1993 – 1995

Cynthia Greeley Rice     1993.04.21

Cynthia G. Rice, 86, of Waterman, passed away on Friday, April 9, 1993, at her home.  She was born on October 25, 1906, in Duluth, MN, the daughter of Harold Wilcox and Cora Avia (Crum) Greeley.  She was united in marriage to Philip M. Rice on December 16, 1924, in Jacksonville, IL.

Mrs. Rice was a homemaker.  She was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church where she was a member of the church circle of the United Methodist Women.  She belonged to the Clinton Homemakers Extension Association, the D.A.R., the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and also the Grange.  She had been a 4-H Club leader and a Cub Scout Den Mother.

Survivors include three children, Arla (Jerry) Staublin of Charlevoix, MI, Craig (Pam) Rice of Waterman, and Curt (Judy) Rice of Waterman; nine grandchildren, Laura Staublin, David Staublin and Daniel Staublin, Philip Martin Rice, Stephen Rice, Janelle Rice, Nathan Rice, Jeff Rice and Aaron Rice; two brothers, Dr. Harry (Violet) Greeley of Aurora and Clarence (Lois) Greeley of Milwaukee, WI; a sister, Rose Phelps of Aurora; and a daughter-in-law, Ione Rice of West Dundee, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Carlton Rice; a daughter, Anita Javier; two brothers, George Greeley and Wilcox Greeley and a sister, Avis Greeley Quigley.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 13, at the Waterman United Methodist Church with Reverend Paul Zeman officiating.  Burial was at North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.

Pallbearers were David and Daniel Staublin, Jeff, Aaron and Philip Rice, and George Quigley.  Marilyn Bremner was the pianist.

Arrangements were completed by Nelson Funeral Homes.

 CC 4/15/1993

 

Henry T. Olesen     1993.04.22

Henry “Hank” T. Olesen, 85, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully, as he slept in his favorite chair early Thursday, April 8, 1993, at his home.  He was born on August 16, 1907, on the family farm near Hinckley, the son of Ole and Laura Marie (White) Olesen.

He attended Big Rock schools until the age of 14 when his mother passed away and Hank graduated from 8th grade and began helping care for the family.

As a young man, he met Celia Wilkening at a dance at the famous Long’s Barn.  He and Celia were united in marriage on March 24, 1934, in Kaneville and they made their home in Maple Park.

In 1943 he entered the Army where he served until 1945 when he returned to Maple Park.  Through the years, Hank became known throughout the area for his carpentry and his grinning sense of humor.  Homes, corn cribs, bridges and barns were his trade until 1961 when, due to arthritis, he moved to the southwestern states.  There he became employed with a church building company for nearly 10 years.  Returning home in 1971, he and Celia settled at last in the present family home in Maple Park.

He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park, a 23-year member of the Maple Park Fire Department and was chief from 1952 to 1960.  He was also a member and past president of the DeKalb County Fireman’s Association.  He helped build the first Maple Park truck and later the first fire barn, and was justly proud that one of the engines was nicknamed “Ole” in his honor.

Survivors include his wife, Celia; a son, Ted Olesen of Geneva; two daughters, Elverna (Marty) Strausberger of Elburn and Marilyn (Bob) Railey of El Paso, TX; eight grandchildren, Carl Strausberger of Federal Way, WA, Cathy (Mike) Peters of Country Club Hills, IL, Roger Strausberger of Elburn, Mike Olesen of Geneva and Vero Beach, FL, Mark and Matthew Olesen of Geneva, Robert (Nina) Railey of El Paso, TX and Sandra (Mark) Graves of Odessa, TX; two great-granddaughters, Brittni Jackson-Olesen of Vero Beach, FL and Delaney Graves of Odessa, TX; a brother, Norman (Faye) Olesen of Tampa, FL, a sister, Cleo Kittle of Maple Park and a sister-in-law, Florence Olesen of Maple Park.  He leaves as well, a community of friends, who will always remember Hank with a smile and a story whenever they gather.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a great-grandson, Todd James Olesen; and a brother, Oswald “Ozzie” Olesen.

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 12, from the Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park, Pastor Brett Todd officiating.  Interment was at Gardner Cemetery, Maple Park.

Arrangements were completed by the Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Olesen’s name to the Maple Park Fire Department.                            CC 4/15/1993

 

Betty Mae Nash Taylor     1993.04.23

Betty Mae Taylor, 74, of Big Rock, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, April 17, 1993, at Mercy Center Hospital.  She was born February 3, 1919, in Edinburg, IL, the daughter of Glenn W. and Frances Mae Nash.

She attended Big Rock Baptist Church and then Yorkville Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Artillis G. (Vivian) Taylor of Kansas City, MO, and Gregory R. (Mary) Taylor of Aurora; three daughters, Mrs. Judith A. (Rudy) Moore of Iuka, IL, Janet K. Taylor of Pontiac, MI, Mrs. Karen S. (Robert) Turnage of Big Rock; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; her mother, Frances Mae Nash of Orion, IL; her brothers and sisters, Evelyn (Don) Whan of Palm Desert, CA, Richard (Karen) Nash of Port Neches, TX, Robert (Suzanne) Nash of Champaign, Larry (Marge) Nash of Ottumwa, IA, Arthur (Norma) Nash of Galesburg, IL, Alice Chenoff of Skokie, Joyce (Dale) Barracks of Lynn Center, IL, and Mary (Ernie) Latham of North Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Artillis L. Taylor, on April 6, 1991; and by her father, Glenn W. Nash, in 1943.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 20, from the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Charles Beaudry officiating.  Private interment was scheduled.

Contributions may be made in Mrs. Taylor’s memory to the American Cancer Society.                          CC 4/22/1993

 

Ruth E. Seger Dorion     1993.04.24

Ruth E. Dorion, age 91, of Green Valley, AZ, formerly of Big Rock, IL, passed away on Monday, April 26, 1993, at the Santa Rita Care Center, Green Valley, AZ.  She was born on April 24, 1902, on Mt. Green Farm, Big Rock, IL, the daughter of Fred and Mary (Morris) Seger.  She was united in marriage in 1918 to Wilford Dorion and they together continued to farm the family farm for many years.

Mrs. Dorion was a devoted homemaker.  She was a lifetime member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ where she had participated in several church organizations.

Survivors include her two sons, Oakley Dorion of Green Valley, AZ, and Bill (Bea) Dorion, formerly of Big Rock, now residing in North Aurora; three grandchildren, Judy Dorion Nagy of Hinckley, Jean Ann (Russell) Silver of Reinbeck, IA, William O. (Joan) Dorion of Hinckley; seven great-grandchildren, Joshua Nagy, Nathan Nagy, Zachary Nagy, Hillary Silver, Matthew Silver, Nicole Dorion and Ashley Dorion; a niece, Fern Jeter of California and a nephew, Robert Michael of Freeport, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1979; three sisters, Clara Whildin, Stella Michael, and Grace Jeter; and a daughter-in-law, Ruth Ann Dorion.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 1, 1993, at 11:00 a.m. at the English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock, the Reverend Kurt Simon officiating.  Burial will take place at the South Big Rock Cemetery, Big Rock.

Friends may call on Friday, April 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 North Maple, Hinckley.

Memorials may be made to the English Congregational United Church of Christ.                          CC 4/29/1993

 

Dwaine Martin Baie     1993.04.25

Dwaine “Buzz” Martin Baie, age 58, of Montgomery, IL, passed away Thursday, April 22, 1993, at Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora.  He was born October 27, 1934, in Waterman, the son of Reuben and Ann (Anderson) Baie.

Mr. Baie had been employed as a baker at the Colonial Bakers in Aurora.  He was a lifetime member of the AMVETS; a member of the 3rd Ward Club in Aurora and the Phoenix Club in Aurora.  He served in the United States Navy and the United States Army for 7 years.

Survivors include his two daughters, Ramona Baie and Laurie Baie of Montgomery; two sisters, Lavonne “Bonnie” Peper of South St. Paul, MN, and Almeda “Beets” (Roger) Zeiter of Land O’ Lakes, WI; a brother, Dennis (Barbara) Baie of Big Rock; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Delores Thorson.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, April 25, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, with the Reverend Kurt Simon officiating.  Burial was at Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.

Pallbearers were Ray Carlson, Bill Little, LaVerne Anderson, Ronnie Anderson, Dave Leisch, and Stacey Peper.  Shirley Thompson was organist.                                 CC 4/29/1993

 

Donald L. Johnson     1993.04.26

Donald L. Johnson, 59, of Big Rock, passed away Friday afternoon, April 23, 1993, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora, where he was taken following a sudden heart attack in his home.  He was born on February 13, 1934, in Oak Park, IL, the son of Carl and Mary Angeline (Schneider) Johnson.  He attended St. Nicholas School and graduated from Marmion Military Academy in 1952.

On July 24, 1954, he was united in marriage to Judith Leavy in Chicago.  They made their home in Aurora until the following year when Don was drafted into the Army.  He trained as a medic and was stationed in San Francisco, CA, for most of his duty until being discharged in 1957.  Returning home, Don and Judy made their home in Chicago for a short time before moving back to Aurora.  In 1961, Don began working for the Austin-Western Mfg. Co. in their sales and distribution department.  In 1979 the plant closed and due to diabetic complications, Don was forced into disability retirement.

Having moved to Big Rock in 1972, Don became involved in the community, especially as a volunteer fireman.  He served the Big Rock Fire Department as treasurer for many years, manned the radios and spent many non-emergency hours at the station looking after the building and equipment.  For a number of years, Don also helped manage the horseshoe tournament for the annual Big Rock Plowing Match.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Plano, the Big Rock Lions Club and the Aurora Moose Lodge #400.

He was survived by Judith, his wife of nearly 39 years; his mother, Mary Johnson of Aurora; four children, Daniel Johnson of Big Rock, Madonna Johnson (Michael) Monterubio of Willowbrook, Kathleen (Kevin) Brucks of Big Rock and Andrew Johnson (Kelly Linskey) of Bloomington; two grandchildren, Nicholas and Rebecca Brucks; two brothers, William Johnson of Elburn and Kenneth Johnson of Aurora; a sister, Mary Lou Vinzant of Des Plaines; 29 nieces and nephews; 26 great-nieces and nephews; and a “community family” of friends.

In addition, Don leaves a legacy of living memories; his love for his family and grandchildren, his “die-hard” devotion to the Cubs and to Notre Dame football and his fondness for visits to garage sales and “the mission” with his grandchildren, to name a few.

He joins now his father, Carl Johnson; two sisters-in-law, Annette and Vivienne Johnson; and a brother-in-law, Larry Vinzant, who preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 28, at 10:30 a.m. from St. Gall Church in Elburn, Father Richard Paddock officiating.  Interment was at West Big Rock Cemetery, Big Rock.  A liturgical wake service was held during visitation hours Tuesday evening at the Conley Funeral Home.

A family memorial in his name has been established in care of Conley Funeral Home, P.O. Box A, Elburn, IL 60119.

  CC 4/29/1993

 

Margaret Bernadine McCleary Nolte     1993.04.27

Margaret Bernadine Nolte, 68, of Aurora, passed away on Friday, April 30, 1993, at Mercy Center Hospital.  She was born on February 18, 1925, in Ransom, IL.

She was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, Sherwood E. Nolte of Aurora; two sons, Everett (Janice) Nolte of Plainfield and Richard (Jeannie) Nolte of Aurora; two daughters, Diane (Rick) Rudow of Aurora and Debra (Lenny) Yaggie of Hinckley; two sisters, Josephine (Robert) Reder of Aurora and Eileen (Robert) Williams of Vulcan, MI; 11 grandchildren, Ronnie and Keven Rudow, Ryan and Amanda Nolte, Joshua Nolte, Nathan and Jared Yaggie, Kristin Nolte, Ryan, Kevin and Justin Davis.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret (Casey) McCleary and a grandchild, Leonard Yaggie III.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 4, at the Dieterle Memorial Home, Father Gerald Kobbeman officiating.  Burial was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the Nolte family in her memory.

  CC 5/6/1993

 

Harold M. Gates     1993.05.14

Harold M. “Yogi” Gates, 71, of Waterman, passed away on Monday, May 3, 1993, at his home.  He was born on January 31, 1922, in Aurora, the son of Clement and Mable Gates.  He was united in marriage to Gloria Keehn on October 12, 1945, in El Paso, TX.

Mr. Gates will be remembered for his friendliness and his good sense of humor.

He attended the Rollo United Church of Christ in Rollo, IL.  For many years, he was the owner of the Gates Garage in Waterman.  He was a member of the board of the United Auto Racing Association, as well as the United States Auto Club, and for 10 years was the owner of an open wheeled midget race car.  Mr. Gates was a member of the Waterman Business Association and the Waterman Volunteer Fire Department.  He later became an Agriculture Mechanic instructor at Kishwaukee Community College in Malta, IL, where he served on its Advisory Board.

He served with the U.S. Air Force during WWII in the South Pacific Theater where he manned a top turret gun aboard a B-25.

Survivors include his two daughters, Darlyn (Dale) Laird of Waterman and Peggy (Dennis) Figgins of Montgomery; seven grandchildren, Sgt. Michael Figgins, Richard Figgins, Lisa Zuberbier, Barbara Appleby, Brenda Sharp, Dale Laird, Jr., and Brian Laird; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Howard (Loretta) Gates of Montgomery and a sister, Bessie Hollett of Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Gloria on August 27, 1992; two brothers and a sister.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 6, at 10:00 a.m. at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman with Reverend Dean Funk officiating.  Burial will be in the Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman.

Visitation was scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, 110 North Birch Street in Waterman.

A memorial is being established by the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman.

Pallbearers:  Mike Cardine, Richard Figgins, Jack Gates, Jim Gates, Mike Appleby and Tom Smith.             CC 5/6/1993

 

Ella Male Johnson     1993.05.15

Ella Johnson, 98, of the Shabbona Health Care Center, died Saturday, May 1, 1993, at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

She was born August 20, 1894, in Malta, the daughter of Olaus and Martha Male.  She married Reuben R. Johnson on June 22, 1922, in Lee, IL.

She was a life-long member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Lee, where she was baptized and confirmed.  She was a member of the Rebecca Circle of the church.

Survivors include two sons, Kenneth (Florence) Johnson of DeKalb, and Paul (Reva) Johnson of Dodgeville, WI; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Jennie Male of DeKalb.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1966; a daughter, Grace; a son, Ralph; two brothers; and two sisters.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 3, at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Lee, with the Reverend Donald Myhres officiating.  Burial was at the Union Cemetery, Lee.

A memorial has been established in care of Anderson Funeral Home.                       CC 5/6/1993

 

Myrtle Minard Olsen     1993.05.16

Myrtle M. Olsen, 91, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, May 9, 1993, at Elmwood Living Center.  She was born on May 9, 1902, in Aurora, the daughter of Chinny and Jennie (Sprague) Minard.

Mrs. Olsen was a charter member of St. Marks Lutheran Church, a member of the Jennings Terrace Women’s Auxiliary and retired from Sears Roebuck Co. after 18 years of service.

Survivors include two daughters, Olene Pemble, of Grand Ledge, MI and Jodeen (Ronald) Lorang of Aurora; six grandchildren, Cynthia Anne Zook of Kentucky, Richard W. Pemble of Texas, Jennifer Lynn Weekland of California, Charles S. Pemble of South Carolina, John Michael Lorang of Waterman, and Jeffrey Mark Lorang of Aurora; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Wilhelm Olsen on March 29, 1993; a brother, Orin Minard; and two sisters, Ethel Wiley and Mabel Moe.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 12, from the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Gerald R. Rygh officiating.  Burial was at Spring Lake Cemetery.

Contributions in Mrs. Olsen’s name may be given to St. Marks Lutheran Church.                       CC 5/13/1993

 

Joseph Lloyd Hayton     1993.05.17

Joseph Lloyd Hayton, age 21, of Plano, passed away on Saturday, May 8, 1993, in LaSalle County, IL, as the result of an auto accident.

He was born on June 17, 1971, at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora, the son of James A. and Doris (Irwin) Hayton.

Joseph was a 1989 graduate of Yorkville High School, where he has been an active member of its wrestling team.

He was employed by Kendall County Concrete Inc., as well as a member of the Teamsters Union and the Moose Club.

Joe had lived in the Yorkville area for his entire life.

He is survived by his parents, James and Doris Hayton of Oswego; three sisters, Barbara (Jeffrey) Cole of Big Rock, Linda (Ignacio) Muniz of Panorama City, CA, and Cynthia Tripp of Yorkville; his paternal grandfather, Lloyd Hayton of Aurora; two nieces, Stephanie and Kristin Tripp; a nephew, Alex Cole; several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends that will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents and his paternal grandmother.

Services for Joseph were held on Tuesday, May 11, at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, Yorkville, the Reverends Tom Cross and George Woosnam officiating.  Burial was at the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Aurora.  CC 5/13/1993

 

Leonard Eugene DeHainaut     1993.05.18

Leonard Eugene DeHainaut, 52 of Bristol, passed away on Sunday, May 9, 1993, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born on February 21, 1941, in Chicago.

Lenny was most recently employed by Airfone in Oak Brook, and prior to that, worked as an air traffic controller in Aurora from 1965 to 1981.  He continued to be involved in the fight for resolution of the PATCO dispute and 1981 firing of the air traffic controllers.

Survivors include his wife, Jean (Bogar) DeHainaut of Bristol; a daughter, Julie (Doug) Sherrell of Big Rock; four sons, Scott (Melanie) DeHainaut of St. Charles, Andrew (Jeanne) Larson of Aurora, Steven (Marcey) Larson of Big Rock and Randy Larson and Heather White of Plano; five grandsons; his father, Leonard DeHainaut of Montgomery; a brother, Jim (Shirley) DeHainaut of Woodridge; and two nieces.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy DeHainaut.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 11, from the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Gary McCann officiating.  Private burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery was planned.

Contributions in Mr. DeHainaut’s memory may be given to the PATCO Legal Defense Fund, 220 East Galena Boulevard, Aurora, IL 60505.                            CC 5/13/1993

 

Irene M. Wennmacher Jungels     1993.05.19

Irene M. (Wennmacher) Jungels, 89, of Aurora, passed away on Friday, May 7, 1993, at Mercy Center Hospital.  She was born on September 6, 1903, in Aurora.

She was a member of St. Joseph Church.  She was a charter member in 1939 of Ladies Auxiliary to the National Association of Letter Carriers.  For ten years she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to Roosevelt Aurora Post #84, then she was transferred to Big Rock Post #529 for 40 years.  She was an American Red Cross volunteer for 35 years serving at Hines VA Hospital for 30 years.  She was the only Red Cross volunteer from Aurora to receive a Gold Pin for over 5000 hours of service at Hines VA Hospital.

Survivors include two sons, Ed (Gen) Jungels of Montgomery and Ralph F. (Edyie) Jungels of Sublette; two daughters, Mrs. Dolores Reier of Aurora and Mrs. Patricia Hall of Aurora; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Nicholas J. and James C. Wennmacher of Aurora; three sisters, Mrs. Martha Hummel of Calumet City, IL, Mrs. Bertha Schwerer of Aurora and Mrs. Cal (Ruth) Mason of Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George S. in 1985; two daughters, Mrs. Agnes Gerhardt and Mrs. Carol (Ernie) Miller; two infant grandsons; her parents, Adam and Mae Wennmacher; seven brothers, four in infancy and Leonard P., Norbert J. and Clement Wennmacher and two sisters, Lucille E. (William) Lorenz and Doris Mae (Bob) Becker.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 10, at St. Joseph Church, Father Eric R. Barr officiating.  Interment was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  The Rosary was recited during visitation hours Sunday at the Daleiden High Street Mortuary.

  CC 5/13/1993

 

Victoria Ruth Espe     1993.05.20

Victoria Ruth Espe, 96, of Rochelle, died Saturday, May 8, 1993, at the Rochelle Health Care Center West.

She was born May 8, 1897.  On June 25, 1919, she married Simon Espe in Chicago.

Mrs. Espe was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Lee.

Survivors include a son, Wilbur “Bill” (Bernice) Espe of Steward; four grandchildren, Peter Espe of San Francisco, CA, Gary Espe of Phoenix, AZ, Karen (Daniel) Goff of Rochelle, and Cheryl (Dave) Johnson of Lee; four great-grandchildren, Scott and Michael Goff of Rochelle, Jody (Neil) Suddeth of Shabbona, and Jeff Johnson of the Hill Air Force Base in Utah.

She was preceded in death by her husband on October 16, 1951, and a daughter, Frances Espe.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 4, at the Calvary Lutheran Church, Lee, with burial at Union Cemetery, Lee.

A memorial fund has been established for Mrs. Espe at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home, Rochelle, for the Calvary Lutheran Church in Lee and the Rochelle Community Hospital.

  CC 5/13/1993

 

Roy H. Butler     1993.05.21

Roy H. Butler, 84, of English Valley Care Center, North English, IA, formerly of Malta, died Tuesday, May 4, 1993, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, IA.

Survivors include his wife Mazie of North English, IA; a son, Russ Butler of Marengo, IA; six grandchildren, Kevin Wade of Dallas, TX, Ted Wade of Kirkland, Wendy Hagen of Marengo, IA, Kelly Butler of Cedar Rapids, IA, Lori Little of Mesquite, TX, and Sharon Berg of Waterman; 12 great-grandchildren, Justin, Landon, and Dylan Wade of Oxford, IA, Ryan, Kevin, and William Wade of Dallas, TX, Chris, Crystal, Alicia, and Kimberly Wade of Kirkland, Jacob and Amanda Little of Mesquite, TX, and Kaylee and Kelsey Berg of Waterman; two brothers, Glenn Butler and Earl (Virgie) Butler, both of Malta; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 8, at the Malta United Methodist Church with the Reverend George David officiating.  Burial was in Malta Cemetery.

Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.

  CC 5/13/1993

 

Kathryn Schoener Leifheit     1993.05.22

Kathryn Leifheit, age 73, of DeKalb, formerly of Maple Park, passed away on Monday, May 10, 1993, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb.  She was born February 14, 1920, in Sandwich, the daughter of Mahlon and Elsie (Herold) Schoener.  She was united in marriage to Glenn R. Leifheit on February 18, 1939, in Davenport, IA.

Mrs. Leifheit had been employed at Richardson Electronics in Geneva doing assembly work and was also a homemaker.  Survivors include her husband, Glenn R. Leifheit of DeKalb; six children, Robert (Kathy) Leifheit of Sycamore, Joyce (Kenneth) Burton of Argyle, WI, Joanne (John) Burton of Maple Park, Judith (Charles) Scheibly of Knoxville, TN, Roger (Halberta) Leifheit of Greenbriar, AR, and Rodney Leifheit of Santa Clarita, CA; 18 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Helen Belden of Sheridan, Edna Mae (Clarence) Carlson of Sandwich, and Lucille (Raymond) VanKirk of Richardson, TX.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Wilbur; a sister, Arlen Bauer; and a daughter in infancy.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 14, at 10:00 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley, the Reverends Donald Balgeman and Henry Dequin officiating.  Burial will be at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 13, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 North Maple Street, Hinckley.                           CC 5/13/1993

 

Keith G. Peterson     1993.15.23

Keith G. Peterson, 47, of Plano, beloved husband of Judy and loving father of Amy, Brad and Megan, passed away on Monday, May 10, 1993, at Copley Memorial Hospital after a two month battle with cancer.  He was born October 3, 1945, in Chicago, the son of Keith and Naomi (Hallum) Peterson.

Keith was employed by the Plano School District for 16 years, serving as Principal of Plano Jr.-Sr. High Schools, as well as P. H. Miller Elementary School, and more recently as the Principal of Centennial Elementary School, also in Plano.

Keith received both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in education from Eastern Illinois University.  He did additional postgraduate work in education administration at Illinois State University.  Prior to arriving in Plano, Keith served as a school administrator in Braidwood, Lockport and Oregon School Districts.

Keith was united in marriage to Judy Ohle on August 24, 1968, in Mt. Prospect, IL.  In addition to Judy, who is employed by the Hinckley-Big Rock School District as Guidance Counselor, he is survived by his children, Amy, who attends Michigan Tech University and Brad and Megan, who are students at Plano Jr.-Sr. High School.  He is also survived by his mother, Naomi Schimka of Des Plaines, IL, and his brother, Larry Schimka, also of Des Plaines.

He was preceded in death by his son, Eric; his father, Keith Peterson, and his stepfather, Joseph Schimka.

In addition, he leaves behind many loving relatives, dear friends, respected colleagues and numerous students whose lives he touched.

Funeral services will be held at First Lutheran Church of Plano at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, with Reverend M. L. Jacobson officiating.  Carol Hill will be the organist and Mark Vickroy will be the soloist.  Pallbearers will be Bob Ohle, Rick Ohle, Larry Schimka, Roy Thompson, Chris Schwelle, and Joe Findlay.

Visitation was scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12, at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 20 North Hale Street in Plano.

Burial will take place at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Arlington Heights, IL, immediately following the funeral service.

Memorial contributions in Keith’s memory may be made to the Plano Education Foundation or to the Youth Program at the First Lutheran Church of Plano.                CC 5/13/1993

 

Carl Edward Berg     1993.05.24

Carl Edward Berg, 90, of Knoxville, formerly of Shabbona, died Wednesday, May 19, 1993, in Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Knoxville.

He was born April 28, 1903, in Leland, the son of Andrew and Martha (Borgenvik) Berg.

Mr. Berg was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  He farmed and worked for the Harris Pine Mills Furniture Factory in Geneva.

Survivors include a sister, Gladys (Gerhard) Olson of Sioux City, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Joseph and Martin in infancy; four sisters, Anna Jarvis, Josephine Romph, Carrie Schwebe and Mabel Jordal.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 21, at the graveside at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona, with the Reverend Brad Fanning officiating.

Arrangements were made by Larson-Gabel Funeral Homes, Ltd. In Newark.                                    CC 5/27/1993

 

Ralph K. Stryker     1993.05.25

Ralph K. Stryker, 70, of Waterman, passed away Saturday, May 22, 1993, at St. Claire Hospital in Monroe, WI.  He was born on August 12, 1922, in Waterman, the son of George and Elma (Kennedy) Stryker.  He was united in marriage to Alice Lane on January 17, 1941, in Waterman.

Mr. Stryker had farmed in the Waterman area for many years.  He was later employed at Barber-Greene, as well as having worked for some time as a pipe fitter in Decatur, IL.  While living in Florida, he had owned and operated a lawn maintenance service, until his retirement.  He was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church, and the Masonic Lodge of Waterman.  He had a deep interest in the workings of the local government of his community.

Survivors include three children, Ronald (Marcia) Stryker of Lubbock, TX, Sharon (Fred) Todd of Waterman and Michael Stryker of Moweagua, IL; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two brothers, Wayne (Hazel) Stryker of Bradenton, FL, and James Stryker of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Alice on February 10, 1992; and a sister, Hazel Barshinger.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26, at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman, Reverend Paul Zeman officiating.  Shirley Thompson was the organist.  Pallbearers were Mark and Brian Todd, Dave and Duane Stryker, and Joe and Jack Barshinger.  Burial was at North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.  A Masonic service was held during visitation hours on Tuesday evening.       CC 5/27/1993

 

Kearney R. Staurland     1993.05.26

Kearney R. Staurland, 86, of rural DeKalb, died Wednesday, May 19, 1993, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born March 6, 1907, in Steward, the son of Ole and Julia (Dale) Staurland.

Mr. Staurland was a lifelong farmer in the DeKalb County area.  He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in DeKalb, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and Sons of Norway of Aurora.

Survivors include several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Chris; and two sisters, Serina Fredrickson and Mabel Osland.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 22, at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, with the Reverend Paul J. Gerardy, Sr., officiating.  Burial was at East Pierce Cemetery, Maple Park.

A memorial fund has been established in Mr. Staurland’s memory in care of Anderson Funeral Home.      CC 5/27/1993

 

Dorothy E. Hochbaum Riforgiate     1993.05.27

Dorothy E. Riforgiate, 63, of Hinckley, died Thursday, May 27, 1993, at her son’s home.

She was born April 6, 1930, in Chicago, the daughter of Leo W. and Evelyn M. (Post) Hochbaum.  She was employed in sales for office supplies.

Mrs. Riforgiate is survived by her son, Charles (Roxanne) Riforgiate of Hinckley.

Cremation has taken place.  Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.         CC 6/3/1993

 

Nicholas Max Edmeier     1993.05.28

Nicholas “Nick” Edmeier, age 63, formerly of Aurora, passed away at his home in Temecula, CA, on Thursday, May 27, 1993, from cancer.

He was born September 21, 1929, in Aurora, the son of Max and Theresa (Horndl) Edmeier.  He was united in marriage to Patricia Benoit.

Survivors include his wife Patricia; a daughter Laurie (Mike) Boyle; three sons, David, Dan (Vivian), and Paul (Suzanne) and five grandchildren all of California; his mother Theresa Edmeier of Aurora; three brothers, Richard (JoAnn) of Hinckley, Thomas (Mary) of Montgomery, and Michael (Janean) of Oswego; three sisters, Rose (William) Thill of Aurora, Kathleen (William) Martin of Westchester, PA, and Sandra (Ludwig) Stadler of Chicago Heights; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Mr. Edmeier was preceded in death by his father Max Edmeier and an infant sister Gertrude.

Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on Wednesday, June 2, at St. Catherine Church, Temecula.  Interment was at Temecula Cemetery.  The Rosary was recited Tuesday evening during visitation hours at the church.  Arrangements were by Evans Brown Sun City Mortuary (909) 679-1114.  CC 6/3/1993

Leona Spray Quilhot     1993.05.29

Leona S. Quilhot, 80, of Shabbona, died Friday, May 28, 1993, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born June 12, 1912, in Shabbona, the daughter of William R. and Maude R. (Kittle) Spray.  She married Miles Quilhot October 31, 1934, in Indiana.

She attended the National College of Education in Evanston and Northern Illinois Teachers College in DeKalb.  She taught school for many years at the Quilhot School in rural Shabbona and farmed with her husband from 1934 to the mid-1960s.

She was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ and the Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Society.

Survivors include a sister, Martha (Howard) Mullins of Shabbona; several nieces and nephews, including Bill (Bonnie) Mullins of Chicago; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, a sister, and a brother who died in infancy.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona with the Reverend David Wernecke of the Shabbona United Church of Christ officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.                            CC 6/3/1993

 

Michele Burt     1993.05.30

Michele Burt, age 43, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, May 6, 1993, following a valiant battle with cancer which was an inspiration to friends and family—even across many miles.  Michele died at her home in Longmont, CO, in the loving care of her family.

She was born on December 1, 1949, in Melrose Park, IL, and grew up in Elmhurst.  In January of 1980 she met Roger Burt in an accounting class at the University of Colorado and became his bride on December 1, 1984, in Aurora, IL.

Prior to their move to Longmont, the Burts made their home in Hinckley, IL, attending the Waterman Bible Church.

Michele’s survivors include her husband Roger; two daughters, Laura, 8, and Stephanie, 7; her parents; three brothers and three sisters, including, locally, Jean Swanson (Ron), of Shabbona.

Funeral services were held in Longmont on May 10, Pastor Carl Koester officiating.  Burial was in Rowan, IA, home of the Burt family for 150 years.

Cards may be sent to Roger and the girls at 11 University Circle, Longmont, CO 80503.                           CC 6/10/1993

 

Louise M. Claude Karlow     1993.05.31

Louise M. Karlow, 83, died May 28, 1993, at the Linden Healthcare Center in Stillwater, MN.  She was born in Somonauk on June 16, 1909, the fifth daughter of Alsatian immigrants, Eugene J. Claude and Marie Rosine Florence.

She is survived by a daughter, Jeanne (Maurice) of Stillwater, MN; a son, Thomas (Karen) Karlow of Tomales, CA; her grandchildren, Gabrielle, Andrew and Matthew Stenerson of Stillwater, MN, and Louis and Casey Karlow of Tomales, CA; three sisters, Cecelia Podschwit of Big Rock, Lillian Reinke of Geneva and Marie Claude of Geneva and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore E. “Ted” Karlow and two sisters, Margaret Ervin of Big Rock and Genevieve McMahon of LaGrange.

Her body has been donated to the University of Minnesota for medical research.

Memorials preferred to the Neurofibromatosis Foundation, 141 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010-7105.  CC 6/24/1993

 

Evelyn Anderson Skartveit     1993.06.09

Evelyn Skartveit, age 81, of Hinckley, passed away Friday, June 4, 1993, at Mercy Center Hospital, in Aurora, IL.  She was born May 7, 1912, in Ottawa, IL, the daughter of Ole and Mathilde (Oftedal) Anderson.

She and her husband, Berge Skartveit, had recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.  Mrs. Skartveit was a homemaker.  She had attended the Lutheran Church in Ottawa and was a charter member of the Sons of Norway.  Evelyn and Berge had farmed in the Hinckley area for many years before their retirement.

Survivors include her husband Berge of Hinckley; three children, Bernard (Mitsu) Skartveit, of Biloxi, MS; Roger (Lois) Skartveit of Ottawa, IL, and Judy (David) Weisner of Aurora; two grandchildren, Michael (Carol) Weisner of Las Vegas, NV, and Eric Skartveit of Ottawa; two sisters, Melva Myre of Seneca and Delores (Russell) Krug of Ottawa; two brothers, Marshall (Magdalene) Anderson of Ottawa, and Norman (Lucille) Anderson of Palm Bay, FL.

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

Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 6, at the Bethel Lutheran Church, Ottawa, with Pastor Al Esken officiating.  Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery, Ottawa.  Pallbearers were Michael Weisner, Eric Skartveit, William Myre, John Krug, James Anderson, and Frank Stedman.

Arrangements were by Nelson Funeral Homes.

  CC 6/10/1993

 

LaVerne G. Raymond     1993.06.10

LaVerne G. “Kelly” Raymond, 87, of Big Rock, passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 1993, at Countryside Health Care Center.  He was born on October 22, 1905, in Big Rock.

Mr. Raymond owned and operated the Raymond Sand and Gravel Company for over 50 years, working extensively in the Big Rock and Sugar Grove area as well as the surrounding counties.  He was a longtime member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock, where he served as a Deacon and Trustee.  He also served on the Big Rock South Welsh Cemetery Board for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Cecilia Raymond of Big Rock; a son, David (Carol) Raymond of Montgomery; a daughter, Melody (Larry) Johnson of Elgin; a granddaughter, Cecilia Ward; a grandson, Cyril Ward; a great-grandson, Jack Flowers; a brother Robert J. Raymond of Big Rock and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Annie (Swanquist) Raymond; a daughter, Elaine Cecile Raymond in 1941; a son, Kenneth G. Raymond in 1967; a sister, Viola Hodgetts and three brothers, Harry Raymond, William Raymond Jr. and Roy Raymond.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 12, at the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Kurt Simon officiating.  Interment was at Big Rock South Welsh Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Kenny Field in Big Rock, the Big Rock Fire and Ambulance or to the English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock.

He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

  CC 6/17/1993

 

JoAnn Marie Castellano     1993.06.11

JoAnn Marie Castellano, age 18, of Hinckley, passed away Saturday, June 19, 1993 at Glen Oaks Medical Center, Glendale Heights, IL.  She was born November 15, 1974, at McNeal Hospital in Berwyn, IL, the daughter of August and Darlene (Tamborrino) Castellano.

Miss Castellano was presently employed as a waitress at the Courtyard Restaurant in Warrenville.  She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sandwich.  JoAnn was a 1992 graduate of the Hinckley-Big Rock High School and had completed her freshman year at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove.

Survivors include her daughter, Zoe Darlene Castellano, who resides with her grandma and grandpa, August and Darlene Castellano in Hinckley; a sister, Toni (Daryl) Filkins of Elburn; her grandmother, Sylvia Tamborrino of Streator; a nephew, Cory Filkins of Elburn; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends that will miss her dearly.

JoAnn was preceded in death by three of her grandparents.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 23 1993, at 10:00 a.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, the Reverend John A. Kraemer officiating.  Interment was at the Sugar Grove Cemetery, Sugar Grove, IL.  Pallbearers were Harry Lally, Denie Burrell, Tommy Andricopolus, Steven Handley, Richard Handley, and Johnny Hladovak.

  CC 6/24/1993

 

Rose E. Caquelin Holmes     1993.06.12

Rose E. Holmes, 99, of Shabbona, died Thursday, June 17, 1993, at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, IA.

She was born November 12, 1893, in Serena, the daughter of Gustave and Emily (Grandgeorge) Caquelin.  She married Ernest Roy Holmes June 10, 1914, in Waterman.

She is survived by six daughters, Thelma Sallee of Shabbona, Rosella Pool of Shabbona, Iola Shrader of Shabbona, Charlene McNeece of Clinton, IA, Emily (Phil) Dvorak of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Shirley (Frank) Whitchelo of Maquoketa, IA; two sisters, Emma Wood of Somonauk and Ida Proske of Quincy; 21 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Dorothy Hornback; a sister, Nellie Wormley; three brothers, Wilfred, Alfred and Louis Caquelin; and a grandson, Ronald Billings.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 20, at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona, the Reverend David Wernecke, minister of the Shabbona United Church of Christ, officiating.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

  CC 6/24/1993

 

 

 

 

Peryl Mae Large Eastabrook      1993.06.13

Peryl Mae Eastabrook, 78, of Hinckley, passed away Tuesday, June 29, 1993, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb.  She was born on February 1, 1915, on the family farm, in Hinckley, IL, the daughter of Emmanuel and Alice (Evans) Large.

She was united in marriage to Miles Eastabrook on May 16, 1936, in Harvard, IL.  Peryl lived and worked in and around the Hinckley area most of her life.  She attended the Hinckley United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her three children, James Eastabrook of Hacienda Heights, CA, Mary Lou (Richard) Bushnell of Hinckley, and Sue (Carl) Wassmann, also of Hinckley; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a twin sister and a brother.

Funeral services were scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 1, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 North Maple, Hinckley, Pastor Donald Balgeman officiating, with interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.  Visitation hours were planned for Wednesday, June 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel.                                 CC 7/1/1993

 

Gerald Otis Goodin     1993.06.14

Gerald Otis Goodin, 59, of Aurora passed away on Wednesday, Junne 23, 1993 at his home.  He was born on October 18, 1933, in Booneville, MS.

Mr. Goodin was self-employed in his Dry-Walling Co.

Survivors include his wife, Tommie L. (Phillips) Goodin of Aurora; three daughters, Patsy (Rob) Nichols of Hinckley, Jennifer (Ken) Nelson of Aurora and Lisa Gooding of Mississippi; a son, Craig Goodin of Aurora; his mother, Gladys Goodin of Memphis, TN; three grandchildren, Nichole and Brock Nichols of Hinckley and Andy Bryner of Aurora; two sisters, Janell (Winston) Roberts of Cicero, IL, and Betty Brackeen of Memphis, TN; three brothers, J. M. (Betty) Goodin, Leon Goodin of Memphis, TN, and Travis Goodin of Adamsville, TN; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father John H. Goodin and a son in infancy.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 26, at the Dieterle Memorial Home, the Reverend Paul J. Gerardy, Sr. officiating.  Burial was at Spring Lake Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Goodin Family.  CC 7/1/1993

 

Raymond L. Carlson     1993.06.15

Raymond L. Carlson, 88, of the Shabbona Health Care Center, formerly of Rockford, died Saturday, June 26, 1993, at Sandwich Community Hospital.

He was born November 21, 1904, in Chicago, the son of Oscar A. and Hulda A. (Oberg) Carlson.  He married Hazel E. Pahaly July 11, 1942, at the First United Methodist Church in DeKalb.

Mr. Carlson worked as a bread delivery man for many years in the greater Rockford area and later worked as a custodian for the Rockford School District for 18 years.  He was a member of the Harvard Moose Lodge.  He is survived by two sisters-in-law, Viola (Harold) Antrobus and Maryon Michael, both of Hinckley; a brother-in-law, Fred Busse of Esmond; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; a brother, Lester; two sisters, Edna and Minnie; and a sister-in-law, Ila Busse.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 29, at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, the Reverend Paul J. Gerardy, Sr. of the Hinckley United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Creston.

A memorial fund has been established in the name of Raymond L. Carlson in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.

  CC 7/1/1993

 

Dorothy H. Vonderohe Zimmerman     1993.06.16

Dorothy H. Zimmerman, age 79, of Aurora passed away on Monday, June 21, 1993, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  She was born January 11, 1914, in Chicago to George and Emma (Kowalke) Vonderohe.  She married Harold R. Zimmerman on March 26, 1933, in Waukegan, IL.

Dorothy was a member of the Batavia Women of the Moose, Chapter #722, the Friendly Center of Aurora, and the Over 60 Club of North Aurora.  She was blessed with a long and active life, and will be remembered by her many friends and by her family for her outgoing nature and her gentle smile.

She is survived by two daughters, Arlene (Robert) Holt of Aurora, Lynne (Alan T.) Blotch of Hinckley; a son, Gerald (Marsha) Zimmerman of Aurora; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Emma (Kowalke) Vonderohe; her husband, Harold R. Zimmerman; and her brother, Robert Vonderohe.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 23, at the Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home in Batavia, the Reverend Maureen van Heerden officiating.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Aurora.

Contributions in Mrs. Zimmerman’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association.                      CC 7/1/1993

 

Eleanor May Jones Riley     1993.06.17

Eleanor May “Sue” Riley, 74, of Severn, MD, formerly of the Hinckley-Big Rock area, passed away on Wednesday, June 23, 1993, at her home.  She was born on March 28, 1919, in Aurora, the daughter of Ira P. and Ina M. (Harris) Jones.

Eleanor received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Illinois.  She was a homemaker as well as a woman with many interests, which include her hobbies of golf and world wide travel.  She was a 25 year member of the Main Post Chapel in Fort Meade, MD, a 28 year volunteer for the American Red Cross in Fort Meade, MD, a member of the Fort Meade Garden Club and The 9 Holers Club, as well as a member of the R.OW.C. (Retired Officers Wives Club).

Survivors include her four children, Thomas M. (Bonnie) Riley of Hinckley, Col. Stephen P. (Carolyn) Riley of Ft. Belvoir, VA, Elisabeth (Thomas) Richman of Sherman Oaks, CA, and Capt. David B. Riley (Brenda) of Panama; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Annabel (Robert) Scheidecker of Milan, MO, and Florence (Richard) Getzelman of Hinckley; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 29, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, the Reverend Wayne Kirk officiating.  Dolores Wilkening was organist for the service.  Interment was at West Big Rock Cemetery.

A memorial is being established in her name through Hinckley State Bank.                                    CC 7/1/1993

 

Jean A. Turk Heyob     1993.06.18

Jean A. Heyob, 65, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully Thursday evening, June 24, 1993, at Rockford Memorial Hospital, following a brave battle with cancer.  She was born on February 13, 1928, on the family farm near Maple Park, the daughter of Henry and Marie (Stevens) Turk.

Attending S.S. Peter & Paul Schools in Virgil, Jean graduated from Maple Park High School with the Class of 1945.

On November 29, 1947, she was united in marriage to Tony Heyob.  They made their home in the Maple Park area all of their lives and celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary in 1992.

For a number of years of years she enjoyed working at Jim’s Market in Maple Park and also worked as a cook for a time at the Partner’s Inn.

Jean was an active member of the Church of St. Mary in Maple Park and the Legionnaire Wives of the Maple Park Legion #312.  She raised a family of 11, yet always found time to work in her church and community.

Survivors include her husband, Tony, of Maple Park; four daughters, Susan (Charles) Stanley of DeKalb, Karen (Michael) Signorella of Maple Park, Sandra (Thomas) Luhtala of near St. Paul, MN and Patricia (LaVern) Hjelmberg of Maple Park; six sons, David (Sharon) Heyob, Joseph (Cindy) Heyob, Michael (Chris) Heyob and Paul (Lauri) Heyob all of Maple Park, Charles Heyob of St. Charles and Kevin (Kelly) Heyob of Waterman; three sisters, Marion (Ralph) Sutherland of Florida, Rose (John) Neisendorf of Virgil, and Sue (Charles) White of Virgil; three brothers, Jim (Marlene) Turk, of Virgil, William (Phyllis) Turk of Indiana and Jack (Mary) Turk of Burlington, IL; 22 grandchildren and a family of dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her son, Roger Heyob in 1986; her parents; and three brothers, Bud and Eugene Turk and, on June 24, 1993, Henry Turk.

Funeral mass was held on Monday, June 28, from the Church of St. Mary’s in Maple Park, Father Patrick D. Corbally officiating.  Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Pierce Township.  The Rosary was recited Sunday evening during visitation hours at the Conley Funeral Home in Elburn.

Memorials in Mrs. Heyob’s memory may be made to masses or to a memorial fund established in her name at the First State Bank of Maple Park, P.O. Box 218, Maple Park, IL 60151.

  CC 7/1/1993

 

Loren R. Mullins     1993.06.19

Loren R. Mullins, 85, of Haines City, FL, formerly of the DeKalb area, died Tuesday, June 29, 1993, at the Pine Acres Care Center in DeKalb.

He was born May 16, 1905, in Lee, the son of William and Effie (Abel) Mullins.  He married Mary Helen Rich on November 5, 1932, in Lee in a ceremony performed by the Reverend Fred Rich, the bride’s father.

He was a member of the First Methodist Church in Haines City, FL, and was a former member of the First Methodist Church in DeKalb.  He was owner-operator of the Mullins Stables in DeKalb and later owned and operated the DeKalb Plating Company in DeKalb until his retirement in 1973.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Kirkland and a former member of the Flying Farmers.

He is survived by his wife of Haines City; a daughter, Kay (Gerald) Butts of Maple Park; a son, Gerry K. (Barbara) Mullins of Atlanta, GA; two brothers, Clifford (Phyllis) Mullins of Sycamore and Howard (Martha) Mullins of Shabbona; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Clarence, who died in infancy, and a granddaughter, Amber.

Memorial services were held Friday, July 2, at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  Burial was at the Old English Cemetery in rural Shabbona.             CC 7/8/1993

 

Sarah Jeanette Kaus     1993.06.20

Sarah Jeanette Kaus, age 16, of Hinckley, passed away Tuesday, June 29, 1993, at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.  She was born January 14, 1977, in DeKalb, IL, the daughter of James and Ruth (Viland) Kaus.

Sarah had just completed her sophomore year at Hinckley-Big Rock High School where she had been an active member of the band, the Pep Club, and had recently been elected Reporter for the Future Farmers of America Club.  She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of DeKalb where she had attended Sunday School and held the office of treasurer of the church Luther League.  She had been employed by Michaels Supermarket in Hinckley.

Survivors include her parents, James and Ruth Kaus of Hinckley; her brother, Peter James Kaus of Hinckley; her grandparents, Rasmus and Lucille Viland of Hinckley, Marjorie Carls of Shabbona and Lorraine Kaus of Hinckley; her great-grandmother, Loula Mullis of Shabbona; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends that will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Howard A. Kaus, and her uncle, Rasmus T. Viland, II.

Funeral services were held on Friday, July 2, 1993, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in DeKalb with the Reverend Howard Jacobson and the Reverend Uncle Bob Wallin officiating.  Interment was at Miller Cemetery, Hinckley.

Pallbearers were Darrell Michael, Jerry Kaus, Jr., Keith Hushagen, Matthew Viland, Arik Gum, and Joshua Viland.

A memorial fund has been established at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 North Maple Street, Hinckley.

Arrangements were by Nelson Funeral Homes.  CC 7/8/1993

 

Cassandra Kristine Chuk     1993.06.21

Cassandra Kristine Chuk passed away Friday, June 25, 1993, at Sutter Hospital, Sacramento, CA.  She was born Tuesday, June 22, 1993, at Methodist Hospital, Sacramento, CA, the daughter of Mark and Robin (DeWerff) Chuk.

She is survived by her parents, Mark and Robin Chuk of Elk Grove, CA; her maternal grandparents, Earl and Mary DeWerff of Hinckley; her paternal grandparents, Charles and Joan Chuk of Oswego; her aunts, Kimberly (Dwayne) Eriksen of Clarendon Hills, Dawn (Neil) McQuality of Aurora, Jodi DeWerff of Hinckley, Debbie (Gary) Bonifas of Aurora and Lisa Chuk of Sycamore; her uncle, Charlie Chuk of Lake Holiday as well as her cousins, Emma Mary Eriksen of Clarendon Hills, Nicholas Bonifas and Christopher Bonifas, both of Aurora.  She is also survived by many loving great aunts and uncles and loving friends.

Private graveside services were held on Thursday, July 1, 1993, at Greenwood cemetery, Hinckley.

Arrangements were handled by Nelson Funeral Homes.

  CC 7/8/1993

 

                                    Clare F. Wilson     1993.07.03

Clare F. “Mouse” Wilson, 57, of Plano, passed away on Sunday, July 25, 1993, at home.  He was born on November 30, 1935, in Sandwich, IL, the son of Clarence and Alice (Shonts) Wilson.

He graduated from Hinckley High School in 1954.  On February 17, 1978, he was united in marriage to Betty Fox in Plano.  He retired from General Mills in West Chicago in May of 1992.  He was a member of the Sandwich Moose Lodge #1016.

Survivors include his wife, Betty of Plano; his mother, Alice Wilson Barrows of Shabbona; two stepdaughters, Candace (Kenneth) Schmidt of Plano and Deborah (David) Rosenwinkel of Big Rock; two brothers, James (Patty) Wilson of Sycamore and Wallace (Sandy) Wilson of Plano; and 10 stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 28, at the Burkhart Funeral Home in Sandwich, the Reverend Kurt Simon officiating.  Burial was at Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk.

A Moose service was held during visitation hours on Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

Pallbearers were Matt, Daniel, Edward, Michael, Robert Wilson and Randall Wallis.

Memorials may be made to the Kendall County Health Dept., 111 W. Fox St., Yorkville, IL 60560; the DeKalb County Hospice, 615 N. 1st St., DeKalb, IL 60115; or the Copley Cancer Care Center, 502 S. Lincoln Avenue, Aurora, IL 60505.

  CC 7/29/1993

 

                         Carolyn Fraley Darfler     1993.07.07

Carolyn (Fraley) Darfler, 66, of Sandwich, died Thursday, July 22, 1993, at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.

She was born April 9, 1927, the daughter of Frank and Jennie (McPherson) Fraley.  She married Charles Darfler on September 9, 1948, in Naperville.

She attended Naperville High School, graduating in 1944.  She graduated from the Copley Hospital School of Nursing in 1948 and was a member of its alumni association.  She worked on the maternity floor at Copley for many years and then in pediatrics at Dreyer Clinic for over 21 years before retiring in 1989.

Mrs. Darfler was a member of the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church in Somonauk where she served on the board of trustees and as a Sunday School teacher.

Survivors include two daughters, Jane (Michael) Trierweiler of St. Cloud, FL, and Nancy (Peter) Hyland of Windsor, CO; four grandchildren, Lorri (Mark) Bartholomew of Prendenville, MI, Jennifer Trierweiler of St. Cloud and Jacob and Zane Hyland of Windsor; three sisters, Mary Agnes Patterson of Naperville, Olive Schillinger of Somonauk and Florence Gregory of Naperville; a brother, Bruce (Mary Jane) Fraley of Somonauk; her dear friend, Chuck Bastian of Hinckley; her father- and mother-in-law, Walter and Carol Darfler of Sandwich; a brother-in-law, Gene (Connie) Darfler of Naperville; two sisters-in-law, Jeannette (Bob) Lenert of Naperville and Jessamine Jacobson of Fennville, MI; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Chick; and her parents.

Funeral services were held on Monday at Somonauk United Presbyterian Church with the Reverends David Leeb and Richard Harmison officiating.  Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich.

Arrangements were completed by Burkhart Funeral Home in Sandwich.                                  CC 7/29/1993

 

Ernest E. Bridgewater Jr.     1993.07.11

Ernest E. Bridgewater Jr., 73, of Genoa, died Sunday, July 4, 1993, at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford.

He was born June 7, 1920, in Rollo, the son of Ernest and Nellie (Donahue) Bridgewater Sr.  He married Frances Swanson March 1, 1941, in Waterman.

He farmed in DeKalb County for many years and was a machine operator for A. O. Smith in DeKalb for 10 years retiring in 1985.  He was a member of the Bit and Spur Saddle Club in DeKalb.

He is survived by his wife, Frances of Genoa; three daughters, Joyce (Nelson) Brown of Genoa; Kathy (Clifford) Sharp of Genoa and Linda (Stephen) Quinn of Kingston; a son, David (Lynn) Bridgewater of Belvidere; a sister, Opal Beauford of Hinckley; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Madge Rogers; and a granddaughter, Tammy Storey.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday in the Chapel of Memories in Highland Garden of Memories, Belvidere, with David Coon, Mr. Bridgewater’s nephew, officiating.  Burial was at the Highland Garden of Memories.

  CC 7/8/1993

 

Floyd William Williams Sr.     1993.07.12

Floyd William Williams Sr., 80, of Aurora, passed away on Saturday, July 3, 1993, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born on May 16, 1913, in Big Rock.

He served with the U.S. Army during World War II and was employed by Allsteel Equipment Co. for 35 years.

He was a member of the Roosevelt-Aurora Post 84 American Legion, the FOE Eagles Club 1606 and the Third Ward Club.

Survivors include his son, Floyd “Bill” (Linda) Williams Jr. of Oswego; two daughters, Joyce A. (Jim) Schulz of Genoa and Marilyn J. (John) Miser of Waterman; six grandchildren, Dawn (Terry) Brooks of Genoa, Angie and Eric Williams and Jennifer Smith, all of Oswego, and Christine and Brian Schulz of Genoa; four great-grandchildren, Jeremy and Jason Brooks, Nicholas Brooks and Jacob Dillon Acklo; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Williams in 1987; and his parents, Maurice R. and Margaretta Williams.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 7, at the Healy Chapel, Reverend Mark Tammen officiating.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park.          CC 7/8/1993

 

Josephine Mary Johnson Maple     1993.07.13

Josephine Mary Maple, age 80, of Hayward, WI, formerly of Waterman, passed away Sunday, July 11, 1993, at Pine Acres Nursing Home in DeKalb, IL.  She was born on December 1, 1912, in Waterman, IL, the daughter of Frank and Sadie (Graham) Johnson.  She was united in marriage to Richard Maple.

Mrs. Maple was a teacher in the Waterman School District for many years.  She and her husband owned and operated the local service station and later the Maple Clothing Store in Waterman for over 20 years.  She was a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church and was very involved in church and school activities.

Survivors include two sons, Steven E. (Carole) Maple of Mission Viejo, CA, and Thomas G. Maple of Lindenhurst, IL; four grandchildren, Gregary and Trent Maple, both of California, and Denise and Kelly Maple, both of Illinois.

Mrs. Maple was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard, on February 22, 1988; and a son, Robert, on December 26, 1989.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 16, at 1:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Waterman, the Reverend Mark Tammen officiating  Interment will be at North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.  Friends may call on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Waterman.

  CC 7/15/1993

 

Helen Mihm Messinger     1993.07.14

Helen M. Messinger, 79, of Aurora, passed away on Wednesday, July 7, 1993, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born on December 15, 1913, in Shabbona, the daughter of John and Margaret (O’Connell) Mihm.

Mrs. Messinger graduated from St. Charles Hospital School of Nursing and was employed at St. Charles Hospital, served as a nursing supervisor at Copley Memorial Hospital and retired as a nurse from Mercy Manor.  She was a member of Holy Angels Church where she served with the St. Anne’s Society and also the Silver Threads.  She was also a member of the Women of the Moose, the Over 55 Club, the Aurora Women’s Club, and was active with the Advantage Club at Mercy Center Hospital where she also worked as a volunteer at the Gift Shop and the Encore Shop.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. David (Joanne) Swan and Mrs. Michael (Janice) Hornyan; a grandson, Steven Swan; four sisters, Mrs. Irvin (Mildred) Carney, Mrs. Francis (Margaret) O’Rourke, Mrs. Edward (Ethel) Burscheid and Bernadine Holloway; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth L. Messinger in 1973.

A Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, July 10, at Holy Angels Church, Father Glen Nelson officiating.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park.  The Rosary was recited during visitation hours on Friday evening at the Healy Chapel.

  CC 7/15/1993

 

Alvin G. Dahlstrom     1993.07.15

Alvin G. Dahlstrom, 95, of Batavia, entered eternal life on Tuesday, July 6, 1993.  He was a resident of the Michealsen Health Care Center in Batavia at the time of his death.  He was born March 10, 1898, in Chicago to Frank and Mathilda Dahlstrom.  He married Hilda Wenberg on August 14, 1937, at the Batavia Covenant Church.

Mr. Dahlstrom’s parents moved from Chicago to Lily Lake where the family farmed until 1907 at which time they moved to Batavia to farm.  They started the East Hill Dairy Farm.  Alvin delivered milk throughout the Batavia area for many years.  He also supplied the former Batavia Dairy with milk.  He continued to work as a dairy farmer until 1975 when he sold his dairy herd.  Although he was no longer in the dairy business, he continued to farm until 1980 when he was in his late 80’s.  He was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Batavia where he sang in the church choir for 73 years.

Survivors include a son, Robert (Lois) Dahlstrom of Batavia; a daughter, Carol (Gary) Hulthen of Shabbona; five grandchildren, Amy and Brenda Dahlstrom of Batavia, Lisa, Becky and David Hulthen of Shabbona; a sister, Hazel Anderson of St. Charles; three sisters-in-law, Polly Faeth and Ruby Wenberg of Batavia and Margaret Wenberg of Aurora and many nephews, nieces, and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mathilda Dahlstrom; his wife, Hilda (Wenberg) Dahlstrom in 1954; two sisters, Ethyl and Elsa Dahlstrom.

Funeral services were held on Friday, July 9, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Batavia, Dr. Terry A. Smith and Reverend Rodney Holmberg officiating.  Interment was at the West Batavia Cemetery in Batavia.

Contributions in Mr. Dahlstrom’s memory may be made to the Evangelical Covenant Church, 1314 Main Street, Batavia, IL 60510 or to the Wayside Cross Rescue Mission, 215 East New York Street, Aurora, IL 60505.

Arrangements were completed by Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home, Batavia.                                              CC 7/15/1993

 

Eugene C. Wade     1993.07.16

Eugene C. Wade, 60, of Garland, TX, died Saturday, July 10, 1993, at Mesquite Community Hospital in Mesquite, TX.

He was born January 11, 1933, in Ottawa, the son of Weldon B. and Louise (Gross) Wade.  He married Janet J. Johnson in Oregon, IL, on August 1, 1963.

He was an insurance agent with Prudential Insurance Company for 15 years and later with John Hancock Insurance Company for 10 years.  He was currently employed by Wells Fargo Security Company.  He was a former member of Malta United Methodist Church.  He was a Veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from September 1953 to September 1956.  He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity at Illinois Wesleyan University and a graduate of Sycamore High School.

Mr. Wade is survived by his wife; two sons, Kevin (Robin) Wade of Dallas, TX, and Theodore (Sandy) Wade of Kirkland; two daughters, Lory (Lonnie) Little of Mesquite, TX, and Sharon (Kevin) Berg of Waterman; 17 grandchildren, Revin, William, Ryan, Chris, Crystal, Alicia, Kimberly, Justin, Landon, Dylan, Lael, Karisa, Kayla, Jacob, Amanda, Kelsey, and Kaylee; his mother, Louise; his father, Ralph Spafford of Cleveland, OH; a sister, Judy (Paul) Sause of Florence, OR; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Louise; two sons, Gordon and David; a daughter, Robin, and his father, Weldon.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 15, at 10:30 a.m. at the Malta United Methodist Church, the Reverend Doctor George David officiating.  Burial will take place at Malta Cemetery, Malta.  Visitation was scheduled for 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.

A memorial fund has been established in the name of Eugene C. Wade in care of Anderson Funeral Home.       CC 7/15/1993

 

Martha E. Larson Bailey     1993.07.17

Martha E. Bailey, 74, of Sun City, AZ, died Sunday, July 11, 1993, at Boswell Memorial Hospital in Sun City.

She was born April 26, 1919, in Milan Township, the daughter of John and Roasanna Larson.  She married Thomas G. Bailey on September 25, 1941.

In 1945, she and her husband moved to the Seattle, WA, area where they lived until their 1988 move to Arizona.  She was confirmed in the Calvary Lutheran Church, educated in Shabbona schools, and graduated from the Augustana Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago.  She then was a registered nurse in Illinois.  Later, in Seattle, she served as assistant director of nursing in the Seattle Swedish Hospital and then as a supervisor of nursing in the Seattle General Hospital.

Mrs. Bailey was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Seattle.

Survivors include her husband of Sun City; three daughters; three sons; two sisters, Ruth Hallam of Arizona and Marian (David) Engstrom of DeKalb; two brothers, John (Verlette) Larson of Waterman and Raymond (Eleanor) Larson of Sycamore; 12 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister.

Cremation has taken place.  A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Seattle.                                CC 7/22/1993

 

William Black     1993.07.18

William (Darrel) Black, 77, of McAllen, TX, formerly of DeKalb, died Sunday, July 18, 1993, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

He was born March 23, 1916, in Barum, IA, the son of Charles P. and Nell (Woods) Black.

He attended lab school and received a bachelor of science degree at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA.  He obtained a master’s degree from Indiana University in 1953.  He served as a coach of basketball and baseball and taught in several public schools in Iowa and Illinois.  He taught and coached at Lock Haven State Teachers College in Lock Haven, PA, and taught at Northern Illinois University from 1956 through 1964, where he served as a baseball coach.  He also taught at Jonesboro University and Pan American University in Edinburg, TX.

Mr. Black was a World War II Army veteran, serving as a Major in the 8th Armored Division from 1940 to 1945.

He is survived by two daughters, M. Louise (Tom) Flewellyn of rural Lee and Kelly (James) Golightly of Grand Prairie, TX; a son, Robert “Bill” Black of Sycamore; two grandsons, John (Carri) Flewellyn and R. T. Flewellyn; and a great-grandson, Jordan Flewellyn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Donald Black; and a grandson, Scott Darrel Flewellyn.

Memorial services were scheduled for Wednesday, July 21, at 8:00 p.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona, the Reverend William F. Moore of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in DeKalb officiating.  Cremation has taken place.  Visitation was to be from 7 p.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.                            CC 7/22/1993

 

Pauline Olinger Waldee     1993.07.19

Pauline O. Waldee, 90, of Waterman, passed away Thursday, July 15, 1993, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.  She was born July 12, 1903, in Franklin, IL, the daughter of Charles and Katherine Olinger.

Mrs. Waldee was a graduate of the college which in later years has become Illinois State University in Normal, IL.  Upon her graduation, she moved to Waterman where she began her career in teaching home economics.  She was then united in marriage to Mr. Lloyd B. Waldee in 1928.

She continued teaching in Waterman for a number of years after her marriage to Lloyd.  During their marriage they also ran a successful farming operation in the Waterman area which she continued to farm even after the passing of her husband.

Mrs. Waldee was very interested and involved in the community affairs of Waterman.  She was an active member of the Waterman United Methodist Church where she was a member of the United Methodist Women’s Organization.  Mrs. Waldee was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau as well as the Elderberries Senior Citizens Group.

Survivors include her three nephews, Charles Olinger, Grant Waldee, and Dr. Don Anderson; three nieces, Elizabeth Hawkins, Marcel Wyle, and Sybil Young; and many friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Elgin Olinger; two sisters, Eunice Olinger and Lucile Wyle.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 19, at the Waterman United Methodist Church, the Reverend Dawn E. Gotoh officiating.  Organist for the service was Dea Eakle Andress.  Pallbearers were Bill O’Donnell, David Kearns, Milo George, Bob Morrison, Don Anderson, and David Anderson.

Memorials in Mrs. Waldee’s name may be made to the Waterman United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.       CC 7/22/1993

 

Gary J. Tuma     1993.07.20

Gary J. Tuma, 37, of North Fort Myers, FL, formerly of Aurora, passed away Tuesday, July 20, 1993, at Cape Coral Hospital in Cape Coral, FL.  He was born March 7, 1956, in Aurora, IL, the son of Roland and Bernice (Hense) Tuma.

Survivors include his parents, Roland and Bernice Tuma of Aurora; two sisters, Marilyn (Gale) Nehring of Hinckley and Sharon (Preston) Gaylean of Lyles, TN; a brother, Roland (Linda) Tuma of Aurora; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and one close friend, Charles Baumann of Florida.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 24, from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Reverend Jock Ficken officiating.  Interment was at St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Arrangements were completed by the Healy Chapel.

  CC 7/29/1993

 

DeMay Severance     1993.07.21

The Hinckley Police Department and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Police are investigating a Tuesday morning, July 27, traffic accident that took the life of DeMay Severance of Hinckley.

Hinckley Police Chief Gary Butler reports that the accident occurred at 8:20 a.m. and involved a vehicle driven by Steven T. Gary of 595 Coster St., Hinckley, and a motorized three-wheeled cart operated by Severance.

According to Butler, preliminary investigation revealed that both vehicles were eastbound on McKinley and that Gary did not see Severance until it was too late to keep from hitting him.  Severance was knocked to the ground from the cart.

Severance died of his injuries at Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora.

Butler stated that Gary was uninjured and had refused treatment at the scene.

Hinckley Police and the DeKalb County Sheriff are continuing their investigation.                     CC 7/29/1993

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DeMay Severance, age 88, of Hinckley, passed away Tuesday, July 27, 1993, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  He was born August 5, 1904, the son of Frank and Carrie (Gerlach) Severance, on the family farm in Hinckley, where he grew up.  He graduated from Hinckley High School in 1922.  After his marriage to Audra Culp on March 12, 1928, he took over the operation of the farm where he farmed until the land was sold in 1973.  The Severances moved from the family home to Hinckley in 1988.  He was an active lifelong member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife Audra of 65 years, who resides in Hinckley; a daughter, Marlene (Lee) Phillips of Geneva; two grandchildren, Lisa Phillips of Hillside and Scott (Patti) Phillips of Longmont, CO; a great-grandson, Michael of Longmont, CO; a sister-in-law, Sue Culp of Ames, IA; a niece; a nephew; a great-niece; and a host of friends who will miss his smile and hardy laugh.

Mr. Severance was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Culp.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 30, at 1:00 p.m. at the Hinckley United Methodist Church with Reverend Paul Gerardy officiating.  Interment will take place in the West Big Rock Cemetery, Big Rock, IL.

Friends may call on Thursday, July 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 North Maple, in Hinckley.

Memorials may be made to the Hinckley United Methodist Church.                                   CC 7/29/1993

 

Dale F. Drinkall     1993.07.22

Dale F. Drinkall, 72, of North Aurora, died Saturday, July 31, 1993, at Vencor Hospital in Sycamore.  He was born July 4, 1921, in Catawba, WI, the son of the late Roy and Florence (Williams) Drinkall.

Mr. Drinkall was a member of First Christian Church.  He served with the Army Air Corps during World War II and was owner/operator of Dale’s Auto Sales on East New York Street in Aurora for 30 years.

He was a life member and past president of the Aurora Noon Lions Club; life member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #400; member of the VFW Post #2298 of Dundee, IL, and was a member of the Phoenix and Third Ward Clubs of Aurora.

Survivors include three daughters, Connie (Tim) Pfister of Waterman, Deborah Darrow of Aurora, and Pamela (Tim) Riordan of Ottawa; five grandchildren, Tracy (George) Gignac of Lisle, Tammy Albright of Naperville, Rob Darrow of Aurora, Bryan and Kacie Riordan of Ottawa; two sisters, Helen Nyman of Algonquin and Delores (Ken) Troutman of Wisconsin; a brother, Roy (Naomi) Drinkall of Elgin; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Drinkall, on June 8, 1992, and a brother, John.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 3, from the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Gary W. Knapp officiating.  Burial was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Contributions in his memory may be given to First Christian Church.                                       CC 8/5/1993

 

                            Fern Schrader Riswold     1993.08.05

Fern (Schrader) Riswold, 96, of Sandwich, passed away on Friday, August 27, 1993, at Hillside Health Care Center in Yorkville.  She was born on November 19, 1896, in Victor Township, DeKalb County, the daughter of Edwin and Ida (Rompf) Schrader.

She married Henry Riswold on March 24, 1941, in Clinton, IA.  She was a member of the United Church in Sandwich and the Eastern Star.  She enjoyed playing Bridge and was a member of several Bridge Clubs.

Survivors include a nephew, Robert (Kathleen) Schrader of Aurora; two great-nephews, Brian (Debbie) Schrader of Carrollton, TX, and Dr. Steven (Linda) Schrader of Peoria, IL, and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Henry in 1971; and her brother, Earl Schrader, in 1925.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 31, at the Turner Funeral Home in Sandwich, the Reverend Todd Singley officiating.  Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich.

Memorials may be made to the United Church of Sandwich.

 CC 9/2/1993

 

                  Sally Ann Sanderson Johnson     1993.08.09

Sally Ann Sanderson Johnson, 51, of Plano, passed away on August 24, 1993, at the Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Aurora.  She was born on April 29, 1942, in LaGrange, IL, the daughter of Elwood and Genevieve (Striegel) Sanderson.

Mrs. Johnson was a homemaker.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Plano as well as the American Legion Auxiliary of Plano.

Survivors include her three daughters, Denise (Derek) Hoaglund of Shorewood, Bonny (Robert) Kuenster of Chicago and Mary (Tyra Michael) Holley of Sandwich; two grandchildren, Matthew Hoaglund and Brittany Kuenster; her mother, Genevieve (Cecil) Holmes of Mesa, AZ, and a sister, Ruth (Floyd) Derby of Hinckley.

She was preceded in death by her father and her husband, Howard Johnson.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 26, at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home in Plano, Father Jerome Zalonis, M.I.C. officiating.  Interment was at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Somonauk.                              CC 9/2/1993

 

James Clayton Lovig, Sr.     1993.08.12

James Clayton Lovig, Sr., 94, of Geneva, passed away on Sunday, August 1, 1993, at Shabbona Health Care Center in Shabbona.  He was born on March 21, 1899 in Milan Township, IL.

At the time of his retirement, Mr. Lovig was manager of the water treatment plant for the City of Geneva, where he was employed for 29 years.  He had been a policeman and a member of the fire department in Waterman for several years.

Mr. Lovig was a member of the United Methodist Church of Geneva, B.O.Y.S. Club of Geneva, Farm Bureau, Medinah Shrine Temple and Scottish Rite Bodies of Chicago.  He was a life member and Past Master of Waterman Masonic Lodge #728 and Geneva Masonic Lodge #139 A.F. & A.M.  He was a member of Fox Valley Shrine Club and at the time of his death was president of Geneva Masonic Temple Association.  He was a member and Past High Priest of Fox River Chapter #14 Royal Arch Masons, Past Thrice Illustrious Master of Aurora Council #45 Cryptic Masons and Past Eminent Commander of Aurora Commandery #22 Knights Templar.  He was also a Knight York Cross of Honor.

Survivors include his wife, Lois; a son, James C. (Ruth) Lovig, Jr. of Geneva; a sister, Lillian Stocking of Creston, IL; three grandchildren; a great-grandson; several nieces and nephews, including locally, Ray Bowman of Waterman.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Kay Lovig; four brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 3, from the United Methodist Church of Geneva, the Reverend Larry Hilkemann officiating.  Burial was in the Afton Cemetery in DeKalb County.  Masonic services were held at the Yurs Wittenberg Funeral Home in Geneva during visitation hours on Monday evening.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Geneva, 211 Hamilton Street, Geneva, IL 60134.  CC 8/5/1993

 

Mary Ellen Skelly Hart     1993.08.13

Mary Ellen “May” Hart, 91, of DeKalb, died Wednesday, August 4, 1993, at her home.

She was born June 1, 1902, in DeKalb, the daughter of William and Eugenia (Lawler) Skelly.  She married Charles P. Hart on July 21, 1934, in DeKalb.

She had been employed by Nehring Electrical Works in DeKalb and farmed with her husband in the Shabbona area prior to moving to DeKalb.  She was a member of St. Mary Church in DeKalb.

Survivors include a son, Stanley (Carol) Hart of Paw Paw; two daughters, Charlene (Paul) Blazier of Hampshire, and Pat Colby of DeKalb; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Clara Parisot of Rockford; two sisters-in-law, Bertha Hart and Winnie Hannan, both of DeKalb; and a brother-in-law, Clifford Holdridge of Genoa.

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

On Saturday, August 7, a Mass of the Resurrection was said at St. Mary Church in DeKalb by the Reverend William H. Schwartz.  Burial was at St. James Cemetery, Lee.

Arrangements were completed by the Ronan-Moore Mortuary.                                        CC 8/12/1993

 

Doris Mae Gruben Marshall     1993.08.14

Doris Mae Marshall, age 60, of Waterman passed away Thursday, August 5, 1993, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.  She was born November 29, 1932, in Waterman, IL, the daughter of Walter and Eunice (Benjamin) Gruben.

She was united in marriage to Mr. Floyd R. Marshall on November 20, 1949, in Hinckley.

Mrs. Marshall was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.  She had been employed by C.T.S. Knights in Sandwich.  She enjoyed sewing for her friends and family as a hobby.

Survivors include her husband Floyd of Waterman; seven children, Kathleen (Richard) Benad of DeKalb, David Marshall of DeKalb, Janice (John) Powers of Shabbona, Cheryl (Jim) Merchant of Waterman, Patricia (David) Pearson of DeKalb, Diana (John) McDonough of Carpentersville, Debra (Doug) Hornback of Shabbona; thirteen grandchildren, Dana Marshall of Malta, Brett Dupes of Ft. Hood, TX, Daniel (Sandra) Marshall of Waterman, Nicole McCoy of Waterman, Jennifer Sundstrom of Shabbona, Tara and Cory Hornback of Shabbona, Sarah and Karlie Pearson of DeKalb, Kyle and Shannon Powers of Shabbona; a great-grandson, Cody Daniel Marshall of Malta; her mother, Eunice Gruben Kitner of Waterman; a brother, Robert (Sandra Bullis) Gruben of Paw Paw; and a sister, Gloria (Robert) Alms of Sun City, AZ.

She was preceded in death by her father, a brother, and a son.

Funeral services were held on Monday, August 9, at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman, Pastor E. George Krause of DeKalb officiating.  Interment was at the North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.

Organist for the service was Dea Eakle Andress.  Pallbearers were Bret Dupes, Daniel Marshall, Joshua Merchant, Jack Vogler, Richard Vines, and Kenneth Reid.        CC 8/12/1993

 

Raymond G. Heinz     1993.08.15

Raymond G. Heinz, 75, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, August 15, 1993, at his home.  He was born on September 29, 1917, in Aurora.

Mr. Heinz was employed at Thor Power Tool Co. for 46 years until his retirement.  He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church; a life member of St. George Citizens Club; Aurora Moose Lodge #400; Catholic Order of Forresters and the American Legion.  He was a Veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Air Force in India.

Survivors include his wife, June (Bergman) Heinz of Aurora; a son, Gerald (Judith) Heinz of Hinckley; a daughter, Rita Heinz of Warrenville; a step-son, Walter B. Jobe of Florida; his brother, Clarence Heinz; two sisters, Lucille Bertels of Aurora, and Bernice Zeis of Chicago.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William J. and Catherine (Backes) Heinz and a brother, Brother Albert Heinz O.S.B.

A wake service was held on Tuesday evening at the Dieterle Memorial Home, Father Basil Yender O.S.B., officiating.

  CC 8/19/1993

 

George Szabo, Jr.     1993.08.16

George Szabo, Jr., 33, of Aurora, passed away on Monday, August 9, 1993.  He was born May 22, 1960, in Chicago.  He belonged to the family of the First Church of God.  Mr. Szabo attended East Aurora High School and had been employed at St. Charles Manufacturing Company for the past 15 years.

Survivors include his wife, Dianna Jo Szabo of Aurora; two sons, Greg and Matt Szabo, both of Aurora; his parents, George and Marjorie Szabo, Sr., of Missouri; his grandparents, Leatha (Tom) Parr of Kewanee; three brothers, Butch Hernblom of Missouri, John (Judy) Szabo of Normal, IL, and Michael Szabo of Missouri; a sister, Sharon Szabo of Hinckley; his father and mother-in-law, Dean and Rosemary McKinney of Oswego; a brother-in-law, Ron McKinney of Oswego; three nieces; and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents and his paternal grandfather.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 11, at the Healy Chapel, Pastor Rick Greenfield officiating.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Contributions may be made in his memory for the benefit of his children.                                                     CC 8/19/1993

 

Robert M. Wallin     1993.08.17

Robert M. Wallin, 70, of Aurora, died Tuesday, August 10, 1993, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born January 23, 1923, in Aurora, NE.

Mr. Wallin was retired president of Equipto Corporation in 1991 after 41 years of service.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church for 41 years.  He was also a member of the Rotary Club and the American Legion Post #529 of Big Rock.  Mr. Wallin was a first lieutenant with the U.S. Army serving in WWII.

Survivors include his wife, Adra (Erickson) Wallin; a son, Bruce (Susie) Wallin, both of Aurora; two daughters, Susan Mary Wallin, also of Aurora, and Nancy (Les) Mason of LaHabra, CA; a brother, Richard (Mary Ann) Wallin of Middletown, NJ; two sisters, Helen (John) Shumway of Batavia, and Janet (Richard) Johnson of Montgomery; four grandchildren, Sarah and Julie Wallin, Kevin and Amy Mason.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sture and Sara (Peterson) Wallin.

Funeral services were held on Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, the Reverend Dick Anderson officiating.  Burial was at Spring Lake Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or First Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements were completed by Dieterle Memorial Home.

  CC 8/19/1993

 

Melvin E. Morrison     1993.08.18

Melvin E. Morrison, 74, of Tucson, AZ, formerly of the Plano and Shabbona areas, passed away on Saturday, August 14, 1993, at his home.

He was a long time resident and businessman of Shabbona where he owned and operated the Village Inn for over ten years.  He previously owned a business in Plano.  He was a member of the DeKalb Moose Lodge, the DeKalb Elks and a member of the American Legion.

Mr. Morrison is survived by his wife, Connie (Bernhardt) Morrison; a son, Kenneth of Tucson; a daughter, Sandra Smith of Paw Paw; five grandsons; two great-grandsons; and two brothers, Marvin of Loveland, CO, and James of Plano.

Funeral services were held in Tucson with burial at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix.

Memorials may be directed to the family.      CC 8/26/1993

 

Hattie Elizabeth Coddington Bahl Hartman    1993.08.19

Hattie Elizabeth Coddington Bahl Hartman, age 84, of Hinckley, passed away Thursday, August 19, 1993, at the Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Aurora after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born on September 6, 1908, in Sugar Grove, IL, the eighth child of Alexander Metcalf Coddington and Katherine (Johnston) Coddington.  On July 30, 1930, she was united in marriage to Mr. Edmund Bahl, and of this marriage two children, Gerald (Jerry) and Katherine, were born.  She later was united in marriage to Mr. Rollin (Mick) Hartman on October 12, 1957.

Mrs. Hartman was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.

She was retired from the Brody Coat Factory in DeKalb.  During World War II she was employed as a welder at both United Wallpaper Co. and Lyon Metal in Aurora.  She had also formerly been employed by Isemans in Aurora, James Knights in Sandwich, and E. R. Moore in Hinckley.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Hinckley, the Hinckley Home Extension, the Golden Agers, the Sugar Grove Alumni, and the ILGWU.

Survivors include a son, Gerald (Cecilia) Bahl of Hinckley; a daughter, Katherine Baie, also of Hinckley; six grandchildren, Dennis Baie, Joanne (Harold) Alfredson, Plano, Rhonda (Steve) Woodrick, Sycamore, David Baie, DeKalb; Dennis (Robbin) Bahl, Lake Holiday, Somonauk, and Diane Bahl, Oswego; eight great-grandchildren, Katherine and Victoria Jones, Matthew Alfredson, Michael and Nicole Woodrick, and Christine, Vanessa, and Darren Baie; three stepgreat-grandchildren; four stepgreat-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Mrs. Hartman was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Ralph, Carson, John, Clayton, and Kermit; three sisters, Mary Lemke, Sadie Christensen, and Myrtle Cassel; her husband, Rollin Hartman; and a son-in-law, Ronald Baie, in October, 1992.

Funeral services were held on Monday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Pallbearers were Carl Hartman, Dan Ness, Al Thorson, James Christensen, Larry Coddington, and Dan Coddington.  Organist for the service was Dolores Wilkening.  Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

  CC 8/26/1993

 

 

Rosezella Viola Brandl     1993.08.20

Rosezella Viola Brandl, 73, of Aurora, passed away Monday, August 16, 1993, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born on June 15, 1920, in Friana, IL.

She was a member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her husband, Herbert J. Brandl of Aurora; a son, Normal E. Brandl of Big Rock; a daughter, Gywneth (Avi) Sathe of Hawthorn Woods, IL; her sister, Zelda Capet of Sandwich; four granddaughters, Tanya O’Connor of Valparaiso, IN, Dee Clifron of Bolingbrook, Lori Karvonen of Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, Julie Brandl of Big Rock; two great-granddaughters, Jessica Marie Slusser and Jacqueline Amber Slusser of Ft. Leonard Wood, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick John and Nellie (Baker) Brandl; a sister, Elizabeth Long; a brother, Martin Long; two sisters and a brother in infancy.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 19, at St. Pauls Lutheran Church, the Reverend John Fair officiating.  Burial was at River Hills Memorial Park.

Arrangements were completed by the Dieterle Memorial Home.                                           CC 8/26/1993

 

Paul A. Drury     1993.08.21

Paul A. Drury, 82, of Shabbona, died Wednesday, August 18, 1993, at Sandwich Community Hospital.

He was born December 5, 1910, in Rollo, the son of Cleve and Ivy (Firkins) Drury.  He married Erma Meadors on December 25, 1939, in Naperville.

Mr. Drury owned and operated Drury Oil Company in Shabbona for over 50 years.  He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army.  He was a former member of Shabbona American Legion Post No. 677.  He was a bowler for many years for Vandre’s Decorators Bowling Team in Shabbona.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, James (Janet) Drury of Shabbona and Paul (Barbara) Drury of St. Charles; a daughter, Patricia (Tom) Greenwell of Shabbona; a sister, Kathryn Herrmann of Sun City, AZ; three granddaughters; and two grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held on Saturday at the Jacobson Funeral Home, the Reverend David Wernecke of the Shabbona United Church of Christ officiating.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.                            CC 8/26/1993

 

Mattie A. Burbz Tharp     1993.08.22

Mattie A. Tharp, age 81, of Hinckley, passed away Wednesday, August 18, 1993, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.  She was born September 20, 1911, in Sonora, KY, the daughter of Jasper and Annie (Flanders) Burba.

Mrs. Tharp was a member of the United Church of Christ of Big Rock.  Prior to her retirement she was employed by the Barber-Greene Corp. of Aurora for over 25 years.

Survivors include her daughter Ruby (Morris) Griswold of Hinckley; a grandson, Thomas (Kathy) Griswold of DeKalb; a great-granddaughter, Kristian Griswold of DeKalb; three brothers, Herman (Christine) Burba, George (Goldie) Burba and Hallie Burba all of Kentucky.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Mark; three sisters; and three brothers.

Funeral services were held on Friday, August 20, at the United Church of Christ in Big Rock, the Reverend Kurt Simon officiating.  Interment was at the Genoa Cemetery, Genoa, IL.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.      CC 8/26/1993

 

Marilyn J. Hanson Buchanan     1993.08.23

Marilyn J Buchanan, 57, of Yorkville, died Monday, August 23, 1993, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born October 25, 1935, in Jackson, MN.

Mrs. Buchanan was employed at BiMet Corp.

Survivors include her husband, Carols Buchanan of Yorkville; a son, Brian L. (Annette) Olson of Morris; two daughters, Lois R. (David) Brandt of Morris and Karen M. Sanchez of Joliet; her mother, Dorothea Hanson of Jackson, Minnesota; three stepsons, Jeff (Barb) Buchanan of Huntington Beach, CA, David Buchanan of North Aurora, and Andy Buchanan of Aurora; two stepdaughters, Wenel (Ric) Jais of Bloomingdale, IL, and Dana Herman of Aurora; 17 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; six brothers, Nels (Lorraine) Hanson and Donald (Mary Ann) Hanson of Spirit Lake, IA, Wilbur (Barb) Hanson and Dennis Hanson of Jackson, MN, Charley (Judy) Hanson of Spring Valley, IL, Robert (Trina) Hanson of Albert Lea, MN; two sisters, Grace (Quentin) Johnson of Spirit Lake, IA, and Lois (Dave) Fisher of Hinckley; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charley Hanson; and a son, Rodney in infancy.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 25, at the Dieterle Memorial Home, the Reverend Wayne Kirk officiating.  Burial was at Riverside Cemetery, Montgomery.  CC 9/2/1993

 

Garnet W. Suddeth     1993.08.24

Garnet W. Suddeth, 79, of rural Shabbona, died Friday, August 27, 1993, at his home.

He was born August 3, 1914, in Waterman, the son of John W. and Mildred (Johnson) Suddeth.  He married Bernice Vagle on March 5, 1936, in DeKalb.

He was a farmer in the Shabbona area for many years and was a member of the Green River Saddle Club, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, and the Illinois Valley Horseman’s Association.  He was very active in 4-H and was an honorary member of the Shabbona Future Farmers of America.

He is survived by his wife; a son, Joe (Nancy) Suddeth of Shabbona; two daughters, Nancy (Gary) Conderman of Amboy and Kay Suddeth of Geneseo; a brother, James (Kathy) Suddeth of Fennimore, WI; four sisters, Elma Bray of Sycamore, Opal Wilson of Malta, Marivene Tyne of Shabbona, and Jean Nelson of DeKalb; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Paul and Jack Suddeth.

Funeral services were held on Monday at the Shabbona United Church of Christ with church pastor, the Reverend David Wernecke officiating.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

Arrangements were completed by the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                                       CC 9/2/1993

 

 

 

Anna Louise Lawrence McCabe     1993.08.25

Anna Louise McCabe, 95, Louisville, NE, formerly of DeKalb, died at Louisville Care Center Friday, August 27, 1993.

She was born March 29, 1898, in DeKalb, the daughter of Henry and Maude (Schermerhorn) Lawrence.

She married Leo McCabe January 16, 1918, at St. Mary’s Church in DeKalb.  She attended Haish School in DeKalb, Our Lady of Angels Academy, Clinton, IA, and Brown’s Business College in DeKalb.  She was a homemaker and a member of St. Mary’s Church in DeKalb, the Altar and Rosary Society, V.F.W. Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include three sons, L. Clark (Wanda) McCabe of Murdock, NE, John L. (Marge) McCabe, Encinitas, CA, and Thomas S. (Ann) McCabe, Indianapolis, IN; two daughters, Dorothy (Eugene) Herrmann, Shabbona, and Marian Koranda, San Dimas, CA; 26 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild in California; a sister, Marion McDermott of DeKalb; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband and a sister, Mrs. Norine Nehring of DeKalb.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be said at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 2, at St. Mary’s Church in DeKalb, the Reverend William H. Schwartz officiating.  Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, DeKalb.  Visitation was scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ronan-Moore Mortuary, DeKalb.

  CC 9/2/1993

 

Rhoda M. Begley Johnson     1993.08.26

Rhoda M. Johnson, 68, of Sycamore, died Monday, August 30, 1993, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born October 10, 1924, in Sycamore, the daughter of Warren and Ola (Mayes) Begley.  She married Peter L. Johnson May 8, 1943, in Little Rock, AR.

She was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore; a graduate of Sycamore High School, class of 1942; and a graduate of Northern Illinois University.  She taught in Sycamore and Genoa schools until retiring in 1976 due to illness.  She was a member of the Genoa Education Association, the Illinois Education Association, and the National Education Association.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Jill (William) Rahn of Westmont and Rebecca (Kurt) Feaster of Brookings, SD; a son, Peter Nels (Donna) Johnson of Webster, NH; four sisters, Mary (Arnold) Leifheit and Evelyn (Stanley) Mack, both of Hinckley, Caroline Weichlein of Ann Arbor, MI, and Della (Philip) Hodge of Spokane, WA; and six grandchildren, Peter, Heidi, and Danika Rahn and Kristina, Johanna and Jillian Feaster.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Thomas Begley; a sister, Ruby Nichols; two brothers-in-law, William Weichlein and Ralph Nichols; and a sister-in-law, Betty Begley.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 2, at Salem Lutheran Church, Reverend Gary B. Ryden officiating.  Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore.  Visitation was scheduled for 4-5 and 7-9 on Wednesday at Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home.

A memorial for Sycamore schools has been established in care of the funeral home.                             CC 9/2/1993

 

Harold W. Antrobus     1993.08.27

Harold W. Antrobus, 75, of Hinckley, died Saturday, August 28, 1993, at his home.

He was born October 1, 1917, in Williamstown, KY, the son of Weber and Leona (Vice) Antrobus.  He married Viola M. Pahaly in Hinckley on March 16, 1946.

He was a grain and livestock farmer in the Hinckley area until 1965.  He was later employed by the Barber-Greene Company in DeKalb until his retirement in 1982.  He served as a Little League baseball coach in Hinckley for several years.  Mr. Antrobus was an avid bowler, participating in bowling leagues in DeKalb and Sandwich for many years.  He was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include his wife, Viola of Hinckley; a son, Doug (Charla) Antrobus of Cortland; a daughter, Judy (Bruce) Thorp of Hinckley; four grandchildren, Stacy and Leslie Antrobus of Cortland and Jared and Jenna Thorp of Hinckley; a stepgranddaughter, Kristin Thorp of Hinckley; a sister, Betty Jo (Warren) Ferrell of Loves Park; a sister-in-law, Maryon Michael of Hinckley; a brother-in-law, Fred Busse of Esmond; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Clyde Antrobus; and a sister, Dorothy Erickson Jenkins.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Hinckley United Methodist Church, the Reverend Paul J. Gerardy, Sr., church pastor, officiating.  Burial was at Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk.

Arrangements were completed by Anderson Funeral Home.

A memorial fund has been established in the memory of Harold W. Antrobus in care of the funeral home.  CC 9/2/1993

 

William R. Eastabrooks     1993.08.28

William R. Eastabrooks, age 85, of 608 East Buffalo, Polo, IL, passed away on August 28, 1993, at Polo Continental Manor.

He was born February 2, 1908, in Hinckley, the son of John and Sarah (McCrea) Eastabrooks.  He married Marjorie Yerkey April 1, 1969, in Hinckley.  He was in the U.S. Army during WWII, serving as an MP in the South Pacific.  He owned and operated Eastabrooks Contracting in Hinckley for many years.  He was a former trustee of the Hinckley Fire Department and was also a life member of the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife Marjorie of Polo; a daughter Mrs. Wayne (Ginger) Haan, also of Polo; a brother John Eastabrooks of Batavia; two grandsons, Daniel Wiemken of Dixon and Norman Wiemken of Fayetteville, NC.

Mr. Eastabrooks was preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 1, at 1:30 p.m. at Benson-Brown-Seidel Funeral Home, Polo, with burial at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Dixon.

Memorials in Mr. Eastabrooks’ name have been established for Polo Ambulance and Polo Continental Manor.  CC 9/2/1993

 

Gordon O. Wiles     1993.08.29

Gordon O. Wiles, age 70, of Big Rock, passed away Friday, August 27, 1993, at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, IL.  He was born June 28, 1923, in Hardy, AR, the son of Clydie O. and Geneva (Nicholson) Wiles.

He was united in marriage to the former Helen Beavers on April 8, 1950, in Pocahontas, AR.

During WWII, Mr. Wiles served with the United States Navy aboard the aircraft carrier, Saratoga.  He worked on the land for many years, both logging and farming.  Later he was employed by Lyon Metal in Aurora until his retirement.  After retiring he continued to enjoy the land by gardening.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Helen of Big Rock; four children, Larry and Carol (Cooley) Wiles of Severna Park, MD, Dennis and Susan (Diehl) Wiles of Batavia, Connie and Alan Armes of Lake Holiday, Somonauk, and Rhonda and Jerry Ladson of Waterman; nine grandchildren, Nolan and Marcus Wiles of Severna Park, MD, Amie, Katie, and Jennifer Wiles of Batavia, Michelle and Tina Armes of Lake Holiday, and Brandy and Dana Ladson of Waterman; two brothers, Haley Wiles of Little Rock, AR, and Malcum (Voncel) Wiles of Perry, FL; three sisters, Gladys Linsey of Jonesboro, AR, Oma (Norman) Holt of Perry, FL, and Wilma (Ralph) Pepples of Stark, FL.  He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Wiles was preceded in death by his parents, and his three brothers, Homer, Raymond, and Darryl.

Funeral services were held on Monday, August 30, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, with Pastor Kerry Liggett of the Community Bible Church of Leland, officiating.  Vocal selections were offered by Pastor Joe Aldridge of the Zion Baptist Church of Aurora.  Organ music was provided by Shirley Thompson of Big Rock.

Pallbearers were Ron Archer, Charles Armes, Merle Cooley, Jake Hake, Eddie Mackie, and Steve Marshall.

Interment was at West Big Rock Cemetery, Big Rock.

Memorials may be made to the Cardiac Unit, Mercy Center, Aurora, IL.                                   CC 9/2/1993

 

Carole Breese Davis     1993.08.30

Carole Breese, 73, of Woodland Hills, CA, formerly of Aurora, passed away on August 16, 1993.  She was born on December 25, 1919.

Survivors include two sons, Richard (Joyce) Davis of Venice, FL, and Jack (Dorothy) Davis of Hinckley.

Private services were held in Canoga Park, CA.

  CC 9/2/1993

 

Nellie M. Breeding Beam     1993.08.31

Nellie M. Beam, 96, of Aurora, passed away Tuesday, August 24, 1993, at Aurora Manor Nursing Home.  She was born on June 21, 1897, in Waterman, the daughter of Frank and Florence Breeding.

Survivors include a daughter, Faye (Jacob) Heyl of Aurora; a sister, Mildred Bratt of Lombard; two grandsons, Jay Heyl of Orange, CA, and Jon (Renee) Heyl of North Aurora; and two great-granddaughters, Sara and Brittany Heyl of North Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Beam; two sons, Dale Beam and Blaine Beam; three brothers, Guy, Wesley, and Floyd Breeding; two sisters, Ethel Smith and Lavina Breeding.

Private services were held on Thursday, August 26, at the Dieterle Memorial Home, the Reverend Wilson W. Water officiating, with burial in Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorials in her memory may be made to St. Pauls Lutheran School Computer Room or Visiting Nurses Association.                                          CC 9/2/1993

 

Larry Seaney     1993.08.32

Larry Seaney, 48, of rural Hinckley died Saturday evening as the result of a collision at Chicago and Somonauk roads.  According to DeKalb County Sheriff’s police, Seaney was southbound on Somonauk Road at 8:40 p.m. when a vehicle driven by Patricia Dennin, 52, of Paw Paw, came from the east on Chicago Road, did not stop, and ran into the driver’s door of the Seaney vehicle.

Seaney had to be extricated by the Sandwich Fire Department.  All persons involved were taken to Sandwich Community Hospital where Seaney was pronounced dead.  Ann Seaney, his passenger, was flown to St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford where she was reported in serious condition in their Special Care Unit on Tuesday.  Patricia Dennin and a passenger, Patrick Dennin, 15, were treated and released but a second passenger in the Dennin vehicle, Jean Ballas, was still confined at Sandwich on Tuesday, reportedly in stable condition.

Patricia Dennin was ticketed for failure to stop at a stop intersection.  The DeKalb County Coroner and DeKalb County Sheriff’s offices are conducting an investigation.  An inquest is pending.

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Larry Seaney, 48, of Hinckley, died Saturday, August 28, 1993, at Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born October 25, 1944, at Richland Center, WI.

Mr. Seaney was employed at Fermi Lab.  He was a member of Local #113 I.B. of Machinist’s Aerospace Workers, in Bensenville, and was also a member of the N.R.A.

Survivors include his wife, Anne (Dissel) Seaney of Hinckley; two sons, Douglas E. Seaney of DeKalb and Josh Seaney of Hinckley; a daughter, Dawn Seaney of Arkansas; three stepdaughters, Loriann Koley of Aurora, Lee Rae Sowers of Earlville, and Nikki Koley of Rockford; four stepsons, Ronald Koley and Scott Koley, both of Phoenix, AZ, Patrick (Jan) Koley of Lebanon, MO, and Rick (Marie) Koley of St. Charles; two brothers, Ronald Seaney of Palestine, IL, and Richard Seaney of Aurora; several grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Austin and Sally (Herlitz) Seaney.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 4, at the Goodwine Funeral Home in Palestine, IL.  Visitation was on Wednesday at the Dieterle Memorial Home in Aurora.

  CC 9/9/1993

 

Marie Meyer Greiter     1993.08.33

Marie M. Greiter, 80, of Aurora, passed away Monday, August 30, 1993, at the Hillside Healthcare Center in Yorkville.  She was born December 11, 1912, in Brookhaven, MS.

Mrs. Greiter was a Certified Dental Assistant for many years, and was a Charter Member and Life Member of the Fox Valley Dental Assistants.  She was also a member of the St. Anne’s Society and the Silver Threads of Holy Angels Church, the Ladies of Columbus, the Ladies of the Moose, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW #468.

Survivors include a son, David F. Greiter of Yorkville; two daughters, Mary Fatten of Aurora, and Joyce (George) Schiltz of Cottage Grove, MN; fourteen grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Hazel Meyer of Marseilles; a brother-in-law, Leonard Rood of Sycamore, formerly of Hinckley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank L. Greiter in 1990; a great-grandson, Christopher Classen; by her parents, Joseph and Victorine (Parisot) Meyer; six brothers, Louis, Lawrence, Victor, Martin, Roy, and David Meyer; and two sisters, Luella Sherman and Marguerite Rood.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, September 2, at Holy Angels Church, Father Glenn Nelson officiating.  A wake service was held on Wednesday evening during visitation hours at Daleiden High Street Mortuary.  Interment was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.                        CC 9/9/1993

 

Elizabeth Faundl Cherry     1993.08.34

Elizabeth Cherry, 92, of Aurora, passed away Monday, August 30, 1993, at her home.  She was born July 16, 1901 in Aleallmer, Hungary.

She was a member of Annunciation Church.

Survivors include her husband, Lawrence Cherry, Sr., whom she married 74 years ago on May 11; two sons, Lawrence (Pauline) Cherry, Jr., of Hinckley, and Kenneth (Janice) Cherry of Oswego; five grandchildren, Lori (Dean) Parker of Hinckley, Michael Cherry of Earlville, Keith Cherry of Elgin and Kimberly Ann (Dan) Olson of DeKalb; Kris Ann Cherry of Oswego; her sister Marie in Germany and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Marie (Angel) Faundl.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, September 1, from the Dieterle Memorial Home to Annunciation Church, Father Dan Stempora officiating.  A liturgical wake service was conducted during visitation hours on Tuesday evening at the funeral home.  Burial was at Marywood Cemetery.  CC 9/9/1993

 

                   Minnie M. Berggren Weber     1993.09.03

Minnie M. Weber, age 90, of Sandwich, passed away on September 29, 1993, at Dogwood Healthcare Center, Sandwich.  She was born February 20, 1903, in Sheridan, IL, the daughter of Otto and Mary (Eagle) Berggren.

Minnie was united in marriage to Frank Weber on July 28, 1920, in Yorkville, IL.  She previously attended the United Church of Sandwich.  She retired from CTS Knights in Sandwich in 1968.

Survivors include her daughter, Arlene (Vinton) Vesta of Port Orange, FL; her son-in-law, Lyle Byro of Yorkville; a brother, Fredele Berggren of Sandwich; a sister, Margaret Rohrer of Sandwich; ten grandchildren, Gail Stack of Wappapello, MO, Sharon Wheeler of Plainfield, IL, Tim Byro of Las Vegas, NV, Bud Vesta of London, England, Michael Byro of Hinckley, Mary Cole of Somonauk, Chris Vesta of DeKalb, Paul Eichelberger of Sheridan, IL, Jeff Vesta of Spooner, WI, and Norm Vesta of Port Orange, FL; 23 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Frank on May 18, 1974; two daughters, Maxine Eggebrecht and Margie Byro; a sister, Hazel Rogers; a brother, Donald Berggren; two grandsons, Frank and Ed Byro; and two great-granddaughters, Rebeka and Rachel Eichelberger.

Funeral services were held on Saturday at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich, Pastor Jeff Vesta officiating.  Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.                   CC 10/7/1993

 

                                    Ace K. Clark     1993.09.04

Ace K. Clark, 93, of Hinckley, passed away on Thursday, September 9, 1993, at his home.  He was born January 25, 1900, in Hinckley, the son of John and Margaret (Campbell) Clark.  He was united in marriage to the former Alta Weber on January 23, 1926.

Mr. Clark was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church, the Men’s Club, a member of the Grandlodge Accepted Masons, having recently received his 70 year pin of membership.  He was a Hinckley Volunteer Fireman, having begun when he was 18 years old.

Mr. Clark was the manager or the Hinckley Grain Co. for 57 years.  He was an avid sports fan, as well as a participant, being well known as a member of area baseball teams, a competitive bowler and long-time golfer.

Survivors include his wife, Alta of Hinckley; two daughters, Gretchen Bastian of Hinckley and Nancy (Charles) Wright of Washington, IL; six grandchildren, Amie Carey of Hinckley; Greta (Bruce) Martin of Aurora, Keith (Lori) Bastian of Hinckley, Scott Bastian of Warrenville, David (Becky) Wright of Chicago, and Jill (Peter) Fazekas of Milford, CT; five great-grandchildren, Allison and Grant Carey, Sara and Max Martin and Kelsey Bastian; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, James, Archie, Maxwell, William, and Robert; five sisters, Margaret Biehl, Helen Ashton, Bessie Welton, Elizabeth Nehring, and Priscilla Nehring.

Funeral services were held on Monday, September 13, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, the Reverend Paul Gerardy officiating.  Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.  Pallbearers were Keith Bastian, Scott Bastian, David Wright, David Heeg, Gale Nehring, and Clark Nehring.  Honorary pallbearers were Charles Wright, Bruce Martin, and Peter Fazekas.

A Masonic service was held Sunday evening during visitation hours.

Memorials may be made to the Hinckley United Methodist Church.                                                CC 9/16/1993

 

                               Ernest A. Green     1993.09.05

Ernest A. Green, 95, of Dogwood Health Care Center in Sandwich, formerly of Aurora, passed away on September 15, 1993, at Sandwich Community Hospital in Sandwich.  He was born on August 6, 1898, in Braceville, IL, the son of John and Edith (Hewitt) Green.  He was united in marriage to the former Ilo McGrath.

Mr. Green sold cars in the Fox Valley area for many years, working for several dealerships in Aurora.  Upon retiring, he worked at Voss Motor Sales in Hinckley, until the age of 84.  Mr. Green was known for his friendliness and concern for others.  He served in the U.S. Army during WWI and WWII and was a member of the American Legion in Aurora.  Survivors include his son, John D. Green of Rockford and a sister, LaVelle Springer.

Funeral services were held on Friday, September 17, at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home in Plano, the Reverend Tom Kingery officiating.  Interment was at Hampshire Cemetery in Hampshire, IL.

Contributions may be made in Ernest Green’s memory to the Salvation Army in Aurora.                                   CC 9/23/1993

 

AnnaBelle Taggart Leifheit     1993.09.11

AnnaBelle Leifheit, 81, of Waterman, passed away on Friday, September 3, 1993, at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, IL.  She was born on July 24, 1912, in Stuttgart, AR, the daughter of Herschel and Bessie (Niewold) Taggert.  She was united in marriage to Paul Leifheit on November 24, 1928, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church parsonage.

Mrs. Leifheit had been a telephone operator for a number of years and was later employed by the Brody Coat Factory in DeKalb.  She then became active as an Avon lady, and enjoyed meeting with her friends and neighbors.  She was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Paul, of Waterman; three sons, Herschel (Donna) Leifheit of Waterman, Paul (Carolyn) Leifheit of DeKalb and William (Julie) Turley of Phoenix, AZ; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were held Sunday at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman, the Reverend Dawn Gotoh officiating.  Interment was private.                                CC 9/9/1993

 

Bernice L. Seifert Weaver     1993.09.12

Bernice L. Weaver, 82, of Aurora, formerly of Hinckley, passed away on Friday, September 3, 1993, as the result of a car accident.  She was born on November 15, 1910, in Hinckley, the daughter of Paul and Lillian (Stahl) Seifert.

She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Aurora.

Survivors include her husband, William J. Weaver, owner of Scott Wood and Metal Inc.; two daughters, Phyllis Gray of Aurora and Sharon Carlson of Oswego; two brothers, Russ Seifert and Blair Seifert, both of Avon Park, FL; eight grandchildren, Debbie Hurd, Tammy Parker, Karen Whitelock, Judy Dewig, Robert McIntosh, Robin McIntosh, Rori McIntosh and Julie Bejarono; eight great-grandchildren, Bridgett Whitelock, Brittany Whitelock, Vance Hurd, Cati McIntosh, Rebecca McIntosh, Megan McIntosh, Nicolas Bejarono, and Jeremy Bejarono; and locally by cousins Howard and Stanley Jandt and Norman Dienst, all of Hinckley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Willard Seifert; a sister, Ila Seifert; and a granddaughter, Sandra Muller.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Gustav Scheuneman and the Reverend Arnold R. Friedrich officiating.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Seventh Day Adventist Church building fund.                     CC 9/9/1993

 

Lillian N. Askelson Delano     1993.09.13

Lillian N. Delano of DeKalb died Tuesday, September 7, 1993, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born in Shabbona the daughter of Gus and Edna (Nori) Askelson.  She married Alden G. Delano in Sycamore in June 13, 1936.

Mrs. Delano was co-owner of Delano Home Decorating in DeKalb.

Survivors include her husband, Al; a son, Jon (Margaret) Delano; a daughter, Sandra (James) Kibble of DeKalb; five grandchildren, Abigael (Thomas) Riel of Menomonee Falls, WI, Cynthia Delano, Charles Delano and Scott and Geri Kibble, all of DeKalb; four sisters; and a brother.

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

Private family services will be held at a later date.  Interment of ashes will be at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.  Visitation will be Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.

A memorial fund has been established in care of the funeral home.                                          CC 9/9/1993

 

Joseph Schimpf     1993.09.14

Joseph Schimpf, 78, of Montgomery, died September 8, 1993, at his home.  He was born November 29, 1914, in the Ukraine.

Mr. Schimpf was employed at Seal Masters Mfg. Co. until his retirement.

He was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church.

Survivors include four sons, Joseph (Jackie) Schimpf of Widefield, CO, George Schimpf of Wayne, IL, John (Barbara) Schimpf-Roglin of Berlin, Germany, and Frank (Kathy) Schimpf of Oswego; two daughters, Rose (Edward) Wagner of Montgomery and Agatha (Richard) Shadle of Big Rock; two sisters, Eleanor (Leopold) Schlee of Peru, IL, and Rose Geier of Germany; twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Johann and Margaret (Boehme) Schimpf; his wife, Agatha Schimpf; two brothers, Michael and Jacob Schimpf; a sister, Emilia Romaker.

His family would like to say a special “thank you” to his daughter, Rose Wagner, and her husband, Edward, for all the care and compassion shown to Mr. Schimpf during his long illness.

Funeral services were held on Friday, September 10, from the Dieterle Memorial Home to St. Peters Church, Father Edwin Millen officiating.  Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  A liturgical wake service was conducted during visitation hours on Thursday evening.

Memorials may be made in his memory to the Visiting Nurses Association of the Fox Valley Hospice.     CC 9/16/1993

 

Joyce D. Kline Goedert     1993.09.15

Joyce D. Goedert, 66, of Aurora, died Monday, September 13, 1993, at Mercy Center Hospital.  She was born September 9, 1927, in Aurora.

Survivors include a daughter, Susan Goedert of Urbana, IL; two sisters, Evelyn (Kline) Misner of Elgin, IL, and Helen (Kline) Michelson of Ocala, FL; a special friend, Wayne Phillips of Hinckley; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and –nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald J. Goedert; her parents, Matthew and Grace Kline; a sister, Marian (Kline) Jensen; a brother, William, Kline, and another sister, Baby Jean Kline.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 17, 1993, at 10:30 a.m. at the Healy Chapel.  Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Visitation will be on Thursday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Healy Chapel.

For those who desire, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.                      CC 9/16/1993

 

Mary Catherine Begley Leifheit     1993.09.16

Mary Catherine Leifheit, 78, of Hinckley, passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 1993, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  She was born on May 31, 1915, in Springfield, KY, the daughter of Warren and Ola (Mayes) Begley.  She was united in marriage to Arnold Lewis Leifheit on November 11, 1933, in Chicago, IL.

Mrs. Leifheit was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, where she had served on the Altar Guild, belonged to the Mary Bible Study and the Ladies Aid.

She had worked various jobs through the years, the last being at Benson’s Manufacturing Co. in Aurora.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Arnold of Hinckley; two children, Gary (Judith) Leifheit of Marengo and Dianna Morgan of Houston, TX; five grandchildren, Douglas (Mary) Leifheit, Deborah (Gerald) Bonnell and Darlynn (Camron) Carter, all of Aurora, Denise (Randall) Hanka of Houston, TX, and Dennis (Sharin) Neukirch, Jr., of Spring, TX; eight great-grandchildren, Dale Arnold Leifheit, Peggy Sue Leifheit, Sarah Ashley Bonnell, Bryan Neukirch, Allan Hanka, Zachary Hanka, Nicholas Hanka and Crystal Neukirch; three sisters, Evelyn (Stanley) Mack of Hinckley, Caroline Weichlein of Ann Arbor, MI, and Della (Philip) Hodge of Spokane, WA; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Thomas Begley; two sisters, Rhoda Johnson and Ruby Nichols; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Begley and two brothers-in-law, Ralph Nichols and William Weichlein.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 11, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, Pastor Donald Balgeman officiating.  Interment was at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Hinckley.  Pallbearers were Fausten Leifheit, John Leifheit, Ryan Leifheit, Myron Nier, Jeff Nier, and Gene Leifheit.

Arrangements were completed by Nelson Funeral Homes.

  CC 9/16/1993

 

Bertha K. Schneider Hart     1993.09.17

Bertha K. Hart, 82, of DeKalb, formerly of the Shabbona area, died Tuesday, September 7, 1993, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born October 19, 1910, in Mendota, the daughter of August and Marguret (Jones) Schneider.  She married Stephen Hart on April 6, 1930, in West Brooklyn.

Mrs. Hart was a homemaker.  She owned and operated a number of restaurants in the Shabbona area.  She owned the Hart Student House on College Avenue in DeKalb for a number of years.

She lived in her home on Oak Drive for 10 years prior to residing at the Golden Years Plaza in DeKalb.

Mrs. Hart was a member of St. Mary Church in DeKalb and was formerly a member of St. James Church in Lee. She was a member of Catholic Daughters and several bridge clubs.

Survivors include three sons, Harold T. (Ann) Hart of Marysville, OH, Richard D. (Carol) Hart of Elgin and Michael C. (Ruth Ann) Hart of DeKalb; nine grandchildren, Brenda Houseman, Kathryn DeVries, Susan Maxwell, Brian, Richard, Rodney, Betsy, Andrew and Ryan Hart and five great-grandchildren, Christopher, Alaina, Jacklyn, Nicholas, and Matthew.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Joann M.; a grandson, Stephen; a sister; a half sister and two half brothers.

The Mass of the Resurrection was held Friday at St. Mary Church in DeKalb, the Reverend William H. Schwartz officiating.  Burial was at St. James Cemetery in Lee.

A Wake Service was held Thursday evening during visitation hours at Ronan-Moore Mortuary.                    CC 9/16/1993

 

Eli William Roderick     1993.09.18

Eli William Roderick died September 15, 1993, at University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, IA, an hour after birth.

He is survived by his parents, Bill and Lori Roderick; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ridlbauer of Rockford and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Roderick of Hinckley; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at the Augustana College Chapel in the near future.

Friends may write Eli’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Roderick, at P. O. Box 185, Riverside, IA 52327.  CC 9/231993

 

Robert G. Tullock     1993.09.19

Robert G. Tullock, 77, of Plano, formerly of Montgomery, passed away on Monday, September 13, 1993, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born on September 25, 1915, in Aurora.

Mr. Tullock was employed at All-Steel, Inc. until his retirement.  He retired in 1984 after 43 years of service.  He was a member of Quarter Century Club of All-Steel, Inc.

Survivors include his wife, Marian (Jones) Tullock of Plano; a son, William E. (Rosemarie) Tullock of Plano; two daughters, Mrs. Marilyn Cook of Evansville, IN, and Judith I. Tullock of Aurora; a sister, Mrs. Helen (Harold) Swenson of Big Rock; five grandsons, Randal Cook, Nicholas Linden, Dale and Steven Linden, William Ferguson; five granddaughters, Beth Langlois, Diane Ferguson, Adrianne, Victoria, and Mary Tullock; nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ada Tullock.

Graveside services were conducted on Saturday at Lincoln Memorial Park, the Reverend Lora Going officiating.

Memorials may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were completed by the Dieterle Memorial Home.                                        CC 9/23/1993

 

Kathryn Ivy Hart     1993.09.20

Kathryn Ivy Hart, 102, of DeKalb, formerly of Aurora, died Thursday, September 16, 1993, at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

She was born June 2, 1891, in Milan Township, the daughter of Stephen and Catherine (Woods) Hart.

She owned her own beauty shop in Aurora until retiring at 88.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora and St. Mary Church in DeKalb.

Survivors include a niece, Madeline Murphy of Willits, CA; two nephews, Robert McNicholas of Palace Hills, IL, and Thomas McNicholas of Laguna Niguel, CA; a cousin, Dr. Eugene Klemm of DeKalb; and two nieces by marriage, Rosemary and Elizabeth (Betty) Gallagher.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, six sisters; a cousin, Helen Klemm; and two nephews, Robert (Buck) Gallagher and Edward Gallagher.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at St. Mary Church in DeKalb, the Reverend William H. Schwartz officiating.  Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Aurora.  There was no visitation.

Arrangements were completed by Ronan-Moore Mortuary.

  CC 9/23/1993

 

Helen Miller Simon     1993.09.21

Helen (Miller) Simon, 89, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, September 16, 1993, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born December 7, 1903, in Big Rock, the daughter of Martin and Ulrika (Jandt) Miller.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where she was active in Young at Hearts, Ladies Aide Quilting and Golden Group of St. Paul’s.

Survivors include a daughter, Lorraine Simon of Aurora; three nieces; two nephews and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; her mother, Ulrika (Jandt) Miller Fransen; her father, Alfred Fransen; three sisters, Elsie Sarabia, Alma Garman and Lena Speidel; two brothers, Fred Miller and Bernhardt Miller; and a stepbrother, LaVerne Fransen.

Funeral services were held on Monday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the Reverend John Fair officiating.  Interment was at St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Memorials in Mrs. Simon’s memory may be made to St. Paul’s Sanctuary staff or the American Heart Association.

Arrangements were completed by the Healy Chapel.

  CC 9/23/1993

 

  1. Wilbur Johnson 1993.09.22
  2. Wilbur Johnson, 79, of Waterman, died Saturday, September 18, 1993, at Sandwich Community Hospital in Sandwich.

He was born January 30, 1914, in Waterman, the son of P. Alfred and Jenny (Nelson) Larson Johnson.  He married Hazel M. Simmons on January 31, 1940, in Davenport, IA.

Mr. Johnson was a farmer most of his life.  He began working for Bish Excavating in 1965, continuing until his retirement.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Hazel of Waterman; a son, Richard Johnson of Pinellas Park, FL; a daughter, Judy Kaye (Henry) Mulder of Virginia Beach, VA; three grandchildren, Dawn, Doug, and Deena Lahey; a brother, Glenn “Bud” Johnson of Shabbona.

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

Private graveside services will be held Thursday, September 23, at Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in DeKalb, the Reverend Mark Tammen officiating.  Visitation was scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman.                     CC 9/23/1993

 

Susan I. Prestegaard     1993.09.23

Susan I. Prestegaard, 41, of rural Lee, died Wednesday, September 22, 1993, at Methodist Hospital in Chicago.

She was born November 5, 1951, in DeKalb, the daughter of Lewis A. and Lorraine (Kittleson) Prestegaard.

She was a graduate of Kishwaukee College and Northern Illinois University and was doing graduate studies at NIU.

She had formerly worked as a secretary at NIU in the department of economic education and environmental studies until she was forced to retire due to health reasons.  She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa at Kishwaukee College and a lifelong member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee.

Survivors include her parents of rural Lee; a sister, Carol (James) Cutsinger of Aiken, SC; two nieces, Leah and Kellyn Cutsinger, and a nephew, Trevor Cutsinger, all of Aiken; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by maternal and paternal grandparents.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee, the Reverend Donald Myhres officiating.  Burial was at Union Cemetery in rural Lee.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.

A memorial fund has been established in the name of Susan I. Prestegaard in care of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Lee.

  CC 9/30/1993

 

Beatrice Jane Kirkpatrick Cooper     1993.09.24

Beatrice Jane Cooper, age 67, of Roswell, NM, formerly of Waterman, passed away on Saturday, September 25, 1993, in Roswell, NM.

She was born June 30, 1926, in Waterman, the daughter of Clayton and Mable (Swift) Kirkpatrick.  She was united in marriage to C. Ray Cooper on October 18, 1957, in Longview, TX.

Mrs. Cooper was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church; the Community Christian Church in Boulder, CO; the Assistance League in Chaves County, NM; as well as the Roswell Newcomers Club.  Prior to retirement, she was employed as a bookkeeper for optical businesses in Boulder, CO.

Survivors include her husband, C. Ray Cooper of Roswell; a daughter, Molly K. Cooper, also of Roswell; a brother, Clayton (Thelma) Kirkpatrick of Glen Ellyn; a sister, Doris Ellen (Lawrence) Wells of Las Cruces, NM; a well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A graveside service will be held at noon Friday, October 1, at the North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman, the Reverend Dawn Gotoh officiating.  There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements were completed by Nelson Funeral Homes.

  CC 9/30/1993

 

 

Louis Semeraro     1993.09.25

Louis “Mike” Semeraro, 32, of Sugar Grove, died early Saturday morning, September 25, 1993.  He was taken to Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora, following an auto accident in which he sustained injuries that took his life in an instant.  He was born September 5, 1961, in Detroit, MI, the son of Bart D. and Marceline E. (Cooley) Semeraro.

Six months later the family moved to California where they made their home until 1968-69 when they settled in Flossmoor, IL.  In 1973, they moved to Big Rock where Louis graduated with the high school class of 1979.

He began work in Chicago at TempTech Industries where he was employed until 1989.  He then began driving trucks for Siebert Trucking of Kaneville and in 1992 he began working on his own as a siding subcontractor with his good friend, Gary Still of Still Siding Service, Sugar Grove.

In 1981 he met Selena Strong and on April 30, 1983, they were united in marriage.  They made their home in Worth, IL, for several years before moving to the present family home in 1987.

Louis began playing the guitar at a young age.  As was typical of his self-confident, strong-willed nature, he quickly outgrew lessons and in his teens, formed his own group, “The Battle Axe”.  Currently, he was joined by his two longtime friends, Dan Ryan of Big Rock and Kevin Phillips of Sandwich and, more recently, Joel Emery of Lockport.  Naturally talented in music and art, Louis enjoyed singing with his daughters.  A year ago, when he and Selena joined a small group attempting to start a church, one of the children’s favorite songs became Amazing Grace.

In addition to his wife, Selena of Sugar Grove, he is survived by two daughters, Jessica, age 9, and Brittney, age 7; his parents, Bart and Marcie Semeraro of Big Rock; two sisters, Suzanne (Wally) Knighton of Elmhurst, IL, and Brigida Lee (Glen) Acksel of Big Rock; a brother, Bart David (Barbara) Semeraro of Oak Ridge, TN; his parents-in-law, Sam and Jane Strong of Smyrna, TN; his paternal mother, Beatrice Cunningham of Palm Beach, FL, and his maternal grandmother, LouAnn Cunningham of Indianapolis, IN; several nieces, nephews, and many good friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Louis Semeraro, and his maternal grandfather, Robert F. Grant.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning from the Conley Funeral Home, Elburn, Father Gerald Kobbeman of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Aurora officiating.  Cremation followed.  A liturgical wake service was recited Monday evening during visitation hours at the funeral home.

A family memorial in his name is being established at the Sugar Grove Bank.                                 CC 9/30/1993

 

Clement Warren Vickery     1993.09.26

Clement “Clem” Warren Vickery, 78, of Big Rock, passed away Thursday, September 30, 1993, at Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Aurora.  He was born on January 6, 1915, in Kendall County, IL, the son of Bert K. and Josephine (Bennett) Vickery.

He was united in marriage to the former Alice Hopkins, on February 14, 1936, in Kendall County, and they then spent the next 57 years of their lives together.

Mr. Vickery was a member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock.  He spent most of his life farming in the Big Rock-Sandwich area.  Upon his retirement, he was employed for several years by the Hinckley-Big Rock Grain Company.  He was a member of the Kane County Farm Bureau, a past member of the Big Rock Lions Club, and a member of the Waterman Lodge #728 A.F.&A.M.  He will long be remembered by his friends and family for many things, among them his wonderful sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife, Alice of Big Rock; three children, Warren (Patricia) Vickery of Eugene, OR, Lareen (Robert) Kegel, of Albuquerque, NM, and Bert (Sharon) Vickery of Plano; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Homer.

Funeral services were held on Sunday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, the Reverend Kurt Simon officiating.  Interment was at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.  Pallbearers were Wayne Florence, Robert Gavin, Russell Vickery, Dennis Vickery, John Kegel and Robert Kegel.

A Masonic service was held on Saturday evening following visitation hours at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the English Congregational United Church of Christ, Big Rock.                   CC 10/7/1993

 

Terry L. Leffelman     1993.09.27

Terry L. Leffelman, 34, of Sycamore, died Thursday, September 30, 1993, at his home, after a brave battle with cancer.  He was born November 6, 1958, in Dixon, IL.

He married Cynthia Johnson on January 21, 1978, in Maple Park.

Terry was a graduate of Kaneland High School class of 1976, and also graduated from Kishwaukee College in 1992 with an Applied Science Degree.

He was a Facilities Manager of DeKalb Genetics Corporation for 16 years.

Terry belonged to the Church of St. Mary’s in Sycamore and the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce.  He was a 4-H leader, coached soccer and baseball in Sycamore for many years, and was president of the Sycamore Wrestling Club.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy of Sycamore; a son, Adam Leffelman at home; two daughters, Teri Ann and Carly Leffelman, both at home; his parents, Norbert and Rita (Harrison) Leffelman of Maple Park; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Donald and Lydia Johnson, both of Sycamore; seven brothers, Jeffrey (Connie) Leffelman of Centreville, MD, Joseph (Sherrie) Leffelman of Sandwich; Thomas (Donna) Leffelman of Big Rock; Eric (Joni) Leffelman of Maple Park, Stanley (Leanne) Leffelman of DeKalb, Stephen (Cindy) Leffelman of Sycamore, Ross Leffelman of DeKalb; three sisters, Cynthia (Tim) Haug of Cherry Valley, Kimberley (Todd) Dobbins of Scottsdale, AZ, and Amy Leffelman of Elgin; a brother-in-law, Mark (Sherry) Johnson of Sycamore; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Funeral Mass was said at the Church of St. Mary’s in Sycamore on Saturday, Father Frank J. Timar officiating.  Interment was in Ohio Grove Cemetery.  A wake service was held Friday evening during visitation hours at the Butala-VanNatta Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to his children, c/o Butala-VanNatta Funeral Home in Sycamore.                             CC 10/7/1993

 

                         Gladys M. Olson Abens     1993.10.05

Gladys M. “Olson” Abens, 89, of Sandwich, passed away on Tuesday, October 26, 1993, at the Tiller’s Nursing Home in Oswego.  She was born on October 15, 1904, in Kendall County, IL, the daughter of Peter and Carrie (Larson) Olson.

She was united in marriage to LaVerne J. Abens, Sr. on October 19, 1927, in Aurora.  Mrs. Abens resided in the Fox Valley area her entire life.

Survivors include six daughters, Mrs. George (Irene) Thomas of Sandwich, Mrs. Dennis (Jean) Sorensen of Yorkville, Mrs. Richard (Dorothy) Shermer of Sandwich, Mrs. Jim (Karen) Leasure of Hinckley, Ms. Nancy Abens of Denver, CO, Mrs. Roger (Judy) Bark of Sandwich; six sons, LaVern “Pete” (Marlene) Abens, Jr. of Sandwich, Richard (Nancy) Abens of Phoenix, AZ, Arnold (Gladys) Abens of Aurora, Bill (Janice) Abens of Sandwich, John “Bud” (Anita) Abens of Sandwich, and George (Nancy) Abens of Earlville; a sister, Ethel Murst of Bristol, IL; a sister-in-law, Genevieve Hartman of Aurora; 38 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on October 29, 1981; two sisters, Francis Kimmey and Agnes Niles and a sister-in-law, Verdell Schmitt.

Funeral services were held Friday at Burkhart Funeral Home in Sandwich, the Reverend John William Davis officiating.  Burial was at Little Rock Township Cemetery, Plano. Mrs. Abens’ grandsons served as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to Fox Valley Older Adult Services, 1406 Suydam Road, Sandwich, IL 60548, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.                                    CC 11/4/1993

 

Howard Lee Hutson     1993.10.10

Howard Lee Hutson, 8, Route 1, Hazel, KY, died Friday, October 1, 1993, at 9:55 p.m. at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, KY, due to injuries sustained in a three-wheeler accident at Hazel.

He was born July 9, 1985, at Effingham, IL, the son of Howard Andrew and Christel Ann (Pocrnich) Hutson.

Survivors include his parents of Route 1, Hazel, KY; a sister, Jamie, three brothers, Andy Lee, Tony, and Jake, all at home; a half sister, Maria Wakefield of Shumway, IL; his paternal grandparents, Mary Hutson of Waterman and Dorsey B. Hutson of Kinmundy, IL; his maternal grandparents, Mark and Irene Pocrnich of Altamont, IL; and his great-grandfather, Ralph Loy of Effingham, IL

Services for Howard were held on Sunday, October 3, in the chapel at McEvoy Funeral Home, Paris, TN.  Burial rites took place Tuesday, October 5, at St. Clair Cemetery, Altamont, IL.

  CC 10/14/1993

 

Holger V. Nielsen     1993.10.11

Holger V. Nielsen, 85, formerly of Lombard, passed away on Thursday, October 7, 1993, at the Danish Home in Chicago.  He was born on April 10, 1908, in Lemvig, Denmark, the son of Rasmus and Marie (Iversen) Nielsen.

On September 5,1942, Mr. Nielsen was united in marriage to Christine J. Larsen in Little Rock, AR.  He came to this country as a young man and was very proud of his American Citizenship.  He served his country through the U.S. Army in the Medical Corps and later earned the rank of Corporal and then was deserving of an honorable discharge.  He was very active in his V.F.W. Post #2801 in Villa Park and was honored with a life membership.  He belonged to the AF/AM Lombard Lodge #1098.  Before his retirement, he was employed as Chief Electrician at the Hines V.A. Hospital in Maywood.

Survivors include two daughters, Audrey Ann (Larry) Hoffman of Hinckley and Betty Marie (Jim) Landmeier of Upland, CA; a son, Don Christ (Debbie) Nielsen of Oswego; 12 grandchildren, Kristi, Kimberly, Lisa, and Kevin Hoffman; Jodi (Rich) Sawyer, Kali, Betsy, Molly, Raena, and Brigham Landmeier, and Jim and Jamie Nielsen; a sister, Helga (Svend) Sorensen of Chicago; several nieces and nephews here, as well as in Denmark.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Cremation has taken place.  CC 10/14/1993

 

Laverne E. Flewellin     1993.10.12

Laverne E. “Flutie” Flewellin, 66, died Wednesday, October 6, 1993, at his home in Shabbona.

He was born October 4, 1927, in Waterman, the son of Robert and Mary Flewellin.  He married Roberta Peterson on March 3, 1956.

Mr. Flewellin was a farmer in the Shabbona area all his life.  He was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, Shabbona American Legion, and the Livestock Feeders Association.  He was a veteran of the Korean War and a recipient of the Bronze Star.

Survivors include his mother; his wife; three daughters, Kimberly (Jerry) Richardson, Kris (Bill) O’Donnell and Kenlyn (Brian) Bialas; three sisters, Roberta (Harry) Garrett of Michigan, Doris (Bill) Sabin of Waterman, and Della Mae (Ron) North of Florida; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Sunday at the United Church of Christ, the Reverend Evelyn Dickerson officiating.  There was no visitation.

Arrangements were completed by the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.

A memorial fund has been established in memory of Laverne “Flutie” Flewellin in care of the Jacobson Funeral Home.

  CC 10/14/1993

 

  1. Helen Majors Stein 1993.10.13
  2. Helen Stein, age 90, of Rochelle, formerly of Hinckley, passed away Thursday, October 7, 1993, at the Rochelle Hospital, Rochelle. She was born March 9, 1903, in Mt. Carmel County, IL, the daughter of Enoch and Mary (Greathouse) Majors.

She was united in marriage to Oscar Stein on November 22, 1922, in Mendota, IL.

Mrs. Stein was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley and a member of its Ladies Aid.  She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her three daughters, Mary L. (Donald) Nehring of Hinckley, Faye (Chadwick) Werts of Genoa and Fern (Paul Jr.) Keenan, of Richland Center, WI; sixteen grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1981; a daughter Pearlie in 1975; a grandson in 1975; 2 brothers; and 2 sisters.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 9, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, the Reverend Wayne Kirk officiating.  Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Organist for the service was Dolores Wilkening.  Pallbearers were Dennis, Stan, Tom, Randy, and Gene Nehring; Dave Werts; Dale Klotz; and Paul Keenan.     CC 10/21/1993

 

Nellie G. Mander Berg     1993.10.14

Nellie G. Berg, 95, of Shabbona died Thursday, October 14, 1993, at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Mendota.

She was born April 26, 1898, the daughter of Albert and Margaret (King) Mander.  She married Joseph Berg January 28, 1928, in Plano.  Mrs. Berg, along with her husband, farmed land in the Shabbona area, as well as land that is now the Shabbona Lake State Park.  She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventists Church in Ottawa.

Survivors include her two daughters, Juanita (Richard) Schuleman of Compton and Marcella (Ancil) Bayless of Keene, TX; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Frances Lawrence; and an infant brother.

Graveside services were held Monday at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.

Arrangements were completed by the Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.                                       CC 10/21/1993

 

Lloyd Arnold Wunsch     1993.10.15

Dr. Lloyd Arnold Wunsch, 83, of Montgomery, formerly of Yorkville, passed away on Wednesday, October 13 1993, at McAuley Manor in Aurora.  He was born on July 16 1910, in Saunemin, IL, the son of Charles and Emma (Friesleben) Wunsch.

He was united in marriage to Helen Schumacher, formerly of Hinckley, on January 24, 1946, at the Bethany Evangelical United Brethren Church in Aurora.

Dr. Wunsch was a member of the Bethany of Fox Valley United Methodist Church of Aurora.  He was a graduate of North Central College in Naperville having received his medical degree from the University of Illinois Medical School.  He was a member of the American Medical Association and the Illinois Medical Society, as well as the Kane County Medical Society.  Dr. Wunsch was a past member of the Yorkville Lions Club, a charter member of the Kendall County Historical Society, and had served for several years as a member of the Yorkville School Board.  He was a former director of the Yorkville National Bank.

Dr. Wunsch was proud to have served as a doctor with the U.S. Navy during WWII in the Atlantic Theatre.

Survivors include his wife Helen of Montgomery; three children, William L. Wunsch of Pasadena, CA, Robert A. (Deborah) Wunsch of Oswego, and Cheryl (Rick) Brant of Sandwich; and four grandchildren, Joan D. Wunsch of Aurora, Eric, Jill, and Stacey Brant, all of Sandwich.  He will be missed by many close friends and professional colleagues.

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

A memorial service was held on Sunday, October 17, at the Bethany of Fox Valley United Methodist Church in Aurora, the Reverend Thomas E. Babler officiating.  Private interment has taken place at the Lincoln Memorial Park in Aurora.

Memorials may be made to the Bethany of Fox Valley United Methodist Church or to Mercy Center Hospital.

Arrangements were completed by Nelson Funeral Homes.

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Elnora Frances Pearce Burks     1993.10.16

Elnora Frances Burks, 83, of Aurora, formerly of Yorkville, passed away on Sunday, October 17, 1993, at the home of her daughter, Nancy, in Aurora.  She was born on December 30, 1909, in Yorkville, the daughter of Gerald and Hazel (Goudie) Pearce.

During 1931, Elnora was united in marriage to William R. Burks in Chicago.

Mrs. Burks was a homemaker and the loving mother of 12 children.  She was associated with the Yorkville United Methodist Church in Yorkville.

Survivors include 11 children, Jerry (Audrey) Burks of Aurora, John (Donna) Burks of Osseo, WI, Hazel (Daniel) Smith of Oswego, Helen (Percy) Markham of Aurora, Nancy (Tom) Schuler of Aurora, Jim (Judy) Burks of Hinckley, Bill (Carol) Burks of Batavia, Don (Judie) Burks of Yorkville, Marge (Richard) Zeiter of Yorkville, Elnora (Ken) Schuler of Aurora, and Bob (Janice) Burks of Waterman; 38 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; a half brother, Jim Pearce of Yorkville and a half sister, Kathleen Schrader of Indiana; as well as a niece, Ann Maynard of Rhode Island

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Barbara, in 1963; and her stepmother, Tillie Pearce.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 20, at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 410 E. Countryside Parkway in Yorkville, the Reverend Susan Wessels officiating.  Interment was at the Pearce Cemetery, Oswego.

Memorials may be made to the Yorkville United Methodist Church.                         CC 10/21/1993

 

Blake Edward Leffelman     1993.10.17

Blake Edward Leffelman was born early Sunday morning, October 10, 1993, at Rockford Memorial Hospital, the son of Stanley and LeAnne (Edwards) Leffelman.

He was a son who was loved and hoped for, prayed and planned for, but he arrived unexpectedly, four months early.  Though he weighed just two pounds, he was blessed with a most determined will to survive.  Together with his parents, their families, and his medical team, Blake fought bravely with an immature heart valve that was not ready for this world.  For four days, six hours, and thirty minutes, he illuminated the lives of everyone who knew him, but early Thursday morning, October 14, 1993, his weary body came to rest, releasing to heaven the valiant spirit that had shone so brightly for such a short time.

He is survived by his parents, Stanley and LeAnne Leffelman of DeKalb; his maternal grandparents, Verle “Whitey” and Dorothy Edwards, and his paternal grandparents, Norbert and Rita Leffelman, both of Maple Park; many aunts, uncles, and cousins and a family of good friends who shared in the joy of his birth as well as the sorrow of his death.

Blake joins now his uncle, Terry Leffelman, who passed away September 30, 1993; his maternal great-grandparents, Clarence and Marvella Edwards, and paternal great-grandparents, Catherine and Cecil Harrison, Arthur and Clara Leffelman, who preceded him in death.

His funeral service was held Saturday, October 16, from Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.  Father Richard Paddock of St. Gall Church, Elburn, officiated and interment followed at Ohio Grove Cemetery, Maple Park.                     CC 10/21/1993

 

Gail Rood Lee     1993.10.18

Gail (Rood) Lee, 37, of Port Richey, FL, formerly of Genoa, died Saturday, October 16, 1993, at her home.

She was born May 6, 1956, the daughter of David R. and Barbara L (Faltz) Rood.  She married Michael Lee on April 12, 1978, in Genoa.

She graduated from Genoa-Kingston High School in 1974, and from the Waubonsee College of Nursing.  She was employed as a registered nurse at the Riverside Hospital in Port Richey, FL, for many years.

Survivors include her husband; two sons Kurt and Kyle Lee of Port Richey; her parents; her paternal grandfather Leonard Rood of Sycamore; her maternal grandparents Ray and Catherine Faltz of Somonauk; a brother Robert (Ann) Rood of Kingston; three sisters Mary Saur of DeKalb, Beth (Robert) Fowler of Genoa, Becky Rood of Chicago, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother Gary R. Rood and her paternal grandmother Marguerite Rood.

Visitation will be held Sunday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Slater-Butala Funeral Home in Genoa, with a Christian wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Graveside service will be held on Monday, October 25, at 10 a.m. at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Genoa with the Reverend Harold Nilges officiating. 

A memorial fund has been established for the children of Gail (Rood) Lee in care of the Slater-Butala Funeral Home.

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LeRoy D. Garbelman     1993.10.19

LeRoy D. Garbelman, age 78, of North Aurora, passed away Saturday, October 23, 1993, at the Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.  He was born on May 25, 1915, in Hinckley, the son of David and Margaret (Strausberger) Garbelman.

He was united in marriage to Barbara M. Wilmes on October 8, 1938, in Aurora, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Lee resided in North Aurora for the past 34 years.  He worked at R & M Kaufmann for many years until his retirement.  He was a member of the Aurora Moose Lodge #400.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Barbara M. Garbelman; a brother, Martin Garbelman of DeKalb; a niece, Peggy Kousoulas of Sycamore, two nephews, Paul Garbelman of Yorkville and David Garbelman of Edmond, OK.

Private graveside services were held at River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia, the Very Reverend Edward S. Wright officiating.  According to Mr. Garbelman’s request, there was no visitation.

Arrangements were completed by the Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home, Batavia.                                 CC 10/28/1993

 

Matyas Holczer     1993.10.20

Matyas Holczer, 73, of Hinckley, passed away on Wednesday, October 20, 1993, at Sandwich Community Hospital in Sandwich.  He was born on September 20, 1920, in Bia, Hungary, the son of Matyas and Rosalia (Holczer) Holczer.

He was united in marriage to the former Ursula Lippmann on October 25, 1947.

Mr. Holczer was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.  He had been employed as a tool and die maker in the Aurora area for over 40 years.

Survivors include his wife, Ursula of Hinckley; six children, Veronika (Dale) Ferguson of Montgomery, Rudi Holczer of Cottage Grove, MN, Ursula (Randy) Goldman of Somonauk, Erika (Stephen) Royal of Woodridge, Gisela (Richard) Rohman of Naperville, and Rita (Michael) Rogers of Annapolis, MD; as well as eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Funeral services were held on Saturday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, the Reverend Donald Balgeman officiating.  Interment was at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Hinckley.

Pallbearers were Rick Rohman, Dale Ferguson, Rudi Holczer, Erik Goldman, Randy Goldman, and Matt Rohman.

Arrangements were completed by Nelson Funeral Homes.

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Alice Wheeler Fargusson     1993.10.21

Mrs. Ralph (Alice) Fargusson of Aurora died at the home of her sister-in-law in Austin, MN, on Sunday, October 17, 1993.  She was born in Aurora, the daughter of Daniel and Mabel Wheeler.

She was a graduate of Big Rock High School and the Chicago School of Cosmetology.  Alice was united in marriage to Ralph M. Fargusson on November 24, 1948, in the Chapel at Fort Sill, OK.  Mr. Fargusson is retired from the U.S. Army, and they resided in Oklahoma, Colorado, Germany and Wisconsin.  After retiring in Oklahoma, the Fargussons returned to Aurora in 1962.  Mrs. Fargusson was a member of the Women of the Moose.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph of Aurora; a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Marsh Fargusson of The Colony, TX; her granddaughters, Ashley and Nyssa; a grandson Bryce; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Marion Johnston of Aurora, Lois Cole of Manchester, IA, Evelyn Brownlow of Rochester, MN, Virginia and Donald Dutcher of Austin, MN, Earl and Jeana Fargusson of Baudette, MN, Elizabeth and Ralph Maxwell of Richville, MN, Harriet and Donald Oldenburg of Austin, MN, and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her brother, David Johnston.

Funeral services were held on Friday at the Dieterle Memorial Home, the Reverend Clara Thompson officiating.  Burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park.            CC 10/28/1993

 

Louis G. Faivre Sr.       1993.10.22

Louis G. Faivre Sr., 71, of DeKalb, died Wednesday, October 20, 1993, at his home.

He was born January 25, 1922, in Maytown, the son of Joseph A. and Mary Ann (Montavon) Faivre.  He married Mary LaVerne Herrmann on April 15, 1944, in DeKalb.

He was a lifetime farmer in the DeKalb area and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb.  He was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, DeKalb County Corn Growers Association, and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Prime Timers where he served on the planning committee.

Survivors include his wife; seven sons, Lou (Cathy) Faivre of Malta, Jim (Diane) Faivre of Amherst, WI, Tom (Joni) Faivre of DeKalb, Doug (Debbie) Faivre of Malta, Matt (Pam) Faivre of Shabbona, Vince (Jerilyn) Faivre of DeKalb, Aaron (Diane Faivre of Galesburg; six daughters, Dianne (Bernard) Engh of DeKalb, Irene (Joe Hary) Faivre of San Jose, CA, Peggy Knight of Sycamore, Donna (Tom) Roberts of Hoquiam, WA, Becky (Casey) Mascal of DeKalb, Barb (Larry) Schultz of DeKalb; 32 grandchildren; three brothers, Joseph (Joyce) Faivre of DeKalb, Charles (Geri) Faivre of DeKalb, Donald (Arlene) Faivre of DeKalb; four sisters Lucille Walter of DeKalb, Madeline Steimel of DeKalb, Eileen (Carl) Heinisch of DeKalb, Rita (Robert) Brown of DeKalb; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Mary Agnes Gavin.

Funeral Mass was said on Saturday, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb, the Reverend William Schwartz officiating.  Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery, DeKalb.

A memorial fund has been established for Louis G Faivre Sr. in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.         CC 10/28/1993

 

Darwin G. Tupy     1993.10.23

Darwin G. Tupy, 86, of Waterman, died Sunday, October 31, 1993, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital. 

He was born October 20, 1907, in Chicago, the son of Laddusolf and Otteli (Pakoney) Tupy.  He married Mildred Schneberger September 6, 1930, in LaGrange.

Mr. Tupy was a graduate of the American College in Chicago where he majored in physical education.  He taught school in Chicago and later was a commercial salesman.  He then farmed for about 40 years in the Waterman area.

Survivors include two sons, Todd N. Tupy of Waterman and Claude W. (Janis) Tupy of DeKalb; and four granddaughters, Kathryn, Emily, Sarah, and Mary.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; a brother, Leslie Tupy; and a sister, Irene Tupy.

Private family services were held Wednesday at 7 p.m., Reverend Paul White of St. Mary’s Catholic Church officiating.  Cremation was scheduled to take place.

Arrangements were completed by the Anderson Funeral Home.

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Loula Mae Herold Mullis     1993.10.24

Loula Mae Mullis, age 94, of Shabbona, passed away Tuesday, October 26, 1993, at Shabbona Health Care Center.  She was born April 10, 1899, in Hinckley, the daughter of Leo and Minnie (Weddige) Herold.

Loula was united in marriage to Orville Mullis.  She was a homemaker and lived in the DeKalb County area (Hinckley, Sycamore, and Sandwich) her entire life.

Mrs. Mullis was a member of St. Pauls United Church of Christ in Hinckley.

Survivors include three children, Mertis Imfeld of Dixon, Marjorie Carls of Shabbona, and Larry Mullis of Sandwich; fourteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; a brother, Glen (Katie) Herold of Aurora; two sisters, Mable Morgan and Grace Graves, both of Aurora; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three daughters, Naomi Franklin, Bernadine Michael, and Nancy Weismiller; a brother, Roy Herold; three sisters, Elsie Schoner, Dorothy Herold, Evelyn Herold; and a great-granddaughter, Sarah Kaus.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 28, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.  Mrs. Mullis’ grandsons served as pallbearers.  There was no visitation.                   CC 11/4/1993

 

Reba McAllister Hipple     1993.10.25

Reba M. Hipple, 86, formerly of Waterman, died Tuesday, October 26, 1993, at Oak Crest Retirement Center in DeKalb.

Arrangements are being completed by the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.

A complete obituary will appear next week.  CC 10/28/1993

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Reba M. Hipple, 86, of Waterman, died Tuesday, October 26, 1993, at Oak Crest Retirement Center.

She was born December 29, 1906, in Waterman, the daughter of Ward and Mary (Reid) McAllister.  She married Fraser J. Hipple September 25, 1930, in rural Somonauk.

She attended Monmouth College and Northern Illinois State Teachers College and taught school in Clinton Township.  She was also a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and held various offices in the United Methodist Women’s Group.  She was a 50-year member of Eastern Star Chapter 648.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas (Barbara) Hipple of Moscow, ID, and James (Loretta) Hipple of Sycamore; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Edna Rasmusen Giles of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, Russell, Donald, and Dr. Ralph McAllister; and a sister Ella Whitford.

Funeral services were held Friday at the Oak Crest Retirement Center Chapel, the Reverend Dawn Gotoh of the Waterman United Methodist Church and Senior Seminarian Judy Hipple Howard officiating.  Private family entombment services were held at North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.

Arrangements were completed by Anderson Funeral Home.

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Charles R. Dellenback     1993.10.26

Charles R. Dellenback, formerly of Hinckley, died Tuesday, October 26, 1993, at his home in Midland, TX.

Visitation will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 28, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 North Maple Street, Hinckley.  Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Other arrangements are pending at the Nash-Nelson Funeral Home.  A complete obituary will appear next week.

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Charles R. Dellenback, age 63, of Midland, TX, formerly of Hinckley, passed away, Tuesday, October 26, 1993, at his home.  He was born August 5, 1930, in Aurora, IL, the son of Ervin and LaVon (Rickert) Dellenback.

Mr. Dellenback grew up in Hinckley.  He attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1952 and a Master of Science in Geology in 1953.  He married Gloria Czerniak on November 27, 1953.  She preceded him in death in May of 1984.  Mr. Dellenback worked for Carter Oil Company in 1953.  He served in the U.S. Army in Alaska and Panama before being honorably discharged from the Army Reserves in March of 1962.  He continued his career with Carter Oil Company as it became Humble Oil, then Exxon.  He worked in Carmi, IL; Pittsburgh; New Orleans; and finally was transferred to Midland, TX, in 1968.  After serving as Division Geologic Manager, he retired in August of 1986 after more than 32 years of service.  He married the former Priscilla Patton on March 4, 1985.

Survivors include his wife, Priscilla, of Midland, TX; three children, Paul A. Dellenback of Laramie, WY, Steven W. Dellenback of San Antonio, TX, and Susan Lynn Dellenback of Midland, TX; a brother, James E. Dellenback of Sandwich, and a sister, Dr. Barbara K. Dellenback of St. Charles; four granddaughters; and three nieces.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 29, at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley, the Reverend Paul Gerardy officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, TX, 79702, or to the American Cancer Society.                                    CC 11/4/1993

1993.11.05

Mary Louise Russell Dannewitz Kuppler Hartshorn

Mary Louise Kuppler Hartshorn, 79, of North Aurora, formerly of Somonauk, passed away on Sunday, November 14, 1993, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  She was born June 23, 1914, in Camp Grove, IL, the daughter of Charles and Ella Mae (Hastings) Russell.

She married Howard Kuppler on July 2, 1930.  Howard Kuppler, the father of her children, passed away in 1957.  She then married Harry Dannewitz on February 9, 1958.  Mr. Dannewitz passed away in 1970.  She married George Hartshorn who passed away in 1984.

Mrs. Hartshorn was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Somonauk and the Comanche Flying Club of Springfield, IL.  She enjoyed sewing, ceramics, china painting, porcelain dolls, flowers gardening, and she baked and decorated wedding cakes.

Survivors include her children, Virginia (Stan) Magnuson of Somonauk, Margaret “Peg” (William) McAllister of Carlinville, IL, Barbara (Ivan) Lawson of DeKalb, Bill (Nancy) Kuppler of Hinckley, Phyllis (Gerald) Schlim of Wheaton, Joyce (Allen) Kaufman of Somonauk, Katie (Don) Tellefson of Leland, Charlotte Kuppler of Geneva, Jack (Kathy) Kuppler of Sandwich; 29 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; her daughter-in-law, Marilyn Kuppler of Quincy, IL; a brother, the Reverend J. Curtiss (Betty) Russell of Waterloo, IA; a sister, Eleinore (Ray) Larson of Sycamore; and a dear friend, Blaine Gardner of North Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her three husbands; a son Charles in 1985 and four grandchildren, Kim Magnuson, Mark Aita, Tom Aita and Eric Kuppler in infancy.

Funeral services were scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 17, at the United Presbyterian Church of Somonauk with the Reverend David Leeb officiating; burial at Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 18, in the chapel at Asbury Court Retirement Center in North Aurora.

Memorials may be made to the United Presbyterian Church of Somonauk.

Arrangements were completed by Turner Funeral Home, Somonauk.                                 CC 11/18/1993

 

                                        John L. Davis     1993.11.06

John Davis of Chester, IA, formerly of Hinckley, died Monday, November 29, 1993.  Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, December 2, at the LeRoy Lutheran Church, LeRoy, MN.  Visitation was scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hutchins Funeral Home, LeRoy, MN.

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Funeral services for John L. Davis of Chester, IA, were held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, December 2, at LeRoy Lutheran Church with Pastor Judy Anderson-Bauer officiating.  Interment was at Chester Hill Cemetery, Chester, IA.  Visitation was held at Hutchins Funeral Home in LeRoy, MN, on Wednesday, December 1.

John, 55, died at home on Monday, November 29, 1993, following a fifteen-month battle with cancer.

John Lee Davis was born on July 28, 1938, in Waterman, the son of Clarence and Wilhelmina Davis of Hinckley.  He grew up near Hinckley, attended Fay Grade School and graduated from Hinckley High School in 1956.  On September 5, 1959, he was united in marriage to Marlene Lou Eriksson at Salem Lutheran Church in Sandwich.

After farming in the Sandwich/Hinckley area for a number of years, the couple bought a farm and moved their family to Chester, IA, in 1972.  Over the years, John was very active in the community, serving on the Board of the Farmers Co-op (also known as Northland) in Lime Springs for 20 years in various positions including president.  He also served on the District Board of Directors of Midland Co-op and later on the District 12 Board for Land O’Lakes.

His participation in the community extended to being a 4-H leader for many years, as well as serving on the Church Council for LeRoy Lutheran Church and as a township trustee.

A farmer all his life, John believed strongly in conserving soil resources.  He was a member of the Howard Country Conservation Club and practiced ridge-tilling on all his acres.  John was also known as a producer of purebred Polypay sheep and participated in the Hawkeye Tech Lamb and Wool Program.

John and Marlene both enjoyed square and round dancing.  He held various offices in the Tenderfoots Square Dance Club of Alta Vista, IA, and was a member of the LeRoy Prairie Spinners Square Dance Club of LeRoy, MN.

John was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in September of 1992.  Following a difficult surgery, he underwent radiation treatments.  Friends and neighbors brought in the harvest in the fall of 1992.  By the spring of 1993, John was able to put in his own crop and had much hope that he would fully recover and be able to help counsel others in their battles with cancer.  In September 1993, however, a CAT scan showed that his cancer had returned and his health declined from that point.  He was able to bring in some of the harvest himself this year but was assisted again by friends and neighbors.  John and Marlene both greatly appreciated the support they received from the community during his illness.

John is survived by his wife, Marlene; two daughters LeAnn Davis Eriksson of Tokyo, Japan, and Beth (Brett) Backus of Rochester, MN; a son Scott (Melissa) Davis of Cedar Falls, IA; two grandchildren, Ryan and Karli Backus; his mother, Wilhelmina Davis of Mesa, AZ; three brothers, Ray Davis of Payson, AZ, Ken Davis of Yorkville, and Howard Davis of Mesa, AZ; two sisters, Nancy Clawitter and Susan Davis of Mesa, AZ, several aunts and uncles; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother.

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Alice Irene Bennett Nix     1993.11.16

Alice Irene Nix, 87, of Waterman, died Monday, November 8, 1993, at the Shabbona Health Care Center, Shabbona.

Born October 12, 1906, in Missouri, she was the daughter of Larken and Eveline (Davis) Bennett.  She was united in marriage to James Edgar Nix on March 15, 1924.

Mrs. Nix was a member of the Baptist Church in Wappapello, MO.  She was a homemaker.

Survivors include a son, Joseph (Ginger) Nix of Waterman; a daughter, Virginia (Elvin) Kelley of Silver Springs, NV; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; two brothers, Joseph Bennett and Eugene Bennett; and three sisters, Berta Lee Fox, Ola Dunham, and Beuhla Dinkens.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sons, Vic, Vernon, and James; two brothers; and two sisters.

Funeral services were scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 10, at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, 110 North Birch Street, Waterman, the Reverend Mark Tammen officiating, with visitation from 5 p.m. until the time of the service.

Funeral services will also be held in Puxico, MO, at the Morgan-Sifford Funeral Home at 12:00 p.m. on Friday with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.  Burial will take place in Wappapello Cemetery, Wappapello, MO.

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Michael F. McGinnis IV     1993.11.17

Michael F. McGinnis IV, 44, of DeKalb died Friday, November 5, 1993, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born September 5, 1949, in Urbana, the son of Michael F. and Bernadine N. (Burke) McGinnis III.  He married Judy A. Robinson on July 22, 1967, in Elwood, IN.

He was president/owner of Mars, Inc. in DeKalb, a family-owned business for 22 years.  He was a certified Master Auto Technician.  Mr. McGinnis was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Westmont.  He was a member of Knights of Columbus where he received his 4 Degree and he was an active member of Network Marketing and a former member of the Teamsters Union.

Survivors include his wife of DeKalb; a daughter, Michelle Ann (Todd) Brokop of Aurora; three sons, James (Peggy) McGinnis, Michael F. McGinnis V, and John McGinnis, all of DeKalb; four granddaughters; his parents of Sugar Grove; two sisters, Barbara (Jim) Stone of Lakeland, FL, and Kathleen (Mark) Warner of Downers Grove; five brothers, Patrick (Gloria) McGinnis of Bolingbrook, Terrance (Sandi) McGinnis of Sugar Grove, Timothy (Christine) McGinnis of Waterman, William (Donna) McGinnis of Sugar Grove and Joseph (Janet) McGinnis of Naperville; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral Mass was said Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb, the Reverend William Schwartz of St. Mary’s Catholic Church officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Cemetery, DeKalb.  A prayer service was held during visitation hours Sunday at Anderson Funeral Home.

A memorial fund has been established for Michael F. McGinnis IV in care of Anderson Funeral Home.

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Maude Sampson Kleinmaier     1993.11.18

Maude Sampson Kleinmaier, 99, of Pleasant View Luther Home, died Sunday, November 7, 1993.

She was born in Manlius Township, north of Marseilles, January 4, 1894, the daughter of Jacob A. and Harriet (Sindel) Sampson.  She married Frank J. Kleinmaier January 23, 1913.  They resided in Rutland Township until his death in 1956.

Mrs. Kleinmaier was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Ottawa.  She attended Grove and Peddicord one-room country schools.  In 1957 she moved to Ottawa and became part of the staff at the Cora J. Pope Home for 17 years after which she became a resident.  Mrs. Kleinmaier was a poet.  Her first book, Life’s Beautiful Moments, was published in 1970.  Her second book, Beauty, Mystery and Wonder, is presently being published.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Irene S. Kleinmaier of Waterman; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Russell D.; an adopted daughter, Mildred Preston; and a brother, Howard.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Seals-Campbell Chapel in Marseilles, the Reverend John P. Meyers of the First United Methodist Church of Ottawa and the Reverend Mark A. Tammen of the Waterman Presbyterian Church officiating.  Burial will be at Nichol Cemetery in Marseilles.  Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, at the Seals-Campbell Chapel.

Memorials may be directed to Nichol Cemetery Association, Marseilles, or to the Cora J. Pope Home, Ottawa.

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Mary T. Barker Vosburgh     1993.11.19

Mary T. Vosburgh, 94, of Lee, died Monday, November 8, 1993, at the Shabbona Health Care Center in Shabbona.

She was born October 22, 1899, in Paw Paw, the daughter of Algernon and Elizabeth (Follett) Barker.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Lee Gunderson of Shabbona and Norma Hochstetter of Davis Junction; and four grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona with the Reverend David Wernecke of the Shabbona United Church of Christ officiating.  There will be no visitation.

Arrangements were completed by the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                                     CC 11/11/1993

 

Derek Brummerstedt     1993.11.20

Derek Brummerstedt, infant, died Friday, November 5, 1993, at Copley Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include his parents, Timothy and Colleen (Fisher) Brummerstedt of Oswego; maternal grandparents, Elaine and Neal Fisher of Hinckley, and paternal grandparents, Jane and Donald Brummerstedt of Plainfield.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, November 9, 1993, at 10 a.m. at the Clarendon Hills Cemetery, Darien, IL.

Arrangements were handled by the McKeown-Dunn Funeral Home, Oswego.                        CC 11/18/1993

 

Lillian Elizabeth Johnson Hartman     1993.11.21

Lillian Elizabeth Hartman, 93, of Aurora, formerly of Hinckley, passed away on Wednesday, November 10, 1993, at Aurora Manor in Aurora.  She was born on November 5, 1900, in Chicago, the daughter of Axel and Hilda (Wahlgren) Johnson.

She was united in marriage to Alvin Hartman and spent her life as a devoted wife and mother.  She and her husband farmed in the Big Rock area for many years prior to their move to Hinckley.

Mrs. Hartman was a member of St. Pauls United Church of Christ in Hinckley as well as its Women’s Guild.  For several years she was employed as the librarian at Squaw Grove Library.

Survivors include her daughter, Elaine (Ted) Christian of Haines City, FL; two granddaughters, Diane Christian of Aurora and Ruth Ann (Kent) Mason of Rockville, MD; three great-grandchildren, Laura (Dennis) Sparks of Baltimore, MD, Eric and Melissa Mason of Rockville, MD; and a sister, Jennie Stromberg of Morton Grove, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a sister, Signie Riemensnider.

Funeral services were held on Monday at St. Pauls United Church of Christ in Hinckley, the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian and Reverend Harry Conner officiating.  Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Pallbearers were Eric Mason, Kevin Hartman, Carl Hartman, Dan Ness, Bob Leifheit, and Jim Conner.

Memorials may be made to St. Pauls United Church of Christ in Hinckley.

Arrangements were completed by Nelson Funeral Homes.

  CC 11/18/1993

 

 

Nettie M. Tuestad Vesta     1993.11.22

Nettie M. Vesta, 96, of DeKalb, died Wednesday, November 10, 1993, at Pine Acres Care Center in DeKalb.

She was born October 24, 1897, in Milan Township, the daughter of Nels and Anna (Johnson) Tuestad.  She married Elmer William Vesta on February 24, 1916, in Creston.

Mrs. Vesta was a homemaker and a member of Grace Free Lutheran Church in DeKalb.

Survivors include four sons, Elwood (Sophie) Vesta of Moorhead, MN, Elmer (Irene) Vesta of Rockford, Kenneth (Sonja) Vesta of Bloomington, MN, and Eugene (Janice) Vesta of DeKalb; six daughters, Norma (Clarence) Thorpe of Waterman, Doris Carlson of DeKalb, Virginia Mathre of Newark, Luella (Edward) Lothson of DeKalb, Lois (James) Johnson of DeKalb and Ruth Carey of Carmel, IN; 36 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Vernon; and two granddaughters, Eileen Youngmeyer and Kimberley Lothson.

Funeral services were held Friday at Grace Free Lutheran Church in DeKalb with the Reverend Thomas Tuura of Grace Free Lutheran Church officiating.  Burial was at Union Cemetery, Lee.

Arrangements were completed by the Anderson Funeral Home.

A memorial fund in the name of Nettie M. Vesta has been established in care of the funeral home.              CC 11/18/1993

 

Roger D. Halverson     1993.11.23

Roger D. Halverson, 56, of DeKalb, died Sunday, November 14, 1993, at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago.

He was born August 5, 1937, in DeKalb, the son of John and Leona Halverson and the late Joseph Hegland.  He married Barbara Hart August 22, 1959, in DeKalb.

Mr. Halverson was the owner/operator of Rog’s Tap on Lincoln Highway in DeKalb for 28 years.  He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 1316; Loyal Order of Moose No. 586; Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, DeKalb Lodge 765; Knights of Columbus, DeKalb Council No. 717; Indian Oaks Country Club in Shabbona.  He was a member of the Hillcrest Covenant Church.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Brenda (Joe) Hoiness and Laura Halverson, both of DeKalb; a son, Matthew Halverson of Chicago; his parents, John and Leona Halverson of DeKalb; his grandmother, Alma Carlson of Shabbona; two brothers, Jerry (Marcia) Halverson of DeKalb and Raymond Halverson of Michigan; a sister, Rhea (Joe) Dennis of Arizona; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Hegland, and a brother, Randy Halverson.

Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday, November 17, at St. Mary Church in DeKalb, the Reverend Paul White officiating; burial at Fairview Park Cemetery.

Arrangements were completed by Ronan-Moore Mortuary.

  CC 11/18/1993

 

 

 

Leon E. Foiles     1993.11.24

Leon E. Foiles, 97, of Earlville, died November 18, 1993, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Mendota.

He was born October 14, 1896, in Shabbona Grove, the son of Fred and Alice (Belt) Foiles.

He graduated from Iowa State University in 1920 and received his master’s degree in 1921.  On June 23, 1923, he married Marian Wentch in Ames, IA.  Mr. Foiles was a retired teacher and farmer, a member of the Rollo United Church of Christ, and a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include a son, Robert of Earlville; three daughters, Jean (Robert) Babcock of Rockford; Fern Wangler of Mendota and Carol (Reginald) Tosczak of Raleigh, NC; a brother, William of Shabbona; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, two sisters, and a granddaughter.

Funeral services were held on Saturday at Torman and Sons Funeral Home in Paw Paw, Pastor Dean Funk officiating.  Burial was at Wyoming Cemetery in Paw Paw.       CC 11/25/1993

 

Alyse-Marie Hegland     1993.11.25

Alyse-Marie Hegland, 7½ months old, of Big Rock, who embodied the spirit of her great-grandmothers that were her namesake (quiet strength with a bubbly outgoing sweetness), died on Wednesday, November 17, 1993.

She was born on March 27, 1993, in Aurora, the daughter of Wade and Peggy (Henneberg) Hegland.  “We as parents consider ourselves blessed by such an angel.”

Alyse-Marie is survived by her parents, Wade and Peggy Hegland of Big Rock; a brother Erik Wade Hegland at home; maternal grandparents, Carl and Diann Henneberg of Bensenville; paternal grandparents, Ellewyn and Betty Hegland of Sandwich; paternal great-grandmother, Gladys Hegland of Sandwich; many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, great-aunts and uncles, great-great-aunts and great-great-great-aunts.

Funeral services for Alyse-Marie were held on Saturday at the Burkhart Funeral Home in Sandwich, the Reverend Dan Stauffacher officiating.  Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.

Pallbearers were her grandfathers, Carl Henneberg and Ellewyn Hegland.

Memorials may be made in the name of Alyse-Marie Hegland to the American Diabetes Association in the hope of a cure someday for the diabetes that took the lives of her great-grandmothers and namesakes.                       CC 11/25/1993

 

Rita R. Harrison Leffelman     1993.11.26

Rita R. Leffelman, 59, of rural Maple Park, passed away late Saturday afternoon, November 20, 1993, at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb.  She was stricken unexpectedly with a massive heart attack while visiting the DeKalb home of her daughter, Amy.  She was born on December 28, 1933, the daughter of Cecil and Catherine (Weidner) Harrison.  The family made their home in Amboy where she grew up and attended local schools.

On November 21, 1953, she was united in marriage to Norbert Leffelman in Amboy.  They made their home for three years in Minneapolis, MN, while Mr. Leffelman served in the Air Force.  Returning to Illinois, they farmed in the DeKalb County area for many years, moving to Maple Park in 1972 where they farmed until 1983 and then moved to the present family home.

In addition to being a loving wife and mother to 11 children, Mrs. Leffelman was a tireless worker who cooked for many years in various area restaurants, among them:  Sorrento’s (Kendall’s) Ranch and the Kingsway Restaurant in Sycamore, Smith’s, and more recently, the Amoco Crossing, both in Elburn.

She was a member of the Church of St. Mary in Maple Park and the Cenacle Guild, the Country Cousins Home Extension and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

At home, she found time to enjoy making various crafts and in later years, became an avid Bingo fan.  Everywhere she went, her friendly ways made friends of strangers and brought fun to the game of Bingo.

Survivors include her husband, Norbert Leffelman of Maple Park; 10 children and 17 grandchildren; Jeffrey and Connie Leffelman (Chrissy, Kelly, and Jennifer) of Centerville, MD, Joseph and Sherry Leffelman (Michael, Jessica, Troy, and Amber) of Sandwich, Thomas and Donna Leffelman (Brooke and Heather) of Big Rock, a daughter-in-law, Cindy (Mrs. Terrance) Leffelman of Sycamore (Teri Ann, Adam, and Carly), Eric and Joni Leffelman (Lindsey and Cody) of Maple Park, Cynthia and Tim Haug (Nathan and Travis) of Cherry Valley, Stanley and LeAnn Leffelman of DeKalb, Kimberly and Todd Dobbins of Scottsdale, AZ, Stephen and Cindy Leffelman (Wade) of Sycamore, Ross Leffelman of DeKalb and Amy Leffelman of DeKalb; five brothers and three sisters:  Cecil (Shirley) Harrison of Amboy, Raymond (MaryLou) Harrison of Amboy, Gerald (MaryAnn) Harrison of West Lafayette, IN, Stanley (Mary) Harrison of Milwaukee, WI, Stephen (Sharon) Harrison, of Polo, IL, Genavon (Charles) Mead of Genoa, Dorothy (Robert) Cheshier, of Sterling, and a twin sister, Rosetta Baumgartner of Princeton; many nieces and nephews and a countryside of good friends.

She now joins her parents; a son, Terrance Leffelman (September 30, 1993); a grandson, Blake Leffelman (October 14, 1993) and a brother, Duane Harrison, who preceded her in death.

Her funeral mass was scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 24, at the Church of St. Mary in Maple Park, Father John T. Heraty of Mooseheart officiating; interment at Ohio Grove Cemetery, Cortland Township.  The Rosary was recited Tuesday evening during visitation hours at the Conley Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be mailed to the family in care of Conley Funeral Home, P.O. Box A, Elburn, IL 60119.                                        CC 11/25/1993

 

Celia Mae Morsch Lancaster     1993.11.27

Celia Mae Lancaster, age 95, of Elizabeth, IL, formerly of Hinckley, passed away Sunday, November 28, 1993, at the Elizabeth Nursing Home in Elizabeth.  She was born March 26, 1898, in Hinckley, the daughter of Henry and Lena (Baie) Morsch.  Celia was baptized and confirmed at St. Pauls Church in Hinckley, and later became a member of the Sandwich Christian Science Church.

On February 22, 1925, she was united in marriage to Clyde Lancaster in Hinckley, and spent her years caring for her family. Mrs. Lancaster was employed at the bakery in Hinckley and worked with her husband for many years on the Morsch Lunch Wagon at farm sales in the area.

Survivors include her son, Dwene (Joanne) Lancaster of Apple River, IL; six grandchildren, terry (Patty) Lancaster of Annawan, IL, Tod (Marge) Lancaster of Effingham, IL, Ted (Donna) Lancaster of Oak Grove, MO, Sheri (Chris) Knauer of Lena, IL; Sue Ann (Steve) Goedderz of Waukesha, WI, and Tracy (Debbie) Lancaster of Buffalo Grove, IL; 12 great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Kristen Lancaster, Amy and Loren Lancaster, Joshua, Ben, and Kari Lancaster, Stacey, Corey, and Chad Knauer, Tyler and Tessia Lancaster.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; ten brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment was at Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.

Pallbearers were Terry, Tod, Ted, and Tracy Lancaster, Chris Knauer, and Steve Goedderz.                      CC 12/2/1993

 

Edna Loretta Richmond Runkle     1993.11.28

Edna Loretta Richmond Runkle, 75, passed away on Sunday, November 28, 1993, in Simi Valley, CA.  She was born on May 20, 1918, in Aurora.

Survivors include two daughters, Janet (Jim) Bishop of Simi Valley, CA, and JoAnn Runkle Gunty of Bend, OR; a sister, Hazel Grimm of Hinckley; a twin brother, Edward Richmond of Kingman, AZ; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Runkle was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Louise Richmond; two sisters, Altha and Katherine; three brothers, Clarence, Earl “Dutch”, and William; a daughter, Susan Kaye Gregg; a son, Ronald Duane Runkle; and two great-grandchildren.

She had retired in June of 1992 from her work of caring for people in their homes.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Bend, OR.

Mrs. Runkle was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.  In her life and in her death, she was brave and loving.  She will be greatly missed and forever loved by her family, friends, and all she touched.

A memorial service was held on December 3 at First United Methodist Church in Bend, OR, the Reverends Bonnie and Jim Parr Philipson officiating.

Contributions may be made in Edna’s memory to Johnson Cancer Center Foundation/UCLA; 10833 Le Conte Ave., Room 9-667, Factor Building; Los Angeles, CA 90024-1781.

  CC 12/9/1993

 

Berdena Grace Weddige Bergstrand     1993.12.05

Berdena Grace Bergstrand, 85, formerly of Hinckley, passed away Saturday, December 4, 1993, at Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born March 26, 1908 in Hinckley, the daughter of Albert and Elsie (Morsch) Weddige.

July 13, 1943, she was united in marriage to Charles Bergstrand in Las Vegas, NV.

Mrs. Bergstrand was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.  She and her husband Charles were the owners and operators of the Tastee-Pastry Bakery.

Survivors include her brother, LaVerne (Esther) Weddige of Lubbock, TX; a nephew, Dr. Richard (Sue) Weddige, and a niece, Diane (Dr Travis L.) Casler, both of Lubbock, TX; as well as several cousins who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Charles in 1981.

Funeral services were scheduled of 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 8, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, the Rev. Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Entombment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.                         CC 12/9/1993

 

Ethel Lane Cooper     1993.12.06

Ethel (Lane) Cooper, 83, of Evanston, and formerly of Shabbona, died Monday, December 6, 1993, in the Presbyterian Home.

She worked for Northern Illinois Finance in DeKalb in the payroll department for 20 years.  She then moved to Evanston and worked for Muntz Television in Chicago for five years.  She then worked for General Fire Extinguisher in Northbrook for 32 years as a benefits coordinator and retired at age 83.

Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Carolyn (Hallgren) Cooper of Atlanta, GA; and four grandchildren, Kathryn (Cooper) Stahnke of Vacaville, California, Brett D. Cooper, Craig J. Cooper and Kurt D. Cooper, all of Atlanta, GA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick J. and Elizabeth (Jackson) Lane; a son, Jackson W. Cooper, and three brothers, Glenn Lane, Lyle Lane, and James Lane.

Funeral services were private.                     CC 12/16/1993

 

Ethel Schoener Vaughn     1993.12.07

Ethel S. Vaughn, 79, of DeKalb, died Monday, December 6, 1993, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born January 13, 1914, in rural Waterman, the daughter of Leo C. and Cora (Haag) Schoener.  She married James R. Vaughn on February 3, 1932, in Geneva.

Mrs. Vaughn was employed in DeKalb restaurants and at Northern Illinois University Food Services for 15 years.

Survivors include two sons, James R. “Red” Vaughn and Robert F. “Shorty” Vaughn, both of DeKalb; a daughter, Janet L. Vaughn of DeKalb; six grandchildren, Gary, Jim, Carolyn, Gina, Tammy, and Robert; three great-grandchildren; a niece; and a nephew.

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

Cremation has taken place.  Funeral arrangements were completed by Ronan-Moore Funeral Directors.  CC 12/16/1993

 

Cora E. Force Ellsworth     1993.12.08

Mrs. Cora E. Ellsworth, 101, of Aurora, died Monday, December 6, 1993, at Aurora Manor Nursing Center.  She was born on July 31, 1892, in Bingham, IL.

She was a charter member of First Christian Church in Aurora where she served as a deaconess.

Survivors include her son, Roy (Dorothy) Ellsworth of Winter Haven, FL; a sister, Mildred Nolan of Mulberry Grove, IL; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. George (Mary) Ellsworth of Big Rock; four grandchildren, Cindy (Earl) Felix of Yorkville, Carol (David) Linden of Georgetown, FL, Bonnie (James) Shute, of Indianapolis, IN, and Jim (Theresa Koetters) Ellsworth of San Francisco, CA; six great-grandchildren, Brian Felix, Brittney Felix, Jay Linden, Tammy Gerson, Laura Shute and Elizabeth (David) Odmark and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar; her parents, John and Frances Force; two sons, George Ellsworth and Marion Ellsworth; two sisters, Laura Crowder and Caroline Andrews and a brother, Floyd Force.

Funeral services were held Thursday, December 9, at the Healy Chapel, Dr. Roger W. Thomas officiating.  Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.                                CC 12/16/1993

 

James D. Drury     1993.12.09

James D. Drury, 52, of Shabbona died Saturday, December 11, 1993, in Shabbona.

He was born October 23, 1941, in DeKalb, the son of Paul and Erma (Meadors) Drury.  He married Janet Meyers November 16, 1963, at the Methodist Church in Malta.

He attended and graduated from Shabbona schools.  He was a member of the Shabbona Lake Sportsmen’s Club.  He has served as police chief in Shabbona since 1966 and also owned and operated Jim’s Guns and Gear in Shabbona for 30 years.

He is survived by his wife of Shabbona; his daughter, Kim Drury of Shabbona; his mother, Erma Drury of Shabbona; a brother, Paul (Barbara) Drury of St. Charles; a sister, Patricia (Tom) Greenwell of Shabbona; a sister-in-law, Dawn (Steve) Woodbury of DeKalb; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father on August 18, 1993.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Shabbona United Church of Christ, with the Reverend David Wernecke, church pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.

A memorial fund has been established in care of the funeral home.                                     CC 12/16/1993

 

Alice Minnie Ziegler Scheidecker     1993.12.10

Alice Minnie Ziegler Scheidecker, 90, of Hinckley, passed away on Wednesday, December 8, 1993, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  She was born on October 20, 1903, in Pierce Township, the daughter of August and Margaret (Hiner) Ziegler.

She had been a resident of Pierce Township area for her entire lifetime.  Prior to her marriage, she had been a teacher of accordion music.  She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.

On September 19, 1948, she was united in marriage to Mr. George Scheidecker in Hinckley.  Along with her husband, she had been a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include her nephew, Dale (Sharon) Evans and their children, Megan and Eric of Mt. Vernon, WA; her niece, Linda (Robert) Kavalunas and their children, Kristy and Mathew of Crown Point, IN; her sister-in-law, Louise (Lloyd) Nimtz of Garden Prairie, IL, as well as many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a sister, Pearl Grimm.

Funeral services were held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment was at Pierce Cemetery, Maple Park.

Harriet Larson was organist for the service.  Pallbearers were Harley Mack, Don Mack, Frank Klein, Kelly Haish, Gerald Miller, and Roger Klein.

Arrangements were completed by Nelson Funeral Homes.

  CC 12/16/1993

 

Robert Maier     1993.12.11

Robert Maier, 61, of Sugar Grove, passesd away Wednesday, December 8, 1993, at Loyola Hospital, Chicago, where he was airlifted Tuesday afternoon, after suffering a serious stroke while driving his truck through Morris.

He was born May 20, 1932, in Aurora, the son of Earl J. and Mabel (Bornemann) Maier.  The family farmed for many years in the Sugar Grove area where Robert grew up following in his father’s footsteps on the family farm.  From the time he was a young man, however, Robert loved the feel of the big trucks beneath him and began driving from his youth.

On September 9, 1951, he was united in marriage to Elaine Arnold at Sugar Grove.  For a time they made their home on the family farm.  In 1956, after working at John Deere in Elburn, he began farming on his own on Galena Boulevard.  For a time he combined his farming and trucking until 1971 when he left the farm to truck full time.  He drove truck for 36 years and was currently employed driving primarily for Maple Park Grain in Maple Park.

Survivors include, Elaine Maier of Sugar Grove; two daughters, Karen Papenberg of Big Rock and Debbie (Steve) Meneely of Indianapolis, IN; three sons, Robert Maier, Jr., of Troy Grove, Chris (Paula) Maier of Judson, IN, and Earl (Kathy) Maier of Cape Coral, FL; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; four brothers, Earl “Junior” Maier of Darien, Glen “Jake” Maier of Sugar Grove; Melvin Maier of Oswego, and Norman “Pete” Maier of Aurora; six sisters, Marilyn Spurgin of Elburn, Rosemary Pavlovich of Michigan, Charlotte Maier and Margaret Hedden of New York, Marcella (Frank) Thomas of Geneva, and Betty (Robert) Classent of Wisconsin.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held on Saturday from Conley Funeral Home, Elburn, the Reverend John F. Smith, pastor of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment was at Jericho Cemetery, Sugar Grove.

Memorials in his name may be mailed to the family, c/o Conley Funeral Home, P.O. Box A, Elburn, IL 60119.

  CC 12/16/1993

 

Luella L. Brudick Tripp Meetz     1993.12.12

Luella L. Meetz, 86, of Naperville, formerly of Oswego, died Wednesday, December 8, 1993, at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital, Chicago.  She was born October 24, 1907, in Sandwich.

Mrs. Meetz was employed at Lyon Metal Products in Montgomery, in the office, until her retirement in 1968 after 25 years of service.  She was a member of Sandwich Federated Church in Sandwich; the Lorraine Chapter #70 O.E.S. in Oswego, and attended the Bible Baptist Church of Naperville.

Survivors include her husband, Quinlen; a daughter, Peggy (Robert) Quirin of Oswego; three sons, Herbert (Millie) Tripp of Yorkville, James (Virginia) Tripp of Bristol, and Jerry (Jane) Meetz of Des Moines, IA; seven granddaughters, Kim (Eric) Ulrich of Las Vegas, NV, Debbie (Larry) Colllier of Bristol, Vickie Griffin of Eau Claire, WI, Diane (Jim) Jennings of Marshfield, MO, Kari (Ray) Lach of Oswego, Lori (John) Hiemenz of Montgomery, Johanna Meetz of Des Moines, IA; seven grandsons, Keith (Heather) Tripp of Yorkville, Scott (Debbie) Haas of Burlington, WI, Dave (Sue) Withrow of Aurora, Jim Withrow of Florida, Bob (Peggy) Withrow of Newark, Thomas Quirin of Aurora, Bradley Quirin of Oswego; 25 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and a sister, Bessie Burmester of Oswego, formerly of Hinckley.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Emma (Brown) Burdick; first husband, Kenneth Tripp; a son, Hayes Manning Tripp; three sisters, Ruby Bushnell, Helena Gibbons, Lillian Erwin and a brother, Kenneth Burdick.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the McKeown-Dunn Funeral Home, Oswego, the Reverend Kenneth W. Hall officiating.  Burial was at Riverside Cemetery, Montgomery.

Memorials may be given to either the Harvest Baptist Church in Oswego or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

  CC 12/16/1993

 

Margaret Irene Carroll Martin     1993.12.13

Margaret Irene Martin, age 80, of Aurora, formerly of Hinckley, passed away Monday, December 20, 1993, at her home.  She was born March 17, 1913, in Cleveland, OH.

She was united in marriage to William C. Martin-Holstine on May 1, 1952.  She had been employed as a nurse in various hospitals.

Survivors include her son, William (Kim) Holstine of Aurora; a brother, James Carroll of Fort Worth, TX; and a sister, Catherine Frazier of Lake Worth, FL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Carroll and Catherine Elizabeth Treagy, and her husband in 1983.

Funeral services were scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 22, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, with Father Jerome Zalonis officiating; interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.                          CC 12/23/1993

 

Jean Ida Kirkpatrick     1993.12.14

Jean Ida Kirkpatrick, 73, of Elburn, formerly of Waterman, passed away Wednesday, December 15, 1993, at St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford.  She was born August 12, 1920, in Waterman, the daughter of Ross and Myrtis (Garner) Kirkpatrick.

In years past, she had been a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church.  She had been employed for a number of years as a secretary for the Paul Johnson Trucking Co. in Waterman, and was presently employed as a cashier for Pheasant Run in St. Charles.

Survivors include her brother, Kenneth (Lilla) Kirkpatrick of Okemos, MI; two nieces, Karolyn (Kevin) Duffy of Lansing, MI, and Kathleen (Jeff) Harding of Mattawan, MI; and five grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Ruth Caulfield.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman, the Reverend Mark Tammen officiating.  Interment was at North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.  Pallbearers were Jeff Harding, Kenneth Reid, Robert Heriaud, Rusty Kleckner, Ray Frost, and Scott Harding.  CC 12/23/1993

 

Irvin T. Reinert     1993.12.15

Irvin T. Reinert, 76, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, December 16, 1993, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born on July 2, 1917, in Detroit, MI.

He was employed at Barber-Greene as an electrician for 25 years before his retirement in 1979.  He was a member of the 3rd Ward Club, the Tiger Club, and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #400.  He served in WWII in the U. S. Army Air Corps.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian (Honaker) Reinert of Aurora; three sons, James F. (Janet) Reinert, Tom M. (Lynne) Reinert, both of Boulder Hill and Jerry E. (Beth) Reinert of Northlake; eight grandchildren, Lori, Sheri, Marci and Sarah Reinert of Boulder Hill, Kim Reinert of Hot Springs, AR, Amy Reinert of Boulder Hill, Jason and Nina Reinert, both of Hinckley; two brothers, Floyd “Shorty” (Helene) Reinert, of Stone Lake, WI, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Catherine (Bessette) Reinert; a brother, Fritz; a sister, Jeanette and his stepfather, Bernard Bessette.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Dieterle Memorial Home, Father Edward F. Gillespie officiating.  Burial was at West Batavia Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Mr. Reinert’s memory to the American Lung Association.                               CC 12/23/1993

 

Henry N. Nauert     1993.12.16

Henry N. Nauert, 83, of Aurora, passed away Monday, December 13, 1993, at Mercy Center Hospital.  He was born February 20, 1910, in Ripley County, IN.  He was a member of the Holy Name Society of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, the Western Catholic Union, St. Henry Branch #117, Modern Woodmen of America, Life Member of the Luxemberger Club, Life Member  Pilgrim of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Batavia Lodge #682.  He retired from Burgess-Norton Manufacturing in Geneva in 1974.

Survivors include his five daughters, Mrs. Teresa (Robert) Wiskur of Mt. Morris, Mrs. Josephine (Richard) Edmeier of Hinckley, Mrs. Mary Ellen (Michael) Dunbar of Aurora, Mrs. Dolores (William) Van Duzor of Jefferson, WI, and Mrs. Jane (Lee) Hemberger of Kennesaw, NE; three sons, John (Sharon) Nauert of Aurora, Kenneth Nauert of Rockford, and Paul Nauert of Newark; 23 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Irma Shadday of Napoleon, Indiana; Anna Marie Hemmelgarn and Elenora (Roy) Meisberger of Beech Grove, IN; a brother, Edgar (Gertrude) Nauert of Leesburg, FL, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Pauline (Pitz) Nauert on March 18, 1992.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas P. and Josephine (Eckstein) Nauert; a brother, Lawrence; and his granddaughter, Anna Marie Nauert.

Funeral services were held Friday from Daleiden High Street Mortuary to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Father Edward Gillespie officiating.  Interment was at Marywood Cemetery.  A Liturgical Wake Service and a Moose Pilgrim Service took place during visitation hours on Thursday evening.  CC 12/23/1993

 

John H. Steinkamp     1993.12.17

John H. Steinkamp, M.D., 66, of Belvidere, died December 16, 1993, at Resurrection Hospital, Chicago, following a sudden illness.  He was born November 14, 1927, in Quincy, IL, to Clarence and Dorothy (Feld) Steinkamp.  He married Helen June Sampson in Aurora on June 23, 1951.

Dr. Steinkamp grew up in Aurora.  He attended East Aurora High School.  He was active in the Boy Scouts of America.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  He attended undergraduate school at Aurora College and the University of Illinois.  He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.  He graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School.  He was Board Certified in Family Practice Medicine.  He practiced as a Family Practitioner in Belvidere for 35 years.

He was a fan of the Belvidere Bucs and Team Physician for 25 years.  He was an avid sports fan and fisherman.  His sense of humor infected all who knew him.  He attended St. James Catholic Church and held memberships in IOU Club, Jaycees, Bel-Mar Country Club, Lions Club, and Knights of Columbus.  He was former Chief of Staff at both St. Joseph Hospital and Highland Hospital.  He was a member of Illinois Medical Association, American Medical Association and the Boone County Medical Society where he served as president and secretary for 10 years.  He was responsible for the inception of the oral polio vaccination program in Belvidere.

Survivors include his wife, Helen; his children, John Jr. (fiancee, Susan Worthington) of San Francisco, CA, Janice (Joe) Schrott of Nashville, TN, and Joe (Theresa) Allenspark of Colorado; a grandson, Joseph Schrott; granddaughters, Janna Schrott and Alexandra Steinkamp; a brother, Dr. Robert (Cathy) Steinkamp of Monterey, TN; sisters, Phyllis Bales of Aurora and Margery (Don) Nurmberg of Elmira, NY; Godmother and aunt, Mildred Steinkamp of Quincy.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, his parents and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were held Monday from Belvidere Funeral Home to St. James Catholic Church, the Reverend Richard Russo, officiating.  Interment was at Belvidere Cemetery.  A prayer service was held during visitation hours on Sunday.

Memorials have been established in his name for the Health Career Scholarship through the Medical Auxiliary and the Belvidere Bucs Booster Club.                          CC 12/23/1993

 

Stephen R. Adamecz     1993.12.18

Stephen R. Adamecz, 22, of Oswego, formerly of Aurora, passed away on Wednesday, December 22, 1993, at his residence.  He was born on January 24, 1971, in Blue Island, IL, the son of Michael S. and Patricia (Kelley) Adamecz.

He was employed as a laborer for Mueller-Union Pipeline of Elgin.  He was a graduate of East Aurora High School in 1989, a member of the Labors Union Local #582 of Elgin and a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau where he bowled on their bowling team with his family.  He was also a member of the National Guard.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Patricia and Eldred Russell of Lee; his father, Michael, of McLeansboro; a sister, Cynthia Adamecz of Rochelle; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Kelley of Marion, IL, and Walter and Twila Russell of Waterman; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents.

Funeral services were held on Monday at the Anderson Funeral Home, the Reverend Ronald J. Miles of the First Baptist Church in DeKalb, officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Park Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established c/o the funeral home.

  CC 12/30/1993

 

Myrtle B. Gabrielson Norton     1993.12.19

Myrtle B. Norton, 70, of Shabbona, died Wednesday, December 22, 1993, at Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

She was born November 18, 1923, in Helmar, the daughter of Gilbert and Olga (Olson) Gabrielsen.  She married Donald H. Norton January 28, 1949, in Wheaton.

Mrs. Norton was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Lee and Indian Oaks Country Club in Shabbona.

Survivors include her three daughters, JoAnn (Harold) Ward of Waterman, Donna (James) Haight of rural Earlville and Rebekah Norton of Shabbona; a brother, Ralph Gabrielsen of Winterhaven, FL; four grandchildren, Brad (Jeanne) Johnson, Connie Johnson, Kim (Brian) Keisler and Matthew Ward; and three great-grandchildren, Gabriel Johnson, Jacob Johnson and Tyler Johnson.

She was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held Monday at the First Lutheran Church in Lee with the Reverend Steven Woita officiating.  Burial was at First Lutheran Cemetery, Lee.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home.

  CC 12/30/1993

 

Serina Topnes Svihus     1993.12.20

Serina Svihus, 92, of Glen Ellyn, formerly of Shabbona, died Thursday, December 23, 1993, at the DuPage County Convalescent Center in Wheaton.

She was born March 2, 1901, in Topnes Nedstrand, Norway, the daughter of Per and Anna (Borgenvik) Topnes.  She married Magnus Svihus March 12, 1927, Shabbona.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Lee and the Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn.  She was also a member of the Shabbona American Legion Auxiliary.  She moved from Shabbona to Glen Ellyn in 1978.

She is survived by a sister, Olene Kvarsten of Glen Ellyn and several nieces and nephews in Norway and the United States.

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

Funeral services were held Monday at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona with the Reverend Steve Nelson, minister of the Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, officiating.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.               CC 12/30/1993

 

Floyd M. Morris     1993.12.21

Floyd M. Morris, 73, of Aurora, passed away on Saturday, December 25, 1993, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born on June 16, 1920, in Plano.

Mr. Morris was a Navy Veteran, and was stationed on the USS Helena during WWII.  He was a member of the VFW Memorial Post #7452 and the Loyal Order of the Moose #400.

Survivors include his wife, Clara B. (Dumdie) Morris of Aurora; a stepson, Charles R. Rogers of Aurora; three stepdaughters, Tamyra Cobb of Florida, Natalie Jo Rogers and Nicole Lynn Rogers, both of Conroe, TX; a brother Ernie (Elaine) Morris of Big Rock; two sisters, Charlotte (Francis) Miller of Hinckley and Gladys Liltz of Elk Grove Village; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Morton and Mabel Morris; a sister, Elizabeth Grover; and a stepson, William Rogers.

A memorial service will be held on Monday evening, January 3, at Daleiden High Street Mortuary, High and Liberty Streets, Aurora, 708-898-8634.                      CC 12/30/1993

 

Loren Thomas     1993.12.22

Loren Thomas, 83, of St. Charles, died Saturday, December 25, 1993, at the Shabbona Health Care Center.  He was born December 7, 1910, in Kaneville, the son of Joel G. and Amy Amelia (Hanna) Thomas.

He served in the United States Navy during World War II and was a member of V.F.W. Post #5036, St. Charles.  Mr. Thomas retired from the United States Naval Reserve in 1970 as a Chief Petty Officer.  He had been employed for more than 25 years for RCA in Villa Park.

Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife of 49 years, Maxine Hazel (Ambler) Thomas; two daughters, Barbara Osland of St. Charles and Margaret (John) Corcoran of Shabbona; six grandchildren, Thomas (Cynthia) Osland, Timothy Osland, Traci Beth Osland, Tiffany Diane (James) Smirlies, Sarah Louise Leveck and Rachael Loren Leveck and six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Alvin (Emmie) Thomas of Aurora and Oakley Thomas of St. Charles.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Lyle and Homer Thomas.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Norris Funeral Home, St. Charles, the Reverend C. Alfred Patten officiating.  Burial was at Wyoming Cemetery, Paw Paw.    CC 12/30/1993

 

Milton A. Swanson     1993.12.23

Milton A. Swanson, 92, of Sandwich, formerly of Earlville, died Saturday, December 18, 1993, at Dogwood Health Care Center in Sandwich.

He was born January 20, 1901, in Earlville, the son of Charles and Jennie (Gloeckner) Swanson.  He married Daisy Buie on December 20, 1923, in Bogue Chitto, MS.

In 1938 they returned to Earlville.  He retired from Marathon Electric of Earlville.  He was a member of the Earlville United Methodist Church, the Eastern Star, the Masonic Lodge of Earlville, the Knights Lodge of Joliet and the Shriners Mohomet Temple of Peoria, and a past member of the Earlville Lions Club.

Survivors include his wife of Sandwich; a daughter, Charlotte (Ambrose) Moore of Shabbona; three sons, Charles A. (Mildred) Swanson of Natchez, MS, Milton (Mary) Swanson of Nashua, NH, and Martin (Kappie) Swanson of Aurora; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Bernard Swanson; and two sisters, Eda Leonard and Leona Blackburn.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 21, at the Earlville United Methodist Church, the Reverend Nancy Blade officiating.  Burial took place at Precinct Cemetery, Earlville.  A Masonic service was held on December 20 during visitation hours at the Hanley Turner Funeral Home in Earlville.

  CC 12/30/1993

 

Harold R. Dewey     1993.12.24

Harold R. “Pat” Dewey, 77, of Belvidere, and formerly of rural Shabbona, died Thursday, December 30, 1993, at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford.

Born June 29, 1916, in Ottawa, he was the son of Vernon and Della (O’Donnell) Dewey.  He married Annamae Jenkins February 23, 1968 in DeKalb.

He farmed in the Shabbona area for many years.  After retiring from farming, he was employed at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb in the Food Services Department from 1966 to 1981.  He also had been employed at Indian Oaks County Club in Shabbona and at Shabbona Lake State Park.  Most recently, he was employed as a greeter at the Kmart Store in Belvidere. 

Mr. Dewey was a former member of the First Baptist Church of Shabbona and was a member of the East Park Baptist Church in Belvidere.  He also was a member of the Boone County Farm Bureau.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son Floyd (Dixie) Dewey of Paw Paw; a stepson, Terry Lee (Tess) Capes of San Antonio, TX; three daughters, Janet Clausen of Mendota, Judy Kay (Jim) Clausen of West Brooklyn and Carol Malone of Cortland; a stepdaughter, Sharon (Robert) Stanton of Belvidere; a sister, Dottie Jean (Don) Stern of Colorado; 10 grandchildren; five step grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and eight step great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen, in March 1951; five brothers; a sister; two step grandchildren; and a step great grandchild.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona, with the Reverend Jeff Coester, minister of the First Baptist Church of Shabbona, officiating.  Burial was at Precinct Cemetery, rural Earlville.                      CC 1/6/1994

 

Mildred N. Baxtrom Withaar     1993.12.25

Mildred N. Withaar, 59, of Boulder Hill, died Wednesday, December 29, 1993, at Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora.  She was born September 6, 1934, in Chicago.

Mrs. Withaar was employed at Perry Drugs in Montgomery as a sales clerk and department manager. She retired in 1990 after 14 years of service.

She was a member of the Neighborhood Church of the Brethren in Boulder Hill.

Survivors include two daughters, Kimberlee (Charles) Page of Geneva and Susan Withaar of Oswego; two sons, David (Renee) Withaar of Hinckley and Eric (Elizabeth) Withaar of Warrenville; two granddaughters, Sarah and Danielle Withaar; three grandsons, Christopher Page, Matthew Pate and Justin Withaar; her mother, Nanny Backstrom of Munster, IN; and a sister, Margaret (Michael) Kandalec of Hammond, IN; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Carl Axel Backstrom and a brother, Lennart Backstrom.

Funeral services were held Friday at the Mckeown Dunn Funeral Home, Ltd., Oswego, the Reverend Anna Lee Hise Pierson officiating.  Cremation has taken place at River Hills.

Memorials may be given to the Respiratory Department, Copley Memorial Hospital.                                CC 1/6/1994

 

Charleen E. Jones Woods     1993.12.26

Charleen E. Woods, 66, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, December 29, 1993, at Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora.  She was born August 14, 1927, in Big Rock, the daughter of Maurice and Lydia (Braunwell) Jones.

Mrs. Woods had been a RN in the Aurora area for 43 years, serving at St. Joseph, Mercyville, Mercy Manor, and finally at Jennings Terrace.  She was a member of the First Christian Church in Aurora.  She married Donald Woods, November 20, 1948, in Aurora.

Survivors include her husband, Donald; four sons, James (Judy) Woods of Montgomery, Jeffrey (Sandra) Woods of Aurora, Joseph (Dahlia) Woods of Montgomery, and David Woods of Aurora; five daughters, Mrs. Janet (Jack) Borders of Aurora, Mrs. Mary (George) Yeager of Yorkville, Mrs. Kristin (Bob) Samples of Aurora, Mrs. Debra (Mark) Halgrimson of Aurora and Mrs. Lisa (Christopher) Moment of Aurora; a sister, Orise Barnhill of Aurora; 18 grandchildren, Cheri (Steve), Theresa, George Jr., Michael, Scott, Matthew, Andrew, Jonathan, Richard (Carrie), Robert II, Danny, Traci, Dana, Dee Dee, Nathan, Sam, Brooke (Paul), and Bridget; two great grandchildren, Amanda and Kaila; two special nephews, Robert (Ruth) Aagesen and Arthur Aagesen and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Verdell Tuyls; two grandchildren, Donald Lee Smith and Michelle Lynn Smith.

Funeral services were held Monday at Mckeown-Dunn Funeral Home, Ltd., Oswego.  Burial was at Precinct Cemetery, Earlville.

Pallbearers were Joseph Woods, David Woods, James Woods, Jeffrey Woods, Christopher Moment and Bob Aagesen.

    CC 1/6/1994

 

                      Estella S. Augeson Rompf     1994.01.05

Estella S. Rompf, 95, of DeKalb, died Sunday, January 30, 1994 at Oak Crest Retirement Center.

She was born August 2, 1898, in Somonauk, the daughter of Peter and Anne Augeson.  She married Herbert H. Rompf September 29, 1917 in Victor Township.  She and her husband farmed in the Waterman-Somonauk area until moving to DeKalb in 1960.  She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in DeKalb.

Survivors include a daughter, Virginia (Wayne) Cook of DeKalb; a daughter-in-law, Donna Rompf of Waterman; three granddaughters, Peggy (Barry) Erwin of Belvidere, Janelle (John) Reints of St. Charles, and Jennifer (David) Amos of Minneapolis; two grandsons, Dan Rompf of Big Rock and David Rompf of Waterman; and ten great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five brothers, a sister, and two sons, Lowell and Harold Rompf.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Ronan-Moore Mortuary, the Reverend Fred de Oliveira officiating.  Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.          CC 2/3/1994

 

               Laurene J. Dannewitz Thurow     1994.01.07

Laurene J. Thurow, 87, of Sandwich, formerly of Plano, died Saturday, January 1, 1994 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born August 3, 1906 in Plano, the daughter of Edward H. and Elizabeth L. (Morris) Dannewitz.

She was united in marriage December 31, 1930 in Aurora, to Mr. Fred J. Thurow.

Mrs. Thurow was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church of Plano, where she had twice served as president of its United Methodist Women’s Club.  She was a past president of the Sandwich Hospital Auxiliary and a member of the Rebecca Lodge.  She was an active member of the Golden Harvesters, where she had served as a past president and treasurer, as well as a member of its ‘Kitchen Band’.

Mrs. Thurow had at one time taught in the rural Big Rock, Little Rock, and Hinckley school districts.  She was a former member of the Plano Women’s Club, the Home Extension Bureau, and she and her late husband were both members of the Kane County Farm Bureau.

Laurene was a very active member, having served on the Board of Directors of the Fox Valley Older Adult Organization.  She had been the recipient of its Freida Nurse Award.

One of the greatest enjoyments of her life was her portrayal of Mrs. Santa Claus throughout the area for over the past 30 years.

She is survived by her sister, Marjorie (Glenn) Prickett, of Sandwich, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband in 1961.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 3, at the United Methodist Church of Plano, with Rev. Thomas Kingery officiating.  Interment followed in the Little Rock Township Cemetery, Plano.  Jackie Bretthauer served as the organist and Diane Morris was the soloist.  Pallbearers were Robert Vilmin, Richard Martin, Robert McVicker, Royal Corbin, Kenneth Corbin and Lester Granart.

Visitation was Sunday, January 2 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 20 N. Hale St., Plano.              CC 1/6/1994

 

                  Delma A. Buckmaster Miller     1994.01.08

Delma A. Miller, 84, of Sandwich, died January 15, 1994 at Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora.  She was born December 16, 1909 in Geneva, IN, the daughter of Chancy and Alice (Ralson) Buckmaster.

Delma was united in marriage to Floyd V. Miller February 24, 1934 in Oblong, IL.  After their marriage, Delma joined Floyd on the Coultrip farm, on the Hinckley blacktop, where Floyd had farmed since 1929.  They lived on the Coultrip farm for 28 happy, hard working, memorable years.  At first, Delma found that life as a farmer’s wife was not easy.  Learning to milk cows took lots of practice.  Delma became a ‘Class A’ farm wife, driving tractors, dressing chickens, delivering eggs, gardening, milking cows, cooking and baking.

In September of 1942 their son, Ronnie was born; in 1962 they moved to the Dienst farm north of Somonauk.  For nine years they enjoyed the neighborhood, socializing and trading farm help.  On February 19, 1971 they had a farm sale and moved to 415 North Latham Street, where they resided for 22 years.  Delma was currently residing with her son, Ronnie, and daughter-in-law, Bonnie.  Delma was an active member of the Federated Church in Sandwich.

Survivors include her son, Ronnie (Bonnie) Miller of Sandwich; one sister-in-law, Leatha Buckmaster, one brother-in-law, Wayne Dixon; four grandchildren, Diane (Timothy) Flowers of Sandwich, Angie, Mindy and Matthew Miller of Sandwich, and a great granddaughter, Jordon Diane Flowers of Sandwich.

Delma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Floyd, on October 23, 1990; two brothers, Robert and Clifton Buckmaster, five sisters, Mattie Millsap, Eva Buckmaster, Frances Dixon, Flossie Siler and Ruby Marberry.

Funeral services for Delma were held Tuesday at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich, Rev. Norman Smith officiating.  Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.

Memorials may be made in Delma’s name to the Federated Church, 403 N. Main St., Sandwich, IL 60548.      CC 1/20/1994

 

                                      Roy Jacobson     1994.01.09

Roy Jacobson, 86, of Sandwich, died Monday, January 17, 1994 at his home.

He was born August 16, 1907 in McCallsburg, IA, the son of Henry and Inga (Thompson) Jacobson.  He married Etta V. Beaver October 29, 1932 in Hancock, MN.  He farmed in the Hinckley area until 1962.  He retired in 1975 after 10 years of service at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.  He was a member of Our Saviours Lutheran Church in Sandwich.

Private funeral services were held at the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk, with Rev. David Kaul officiating.  Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich.

He is survived by his wife, Etta; his daughters, Barbara Prescott of Arizona and JoAnne Kirby of Sandwich; two sons, Verne (Jean) Jacobson of Sandwich, and Willard ‘Eugene’ (Susanna) Jacobson of Lyon, France; 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, his brother, Hiram Jacobson, and his sister, Frances Raising, both of Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Lloyd, Mearl, and Lester; his sisters, Stella Krienke, Esther Jensen, Ethel Feugeran, Gertrude Hillstrom, and Beatrice Anderson.

CC 1/20/1994, CC 1/27/1994

 

Dorothy Donnelly Gallagher     1994.01.17

Dorothy Gallagher, 83, of Waterman, died Sunday, January 2, 1994 at her home.

She was born September 9, 1910, in Afton Township, the daughter of John and Mary (Murray) Donnelly.  She married Michael L. Gallagher February 22, 1936, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb.

She had taught at Pooler’s School in rural DeKalb for several years, and was later employed as a cook at the Shabbona Nursing Home for 13 years, retiring in 1985.

She was a graduate of Northern Illinois State Teachers College in DeKalb, a member of St. James Catholic Church in Lee and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society of the church.

Survivors include two sons, John Gallagher of Waterman and James (Alberta) Gallagher of Marengo; a daughter, Anne (Ed) Studzinski of Chicago; a sister, Margaret Petruchius of DeKalb; five grandchildren; a great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. James Catholic Church, Lee, the Rev. Louis Pesut officiating; burial at St. James Calvary Cemetery, Lee.

A Christian wake service was held Tuesday evening during visitation hours at the Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.

   CC 1/6/1994

 

Simon Klambauer, Sr.     1994.01.18

Simon Klambauer, Sr., 84, of Big Rock, formerly of Aurora, died Tuesday, January 4, 1994 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born February 1, 1909, in Kurd, Hungary.  He and his wife immigrated to West Germany in 1946, and to the United States in 1952.

Survivors include his son, Simon (Hilde) Klambauer, Jr., of Big Rock; his sisters, Eva Haga of Hungary and Margarete Breitschaft of Germany; two grandchildren, Karl (Jennifer) and Anita (John); three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews in Germany.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes (Breitschaft) Klambauer; his parents, Eva and Johann Klambauer; two sisters, Theresia Rummier and Anna Breitschaft.

Funeral services were held Friday from the Daleiden High Street Mortuary to St. Nicholas Church, Father David Enbarth officiating.  Interment was at Marywood Cemetery.  The Rosary was recited during visitation hours Thursday evening.  

CC 1/13/1994

 

Ronald E. Jandt     1994.01.19

Ronald E. Jandt, 53, of Big Rock, passed away Thursday, January 6, 1994, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.  He was born December 12, 1940, in DeKalb the son of Irvin O. and Celestine M. (Fahrlander) Jandt.

Ron graduated from the Hinckley-Big Rock Schools in Hinckley.  He was united in marriage to the former Rita Michael November 18, 1961, in Big Rock.

He was a well known general contractor in the area.  Ron was very active in his community.  He coached 25 years in the little league boy’s baseball and girls softball.  He was a Webelos leader and an assistant Cub Scoutmaster for five years.

He was a member of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.  Ron was a member of the Sandwich Moose and Tiger Club.

Survivors include his wife, Rita of Big Rock; four children, Jerry, Todd, Rodney, and Tonya, all of Big Rock; four grandchildren, Joshua, Clinton, Randi, and Jacob; his mother, Celestine Jandt of Hinckley; a sister, Betty L. Harris of Mountain Home, AR; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Irvin; a brother, Gerald; and an infant sister, Rita Ann.

Funeral services were held Sunday at the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Pallbearers were John Bazan, Dick Bushnell, Roger Kaus, Terry Minor, Greg Brita, and Maurice Kennedy.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.      CC 1/13/1994

 

LaVerne B. Lund     1994.01.20

LaVerne B. Lund, 79, of Rochelle, died Tuesday, January 4, 1994, at Rochelle Community Hospital.

Born December 22, 1914 in Malta, he was the son of Servrin (Sam) and Hilda (Ramsdahl) Lund.

He married Mildred H. Klein April 19, 1941 in Hinckley.

Mr. Lund graduated from Hampshire High School in 1932, and farmed in the Hinckley area until retirement.  He was a member of the Sons of Norway Valhal Lodge.  He also was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Rochelle.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Gloria (Gus) Hoffmann of Manhattan Beach, CA, and Sylvia Glaws of Rochelle; a brother, Everett Lund of Lindenwood; two sisters, Hazel Madeen of DeKalb and Merle (Leon) Secrist of Bakersfield, CA; four grandchildren, Jennifer Glaws, Elizabeth Glaws, Jackie Glaws and Stacy Hoffmann; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by six brothers, Norman, Harry, Leonard, Archer, Roy and Burton; and a sister, May Rowe.

Funeral services were held Friday at the First Presbyterian Church in Rochelle, the Reverends John Hamilton and Dr. James Tilley officiating.

Arrangements were completed by Unger-Hoerner Funeral Home, Rochelle.                              CC 1/13/1994

 

Alfred T. Swenson     1994.01.21

Alfred T. Swenson, 84, of Waterman, died Tuesday, January 11, 1994, at Copley Hospital in Aurora.

He was born January 17, 1909, in rural Sandwich, the son of Samuel and Sina (Gunderson) Swenson.  He married Zella Jerde in Joliet June 12, 1935.

He was a lifetime farmer in the West Chicago, Batavia, and Waterman areas.  He was a graduate of Batavia High School.  He was a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church.  He was past president of the Big Woods School District in Eola and past president of the Big Woods Cemetery Board.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Janis (Leonard) Anderson of Shabbona; a son, Steve (Linda) Swenson of Waterman; seven grandchildren, Julie (West) Devick of Oronoco, MN, Wesley (Susan) Anderson of Shabbona, Kristine (Dan) Tobin of Dixon, Kip Anderson of Shabbona, Eric, Kurt and Hallie Swenson, all of Waterman; two great grandchildren, Ian Anderson and Natalie Devick; a sister, Sadie DeRosa of Galesburg; two brothers, Harold (Helen) Swenson of Big Rock and Mervin (Helen) Swenson of Yorkville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Garfield Swenson; two sisters, Clara Gorton and Mable Swenson; and two grandsons, Scott Anderson and Paul Swenson.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 13, at the Waterman Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Mark A. Tammen officiating.  Burial will follow at the North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.  Visitation was scheduled of 4:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.

A memorial fund has been established in care of the funeral home.   CC 1/13/1994

 

 

 

Esther V. Thorson Todd     1994.01.22

Esther V. Todd, 77, of Shabbona, died Tuesday, January 4, 1994, at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

She was born January 24, 1916, in Shabbona, the daughter of Thor and Sophia (Norrie) Thorson.  She married Lester Todd June 23, 1937 in DeKalb.

She farmed with her husband for many years south of Shabbona until November of 1974 when they retired from farming and moved into Shabbona.  She was a member of the Neighborhood Club.

Survivors include her husband, Lester Todd of Shabbona, two sons, Roy (Ronda) Todd and Stanley (Susan) Todd, both of rural Shabbona; three daughters, Judy (Larry) Landers of Plano, Linda (Mike) Jackie of DeKalb and Mary (Don) Hecathorn of Leland; three brothers, Virgil Thorson of Missouri, Frank (Joann) Thorson of Paw Paw and Morris (Linda) Thorson of Marengo; three sisters, Dorothy (Francis) Montavon of DeKalb, Mildred (Carl) Walsberg of Elgin and Helen Getzelman of Marengo; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Beverly Joyce Todd; a grandson, Ron Todd; and a brother, Otto Thorson.

Funeral services were held Friday at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona, the Reverend Henrietta Milner, minister of the First Lutheran Church in Lee, officiating.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery in rural Shabbona.                         CC 1/13/1994

 

Michael Alan Veach Schultz     1994.01.23

Michael A. (Alan) Veach Schultz, 21, died instantly early Sunday morning, January 9, 1994, when the car he was driving went out of control and struck a tree on Campton Hills Road east of Elburn.   He was born April 5, 1972, in North Chicago.

When he was a child, he moved to Aurora and later to Batavia where he attended local schools and made his home with his loving grandparents, Clarence and June Seisser.

Michel loved kids and would do anything to make them laugh.  He was an accomplished BMX biker when he was a boy, and had placed second in his class of competition at Funway in Batavia.

He had a lesser known, quiet side and enjoyed writing poetry and short stories that expressed his love for life and his search for answers to questions.  As a child, he attended the Wasco Baptist Church with his grandparents.  Accepting Christ as his Savior, he helped his grandfather establish a bus route to bring other children to church as well.

Though in later years Michael lived a troubled life, he had recently graduated from a rehabilitation program and was to have started ……………….. living on his own soon.

Survivors include his parents, Keith and Connie (Seisser) Schultz, of Mendota; a daughter, Kaela Dawson of Glendale Heights; five brothers and sisters, Jason (Tera) Schultz of Lacrosse, WI, Jeremiah Schultz of Mendota, Caelyn Schultz of Mendota, Jeffrey Schultz and Sara Schultz, both of Hazelwood, Mo; a niece, Desiree Schultz of Lacrosse, WI; his maternal grandparents, Clarence (June) Seisser of Batavia and paternal grandparents, Ralph and Lolla Schultz of Compton; his paternal great grandmother, Irene Cox of Shabbona; seven aunts and uncles; and a special little “buddy” Matthew Webber.

Funeral services were scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 12, from the Conley Funeral Home, 116 West Pierce Street, Elburn, the Rev. John Hyde, pastor of the Kane County Baptist Church officiating; interment at North Kingston Cemetery.

Memorials in his name may be mailed to the Michael Veach Schultz Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 233, Elburn, IL 60119. 

CC 1/13/1994

 

Ralph Conover Shick     1994.01.24

Ralph Conover Shick, 63, of Yorkville, passed away Tuesday, January 4, 1994, at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.  He was born October 22, 1930, in Aurora, the son of Walter and Janet (Conover) Shick.

He was united in marriage to the former Mary Ann Demetralis June 11, 1950, and they then spent the next 43 years of their lives together.

Mr. Shick was a member of the St. Anthanasois Church in Aurora.  He was the owner and operator of “Ralph’s Super”, a combination grocery store and meat market in Yorkville for a number of years.  He then worked for some time in the family business, the “Yorkville Y Mart”.  He had managed the True Value Hardware in Yorkville and was presently the owner and manager of the Yorkville Ace Home Center, a task which he proudly shared with the members of his family.  He was a member of the Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Shick was a loving and devoted husband to his dear wife, Mary Ann Shick, who resides in Yorkville.  He was a devoted and wonderful father to his three caring children Cindy (Larry) Mattison, Ted (Jeri) Shick and Debbie (Bruce) Hosey, all of Yorkville.  He was a proud and doting grandfather to seven grandchildren, Brian, Tina and Tiffany Mattison, Stephanie and Ralph Shick, Holly and Lance Hosey and the delighted great grandfather of Brandon Mattison.  He is also survived by his two loving sisters, Shirley (John) Dickson of Big Rock and Alice (Collin) Nicholson of Sycamore; as well as several nieces and nephews.  He touched so many lives with his wit, generosity and his caring ways.  He was respected as a businessman and very well thought of in his community.  He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Liz Harker and Janice Miller.

Funeral services were held Thursday, January 6, at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home in Yorkville with Father Chris Constantinides of the St. Athanosios Church in Aurora officiating.  Interment was at Oak Grove Cemetery in Bristol.  A prayer service was held during visiting hours Wednesday evening.  Pallbearers were Tony Simotes, Ted Demetralis, Dick Ellis, Bob Wirtz, Terry Morganegg, Roger Simmons, Bill Barkley, Bob Fey, Frank McKeever, Bob Brettelle, Nick Wilson, George Stewart, John Dickson and Collin Nicholson.  Sadie Device was the organist.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Shick’s name to the American Cancer Society.                          CC 1/13/1994

 

Charles “Melvin” Hobbs     1994.01.25

Charles “Melvin” Hobbs, 91, of Aurora, formerly of Hinckley, died Monday, January 17, 1994, at Jennings Terrace, Aurora.

He was born March 18, 1902, in Hinckley, the son of David and Ida (Bennett) Hobbs.  He married Genevieve Ulrich March 16, 1923, in Somonauk.

Mr. Hobbs was a farmer in the Hinckley area his entire life and was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Somonauk.

Survivors include his nieces and nephews, Kathleen Freeman of Aurora, James (Donna) Devine of Arlington, TX, Lois Warnke, of Princeton, and Margaret (Ed) Talent of Sandwich; and several great nieces and great nephews.

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

Visitation was scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 19, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 North Maple Street, Hinckley, with a wake service at 6:30.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 20, at 10 a.m. at the St. John the Baptist Church in Somonauk, Father Charles Sherman officiating; burial at St. John Catholic Cemetery, Somonauk.

Pallbearers were tom Devine, Charles Schmit, John Freeman, Larry Mallon, Patrick Mallon, and Don Adam.       CC 1/20/1994

 

Grace M. Olson Sanderson     1994.01.26

Grace M. Sanderson, 84, of Lee, died Monday, January 17, 1994 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born January 21, 1909, in Lake Wilson, MN, the daughter of Gabriel and Clara (Anderson) Olson.  She married Kenneth Sanderson November 23, 1930 in Leland.

She was a graduate of Leland High School and the Aurora Business College.  She was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee and was active in many church activities.

Survivors include a son, Paul (Janet) Sanderson of Lee, a daughter, Linda Hinkston of Lee; two sisters, Ruth (Raymond) Sanderson of DeKalb and Edna Johnson of Waterman; seven grandchildren; and two great grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Karen; a son-in-law, William Hinkston; two sisters; and three brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee with the Rev. Donald Myhres officiating.  Burial will be in Union Cemetery in rural Steward.  Visitation was scheduled for 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.            CC 1/20/1994

 

Leo Defano     1994.01.27

Leo Defano, age 93, of Geneva, formerly of Shabbona and St. Charles, passed away Friday, January 14, 1994 at Delnor Community Hospital, Geneva.  He was born April 16, 1900, in Bari, Italy.  He was united in marriage to Margaretta Petrosa in January 1934 and farmed in Shabbona for several years until he retired and moved to St. Charles.

Survivors include two sons, LaVerne (Shirley) Defano of Sycamore and Jim (Sandy) Defano of Waterman; two daughters, Marie (Tony) Valent of St. Charles and Jeannette (Rich) Warber of Geneva, ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margarette; his parents; nine brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 17, from the Malone Funeral Home, Geneva, to St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Geneva, for 10:30 a.m. Mass with Father James W. McLoughlin officiating.  Burial was at River Hills Cemetery, Batavia.  A liturgical wake service was held Sunday during visitation hours at the funeral home.           CC 1/20/1994

 

Hazel Eden Durin     1994.01.28

Hazel Durin, 86, of Scarboro, died Sunday, January 16, 1994, at her home.

She was born December 24, 1907, in Paw Paw, the daughter of John and Belle (Winterton) Eden.  She married Lewis W. Durin May 4, 1935.

She graduated from Northern Illinois State Teachers College in DeKalb.  Prior to her marriage, she taught school for eight years at a county school near Roxbury.  She was a member of the Scarboro Methodist Church, where she had been a Sunday school and Bible school teacher.  She had also served as Sunday School Superintendent.  She was a member of the 3C’s Card Club and was active in the Lee County March of Dimes and Christian Women’s Club.

Survivors include a son, Lewis (Lynne) Durin of rural Steward; three daughters, Dee (Charles) Rawson of Gig Harbor, WA, Dorothy Wolf of Shabbona, and Ellen (Roger) Chambers of Friendship, WI; nine grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband; a brother, Bernard Eden; and a sister, Maxine Dahlquist.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona with the Reverend Ken Foster officiating.  Burial was at Twin Grove Cemetery in Scarboro.                    CC 1/20/1994

 

Thomas G. Angell     1994.01.29

Thomas G. Angell, 55, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, January 15, 1994, at Mercy Center Hospital.  He was born April 29, 1938, in Aurora, the son of Kenneth and Anna Bernice (Sperry) Angell.

Survivors include his wife, Sheryl Angell; two sons, Bret (Pam) Angell of Oswego and Jack Angell of Aurora; a daughter, Suzanne (Steve) Crouse of Montgomery; two grandsons, Matthew Robert Angell and Thomas

Arthur Crouse; his mother, Anna Bernice Angell of Hinckley; two brothers, William Angell of Bristol and John (Lorraine) Angell of Aurora; a sister, Marianne Sheldon of Hinckley; two uncles, John Sperry and Bob Sperry; an aunt, Betty Sperry, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Angell.

Funeral services were held Tuesday from the Healy Chapel with Father Joseph Lessard officiating.  Interment was at River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia.             CC 1/20/1994

 

Sara Scott Stark Stone Welch     1994.01.30

Sara Stone Welch, 79, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, January 22, 1994, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born February 18, 1914, in VanBuren, IN, the daughter of the late Edward and Lulu (Jordan) Scott.

Mrs. Welch formerly attended the First Baptist Church of Batavia.

Survivors include two sons, Dennis (Faith) Stone of Hinckley and Edward Stone of Phoenix, AZ; a daughter, Phyllis (Manny) Bee of Aurora; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two sisters, Vivian Graves of Madison, WI, and Moina Stech of Michigan and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Reginald Stark; her second husband Harold Stone; and a sister, Bertaline Rule.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Healy Chapel, the Rev. Paul J. Gerardy, Sr., officiating.  Private burial took place in Lincoln Memorial Park.

Contributions in memory of Sara Stone Welch may be given to the American Cancer Society.                         CC 1/27/1994

 

Esther Cofield Benson     1994.01.31

Esther C. Benson, 83, of Lee died Friday, January 21, 1994, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

She was born October 1, 1910, in rural Lee, the daughter of Allie and Nany (Cutts) Cofield.  She married Arthur Benson December 15, 1934, at the Congregational parsonage in Shabbona.

She was a member of the former Lee Methodist Church.  She and her husband farmed together for many years in the Lee area.  They spent the past 21 winters in the home they purchased at Lakeland, FL.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Richard (Joan) Benson of Washington, IL; a daughter, Jackie (Eilert) Goken of rural Shabbona; five grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday at the United Church of Christ in Shabbona with the Reverend Robert Vaughn, minister of the Steward United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

Arrangements were completed by the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.

A memorial fund has been established for the Shabbona Health Care Center in care of the funeral home.     CC 1/27/1994

 

Florence Marie Conrad Cooper     1994.01.32

Florence Marie Cooper, 79, of Lander, WY, went to be with the Lord January 19, 1994, at Lander Valley Medical Center in Lander, WY.  She was born November 21, 1914, in Aurora, the daughter of Phillip Conrad and Frieda E. (Schmitz) Conrad.

She was a homemaker most of her life, a devoted Christian mother who raised her children to serve the Lord.  She went to Lander from Illinois to be near her family.  She attended the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Lander.

Survivors include her daughter, Linder Cooper of Lander; her sons, Jack Cooper of Big Rock, Richard, Norman and Thomas Cooper, all of Lander, and David Cooper of Montgomery;   Her brothers, Norman and Donald Conrad of Sugar Grove and David Conrad of Lander; 12 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Ruth Townsend.

Funeral services were held Friday at the Chapel of Mount Hope, Hudson’s Funeral Home in Lander, the Reverend Jim Urish of the Covenant Presbyterian Church officiating.  Interment was at Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander.

Memorial donations may be made to the Covenant Presbyterian Christian School c/o Hudson’s Funeral Home, 680 Mount Hope Dr., Lander, WY 82520.                 CC 1/27/1994

 

Lawrence Cherry     1994.01.33

Lawrence Cherry, 95, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, January 23, 1994 at Willowcrest Nursing home in Sandwich.  He was born August 18, 1898, in Aleallmer, Hungary.  May 11, 1919, He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Faudel.  They were married for 74 years before her death in August 1993.

Mr. Cherry was employed at Batavia Body Co. as a supervisor for over 30 years before his retirement in 1969.  He was a member of Annunciation Church.

Survivors include his two sons, Lawrence (Pauline) Cherry, Jr., of Hinckley and Kenneth (Janice) Cherry of Oswego; five grandchildren, Lori (Dean) Parker of Aurora, Michael Cherry of Earlville, Keith (Rose) Cherry of Elgin, Kimberly Ann (Dan) Olson, of DeKalb, and Kriss Ann Cherry of Oswego and seven great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth (Faudel) Cherry; a brother, Johann cherry; two sisters, Margaret Bering and Lucille Beatty and his parents

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 9 a.m. from the Dieterle Memorial Home to Annunciation Church, Father Dan Stempora officiating.  Burial was at Marywood Cemetery.  A liturgical wake service was held Tuesday evening during visitation hours a the funeral home.     CC 1/27/1994

 

Emily Helen Florence Sabo     1994.01.34

Emily Helen (Florence) Sabo, 78, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, January 22, 1994 at her home. She was born September 19, 1915, on the Florence Farm, Florence Road, Big Rock.  She was the daughter of Lena (Wittry) and Edward P. Florence.

Mrs. Sabo was a member of Holy Angels Parish.  She graduated from Madonna High School in 1932.  She was united in marriage to Julius “Jay” Sabo June 24, 1939, at Sacred Heart Church in Aurora.  She worked at the mental Health Center in Aurora from 1967 to 1977 and was a volunteer at the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Monastery until the time of her death.  She was a member of the Owls Bowling Team and the Merry Marathon Bridge Group.

Survivors include seven children, Judith Sabo of Batavia, Mary Ellen (Tom) Wittman of Denver, CO, Barbara Sabo of Aurora, Clare Sabo of Elgin, Monica (Sanford) Morganstein of West Dundee, Sarah (Frank) Orizondo of Coral Springs, FL, and Edward Sabo of DeKalb; six grandchildren, Gregory and Christopher Wittman, Amy and Emily Orizondo and Jace and Tyler Morganstein; a sister, Barbara (John) Theis of Peoria; a brother, John (Peggy) Florence of Orlando, FL.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and a brother, Edward John Florence.

Funeral services were held Tuesday from the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary to Holy Angels Church, Father Glenn Nelson officiating.  Interment was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  The Rosary was recited during visitation hours Monday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Monastery in Aurora.                   CC 1/27/1994

 

Helen C. Sellgren Betz Sauerwald     1994.01.35

Helen C. Sauerwald, 80, of Winter Haven, FL, formerly of Aurora, passed away Monday, January 24, 1994, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born April 1, 1913 in Aurora.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Winter Haven, Harriet Thompson Sunday School Class and the American German Club.

Survivors include her son, Ronald (Sue) Frederich Betz of Montgomery; a sister, Alice Host of Winter haven, FL; a grandson, Ronald W. Betz of Clearwater, FL; two granddaughters, Teri Betz of Clearwater, FL, and Dawn (Ralph) Stegall of Big Rock.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gustav and Anna (Johnson) Sellgren; her first husband, Fred Betz; her second husband, William Sauerwald; a grandson, Eric Stewart; a sister, Marge Green; and a son, Gary Betz.

Funeral services were held Friday in Winter Haven, FL, from the Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, 645 West Central Avenue. 

Local arrangements made by Dieterle Memorial Home.  

CC 2/3/1994

 

Lucille Klotz Baker Otto     1994.01.36

Lucille Otto, 75, of DeKalb died Saturday, January 29, 1944, at Pine Acres Care Center in DeKalb.

She was born January 30, 1918, in Hinckley, the daughter of Edwin and Bertha (Haish) Klotz.  She married John Baker in DeKalb.  He died in 1963.  She then married Walter Otto in 1968 in DeKalb.

She attended rural schools near Maple Park.  She was a homemaker and was employed by Turner Manufacturing and Ideal Industries before retiring in 1976.  They moved to Mountain Home, AR for three years before returning to DeKalb.  She was a member of St. Mary Church in DeKalb and was a member of the Kishwaukee Community Hospital Auxiliary; she worked at the reception desk and in the gift shop.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Robert (Jody) Swain of Mahomet; two step-sons, Richard (Carol) Otto of Crystal Lake and Walter (Janis) Otto of Diamond Bar, CA; three stepdaughters, Elaine (Robert) Kuh of Frankfort, Carol (Ed) Venton of DeKalb and JoAnne (Al) Sloan of Fullerton, CA; three grandchildren; 15 step grandchildren; one great grandchild, 14 step great grandchildren; and a brother, Raymond “Bud” (Jennie) Klotz of Maple Park.

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

Funeral services were held Tuesday at St. Mary Church, DeKalb, the Reverend William H. Schwartz officiating.  Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Maple Park.  The Rosary was recited Monday evening during visitation hours.

A memorial fund has been established for Lucille Otto in care of the Ronan-Moore Mortuary.                     CC 2/3/1994

 

Norma P. Neally Blystone      1994.01.37

Norma P. Blystone, 83, of Shabbona, died Friday, January 28, 1944 at her home.

She was born March 14, 1910, in Kewanee, the daughter of Walter and Birdie June (Beck) Neally.  She married William A. Blystone January 16, 1935 in Monmouth.

Mrs. Blystone was a member of the First Baptist Church in Shabbona and the Weekly Ladies Bible Study Group of the church.  She was a former Girl Scout Leader in Shabbona.

Survivors include two daughters, Connie (Doug) Ball, Greensboro, NC, and Judy Forrer of Lilburn, GA; a sister, Doris (Delmar) Streight of Monmouth; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband August 30, 1982; two sisters, Hazel and Esther; and a brother, Lloyd.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona, the Reverend Jeff Coester of the First Baptist Church of Shabbona, officiating.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.                        CC 2/3/1994

 

Donald M. Hendrickson     1994.01.38

Donald M. Hendrickson, 82, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, January 27, 1994, at Countryside Nursing Center.  He was born February 24, 1911 in Kamrar, IA, the son of the late Martin and Petra (Malun) Hendrickson.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Aurora Moose, and Marion Avenue Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Belma of Aurora; seven daughters, Judy Colby of Rockford, Marcia Olk of Rockford, Donnie (Earl) Smith  of Clinton, AR, Janette (Bill) Chally of Sandwich, Winnie (Gregg) Minkel of Naperville, Doris Black of Morris, Diane (Ron) Eberly of Hinckley and  two sons, Mike (Sandy) Clauss of Sterling and John Hendrickson of Waterman; two brothers, Carl Hendrickson of California and Palma Bowlin of Des Moines, IA; 18 grandchildren; and 26 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Bertha Christiansen and Clarice Waterman.

Funeral services were held Saturday from the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Bill Whitford officiating.  Interment was at West Lisbon Cemetery.

Donald will be dearly missed by his family.  He was a great lover of people and animals.                            CC 2/3/1994

 

                                  Robert ‘Bob’ Ovitt     1994.02.02

Robert ‘Bob’ Ovitt, 71, of Sandwich, died February 21, 1994 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born June 25, 1922 in Plano, the son of Ralph, Sr. and Ethel (Wiley) Ovitt.

Bob lived in Little Rock until his marriage to Mae Noss of Sandwich July 12, 1980.  He had been employed with the Federal Huber Company, formerly in Plano, for over 35 years.  He was a member of the Plano American Legion Post 395, and the Sandwich Moose Lodge 1016.  Bob served in the US Army during World War II and received the Purple Heart Medal while serving in Germany.

Survivors include his wife, Mae, of Sandwich; one son, Terry (Nancy) Ovitt of Sandwich; one daughter, Mrs. Michael (Cheryl) Klepser of Pinconning, MI; three sisters, Mrs. Frank (Marge) Schaefer of Aurora, Shirley Woods of Sioux City, IA, Mrs. Clarence (Mary) McKeever of Longwood, FL; four grandchildren, Kari and Laura Ovitt, Mrs. Daniel (Dawn) Mount, and Tammie Klepser.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Eileen (Jane) Ovitt on February 19, 1978; one brother, Ralph, Jr.; and one sister, Jeannette Schrader.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 24, at 10:30 a.m. at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich, the Rev. David Kaul officiating.  Burial will be in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery, Aurora.  Visitation was held Wednesday, February 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.

Memorials may be made in Bob’s name to Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Sandwich, the American Heart Association or Fox Valley Older Adults Services, Sandwich.       CC 2/24/1994

 

                                         Alvin H. Popp     1994.02.07

Alvin H. Popp, 64, of Waterman, died Saturday, February 12, 1994 in his home. 

Born June 2, 1929, in Waterman, he was the son of Albert and Elsa (Monkemeyer) Popp.

He married Marilyn Gerth November 23, 1957 in Aurora.

He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.  He graduated from Waterman High School with the class of 1947.  He and his wife operated a farm in Waterman for many years.  He was a member of the Waterman Lions Club, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and the Tiger Club in Aurora.  He also was a veteran of the US Army.

He is survived by two sons, Jonathan (Sharon) Popp of Gilbert, IA, and Timothy (Janet) Popp of LaGrange; one daughter, Martha (Timothy) Blum of Waterman; two grandchildren, Katie and Kaleb Popp of Gilbert, IA; one brother, Donald (Judy) Popp of Somonauk; one sister, Charlene (Wayne) Wilcox of Reading, PA; and his mother-in-law, Hannah Gerth of Sandwich.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and his father-in-law, Fred Gerth.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, with Pastor Donald Balgeman officiating.  Burial will follow in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Hinckley.

Paallbearers will be Neal Johnson, Jim Wassmann, Bob Monkemeyer, Brian Monkemeyer, Bob Bucholz, and Dean Bucholz.  Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes. 

CC 2/17/1994

 

 

                                Earl Robert Winslow     1994.02.09

Earl Robert Winslow, 78, of Sandwich, died Tuesday, February 8, 1994 at his home.  He was born May 12, 1915 in Sterling, IL, the son of Fay E. and Lillian Bell (Cropsey) Winslow.

Earl was married to Ina Merchant December 2, 1945 in Plano.  Earl was employed at Anxter Wiring Company in Aurora for 15 years, retiring in 1980.  He enjoyed fishing and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife, Ina, of Sandwich; three daughters, Mrs. Dean (Sylvia) Yelton of Yorkville, Mrs. David (Gail) Lambert of Aurora, Mrs. LeRoy (Velda) Erue of Montgomery; one sister, Zudora William of Sandwich; a sister-in-law, Nellie Whitehouse of Shabbona; four granddaughters, Susan Yelton, Sarah and Julie Lambert, Leeann Erue; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a half brother, Frank Whitehouse; and a half sister, Irma Branson.

A memorial service was held Saturday at the United Church of Sandwich, the Reverend Todd Singley officiating.

Arrangemetns by Burkhart Funeral Home in Sandwich.

CC 2/17/1994

 

 

              Florence P. Riedelsperger Heyer     1994.02.14

Florence P. Heyer, 88, of Lake Holiday, Sandwich, died Friday, February 4, 1994 at her home.  She was born July 9, 1905 in Pierce Township, Maple Park, IL, the daughter of Louis and Pauline (Pfister) Riedelsperger.  She married Ernest Heyer on February 15, 1928 at Hinckley.  She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Hinckley and lived most of her life in the Hinckley area on farms she and her husband farmed.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church on Lee Road in rural Hinckley, with Rev. Donald Balgeman officiating.  Visitation was held Tuesday at the church from 10:30 AM until the time of the service.  Burial was in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Owen (Eleanor) McGraw of Lake Holiday, Sandwich; one grandson, Keith McGraw of Duluth, MN; four sisters, Ella Wassman of Hinckley, Clara Ziegler of Plainfield, Martha Lyle of DeKalb, and Elsie Rissman of Shabbona; one brother, Walter (Ruth) Riedelsperger of Hinckley and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ernest in 1989, a son Herbert, and a grandson Kirk McGraw.

Memorial may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Hinckley.

Funeral arrangements were by the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk.                                          CC 2/10/1994

 

Elaine C. Swanson Nelson     1994.02.20

Elaine C. Nelson, 83, of Elburn, died Monday, February 7, 1994, in Geneva Retirement Center.

Born May 20, 1910, in DeKalb, she was the daughter of Olof and Johanna (Anderson) Swanson.  She attended DeKalb schools.

October 23, 1934, she married Arthur G. Nelson in Chicago.  She and her husband made their home in DeKalb until March 1946 when they moved to Elburn and began farming.  In later years, she worked at the Elburn Grade School Cafeteria.  She also worked at both the Wilson and Ellis Bakeries in DeKalb for many years.

She was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake where she served in the Altar Committee and the Prayer Circle.  She also was a member of the Martha Circle, the Grace Roadrunners, the Home Circle, the Kane County Extension and the Elburn Women’s Club.

Survivors include three daughters, Carol ………….. Mangers of Big Rock and Marlene (Duane) Sunderlage of Burlington; six grandchildren, Kenny (Shelly) Soderstrom, Kirk Soderstrom, Trevor Sunderlage, Amy Sunderlage, Tracey Mangers, and Kristie Mangers; two great grandchildren, Kenny III and Eric Soderstrom; two sisters-in-law Marion Nelson of Elburn and Gladys Ehlers of Sycamore; and a brother-in-law, T. W. Stone of Cicero.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a granddaughter, Anita Sunderlage.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 10, in the Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hanson Road, Lily Lake, with the Reverend Ernst Rex officiating.   Burial will follow in Blackberry, Cemetery, Elburn.

Visitation was scheduled for 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Arrangements were completed by Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.                                 CC 2/10/1994

 

Gloria Garza Sterling     1994.02.21

Gloria Sterling, 27, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, February 12, 1994, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born October 19, 1966 in Aurora.

Survivors include four sons, Nicholas Garza, Anthony, Jacob and Jonathan Sterling; her father, Guadalupe (Virginia) Garza of Big Rock; her mother, Maria (Cepeda) Garza of Aurora; three sisters, Fay (Steve) Woodruff of Montgomery, Odie (Scott) Fann, and Olivia (fiancé Matt Zietz) Garza; four brothers, Guadalupe Jr., Edwardo, David (D. J.) and John (Michelle) Garza, all of Aurora; her paternal grandparents, Francisco and Victoria Molian of Aurora; three step-sisters, Dawn and Jennifer Spradling and Lori Couch; and 14 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Stephanie Marie Sterling; and her maternal grandparents, Andreas and Rosa Cepeda.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Daleiden High Street Mortuary, Father David Engbarth officiating.  Interment was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  A liturgical wake service was held Tuesday evening during visitation hours at the mortuary.                                          CC 2/17/1994

 

Grace B. Hickey     1944.02.22

Grace B. Hickey, 80, of DeKalb, died Tuesday, February 8, 1994, at her home.

She was born November 9, 1913, in Milan Township, the daughter of Henry J. and Margaret (Dugan) Hickey.

She had been employed at Pine Acres Retirement Center for 10 years as a nurse’s aide and also farmed most of her life in Milan Township, near Shabbona, with her brother, Henry.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a graduate of Shabbona High School.

Survivors include a brother, Bernard (Mary) Hickey of DeKalb; two sisters, Ellen Herrmann of DeKalb and Dorothy E. (Leon) St. Jules of Yorkville; two sisters-in-law, Erma Hickey of Sycamore and Lois Hickey of Shabbona.

She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Charles, Donald, Roland, Henry D., Edwin and Robert Hickey; and three sisters, Irene Herrmann, Mary Moenkemeier and Mildred Hickey.

Funeral services were held Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Reverend William H. Schwartz officiating.  Burial was at St. James Catholic Church in Lee.  A wake service was held Thursday evening during visitation hours at Anderson Funeral Home.       CC 2/17/1994

 

Ronald H. Priegel     1994.02.23

Ronald H. Priegel, 64, of Eola, passed away Friday, February 11, 1994, at Delnor Community Hospital.  He was born January 20, 1930 in Aurora.

Survivors include his wife, Cecelia (Houser) Priegel of Eola; five sons, Craig (Linda) Priegel of Elizabeth, IL, Rand (Sharon) Priegel of Yorkville, David Priegel of Naperville, and Jason (Geri) Priegel of Montgomery; a daughter, Diane (Dan) Smith of Plano; four grandsons and two granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ignatius and Rose Priegel; and a brother, Richard Priegel.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Dieterle Memorial Home, the Reverend Joe Aldridge officiating.  Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Mr. Priegel’s memory to American Heart Association or the Leukemia Foundation.

   CC 2/17/1994

 

Charles F. Reuland     1994.02.24

Charles “Bud” Reuland, 75, of Lincoln, NE, died Wednesday, February 9, 1994 in Lincoln.  He was born June 4, 1918, in Aurora, IL to Carl and Mary Reuland.

Mr. Reuland was a retired foreman for the fabricating shop with Burlington Railroad and was a World War II veteran, a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Lincoln, a member of VFW #131 and American Legion # 3 in Lincoln.

Survivors include his wife, Josephine of Lincoln; a son and daughter-in-law, Charles Jr. and Sandra of Hinckley; daughter and son-in-law, Jeaninne and Bradley Buzen of Aurora, a son, Paul Reuland of Scottsbluff, NE; a daughter and son-in-law, Judith and Virgil Schroeder of Omaha, NE; grandchildren, Julie Poe, Brian and Angela Buzen of Aurora; James Reuland of Hinckley, Alicia Reuland of Lincoln, NE, Aaron and Amanda Reuland of Scottsbluff, NE, Heidi Zachary and Kelly Schroeder of Omaha, NE; a great grandchild, Zachary Poe of Aurora, two sisters, Thelma Challis of Aurora and Cecilia Challis of Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Funeral services were held Saturday at Calvary Lutheran Church, Lincoln, NE.  Burial was in Lincoln with military rites accorded by VFW 131 and 3606.

Casket bearers were Mr. Reulands’s ten grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to Calvary Lutheran Church.

Arrangements were completed by the Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 south 14th Street, Lincoln, NE.

   CC 2/17/1994

 

Darwin A. Kiro     1994.02.25

Darwin A. Kiro, 60, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, February 19, 1994, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born May 29, 1933, in Aurora.  He was a member of the DeKalb Loyal Order of Moose #586.  He was also a member of Operating Engineers Local #150 for over 35 years.

Survivors include his daughter, Susan (Daniel) Johnson of Leland; two sons, Daniel A. (Dianne) Kiro of Big Rock and Michael J. (Brenda) Kiro of Rock Falls, IL; eight grandchildren, Brian, Julianne and Kevin, all of Big Rock, Jeremy of Aurora, Stephanie and Tracie, both of Leland, Richard and Brandon, both of Rock Falls, IL; and an aunt, Mary Diethome.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Etta (Cornwall) Kiro; and two uncles, John and Willard.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Dieterle Memorial Home, Reverend Eric Bari officiating; with interment at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Contributions may be made in Mr. Kiro’s memory to the American Heart Association.                 CC 2/24/1994

 

 

 

Alyce Boyd     1994.02.26

Alyce Boyd of Aurora passed away Tuesday, February 15, 1995, at Mercy Center Hospital.  Mrs. Boyd was a member of Holy Angels Church, the St. Annes Society Unit #7, the Mercy Center Auxiliary and the Women of the Moose.

Survivors include her husband, William H. Boyd of Aurora; a son, Thomas (Patricia) of Yorkville; a daughter, Martha Ann (James) Voorhees of Burbank, CA; three grandchildren, Brian (Jill) Boyd of Hinckley, Jennifer (Bruce) Rannin of Leawood, KS, and Brandon W. Boyd of Chicago; a great grandchild, Melissa Rannin of Leawood; thee step great grandchildren, Cory, Autumn and Ashley, all of Hinckley; and three sisters, Ruth Southall of Lincoln Park, MI, Mary Jo Fox of Ft. Myers Beach, FL, and Evelyn Silcox of panama City, FL.

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

A memorial mass was held Saturday at Holy Angels Church, Father Glenn L. Nelson officiating.

Funeral services were completed by Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary.                                         CC 2/24/1994

 

Arthur L. Goss, Jr.     1994.02.27

Arthur L. Goss, Jr., 68, of Yorkville, passed away Saturday, February 19, 1994, at his home.  He was born September 15, 1925 in Dwight, IL, the son of Arthur L. and Clara (Sorensen) Goss, Sr.

He was united in marriage June 9, 1945, in Childress, TX, to the former Virginia Sillar.

Mr. Goss was a member of the Yorkville Congregational Church.  He was a veteran of the United States army Air Force, in which he served as a bombardier, with the 47-17B Squadron during World War II.  In later years, he took great pleasure in the planning of his squadron’s semi-annual reunions.

Mr. Goss attended the University of Illinois, Aurora College where he was a member of the football team, and Northern Illinois University from which he obtained both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.  He began his long career in the teaching profession a the Montgomery Grade School in Montgomery.  He was both teacher and coach at Mooseheart and then continued on at the Rollo Grade School where he was principal, coach and teacher for over 17 years.  While living in Rollo, he served as the administrator and coach to the Earlville Little League and Pony League baseball teams.  Mr. Goss continued his teaching career at the Parkview Elementary School in Yorkville as principal and teacher of mathematics.

He was a member of both the Kendall County and Illinois Retired Teachers Associations and the Aurora Moose Lodge.  Sports were a very important part of his life.  He was an active member of the Aurora Tigers Club baseball team.  He dearly loved football and for over 32 years he served as a referee for high school, junior college, and semi-professional teams throughout the midwest area.  Mr. Goss was employed for over 25 years during the summer months by the Rain & Hail Insurance Service.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia, of Yorkville; two sons, David (Dawn) Goss of Bloomington, IN, and Allan (Beth) Goss of Yorkville; three grandchildren, Bradley Goss of Bloomington, IN, Andrew and Joanna Goss, both of Yorkville; a brother-in-law, Robert (Joyce) Sillar of Plainfield; two nephews, Michael and Jeb Sillar of Plainfield; and a niece, Pat Ruiz of Joliet.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, Yorkville, the Reverend Joy Baumgartner officiating.  Interment was at Wheatland Cemetery, Naperville.

Pallbearers were Michael Sillar, Jeb Sillar, Bill Benson, Alex Barrowman, Jerry Dalton, and Bob Ashbaugh.

Memorials may be made to the Fox Valley Hospice or the American Cancer Society.                               CC 2/24/1994

 

Barry J. Storey     1994.02.28

Barry J Storey, 33, of Dixon, formerly of Shabbona, died Monday, February 21, 1994, at KSB Hospital in Dixon.

He was born September 8, 1960, in DeKalb, the son of Richard and Gail (Challand) Storey.  He married Rhonda Buehler June 5, 1981, in Sycamore.

He graduated from Shabbona High School in 1979 and was a member of the English United Church of Christ the Indian Oaks Country Club in Shabbona and the Shabbona Masonic Lodge #374.  He was employed as a Sheriff’s Deputy in Lee County for nine years and was currently serving as Assistant Warden at the Lee County Jail.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Winston and Adison at home; his parents; a brother, Scott (Jan) Storey of Dixon; two sisters, Kris (Brad) Currens of …………………; grandparents, Kenneth (Evelyn) Storey of Shabbona and Ava Challand of Shabbona; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roger and Nancy Buehler of Stockton; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Luella Storey, and his maternal grandfather, Frederick Challand.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Shabbona United Church of Christ, the Reverend David Wernecke officiating.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.  A Masonic service was held following visiting hours Tuesday.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.

A memorial fund has been established in Mr. Storey’s memory in care of the funeral home.                 CC 2/24/1994

 

Clyde James McCrimmon     1994.02.29

Clyde James McCrimmon, 71, of Aurora, passed away February 14, 1994, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born June 14, 1922, in Aurora.

Mr. McCrimmon was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church and the Teamster Local #673.  He was employed by Chicago-Aurora Motor Express.   He was a World War II navy Veteran, a member of the Montgomery VFW and the USS Pittsburgh Association.

Survivors include his wife, Ona (Ingraham); four sons, James (Kathy) of Big Rock, Daniel (Kathy) of North Aurora, Patrick (Janice) of Downers Grove and Paul (Cathy) of Oswego; a son-in-law, William Boyle of Aurora; three daughters, Alice (Adrian) Barrett of Oswego, Ellen (Steve) Johnson of Oswego, and Judy (Mike) Harter of Aurora; 13 grandchildren, Mark (Glynnis), David, Adam, Shawn McCrimmon, Melissa, Michelle, Jennifer, Lindsey McCrimmon, William III (Teresa), Corey Boyle, Kurt Barrett, Chad, and Justin Johnson, three great grandchildren, Drake McCrimmon, Mike and Ashley Boyle; three sisters, Ruth Stoudt, Elizabeth Zinger, both of Aurora and Gladys (Ken) Lee of Siren, WI; two brothers, Richard of Aurora and Herbert of Wisconsin.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Janet Boyle and Susan in infancy; a granddaughter, Brandy Barrett; his parents, Donald and Hattie Mae McCrimmon; four brothers, Norman, Freed, John and LaVerne and two sisters, Marion Ensminger and Marie Danielak.

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 17, from the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Father Edward Gillespie officiating.  Interment was at St. Joseph Cemetery.  A liturgical wake service was recited during visitation hours Wednesday.                  CC 2/24/1994

 

Katherine S. Johnson Herold     1994.02.30

Katherine S. “Katie” Herold, 90, of Aurora, passed away Friday, February 25, 1994, at Jennings Terrace Retirement Home.  She was born July 5, 1903, in Big Rock Township.

She attended schools in Hinckley and graduated from Hinckley High School in June 1921.  She then attended Northern Illinois State Teachers College and taught in rural schools near Hinckley and Waterman.  She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ.  June 12, 1924, she was united in marriage to A. Glen Herold at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Hinckley.

Survivors include her husband; three grandchildren, Elise Herold, Mark Herold, and Victoria Herold, all of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; two sisters, Mabel Morgan and Grace Graves, both of Aurora; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Herold was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Sarah Johnson; her son, Lloyd Herold; a sister, Alice Booth; and a brother.

A graveside service was held Monday at Lincoln Memorial Park.  There was no visitation.

Contributions in Mrs. Herold’s memory may be made to the Salvation Army.

Arrangements were handled by the Healy Chapel.

   CC 3/3/1994

 

Stanley R. Sims     1994.02.31

Stanley R. Sims, 78, of DeKalb died Friday, February 25, 1994, at his home. 

He was born July 16, 1915 in Mercer County, KY, the son of Charlie W. and Ora M. (Harmon) Sims.  He married Dolores R. Johnson in Sycamore October 4, 1947.

He was employed at Nehring Electrical Works for over 35 years and had also been employed by Paul Nehring, Jr. for many years.  He was a member of Grapevine Christian Church in Duncan, KY.  Mr. Sims was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U. S. Army.  He was also a former member of the DeKalb Moose Club.

Survivors include his wife, Dolores, of DeKalb; a daughter, Charlotte (Mike) Bauer of Waterman; a son, Charles Sims of DeKalb; four grandchildren, Angie Foote, Michael Bauer, Jr. Michelle Bauer and Amanda Bauer; two sisters, Nettie (Fred) Freeman of DeKalb and Rose Chamberlain of Sycamore; a niece and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Willard and Hanley Sims.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, the Reverend Roger W. Thomas of DeKalb Christian Church officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb.

A memorial fund in memory of Stanley R. Sims has been established in care of the funeral home.              CC 3/3/1994

 

John Kohler     1994.02.32

John Kohler, 74, of Winter Haven, FL, and formerly of DeKalb, died February 25, 1994. at his home in Winter Haven.

Born December 27, 1919, in Pittsburg, PA, he was the son of Michael and Pauline Kohler.

He is survived by his wife, Janet, of Winter Haven, FL; a son, James Kohler of Winter haven; two daughters, Paula Guy and Jonna Collier, both of Winter Haven; seven grandchildren; three brothers, Frank (Alberta) Kohler of Sunday Lakes, AZ, Mike (Tula) Kohler of Bella Vista, AR, and Donald (Betty) Kohler of DeKalb; and two sisters, Edna Askelson of Waterman and Catherine (George) Ogle of Woodstock.

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

Cremation took place in Florida.

A memorial service was held at the Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home in Winter Haven.      CC 4/7/1994

 

Elmer E. Larsen     1994.02.33

Elmer E. Larsen died in a nursing home in Weed, CA, February 24, 1994.

He was born in Waterman, IL, January 8, 1908.  In 1910 he moved to Adair, OK, returning to Waterman in 1920.  He went to Happy Camp, CA in 1923, remaining there for many years, working as a gold miner, in forest service and lumber mills.  Mr. Larsen was active in helping the Happy Camp clinic and library.

Survivors include two brothers, Carl in Waterman and Bert who now resides at the DeKalb Nursing Home; nieces and nephews in Waterman, Alaska, and other states.

He was preceded in death by his wife Goldie, in December of 1973.  Her son, Gene Miller, lives at Cave Junction, OR.      

CC 4/14/1994

 

                        Florence V. Marx Loux     1994.03.02

Florence V. Loux, 84, formerly of Sandwich, died Saturday, March 19, 1994 at Crest View Lutheran Home in Columbia Heights, MN.  She was born January 8, 1910 on the family farmstead north of Somonauk, the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Bodenstedt) Marx.

Florence was married to Irvin Loux in 1938.  They settled on the Loux farmstead north of Somonauk, where they farmed until Irvin’s death in 1962.

Survivors include her daughter, Donna Folsom of St. Anthony, MN; her son, Irvin (Kathy) Loux, Jr. of Genoa; her sister Luella Gletty of Waterman; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Florence was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Irvin; and a daughter in infancy.

Funeral services for Florence were held Wednesday, March 23 at 2:30 p.m. at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich, Rev. David Kaul officiating.  Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.

Visitation was Wednesday at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.

Memorials may be made in Florence’s name to the Crest View Lutheran Home, 4444 Reservoir Blvd. N. E., Columbia Heights, MN 66421.                 CC 3/31/1994

 

Gary G. Kutzleb     1994.03.19

Gary G. Kutzleb, 54, of Monroe, WI, died Tuesday, March 29, 1994, at University Hospital, Madison, as the result of a house fire.

Mr. Kutzleb was born August 2, 1939, in Bloomfield, the son of Alfred and Hilda (Kempf) Kutzleb.

He married Janice E. Haish April 2, 1960, in Hinckley, IL.

They farmed in Hinckley for five years, in Belvidere, IL, for six years, and in the Monroe area for 23 years.

Survivors include his wife, Janice; a son, Jeffrey, Monroe; two daughters, Mrs. Dan (Brenda) Goodman, Seattle, WA, and Mrs. Todd (Lisa) Kennedy, Albany; his mother, Hilda Kutzleb, Berlin; two brothers, Ronald Kutzleb, Neshkoro, and Anthony Flemming, Pardeeville; five sisters, Mrs. David (Diane) Theuretand, Mrs. Ian (Bonnie) Wilson, Oshkosh, Mrs. Brian (Kathryn) Krause, Poysippi, Mrs. Steven (Susan) Paul, Menash, and Mrs. Gary (Karna) Edinger, DePere; three grandchildren and seven step grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Eugene.

Funeral services were held Friday at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Monroe, The Reverend Michael Wolff officiating.  Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery, Monroe.

A memorial fund has been established in his name.

Arrangements were completed by Stuessy Funeral Home, Monroe.

Condolences may be sent to Janice Kutzleb at W6090 County P, Monroe, WI.                            CC 4/7/1994

 

 

John E. Jacobson     1994.03.20

John E. “Red” Jacobson, 66, of North Aurora, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 1994, at his home.  He was born November 29, 1927, in Shabbona, the son of Ernest and Orva (Thompson) Jacobson. He married Sylvia Arendt September 28, 1945, in Aurora.

He was a veteran of the Korean War enlisting in the Army.  He was a member of the first Presbyterian Church of Aurora and Teamsters Local 423 in Montgomery.  He was employed as a truck driver, working for Arkansas Best Trucking Co. in Montgomery until his retirement.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia, of North Aurora; two daughters, Joann (Pat) McManus of North Aurora and Susann (Ron) Green of Miami, FL; a brother, Robert (Jean) Jacobson of Shabbona; three sisters, Doris (Richard) Heim, of West Chicago, Sandy (Randy) Cooper of Chandler, AZ, and Shirley Smith of Elgin and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death his parents; two brothers, Erwin and Donald; and a sister, Evelyn.

Cremation rites were accorded.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                   CC 3/10/1994

 

Hildur Friedlund Cliffe     1994.03.21

Hildur F. Cliffe, 72, of LeHigh Acres, FL, formerly of DeKalb and Shabbona, died Tuesday, March 1, 1994, at East Point Hospital in LeHigh Acres.

She was born March 27, 1921 in Maple Park, the daughter of Oscar and Julia (Olson) Friedlund.  She married Daniel L. Cliffe December 1, 1944, in Alliance, NE. 

Mrs. Cliffe was a former member of the Ladies Golfing League at Kishwaukee Country Club in DeKalb and a member of the Ladies Golfing League at LeHigh Acres.  She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Shabbona and the Shabbona American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Larry (Sue) Cliffe of Sycamore; a daughter, Helen (Paul) Lowe of Carol Stream; a brother, Harry Friedlund of DeKalb; three sisters, her twin, Helen Jouris of DeKalb, Evelyn (Clinton) Johnson of DeKalb and Betty (Alden) Gray of Wetmore, CO; and a grandson, Joshua Cliffe of DeKalb.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel Quinn and Evelyn Anderson, and a brother, Edward Friedlund.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona, the Reverend David Wernecke of the Shabbona United Church of Christ officiating.  Cremation has taken place, the remains to be interred at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

A memorial has been established for Hildur F. Cliffe for the American Heart Association.             CC 3/10/1994

 

Morris C. Benson     1994.03.22

Morris C. Benson, 79, of Cortland, died Tuesday, March 8, 1994, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

He was born March 25, 1915, in Shabbona, the son of Oley and Vina (Larson) Benson.  He married Dorothy M. French September 5, 1941 in Lee.

Mr. Benson farmed in the Hinckley, Cortland and Sycamore areas until 1964 and worked as a Northern Illinois University groundskeeper until his retirement in 1983.  He also owned Benson’s Fix-it Shop until his death.

He was a World War II Army veteran and was a member of the Sycamore VFW and Sycamore American Legion.  He was also a member of the First Baptist Church in DeKalb, the Sons of Norway, the Charter Grove Grange and the Cortland Fire Department.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Kenneth (Bonnie) Benson of Cortland and Morris (Linda) Benson of DeKalb; a sister, Vivian (Edwin) Edwards of Wheaton; a sister-in-law, Mary Benson of Cortland; five grandchildren, Clifford Benson of Cortland, Charles (Janice) Benson of Iowa, Teresa Benson of Melvin, IL, Lisa (Brian) Heal of Malta and Eric Benson of DeKalb; a great granddaughter, Grace Heal; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Frank, Robert, and Curtis; a sister, Dorothy Grimm, and a brother-in-law, Udell Grimm.

Visitation was scheduled for Wednesday, March 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 10, at the funeral home, the Reverends Ronald Miles and John Peterson officiating.  Burial will follow at the Union Cemetery near Lee.

A memorial fund has been established in care of the funeral home.                    CC 3/10/1994

 

Ruth May Randles St. Germain     1994.03.23

Ruth May St. Germain, 88, of Sugar Grove, formerly of Chicago, passed away Tuesday noon, March 8, 1994, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora where she had been admitted Monday following a sudden illness.  She was born July 2, 1905, in Minersville, PA, the daughter of Walter and Clara (Crump) Randles

The family moved to Kansas when she was a child and she graduated from high school in the Topeka-Laramie area.

She began nurses training in Topeka and finished her education in Chicago.  She was employed at Garfield Park Hospital for several years until the late 50’s when she began work at Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital, retiring in 1970.

In the early 1930’s she was united in marriage to Bert St. Germain in Chicago where they made their home for many years.  Following his death in 1970 she continued to make her own home in the city until 1990 when her eyesight began to fail and she came to live with her daughter, Phyllis in Sugar Grove.

She loved her work but also was fond of cooking and entertaining family and friends.

Through the years she enjoyed some needlework and playing Scrabble with her daughter and family.

Survivors include a daughter, Phyllis (Joseph) Yoder of Sugar Grove; two grandchildren, Susan (Ronald) Simek of New Lenox, IL, and their children, Melissa, Michelle and Michael, William (Karen) Yoder of Big Rock and their son, David; a nephew, Marshal (Virginia) Rainbolt of Topeka, KS, and a step-granddaughter, Kaye (Bryan) Ross of Cour d’ Alene, ID.

In addition to her parents and husband, Bert, she joins now a sister, Laura Rainbolt, and a brother, George Randles, who preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Friday from the Conley Funeral Home, the Reverend John F. Smith, pastor of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church officiating, and committal services followed at River Hills Chapel.

Following cremation, final entombment will take place at Acacia Park Cemetery in Chicago.    CC 3/17/1994

 

  1. Rose Lorenz Hohmann 1994.03.24
  2. Rose “Polly” Hohmann, 70, of Batavia, passed away Thursday evening, March 10, 1944 at Delnor Hospital following a five week battle with lymphoma. She was born April 9, 1923, in Aurora, the daughter of Peter J. and Emma L. (Loeffel) Lorenz.

She graduated from West Aurora High School and a few years later, October 29, 1946 was united in marriage to George Hohmann.

The Hohmanns made their home in Sugar Grove for a short time before moving to Wasco where they lived until 1956.  At that time they moved to Aurora and finally settled in Batavia in 1958.  Mrs. Hohmann’s home was her castle and a haven where she enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking, and baking the many things which so warmed the hearts and souls of her family and friends.

Mr. Hohmann was a member of Holy Cross Church and was active with the Altar and Rosary Society for many years in which she was especially noted for her jams and jellies made for the annual bazaar.

In addition to her husband, George, she is survived by two sons, George, Jr. (Karen) Hohmann of Boulder Hill and their children, Tim Hohmann and Carrie (Mrs. Nathan Penley) of Oswego, Bruce (Lisa) Hohmann of Batavia and their children, Kyle, Kellie, and Caleb; three sisters, daisy (Steve) Vargo of Aurora, Lillian (Frank) Damon of Big Rock, and Alice Lorenz of Aurora; a brother, Paul Lorenz, also of Aurora; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral mass was celebrated at holy Cross Church, Batavia Monday with interment following at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery, Aurora.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Holy Cross Church, 313 East Wilson Street, Batavia, IL 60510.

Arrangements were completed by Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.                  CC 3/17/1994

 

Corrinne M. Ouart Pratt     1994.03.25

Corrinne M. Pratt, 63, of Big Rock, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 1994, at Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora.  She was born August 23, 1930, in Kewanee, IL, the daughter of George and Mable (Heise) Ouart.

She was united in marriage August 26, 1948, in Kewanee to Mr. Harry Pratt.  Mrs. Pratt had been employed at the Big Rock Post Office for 21 years until her retirement in 1991.

Survivors include her husband, Harry of Big Rock; a son, Michael Pratt of Moline; a daughter, Mary Jo (John) Slover of Sugar Grove; a brother, George (Betty) Ouart of Kewanee; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were held Friday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment was at West Big Rock Cemetery, Big Rock.

Pallbearers were John Slover, Bruce Thompson, Ed Evans, Robert James, Tim Ouart, and Glen Ouart.           CC 3/17/1994

 

Hannah Gudmunson Gerth     1994.03.26

Hannah Gerth, 91, of Waterman, passed away Saturday, March 12, 1994, at Willow Crest Nursing Home in Sandwich.  She was born July 27, 1902, in Jewel, IA, the daughter of Knute and Susan (Gord) Gudmunson.

Hanna was united in marriage June 14, 1923, in Aurora to Mr. Fred Gerth.

Mrs. Gerth was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.  She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her three grandchildren, Jonathon (Sharon) Popp of Gilbert, IA, Timothy (Janet) Popp of LaGrange and Martha (Timothy) Blum of Waterman; two great grandchildren, Katie and Kaleb Popp of Gilbert, IA; two brothers, Knute (Florence) Gudmunson of Somonauk and Wagner (Irma) Gudmunson of Foster, OR; seven sisters, Sadie Schoenlein, Adeline Wold, Lillie Sorenson and Olga Elmer, all of Watford City, ND, Myrtle (Myron) Gross of Colfax, IL, and Betty Rockwell of Pecatonica, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Marilyn Popp; a son-in-law, Alvin Popp; four brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, the Reverend Donald Balgeman officiating.  Sue Kastler was the organist.  Interment was at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Aurora.

Pallbearers were Dan Gudmunson, John Gudmunson, Alan Olson, Rick Klatt, Randy Klatt, and Larry Lange.

Arrangements were completed by Nelson Funeral Homes.

CC 3/17/1994

 

Regina A. Huff Potter     1994.03.27

Regina A. Potter, 44, of Lena, IL, died Monday, March 21, 1994, at her home.

She was born September 27, 1949, in Sandwich, the daughter of Kenneth and Leota (Cunz) Huff.  She married Paul Potter May 9, 1969 in Waterman.

Mrs. Potter was a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church.  She was employed at Micro Switch in Warren, IL, for 16 years.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Paul Potter, Jr., and Aaron Potter, both of Lena; a daughter, Melissa Kosman of Aurora; her parents; a sister, Rita (Bill) Wilson of Hinckley and a brother, Kent (Marie) Huff of Waterman.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Lena United Methodist Church, the Reverend Robert Webb officiating.  Burial was at Lena Burial Park.

A memorial has been established.          CC 3/31/1994

 

Burdell G. Hester     1994.03.28

Burdell G. Hester, 81, of Aurora, passed away Friday, March 18, 1994, at Mercy Center Hospital.  He was born September 2, 1912, in Big Rock, the son of the late Harry G. and Ethel (Dunn) Hester.

He was a member of the Teamsters Local #710, retiring in 1974; Pioneer Club; Loyal Order of Moose; Phoenix Club, Cedardell Golf Club; and Wesley Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred; two sons, Allan B. Hester and Robert G. Hester; a brother, Harry G. Hester; eight grandchildren, Lori, Scott, Suzanne, Tammi, Shelby, Kurt, Disque Andrew and Jessica; six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Ethel Hester; a daughter, Joyce Lynn Lunceford; a brother, Russell Kelley; a sister in infancy, Hazel Hester.

According to his and his family’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there was no visitation or service.

Contributions in Mr. Hester’s memory may be made to the donor’s choice.

Arrangements were handled by the Healy Chapel.    

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Robert I. Schmidt     1994.03.29

Robert I. Schmidt, 77, of rural DeKalb died Tuesday, March 22, 1994, at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.

He was born January 13, 1917, in Sycamore, the son of George E. and Nellie (Nelson) Schmidt.  He married Evelyn L. Hall May 17, 1941 in DeKalb.

He was a carpenter and farmed for many years.  He attended local schools and was a lifelong member of the First Lutheran Church in DeKalb.  He was also a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Robert (Lynn) Schmidt of rural DeKalb; a daughter, Karen (Charles) Hart of Shabbona; eight grandchildren, Steve (Lisa) Schmidt, Stefanie, Matthew, and Marc Schmidt and Scott, Heidi, Heather and Nathan Hart; a sister, Viola Kusisto of Rockford; a brother, Lloyd Schmidt of Sycamore; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Frances; and three brothers, LeRoy, Charles and Harold.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the First Lutheran Church in DeKalb, the Reverend Thomas Hanson officiating.  Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.  Visitation was scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Ronan-Moore Mortuary in DeKalb and Thursday from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the church.

A memorial fund has been established for Robert I. Schmidt in care of the Ronan-Moore Mortuary, 301 Oak Street, DeKalb.   

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Annie Amelia Rowland Turnbow     1994.03.30

Robert Henry and Minnie Wood Rowland became the proud parents of their first child, a daughter, born in Jackson County, MO, October 17, 1891, and they named her Annie Amelia.  She was reared, educated, and lived her entire life in western Johnson County. 

February 16, 1916, she married Lloyd Jefferson Turnbow in Warrensburg.  The Lord blessed this 58 year union with three daughters.  He preceded her in death March 10, 1974.

Mrs. Turnbow was a homemaker and enjoyed her flowers and gardening.  She was a member of the Elm Spring Baptist Church and remained faitful as long as her health permitted.  It hardly seemed right to attend Memorial Day services at Elm Spring without “Annie” helping in the kitchen.  She served faithfully in this capacity many years.

The Lord called her home Wednesday, March 9, 1994.

Survivors include two daughters, Leora Benson, Waterman, and Marjorie Kissling, Independence, MO; a brother, Robert Rowland; and a sister, Neva Smith, both of Holden, MO; nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Leona; her parents; two brothers, Evert and Bart Rowland; four sisters, Jessie McKay, Pearl Duncan, Nina Surber, and Minnie Opal Rowland.

Annie was blessed with a life of 102-plus years to enjoy, to work, to help others and to cherish many friendships.  She truly was an inspiration to her family and many friends.

If Annie could speak to us today, she would share,

          The Gift of Days

I wonder why we often spend

Our gift of days complaining when

We should be thankful to our God

For little things like rain and Sun,

The birds and trees, the air we breathe,

The carpet of the grass He lays.

If only we would realize

How precious is God’s gift of days.          CC 3/31/1994

 

Mary L. Baumez Berger     1994.03.31

Mary L. Berger, age 64, of Rochelle, formerly of Big Rock, passed away Thursday, March 17, 1994, at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.  She was born February 15, 1930, in Minneapolis, MN.  She was united in marriage to Nick Berger July 4, 1948, in Aurora.

The Bergers had farmed for 37 years in Big Rock.  Mrs. Berger also worked as a rural route mail carrier.  Involved in Scouting, she served as a Cub Scout Den Mother for Pack 319 in Big Rock.  She was a volunteer for the Big Rock Plowing Match where she helped with food preparation for the kitchen.  She recently joined her son in the operation of Berger Novelties and Awards Company in Rochelle.  Mrs. Berger was a member of the Big Rock Baptist Church where she served as a Deaconess and enjoyed singing in the church choir.

She was blessed with a long and active life and will be remembered by her many friends and family for her outgoing nature and caring for others.

Survivors include a daughter, Peggy Berger of Fort Mill, SC; a son, Michael Berger of Rochelle; a sister, Dolores (George) Dickenson of Batavia; two brothers, Herman (Donna) Baumez, Jr., of Big Rock, and Robert (Mary) Winkle of Mt. Pleasant, SC; a sister-in-law Daunis Winkle of Payson, AZ; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her father Herman Baumez, Sr.; her mother, Lorna (Unglaub) Baumez-Snyder; her step-mother, Edith “Winnie” (Rhinehardt) Winkle-Baumez; her husband, Nick Berger; a sister Myrna Baker; three brothers, Donald Baumez, Noel and Don Winkle.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at West Big Rock Cemetery, Big Rock, the Reverend Kurt Simon officiating.

Contributions in Mrs. Berger’s memory may be made to the Lions of Illinois Foundation for Sight First or to the American Kidney Foundation.

Arrangements were handled by the Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home, Batavia.                       CC 3/31/1994

 

Eleanor Horn Johnson     1994.03.32

Eleanor H. Johnson, 74, of Malta, died Sunday, March 20, 1994, at the Shabbona Health Care Center in Shabbona.

She was born April 5, 1919, in Greenwood, WI, the daughter of John and Caroline (Meyers) Horn.  She married Elmer Johnson May 15, 1940, in Lebanon, IN.

She was employed as a clerical worker by the DeKalb-Ogle and Contel Telephone Companies, retiring in 1982.  She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in DeKalb.

Survivors include her husband of Malta; three sons, Kenneth (Sue) Johnson of Rio, WI, Harold (Judy) Johnson of Afton, TN, Allen Johnson of Sycamore; a daughter, Joyce (Marvin) Davis of Shabbona; a brother, Dale (Adel) Horn of Greenwood, WI; a sister, Anna Peterson of Marengo; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Raymond; two sisters, Edna Carlson and Tracy Danielson and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona, the Reverend Howard Jacobsen officiating.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.                                              CC 3/31/1994

 

Christina Elizabeth Annetta Moyer Marshall     1994.03.33

Christina Elizabeth Annetta Marshall, 83, of Shabbona, formerly of DeKalb and San Marcos, CA, died Tuesday, March 15, 1994, at he Shabbona Health Care Center.

She was born October 19, 1910, in Monona, IA, the daughter of Elza Frank and Mable (Bentein) Moyer.  She married John Everette “Scotty” Marshall September 21, 1935 in DeKalb.

She grew up in Iowa and attended nurses training at Miscordia Hospital in Milwaukee, WI.  She was a registered nurse at the old DeKalb Public Hospital for 30 years, serving as director of nursing for 10 of those years.  She also worked at Pine Acres Care Center and the DeKalb County Nursing Home.

Mrs. Marshall and her husband retired to California in 1976, returning to DeKalb in 1991.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in DeKalb.

Survivors include three daughters, Marilyn (Tom) Bollinger of Marquand, MO, Sharon (Ted) Shohfi of Burbank, CA, and Jill (Bill) Gee of Shabbona; a son, Terry (Kathy) Marshall of Lawrence, KS; two sisters, Magdalene Garman of DeKalb and Loretta Hoskins of Sandusky, OH; a brother, Robert (Cathy) Moyer of Red Stone, CO; 15 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Donald Boltz of Janesville, WI; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1983; and two sisters, Harriet Benson and Mary Boltz.

A family memorial service will be held at a later date.  Cremation has taken place.                CC 3/24/1994

 

Natalie M. Olson Rowswell Schroeder     1994.03.34

Natalie M. Schroeder, 91, of Aurora, passed away Friday, March 18, 1994. at Aurora Manor Nursing Home.  She was born August 29, 1902, in Hinckley, the daughter of the late Charles and Mary Ruth Olson.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Aurora for 60 years.

Survivors include a daughter, Janice Miller of Aurora; a grandson, Scott Lee Miller of Adams, WI; a great grandson, Christopher Miller of Aurora; a sister, Evelyn Briscoe of St. Petersburg, FL; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald Rowswell; her second husband, John L. Schroeder; a grandson, Randy Miller; a granddaughter, Tracy Jackson; two brothers, Clifford and Harry Olson; and two sisters, Fern Wormley and Dora Panikis.

Memorial service were held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 23 at first Presbyterian Church, the Reverend Robert C. Urquhart officiating.  Private interment took place at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Contributions in Mrs. Schroeder’s memory may be made to First Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements were handled by the Healy Chapel.     

CC 3/24/1994

 

Ronald C. Downing     1994.03.35

Ronald C. Downing, 42, of Elburn, formerly of Ontario, WI, died instantly at his home Wednesday evening, March 23, 1994, of a self inflicted gunshot.  He was born July 9, 1951, in Sparta, WI, the son of Max and Helen (Hutchens) Downing.

The family moved to the Hinckley-Big Rock area about 1960 where Ron graduated from Hinckley-Big Rock schools with the class of 1969.

After high school Ron began working for the International implement dealer and the cement company in Hinckley.  Following a short time in the Army he returned home to begin a career in carpentry.  He worked for various contractors in the area and also spent some time as an over-the-road truck driver.  His outgoing, easy manner made friends comfortable wherever he traveled, but the traveling he enjoyed most was just going home to be with family and friends in Wisconsin.

He was united in marriage to Rhonda Stover June 19, 1987, in Elburn where they had since made their home.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Somonauk where he was confirmed.

Survivors include a daughter, Desirae of Watertown, SD; his wife, Rhonda and step-daughter Brandie of Elburn; his parents, Max and Helen Downing of Ontario, WI; three sisters, Diane Ryburn of DeKalb, Vicki (Rusty) Baie of Hinckley, and Connie (Bernie) Elting of Highland, IL; many aunts and uncles, particularly Dr. Sandra (Gary) Williams of Viroqua, WI; his maternal grandmother, Norma Hutchens of Ontario, WI; and a host of very fond nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Monday at the Brush Creek Lutheran Church, Ontario, WI, the Reverend Arthur Sharot officiating.  Interment was at Hilltop Cemetery in Ontario.

Local arrangements were completed by Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.  Memorials in the name of Ronald C. Downing may be mailed to his family in care of P.O. Box 233, Elburn, IL 60119.                        CC 3/31/1994

 

Michael P. Willis     1994.03.36

Michael P. Willis, 21, of Elburn, died instantly Wednesday evening, March 23, 1994, at his home, the victim of a tragic double shooting.  He was born January 2, 1973, the son of Fred and Rhonda (Stover) Willis.  Mike was the New Year’s Baby of Community Hospital.

The family made their home in Elburn and Mike attended Kaneland Schools, where he excelled in basketball as a point guard and in baseball where he played any position well.  All of his life he continued in “pick-up” games and could be found anywhere there was a game.  Very outgoing from the time he was little, he made friends and talked easily with anyone.  His heart was a deep well of caring that knew no strangers, no limit in time, no problem too bad to be shared.  The times through his teenage years were a struggle, but they were a challenge he overcame and had begun to make a new life for himself.

He was employed by the Gordon Flesch Copier Company in St. Charles for two years and more recently had been working with Chessman Drywall, Plato Center.

Survivors include his mother, Rhonda Downing of Elburn and father, Fred Willis of Big Rock; a sister, Brandie of Elburn; his paternal grandmother, Jane Willis of Big Rock; his maternal grandmother, Rose Stover of Birchwood, WI; many aunts, uncles and cousins.  In addition he leaves the love of his life, Wendy Hecker and he six “blood brothers”, Allen, Brett, Doug, Jason, Telly and Ryan.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Kenton Willis and Eugene Stover.

Funeral services were held Sunday at the Community Congregational Church, Elburn, the Reverend Kathrine Lawes, pastor of  Community Church, and Reverend Kurt Simon, pastor of the English Congregational Church, Big Rock, officiating.  Interment was at West Big Rock Cemetery.

Memorials in his name may be made to the Kaneland Sports Boosters or to a personal memorial established in Mike’s name to carry on his wish to support the college goals of his loving girl friend, Wendy Hecker.  All memorials may be mailed in care of P.O. Box 233, Elburn, IL 60119.

Arrangements were completed by Conley Funeral Home.

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Enos A. Baie     1994.03.37

Enos A. Baie, 83, of Ft. Atkinson, WI, formerly of Waterman, died Monday, March 28, 1994, in Ft. Atkinson.

Arrangements are being completed by the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman.                  CC 3/31/1994

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Enos A. Baie, 83, of Fort Atkinson, WI, formerly of Waterman, died Monday, March 28, 1994, in Fort Atkinson.

He was born August 31, 1910, in Waterman, the son of Edward and Ethel (Francis) Baie.  He married Mable Roberts November 5, 1931, in Somonauk.  She died July 14, 1973.  He later married Ruth Olson September 30, 1978.

He attended school in Hinckley.  He had farmed in the Waterman area until 1958, and then farmed near Whitewater, WI, until his retirement in 1967.  He was employed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  He was a former member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, a member of the National Wildlife Federation and the National Arbor Day Foundation.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth of Fort Atkinson; two daughters, Lorraine (Arthur) Fields of Waterman and Victoria (Tom) Matzke of Darien, WI; a son, John Baie of Sheridan; eight grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mable; a daughter, Virginia McGinty; a sister and two brothers.

Funeral services were held Friday at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman, the Reverend Mark Tammen officiating.  Betty Clausen served as organist.  Burial was at Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.                                     CC 4/7/1994

 

Earl L. Rissman     1994.03.38

Earl L. Rissman, 78, of Aurora, died March 23, 1994, at his home in Aurora.  He was born October 8, 1915, in Hinckley, the son of Martin and Marie (Leifheit) Rissman.

Mr. Rissman was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church of Aurora. He served with the US Army Air Corps during World War II.  He was also a member of the Montgomery VFW Post #7453, the AMVETS, Eagles Club and the Aurora Athletic Club.

He is survived by a son, John (Laura) Rissman of Aurora; six daughters, Pam (Dick) Paszotta of DeKalb, Linda (Jim) Martin of Griffith, IN, Candy (Charlie) Stuemke of Altamont, IL, Sandy (Greg) Stafford of Yorkville, Dot (John) Mackay of Barrington, Dee (Tom) Schuman of Batavia; 17 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two brothers, Bob (Betty) Rissman and Mike (Rosemary) Rissman; three sisters, Myrtle Ulrich, Della Colby, and Luella Vodden.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marion Rissman; a sister, Juanita Karau; and six brothers, Lorenz, Walt, Kenny, Dale, Wilbur, and Delbert Rissman.

Funeral services were held Saturday at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Aurora, the Reverend Timothy N. Swanson officiating.  Burial was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Arrangements were completed by the Healy Chapel.

Contributions may be made to the family.        CC 3/31/1994

 

Jill Meryde Hayes Schou     1994.03.39

Jill Meryde Schou, 58, of Aurora, formerly of Leland and Waterman, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 1994, at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.  She was born January 9, 1936, in Waterman, the daughter of Thomas Allison and Bernice (Hipple) Hayes.

She attended the Suydam Methodist Church in Leland.  She had been formerly married to Mr. Harold Schou for over 20 years.  She had been a member of the Junior Women’s Society and the Order of the Eastern Star in Leland.  Mrs. Schou was presently employed as a Patient Care Technician at the Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva.

She was the loving mother of Thomas Eugene (Dianna) Schou of Portland, OR, and Julie Lynn (Michael) Strong of Kaneville; the devoted grandmother of Jason Woolsey, Jaime Woolsey and Jillian Woolsey, all of Kaneville; the dear daughter of Bernice Morse of Carmel, IN; the fond sister of Don (JoAnn) Hayes of Carmel, IN, Connie Leifheit of Aurora, and Jackie (Jim) Volkert of Aurora.  Also surviving is her close friend, Terry Vernooy of Aurora; her loving cat “Jenny”; and many adoring friends that will dearly miss her.

She was preceded in death by her father, a son, Timothy; and one brother, W. Gene Hayes.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman.  Dolores Wilkening, organist, and Terri Olson, soloist, provided music for the service.  Interment was at the North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.

Pallbearers were Jason Woolsey, James Volkert, Donald Schou, Don Hayes, Al Endriukaitis, and Geff Hayes.

Memorials may be made in the name of Jill Meryde Schou in care of First Chicago Bank, South Batavia Avenue, Batavia, IL 60510.                    CC  4/7/1994

 

 

 

 

 

                                   Ray H. Windish     1994.04.17

Raymond “Ray” H. Windish, 65, of Sandwich, died Friday, April 15, 1994 at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.

He was born on June 21, 1928 in Aurora, the son of Frank and Anna Catherine (Bollweg) Windish.  He was a World War II Air Force veteran and a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sandwich, a member of the Quad County Hawg Hunters, a chapter of Muskies, Inc., and a friend of Bill W. for 13 years.  After 23 years he left his employment at Equipto in Aurora and worked for St. Paul’s Catholic Church and John’s Flowers.

Funeral mass was held Monday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sandwich, with father Daniel Kramer officiating.  Burial was in St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery.  Visitation was held on Sunday at the Turner Funeral Home, Somonauk.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene; two sons, John (Lori) Windish of Plano, and Jim Windish of Thousand Oaks, CA; one daughter, Jeanine Windish of Glenview; three grandchildren, two brothers, Bill (Lil) Windish of Montgomery, Frank (Helen) Windish of Aurora; three sisters, Dorothy (Bill) Knara of Big Rock, Fran Boyd of Aurora and Mildred Windish of Aurora; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother John “Jackie” Windish.

Arrangements were completed by Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk.                CC  4/21/1994

 

                                  Ruth Benjamin Wolf     1994.04.19

Ruth B. Wolf, 74, of Sandwich, died Monday, April 25, 1994 in Sandwich Community Hospital. 

She was born April 21, 1928 Chicago, the daughter of Walter and Linda Mae (Neulieb) Benjamin.  She married William O. Wolf on June 24, 1939 in Chicago. 

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Hinckley.  She worked at Bankers Life and Casualty Insurance Company in Chicago for twenty-four years.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 29 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley, with the Rev. Donald Balgeman officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery.  Visitation was Thursday, April 28 at the Turner Funeral Home, Somonauk.

She is survived by her husband, William; two daughters, Marilyn (Steven) Mason of Sandwich, Shirley (Wallace) Steinberg of Sandwich; 6 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Walter (Ruby) Benjamin of Sycamore, and James Benjamin of Chicago.

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

Memorials may be directed to the Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Hinckley.                    CC  5/5/1994

 

                                   Ruth H. Haley     1994.04.20

Ruth H. Haley, 75, of Big Rock died Sunday, April 24, 1994 at her daughter’s home in rural Leland.  She was born on March 6, 1919 in Big Rock, the daughter of Charles and Clara (Sisson) Haley. 

She attended New England Congregational Church in Aurora.  She retired in a 1984 after twenty years of working at Furnas Electric in Batavia.  She earned her associate degree at Waubonsie Community College in 1993, belonged to Willing Workers and Evening Fellowship at Big Rock English Congregational Church, and Golden Harvesters of Plano.

Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Thursday, April 28 at the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk, with the Pastor Jennifer Amy-Dressler officiating.  Burial will be in Welsh Cemetery, rural Big Rock.  Visitation was from 5-8 PM on Wednesday, April 27 at the Turner Funeral Home, Somonauk.

She is survived by one daughter, Sandy Hake of rural Leland; two granddaughters, Carrie and Lisa Hake; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and son-in-law Stanley Hake.                               CC  4/28/1994

 

Clyde G. MacDougall     1994.04.23

Clyde G. MacDougall, age 91, of Waterman, passed away Friday, April 1, 1994, at the Shabbona Health Care Center, Shabbona.  He was born October 14, 1903, in Aurora, the son of Duncan and Bertha (Graham) Macdougall.

He was united in marriage August 29, 1931, to Mary Reingardt in Waterman.  He was owner and operator of the Cities Service Station in Waterman for over 13 years.  Mr. MacDougall was also employed by the J. A, Nash Company for many years as a carpet layer and carpenter and was known by all that knew him for his quality of workmanship.

He was a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church as well as a member of the AF&AM Lodge #728 of Waterman.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; two daughters, Donna (Herb) Leifheit of Waterman and Darlene Royer of DeKalb; five grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Esther; three brothers, Ervette, Verne, and Gene; and two sisters in infancy.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman, the Reverend Mark Tammen officiating.  Interment was at Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.

Pallbearers were Chet Carroll, John Nash, Bob Buhse, Roger Skau, Bruce Thorp, Roger Chapman, Steve Suddeth, and Philip Nelson.

A Masonic service was held Monday during visitation hours at the funeral home.                        CC  4/7/1994

 

Frank J. Lorek     1994.04.24

Frank J. Lorek, 86, of Elmhurst, died Saturday, April 2, 1994, at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.

He was born December 30, 1907, in Cicero, the son of Paul and Mary (Kot) Lorek.  He married Charlotte Gunnell.

Mr. Lorek was a member of the Immaculate Conception parish for over 40 years.  He was also an usher.

He retired as treasurer of Armstrong Paint in 1972.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Pinochle Club.

Survivors include his wife of Elmhurst; two sons, Thomas (Theresa) Lorek of Hinckley and William (Janet) Lorek of Glen Ellyn; four grandchildren; a brother, Edward (Mary) Lorek; and many nieces and nephews.

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

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Gibbons Funeral Home, 134 South York Road, Elmhurst, followed by a funeral mass at the Immaculate Conception Church, Elmhurst.  Burial was at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.       CC  4/7/1994

 

William G. Lohr     1994.04.25

William G. “Bill” Lohr, 69, of Vinton, IA, formerly of Yorkville, passed away Sunday, April 3, 1994, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, IL.  He was visiting at his sister’s home in Decatur at the time of his sudden illness.  He was born January 2, 1925, in Belle Plaine, IA, to Allen and Mabel Schuchert Lohr.

He graduated from the Belle Plaine High School in 1942, and received his additional education at Iowa State University in Ames.

From 1943 to 1945, Mr. Lohr served his nation in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

November 29, 1946, he married Zora Jean “Dodie” Thompson in Vinton.  The couple lived in Vinton, where Mr. Lohr established the Vinton Lumber Company and assisted his father-in-law, Horace Thompson, in the operation of the business of eight years.  He also farmed in rural Vinton for six years and in 1962 the Lohrs and their two daughters moved to Yorkville, IL, where Mr. Lohr was employed by Farm Service and then by the Borden Chemical Company for 17 years.  In 1973, the Lohrs returned to Benton County, IA.

He was preceded in death by his wife, “Dodie” April 9, 1993.

A devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather, his memory will be cherished by his two daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Dale Dean of Big Rock and Julie and Chuck Kobliska of Plainfield; six grandchildren, Darcie and Darren Kobliska, Bill and Katie Werner and Karl and Heather Dean; his two sisters and brother-in-law, Leola and Stanley Nelson of Decatur and Arlene Lewis of LaPorte City, IA, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Thursday, April 7, at the Presbyterian Church in Vinton, the Reverend Beverly Hughes officiating; with private committal services planned at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton.

A memorial fund has been established.

Arrangements were by Phillips Funeral Home.

CC  4/14/1994

 

Joyce Falk Fields     1994.04.26

Joyce (Falk) Fields, 56, of Toledo, OH, formerly of Shabbona, died Saturday, April 9, 1994, in Flower Hospital in Toledo. 

Born April 20, 1937, she was the daughter of John and Helen (Bowman) Falk.

She married Vernon Fields August 27, 1955, at the First Baptist Church in Shabbona.

She was a 1955 graduate of Shabbona High School.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Jonna (Robert) Karrick of Toledo, OH; a son, David Fields of San Diego, CA; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona, the Reverend Jeff Coester of the First Baptist Church of Shabbona officiating.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.             CC  4/14/1994

 

 

Floyd B. Stone     1994.04.27

Floyd B. Stone, 91, of Aurora, passed away Monday, April 11, 1994 at Jennings Terrace.  He was born June 29, 1902, in Aurora, the son of the late Byron and Lottie (Rogers) Stone.

Mr. Stone owned a barber shop on Illinois Avenue in Aurora for 20 years and also was a barber in Fullerton, CA.

Survivors include three nephews, Dennis (Faith) Stone of Hinckley, Roger (Faye) Stone of Aurora, and Edward Stone of Phoenix, AZ; a niece, Virginia Stere of Bristol, several grandnieces and grandnephews, and a special friend, Leola Sauter.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve (Ziegler) Stone; two brothers, Lester and Harold Stone; and a sister, Dorothy Regenold.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 14, at 10:30 a.m. from the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Gary McCann officiating.  Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Healy Chapel from 9 a.m. Thursday until the funeral hour.

Contributions in memory of Floyd B. Stone may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice.                  CC  4/14/1994

 

Helen K. Michaelson     1994.04.28

Helen K. Michaelson, 85, formerly of Hinckley, passed away April 10, 1994, in Marcus, IA.  She married Joseph Michaelson.  The Michaelsons moved to the Hinckley area in 1947 where Mrs. Michaelson was a homemaker.

Survivors include a son, Stanley (Glenda) Michaelson of Osakis, MN, a daughter, Dorothy (Edward) Snell of Cedar Rapids, IA, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1989, and a daughter, Irene.

Interment was in Corona, SD.                           CC  4/14/1994

 

Evelyn L. Hawksley Brummett     1994.04.29

Evelyn L. Brummett, 72, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, April 9, 1994, at Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora.  She was born September 19, 1921, in Aurora, the daughter of the late Clarence and Edna (Briggs) Hawksley.

She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Delbert Brummett of Aurora; two sons, James (Lynda) Brummett of Big Rock and William Brummett of Aurora; a daughter, Joyce (Barry) Edwards of Sandwich; eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and an aunt, Dorothy Pechtold of North Aurora; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by he parents, Clarence and Edna Hawksley and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Healy Chapel.

Contributions in Mrs. Brummett’s memory may be made to the American lung Association or to a charity of the donor’s choice.                                    CC  4/14/1994

 

Charles E. Wickman     1994.04.30

Charles E. “Chuck” Wickman, 73, of Sugar Grove, passed away Monday, April 11, 1994, at McAuley Manor in Aurora.  He was born April 10, 1921, in Sugar Grove to Henry E. and Anna (Strausburger) Wickman.

He was married 50 years ago, October 14, 1943, to Frances L. Cook in Sacramento, CA.  Mr. Wickman was a first lieutenant in the Army Air corps during World War II.  A pilot of a B-25 Mitchell bomber, he flew 66 missions over France and Italy for which he received the distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, eight Oak Leaf Clusters and two ribbons.  He was a well known tool and die maker in the Fox Valley area, owning his own business in recent years.  He was a life member of National Rifle Association, the National Muzzle Loader Association, 26 years a member of the Aurora Moose Lodge #400 and was involved in Boy Scout leadership.

Survivors include his wife; his son, Richard C. Wickman of Sugar Grove; his daughter, Sandra U. (Floyd) Newlin of Hinckley; his son, Donald E. (Karen) Wickman of St. Charles; thee grandsons, Charles R. Wickman of Benicia, CA, Mark R. Wickman of Seattle, WA, and Eric B. Wickman of St. Charles; several aunts; uncles; cousins; nieces; and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Norman A. Wickman and a sister. Wilma Fuquey.

There was no visitation and a private family service was scheduled.

Mr. Wickman’s children will remember him for his love of nature and the knowledge he passed on to them.

Contributions may be made in Mr. Wickman’s memory to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Aurora, the American Cancer Society or McAuley Manor.

Arrangements were completed by Dieterle Memorial Home.

CC  4/21/1994

 

Grace Dugan Buehler     1994.04.31

Grace Buehler, 89, of DeKalb, died Sunday, April 17, 1994, at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

Born May 20, 1904, in Waterman, she was the daughter of John and Nora (Hickey) Dugan.  She married Clarence Buehler December 29, 1929, in St. James Church in Lee.

She was raised in the Waterman area and graduated from Mount St. Clair School in Dubuque, IA.  She taught in the Shabbona and Waterman areas and also was a sales lady at J. C. Penney’s department store, Malone’s department store and Jack’s Juvenile store, all in downtown DeKalb.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in DeKalb, the Catholic Daughters of America, the Altar and Rosary Society and past member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include two sons, John (Paula) Buehler of DeKalb, and Roger (Nancy) Buehler of Stockton; 12 grandchildren, Roxanne Thompson, Beverly Buehler, Richard Buehler, Kimberly Hackler, Lawrence Buehler, Robert Buehler, Rodney Buehler, Tina Pierson, Rhonda Storey, Ronald Buehler, Diane Buehler, and Lisa Eden; 17 great grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Dugan of DeKalb; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Luella O’Donnell; and a grandson, Barry Storey.

A mass of the resurrection was held Wednesday morning at St. Mary’s Church in DeKalb, the Reverend William Schwartz officiating.  Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery, DeKalb.

A Catholic Daughters memorial service and a wake service were held during visitation hour Tuesday at the Ronan-Moore Mortuary.                      CC  4/21/1994

 

Roger E. Stark     1994.04.32

Roger E. Stark, 54, Egg Harbor, WI, artist and owner of the Roger Stark Gallery, died April 19, 1994, at Door County Memorial Hospital in Sturgeon Bay.  The Starks were well known in the DeKalb, Shabbona and Waterman areas where they had lived and where he operated the Jolly Roger in Shabbona.

The son of Erwin and Mildred Stark, he was born in Owatonna, MN, December 6, 1939.  He was a U. S. Army veteran and served in Germany where he met and married his wife, Trudy.

He is survived by his wife, Trudy of Egg Harbor; and sons, Norbert (Inga) Rosenbauer of Germany, Peter (Monica) Stark of Vinton, IA, and Thomas (Marcy) Stark of Sturgeon Bay, WI.  He is also survived by his parents; his brother, Kenneth (Elizabeth) Stark of Vinton, IA; his sister, Joan Arnold of Palm Springs, CA; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Bruce Foster, Saturday at the Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church at Ellison Bay, WI.  Cremation has taken place.

Arrangements were completed by the Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay.             CC  4/28/1994

 

Judith Mason Benson     1994.04.33

Judith M. Benson, 52, of DeKalb, died Monday, April 18, 1994, at her home.

She was born May 11, 1941, in Chicago, the daughter of John and Helen (Nelson) Mason.  She married Dennis S. Benson August 28, 1965, in Libertyville.

She was formerly a teacher at Hinckley and Rockford and later worked with her husband in the family business which was Benson’s Office Machine Repair in DeKalb.

Survivors include two daughters, Jenny (John) Gustafson of Byron and Susan Benson of DeKalb; her mother, Helen Mason of Fox Lake; two brothers, Tom (Debbie) Mason of Omaha, NE, and Pete (Sandy) Mason of Allen, TX; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband July 9, 1990, and father May 1, 1975.

Services were held Thursday, April 21, at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, the Reverend Jack Kraaz officiating.  Cremation followed with interment of ashes to take place at Middle Creek Cemetery, Winnebago.                   CC  4/28/1994

 

Dorothy Margarete Ramm Warford     1994.04.34

Dorothy Margarete Warford, 89, of Malta, formerly of Virgil, died at her home April 25, 1994.

She was born January 27, 1905 in Virgil Township, the daughter of John Charles and Mable Ruth (Stevens) Ramm.  She grew up in the Virgil area and attended schools in Plato Center and St. Charles.

She married Charles LaVerne Warford June 6, 1933, in Indiana.  He died in 1988.

The Warfords farmed in the Virgil area until 1964 when they moved to Malta.  Mrs. Warford worked at the Elgin Watch Factory and Owens Illinois Company in St. Charles.

She was a member of the Lily Lake Congregational Church and the Hardin Neighborhood Club.

Survivors include two sons, Charles (Louise) Warford of Malta, and John (Gayla) Warford of Sycamore; two daughters, Reca Mae (Roger) Eberly of Big Rock and Dora Verne (Wilford) Bell of Kirkland; 10 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; a daughter, Birdelle Susan; and five siblings, DeValois, John, Claude, and Maurice Ramm and Leola Holmberg.

Services will be held Thursday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the Conley Funeral Home, the Reverend Peter Akemann officiating.  Burial will follow at Baker Cemetery, Route 47, Plato Township.  Visitation was scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Conley Funeral Home, 116 West Pierce Street, Elburn.

CC  4/28/1994

 

Oliver M. Troeger     1994.04.35

Oliver M. Troeger, age 71, of Chicago, died April 14, 1994.

He was born November 4, 1922, in rural Hinckley, the son of Earl and Gertrude (Poile) Troeger.  His father farmed in rural Hinckley and he attended Fay school until his family moved to Sandwich.

Mr. Troeger served his country in World War II.  He married Eileen Gualano and they made their home in Chicago.

Survivors include his wife, three daughters, Deanne (Bob) Bernacchi, Nanci Troeger, and Terri Troeger; two grandchildren, Christopher and Matthew Bernacchi; four brothers, Raymond (Bernice), Hilbert (Dorothy), Richard (Helen), and Leon (Carol); a brother-in-law, Lee J. Gualano; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 18, from Salerno’s Galewood Chapel, 1857, North Harlem Avenue, Chicago, to St. Ferdinand Church.  Interment was at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.                                   CC  4/28/1994

 

Hazel Randall Braun     1994.04.36

Hazel R. Braun, 65, of Bristol, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 1994, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born February 25, 1929, in Oswego.

Mrs. Braun was employed at Copley Memorial Hospital as a payroll clerk before her retirement.  She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her husband, Edmund Braun of Bristol; her three sons, Gregory (Robin) Braun of Aurora, Randall (Robyn Forister) Braun of Yorkville, and Steven (Marla) Braun of Bristol; her two daughters, Anna Braun of Plano and Mary (Tony Lee) Simons of Big Rock; her five grandchildren; her two brothers, Warren (Mary) Randall of Oswego and Roy (Georgia) Randall of Geneva; her two sisters, Fern (Lyle) Pool of Aurora and Ruth (Warren) Darrow of Naperville; and her sister-in-law, Jurine Randall of Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Hazel (Brennen) Randall; and her brothers, Jack Randall and an infant brother, George Randall.

Funeral services were held Friday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Aurora, the Reverend John Fair officiating.  Interment was at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Montgomery.

Contributions in Mrs. Braun’s memory may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.             CC  5/5/1994

 

 

Robert Edward Thomas     1994.04.37

Robert Edward Thomas, 779, of Lakeland, FL, passed away Thursday, April 28, 1994, at Presbyterian Nursing Center in Lakeland.  He was born October 22, 1914, in Ontario, CA, and moved with his parents to Mount Morris, IL, at the age of four.

Mr. Thomas started working at Thor Power Tool in Aurora during the war and continued working there until his retirement in 1975.  He then moved to Lakeland, FL, where he has lived of the past 18 years.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille of Lakeland, FL; a daughter, Mrs. Barbara (Dennis) Stevens of Big Rock, IL; four sisters, Mary Barnhart of Tacoma, WA, Florence Dieterich of Lindsay, CA, Helen DeWall of Forreston, IL, and Fern Gibbs of Lindenwood, IL; as well as four grandchildren, Linda Urquizo of Aurora, Gary D. (Deborah) Stevens of Boynton Beach, FL, Craig M. (Cindy) Stevens of Aurora and Debra S. Thomas of Wheaton; four great grandchildren, Craig M. Stevens, Jr., Cassandra M. Stevens, Cory M. Stevens and Manny Urquizo; plus many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Duane Thomas; his parents, Ralph and Edith Thomas; and his brother, Grover Thomas.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Faith Church of the Brethren, Batavia, the Reverend Martha Bonine, pastor of the Church of the Brethren, officiating. Burial was at River Hills Memorial Park.

Contributions may be made in Mr. Thomas’ memory to the Memorial fund at Church of the Brethren in Batavia.

Arrangements were completed by Dieterle Memorial Home.

CC  5/5/1994

 

  1. David Milner 1994.04.38
  2. David Milner, 89, of 115 N. Peru Street, Tonica, died at 5:10 p.m. April 29, 1994, at St. Margaret’s Hospital, Spring Valley, where he had been a patient for four days.

He had been in ill health for the past four months.

Mr. Milner was born July 21, 1904, in Wayne County to Harvey and Josephine (Flinn) Milner.  He married Leona Goodbred November 9, 1929.  He farmed in the Tonica area all of his working life until retiring 17 years ago.

He was a member of the LaSalle County Farm Bureau and the Edgewood Golf Course.

Survivors include his wife, Leona; two daughters, Mrs. Burnelle (Myrtis) Massatt of Palos Heights and Mrs. Arthur (Gayl) Arnolts of Hinckley; a son, Marion Milner of Tonica; 15 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Elwin (Dorsie) Goodbred of Tonica and Mrs. James (Juanita) Beeson of Fairfield; and a brother, William Milner of Johnsonville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandsons; five sisters; and a brother.

Services were held Tuesday, May 3, at the Hurst Funeral Home, Tonica, Dr. Robert N. Sanders of the Tonica United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Cemetery in Tonica.

Pallbearers were Mr. Milner’s grandsons, Allan and Dan Milner; Donald, Paul, Brian and Gary Massatt; and Matthew, Michael, Arthur, Robert and David Arnolts.      CC  5/12/1994

 

 

                       Mattie May Wallis Poole     1994.05.03

Mattie May (Wallis) Poole, 94, of Sandwich, died Friday, May 20, 1994 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born September 8, 1899 in Erwin, TN, the daughter of Robert A. Wallis and Mattie (Lowry) Wallis. 

The family moved to Big Rock in 1904, where she spent her childhood, later moving to Sandwich during World War I.

Mattie married Delbert J. Poole August 4, 1920 in Broken Bow, NE., but they returned to Sandwich shortly thereafter and lived in the same house on DeKalb Street for over 70 years.  She was a housewife and a mother and a favorite aunt, as well as a foster mother over a period of nine years.

Survivors include her daughter, Francis (Robin) Markham of Indianola, WA; four granddaughters, Viki Markham of Palo Alto, CA, Rio Alden of Burnsville, NC, Jamba Breeding of Seattle, WA, and Chela Kongela of Indianola, WA; three great grandchildren, Hosi Breeding, Dakarai and Tandiwbe Kongela.  Also surviving are one brother-in-law, Readis G. Poole of Lincoln, IL, one sister-in-law, Edna Wallis of Allegan, MI, and lots of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert, in 1954 and by all her siblings, five sisters and four brothers.

Funeral services for Mattie were held Wednesday, May 25, at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich, the Rev. Robert Dell officiating.  Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.  Visitation was held Tuesday, May 24 at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.             CC 5/26/1994

 

                                June E. Livsey Baker     1994.05.09

June E. Baker, 72, of Sandwich, died Friday, May 13, 1994 at the Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born June 8, 1921 in Montgomery, the daughter of Francis and Mildred (Heath) Livsey.

June was a member of the United Church of Sandwich.  She was active in the Sunday school at the United Church of Sandwich for over 40 years, first as a teacher, then as superintendent for the last 20 years.  June retired from Sandhaven Nursing home in 1987 after 13 years of employment.

Survivors include her daughter, Donna Baker of Sandwich; three sons, Dennis (Janet) Baker of Somonauk, Douglas Baker of Somonauk, and Donald (Connie) Baker of Sandwich; two sisters, Ella Livsey of Montgomery, Mrs. Alan (Frances) Thompson of Waterman; one brother, Arthur (Sonia) Livsey of Aurora; six grandchildren, Craig Baker of Davenport, IA, Dawn Baker of Sandwich, Paul, Mark, Eric and Elise Baker of Somonauk and one great grandchild, Allison Baker of Sandwich.

June was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Debra Baker, two brothers, Donald and Fredrick.

Funeral services for June were held Monday, May 16 at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich, the Rev. Todd Singley officiating.  Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.  Visitation was held Sunday at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.

Pallbearers were Joe Kurtz, Dan Haag, Lloyd Ellis, Lamont Ellis, Ernie Basler and Tom Williams. 

Memorials may be made in June’s name to the United Church of Sandwich, 512 Lions Road, Sandwich, IL 60548.

CC 5/19/1994

 

Grace E. Leesley Evans     1994.05.18

Grace E. Evans, 88, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, May 7, 1994, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born May 5, 1906, in Naperville.

Mrs. Evans retired from Aurora Laundry when she was 80, after 49 years of service.  She was a member of Wesley Methodist Church and a member of Laundry Workers Union, Local #142.

Survivors include her beloved William; three children, Alfred (Betty ) Evans of Villa Park, Robert (Elaine) Evans of Phoenix, AZ, and Ann Wastel of Sandwich; seven grandchildren, Steven (Kathi) Wastel of Sandwich; Michael (Karen) Wastel of Bremerton, WA, David (Annette) Evans of Pinella Park, FL, Frank (Kathy) Evans of Chicago, Sue Evans of Booneville, MO, Melody (David) May of Big Rock, and Barbara Evans of Phoenix, AZ; 15 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; six step grandchildren; and 10 step great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, and father, John and Ann Leesley; five brothers, Ben, Joe, Tom, George and Albert Leesley; and five sisters, Florence Peterson, Jennette Stoner, Charlotte Otterpohl, Lorene Whited and Berdie Leesley.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Dieterle Memorial Home, the Reverend Omar Logan officiating.  Burial was at Naperville Cemetery.                        CC 5/12/1994

 

Howard H. Jandt     1994.05.19

Howard H. Jandt, 87, of Hinckley, passed away Friday, May 6, 1994, at the Elmwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Aurora.

Mr. Jandt was born February 27, 1907, in Hinckley, the son of Herman and Anna (Dienst) Jandt.  He was united in marriage in Aurora to Monica Schumacher.  After her passing, he was united in marriage to Charlotte Edgerton of Chicago in 1950.

He was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.  He was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and the Aurora Moose lodge.  For many years, Mr. Jandt was employed by Austin-Western Corporation in Aurora.  He was then, in later years, a longtime farmer in the Hinckley area.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte, of Hinckley; two sons, William (Sherry) of Janesville, WI, and Edward (Dottye) of Dodge City, KS; four grandchildren, Shawn (Allan) Dyer of Greeley, CO, Melissa (Peter) Fourt of Rhinelander, WI, Kathy (James) Becker of Iowa City, IA, and Kimberly (Mark) Hast of Elizabethtown, NC; eight great grandchildren; and a brother, Stanley (Alice May) Jandt of Hinckley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Monica; a brother, Irvin Jandt; a sister, Hazel Weiherman; a son and daughter at birth; and two nephews, Ronnie and Jerry Jandt.

Funeral services were held Monday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating, with Harriet Larson at the organ.  Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Pallbearers were Harry Larson, Hilton Bowgren, Burton Scott, Harley Mack, Ray Frost, and Art White. 

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.          CC 5/12/1994

 

Jay M. Birdwell     1994.05.20

Jay M. Birdwell, 36, of St. Charles, passed away Thursday, May 12, 1994, at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva.  He was born September 13, 1957, in Oak Park.

Mr. Birdwell was employed at AT&T Bell Labs in Naperville for 14 years.

Survivors include his wife, Cory; his parents, John and LaVerne Birdwell of Aurora; his paternal grandmother, Lucille Misk of Aurora; three brothers, Albert (Kathy) Birdwell of Oswego, Paul (Kathy) Birdwell of Big Rock, and Bill (Jackie) Birdwell of Aurora; a sister, LuAnne (Neil) Bunchefsky of Denver, CO; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Monday from the Yurs Funeral Home in St. Charles.  Private interment was planned.  There was no visitation.

Contributions in Mr. Birdwell’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.      CC 5/19/1994

 

Mauricio Reyes, Sr.      1994.05.21

Mauricio Reyes, Sr., 66, of Aurora, formerly of Leland, passed away Saturday, May 14, 1994, at Mercy Center Hospital.  He was born November 26, 1927, in Mexico to Porfirio and Leonor Reyes.

Survivors include his children, Maruiciao (Gloria) Reyes of Hinckley, Alicia Reyes, Toni Reyes, both of Aurora, Paulina (Tracy) Calvert, Joe Reyes and Mike Reyes, all of Sandwich; his brothers, Elevterio (Ruberta) Reyes, Guadalupe Reyes, both of Aurora, and Juan Reyes of Mexico; his sisters, Eva (Isidro) Rodrequez, Lydia (Edmundo) Martinez and Papulina (Hilario) Partida; seven grandchildren, Nina Gray, Michelle Marisette, Emri Calvert, Erin Calvert, Julie, Jason and Brandon Reyes; five great grandchildren, Dustin and Jocelyn Gray and Jordan, Jessica and Samantha Marisette.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Leonor Reyes; a grandson, Joshua Rupert; and his sisters, Eutimia Vela, Maria Reyes and Paula Reyes.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Iglesia Bautista Emmanuel Church, Pastor Victor M. Mendoza officiating.  Burial was at Riverside Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to James Funeral Service.         CC 5/19/1994

 

James Romine     1994.05.22

James, “Lyle” Romine, 75, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 1994, at his home.  He was born August 13, 1918, in Harvey, IL.

Mr. Romine was employed at Austin-Western as a supervisor for 38 years before his retirement in 1976.  He served in the Army in World War II and was a member of the Montgomery VFW Post #7452 and the Supervisors Club at Austin-Western.

Survivors include his wife, Lilah (Hollesen) Romine of Aurora; his daughter, Sharon (Donald) Horner of Montgomery; his sons, Lee (Cindy) Romine of Oswego, James A. (Mariann) Romine of Aurora, Richard (Betsy) Romine of North Aurora and Tom Romine of Aurora; his sisters, Charlotte Peterson and Hazel Romine, both of Dechard, TN; his grandchildren, Brian and Michael Horner, both of Aurora, Kim Horner of Montgomery, Kari and Kelly Romine both of Oswego, Joe, Jon and Jeff Romine, all of Aurora, Heather Romine of Hinckley and Kaitlyn Romine of North Aurora and four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Charlotte (Geere) Romine; four brothers; three sisters and a grandson, Jimmy Romine in 1991.

Funeral services were held Saturday at Dieterle Memorial Home, the Reverend Bill Coltharp officiating.  Burial was at Lincoln Memorial Park.        CC 5/19/1994

 

Dorothy Elise Coon St. Clair     1994.05.23

Dorothy E. St. Clair, 91, of Villa Park, passed away Monday, May 9, 1994, at the home of her son in Downers Grove.  She was born September 13, 1902, at Greenwood, IL, the daughter of the Reverend Charles E. and Mabel (Lamb) Coon.

She was united in marriage to Cheslyn D. St. Clair September 15, 1927, in Saylersville, KY.  They settled immediately in Villa Park where they remained for 47 years of marriage.  She continued to live in her home until her illness prompted a move.

Survivors include her son, Charles Richard (Arleen) St. Clair, Downers Grove; her daughter, Janet (Kurt) Simon, Big Rock; six grandchildren, Richard St. Clair, Joliet, Steven (Pat) St. Clair, Bolingbrook, Cheryl (Marty) Kief, Lockport, Thomas, (Noel) St. Clair, St. Charles, Patricia (Bill) Pfau, Leland, and Pamela Simon, Big Rock; also 8 great grandchildren; a niece, Iris June (Tom) Femley, Peewee Valley, KY, and many friends.

An active member of Community Congregational Church, she was a  member of Women’s Fellowship and Esther Circle, Villa Park Woman’s Garden Club and Church Women United.  She was employed as children’s librarian at the Villa Park Public Library for 15 years.  Her family and church were the most important parts of her life.

Funeral services were conducted Friday, May 9, by the Reverends Paul Stiffler and Dean Williams at Community Congregational Church, with interment in Chapel Hill Gardens West, Elmhurst, IL.

Memorials in her name may be given to Hospice of DuPage of Community Congregational Church.          CC 5/19/1994

 

LaVerne M. Bend     1995.05.24

LaVerne M. Bend, 72, of Scottsdale, AZ, formerly of Waterman, died Saturday, May 14, 1994. at the Life Care Center of Scottsdale, AZ.

He was born May 17, 1921, in Waterman, the son of Fred and Grace (Merritt) Bend.

He was a farmer in the Waterman area for several years.

Survivors include his wife, Arlene of Scottsdale; a son, Dennis Bend of Phoenix, AZ; a daughter, Delores (Richard) Grimm of Las Vegas, NV; several grandchildren; a brother, Fred Bend, Jr., of Waterman; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Esther Bend and Helen Lembcke; and three brothers, Donald Bend, Dale Bend, and an infant brother.

Funeral services were held Friday in Scottsdale.

CC 5/26/1994

 

 

 

 

Clarence E. Stegall     1994.05.25

Clarence E. “Clancy” Stegall, 82, of Sandwich, formerly of Aurora, passed away Sunday, May 22, 1994, at the Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born April 22, 1912, in Aurora, the son of Frank and Lena (Drees) Stegall.

Survivors include his wife, Angeline Stegall; five children, Carol Stegall of Chicago, Sandy (Jerry) Street of Chicago, Frank Stegall of Oswego, Ralph (Dawn) Stegall of Big Rock and Mary (Reggie) Ademi of Sandwich; three grandchildren, Jennifer, Jeremy and Paul; and a great grandson, Joshua.

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

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Roy D. Frye, Sr., officiating.  Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.              CC 5/26/1994

 

                              Charles A. Greenacre     1994.06.10

Charles A. “Al” Greenacre, 81, of Bristol, died Friday, June 17, 1994 at the Dogwood Health Care Center, in Sandwich, where he had been living for the past three years.

Al will be remembered for his sense of humor, joy of life, and love of his family.  He was born August 27, 1912 in Hinckley, IL, the son of Frank and Louise (Brown) Greenacre.  On July 4, 1932 he married Pearl Neubauer.  She died in July of 1987.

He was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, in Aurora.  Mr. Greenacre worked at Schafers-Galena Pharmacy until 1987, for over 40 years.

Al will be dearly missed by his three daughters: Mary Lou (Frank) Kreminski of Aurora, Joyce (Joel) Hage of Yorkville, Debbie Snowden of Austin, TX; eight grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three brothers, Homer, Frank and John, and one sister, Charlotte.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 20 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 410 East Countryside Parkway, Yorkville, with the Rev. Peder Kittleson, of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, in Aurora, officiating.  He will be laid to rest in the Oak Grove Cemetery, in Bristol.

Pallbearers were Steve Wolf, John Manny, Mark Rogers, Mike Hage, Joel Hage Jr., and Eric Hostetler.  Organist was Sadie Duvick.

Visitation was Sunday, June 19 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, Yorkville.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the Dogwood Health-care Center for their caring and patience.      CC 6/23/1994

 

Milo E. Gittleson     1994.06.15

Milo E. Gittleson, 79, of Rochelle, died Friday, June 3, 1994 at Rochelle Community Hospital.

He was born August 31, 1914 in Rochelle, the son of Halvor and Annie (Jensen) Gittleson.  He married Dena Schabacker January 19, 1935, in Rochelle.

He farmed and showed horses.  He also owned the Diamond G. Ranch & Western Store for 23 years.  He was a lifetime member of the DeKalb Elks, the Ogle County Farm Bureau and the Boone County Saddle Club.

Survivors include his wife, Dena of Rochelle; two daughters, Sandy Rogers of Rochelle and Donna (Gerald) Sassaman of Chana; a granddaughter, Wacey Sassaman of Chana; a grandson, Kevin Rogers of Rochelle; a great grandchild; a brother, Harvey Gittleson of Waterman; and a sister, Verdel (Sam) Lawson of Ashton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Elmer, Raymond, Alfred and Marvin; and three sisters, Gertrude Krahenbuhl, Josie Tastad and Lena Linton.

Funeral services were held Monday at the First Presbyterian Church in Rochelle, the Reverend John Hamilton officiating.  Burial was at Trinity Memorial Gardens in Rochelle.

Arrangements were completed by the Unger-Horner Funeral Home in Rochelle.                              CC 6/9/1994

 

Murel G. Richardson     1994.06.16

Murel G. Richardson, 64, of rural Shabbona, died Thursday June 2, 1994, at home.

He was born October 31, 1929. in Callo, MO, the son of Charles Allen and Ida Belle (Barnes) Richardson.  He married Irene Hicks January 19, 1952, in Sterling. 

He graduated from high school in Callao, MO, had formerly worked at Illinois Forge in Rock Falls and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  He moved form Rock falls to Shabbona in 1968, and was employed as a maintenance supervisor at DeKalb Forge in DeKalb until he retired due to poor health in 1987.   Mr. Richardson was active at the Shabbona FOOD site.

Survivors include his wife, Irene of Shabbona; three daughters, Brenda (Rick) Clark of Sycamore, Theresa (John) Lynch of Sycamore and Wanda Richardson of Shabbona; a brother, LaVerne Richardson of Harmon; a sister, Ethel Williams of Callao, MO; three grandchildren, Brian Rissman of Sycamore, Julie Rissman of Sycamore, and Michael Lynch of Sycamore; and three step grandchildren, Angie Lynch, Chad Lynch and Jennifer Clark.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ronald; and a sister, Elsie Folsom. 

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Harvest Time Baptist Church in Rock Falls, the Reverend Dalmus Meeks officiating.  Burial was at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Sterling.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.              CC 6/9/1994

 

Leroy A. Larson   1994.06.17

Leroy A. Larson, 80, of Sycamore, died Wednesday, June 8, 1994, at Pine Acres Care Center in DeKalb.  He was born December 2, 1913, near Maple Park, the son of Albert and Lena (Oleson) Larson.  He married Mildred Springsgulth in Elgin. She died in 1973.  He then married Dorothy Olson in DeKalb in 1982.

Mr. Larson was an area general contractor.  He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore, a World War II Army veteran, a member of Sycamore VFW, Maple Park American Legion and the DeKalb Moose.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy of Sycamore; two sons, Lavern (Cindy) Larson of DeKalb and Donald (Mary) Larson of Shabbona; a brother, John Larson of Montgomery; three grandchildren; 13 step grandchildren; 10 step great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, and a sister, Doris Larson.

Funeral services were held Friday at Salem Lutheran Church, the Reverend Gary B. Ryden officiating.  Interment was at Lakewood Memorial Park in Elgin.

A memorial fund has been established for the Salem Lutheran Church in care of the Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home.            CC 6/16/1994

 

  1. Ellis Cobb 1994.06.18
  2. Ellis Cobb, 84, of Aurora passed away Wednesday, June 15, 1994, at his home. He was born September 19, 1909, in Aurora.

Mr. Cobb was a superintendent at Aurora Midwest Printers for 49 years before his retirement.  He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge AF&AM Raven Lodge #303 or Oswego, Royal Arch Chapter #22, and past commander Aurora Commandary #22.  He was a life member of Medinah Temple, Past Patron of Alamo Chapter #93 Order of the Eastern Star, Past Watchman of Shepherds Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem #16, past Royal Patron Order of the Amaranth in Oak Lawn, IL.  Mr. Cobb was very active in horseshoes, being a member of the National Horseshoe Hall of Fame and member of the Illinois Horseshoe Pitcher Association Hall of Fame.  He published Horseshoe Pitchers News Digest for over 30 years and was State Secretary of the Illinois Horseshoe Pitcher Association for 30 years.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia (Beane) Cobb of Aurora; his two daughters, Norma Jean (Richard) Holdiman of Sandwich and Terri (Waddell) Weir of Poinciana, FL; his eight grandchildren, Kathie (Bob) Hart of Leland, Kim Holdiman and Cindy (Dick) Markhardt, both of Sandwich, Lori Holdiman of Hinckley, Richard (Sandy) Holdiman of Monroe, MI, Scott Ellis (Connie) Holdiman of Leland, Jeff (Ellen) Holdiman of New Jersey and Justin Weir of Poinciana, FL; his ten great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Martha Cobb; his three brothers, Warren, Hugh, and Morris Cobb; and his great granddaughter, Trisha Holdiman.

Funeral services were held Saturday at Dieterle Memorial Home, the Reverend Robert Urquhart officiating.  A Masonic service was held Friday evening during visitation hour.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society of to the Fox Valley Visiting Nurses Association.    CC 6/23/1994

 

Robert J. Raymond     1994.06.19

Robert J. Raymond, 82, of Big Rock, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 1994, at McAuley Manor.  He was born September 4, 1911, in Big Rock Township, the son of William and Annie (Swandquist) Raymond.

Mr. Raymond was a long time member of the English Congregational Church in Big Rock.  He worked in agriculture and carpentry until starting his own business, Big Rock Finishing Works, in Big Rock in 1943, working there until his retirement in 1972.

After his retirement he enjoyed many active years with his loving wife, Mary.  They enjoyed travel together, and also shared an interest in fishing.  He loved nature, gardening, and caring for the lawn and property of the new home they built after his retirement.  He was much loved by his children.

Mr. Raymond was survived by his wife, Mary F. Raymond, who he married May 6, 1933; however she passed away Thursday, June 16, 1994.

Survivors include three daughters, Pansy (Frank) Brown-Boblack, of Crestwood, IL, Jean (Jerry) Moutray of Plano, Shirley Histed of Sugar Grove; two sons, Robert D. (Barbara) Raymond of Big Rock and Stephen F. Raymond of Rossville, GA; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Annie Raymond; four brothers, Harry, LaVerne, William and Roy; and a sister, Viola Hodgetts.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Kurt W. Simon officiating.  Interment was at the family plot at Big Rock South Welsh Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the English Congregational Church of Big Rock or to the charity of the donor’s choice. 

  CC 6/23/1994

 

Mary Frances Dodson Raymond     1994.06.20

Mary Frances Raymond, 78, of Big Rock, passed away Thursday, June 16, 1994. at Mercy Center Hospital.  She was born May 11, 1916, near Mt. Vernon, IL, the youngest of 12 children of William “Bud” and Eunice Ava (Ingram) Dodson.

Mrs. Raymond was a long time member of the English Congregational Church of Big Rock.  A homemaker and excellent cook, she enjoyed caring for her husband and children.  She also helped in the family business, Big Rock Finishing Works in Big Rock.  She enjoyed travel and the many fishing trips taken with her husband.  Mrs. Raymond particularly enjoyed the new home they built together after their retirement in 1972.  She enjoyed nature and watching the many birds which came to her bird feeders.

  She was loved dearly by her children.

Survivors include three daughters, Pansy (Frank) Brown-Boblack of Crestwood, IL, Jean (Jerry) Moutray of Plano, Shirley Histed of Sugar Grove; two sons, Robert D. (Barbara) Raymond of Big Rock and Stephen F. Raymond of Rossville, GA; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; three sisters, Pansy Richardson and Mable Williams, both of Mt. Vernon, IL, and Cleo Massey of Mountain Home, AR; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Raymond, June 15, 1994; her parents; four brothers; and four sisters.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Kurt W. Simon officiating.  Interment was at the family plot at Big Rock South Welsh Cemetery

Contributions may be made to the English Congregational Church of Big Rock or to the charity of the donor’s choice. 

  CC 6/23/1994

 

Leslie E. Saddoris     1994.06.21

Leslie E. Saddoris, 86, a resident of Windsor Park, Carol Stream, passed away Sunday, June 19, 1994, at Windsor Park.  He was born November 24, 1907, to Inez and Samuel Saddoris in Boone, IA.

He graduated from Iowa State College in Ames, IA, with a degree in Vocational Ag and Science.  Mr. Saddoris married Evelyn Koenig October 27, 1939.  He was a school teacher and basketball and baseball coach of over 39 years in the Hinckley, Maple Park and Big Rock area, at Grand Junction, IA, and other parts of Iowa Falls, IA.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; a sister, Dorothy (Donald) Brugman and a sister-in-law, Ethel Wright Reo McKinley and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Cecil and Thomas; a sister, Helen; and his parents.

Private services were held Thursday, June 23, at St. John the Baptist Church in Winfield.  Interment was at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Somonauk.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Williams-Kampp Funeral Home in Wheaton.

Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Saddoris at Windsor Park Manor, 130 Windsor Park Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188.

CC 6/30/1994

 

Henry H. Kramer     1994.06.22

Henry H. Kramer, 67, of Hinckley, formerly of Downers Grove, passed away Wednesday, June 22, 1994, at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago.  He was born March 4, 1927, in Chicago, the son of Henry and Lena (Hobine) Kramer.

He was united in marriage February 2, 1950, in Hinsdale to Mary Rich.

Mr. Kramer was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.  He had been employed for many years as a construction superintendent with Schless Construction Company in Batavia.

He was a member of the Grove Masonic Lodge of Downers Grove where he had served as its past Master.  He was a member of the Scottish Rite of Chicago, the Medina Temple of Chicago, the Aurora Shrine Club, the Order of the Eastern Star Vista #242, the Lisle VFW #5696, the Yorkville American Legion Post #489, and the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman Local #74.  Mr. Kramer was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Pacific Theater.

Survivors include his wife, Mary of Hinckley, a daughter, Donna (Mike) Kimpan of Hinckley; a son, Henry F. (Dorothy) Kramer of Downers Grove; four grandchildren, Samuel Kimpan of Hinckley, Peter, Kurt, and Grant Kramer, all of Downers Grove.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Masonic service was held Friday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, followed by a funeral service with the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Shirley Thompson was the organist.  Interment was private.

A memorial is being established.      CC 6/30/1994

 

Janae L. Isaacson White     1994.06.23

Janae L. White, 35, a lifelong resident of Rochester, MN, and a registered nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital, died Wednesday, June 22, 1994, in Minneapolis, MN, as the result of injuries received in an auto accident near Becker, MN.

She was born December 3, 1958, in Rochester and graduated from Mayo High School in 1977.  She attended nursing school at St. Theresa’s in Winona and graduated from the nursing program at Rochester Community College.  Mrs. White had been employed in the pediatrics unit at St. Mary’s Hospital for 14 years.

August 23, 1980, she married Alan White in Rochester. Her husband, a resident of Hinckley in his early childhood, is a self employed computer programmer.  She was an active member of Rochester Pentecostal Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Amanda, Eric and Ryan, all at home; her parents, James and Norma Isaacson of Rochester; a sister, Sharon Isaacson of Apple Valley, MN; and a brother, Steven Isaacson of Glen Burrie, MD.

Funeral services were held Saturday at Ranfranz Funeral Home Chapel, Rochester, the Reverend Robert Kaske officiating.  Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery, Rochester.

Pallbearers were Brent and Eric Wilson, Michael Sutton, Rick Ties, David Watrud, and Bernie Corcoran.

Alan White is the grandson of Marie White and Anna Cochran, both of Hinckley.                      CC 6/30/1994

 

Joyce E. Harmes Mack     1994.06.24

Joyce Mack, 75, of Waterman, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 1994. at Sandwich Community Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 24, at the Waterman United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5-8 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Waterman.  815-264-3362.

A complete obituary will appear in next week’s paper.

CC 6/23/1994

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Joyce E. Mack, 75, of Waterman, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 1994, at Sandwich Community Hospital in Sandwich.  She was born April 27, 1919, in DeKalb, the daughter of Elmer and Maude (McClellan) Harmes.

She was united in marriage May 29, 1940, in Davenport, IA, to Mr. Spencer Mack.

Mrs. Mack was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church, where she had been a Sunday school teacher.

  While her children were small, she had been employed as a clerk at Grahams Grocery Store in Waterman as well as the secretary for Pogue Lumber Company in Waterman.  She had formerly been employed as a teller at the Waterman State Bank and in the small loan department at the First National Bank in DeKalb.  Mrs. Mack was a member of the Royal Neighbors and the Indian Oaks Country Club.

Survivors include her husband, Spencer Mack, Sr., of Waterman; two children, Spencer (Lana) Mack, Jr., of Waterman and Shelia (Richard) Vines of Waterman; two grandchildren, Jeffrey (Shana) Vines and Melissa (Terry) Lieving; two great grandchildren, Logan Vines and Tyler Lieving; two step grandchildren, Daniel and Sarah Lieving; her nieces, Jean Shipp of Cortland, Janice Busse of Tilton, IL, Sharon Reif of Venice, FL; and her nephews, Roger Astling of DeKalb, Jimmy Astling of Sycamore, and Harold Lindus, Jr., of DeKalb.

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

Funeral services were held Friday at the Waterman United Methodist Church, the Reverends Dawn Gotoh and Roger Boekenhauer officiating.  Dea Eakle Andress was organist; Rhonda Robrahn, the vocal soloist.

Interment was at North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.  Pallbearers were Roger and Duane Astling, Bob Shipp, Harold Lindus, Jr., Jack Reif, Bob Heriaud.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.      CC 6/30/1994

 

Hazel Fern Howey Pelzer     1994.06.25

Hazel Fern Pelzer, 87, of Aurora, passed away Friday, June 24, 1994, at Mercy Center Hospital.  She was born March 24, 1907, in Ashton, IL.

Mrs. Pelzer had been a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Aurora.  She worked at Formfit Corset Co. in Aurora for many years.

Survivors include her son, Jack (Janice) Pelzer of Naperville; two daughters, Lois Clodfelter of Batavia and Janice (Jack) Riffell of Waterman; nine grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

Mrs. Pelzer was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Pelzer; her parents, Alfred and Belva Howey; two sisters; three brothers; and three grandchildren.

A private graveside service was held Monday at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Arrangements were completed by the Healy Chapel.

CC 6/30/1994

 

Robert R. Hoffman     1994.06.26

Mr. Robert R. Hoffman, 77, of Naperville, passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 1994, at the DuPage Convalescent Center in Wheaton.  He was born on June 20, 1917, in Hinckley.

Survivors include his wife, Rita (Claus) Hoffman of Naperville; a daughter, Rita Isenogle of Naperville; a granddaughter, Sandra (Tim) Haas of Naperville; a great-granddaughter, Breanne Haas; and two sisters, Mickey (Wayne) Rimkus and Marie (Leo) Mahoney, both of California.

Funeral services were held Friday from the Healy Chapel, Father Douglas Hauber officiating.  Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.                                    CC 6/30/1994

 

Phyllis C. Pierson Rossok     1994.06.27

Phyllis C. (Pierson) Rossok, 54, of Aurora, formerly of Sandwich and Hinckley, passed away on Monday, June 20, 1994, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  She was born on March 2, 1940, in Sandwich to Nellie and Alvin Pierson.  She married Paul Rossok on August 17, 1985, in Aurora.

She was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother and was also a devoted medical transcriptionist for over ten years at Dreyer Medical Clinic in Aurora.  She was a member of the P.E.O. Fraternity, Aurora Chapter, had been part of the Klo-Bo Kommunity Band of Sandwich and a caterer for KoKo’s Korner in Sandwich.  She had been a member of Somonauk Baptist Temple in Somonauk and had taught Sunday school there.  She was currently a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Aurora and was a member of the handbell choir.

Survivors include her husband, Paul Rossok of Aurora; her father, Alvin Pierson of Sandwich; her children, Jill (Lorenzo) Muti of Durham, NC, Mark (Kim) Swisher of Aurora, Diane (Patrick) Tighe of Sycamore and Karin Swisher of Aurora; her brother, Roger (Barbara) Pierson of St. Louis, MO; and three grandchildren, Allison and Kaitlyn Tighe and Niccolo Muti; her stepchildren, Cheryl (George) Vosicky of Lisle, Penny (Paul) Krieg of Woodstock and their children, Jennifer, Katherine, and Brian Vosicky, Cara, Ellyn and Laura Krieg.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Nellie Pierson, on May 23, 1993.

Funeral services were held Thursday, June 23, at the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk, the Reverends Paul Petersen and William Phillips officiating.  Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.

A memorial fund has been established at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Aurora.                       CC 6/30/1994

 

Maurice Devine     1994.06.28

Maurice “Morry” Devine, 80, of Genoa, died Thursday, June 23, 1994, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

He was born March 5, 1914, in Willisburg, KY, the son of John and Maude (Board) Devine.  He married Viola Seyller on May 13, 1961, in Sycamore.

He had farmed in the Clare and Big Rock areas and had been employed at GTE Automatic Electric in Genoa as a punch press operator for 23 years, retiring in 1977.

He was a member of St. Catherine of Genoa Church, the Belvidere Moose Lodge 295 and the Genoa Senior Citizens.

Survivors include four sons, Dwight (Grace) Devine, Ellabell, Georgia, Teddy (Ethel) Devine of Kirkland, Johnny (Carol) Devine of Savannah, GA, and Eddie (Ruth) Devine of Sycamore; a step-son, Dave (Deloris) Blank of Kingston; a step-daughter, Beverly (Mel) Faver of Hampshire; three brothers, Buford Devine of Louisville KY, Paul (Mary Jean) Devine of Sycamore and Tony (Linda) Devine of Radcliffe, KY; two sisters, Edna Lake of Mackville, KY, and Mary (Carl) Isham of Elizabethtown, KY; 20 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, a brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law.

A funeral mass was said Monday at St. Catherine of Genoa Church with burial at the church cemetery.  A Christian wake service was recited Sunday during visitation hours at the Cooper-Quiram Funeral Home.

A memorial fund has been established in care of the Cooper-Quiram Funeral Home in Genoa.                      CC 6/30/1994

 

Charlotte D. Grometer Herron     1994.06.29

Charlotte D. (Grometer) Herron, 67, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, June 30, 1994, at the Snow Valley Nursing Center in Lisle, IL.  She was born on December 1, 1926, in Lincoln, NE.

Mrs. Herron was a faithful member of St. John United Church of Christ, Aurora, the Daughters of Ruth, and TOPS.

Survivors include a son, Samuel M. Herron III of Aurora; a brother, Carl (Bonnell) Grometer of Hinckley; a half brother, Carl H. (Bernice) Gatske of Salinas, CA; three nieces; two nephews; 6 great-nieces and great-nephews; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel M. Herron II and her parents, Carl and Stella (Hage) Grometer.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at St. John United Church of Christ, 301 Fifth Street, Aurora, the Reverend George Burton officiating.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John United Church of Christ.                                       CC 7/7/1994

 

Harvey A. Gittleson     1994.06.30

Harvey A. Gittleson, 92, formerly of Waterman, passed away Tuesday, June 28, 1994, at Franklin Grove Nursing Center in Franklin Grove.  He was born on February 2, 1902, in Rochelle to Halvor and Anna (Udesen) Gittleson.

He married Edna Tounshendeau on March 24, 1926.  She died February 14, 1980.  On July 14, 1981, he married Irene Eichelberger, who died in July of 1991.

Mr. Gittleson farmed in the Rochelle, Plainfield, Big Rock, and Compton areas, retiring in 1980.  He was a member of the Brooklyn Masonic Lodge #282 in Compton.

Survivors include three sons, Ronald (Donna) Gittleson of Steward, Vernon (Nancy) Gittleson of Franklin Grove, and Leon (Beverly) Gittleson of Ashton; a sister, Verdall (Sam) Lawson of Ashton; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Alfred, Elmer, Marvin, Raymond, and Milo Gittleson and four sisters, Josie Tastad, Gertrude Krahenbuhl, Serina Egland, and Lena Linton.

Funeral services were held Friday at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home in Rochelle, the Reverend Paul Zeman officiating.  Burial was at Trinity Memory Gardens in Rochelle.  A Masonic Service was held Thursday evening at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Waterman Presbyterian Church.                                                       CC 7/7/1994

 

Theodor L. Hinz     1994.07.14

Theodor L Hinz, 88, of Hinckley, died Thursday, July 7, 1994, at his home.

Born February 24, 1906, in Greifswald, Germany, he was the son of Theodor and Anna (Schultz) Hinz.  He married Lottie Kischkewitz on March 15, 1930, in Chicago.

He was the owner and operator of Hinz Printing in Villa Park for 35 years.  He was a past member of the Harvard Avenue Bible Church in Villa Park and attended St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Hinz is survived by two daughters, Rita Fredrickson of Hinckley and Norma H. (Robert) Irwin of Villa Park; two sons, Theodor A. (Barbara) Hinz of Lombard and Roland S. (Lila) Hinz of Pasadena, CA; 10 grandchildren, Daniel Robert Irwin, Mark Theodor Irwin, Sharon Ruth (Greg) Isaacs, David (Denice) Hinz, Lisa Hurlburt, Steven Hinz, Aaron Hinz, Cassandra (Gary) Mittleberg, Katherine Hinz, and Tom Hinz; and six great-grandchildren, Cassidy Hinz, Joshua Hinz, Annie Hinz, Alyssa Hinz, Alex Hurlburt, and Mitchell Isaacs.

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

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, the Reverend James A. Kirkwood of Grace Gospel Center in Bensenville officiating.  Burial was at Pierce Cemetery, Maple Park.

A memorial fund has been established.        CC 7/14/1994

 

Paul E. Krahn     1994.07.15

Paul E. Krahn, 67, of Oswego, passed away on Thursday, July 7, 1994, at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.  He was born on August 29, 1926, in Aurora.

Mr. Krahn was employed at Caterpillar in Aurora as a machinist until his retirement in 1991 after 27 years of employment.

Mr. Krahn was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Oswego; formerly a member of the Oswego Lions Club, the U.A.W. Local #145 in Montgomery and was a Volunteer Firefighter with the Oswego Fire Protection District for over 26 years.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce (Miller), whom he married on January 10, 1948; three sons, Dale (Donna) Krahn of Oswego, Thomas (Desi) Krahn of Yorkville and Randy (Debbie) Krahn serving with the U.S. Coast Guard at Yorktown, VA; three granddaughters, Jeannette Erickson, Angela Krahn, Codie Krahn; three grandsons, Justin Krahn, Zachary Krahn and Nathaniel Krahn; four sisters, Esther (Kyle) Hammer of Centralia, Ruth (Henry) Hoffman of Aurora, Lois (Kenneth) Rogers of Big Rock and Mildred (Kenneth) Burkhart of Oswego; a brother, Donald (Ann) Krahn of Mendota; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Krahn was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Laura (Hauser) Krahn and a grandson, Eric Paul Krahn.

Funeral services were held Monday at the McKeown-Dunn Funeral Home, Ltd. in Oswego, the Reverend Kenneth R. Crooks officiating.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorials may be directed to either the Church of the Good Shepherd in Oswego or the Oswego Fire Protection District.

  CC 7/14/1994

 

Viola Harvel Leifheit     1994.07.16

Viola Leifheit, 65, of Hinckley, passed away Sunday, July 10, 1994, at her home.  She was born July 26, 1928, in Paw Paw, the daughter of Elisha and Texanna (McKinney) Harvel.

On July 22, 1948, she was united in marriage to Mr. Merton L. Leifheit in Aurora.

Mrs. Leifheit had attended the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.  She had been employed by A.T.&T. for a number of years.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Hinckley.

Survivors include her four children, Jay (Mary) Leifheit of Toledo, OH, Dave (Karen) Leifheit of Sandwich, Ann Brackettleyson of Sandwich, and Louis (Judy) Leifheit of Aurora; five grandchildren, Miryia Brackettleyson, Shelby Brackettleyson, Adrienne Leifheit, Matthew Leifheit, and Jessica Leifheit; a great-grandson, Michael Ross; three sisters, Vera (Louis) Jakes, Mary (Watt) Bachelor, and Olive Meyer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Susan Pickert; two sisters, Bertha and Rosie; and six brothers, Harrison, Lonnie, Burnett, Fred, Floyd and Clarence.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, with the Reverend Donald Balgeman officiating.  Interment was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Hinckley.                          CC 7/14/1994

 

Gerald H. Leifheit     1994.07.17

Gerald H. Leifheit, 69, of Oswego, passed away Friday, July 8, 1994, at Beaver Island, MI.  He was born March 21, 1925, in Waterman.

Mr. Leifheit co-founded Aurora Blacktop in 1947 along with his partner Bob Edwards.  Mr. Edwards passed away in 1974.  A. Wright Seymour joined the firm in 1959 and together they continued to build Aurora Blacktop into one of Fox Valley’s major employers.  Mr. Leifheit served as president of the company from 1947 until January 1, 1994, when he assumed the position of chairman of the board and retired from everyday operations.  Aurora Blacktop is currently being managed by his sons, David who serves as president, and Jerome and Rodney who serve as vice-presidents.  The Leifheit sons and Aurora Blacktop will continue to service the Aurora area with the same personal attention to detail and workmanship that has been the trademark of their founders for the past 47 years.

Mr. Leifheit was a member of the National Asphalt Paving Association, the Illinois Asphalt Paving Association, the Illinois Road Builder’s Association, and the Aurora Contractor’s Association.  He served as a member of the Board of Directors for both the Illinois Asphalt Paving Association and the Illinois Road Builder’s Association.

Mr. Leifheit was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church and an active member of the Aurora community.  He served his country as a member of the United States Armed Forces during WWII, and now holds memberships in the Montgomery VFW Memorial Post #7452 and the Oswego American Legion Post #675.  He also is a member of the Lucky 50 Club.

Survivors include his wife, Fran (Frances Baudouin) Leifheit of Oswego; three sons, David (Virginia) Leifheit of Montgomery, Jerome “Nub” (Helen) Leifheit of Montgomery, and Rodney (Sharon) Leifheit of Yorkville; a daughter, Pamela (Jim) Secor of Bristol.  He is also survived by two sisters, Charlotte Stephens of Aurora, and Ramona (Jack) Miller of Aurora; five grandsons, Rick (Melissa) Leifheit of Plano, Jay and Mike Leifheit of Montgomery, and Ryan and Tyler Secor of Yorkville; a granddaughter, Kristine Leifheit of Montgomery, and by an uncle, Clarence “Pud” Leifheit of Hinckley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Marie (Rissman) Leifheit.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Pastor Timothy H. Swanson officiating.  Burial was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Contributions may be made in Mr. Leifheit’s memory to the Illinois Paving Association Scholarship Program at 424 N. Fourth, Springfield, IL 6702.

Arrangements were completed by Dieterle Memorial Home.  CC 7/21/1994

 

Kenneth James LeCuyer     1994.07.18

Kenneth James LeCuyer, age 35, of Millington, passed away Monday, July 11, 1994, at Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born October 10, 1958, in Aurora, the son of Thomas G. and Dorothea T. (Bitterman) LeCuyer.

Mr. LeCuyer was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Bristol.  He was employed as a painter with Local #448 in Aurora.  He was an avid fisherman, loved airboating and working on his model airplanes.

Survivors include his very special friend, Alice Mary Scott of Millington; his parents, Thomas and Dorothea LeCuyer of Yorkville; two brothers, Thomas M. (Katherine “Dee”) LeCuyer of Plano, and Michael J. (Nina) LeCuyer of Sheridan; three sisters, Anna (Dean) Meldrum of Shabbona, Rosemary Therriault of Sheridan, and Theresa (Kevin) Krantz of Sheridan; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends that will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald, in infancy.

Funeral services were held Friday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Bristol, Father Jerome Zalonis, M.I.C., officiating.  Interment was at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Bristol.

Arrangements were completed by Nelson Funeral Homes.  CC 7/21/19994

 

Jonathan J. Sexton     1994.07.19

Jonathan J. Sexton, 85, of DeKalb, died Sunday, July 17, 1994, at his home.

Born June 29, 1909, in Richmond, KY, he was the son of Boyle and Nancy (Keaton) Sexton.

Mr. Sexton was employed at the DeKalb Toy Factory for 13 years until his retirement in 1974.

Survivors include a daughter, Bernice Holt of Oswego, KS; three grandchildren, Phyllis (Gary) Sandine of Shabbona, Shirley (Eddie) Hernandez of Sycamore, and Jim Sexton of DeKalb; four great-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Helen Sexton of DeKalb; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Bill Sexton; a sister, Luevenia Setser; and his parents.

Private graveside services were held Tuesday at Fairview Park Cemetery, the Reverend Howard Jacobson of Trinity Lutheran Church officiating.                      CC 7/21/1994

 

Rose Anne Knippenberg Radell    1994.07.20

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 27, 1994, at Toon Funeral Home, Downers Grove, for Rose Anne Radell, 66, of Waterman.  Interment was at Clarendon Hills Cemetery in Darien.

Mr. and Mrs. Radell, formerly of Downers Grove, had lived in Waterman for the past four years.

Mrs. Radell is survived by her husband, Willard of Waterman; and five children, Richard (Vicky) Sampson of Nevada, LeRoy (Debi) Marcellis of Sugar Grove, Cathy (Mike) Bales of Sugar Gove, Terri Gage of Nevada, and Edward Marcellis of Downers Grove; five brothers, Fritz (Lill) Knippenberg of South Elgin, Earl (Ann), Robert (Shirley) and Eugene Knippenberg and Don (Nancy) Zelke; a sister, Violet (Glenn) Stevens; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Russell Marcellis.

  CC 7/28/1994

 

Virginia M. Smith Williams     1994.07.21

Virginia M. Williams, 79, of Hinckley, passed away on Monday, July 25, 1994, at the Shabbona Health Care Center in Shabbona.  She was born on March 1, 1915, in Hinckley, the daughter of Charles and Laura (Dellenback) Smith.

Mrs. Williams was formerly employed as a secretary with Warners Auto Supply in Aurora for a number of years.  She was a member of the Willing Workers of Big Rock and the Ladies of the Moose in Aurora.

Survivors include her son, Del (Marian) Williams of Hinckley; two grandchildren, Dwayne Williams of Waterman and Laurie Williams of Sycamore; two great-grandchildren, Alec and Kendel Williams; a brother, Vernon (Betty) Smith of Aurora; a niece, Sandy (Robert) Wienke of Oswego and nephews, David and Tim Wienke of Oswego.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 28, at 1:30 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley, the Reverend Paul Gerardy officiating.

Private visitation was scheduled.

Arrangements were completed by Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.  815-286-3247.                CC 7/28/1994

 

Hendricus G. Rossaert     1994.07.22

Hendricus G. Rossaert, 69, of Sandwich, died Monday, July 18, 1994, in Sandwich Community Hospital in Sandwich.

Born July 9, 1925, in Rotterdam, Holland, he was the son of Hendricus and Catherina (Van Heck) Rossaert.

He married Pauline Rijken on December 19, 1951, in Rotterdam.  He was employed at Caterpillar Tractor Company in Aurora for 22 years until his retirement in 1987.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Plano.  He also served in the Dutch American allied forces during World War II.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Herman Rossaert of Sycamore and Paulus (Jeanne) Rossaert of Bristol; two daughters, Maria (Douglas) Walker of Banning, CA, and Hendrika (Thomas) Wiedman of Hinckley; four sisters, Toos Luyken of Daventer, Holland, Tine Breeman of Apeldoorn, Holland, Door DeBie of NW: Kerk a/d Yssel, Holland and Johanna Rossaert of Apeldoorn, Holland; six grandchildren, Jason, Stephanie and Nicholous Rossaert, Matthew and Joseph Walker, and Jennifer Pulfer; and a great-grandchild, Heather Pulfer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Dorus Rossaert.

A funeral mass was said Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Plano, Father Boniface officiating.  Burial was at St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery, Sandwich.

Pallbearers were Matthew Walker, Joseph Walker, Jason Rossaert, Michael Hardy, and David Fraser.

A liturgical wake service was held Friday evening during visitation hours at Burkhart Funeral Home.        CC 7/28/1994

 

LaVern Shumaker      1994.07.23

LaVern Shumaker, 76, of rural Malta, died Tuesday, July 26, 1994, at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

He was born July 1, 1918, in DeKalb, the son of Roy and Bessie (Davy) Shumaker.  He married Doris M. Young in 1941 in Malta.

Mr. Shumaker was a lifelong farmer.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in DeKalb.  He graduated from DeKalb High School.  He was a member of the DeKalb Eagles Club, DeKalb Rifle Club, DeKalb Sportsmen’s Club and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.  He was a Milan Township trustee and also served as an election judge.

Survivors include a son, Lee (Virginia) Shumaker of Shabbona; a granddaughter, Amanda Shumaker of Shabbona; a sister, Rose S. (Earle) Lutz of Malta; three nephews; a niece; six great-nieces and –nephews; and a great-great-niece.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1980 and his parents.

Funeral services were held Friday at the Anderson Funeral Home.  Burial was at Fairview Park Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.                              CC 8/4/1994

 

Calvin L. Dirksen     1994.07.24

Calvin L. Dirksen, 66, of Rochelle, died Friday, July 29, 1994, at his home.

He was born March 31, 1928, in Lee County, the son of Albert and Elma (Harrington) Dirksen.  He married Betty J. Miller February 2, 1947, in Dixon.

Mr. Dirksen was a farmer.

He is survived by his wife Betty of Rochelle; a son, Dennis (Denise) Dirksen of Goshen, KY; five daughters, Jean Filkins of Plainfield, Judy (Robert) Marquardt of Elburn, Vicki Guthrie of Aurora, Renee (David) Odonnel of Sycamore and Trudi (Scott) Schoger of Big Rock; two sisters, Rowena (Wilbur) Rhoades of Mendota and Rosella Brass of Oregon, IL; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Alfred and Glenn Dirksen; and a sister, Alberta Dirksen.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home in Rochelle, the Reverend Ken Foster of the Compton Methodist Church officiating.  Burial was at the Steward Cemetery.                                     CC 8/4/1994

 

Marque Alan McIntosh     1994.07.25

Marque Alan McIntosh, 19, of Aurora, passed away Monday, July 25, 1994, in Aurora.  He was born September 7, 1974, in Jacksonville, NC.

Survivors include his mother, Christina (Zamora) McInosh of Aurora; his father, Michael E. McIntosh of California; his maternal grandparents, Dagoberto (Maria) Zamora of Aurora; his paternal grandparents, LeRoy (Pauline) McIntosh of Montgomery; four aunts, Rosie Zamora of Aurora, Diana (William) Douglas of Hinckley; Annie (Larry) Freese of Plano and Debbie (Ruben) Davila of Aurora; two uncles, Dagaberto Zamora Jr. and Alfonso Aguilar Jr. both of Aurora and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his aunt, Sylvia Aguilar.

Funeral services were private.

Arrangements by Daleiden High Street Mortuary.

  CC 8/4/1994

 

Violet C. Bly Knutson     1994.07.26

Violet C. Knutson, 88, of DeKalb, died Tuesday, July 26, 1994, at Pine Acres Care Center in DeKalb.

She was born March 17, 1906, in Alto Township, IL, the daughter of Martin and Hattie (Johnson) Bly.

On November 24, 1934, she married Clifford E. Knutson at the First Lutheran Church in Lee.

She was a homemaker and taught school in rural Lee for seven years.  She later taught first grade in Waterman for 16 years.

Mrs. Knutson was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in DeKalb where she was the former organist and a member of the choir, Quilters group, and Lydia Circle.  She was a former member of First Lutheran Church in Lee.  She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and of the Sons of Norway.

Survivors include two sons, Roger (Evelyn) Knutson of DeKalb and Arlan (Joan) Knutson of Machesney Park, IL; three grandchildren, Steve (Kim) Knutson of DeKalb, Ron (Mary) Knutson of Naperville, and Patti (Scott) Holtman of Oshkosh, WI; a great-granddaughter, Natalie Holtman; a brother, Orville Bly of Lee; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her sister Gertie Edwards, her brother Harold Bly, and her parents.

Funeral services were held Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in DeKalb with the Reverend Howard Jacobson officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Park Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.                              CC 8/4/1994

 

                  Frances Elizabeth Reuland Stahl     1994.08.03

Frances Elizabeth Stahl, 88, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, August 28, 1994, at Countryside Healthcare Centre.  She was born on December 4, 1905, in Aurora, the daughter of Frank and Emma (Mueller) Reuland.

She was a member of the Sandwich Moose.

Survivors include a sister, Sister Mary Nichols, O.P. of Springfield, IL; a son-in-law, Dennis Mejia of Highland, IL, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur R. Kelleher; her second husband, Melvin A. Stahl; three children, Marie M. (Kelleher) Mejia, Arthur R. Kelleher Jr. and Shirley May Kelleher; three sisters, Katherine (William) Kelleher, Marion E. (Richard) Bates and Anna C. Reuland and a brother, Peter L. (Claire) Reuland.

Graveside services were scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 31, at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley, the Reverend Roy D. Frye Sr. officiating.

Arrangements were handled by the Healy Chapel.

  CC 9/1/1994

 

                                   Robert T. Bridge     1994.08.13

Robert T. Bridge, 77, of Sandwich, IL, and Fort Pierce, FL, died Monday, August 22, 1994, at Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born February 3, 1917, in Orangeville, IL, the son of Clay B. and Caroline (Trumpy) Bridge.

He married Almeda A. Zurbriggen on June 22, 1941, in Scioto Mills, IL.

Mr. Bridge, a DeKalb area farmer until retiring in 1982, was a graduate of the University of Illinois.  He was a member of the Plano Bible Church and the Community Methodist Church in Fort Pierce, FL, and a former member of the Waterman Methodist Church.  He had served on the Waterman School Board.  He was a member of DeKalb County Farm Bureau, where he had served on the board, was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Waterman American Legion.  He was a captain in the United States Army serving during WWII.

Survivors include his wife, Almeda of Sandwich; a daughter, Starr (William) Hull of Lincoln, IL; two sons, James (Margaret) Bridge of DeKalb and Kerry (Nettie) Bridge of Litchfield, MN; six grandchildren, Kimberly Gatesman, Tiffany Hull, Stephanie and Jeremy Bridge, Tina McMains, and Keno Bridge; two great-grandsons, Dallas McMains and Dakota Bridge; three sisters, Carol (Milton) Bostian of Orangeville, IL, Frances Dickinson, also of Orangeville, and Ruth (Russell) Henderickson of Freeport, IL, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Timothy Bridge, and his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 25, at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, the Reverend Dwight Lehman of Plano Bible Church officiating.  Burial will follow at the North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.  Visitation was scheduled for Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.

A memorial has been established for Robert T. Bridge in care of the Anderson Funeral Home, Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.  CC 8/25/1994

 

                           Ronald P. Waid      1994.08.15

Ronald P. Waid, 54, of Jeter Road, Big Rock, was killed shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 9, 1994, when the experimental helicopter he was flying crashed in a corn field on East Sandwich Road, .4 mile north of Chicago Road, Sandwich.  According to DeKalb County Sheriff’s Police, a witness stated that aircraft was airborne from the grass runway at 5767 East Sandwich Road and then went down a short distance from the runway, landing upside down in a corn field.

The Federal Aviation Administration, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Police, and the DeKalb County Coroner’s Office are investigating.                            CC 8/18/1994

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Ronald P. Waid, 54, of Big Rock, passed away tragically, Tuesday, August 9, 1994, near Big Rock.  He was born on November 4, 1939, in Kewanee, IL.

Mr. Waid was self-employed as owner/operator of the AB Crane Rental Service in Batavia for the last 20 years.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and member of International Union of Operating Engineers, Local #150.

Survivors include his loving wife, Cynthia K. (Erdos) of Big Rock; his step-son, Thomas S. Marvin of Big Rock; his beloved sister, Patricia (James) Plocher of Montgomery; his nephew, Ronald Plocher of Yorkville; his niece, Shari Alfter of Yorkville; and his step-father, Edward Coffee of Elgin.

He was preceded in death by his father, Warren Thomas Waid, Sr.; his mother, S. Arlene Coffee and his brother, Warren Thomas Waid, Jr.

Private funeral services were held Friday at Dieterle Memorial Home, the Reverend Joseph Aldridge officiating.  Burial was at River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia.

  CC 8/18/1994

 

  1. C. Vagle 1994.08.16
  2. C. “Tony” Vagle, 81, of Kings, died Monday, August 1, 1994, at Swedish American Hospital.

He was born February 16, 1913, in Fairdale, ND, to Christ and Bertha Wold Vagle.  He married Mabel J. Vogle on April 5, 1941, at Dubuque, IA.  She died March 9, 1984.

Mr. Vagle was a farmer.

He is survived by a son, James, of Kings; a daughter, Betty (David) Sterna of Beloit, WI; two grandchildren, Larry and Jennifer Sterna of Beloit, WI; two sisters, Irene (William) Boston of Earlville and Bernice Suddeth of Shabbona; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 4, at 1:30 p.m. at Unger-Horner Funeral Home in Rochelle, the Reverend Carl Polstra officiating.  Visitation was scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Monroe Center Cemetery.                                            CC 8/4/1994

 

Elbert Larsen     1994.08.17

Elbert Larsen, 79, of DeKalb, formerly of Waterman and Somonauk, passed away on Monday, August 8, 1994, at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.

A complete obituary will appear next week.  Funeral arrangements by Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman.

  CC 8/11/1994

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Elbert W. “Bert” Larsen, 79, of Waterman, passed away on Monday, August 8, 1994, at the DeKalb County Nursing Home, DeKalb.  He was born on May 13, 1915, in Adair, OK, the son of Soren J. and Anna L. (Jensen) Larsen, both of whom were from Denmark.

In 1920 Bert moved with his family to Waterman, IL, where he graduated from Waterman High School in 1933.  The morning after graduation he left for Montana to work on his cousin’s ranch.  He remained there until 1936, when he returned to the area and opened a grocery store in Somonauk.  He was united in marriage in 1938 to Phern Eastman of Sandwich and together they operated the Somonauk store for the next 20 years.  He suffered a heart attack in 1958 and spent several months in a veterans’ hospital.

Mr. Larsen worked several years in DeKalb as a night watchman for both the DeKalb Wagon Works and the Wurlitzer Corporation.  He retired in 1972 and lived in Sandwich until 1986, when he entered the nursing home.  He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the Somonauk American Legion.  He also belonged to the Volunteer Fire Department in Somonauk and had been a member of the Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma.

Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Marion Larsen of Waterman, numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as four brothers.

Graveside services were held on Friday at North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman, the Reverend Dawn Gotoh officiating.

Arrangements were completed by Nelson Funeral Homes.

                             CC 8/18/1994

 

Elizabeth Bowen Carlson     1994.08.18

Elizabeth (Betty) Carlson, 82, of Aurora, passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 1994, at Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  She was born on April 14, 1912, in Harvey, IL.

Mrs. Carlson was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the Friendship Bible Class, the Thursday Morning Ladies Prayer Group, the Martha Circle and the Bethany Spiritual Life, in addition to serving on the Wayside Cross Rescue Mission Advisory Board.

Survivors include a daughter, Margaret (Dwayne) Anderson of Big Rock; a son, David (Jan) Carlson of Cypress, TX; three grandchildren, Ashleigh (Steve) Inge, Raini Carlson and Lindsey Carlson all of Texas; two stepgrandchildren, Lori Anderson and Gary (Lynette) Anderson, both of California; and a sister, Edith McKay of Frankfort, Germany.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; her parents, Ed and Allie Bowen; two sisters, Helen Bowen and June Bowen, and two brothers, William Bowen and Ralph Bowen.

Funeral services were held on Friday at First Presbyterian Church, the Reverend Robert C. Urquhart officiating.  Private family interment services were held at Lincoln Memorial Park prior to the funeral hour.

Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements were completed by Healy Chapel.

  CC 8/11/1994

 

Joe Clucas     1994.08.19

Joe Clucas, 90, of Yorkville, passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 1994, at his home.  Born on January 3, 1904, in Oconee, IL, he was one of the 11 children of John and Rosa (Jackson) Clucas.

He was united in marriage on September 22, 1930, in Springfield, IL, to Bernice Fresh of Bloomfield, IA, and they spent the next 64 years of their lives together.

Mr. and Mrs. Clucas moved from Iowa to Illinois in the 1940’s, farming for many years near Leland, Waterman, and most recently on Walker Road, Yorkville.  He attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Yorkville and he and Mrs. Clucas also were members of the Kendall County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include his wife, Bernice; two daughters, Cathy Hester of Yorkville and Nancy (David) Woodcock of Naperville; two grandsons, Brandon Hester and Matthew Woodcock; a brother, Earl (Meeta) Clucas of Tyler, TX; and a sister, Mary Musser of Pana, IL.

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

Funeral services were held Friday at Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, Yorkville, the Reverend Vernon Tweedt officiating.

  CC 8/11/1994

 

Edward Henry Tanner     1994.08.20

Edward Henry Tanner, 86, of Conifer, CO, formerly of Aurora, passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 1994, at Swedish Medical Center of complications due to an automobile accident.  Mr. Tanner was born on June 25, 1908, in Boston, MA.

He retired in 1973 from many years in the construction industry where he supervised the installation of cabinets in institutions.  He had done such in his hospital room at Swedish Medical.

He and Lucille A. Fieselman were married for 22 years.  His first wife, Melba, passed away in 1970.

Mr. Tanner was a member of Conifer Community Church.  He sang tenor in numerous church choirs and was soloist on radio for a program in Aurora, IL, where he lived for 32 years prior to moving to Conifer.

Mr. Tanner was Assistant State Director of AARP and had been president of the local AARP Chapter.  He was active in the Golden Eagles Chapter of Family Campers and Hikers.  He had been a member of Conifer area Kiwanis Clubs since 1970.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille; his children, Warren Tanner of Des Moines, IA, Larry Tanner of Cincinnati, OH, and Leah Fowler of Big Rock; four step-children, Lola Bergsten of Calhan, CO, Ervin Knight of Lakewood, CO, Linda Stillwell of Aurora, CO, and Vernon Knight of Lolo, MT; a brother, Walbourne W. Tanner of Aurora, IL; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; 10 stepgrandchildren and 12 stepgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday at Conifer Community Church.  Burial was at Evergreen Memorial Park, Evergreen, CO.

Contributions may be made in Mrs. Tanner’s memory to the Shadow Mountain Golden K Kiwanis Scholarship Fund, P O Box 1173, Conifer, CO 80433.  CC 8/18/1994

 

 LeRoy Overby     1994.08.21

“Gordon” LeRoy Overby, 55, of Sycamore, died Friday, August 19, 1994, at his home.

He was born October 29, 1938, in Waterman, the son of Gordon L. and Margaret (Smith) Overby.  He married Sandy F. Teague on December 1, 1979, in Sycamore.

He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1956 to 1959.  He was employed as an ordinance officer for the Sycamore police department for many years.  Until his retirement, he also worked at Northern Illinois University as an A/V technician from 1969 to 1990.

He is survived by his wife of Sycamore; two sons, Kenneth “Butch” Overby of Waterman and Mark Overby of DeKalb; two daughters, Pauline Overby of Chicago and Dawn Boughton of Grand Ridge; a step-son, Don (Nita) Teague of Sycamore; two grandchildren, Zachary and Matthew Teague of Sycamore; a brother, Paul (Dorothy) Overby of DeKalb; a sister, Judy (Irv) Lieving of Waterman; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded by his parents and his step-father, John Roberts.

Cremation has taken place at the Northern Illinois Crematory in Sycamore.  There was no visitation.  Arrangements were completed by the Butala Funeral Home in Sycamore.

  CC 8/25/1994

 

William D. Gates     1994.08.22

William D. “Bill” Gates, 61, of DeKalb, died Sunday, August 21, 1994, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born January 30, 1933, the son of William F. and Mable (Perkins) Gates.  He married Carol Rissman Richardson on October 30, 1968, in Las Vegas, NV.

He attended DeKalb schools and was a member of the U. S. Air Force for three years.  He worked for Cy Miller News Agency and Charles Levy Circulating before purchasing the B.C. News and Card Shop in Geneva which he operated for 25 years.

He was a 36-year member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in DeKalb and an associate member of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife, Carol (Rissman) Richardson Gates of DeKalb, formerly of Hinckley; a stepdaughter, Debra (Jerry) Richardson Lundgren of DeKalb; a stepson, Jaye Richardson of DeKalb; two grandchildren, Lacey Lundgren and Brooke Richardson; and several aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a twin sister, Elizabeth; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Ronan-Moore Funeral Home, the Reverend Rick Milas officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Park Cemetery.

  CC 8/25/1994

 

Grace B. Wilkison Kintz     1994.08.23

Grace B. Kintz, 69, of Monroe, WI, formerly of Elburn, passed away Wednesday evening, August 24, 1994, at Monroe Manor where she had made her home for the past seven years.  She was born on December 11, 1924, in Elburn, the daughter of Earl and Grace (Galiger) Wilkison, Sr.

She grew up in Elburn and Kaneville where she attended local schools.  She worked for a time at Goetz’s Hardware in Elburn and at National Electronics in LaFox.  But, Gracie, as she was known best, served up coffee and a hot meal to the farmers, the teenagers and all the folks who stopped in at the restaurant on the corner of Route 47 and North Street, for most of her working years, waitressing at Carlson’s, Smith’s and then Hanson’s Bar B-Q.

The joys of Grace’s life were not found in material things or in recognition of her work.  She found joy in her children, in the blessing of being “grandma” and in the moments she shared with everyone she met.  Generous with her time and her talents, Grace volunteered to serve Legion dinners, church receptions and countless Saturday picnics at Lions Park.  Even in her last moments, she was a “people person”, quietly watching people as they passed by her window, when she quietly went from the loving care of her earthly home to the room prepared for her in Heaven.

She was a member of St. Gall’s Church in Elburn, the Altar & Rosary Society, American Legion Auxiliary in Elburn, 40-8 Club, Elburn Quivera Club and Women of the Moose in Aurora.

Survivors include four sons, Michael Rooney of Dayton, OH, Bill Rooney of North Bergen, NJ, Tom (Valerie) Rooney of Mesa, AZ, and Jim (Margaret) Rooney of Sycamore; a daughter, Mary Ann (William) Emberson of Silver Springs, MD; three sisters, Cora Lee and Jane Willis both of Big Rock and Ann (Almer) Gliddon of Sugar Grove; 10 grandchildren, Michele (Rob) Johnson and Michael Rooney both of Toledo, OH, Ann Marie Emberson of Beltsville, MD, Joseph Emberson of Atlanta, GA, Dan and Dawn Rooney of Mesa, AZ, Guenevere Rooney of Chicago, Maranda Rooney of Whitewater, WI, John and Amy Rooney of Sycamore and one great grandson, Trenton, of Mesa, AZ.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willard Kintz; a sister, Hattie Windish and three brothers, Earl, Bishop and Ray Wilkison.

Funeral Mass was held on Monday from St. Gall’s Church in Elburn, Father Paul LeGare O.S.B. from Marmion officiating.  Interment followed at St. Gall’s Cemetery in Elburn.

A wake service was held during visitation hours Sunday at Conley Funeral Home.

Memorials in Grace’s name may be sent c/o Box 233, Elburn, IL 60119.  CC 9/1/1994

 

Lois White Bieritz Archer     1994.08.24

Mrs. Lois (White) Bieritz Archer, 82, of Aurora, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 24, 1994, at Countryside Healthcare Center.  She was born on January 17, 1912, in Big Rock, the daughter of Earl and Frances (Gillette) White.

Mrs. Archer retired from Farmers Insurance Group in 1970.

Survivors include four sons, Glenn (Patricia) Bieritz of Montgomery, Richard (Alice) Bieritz of Clearwater, FL, Robert (Marjorie) Bieritz of Olney, MD, and Walter (Judith) Bieritz of Aurora; a daughter, Phyllis (Glenn) Dumdie of Aurora; 24 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; a niece and a nephew.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Glenn A. Bieritz; her second husband, William Archer; a daughter, Lois J. Hart and a brother, Everett White.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Robert Christiansen officiating.  Burial was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Archer may be given to the Fox Valley Hospice.                         CC 9/1/1994

 

Shelly Marie Thompson Severson     1994.08.25

Shelly Marie (Thompson) Severson, 21, of Morris, died Wednesday, August 24, 1994, at her home.

She was born January 16, 1973, in Mendota, the daughter of Richard and Cheryl (Hinkston) Thompson.  She attended Shabbona schools.  On June 19, 1993, she married Eric Severson in Shabbona.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter Caitlyn Severson of Morris; her mother of Franklin Grove; two brothers Richard Thompson and Rick Larson, both of Franklin Grove; four sisters Shawn (Chuck) Berger of Mendota, Donna McRoberts of Shabbona, Terri (Don) Wood of Belvidere and Kathy Thompson of Lee; and her grandparents Mildred Thompson of Shabbona and Harry (Rhea) Hinkston of Lee.

She was preceded in death by her father, a grandfather, Tony Thompson, and a niece, Alexis Larson.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Shabbona, the Reverend Jeff Coester officiating.  Burial was at Old English Cemetery in rural Lee.

A memorial fund has been established in care of the Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.            CC 9/1/1994

 

Eugene W. Fitzgerald     1994.08.26

Eugene W. Fitzgerald, 62, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, August 18, 1994, at Hines VA Hospital in Hines, IL.  He was born on September 8, 1931, in Aurora.

Mr. Fitzgerald was formerly employed by Adding Machine & Typewriter Sales and years later by John’s Smoke Shop, both in Aurora.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

In his younger days, he was a sports participant and later became an avid sports fan.  His biggest interest was the York Barbell Company in York, PA, which specializes in weightlifting equipment.

Survivors include his daughter, Vicki (David) Young of Big Rock; two sons, Kurt Fitzgerald and Bradley Fitzgerald, both of Aurora; a brother, Thomas J. (Anita) Fitzgerald III of Aurora; a sister, Nancy Fitzgerald of Minneapolis, MN; two grandchildren, Summer Young and Derek Young of Big Rock and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Irene (Miller) Fitzgerald.

A memorial services for family and friends was held on Thursday evening, August 25, in the Richardson Chapel of First Presbyterian Church, Aurora, Pastor Noel Allen officiating.

Donations are being accepted by the family of Vicki Young in Big Rock, to be given to the cancer wing of Hines VA Hospital where Mr. Fitzgerald received such excellent and loving care.                                         CC 9/1/1994

 

Mary M. Muloski     1994.08.27

Mary M. Muloski, 88, of Aurora, passed away on Friday, August 26, 1994, at Countryside Healthcare Center.  She was born on November 3, 1905, in Chicago.

She was a member of St. Rita of Cascia Church.

Survivors include two sisters, Gertrude Brace of Oak Forest and Loretto (Charles) Waggoner of Montgomery; a brother-in-law, Edward O. Christiansen of Aurora; three nieces, Eileen (Ronald) Kalafut of Oak Forest, Carolyn Krull of Aurora and Marilyn Muloski of Oak Lawn; four nephews, Edward J. (Nina) Christiansen of Bellevue, WA, Allen R. (Kathleen) Christiansen of Hinckley, Thomas Muloski and Charles A. (Kathryn) Christiansen of St. Charles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frances and Joseph Muloski; a brother, John Muloski; two nephews, Raymond Muloski and John Christiansen.

Funeral services were held Monday from the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary to St. Rita of Cascia Church, Father Robert Miller officiating.  Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Evergreen Park.

A wake service was held Sunday evening during visitation hours at the mortuary.  CC 9/1/1994

 

Erna Jorgensen Wienke     1994.08.28

Erna J. Wienke, 87, of Big Rock, passed away on Sunday, August 28, 1994, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born on June 30, 1907, in Chicago to Neils and Martha Jorgensen.

Mrs. Wienke was a member of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Glenn Wienke of Big Rock; her son, Bob (Sandy) Wienke of Oswego; two grandsons, David Wienke of Oak Park and Tim Wienke of Oswego; a sister, Bernice (Harold) Miller of Hot Springs Village, AR, and several nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Wilson.

Funeral services were scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 31, at the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Peder Kittelson officiating.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Visitation was private.

Contributions in Mrs. Wienke’s memory may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.                   CC 9/1/1994

 

Pearl B. Gates Hayes     1994.08.29

Pearl B. Hayes, 73, of DeKalb, died Monday, August 29, 1994, at DeKalb County Nursing Home.

She was born August 20, 1921, in Shabbona Grove, the daughter of William and Cora (Stroyan) Gates.  She married Thomas N. Hayes on March 22, 1940, in DeKalb.

She and her husband owned Tommy’s Bike and Sport Shop from 1944 to 1969.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter Jill Pigott of Sycamore; a granddaughter Dawn (Mark) Mattison of DeKalb; two great-grandchildren Seaver and Colin Mattison; a sister Helen (Halous) Carey of DeKalb; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a grandson Steven Pigott; a granddaughter Denise Pigott; three sisters and four brothers.

Visitation was scheduled for 12 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 31, at the Anderson Funeral Home, with funeral services to follow at 1:30, the Reverend Ronald Miles officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Park Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.                                  CC 9/8/1994

 

            Sarah Jeannette McAllister Baie     1994.09.02

Sarah Jeannette Baie, age 87, of Waterman, passed away Friday, September 9, 1994, at the Sandwich Community Hospital, in Sandwich.  She was born June 26, 1907, in Waterman, the daughter of Robert and Jeannette (Kirkpatrick) McAllister.

She was united in marriage on May 29, 1925, in Sycamore, to Mr. Clarence H. Baie and spent the next 69 years as a loving mother and homemaker.

Mrs. Baie was a school teacher in the Waterman area for a number of years.

She was a lifetime member of the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church, had taught Sunday School and had been the church organist for many years.  She, along with her husband, Clarence, were active members of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.  Jeannette was a former member of the Franks Community Women’s Club; the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, as well as being a former member of the DeKalb County Women’s Club.

Survivors include her husband, Clarence, of Waterman; a daughter June (Bob) Creed of Waterman; a son Clare (Joan) Baie of Waterman; four grandchildren, Beth Dannenberg of Waterman, Laurie (Joe) Hesselmann of Tolono, IL, Rusty (Vicki) Baie of Hinckley, and Ken Baie of DeKalb; twelve great-grandchildren; a sister, Lois Head of Waterman; and a special friend, Rebecca Colby of Waterman.

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

Funeral services were held Monday at the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church, the Reverend Doctor Lee E. Walker and the Reverend Richard Harmison officiating.  Interment was at Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.

Pallbearers were Owen Kahle, Charles McRoberts, Paul Gates, Morris Williams, Dean Bolender, and Phil McKinsey; honorary pallbearers, Dick Myers and Lauri Koski.

Arrangements were completed by Nelson Funeral Homes, 815-264-3362.                                 CC 9/15/1994

 

    Helen Elaine Greenfield Schumacher     1994.09.04

Helen Elaine Schumacher, age 91, of Sandwich, passed away, Sunday, September 25, 1994, at the Dogwood Health Care Center in Sandwich.  She was born October 17, 1902, in Sandwich, the daughter of Roy and Lydia Marie (Lawrence) Greenfield.

On July 18, 1931, she was united in marriage to Mr. Roy Schumacher in a service performed at the home of her parents in Hinckley.

Mrs. Schumacher was a graduate of the Illinois Conservatory of Music located in Chicago.  She had been a teacher in several area schools.  Over the years, Mrs. Schumacher accompanied many of her students during their participation in music contests.

She was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church where she had served as Music and Choir Director for many years.  During this time, she was the innovator of the Hinckley United Methodist Church Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.

Mrs. Schumacher was a member of both the Town & Country Club and the Hinckley Women’s Club.

Survivors include two children, Mary Helen (Willis) Nelson of Sandwich, and Carl (Julie) Schumacher of Tulsa, OK; five grandchildren, Kristen Nelson and her husband, Devin Jones of Chicago, Kyrie Nelson of Westmont, Katje Nelson of Chicago, Trevor Schumacher and Troy Schumacher of Missouri.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Roy; and two sons, Roy Allan and Carl Roy in infancy.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 28, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, the Reverend Tom Kingery officiating.  Dolores Wilkening was the organist.  Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Pallbearers were Charles Hillman, Joe Podschwit, Lindsey Podschwit, Devin Jones, Marc Kleinfelter and Robert Dwyer.

  CC 9/29/1994

 

Robert H. Green     1994.09.10

Robert H. Green, 79, of Aurora, passed away Monday, September 5, 1994, at Edwards Hospital, Naperville.  He was born April 8, 1915, in Fithian, IL.

Mr. Green was employed at Walker Process until his retirement in 1980.  He was a veteran of World War II and received the Purple Heart.  He was a member of the Naperville Stamp Club and was an avid auction sales participant.

Survivors include two sons, Robert (Joann) of Naperville and Greg (Mary) of Big Rock; four grandchildren, Ryan and Julie of Big Rock and Leslie and Matthew of Naperville; a brother, Gail (Dolores) of Fithian, IL; a sister, Roberta Dyson of Champaign; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; and his parents, Roy and Della Green.

Funeral services were scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 7, at Dieterle Memorial Home, with visitation from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services.  Interment in High Point, NC.

Contributions in Mr. Green’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association.                        CC 9/8/1994

 

Edward M. Kyser     1994.09.11

Edward M. Kyser, of Sugar Grove, passed away peacefully Monday morning, September 5, 1994, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born on August 30, 1910, in Big Rock, the son of Milton and Hattie (Brackett) Kyser.

He grew up in the Sugar Grove-Big Rock area where he attended local schools.  On June 4, 1977, he was united in marriage to Shirley Pickert in Earlville.  He resided most of his life in Aurora and Sugar Grove.  A licensed real estate broker and appraiser, Mr. Kyser owned and operated Kyser Realty in Aurora for over 30 years, retiring in 1982.

He was past president of the Real Estate Board of Aurora, a senior member of the American Society of Appraisers, past president of the Chicago Society of Real Estate Appraisers, a member of the Kane County Regional Planning Committee for 20 years, a member of the Republican Precinct Committee of Blackberry Township for 25 years, the Union League Club and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Aurora.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Kyser of Sugar Grove; a step-daughter, Sandra (Allan) Rhea of Aurora, two step-sons, Scott (Kristi) Pickert of Hinckley and Steve Pickert of Sugar Grove; five step-grandchildren and a host of friends and associates.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Hattie Kyser; two brothers, Judson and Ira Kyser; a sister, Mary Kyser in infancy; and a very special nephew, John Nelson, who lost his life when he was serving in Vietnam.

Funeral services were scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 7, from Conley Funeral Home, Elburn, the Reverend Wayne Miller, Pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Aurora, officiating.  Interment at Kaneville Cemetery, Kaneville.

Memorials may be made to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church or the charity of the donor’s choice.                    CC 9/8/1994

 

John James Eastabrooks     1994.09.12

John James Eastabrooks, age 91, of the Holmstad in Batavia, passed away Saturday, September 10, 1994, at the Michaelsen Health Center, Batavia.  He was born May 7, 1903, in Hinckley, the son of James Alton and Sarah (McCrea) Eastabrooks.  He was united in marriage to Ester Thorstad on October 17, 1930, in Sycamore.  They then spent the next 64 years of their lives together.  For the past 13 years they have made their home at the Holmstad in Batavia.

Mr. Eastabrooks was a member of the Batavia Landmark United Methodist Church in Batavia.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge having received his 50 year membership pin.

At the early age of nine, John began his interest in the pharmaceutical business while helping at Keith’s Drug Store in Hinckley.  This interest was to carry on throughout the rest of his life.

Mr. Eastabrooks was a 1921 graduate of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois at its Chicago campus.  While attending the university he was employed by Walgreen Drug Stores.  Upon his graduation he was employed by Johnson Pharmacy in Aurora.  He and his wife Ester then moved to Sycamore where he continued in the drug store business.  At a later date, they moved to River Forest where he became the first Weibolt Drug Store Pharmacist.  He then struck out on his own, opening the Eastabrooks Pharmacy in Oak Park and Elmhurst.  Within a few years, Mr. Eastabrooks, along with Mr. Max Boerger, formed the Elmhurst Drug Company, of which Mr. Eastabrooks later became president and sole owner.

Survivors include his wife Ester of Batavia, as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, -nephews and friends that will miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his two sisters, Edna M. Meilinger and Ethel Martin; seven brothers, Howard S., Archie D., Joseph H., Miles W., William R., Donald S., and Franklin, at birth.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, the Reverend Donna Nelson, and Reverend Carl Lugn, Chaplains of the Holmstad, and Reverend Seymour Halford of the Batavia Landmark United Methodist Church, participating.  Organist was Jackie Bretthauer.  Interment was at Miller Cemetery, Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, (815) 286-3247.

 CC 9/15/1994

 

Dana Philip Austin     1994.09.13

Dana Philip Austin, age 39, of Sugar Grove passed away Friday, September 9, 1994, at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.  He was born on June 21, 1955, in Aurora, the son of Wilmer Lee and Marian (Andersen) Austin.

He was united in marriage to Patti Barr on August 9, 1975, at St. Gall’s Catholic Church in Elburn.

Mr. Austin was the owner and operator of Austin’s Violin Shop in Sugar Grove.  He was a 1973 graduate of the Hinckley-Big Rock High School and graduated from the Kenneth Warren School of Violin Making, located in Chicago, in 1980.

He was first and foremost a loving father to his seven children as well as a caring and helpful husband to his wife Patti.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He also enjoyed the time spent farming in the area with his father-in-law.  He was a real people person, always ready with a helping hand for his many friends, and an eager ear ready to listen to their thoughts.

Mr. Austin was a member of the First Baptist Church of Big Rock where he was both a Deacon and Trustee of the church.

Survivors include his wife Patti of Sugar Grove; seven children, Honna (14), Holly (12), Danae (9), Joel (7), Philip (6), Garrett (4), and Trevor (19 months); two brothers, Don (Cindy) Austin of Hinckley, Dan (Debbie) Austin of Streator; a sister, Alynn (Gerald) Sorensen of Waxahachie, TX; a sister-in-law, Diane Austin, of Streator; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends that will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Larry.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of Big Rock, the Reverend Doctor Eugene Frost officiating.  Musicians for the service were Huntley Brown, Don Shire, Randy York and Kelly Barr.  Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Pallbearers were Brian Meyers, Mike Jump, Kim Thorsen, John Whildin, Brandon Whildin, Brad Austin, Dean Seppelfrick and Mike Blair.

Memorials may be made in his memory to his family.

Arrangements were completed by Nelson Funeral Homes, (815) 286-3247.                                   CC 9/15/1994

 

Farwell F. Sawyer     1994.09.14

Farwell F. Sawyer, 70, of Clearwater, FL, formerly of Waterman, died Tuesday, September 6, 1994, at his home.

He was born in Waterman on September 25, 1923, to Teeman Franklin and Edith (Keene) Sawyer.  In 1943 he married Joyce Charlesworth.

Mr. Sawyer graduated from Waterman High School in 1941, from Monmouth College with a bachelor’s degree in 1948, Bradley University with a master’s degree in 1953 and from the University of Illinois in 1956 with an advanced certificate in education.

He taught in Dunlap and Wyoming, IL.  He was DeKalb County Assistant Superintendent of Schools from 1957 through 1964 and Waterman School Superintendent from 1964 until 1977.  He was also a superintendent of a grade school in Newark.

Mr. Sawyer was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Clearwater and served as a church usher.  He was a World War II army veteran, serving with the 507 Parachute Infantry, 82nd Airborne.  He received the Purple Heart on July 4, 1944, in France.

He was a member of the Illinois Association of School Administrators, Phi Delta Kappa fraternity, Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, Disabled American Veterans and American Legion Post 7 in Clearwater.

Survivors include two daughters, Toni Sawyer of Clearwater and Connie (Douglas) Miller of DeKalb; two sons, Tom Sawyer of Clearwater, and Charles (Deborah) Sawyer of Batavia; four grandchildren, Andrea Smiley and Kristina, Kathryn and Kimberly Sawyer; and a sister Gailla (Everett Jr.) Lane of Waterman.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1991 and by his parents.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Curlew Hills Funeral Home in Palm Harbor, FL.  Burial with military rights was at Curlew Hill Memory Garden, Palm Harbor.

  CC 9/15/1994

 

Dorothy Marie Findlay Pope     1994.09.15

Dorothy Marie Pope, 78, of Waterman, formerly of Joliet, died Saturday, September 10, 1994, at Shabbona Health Care Center in Shabbona.

She was born January 5, 1916, in Wilmington, the daughter of James and Katherine (Becker) Findlay.  She married Leo Pope on October 18, 1935, in Bloomington.

She was a homemaker.  Mrs. Pope was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Lee and a former member of Trinity Parents Association in Joliet.

Survivors include her husband Leo of Waterman; a son, Richard (Sandy) Pope of Joliet; three grandchildren, Theresa (Chris) Galounis, Lisa (Rick) Herron and Raymond Pope, all of Joliet; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Bernice (Bill) Book of Plainfield; three brothers, Ralph (Jean) Findlay of Yorkville, Raymond (Judy) Findlay of Waterman and Vernon (Ada) Findlay of Plainfield; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Katherine Pope; five brothers, John Findlay, Robert Findlay, Joseph Findlay, James Findlay and William Findlay; and her parents.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at St. James Catholic Church in Lee, the Reverend Louis Pesut of St. James Catholic Church officiating.  Burial was at St. James Calvary Cemetery in Lee.

A spiritual wake service was recited during visitation hours Monday at the Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.  CC 9/15/1994

 

Harold David Guerra     1994.09.16

Harold David Guerra, age 60, of Waterman, passed away Monday, September 12, 1994, at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford.  He was born June 4, 1934, in Oak Park, the son of David and Jenny (Disadaier) Guerra.

Mr. Guerra had been attending the Waterman Bible Church.  He was the owner, trainer and driver of Bethal Farms in Warrenville.  He was a member and former board member of the Illinois Harness Horseman Association.  He served in the National Guard.

Survivors include his wife Betty Jean (Peters) of Waterman; five children, Marc (Carol) Guerra of Winfield, Kim (Mark) Nilles of Leland, Lizabeth (Darren) Kreinbrink of Sandwich, Lorry Wargo of Leland, and Doug (Nancy) Guerra of Waterman; sixteen grandchildren; his mother, Jenny Guerra of Warrenville; a brother, Donald (Lillian) Guerra of Lighthouse Point, FL; two sisters, Jackie (Mike) Riley of Warrenville and Jeanean (Leonard) Busch of Hinsdale; and a brother-in-law, Raymond Starnes of Soldiers Grove, WI.

He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Eleanor Starnes.

Funeral services were scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 14, at the Waterman Bible Church, the Reverend Larry Spry officiating.  Interment at Leland Cemetery, Leland.

Arrangements were completed by Nelson Funeral Homes, 815-264-3362.                                   CC 9/15/1994

 

Richard J. Cooper     1994.09.17

Richard J. Cooper, 70, of Rock Island, IL, and formerly of Aurora, passed away on September 13, 1994, at Trinity Medical Center in Rock Island.  Mr. Cooper was born on July 3, 1924, in Aurora, the son of James R. and Melissa Moore Cooper.

He married Shirley M. McGuire on May 31, 1947, in Aurora.  He attended North Central College in Naperville.  In 1953 he moved to Rock Island.

He was on the staff of the Procurement and Production Directorate, U.S. Army Armament Command, Rock Island Arsenal for 20 years retiring in 1988.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Mrs. Larry (Nancy) Evans of Tulsa, OK, Mrs. Martin (Dorothy) Davis of Moline, IL, and a son, James R. Cooper of Batavia; a sister, Cathleen Steinkamp of Monterey, TN, formerly of Hinckley; brothers, Laurence Cooper of Carol Stream and James Cooper of Livonia, MI; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dorothy and George Petree of Aurora; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Friday at St Pius X Church in Rock Island with interment in Moline Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Friends of Rock Island Public Library.

Arrangements were completed by Wheeland Funeral Home, Rock Island.                                     CC 9/22/1994

 

Martha Marie Stevens Armbrust     1994.09.18

Martha Marie Armbrust of Vulcan, MI, passed away on September 8, 1994, at her son’s home in Iron Mountain, MI.  She was born on April 10, 1919, in South Haven, MI.

She graduated from East Aurora High School in Aurora.  She married Raymond on November 3, 1939, in Aurora.  They moved to Vulcan in 1967.  Mrs. Armbrust worked at Standard Printing for about nine years and then at Norway Current for four years.  She was involved in scouting with her three children and enjoyed fishing, raising African violets and making a variety of crafts.  She was a member of Royal Neighbors of America and St. Anne’s Altar Society.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond Armbrust of Vulcan, MI; two sons, William (Sandra K.) Armbrust of Aurora, and Burton (Sandra K.) Armbrust of Iron Mountain, MI; a daughter, Wilma (Richard) Shimkus of Big Rock; a brother, William (Minnie) Stevens of Batavia; three sisters, Lillian Delmatier of Arizona, Harriet (Baynard) Smith of Gary, IN, and Maybelle Stevens of Illinois; 16 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Marie Lampman Stevens.

A memorial service was planned for Mrs. Armbrust with burial taking place at Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain, MI.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobs Funeral Home, Inc. in Iron Mountain, MI.                                  CC 9/22/1994

 

Nanette Louise Woods     1994.09.19

Nanette Louise Woods, age 36, of Waterman, passed away Sunday, September 18, 1994, at DeKalb County Nursing Home, DeKalb, as a result of an accident that occurred 7-1/2 years ago.  She was born March 24, 1958, in Aurora, the daughter of William E. and Patricia (Brown) Woods.

She was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church.  Nanette had a zest for life, living life to its fullest.  She had been active as a skydiver, having begun jumping at the age of 18.  She was in the first 120 Free-Way Skydive, and participated in more than 1500 jumps.  One of the highlights of her skydiving career was being able to land at her grandparents’ 50th year wedding anniversary which was being held at Lions Club Park in Waterman.  She was also involved with self defense courses, in the martial arts.  Miss Woods had been employed at Northern Illinois University.

Survivors include her mother, Patricia Woods of Waterman; a brother, Peter (Debra) Woods of Champaign; two sisters, Leslie (James) Lanham of Las Vegas, NV, and Marilyn (Jerry) Piccioni of Crest Hill; her grandmother, Maude D. Woods of Oak Crest Retirement Center, DeKalb; her aunts and uncles, Sheldon and Betty Kesner of Hinckley, Robert and Ella Jean Davis of Hayesville, NC, and Reverend Preston and Sharon Woods, of Westmont; as well as many cousins and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her father; her paternal grandfather, Preston I. Woods; her maternal grandparents, Kenneth G. and Marjorie E. Brown of New York; and her cousin Betty Davis.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 22, at 10:00 a.m. at the Waterman United Methodist Church, the Reverend Dawn Gotoh officiating.  Interment will be at North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman

Visitation was scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, 110 North Birch, Waterman, 815-264-3362.

A memorial fund has been established through the Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman.                           CC 9/22/1994

 

Frances M. Flock Heim     1994.09.20

Frances M. Heim, 82, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, September 17, 1994, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born September 10, 1912, in Aurora.

Mrs. Heim was co-owner and operator, along with her late husband, of The Blue Boar for ten years before their retirement in 1977.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary Society and the Tiger Club Ladies Auxiliary.

Survivors include her son, Robert R. (Judith) Heim of Big Rock; two daughters, Helen M. (Ronnie) Morris and Kathryn A. Ramey, both of Aurora; a sister, Dorothy Frieders of Lebanon, IL; a sister-in-law, Helen Flock of Elburn; six grandchildren, Sandra (Michael) Anderson of Yorkville, Mary (Craig) Bishop, Daniel Morris and Lisa Ramey, all of Aurora, Erin (Shawn) Wallery of Minneapolis and Megan Heim of Big Rock; 11 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and her best furry pal, “Boots”.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer in 1982; her grandson, Ronald Morris in 1987; a son-in-law, George Ramey; two brothers, Robert and Thomas Flock; and a sister, Ether Victor.

Funeral services were held Tuesday from the Dieterle Memorial Home to St. Mary’s Church, Father William Morrissey officiating.  Interment was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

The Rosary was said during visitation hours Monday at the funeral home.

Contributions in Mrs. Heim’s memory may be made to St. Mary’s Church.                                   CC 9/22/1994

 

  1. Maxine Eastabrooks Griesmar 1994.09.21
  2. Maxine Griesmar, age 69, of Hinckley, passed away Monday, September 26, 1994, at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora. She was born December 7, 1924, in Hinckley, the daughter of Arch Eastabrooks and Odessa McManis.

On June 26, 1963, she was united in marriage to Mr. Marion Griesmar in Yorkville.  They spent the next 31 years of their lives together, traveling and enjoying each other’s company.

Mrs. Griesmar was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church.  She was employed by Voss Motor Sales in Hinckley for 19 years.  She later worked for the DeKalb County Assessment Office for 8½ years.  She was a member of the Women of the Moose #400 in Aurora.

Survivors include her husband Marion of Hinckley; three children, Barbara (Victor) Viland of Hinckley, Cynthia (David) Winkler of Grafton, WI, David (Theresa) Boget of Cortland; seven grandchildren, Joshua and Nathaniel Viland, Mark and Matthew Wackt, Laura Winkler, Bambi Carlson, and Jim Comes; and a great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 29, at 10:00 a.m. at the Hinckley United Methodist Church.  Interment will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Visitation was scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 North Maple Street, Hinckley, 81-286-3247.            CC 9/29/1994

 

Richard Kenneth Rood     1994.09.22

Richard Kenneth Rood, age 43, of Rural Gays Mills, WI, formerly of Hinckley, died of heart failure on Wednesday, September 21, 1994, at his home.

He was born on February 19, 1951, in DeKalb County, IL, the son of Kenneth and Mary (Griesmar) Rood.  On February 25, 1971, he married Pamela Smith in Michigan.

Survivors include his wife Pamela Rood of Gays Mills, WI; a daughter, Stacey Rood of Madison, WI; two sons, Richard Rood, Jr. (Michelle) of Lawton, OK, and Kevin Rood at home; four sisters, Diane (Richard) Kuter of Hinckley, Rita (David) Perrin of Compton, Patricia (James) Stoeffler of Fennimore, WI, and Kenita (Tom) Hill of Oswego; two brothers, James Rood of Wauzeka, WI, and Phillip Rood of Fennimore, WI; and his grandfather, Leonard Rood of Sycamore.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held on Saturday from Beeman-Patchak Funeral Home in Boscobel, WI, Father John Urban officiating.  Burial was at the Wauzeka Cemetery in Wauzeka.

  CC 9/29/1994

 

Lorraine Elsie Bartels Vincent     1994.09.23

Lorraine Elsie Vincent, age 65, of Hinckley, passed away Friday, September 23, 1994, at her home.  She was born July 11, 1929, in Waterman, the daughter of Carl and Elsie (Rupprecht) Bartels.

On June 13, 1953, in Ft. Monmouth, NJ, she was united in marriage to Mr. Thomas R. Vincent.  She spent the remaining years of her life as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Mrs. Vincent was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley.  She had served as the treasurer of the church’s Sunday School; was the former vice-president of the Aid Association for Lutherans #4101, and had been a member of the Hinckley-Big Rock Woman’s Club.  She, along with her husband, had at one time operated Bartel’s Restaurant in Hinckley from 1954 to 1963.

Survivors include her husband, Tom, of Hinckley; five children, Karl (Pam) Vincent, Keith Vincent, Kim (Jeff) Wielert, Kevin Vincent and Karen (William) Isabel, all of Hinckley; six grandchildren, Brian and April Vincent, Cory and LeNeigh Wielert, and Zachary and Holle Isabel; a brother, Robert (De De) Bartels of California; her mother-in-law, Jeanne Vincent of Aurora; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her father-in-law, Thomas Vincent, Sr.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley, Pastor Donald Balgeman officiating.  Organist for the services was Dolores Wilkening.  Interment was at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Hinckley.

Pallbearers were Mrs. Vincent’s nephews, Bill, Mike and David Vincent, and Alvie, Tom and Tony Crumpton.

Arrangements were completed by Nelson Funeral Homes, 815-286-3247.                                    CC 9/29/1994

 

George I. Kimpan     1994.09.24

George I. Kimpan, age 67, of Batavia, formerly of Elburn, passed away on Monday, September 26, 1994, at his home.  He was born May 25, 1927, in Aurora, the son of George and Grace (Shoemacher) Kimpan.

He grew up in Elburn on the family farm.  He was a 1945 graduate of Marmion Military Academy.  He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an air traffic controller.  After leaving the armed services, Mr. Kimpan returned home to help in the operation of the family farm.  He eventually went to work for Burgess Norton Manufacturing Company in Geneva and later was employed at the Batavia Post Office until his retirement in 1987.  He was an avid gardener and always enjoyed a good cigar.  He will be missed by his family and many friends.

Survivors include two sisters, Sylvia (Lee) Gustafson of Rogers, AR, and Joan (Paul) Boston of Aurora; two brothers, Larry (Shirley) Kimpan of Hinckley and John (Jodeen) Kimpan of Oswego; and many nephews and nieces.

Mr. Kimpan was preceded in death by his parents, George and Grace Kimpan; two sisters, Deanna Wyland and Debra Kimpan in infancy.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 30, at the Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home in Batavia, Father Jack T. Heraty officiating.  Private interment will be at Fowler Grove Cemetery in Little Rock.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, at the Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home.

Contributions in Mr. Kimpan’s memory may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.                          CC 9/29/1994

 

Louise L. Parks Hearn Hicks     1994.09.25

Louise L. Hicks, 69, of Aurora, passed away Friday, September 30, 1994, at Elmwood Living Center.  She was born November 21, 1924, in New Albany, MS.

Mrs. Hicks was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, George Hicks of Aurora; her son, Jerry (Cindy) Hearn of Hinckley; two brothers, Walter (Zera) Parks of Arkansas and Earl W. (Nel) Hughes of Aurora; five granddaughters; three great-granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Bessie (Pace) Sparks; her first husband, Raymond Hearn; her son, Gary Hearn; a sister, Marjorie Eggert, and a brother, Eugene Sparks.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Dieterle Memorial Home, the Reverend Joe Aldridge officiating.  Burial was at Lincoln Memorial Park.                           CC 10/6/1994

 

Loretta House Carter     1994.09.26

Loretta “Juanetta” Carter, 57, of Rochelle, died Thursday, September 29, 1994, at Rochelle Community Hospital.

She was born December 29, 1936, in Judsonia, AR, the daughter of Fred and Orbie (Graham) House.  She married Tracy Carter on December 31, 1954, in Kokomo, IN.

Mrs. Carter was a homemaker and assisted her husband in the ministry of the Cross Roads Christian Youth Center in Big Rock.

Survivors include her husband Tracy of Rochelle; three daughter, Vicki (Gene) Clagg of Rochelle, Becky Peterson of Rochelle and Paula (Greg) Boyle of Leland; a son, Tracy (Brenda) Carter of Hinckley; three sisters, Georgie Hilger and Ruby Candlish of Judsonia, AR, and Sally Sherrel of Chattanooga, TN; and 15 grandchildren.

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

Funeral services were held Monday at Hillcrest Baptist Church, the Reverend Robert Miller officiating.  Burial was at Lawnridge Cemetery.

Arrangements were completed by Unger-Horner Funeral Home in Rochelle.                                 CC 10/6/1994

 

Anna Mae Foose Long     1994.09.27

Anna Mae Long, 72, of Kaneville, died early Friday evening, September 30, 1994, at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva due to injuries sustained in an auto accident.

She was born November 16, 1921, in the Hinckley-Big Rock area, the daughter of Edward and Margaret (Thomas) Foose.

She attended school in Big Rock and as a young girl began working as a housekeeper.

On April 13, 1940, she was united in marriage to Arnold Long at the Big Rock Baptist Church.  They began a life of farming together at the present family farm on Dauberman Road.  For a time, Anna Mae was employed at the Community Hospital in Geneva in surgical sterile supply.  She also worked as a cook at the Little Traveler for a few years.  It was a good job for someone who showed her love by cooking and baking and caring for someone else.

For many years she had a big garden full of flowers, fruits and vegetables from which she filled her pantry and was always ready to provide anything from a snack to a meal for one to a dozen.

In quiet times she enjoyed embroidery, painting and rug hooking and, always, adoring her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with pride.

She was a member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church, the LaKelvine Club and the Afternoon Circle.

Survivors include her husband, Arnold; two daughters, Kathy Long of Kaneville and Sharon (Donald) Rahr of Oswego; a son, Daniel (Linda) Long of Maple Park; six grandchildren, Denise (Keith) Kramer of Amboy, Rodney (Kathi) Long of Aurora, Scott (Jane) Rahr of Aurora, Dori Yates of San Antonio, TX, Matthew Long of Moweaqua, and Monica Long of Maple Park; six great-grandchildren, Seth, Tim, Nicholas and Stephanie Kramer of Amboy, Richard Rahr of Aurora and Cody Yates of San Antonio, TX; five brothers and sisters, Margaret (Robert) Gaskin of Phoenix, AZ, Tom (Betty) Foose of Waterman, Betty (Robert) Rissman of DeKalb, Nancy (Harold) Koenes of Phoenix, AZ, Donna (William) Hutter of Prescott Valley, AZ; and a sister-in-law, Mary Foose of Plainfield; many nieces and nephews and a community of dear friends.

She joins now her parents; a brother, Samuel; and a sister, Frances Wallis, who preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Tuesday from Kaneville United Methodist Church, with her pastor, Reverend D. Robin Benson of the Kaneville church, officiating.  Interment was at Kaneville Cemetery, Kaneville.

Memorials in the name of Anna Mae Long may be made to the Kaneville United Methodist Church, 43W742 Main Street Road, Kaneville, IL 60144.                         CC 10/6/1994

 

Arthur Bannister     1994.09.28

Arthur Bannister, age 85, formerly of the Hinckley/ Waterman area, passed away Tuesday, September 27, 1994, in Jacksonville, FL, where he had been residing for the past eight years.  He was born January 8, 1909, in DeKalb, the son of George Walter and Victoria (Larson) Bannister.

On May 28, 1938, he was united in marriage to Katherine Lewis.

Mr. Bannister was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church.  He had been a farmer for many years.  Upon his retirement from farming in the early 60s he was employed by Pierce Township.  He was a former member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include his daughter, Nellie (Richard) Jump of Jacksonville, FL; three grandchildren, Steven (Denise) Jump of Jacksonville, FL, Thomas (Tammy) Jump of Brunswick, GA, Amy (Donnie) Meadows of Jacksonville, FL; and seven great-grandchildren.

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

A memorial service was held on Monday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel (815-286-324), Hinckley, Pastor Paul Gerardy officiating.

Interment was at West Big Rock Cemetery, Big Rock.

  CC 10/13/1994

 

                              Irene Binder Bowker     1994.10.06

Irene B. Bowker, age 90, of Sandwich, passed away Saturday, October 8, 1994, at Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born on a farm south of Hinckley, October 13, 1903, the daughter of Fred and Emma (Racine) Binder.

She attended Hinckley school and on February 6, 1926, she married Francis Bowker and moved to Sandwich.  She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society in Sandwich.  Mrs. Bowker was also a member of The Women of the Moose Chapter #1059, Sandwich, and Royal Neighbors of America.  She worked for many years at the Fox Valley Older Adults Center in Sandwich, and was a dress maker for many years.

Survivors include two sons, Fred (Phyllis) Bowker of Marseilles, Robert Bowker of Sandwich; two sisters, Lucille Motter and Florence Hoffman of Plano; three grandsons, Jim and Philip Trager and Karl (Linda) Bowker; a granddaughter, Kristin (Tim) Schiltz; nine great-grandchildren, Tami, Dana, Amanda, Joseph, Robert, Andrew, Justin, Lindsay and Gina; three stepgreat-grandchildren, Gustin, Sidney and Jessica; a great-great-grandson, Tommy; four cousins; two nieces Jean (Earl) Roth of Verona, IL, and Darlene Gurley of Plano, TX.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Francis in 1968; two brothers, Clarence and Karl; and a grandson, Timothy Trager.

A funeral mass was held Tuesday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Sandwich, Father John Kraemer officiating.  Burial was at St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery, Sandwich.

A liturgical wake service and a service by the Women of the Moose took place Monday during visitation hours at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.                             CC 10/13/1994

 

                Augusta Heyer Radlovich     1994.10.07

Augusta “Gustie” Radlovich, 103, of Sandwich, passed away on Sunday, October 2, 1994, at Dogwood Health Care Center in Sandwich.  She was born on February 13, 1891, in Somonauk, the daughter of Charles and Carolyne (Splinter) Heyer.

She grew up in the Hinckley-Big Rock area, moving to DePue, Illinois, in her teenage years and then to Sandwich in 1984.  On November 30, 1916, she was united in marriage to John Radlovich.

Mrs. Radlovich was a member of the Congregational Church of DePue.

Survivors include many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; four brothers, Albert, John, Ernest, and Fred Heyer; and two sisters, Minnie and Lillie Baie.

Graveside services were held Wednesday at the Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley, with her nephew, the Reverend Edward Heyer, officiating.

Arrangements were completed by Burkhart Funeral Home in Sandwich.                                   CC 10/6/1994

 

Carol A. DeBolt Bend     1994.10.16

Carol A. Bend, 34, of Shabbona, died Friday, October 7, 1994, in rural Shabbona from injuries she received in an automobile accident.

She was born March 9, 1960, in DeKalb, the daughter of Clark and Mary (Cook) DeBolt.  She married Douglas R. Bend on May 28, 1977, in Rollo.

She was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ and was employed as a secretary at the Armoloy Corporation in DeKalb.

Survivors include her husband, Doug Bend of Shabbona; two daughters, Tiffany and Traci Bend of Shabbona; her parents, Clark and Mary DeBolt of Shabbona; two sisters, Susan (David) Fultz of Herscher, IL, and Nancy Hayes of Bloomington; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Shabbona United Church of Christ, the David Wernecke officiating.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

A memorial fund has been established for Carol A. Bend at the Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.         CC 10/13/1994

 

Kyle Thomas Kaus     1994.10.17

Kyle Thomas Kaus, age 5 days, of Hinckley, passed away Monday, October 10, 1994, at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford.  He was born October 5, 1994, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb, the beloved son of James and Ruth (Viland) Kaus.

Survivors include his parents, James and Ruth Kaus of Hinckley; his brother, Peter James Kaus of Hinckley; his grandparents, Rasmus and Lucille Viland of Hinckley, and Marjorie Carls of Shabbona; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Howard A. Kaus, his uncle, Rasmus T. Viland II, and his sister, Sarah Jeanette Kaus, who passed away on June 29, 1993.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 12, at 1:00 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley (815-286-3247), the Reverend Howard Jacobson officiating.  Interment was at Miller Cemetery, Hinckley.

In lieu of flowers, please hug your children.  CC 10/13/1994

 

Ervin A. Mathesius     1994.10.18

Ervin A. Mathesius, 85, of Shabbona, died Friday, October 7, 1994, at home.

He was born September 25, 1909, in rural Mendota, the son of Gustav and Mary (Schweitzer) Mathesius.  He married Flora Truckenbrod on September 8, 1929, in Mendota.

He farmed in the Shabbona area for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Flora Mathesius of Shabbona; two sons, William (Helen) Mathesius of Channahon and Ralph (Janice) Mathesius of Paw Paw; a daughter, Dorothy (Rodney) McConn of DeKalb; a half-brother, Donald (Eleanor) Mathesius of California; a half-sister, Elaine (Faye) Reitzel of Sterling; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Walter; two daughters, who died in infancy; two brothers; a sister; a grandson; a great-grandson; and a step-grandson.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona, the Reverend J. Leslie Fox officiating.  Burial was at Restland Memorial Gardens in Mendota.

  CC 10/13/1994

 

Carol Johnson Miller     1994.10.19

Carol J. Miller, 61, of Anaheim, CA, formerly of Lee, died Thursday, October 6, 1994, at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, CA.

She was born February 22, 1933, in Waterman, the daughter of Irene and Katherine (Hengesbach) Johnson.  She married Marvin Miller on August 8, 1951, in Orange, CA.

She was employed by the Interstate Federal Credit Union in Anaheim, CA.

Survivors include her husband; a son Victor (Jackie) Miller of Orange, CA; a daughter Terri Lynn (Timothy) Stilwell of Peoria, AZ; three brothers Harold Johnson of Waterman, Vernon (Dorothy) Johnson of Waterman, and Warren (Anna) Johnson of Steward; three sisters Marion (Harry) Stoudt of Sandwich, Delores (Donald) Shrader of Shabbona, Betty (Bill) Hartman of Shabbona; five grandchildren Amanda, Aubrey, and Andrew Miller and Jeffrey and Christi Stilwell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Verda Oftedal; and two brothers Orville Johnson and Roger Johnson.

Funeral services were held Monday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Lee, the Reverend Donald Myhres officiating.  Burial was at Union Cemetery in rural Steward.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                                CC 10/13/1994

 

Kimberly Laine Vargas     1994.10.20

Kimberly Laine Vargas, 25, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, October 9, 1994.  She was born March 18, 1969, in Aurora.

In addition to waitressing, she worked at Jewel and recently worked in customer service at Professional Computer Center in Itasca.

Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Ron (Helen) Volak of Oswego; her father, Mr. Fred Vargas of Aurora; six sisters, Mr. and Mrs. Charles (Denise) Honn and Mr. and Mrs. Todd (Melissa) Palfalvi both of Aurora, Miss Vicki Vargas of Phoenix, AZ, Mr. and Mrs. Udel (Traci) Beltran of Oswego, Mr. and Mrs. Robin (Diane) Knuckles and Miss Debbie Volak of Iowa; five brothers, Mr. Brian Volak of Oswego, Mr. and Mrs. Ted (Rita) Vargas of Hinckley, Mr. and Mrs. Fred (Sandy) Vargas of Phoenix, AZ, Mr. David Volak and Mr. and Mrs. Don (Debbie) Volak of Iowa; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Delores Bell of Aurora; maternal grandmother and grandfather, Mr. and Mrs. Ed (Marian) Clark of Florida; her friend, Douglas “Andy” Stockwell of Aurora; fifteen nieces and nephews; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Saul Vargas of Aurora; grandfather George Lubic; and a stepgrandfather, John Bell.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Dieterle Memorial Home, Father William Morrissey officiating.  Interment was at River Hills Memorial Park.

Her love of life and laughter brightened every room she entered and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  CC 10/13/1994

 

Arnold D. Long     1994.10.21

Arnold D. Long was born in Pierce Township on the family farm on June 14, 1916, the son of Arthur and Lulu Mae (Buerer) Long.

He grew up in the Kaneville community and graduated from Kaneville High School with the Class of 1934.

As a young man he began farming and became manager of the Kaneville Grain & Supply Co.  On April 13, 1940, he was united in marriage to Anna Mae Foose at the Big Rock Baptist Church.

Throughout the rest of his life, he farmed in the Kaneville area, for over 30 of those years in partnership with his brothers.  When not farming, he might be found atop his Caterpillar helping a neighbor dig a trench silo or clear a fence line of trees.  For many years, he “specialized” in mixing the pancake batter for the firemen’s annual breakfast and in more recent times was a regular member of the morning and afternoon “coffee commissioners” in Elburn.

He was a member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church and among many boards and committees, he also served as charter member and past president of the Kaneville Fire Protection District, Kaneville Township Road Commissioner from 1965-1981, served on the board of directors of the Kane Co. Service Co. (now Northern F.S.), and the board of directors of the Kane County ASCS, was a Republican Precinct Committeeman and served for many years on the Kaneville Cemetery Board.

Though declining health had slowed his gait in recent years, Mr. Long remained involved with the family farm and watched with patient faith each spring and fall for the miracles of sewn seed and ripened harvest.  So it was in this season that he faced with that same trust the tragic death of his beloved wife on September 30, 1994.  Six days later, on October 6, 1994, he suffered a fatal heart attack himself.  At home, in the early light of that morning, he met again his beloved Anna Mae in the dawning of a new Day.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Long of Kaneville and Sharon (Donald) Rahr of Oswego; a son, Dan (Linda) Long of Maple Park; six grandchildren, Denise (Keith) Kramer of Amboy, Rodney (Kathi) Long of Aurora, Scott (Jane) Rahr of Aurora, Dori Yates of San Antonio, TX, Matthew Long of Moweaqua, IL, and Monica Long of Maple Park; six great-grandchildren, Seth, Tim, Nicholas and Stephanie Kramer of Amboy; Richard Rahr of Aurora and Cody Yates of San Antonio, TX; two sisters, Phyllis (Robert) Pierson of Sugar Grove and Virginia (Everett) Souders of Kaneville; four sisters-in-law, Vera Long of Yorkville, Marian Long, Lois Long and Marjorie Long, all of Kaneville.  He leaves in addition, a countryside of good friends who will long remember his kindness, his ready smile and willing hands.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and four brothers, Harold, Ervin, Herbert and Raymond Long.

Funeral services were held on Sunday from the Kaneville United Methodist Church, the Reverend D. Robin Benson officiating.  Interment was at Kaneville Cemetery.

Memorials in the name of Arnold D. Long may be made to the Kaneville Fire Department.                  CC 10/13/1994

 

Ray Skau     1994.10.22

Ray Skau, age 91, of Hinckley, passed away Wednesday, October 5, 1994, at Willowcrest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich.  He was born July 20, 1903, on the family farm at Hinckley, the son of Christian and Matilda (Ott) Skau.

On January 15, 1927, he was united in marriage to Louise Reingardt.

Mr. Skau was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, of which he was a former board member.  He had been employed by Withey’s Feed Mill in Waterman for seven years before returning to the family farm in Hinckley.  He then farmed with his son Roger until his retirement in 1988 when he moved into town.  Mr. Skau was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include his wife, Louise, of Hinckley and a son, Roger Skau, also of Hinckley.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Hans, Harry, Otto and John.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel (815-286-3247), Hinckley, the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Jackie Bretthauer was organist for the service.

Interment was at Miller Cemetery, Hinckley.

Pallbearers were J. C. Ray, Wayne Phillips, Morris Williams, Chuck Pfau, Art White, and Don Schuldt.        CC 10/13/1994

 

Clarence H. Leifheit     1994.10.23

Clarence H. “Pudd” Leifheit, age 89, of Hinckley, passed away Sunday, October 16, 1994, at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.  He was born July 10, 1905, in Clinton Township, DeKalb County, IL, the son of Ernest and Louise (Rathe) Leifheit.

On February 11, 1930, he was united in marriage to Mathilda Feierabend at Waukegan.

Mr. Leifheit was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Aurora.  He had been employed as a foreman by the All Steel Company for 35 years.

Survivors include his six children, Don (Gwendolyn) Leifheit of Chippewa Falls, WI, Janice (Russell) Whitt of Hinckley, James (Norma) Leifheit of Big Rock, Fausten “Butch” (Karen) Leifheit of Hinckley, Cheryl (Tom) Boyce of Hinckley and Roy Leifheit of DeKalb; eighteen grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a sister, Viola Head; a brother, Herbert L. Leifheit; and a nephew, Gerald Leifheit.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Aurora, Pastor Timothy H. Swanson officiating.  Mr. Leifheit’s grandsons served as pallbearers.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park, Aurora.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes (815-286-3247).

  CC 10/20/1994

 

Raymond E. Barnes     1994.10.24

Mr. Raymond E. Barnes, 82, of Aurora, passed away on Saturday, October 22, 1994, at his home.  He was born on September 21, 1912, in Aurora, the son of the late Clarence and Mabel (Banker) Barnes.

Mr. Barnes was a member of the East End Social Club and was a longtime participant in the Big Rock Plowing Match.

He leaves to mourn his memory his wife, Emily (Precup) Barnes of Aurora; a son, Gerald at home; a daughter, Janet (Ken) Charbauski of Arlington Heights; four grandchildren, Ken, Diane, James and Susan Charbauski; a sister, Maude McCann of Lombard; three nephews, Dick and Don Dunning and Bill Barnes; and two nieces, Sally Osland and Polly Bennet.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Clifford Barnes in 1988.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday from the Healy Chapel.  Burial was at Sugar Grove Cemetery.

Contributions in Mr. Barnes’ memory may be made to the Big Rock Plowing Match Association.          CC 10/27/1994

 

  1. Heston Wesson 1994.10.25
  2. Heston Wesson, 82, of Leland, died Friday, October 21, 1994, at his home.

He was born January 9, 1912, in Waterman, the son of H. Wilder and Edyth (Hanson) Wesson.  He married Wilma Seitzinger on March 23, 1937, in Somonauk.

Mr. Wesson lived his entire life in Victor Township in DeKalb County and farmed the family farm for many years.

He was a member of the Leland Volunteer Fire Department and a trustee of the Fire Protection District for a combined 46 years.  He served on the Victor Mutual Fire Insurance Company Board for more than 30 years and since 1956 had been a member of the Victor Cemetery board.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 558 and the Eastern Star for 50 years.  He was a member of the Suydam United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma; three sons, Kent (Kay) Wesson, Norman (Roberta) Wesson and William (JoAnn) Wesson, all of Leland; two sisters, Beatrice (Sigurd) Hetland of Shabbona and Jeanette “Peg” Gilbertson of Newark; and 11 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wayne Wesson; and a sister, Vivian Shaul.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Suydam Methodist Church in Leland.  Burial was at Victor Cemetery.

Arrangements were completed by the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk.                                CC 10/27/1994

 

Grace A. Hartman Hollahan     1994.10.26

Grace A. Hollahan, age 81, of Hinckley, passed away Monday, October 24, 1994, at the Shabbona Health Care Center in Shabbona.  She was born April 18, 1913, in Hinckley, the daughter of Ernest and Dora (Jacobson) Hartman.

In 1931 in Hinckley, she was united in marriage to Mr. Emil Gatzke who preceded her in death in 1966.  She then married Mr. Carl Hollahan on December 13, 1971, in Bradley, IL.

Mrs. Hollahan was a lifelong and very active member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley where she taught Sunday School for several years.  She was employed for 21 years at the D.H. & S. Displays in Aurora until her retirement in 1975, as well as being a Hinckley news correspondent for the DeKalb County Chronicle, until 1974.  She was a member and former past president of the Hinckley Woman’s Club.

Survivors include two nieces, Mrs. Norma Todd of DeKalb and Mrs. Betty (Bill) Wahlgren of Woodruff, WI; several great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands; and a sister, Alice Hartman Zeiter.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 29, 1994 at 10:00 a.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, with Pastor Donald Balgeman officiating.  Interment will follow at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Hinckley.

Friends may call on Friday, October 28, 1994, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 North Maple, Hinckley (815-286-3247).                      CC 10/27/1994

 

Anne Helen Stewart DeMerritt     1994.10.27

On Sunday, October 16, 1994, after a lingering illness, our Heavenly Father released Anne Helen DeMerritt from her suffering and quietly took her home.  Born November 9, 1913, in Fountain County, IN, Anna moved to Aurora at age 11.  In her early teens she secured employment at Pictorial Paper Co., where she worked until it closed.  After several years of employment at Sealmaster Bearing she retired.

On October 19, 1935, she married John Parker DeMerritt.  Together in the little house on Pine Avenue they raised their six children, Donald (Sandra) DeMerritt of Big Rock, JoAnn Gately of San Clemente, CA, Allan DeMerritt of Antioch, James (Betty) DeMerritt of Delray Beach, FL, Patricia (William) Buss of Oakland, AR, and Martha (John) Duy of Valparaiso, IN.  From these six came thirteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren whose pictures were their grandmother’s delight.

Mrs. DeMerritt was a longtime member of First United Presbyterian Church of Aurora and demonstrated her Christian faith with a generous heart, serving as a volunteer at Copley Memorial Hospital and donating to a wide variety of charities.

With an independent spirit and zest for life, she learned in middle age to play the organ; at age 62 to drive a car and to dance, competing in several ballroom dancing competitions.  In addition, she also ran a small business, baking cakes for all occasions, and contributed to the employees’ newspaper with a column about retirees.  But no matter how busy she was, she always had time for a pat on the back, a listening ear and a smile.

Mrs. DeMerritt was preceded in death by her parents, Halie and Elijah Stewart; her husband, John; and a sister, Joyce Walton.

In addition to immediate family, she is survived by her sisters, Martha Keller and Dorothy Brown, both of Indiana and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held Thursday, October 20, at Dieterle Memorial Home, the Reverend Noel Allen presiding.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. DeMerritt’s name to the American Diabetes Association.     CC 10/27/1994

 

Herbert Leonard Feltes     1994.10.28

Herbert Leonard Feltes, 68, of Aurora, passed away Monday, October 17, 1994, at his home.  He was born October 10, 1926, in North Aurora.

During WWII he served with the Navy in the Pacific Fleet, aboard the USS Louisville.

He married Laurie Ogren in 1947, in Aurora.  For 42 years he worked as a bricklayer, retiring in 1990.

Survivors include his wife Laurie of Aurora; nine children, Michael (Barbara) Feltes of Elburn, Marty (Melody) Feltes of Aurora, Ben Feltes of Louisville, KY, Jenny (Stephen) Reid of DeKalb, Christopher (Jan) Feltes of Hinckley; Josie Feltes (Richard) Starke of Aurora, Annette (John) Morse of Aurora, Laurie (Timothy) Strong of Yorkville, Peggy Revolorio of DeKalb; fifteen grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a brother, Howard (Elvera) Feltes; and a sister, Dorothy (Clarence) Black.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Josephine and Leonard Feltes; four brothers, Melvin, LaVerne, Donald, and Clarence; and an infant son, Kurt.

Funeral services were held Thursday, October 20, from Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary to St. Joseph Church, Father Eric R. Barr officiating.  Interment was at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Contributions in Mr. Feltes’ memory may be made to St. Joseph Church Activity Center Fund and Fox Knoll Retirement Community.                                    CC 10/27/1994

 

Pearl G. Beckwell Peterson     1994.10.29

Pearl G. Peterson, 77, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, October 16, 1994, at Aurora Manor.  She was born on November 27, 1916, in Superior, WI.

She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and the Ladies of the Moose Lodge #400.

Survivors include her husband, Maurice W. of Aurora; two sons, William M. (Ginger) of Inver Grove Heights, MN, and Ronald O. (Lauren) of Montgomery; two daughters, Jean Bitter of Westchester; and Linda (Peterson) Beavers of Big Rock; three brothers, Albin (Gen) Beckwell and George (Shirley) Beckwell, both of Superior, WI, and Arthur (Jane) Beckwell of Stockton, CA; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; daughters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her loving son, Robert Allen Peterson; her parents; and several brothers.  Her sister, Rose Hose, passed away on October 17, 1994.

Memorial services were held Friday, October 21, at Dieterle Memorial Home, the Reverend Joe Aldridge officiating.

  CC 10/27/1994

 

Marie Reingardt Schildt     1994.10.30

Mrs. Marie Schildt, 79, of Aurora, passed away on Saturday, October 22, 1994, at Countryside Nursing Center.  She was born on February 20, 1915, in Colo, IA.

Survivors include two nieces, Cathy (Richard) McWilliams of Big Rock and Chris (Zachery) Jones of Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Otto M. Schildt in 1987; her parents, Arthur Reingardt and Bertha (Thompson) Hahlwegler; a brother, Vernon Reingardt; and two sisters, Eleanor Wiskur and Joyce Reingardt.

Private graveside funeral services were held Tuesday at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Arrangements were completed by the Healy Chapel.

Memorials in memory of Marie Schildt may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Heart Association.

  CC 10/27/1994

 

William A. Oeser, Sr.     1994.10.31

William A. Oeser, Sr., 71, of North Ft. Myers, FL, passed away on Saturday, October 15, 1994.  He was born on October 24, 1922, in Virden, IL.

He was a former resident of Aurora, until his retirement from All-Steel where he was employed for 42 years.  He was a WWII veteran and a lifetime member of the Moose and Elk Lodges.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Bette; his sons, Ken (Ann) Oeser of Montgomery and William (Cheryl) Oeser, Jr., of Big Rock; his daughters, Christine (David) Gaddie of Montgomery and Nancy (Bruce) Smith of Oswego; seven grandchildren; a great-grandchild; two brothers, Walter (Ruth) Oeser of North Ft. Myers and Richard (Jan) Oeser of New Jersey; two sisters, Lorraine Whitney of Aurora and Jean (Erwin) Zelensek of Montgomery.

Memorial services were held on Friday, October 28, at the Dieterle Memorial Home, the Reverend Dan McKnight officiating.  Burial was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

  CC 11/3/1994

 

Alliene Hyde Larabee     1994.10.32

Alliene H. Larabee, age 92, of Hinckley, passed away Sunday, October 30, 1994, at Maplewood Care in Elgin.  She was born April 17, 1902, in Pullman, IL, the daughter of Compton and Josephine (Foote) Hyde.

On January 16, 1924, she was married to Mr. Howard Larabee in Ottawa.

Mrs. Larabee was a loving mother and homemaker for her family.  She was also a member of the Royal Neighbors, and the DeKalb County Home Bureau, as well as various church circles.

Survivors include three children, Shirley (Rolf) Stumley of Santa Monica, CA, Almyra (Maurice) Erickson of Maple Park, 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 St. Charles, Teresa (Walter) Porter of North Pole, AK, and Vernon Baker of Portland, OR; six great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Hannah Purdue of Des Plaines.

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

Graveside services were held Tuesday at the Precinct Cemetery, Earlville, the Reverend Paul Gerardy officiating.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Hinckley, 815-286-3247.                                  CC 11/3/1994

 

Hazel Storey Clapsaddle     1994.10.33

Hazel S. Clapsaddle, 93, of Shabbona, died Thursday, October 27, 1994, at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

She was born May 27, 1901, in rural Shabbona, the daughter of John and Mary (Kennedy) Storey.  She married Lane J. Clapsaddle November 2, 1922, in Shabbona.

Mrs. Clapsaddle was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ and participated in many church activities throughout the years.  She was also a member of the Pokonokah Chapter Order of the Eastern Star in Shabbona, the Shabbona Historical Society and the DeKalb County Home Extension.

Survivors include a brother, Kenneth (Evelyn) Storey of Shabbona, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1982; two brothers, Lester and Harry Storey, and two sisters, Ethel Houghtby and Ruth Swanson.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Shabbona United Church of Christ, the Reverend David Wernecke officiating.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

A memorial fund has been established for Hazel Clapsaddle for the Hazel Clapsaddle scholarship at the Shabbona United Church of Christ or memorials may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.                                       CC 11/3/1994

 

Margarita Borges Perez Lara    1994.10.34

Margarita B. Lara, 67, of Aurora, passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 1994, at her home.  She was born on June 12, 1927, in Coamo, Puerto Rico.

Survivors include her six sons, Isreal Perez, Miguel Perez, Efrian Perez, Hector (Trudy) Lara of Aurora, Robert Lara of Aurora and Gilbert (Welma) Lara of Aurora; two daughters, Migdalia (Robert) Robinson of Big Rock and Evelyn (Donald) Walls of Aurora; five grandchildren, Jessica, Matthew, Joshua, Chaz and Christina; 16 brothers and sisters; several nieces and nephews; and a close friend, Julia Melendez.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Pedro and Juana (Betancourt) Borges and her husband, Angel Lara in 1986.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 28, at the Daleiden High Street Mortuary with interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.                                             CC 11/3/1994

 

Joseph A. Maroo     1994.10.35

Joseph A. Maroo, formerly of Dodge Center, MN, died at his home in McAllen, TX, on Monday, October 31, 1994, after a long illness.  Joseph was a retired rural mail carrier, having served in that capacity for 37 years.

He was born on May 21, 1918, in Joliette, ND, to Alois and Alida (Geldhof) Maroo.  He attended Dodge Center Schools and was in the Army-Air Force from 1942-1946.  On August 1, 1949, Joseph married Lorraine Graves at St. Margaret’s Church in Mantorville, MN.

Joe’s interests included the American Legion, Knights of Columbus (40 years), VFW, parish council member, 38 years on the fire department, 12 years as a school board member and many years as Justice of the Peace for Dodge Center.  While in Texas, he was a charter member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine of McAllen, TX; son and daughter-in-law, David (Sharon) Maroo, Hinckley; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy (Steve) Loosbrock, Edina, MN; grandchildren, Tricia and Kirk Maroo, Alex and Tony Loosbrock; sister, Marie (Ewald) Fritz, Dodge Center; brother, Ernest Maroo, Dodge Center; and many nieces and nephews.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Alice.

Services were held Thursday, November 3, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Dodge Center, Father Douglas Gits officiating.  Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Dodge Center.                                    CC 12/1/1994

 

                      Marilyn Florence Evans     1994.11.01

Marilyn Florence Evans, age 63, of Colton, CA, formerly of Big Rock, passed away Saturday, November 26, 1994, at Mercy Center for Health Care Services in Aurora.  She was born May 11, 1931, in Chicago, the daughter of Fannie Evans.

She was a 1949 graduate of Big Rock High School and attended San Bernardino Junior College.  She worked as a medical assistant in Riverside, CA.  She was a past member of the First Baptist Church of Big Rock and a present member of the Colton Community Church in California.  She taught Sunday school and was loved by children.  She loved to sing in the church choir and enjoyed playing the piano and organ.

Miss Evans’ life was a living testimony to her strong faith in God and her fellow man which was demonstrated through her quiet, loving ways.  Although her own resources were small, she was always there to help people in need.

Survivors include her dear Aunt Vernie Evans of Big Rock, and a loving family of cousins in several states:  Oretta Reese Baker, Dr. Allen (Hazel) Reese, Anita (Bob) Matthews, Helen Jones Carroll, Meredith Jones, Buford (Carolyn) Jones, Barbara (Jim) Jones Smeltzer, all of California; Emmett (Evie) Reese of Arizona; Perry (Gay) Reese of Florida; Mark (Lucille) Evans and Keith (Bea) Evans of Montana; and Marvel Evans Davis, Edward (Nell) Evans, and Darrell (Cindy) Evans of Illinois.  She also leaves her church family at Colton Community and a special little friend, Melissa.

She was preceded in death by her mother; four uncles, John (Edna) Evans, Perry Evans, Edward (Sue) Evans, Merritt (Pauline) Evans; two aunts, Louise (Montague) Jones, Ella (Edwin) Reese; three cousins, Ray Evans, Glynn Reese, and Jeanette Jones Mitchell.

Funeral services were held Monday evening at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley (815-286-3247) with graveside services the following morning at West Big Rock Cemetery, Big Rock.                               CC 12/1/1994

 

                     Edmund W. Brongiel, Sr.     1994.11.08

Edmund W. Brongiel, Sr., 81, of Sandwich, formerly of Chicago, passed away on November 1, 1994, at Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born on September 23, 1913, in Chicago, the son of John and Ann (Wontroba) Brongiel.

On September 7, 1935, he was united in marriage to Stella Brongiel in Chicago.

The couple resided in Chicago prior to moving to Sandwich five years ago.  Mr. Brongiel was employed as a Bridge Tender in Chicago on Michigan Ave. for 35 years until his retirement.

Survivors include his wife, Stella of Sandwich; his sons, Edmund (Dorothy) Brongiel, Jr. of Big Rock and Gerald (Connie) Brongiel of Yorkville; a brother; three sisters; six grandchildren, Edmund, Maryann, Nicole and Brian Brongiel, Debra and Laura Bauerle.

He was preceded in death by his parents.  A funeral mass was held Saturday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sandwich, Father John Kraemer officiating.

Arrangements were completed by Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.                                          CC 11/10/1994

 

               Harold Earl Bar Gary, Sr.     1994.11.10

Harold Earl Bar Gary, Sr., age 93, formerly of Aurora, passed away Sunday, November 13, 1994, at his daughter’s home in Zephyrhills, FL.  He was born April 8, 1901, in Joliet, the son of Fredrick and Jewel (Hollenback) Gary.

Harold was united in marriage to Dorothy Hermes at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Aurora in June of 1922.  He was a graduate of East Aurora High School.  He served in the U.S. Army in the Illinois National Guard, the civil defense and was a reserve lieutenant during WWII.  Harold was employed with the Northern Illinois Gas Company in management for 40 years, retiring in 1962.  He was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Oswego and the American Legion.

Survivors include his daughter, Mrs. Ed (Joan) Newkirk of Zephyrhills, FL; two sons, Gene (Donna) Gary of Hinckley and Noel (Joy) Gary of Goddard, KS; a foster child, Becky McDermott of Bakersfield, CA; eighteen grandchildren, Art, Dean, Jim, Phil, Steve, Vince, Shaun, John, Donnie, Lori and Kathy Gary, Gwen Bockman, Marrianne McCormick, Mike Schoger, Joanna Sondgeroth, Vicky Luttrell, Joe Newkirk and Beth Mills; 32 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife on October 9, 1973; two sons, Harold Gary, Jr., and Dean Gary; and a sister, Winifred Gary Walker.

A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 18, at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Oswego, Father Dan Stempora officiating, burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Aurora.  Visitation will be held Thursday, November 17, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a liturgical wake service at 7:30 at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.                            CC 11/17/1994

 

                Ruth E. Brandenburg Derby     1994.11.17

Ruth E. Derby, age 91 of Sandwich, quietly passed away Wednesday, November 23, 1994, at the Sandwich Community Hospital of congestive heart failure.  She was born December 6, 1902, in Serena, the daughter of Frank and Ella (Debolt) Brandenburg.

She was united in marriage to John Derby of Marseilles on January 25, 1927.  Mrs. Derby was a member of the United Church of Sandwich.  She was a 60-year resident of the Sandwich area, many years as a member of the farming community south of town and residing in town in her later years.  She lived the good rural life.  The end of an era, she will be missed.

Survivors include her son Floyd (Ruth) Derby of Big Rock; four grandchildren, Richard Derby of Benicia, CA, Jayne (Dave) Thomas of Conyers, GA, Tom (Jennifer) Derby of El Campo, TX, and William Derby of Katy, TX; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in March of 1968, a sister, Gertrude Hoxsey, and a brother, Lowell Derby.

Funeral services were held Friday at the Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich, the Reverend Robert Dell officiating.  Burial was in the Derby family plot in Riverview Cemetery, Marseilles.

Memorials in Mrs. Derby’s name may be made to the United Church of Sandwich, 512 Lions Road, Sandwich, IL 60548.  CC 12/1/1994

 

Selma C. Klomhaus Helverson     1994.11.20

Selma C. Helverson, age 87, of Hinckley, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 1994, at Dogwood Health Care Center in Sandwich.  She was born July 2, 1907, in Yorkville, the daughter of Ray and Ida (Jandt) Klommhaus.

On June 12, 1940, she was united in marriage in Indiana to Mr. Edward “Les” Helverson.  She spent the next years of her life as a loving homemaker for her family.

Mrs. Helverson was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.

Survivors include her daughter, Sueann (Michael) Butler of Las Vegas, NV; a son, James Helverson of Green Bay, WI; two grandchildren, Tonya M. Helverson and Michael Helverson; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Funeral services were held Sunday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Hinckley, the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment was at Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, 815-286-3247.

 CC 11/10/1994

 

Ivan H. Williams     1994.11.21

Ivan H. Williams, 86, of Cortland, died Thursday, November 3, 1994, at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.

He was born September 22, 1908, in Big Rock, the son of Herbert and Elizabeth (Harris) Williams.  He married Gladys Meyer in Aurora on June 17, 1931.

He farmed in the Big Rock and Maple Park areas and later was employed by Duplex in Sycamore for 9½ years until his retirement in 1973.  He was a member of the Big Rock Church of Christ, a former director of the DeKalb Farm Bureau and was a judge for the Big Rock Plowing Match for several years.

Survivors include his wife; a son Ronald (Beverly) Williams of Shell Knob, MO; a daughter Betty (Jim) George of DeKalb; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruby Williams and Bonnie Musselmen; a brother Archie Williams, Sr.; a niece; and his parents.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, the Reverend Richard Wagner officiating.  Burial was at West Big Rock Cemetery, Big Rock.

A memorial fund in the name of Ivan H Williams has been established at the Anderson Funeral Home.      CC 11/10/1994

 

Francis H. Thomas     1994.11.22

Francis H. Thomas, 87 of Elburn, passed away early Thursday morning, November 3, 1994, at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva.  Admitted October 29 with congestive heart failure, he passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 30, 1907, in Kaneville, on the family farm on Main Street Road, the son of Johnnie and Blanche (Wells) Thomas.

When he was three, the family moved to the present farm home on Green Road.  Francis attended Kaneville Schools, graduating with the Class of 1925.

As a young man he began farming with his father.  He met his wife, Clarice M. Shults at a community dance and three years later on February 14, 1931, they were united in marriage at the Everett Show home on Harter Road.

The Thomases farmed near Big Rock for several years and in 1937 they moved to the Thomas farm on Green Road.  Retiring in 1977, they moved to the present family home in Elburn.

Mr. Thomas was a member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church, Blackberry Lodge #359 AF & AM for nearly 40 years and the Modern Woodmen of America.  A lover of horses, he raised and trained many Belgian work horses and was one of the last farmers in Kane County to stop farming with “horse power” in the mid 1960’s.

Survivors include his wife Clarice of Elburn; three children, Johnnie (Rosemary) Thomas of Elburn, Myrtle Ellen (William) Thompson of Maple Park and Everett Ray (Sara) Thomas of Aurora; 11 grandchildren, David (Tracy) Thomas of St. Charles, Jody (Bob) Jones of Elburn, Robert (Susan) Thomas of Maple Park, Kathrine (Preston) Fraser of Mountain Home, AR, Penny (Ted) Berry of North Aurora, Roger (Lori) Thompson of San Diego, CA, Kristi (Ted) Weydert of DeKalb, Tammy (Tim) Siebens of Maple Park, Charleen (Steven) Dixon of Waterman, Jeffrey (Susan) Thomas of Sugar Grove, Joseph Thomas of Aurora; 19 great-grandchildren, Michelle and Felisha Thomas, Holly Dominique Thomas, Preston and Bethany Fraser, Brandon and Nathan Berry, April and Judd Thompson, Trisha, Nicholas and Kyle Weydert, Aaron and Jessica Siebens, Lauren, James, Bridget and Michelle Dixon and Rudy Aaron Thomas; a sister, Edith Meek of Maple Park and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Dorothy Hughes and a granddaughter, Debra Lyn Thompson.

Funeral services were held Monday from the Kaneville United Methodist Church, the Reverend D. Robin Benson officiating.  Interment was at Kaneville Cemetery.

Masonic services were held Sunday during visitation hours at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.

Memorials may be made to the Kaneville Methodist Church, 732 Main Street Road, Kaneville, IL.           CC 11/10/1994

 

Jane Cullen Walsh     1994.11.23

Jane C. Walsh, 64, of Waterman, died Saturday, November 12, 1994, at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford.  She was born August 2, 1930, in Chicago, the daughter of Patrick J. and Marjorie (Jamieson) Cullen.

She was united in marriage to Mr. Joseph E. Walsh on May 14, 1960, in Chicago.

Mrs. Walsh was a member of the St. James Church in Lee.  She had been employed as an accountant for an advertising agency for many years.

Survivors include two brothers, Patrick D. Cullen of New Lenox and Daniel P. (Peg) Cullen of Chicago Heights; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a sister, Marjorie J. Cullen.

Funeral services will be held at noon Friday, November 18, at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman, with Father Louis J. Pesut officiating.  Interment will follow at the Calvary Cemetery in Lee.

Friends may call on Friday, November 18, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, 116 North Birch in Waterman.                               CC 11/17/1994

 

Sarah M. Boxleitner Carlson    1994.11.24

Sarah M. Carlson, 79, of Shabbona, died Tuesday, November 15, 1994, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

She was born May 5, 1915, in St. Mary’s of the Woods, IN, the daughter of Joseph and Susan (Wagner) Boxleitner.  She married Raymond E. Carlson on November 20, 1943, at Sacred Heart Church in Marengo.

Mrs. Carlson was an active member of St. James Catholic Church in Lee, having served as an officer in the Altar and Rosary Society and on various church committees.

She was also a member of the Shabbona American Legion Auxiliary and the Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Society.  She was employed as a registered nurse, working at St. Mary’s and DeKalb Public Hospital in DeKalb and at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford.  For the last 11 years of her nursing career, she was employed as office nurse by Dr. Robert Purdy in Shabbona, retiring in 1976.

Survivors include three sons, Donald Carlson of Shabbona, Robert (Peggy) Carlson of Shabbona and Paul (Sue) Carlson of Rochelle; a sister, Martha (Derwin) Steurer of Garden Prairie and seven grandchildren, Sarah Louis, Shane, Brian, Robert Jr., Christopher, Lauren and Raeanne Carlson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband on January 20, 1988, and a brother, Charles.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. James Catholic Church in Lee, the Reverend Louis Pesut officiating.  Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.

Visitation was scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona with a Christian Wake Service to be held at 7 p.m.                     CC 11/17/1994

 

Nicholas W. Dahm     1994.11.25

Nicholas W. Dahm, 81, of Aurora, passed away on November 13, 1994, at Tillers Nursing Home.  He was born on February 10, 1913, in Aurora, the son of William and Katherine Dahm.

He was united in marriage on September 22, 1934, in Aurora to Lucille Bennett.  Mr. Dahm was employed by Geneva Construction for 30 years and a member of the Teamsters Local #673 until his retirement in 1973.  He then worked at Kelley’s True Value part-time for 15 years until 1991.  He was an avid baseball fan and coached women’s softball in addition to being a  longtime bowler.  He was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Lucille (Bennett) Dahm of Aurora; two daughters, Betty (Doug) Quigley of Aurora and Jackie (Jerry) Zbinden of Waterman; two sons, Donald (Connie) Dahm of Oswego and James (Barbara) Dahm of Waterford, CT; a sister, Sophie (Frank) Grisman; two brothers, Ralph (Ann) Dahm and William (Edna) Dahm and a sister-in-law, Lou Dahm, all of Aurora; 22 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Albert Dahm; two sisters in infancy; a grandson, Craig Quigley, and two nephews.

Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Daleiden High Street Mortuary to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church at noon.  Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery with Father Edward F. Gillespie officiating.

A Rosary was recited Tuesday evening during visitation hours in the mortuary.

Rest in peace.  You will be sadly missed.      CC 11/171994

 

Beatrice L. Wesson Hetland     1994.11.26

Beatrice L. Hetland, 80, of Shabbona, died Wednesday, November 16, 1994, at Pine Acres Care Center in DeKalb.

She was born December 16, 1913, in Victor Township, the daughter of Harry Wilder and Edythe (Hanson) Wesson.  She married Sigurd Hetland on February 25, 1938, at the Wesson family home in rural Leland.

She attended Leland schools, graduating from Leland High School in 1931.  She continued her education at Northern Illinois Teachers College in DeKalb, graduating in 1933.  She taught school for seven years at the Bergeson School in LaSalle County.  She was later employed at DeKalb Ag Research for many years.

Mrs. Hetland was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church and was active in the Shabbona Senior Citizens Group, serving as president for four years.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Dennis (Sharon) Hetland of Monroe, WI; two daughters, Linda (Dale) Johnson of Woodinville, WA, and Karla (Robert) Weir of Sycamore; a sister, Jeanette “Peggy” Gilbertson of Newark; eight grandchildren, Dana Hopp, Wendy and Kevin Johnson, Gina and Douglas Hetland, Oona Vollmer, and Neil and Rachel Weir, and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Wayne and Heston, and a sister, Vivian.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Waterman United Methodist Church, the Reverend Dawn Gotoh officiating.  Burial was at Victor Cemetery in rural Leland.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                                 CC 11/24/1994

 

Vearll C. Harris     1994.11.27

Vearll C. Harris, 67, of New Port Richey, FL, and DeKalb, and formerly of Hinckley, died Monday, November 14, 1994, at Doctors Hospital in Poplar Bluff, MO, from wounds received in a hunting accident.

He was born January 14, 1927, in Flatwoods, MO, the son of Bertha and Nellie (Collins) Harris.  He married Verna June Shott on November 4, 1950, in Sycamore.

He was a painting contractor and later worked for Ideal Industries as a carpenter, retiring in 1989.

He was a member of the DeKalb Moose Lodge, DeKalb VFW Post 2287 and American Legion Post 66, and a veteran of WWII.

Survivors include his wife, Verna J. Harris of DeKalb; two daughters, Kathy (Dwight) Rollins of Greeneville, TN, and Jodi Smith of DeKalb; two sons, Gary (Debbie) Harris of Galva and Tom (Gail) Harris of Genoa; three brothers, Lawrence (Dorothy) Harris of Yukon, OK, Roy (Brenda) Harris of Hudson, FL, and Dwain (Judy) Harris of Panama, OK; four sisters, Marcella Pennington of Paw Paw, Vonza Wilborn of St. Louis, MO, Deeda (Jim) Mueller of Fisk, MO, and Dolly (B.J.) Lamb of Maple Park; eight grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Jesse, Amual and Ray Harris.

Funeral services were held Friday at Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home, the Reverend Richard P. Wagner officiating.  Burial was at Miller Cemetery near Hinckley.  CC 11/24/1994

 

Sophie Elstner Bafia     1994.11.28

Sophie (Elstner) Bafia, 80, of Sandwich, formerly of Chicago and Hinckley, passed away on Saturday, November 19, 1994, in Sandwich.

Survivors include her children, Donald (Rita) of Hammond, IN, Walter (Barbara) of Sandwich, formerly of Big Rock, and Charles (Joanne) of Alsip; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Julia Waleryszak and two brothers, John Elstner and Anthony Elstner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Bafia, and a son, James Bafia who had made his home in Hinckley.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 23, from the Andrew J. McCann & Sons Funeral Home to St. Terrence Church for the Mass of the Resurrection.  Interment was at Resurrection Cemetery.                          CC 12/1/1994

 

Sharon Schopp Adams     1994.11.29

Sharon (Schopp) Adams, 62, of Finger, TN, formerly of Aurora, went home to be with our Lord on November 22, 1994, at Madison County General Hospital.  She was born on February 23, 1932, in Aurora.

For the past 25 years, Mrs. Adams made her home in Garden Grove, CA, having recently moved to Tennessee.

Survivors include her husband, Bob Adams of Finger, TN; her mother, Tillie Schopp of Aurora; five daughters, Sharon, Lola, Joann, Bonnie and Debbie, all of California; a son, Bobby of Tennessee; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; six brothers, Wayne (Nancy) of Aurora, Dale (Chris) of Aurora, Ronald Jr. of Aurora, John (Thelma) of Lakeview, AR, Earl (Cathy) of Aurora and Ed (Elaine) of Aurora; two sisters, Pat Rouse of Finger, TN, and Rose Chesselow of Big Rock; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ronald Schopp, Sr., and a brother, Donald Schopp.

Funeral services were held at Shackle-Ford Funeral Home in Finger, TN, on Friday.  Burial was at The Old Friendship Cemetery in Finger.

Mrs. Adams’ six brothers served as pallbearers.

  CC 12/1/1994

 

Annie M. Christenson Kiefer     1994.11.30

Annie M. Kiefer, 98, of Aurora, passed away Friday, November 25, 1994, at her home.  She was born September 15, 1896, in Big Rock, the daughter of Andrew and Patrea (Peterson) Christenson.

Survivors include five children, Elizabeth (Kenneth) Wildy of Plainfield, Marion Stout of Crest Hill, LeRoy (Shirley) Kiefer of Hinckley, Leona (Waltor) Buttny of Aurora, and June (Henry) Weiten of Aurora; a daughter-in-law, Eileen Kiefer Burke of Scheybogan, MI; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Patrea Christenson; four brothers, John, Yansie, Olie and Marten Christenson; a son, Jacob John Kiefer, Jr.; two sons-in-law, William L. Stout and Harold Blackwell.

Funeral services were held Monday from the Healy Chapel with the Reverend Gerald L. Rygh officiating.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Contributions in Mrs. Kiefer’s memory may be made to the Visiting Nurses Association.                          CC 12/1/1994

 

Lucille Delores Sloat Onstad     1994.11.31

Lucille D. (Delores) Onstad, 67, of Sycamore, formerly of Elburn, died unexpectedly early Monday morning, November 21, 1994, at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb.  Recently diagnosed with lung cancer, she had been at home, in the loving care of her family when she was stricken with a sudden heart attack.  She was born on July 5, 1927, in Eau Claire, WI, the daughter of Albert and Selma (Wik) Sloat.

She grew up in the Eau Claire area and on August 5, 1947, she was united in marriage to her childhood friend, Palmer Onstad.  They made their home in Eau Claire where they raised a family of six children.  In 1972, they moved to the Elburn area for a time until 1981 when they returned to Eau Claire.  Retiring in the mid ‘80’s, they moved back to Illinois and settled in the present family home in Sycamore.

Through the early 1960’s, Mrs. Onstad was employed as an inspector for Presto Mfg. Company in Eau Claire, and later, she worked for National Electronics in LaFox, IL.

In her free time, she loved to play bingo and was a familiar friend among those who gathered in Sycamore, Batavia and St. Charles to name a few.  At home, her hands picked up a paint brush and brought life and beauty to dozens of ceramic creations.  Lucille also had an eye for garage sale signs and seldom passed one by.

A beloved wife and loving mother, she is survived by her husband, Palmer; five children, Janice “Pee-Wee” Myers of Monroe, WI, Judy (Steve) Polus of Eau Claire, WI, Delores “Boots” (Joe) Siebens of Maple Park, Joan (Mark) Peterson of Elburn and Richard “Rick” (Carol) Onstad of Gurnee; her siblings, Mary (Clark) Wardlow of Sycamore, Gerald (Lorraine) Sloat of Eau Claire, Arlys and Everett Rishel of Kaneville, Albert “Junior” (Delores) Sloat of Sycamore, Carol (Brooks) Indergand of Monroe, WI, and Doreen Horn of New Burnside, IL; 16 grandchildren, Gail Jr., Michael and Brenda Myers, all of Monroe, WI, Shelly, Scott and John Polus, all of Eau Claire, Jeff Siebens of Hinckley, Mike Siebens of Genoa, Jason and Sara Siebens of Maple Park, Jody, Kelly and John Peterson of Elburn and Richard, Valerie and Randy Onstad of Minnesota and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, John; a granddaughter, Kristine; a grandson, Lonnie Myers; and a brother, Richard.

Funeral services were held Saturday from the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, the Reverend John Hossman officiating.  Interment was at Lake View Cemetery in Eau Claire.

A family memorial in the name of Lucille D. Onstad has been established in care of P. O. Box 233, Elburn, IL 60119.

  CC 12/1/1994

 

Clinton Lawrence Thomas     1994.11.32

Clinton Lawrence Thomas, age 78, of Palmetto, FL, formerly of Big Rock, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 1994, in Bradenton, FL.  He was born June 26, 1916, in Big Rock, the son of Venus and Liza (Lawrence) Thomas.

He was united in marriage on March 2, 1935, in Mendota to Naurine Andersen.

Mr. Thomas was a member of the Big Rock Congregational Church.  He had been a contractor in the Big Rock and Aurora areas for many years, before moving to Florida.  He was a member of the Waterman Lodge #728.

Survivors include his wife Naurine of Palmetto, FL; a son, Larry (Deborah) Thomas of Colorado Springs, CO; a daughter, Sharon (Steven) Haas of Denver, CO; five grandchildren, Heather, Asher, Noah, Tonya and Keith; two great-grandchildren, Brittany and Lindsay; and a brother, Al (Betty) Thomas of Plano.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, December 19, 1994, at 12:00 noon at the West Big Rock Cemetery, the Reverend Kurt Simon officiating.

Arrangements were completed by Nelson Funeral Homes, 815-286-3247.                                CC 12/8/1994

 

Ella Mae Kuester Babbitt     1994.11.33

Ella Mae Babbitt, 68, of Aurora, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 1994, at her home.  She was born on July 5, 1926, in Hinckley, the daughter of the late Edward and Lena (Rhode) Kuester.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Robert Babbitt of Aurora, whom she married on May 11, 1946, in Aurora; two sons, Thomas Babbitt of Montgomery and Steven Babbitt of Aurora; a daughter, Pamela (Melvin) Spencer of Andover, NJ; five grandchildren; two brothers, Warren Kuester of Hinckley and Sherman (Sally) Kuester of Somonauk; a sister, Dorothy Corneils of Somonauk; several nieces and nephews and two special friends, Betty Smiley and Barb Madlin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a great-grandchild and a sister, Betty Kuester.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 3, from the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Daryl Ellis officiating.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Contributions in Mrs. Babbitt’s memory may be made to the Fox Valley Hospice, 113 E. Wilson St., Batavia, IL 60510.

  CC 12/8/1994

 

Deloris A. Carroll Mason     1994.12.21

Deloris A. Mason, 57, of Montgomery, passed away on Friday, December 2, 1994, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born on July 11, 1937, in Oconee, IL.

She loved and adored her grandchildren and was an avid bingo player.  She was also a past president of the Montgomery VFW Auxiliary Post #7452.

Survivors include her sons, Allen Mason of Oswego and Ricky (Patricia) Mason of Montgomery; her daughters, Linda (Michael) Chomiak and Kathy (Michael) Dabney both of Aurora, Karen (Nick) Carlson and Patricia (Michael) Brooking both of Montgomery; 12 grandchildren, Carrie and Robin Mason both of Montgomery; Jennifer, Michael, Joseph and Tracy Chomiak all of Aurora, Emily and Scott Dabney both of Aurora, Matthew Carlson of Montgomery, Alex, Melanie and Adam Brooking all of Montgomery; two brothers, Walter (Edna) Carroll of DeKalb and Chester (Wilma) Carroll of Waterman; four sisters, Mary Curran of Sycamore, Norma (Ned) Bray of Paw Paw, Betty (Art) Inboden of DeKalb and Grace (Ray) Vogel of Waukesha, WI; two sisters-in-law, Carol Carroll of Bagley, WI, and Myrna Alden of DeKalb; special children, Doug, Dan and Shari Lee all of Montgomery; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank L. Mason; her parents, Chester and Bertha (German) Carroll and three brothers, George, Ronald and Charles Carroll.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Dieterle Memorial Home, Father Edward F. Gillespie officiating.  Cremation followed.

A memorial service by the Montgomery VFW Auxiliary Post #7452 took place Monday evening during visitation hours at the funeral home.                                  CC 12/8/1994

 

Verna Jean Agnew Harding     1994.12.22

Verna Jean Harding, age 73, of Waterman, passed away Thursday, December 1, 1994, at her home.  She was born September 15, 1921, in Waterman, the daughter of Edwin and Bernice (Marston) Agnew.

She was united in marriage on September 20, 1947, in Chicago, to Mr. Ernist Harding.

Mrs. Harding was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church.  She was formerly employed by CTS Knights in Sandwich until her retirement in 1985.  She was a loving mother and grandmother and was very close to her family.

Survivors include her two sons, Brian L. Harding, of Euless, TX, and Kenneth Scott (Robin) Harding of Waterman; two grandchildren, Jennifer Marie and Daniel Andrew Harding, both of Waterman; two sisters, Joyce Shook of Chicago, and Lois Kauffman of Waterman, and a brother, Robert (Jean) Agnew of Egg Harbor, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Endre Harding; and a brother, John Agnew.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Nash-Nelson Chapel (815-264-3362) in Waterman, the Reverend Dawn Gotoh officiating.  Interment was at North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.                                  CC 12/8/1994

 

Harold J. Weitl     1994.12.23

Harold J. Weitl, 73, of Geneva, died Saturday, December 3, 1994, at Delnor Community Hospital.  He was born January 31, 1921, in Maple Park, the son of George and Mary (Birkeneder) Weitl.

Mr. Weitl retired in 1986 as a plant foreman for the Chronicle Publishing Co. and was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Mary Jane; a daughter Sandra (Ed) Petti of Geneva and a son, James (Sharon) Weitl of St. Charles; four grandchildren, Robert and Amy Allen and Mike and Peter Weitl; and a sister Frieda (Warren) Nystedt of St. Charles.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Marie Striedl and Elizabeth Bowgren; and a brother, Joseph Weitl.

A funeral mass was held Tuesday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Geneva, Father James W. McLoughlin officiating.  Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Maple Park.

A liturgical wake service was held Monday evening during visitation hours at Norris Funeral Home, St. Charles.

Contributions in Mr. Weitl’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association.                     CC 12/8/1994

 

Jameson Storey     1994.12.24

Jameson Storey, 17, of Lee, died in an auto accident which took place at 6 p.m. December 6 on Perry Road one-half mile west of Anderland Road.

According to DeKalb County Sheriff’s Police, Storey was traveling west on Perry Road when he lost control of his vehicle on the snow-covered road, causing the vehicle to swerve, sliding crossways on Perry.  James Lahman, 28, of Franklin Grove, who was eastbound on Perry, was unable to avoid the Storey vehicle, which was hit broadside.

Lahman was transported to Kishwaukee Community Hospital and was discharged later in the week.

No arrests or charges were made.                CC 12/15/1994

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Jamey E. Storey, 17, of Lee, died Tuesday, December 6, 1994, from injuries received in an automobile accident.

He was born June 8, 1977, in Smithville, MO, the son of Gregory and Rhonda (Clark) Storey.

He was a senior at Indian Creek High School in Shabbona and was active in the band and chorus at the high school.  He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee and was employed in the Public Opinion Lab at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.  He was also a founding member of the Haunted Notion rock band.

Survivors include his mother, Rhonda (Roger) Berg of Lee; his father, Gregory Storey of Lees Summit, MO; three brothers, Ben and Timothy Storey of Lees Summit, MO, and Dan Berg of Lee; a sister, Heather Berg of Lee; his maternal grandmother, Dorothy Cassity of Gladstone, MO, and his grandmother, Dorothy Berg of Lee; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and his maternal grandfather.

Funeral services were held on Friday evening at Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee, the Reverend Donald Myhres, church pastor, officiating.  Burial took place Monday at the White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Gladstone, MO.

A memorial fund has been established for Jamey E. Storey in care of Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.

Arrangements were completed by the Jacobson Funeral Home.                                  CC 12/15/1994

 

Edward J. Williams     1994.12.25

Edward J. (Pappy) Williams, 72, of South Fulton, TN, formerly of Oswego, died Sunday, December 4, 1994, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Union City, TN.  He was born February 24, 1922, in Obion County, TN, the son of Edward Jerry Williams, Sr., and Mary Love Williams.

He was a member of Walnut Grove Methodist Church in South Fulton, TN, and was a retired inspector for Caterpillar Machinery Company in Aurora.  He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  Mr. Williams was a member of Aurora Caterpillar Retirees Club, twice Past Master of Raven Lodge #303 in Oswego, member of Union City Lodge #0538, an honorary member of Roberts Lodge #172 in Fulton, KY, member of Scottish Rite Lodge Council Chapter Consistory, Valley of Chicago, member of Rizpah Temple in Madisonville, KY, member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Jones Walker Post of Union City, TN, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Lorraine Chapter, Oswego.

Survivors include his wife, Maggie Pickens Williams, South Fulton, TN; a son, Edward A. Williams, Big Rock; four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Emily Ruth Williams; a grandson, Timothy F. Williams; two brothers; and a sister.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 7, at Hornbeak Funeral Chapel, Fulton, KY, the Reverend David Atkinson officiating.  Burial was at Obion County Memorial Gardens.                              CC 12/15/1994

 

Ruby Eileen Manning Wood     1994.12.26

Ruby Eileen “Red” Wood, age 74 years, of Bristol, died Saturday, December 17, 1994, at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.

She was born February 25, 1920 in Robinson, IL.

Mrs. Wood was employed at Farmers Insurance Co. for 19 years prior to her retirement in December of 1976.  She then worked as a clerk and deputy registrar in the Kendall County Clerk’s office for eight years prior to retirement in 1987

She was a member of the Bristol Methodist Church in Bristol, the National Federation of Republican Women of Kendall County and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Mrs. Wood is survived by her loving husband, Floyd E. Wood; loved by her children, Vikki (David P.) Heyde of Sandwich, Robert J. Wagner of Hinckley, David A. (Melba “Deanie”) Wagner of Lisbon, Byron Todd (Tina) Wagner of Bristol, Karen (Fred) Perkins of Millbrook, Barb (Randy) Skyles of St. Peter, MO; loving grandchildren, David P. (Anita) Heyde, Jr., Mark A. (Shawn) Wagner, Ceneca J. Wagner, Lindsay A. Wagner, Maureen R. Wagner, Michele L. Wagner, Donny J. Horne, Diane C. Perkins, Brandy L. Perkins, Randy E. Perkins, Buffy L. Huffman, Sara A. Skyles; great-grandchildren, Eric C. Wagner, Ryan D. Wagner and “soon to be and loved” Wagner; fond siblings, John E. (Sue) Manning of Dwight, Helen E. (Paul) Barrett of Oswego, Lela E. (Steve) Ziman of Steward, Ray E. (Margaret) Manning of Newton, Theodora E. (Herbert) Jebens of Oswego, Sarah E. (Deacon) Byrnes of Oswego; and numerous nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy E. “Dad” and Theo “Mom” Manning; a sister, Pearl Krantz; and a brother, Roy E. Manning, Jr.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the McKeown-Dunn Funeral Home, Ltd. in Oswego, the Reverend Debra Laing officiating.  Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery in Bristol.

Memorials may be directed to the Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center of Kane-Kendall Counties for her special granddaughter, Michele.  For information, call (708) 554-3888.  CC 12/22/1994

 

Wilbur Elmer Mack     1994.12.27

Wilbur Elmer Mack, age 89, of Hinckley, passed away Monday, December 19, 1994 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.  He was born September 28, 1905 in Pierce Township, the son of Elmer and Augusta (Muller) Mack.

In DeKalb in 1939, he was united in marriage to Helen Larson.

Mr. Mack was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.  He had driven an oil truck for 42 years, with 14 of those years being employed by C. W. Smith, and then 28 years employed by the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.  While living in Waterman, he had served as Waterman fire chief.  Upon moving to Hinckley, he served on the Village Board for a number of years and drove Hinckley school buses.

Survivors include his wife, Helen, of Hinckley; two sons, Thomas C. Mack of Waterman and Charles R. (Donna) Mack of Hilton Head Island, SC; a daughter, Gloria R. (Scott) Bickford, of Big Rock; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Stanley (Evelyn) Mack of Hinckley, Russell (Dorothy) Mack of Genoa; two sisters, Hazel (Otis) Oddson of Sandwich and Alice Almond of Aurora.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 22, at 10:00 a.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley with Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian and Reverend Edward Freese officiating.  Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Visitation was scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 North Maple Street, Hinckley, 815-286-3247.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Mack’s name to the Hinckley Ambulance Service or to the charity of the donors’ choice.                                            CC 12/22/1994

 

  1. Keith Nelson, Jr. 1994.12.28
  2. Keith Nelson, Jr., 37, of Aurora, passed away at his parents’ home on Thursday, December 15, 1994 after a long illness. He was born on October 29, 1957, in DeKalb.

Keith graduated from West Aurora High School, Class of 1976.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from DePaul University in 1979.  All through high school and college he was employed by Sears.  Following graduation, he worked as a buyer for Marshall Fields until 1990.  At the time of his death, Keith was Assistant Store Manager for Carson Pirie Scott at Lincolnwood.

He will be lovingly remembered by his parents, Wayne and Lois Nelson; his three brothers, Craig of Dayton, TX, Kevin (Laura) of Hinckley and Bruce (Vickie) of Batavia; his two sisters, Beth (Brian) Kish of Aurora and Lynn (Randy Head) Nelson of Aurora.  He is fondly known as Uncle Ruddy to his nieces and nephews, Meghan and Matthew Kish, Ashley and Emily Nelson and Elyssa and Tom Badger.  He will also be missed by his dear friends, Mark, George, Chuck, Nick, Keith and Jay.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harold and Bessie Nelson and Betty Hix.

A memorial mass was held Monday at St. Rita of Cascia Church, Father Robert J. Willhite officiating.

Memorials may be made in the name of W. Keith Nelson, Jr. to Chicago House or to the Visiting Nurses Association.

Arrangements were completed by Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary.                                    CC 12/22/1994

 

Harold Robert Bend     1994.12.29

Harold Robert Bend, 16, of Shabbona, died Tuesday December 13, 1994, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born December 17, 1977, to Robert and Donna (Jacox) Bend.  He was a junior at Indian Creek High School in Shabbona where he was an honor student, a member of the varsity soccer, basketball, and baseball teams, and a member of the D.A.R.E. program.  He was also a member of the Business Club, FFA, the Math Club and the Spanish Club.

Survivors include his mother, Donna (Greg) Politsch of Paw Paw; two brothers, Doug Bend of Shabbona and Dwayne (Kris) Hopkins of Malta; five sisters, Deb (John) Ward of Sycamore, Kathy (Bill) Dixon of Houston, TX, Karen (Len) Halter and Janet Bend of Sycamore, and Dawn (Joe) Arjes of Earlville; his grandparents, Harold and Elaine Jacox of Steward, Emma Bend of Shabbona and Lloyd and Roberta Politsch of Paw Paw.

He was preceded in death by his father and grandfather.

Funeral services were held Friday at the Rollo United Church of Christ, Pastor Dean Funk officiating.  Burial was at Wyoming Cemetery, Paw Paw.

A memorial fund in the name of Harold Robert Bend has been established.

Arrangements were completed by Torman Funeral Home in Paw Paw.                                 CC 12/22/1994

 

Noel Brooks Keeton     1994.12.30

Noel Brooks Keeton, 22, of Big Rock, passed away Friday, December 16, 1994 at his home.  He was born February 3, 1972 in Aurora, the son of Elvin Ray and Sharon K. (Wade) Keeton.

Noel attended the English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock.  He worked in auto repair, building demolition and also roofing.

Survivors include his parents, Elvin and Sharon Keeton of Big Rock; a sister, Kathleen Keeton of Big Rock; a brother, Gary (Jamie) Keeton of Matthews, MO; his grandfather, Noie Keeton of Leland; his great-grandmother, Beulah Hawks of Leland; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends that will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Brooks Wade; and his grandmothers, Stella Mai Keeton and Lois Wade.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, Yorkville, the Reverend Kurt Simon officiating.  Interment was at River Hills Cemetery in Batavia.

Arrangements were completed by Nelson Funeral Homes.

  CC 12/22/1994

 

Lydia Kueffner Roemer     1994.12.31

Lydia K. Roemer, 99, of the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights, formerly of East Dundee, died Thursday, December 15, 1994, at the Lutheran Home.

She was born July 27, 1895, in Joliet, the daughter of Reverend Christian and Anna Kueffner.

Mrs. Roemer had become a resident of the Lutheran Home this year and formerly had lived in the Dundee area for 75 years.  She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of East Dundee, an active member in the sewing circle, Dorcas and Ladies Aid.  For many years she helped in her husband’s teaching ministry at Immanuel Lutheran School.

Survivors include two daughters, Margaret “Peggy” (Donald) Schumacher of Hinckley and Carol (Martin) Wilharm of East Dundee; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Karl Roemer, teacher and principal at Immanuel Lutheran School in East Dundee, in 1972; three brothers; and two sisters.

Funeral services were held Monday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in East Dundee, the Reverend William P. Yonker and Reverend Lester P. Messerschmidt officiating.  Burial was at Dundee Township Cemetery East in East Dundee.

Memorials in the name of Lydia K. Roemer may be made to the Music Ministry of Immanuel Lutheran Church, East Dundee.

Arrangements were completed by the Miller Funeral Home in West Dundee.                                    CC 12/22/1994

 

Jerry P. Volom     1994.12.32

Jerry P. Volom, age 45, of Merrillville, IN, passed away Thursday, December 8, 1994, at St. Anthony Medical Center, Crown Point, IN, following a two-year struggle with cancer.

He was a member of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church and a past president of the Parish Holy Name Society.  He was employed as a Lake County, IN, Police Officer.  Jerry was the first D.A.R.E. Officer for the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.  He was a member of the Lake County Police Association #72, past vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police – Chris Anton Lodge #125, a precinct committeeman for the Town of Merrillville, District #3, a board member of the Independence Hill Conservancy District, past president of both the Merrillville Democratic Club and the Magic Glass Corvette Club and a proud member of the Harley Owner Group of the Calumet Region.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Volom of Merrillville; a brother, Vic (Donna) Volom of Valparaiso; a sister, Mary Theresa (Rev. Jeff) Coester of Shabbona; nieces and nephews, Matthew, Sean and Susan Volom, Jeffrey and Christine Coester, and numerous loving relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Michael Volom in 1984.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 12, from the Geisen Funeral Home in Merrillville to Our Lady of Consolation Church, the Reverend Joseph E. Vamos officiating.  Burial was at Maplewood Cemetery, Crown Point.  A Parish Prayer Service was offered during visitation hours December 11 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Endowment Fund of Lake County, c/o Jerry Volom D.A.R.E. Fund, 1000 East 80th Place, 305 N. Tower, Merrillville, IN 46410.          CC 12/22/1994

 

Lydia Louise Zaugg Myers     1994.12.33

Lydia Louise Myers, age 88, of Aurora, formerly of Hinckley, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 1994 at McAuley Manor in Aurora.  She was born January 18, 1906 in Belvidere, TN, the daughter of Christ and Mary K. (Solomon) Zaugg.

She was united in marriage on December 21, 1927 in Hinckley to Mr. Oakley D. Myers.  She and her husband farmed in the Hinckley area for many years.  During the Christmas season they decorated the farm in such a way that people came from miles around just to see it.

Survivors include her nieces and nephews, Mary (Bob) Barron of Aurora, Lloyd (Penny) Sieben of Aurora, Norma Dillard of Mississippi, Jerry (Mary) Sieben of Missouri, Bob (Mardy) Sieben of Florida, Doris (Glenn) Barnes, Raymond (Anna Frances) Liechty, Albert (Wauneta) Liechty, and Addie Lee Liechty, all of Tennessee.

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

Funeral services were held Friday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley (815-286-3247), the Reverend Wayne Kirk officiating.  Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.                                           CC 12/29/1994

 

Aline P. LaVoie Ramer     1994.12.34

Aline “Penny” P. Ramer, 70, of Sycamore, died Sunday, December 25, 1994 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.  She was born August 21, 1924 in Canada, the daughter of Alex and Dora (Belauger) LaVoie.

She married Robert Ramer July 28, 1945, in Aurora.  She was a member of the Church of St. Mary’s in Sycamore, active in scouting, and a graduate of St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Aurora.  She worked as a registered nurse at Sycamore Hospital, retiring in 1963.

Survivors include her husband Robert Ramer of Sycamore; two sons, Dennis (Cindy) Ramer of Hinckley and Robert (Ann) Ramer of Cortland; three brothers; a sister; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Funeral Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 29, at the Church of St. Mary’s in Sycamore.  Interment will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Sycamore.

Visitation was scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home.

A memorial fund has been established in the name of Aline “Penny” P. Ramer at the Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home.

  CC 12/29/1994

 

Bessie Rachel Burdick Burmester     1994.12.35

Bessie Rachel Burmester, age 94, formerly of Hinckley, passed away December 23, 1994 at The Tillers in Oswego.  She was born January 19, 1900 in Plano, the daughter of James and Emma (Brown) Burdick.  She was united in marriage to William Burmester on August 5, 1924.

Mrs. Burmester was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley where she was also a member of the Women’s Guild.

Prior to her marriage she had been employed as a cashier for the F. E. Royston Company.  She and her husband were the owners and operators of Burmester Electric in Hinckley for a number of years and she continued to maintain the business even after his passing.  During WWII, she worked at United Wallpaper Company.  Among her many other occupations she had been employed by Lyon Metal in Montgomery and as a bookkeeper for Dr. Keene’s veterinary clinic in Hinckley.  She also owned and operated the Hinckley telephone answering service.

From 1962 through 1968 Mrs. Burmester managed the Dairy Joy Drive-in in Hinckley, and even after her semi-retirement from the business, she continued, until the age of 83, to help her son by doing its payroll.  Even though well into her 80’s, for the next nine years she continued to help her daughter with the management of the Mendota Hills Camping Resort.

Survivors include her four children, Lucille (Lawrence) Marquardt of Aurora, Inez (Delbert) Winn of Amboy, Warren (Anne) Burmester of Wellington, FL, and Lois (William) Park of Geneva; twelve grandchildren, William, Allen and Linda Marquardt, Joann Nightingale, Donald Winn, Laurie Glomski, Lisa Noonan, Allison Park, David Park, Linda Mayer-Helmar, Jody Hyrczyk and Michael Johnson; sixteen great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Ida Burdick of Sandwich, and Mildred Schule of Aurora; a brother-in-law, Quinlan Meetz of Naperville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband William in 1936; two brothers; and four sisters.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment was at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Hinckley.

Donations may be made in her memory to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ or the donor’s favorite charity.  CC 12/29/1994

 

Dorothy M. Boerner Federman     1994.12.36

Dorothy M. Federman, age 80, of Batavia, passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 1994 at the Elmwood Nursing Home in Aurora.  She was born on November 9, 1914 in Marinette, WI.

Her formative years were spent growing up in Marinette prior to moving to Milwaukee, where she met Carl A. Federman.  They were united in marriage on February 20, 1938.  They moved to Batavia in 1962.  Together, they owned and operated the Federman Riverside Inn and Villa Pizza in Batavia for many years.  Mrs. Federman was an avid gardener.  She was an outstanding wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She adored and lived for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She will be dearly missed by her loving family and many dear friends.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Carl A. Federman; a son, Bob (Jean) Federman of Aurora; two grandsons, Chris Federman of Batavia and Richard (Diane) Federman of Hinckley; four great-grandchildren, Angela, Matt, Maggie and Cara; two sisters, Mary Hughes of La Crescent, MN, and Marian (Jerry) Oler of Marinette, WI; three brothers, Frank (Lucille) Boerner of Marinette, WI, Robert (Eunice) Boerner of Sheboygan, WI, and Bill Boerner of Menominee Falls, MI; many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Marcella Petri and by a son, Christian Federman.

Memorial services were scheduled to be held in Marinette, WI.

Local arrangements were handled by the Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home in Batavia.                           CC 12/29/1994

 

Fredrecia Halford Spears Smiley     1994.12.37

Fredrecia Halford Smiley, 66, of Pawcatuck, CT, formerly of Waterman, passed away Friday, December 23, 1994 at the home of her daughter in Pawcatuck.  She was born May 20, 1926 in Leland, the daughter of Ralph and Nita Berneice (Halford) Spears.

She was united in marriage to Mr. Delbert Smiley on February 14, 1953 in Dyer, IN.  Mrs. Smiley was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Waterman.  After first retiring in Arizona, she became interested in watching rodeos.

Survivors include two children, Kevin (Lesley) Smiley of Industry, IL, and Delita (Carl) Johnson of Pawcatuck, CT; seven grandchildren, Jay, Eddie, Ben, Joseph, Daniel, Sean and Andrea; a brother, Sherald Spears of Shabbona; and a sister, Phyllis (Paul) Shuck of Waterman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband Delbert in 1991.

Funeral services for Mrs. Smiley were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 28, at the Presbyterian Church of Waterman, the Reverend Dr. Paul L. Salansky officiating.  Interment was at Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman.

Pallbearers were Randy Spears, Kenneth Spears, Mike Mitchell, Ron Coe, Kenneth Ried, and Spencer Mack, Jr.

Memorials may be made in remembrance of Fredrecia Halford Smiley to the Presbyterian Church of Waterman through Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 110 Birch Street, Waterman, IL 60556.  (815) 264-3362.                            CC 12/29/1994

 

Lois Marie Agnew Kauffman     1994.12.38

Lois Marie Kauffman, age 72, of Waterman, passed away Friday, December 30, 1994 at her home.  She was born November 4, 1922 in Waterman, the daughter of Edwin and Bernice (Marsten) Agnew.

She was united in marriage on April 19, 1956 at the Waterman United Methodist Church, to Mr. W. Howard Kauffman.

Mrs. Kauffman was the president of Kauffman Poultry Farms, Inc. of Waterman.  She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Waterman.  She was active in the Indian Oaks Country Club and helped with their fund raisers.  She was also a Hope Haven volunteer, a golfer, cook and avid bridge player.

Survivors include four children, Lorelei (Gary) Reid of Coal Valley, Lynn Jeannine Brenna of San Francisco, CA, Marilee Erickson of Minneapolis, MN, and Robert Howard (Susan) Kauffman of Waterman; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Jean) Agnew of Egg Harbor, WI; and a sister, Joyce Shook of Chicago.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, on March 14, 1978; a son, William John; a sister, Verna Jean “Ciss” Harding; and a brother, John Agnew.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman, the Reverend James Sandberg of the Hillcrest Covenant Church of DeKalb, officiating.  Interment was at North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.

A memorial has been established in remembrance of Mrs. Lois Kauffman through the Nash-Nelson Chapel, 116 N. Birch St., Waterman, IL 60556 (815-264-3362).           CC 1/5/1995

 

Marie E. Zilm White     1994.12.39

Marie E. White, age 80, of Hinckley, passed away Thursday, December 29, 1994 at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  She was born February 23, 1914 in Kankakee County, the daughter of Louis and Naomi (Swords) Zilm.

She was united in marriage on September 29, 1931 in Geneva to Mr. Willard A. White.  She spent her years as a loving wife and mother.  Mrs. White was a member of the Women of the Moose.

Survivors include her two children, George (Pat) White of Rochester, MN, and Dorothy (Kenneth) Myers of Hinckley; six grandchildren, Alan White of Rochester, MN, Marlene (Denis) Sutton of Rochester, MN, Neal (Barbara) White of Elgin, MN, Diane White of Houlton, WI, Bob (Jenni) Myers of Hinckley, Karen Stryker of Hinckley; three stepgrandchildren, Greg (Teresa) Gustine of Pine Island, MN, Lori (Tim) Lutzke, and Dan (Kim) Gustine, both of Rochester, MN; ten great-grandchildren; six stepgreatgrandchildren; a brother, Arnold (Martha) Zilm of Cortland, NY; and two sisters, Isabell Evans of Cicero and Arlene Heberling of Coal City.

Mrs. White was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a sister, Gladys Ptacek.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley (815-286-3247), the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Harriet Larson was organist for the service.  Interment was at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.

Pallbearers were Roger Petschke, Carl Grometer, Myrl Rissman, Dean Langdon, Dale Grometer, and Roger Wurtz.

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Ellen Anderson Kames     1994.12.40

Ellen A. Kames, age 94, of Batavia, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 1994 at McAuley Manor in Aurora.  She was born September 20, 1900 in Bald Mound, the daughter of Anton and Louise (Johnson) Anderson.  From the late 1960s to1977, Mrs. Kames was a resident of Waterman.

She was a member of the Batavia Senior Citizens, Windmill Senior Citizens and Holy Cross Church in Batavia where she was active in the Altar and Rosary Society.

Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Thee of Two Rivers, WI; a daughter-in-law, Peggy Kames of St. Charles; four grandsons, Donald (Laurie) Kames, Jr., Stephen Kames, Michael (Rosie) Thee and Christopher Thee; four granddaughters, Sister Louise Kames B.V.M., Eileen (Ronald) Lunsford, JoEllen Kames, and Joanna Thee; six great-grandchildren, Keri and Douglas Kames, Larissa, Meagan and Matthew Lunsford and Jessica Thee; two sisters-in-law, Jeanette Anderson and Henrietta Kames; many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Kames, in 1979; her son, Donald Kames, Sr. in 1985; a grandson, Martin Kames; a great-granddaughter, Kassandra Kames; two sisters, Sigrid Anderson and Anne Hassell; two brothers, Almer and Herbert Anderson.

A funeral mass was said Saturday at Holy Cross Church in Batavia, the Reverend Stephen St. Jules officiating.  Interment was at River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia.  A liturgical wake service was held Friday evening during visitation hours at the Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home in Batavia.

Contributions in the memory of Ellen A. Kames may be made to McAuley Manor, 400 W. Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL 60506-1452.                                           CC 1/5/1995

 

Lloyd W. Doner     1994.12.41

Lloyd W. Doner, 73, of DeKalb, died Tuesday, December 27, 1994 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

He was born March 6, 1921 in Mt. Pleasant, IA.  He moved to the Hinckley area as a child, and graduated from Hinckley High School in 1939.

He worked briefly for the Wurlitzer Co.  During WWII he enlisted for four years, 1942 to 1946, in the U.S. Marine Corps and was assigned to the First Marine Air Wing of which he was a tail-gunner in Gruman dive bombers.  He was in the first marine air group to hit the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific.

He married Mae Marie Swanson on May 31, 1943 while home on furlough.  After discharge in 1946, he owned and operated a women’s apparel shop in DeKalb for 18 years.  He later worked for Jim Schultz Buick as a car salesman for 15 years, retiring in 1982.

Mr. Doner was a member of the Hillcrest Covenant Church and American Legion Post 66 since 1946.  He was past commissioner of the DeKalb Little League program as well as a coach and he organized and assisted in the youth basketball program for many years.  His latest hobby, wedding photography, turned into a small business.

He is survived by his wife, Mae Marie; a daughter, Diane Watson of DeKalb; a son, Jim Doner of Phoenix, AZ; a granddaughter, Keri Lynn Reed of DeKalb; a grandson, Johnny Watson of DeKalb; a sister, Karen Kline of Hinckley; two brothers, Roger (Wilma) Doner of Broke Bow, OK, and Gerald (Sharon) Hamilton of Auburn, CA; a sister-in-law, Edith Doner of Corpus Christi, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lula Hamilton and a brother, James Doner.

Funeral services were held Friday at the Hillcrest Covenant Church in DeKalb with Reverend James R. Sandberg officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.

A memorial fund has been established for Lloyd W. Doner in care of the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.  CC 1/5/1995

 

Rose E. Hanson Bond     1994.12.42

Rose E. Bond, 95, of Woodstock, formerly of Shabbona, died Monday, December 26, 1994 at Memorial Medical Center in Woodstock.

She was born August 11, 1899, in rural Lee, the daughter of Gabriel and Anna Christina Hanson.  She married Jerome Bond in Lee County.

Mrs. Bond was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church in Lee.  She farmed together with her husband for many years in the Lee-Shabbona area.

Survivors include two daughters, Arlene Seyller of Woodstock and Carol Richardson of DeKalb; 11 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jerome, in 1972; a daughter Doris, in 1975; a great-granddaughter Ann in 1969; three brothers and seven sisters.

Funeral services were held Thursday, December 29, at the First Lutheran Church in Lee.  Interment was at the First Lutheran Cemetery, Lee.

Arrangements were completed by the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                                CC 1/5/1995

 

Robert L. Kaiser     1994.12.43

Robert L. Kaiser, 52, of Yorkville, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 1994 at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.  He was born July 28, 1942, in Chicago, the son of Louis and Helen (Verschoor) Kaiser.

He was united in marriage on October 18, 1974 in Wheaton to Janet Irene Sulko-Chalmers.  They made their home in Yorkville for the past 20 years.

Mr. Kaiser was presently employed as a purchasing agent by Lovejoy, Inc. of Downers Grove.  He was a member of the National Rifle Association.

Survivors include his wife, Janet, of Yorkville; four children, Deborah (Mike) Suiter of Waterman, Tracey (Ron) Taylor of Georgia, Elaine Kaiser of Denmark, and Nicholas Kaiser of Yorkville; ten grandchildren; his father, Louis Kaiser of Westchester; and a brother, Ronald Kaiser of Downers Grove.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Interment was private.

Arrangements were completed by Nelson Funeral Homes, 708-553-7611.                                      CC 1/5/1995

 

Bernard J. Schmidt     1994.12.44

Bernard J. Schmidt, age 63, of Naperville, died Friday, December 30, 1994 at Edward Hospital in Naperville.  He was born March 24, 1931 in Aurora.

Mr. Schmidt was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Church, and Naperville Moose Lodge #1290.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.  From 1955 to 1991 he worked as a truck driver with over two million accident-free miles.  Mr. Schmidt served as a volunteer at Saint Patrick’s Residence in Naperville.

Survivors include his wife Rita (nee Pitz) of Naperville; six children, Deborah (Pat) Testin of Big Rock, Cheryl (Craig) Kinley of Naperville, Diane (Dennis) Hinterlong of Aurora, Gary (Susan) Schmidt of Naperville, Edward Schmidt of Aurora and Lisa Schmidt of Naperville; ten grandchildren; a brother, John Schmidt of Naperville; a stepsister, Lucille Fischer; two stepbrothers, Albert and Michael Barna; and an aunt, Rosaline Mears.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard J. Schmidt and Frances Schmidt Barna; and by a stepbrother, Edward Barna.

A mass of Christian burial was held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 4, at Saints Peter and Paul Church following a 9:00 a.m. prayer service.  Interment was at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery.

Memorials in the name of Bernard J. Schmidt may be made to the Loyola Lung Transplant Fund, 2160 South First Ave., Maywood, IL 60153, or may be given for masses.

Arrangements were completed by Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, Naperville.                                   CC 1/5/1995

 

Delbert Roy Brummett     1994.12.45

Delbert Roy Brummett, 77, of Aurora, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 1994, at Mercy Center Hospital.  He was born on June 29, 1917 in London, KY, the son of Lemuel and Francis (Peters) Brummett.

As a small child he moved to Illinois with his family.  On June 28, 1939 he was united in marriage to Evelyn Louise Hawksley.  At the age of 25 he was drafted into the U.S. Army to serve during WWII.  He served in the 2nd Armored Division which, among other conflicts, was involved in the Battle of the Bulge.  He received the Purple Heart after being wounded in action in Germany on November 16, 1944.

Following the war, Mr. Brummett began working for 48 Insulation Co., retiring in 1980 as plant superintendent.  He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and American Legion Post #2910.

Survivors include two sons, James (Lynda) Brummett) of Big Rock and William Brummet of Aurora; a daughter, Joyce (Barry) Edwards of Sandwich; an uncle, George Hansford of Maryland; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; his parents, Lemuel and Francis Brummett; two brothers, Virgil and Clarence Brummett; three sisters, Amanda Brummett, Erma Oline and Dorothy Brummett; and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were held Thursday, January 5, at the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Chris Pierson officiating.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Contributions in Mr. Brummett’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association or to the charity of the donor’s choice.                                       CC 1/12/1995