned and operated an egg business in Waterman from 1963 to 1984. She was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church and belonged to the Methodist Women’s Circle. She was also a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

She is survived by her son, Harold (Jeanette) of Waterman; a daughter, Phyllis (George) Reid of Monroe, WI; nine grandchildren, Susan (Joe) Elmer of Madison, WI, Marvin Reid of Monroe, WI, Jeff (Jan) Reid of Monticello, WI, Paul Reid and Cindy Reid, both of  Monroe, WI, Pamela, Kevin, Jamie and Tracey Erlenbach of Waterman; two great-grandchildren, Christopher Elmer and Ross Reid; and a sister, Louella (Herbert) Bastian of Porterville, CA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and two brothers, Kenneth and Leonard Rosette.

Funeral services for Mrs. Erlenbach were held Friday, February 14, 1992, at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman, the Reverend Paul K. Zeman officiating.

Pallbearers were Joe Elmer, Marvin Reid, Paul Reid and Jeff Reid.

Interment was at Wyoming Cemetery at Paw Paw, IL.

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  1. Lee Dohleman 1992.02.21
  2. Lee Dohleman, 64, of 200 Mirlynbeth Lane, Fairbury, IL 61739, formerly of Hinckley, died February 11, 1992, at his home following a long illness.

He was born June 11, 1927, in Pontiac, the son of Fred and Margaret Luken Dohleman. He was graduated from Saunemin High School and served three years in the U.S. Air Force. He received a bachelor’s degree from the Illinois State University and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois. He earned his doctorate at Northern Illinois University.

On June 12, 1949, he married Mary Wendling in Chenoa.

Mr. Dohleman was an educator who began his career by teaching in Arrowsmith, and later became principal at Waynesville. From 1955-59, he was administrator of Fairbury Hospital and then taught in the business department at ISU for 10 years. He later went to Waubonsee Community College, where he was the head of the business department. Leaving Illinois, he went to Cal-Poly University in Pomona, CA, where he worked as a consultant in Hollywood for a computer education film entitled, “The New Literacy”. He retired in 1986, moving to Fairbury.

Mr. Dohleman was a member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and sang in the church choir.

He is survived by his wife; son, Tom; a daughter, Robin Kiser, Waukegan; a brother, George, Fisher; and a sister, Elsie Essington, Herscher.

One sister and one son preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held on February 13 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Chenoa, the Reverend Robert Hartfield officiating. Burial was at Chenoa Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury.

Memorials may be made to his church, Lutheran Hour of Ministries, Chenoa, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Truman O. Johnson     1992.02.22

Truman O. Johnson, 94, of Lee, died Tuesday, February 18, 1992, at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

He was born November 30, 1897, in rural Lee, the son of Ole and Tillie Johnson.  On June 1, 1921, in Lee, he married Dorothy Cofield.

Mr. Johnson farmed in the Lee area all of his life. He was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee, a life member of the DeKalb Elks Club, and a 71-year member of Shabbona Masonic Lodge 374. He was also a past chairman of the DeKalb County Board of School Trustees.

Survivors include two sons, Robert (Phyllis) Johnson of Lee and Tod Johnson of Rockford; a daughter, Sharon Johnson of DeKalb; a sister, Freda Hovden of North Hollywood, CA; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife on March 26, 1988, two sons, two brothers, two sisters and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 22, at the Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee, with the Reverend Donald Myhres officiating. Masonic graveside services were held at Union Cemetery, Steward.

Arrangements were by Jacobson Funeral Home.

A memorial is being established.            CC 2/27/1992

 

Charles B. Steppan     1992.02.23

Charles B. “Chuck” Steppan, 26, of Chicago, formerly of DeKalb, died in Chicago.

He was baptized in the Victory Baptist Church in DeKalb.

He is survived by his mother, Leanne (Eldon) King of DeKalb; his father, Donald N. Steppan of Chicago; four brothers, Donald K. Steppan of Elmwood Park, Dominick N. Steppan of Chicago, John D. Steppan of Porterfield, WI; and Dean King of DeKalb; a sister, Gwenda (Jaye) Danekas of Waterman; and his maternal grandfather, Charles B. Kilroy of DeKalb.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Myrtle, in 1990.

Graveside services were held on February 20, 1992, at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.

Arrangements were by the Ronan-Moore Mortuary in DeKalb.                                 CC 2/27/1992

 

Pearl G. Holt Larson     1992.02.24

Pearl G. Larson, 87, of Kirkland, died Wednesday, February 19, 1992, at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford.

She was born May 7, 1904, in Lee, the daughter of Michael and Inga (Riveland) Holt. She married Martin Larson on March 2, 1926, in Lee.

She and her husband farmed in the Lee area. They later lived in Shabbona and moved to Kirkland in 1981. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Kirkland.

Mrs. Larson is survived by a son, Leslie (Dolores) Larson of Shabbona; two daughters, Marie (Dale) Balch of Kirkland, and Ione Rice of Dundee; a brother-in-law, Jasper Garland of Pengilly, MN; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers, and five sisters.

Funeral services were held Friday, February 21, at the First Lutheran Church in Kirkland with the Reverend Chris Lee-Thompson officiating. Burial was at Union Cemetery, Steward.

Arrangements were by the Quiram-Kirkland Funeral Home.

A memorial is being established.          CC 2/27/1992

 

Charles Viets Boget     1992.02.25

Charles Viets Boget, 78, of Sandwich, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 1992, in the Sandwich Community Hospital. He was born on June 6, 1914, in Sandwich, the son of Frank and Mary (Viets) Boget.

He was a painter and belonged to the Painter District Council #30. He served in the Army during World War II.

Mr. Boget is survived by three loving children, Barbara (Victor) Viland, of Hinckley,  Cindy (Dan) Winkler, of Grafton, WI, and David (Theresa) Boget, of Sycamore; five dear grandchildren, Joshua and Nathanial Viland, of Hinckley, Mark and Matthew Wackt and Laura Winkler, all of Grafton, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were private.

Arrangements were by the Nelson Funeral Home.

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Esther Nelson     1992.02.26

Esther Nelson, 103, of Shabbona, died Thursday, February 27, 1992, at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

She was born November 8, 1888, in Sweden, She married Frank Nelson.

In 1924, she emigrated to the United States. She was a member of the United Church of Christ and Pokonah Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Shabbona. She and her husband farmed for many years in the Shabbona area.

Survivors include her foster grandson, Larry (Song) Harju of Phoenix, AZ; a niece, Gladys (Robert) Dolder, Stone Lake, WI; two great-grandchildren, Lee and Lynn Harju; and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband and nine brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 29, at the Shabbona United Church of Christ, the Reverend Evelyn J. Dickerson officiating. Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

Arrangements were by the Jacobson Funeral Home.

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Viola H. Papenberg Haish     1992.02.27

Viola Haish, 81, of Hinckley, died Monday, February 24, 1992.

Arrangements are being made by the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.             CC 2/27/1992

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Viola H. Haish, 81, of Hinckley, passed away on Monday, February 24, 1992, at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb.

She was born on January 18, 1911, in Pierce Township; the daughter of Henry G. & Wilhelmina (Garbelman) Papenberg.

She was graduated from Northern Illinois Teacher’s College in DeKalb in 1930 and taught for two years at the Foster Country School.  She was united in marriage on June 24, 1933, at the Hinckley home of her parents to Mr. Harley H. Haish

She was a lifelong member of the Immanuel Church, Hinckley.

Mrs. Haish and her husband were well known as the owners and operators of Haish family meat business in Hinckley.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Harley, of Hinckley; three loving children, Duane “Dewey” (Esta) Haish of Plano, Janice (Gary) Kutzleb of Monroe, WI, and Bette (Lloyd) Downing of Sycamore; seven dear grandchildren; seven fond great-grandchildren; and a caring sister, Helen Farmer of DeKalb.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Everett Papenberg in 1921 and two sisters, Esther Zuhlke in 1982 and Rubertha Nelson in 1983.

Funeral services for Mrs. Haish were held Thursday, February 27, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley with the Reverend Donald E. Balgeman officiating.

Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Pallbearers were David Haish, Steve Wig, Lloyd Downing, Gary Kutzleb, Calvin Haish, and Roger Klein.

Arrangements were by the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.            CC 3/5/1992

 

Herbert C. Bastian     1992.02.28

Herbert C. Bastian, 88, of Porterville, CA, formerly of Hinckley, died Tuesday, February 25, 1992, in CA.

Arrangements are pending at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.            CC 2/27/1992

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Herbert C. Bastian, 88, of Porterville, CA, formerly of Hinckley, died Tuesday, February 25, 1992, in California.

He was born March 2, 1903, in Squaw Grove Township, the son of Peter and Johannette (Stahl) Bastian. He was graduated from Fay School southwest of Hinckley and attended Hinckley High School.

On June 20, 1935, in Hinckley, he married Louella Rosette.

Mr. Bastian was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley. He and his wife were dairy and crop farmers, living on the same farm where he spent his entire life until moving to California three and one-half years ago.

Survivors include his wife of Porterville, CA; two daughters, Lourene Bastian of Redlands, CA, and Carla (Keith) Heal of Porterville; one granddaughter, Heather Heal of Porterville; and several nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Pearly, Alfred, Oren, and Earl (Alma); and two sisters, Mabel (Paul) Manser and Fern Bastian. He was the last of his generation of many cousins and double cousins.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 3, 1992, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Hinckley, with the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating. Keith Heal sang his father-in-law’s favorite hymn, “The Old Rugged Cross” accompanied at the organ by Shirley Thompson. Pallbearers were Allan Bastian, Bob Bastian, Ron Bastian, Floyd Manser, Mark Mortell and Mike Mortell. Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.

Arrangements were by the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.                CC 3/5/1992

Blanche N. Swensen Schaeffer     1992.02.29

Blanche N. Schaeffer, age 83, of Waterman passed away on Saturday, February 29, 1992, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb. She was born on July 26, 1908, in Victor Township, the daughter of Jens and Mathilde (Swensen) Swensen.

She was united in marriage on May 28, 1931, in Victor Township to Mr. Ralph H. Schaeffer.

Mrs. Schaeffer was a member of the Suydam United Methodist Church, Leland, as well as a very active member of the Elderberries Senior Citizens Group of Waterman.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Norman (Mary Lou) Schaeffer of DeKalb, a daughter, Lois Huffaker of Shabbona; two grandchildren, Brian (Maureen) Schaeffer of Boise, ID, and Mark (Susan) Schaeffer of Hudson, WI; three great-grandchildren, Jessica, Erin and Zachary all of Hudson, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Freda Moe, and a brother, Floyd, in infancy.

Funeral services for Mrs. Schaeffer will be held on Friday, March 6, at 11:00 a.m. at the Suydam United Methodist Church, Leland with the Reverend Edwin F. Rode officiating.

Interment will follow at Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk.

Arrangements were by the Nelson Funeral Homes.

A memorial in the name of Blanche N. Schaeffer is being established.                       CC 3/5/1992

 

Justin DeHaan     1992.02.30

Justin DeHaan, infant son of Kevin and Diane Birch DeHaan of Route 7, Box 3A, Quincy, IL 62301, was stillborn at 5:33 p.m. Monday, February 17, 1992, at Blessing Hospital.

The family attends St. Dominic Catholic Church.

Survivors include his parents; maternal grandparents, Dave and Nancy Birch of Hinckley; paternal grandparents, Charles and Julianne DeHaan of Richmond; maternal great-grandparents, Henry and Dorothy  Birch of Waterman; and paternal great-grandfather, Fred DeHaan of Woodstock.

Graveside services were conducted by the Reverend Louis Shea at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19, at Calvary Cemetery.                     CC 3/5/1992

 

Nancy Lee Anderson Smith     1992.02.31

Nancy Lee Smith, age 50, of Dixon, formerly of Hinckley, passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 1992, at Katherine Shaw Bathea Hospital in Dixon. She was born on May 7, 1941, in Creole Springs, IL, the daughter of Charles and Juanita (Furlong) Anderson.

Mrs. Smith was a state employee for the past 30 years. She was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Dixon.

Survivors include two daughters, Leanne Schertner (Douglas) Hall, Colorado Springs, CO, and Carmen Schertner (Jeffery) Reuter, Dixon; her mother, Juanita Anderson, Dixon; her father, Charles Anderson, Carbondale; a sister, Karen (Bill) Willett, Dixon; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, David Schertner of Hinckley in 1975.

A memorial service was held Monday, March 2, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley with the Reverend Jerome Zalonis, M.I.C., officiating. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.                         CC 3/5/1992

Vernon Gee     1992.02.32

Vernon Gee, 72, of Searcy, AR, formerly of Hinckley, died Saturday, February 29, 1992, in Searcy, AR.

He was born on March 19, 1919. He married Mary Ann Harvel on December 26, 1943, in Sycamore.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Barbara (Mike) Conley of IA; a son, Wayne (Marilyn) Gee of Searcy, AR, two grandchildren, Angela and Melissa Conley; two sisters, Ida (Paul) Hudson of DeKalb, and Ila (Sam) Hadley of Sycamore; and a brother, Joseph (Fern) Gee of Sycamore.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service was held on March 3, in Searcy.

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John Thornhill     1992.03.11

John Thornhill, 89, of Hampshire, died March 3, 1992, at Pine View Care Center in St. Charles where he has been a resident since October of 1990.

He was born January 3, 1903, in Ft. Recovery, OH, to James and Mary (Gettinger) Thornhill.  He married Genevieve Schopen in 1926.  For most of his life he was self-employed as an arborist.

Survivors include two sons, Gerald (Jean) Thornhill, Hampshire; John (Sharon) Thornhill, St. Charles; four daughters, Rosemary (Michael) Rissman, Hinckley, Priscilla (Richard) McChesney, Charlotte, NC, Carolyn Sapp, West Chicago, and Muriel Knowling, Huntsville, AL; two brothers, Robert, Carpentersville, and Leo, Denver, CO; and one sister, Nancy Hoblitt, Belleview, FL.  He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

His wife and an infant daughter, Mildred, preceded him in death.

Visitation was held at Frederick Funeral Home in Hampshire on Thursday, March 5, from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.  A memorial service was held at 8:00 p.m.  Cremation followed.   

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Joseph D. Frankino, Jr.     1992.03.12

Joseph D. Frankino, Jr., age 53 of Shabbona, formerly of Hinckley, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 1992, as the result of a fire in his home.  He was born in Chicago on May 29, 1938, the son of Joseph E. and Jessie (Lemezis) Frankino, Sr.

Mr. Frankino was presently employed at Terry’s Ristorante in Shabbona.  He had previously been employed by the Hinckley-Big Rock School District for many years.

Survivors include three sons, David Bursaw of the United States Air Force, stationed overseas, Donald J. Frankino of DeKalb, and Michael (and his fiancee Julie Haick of Plano) Frankino of Aurora; his parents, Joseph and Jessie Frankino, Sr. of Aurora; three brothers, James (Joyce) Frankino of Oswego, John Frankino of Boulder Hill, and Jared (Cindy) Frankino of Montgomery; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Frankino were held on Wednesday, March 18, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley with the Reverend Wayne Kirk officiating. 

Interment was in Westville, IL.                   CC 3/19/1992

 

 

 

Lorraine “Ted” Davis     1992.03.13

Lorraine “Ted” Davis, 89, of Hinckley, died at Hillside Living Center in Yorkville on Sunday, March 15, 1992.

Visitation was scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Nash Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley with funeral services at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, also at the funeral home.

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Christian H. Baie     1992.03.14

Christian H. Baie, 82, of Sycamore, died Wednesday, March 11, 1992, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born August 29, 1909, in Waterman, the son of Carl and Hattie (George) Baie.  He married Helen Mosher in 1932.  She died in 1980 and in 1981, he married Marie Moberg Magee.

Mr. Baie worked for Northern FS as a petroleum product distributor for 35 years, retiring in 1975.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Sycamore, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, a 50-year member of the Waterman Masonic Lodge, and a graduate of Waterman High School.

He is survived by his wife, Marie of Sycamore; three stepsons, Ronald Magee of Loves Park, William Magee of Woodstock and David Magee of Harvard; four stepdaughters, Delores Blank of Kingston, Sharon Garcia of Kingston, Barbara Sebby of Sycamore and Judith Kieser of Union; a brother, Arden Baie of Waterman; two sisters, Phoebe Nichols of Hinckley and Mary Cleaver of Missouri; 30 stepgrandchildren; 24 stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Helen; three sisters, Iona Furland, Leila Cunz and Ora Ziegler; and one stepgranddaughter, Ronda Shafer.

Funeral services were held on Saturday at the Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home with the Rev. David Chaney and Rev. Kirk Reed officiating.  A Masonic service was held on Friday evening.  Burial was at Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore.

A memorial fund is being established for the Sycamore United Methodist church in the name of Christian H. Baie.

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Norma Pauline Noldan Wilkinson Asher     1992.03.15

Norma Pauline Asher, age 67, of Montgomery, IL, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 1992, at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.  She was born in Columbus, OH, on June 8, 1924, the daughter of Alfred Noldan and Georgia (Lamb) Noldan.

She was a homemaker and attended the Big Rock Congregational Church in Big Rock.

She was united in marriage during 1942 in Chicago to Mr. Walter M. Wilkinson.  She was later married to Mr. Harlan D. Asher.

Survivors include her children, Linda Marlene Wilkinson of New Hampshire, Donna Colleen Tummins, of Aurora, Alan Timothy Asher of Big Rock, Leslie Eugene Asher of Naperville; 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Noldan of Park Ridge; a sister, June Zeller of Fremont, MI; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, William; two sisters, Elizabeth and Bonnie; and two brothers, Leonard and George.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 24, at the Big Rock Congregational Church with the Reverend Kurt Simon officiating.  Interment was at the South Big Rock Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in the memory of Norma Asher to the Big Rock Congregational Church.

Arrangements were by the Nelson Funeral Homes.

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Pauline M. Pitz Nauert     1992.03.16

Pauline M. Nauert, 80, of Aurora, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 1992, at Aurora Manor Nursing Home.  She was born on January 16, 1912, at Juanita, NE.

She was a member of the Sanctuary Sodality of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, St. Elizabeth Branch #199 Western Catholic Union and Women of the Moose Batavia Chapter #722.

Survivors include her husband, Henry N. Nauert, of Aurora; five daughters, Mrs. Teresa (Robert) Wiskur of Mt. Morris, IL, Mrs. Josephine (Richard) Edmeier of Hinckley, Mrs. Mary Ellen (Mike) Dunbar of Aurora, Mrs. Dolores (William) VanDuzor of Jefferson, WI, and Mrs. Jane (Lee) Hemberger of Kenesaw, NE; three sons, John (Sharon) Nauert of Aurora, Kenneth Nauert of Rockford, and Paul Nauert of Newark, IL; 23 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Mary (Joseph) Zubrod of Hastings, NE, Mrs. Bertha Carpenter and Mrs. Teresa (Clarence) Reines of Aurora, and Sr. M. Carissima C.P.P.S.; of Finland, Europe; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mathias and Appolonia (Bohr) Pitz; four brothers, Joseph, John, Emil and Charles Pitz; two sisters, Martha and Margaret Weiland and one granddaughter, Anna Marie Nauert.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 23, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Fr. Edward F. Gillespie officiating.  A wake service and Women of the Moose services were held on Sunday evening.  Interment was at Marywood Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Daleiden High Street Mortuary.

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Fern Boyle Lane     1992.03.17

Fern B. Lane, 90, of rural Shabbona, died Saturday, March 21, 1992, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

She was born January 1, 1902, in Marissa, the daughter of Hugh and Sarah (Smith) Boyle.  She married Miles Lane on January 1, 1931.

She was graduated from Waterman High School, DeKalb’s Teacher College, and received her teaching degree from Northern Illinois University.  She taught for many years at numerous rural DeKalb County schools, as well as in Oak Park, Lee and Rockford.  She was active in many elementary education organizations and a member of the Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Society and the Rockford Lapidary Club.

Survivors include her husband of rural Shabbona; a daughter, Helen (Albert) Pickwell of rural Shabbona; a grandson, Lane (Joyce) Pickwell of Shabbona; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Lane was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Gayle Boyle.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 24, at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona with the Reverend Evelyn J. Dickerson officiating.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

A memorial fund is being established for Fern B. Lane for the Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Old Settler’s Historical Society.

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Garriott L. Lockenour     1992.03.18

Garriott L. Lockenour, 67, of DeKalb, died Saturday, March 14, 1992, at DeKalb County Nursing Home.

He was born June 19, 1924, in Rochelle, the son of Robert and Jessie (Applegate) Lockenour.

He was a farmer in DeKalb County including the Hinckley area and also worked at Plano Molding Company and later worked at Federal Huber Company.

Survivors include three sisters, Verina Anderson of Malta, Sylvia (Merrill) Anderson of Malta and Margaret Smith of Plano; a brother, Lloyd (Betty) Lockenour of Fountain Hill, AZ; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Kenneth Lockenour in 1971; and two nephews, Robert Lockenour and Paul Smith.

Funeral services for Mr. Lockenour were held March 17 at Anderson Funeral Home with the Reverend Thomas Hanson of the First Lutheran Church officiating.  Burial was at the Malta Cemetery.                               CC 3/26/1992

 

Marguerite Meyer Rood     1992.03.19

Marguerite Rood, 89, of Sycamore and formerly of Hinckley and Sheridan, died Friday, March 20, 1992, at Shabbona Health Care Center.

She was born September 10, 1902, in Baker, the daughter of Joseph and Victorine (Parisot) Meyer.  She married Leonard Rood February 8, 1921, at St. John’s Church in Somonauk.

She farmed with her husband in Hinckley and Sheridan for many years before moving to Sycamore in 1981.  She was a member of The Church of St. Mary’s in Sycamore.

Survivors include her husband of Sycamore; two sons, William (Emiline) Rood of Shabbona and David (Barbara) Rood of Genoa; three daughters, Loretta (Nick) Brummel of South Wayne, WI, Lorraine (Edward) Erhart of Hinckley, and Dorothy (Robert) Pulfer of Carmel, IN; a daughter-in-law, Judy Rood of Sycamore; a sister, Marie Greiter of Aurora; 39 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Rood was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Kenneth and Dwayne; six brothers, Louis, Lawrence, Roy, David, Victor and Martin Meyer; a sister, Louelle Sherman; an infant son; and two grandchildren.

A funeral mass was recited on Monday, March 23, at The Church of St. Mary’s in Sycamore with the Reverend Frank J. Timar, MSC, officiating.  A Christian wake service was held on Sunday evening.  Burial was at St. John’s Cemetery near Somonauk.

Arrangements were by the Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home.

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Lorraine Flewellin Davis     1992.03.20

Lorraine “Ted” Davis, age 89, of Hinckley passed away on Sunday, March 15, 1992, at the Hillside Healthcare Center in Yorkville.  She was born in Shabbona Grove, IL, on November 14, 1902, the daughter of Robert and Belle (Mead) Flewellin.

She was united in marriage on February 25, 1948, in Ottawa to Mr. Paul Davis.  She and her husband were farmers in the Hinckley-Big Rock area for many years and were members of the Kane County Farm Bureau.

Mrs. Davis is survived by her nieces, Anabelle (Lester) Schlesinger, of Paw Paw, Kattie (James) Ramsey of Heber Springs, AR, and two nephews, Kenneth “Butch” (Jane) Flewellin of Shabbona, Robert Foster, of Michigan, and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul, on January 15, 1992; four brothers, Don, Ole, Kenneth, and Dale Flewellin; and three sisters, Hazel Cannon, Ethel Flewellin, and Gladys Foster.

Funeral services for Mrs. Davis were held on March 19 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley with the Reverend Paul Gerardy officiating.  Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.                                   CC 3/26/1992

 

Willard A. White     1992.03.21

Willard A. White, age 83, of Hinckley, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 1992, at home.

He was born February 3, 1909, at East Chicago, IN to Jessie and Catherine (Addicks) White.

He graduated from Joliet Township High School with the Class of 1926.  He was united in marriage to Marie Zilm of Essex on September 29, 1931, at Geneva, IL.

He chose farming as his life’s vocation and had lived at Hinckley since 1942.  His greatest enjoyment was flying, a hobby he pursued actively until shortly before his 83rd birthday.  He was a life member and Past Governor of Aurora Moose Lodge #400.  He was a member of the Legion of the Moose, attained the Fellowship Degree, and was awarded the Pilgrim Degree of Merit—the highest honor of the Loyal Order of Moose.

Survivors include his wife, Marie; two children, George (Pat) White of Rochester, MN, and Dorothy (Ken) Myers of Hinckley; six grandchildren, Alan (Janae) White of Rochester, MN, Bob (Jenni) Myers of Hinckley, Marlene (Denis) Sutton of Rochester, MN, Karen Stryker of Hinckley, Neal (Barbara) White of Eau Claire, WI, and Diane White of Sioux Falls, SD; three stepgrandchildren, Gregg (Teresa) Gustine of Pine Island, MN, and Lori (Tim) Lutzke and Dan (Kim) Gustine, both of Rochester, MN.  Mr. White is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren, Michael and Christi Sutton; Greg Burks; Amanda, Eric and Ryan White; Dan and Andrea Myers; Jessica White; Melissa, Megan and Rachael Gustine; and Alyson and Zach Lutzke.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepfather, George McQueen.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 20, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley with Pastor Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment was at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.                                      CC 3/26/1992

 

Anthony Michael Tyne     1992.03.22

Anthony Michael Tyne, 18 months, of DeKalb, died Sunday, March 29, 1992, at Rockford Memorial Hospital.

He was born September 22, 1990, in Morris, the son of Tiffany F. Tyne and Edward A. Thompson, Jr.

Survivors include his mother of DeKalb; his father of Sycamore; his maternal grandparents, Michael J. Tyne of Joliet and JoAnn Lane-Baltz of Earlville; his paternal grandparents, Edward, Sr. and Ann Thompson of Sycamore; his maternal great-grandmother, Mary Lavene Tyne of Shabbona; his maternal great-grandparents, Helen and Richard Lane of Earlville; his paternal great-grandparents, Elizabeth and John Stewart of Hot Springs Village, AR; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandfather, Ralph M. Tyne; his paternal great-grandparents, Elizabeth and Thomas Thompson; and his paternal great-grandmother, Louise Stewart.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 1, at the Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore, the Reverend Mark W. Knappe officiating.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

Arrangements were by the Anderson Funeral Home.

A memorial in the name of Anthony Michael Tyne is being established.                            CC 4/2/1992

 

Dewie D. Winebaugh     1992.03.23

Dewie D. Winebaugh, 56, of Big Rock, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 1992, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  He was born on November 23, 1935, in Pocahontas, AR.

Mr. Winebaugh was self-employed as a truck driver until he retired in 1985.

Survivors include his wife, Vivian (Perkins) Winebaugh; three daughters, Laura Jandt of Sandwich, Anita (Keith) Dillenback of Hinckley, and Cheryl (Chris) Johnston of McHenry; two grandsons, Joshua and Clinton Jandt of Sandwich; a granddaughter, Ashley Dillenback of Hinckley; four brothers, Duel (Betty) Winebaugh of Pocahontas, AR, Harvey (Geneva) Winebaugh, of Pocahontas, Bill (Donna) Winebaugh of Plano, and Eugene Winebaugh of Pocahontas, AR; four sisters, Evelyn Wellner of St. Louis, MO, Pauline (Roland) Alderks of Kings, IL, Mary Watkins of Clio, MI, and Shirley Wingler of Warner Robins, GA, and two brothers-in-law, Robert Perkins of Montgomery, IL, and Frank Perkins, of Kenosha, WI; a sister-in-law, Silvia Winebaugh of Pacific, MO, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William R. and Dixie Winebaugh, and a brother, Gerald Winebaugh.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 30, at the Dieterle Memorial Home, Pastor Kurt Simon officiating.  Burial was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. 

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Donald L. Barker     1992.03.24

Donald L. Barker, 59, of Kirkland, died Saturday, March 28, 1992, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born June 5, 1932, in Waterman, the son of George and Gertrude (Gunderson) Barker.  He attended DeKalb High School, enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was a Korean War veteran.

He married Mary “Susie” L. Junghans on April 9, 1953, in Providence, RI.

Mr. Barker was employed by General Electric, Essex Wire and most recently at A. O. Smith Harvestore in DeKalb as a factory maintenance man.

Survivors include his wife, of Kirkland; a son, Daniel B. (Anna) Barker of Creston; two daughters, Gloria L. (Brad) Garrison of DeKalb and Cynthia L. Rice of Rochelle; two sisters, Elsie (Henry Collins) Prather of Sycamore and Beverly (William) Landis of Danville, CA; a brother, Norm (Donna) Tangerose of Kirkland; and 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Barker and Gertrude Barker Tangerose.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 31, at the Quiram-Kirkland Funeral Home with Simon Dean officiating.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.  CC 4/2/1992

 

Antonie M. Nielsen Christensen     1992.03.25

Antonie M. Christensen, 95, of Plato Center, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, March 26, 1992, at the Apostolic Christian Resthaven in Elgin, where she had been a resident for the past few weeks.

She was born January 17, 1897, in Rold, Denmark, the daughter of Chris and Anna Marie (Sorensen) Nielsen.  When she was a child, the family came to America and made their home in Hinckley about the turn of the century.

She graduated from local schools where she earned a scholarship to attend college.  As a young woman she became a seamstress and was employed as a domestic for local families with whom she also made her home.

On March 29, 1917, she was united in marriage to Albert Christensen.  They made their home in Park Park until 1938 when they moved to Plato Center where they farmed until moving to town in 1966.  Following Mr. Christensen’s death on December 18, 1979, she continued to live in her own home with the same confident independence that characterized all of her life.

Mrs. Christensen was a farm wife, homemaker and mother who made pies that still “taste good” just to remember.  Dedicated to her family and her heritage she helped start the annual Christensen reunion and remained one of its staunch supporters all of her life.  In addition, she was a member of Plato United Methodist Church, a former member of the Kane County Home Extension, the Royal Neighbors and the Plato Service Pinochle Club.

Mrs. Christensen is survived by four sons, Raymond (Emogene) of Plato Center, Kenneth (Anne) of Elgin, and Donald (Carole) and Delbert (Judy) Christensen, both of Freeport; two daughters, Velma (Everett) Montgomery of DeKalb and Lois (Donald) Hennig of Elgin; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant daughter, Irene; a grandson, William Christensen (Vietnam); two sisters, Emily Patrick and Elna Pease; and two brothers, Harry and Stanley Nielsen.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, March 29, at the Conley Funeral Home in Elburn with the Reverend Pastor Douglas Asbury of the Plato United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial was at Gardner Cemetery, Park Park.

Memorials in her name may be made to the Plato United Methodist Church, Russel and Muirhead Roads, Plato Center, IL 60170.                                       CC 4/2/1992

 

 

                         Robert A. Haag, Jr.     1992.04.09

Robert A. Haag, Jr., 50 of Hinckley, formerly of Sandwich, passed away on April 7, 1992, at his home.  He was born on January 20, 1942, in Sycamore, the son of Robert and Ruth (Behrmann) Haag and graduated from Sandwich Community High School in 1960.

Survivors include his mother, Ruth Haag of Sandwich; three daughters, Christine Haag of Norman, OK, Connie Haag of Denver, CO, and Caryn (Jeff) Fox of Hollister, MO; one son, Allan (Lisa) Haag of Sandwich; two sisters, Pat (Jim) Whitten of Sandwich and Nora Simmons of Fort Myers, FL; two brothers, Bill (Deb) Haag and Dan (Donna) Haag, both of Sandwich; and a grandson, Jacob Haag.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert L. Haag, in March of 1991.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 11, at the Turner Funeral Home, Somonauk, with the Reverend Gregory Mayer officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.

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                           Glenn Thomas Sanders     1992.04.10

Glenn Thomas Sanders, age 81, of Sandwich, passed away Saturday, April 25, 1992, at Willowcrest Nursing Pavilion, Sandwich.  He was born July 28, 1910, in Racoon County, IL, the son of Thomas and Grace (Breeze) Sanders.

Orphaned at an early age, he was raised by his grandparents, John and Cassie Breeze.  He was united in marriage to Joyce May Hill, on December 4, 1939, in Missouri.  He retired in 1975 from Barber-Greene in Aurora, where he was employed for 19 years.  He was a member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock, where he was a deacon for a number of years.  He was a member of the Sunbeam Masonic Lodge of Plano, where he was a Past Master.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce of Sandwich; a son, Alan (Nancy) Sanders of Sandwich; a daughter, Marilyn (Dale) Beard of Lexington, IL; a sister, Olive (Marvin) Westby of Somonauk; six grandchildren, Shelley Bryant, Michael Beard, Vicki Klein, Erin, Cori, and Kari Sanders; and four great-grandchildren, Erik Bryant, Justin Bryant, Amanda and Brian Klein.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a half-brother, Cleon, and two sisters, Darlene and one in infancy.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 29, at the English Congregational Church of Christ in Big Rock, the Reverend Kurt Simon officiating.  A Masonic service was held following visitation on Tuesday evening.  Burial was at Welsh Cemetery, Big Rock.

Pall bearers were Morris Griswold, John Finley, Dale Meddar, Arthur Warren, Michael Beard, and David Kensel.

Memorials may be made to English Congregational United Church of Christ, Big Rock, or Alzheimers National Association, 70 E. Lake St., Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60601-9971.

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                          Margie J. Weber Byro     1992.04.13

Margie J. Byro, age 64, of Yorkville, passed away April 9, 1992, at her home.  She was born October 29, 1927, in Sandwich, the daughter of Frank and Minnie (Bergren) Weber.

On June 17, 1944, she married Lyle S. Byro in Sandwich.

Mrs. Byro lived most of her life in Sandwich.  From 1973 to 1987, she and her husband resided in Hayward, WI, and also spent time in Eustis, FL.  She was a retired Assistant Vice President of the State Bank of Hayward, WI.

Survivors include her husband, Lyle of Yorkville; her mother, Minnie of Sandwich; two sons, Timothy (Connie) Byro of the U.S. Air Force, Honolulu, HI, and Michael (Delores) Byro of Hinckley; two daughters, Sharon (Robert) Wheeler of Plainfield and Mary (Robert) Cole of Somonauk; two sisters, Arlene Vesta of Daytona, FL, and Maxine Eggebrecht of Sandwich; six grandchildren, Ronda Ehmke of Plainfield, Sean Byro of Salt Lake City, UT, Amy Byro of Schertz, TX, Jon Byro, of Hinckley, Erik and Jake Byro of Sandwich.

She was preceded in death by her father and two sons, Frank and Edward.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 11, at the Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.  Burial was at Au Sable Grove Cemetery.                          CC 4/16/1992

 

Pauline A. Schnitz Bravick     1992.04.15

Pauline A. “Polly” Bravick, 58, of Somonauk, died Saturday, April 11, 1992, at Mercy Center in Aurora.

She was born on May 6, 1933, in Waterman, to Clarence and Alice (Mizel) Schnitz.

On April 5, 1952, she married Richard M. Bravick in Somonauk.  She was a homemaker, a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society in Somonauk.

Survivors include her husband, Richard; four daughters, Jill (Dale) Olson of Sandwich, Jan (Bill) Knudsen of Somonauk, Jody (Jim) Yingling of Sandwich and Joan Bravick of Somonauk; four grandchildren, Stacy and Byron Knudsen and Heather and Kylie Yingling; a brother, Clarence (Joyce) Schnitz of Somonauk; a sister, Diane (Ron) Dallner of Sandwich; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, John Schnitz, in 1972.

A Mass of the Resurrection was held on Wednesday morning, April 15, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Somonauk, the Reverend Father Charles E. Sherman officiating.  A liturgical wake service was recited on Tuesday evening during visitation at the Turner Funeral Home, Somonauk.  Burial was in the St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Somonauk.

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society. 

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Naomi Mullis Franklin     1992.04.18

Naomi Franklin, 80, of DeKalb, died Wednesday, April 8, 1992, at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford.

She was born August 20, 1911, in Linton, IN, the daughter of Orville and Audrey (Taylor) Mullis.  She married William Franklin on March 25, 1933, in DeKalb.

She was a homemaker and farm wife, employed at Cords Ltd. for more than 25 years.  She took a number of classes at Kishwaukee College, earning the Lifelong Learning Award.  Mrs. Franklin was a follower of the Baha’i faith and was active in community affairs at the Senior Citizens’ Center.  She served as an election judge, was a member of the Farm Bureau and the Mayfield Grange.

Survivors include two daughters, Nacola Crooke and Christine Crane, both of DeKalb; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her stepmother, Loula Mullis of the Shabbona Nursing Home; two half sisters, Mertus Imfeld of Dixon and Marjorie Carls of Shabbona; a half brother, Larry Mullis of Sandwich; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Karen; a son-in-law; and two half sisters.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 11, at the Ronan-Moore Mortuary.  Burial was at Fairview Park Cemetery.

A memorial fund in the name of Naomi Franklin is being established.                  CC 4/16/1992

 

Helen Schuld Fritsch  1992.04.19

Helen Fritsch, (Mrs. Lloyd Fritsch), age 76, of Big Rock, passed away Monday, April 20, 1992, at Copley Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 23, at the English Congregational United Church of Christ, Big Rock, the Reverend Arthur Zillgitt, officiating.  Visitation was scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.

Memorials my be given to the Big Rock Fire Department, the Big Rock Lions Club, or the English Congregational United Church of Christ.                            CC 4/23/1992

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Helen S. Fritsch, age 76, of Big Rock, passed away on Monday, April 20, 1992, at Copley Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Harvard, IL, in McHenry County, on February 24, 1916, the daughter of Albert W. and Bertha H. (Brunner) Schuld.  On February 24, 1935, she was united in marriage to Mr. Lloyd Fritsch in Woodstock, IL.

Mrs. Fritsch was a member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock.  She had been a member of the Farther Lights of the Big Rock Baptist Church as well as a member of the Willing Workers of the English Congregational United Church of Christ of Big Rock.  She was a past president of the Big Rock P.T.A., past president of the Big Rock Plowing Match, past president of the Big Rock Home Bureau, past officer of the Kane County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee and a director of the H.I.A. of Kane County.

She was a retired librarian of the Squaw Grove Township Library in Hinckley, where she had worked for over 21 years.

Survivors include her husband Lloyd of Big Rock; her four children, Joan (Donald) Needham of Park Park, Kenneth (Barbara) Fritsch of Wheaton, Ronald Fritsch of Chicago, and Beverly (Gene) May of Aurora; eight grandchildren, Pamela (James) Volkert of Rochelle, Peggy (Jeffrey) Yagen of Park Park, Jennifer Fritsch of Wheaton, Kenneth Fritsch, Jr. of Winfield, Stephen Fritsch of Winfield, Mark (Susan) May of Tampa, FL, Todd (Vickie) May of Aurora, Lori (Bruce) Nixon of Woodbury, MN; five great-grandchildren, Tiffany May of Tampa, FL, Samuel Volkert of Rochelle, Margaret Yagen of Park Park, Bobbi May of Tampa, FL, and Bradley May of Aurora; three brothers, Alfred (Dorothy) Schuld, Lyle Schuld, and Wayne (Ginny) Schuld, all of Harvard; and a sister, Ethel (Victor) Sternberg of Marengo, IL.

Mrs. Fritsch was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Mildred, in infancy.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 23, at the English Congregational United Church of Christ of Big Rock with the Reverend Arthur Zillgitt officiating.  Interment was at the Welsh-South Big Rock Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Big Rock Fire Department, Big Rock Lions Club, or the English Congregational United Church of Christ of Big Rock.

Arrangements were by the Nelson Funeral Homes.

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Marvin R. Johnson     1992.04.20

Marvin R. Johnson, 56, of Big Rock, passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 1992, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born on October 15, 1935, in Davenport, IA.

Mr. Johnson was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Controller.  He retired in June of 1986 after 30 years of service.  He was a member of the “Sugar Squares” Square Dance Club and a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Survivors include his wife, Judith (Werden) Johnson of Big Rock; his son, Michael (Shelley) Johnson of Philadelphia, PA; his daughter, Mrs. Kelly (Warren) West of North Aurora; his mother, Mrs. Nina Johnson of Bettendorf, IA; his sister, Mrs. Carole (Robert) Woods of Bettendorf, IA; and five grandchildren, Jodi, Robert Aldrich, Alishia and Alana West, all of North Aurora, and Nicole Johnson of Philadelphia, PA.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Johnson.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 17, at the Dieterle Memorial Home, the Reverend Gerald Rygh officiating.  Graveside services were held Saturday, April 18, at Davenport Park Memorial Cemetery in Davenport, IA.

Memorials may be made to the Big Rock Fire and EMS Department.                            CC 4/23/1992

 

Arthur L. Keyes     1992.04.21

Arthur L. “Doc” Keyes, M.D., 98, of Hinckley, passed away Thursday, April 16, 1992, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born on March 1, 1894, in Hopedale, IL, the son of Dr. Robert H. and Mary M. (Schilpp) Keyes.

He was united in marriage to the former Maude Virginia Granger in Chicago on December 31, 1923.

Dr. Keyes was a graduate of Bradley University in Peoria and Northwestern College of Medicine in 1923 where he was a member of Phi Beta Pi Fraternity.  Dr. and Mrs. Keyes soon moved to Hinckley where he began practicing medicine in 1927 and has continued to do so all his life.

He was a member of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Aurora, and he had served in the Armed Forces during WWI.  He belonged to the American Legion and the Hinckley Senior Citizens.

Dr. Keyes practiced medicine in Hinckley for 60 years.  His office was upstairs in the Davis building for several years until he moved to the Nash building.  Dr. Keyes was a very dedicated physician caring for patients day and night and made house calls throughout his entire practice.  Everyone will remember him for his dedication to medicine and his friendly morning greeting with a tip of his hat and a whistle.

He was an avid Cub fan who collected funds to purchase a new Ford for Stan Hack, of the Cubs, which was presented to him at a game.  Dr. Keyes was also one of the Hinckley residents who attended the first Globetrotters game in Hinckley in 1927 and the reunion celebration in 1987.  When the Globetrotters came to Hinckley for their first game they were unable to find a hotel room so Dr. Keyes offered his office for their use as sleeping quarters.  Dr. Keyes was awarded the Outstanding Citizen Award for his contribution to the village of Hinckley and to the citizens of the community.

Dr. Keyes is survived by four nephews, Francis (Dee) Keyes of Tarpon Springs, FL, Arthur L. (Gloria) Weise of Pekin, IL, Donald (Shirley) Keyes of East Peoria, IL, and Gene (Jean) Keyes of Pekin, IL; a niece, Marilyn (Chester) Schabatka of Pekin, IL, and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Maude Virginia in 1978; two sons, Walter and Robert; three brothers and a sister.

Funeral services for Dr. Keyes were held on Saturday, April 18, from the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Pastor Paul Gerardy officiating.  Interment was at the Shiloh Cemetery near Hopedale, IL, with the Reverend Steve Estes of Boynton Mennonite Church officiating at the graveside service.

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Ingmond Finnestad     1992.04.22

Ingmond Finnestad, 84, of DeKalb, died Monday, April 27, 1992, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

He was born April 4, 1908, in Stavanger, Norway, the son of Alfred and Elizabeth (Olson) Finnestad.  On June 15, 1932, he married Mildred Knutson in Milan Township.

He was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee.  He farmed for many years in the Shabbona, Malta, and Esmond areas.

Survivors include five sons, Daryle (Barbara) Finnestad of Elk Grove Village, Richard and Charles Finnestad, both of Malta, Gary (Karen) Finnestad of Park Grove, MN, and Kevin Finnestad of Champlin, MN; two daughters, Janice (Lloyd) Oxley of Omaha, NE, and Mardelle (Ron) Kennay of Oregon, IL; three sisters, Edith (Harry) Halverson of DeKalb, Blanche Johnson of Naples, FL, and Esther Rumpf of DeKalb; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife on November 5, 1991; a brother, Marvin; and two sisters, Bertha Eike and Alida Andresen.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 1, at the Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee with the Reverend Donald Myhres officiating.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  Burial will be at Union Cemetery in rural Steward.               CC 4/30/1992

 

William E. Glock     1992.04.23

William E. Glock, 70, of North Aurora, passed away on Thursday, April 23, 1992, at his home.  He was born February 5, 1922, in Hampden, ND, the son of the late Herman and Emma (Berger) Glock.

Mr. Glock served with the Navy in WWII and was a lifetime member of the Batavia VFW Post #1197 and of Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post #84.

Survivors include his wife, Lois (Manderfeld) Glock, of North Aurora; two sons, Wayne (Brenda) Glock of Hinckley and Mike (Debra) Glock of North Aurora; two granddaughters, Chanda and Laura; two grandsons, Kevin and Michael, Jr.; a step-grandson, Dustin; a special sister-in-law, Ruth Moral, of Mauston, WI; and a brother-in-law, Jerome Mathiowitz, of Lodi, CA.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur and Edward Glock, and five sisters, Lydia Johnson, Bernice Blick, Lois Zimmerman, Donna Mathiowitz and Louise Glock.

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 27, from the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Paul D. Pletcher officiating.  Burial was in Riverside Cemetery.                        CC 4/30/1992

 

Agatha Schimpf     1992.04.24

Agatha Schimpf, 79, of Montgomery, died Friday, April 24, 1992, at her home.  She was born November 10, 1912.

She was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph Schimpf of Montgomery; four sons, Joseph (Jackie) Schimpf of Widefield, CO, George Schimpf of Wayne, IL, John (Barbara) Schimpf-Roglin of Berlin, Germany, and Frank (Kathleen) Schimpf of Oswego; two daughters, Rose (Edward) Wagner of Montgomery and Agatha (Richard) Shadle of Big Rock; twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 27, from the Dieterle Memorial Home to St. Peters Catholic Church, Fr. Mark McDonald, officiating.  Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Disease and Related Disorders Association, 70 East Lake, Chicago, IL 60601-9971.                              CC 4/30/1992

 

Mary E. MacDougall    1992.04.25

Mary E. MacDougall, age 86, of DeKalb, formerly of Waterman, passed away Monday, April 27, 1992, at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.  She was born on July 18, 1906, in Aurora, the daughter of Duncan and Bertha (Graham) MacDougall.

Survivors include a brother, Clyde (Mary) MacDougall of Waterman; three nieces, Donna (Herschel) Leifheit of Waterman, Darlene Royer of DeKalb, and Joanne Thomas of Satellite Beach, FL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Everett, Eugene, and Verne; and two infant sisters.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, April 29, at the Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk, the Reverend Mark Tammen officiating.

Arrangements were by Nelson Funeral Homes.

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Jeffrey M. Reid     1992.04.26

Jeffrey M. Reid, 29, of rural Monticello, WI, died Wednesday, April 22, 1992, at his home.

He was born in DeKalb on August 21, 1962, the son of George and Phyllis (Erlenbach) Reid.  In 1980 he graduated from Marengo High School.  He farmed with his parents at Marengo and moved to Monroe in 1981.  On April 5, 1986, he married Janice Zimmerman in Monroe, WI.

Survivors include his wife of rural Monticello; a son, Ross; his parents of Monroe; two brothers, Marvin Reid of Albany, WI, and Paul Reid of Monroe; two sisters, Susan (Joe) Elmer of Madison, WI, and Cindy Reid of Monroe.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Winifred and Truman Erlenbach of Waterman, and Barbara and Olen Reid of Cortland.

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 26, at the Stuessy Funeral Home in Monroe.  Burial was at Fairview Cemetery, DeKalb.                       CC 4/30/1992

 

Julia Lindemann Maercker     1992.04.27

Julia (Judy) L. Maercker, of Mission, TX, formerly of Park Park, died Wednesday, April 15, 1992, at Mission Hospital in Texas.  She was born in Lincoln County, MN, on May 23, 1915.

On August 15, 1936, she married Charles Maercker in Downers Grove.

Survivors include her husband, Charles of Mission; two daughters, Kathryn (David) Hunt of Rutherfordton, NC, and Margaret (James) Schoo of Hinckley; a son Arthur (Karren) Maercker of Park Park; ten grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lloyd Lindemann of Alaska and Leroy (Aila) Austin of Michigan; a sister Deloris (Toven) Haraldsen of Downers Grove and a sister-in-law, Teckla Lindemann of Summit.

A memorial service was held at the Grace United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 25, 1992, the Reverend Robin Benson officiating.                               CC 5/7/1992

 

Helen M. Johnson     1992.05.14

Helen M. Johnson, 87, of DeKalb, formerly of rural Nelson Road, died Monday, May 4, 1992, at Oak Crest Retirement Center in DeKalb.

She was born July 27, 1904, in DeKalb, the daughter of Charles M. and Johanna M. (Lofgren) Johnson.

She was a graduate of Northern Illinois Teachers College, receiving a bachelor’s degree in education.  She taught school in rural DeKalb County and the McMurray School at Northern Illinois University.  She was a lifetime member of the First Lutheran Church of DeKalb, the project group at the church, the DeKalb County Home Extension, and the DeKalb Women’s Club.

Survivors include a sister, Martha E. Fay of Waterman; eight nieces; three nephews; 24 great-nieces and great-nephews; and several great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and cousins.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 8, at the First Lutheran Church in DeKalb, with the Reverend Thomas Hanson officiating.  Burial will be at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb.  Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. until time of services Friday at the church.  A memorial fund is being established.

Arrangements by the Anderson Funeral Home.  CC 5/7/1992

 

Alice T. Magnusson Braffet     1992.05.15

Alice T. Braffet, 88, of rural DeKalb, died Friday, May 8, 1992, at Pine Acres Care Center.

She was born December 12, 1903, in Sweden, the daughter of Martin and Amelia Magnusson.

She married Clifford Braffet.  She was a former employee of Rudolph Co. and Cords Ltd.

Survivors include a son, James “Pat” (Alberta) Braffet of DeKalb; a sister, Elise Johnson of DeKalb; a brother, LeRoy Magnusson of Rochelle; four grandsons, Gary, Craig, Jim, and Curt; ten great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother and three sisters.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 11, at the Ronan-Moore Mortuary with Reverend Chris Lee-Thompson officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Park Cemetery.

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William L. Diedrich, Jr.     1992.05.16

William L. Diedrich, Jr., 68, of San Francisco, CA, and formerly of DeKalb, died Friday, May 8, 1992, at Mercy Center in Aurora.

He was born November 17, 1923, in DeKalb, the son of William and Marie Lawler Diedrich.

On August 6, 1949, he married Margaret Benson in DeKalb.  He was a practicing attorney in California for 34 years.

He graduated from DeKalb schools, received his undergraduate degree from Benedictine College, in Atchison, KS, and received his law degree from Georgetown University.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Peter of Sierra Madre, CA; two daughters, Louise of Val Verde, CA, and Anne of San Francisco, CA; two sisters, Lucille (William) Riordan of Hinsdale, and Patricia (James) Lynch of Elmhurst; four brothers, Charles (Terese) of Salt Lake City, UT, Edward (Dawn) of DeKalb, Thomas (Mary Lou) of Arlington, VA, and Joseph (Teresa) of Hinckley; two grandchildren, Amelia and Molly; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Memorial Mass of the Resurrection was held on Tuesday, May 12, at St. Mary’s Church in DeKalb.  A liturgical wake service was recited on Monday evening at the Ronan-Moore Mortuary.

A memorial is established for William L. Diedrich, Jr. for Benedictine College.                      CC 5/14/1992

 

Avis Michael Thompson     1992.05.17

Avis (Michael) Thompson, age 66, of Hinckley passed away on Thursday, May 7, 1992, at Hillside Healthcare Center in Yorkville.  She was born October 11, 1925, in Big Rock, the daughter of George and Ida (Steinhoff) Michael.

She owned and operated a restaurant in Hinckley for many years and warmed hearts with her unique sense of humor and delicious country cooking.  She later tendered care to elderly people.

Survivors include a sister, Shirley (Dean) Langdon of Hinckley; two brothers, David (Betty) Michael of Hinckley and Randall Michael of Tucson, AZ; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Myrl Riis; and three brothers, Curtis, Jack and Spencer Michael.

Funeral services were held at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley on Saturday, May 9, with Reverend Paul Gerardy officiating.  Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Serving as pallbearers were Darrell Michael, Danny Michael, Jack Michael, Brett Michael, Nathan Bauer and Carl Wassman.

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Kiersel I. Petersen     1992.05.18

Kiersel I. Petersen, 84, of Aurora, died Tuesday, May 12, 1992, at her home.

She was born on November 2, 1907, in Burwell, NE, the daughter of Andrew and Blanche (Emal) Petersen.

She was a math teacher and taught at Yorkville, Joliet, and Mooseheart schools.  She had also taught for ten years in the rural schools of Nebraska.

Miss Petersen was a member of the Bristol United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, and she also belonged to the Kendall County Retired Teachers Association.

Survivors include three brothers, Neale (Ruth) of Ogallala, NE, Ross (Bernice) of Hinckley, and Allen (Luella) of Franklin, NE; three sisters, Christina (Philip) Ehrenhard of Leesburg, FL, Ruth Petersen of Republican City, NE, and Reye (Adolph) Goedeken of Oscaloosa, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, George and Warren.

Funeral services were held on Friday, May 15, at the Bristol United Methodist Church in Bristol, the Reverend Kirk R. Seagren officiating.  Burial was at Elmwood Cemetery in Yorkville.  Pallbearers were Michael Petersen, Thomas Petersen, David Hubbartt, Wayne McKay, Jim Petersen, and Edward Goedeken.

Arrangements were by Nelson Funeral Homes.

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Arthur H. Eichelberger, Sr.     1992.05.19

Arthur H. Eichelberger, Sr., age 74, of Waterman, passed away suddenly at home on Thursday, May 21, 1992.  He was born in Lisle Township in DuPage County, on November 26, 1917, the son of Oscar V. and Elsie (Rott) Eichelberger.  On June 19, 1943, he was united in marriage to Florence Drafke in Lemont.

Mr. Eichelberger farmed in the Lemont area until 1970 and then in Waterman.  He was a dedicated DeKalb County Farm Bureau member and also belonged to the Loyal Order of the Moose #400 in Aurora.  He was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Lemont.

Survivors include his wife Florence; a son, Arthur Eichelberger, Jr., (Laurie) of Waterman; two sisters, Norma (Joseph) Martinek of Romeoville, and Mildred Eichelberger of Naperville; and two granddaughters, Amy and Amanda.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter in infancy.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 23, at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman with the Reverend Donald Balgeman officiating.  Interment was at the Clarendon Hills Cemetery, Westmont.                      CC 5/28/1992

 

Gertrude Bowker Swanson  1992.05.20

Gertrude Swanson, age 97, of Waterman, passed away at her home on Friday, May 22, 1992.  She was born on May 28, 1894, the daughter of William and Hattie (Clapsaddle) Bowker in DeKalb County.

She was united in marriage to Alex C. J. Swanson.

Mrs. Swanson was a member of Waterman United Methodist Church, the Church Circle, and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include a daughter, Ella Mae Riley of Waterman; two sons, Duane Swanson of El Toro, CA, and John (Doris) Swanson of Waterman; five grandchildren, Sandra Gilchrist, John George, Mary Alexis Low, John Swanson, Jr., and Patti Heckman; fifteen great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter Ethel Golden; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, May 26, at the North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman, the Reverend Paul Zeman officiating.

Memorials in the name of Gertrude Swanson may be made to the Waterman United Methodist Church.

Arrangements were by Nelson Funeral Homes.

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Richard D. Williams I     1992.05.21

Richard D. Williams I, 54, of Big Rock, IL, and formerly of Cortland, OH, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 1992, at Copley Hospital in Aurora.  He was born on January 27, 1938, in Barrackville, WV, the son of Dale and Frankie (Ice) Williams.

He graduated in 1956 from North Bloomfield High School and had attended Ohio State University.

Mr. Williams was a member of the Warren Church of Christ; Charter President of the Bazetta-Cortland Optimist Club; served as Bazetta Township Trustee from 1970-1980; served as Chairman of Fund Raising for the Trumbull County Heart Association; and had served on the Ohio State Library Board in Columbus; active in the Gadget Baseball League and the Hot Stove Baseball League in Cortland and enjoyed umpiring in the Hot Stove League.

He was manager of the Quality Control Program for the Equipto Engineering Company in Aurora and was formerly employed as a Department Head at the Republic Steel Corporation in Warren, OH.

Survivors include his wife, Carol (Lassila), whom he married on June 15, 1958, in Painesville; a son, Richard D. Williams II of Atlanta, GA; a daughter, Lori Williams of Big Rock; his mother, Frankie (Ice) Williams of Orwell, OH; a brother, former Congressman Lyle Williams of Lordstown, OH; a sister, Virginia Turner of Orwell, OH; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dale Williams, and twin sister, Retha Williams.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 26, at the Spear-Mulqueeny Funeral Home in Painesville. Burial was in Concord Township Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Eastern Ohio Service Area, 1418 East Midlothian Blvd., Youngstown, OH 44502.   CC 6/4/1992

 

Violet L. Sund Beschorner     1992.05.22

Violet L. (Sund) Beschorner, 74, of Big Rock, passed away Saturday, May 30, 1992, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born February 14, 1918, in Elgin.

She was a member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock.

Survivors include a son, Scott (Donna) Beschorner of Joliet; a brother, Donald (Lucille) Sund of San Antonio, TX; a sister, Jeanette Harris of Osasso, OK; two grandsons, Jeffrey and Matthew Beschorner and a granddaughter, Michelle Beschorner of Joliet.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Caroline (Eberle) Sund; her husband, Wilbur Beschorner in 1986 and a son, Doyle R. Beschorner in 1958.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 2, at the English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock.  Burial was at Welsh Cemetery, Big Rock.  Arrangements were by Dieterle Memorial Homes.

Memorials may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society.                         CC 6/4/1992

 

Henrietta O. Reuland Beck     1992.05.23

Henrietta O. Beck, 89, of Big Rock, passed away on Sunday, May 31, 1992, at Countryside Healthcare Center.  She was born in Aurora on April 24, 1903.

She was married to Albert H. Beck and moved from Aurora to Big Rock in 1922.  Mrs. Beck kept tourists (bed and breakfast house) and boarded many Big Rock teachers.  She was an original member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 58 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Anna May (Wayne) Dalton of Boulder City, NV, and Joanne (Douglas) Porch of Big Rock; a sister, Helen Reuland of Aurora; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and their spouses; many faithful friends, nurses aides, staff and nurses at Countryside.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert H. Beck; two sons, Albert Jr. and Don Beck; a brother, Carl Reuland; a sister, Caroline James; a grandson, Eric Kaufenberg and her parents, William and Mary (Schaeffer) Reuland.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 2, at the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary, Father Joseph Lutz officiating.  Interment was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  The Rosary was recited at the mortuary on Monday evening during visitation hours.

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                                  Charles H. Sorensen     1992.06.11

Charles H. Sorensen, 81, of Plano, passed on Friday, June 5, 1992, at Mercy Center for Health Care in Aurora.  He was born in Plano on April 13, 1911, the son of Charles A. and Marie (McGovern) Sorensen.

He was united in marriage on July 23, 1955, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley to the former Betty Berg.

Mr. Sorensen was a member of the Plano Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  He was employed by the All Steel Corporation as a press operator for many years.  He was the former owner and operator of the Royal Blue Grocery Store in Plano as well as the Plano Bowling Alley.  He also owned and operated the Waterman Dream Lanes Bowling Alley and Restaurant for many years.  Mr. Sorensen was an avid drummer and had been a member of many local bands.  The Lord blessed him with athletic abilities even in his later years.  He participated in and received several medals for track in the Senior Citizen Olympics.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, of Plano; his four sons, Denny (Jean) Sorensen of Yorkville, Rick (Carol) Sorensen of Whittier, CA, Ronald Sorensen of Pasadena, CA, and Jerry Sorensen of Roland Heights, CA; a daughter, Rennetta (Michael) Mickelson of Madison, WI; 14 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many friends who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; twin sisters, Louise and Lucille Sorensen; and a sister, Agnes (Paul) Sadler.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 9, at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, Plano, with Elder Sumner D. Walker of the Plano Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints officiating.  Interment was at the Plano Cemetery.

Pallbearers for Mr. Sorensen were Bud Bretthauer of Plano, Ronald Sadler of Aurora, Herman Johnson of Yorkville, Dick Gilchrist of Waterman, Gary Fine of Naperville, and Laverne Howe of Yorkville.                         CC 6/11/1992

 

Jessie A. Eichelberger Winckler     1992.06.14

Jessie A. Winckler, 96, of Big Rock, passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 1992, at Hillside Nursing Center, Yorkville.  She was born on July 18, 1895, in Naperville.

Mrs. Winckler was a homemaker and spent most of her life on a farm.

Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Davies of Big Rock; a son, Frank (Doris) Winckler, Jr., of Plano; and a daughter-in-law, Charlotte Winckler of Erie, IL; 15 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Winckler, Sr., who passed away January 9, 1991; her parents, Pharos and Delia Eichelberger; a son, William Winckler, who passed away on March 26, 1991; a daughter, Jessie Winckler, who passed away in infancy; a great-grandson, Kevin Winckler; and two brothers, Walter and William Eichelberger.

Private funeral services were held.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Contributions in Mrs. Winckler’s memory may be made according to the donor’s choice.

Arrangements were by Healy Chapel.         CC 6/18/1992

 

Jeffery Miller                    1992.06.15

Ashley Miller

Jeffery Miller, 38, of Marshall, TX, formerly of Hinckley, and his daughter Ashley, 7, lost their lives Thursday afternoon, June 4, 1992 in a two-stage accident at the railroad crossing on Route 47 in Mazon.

According to the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department, Jeff and his daughter had been northbound on Route 47 when they stopped at the lowered railway gates for an approaching freight train.

Their car was struck from behind by a car driven by Elmer Brinkman, 70, of Momence and thrust onto the tracks where it was hit by the train.

Witnesses reported that Jeff was trying to get his daughter out through the sunroof of the 1986 Volkswagen Rabbit when the train struck.

Jeff was pronounced dead at the scene by Grundy County Coroner Leo Reeves and Deputy Coroner William Kelly.

Ashley was first taken by ambulance to Morris Hospital and then flown by helicopter to Loyola University Medical Center where she died about four hours later.

Elmer Brinkman said he did not see the car stopped at the crossing.  He and his wife Phyllis, 63, were taken to Morris Hospital where he was treated and released.  His wife was admitted.

Any traffic charges would be filed after a review of reports submitted to the office of the Grundy County state’s attorney.

Jeff and Ashley had been on their way to Hinckley to visit Jeff’s sons Jeremy and Joshua and attend Jeremy’s high school graduation ceremony which was held Friday, June 5.

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Jeffery H. Miller, 38, of Marshall, TX, formerly of Hinckley, passed away on Thursday, June 4, 1992, at Morris Hospital as the result of a car accident.  His daughter, Ashley, also passed away as a result of  this accident.  Jeffery was born in DeKalb, IL, on August 31, 1953, the son of Gerald and Lois (Bickford) Miller.

He was united in marriage to the former Nancy Marie Brewer at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley on May 7, 1982.

He was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Marshall, TX, where he belonged to a church softball team.  He was very athletic.

Jeffery had been employed by General Electric in DeKalb and then joined the U.S. Air Force where he was a Staff Sergeant.  He had been Assistant Circulation Manager for The Beacon-News in Aurora and later for The Quad City Times in Davenport, IA.  He was currently employed by the News Messenger in Marshall, TX, where he was Circulation Director.

Jeffery is survived by his wife, Nancy, of Marshall, TX; three sons, Jeremy and Joshua Miller of Hinckley and Tony Satoro of Marshall, TX; his parents, Gerald and Lois Miller of Hinckley; two sisters, Jeryl (David) Hintzsche of Hinckley and Jan (Scott) Storey of Dixon, IL; a niece, Jennifer Hintzsche; three nephews, Justin and Derek Storey and Brian Hintzsche.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and one aunt.

Funeral services for Jeffery and his daughter, Ashley Nicole Miller, were held on Monday, June 8, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian and Dr. H. Hollie Atkinson of Texas officiating.  Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Pallbearers for Jeffery were Randy Loring, Lee Dungery, Dan Littlejohn, Jack Morsch, Jim Brewer, James Schuldt, and Dave Dolder.

Arrangements were by Nelson Funeral Homes.

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Ashley Nicole Miller, 7, of Marshall, TX, passed away on Thursday, June 4, 1992, at Loyola University Medical Center as the result of a car accident.  Her father, Jeffrey also passed away as a result of this accident.  She was born on June 17, 1984, in Aurora, the daughter of Jeffery and Nancy (Brewer) Miller.

Ashley had just completed second grade at the Davy Crockett Elementary School in Marshall, TX, where she had received all A’s.  She attended Sunday School at the First Baptist Church.  She belonged to Girls in Action, which is a Missionary Club for young girls.

Ashley is survived by her mother, Nancy, of Marshall, TX; three brothers, Jeremy and Joshua Miller of Hinckley and Tony Satoro of Marshall, TX; her paternal grandparents, Gerald and Lois Miller of Hinckley; her maternal grandmother, Arlene Brewer of Manistee, MI; her maternal grandfather, Walter Peidlow of Milton, FL; great-grandmothers, Gladys Buzen of Wedron, IL, and Frances Fredres of Manistee, MI; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jeffery; her maternal grandfather, Robert Brewer; great-grandfather, Burt Fredres, and paternal great-grandparents.

Funeral services for Ashley Nicole Miller and Jeffery H. Miller were held Monday, June 8, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian and Dr. H. Hollie Atkinson of Texas officiating.  Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.  Pallbearers were Ashley’s brothers, Jeremy and Joshua Miller and Tony Satoro.

Arrangements were by Nelson Funeral Homes.

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Iona Marie Oleson     1992.06.16

Iona Marie Oleson, 76, of Hinckley, died Monday, June 8, 1992, at Shabbona Health Care Center.

Arrangements are being completed by the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel.             CC 6/11/1992

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Iona Marie Oleson, 76, of Hinckley, died Monday, June 8, 1992, at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

She was born September 7, 1916, in Squaw Grove Township, the daughter of Christian and Augusta Oleson.

She attended St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.  For many years she was employed by Phillips Garage in Hinckley as a secretary.

Her survivors include several cousins.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday evening, June 10, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, the Reverends Kate Feeney-Bastian and Robert Dell officiating.  Burial took place on the following day at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley

A memorial is being established.          CC 6/18/1992

 

Jan Bednik     1992.06.17

Jan Bednik, 75, of Montgomery, died Friday, June 5, 1992, at Elmwood Living Center.  He was born May 19, 1917, in Germany.

Mr. Bednik was a farmer in the Big Rock area for over 30 years.  He was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Bednik; two daughters, Erika Bednik and Mrs. Helen (Steven) Rayburn; and two grandchildren, Brian Rayburn and Andrea Rayburn, all of Montgomery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Franz and Maria Bednik.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 8, from the Dieterle Memorial Home to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Father Edward F. Gillespie officiating.  Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  The Rosary was recited during visitation hours on Sunday evening.                         CC 6/11/1992

 

Eugene Stanley Houghtby     1992.06.18

Eugene Stanley Houghtby, 69, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, June 7, 1992, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born in Shabbona Township on March 27, 1923, the son of George and Frances (Barringer) Houghtby.

On April 4, 1942, he was united in marriage to Lois Means.

Mr. Houghtby farmed for 37 years in Bristol and since his retirement has enjoyed the winters in Arizona.  He served his country during WWII, actively in the Army in the Pacific Theatre.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda (William) Engstrom, of Malta, and Pamela (Donald) Mears, of Tucker, GA; four grandchildren, Michael Engstrom, Rodney (Amy) Engstrom all of DeKalb, Eric Engstrom of Phoenix, AZ, and Angela Engstrom of Tucker, GA; a brother, Richard (Dorothy) Houghtby of Bristol; and several nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois, in 1987; a sister; and a brother.

Graveside services were planned.  Pallbearers:  Rodney, Michael, and Eric Engstrom, grandsons of Mr. Houghtby; Clark Houghtby, Tom Houghtby, and Donald Mears, with Craig Houghtby as Honorary Pallbearer.

Memorials may be made to the Lupus Association or to a Medical Foundation of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements were by Nelson Funeral Homes.

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Marian Ruth Challand Poff     1992.06.19

Marian Ruth Poff, 74, of Thompson Falls, MT, formerly of DeKalb County, died Saturday, June 6, 1992, at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula, MT.

She was born December 2, 1917, in DeKalb County, the daughter of Sanford and Mae Challand.

Survivors include three sons, Dennis, Dan and Dave Poff, all of Thompson Falls, MT; two daughters, Debra Rapp of LaSalle and Dianne Crawford of Thompson Falls; a sister, Lucille Larson; a brother, Reid (Dorothy) Challand, both of Shabbona; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Wilbur Challand.

Graveside services were held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona, the Reverend Evelyn J. Dickerson officiating.

Arrangements were by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona. 

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Helen L. Henk Drinkall     1992.06.20

Helen L. Drinkall, 75, of North Aurora, passed away on Monday, June 8, 1992, at Mercy Center Hospital.  She was born on February 23, 1917, in Carpentersville, IL.

She was a member of the First Christian Church, the Royal Neighbors of America, and the Women of the Moose.

Survivors include her husband, Dale F. Drinkall of North Aurora; three daughters, Connie (Tim) Pfister of Waterman, Deborah Darrow of Aurora, and Pamela (Tim) Riordan of Ottawa; a brother, Earle (Helen) Henk of Denver, CO; five grandchildren, Tracy (George) Gignac of Lisle, Tammy Albright of DeKalb, Rob Darrow of Ft. Walton Beach, FL, Bryan and Kacie Riordan, both of Ottawa; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Elfreda Henk, and a brother, Gordon Henk.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 11, at the Healy Chapel, Aurora, the Reverend Gary W. Knapp officiating.  Interment was private.

Contributions in Mrs. Drinkall’s memory may be made to First Christian Church.                           CC 6/18/1992

 

 

  1. Fay Terry Richards 1992.06.21
  2. Fay Richards, 65, formerly of Sugar Grove, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 13, 1992, at the Edmond Nursing Center in Edmond, OK. She was born on October 18, 1926, in Brookhaven, MS, the daughter of Charles and Lutie (Ward) Terry.

She was united in marriage to Robert V. Richards in Mobile, AL.  They made their home in several areas of northern Illinois before settling in Sugar Grove in 1960.  During the years that Robert and Fay made their home in Sugar Grove, Fay was an active member of the Sugar Grove Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include two sons, Stan (Jeree) Richards of Naples, FL, and Terry (Meegan) Richards of Big Rock; two daughters, Patricia (Jerry) Taylor, of Edmond, OK, and Mona Tuftee of Van Alstyne, TX; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Richards of Fort Myers Beach, FL; a son-in-law, Michael Tuftee of Van Alstyne, TX; a brother, Charles (Rose) Terry of Phoenix, AZ, and a sister, Mona Ellison of Phoenix, AZ; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a “family” of good friends across the country.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert V. Richards, and a son, Robert N Richards.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, June 20, at the Conley Funeral Home, Elburn, Father Richard Paddock, Pastor of St. Gall’s Catholic Church in Elburn officiating.

A memorial in her name has been established at the Bank of Sugar Grove to benefit the community of Sugar Grove.

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Delbert Imas Mack     1992.06.22

Delbert Imas Mack, 61, of rural DeKalb, died Monday, June 22, 1992, at his home.

He was born February 20, 1931, in DeKalb, the son of Harvey and Selma Ida (Kaus) Mack.  He married Irmgard E. Ziegler on March 2, 1957 in DeKalb.

Mr. Mack was a lifelong carpenter and farmer in DeKalb County.  He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.  He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Korean War.  He was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and a board member of the Miller Cemetery, Hinckley.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Sandra (Dennis) Phelps of rural DeKalb; two granddaughters, Alayson and Amber Phelps of rural DeKalb; two sisters, Dorothy and Marjorie Mack of rural DeKalb; two brothers, Harley (Mary) Mack of Hinckley and Donald Mack of rural DeKalb.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by a brother, Harvey Mack, Jr., in infancy.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Burial will follow at Miller Cemetery, Hinckley.  Visitation was scheduled for 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.

Pallbearers are Dennis Phelps, Bob Sauter, Carl Wassmann, Roger Klein, Norman Dienst, and Carl Grometer.  Honorary pallbearers are Frank and Charles Klein and Wayne Nehring.

A memorial in the name of Delbert Imas Mack is being established at the Anderson Funeral Home for the American Cancer Society for Melanoma Research and the DeKalb County Hospice.                           CC 6/25/1992

 

LaVerne E. Cook     1992.06.23

LaVerne E. Cook, 67, of Shabbona, died Saturday, June 27, 1992, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born November 30, 1924, in Big Rock, the son of Ernest and Irene (Goynes) Cook.  He married Vivian Helling on November 26, 1952, in DeKalb.

Mr. Cook was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army Air Corps.  He was employed as a mechanic at Northern Illinois University for over 20 years.

He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and the American Motorcycle Association.  He was also a member of Shabbona American Legion Post 677.

Survivors include his wife of Shabbona; a daughter, Virginia (Lee) Shumaker of Shabbona; a sister, Jean Cook of Montgomery; and a granddaughter, Amanda Shumaker.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 30, at the First Baptist Church in Shabbona, Jeff Westbrook officiating.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

Arrangements were by the Jacobson Funeral Home.

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Thelma Rathbun McBride     1992.06.24

Thelma McBride, 71, of Belgrade, NE, died Wednesday, June 17, 1992, at the Boone County Hospital in Albion, NE.

She was born at Belgrade on August 31, 1920, to Harry and Flossie (Lucas) Rathbun.  She grew up in the Belgrade area and attended Timber Creek School, graduating from Belgrade High School in 1937.

On July 25, 1938, she married Arthur McBride at Fullerton, NE.  They resided and farmed in the Belgrade-Fullerton area.  Her husband died on February 10, 1988, and she remained on the farm until her death.

Mrs. McBride was a member of the United Methodist Church of Belgrade and the Senior Citizens of Belgrade.

Survivors include three sons, Carroll of Townsend, DE, Howard of Lenexa, KS, and Dale of Batavia, IL; two daughters, Irene (Mrs. Roger) Klein of Hinckley, IL, and Ruth (Mrs. Max) Mendyk of Phillips, NE; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Alma Wood of Belvidere, IL, Phyllis (Mrs. Leon) Carpenter of Beloit, WI, and Vera Nelson of Rockford, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers and a grandchild.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 20, at Palmer’s Funeral Home in Fullerton, the Reverend Susan Babovec officiating.  Burial was at the Belgrade Main Cemetery.

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Ellie R. Kruse Aiken     1992.06.25

Ellie R. Aiken, 55, of Big Rock, passed away early Monday morning, June 29, 1992, at Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora, where she had been a cancer patient for the past several weeks.  She was born December 22, 1936, at Grundy Center, IA, the second of five children born to John and Johanna (Gerdes) Kruse.

After graduating from Grundy Center High School in 1955, she went on to attend the University of Northern Iowa.  On September 9, 1957, she was united in marriage to Rolly Aiken in Englewood, CA.  They made their home there until 1959 when they moved to Cedar Falls, IA.  In 1961, they settled in Homewood, IL, where Ellie concentrated on the early years with her family.

Returning to her education in 1969, she attended Prairie State College at Chicago Heights, IL, graduating with her nursing degree in 1971.

Moving to Aurora that year, Mrs. Aiken began her professional career at Mercy Center Hospital.  She was employed in the Obstetrical Department where labor and delivery, as well as prenatal education, became personal specialties for which she was well known and much loved.

In August of 1991, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  Following surgery her prognosis was good and her spirits were even better.  Returning to work a few weeks later, with great determination, she held down twelve hour shifts.  As time passed, however, tragedy struck in the deaths of her father and her second son and she suffered a relapse.  Through the months that followed, she strove to maintain her roles as wife, mother, and nurse, thinking always of others first.

Survivors include her husband, Rolly; her mother, Johanna Kruse of Grundy Center, IA; a daughter, Carol K. Aiken, at home; two sisters, Marion (Melvin) Sherman of Aplington, IA, and Dorothy (Robert) Clark of Grundy Center, IA; a brother, Loren (Liz) Kruse of Ankeny, IA; a daughter-in-law, Kari Aiken of Aurora, IL; a number of nieces and nephews, as well as several special “family” members, Rhonda (Jim) Walz and their son, Steve, of Prospect Heights, IL, and Pete Hansel of Los Angeles, CA.

In addition, she is survived by a family of local friends, among her co-workers at Mercy, the compassionate friends and neighbors at home, as well as an untold number of children whom she brought lovingly into this world.

She now joins her two sons, Steven R. Aiken (1982) and John K. Aiken (1991); as well as her father, John H. Kruse (1991) and a sister, Esther Ruth, in infancy, who precede her in death.

She was a member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ, Big Rock, where her funeral services were held Wednesday, July 1, the Reverend Kurt W. Simon officiating.  Interment was at Welsh Cemetery, Big Rock.

Memorials in her name may be made either to Mercy Center Hospital OB Department, 1325 North Highland Avenue, Aurora, IL 60506, or to the English Congregational United Church of Christ Youth Group, Big Rock, IL 60511.

Arrangements were by the Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.

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                          Clara Belle Larabee Patrick     1992.07.06

Clara Belle Patrick, age 87, of rural Sandwich, passed away July 10, 1992, at the Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born January 30, 1905, in Earlville, IL.

On August 30, 1934, she was united in marriage to Frank Patrick in Chicago.  She was a member of Fox Valley Older Adults in Sandwich, where she had served on the advisory committee for many years and was the first crafts and ceramic teacher at the center.  Mrs. Patrick attended the United  Church of Sandwich.

Survivors include her husband Frank; a sister, Hanna Pardue of Des Plaines, IL; and a brother, Howard Larabee of Elgin, formerly of Hinckley.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Jim, Sam, and John; and three sisters, Goldie, Birdie, and Emma.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 13, at the Burkhart Funeral Home, the Reverend Todd Singley officiating.  Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.

Memorials may be made in the name of Clara Belle Patrick to Fox Valley Older Adults, 340 West Church Street, Sandwich, IL 60548.                           CC 7/16/1992

 

John Joseph Stahl       1992.07.15

John Joseph Stahl, age 75, of rural Hinckley, formerly of North Aurora, passed away July 13, 1992, at his home.  He was born December 6, 1916 in Elmira, NY, the son of George and Laura (Kitchen) Stahl.

John married Lucille Fulton on October 3, 1936, in Aurora.  For 30 years John was employed as a welder for Austin Western Company.  He retired from Fermi Lab in Batavia, where he had been employed for 14 years.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille of Hinckley; two sons, Jack Stahl of Somonauk and Joel (Joyce) Stahl of Montgomery; two daughters, Jill (Floyd) Martin of Ilwaco, WA, and Joan (Charles) Petersen of Aurora; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Janet Stahl, in 1972.

There will be no funeral services.

Memorials may be directed to Lucille Stahl, c/o Jill Boyd, 7S682 East Sandwich, Road, Hinckley IL 60520.

Arrangements were by Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.

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James D. Wood     1992.07.16

James D. “Jim” Wood, 61, of Panama City, FL, died suddenly July 2, 1992, in a Panama City hospital.  Jim was born in Sioux City, IA, on September 27, 1930.  He and his wife, Pat, had moved to Florida in 1988 from Manassas, VA, after he retired from a 20-year career in the Air Force and a 15-year career as a computer programmer for the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Jim is remembered as a loving husband, father, and family member, and for his active volunteer work in the church.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Janelle; a son, Curtis; and by his parents, Ai LeGrande and Gwen Wood.

In addition to his wife, Patricia A. Wood, Panama City, he is survived by daughters Mrs. Connie (Patrick) Conlon of Brightwood, VA, and Mrs. Cassie (Steve) Kirby of Fort Drum, NY; and six grandchildren.

Also surviving are four sisters, Maralyn (Rev. Paul) Zeman, Waterman, Nancy Casavant, Panama City, Gwen (Bob) Irwin, Sioux City, IA, and Virginia (Bob) Ham, Ramseur, NC; two brothers, A. LeGrande (Jeannette) Wood, II, Orlando, FL, and John Wood, Edina, MN; and twenty-six nieces and nephews.

A memorial celebration of Jim’s life was held at Forest Park United Methodist Church in Panama City, Sunday, July 5, with reception following at the home of Jim’s niece, Cindy and Benny Moore.                 CC 7/16/1992

 

Everett Davis     1992.07.17

Everett Davis, 79, of Cortland, died Tuesday, July 21, 1992, at his home.

He was born December 2, 1912, in Bluford, the son of Charlie and Sally (Keen) Davis.  He married Hattie Keen in Sycamore, December 31, 1935.

Mr. Davis worked for Del Monte for 20 years in the farm department.  He also worked three years for Central Illinois Light Company and 22 years for General Electric diecast department in DeKalb, until his retirement in 1975.  He was a member of the Cortland United Methodist Church, a former member of the DeKalb Moose Club and a former member of the Cortland Lions Club.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Donna (Dallas) Williams of Cortland; two sons, Donald Davis of Hinckley and James (Kris) Davis of Salem; five granddaughters, Jennifer, Stephanie, Amy and Emily Davis and Dayna Williams; two grandsons, Monte Smith and Andrew Davis; two step-grandsons, Mitch and Mike Williams; a brother, John Davis of Belvidere; a sister, Mabel (Tom) McCarthy of New Flagler Beach, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the Cortland United Methodist Church, with the Reverend D. Robin Benson officiating.  Burial will be at the Mound Rest Cemetery, Cortland.  Visitation was scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.             CC 7/23/1992

 

Jean Lucille Paris Haish     1992.07.18

Jean Lucille Haish, 65, passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 1992, at her home in West Plains, MO.  She was born on June 12, 1927, the daughter of Melvin and Bertha (VanSickle) Paris, in Aurora, IL.

On October 1, 1952, she was united in marriage to Willard Haish of Hinckley in Tuscumbia, MO.

She was a registered nurse and practiced nursing in the Aurora area for forty years.  More recently Mrs. Haish performed her nursing skills in home care.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Salem, AR.

Survivors include her husband, Willard of West Plains, MO; a daughter, Judy (John) Murphey of Batavia, IL; three sons, Terry (Pat) Haish of West Plains, MO, Dennis (Barbara) Haish of Morris, IL, and Paul Haish of West Plains, MO; eight grandchildren, Eric, Brian, Elizabeth, Jennifer, Terry Jr., Pamela, Rhoni, and Matthew; two brothers, Alvin Paris of St. Charles, IL, and Leslie Paris of Aurora, IL; and a sister, Barbara Raab of Fulton, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Bertha Paris, and two infant sons.

Funeral services were held on July 18, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, the Reverend Douglas Williams officiating.  Interment was at Pierce Cemetery, rural Park Park, IL.                                          CC 7/23/1992

 

 

Thomas Bernard Kirkpatrick     1992.07.19

Thomas Bernard Kirkpatrick, 75, of Peoria, died Monday, July 13, 1992, in Jubilee Township.

He was born October 4, 1916, in rural Somonauk, the son of Floyd B. and Pearl S. Bernard Kirkpatrick.  In 1934 he graduated from Waterman High School.  On October 12, 1940, he married Joy Leonard in Harristown.

Mr. Kirkpatrick was a partner and farm manager in the Greene Farm Management Service in Peoria for 32 years, retiring in 1977.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific with the rank of major.  He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1938.  He held memberships in the Downtown Peoria Kiwanis Club for 31 years and the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.  He had been president of the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, director of the Peoria County Farm Bureau and elder of the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Thomas Kirkpatrick, Jr., of Chicago, Bruce Kirkpatrick of Libertyville and Ken Kirkpatrick of Denver, CO; a daughter, Susan (Bruce) Robinson of rural Taylorville; a brother, David of Medford, OR; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Friday, July 17, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Peoria.  Graveside services were at Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk, the Reverend Robert Conner of the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church officiating.

Arrangements were by the Cumerford-Endsley Memorial Home in Peoria.           CC 7/23/1992

 

  1. Roberta Whitt Smith 1992.07.20
  2. Roberta Smith, 76, of North Aurora, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 1992, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora. She was born on April 24, 1916, in Gallatin, MO.

Mrs. Smith was a member of the Over 60 Club of North Aurora and the Friendly Center of Aurora.  She was a cook at the Elburn Grade School and janitor at the Elburn Community Center for many years.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara (Jim) Covington of Lisle; three sons, Melvin (Caye) Smith of Cortland, IL; Ron (Paula) Smith of Park Park, and Nick (Kristy) Smith of Park Forest, IL; three sisters, Marjorie (Albert) Petersen and Florence (Chuck) Fitting, both of North Aurora and Velma (Richard) Short of Arkansas; four brothers, Everett (Doris) Whitt and Don (Marilyn) Whitt, both of Aurora, J. P. (Carole) Whitt of North Aurora, and Russ (Janice) Whitt of Hinckley; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Nick, in 1990 and her parents, Phillip and Clara Whitt.

Funeral services were held on Friday, July 31, at the Yurs Peterson Funeral Home in Batavia.  Burial was at River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia.                     CC 8/6/1992

 

Carl W. Schindel     1992.07.21

Carl W. Schindel, 76, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 1992, at Elmwood Living Center.  He was born on November 25, 1915, in Aurora, the son of the late Henry and Elizabeth (Keierleber) Schindel.

Mr. Schindel was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church and was employed by Daco Inc. for 30 years.  He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #400 and achieved the Fellowship Degree.

Survivors include a son, Michael (Diane) Schindel of Aurora, and two grandchildren, Kelly and Matthew Schindel of Big Rock.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara (Webb) Schindel; three sisters, Elsie Heath, Emily Schindel, and Frieda Schiller; and a brother, Edmund Schindel.

Memorial funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 29, from the Krentz Chapel of Our Savior Lutheran Church, the Reverend Timothy H. Swanson officiating.

Arrangements were by The Healy Chapel.

Contributions may be given to Our Savior Lutheran Church.

 CC 8/6/1992

 

Melvin A. Stahl     1992.07.22

Melvin A. Stahl, 94, of Aurora, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 1992, at Aurora Manor Nursing Center.

He was born on July 25, 1898, in Hinckley, IL, the son of the late Edward and Christina (Nehring) Dienst Stahl.  Mr. Stahl was employed by Scott Wood and Metal Company.

Survivors include his wife, Frances (Reuland) Stahl of Aurora; a stepdaughter, Marie (Dennis) Mejia of Highland, IL; Marie’s stepson, Paul Mejia; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Rose VanDeventer, Lillian Seifert, and Estella Kaus; a brother, Harry E. Stahl; and two half sisters, Anna L. Jandt and Mary Anna Stahl.

Graveside funeral services were held on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Arrangements were by The Healy Chapel.      CC 8/6/1992

 

Gordon F. Rabehl     1992.07.23

Gordon F. Rabehl, 71, of Lake Havasu City, AZ, formerly of Aurora, passed away on July 23, 1992.  He was born on February 24, 1921, in Markesan, WI.

Mr. Rabehl was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin in LaCrosse, WI.  He was a WWII U.S. Army Veteran serving in the Philippines for four years as an engineer.  He retired from K.D. Waldo Junior High School in Aurora after 33 years as a school teacher.  He had been a substitute teacher in Parker, AZ, for six years.  He was a member of P.P.O.E. #2399 in Lake Havasu City, AZ, the V.F.W. Post #9401 in Lake Havasu City, a life member of the P.T.A. in Aurora, IL, and a life member of the Tiger Club in Aurora.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Rabehl, of Lake Havasu City, AZ; three daughters, Laura Tefft of Hinckley, IL, Deborah Washford of Batavia, and Jana Peterson of Lake Havasu City, AZ; a sister, Doris Krueger of Wichita, KS, and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 27, 1992, at the Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home.  Burial was at Havasu Memorial Gardens.                                   CC 8/6/1992

 

John LeRoy Thompson     1992.07.24

John LeRoy Thompson, 80, of Sycamore, died Tuesday, July 28, 1992, at Vencor Hospital in Sycamore.

He was born May 26, 1912, in rural Waterman, the son of John S. and Mary Belle (McAllister) Thompson.  He married Louise R. Myers on August 31, 1940, at First Congregational Church.

He graduated from Waterman High School in 1930 and from Northern Illinois State Teacher’s College in 1936.  He worked with the National Youth Program of the federal government.  Following his enlistment in the Army, he worked at Hines Hospital.  He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Christ.  He was a veteran of World War II, the 75th Division Veterans Association, the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, the DeKalb County Historical and Genealogical Organization, and AARP.

Survivors include his wife; one son, John Michael; two grandsons, John Michael II and Robert, both of Texas; a sister, Genevieve, of DeKalb; a brother, Dr. Robert Thompson of Oak Park; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Myers of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Margaret Boekenhauer and Betty Voss.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, August 1, at the First United Congregational United Church of Christ, the Reverend William Moore officiating.  Burial of cremated remains was at Evergreen Cemetery, DeKalb.

Arrangements were by Ronan-Moore Mortuary.

 CC 8/6/1992

 

Linda L. Bair Caswell     1992.07.25

Linda L. Caswell, age 51, of rural Park Park, passed away at her home on Saturday, July 11, 1992.

She was born on August 8, 1940, in Bloomingdale, MI, the daughter of LaVere and Violet (Lauritzen) Bair.  On January 14, 1967, in Kalamazoo, MI, she was united in marriage to Robert L. Caswell.

Mrs. Caswell was a member of the DeKalb Christian Church, and had served as a Sunday School teacher for several years.  She was a Republican Precinct Committeewoman, as well as the Secretary of the DeKalb County Central Committee.  She was a former member of the Prairie Echoes Chapter of the Sweet Adelines and a Past President of the DeKalb County Pro Life Organization.  She was a graduate of Michigan State University and has been employed for some time as a caseworker for the Illinois Department of Public Aid in DeKalb.  Prior to that she had been a teacher and a homemaker for her husband and three sons.

Survivors include her husband Robert of Park Park; her three sons, Steven of Champaign, IL, Nathan and Jeffry, both at home; a brother, Ron (Ann) Bair of Bloomingdale, MI; a sister, JoAnn (Veryl) Kridler of Bloomingdale; her mother, Violet Bair of Bloomingdale; two nieces; four nephews; five great-nephews and two great-nieces.

She was preceded in death by her father, LaVere Bair.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 14, at the DeKalb Christian Church, Ray Jewell officiating.  A memorial service was scheduled for Thursday, July 16, at 2:00 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Christian Church in Bloomingdale, MI, Pastor William Napp officiating.  Interment will follow at the Spring Grove Cemetery in Bloomingdale.

Memorials may be made in the name of Linda L. Caswell to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were by Nelson Funeral Homes, Hinckley.  CC 7/16/1992

 

Teresa L. Henderson Hauschild     1992.08.16

Teresa L. Hauschild, age 39, of Hinckley, IL, passed away on Sunday, August 2, 1992, at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.  She was born on September 6, 1952, in Chicago, the daughter of Jack and Mary (Ostertag) Henderson.

Teresa was united in marriage on August 11, 1979, in Schaumburg, IL, to Mr. Martin J. Hauschild.  She was a graduate of Conant High School in Hoffman Estates.

Teresa attended the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.  She had been employed for the past two years in the Food Service Department of Hinckley Elementary School.  She and her husband were the Troop Leaders of the Hinckley Cub Scout Troop #337.  Camping and fishing were among the many things they enjoyed doing together.

Teresa is survived by her husband, Martin, of Hinckley; her three children, Karen Meszaros of Hanover Park, and Erik and Steven Hauschild both at home in Hinckley; her mother, Mary (Robert) Buchwald of Elgin; her natural father, Jack Henderson of Atlanta, GA; her adopted father, Fred Goans of Portland, OR; her brother, David Goans of Elgin; her sister, Carole Lynne Goans of Streamwood; her maternal grandmother, Gertrude Ostertag of Chicago; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Michelle, and her grandparents.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 5, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley, the Reverend Donald Balgeman officiating.  Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Pallbearers were Robert Buchwald, Dave Goans, Lou Presz, Lloyd Snow, Alan Hauschild, and Jack Summers.

Arrangements were by Nelson Funeral Homes.  CC 8/6/1992

 

Lorna E. Unglaub Snyder     1992.08.17

Lorna E. Snyder, 83, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, August 9, 1992, at the Sandalwood Healthcare Centre in Wheaton.  She was born on March 31, 1909, in New Germany, MN.

Mrs. Snyder was a member of the Salvation Army of Aurora.

Survivors include three daughters, Mary Berger of Rochelle, Dolores (George) Dickenson of Batavia, and Beverly Snyder of Tennessee; two sons, Herman (Donna) Baumez, Jr. of Big Rock and Kenneth (Alice) Snyder of Plano; a very special nephew, Frank Briersdorf of Montgomery; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Edward (Florence) Unglaub of Minnesota and Harold (Verdella) Unglaub of Minnesota; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Snyder; a son, Donald Baumez; a daughter, Myrna Baker; a grandson, Donald Marquardt, Jr.; her parents, Adolph Unglaub and Helen Haigh; a brother, Gilbert Unglaub of Minnesota and a sister, Dorothy Briersdorf of Minnesota.

There was no funeral service or visitation.  Private burial was scheduled at Riverside Cemetery.

Arrangements were by The Healy Chapel.     CC 8/13/1992

 

Janet Conover Shick     1992.08.18

Janet C. Shick, 81, of Yorkville, passed away on Saturday, August 8, 1992, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  She was born in Kendall County on February 6, 1911, the daughter of John G. and Emma (Bertram) Conover.

On June 14, 1929, she was united in marriage to Walter V. Shick.  Mrs. Shick was a member of the Yorkville Congregational Church and belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary in Yorkville.  She has lived in this area all of her life, and was employed as a legal secretary for many years.

Survivors include three children, Ralph (Mary Ann) Shick of Yorkville, Alice (Collin) Nicholson of Sycamore and Shirley (John) Dickson of Big Rock; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; a brother, John (Alice) Conover of Yorkville and a sister, Alice Zieter, also of Yorkville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two daughters, Elizabeth Harker and Janice Miller; and three sisters.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 12, at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, Yorkville, the Reverend Joy Baumgartner officiating.

Interment was at Oak Grove Cemetery, Bristol, IL.

Memorials may be given to Marianjoy Rehabilitation Center in Wheaton, IL.                                  CC 8/13/1992

 

Elva Amelia Klaas     1992.08.19

A graveside burial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, at the Pierce Community United Methodist Church for Elva Amelia Klaas who died August 22, 1992.

Elva Klaas was born in Sycamore, IL, on October 4, 1898, and lived with her uncle, Louis H. Klaas, and family.  Her father was Adolph F. Klaas, brother of Louis H. Klaas.  Family members who expect to attend the graveside service are: Iola Klaas Vogt of Tucson, AZ, Helen Klaas Engdahl of Columbus, OH, Wayne Schimpff of Chicago, Warren Klaas Schimpff of Claremont, CA.  Pastor Douglas Williams will officiate.

The family would welcome the presence of those interested in the descendants of Louis H. Klaas and would enjoy visiting with them at the cemetery after the service.  CC 6/2/1994

 

Robert C. Fraedrich     1992.08.20

Robert C. Fraedrich, 66, of Sycamore, died Friday, August 7, 1992, at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford.

He was born July 8, 1926, in DeKalb, the son of Charles and Grace (Kruses) Fraedrich.  He married Sylvia Kosiba on June 26, 1948, in Sycamore.

Mr. Fraedrich was retired from Floit Sand and Gravel Company after 33 years.  He was an honored World War II and Korean War Army veteran, a former Sycamore VFW member, a member of the Teamsters Union.

Survivors include his wife of Sycamore; three daughters, Diane (Dave) Soumis of McFarland, WI, Lori Cobb of Sycamore and LuAnn (Gary) Atwood of Brunswick, ME; three sons, Ron, Mike and Joe Fraedrich, all of Sycamore; a brother, Bill (Arliss) Fraedrich of Sycamore; a sister, Shirley (Jack) Vogeler of Waterman; and an aunt, Belle Kozuch of Sycamore; 13 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Chuck, and a sister, Neva Siebrasse.

Funeral services were held on Monday, August 10, at Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home, Reverend Frank J. Timar, MSC, officiating.  Burial was at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Sycamore.

A memorial fund is being established at the Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home.                     CC 8/20/1992

 

Henry E. Swanson     1992.08.21

Henry E. Swanson, 72, of rural Lee, died Tuesday, August 4, 1992, at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

He was born June 21, 1920, in DeKalb, the son of Julius and Charlotte Swanson.  He married Betty Unwin on October 21, 1948.

Mr. Swanson was a retired farmer and a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Lee and a past member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include his wife of rural Lee; three children, twins David (Cindy) Swanson of Rochelle and Dianne (Mark) Shields of Kingston and a daughter, Bonnie (William) Dedeo of Sycamore; a brother, Eric (Bette) Swanson; a sister, Tille (Pierre) Feakins of Peoria; two grandchildren, Tammy (Rob) Miller of Sycamore and Travis Swanson of Rochelle.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Swan, Herbert and Carl.

Funeral services were held Friday, August 7, at the Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee, the Reverend Donald Myhres officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Cemetery, DeKalb.

Arrangements were by the Jacobson Funeral Home.

  CC 8/20/1992

 

Eusebia E. Rooney Bisek     1992.08.22

Eusebia E. Bisek, 85, of Waterman, died Monday, August 24, 1992, at Sandwich Community Hospital.

She was born June 21, 1907, in Brooten, MN, the daughter of John Charles and Elizabeth (Schaefer) Rooney.  She married John P. Bisek in 1928.

Mrs. Bisek was a school teacher for several years and also tutored students.  She did volunteer work for many years and was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Lee.

Survivors include three children, John M. (Jo) Bisek of Houston, TX, Jeanne Kunkle of Minneapolis, MN, and Jane (Gene) Olson of Waterman; seven grandchildren; and two sisters, Margaret (Ed) Ryan and Lucille (Zollie) Dworsky, both of Minneapolis.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the St. John Nepomuk Church in Lowry, MN.  Burial will follow in St. John’s Nepomuk Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Hoplin Funeral Home in Glenwood, MN.

 CC 8/27/1992

 

Edward G. Goken     1992.08.23

Edward G. Goken, 52, of Rochelle, died Tuesday, August 25, 1992, at Swedish American Hospital.

He was born August 6, 1940, in Waterman, the son of Eilert and Agnes (Moller) Goken.  He married Barbara Druen in Mendota on May 21, 1960.

Mr. Goken was employed at Northern F.S. for eight years and was the service center manager for Northern F.S. in Kirkland for three years.

Survivors include his wife, of Rochelle; two daughters, Susan (Ted) Plote of Malta and Cindy (Martin) Banks of Kirkland; two sons, Randy Goken of Bakersfield, CA and Tim (Sarah) Goken of Olympia, WA; his mother, of Shabbona; five granddaughters; one grandson; one sister, Mary (Vernon) Herrmann of Hinckley; four brothers, Casper (Marilyn) Goken of Rochelle, Herman (Nyla) Goken of Galena, Eilert (Jackie) Goken of Shabbona and Paul (Mary) Goken of Shabbona; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, in 1969.

Funeral services were held on Friday, August 28, at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, Captain Bruce Bailey of the Salvation Army officiating.  Burial was at St. James Catholic Cemetery, Lee.        CC 9/3/1992

 

Gloria M. Keehn Gates    1992.08.24

Gloria M. Gates, 67, of Waterman, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 1992, at Shabbona Health Care Center, Shabbona.  She was born on April 5, 1925, the daughter of Charles F. and Mary (Gonzalez) Keehn in El Paso, TX.

She was united  in marriage to Harold M. Gates on October 12, 1945, in El Paso.

Survivors include her husband, Harold, of Waterman; two daughters, Darlyn (Dale) Laird of Waterman and Peggy (Dennis) Figgins of Montgomery; seven grandchildren, Michael Figgins, Richard Figgins, Lisa Zuberbier, Barbara Appleby, Brenda Sharp, Dale Laird, Jr., and Brian Laird; six great-grandchildren; four brothers, Samuel, Paul, Karl and Ludwig, all of California; two sisters, Carlotta Aguirre of California and Helen Sutton of Diamond City, AR.

Mrs. Gates was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Hugo.

Funeral services for Mrs. Gates were held on Monday, August 31, at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman, the Reverend Dean Funk officiating.  Interment was at Johnson Grove Cemetery, Shabbona.

Pallbearers were Michael Figgins, Richard Figgins, Jack Gates, Jim Gates, Mike Appleby and Tom Smith.  CC 9/3/1992

 

Fern C. Williams Boyce     1992.08.25

Fern C. Boyce, 82, of Batavia, IL, formerly of Big Rock, passed away peacefully Sunday evening, August 30, 1992, at Michealsen Health Care, Batavia, IL.  She was born April 15, 1910, in Hinckley, IL, the daughter of Jay C. and Minnie E. (Richards) Williams.

After graduating from Hinckley High School, she went on to attend Aurora Business College and became employed at Lyon Metal, Aurora.

On September 15, 1931, she was united in marriage to Russell Boyce in Aurora, IL.  They made their home on the family farm and shared the labor and love of farming until their retirement in 1972.  Some afterward they built a new home, in which she was fondly regarded as “Chief Engineer.”  A loving wife and mother, Fern became well known as a “Marathon Shopper” and enjoyed teaching her grandchildren those skills as well.  She was a member of the English Congregational UCC, Big Rock, and the Willing Workers of the church.

She is survived by three daughters, Jeanene (Tom) Sipos of St. Charles, IL, Charlene (Roger) Davis of Big Rock, IL, and Lonna Lee (Leland) Moellering of Dyer, IN; a brother, Hugh (Myrtle) Williams of Creston, IA; seven grandchildren, Marcia (John) Blum of Hanover Park, IL, Wayne Davis of Mission, KS, Greg Davis of Champaign, IL, Jan (Eugene) Kinsel of Millbrook, IL, Doug Sipos of Lenoir City, TN, Sheri and Jason Moellering of Dyer, IN; and four great-grandchildren, Evan and Hanna Blum and Amy and Molly Kinsel.

In addition to her husband Russell, she is preceded in death by a sister, June Doney.

Her funeral service will be held Thursday, September 3, 1992, at 2:00 p.m. from the English Congregational UCC Church, Big Rock.  Reverend Kurt W. Simon, pastor of the English Congregational Church, Big Rock, will officiate.  Interment will follow at Kaneville Cemetery.  Visitation was scheduled for 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Conley Funeral Home and Thursday at the church from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

Memorials in her name may be made either to the English Congregational Church, Big Rock, IL 60511, or to the Arthritis Foundation, P. O. Box 79, Suite 1120, Chicago, IL 60603.

 CC 9/3/1992

 

Doris Hoorelbek Bond     1992.08.26

Doris Bond, 51, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 1992, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born on March 2, 1941, in Goodwill, WV.

Survivors include three daughters, Robin (Leon) Swon of Aurora, Glynis (Robert) Mahara of Aurora and Jennifer Wycoff of Aurora; a son, Douglas Bond of Tinley Park; three grandchildren, Jamie, Sara and Kristy; her mother, Pauline (George) Hoorelbek; five sisters, Maggie Vaughn of Mesa, AZ, Bilda Stewart of Hinckley, Yolanda Baylor of Yorkville, Pat Hartkopp of North Aurora and Diane Alexander of Aurora; a brother, Dale Hoorelbek of Aurora; a special friend, Charles Wycoff; several nieces and nephews and many children, whom she loved and watched for many years.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Collier; her husband, Robert Bond; and a sister, Shirley Seidelman.

Funeral services were held on Monday, August 31, at the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Thomas E. Babler officiating.  Burial was at Lincoln Memorial Park.            CC 9/3/1992

 

Francis Hugh Finnan     1992.08.27

Francis Hugh Finnan, 67, of DeKalb, died Saturday, August 29, 1992, at Rockford Memorial Hospital.

He was born March 29, 1925, in Sycamore, the son of Francis Hugh and Catherine (Walsh) Finnan.  He married Harriet Peterson on July 31, 1949, in Sycamore.

Mr. Finnan worked 39 years at General Electric as a shaft operator and later in quality control before his retirement in December 1985.  He was also a tax preparer for Hyre, Rissman and Chilton.

He attended DeKalb schools and served in the U.S. Army Air Force from January 1943 until October 30, 1945.  He was a radar operator in Japan, the Eastern Mandates and the Western Pacific.  He received the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Service Medal, with three bronze stars, and Air Medal with four Oak Leaf clusters.  He was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant.  He was a member of the American Legion in Sycamore and the G. E. Retirees Group. 

Mr. Finnan is survived by his wife of DeKalb; two sons, Larry (Cathleen) Finnan of DeKalb and Jerry Finnan of DeKalb; two grandsons, Patrick and Brian Finnan of DeKalb; three sisters, Mary Rita (June) Thuestad of Kirkland, Kathleen (Joe) Lindenmayer of Shabbona and Sue (Duke) Davenport of Freeport and two brothers, William (Mary) Finnan and Tom (Sandy) Finnan, both of DeKalb.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons in infancy.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 1, at the Ronan-Moore Mortuary in DeKalb, the Reverend Paul White officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Park Cemetery.

A memorial is being established at the Ronan-Moore Mortuary.                              CC 9/3/1992

 

Anne Hetland     1992.08.28

Anne Hetland, 80, of Redlands, CA, died August 19, 1992, at the Mission Commons in Redlands.

She was born May 21, 1912, in Sandnes, Norway, the daughter of Soren and Ellen Hetland.

She moved to the United States with her family in 1925.  She attended Shabbona School and also the Heim School of Beauty Culture in Chicago.  She was a member of the Shabbona Lutheran Church where she was confirmed.  In the 1930’s she moved to California and was employed as a beautician and manicurist until her retirement.

Survivors include five brothers and two sisters, Sigurd (Beatrice) Hetland of Shabbona, Inga (Joe) Lay of Yucca Valley, CA, Austin (Catherine) Hetland of Sycamore, Synnove Hetland of Loma Linda, CA, Lief (Anna Lee) Hetland of Cherry Valley, CA, Egel (Vivian) Hetland of Santa Rosa, CA, and Guttorm Hetland of Weimar, CA; ten nieces; seven nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her twin sisters, Ella and Ellen.

Miss Hetland was cremated according to her wishes, and a memorial service was held August 27 at the Mission Commons in Redlands, CA.                            CC 9/10/1992

 

Zella Wykes Christensen     1992.09.12

Zella W. Christensen, age 93, of Hinckley passed away on Sunday, September 6, 1992, at Shabbona Health Care Center in Shabbona.  She was born on March 30, 1899, in Plano, IL, the daughter of John and Winifred (Gifford) Wykes.

Mrs. Christensen graduated from Plano High School and earned her teaching certificate from the Teacher’s College in DeKalb.  She taught in Little Rock School and Coy School which was located north of Sandwich.

On June 2, 1923, she was united in marriage to Harry Christensen at her parents home in Plano, IL.

Mrs. Christensen was a member of Hinckley United Methodist Church.  She was also a past matron of the Oak Chapter of the Eastern Star in Hinckley.  After the chapter’s closing she belonged to the Eastern Star DeKalb Lodge #357, the Normal Chapter.

Survivors include her husband, Harry of Hinckley, three daughters, Arline Dixson of Hinckley, Marilyn (Anthony) Caliendo of Aurora, and Virginia (Earl) Johnson of Hinckley; ten grandchildren, Harold (Karen) Campbell of Oswego, James (Cheryl) Campbell of Hinckley, Marie (Warren) Strand of Hinckley, Ellen (Don) Larsen of Hinckley, Jerry (Judy) Caliendo of Aurora, Martin (Paula) Caliendo of Aurora, Anthony (Brenda) Caliendo of Aurora, Mary Caliendo of Aurora, James (Sirkku) Johnson of Acton, MA, and Kathie Johnson of Hinckley; fifteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Laverne Wykes; two sisters, Luella Buhlers and Vivian Hatch.

Funeral services for Mrs. Christensen were held on Wednesday, September 9, at the Hinckley United Methodist Church, with Pastor Paul Gerardy officiating.  Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.  An Eastern Star Service was held on Tuesday evening during visitation hours.

 CC 9/10/1992

 

Debra Lynn Peterson Warden     1992.09.13

Debra Lynn Warden, 36, of Waterman, passed away on Wednesday, September 2, 1992, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb as the result of an automobile accident which took place in Shabbona Township.  She was born on March 27, 1956, in LaGrange, IL, the daughter of Dale and Evelyn (Hejna) Peterson.

She was united in marriage on April 8, 1974, in Waukegan, IL, to Robert Scott Warden.

Debra owned and operated the Waterman Video Store in Waterman for the past two years.  She enjoyed the outdoor life; especially camping, fishing and boating with her family.

Debra is survived by her loving family, her husband, Robert of Waterman; three children, David Andrew, Andrea Helen and Daniel Robert “Buddy” Warden, all of Waterman; two brothers, Dennis (Jill) Peterson, of Westmont and Jerry (Pam) Peterson of Somonauk; three sisters, Sandra (Mike) Husby of Aurora, Lora (Mike) Feugen of Darien, IL, and Connie (Alan) Husby of Woodridge, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, Kurtis Peterson.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 5, 1992, from the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman, the Reverend Mark Tammen officiating.  Interment followed in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.                          CC 9/10/1992

 

Kathryne Marie Olson Dannewitz     1992.09.14

Kathryne Marie Dannewitz, 93, of Plano passed away on Monday, September 7, 1992, at Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born on February 24, 1899, in Kendall County, the daughter of Jacob and Mary (Markeson) Olson.

She was united in marriage in 1916 to George William Dannewitz in Aurora.

Mrs. Dannewitz was a homemaker, a good farmer’s wife, and a loving grandmother.  She was a member of Plano United Methodist Church and the Little Rock Ladies Aid.  She also was a member of Kendall County Farm Bureau.

Mrs. Dannewitz is survived by her four children, Rodney W. (Frances) Dannewitz of Waterman, Arlene (Roy) Erickson of Hinckley, Doris (Richard) Simms of Plano, and Harold (Virginia) Dannewitz of Plano; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother and two sisters.

Funeral services for Mrs. Dannewitz will be held on Thursday, September 10, at 10:00 a.m. from the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 20 North Hale Street, Plano, with Reverend Thomas Kingery officiating.  Interment will follow in Plano Cemetery.  Visitation was scheduled for Wednesday, September 9, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.                  CC 9/10/1992

 

Claude F. Hodge, Sr.     1992.09.15

Claude F. “Bud” Hodge, Sr., 55, of LaMoille, died Saturday, September 12, 1992, at the Mendota Community Hospital in Mendota.

He was born September 30, 1936, in Chicago, the son of Claude R. and Margaret (Martin) Hodge.  He married Karen Schmidt of LaMoille on March 24, 1956.

He served in the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Karen, of LaMoille; two sons, Claude F. Hodge, Jr., of Spring Valley and Michael Hodge of DeKalb; six daughters, Joanna Bruno of Elgin, Esther Countryman of Lee, Wanda Kelchner of Spring Valley, Debra Phelps of Arlington, Colleen Buster of Aurora and Natalie Hodge of LaMoille; a sister, Marie Enburg of Shabbona; and 18 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, September 16, at the Merritt Funeral Home in Mendota with the Reverend Dan Christensen officiating.  Burial was at the Johnson Grove Cemetery, Shabbona.                                CC 9/17/1992

 

Marilyn J. Ries Cole     1992.09.16

Marilyn J. (Ries) Cole, 54, of Big Rock, passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 1992, at Mercy Center.  She was born on October 26, 1937, in Aurora.

Survivors include her husband, Tommy Cole, of Big Rock; two daughters, Tammy Cole, also of Big Rock, and Cindy (Jerome) Sturm of Poplar Grove, IL; two sisters, Dolores (Eugene) Doebert and Sharon (Edward) Rapp, all of Aurora; two grandsons, Jason and James Sturm of Poplar Grove, IL, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Lorraine (Hoke) Ries and a son, Michael Cole.

Funeral services were held, Friday, September 11, at the Dieterle Memorial Home, Father Joseph Lezzard officiating.  Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorials in her memory may be made to the Big Rock Fire and Rescue Squad.                                CC 9/17/1992

 

Lila M. Edwards Oleson     1992.09.17

Lila M. Oleson, 88, of Lee, died Wednesday, September 9, 1992, at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

She was born August 15, 1904, in Paw Paw Township, the daughter of Marshall and Annie (Sondager) Edwards.  She married Alvin J. Oleson August 4, 1948, in Rockford.

Mrs. Oleson was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Lee and the Leah Circle of the church.  She taught at several Lee area country schools and taught first through fourth grades at the Lee Grade School for many years.

Survivors include a brother, Amos (Esther) Edwards of Mendota; four sisters, Irene Lindaas of Shabbona, Dolores Jacobson of Lee, Lucille (Gaylord) Wahlstrom of Rockford and LaVerna (Wilbur) Mullins of Glendale, AZ, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin, on December 15, 1982; her parents, and a sister.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 12, at the First Lutheran Church in Lee with the Reverend Henrietta Milner, church pastor, officiating.  Burial was at the First Lutheran Cemetery in Lee.

Arrangements were by the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                                   CC 9/17/1992

 

Edward L. Hewitson     1992.09.18

Edward L. Hewitson, 51, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, September 13, 1992, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born on August 30, 1941, in Strathroy, Ontario, Canada.  He was educated at Mooseheart, IL.

Mrs. Hewitson served as Secretary for the Finance Committee, Chairman for the Stewardship Committee, the Administrative Council and was an usher for the Fourth Street United Methodist Church in Aurora.

Mr. Hewitson is survived by his wife, Muriel (Morgan) Hewitson and his mother, Marion Hewitson, both of Aurora; four daughters; a brother; three sisters; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Survivors in the Hinckley community include Mr. and Mrs. David Michael; Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Michael and Jillian; his aunt, Mary Morsch; and very close friends, Mary and Earl DeWerff, with whom he graduated from Mooseheart.

He was preceded in death by his father, George Hewitson.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, September 16, at the Dieterle Memorial Home, the Reverend Gary Hougen officiating.  Burial was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the Fourth Street United Methodist Church Memorial Fund in his memory.

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Gladys Hipple Watson     1992.09.19

Mrs. Gladys Hipple Watson, formerly of Waterman, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. David Hipple, died September 9, 1992, following a fall at her home in Albany, NY.

She was born November 22, 1898.  In June of 1923 she married Goodwin B. Watson.  In her family are Jeanne and Bert Eisenstadt and their daughter Sharon; Walter and Norma Watson and their children Geoffrey and Joanne; Patricia and Edward Renshaw and four sons, Perry, Andrew, Tony, and Carl; and two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Chloe, also two sisters, Frances Bolsterli of St. Louis, MO, and Dorothy Reece of Columbus, OH.                                  CC 9/24/1992

 

Harvey E. Buchholz     1992.09.20

Harvey E. Buchholz, 70, of rural Rochelle, formerly of Elgin, died Wednesday, September 30, 1992, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

He was born November 11, 1921, in Arlington Heights, the son of Adolph and Amanda (Wille) Buchholz.  He married Marjorie J. Brummel on November 18, 1950, in Naperville.

He was a farmer in the Elgin and Rochelle areas.  He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Rochelle, a member of the Ogle County Farm Bureau, Creston Booster Club, U.C.T., and the Rochelle Moose Club.

He is survived by his wife; a son, Edward “Ed” H. Buchholz of Rochelle; five daughters, Rose (Jon) Becklinger of Hampshire, Donna (Mike) Nichols of Edgerton, WI, Linda (Jeff) Day of Elgin, Connie (Russ) Feltgen of South Elgin and Sandy Buchholz of Rochelle; five grandsons, Tom, Nathan, and Nick Day, and Andy and Doug Feltgen; a brother, Wilbert “Wibs” (Marian) Buchholz of Waterman; a sister, Verdell Buchholz; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, William; and a brother, Vernon.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 3, at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, with the Reverend Francis Kennedy of St. Patrick’s Church officiating.  Burial was at Marywood Cemetery in Aurora.                     CC 10/8/1992

 

Frank Poffenbarger     1992.09.21

Frank “Newt” Poffenbarger, 76, of Aledo, formerly of Hinckley, died Saturday, September 29, 1992, at Veterans Administration Hospital, Iowa City.

Mr. Poffenbarger was born December 16, 1915, in New Boston, IL, the son of Richard and Kate Billings Poffenbarger.  He married Virginia Leach in Biggsville, IL.

He was a brick mason working all over Illinois.

He was a former member of the Moose Lodge and he enjoyed fishing.

Survivors include his widow; sisters, Katheryn Felsman, Moline, and Benita Grooms, Oakville, IA; a brother, Richard Poffenbarger; four stepchildren; several stepgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held Monday, September 21, at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, with military rites conducted by Mercer County Veterans of Foreign War Post No. 1571, of which he was a member.

There was no visitation.  A memorial fund has been established.

Jinks Funeral Home, Aledo, was in charge of the arrangements.  CC 10/8/1992

 

Howard E. Wonser     1992.09.22

Howard E. Wonser, 73, of Creston, died Wednesday, September 30, 1992, at Rochelle Community Hospital.

He was born April 19, 1919, in Harmon, the son of Edgar and Alice (Dailey) Wonser.  He married Dorothy Heal on March 28, 1942, in Oregon.

Mr. Wonser was a self-employed farmer, retiring in 1979.  He was a member of the Creston United Methodist Church, Creston Masonic Lodge and the Creston Booster Club.

Survivors include his wife, of Creston; a son, Howard E. (Barb) Wonser of Wheaton; two daughters, Lori Wonser of Creston, and Kathleen (Allen) Christiansen of Hinckley; a brother, James Wonser of Chicago; four sisters, Aubry Louella McFall of Pattonsburg, MO, Patricia (Robert) Clark of Mt. Vernon, WA, Marjorie (Stanley) Falkner of Seattle, WA, and Wilma Olson of House Springs, MO; and four grandchildren, James and Suzanne Wonser of Wheaton, and Steven and Kara Christiansen of Hinckley.

He was preceded in death by one sister and three brothers.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 3, at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home, the Reverend Robert Vaughn officiating.  A Masonic service was held at the close of the visitation hours at the funeral home on Friday evening.  Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Creston.           CC 10/8/1992

 

Electa E. Booth Johnsen     1992.09.23

Electa E. Johnsen, 91, of Big Rock, passed away on Wednesday, September 30, 1992, at Mercy Center Hospital.  She was born on January 18, 1901, in Sugar Grove, the daughter of the late George and Elmira (Judd) Booth.

She was a member of the English United Congregational Church of Big Rock and was active with the Vacation Bible School.  She was a member of the Bible Study Group and was a past active member of the Womens Fellowship and Willing Workers.  She was a life member of the Sugar Grove Historical Society, the Sugar Grove Senior Citizens and was a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames of the 17th Century.  Mrs. Johnsen was a granddaughter of Tom Judd, founder of the Sugar Grove Normal and Industrial School in the later 1800’s and a boarding hotel for students.

Survivors include a son, Donald (June) Johnsen of Naples, FL, and Fairlawn, OH; four grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a stepbrother, George M. Booth of Brooksville, FL; a sister-in-law, Helen Hubbe of Aurora; a brother-in-law, Lester (Lillian) Johnsen of South Bend, IN, and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Johnsen was preceded in death by her husband, Jens A. Johnsen, in 1979.

Memorial funeral services were held on Sunday, October 4, from the English United Congregational Church of Big Rock, the Reverend Kurt W. Simon officiating.

Contributions in her memory may be given to the English United Congregational Church, to the Sugar Grove Historical Society, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements were by the Healy Chapel.     CC 10/8/1992

 

Virginia M. Ray Staples     1992.09.24

Virginia M. Staples, 77, of Rock Falls, IL, passed away Tuesday evening, September 29, 1992, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling following a long illness.  Mrs. Staples was born on April 27, 1915, in Henderson, KY, the daughter of William Carl and Dolly Robinson Ray.

She was united in marriage to Virgil Roy Staples on March 10, 1929, in Henderson, KY.  The couple moved to Mt. Vernon, IL, and then back to Rock Falls, IL, in 1967.  He preceded her in death on March 20, 1974.

Survivors include eight daughters, Virginia Jines of Mt. Vernon, IL, Mrs. Howard (Dorothy) Dale of Big Rock, IL, Mrs. Larry (Linda) McCormick, Vicky Simmons and Mrs. Terry (Diane) Jones, all of Rock Falls, IL, Shirley Colville of Dixon, IL, Peggy Holland of Spring, TX, and Mrs. Herb (Debbie) Hallen of Chicago; five sons, Carl Staples of Aurora, Virgil Staples of Mt. Vernon, IL, Larry Staples of Dixon, IL, Phillip Staples of Wichita, KS, and Rickey Staples of Rock Falls, IL; 39 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons, Leroy and John; a grandson and a great-grandson.

Funeral services for Mrs. Staples were held on Saturday, October 3, at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls, the Reverend Dalmus Meeks, pastor of Harvest Time Bible Church of Rock Falls officiating.  Burial was at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rock Falls.

A memorial has been established in her memory.

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Myrtle Irene Casner Williams     1992.09.25

Services for Myrtle Irene Williams, 78, of Prescott, IA, were held Friday, September 11, 1992, from Coen-Beaty Funeral Home in Corning, IA, the Reverend Jeanne Groom of Prescott officiating.  Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Prescott.

Mrs. Williams was born June 12, 1914, near Mt. Vernon, IL, to Thomas and Harriet Schroeder Casner and died September 9, 1992, at Mercy Hospital in Corning.  She attended school at Sandwich, IL.

On February 13, 1932, she married Hugh Williams, formerly of the Hinckley area, at Joliet, IL.  They moved to Polk County, IA, in February of 1932.  In 1970 they moved to Prescott and bought the farm where they lived since.

Mrs. Williams was well known for her arts and crafts work with new ideas for the “Jolly Few” club activities.  She served as president of the club for several years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, William, Clarence, and Albert; three sisters, Grace, Florence, and Clara; two sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law.

Survivors include her husband of Prescott; sons Hugh (Evelyn) of Drexel, MO, and John (Phyllis) of Omaha, NE; two sisters, Jane Bollie of Sandwich, IL, and Ethel Carleston of North Carolina; two brothers, Walter Casner (Emma) of Oswego, IL, and Wilbur Casner (Louetta) of Sandwich, IL; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Casket bearers were Greg Roach, Tim Williams, Paul Williams, Harold Walter, Richard Hurley and Steven Williams.

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                                     Norman Devine     1992.10.12

Norman Devine, 57, of Somonauk, died Friday, October 16, 1992, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora, IL. He was born April 8, 1935, in Oklahoma City, OK, the son of Roy and Leona (Melton)  Smith.

Mr. Devine was orphaned at an early age and was fostered by Thurman and Loraine (Kohr) Owen and later adopted by Joseph and Loraine Devine. He married Delores Frein, formerly of rural Hinckley, on February 15, 1958, in Somonauk.

He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and retired marketing manager of packaging products in the Fox Valley area. He was an active member of the Lions Club, having served as past District Governor, President and Chairman of State of  Illinois Camp Lions and held every office of the Somonauk Lions including President twice. He was a member of the Selective Service Board #46, the Somonauk Library Board, the Somonauk Historical Society and Curator at the Olmstead Museum in Somonauk. He was also a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Somonauk.

Survivors include his wife Delores; four daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Denise) Mestemaker of Sandwich, Sue Devine of Kansas City, KS, Mrs. Douglas (Judith) Weiss of Big Rock, IL, and Mrs. Christopher (Valerie) Antoszek of Palatine, IL; two grandchildren, John and Kristina Mestemaker; his brothers and sisters, Sgt. Ray Hungerford of San Antonio, TX, Wilma Hammond of Rush Springs, OK, Helen Kisor of Yukon, OK, Catherine Roland of Blanchard, OK, Joyce Bishop of Columbia, MO, Phyllis Stockton of Oklahoma City, OK,  Nancy Oliver of Shawnee, OK, Frieda Smith of Bethany, OK, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Carol Scott.

Funeral mass was said on Wednesday, October 21, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Somonauk with Father Charles E. Sherman officiating. Burial was at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Somonauk.

A liturgical wake service was held during visitation hours on Tuesday evening at Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk.

Memorials may be made in his name to the Lions of Illinois Foundation, the Somonauk Public Library or charity of the donor’s choice.                                     CC 10/22/1992

 

George A. Brummel     1992.10.13

George G. Brummel, 91, of Warrenville-Naperville area, passed away on Saturday, October 3, 1992, at Geneva Care Center in Geneva. He was born on July 4, 1901, in Warrenhurst, IL, the son of Henry and Barbara (Gartner) Brummel.

He was a life long resident of the Warrenville-Naperville area where he had farmed for over 45 years. He was active in the St. Irene’s Parish until 1974, then became in the St. Raphael Parish in Naperville.

Survivors include three daughters, Rosemary (Paul) Dieter of Baileys Harbor, WI, Beverly  (Jacque) Albrecht of Big Rock, and Jean (Harold) Vose, of Springfield, IL; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Frank (Betty) Brummel of Naperville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; Magadaline; three sisters, Agnes, Cecelia, and Ann; and six brothers, Leo, Lawrence, Anthony, Edwin, Bernard, and Frank.

Funeral mass was said on Wednesday, October 7 at the St.Raphael Catholic Church in Naperville. Interment was at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Naperville.

Arrangements were by the Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, Naperville.       CC 10/8/1992

 

Ronald Eugene Baie     1992.10.14

Ronald Eugene “Ronnie” Baie, 64, of Hinckley, IL, passed away on Sunday, October 4, 1992, suddenly at his home.  He was born January 9, 1928, in Waterman, IL, the son of Glenn and Gertrude (Jacobson) Baie.

He attended the Immanuel Lutheran Grade School in Hinckley and Hinckley High School. He was united in marriage on August 20, 1949, in Hinckley, IL, to the former Katherine Bahl.

He was a farmer in the Hinckley and Sugar Grove area all his life. Ronnie was known as truly hardworking farmer and conscientious in everything he did. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, where he was a trustee of both the cemetery and church boards, and also a member of various other church offices. His life was devoted to his family, his church and his friends. He will be missed by all.

He is survived by his wife Katherine of Hinckley; four children, Dennis Baie of Hinckley, Joanne (Harold) Alfredson of Plano, Rhonda (Stephen) Woodrick of Sycamore and David Baie of DeKalb; eight grandchildren, Christine Baie,  Vanessa Baie, Darren Baie, Katherine Jones, Vicky Jones, Matthew Alfredson, Michael Woodrick, Nicole Woodrick, and three step-grandchildren, Cheryl (Scott) Kelly, Tim (Debbie) Alfredson and Kristin Alfredson; also four step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Delores (Lorean) Crow of Mylith Park, IL; and Pat (Ben) Burch of Rochelle, IL; his mother-in-law, Hattie Hartman of Hinckley; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his grandparents, Jeannette and Ernest Baie.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 7, 1992, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley with the Reverend Donald Balgeman officiating. Interment was at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Norman Dienst, Len Anderson, Karl Rissman, Denny Stevens, Jack Mitchell, Dave Rausch, Dennis Bahl and Keith Crow.

Arrangements were by Nelson Funeral Homes.

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Thomas R. Vincent     1992.10.15

Thomas R. Vincent, age 81, of Aurora, died Thursday, October 1, 1992, at Mercy Center Hospital. He was born on October 4, 1910, in Chicago, the son of the late Albert and Mary (Kirby) Vincent.

He was a member of St. Rita of Cascia Church and was employed by the Burlington Railroad for 25 years until his retirement in 1975.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne (Wilkinson) Vincent of Aurora; two sons, Thomas (Lorraine) Vincent, Jr. and William H. (Edwina) Vincent, both of Hinckley; four daughters, Rita M. Vincent of Milwaukee, WI, Susan A. (Alvie) Crumpton of Lee, IL, Patricia J. (William) Murphy of Aurora, Donna M. (Darrell) Wielert of Hinckley; 19 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Albert P. Vincent.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 3, 1992, at St. Rita of Cascia Church, Father Robert J. Willhite officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. A Liturgical Wake Service was held during visitation hours on Friday evening at Healy Chapel.

Contributions in his memory may be given to St. Rita’s Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice.    CC 10/8/1992

 

Dennis D. Craycraft     1992.10.16

According to DeKalb County Sheriff’s police, Dennis Craycraft, 41, of Waterman, was westbound on Route 30 just east of Hinckley at 7:55 p.m. on Friday, October 2, 1992 when he passed another vehicle, went onto the shoulder and into the ditch. His pickup truck came out of the ditch back onto Pritchard Road at the intersection with Route 30, rolled several times, and rested in the ditch off Route 30. Craycraft was transferred to Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora where he later died.

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Dennis D. “Coke” Craycraft, 41, of Waterman, died Friday, October 2, 1992, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.

He was born December 16, 1950, in Antigo, WI, the son of Woodrow W. and Elsie Mae (West) Craycraft. He married Jeannie Moore on June 23, 1991, at Fourth Street Methodist Church in Aurora.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was employed as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Aurora for over eight years.

He was a former emergency medical technician and a volunteer fireman for the Waterman Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife, of Aurora; his father, Woodrow Craycraft of Sycamore; two sons, Jeffery Craycraft and Terry D. Craycraft, both of Waterman; two stepsons, Nathan Russell and Caleb Russell, both of Aurora; three brothers, Victor J. (Lorraine) Craycraft of Tennessee, Jim W. (Diana) Craycraft of Ohio and Robert L. (Rose) Craycraft of Sycamore; four sisters, Toni Martinez of Michigan, Verla J. (Terry) Sommers of Illinois, Sandy (Chuck) Mefford of Arkansas and Colleen (Rick) Shaver of Michigan.

He was preceded in death by his mother and a sister, Gloria Jones.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 6, at the Butala-Van Natta Funeral Home in Sycamore with the Reverend Gary Bowman officiating. Burial was at Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore. A memorial has been established in care of the funeral home.               CC 10/8/1992

 

Frederick J. Hoffman     1992.10.17

Frederick J. “Fritz” Hoffman, 65, life long resident of Naperville, passed away on Monday, October 5, 1992 at his home. Mr. Hoffman was born on July 12, 1927, in Wheaton.

Fritz was employed as a truck driver with Kroehler Manufacturing Company for ten years. He co-owned and operated the Midway Café (Now the Washington Square Restaurant) for ten years. Mr. Hoffman was employed with the West Side Tractor Co. & Avery Gravel Co. He was a teamster for 30 years and was a long time member of the Naperville Moose Lodge #1290 in Naperville.

Survivors include his wife, Helen (Miller) Hoffman; four sons, John F. of Wheatridge, CO, Jacque L. of Naperville, Jerry W. (Karen) of Naperville and Jason H. (Traci) of Lisle; three daughters, Jean Ann (Steve) Prokopec of Naperville, Janis J. (John) Mach of Hinckley and Justina T. (Jon) Briden of Naperville; a brother, Henry (Marge) of Mountain Home, AR; three sisters, Betty (Phil) Richards and Lucille (John) Albanese, both of California, and Ginny Ehrhart of Naperville; and 17 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Joan Kuefler; a brother, Lawrence; a sister, Alice McCalman, and a grandchild, Jesup Lee Briden.

Funeral services were held on October 8 from the Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home in Naperville to a Mass of Christian Burial at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Interment was at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

Memorial preferred to Illinois Spina Bifida Association, 4699 Auvergne, Suite 9, Lisle, IL 60532.            CC 10/15/1992

 

Paul E. Iverson     1992.10.18

Paul E. Iverson, 82, of Lee, died Friday, October 16, 1992, at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

He was born on July 9, 1910, in Lee, the son of Edward M. and Margaret (Kniep) Iverson.

He married Grace Rogde on May 3, 1930, in Genoa.

Mr. Iverson was a painter for many years and served as custodian at the Lee Grade School until his retirement. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Lee.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Bonnie (Roy) Smiley of Rockford; three grandchildren; six great-children; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1981; three brothers, Walter, Melvin, and Roy; and a sister, Margaret .

Funeral services were held Monday, October 19, at the First Lutheran Church in Lee with the Reverend Henrietta Milner, church pastor officiating. Burial was in First Lutheran Cemetery,  Lee.

Arrangements were held  by Jacobson Funeral Home.

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Richard F. Albrecht     1992.10.19

Richard F. Skinny” Albrecht, 70, died Friday, October 17, 1992, after a long illness. He was born March 10, 1922, in Naperville, IL and had resided in Naperville all of his life.

Mr. Albrecht was a graduate of Naperville Central High School Redskins class of 1940 and had held a track record in the high hurdles for 20 years. While at Naperville Central High School, he was also on the football and baseball teams. Mr. Albrecht attended Drake University in Iowa, and in 1941 he entered the Army and served with the 104th Infantry Division called the “Timber Wolves” where he was a M.P. in the European Theatre. He was a member of the Naperville V.F.W. Post  #3873. Mr. Albrecht was an Illinois State Trooper and retired as a Lieutenant after 34 years of service. For the last 14 years, he had worked for the DuPage County Sheriff’s Department as a baliff in the DuPage County Court Systems.

He is survived by his wife, Kathryn (nee Ory) of Naperville; two sons, Richard F. Albrecht, Jr., and Mark J. Albrecht, both of Naperville; a brother, Jack (Beverly) Albrecht of Big Rock; a sister, JoAnne (Oliver) Rowe of Aurora; five grandchildren, Matthew and Zachary Kuhn and Stephen, Jennifer, and Rebecca Keeler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Josepha (nee Adams) Albrecht; a brother, Robert J. and a sister, Patricia.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 19, from the Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home, Naperville, to a mass of Christian Burial at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Interment was private.                              CC 10/22/1992

 

Helen Marie Hartman Hutter     1992.10.20

Helen Marie Hutter, 86, of Dogwood Health Care Center in Sandwich, formerly of DeKalb, died Friday, October 16, 1992 at the Dogwood Health Care Center in Sandwich.

She was born May 18, 1906, in Hinckley, the daughter of John and Ida (Leifheit) Hartman. She married Jesse C. Hutter July 4, 1945, in Aurora.

She was a homemaker and was formerly employed by the Ellis Bakery in DeKalb.

Mrs. Hutter is survived by two sons, Donald (Lucille) Leifheit of Waterman and Jerald (Barbara) Leifheit of Shabbona; a daughter, Mary Jane Tompkins of Waterman; twelve grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a sister, Opal Stewart of Hinckley; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, LaVon Roberts; two sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 19, at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb with the Reverend Paul K. Zeman of the Waterman United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was at Fairview Park Cemetery.         CC 10/22/1992

 

Audrey L. Rudolph Flammang     1992.10.21

Audrey L. Flammang, 68, lifelong resident of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, October 18, 1992, at Copley Memorial Hospital. She was born on April 3, 1924, in Chicago.

Audrey and her husband, Francis, had just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 14 of this year. She was an active member of the Fox Valley Region, Model A Restorers Club, where she was a charter member.

Survivors include her husband, Francis of Aurora; her daughter, Linda Pasetti of Aurora; two sons, James Flammang of Park Park and Richard (Jill) Flammang of  Scottsdale, AZ; seven grandchildren, Beth (John) Young of Hinckley, Kimberly Frances of Aurora, Marnie Flammang of Scottsdale, AZ, Nicholas Flammang of Park Park, Patrick Flammang of Park Park, Lorie Sutton of Paducah, KY, and Ryan Simmons of  Yorkville; three great-grandchildren; four sisters, Arnice Gurley of Aurora, Marion (Charles) Jennings of Aurora, Rae (Roy) Day of Paducah, KY, and Joan Utley of Paducah, KY.

She was preceded in death by her parents Paul and Stella Rudolph.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 21, from the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Paul D. Pletcher officiating. Interment was a Lincoln Memorial Park.        CC 10/22/1992

 

Ruth Matteson Challand     1992.10.22

Ruth Challand, 92, of Shabbona, died Wednesday, October 14, 1992 at the  Shabbona Health Care Center.

She was born April 19, 1900, in Clinton Township, the daughter of Lorenzo A. and Mary J. (Hartley) Matteson. She married Earl L. Challand on June 26, 1919, in Shabbona.

She was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ, the women’s fellowship of the church and the Shabbona Home Extension.

Mrs. Challand is survived by two sons, Roger R. (Betty) Challand of Lee and LeRoy E. (Shirley) Challand of Fairdale; three daughters, Doris I. (Roy) Smith of O’Fallon, June Jones of Shabbona, and Mary (Elvin) McKenzie of Aurora, CO; 17 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband on March 31, 1960; six sisters; and two brothers.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 19, at the Shabbona United Church of Christ with the Reverend Arthur D. Zillgitt and Evelyn J. Dickerson officiating. Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

Arrangements by the Jacobson Funeral Home.

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Karl E. Kahle    1992.10.23

Karl E. Kahle, 78, of rural Hinckley passed away on Saturday, October 24, 1992, at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. He was born on November 5, 1913, in Hinckley, IL, on the farm which is now a Centennial Farm and a fourth generation farm, to Edward and Margaret (Rupppert) Kahle.

Mr. Kahle was united in marriage to Agnes Owen on November 17, 1936, in the Immanuel Lutheran Parsonage. He was a farmer in the area and also worked with the local blacksmith for many years. He was a Farm Bureau member, and formerly served his church as a secretary and a trustee.

His survivors include his beloved wife, Agnes; a daughter, Linda (Kenneth) Biek of Barrington, IL; and a son, Owen Kahle of Hinckley; three grandchildren, Annette (Brian) English of Wheaton, IL, Carmen Kahle of Hinckley, Andrew Biek of Barrington; and a niece, Nancy (Spencer) Danekas of Davis Junction, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Rudolph; and a sister, Ella Spencer.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 27, at the Waterman Presbyterian Church in Waterman, the Reverend Mark Tammen officiating. Interment was at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Hinckley. Pallbearers were Clare Baie, Sheldon Kesner, David Birch, Donald Swenson, Steve Swenson, and Morsch Leifheit.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.

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Marie C. Freehauf Hermes Graunke     1992.10.24

Marie C. Graunke, 88, of Waterman, passed away on Sunday, October 25, 1992, at the Shabbona Health Care Center in Shabbona, IL. She was born on February 22, 1904, in Lemont, IL, the daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Freehauf.

On September 5, 1953, she was united in marriage to Arthur Graunke in Downers Grove, IL. She was a homemaker and attended St. James Catholic Church in Lee.

Her survivors include two stepdaughters, Grace Erickson of Waterman and Elaine Homerding of Afton, WI; a stepson, Raymond Graunke of North Carolina; seven step grandchildren; fifteen step great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Jungels of Plainfield, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, George Hermes; her second husband, Arthur Graunke; seven brothers; and a step grandson.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 28, at St. James Catholic Church in Lee, IL, the Reverend Louis J. Presut officiating. Interment was at Resurrection Cemetery in Lemont, IL.

 Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.    CC 10/29/1992

 

Mildred Anna Larson Bergeson     1992.10.25

Mildred Anna Bergeson, 80, of Boise, ID, formerly of DeKalb and Rochelle, died Wednesday, October 21, 1992, at Boise Samaritan Village in Boise.

She was born April 21, 1912, in DeKalb, the daughter of Simon and Anna (Espe) Larson. She married Bergis Walter Bergeson on December 9, 1941. She taught elementary school in northern Illinois for 25 years prior to her retirement. She is a lifetime member of its circle organizations and foreign mission. She is a member of the Retired Teachers Association.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Joyce M. Sinclair of San Jose, CA; a son, James W. (Frances) Bergeson of Boise; three grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and a sister, Orva Binder of Hinckley.

Mrs. Bergeson was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Louise; and two brothers, Gertis and Virgil Larson.

Services were held on Tuesday, October 27, at Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee, the Reverend Donald Myhres officiating. Burial was at Union Cemetery, Lee.

Arrangements were by the Unger-Horner Funeral Home, Rochelle.                                 CC 10/29/1992

 

Charles F. Graver     1992.10.26

Charles F. Graver, 68, of Somonauk, formerly of West Chicago, passed away on October 20, 1992, at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora. He was born on June 5, 1924, in Aurora, the son of Perry and Hazel (Fickett) Graver.

He was married on January 26, 1949, to Jacqueline Payton of West Chicago. He was a member of the West Chicago Methodist Church and the Batavia Moose Lodge #682. Charlie, or Sonny, as he was known by his many beloved relatives and friends, worked for McKee Door Co. in Aurora for 20 years and was a carpenter by trade. In 1968, he went to work for Cragin Federal Bank as a building engineer and took great pride in his work. In 1988, Chuck and Jackie moved to Somonauk, although he continued to work in Wheaton.

Chuck, beloved husband, father and grandfather, is survived by his wife, Jacqueline; his son, Dennis Graver of Cortland, IL; two daughters, Linda (Steve) Swenson of Waterman and Diane      Lisson of Batavia; seven grandchildren, Eric, Kurt and Hallie Linn Swenson, Carrianne, Renee and Kyle Lisson and Luther Graver; a brother, Perry (Bud and Marion) Graver of Oswego; and a sister, Hazel (Harold) Berger of Naperville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Evelyn Schusler; an infant son, Charles; and a grandson, Paul Swenson.

Funeral services were held on Friday, October 23, at the Yurs Peterson Funeral Home in Batavia, the Reverends Mark Tammen and David Leeb officiating. Burial was at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Aurora.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the donor’s choice.                                     CC 10/29/1992

 

Gertrude May Grimm Krieghbaum     1992.10.27

Gertrude May Krieghbaum, 97, of Aurora, formerly of Hinckley, passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 1992, at Copley Memorial Hospital. For the past five years she was a resident at the Elmwood Nursing home in Aurora. She was born on February 27, 1895, in Hinckley, the daughter of Nathan and Mary (Buerer) Grimm.

On December 23, 1913, she was united in marriage to Mr. Fred Oscar Krieghbaum. She was a homemaker, and involved in WCSS, Home Bureau, and the Farmer’s club in Big Rock, IL. Mrs. Krieghbaum attended the Pierce Community United Methodist Church, taught Sunday school, and also was a Mission Band leader. She appreciated music and enjoyed playing the piano and organ.

Her survivors include Berdena (Roy) Sorenson of Hinckley, Delmar (Ruth) Krieghbaum of Sugar Grove, Laverna (Bob) Grommes of Hinckley, Betty Radovich, also of Hinckley, eleven grandchildren, and twenty great-grandchildren.

All other family members of her generation have preceded her in death. She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers, five sisters, two children, one grandchild, and a son-in-law.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 30, at the Pierce Community United Methodist Church with Pastor Douglas Williams officiating. Interment was at Pierce Cemetery.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.      CC 11/5/1992

 

Theodore G. Dutton, Sr.     1992.10.28

Theodore G. Dutton, Sr., 78, of Shabbona died Tuesday, October 27, 1992, at the Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born March 16, 1914, in Moweaqua, the son of William E. and Lydia L. (Greason) Dutton. He married Helen Earl on November 24, 1938, in Mattoon.

He was employed by the Crane Company in Chicago for 35 years until his retirement in 1975.

Mr. Dutton is survived by his wife of Shabbona; a son, Ted (Denise) Dutton of Shabbona; three brothers, Joe (Dorothy) Dutton of Winterhaven, FL, Virgil (Opal) Dutton of Mattoon and Faurest (Jeanette) Dutton of North Judson, IN; three sisters, Shella Henkelmann and Dorothy (William) Quinn, both of Florida, and Ruby (Jack) Hood of Algonquin; sister-in-law, Hazel  (Charles) Fosdick of Douglas, MI; and two grandsons, Ted (Chris) Dutton III of Memphis, TN, and Tim Dutton of Shabbona.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.

Private graveside services were held Thursday, October 29, at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona, the Reverend Arthur D. Zillgitt, interim pastor of the Shabbona United Church of Christ, officiating.

Arrangements by Jacobson Funeral Home.   CC 11/5/1992

 

Neva Augusta Todd Lane     1992.10.29

Neva Augusta Lane, 87, formerly of Shabbona, died Sunday, October 25, 1992, at the West Bay Nursing Center in Oldsmar, FL.

She was born September 16, 1905, in Paw Paw Township to Robert and Neva Maud (Clapsaddle) Todd. She married John W. Lane.

She was a homemaker and lived most of her life in the Shabbona area.

Mrs. Lane is survived by two daughters, Norma (Gayle) Rebel of Palm Harbor, FL, and Georgia Lane of Shabbona; a grandson, Kurt Rebel of Palm Harbor, three sisters-in-law, Helen Todd of Shabbona, Carrie Thatcher of Mesa, AZ, and Mildred Lane of Waterman; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1978; her parents; three brothers; and three sisters.

Cremation took place in Florida. Burial and graveside services were scheduled for a later date at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.                         CC 11/5/1992

 

 

 

Elva Amelia Klaas     1992.10.30

Miss Elva Amelia Klass, 94, died Thursday, October 22, 1992, at the George Goldman Home, Niles, IL, where she has resided for the past four years. She was born in Sycamore, IL, October 4, 1898, the daughter of Adolf and Martha Barney Klaas. Adolf was the brother of Louis H. Klaas, longtime resident of Pierce Township. She worked as an account secretary at Arthur Young and Company, Chicago, retiring in 1960 after many years of service. She resided in Oak Park. Miss Klaas studied at the Art Institute and was an accomplished artist. She is survived by cousins, Mrs. Iola Klaas Vogt, Tuscon, AZ; Mrs. Helen Klaas Schimpff, Claremont, CA; and Herbert Hurtt, Kansas City, MO.  There will be no visitation or memorial service. Private interment at the Pierce Cemetery was planned.

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Graveside services for Miss Elva Amelia Klaas will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 5, at Pierce Cemetery, Owens Road, Park Park, the Reverend Douglas Williams, Pastor of Pierce Community United Methodist Church, officiating. Wayne Schimpff and family of Chicago and Mr. and Mrs. Richard (Helen Klaas) Engdahl of Columbus, OH, will be present and will be happy to see people who remember their family.

Miss Elva Amelia Klaas, 94, died Thursday, October 22, 1992, at the George Goldman, Niles, IL, where she resided for the past four years. She was born in Sycamore, IL, October 4, 1898, the daughter of Adolf and Martha Barney Klaas. Adolf was the brother of Louis H. Klaas, longtime resident of Pierce Township. She worked as an account secretary at Arthur Young and Company, Chicago, retiring in 1960 after many years of service. She resided in Oak Park. Miss Klaas studied at the Art Institute and was an accomplished artist. She is survived by cousins, Mrs. Iola Klaas Vogt, Tuscon, AZ; Mrs. Helen Klaas Engdahl, Columbus, OH; Wayne Huber Schimpff, Chicago; Warren Klaas Schimpff, Claremont, CA; and Herbert Hurtt, Kansas City, MO.                       CC 7/1/1993

 

LaVerne Lars Solberg     1992.10.31

LaVerne “Verne” Lars Solberg, 68, of Littleton, CO, formerly of Sycamore, died Friday, October 30, 1992, while making a stop in Henderson, NE. Mr. Solberg was returning home after visiting in this area.

He was born on April 22, 1924, in Shabbona, the son of Lars H. and Effie Challand Solberg.

He was a 1942 graduate of Shabbona High School, a 1948 graduate of Bradley University with a degree in civil engineering and a 1951 graduate of the University of Oklahoma with an architecture degree.

He was a retired registered architect responsible for the design of several professional and industrial buildings in the DeKalb County area.

Mr. Solberg was a professional musician playing with the Shrinanigans and with Herbie Palmer’s Band for the Rat Races. He was a member of the Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Illinois, Shabbona Lodge No. 374; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Freeport; Tebala Shrine, Rockford; and the Disabled American Veterans. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in 1943 through 1945.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Ayers of Littleton, CO; two sons, Tait Lars Solberg of Yokota Air Base, Japan, and Teag Mark Solberg of March Air Force Base, California; a daughter, Tamara Solberg Ecklund of Colorado Springs, CO; 10 grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Solberg Barnickle of Naperville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son.

Funeral services were held Friday, November 6, in Littleton, CO. He was buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.                                 CC 11/12/1992

 

                          Emma SpringerWallis     1992.11.01

Emma (Springer) Wallis, 90, of Plano, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 1992 at the Sandwich Community Hospital. She was born on June 15, 1902, in Aurora, the daughter of Emil and Emma (Frank) Springer.

On June 29, 1922, she was united in marriage to Lavern Wallis in Plano. This past June was special as Emma and Lavern celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

Mrs. Wallis was a member of the German Lutheran Church in Plano and was employed as a Bell Telephone Operator until her retirement. She has resided in Plano since 1923.

Survivors include her husband, Lavern; five daughters, Myrleen (Bob) Martner of Plano, Beverly (Archie) Tuntland of Waterman, Charmaine (Harold) Pearson of Norway, IL, Margretta (Willard) Maier of Plano, Starlynn (Neil) Lobdell of Plano; two sons, Donald (Jeanette) Wallis of Plano and James (Jane) Wallis, Leland; 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Springer; a sister; three brothers; a grandson and a son-in-law.

Private services were planned for a later date with interment taking place at Plano Cemetery. There was no visitation.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes in Plano.

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                              Robert F. Bushnell     1992.11.03

Robert F. Bushnell, 68, of Sandwich, passed away on Thursday, November 5, 1992, at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora. He was born on March 19, 1924, in Hinckley, the son of Frank J. and Myrtle (Weaver) Bushnell.

He was united in marriage to Ada (Beams) on August 21, 1967, in Sandwich. He was the former owner and operator of Anderson & Bushnell Office Supply in Sandwich for 30 years until his retirement in 1983. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II and received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star and other commendations. He was active in the Sunrider International Health and Fitness Organization, a horticultural enthusiast and loved gardening. He was a member of the United Church of Sandwich.

Survivors include his wife, Ada, of Sandwich; his daughter, Kay (Fred) Baldridge of Kaneville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Stanley, Ralph, and Arthur; and a sister, Dorothy Worthington.

Funeral services were held on Monday, November 9, at the Burkhart Funeral Home in Sandwich, the Reverend Todd Singley officiating. Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich.

Memorials may be given in his name c/o the Burkhart Funeral home, 606 East Arnold Road, Sandwich, IL 60548

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Clifton A. Bowgren     1992.11.10

Clifton A. Bowgren, 81, of Wasco, IL, passed away on Thursday afternoon, November 5, 1992 at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva of injuries he suffered Tuesday evening when he was struck by a car near his home. He was born on May 15, 1911, the son of Oscar and Ida (Skoglund) Bowgren, in Campton Township, where the family made their home on Route 38 at the Garfield Farm.

Following graduation from St. Charles High School, as a young man, he and his brother Charles started Bowgren Trucking Company. For a number of years he also farmed with his brother-in-law, John Brown and later joined Brannigar and Associated in real estate. During his years with the Brannigar organization he was involved in the development of the Windings and was also instrumental in the development of the Galena Territory.

On June 26, 1940, he was united in marriage to Jewel Brown in Wayne, IL, and they made their home near Wasco. He attended the Wasco Baptist Church, the LaFox Farmer’s Club and for several years was also superintendent of Garfield Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Jewel; three daughters, Gay (Alex) Fields of Greenville, SC, Jan (Stephen) Cole, of Ducanville, TX, and Joy (Gregg) Nelson of Geneva; 11 grandchildren, Alexander, Andrew, Aaron and Alan Fields, Michael, David and Jason Cole and Tim, Jamie, Christina and Tom Nelson; three brothers, Stanley (Nina) Bowgren of Wasco, Hilton (Ann) Bowgren of Hinckley and Charles (Mary) Bowgren of St. Charles; a sister, Gladys (John) Olson of Mountain Home, AR, and two sisters-in-law, Grace Bowgren of LaFox and Bernice Bowgren of Geneva; as well as many nieces and nephews and a community of dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Vernor and Gordon.

Funeral services were held on Saturday November 7, from Conley Funeral Home in Elburn, the Reverend John  Feldmann, pastor of the Wasco Baptist Church, officiating. Interment was at Garfield Cemetery.

Memorials in the name of Clifton A. Bowgren may be made to either the Wasco Baptist Church or to the Parkinson’s Disease Association.                                  CC 11/12/1992

 

Leo J. Lakeman     1992.11.11

Leo J. Lakeman, 70, of Aurora, passed away on Saturday, November 7, 1992, at his home. He was born on January 10, 1922, in Aurora.

He was a member of St. Nicholas Church, the Carpenters Local  #916 and the American Luxemberger Club.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Lakeman of Aurora; his mother, Mary Lakeman of Aurora; four daughters, Sandra (Robert) Johnson of Hinckley, Janet Gibson of Aurora, Diane (Stephen) Nehring of Hinckley, and Linda (Steven) Suechsl of Wheaton; a son, Lee Lakeman of Aurora; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; three sisters, Marie (Robert) Hollis of Aurora, Leona Kelley of Batavia, and Delores (Ralph) Dieter of Wheaton and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Lakeman was preceded in death by his father, Edward Lakeman; two brothers, Edward and Lawrence Lakeman; four sisters, Gladys and Grace Lakeman, Francis Palmatier and Lucille Dieter; and one grandson.

The funeral was from the Daleiden High Street Mortuary on Tuesday, November 10, to St. Nicholas Church, Father David Palmatier, O.S.B., officiating. Interment was at Marywood Cemetery.

The Rosary was said during visitation hours on Monday evening.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to St. Nicholas Church.                            CC 11/12/1992

 

Winifred B. Kouth Evans     1992.11.12

Winifred “Babe” B. Evans, 68, of Waterman, passed away Tuesday, November 10, 1992, at the Shabbona Health Care Center. She was born on November 15, 1923, the daughter of Lee Sherman Kouth and Ina (Galor) Kouth.

On August 22, 1948, “Babe” was united in marriage to Robert “Chub” D. Evans, Jr., in Sugar Grove, IL, at the Methodist Church. They farmed in the Hinckley and Sugar Grove area, and then in Waterman for 26 years. Babe was a homemaker, taught school and also worked at the Waterman High School. She sold Avon products for many years. She was a member of the Waterman Methodist Church of which she was actively involved in UMPEC many other church activities,

Her survivors include a daughter Jean D. Evans and Jerry Lane of Sycamore; a son, John R. Evans and Anne Gravel of Waterman; one sister Reinette Dugan of Sandwich; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews; and three step grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two stepmothers, Eliza Judd Kouth and Edna Kouth; her husband “Chub”, three stepsisters; and a stepbrother.

Visitation was scheduled for 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11, at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman.

Funeral services will be held at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 12, with Reverend Paul Zeman and Reverend Mark Tammen officiating. Interment will be in the Sugar Grove Cemetery, Sugar GroveL IL.

A memorial is being established at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in her memory.                        CC 11/12/1992

 

Harold C. Serrurier     1992.11.13

Harold C. Serrurier, 65, of DeKalb, died Saturday, November 14, 1992, at the DeKalb Nursing Home.

He was born September 11, 1927, in Mauston, WI, the son of Alexander Hugo and Annie (Martin) Serrurier.

He married Winnifred J. Smith on September 1, 1948, in Batavia.

Mr. Serrurier was employed as a brick-layer, and was a member of the Bricklayer’s Union Local 74. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II.

He is survived by his wife; five sons, Phillip W. Serrurier of Rockford, Michael C. Serrurier of Hinckley, Lawrence H. (Suzanne) Serrurier of Hinckley, Gregory A. Serrurier of Sandwich and Douglas C. Serrurier of Goodfield, IL; a grandson, Clayton M. Serrurier; a sister, Laura Smith of Mauston, WI; two brothers, Lewis (Lorraine) Serrurier of Mauston, WI, and Robert Serrurier of Tomah, WI; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Alva and Fred Serrurier, and two sisters, Annie and Edith Serrurier.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 17, at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, with Reverends William F. and Jane Ann Moore of the First Congregational United Church of Christ officiating. Cremation has taken place and there was no visitation.                              CC 11/19/1992

 

Mary K. Atkinson Kellet     1992.11.14

Mary K, “Kathy” Kellet, 64, of Aurora, died Wednesday, November 18, 1992, at University Hospital in Denver, CO. She was born May 3, 1928, in Aurora.

She was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church and the Aurora V.F.W. Post #468 Women’s Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband, Harold “Nick” Kellet, Jr., of Aurora; three daughters, Sheila (James) Berger of Big Rock, Karen (William) VanHorn of Spring, TX, and Pamela Kellet of Houston, TX; two sons, Kevin (Laurie) and Brian Kellet of Aurora; a brother, Dr. William (Shirley) Atkinson of Lawton, OK; four grandchildren, Kira Gutierrez of Key West, FL, Kristie Berger of Big Rock, Brandon and Nicholas VanHorn of Spring, TX; and a great grandson, Ian Apodaca.

Mrs. Kellet was preceded in death by her parents, William and Marcella (Phelan) Atkinson; three brothers, Michael, Christopher and Richard Atkinson.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 23, from the Dieterle Memorial Home to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Father Edward F. Gillespie officiating. Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. A liturgical wake service was conducted during visitation hours at the funeral home on Monday evening.

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James Calvin Marsh     1992.11.15

Mr. James Calvin Marsh, 68, of Oswego, passed away on Monday, November 16, 1992, at his residence in Oswego. He was born on October 11, 1924, in St. Joseph, IL.

Mr. Marsh was employed by Parts Associates as a salesman for the past 10 years and had formerly worked as a mechanic for Illinois Bell in Champaign, IL. He was a member of the St. Joseph Methodist Church in St. Joseph, IL, and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Corps, serving during WWII.

Survivors include his wife, Cleta; three daughters, Pamela K. Gross of Sommerville, NJ, Dianna L. (William) Beasley of Urbana, IL, and Teresa (John) Richmond of Hinckley; a son, Gregory (Kim) Marsh of Oswego; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia (William) Vinson and Dorothy (Daryl) Vinson, both of St. Joseph, IL; a brother, David (Doris) Marsh of St. Joseph, IL, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, November 19, at the Freese Funeral Home in St. Joseph. Burial was at Grand View Memorial Cemetery in Champaign, IL. Local visitation was on Wednesday at the McKeown-Dunn Funeral Home, Ltd. in Oswego.

Memorials in Mr. Marsh’s name may be given to the Heart Fund.                                 CC 11/26/1992

 

Viola E. Leifheit Head     1992.11.16

Viola E. Head, 83, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, November 26, 1992, at Mercy Center Hospital. She was born June 19, 1909, in Hinckley.

She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church for many years, and was a resident of Countryside Nursing Center.

Survivors include three sons, Wendell (Pauline) Griese of Colorado Springs, CO, Delmar (Kathleen) Head of North Aurora; a daughter, Linda (Paul) Neumann of Lake Mills, WI; a brother, Clarence “Pudd” Leifheit of Waterman; seventeen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Evar, in December of 1974; her parents, Earnest and Louise Leifheit, two brothers, Theodore Leifheit and Herbert (Marie) Leifheit; and a sister-in-law, Matilda Leifheit.

Funeral services were held on Monday, November 30, from the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Timothy H. Swanson officiating. Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

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Howard Larabee     1992.11.17

Howard Larabee, age 92, of Hinckley, passed away Thursday, November 26, 1992, at Metropolitan Nursing Center in Elgin. He was born on December 5, 1899, the son of James and Almyra (Howard) Larabee in Earlville, IL.

Mr. Larabee was united in marriage on January 16, 1924, to Alliene Hyde in Ottawa, IL.

He farmed in the Hinckley area for over 50 years and was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. He showed Red Polls and Gallaway cattle in his younger years, and had won Grand Champion in 1921, 1922, and 1923 at the International Livestock Show. He also showed cattle from North Dakota to Texas.

Mr. Larabee is survived by his wife, Alliene; three daughters, Shirley (Rolf) Stumley of Santa Monica, CA, Almyra (Maurice) Erickson of Park Park, IL, and Patricia (Thomas) Baker of North Pole, AK; six grandchildren, Linda (Eric) Anderson, of Hawaii, Sylvia (Mel) Auerbach of Torrence, CA, Maurice (Christine) Erickson, Jr., of Anchorage, AK, Bonnie (Phred) Hollister of Elgin, IL, Teresa Carter of North Pole, AK, and Vernon Baker of Portland, OR; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Hannah Purdue of Des Plaines, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and three brothers,

Funeral services for Mr. Larabee were held on Monday, November 30, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, with Reverend Paul Gerardy officiating.

Interment was at Precinct Cemetery in Earlville, IL.

Arrangements were by Nelson Funeral Homes.

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Sophia Anna Carstens Otten     1992.11.18

Sophia Anna Otten, age 95, of Geneseo, IL, passed away on Thursday, November 26, 1992, at the Hillcrest Nursing Home in Geneseo. She was born on November 12, 1897, in Germany, the daughter of Frederick and Engel Anna (Alpers) Carstens.

On December 15, 1928, she was united in marriage to Henry J. Otten in Chicago, IL.

Mrs. Otten was a 1929 graduate of the University of Illinois, School of Medicine in Chicago, and was employed as a registered nurse. She attended the Lutheran Church.

Her survivors include a niece, Marie Broniszewski, a great nephew, Fred Beckman of Hinckley, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1971, five brothers, and three sisters, including her twin sister.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, November 29, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley with Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.

Interment was at the Irving Park Cemetery in Chicago.

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Raymond I. Knutson     1992.11.19

Raymond I. Knutson, 86 of DeKalb, died Tuesday, November 24, 1992, at the University Hospital in Madison, WI.

He was born October 12, 1906, in Milan, the son of Charles and Mabel (Sanderson) Knutson. He married Louise Bue on March 12, 1938.

Mr. Knutson farmed his entire life in Malta and Shabbona areas. He was baptized, confirmed and married at the Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee. He was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and the DeKalb Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Judy of DeKalb; a sister, Erma Hickey of Sycamore; two brothers, Clifford (Violet) Knutson of DeKalb and Robert (Dorothy) Knutson of Shabbona; and a sister-in-law, Bee Bue of Sycamore.

He was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mildred Finnestad; and three brothers-in-law, Elwyn Bue, Ingmond Finnestad and Don Hickey.

Funeral services were held on November 28 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee, with the Reverend Donald Myhres officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery.

A memorial fund in the name of Raymond I. Knutson has been established at Ronan-Moore Mortuary, DeKalb.

CC 12/3/1992

 

Kelly Jean Adee     1992.12.12

Kelly Jean Adee, 13, of rural Malta, died Thursday, December 3, 1992, at Pine Acres Care Center in DeKalb.

She was born April 21, 1979, in DeKalb, the daughter of Todd Alan and Hilda (Mesa) Adee.

She was an eighth-grade student at the Shabbona Junior High School. She was a charter member of the Harvest Christian Center in Shabbona.

She is survived by her parents; a brother, Ross Alan of rural Malta; a sister, Storey Ann Adee of rural Malta; her paternal grandparents, Gene and Jean Adee Clare; her maternal grandparents, Tom and Virginia Mesa of Sycamore; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were held on December 7 at the Anderson Funeral Home, the Reverend Stacey Arnold of the Harvest Christian Center in Shabbona officiating. Burial was at the Malta Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.                        CC 12/10/1992

 

 

George E. Underwood     1992.12.13

George E. Underwood, 92, of Vancouver, WA, formerly of Big Rock, passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 1992 in Vancouver. He was born on September 22, 1900 in Decatur, IL, the son of the late Marcus and Elmira (Thomas) Underwood.

Mr. Underwood was a member of the Big Rock Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Richard (Ruth) Underwood of Big Rock and Edward (Mary Ann) Underwood of Vancouver, WA; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and a sister, Florence McKay of Grayslake, IL.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Astrid N. Underwood, on November 1, 1991.

Funeral services were held on December 5 from the Baptist Church of Big Rock, the Reverend Eugene Frost officiating. Burial was at Welsh Cemetery, Big Rock.

Contributions in Mr. Underwood’s memory may be made to the First Baptist Church of Big Rock Renovation and Expansion Fund.

Arrangements were by Healy Chapel.         CC 12/10/1992

 

Carl J. Claesson     1992.12.14

Carl J. Claesson, age 65, of Sugar Grove, passed away Thursday morning December 10, 1992, at Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora, where he had recently been under care for cancer.

He was born November 10, 1927, in Aurora, IL, the son of John and Esther (Heintz) Claesson. The family made their home in Sugar Grove where Carl gradated from high school in 1945 and shortly thereafter, entered the Navy. Returning home in 1947, he took up various jobs, working for a time at the Elburn Packing Plant and at his father’s mill in Sugar Grove.

On July 23, 1949, he was united in marriage to Audrey Mighell. They made their home in Big Rock for several years until 1956 when they built the present family home near Sugar Grove.

In 1954 he became an insurance agent for the Country Companies and represented them until 1969 when he began Claesson Insurance Agency, providing comprehensive fire and casualty, life, health and auto insurance through a variety of companies.  Joined in recent years by his daughter Carla, the agency continues in her hands.

Mr. Claesson was a member of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church and the Sugar Grove American Legion Post # 1271 and was an inveterate Chicago sports fan. Through the years Carl and Audrey enjoyed traveling several times to Sweden and Europe. They enjoyed attending auctions and collecting much of the furniture that adorned their home.

A loving husband and father and a most devoted “grandpa”, he is survived by his wife Audrey; a son, Kevin (Kathy) Claesson of Elburn; three daughters, Carol (Dan) Kohler of Hinckley, Carla Sobieray of Sugar Grove and Cari Claesson of Sacramento, CA; six grandchildren, Amanda, Stephanie and Brian Claesson, Joshua and Jacob Kohler and Adam Sobieray; a brother Kenneth Claesson of Sugar Grove; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and associates throughout the area.

He joins now his parents and a sister Joan Wilson who preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Sunday, December 13, at the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, the Reverend John F. Smith officiating. Interment was at Sugar Grove Cemetery.

Memorials in his name may be made either to the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church or to the Copley Memorial Hospital Oncology Department, 502 South Lincoln, Aurora, IL 60505.

Arrangements by Conley Funeral Home.   CC 12/17/1992

 

Lois Hood Johnson     1992.12.15

Lois Johnson, 72, of Waterman, died Sunday, December 13, 1992, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born March 24, 1920, in Iuka, IL, the daughter of William E. and Lillie (Cooper) Hood. She married Harold Johnson on June 3, 1938, at the Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee.

She and he husband farmed in the Waterman area for many years, then moved to town in 1974. She was active in church and school activities and helped establish the Waterman Scholarship Fund.

Survivors include her husband, Harold of Waterman; three sons, Ronald (Jean) Johnson of Sycamore, Gary (Barbara) Johnson of Aurora and Dennis (Chris) Johnson of San Diego, CA; a brother, Howell (Gayle) Hood of Rockford; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and a grandson.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Presbyterian Church of Waterman, with the Reverend Mark Tammen, church pastor officiating. Burial will be in North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman. Visitation was scheduled for 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.

A memorial fund is being established for Lois L. Johnson for the Waterman Scholarship Fund, in care of Jacobson Funeral Home.                                          CC 12/17/1992

 

Kathryn Lurz Hollis     1992.12.16

Kathryn L. “Kitty” Hollis, age 56, of Batavia, went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 18, 1992, after a lengthy courageous battle with cancer. She was born March 24, 1936, in Streator, IL.

Kitty was a member of Banbury Road Baptist Church in North Aurora.

She was a former office manager for the Aurora Pediatric Clinic in Aurora and Surgery Coordinator for Guynn-Russ-Kleckner Surgery Group in St. Charles. She retired in 1989.

Kitty graduated from East Aurora High School in 1953. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother and grandmother and will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

She was united in marriage to John Hollis on September 11, 1954, at Claim Street Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, John Hollis; two sons, Jack B., of Hinckley and James R., of Columbus, OH; a daughter, Kathleen Weede of Bedminster, NJ; two brothers, Donald (Red) Lurz, of Sunrise Beach, MO, and Robert Lurz of Flemington, MO; a sister, Joni Rosco of Big Rock; three grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and many great friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents and parents, Jacob and Leta (Scott) Lurz.

Kitty has cherished her relationship, love, support and care from her close friends, Dr. Chandra and staff and family members.

Funeral services were held on Monday, December 21, at the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Paul Pletcher officiating. Interment was at the River Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in Batavia.

Memorials may be made to the Banbury Road Baptist Church in her memory.

I write this in honor of the mother of my children, my very best friend. Until we meet again, with love, Your Husband.

CC 12/24/1992

 

Alice W. Tarbell Thorpe     1992.12.17

Alice W. Thorpe, 93, of Waterman, passed away on Friday, December 25, 1992, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb. She was born June 2, 1899, in Paw Paw, IL, the daughter of Clarence and Elizabeth (Lane) Tarbell. She was united in marriage on June 21, 191, to Harvey Thorpe.

Mrs. Thorpe was a homemaker. She was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church. She had been a member of the Women’s Society in the church, and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Waterman.

Survivors include her son, Clarence (Norma) Thorpe of Waterman; four grandchildren, Linda (Andy) Ehrhart of Waterman, Roger (Ida) Thorpe of Waterman, Karol (Jeff) Adams of Bloomington, and Mary (Carl) Neubauer of Cresthill; five great-grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Dorothy; and ten brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held on Monday, December 28, at the Waterman United Methodist Church, the Reverend Paul Zeman officiating and Dea Eakle Andress as organist. Burial was at the North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.

Pallbearers were Ken Reid, Vernon Johnson, Craig Rice, Jim Olson, Harold Boekenhauer, and Darryl Bremmer.

Arrangements were by Nelson Funeral Homes.

CC 12/31/1992

 

Earl P. Komes     1992.12.18

Earl P. Komes, age 73, of Batavia, IL, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 22, 1992, at his home after a long illness surrounded by his loving family who cared for him. He was born on April 12, 1919, in Aurora.

Mr. Komes lived in Aurora until his marriage to Louise Baumann on April 26, 1941, at Holy Cross Church in Batavia. They moved to Batavia where they raised their family. He was employed for many years at the Howell Company in St. Charles. Later he worked for Sky Hook in Aurora, Belson Manufacturing in North Aurora and H & R Block, he farmed and continued his work with the tax preparations.  He was active in the Boy Scouts for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus- Columbian Council 2191, and a member of the Holy Cross Church in Batavia. He will be missed by his family and many friends.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Louise T. Komes; a daughter, Judy (Fred) Runge of Aurora; three sons, Dave (Sandra) Komes of Hinckley, Don (Sheree) Komes of Hinckley, and Doug Komes of Batavia; sixteen beloved grandchildren, Janet (Ron) Lindstrom, Bob (Karla) Runge, Mike Runge, Pete (Heather) Runge, Rhoda (Tom) Oker, Teri (John) Gurchiek, Chris, Mandy, and Abby Komes, Tracy, Robyn and Travis Wood, Justin Ackley, Kate, Maegan and Becky Komes; five beloved great-grandchildren, Andrea and Tiffany Runge, Elizabeth, Stephen and Stefanie Lindstrom, two sisters, Lorraine (Harold) Geldernick of Downers Grove and Ione (Don) Patterman of Lamar, AR; his aunt, Miss Sally Komes of Aurora; many nieces, nephews, and a host of dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Julia (Daviskur) Komes; a daughter, Jane Wood; and by his sister, Ruth Ewing.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 26, from the Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home to Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia, the Reverend Stephen St. Jules officiating. Interment was at Marywood Cemetery, Aurora.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, to the Fox Valley Hospice, or to the Holy Cross Church Building Fund.                          CC   12/31/1992

 

Doris R. Hampton     1992.12.19

Doris R. Hampton, 85, of Shabbona, died Monday, December 28, 1992, at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

She is survived by a sister, May Beiler of Shabbona.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 30, at the Waterman United Methodist Church, the Reverend Paul Zeman officiating. Burial was at North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.

CC 12/31/1992

 

Gerald Richard Jandt     1992.12.20

       Gerald Richard Jandt, 53, of Big Rock, passed away Sunday, December 27, 1992, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb. He was born on August 6, 1939, in Waterman, the son of Irvin O. and Celestine (Fahrlander) Jandt. He was united in marriage on May 25, 1963, to Patricia Castner in Aurora.

Mr. Jandt, a graduate of Hinckley High School, was a builder and carpenter by trade. He was a member of the Zion Baptist Church in Aurora. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Sandwich and served in the United States Army from 1959 to 1961.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia of Big Rock; a daughter, Teri Jandt, and a son, Kevin Jandt, both of Big Rock; a granddaughter, Brittany, of Big Rock; his mother, Celestine Jandt of Hinckley; a sister, Betty L. Harris of Mountain Home, AR; a brother, Ronald (Rita) Jandt of Big Rock; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, an infant sister, Rita Ann; his paternal grandparents, Herman and Anna (Dienst) Jandt and maternal grandparents; Joseph and Ethel (Pool) Fahrlander.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 30, at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, Pastor Joe Aldridge of the Zion Baptist Church in Aurora and Pastor Kate Feeney-Bastian of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley officiating. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Pall Bearers were Jerry M. Jandt, Todd Jandt, Rodney Jandt, Richard Bushnell, Roger Kaus, and Mike Castner.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.    CC 12/31/1992

 

Don S. Thompson     1992.12.21

Don S. Thompson, 63 of Malta, IL, passed away suddenly Tuesday, December 22, 1992, at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb. He was born August 10, 1929, in Aurora, IL, the son of Stanley and Delia (Morsch) Thompson. On October 8, 1983, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Einkauf in Hobbs, NM.

Mr. Thompson was formerly employed at Kishwaukee College. He was also a truck driver for many years, a former restaurant owner and also worked at Hays Dairy. He was a member of the Malta United Methodist Church. He was Past Master of the Hinckley Masonic Lodge #301 twice and was the present Sr. Warden at the Waterman Lodge #728 A.F. & A.M.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis of Malta; six children, Jack (Sharen) Thompson of Steward, IL, Betty Ann Thompson of Waterman, Thomas (Jo) Thompson of Portland, OR, Dan (Kelly) Thompson of DeKalb, IL, Dona (Thomas) Daniels of Dillon, CO, and Tina Thompson of Dillon, CO. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren; one brother, Bruce (Shirley) Thompson of Big Rock, IL, and a sister, Judy (Dean) Kramer of Albuquerque, NM.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Betty Ann Kennedy.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, December 27, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, the Reverend Fred Morris officiating. Burial was at West Big Rock Cemetery, Big Rock, IL. A Masonic service was held during visitation hours Saturday evening at the Nash-Nelson Chapel.

A memorial is being established.               CC 12/31/1992

 

Peter F. Hourselt     1992.12.22

Peter F. Hourselt, 59, of Ft. Myers, FL, formerly of Aurora, IL, passed away Saturday, December 26, 1992, at Lee Memorial Hospital, Ft. Myers, FL. He was born August 14, 1933, in Aurora, IL.

Mr. Hourselt was a graduate of East Aurora High School; a past president of the Ft. Myers Beach Lions Club; worked for Austin-Western Company of Aurora and McAllister Equipment Company of Alsip, IL.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby of Ft. Myers; his mother, Agnes Hourselt of Aurora; two sons, Gary Hourselt of Austin, TX, and Peter Hourselt Jr. of Waterman; two daughters, Linda Holman of Ft. Meyers, FL, and Deborah Scott-Wilson of Aurora; a brother, Raymond Hourselt of Odin, IL; two sisters, Anna Orr of Aurora, and Betty Phillips of Scottsdale, AZ; seven grandchildren, Kayla, Rebecca, Andrew, Michael, Melanie, Joshua and Alex.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 31, at the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Kenneth Foster officiating.  Burial was at Wyoming Cemetery, Paw Paw, IL.

Contributions in Mr. Hourselt’s memory may be made to the Ft. Myers Beach Lion’s Club.            CC 1/7/93                                                                                                                                                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edwin R. Hinkston      1993.01.15

Edwin R. Hinkston, 79, of Mendota, died Friday, January 1, 1993, at his home.

He was born May 3, 1913, in Shabbona Grove, IL, the son of Otis and Frances (Seeley) Hinkston.  He was married to Dorothy Elkins November 26, 1955, in DeKalb.

Mr. Hinkston was a retired restaurateur and a self-employed carpenter.

Survivors include his wife; four sons, Donald Hinkston of Chandler, AZ, William Hinkston of Paige, TX, and Edwin (Pete) Hinkston and Mike Hinkston, both of Mendota; five daughters, Pat Abel of Paige, TX,  Becky Hinkston, Tracy Hinkston and Kimberly Parker, all of Mendota, and Mary Smith of Sandwich; a sister, Dorine Woods of Plano; a brother, Harry Hinkston of Lee; 12 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Alvin; two sisters, Eulah Cinnamon and Opal Hinkston; and two sons in infancy.

A memorial service was held Monday, January 4, at Schwarz Funeral Home in Mendota, the Reverend Harold Koonce officiating.  Cremation rites were accorded.  Inurnment was at Johnson Grove Cemetery, Shabbona.     CC 1/7/1993

 

George R. Perrine    1993.01.16

George R. Perrine, of Houston, TX, formerly of Hinckley, passed away on Saturday, January 2, 1993.  He was born in Hinckley, IL, on August 19, 1907.

Mr. Perrine was a graduate of the University of Southern California and the University of Wisconsin Law School.  He was a Past President of the Hinckley State Bank and the Chairman of Aurora National Bank in Illinois.  He was the Chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission and the founder/President of Great Lakes Conference, NARU.  Mr. Perrine was a long time member of the American Bar Association and Chairman of its Public Utilities Section.  Also, he was President of Midwestern Gas Transmission Company and served as legal consultant to Tenneco Inc.  His social memberships included Phi Sigma Kappa, Phi Delta Phi, Elks, Masonic Order, University Club and Chicago Club.

Mr. Perrine is survived by his wife, Viola Perrine of Houston; two daughters, Ruth Hogan and Jean Giles; a son, William Perrine; two grandchildren, Jennifer Hogan and Jeffery Giles; and a nephew, Warren Perrine.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 9, at the Chapel of George H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive, Houston, TX, with Dr. Mark Lewis officiating.  Cremation rites have been accorded.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the University of Southern California Scholarship Fund, 3551 University Park, Los Angeles, California 90007, or to the charity of your choice.                         CC 1/7/1993

 

Clifford Jerde     1993.01.17

Clifford Jerde, 86, of DeKalb, died Monday, January 4, 1993, at Pine Acres Care Center in DeKalb.

He was born April 5, 1906, in Ottawa, the son of Erick and Kristina (Hall) Jerde.  He married Carrie K. Halverson in Sycamore on November 29, 1926.

Mr. Jerde worked for the American Steel Company in DeKalb, and was a former owner of Jerde Trucking Company and the DeKalb Block Company.  He was a former manager of the Genoa Mobile Home Park.  He was a member of the Grace Free Lutheran Church, where he was a former deacon.  He served in the National Guard.

Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Marilyn (Mervin) Mathison of DeKalb, Carol (Ronald) Rumpf of Peoria, Marvelle Beard of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Carmen (David) Osland of Sycamore; three sons, Harold (Carol) Jerde of St. Charles, Dean (Terry) Jerde of DeKalb and Paul (Karen) Jerde of DeKalb; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, Joseph Jerde of Spring Valley; a sister, Zella (Alfred) Swenson of Waterman; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Grace Free Lutheran Church, with the Reverend James Asp officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.  Visitation was scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Anderson Funeral Home.

A memorial fund has been established in the name of Clifford Jerde in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.

  CC 1/7/1993

 

Billie Dee Glover Falk     1993.01.18

Billie Dee Falk, 64, of Shabbona, died Thursday, January 7, 1993, at her home.

She was born December 16, 1928, in Newark, MO, the daughter of James and Ann (Braddack) Glover.  She married Donald W. Falk on August 9, 1947, in Aurora.

Mrs. Falk was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ, the Shabbona American Legion Auxiliary, and the Pokonokah Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, in Shabbona.

Survivors include a son, Tracy (Diane) Falk of Shabbona; a daughter, Karen (Gary) Roth of Leland; two brothers, James Glover of Hannibal, MO, and Charles Glover of Amboy; a sister, Elizabeth Weber of Shabbona; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband on July 19, 1991; a daughter, Brenda Sue; and her parents.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 11, at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona, the Reverend Evelyn J. Dickerson officiating.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

A memorial fund has been established in the name of Billie Dee Falk at Jacobson Funeral Home.           CC 1/14/1993

 

LaVon Rickert Dellenback     1993.01.19

LaVon Dellenback, 85, of Hinckley, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 1993, at her home.  She was born August 7, 1907, in Hinckley, the daughter of George and Katherin (Mulroy) Rickert.  She was united in marriage to Ervin Dellenback.

Mrs. Dellenback was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church.  She had been employed for a number of years at the Telephone Company in Hinckley and also worked in Aurora at the Virginia Shop.

Survivors include her three children: Charles (Pricilla) Dellenback of Midland, TX, James Dellenback of Sandwich, IL, and Dr. Barbara Dellenback of St. Charles, IL; five grandchildren, Paul Dellenback of Laramie, WY, Steven (Cindy) Dellenback of San Antonio, TX, Lori (John) Carey of Sandwich, IL, Jeanne Johnston of Pennsylvania, and Karen (Steve) Erhart of Sandwich, IL; eleven great-grandchildren; a brother, Elwin (Helen) Rickert of Winter, WI, and a sister, Norva Carpentier of Aurora, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a brother, Willard Rickert.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 16, 1993, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, with the Reverend Paul Gerardy officiating.  Burial was at the Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Memorials may be made to the Hinckley United Methodist Church.                              CC 1/21/1993

 

Vivian J. Helling Cook     1993.01.20

Vivian J. Cook, 58, of Shabbona, died Monday, January 25, 1993, at home.

She was born August 14, 1934, in Shannon County, MO, the daughter of Elmer and Mildred (Laubinger) Helling.  She married LaVerne Cook on November 26, 1952, in DeKalb.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Shabbona, and was an Awana teacher and deaconess of the church.  She was employed for many years as a custodian at Northern Illinois University.

Survivors include a daughter, Virginia (Lee) Shumaker of Shabbona; her father, Elmer (Eleanor) Helling of Shabbona; a brother, Glen (Darlene) Helling of Plano; four sisters, Ethel Wilhelm of Shabbona, Nancy (Dean) Foster of Yorkville, Jo (Larry) Bolender of Holland, MI, and Betty (Avery) Tredway of Ava, MO; a granddaughter, Amanda Shumaker of Shabbona.

She was preceded in death by her husband on June 27, 1992; her mother; two nephews; and a niece.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Shabbona with the Reverend Jeff Coester officiating.  Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.  Visitation was scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.         CC 1/28/1993

 

Elliott O. Birch     1993.01.21

Elliott O. Birch, 81, of Kirkland, died Monday, January 25, 1993, at Rockford Memorial Hospital.

He was born December 22, 1911, in Shabbona Grove, the son of Ollie and Inga (Frederickson) Birch.  He married Lydia Keller on December 22, 1938, in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lena.

He farmed in the Hinckley and Malta area his entire life.

He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Genoa and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

He is survived by his wife of Kirkland; a son, Wayne (Maralene) Birch of Pattonville, TX; two daughters, Carolyn (John) McQuillan of Clare and Kathleen (Pat) Prindiville of Kirkland; a brother, Henry (Dorothy) Birch of Waterman; three sisters, Bertha Staurland of DeKalb, Martha McAboy of Morton, and Evelyn McCrea of Hinckley; 10 grandchildren; a step-grandson; a great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John and Magnus Birch; and a sister, Esther Birch.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Thursday at the Trinity Lutheran Church with the Reverend Harold Schmidt and the Reverend Hal Toenjes officiating.  Burial will be at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.  Visitation was scheduled for 5-8 p.m., Wednesday at the Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home.

A memorial fund is being established for the Trinity Lutheran Church in care of the Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home.                            CC 1/28/1993

 

Fred August Monkemeyer     1993.01.22

Fred August Monkemeyer, 87, of Plano, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, January 23, 1993.  He was born on September 10, 1905, the son of Henry and Mary (Borchers) Monkemeyer in Ely, MN.  On February 11, 1934, he was united in marriage to Selma M. Behrens at the Cross Lutheran Church in Yorkville.

Mr. Monkemeyer was a member of the Cross Lutheran Church in Yorkville.  He farmed in the area for many years and was a member of the Kendall County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include his two sons, Paul N. Monkemeyer of Plano and Gerald R. (Joy) Monkemeyer of Elgin; his daughter-in-law, Renee (Doderlein) Monkemeyer; five grandsons, Bruce (Karen) Monkemeyer of North Woods, IA, Robert (Pam) Monkemeyer of Newark, Brian (Penny) Monkemeyer of Yorkville, Jon Monkemeyer and Jim Monkemeyer, both of Elgin; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Edward (Bertha) Monkemeyer of Elburn and a sister, Ida Garbelman, formerly of Waterman, now of DeKalb.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Selma in 1982; a son, Ernest; four sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 26, at the Cross Lutheran Church in Yorkville, Pastor Brian Truog officiating.  Burial was at the Cross Lutheran Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bruce, Robert, Brian, Jon, and Jim Monkemeyer and Jim Behrens.

Memorials may be made to the Cross Lutheran Church.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.  CC 1/28/1993

 

John W. Todd      1993.01.23

John W. Todd, 68, of Long Key, FL, formerly of Aurora, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 1993, at his home in Florida following an extended illness.

Mr. Todd had been a winter resident of Florida for many years and moved to Long Key permanently four years ago.  He was a Veteran of WWII serving as a Coxswain with the U.S. Coast Guard.  He was a founder and owner of J. W. Todd Co., a conveyor manufacturer in Aurora for 32 years.

Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Doris A. Todd of Long Key, FL; two sons, Steven E. (Bonnie) Todd of Big Rock and David D. (Gail) Todd of Yorkville; two stepsons, David J. (Mary) Schram of Naperville and Timothy S. Schram of Warrenville; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Catherine (Robert) Schwanke, of Camarillo, CA; a sister, Mrs. Betty J. Thomas, of Irvine, CA; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 30, at the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Eric Reble officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Todd’s memory may be made to the Hospice of the Florida Keys, P. O. Box 6558, Key West, FL 33040.                      CC 2/4/1993

 

Louise Martner Popp     1993.01.24

Louise Popp, 72, of Batavia, passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 1993, at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.  She was born on January 17, 1921, in Yorkville.

During her life, Louise actively associated with her husband in the building and construction industry.  Early in life, she enjoyed bowling and later became an avid golfer as well.  Her far reaching talents included her creative touch as a seamstress and a painter of portraits and still life.  For several years, her winter months were spent enjoying her home in Palmetto, FL.  Louise will be deeply missed and forever remembered for the kind, generous and loving person that she was.

Survivors include her two daughters, Carol (Ron) Reinert of Big Rock, and Linda (Jeff) Stone of St. Petersburg, FL; two sons, James L. (Carolyn) Popp of Sugar Grove and John J. (Loreen) Popp of Batavia; 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Lena Todd of Aurora and Florence Hansisak of Oswego; her brother-in-law, Alex Popp of Naperville and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George B. Popp in 1984; her parents, Elmer and Katherine (Lorenz) Martner; her twin brother, Lewis Martner, and her sister, Evelyn Oakley.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 30, at the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary, Father George Kuzara officiating.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park.  A liturgical wake service was recited during visitation hours on Friday evening.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.                         CC 2/4/1993

 

Hildegarde E. Brummel Cowan     1993.01.25

Hildegarde E. Cowan, 80, of Joliet, formerly of Naperville, passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 1993 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.  She was born on May 29, 1912, in Kane County, IL.

Mrs. Cowan had been a Naperville resident for 75 years before moving to Joliet.  She was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Naperville.  She was a Stanley Homes Products dealer for 35 years.

Survivors include two sons, Theodore (Joyce) Cowan of Joliet and LeRoy (Rose) Cowan of Hinckley; a daughter, Nola Goetsch of Pittsburgh, PA; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin; her parents, Conrad and Anna Brummel; two brothers, William and Clarence and six sisters, Eva, Loretta, Anna, Lucille, Edwina and Isabelle.

Funeral services were held at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Naperville, on Friday, January 29.  Interment was at St. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Naperville.

Arrangements were by Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, Naperville.                           CC 2/4/1993

 

Vesper Evans Myers     1993.01.26

Vesper Evans Myers, 84, of Aurora, formerly of Hinckley, passed away on Sunday, January 31, 1993, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  He was born on August 13, 1908, in Hinckley.

Mr. Myers had been a farmer in the Hinckley area all his life.  He was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church and was active in the Hinckley Senior Citizens Club.

Survivors include his sister-in-law, Mrs. Wilbur (Jean) Myers of Hinckley; his nephew, Kenneth (Dorothy) Myers of Hinckley; his niece, Mrs. David (Ruth Ann) Livingston of DeKalb; three great nieces; one great nephew; two great-greatnieces and two great-greatnephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, John Heyer, and two brothers.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 4, at 1:30 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 North Maple in Hinckley with the Reverend Paul Gerardy officiating.  Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.

Visitation was scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel.  CC 2/4/1993

 

Marion Hankey Luman     1993.01.27

Mrs. Marion H. Luman, 97, of Aurora, passed away on Saturday, January 30, 1993, at McAuley Manor Nursing Center.  She was born on April 12, 1895, in Beaver Dam, WI.

Mrs. Luman was a member of the First Congregational Church of Aurora since 1918.  She was a member of the Aurora Women’s Club and a member of the Conimur Reading Circle.  She was a Red Cross volunteer and a member of the Lyon Metal Co. Century Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Martha (Stephen) Gilbert of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada; three grandchildren, Tom Gilbert of Albany, OR, Anne Gilbert of Toronto, Ontario, and David Gilbert of Hamilton, Ontario, and several nieces and two nephews, William (Jule) Conner of Hinckley and Robert (Marie) Hankey of Arlington, TX.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty J. Luman; two sisters, Elsa Conner and Manila Phillips; and a brother, Carl A. Hankey; and her husband, Marshall Luman, on December 18, 1955.

Memorial funeral services were held on Sunday, February 7, at the First Congregational Church of Montgomery, IL, the Reverend Robert Christiansen officiating.  Private interment was held in Riverside Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory may be given to First Congregational Church.

Arrangements by the Healy Chapel.                CC 2/11/1993

 

Paul SeGraves     1993.01.28

Pastor Paul SeGraves died January 19, 1993, as the result of a truck-train accident east of Whitehall, MT.

He was born November 23 1927, to Clarence and Margaret SeGraves in Muncie, IN.  He graduated from Hudson High School, Hudson, MI, in 1945.  On April 24, 1949, he married Mary Hashley in Hudson.

He served in the United States Air Force from 1945 to 1952.  He graduated from Judson College in Elgin, IL, and Northern Baptist Seminary of Oakbrook, IL.  He pastored the First Baptist Church of Shabbona, IL, from 1969 to 1973.  Pastor SeGraves and his family moved to Butte, MT, where he jointly pastored the Church of the Valley of Butte and the First Christian Church of Whitehall, MT, until 1982.  In June of 1982, Pastor and Mrs. SeGraves moved to Whitehall and he became the full time pastor at First Christian Church.

Pastor SeGraves is survived by his wife, Mary; his mother, Margaret of Hudson, MI; sons and daughters-in-law, William of Kansas City, MO, David and Barbara of Durango, CO, Jeff and Fran of Whitehall, MT; grandchildren, Brandy, Jamie, Jenny, Sadie, Kayle, Andrea, Jennifer, Josh and Joseph; a sister, Letha Slane of Grand Rapids, MI; and a brother, Merlin of Brooklyn, MI.

He was preceded in death by his father; a brother, David; a son, Sam; and a daughter, Sandra.

Memorial services for Reverend SeGraves were held on Saturday, January 23, at the Whitehall High School, the Reverend James Kimsey officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials to be made to the First Christian Church of Whitehall, MT.  CC 2/18/1993

 

                         Jeannette M. Gordon     1993.02.06

Jeannette M. Gordon, 75, of Sandwich, passed away on Thursday, February 11, 1993, at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.  She was born on October 31, 1917, in Waterman, the daughter of Arthur and Nora (Graham) Gordon.

She was a lifelong member of the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church where she was very active in all activities and choir.  In 1941 she graduated from Copley School of Nursing and was a registered nurse for over 35 years at Dreyer Medical Center before retiring.  She was active in the Sandwich Opera House, Meals on Wheels, Food Pantry and many community affairs. 

Survivors include her twin sister, Sara Jane (Forrest) Thurow of Sandwich; a brother, George (Betty) Gordon of Sandwich; a niece and six nephews; 19 grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, February 14, at the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church, the Reverend David Leeb officiating.  Private interment was planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church, RR#1, Somonauk, IL, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements were handled by Burkhart Funeral Home in Sandwich.                          CC 2/18/1993

 

                 Elizabeth M. VonHoff Renner     1993.02.11

Elizabeth M. Renner, 80, of Sandwich, formerly of Aurora, passed away on Saturday, February 6, 1993, at the Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born on December 14, 1912, in Aurora, the daughter of Bernard G. and Hulda (Stolz) VonHoff.

She resided in Aurora before moving to Sandwich in 1977.  She was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Sandwich and was a volunteer for many years at Fox Valley Older Adults in Sandwich.

Survivors include two daughters, Joyce (Robert) Trahan of Waterman and Linda (Jim) Nolte of Dexter, MN; two sisters, Magdalena Schmotzer of Aurora and Helen VanDeventer of Aurora; a brother, Frank VonHoff of Aurora; seven grandchildren, Douglas (Marietta) Hutchison, Lisa (Tim) Ballas, Laurie (Ken) Saul, Jason Hutchison, Amy (Dave) Sheely, Brenda (Alan) Mandt and Nancy Nolte; five great-grandchildren, Caitlin Hutchison, Zachary and Hannah Ballas, Jacob Saul and Heather Sheely.

Mrs. Renner was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence J. Renner in 1978; five brothers, Otto, Leo, William, Felix, and Anthony and a grandchild, Wendy Jo Hutchison.

Funeral services were held on February 9 at the Burkhart Funeral Home in Sandwich, the Reverend Gregory Mayer and the Reverend David Kaul officiating.  Burial was at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery.  Pallbearers were Douglas Hutchison, Tim Ballas, Ken Saul, Jason Hutchison, Dave Sheely and Alan Mandt. 

Memorials may be made to Fox Valley Older Adult Services, 340 West Church Street, Sandwich, IL 60548 or the Salem Lutheran Church, 1022 North Main Street, Sandwich, IL 60548.

  CC 2/11/1993

 

Richard E. Anderson     1993.02.15

Richard E. Anderson, 57, of DeKalb, died Monday, February 8, 1993, at his home.

He was born May 23, 1935, in DeKalb, the son of Harold and Mildred (Leifheit) Anderson.  He married Amy Weeks on July 7, 1990, in DeKalb.

He was the owner and operator of Anderson’s Dry Wall for 36 years.  He was a master craftsman in the National Institution of Painting and Dry Wall.  He was active in and worked for several mental health boards.

Mr. Anderson was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, a former member of the Moose Lodge and contributed to the Salvation Army and other civic groups.

He is survived by his wife of DeKalb; two sons, Richie and Broc, both at home; a daughter, Starr, at home; his parents of DeKalb; a brother, Harold (Betty Lou) of Waterman; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a sister in infancy.

A memorial service was scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Ronan-Moore Mortuary, Lt. Richard Carroll of the Salvation Army officiating, with fellowship to follow.  Cremation will take place.

A memorial fund has been established for the Salvation Army and the Anderson children in care of the Ronan-Moore Mortuary.                         CC 2/11/1993

 

Henry E. Kettler     1993.02.16

Henry E. “Hank” Kettler, 72, of Waterman, died Wednesday, February 3, 1993, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

He was born June 2, 1920, in Waterman, the son of Ernest August and Mabel Clara (Schur) Kettler.  He married Dorothy Jean Price in Aurora on September 11, 1948.

Mr. Kettler was a farmer in Afton Township and later worked at Northern Illinois University as a custodian for 15 years.

Survivors include his wife of Waterman; a brother, Kenneth (Lois) Kettler of Phoenix, AZ; a sister, Marion (Jack) Templeton of Grinnell, IA; and nine nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 6, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sycamore, the Reverend Dr. Henry C. Dequin officiating.  Burial was at the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery near Hinckley.

A memorial fund has been established in care of the Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.                    CC 2/11/1993

 

Leslie E. Hayes     1993.02.17

Leslie E. Hayes, 56, of Sycamore, formerly of Waterman, died Friday, February 12, 1993, at DeKalb County Nursing Home.

He was born November 5, 1936, in Aurora, the son of James L. and Violet Irene (Horton) Hayes.  He married Kenlyn L. Davis on December 10, 1960, in DeKalb.

Mr. Hayes was employed as a farmer by Norman Johnson, and later worked in the warehouse of Northern F. S.  He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Waterman.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Tamara Lyn Hayes of Sycamore; his father of Farina, IL; two brothers, Ralph “Ed” (Juanita) Hayes of Monett, MO, and James LeRoy (Flossie) Hayes of Farina, IL; two sisters, Kathleen Hayes of Monett, MO, and Rose Hayes of Bloomington; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and a daughter, Kimberly Ann, in 1969.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, the Reverend Mark A. Tammen of the Presbyterian Church of Waterman officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Park Cemetery.                   CC 2/18/1993

 

Samuel H. Heinrich     1993.02.18

Samuel H. Heinrich, 68, of Somonauk, passed away on Monday, February 15, 1993, at his home.  He was born on November 28, 1924, in Melrose Park, IL, the son of Reinhold and Suzanna (Scherer) Heinrich.  He was united in marriage on January 17, 1948, to Margaret Stuhl in Bellwood, IL.

Mr. Heinrich was a carpenter in the western suburbs for many years.  He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Hinckley.  He was an avid golfer and was a member of the Edgebrook Country Club.  He was a member of the Carpenters Local #80.  Mr. Heinrich served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret of Somonauk; five children, Patricia (Bruce) Mason of Somonauk, Sam M. Heinrich of Alexandria, VA, Stephen J. Heinrich, James B. (Lisa) Heinrich of Somonauk and Charles (Robin) Heinrich of Elgin; four grandchildren, Ben Heinrich, Timothy Mason, Rebecca Mason and Gretchen Heinrich; four sisters, Clara Scherer of Berkeley, IL, Lydia Fischer of Lake Geneva, WI, Frieda Janken of Naperville and Ruth (Henry) Guenther of Elmhurst; two brothers, William (Martha) Heinrich of Addison, IL, and Karl (Lorraine) Heinrich of Wood Dale, IL, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers and a sister.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 18, 1993, at 10:00 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, the Reverend Donald Balgeman officiating.  Burial will be in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Hinckley.

Visitation was scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 North Maple in Hinckley.

  CC 2/18/1993

 

 

Rita Archer     1993.02.19

Rita Archer, 62, of Naples, FL, formerly of Compton, died Thursday, February 11, 1993, at Naples Community Hospital.

She is survived by her husband, Richard of Naples; a daughter, Kala Archer of Shabbona; two sons, Ken Archer of Mendota and Kerry Archer of Naples; five grandchildren, Corinne, Kim, Kris, Katie and April; and one great-grandson, Derek Archer.

A memorial service was scheduled for Wednesday, February 17, at 7 p.m. at the Compton United Methodist Church in Compton, Reverend Ken Foster officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, the Compton United Methodist Church, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

  CC 2/18/1993

 

Edna Loptein Eigle     1993.02.20

Edna (Loptein) Eigle, 100, of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Hinckley, passed away on Friday, February 12, 1993.  She was born on March 16, 1892, in Aurora.  Mrs. Eigle was employed at Sencenbaugh’s in Aurora for many years.

Survivors include three nieces, Wilma Dunteman of Bensenville, IL, Blanche Sparrow of St. Charles, and Vivian Simpson of North Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Frank Eigle.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, February 16, at Spring Lake Cemetery, the Reverend John Hall officiating.

Arrangements were completed by the Dieterle Memorial Home.                            CC 2/18/1993

 

John M. Colby     1993.02.21

John M. Colby, 64, of rural Malta, died February 10, 1993, at DeKalb County Nursing Home.

He was born December 27, 1928, in Waterman, the son of Charles and Ada Colby.

Mr. Colby received the Bronze Star medal for heroism for action in the Korean War.  He was a member of the Waterman Masonic Lodge, the American Legion and the Illinois Sheriffs Association.

He is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Breedlove of North Carolina; two sisters, Rebecca Colby of Waterman and Evelyn (Russell) Taylor of Muncie, IN; three nephews; and a niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lorraine Colby; and a brother, Robert Colby.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 13, at the Jacobson Funeral Home.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.                              CC 2/18/1993

 

Amber M. Stone Brackett     1993.02.22

Amber M. Brackett, 87, died Monday, February 15, 1993, at Mercy Center Hospital.  She was born April 25, 1905, in Farmington, IL. 

Mrs. Brackett was a member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ of Big Rock; the Willing Workers of the church; the Home Extension Club and the L.C.S.S.  She was a 1923 graduate of West Senior High School of Aurora; and before her marriage she sang in the Aurora area through her church and school associations, and also was involved in the direction of several plays.  She also worked for the Kane County Fair in Home Economics open class.

Survivors include her daughter, Sandra Lee Brackett; four brothers, and a sister, William Stone, Dennis Stone and Clarire Stone, all of California, George Judson Stone of Kansas and Bass Beiler of California.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Brackett in 1979; her parents, George and Sara (McCoy) Stone; and a brother, Herman Stone.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, February 18, at the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Kurt W. Simon officiating.  Interment was at Kaneville Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to either the American Cancer Society or to the American Heart Association.

  CC 2/25/1993

 

Joyce Elinor Greeley     1993.02.23

Joyce Elinor Greeley, age 81, of Waterman, passed away Friday, February 26, 1993 at Shabbona Health Care Center, Shabbona.  She was born March 5, 1911, in Waterman, IL, the daughter of Carl and Annie (Thorpe) Greeley.

She was a graduate of Waterman High School and Northern Illinois State Teacher’s College.  Miss Greeley was a musician and taught flute locally, as well as at Ottawa High School for 15 years.  She was a librarian at Clinton Township Library in Waterman for 40 years.

She was a nature lover and was a former member of Kishwaukee Audubon Society.  She was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church and an active member of the Waterman Methodist Women.  Survivors include her sister Clara Greeley of Waterman; her cousins: Lois Swanson of DeKalb, Cynthia Rice of Waterman, Stanley Thorpe of Louisville, KY, Clarence and Norma Thorpe of Waterman.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her two sisters, Florence and Marion.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 1, at the Waterman United Methodist Church with the Reverend Paul Zeman officiating.  Burial was at the North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.

Pallbearers were Curt Rice, Craig Rice, Steve Haney, Ken Reid, Gilbert Gordon, and Vernon Johnson.  Dea Eakle Andress, organist, and Brent Monteiro, vocalist, provided music for the service.

Arrangements were by Nelson Funeral Homes.  CC 3/4/1993

 

Virgil Olson     1993.02.24

Virgil Olson, age 72, of Green Valley, AZ, died Wednesday, February 10, 1993, after a long illness.  He was born March 6, 1920, in Waterman, IL, the son of Lawrence and Bathilda Olson.  He married Gladys Rees on July 7, 1945, in Waterman.  Mr. Olson, a former Waterman area resident, farmed and worked as a carpenter until his retirement in 1978.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys, who is a former Home Economics teacher of Waterman High School; two daughters, Nancy Lavoy of Aurora and Natalie Hoskens of DePere, WI; two sons, Neil of Milton, WI, and Nevin of Madison, WI; two brothers, Lawrence of Shabbona and Robert of Leland; a sister, MaDell Charlesworth of Shabbona; three grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, February 20, at the Milton Lawns Memorial Park Chapel, 2200 Milton Avenue, Janesville, WI.  Memorials may be made to the Wisconsin Lung Association or the charity of the donor’s choice.  CC 3/25/1993

 

Albert Wesley Bennett     1993.02.25

Albert Wesley Bennett, 77, of Chico, CA, passed away on February 22, 1993, in Chico, CA.  He was born in Waterman on October 18, 1915, and was raised in Waterman, graduating from Waterman High School with the Class of 1933.

Mr. Bennett was employed throughout the Midwest as a general manager for Safeways Stores.  He later worked in the western states as a credit and loan manager until his retirement in 1977, at which time he moved to Corning to live out his retirement.  He served in the U. S. Army overseas during WWII from 1943 to 1945.  Mr. Bennett graduated from the University of Illinois.  He married Molly Miller in 1940.

Survivors include a daughter, Marcia Lynn (Allen) Timm of Omaha, NE; a sister, Wilda Thompson of Gainesville, FL, and two grandchildren, Lisa and John.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1990 and his parents, Thomas and Eunice Bennett.

Graveside services were held Saturday, April 3, at Lincoln Memorial Park, Reverend Burneal Fick officiating.

Arrangements were completed by the Dieterle Memorial Home.                          CC 4/15/1993

 

                             John R. Wessel     1993.03.03

John R. “Jack” Wessel, M.D., age 67, of Sandwich, IL, passed away Friday, March 12, 1993, at the Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, IL.  He was born June 3, 1925, in Park Ridge, IL, the son of John P. and Mildred (Berg) Wessel.

Dr. Wessel practiced in Hinckley for three years prior to becoming the co-founder of the Fountain Medical Clinic in Sandwich.  He practiced at the clinic for 32 years.  He was a graduate of the Northwestern Medical College in Evanston, IL, and a member of the American Medical Association.  He served in the United States Air Force.

Survivors include three sons, Rick (Leigh) Wessel and Pete (Denise) Wessel, both of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and John Wessel of Davie, FL; four daughters, Cindy Thomas of Somonauk, Jodi Winer of Cooper City, FL, Barbara Wessel of Davie, FL, and Cydney Wessel of Waukesha, WI; a sister, June R. Lucey of Oak Park, IL; six grandchildren, Pete Jr. and Jennifer Wessel, Lauren and Scott Thomas, Amy and Sarah Wessel.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services for Dr. Wessel were held on Monday, March 15, 1993, at the English Congregational United Church of Christ, Big Rock, the Reverend Kurt Simon officiating.  Burial was at Elmwood Cemetery, River Grove, IL.

Pallbearers were Dr. Edwin Carey, Dr. Dale Grimes, Robert Seifried, Mike Rains, Phillip Wood and Dick Paszotta RPH.

Arrangements were by Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.

Memorials may be made in Dr. Wessel’s name to the Sandwich Community Hospital, 11 East Pleasant Street, Sandwich, IL 60548.                              CC 3/18/1993

 

 

 

                               Scott A. Hampton     1993.03.04

Scott A. Hampton, age 15, of Oswego, passed away on Friday, March 5, 1993, at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.

He was born December 19, 1977, at Sandwich Community Hospital, the son of Michael A. and Rita L. (Eipers) Hampton.  Scott’s great-grandfather, the late Harry Hampton, and great-grandmother, Dorothy Hampton, were the operators of a restaurant, gas station and tourist cabins which stood at the present location of J & L Oil Inc. in Hinckley.  Scott’s grandfather, Allan Hampton, operated a milk route in this area before moving to California.

Scott was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Bristol where he had served as an altar boy for several years.  He was a member of the freshman class of Yorkville High School, where he was very active in its sports program.  Football, baseball and wrestling were a very important part of Scott’s life.  He was the winner of a third-place trophy in the I.K.W.F. (1992) Wrestling Tournament.

He is survived by his mother, Rita (Charles) Jump of Oswego; his father, Michael A. Hampton of Kennesaw, GA, a brother, Allan Hampton of Oswego; three stepbrothers, Charles (Jeanne) Jump, U.S.M.C. of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, William Jump, U.S.M.C. of Camp Pendleton, CA, and Jason Jump of Oswego; a stepsister, Virginia Jump of Aurora; maternal grandparents, Herbert (Mildred) Eipers of Sandwich, IL; paternal great-grandmother, Dorothy Hampton of Grand Junction, CO; step-grandmother, Anna Sarver of Aurora, IL; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends that will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his stepgrandfather, Theirld Sarver.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 8, at the St. Patrick’s Parish Center in Yorkville, Father Jerome Zalonis M.I.C. officiating.  Interment was at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Bristol.

Arrangements were by Nelson Funeral Homes.

  CC 3/11/1993

 

Clarice I. Edwards Oleson     1993.03.17

Clarice I. Oleson, 79, of DeKalb, died Monday, March 1, 1993, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born October 20, 1913, in Lee, the daughter of George and Hattie (Berg) Edwards.  She married Ernest A. “Red” Oleson in Lee on August 22, 1936.

Mrs. Oleson was employed at Northern Illinois University in the university book store for 10 years.  She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she was a member of the Lydia Circle, the Women’s Club, the sewing club and the bridge club.  She graduated from Shabbona High School and attended Dixon Business College.

Survivors include her husband, Ernest “Red” of DeKalb; two daughters, Marsha (Roger) Henson of Pittsford, NY, and Charmaine (John) Healy of Ellicott City, MD; a son, James E. Oleson of Ellicott City, MD; five grandchildren, Dawn (Larry) Waltzer, Rebecca Dwyer, Kendra Wegener, Gregory Henson and Lynda Henson; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Orlo (Helen) Edwards of Jackson, TN; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and infant brother.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 11, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in DeKalb, with the Reverend Howard Jacobson of the Trinity Lutheran Church officiating.  Burial will follow at the Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.  Visitation was scheduled for 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Anderson Funeral Home.

A memorial fund has been established in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.                        CC 3/11/1993

 

Robert Edward Lewis     1993.03.18

Robert Edward Lewis, 80, of Paw Paw, IL, passed away on Monday, March 8, 1993, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb.  He was born on February 4, 1913, in Fortville, IN, the son of Samuel Edward and Laura (Draper) Lewis.  He was united in marriage to Alice Clark on December 3, 1934, in Fortville.

Mr. Lewis moved to Aurora in 1947 and moved to Paw Paw in 1979.  He was a truck driver and superintendent for 30 years with Midwestern Construction Company.  He was a member of the Waterman Bible Church and was born again on April 20, 1981.

Survivors include his wife, Alice of Paw Paw; four children, Barbara (Tab) Bartlett of Springdale, AR, Dickie (Joyce) Lewis of Waterman, Martha (Les) Miller of Rochelle, and Betty (Curt) Cannon of Paw Paw; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Everett (Carol) Lewis of Everett, WA, and Ralph (Gertie) Lewis of Westfield, IN.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Robert Edward Lewis, Jr., and a great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 10, at 1:30 p.m. at the Waterman Bible Church in Waterman.  Burial was at North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman. 

Arrangements were by Nelson Funeral Homes.

  CC 3/11/1993

 

Dorothy M. Dunn Fogerty Lahey     1993.03.19

Dorothy M. Lahey, 67, of Aurora, died Saturday, March 6, 1993, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born March 30, 1925, in Ottawa, IL.

She was a member of St. Nicholas Church in Aurora, and retired from American National Can Company.

Surviving are a son, Raymond Fogerty of Aurora; two daughters, Denise Nichols of Blue Springs, MS; and Becky (Billy) Potts of Hinckley, IL; six grandchildren, David and Darrin Nichols, Larry and Melissa Potts, Kathy and Brian Fogerty; three sisters, Cecilia Filippini, Shirley Bayer and Lois Hill, all of Ottawa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Margaret (Flynn) Dunn; her first husband, Justin Fogerty; her second husband, Gordon Lahey; a son, Thomas Fogerty; and a brother, Kenneth Dunn.

Funeral services were held at the Gladfelter Funeral Home in Ottawa on Monday, March 8.  Interment was at St. Columba Cemetery in Ottawa.

The rosary was recited on Sunday evening at the Daleiden High Street Mortuary, Aurora, during visitation hours.

  CC 3/11/1993

 

 

Vina V. Reinert Schlindwein     1993.03.20

Vina V. Schlindwein, 73, of Aurora, died Friday, March 5, 1993, at Mercy Center Hospital.  She was born May 3, 1919, to Thurman and Zilpha Reinert, but grew up with her aunt and uncle, Albert and Vina Anderson.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Harold G. Schlindwein of Aurora, two sons, Richard (Marion) Schlindwein of Batavia and Rod (Starr) Schlindwein of Aurora; a daughter, Cheryl (Bill) Oeser of Big Rock; six grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Pat (Ted) Lipsey of Aurora and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Burdette and Carter Reinert; and a sister, Mary Peirce.

Private graveside services were held Monday, March 8, at River Hills Memorial Park, the Reverend Edward Sladek officiating.

Arrangements were completed by the Dieterle Memorial Home.                               CC 3/11/1993

 

Evelyn M. Holter Kramer     1993.03.21

Evelyn M. Kramer, 81, of Batavia, passed away on Monday, March 1, 1993, at the Aurora Manor in Aurora.  She was born on March 7, 1911, in Warrenville to George and Mary Holter.  She was united in marriage to Herman B. Kramer on June 8, 1931, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia.

Mrs. Kramer was known for her baked pies that were served at the former St. Joseph Hospital cafeteria in Aurora and in many Fox Valley restaurants.  She was a member of the Batavia Women of the Moose, Chapter #722, and Holy Cross Catholic Church of Batavia, where she belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society.  She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother and will be missed by her family and many friends.

Survivors include two daughters, Ann (Phil) Gette of Marywood and Rose Ann Kramer of Punta Gorda, FL; four sons, George (Trudy) Kramer of Batavia; Ronald (Diane) Kramer of Batavia; Vincent (Jill) Kramer of Hinckley, and Daniel (Christine) Kramer of Yorkville; 30 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Catherine (William) Hawks of Geneva and Marge (Floyd) Roesler of Venice, FL, and many nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Mary (Wiesbrock) Holter and her husband, Herman B. Kramer.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 5, from the Yurs Peterson Funeral Home in Batavia to Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia for Mass officiated by the Reverend Stephen St. Jules.  Interment was at Marywood Cemetery, Aurora.

A liturgical wake service was held at the funeral home during visitation hours on Thursday evening.

Contributions in Mrs. Kramer’s memory may be made to the Holy Cross Church Building Fund.         CC 3/11/1993

 

Raymond E. Long     1993.03.22

Raymond E. Long, 73, of Kaneville, died Sunday, March 7, 1993, at home.

He was born March 4, 1920, in Kaneville, the son of Arthur and Lulu Mae (Buerer) Long.  He married Marian I. Campbell on October 14, 1948.

He grew up in the Kaneville area and graduated from Kaneville High School in 1938.  He farmed until joining the U.S. Army in 1945.  He was a member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church, the Aurora Moose Lodge No. 400 and the Sugar Grove Legion Post No. 1271.

He is survived by his wife of Kaneville; two sons, John (Nan) Long of Hinckley and Robert Long of Downers Grove; two daughters, Susan (Jeff) Lyons of Hanover Park and Sally (Wesley) Boyd of Kaneville; two sisters, Phyllis (Robert) Pierson of Kaneville and Virginia (Everett) Souders of Kaneville; a brother, Arnold (Anna Mae) Long of Kaneville; three sisters-in-law, Lois and Marjorie Long of Kaneville and Vera Long of Yorkville; seven grandchildren, Wesley, Michelle and Bradley Boyd of Kaneville, Dawn and Matthew Lyons of Hanover Park, IL; Kevin and Amy Long of Downers Grove; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Wendy; and three brothers, Harold, Herbert, and Erwin Long.

Funeral services were scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, at the Kaneville United Methodist Church, the Reverend Robin D. Benson, pastor, officiating.  Burial was at Kaneville Cemetery.  Visitation was at the Conley Funeral Home in Elburn on Tuesday evening and at the church from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service on Wednesday.

A memorial fund has been established in care of the Conley Funeral Home, Box A, Elburn, IL 60119.        CC 3/11/1993

 

John W. Myers     1993.03.23

John W. Myers, 68, of Shabbona, died Monday, March 15, 1993, at his home.

He was born March 12, 1925, in DeKalb, the son of Fred and Amelia (Jabe) Myers.  He married Gloria E. Ferris in Shabbona on June 18, 1966.

He worked at General Electric in DeKalb in the maintenance department for 27 years, last serving as a carpenter until retiring in 1980.  He later owned and operated the Shabbona Trading Post for 15 years.  He was a World War II veteran of the U. S. Army Air Corps.

Survivors include his wife of Shabbona; three stepchildren, Craig (Terry) Ferris of DeKalb; Gary (Sharon) Ferris of DeKalb and Kathi (John) Quinn of Shabbona; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles (Bernice) Myers of Galesburg and Robert Myers of DeKalb; two sisters, Irene Zeller of Shabbona and Ruth Benalatis of Rockford; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Myers was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Agnes Alexander.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 17, at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb with the Reverend Henrietta J. Milner of the First Lutheran Church in Lee officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb.

A memorial is being established in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.                CC 3/18/1993

 

Helen L. Schindelbeck VanBarriger     1993.03.24

Helen L. VanBarriger, 89, of Aurora, passed away on March 9, 1993, at Aurora Manor Nursing Center.  She was born on April 23, 1903, in Germany.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church and was a fond admirer of animals.

Survivors include her four daughters, Mrs. Harrison (Juanita) Curry of Aurora, Mrs. Nicholas (Dolores) Henn of Aurora, Mrs. Mike (Monica) Dooley of Peoria and Mrs. William (Margaret) Berger of Aurora; five sons, William (Norma) VanBarriger of Orange Vale, CA, Patrick VanBarriger of Aurora, George (Ursula) VanBarriger of Las Vegas, NV, Floyd (Gene) VanBarriger of Chicago, and John (Donna) VanBarriger of Big Rock; a brother, Jacob (Rose) Schindelbeck of Batavia; two sisters, Emma (Cliff) Pauley of Panama City, FL, and Mary Quitnau of Aurora; 37 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William in 1963; a son, Dennis; a daughter, Virginia; her parents, George and Magdalena (Feistenhammer) Schindelbeck; two sisters, Anna Leden and Freda Colvin and two brothers, George and John Schindelbeck.

Funeral services were Saturday, March 13, from the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary to St. Mary’s Church, Father Albert Rennell officiating.  Interment was at Marywood Cemetery.

A liturgical wake service was recited at the mortuary during visitation hours on Friday evening.

The nurses and everyone at Aurora Manor nicknamed her “Smiley” and now she’s gone to the Lord with an everlasting smile on her face.                              CC 3/18/1993

 

Burton J. Miller      1993.03.25

Burton J. Miller, 89, of Sycamore, formerly of Maple Park, passed away on Thursday, March 11, 1993, at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.  He was born on March 8, 1904 in Big Rock, the son of Edward and Dell (Wright) Miller.  He married Rachel Davis on January 14, 1926, in Big Rock.

He was a lifelong farmer of the Maple Park area and was a graduate of the Sugar Grove High School Class of 1922.

Survivors include a son, Roger B. Miller of Marco Island, FL; two daughters, Delores (Wayne) Scott of Rockford and Sharon (Robert) Phillips of Vinton, IA; two daughters-in-law, Nona Miller of Maple Park and Harriet Miller of Naples, FL; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Elva Waller of South Bend, IN, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 1982, a son, Harold E. Miller and two brothers, Clare and Lawrence Miller.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 15, 1993, at the Butala-Van Natta Funeral Home in Sycamore, the Reverend W. Kirk Reed officiating.  Burial was at West Big Rock Cemetery.

A memorial is established for the Sycamore United Methodist Church in care of the Butala-Van Natta Funeral Home.                                  CC 3/18/1993

 

Joseph D. Wilson     1993.03.26

Joseph D. Wilson, 73, of Malta, died Monday, March 15, 1993, at his home.

He was born March 28, 1919, in Pine Lawn, MO, the son of William David and Oral (White) Wilson.  He married Opal M. Suddeth in Waterman on May 23, 1942.

He was a farmer in the Earlville and Waterman areas for 20 years, and later worked for the Barber-Greene Co. in DeKalb for 17 years until his retirement in 1984.  He was a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church, a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the South Pacific during World War II, and a member of the American Legion Post in Waterman.

Survivors include his wife of Malta; a daughter, Joy M. (Ron) Myers of Rochelle; three sons, David (Jackie) Wilson of Marengo, Dennis Wilson of Baltimore, MD, Jamie (Freddy) Wilson of Malta; nine grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Irene Workman of St. James, MO, Virginia (Dan) Spooner of Sandy, OR, Dorothy (Hiliary) Brewer of Kansas City, MO; a brother, John (Elsie) Wilson of Huber Heights, OH; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Carl Wilson.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 18, at the Waterman Presbyterian Church, with the Reverend Mark A. Tammen and the Reverend Jim Tilley officiating.  Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.  Visitation was scheduled for 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.

A memorial is being established in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.                                              CC 3/18/1993

 

Curtis Marion Sharp     1993.03.27

Curtis Marion Sharp, age 66, of Geneva, passed away at his home on Tuesday, March 9, 1993.  He was born on October 5, 1926, in Jennings County, IN, the son of Frank and Alberta (Miller) Sharp.

He was a 1944 graduate of the Yorkville High School; received his bachelors degree at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington; his masters degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign.  He was united in marriage to Charlotte Marie Christian on June 26, 1954, at the Yorkville Methodist Church.

Mr. Sharp taught and coached at the Hinckley High School for two years from 1954 through 1956.  He taught one year at the Malden High School, Malden, IL, and taught and coached football and baseball at Geneva High School from 1957 to 1962.  He quit teaching in 1962 and worked as a salesman for the Welch Scientific Company in Chicago.  In 1966 he started working at the Hayden Sports Center in Aurora and worked there for 15 years.  He then worked for the Nevco Scoreboard Company in Greenville, IL, retiring in November of 1989.

He had been a member of the Yorkville Congregational Church and later joined the United Methodist Church in Geneva, IL.  He was an avid bowler.  He was a member of the Elgin Bowling Association where he had been president.  He was a member of the Batavia Moose Lodge #682; Past Commander of the American Legion Post #75 in Geneva; the Tiger Club of Aurora; and served in the U. S. Army during WWII.

Survivors include his wife Charlotte of Geneva; three children, Jerry (Vicki) Sharp of Geneva, Gary Sharp of Geneva, and Jill (Dale) Stege of Plano, IL; a grandson, Matthew Stege of Plano; a brother, Francis (Kathleen) Sharp of Boulder Hill and a sister Helen Wissel of Sandwich.  He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Lena Fae Hodge.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 12, 1993, at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, Yorkville, the Reverend Larry Hilkemann officiating.  Organist Sadie Devick and soloist Jane Boss provided music for the service.  Burial was at the Elmwood Cemetery, Yorkville.

Pallbearers were Lawrence Gardner, Don Ament, William Perkins, William Koehn, Terry Guthke, Tim Robbins, and Kenneth Anderson.  Honorary pallbearers were Gregg Nelson and Gerald Auchstetter.

A memorial is being established.                CC 3/18/1993

 

Alan C. Graver     1993.03.28

Alan C. Graver, 40, of Justice, IL, died Tuesday, March 16, 1993, in Oswego.  He was born February 10, 1953.

Mr. Graver was employed at Ready Metal Company.  He was a graduate of East Aurora High School in 1971.

Survivors include his wife, Peggi (Baas) Graver of Justice, IL; a son, Justin Graver of Aurora; two stepsons, Jim and David Fikac of Justice, IL; his parents, Perry and Marion (White) Graver; two brothers, Jerry (Alice) Graver of Plano and Joe (Laura) Graver of Montgomery; two sisters, Carol Andersen of Big Rock and Donna (Dan) Kroening of Oswego; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Perry and Hazel Graver, and his maternal grandparents, William and Catherine White.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 23, at the Dieterle Memorial Home, Father Daniel Stempora officiating.  Burial was at Riverside Cemetery in Montgomery.

Contributions may be made to the family.     CC 3/25/1993

 

Alan Blume     1993.03.29

Alan Blume, 35, of Big Rock, passed away Saturday, March 20, 1993, at Mercy Center Hospital.  He was born January 14, 1958 in Chicago.

Alan was part owner and operator of the Rock-Way Mini Mart at Route 30 and Davis Road in Big Rock.  He attended Big Rock Congregational Church; the Big Rock Lions Club; Aurora Moose Lodge #400 and the Illinois Petroleum Association.

Survivors include his wife, Susan A. (Schroeder) Blume of Big Rock; two daughters, Jennifer Blume, age 9, and Kerri Blume, age 6, and a son, Bryan Blume, age 1 year, all at home; his parents, Jack and Adelaide Blume of Elgin; three brothers, Ken (Cathy) Blume of Cary, IL, and triplets, Dean Blume of Minneapolis, MN, Dennis (Jolyn) Blume of Bartlett, IL, and a sister Denise (Garry) Parsley of Cleburne, TX; several nieces and nephews; his father and mother-in-law, “Dandy” Don and Marty Schroeder of Oswego and his brother-in-law, Scott “Sparky” Schroeder of Montgomery; as well as many, many special friends.

Graveside services were scheduled for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24, at the Welsh Cemetery in Big Rock, the Reverend Kurt Simon officiating.

There was no visitation.

Alan’s memory will be cherished by his many friends and most especially by his loving family.  We will carry his humor and love and zest for life with us forever.

I write this in honor of my husband and dearest friend; in honor of my children’s devoted and loving father.  My love and my heart are with you, forever.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to an Educational Fund established at Old Second National Bank for the children.

Arrangements were completed by the Dieterle Memorial Home.                                                  CC 3/25/1993

Henry M. Duy     1993.03.30

Henry M. Duy, 86, of North Aurora, passed away on Wednesday, March 17, 1993 at his home.  He was born on January 22, 1907 in Aurora, the son of the late Henry and Karoline (Griesmann) Duy.

Mr. Duy was a member of Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church.  He was a machinist at Richards-Wilcox Co. for 18 years and farmed on Montgomery Road for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Doris (Shoop) Duy of North Aurora; a daughter, Joyce (David) Brown of Aurora; two grandsons, Steven (Janice) Brown of Orlando, FL, and Tom Brown and his fiancee, Crystal Bush of Aurora; a granddaughter, Jill Brown of Champaign; two stepdaughters, Ruth Fus of Riverton, WY, and Barb (Ken) Williams of Oswego; a stepson, John Brauer of Big Rock; 10 stepgrandchildren, Heather and Autumn Fus of Springfield, IL, John (Kally) Fus, Kenneth, Joseph, Nikki, Bethany Fus, all of Riverton, WY, Kendra Williams, John Williams and J. D. Williams, all of Oswego; three stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, Edward (Margaret) Duy of Maple Park; a sister-in-law, Ruth Duy of Puyallup, WA, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret (Brauer) Duy, and a brother, Bill Duy.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 20, Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Reverend Philip L. Schupmann officiating.  Burial was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Contributions in his memory may be given to Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements by Healy Chapel.                     CC 3/25/1993

 

Winifred Marguerite Long Chriss     1993.03.31

Winifred Marguerite Chriss, 88, of Big Rock, was born on October 2, 1904 in Big Rock.  She passed away Monday, March 22, 1993 at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.  She was the second daughter of Harry S. and Abbie (Jones) Long.

She attended elementary school in Big Rock and was graduated from Hinckley High School in 1923.  The following two years were spent attending college at North Central in Naperville.  In 1927, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Education at the University of Illinois.  This was followed by her Master of Arts degree in 1932.  For the next several years, she was a high school teacher in various central Illinois schools.  Following the death of her husband, she returned to Big Rock where she has since resided.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her father; her sister, Mildred; her mother and her only brother, E. Russell Long.

Distant cousins are the only survivors.

Winifred had been a member of the Baptist Church of Big Rock since 1918.  She was a member of the Farther Lights Society of the Big Rock Baptist Church.  She was also a member of the Willing Worker Society of the United Church of Christ and a member of the Golden Harvesters of Plano.  She was also a member of the John Rolfe Chapter of the National Society of Colonial Dames XVII Century and the Hinckley Women’s Club.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 24, 1993 at the Big Rock Baptist Church, the Reverend Eugene Frost officiating.  Burial was at the West Big Rock Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Elmer Nichols, Frazer Eckles, Earl Bushnell, Larry Robertson, Norman Hardekopf, and Kenneth Peterson.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.      CC 3/25/1993

 

Kenton E. Willis     1993.03.32

Kenton E. (Elgan) Willis, 80, of Big Rock, passed away Saturday morning, March 20, 1993, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora where he had been hospitalized for the past 10 days following a series of strokes.

He was born August 10, 1912, on Grouse Hill in Kaneville, Township, IL, the son of Fred and Maude (Thomas) Willis.

When he was a child, the family moved to Big Rock where he attended local schools.  Following his father’s death when he was 14, Kenton began work as a farm hand for David and Florence Nelson and the Elliot brothers among other farms in the area.  For a time, he then tended bar at the old Blackberry Inn.

On February 25, 1939, he was united in marriage to Jane Wilkison.  They made their home on the Elmer Spenser/Van Anderson farm and later on the McKinstry farm for several years.  For a time, he was also employed by Adam Wittry at the Troxel Elevator until the mid ‘40s when he and Jane moved to Big Rock.  Shortly thereafter, Fred Goetz, Sr. asked Kenton to work for him at the Elburn Hardware Store.  He was employed by the store for 22 years until it closed.  In the late ‘60s he began to work in the shipping department at Richards-Wilcox Mfg. in Aurora where Kenton remained until his retirement in 1982.

He was a member of the English Congregational Church in Big Rock and the Ocean Waves Square Dance Group in Lombard with whom he and Jane traveled to Switzerland and England.  His favorite pastime, however, was fishing, often in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  In more recent years, Kenton and Jane enjoyed memorable trips to Hawaii and Texas.

Survivors include his wife, Jane, of Big Rock; a daughter, Barbara (John) Ryan of Plano; and a son, Fred Willis of Big Rock; a grandson, Mike Willis, and a granddaughter, Brandy, both of Elburn; three sisters-in-law, Grace Kintz of Monroe, WI, Ann Goetz of Sugar Grove, and Cora Lee of Big Rock; a very dear cousin, George (Pauline) Willis of Big Rock; and a community of good friends, many of whom will long remember him as “Uncle Ken”.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held at Big Rock Congregational Church on Sunday, March 28, at 3:30 p.m.  Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.

Memorials in his name may be made to the Big Rock Fire Department EMT’s, P.O. Box 25, Big Rock, IL 60511 or to the English Congregational Church, Big Rock.         CC 3/25/1993

 

Gertrude Mae Henning Riemenschneider     1993.03.33

Gertrude Mae Riemenschneider, 76, of Yorkville, passed away on Saturday, March 27, 1993, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born on June 17, 1916, in Chicago.

She was a member of Yorkville United Church of Christ where she was active in the Gracia Circle of the Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Marilyn) Buckley of Big Rock; two sisters, Mrs. Erna Golden of Munster, IN, and Mrs. Dorothy Beaver of Peotone, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Riemenschneider in 1969 and her parents, Herman and Minnie (Giese) Henning.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 31, at the Dieterle Memorial Home, the Reverend Joy Baumgartner officiating.  Burial was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the United Church of Christ in Yorkville.                                   CC 4/1/1993

 

Durkin G. Sherrill     1993.03.34

Durkin G. Sherrill, 85, of Aurora, passed away at his home on Friday morning, March 26, 1993.  He was born in Springfield, IL, on October 15, 1907, to Samuel and Sarah (Baxter) Sherrill.

He was a member of the Aurora Moose Lodge #400.  He enjoyed the outdoors and was often seen in the Aurora area park districts.  He had owned and operated service stations in Ottawa, Mendota and Aurora.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, of Aurora; two daughters, Mrs. Albert (Kim) Franzen of Hinckley and Mrs. James (Lynn) Ferrell of Tetonia, ID; 14 grandchildren; and a brother, Charles, of Marseilles.

He was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services were held on Monday at Seals-Campbell funeral Home in Marseilles, the Reverend Duane Kaufman of the Marseilles Church of the Nazarene officiating.  Burial was at Riverview Cemetery in Marseilles.          CC 4/1/1993

 

Marcella A. O’Connor Petersen     1993.03.35

Marcella A. Petersen, 71, of Montgomery, passed away on Sunday, March 28, 1993, at Copley Memorial Hospital after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  She was born on November 12, 1921, in Aurora.

Mrs. Petersen owned and operated the Petersen Real Estate Company.  She was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church where she was past president of the Good Counsel Sanctuary Sodality.  She was past president of Aurora Women’s Board of Realtors.

Survivors include two sons, Dr. Daniel Petersen of Kansas and Robert (Susan) Petersen of Aurora; two daughters, Mary (Bill) Vashey of Big Rock and Jan Petersen of Aurora; three brothers, John (Jackie) O’Connor of Aurora, Frank (Pauline) O’Connor of South Elgin and Daniel (Norma) O’Connor of Oswego; her sister, Marie (Lee) Rhyne of Aurora; seven grandchildren, Whitney and Alexandra Petersen, Stephanie, Chris and Chad Bailey, Hannah and Lauren Petersen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Mary (Testin) O’Connor and three brothers, Paul, Howard and Eugene O’Connor.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 31, at the Dieterle Memorial Home, Father Edward F. Gillespie officiating.  Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in her memory.                                       CC 4/1/1993

 

 

 

 

Thomas Vincent Rooney, Sr.     1993.03.36

Thomas Vincent Rooney, Sr., 54, of Hinckley, passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 1993, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  He was born on October 27, 1938, in Chicago, the son of Francis Patrick and Rita Agnes (Porter) Rooney.  He was united in marriage to Marilyn Helen Hayes on May 9, 1959 in Chicago.

Mr. Rooney was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Plano.  He was owner and operator of the T & J Rooney Builders, Inc. in Hinckley, which built both commercial and residential facilities throughout the Chicagoland area.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn, of Hinckley; three children, Thomas (Stacey) Rooney, Jr. of Hinckley, Laura Ann (James) Freer of Yorkville, and Nancy Lee Rooney of Aurora; five grandchildren, Daniel Thomas Rooney, Sarah Marie Rooney, James Robert Freer, Mr., Ryan Thomas Freer and Heather Romine; a brother, John Patrick Rooney of Phoenix, AZ; two sisters, Patricia Ann (Robert) Tyrrell of West Chicago and Marikay Shankey of Carpentersville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, James Michael Rooney and Dennis Francis Rooney.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 29, at St. Mary’s Church in Plano.  Burial will be in Garfield Cemetery in St. Charles.

Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Foundation.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.         CC 4/1/1993

 

Raymond F. Schnorr     1993.03.37

Raymond F. Schnorr, 79, of rural Lee, died Wednesday, March 24, 1993, at his home.

He was born March 28, 1913, in rural Lee, the son of Joseph and Katherine (Meyer) Schnorr.  He married Gladys Holle on July 3, 1941, at St. James Catholic Church in Lee.

He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Lee, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, and farmed in the Lee area all his life.

Survivors include his wife of rural Lee; two sons, Doug (Wendy) Schnorr of Shabbona and Denny Schnorr of rural Lee; two daughters, Gerry (George) Bihl or Richmond, IN, and Janice Schnorr of Downers Grove; two brothers, Charles (Alvina) Schnorr of Dixon and Ralph Schnorr of Washington; four sisters, Ruth (Eugene) Sword of South Beloit, Mildred (James) Herrmann of Rochelle, Gladys (Larry) Tastad of Rochelle and Dorothy (Arnold) Heltness of Rochelle; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Edward, Walter, Clarence and Chester; and a sister, Mary.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 27, at St. James Catholic Church in Lee, the Reverend Louis Pesut officiating.  Burial was at St. James Cemetery in Lee.

A wake service was held on Friday evening during visitation hours at the Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.  CC 4/1/1993

 

William Paul Rodgers     1993.03.38

William Paul Rodgers, 82, of Naperville, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 1993, at his home.  He was born on June 4, 1911, in Salem, IL.

He had retired from the Lapham-Hickey Steel Company after 16 years of service.  He was an active member of the area Senior Citizen Group and was an active bowler.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy (Haeske); a son, William Paul Rodgers, Jr., of Big Rock; and three grandchildren, William Paul Rodgers III of Naperville, Ryan Rodgers and Renee Rodgers, both of Big Rock.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bethany Lutheran Church Building Fund, 919 South Washington Street in Naperville.

Private arrangements were made by Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home in Naperville.                               CC 4/8/1993

 

Joyce M. Ackerman Royer     1993.03.39

Joyce M. Royer, age 63, of Greenville, IL, formerly of Hinckley, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 1993, at Utlaut Memorial Hospital, Greenville.  She was born October 8, 1929, in Waterman, IL, the daughter of George F. and Lucile G. (Hubbard) Ackerman.  She was united in marriage to Amuel A. Royer on October 3, 1948, in New London, CT.

She was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church where she served as secretary.  She was raised in Hinckley and attended the public schools and graduated from the Hinckley High School, Class of 1947.  Mrs. Royer had been employed at the Hinckley State Bank for a number of years.  She and her husband built their lakefront home north of Greenville in 1973, using it as a summer home, until retiring in 1991 and moving to Greenville.

Survivors include her husband, Amuel of Greenville; three sons, David L. (Judy) Royer of Hinckley, Michael D. (Kendra) Royer of Hinckley and John A. Royer of Aurora; a daughter, Sue (James) Braffet of Hinckley; her mother, Lucile G. Ackerman of Sandwich; seven grandchildren, Tim, Andy, Erin, Brandon, Brock, Amy and Julie; two sisters, Beth (Dewey) Wallis of Sandwich, and Marjorie (Robert) Larsen of Elburn.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, April 4, 1993, at the Hinckley United Methodist Church, Reverend Paul Gerardy officiating.  Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Pallbearers were Bill Frost, Roger Chapman, Lowell Bryant, Richard Woodrick, Les Miller, and Harlow Thurow.  Janice Carnes, organist, and Peggy Smoltich, vocalist, provided music for the service.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Bond County or the Hinckley United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.       CC 4/8/1993

 

                          Hilda Boe Sebby     1993.04.02

Hilda Sebby, 90, of Sandwich, passed away on April 4, 1993, at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.  She was born on February 19, 1903, in Shabbona, IL, the daughter of David and Bertha (Solberg) Boe.

She was united in marriage to Floyd Sebby on February 27, 1923.  She was a member of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include her two daughters, Betty (Don) Sharp of North Aurora and Patricia (Dean) Clapper of Sandwich; five grandchildren, Kenneth (Susan) of Aurora, James Sharp of Aurora, Gary (Mary) Sharp of Sycamore, Craig Clapper of Mediapolis, IA, Judi (Greg) Zarcone of Putnam Valley, NY; eight great-grandchildren, Andrew, Emily, Jennifer, Michael, Melissa and Brian Sharp, Valeri and Stephen Zarcone; a sister, Dagney (Milan) Losee of Escondido, CA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd; her parents and two sisters, Agnes Stahl and Gladys Gilliland.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 7, at the Burkhart Funeral Home in Sandwich, the Reverend David Kaul officiating.  Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich.

Memorials may be made to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sandwich or the charity of the donor’s choice.     CC 4/8/1993

 

Charles U. Edwards     1993.04.17

Charles U. Edwards, 72, of Sun City, AZ, formerly of Kaneville, passed away early Friday morning, April 2, 1993, in Sun city, following a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born on November 24, 1920, in Kaneville, the son of David L. and Adra M. (Underwood) Edwards.

Growing up in Kaneville, he graduated from Kaneville High School and began farming with his father.

On July 20, 1941, he was united in marriage to Daphne Shrader in Big Rock.  They farmed with his father in the Kaneville area until 1947 and Chuck worked as a fireman on the Burlington Northern Railroad during WWII.  He continued to manage farms in the Kaneville and Maple Park areas until 1960 when he became manager of the Northern F.S. Store in Elburn.  Later, he became employed at the Burgess-Norton Mfg. Co. in Geneva where he was also active in their golf league until his retirement in 1987.

Chuck was an active member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church and its choir for a major part of his life.  He served his community as a volunteer Kaneville fireman and was a member of the B.O.Y.S. Club of the Fox Valley and the SPEBSQSA, Fox Valley Chapter for many years.

The Edwards moved to Sun City, AZ, in 1989 where they joined the Willowbrook United Methodist Church in Sun City and Chuck also sang in their choir.  In Sun City, he was a member of the Bell Lions Club, the ABC Bowling League and generally continued the happy pursuit of his lifelong love of golf.

Always a gentleman and a “gentle man” in every way, he found good things in his fellow man and to his dying breath, gave thanks for the life he had.

In addition to his wife, Daphne, of Sun City, AZ, he is survived by two daughters, Dianne B. (James) Sweigert and Drusilla E. (Donald) Sandberg, both of Batavia; a son, Charles J. (Diane) Edwards of St. Charles; three grandchildren, James W. (Ella) Sweigert, Jr. of Cedar Falls, IA, Megan E. Sweigert of DeKalb and Marcia E. Sweigert of Azuza, CA; a sister, Helen J. (Lee) Simpson of Sun City, AZ; several nieces, nephews and cousins and a community of friends both here and in Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, William David Edwards and his faithful dog, Murphy.

Memorial services will be held at the Kaneville United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, 1993, where Reverend D. Robin Benson will officiate.

Following services in Sun City, AZ, his cremated remains were entombed at the Willowbrook Columbarium in Sun City.

Local arrangements were by Conley Funeral Home in Elburn, 708-365-6414.

Memorials in Mr. Edwards’ name may be made to Fox Valley Hospice, 113 East Wilson St., Batavia, IL 60510.

  CC 4/8/1993

 

Molly Jane Whitaker Dancey     1993.04.18

Molly Jane Dancey, 45, of Waterman, died Saturday, April 10, 1993, at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

She was born August 26, 1947, in Charleston, WV, the daughter of William and Mary Elizabeth (Wamock) Whitaker.  She married Stephen R. Dancey on September 20, 1969, in Mendota.

She was employed at Clinton Township Library as a librarian for several years and was a volunteer for Kishwaukee Community Hospital.  She was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Robert William Dancey of Waterman; three sisters, Rosemary (James) Mulligan of North Carolina, Carolyn (Russell) Koch of Ohio, and Wendy (Jack) Joyce of South Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Private family funeral services were scheduled.  There was no visitation.  Arrangements completed by the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.

A fund for the Salvation Army has been established at the funeral home in memory of Molly Jane Dancey.  CC 4/15/1993

 

Donald D. MacPhail, Sr.  1993.04.19

Donald D. MacPhail, Sr., 76, of Big Rock, formerly of Elgin, passed away on Wednesday, April 7, 1993, in the home of his son in Big Rock.  He was born on October 29, 1916, in Yonkers, NY, the son of Simpson and Georgina (Sterling) MacPhail.

He was a resident of Elgin since 1980, moving to Big Rock in October of 1992.  He had been employed by International Harvester for 37 years before retiring.  He was a member of St. Peters Evangelist Church of North Plato and a member of the Elgin Golden K. Kiwanis Club.

Survivors include two sons, Donald (Gwyneth) MacPhail, Jr., of Big Rock and Gary (Sharon) MacPhail of Elgin; two daughters, Susan (George) Sites of West Chicago and Kimberly Gordon of Colorado; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and two sisters, Ann MacPhail and Jean MacPhail of Hyde Park, NY.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Gladys, in 1988.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 10, at the Laird Funeral Home in Elgin, the Reverend Edward Davis officiating.  Private burial was planned.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Fox Valley Hospice.                          CC 4/15/1993

 

Myrtle J. Gulbransen Riedelsperger     1993.04.20

Myrtle J. Riedelsperger, age 93, of DeKalb, passed away Friday, April 9, 1993, at DeKalb County Nursing Home.  She was born April 8, 1900, in Chicago, the daughter of Ole and Annie (Olesen) Gulbransen.  She was united in marriage to Elmer Riedelsperger on January 31, 1923, in Hinckley.

Mrs. Riedelsperger was a homemaker.  She was a member of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and the Women’s Guild.

Survivors include her daughter, Dorothy (Wilbur) Pingel of Maple Park and her son, Glenn Riedelsperger of DeKalb; two grandchildren, Debra (Jim) Stewart of Lewiston, MN, Jimmy Riedelsperger of Estes Park, CO; and two great-grandchildren, Sara and Emily Stewart of Lewiston, MN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister and two brothers.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 13, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Burial was at the Pierce Cemetery, Maple Park.

Pallbearers were Eddie Pingel, Mike and Paul Gulbransen, Walter and Jerry Riedelsperger, and Mike Hardy.  Shirley Thompson was the organist.

From your daughter, son, and son-in-law and grandchildren with love, Mom, wherever you may go, I always want you to know you are loved, and will be greatly missed.  You had strength and knowledge beyond reason.  You were a great comfort and inspiration to your family and friends.  Thank you for your gift of love and may all of us, who are touched by you, show your kindness with those we touch.  We love you, Mom.

  CC 4/15/1993