1995 – 1997

  Helen Louise Leifheit Kopfer     1995.01.01

Helen Louise Kopfer, 86, of Hinckley, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 1995 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.  She was born on July 13, 1908 in DeKalb County, IL, the daughter of Charles and Wilhelmina “Minnie” (Hartman) Leifheit.

She was united in marriage on June 25, 1927 in her parents’ home in DeKalb County to Mr. Floyd Robert Kopfer.  Mrs. Kopfer lived in the Hinckley-Waterman area all of her life.  She spent her years as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Mrs. Kopfer was a life-long member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley and was a member of its Ladies Aid Society.  She was formerly employed by the Hinckley School District.

Survivors include her two daughters, Donna Rompf of Waterman and Charlene (Bill) Blackman of Green Valley, AZ; five grandchildren, Joe Blackman of Tucson, AZ, Jerrilyn Blackman of Fairbanks, AK, Peggy (Barry) Erwin of Belvidere, Dan (Brenda) Rompf of Big Rock, David (JoAnne) Rompf of Somonauk; as well as several great-grandchildren, Christina (Brian) Beling, Erin Erwin, Todd Erwin, Lowell Rompf, Briana Rompf, Dylan Rompf and Angela Rompf.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Floyd, and a son-in-law, Harold Rompf.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley with Pastor Donald Balgeman officiating.  Interment was at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.  815-286-3247.

  CC 2/2/1995

 

                                     Lyle W. Troeger     1995.01.02

Lyle W. Troeger, 89, of Sandwich, passed away on Sunday, January 8, 1995, at Dogwood Health Care Center in Sandwich.  He was born October 7, 1905 in rural Hinckley, the son of Herman A. and Jennie Mae (Baie) Troeger.

He married Pearl Lee on October 6, 1928 in Sandwich.  Together they farmed in Squaw Grove Township until 1941.  He then was employed as a carpenter, building agriculture buildings for P.S. Lindner and later as a carpenter with Lyle Hyatt and Iner Madsen.  For 19 years he served as poultry superintendent at the Sandwich Fair and served as secretary for the local and U.S. Cochin Club for many years.  He was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Sandwich.

Survivors include his wife, Pearl; a daughter, Barbara (Ron) Stetz of Saginaw, TX; a son, Norman (Roberta) Troeger of Sandwich; a sister, Celestine (Glen) Kitner of Sandwich; four granddaughters; and two great-grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Murnie Larson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 12, at the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk, Pastor David Kaul officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.

Visitation was scheduled for 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 11, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Troeger’s memory to Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Sandwich.              CC 1/12/1995

 

                              Esther O. Voga Ryg     1995.01.13

Esther O. Ryg, 81, of Earlville, formerly of Hinckley, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 1995 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born March 11, 1913 in Newark, the daughter of Otto and Edna (Vermeland) Voga.  She married Bernt Ryg September 5, 1929 in Princeton, IL.  She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Sandwich and the Sons of Norway.  Mrs. Ryg made her home in Hinckley for over 20 years.

Survivors include three daughters, Elaine (Cliff) Imel of Earlville, Delores Torman of Earlville, and Patricia Isham of DeKalb, three sons, Wayne (Joyce) Ryg of Rosewell, NM, Emmett (Joyce) Ryg of Ottawa, and David (Paula) Ryg of Roscoe, IL; a brother, Everett Voga of Sandwich; a son-in-law, Don Burgrabe; 25 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Bernt in 1979; a daughter Kathryn Burgrabe; three brothers, Howard Voga, Harold Voga, and Glen Voga; two sons-in-law, Edwin Isham and Wayne Torman; a great-granddaughter; a grandson; and an infant son.

Funeral services were held Friday at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Sandwich, Pastor David Kaul officiating.  Burial was at Leland Cemetery.  Mrs. Ryg’s grandsons served as pallbearers.

Arrangements were completed by Hanley-Turner Funeral Home in Earlville.                                    CC 1/19/1995

 

Donald C. Gehrke    1995.01.20

Donald C. “Donnie” Gehrke, age 64, died Sunday, January 1, 1995, at his Plainfield farm.  He was born June 14, 1930 in Joliet to Clarence and Lela Gehrke.

Mr. Gehrke farmed in the Plainfield area his entire life.  He was employed by Hicks Gas of Plainfield for 43 years.  He was a member of the Will County Farm Bureau, the Illinois Police Association, the Plainfield Masonic Lodge #536 and Teamsters Local 179.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Ellen (nee Werner); a son, Rick (Julie) Gehrke of Plainfield; three daughters, Peggy (Richard) Grommon of Naperville, Donna (Harvey) Mandel of Juda, WI, and Renee (Dennis) Cain of St. Charles; seven grandchildren, Sharon, Ken and Karen Grommon, Ron and Jena Mandel, and Rebecca and Donnie Gehrke; two brothers, Richard (Shirley) Gehrke of Plainfield and Gerald Gehrke of Naperville; four sisters, Eunice (Bill) Vonhoff of Montgomery, Helen (Bob) Bohnstedt of Naperville, Jean (Tom) Chalk of Naperville and Marion (Del) Williams of Hinckley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lois Cobb; and two brothers, Howard and LeRoy.

Funeral services were held Thursday, January 5, at the Wheatland-Salem United Methodist Church, Naperville, the Reverend Scott Field officiating.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Aurora.

Arrangements were completed by the Overman-Jones Funeral Home in Plainfield, where a Masonic service was held during visitation hours on Wednesday.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Gehrke’s name to the Edward Cardiovascular Institute.                    CC 1/12/1995

 

 

Helen L. Hallstine Siebert      1995.01.21

Helen L Siebert, age 80, of Plainfield, died Wednesday, January 4, 1995, at Lakewood Nursing Center.

She was born in Shabbona, and lived in Aurora, moving to Plainfield two years ago.

Survivors include a son, Dennis (Bonnie) Siebert of Shorewood; a daughter, Melinda (Richard) Tharp of Boulder, CO; four grandchildren, Sarah Siebert, Travis, Taylor and Tucker Tharp; sisters-in-law, Ione (Richard) Lorang, Wilma Kewenig, Jeanette (Donald) Marshall, Shirley (Charles) Harrington, and Sally Johnson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Siebert, and her parents, Henry and Anna Hallstine.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home, 815-744-4444.  Interment was at Rosehill Cemetery, Shabbona.

Memorials to Lakewood Nursing Center would be appreciated.                                            CC 1/12/1995

 

Russell P. Seifert     1995.01.22

Russell P. Seifert, 76, formerly of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 1995 at his home in Avon Park, FL.  He was born March 5, 1918 in Hinckley, the son of Paul H. and Lillian R. (Stahl) Seifert.

He was a member of the Aurora Seventh Day Adventist Church; the Walker Memorial Seventh Day Adventist Church in Avon Park, FL; the Ancient Free and Accepted Mason Aurora Lodge #254; Lodge Council Chapter Consistory Valley of Chicago Scottish Rite; and the Shrine Temple (Medinah).  He was a past president of the Aurora area Shrine Club; past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Leigh Chapter #85; and the Rising Sun #51.

He was a supervisor at Stephens-Adamson for 43 years, retiring in 1980.  He was also in the heating-air conditioning business.

Survivors include his wife, Gertrude E. (Darland) Seifert of Avon Park, FL; two daughters, Patricia (Robert) Carpentier of Aurora and Kathie (Terrance) Mulligan of Aurora; a stepdaughter, Deanette (Thomas) Mills of Monroe, NC; a son, Paul R. (Margie) Seifert of Collegedale, TN; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Blair O. (Vernona) Seifert of Avon Park, FL; a brother-in-law, William Weaver of Aurora; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Lillian Seifert; his first wife, Lorraine in 1967; a brother, Willard Seifert; two sisters, Bernice Weaver and Illa Seifert.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Aurora, Pastor John Thurber officiating.  Interment was at Miller Cemetery, Hinckley.

Contributions may be made in his memory to Good Shepherd Hospice, P. O. Box 1884, Sebring, FL 33871.  CC 1/26/1995

 

Clifford Piercy    1995.01.23

Clifford “Ba” Piercy, age 84, of Shabbona Grove, passed away Sunday, January 22, 1995 at the Dixon Health Center in Dixon.  He was born October 11, 1910 in Boyd, (Jefferson County), IL, the son of William and Mamie (Tinsley) Piercy.

On December 15, 1931 in Sycamore, he was united in marriage to Blanche Overby.

Mr. Piercy was a member of the United Church of Christ in Boyd, IL.  He was employed as a carpenter and cabinet maker in the Shabbona and Waterman area for many years.  He was a member of the Moose Lodge.

Survivors include his daughter, Shirley (Roger) Kelchner of Earlville and a son, Eugene (Judy) Piercy of Waterman; eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a granddaughter, Linda Baylon.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 pm. Wednesday, January 25, at the Nash-Nelson Chapel (815-264-3362) in Waterman.  Interment was at Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman.

  CC 1/26/1995

 

Nanajan Badal     1995.01.24

Nanajan “Nancy” Badal, 75, of Turlock, CA, formerly of Boulder Hill, Montgomery, passed away on January 16, 1995 after a short battle with cancer.  She was born on November 28, 1919 in Iraq.

She was a teacher for the Assyrian community, instructing students in languages, religion, home economics and theater.  She immigrated to the Aurora area in 1968.

Survivors include her husband, John W. Badal of Turlock, CA; two sons, Leonard (Ruth) Badal of Oswego and William (Michele) Badal of Hinckley; a daughter, Esther (Wilson) Baba of Folsom, CA; seven grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; two brothers, Baba (Nanoo) Yukhana and Jacob (Nina) Elia of Chicago and eight nieces living in the Chicago area.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Nineph and a grandson, Christopher Badal.

Funeral services were held Friday at St. John’s Assyrian Presbyterian Church in Turlock, CA.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Badal may be sent to St. John’s Assyrian Presbyterian Church, 450 S. Palm, Turlock, CA 95380.  Memorial funds will be used for a church nursery.

  CC 1/26/1995

 

Belma Manes Hendrickson     1995.01.25

Belma Hendrickson, 82, of Aurora, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, January 29, 1995 at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born June 11, 1912 in Moweaqua, IL, the daughter of Edmond Alexander King and Bertha Winifred (Pierce) Manes.

She was a member of Marion Avenue Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughters, Donnis (Earl) Smith of Clinton, AR, Janette (William) Chally of Sandwich, Winnie (Greg) Minkel of Naperville, Bobby (Andy) Gyovai of Aurora, Doris Black of Morris, Diane (Ron) Eberly of Hinckley, Judy Colby of Rockford and Marcia Olk of Rockford; her sons, Mike (Sandy) Clauss of Hinckley and John Hendrickson of Waterman; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; five brothers and sisters, Anita Tapp of Austin MO, Dorothy Armentrout of Missouri, Albert Manes of Springfield, Esther Donaldson of Missouri, and Joyce Ninemere of Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edmond and Bertha Manes; her husband, Donald; an infant son, Joseph Blaine Durvin; and a brother, Blaine Manes.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Michael Brown officiating.  Interment was at West Lisbon Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Marion Avenue Baptist Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

  CC 2/2/1995

 

Evelyn M. Koenig Saddoris     1995.01.26

Evelyn M. Saddoris, age 79, of Carol Stream died January 26, 1995 at Windsor Mark Medical facility in Carol Stream.

She was a school teacher for over 38 years teaching in the Hinckley, Elgin and Maple Park areas.

Survivors include her brother, Gerald (Barbara) Koenig of Florida, and her sister-in-law, Frances Koenig of Maple Park.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie E.; a sister, Anabell Kuter; two brothers, Donald and Edward Koenig; and her parents.

Funeral mass was said Tuesday at St. John the Baptist Church in Winfield.  Interment was at St. John’s Cemetery, Somonauk.

Arrangements were completed by the Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, Wheaton.  708-668-0016.         CC 2/2/1995

 

John Elwyn James     1995.01.27

John Elwyn James, 75, of St. Petersburg, FL, died Monday, January 30, 1995.  He was born September 14, 1919, in DeKalb, IL, to John T. and Irene (Whitford) James.  He spent his early years in Hinckley, graduating from Hinckley High School.  His father was custodian of the high school for many years.

He served in the army during WWII and was a 1949 graduate of Moody Bible Institute.  In 1979, after spending 28 years in Papua New Guinea as a Christian missionary, Mr. James moved to St. Petersburg, FL.  He was a member of Suncoast Cathedral of St. Petersburg.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred H., of St. Petersburg; a sister, Mildred L. Bagg, Indian Harbour Beach, FL; a daughter; three grandchildren; a number of cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 2, at Suncoast Cathedral followed by a graveside service at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.

Arrangements were completed by Alan R. McLeod Chapel, St. Petersburg, 813-527-7161.                       CC 2/2/1995

 

Earl Johnson     1995.01.28

Earl Johnson, age 58, of Hinckley, passed away Sunday, January 29, 1995, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  He was born February 23, 1936, in Soloma, KY, the son of Willard and Josie (Hill) Johnson.

He was united in marriage to Virginia Christensen on April 12, 1958 in Hinckley.

Mr. Johnson was a member of the Soloma United Methodist Church.  He, along with his wife Ginny, had for eight years owned and operated “Earl & Ginny’s Place”, in Hinckley.  He was a former groundskeeper of the Sandwich Fair Grounds and had at one time been employed as a truck driver by both the St. Charles Custom Kitchens and Stover Trucking Company.  Mr. Johnson had for several years been the Maintenance Supervisor for the Village of Hinckley.  He was a longtime member of the Hinckley Lions Club and the Hinckley Fire Department.  He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia, of Hinckley; two children, James E. (Siirkku) Johnson of Dunfermline, Scotland, and Kathie Johnson of Hinckley; three grandchildren, Miikka, Patrick, and Harry Johnson of Dunfermline, Scotland; two brothers, Charles (Carolyn) Johnson of Louisville, KY, and James R. (Becky) Johnson of Portland, TN; two sisters, Alma Staniford of Louisville, KY, and Annie Dozier of Louisville, KY; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Harry; and a nephew, Ray Johnson.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 2, at the Hinckley United Methodist Church, the Reverend Paul Gerardy officiating.  Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Visitation was scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 North Maple Street, Hinckley, 815-286-3247.                            CC 2/2/1995

 

Carl Norman Johnson     1995.01.29

Carl Norman Johnson, 73, of Oceanside, CA, formerly of Naperville, died Saturday, January 28, 1995 at his home.  He was born July 8, 1921 in Chicago.

Mr. Johnson served in the U.S. Air Force in WWII.  He married Margaret DeMuth on August 4, 1945.

He was a sales manager for Carl Buddig & Co. in Chicago, retiring in 1981.  In 1984 he moved to California.  He was a member of Moose Lodge #1290.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret L. (DeMuth) Johnson of Oceanside, CA; a son, Dale (Kathleen) of Big Rock; a daughter, Barbara (Christopher Skorup) Benton of Lockport; a sister, Dorothy (Clarence) Aronson of Glen Ellyn; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Minnie Johnson and a brother, Martin.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home in Naperville.  Interment was at the Welsh Cemetery in Big Rock.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 402 Countryside Center, Yorkville, IL 60560 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.                                      CC 2/9/1995

 

Clarence A. Colton     1995.01.30

Clarence A. Colton, 75, of DeKalb and Chicago, and formerly of Waterman, died Saturday, January 28, 1995, at the Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

He was born October 2, 1919, in Clinton Township, the son of Arthur and Rose (Lucas) Colton.

He attended school in Waterman and farmed with his father in the Waterman area, continuing to take care of the farm after moving to DeKalb.  He was a member of the Advent Christian Church in DeKalb.

Survivors include his aunt, Kate Clarke, and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Ronan-Moore Funeral Home, the Reverend David Castro officiating.  Burial was at Afton Cemetery on Perry Road, DeKalb County.

  CC 2/23/1995

 

 

                Gladys Margie Nelson Munson    1995.02.02

Gladys Margie Munson, 89, of Sandwich, formerly of Plano, passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 1995 at the Hillside Nursing Home in Yorkville.  She was born on April 27, 1905 in Wasco, the daughter of Gust and Gertrude (Lundahl) Nelson.

She was united in marriage to George Munson on February 17, 1938 in Aurora.  She resided in the Plano-Big Rock area from 1939 until 1991.  She had lived in Sandwich for the past three years.  Mrs. Munson was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Sandwich and WLCA at the church.  She had been employed with Canteen Corporation at Waubonsee Community College and had also been employed at C.T.S. Knights. She loved to bake, crochet and loved dearly her family and friends.

Survivors include her son, Richard N. (Barbara) Munson of Sandwich; grandsons, Scott (Marilou) Munson of Bristol and David (Linda) Munson of Sandwich; her granddaughter, Susan (Doug) Keenan of Plano; great-grandchildren, Jessica, Jennifer and Julie Sue Keenan of Plano; Jaclyn and Robert Munson of Sandwich and her cousins, Arlene Bachar of Yorktown and Burton Callmer of Yorkville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George, in 1976; and a sister, Florence Morrill.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Salem Lutheran Church in Sandwich, the Reverend Gregory Mayer officiating.  Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich.

Pallbearers were Scott and David Munson, Douglas Keenan, Burton Callmer, Dwaine Dannewitz, and Al Thomas.

Memorials may be made to the Salem Lutheran Church, 1022 North Main Street, Sandwich, IL 60548.

Arrangements were completed by Burkhart Funeral Home in Sandwich.                                         CC 2/9/1995

 

                     Marian Hanson Darby    1995.02.04

Marian Darby, 69, of Sandwich, passed away Saturday, February 18, 1995 at her home.  She was born September 7, 1925 in Sandwich, the daughter of Helmar and Inger (Mickelsen) Hanson.  She graduated from Sandwich Community High School, Class of 1943, and lived most of her life in Sandwich.

Survivors include her sisters, SeDell Johnson of Morris, Anna Hanson of Waterman, Margaret (Art) Parkhouse of DeKalb, Dorothy (Kenny) Gunderson of DeKalb, Martha (Alvin) Nolte of Sandwich, and Helen (Jack) Huggins of Sugar Grove.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Calvin Darby; and a sister, Hazel Thurow.

Private funeral services were planned, with no visitation.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Turner Funeral Home, Somonauk.                                     CC 2/23/1995

 

Glenn Robert Leifheit    1995.02.13

Glenn Robert Leifheit, age 77, of DeKalb, formerly of Maple Park, passed away Saturday, February 11, 1995 at the DeKalb County Nursing Home in DeKalb. He was born July 30, 1917 in Squaw Grove Township, the son of Elmer and Ella (Kopfer) Leifheit.

He was united in marriage on February 18, 1939 in Davenport, IA to Kathryn Schoener.

During the early years of their marriage he was employed by Englander Foundry. At a later time he was a farmer in the Hinckley and Shabbona areas, until moving his family to Maple Park, where he continued farming until his retirement in 1980. Mr. and Mrs. Leifheit then moved to Sycamore, where they resided until moving to the DeKalb County Nursing Home.

Mr. Leifheit was a former member of both St. John’s Lutheran Church of Burlington and Immanuel Lutheran Church of Hinckley; he was a present member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sycamore. A lifelong diary farmer, he was active as a director in the Pure Milk Association, the American Dairy Association and the Production Credit Association. He was also a member of the American Milk Producers, Inc. and the Kane County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include his six children, Robert (Cathy) Leifheit of Sycamore, Judith (Charles) Scheibly of Waverly, OH, Joyce (Kenneth, Sr.) Burton of Argyle, WI, Roger (Halberta) Leifheit of Frankston, TX, Joanne (John, Sr.) Burton of Maple Park, and Rodney Leifheit of Fort Worth, TX; eighteen grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; two sisters, Grace (Albert) Hanouw of Leland and Norma (Albert) Coleman of Maple Park.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Kathryn in 1993; and a daughter in infancy.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, February 15, at 10:00 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, Pastor Donald Balgeman and Pastor Marvin Metzger officiating. Internment was in the Lutheran Cemetery, Hinckley.

Arrangements were completed by Nelson Funeral Homes, 815-286-3247                           CC 2/16/1995

 

Catherine Alina Young Matter      1995.02.14

Catherine Alina Matter, age 76, of Hinckley, passed away Monday, February 13, 1995 at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora. She was born January 4, 1919 in Canada, the daughter of Robert David and Eva (Harris) Young.

For twenty-five years, Mrs. Matter had been employed by Western Electric Company in Montgomery.

Survivors include her daughter, Laura Haish of Aurora; three grandchildren, Debbie Haish of Yorkville, Sherry Roldan of Aurora and David Haish of Sycamore; three great-grandchildren, Brandon Julie and Jr.; and a sister Martha (John) Kwandras of Indiana.

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

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 16, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, 815-286-3247. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.                                CC 2/16/1995

 

Martha Riedelsperger Lyle    1995.02.15

Martha (Riedelsperger) Lyle, age 83, of Hinckley, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 1995 at the DeKalb County Nursing Home. She was born December 5, 1911 in Pierce Township, the daughter of Louie and Pauline (Pfisterer) Riedelsperger.

On July 2, 1960, she was united in marriage to Mr. Thomas P. Lyle.

Mrs. Lyle was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, where she belonged to the Women’s Guild. She spent her years as a loving homemaker and was known for her kindness to her family and friends.

Survivors include three sisters, Ella Wassmann of Hinckley, Clara Ziegler of Plainfield, and Elise Rissman of Shabbona, a brother, Walter Riedelsperger of Hinckley; and several nieces and nephews, and friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in her death by her parents; her husband, Thomas; a sister Florence (Ernest) Heyer; and a brother, Ronald Riedelsperger.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel (815-286-3247) in Hinckley, the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating. Interment was at Pierce Township Cemetery, Maple Park.              CC 2/23/1995

 

Willard J. Johnson     1995.02.16

Willard J. “Moose” Johnson, 64, of Cortland died Thursday, February 16, 1995 at his home.

He was born February 2, 1931 in Lee, the son of Otis and Liva (Winterton) Johnson. He married Lucile D. Smith on December 31, 1952 in Dubuque, IA and later married Laura B. Ross on August 27, 1983 in Mendota.

He was a graduate of Waterman High School and attended Northern Illinois University. He was employed by Wurlitzer Piano Factory for 20 years and was vice president of the union. He operated and owned an asparagus farm in Cortland from 1959 to 1967. He played the accordion and was leader of the band “Moose and the ‘Circle C’ Boys” for many years and was a member of the Musicians’ Union. As a salesman for Mac Tools for 21 years, he received numerous sales awards and sponsored several softball teams. He was a member of the Cortland United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Laura Johnson of Cortland; a son, James Johnson of Cortland; a daughter, Brenda (Larry) Shostrom of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; four stepchildren, Jo Ann (Larry) Davis of Sycamore, Howard (Patricia) Robinson of Genoa, Dorothy (Richard) Skidmore of Sycamore and Robert “Skip” Ross of Ft. Atkinson, WI; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lucille in 1982, and his parents.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Cortland United Methodist Church, the Reverend Richard P. Wagner and Reverend Kirk Reed officiating. Burial was at Mound Rest Cemetery, Cortland,

A memorial fund has been established for Willard J. “Moose” Johnson for DeKalb County Hospice and the DeKalb County Health Department in care of the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.                   CC 2/23/1995

 

Edward H. King     1995.02.17

Edward H. (Harry) King was born near Hinckley on March 27, 1908, the son of Harry and Fredricka (Hempfling) King.

Through his high school years he excelled in basketball and baseball and following graduation with the Class of 1926, was a member of the Hinckley Merchants team that played against the original Harlem Globe Trotters.

On February 21, 1931, he was united in marriage to Neva Dellenback in Aurora. They made their home there for a time and later lived in Kaneville for many years before settling in Maple Park in 1951.

In their early years, Mr. King worked in concrete construction with Maxi Clark of Hinckley. In the early 60’s, however, he proudly joined his son Roger, in King Construction in Maple Park. Retiring in 1973 he was able to devote more time to following his family and grandchildren. No miles were too many, no hours were too long or bleachers too high, to keep him from being his grandchildren’s greatest fan. When he wasn’t taking his place on the bleachers, he was a “die hard” Cub fan, including several trips to spring training camp in Mesa, AZ. Away from the sporting crowds, he was an avid fisherman and enjoyed countless hours with his grandson pursuing muskie and northern in Wisconsin waters. His backyard garden grew vegetables and flowers for family and friends and he faithfully fed birds and squirrels, who, to his dying day, made sure he did not miss a day without their music and beauty, fun and frolic. Still managing to attend games and supervise the garden at age 86, he had been in failing health since May of 1994. On Tuesday morning, Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1995, Ed began the day like any other, then suddenly, in the space of a single breath, he fell silent and in that moment, passed from time into Eternity.

In addition to his wife, Neva, his survived by two children, Roger (Sally) King of St. Germain, WI, and Judy (Ken) Thorgesen of Maple Park; seven grandchildren, Jay (Shari) King of Maple Park, Jodi (David) Bohnen of St. Germain, WI, Jeanna (Brian) Redmond of Ann Arbor, MI, Rich Thorgesen of Elgin, Lisa Thorgesen of North Aurora, David and Kari Thorgesen of Maple Park; four great-grandchildren, Ryan, Amanda and Kellie King, Alison Bohnen, and two more great-grandchildren soon to arrive; two sisters, Edith Feldman and Mae Smith, both of Aurora; several nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by two brothers, Archie King, formerly of California and Ralph King of Hampshire; as well as a sister, Elizabeth Michelson of Aurora; and four half-brothers.

Funeral services were held Friday from Conley Funeral Home, Elburn, the Reverend Tom Norrell, pastor of the Grace United Methodist Church, Maple Park, and the Reverend Mike Marshall, pastor of the Barrington United Methodist Church, an “adopted grandson,” will officiate. Internment was at Pierce Cemetery.                              CC 2/23/1995

 

Arnold Louis Leifheit     1995.02.18

Arnold Louis Leifheit, age 88, of Hinckley, passed away Friday, February 17, 1995 at the Memorial Medical Center in Woodstock. He was born on December 28, 1906, in Waterman, the son of William A. and Anna (Jacobson) Leifheit.

He was united in marriage to Mary Catherine Begley on November 11, 1933 in Hinckley.

Mr. Leifheit was a lifetime member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Hinckley. He was formerly employed as a switchman with the C.A. & E. Railroad in Aurora. Arnold was then employed as the night watchman with the Richards-Wilcox Manufacturing Company in Aurora until his retirement.

Survivors include a son, Gary (Judith) Leifheit of Marengo; a daughter, Dianna Morgan, of Houston, TX; five grandchildren, Douglas (Mary) Leifheit, Deborah (Gerald) Bonnell and Darlynn (Camron) Carter, all of Aurora, Denis (Randall) Hanka of Houston, TX, and Dennis (Sharin) Neukirch, Jr., of Spring, TX; nine great-grandchildren, Dale Arnold Leifheit, Peggy Sue Leifheit, Sarah Ashley Bonnell, Samantha Catherine Bonnell, Bryan Neukirch, Allan Hanka, Zachary Hanka, Nicholas Hanka, and Crystal Neukirch; and two nephews.

He was preceded in his death by his parents; his wife, Mary Catherine, on September 8, 1993; and a brother, Henry Leifheit.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, Pastor Donald Balgeman officiating. Internment was at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Hinckley.

Arrangements by the Nelson Funeral Home (815-286-3247).

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Irene Barton Richards    1995.02.19

Irene Richards, 88, of Elburn passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning, February 15, 1995 at Shabbona Health Care Center where she had been a patient for a short time.

She was born July 21, 1906 on the Barton Farm, east of Big Rock, the daughter of Frank and Nellie (Davis) Barton. She attended Big Rock Schools until her last two years when she went to West Aurora High School.

On January 1, 1924 she was united in marriage to Donald Richards in Aurora. They recently celebrated their 71st anniversary. They began farming in Big Rock, then in 1939 they moved to a farm south of Elburn where they continued to farm in the Elburn vicinity until March 1, 1970 when they retired and moved into town.  There in their little house on South Main St. they wrapped around them all the possessions of a lifetime. When the time came to move once more to Shabbona Health Care Center, they took with them only the most important thing, their love for each other.

Through all of her life Irene had her own window on the world and through it she experienced all of life’s joys, and many of its tragedies. She loved the beauty of the world around her, its lush landscape and its variety of people. She wrote hundreds of fascinating letters to generations of friends and family, and recorded the births and deaths and celebrations of all she knew. With a mind that readily stored all that she read and heard, she knew much about history and the heritage of her family. To her last days she was challenged by the newspaper’s daily crossword puzzle.

She was employed for seventeen years at Furnas Electric, but that was just her job away from home. Her real vocation was wife, mother and devoted grandmother. After a day’s work she would stop each day to check on her grandchildren, inquiring about their day, giving a reward for a job well done and staying involved in their daily lives. Through the years the grandchildren grew up and had families of their own, still Grandma Richards stayed close with letters and love and prayers.

Irene often shared her hopes and dreams with her Lord and leaned on Him when the days were hard. Though her eyes and her ears dimmed with age, her faith grew and was strengthened. She found a wonderful peace in the music she listened to, from Bach to her favorite hymns. Now she has left “For the Beauty of the Earth” to be “Safe in the Arms of Jesus.”

She was a member of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn as well as the Women’s Guild of the church in which she was active all of her life.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Richards of Shabbona, formerly of Elburn; two daughters-in-law, Alice (Glenn) Carlson of Elburn and Delores Heussner of Hale, MO; nine grandchildren, Sandi (William) Frost of Hinckley, Trent (Joan) Richards of Roselle, Trudy (Richard) Overhaug of Maple Park, Ron (Penne) Richards of Loveland, CO, Donna (Robert) Harner of Elburn, Darryl (Joanna) Carlson of Lakewood, CO, Nancy (Jerry) Officer of Hale, MO, Bradley (Tracey) Richards of Hale, MO, and Kelly Richards of Hale, MO; twenty-one great-grandchildren, Don (Denise) Frost of Hinckley, Andrew Richards of Roselle, Cathy, Reed and Tricia Overhaug of Maple Park, Todd (Brandy) Overhaug of Hinckley, Eric, Kyle, and Kaylee Richards of Loveland, CO, Kari, Andra, Brad, Alyson and Kory Harner of Elburn, Tyler Kourtni, Jarey and Lindsay Carlson of Lakewood, CO, Beth, Dane, and D.W. Officer of Hale, MO; two great-great grandchildren, Kara and Chad Frost of Hinckley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Donald and John Richards; three brothers, George, Arthur and William Barton. Funeral services were held Saturday from the Community Congregational Church, Elburn, Irene’s friend and pastor, the Reverend Katherine A. Lawes officiating.  Internment was at West Big Rock Cemetery.

Memorials in Mrs. Richards’ name may be made to the Community Congregational Church, P.O. Box 300, Elburn, IL or the Elburn Lions Club Charities, P.O. Box 360, Elburn, IL 60119.

Arrangements were completed by the Conley Funeral Home.

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Mabel A. Herold Morgan     1995.02.20

Mabel A. Morgan, 93, of Montgomery, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 1995, at Jennings Terrace.  She was born March 16, 1901 in Squaw Grove Township.

She was a member of Morning Star Community Church, formerly Claim Street Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Betty (David) Michael of Hinckley; her son, Wendell (Verna) Morgan of Montgomery; a daughter-in-law, Sally (Richard) Morgan of Oswego; a step-son, Donald (Jean) Morgan of Roscoe, IL; 13 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; a sister, Grace Graves of Sunnymere; a brother, Glen Herold of Jennings Terrace; sisters-in-law, Mary Morsch of Hinckley and Namie (Merle) Morgan of Aurora; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Minnie (Weddige) Herold; her husband, Roy in 1975; a son, Richard in 1990; two brothers, Melvin and Roy Herold and four sisters, Elsie Schoner, Loula Mullis, Dorothy Herold and Evelyn Herold.

Funeral services were held Friday at the Dieterle Memorial Home, the Rev. Dave Huffman officiating.  Burial was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Contributions may be made in Mrs. Morgan’s memory to the charity of the donor’s choice.                  CC 3/2/1995

 

 

 

 

 

Bertha T. Tuntland     1995.02.21

Bertha T. Tuntland, 87, of DeKalb, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 1995 at the Shabbona Health Care Center.  She was born August 18, 1907 in Leland, the daughter of Thomas and Ellen (Gunderson) Tuntland.

Miss Tuntland was a graduate of Waterman High School.  She enjoyed living on the family farm in Waterman with her brother, Amos.  She attended the Leland Lutheran Church. For a number of years she was employed by the Cords Factory in DeKalb.  She will long be remembered for the time she spent visiting people in the local nursing homes.

Survivors include her nieces and nephews, Archie (Beverly) Tuntland of Waterman, Violet (Howard) Wolfe of Yorkville, Edwin T. Tuntland of Sandwich, Stella C. Hill of Sandwich, and Nellie Jacobson of Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and a sister.

Graveside services were held Saturday at the Leland Cemetery, Leland.

Arrangements were completed by Nelson Funeral Home in Waterman.  815-264-3362.                         CC 3/2/1995

 

Gene R. Cusic     1995.02.22

Gene R. Cusic, 66, of Cape Coral, FL, formerly of Hinckley, died February 21, 1995.  He had moved to Florida from Illinois seven years ago.

Mr. Cusic was a member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, American Association of Secondary Schools, First United Methodist Church in Fort Myers, and was also a member of the church choir.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia A. Cusic of Cape Coral; three daughters, Barbara Willrett of DeKalb, Carol Quayle of Chicago, and Rebecca Cusic of Guinea, Africa; a sister, Evelyn Bigham, Aurora; and three grandchildren, Sandra, Heather and Scott Willrett; aunt, Dorothy Cusic, Yorkville; and cousin Jim (Marion) Cusic of Iowa.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Myers, the Rev. Ronald Degenaro, Jr. officiating.  Burial was at Coral Ridge Cemetery, Cape Coral.

Arrangements were completed by the Anderson Funeral Home, Fort Myers.                            CC 3/2/1995

 

Norma Wielert Hauer     1995.02.23

Norma (Wielert) Hauer, 72, of DeMotte, IN, died February 17, 1995, at St. Anthony Hospital in Merrillville, IN.

She was born August 29, 1922 in Waterman, the daughter of Harvey and Gladys (Garner) Wielert.

Survivors include her husband Peter of DeMotte, IN; two sons, James (Frances) Hauer of Lewes, DE, and George (Pamela) Hauer of Michigan; four grandchildren, Dean Martin, Stacie, Laurie, and Aaron Hauer; two sisters, Vera (Farrel) Suddeth of Cortland and Dolores (William) Cayle of Lakeland, FL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Shirley Wielert; and a grandson, Donald Martin.

Memorial services were held February 21, 1995 at DeMotte, IN.                       CC 3/23/1995

 

 

James B. Sandine     1995.02.24

James B. “Skip” Sandine, 52, of Shabbona, formerly of Rockford, died at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, February 5, 1995, at St. Anthony Hospital, Rockford, as the result of a heart attack.

He was born on September 18, 1942 in Rockford, the son of Burton and Betty Sandine.  He lived most of his life in Rockford until moving to Shabbona 17 years ago.

On October 29, 1966 he married Phyllis M. Giacone in Rockford.  He was employed by the Illinois Department of Conservation as Site Superintendent of Shabbona Lake State Park since 1975.  He was previously employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation in Rockford.

Mr. Sandine graduated from Rockford East High, Class of 1960.  He was a member of St. James Parish in Lee, active in the Catholic Church and its lay ministry formation program.  He was a former member of the Lions Club and was Lion of the Year.  He loved to golf and organized the Lake Shabbona Annual Golf Outing.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis M. Sandine of Shabbona; a daughter, Michelle (Gregory) Heidel of Rockford; two sons, Tom Sandine of Rockford and Jay Sandine of Shabbona; a grandson, Bryan Heidel of Rockford; his mother, Betty Sandine of Rockford; three brothers, Gary (Phyllis L.) Sandine of Shabbona, Alan Sandine of Rockford and Dennis Sandine of Rockford; his father- and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Jaspar Giacone of Rockford; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be said at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 9, at St. Rita’s Catholic Church of Rockford, the Reverend Monsignor Thomas C. Brady, Vicar General of Rockford, celebrant, and Reverend William Wentink, Pastor of St. Rita’s, concelebrating.  Burial will be at Arlington Memorial Park.

Visitation was scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Wilbur Christenson-Simms Funeral Home, 925 3rd Avenue, Rockford, and one hour before service time at the church.

Memorials may be made to the family.           CC 2/9/1995

 

Don Roy Wahlgren     1995.02.25

Don Roy Wahlgren, 69, of Claremore, OK, formerly of Hinckley, died Friday, February 3, 1995 at his home.

He was born January 24, 1926, the son of Hugo and Mildred Wahlgren of Hinckley.  He grew up in Hinckley, attending Hinckley schools.

Mr. Wahlgren served with the U.S. Army’s Eighth Armored Division in Europe during World War II.  He married Lorna Taggart January 24, 1948.

While living in Illinois, he worked in construction.  In 1971 he moved to Osage Beach, MO, where he worked as a maintenance man for Kalfran Lodge for 20 years.  He retired in March 1991 and moved to Claremore, OK.

Mr. Wahlgren was a member and trustee at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Claremore and also was a member of the American Legion and the Eighth Armored Division Association.

Survivors are his wife, Lorna; son and daughter-in-law, Wyn and Jan and grandson Aaron of Hinckley; son and daughter-in-law, Kent and Jo, and grandsons Carl and Kirk of Owasso, OK; son and daughter-in-law, Bart and Linda, and granddaughters Nicole, Amy and Kimberly of Lees Summit, MO; mother, Mildred Wahlgren of Hinckley; brothers, Bill (Betty) of Woodruff, WI, and Jack (Carol) of Clarendon Hills; and sisters, Linda (Gene) Anderson and Kayla (Forrest) Ford of Hinckley.

He was preceded in death by his father.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 11, at Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Hinckley.

Memorials may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Claremore or St. Francis Hospice in Tulsa.     CC 2/9/1995

 

John S. Clogston    1995.02.26

John S. Clogston, 41, of Waterman, died Thursday, February 2, 1995 at his home.

He was born January 18, 1954 in Wareham, MA, the son of Samuel and Ruth Clogston.

He was a 1972 graduate of Newfane High School in Newfane, NY.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, in 1976; a master’s degree from Ohio State University in Columbus, OH in 1976 and his doctorate’s degree in mass media from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI in 1991.

He has been an assistant professor at Northern Illinois University’s journalism department since 1991.

Besides teaching journalism he worked in radio as a news reporter, news director and classical music announcer at radio stations in Canton, and Ogdensburg, NY, Columbus, OH, and Meriden, CT.

He was news coordinator for a radio station in Maryville, MO, and broadcast coordinator at the Michigan State University School of Journalism’s Capitol News Service.

His academic appointments included posts in the mass communication department at Northwest Missouri State University’s School of Journalism.

At NIU he taught several journalism classes.  He also oversaw the department’s student-produced nightly television newscast.  His research interests were mass-media coverage of people with disabilities and the media used by those groups, and he served on a number of panels concerned with these topics.  At NIU, he was a member of the President’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities.  He was a member of the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

He is survived by his parents, Samuel and Ruth Clogston of Olcott Beach, NY; a brother, Daniel Clogston of Appleton, NY; and a sister, Elizabeth Clogston, Buffalo, NY.

A memorial service is planned for 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 10, at the Clara Sperling Sky Room at Northern Illinois University’s Holmes Student Center.  He will be cremated and the ashes transported to the Kenneth Sherrie Funeral Home in Newfane for private services.                              CC 2/9/1995

 

James E. Shrader     1995.02.27

James E. Shrader, 76, of Denver, CO, formerly of Big Rock and Aurora, died Wednesday, February 1, 1995 at Hospice of St. John.

Survivors include his wife, Louise; a daughter, Sharon Carls of Hinckley; two sons, James R. (Gerri) of Big Rock and Raymond (Ellie) of Denver; two sisters, Beatrice (Bill) Dorion of Sandwich and Daphne Edwards of Sun City, AZ; 10 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Hazel Shrader; and a brother, Emmett.

Private services were held Friday, February 3.

Memorials in Mr. Shrader’s name may be sent to Hospice of St. John, 1320 Everett Ct., Lakewood, CO 80215.  CC 2/9/1995

 

Donald C. Sawyer     1995.02.28

Donald C. Sawyer, 76, of Waterman, died Sunday, February 5, 1995 at his home.

He was born February 18, 1918 in Leland, the son of Jonas and Eunice (Morton) Sawyer.  He married Roxie Ann Trotz on July 22, 1967 in Malta.

He was a graduate of Worsham School of Mortuary Science and later farmed in the Leland and Waterman areas and owned Sawyer Excavating in Waterman for many years.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church in DeKalb, a member of DeKalb County Corn Growers Association, and DeKalb County Farm Bureau.  He was a former member of Waterman Lions Club, a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. in Leland, and a 50-year member of the Eastern Star Pokonokah Chapter #648 in Shabbona.

He is survived by his wife Roxie of Waterman; three daughters, Sara (Jeffrey) Kerner of DeKalb, Cynthia (Artemio) Lira of Waterman and Victoria Abell of Waterman; a son, Michael (Lynnette) Abell of Adams, WI; seven grandchildren; a brother, Mahlon (Blanche) Sawyer of Waterman; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his brother Millard Sawyer and his parents.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 8, at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, the Reverend David Carlisle of the First United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial was at Victor Township Cemetery in Leland.

A memorial fund has been established for Donald C. Sawyer in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.  CC 2/9/1995

 

Bertram Jackson     1995.02.29

Bertram “Bert” Jackson, 86, of Aurora died Monday, February 6, 1995 at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  He was born March 1, 1908 in Bradford, IL.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Jackson of Shabbona and Don (Jean) Jackson of Aurora; a daughter, Betty (Wayne) Larson of Batavia; a sister, Dottie Enger of Chatsfield, MN; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marion; three brothers, Roscoe, Harold and Homer; and a great-granddaughter.

Private funeral services were held Thursday, February 9, at the Yurs Peterson Funeral Home in Batavia, the Reverend John F. Hall officiating.  Burial was at River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia.

Memorials may be made in the name of Bertram Jackson to the charity of the donor’s choice.                      CC 2/16/1995

 

Harlow R. Whildin     1995.02.30

Harlow R. Whildin, 78, of Joliet, formerly of Big Rock, died February 6, 1995 at Rosewood Care Center.  Born in Big Rock, he had lived in Joliet for the past 35 years.

Mr. Whildin was a World War II Army Air Force veteran and a graduate of the University of Illinois.  He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Stone City Post #2199 VFW, Theta Tau and Keramos National Fraternities and Fox Valley Hiking Club.  He had been employed by A. P. Green Refractories as a ceramic engineer.

Survivors include a son, Ronald J. (Linda) Whildin of Longmont, CO; two granddaughters, Laura and Sarah Whildin; and a nephew, John Whildin of Sugar Grove.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Aileen S. Whildin in 1994; his parents, Ira and Edith (Lewis) Whildin; and a brother, Wayne Whildin.

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 9, at the Brackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home in Joliet (815-744-4444), the Reverend Lincoln Richardson officiating.  Interment was in West Big Rock Cemetery.

Memorials to the Westminster Presbyterian Church would be appreciated.                                           CC 2/16/1995

 

Rodney H. Fuller     1995.02.31

Rodney H. Fuller, 78, of Waterman died Saturday, February 11, 1995 at his home.

He was born July 14, 1916 in DeKalb, the son of William Frank and Martha (Holland) Fuller.  He married Ardythe Mae Powell in DeKalb on November 25, 1936.

He was employed by General Electric in DeKalb as a supervisor and unit manager in the Production Department for 30 years.  He was a member of United Methodist Church in Waterman.  He was a former member of Waterman Lions Club and served on the Waterman Zoning Board.  Mr. Fuller is a veteran of the United States Army serving during WWII in the Pacific Theatre.  He was also a member of G.E. Quarter Century Club.

Survivors include his wife, Ardythe Fuller of Waterman; two sons, William (Cheryl) Fuller of Fayetteville, NC, and Robert (Deborah) Fuller of Orland Park; two daughters, Judith Rayter of Aurora and Carolyn (Charles) Johnson of Wausau, WI; ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert “Bud” (Johanna) Benson of DeKalb and Charles Benson of DeKalb; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by two sisters; two brothers; his father, William Fuller, and his mother, Martha Fuller Benson.

Funeral services were scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, the Reverend Dawn Gotoh of the United Methodist Church in Waterman, officiating; burial was at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb.

A memorial has been established for Rodney H. Fuller in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.               CC 2/16/1995

 

                             Lillian Klotz Mueller     1995.03.12

Lillian Mueller, 98, of Sandwich, died March 11, 1995 at Dogwood Health Care Center in Sandwich.  She was born February 19, 1897 in Hinckley, the daughter of Charles and Lena (Baumchen) Klotz.

Lillian was a graduate of Greg Business College in Aurora and in early years was a bookkeeper at the former Stockham’s Garage.  Lillian was united in marriage to Ernest Mueller on October 5, 1926 in Oswego.  She was a member of the Federated Church in Sandwich for many years.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Survivors include her daughters, Joan (Robert) Breunig and Jean (Verdell) Hanson both of Sandwich; her son, Robert (Sharon) Mueller of Indian Head Park, IL; 10 grandchildren, Steven (Beverly) Breunig of Grapevine, TX, Joseph (Brenda) Breunig and Karen Kerr, both of Sandwich, Kathleen (Ed) Watts of Chicago, Michael Hanson of Kasilof, AK, Matthew (Virginia) Hanson of Palatine, Robert (Susan) Mueller of Chicago, Thomas (Jill) Mueller of Hinsdale, C. J. (Ronda) Mueller of Naperville, and Patricia Lake of Clarendon Hills.  She is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren: Taylor and Lindsey Breunig, Jeffrey Kerr, Sean and Natalie Watts, Haley Hanson, Samantha, Thomas Meredith, Jonathan and Jacob Mueller and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers, Raymond, Archie and Alvin Klotz and one sister, Mildred Ropp and a nephew, Kenneth Klotz.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 14 at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich, the Rev. Norman Smith officiating.  Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.  Visitation was held Monday at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.

Memorials may be made in Lillian’s name to the Federated Church, 403 North Main Street, Sandwich, or the charity of the donors choice.                                  CC 3/16/1995 

 

Paul J. Hick     1995.03.22

Paul J. Hick, age 81, of Yorkville, formerly of Hinckley, passed away Friday, March 3, 1995, peacefully at his home.  He was born August 3, 1913, in Farmington, IL, the son of Joseph and Delicia (Dalton) Hick.

He was united in marriage May 21, 1938 in Des Moines, IA, to Mable L. Diefendorf.

Mr. Hick was a member of the Yorkville United Methodist Church.  He was formerly employed as a machinist at Caterpillar in Peoria, and later worked in the planning department in Aurora.  He was known for his sales ability with the various products he sold throughout the years.  Mr. Hick was a member of the Yorkville AF&AM Lodge # 471 and the Aurora Moose Lodge #400.

Survivors include his wife, Mable of Yorkville; his five children, Nancy (Dean) Clark of Tomahawk, WI, Janice LeBouef of Yorkville, Barbara (Thomas) McNelis of Yorkville, James (Kay) Hick of Aurora, CO, and Thomas (Rita) Hick of Yorkville; ten grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; a brother, Wilfred (Betty) Hick, of Lyford, TX; a sister, Ruthann (Dick) Thurman of Norris, IL; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, hand a grandson, David LeBouef.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home in Yorkville (718-553-6711), the Rev. Sue Wessels officiating; interment was private.      CC 3/9/1995

 

Frances C. Gorenz Carlson     1995.03.23

Frances C. Carlson, 79, of Woodstock and formerly of Harvard, died Wednesday, March 1, 1995 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

She was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Gorenz June 4, 1915 in Sycamore.  She married Roy E. Carlson May 29, 1948 in Sycamore.

Mrs. Carlson was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Harvard, the Altar and Rosary Society, the Daughters of Isabella, St. Joseph’s Mothers Club, Hartland Sewing Club, and Harvard Hospital Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband Roy E. Carlson of Woodstock; a daughter, Carol (David) Frederick of Harvard; two grandsons, Breu (Sandra) Frederick of Rockford, and Phillip Frederick of Harvard; two granddaughters, Shannon Frederick of Harvard and Theresa Carlson of Romeoville; two sisters, Mary Kocher of Sycamore and Agnes Gorenz of Shabbona; a brother, Joseph (Bertha) Gorenz of Sycamore; a special friend, Carol Razim of Poplar Grove; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Peter; and a brother, Nicholas.

Funeral services were held Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Harvard, the Rev. Richard Kramer officiating.  Burial was at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.                      CC 3/9/1995

 

Florence G. North Hamilton     1995.03.24

Florence G. Hamilton, age 85, of DeKalb, formerly of Waterman, passed away Monday, March 6, 1995 at Willowcrest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich.  She was born December 19, 1909 in DeKalb County, the daughter of Roy Robert and Eva May (Mitchell) North.

She was united in marriage June 25, 1929 in Valparaiso, IN, to Mr. Wendell V. Hamilton.  She spent her years as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include three sons, Wendell (Barbara) Hamilton of Victorville, CA, Dale Arthur (Faye) Hamilton of Bloomington, Norman Lee (Marilyn) Hamilton of Edgerton, WI; four daughters, Delores (Fred) Minor of Waterman, Maralyn (Everette) Ziegler of Waterman, Lois (Merle) Abbott of Garden Grove, CA, and Carol (Doug) Albert of Palm Harbor, FL; twenty one grandchildren; many great grandchildren; a brother, Glenn (Naomi) North of Amboy; and a sister, Dorothy Rigby of DeKalb.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Wendell; a brother, Robert North; a sister, Helen Hamer; three grandchildren; and a great grandchild.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman, the Rev. Dawn Gotho officiating.   Interment was at Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman.                       CC 3/9/1995

 

Jonathan Vegrzyn     1995.03.25

According to DeKalb County Sheriff’s Police, ten month old Jonathan Vegrzyn of Sandwich died at Rockford Memorial Hospital after an accident which occurred at 2:20 p.m. Sunday (March 5, 1995) on Somonauk Road south of McGirr Road.

The baby was a passenger in northbound auto driven by Melanie Vegrzyn, 31, of Sandwich when a southbound vehicle driven by Robert Alderman, 55, of Hinckley crossed over into the wrong lane and forced the Vegrzyn auto into the ditch where it struck a utility pole.  The Alderman auto also went into the ditch and struck a utility pole, police said.  The two vehicles did not make contact with each other.  Mr. Alderman was ticketed for driving in the wrong lane.

The two drivers, and two passengers in the Alderman vehicle, Phillip Barnes and Adam Michels, both of Hinckley, were treated and released from area hospitals.         CC 3/9/1995

 

Martha Elizabeth Schmidt Poffenbarger     1995.03.26

Martha Elizabeth Schmidt Poffenbarger, age 81, of Hinckley, passed away peacefully March 11, 1995, at McAuley Manor in Aurora.  She was born October 26, 1913, in Hinckley, the daughter of Fred and Margaret (Hempfling) Schmidt, in the home and community in which she lived her entire life.

Mrs. Poffenbarger was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ of Hinckley and its Women’s Guild, having been both baptized and confirmed in the church.  She spent 41 years of her life as a dedicated teacher, teaching Latin, Spanish and French in the Hinckley-Big Rock School District for 36 years prior to her retirement.  Upon retiring from teaching, she enjoyed spending the winter months in the home she built in Florida.  She was fond of traveling, especially in the countries of the languages she had taught.

Mrs. Poffenbarger was active in her community as a member of the DeKalb County Retired Teachers Association, DeKalb County Farm Bureau, DeKalb County Home Extension and the Hinckley Women’s Club.  She was also a member of the African Violet Society and the Rose Society.  She cherished the time she could spend in her garden caring for a wide variety of flowers.

Survivors include two great nephews, Bruce Fralick of Detroit, MI, and John Fralick III of Cleveland, OH; a great great grandniece, Kelly Fralick; a great great grandnephew, Peter Fralick; and a host of friends and students who will miss her dearly.

Mrs. Poffenbarger was preceded in death by her parents; her oldest brother who died the year before her birth; her brother, Edwin Schmidt; her sister, Edith Minnick; two nieces, Dr. Generva Schmidt and Dolores Fralick; and a special friend, Fritz Grandgeorge.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, the Rev. Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Arrangements were completed by Nelson Funeral Homes, 815-286-3247.                                   CC 3/16/1995

 

James N. Guddendorf     1995.03.27

James N. Guddendorf, 55, of Aurora, passed away Monday, March 6, 1995, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born August 18, 1939, in Aurora.

For 33 months he had fought a courageous battle with cancer, which he could not win.

He went to school in Aurora and graduated from East Aurora High School in 1957.  February 13, 1960 he married Billie Jean Fansler, also raised in Aurora.

Mr. Guddendorf was employed at the general office of the CB&Q Railroad Co. in Chicago from August 1957 until March 1969.  In March 1963, he was inducted into the armed forces for two years and served 13 months in Korea.  Along with his wife, Billie Jean, he owned and operated Aurora Ceramic Arts & Crafts supply Co. in Aurora from April 1969 through July 1978, when the business was sold.  He was employed at All Steel in Aurora from August 1978 through March 31, 1991.  At the time of his death, he was employed at Arthur Anderson Co. in St. Charles.

Mr. Guddendorf was a member of Bethany of Fox Valley United Methodist Church and the Aurora Moose Lodge #400.

Survivors include his wife, Billie Jean (Fansler) Guddendorf of Aurora; a son, Tracey Michael (Amy Suzanne Welsh) Guddendorf of Aurora; his mother, Florence M. (Moyer) Guddendorf of Aurora; a brother, Rodger Dale Guddendorf of Montgomery; three sisters, Kathleen May, Nancy Kae (William) Murphy and Margaret Edna (Glen) Phillips, all of Aurora; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and a special niece, Laura (Scott) Leupold and her daughter, Hannah Rose, both of Hinckley.

He will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched, especially his family and close friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Nicholas Guddendorf December 9, 1977; maternal and paternal grandparents; and a sister-in-law, Karen Guddendorf.

Funeral services were held Friday at Bethany of Fox Valley United Methodist Church, the Reverend David Catlin and the Reverend Thomas Babler officiating.  Burial was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Arrangements were completed by Dieterle Memorial Home.

Contributions may be made in Mr. Guddendorf’s memory to the Guddendorf family to be designated to a memorial of the family’s choice at a later date.                         CC 3/16/1995

 

Otto C. Calvert     1995.03.28

Otto C. Calvert, age 82, of Lombard, passed away Friday, March 10, 1995.  He was born December 31, 1912, in Roseville, IL.

In 1959 he purchased a farm from Mr. Harry Johnson and, while he never resided here, Mr. Calvert enjoyed many weekends and vacations in Hinckley and at the local county fairs, and in recent years, visiting with his sister and grandchildren.

Mr. Calvert was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Elmhurst, a lifetime member of the Medinah Shrine Temple, the Grand Masonic Lodge of AF&AM #941 and the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #699.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie of Lombard; his granddaughters, Kim (Bill) Meziere of Hinckley and Candace (Eric) Weick of Yuma, AZ; he great grandson, Jacob Calvert Meziere; and his sister Helen C. Nelson of Hinckley.  Mr. Calvert also had four stepchildren and five step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche M. Calvert and daughter, Sharon K. Danielson.

Funeral services were held at Knollcrest Funeral Home.  Burial was at Chapel Hill Gardens.                   CC 3/16/1995

 

Lucille M. Binder Beck Motter     1995.03.29

Lucille M. Motter, 93, of Plano, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 1995, a the Willowcrest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich.  She was born December 1, 1901 in Hinckley, the daughter of Fred and Emma (Racine) Binder.

Mrs. Motter was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Plano, where she was a member of its C.C.W. and the Legion of Mary.  She taught school in Maple Park for a number of years and had also been employed making clothing in a tailor shop in Aurora.  She was a member of the VFW in Sandwich.

Survivors include her sister, Florence Hoffman of Plano; two nieces, Jeanne (Earl) Roth of Verona, IL, and Darlene Gurlay of Plano, TX; two nephews, Robert Bowker of Sandwich and Fred Bowker of Marseilles; many great nieces and great nephews; and her cousins, Henry Binder of Sycamore, Ethel Whities of Sandwich, Julia Sauter of Malta and Olivene Attebury of Kokomo, IN.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands, Adrian Beck and Raymond Motter; two brothers, Clarence and Karl binder; a sister, Irene Bowker; and two nephews, Karl Binder, Jr. and Donald Hoffman.

Funeral services were held Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Plano, the Reverend Jerome Zalonis, M.I.C. officiating.  Interment was at Little Rock Township Cemetery in Plano.

Arrangements were completed by Nelson Funeral Homes, 708-552-7211.    CC 3/16/1995

 

Virginia H. Wirth Carlson     1995.03.30

Virginia H. Carlson, 66, of Genoa, died Thursday, March 9, 1995, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born January 21, 1929, in Aurora, the daughter of Joseph and Gertrude (Christoffel) Wirth.  She married James W. Carlson September 5, 1953, in Garden Prairie.  She was raised in Oswego and Kirkland and was a resident of Genoa for 39 years.

Mrs. Carlson was employed in the cafeteria of Genoa Grade School for seven years, was a member of St. Catherine of Genoa Church and a member of the Altar and Rosary Guild.

Survivors include her husband of Genoa; two sons, Jeffrey W. (Debbie) Carlson and John E. (Rita) Carlson of Belvidere; two daughters, Jane A. (Eric) Sinsabaugh of Belvidere and Kathleen M. (Gary) Huf of Carol Stream; seven grandchildren, David, Jim and Brian Carlson, Lisa and Jonathan Baylander, and Nicole and Shaun Sinsabaugh, all of Belvidere; three sisters, Delores (Mike) Wolf of Genoa, Rose Fidder of Genoa, and Trudy (Roger) Cochrane of DeKalb; two brothers, Edward Wirth of Burlington, WI, and Joseph (Dorothy) Wirth of Waterman; many nieces and nephews; and many great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Audrey Wirth.

Funeral mass was celebrated Monday at St. Catherine of Genoa Church, Father Harold Nilgels officiating.  Burial was at St. Catherine Cemetery in Genoa.  A wake service was held Sunday during visitation hours.

A memorial fund has been established for Virginia H. Carlson in care of the Slater-Butala Funeral Home, 132 West Main, Genoa.        CC 3/16/1995

 

Edna McAllister Rasmusen Giles     1995.03.31

Edna Rasmusen Giles, 90, passed away March 9, 1995 at Riverside Hospital in Columbus, OH.

The daughter of Ward and Mary McAllister, she was born February 27, 1905 in Waterman.  She graduated from Waterman High School and attended Monmouth College.  She was a teacher, homemaker and was active in numerous community organizations in DeKalb, IL and Ridge Manor, FL.  Mrs. Giles was a member of the First Congregational Church in DeKalb and the Ridge Manor Community United Methodist Church in Ridge Manor.

Survivors include two daughters, Dr. Mary Ann Smith of Portland, OR, and Jean Droste of Circleville, OH; a son, Robert Rasmusen of Rancho Santa Fe, CA; four grandsons; two granddaughters; and two great grandchildren.  She was the paternal aunt of area residents Orland (Lucille) and Merrill McAllister, both of Sandwich, and had several other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by husbands Russell Rasmusen and Merle Giles; three brothers; Russell McAllister, Dr. Ralph McAllister, Don McAllister; and two sisters, Ella Whitford and Reba Hipple.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. March 29 at Somonauk United Presbyterian Church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Somonauk U.P. Church, 14030 Chicago Road, Somonauk, IL 60552 or to the First Congregational Church, 615 N. First Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.                                               CC 3/23/1995 

 

Walter C. Aspengren     1995.03.32

Walter C. Aspengren, 98, formerly of DeKalb, passed away Sunday, March 19, 1995, at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

He was born April 19, 1896, in Chicago to Emil A. and Hannah (Hagglund) Aspengren.

He was employed as a clerk at the Rice Hotel Chain in DeKalb and Dixon for many years.

Mr. Aspengren was a veteran of the United States Army serving in World War II.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #66 in DeKalb and the Hillcrest Covenant Church in DeKalb.

Survivors include three sisters-in-law, Mrs. Marcella Aspengren, Mrs. Mary Aspengren of Burnsville, MN, and Mrs. Gertrude Stonesifer of Charleston, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Alice Stonesifer, Amy Johnson, Evelyn Baker, and Sylvia Nelson; and three brothers, Alfred, William, and Arthur Aspengren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 22, at 1:30 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, the Rev. James Sanberg officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Cemetery.       CC 3/23/1995 

 

Eva Ellen Campbell Foss Herbert     1995.03.33

Eva Ellen “Grandma” Herbert, age 91, of Mena, AR, formerly of Oswego, died Thursday, March 16, 1995, at Rich Mountain Manor in Mena, AR.

She was born August 4, 1903 in Hinckley.

Mrs. Herbert was employed at All-Steel Equipment in Aurora for 24 years and after that she worked as a cook in many of the Oswego restaurants, including Scotty’s.

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley I. Pozzi of Bonita Springs, FL, Lydia A. (Stan) Young of Mena, AR; eight grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; a sister, Mildred Wennmacher of Brandon, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents John and Augusta (nee Becker) Campbell; her first husband Lester Foss in 1944; her second husband, Curtis Herbert in 1954; two sisters, Ida Howe, and Mabel Campbell; and a brother, Homer Campbell.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 20, at Mckeown-Dunn Funeral Home, Oswego.  Burial was at Oswego Cemetery, Oswego.

Memorials may be directed to the York Children’s Foundation at 9430 Old City Road in Houston, TX 77055.

For information call 708-554-3888.     CC 3/23/1995 

 

Irene A. Desz Kennel Servin     1995.03.34

Irene A. Servin, 77, of Rockford, died at 11:55 p.m. Monday, March 20, 1995, at St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford.  She was born March 27, 1920, in Wauconda, the daughter of Sam and Justyna Kolechko Desz.  She had lived in Rockford since 1966, coming there from Peru, IL.  She married Boon Kennel November 17, 1941; he died March 27, 1972.  She later married Alfred “Shorty” Servin in Rockford April 24, 1982; he died in Rockford February 1, 1995.  Mrs. Servin was a homemaker.  She was a member of St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Rockford, where she was a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Ministry of Care, and member of the VIP Group.

Survivors include her five daughters, Pat (Craig) Wagner, Ottawa, IL, Diane (Barry) Fohrman, Hinckley, Sandra Ohler, Mt. Pulaski, Alice (Larry) Field, Caledonia; and Susan Kennel, Rockford; a son-in-law, Russ Young, Kernersville, NC; two stepchildren, Warren (Charlotte) Servin, Rockford; and Brita Workman; 23 grandchildren; 9 step grandchildren; two great grandchildren; 11 step great grandchildren; two sisters, Julie (Ed) Dumaski, and Tena Davis, both of Island Lake, IL; three brothers, Sam (Cora Mae) Pesz, Tennessee, Harry (Fran) Pesz, and Joe (Nancy) Pesz, both of Island Lake, IL.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Young; two brothers, and two sisters.

Funeral services will be at 12 noon Friday, March 24 at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Rockford, the Reverend Father William Wentink, officiating.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.  Friends may call one hour prior to the service Friday at the church.

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Servin’s name to St. Rita Building Fund and Maryknoll Missions.

Arrangements were completed by Fred C. Olson Funeral Chapels, East Chapel, 1001 Second Avenue, Rockford.

    CC 3/23/1995 

 

Jerry E. Smith, Sr.     1995.03.35

Jerry E. Smith, Sr., 69, of Waterman, passed away Monday, March 27, 1995, at his home.  He was born in Aurora, the son of Frank and Emma (Nietzel) Smith.

Mr. Smith was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurora.  He had been employed for 25 years by the Anchor Brush Company in Montgomery.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during World War II on ships such as the U.S.S. Nevada, the U.S.S. Atlanta, the George Clymer and the U.S.S. Iowa.

Survivors include his children, Jerry Smith of Aurora, Carol (Larry) Deming of Waterman, Debbie (Steve) Dunaway of Pensacola, FL, Frank (Carol) Smith of Phoenix, AZ, Diane (Brian) Losee of New Albany, MS, Cary Smith of Phoenix, AZ, and Scott Smith of Phoenix, AZ; three stepsons, Boyce Hill of Newark, Kenneth Hill of Aurora, and Herbert Hill of Mississippi; 12 grandchildren; a great grandson; and a brother, Robert Smith of Aurora.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Allie Mae Hill, who passed away may 23, 1994; an infant son, Michael; a sister, Audrey; and a brother, Richard.

Funeral services for Mr. Smith were scheduled to be held at the United Funeral Services, Inc. in New Albany, MS; interment at Glenfield Memorial Park, also in New Albany.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.                CC 3/30/1995 

 

Clarinda Alice Hinkston     1995.03.36

Clarinda Alice Hinkston, 71, passed away Monday, March 20,  1995, in El Paso, TX.  Mrs. Hinkston had been a music teacher and church pianist in the El Paso area for over 45 years.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Reverend Alvin Levi Hinkston, who was originally of Shabbona.

Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn April Edmiston of Oxnard, CA, and Janet Elaine Rodgers of Phoenix, AZ; six grandchildren; and a sister, Marylouise Whalen of Chicago.

A memorial service was held Friday at Loma Terrace Baptist Church.  Interment was at Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso.

Arrangements were completed by Hillcrest funeral Home, 915-598-3332.               CC 3/30/1995 

 

Lois Esther Glover Lovig     1995.03.37

Lois Esther Lovig, 88, of Geneva, died Tuesday, March 21, 1995, at Shabbona Health Care Center.  She was born October 21, 1906, in Dahlgren, IL.

Mrs. Lovig was a member of the United Methodist Church of Geneva.

Survivors include a son, James C. (Ruth) Lovig, Jr. of Geneva; a brother, Harold Lee (Helen) Glover of DeKalb; a sister, Mildred Alford of Sheboygan Falls, WI; three grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James C. Lovig, Sr.; a daughter, Judy Kay Lovig; a grandson, Dean; two brothers, Richard Bland Glover and George Dewey Glover; two sisters, Ine Bowman and Esther Glover.

Funeral services were held Friday from the United Methodist Church of Geneva, the Reverend Dean Shapley officiating.  Burial was at Afton Cemetery in DeKalb County.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Geneva, 211 Hamilton St., Geneva, IL 60134.

Arrangements were completed by Yurs Wittenberg Funeral Home, Geneva.                       CC 3/30/1995 

 

Frank O. Bidstrup     1995.03.38

Frank O. Bidstrup, 79, of DeKalb, formerly of Waterman, died Thursday, March 23, 1995 at DeKalb County Nursing Home.

He was born March 2, 1916, in Leland, the son of Axel and Sigreld (Jensen) Bidstrup.  He married Anna Louise Giartonia in Iowa in 1938.

Mr. Bidstrup was a farmer in the Waterman area for 35 years.  He was a former member of Waterman United Methodist Church, and also a former member of DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include two daughters, Joanne (Craig) Sell of DeKalb and Marie (Donald) Robinson of St. Louis, MO; three sons, Ken (Patricia) Bidstrup of Sycamore and Jerry (Janice) Bidstrup of Sycamore, and F. Wayne Bidstrup of Aurora; 10 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a sister, Lucille Griswold of Malta; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and a grandson, Kenneth Bidstrup, Jr.

Private family funeral services were held Sunday at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, the Reverend Father Richard A. Rosinski of St. Mary’s Catholic Church officiating.  Burial was at North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.

A memorial has been established in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.                        CC 3/30/1995  

 

Fred J. Dissell     1995.03.39

Fred J. Dissell, 86, of Yorkville, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 1995, at Countryside Healthcare Center.  He was born June 20, 1908, in Aurora.

Mr. Dissell was a union carpenter before his retirement.

Survivors include his daughters, Donna (William) Jacobs of Yorkville, Anne Seaney of Hinckley and Sandra Chidester of Aurora; a brother, Emmitt (Audrey) Dissell of Red Wing, MN; four sisters, Lillian (Jack) Horlock of St. Charles, Alvera Skoff of Missouri, Audrey Davis of Arizona and Diane (Paul) Lockey of Aurora; 14 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Jenny (Plant) Dissell; three brothers; three sisters; and an infant daughter.

Private graveside services were held Thursday, March 30.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Contributions may be made in Mr. Dissell’s memory to Marie Wilkinson Child Care Center.

Arrangements were handled by the Dieterle Memorial Home.

                 CC 4/6/1995 

 

                           Harold Francis Skow     1995.04.04

Harold Francis Skow, 90, of Newark, died Monday, April 3, 1995 at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.  He was born July 7, 1904 in Sugar Grove Township, the son of Theodore and Christine (Nielsen) Skow.

Harold was united in marriage on July 23, 1927 to the former Ida Mae Benjamin.

Mr. Skow was a farmer in the area all his life.  He was a member of the Kendall County Farm Bureau and a former member of the Lions Club.

Survivors include his wife, Ida Mae, of Newark; three daughters, Marilyn (LeRoy) Thanepohn of Sandwich, Ione (Max) Martin of Plano and Carol (Russell) Fruland of Sheridan; nine grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one brother, Oakley Skow, of Sugar Grove.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, James; one grandson, Bob Fruland; and three brothers, Everett, Kenneth and Morgan.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 5 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home with Pastor Jeff Swanson of the Helmar Lutheran Church officiating.  Private interment took place at the South Big Rock Cemetery in Big Rock.

Visitation was Tuesday, April 4 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 410 East Countryside Parkway, Yorkville.

Memorials may be made to the Wayside Cross Mission or the Kendall County Food Pantry.         CC 4/13/1995 

 

           Laura L. Wilkening Grandgeorge     1995.04.07

Laura L. Grandgeorge, 88, of Somonauk, died unexpectedly at Sandwich Community Hospital (April 17, 1995).  She was born December 31, 1906 at Hinckley, the daughter of William and Anna (Wilkening) Wilkening.  She attended Sandwich schools and married George Grandgeorge on February 14, 1928 in Somonauk.  She helped her husband farm.  She enjoyed gardening and sewing, and loved to make clothes and baked goods for her family.  She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Somonauk, the Lydia Circle, and very active with the Fox Valley Older Adults.

She is survived by her three daughters, Marion (Lyle) Wald of Earlville, Evelyn (Jack) Smith of Sandwich, and Lucille (Robert) Mickey of Belvidere; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; one step grandchild; a sister-in-law, Laura Wilkening of Sandwich; and a brother-in-law, Will Grandgeorge of Somonauk.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George, in 1984; two brothers, Clarence Wilkening, and Marvin Wilkening, and a sister, Frieda Pflugfelder.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Thursday, April 20 at the United Presbyterian Church of Somonauk, with Pastor Paul Bingham officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk.  Visitation was Wednesday, April 19, from 4 to 8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk.  Memorials may be made to the United Presbyterian Church, the Fox Valley Older Adults or a charity of the donor’s choice.    CC 4/20/1995 

 

                           June E. Carlson Brooks     1995.04.08

June E. Brooks, 74, of Yorkville, formerly of Aurora and Marseilles, died Sunday, April 16, 1995 at the Elmwood Care Center, Aurora.  She was born June 2, 1920 in Waterman, the daughter of Albert and Esther (Hansen) Carlson.

Mrs. Brooks was a former resident of Aurora were she owned and operated a beauty salon for many years.  She had been active in volunteer work through her memberships in the Fox Valley Hairdressers Association, the Altrusa Club of Aurora and Beta Sigma Phi sorority.  Upon her retirement from the hairdressing profession, she made her home in Wedron and Marseilles for several years before moving to Yorkville in 1991.

Survivors include her sister, Betty (Robert) Benson of Aurora; her brother, Earl (Clara) Carlson of Salem, IL.  She was also a loving aunt to several nieces and nephews and great and great great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bernie Brooks and a brother, Herbert Carlson.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich, the Rev. Paul Bingham officiating.  Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.  Visitation was held one-hour prior to the funeral service on Wednesday at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.

Memorials may be made in June’s name to the American Cancer Society, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

CC 4/20/1995 

Donna M. Hale Rhodes     1995.04.09

Donna M. “Honey” Rhodes, 47, of Aurora, left her family and friends Saturday April 1, 1995, at Abraham Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln, IL.  She was born December 5, 1947, in LeRoy, NY, the daughter of Leon and Jennifer (Steffendale) Hale.

She was a member of St. Peters Church in Aurora, Amvets Post #103, Ladies Auxiliary and was a friend to all she met.

Survivors include her husband, Ernest l. Rhodes, Jr. of Aurora; four children, Nicholas (Jeanne) Scott of Kansas City, MO, Jennifer (Shane) Stout of Aurora, Julie Scott of LeRoy, NY and Michael (Belinda) Scott of Tacoma, WA; two step-children, Ernest (Abbey) Rhodes III of Aurora and Kimberly (Gary) Baie of Hinckley; her mother, Jennie Hale of LeRoy, NY; two sisters, Shirley (Lloyd) Drury and Patricia Carcimiglia, both of LeRoy, NY; a brother, Gordon (Lucy) Hale of LeRoy, NY; 10 grandchildren, Adam and Aaron Stout, Lauren Rhodes, Stephanie and Chad Baie, David, Danielle and Jessica Scott, Koree Rose Scott and Amanda Scott; many aunts, uncles and good friends and all the little children she loved and cared for.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leon Hale; and two brothers, Anthony Vanelli and David Hale.

Funeral mass will be held Thursday, April 6, at 10 a.m. from the Healy Chapel to St. Peters Church at 10:30 a.m., Father Edwin Millen officiating.  Interment will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation was scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Healy Chapel with a liturgical wake service at 6 p.m.                             CC 4/6/1995 

 

Alexandra Miceiko Shimkus     1995.04.10

Alexandra Shimkus, 79, of Big Rock, passed away Monday, April 3, 1995, at her home.  She was born January 28, 1916 in Chicago.

Mrs. Shimkus was a member of Holy Angels Church.

Survivors include her husband, Stanley Shimkus of Big Rock; her two sons, Richard (Wilma) Shimkus and Arthur Shimkus, both of Big Rock, three grandchildren, Diana Shimkus, Vincent Shimkus and William Shimkus, all of Big Rock; three step grandchildren, Andrew Houlne, Rebecca Houlne and Kathryn Houlne all of Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vincent J. and Mikalina A. (Songaila) Miceiko.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 5, at 10 a.m. at Holy Angels Church, Father Glenn Nelson officiating.  Interment was at St. Casimirs Cemetery in Chicago.

There was no visitation.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary.                CC 4/6/1995 

 

Ruth L. Carlson Morsch     1995.04.11

Ruth L. Morsch, 85, of Hibbing, MN, formerly of Hinckley, passed away in Minnesota.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at St Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley with visitation at the church during the two hours before the service.  Burial will be at Pierce Cemetery. 

A complete obituary will be printed next week.

Local Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.      CC 4/6/1995 

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Ruth L. Morsch, 85, of Hibbing, MN, formerly of Hinckley, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 1995.  She was born July 20, 1909, in Batavia, the daughter of Anton and Augusta (Nelson) Carlson.

Mrs. Morsch was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley. She was formerly employed as a sales clerk for Malone Department Store in DeKalb.  She lived in Hinckley from 1935 until moving to Hibbing, MN, in 1985.

Survivors include her daughter, Lynn Daniels of Hibbing; a stepdaughter, JoDene (Jack) Mitchell of Pierre, SD; two grandchildren; two step grandchildren; and two step great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband LaVern Morsch in 1961; and a brother, Evald Carlson.

Funeral services wee held Saturday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment was at Pierce Cemetery.

Local Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.   815-286-3247     CC 4/13/1995 

 

Wellington R. Mitchell     1995.04.12

Wellington R. Mitchell, 77, of Elgin, died Monday, April 13, 1995, at Sherman Hospital, Elgin.

He was born December 22, 1917, in Genoa, the son of Archie and Ada Austin Mitchell.

Mr. Mitchell was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He was a member of St. Joseph Church, Elgin.  He retired in 1983 from the City of Elgin Streets and Sanitation Department.

Survivors include his wife, Winifred Munighan Mitchell, who he married August 7, 1942, in Elgin; two daughters, Sherry (Ronald) Miksa of Big Rock and Margo (Edward) Schulte of Long Grove; three grandsons, Ronald (Jennifer) Miksa of Jonesboro, AR, Anthony Miksa of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Daniel Miksa of Big Rock; four granddaughters, Karen, Lisa, Lori and Kristin Schulte, all of Long Grove; and a brother, Austin (Elly) Mitchell of Elgin.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Prayers were said Friday at O’Connor and Homeier Funeral Home, Elgin, before going to St. Joseph Church for Mass of Christian Burial, the Reverend Jerry Leak officiating.  The Rosary was recited at the funeral home Thursday during visitation hours.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Mitchell’s name to St. Joseph Church or St. Joseph School.        CC 4/13/1995 

 

Merton H. Swanson     1995.04.13

Merton H. Swanson, age 71, of Sycamore, formerly of Hinckley, passed away Thursday, April 13, 1995, at home.  He was born December 1, 1923, in Aurora, NE, the son of Archie and Mildred C. (Anderson) Swanson.  He resided on the family farm and attended the Aurora, NE schools.

In 1942 Mr. Swanson moved to Hinckley.  He continued with the family farm operation in Hinckley until his retirement.  He enjoyed working with the earth, especially gardening vegetables.

Mr. Swanson was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church.  He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Survivors include his sister, Betty (John) Morsch of Hinckley and five nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Gerald, of California, in 1975.

Private graveside services were held at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.  815-286-3247 

   CC 4/20/1995 

 

Ruth H. Hlad Stripp   1995.04.14

Ruth H. Stripp, 78, of DeKalb, died Tuesday, April 11, 1995, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born March 24, 1917, in Dorrance, KS, the daughter of Albert and Emily (Hruda) Hlad.  She married Robert G. Stripp in Chicago October 8, 1938.

Mrs. Stripp owned and operated the Waterman Press with her husband until their retirement in 1984.  She was a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church and the American Legion Auxiliary in Waterman.

Survivors include two sons, Robert (Barbara) Stripp, Jr. of Boca Raton, FL, and William (June) Stripp of Crystal Lake; nine grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; two sisters, Josephine Adamec and Mary Grounds; four brothers, John Hlad, Charles Hlad, Albert Hlad and James Hlad.

Funeral services were held Friday at the Anderson Funeral Home, the Reverends Paul L. Salansky and Dawn Gotoh officiating.  Burial was at North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.

A memorial has been established in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.                                    CC 4/20/1995 

 

Loren V. Wright     1995.04.15

Lorne V. Wright, 63, of Tiskilwa, IL, formerly of rural Bradford, IL, died Sunday, April 16, 1995, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Mendota.  He was born December 3, 1931, in Milo Township, Bureau County, to Frank and Mabel (Keen) Wright.

Mr. Wright was a member of Boyd’s Grove United Methodist Church of Bradford.  He graduated from Bradford High School and attended Western Illinois University.  During the Korean War, he served his country in the Marine Corps, receiving the Korean Service Medal, the Purple Heart, United Nations Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.  Survivors include two brothers, Donald Wright of Hinckley and John Wright of Sparta; a sister, Wilma Divelbiss of Toulon, IL; 15 nieces and nephews.

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

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Johnson-Dunlap Funeral Home in Bradford.  Burial was at Mound Cemetery in rural Bradford.

Contributions in Mr. Bradford’s memory may be made to his church.                                           CC 4/20/1995 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Johnson Flewellin     1995.04.16

Mary Flewellin, 94, of Shabbona, died Tuesday, April 11, 1995, at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

She was born May 12, 1900, in rural Shabbona, the daughter of Charles E. and Clara E. (Greenfield) Johnson.  She married Robert Coles Flewellin January 20, 1920, in Sycamore.

For many years she farmed together with her husband in the Shabbona area.  She was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ, the Women’s Fellowship of the church, and the Shabbona American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include three daughters, Roberta (Harry) Garrett, Mesa, AZ, Doris (William) Sabin, Waterman, and Della Mae (Ronald) North, Ellenton, FL; a daughter-in-law, Roberta Flewellin of Shabbona; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband August 23, 1968; son, Laverne; a brother, Frank F. Johnson; two sisters, Ada Houghtby and Mildred Suddeth; and a grandson William Sabin III.

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

Arrangements were completed by the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.          CC 4/20/1995 

 

David George Schofield     1995.04.17

Reverend David George Schofield, 78, of Oswego, passed away Thursday, April 13, 1995, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  He was born June 24, 1916, in Waukegan.

The Reverend David G. Schofield, pastor of Oswego Gospel Assembly Church came to the Aurora area in 1966 where he answered the call from the Lord.  “You’ve come to this city for me.”  He opened the original work on Fifth Avenue and Kendall in Aurora June 6, 1966.  He pastored for 10 years at which time his call led him to Virginia Beach, VA.  He pastored there 2½ years and then was led to Dawson Springs, KY.  He pastored there 5 years and was called to Panama City, FL, where he pastored for 7 years.  In June 1991 he was led back to the church that is now located in Oswego.  He pastored there until he departed from this life April 13, 1995.

In all he was a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for 61 years in which time he had touched the lives of many people.  He was a faithful husband for 62 years, a beloved father who led his children by example, a loving pastor and a friend to all who knew him well.

Survivors include his wife, Mable (Utley) Schofield of Oswego; four sons, Ronald (Nancy) Schofield of Fulton, David (Judy) Schofield and Tom (Nel) Schofield both of Oswego and Tim (Marsha) Schofield of Aurora; two daughters, Charlene (Jerry) Sineni of Bristol and Lillie (James) Ristich of Aurora; two brothers, John (Evalee) Schofield of Fairfax, AL, and Dale Schofield of Indianapolis, IN; 20 grandchildren including locally, William C. Schofield and Stephanie Schofield, both of Hinckley; and three great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Abigail (Knott) Schofield; a sister, Dorothy Seifer; and two brothers, Edwin and Howard Schofield.

Funeral services were held Saturday at Gospel Assembly Church, the Reverend Jack Ross officiating.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Contributions may be made in Reverend Schofield’s memory to Oswego Gospel Assembly Church.

Arrangements were completed by Dieterle Memorial Home.

CC 4/20/1995 

 

Luman Kent Whitford     1995.04.18

Luman Kent Whitford, age 70, of DeKalb, formerly of the Hinckley-Waterman area, passed away Tuesday, April 18, 1995, at Shabbona Nursing Home.  He was born May 19, 1924 in Waterman, the son of Manley Clarence and Ethel Marie (Cadman) Whitford.

He was a graduate of Hinckley High School and attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

Mr. Whitford was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church.  He was employed by Carl Larson Hardware for many years and worked at Northern Illinois University for ten years until his retirement.  He was a member of Northern Illinois University Retiree’s Association.

Survivors include his two brothers, Charles (Barbara) Whitford of Aurora and Norman (Jean) Whitford of Otis Orchards, WA; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Manley and Philip; and a sister, Mary W. Rice.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 22, at Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman (815-264-3362).  Interment was at Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman.              CC 4/20/1995 

 

Marjorie Kellauf Post     1995.04.19

Marjorie K. Post, age 93, of St. Charles, passed away Friday, April 21, 1995, at Rosewood Care Center, Elgin.

Mrs. Post was born November 12, 1901 in St. Charles.

Survivors include her son, Roger (Patricia) Post of Geneva; her daughter, Mary Belle (Belden) Hamm of Denver, CO; her grandchildren, Penny (John) Brizzolara of St. Charles, Patrick Post of Geneva, Peter (Lisa) Post of Shabbona, Melissa (Doug) Brammer of Burlington, Jennifer (Tim) Hurley of Gilbert, AZ, Amy Post of Geneva, Candace Post of Chicago, and Gregory (Tammy) Hamm of Dallas, TX; nine great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Sigmund Post; a daughter, Nancy Post; her parents, Godfrey and Clairabell Kellauf; three sisters; and a brother.

Graveside funeral services were held Friday at North Cemetery in St. Charles.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Post’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements were completed by the Malone Funeral Home, Geneva.                                  CC 5/4/1995 

 

Ethel V. Helling Wilhelm     1995.04.20

Ethel V. Wilhelm, 63, of Shabbona, died Wednesday, April 26, 1995, at Swedish-American Hospital in Rockford.

She was born December 13, 1931, in Franklin County, MO, the daughter of Elmer and Mildred (Laubinger) Helling.

August 8, 1955 she married George W. Wilhelm in Florence, NC.

Mrs. Wilhelm was a member of the First Baptist Church of Shabbona.

Survivors include her father, Elmer (Eleanor) Helling of Shabbona; four sons, Roger (Judy) Ickes of Paw Paw, Rick (Sandy) Ickes of Wedron, Steve (Christine) Wilhelm of Shabbona and Elmer Wilhelm of Shabbona; a daughter, Roxanne (Charles) Riforgiate of Hinckley; a brother, Glen (Darlene) Helling of Plano; three sisters, Nancy (Dean) Foster of Yorkville, Jo (Larry) Bolender of Holland, MI, and Betty (Avery) Tredway of Ava, MO, seventeen grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband July 28, 1989; her mother, and a son, Dale, November 12, 1989.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Shabbona, the Reverend Jeff Coester, church pastor, officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.

A memorial has been established.        CC 5/4/1995 

 

Warren C. Chedister     1995.04.21

Warren C. Chedister, 72, previously of Hinckley and Panama City, FL, passed away April 28, 1995, at his home in New London, NH.

Mr. Chedister was a 1944 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY, and served three years in the Merchant Marine.  He later graduated from Detroit Tech and went on to found Circle Chemical Company, now Circle Systems, Inc., in Hinckley.  Mr. Chedister’s religious preference was Christian Science.

He is survived by his wife, Jocelyn; two daughters, Paula Bresnick of Grantham, NH, and Alice Chedister of New York, NY; three sons, Robert Chedister of Carmichael, CA, William Chedister of Geneva, IL, and James Chedister of Everett, WA; and four grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the following charities: the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, and the American Red Cross (Panama City, FL, chapters).                CC 5/4/1995 

 

Marie Anna Neitzel Dunkle     1995.05.08

Marie Anna Dunkle, 97, of Montgomery, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 1995, at her home.  She was born May 7, 1897, in Aurora, the daughter of Otto and Johana (Kreiger) Neitzel.

She attended St Paul school and as to further her parents’ English, she attended Young School.  In 1920 she was united in marriage to W. Ray Dunkle by Reverend Loth at St. Paul’s Chapel.  She was co-owner of several restaurants with her husband who preceded her in death April 1, 1990.

Survivors include two sons, Ray Dunkle of Montgomery and Roy (Virginia) Dunkle of Aurora; three grandchildren, Sharon (Dan) Brown of Vacaville, CA and Steve (Kelley) Dunkle of Big Rock; and three great grandchildren, Eric, Alex and Stephanie.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Elsie, Alma, Elisbeth and Ruth; a brother, Carl Neitzel; an infant son, Raymond Dunkle; and infant daughter, Nancy Ann Dunkle and her parents, Otto and Johana Neitzel.

Private services were held Friday at the Healy Chapel, the Reverend Jock E. Ficken officiating.  Interment was at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

There was no visitation.                          CC 5/11/1995 

 

Ethel Rhea Abell     1995.05.09

Ethel (Rhea) Abell, age 89, of Hinckley, passed away Sunday, May 7, 1995, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora, surrounded by her loving children, grandchildren, and her sister, Eveline.  She was born March 30, 1906, in Flandreau, SD, the daughter of Samuel and Margaret S. (Pink) Rhea.

She was united in marriage January 3, 1928, in Princeton, IL to Mr. Leonard H. Abell.

Mrs. Abell was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sandwich.  She was a member of the Senior Citizens Organization and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include her three children; Gail (Donald J.) Chapman of Hinckley, Leonard (Sharon) Abell of Hinckley, and Joyce L. (Michael) Klotz of Big Rock; eleven grandchildren, Laura (Gary) Noll, of Sandwich, Donald (Tamara) Chapman, Jr., of Geneva, Debra (Jeffrey) Martenson of Shabbona, Catherine Chapman of Hinckley, Michael Chapman of Hinckley, Lee Ann Abell of Detroit, MI, Vicki (Steve) Dreas of St. Paul, VA, Kelly Abell of Aurora, Todd, Andrew and Allison Klotz of Big Rock; six great grandchildren, Ashley Salazar, Jessica Noll, Katelyn, Nicole and Jaclyn Chapman and Amanda Dreas; and a sister, Eveline (Rhea) Wright Pank of Sandwich.  Mrs. Abell will be remembered for so many things, but mostly for the love she gave to her family.

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

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 10, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Sandwich.   Interment was at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Sandwich.

Arrangements were completed by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.                      CC 5/11/1995 

 

Margaret Lockenour Smith     1995.05.10

Margaret L. Smith, age 73, of Plano passed away Friday, May 12, 1995 at Copley Memorial Hospital.

She was born August 6, 1921 in Salem, IN, the daughter of Robert and Jessie (Applegate) Lockenour.

January 25, 1940, she was united in marriage to Mr. Robert Denzil Smith.

Mrs. Smith was a retired employee of Plano Molding Co. Where she had worked in the product finishing department.  Even after retirement, she enjoyed attending the company functions with the many friends she had met during her years of employment there.

She was a very active member of the Golden Harvesters Organization.  She took great pleasure in being the ”chauffeur” for her friends.  Whether on their daily trips to the Beecher Center in Yorkville for lunch or just a trip to the doctor, she was always there for them.

Survivors include her three daughters, Marie (Jack) Meketi of Big Rock, Carol (Jerry) Judd of Sheridan, Leta (Tom) Kreminski of Dallas, TX; eleven grandchildren, Mark Meketi, Monica Bish, Jeff Smith, Tony Smith, Skip Smith, Jody Judd, Jeremy Judd, Jason Judd, Maggie Kreminski, Wendy Kreminski, Aaron Kreminski; six great grandchildren, Sarah Bish, Brandon Bish, Melissa Meketi, Jacob Meketi, Shawn Espinosa, Samantha Espinosa; a brother, Lloyd (Betty) Lockenour of Phoenix, AZ; two sisters, Verina Anderson and Sylvia (Merrill) Anderson, both of Malta; and a sister-in-law, Bim Lockenour of Southgate, MI.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Denzil in 1983; a son, Paul in 1990; two brothers, Garriott and Kenneth; and a grandson, Danny Burke.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, Plano, (708-552-7211) with Elder Richard Wildermuth officiating.  Interment was at Little Rock Township Cemetery, Plano.                                        CC 5/18/1995 

 

Rose A. Temma Kuester     1995.05.11

Rose A. Kuester, age 95, of Hinckley, passed away Thursday, May 11, 1995 at the Shabbona Health Care Center.  She was born March 2, 1900 in Pierce Township, the daughter of Henry and Wilhelmina (Lampe) Temma.

February 20, 1930, she was united in marriage to Albert H. Kuester at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley.  She spent her years as a loving homemaker.  Mrs. Kuester was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews and friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Albert in 1961; 6 brothers and 5 sisters.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley, with Pastor Donald Balgeman officiating.  Interment was at the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Hinckley, 815-286-3247.                                      CC 5/18/1995 

 

Donald N. Holmberg     1995.05.12

Donald N. Holmberg, age 80, of Batavia, passed away Wednesday, May 10, 1995 at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva.  He was born March 17, 1915 in Big Rock.

He was raised on the family farm in Elburn.  After graduation he served in the U. S. Army during World War II.  Upon his return from the service, he started Holmberg’s Painting and Decorating business.

Mr. Holmberg was a member of the Masonic Lodge #404, Batavia (AF&AM); Shriner of the Tebala Temple, Rockford; Loyal Order of Moose, Batavia Lodge #682; and Batavia VFW Post #1197.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret E. (Phillips) Holmberg; a son, Mike (Maureen) Holmberg of Wellington, CO; a grandson, T. J. (Carrie) Holmberg of Fort Collins, CO; a great grandson, Lane Holmberg of Fort Collins, CO; a brother, Kenneth (Jean) Holmberg of Paradise, CA; two sisters, Eve Swanson of Batavia and Betty (Dick) Williams of Elburn.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home in Batavia, the Reverend Steve Miller officiating.  Interment was at River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia.

A Masonic service was held Friday during visitation hours at the funeral home.

Contributions in Mr. Holmberg’s memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 2211 N. Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60635.                           CC 5/18/1995 

 

Lazara Davila Apodaca     1995.05.13

Lazara D. Apodaca, 90, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, May 20, 1995 at her home.  She was born December 25, 1904 in Mexico.

Mrs. Apodaca was employed as a housekeeper in the hotel industry before her retirement.  She was a member or Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

Survivors include two sons, Joe (Cindy) Apodaca of Hinckley and Robert Apodaca of Aurora; one daughter, Rosemary Comstock of Aurora; twelve grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; and one great great granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rejeno and Juanita (Santillan) Davila; her husband, Hipolito Apodaca; one son, Richard Apodaca; one grandson, Joe Robert Apodaca, one brother, Joe Davila and one sister, Mary Rocha.

Funeral services were held at Dieterle Memorial Home to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for mass Tuesday, May 23, 1995.  Father Edward F. Gillespie officiated, with interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation was held Monday, May 22, 1995, at Dieterle Memorial Home.  Liturgical Wake service was said.

Masses may be made in Lazara’s name.            CC 5/25/1995 

 

Clara Byerhof Waltz     1995.05.14

Clara B. Waltz, 86, died Tuesday, May 23, 1995, at her home.  She was born October 29, 1908 in Kaneville, IL, daughter of N. B. and Lena (Botten) Byerhof.  She attended Kaneville schools, and graduated from Western Illinois University in 1931.  She taught in area high schools.

She married Roy L. Waltz, June 25, 1937, in DeKalb.  She was a member of DeKalb School Board for a numbers of years, DeKalb Woman’s Club, Republican Women, DeKalb Garden Club.  Clara was an active member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in DeKalb and Chandler, AZ.  She was selected as Homemaker of the Year in 1956, and was a DeKalb resident for 58 years.

She is survived by her husband, Roy Waltz, 4 daughters, Karen (Lloyd) Duerst, Rockford; Dianne Edgell, Batavia, Joan (Tom) Gill, Germany, and Jane Baer, South Carolina; 6 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Gertrude Oakes, Kings; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Napoleon and Mikolena Byerhof, 2 brothers, Joseph E. Byerhof, and Clarence Byerhof; 2 sisters, Gladys (Vernon) Wright, and Lillie (Morris) Willey.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 26, 1995, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in DeKalb with the Rev. Harvey V. Kibble officiating.  Visitation was held Thursday evening at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.

Memorials can be made to Hospice in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.                                  CC 6/1/1995

 

 

Lawrence H. Braser     1995.05.15

Lawrence H. Braser, 69, of Genoa, died Friday, May 26, 1995, at his home.  He was born September 23, 1925, in Waterman, IL, the son of Valey and Ida (Temma) Braser.  He married Marjorie R. Barchard October 26, 1946 in DeKalb.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Marine Corp.  He was employed by Data Documents in Crystal Lake, retiring in 1991.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Genoa.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie of Genoa; 2 daughters, Jill (Jeff) Braser-Nelson of Raleigh, NC, and Donna (Hugh) Damon of Boston, MA; 1 brother, Roy (Jenny) Braser of DeKalb; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 daughter, Linda Stallmann, and 1 brother, Wilbur in infancy.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 30, at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Genoa, with Rev. Harold Schmidt officiating.  Burial was private.  Visitation was at 10 a.m. until the time of the church service.  Arrangements by Slater-Butala Funeral Home of Genoa.  Memorials may be made in care of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Genoa.                           CC 6/1/1995 

 

 Marcella McGinnis Kopko     1995.05.16

Marcella Kopko, 64, of McConnell, IL, died Friday, May 26, 1995 at her home.  Marcella McGinnis Kopko was born November 3, 1930 in Freeport, IL to Joseph and Catherine Blimm McGinnis.  She was married August 11, 1956 to Stephen Kopko.

She was a librarian at Le-Win School District in Winslow and also worked at Burgess Battery and Micro Switch, both in Freeport.  Marcella was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lena, IL.

Survivors include her husband, Stephen; four daughters, Anna Fain Winslow, Sandra (Steven) Petticrew, Freeport, Catherine (John) Krause, Lombard, IL, Amy (Keith) Slager, Plainfield, IL; two sons, Stephen Andrew (Judy) Kopko of Bloomfield, OH, Michael (Anita) Kopko of Ottawa, IL; two sisters, Eileen Kaufman, Winslow, Marie (Edward) Bowman, Freeport, IL; two brothers, Vincent (Gladys) McGinnis, Orangeville, IL, Lawrence (Charlotte) McGinnis of Freeport, IL; seven grandsons and five granddaughters.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 30, 1995 from the Leamon Funeral Home, Lena, IL.  Service was at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Salvator Guagliardo officiating.  Interment was at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Freeport, IL.

A memorial has been established for the St. Jude Society. 

  CC 6/8/1995 

 

Shirley M. Turner Haller     1995.05.17

Shirley M. Haller, 82, of Dwight, IL, formerly of Aurora, passed away May 30, 1995 at Heritage Manor in Dwight.  She was born May 28, 1915 in Aurora.

Shirley married Arthur R. Haller October 31, 1936. She owned and operated a grocery store in Chicago on Bernice Ave. until her retirement.  She was a member of the Dwight Senior Citizens Club and the Dwight Literary Club.

Survivors include her son, Arthur W. (Donna) Haller of Dwight; her daughter, Katherine Handt of Schaumburg; six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; her brother, Wayne Turner of Hinckley; and her sister, Audrey Regnier of Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur R. Haller in 1972; her parents. Catherine (Young) and John Turner and her brother, John Turner, Jr.

Funeral services were held June 2, 1995 at the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary.  The Rev. Ben Jones officiated with interment in Lakewood Memorial Park in Elgin.

Visitation was held June 1, 1995.  Memorial contributions may be made to Franciscan Hospice, 107 W. Water St., Pontiac, IL 61764.                    CC 6/8/1995 

 

Carrie M. Lane Thatcher     1995.05.18

Carrie M. Thatcher, 86, died Monday, May 29, 1995, in Mesa, AZ.

She was born October 18, 1908 in Shabbona, IL, the daughter of Bessie Cox Lane and Elmer Lane.  She married Wilbur Thatcher in 1928.

Carrie Thatcher worked as a manager and sales clerk in several dress shops in Arizona.  When she lived in Hinckley she worked for Leifheits Grocery and Meat Market.

She is survived by one nephew, Everett Lane, Jr. of Waterman, IL, and 2 nieces, Georgia Lane, Shabbona, and Norma Rebel of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Wilbur, and 2 brothers, and one sister.

Memorial services were held in Mesa, AZ, June 1, 1995, at Mountain View Memorial Gardens.                     CC 6/15/1995 

 

                          William Ernest Gunther     1995.06.03

William Ernest Gunther, 67, of rural Leland, passed away Sunday, June 11, 1995 at Sandwich Community Hospital, Sandwich, IL.  He was born July 3, 1927 in Waterman Hospital, Waterman, IL, the son of William Lewis and Winnie (Van Dusen) Gunther.

He was baptized September 18, 1927 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Somonauk, IL, by the Reverend W. F. Hertel.  He married Darleen Walley August 5, 1951 in Sandwich, IL.  They were together for more than forty three years.  He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Somonauk, American Legion Post #772 of Somonauk, Moose Lodge #400 of Aurora, IL.  He served in the Army in Germany during the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by his wife, Darleen; three sons, Mark (Delia) Gunther of Sacramento, CA, Robert Gunther of St. Louis, MO, and Kurt (Karen) Gunther of Mundelein, IL; two daughters, Deborah (Steve) Morgan of Roanoke, TX and Pamela (James) Williams of Fort Worth, TX; three grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Thorsen of DeKalb, IL; one aunt, Inez Van Dusen of DeKalb, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 15, 1995 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Somonauk, with the Reverend Ralph Marquardt officiating.  Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Somonauk.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 at the Turner Funeral Home, Somonauk, IL.  Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Somonauk, IL.

CC 6/15/1995 

 

LaVerne John Abens Jr.      1995.06.06

LaVerne John “Pete” Abens, Jr., 64, of rural Sandwich, died Monday, June 19, 1995 at his home.  He was born July 30, 1930 in Aurora, the son of LaVerne John and Gladys Margaret (Olson) Abens.  He was united in marriage to Marlene Morrissey on September 11, 1954 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sandwich.

Pete was retired from Caterpillar Tractor Co. in Aurora, after 22 years of employment.  He was a member of the Sandwich Moose Lodge 1016.  He was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sandwich and was a volunteer at St. Paul’s Parish Center for Bingo.  During Pete’s service in the Army during the Korean War, he received a Purple Heart.

Survivors include his wife, Marlene, of Sandwich; five sons, LaVerne John (Janet) Abens III of Sandwich, Thomas Jerome (Joanne) Abens of Somonauk, Patrick Doyle Abens of Sandwich, Charles Eugene (Kellie) Abens of Sandwich, Mark Anthony (Mickey) Abens of Leland; five daughters, Joan Marie (Allen) Eade of Sandwich, Mary Ann (Doug) Anderson of Sandwich, Ann Kathleen (Joe) Wiesbrook of Sandwich, Ellen Janet (Jerry) Long of Sheridan, Regina Morrissey Abens of Sandwich; five brothers, Dick (Nancy) Abens of Tucson, AZ, Arnold (Gladys) Abens of Aurora, Bill (Janice) Abens of Sandwich, Bud (Tiny) Abens of Sandwich, George (Nancy) Abens of Earlville; six sisters, Irene (George) Thomas of Sandwich, Jean (Denny) Sorensen of Yorkville, Dorothy (Dick) Shermer of Sandwich, Karen (Jim) Leasure of Hinckley, Nancy Abens of Denver, CO and Judy Bark of Sandwich; and 20 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral mass was held on Wednesday, June 21 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sandwich, Father Charles McCarren officiating.  Burial was in St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery, Sandwich.  Pallbearers were Mike Abens, Dan Abens, Lance Abens, Jason Abens, Rick Abens, Billy Abens, Doug Leasure and Richard Shermer.

Visitation was Tuesday, June 20 at Burkhart Funeral Home Sandwich and Moose Lodge 1016.                       CC 6/29/1995 

 

Evelyn Boyer Abell     1995.06.11

Evelyn Boyer Abell died peacefully, at her home, surrounded by family and friends, Sunday, June 4, 1995.  She was born December 7, 1917, in rural Cortland Township, the daughter of Newell and Malloy “Loy” and Marie Regina (Osland) Boyer.

Evelyn was united in marriage June 22, 1947 in Aurora, IL to Mr. Lauren F. Abell.

She attended grammar and high school in Waterman, and after graduating from Northern Illinois State Teachers College in 1936, taught in the one room Ohio Grove School until the outbreak of World War II.  During and after the war she worked for Interstate Aircraft and the State Department of Employment until she and her husband opened their jewelry store and bus contracting business in Hinckley, from which they retired in 1980.

After retirement, Evelyn delighted in her extensive travel with Laruen, as well as the teaching of her grandchildren.  She was active in genealogical research and was a member of the DeKalb County Historical Society and the Perry Historians.  She maintained an ongoing relationship with her college friends, known as the “Chain Gang” for the letters they circulated for sixty years.  At the time of her death, Evelyn was writing a monograph and transcript of parallel diaries she and her late husband kept, while he was in the Army Air Corps, during World War II.

She is survived by her three children,

Alan R. (Susan) Abell, of Elgin, IL, Diane (Alan) Cutler, of Grandbury, TX and Brice E. (Margaret) Abell, of Hinckley, IL; nine grandchildren, Brandon Lynd, Derrick Lynd, Jessica Torres, Timothy J. Lynd, Allan Torres, Adam Abell, Lauren Cutler, Andrew Abell and Joshua Cutler.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Kenneth and her husband, Lauren.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 7 form 5 to 8 p.m.  Funeral will be held Thursday, May 8, at 10 a.m.  Rev. Paul Gerardy will be the officiating minister.

Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation.

     CC 6/8/1995 

 

Mildred M. Doud Peterson     1995.06.12

Mildred M. Peterson, 85, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, June 7, 1995, at Michaelsen Health Care Center.  She was born January 5, 1910 in Aurora.

Mrs. Peterson was employed at R & M Kaufman as a seamstress until her retirement.  She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the St. Paul’s Lutheran Hall Bible Club.

Survivors include her daughter, Charlene Peterson of Aurora; her son, Clifford M Peterson, Jr., of Park Rapids, MN; three grandchildren, Diane (Jim) Lankford of Elk Grove village, Marjorie (Fred) Bachman of Aurora and Gary (Emilie) Peterson of Dallas, TX; two special grandchildren, Stacy (Tom) Rooney of Hinckley and Kelly (Andy) Okapal of Baraboo, WI; three special great grandchildren, Heather Romine, Danny and Sarah Rooney all of Hinckley; a special sister-in-law Marie (Charles) Doud of Aurora; also many nieces nephews and special friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford; her parents, Al and Clara Doud; two sisters, Margaret Ralm and Caroline Paske and two brothers, Charles Doud and one in infancy.

Funeral services were held June 12, 1995. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where she lay in state until the funeral hour  Rev. Jock Ficken and John Fair officiated, with interment at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.  Visitation was held Sunday at Dieterle Memorial Home.

Contributions may be made in Mrs. Peterson’s memory to the Peterson family.                     CC 6/15/1995 

 

Gertrude L. Kroeger Brown     1995.06.13

Gertrude L. Brown, 81, of Big Rock, passed away Monday, June 12, 1995 at Mercy Center.  She was born August 31, 1913 in DuBois, IL, the daughter of Leonard and Minnie Kroeger.

Mrs. Brown was employed at Lyon’s Store until her retirement.  She was a member of St. Gall’s Catholic Church in Elburn.

Survivors include four daughters, Jean (Donald) White of Big Rock, Joan (Jim) McCue of Aurora, Carole (Jim) Michels of Elburn, and Judy (Jim) Kreitz of Naperville; twenty four grandchildren, Doc (Kathi) White of Waterman, Gary (Sarah) White of Hinckley, Debbie (Scott) Hamling of Aurora, Cheri (Keith) Michael of Somonauk, Cindy (Craig) Stevens of Aurora, Lori (Steve) Hintzsche of Kirkland, Carol (Brent) Bish of Hinckley, Michelle (Richard) Perales of Hinckley, Jeff White of Big Rock, Jimmy (Cindy) McCue, Danny (Darlene) McCue, Tommy McCue, Kathy Edwards, Billy (Barb) McCue, Johnny McCue, Patti McCue all of Aurora, Sean (Valerie) Michels, Todd Michel’s, Denise (Brian) Migilorina, Kasia Kreitz, Thad Kreitz, Kurt (Jenny) Kreitz, Eric Kreitz and Broc Kreitz all of Naperville; forty great grandchildren; a brother, Leonard (Ann) Kroeger, two sisters, Lorena Kerry and Mary (Bill) Gilder, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy, December 14, 1986, her parents and one sister, Minnie Pierjok.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 15 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Gall’s Church, Elburn, with interment at Lincoln Memorial Park in Aurora.  Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 14 from 5-9 p.m. at Conley Funeral Parlor in Elburn.

  CC 6/15/1995 

 

Bernice M. Hense Tuma     1995.06.14

Bernice M. Tuma, 78, of Aurora, died Friday, June 9, 1995, at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born August 1, 1916 in Aurora.

Bernice was a lifelong resident of Aurora, as well as, a lifetime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her husband, Roland Tuma of Aurora; two daughters, Marilyn (Gale) Nehring of Hinckley and Sharon (Preston) Galyean of Lyles, TN; one son, Roland B. (Linda) Tuma of Aurora; one brother, Carl Hense of Bradenton, FL; one sister, Lillian Hackerson of Aurora; five grandchildren, Jennifer Tuma, Eldon Collins, John Collins, Jeffrey Collins and Gary Collins; and eight great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Lena (Hellmuth) Hense; one son, Gary Tuma and three sisters, Martha Hansen, Elsie Curtis Jones and Lucille Walunas.

Funeral services were held June 12 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where she lay in state until the funeral hour.  Pastor John Fair officiated.  Interment was held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made to the donor’s choice.                                             CC 6/22/1995 

 

Raymond F. Seeling     1995.06.15

Raymond F. Seeling, 68, an Addison resident of 35 years, died June 12, 1995, at Alexian Brothers Medical Center.

Raymond was the owner of Seeling Service Company as well as a World War II veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Rita (Jilke) Seeling, Addison; three sons, Jim (Maureen) Seeling, Shabbona, Don (Debbie) Seeling, Compton, and Tom Seeling, Addison; two grandchildren, Emily and Kate; and one sister, Irma (Glenn) Smilie, Montgomery.

He was preceded in death by one son, Raymond Seeling, Jr.

Visitation was held Thursday, June 15 and Friday, June 16, at Humes Funeral Home in Addison.  Interment was held at Queen of Heaven.                                         CC 6/22/1995 

 

 

 

 

Elsie M. Holbo     1995.06.16

Elsie M. Holbo, age 81, of Waterman, passed away June 25, 1995 at the Shabbona Health Care Center in Shabbona.  She was born October 9, 1913, the daughter of Ole Holbo and Elma Mae Johnson Holbo.

She had been employed as a telephone operator at the DeKalb Ogle in Waterman for many years and later worked for C. W. Smith Company in Waterman and DeKalb Ag in DeKalb.

Elsie was a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church and also the Women’s Fellowship.  She had been an avid member.

She is survived by a brother, Elmer Holbo, of DeKalb; twenty one nieces and nephews, with numerous great nieces  and nephews, and several cousins.

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

Funeral services were held June 28, at the Waterman Presbyterian Church with Rev. Greg Limongi officiating.  Interment followed at Johnson Grove Cemetery in Waterman.

Visitation was held Tuesday at the Nash-Nelson Funeral Homes in Waterman.                  CC 6/29/1995 

 

Gladys Mildred Stocking Bogle     1995.06.17

Gladys Mildred (Stocking) Bogle, 67, of DeKalb, died Tuesday, June 27, 1995 at DeKalb County Nursing Home.

She was born June 23, 1928 in Creston, IL, the daughter of Clair and Lillian (Lovig) Stocking.  She married Wayne “Red” Bogle March 2, 1949 in Sandwich, IL.

She was a homemaker.  She was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Creston.  She was a member of the Rochelle American Legion Auxiliary.

Gladys is survived by her husband, Wayne of DeKalb; 6 sons, Gary (Frances) Bogle of DeKalb, Jerry (Nila) of Kane, IL, Bruce (Carleen) Bogle of Sebastopol, CA, Robert (Holly) Bogle of Waterman, Jeffrey Bogle of DeKalb, and Brian (Nancy) Bogle of Cortland; 2 daughters, Sandra (William) Coulter of Maple Park and Colleen Bogle of DeKalb; 19 grandchildren, Valerie, Steven, Jerry, Diane, Daniel, Robert, Jason and Christopher Bogle, James (Deb) Coulter, Julie (Jose), and Jonathan Coulter, Andrew, Courtney, Matthew and Jordan Quitno, Greg, Erica, Ashley and Sean Bogle; 6 great grandchildren; her mother, Lillian Stocking of Rochelle; 3 brothers, George (Jan) Stocking of Phoenix, AZ, Bill Stocking of Rochelle, and Lee (Pat) Stocking of Mendota; 2 sisters, Mary (Leonard) Mars of Shelbyville, IL, and Dorothy Lockard of Creston; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and her godmother, Hedy Gommel of Malta.

She was preceded in death by her father, Clair Stocking and 2 brothers, Clair Stocking, Jr. and David Stocking.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 30, 1995 at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb with Rev. Michael R. Thurau of Immanuel Lutheran Church officiating.  Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Creston.

A memorial has been established for Gladys Mildred Bogle in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.                 CC 7/6/1995 

 

 

 

 

Timothy John Schofield, Sr.     1995.06.18

Timothy John Schofield, Sr., 37, of Aurora, passed away Monday, June 26, 1995 at his home.  He was born February 25, 1958 in Chicago.

He was a member of Gospel Assembly Church.

Survivors include his wife, Marta J. Schofield of Aurora; three sons, Timothy (Jessica) Schofield, Jr., of Yorkville, Michael Schofield of Oswego and William Schofield of Hinckley; one step-son, Steven Chandler of Aurora; his mother, Mabel R. (Utley) Schofield of Oswego; three brothers, Ronald (Nancy) Schofield of Fulton, David (Judy) Schofield and Thomas (Nel) Schofield both of Oswego; two sisters, Charlene (Jerry) Sineni of Bristol and Lillie (James) Ristich of Aurora.

He was preceded in death by his father, David George Schofield April 13, 1995.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 30, 1995 at Gospel Assembly Church where he laid in state until the funeral hour.  The Rev. Jack Ross officiated with interment at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Visitation was held Thursday at Dieterle Memorial Home.  Contributions may be made in Mr. Schofield’s memory to Gospel Assembly Church.                                         CC 7/6/1995 

 

Peter Goblet     1995.06.19

Peter Goblet, 87, of Montgomery, died June 24, 1995 at Aurora Manor.  He was born June 15, 1908 in Aurora.

He was a charter member of the Aurora Local Teamster’s Union.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth of Montgomery; his children, Jeanne (Richard) Chione of Aurora, Elaine Olson of Boulder Hill, and James Goblet of Aurora; sixteen grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; his step-children, Dolores Crest of Aurora, Karl (Dolores) Donnan of Tonica, IL, Shirley (Elmer) Hershberger of Big Rock; and two sisters, Matilda Weiss of Montgomery and Florence Hildebrand Douglas of Montgomery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Katherine Goblet; three sisters; one brother, and one great grandson, Aaron King.

Mr. Goblet’s family received friends at the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary, Wednesday evening where a memorial service was conducted by Father Mario Pedi O.S.B. officiating.

CC 7/6/1995 

 

Carl Edwin Donnan     1995.06.20

Carl Edwin “Eddie” Donnan, 57, of Tonica, IL, passed away Wednesday, June 28, 1995, at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.  He was born September 21, 1937 in Aurora.

Mr. Donnan was employed at Consolidated Freight in LaSalle as a driver for 27 years.  He received his 30 year driving award.  He served his country in the Air Force and was a member of American Legion of Tonica; past member of Oswego American Legion and a member of AFL&CIO Teamster Union #722.  Carl was a devoted husband, father and brother.

Survivors include his wife, Dolores J. Donnan of Tonica; one daughter, Michelle L. Donnan of Aurora; his mother, Elizabeth Goblet, of Montgomery; two sisters, Delores Crest of Aurora and Shirley (Elmer) Hershberger of Big Rock; two step sisters, Elaine Olson of Montgomery and Jean (Dick) Chione of Aurora; one step brother, Jim Goblet of Aurora and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Clarence Donnan and his step father, Peter Goblet.

Memorial services were held Saturday, July 11, at Dieterle Memorial Home.  The Rev. Eugene Frost officiated.

   CC 7/6/1995 

 

Harvey W. Letherman, Sr.     1995.06.21

Mr. Harvey W. Letherman, Sr., 77, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, June 29, 1995 at Elmwood Living Center.  He was born May 25, 1918 in Aurora, the son of the late Myron and Maude (Wyatt) Letherman.

Mr. Letherman served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and was employed at Western Electric as a foreman until his retirement.

Survivors include his wife, Norma (Grosvenor) Letherman of Aurora; six daughters, Ruth Ann (Dave) Kelleher of Hinckley, JoLynn (John) Hunt of Kent, WA, Barbara (Mike) Hauser of Montgomery, Debra Taylor of Aurora, Cindy (Doug) Unger of Plainfield, Candy (Glen) Fuller of Millington; four sons, James (Sue) Letherman of Kingston, IL, Jerry and Robert Letherman both of Aurora and Harvey (Kathie) Letherman, Jr. of Earlville; 14 grandchildren; three great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Inez (Ed) Behr.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Chester and Marvin Letherman.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 3, at the Healy Chapel.  The Rev. Gerald L. Rygh officiated with the burial at Lincoln Memorial Park.                                CC 7/6/1995 

 

                       Raymond J. ‘Pat’ Lafferty    1995.07.04

Raymond J. ‘Pat;’ Lafferty, 83, of Somonauk, died Monday, July 24, 1995 at Sandwich Community Hospital. 

He was born July 17, 1912 in Sheldon, MO, the son of Jerome and Dora (Massingall) Lafferty.  He married Evelyn Howison April 20, 1946 in Somonauk.  In 1947 he opened Pats Welding Service in Somonauk and the Ford Tractor Sales.  He operated his business until 1961 when he took employment at Barber Greene in Sycamore, from which he retired in 1974. 

He was a member of United Presbyterian Church of Somonauk, a US Navy veteran, serving during World War II, and a member of the American Legion.  Memorials may be directed to the United Presbyterian Church and the Somonauk Ambulance Fund.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 28 at the United Presbyterian Church in Somonauk, with the Rev. Paul Bingham officiating.  Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.  Visitation was Thursday, July 27 at the Turner Funeral Home, Somonauk.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; three sons, Richard (Rita) Lafferty of Fort Wayne, IN, Michael Lafferty of Somonauk, and Patrick (Susie) Lafferty of Waterman; eight grandchildren, Susan (Clifford) Williams of Justice, IL, Christian, and Jennifer Lafferty of Somonauk, Greg, and Katie Lafferty of Fort Wayne, IN, Katrina, Kevin, and Kelli Lafferty of Waterman; three sisters, Emma Lagell, Norma Massa, of Pittsburg, KS, and Retha Windgate of Roseville, MI, and one brother, William (Barbara) Lafferty of Pittsburg, KS.

He was preceded in death by his parents.            CC 8/3/1995 

 

                               Margaret G. Duffy     1995.07.19

Major Margaret G. Duffy, U.S. Army (retired) 91, formerly of Sandwich and Shabbona, IL, died July 18, 1995 at Hillside Health Care Center, Yorkville.  She was born December 11, 1903 in Shabbona, the daughter of Lawrence and Caroline (Mihm) Duffy.

Margaret was a graduate of Northwestern University and Northern Illinois University.  She was a retired schoolteacher.  Margaret entered military service in 1943 and retired as an army Major in 1963.  She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Sandwich.

Survivors include five nieces, Margie (Wayne) Bark of Hinckley, Patricia (John) Coke of Grand Island, FL, Carolyn Sokolnicki of Ludington, MI, Ruth (Leroy) Becker of Princeton, IL, Jean (William) Raso of Gardnerville, NV; one nephew, Kenneth (Mina) Gresh of Rockford, and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

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

A funeral mass was held on Friday, July 21 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Sandwich, Father John Kraemer officiating.  Burial was in St. James Calvary Cemetery in Lee, IL.

Visitation was Thursday, July 20, at the Burkhart Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Allen and Brian Bark, Robert and Richard Duffy, Jeffrey DiBenedetto, and Norman Pospishil.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Margaret’s memory to the charity of the donor’s choice.          CC 7/27/1995 

 

Carol Nelson Soderstrom     1995.07.20

Carol, (Nelson) Soderstrom, age 52, of Geneva, passed away unexpectedly at her home, Saturday, July 1, 1995 where she was stricken by a heart attack.

Carol was born August 11, 1942 in DeKalb, IL, the daughter of Arthur and Elaine C. (Swanson) Nelson.  As a child, the family made their home in DeKalb and Elburn.  She attended schools both in DeKalb and Elburn and graduated from Kaneland with the class of 1960.  For a time she was employed at the former State Bank of Geneva and later at Soderstorm Pallet, Aurora, DuKane Corporation, St. Charles, and the First National Bank of St. Charles.  In more recent years, she had been employed as an inspector at the Jefferson Smurfit Printing Co., St. Charles.

A loving mother and generoul friend, Carol had a wonderful open heart that easily made her “everyone’s mom.”  Always friendly and engaging, she wore her heart on her sleeve and gave it freely to anyone in need, even to her son’s stray cat!  Carol enjoyed country western music and was an ardent fan of Elvis Presley, had made the pilgrimage to Graceland and Tupelo.  A family renowned cook, she was best known for her rice pudding, twice-baked potatoes and chocolate chip cookies.  She was also proud of her Swedish heritage and, for “Grandpa Soderstrom” had learned to make Lutfisk and Swedish Sausage.

Carol was raised and confirmed in the Grace Lutheran Church, Lily Lake and held membership in the Geneva United Methodist Church.  She was also a member of the American Legion Post Auxiliary, Branson, MO, and the Independent Order of Foresters.

She is survived by two sons, Ken (Caroline ”Shelly”) Soderstrom, Jr. of Tupelo, MS and Kirk (fiancé Therese “Trixie” Kelleghan) Soderstrom of Geneva, and their father, Kenneth Soderstrom, Sr. of Somonauk, IL; two sisters, Marlene (Duane) Sunderlage of Burlington, IL and Gayla (Roger) Mangers of Big Rock, IL; three grandsons, Kenny Soderstrom III, Eric and Alex Soderstrom of Tupelo, MS and one “grandson-to-be” Daniel Kelleghan of Geneva; many nieces and nephews and a “family” of dear friends,.

She was preceded in death by he parents and one niece, Anita Sunderlage.

The Rev. Ernst Rex officiated at the funeral services held Thursday, July 6, 1995 at Grace Lutheran Church, Lily Lake, IL.  Interment followed at Blackberry Cemetery.          CC 7/13/1995 

 

John L. Carlson, Jr.     1995.07.21

John “Jack” L. Carlson, Jr., age 71, of North Aurora, passed away Friday, July 7, 1995, in Hinsdale, IL.  He was born August 31, 1923 in Aurora, the son of John L., Sr., and Agnes (Fenske) Carlson.  He was united in marriage to Jeanne A. (Robinson) Carlson July 21, 1951 in North Aurora.

Jack served in the U.S. Army in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II.  He was a volunteer fireman for the North Aurora Fire Department for over 25 years and served as secretary/treasurer during his tenure.  He was a member of the Batavia VFW Post #1197.  Jack was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.  He was an honorary member of the Chicago Cubs Die Hard Fan Club.  He loved his special times with his grandchildren and with his toy poodle, Bitsey.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jeanne Carlson; two daughters, Penny (Robert) Converse of Hinckley and Judy (John) Burns, of North Aurora; five grandchildren, Courtney, R. J. and Joshua Converse, of Hinckley, Bradley and Aimee Burns, of North Aurora; a brother, Bill (Margery) Carlson, of north Aurora; a sister, Ruth (Nick) Henned of Aurora.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Agnes Carlson; one sister, Shirley Anderson; a brother, Richard Carlson; and by one grandson, Daniel Burns.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 10, 1995 at the Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home in Batavia.  The Rev. Maureen Van Heerden officiated with the interment at River hills Memorial Park in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 115 Oak Street, North Aurora, IL 60542.

      CC 7/13/1995 

 

Billy G. Wright, Sr.     1995.07.22

Billy G. Wright, Sr., 69, of Cortland, IL, formerly of Shabbona, passed away Thursday, July 6, 1995 at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.  He was born April 26, 1926 in West Frankfort, IL the son of Bennett A. and Pearl (Odle) Wright.  He married Jean Crowley December 24, 1959 in DeKalb, IL.

He was a cement mason for 30 years; he was a member of the Cement Masons Local #51 of DeKalb, and Local #16 of Aurora.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II, a former member of the DeKalb VFW, Elks, Eagles, and Moose Clubs.  Billy was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife, Jean, 2 daughters, Pat (Wayne) Mannis of DeKalb, Linda (Jerry) Bowers of McLeansboro, 2 sons, James (Stacey) Franks of Columbus, GA, Billy G. (Janice) Wright, Jr. of Houston, TX; 12 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 granddaughter, Kimberley Mannis.

Friends called July 10, 1995 at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.  Cremation followed with the interment of ashes at Fairview Park Cemetery.  A memorial is being established for Billy G. Wright, Sr. in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.

CC 7/13/1995 

 

Roger E. Douglass     1995.07.23

Roger E. Douglass, 74, of Bear, DE, died Monday, July 3, 1995 at his home following an illness of almost two years.

He was the son of Ira and Lucy (Burnette) Douglass, born in Paw Paw, IL, December 4, 1920.  He was united in marriage to Helen Boyer February 14, 1948.  She survives him as do two sons, Richard (Suzie) Douglass of Bear, and Randall (Kathie) Douglass of Chadd’s Ford, PA.  He had a deep love for his six grandchildren who also survive him.

Roger attended school at Paw Paw and graduated from Shabbona High School in 1938.  He earned a Bachelor of Foreign Languages degree from Beloit College in Wisconsin.

Also surviving him are a brother, Harlan of Kankakee, IL, and 2 sisters, Ferne Douglass of Shabbona and Margaret (Douglass) Campbell, Newark, DE. 

His parents, one sister, Evelyn Douglass Sanderson, Malta, IL, an infant brother, Frederic Douglass, and an infant grandson preceded him in death.

Mr. Douglass moved to Delaware in 1947 and was a production engineer at NVF Company in Yorklyn and Newark.  He was named general superintendent of the Newark plant in 1956 and Manager from 1965 until 1969.  From 1970 until retiring in 1984, he was plant manager for American Hoechst in Delaware City.

He had served with the 3rd Army in Europe during World War II.                           CC 7/13/1995 

 

Ernest George Telfer     1995.07.24

Ernest George Telfer, 81, of Vincennes, IN, passed away Friday, July 7, 1995 at Crestview Convalescent Center.   He was born to Ernest D. and Ruth (Bogle) Telfer December 17, 1913 in Marseilles, IL.

Ernie was a retired manufacturer’s representative for a paper packaging company.  He was also a member of the Old Cathedral Catholic Church and a live member of the Vincennes, IN Elk’s Lodge #291.  He was united in marriage to Catherine (Cunningham) Telfer December 26, 1939.

Survivors include two sons, George Ernest Telfer of Big Rock, IL and Robert Frank Telfer of Burbank, CA; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Catherine May 6, 1989.

The funeral was held Tuesday, July 11, 1995 with Father John Schipp officiating at Old Cathedral Church with interment at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation was held at Dexter Gardner & Sons Funeral Home in Vincennes, IN.                                     CC 7/20/1995 

 

Christopher Lee Luker     1995.07.25

Christopher Lee Luker, age 25, of Chicago, IL, formerly of Hinckley, IL passed away Wednesday, July 12, 1995 at St. Joseph Hospital, Chicago, after a long battle with a debilitating disease.

He was born July 27, 1969 at Long Branch, NJ, the son of Lee and Sharon L. (Heyniger) Luker.

Chris grew up near Belmar, NJ on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.  When he was thirteen, the family moved to Hinckley, IL where he graduated from Hinckley-Big Rock High School with the class of 1987.

Following graduation he moved to Chicago, where he had since made his home.

In addition to his parents he is survived by two brothers, Paul Luker of Boone, NC and Seth Luker of Hinckley, IL; his paternal grandmother, Doris Luker of Hinckley and his maternal grandmother, Helen Heyniger of Wall Township, NJ; his paternal uncle, David (Ann) Luker of Sugar Grove, one maternal uncle, Cort (Renee) Heyniger of Spring Lake Heights, NJ, one maternal aunt, Nancy (Tom) Greenhoe of Brick Township, NJ, and several cousins.

In addition he leaves a circle of friends who will long remember his uconditional love and caring.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Ray Luker and his maternal grandfather, Cortland Heyniger.

Friends called at Conley Funeral Home Sunday.  The Rev. Paul Gerardy, pastor of the Hinckley United Methodist Church officiated with interment held at a later date at Glendola Cemetery, Wall Township, NJ.

Memorials in his name may be made to Hinckley United Methodist Church, 181 N. Sycamore, Hinckley, IL 60520 in care of the new building fund.    CC 7/20/1995 

 

Gordon William Isaac     1995.07.26

Gordon William Isaac, age 90, passed away Monday, July 10, 1995, at his home in Carterville, IL.  He was born February 14, 1905 in Big Rock, IL, the son of William P. and Elizabeth (Eggo) Isaac.

Mr. Isaac graduated from Crane Technical High School in Chicago where he grew up as a young man.

He joined the Central Park M.  E. Church in Chicago.  He married Charlotte Thurber, June 30, 1944 in Aurora, IL.  They just celebrated their 51st anniversary together.

Mr. Isaac, while a resident of Aurora, owned the Aurora Printing Company.  He also published several weekly newspapers in Illinois.  He started a newspaper, the Downers Grove Journal and also owned the Patoka Register, Patoka, IL and later the Gridley News, Gridley, IL.  He was active in the communities in which he made his home.  He served as mayor of Patoka, IL and was a township trustee while in Gridley.  He was a Mason belonging to the El Paso Lodge #246 in El Paso, IL.  He also belonged to the Aurora Commandary Knights Templar and the Shrine, Abou Ben Adhem, in Springfield, MO.  Retiring in 1975, he came to Southern Illinois.

He is survived by his wife; one son, William Isaac, of Albany, NY; a daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Roger Norman of Carterville; one brother, Merle J. Isaac; a niece Margrethe Isaac of Des Plaines, IL; four grandchildren, Mary, Sam, Ben and Nathan Norman of Carterville; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation was held Wednesday at the Pillatsch Funeral Home in Carterville, IL, and at Dieterle Memorial Home in Aurora Friday, July 14, 1995.

Funeral services were held at Dieterle Memorial Home with Rev. David Caul officiating.  Burial will be in Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorials can be made to the Carterville Methodist Church and to TIP of Illinois Hospice Program, 910 N. Court, Marion, IL 62959.                                                    CC 7/20/1995 

 

Frank Spinuzza     1995.07.27

Frank Spinuzza, 88, of Shabbona, died Thursday, July 13, 1995 at the Illinois Veteran’s Home in LaSalle.

He was born April 20, 1907 in Chicago, the son of Charles and Eva (Wojydla) Spinuzza.

Frank moved from Chicago to Shabbona in 1939 and farmed in the Shabbona area for many years.

He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Lee, Shabbona American Legion Post #677, and was a World War II veteran having served overseas.

Survivors include a sister, Mary (Eugene) Swanson of Largo, FL.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 17 at St. James Catholic Church in Lee with Rev. Louis Pesut officiating.  Burial was held at St. James Calvary Cemetery in Lee.  Friends visited Sunday afternoon at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                      CC 7/20/1995 

 

Frances Cox Follin     1995.07.28

Frances C. Follin, 91, of Aurora, died Tuesday, July 18, 1995 at Mercy Center Hospital.  She was born July 19, 1903 in Shabbona, IL, the daughter of the late George and Ellen (Dugan) Cox.

Mrs. Follin was a member of Holy Angels Church, St. Anne Society and the Silver Threads Group of the church.  Together with her late husband, Ralph, she founded Follins Shoe Store in 1935.  She also taught elementary school at Bardwell and Brady Schools in District 131.

Survivors include four grandchildren, Sharon Follin of Aurora, Patricia (Zygmunt) Rosa of Aurora, Ralph (Beth) Follin of Phoenix, AZ and Thomas (Teri) Follin of Yorkville; seven great grandchildren, Michelle and Christopher Follin of Phoenix, AZ, Nicholas and Jonathan Rosa of Aurora, Stephanie, Tommy and Timmy Follin of Yorkville; a sister, Regina (William) Knight of Peoria; five brothers, George and Vincent Cox of Shabbona, Harold (Helen) Cox of Lee, IL, Meryl Cox of Twin Lakes, MI, Charles (Mercedes) Cox of Prairie Du Sac, WI and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Follin in 1979; a step-son and daughter-in-law, John and Mildred Follins; one son in infancy, Ralph Francis Follin; one brother, Frederick Cox and one sister in infancy, Mary.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 21, 1995 at the Healy Chapel to Holy Angels Church with Father Glenn Nelson officiating.  Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.     CC 7/27/1995 

 

Howard T. Rierson     1995.07.29

Howard T. Rierson, 100, of Leland, IL, passed away Monday, July 17, 1995 in Illinois Veteran Home in Manteno, IL.  He was born August 25, 1894 in Leland, IL the son of Theodore and Adelaide (Keenan) Rierson.  He married Irene Gunderson April 11, 1925 in Wheaton, IL.  He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church Leland, Leland American Legion, former member of LaSalle County Farm Bureau, served in the Army during World War I, and farmed in the Leland area for many years.  Memorials may be directed to Bethany Lutheran Church, Leland, IL.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 20, 1995 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Leland, with the Rev. Chris Beamsley officiating.  Burial was at the Little Indian Creek Cemetery, rural Leland, IL.  Visitation was held Wednesday, July 19, 1995 at the Turner Funeral Home, Somonauk, IL.

He is survived by two sons, Jerome Rierson of Leland, and Theodore (Cinda) Rierson of Chicago, IL, four daughters, Jeanette Rierson of Leland, IL, Mrs. Lucille (Sam) Orris of Arlington Heights, IL, Mrs. Marilyn Kirkhus of DeKalb, IL, and Mrs. Margaret (Robert) Shumway of Leland, IL; ten grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren; one sister, Ilo Anderson, 102 of Shabbona, IL and one brother, Burton Rierson, 96, of Aurora, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Irene in 1988, one brother, Adlai Rierson, two sisters, Adelaide Fuchs, and one in infancy, and one son-in-law, Ivan Kirkhus.

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Alvin P. Jungels    1995.07.30

Alvin P. Jungels, 80, of Hinckley, IL, passed away Saturday, July 22, 1995 at Sandwich Community Hospital in Sandwich, IL.  He was born February 9, 1915 in Lemont, IL, the son of John and Ida (Flugga) Jungels.  He married Geraldine Rieser April 11, 1942 in Naperville, IL.  Alvin began farming in Lemont and Naperville and eventually in Squaw Grove Township near Hinckley.  He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Somonauk, the Loyal Order of Moose, and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Funeral mass was held Wednesday, July 26, 1995 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Somonauk.  Burial was in St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery in Sandwich.  Visitation was held Tuesday, July 25, 1995 at the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk.

He is survived by his wife, Geraldine, his daughter, Cheryl (Steven) Svitak of Lisle, IL, two grandsons, Tony Svitak and David Svitak; two brothers, Cletus (Helen) Jungels and Vernon (Shirley) Jungels both of Plainfield, IL, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Illa Venard and Viola Hoffmeyer, two brothers, Irvin Jungels and Clarence Jungels.                                 CC 7/27/1995 

 

Charles Eli Wilkinson     1995.07.31

Charles Eli Wilkinson, 89, of Aurora, passed away peacefully at home Friday, July 21, 1995.  He was born March 27, 1906 in Joliet, IL, to Charles and Emma (Poindexter) Wilkinson.

Charles graduated from Joliet Township High School.  He was the owner of P & W Truck Parts, Inc., in Aurora for 60 years.  He has owned trucking businesses in Montgomery, Hinckley, Joliet, and Naperville.

Survivors include his daughter, Shelia Scott-Wilkinson of Los Angeles, CA; a grandson, Craig Wilkinson and grand-daughters, Michelle Wilkinson of Atlanta, GA, and Donna Wilkinson of San Francisco, CA; a great grandson, Christopher Wilkinson of Atlanta, GA,, and a niece Dorothy Scroggins of Chicago and other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Wilkinson; his mother, Emma Wilkinson, 13 brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were held at Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary Tuesday, to St. Rita of Cascia Church with father Robert Willhilt officiating.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Marie Wilkinson Child Development Center, 1144 E. Galena, Aurora, IL 60505 or Aurora Foundation, 111 W., Downer Pl., Suite 312, Aurora, IL 60506, for placement in the Charles and Marie Wilkinson Scholarship Fund.                               CC 7/27/1995 

 

Esther Ferguson Watne     1995.07.32

Esther F. Watne, 92, of Shabbona died Saturday, July 29, 1995 at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

She was born January 8, 1903 in Paton, IA the daughter of Everett J. and Hannah (Wasson) Ferguson.  She married Theodore A. Watne in June 1926 in Rollo.

She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1925 and received her master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

Her teaching career began in Rollo.  She taught music in the Shabbona school system and gave private music lessons from World War II until 1952.  In 1952 she became assistant superintendent of schools in DeKalb County, serving in the position until 1956 when she began teaching in the Lisle school system.  In 1958 she became principal of the Jefferson Elementary School in DeKalb and taught kindergarten in the DeKalb school system until her retirement in 1968.

She was a member and former organist at the United Church of Christ in Shabbona and also held memberships in the Pokonokah Chapter Order of the Eastern Star in Shabbona, the National Education Association, and the Illinois and DeKalb County Retired Teacher’s Associations.

Survivors include a son, Dr. Alvin (Diana) Watne of Marietta, GA, two granddaughters, Carrie (Robert) Robinson of Edwardsville, IL, Valerie Watne of Marietta, GA; two grandsons, Andrew Watne of Atlanta, GA and Matthew Watne of Glenview, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband July 20, 1951, three sisters, Leila, Eunice and Alice, and two brothers, Everett W. and William.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, August 2, 1995 in Johnson Grove Cemetery in Waterman.  Friends called Tuesday evening at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Theodore and Esther F. Watne Scholarship Fund, c/o Indian Creek School District, 506 S. Shabbona Road, Shabbona, IL 60550.                                                  CC 8/3/1995 

 

 

Richard Jones     1995.07.33

Richard Jones, age 73 of Ottawa, IL, formerly of Kaneville, passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, July 25, 1995, at the Pleasant View Luther Home in Ottawa where he had made his home in recent years.  He was born May 31, 1922 at Rush Luke Township, IA, the son of Robert and Kate (Jones) Jones.

Richard’s family made their home and farmed in both Illinois and Iowa through is childhood.

October 12, 1943 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Ansteth in Chicago, IL.  They made their home in the Big Rock area until 1950 when they moved to the home where they would live together until Elizabeth’s death in 1983.

For a number of years Richard farmed in the Big Rock and Kaneville area.  Then, for seventeen years, he worked as a custodian for Kaneland School District 302 until ill health caused his retirement.

He was a member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church and Blackberry Lodge #359 AF&AM of Elburn and for many years was a volunteer with the Kaneville Fire Department.

He is survived by three daughters, Bonnie (Richard) Freeman of Lostant, IL, Sharon (Owen) Morley, Jr. of Toledo, IL, and Susan (Randal) Estes of Sandwich, IL; one son, Robert (Kathy) Jones of Lees Summit, MO; eleven grandchildren, Jolene (Jon) Salz of Danvers, IL, and Mary (Jim) Engelhorn of Bloomington, IL, John (Darlene) Freeman, Patricia Freeman (fiancé, Mike Bernadoni) and Jeffrey Freeman, all of Lostant, IL, Bill Morley and Tammy Morley, both of Toledo, IL, Troy Jones of Missouri, Keri (Jones) of Tennessee, Robert and Raymond Estes of Sandwich, IL; two step grandchildren, Justin and Sara Bopp of Missouri, seven great grandchildren,; one step great grandson; two brothers, John Jones of Lisbon, IL and Hugh Jones of West Plains, MO; two sisters-in-law, Mildred (Gilbert ) Gordon and Elaine Murray as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Elizabeth, one sister, Catherine Matteson and one step-grandson, Jim Morley.

His funeral service was held Friday, July 28, 1995 from Conley Funeral Home with Reverend Ruth Wickersham officiating.  Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley, IL.  Memorials in his name may be mailed c/o P.O. Box A, Elburn, IL 60119.                              CC 8/3/1995 

 

Arthur E. Heath     1995.07.34

Arthur E. Heath, 80 formerly of rural Hinckley and Sycamore, died Tuesday, July 25, 1995 at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.  He was born March 17, 1915 in Compton, IL, the son of Chester and Elnora (Bauer) Heath.  He married Margaret Lavaty July 12, 1969, in Big Rock, IL.  He was a former member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and farmed in the Hinckley and Sycamore area most of his life.

He is survived by three sons, Robert (Marian) Heath, Charles (Mary) Heath all of Sycamore, Ronald (Flora) Heath of DeKalb; a daughter, Patricia (Gary) Howell of DeKalb; three step-daughters, Lorraine (Gus) Marfise, Susie (George) Enright all of Alsip, Gerrie (Carl) Ballard of Nashville, TN; a step-son, Bob (Sue) Lavaty of Palos Hills; a brother, Clarence Heath of Aurora; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; a brother, John Heath; step-son, Roy Lavaty; step-son-in-law, Dave Honeycutt; and a great grandchild.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 28, 1995 at Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Campbell officiating.  Burial was at Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore.  A memorial fund is established in care of the funeral home.

CC 8/3/1995 

 

Orla W. Neeves Pinnow     1995.07.35

Orla W. Pinnow, 74, of Oswego, passed away at her residence.  She was born March 5, 1921 in Aurora to the late Orlando and Pearl (Klohlhamer) Neeves.

Mrs. Pinnow was employed as a high school teacher at Wilmington High School in Wilmington, IL, and a grade school teacher in the old White School in Oswego.  She retired in 1950.  She was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Illinois Preservation Society and the World Wildlife Federation.  She was a graduate of North Central College in Naperville, where she received her BA in education.

Survivors include a daughter, Charla (Doug) Antrobus of Cortland, IL, a son, Bryce (Bonnie) Pinnow of Oswego; four granddaughters, Leslie and Stacy Antrobus, Ellanie and Althea Pinnow and an aunt, Esther Hobson of Boulder Hill.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Pinnow and a sister, Juanita Neeves.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 27, 1995 at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Oswego.  Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Montgomery.

Memorials may be directed to the Church of the Good Shepherd in Oswego.                               CC 8/10/1995 

 

          Beatrice H. Bell Hull     1995.08.10

Beatrice H. Hull, 96, of DeKalb, IL, died Monday, August 14, 1995 at DeKalb County Nursing Home.

She was born December 24, 1898 in Blue Mound, KS, the daughter of Harry W. and Cora Frances (Hebbe) Bell. She married Reverend Clark Arthur Hull in Blue Mound, KS on September 22, 1917.

She taught elementary education at Milledgeville, Hinckley, and Allen Elementary School in Aurora and St. Joseph Catholic School in Aurora. She was a Methodist minister’s wife and served in the following charges, Blue Mound, Altamount and Parsons, KS; and Pullman, Batavia, Wyanet, Erie, Waterman, Rochelle, Plainfield, Milledgeville, and Kaneville, IL. She was a graduate of Northern Illinois University. She did her graduate work at Northwestern University in Evanston and University of Chicago in Chicago. During WW II she was active in the Green River Ordinance Plant in Amboy, IL. She was a member of the Women’s Society of the Methodist Church and a member of the NEA, IEA and the East Aurora Education Association where she formerly served as president.

She is survived by 1 son, Clark (Mary) Hull of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; 3 daughters, Marian (Matt) Indreika of Downers Grove, IL, Fran (Jim) Townsend of Greeley, CO and Lynn (Keith) Oncken of Milledgeville, IL; 10 grandchildren, Mary Jo Benhart, Carol Carlson, Mark Indreika, John, Greg, Clark and Rob Townsend, Vicki Sandhu, Debbi Crowson and Kristy Oncken Ford; 15 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Clark A. Hull on March 29, 1954 and 1 brother, Hervey W. Bell.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 17, 1995 at Kaneville United Methodist Church in Kaneville IL with the Reverend Ruth C. Wickersham of Kaneville United Methodist Church and Reverend James A. Getzel of the Waterman United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Kaneville Cemetery in Kaneville. Friends may call on Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home. A memorial has been established for the Blue Mound Methodist Church in Blue Mound, KS in care of the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.                  CC 8/17/1995

 

          Pearl Gertrude Davis Taylor      1995.08.11

Pearl Gertrude Taylor, age 84, of Hinckley passed away Monday, August 14, 1995 at the Willowcrest Nursing Pavilion, in Sandwich. She was born November 29, 1910 in Getchel, IN the daughter of Jesse and Irene Davis.

Pearl was united in marriage on June 9, 1929 in Bloomington, IL, to Mr. Henry Taylor.

Mrs. Taylor attended the Newark Lutheran Church. She was formerly employed by C.T.S. Knights. Pearl was a loving homemaker and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include five children; Violet (Howard) Swanstrom, of Plano, Verna Serby, of CA, Mildred (Roger) Nelson, of AZ, Bob (Sharon) Taylor, of Aurora and Don (Debbie) Taylor, of Hinckley; 17 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; one brother: Cecil (Gwen) Davis, of MO; and one sister: Louise (Burt) Struck, of WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Henry, two daughters, Elaine and Betty; as well as two grandchildren, Brett Hilt, and Lisa Anderson.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 17, 1995 at 10:00 a.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, in Hinckley. Interment will follow in the Millington-Newark Cemetery, in Millington.

Friends may call on Wednesday, August 16, 1995 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St., Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.  815-286-3247.

 CC 8/17/95

 

          Kenneth J. Craig     1995.08.12

Kenneth J. Craig, 75, of Shabbona, died Wednesday, August 9, 1995 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

He was born, September 30, 1919 in Milan Township, the son of Edward and Rose (Herrmann) Craig.

He was married Esther Carlson, May 20, 1941 in Sycamore.

He attended East High School in Aurora and was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Lee. He farmed for twelve years in the Shabbona area and also sold farm chemicals and operated a custom spraying service in the Shabbona area for nineteen years.

Survivors include his wife, Esther of Shabbona, four daughters, Carol (William) Middaugh of Rochelle, Colleen (Bruce) Thayle of the republic of Panama, Lois (Ken) Ehrhart of Shabbona, Ellen (Ken) Lee of Smithville, MO; two sons, David (Jeanne) Craig of Hurst, TX, Dale (Lois) Craig of Havana, IL, and thirteen grandchildren, Ken, Kyle, and Ladonna Middaugh; Bryand and Brent Thale; Jennifer, Diane, and Sara Craig;  Andrew, and Lindsay Craig; Christopher, Stephen, and Carolyn Lee; a brother, Donald (Mary) Craig of Aurora; and one aunt, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be at 11:00, Saturday morning at St. James Catholic Church in Lee with Father Louis Pesut officiating. Burial; will be in St. James Cemetery, Lee.

Friends my call from 5-8 Friday afternoon and evening at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona. A liturgical wake service will be held at 7:30 Friday evening at the funeral home.

A memorial is being established.                       CC 8/17/1995

 

          Lewis A. Prestegaard     1995.08.13

Lewis A. Prestegaard, 80, of Lee, died Saturday, August 12, 1995 at home.

He was born January 21, 1915 in rural Steward, the son of Lars O. and Annie (Oleson) Prestegaard. He married Lorraine Kittleson, December 9, 1945, at the Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee.

Lewis was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church of rural Lee, and had held various church offices throughout the years. He was also a member of the Lee American Legion, and had farmed in the Lee area for many years.

He was a World War II veteran, having served in the army as a First Lieutenant in the European Theater.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine of Lee, a daughter Carol (James) Cutsinger of Aiken, South Carolina, a brother Ole (Margaret) Prestegaard of Lee, and three grandchildren, Leah, Kellyn, and Trevor Cutsinger.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan, in 1993.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00, Tuesday morning at the Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee, with Reverend Donald Myhres, church pastor officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Union Cemetery. There will be no visitation.

CC 8/17/95

 

          Harvey Raplus     1995.08.14

Dr. Harvey Raplus, formerly of Big Rock, passed away August 9, 1995.

Dr. Raplus, now of Fayette, IA, began his teaching career in Big Rock High School, 1933-37. He had retired as Professor Emeritus of the Upper University of Iowa at Fayette.

Services were in Fayette, IA, but a memorial service will be held August 19, 1995.

Memorials may be sent to the Arts Department of Upper Iowa University, Fayette, IA.                      CC 8/17/1995

 

          Sandra K. Gordon Simmons     1995.08.15

Sandra K. Simmons died August 12, 1995.  She was the beloved wife of Dennis J., dear mother of John Neil and Adam Gordon Jackson, fond daughter of Keith and the late Shirley Gordon, sister of Sherry F. (Joseph) Wessels and Kevin K. (Karin) Gordon.  Services were held Wednesday, August 16, 11:00 a.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, South 4th Street, DeKalb, IL, interment was private, visitation was at the chapel, Tuesday 3-9 P.M.         CC 8/17/95

 

 

          Kenneth D. Manlove     1995.08.16

Kenneth D. Manlove, age 79, of Waterman, IL passed away on Monday, August 21, 1995 at the Pine Acres Care Center, in DeKalb. He was born September 22, 1915 in Chicago, IL the son of Cliffe and Etta Mae (Wood) Manlove. He was united in marriage on January 27, 1938, in Chicago, IL, to Esther A. Hyett.

He was employed in the printing trades as compositor and typesetter for all his years of employment. His last employer prior to retiring in 1977 was Banner Molded Products, in River Grove, IL.

Mr. Manlove was a veteran of WWII having served in the 143rd NCB’s in the Philippines. He was a member of the American Legion Post, in Elmhurst, IL, the Blanton Thompson Post #155, in Crystal River, FL and Post #654 in Waterman, IL.

Kenneth was an avid camper and a member of the Kishwaukee Kardinals NCHA, of DeKalb for many years before and after retiring to Florida in 1977.

Survivors include his wife, Esther of Waterman; one son, Richard (Donna) Manlove, of Wheaton, IL; one daughter, Susan Christensen, of Waterman; six grandchildren, Mark, and Christine of DuPage County, IL, Laura, of Atlanta, Georgia; Scott, Stacey and Lisa, of Waterman; as well as eight great grandchildren, Kyle, Mollie, C.J., Aubree, Alexander, Justin, Benjamin and Dylan.

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

A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 25, 1995 at 11:00 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, on Lee Road, Hinckley, IL, with the Reverend Donald E. Balgeman, officiating. There will be no visitation. Interment will be private.

A memorial fund has been established in care of Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman, IL for the Immanuel Lutheran Fellowship Hall, fund.                             CC 8/24/95

 

          Clyde Hamblen     1995.08.17

Clyde Hamblen, age 89, of Elburn, IL, formerly of Big Rock and Arkdale, WI, passed away late Wednesday, August 16, 1995, at his home in Elburn. Released to walk the fields of heaven, once again united with his beloved wife Thelma. He was born September 21, 1905 at Mt. Vernon, IL, the son of Elza and Dolly (Gardner) Hamblen.

Clyde grew up in a country farming family, attending school as a young boy. After his mother’s death, he moved up north to live with his brother for about a year. On June 15, 1927, he was united in marriage to Thelma Tate at Mt. Vernon, IL, where they made their home for short time before moving to Big Rock. There, Clyde worked as a farmhand for a time until 1943, when they moved to the LaFox area.

Clyde managed farm lands near LaFox for Gordon Keogh for many years, farmed with Roy Raymond in Big Rock for a time and managed farms for many others in Kane County until 1967 when he retired. Though retired, he could not be idle and worked at VanDee Manufacturing in Batavia until 1976 when he and Thelma moved to Arkdale, WI. In 1988, both Thelma and their daughter, Ilene died suddenly. Moving back to Illinois he lived in Big Rock until 1990, when he came to Elburn, to make his home with his daughter-in-law, Shirley Hamblen and grandson, Jason.

Survivors include two daughters, Juanita (William) Gee of Apple River, IL and Inell Preusker of Grayslake, IL; two sons, Robert (Linda) Hamblen of Scottsdale, AZ and Donald Hamblen of Mesa, AZ; one daughter-in-law, Shirley Hamblen of Elburn, IL: two sisters, Tessy and Dessy of Mt. Vernon, IL; 18 grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; his grandson-in-law,

Randy Gum of Big Rock, IL as well as his loved and trusted caretaker, Theresa.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma; one daughter, Ilene Hamblen; two brothers, Howard and Troy Hamblen; three grandchildren, Donald W. Hamblen, Steven Michael Preukser and Fancy Hamblen; and one great grandson, Christopher Ryan McCarney.

Visitation was held at Conley Funeral home in Elburn on Saturday, August 19. Reverend Katherine Lawes, pastor of Elburn Community Congregational Church officiated at the funeral services, interment followed at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Aurora, IL.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society c/o the Old Second National Bank, 37 S. River St. Aurora, IL 60506 

         CC 8/24/1995

 

Alfred P. Fichtel     1995.08.18

Alfred P. Fichtel, 78, of Big Rock, IL passed away Saturday, August 26,1995 at the Tiller’s Nursing Home in Oswego.  He was born February 26, 1917 in Aurora.

Survivors include 5 sons, Ronald (Joyce) Fichtel, of Hillpoint, WI; Richard (Sheila) Fichtel of Oswego, Raymond (Marcia) Fichtel of Warrenville, Randy (Karla) Fichtel of Aurora; 1 daughter, Mary Jane (John) Walt of Big Rock; 19 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 1 brother, Earl (Goldie) Fichtel of St. Charles and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn (Lentz) Fichtel; his parents, John and Margaret (Felton) Fichtel; and one sister, Ester (Powers) Fichtel.

Funeral services were held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 29, 1995 from the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary to Annunciation Church at 10 a.m.  Father Mario Pedi, O.S.B., officiated with interment in Marywood Cemetery.  Visitation was held at the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday, August 28, 1995.  A liturgical wake service was held at 3 p.m. Monday.              CC 8/31/1995

 

  1. Catherine Fowler Trotz Quincer 1995.08.19
  2. Catherine Quincer, 75, of Waterman, IL, died Sunday, August 27, 1995 in rural DeKalb as a result of an automobile accident.

She was born February 14, 1920 in Springfield, KY, the daughter of Lawrence and Nancy Catherine (Goode) Fowler.  She married Harold E. Trotz June 30, 1940 in DeKalb and later married Willard E. Quincer February 26, 1983 in Malta.

She was a homemaker.  She was a member of Malta United Methodist Church in Malta.

She is survived by 3 daughters, Roxie Sawyer of Waterman, Judy Burton of Sycamore, and Janet Johnson of Sand Springs, OK; 4 sons, Duane (Carol) Trotz of Albion, NY, Ken (Marilyn) Trotz of Belvidere, Gene Trotz of Joliet, and Doug Trotz of Ft. Collins, CO; 20 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Ruby Carrier of Willisburg, KY and Naomi Thompson of Willisburg, KY; 1 brother, Sterling (Florence) Ryan of Sycamore and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by both husbands; 1 son, Larry Trotz; 1 brother, Billy Fowler; and 1 sister, Dorothy Votaw.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 31, 1995 at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb with the Rev. George David of the Malta United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.  Visitation was held on Wednesday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home.

A memorial has been established for M. Catherine Quincer in care of the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.

               CC 8/31/1995

 

Marcus Olsen     1995.08.20

Marcus “Mark” Olsen, 83, of Maple Park, IL, died unexpectedly, Friday afternoon, August 25, 1995, in the arms of his daughter, Mel.  It was a beautiful day and he felt fine, when a heart attack released him from the hands of time.  He was born June 11, 1912 in Elburn, the son of Carl P. and Ingeborg (Buhl) Olsen.

As a young man, he began working on area farms near Maple Park where the family made their home on Thatcher Road for many years.

June 21, 1933 he was united in marriage to Audrey Keefe in Maple Park, where they remained on the farm all of their lives.

Mark purchased the family farm from his father in 1947 and became a well known livestock dealer throughout the area.  A man of many talents and ambitions, Mark also dealt in real estate for many years.

He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park and a member of the Kane County Farm Bureau for many years.

Mark enjoyed his many friendships and was most at home with a deck of cards.  He appreciated the rural lands and loved nothing more than a long afternoon ride over country roads.  Following Audrey’s death in 1975, he traveled many roads with his friend, Florence Olesen from Wisconsin to Florida for a number of years.  In 1986, Mark returned to Maple Park to make his home with his daughter, Nancy.

Survivors include eight children, Patricia Ross of West Palm Beach, FL, Mark (Jackie) Olsen of Withee, WI, Dorothy (Lloyd) McAdams of Maple Park, Nancy Olsen of Maple Park, Mike (Sharon) Olsen of Maple Park, Caryl (Jerry) Schrader of Maple Park, William (Sue) Olsen of Maple Park, and Melody (Fred) Needham of Maple Park; one sister, Mary Wogulis of Sedro Wooley, WA; one brother, Arthur Olsen of Lake Worth, FL; one daughter-in-law, Helen Olsen of Maple Park; one sister-in-law, Estelle Beck of Aurora; 22 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He joins now his parents and wife, Audrey (1975) and one son, Richard; as well as 2 brothers, Sigfred and Albert Olsen and 2 sons-in-law, Jim Bjorn and Burt Ross.

Visitation was held at Conley Funeral Home Sunday, August 27 from 3 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services were held at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce Street in Elburn Monday, August 28 at 10:30 a.m.  The Rev. W. Michael Massey, pastor of the Assembly of God Church in DeKalb officiated.  Interment followed at Gardner Cemetery, Rt. 38 in Maple Park.     CC 8/31/1995

 

Burdette Robert Johnson     1995.08.21

Burdette Robert (Bud) Johnson, 70, of DeKalb, IL died Sunday, August 27, 1995 in Rockford, IL.

He was born May 23, 1925 at his parents’ home in rural Lee, IL, the son of Oliver and Emma (Kittleson) Johnson.

He married Dona Alice Barnes June 21, 1947 at First United Methodist Church in DeKalb.

He was retired, having been formerly employed by Barber-Greene Co. and Northern Illinois University.

He was baptized at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Lee.

He is survived by three daughters, Connie (James) Caldwell of St. Louis, MO; Cindy (Stanley) Kary of St. Louis; and Cathy (Warren) Lubbers of DeKalb; eight grandchildren, Tracy and Scott Caldwell of St. Louis, MO; Amanda, Mathew and Ryan Barker of St. Louis, and Karen, Cheryl and Yvette Lubbers of DeKalb; one sister, Verdelle Pierce of Mt. Prospect, IL; one brother, Ernest (Shirley) Johnson of Maple Park, IL; one sister-in-law, Helen Johnson of Paw Paw, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife December 11, 1990; his parents; one brother; one brother-in-law; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service was held Saturday, September 2, 1995 at 2 p.m. at Ronan-Moore Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, with the Rev. David Carlisle, First United Methodist Church, DeKalb, officiating.  Interment of ashes followed the Memorial service at Fairview Cemetery.

All arrangements were completed by the Ronan-Moore Funeral Home in DeKalb.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a contribution be made to a charity of your choice in Bud’s name.          CC 9/7/1995

 

Willard E. Quincer     1995.08.22

Willard E. Quincer, 76, of rural Clare, IL passed away Sunday, August 27, 1995 in rural DeKalb, IL following an automobile accident.

He was born October 12, 1918 in Malta, IL, the son of Van P. and Blanche (Worden) Quincer.

He married Rose N. Knudtson November 9, 1940 in Malta, and later married M. Catherine Trotz February 26, 1983 in Malta.

He was a lifelong farmer in Malta.  He was a member of the Malta United Methodist Church, charter member of the Livestock Feeders Association, and a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

He is survived by three sons, Jim (Alice) Quincer of Malta, Dick (Sue) Quincer of Pasadena, CA, and Mark (Sandy) Quincer of LaSalle, IL; one daughter, Bonnie (Merlin) Anderson of Malta; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; one sister, Mildred (Russell) Knudtson of Ottawa, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by both of his wives, his parents, one son Elwyn, and one brother Martin.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 30, 1995 at 10:30 a.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, with Rev. David H. Schmidt of United Campus Ministries DeKalb, officiating.  Burial followed at Fairview Park Cemetery.

Visitation was held Tuesday, August 29 at the Anderson Funeral Home.             CC 9/7/1995

 

Shirley Jean Shick Dickson     1995.09.06

Shirley Jean Dickson, 58, of Big Rock, passed away Friday, September 8, 1995 at her home.  She was born November 3, 1936 in Aurora, the daughter of Walter Victor and Janet (Conover) Shick.

Shirley was united in marriage March 20, 1956 in Yorkville to John Robert Dickson.  She spent her years as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her husband, John of Big Rock; five children, David (Carol) Dickson of Oak Harbor, WA, Denise (Steve) Zinkie of Yorkville, Donna (Thomas) Leffelman of Big Rock, Dawn (Paul) Mulligan of Yorkville, Dale (Teresa) Dickson of Wamego, KS; 10 grandchildren; one sister, Alice (Colin) Nicholson of Sycamore; as well as many friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Ralph Shick and two sisters, Liz Harker and Janice Miller.

Funeral services will be held Monday, September 11, 1995 at 10 a.m. at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home in Yorkville.  Interment will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Bristol.

Friends may call Sunday, September 10, 1995 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 410 E. Countryside Parkway in Yorkville.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes. 708-553-7611

CC 9/14/1995

 

Orrel McKenzie Treadwell     1995.09.12

Orrel M. Treadwell, 91, of Maple Park, passed away Friday evening, September 1, 1995 at the Michaelsen Health Center, Batavia, where she had been a Holmstadt resident since 1978.  She was born October 26, 1903 at Creston, the daughter of Frank and Dell (McIlvaine) McKenzie.

She grew up in the Creston area where she graduated from high school and went on to earn her B.A. degree in Education at Cornel College at Mt. Vernon, IA.  Orrel became a teacher at Maple Park High School in 1925 and there she met Jack Treadwell, owner of the Treadwell Oil Company.  July 15, 1930 they were united in marriage in Rochelle and they made their home in Maple Park for many years.  For more than 20 years Orrel taught high school and grade school in Maple Park and many are her alumni who remember how she taught math.

Following Jack’s death in 1977, Orrel later moved to the Holmstadt in Batavia where she has since made her home.

Never one with idle hands, Orrel knitted and crocheted countless keepsakes, now among the family, but perhaps the most lasting gift was not what she made but how she taught many others to do needlework.

She is survived by one daughter, Jane (Henry) Wanner of Wheaton; four grandchildren, Henry (Elizabeth) Wanner of  Lake Bluff; John (Sharon) Wanner of Bartlett, TN; Susan (John) Quinn and Ellen Wanner, both of Wheaton; seven great grandchildren and many dear friends.

She now joins her parents, her husband Jack and one infant son, as well as one sister and one brother who preceded her in death.

Friends called at the Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, Monday, September 4.  A liturgical wake service was held at 3:15 p.m. Monday.

Orrel was a member of the Church of St. Mary in Maple Park where her funeral mass was celebrated Tuesday, September 5.  Father William Clausen officiated, and interment followed at St. Mary Cemetery,  Maple Park.   CC 9/7/1995

 

Jacqueline A. Guiette Prentice     1995.09.13

Jacqueline A. Prentice, 74, of the Shabbona Health Care Center and formerly of DeKalb, died Friday, September 8, 1995 at the Shabbona Health Care center.

She was born July 13, 1921 in Chicago, the daughter of Vincent and Gladys (Konsack) Guiette.  She married John P. Prentice May 31, 1947 in Chicago.  She retired from GTE Automatic in 1983, after 27 years of service.  She was also a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb.

She is survived by her husband, John Prentice of the Shabbona Health Care Center; two daughters, Gail (Brian) Johnson of DeKalb, and Roberta (David) Wells of La Follette, TN; one son, Brian Prentice of DeKalb; two granddaughters, Peggy(Charles) Ivey of Tennessee and Rose (Jeremy) Swisher of Maine.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb, with Father William H. Schwartz officiating.  Burial followed in the St. Mary Cemetery in DeKalb.  Friends called Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, where a spiritual wake service was held at 6 p.m.

A memorial has been established in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.    CC 9/14/1995

 

Arthur Johnson     1995.09.14

Arthur Johnson, age 87, of Boulder Hill, IL, passed away Saturday, September 30, 1995.  He was born February 8, 1908 in Bristol, IL, the son of Anton and Bertha (Olson) Johnson.

Mr. Johnson farmed many years in the Big Rock area before his retirement, as well as serving as a Big Rock volunteer fireman in his younger hears.  He was an avid White Sox fan for all of his life.

Survivors include his daughter, Barbara Seaton; a granddaughter, Andrea (Rich) Seaton Shamblin; a grandson, Richie Shamblin, Jr., all of Boulder Hill; two brothers, Alvin (Betty) Johnson, Newark, IL, and Marshall (Frieda) Johnson of Aurora, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Vera; his second wife, Elsie; two sisters, Bernice A. Ness and Dorothy L. Johnson; and two brothers, James O. Johnson, and Clarence M. Johnson.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 4, 1995 at 10 a.m. at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 410 Countryside Parkway, Yorkville, IL.  Rev. Kurt Simon officiated.  Interment followed at the Little Rock Cemetery, Plano, IL.

Friends called Tuesday, October 3, 1995 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home in Yorkville, IL.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.   CC 10/5/1995

 

Mona E. Silburn Adams     1995.09.15

Mona E. Adams (nee Silburn), a resident of Blue Island, IL, died Wednesday, September 27, 1995 at St. Francis Hospital and Health Center, Blue Island.

Services were held Saturday, September 30 at Hallinan Funeral Home, Blue Island, with the Rev. Mike French officiating.  Interments was in Chapel Hill Gardens South, Worth, IL.

The former Mona Silburn was born August 17, 1920 in Sycamore.  She attended the Excelsior Grade School, rural Maple Park, and graduated from Hinckley High School, class of 1939.  She was a homemaker and a member of Victory Baptist Church of Alsip.

She is survived by her husband, O. C. Adams, two daughters, Eileen Adams and Christine Oliver, both of Mokena; a twin brother, George LeRoy Silburn of Lake Lucerne, NY; and three grandchildren; and a host of friends. 

CC 10/19/1995

 

Barbara Purdy Armour     1995.09.16

A memorial service will be held for Barbara Purdy Armour, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Purdy of Shabbona, November 18, 1995 at 1:30 p.m. at the Shabbona United Church of Christ, Shabbona, IL.

Barbara Purdy Armour died September 10, 1995

CC 11/16/1995

 

Betty L. Throgmorton Witt     1995.10.04

Betty L. Witt, 69, a resident of the Sandwich Manor, Sandwich, formerly of Aurora, died Thursday, October 12, 1995 at Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora.  She was born August 12, 1926 in Elkville, IL, the daughter of Dossie and Harriet (Castleton) Throgmorton.

Betty was a loving mother to her five daughters, Judy (Sonny) Dennis of Perris, CA, Cindy (Richard) Norwood of Columbia, SC, Patricia Witt of Lake Holiday, Sandwich, Sandra (Randall) Walker of Sandwich, and Beth Witt of Hinckley; ten grandchildren, Nancy Nelson, Jodeen Knittle, Allyssa Dennis, Toby and Corey Hall, Sarah Walker, Ryan and Jered Wierzbicki, Jonathan and Emily Norwood, and one great grandchild, Michael Hall.  She is also survived by one sister, Mary Alice (Russell) Harrison of Chesterfield, MO, and one brother, Bobbie (Jane) Throgmorton of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Jimmy, in 1994.

Funeral services for Betty were held Monday, October 16, at the Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich with Rev. Stan Motley officiating.  Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.  Visitation was Sunday, October 15 at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.                               CC 10/19/1995

 

Charlotte Rachel Edgerton Jandt     1995.10.06

Charlotte Rachel Jandt, 82, of Hinckley, passed away Saturday, October 14, 1995 at home.  She was born January 19, 1913 in Sandwich, the daughter of George Harrison and Charlotte (Davids) Edgerton.

She was united in marriage January 28, 1950 to Howard H. Jandt.

Mrs. Jandt was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, as well as a member of the Church Guild.  She was formerly employed as a tailor at Sycamore Coats for many years.  Charlotte’s pleasant and caring ways will always be remembered by her family.

Survivors include two sons, William H. (Sherry) Jandt of Winter, WI, and Edward R. (Dot) Jandt of Spicer, MN; four grandchildren, Shawn (Allen) Dyer of Greeley, CO, Kathy (Jim) Becker of Iowa City, IA, Melissa (Pete) Fourt of Rhinelander, WI, and Kim (Mark) Hast of Guyman, OK; nine great grandchildren; and a brother, Emmet Edgerton of Sandwich.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard and a sister, Florence Purkey.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 18, 1995 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley with Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment will be at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich.

Friends may call Tuesday, October 17, 1995 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St. in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.  815-286-3247.

CC 10/19/1995

 

Shirley M. Allen Kiefer     1995.10.10

Shirley M. Kiefer, 70. of Hinckley, formerly of Aurora, passed away October 7, 1995 at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born January 24, 1925 in Aurora.

She was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, a graduate of the St. Charles Hospital School of Nursing, where she worked for many years and was thereafter employed by Drs. Peter and Ward Starrett until her retirement.

Survivors include her husband, LeRoy Kiefer of Hinckley; one son, Raymond (Rosemary) Runge of Aurora; one daughter, Patricia (David) Kunkel of Montgomery; four grandchildren, Ryan Runge, Kelly and Krista Kunkel, and Cathy Hartkopp; her aunt, Anna Schlindwein of Clarendon Hills, IL; three nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Esther and Frank Allen and one brother, Harry Allen.

Funeral services from the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary Tuesday, October 10 at 11:30 to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church at 12 noon.  Fr. Edward Gillespie officiated with interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation was at the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary Monday, October 9 from 5 to 9 p.m. with a liturgical wake service at 7 p.m.     CC 10/12/1995

 

Paul L. Dean     1995.10.11

Paul L. Dean, 63, of 1709 Fletcher Street, Princeton, died Tuesday, October 10, 1995 in the Good Samaritan Lutheran Home in Davenport, IA.  He was born in Princeton January 11, 1932, the son of Hiram and Daisy (Lamkin) Dean.  He married Mildred Jackson November 18, 1951 in Tiskilwa, IL.

He was employed by Pioneer Hi-Bred seed Corn, retiring in 1986 following 36 years of service.  He was a member of the Hampshire Colony Congregational Church in Princeton, where he served as a long time trustee and was a past moderator member of the Knights Pythias Lodge in Princeton.  He had been active in Princeton Youth Baseball and was an avid golfer.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Dean of Princeton; two daughters, Susan (Robert) Lanier of Princeton, and Debra (Jon) Coulter of Kewanee; one son, Jim (Gale) Dean of Big Rock; one brother, Richard Dean of Rockford; one sister, Martha Harzheim of Peru, IL; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held at the Hampshire Colony Congregational United Church of Christ in Princeton Friday, October 13 at 1 p.m.  The Rev. Gordon Grant officiated.  Interment was in Oakland Cemetery, Princeton.  Friends called at the Norberg Memorial Home October 12 from 7-9 p.m.

Memorials may be directed to the Quad Cities chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.                           CC 10/19/1995

 

Pamela A. Roby Johnson     1995.10.12

Pamela A. Johnson passed away Wednesday, October 11, 1995 at her home in Mendota, after a brave battle for six years with cancer.  She was born February 24, 1954 in Elgin.

She attended schools in St. Charles and graduated from St. Charles High School in 1972.

She worked at Delnor Hospital as a nurses aide and later, worked at the Holmstad in Batavia, at which time she passed her state exam and became a certified nurses aide, and for the last couple of years did child care at home.  She loved her family, pets and the outdoors.  She and her husband liked antiques and they enjoyed going to antique shops.

Survivors include her husband of 21 years, Steven and their children, sons, Timothy Aaron (21), Matthew Russell (19), Nicholas William (17); and daughter, Stephanie Ann (13); her parents, Tom and Mary Lou Roby of South Elgin; her aunt Margo Kissane of Elgin; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Floyd and Jacque Johnson of Crystal Falls, MI; sisters-in-law, Tri (Ric) Paulin of Shabbona, IL, Penny (Jack) Gillespie of Ft. Collins, CO; and brother-in-law, Charles Johnson of Lubbock, TX and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents and one aunt.

A remembrance memorial service was held at the Advent Christian Church in Mendota Monday, October 16, 1995 at 3 p.m.

Contributions may be made in Pam’s memory to the family.

CC 10/19/1995

 

Louella Rosette Bastian     1995.10.13

Louella Bastian, formerly of Hinckley, IL, passed away Monday, October 23, 1995 in Porterville, CA.  She was born in Paw Paw Township, DeKalb County, IL April 21, 1910 the daughter of Arthur and Viola (Goble) Rosette.

She was united in marriage June 20, 1935 to Mr. Herbert Bastian.

She attended Northern Illinois State Teachers College and taught school during the early years of her life.  After her marriage to Herbert, she was a homemaker and assisted in her husband’s farm operation.  She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.

She is survived by two daughters, Lourene Bastian of Redlands, CA and Carla (Keith) Heal of Porterville, CA; one granddaughter, Heather Heal of Porterville, CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herbert; two brothers, Leonard and Kenneth Rosette; and one sister, Winifred Erlenbach.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 31, 1995 at 10 a.m. at the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Hinckley, IL, with the Rev. Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment will follow at the Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk, IL.

Visitation will be held Monday evening, October 30, 1995 from 5-8 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple Street, Hinckley, IL.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.                             CC 10/26/1995

 

Betty Brown Wolsfeld     1995.10.14

Betty Wolsfeld, age 71, of Big Rock, formerly of Plano, passed away late Friday evening, October 21, 1995 at Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora.

Released at last in peace she claimed the promise of her Savior, after a long battle with hepatitis.

She was born February 13, 1924 in West Chicago, the daughter of Edwin and Edith (Mack) Brown.

Betty grew up in West Chicago where she attended local schools.  She went on to graduate from St. Charles Hospital, Aurora in the field of nursing.

January 5, 1949 she was untted in marriage to Peter Wolsfeld.

For some 39 years they made their home in Plano until 1984 when they moved to the present family home near Big Rock.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Bill (Scarlett) Wolsfeld of Oswego, Ken Wolsfeld of Big Rock; and one daughter, Joan (John) Turner of Kouts, IN; ten grandchildren; and one brother, Edwin (Jean) Brown.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Kenneth, Lester and Donald.

Friends called at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn Monday, October 23.

She was a member of the Plano United Methodist Church, where her funeral services were held Tuesday, October 24.

The Rev. Judith Giess officiated and interment followed in Warrenville.                                CC 10/26/1995

 

Albert H. Hagerty     1995.10.15

Albert H. Hagerty, 92, of Libertyville, IL, passed away Saturday, October 28, 1995 at the Libertyville Manor Extended Care Facility in Libertyville.  He was born June 19, 1903 in Wadsworth, IL, and had been a Libertyville resident since 1916.  He was a Libertyville High School graduate and had attended the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago.  He, along with his wife, was the editor and publisher of several area newspapers including the Libertyville News and the Mundelein News.  Mr. Hagerty was a retired member of the Chicago Typographical Union, Local #16.  He was a member of St. Joseph Church, Libertyville, the Cardinal Stritch Council #3674 Knights of Columbus, and a charter member of the Libertyville Lions Club.

Survivors include two sons, Gerald (Jean) Hagerty of Mundelein, IL, and Albert Barry (Carolyn) Hagerty of Hinckley, IL; eight grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife Lola, May 4, 1971; one great granddaughter, Kathryn, in 1992, and by one great grandson, Barry, in 1993.  He was also preceded by his nine older brothers and sisters.

Friends of the family called from 3:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, October 30, at the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home, Ltd, in Libertyville.  The mass of Christian burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 31, 1995, with prayers beginning at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m.  Interment followed at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville.  Memorials may be made to either St. Joseph or Santa Maria Del Popolo parishes.       CC 11/2/1995

 

Roger Neil Kelly     1995.10.16

Roger Neil Kelly, 51, of Hinckley, IL died Tuesday, October 31, 1995 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born May 24, 1944 in Sleepy Eye, MN, the son of Neil C. and Leona G. (Mueller) Kelly.  He married Peggy S. Moore in Steward, IL September 28, 1963,

He had been employed by Faxon Grain as a truck driver for several years.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Kelly of Hinckley; one son, timothy Neil (Tina) Kelly of Ashville, NC; one daughter, Heather Renee Wilson of DeKalb; one grandson, Austin Kelly; one sister, Jacqueline (James) Schertner of Norman, OK; one brother, Russell (Donna) Kelly of Rochelle; two aunts in Minnesota; one sister-in-law, Nancy Donoho; four brothers-in-law, Jerry Ladson, Frank Ladson, Randy Ladson and Bill Ladson; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 4 at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, with the Rev. Paul J. Gerardy, Sr. of the Hinckley United Methodist Church officiating.

Burial followed at Trinity Memory Garden.

Friends called Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

A memorial has been established for Roger Neil Kelly in care of the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.  CC 11/9/1995

 

Mary Lou Eastabrook Bushnell     1995.10.17

Mary Lou Bushnell, age 64, of Hinckley, IL, passed away Tuesday, October 31, 1995 at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora, IL.  She was born June 11, 1931 in Nashua, IA.

Mrs. Bushnell was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church in Hinckley, IL.  She will long be remembered by many as the Hinckley Grade School Crossing Guard.  Her thoughtful words and cards will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Bushnell, of Hinckley; two sons, David (Wendy) Bushnell of Aurora and Brian Bushnell of Hinckley; three daughters, Kim Bushnell of New York, Teresa Bushnell of Florida an Angela Bushnell of DeKalb; one brother, Jim (Linda) Eastabrook of California; one sister, Sue (Carl) Wassman of Hinckley; six grandchildren, Jeremy, Joshua, Billy, Eric, Krysta and Dana; and nieces and nephews who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Miles and Peryl Eastabrook.

Funeral services were held Friday, November 3 at 10 a.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 Maple Street, Hinckley, with the Rev. Paul Gerardy of the Hinckley United Methodist Church and Rev. Kate Feeney-Bastian of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ officiating.  Interment followed at the Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.  Friends called at the Nash-Nelson Funeral Home Thursday.                           CC 11/9/1995

 

Norma Jean Cobb Holdiman     1995.11.02

Norma Jean Holdiman, 63, of Sandwich, died Sunday, November 12, 1995 in Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born February 19, 1932 in Aurora, the daughter of Frank and Evelyn (Joles) Cobb. 

She married Richard Holdiman February 5, 1949 in Aurora.  She was a member of the 500 Bowling Club of Sandwich and served as an officer in the bowling league.  She worked at Sandwich Community Hospital for several years, and was a member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem in Batavia.  She also enjoyed traveling.

She is survived by her husband, Richard; four daughters, Mrs. Kathie (Bob) Hart of Leland, Kimberly Holdiman of Hinckley, Mrs. Cynthia (Richard) Markhardt of Sandwich, and Lori Holdiman of Hinckley; three sons, Richard (Sandy) Holdiman, Jr., of Monroe, MI, Scott (Connie) Holdiman of Leland, and Jeff (Ellen) Holdiman of Sickerville, NJ; 10 grandchildren; two half sisters, Mrs. Karen (Max) Gardnier of Salina, KS, Mrs. Terri (Skip) Weir of Florida, one half brother, Leonard ‘Jack’ Vanderlinden of Braidwood, IL; and her step mother, Virginia Cobb of Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandchild, Trisha Holdiman.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15 at the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk, with the Rev. Paul Gerardy officiating.  Burial was at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Aurora.  Visitation was Tuesday, November 14 at the funeral home.

Visitation washeld Tuesday, November 14 at the funeral home.                                            CC 11/23/1995

 

Geno John Migliorini      1995.11.03

Geno John Migliorini died Sunday evening, November 5, 1995 at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge.  Geno was born at Mercy Center Hospital Saturday, November 4, 1995.  Within a few hours, he was rushed to Lutheran General Hospital.

In addition to his mommy and daddy, Brian John and Denise (Marie Michels) Migliorini of Montgomery, he is survived by his paternal grandparents, Raymond John and Barbara (Guccini) Migliorini of Plano, his paternal great grandmother, Jennie Guccini of Mark, IL, and paternal great grandparents, Ameday (Margaret) Migliorini of Granville; his maternal grandparents, James and Carole (Brown) Michels of Elburn; his paternal aunt, Debbie (John) Malek of Bloomingdale, IL; his maternal uncles, Sean (Valerie) Michels of Sugar Grove and Todd Michels of Chicago; and three cousins, Courtney Malek, Nicholas and Abby Michels.

He was preceded in death by his paternal namesake and great grandfather, Geno Guccini and his maternal great grandparents, Bernard (Marie) Michels, Roy (Gertrude) Brown

Friends may call at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn Thursday, November 9, from 6 to 9 p.m.

His funeral mass will be held Friday morning from Conley Funeral Home at 10 a.m. to St. Gall Church, Elburn, at 10:30 a.m.  Fr. Jerome Zalonis of St. Mary’s Church, Plano, will officiate.

Memorials in his name may be mailed in care of PO Box A, Elburn, IL 60119.                                 CC 12/7/1995

 

Leona Anderson Kramer     1995.11.04

Leona ‘Ony’ Kramer, 72, of Sandwich, formerly of Aurora, died Saturday, November 4, 1995 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born January 18, 1923 in Big Rock, the daughter of Andrew and Malinda B. (Erickson) Anderson.

Leona resided in Sandwich since 1981, coming from Aurora.  She was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Sandwich.  She was also a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge 1059, Sandwich.

Survivors include two step sons, Jack (Geri) Kramer, Richard (Marge) Kramer; three step-daughters, Betty (Ed) Reuland, Ruth (Jim) Sloan and Pat (Owen) Tighe all of Aurora; one sister, Lillian (Kenneth) Ott of Sandwich; three nieces, Anita Passow of Gratiot, WI, Marilyn (Terry) Fritsch of Sandwich and Lois Munson of Plano; 18 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren, and several great and great great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph Kramer on February 3, 1980; one brother, Arthur ‘Swede’ Anderson and one sister, Arlene B. Anderson.

Funeral services for Leona were held Tuesday, November 7 at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich, the Rev. David Kaul officiating.  Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.  Visitation was Monday, November 6 at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich. 

Pallbearers were Mike Lamb, Jim Wilhelm, Red Larson, Joe Serby, Roger Thorson and Chris Johnson.          CC 11/9/1995

 

Robert Frederick Michael     1995.11.10

Robert Frederick Michael, 75, of Freeport, IL, formerly of Big Rock, passed away Tuesday, November 21, 1995 at the Pine View Care center in St. Charles.  He was born July 19, 1920 in Big Rock, the son of Clarence and Stella (Seger) Michael.

On October 25, 1941 he married Ailene Lee, and they became the parents of three fine children.

Mr. Michael was a livestock dealer for most of his working life.  He farmed in Big Rock for many years, before moving to Freeport.  Most recently, Robert had been enjoying his hobbies of having a pony farm and a produce stand.

Survivors include his three children, Norma (James) Leifheit of Big Rock, Stephen R. (Sherry) Michael of Big Rock and Clarence R. (Vicki) Michael of St. Charles; six grandchildren, Joanne (Rodney) Pluska of Indianapolis, IN, Carol Leifheit of Big Rock, Thomas R. (Trish) Michael of Naperville; as well as Jason, Ryan and Kyle Michael of Big Rock.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Stanley and Francis and a sister, Jane.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 24, 1995 at 1 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St. in Hinckley, with Rev. Kurt Simon officiating.  Interment will follow at the South Big Rock Cemetery in Big Rock.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday, November 24, 1995 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Michael’s memory to the Big Rock Volunteer Fire department.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.  815-286-3247.

CC 11/30/1995

 

Cora Margaret Wilkison Lee     1995.11.18

Cora Margaret Lee, age 83, of Big Rock, IL, passed away Saturday, evening, November 4, 1995 at Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora, where she was taken Friday following an apparent stroke.  Though she   had suffered a minor stroke in the summer, she had remained strong and kept her special sense of humor to her last hours.

She was born November 21, 1911, the daughter of Earl and Grace I. (Gallagher) Wilkison.  The family made their home in Elburn where she was born at the family residence.  Cora graduated in 1930 with the first class to graduate from what was then the new Elburn High School.

August 13, 1932, she was united in marriage to Floyd Lee in a ceremony held at the church parsonage.  They lived in Aurora for a short time until moving to Big Rock to make their home and raise a family.  Cora enjoyed sewing and needlework, as well as cooking, and was famous for her fried chicken.  For some twenty years, through the 1950’s, she worked as a cook and a waitress at various area restaurants, including the old Carpenter’s Restaurant, Big Rock, and Snyder’s Restaurant in Hinckley.  They were ideal for a mother who looked forward to her boys dropping in after school each day.  In later years she also waitressed at Kresege’s in Aurora, where many came to know her.

Floyd and Cora lived all their lives together in Big Rock where she continued to make her home following Floyd’s death in 1991.  Cora was a member of English Congregational Church, Big Rock and for many years was most fond of her card clubs and friends.

She is survived by her two sons, Howard (Linda) Lee of Naperville, and Wayne (Susannah) Lee of Big Rock; two sisters, Jane Willis of Big Rock and Ann (Almer) Gliddon of Sugar Grove; four grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren, Laura (Mark) Kocan and their children, Shelby and Lucas, of Waxahachie, TX; Steven (Dava) Lee and their daughter, Charlotte, of Montgomery, IL; Mark (Marcia) Lee and their children, Megan and Morgan, of Big Rock; Jennifer (David) Bayler and their children, Sarah and Michael, of Big Rock.

She now joins her parents and her husband, Floyd Lee (1991); two sisters, Hattie Windish and Grace Kintz; three brothers, Bishop, Ray and Earl Wilkison.

Visitation was held Tuesday at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn.  Funeral services were held Wednesday from the English Congregational Church, Pastor Kurt W. Simon officiating.  Interment followed at West Big Rock Cemetery.

Memorials in her name may be made to English Congregational Church or to the Big Rock Fire Department.

  CC 11/9/1995

 

Lillie J. Johnson Johnson     1995.11.19

Lillie J. Johnson, 96, of DeKalb, died Friday, November 3, 1995 at her son’s home in DeKalb.  She was born July 29, 1899 in Lee, IL, the daughter of James Edward and Elizabeth (Johnson) Johnson.

She married Morgan Johnson in Lee, IL December 24, 1919.  She was a homemaker.  She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She was also a lifelong member of the First Lutheran Church in DeKalb.

She is survived by one son, James M. (Lois) Wellman of DeKalb; four grandchildren, Diana (Terry) Vonderheide of DeKalb, Julie (John) Wellman of DeKalb, Karen (Greg) Hoyle of DeKalb, and Bradley Johnson of Bloomingdale; five great grandchildren, Elissa, and Justin Vonderheide, Jordan and Jessica Wellman and Matthew Hoyle; and several nieces and nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband; an infant daughter; one sister, Viola Johnson; three brothers, Emery, Howard and Walter Johnson; and her parents.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 7, at the First Lutheran Church in DeKalb, with the Rev. Thomas Hanson officiating.  Burial followed at the Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.  Friends called at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb November 6.

A memorial has been established for Lillie J. Johnson in care of the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.   CC 11/9/1995

 

John W. Cooper     1995.11.20

John W. Cooper, 99, of DeKalb, died Monday, November 13, 1995 at DeKalb County Nursing Home.

He was born January 9, 1896 in Paw Paw, IL, the son of Fredrick and Catherine (Grover) Cooper.  He married Blanche Anderson December 20, 1922 in Eldora, IA.

John farmed early in life and later worked for Wurlitzer Piano Mfg. Company in DeKalb for 15 years.  He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during World War I.  He was a lifetime member of the VFW and the American Legion.

He is survived by one son, Leo (Viola) Cooper of Paw Paw; three daughters, Lova (Charles) Winter of DeKalb, Evelyn (David) Cox of Las Vegas, NV and Jean Shifflette of Hinckley; 22 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche in 1946; one son, Fredrick Glenn “Jeff” Cooper in 1967; five grandsons; one son-in-law, Milan Shifflette in 1991; three brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 16, 1995 at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb with the Rev. Paul J. Gerardy of the Hinckley United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial will follow at the Wyoming Cemetery in Paw Paw.

Friends may call Wednesday from 3 until 7 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.

A memorial has been established for John W. Cooper in care of the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.   CC 11/16/1995

 

Warren Jacob Faxon     1995.11.21

Warren Jacob Faxon, age 72, of Punta Gorda, FL, formerly of Hinckley, passed away Saturday, November 18, 1995.  He was born August 29, 1923 in Aurora, IL, the son of Walter and Harriet (Biehl) Faxon.

He was united in marriage June 1, 1946, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb, IL, to the former Dorothy Irene Daum, and they shared the next 49 years of their lives together.

Mr. Faxon was a former member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sandwich, IL.  He and his son, Ralph, were owners of Faxon Trucking Company prior to his retirement.  Warren also worked for the Hinckley-Big Rock Schools and Northern Illinois University before owning his own company.  He served in the United States Air Force and was a member of the Hinckley American Legion, the 40 & 8, and the Hinckley Volunteer fire Department.  He and his wife, Dorothy have spent their retirement years in Florida and at their summer residence in Mellen, WI.  They recently fulfilled their dream of traveling to Alaska, where they drove through over 7,000 miles of beautiful country.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two sons, Richard (Helen) Faxon of San Diego, CA; and Ralph (Karen) Faxon of Hinckley; four grandchildren, Tony Faxon of San Diego; Alexandra League of San Diego; Julie Winkler of Sandwich, as well as many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Bob, in 1972.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 25, 1995 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Sandwich.  Interment will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.  Friends may call Friday, November 24, 1995, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Nash Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St. Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.     CC 11/23/1995

 

Doris Margaret Greene Hendrickson     1995.11.22

Doris Margaret Hendrickson, 79, of Waterman, died Friday, November 17, 1995.  She was born November 12, 1916 in Kendrick Township, Green County, IA, the daughter of Ralph James and Georgia Belle (Westervelt) Greene.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Waterman.  She was very active in the church, where she was a member of the Women’s Society of Christian Service and formerly taught Sunday school for many years.  She was a secretary and bookkeeper for the Big Rock Truck Stop, Duplex Company and the Holiday Inn during her working years.  Doris enjoyed painting and sewing and was a devoted mother and grandmother.  She will be missed very much by her family and many friends.

Doris is survived by her son, John Hendrickson of Waterman; her daughter, Judith Colby of Rockford; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Breedlove of Culowhee, NC; and a step-brother, George (Jody) Deimer of Kansas City, MO; as well as many friends who will treasure her memory

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, John Paul Greene.

Funeral services were held Sunday, November 19, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Waterman, with the Rev. Paul Zeman officiating.  Interment followed in the Johnson Grove Cemetery in Waterman.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.     CC 11/23/1995

 

Evelyn D. Klotz Kaus     1995.11.23

Evelyn D. Kaus, 87, of Hinckley, passed away Thursday, November 23, 1995 at the Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.  She was born April 4, 1908 in Hinckley, the daughter of William and Anna (Lange) Klotz.

September 23, 1933 she was united in marriage to Mr. Floyd Kaus, Sr.

She was a member of Pierce United Methodist Church in Maple Park.  She was a loving homemaker who helped her husband on the family farm for many years.  In her younger years, Evelyn was an accomplished violinist, who had studied at the Chicago Conservatory of Music.  For many years, she taught violin at the home in Hinckley to many area pupils who will remember her well.  She also was awarded several honors for the outstanding penmanship.  Evelyn was a very talented person, who enjoyed many hobbies, including photography and making handcrafted items for her family and friends.

Survivors include her three children, Floyd W. Kaus of Elburn, Roger Kaus of Hinckley and Carol (John) Kirchman of Hinckley; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Floyd, December 15, 1985.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 27, 1995 at the Pierce United Methodist Church in Maple Park with Rev. Richard Wagner officiating.  Inherent followed at Pierce Cemetery in Maple Park.

Friends called Sunday, November 26, 1995 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Francis Kaus, Steven Kaus, David Kaus, Dale Kaus, Jeff Kirchman and John W. Kirchman.

Memorials in Evelyn’s honor many me made to the Pierce United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.               CC 11/30/1995

 

Luella Papenberg     1995.11.24

Luella Papenberg, age 81, a lifelong resident of Hinckley, passed away Saturday, November 25, 1995 at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.  She was born the daughter of Christ and Ida (Borchers) Papenberg, May 17, 1914, in Pierce Township.

Luella was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.  She belonged to the Lutheran Ladies Aid.  From 1941-1961 she was employed at Bartels Restaurant.  She later worked at Kleinerts clothing store and Greenwald Jewelers in Aurora.  Miss Papenberg will be remembered as being kindhearted and hard working.

Survivors include her sister, Edna Miller of Hinckley; her nephew, Donald (Pat) Miller of Hinckley; two nieces, Lois (Royal) Mesmer of DeKalb, and Carol (Vernon) Johnson of Steward; her great nieces and nephews, Teresa (George) Bolek of Somonauk, Ted Cannon of Hinckley, Renee Johnson of Des Moines, IA and Steve Johnson of Shabbona.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services for Miss Luella Papenberg were held Tuesday, November 28, 1995 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, with the Rev. Donald Balgeman officiating.  Interment followed in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

       CC 11/30/1995

 

Mary Beth Cherwin Healy     1995.11.25

Mary Beth Cherwin passed away Sunday, November 19, 1995 at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  She was born December 1, 1954.

She practiced for 14 years as a psychotherapist in private practice in Aurora.  She was for several years the director of religious education at the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church in Naperville.

She was particularly devoted to work with adolescent and preadolescent children and derived great pride and pleasure from her husband and son.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Healy of Aurora; a son, Quinton Cherwin Healy of Aurora; a sister, Mary Pat (Ron) Esposito of Aurora; three brothers, S. Richard (Jeanette) Cherwin of Aurora; Frank (Gloria) Cherwin of Big Rock and J. Timothy (Donna) Cherwin of Henderson, NE; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and Mary (Cullenbine) Cherwin and a brother, William C. Cherwin.

Funeral services will be private.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 2, 1995 at 11 a.m. at the DuPage Unitarian Universal Church in Naperville.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary (708) 898-8634.     CC 11/30/1995

 

John W. Cesewski     1995.11.26

John W. Cesewski, nee Adams, age 86, of Hinckley, IL, passed away at home November 18, 1995.  He was born May 12, 1909 in Chicago, IL, the son of John W. and Ida (Phillips) Cesewski, Sr.

In 1945 he was united in marriage to the former Cecelia Flahive.

He was a veteran of World War II, proudly serving in the 82nd Airborne, and earned a silver and two bronze stars during his service.  He obtained the rank of Sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1945.  John worked as a truck driver during his working years, and also tended bar at Ron’s Tap.  John was well liked by those who knew him and he will be missed by his friends.

He is survived by two children, Margaret Hogan of Glenview and Timothy W. Cesewski of Chicago; three grandchildren, Colleen and Daniel Hogan of Glenview and Timothy W. Cesewski, Jr. of Chicago.

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

A memorial service will be held Thursday, November 30, 1995, at 7 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Funeral Home in Hinckley, IL.  Interment will be private.   CC 11/30/1995

 

Charles Lewis Bastian     1995.12.15

Charles L. Bastian, 75, a lifelong resident of Hinckley, passed away Sunday, December 31, 1995 at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  He was born February 5, 1920 in Hinckley, IL, the son of Everett and Louise (Greenacre) Bastian.

He was united in marriage August 8, 1948 at the Fourth Street United Methodist Church in Aurora to the former Joyce Worrell.

Mr. Bastian was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church.  He was a graduate of Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL, where he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.  Charles was a veteran of the US Navy and served during World War II in the South Pacific Theatre.  He was a former member of the Hinckley American Legion, and a member of the Waterman Masonic Lodge #728, AM & FM and a member of the Aurora Moose Lodge.

For many years he owned and operated the Bastian Supermarket in Hinckley.  After selling the supermarket, he became involved in the insurance and real estate business with his brother, Gene, and D. L. Richards.

He enjoyed golfing and was an active member of the Edgebrook Country Club.

Charles is survived by two children, Steven Bastian of Hinckley, and Susan (Dale) Reinhardt of Clarendon Hills, IL; two grandchildren, David Charles and Kristian Reinhardt of Clarendon Hills; a sister-in-law, Gretchen Bastian of Hinckley; several cousins; and many dear friends and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce in 1983; his brother, Gene; and a sister, Virginia.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 3, 1996 at the Hinckley United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Paul Gerardy officiating.  Interment will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 2, 1996, with a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St., Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.    CC 1/4/1996

 

Orville M. Bly     1995.12.18

Orville M. Bly, 91, of Lee, IL, died Saturday, December 1, 1995 at the Shabbona Healthcare Center.

He was born January 5, 1904 in Willow Creek Township, the son of Martin Bly and Hattie (Johnson) Bly.

Orville was a lifelong member of the First Lutheran Church  of Lee and he farmed in the area for 20 years, owned and operated a garage in Lee for 25 years and served as maintenance man for the village of Lee for many years.

Survivors include his daughters, Beverly Wrigley and Janice (Richaard) Peterson of Lee and Kathy (Ron) Merriman of Newport Beach, CA.  He is also survived by ten grandchildren, Lynn (Bob) Schmidt of DeKalb, Chuck (Diane) Wrigley of Lee, Lori (Jim) Fernstrom of Bloomington, Susie (Lance) Koury of Henderson, NV, Larry (Sue) Peterson of Sturgeon Bay, WI, Randy (Teri) Peterson of Shabbona, Shari (Daryl) Barsan of Orange Park, FL, Ron, Brad and Todd Merriman of Newport Beach, CA and 16 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma, two sisters and one brother and his son-in-law Eugene Wrigley.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 4, at the First Lutheran Church in Lee, with Rev. Henrietta Milner officiating.  Burial followed in First Lutheran Cemetery at Lee.  Visitation was held at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona Sunday, December 3.

Arrangements were handled by the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                                     CC 12/7/1995

 

Joyce Charlotte Anderson Diehl    1995.12.19

Joyce C. (Charlotte) Diehl, 61, of Maple Park, passed away unexpectedly late Thursday evening, December 7, 1995 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Rockford following cardiac by-pass surgery.  She was born March 13, 1934 in Geneva, the daughter of Ernest and Grace (Wurtz) Anderson.

The family farmed the Primrose Farm (now Primrose Park) on Crane Road, near St. Charles where she graduated from St. Charles High School with the class of 1953.

Joyce met David A. Diehl at a Pure Milk Association dance and four years later, November 7, 1953, they were united in marriage.  They made their home east of Geneva and in 1961, they moved to the present family home near Maple Park.  Together they raised livestock and farmed the fields for 42 years.

She was a member of the Church of St. Mary in Maple Park, St Mary’s Cenacle Guild, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee where she served for 8 years, the Women of the Moose, St. Charles Lodge and the Kishwaukee Cancer Support Group.  In addition, she was a member of a 500 card club, where she and Shirley Herrmann were formidable partners for many years.

A woman who loved to cook and bake, “Joyce’s Kitchen” was always open, and anyone who came through the door had to eat.  Ever ready for little tummies, there was an endless supply of cookies and juice boxes.

Christmas was her favorite holiday and one for which she had prepared her family this year as every year.  Baking, decorating, writing cards and touching hearts, she herself was the greatest present of all.

Survivors include her husband, David; seven children and 10 grandchildren, Susan (Dennis) Wiles (Amie, Katie and Jennifer) of Batavia, Richard (Gail) (Julie, Ryan and Kurt) Diehl of Sycamore, Ronald (Tammy) (Lauren and Lindsey) Diehl of Sycamore, David E. (Karen) (Adam and Holly) of Sycamore, Daniel (Elizabeth) Diehl of Kingston, IL, John A. (fiancé Jodi Peterson) Diehl of Big Rock and Charles (Jennifer) Diehl of Sycamore; one aunt, Mrs. Ellen Johnson of St. Charles and many dear cousins and close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother in infancy and one aunt, Edna Anderson.

Friends called at Conley Funeral Home Sunday, December 10.  Funeral mass was celebrated Monday, December 11 at the Church of St. Mary in Maple Park.  Fr. William Clausen officiated and interment followed at S. Mary’s Cemetery in Maple Park.                                     CC 12/14/1995

 

William H. Jones     1995.12.20

William H. (“Willie”) Jones, 89, of Rogersville, TN, formerly of Shabbona, died Sunday, December 10, 1995 at the Life Care Center in Church Hill, TN following an extended illness.

He was a native of Llanddaniel, Anglesey, North Wales and had lived in Shabbona until 1982 when he retired and moved to Tennessee to be nearer his daughters.

He was a carpenter and owned and operated Jones Greenhouse in Shabbona.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, and a member of Shabbona American Legion Post #677.  He also drove a  school bus for school district #425 in Shabbona for many years.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Doris (J. D.) Carpenter of Church Hill, TN and Mrs. Jean (Dennis) Elkins of Rogersville, TN; two sisters, Ceri Roberts and Edith Marshall, both of Anglesey, North Wales; three brothers, Roy and Irdis Jones, both of Anglesey, North Wales and Arthur Jones of Stafford, England; four grandchildren, several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rowland and Anne Williams Jones, his wife, Mary Davis Jones, two sisters and three brothers.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 1:00 Friday afternoon, December 15, 1995 at the Rose hill Cemetery in Shabbona.  Friends may call from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Colboch-Price Funeral Home in Rogersville, TN and from 12:00 noon Friday until the time of services ant the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.          CC 12/14/1995

 

Doreader M. Becheler Mueller     1995.12.21

Doreader M. Mueller was born September 14, 1921 in Big Sandy, WV, the daughter of James J. ”Jimmy John” and Vernie Maude (Hodges) Becheler.

She graduated from Jefferson High School in Roanoke, VA and as a young woman became a diamond cutter.

Doreader was united in marriage to Donald Mueller in Roanoke, VA.  They moved to the Kaneland area in 1945 and 42 years ago moved to the family farm near Sugar Grove.

A city girl by birth, Doreader became a true farm wife and played an active part in everything from the kitchen to the field.  Sharing the work with her husband and later her youngest son, Gary Doreader loved country living.  She made work as well as play, a time for family, a time for love.

For many years, she and Donald were members of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church where they were active until 1977 when she moved to Elburn, following Donald’s untimely death in 1976.  The little house on Kansas Street was her world where she welcomed all who came to call.

So it was to her last days, when family and friends came quietly to her at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva.  There in the wee hours of Thursday, December 14, 1995, her dearest friend came to call at took her “home” for Christmas.

Survivors include three children, Ann (J. Robert) Koehling of St. Charles, Donald Mueller of Chicago and Gary Mueller of Chatham, IL; six grandchildren, Steve (Rena) Koehling of Columbia, MD, Jeff (Linda) Koehling of Big Rock and Kathy (Greg) Allegretti of St. Charles, Jessica, Garrett and Gavin Mueller of Deltona, FL; eight great grandchildren, Kate Mike and Elizabeth Koehling and Joseph, Erin and Megan Allegretti; two sisters, Eva (Ray) Sayers of Roanoke, VA, Patricia (Glen) Lockke of San Jose, Ca and one brother, Donald Lee (Ruth) Becheler of Roanoke, VA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald M. Mueller; four brothers, Ernest, Samuel, James and Tommy Lee Becheler; two sisters, Christine and Betty, and one son, Dennis Mueller.

Funeral services were held December 18 from the Conley Funeral Home.

The Rev. Katherine Lawes, pastor of Community Church in Elburn officiated and interment followed at Blackberry Cemetery in Elburn.

Friends called at the Conley Funeral Home in Elburn Sunday, December 17.                              CC 12/21/1995

 

 

 

 

 

Henry J. Larsen     1995.12.22

Henry J. “Hank” Larsen, 80, of Sandwich, formerly of Maple Park, passed away Wednesday evening, December 14, 1995 at the Willowcrest Healthcare Center in Sandwich, where he had been a resident in recent years.

He was born February 24, 1915 at Paw Paw, IL, the son of George and Esther (Soune) Larsen.  Following the untimely death of his mother, he returned to Norway as a boy, but later returned to the U. S. and settled with his family in Shabbona.  In the mid 1930’s they moved to Lily Lake.

There, while working for his uncle, Alden Larsen, Henry met Alma Beck.  They were married July 9, 1938 and made their home in Maple Park.  In 1944, they moved for a time to Malta, but returned to Maple Park in 1954 where he served as a volunteer fireman for a time.

For several years, Henry worked as custodian at Maple Park High School until 1958 when he became self employed as a custom floor finisher.  In 1968 he took a job at Anaconda Wire, Sycamore, where he continued until his retirement in 1980.  Through ins retirement years he remained a “die hard Cub fan” and also kept up with some hobbies.  He could make anything out of wood and was well known for the keen edge he could sharpen on a good saw.  Lawn mowers and mechanical odds and ends would seem to draw his hands to fix them as well.

Survivors include one daughter, Anna M. (John) Olson of Maple Park; one son, Henry “Butch” G. Larsen, Jr. of Seneca, IL; seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, Kevin (Jane) Olson (Katie and Amy) of Bloomington, Kenneth (Janet) Olson (William) of Sycamore, Kurt Olson of Phoenix, AZ, Tina Larsen (Lauren Daniel) of Seneca, Rhonda (James) Read (Luke, Amber and Airyanna Edwards, Sarn, Eli and Treavor Read) all of Seneca, Terry (Kent) Hutton of Tennessee and Scott Larsen of Seneca; three siblings, Helen Henke of West Melbourne, FL, Leif (Marge) Larsen of Nevada and Esther Oros of Aurora; one sister-in-law, Ethel Larsen of Bradford, AZ; several cousins and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife. Alma; one brother, Kenneth Larsen; one sister, Ruth Estes; one grandson, Samuel Larsen (1995) and his step-mother, Anna Larsen.

Funeral services were held December 16, 1995 at the Conley Funeral Home in Elburn.  Interment followed at Kaneville Cemetery.                                    CC 12/21/1995

 

Cecilia Josephine Idoux Raymond     1995.12.23

Cecilia Josephine Raymond, 78, a long time resident of Big Rock, passed away Thursday, December 21, 1995 at Hillside Healthcare Center in Yorkville.  She was born July 8, 1917 in Aurora to Steve and Angela (Colin) Idoux.

She married LaVerne G. Raymond July 11, 1936.  Cecilia attended Holy Angels School and graduated from Sacred Heart School prior to attending Madonna High School.   Before she was married, she was employed by the Kaufman Dress Factory  in Aurora.  She later worked as a bookkeeper with her husband in their “Raymond Sand & Gravel Business.”

After their retirement, she and LaVerne enjoyed traveling with the Winnebago Club in their motorhome.

Survivors include two children, David (Carol) Raymond of Big Rock and Melody (Larry) Johnson of Elgin; two grandchildren, Cecilia and Cyril; a great grandson, Jack, all of Elgin; a brother, Steve Idoux; two sisters, Germanine Stiles of Aurora and Angela Idoux of Orion, IL and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, LaVerne in 1993; her daughter, Elaine Cecilia Raymond in infancy; a son, Kenneth Raymond; a brother, Peter Idoux and two sisters, Marie Idoux and Elaine Steele.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 27 at the Healy Chapel.  Rev. Kurt Simon officiated with interment at Big Rock South Welsh Cemetery.

Visitation was Tuesday, December 26 at the Healy Chapel.

Donations in Mrs. Raymond’s memory may be made to the Kenny Memorial Field or to Big Rock Fire & Ambulance Departments.                           CC 12/28/1995

 

    Raymond W. Seldal     1995.12.24

Raymond W. “Red” Seldal, 61, of DeKalb, died Tuesday, December 19, 1995 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born July 3, 1934 in Waterman, the son of Sterling and Rose (McDermott) Seldal.  He married Gertrude “Trudy” Rohrer July 31, 1954 in DeKalb.

He was employed as a heavy equipment operator for Meyer Material and also was foreman of the Big Rock Quarry.  He was a member of the Local 1500 Operating Engineers.  He was a veteran of the United States Army.  He was a member of DeKalb County Farm Bureau.  He enjoyed feeding the birds and enjoyed nature.

He is survived by his wife, Gertrude “Trudy” Seldal of DeKalb; five sons, Michael (Roxanne) Seldal of Cortland, Jim “P. T.” (Deb) Seldal of DeKalb, Andrew Seldal of Oregon, Robert (Jennifer) Seldal  and Paul (Stacey) Seldal of Malta; three daughters, Teresa (George) Louis of DeKalb, Mary Garcia of Clare, Sue (Dave) G’Fellers of DeKalb; 16 grandchildren, Neil and Craig Seldal (Mike), Matt and Andrea Rissman (Teresa), Sonia, Joseph and Jacob Garcia (Mary) Chris and Breanne and Ashley G’Fellers (Sue), Candice and Nicholas Seldal (Jim), Josh and Jeremy Seldal (Robert) and Brittany Seldal (Paul.  He is also survived by his mother, Rose of DeKalb; two brothers, Cliff (Donna) Seldal and Jerry (Janice) Seldal of DeKalb; several, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Sterling, in 1991 and one granddaughter, Stephanie Susan Seldal.

Funeral services were held December 22, 1995 at the Anderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Karl P. Ganss of St. Mary’s Catholic Church officiating.  Burial followed at Afton Township Cemetery in DeKalb.

Friends called at the Anderson Funeral Home December 21.  A memorial has been established for Raymond W. “Red” Seldal in care of the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.

   CC 12/28/1995

 

Michael L. Askew     1995.12.25

Michael L. Askew, 47, of Hinckley, passed away Saturday, December 23, 1995 at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood.  He was born July 5, 1948 in Effingham, IL, the son of Paul L. and Fern R. (Myers) Askew, Sr.

Michael was united in marriage to Kay (Squires) April 20, 1974 in Cahokia.  He graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

He was the Senior District Executive of the Boy Scouts of America in the Chicago Area Council.

Survivors include his wife, Kay of Hinckley; two sons, Grant Michael and Blake Patrick, both of Hinckley; his mother, Mrs. Fern R. Askew of Effingham; his brother, Paul (Susan) Askew of Cobden, IL and his niece, Jane.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Askew, Sr. in April of 1995.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 27, 1995 at the Bauer Funeral Home in Effingham, IL. Burial was in Arborcrest Memorial Park west of Effingham.

Visitation was Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the education fund for the Askew boys c/o Bauer Funeral Home, 12112 Evergreen, Effingham, IL 62401.  Calls may be made to the funeral home at 217-342-2177.

CC 1/4/1996

 

Ole L. Prestegaard     1995.12.26

Ole L. Prestegaard, 91, of Lee died Thursday, December 28, 1995 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

He was born March 19, 1904 in Alto Township, the son of Lars O. and Annie (Oleson) Prestegaard.  He married Margaret Rupprecht January 31, 1935 in Lee.

Ole attended local schools, and farmed in the Alto Township area all his life, living on the farm purchased by his grandfather, for 64 years.  After his retirement in 1974, Ole and Margaret moved to a home in Lee.

He was a lifelong member of the First Lutheran Church in Lee, a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and the Associated Milk Producers, Inc.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret of Lee, a son Allan (Marlene) Prestegaard of Steward; 7 grandchildren, David (Gina) Prestegaard of DeKalb, Erin (Rick) Bend of Earlville and Dan, Mike, Joel, Jamie and Sara Prestegaard all of Steward; a great granddaughter, Jacquelyn Prestegaard of DeKalb; two sisters-in-law, Lorraine Prestegaard of Lee and Marion Schmuck of Cary, IL.  Several cousins and a niece also survive.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Andrew and Lewis.

Funeral services were held Saturday morning at the First Lutheran Church in Lee with Rev. Henrietta Milner, church pastor officiating.  Burial was in the First Lutheran Cemetery in rural Lee.

Friends called at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona Friday afternoon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to be directed to the American Cancer Society.       CC 1/4/1996

 

Amy S. Todd Fleming     1996.01.14

Amy S. Fleming, 25, of rural Lee, died Thursday, January 11, 1996 at her home.

She was born July 22, 1970 in DeKalb, the daughter of Stanley and Susan (Barnickle) Todd.  She married Derek Fleming July 1, 1994 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee.

Amy attended Shabbona schools, Kishwaukee College and graduated from Northern Illinois University in December of 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education,  she was active in 4-H for 12 years, having served as a leader, and was active in Future Farmers of America while she was a student at Shabbona High School.  She also played on the basketball team at Shabbona High School.

Amy was employed by Indian Creek School District as a special education teacher at the Indian Creek Middle School, and had also taught Special Education at the Waterman and Shabbona Elementary Schools.  She was involved in preschool screening of the Indian Creek School District, had served on the Ag Advisory Board at Indian Creek High School, and was the volleyball and basketball coach at Indian Creek Middle School.

She was known as someone who showed lots of love and enthusiasm for her students and coworkers.

Survivors include her husband, Derek Fleming of rural Lee; parents, Stanley and Susan Todd of Shabbona; brother, Scott Todd of Shabbona; sister, Sherie Todd of Denton, TX; paternal grandfather, Lester Todd of Shabbona; maternal grandmother, Mildred Barnickle of Shabbona; father and mother-in-law, Dennis and Marlene Fleming of Lee; brother and sister-in-law, Greg and Lisa Fleming of Lee; brother-in-law Ryan Fleming of Lee; nephew Dane Fleming of Lee; numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Esther Todd, her maternal grandfather Pat Barnickle, and a cousin Ron Todd.

Services were held Monday morning at the Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee, with Rev. Donald Myhres of Calvary Lutheran Church and Rev. David Wernecke of the Shabbona United Church of Christ co-officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.                                        CC 1/18/1996

 

Lloyd L. Leifheit     1996.01.15

Lloyd L. “Duke” Leifheit, age 69, of Waterman, IL, passed away Thursday, January 11, 1996 at the home of his daughter Terrie in Cary, IL.  He was born January 24, 1926 in Waterman, IL, the son of Daniel and Ida (Mizel) Leifheit.

He was united in marriage March 9, 1951 in Waterman to the former Mary Lou Ritter.

Lloyd was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church.  He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II.  Duke was a member of the Waterman American Legion.  He was employed by General Electric in DeKalb for over 34 years until his retirement.

He is survived by his five children, Jeffrey (Deborah) Leifheit of DeKalb, IL, Bradley (Theresa) Leifheit of Earlville, IL, Pamela Mullis of DeKalb, Terrie (Edward) Gordon of Cary, IL, and Sharon (Robert) Oest of Waterman; thirteen grandchildren, one brother, Ronald (Marilyn) Leifheit, Sr. of Sycamore, IL, as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mary Lou April 16, 1990, a brother, Robert Leifheit, and a sister, Verna Jean Peterson.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 15, 1996 at the Nash-Nelson Funeral Home, 110 Birch Street, Waterman, IL, with Rev. James Ketzel and Rev. Paul Zeman officiating.  Interment was private.

Pallbearers were Kory Leifheit, Joshua Leifheit, Ron Leifheit, Jr., Steven Sutaver, Michael Oest, and Dan Mullis.

     CC 1/18/1996

Kenneth O. Knudtson     1996.01.16

Kenneth O. Knudtson, 86, of Waterman, died Sunday, January 14, 1996 at DeKalb County Nursing Home.

He was born February 18, 1909 in Muskegon, MI, the son of Thomas and Anna (Halverson) Knudtson.  He married Genevieve C. Cochran August 16, 1933 in DeKalb, IL.

Kenneth started out his early marriage in Steward, IL as an International Harvester dealer.  In 1944 he began farming in the Waterman community  Throughout his life he believed in being a steward of the land and carried this out through land and wildlife conservation.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Waterman, Pheasants Forever, charter member of the Waterman Lions Club.  He was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, Fruit growers Association of Illinois and the Waterman Businessman’s Association.  Kenneth was the Clinton Township Assessor for a number of years.  He served on the board and as past chairman for the Waterman Elementary and High School during the elementary school construction.  He served as the Waterman Fire Protection District Commissioner.  He planted an apple orchard in the early 1970’s.  As well as growing apples and running the orchard, he enjoyed visiting with the friends and neighbors.

He is survived by his wife, Genevieve Knudtson; 4 daughters, Sharon L. (Preston) Woods of Westmont, IL, Derrilyn (Robert) Lippe of Poplar Grove, IL, Jeanne (Donald) Tyne of Waterman, and Katherine (J. Walter) Woods of Hollandale, WI; 1 son, Richard (Beverly) Knudtson of Cross Plains, WI; 18 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Roy (Doris) Knudtson of Ottawa and Russell (Mildred) Knudtson of Ottawa; 1 sister, Alma Ruth (Robert) Schweitzer of DeKalb and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by 1 brother, 7 sisters, and his parents.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 17, 1996 at the United Methodist Church in Waterman with the Rev. James A. Ketzel of the United Methodist Church of Waterman and Rev. Dawn E. Gotoh of United Church of Roger’s Park-Chicago officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.  Arrangements were completed by Anderson Funeral Home.

A memorial is being established for Kenneth O. Knudtson in care of the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.   CC 1/18/1996

 

Ronald L. Schlapp     1996.01.17

Ronald L. Schlapp, 60, of Na-Au-Say Township, IL; died Thursday, January 11, 1996 at his residence.  He was born June 19, 1935 in Aurora, IL.

Ron was self employed as a farmer working with his sons on the  Schlapp family farm in Na-Au-Say Township.  Ron was a member of the AuSable Grove Presbyterian Church, Aurora Moose Lodge # 400, Oswego American Legion Post #675, the Kendall County Cattlemen’s Association, where he was past president and a current board member, the Kendall County Farm Bureau, where he was a former past director, the Grundy County Business Bureau where he was a past director and a trustee of the Na-Au-Say Township Town Board.

Survivors include his wife, Suzanne nee Heyde Schlapp, whom he married September 6, 1958; two sons, David (Kathleen) Schlapp and Bradley Schlapp; a granddaughter, Hannah; a grandson, Nicholas, all of Na-Au-Say Township; a sister, Lynn (Jeff) Shaw of Viola, IL; sisters-in-law, JoBeth (Gary) Fitzpatrick of Hinckley, IL, Iva Lou Heyde of Stanberry, MO; a brother in law, David (Vikki) Heyde of Sandwich, IL; four aunts, Marion wheeler of Oswego, Ruth Wheeler of Yorkville, Ruth Brooks of Fort Smith, Virginia and Ellie Wheeler of California; an uncle, Paul Wheeler of Oregon; six nieces and five nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Gladys nee Wheeler Schlapp and a brother-in-law, Robert Heyde.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 14, 1996 at the AuSable Grove Presbyterian Church in Na-Au-Say Township.  The Rev. Roland Slater officiated.  Burial took place in the AuSable Cemetery.

Visitation was at the McKeown-Dunn Funeral Home, Ltd., Saturday, January 13, 1996.   CC 1/18/1996

 

Marian Irene Campbell Long     1996.01.18

Marian Irene Long, 72, of Big Rock Township, IL passed away Tuesday, January 16, 1996 at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva where she had recently undergone abdominal surgery.  She was born November 9, 1923 in Aurora, the daughter of Roy and Orpha May (Woodridge) Campbell.

Marian attended local schools, graduating with the Class of 1941 from East Aurora High School.  She became employed with the Public Service Company where she worked during the war years.

October 14, 1948, she was united in marriage to Raymond E. Long and they began farming on Dauberman Rd. where they lived and worked all of their lives.  Helping the family at the former Long’s Barn, she checked coats with one hand and tucked the children in with the other.  Through the years, she worked as a secretary in Aurora and from 1967 to 1981 was employed at Campana Corp, in Batavia.  She was a member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church and the LaKelvin Club.

Survivors include four children, Robert (Carole) Long of Downers Grove, John (Nan) Long of Hinckley, Sally (Wesley) Boyd of Kaneville and Susan (Jeff) Lyons of Hanover Park; eight grandchildren, Wesley Jr. (Judy) Boyd of Phoenix, AZ, Michelle Boyd and Bradley Boyd, both of Kaneville, Kevin and May Long of Downers Grove, Dawn and Matt Lyons of Hanover Park and Michael Long of Hinckley; two great grandchildren, Ashley and Andrew Boyd; five sisters-in-law, Phyllis (Robert) Pierson of Kaneville, Marjorie Long of Sandwich, Lois Long of Kaneville, Vera Long of Yorkville and Virginia (Everett) Souders of Kaneville; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A loving mother and grandmother, she leaves as well, a tapestry of memories “livery driver” for 40 years of kids and grandkids, Marilyn’s Majorettes, practice and parades all over Illinois, crossword puzzles and word jumbles by the hour, latch hook rugs and bowling balls.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 20, 1996 from the Kaneville United Methodist Church.  The Rev. Ruth Wickersham officiated, and interment was at Kaneville Cemetery.                      CC 1/23/1996

 

 

 

 

Alice Jacobson Techen     1996.01.19

Alice Techen, 94, of Yorkville, formerly of Chicago, died Thursday, January 18, 1996 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

She was born September 11, 1901 in Shabbona, the daughter of Edward and Aleda V. (Egeland) Jacobson.  She married John Techen September 3, 1921.

Alice was employed for many years at the Schwinn Bicycle Manufacturing Company in Chicago.  For the past 6 years she made her home with her nephew, Roy Jacobson, of Yorkville.  Survivors include several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband April 9, 1967, four brothers, Ernest, Ralph, Edwin and Elmer, and a sister Julia Shold.

Services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, January 22, 1996 at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona with Reverend Donald Myhres, minister of the Calvary Lutheran Church of Lee officiating.  Burial was at Mt. Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst.  Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                                   CC 1/23/1996

 

Robert W. Coe     1996.01.20

Robert W. Coe, of Montgomery, IL died Thursday, January 25, 1996, at Sun Rise Hospital in Las Vegas.  He was born February 19, 1927 in Johnston City, IL.

Mr. Coe was employed at the State Health Department as a public administrator for 38 years before retiring in 1989.  He currently was serving as president of the Delmar Subdivision Association in Lake Delavan, WI.  He had a lifelong interest in scouting, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and also serving as Scoutmaster.  He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose #400, and served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy L. (Thorson) Coe of Montgomery; three daughters, Sandra (Michael) Freedman of Tampa, FL, Cheryl (Robert) Gray of Oswego and Dena (Bruce) Carter of Henderson, NV; one son, Ronald (Paula) Coe of Montgomery; one sister, Harriet (Howard) Larson of Hinckley; nine grandchildren, Gabriel Freedman of Tampa, Thomas, Peter and Elizabeth Gray all of Oswego, Andrew and Brandon Carter both of Henderson, NV, Adam Zachary and Amber Coe all of Montgomery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lola and Myron Coe; his stepfather, Tom Solberg and his stepmother, Mary Coe.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 30, 1996 at the Dieterle Memorial Home.  The Rev. Robert McQuilkin officiated.                                   CC 2/1/1996

 

Janice M. Von Ohlen Farley     1996.01.21

Janice M. Farley, 94, a lifelong resident of Leland, IL, passed away Saturday, January 27, 1996 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb, IL.

She was born December 10, 1901 in Leland, the daughter of Henry J. and Sarah M. (Wesson) Von Ohlen.  She married W. N. “Bill” Farley November 12, 1921 in Wheaton, IL.  She attended Beloit College in Beloit, WI.  She taught one year in a country school near Leland, IL.  She was an active member of the Leland United Methodist Church in Leland, IL and enjoyed her volunteer work at the Hillside Health Care Center in Yorkville, IL.

She is survived by two daughters, Sara (Bob) Buck of McLean, IL and Margaret Beels of Big Rock, IL; her grandchildren, Craig (Melodie) Thomas of Leland, Joel E. Thomas of San Diego, CA, Jeff (Peggy) Thomas of Hinckley, IL, Scott (Mary) Buck and William D. (Kimberly) Buck both of McLean, IL, Lynda (Jim) Brummett and Gregory (Ronda) Beels both of Big Rock; her great grandchildren, Angela Thomas of Leland, Marisa Thomas of Naperville, IL, Joel Al Thomas of Leland, Tara and Trisha Thomas of Hinckley, Devin Thomas of Plant City, FL, Kyle Newman of Rochester, MI, Susan Buck of Bloomington, IL, and Matthew Buck of McLean, IL, Debbie (John) Ruh of Big Rock, IL, Dawn (Joe) Hiess of Aurora, Darrin (Emily) Lee of Sandwich, IL, Lynn (Scott) Sommers of Aurora, and Lorri (Mike) Dugan of Sugar Grove, IL; 10 great grandchildren; and her sister-in-law, Mavis Von Ohlen of Leland.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bill Farley in 1952, a sister, Ila Shumway, one brother, Kenneth Von Ohlen and one grandson in infancy.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 30, 1996 at the Leland United Methodist Church in Leland, IL with Pastor Marcia Urban officiating.  Burial will be in Leland Cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday, an 29, 1996 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk and Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. at the church until service time.       CC 2/1/1996

 

Beatrice B. Horan Jensen     1996.01.22

Beatrice B. Jensen, 82, of the Shabbona Health Care Center, formerly of Rockford, IL, passed away Sunday, January 28, 1996 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.  She was born February 5, 1913 in DeKalb, IL the daughter of Floyd and Mae (Allum) Horan.  She married Harold Jensen in DeKalb, IL June 20, 1936.

She was formerly employed by Wurlitzer Piano in DeKalb, and was former owner with her husband and brothers-in-law of the DeKalb Greenhouse and later owned Jensen’s Greenhouse in Rockford.  She was a member of the Supreme Lodge of the Danish Sisterhood.

She is survived by her son Robert Jensen of Shabbona; 1 niece; and 3 cousins; and one sister-in-law.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 30, 1996 at 11 a.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home with Ray Jewell of the DeKalb Christian Church officiating.  Burial will follow at Mound Rest Cemetery, Cortland, IL.  Friends may call Tuesday at the Anderson Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.            CC 2/1/1996

 

Anna Minnie Schmidt Jones     1996.01.23

Mrs. Anna Minnie (Schmidt) Jones, 95, of Aurora, passed away Monday, January 29, 1996 at Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  She was born February 17, 1900 in Oswego Township, the eldest daughter of Henry A. and Susan (Olson) Schmidt.

She was married June 12, 1924 to Charles Jones and lived in Yorkville for 20 years before moving to Aurora.  She was retired from Furnas Electric in Batavia where she worked from 1945 to 1968.  She was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church and was a member of the Joy Circle.  She was also a member of the Wayside Cross Auxiliary.

Survivors include one niece, Mrs. Fred R. (Cheryl) Brock of Clarks Summit, PA; four nephews, Stuart L. Johnson of Montgomery, Harland Schmidt of Big Rock, Jon Lowell Schmidt of Aurora and Kenneth David Schmidt of Bolingbrook; one sister-in-law, Frances Schmidt of Yorkville and numerous great nieces and nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry A. and Susan (Olson) Schmidt; her husband, Charles Jones; three brothers, Harry, Emory, and LaVerne and three sisters, Grace Schmidt, Jeanette Johnson and Ora Chesmadia.

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 1, 1996 at the Healy Chapel with Rev. Brian Pearson officiating.  Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Montgomery.      CC 2/8/1996

 

Raymond L. Larson    1995.01.24

Raymond L. Larson, 74, of Sycamore, died Tuesday, January 30, 1996 at his home after a lengthy illness.  He was born in Milan Township October 18, 1921 to John and Roseanna (Grundy) Larson.

He married Eleanor Russell of Somonauk January 13, 1945, in Pensacola, FL.  He served in the Naval Air Corps during World War II.  He graduated from Iowa State University in 1952 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and was a member of Pi Tau Sigma, an honorary engineering fraternity.  He worked for General Electric Co. for 30 years, earning several patents for the company during that time.  He built three houses in the Sycamore area in which he and his family resided.  After retirement in 1982 he became an avid golfer at the Sycamore Country Golf Course, along with being a member of the World War II Combat Flyers Association.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Sycamore.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Martha.  He is survived by his wife, two sons, Richard of Sycamore and Michael of Los Angeles, CA; two daughters, Laurel (John) Gehlhaus of Sycamore and Patricia (Jerry) Douglas of Quincy, IL; two sisters, Ruth Hallam of Fort Worth, TX and Marion (David) Engstrom of DeKalb, IL; one brother John (Verlette) Larson of Waterman, IL; six grandsons, Jeffrey and Zachary Gehlhaus, and Andrew, Anthony, Aaron, and Alexander Douglas, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at the United Methodist Church in Sycamore Sunday February 4th after cremation.  Arragnements were completed by Butala Funeral Home and Crematory.                               CC 2/8/1996

 

Doris L. Larson     1996.01.25

Doris L. Larson, 83, of rural Earlville, died Wednesday, January 31, 1996 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

She was born December 24, 1912, on the home farm in Paw Paw Township, the daughter of Frank and Hazel (Risley) Larson.

Doris graduated from Shabbona High School in 1930 and then furthered her education by attending and graduating from Northern Illinois State Teachers College in DeKalb.  She began her teaching career in Lee, moved on to teach at the Larson District #132 School, and then taught at the Kaneville Elementary School for many years until her retirement.

She was a member of the Rollo United Church of Christ and the Women’s Association of the church, and was a Sunday school teacher at the church.  She was a member of Pokonakah Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star in Shabbona and was also a member of the Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Society.

Survivors include 2 brothers, Floyd (Lois) Larson of Leland, Robert (Janet) Larson of Shabbona; 3 sisters, Gladys Mason of Aurora, Irene Feltre of Shabbona, Helen Mack of Hinckley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Cremation rites have been accorded with a memorial service to be held at a later date.

A memorial has been established for the Rollo United Church of Christ.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                    CC 2/8/1996

 

John Stanley Drew     1996.01.26

John Stanley Drew, 85, of Oswego, passed away Sunday, January 28, 1996 at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora.  He was born July 19, 1910 in Detroit, MI, the son of the late David and Hazel (Long) Drew.

Mr. Drew was a member of the Oswego Presbyterian Church and Raven Masonic Lodge #303 AF&AM in Oswego.  He enjoyed his hobby as a ham radio operator with the call sign of KA9GZS.  Mr. Drew was employed by Barber-Greene Company in Aurora for 22 years prior to his retirement in 1975.

Survivors include his wife, Lois (Walker) Drew, to whom  he was united in marriage August 24, 1936 in Oswego; a daughter, Nancy Drew (John Nolte) of Hartford, CT; two sons, Stephen (Shirley) Drew of Summit, NJ and Todd (Christine) Drew of Pinson, AL; seven grandchildren, Amber Drew and Touby Drew of Summit, NJ, Douglas Drew and Holly Drew of Pinson, AL, Melanie Anderson of Oswego, Drew Anderson of Shabbona, Barrett Anderson of Carbondale, IL; two great grandsons, Kurt Anderson and Quinn Anderson of Shabbona; a sister, Helen (Robert) Mitchler of Oswego; a brother, Ellsworth D. Drew of Aurora and several nieces and nephews.

“Stan” was a loving and faithful husband and a fine father and grandpa.  He will be greatly missed.

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 1, 1996 at the Oswego, Presbyterian Church in Oswego with Rev. Robert McQuilkin officiating.  Burial was at the Pearce Cemetery in Oswego.                                              CC 2/8/1996

 

                                       Alford E. Miller     1996.02.07

     Alford E. Miller, 86, of Montgomery, formerly of Hinckley, died Sunday, February 18, 1996, at the Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora.  He was born on January 7, 1910, in Shabbona, IL, the son of Lorenzo and Vera (Bailey) Miller.

     Alford was united in marriage on August 19, 1939 in St. Charles, MO, to the former Thelma Benefiel, and they spent the next 56 years of their lives together.

     He was a member of the Third Ward Social Club in Aurora.  He was employed by the Burlington Northern Railroad for over 35 years, retiring in 1961.  He then worked as a salesman for the W. T. Rawleigh Company and the First-McNcss Company until his retirement in 1982.

     He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Thelma Benefiel Miller; their four children, Marilyn (Lee) Petrie of Joliet, Karen (Ron) Miller of Louisville, TN, Kevin (Sherry) Miller of Boulder Hill, Montgomery, and Dawn (Douglas) Aichele of Sandwich; 12 grandchildren. three step-grandchildren; as well as three great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his two sisters, Ella Mihm of Rockford, and Lorrena (Lee) Canode of Holcomb, IL.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Warren, Lorenzo and Lyle Miller; one sister, Vera Mahn, and a great-granddaughter, Stephanie Lynn Miller.

     Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 21 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple Street, Hinckley, with Rev. Donald Balgeman officiating.  Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

     Pallbearers were Douglas Aichele, Christopher Aichele, Tad Petrie, Leland Petrie, Gregory Miller, and Kevin Miller.

     Visitation was Tuesday, February 20 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.

     Memorials in Alford’s name may be made to the Rush Alzheimers Disease Center.                       CC 2/22/1996

 

Richard Shepard Simms     1996.02.13

Richard Shepard Simms, age 74, of Plano, passed away Thursday, February 8, 1996 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, IL.  He was born November 28, 1921 in Onaway, MI, the son of R. E. and Esther (Porter) Simms.

He was united in marriage, by his father, at the parsonage of the First Baptist Church, his father’s church, in Plano, IL, March 3, 1943, to the former Doris J. Dannewitz.

Richard attended the Federated Church of Sandwich, IL.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #695, in Plano, IL, a member of the Valley Industrial Managers Association, a member of the Sandwich Moose Lodge #1016, as well as a member of the Toy Manufacturers of America.  Richard was, for well over 49 years, a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants and took great pleasure in attending its annual dinner, each year, in Chicago, IL.  Mr. Simms was a 1951 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science.  He was a cofounder of Processed Plastics in Montgomery, IL, and founded Simms Incorporated in 1964 in Montgomery, IL.  The manufacturing of plastic toys was a part of Richard’s life that he took the greatest pleasure in.  During World War II, he served with the United States Coast Guard in Alaska.  He was a very fun-loving person, and will always be remembered for this wonderful sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Doris, his son, Rick (Cynthia) Simms, of Littleton, CO; two grandchildren, Heather Simms, of Garmisch, Germany and Ryan Simms, now attending college in Florence, Italy, one brother, Glenn (Nancy) Simms, of Plano, IL, and two sisters, Elizabeth Simms of Lombard, IL, and Jane Loker of Parma, OH, as well as several nieces and nephews who will miss him.

He is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Jack, Robert and Jerry Simms.

A private funeral service was held Sunday, February 11, 1996.   Interment was also private.              CC 2/15/1996

Claude W. Ferris     1996.02.14

Claude W. Ferris, 78, of DeKalb, IL passed away Thursday, February 15, 1996 at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora, IL.

He was born November 27, 1917 in Willisburg, KY, the son of John and Georgia (Oldham) Ferris.  He married Helen E. Anderson June 14, 1941.

Claude’s family moved to DeKalb, IL when Claude was 7 years old; he lived in DeKalb until the time of his death.  He was employed by Hallgren Lumber Company for about 40 years until his retirement in 1979.  He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in DeKalb.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving for 3½ years during World War II.  Nineteen months of that time, he was in Europe where he was engaged in 5 major battles.  He was a member of the VFW and the DeKalb Moose Lodge.  He enjoyed all sports, especially baseball and bowling.  He is survived by his wife, Helen E. Ferris of DeKalb; 1 son, Bill (Leslie) Ferris of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; 1 daughter, Jodi (Robert) Boston of Shabbona, IL; 8 grandchildren, Jack and Emily Meadow of Cincinnati, OH and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 4 brothers, Luther, Robert, Marshall and George “Toad”; 1 sister, Gillie Perkins all of DeKalb.

Funeral services were Monday, February 19, 1996 at the first Lutheran Church in DeKalb with the Rev. Thomas F. Hanson officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Park Cemetery.

 CC 2/22/1996

 

Donald Mann Barnette     1996.02.15

Donald Mann Barnette, age 53, of Waterman, IL, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 1996.  He was born August 22, 1942 in Welch, VA, the son of Thomas A. and Evelyn J. (French) Barnette.

He was united in marriage July 9, 1966 in Geneva, IL, to the former Helen Kaye Allen.

Mr. Barnette attended the Waterman Bible Church.  Donald was employed by Walker process in Aurora, IL as a welder.  He served his country as a United States Marine from 1961 to 1965.

Donald is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Helen; two children, Debra R. Barnette and Trisha K. Barnette, both of Waterman, one granddaughter, Elizabeth Grace Barnette of Waterman; two brothers, Thomas (Kathy) Barnette of Fremont, CA, and Robert (Lucy) Barnette of Las Vegas, NV; one sister, Donna Anne Silva of California; his mother, Evelyn Barnette of Bluefield, WV; and several nieces, nephews, and friends who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Barnette.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 17, 1996 at the Nash-Nelson Funeral Homes in Waterman, IL.  Rev. Larry Spry officiated.

Interment was at River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia, IL.

CC 2/22/1996

 

Jeane E. Marsh Wagner     1996.02.16

Jeane E. Wagner, 75, of Oswego, passed away Monday, February 19, 1996 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora.  She was born March 11, 1920 in Sandwich, the daughter of the late Verne and Geneva (Lanc) Marsh.

She was a member of Oswego Presbyterian Church and the Association of Presbyterian Women of the church where she was the president, the 19th Century Women’s Cub of Oswego where she was the president.

She was a volunteer at the Beecher Center in Kaneville and at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora for many years serving the needs of her fellow man.  She worked as an election judge in Precinct #5 of Bristol Township at the Lynwood Baptist Church polling place for many years.  She was the operator of the Waterman Café in Waterman, was a former clerk at the Aurora Dry Goods Store in Aurora, and was a clerk at the Hornsby Store in Yorkville.

Survivors include her husband, George, whom she married February 22, 1964 in Waterman.  Their 32nd wedding anniversary will be on the date of her funeral service; a sister-in-law, Betty Marsh of DeKalb; two nieces, Lynn Frantum of DeKalb and Susan (Jack) McFarland of Cortland; two cousins, Maxine LaFever of Lafayette, IN and Ralph (Ursala) Lane of Racine, WI

She was preceded in death by a brother, Ilo “Bud” Marsh.

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 22, 1996 at the Oswego Presbyterian Church in Oswego with Rev. Robert McQuilkin officiating.  Burial was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Visitation was Wednesday, February 21, 1996 at the McKeown-Dunn Funeral Home, Ltd. in Oswego.

CC 2/22/1996, CC 3/7/1996

 

Delores Emely Upright Johnson     1996.02.17

Delores Emely Johnson, 63, of Aurora, joined the Angels that she forever so loved on earth, February 23, 1996.

She was given her wings as she departed from her own home as she was relieved of her terminal illness and taken to heaven.

She was born April 23, 1932 in Batavia, IL, to Lillian and Archie Upright.

She married her loving husband, Robert F. Johnson; three children, Richard (Marie) Johnson, Jodeen (Mark) Anderson, Terry (Jane) Johnson; eight grandchildren, Lisa, Daniel, Jennifer, Timothy, Brian, Andrew, Rebekka, Heather; two step-grandchildren, Michelle and Talisha; three great grandchildren, Ashley, Anthony, DeAndre; and two step great grandchildren, DeVon and Dimitrius.  She is also survived by one brother, Richard Lee of Big Rock; a dear aunt, Edyth Jackson; and a special cousin, Kenneth Jackson of Aurora; three dear friends, Mary and Bob Beyers, Gume Benavidcz also of Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her mother; and brother, Tyrone Lee; and her grandparents.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 27, 1996 at the Healy Chapel with Rev. Daniel Borchers officiating.

Interment was at River Hills Memorial Park, Rt. 25, in Batavia.                          CC 2/29/1996

 

Stanley Howard Mack     1996.02.18

Stanley Howard Mack, 88, a lifelong resident of Hinckley, IL, passed away at his home Sunday, February 25, 1996.  He was born September 5, 1907 in Pierce Township, IL, the son of Elmer and Augusta (Mueller) Mack

He was united in marriage October 18, 1936 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, to the former Evelyn Begley.  Stanley; was a lifetime member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Hinckley, IL.  For over 20 years he owned and operated a livestock and grain trucking business in the Hinckley area, as well as having farmed in this area for many years.  Mr. Mack was formerly employed by the Village of Hinckley in many capacities, including Village Clerk.  He also served on the Village Board at one time.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Evelyn; three children, Karen (Fausten) Leifheit of Hinckley, Lenore (Myron) Nier of Hinckley, and Barbara (Richard) DiVall; one brother, Russell (Dorothy) Mack of Genoa, IL; two sisters, Alice Almond of Aurora, IL and Hazel (Otis) Oddson of Sandwich, IL; also one sister-in-law, Helen Mack of Hinckley; as well as several nieces and nephews, and friends who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Wilbur Mack; and his brother-in-law, Gene Almond.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 28, 1996, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley with Pastor Donald Balgeman officiating.  Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley, IL.

Pallbearers were Stanley’s grandsons, Dr. Joel Leifheit, John Leifheit, Ryan Leifheit, Jeffrey Nier, Mark Nier and Drew DiVall.

Visitation was Tuesday, February 27, 1996 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 104 N. Maple St., Hinckley, IL.

Memorials in Mr. Mack’s name may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.      CC 3/7/1996

 

  1. John Bjornson 1996.02.19
  2. John Bjornson, 72, of rural Elburn, passed away peacefully at his home late Saturday evening, February 24, 1996 after a determined seventeen month battle with lung cancer. He was born October 30, 1923 at Chicago, IL, the son of August Johan and Lena (Anderson) Bjornson.

As a youth, he took a job to help the family through his father’s illness and attended night classes to finish high school.

In 1942 he enlisted in the Army and shortly found his way into the Army Air Corps. Trained as a navigator/bombardier, he served in Italy with the 485th Air Squadron and flew many successful missions before his discharge in 1945.  Returning home, John promptly joined the Air Force Reserves and was stationed at O’Hare Airport, where he retired as Lt. Colonel in the 1960’s after serving twenty years in the Strategic Air Command.

January 19, 1946 he was united in marriage to Frances Lillian Eisenbeis at the Bethel Lutheran Church, Chicago.  They made their home in the city where John attended Ford Commercial College by day and drove a cab at night.  In 1947 they moved to Oak Park where they lived for a time before moving to Elmhurst in 1953.  In 1960 they achieved a dream when they moved to Blackberry Township and settled in the present family home.

John found his lifetime career in accounting and worked as an auditor for several companies, including Sears and Montgomery Wards from which he retired in 1981.   A man who loved his work, he began a new accounting career in 1984 when he became Blackberry Township Assessor, a position which he enjoyed for eleven and one half years until cancer finally made the pursuit of this last love impossible.

Over the years, when he was not working with numbers, he enjoyed restoring antique automobiles and spent endless happy hour sharing stories and ideas with friends.

In addition to his wife, Frances, he is survived by four sons, John A. of Arnold, MO, Leonard L. (Judy) of Shabbona, IL, Martin J. of DesPlaines and Verne (Caroline) of Sugar Grove; one sister, Ingrid (Joseph) Canzoncri of Berwyn; and eleven grandchildren.

He now joins his parents, August and Lena Bjornson, who preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Wednesday from Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn.  Rev John Smith officiated, and interment was at Kaneville Cemetery.

Memorials in hi name may be mailed to the American Cancer Society, 17 N. River St., Batavia, IL 60510 or the Nature Conservancy, Illiniois Chapter, 8 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60603.                     CC 3/7/1996

 

Fernando A. Laxamana     1996.02.20

A memorial service for Rev. Fernando A. Laxamana was held Thursday, March 7, 1996 at the Oak Crest Retirement Center Chapel.  The 90 year old Rev. Laxamana died February 11, 1996 at Oak Crest after a long career in the ministry including serving in the United Methodist Churches in Sugar Grove, Waterman, Rockford, Earlville, Southlawn Chicago and the First United Methodist Church in DeKalb.  He served in World War II from 1943 to 1946 as an Army Chaplain.

Survivors include one son, Fernando (Andy) Laxamana of Seattle, WA, one daughter, Victoria Peloquin of Langley, WA; two sisters, Salad and Pacifica and two brothers, Manuel and Nicodemus, all in the Philippines.                      CC 3/14/1996

 

Terrence Michael Nash     1996.03.22

Terrence Michael Nash, 21, of Ottawa, IL, died unexpectedly March 3, 1996 at Community Hospital in Ottawa.

Critically injured when the car in which he was riding was involved in an accident, Michael never regained consciousness and passed in a moment from time into eternity.

He was born August 17, 1974 in Aurora, the son of Terrence and Anna Lucille (Groff) Nash.  Shortly after he was born, the family moved to Tulsa, OK.  Returning to Aurora in 1978, Michael began his school years there and first discovered he had a way with art.  In 1984, the family moved to West Chicago where Michael began working as a carpenter with his father.  He was a natural with his hands, and picked up trade skills with ease.  On his own time, he could be found tinkering with his car or helping his friends but no matter where or what he did, music was his constant companion.

In more recent years, Michael had made his home with his mother.  More than a son, he became her caregiver in 1992 when an automobile accident left her paralyzed.

Survivors include his father, Terrence (Alice) Nash of Aurora and his mother, Anna Lucille Nash of Ottawa; one brother, Christopher Nash of Ottawa; one son, Shane Michael (Born February 23, 1996) and Shane’s mother, Leslie Britt of Yorkville; his paternal grandparents, Charles (Delores) Nash of Montgomery; his maternal grandparents, Martha Groff of Ottawa and Wayne Groff of Missouri; his paternal great grandmother, Jane Nash of Aurora; his maternal great grandfather, Burton Rierson of Aurora; his paternal step-great grandmother, Floreine Guisti of Elburn; his maternal great grandmother, Ordell Mallard of Oklahoma; his paternal great grandmother, Ruth Groff of Illinois; several aunts, and uncles, Cheryl (Michael) Wren of St. Charles, Charles Nash, Jr. of Montgomery, Susan (Steve) Peskind of Batavia, Daniel Nash and Kathleen Nash both of Oswego, Linda Nash of Big Rock, Joe (Catherine) Nash of Montgomery, Steve (Kristi) Groff of Paw Paw, Jim Graves of Ottawa and Kathy (Kenny) Roberson of Ottawa; as well as many cousins and one very special friend, Mike McDonald of Ottawa.

He joins now his infant sister, Brandy; three uncles and one aunt, Bruce, Gary, Patrick and Karen Nash; his maternal great grandmother, Molly Rierson and his paternal great grandfather, Paul Nash, who preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 7, 1996 at the Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn with Fr. Terrence Stanton officiating.  Interment was at St. Gall Cemetery in Elburn.                                CC 3/14/1996

 

John William Swanson     1996.03.23

John William Swanson, age 78, of Waterman, IL, passed away Sunday, March 10, 1996, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb, IL.  He was born August 12, 1917, in Waterman, IL, the son of Alex and Gertrude (Bowker) Swanson.

He was united in marriage June 29, 1942, in Fort Dix, NJ, to the former Doris Lindstrom.

Mr. Swanson was a member of the United Methodist Church of Waterman.  John attended Loyola University in California.  He was for many years the owner and operator of Swanson’s Plumbing and Well Service, in Waterman.  He served for over 28 years on the Waterman Village Board.  John was a 50 year member of the Waterman Lions Club.  He, along with his wife, Doris, was a former member of the Indian Oaks Country Club in Shabbona, IL.  Mr. Swanson served with the United States Army during World War II in the European Theatre.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Doris, two children, John W. (Shelly) Swanson, Jr. of Indianapolis, IN and their two children, Erica and Carrie, and Pattie Ann (Michael) Heckman of Ripon, WI, and their three children, Michael, Lori and Paul, one brother, Dwayne Swanson of Waterman, IL, and one sister, Ella Riley of Waterman, IL.

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

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 12, 1996 at the Nash-Nelson Funeral Home, 116 North Birch Street, Waterman, IL, with Rev. James Ketzel officiating.  Interment was private.

                                                              CC 3/14/1996

 

Mary M. Horn Anderson     199.03.24

Mary M. Anderson, age 67, of Greers Ferry, AK, formerly of St. Charles, IL, died Saturday, March 9, 1996 at her son’s home in Naperville, IL.  She was born October 7, 1928 in Holcomb, MO.

Mrs. Anderson is a former member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles and a present member of the Holiday Hills Methodist Church in Greers Ferry, AK.  Mary was past president and lifelong member of St. Charles American Legion Auxiliary and a member of the St. Charles VFW Auxiliary.

Mary is survived by her husband, of 44 years, John Sr.; 4 sons, John Jr., of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, James (Kerry Leigh) of Cary, IL; Ricky of Naperville, IL and Lloyd of Aurora, IL; 2 daughters, Beth Brummel of Montgomery, IL and Pauletta Konzcak of McHenry, IL; 2 brothers, Robert (June) Horn of Rochelle, IL and Eugene (Betty) Horn of Doniphan, MO; 1 sister, Delois of Arlington, TX; 2 grandchildren, Jennifer and John III of Waterman and their mother Lynn Anderson; and 1 step grandchild, Stefan Perkins of Cary, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Moody and Orah Horn; one sister, Dorothy Cauter; and a brother, A. D. Horn.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 13, 1996, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles; Rev. Kenneth Ahlstrand officiated.  Burial was in North Cemetery, St. Charles.

CC 3/14/1996

 

Joyce E. Agnew Withey Shook     1996.03.25

Joyce E. Shook, age 76, of Waterman, IL, passed away Sunday, March 17, 1996, in Chicago, IL.  She was born February 3, 1920 in Louisville, KY, the daughter of Edwin and Bernice (Marston) Agnew.

She was united in marriage to Mr. Delbert Withey, the father of her children, Joy and Lon.  Later she was united in marriage to Mr. Robert F. Shook.

Joyce was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church and their Women’s Auxiliary.  Mrs. Shook was formerly employed by Rochelle Motor Sales, for over twenty years, as their office manager.

She is survived by her two children, Joy (Lawrence J.) Cull of Chicago, IL, and Jon (Victoria Studelska) Withey of Deerfield, IL; two grandsons, Devin and Britt Withey; her brother, Robert Agnew of Wisconsin; as well as several nieces and nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert F. Shook, in 1964, one brother, John Agnew, and two sisters, Lois Kauffman and Verna J. Harding.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 20, 1996, at the Nash-Nelson Funeral Homes, 110 Birch Street, Waterman, IL, with Reverend James Ketzel officiating.  Interment was at the North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman, IL.      CC 3/21/1996

 

Clara R. Greeley     1996.03.26

Clara R. Greeley, 86, of Waterman, IL, passed away Tuesday, March 19, 1996 at her home.  She was born July 22, 1909 in Waterman, the daughter of Carl and Annie (Thorpe) Greeley.

She was a lifelong member of the Waterman United Methodist Church and a member of its Women’s Society.  Clara was a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Music.

She taught piano and organ in her home in Waterman and in rural schools for many years.  She was well known as the organist for the Waterman United Methodist Church where she had played for over 50 years, as well as having played at the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church for over seven years.  Clara was a former member of the Kishwaukee Audubon Society.

Survivors include her cousins, Lois Swanson of DeKalb, Stanley Thorpe of Louisville, KY, Clarence (Norma) Thorpe of Waterman, Craig (Pam) Rice of Waterman, Curt (Judy) Rice of Waterman and Arla (Jerry) Staublin of Charlevoix, MI.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Florence, Marion and Joyce Greeley.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 22, 1996 at the Waterman United Methodist Church with Reverend James Ketzel officiating.  Interment was at the North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.                              CC 3/28/1996

 

Marilyn J. Smorada Reeves     1996.03.27

Marilyn J. Reeves, 61, passed away Tuesday, March 19, 1996 at Mercy Center Hospital.  She was born January 25, 1935 to Dorothy (Briggs) Smorada and John Smorada.

She married Edward Reeves July 16, 1955 in Aurora.  She was a member of St Joseph Church and she retired from the Eagle Food Store in 1991.

Survivors include her husband, Edward Reeves of Aurora; her two daughters, Barbara Reeves and Jennifer Reeves both of North Aurora; her mother, Dorothy Smorada of Aurora; her sister, Gloria (Norman) Barandl of Big Rock; three special daughters, Terese (Randy) Green of Aurora, Tami (Wayne) Morris of Sandwich and Linda (Mark) Sadler of West Jordan, UT; nine special grandchildren; two nieces, two great nieces; a special niece, Brenda Pershing of Mt. Prospect and her best friend, Peachy Olson of Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her father, John Smorada in 1964 and two sons, John and Anthony Reeves.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 22, 1996 at the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary with Monsignor Edward S. Wright officiating.  Interment was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

   CC 3/28/1996

 

Maude Alice Dean Woods     1996.03.28

Memorial services were celebrated for Maude Alice (Dean) Woods, Saturday, March 23, 1996 at the Waterman United Methodist Church and also that afternoon in the chapel of Oak Crest Retirement Center, 2944 Greenwood Acres Drive, DeKalb, IL.

She was born in Waterman July 31, 1901 to Ardelia (Whitford) Dean and Elbert P. Dean.  Her father was owner/operator of the Dean Meat Market of Waterman, and she assisted him by making the fresh meat deliveries to the farm families of the area.  She graduated from the Waterman Community High School in 1919, and completed several classes at the Northern Illinois State Teachers College prior to her marriage to Preston L. Woods August 22, 1919 in a service in the Waterman United Methodist Church.

They began their marriage and raised their family on their farm south and east of Waterman. They resided and were active in the community until they retired in 1971 to El Rancho Village in Bradenton, FL.  They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary August 22, 1984.  Two years following Preston’s death in 1985, Maude returned to her home community to take up residence at the Oak Crest Retirement Center in DeKalb.

She is survived by Beatrice “Betty” (Sheldon) Kesner, Hinckley, Ella Jean (Reverend Robert) Davis, Hayesville, NC; Patricia (William, deceased) Woods, Waterman; Reverend Preston D. (Sharon) Woods, Westmont; 15 grandchildren; and 25 great grandchildren. 

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Preston L. Woods; son, William E. Woods; 2 granddaughters and 2 sisters, Mable Swift and Jessie Fay.

Maude was a member of the United Methodist Church of Waterman and the United Methodist Women.  She was a leader and teacher in the Sunday school, sang in the choir, and was an active leader in both mission and evangelism in the church.  She served many years as a Northern Illinois Conference outdoor camp counselor in a setting at Lake Geneva, WI and Dixon, IL.  She was an advocate for and participated in the migrant ministries of the area.

In her retirement setting of Bradenton, FL, she was active in the Oneco United Methodist Church and volunteered as a song leader at the Maurice Retirement Home as well as volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club of the Rogers Memorial United Methodist Church where she taught home economic skills.  She sang in the “Bay City” Choral and the El Rancho Singers.  She was a bird watcher and an avid gardener of flowers, fruits, and vegetables.  Maude loved God’s creation, and she introduced many children to its wondrous beauty.

Maude had a special love for horses from the relationship with her pony, Dolly; the horses she drove for her dad’s deliveries and in later years, she rode for pleasure, parades and shows.  An interesting historic note: she was the first woman to learn to drive an automobile in Waterman.

Memorials may be made in Maude’s honor to the Waterman United Methodist Church or the Oak Crest retirement Center in DeKalb.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.                                    CC 3/28/1996

 

Mildred Marie Leifheit Anderson     1996.03.29

Mildred Marie “Mickey” Anderson, 87, of DeKalb, died Friday, March 22, 1996 at DeKalb County Nursing Home.

She was born February 18, 1909 in DeKalb County, IL, the daughter of Louis and Alice (Charlesworth) Leifheit.  She married Harold E. Anderson October 10, 1930 in Waukegan, IL.

She was a homemaker.  She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Hinckley where she was active in the Altar Guild and Ladies Aid.   She was also a member of the Women’s Clique Club in Mendota.  She enjoyed playing any kind of cards and loved to watch her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s sporting events.

She is survived by her husband, Harold E. Anderson, Sr., of Sycamore; 1 son, Harold (Betty Lou) Anderson, Jr. of Waterman; 9 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Ethel Holderman of Hinckley, Berna Burnham of Evansville, WI and Betty Ann Schleifer of Hinckley; 1 daughter-in-law, Amy Anderson of Rockford and several nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by a former daughter-in-law Barb Hjort of Sycamore.

She was preceded in death by 1 son, Richard E. Anderson; 1 infant daughter, Dolores M. Anderson; 1 infant granddaughter, Karen Lee Anderson; 1 sister, Bernice Wittek and 2 brothers, LaVern Leifheit and Mertin Leifheit.

Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Monday, March 25, 1996 at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb with the Rev. Donald E. Balgeman of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, officiating.  Interment of ashes will be at Fairview Park Cemetery at a later date.  Friends may call Monday from 6 p.m. until the time of services at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

A memorial is being established in care of the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.      CC 3/28/1996

 

Bernard J. George     1996.03.30

Bernard J. George, 80, of Lee died Monday, March 25, 1996 at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

He was born June 26, 1915 in rural Shabbona, the son of Charles and Julia (Hanson) George.  He married Edna P. Storey August 20, 1938 at the Shabbona Healthcare Center Congregational Church.

Bernard farmed near Lee for many years, prior to moving into the village of Lee in 1965.  He later was employed at DeKalb Ag until his retirement in 1979.  He was a member and past Master of Shabbona Masonic Lodge #374, member and Past worthy Patron of Pokonokah Chapter Order of the Eastern Star in Shabbona, and a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ.

Survivors include his son, David (Dianne) George, of Lee; his daughter, Ann (Larry) Peppers, of Hinckley; six grandchildren, David (Julie) Ott, of Elburn, Darrin (Linda) Ott of Big Rock, Debbie (Jeff) Rood, of Waterman, Michelle (Brian) Mathews, of Waterman, Shawn (Jim) Douglas, of Hartland, WI, Kristen (Craig Kruse) George, of Lee; and 5 great grandchildren, Nicki, Beau, Lauren and Tyler Ott and Megan Douglas.

He was preceded in death by his wife August 2, 1991, a brother, Gilbert, and a sister, Gladys Schweiger.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 1996, at the Shabbona United Church of Christ with Reverend David Wernecke, church pastor officiating.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.  Visitation was from 5 to 8 Tuesday evening at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  A Masonic service was held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.

A memorial is being established.                 CC 3/28/1996

 

Stephen Peter Idoux     1996.03.31

Stephen “Steve” Peter Idoux, 61, a lifelong resident of Aurora passed away Thursday, March 28, 1996 at his home.  He was born October 14, 1934 in Aurora to Stephen and Angela (Colin) Idoux.

Steve married Minnie Wheeler February 2, 1957.  He graduated from St. Peter’s Catholic School prior to attending West Aurora High School.

He was employed at Barber-Greene, Walt’s Garage and Richards-Wilcox Manufacturing Co.  Following that, Steve worked as a welder and inspector for Caterpillar Co. for 30 years, retiring March 1, 1996.  He enjoyed trap shooting and was a member of Montgomery Trap Club.  He was also a present member of the St. Charles Sportsman’s Club in Elburn.

Survivors include two daughters, Angela (Curt) Jones of Hinckley and Vickie Walz of Cumming, GA; six grandchildren, Brooke and Justin Jones of Hinckley, Brad Idoux of Cumming, GA, Anthony, Stephen and Brandon Walz of Aurora; a great-granddaughter, Alexsis Taylor of Hinckley; two sisters, Germaine Stiles, of Aurora and Angela Idoux of Orion, IL; several nieces and nephews; as well as, a special friend, Maria Schindel of Aurora.

Besides his parents, Steve was preceded in death by a brother, Peter Idoux; three sisters, Marie Idoux, Elaine Steele and Cecilia Raymond; a niece, Elaine Cecilia Raymond; and two nephews, Kenneth Raymond and Lawrence Stiles, Jr.

A mass of the resurrection was held Saturday, March 30, from the Healy Chapel to St. Peter’s Catholic Church; Father Edwin Millen officiated.  Interment took place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Contributions in Mr. Idoux’s memory may be made to the Fox Valley Hospice.                              CC 4/4/1996

 

Mildred L. Burmiester Schule     1996.03.32

Mildred L. Schule, age 92, of Hinckley, IL, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 1996 at Countryside Care Center, Aurora, IL.  She was born July 9, 1903 in Squaw Grove Township, IL, the daughter of Fred and Lena (Weddige) Burmiester.

She was united in marriage June 4, 1924 in Hinckley, IL to Mr. Kenneth H. Schule.

Mildred was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, IL, where she was a member of the Dorcas Circle, as well as its Women’s Guild.  She was a loving mother and a devoted homemaker.

She is survived by her son, Eugene (Anna) Schule of Aurora, IL; four grandchildren, Susan Schule of Springfield, MO, Gina (William) Johnson of Glendale, CA, and Brian Schule of Aurora, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Kenneth, January 8, 1991, one son, Col Ronald Schule, and two brothers.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 29, 1996 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley, IL with the Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment was at the Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley, IL.

Memorials in Mildred’s name may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, in Hinckley, IL.            CC 4/4/1996

 

                                   Alan R. Thompson      1996.04.05

     Alan R. Thompson, 64, of Waterman, died Wednesday, April 17, 1996 at his home.  He was born January 26, 1932 in Aurora, the son of Frank H. and Dolly (Hayden) Thompson.

      Alan was united in marriage to Frances Livsey on April 19, 1952 in North Aurora.  Alan owned and operated Al’s Speed Shop in North Aurora for 21 years.  He was one of the pioneers of drag racing, and over the years he held several drag racing records.  Alan was a lifetime member of the Antique Automobile Club of America, Silver Springs Chapter and a member of Model A Restorer’s Club.

     Survivors include his wife, Frances, of Waterman; his daughter Kelly (Michael) Bivins of Montgomery; two grandchildren, Megan and Shane Bivins; a niece Sharon Wilkie of Aurora; and several other nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, and two half brothers, Frank and Fred Stotler.

     Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 20, at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich, Rev. Judy Giese Officiating.  Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Montgomery.  Visitation was Friday, April 19, at Burkhart Funeral Home, 606 E. Arnold Road, Sandwich.

     Memorials may be made in Alan’s name to the American Heart Association, 631 North Longwood Street, Rockford, IL  61107.                                  CC 4/25/1996

 

                                        Orin Marvick     1996.04.08

      Orin “Ole” Marvick, 75, of Leland, died Thursday, April 18, 1996 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born February 26, 1921, in Sisseton, SD, to Orin Spencer and Alma (Sanderson) Marvick.  He married Dermaline “Dixie” Rhodes on June 1, 1945 in Waterman,

      “Ole” was a member of the Veterans of the US Army Engineers and served in the South Pacific during World War II.  He was employed as a Realtor at Brokers of the Midwest, In Somonauk since 1980.  He was currently serving his 17th year as a board member of the Illinois Children’s Rehabilitation and Education Center, in Chicago.  He served on the Consumers’ Advisory Board during this time as a representative of the school which his daughter, Julie, attended.  He was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church, a Charter member of the Leland Lions Club, was a member of the Mendota Elks, the Leland Masonic Lodge 558, and the American Legion Post 570 in Leland.

     Funeral services were held Monday April 22, at the Bethany Lutheran Church, Leland.  Visitation was Sunday, April 21, at the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk.

     He is survived by his wife, Dixie Marvick, of Leland: one daughter. Julie Marvick of Ottawa: three sisters, Margretta (Robert) Heriaud of Waterman, Virginia (Ray) Frost of Hinckley, Carol (Richard) Boos of Portland, OR; one brother Henry (Jacqueline) Marvick of Leland, and several nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his parents.

     Memorials may be made to the Bethany Lutheran Church, Leland, or a charity of the donor’s choice.        CC 4/25/1996

 

George W. Willis     1996.04.10

George W. Willis, age 89, of Big Rock, passed away Thursday, April 4, 1996, at Sandwich Community Hospital in Sandwich.  He was born October 28, 1906 in Kaneville, the son of John Owen and Jane (Thomas) Willis.

He was united in marriage August 25, 1934 in Aurora, to the former Pauline Nelson.

George farmed in the Kendall and DeKalb County areas for many years and was a member of the Kendall County Farm Bureau.  Hunting raccoons and foxes was George’s favorite pastime.   He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather and his memory will be cherished by his family.

He is survived by his wife of over 61 years, Pauline; three children, Madeline (Wayne) Bagwill of Sheridan, Geraldine (Jack) Henze of Plano, and Richard Willis of Pine Island, FL; nine grandchildren, Chris (Mark) Tuttle of Somonauk, Kim (Ed) Euschio of Somonauk, Pam (Allen) Morton of Somonauk, Susan (Peter) Dell of Sandwich, Barbara Smith, George Smith and Gail Smith of DeKalb, Peter Henze and Ken Henze of Plano; fourteen great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors who will greatly miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Georgia J. Smith; his sister, Bernice Schliefer; three brothers, Lloyd Willis, Harold Willis, and Owen Willis.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 6, 1996 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 21st at the Union Congregational Church in Somonauk, with Reverend James Gottwald officiating.                           CC 4/11/1996

 

Dorothy H. Slover McGrew     1996.04.11

Dorothy H. McGrew, 84, of Shabbona died Monday, April 8, 1996 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

She was born October 27, 1911 in Flora, IL, the daughter of LeRoy and Florence (Bothwell) Slover.  She married Ralph McGrew December 10, 1930 in Xenia, IL.

Dorothy and her family moved to Shabbona in 1940 and remained in the community ever since then.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Shabbona and active in church activities until the last few years.

Survivors include a son, Dewin (Gerry) McGrew of Burlington; 2 daughters, Beverly (Tony) Heal of Malta and Alma (Alan) Olson of Shabbona; 2 brothers, Earl (Jackie) Slover of Flora, IL and John (Thelma) Slover of Flora, IL; 2 sisters, Margaret (Robert) Hockman of Flora, IL and Clara Helen (James) Boyd of Salem, IL; 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband September 7, 1985, her parents, a sister, Doris, and a brother, Robert.

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at the First Baptist Church of Shabbona with Reverend Jeff Coester, church pastor, officiating.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.      CC 4/11/1996

 

Kenneth William Roderick     1996.04.12

Kenneth William Roderick, age 69, of Hinckley, IL, passed away suddenly Friday, April 12, 1996 at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora, IL.

He was born October 6, 1926, in Elwood, IL, the son of Kenneth B. and Lorene (Redden) Roderick.

He was united in marriage September 23, 1961 at the Hinckley United Methodist Church, in Hinckley, IL to the former Joanne Stickney Dolder.

Ken was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church.  He was a farmer for many years in DeKalb County and a former member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.  He was a devoted family man and enjoyed attending any activity involving his children.  Ken was an avid reader and a man of many talents and interest, including music, hunting, and a love of nature, especially feeding wild birds.  He was also a gifted mechanic and carpenter whose great pleasure was working on his home.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Joanne; five children, Janet (Randy) Roderick Buescher of Chicago, IL, William John (Lori) Roderick of Rock Island, IL, James Kenneth Roderick of Chicago, IL, Linda (Meredith) Dolder Ramp of McCausland, IA, and David (Nancy) Dolder of Yorkville, IL; twelve grandchildren, Heidi, Nikki, Natalie, and Sean Lung, Kari and Kevin Dolder, Henry Roderick, Wyatt Roderick-Buescher, Lily Roderick-Buescher, Amelia Buescher, Brian Ramp, and Jacqui Whittemore; two sisters, Vivian Hammett of Hinckley, IL, and Aletha (Paul) Collins of Plainfield, IL, as well as several nieces and nephews, and dear friends and neighbors who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one grandchild, Eli Roderick in 1993.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 15, 1996 at the Hinckley United Methodist Church, with Reverend Paul Gerardy officiating.  Interment was at the Maple Hill Cemetery, Elwood, IL.                       CC 4/18/1996

 

Edward W. Monkemeyer     1996.04.13

Edward W. Monkemeyer, 94, of rural Elburn, died Sunday, April 14, 1996 at the Countryside Nursing home in Aurora.

He was born June 9, 1901 in rural DeKalb, the son of Henry and Mary (Borchers)) Monkemeyer.  He married Bertha Christensen March 26, 1943 in Dixon.

Mr. Monkemeyer farmed for many years in the DeKalb and Kaneville areas and raised dairy cattle.  He was a member of the Kane County Farm Bureau and a former member of the Pure Milk Association.

Survivors include his wife, Bertha of rural Elburn and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Fred and William; and 5 sisters, Elsie Popp, Emma Monkemeyer, Ida Garbelman, Mabel Monkemeyer and Marie Rickert.

Graveside funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona with Reverend Donald Myhres, minister of the Calvary Lutheran Church of rural Lee, officiating.  Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona handled the arrangements.                                      CC 4/18/1996

 

Earl W. Nelson     1996.04.14

Earl W. Nelson, age 83, of Batavia, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 1996 at his home.  He was born November 22, 1912 in Batavia, IL, the son of Martin O. and Elveda (Anderson) Nelson.  He was united in marriage to Helen L. (Kern) Nelson February 13, 1937 in Dundee, IL.

He was a 1930 graduate of the Batavia High School.  He owned and operated the Martin O. Nelson Plumbing and Heating Company with his brother, Russell “Bussy” Nelson, until his retirement in 1978.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Batavia #404 AF&AM, member of the Batavia Landmark United Methodist Church and a member of the former Green Pheasants of Batavia.

He is survived by two sons, Lynn (Joyce) Nelson of Big Rock, IL, and Stephen (Anita) Nelson of Batavia; seven grandchildren, John (Cindy) Nelson of Yorkville, Mark (Kris) Nelson of Aurora, Eric (Michele) Nelson of Anchorage, AK, Molly Nelson of Batavia, Christine Nelson of Harvey, Connie Nelson of Batavia and Brian Nelson of Aurora; three great granddaughters, Brianna, Alexandra and Ashley; and a brother, Russell “Bussy” Nelson of Batavia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin O. and Elveda Nelson; his wife, Helen L. Nelson; a brother, Howard Nelson; and by a sister, Adeline Wood.

Memorial services were held Monday, April 22, 1996 at the Batavia Landmark United Methodist Church.  The Reverend Michael S. Stoner officiated.  There was no visitation.  Interment was private.

Contributions may be made to the Fox Valley Hospice, PO Box 707. Geneva, IL 60134.

Arrangements were handled by the Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home in Batavia.                                     CC 4/25/1996

 

Lyle Keene Smith     1996.04.15

Lyle K. Smith, 90, of Cortland, died Monday, April 15, 1996 at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.

She was born November 17, 1905 in Waterman, IL the daughter of Bert and Hattie (Morton) Keene.

She married Frank H. Smith June 5, 1927 in Waterman.

Lyle graduated from Cornell University with a teaching degree and later worked for the Cortland School District, teaching elementary classes.

She was a member of the Cortland Methodist Church, the Women’s Society at the church and the Sycamore Garden Club.

She is survived by one daughter, Kaye (Jim) Carey of Lakeview, AR; eight grandchildren, Lori (Michael) Fleetwood of Sycamore, Lynn (Jay) Montgomery of Sycamore, Jeff (Patty) Richardson of Batavia, Monte (Linda) Smith of DeKalb, Dayna Williams of DeKalb, Brad (Peggy) Carey of DeKalb, Bart Carey of Arkansas, and Carla (Michael) Bolding of Arkansas; ten great grandchildren; one brother, George Keene of Rochelle.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Dale Smith; one daughter, Carol Richardson; and one sister, Bernice Anderson.

Funeral services were Sunday, April 21, 1996 at the Butala Funeral Home in Sycamore, Reverend Richard Wagner officiating.

Burial was at Mound Rest Cemetery in Cortland.

Memorials for Lyle K. Smith may be sent in care of the Butala Funeral Home, 1405 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, IL 60178.                                                CC 4/25/1996

 

Glenn E. McCaddon     1996.04.16

Glenn E. McCaddon, 78, of Yorkville, passed away Monday, April 15, 1996, at Rush-Copley Medical Center.  He was born February 20, 1918 in Peoria, IL.

Mr. McCaddon was employed at Caterpillar Tractor as a general foreman in Peoria and Aurora before his retirement.  He was a member of the Yorkville Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Wilda (Snodgrass) McCaddon of Yorkville; three sons, Guyle McCaddon of Renton, WA, Winston McCaddon of DeKalb and Steve (Sandra) McCaddon of Paw Paw; two sisters, Grace McEvoy and Margaret Crowe, both of Peoria; one step-son, Allan (Valerie) Snodgrass of Cody, WY; two step-daughters, Elizabeth (Harold) Giddings of Waterman and Linda (Tom) Sherwin of Aurora; many grandchildren and great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Marian McCaddon; one daughter, Donna Roberts; four brothers, Bruce, Horace, Willard and Earl McCaddon; and two sisters, Ruth and Jean McCaddon.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 18, 1996 at the Dieterle Memorial Home.  The Reverend Sue Wessels officiated.

Arrangements were handled by the Dieterle Memorial Home.

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Anna G. Hanson LeGro      1996.04.17

Anna G. Hanson. 77, Waterman, died Tuesday, April 23, 1996 at Sandwich Community Hospital.

She was born June 22, 1918 in Lisbon, IL, the daughter of Helmar and Inger T. (Michaelson) Hanson.

She was employed by Brody’s Coat Factory for 35 years, until her retirement. She was a former member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Sandwich.

She is survived by her husband, Russell LeGro of Waterman; five sisters, SeDell Johnson of Morris, Margaret L. (Arthur) Parkerhouse of DeKalb, Dorothy (Kenneth) Gunderson of DeKalb, Martha (Alvin) Nolte of Sandwich, and Helen (Jack) Huggins of Sugar Grove; one brother-in-law, Leonard LeGro of Plano; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Graveside services were held Friday, April 26, 1996 at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb with the Rev. E. George Krause of Immanuel Lutheran Church officiating.    CC 5/2/1996

 

Helen E. Quarnstrom Kempson     1996.04.18

Helen E. Kempson, 78, of Malta, died Monday, April 22, 1996 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

She was born December 21, 1917 in DeKalb, the daughter of Charles Alfred and Alvina Pauline (Pearson) Quarnstrom.  She married Merle Elroy Kempson June 29, 1939 in Aurora, IL.

She was employed in the home health and family care and later Northern Illinois University and Illinois State Tollway, retiring in 1985.  She was a member of Malta United Methodist Church.  She was also a member of the Royal Neighbors of America and the Independent Order of Lady Vikings Lodge.

She is survived by five sons, Duane of White Heath, IL, Bruce of Dixon, Gene (Jerri) of Rochelle, Mark of Malta, and Paul (Debbie) of Beloit, WI; eleven grandchildren, Timothy, Julie Patrick, Christopher, Matthew, Amy, Karen, Carl, Sara, Monica, and Andrea; one great grandson, Mitchell; one brother, Kenneth (Marie) Quarnstrom of Waterman. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, two special nieces, Shirley (Delbert) Larsen of DeKalb and Maureen (Bob) VonSeggern of Earlville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Merle E. Kempson in 1960; one daughter, Kay in 1959; three brothers, Harold Quarnstrom, Clarence Quarnstrom, and Carl Quarnstrom; one sister, Ethel; and her parents.

Funeral services were Thursday, April 25, 1996 at the Anderson Funeral Home, Malta, with the Rev. George E. David, Malta United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial was at Malta Cemetery.                      CC 5/2/1996

 

Donn E. Johnson     1996.04.19

Donn E. Johnson, 73, of Western Springs for the last 34 years, died Monday, April 22, 1996 at Hinsdale Hospital.  Mr. Johnson was born August 11, 1922 at Waterman, IL.

Donn Johnson received his law degree at the University of Illinois, and was practicing at the law firm of Peck, McVicker, and Landry in LaGrange, IL.  Previously, Mr. Johnson was self employed having law offices in both Western Springs and LaGrange.

He was a member of the Congregational Church of Western Springs; the American Bar Association and the Illinois Bar Association.

In World War II Mr. Johnson joined the U. S. Air Force and flew as a fighter pilot.

He is survived by his wife, Beverlee; a daughter, Donna Atwater of Lake Forest; and a son, Bruce Johnson of Downers Grove; and two grandchildren, Brian and Kelly.

He was preceded in death by Gary Johnson, a son.

Funeral services and interment were private.

Memorials may be sent to Western Springs Community Center, Americans with Disabilities Act Capitol Improvement Fund, P O Box 65, Western Springs, IL 60558, or the Salvation Army.                              CC 5/2/1996

 

Bernice Brown Lindvall     1996.04.20

Bernice “Dotty” Lindvall, age 79, of rural Big Rock, passed away unexpectedly just after midnight Thursday, April 25, 1996 at Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora.  She was taken to Mercy Center Hospital following a sudden collapse at her home.

Mrs. Lindvall was born July 26, 1916 in Bloomfield, WI, the daughter of Henry and Louise (Jacobson) Brown.  Bernice grew up in Genoa City, WI, where she graduated from local schools and went on to attend Sherman Hospital School of Nursing, Elgin.  For a time she was also employed at the Elgin Watch factory.

Dotty played piano and loved to dance and the combination of those two led her to her beloved husband, Lenart Lindvall.  They met at a dance in South Elgin in 1936 and a romance began.  Several years later they were united in marriage November 28, Thanksgiving Day, 1940.

The couple made their home south of Elburn on Rowe Road for many years and raised two sons, Jerry and LaVern.  A loving mother and a marvelous cook, Dotty enjoyed being a homemaker and devoted her life to her family.

In addition to her husband, Lenart or rural Big Rock, she is survived by two sons and their families, Jerry (Barbara) Lindvall; their children, Sarah and David of Naperville and LaVern (Sharon) Lindvall, son Scott, of Big Rock; and two nephews and several cousins.

In addition, she leaves a timeless legacy of memories, Christmas molasses cookies, sing-alongs at home, card games of five hundred, barnyard pets on the farm, gardening, and best of all, annual fishing trips to Hackensack, MN.

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

Funeral services were held Monday, April 39th at the Grace Lutheran Church, Lily Lake, with the Rev. Ernst Rex officiating, and interment was at Blackberry Cemetery, Elburn.

Memorials in her name may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church, St. Charles, IL.                            CC 5/2/1996

 

Raymond F. Landorf     1996.04.21

Raymond F. Landorf, age 84, a lifelong resident of Naperville, IL, died Friday, April 26, 1996 at Edward Hospital, Naperville, IL.  He was born March 25, 1912.

Mr. Landorf had been a member of the Naperville Moose Lodge #1290 for the past 49 years, serving as an officer for 18 of those years.  He held a Legion membership, Fellowship degree and was awarded an Honorary Past Governorship.  He operated his own business for 48 years transporting milk from the farm to the dairy.  He also worked with his family in farming up until the last six months.  Mr. Landorf attended the Community United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mae L. (nee Murr) of Naperville, IL; one son, Donald (Bari) Landorf of Naperville, IL; one daughter, Marilyn Landorf of Naperville, IL; two brothers, Carl (Lois) Landorf and Robert Landorf all of Holiday, FL; one sister, Evelyn Brummell of Shabbona, IL; three grandchildren, Mark (Stephanie) Landorf, Craig (Heather) Landorf and Cindy (Todd) Wyllie, all of Naperville, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Minnie (nee Westendorf) Landorf; two brothers, Clarence and Joseph Landorf; and by one sister, Marion Hansen. 

Funeral services were held Monday, April 29, 1996 at the Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home, Naperville, IL with the Rev. Thomas Babler officiating.  Interment was at Naperville Cemetery.                           CC 5/2/1996

 

Ernest E. Johnson     1996.04.22

Ernest E. ”Ernie” Johnson, 77, of Shabbona, died Saturday, April 27, 1996 at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford.

He was born July 16, 1918 in Shabbona Grove, the son of Frank F. and Alice E. (Houghtby) Johnson.  He married Beatrice I. George October 3, 1942 at the parsonage of the Congregational Church in Shabbona.

Ernie was a veteran of World War II, having served as a military policeman in Huntsville, TX.  He farmed for many years in the Shabbona area and raised livestock.  He was a member of the Shabbona American Legion Post #677, Shabbona United Church of Christ, and enjoyed playing softball for many years with the DeKalb County Farm Bureau teams.

Survivors include his wife, Bea, of Shabbona, 4 sons, Ron (Dee) Johnson of Plano, Bob (Louise) Johnson of Shabbona, Larry Johnson of Shabbona, Roger (Jamie) Johnson of Shabbona; and a daughter, Linda (Charles) Hickey of Somonauk; 2 brothers, Richard (Mary) Johnson of DeKalb, Paul (Mary) Johnson of Shabbona; a sister, Claretta (Marvin) Suppeland of Cortland; 14 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Chet, Howard and Clarence, and a sister, Viola Strand.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning April 30, 1996 at the Shabbona United Church of Christ with Reverend David Wernecke, church pastor officiating.  Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.

Funeral arrangements were made through the Jacobson Funeral Home of Shabbona, IL.                        CC 5/2/1996

 

                                 Delbert Davis     1996.05.06

Delbert Davis, 87, of Somonauk died Friday, May 10, 1996 at Dogwood Health Care Center, Sandwich. He was born June 13, 1908 in Ellington, MO, the son of Henry and Mattie E. (Chronister) Davis.

Delbert was united in marriage to Martha Lorene Camden on May 11, 1935 in Bunker, MO.  He was self-employed as a sawmill operator for over 25 years in rural Somonauk.  He then was employed by Federal Huber in Plano for nine years retiring in 1974.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Newark.

Survivors include his wife, Martha of Somonauk, two daughters, Gloria Cook of Somonauk, Janet (Bob) Stout of Leland; five sons, Leroy (Barb) Davis of Sandwich, Jerald Davis of Hinckley, Larry (Tina) Davis of Leland, Carry (Millie) Davis, of Sheridan of John (Evelyn) Davis of Somonauk; two sisters, Ruby Plymale of Peoria and Sally Ann (Richard) Worstall of Theodosia, MO; 23 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Mary Lou Harms; four brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services for Delbert were held on Tuesday, May 14, at the First Baptist Church, Newark, Rev. Lawrence Thomas officiating.  Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk. Visitation was Monday, May 13, at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.

Pallbearers were Mark Davis, Bill Stout, Brandon Davis, Steven Cook, David Adams, and Lucas Stout.  Honorary pallbearers were Bob Stout Jr. and Paul Davis.   CC 5/16/1996

 

Audra Evelyn Culp Severance     1996.05.13

Audra Evelyn Severance, age 90, of Longmont, CO, formerly of Hinckley, IL, passed away Saturday, May 4, 1996 at home with her family at her side.  She was born November 26, 1905 in Hinckley, IL, the daughter of George William and Margaret (Smith) Culp.

She was united in marriage March 12, 1928 in Hinckley, IL to Mr. DeMay Severance.  They assumed operation of the Severance farm, which they operated until the sale of the land in 1973.

Audra was a lifelong member of Hinckley First United Methodist Church and was an active member of its Women’s Society.  She was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and the Town and Country Club in Hinckley.  She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother and will be deeply missed by her family

She is survived by one daughter, Marlene (Lee) Phillips of Longmont, CO, formerly of Geneva, IL; two grandchildren, Lisa Phillips of Colorado Springs, CO, and Scott (Patti) Phillips of Longmont, CO; two great grandchildren, Michael and Sophia Phillips; her sister-in-law, Sue Culp of Ames, IA; her niece, Sandra (Dick) Milstead of Clarksburg, NJ; her nephew, Kenneth (Cathy) Culp, Jr. of Dallas, TX, as well as a host of friends who will miss her dignified and warm smile.

Mrs. Severance was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, DeMay Severance July 27, 1993, and her brother, Kenneth Culp, Sr.

Funeral services were held Thursday, May 9, 1996 at the Hinckley First United Methodist Church, Reverend Paul Gerardy officiating.  Interment was at the West Big Rock Cemetery, Big Rock, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Hinckley First United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.       CC 5/9/1996

 

Carol Ruth Arndt Raymond     1996.05.14

Mrs. Carol Ruth Raymond, age 60, of Big Rock, a former long time resident of Montgomery, died Saturday, May 4, 1996 at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. She was born June 8, 1935 in Aurora, the daughter of the late Otto and Ruth (Mall) Arndt.

Mrs. Raymond was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Aurora.  She attended Montgomery Elementary and West Aurora High Schools.  Prior to 1991, she worked as a bookkeeper with her husband, David, for 22 years in their Raymond Sand and Gravel business.

She is survived by her husband, David L. Raymond of Big Rock, to whom she was married April 28, 1962; an uncle, John Mall of Montgomery; a cousin, Alice Wilkie of California, Ceil Engstrand of Minnesota and Charles Mall of Montgomery; a sister-in-law, Melody (Larry) Johnson; a niece, Cecelia Ward; a nephew, Cyril Ward; a great nephew, Jack Flowers, all of Elgin, and many cherished friends.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a dearly loved uncle, Theodore (Ted) Mall; an aunt, Bertha Strausburger and her father and mother-in-law, LaVerne and Cecelia Raymond of Big Rock.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 6, 1996 at the Healy Chapel with Reverend Burneal Fick officiating.

Private burial was Tuesday, May 7 in Welsh South Big Rock Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory may be given to Fox Valley Hospice.    CC 5/9/1996

 

Harold Duane Boekenhauer     1996.05.15

Harold Duane Boekenhauer, age 83, of Waterman, IL, passed away Friday, May 3, 1996, at the Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb, IL.  He was born November 2, 1912, in Waterman, IL, the son of Fred and Augusta (Johnson) Boekenhauer.  Harold lived his entire lifetime in the Waterman area.

He was united in marriage September 9, 1938, in Waterman, IL, to the former Josephine Mack, and they spent the next 57 years of their lives together.

Mr. Boekenhauer was an active lifelong member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church, having been ordained an Elder, serving as the Sunday School superintendent, a Sunday School teacher, and a member of its choir.  He was proud to have been a delegate to the General Assembly of Presbyterian Churches of the United States.

He was employed for 43 years as a salesman by Kishwaukee Service Company, which in now Northern FS, until his retirement in 1977.  He was a dedicated citizen of both DeKalb County and Waterman.  In 1933 he served as member of the National 4-H Club Congress, later he was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau where he helped to start and organize the rural Youth Club in DeKalb County.  Harold was a Charter Board Member of the Board of Directors of Kishwaukee Community Hospital, a past president of the Waterman P.T.A, an official of the Waterman Town Board, a former member of the Waterman School Board, a former Waterman Volunteer fireman, a former Township Supervisor, a former member of the Waterman Business Association, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Oak Crest Retirement Center, in DeKalb, a former member of the DeKalb County Assessments Board of Review, as well as, a Past Master of the Waterman Masonic Lodge #728, AF&AM.

Survivors include his wife, Josephine, two children, Roger (Jean) Boekenhauer of Arlington Heights, IL, and Kay Mullins of Fond Du Lac, WI; five grandchildren, Mark Boekenhauer of East Dundee, IL, Matthew Boekenhauer of Milwaukee, WI, Rachel (Bobby) Koritala of Providence, RI, Rhonda Robrahn of Holland, MI, and Bradley (Sarah) Mullins of Eau Claire, WI; one great grandson, Austin Robrahn; one brother, Karl Boekenhauer, now living at the DeKalb County Nursing Home; several nieces and nephews, and many friends and neighbors who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were Sunday, May 5, 1996 at the Waterman Presbyterian Church, with Reverend Paul Salansky officiating.  Interment was at the North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Waterman Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.     CC 5/9/1996

 

Abbie George Fleming Swan     1996.05.16

Abbie George Swan, 93, of Aurora passed away early Monday morning, May 13, 1996 at Elmwood Care Center in Aurora, where she had been a resident for the past few months.  She was born March 22, 1903 at Waterloo, IA, the daughter of Earl and Louella (Masteller) Fleming.

When she was a child, they moved to California and Oregon before returning to Iowa for a time.  As a young woman, she moved with her family to South Dakota where she met her husband, Orville Swan.

In the mid 20’s they were united in marriage, and they farmed in South Dakota for about 5 years until the dust bowl conditions forced them to move.  A couple determined to succeed, they returned to Iowa for a time and then moved to Minnesota where they farmed for a few more years.  In 1939 they left farming and moved to Fargo, ND, where Orville went to welding school and began work in the body and fender trade.  Through all the miles, Abbie kept the home fires burning until at last they settled in Aurora.  They made their home there for over 40 years until Orville passed away in 1973.  In the years that followed, Abbie continued to make her own home shortly before her death.

Abbie was a shy, sweet lady whose hands were never idle.  An accomplished seamstress, she sewed draperies for St. Claire Interiors, Aurora, the Provincial House, Geneva and Fred Borino Interiors, Aurora.  She knitted and crocheted everything from slippers to afghans, made jewelry and adorned her loved one’s homes and lives with works of love.  Always giving of herself, she also provided may hand made items for the ministry of the Salvation Army as well.

Survivors include her four children, Calvin (Alice) Swan of Elburn, Margie (Cliff) Hopkins of Wheaton, Robert (Sigrid) Swan of Duluth, George and Noel Swan of Auburn, WA; eight grandchildren, Steve (Peggy) Swan of Hinckley, Susan (William) Gates of Sugar Grove, Sandy (Gary) Overton of Aurora, Heidi (Mark) Seabloom of Elmhurst, IL, Sonja (Christopher) Smith of Pittsburgh, PA, Arnold Swan of Decatur, GA, Kelly (Andrea) Swan and Randy Swan both of Washington State; 10 great grandchildren, Angela DiFazzio, Ryan Swan, Robert and Michael Overton, Ryan Tyler and Sean Seabloom, Abigail Smith and Halley and Courtney Swan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Orville; and one granddaughter, Sharon DiFazzio.

Funeral services were held Thursday, May 16th at the Conley Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Urquhart, associate pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Aurora, officiating.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Aurora.              CC 5/23/1996

 

Norman Lynn Beck     1996.05.17

Norman Lynn Beck, 79 of Maple Park, passed away Tuesday evening, May 14, 1996.  Surrounded by his family, he passed away peacefully at his home after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  He was born June 20, 1916 in Big Rock the son of John and Mabel (Wise) Beck.

In the early 1920’s they moved to Maple Park.  Norm attended Maple Park High School, where he was starting pitcher for the baseball team, as well as captain and high scorer on the basketball team that won the 1933 Little Eight Conference Championship.  Following graduation, he served in the Civil Conservation Corps for a time and began working the trades with his father.

October 19, 1935, he was united in marriage to Catherine Elizabeth Yagen, his high school sweetheart.  They made their home in Maple Park in the little brown house by the water tower until 1954 when they purchased the present family farm on Winters Road.  Devoted to this family, home and church, Norm worked day and night to completely restore and remodel the farm.  Over the years, he followed his children and grandchildren through school and through life, never forgetting their accomplishments and allocades.

A respected carpenter and mason, he was a 50 year member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers.  A man whose labor was also his love, Norm built with pride and gave of his time and talents to church and friends in many ways.

He was an active member of the Church of St. Mary, Maple Park and the Holy Name Society.

In addition to his wife, Catherine, he is survived by seven children, John (Marianne) Beck of Quartz Hill, CA, Karen M. Risech of Miami, FL, Joseph Beck of Maple Park and Thomas P. (Patty) Beck of Oregon, WI, Sharon Beck of Maple Park, Ruth (Terry) Nelson of Chicago and Norma (Jay) Strang of Big Rock; 16 grandchildren, Karen Marie, Christina, Catherine and Kimberly Risech, Christopher, Eric, and Ryan Beck, Jessica and Kate Dorner, Kelsey and Rosie O‘Brien Beck, Lisa (Jeremy) Callahan, Nicole, Sarah and Joshua Miller, and one tiny granddaughter coming in July; as well as, many nieces and nephews and a community of dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Warren, Orvis and Lawrence Beck; two sisters, Lucille Anderson and Ethel Carlson and one grandson, Joseph Wolf.

Funeral mass was celebrated Friday, May 17 at the Church of St. Mary in Maple Park with Father William Clausen officiating.  Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Maple Park. 

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Mary A. Desmond Rydquist     1996.05.18

Mary A. Rydquist, 77, of Big Rock, passed away Monday, May 13, 1996 at Countryside Health Care Center.  She was born December 15, 1918 in Aurora.

Survivors include her daughter, Sheila (Ron) Simpkins of Big Rock; three grandchildren, Rodney (Michelle) Simpkins of Cortland, Jeffrey (Gloria) Simpkins of Big Rock; three brothers, Rudy (Betty) Desmond of Aurora, Vince (June) Desmond of Dresden, TN and Alfred (Bernice) Desmond of North Aurora.

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

Graveside services were held Tuesday, May 14, 1996 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

There was no visitation.

Arrangements were handled by the Dieterle Memorial Home in Aurora.                                   CC 5/23/1996

 

Leona M. Kessler Trimarco     1996.05.19

Leona M. Trimarco, 62, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 1996 at Mercy Center Hospital.  She was born June 24, 1933 in Berwyn, IL.

She was a member of St. Rita of Cascia Church.

Survivors include her loving husband of 44 years, Ronald Trimarco; six children, Ronald (Sybil) Trimarco, Jr. of Aurora, Debbie (Dale) Bergman of Quincy, IL, Theresa (Scott) Hard of Big Rock, Mary (Leonard) Dixon of Kokomo, IN, Sue Blackamore of Kokomo, IN, Mike Trimarco and his fiancé, Barb Stonecliff of Aurora; her brother, George (Lori) Kessler and 12 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Genevieve Kessler.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 17, 1996 at the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary and at St. Rita of Cascia Church with Father Robert Wilhite officiating.  Interment was in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, IL.        CC 5/23/1996

 

Paul J. Donnelly     1996.05.20

Paul J. Donnelly, 71, of rural Shabbona died Wednesday, May 15, 1996 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

He was born January 13, 1925 in DeKalb, the son of Paul and Frances (Mulroyan) Donnelly.  He married Lynette Schuld, August 17, 1968 in Jefferson, WI.

Paul was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army Air Corps in the European Theater.  He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Lee and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.  He was a lifelong farmer in the Shabbona area.

Survivors include his wife, Lynette of rural Shabbona; a brother, Mark (Lorna) Donnelly of DeKalb; a sister, Elizabeth Helm of Coon Rapids, MN; numerous nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Owen, a brother, James who died in infancy, and a sister, Annette who died in infancy.

Funeral services were held Monday morning, May 20, 1996 at St. James Catholic Church in Lee with Father Louis Pesut officiating.  Burial was in St. James Calvary Cemetery, Lee. Rosary was recited Sunday night at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                         CC 5/23/1996

 

Charlene Wood Ritchey     1996.05.21

Charlene Ritchey, 70, passed away Friday morning, May 17, 1996 at Hillside Care Center in Yorkville, after a seven year battle with cancer.

She was born August 30, 1925 in Hinckley, the daughter of Frank and Lily (Hall) Wood.  Charlene attended Hinckley High School, where she met Laverne “Bud” Ritchey at the annual Hinckley Homecoming.  Graduating with the class of 1942, she became employed at Anchor Brush, in Aurora, through the war years.

June 6, 1944 she was united in marriage to “Bud,” and they made their home in Aurora.  In 1946 they moved to Troxel living there until 1963 when they moved to Kaneville, where they were living at the time of her death.

A devoted wife and mother, Charlene was a ‘neighborhood mom’ to a host of children, all of whom loved nothing better than hanging out at Charlene’s.

Ironically, those years prepared her for the challenge of operating the Elburn Drive-in, which she and “Bud” managed from 1966 to 1968.  Charlene’s smile and her caring ways made many, many friends for miles around.

She was a former member of the LaKelvin Club, Kaneville, and for many years enjoyed attending hot rod midget and sprint car races in Joliet and Wilmot, WI.

In addition to her husband, Bud, she is survived by three children, Sandra Carroll of Necedah, WI, Sharon (Gene) Nier and Ron (April) Ritchey, both of Elburn, one sister, Helen Hutter, of Olney, IL; one brother, Wendell (Bernice) Wood of Yorkville, IL; three grandchildren, Dawn (Keith) McLaughlin, of Plano, Dana (Paul) Capes, of Cortland, and Kelly Ritchey; and seven great grandchildren, Jeffrey, Charles, Kevin, Kyle, Katie, Charlene and Natasha.

She joins now her parents; three brothers, Kenneth, Harvey and Warren; and two sisters, Gladys and Dorothy.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 20th at the Conley Funeral Home with Rev. Ruth Wicksham, pastor of the Kaneville United Methodist Church officiating.  Interment was at the Kaneville Cemetery, Kaneville, IL.

Memorials in her name may be made either to the Visiting Nursed Association of Option Care Inc., of Aurora.

CC 5/23/1996

 

Eleanor L. Spohn Smith     1996.05.22

Eleanor L. Smith, 83, of Streator, died Friday, May 17, 1996

at Camelot Manor Nursing Home, Streator, where she and her husband, Paul, had been residents for the past three years.

She was born July 22, 1912 in Shabbona, the daughter of Clyde and Bessie (Schultz) Spohn. She married Paul Smith February 26, 1934 in Shabbona.

Eleanor farmed together with her husband for many years near Burlington and also worked as a nurses aide at the DeKalb Public Hospital.  In 1973 they moved to Streator.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Streator, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is survived by her husband, Paul Smith of Streator; two sons, Bruce R. (Joy) Smith of Springfield, MO, and Byron J. Smith of Texas City, TX; two daughters, Barbara German of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Beverly Watson of Myrtle Beach, SC; one brother, Harry (Marge) Spohn of Franklin Grove; three sisters, Edith (Edwin) Taylor of San Clemente, CA, Grace (Frank) Lipps of Marengo, and Gwen Boswell of Rock Falls; eight grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, two brothers, two sisters and a grandchild.

Graveside services were held at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona Monday, May 20th.  Reverend John Crede, minister of the First United Methodist Church, Streator officiated.  The arrangement s were made through Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.                                               CC 5/23/1996

 

Lawrence H. Finley     1996.05.23

Lawrence H. Finley, 81, of Aurora, formerly of Big Rock, passed away Friday, May 17, 1996 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora.  He was born August 3, 1914 in Big Rock, the son of Patrick H. and Pauline (Lash) Finley.  Lawrence was formerly married to Mary Finley-Leifheit and they were the proud parents of one son, Patrick Finley.

Mr. Finley was a member of the Full Gospel Pentecostal Church, in Aurora.  For many years, he operated his family’s nursery, the Big Rock Nursery, in Big Rock, and was a former member of the American Nursery Association.  Lawrence loved the outdoors, particularly fishing and working on cars with his son, Patrick.  He was also a loving grandfather, always interested in the sports activities of his grandchildren, Ryan and Megan.

He is survived by his son, Patrick (Janis) Finley, of Big Rock, owner and operator of the Finley Sign Co. in Montgomery; two grandchildren, Ryan and Megan of Big Rock; one sister, Opal Anderson of Yorkville; two brothers, John (Eve) Finley of Hinckley and Earl Finley of Arizona; and one uncle, Albert Lash of Big Rock, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends who will miss him.

Lawrence was preceded in death his parents, his second wife, Ruth, his brother-in-law, Ralph Anderson, his sister-in-law, Shirley Finely and his nephew, Michael Finley, killed in Vietnam.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 20th at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, Hinckley.              CC 5/23/1996

 

Margaret D. Rupprecht Prestegaard     1996.05.24

Margaret D. Prestegaard, 84, of Lee, died Friday, May 24, 1996 at home.  She was born December 14, 1911 in Aurora, the daughter of Andrew and Augusta (Kniep) Rupprecht.  She married Ole L. Prestegaard January 31, 1935 in Lee.

Margaret and Ole lived on a farm north of Lee that had been purchased by Ole’s grandfather.  For 40 years they farmed together until November of 1954 when they purchased a home in Lee and moved into town.

Margaret was an active member of the First Lutheran Church of Lee, having been a member of the Leah Circle of the church, the Ladies’ Aid Circle of the church, and serving as pianist for the church Sunday School for many years.

Survivors include a son, Allan (Marlene) Prestegaard of Steward; a sister, Marion Schmuck of Cary, IL; and 7 grandchildren, David (Gina) Prestegaard, DeKalb, Erin (Rick) Bend, Earlville, Dan Prestegaard, Steward, Mike Prestegaard, Steward, Jamie Prestegaard, Steward, Sara Prestegaard, Steward, and Joel (Kathy) Prestegaard, Amboy; a sister-in-law, Lorraine Prestegaard, Lee; a niece, Carol (James) Cutsinger, Aiken, SC; and a great granddaughter, Jacquelyn Prestegaard, DeKalb.

She was preceded in death by her husband December 28, 1996, and a sister, Marie, who died in infancy.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 27th at the First Lutheran Church of Lee with Reverend Henrietta Milner, church pastor, officiating.  Burial was in the First Lutheran Cemetery, Lee.  A memorial has been established for the National Kidney Foundation.                       CC 5/30/1996

Josephine A. Schuldt Reuland     1996.05.25

Josephine A. Reuland, 78, of Hinckley, passed away Saturday, May 25, 1996.  She was born March 22, 1918 in Rust Township, ME, the daughter of Herbert and Laura (Glaser) Schuldt.

Mrs. Reuland, a homemaker, was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Lincoln, NE, and the Ladies Auxiliary of Calvary Lutheran Church, in Lincoln, NE.

Survivors include her two sons, Charles (Sandy) Reuland, Jr., of Hinckley and Paul J. Reuland of Scotts Bluff, NE; two daughters, Jeaninne (Brad) Buzen, of Aurora, and Judith (Virgil) Schroeder, of Omaha, NE; and 10 grandchildren, Julie, Jim, Alicia, Brian, Aaron, Heidi, Zachary, Angela, Amanda and Kelly; three great grandchildren, Zachary, Sarah and Hannah; one brother, Herbert Schuldt of Batavia; one sister, Idelle Johnsen of Batavia.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Reuland, Sr., February 9, 1994, and her parents.

A prayer service was held Monday, May 27, 1996 at the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary.  Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 30, 1996 at the Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home in Lincoln, NE.

Burial will be at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Lincoln, NE.

Local funeral arrangements are being handled by Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary, 898-8634.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.               CC 5/30/1996

 

Randy Scott Wielert     1996.05.26

Randy Scott Wielert, age 43, of Hinckley, IL, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 1996, at his home.  He was born October 12, 1952, in DeKalb, IL the son of Duane George and Ruth (Roberts) Wielert.

He was united in marriage July 27, 1973 in Sycamore, IL to the former Vicki Lynn Klotz.

Randy attended Waterman Bible Church.  He was a member of the Laborers Local #149 and was the owner and operator of his own firewood business.  Randy was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp.  He loved the outdoors, particularly hunting, fishing, and watching the Nascar races.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Vicki Lynn Wielert; one daughter, Melani Wielert and her fiancé Timothy Murphy; his mother, Ruth Wielert of Waterman; one brother, Gary (Sharon) Wielert of Denver, CO; one sister, Terry (Michael) Donnelly of DeKalb; also several nieces and nephews; one great nephew, and many friends who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Duane, June 16, 1974, and his grandparents.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 31, 1996 at the Waterman Bible Church with Reverend Larry Spry officiating.  Interment followed at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Hinckley, IL.                                   CC 6/6/1996

 

Matthew Ludwig Klambauer     1996.06.14

The exciting moments of pregnancy have turned to sorrow and heartfelt loss with the death of Matthew Ludwig Klambauer June 2, 1996.  Although not yet born, Matthew was a beloved member of our family and a joy to his parents, sisters and brother.  He will live in our hearts forever.

Matthew is survived by his parents, Karl and Jennifer (Watne) Klambauer, sisters, Alexandra and Melissa and brother Andrew, of Hinckley, grandparents, Edward (Toby) and Barbara Watne, Hinckley, and Simon and Hilde Klambauer, Big Rock, and great grandmothers, Wilma Watne, Hinckley, and Eleanor Henrikson, Rockford.

Private graveside services will be held Thursday, June 6, 1996 at Johnson Grove Cemetery, Shabbona.      CC 6/6/1996

 

Esther F. Schultz Carls     1996.06.15

Esther F. Carls, age 77, of Monroe Center, IL, died Thursday June 6, 1996 at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, IL.

She was born March 9, 1919 in Eola, IL the daughter of Albert and Lucy (Stokes) Schultz.

Esther married Edwin E. Carls August 15, 1936 in Rochelle, IL.  He died January 22, 1991.  She was co-owner of Carls Grocery in Monroe Center, IL, with her husband, until 1955.  She was also preceded in death by a sister, Ada Chase; brothers-in-law, Charles Chase, Simon Carls, Herman Carls, Elmer Carls, and Frank Hewitt; sisters-in-law, Margaret Carls, Marjorie Carls, Elsie Hewitt, and Loraine Story; and 2 nephews, Donald Chase and Rick Carls.

Esther was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lindenwood, IL and active ember of L.W.M.L.

Survivors include a son, Arlen (Mary) Carls of Hinckley, IL; 3 grandchildren, Tracy Carls, Vicki (Joe) Ross and Derek Carls; brothers-in-law, Ernie (June) Carls of Sycamore, IL and Jim (Lucille) Cave of Monroe Center, IL; sisters-in-law, Lois Carls and Rose Carls, 8 nephews and 10 nieces.

Services were held Sunday, June 9, 1996 at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lindenwood, IL with Rev. Floyd Leoschke officiating.

Burial was at Trinity Memory Garden.  Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Monroe Center Fire Department.                         CC 6/13/1996

 

Vegna B. Jacobson Boston     1996.06.16

Vegna B. Boston, 95, of rural Earlville died Sunday, June 9, 1996 at Pine Acres Care Center in DeKalb.

She was born June 30, 1900 in Leland, the daughter of Benedick and Martha (Johnson) Jacobson.  She married Nimrod R. Boston October 11, 1966 in Leland.

She was a former school teacher in Rollo and Paw Paw.

Survivors include a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, William (Irene) Boston of rural Earlville, several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband May 1, 1985, three sisters and a brother.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona with Reverend Jeff Coester, minister of the First Baptist Church of Shabbona officiating.  Burial was in Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman.

A memorial is being established.                 CC 6/13/1996

 

Norman L. Turner     1996.06.17

Norman L. Turner, 57, of Aurora, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 1996 a Mercy Center Hospital.  He was born November 25, 1938 in Chicago, the son of John and Diane (Lassa) Turner.

Norman retired from Northern Illinois Gas after 35 years.  He also was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include his wife, Wendy Turner of Aurora; two sons, Norman E. (Melinda) Turner of Big Rock and Michael A. (Christen) Turner of North Aurora; one daughter, Lisa A. (Steven) Nilges of Aurora; four step children, Deborah (Jay) Ellington of Martinsville, IL, Sherri (Joe) Pyle of Somonauk, Kim (Mike) Helgren of Rochelle, IL, and Karla (Gary) Barr of Plano; six grandchildren, Rachel and Stephanie Turner of Big Rock, Angela Turner of North Aurora, Daniel, Michael and Ashley Nilges of Aurora; seven September grandchildren, Tera Ellington of Martinsville, IL, Courtney and Curtis Helgren of Rochelle, Amber and Nicki Pyle of Somonauk, Megan and Aaron Barr of Plano; his mother, Diane of Oak Forest; one sister, Darlene (Terry) Landgraf of Midlothian, IL.

Norman was preceded in death by his father, John, and stepfather, Otto J. Culic.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 8, 1996 at the Healy Chapel, with the Rev. Larry Barker officiating.

Interment was private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Norman’s name may be made to the donor’s choice.      CC 6/13/1996

 

Alice Mack Almond     1996.06.18

Alice M. Almond, 87, of Aurora, passed away Monday, June 10, 1996 at Countryside Healthcare Centre in Aurora.  She was born March 5, 1909 in DeKalb, IL, the daughter of the late Elmer and Augusta (Mueller) Mack.

Alice was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Aurora.

Survivors include one brother, Russell (Dorothy) Mack of Genoa, IL, one sister, Hazel (Otis) Oddson of Sandwich and two sisters-in-law, Evelyn and Helen Mack, both of Hinckley as well as several nieces and nephews.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Eugene, in 1980, and two brothers, Stanley and Wilbur Mack.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 13, 1996 at 1 p.m. from the Healy Chapel with Rev. Ellen Stelzle officiating.  Interment will take place at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.  Visitation will be Wednesday, June 12, 1996 from 4-7 p.m. at the Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora.  CC 6/13/1996

 

George P. Weber     1996.06.19

George P. Weber, 44, of Springfield, formerly of Shabbona and DeKalb, died Wednesday June 5, 1996 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.

He was born January 19, 1952 in Aurora, the son of George C. and Elsie M. (Krepp) Weber.

George was a Vietnam veteran, having served in the Marine Corps, and was a member of the American Legion and the VFW in DeKalb, the DeKalb County Chapter of Vietnow, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Danville.

Survivors include his mother, Elsie Craig of Shabbona; his step-father, J. J. Craig of Shabbona; a brother, Bill Weber of Schaumburg; 2 nieces and 2 nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; his father; and a brother, Lance Cpl. Lester Weber, a Congressional Medal of Honor winner.

Cremation has taken place with graveside military services to be held at a later date at Clarendon Hills Cemetery in Westmont.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                                       CC 6/13/1996

 

Inez G. Knudsen Myhres     1996.06.20

Inez G. Myhres, 72, of rural Lee died at 1:15 a.m. Monday, June 3, 1996 at her home after a seven year bout with cancer.

She was born November 4, 1923 at Sinai, SD, the daughter of Carl and Annie (Erickson) Knudsen.  Inez was baptized and confirmed in the Sinai Lutheran Church and attended the Sinai public schools.  She was employed as a telephone operator and as society editor of the Brookings Register.  June 11, 1944 she married Donald Myhres in Sinai.  Four children were born to this union, Janet Johnson, of Lee, IL, Eileen Cram of Asheville, NC, Nancy Rank, deceased, and Gregg Myhres of Rockford.

For 10 years she assisted her husband in a farming operation.  In 1955 the family moved to Minneapolis where her husband attended Augsburg College and Luther Theological Seminary while she worked as Assistant Treasurer for the Northwest Wool Growers Association.  In 1961 the family moved to Osseo, WI, where she helped serve the Elk Creek-Chimney Rock Lutheran Parish.  In 1971 she moved with her husband to the parsonage of Calvary Lutheran Church, where she has lived to the present time.

She is survived by her husband, Reverend Donald Myhres of Lee; 2 daughters, Janet Johnson of Lee and Eileen (Dick) Cram of Asheville, NC; a son, Gregg (Dawn) Myhres of Rockford; 4 brothers, Raymond (Arlene) Knudsen of St. Paul, MN, Donald (Betty) Knudsen of Red Wing, MN, Wayne Knudsen of St. Paul, MN, and Gerald (Connie) Knudsen of Kapaa, HI; 4 sisters, Elnora Tommervik of Pierre, SD, Dolores (Lyle) Richardson of Pierre, SD, Yvonne (Darrell) Reeter of Brookings, SD, and Ardis Knudsen of St. Paul, MN; 13 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister who died in infancy; a sister, Lorraine Thompson; a brother, Milford Knudsen; a daughter, Nancy Rank; and a grandson Spencer Eric Cram.

Funeral services were held at 11 Thursday morning at Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee with Bishop Ronald Hasley officiating.  Interment was at Union Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for Calvary Lutheran Church.                                            CC 6/13/1996

 

Agnes Mary Hickey Mihm     1996.06.21

Agnes Mary Mihm, 86, of Rockford died Saturday, June 15, 1996 after a short illness.  She was born November 16, 1909 in Shabbona, IL the daughter of James and Agnes (Powers) Hickey.

She married William P. Mihm in DeKalb April 3, 1937.  He died June 14, 1976.  She was a school teacher and worked in the lunchroom at West High School for 18 years.  She was a member of the Cathedral of St. peter Catholic Church and the St. Anne Society.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary (Robert J.) Scott of Normal, IL; a son, James (Shirley) Mihm of Rockford; six grandchildren, David, Lisa and Daniel Mihm of Rockford, Janet (John) Timmer of Rockford and Robert W. and Julie Timmer of Normal, IL; and a brother, Gerald (Grace) Hickey of Elgin, IL.

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

A funeral mass was held Tuesday, June 18th at the Cathedral of St. Peter Catholic Church, with the Rev. Msgr. William H. Schwartz officiating.                                CC 6/20/1996

 

Norman L. Jones     1996.06.22

Norma L. Jones, 55, of Yorkville, passed away suddenly Sunday, June 16, 1996 at his home.  He was born March 6, 1941 in Golconda, IL, the son of Roy and Gertrude (Smock) Jones.

He was united in marriage May 12, 1962 in Aurora to the former Barbara Sherrod.

Norman was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother who will be missed by his family and friends.  He was employed for many years by Caterpillar Corporation in Montgomery.  Norman loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Barbara; four children, Thomas (Eva) Jones of Aurora, Susan (Scott) Huffstutler of Yorkville, Donald (Dawn) Jones of Yorkville, and Norma (Randall) Stiles of Yorkville; eight grandchildren, Shawna and Crystal Nelson, Randall, Jr., Robert, Tiffany and Samantha Stiles, also Anthony and Darrick Jones; two brothers, Kenneth (Lila) Jones of Hinckley and Wilburn Jones of Golconda, IL; four sisters, Helen Boaz of Vienna, IL, Wilma Emerson of Golconda, IL, Alma Jean Rumsey of Golconda, IL and Aletha (Richard) Boyd of Paducah, KY; as well as many nieces and nephews.

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

Funeral services were held June 16, 1996 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home; interment was private.        CC 6/20/1996

 

Raymond Koch     1996.06.23

Raymond Koch, 69, of Zearing, IL died Friday, June 13, 1996 at the St. Margaret Hospital.  He was born October 19, 1926 in Shabbona, the son of William and Clara (Schweiger) Koch.

He worked as a farmer for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Stoner; four brothers, Alfred, and Clarence Koch, both of Mendota, IL, and Ralph and Leroy Koch, both of Ottawa, IL; and one sister, Doris Land of Somonauk, IL.

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

Funeral services were held Monday at the Mensen Funeral Home in Princeton, IL.  Burial was in the Malden Cemetery in Malden, IL.                             CC 6/20/1996

 

Mary Helen Rich Mullins     1996.06.24

Mary Helen Mullins, 75, of DeKalb, died Wednesday, June 19, 1996 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

She was born November 5, 1909 in Platteville, IL, the daughter of Reverend Fred, and Katie (Collins) Rich.

Starting at the age of 18, she taught in rural schools; she received her bachelors and masters degrees from Northern Illinois State Teachers College in DeKalb.  She retired from Central School in Sycamore.

Mary Helen was united in marriage to Loren R. Mullins November 5, 1932 in Lee, her father serving as the officiating minister at her wedding.

She was a member of the Methodist Church in Haines City, FL, and was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Kirkland, and a former member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Survivors include son, Gerry K. (Barbara) Mullins of Lawrenceville, GA; daughter, Kay (Gerald) Butts of Maple Park, IL; 2 sisters, Phyllis (Clifford) Mullins, Sycamore, Louise Rich, Clarendon Hills, IL; 4 grandchildren, Tom (Kara) Butts, Elburn, Jill (Matt) Helser, DeKalb, Heather Butts, Maple Park, Patrick, Loren Mullins, Lawrenceville, GA; 3 great grandchildren, Morgan Butts, Emily Butts, Chloe Helser.

She was preceded in death by her husband June 29, 1993 and a granddaughter, Amber J. Butts.

Memorial services were held Friday afternoon at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  Burial of cremains will be at a later date at Old English Cemetery in Shabbona.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.

    CC 6/27/1996

 

Paul Kirk Zeman     1996.06.25

Paul Kirk Zeman, 47, Vandalia, died at 3:55 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 1996 at his home.

Services were held Wednesday, June 26th at the First United Methodist Church, Vandalia, with Reverend Paul K. Zeman, Sr., officiating.

Memorials are Evans Public Library Endowment Fund or Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Zeman was born July 2, 1948, in Effingham, the son of Rev. Paul Kirk Zeman, Sr., and Maralyn Wood Zeman.  He married Candace Manny May 24, 1975.  Their children are Elizabeth and John.

Mr. Zeman graduated from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. in May 1970.  He received his law degree from the University of Illinois in May 1976.

He was a partner in the law firm of LeFevre, Zeman, Oldfield & Lawinger.  He was a member of the Fayette County Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, and American Bar Association.

Zeman was commissioned in the U. S. Navy following his undergraduate studies, serving as First Lieutenant aboard the U.S.S. James E. Keyes.  He was the recipient of the Vietnam Service Award, combat action ribbon, and Navy Achievement Medal.

An active member of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, he served as president in 1993 and received the Chamber’s 1996 Abe Award for service to the organization and to the community.  Zeman served as a director and member of the executive committee of Vandalia’s 175th incorporation.

Mr. Zeman is survived by his wife and children of Vandalia; parents of Waterman, IL; sister, Tryna Gray and husband Trevor of Oak Park, IL; brothers, Ed of Auburn, AL, David and wife RaNae of Belvidere, IL, Jeff and wife Kathy of Countryside, IL; Mark of Houston, TX; mother-in-law, Mercedes Manny of Vandalia; six nieces and five nephews.            CC 6/27/1996

 

Rozella Miller Klopfenstein     1996.06.26

Rozella M. Klopfenstein, 81, Waterman, passed away Thursday, June 20, 1996 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Rockford, as a result of and automobile accident.

She was born July 31, 1914 in Archbold, OH, the daughter of William and Mary (Winzler) Miller.

She was united in marriage May 10, 1935 in Archbold, OH, to Mr. Donald Klopfenstein, spending the next 61 years of their lives together.

Mrs. Klopfenstein was a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church and its Women’s Society.  She belonged to the local Eldderberries.  Prior to moving to Waterman in 1980 she was a school teacher for twenty five years in Ohio as well as a 4-H leader and a member of the Business and Professional Women.

She is survived by her two sons, Tom (Betty) Klopfenstein of Waterman, and Terry (Donna) Klopfenstein of Lincoln, NE; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Borton of Wauseon, OH, Selma (Clark) Boyers of Wauseon, OH and Alice Trudel of California; and one brother, Vic (Lorine) Miller of Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her parents; three sisters, Frances, Sadie, and Ruth; and one brother, Edmund.

Funeral services were held Sunday, June 23, 1996 at Waterman Presbyterian Church with Reverend Paul Salansky officiating.  Interment was at North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.       CC 6/27/1996

 

Donald L. Klopfenstein     1996.06.27

Donald L. Klopfenstein, 85, of Waterman, passed away Thursday, June 20, 1996 in LaSalle County as a result of an automobile accident.

He was born in Petitsville, OH, June 27, 1910, the son of Simon and Anna Klopfenstein.

He was united in marriage May 10, 1935 in Archbold, OH, to the former Rozella M. Miller.  They spent the next 61 years of their lived together.

Mr. Klopfenstein was a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church.  He was a member of the Lions Club for over 40 years, as well as a member of the local Elderberries.  Donald was employed by the Kauffman Turkey Farm in Waterman.  Prior to moving to Waterman, in 1980, he farmed and was in the turkey business for over 25 years.  He worked for the United States Department of Agriculture in Ohio.

He was survived briefly by his wife, Rozella, who then followed him into eternal rest; two sons, Tom (Betty) Klopfenstein of Waterman, and Terry (Donna) Klopfenstein of Lincoln, NE; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one brother, Victor (Darlene) Klopfenstein of West Unity, OH; and one sister, Grace Maneval of Ohio.

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

Funeral services were held Sunday, June 23, 1996 at Waterman Presbyterian Church, Reverend Paul Salansky officiating.  Interment was at Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.      CC 6/27/1996

 

Robert E. Repp     1996.06.28

Robert E. Repp, 66, of Elburn, passed away June 22, 1996 at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva.  Embattled for years with a myriad of health complications, Bob fought his final fight Saturday afternoon and claimed at last his rest.  He was born March 7, 1930 in Albia, IA, the son of Fay Newton and Henrietta Elizabeth (VanWardhuizen) Repp.

Robert grew up working on the fancily farm and learned well the values of self reliance and determination.  May 15, 1948 he was united in marriage to Lorena Darlene Davison.  They came shortly to make their home in Elburn, where Bob worked for the E. W. Kneip Meat Company for nearly 40 years.  He was a member and former custodian of the Community Congregational Church in Elburn.

In addition to his wife, Lorena, he is survived by six children, Debra (Gary) Schmidt of Longmont, CO, Robert (Chuck) Sandberg of Sugar Grove, Bruce L. (Laurie) Repp of Aurora, Gloria (Bob) Weglarz of Cortland, Lorraine (David) Hall of Big Rock and Robert (Sandra) Repp of Elburn; 11 grandchildren, Bryan and Vanessa Schmidt, Christina Sandberg, Brent, Brad and Eric Repp, Jessica Peterson, Sabrina and Christopher Hall, Annie and Faith Oleson; one great grandson, Jesse Schmidt; two brothers, Fay (Margaret) Repp of Newton, IA and Howard (Evelyn) Repp of North Aurora; two sisters, Letty Havelock and Shirley (Martin) Cole, both of Albia, IA; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 26th at the Conley Funeral Home with Rev. Katherine A. Lawes, pastor of the community Congregational Church officiating, and interment followed in the Elburn Cemetery.                  CC 6/27/1996

 

Meagan Ashley Zak     1996.06.29

Meagan Ashley Zak, 8, Sycamore, died Thursday, June 20, 1996 at Rockford Memorial Hospital.  She was born October 25, 1987 in DeKalb, the daughter of Justin K. and Angela C. (Low) Zak.

She was a student at the West school in Sycamore and active in the Brownies Troop #639 and played on the Dari Ripple Softball team.  Meagan was also a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in DeKalb and the H.O.R.O.C. Race Club.

She is survived by her parents of Sycamore; her paternal grandfather, Kent (Trudy) Zak of Sycamore; her paternal grandmother, Carol Zak of DeKalb; maternal grandfather, Richard (Jenny) Low of Waterman; maternal grandmother, Mary (Gary) Dagg of DeKalb; her best dog, Zoe; great grandparents, Jane Low of Waterman, Frank Zak of DeKalb, Frank (Margaret) Yount of DeKalb and Susie Girton of Franklin Grove; three aunts, Nyree Zak of DeKalb, Stephanie Miller of DeKalb and Julia Low of Waterman; one uncle, Chris Low of Midlothian; four great aunts, Donna Rae (Bob) Ewing of DeKalb, Carolyn (Doug) Rude of Mt. Morris, Theresa (Dennis) Boyd of Waterman and Sue (Keith) Littlejohn of Newark; four great uncles, Bob (Linda) Zak of Dallas, TX, Marshall (Jodi) Girton of Franklin Grove and Charles (Bev) Low of Salt Lake City, UT; and many cousins.

Meagan was preceded in death by her great grandfathers, Stanley Low and Eugene Girton; her great grandmother, Lisa Zak; one great aunt, Cheryl Rader and her great great aunt, Gertrude Hudson.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 24th at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of DeKalb with Rev. Mark Cole officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Park Cemetery.  Visitation was held at the Butala Funeral Home, 1405 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, IL.                                              CC 6/27/1996

 

Joseph E. Murphy     1996.06.30

Joseph E. Murphy, 62, of Somonauk, passed away Saturday, June 22, 1996 at his home.  He was born April 6, 1934 in Somonauk, the son of Joseph and Ellie (Haas) Murphy.

Joseph served with the U.S. Army in Europe and served as Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.  He retired in 1986 from Western Electric in Montgomery after 31 years of employment.

Survivors include his mother, Ellie (Murphy) Meline of Somonauk; his children, Kevin Murphy of Aurora, Kelly Murphy of Largo, FL, Emily Murphy of Aurora, Kenneth Murphy of Hinckley; the mother of his children, Geraldine Murphy of Aurora; two sisters, Joy (Robert) Tuftee of Yorkville and Mary Jane Turney of Somonauk; one brother, George D. (Mary) Murphy of Newark; two grandchildren, Tasha and Spencer and a dear devoted friend and companion, Loretta Krienert of Somonauk.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Murphy in 1956; his step-father, Paul Meline in 1992 and a brother, Paul Murphy.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 25 at the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk with Reverend Ralph Marquardt officiating.  Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich.

Memorials may be made in his name to St. Johns Lutheran Church in Somonauk.                     CC 6/27/1996

 

Eugene S.  Vesta     1996.06.31

Eugene S. Vesta, 58, DeKalb, passed away Monday, June 24, 1996 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.  He was born November 4, 1937 in DeKalb, IL the son of Elmer William and Nettie Mertilda (Tuestad) Vesta.  He married Janice Marie Bastian April 10, 1965 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Hinckley, IL.

He is survived by his wife, Janice, 2 sons, Steven (Elizabeth) Vesta of Geneva, Gregory Vesta of DeKalb; 3 brothers, Elwood (Sophie) Vesta of Moorehead, MN, Elmer (Irene) Vesta of Rockford, Kenneth (Sonja) Vesta of Bloomington, MN; 6 sisters, Norma (Clarence) Thorpe of Waterman, Doris Carlson of DeKalb, Virginia Mathre of Newark, Luella (Edward) Lothson of DeKalb, Lois (James) Johnson of DeKalb, Ruth Carey of Carmel, IN, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and 1 brother, Vernon.

He was formerly employed by Barber-Greene in DeKalb for 20 years, and the Illinois Tollway for a year and currently employed by the DeKalb County Housing Authority since 1985.  He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in DeKalb, and a veteran of the United States Army.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 27, 1996 at the First Lutheran Church in DeKalb at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Thomas F. Hanson of the First Lutheran Church officiating.  Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery.

A memorial is being established for Eugene S. Vesta in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.             CC 6/27/1996

 

 

 

Stewart L. Larsen     1996.06.32

Stewart L. “Stu” Larsen, 51, of Lee died Thursday, June 27, 1996 at home.

He was born November 17, 1944 in DeKalb, the son of Arthur and Alta (Cook) Larsen.  He married Phyllis Thompson January 23, 1969 at the Methodist Church in Earlville.

Stu was a truck driver for many years, driving for Lowell Sampson of Leland, C. W. Transport of Aurora, and Paul Johnson of Waterman until he retired due to health reasons 2 years ago.  He was an avid sports fan and loved seeing and playing with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Larsen of Lee, father, Arthur (Dorothy) Larsen of DeKalb; son Brett Larsen of Lee; 2 stepsons, David (Louise) Bos of Monument, CO, Rick (Darla) Bos of Steward; stepdaughter, Lisa (Ken) Deichman of DeKalb; brother, Steve (Debbie) Larsen of Edwardsville; stepbrother, James Nelson of DeKalb; 3 stepsisters, Judith (Keith) Hagestad of Baxter, MN, Janet S. Nelson of Hattiesburg, MS, Joann (James) Luing, Evanston; mother-in-law, Mildred Thompson of Shabbona; 7 grandchildren, Chris and Stacey Chapman, Nathan and Meghan Bos, Sadie Challand, Jeremy and Carson Bos; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and a brother, Russell, who died in infancy.

Funeral services were held Monday morning at the First Lutheran Church in Lee with Reverend Henrietta Milner, pastor, officiating.  Burial was in Old English Cemetery, Shabbona.

A memorial is being established.        CC 7/4/1996

 

Richard K. Storey      1996.06.33

Richard K. Storey, 60, of Shabbona, did Sunday, June 30, 1996 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

He was born January 30, 1936 in Waterman, the son of Kenneth and Luella (Trottnow) Storey and married Gail Challand June 28, 1956 in Shabbona.

Richard was an active member of Shabbona Masonic Lodge #674, having twice served as master and presently serving as Senior Warden.  He was also a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ and Indian Oakes Country Club in Shabbona.  Richard had previously been employed at General Electric in DeKalb and Murfreesboro, TN and had also been employed at Forster Implement Company in DeKalb.  He was currently employed at the Package Palace Liquor Store in Dixon and was also co-owner of Arrow Travel, Inc. travel agency in Dixon with his wife Gail.   He was a past member of the Shabbona Fire Department and has also served as a village trustee in Shabbona.  Richard formerly had a private pilot’s license and enjoyed flying, playing golf, traveling and cruising.

Survivors include his wife Gail Storey of Shabbona; father, Kenneth (Evelyn) Storey of Shabbona; son, Scott (Jan) Storey of Dixon and their sons, Justin and Derrick; 2 daughters, Kris (Brad) Currens of Dixon and their sons, Kyle, Spencer and Travis, Lisa (Tim) Haseman of Shabbona and their son Ross and twin daughters Laura and Leane; daughter-in-law, Rhonda Storey of Dixon and sons Winston and Adison; sister, Patricia (Harold) Herrmann of Pecatonica; mother-in-law, Ava Challand of Shabbona; numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother and a son Barry J. Storey.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Wednesday morning, July 3 at the Shabbona United Church of Christ with Reverend Jeff Coester, minister of the First Baptist Church of Shabbona officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

A memorial has been established.        CC 7/4/1996

 

Edith Monteiro Sequeira     1996.06.34

Edith Monteiro Sequeira, 54, passed away June 30, 1996 at Holy Family Hospital in Bombay, India.

She was born July 15, 1941 in Bombay, the daughter of Michaela and Florina Monteiro.

She was united in marriage to William Sequeira.  She was a member of the Holy Family Church and lived her entire life in Bombay.

She is survived by her husband, William; daughter, Luella (Kirk) of the United Arab Emirates; a son, Keith at home; three sisters, Dorothy Pinto, Agnes Fernandes of Bombay, Grace (Raphael) Machado of the United Arab Emirates; and one brother, Julius (Marcella) Monteiro of Waterman, and many nieces and nephews.

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

Funeral services were held Monday, July 1, 1996 at Holy Family Church in Bombay.  Interment was at the church cemetery.                          CC 7/11/1996

 

                              Albert Ernest Rissman     1996.07.01

     Albert Ernest Rissman, 95, of Hinckley, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 1996 at his home. He was born May 12, 1901 in Waterman, IL, the son of Michael and Marie (Rupprecht) Rissman.

     Albert was united in marriage on February 16, 1927 in Hinckley, IL to the former Bernice Jones; and they spent the next 69 years together.

     Mr. Rissman was an active member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Hinckley, where through the years he had held several offices.  He was also a member of its Men’s Club.  He, along with his wife Bernice, farmed for over 46 years on Lee Road, Squaw Grove Township, before moving from the farm, in 1972.  He was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and a former member of the Hinckley Fire Department.

     Survivors include his wife, Bernice, of Hinckley; two daughters, Carol Gates, of DeKalb, and Marlene (Robert) Thorp, of Hinckley, six grandchildren, Debra (Jerry)) Lundgren, of DeKalb, Bruce (Judy) Thorp of Hinckley, Scott (Becky) Thorp of Somonauk, Lori (Robert) Johnson of Bloomington, Linda (Kevin) Mowbray of Lincoln NE, and Jay Richardson of DeKalb, eleven great grandchildren, Kristin, Jared, Jenna, Alyssa and Jacquelyn Thorp, Megan. Hannah, and Rachel Johnson, Alexa Mowbray, Lacey Lundgren and Brooke Richardson as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends who will miss him dearly.

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

     Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on July 13, 1996 at The Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Hinckley, with Pastor Donald Balgeman officiating.

     Interment will follow in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Hinckley.

     Serving as pallbearers will be Bruce Thorp, Scott Thorp, Jerry Lundgren, Jaye Richardson, Bob Johnson, Kevin Mowbray and Mike Rissman.

     Friends may call on Friday July 12. 1996 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St. Hinckley, IL.

     Arrangements were made by Nelson Funeral Homes, 815/286-3247.                      CC 7/18/1996

 

              Wilma Lorene Freundt Watne     1996.07.02

     Wilma Lorene Watne, 82, of Hinckley, passed away Friday, July 5, 1996 at Lakeland Hospital, Elkhorn, WI.  She was born August 22, 1913 in Waterman, the daughter of Edward and Irma (Rimsnider) Freundt.

     Mrs. Watne was united in marriage on July 12, 1935 in Aurora, to Ludwig Watne.  She spent her years as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  Mrs. Watne was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, and the church’s Women’s Guild.  She also was a member of the Hinckley Women’s Club.

     Survivors include her three children, Richard Watne, of Sandwich, Edward “Toby” (Barbara) Watne of Hinckley, and Susan (Dennis) Long of Kaneville; six grandchildren, Jennifer (Karl) Klambauer of Hinckley, Stephanie (Brent) Shrader of Sandwich, Steven (Teena) Watne of Waterman, Sarah Schmitt of Kaneville, Laura Long of Aurora, and Debby Long of  Kaneville; six great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Melissa and Andrew Klambauer, Brandon and Jacob Shrader, and Brittany Watne; one brother-in-law, Dr. V. E. Lyon of DeKalb; one sister-in-law, Anna Bowgren of Hinckley; and many nieces, nephews and friends who will miss her.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ludwig, on March 15, 1985; one brother, Edward Freundt; and one great-grandson, Matthew Klambauer.

     Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 1996, at the Nash-Nelson Funeral Chapel, 141 N. Maple, Hinckley, with Rev. Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment will be private in the Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman.

     Friends may call from 2 p.m. until the hour of service on Sunday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.

     Arrangements are being made by Nelson Funeral Homes, 815-286-3247.                           CC 7/11/1996

 

                     Jeffrey William Kuppler     1996.07.09

     Jeffrey William Kuppler, 39 of Chicago, died Tuesday, July 30, 1996 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Chicago.  He was born December 6, 1956 in Sandwich, the son of William and Eleanor (Kaufman) Kuppler.

     Jeff was a 1974 graduate of Hinckley Big Rock Community High School.  He then attended and graduated from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. in 1978.  Jeff was employed for the past 15 Years at Mid City National Bank in Chicago where he was vice president comptroller of the Accounting Department.  He recently completed his CPA exam.

     Survivors include his mother, Eleanor Kuppler of Sandwich; his father William Kuppler of Hinckley; his sister Jill Kuppler of Aurora; four brothers, Scott Kuppler of Sandwich, Brett Kuppler of Oakbrook Terrace, Howard Kuppler of Chicago, and Jim Kuppler of Hinckley; one niece, Lauran Kuppler, and one nephew Clayton Kuppler.  Jeff also leaves behind a good friend, Tom DeFries, of Chicago.

     Funeral services for Jeff were held on Saturday, August 3, at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.  Rev. John Spurling officiated.  Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk. Visitation was Friday, August 2 at Burkhart Funeral Home, 606 E. Arnold Road, Sandwich.   Memorials may be made in Jeff’s memory to the American Heart Association.        CC 8/8/1996

 

Gertrude J. Risetter Cofield     1996.07.14

Gertrude J. Cofield, 88 of Macomb, formerly of Lee died Monday, July 1, 1996 at the McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.

She was born April 10, 1908 near DeKalb, the daughter of Thomas and Elsie (Rogde) Risetter.  She married Edwin H. Cofield September 21, 1932 in Lee.

Gertrude lived most of her life near Lee.  She was a graduate of Northern Illinois University and a retired teacher, having taught at the Lee Elementary School for many years.  She was an active member of the First Lutheran Church of Lee, having served as choir director and church organist.  In 1991, she moved to Macomb to be near her daughter, and was currently a resident at the Everly House in Macomb.

Survivors include a daughter, Diane (Rick) Fox of Macomb; grandson, Kendrick Fox of Ames, IA; granddaughter, Julie (Heath) Headley of Lee.

She was preceded in death by her husband February 25, 1959, and a brother, Hale Risetter.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 6 at the First Lutheran Church of Lee.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

A memorial has been established for the First Lutheran Church of Lee.                                       CC 7/11/1996

 

Millard Irvin McKirgan     1996.07.15

Millard Irvin McKirgan, 88, of Plano, passed away Sunday, July 7, 1996 at Sandwich Community Hospital in Sandwich.  He was born August 12, 1907 in Steward, IL, the son of Mathew and Dora (Rees) McKirgan.

Millard was united in marriage August 5, 1933 in Woodstock, IL to the former Madeline Albrecht and they spent the next 62 years of their lives together.

Mr. McKirgan was a member of the Plano Baptist Church.  He was a resident of the city of Plano for 75 years.  He, along with his wife, Madeline, were, for over ten years, the managers of the Plano Theater and for several years, he was employed as a salesman, by the Plano Hardware Store.

Survivors include his wife, Madeline of Plano; one brother, Ralph “Finnie” (Elaine) McKirgan of Hinckley; two sisters-in-law, Grace McKirgan and Fern McKirgan, both of Plano; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Elizabeth McKirgan and Arlene Olsen and two brothers, Clifford and Marshall McKirgan.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 9, 1996 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home in Plano.  Interment was in the Little Rock Township Cemetery in Plano.       CC 7/11/1996

 

 

 

August Cole     1996.07.16

August Cole, 90, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, July 7, 1996 at Mercy Center Hospital.  He was born September 6, 1905 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Mr. Cole was self-employed as a farmer for over 25 years, retiring in 1970.  He was a member and elder of Liberty Christian Church in Fayette County, IL.

Survivors include his daughter, Nancy (Robert) Vonhoff of Aurora; his son, William “Buddy” Cole of Brownstown, IL; one sister, Martha Walden of Decatur, IL; one brother, Ernest (Irene) Kollak of Albion, IL; six grandchildren, Eric (Cathy) Vonhoff of Sandwich, Eliot Vonhoff of Elgin, Ross (Jamay) Vonhoff of Vancouver, WA, Scott (Theresa) Vonhoff of North Aurora, Susan Cole of Brownstown and Amy Cole of Belleville; three great grandchildren, Ashley Vonhoff of Waterman, Madalyn Vonhoff and Parker Vonhoff both of Vancouver, WA. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche Cole  in 1977; one daughter, Marilyn Cole in infancy; four brothers, William Kollak, Karl Kollak, Henry Cole and John Kollak; three sisters, Emma Williams, Marie Bean and Minnie Dizney; and his parents, Karl and Louisa (Balzer) Kollak;.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 13, at Claggett Funeral Home, Brownstown, IL.  The Rev. John Koch of Liberty Christian Church officiated with interment at Liberty Christian Church Cemetery, Brownstown.

Contributions may be made in Mr. Cole’s memory to Liberty Christian Church, Brownstown, IL 62418.

Arrangements were made through the Dieterle Memorial Home.                          CC 7/18/1996

 

Cleo C. Freshour Cunz     1996.07.17

Cleo C. Cunz, 90, of Montgomery, passed away Thursday, July 11, 1996 at Elmwood Living Center.  She was born October 27, 1905 in Aurora.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and a former member of Claim Street Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Donald Cunz of Montgomery; two sisters-in-law, Leota (Kenneth) Huff of Waterman and Marian (William) Ryburn of Sandwich; one niece, Joyce (Nanley) Baird of Texarlland, AR; one great niece, Jackie of Texas and several great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Freshour; two sisters and one brother.

Funeral arrangements are being made through Dieterle Memorial Home.                   CC 7/18/1996

 

Margaret O. Meredith Kenyon     1996.07.18

Margaret O. Kenyon, 77, of rural Elburn, passed away Wednesday evening, July 10, 1996 at Sherman Hospital in Elgin, where she had been recovering from recent cardiac surgery.

She was born November 30, 1918 at Sherman Hospital in Elgin, the daughter of George R. and Gertrude (Mathewson) Meredith.

Margaret grew up in the Elburn area, where she graduated from high school and went on to study art and design at the Vogue School in Chicago, and Purdue University for an additional year.

December 23, 1939 she was united in marriage to Beverly Kenyon at the family home in Elburn.  The young couple spent Christmas back east with Bev’s family and returned to settle in Maple Park.  Five years later, they moved to the family farm on Meredith Road, where they made their home until May 15, 1960, when they moved to the present family home south of Elburn.

She was a member of the Community Hospital Women’s Auxiliary where she was very active for many years.  She was also active as a volunteer for the Elburn Lion’s Club.  An assertive and competitive woman, Margaret loved golf and was a member of both Kishwaukee Golf Club, DeKalb and Prestbury Golf Club, Sugar Grove.  She enjoyed bowling as well as bridge and played to win no matter what the game or the stakes.

She is survived by her husband, “Bev” of Elburn; two daughters, Peggy (David) Vaughan of Hinckley, and Kathy Kenyon of Maple Park; four grandchildren, Brian (Linda) Vaughan of Big Rock, Colleen Lamb of Maple Park, Michael Priester with the  U.S. Army, Kenyon Priester of Carol Stream; five great grandchildren, Ashley and Shelby Lamb, Travis and Jared Priester, and Brittany Anderson; one sister, Lucille Capes of Elburn; and one sister-in-law, Phyllis (James) Meredith of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, as well as several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, James A. Meredith; and one brother-in-law, Sterling Capes.

Funeral services were held at Conley Funeral Home Sunday July 14, 1996 with Pastor Katherine Lawes, of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn, officiating.  Following cremation, a private committal service will be held at River Hills Cemetery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the charity of your choice.                           CC 7/18/1996

 

David Stuart Boehne     1996.07.19

David Stuart Boehne, 30, of Shabbona, died Saturday, July 13, 1996 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford from injuries received in an automobile accident.

He was born August 25, 1965 in Arlington Heights, the son of Stanley and Patsy (Oehlerking) Boehne, and married Kimberly Little July 14, 1990 in Malta.

David was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ and Indian Oaks Country Club in Shabbona.  He was a 1983 graduate of Shabbona High School and also attended Kishwaukee College.  David farmed with his brothers, Vaughn and Berk in the Shabbona area, farming 1300 acres and also raising cattle and hogs.  He thoroughly enjoyed his family and friends, and enjoyed life, fishing and visiting his grandparents at their home.

Survivors include his wife, Kim Boehne of Shabbona; son, Reece Boehne of Shabbona; 2 stepdaughters, Randi and Kayleigh Kennedy of Shabbona; his father, Stan Boehne of Shabbona; mother, Patsy (Stacey) Boehne of Shabbona; 2 brothers, Vaughn (Audra) Boehne and Berk Boehne, both of Shabbona; 1 sister, Rhonda (Ralph) Brubaker of Conyers, GA; grandparents, Edward and Mabel Oehlerking, Elk Grove Village; 6 nieces and nephews, Allison, Clinton, Calvin, Philip, and Riley Brubaker and Dallas Boehne.

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

Funeral services were held at 10:30 Thursday morning at the Shabbona United Church of Christ with Reverend David Wernecke and Reverend Stacey Arnold officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.  

CC 7/18/1996

 

Edward O. Christiansen     1996.07.20

Edward O. Christiansen, 84, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 1996 at McAuley Manor.  He was born November 13, 1911 in Chicago.

He was a night superintendent at Borg-Warner (Stephens-Adamson) for many years.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Krull of Aurora; three sons, Edward J. (Nina) Christiansen of Bellevue, WA, Allen (Kathleen) Christiansen of Hinckley and Charles (Kathryn) Christiansen of St. Charles; 11 grandchildren; five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence Christiansen in 1991; a son, John R. Christiansen in 1965; his parents, Anna and Oscar Christiansen; one sister, Norma Catelli; and one brother, Irving Christiansen.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 19, 1996 at the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary.  Rev. Gary McCann officiated.

    CC 7/25/1996

 

Arla Rice Staublin     1996.07.21

Graveside services for Arla (Rice) Staublin of Carlevoix, MI, formerly of Waterman, were held July 23, 1996 at North Clinton Cemetery on Lee Road, just north of Waterman.  Friends of the family attended.

Besides her husband, Jerry, of Charlevoix, survivors from this area include her brothers, Curt and Craig Rice of Waterman, and friends from the Waterman High School Class of 1948.  A luncheon was served at the United Methodist Church of Waterman following the services.                    CC 8/1/1996

 

Anne Schumacher Hummert     1996.07.22

Anne (nee Schumacher) Hummert passed away July 5, 1996 at age 91.  Mrs. Hummert was the devoted wife of the late E. Frank Hummert and loving mother to her only son, the late John R. Ashenhurst, Jr.

She is survived by her 2 granddaughters, Pamela Ashenhurst Pigoni of Hinckley, IL and Anne Jeskey of Park Ridge, IL; and two great grandchildren, Douglas and Nicholas.

Between the years of 1930-1950, the Hummerts created over 88 serials for radio; famous programs such as “Helen Trent,” “Stella Dallas,” “Just Plain Bill,” “Ma Perkins,” and “Young Widder Brown.”                  CC 8/1/1996, CC 8/8/1996

 

Nathan Luke Zamora     1996.07.23

Nathan Luke Zamora, 16, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, July 21, 1996 at his home.  He was born May 20, 1980 in Aurora.

Luke was a student at Charisma Christian Academy and employed at the Phillips Park Aquatic Center.

Survivors include his mother, Rosalva Zamora of Aurora; one special sister, Amy Zamora of Aurora; one special nephew, Matthew Zamora of Aurora; his maternal grandparents, Dagoberto and Maria Zamora of Aurora; paternal grandfather, Senon Benavidez, Sr. of Texas; paternal grandmother, Beatriz Benavidez of Aurora; three sisters, Kim Lisa (Carlos) Lemos, Dawn Benavidez and Kelly Benavidez all of Aurora; one brother, Chad (Jana) Benavidez of Yorkville; three uncles, Alfonso Aquilar, Jr. and Dagoberto Zamora, Jr. both of Aurora, and Lorenzo (Amy) Benavidez of Texas; eight aunts, Tina McIntosh of Aurora, Diana (Bill) Douglas of Hinckley, Annie (Larry Jr.) Freese of Plano, Deborah Zamora-Davila of Aurora, Thelma Benavidez of California, Yvonne (Martin) Lopez, Diane (Joe) Filas and Norma (Rene) Mares all of Aurora, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Senon Benavidez, Jr.; one aunt, Sylvia Aquilar and two cousins, Marque A. McIntosh and Ricky Avila.

Private funeral services were held and interment was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by the Dieterle Memorial Home.

     CC 8/1/1996

 

Christopher John Roberts     1996.07.24

Christopher John Roberts, age 23, of Oswego, passed away Monday, July 29, 1996 at Stanford, IL.  He was born September 21, 1972 in St. Charles, the son of Donald E. and Janet L. (Peterson) Roberts.

Christopher was a 1996 graduate of Illinois State University in Normal, IL.  He was at this time, serving in an internship at the Glen Brothers Company in Stanford, IL.  Chris loved the outdoors, especially fishing with his family and friends.

Survivors include his parents, Don and Jan Roberts of Oswego; one sister, Angela L. Roberts of Oswego; his maternal grandfather, Morris (Ann) Peterson of Peoria, AZ; paternal grandmother, Dorothy Roberts of Waterman; his aunts and uncles, Robert (Linda) Roberts of Waterman, Kenneth (Pat) Roberts of Tye, TX, Jerilynn (Gene) Kempson of Rochelle, Susan (Jeff) Keicher of St. Charles, Nancy (Larry) Forrester of Davie, FL, James (Hilda) Peterson of DeKalb and Kenneth (Carol) Peterson of Washington, IL; as well as numerous cousins and many friend who will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Norma Peterson and his paternal grandfather, Wilder Roberts.

Funeral services were Thursday, August 1, 1996 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home in Yorkville.  Interment was at the Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.

A memorial is being established in Christopher’s memory to the Department of Natural resources at Silver Springs State Park in Plano.           CC 8/8/1996

 

George R. Carr     1996.07.25

George R. Carr, 87, of Shabbona, died Monday, July 29, 1996 at his home.

He was born May 30, 1909 in Bristol Township, Worth County, IA the son of John and Mabel (Platte) Carr.  He married Dorothy Tompkins August 27, 1930 in Northwood, IA.

After their marriage, George and Dorothy farmed in Iowa for 5 years, before moving to Shabbona in 1935.  George started a Massey-Harris implement business in 1939 and owned and operated the dealership until its sale in 1960.  He also worked in land development in the Aurora area and had sold used cars.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Carr of Shabbona; 2 sons, Jack R. Carr, DeKalb, Michael D. (Gwen) Carr, Cottontown, TN; 3 daughters, Ruthanna B. (Walter) Rodatz, Rochelle, Kathleen F. (Preston) Corn, Kansas City, MO, Karen V. (Daniel) McAuliff, San Jose, CA; 16 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Mildred, and 2 sons, Thomas and Carl.

Memorial mass was held Friday afternoon at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona with Father Louis Pesut of St James Catholic Church of Lee officiating.  Burial of cremains will be at a later date at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.    CC 8/8/1996

 

Carrie Nelson Stowe Pierron     1996.07.26

Carrie Nelson Pierron, 89, of Sycamore, died Tuesday, July 30, 1996 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

She was born July 11, 1907 in Hinckley, the daughter of Wick and Christina (Thompson) Nelson.  She married William LaVerne Stowe in 1927 in Maple Park, then married Kenneth Pierron in 1959 in Chicago.  She was a beautician and owner of a beauty shop in Chicago.

She is survived by one son, Charles J. (Edna) Stowe of Mesa, AZ; three grandson, Charles W. (Glenda) Stowe of Hastings, MI and Daniel (Amy) Stowe of Freeport; two brothers, Nels Nelson of St. Charles and Victor Nelson of Aurora; one sister, Ella Kribs of Hemet, CA; five grandchildren, Ashley, Amanda, Thomas, Natalie and Morgan Stowe.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; one brother, Harry Nelson of St. Charles; two sisters, Inez Tierney of St. Charles, and Edith Thorselius of Chicago.

Visitation was at Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home Thursday, August 1st and ended with the funeral services conducted by the Reverend Father Frank John Timar, MSC.  Interment was in Gardner Cemetery near Maple Park.

A memorial fund is established for the heart fund in care of Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home.         CC 8/8/1996

 

Clara Idella Darling Harms     1996.07.27

Clara Idella Harms, 86, of DeKalb, formerly of Westminster, CO, died Monday, July 29, 1996 at Pine Acres Care Center in DeKalb.

She was born June 20, 1910 in Waterman, the daughter of George and Hattie (Rollins) Darling.  She married Loren E. Harms December 16, 1931 in DeKalb.

Clara was a graduate of Waterman High School.  She worked for Cords Ltd. factory in DeKalb.  Later, in Colorado, she worked for a grocery store and as a nurses’ aid in Westminster and Thornton.

She was a member of First Congregational Church (UCC) in DeKalb, and a former Sunday school teacher and member of Chain-ten Club (crocheting).

She is survived by her husband, Loren Harms of Pine Acres Care Center; four daughters, Alice (Alan) Olson, Mary Anne (Robert) Young and Doris (Stoney) Phillips, all of Sycamore, and Donna (Don) Bolton of Beaufort, NC; 12 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, George Harms; two infant sisters; one sister, Grace Arnold; two brothers Ralph and Ray Darling; and two infant grandsons.

Funeral services were held Thursday, August 1st at Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home.  Interment was in Clinton Cemetery near Waterman.                           CC 8/8/1996

 

                              Mary Morgan Morsch     1996.08.01

     Mary Morgan Morsch, formerly of Hinckley, died Wednesday, August 21, 1996 at Countryside Health Care Center, Aurora.  Mary was born October 17, 1898 in Sheridan, to Emery and Gertrude (Gletty) Morgan.  She married Archie Morsch March 26, 1919 in Sandwich. They moved to Hinckley April of 1919 where she was a homemaker, a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary member in Hinckley, and was elected first president of the unit in 1921.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister Lila Klotz; two brothers, Roy and Merle Morgan; and her husband, Archie in 1977.

     Survivors include several nieces and nephews and friends Viola Antrobus, Judy and Bruce Thorp, Kristin, Jared and Jenna all of Hinckley, Doug and Charla Antrobus, Stacy and Leslie all of Cortland, IL.

     Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 24 at the Hinckley United Methodist Church, Hinckley, Rev. Paul Gerardy officiating.  Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.  Visitation was Friday, August 23, at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.

     Memorials may be made in Mary’s name to the Hinckley United Methodist Church, building fund, 171  N. Sycamore, Hinckley, IL 60520.            CC 8/29/1996, CC 9/5/1996

 

                             Katherine Hope Ritchie     1996.08.08

     Katherine Hope Ritchie, 19, of Big Rock, died Sunday, August 25, 1996 at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  She was born May 16, 1977 in Glen Ellyn, IL, the fourth of ten children of Joseph J. and Sharon M. (Frost) Ritchie.

     Katherine was a member of the First Baptist Church of Big Rock and also attended the Church of the Resurrection in Carol Stream.

     Miss Ritchie was a 1995 graduate of Wheaten Academy, where she had served as both her class’s Senior President and Homecoming Queen.  She had just completed her freshman year at Wheaten College.  Katherine was an accomplished violinist who, through the years, had received many honors.  She enjoyed singing and was an active member of her high school choir.  Katherine was also a lead vocalist in “Fiddler on the Roof’ and “Midsummer Nights Dream” in local community theater.

     Survivors include her parents, Joseph and Sharon Ritchie, of Big Rock; nine brothers and sisters: Tracy (David) Dettman of Big Rock, Thane (Juleen) Ritchie of Glen Ellyn, Jenny Ritchie, Molly Ritchie, Noah Ritchie, Margaret Ritchie, Ann Marie Ritchie, Thomas Ritchie, and Anthony Ritchie, all of Big Rock; her maternal grandparents, Rev. and Mrs. Eugene Frost, Doctor of Ministry of Plano; her paternal grandmother, Winnie Ritchie of Waconda, IL: as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins, and friends who will miss her dearly.

     She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Dwight Ritchie.

     Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 28 at the First Baptist Church of Big Rock, with Rev. Lyle Dorsett of the Church of the Resurrection officiating.  Interment followed in the South Big Rock Cemetery in Big Rock.

     Visitation was Tuesday, August 27, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St., Hinckley.  CC 8/29/1996

 

Roger Davis     1996.08.12

Roger Davis, age 65, of Big Rock, passed away unexpectedly late Saturday evening, August 10, 1996 at Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora where he was taken following an apparent heart attack at his home.

He was born January 6, 1931, in Big Rock, the son of Paul and Laura (Michael) Davis.

He attended school in Big Rock and following graduation, enlisted in the U.S Marine Corps, serving in the Tank Corps in Korea for a time.  Roger returned home in 1952 and was stationed in Bettendorf, IA where he continued his service as a recruiter.  December 27th of that same year, he was united in marriage to Charlene J. Boyce.

They made their home in Iowa before returning to Big Rock in 1953.  Roger became employed with the Kane County Farm service in Elburn (now Northern F.S.) where he worked for some 35 years, advancing through the company in Illinois and Iowa from the warehouse to general manger.

He was a member, and active for many years, in the Big Rock American Legion and also the Aurora Moose Lodge.  Roger was one of the founding volunteers of the Big Rock Fire Department and though his work often took him out of town, he was proud to be a volunteer.

In addition to his wife, Charlene, He is survived by three children, Marcia (Jack) Blum of Hanover Park, IL, Wayne Davis of Overland Park, KS and Gregory Davis of Champaign, IL, two grandchildren, Evan and Hanna Blum of Hanover Park, two sisters, Jean (Harlan) Friestad of Rochelle and Sally Gibbs of Aurora.  He also leaves the legacy of his lifetime, written in everyday memories, his photography of airplanes and motorcycles, keeping the car and lawn in perfect shape, playing cards with Hanna, Cubs and Sox competition with Evan and a dozen other ways he will always live in the hearts of those who loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Harold and Duane Davis in recent years, and two other brothers, Kenneth and Gerald in their youth.

The Reverend Kurt Simon, pastor of the English Congregational Church of Big Rock officiated at the funeral services held at the Conley Funeral Home in Elburn Tuesday, August 13, 1996.

Memorials in Roger Davis’ name may be made to the Big Rock Fire and Ambulance Services, Big Rock, IL 60511. 

CC 8/15/1996, CC 8/22/1996

 

Glenn Elmer Riedelsperger     1996.08.13

Glenn Elmer Riedelsperger, age 71, of DeKalb, passed away Friday, August 16, 1996 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.  He was born January 21, 1925 in DeKalb, IL, the son of Elmer and Myrtle (Gulbransen) Riedelsperger.

Mr. Riedelsperger was a member of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.  For many years he was employed with Erwin Riedelsperger, picking up and delivering milk for the local farmers.  Later Glenn was employed, for 28 years, by the Wutlitzer Piano Company, as a refinisher.  He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in the European Theatre.  He was a member of the American Legion in Maple Park, IL.

Survivors include two children, Debra Lynn (James) Stewart of Lewiston, MN and Jimmy D. Riedelsperger of Crested Butte, CO; two granddaughters. Sara Ann Stewart and Emily Beth Stewart, both of Lewiston, MN; his sister, Dorothy (Wilbur) Pingel of Maple Park; as well as several cousins and friends, who will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 20, 1996 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, in Hinckley, with Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment was in the Pierce Cemetery, in Maple Park.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.     CC 8/22/1996

 

John William Atherton     1996.08.14

John William Atherton, 51, of Madeira Beach, FL; formerly of Paw Paw and Waterman, died suddenly at University General Hospital in Largo, FL, Sunday, August 11, 1996.

He was born July 7, 1945 in St. Joseph, MO to William and Margaret Atherton.  He graduated from Waterman High School in 1963.  He married Gloria Long August 22, 1963.  She passed away in 1975.

He is survived by one son Mark; his father, William (Peggy) Atherton of Paw Paw; his mother, Margaret Crouch of Rochelle; one brother, Jack (Jeannie) Revell of Lake Summerset, Davis, IL; three sisters, Tita (Jerrie) Kaus of DeKalb, Joan (Scott) Catron of Cortland, and Carolyn Atherton of Morris.     

CC 8/22/1996

 

 Helen Marie Sherman La Boube Werner     1996.09.05

     Helen Marie Werner, 74, of rural Leland, IL passed away on Monday, September 16, 1996 at her home.  She was born on January 25, 1922 on the family farm rural Leland, the daughter of Henry and Josephine (Gletty) Sherman.

     She married Eugene La Boube on November 21, 1942. He passed away on August 23, 1945.  To this union one son was born, Henry Eugene La Boube born November 4, 1944.  He passed away on May 5, 1962 as the result of an auto accident.  She married Francis “Fritz” Werner on February 18, 1950 in Somonauk.  She was previously employed for many years at Century Manufacturing and C.T.S. Knights.  She will be remembered by her many family and friends as a warm and giving lady.

     Survivors include her husband, Francis “Fritz”; one daughter, Patricia Werner of Leland; two sons, William Werner of Leland and Michael (Lori) Werner of Somonauk; two grandchildren, Kyle and Hannah Werner; one nephew, Ronald (Cathy) Muffler of Somonauk; one great nephew, Ron (Sylvia) Muffler of Houston, TX; and one great niece, Christine (Mike) Schroeder of Somonauk.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Henry; one sister, Florence Muffler and one brother, Martin Sherman.

     Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 19, 1996 at St. John’s the Baptist Catholic Church in Somonauk with Father Donald De Salvo officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

     Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18 at the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk with a Rosary service being recited at 7:30 p.m.             CC 9/26/1996

 

Brian D. Vines     1996.09.22

Brian D. Vines, 38, of Rochelle, formerly of Waterman, IL passed away Sunday, September 1, 1996 at the Rochelle Community Hospital in Rochelle, IL.  He was born April 10, 1958 in Sandwich, IL, the son of Glenn and Frances (Sandlin) Vines.

Brian was a 1976 graduate of Waterman High School.

He was united in marriage December 11, 1982 in DeKalb, IL to the former Marianne Brake.

Mr. Vines was a building service foreman at Northern Illinois University, where he head been employed of the pat 20 years. Brian was a loving son, husband and father who will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.

He is survived by his wife, of 13 years, Marianne of Rochelle, one son, Michael, and one daughter, Magana, both at home, his parents, Glenn and Frances Vines, of Waterman, IL, and one sister, Susan (John) Slater, of Waterman, IL, as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by both his paternal and maternal grandparents, his daughter, Amy, in 1983, and one sister, Glenda Vines.

Funeral services for Brian will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 5, 1996 at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, 116 North Birch Street, Waterman, IL.  Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona, IL.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, September 4, 1996 at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, Waterman, IL.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.  815-264-3362

CC 9/5/1996, CC 9/12/1996

 

Ida M. Finette Edwards     1996.09.23

Ida M. Edwards, 88, of DeKalb, died Monday, September 2, 1996 at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.  She was born May 12, 1908 at Aurora, IL, the daughter of Werner and Dora (Walters) Finette.  She married Carol Albert Edwards in 1969 at Oak Park, IL.  Ida was a former resident of Barb City Manor in DeKalb, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Plano, and a member of the Women of the Moose, River Grove, IL. 

Survivors include one brother, Walter (Helen) Finette of Waterman and one step daughter Carol Turner of Las Vegas, NV.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 5, 1996 at 10:30 a.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb with the Rev. Jane Ann Moore of the First Congregational United Church of Christ officiating.

Interment of ashes will be at the Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park, IL.  Friends may call at the Anderson Funeral Home from 9:30 until the time of services.  A memorial is being established for Ida M. Edwards in care of the Anderson Funeral Home  825-786-1022.             CC 9/5/1996

 

Ella M. Zuehl     1996.09.24

Ella M. Zuehl, 88, of Batavia, died Sunday, September 1, 1996 at Jennings Terrace in Aurora.  She was born October 27, 1907.

She was a member of Holy Cross Church in Batavia.

She is survived by one daughter, Merre Lynn (Sam) Hare of Yellville, AR; four grandchildren, Anberlynn (Tim) Benell of Big Rock, IL, Jill (William) Van Telt Markwardt of Batavia, John (Pat) Adams of Big Rock and Amy Adams of Seattle, WA; and three great grandchildren; two sisters, Bertha Miller of Batavia and Delores Anderson of Batavia and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Harry in 1969.

Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Cross Church with Father Steven St. Jules officiating.  Interment will be at River Hills Memorial Park.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, at Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home in Batavia.                   CC 9/12/1996

 

Peter P. Koncn     1969.09.25

Peter P. Koncn, 85 passed away September 9, 1996 in Tucson, AZ.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Batavia and the Loyal Order of Moose.

Survivors include one daughter, Nancy (Darrell) Carter; one son, Daniel (Judy) Koncn, both of Tucson; two grandsons, Jerry (Mary Ann) Carter of Tucson and Sgt. Steven Koncn U.S.M.C. of Yuma, AZ; one great grandson, Drew Carter; two sisters, Margaret Barker of Batavia and Betty Fitzgerald of North Aurora and one brother, LeRoy Koncn of Big Rock.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia (Wells) and a son, Robert Koncn.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Abbey Funeral Home in Tucson.

Burial will be Saturday at Holy Hope Cemetery in Tucson.

CC 9/19/1996

 

Chad R. Larson     1996.09.26

Chad R. Larson, 25, of Shabbona, died Monday, September 9, 1996 in Kendall County from injuries received in an automobile/semi-tractor accident at the corner of Route 52 and County Line Road.

Chad was born July 19, 1971 in DeKalb, the son of Richard and Linda (Merriman) Larson.  He married Amy Bowles September 6, 1996 in Sycamore.

Chad was a 1989 graduate of Shabbona High School and attended the Universal Technical Institute in Glendale Heights, graduating from there in 1991.  He was a truck driver for Hintzsche Fertilizer of Maple Park for the past 3 years, and was affiliated with the Bethany Community Church of Sycamore.  He enjoyed cars and snowmobiling.

Survivors include his wife, Amy Larson of Shabbona; parents, Richard and Linda Larson, Shabbona; one sister, Christa (Brian) Schreck of Big Rock; two grandmothers, Lucille Larson and Marie Merriman, both of Shabbona; one stepdaughter, Caitlyn, Shabbona; mother and father-in-law, Daryl and Dee Bowles, Naperville; two brothers-in-law, Jason Bowles, Naperville, and John Bowles, Tallahassee, FL; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, John M. Larson and Louis “Red” Merriman.

Funeral services will be held at 11 Thursday morning at the Bethany Community Church in Sycamore with Pastor Dan Penn officiating.  Burial will be in Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman.  Friends may call from 4-8 Wednesday afternoon and evening at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.

CC 9/12/1996, CC 9/19/1996

 

Loretta J. Herrmann     1996.09.27

Loretta J. Herrmann, 80, of DeKalb, formerly of Shabbona, died Tuesday, September 10, 1996 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

She was born October 17, 1915 in Steward the daughter of Lawrence P. and Mary E. (Stommel) Herrmann.

Loretta attended Mt. St. Clair High School in Clinton, IA.  After high school, she worked in the Shabbona Post Office for many years and then went to work as cashier at Farmers & Traders State Bank in Shabbona until her retirement December 31, 1980.  Loretta was proud of the fact that she worked for a total of 47 years on the main street of Shabbona.

She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Lee and a member and former officeholder in the Altar & Rosary Society of the church.  Loretta had also served as a secretary of the St. James Church Council.

Survivors include three brothers, Jerome (Jean) Herrmann of Esmond, Eugene (Dorothy) Herrmann of Shabbona,  Harold (Patricia) Herrmann of Pecatonica; two sisters, Rosemary McMenamin of DeKalb, Catherine (Charles) Burgholzer of Casa Grande, AZ; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a niece Margaret LaTondre.

Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 Saturday morning at St. James Catholic Church in Lee with Father Louis Pesut officiating.  Burial will be in St. James Calvary Cemetery, Lee.  Friends may call from 5 until 8 Friday night at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  The rosary will be recited at 7:30 Friday evening at the funeral home.               CC 9/19/1996

 

Patricia Weber Coffee Yeates     1996.09.28

Patricia W. Yeates, 64, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, September 18, 1996 at Mercy Center Hospital.  She was born November 29, 1931 in Chicago, IL.

She was employed by the City of Aurora.  She was a member of the National Federation of Republican Women, the Kendall County Republican Women’s Club, the Aurora Women’s Republican Club.  She was a delegate to the Republican Convention in 1980 and 1984 for President Ronald Reagan, Director of the Governors Office of Voluntary Action under Governor Jim Thompson, past Precinct Committee person for the Aurora Township Republican Central Committee, board member and Secretary of the Fox Metro Water Reclamation District, Board of the Kane County Tuberculosis Society, Zonta Club Member, Altrusa Club, Alamo Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, Crystal Camp-Royal Neighbors of America, Star of the East Shrine, Order of the White Shrine, Volunteer of the Mutual Ground Resale Shop, Volunteer for the Aurora Historical Museum.

Survivors include her son, David (Kathy) Coffee of Streamwood; two brothers, Lane (Lynn) Johnson of Jersey City, PA and Mike Johnson of California; two sisters, Sharon Johnson of California and Eva (Gane) Matusik of Phoenix, AZ; two grandchildren, Heather Coffee of Streamwood and Ricky Soto of Elgin; one great granddaughter, Rachel Soto of Elgin; one aunt, Sally McDowell of Oswego; one cousin, Judy (Wayne) Jeffers of Montgomery; one nephew, Wayne (Elaine) Bark of Hinckley.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry Weber and Mildred (Bark) Weber and one granddaughter, Heidi Soto.

Funeral services were held September 21, 1996 at the Dieterle Memorial Home, Aurora.  The Rev. Larry Hodge officiated with interment in Riverside Cemetery.  Visitation was held Friday, September 20 at the Dieterle Memorial Home with an Eastern Star Service at 7:30 p.m.                CC 9/26/1996

 

Harriett Stryker Simpson Parks     1996.09.29

Harriett Parks, 94, of DeKalb and formerly of Waterman, passed away Friday, September 20, 1996 at the DeKalb County Nursing Home in DeKalb.  She was born February 23, 1902 in Afton Township, DeKalb County, IL, the daughter of Orville and Emma (Potter) Stryker.

Harriett was united in marriage in September 1928 to Mr. Mark Simpson who preceded her in death in 1945.  She then married Mr. Selby Parks in January 1947.

Mrs. Parks lived all her life in DeKalb County and was a lifetime member of the Waterman United Methodist Church.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Shabbona Polonoka Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include one niece, Dorothy (Russell) Kleckner, of Waterman; two nephews, Roger (Barbara) Stryker of San Benito, TX, and Barry (Kay) Schrader, of Livermore, CA; two stepsons, Robert (Bernadine) Parks, of Cortland, IL, and Harold (Dorothy) Parks, of Leland, IL; one stepdaughter, Doris Tate, of Mesa, AZ; thirteen step grandchildren; several step great grandchildren; and five step great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands, two brothers, one sister, one great nephew, one step grandson and one stepdaughter.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 24, 1996 at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, in Waterman, IL, with Rev. James Ketzel officiating.                     CC 9/26/1996

 

Emery M. Owen     1996.09.30

Emery M. Owen, 83, of Shabbona, IL passed away Monday, September 16, 1996 at the Shabbona Health Care Center.  He was born October 18, 1912 in Campton Township, IL the son of John E. and Mabel Agnes (Harrison) Owen.  He married Bernice M. Haish April 3, 1935 at the Pierce Parsonage.

He farmed for 33 years south of Waterman, and later worked for 13 years at Northern Illinois University.

He is survived by his wife, Bernice, 2 sons, Darrell (Sandra) Owens of Shabbona, Gary (Mary) Owen of Shullsburg, WI; 6 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Agnes Kahle of Hinckley, and Florence (Edgar Jr.) Hipple of Waterman; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 19, 1996 at 1 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Judy Hipple of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Belvidere, IL officiating.  Burial will follow at the East Pierce Cemetery in rural Maple Park.  A memorial was established for Emery M. Owen in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.    (815) 756-1022

   CC 9/26/1996

 

Chester Carroll     1996.09.31

Chester Carroll, 72, of Waterman, passed away Saturday, September 28, 1996 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, in DeKalb, IL. He was born March 29, 1924, in Rosamond, IL, the son of Chester and Bertha (German) Carroll, Sr.

Chester was united in marriage to the former Wilma Chapman, in St. Charles, MO, January 18, 1943, and they spent the next 53 years of their lives together.

Mr. Carroll was a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church.  He was formerly employed, for many years, by the Nash Furniture Stores in Waterman and Hinckley, IL, as well as, working for several years for the Northern Illinois University Maintenance Department, until his retirement.

Chester served with the United States Army, during World War II.  He was involved in the Battle of the Bulge, which took place in Belgium.  He was a member of the Sugar Grove American Legion Post #1271 and the Montgomery VFW.  He was also a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.  His hobbies included golf, hunting, gardening and he was very skilled in identifying wild berries and mushrooms.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma, of Waterman; five children, Robert (Diane) Carroll, of Bradenton, FL, Jeanne (Rod) Vagle, of Machesney Park, IL, Keith (Debby) Carroll, of Bradenton, FL, Greg (Peggy) Carroll, of Waterman, IL, and Joyce (Mike) Welter, of Elburn, IL; daughter-in-law, Sandy Carroll, of Necedah, WI; thirteen grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one brother, Walt (Edna) Carroll, of DeKalb, IL; four sisters, Mary Curran, of Sycamore, IL, Norma (Ned) Bray of Paw Paw, IL, Betty (Art) Inboden, of DeKalb, IL and Grace (Ray) Vogel, of Waukesha, WI; and several nieces and nephews and friends who will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Larry Carroll; one sister and three brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 2, 1996 at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, in Waterman, with Reverend Paul Zeman, officiating.  Interment will follow at the Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman, IL.

Friends may call Tuesday, October 1, 1996 from 6-8 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, 116 North Birch Street, Waterman, IL.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.  815-264-3362

 CC 9/26/1996

 

John D. Gray, Sr.       1996.09.32

John “Jack” D. Gray, Sr., 70, of Batavia, passed away Wednesday, September 25, 1996 at Firwood Health Care Center in Batavia.  He was born July 21, 1926 in East St. Louis, IL, the son of Wendell and Margaret (Foley) Gray.  He was united in marriage to Mary L. (Dietrich) Gray February 6, 1957 in East St. Louis.

Jack was a graduate of St. Henry’s College in Belleville, IL and a graduate of St. Louis Missouri.  He served in the U.S. Army for 32 years, retiring as a Lt. Colonel.  He was a recipient of the Legion of Merit.

He was employed as a Detective Sergeant at the East St. Louis Police Department, office manager for Fireman’s Fund in Chicago and Nashville, TN, Director of Security of Lytton’s Stores and Secretary of State, Professional Standards, State of Illinois.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus-Columbian Council #2191 and a 4th degree, Marquette Assembly, Aurora; served as past commander of the Batavia American Legion Post #504; Retired Officer’s Association and a member of Holy Cross Church in Batavia.

He was former president of Illinois Division International Association for Identification (a professional ID Officer’s Association); chairman Batavia Democratic Central Committee; president, Louis White P.T.O.; Eagle Scout, Scout Master and Chairman of the District Council of Scouts.

Survivors include his wife, Mary L. Gray; six children, John (Debra) Gray of Camp Verde, AZ, Mary (Jeff) Hoyt of Big Rock, Beebe Fixmer, Tom Gray, Jim (April) Gray and Bob Gray, all of Batavia; eight grandchildren, Dan, Tim and Tyler Hoyt, Shannon and Ben Fixmer, Danielle and Alex Gray and Ciara Cordova; a brother, William (Alma) Gray of Destin, FL; sister-in-law, Merne Gray of South Pasadena, FL; brother-in-law, Harry (Carolyn) Dietrich of Belleville, IL; two nephews; four nieces and many special friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Judge James Gray.

Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 28, 1996 at Holy Cross Church in Batavia.  Interment will be at West Batavia Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 27, 1996 at the Yurs Peterson Funeral Home in Batavia, where a liturgical wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Marmion Abbey, 1000 Butterfield Rd., Aurora, IL 60505 or to Oblates of Mary Immaculate Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL.                                  CC 10/3/1996

 

Jean Marie Wolf Holdiman     1996.09.33

Jean Marie Holdiman, 77, of Aurora, earned her wings Sunday, September 22, 1996 at her home.  She was born November 7, 1918 in Aurora to Elvis and Myrtle (Johnson) Wolf.

Jean was a member of the Montgomery VFW Post #7452 Auxiliary; and she worked at the office for 30 years.

Survivors include her husband, Harold R. Holdiman; daughters, Vernette (Bobby) McElreath of Montgomery, IL, Jane (Arthur) Collins of Wisconsin, Janet Foxworthy of Aurora, Alice (Brent) Johnson of Big Rock, IL; one son, Elmer Dissell of California; 17 grandchildren, Deborah, Lawrence (Catherine) , Diana (James), Cheryl (Darryl), Debra (Ron), Lynn, Bethany, Gaither (Allen) , Marvin (Deloris) , Robert (Michelle), Michael, Cynthia, Joanna, William, Jonathan, Lindsey and Megan; 20 great grandchildren, Katrina, Holly, Stephanie, Kara, Jamie, Devin, Corey, Kendrick, Joey, Michael, Brandon, Jennifer, John Jr., Kristy, Shanna, Eric, Jessica Love, Jessica Nicole, Robin and Shane; one nephew, Glenn (Mary) Eggleston Jr. of Minooka, IL; and one cousin, Ray (Dot) Perkins of California; and many special friends.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Frances Eggleston, and one grandchild, Melissa.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 25, 1996 at the Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., 897-9291.  The Rev. Jeff Swanson will officiate.  Interment will be at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, at the Healy Chapel.

Contributions in Mrs. Holdiman’s memory may be made to the Fox Valley VNA Hospice, 1245 Corporate Blvd., Aurora, IL 60504 or to Wayside Cross Rescue Mission, for the renovation of the former Aurora Central High School for the transitional living program for women and children.            CC 10/3/1996

 

John Ryan Williams     1996.10.15

John Ryan Williams, 24, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, October 5, 1996 in Elgin.  He was born February 17, 1972 in Sedalia, MO.

John was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.  He was a 1990 graduate of Oswego High School and attended Waubonsee Community College and Western Illinois University.  He was employed as a pit executive of the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin.

Survivors include his parents, Kenneth D. and Barbara (Brauer) Williams II of Oswego; a sister, Kendra (Brian) Schag of Sheridan, IL; a brother, Jared D. Williams of Oswego; his maternal grandmother, Doris Duy of Riverton, WY; his paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Cathy Williams, of Oswego; aunts and uncles, Ruth Fus of Riverton, WY, John Brauer of Big Rock, Richard and Donna Williams of Aurora; a niece, Kaitlyn Schag and a nephew, Lucas Young, both of Aurora; and cousins, Jason and Sara Williams, Heather, Autumn, Kenny, Joey, Beth, John and Nickie Fus, all of Riverton, WY.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, John Brauer.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Orchard Rd. site.  The Rev. Dennis Aubey will officiate.  Burial will be in Lincoln Memorial Park.

Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl, Aurora.   897-9291.

Contributions in his memory may be given to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Building Fund.                      CC 10/10/1996

 

Dorothy Hipple Reece     1996.10.16

Dorothy Reece, 84, of 464 Jamesway Drive, died Wednesday (October 9, 1996) in West Jersey Hospital, Voorhees, NJ.

Born August 24, 1911, in Waterman, IL, she was the daughter of the late David F. and Daisy (Woods) Hipple.

May 27, 1950, in Marion, she married Ortho Merle Reece, and he died in 1981.

She was employed at Fulfillment Corp. of America from 1948-1952 and later at Basic Distribution Corp. of America from 1958-1977.  She received a bachelor Music Education degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a master Music Education degree from Columbia University.  She was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church and the Marion Senior Center.

She is survived by a stepson, Robert M. Reece, Cherry Hill, NJ; a stepdaughter, Janet E. Daum, Marion; a sister, Frances Bolsterli, Webster Grove, MO; and five grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Hipple, and two sisters, Arlene Hipple and Gladys Hipple Watson.

The funeral is at 1 p.m. Monday at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger Funeral Home with the Rev. Dan Kiger officiating.  Burial is in Grand Prairie Cemetery.  Friends may call 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Epworth United Methodist Church.          CC 10/10/1996

 

Jakie Clark Biehl     1996.10.17

Jakie Clark Biehl, age 86, of Big Rock, passed away Saturday, October 5, 1996 at his home.  He was born June 7, 1910 in Hinckley, IL the son of Arthur and Margaret (Clark) Biehl.

Jakie was united in marriage July 4, 1931 in Geneva, IL to the former Ella Mae “Dolly” Petty, who preceded him in death January 1, 1986, after 54 years of marriage.

Mr. Biehl was a member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ, in Big Rock.  He had farmed in the Big Rock area from 1941 until 1975 while at the same time owning and operating his own business, for 50 years, as a painting contractor.

Survivors include his four children, James (Jeannie) Biehl, of Phoenix, AZ, Robert (Eileen) Biehl, of Aurora, Joanne Dale, of Big Rock and Linda Biehl, of Big Rock; five grandchildren, Steve Dale of Hinckley, David Dale, of Hinckley, Kathy (Don) Torchia, of Bellaire, MI, Steve (Robin) Biehl, of Ft. Worth, TX and Gayla (Dan) King, of DeKalb; thirteen great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; two brothers, Russell (Toby) Biehl, of Aurora and Pete (Alberta) Biehl of Rockford; one sister, June Copelin, of Rockford; his brother-in-law, Robert (Esther) Brown of Millington; as well as several nieces and nephews and friends who will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Ella “Dolly”.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, 1996 at the English Congregational United Church of Christ, with Reverend Kurt W. Simon, officiating.  Interment will follow in the South Big Rock Cemetery, in Big Rock.

Friends may call Tuesday, October 8, 1996 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St., in Hinckley.  Memorials may be made to the English Congregational Church of Christ, in Big Rock, IL.

Pallbearers, Stephen W. Dale, David Dale, Stephen C. Dale, Steve Biehl and Ronald Brown.  Organist will be Gloria Killey.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.  815-263-3247 or 630-553-7611.                                CC 10/10/1996

 

Mary C. Gorzela Studinski Sipple     1996.10.18

Mary C. Sipple, 91, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, October 17, 1996 at Copley Memorial Hospital.  She was born June 11, 1905 in Chicago.

Mary was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church and the Friendly Center.

Survivors include her son, Robert A. (Leah) Studinski of Big Rock; four sisters, Josephine Jagla of Aurora, Bernice Wells of Mesa, AZ, Julia Ciolek of Long Beach, CA and Virginia Kuta of Chicago and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ambrose Studinski; her parents, Michael and Catherine Gorzela; one brother, Frank Gorzela and one sister, Helen Cygan.

There will be no visitation.

Private funeral services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jennings Terrace.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary, 220 N. Lake St., Aurora.  898-8364.  

CC 10/24/1996

 

Dorothy E. Wilson Frey     1996.10.19

Dorothy E. (Wilson) Frey, 88, of Lombard, and formerly of Downers Grove, died Friday, October 18, 1996 at Beacon Hill Healthcare Center in Lombard.

She was born May 8, 1908 in Shabbona.  She was a 1926 graduate of DeKalb High School and a 1931 graduate of Wesley Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Chicago.  She was a retired registered nurse.  She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Harlan R. Frey; one daughter, Nancy Lynn (John) McChesney of Nashville, TN; six grandchildren, David and Timothy McChesney, Terrence and Kimberly Isaacs, Kelly Jensen and Toni Cacozza; and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, October 21, 1996 at Adams-Winterfield & Sullivan Funeral Home, with Rev. Fred H. Cogner officiating.  Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.                     CC 10/24/1996

 

LaVina A. Perkins Wilkening     1996.10.20

LaVina A. Wilkening, 83, of Big Rock, IL, died Thursday evening, October 17, 1996 at the Hillside Care Center in Yorkville, following a long battle with declining health.  She was born September 28, 1913 near Montgomery, IL, the daughter of Myron and Luella Perkins.

LaVina attended West Aurora High School and, following graduation in 1930, was employed at the Pratt Manufacturing Company in Aurora.  March 14, 1912 she was united in marriage to Harvey H. Wilkening at her family home, near Aurora.  They made their home on the Wilkening farm near Kaneville for many years, until the late 50’s, when they moved to North Aurora, where LaVina became a mail carrier for several years.  In the 1960’s they left farming for flowers, and moving to Oswego, opened the Oswego Flower Shop, together with their daughter, Kay.  A gifted woman of great energy and imagination, LaVina especially was known for her Christmas wreathes and holiday crafts.  In addition, LaVina was well known, for many years throughout the area, for hanging wall paper in hundreds of local homes.

She was a member of the Plano United Methodist Church and volunteered many hours at the Sandwich Hospital.  In what free time she could find, she especially enjoyed playing cards with friends and traveling the western states and abroad with her family.

The last of her generation, LaVina leaves one sister-in-law, Cecelia Olesen of Maple Park, IL; several nieces and nephews and their families; and her dear friend, Mae (Dean) Granart of Big Rock.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey, and their daughter, Kay, as well as one brother, Ralph Perkins.

She was a member of the Plano United Methodist Church, at Hale and Clark Streets, where tentative arrangements include visitation from noon until 2 p.m. Monday.  Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m.  The Rev. Judy Giese will officiate, and interment will follow in the Jericho Cemetery.   CC 10/24/1996

 

Norma J. Zeiter Todd     1996.10.21

Norma J. Todd, 69, of DeKalb, formerly of Shabbona, died Thursday, October 17, 1996 at St. Anthony Medical Center in  Rockford.

She was born November 10, 1926 in Aurora, the daughter of Glenn and Alice (Hartman) Zeiter and was raised and baptized at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.  She married LeRoy W. Todd January 6, 1947 and lived in Shabbona for many years, prior to moving to DeKalb.  Norma was a former member of the Shabbona and DeKalb American Legion Auxiliaries and a former member of the DeKalb Women of the Moose.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Janice (James) Bowers of Rochester, NY, Diana (Charles) McCaslin of DeKalb, a sister, Betty (Bill) Wahlgren of Woodruff, WI; two half sisters, Gwen (James) Berner of Lodi, CA, Barbara (Bud) Phillips of Hinckley; five half brothers, Jame (Maxine) Zeiter of Channahon, IL, Roger (Amilda) Zeiter of Land of Lakes, WI, Glenn Zeiter of Sacramento, CA, Dennis (Judy) Zeiter of Tulsa, OK, Gerald (Jo) Zeiter of Waterman, IL; four grandchildren, Dale Bowers, Jason, Todd and Amie McCaslin.

She was preceded in death by her husband June 29, 1973, her parents, a granddaughter Molly Bowers, and her maternal aunt Grace Hartman Hollohan.

Funeral services will  be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona with Reverend David Wernecke, minister of the Shabbona United Church of Christ officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.  Friends may call from 5 until 7 Monday evening at the Jacobson Funeral Home.  A memorial is being established.

CC 10/24/1996

 

Victor A. McMenamin     1996.10.22

Victor A. McMenamin died Monday, October 14, 1996 at St. Mary Hospital, Kankakee.  He had been a resident of Illinois Veterans Home, Manteno, since October 1994.

He was born October 11, 1915 in Afton Township, DeKalb, County, IL, the son of John H. and Martha (McCormick) McMenamin.  He married Dorothy Snyder November 8, 1947.

Victor was a graduate of Waterman High School class of 1933.  He worked at Wurlitzer Co. and Northern Illinois Finance Co. in DeKalb before enlisting tin the U.S. Air Force in January 1942.  He was assigned the U.S. 8th Air Force, based in England.  A Tech Sergeant, he served as a tail gunner in B-24’s.  On his 17th mission, October 1, 1943, he was shot down by the Germans and was a POW at Stalag 17B in Austria until his escape in May 1945.

For his wartime courage, Victor was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and four Bronze Stars, following the war, he worked in credit/finance in the Sterling area.  In later years, he lived in Chicago and then returned to DeKalb, where he lived with his sister for a time and then resided at the Golden Years Plaza.

He was a member of St. Mary Church, DeKalb, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, DeKalb Lodge #765.

Survivors include his two daughters, Margaret (Don) Angelow of San Diego, CA, and Nancy (James) Foltz of Bothell, WA; three grandsons, Jason and Brian Angelow and Jeremy Foltz; one granddaughter, Katie Foltz; two brothers, Joseph P. (Mary) McMenamin of Oak Park, and Robert J. (Margaret) McMenamin of Deerfield; one sister, Barbara J. Montgomery of DeKalb; one sister-in-law, Frances (Richard) Fitzgerald of DeKalb; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and one sister, M. Claire McMenamin.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 19, for 8:30-10:30 a.m., at St. Mary Church, DeKalb.  The mass of Christian burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Rich Rosinski officiating.

A memorial is being established through Ronan-Moore Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb.             CC 10/24/1996

 

Albert W. Watkins     1996.10.23

Albert W. Watkins, 85, of Mesa, AZ and formerly of Waterman, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 1996 at Mesa Lutheran Hospital in Arizona.

He was born May 28, 1911 in Manhattan, IL, the son of Robert and Jessie (Lesley) Watkins.

He farmed in the Joliet area, Odell, and Ransom, IL, before moving south of Waterman, where he farmed for 20 years.  He retired in 1973 and moved to Mesa, AZ.

He is survived by three daughters, Peggy Watkins of South Carolina, and June Frazier and Helen Adkins, both of Florida; four sons, Robert Watkins of Arizona, Albert L. (Kathy) Watkins of Waterman, John Watkins of Florida, and Mike (Linda) Watkins of Naperville; thirteen grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and three sisters, Mary Morris, Alice Sayers and Gladys Roberts, all of New Lenox.

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

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 26, 1996 at 1 p.m. at Forsythe Funeral Home in Manhattan, IL.  Friends may call at Forsythe Funeral Home from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday prior to the funeral services.  For information, call (815) 756-5247.                 CC 10/31/1996

 

Richard R. Copp, Sr.     1996.10.24

Richard R. Copp, Sr., 58, of Montgomery, passed away Tuesday, October 29, 1996 at Rush-Copley Hospital.  He was born March 10, 1938 in Aurora.

He was employed at DACO Inc. as a machinist.  He wss a member of the Irish Club and the Italian American Club.

Survivors include his wife, Sharlene Copp of Montgomery; his mother, June Copp of Aurora; two daughters, Kathy (Ron) Meyer of Oswego and Laura (Jim) Morrison of Montgomery; two sons, Richard (Della) Copp, Jr. of Kenosha, WI, and Michael Copp of Montgomery; two brothers, Victor (Mary) Copp, Jr. of Big Rock and Fred Copp of Aurora; three sisters, Nancy (Gordon) Lindgren of Aurora, Carol (John) Johnson of Langdon, ND and Janice (Thomas) Kamm of Ft. Worth, TX and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Victor H. Copp, Sr.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 2, 1996 at the Dieterle Memorial Home.  The Rev. Paul Peterson will officiate with interment at Riverside Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Dieterle Memorial Home.

Contributions may be made in Mr. Copp’s memory to the Heart Fund Association or charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are being handled by the Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway.   897-1196.             CC 10/31/1996

 

Marie Smith Large     1996.10.25

Marie Large, 82, of DeKalb, passed away Wednesday, October 30, 1996 at St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin.  She was born March 24, 1914 in Black Rock, AR, the daughter of Henry Jacob and Ora Smith.  She married Lee W. Large in Hinckley, IL in 1951.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and was formerly a member of the Women of the Moose, DeKalb.

She is survived by 2 sons, Dorvin (LaRaine) Baker of Minneapolis, MN, Ronald L. (Carol) Large of Hampshire, IL; 5 grandchildren, Amber, Austin, Chelsea and Connor; 1 brother, Julian (Louise) Smith of Porsha, AR and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and 5 brothers and 4 sisters.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 2, 1996 at 11 a.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home with Rev. Romir R. Eshuerra of the First United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday afternoon and evening at the Anderson Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. (815) 756-1022.

A memorial is being established for Marie Large in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.          CC 11/7/1996

 

Irene M. Monsess Monsess     1996.10.26

Irene M. Monsess, 83, of Waterman, passed away Thursday, October 31, 1996 at the Shabbona Healthcare Center, in Shabbona.  She was born May 7, 1913 in Stover, MO, the daughter of Henry and Gesina (Ehlers) Monsess.

Irene was united in marriage December 2, 1945 in Stover, MO to Mr. Albert F. Monsess and they spent the next 50 years of their lives together.

Mrs. Monsess was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley and of its Women’s Guild, for many years.  She was a member of the Waterman American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband, Albert F., of Waterman; three sons, Kenneth (Carol) Monsess, of Vienna, VA, Loren (Cindy) Monsess, of Waterman and Vernon (Janeen) Monsess, of Shabbona; four grandchildren, Jennifer Monsess, of Waterman, Matthew Monsess of Shorewood, Rebecca Monsess, of Vienna, VA and Megan Monsess, of Shabbona; one brother, Edwill (Lorene) Monsess, of Stover, MO; one sister, Viola Grupe, of Stover, MO; one sister-in-law, Bettina Monsess, of Stover, MO; as well as several nieces, nephews and friends who will miss her dearly.

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

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 4, 1996 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, with Pastor Donald Balgeman, officiating.  Interment will follow in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, in Hinckley.

Friends may call Sunday, November 3, 1996 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, 116 N. Birch St., Waterman.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.  815-264-3362/630-553-7611.                        CC 11/7/1996

 

                  LaVerne A. ‘Dutch’ Johnson     1996.11.03

LaVerne A. “Dutch” Johnson, 85, of DeKalb, died Tuesday, November 12, 1996 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.  He was born May 19, 1911 in Kendall County, one of five children of Axel Richard and Clara Josephine (Arvidson) Johnson, immigrants from Sweden.

Dutch graduated from Purdue University in 1940 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in farm management, and was on the All Big Ten football team.  He married Lorna E. Brumfield on September 20, 1941 at Flora, IN.  He was a farmer in the Sandwich, Sycamore and DeKalb areas from 1941 to 1996.  He  was a former Sycamore School Board member a founding Kishwaukee College board member and served as chairman for three years on the DeKalb County Exports board.  He was a former president of the National Swine Growers Council, predecessor of the National Pork Producers Council, a National Livestock and Meat Producers board member, received the National Pork Producers  Hall of Fame award, honored as a Distinguished Ag Alumni by Purdue University, and was a Prairie Farmer Master Farmer.

He was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and the First Lutheran Church in DeKalb.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Lorna. three sons, Bob (Jeannie) of Waterman, Richard (Patricia) of Roseville, CA, James (Paula) of Hinckley; four daughters, Nancy (John) Kemper of Marion, KY, Peggy (Steve) Fate of DeKalb, Anne of DeKalb, and Carol of Amboy, MN; five grandchildren, Cole, Krista, Jessica, Stephanie and Kelsey; a brother, Westel Johnson of DeKalb, two sisters, Helen (Don) Ogilvie of Lafayette, IN, and Agnes Stahl of Sandwich and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant son and one brother.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 16 at the First Lutheran Church in DeKalb with the Rev. Thomas F. Hanson officiating. Burial was at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich.  Visitation at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb was Friday, November 15.

A memorial has been established for the LaVerne A. “Dutch” Johnson Endowment Fund for Agriculture at Kishwaukee College.                          CC 11/21/1996

 

Nicholas P. Smoltich     1996.11.13

Nicholas P. Smoltich, 82, o DeKalb, died Friday, November 1, 1996 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.  He was born June 22, 1914 at Waterloo, IA, the son of Steven and Eva (Yager) Smoltich.  He married Lois A. Blackert October 12, 1940 at Davenport, IA.

Nick was formerly employed by the Chicago Northwestern Railroad for 10 years, by Dietz Forge Co. in DeKalb for 10 years and later by Barber-Greene Co. until retirement in 1978.  He was a former DeKalb Little League coach and was active in the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts.

Survivors include his wife, Lois; one son, Paul (Peggy) Smoltich of Hinckley; one daughter, Bonnie (Thomas) Riley of Hinckley; two grandchildren, Michael and Jon Riley; two step grandchildren, Bob and Sara Strand; one brother, John (Nellie) Smoltich of DeKalb; one sister, Katherine Hladnik of Waukegan; one sister-in-law Mary Smoltich of Sycamore,; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Anthony, Michael and Peter, and one sister, Anna Pavelich.

Funeral services will be held Monday, November 4, 1996 at 1 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, with the Rev. Paul J. Gerardy Sr. of the Hinckley United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial will be at the Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb Sunday, November 3, 1996 from 4 to 8 p.m.

A memorial is being established for Nicholas P. Smoltich in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.  815-756-1022.

CC 11/7/1996

 

Jeannette R. Leypold Gates     1996.11.14

Jeannette R. Gates, 48, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, November 2, 1996 at Rush Copley Hospital after a courageous battle with diabetes.  She will be remembered by her family and friends as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  She was born October 7, 1948 in Aurora.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Gates of Aurora; one son, Lennie Williams of Aurora; two daughters, Tammy (Scott) Tomter of Aurora and Wendy Leypold of Batavia; her parents, Francis and Jean Leypold; four brothers, Greg (Karen) Leypold of Joliet, Frank Leypold of Montgomery, Sam (Kathy) Leypold of Montgomery, and Francis Leypold of Yorkville; three sisters, Sharron (Mike) Gerardi of Sandwich, Georgette (Bruce) Runkle of Yorkville and Mary (John) Silagi of Hinckley; four grandchildren, Steven Leypold of Batavia, P. J. Leypold of Batavia, Brittney Tomter of Aurora and Trinity Williams of Aurora and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 6, 1996 at the Dieterle Memorial Home.  The Rev. Joy Baumgartner will officiate with interment in Lincoln Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Dieterle Memorial Home.

Contributions may be made to the Gates family.

Arrangements are being handled by the Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway.   897-1196.       CC 11/7/1996

 

Donald T. Richards     1996.11.15

Donald t. Richards, of Shabbona, IL, formerly of Elburn, passed away Monday evening, November 4, 1996 at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, where he was admitted with bleeding ulcers, Friday.  He was born November 10, 1902 in Big Rock, the son of John and Elizabeth (James) Richards.

Donald grew up in the Big Rock area and followed in his father’s footsteps in dairy farming.

January 1, 1924 he was united in marriage to Irene Barton.  They farmed in Big Rock until 1939 when they moved south of Elburn.  March 1, 1970 they retired and came to make their home in Elburn.

Never one to be idle, however, Don took a part time job with Tanglewood Farms where he enjoyed the horses.  He mowed lawns until he was 80 and in his last years devoted his time entirely to caring for his beloved Irene.  A salty Welshman with a marshmallow heart, he ran life on his own time clock, spoke his mind, kept his books to the penny and wove a lifetime of stories that will echo around the coffee table for years to come.

He was a member of the Kane County Farm Bureau, the Elburn Co-op, the Community Congregational Church and a former member of the Aurora Moose Lodge.  He was also a member of the “Tavern Ten” whose good times date to the Long’s Barn era.  A survivor of the depression years, the lessons of loss were ingrained deeply in the lines of his character and reflected in his ways.

Survivors include two daughters-in-law, Alice (Glenn) Carlson of Elburn and Delores Heussner of Hale, MO; 11 grandchildren, Sandi (William) Frost of Hinckley, Trent (Joan) Richards of Roselle, IL, Trudy Overhaug of Maple Park, Ron (Penne) Richards of Loveland, CO, Donna (Robert) Harner of Elburn, Darryl (Janna) Carlson of Ohio, IL, Nancy (Jerry) Officer, Bradley (Tracey) Richards, Kelly Richards, Clinton Heussner and Jason Heussner, all of Hale, MO; 22 great grandchildren, Don (Denise) Frost of Hinckley, Andrew Richards of Roselle, IL, Kathy Overhaug of Plano, Reed Overhaug of Maple Park, Tricia Overhaug of Maple Park, Todd (Brandy) Overhaug of DeKalb, Eric Richards, Kyle Richards and Kaylee Richards, all of Loveland, CO, Kari Harner, Andra Harner, Brad Harner, Alyson Harner and Kory Harner, Tyler Carlson, Kourtni Carlson, Jared Carlson and Lindsay Carlson, all of Ohio, IL, Beth Officer, Dane Officer, D. W. Officer and Heather Richards, all of Hale, MO and three great grandchildren, Kara and Chad Frost and Tegan Overhaug.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Irene Richards (1995); two sons, Donald and John Richards; and two sisters, Hazel Cooley and Anna Mae Lash.

Friends may call at Conley Funeral Home Wednesday, November 6, 1996 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at West Big Rock Cemetery.

A light luncheon will follow at the Community Congregational Church in Elburn.

Friends unable to attend the graveside service may join the family at the church at 11 a.m.

Memorials in his name may be made to the Elburn Lions Club.                                             CC 11/14/1996

 

Curtis C. Burnett     1996.11.16

Curtis C. Burnett, 70, of Paw Paw, passed away Friday, November 8, 1996 at Swedish American Hospital.  Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, November 10, at Torman Funeral Home in Paw Paw.  Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church in Paw Paw.

Mr. Burnett was born May 14, 1926 in Paw Paw to Harold and Maude Burnett.  He was raised in the area and attended Paw Paw schools before he served his country in the Navy during World War II. He married Geraldine Knetsch in Paw Paw July 28, 1951.  They have been lifelong residents and farmed in the area.  He was an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Paw Paw, a member of the Lions Club, the American Legion, the Board of the Volunteer Fire Department of Paw Paw, the Paw Paw Endowment Fund and the Wyoming Township Board.  He was an avid golfer, enjoyed fishing but of all, he had a great appreciation for his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Curtis Lee (Paula), of Coal Valley, Kirk Lee (Michele), of Wheeling; three grandchildren, Calli, Kate and Kirbie; also three brothers, Rex, of Crescent City, IL, Fred of Mendota and Vic, of San Diego.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Doris and an infant brother.                                      CC 11/14/1996

 

Hazel Richmond Secor Grimm     1996.11.17

Hazel (Secor) Grimm, 81, of Hinckley, formerly of Aurora, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 1996, at her home.  Hazel Ella Louise Grimm was born January 14, 1915, in Aurora, IL to Otto and Louise (Weber) Richmond.

Hazel was united in marriage to Joseph N. Secor in 1934, in Aurora; they were married 28 years.  Hazel lived in Aurora 57 years, raising her four children there.  She later married Udell Grimm June 30, 1972, and has lived in Hinckley for the past 24 years.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph E. Secor of Aurora and Larry (Barb) Secor of Montgomery; two daughters, Vicki (Wayne) Martin of Sandwich and Hazel (Marion) Wingrove of Markleysburg, PA; two step daughters, Kathi (Don) White of Waterman and Becky (Al) Kosin of West Plains, MO; three step sons, Alan (Charlotte) Grimm of Sycamore, Richard (Dee) Grimm of Las Vegas and Carl Grimm of New River, AZ; eleven grandchildren, JoAnn (Chip) Thom of Plainfield, Terry Wingrove of Aurora, Larry Wingrove of Markleysburg, PA, Sherrie (John) Branson of Markleysburg, Gene Ann (Kim) Maxwell of Terra Haute, IN, Kristi (Mike) Morales of Florida, Shelly (Joe Don) Walker of Bangs, TX, Kathy Martin of Sandwich, Larry (Denise) Secor, Jr. of Plano, Kerrie (Jimmy) Pierce of Yorkville and Kayla Secor of Montgomery; 11 step grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and step great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; one brother, Edward Richmond of Kingman, AZ; several nieces and nephews; and a very special friend and care giver Irena Zielenska.

She was preceded in death by Udell Grimm, her parents, Otto and Louise Richmond; three brothers, Clarence Richmond, Earl “Dutch” Richmond and William Richmond; three sisters, Katherine Brown, Althea Richmond and Edna Runkle.

Hazel was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary #468.

The family would like to thank the DeKalb County Visiting Nurses Association and the DeKalb County Hospice for all their loving care and support.

Funeral services will be at Dieterle Memorial Home Friday, November 15, 1996 at 10 a.m.  The Rev. Jim Ketzel will officiate, with interment at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Visitation will be form 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Dieterle Memorial Home.

Contributions may be made in Mrs. Grimm’s memory to the DeKalb County Hospice.  Arrangements are being handled by the Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway.    897-1196.

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Mary Jean Gurovich McDaniel     1996.11.18

Mary Jean McDaniel, 82, of Tucson, AZ, formerly of DeKalb, IL, passed away Friday, November 8, 1996 at the Tucson Medical Center, Tucson, AZ.  She was born December 19, 1913 in DeKalb, IL, the daughter of Joe and Sadie (Mijan) Gurovich.  She married Wayland P. McDaniel in DeKalb, IL August 17, 1940.

She taught school in Paw Paw, Byron, Stillman Valley, Rochelle, Shabbona, and in DeKalb.  She had taught school in DeKalb for 24 years, retiring in 1974.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in DeKalb, DeKalb Woman’s Club, American Association of University Women, Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, Business Professional Club-DeKalb, National Education Association of Retired Teachers, and a member of the Good Samaritan Group.

She is survived by her husband, Wayland of Tucson, AZ; one sister, Chana (Gerald) Wilson of phoenix, AZ; two nieces; two great nephews and one great niece.

She was preceded in death by one son George T. McDaniel and one brother, George Gurovich.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, November 12, 1996 at 1 p.m. at Fairview Park Cemetery, with the Rev. Davis W. Carlisle of the First United Methodist Church officiating.  There will be no visitation.  Arrangements are being completed by the Anderson Funeral Home.  For information call 915-756-1022.

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 Terry D. Craycraft     1996.11.19

Terry D. Craycraft, 19, of Rochelle died Wednesday, November 6, 1996 as the result of an automobile accident.

He was born August 4, 1977 in Flint, MI, the son of Dennis D. Craycraft and Jeanie L. Bowman.

Terry was self employed as a heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician.

He is survived by his mother of Lake Mary, FL; one brother, Jeffrey A. Craycraft of Rochelle; maternal grandparents, Raymond (Carolyn) Bowman of Waterman; paternal grandfather, Woodrow Craycraft of Sycamore; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father; his paternal grandmother; one aunt, Gloria Jones; one uncle Victor John Craycraft and one cousin.

Funeral services will be held Saturday November 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Butala Funeral Home of Sycamore with Rev. Stephen Persson officiating.  Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday November 8 from 5-8 p.m. at the Butala Funeral Home.  For information  895-2833.

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Henry Wamsley Cleaver     1996.11.20

Henry Wamsley Cleaver, 91, of Sun City, AZ, formerly of Waterman and Reeds Spring, MO, passed away Sunday, November 10, 1996 at the Westview Healthcare Center in Sun City, where he had been a resident since 1994.

He was born September 26, 1905 near Cameron, MO, in DeKalb County, MO, the son of Rollo H. and Flora B. (Wamsley) Cleaver.  Henry attended country schools, and as a young man farmed in Missouri until 1937, when he moved to Illinois and farmed in DeKalb, Waterman and Esmond.

In 1968 he left farming to become a licensed plumber and was employed in the DeKalb area for a time.  Later moving to Missouri, he worked at the Green Valley Resort near Branson, where he managed everything from the grounds to the plumbing and even cooked the steaks.

Through the years, Henry enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing, and cards and was currently a member of a local golf club in Sun City, where he retired in 1984.

He is survived by his wife, Irma Cleaver of Sun City; five daughters, Shirley Signorella of Maple Park, Betty (Robert L.) Brown of Sycamore, Karen (John) Wilkenson of Fenton, MO, and Anita (John Horn) Cleaver of Bridgeton, MO; Anita’s mother, Lottie Cleaver of Sycamore; one stepson, Gene (Jane) North of Apache Junction, AZ; 16 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Chester Coulter of Independence, MO; and one sister-in-law, Lorain Zimmerman of Green Valley, AZ; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He joins his parents; his first wife, Grace Fuller Cleaver and their daughter, Helen Lovig; one sister, Mildred Coulter; two brothers, Ralph and Donald Cleaver; and one son-in-law, Anthony Signorella; all who preceded him in death.

There will be no local services.  Following cremation, final committal of cremains will take place privately in Branson, MO.  Arrangements in care of Menke Funeral Home, Sun City, AZ.

Memorials in his name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611.                                  CC 11/21/1996

 

Anton George Fleissner     1996.11.21

Anton George Fleissner, 80, of Big Rock, passed away Thursday, November 21, 1996 at Rush-Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.  He was born October 24, 1916 in Chicago, IL the son of Raymond and Marie (Schutz) Fleissner.

Anton was united in marriage September 28, 1946 in Chicago, IL, to the former Marjorie Hyde.

Mr. Fleissner was a mechanical engineer, having been a 1936 graduate of the former Armour Institute in Chicago, which is now called Illinois Institute of Technology.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Marjorie, of Big Rock; two daughters, Dr. Merrily (Philip) Poth, of Silver Spring, MD and Charlene (Terry) Kramer, of South Bend, IN; six grandchildren; one brother, Raymond (Hazel) Fleissner, of Tennessee; two sisters, Therese Krieger and Marie Palmer, both of California; as well as several nieces and nephews, who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

There will be no visitation or funeral.  Interment will be private.  Arrangement by Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St., Hinckley.  Nelson Funeral Homes 815-188-3247/630-553-7611.                   CC 11/28/1996

 

  1. Reid Challand 1996.11.22
  2. Reid Challand, 82, of rural Shabbona, died Monday, November 25, 1996 at his home in the same room in which he was born. Reid was born August 22, 1914 in Shabbona Grove the son of Sanford and Mae (Heeg) Challand.

He married Mildred Martinson March 15, 1941 at the parsonage of the Shabbona Congregational Church; she preceded him in death November 9, 1980.  He married Dorothy (Martinson) Fuller March 1, 1982 in Donna, TX.

Reid was a farmer in the Shabbona area all his life and was a 68 year member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ.  He was also a member of Shabbona American Legion Post #677, 40&8 Voiture #207, and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.  He served his country during World War II as a sergeant in the Army Air Corps, serving in North Africa and Italy.  He was a former member of the school board of the Shabbona Unit 425 School District, and had also served on the board of directors of the Waterman State Bank.

Reid enjoyed participating in numerous sports including baseball, softball, bowling, fishing, and horseshoes.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy of Shabbona; daughter, Joyce (Hugh) Strawn of Fremont Hills, MO; two sons, John (Sharon) Challand of rural Malta; Bill (Kelli) Challand of rural Shabbona; five stepdaughters, Marilyn (Tom) Oestreicher of Sycamore; Barbara (Rod) Brackett of Mountain Home, AR; Judy (Darell) Longan of Grove, OK; Nancy (John) Diedrich of Grove, OK; Patricia (Robert) Stone of Plano; three stepsons, Charles (Ellen) Fuller of Independence, MO; Robert (Patti) Fuller of Farmigton Hills, MI; David (Deana) Fuller of Carrolton, GA; a sister, Lucille Larson of Shabbona; six grandchildren; 17 step grandchildren; 4 step great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mildred, a daughter, Kathy Lynn Challand, a brother, Wilbur, and a sister, Marion Ruth Poff.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, November 27, 1996 at the Shabbona United Church of Christ.  Reverend Gordon Page of the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church will be officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

Friends may call from 3 until 7 Tuesday afternoon and evening at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  A memorial is being established.                      CC 11/28/1996

 

George Martin Rissman     1996.11.23

George Martin Rissman, 61, of Bristol, passed away Saturday, November 23, 1996 at his home.  He was born October 30, 1935 the son of Lorenz and Ruby (Raboine) Rissman.

Mr. Rissman attended St. Anne’s Catholic Church, in Oswego.  He was employed as a tool and die maker, for many years, with J.K.S. Tool, in Montgomery.  George was a member of the Tiger Club, in Aurora and the Aurora Moose lodge #400.  He loved being a member of many bowling leagues, the Rifleman’s Club and several horseshoe leagues.

Survivors include his mother, Ruby Rissman of Plainfield; three children, Steve (Pam) Rissman, of Yorkville, Jeanne (Keith) Koester, of Sugar Grove, and Sue (Ron) Gates, of Yorkville; six grandchildren, Jeremy and Noah Gates, Russell and Shelby Koester, and Cory and Stephanie Rissman; two brothers, Donald (Delight) Rissman, of Aurora, and Gerry Rissman, of Plainfield; two sisters, Nancy (Bob) Keenan, of Sandwich and Kathy (Walter) Sullivan of Yorkville; a very special friend, Betty Jenkins, of Aurora; as well as, many nieces and nephews and friends who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lorenz Rissman and two sons, Sterling and Greg, in infancy.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 27, 1996 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 401 Countryside Parkway, Yorkville, with Father Dan Stempora, officiating.  Interment will follow at the Lincoln Memorial Park, in Aurora.

Friends may call Tuesday, November 26, 1996 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, Yorkville.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.  630-553-7611.

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Elwyn Meyers Rickert     1996.11.24

Elwyn “Al” Rickert, 81, of Winter, WI, died Tuesday, November 19, 1996 at the Valley Health Care Center in Hayward, WI.

Elwyn Meyers Rickert was born January 13, 1915, in Squaw Grove Township, near Hinckley.  He was the son of George and Katherine (Mulroy) Rickert.  He attended high school in Aurora, IL.  He was united in marriage to Helen M. Barker February 23, 1939.

He was a small grain farmer in DeKalb County and later was employed for 20 years as the service manager for a Buick-Pontiac dealership in Sandwich, IL.  He and his wife, Helen, moved to Winter in 1984 and built a home on Lake Winter.

Surviving are one son, Meredith “Rick” (Nanci) Rickert of Winter; three grandchildren, Donna, Daniel, and David, all of Winter; one sister, Norva Carpentier of Aurora; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Helen, in 1994; one sister, LaVon Dellenbach; one brother, Willard; and one nephew, Chuck Dellenbach.

A graveside service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday at the Winter Cemetery, with the Rev. Ray Caldwell officiating.  Anderson-Nathan Funeral Home in Hayward, WI is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, c/o Judy Loch, Rt. 6, Box 6788, Hayward, WI 54853.

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Shirley Dorcas Shifflette Rissman     1996.11.25

Shirley Dorcas Rissman, 70, of Hinckley passed away Saturday, November 30, 1996 at the Pine Acres Nursing Home, in DeKalb.  She was born July 18, 1926 in Ottawa, IL the daughter of Theodore and Edna (Gage) Shifflette.

Shirley was united in marriage October 19, 1947 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hinckley, IL to Mr. Myrl Rissman.

Mrs. Rissman was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Hinckley.  She was a federally enrolled tax accountant and was part owner of the Hyre, Rissman & Chilton Accounting Firm, in DeKalb.

She was a member of both the Edgebrook Country Club, in Sandwich, and the Indian Oaks Country Club, in Shabbona, where she loved to golf and play cards with her many friends.

Survivors include her husband, Myrl, of Hinckley; one daughter, Susan (Jeffrey) Kitzsteiner, of Lees Summit, MO; one son, John (Annette) Rissman, of Sherborn, MA; five grandchildren, Aaron (Cara), of Kansas City, MO and Ryan of Colorado, Courtney, Derek and Brent, of Sherborn, MA; three sisters, Mildred (Bruce) Dummer, of Algonquin, IL, Arlene (LeRoy) Madsen, of Sheridan, IL and Marilea Moore, of Winfield, IL; as well as, several nieces, nephews and friends who will miss her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Theodore and Milan; and one sister, Dorothy Greenstreet.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Hinckley, with Pastor Donald Balgeman, officiating.  Interment will follow in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.  815-286-3247/630-553-7611.                     CC 12/5/1996

 

Raymond G. Bjorseth     1996.11.26

Raymond G. Bjorseth, 96, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, November 27, 1996 at Michaelsen Health Center in Batavia.  He was born June 11, 1900 in Aurora.

Raymond was a ling time member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Aurora where he served on the Board of Deacons, was secretary of the Sunday School and was treasurer at the church as well.  He was active in the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church Men’s Organizations.  Raymond was employed at Burlington Railroad as an electrician for many years.

He, along with his late wife, Norma, generously contributed a large amount of their time providing transportation to people in need on behalf of the American Red Cross.  Raymond attended East auf High School.  He resided at the Holmstad in Batavia since 1983.

Survivors include his son, Raymond G. (Deborah) Bjorseth II of Naperville; his two daughters, Mrs. Walter (Helen Rae) Sorvari of Waukegan and Mrs. Richard (Karen) Sjolund of Waterman, IL; seven grandchildren, Raymond G. (Wendy) Bjorseth III of Gurnee, IL; Timothy K. Bjorseth of Antioch, IL, Dr. Cynthia B. Bjorseth of Naperville, IL, Keith (Judy) Sorvari of Plymouth, MN, Shayne and Ingrid Herpich of Amarillo, TX.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma in 1985; his parents, Peder and Guri Bjorseth; and seven brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 30, 1996 at the Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, 897-9291.  The Rev. Donald W. Moll will officiate.  Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery, Montgomery.

Visitation will be from noon until the funeral hour Saturday at the Healy Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Bjorseth’s memory may be made to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church or to the church of donor’s choice.                            CC 12/5/1996

 

Vivian V. Kuhlmeyer Kortmeier     1996.11.27

Vivian V. Kortmeier, 86, of Peoria, IL, and formerly of Woodstock, IL, died Sunday, November 24, 1996 at the Galena Park Home in Peoria.

She was born September 25, 1910 in Pearl City, IL, the daughter of Albert E. and Flossie (Barnes) Kuhlmeyer.  October 12, 1935 she married Leland B. “Lee” Kortmeier in Pearl City.  She was a member of the Woodstock Doe Club and the Homemaker Extension Association.

She is survived by her husband, Lee Kortmeier of Peoria; one son, Robert (Dorothy) Kortmeier of Bartonville, IL; one daughter, Pamela (Craig) Rice of Waterman; five grandchildren, Rick (Teri) Kortmeier of Dorr, MI; Rhonda (Jon) Morris and Chris (Linda) Kortmeier, both of Bartonville, Janelle and Nathan Rice of Waterman; also surviving are eight great grandchildren; one brother, Leo (Lona) Kuhlmeyer of Pearl City; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant great granddaughter; one sister, Myrna Kent; and one brother, Floyd Kuhlmeyer.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 27, 1996 from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. at the Schneider, Leucht, Merwin and Cooney Funeral Home in Woodstock.  Interment will be at McHenry County Memorial Park.

Memorials in her name to the Arthritis Foundation would be appreciated.                                              CC 12/5/1996

 

Marian E. Readey Ford     1996.11.28

Marian E. Ford, 79, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, November 30, 1996 at Jennings Terrace.  She was born March 26, 1917 in Aurora, the daughter of the late Edward and Mabel (Leec) Readey.

Mrs. Ford was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Aurora.

Survivors include her husband, J. Merritt Ford of Aurora; two sons, Forrest R. (Kala) Ford of Hinckley and Gary (Martha) Ford of Aurora; two grandsons, Timmy and Jeremy and three granddaughters, Tammy, Sarah and Mary; two sisters-in-law, Leona Readey and Dorothy Ford.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mabel and Edward Readey; two sisters, Gertrude Readey and Margaret Meck; and two brothers, William and Edward Readey.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 4, 1996 at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Richard Anderson and Rev. Robert C. Urquhart officiating at the Healy Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Aurora or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

The Ford family wishes to extend their thanks to all the doctors, nurses and aids at both Rush-Copley Medical Center and at Jennings Terrace.                                CC 12/5/1996

 

Kurt W. Vonhoff     1996.11.29

Kurt W. Vonhoff, 39, of Aurora, passed away Tuesday, November 26, 1996 at Rush-Copley Hospital after a brief illness.  He was born July 25, 1957 in Aurora, IL.

Survivors include his parents, Bill and Eunice Vonhoff of Montgomery; one brother, Keith (Carol) Vonhoff of Big Rock; one sister, Kari (John) Cinto of Janesville, WI; one nephew, Ryan Vonhoff of Big Rock; and his canine companion Czar.

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

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, November 29, 18996 at the Dieterle Memorial Home.

There will be a private graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mr. Vonhoff’s memory to the Fox Valley Animal Welfare, 600 S. River St., Aurora, IL.

Arrangements are being handled by the Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway, 897-1196.             CC 12/5/1996

 

Eric Schumacher     1996.11.30

Eric Schumacher, 5½, loving son of Susan Bowlen and Donald F. Schumacher, died at his home November 28, 1996 in Hinsdale, IL.

He is survived by his parents, Susan Bowlen and Donald F. Schumacher; three sisters, Michele, Caroline and Morgan Rose; three brothers, Donald III, Ford and Spencer; his maternal grandparents, Laurence and Alice Bowlen of West Chicago, IL; his paternal grandparents, Donald and Peggy Schumacher of Hinckley, IL.

The funeral was held Monday, December 2, 1996 at St. Isaac Jopues Church in Hinsdale, IL.                      CC 12/12/1996

 

Terry D. Craycraft     1996.11.31

Terry D. Craycraft, 19, of Rochelle, passed away Wednesday, November 6, 1996, and is now in the presence of the Lord.  He was born August 4, 1977 in Flint, MI, to Dennis D. Craycraft and Jeanie L. Bowman.  His loved ones still living are his mother, Jeanie, his brother, Jeffrey, his grandparents, Ray and Carolyn Bowman and Woodrow Craycraft; one niece, Sadie; two nephews, Justin and Corey; and many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dennis; his grandmother, Elsie Craycraft; his aunt, Gloria Jones; his uncle John Craycraft; and his cousin Joshua Bowman.

With Terry’s abundantly loving heart, he loved and was loved by family and many friends too numerous to mention from Michigan, Illinois, Arizona and Florida.  Even though Terry’s last few years were filled with much turmoil and anguish, he is now at peace, and in the loving arms of his heavenly father who was always with him, and carried him through it all.  The same loving father is now comforting those who are left behind.

Our precious Terry will be greatly missed, and always in our hearts.  We love you Terry.                          CC 12/12/1996

 

Harland Orden Olson     1996.12.13

Harland “Hunk” Orden Olson, 87, of Shabbona, passed away December 2, 1996 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

He was born September 6, 1909 in Milan Township, the son of Orden and Susie (Johnson) Olson.  He married Virginia Thorpe Christmas eve, December 24, 1935 at the home of her parents near Steward.

Harland and Virginia farmed together near Paw Paw, Creston and Shabbona.  Together with Marvin Colby, Harland co-owned Shabbona Grain by his son, Ron.  He was one of the four original founders of the Indian Oaks Country Club for many years.  In his earlier days he played baseball and was viewed by a scout from the Chicago Cubs.

He was a charter member of the Shabbona Lions Club, which was preceded by the Shabbona Civic Club, which he had served as president. He served on the Shabbona Village board and the Shabbona Fire department.  Harland was a fifty year member of Shabbona Masonic Lodge #374, past master of the lodge, member of Pokonokah Chapter Order of the Eastern Star in Shabbona and past Worthy Patron of the chapter, a member of the DeKalb County Shrine Club, Freeport Consistory, and Tebala Temple in Rockford.  He was also a lifelong member of the Indian Oaks Country Club in Shabbona and a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Virginia; two sons, Ron (Laura) Olson of Arbor Vitae, WI, Gary (Sally) Olson of Rochelle; a daughter, Kalah Bidstrup of DeKalb; ten grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; three brothers, Alvin (Louise) Olson of Malta, Don (Helen) Olson of Malta, Joseph (Pauline) Olson of Creston; a sister, Violet “Toots” Olson of Shabbona; as well as many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews and great grand nieces and nephews, along with many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter who died in infancy, two brothers, Clarion Olson and Peter Olson, and a sister, Genevieve Olson.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Thursday morning at the Shabbona United Church of Christ with Reverend Evelyn J. Dickerson officiating.  Burial will be in Union Cemetery, north of Lee.  Friends may call from 3 until 8 Wednesday afternoon and evening at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  A Masonic service will be held at 8:00 Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

A memorial has been established for the Shriner’s Crippled Children’s Hospital and the Shabbona United Church of Christ Scholarship Fund.                CC 12/5/1996

 

Angela Redlich Selvig     1996.12.14

Angela Selvig, 85, of Earlville, IL passed away Sunday, December 1, 1996 at Ottawa Community Hospital in Ottawa, IL.

She was born February 11, 1911 in Freedom Township, LaSalle County, IL the daughter of Charles and Rosa (Corrigan) Redlich.

She married Leonard Selvig November 30, 1940 in Earlville. 

They farmed for over 40 years in the Earlville area.  She was a member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Earlville.

Funeral mass will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, December 3, 1996 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Earlville with Fr. William Virtue officiating.  Burial will be in St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery in Earlville.  Visitation with a wake service will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, December 2, 1996 at the Hanley-Turner Funeral Home in Earlville.

She is survived by two daughters, Sharon (Leonard) Abell of Hinckley, IL and Phyllis (Larry) Myers of Ottawa; six grandchildren, LeeAnn Abell of Livonia, MI, Vicki (Stephen) Dreas of Hinckley, Kelly Abell of Aurora, IL, Bradley Guelde of Arkansas, Shawn Guelde of Earlville and Matthew Guelde of Triumph, IL; one great granddaughter, Amanda Dreas; one sister, Catherine Fitzsimmons of Streator, IL; and one brother Charles Redlich, also of Streator.

She was preceded in death by her husband July 29, 1989 and one sister, Lucille Werts.         CC 12/5/1996

 

Elaine B. Oderkirk Mattson     1996.12.15

Elaine B. Mattson, 60, of Malta, passed away Saturday, December 7, 1996 at her home.  She was born May 5, 1936 in Ames, IA, the daughter of Alvan D. and Alva F. (Cleveland) Oderkirk.  She married Donald Mattson December 5, 1987 in Malta.

She was a homemaker, taught school in Mt. Carroll, and had been employed at A.O. Smith Harvestore in DeKalb for 10 years, and later began substitute teaching.

She was a member of the Malta United Methodist Church, the DeKalb Woman’s Club, the Panhellenic, DeKalb County Farm Bureau, Northern Illinois University Alumni Association, Mata Home Extension, DeKalb County Farm Bureau Woman’s Investment Club, and a former officer for the Ben Gordon Center.

She was a graduate of DeKalb High School, attended the University of Illinois, and received her home economics degree from Northern Illinois University.

She is survived by her husband, Don of Malta; one son, John (Denise) Suddeth of DeKalb; three daughters, Mollie (Joe) Zaccardo of Horse Cave, KY, Laura (Dan) Roop of Hinckley, Jennifer (Dwayne) Flusch of Monroe Center; her mother, Alva Oderkirk of DeKalb; one brother, Dan (Judy) Oderkirk of Owensboro, KY; two sisters, Gayle (Gerald) Wuori of Mankato, MN, and Beth (Dennis) Johnson of Roscoe; 24 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; six step children, Patty (Don) Bommarito of West Covina, CA, Kitty (Frank) Jouris of DeKalb, Vickey (Larry) Vint of DeKalb, Fred (Lu) Bond of Byron, Ed (Chris) Mattson of Corpus Christi, TX, Donna (Tom) Garrison of DeKalb; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Alvan, in 1982.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 11, 1996 at 11 a.m. at the Malta United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dr. George E. David officiating.  Cremation will follow.

Friends may call Tuesday afternoon and evening at the Anderson Funeral Home, from 4 to 9 p.m.

For information, call 815-756-1022.

A memorial is being established for Elaine B. Mattson in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.           CC 12/12/1996

 

Warren W. Fowler     1996.12.16

Warren W. Fowler, 88, of Aurora, passed away Monday, December 2, 1996 at Rush-Copley Hospital.  He was born December 12, 1907 in Chicago.

Warren was an electrical engineer and retired from Commonwealth Edison Company after 44 years of service.  He was a member of Fourth Street Methodist Church.   He was very active in Boy Scouts and was past president of National Campers and Hikers Association.  He and his wife served as youth leaders for youth fellowship and he taught Sunday School as a young man.  He was a wonderful Santa for many years, visiting many homes on Christmas eve.  He enjoyed photography and was one of the first to do candid weddings in the valley.

Survivors include his wife, Fern (Kenyon) Fowler of Aurora; one daughter, Joyce (Fowler) Harris of Aurora; two sons, Warren K. (Leah) Fowler of Big Rock and Robert R. (Betty) Fowler of Medford, OR; two brothers, Robert I. Fowler of Portland, OR and Donald S. (Betty) Fowler of Wilbey Island, WA; 11 grandchildren, Michael (Debbie) Minnick of Highland, MI; Susan (Earl) Johnson of Montgomery, Thomas R. Harris of Ottawa, Laurie (Fowler) McGuire of Delores, CO, Mark (Doris) Fowler of Plano, Karen (Dale) Feiden of Big Rock, Cathy Wolfe of Montgomery, Peggy (Bruce) Mayhugh of Aurora, Scott (Annie) Fowler of Ontario, OR, Robin (Rob) Herriott of Lakewood, CO and Sandra Fowler of Medford, OR; and 10 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, S. W. and Minnie (Wood) Fowler; one daughter, Leila (Fowler) Wolfe; one brother, Willard Fowler; and one infant brother, George and one great grandson, Benjamin Logan Feiden.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, December 6, 1996 at the Fourth Street Methodist Church.  The Rev. Gary Hougen will officiate.

Arrangements are being handled by the Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway, 897-1196.     CC 12/12/1996

 

Mary Helen Barnes Smith    1996.12.17

Mary Helen Smith, 70, of Waterman, passed away Friday, December 6, 1996 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, in DeKalb.  She was born April 10, 1926 in Horse Branch, KY, the daughter of Claude and Nola (Arnold) Barnes, Sr.

Mary was united in marriage January 20, 1955 in Owensboro, KY to Mr. Charles E. Smith.

Mrs. Smith was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Shabbona and a former member of the Hammond, IN Eastern Star Chapter.  She was formerly employed, for over 10 years, by Rossi Pizza in Waterman, IL.  Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and daughter who will be missed by her family and many friends.

Survivors include her husband, Charles, of Waterman; one daughter, Lisa Ann (Greg) Youngdahl of Batavia; one grandson, Ben of Batavia; and her mother, Nola Barnes, of Horse Branch, KY.

She was preceded in death by her father, and one brother, Claude, Jr. 

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 10, 1996 at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, 116 N. Birch, Waterman, with Pastor David Foxgrover of the Congregational Church of Batavia, officiating.  Interment will follow in the North Clinton Cemetery, in Waterman.

Friends may call Monday, December 9, 1996 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, 116 N. Birch, in Waterman, with an Eastern Star Service to be held at 6:30 p.m.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.  815-264-3362/630-553-7611.                      CC 12/12/1996

 

Edwina Rose Vincent     1996.12.18

Edwina Rose Vincent, newborn daughter of Jennifer Vincent of Hinckley, died Friday, December 6, 1996, at Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born December 6, 1996 in Sandwich, IL.  Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Sunday, December 8, 1996, at St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery in Sandwich, with Father John Kraemer officiating.  Arrangements were handled by Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk, IL.

She is survived by her mother, Jennifer Vincent of Hinckley; maternal grandparents, Bill and Edwina Vincent of Hinckley; maternal great grandmothers, Alyce DeJonghe of Sandwich and Jeanne Vincent of Aurora; aunts and uncles, Rita Begne of Shabbona, Bill (Johanna) Vincent, Jr. of Carpentersville, IL, Michael Vincent and David Vincent of Hinckley, Bridget (Tony) Chase of Hinckley, Barbara (Rodney) Lee of Hinckley, Mary Vincent of Hinckley, and 9 cousins.             CC 12/12/1996

 

Bertha Baie Eberly     1996.12.19

Bertha (Baie) Eberly, 86, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, December 6, 1996 at Countryside Nursing Home in Aurora.

She was born June 14, 1910 in Big Rock, IL the daughter of Louis and Caroline (Garbelman) Baie.

Bertha was united in marriage February 14, 1934 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley to Ray Eberly.

Mrs. Eberly, along with her husband, was a member of the Kane County Farm Bureau.  She spent her years as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Survivors include her two children, Roger (Reca) Eberly, of Big Rock and Georgia Ann (Harold) Moberly, of Aurora; six grandchildren, Rhonda (Jim) Walz, of Gurnee, Roxanne Eberly, of Byron, Rodney (Diane) Eberly, of Hinckley, Peter Moberly, of Sterling, Brian Moberly and Greg Moberly both of Aurora; two great grandchildren, Stephen Walz and Rachel Walz, both of Gurnee; as well as, several nieces and nephews and friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, Ralph Baie and Irvin Baie, and three sisters, Eva Sorenson, Martha Haish and Delia Steinbach.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, December 9, 1996 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.  815-286-3247/630-553-7611                       CC 12/12/1996

 

George K. Johnson     1996.12.20

George K. Johnson, 84, of Galena, IL, formerly of Warrenville, passed away December 5, 1996 at Galena Stauss Hospital in Galena, IL.  He was born October 2, 1912 in Boyceville, WI.

Mr. Johnson was one of the founders of Suburban Lawn Landscaping and Floral family business in the mid 1960’s.  He loved the Galena area immensely.

Survivors include his children, Marilyn (Harold) Karnuth of Sacramento, CA, George Roger (Pamela) Johnson of Libertyville, IL, Robert (Bobbie) Johnson of Galena Territory, IL, Kenneth (Debbie) Johnson of Hinckley, IL, and Donn (Sandy) Johnson of Myersville, MD; his brother, Henning Johnson of Clam Gulch, AK; 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gustaf and Agnes (Kjellgren) Johnson; his wife, Edith Johnson; his son, Fred Johnson and his brothers, Harry and Carl Johnson.

Funeral services will be held Monday, December 9, 1996 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3S460 Curtis Ave. in Warrenville.  The Rev. James R. Skewes will officiate with burial in Warrenville Cemetery.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 8, 1996 from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Leonard Memorial Home, Ltd., 3S532 Batavia Rd. in Warrenville.

Memorials may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church.

Information 630-393-9449.                CC 12/12/1996

 

Dorothy U. Briggs Smorda     1996.12.21

Dorothy U. Smorda, 86, of Aurora, formerly of Montgomery, passed away December 13, 1996 at Aurora Manor.  She was born April 20, 1910 in Livingston, MT.

She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church, and the 60+ Club of Montgomery.

She is survived by a daughter, Gloria (Norman) Brandl, of Big Rock; a son-in-law Edward Reeves, of Aurora; four granddaughters, Barbara and Jennifer Reeves, Lori (Tim) Bungard, and Julie (Bret) Daffenburg; two great granddaughters, Jessica and Jackie Slusser; two brothers, Harry “Bill” Briggs, of Mooshaven, FL, and Ralph Briggs of Tucson, AZ; three sisters, Mildred Asselborn of Rochelle, DeEtta Coakes of Yorkville, and Margaret Spitz of Montgomery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John; a daughter, Marilyn Reeves; two grandsons, John and Anthony Reeves; her parents, DeEtta (Andersen) and Charles Briggs; two brothers, Albert and Eugene Briggs.

Funeral will be from the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary Monday, December 16, 1996, at 11:30 a.m. to Blessed Sacrament Church at 12 p.m.

Msgr. Edward S Wright will officiate with interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will be Sunday, from 3 to 8 p.m. with a liturgical wake service at 4 p.m. at the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary, 220 N. Lake St., Aurora, 898-8634.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fox Valle Hospice.

      CC 12/19/1996

 

Marie M. Hodge Enburg     1996.12.22

Marie M. Enburg, 55, of rural Shabbona, died Thursday, December 12, 1996 at Pine Acres Care Center in DeKalb.

She was born October 18, 1941 in Chicago, the daughter of Claude and Margaret (Martin) Hodge.  She  married Conrad R. Enburg February 15, 1958 in LaGrange.

Marie had been employed at the Casey’s General Stores in Shabbona and Waterman and had also been employed as a secretary at the Voluntary Action Center in DeKalb.

Survivors include her husband Conrad R. Enburg of Shabbona; three sons, Conrad R. (Wanda) Enburg III of rural Earlville, Claude M. (Toni) Enburg of Shabbona, Joseph D. Enburg of Shabbona; two daughters, Christine M. (George) Gould of Shabbona, Margaret A. Hanson of Lee; thirteen grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Claude F. Hodge.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Monday, morning at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona with Father Matthew Dutton-Gillett of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Sycamore and Rosario Lombardo officiating.

Burial will be at Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman.

Friends may call from 2 until 4 Sunday afternoon at the funeral home.

A memorial is being established.           CC 12/19/1996

 

Elizabeth Forry Haag Morsch     1996.12.23

Elizabeth Forry Morsch, 95, of Montgomery, passed away Friday, December 20, 1996 at the Countryside Nursing Home, in Aurora.  She was born January 18, 1901 in Berneville, PA, the daughter of Aaron and Elizabeth (Forry) Haag.

Elizabeth was united in marriage June 21, 1920 in Waterman, IL to Mr. Byron Morsch.

Mrs. Morsch was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, in Aurora.  She was formerly employed as a nurses aid on the maternity floor at Copley Memorial Hospital, in Aurora.  She will long be remembered for her sense of humor and her willingness to help others.

Survivors include her four children, Marguerite (William) Coy of Winter Springs, FL, James (Elsie) Morsch of Galesburg, Robert (Janice) Morsch, of Aurora, and Jeryl Trinka, of Aurora; nine grandchildren, Mary Lynn Loftas, Bill Mickelberg, Joel Morsch, Anders Morsch, Heather Griffin, Diane Shelton, Michael Morsch, Beth Little, and Mark Trinka; twenty great grandchildren; several great great grandchildren; one sister, Florence Rentschler, of Reading, PA; as well as, many nieces, nephews and friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her husband; three sisters, Cora Schoener, Alice Stertzel, and Kate Haag; four brothers, Albert, Herbert, Lloyd and Oscar.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, December 23, 1996 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, in Hinckley, with the Reverend Paul Gerardy, of the Hinckley United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in the Oak Mound Cemetery, in Somonauk.

Friends may call Monday, December 23, 1996 from 12 noon until the time of the service at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple, Hinckley.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.  815-286-3247/630-553-7611.                            CC 12/26/1996

 

Genevieve Thompson     1996.12.24

Genevieve Thompson, 91, of DeKalb and formerly of Chicago Heights and Sycamore, died Sunday, December 22, 1996 at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.  She was born August 14, 1905 at Hinckley, IL the daughter of John S. and Mary Belle (McAllister) Thompson.

Genevieve graduated from Northern Illinois University and taught elementary school at Rollo, Oswego and Chicago Heights for a total of forty nine years.

She was a member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, a member of the Questers Antique Group, attended the Federated Church in Sycamore and loved to travel both here and abroad.

Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Agnes Thompson of Oak Park and Louise M. Thompson of Sycamore; three nieces and six nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Margaret Boekenhauer and Betty Jean Voss and two brothers, John Leroy Thompson and J. Robert Thompson.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 27, 1996 at 11 a.m. at the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church with Rev. Gordon Paul Page officiating.  Burial will be at the Oak Mound Cemetery rural Somonauk.

Visitation will be held Thursday afternoon at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb from 3 to 6 p.m.

A memorial is being established for Genevieve Thompson in care of the Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 S. 4th St., DeKalb, IL 60115.      815-756-1022                      CC 12/26/1996

 

William M. Foiles     1996.12.25

William M. Foiles, 89, of rural Earlville died Tuesday December 17, 196 at the Shabbona Healthcare Center.

He was born April 3, 1907 in rural Earlville, the son of Fred and May (Belt) Foiles and married Hettie Wetzel June 27, 1928.

Bill was a lifelong farmer in the rural Earlville area and served as a Paw Paw Township trustee for many years.  He was also a member of the Rollo United Church of Christ and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include a daughter, Elsie (Eugene) Drake of rural Earlville and two sisters.

Cremation has taken place with memorial services to be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 27, 1996 at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  Reverend Dean Funk of the Rollo United Church of Christ will be officiating.  Burial of cremains will be in Wyoming Cemetery, Paw Paw.  Friends may greet the family from 12:30 until the time of services Friday afternoon at the funeral home.

A memorial is being established.       CC 12/26/1996

 

Lucile G. Hubbard Ackerman     1996.12.26

Lucile G. Ackerman, 92, of Hinckley, passed away Tuesday, December 24, 1996 at the Willowcrest Nursing Home, in Sandwich.  She was born March 15, 1904 in Belvidere, IL the daughter of Ervin and Lucy (Bidwell) Hubbard.

Lucile was united in marriage November 28, 1925 in Belvidere, IL to Mr. George Ackerman and she spent her years as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Mrs. Ackerman was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church where she was a member of its choir.  She also taught Sunday school and belonged to the Unite Methodist Women.

Survivors include two daughters, Beth (Dewey) Wallis, of Sandwich and Marjorie (Robert) Larsen, of DeKalb; nine grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; her son-in-law, Amuel Royer, of Greenville, IL; as well as many friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter, Joyce Royer, one grandson and one sister.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 27, 1996 at the Hinckley United Methodist Church, with Reverend Paul Gerardy, officiating.   Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery, in Hinckley.

Friends may call Friday, December 27, 1996 from 12 noon until the time of service at the Hinckley United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Hinckley United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel  815-286-3247/630-553-7611                              CC 12/26/1996

 

Ray E. Davis     1996.12.27

Ray E. Davis, 56, Brodhead, WI, passed away Saturday, December 28, 1996 at his home.

He was born August 14, 1940 in Waterman, IL, the son of Clarence and Wilhelmina (Dienst) Davis.

He married Jeannette Peterson, September 27, 1959 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA.  They had lived in Arizona and Illinois before moving to Brodhead.

Ray had worked at the Sears store in Aurora, IL, and also at hardware stores in Mesa and Payson, AZ.  He was a pilot for Hot Air Balloons in Mesa and also a member of the Moose Lodge of Aurora, IL.

Survivors include his wife, Jeannette, Brodhead, WI; mother, Wilhelmina, Mesa, AZ; daughter, Debora (Randell) Barney, Mesa, AZ; three sons, Dale (Nancy) Davis, Mesa, AZ, David Davis, Chapel Hill, TN, Michael Davis, Brodhead, WI; two sisters, Nancy Clawitter, Mesa, AZ, Susan Davis, Mesa, AZ; two brothers, Howard Davis, Mesa, AZ, Kenneth Davis, Yorkville, IL; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and brother, John.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 31, 1996 at 11 a.m. from Newcomer Funeral Home, in Brodhead, WI.

Arrangements by Newcomer Funeral Homes.  608-897-2484.

CC 1/2/1997

 

Edith N. Plapp    1996.12.28

Edith N. Plapp, 81, of Hinckley, passed away Tuesday, December 24, 1996 at Pine Acres Nursing Home, in DeKalb.  She was born November 6, 1915 in DeKalb County, IL the daughter of Roy J. and Maude (Rishel) Plapp.

Miss Plapp had been a member of the Pierce Church since she was a child.  She sold Avon products in the area for 33 years and served as a 4-H Leader in Pierce for 20 years.  Edith was a charter member of the DeKalb County H.E.A.

Survivors include her brother, Earl (Betty) Plapp of Leesburg, FL; one nephew, Merwin (Sandy) Plapp, of Maple Park; four nieces, Sherilyn (Galen) Stroud, of Ingleside, IL and Janis (Patrick) Finley, of Big Rock, IL, Sharon (Bob) Rissman, of Waterman and Charlene (Richard) Seaberg, of Iowa; two great nieces, Megan Finley, of Big Rock and Carmen Plapp, of Maple Park; three great nephews, Christopher Stroud, of Springfield, IL, Ryan Finley, of Big Rock, and Adam Grayson, of Maple Park; several aunts and uncles; as well as many caring friends and neighbors who were always there for her throughout her illness.

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

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 28, 1996 at the Pierce Church, with Pastor Richard Wagner, officiating.  Interment will follow at the Pierce Cemetery, in Maple Park.

Friends may call Friday, December 27, 1996 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple, in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-286-3247/630-553-7611.                                      CC 1/2/1997

 

David E. Kirkpatrick     1996.12.29

David E. Kirkpatrick, 82, of Medford, OR, passed away Sunday, December 29, 1996 at his son’s home in Medford.

He was born May 5, 1914 near Waterman, the son of Floyd and Pearl (Bernard) Kirkpatrick.  He graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois.  He married Elizabeth Ann Cowan November 25, 1938 in Kansas City, MO.  He served in North Africa and Italy in the intelligence branch of the United States Army Air Force from 1941 to 1945 and rose to the rank of Major.  He and his wife moved to Yellow Springs, OH, where he worked as an executive for Rike’s Department Store until his retirement in 1970.  He was an avid studio photographer and studied under Axel Bahnsen, winning numerous honors in national and international photographic exhibitions.  He was also an ardent fisherman and gardener.  He was an elder for the First Presbyterian Church for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; two sons, David Kirkpatrick, M.D. of Vancouver, B.C. and Douglas Kirkpatrick, M.D. of Medford, OR; two daughters, Susan A. Coons of Santa Rosa, CA, and Edith A. Richmond of Carmichael, CA; and 13 grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held Friday, January 3, 1997 at 11 a.m. at Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk, with Rev. Kerry Bean officiating.  Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk.

Memorials may be directed to the American Parkinson Disease Association.                             CC 1/9/1997

 

Laura Ellen Frakes Danekas VanWinkle     1996.12.30

Laura Ellen VanWinkle, 85, wife of Gene VanWinkle, of Harrisburg, IL, formerly of St. Charles, passed away Friday, December 20, 1996 at Harrisburg Medical Center due to heart complications.

Mrs. VanWinkle was born October 6, 1911 to William and Elizabeth Frakes.

Surviving from a previous marriage are two sons, Wilfred Danekas, Jr. of Hinckley, and Norman Danekas of Florida; one daughter, Wilma Fuller of Tampa, FL; 7 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Gene, she is survived by two daughters, Lois Fitzgerald of St. Charles, and Deborah Walker of Harrisburg, IL; a brother, Wayne Frakes, of Illinois; six grandchildren, Shelley Herlihy of Geneva, Randy Fitzgerald of Batavia, Kelley Fitzgerald of St. Charles, Danny Fitzgerald of Batavia, Laura and Michael Walker, both of Harrisburg, IL; and eight great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Russell, Leland, Harland and Gene Frakes; and three sisters, Fern Plass, Bonnie Cross and Hazel Bales.

Services were held Monday, December 23, 1996 at Lambert Funeral Home, Harrisburg, IL, with burial at Sunset Lawn Cemetery in Harrisburg, IL.                          CC 2/6/1997

 

Esther E. Boekenhauer Dixon     1997.01.11

Esther E. Dixon, of Waterman, passed away January 4, 1997 at the Vencor Hospital, in Sycamore, IL. She was born March 18, 1911 on a farm in Clinton Township, Waterman, IL the daughter of Edward and Laura Kettler Boekenhauer.

She married R. Kenneth Dixon April 8, 1934 and lived on the same farm until July 1971 when she moved to Waterman, IL.

She was a lifetime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lee Road, Hinckley.

She was a homemaker and in later years worked at G. E. and Spaulding, in DeKalb, until her retirement.

Mrs. Dixon was preceded in death by her parents and in 1968 by her husband, R. Kenneth Dixon.

She is survived by a son, Robert K. (Carla) Dixon, three daughters, Patricia Ravatt, Pamela (Robert) Bowman, Penelope (Arthur) Lanning; seven grandchildren, Stephanie Ravatt Bruchou, Stephen Ravatt, Jeffrey, David, and Bryan Dixon, Amy Bowman McCue and Robb Bowman; and six great grandchildren, Ryan, Jason and Astrid Bruchou, Anna and Adam Dixon and Sarah Dixon; also one brother, Clifford E. (Helene) Boekenhauer.

There will be no visitation and a private family interment service will be at North Clinton Cemetery, in Waterman, IL.

A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. Tuesday, January 7, 1997 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lee Road, in Hinckley, with pastor Donald Balgeman, officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-286-3247/630-553-7611.                                   CC 1/9/1997

 

Debra Lynn Rathe Davis     1997.01.12

Debra Lynn Davis, 42, of Bolingbrook, passed away Saturday, January 4, 1997 at Edwards Hospital in Naperville.  She was born October 5, 1954 in Geneva.

She graduated from West Chicago High School in 1972.

She was united in marriage to Cecil Davis November 28, 1975 in St. Charles.

She worked for the White Hen Pantry in St. Charles for the past 10 years; 6 years as assistant manager.

Survivors include her husband, Cecil; two children, Michelle and Ronnie both living at home; her parents, Henry and Marilyn Rathe of Forsyth, MO; two sisters, Denise (Tim) Koehler of Waterman and Donna (Lee) Hahn of Bolingbrook; one brother, Randy (Dawn) Rathe of West Chicago and many nieces and nephews and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rathe, Sr.; and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Kern Alexander and her father-in-law, Cecil J. Davis.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Yurs Funeral Home in St. Charles.  Rev Steve Miller will officiate.  Burial will be at Union Cemetery in St. Charles.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the family c/o Fox Valley Bank, Westside Branch, 1525 W. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174.                                      CC 1/9/1997

 

Marylee Gunderson     1997.01.13

Marylee Gunderson, 71, of Sandwich, formerly of Lee, died Thursday, January 9, 1997 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born November 14, 1925 in Paw Paw, the daughter of Norman and Mary (Barker) Gunderson.

Marylee attended the Jacksonville School for the Deaf and had previously worked at the Green River Ordinance Plant near Amboy.

Survivors include a sister, Norma Hochstatter, of New Milford, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 Monday morning, January 13, 1997, at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona with Reverend Donald Myhres, minister of Calvary Lutheran Church of Lee officiating.  Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                 CC 1/16/1997

 

Louise H. Malmgren Nelson     1997.01.14

Louise H. Nelson, 86, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 1997 at Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  She was born October 9, 1910 in Aurora, the daughter of August and Laura Malmgren.

Louise was a member of Grace Bible Church in Aurora.

Survivors include three sons, Donald (Marilyn) Nelson of Pontiac, IL, Melvin (Marilyn) Nelson of Sugar Grove and David (Judy) Nelson of Sugar Grove; three daughters, Betty (Chris) Christensen of Termo, CA, Ruth Ann Rupp of Denver, CO and Linda Nelson of Oswego; 8 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; two brothers, Marshall (Mary) Malmgren of Aurora, and Stanley (Margaret) Malmgren of Bismarck, ND; a sister, Gladys Jones of Big Rock; a daughter-in-law, Jean Nelson of Aurora and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin Matthew Nelson in 1980; a son, Richard Nelson; a sister, Bessie Lee and a grandson, Ronald Nelson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 11, 1997 at the Healy Chapel, Rev. Stephen R. Miller officiating.  Interment will take place at River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 10, at the Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl.  897-9291.

Contributions in Mrs. Nelson’s memory may be made to Grace Bible Church.                     CC 1/16/1997

 

Kim Sherrill Franzen     1997.01.15

Kim Franzen, age 49, of Hinckley, passed away Monday, January 20, 1997, at Rush-Copley Hospital, in Aurora.  She was born January 4, 1948 in Mendota, IL, the daughter of Durkin and Mary (Walkowiak) Sherrill.

Kim was united in marriage December 4, 1976, at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, in Aurora, to Mr. Albert Franzen.  She spent her years as a loving wife, mother, Grandmother, daughter, and sister and will be deeply missed by her loving family.

Mrs. Franzen was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Maple Park, where she had served as a former teacher of its CCD classes, and was at this time serving as president of its Cennacle Guild.

To all who knew Kim, thee is no doubt that the most important part of her life was her family.  The time  and energy that she gave willingly to them and her community will always be remembered and appreciated.  To list just a few of the many ways that she shared herself with others, Kim was a co-founder of the Hinckley Food Pantry and was very instrumental in its continual growth, as she worked endlessly as one of its active supporters.  She was currently active as a troop leader and bookkeeper for several area Cub Scout and Girl Scout troops, as well as serving as the P.T.O. Treasurer, and 4-H Leader.

She was previously employed as the office manager of Illinois Supply, and was the past president of the National Association of Women in Construction.

Survivors include her husband, Albert, of Hinckley; eight children, Bill and his wife, Robyn, and their two children, Morgan and Nicholas, of Rock Island, IL; Durk of Aurora, Kimberly and her fiancé, Kevin Hoffman, of Hinckley, Nicole, Jon, Matthew, Zachary and Jacob, all of Hinckley; her mother, Mary Sherrill, of Aurora; one sister, Lynn (Jim) Ferrell, of Tetonia, ID; as well as several nieces and nephews, and friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Prayers will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, January 23, 1997, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, in Hinckley, then proceeding to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Maple Park, for a 10:30 a.m. funeral mass, with Father Bill Clausen, officiating.  Interment will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery, in Maple Park.

Friends may call Wednesday, January 22, 1997 from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple street, in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-286-3247/630-553-7611.                  CC 1/23/1997

 

Audrey Ann Nielsen Hoffman     1997.01.16

Audrey Ann Hoffman, age 53, of Hinckley, passed away Monday, January 20, 1997, at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago.  She was born November 22, 1943, in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Holger Vilhelm and Christine Johanne (Larsen) Nielsen.

Audrey was united in marriage August 28, 1965 in Lombard, IL, to Mr. Larry Hoffman, and they spent the next 31 years of their lives together.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

Audrey was a member of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.  She was a charter member of the Hinckley Junior Women’s Club, having served as its District 12 president from 1976 to 1978, and a 30 year member of the I.F.W.C.  Audrey was an active member of the Hinckley Volunteer Fire Department as an E.M.T.  She will long be remembered as having served for many years as the assistant secretary for the Sandwich Fair Association.  Audrey was a Hospice volunteer and a 4-H leader.

Among all her other accomplishments, Audrey will be sincerely missed by her many friends and co-workers at the Nelson Funeral Home, where she was always willing to help in any capacity that was needed.  What more can be said about a woman who was always willing to give more than one hundred percent of herself.

Survivors include her husband, Larry, of Hinckley; four children, Kristi (Joel) Oberg, of Naperville, Lisa Hoffman, of Bristol, Kim Hoffman of Hinckley, and Kevin and his fiancé, Kimberly Franzen, of Hinckley; one grandchild, Janelle Oberg, of St. Charles; one brother, Don Neilsen, of Oswego; one sister, Betty (James) Landmeier, of Upland, CA; as well as several nieces and nephews, and friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Holger and Christine Nielsen.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, January 24, 1997 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, in Hinckley, with Rev. Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery, in Hinckley.

Friends may call Thursday, January 23, 1997, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple, in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.       CC 1/23/1997

 

John C. Wheeler     1997.01.17

John C. Wheeler, 58, of Burr Ridge, president and chairman of the State Bank of Countryside which he founded in the mid 1970’s, died January 7, 1997 in a Palm Beach Gardens, FL hospital after suffering complications from open-heart surgery.

Mr. Wheeler, a native of Buffalo, NY, graduated in 1960 from the University of Illinois and moved to Chicago to start his banking career.  He worked with the Beverly Group for 10 years and served as its chairman and as president of Ford City Bank.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Alice; two sons, John and William; two daughters formerly of Hinckley, Terri (Gregg) Everson, and Candace (Steve) Chinick of Beaverton, OR; four grandchildren, Ryan, Brynn, Kyle and Tom; his sister; and stepmother, Dorothy.                     CC 1/23/1997

 

Jack Orvis Meredith, Sr.     1997.01.18

Jack Orvis Meredith, Sr., age 76, of Waterman, passed away Friday, January 17, 1997 at Rush-Copley Memorial Hospital, in Aurora.  He was born November 17, 1920, in Aurora, IL, son of Jack Z. and Leilah Meredith.

Jack was united in marriage November 28, 1947, in Waterman to the former Marjorie S. Baie.

He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army, having served during World War II.  After Jack returned from World War II, he and his father owned and operated Meredith and Son’s Bulk Milk Delivery, and a local gas service station.  He closed the business and was employed at Caterpillar Corp., in Montgomery, from which he retired.  He then found time to volunteer his services for the Waterman schools and was honored by being inducted into the Indian Creek Sports Hall of Fame, in 1996.

In addition to driving the locals school bus for many years, he was a score keeper for soccer and was instrumental in planning and constructing the all-weather track, located at the Indian Creek Middle School.

Jack liked to sing Barber Shop, and was an avid bowler.  He was a past president of the ABC Bowling Association and was inducted in its Hall of Fame.  He participated in the Northern Illinois Senior Olympics and was proud to be one of its Gold Medalists, in billiards.  Mr. Meredith supported the Waterman Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his nine children, Paulette (Ed) Bowman, of Waterman, Judy Blanken (Roger Votaw) of DeKalb, Mary (David) Stryker, of Waterman, Pam (Elwin) Headley, of Everett, WA, Linda (Vadon) Loudermilk, of Waterman, Jack (January) Meredith of Lake Geneva, WI, Larry (Nancy) Meredith, of Horicon, WI, Bill (Barb) Meredith, of Waterman, Ralph Meredith (Amie Verkler) of DeKalb; twenty two grandchildren, two great grandchildren; one sister, June Anderson, of Elburn; as well as his faithful friend, Grace Erickson, of Waterman; and many friends who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Grace; his wife, Marjorie; and one sister, Leila Mae.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 20, 1997, at the Waterman Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Kerry Bean and Rev. Paul Zemen officiating.  Interment will follow at the Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk.

Friends may call Sunday, January 19, 1997 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, 116 N. Birch, in Waterman.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-286-3247/630-553-7611.                         CC 1/23/1997

 

Dorothy Evelyn Jensen Stevens     1997.01.19

Dorothy Evelyn Stevens, 81, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 1997 at Mercy Center Hospital.  She was born the daughter of Leo and Mae Jensen June 25, 1915, in Shabbona, IL.

Dorothy married Joseph Stevens December 31, 1938, and together they made their home and raised their two children in Aurora.

Dorothy truly believed that there was no better exercise for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.  She proved this by her unselfish manner and kind, gentle spirit.  She never lost sight of what was truly important because she gave of herself and found her strength in her family, friends and faith.

Dorothy was a devoted member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, a dedicated employee of Woolworth’s in downtown Aurora, a charter member of the 7th Ward Club Auxiliary, a lifelong member of the Montgomery VFW Auxiliary and proudly involved with the Navy Mothers.

Survivors include her loving husband, Joseph Stevens of Aurora; one son, Jerry (Jackie) Stevens of Aurora; one daughter, Judy (Doug) Thelander of Montgomery; four grandchildren, Vicki (Nick) Stull and Joe (Shannon McNamee) Stevens both of Aurora, Traci (Kevin Lowery) Thelander and Jason Thelander both of Montgomery; one great grandson, Nicholas Stull of Aurora; one brother, Roland (Nadine) Jensen of Montgomery; as well as several nieces and nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Mae Jensen; her sister, Leona Vickers; her aunts, Flossie Harris and Edna Adams; and her uncles, Paul Harris and Paul Adams.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, January 20, 1997, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Aurora, followed by interment at Riverside Cemetery in Montgomery.

Contributions may be made in Mrs. Stevens’ memory to the American Heart Association.  Arrangements were handled by Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway.      CC 1/23/1997

 

Gulborg E. Hovland Kastler     1997.01.20

Gulborg E. Kastler, 70, of Waterman, passed away Tuesday, January 20, 1997, at Vencor Hospital in Sycamore.  She was born August 31, 1926, at Bergen, Norway, the daughter of Sigurd and Gunhild (Vaagenes) Hovland.

She and her family came to America on the Norwegian ship Stavangerfjord in 1934 arriving in New York after a 6½ day trip and later settling in the Waterman area.  She married LeRoy R. Kastler March 31, 1948, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in DeKalb.

She was employed at the DeKalb Ag before her marriage, served as an election poll judge for many years in Waterman, and was a caretaker in the crafts building during the Sandwich Fair for many years.  She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Hinckley, active member of the Church Guild, and a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include her husband, LeRoy; three daughters, Janet (Daniel) Davis of Genoa, Judy (Stephen) Straley of St. Charles, and Jill (John) Sobieszczyk of Hanover park; three sons, Richard (Judy) Kastler of DeKalb, David (Diane) Kastler of Fairmont, MN, and Gerald (Beth) Kastler of Waverly, IA; eight grandchildren, Stacie, Heather, and Matthew Davis, Scott and Sarah Straley, Meredith, Andrew, and Benjamin Kastler; one sister, Clara Schnorr of Waterman; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and two nieces, Sharon Kastler and Donna Schnorr.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 24, 1997, at 10:30 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Hinckley, with the Rev. Donald Balgeman officiating.  Burial will follow at the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Thursday, January 23, 1997, at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb from 4 to 9 p.m.

A memorial is being established for Gulborg E. Kastler in care of the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, 815-756-1022.

CC 1/30/1997

 

Mildred D. Crosby Wahlgren     1997.01.21

Mildred D. Wahlgren, age 89, of Hinckley, passed away Thursday, January 23, 1997, at Rush-Copley Hospital in Aurora.  She was born April 13, 1907 in Hamilton, IL the daughter of Charles and Mary (Simons) Crosby.  She was a lifelong resident of Hinckley, having moved with her family from Hamilton to Hinckley when she was a very young child.

Mildred was united in marriage July 28, 1925, in Sycamore, IL to Mr. Hugo Wahlgren.  She spent her years as a loving homemaker for her family.

Mrs. Wahlgren was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church and of its United Methodist Church Women.  She was formerly employed as the cafeteria manager for the Hinckley-Big Rock School District.  In 1989 Mildred was elected as the Citizen of the Year, in honor of her many fine years of service to the school and the community.

Survivors include her four children, Bill (Betty) Wahlgren, of Woodruff, WI, Jack (Carol) Wahlgren, of Clarendon Hills, IL, Linda (Gene) Anderson, of Elkhorn, WI; and Kayla (Forrest) Ford, of Hinckley; her daughter-in-law, Lorna Wahlgren of Claremore, IL; fourteen grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; as well as many friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Don Wahlgren; and five sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, January 26, 1997, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St., in Hinckley, with Rev. Paul Gerardy, of the Hinckley United Methodist Church, officiating.

Friends may call from 12 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Interment will be private.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-286-3247/630-553-7611.                                  CC 1/30/1997

 

Ambrose Moore     1997.01.22

Ambrose (“A.P.”) Moore, 75, of Shabbona, died Wednesday, January 22, 1997, at the Shabbona Healthcare Center.

He was born April 7, 1921 in Earlville, the son of Christopher and Elizabeth (Walgenbach) Moore.

A.P. grew up on the family farm near Paw Paw, graduated from Paw Paw High School in 1939, and attended Bradley University in Peoria.  He served his country during World War II for 3 years as a flight engineer with the Army Air Corps.  Based in Liverpool, England, he ferried pilots and bomber aircraft throughout England and France.

After his Army service, he worked at Kindelberger Garage in Paw Paw then farmed near Rollo.

He married Charlotte Swanson September 15, 1950, at St. James Rectory in Lee. Together they raised 5 children.

A.P. has served as road commissioner of Paw Paw Township, raised pullets for Purina, and continued farming near Rollo until 1971 when the family moved to Shabbona.  He then worked for several area businesses, including Englehart’s in Paw Paw, Erickson Packing Plant in Lee, Carlson Oil Company in Newark, drove a school bus for the Shabbona School district, and obtained his real estate license.

Despite health problems, A.P. never fully retired, as he mowed lawns in the area past his 75th birthday and was also an avid book critic for the Flewellin Memorial Library.

He enjoyed going to air shows, most recently at Smyrna, TN, in September 1996, but most of all enjoyed being “Papa” to 8 grandchildren.

A.P was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Lee, the American Legion, VFW, Mendota Elks, World War II Flyers Club, and recently received his Air Medal from the 27th Air Transport Group, USAF.

A.P. will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.  His unique sense of humor was something one will not forget.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte, of Shabbona; a daughter, Erin (Wayne) Smith of Tullahoma, TN; 4 sons, Patrick Moore of Tullahoma, TN, Mike (Jeri) Moore of Woodridge, IL, Kevin (Tiffany) Moore of Lee, Tim Moore of Cincinnati, OH; a sister, Mercedes (Charles) Cox of Prairie du Sac, WI; 8 grandchildren, Christopher, Shannon, Jessica, Jacob, Abby, Katelyn, Katie, and Julie.

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

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Saturday morning, January 25, 1997 at St. James Catholic Church in Lee with Father Louis Pesut officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 until 8 Friday afternoon and evening at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.

A liturgical wake service will be recited at 7:45 Friday evening at the funeral home.

Memorials have been established for the Flewellin Memorial Library and the Shabbona-Rollo-Lee Historical Museum.

     CC 1/30/1997

 

Robert G. Larsen     1997.01.23

Robert G. Larsen, 70, of DeKalb, formerly of Elburn, passed away Sunday evening, January 19, 1997, at Hines Hospital, Maywood, IL, where he was recently admitted for cancer treatment.  He was born September 14, 1926, in Elgin, IL, the son of Alden and Laura (Johnsen) Larsen.

Bob grew up in the Lily Lake/Virgil area where he attended local schools and at the age of 17 enlisted in the Navy.  The country was engaged in World War II, and for a time Bob was in the center of that storm.  Serving in the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines, Bob’s ship earned a commendation of which he was justly proud.

On returning home from service, he joined his father and brother, who were then farming in Big Rock.  He loved to dance and found his life’s greatest love on the dance floor at Sandwich one night.  He was united in marriage to Marjorie Ann Ackerman January 26, 1951, and they made their home in Hinckley.  Over the years they lived in many communities but spent most of their lives in the Elburn area.

Bob was a graduate of the Dr. Salsbury Chicken Short Course and serviced chicken farms in the area.  That experience led to his life as a feed salesman.  He sold feed for a number of companies through the years, including Kent and Baker feeds, but sold for DeKalb and Hintzsche for most of his years in the business.

Bob was a lifetime Cub fan and Democrat and never walked away from a good argument about either of them.  For many years he also served his party as Blackberry Township Democratic Precinct Committeeman.

Happiest in the midst of people, Bob Larsen truly never met a stranger and seldom forgot a face or a name.  He was an active member and past president of the Elburn Lion’s Club, a member and past commander of the Elburn American Legion Post #630, and the founder of the Elburn Men’s Monday Night Golf League.

Hwe was immensely proud of his family and his heritage.  In addition to his wife, Marge, of DeKalb, he is survived by four children, Peggy Swan of Hinckley, Nancy (Rich) Miller of Maple Park, Rich (Mary) Larsen of Maple Park, and Rob (Debbie) Larsen of Elburn; 8.9 grandchildren, Doug (Lisa) Wielert of Elburn, Laura Wielert of DeKalb, Ryan Swan of Hinckley, Christopher and Kellie Larsen of Elburn, Denny Miller of Maple Park, Matthew and Brittany Larsen of Maple Park, and one grandchild soon to arrive; three great grandchildren, Emma and Trevor Wielert and Alexis Hammond; one brother, Grant Larsen of Elburn; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Friends may call at Conley Funeral Home, Conley Corners, Elburn, Thursday from 4-8 p.m.

His funeral service will be held Friday morning at 10 a.m. from the funeral home.  The Rev. Katherine Lawes, pastor of the Community Congregational Church, Elburn, will officiate.

Private interment services will be held Saturday at South Burlington Cemetery.                                       CC 1/30/1997

 

William M. Theis     1997.01.24

William M. Theis, 73, of Elburn, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 1997, at Rosewood Care Center in Elgin, where he had recently been under care for a serious heart condition.

He was born August 4, 1923 in Aurora, the son of Henry L. and Mayme Katherine (White) Theis.  He grew up east of Batavia on the family farm, which is presently Fermi Lab.  He farmed with his father for a time before starting out on his own.

Bill tilled the soil around many local communities, including Batavia, Geneva, Lily Lake and Elburn.  Along with grain farming, Bill also raised cattle.

After many years of grain farming and cattle feeding, Bill retired in 1986 and moved to the neighboring “city” of Elburn.  His love of John Deere tractors was a perfect excuse for moving close to the John Deere dealership in town.

Survivors include three children, Randall “Randy” (Kathleen) Theis of Mukwonago, WI, Diane Theis of Geneva, and Donna (M. James) Hartwig of Big Rock; one grandson, Cort William Hartwig of Big Rock; three sisters, Betty Wesemann of Marengo, and Shirley Snyder and Marie “Sis” Wiltse, both of Maple Park; three brothers, James Theis of Maple Park, Raymond (Anita) Theis of Yorkville, and Henry (Joan) Theis of Maple Park; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call Friday, January 24 from 4-7 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, Conley Corners, Elburn.   His funeral service will be held immediately following visitation at 7 p.m.

Private interment services will be held later.

Memorials may be sent to the family c/o P.O. Box A., Elburn, IL 60119.                                CC 1/30/1997

 

Ione Bish Anderson     1997.01.25

Ione Bish Anderson, 94, of Sycamore, died Sunday, January 19, 1997 at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.  She was born October 3, 1902, in Hinckley, the daughter of Charles and Louise (Weddige) Bish.  She married Floyd Anderson June 18, 1937.

She attended the Jennings Seminary in Aurora and received her teaching certificate December 16, 1939, from Northern Illinois State Teachers College.  She was an elementary school teacher in rural Waterman, Charter Grove and Central School in Sycamore.

Ione is survived by three nephews, Richard Darling of South Padre Island, TX, Harold (Mary Lynn) Bish of Hermann, MO, and Roger (Marlene) Bish of Hinckley; two nieces, Sylvia Bish of Des Plaines, and Nancy Stech of West Virginia; ten great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother, Harold Bish; and one sister, Hazel Darling.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 22, 1997 at 11 a.m. at Butala Funeral Home of Sycamore.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.  Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 22, from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

A memorial is established in care of Butala Funeral Home, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore.  For information, call 815-895-2833.                                             CC 1/30/1997

 

Brent Richard Bushnell     1997.01.26

Brent Richard Bushnell, infant son of David N. and Wendy Ann (Uebel) Bushnell, of Aurora, passed away January 23, 1997, at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago.

He is survived by his parents, David and Wendy, of Aurora; one brother, Eric Bushnell; and two sisters, Dana and Krysta Bushnell, all of Aurora; and his paternal grandfather, Richard Bushnell, of Hinckley.

Graveside services will be private.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-286-3247/630-553-7611.                                   CC 1/30/1997

 

Robert Stephens, Sr.     1997.01.27

Robert Stephens, Sr., age 77, of Plano, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 1997 at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  He was born April 19, 1919, in Aurora, IL, the son of Harold and Gladys (Sackett) Stephens, Sr.

Robert was united in marriage September 24, 1938 to the former Helen M. Scroggins, and they spent the next 58 years together.  Mr. Stephens attended the New Life Assembly Church in Yorkville.  He was the owner and operator of the Hiway Motor Service in Plano for many years, until his retirement in 1989.  Robert has formerly served on the Plano City Council.  He served in the United States Army during World War II and was a member of the American Legion Memorial Home Post #395 in Plano.

Survivors include his wife, Helen, of Plano; four children, Judith (Frazer) Eckles of Big Rock, Sally (Robert) Hellgren of Plano, June Stephens of Bloomington, and Robert (Cali) Stephens, Jr., of Sandwich; thirteen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; three sisters, Mary  (William) Wennmacher of Aurora, Betty Gordon of Sandwich, and Donna Beverly of Plano; as well as many friends who will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Harold Stephens; one sister, Faith Jordan; and one daughter, Faye Fowler.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 25, 1997 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home in Plano, with Pastor Richard Turner officiating.  Interment will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery in Yorkville.

Friends may call Friday, January 24, 1997, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 20 N. Hale St., Plano.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-286-3247/630-553-7611.                                   CC 1/30/1997

 

Emma M. Drendel Herrmann     1997.01.28

Emma M. Herrmann, 91, of Hampshire, died Monday, January 20, 1997 at Sherman West Court in Elgin.

She was born October 3, 1905 in Maple Park, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Weidner) Drendel.  She was raised in rural Genoa and married Joseph L. Herrmann February 6, 1924, in Hampshire.  They farmed in the Burlington area until moving to Hampshire in 1948.  She was a lifelong member of the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church of Hampshire, the Altar and Rosary Society, the Legion of Mary and the Women’s Catholic Order of Foresters.

Survivors include are four sons, Joseph (Loretta) of Genoa, Vernon (Mary) of Hinckley, Charles G. (Shirley) of Hampshire, and Elmer (Carol) of Hampshire; one daughter, Lucille (Willis) Campbell of DeKalb; 18 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren; 8 great great grandchildren; and two sisters, Loretta (George) Grollemond of Elgin, and Cornelia Schiesher of Hampshire.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, November 23, 1989; one daughter, Mildred (in infancy); one brother, Albert Drendel; and one sister, Sister Mary Luke.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, January 23, 1997, at 11 a.m. at the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Hampshire, with Rev. Thomas Brantman officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be Wednesday, January 22 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Fredrick Funeral Home in Hampshire, with rosary at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials or masses may be made in her name in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 445, Hampshire, IL 60140.                                CC 1/30/1997

 

Karl Vernon Boekenhauer     1997.01.29

Karl Vernon Boekenhauer, 88, of the DeKalb County Nursing Home, formerly of Barb City Manor and Waterman, passed away Tuesday, January 28, 1997, at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.  He was born April 26, 1908, in Clinton Township, DeKalb County, IL, the son of Fred and Augusta (Johnson) Boekenhauer.  He married Margaret B. Thompson in Hinckley September 30, 1933.

He graduated from Waterman High School, attended Northern Illinois University and farmed in the Waterman area.  Later in life he was employed by Northern F.S. as a sales manager, retiring in 1973; and from 1973 to 1984 he was employed by the Illinois Tollway.  He was a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church for 75 years where he served as an Elder for sixty years.  He was a former superintendent of the Sunday School, he sang in church choir for fifty years, and was a delegate to General Assembly of United Presbyterian Church in 1948.  He was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

He is survived by one son, Duane (Maxine) Boekenhauer of Genoa; one daughter, Janet A. Erickson of Chicago; four grandchildren, Kent (Mary) Boekenhauer of Sycamore, Andrea (Marc) Dupuis, Jr. of Mexico, ME, Kristin and Karin Erickson of Chicago; eight great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, in 1991; his parents; and one brother, Harold.

Funeral services were held Friday January 31, 1997, at the Waterman Presbyterian Church at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Kerry Bean of the Waterman Presbyterian Church officiating.  Burial was at Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk.

A memorial has been established for Karl Vernon Boekenhauer in care of the Anderson Funeral Home, 815-756-1022.                             CC 2/6/1997

 

John H. Lehnert     1997.01.30

John H. “Jack” Lehnert, 74, of Montgomery, passed away Thursday, January 30, 1997 at Sycamore Vencor Hospital.  He was born October 25, 1923, in Aurora.

He was employed at Richards-Wilcox as a welding foreman for 35 years.  He was a member of St John’s United Church of Christ.  He served in World War II as a part of the 451st Bomb Squadron.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Lehnert, of Montgomery, with whom he celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary December 21, 1996; three daughters, Kathy Cahill of Aurora, Nancy Lehnert and her fiancé, Norman Cuny, of Big Rock, and Carol (Roger) Herrington of Aurora; five grandchildren, Chris Lehnert of Big Rock, Paul Magnuson, Jason Cahill, Jamie Cahill and Andrea Herrington, all of Aurora; two great grandchildren, Kayla Magnuson of Elburn, and Marissa Cahill of Aurora; and one sister, Bernice Thurmond of Elk Grove Village; two sisters-in-law, Susan Lehnert of Columbus, OH, and Barbara Lehnert of Lansing, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas and Clara (Bettendorf) Lehnert; and three brothers, William, Ralph and Robert Lehnert.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 3, 1997, at the Dieterle Memorial Home, with Rev. George Burton officiating.  Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Mr. Lehnert’s memory to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.

Arrangements were handled by the Dieterle Memorial Home.

       CC 2/6/1997

 

Henry L. Bagge     1997.01.31

Henry L. Bagge, 95, of Big Rock, passed away Monday, January 20, 1997, at Maplewood Nursing Home in Bloomer, WI.  He was born April 8, 1901, in Palatine, IL, to John and Mary (Langhorst) Bagge.

Henry farmed and worked in many aspects of the building trade.  He married Frances Leach in 1926 in Chicago, and then Mary Chapman in 1963 in Big Rock.

He gained the friendship of the Big Rock community and became an active member, offering help wherever it was needed.  Henry volunteered time with the Cub Scouts and Mooseheart (member of the Loyal Order of Moose).  Many hours were spent helping with the annual Big Rock Plow Match, including two years as president.

Henry and Mary always produced bountiful gardens and were always willing to share their flower and vegetable harvests.

We will fondly remember this wonderful, multi-talented man.  Henry had many friends at the nursing home who will remember his genuine care for them.

He is survived by two daughters, Frances (Pete) Scolaro of New Auburn, WI, and Gloria (Herb) Schumm of Paramus, NJ; two sons, John (Velma) Bagge of Oakland, NJ, and Henry L. Bagge, Jr. of Ridgecrest; one sister, Marguerite Thompson of Eagle River, WI; 17 grandchildren; and 23 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in Big Rock in the spring at the English Congregational Church with Rev. Kurt Simon officiating.  Burial will be at the West Big Rock Cemetery.

Olson Funeral Home in Eau Claire, WI, was in charge of arrangements.                    CC 2/6/1997

 

Roger Norman Kaus     1997.01.32

Roger Norman Kaus, age 60, of Hinckley, passed away Monday, January 27, 1997 at the Vencor Hospital in Sycamore.  He was born February 3, 1936, in Aurora, IL, the son of Floyd and Evelyn (Klotz) Kaus.

Roger attended the University of Illinois.  He was formerly united in marriage to the former Carol Houghtby, the mother of his two sons, David and Dale.

For many years Mr. Kaus was the owner and operator of Kaus Plumbing in Hinckley; later his son, David took over the business.  Roger had been a coach for several Little League and Pony League teams.  He enjoyed many hobbies, including fishing at his cottage, “The Gulch”, in Sheridan, and gardening.  He was a member of the Sandwich Moose Lodge #1016.   Roger served with the United States Army.

Survivors include his two sons, David (Kathy) Kaus of Hinckley, and Dale (Tina) Kaus of Boca Raton, FL; two grandchildren, Ryan and Amanda Kaus of Hinckley; one brother, Floyd Kaus, Jr. of Elburn; one sister, Carol (John) Kirchman, of Hinckley; as well as four nephews, two nieces, and many friends who will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 1, 1997, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, in Hinckley, with Rev. Kate Feeney-Bastian, of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, in Hinckley, officiating.  Interment followed in the Pierce Cemetery, in Maple Park.

Memorials may be made to the Children’s Memorial Hospital, in Chicago.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-286-3247/630-553-7611.                              CC 2/6/1997

 

John M. Gallagher     1997.01.33

John M. Gallagher, 59, of DeKalb and formerly of Waterman, died Saturday, January 25, 1997 at Rochelle Healthcare Center East.

He was born March 9, 1937 in DeKalb, to Michael and Dorothy (Donnelly) Gallagher.  He served it the Army Air Corps in the later 1950’s and recently on the custodial staff at Northern Illinois University.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #586, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge #765.

Survivors include one son, Kenneth (Rebecca) Gallagher of Valdosta, GA; one daughter, Sandra (Scott) Shockley of Ft. Worth, TX; one grandson, Rory; one brother, James (Alberta) Gallagher of Marengo, IL; one sister, Anne (Edward) Studzinski of Chicago; one niece, one nephew; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial mass was held Monday, January 27, 1997, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in DeKalb, with Father Stephen Knox officiating.  Cremation has taken place at River Hills Crematory in Batavia.

A memorial is established for John Gallagher in care of Ronan-Moore Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb.     

CC 2/6/1997

 

Winifred Thomas Judd     1997.01.34

An Interment service for Winifred Thomas Judd, age 93, was held at the Jericho Cemetery in Sugar Grove Saturday, March 8, 1997, with Rev. Eugene Frost of the Big Rock Baptist Church officiating.

Born in Bristol, IL, March 18, 1903, Mrs. Judd died after a long illness January 26, 1997, in Bellevue, WA.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley T. Judd, who died in 1984.  they had been married for 53 years.  Winifred was the daughter of David and Mary Thomas, and she grew up on a farm east of Sugar Grove.

She was a graduate of Knox College and taught Spanish at West High School for several years prior to becoming a full-time mother and homemaker.  The Judds moved from their farm on Prairie Road in Sugar Grove in 1976 to be near their daughter and her family in Bellevue.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Judd (Fred) Pneuman, of Bellevue, WA; two granddaughters, Ann (Peter) Marchel, of Bainbridge Island, WA, and Gwyn (Fred) Barkman of Bellevue, WA; and great granddaughter, Morgan Marchel.

The family suggest that memorials be made to the Salvation Army or the American Lung Association.

Local arrangements were made by Nelson Funeral Homes.

CC 3/13/1997

 

                                      Richard F. Cole     1997.02.04

Richard F. Cole, 74 of Sandwich, formerly of Plano, died Tuesday, February 18. 1997, at his home.  He was born January 24. 1973, in Aurora, the son of Gereld and Gladys (Eldridge) Cole.

Richard graduated from Plano High School and attended the First Baptist Church in Plano for many years. He served his country as a gunner’s mate with the US Navy in the Pacific and Atlantic theaters. He married Frances Pagliarini on July 13, 1946 in Hibbing. MN.

He worked for several years at Sandwich Redi Mix and later worked as a heavy equipment operator out of Local 150 of the Midwest Operating Engineers.

Richard enjoyed his time with the Boy Scouts of America Troop 71 in Plano, and served on the Kadeka Council as a committee chairman. He was also proud of his participation in the organization and establishment of the Boy Scout Camp on the Fox River south of Plano.

He is survived by his wife, Frances; two sons. Richard (Lynn) Cole of Sisters, OR, Jeffrey S. (Barbara) Cole of Big Rock, IL: two daughters. Linda (Stanley) Benson of Leland, and Tracey (Chris) Sloan of Valparaiso, IN; one sister, Shirley (Jack) Crabtree of Spencer, IA; a brother Robert (Mary) Cole of Deer Park, TX; nine grandchildren: Jennifer, Kim and Craig Benson of Leland, Rim, Loren, and Kelly of Sisters, OR, Olivia and Madison Sloan of Valparaiso, IN, and Alex Cole of Big Rock.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. February 21, at the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk, with the Rev. Vernon Tweedt officiating.  Burial will be in the Little Rock Township Cemetery in Plano. Visitation will be Thursday, February 20 at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m.

 Memorials in Richard’s name may be directed to the VNA Hospice Program of the Visiting Nurse Association of Fox Valley, Boy Scouts of America Troop 71 of Plano or the American Cancer Society.                 CC 2/27/1997

 

 

                Marion Lois Cheney Kuester     1997.02.06

Marion Lois Kuester, 77, of Hinckley, passed away on Saturday, February 22, 1997 at the Hillside Healthcare Center in Yorkville.  She was born on April 15, 1919 in Hinckley, the daughter of Paul and Leila (Kent) Cheney.  Marion was united in marriage on June 22, 1940 in Clinton, IA to Norman Kuester.

Mrs. Kuester was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.  She was very musical and enjoyed playing the organ.  She was at one time employed by the DeKalb Chronicle and later, by the DeKalb Agricultural, Inc. for over 10 years, retiring in 1980.

Survivors include her husband, Norman of Hinckley; four nieces, Lanna Liepins of Sandwich, Jill Smith of Aurora, Jacquelyn (Bill) Vanatta of Aurora and Bonny (Dennis) Ropp of Lake Holiday; one aunt, Olive Kent of Paw Paw; as well as, several cousins and many friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Steven Kuester

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 1997 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley with Pastor Donald Balgeman officiating. Interment will follow in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Hinckley

There will be no visitation.  Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Fellowship Hall.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes. 815-286-3247 or 630-553-7611.                       CC 2/27/1997

 

 

 

 

Helen P. Johnsen Hubbe     1997.02.24

Helen P. Hubbe, 93, passed away Saturday evening, February 8, 1997, at McAuley manor.  She was born November 9, 1903, to H. Peter and Marie Johnsen of Sugar Grove.

She taught in the rural schools before becoming associated with the old Second National Bank, holding the position of Vice President upon her retirement.  She was a member and past president of the Altrusa Society.

Survivors include her brother, Lester R. (Lillian) Johnsen of South Bend, IN; four nephews, Donald B. (June) Johnsen of Naples, FL, Stewart F. (Patricia) Johnsen of North Aurora, H. Peter (Terri) Johnsen of Lawrence, KS, and David (Judy) Johnsen of Beaver Dam, WI; two nieces, Carolyn (Frank) Quinn of Hammond, IN, and Connie (Robert) Schwabe of Waukesha, WI; and many grand nieces and grand nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer; brothers, Jens A. Johnsen of Big Rock, and Edward P. Johnsen of Oak Brook, IL; and a sister, Elsie M. Brewer of Hammond, IN.

A memorial service was held February 12 at the English Congregational Church in Big Rock, with Rev. Kurt W. Simon officiating.

Memorials many be made to McAuley Manor or the charity of the donor’s choice.                      CC 2/13/1997

 

Frederick William Letheby     1997.02.25

Frederick William Letheby, 70, of DeKalb, formerly of Shabbona, died Wednesday, February 5, 1997, at his home.

He was born October 27, 1926, in rural Shabbona, the son of John and Mildred (Wingert) Letheby.

He lived in the Shabbona community most of his life, moving to DeKalb in recent years.  For many years he and his brother, Kenneth, were partners in farming with their father.  He had also been employed by the State of Illinois Road Maintenance Department and had worked as a carpenter in construction for many years.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Guam for some time. 

He leaves to mourn his death, 2 sisters, Mary Ann (Robert) Taylor of Sycamore, and June (Virgil) Hinkston of Waterman; one brother, John R. (Sun Hi) Letheby of West Dundee; eight nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Kenneth, Robert, and Howard Whitacre.

Graveside services were held February 8, 1997 at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona with Pat Anderson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                CC 2/13/1997

 

Lois S. Thorp Rissman     1997.02.26

The funeral for Lois S. Rissman was held Monday, February 10, 1997, at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with the Rev. Joe Schulanick officiating.  Spring burial will be in Fountain Lutheran Cemetery.

Mrs. Rissman, 68, of Preston, a former nurse and Fillmore County Voc-Tech instructor, died February 6, 1997, at Harmony Community Hospital.

Lois S. Thorp was born September 7, 1928, in Waterman, IL, grew up in the Somonauk, IL area, graduated from Somonauk High School in 1946, and attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where she majored in music.  October 15, 1947 she married William J. Rissman at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Somonauk.  They farmed in the Somonauk and Hinckley areas for 20 years.

While in that area, she received a degree in nursing from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Chicago and worked at a number of hospitals and industrial sites, and at Northern Illinois University as a student health nurse.  In 1970 they moved to the Jere Allis farm in rural Preston, now the Old Barn Resort, where they farmed and operated a bed and breakfast inn; and during this time she received a teaching certificate from Mankato State University.  From 1976, when Fillmore County opened a vo-tech in Preston, until it closed in 1985, Mrs. Rissman was instructor of health occupations.  A member of Christ Lutheran Church, she served on the council, and was active in the choir and all phases of church education and women’s groups.

Survivors include her husband, ; a daughter, Karen (Mrs. William) Schreiber of Oil City, PA; two sons, the Rev. Kal of Muncie, IN, and Kevin of West concord; eight grandchildren; and a brother, Robert Thorp of Hinckley.           CC 2/20/1997

 

Leona V. Souders Groff     1997.02.27

Leona V. Groff, 81, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, February 15, 1997, at Rush Copley Medical Center.  She was born September 12, 1915 in Big Rock, the daughter of George and Helen (Cook) Souders.

Leona married Lester Groff September 30, 1950.  One of her greatest enjoyments was working in her garden.  She was a very devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  Leona retired from Qualified Industries 19 years ago.  Prior to that, she was employed at Stephens-Adamson Co.

Survivors include her husband, Lester, of Aurora; her son, Tyler (Arlean) Groff of Batavia; two daughters, Diane V. Hall and Peggy Brackett, both of Aurora; a brother, Everett (Virginia) Souders of Kaneville.

Besides her parents, Leona was preceded in death by a daughter, Leslie Ann Groff; two sisters, Bertha Gentzel and Anna Maves; and two brothers, Elmer and Wilbur Souders.

  Funeral services were held February 19, 1997 at the Healy Chapel, with Rev. Scott Poling officiating.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Contributions in Mrs. Groff’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

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Harold V. Schnorr     1997.02.28

Harold V. Schnorr, 84, of DeKalb, died Wednesday, February 12, 1997, at Vencor Hospital in Sycamore.

He was born October 9, 1912, in Steward, IL to John M. and Catherine (Craig) Schnorr.  He farmed in DeKalb County until 1939 when he moved to DeKalb, where he was employed by Wurlitzer Company in the finishing department for 33 years.  He retired in 1972.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church.

Survivors include one brother, Fred (Bertha) Schnorr of Shabbona; one sister, Irene Garkey of Freeport, and several nieces and nephews.

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

Funeral services were February 15, 1997, at St. Mary’s Church in DeKalb, with Father Karl P. Ganss officiating.  Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in Lee, IL.

Funeral arrangements were made by Ronan-Moore Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb.                    CC 2/20/1997

 

James E. Carroll     1997.02.29

James E. Carroll, 52, of DeKalb and formerly of Waterman, died Friday, February 14, 1997. at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.  He was born October 19, 1944 in Sandwich, IL, the son of Walter E. and Edna M. (Greer) Carroll.

He is survived by his parents, of DeKalb; two sons, James W. (Dawn R.) Carroll of Ashley, IL, Russell E. (Anna M.) Carroll of Paw Paw, IL; two sisters, Juanita (Ken) Mundy of Sycamore, Janet Clark of Oswego; four grandchildren, Jennifer, R., Jeffery D. and Katie Carroll of Ashley, IL, and Ashley Carroll of Paw Paw.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and a grand niece, Patience Murphy.

He was a graduate of Waterman High School, served in the U.S. Navy for eight years, was a member of Sugar Grove American Legion, a member of DeKalb Moose Lodge, Northern Illinois University Huskie Club, DeKalb Lions Club and was a former regional chairman for Lions Club International Foundation for Sight and Hearing.

A memorial service was held at Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home February 17, with Rev. Marvin Metzger officiating.  Burial of cremated remains will be in Johnson Grove Cemetery near Waterman.

A memorial fund is established for the Lions Club International Foundation in care of the funeral home.  815-895-6589.                      CC 2/20/1997

 

Carl John Larsen     1997.02.30

Carl John Larsen, age 88, of Waterman, passed away Saturday, February 15, 1997, at the St. Joseph Hospital in Belvidere, IL.  He was born January 16, 1909, in Waterman, IL, the son of Soren J. and Anna L. (Jensen) Larsen.

Carl was united in marriage June 22, 1929, in Waterman, to the former Mario Davis.

Mr. Larsen was a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church.  He was the owner and operator of both Larsen Hardware and Larsen Plumbing, in Waterman, for many years.  He was a member of the Waterman Business Association and a long time member of the Waterman Volunteer Fire Department.  In past years he was also very active in Boy Scouting in the Waterman area.  Carl was a former member of the Waterman Lions Club, the Waterman Grange, and will long be remembered as the “Historian” of Waterman.

Survivors include his wife, Marion, of  Waterman; one daughter, Marcella (Julius) Monteiro, of Waterman; two grandchildren, Brent and Jay (Christine) Monteiro, both of Waterman; as well as many friends who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister in infancy and five brothers.

Funeral services were held February 19, 1997, at the Waterman Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Kerry Bean officiating.  Interment was in the North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.

Memorials may be made to the Waterman area Heritage Society.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.       CC 2/20/1997

 

Margaret A. Ziegler Henderson     1997.02.31

Margaret A Henderson, 61, of DeKalb, passed away February 20, 1997, at her home.  She was born March 8, 1935, in Maple Park, the daughter of Charles and Helene (Tisler) Ziegler.  She married Rufus B. Henderson December 31, 1968, in DeKalb County.  She had been employed at Richardson’s (which later became Spaulding Composites in DeKalb) for 30 years, retiring in 1993.  She was a member of the Pierce Community United Methodist Church in Maple Park.  She was very active, along with her husband, Rufus, in the C. B. Radio Association, where her handle was the “Big Tomato.”

She is survived by two brothers, Everette (Marilyn) Ziegler of Waterman, Howard Ziegler of Sandwich; four sisters, Ida Smith of Kansas, Vera Verly of Cortland, Ethel Harvel of DeKalb, Charlene (Vern) Adamson of Leland; 4 step-children, Juritta Leister of Vista, CA, Randy (Joelie) Henderson of Vista, CA, Suzie (Steve) Gilles of Laguna Niguel, CA, and Cindy Carral of Vista, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus, in 1991; three brothers, Donald, Harold, and Franklin Ziegler, and her parents.

Funeral services were held February 24, 1997, at the Anderson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Richard P. Wagner of the Pierce Community United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial was at East Pierce Cemetery.

A memorial is being established for Margaret Henderson in care of the Anderson Funeral Home, 815-756-1022. 

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Ernest N. Pearson     1997.02.32

Ernest N. Pearson, 94, of Glendale, AZ, formerly of St. Charles, passed away February 19, 1997, in Coronado  Health Care Center in Phoenix, AZ.  He was born June 16, 1902, in Barrington, IL.

Before his retirement, he lived near Pottawatomie Park, where he was employed for over 18 years as the park’s superintendent.

Survivors include his wife, Bernice; three sons, Donald (Sharlene) of Oak Forest, IL, David (Jo Ann) of Hinckley, and Larry of Batavia; one sister, Ruth; one brother, William Pearson; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Naomi; three brothers, and three sisters.

Funeral services were held February 22 at Yurs Funeral Home in St. Charles, with the Rev. Steve Miller officiating.  Burial took place in River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia. 

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Elizabeth I. Youngen David     1997.02.33

Elizabeth I. David, 85, of Big Rock, formerly of Aurora, passed away February 22, 1997, at the Hillside Healthcare Center in Yorkville.  She was born July 24, 1911 in Aurora.

In the late 40’s, Elizabeth moved from Aurora to a dream home built by her husband Sam, in the country near Big Rock.  Elizabeth totally devoted her life to her family, which included occasionally 100 chickens, a few geese, several ducks, one dominating turkey and, for a short time, two runt pigs.

Survivors include her son, Gary (Denise) David of LaJolla, CA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel M. David, May 9, 1991; her parents, Louis and Jenny Youngen, and one brother, Carl Youngen.

The funeral was held February 26 at Holy Angels Church.  Interment followed in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.   CC 2/27/1997

 

Emil E. Franck     1997.02.34

Emil E. Franck, 86, of Manito, IL, formerly of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, February 19, 1997, at the Bel Wood Nursing Home in  Peoria.  He was born December 22, 1910, in Aurora, the son of Emil and Anna Lebele Franck.

He married Ann D. Musaraca October 1942.  She died August 31, 1973.  He later married Vilena Sutliff June 18, 1974, in Las Vegas, NV.  Mr. Franck was a carpenter all his adult life.  He was a member of the VFW Aurora Post #468 and the Carpenters Union #916 in Geneva.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Edward of Big Rock; one step-son, Joe Beyke of Sandwich; one daughter, Toni Foreman of Oswego; three step-daughters, Barbara Theede and Bonnie Wills both of Manito and Bert Martin of Arthur, IL; one brother, Charles Franck of South Elgin; three grandchildren; 10 step grandchildren and 13 step great grandchildren.

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

Graveside services were conducted February 22, 1997 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Aurora.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

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Ann Janette Robertson Ekle     1997.02.35

Ann Janette Ekle, age 49, of Waterman, went to be with her Lord February 22, 1997. at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, IL, as the result of an accident.  She was born February 11, 1948, in Keokuk, IA, the daughter of Clarence and Evelyn (Meinhart) Robertson.

Ann was united in marriage June 1, 1968, at the Embry United Methodist Church in Donnellson, IA, to Mr. Thomas Leroy Ekle.

Mrs. Ekle was a member of the Glad Tidings Assembly of God in DeKalb.  The most important part of Ann’s life was her love of her family.  For several years she had been very involved in working with community youth groups.  Ann liked nothing better than working with her plants and in her yard.  She was at this time employed as a registered nurse with the Kishwaukee Medical Associates in Sycamore, IL.  Ann was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister, who will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

She is survived by her husband of twenty nine years, Thomas, Waterman; her six children, Lincoln Thomas (Kimberly Renae) Ekle of Aurora, Thad Daniel Ekle of Waterman, Hanneke Erin Ekle of Springfield, MO, Peter Brandon Ekle, Jason Michael Ekle, and Stephen Andrew Ekle, all at home in Waterman; two grandsons, Barrett Michael Ekle and Cody Thomas Ekle of Aurora; her parents, Clarence and Evelyn Robertson of Mount Pleasant, IA; one brother, John (Theresa) Robertson of Farmington, IA; one sister, Kay (Rick) Defenbaugh of St. Joseph, MO; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents.

Funeral services were held February 26, 1997, a the Glad Tidings Assembly of God, with Pastor W. Michael Massey officiating.  Interment followed in North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.

A memorial is being established by Ann’s family at the Waterman State Bank.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-286-3247/630-553-7611.                       CC 2/27/1997

 

Bernard L. Herrmann     1997.02.36

Bernard L. Herrmann, 70, of Minnetonka, MN, and formerly of Shabbona, died February 15, 1997.

He was born November 13, 1926, in Waterman, the son of Elmer and Frances (Craig) Herrmann.  He married Doris Hackman December 27, 1947, at St. James Catholic Church in Lee.

He was active in sports during high school  and was captain of the basketball team.  Later he enjoyed golf and bridge.

After graduating from Shabbona High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps.  He studied at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and earned a mechanical engineering degree from the Chicago Technical Institute.  He started his own business, Enviro-Tech, in Minneapolis, which he owned for many years.

February 21, 1987, he got a second chance at life when he received a heart transplant.

Survivors include his wife; his mother, five daughters, Colleen, Janet, Michele Herrmann and Julie (Jade) MacRae of Minnesota, and Rebecca Herrmann of Cambridge, MA; three grandchildren, Judd, Sarah and Michael MacRae; five brothers, Dale (Helen) of Shabbona, Richard (Shirley) of Cortland, Wilbert (Phyllis) of Woodruff, WI, Earl (Janice) of Montrose, CO, and Dan (Sandy) of Elburn; two sisters, Marilyn (Gene) Nichols of Reno, NV, and Ellen (Lyle) Wisdom of DeKalb, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

A funeral mass was held February 19, 1997 at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Wayzata, MN.   CC 2/27/1997

 

Willa Mae Matteson Joranlien Hackman     1997.02.37

Willa Mae Joranlien Hackman, age 85, of Lexington, IL, formerly of Waterman, passed away February 22, 1997, in Bradenton, FL.  She was born February 15, 1912, in Waterman, the daughter of Oscar William and Elnora (Potter) Matteson.

Willa was united in marriage November 26, 1931, to Mr. Helmer Joranlien, the father of her four children.  Mr. Joranlien preceded her in death in 1973.  She was then united in marriage December 27, 1985, to Mr. Frank Charles Hackman.

Mrs. Hackman was an active member of the Waterman United Methodist Church, having enjoyed participating as a member of both its church choir and its United Methodist Women’s Circle.  Willa enjoyed many hobbies, particularly sewing for her family and many friends.

Survivors include her husband, Frank, her four children, Wayne (Carol) Joranlien, of St. Augustine, FL, Kent (Sandra) Joranlien, of Broadhead, WI, Paul (Pam) Joranlien, of Ocala, FL, and Joan (Jim) Petit, of Broken Arrow, OK; fourteen grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew; and many friends who will miss her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Helmer Joranlien; two brothers, Ralph and Merle Matteson; and one granddaughter.

Funeral services were held February 26, 1997, at the Nash-Nelson Funeral Home in Waterman, with Rev. James Ketzel and Rev. Paul Zeman officiating.  Interment followed at the North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.

A memorial fund is being established by her family.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-264-3362.

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Thomas Edward Foose     1997.02.38

Thomas Edward Foose, age 70, of Waterman, passed away suddenly February 22, 1997, in Lakeland, FL. He was born February 27, 1926, in Squaw Grove Township, the son of Charles Edward and Maggie (Thomas) Foose.

Thomas was united in marriage June 11, 1950, at the Waterman United Methodist Church, to the former Betty Ray, and they spent the next 46 years of their lives together.

Mr. Foose was employed for many years by the Caterpillar Corporation in Montgomery, IL, until his retirement in 1985.  Tom loved nothing more than working around his home.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and brother, who will be dearly missed by his family and many friends.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, of Waterman; four children, Theresa (Albert) Ekstrom of DeKalb, Gregory (Susan) Foose of DeKalb, Jeffery (Peggy) Foose of DeKalb, and Christine (Mark) Luttrell of Cumming, GA; nine grandchildren, Kimberly Setser, Thomas Setser, Nick Foose, Tony Foose, Kristen Foose, Brian Ekstrom, Haley Luttrell, Nathaniel Luttell and Chris (Rob) Frye; one great grandson, Jason Frye; as well as four sisters, Margaret (Bob) Gaskin, Betty (Bob) Rissman, Nancy (Harold) Koenes, and Donna (Bill) Hutter.

Mr. Foose was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Charles and Barry Foose, one brother, Samuel Foose; and two sisters, Frances Wallis and Anna Mae Long.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 27, 1997, at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman, IL, with Rev. Paul Zeman officiating.  Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-264-3362.

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Fred M. Neimeyer     1997.02.39

Fred M. Neimeyer, 66, of Aurora, passed away February 19, 1997, at his home.  He was born December 20, 1930 in Aurora.

Mr. Neimeyer was a member of St. Rita of Cascia Church.  He attended West Aurora High School and retired from Caterpillar in 1988 after 30 years of service.

In 1952 Mr. Neimeyer was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy where he served as a Fire Controlman at the time of the Korean Conflict.

Survivors include his wife, Mary (Chione) Neimeyer of Aurora; his five children, Martha Neimeyer and her fiancé, Robert Pogee, both of Aurora, Robbie (Dave) Angell, of Waterman, Dan (Lorrie) Neimeyer of Aurora, Ken (Peggy) Niemeyer, of Aurora, Ronald (Barbara) Neimeyer of Aurora; 10 grandchildren, Brian Parsons, Heather and Sara Angell, Matthew and Leanne Neimeyer, Kathryn and George Stathis, Juliette Lauren and Alyssa Niemeyer; two special friends, Sr. Mary Jo Kenny, and Sr. Mary Assumpta; and a multitude of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred H. and Myra J. (Ballard) Neimeyer; and his infant granddaughter, Kara Neimeyer.

Funeral services were held February 22, 1997, at St. Rita of Cascia Church, with Father Robert McClellan officiating.  Interment was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita of Cascia Church Renovation Fund, the V.N.A., or to Hospice.  

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   Bernice H. Krieger Allen      1997.02.40

Bernice H. Allen, age 97, of Maple Park, passed away Wednesday, February 19, 1997, at Sandwich Community Hospital in Sandwich.  She was born November 14, 1899, in Pierce Township, IL, the daughter of Michael and Priscilla Alice (Kuter) Krieger.

Bernice was united in marriage December 28, 1920, in Ottawa, IL, to Mr. Lester C. Allen and spent her years as a loving homemaker for her family, always keeping an active mind and busy hands.

Mrs. Allen was a member of the Pierce United Methodist Church, in Maple Park, where she was active in its activities, such as having served as the former treasurer of the United Methodist Women’s Organization.  She and her husband were members of the Kane County Farm Bureau.  Bernice loved gardening and handiwork of all kinds, especially making things for her family and many friends.  She was an avid fan of TV bowling and Cubs baseball, enjoyed working crossword puzzles, and doing word search.  Her heart was always tied to the life she had shared with her husband on their farm, and continued to show in her love for animals of all kinds.

Survivors include her two children, Marilyn (Virtus) McNary, of Aurora, and Merle (Anita) Allen, of Maple Park; two grandchildren, Brian McNary, of Aurora, and Karen (Christopher) Mang, of Oswego; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband May 2, 1966; two sisters, Veda Hering, and Edna Allen; and one brother in infancy.

Funeral services were held February 22, 1997 at the Pierce Church in Maple Park, with Rev. Richard P. Wagner officiating.   Interment was in the Pierce Cemetery in Maple Park.

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Olive G. Lathrop Johnson     1997.02.41

Olive G. Johnson, 84, of Waterman, IL, passed away Wednesday, February 26, 1997, at Shabbona Health Care Center.  She was born July 7, 1912, in Leedey, IL, the daughter of Clarence and Henrietta (Munson) Lathrop.  Olive and Paul A. Johnson were united in marriage August 14, 1936, in DeKalb.

Olive graduated from Rock Falls High School in Rock Falls, IL, and attended Northern Illinois State Teachers College in DeKalb.  She was a school teacher in Waterman until her marriage to Paul.  When her children were older, she returned to the teaching profession at Hinckley Elementary School.  Olive returned to college and graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1965.

Olive was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister.  She was a caring friend and a faithful servant of God.  She will be missed by all who knew her.

Olive was a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church, where she was very active for many years as a Sunday school teacher, church treasurer, and member of the Presbyterian women’s group.

Survivors include her husband, Paul of Waterman; one daughter, Jeanetta (Doug) Boughton, of Leland; one son, Paul G. (Laurie) Johnson, of Waterman; one sister, Myrta Tompkins, of Rock Falls; nine grandchildren, Pauline Dildine of Chicago, Butch (Amy) Overby of Waterman, Mark (Kathy) Overby of DeKalb, Dawn (Mike) Girka of Streator, Lynette Boughton of Leland, Kristine (Jason) Lodwig of Waterman, Jacob Johnson of Waterman; six great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Harold Lathrop, Arthur Lathrop, and Howell Lathrop; and two sisters, Gladys Wedell and Claretta Kelsey.

Funeral services were held March 1, 1997, at Waterman Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Kerry Bean officiating.

Arrangements were made by Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapels, 815-264-3362.                  CC 2/27/1997

 

Viola Hardesty Klomhaus Masiokas     1997.02.42

Viola Klomhaus Masiokas, 75, of DeKalb, passed away Thursday, February 27, 1997, at her home.  She was born January 28, 1922 at Walnut, Bureau County, IL, the daughter of Willie C. and Nellie (Hopkins) Hardesty.  She married Clarence Klomhaus at Dixon, IL September 9, 1938 and later married Leonard Masiokas at Hinckley, IL June 4, 1988.

Viola was a homemaker and farmed with her husband Clarence for forty years, later with her husband, Leonard she owned Leonard’s Jewelers in DeKalb for several years and was its current owner.  She had formerly been employed at St. Mary’s Hospital in DeKalb and by radio station WLBK.  She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Waterman Junior Mother’s Club, where she was a charter member, the Downtown DeKalb Association, the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce where she was an ambassador, and a member of the Ellwood House Association.

Survivors include two sons, Allen (Alicia) Klomhaus of Lancaster, CA, Gene (Diane) Klomhaus of Ellston, IA; one daughter, Mona (Dale) Strausberger of Hinckley; 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; her mother, Nellie Hardesty of Walnut, IL; two sisters, Easter Bolbock of Walnut, IL, and Mary Kranov of Princeton, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, two sons, Jerry and Ray Klomhaus; her father; and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 3, 1997 at 1:30 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church rural Hinckley.  Burial followed at the Oak Mound Cemetery, rural Somonauk.

Visitation was held Sunday, March 2, 1997 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, in DeKalb.

A memorial is being established for Viola Klomhaus Masiokas in care of the Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 30115.  (815) 756-1022.            CC 3/6/1997

 

Louis D. Hofbauer     1997.02.43

Louis D. Hofbauer, 71, of DeKalb, passed away Thursday, February 27, 1997 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born April 3, 1925 in Sycamore, the son of Louis J. and Sophia (Grollemond) Hofbauer.

He was employed by Spaulding Fiber Company in DeKalb for 26 years and had formerly been employed at the Diamond Wire Company in Sycamore.  He was a member of the DeKalb Moose Club and the DeKalb County CB Radio Club, where he was known as “Big Duke.”  He was a veteran, serving in the United States Air Force during World War II.

Survivors include one son, David (Debra) Hofbauer of Elgin; two daughters, Patricia (Robert) Grubbs of Sycamore, and Theresa (Ronald) Pantilla of Shabbona; four grandchildren, Jennifer, Ronald Jr., and Jeffery Pantilla and David Hofbauer, Jr.; three sisters, Cecilia Crofoot of DeKalb, Mildred Burtsch of DeKalb, and Viola (Forrest) Rishel of Rochelle; one aunt, Mary DuSold  of Elgin; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant sister, Clara Rose.

Visitation was held Saturday, March 1, 1997 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, in DeKalb.  There will be no services.  Interment of ashes will take place at a later date.

A memorial is being established for Louis D. Hofbauer in care of Anderson Funeral Home.  For more information, please call (815) 756-1022.                 CC 3/6/1997

 

Joseph Gutesha     1997.02.44

Joseph Gutesha, 82, of Arvada, CO and formerly of DeKalb, passed away Thursday, February 27, 1997, at Weatridge County, CO.

He was born October 10, 1914, in DeKalb, the son of Michael and Mary (Kuzmanovich) Gutesha.  He attended DeKalb schools.  He married Rosemond Louise Schmidt October 5, 1946, in Hinckley.  Joe and Rosemond celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in October 1996.

In 1983, Joe and his wife moved to Grants Pass, OR, and lived there until July 1994, when they moved to Arvada to join their son, Michael, and his wife upon Michael’s retirement from the U.S. Army.

Joe owned and operated a family business, the Mil-Rose Coffee Shop in DeKalb, for five years.  He worked for the Wurlitzer piano Company in DeKalb for 36 years as a piano regulator; there wasn’t a piano he would pass by, wherever it may be, that he wouldn’t test the keys to determine if they were properly regulated.  He retired from the DeKalb Public Library in 1983.  He was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist in Boston, MA, and a long time member of the First Church of Christ Scientist in DeKalb; and was a faithful attendee at both First Church in Grants Pass and in Arvada, where he was a devoted worker and supporter of the church activities.  He was a former member of the DeKalb Toastmaster Club, where he earned the speaker of the month award.  He was a member of the Serbian Gusle Lodge 192 in DeKalb.

Joe followed political and civic events and always had a well thought out viewpoint and loved to share those views in discussion with friends and strangers.  He was a philosopher at heart who made friends easily wherever he went and always had an encouraging word for friend, family, and stinger, hoping to make that person feel good, as he would always say,
”Keep the going good.”

He had a personal quote “If I offended anyone I did not know, please excuse me.”

He loved college basketball for its skill, athleticism, pacing, strategy and intensity, and was an avid Indiana basketball fan and Bobby Knight supporter.

Survivors include his wife, Rosemond, two sons, Michael Louis (Linda) Gutesha of Arvada, and Freddie Joe (Ellen) Gutesha of Aurora; two nieces, Mary Militsa Samardziya of DeKalb; three nephews, Nick Samardziya of DeKalb, Michael Milan and Gregory Gutesha of West Lake Village, CA.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 15, 1997, at 3:30 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.  Interment of ashes will be at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.

A memorial is being established for the First Church of Christ Scientist, 22 N. Third St., DeKalb, IL 60115.

 CC 3/6/1997

 

                             Harold H. Jovanovic     1997.03.01

Harold “Sonny” H. Jovanovic, 69, of Big Rock. formerly of Ottawa and Sandwich, died Friday, March 14, 1997 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Belvidere, IL.  Sonny was born September 4, 1927 in Ottawa, the son of Anton and Amelia (Kresimer) Jovanovic.

Sonny spent 3½ years in the Navy aboard the USS Iowa during World War !I.  He left Libby Owens Glass in Ottawa in 1959 to manage Bowl Rite Pro Shop.  In 1961, he managed Marseilles Bowling Lane and opened S & L Pro Shop in Ottawa in 1966.  In 1971 Sonny owned Idle Hour Lanes in Sandwich with lots of great bowling tournaments.  In 1970 he started Sonny’s Custom Lettering in Sandwich and owned Bowl n’ Arrow Lanes in Waterman.

He started his bowling career in 1947. He held a record of 827 in Ottawa, won the city tourney championships three consecutive years and was past president of the Ottawa Bowling Association.  He was inducted to Ottawa’s Bowling Hall of Fame in l994.

Sonny organized many youth bowlers and had a youth travel team that never lost a match, game averaging 945.  The S & L Pro Shop Travel Team traveled the state averaging 996.

Sonny was a member of Midwest Bowling Association, CICBA. Central Illinois Classic Bowlers Association and an R#80 Traveling Bowling Team organizer.  He was a member of Paul Krumskes Chicago Classic League team bowling 33 lanes and bowling with a league average of 209

He won the state doubles scratch championship participations, averaging 218. He had four 300s and 11- 299s with a top average of 218.

Sonny was one of the organizers of the Midwest Masters Scratch League of Naperville.  In 1979 he was awarded the Classic Double’s Sportsmanship in Aurora.

Survivors include his first wife, Omi, of Montana; his present wife, Patricia of Big Rock; one son, Jay Jovanovic, of California; two daughters, Diane (Alan) Underdal of Montana, Tenielle Jovanovic of Big Rock and her fiancée Joseph Riel; two step-sons, Cory (Dee) Thompson and Christopher (Kim) Thompson of California: his grandchildren, Peter, Loralee, Chad and Ryan Underdal of Montana, Erin Riel of Big Rock, two nephews, Fred and Rick Jovanovic of Ottawa. and three nieces. JoAnn Schafer of Plano, Nancy Lane of Wisconsin, and Sharon Jovanovic of Ottawa.

He was preceded in death by his parents Anton and Amelia Jovanovic; his brothers Fritz, Arthur and Victor; and his sister. Victoria (Jovanovic) Whalen.  Visitation was Tuesday, March 18; at Burkhart Funeral Home, 606 East Arnold Road, Sandwich.

Cremation will take place with a private family service.

 In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Sonny`s name to St. Anthony’s Medical Center, Big Rock Fire and Rescue, or the charity of the donor’s choice.              CC 3/20/1997

 

                             Henry George Martin     1997.03.06

Henry George Martin, 78 of Sandwich died Wednesday, March 5, 1997 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  Henry was born July 7, 1918 in Sandwich, the son of Jacob and Alice (Neff) Martin.

He married Dorothy Schule of rural Hinckley on November 20, 1937.  He and Dorothy would have been married 60 years this November.  Henry worked at Federal Huber in Plano for 35 years and was currently employed at Imperial Marble in Somonauk as an engineering consultant for 15 years. He was a member of the Sandwich Moose Lodge 1016.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy (Schule) Martin of Sandwich: four children, Phyllis (Jack) Glover of Plano, Janice (Joe) Sipes of Bloomington, IN, Patti (Jim) Webber of Sandwich, Tom (Linda) Martin of Somonauk, 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; one sister Edna (Wayne) Henrich of Somonauk: two brothers, Wilber (Loretta) Martin of Somonauk; Richard (Francis) Martin of Sandwich; and several nieces and nephews.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, Alice and Jacob Martin one sister Catherine Martin and one brother Art Martin.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 8 at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich, Rev. Joe Nelson officiating.  Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.  Visitation was Friday, March 7 at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.

Memorials may he given in Henry’s name to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Pallbearers will be Jeff Glover, Rich White, Jim and Joe Webber, Jeff Johnson, Jim Williams, Rob Metcalf, and Paul Eichelberger.                               CC 3/13/1997

 

Geraldine Ann Sellers Murphy     1997.03.15

Geraldine Ann Murphy, 60, of Aurora, passed away March 2, 1997 in Vencor Hospital in Sycamore.  She was born February 12, 1937 in Terre Haute, IN, the daughter of Daniel Elmer Sellers and Thelma Maxine (McConnell) Sellers.

She married Joseph E. Murphy in November 1963 in Aurora.  She was formerly employed by Western Electric in Montgomery and later by the Broadway Restaurant in Aurora.  She was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bulls.

Survivors include her daughter, Emily Murphy of Aurora; four sons, Terry Lee Fortner of Columbus, IN, Kevin Murphy of Aurora, Kelly Murphy of Clearwater, FL, and Kenneth Murphy of Hinckley; her parents, Thelma and Daniel Sellers of Terre Haute, IN; a brother, Dan A. Sellers of Yorkville; four grandchildren, Jarred Fortner, Kayla Fortner, Tasha Gilchrist, Spencer Thomas, and a nephew, Daniel P. Seller.

She was preceded in death by her husband, and aunt, Wilma Jane Lucas.

Funeral and burial services were held March 8, 1997 at Spring Lake Cemetery in Aurora.

A memorial fund is established at the First State Bank of Maple Park, 1100 S. County Line Road, Maple Park, IL 60151.

Cremation and burial arrangements were made by Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home.                  CC 3/13/1997

 

Mildred I. Ansteth Gordon     1997.03.16

Mildred I. Gordon, age 74, of Waterman, passed away March 5, 1997, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.  She was born August 19, 1922 in Lamoille, IL, the daughter of Ray and Emma (Swanson) Ansteth.

Mildred was united in marriage May 4, 1944 in Waterman, to Mr. Gilbert Gordon, and they spent the next 52 years of their lives together.

Mrs. Gordon was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church.  She was a loving homemaker for her family.  She had, of many years, been a volunteer for the Clinton Township Library.

Survivors include her husband, Gilbert, of Waterman; five children, Judy Johnson of Hampshire, IL, Gerald (Alice) Gordon of Rock Falls, IL, Edward (Terrie) Gordon of Cary, IL, Debra (Rodney) Ferguson of DeKalb, and Randy (Cathy) Gordon of DeKalb; twelve grandchildren; six great grandchildren; one sister, Elaine “Bobbie” Murray of Waterman; as well as many friends who will miss her dearly.

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

Funeral services were held March 8, 1997 at the Waterman United Methodist Church, with Rev. James Ketzel officiating.  Interment was in the Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.       CC 3/13/1997

 

Joseph L. Ness     1997.03.17

Joseph L. Ness, age 70, of Hinckley, passed away March 9, 1997, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  He was born November 24, 1926, in Sheridan, IL, the son of Joseph and Josephine (Johnson) Ness.

Joe was united in marriage April 3, 1949, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley to the former Rita Wahlgren, and they spent the next 48 years of their lives together.

Mr. Ness was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, having served as its past president.  He was a farmer in the area for many years and was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.  He served with the United States Army, and was a member of its band during World War II.  Joe was a past Commander and Treasurer of the Big Rock American Legion Post #549.  He was a charter member of the Big Rock Fire department and was also a member of the Aurora Moose Lodge #400.   It was well known to his family and friends that farming was Joe’s life and much-loved hobby.

Survivors include his wife, Rita, of Hinckley; three children, Karen (Scott) Hill of Rockford, and Kathy (Robert) Smith, of Earlville; ten grandchildren, Lindsey and Mallory Ness, Keegan, Alec, Kellen, Aren and Breida Hill, Nick Smith, Jaimie Parks and Terry Brue; two great grandchildren, Kelsey Parks and Kayla Brue; four sisters, Betty Beck of Hinckley, Nell (Eddie) Evans of Big Rock, Irene Ayers of Long Beach, CA, and Lucille (Mark) Evans of Hamilton, MT; his mother-in-law, Ivy Wahlgren of Cave Creek, AZ; as well as many nieces and nephews and friends who will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Jeffery and Tim; four brothers, Howard, Osmond, Francis, Merwin and Jim Ness; one sister, Ruth Ann Dorian; and his father-in-law Herbert “Hub” Wahlgren.

Funeral services were held March 12, 1997, at St. Paul‘s United Church of Christ, with Rev. Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment took place in the Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.

A memorial fund is being established by Joe’s family.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.        CC 3/13/1997

 

Harold E. Anderson, Sr.     1997.03.18

Harold E. “Pop” Anderson, Sr., 90, of Sycamore, died March 14, 1997, at DeKalb County Nursing Home.  He was born December 3, 1906, in Afton Township, the son of Ben and Gertrude (Mosher) Anderson.  He married Mildred Marie Leifheit October 10, 1930, in Waukegan.

He was formerly employed by Northern Illinois University.  He was the recipient of the State of Illinois Service and Recognition Award.  He enjoyed fishing, traveling and mowing yards.

He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.  He served in the United States Army during World War II.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #677 in Hinckley and belonged to the National Rifle Association.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred; son, Richard E. Anderson; one infant daughter, Dolores Anderson; one infant granddaughter, Karen Lee Anderson; and one brother, Edwin Anderson.

He is survived by one son, Harold (Betty Lou) Anderson of Waterman; sister-in-law, Catherine Anderson; daughter-in-law, Amy Anderson; nine grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and one niece and nephew.

A memorial service was held March 17, with Rev Donald E. Balgeman officiating.  Interment of ashes will be held at Fairview Cemetery at a later date.

A memorial fund has been established in his name, in care of Ronan-Moore Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb.

CC 3/20/1997

 

Delbert Ivan Grimm     1997.03.19

Delbert Ivan Grimm, 76, of Tuscola, IL, died March 17, 1997, at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.

Mr. Grimm was born September 23, 1920 in Hinckley, the son of Ivan Sylvester and Dorothy Pritchard Grimm.  He married Lucille Meinhart April 7, 1954, in Tuscola, IL.  She survives.

Survivors include five sons, Rick (Barb) Grimm of Champaign, IL, Chuck (Janet) Grimm of Decatur, IL, Doug Grimm of Tuscola, IL, Jim (Mindy) Grimm of Tuscola, IL, Lee Grimm of Tuscola, IL; six daughters, Pat (Gary) Davis of Broken Arrow, OK, Joyce (Lyle) Amacher of Savoy, IL, Donna (Joe) Franklin of Mahomet, IL, Peggy (Dion) Day of Payne, OH, JoAnne (Brian) Czerwonka of Tuscola, IL, Lisa (Eric) Gibson of Tuscola, IL; 17 grandchildren; 2 great granddaughters; two brothers, Dr. Oliver Grimm of Peoria, IL, and Merwin Grimm of Rockford, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Joseph S. Franklin; two brothers, Pritchard Grimm and Curtiss Grimm.

Mr. Grimm was a retired plant manager at DeKalb Seed Company in Tuscola, retiring in 1977 after 36 years.  He was also a retired farmer.   He was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Military Police serving his country during World War II, former member of the Tuscola Community Unit #301 School Board, former Parkland College board of directors, former past president and Paul Harris Fellow and Man of the Year of the Tuscola Rotary Club, former member of board of directors of the Tuscola Cooperative Grain Company, former Scattering Fork’s Ditch Commissioner, past president of the Tuscola Chamber of Commerce, former Chairman of the American Red Cross and United Way.  He was the Grand Marshall for the Old Fashioned Days Parade in 1978.  He was very helpful in the construction of the Tuscola Community Building.

The funeral was held March 20, 1977, at the Forty Martyrs Catholic Church in Tuscola, with the Rev. Michael Mullink and Sister Phyllis Schenk officiating.

Memorials may be made to Forty Martyrs Catholic Church, the American Red Cross, or the Tuscola Public Library.

CC 3/27/1997

 

Wells Elias Fay, Jr.     1997.03.20

Wells Fay, Jr., age 93, of Stanton, IA, passed away March 18, 1997, at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.  Wells Elias Fay, Jr., was born August 18, 1903, in Squaw Grove Township near Hinckley, the son of Wells Fay, Sr., and Maude Beitel Fay.  He graduated from West High School and attended Muskingum College before his graduation from the University of Wisconsin.  He was united in marriage to Jessie Dean, and they farmed near Somonauk, IL, until moving to Stanton, IA, in 1988 to be near their daughter.  Jessie passed away July 16, 1990.  Besides farming, Wells was a sales representative for the DeKalb Seed Corn Company for many years.  He was an 83 year member of the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church, a 72 year member of the Waterman Masonic Lodge #728, and long time member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and later, after moving to Stanton the Montgomery County Farm Bureau.  Wells is survived by his daughter, Jerry Vennerberg, and her husband, Dwight, of Stanton, IA; and his son, Warren Fay, and his wife, LaDonna, of Byron, MN; 9 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held March 24, 1997, at the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church.  Burial of ashes was in the Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk, IL.

Memorials are suggested to either the Mamrelund Lutheran Church in Stanton, IA, or the United Presbyterian Church in Somonauk, IL.

Arrangements were handled by Nelson-Boyland Funeral Chapel in Red Oak, IA.                   CC 3/27/1997

 

William K. Miller, Sr.     1997.03.21

William K. Miller, Sr., 75, of Oswego, passed away March 18, 1997, at the Tillers in Oswego.  He was born February 27, 1922. in Aurora.

He graduated from West Aurora High School and attended Iowa State University prior to serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II.

He was employed by Barber Greene Co. For 35 years.  Following his retirement in 1980, he was self employed as a broker of used heavy equipment.  He was a member of the American Legion and director of the Oswego Community Bank.

Survivors include his wife, Georgia (Zickert) Miller of Oswego; one son, William K. (Deborah) Miller, Jr. of Big Rock; two daughters, Barbara (Michael) Finnegan of Manhattan, KS, and Jacqueline Miller of Hinckley; one brother, Roy F. Miller of Seattle, WA; one sister, Marilyn Luckey of Northridge, CA; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Maude Miller.

Memorial donations may be made to the Rush-Copley Physical Rehabilitation Center, 2000 Ogden Ave., Aurora, IL 60504.                          CC 3/27/1997

 

Jason Corbett Espe     1997.03.22

Jason Corbett Espe, 26, of Woodstock, IL, and formerly of Harvard, IL, died March 20, 1997, in Woodstock.  He was born July 12, 1970 in DeKalb.

He was a 1988 graduate of Harvard High School and attended McHenry County College.  He was a physical therapist at the Sunset Manor in Woodstock and was an avid Chicago Blackhawk fan.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Diana and Jim VanDaele of Harvard; his father and step-mother, Joel and Cheri Espe of Monticello, WI; three sisters, Rachel and Katherine VanDaele of Harvard, and Brianna Espe of Monticello, WI; one brother, Jesse Espe of Monticello, WI; his maternal grandmother, Virginia George of Shabbona; and step-grandparents, Morris and Fern VanDaele of Twin Lakes, WI, and Myron Johnson of Harvard.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Ellis and Ruby Espy; maternal grandfather, Gilbert George; and step-grandmother, Joann Johnson.

Funeral services were March 24 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Harvard, with the Rev. Richard Kramer officiating.  Interment followed in the St. Joseph Cemetery.    CC 3/27/1997

 

Stella Christiansen Hansen Wilson     1997.03.23

Stella Wilson, 95, of Aurora, passed away March 25, 1997 at the Countryside Care Center in Aurora, where she had been a resident for the past three years.  She was born September 14, 1901, in Hinckley, the daughter of John Peter and Catherine Margaret (Kuhnbolt) Christiansen.  The family made their home in the Hinckley/Big Rock area for a number of years, but lived for a short time in Iowa before returning to Hinckley.  For a few years, they lived in Catville, once known as Rockville, between Sugar Grove and Big Rock and in later years moved to Perry Road, south of Maple Park, before settling in Kaneville on Dauberman Road.

As a young woman, Stella married Levi Hansen and they lived in the Maple Park area for a time before moving to Chicago.  In the city, they were employed as homemakers for a family with whom they moved to Maine in 1938.  Some years later, following Levi’s death, Stella was united in marriage to Harlan Wilson January 29, 1964.  They made their home in South Paris, ME, where many came to know Stella as a caring clerk at the local drug store in nearby Norway, ME.

Following Harlan’s death, Stella soon returned to Illinois, where she settled in Aurora in October 1973.  In later years she enjoyed her home and friends at Constitution House until 1994, when she became a resident at the Countryside Care Center in Aurora.

Survivors include two nieces, Norma (Francis) Farley of Aurora and Helen (Howard) Schramm of Hampshire; three nephews, Burdette (Mable) Christensen of Cortland, IL; Wendell (Rose) Christensen of Elburn and Bob Christiansen of St. Paul, MN; one sister-in-law, Lavina Christiansen of St. Charles.

She joins now her parents, her husbands, Levi and Harland; four sisters, Lillie (Charles) Christensen, Freda (Harry) Johnson, Marie Christiansen and Anne Christiansen in infancy; two brothers, Walter (Lavina) Christiansen and Harry (Margaret) Christiansen; one sister-in-law, Emma Christiansen; and one niece, Marion (John) DeVries, who preceded her in death.

Funeral services were March 31 at Conley Funeral Home with the Rev. Ruth Wickersham, pastor of the Kaneville United Methodist Church, officiating. Committal services were at Gardner Cemetery, Route 38, Maple Park.

Memorials in her name may be mailed in care of P.O. Box A, Elburn, IL 60119.                       CC 4/3/1997

 

Roxie Alice Carter Armstrong     1997.03.24

Roxie Alice Armstrong, age 94, of Hinckley, passed away March 25, 1997, at the DeKalb County Nursing Home in DeKalb.  She was born December 17, 1902, in Leitchfield, KY, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Probus) Carter.

Roxie was united in marriage January 31, 1926, in Leitchfield, KY, to Mr. Thomas Carl Armstrong. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be missed by all who knew her.

Mrs. Armstrong was a member of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley and a former member of the Little Clifty Baptist Church in Leitchfield, KY.

Survivors include her two sons, Carl (Carol) Armstrong, and Joseph (Mary) Armstrong, both of Quincy, IL; one daughter, Jean (LuVerne) Jacobson, of Branson, MO; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one sister, Opal Egelston, of Elizabethtown, NC; two brothers, Jay (Frances) Carter, of Plainfield, IL; and Mick Carter, of Loami, IL; as well as one sister-in-law, Kathryn Carter, of Athens, IL, and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl, December 10, 1987; two infant daughters; six brothers and sisters; and one grandson, Brian Kent Armstrong.

Funeral services were held March 27, 1997, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.  Interment followed in the Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.

Memorials may be made to the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.                        CC 4/3/1997

 

Meryl E. Cox     1997.03.25

Meryl E. Cox, 87, of Munster, IN, and formerly of the village of Lakewood Club, MI, passed away March 25, 1997.

Meryl served with the U.S. Army Company C, 596th S.A.W.B.N. during World War II.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #1253 in Lee, IL.  He retired from Union Specialty Co. in Chicago.  He was also a member of St Mary of the Woods in Lakewood Club, MI.

He is survived by one stepson, Walter (Marguerite) Pietraszak, of Munster, IN; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; four brothers, George and Vincent Cox of Shabbona, Charles (Mercedes) Cox of Prairie du Sac, WI, and Harold (Helen) Cox of Lee; one sister, Regina (William) Knight of Peoria; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte Pietraszak Cox; his parents, George and Ellen Cox; two sisters, Frances Follin and Mary Cox; and one brother, Frederick Cox.

Funeral services were held April 1, 1997, at the Burns-Kish Funeral Home in Munster, IN, and at St. Thomas More Church, with Father Ian Williams officiating.  Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery in Lee.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. Vincent DePaul Society of St. Thomas More would be appreciated.

CC 4/3/1997

 

Janet Okapal Brackett     1997.03.26

Janet Brackett, wife of Robert Brackett, and mother of sons Lincoln and Robert, Jr., passed away unexpectedly March 30, 1997, at Copley Hospital.  She was born in Aurora June 6, 1942, the daughter of Louis and Marian Okapal, who preceded her in death.

In addition to her husband and sons, survivors include three sisters, Joan (Mrs. Raymond) Fictel of Montgomery, Peggy (Mrs. Scott) Kreiger of Oregon, IL, and Louanne Okapal of Baraboo, WI; four brothers, Thomas Okapal of Naperville, Jon Okapal of Big Rock, Richard Okapal of Plano, and Andrew Okapal of Baraboo, WI; their respective spouses and children; her daughter-in-law, Dawn (Mrs. Robert, Jr.) Brackett of Geneva; and her grandchildren, Dustin, Joshua, and Kalee, also of Geneva.

Janet Brackett was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, and will be deeply missed by her family and her many friends.

A memorial reception was held April 1, 1997, at the American Legion Headquarters in Oswego.              

Memorial charitable contributions, in lieu of flowers, will be appreciated.                                          CC 4/10/1997

 

Lorraine Langenbacher Peaslee     1997.04.11

Lorraine L. Peaslee, 76, of Neighbors Nursing Home, Byron, IL, died April 4, 1997, at the nursing home, after a lengthy illness.

She was born March 11, 1921, in Otter Tail County, MN, to Clifford Langenbacher and Edith Johnson.  She married Wilbur C. Peaslee November 27, 1942 in Olympia, WA.  She was a graduate of Parkers Prairie High School in Parkers Prairie, MN.  She was a member of the Christian Women’s Group in Shell Lake, WI, and a former member of Garden and Craft Clubs at Shadley Apartments.  She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Belvidere.  She was previously a resident of Shell Lake, WI, and Caledonia, IL.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara (Robert) Rehnberg of Rockford, and Marilyn (Gary) Harleman of Chana; two sons, Dennis (Judy) Peaslee of Belvidere, and James D. Peaslee of Shabbona; two sisters, Dorothy (Clifford) Winchell of Merced, CA, and Aileen (Hank) Dawson of Payson, AZ; one brother, Arvid Langenbacher of Scottsdale, AZ; and six grandchildren, Beth Rehnberg, Brian Rehnberg, Dawn Peaslee, Clayton Peaslee, Sarah Harleman and Leslie Peaslee.

Funeral services were held April 7, 1997 at Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home, with Rev. Richard Nelson of Calvary Baptist Church officiating.  Burial will take place at Shell Lake Cemetery in Shell Lake.

A memorial has been established in her name.  For information, call 815-544-2616.              CC 4/10/1997

 

Aaron D. Voss     1997.04.12

Aaron D. Voss, age 29, of Madison, WI, passed away as a result of an automobile accident April 6, 1997, in Columbia, MO.  He was born November 15, 1967, in Rockford, IL, the son of David and Patricia (Williams) Voss.

Aaron was united in marriage October 12, 1996, in Madison, to the former Kristin Austin.  He was a graduate of the University of Illinois.   He and his wife, Kristin, were at this time the owners of Willaby’s Restaurant in Madison.

Survivors include his wife, Kristin, of Madison, WI; his mother, Patricia (Leonard) Sprinkle, of Freehold, NJ; his brother, Mark Voss (and his fiancé, Michelle Jesko), of Madison, WI; two sisters, Melinda Sprinkle, of Trenton, NJ, and Melissa (Jason) Test, of Freehold, NJ; his grandmother, Ione Voss, of Hinckley; Genevieve Austin, of Nebraska; his mother-in-law, Nancy Schmelzer, of Madison, WI; two nephews, Brandon and Tyler; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his father, David, in 1990; his two grandfathers, Martin Voss and Dutch Williams; and two uncles, John and Philip Voss.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 1997, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, with Rev. Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment will follow in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Hinckley.

Friends may call Thursday, April 10, 1997, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple Street, Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-286-3247.

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Mary Ellen Burrington Fowler     1997.04.13

Mary Ellen Fowler, 84, of Shabbona, died April 5, 1997, at Shabbona Healthcare Center.

She was born June 3, 1912, in Huron, SD, the daughter of Albert H. and Petra N. Olson Burrington.  She lived in Rockford since 1942, moving from Huron.  She married George L. Fowler in Rockford August 11, 1943.  He died July 25, 1981.

She was a member of Tabor Lutheran Church, where she was president of L.C.W. for six years, a member of Grace Circle, Altar Guild, and was a custodian for many years, along with her husband, George.

She is survived by five nieces and nephews, Marilyn (Lyle) Seeman, Robert Cardine, Florine Schwalker, Ruth Chrisopherson and Bob Hoffman; twelve great nieces and great nephews, Kathleen (Dennis) Sands, Mike (Linda) Cardine, Robert Cardine, Kim  (Walt) Borne, Teresa Roa, Mark, Luke and Matthew Seeman, Margaret Reuer, Iris Loney, Kevin Hoffman, and Dalane Hawley; twelve great great nieces and great great nephews, Rebecca (Jamie) Deutsch, Aaron (Teffanie) Sands, Clint Sands, Christine, Ryan, Kyle and Kelli Cardine, Curtis Borne, Daniel Roa, Jacob and Sarah Seeman, and Heather Loney; one great great great niece and one great great great nephew, Christian and Anthony Deutsch; one sister-in-law, Billie Haugen; and one brother-in-law, Joe Haugen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George; one son, George L., Jr.; her parents; one sister, Alice Hoffman; four brothers, Edward, Theodore, Glenn and Earl; and her niece, Patty Lou Fowler.

Services were held April 8, 1997, at Tabor Lutheran Church, with Rev. Paul H. Wold officiating.  Burial took place in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements were made by Fred C. Olson Funeral Chapels.

Memorials may be made to the church.          CC 4/10/1997

 

Donna J. Burns     1997.04.14

Donna J. Burns, 70, of Plano, passed away April 2, 1997, at Rush-Copley Hospital.  She was born May 27, 1926, in Columbus, OH.

Mrs. Burns was employed as an inspector for Impact Industries in Sandwich until her retirement.  She was a member of the Plano American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband, Phillip Burns of Plano; nine children, Donna (Jon) Beitel of Oswego, Phillis (Charles) Grimes of Koshknonong, MO, Catherine (Roger) Bement of Hinckley, William (Sherry) Burns of Plano, Lorraine Balsitis of West Chicago, James Burns of Aurora, John (Judy) Burns of North Aurora, Mary (Scott) McKnight of Plano, and Peggy Einhaus of Aurora; 21 grandchildren, Donna Jo (Jon) Dewitz of Montgomery and Benecia, CA, Jon Jeffrey (Kimberly) Beitel of St. Charles, Jeanne (Joseph) Henn of Yorkville, Katrina Grimes of Ottawa, Jennifer (Mike) Zajdel of St. Charles, David (Nicole) Bement of Glen Ellyn, Brian Bement of Hinckley, Chuck Burns of Aurora, Chris, Matt and Mike Burns, all of Plano, Casey, Scott and Lorrie Balsitis, all of West Chicago, Bradley and Aimee Burns both of North Aurora, Robert, Patricia and Tommy McKnight, all of Plano, David and Rebecca Einhaus both of Aurora; four special step-grandchildren, Joe, David, Jimmy and Tammy; 10 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three grandsons, Victor Phillip Burns, Lance Michael Grimes and Daniel Phillip Burns.

Memorial services were held April 5, 1997, at the Dieterle Memorial Home, with Rev. Leon Albets of Oswego Presbyterian Church officiating.

Contributions may be made in Mrs. Burns’ memory to the Kendall County Food Pantry.

Arrangements were handled by Dieterle Memorial Home.

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