1997 – 1999

Alice Louise Read Richards Carlson     1997.04.15

Alice Louise Carlson, 70, of Elburn, passed away April 10, 1997, during cardiac bypass surgery at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.  A woman who enjoyed cards, bingo, and a night at the casino, Alice had been faced with very high risk decisions for the last two weeks.  In the end, she placed her bet on surgery.  Some may say that she lost the bet, but those who loved her know that she won the game and, just beyond sunset, family and friends have already dealt her in.

She was born August 7, 1926, in DeKalb, the daughter of Roy and Lucy Isabelle (Wilson) Read.  She grew up in Elburn and attended both Elburn and DeKalb schools.

June 3, 1945, she was united in marriage to Donald R. Richards, and they farmed on Keslinger Road until April 7, 1958, when Don was tragically killed in a farming accident.  Their loving community made it possible for Alice to build a new home on the corner of the land they farmed and continue raising her family.

June 15, 1959 she was united in marriage to Glenn “Butch” Carlson in Las Vegas, NV, and a new and happy life began.  They made their home in Sierra Vista, AZ, where Butch was stationed at Fort Hauchuca.  Following Butch’s discharge in 1960, they returned to Elburn, where they settled once more in Alice’s home on Keslinger Road, where they have since made their home  for many years.

Alice worked at Portable Electric Tool for a time and for some 13 years at the DuKane Corp. in St. Charles, until her retirement in 1987, when she left full time work to care for her beloved in-laws, Donald and Irene Richards.

She was a member of the Elburn Community Congregational Church, the American Legion Auxiliary Post #630 in Elburn, and was an active helper at many Elburn Lion’s Club functions.  A woman who never lost her zest for life, Alice enjoyed bowling, bingo, her monthly card club, dancing to the big bands, good times at the casino and the spirit of Christmas all year long.  She followed her family through basketball, track and many Kaneland sporting events.  Ready to travel any time, she loved the sunshine of Arizona, Florida and Hawaii and was blessed with many happy miles.

Energetic, gracious and always the first to lend a helping hand, Alice lived for her family, her grandchildren and friends, and made the best of both the bitter and the sweet in her life.

In addition to her husband, Glenn, She is survived by six children, Sandi (Bill) Frost of Hinckley, Trent (Joan) Richards of Roselle, Trudy Overhaug of Maple Park, Ron (Penne) Richards of Loveland, CO, Donna (Robert) Harner of Elburn, and Darryl (Joanna) Carlson of Ohio, IL; 48 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; two sisters, Elmina (George) Nelson of Sun City, AZ, and Dorothy Wiesbrook of Sycamore; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Swanson of Lily Lake, and Delores Heussner of Hale, MO; and one brother-in-law, LeRoy (Donna) Carlson of Waterman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Donald R. Richards; and two brothers, Welford and Donald Read.

Funeral services were held April 14, 1997, at the Community Congregational Church in Elburn, with Rev. Katherine Lawes officiating.  Interment took place at Blackberry Cemetery in Elburn.

Memorials in her name may be made to the Elburn Lion’s Club, Elburn, IL 60119 or the Community Congregational Church, P.O. Box 300, Elburn, IL 60119.          CC 4/17/1997

 

William Stammet     1997.04.16

William Stammet, 68, of Batavia, passed away April 14, 1997, at his home after a courageous battle with leukemia.  He was born February 1, 1929, in Aurora, the son of the late Nicholas and Frieda (Schult) Stammet.  He was united in marriage November 5, 1949, in Aurora.

William served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy and received the Victory Medal.  He worked for many years at Belding Machinery Movers in West Chicago.  He was a member of the Batavia VFW Post #1197.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Stammet; six daughters, Carol (Keith) Vonhoff of Big Rock, Linda (Terry) Gutzmer of Wheaton, Jody (Dennis) Johnson of Geneva, Pat (Steve) Cearlock of Statesville, NC, Peggy (Eric) Edwards of North Aurora, and Laurie (Mark) Eschenbacher of Hinckley; three sons, Rick (Connie) Stammet of Batavia, Don (Carole) Stammet of Elburn, and Mike (Renee) Stammet of Sugar Grove; 21 grandchildren; three sisters, Barb (Lowell) Whitmer of Aurora, Frieda (Santee) Britt and Geraldine Lueck both of Montgomery.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Jim Stammet.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 27, 1997 at Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home in Batavia.  Rev. Truman Hazelwood will officiate.  Burial will be at River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia. For further information call 630-879-7900.

Contributions in his memory may be made to his family.

CC 4/17/1997

 

Franklin D. Kirkus     1997.04.17

Franklin D. Kirkus. 64, of Aurora, died April 12, 1997, at Mercy Center Hospital.  He was born November 2, 1932 in Mt. Vernon, SD.

Mr. Kirkus was self-employed in the construction business for several years, and retired from Mooseheart in 1995 after 13 years of service.  He was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Aurora, the Aurora Tiger Club, Batavia Moose Lodge #682, Legion of the Moose Mecca #9, the Batavia Moose Ritual Staff for 38 years, and had received his Pilgrim Degree of Merit.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara J (Behrens) Kirkus of Aurora; one daughter, Patricia Dean of Aurora; two sons, Jay Q.  Kirkus of Boston, MA, and David L. Kirkus of Aurora; four grandchildren, Stephanie Dean, Cory Cantrell, Rebecca Dean, all of Aurora, and Brad Kirkus of California; three brothers, Kermit (Bernice) Kirkus, of Waterman, Gary (Cheryl) Kirkus of Hinckley, and Larry Kirkus of California; one sister, Helen Seedom of California; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mr. Kirkus was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Edith (Johnson) Kirkus; and two sisters.

Funeral services were held April 15, 1997, at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, with the Rev. John M. Freidheim officiating.  Interment took place in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery.                              CC 4/17/1997

 

Harry C. Hinkston     1997.04.18

Harry C. “Fuzzy” Hinkston, 86, of Lee, died April 7, 1997, at Mendota Community Hospital.

He was born March 10, 1911, in Shabbona Grove, the son of Otis E. and Frances V. (Seeley) Hinkston.  He married Rhea Schultz June 23, 1933, at the Congregational Parsonage in Sycamore.

Fuzzy helped his father on the family farm for many years, then later worked as a carpenter for Maxie Clark in Hinckley and as a self-employed carpenter.  He was baptized in, and had previously attended, the First Baptist Church in Shabbona.  He had served as a volunteer fireman in Shabbona, and enjoyed going to Shabbona for coffee at the local restaurant.  He was especially proud of serving as Senior Citizen of the Year in the 1988 Lee 4th of July Parade.

Survivors include his wife, Rhea, of Lee; four daughters, Betty (Kenneth) Klotz of Stanwood, IA, Hannah Lyons of Comanche, IA, Cleo (Ray) Yanez of Wittman, AZ, and Cheryl Thompson of Mendota; 17 grandchildren; 52 great grandchildren; and 5 great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Eula and Opal; two brothers, Edwin and Alvin; a son, Walter; three grandchildren, John Seldal, Brand Seldal, and Shelly Severson; and a great granddaughter, Alexis Lynn Larson.

Funeral services were held April 10, 1997, at the First Baptist Church of Shabbona Healthcare Center, with Rev. Jeff Coester of First Baptist Church of Shabbona, and Rev. Henrietta Milner of First Lutheran Church of Lee officiating.

Burial took place in Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman.

A memorial is being established.            CC 4/17/1997

 

Richard Clarence Powell     1997.04.19

Rev. Richard Clarence Powell, 84, of Penney Farms, FL, formerly of Aurora College, Montgomery, and Sheridan, IL, died unexpectedly April 9, 1997, at Orange Park Medical Center, in Florida, with his wife at his side and she on the phone with their son at the very moment he went to live forever with his loving God.

Rev. Powell was born July 5, 1912, at the Powell’s Corner Homestead on Judd Road, Lower Stepney, CT, the birthplace of his father and grandfather Powell.  He was the son of Clarence and Ethelyn (Woodruff) Powell, husband of Mildred (Hanson) June 28, 1941, and father of Richard H. November 13, 1943.

Rev. Powell served on active duty with the Coast Guard Police in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, 3rd Naval District, Stratford, CT, during World War II as a Chief Boatswain Mate while employed as an armed guard with United Aircraft in Stratford, where he met Charles Lindberg in 1943.

Rev. Powell and his family moved to Spartan Terrace, Aurora College, in 1950, where he earned a BA degree in 1954, and a B.Th. in 1955.  The family then moved to Palmer, IL, where he was ordained as minister in the Advent Christian Church in 1955, and served there 2 years.  In 1975, the family moved back to Spartan Terrace, where he attended and graduated from the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Naperville, while serving the Evangelical United Brethren churches at Harlem and Elroy, IL.  The family relocated to Sheridan in 1960, where he served the Sheridan Methodist Church and the Sheridan Boys Prison as chaplain for one year.  He then moved to Montgomery, IL, where he was ordained an Elder in the Northern Illinois Conference and served the Montgomery Methodist Church until 1964.  He went on to pastor the Methodist Churches at Lyndon and Leon 1964-66, Winnebago and Burritt 1966-73, Hinckley and Pierce 1973-76, and Erie from 1976 until his “retirement” in 1978 to Penney Farms, FL, where he served as a fill-in pastor to local churches, but was mostly noted for 8 years of dedicated caring of the nine greens on Penny Farm Golf Course until the effects of radiation treatments for bladder cancer sapped his energy.  Although he suffered much discomfort, especially over the past 5 years, it was through the loving and professional care given by his wife, a registered nurse, his doctors, and home health visits that allowed him to drive himself in his car up to the day before he died.

Rev. Powell is survived by  his loving wife of 56 years; his son, Richard H. (Mary) Powell of Hinckley, IL; one sister in California; one niece, Cindy Davenport, of St. Louis, MO; one nephew, Kenneth (whereabouts unknown); two granddaughters, Kari Richards and Susan Spraggon; along with six great grandchildren, all of Newark, IL.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1967, his mother in 1974, one brother, Kenneth, and two sisters, Sally and Betty.

A memorial service and private burial of his ashes will occur May 1, 1997, at Penny Farms Church and Cemetery in Florida.   Friends may correspond to Mildred Powell, P.O. Box 7, Penny Farms, FL 32079.                                        CC 4/17/1997

 

Lee Edwin Walker     1997.04.20

Reverend Dr. Lee Edwin Walker, age 85, of Lancaster, PA, formerly of Somonauk, passed away at his home after a brief illness. He was born July 10, 1911, in Gentry, AR, the son of John Rankin and Minnie (Wishart) Walker.

He was a graduate of Muskingum College in New Concord, OH, and Pittsburgh-Xinia Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA.  He also did graduate work at Harvard College, now Harvard University.  He received honorary degrees such as Doctor of Divinity from Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL, and Doctor of Laws from the former Tarkio College, Tarkio, MO.

Mr. Walker was the former pastor of the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church in Somonauk, IL; and the former Boulevard United Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA.  He then served for 25 years as a national church executive; as national Director of Youth Work; Editor of Christian Union Herald; Associate Editor of the United Presbyterian; Secretary for higher Education and Consultant for United Presbyterian Colleges; General Secretary of the National Board of Christian Education and Consultant for United Presbyterian North America, and Associate General Secretary of the Board of Christian Education of the United Presbyterian Church USA; Assistant Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Sun City, AZ.  He also served as Interim Pastor for the former Camelback United Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, AZ; Westminster Presbyterian Church, Phoenix, AZ; Interim Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, PA; Stated Supply Pastor of St. Andrew and St. Phillip Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.

During his military service Mr. Walker was the Chaplain (Major) USAR Ret. of the 511th Parachute Infantry, 11th Airborne Division, during training and combat in World War II, with service in New Guinea, Leyte, Luzon, and Japan.  He was promoted to Division Chaplain near the close of the Luzon Campaign for preparation for airborne invasion of the Japanese mainland.  Military organizations he belonged to were Life Member of 11th Airborne Division Association, 511th Parachute Association, and Phoenix Chapter of 11th Airborne Division Association.

Mr. Walkers published works include “Prayers of Confession for the Church” and “The Wind Beneath Our Wings;” speeches and editorials gathered from the files of a former Parachute Chaplain; editorials and feature articles in Presbyterian Life and the United Presbyterian and in other denominational periodicals, educational journals and curriculum books, and military magazines including “The Link,” “The Chaplain,” “Wings Aloft,” “Voice of the Angels,” and “Airborne Quarterly.”

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Elizabeth Ann (Koelsch) Walker of Lancaster, PA; one son, Dr. J. Calvin (Judith S.) Walker of Bonita Springs, FL; one daughter, Marcia W. (Edward M. III) Morgan of Danville, CA; five grandchildren, Lt. Brent C. Walker of Oklahoma City, OK, Ross S. Walker of Irving, TX, Edward M. Morgan IV of Ocean City, NJ, Kelly M. Morrison of Collegeville, PA, and Tara W. Morgan of Wayne, PA; and one sister, Geraldine W. Kennedy of Raytown, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his first wife, Ruth Shively Walker, April 23, 1967.

Local funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 1997, at the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Gordon Page officiating.  Interment will follow in the Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk.

Friends may call Saturday April 26, 1997, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church.

Local arrangements were made by Nelson Funeral Homes. 805-264-3362.                                CC 4/24/1997

 

  1. Glenn Herold 1997.04.21
  2. Glenn Herold, 94, of Aurora, passed away April 15, 1997, at Jennings Terrace following a brief illness. He was born February 10, 1903 in Hinckley, son of the late Leo and Minnie Herold.

He attended Big Rock High School and worked for Richards-Wilcox for 46 years.

Survivors include 1 sister, Grace Graves of Aurora; 3 grandchildren, Elise, Mark and Victoria Herold, all of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; as well as several nieces, nephews and friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Katie Herold, in 1994; his son, Lloyd Herold; six sisters; and one brother.

Graveside funeral services were held April 17, 1997 at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Herold’s name may be made to the Salvation Army.             CC 4/24/1997

 

Violet June Johnson     1997.04.22

Violet June Johnson, 72, of DeKalb, passed away April 25, 1997 at her home.  She was born February 20, 1925, in DeKalb, the daughter of Robert Roy and Mary Elizabeth (Gohl) Johnson.

Violet was a lifelong resident of DeKalb, a 1943 graduate of DeKalb Township High School.  She was employed at the Nehring Electrical Works in DeKalb for 11 years and worked at GTE in Genoa for 30 years until retiring in 1991.

Survivors include one sister, Dolores Sims, of DeKalb; three nephews, Charles Sims of DeKalb, William Johnson of Cortland, Edward Johnson of DeKalb; two nieces, Charlotte (Michael) Bauer of Waterman, and Diane Overbey of DeKalb; nine great nieces and great nephews and her close friend, Eva Pesuth of DeKalb.

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

Funeral services were held April 28, 1997, at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, with Rev. Ronald Miles officiating.  Burial of ashes will be at the Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb at a later date.

A memorial is being established for Violet June
Johnson for the DeKalb County Hospice in care of the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, 815-756-1022.             CC 5/1/1997

 

Dale E. Richardson     1997.04.23

Dale E. Richardson, 71, of Batavia, formerly of Aurora, went to be with the Lord April 25, 1997, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  He was born June 12, 1925, in Aurora, the son of Raymond and Minnie (Squires) Richardson.

Dale was a 1943 East Aurora High School graduate.  He served in the Navy from August 1943 until May 1946.  He retired in 1988 from Sears Roebuck, spending the last 16 years at the Niles, IL store.

He is survived by his wife of 50 plus years, Sally (Biltgen); a son, Joe (Carol) Richardson of Ashton, IL; a daughter, Janice Powers of Cypress, CA; three grandchildren, Myleen, Michael and Matthew Richardson of Aurora; three sisters, Grace Pregel of Aurora, Helen Kodre of Montgomery, and Marge Leasure of Hinckley; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Minnie Richardson; four brothers, Stuart, Stanton, LaVerne and Robert Richardson; three sisters, Ruth Matill, Audrey Harrison and Mildred “Babe” Barrett.

Funeral services were April 29, 1997 at the Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home in Batavia, with the Rev. Michel S. Stoner officiating.  Interment followed at Mt Olivet Cemetery in Aurora.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the V.N.A. Hospice of Fox Valley, 1245 Corporate Blvd., Aurora, IL 60504, or to the United Church of Batavia, 8 N. Batavia Ave., Batavia, IL 60510.

The family thanks Dr. Kola and the Oncology Department at Dreyer Clinic, Mercy Center and the V.N.A. Hospice for their loving care.                   CC 5/1/1997

 

Martin Mueller     1997.04.24

Martin Mueller, 66, of Big Rock, passed away April 28, 1997, at the Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora.  He was born January 29, 1931, in Csavoly, Hungary, the son of Josef and Katharine (Polyak) Mueller.  He emigrated to the United States from Austria in 1956.

Martin was united in marriage July 6, 1963, in Aurora, to the former Rose Taffemer.  In 1975 he and his wife, along with their two sons, moved to Big Rock.

Mr. Mueller was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Plano.  He was formerly employed at Sealmaster Bearing in Aurora for over 36 years until his retirement in 1993.

He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose #400 in Aurora, the Aurora Donau Schwaben Society, and the Cedardell Golf Club in Plano.  Martin was an avid bowler, golfer and enjoyed nothing more than working outdoors in his yard.  He was a founding member of the Aurora Kickers Soccer Club in Aurora, having enjoyed playing soccer himself for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Rose; their two sons, Eric and his wife Susan of Hinckley, and Mark and his wife Elizabeth of Hinckley; as well as one grandson, Christian Mueller; and many friends who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held May 1, 1997, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Bristol, with Father Jerome Zalonis, M.I.C. officiating.  Interment took place in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Bristol.                               CC 5/1/1997

 

Wilhelmina Dienst Davis     1997.04.25

Wilhelmina Davis, 81, of Mesa, AZ, passed away April 17, 1997.  She was born June 30, 1915, in Hinckley, the daughter of Arthur and Myrtle Dienst.

Wilhelmina was united in marriage November 4, 1936 to Mr. Clarence Davis.  They farmed in Hinckley until 1972, when they retired to Plano.  After Clarence’s death in 1986, she moved to Arizona.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy (Marvin) Clawitter and Susan Davis, both of Mesa, AZ; two sons, Kenneth (Patricia) Davis of Yorkville, and Howard (Jacque) Davis of Mesa, AZ; eighteen grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; three sons, Richard, in infancy, John of Chester, IA, and Ray of Broadhead, WI; and three sisters, Leona Phillips, Gladys Brush and Grace Dienst.

A memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 1997, at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home in Yorkville, with Pastor Gordon Page of the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church officiating.  Interment will take place Wednesday, May 21, 1997, in the Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.

Friends may call Tuesday, May 20, 1997 from 6 p.m. to the time of service at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 410 E. Countryside Parkway, Yorkville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the area Hospice.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  630-553-7611.

CC 5/1/1997

 

John T. Jachera     1997.04.26

John T. Jachera, 66, Waterman, died April 28, 1997, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

He was born November 9, 1930, in Chicago, the son of John S. Jachera and Martha Rychlweski.  He married Joan Jachera October 7, 1961 in Chicago.

He was employed by Seymour of Sycamore for 27 years.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

His memberships include the past president of Toastmasters International, past president of Waterman School Board District, past president of Hardware Marketing council, past chairman of Paint Sundry Manufacturing Association, and a member of Sycamore Rotary.  He was also a member of St. James Catholic Church in Lee.

Survivors include two sons, Daniel Jachera of Waterman, and William Jachera of DeKalb; and one sister, Alma Goeckel of DeKalb.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leonard and Chester; and two sisters, Julia and Adelaide.

Funeral services were held at St. James Catholic Church, Lee, May 2nd, with Father Louis Pesut officiating.  Burial took place at the Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, IL.

A memorial has been established for Mercy Home for Boys.  For more information, call 815-758-3841.           CC 5/8/1997

 

                            Pearl E. Lee Troeger     1997.05.03

Pearl E. Troeger, 86, of Sandwich, died Tuesday, May 20, 1997 at Hillside Healthcare in Yorkville.  She was born June 4, 1910 in Earlville, IL.

She is survived by a son, Norman (Roberta) Troeger of Sandwich; a daughter, Barbara (Ron) Stetz of Saginaw, TX; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren; a sister, Iola Rogers of Colorado Springs, CO.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle in 1994; a brother, Lester Lee; and a sister, Verna Graf.

She was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Sandwich.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 24 at the Beverage Family Funeral Home in Sandwich, with the Rev. David Kaul officiating.  Visitation was Friday at the Beverage Family Funeral Home.  Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery, Sandwich.

Memorials may be directed to the Fox Valley Older Adult Services of Sandwich, or Our Savior Lutheran Church of Sandwich.                            CC 6/12/1997

 

                                        Mike Reyes     1997.05.04

Mike Reyes, 30, died May 20, 1997 in Phoenix, AZ.  He was born February 16, 1967.

He is survived by his mother, Antonia (Toni) Reyes of Sandwich; two brothers, Mauricio (Gloria) Reyes of Hinckley and Joe (Sandee) Reyes of Yorkville; three sisters, Alicia Reyes of Sandwich, Paulina (Tracy) Calvert of Sandwich and Antonia Reyes of Irving Park, IL; five nieces, Emeri and Erin Calvert, Nina Gray, Michelle Marisette and Julie Reyes; a nephew, Jason Reyes; six great nieces and two great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mauricio Reyes; a sister, Leonor Reyes, and a nephew, Joshua Rupert.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 24 at the Beverage Family Funeral Home in Sandwich;  Visitation was before the service.  Burial was in Leland Cemetery in Leland.

  CC 5/29/1997

 

 

 

                                  Aileen G. Tiede     1997.05.08

Aileen G. Tiede, age 100, a lifelong resident of Hinckley, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 1997 at Hillside Health Care Center in Yorkville.  She was born January 27, 1897 in Sandwich, IL, the daughter of Charles and Caroline (Hoepner) Tiede.

Aileen graduated in 1915 from Hinckley High School.  She attended and graduated from the Chicago Conservatory of Music in 1918.  It was in that year that she began to play the piano for the Hinckley United Methodist Church and continued until her retirement in 1988.  For over 70 years, Aileen faithfully played piano and/or organ for over 3000 church services, weddings and funerals, and she worked with 22 different ministers.  Over the years, she also gave piano lessons to hundreds of students in her home.  For over seven decades, Aileen inspired, entertained and comforted others with her love of music.

Survivors include three nieces, Phyllis Price of Mesa, AZ, Shirley Gums of Chicago and Marjorie (Steven) Sanders of Chicago; four great nieces, Susan (Douglas) Price-Johnson of Sandwich, Carol Gums, Bonnie Gums, Sharon (Franklin) Lantz, all of Chicago; two great nephews, Kenneth C. (Dorothy) Price of Albuquerque, NM, and Mark Loewe of Chicago; as well as many great great nieces and nephews, and friends who will miss her dearly.

Miss Tiede was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, George Tiede; one sister, Bertha (Tiede) Price and one nephew, James E. Price.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 1997 at the Hinckley United Methodist Church with Reverend Paul Gerardy officiating.  Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich.  Pallbearers will be Paul Virtue, John Nash, Thomas Riley, Keith Leitzen, Roger Chapman and Jack Leifheit.

Friends may call on Friday, May 9, 1997 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St. in Hinckley.

Memorials may be made to the Hinckley United Methodist Church’s building fund.

Arrangements by the Nelson Funeral Homes. (815) 286-3247.                                 CC 5/15/1997

 

              Blanche Jean Tenut Landmeier     1997.05.14

Blanche Jean Landmeier, 73. of Plano, died Monday, May 12, 1997 at Rush-Copley Hospital in Aurora.  She was born September 2, 1923 in Phillips, WI, the daughter of Alvin and Delia (Peters) Tenut, Sr.

Blanche was united in marriage May 31, 1947 in Elmhurst, to Mr. LeRoy ‘Lee’ Landmeier and they spent nearly 50 years of their lives together.

Mrs. Landmeier was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.  She was always willing to work alongside her husband on their farm and he could not have asked for a more expert grass mower.  She, along with her husband, Lee, were members of the Kane County Farm Bureau.  She will long be remembered as the family baker, with a cake beautifully decorated for all occasions.  Blanche will be missed by the many friends she played bingo with, as well as her bowling buddies.

Survivors include her husband, Lee, of Plano; their four children, Denise (Rick) Spooner of Sandwich, Diane (J. C.) Oros, Debbie (Tim)) Alfredson, and Duane (Dana) Landmeier, all of Hinckley; six grandchildren, Kristin Lee Thorp, Eric John Oros, Justin Wayne and Margaret Rae Alfredson, Lacey Jean and Corbin Lee Landmeier, all of Hinckley; three brothers, Alvin (Ann) Tenut, Jr. of Phillips, WI, Norman (Florence) Tenut of Des Plaines, IL, and Raymond (Diane) Tenut of Elk River, MN; two sisters, Margarite (Gilbert) Willans, and Viola Anderson, both of Phillips, WI; one sister-in-law, Gladys Koop of Roselle, IL; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents;  one son, Dennis; four brothers, William, Harold, Ronald, and Ralph Tenut; and two sisters, Alma Blanchard and Ruth Klein.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 14 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, with Pastor Donald Balgeman officiating.  Interment followed in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Hinckley.

Visitation was Tuesday, May 13, at the Larson-Nelson Funerals Home, 20 N. Hale Street, Plano.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes or American Heart Association.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  630-552-7211

CC 5/15/1997

 

Carl Eugene White, Jr.     1997.05.15

Carl Eugene White, Jr., 72, of Metropolis, IL, formerly of the Yorkville, Bristol and Sugar Grove areas, passed away suddenly May 2, 1997, at his home.  He was born August 6, 1924, in Lincoln, IL, the son of Carl Eugene and Lorene Laura (Wortman) White, Sr.

Carl was united in marriage November 25, 1944, in Sioux Falls, SD, to the former Betty Toms, and they spent the next 52 years of their lives together.  They lived in the Kane and Kendall County areas from 1952 until 1982, when they retired and moved to Metropolis.  Mr. White was a member of the Powers United Methodist Church in Metropolis.  He was formerly employed as an Industrial Accountant for the Elburn Packing Company, from which he retired in 1979.  Carl was a member of the Metropolis Masonic Lodge #91.  He was a past member of the Aurora Moose Lodge #400.  He had at one time been the band leader for the group called “The Society” in the Aurora area during the 60’s and into the 70’s.  Mr. White formerly taught guitar at Waubonsee Community College and had also taught private students.  Carl loved nothing better than working out of doors in his garden.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, of Metropolis; one son, Gene (Lynne) White of Yorkville; four daughters, Beverly (Neil) Borneman of Yorkville, Sue Ellen (Donald) FitzGibbon of Merced, CA, Audrey (Brad) Huggins of Big Rock, and Carole (Lyle) Austin of DeKalb; fourteen grandchildren; two great grandsons; one brother, Harold A. White of Adams, WI; six nephews; one niece; and two sisters-in-law, Eileen White of Mt. Auburn, and Monica White of North Aurora.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Lorene White of Oswego; and two brothers, Bernell White and Ronald White.

Funeral services were held May 6, 1997, at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home in Yorkville with Pastor John Leaf, of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, officiating.  Interment followed in the Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Aurora.

Memorials may be made to the Powers United Methodist Church in Metropolis.  Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  630-553-7611.                   CC 5/8/1997

 

Farrel E. Suddeth     1997.05.16

Farrel E. Suddeth, 86, of Cortland, passed away May 12, 1997, at his home.

He was born February 16, 1911, in Henryville (Scott County), IN, the son of Ora and Pearl (Hosea) Suddeth.  He married Vera Leila Wielert February 16, 1937, in Waterman.

Farrel was a lifelong farmer in DeKalb County and had a love for horses, which he raised and sold.  He was a member of the Cortland United Methodist Church and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

He is survived by his wife, Vera; three sons, Robert (Joyce) Suddeth of Verona, WI, William Suddeth of DeKalb, and Bruce (Barbara) Suddeth of Mineral Point, WI; and one daughter, Barbara (Richard) Lindgren of Sycamore.  He and Vera also raised twin grandchildren, Lisa (Randy) Royer of DeKalb and Lori (Roger) Kuhn of Winfield.  He is also survived by 12 additional grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; two sisters, Vecil Myers of DeKalb and Violet (Robert) Challand of Waterman; several nieces and nephews; and one sister-in-law, Marjorie Suddeth of Genoa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Carmel, Marvin, and Leon Suddeth; and one infant sister, Lola Suddeth.

Funeral services were held May 14, 1997, at the Anderson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Richard Wagner of the Cortland United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial took place at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.

A memorial has been established for Farrel E. Suddeth in care of Anderson Funeral Home.  For more information, call 815-756-1022.                           CC 5/15/1997

 

Roy W. Murray     1997.05.17

Roy W. Murray, age 74, of Aurora, died May 18, 1977, at his residence.

He was born July 21, 1922, at Mellette, SD, the son of the late George and Jennie (Williamson) Murray.

Mr. Murray was employed at Plan Hold Corp. in Aurora as a warehouse manager for 27 years prior to his retirement in 1987.

He was a member of the Bethany of Fox Valley United Methodist Church in Aurora and a 50 year member of the Oswego American Legion Post #675.   During World War II, he served with the 99th Infantry of the U.S. Army in the European Theater where he received the Purple Heart.

He is survived by his wife, Emagene (nee Shoger), whom he married March 2, 1946, and recently celebrated their 51st anniversary; a sister, Lucile Taylor of Shakopee, MN; a brother, Lester (Merdie) Murray of Big Sandy, TX; an uncle, John Williamson of Yorkville; an aunt, Mary Chamberlain of Oglesby; two very close friends, Robert Long of Oswego, and Michael Maxstadt of Big Rock; and many wonderful neighbors and friends.

Funeral services were held May 20, 1997, at the Bethany of Fox Valley United Methodist Church, with the Rev. David Catlin and the Rev. Linda Miswicz-Perconti co-officiating.

Memorials may be directed to, either the Bethany of Fox Valley United Methodist Church, 2200 Ridge Ave., Aurora, IL 60505, or the Fox Valley Visiting Nurse Association, 57 E. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60504.

For additional information, call 630-554-3888 of 800-942-DUNN.              CC 5/22/1997

 

Robert H. Burks     1997.05.18

Robert H. Burks, age 445, of Waterman, passed away May 25, 1997, at is home.  He was born January 19, 1952, in Aurora, the son of William and Elnora (Pearce) Burks.

Bob was united in marriage March 25, 1992, in Sycamore, IL to the former Janice Van Haelse Damert.

Mr. Burks was employed by Burks Brothers Drywall, Inc., located in Yorkville.  Bob had a deep love of nature and enjoyed many outdoor activities including snowmobiling, gardening and feeding the birds in his yard.  He also enjoyed woodworking and collecting antiques.

He is survived by his wife, Janice of Waterman; two stepsons, DeWitt and Douglas Damert, both of San Francisco, CA; 10 brothers and sisters, Jerry (Audrey) Burks of Aurora, John (Donna) Burks of Osseo, WI, Hazel (Daniel) Smith of Oswego, Helen (Percy) Marham of Aurora, Nancy (Tom) Schuler of Aurora, Jim (Judy) Burks of Hinckley, Bill (Carol) Burks of Batavia, Marge (Richard) Zeiter of Yorkville, Don (Judie) Burks of Sheridan, and Elnora (Kenny) Schuler of Aurora; as well as one aunt; one uncle; one cousin; many nieces and nephews and friends who will miss him.

Mr. Burks was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Barbara, in 1963.

Funeral services for Mr. Burks were private.  Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  630-553-7611.          CC 5/29/1997

 

Eugene H. Sutton     1997.05.19

Eugene H. Sutton, 31, a resident of Belen, NM, passed away May 15, 1997 in Arizona.

He was a 1984 graduate of Belen High School, where he was a member of the chess club.  He enjoyed all types of sporting events.  Eugene worked for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Arizona.

He is survived by his mother, Judy Storey, and stepfather, Alton Storey; two sisters, Michelle Sutton of Belen and Kimberley Sutton of Albuquerque; also his children, Rico Eugene and Rayann Helen; maternal grandparents, Harold and Helen Fleetwood; paternal grandmother, Evelyn Sutton of Shabbona; four aunts, seven uncles and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Sutton and his paternal grandfather, Eugene Sutton.

Memorial service took place May 23, 1977, at the Romero Funeral Home Chapel.  Private cremation has taken place.

A memorial fund has been established for Eugene Sutton at the Bank of Belen, 19339 Hwy. 85, Belen, NM 87002.

CC 5/29/1997

 

Ava L. McMillan Challand     1997.05.20

Ava L. Challand, 82, of Shabbona, died May 23, 1997, at her home.

She was born September 11, 1914, in Mackville, Washington County, KY, the daughter of Clarence and Norah (Masters) McMillan.  Ava married Frederick G. Challand December 10, 1936, at the Challand family homestead and helped her husband farm in the Shabbona area for many years.

She enjoyed traveling with her husband and family and was very interested in researching genealogy.  In 1980 she traveled to England with her husband and daughter, Gail, and son-in–law, Richard Storey, to research family history.  Ava liked to entertain family and friends at the home, as well as visiting and eating with friends at the Kountry Kitchen in Shabbona.  She also enjoyed playing cards, sewing, and quilt making.

She was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ, Shabbona Historical Society and Pokonokah Chapter Order of the Eastern Star in Shabbona.

Survivors include a son, Dan Challand of Elburn; two daughters, Gail Storey of Shabbona and Joy (Robert) Hill of Shabbona; 8 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband September 28, 1984; a grandson Barry Storey; and her son-in-law Richard Storey.

Funeral services were held May 27, 1997 at the Shabbona United Church of Christ, with Rev. James Shelton, interim pastor, officiating.  Burial took place in Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.

A memorial is being established.        CC 5/29/1997

 

Kevin Craig     1997.05.21

Kevin Craig, age 42, died May 16, 1997, in Chicago, IL, after a long illness.

Kevin was most recently employed by Price Waterhouse in Chicago.

He was a member of the National Honor Society and attended schools in Lee and Shabbona.  He also attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, where he was active in the Newman Center.  He served in the Unite States Navy aboard the USS Dixie, a destroyer tender.

Kevin was an accomplished musician and enjoyed many happy days with his family and friends.

Kevin is survived by his father, Joe (Elsie) Craig of Shabbona; his sister, Alice Craig of Sycamore; his brother, Tom (Caroline) Craig of Bloomington; and his brother, Ted (Mary) Craig, and their children, Katie, Patrick and Kelly, of Boulder Hill in Montgomery, IL.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Kathleen Craig; his grandparents, John and Marie Craig of Shabbona, and Robert and Alice Herrmann of Steward, IL.

The funeral was held at Thorsen-Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona, IL. Burial services were held at St. James Catholic Cemetery in Lee, IL.                            CC 6/12/1997

 

                               Harold N. Pohl     1997.06.11

Harold N. Pohl, 80, of Leland, IL, formerly of Plano, died Tuesday, June 24, 1997 at Mercy Center in Aurora.  He was born March 25, 1917 in West Chicago to George and Eva Rose (Hoffman) Pohl.  He married Mary Summer September 23, 1939 in Aurora.  He farmed most of his life in Plano, and owned and operated Farm and Home Well and Pump Service.  In 1977 he retired to Leland, and spent his time fishing, gardening, and exhibiting and collecting antique engines as a member of the Sandwich Early Days Engine Club.  He had also been a member of both the Illinois and National Water Associations, and was past president of the National Farmers Organization in Kendall county.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 27 at the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk, with Father Joseph Kraemer officiating.  Burial was in St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery in Sandwich.  Visitation was Wednesday, June 25 and Thursday, June 26.  Pallbearers were Brian Casey, Philip Tinkler, Scott Pohl, Rob Alderman, Toren Culver, and Christopher Butwell, with Senior Airman Steven Galvin serving as honorary pallbearer.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary, of Leland; a son, Harold (Betty) Pohl of Plano; three daughters, Rosemary Alderman of Hinckley, Kathleen Casey of Plano, and Shirley Galvin of DeKalb; his grandchildren, Kandi and Harold ‘Scott’ Pohl, Robert (Karen) Alderman, Jr., Rebecca (Philip) Tinkler, Regina (Toren) Culver, Lori (Greg) McClellan, Brian (Teresa) Casey, Jeff (Andrea) Freeman, Erin Galvin (Chris Butwell) St. Airman Steven (D’Anna) Galvin, and Meghan Galvin; his great grandchildren, Zackary and Mitchell Alderman, Jonathan and Emily Tinkler, Monica Casey, Tallon Freeman, Kaylyn Reynolds, and Stephen D. Galvin; five sisters, Catherine Grommes of Plano, Loretta (Emil) Dumdie of Aurora., Elizabeth Reinsdorf of Batavia, Eleanor Lowe of Warrenville, and Mary Hankes of Tonica; and one brother, George Pohl, Jr. of Aurora.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Mary Pohl; his brother, Walter Pohl, and his step brother, Ralph Theis.

Memorials for Harold Pohl may be directed to St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sandwich, to Bethany Lutheran Church in Leland, or to the American Heart Association.     CC 7/3/1997

 

John Alger Furnas     1997.06.16

John Alger Furnas, 92, of Aurora, passed away peacefully June 5, 1997, at Rush Copley Medical Center.  He was born March 27, 1905, in Janesville, WI, the youngest of eight children, the son of the late Cyrus James and Sarah Elizabeth Furnas.

Mr. Furnas moved to Montgomery in 1906.  He was a graduate of East High Class of 1923 and graduated from Northwestern with a degree in finance in 1929.  Mr. Furnas worked for Merchants Bank, was a partner in William Flentye Co, a stock and bond brokerage firm, from 1932-1953.  He also was a farmer, commuting between Aurora and Rollo, where his farm was located from 1954-1974.  He was a member of the East Aurora School Board from 1951-1962,  a member of the Aurora Country Club and New England Congregational Church.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Agnes, of Aurora, two children, John (Christine) Furnas of San Francisco, CA, and Sally Furnas (Patrick) Ledden of LaJolla, CA; three grandchildren, Brett and Kevin Furnas and Patrick Ledden; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Fred, Don, Lee and Wallace; and three sisters, Mary, Hazel and Ruth.

Graveside services were held June 9, 1997, at Lincoln Memorial Park, with Rev Gary McCann officiating.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Furnas’ name may be made to New England Congregational Church, 406 W. Galena, Aurora, IL 60506.                       CC 6/12/1997

 

 

Edward H. Freundt     1997.06.17

Edward H. “Butch” Freundt, age 52, of DeKalb, IL, formerly of Hinckley, passed away June 6, 1997, at his home.  He was born April 24, 1945, in Aurora, IL, the son of Edward O. and Cleo A. (Price) Freundt.

Mr. Freundt was formerly employed as a car salesman at the Mike Mooney Car Dealership in DeKalb.  He was a member of the DeKalb Moose Lodge.  Butch had a love of the outdoors, especially hunting.

He is survived by his mother, Cleo, of DeKalb, two sisters, Becky Engel, of Sycamore, and Mary Jo Breese, of DeKalb; his daughter, Monica (Rick) Wilfong, of Rockford; one nephew, Robert Breese, of DeKalb; one aunt; one uncle; and many cousins who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his father, Edward O. Freundt, April 6, 1986.

Funeral services were private and interment took place in the Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley, IL.           CC 6/12/1997

 

Marceline E. Cooley Semeraro     1997.06.18

Marceline E. “Marcie” Semeraro, age 70, of Big Rock, died suddenly June 4, 1997, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora, IL.  She was born December 28, 1926, in Omaha, NE, the daughter of Alfred and LouAnn (Urmey) Cooley.  At the age of 5, Marcie moved with her mother and step-father, Robert F. Grant, to the military base at Fort Leavenworth, KS, where she attended school.  While watching airplanes at the base, she met the love of her life, Bart D. Semeraro.  They were united in marriage May 25, 1946 in Leavenworth.  Marcie stayed with her parents until March 1947 when Bart returned home from overseas and was discharged.  They spent the next four years together in Omaha, NE, and Junction City, KS.  From 1950 to 1973, she traveled throughout the United States with her husband and began their family of four children.  In 1973 they moved to their home in Big Rock.  Marcie enjoyed being a “Mom” and “Grandma” and spending time with her friends.

She was a member of the Holy Angels Catholic Church in Aurora.  Marcie was president of the PTA at the Big Rock Grade School and was very active in the activities at Hinckley-Big Rock School while her children were growing up.  She spent many hours feeding and watching the birds in  her back yard and would trade books of any kind with all of her friends to read.  She was also an avid fan of the TV soap opera, “The Young and the Restless.”  During her years of travel, she appreciated the ocean and seashore and enjoyed painting still lifes and landscapes.

She is survived by her husband, Bart D. Semeraro, of Big Rock; two daughters, Suzanne (Wallace) Knighton of Elmhurst, IL, and Brigida Lee (Glenn) Acksel of Aurora, IL; one son, Bart David (Barbara) Semeraro of Oak Ridge, TN; one daughter-in-law, Selena Semeraro of Elburn, IL; six grandchildren, Tyler Douglas Knighton, Samantha Ellen Acksel, Lauren Nicole and Leslie Anne Semeraro, Jessica Jane and Brittney Sue Semeraro; two sisters, Roberta (Harry) DeSchryver of Indianapolis, IN, and Betty (Gary) Blust of Aurora, IL; one brother, Robert F.  (Ruth) Grant Jr. of Salina, KS; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Marcie is preceded in death by one son, Louis Michael Semeraro in 1993; her mother, Lou Ann Cunningham in 1995; brother, father, and step-father; and two aunts, Pearl and Nel.

Funeral services were held June 8, 1997, at Conley Funeral Home, with Fr. Gerald Kobbeman of Holy Angels Catholic Church officiating.  Cremation took place following the funeral.

Memorials in her name can be sent to P.O. Box A, Elburn, IL 60119.                               CC 6/12/1997

 

Gladis Helen Williams Alfredson     1997.06.19

Gladis Helen Alfredson, age 85, of Big Rock, passed away June 6, 1997 at her home.  She was born December 9, 1911, in Corning, IA, the daughter of John Henry and Ora (Scott) Williams.

Gladis was united in marriage December 12, 1945, in Aurora, IL to Mr. Arthur E. Alfredson.

Mrs. Alfredson was a member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ, in Big Rock, where she had formerly served as its Sunday School treasurer for 15 years.  During the 1920’s she was employed, for several years, at the Leland Hotel, in Aurora, as a switchboard operator.  Gladis will long be remembered by her family and many friends as a wonderful seamstress.  She was a great help, for many years, as the bookkeeper of her husband, Art’s trucking business in Big Rock.  Gladis was for over 27 years, until recently, a waitress at the Aurora Moose Lodge #400 Friday Night Fish Fry and was also a member of the Aurora  Women of the Moose #83.

Survivors include her husband, Arthur, of Big Rock; one daughter, Patricia (Burton) Callmer, of Yorkville; two grandchildren, James and Tracy Callmer, of Yorkville; two sisters-in-law, Betty Williams of Montgomery, and Majoria Alfredson of Big Rock; as well as several nieces and nephews and friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, William “Bud” Williams and Wayne Williams; and two sisters, Ida Ellen Campbell, and Hazel Schultz.

Funeral services were held June 9, 1997, at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, with Rev. Tom Nolan officiating.  Interment took place in the Lincoln Memorial Park in Aurora.

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Karen Sue Thompson     1997.06.20

Karen Sue Thompson, 20, of Big Rock, passed away June 14, 1997, near Durant, OK.  She was born March 14, 1977, in Sandwich, the daughter of Jerald and Sue (Hintzsche) Thompson.  She grew up on the family farm near Big Rock and graduated from Hinckley-Big Rock High School with the class of 1995.

Karen began violin at a young age and learned piano under her grandmother’s tutelage.  She gave her first performance in eighth grade, and though high school her gift unfolded through many solos and contests.  Karen was also active in drama performances at Hinckley-Big Rock High School and at the Stagecoach Theater, DeKalb, where many came to know and love her.

She played basketball from fifth grade through her junior year in high school and enjoyed volleyball, as well, but began to focus on music and theater in her junior year.

Karen was a member of the National Honor Society and earned many academic awards, as well as distinguished honors in art and music.  She was a member of the Reorganized Latter Day Saints Church, Plano where she was active all of her life in music, teaching and summer camp programs.

Following graduation from high school, she continued her schooling at Graceland College in Lamoni, IA, where she majored in theater.  In the summer of 1997, she had begun an internship at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK, where she was stage manager for several plays at a Shakespearian Festival.  By all accounts, performing in her typical outstanding manner, Karen’s chosen career, a life full of promise came tragically to an end, June 14th when an automobile accident near Durant, OK, took her life in an instant.

She is survived by her parents; one brother, Jonathan of Big Rock; her paternal grandparents, Bruce and Shirley (McCann) Thompson of Big Rock; maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Doris (Rote) Hintzsche of DeKalb; maternal great grandparents, Ellen and Ernest Rote of DeKalb; two paternal aunts, Cheryl (Bill) Groetsema of LaGrange Park, IL, and Linda (Jim) Peterson of Maple Park; two maternal aunts, Kay (Fr. Jeremiah) Loch of Sycamore, IL and Debra (Dallas) Peters of Crystal Lake, IL; and two paternal uncles, Roger (Lori) Hintzsche of DeKalb, and Kenn (Donna) Hintzsche of Sandwich, IL; many cousins; as well as her dear special friend from Graceland College, Wade Sheppard of Burke, VA, and one “school-mate sister,” Kelly Schindel of Aurora.  In addition, she leaves an unnumbered community of good friends who will remember her unbridled vitality, independence, talent and tenderness.

She was preceded in death by her paternal great grandparents, Stanley (Delia) Thompson and Ted (Sarah) McCann; and her maternal great grandparents, Louis (Alberta) Hintzsche.

Funeral services were held Thursday, June 19, 1997, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, where Karen had enjoyed being a soloist.  High Priest Duane Young and Pastor Dennis Ramer of the RLDS Church, Plano, officiated.  Interment took place at West Big Rock Cemetery.

Memorials in Karen’s name may be mailed in care of P.O. Box A, Elburn, IL 60119.                   CC 6/19/1997

 

Frances E. Locke Bolatto     1997.06.21

Frances E. Bolatto, 89, of Aurora, formerly of Marseilles, passed away June 15, 1997, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.

She was born April 21, 1908, in Seneca to Herman and Ida (Jacobs) Locke.  In 1933, she married August Bolatto of Marseilles, who preceded her in death in 1979.  She and her husband owned and operated Marlene’s Kitchen Bakery and Marlene’s Restaurant in Montgomery and also built and operated a Laundromat in Montgomery.

Survivors include two daughters, Marlene (John) Knur, of Sandwich, and Cheryl (Gary) Kirkus, of Hinckley; one grandson, John Knur, Jr., of Lake Holiday; two sisters, Thelma Keplar, of Brimfield, IL, and Clarice (Francis) Reynolds, of Oxford, IN.

She was preceded in death by her husband, three brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were held June 17, 1997, at Seals-Campbell Chapel in Marseilles, with the Rev. Bradford Purdy of the First Congregational Church officiating.  Burial took place in Riverview Cemetery, in Marseilles.              CC 6/19/1997

 

 

Dana A. Cree     1997.06.22

Dana A. Cree, 43, of Logansport, IN, passed away June 14, 1997, at his home.  He was born March 23, 1954, in Logansport, the son of R. G. Cree and the former Gail E. Foutz.

Dana graduated from Pioneer High School in 1972 and worked in the Receiving Department at Small Parts in Logansport.  He attended the First United Methodist Church in Logansport and enjoyed woodworking and doing yard work.

He is survived by his mother, Gail E. Cree, of Lucerne, IN; two daughters, Heather Rene Cree and Stephanie Ann Cree, of Hinckley; two brothers, Bob Cree of Lucerne, IN, and Ernie Cree of Caledonia, MI; one nephew; and three nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father, R. G. Cree, who died October 29, 1988.

Funeral services were held June 19, 1997, at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home in Indiana, with Rev. Steve Robinson officiating.  Interment took place at Zion Methodist Cemetery in Lucerne, IN.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Education Section at Memorial Hospital in Logansport, IN.    

CC 6/19/1997

 

Joseph H. Hynes     1997.06.23

Joseph H. Hynes, 85, of rural Hinckley, passed away June 21, 1997, at his home.

He was born April 11, 1912, in Rantoul, IL, the son of Michael Leo and Sarah Elinor (Harlan) Hynes.

He married Helaine Vivian Kubecki in Chicago December 28, 1940.  He came to his farm in 1939 from Chicago to farm and to raise horses.  He remained on the farm and kept his interest in horses throughout his life.  He also had been employed at Barber Greene in DeKalb.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb, where he was very active, serving as an altar person.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #717 in DeKalb and was a 4th Degree member of the Andrew D. Mitchell Assembly of DeKalb, where he had served as a Faithful Navigator.  He was also the coordinator of the Avenue of Flags at St. Mary’s Cemetery.  In his youth he was a Golden Gloves boxer.  Joe was very dedicated to his family and friends and was always there when he was needed.

He is survived by his wife, Helaine; one son, Richard (Margaret) Hynes of Rockford; two daughters, Sharon Rigg of Hinckley, and Ruth Ann (Michael) Sullivan of Gastonia, NC; 9 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; one brother, Robert (Bernice) Hynes of Merrillville, IN; many nieces and nephews; and one sister-in-law, Milasandra Grabowski of Chicago.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jack and Frank; and one sister-in-law, Sally Piekarczy.

Funeral services were held June 25, 1997, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with the Very Rev. Karl P. Ganss officiating.  Burial followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

A memorial is being established for Joseph H. Hynes in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.  For information, please call 815-756-1022.                                       CC 6/26/1997

 

 

 

 

Ella M. Babcock Shrader     1997.06.24

Ella M. Shrader, 88, of Shabbona, died June 17, 1997, at her home.  She was born August 30, 1908, in Waterman, the daughter of Guy and Minnie (Matteson) Babcock, and graduated from Waterman schools.

Ella married Morris W. Shrader June 9, 1929, in Waterman and helped her husband farm in the Shabbona area for many years.  She was an active member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ, serving as a member of many church boards and organizations and sang in the church choir for many years.  Ella was a charter member of the Shabbona Homemakers Extension, a member of the Shabbona Historical Society and a member of Pokonokah Civic Council.  Ella enjoyed playing cards and cooking and entertaining for family and friends.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol (Warren) Holdridge, of DeKalb, a daughter-in-law, Mary Shrader, of Shabbona; a brother, Earl (Cora) Babcock, of DePauw, IN; 4 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband April 25, 1984; a son, Duane Shrader, and a brother, Donald Babcock.

Funeral services were held June 20, 1997, at the Shabbona United Church of Christ, with Rev. James Shelton, interim pastor, officiating.  Burial took place in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

A memorial has been established for the Shabbona United Church of Christ.                        CC 6/26/1997

 

Winnifred Oleson Berg     1997.06.25

Winnifred O. Berg, 76, of Steward, died June 22, 1997, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born April 20, 1921, in Lee, the daughter of Eddie and Clara (Risetter) Oleson, and married Charles I. Berg March 29, 1940, in Lee.  Winnifred was a lifelong member of the First Lutheran Church of Lee and was an active participant in the annual church smorgasbord.  She was a member of the Lydia Circle and WELCA of the church.  Together with her husband, she farmed in the Steward area for many years and continued to farm with her son, Doug, after her husband’s death October 6, 1984.  She was very well known for the chocolate cakes she baked.

Survivors include three daughters, Christine Irwin, Oak Park, Laurel Ann Berg, Steward, Carol (Andy) Garza, Lee; a son Doug (Midge) Berg, Steward; two brothers, Vernon Oleson, Sandwich, and Ronald Oleson, Rockford; 8 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a brother, Ernest “Red” Oleson; and a sister, Clarice Macklin.

Funeral services were held June 25, 1997, at the First Lutheran Church in Lee, with Rev. Henrietta Milner and Rev. Steven Woita officiating.  Burial took place in First Lutheran Church, Lee.

A memorial is being established.                 CC 6/26/1997

 

Ardella M. Serby Craigmile     1997.06.26

Ardella M. Craigmile, 81, of Waterman, passed away June 19, 1997, at Shabbona Health Care Center in Shabbona.  She was born October 15, 1915, in Brycelyn, MN, the daughter of Jacob K. and Clara (Newtson) Serby.

Ardella was united in marriage November 11, 1938, in Aurora IL, to Mr. Roy Craigmile.

Mrs. Craigmile was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church.  She was a graduate of the Copley School of Nursing and had been employed as a registered nurse at both the DeKalb Public Hospital and Kishwaukee Community Hospital for over 40 years.  Ardella retired from nursing in 1985.  She was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Women, various church circles, as well as the Clinton Unit of Home Extension.

Survivors include her three daughters, Nancy (Gary) Smith, of Riverton, Betty (James) Olson, of Waterman, and Ruth (Robert) Aagesen, of Oswego; nine grandchildren, Kathy (John) Russell, Julie Renfro, Doug Smith, Steven Smith, Greg (Nancy) Olson, Brad (Debbie) Olson, Lori Aagesen, Suzanne Aagesen, and Denny Aagesen; six great grandchildren; one half-brother, Raymond Johnson, of Georgia; one brother-in-law, Paul (Frances) Craigmile; one sister-in-law, Peg Reams; and several nieces, nephews and friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Clara; her husband, Roy, December 15, 1990; her step-father, Joe Johnson; one sister, Ethel; one step-sister, Marie Berge; and two brothers, Marvin and Casper.

Funeral services were held June 23, 1997, at the Waterman United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Ketzel officiating.  Interment followed in the Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.

Memorials may be made to the Waterman United Methodist Church or the Kishwaukee Health Foundation, c/o Kishwaukee Community Hospital, in DeKalb, IL.            CC 6/26/1997

 

Roger Allen Zeiter     1997.06.27

Roger Allen Zeiter, 62, of Land O’Lakes, WI, formerly of Big Rock, passed away June 12, 1997.  Roger was born June 13, 1934, in Big Rock, the son of Glenn and Wilma (nee Boekenhauer) Zeiter.  He attended grammar school at the Lutheran Church School in Hinckley and then graduated from the Hinckley High School.

During the years 1956 to 1960, Roger served in the U.S. Navy.  February 3, 1961 Roger and Beets were married in Kaneville, IL. They farmed for the first 12 years of their married life and had as many as eighty five milking cows.  In May 1974, they moved to Land O’Lakes, WI, where they have since resided.

He is survived by his mother, Wilma Zeiter of Hinckley; his wife, Beets Zeiter of Land O’Lakes, WI; two daughters, Debora (Bill) Bohm of Mercer, WI, and Ronda (Thor) Reffner of Carrollton, TX; one grandson, James; three sisters, Betty (Bill) Wahlgren of Minocqua, WI, Gwen (Jim) Berner of Lodi, CA, and Barbara (Bud) Phillips of Hinckley; four brothers, James (Maxine) Zeiter of Channohan, IL, Glenn Zeiter of Sacramento, CA, Jerry (Jo) Zeiter of Waterman, and Denny (Judy) Zeiter of Tulsa, OK. 

Roger was preceded in death by one sister, Norma Jean Todd; and by his father, Glenn Zeiter.

Cremation has taken place.  The family requests that memorials be made to Dr. Kate Lakeland Hospital.

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Terry L. Frickenstein     1997.06.28

Terry L. Frickenstein, 50, of Prophetstown, died June 9, 1997.  He was born November 20, 1946, in Marshfield, WI, the son of Vernon E. and Mildred L. (Brown) Frickenstein.  He was a 1964 graduate of Aurora East High School and June 25, 1966, was united in marriage to Sandra Mathey in Aurora.  The couple resided in Aurora a number of years and then moved to Jacksonville, FL, where they made their home until moving to Prophetstown in January 1996.

Terry was employed in retail management until his retirement.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Prophetstown, and the Prophetstown Historical Society.  Fishing was his true passion.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Jennifer Boyd, and a son, Michael Frickenstein, both of Jacksonville, FL; his mother, of Morrison; a sister, Peggy Peffer, of Hinckley; and two brothers, Steven Frickenstein, of St. Charles, ad Brian Frickenstein, of Morrison.

Terry was preceded in death his father and one sister.

Memorial services were held June 13, at the United Methodist Church in Prophetstown, with the Rev. Carson Daniel Lauffer, pastor, officiating.  There was no visitation. 

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Raymond E. Bowman     1997.06.29

Raymond E. Bowman, 79, of Waterman, passed away June 25, 1997, at Shabbona Health Care Center in Shabbona.  He was born November 29, 1917, in DeKalb, IL, the son of Ernest and Inez (Glover) Bowman.

He was a graduate of Sycamore High School.  Ray was united in marriage August 18, 1940, in Sycamore, IL, to the former Caroline Byrd, and they spent the next 57 years of their lives together.

Mr. Bowman was a member of the Waterman Bible Church, where he was a Deacon and Sunday school teacher for many years.  He had farmed in the area and then became the owner and operator of the Bowman Oil Company in Waterman.  He was, for a number of years, a member of the Waterman School Board, the Village Board, and the Clinton Township Supervisor.  Ray was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served during World War II from 1943 to 1945, on the front lines, at the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Survivors include his wife, Caroline, of Waterman; four children, Sherry (Jerry) Ransom, of Madison, WI, Edwin (Paulette) Bowman, of Waterman, and Jeanie Bowman of Orlando, FL; thirteen grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one sister, Edda Renick of Glen Alpine, NC; as well as several nieces and nephews and friends who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Lloyd Bowman; one grandson, Terry Craycraft; and one great grandson, Joshua Bowman.

Funeral services were held June 28, 1997, at the Waterman Bible Church in Waterman, with Pastor Gary Bowman officiating.  Interment followed in the North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.                                            CC 7/3/1997

 

Henry T. Adams     1997.06.30

Henry T. “Tom” Adams, 66, of Sugar Grove, IL, passed away peacefully June 20, 1977. at his home.  He was born June 4, 1931. in Murray, KY, the son of Henry Bruce and Evie Lou (Stewart) Adams.  Tom grew up in Murray, attending the local schools.  He was employed by Tappan Appliance Mfg. in Murray for two years.  He joined he Army in August 1951, serving during the Korean War in the Panama Canal.  While on leave, he married his high school sweetheart, Lillie Suggs, February 9, 1952, in Corinth, MS.  Upon being released from the service in October 1953, Tom and Lil moved to Illinois, making their home in Aurora.

Tom was employed by Electric Storage Battery in Aurora for 10 years.  It was during this time that Tom and Lil had their first son.  In 1961 Tom began working for Caterpillar in the shipping department.  In 1967 they moved to their present home in Sugar Grove, where they had their second son.  Tom retired October 1991 after 30 years at Caterpillar.

Tom was an avid fisherman and enjoyed the summers when he and Lil would spend the entire summer on their house boat at Grove Marina in Corbin, KY.  He loved working with wood, helping his son build his first home.  He appreciated the time that he could help  his friends or doing things in the community.  He was a member of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, where he was head usher for many years and served on several different committees.  He was also an active member of Sugar Grove Lions Club, where he was president from 1991-1992.

Tom is survived by his wife, Lil, of Sugar Grove; two sons, Tom A. (Karen S.) Adams of Hinckley, and Todd W. (Deborah L.) Adams of Ottawa, IL; 1.5 grandchildren, Cassidy L. Adams of Ottawa, and another grandchild due in November; two sisters, Louise Bidwell of LaGrange, KY, and Christine Key of Murray, KY; one brother, Bill (Janice) Adams of Lynn Grove, KY; his mother-in-law, Odell Suggs of Sugar Grove; several nieces and nephews, and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Robbie Witherspoon; his father-in-law, Luther Suggs; and three brothers-in-law, James Witherspoon, Elmo Bidwell, and Herbert Key.

Funeral services were held June 26, 1997, at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Paul J. Gerardy, Sr. of Hinckley First United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial took place at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Murray, KY, following services in Murray.

Memorials in his name may be made to Sugar Grove United Methodist Church or Sugar Grove Lions Club in care of P.O. Box A, Elburn, IL 60119.                 CC 7/3/1997

 

Ross E. Petersen     1997.06.31

Ross E. Petersen, 86, of Hinckley, passed away June 27, 1997, at his home.  He was born March 4, 1911, in Burwell, NE, in a sod house, the son of Andrew and Blanche (Emal) Petersen.  In 1940, after the dust bowl, he came to live in Hinckley from Nebraska, on a freight train.  He was formerly employed by both Bill Wurtz and Carl Thurow.

Ross was united in marriage January 6, 1962, at the Big Rock Baptist Church to the former Bernice Davolt Hubbartt.

Mr. Petersen attended the Hinckley United Methodist Church.  He spent his years as both a farmer and a tractor mechanic.  He was a member of the Aurora Moose Lodge #400.  Ross enjoyed bowling and playing cards with his family and many friends.  Mr. Petersen, in 1996, shared the Hinckley Citizen of the Year Award.  After his retirement, he took pride in caring for the Hinckley Community Building.

Survivors include his wife, Bernice, of Hinckley; six children, Michael (Betsy) Petersen, of Sheboygan, WI, Thomas Petersen, of Indianapolis, IN, Marla (Bradford) Perry, of Plano, David (Michele) Hubbartt, of Aurora, Linda McLee, of Rockford, and Robert (Doris) Hubbartt, of Plano; 13 grandchildren, Warren, Amelia and Weston Petersen, all of Sheboygan, WI; Jeffrey (Mollie) Linden, of Sandwich; Deborah (Hector) Reyes, of Lake Holiday; Corey Hubbartt, of Aurora; Jennifer Tanner, Brian Tanner, both of Aurora; Joy (Ryan) Ditsch, of Rockford; Jason McLee, of Rockford, Craig, Andrew and Timothy Hubbartt, all of Plano; six great grandchildren, Aaron, Alex, Jacob, Patrick, Keegan and Brittany; one brother, Allen (Louella) Petersen, of Hildreth, NE; three sisters, Christina (Phillip) Ehrenhard, of Leesburg, FL, Ruth Petersen, of Hildreth, NE; Reye (Adolph) Goedekekn, of Oskaloosa, IA; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends who will miss him

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, George, Neale, and Warren; and one sister, Kiersel Petersen.

Funeral services were held June 30, 1997, at Hinckley United Methodist Church, with Rev. Paul Gerardy officiating.  Interment followed in the Greenwood Cemetery, in Hinckley.

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Burr B. Frederick     1997.06.32

Burr B. Frederick, 83, of Waterman, passed away June 24, 1997, at Sandwich Community Hospital in Sandwich.  He was born January 5, 1914, in New York, the son of Merrill and Katherine (Benedict) Frederick.

Burr was united in marriage January 14, 1949, in Broadalbin, NY, to the former Mary Deibert, and they spent the next forty eight years of their lives together.

Mr. Frederick was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church.  He was formerly employed in the Maintenance Department at Northern Illinois University.  He and Mary belonged to the Senior Services.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, of Waterman; two sons, Jerry Frederick of Golden, CO, and Randolph (Patty) Frederick, of Springfield, IL; one grandson, Shane Frederick, of Edgewater, NM; one brother, Willis (Marilyn) Frederick, of Owens, NY; one sister, Ruth (Edgar) Cordner, of Esperance, NY; as well as several nieces, nephews and friends who will miss him.

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

A memorial service was held June 30, 1997, at the Waterman United Methodist Church, with Rev. James Ketzel officiating.

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                                   Roy C. Giddens     1997.07.04

Roy C. Giddens, 60, of Sandwich, died Monday, July 21, 1997 at the Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born October 29, 1936 in Lakeland, FL, the son of Jesse and Mattie (Hicks) Giddens.

Roy was united in marriage to Sharon Klotz April 5, 1980 at St. Paul’s Church in Hinckley.  Roy owned and operated Giddens’ Body Shop in Sandwich from 1987 to 1995.  He was a member of the Sandwich Moose Lodge 1016.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon of Sandwich, one son, Christopher Giddens of Michigan; one daughter, Sherry Giddens of Sycamore; two brothers, Jake (Jane) Giddens and James Giddens, both of Lakeland, FL; three sisters, Alene (Charlie) George of Barto, FL, Pauline Grimes and Corlene McQue, both of Lakeland, FL; three grandchildren, Jeremy and Shay Adams, and Prescott Platz all of Sycamore; several nieces and nephews; his father and mother in law, Harley and Pauline Klotz of Hinckley, brother and sister in law, Bruce and Debbie Klotz of Hinckley.

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

Funeral services will be Thursday, July 24 at 10 a.m. at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich with Rev. David Kaul officiating.  Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.  Visitation will be Wednesday, July 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pall bearers will be Jason and Brian Klotz, Matt Czadzek, Ray Wheaton, Vernon Haish and Pat Brockhous.  CC 7/31/1997

 

                         Alice Elizabeth Hamill     1997.07.05

Alice Elizabeth Hamill, 93, of Merrillville, IN, died Thursday, July 10, 1997 at Broadway Methodist hospital, Merrillville, IN.  She was born August 19, 1903 in Sandwich, the daughter of Dr. John C. and Anna (Atchison) Hamill.

Alice was a resident of the Calumet, IN area for over 50 years.  She received her BS degree at Iowa State University, Ames, IA, and did her graduate study at Columbia University, NY, University of Chicago and Purdue University, IN.  She began teaching in elementary schools in the Sandwich area and taught at the Hammond Technical Vocational High School in Hammond, IN from 1936 to 1968, when she retired after completing 50 years in her teaching career.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Griffith, IN.

Survivors include one brother, John S. (Marge) Hamill of Sandwich; two nieces, Jan Bark of Fort Lauderdale, FL and Sally Dellenback of Plantation, FL; three grand-nieces, Lori (John) Carey of Sandwich, Jeanne (Doug) Skelton of Perkasie, PA, Karen (Steve) Erhart of Hinckley, seven great grand nieces and nephews, and her long time friends and companions, Willie and Goldie Tucker of Lake Village, IN.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Virginia Bark.

A graveside services will be held Saturday, August 2 at 11 a.m. at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.  Rev. Robert Dell will officiate.

Memorials may be made in Alice’s name to the First United Methodist Church, Griffith, IN.

Local arrangements were made by Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.                           CC 8/7/1997

 

                                       Frank C. Bend     1997.07.10

Frank C. Bend, 90, of rural Leland, died Sunday, July 20, 1997 at his home.  He was born December 4, 1906 in Victor Township, Leland, the son of Joseph and Eliza (Arnold) Bend.

He married Kathryn Sutfin September 23, 1939 in Kankakee, IL.  He was a member of the Leland American Legion, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, Telephone Pioneers of America.  He served in the US Navy CB’s during World War II in the Pacific.  He worked for Illinois Bell Telephone of Chicago for many years before retiring in 1958.  He enjoyed wintering in Sarasota, FL.

Memorials may be directed to the Suydam United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were Wednesday, July 23 at Hanley-Turner Funeral Home in Leland, with the Rev. Gary Stickney officiating.  Burial will be in Victor Cemetery, Leland.  Visitation was Tuesday, July 22 at the Hanley-Turner Funeral Home in Leland.

He is survived by one daughter, Karen (Hans) Stadtlander of Wheaton; two grandchildren, David and Kathryn Stadtlander, both of Wheaton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Kathryn, in 1993; and three sisters, Ruth Anderson, Erma Johnson, and Ora Hanouw.

Pallbearers were Lowell Anderson, Duane Hoadley, Gerald Johnson, Harold Parks, Kent Wesson and Dough Wesson.

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            Alice Myrtle Klaas Fehrenbacher     1997.07.12

Alice Myrtle Fehrenbacher, 93, of Shabbona, IL, formerly of Hinckley, died Thursday, July 10, 1997 at Shabbona Health Care Center, Shabbona, IL.  She was born January 17, 1904 in Somonauk, the daughter of Henry Joseph and Matilda Marie (Dannewitz) Klaas.

Alice was united in marriage to Orville W. Fehrenbacher February 14, 1933 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Somonauk.  Alice and her husband farmed in the Hinckley area for 48 years.  Orville preceded her in death April 20, 1987.  Alice was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Somonauk.

Survivors include one daughter, Doris (Dorian) Ells of Las Vegas, NV; one sister-in-law, Ruth McCormick of Newton, IL; three grandchildren, Mike (Karen) Ells of Elmhurst, Kevin Ells of DeKalb, and Dianne (Joe) Gittleson of Sycamore; one step granddaughter, Monica (Ron) Houtz of Winchester, KY; one step grandson, Stevan Ells of Rockford; one great grandson, Geoffrey Gittleson of Sycamore; one great granddaughter, Devyn Gittleson of Sycamore; two step great grandsons, Jamie and Joel Houtz; one step great granddaughter, Heidi Houtz, all of Winchester, KY, and several nieces and nephews.

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

A funeral mass was held Monday, July 14 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Somonauk, Fr. Donald DeSalvo officiating.  Burial was in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Somonauk.  Visitation was Monday, July 14 at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.

Pallbearers were Kevin and Mike Ells, Joe Gittleson and Ron Houtz.                                            CC 7/17/1997

 

Janet L. Johnson Keene     1997.07.16

Janet L. Keene, 60, of DeKalb, died Monday, July 7, 1997 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

She was born July 3, 1937, in Waterman, the daughter of Glenn and Darline (Osland) Johnson.  Janet was a member of the Kishwaukee Community Hospital Auxiliary and had worked in the dietary department of the hospital until she retired due to poor health.

Survivors include her father, Glenn Johnson of DeKalb; a son, Ken (Sherry) Keene of DeKalb; two daughters, Kimberly (Christopher) Sherman of Kirkland and Kristine Hopkins of DeKalb; two brothers, Roger (Karen) Johnson of Polo, IL, and Colvurn (Rosemarie) Johnson of Shabbona; two sisters, Barbara Williams of Sun City, AZ, and Audrey (Phil) Duran of Tampa, FL; ten grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Funeral services were held July 9, 1997, at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  Interment of cremains followed at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.                           CC 7/10/1997

 

Sherman O. Kallevik     1997.07.17

Sherman O. Kallevik, 80, of Sandwich, passed away Saturday, July 5, 1997, at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora, surrounded by his family and loved ones.  He was born May 30, 1917 in Sandwich, the son of Bennie and Ella Kallevik.

He was joined in marriage to Betty (Price) Kallevik October 26, 1946.  They celebrated 50 years of marriage last year.  Sherman served in the U.S. Navy as the Chief Store Keeper in World War II in the South  Pacific.  He was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and a high school graduate of East Aurora High School, class of 1935.  He was a member of the Aurora AMVETS and the Tiger Club.

A granddaughter of Mr. Kallevik wrote: “I remember Papa as a man who used to tell hundreds of stories, a man that loved to brag about his Navy days and his days as a young rascal.  I remember a grandfather who pulled me around on roller skates in his basement, gave me “Eskimo kisses,” a grandfather who played catch, fished, and let us hang on trees in his yard.  I remember a man who was understanding, who gave unconditional love, and whose stubbornness made everyone laugh.  I remember his laughter and jokes, his lessons he loved to give, and his ability to make conversation in any situation.  I remember my grandfather who lived for 80 years and was loved by all who knew him.  I remember a man I always love.”

Sherman is survived by his wife, Betty; two children, Brent Kallevik of Aurora, and Sherance (Bill) Lyon of Sugar Grove; a sister, Ruth (Bob) Quantock of Aurora; a brother, Ben (Norma) Kallevik of Edina, MN; a sister-in-law, Dorothy (Price) Kettler of Waterman; a brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Marlene Price of Oswego; five grandchildren, Michelle and Michael (Tiffany) Kallevik, both of North Aurora, and Tammy, Scott and Craig Lyon, all of Sugar Grove; one great grandchild, Jared Kallevik.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ella and Bennie Kallevik; one son, Craig Kallevik, in infancy; and a brother-in-law, Henry Kettler.

Funeral services were held July 7, 1997, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Aurora with Rev. Jock Ficken officiating.  Interment followed in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Aurora.                         CC 7/10/1997

 

Lavern Lester Wallis     1997.07.18

Lavern Lester Wallis, 95, of Sandwich, formerly of Plano, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 1997, at Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich.  He was born August 28, 1901, in Sandwich, the son of Amos and Emma (Dannewitz) Wallis.

Mr. Wallis grew up in the Sandwich area and attended the Sandwich schools.  He enjoyed playing basketball and coached a Sandwich town team after he quit school, to help with family expenses.  At age 14, he started at Sandwich Manufacturing, sweeping floors.  H worked for Sandwich Manufacturing, which later became New Idea, and worked his way up to Superintendent.  He worked for the company for 47 years,  He left New Idea in 1955 and went to work at Bronze and Steel in Plano.  He worked there until his retirement in 1966.  After retiring, Lavern took up woodworking and gardening.  He made beautiful wood clocks, pictures, tables, maps, candle holders and many other wood items.  He also enjoyed decorating for Christmas.  He had a windmill he put lights on.  A huge star hung in his front window and his big bay window that were decorated extensively with lights, angels and other related Christmas items.  He won an award from the city of Plano, for his outstanding decorations.  Lavern’s many great talents will be enjoyed by his children and grandchildren for many, many years to come.

Lavern married Emma Springer June 29, 1922, and they raised seven children together in the same house they lived in for 70 years of marriage.  Emma passed away November 19, 1992.

Survivors include his seven children, Myrleen (Robert) Martner of Plano, Beverly (Archie) Tuntland of Waterman, Charmaine (Harold) Person of Norway, IL, Donald (Jennette) Wallis of Angola, IN, James (Jane) Wallis of Leland, Margreta Maier of Plano and Starlynn (Neil) Lobdell of Plano; 17 grandchildren; as well as 20 great grandchildren and two grandchildren yet to be born this year.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Emma; his step-father; one brother; one sister; one grandson; one great granddaughter and one son-in-law.

Open graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12, 1997 at the Little Rock Township Cemetery in Plano with Brother Jack Heller officiating.

There was no visitation.  Cremation was his request.

Arrangements by Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 20 N. Hale St., Plano, IL   630-552-7211                           CC 7/17/1997

 

Jolene Wade Pearl     1997.07.19

Mrs. Jolene Pearl, age 59, of Big Rock, died Tuesday, July 8, 1997 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora.  She was born May 22, 1938, at Weir, MS, the daughter of the late Joseph and Ida nee McKnight Wade.

Mrs. Pearl was employed at the Ace Hardware Corporate Center in Oakbrook as an accounting clerk until her disability leave recently.

She is survived by her husband, Earl Pearl; three sons, Jeff Pearl of Twin Lakes, WI, Greg Pearl of Big Rock and Kurt (Lyn) Pearl of Pleasant Prairie, WI; two granddaughters, Beth Pearl and Kari Pearl, both of Twin Lakes, WI; a sister, Cora (Paul) Mitchell of Jackson, MS; and a brother, Walter “Jack” (Marilyn) Wade of Jackson, MS.

Mrs. Pearl was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Lamar Wade.

Graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12, 1997 at the chapel at River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia, with the Rev. Denny Cocks officiating.

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, c/o Memorial Chairman, 14695 North Center St., Plano, IL 605445.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the McKeown-Dunn Funeral Home, Ltd. in Oswego, IL.  For more information, 630-554-3888.                     CC 7/17/1997

 

Orvilla M. Wadsworth Rush     1997.07.20

Orvilla M. Rush, 79, of Aurora, passed away Friday, July 11, 1997 at Mercy Center Hospital.  She was born February 27, 1918 in Lee, IL.

Orvilla was a member of Advent Christian Church where she was a Sunday School teacher for many years.  She also participated in the Annual Christmas Bazaar as well as the church bake sales.  She worked for Richards-Wilcox for many years, and she enjoyed her yearly retirement reunions.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Howell of Aurora; three grandchildren, Robert (Robin) Stemmet of Aurora, Brad (Jackie) Stemmet of Sandwich and Scott Howell of Aurora; four great grandchildren, Tasha and Sean Stemmet both of Sandwich, Carl and Charles Stemmet both of Aurora; two sisters, Margretta Harter of Aurora and Ruth (John) Stevenson of Sun City West, AZ, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin V. Rush and her parents, Oral and Mary Wadsworth and a sister, Elenor VanCleve.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 1997 at Advent Christian Church.  Rev Kenneth Latimore will officiate.

There will be no visitation.  Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Rush’s name may be made to Advent Christian Church.

Arrangements were handled by the Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora.   630-897-9291.              CC 7/17/1997

 

Anna Marie Stein Watne Bowgren     1997.07.21

Anna Marie Bowgren, age 76, of Hinckley, passed away suddenly Thursday, July 17, 1997 at Mercy Center for Healthcare, in Aurora.  She was the daughter of George and Queenie (Coble) Stein.

Anna was united in marriage in 1942, to Mr. Olaf Watne.  After his passing, she was united in marriage March 10, 1972 to Mr. Hilton Bowgren.

Mrs. Bowgren was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, and its Women’s Guild.  For 20 years, she was employed as Elementary Education teacher in the Hinckley School District.  Mrs. Bowgren was a member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association.  Anna had a deep love of nature, particularly enjoying bird watching and collecting shells and rocks.  One of her favorite hobbies was reading and she spent many pleasurable hours doing so.  Anna and her husband, Hilton, had enjoyed traveling extensively to many interesting and exotic parts of the world.

Survivors include her husband of twenty five years, Hilton, of Hinckley; one daughter, Christine (Tom) Lind, of Hinckley; two stepsons, James Bowgren of Chicago and Dennis (Debbie) Bowgren, of Brookfield, WI; six grandchildren, Abigail and Anne Lind, of Hinckley, Mark and Eric Bowgren, of Wheaton, Nicole and Michael Bowgren, of Brookfield, WI; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her first husband, Olaf May 31, 1960.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 20, 1997, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley with Rev. Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment followed in Johnson Grove Cemetery in Waterman.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-286-3247.

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Sylvia Kay Bish     1997.07.22

Sylvia Kay Bish, age 57, of Des Plaines, IL, formerly of Hinckley, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 1997 at her home, as a result of a fire.  She was born December 8, 1939 in Aurora, IL the daughter of Harold W. and Ella (Riedelsperger) Bish, Sr.

Miss Bish was employed by the Osco Drug Store, in Des Plaines.  She enjoyed both collecting and selling antiques.  Sylvia had recently developed an interest in photography.  She had a special love for horseback riding.  She was, at one time, a volunteer at the Lincoln Park Zoo.  She, along with her mother, had enjoyed traveling to many different places.

Survivors include her mother, Ella Bish Wassman, of Hinckley; two brothers, Roger (Sandy) Bish, of Hinckley and Harold (Mary Lynn) Bish, Jr., of Hermann, MO; six nephews, Blaine Bish, of Aurora, Brent (Carol) Bish, of Hinckley, Greg (Monica) Bish of Hinckley, Eric, Ryan and Tracy Bish, all of Hermann, MO; six great nieces and great nephews, as well as many aunts, uncles and friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harold W. Bish, Sr., and both maternal and paternal grandparents.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 19, 1997, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, in Hinckley, with Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian, of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, in Hinckley, officiating.  Interment followed in the Greenwood Cemetery, in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-286-3247.

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Margie Ann Thurow Kahl     1997.07.23

Margie Ann Kahl, age 74, of Big Rock, passed away Monday, July 21, 1997 at her home.  She was born September 8, 1922 in Big Rock, IL the daughter of William and Marie (Eckman) Thurow.

Margie was united in marriage February 23, 1946 at the English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock to Mr. Norris C. Kahl and they spent the next 51 years of their lives together.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister who will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

Mrs. Kahl was a member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ, in Big Rock, where she, for many years, taught Sunday School.  For 50 years she was a member of both the church’s Willing Workers and the Evening Fellowship Group.  She was her husband’s good natured helper in his capacity as their church’s custodian.  Margie was an avid gardener, wonderful seamstress and craft maker.

Survivors include her husband, Norris, of Big Rock; two children, Neta White, of Oswego and Brian (Ellen Stephens) Kahl, of Plano; three grandchildren, Adam (Michelle) White of Oswego, Catherine and John Kahl, both of Plano; one sister, Irene Cleveland, of Sandwich; her uncle Emmett (Albertine) Thurow, of Hinckley; as well as, several nieces and nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, William Thurow, Jr. and Glenn Thurow, and her son-in-law, Gerald White.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 23, 1997 at the English Congregational United Church of Christ, in Big Rock, with Pastor Kurt Simon, officiating.  Interment followed in the South Big Rock Cemetery in Big Rock.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-286-3247/630-553-7611.               CC 7/24/1997

 

Ruth M. Fairlamb Beebe     1997.07.24

Ruth M. Beebe, 81, of Aurora, died Saturday, July 19, 1997, at Aurora Manor Nursing Home.  She was born October 27, 1915, in the state of Washington.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth Beebe of Lee, IL; two grandsons, Michael A. Beebe of Aurora and David A. (Sheri) Beebe of Oswego; and one great grandson, Justin Thomas Beebe of Oswego

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; her parents, Willis and Ida Fairlamb; one brother, Earl Fairlamb; and one sister, Nellie woods.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 22, 1997, at the Dieterle Memorial Home.  Burial was in Riverside Cemetery.

       CC 7/24/1997

 

Maye Ora Nelson Silburn     1997.07.25

Maye Ora Silburn, 91, of Earlville, passed away Sunday, July 20, 1997, at Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich.

She was born December 13, 1905, in rural Tonica, IL, the daughter of George and Blanche (Short) Nelson.  She married Millard Silburn December 13, 1933 in Oglesby, IL.  She attended the United Presbyterian Church in Earlville.

She is survived by one son, Samuel Silburn of Earlville; two daughters, Carol Scott of Earlville, and Ora Libersky of Earlville and formerly of Fort Pierce, FL; one grandson, Curtis Libersky of Fort Pierce; one sister, Margaret Kapraum of New Mexico; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Millard in 1966; one daughter, Maria Silburn in 1981; and seven brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 23, 1997 at the Hanley-Turner Funeral Home in Earlville, with the Rev. William Mann officiating.  Burial will be in the Ohio Grove Cemetery in rural Sycamore.                   CC 7/31/1997

 

Arvel May Burridge     1997.07.26

Arvel M. Burridge, 88, of Aurora passed away Tuesday, July 22, 1997 at her home.  She was born April 17, 1909 in Coppers Cove, TX, the daughter of the late Albert and Laura (Barker) May.

Arvel was a fifty year member of Order of the Eastern Star Alamo Chapter #693 and of Royal Neighbors of America Camp #327.

Survivors include three daughters, Dorothy (Frank) Frannin of California, Delores (Earl) Kirk of Big Rock and Barbara (Tom) Greyer of Sugar Grove; fourteen grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; one great great grandchild and several step great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James; one son, Wallace James Burridge; a daughter-in-law Kathleen Burridge; two grandchildren, Susan Marie and Tommy Burridge.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 25, 1997 at the Healy Chapel with Rev. Paul Gerardy officiating.  Private interment took place at Riverside Cemetery.               CC 7/31/1997

 

Valerie M. Davis     1997.07.27

Valerie M. Davis, 76, of Big Rock, died Saturday, July 26, 1997, at Mercy Center Hospital.

She was born March 10, 1921, in Big Rock, the daughter of the late Hubert and Lois (Humiston) Davis.

Valerie was born and raised in Big Rock and lived there all of her life and took an interest in agriculture and the farming community.

She was an avid cook and gardener and lived her life for her family and nieces and nephews and all their children.

She was a graduate of the Copley Memorial School of Nursing Class of 1945, and practiced her nursing profession at Copley Hospital, Dreyer Clinic in Aurora, and for the last 27 years at the DeKalb County Nursing Home in DeKalb.

She was active in the Big Rock Baptist Church for many years.

She is survived by a brother, Ivan (Elizabeth) Davis of Big Rock; seven nieces, Christine Davis and Linda (John) Voelker, both of Aurora, Patricia (George) Back of Morristown, NJ, Jane (Gary) Gapinske of Aurora, Judy Davis of Woodstock, Karen (Warren) Beauchamp of Streamwood, Kris (Troy) Henry of Aurora; one nephew, Kevin (Norma) Davis of Big Rock; several great nieces and nephews; and two sisters-in-law, Hazel Davis and Rhesa Davis of Big Rock.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Loren and Kenneth Davis.

Graveside funeral services were held Tuesday at West Big Rock Cemetery with Rev. Donald Shire officiating.  Arrangements by the Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, 630-897-9291.                   CC 7/31/1997

 

Wilda Haynes Snodgrass McCadden     1997.07.28

Wilda (Haynes) Snodgrass-McCadden, 79, of Yorkville passed away Wednesday, July 23, 1997 at Countryside Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.  She was born April 19, 1918 in Trivoli, IL to the late William and Sarah (Taylor) Haynes.

Wilda was a member of Yorkville United Methodist Church.

Survivors include three children, Elizabeth (Harold) Giddings of Waterman, Allan (Valerie) Snodgrass of Cody, WY and Linda (Thomas) Sherwin of Aurora; three step-children, Guyle (Shirley) McCadden of Renton, WA, Winston McCadden of DeKalb, Steven (Sandra) McCadden of Paw Paw; 28 grandchildren; several great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Wilda was preceded in death by her first husband, Allen B. Snodgrass, her second husband, Glenn E. McCadden; two sisters, Marie Weirs, and Hazel Haynes; four brothers, Wily, Harley, Olin and Donald Haynes.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 26, 1997 at the Healy Chapel with Rev. Sue Wessels officiating.  Interment followed at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Contributions in Mrs. McCadden’s memory may be made to the Arthritis Foundation.        CC 7/31/1997

Mary Bogle     1997.07.29

Mary Bogle, 83, of DeKalb, died Sunday, July 20, 1997, at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

She was born October 29, 1913 to Curt and Cora (Randall) Bogle in Nevada, IA.

As a small girl, all smiles and a wonderful personality, she was destined to be a waitress, loving people and her job.  At the age of 15, she started watressing at the Old Lincoln Inn in DeKalb, under the wing of Ma Carlson.  Her life really started there!

She worked all her life as a servant to people, Dearth Brothers Restaurant in DeKalb, then to Bishop’s, Schrams, and Mandarin Gardens, all in Rockford.  She was so loved, by everyone!

Her sister, Ila Lee wanted her to be hostess, at the Fargo Coach Rooms in Sycamore.  She took the job, for years, until her retirement.

She met “Jo” Hinkle there, and they became beloved friends for years.

Oh yes, “Jo” was at Mary’s bedside Sunday when she died—friends until the very end.

Mary is survived by one sister, Mildred Francen of Shabbona; two brothers, Cut (Clare) Bogle and Wayne “Red” Bogle; and several nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Reba Kizis and Iola Lee; and one brother, Raymond Bogle.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 23, 1997 at Anderson Funeral Home, with Rev. Mark Foster of the Church of The Nazarene in DeKalb officiating.  Burial followed at Malta Cemetery.  Anderson Funeral Home 756-1022.   CC 7/31/1997

 

Karen Jill Lusha Koshmider     1997.07.30

Karen Jill Koshmider, 61, of Lake Holiday, Somonauk, IL, died July 21, 1997 at Rush-Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora, IL.  She was born August 11, 1935, in DeKalb, IL, the daughter of Kenneth and Genevieve (Lynde) Lusha.

Karen married Arthur W. Koshmider February 14, 1976, in DeKalb.

She was a music teacher at Tinley Park Jr. High School retiring in July 1992, after 28 years of service.  She has lived in Somonauk for 13 years.

She was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in DeKalb.

She was a loving wife, mother and aunt.

Survivors include her husband, Arthur Koshmider of Somonauk; a son, William D. Lancaster, of Michigan; a daughter, Lauryce Lancaster, Chicago; three step-sons, Arthur W. (Barbara) Koshmider, Jr. of Midlothian, IL, Paul (Jeanine) Koshmider of California, and Edward (Erlinda) Koshmider, also of California; five grandchildren; and a cherished niece Cindy (Dennis) Ramer, of Hinckley, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Donald L. Lusha; and step-son, Warren Koshmider.

Graveside services were held at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb Saturday, July 26, 1997.

Elder Roger Hintzsche and Dennis Ramer of Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, DeKalb, IL officiated.

Arrangements were handled by Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115.  815-758-3841.

CC 7/31/1997

 

Kenneth J. Schwager     1997.07.31

Kenneth J. Schwager, of Eustis, FL, formerly of Aurora, died Saturday, July 19, 1997.  He was born July 16, 1946 in Aurora.

Survivors include his mother, Helen Schwager, Eustis, FL; sister, Tina Brouhle, Earlville; nephew, John Brouhle, Earlville; and several uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Hilmer Schwager; paternal grandparents, Joe and Carrie Schwager of Batavia; maternal grandmother, Dolly Wise of Aurora.

A memorial service will be held August 22, 1997, at 2 p.m. at Lincoln Memorial Park, Aurora with Rev. Neil P. Smith officiating.                                         CC 8/4/1997

 

  Marvin W. Larson     1997.08.13

Marvin W. Larson, 83, of Shabbona Health Care Center, and formerly of Sycamore, died Friday, August 8, 1997, at Vencor Hospital in Sycamore.  He was born September 24, 1913, in Nettle Creek Township near Newark, IL, the son of Ephraim O. and Mary Danielson Larson.  He married Elsie L. Tollefson in 1936 in Newark.

He farmed in the Newark, Morris and Hinckley areas then worked at Anaconda Wire and Cable Co. in Sycamore for eight years, Northern Illinois University for 11 years, retired in 1980 and moved to Florida in 1981.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie of Shabbona Health Care Center; two daughters, Bernadine (Ronald) Reingardt of Massillon, OH, Elaine (Larry) Westerbek of Mesa, AZ; son Clyde Larson of Kirkland; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Bernice and Edith Larson, and three brothers, Orville, Ervin and Simon Larson.  He was a member of DeKalb Trinity Lutheran Church, a former member of Sons of Norway Lodge, and a former member of the Civilian Conservation Corp.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in DeKalb with Pastor Vernon Tweedt officiating.  Burial followed in West Lisbon Lutheran Church Cemetery near Newark.

A memorial fund is established in care of Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home.  For information call 815-895-6589.

CC 8/14/1997

 

Billie Mae Frazer Eckles     1997.08.14

Mrs. Billie Mae Eckles, age 84, of Oswego, IL died Friday, August 8, 1997, at Countryside Healthcare Center in Aurora, IL.  She was born October 23, 1912 in Milan, MO, the daughter of the late Harrison and Nellie nee Lawrence Frazer.

She was a member of the Christian Church of Oswegoland in Oswego, IL.

She is survived by her husband, Kline, who she married 61 years ago, September 22, 1936 in St. Louis, MO; a son, Frazer (Judy) Eckles of Big Rock, IL; three grandsons, Scott (Sue) Eckles of Earlville, IL, Stephen Eckles of Chicago, IL, Bill (Jenny) Eckles of Big Rock, IL; a great granddaughter, Jacqueline Eckles of Earlville, IL and a great grandson, Andy Eckles of Earlville, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Ramah Haner.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 11, 1997, at the McKeown-Dunn Funeral Home, Ltd, in Oswego, IL with Rev. Bob Reid officiating.

Burial took place at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Bristol, IL.

Memorials may be directed to the Christian Church of Oswegoland, 254 South Madison, St., Oswego, IL 60543.

For additional information call 630-554-3888 or 800-942-DUNN.                            CC 8/14/1997

 

  1. Caroline Byrd Bowman 1997.08.15
  2. Caroline Bowman, age 80, of Waterman, passed away Tuesday, August 12, 1997, at the Sandwich Community Hospital in Sandwich. She was born July 18, 1917 in Sycamore, IL, the daughter of Virgil and Ethel (Jenks) Byrd.

Caroline was united in marriage August 18, 1940, in Sycamore to Mr. Raymond E. Bowman.

Mrs. Bowman was a member of the Waterman Bible Church where she had been, for many years, a devoted Sunday School teacher and teacher of its Kids Club Bible Study Group.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

Survivors include her four children, Sherry (Jerry) Ransom of Madison, WI, Pastor Gary (Sherryl) Bowman of Windfield, Edwin (Paulette) Bowman of Waterman and Jeanie Bowman of Orlando, FL; twelve grandchildren; five great grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ray June 25, 1997; one grandson, Terry Craycraft, one great grandson, Joshua Bowman; one brother, Mance Byrd; and one sister, Jean Dawdy.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 14, 1997, at the Waterman Bible Church, in Waterman, with Pastor Gary Bowman, officiating.  Interment will follow in the North Clinton Cemetery, in Waterman.

Friends may call Wednesday, August 13, 1997 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, 116 N. Birch, Waterman.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-264-3362/630-553-7611.                     CC 8/14/1997

 

Willard L. Pottenger     1997.08.16

Willard L. Pottenger, 82, of Rochelle, formerly of Shabbona, died Saturday, August 16, 1997 at Rochelle Community Hospital.  He was born March 25, 1915 in Spencer, IA, the son of David and Ila (Spence) Pottenger, and married Angela J. Tully, June 29, 1946 in Chicago.

Willard was a World War II veteran, having served as a half-track driver in the Army in Central Europe and the Rhineland.  After being discharged from the service he farmed near Virgil for many years and later worked as an electrician until his retirement in 1975.  He was a former member of the Shabbona American Legion Post #677.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Noreen (Jack) Hudson of Malta, Elizabeth Pottenger of Malta and Rita (Steve) Stanfa of Rochelle; a brother, Bob (Jackie) Tyrell of Sycamore; 3 sisters, Lucille (William) Yates of Sigorney, IA, Frances Barens of Maple Park and Pauline (Lawrence) Faber of Maple Park; 4 grandchildren, Angie and Krystal Hudson and Kristin and Shelby Stanfa; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Angela, September 19, 1972; 2 sisters, Joan Estes and Charlotte Boell; and a brother, David Pottenger.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, August 19, 1997 at St. James Catholic Church in Lee with Father Louis Pesut officiating.  Burial was in St. James Catholic Cemetery, Lee.

A memorial is being established.                   CC 8/21/1997

 

Robert Emmet Edge     1997.08.17

Robert Emmet Edge, 81, of Aurora, CO, passed away Sunday, August 10, 1997.  He was born May 20, 1916, in Chicago, IL.

He attended schools in Aurora, IL, and worked as an apprentice printer for the Franklin Press and later as a fireman for the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad.  He was well known in the area having played baseball with local leagues.

Bob served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and received a commendation for his actions when his ship was sunk in the Pacific.

After returning from the service, he made his home in Hinckley, later residing in DeKalb and Chicago.  He retired to Colorado in October of 1983.

Survivors include his wife, Ingrid Ericsson Edge; four daughters, Sandra (John) Selzer of Arlington Heights, IL, Pattie Jo (Albert) Fetzer of Wilmette, IL, Cheryl Schultz, Chicago area and Julie Renee Edge of Aurora, CO; two sons, Jeffrey L. Edge of Lisle, IL, and Robert A. (Kristin) Edge of Aurora, CO; nine grandchildren; and four sisters, Annette Clayton of Montgomery, IL, Irene (Clark) Nehring of Hinckley, IL, Virginia (Donald) Lundeen of Sycamore, IL and Shirley (Otto) Huebner of Carmel Valley, CA; and a very special niece, Sharon (Richard) Samuelson of Portage, IN; also many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis Edge and Edna Edge Mika; his first wife, Bonnie Edge; two sisters, Frances Shields of Portage, IN, and Geraldine Latimer of McLean, VA; and three brothers-in-law, Col. Raymond Latimer of McLean, VA, Robert Clayton of Montgomery, IL, and Kenneth Carnahan of Sycamore, IL.

Funeral services were held Thursday, August 14, at the Faith Presbyterian Church in Aurora, CO.  Interment with military honors was held at the Fort Logan Military Cemetery in Colorado.     CC 8/21/1997

 

Gerald L. Duffy     1997.08.18

Mr. Gerald L. “Jerry” Duffy, 77, of Serena, died Friday, August 15, 1997 at Mercy Center in Aurora.

Funeral services were held at Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa, with Rev. William Baum, pastor of Wedron United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial was in DeBolt Cemetery, where full military rites were conducted.

Mr. Duffy was born July 17, 1920 in Serena to Charles and Effie (McInturf) Duffy.  He married Erma Dell DeBolt September 28, 1946 in Ottawa.  He was a Navy veteran of World War II.  He retired from McDonald Merchandising after 31 years as a route supervisor in 1983.  He was a member of the American Legion in Sheridan and the Ottawa VFW.

He is survived by his wife, Erma; two daughters, Kae (Jerold) Mitchell of Sycamore and Debra “Duffy” (Jim) Mathias of Marseilles; two sons, Kent (Barbara) Duffy of Aurora and Kim (Kim) Duffy of Sheridan; twelve grandchildren; three great grandchildren; two sisters, Marjorie (Harland) Battles of Ottawa and Marilyn (William) Bernard of Grand Rapids, MN; and two brothers, Merle of Earlville and Gordon (Marga) of Aurora, CO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-father, Ross Gletty; one brother, Charles William “Bud” Duffy; and one sister, Clarice Johnson.

Pallbearers were Scott Pickert, T. J. Mitchell, David Hellyer, Dan, Kale and Aaron Duffy, Tony and Rob Mathias.  Honorary pallbearers were Traci Pickert, Kristi Phillips, Dawn Kersting, and Jenna and Rachel Duffy.

Memorials may be directed to Wedron Methodist Church or DeBolt Cemetery Association.         CC 8/28/1997

 

Brandon Kurt Schweitzer     1997.08.19

Brandon Kurt Schweitzer, 25, of Rockford, formerly of DeKalb, passed away suddenly Tuesday, August 19, 1997 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford following a swimming accident.  He was born June 24, 1972 in Joliet, the son of Kurt and Karen (Schnorr) Schweitzer.

Brandon was the weekend sports anchor and reporter of the Channel 17 WTVO television station in Rockford.  He attended Malta schools and graduated from Malta High School in 1991.  He graduated from Illinois State University with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications in 1993.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in DeKalb.  Brandon was known for his sensitivity, compassion and thoughtfulness.  His loving concern for his brothers established an unusual bond which resulted in an extremely strong brotherhood.  His relationship with Michelle quickly developed into true love with plans for marriage in the near future

He is survived by his parents; two brothers, Ryan Schweitzer of Normal and Erik Schweitzer of Rockford; his maternal grandmother, Clara Schnorr of Waterman; his paternal grandparents, Robert and Alma Schweitzer of DeKalb; several aunts and uncles, including Karol (Dennis) Copeland of Brownsville, TX, Pat (Jim) Newell of Rockford, Roger (Karen Ann) Schnorr of Aurora; Paul (Mary) Schweitzer of Malta, Kenn (Patti) Schweitzer of Sycamore; several cousins, and his fiancé, Michelle Pierce of Belvidere.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Bud Schnorr, and his aunt Donna Kay Schnorr, both in 1984.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 23, 1997 at the First United Methodist Church, North Fourth and Oak Streets, in DeKalb with the Revs. Mary Gay McKinney and Anthony Tomasino officiating.  Burial followed in Fairview Park Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for Brandon Kurt Schweitzer in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.  For more information call 915-756-1022.            CC 8/28/1997

 

James H. Rogers     1997.08.20

James H. Rogers, age 55, of Billings, MT, formerly of Batavia, died peacefully at his home Wednesday evening, August 20, 1997 after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born May 29, 1942 in Huron, SD, the son of Howard and Delores Rogers.

Jim was a graduate of Batavia High School and served in the U.S. Navy Sixth Fleet during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

He loved a friendly debate, usually taking whichever side, just for a lively engagement.

Through his natural curiosity, he acquired an expansive, self taught knowledge of the sciences—from astronomy to psychology.  His passions were people and nature.  He will be long remembered for his belief in, and work toward, good labor unions.

He enjoyed fishing, playing darts and golf.  He was a long time member of the Fox Valley Dart Association.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda; three daughters, Quinn Leann (Benjamin) Schulze, of Hanover, Germany, Gusti (Anthony) Darling, of Merrimack, NH and Dawn Saddler, of Billings, MT; three grandchildren, Kali and Kyle Darling and Edward McClellan; his mother, Delores Rogers, of Sublette, IL; a sister, Peggy (Tim) Barry, of Batavia; five brothers, Dennis (Corrine) Rogers, of Lynwood, WA, Bill Rogers, of Mt. Sterling, IL, Greg (Sue) Rogers, of Hinckley, IL; and by many other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard L. Rogers and by his youngest brother, Scott I. L. Rogers.

A memorial service celebration was held Monday, August 25, 1997, following visitation, at the Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home.  The Rev. Steve Miller officiated.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to a hospice program of your choice.              CC 8/28/1997

 

Lillian M. Seyller Laseman     1997.08.21

Lillian M. Laseman, 92, of DeKalb, passed away Tuesday, August 19, 1997 at the DeKalb County Nursing Home.  She was born January 15, 1905, in Burlington, the daughter of John B. and Frances (Clark) Seyller.  She married Herman F. Laseman in Hampshire in 1924.

Lillian and her husband had formerly owned K&L Motor Sales in Burlington.  She was later employed by the DeKalb Ag., Jim Schultz Buick, and retired from M. F. Malone.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb.

She is survived by one son, Lynn (Donna) Laseman of Shabbona; four grandchildren, Rhonda (Michael) Raymond of Atlanta, GA, Jason (Michelle) Laseman of Denver, CO, Jeffrey (Kathy) Laseman of Plainfield and Jennifer Laseman of DeKalb; one great granddaughter, Alexandria Laseman; and several nieces and nephews.

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

A funeral mass was held Thursday, August 21, 1997 at the St. Mary’s Church in DeKalb with the Most Reverend Karl P. Ganss officiating.  Burial followed in St. Charles Boromeo Cemetery in Hampshire.

A memorial has been established for Lillian M. Laseman in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.  For more information call 915-756-1022.                         CC 8/28/1997

 

Charlene E. Mizel Ames     1997.08.22

Charlene E. Ames, 71, of Montgomery, died Sunday, August 24, 1997 at Rush-Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.  She was born September 21, 1925 in Waterman.

She was formerly employed by the Oswego School District as a secretary.  She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, James A. Ames, of Montgomery; two sons, Timothy W. (Stacey) Ames, of Aurora, and Scott (Marty) Ames, of Hinckley; one daughter, Elizabeth Ames, of Montgomery; one sister, Barbara Agnew, of Aurora; five grandchildren, Joshua N. Ames, of Plano, Carly A. Ames, of Sugar Grove, Jamie L. Ames, of Aurora, Jacob D. Ames, of Aurora, and Crystal L. Hewitt, of Buda, IL; two great grandchildren, Charles S. Hewitt and Coralynn D. Hewitt, both of Buda, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Hazel Mizel.

The funeral was held Wednesday, August 27, 1997 at Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway, Aurora.  The Rev. Preston Woods officiated, and cremation followed at River Hills Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.                                        CC 8/28/1997

 

Floyd A. Darling     1997.08.23

Floyd A. Darling passed away August 17, 1997 at the age of 79, at Bowman Care Center, Ormond Beach, FL.

He was born to John F. and Christina (Johnson) Darling in Clinton Township, DeKalb County, July 15, 1918.

Rose Kerzich, DeKalb, became his bride March 16, 1945.

He attended schools in DeKalb, served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.  After returning, he was employed at General Electric, DeKalb, until he transferred to Tyler, TX.  Upon retirement, he moved to Montgomery, AL, then to Florida.

He is survived by his wife, Rose; daughter, Rosemary Moss; two granddaughters, Valerie Oliver and Kim McSwan; two great grandchildren; and two sisters, Helen (Walter) Finette of Waterman, and Frances (Dwayne) Voreis of Somonauk.

Floyd was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

You may contact his wife, Rose, at 23021, Jobbins Drive, Leesburg, FL 34748.                    CC 9/4/1997

 

Lucille M. Kilpatrick Golob     1997.08.24

Lucille M. Golob, 86, of DeKalb, formerly of Aurora, passed away Thursday, August 28, 1997.  She was born July 14, 1911 in Mendota, IL.  Mrs. Golob was a former member of the American Legion in Sugar Grove.

Survivors include one brother, Lester Kilpatrick of Tempe, AZ; one sister, Mary Clay of Montgomery; three nieces, Janice (Duane) Houghtby of Shabbona, Kathy Hamilton of Montgomery and Beverly (Phil) Phillips of Texas; five nephews, Alan Kilpatrick of Charlotte, NC, Jim (Nancy) Clay of Montgomery, Frank (Pat) Ziegler of Montgomery, Lloyd (Wanda) Clay of Sandwich and Tony (Patty) Anthos of Conyers, GA; two special great nieces, Denise Houghtby of Shabbona and Laura (Rich) Smith of DeKalb; and several other great nieces and nephews and a great great niece, Victoria Smith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank J. Golob; two sisters and one brother, Bessie Blankenhorn, Ruth Anthos and Robert Kilpatrick.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Pine Acres Care Center, Monarch Wing, 1212 S. Second St., DeKalb, IL 60115.

Visitation and funeral services were held Saturday, August 30, 1997, at the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary, 220 N. Lake St., Aurora, IL.                        CC 9/4/1997

 

Betty B. Miller Kallstedt     1997.08.25

Betty B. Kallstedt, 78, of North Aurora passed away Saturday, August 30, 1997, at her home.

She was born May 24, 1919 in Aurora, IL, daughter of the late John and Theresa (Numerich) Miller.  She was employed by Dreyer Medical Clinic for 23 years until her retirement in 1982.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Richard E. Kallstedt; two daughters, Ruth (Ron) Burke, of Waterford, WI, Virginia (Jeff) Van Hooser of Big Rock; her grandchildren, Brent, Bryan and Amy Van Hooser, Karen (Burke) Strieter; and by one great granddaughter, Linsey Marie Strieter.

She will be dearly missed by many relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Theresa Miller, one brother, Lester Miller; one grandson, Scott R. Burke.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 2, 1997, at Our Savior Lutheran Church with Rev. Gerald L. Rygh officiating.

Private interment will take place at Se. Paul’s Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Kallstedt’s memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Aurora. 

 CC 9/4/1997

 

                                          John Haddock     1997.09.10

John Haddock, 74, of Sugar Grove, died September 16, 1997 at Hillside Healthcare Center in Yorkville.  He was born June 3, 1923 in Portadown, Northern Ireland, the son of the late John dnd Rachel (Sinamon) Haddock.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (Brown) Haddock of Sugar Grove; a son, John (Joy) Haddock of Somonauk; a daughter, Karen (Kenneth) Forsell of Big Rock; seven grandchildren, Michael, John Paul, Danny, Mark, and Kate Haddock, Susan and David Forsell; a sister, Martha Thompson of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; a sister-in-law, Margaret Haddock of Georgetown, Ontario, Canada; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Haddock.

He was a member of Blackberry Creek Community Church.

Mr. Haddock emigrated from Northern Ireland in 1951 and was employed by Furnas Electric, Ford Motor Co., and Caterpillar Tractor Co.  He started his own business with his son, John, Haddock Tool and Manufacturing Co. in 1965 and it is currently in operation in Sandwich.

Funeral services were held Friday, September 19, at the Healy Chapel in Aurora.  Bill Nantz officiated.  Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be given to Blackberry Creek Community Church, Route 3, Box 610, Aurora, IL 60506.

CC 9/25/1997

 

                       Judith D. Schaub Johnson     1997.09.16

Judith D. Johnson, 56, of Millington, died Wednesday, September 10, 1997 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was born February 1, 1941 in Peoria, the daughter of Julius and Georgia (Bail) Schaub.

Judy was united in marriage to Floyd Johnson on June 25, 1958 in Kewanee, IL.  She was a 1958 graduate of Kewanee High School.  Judy was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Sandwich.

Survivors include her husband, Floyd of Millington; three daughters, Alice (Jim) Lemke of Earlville, Jill (Terry) Coit of Omaha, NE, Sheila Johnson of Las Cruces, NM; one son, Frank Johnson of Aurora; three half sisters and one half brother; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A funeral mass was held on Saturday, September 13 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Sandwich.  Burial was in St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery, Sandwich.  Visitation was Friday, September 12 at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.

CC 9/4/1997

 

Esther A. Hyett Manlove     1997.09.17

Esther A. Manlove, age 82, of Waterman passed away Friday, September 5, 1997 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, in DeKalb.  She was born May 6, 1915 in Belle Plaine, IA, the daughter of Roy and Hazel (Hoover) Hyett.

Esther was united in marriage January 27, 1938, in Chicago, IL to Mr. Kenneth D. Manlove.

Mrs. Manlove was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley where she was active in its women’s organization. She was formerly employed as a secretary and paralegal, for the DuPage County States Attorney’s office.  She was also, for several years, the secretary to State Representative Lee Daniels, Sr.  Esther was proud to have been DuPage County’s first office paralegal.  She had been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post in both Florida and Waterman.  she was a member of the B.P.W. (Business and Professional Women Organization), the Waterman’s Elderbery Group and the Sandwich Community Hospital Auxiliary.  For many years, Esther also volunteered at the Hines Veteran Hospital, in Chicago.

Survivors include her two children, Richard Duane (Donna  Manlove, of Wheaton and Susan Ellen Manlove, of Waterman; six grandchildren, Mark, Christine, Laura, Scott, Stacey and Lisa; nine great grandchildren, Kyle, Mollie, C. J., Aubree, Ben, Anthony, Dylan, Ashley and Justin; two brothers, Lowell B. Hyett of Florida and George (Dorothy) Hyett of Arizona; one sister, Joyce Wallace of Ohio; as well as, nieces and nephews and friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Kenneth, August 21, 1995.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, September 13, 1997, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Hinckley, with Pastor Donald Balgeman officiating.  Interment will be private.  There will be no visitation.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-286-3247.

CC 9/11/1997

 

Alice Pauline Anderson Proctor     1979.09.18

Alice Pauline Proctor, age 69, of Elburn, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, September 6, 1997 at Delnor Community Hospital, Geneva, where she was taken following a collapse at her home.

She was born on the Boudish farm north of Elburn, February 7, 1928. the daughter of Carl and Betty (Carlson) Anderson.

Alice grew up in Elburn where she graduated from high school and went on to beauty school in Rockford where she earned her operators license and began work in DeKalb.

June 25, 1949 she was united in marriage to Fred proctor at the Geneva Lutheran Church.  They made their home in Elburn and a few years later Fred built her a beauty shop in the basement where she began many years as a beautician.  Alice was a talented hair dresser and by many accounts, a gifted story teller as well.

Over the years, Alice and Fred danced many nights away at the Blue Moon in Elgin and at the Aurora Moose where Alice was a member of the Women of the Moose, Lodge #400.  She was also a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Elburn American Legion Post #630 where she was currently vice president, a former member of the Elburn Quivera Club.  Alice served the Elburn Area Blood Bank for many years as a director.  In so many quiet ways, her selfless spirit enjoyed putting others first.

Christmas was her time to celebrate her Swedish heritage.  From decorations to dinner there was a Swedish flavor to everything she did.  Summers found her tending a beautiful flower garden, whose bouquets graced many a table.  Memories abound also in Hackensack, MN, where her famous fishing hat brought perpetual luck to her line at vacation time.  She made memories too in Disney World and Hilton Head, SC where her grandchildren discovered just how young she really was and deeply she held them in her heart.

In addition to her husband, Fred, she is survived by three children, F. Michael (Janet) Proctor and Tom (Bonnie) Proctor, both of Elburn and Nancy (Steve) Henrikson of Morristown, TN; one sister, Florence Lehman of Waterman, IL; and one brother, Edward (Lillian) Anderson of Tucson, AZ; as well as many relatives in Sweden whose native language she could still speak and write.

She joins now her parents, four brothers, Oliver and Gunnar Anderson and Harold and Paul Anderson in childhood who preceded her in death.

Friends may call at Conley Funeral Home, Tuesday, at 11 a.m. until time of service.

Her funeral service will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn.  The Reverend Katherine Lawes, pastor of the Community Congregational Church, Elburn, where Alice and Fred attended for many years, will officiate and interment will follow at Blackberry Cemetery.

Memorials in her name may be mailed in care of P.O. Box A, Elburn, IL 60119.                   CC 9/11/1997

 

Kenneth H. Morris     1997.09.19

Kenneth H. Morris, 83, of St. Charles, died Sunday, September 14, 1997, at Delnor Community Hospital, Geneva.

He was born March 16, 1914, in Anna, IL.

Mr. Morris was a lifetime member of the St. Charles Sportsman Club and a member of the Shabbona Lake Sportsman Club.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Cornelia “Connie” Morris; a daughter, Paula (Matt) Marzuki of Hinckley; a son, Randall (Barbara) Morris of Elgin; two grandchildren, Angela Marzuki of Hinckley and Sherry Marzuki of Naperville; a sister, Jean Henderson of Anna, IL; and a half-brother, Wade Morris of Monticello, GA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Stella Morris and a brother, Andrew.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 17, 1997. at the Crain Funeral Home, Anna, IL.  Burial was at the Ebenezer Hall Cemetery in Lick Creek, IL.

Contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.                             CC 9/18/1997

 

William H. Walden     1997.09.20

William H. Walden, 69, of Earlville died Saturday, September 13, 1997 at his home.  He was born August 19, 1928 in Aurora.

Mr. Walden lived in Tacoma, WA for many years and leaves behind many friends and family.  He also served in the U.S. Army and the Navy Reserves.

Survivors include two sons, William T. Walden of Tacoma, WA, and William Erdos of Aurora; two daughters, Dina Miller of Hoquiam, WA and Cynthia Waid of Hinckley; one brother, Richard (Pat) Walden of Oswego; three sisters, Doris Feyeriesen of Aurora, Alta Carlson of Charlotte, NC and Pat (Bill) Dennison of Springfield, MO; two brothers-in-law, Chad Stamm of Oswego and Ray Cunningham of Bradenton, FL.; two sisters-in-law, Sue Walden of Aurora and Evelyn Walden of Aurora; four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Ada (Darr) Walden; two brothers, James and Jack Walden; four sisters, Gladys Walden, Lois Stamm, June Cunningham and Vira Schwabb.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, September 17, 1997 at the Dieterle Memorial Home.  Rev. Joe Amos officiated and interment followed in Lincoln Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway, Montgomery, IL 630-897-1196.      CC 9/18/1997

 

Jean C. Abell Schuldt     1997.09.21

Jean C. Schuldt, age 67, of Hinckley, passed away Saturday, September 13, 1997, at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva.  She was born November 20, 1929, in Ashton, IL, the daughter of Otis and Lila (Thompson) Abell.

Jean was united in marriage May 6, 1950, to Mr. Donald E. Schuldt at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, and they spent the next 47 years of their lives together.

Mrs. Schuldt was a very active member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.  Her love of music led her into both singing in the choir and playing in the bell choir.  She also participated in both its Ladies Aid Group and Woman’s Circle.  She was employed at Barber-Greene in Aurora for over 15 years, as a computer operator, until her retirement.

Survivors include her husband, Donald of Hinckley; five children, Byron Schuldt of Hinckley, Scott (Cindy) Schuldt of Indiana, James Schuldt of Hinckley, Michael (Betty) Schuldt of Tomball, TX and Donna (Douglas) Kraemer of Mendota; four grandchildren, Stephanie, Thomas, Adam and Ryan; her mother, Lila Abell of Hinckley; two brothers, Merle “Pete” Abell of Hinckley and Roy (Becky) Abell of Hinckley; one sister, Arlene (Roger) Petschke of Hinckley; as well as many nieces and nephews and friends.  Jean was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister, who will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Otis Abell August 26, 1982.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, September 21, 1997 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Hinckley, with Pastor Donald Balgeman officiating.  Interment will be private.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-286-3247/630-553-7611.                      CC 9/18/1997

 

Alice Cora Clark Lewis     1997.09.22

Alice Cora Lewis, age 79, of Paw Paw, passed away Wednesday, September 10, 1997 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, in DeKalb.  She was born July 12, 1981 in Hamilton County, IN, one of nine children of Care E. and Cora Ellen (Smith) Clark.

Alice was united in marriage December 3, 1934 in Newport, KY to Mr. Robert Edward Lewis.  She and her husband, moved to Aurora in 1947 and then moved to Paw Paw, where they made their home since 1979.

Mrs. Lewis was a member of the Waterman Bible Church.  For many years she enjoyed making lovely gifts in cross stitch for her family and friends.   She will always be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother by the family she leaves to cherish her memory.

Survivors include her four children, Barbara (Tab) Bartlett of Springdale, AR, Dickie (Joyce) Lewis of Sandwich, Martha (Les) Miller of Rochelle and Betty (Curt) Cannon of Paw Paw; sixteen grandchildren; thirty four great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren, as well as, many nieces and nephews and friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert Edward, March 8, 1993, one son, Robert Edward Lewis, Jr., one great grandchild, two brothers and six sisters.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 13, 1997 at the Waterman Bible Church, with Reverend Larry Spry officiating.  Interment followed in the North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-286-3247/630-553-7611.         CC 9/18/1997

 

Noreen Mary Hoyt Merchant     1997.09.23

Noreen Mary Merchant, age 61, of Hinckley, passed away Thursday, September 11, 1997 at Vencor Hospital, in Sycamore.  She was born October 15, 1935 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Earl and Dellmarie (Cullen) Hoyt.

Noreen was  united in marriage February 22, 1953, in Plano, IL to Mr. James Carl Merchant and they spent the next 44 years of their lives together.

Mrs. Merchant was previously employed, for fourteen years, by the Rossi Pizza Co., in Waterman, at the Kaufman Turkey Farm, in Waterman, for two years, and later at the Waterman Grade School for one year.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister.

Survivors include her husband, James, of Hinckley; five children, James A. (Cheryl) Merchant, of Waterman, Cindy A. (Ronald) Davis, of Waterman, Jeffrey L. Merchant, of Ogden, UT, Michael S. Merchant, of Crockett, TX and Lester W. (Darlene) Merchant, of Atlanta, GA; eight grandchildren, Joshua H. (Kellie) Merchant, of Shabbona, Brandon J. Merchant, of Waterman, Melissa R. Davis, of Waterman, Timothy M. Davis, of Waterman, Cameron E. Merchant, of Fairfield, Ca, Blake A. Merchant of Fairfield, CA, Corey M. Merchant of Naperville, and Matthew T. Merchant, of Naperville; one great granddaughter, Breana N. Davis, of Waterman; as well as one brother, Ronald (Beverly) Hoyt, of Ottawa, and many friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one son, Jon Martin, in infancy.

Burial of cremains will be private.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-286-3247/630-553-7611.    CC 9/18/1997

 

Eleanor J. Maggard Collins     1997.09.24

Eleanor J. Collins, 59, of Montgomery, passed away Friday, September 19, 1997 at Rush Copley Medical Center.  She was born July 23, 1938 in Norton, VA, the daughter of the late Edward and Georgia (Lawson) Maggard.

Mrs. Collins was a member of the First Apostolic Church and the Women of the Moose #400.  Eleanor had a great love of nature, especially animals and flowers.

Survivors include her husband, Ronald Collins of Montgomery; one daughter, Debbie (Bob) Raymond of Big Rock; two sons, Robert (Linda) Regan, Jr. of Kaneville and Mark (Vanessa) Regan of East Dundee; one step-daughter, Ronda Collins of Simpson, IL; nine grandchildren, Derek, Patrick, Seth, Jacob, Riley and Lauren Regan, Jimmy and Daniel Raymond and Emily Collins; two brothers, Chuck Maggard of Rockford and Jim Maggard of Germany and several nieces and nephews.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Betty Bradley.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 23, 1997, at the First Apostolic Church, Sheffer Road and McClure Street, with Rev. Bill C. Colthorp officiating.  Interment took place at Riverside Cemetery.

Arrangements by the Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, 630-897-9291.                       CC 9/25/1997

 

John Edward Babcock     1997.09.25

John Edward Babcock died Tuesday, September 2, 1997, in Bossier City, LA after a long illness.  He had been a resident of Shreveport, LA.

Mr. Babcock was born in Waterman, the son of Dean and Addie Babcock.   He graduated from Waterman schools and was a confirmed member of the Methodist Church.

John Edward Babcock was a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #14.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; two sons, John Edward (Sheryl) Babcock, Jr. of Papillion, NE, and Ronald D. (Julie) Babcock of Portland, OR; one sister, Mary Hangartner of Sebastopol, CA; three grandchildren, Pamela Babcock, Nicholas Babcock and Ashton Babcock; one step-grandson, John Oswald; 11 nieces and three nephews.

Services were held September 6.  Mr. Babcock’s body was donated to Louisiana State University Medical Center. 

CC 9/25/1997

 

Vergil E. Lyon     1997.09.26

Vergil E. Lyon, 92, of DeKalb, passed away Saturday, September 27, 1997, at the Oakcrest DeKalb Area Retirement Center, in DeKalb.  He was born October 24, 1904 in Eureka, IL the son of Clyde and Jessie (Bradley) Lyon.

Mr. Lyon was a graduate of Northern Illinois State Teachers College  which is now Northern Illinois University and then went on to obtain his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

Vergil spent his childhood years in DeKalb.  In 1926, upon his marriage to the former Clara Watne, he and his bride made their home in Skokie.  It was upon their retirement that they then moved to McHenry.

He was, for many years, a Computer Data Analyst and Statistician for A. C. Nielsen in Evanston.  After World War II he was a member of the team which brought about the first Univac Computer.  Vergil loved sailing and enjoyed woodworking and crafting stained glass.  He designed many gifts for his family and friends.

Survivors include three sisters, Clair M. Morton of Downers Grove, Lois L. Peterson of Florence, OR and Ione L. Mossholder of Bradenton, FL; several nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, including Dr. Alvin (Diana) Watne of Atlanta, GA and Waterman, Richard Watne of Sandwich, Susan (Dennis) Long of Kaneville, Christine (Thomas) Lind of Hinckley and Toby (Barb) Watne of Hinckley; as well as one brother-in-law, Hilton Bowgren of Hinckley and many friends who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Clara November 12, 1991, and one brother, Robert Lyon. 

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 1, 1997 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, with Rev. Robert C. Meissner, retired Prairie Association Minister for the United Church of Christ, officiating.  Interment will follow in the Johnson Grove Cemetery in Waterman.

Memorials may be made to the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-286-3247/630-553-7611.                 CC 10/2/1997

 

Susan Elizabeth Townsend Harris Allard     1997.09.27

Susan Elizabeth (Townsend) Allard, 54, of Big Rock Township, passed away Saturday, September 27, 1997 at Mercy Center Hospital.  She was born February 10, 1943 in Milwaukee, WI.

She was employed at Boulder Hill Elementary School as an L. D. teacher for 29 years until her retirement in June 1994.  She was a member of Big Rock English Congregational United Church of Christ.  She was also a member of NIAHAC Horse Club for 30 years, and she was a 10 year member of Midwest Arabian Horse Club.

Survivors include her husband, Fred D. Allard of Big Rock; five step-daughters, Anna Marie (Stephen) Lehman of Newville, PA, Donna (Jeff) Kelley of New Castle, PA, Patty Louise (Jason) Cundiff, Jr. of Glade Hill, VA, Linda Sue Allard of Las Vegas, NV, Frances Faye (Mark) Getshell of Fayetteville, NC; two step–sons, Capt. Frederick D. (Susan) Allard, U.S.N. retired of Bath, ME, Michael Edward (Donna) Allard of Newville, PA; six half sisters, Elizabeth (Mark) Caster of Racine, WI, Sally (Tim) Whims of Grosse Pointe, MI, Greer (Joe) O’Brien of Geneva, Tracey (William) Storch of Columbus, OH, Allison (Richard) Joseph of Charlevoix, MI and Brooke (Albert) LaMonica of New Hampshire; two uncles, Bill (Betty Lou) Townsend of Wisconsin and Darwin (Connie) Townsend of Florida; 14 step-grandchildren; one step great grandson and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ruble C. Harris October 3, 1974.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 30, 1997, at the Dieterle Memorial Home.

Contributions may be made in Mrs. Allard’s memory to Midwest Arabian Horse Club, c/o Kim Jenkner, 22318 Carmack Road, Marengo, IL 60152.

Arrangements by Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway, Aurora, 630-897-1196.            CC 10/2/1997

 

Clarann Dorothy Kandra Mathesius     1997.09.28

Clarann Dorothy Mathesius, 60, of Orlando, FL, formerly of Lee, passed away September 28, 1997 at her daughter’s home.  Mrs. Mathesius was born February 27, 1937 in Pittsburg, PA to Christian and Sara Martha (Lange) Kandra.

She married Walter Mathesius in Naperville July 7, 1956.  He preceded her in death  September 24, 1979.  She was a graduate of Naperville High School and was employed at the Epcot Center in Orlando.

She is survived by three daughters, Brenda Emerson of Raleigh, NC, Donna Hayden of Brentwood, MO and Robin (Allen) Porterfield of Orlando, FL; one son, Richard (Donna) Mathesius of Lee; one brother, Donald Kandra of Boulder Hill, Montgomery; two sisters, Beverly (James) McCorkle of Seneca and Christine (Michael) Bryene of Sugar Grove; five grandchildren, Stacey and Melissa Emerson, Brandon and Stephanie Mathesius and Amanda Hayden; also her mother, Sarah Martha Kandra of Naperville.

Besides her husband she was preceded in death by her father.

Services for Mrs. Mathesius will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 1, 1997 at the Paw Paw United Methodist Church, Rev. Ken Foster officiating.  Burial will be in Wyoming Cemetery, Paw Paw.                                      CC 10/2/1997

 

Lyle E. Griswold     1997.09.29

Lyle E. Griswold, 77, of Genoa died Sunday, September 29, 1997 at his home.

He was born October 28, 1919 in rural DeKalb, the son of Claude and Edith (Larson) Griswold.  He married Marilyn Carroll November 22, 1950 in Genoa.

Lyle was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.  He was a graduate of the DeKalb High School Class of 1937.  He was a self-employed livestock truck driver it the DeKalb County area for over 35 years.

Lyle was a member of the Genoa American Legion Post #337 and the Faith United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; one daughter, Carol (Everett) Lunn of Rockford; three grandsons, Steven, Michael and Daniel Lunn; two brothers, Morris Griswold of Hinckley, and Merrill “Bud” Griswold of Genoa; one sister, Elaine Carroll of Genoa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Dale Griswold in 1973; and one sister, Marilyn Barton.

His funeral service was Wednesday October 1, 1997 at the Faith United Methodist Church of Genoa with Rev. Jan Comerford officiating.  Burial was at the Genoa Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in care of the Slater-Butala Funeral Home, 132 W. Main, Genoa, IL 60135.  for information, please call 815-784-5191.       CC 10/9/1997

 

                                  Joseph Antos     1997.10.02

Joseph Antos, 83, of Big Rock, passed away Tuesday, October 7, 1997 at his home.  He was born September 24, 1914 near Black River Falls, WI, the son of Frank and Mary (Flicek) Antos.

Joseph was united in marriage June 12, 1948 in Aurora, IL, to Rose Lavina Dean, and they spent the next 49 years of their lives together.  He and his family have made their home in Big Rock since 1962.

Mr. Antos was a true Renaissance Man with many diverse interests and professions to his credit.  To list but a few, Joseph was an engineer, inventor, adventurer, photographer, and film maker.

Survivors include his wife, Rose, of Big Rock; four children, Joseph Avery (Geraldine) Antos, Ph.D. of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, David Lowell (Chris) Antos, of Chicago, Linda Louise (Tom) Petritsch, of Big Rock, and Virginia Lee Altenberger, of Hinckley; nine grandchildren, Shawn, Zachary, Sarah and Thomas Petritsch, Amy and Lisa Altenberger, Julian and Adrian Antos and Heather Antos; as well as many friends who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 11, 1997 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.  Interment will follow in the West Big Rock Cemetery, in Big Rock.

Friends may call Saturday October 11, 1997 from 11 a.m. until the hour of service at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St. in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, 815/286-3247 or 630/553-7611.

Instead of a memorial contribution, somewhere in memory of me, plant a tree.                               CC 10/16/1997

 

                       Lucille Kilgore Legner     1997.10.08

Lucille K. Legner, 82, of Sandwich, passed away Friday, October 24, 1997 at her home.  She was born June 27, 1915 in Creston, IA, the daughter of Glenn and Edna (Harmon) Kilgore.

While residing in Iowa in her younger days, Lucille enjoyed playing tennis and became a champion tennis player in Des Moines, IA.  She also loved to play the violin.  Lucille graduated from Northern Illinois University.

Lucille was united in marriage to Dr. Armand A. Legner June 27, 1935 at the Hyland Park Presbyterian Church in Des Moines.  She was the past president of the Fox Valley Girl Scout Council, and PEO.  She was a member of the Sandwich Hospital Auxiliary, Delta Kappa Gamma, an active member of the United Church of Sandwich and past member of the Junior Guild.  For 15 years Lucille taught third grade at P.H. Miller School in Plano and always spoke of how much she enjoyed her teaching years.

Lucille was very active in the lives of her grandchildren and great grandchildren, always encouraging and guiding them as much as she could with her love and wisdom.

Survivors include three daughters, Sandra Wilson of Plano, Diane Legner of Evergreen, CO, Judith (James) Fish of Fulton, IL; 10 grandchildren, Matthew (Julie) Wilson, Daniel Wilson, Edward (Shari) Wilson, John Mattox, Gretchen Mattox, Paul Mattox, Eric (Lora) Fish, Jeffrey (Roxanne) Fish, Amy (Kevin) Jacobs, Susan Fish; 10 great grandchildren, Chris, James, Laura, Joshua, Jacob, Emily and Amy Wilson, Rachel, Nathan and Nicholas Fish; a sister-in-law, Doris Ann Wyciskalla of Earlville; a brother-in-law, Raymond Legner of Leland; her very special friends, Melody Wilson of Plano, Ione O’Neill of Aurora and Susan Dierzen of Yorkville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Dr. Armand Legner, on April 30, 1995, and her son-in-law, Wallace ‘Wally’ Wilson, on September 2, 1995.

Funeral services for Lucille will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 27 at the United Church of Sandwich, Rev. Phillip Burke, Jr. will officiate.  Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, October 26 at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich, (815) 786-2165.

Memorials may be made in Lucille’s name to the United Church of Sandwich, Fox Valley Older Adults, the Open Door and the Sandwich Township Public Library.

Pallbearers will be Matthew, Daniel and Edward Wilson, John and Paul Mattox, Eric and Jeffrey Fish, Gretchen Mattox, Amy Jacobs and Susan Fish.                CC 10/30/1997

 

Marian J. Murphy Heath     1997.10.12

Marian J. Heath, 54, of Sycamore, entered the Heavenly Kingdom Friday, October 3, 1997. at her home.  She was born December 10, 1942, to Inger Magnusson and Omar Murphy.  She was a graduate of Hinckley-Big Rock High School.

She was employed by Browns Country Market from 1963 to 1997.  She has lived in the Sycamore area since 1961 after coming from Big Rock.  She was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore and the women’s circles of the church.

She is survived by her husband Robert Heath; two daughters, Donna Swick and Connie (William) Underwood, all of Sycamore; a son, Robert (Lona) Heath of Tulsa, OK; her mother, Inger Ellsworth, of Sycamore; three grandchildren, Billy and Kimberly Kammes and Jennifer Swick; several nieces and nephews aunts, uncles and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her step-father Fredric Ellsworth in 1983; a sister Irene (Wallace) Leinweber in 1989, maternal and paternal grandparents and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 7, 1997 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore, with Rev. Charles Steinke officiating.  Burial was at the Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore.  A memorial fund is established at the Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home.  For more information call 815-895-6589.

  CC 10/9/1997

 

Marion Harrison     1997.10.13

Marion Harrison, 79, of Aurora, formerly of Herrin, IL, died Wednesday, October 1, 1997 at 8:10 p.m. at Aurora Manor Nursing Home in Aurora. Mr. Harrison was born November 30, 1917 in Garnsey, AL to Charles R. and Maggie M. (Jones) Harrison.

He married Gladys Wiggins February 27, 1937 in Herrin.  She died October 5, 1988.  He was a welder for Barber Greene Manufacturing Co. in Aurora.

He is survived by three sons, Charles Harrison of Aurora, James Harrison of Aurora, and Gary Harrison of Aurora; one daughter, Linda Beavers of Big Rock; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; five brothers, Otis G. Harrison of Mt. Vernon, Armitt J. Harrison of Melrose Park, Thomas R. Harrison of Johnson City, George F. Harrison of Florida and Claude L. Harrison of Oregon; and three sisters, Lillian Raines of Aurora, Margaret E. Carter of Florida and Nancy E. Traub of South Elgin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; five brothers, Joe Edward Harrison, Charles Albert Harrison, James R. Harrison, William H. Harrison and Thomas R. Harrison; and two sisters, Helen S. Schifferer and Minnie Lue Love.

Graveside service was Monday, October 6, 1997 at Herrin City Cemetery with Rev. Brad Harlow officiating.  Burial was at Herrin City Cemetery.                                 CC 10/9/1997

 

Marguerite C. Griffin     1997.10.14

Marguerite C. Griffin, 95, of Shabbona died Wednesday, October 1, 1997 at the Shabbona Healthcare Center.

She was born March 11, 1902 in Clinton Township, the daughter of Edward and Margaret (Hunt) Griffin.

Marguerite was a faithful and active member of St. James Catholic Church in Lee and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society of the church.

She was employed for many years at Kaufmann’s Turkey Farm in Waterman and at Alexander Lumber Company in Shabbona as a bookkeeper until her retirement in 1977 at age 75.

She is survived by three nieces, Genevieve (Art) Thorson of Shabbona, Beverly (Tom) Nortman of Aurora and Margaret (Wes) Koester of Waterman; two nephews, Raymond (Janet) Hartman of Sarasota, FL and Donald Hartman of Shabbona; and numerous great and great great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Marie Griffin and Frances Hartman; and three brothers, Edward and twin brothers who died in infancy.

Funeral services were held Saturday morning, October 4, 1997 at St. James Catholic Church in Lee with Father Louis Pesut officiating.  Burial was in the St. James Calvary Cemetery, Lee.  Pallbearers were Adlai and Zachary Schaefer, Randall Thorson, Jeffrey and Wesley Koester and Tom Nortman.  

CC 10/9/1997

 

Burton C. Miller     1997.10.15

Burton “Junior” Miller, 59, of Earlville, formerly of Sheridan, died Thursday, October 16, 1997 at the Mercy Center in Aurora.

Mr. Miller was born October 27, 1937 in Aurora to Burton and Emily (James) Miller, Sr.  He married Betty (Duncan) November 5, 1982 in Montgomery.  He was employed at the Sheridan Sanitary District for several years.  Before moving to Sheridan in 1988, Junior lived and worked in Aurora for 26 years.

He is survived by his wife, Betty of Earlville; two step-sons, Richard (Jenny) Schmeisser of South Elgin, Michael (Kristen) Schmeisser of St. Charles; three grandchildren, Baily, Max, Hunter; three sisters, Janet (Granville) Roth of Mendota, Lillian Anderson of Sandwich; Carolyn Hardy of Aurora.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 18, at the Larson-Gabel Funeral Home Ltd., at 335 W. Church St., Sheridan, IL 60551-0027, 815-496-2003.  Pastor David Kaul officiated.

Burial was at the Sheridan Cemetery.       CC 10/23/1997

 

Lucille May Olson Kenner     1997.10.16

Lucille May Kenner, 79, of Aurora passed away Thursday, October 16, 1997 at Mercy Center Hospital.  She was born May 12, 1918 in Aurora to Lester E. and Genevieve (Whitney) Olson.

Lucille was a member of First United Presbyterian Church.  She was employed at National Brush Co. and Anixter Wire Co. in Aurora for many years.

Survivors include her husband John of Aurora; her daughter, Mrs. Barrett (Joanna) Quinn of Big Rock; three grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and her special friend, Millie (Al) Hollis of Johnson City, TN.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Leo Lester Olson and Floyd Wilbur Olson.

There was no funeral service or visitation.  A private graveside service was held at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Contributions in Mrs. Kenner’s memory may be made to First United Presbyterian Church or the Visiting Nurses Association.                      CC 10/23/1997

 

Arlene Gladys Shifflette Madsen      1997.10.17

Arlene Gladys “Bunny” Madsen, 65, long time resident of Hinckley, passed away October 18, 1997 at her winter home in Bullhead City. AZ.

She was born October 24, 1931, in Earlville, the daughter of Ted and Edna (Gage) Shifflette.  Arlene married LeRoy Madsen September 28, 1947.

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.  She was managing partner and president of the DeKalb School of Beauty Culture.  She taught there until her retirement in 1980.  From that time until her death, she enjoyed traveling, golf, cribbage, dominoes and garage saleing with her best friend and husband, LeRoy.

Survivors include husband LeRoy, currently of Bullhead City, AZ; three sons, Terry (Patricia) Madsen of Deer Park, WA, Lee (Blanche) Madsen of Hinckley and Lon (Deanne) Madsen of Spokane, WA; nine grandchildren, Amy (Jonathan) Labbe, Rebecca (Russell) Selcho of Tucson, AZ, Dawn and Kammi of Deer Park, WA, Michael, Sara, and Rachel of Hinckley, Caleb and Asha of Spokane, WA; two sisters, Mildred Dummer of Algonquin and Marilea Moore of Carol Stream; as well as several nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends.  She will be deeply missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Milan and Ted, and two sisters, Shirley Rissman and Dorothy Greenstreet.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 1, 1997, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley with Pastor Donald Balgeman officiating.  Interment in Lutheran Church Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.                                        CC 10/30/1997

 

Russell G. Morton     1997.10.18

Russell G. Morton, 89, of Paw Paw Township died Friday, October 24, 1997 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora.

He was born August 24, 1908 in Paw Paw Township, the son of Clarence and Ida (Warren) Morton and married Helen George December 19, 1936 in Waterman.

Russell was a lifelong farmer in Paw Paw Township, farming the family farm all his adult life.  He was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, the Rollo United Church of Christ and the Shabbona-Rollo-Lee Historical Society.  Russell was well known to many school children in the Rollo and Shabbona School Districts.  An avid sports fan, he and his wife Helen were inducted into the Shabbona Sports Hall of Fame.

Survivors include his wife, Helen of Paw Paw Township; a son, Dennis (Karen) Morton of Tucson, AZ; two daughters, Donna Kusznierz of Naperville and Debby (Wayne) Davey of Jacksonville, NC; seven grandchildren, David Olin, Diane Steichen, Ryan and Amy Davey, Ashley, Tyler and Christopher Morton; four great grandchildren, Misty and Jesse Olin and Megan and Brenna Steichen; and one great grandchild, Taylor Olin.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde Morton and a sister, Irene Morton.

Funeral services were held Monday morning, October 27, 1997 at the Rollo United Church of Christ with Rev. David Bateman officiating.  Burial was in Stevens Cemetery near Rollo.  A memorial is being established.               CC 10/30/1997

 

Wilbur T. Booth     1997.10.19

Wilbur T. “Boots” Booth, 79, of Hinckley passed away Tuesday, October 28, 1997 at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  He was born November 14, 1917 in Lee the son of Judd and Ann (Watgen) Booth.

Wilbur was united in marriage July 12, 1945 in Sandwich to the former Hallie Caulk, and they spent the next 52 years of their lives together.

Mr. Booth was a member of the St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sandwich.  Wilbur was, for 44 years, the service manager for Voss Motor Sales in Hinckley.  He had served with the Hinckley Fire Department for over 25 years.  During those years he was proud to have served as both its Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief.  He was a former member of the Hinckley American Legion Post.  Wilbur served with the United States Army during World War II, for four years, stationed at Fort Knox, KY.

He is survived by his wife, Hallie of Hinckley; two sons, Douglas J. Booth of Hinckley and Terry (Judy) Booth of New Baden, IL; two grandchildren, Jeremy and Lisa Booth of New Baden; one brother, Norman (Marian) Booth of Indianhead Park, IL; two nephews, Michael (Christine) Booth of Baltimore, MD, and Thomas Booth of Western Springs, IL; as well as many friends who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 31, 1997 at the St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sandwich with Father John Kraemer officiating.  Interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-286-3247/630-553-7611.                              CC 11/6/1997

 

Florence A. Klaren Clark     1997.10.20

Florence A. Clark, 82, of Aurora passed away Wednesday, October 30, 1997 at Rush Copley Medical Center.  She was born November 1, 1914 in Aurora.

She is survived by two sons, Robert W. Clark of Aurora and Dennis Clark of Pasadena, CA; two daughters, Judy (Robert) Petty of Hinckley and Ms. Jacqueline Clark of Aurora; one brother, John (Greta) Klaren of Aurora; three sisters, Lorraine (William) Sturm of Aurora, Virginia (William) Guenther of Aurora and Betty (Norman) Rebenstorf of Aurora; two grandchildren; and one great grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Eva (Ziegler) Klaren; her husband, Wesley; one son, James Clark; and one sister, Marion Koepke.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 1, 1997 at Dieterle Memorial Home with Fr. Edwin Millen officiating.  Interment followed at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Arrangements by Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway, Aurora, 630-897-1196.        CC 11/6/1997

 

Robert C. Ramer     1997.10.21

Robert C. Ramer, 76, of Sycamore, died Friday, October 31, 1997 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.  He was born October 15, 1921 in Hinckley the son of Arch and Alice (Crosby) Ramer.

Robert married Aline “Penny” LaVoie July 28, 1945 in Aurora.  He was a graduate of Hinckley High School Class of 1939 and was a member of Sycamore Elks Lodge #1392.  He retired from Essex Wire in Sycamore and later was a school crossing guard.

He is survived by two sons, Dennis (Cindy) Ramer of Hinckley and Robert (Ann) Ramer of Cortland; a sister, Wilma (Paul) Roge of Hinckley; four grandchildren, Denise, Jared, Austin and Chase Ramer; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 3, 1997 at Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home with the Rev. Thomas C. Harmon officiating.

A memorial fund is established in care of Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore, IL 60178.  For information call 815-896-6589.               CC 11/6/1997

 

Julia Irma Peterson Wick Welsh Silberschlag     1997.10.22

Julia Irma Peterson Silberschlag, 87, of Alamo, NM and formerly of DeKalb, died October 30, 1997 in Alamo, NM.

She was born in Lee, March 10, 1910, the youngest daughter of Isaac and Julia (Espe) Peterson of Lee.  Irma was born and raised around Lee, and was a high school graduate of DTHS and attended Northern Illinois State Teachers College for 3 years.  She taught elementary grades for 3 years in Elmwood Park.  She was married to Arthur A. Wick of Chicago in 1929.  In 1941 she was married to Clyde H. Welsh of Aurora.  They were in the restaurant business for a number of years.  Clyde predeceased her in October 1955.  After her husband’s death she moved to DeKalb to live with her daughter, Joanne.  She also worked for Spurgeons in DeKalb.  In 1974, she moved to Tucson, AZ where she married Ernest E. Silberschlag.  He predeceased her in 1989.  She then resided in Tucson until June 1994, when she moved to Alamogordo, NM to be near her daughter.

Survivors include one daughter, Joanne (Marvin) Westphal; four step-sons, Ralph (Inge) Silberschlag of Tucson, AZ, Walter (Barbara) Silberschlag of Lancen, AZ, Roy Silberschlag of Fortuna, CA and Wayne Silberschlag of Tucson, AZ; two grandsons, Todd Thompson of Phoenix, AZ and Troy (Trish) Thompson of Alamogordo, NM; two great grandsons, Colin and Tyler; one sister, Gladys Thorsen of Lee; and many nieces and nephews and step grandchildren and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mabel Munson of DeKalb and Nora Sanders of DeKalb; and one brother, Elmer Peterson of Waterman.

Graveside Service was held Friday, November 7, 1997 at Union Cemetery in Lee.  Local arrangements made by Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115, 815-758-3841.                      CC 11/13/1997

 

                           Lila M. Buland Cody     1997.11.10

Lila M. Cody, 78, of Sandwich, died Saturday, November 22, 1997 at the Ottawa Pavilion Care Center in Ottawa, IL.  She was born June 27, 1919 in Earlville, the daughter of Clarence and Maudia (Snelling) Buland.  She married Frederic F. Cody September 27, 1941.  Lila worked for many years as a hairdresser in the Sandwich and Somonauk area.  She had also worked as a seamstress for Elgin Equipment and retired from CTS in Sandwich.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 26 at the United Church of Sandwich, with Pastor Phillip Burke officiating.  Burial was in the Harding Cemetery, Harding.  Visitation was Tuesday, November 25 at the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk. 

Memorials in Lila’s name may be directed to the Open Door Rehabilitation Center, Founders Fund, in Sandwich.

She is survived by one son, Jay F. Cody and his special friend, Liz Skinner and Katie and Evan Skinner; three daughters, Carla Cody of Littleton, CO, Melinda (Roy) Croisant of Rockton, IL, Mary Lee Cody (David) Sikes of Albuquerque, NM; five grandchildren and one great grandson, one sister, Lorene (Forrest) Tooley of Sandwich and Pharr TX; one brother, Lloyd (Beryl) Buland of Westbend, WI; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frederic Cody; three sisters, Hazel Humm, Pearl Buland, and Lucille Kenzler, and one brother, David Buland. CC 12/4/1997

 

                         Mary Moulton Brown     1997.11.13

Mary M. Brown, age 81, of Leland, IL, passed away Sunday, November 23, 1997 at Sandwich Community Hospital, Sandwich.  She was born May 5, 1916 in Leland, the daughter of Ollie and Bertha (Walker) Moulton.  She married Harold Brown December 5, 1935.  She was a member of the Leland United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 26, at Leland United Methodist Church, Leland.  Burial was in Leland Cemetery.  There was no visitation.

She is survived by two sons, Paul Brown of Pleasant view Luther Home, Ottawa, Bruce (Annette) Brown of Leland; four grandchildren, Rita (Don) Novak, Sherri (Jon) Cleary, Troy Brown and Tami Brown and four great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1976, and a sister, Charity Moulton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Mary M. Brown Memorial Fund, c/o PO Box 424, Leland, IL 60531.

Arrangements handled by Turner Funeral Home, Somonauk.

CC 12/4/1997

 

Harriet Mae Whildin Johnson     1997.11.15

Harriet Mae (Whildin) Johnson of Aurora passed away Friday, November 8, 1997 at her home. She was born and raised in the Hinckley/Big Rock area.  She married Edwin F. (Johnny) Johnson August 27, 1945 and they made their home in Aurora many years ago.

Harriet, who was more fondly known as “Sis” to most everyone who knew her, was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution and Mothers of Twins Club.  She owned and operated H. M. Johnson Draperies for over 45 years in Aurora.  She loved spending time with her family and many friends, who will miss her dearly.

She is survived by her twin sons, Loren Winslow Johnson of Aurora and Leslie Whildin Johnson; her daughter-in-law, Candace Johnson and her two grandchildren, Benjamin Edwin Johnson and Brianna Suzanne Johnson, all of Kingston; her brother-in-law, E. Bruce (Louise) Johnson of Aurora; nieces and nephews, Carol (Roy) McCue, Randy (Ann) Johnson  of Aurora, Linda Mahan of Oregon City, OR, Gail (Mike) Brown of St. Charles, Bettye Lu Battle of Bristol; and two special friends, Linda (Arthur) Lomas of Aurora and Pat (Heintz) Heimann of Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin F. Johnson in 1975 and her parents, Leslie Earl Whildin and Alpha Champ-Whildin; one sister, Mildred Sara Wachowski and her three brothers, Edgar, Hugh and Barnie Fansler and a sister-in-law, Marjorie Johnson Gellert; a brother-in-law, Richard Johnson and a daughter, Barbara Anne Heath, who died in infancy; and her aunt and uncle, Christina (Tina) and Lawrence (Stevie) Steeves.

Funeral services were held at Dieterle Memorial Home in Aurora Tuesday, November 11, 1997 with the Rev. Gary Pierce from Green Bay, WI officiating.  Burial was at West Big Rock Cemetery in Big Rock.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Johnson’s memory to Pilgrim Congregational Church Building Fund, 911 Pilgrim Way, Green Bay, WI 54304.            CC 11/13/1997

 

Lillian E. Moga Musaraca     1997.11.16

Lillian E. Musaraca, 73, of Aurora passed away Saturday, November 8, 1997 at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  She was born June 18, 1924 in Aurora.

She is survived by her husband, August “Gus: Musaraca; two daughters, Gail Degarmo of Oswego and Caren (Don) Hurst of Montgomery; four grandchildren, Traci DeGarmo, Scott (Becky) Savage, Shawn Savage and Korey (David) Tuttle; five great grandchildren; two brothers, Robert (Joyce) Moga of Big Rock and John (Sue) Moga of North Aurora; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rome and Jenny (Burke) Moga; and one brother, Romie Moga.

Divine liturgy was offered for the repose of Lillian Wednesday, November 12, at St. George Church.  The Rev. Frederick Peterson, O.S.B, officiated.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary in Aurora.                       CC 11/13/1997

 

Audrey L. Kline Thurow Myers     1997.11.17

Audrey L. (Thurow) Myers, 61, of DeKalb, and formerly of Sugar Grove, passed away Sunday, November 16, 1997, at Pine Acres Retirement Center in the presence of her loving family.  She was born January 29, 1936, in Aurora to the late Edward and Arlene (Osmondson) Kline.

Audrey and her husband, Roger, moved to DeKalb some five years ago.  She was a member of English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock.  Audrey had also served as secretary-treasurer for the Big Rock South Welsh Cemetery for more than 20 years and also worked as a secretary at Waubonsee Community College for 18 years.  She was a member of the Women of the Moose in DeKalb.

Survivors include her husband, Roger Myers of DeKalb; a daughter, Debra (Phillip) Landon of Hanover Park; a son, James (Bev) Thurow of Big Rock; two step-daughters, Ruth Myers of Deland, FL, and Joyce Myers of DeKalb; a granddaughter, Tammy J. (Robert) Castro of Rochelle; a grandson, Steven Landon of Hanover Park; and a great grandson, Mario Castor of Rochelle.

Besides her parents, Audrey was preceded in death by her first husband, William H. Thurow; a step daughter, Mary Jo Myers; and twins in infancy.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 19, at the Healy Chapel.  The Rev. Thomas Howard officiated.  Interment was in Big Rock South Welsh Cemetery.

Contributions in Audrey’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association.        CC 11/20/1997

 

Manfred Dusch     1997.11.18

Manfred Dusch, 52, of Ottawa passed away Sunday, November 9, 1997 at Ottawa Community Hospital.  He was born July 22, 1945 in Germany.

Mr. Dusch was the president of Precision Lathe Works, Inc.  He was a member of Aurora Elks Club, Aurora Elks Mixed Friday Night Bowling League and Luxemburger Club.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn (Ketchum) of Ottawa; two sons, Mark and David, both of Aurora; one daughter, Tara of Rochester, NY; one grandson, Sebastian Dusch of Aurora; his mother, Maria Dusch of Aurora; one sister, Ingrid (Robert) Campbell of Waterman; two nieces, Alice Tallon and Dolores Campbell, both of Waterman; and several aunts and uncles in Germany.

He was preceded in death by his father, Sebastian, May 19, 1992.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 12, at Dieterle Memorial Home with the Rev. Joe Aldridge officiating.

Arrangements were handled by Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway, Aurora, 630-897-1196.        CC 11/20/1997 

 

Kathleen C. Hague Bushor     1997.11.19

Kathleen C. Bushor, 75, of Big Rock, died early Saturday morning, November 15, 1997, at Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora, where she had become a patient only hours before.  Surrounded by a loving family, she passed away peacefully after a long and brave battle with cancer and congestive heart failure and sclera derma.

She was born July 29, 1922 in Chicago, the daughter of Donald and Helen (Frumhagen) Hague.  Kathleen grew up in Chicago and as a young woman began working for the Illinois Bell Telephone Company.  In later years, she moved to the Aurora area where she worked at the Dyna Color (3M) Company as long as her health would allow.

The love of her life was Elmer V. Bushor, whom she first met at a friend of her brother’s.  They became engaged on Christmas Day 1938, and were united in marriage exactly one year later December 26, 1939.  The were blessed by the church with a huge basket of food that made a delicious Christmas feast for all.

Kathleen’s life was devoted entirely to caring for her beloved family.  Her husband and four children, and later her grandchildren, were all tied forever to heart strings that kept them close no matter where life took them.

With grateful hearts, she will be remembered by her four children, Susan Anderson of Big Rock, Sandra (Donald) DeMerritt of Big Rock, Sherrie (Dan) Hershey of Hawkings, WI, and Steven (Joan) Bushor of Hinckley; one brother, Gilbert (Patricia) Hague of North Carolina; one sister, Helen (Edward) Foley of Chicago; one sister-in-law, Joan Hague of Chicago; 10 grandchildren, John DeMerritt and Kathleen DeMerritt, both of Big Rock, Raymie Hershey of California, Eric (Barbara) Hershey of Pontiac, Nichole Hershey of Wisconsin, Ronald and Brian Anderson, both of Big Rock, Jeremy (Lisa) Erath and Jason Erath, all of Aurora, and Thomas Bushor of Ohio; eight great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition, she leaves many children who called her grandma and found love and comfort beneath her wings.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer, and three brothers, Donald, Harry and William Hague.  She joins as well her beloved and ever faithful dog, Macintyre, who left this life only a day before Kathleen.

Visitation was Monday at the Conley Funeral Home in Elburn.  The Rev. Arthur Zillgitt, pastor of the English Congregational United Church of Christ of Big Rock, officiated.  Interment was Tuesday morning at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Aurora.

Memorials in her name may be mailed to P.O. Box A, Elburn, IL 60119.                        CC 11/20/1997

 

Carol K. O’Kane Riker     1997.11.20

Carol K. Riker, 73, of Shabbona died Thursday, November 20, 1997 at home.  She was born May 20, 1924 in Waterman, the daughter of Clare Paul and Vivian J. (Burke) O’Kane and graduated from Shabbona High School in 1942.

Carol served in the U. S. Navy during World War II, stationed in Alameda, CA.  There she met her husband, Harry Riker and they were united in marriage June 16, 1946 at the Congregational Church in Shabbona.  After marriage they moved to New York City where Harry had a career with Sears Roebuck and Company.  Throughout Harry’s career with Sears Roebuck they lived in various cities in the northeastern United States.  After his retirement they lived in Hilton Head, SC and Waynesboro, VA. After Harry’s death, Carol moved back to her “home” of Shabbona.

Carol was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ and the Women’s Fellowship of the church.  She was also a member of the Shabbona-Rollo-Lee Historical Society.

She is survived by two sons, Stephen Huston (Darlene) Riker of Washington, PA and Jeffrey Clare Riker of Meadowlands, PA. two daughters, Nancy Riker and husband Harry Roesch of Washington, D.C. and Jean (William) Green of Guilford, CT; four brothers, Paul Clare (Faye) O’Kane of San Antonio, TX, Richard (Nellie) O’Kane of Shabbona, James (Maxine) O’Kane of Sycamore and Gary (Millie) O’Kane of Ocala, FL; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband February 26, 1993, her parents and a brother Burke O’Kane.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 Friday afternoon, November 28, 1997 at the Shabbona United Church of Christ with Rev. James Shelton officiating.  Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

Memorials have been established for the Shabbona United Church of Christ or the American Lung Association.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                             CC 11/26/1997

 

Milo Woodrow Wallace     1997.11.21

Milo “Mike” Woodrow Wallace, 78, of Jacksonville, AR, died Monday, November 17, 1997.  Milo was born January 1, 1919 in Rudd, IA, where he spent his youth.  He lived in the Fox Valley area of Illinois for over 40 years, until retiring to Jacksonville, AR.

In his lifetime, Mike has worn many hats, including owner of two service stations, auto mechanic, auto sales, courier for UPS and most recently flea markets and a small store owned by him and his wife.

Milo is survived by a large family.  His loving wife, Alice; a brother, Melbourn “Bud” (Leona) Wallace of Minneapolis, MN; a sister, Adeline (Bernard) Lubbert of Riceville, IA; eight grandchildren, Betty Jean (Melvyn) Ball of Mesa, AZ, Donna (Floyd) Wilson of Statzer, WI, Dixie (Eldon) Paris of Aurora, Dorothy “Dottie” (Johnny) Hooper of Jacksonville, AR, Martin (Cathy) Maxwell of San Diego, CA, Dean (Larry) Cagwin of Jacksonville, AR, Mary (Edward) McGough of Englewood, FL and Michael Wallace of Jacksonville, AR; three stepsons, Benjamin (Shirley) Gerace of Oswego, Anthony (Becky) Gerace of Earlville and Michael Becker of Jacksonville, AR; 34 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Clark Wallace and Florence “Gladys” Jester Wallace; two brothers, Francis Wallace and Leo Wallace; and two grandchildren, Victoria Wilson and Steven Gerace.

Funeral services were held Friday, November 21, 1997 at the First Assembly of God Church in Jacksonville with interment in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.         CC 11/26/1997

 

Duane E. Keene     1997.11.22

Duane E. Keene, 63, of DeKalb died Tuesday, November 18, 1997 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.  He was born July 15, 1934 in Waterman, the son of Raymond and Charlotte (Greenacre) Keene.

Duane was a graduate of Waterman High School and an Army Veteran.  He retired from Northern Illinois University in March 1996 after having worked for 37 years as a building services worker.

He is survived by a son, Ken (Sherry) Keene of DeKalb; two daughters, Kimberly (Christopher) Sherman of Kirkland and Kristine Hopkins of DeKalb; a sister, Sandra Keene of Peoria; and ten grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert and Raymond; and his former wife and companion, Janet L. Keene.

Graveside funeral services were held Friday morning, November 21, at the North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman with Rev. Jeff Coester, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Shabbona, officiating.                           CC 11/26/1997

 

Joseph Shannon Hagan     1997.11.23

Joseph Shannon Hagan, 22, of Coral Springs, FL, formerly of DeKalb, passed away Saturday, November 22, 1997 in Coral Springs, FL.

He was born October 27, 1975 in DeKalb, the son of Joseph C. and Diane (Price) Hagan.

He was employed at the Radisson Hotel in Boca Raton, FL.  He was a graduate of Burlington High School, Class of 1992, and was a member of the American Motorcross Association.

He is survived by his parents, Joe and Diane Hagan of Lee; one sister, Kimberly (Mitch) Hendry of Maple Park; his paternal grandmother, Monica Hagan of Howardstown, KY; his maternal grandparents, Edward and Elizabeth Price of Hodgenville, KY; several aunts, uncles and cousins and his girl friend, Patsy Young of Coral Springs, FL, formerly of DeKalb.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Stanley Hagan.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 26, 1997 at the Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, with father Stephen Knox of Christ the Teacher Parish in DeKalb officiating.  Cremation followed the service.

        CC 12/4/1997

 

Virginia M. Beane Cobb     1997.11.24

Virginia M. Cobb, 80, of Aurora, died Friday, November 28, 1997 at Garlandsville, MS.  She was born June 16, 1916 in Columbus, KS.

Mrs. Cobb was employed by the City of Aurora as a secretary for many years.  She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Order of the Eastern Star Alamo #693, Star of the Eastern Shrine #16, Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem and Order of the Amaranth.

She is survived by one daughter, Terri (Waddie) Weir of Kissimmee, FL; Terri’s mother and father-in-law, W. T. (Pauline) Weir of Garlandsville, MS; one brother, J. Richard (Diane) Beane of Hinckley; two sisters, Ora (Harold) Miller of Kissimmee, FL and Juanita (Mike) Garbelman of Shawano, WI; and one grandson, Justin weir of Kissimmee, FL; seven step grandchildren and nine step great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Mazie Beane; her husband, R. Ellis Cobb; and one step daughter, Norma Jean Holdiman.

The funeral was held Wednesday, December 3, 1997 at Dieterle Memorial Home.  Rev. Robert Urquhart officiated and burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park.      CC 12/4/1997

 

William Kenneth Dawdy     1997.11.25

William “Ken” Kenneth Dawdy, 79, passed away Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 27, 1997 at the DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center.  He was born June 26, 1918 in LaPlata, MO, the son of Grover Wayne and Lillie Belle (Phillips) Dawdy.

He graduated from Sycamore High School in 1937.  He married Shirley June Carpenter, April 15, 1950 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sycamore.  During World War II, Kenneth served 3½ years in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged from the service as a staff sergeant in 1945.  He was employed by the Sycamore Post office as a Letter Carrier and served 34½ years before retiring August 31, 1979.

Kenneth was a member of the Sycamore American Legion Post #99 for 55 years.  He was also a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Dawdy of DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center; brothers-in-law, Oliver (Mary) Carpenter of DeKalb, LeRoy (Gladys) Carpenter of Largo, FL; two nephews, Marshall (Carolyn) Carpenter of Wayzata, MN and Dennis (Carole) Carpenter of Schaumburg; cousins, Raymond Dawdy of Estero, FL, William (Doris) Sabin of Waterman, Donald Sabin of Providence, RI, Evelyn Dinsmore of Dundee, FL, Patricia Cipriani of Joliet and Janet (Gary) Hoadley of DeKalb; as well as several great nieces and nephews, and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

There was no visitation.  A memorial service was held, and burial was in Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore.  A memorial fund is established for eye research, in care of Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home, 1245 Somonauk, St., Sycamore, IL 61078.  For information, call 815-895-6589.             CC 12/4/1997

 

Gerald L. Clausen     1997.11.26

Gerald “Jerry” L. Clausen, 57, of Plainfield died Sunday, November 23, 1997 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora.  He was born June 30, 1940 in Oak Lawn.

Mr. Clausen was retired from J. I. Case Corp., Bolingbrook, where he worked as an equipment manager for more than 20 years.  He was most recently employed by DeKane Equipment, Big Rock, as a service manager.  Mr. Clausen enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Cinthia (nee Quandt) of Plainfield; two children, James and Jeffrey Clausen; one brother, Fred (Brenda) Clausen of Tinley Park; two sisters, Donna (Richard) Grzan of Casselberry, FL and Barbara (Donald) Albrecht of Phoenix, AZ; numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Clausen was preceded in death by his parents, Christ and Elizabeth (nee Perkowski) Clausen.

Funeral services were held at the Overman-Jones Funeral Home with the Rev. David Catlin officiating.  Interment followed at Plainfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mr. Clausen’s name may be made to American Cancer Society, Plainfield/Wheatland Township Unit, P.O. Box 375, Plainfield, IL 60554 or American Diabetes Association, Northern Illinois Affiliate, 6 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1202, Chicago, IL 60602.        CC 12/4/1997

 

John N. Schmitt     1997.11.27

John N. Schmitt, 71, of Shabbona, formerly of Aurora, passed away Tuesday, November 25, 1997 at Hines Veterans Hospital in Poviso Township.  He was born December 18, 1925 in Aurora.

John was a Navy veteran of World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey (Kramer) Schmitt; two sons, Jerry of Shabbona and Glenn (Sue Rahn) of Aurora; one daughter, Anna (Stephen) Reilly-Finch of Aurora; two grandchildren; and one sister, Esther (Jim) Hill of Aurora.

There will be no visitation.

A memorial mass will be held Saturday, December 6, 1997 at 10 a.m., at Annunciation Church.  Father Mario Pedi, O.S.B., will officiate with interment in Marywood Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary, 220 N. Lake St., Aurora, 630-898-8634.

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Donald R. Wiedman     1997.11.28

Donald R. Wiedman, 43, formerly of Aurora, died November 20, 1997 in Sparks, NV.  He was born August 16, 1954 in Elgin.

Don attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School and East Aurora High School.  He excelled at Aurora University where he graduated in 1976 with a double major in Math and Physics.  He was retired from Sterling Software and had worked at NASA/Ames Research Center in Mt. View, CA for 20 years.  After a long illness with Multiple Sclerosis, his Lord took him home.  His favorite Bible passage was John 3:16 which he recited often during his last days.

He is survived by his wife, Andrea of Sparks, NV; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John (Barbara) Wiedman of Aurora; his sister, Patricia Milroy of Aurora; his brother, Thomas (Hendrika) of Hinckley and his nephew, Jonathan.  Don was the nephew of James and Rita Wiedman of Lombard; Daniel and Emily Wiedman of Oakland, CA; Vivian Reh of Hampshire; Arthur and Duane Gilbertson of South Elgin.

A memorial service was held December 2, 1997 in Foster City, CA where Don and Andrea lived prior to his retirement.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran School (Science Lab), 555 E. Benton St., Aurora, IL 60505 or National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Great Basin Sierra Chapter, 1201 Terminal Way #215, Reno, NV 89502.       CC 12/18/1997

 

                 Dorothy L. Ahrens Johnson     1997.12.04

Dorothy L. Johnson, 69, of Yorkville, IL, passed away Wednesday, December 10, 1997 at the University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago.  She was born March 11, 1928 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of Walter and Mabel (Beecher) Ahrens.

Dorothy was united in marriage October 6, 1951 in Plano, to Mr. William E. Johnson, and they spent the next 46 years of their lives together.  She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Mrs. Johnson was a member of the Yorkville Congregational Church.  She was formerly employed by Fox Valley Shopping News, Yorkville.  Dorothy was raised on a farm and it was there that she acquired her love for gardening and flowers.  She was a former member of Kendall County Home Extension and Yorkville Women’s Club.

Survivors include her husband, William, of Yorkville; three children: Katherine (Geoffrey) Edwards of Earlville, Thomas W. (Christine) Johnson of Prescott, AZ and Jerome E. Johnson, of Yorkville; two grandchildren, Denise Johnson and Nathan Edwards of Earlville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Glen and Lester Ahrens.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 13, at Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, Yorkville.  Interment of cremains took place in Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, SD.

No visitation.                                  CC 12/18/1997

 

                       Helen L. Firkins Keene     1997.12.05

Helen L. Keene, 75, of Sandwich, IL, passed away Tuesday, December 9, 1997 at Hillside Health Care Center, Yorkville.  She was born January 25, 1922 in Waterman, the daughter of Alden and Edna (Baker) Firkins.

Helen was a resident of Sandwich since 1967, coming from the Waterman area.  She was employed at the Sandwich Community Hospital for 16 years, and considered her fellow employees her extended family, especially after the death of her husband, Donald, in 1987.  She was an active volunteer when it came time for Blood Drive donations at Sandwich Community Hospital and volunteer work at the Sandwich Opera House.  One of Helen’s greatest joys was caring for and feeding the birds.

Survivors include a daughter: Lynda Johnson of Mt. Vernon, a sister, Betty Corcoran of Sterling, a brother, Donald (Barbara) Firkins of Earlville, a grandson, Randy (Tanya) Johnson, a niece, Sharon (Tom) Dunphy and lifelong friend and sister-in-law, Ardith Politsch of Paw Paw.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald.

Graveside service was held Saturday, December 13, at 2 p.m. at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.  Rev. David Kaul officiated.  There was no visitation.

Memorials may be given in Helen’s name to Sandwich Community Hospital, 11 E. Pleasant, Sandwich, IL 60548, or Fox Valley Hospice, 200 Woodfield Drive, PO Box 707, Geneva, IL 60134.

Arrangements by Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.

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                              Emmett J. Thurow     1997.12.16

Emmett J. Thurow, 89, of Hinckley, formerly of Big Rock, passed away Monday, December 15, 1997 at the Shabbona Healthcare Center, in Shabbona.  He was born September 3, 1908 in Plano, IL, the son of Lebrecht and Anna (Pruetter) Thurow.

Emmett was united in marriage on November 27, 1930 to the former Albertine Meyer, and they spent the next 67 years of their lives together.  He was a farmer in the Hinckley-Big Rock area for many years, and after retirement he enjoyed refinishing furniture.

Mr. Thurow was a member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ, in Big Rock.  He was a member of the Waterman Masonic Lodge AF & AM #728 and was also a Shriner.  Emmett was very active in both the Big Rock Plowing Match and the Big Rock Fire Department, where he served as a trustee.

Surviors include his wife, Albertine, of Hinckley; one son, Harlow (Barbara) Thurow of Big Rock; six grandchildren, Susan Metcalf of DeKalb, Dale (Lori) Thurow of Exeter, CA, Ann (Brian) Scofield of Serena, Keith Thurow of Nashville, TN, Mike (Shelia) Thurow of Batavia and Stacy Thurow of Naples, FL; seven great grandchildren, Darrick and Dawn Metcalf, Julie and Hillary Scofield, and Ryan, Kelly and Kevin Thurow; as well as, one niece, Irene Cleveland of Sandwich and many friends who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Leon and one granddaughter, Patricia; four brothers, Albert, Bill, Fred, and Carl; two half brothers, Amil and Herman and his half sister, Martha.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 18, 1997 at the English Congregational United Church of Christ, in Big Rock, with Rev. Arthur Zillgitt, officiating.  Interment will follow in the little Rock Township Cemetery in Plano.

Friends may call on Wednesday, December 17, 1997 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St., in Hinckley, with a Masonic Service at 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, 815/286-3247 or 630/553-7611                         CC 12/18/1997

 

Emma Silagyi Moldovan     1997.12.19

Emma Moldovan, 88, of Aurora passed away Friday, December 5, 1997 at Mercy Center Hospital.  She was born February 20, 1909 in Romania.

She was a member of St. Michael Church and a member of St. Michael Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by her daughter, Viola E. Moldovan; a sister-in-law, Rose Silagyi; nephews Frank (Darlene) Ardelean, John (Kerry) Ardelean, all of Aurora, Mike Ardelean of St. Charles, Leo (Lynn) Beilman of Largo, FL and James Moldovan of San Francisco, CA; nieces Veronica Groza of Romania, Karen Truemper of Aurora and Kathleen (James) Hiland of Hinckley; several great nephews and great nieces; and four godchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vasile Silagyi and Terezia Silagyi Sima; her husband, Aurel in 1983; two sisters, Veronica Filip and Rose Ardelean; and one brother, Louis “Ginny” Silagyi.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 9, 1997 at 9 a.m. from the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary to St. Michael Church at 9:30 a.m.  Most Rev Louis Puscas officiated with interment in St. Michael Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Church, 609 N. Lincoln Ave. Aurora or to the Visiting Nurse Association of Fox Valley, 1245 Corporate Blvd., Aurora 60504-6456.                CC 12/11/1997

 

Peter James Novotny     1997.12.20

Peter James Novotny, son of Gerald and Linda (Braun) Novotny of Shabbona died at birth Friday, December 5, 1997 at Delnor Hospital in Geneva.

He is survived by his parents; a step-sister, Nicole Novotny of Batavia; two sisters, Julia and Victoria Novotny of Shabbona; and grandparents, Thomas and Marge Braun of Middletown, OH.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Anthony and Lesley Novotny.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 10, 1997 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb with Father Karl Ganss officiating.  Burial was in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery in DeKalb.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established for Peter James Novotny at Farmers & Traders State Bank of Shabbona.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.                       CC 12/11/1997

 

Eleanor C. Pacey Celmer     1997.12.21

Eleanor C. Celmer, 84, of DeKalb, formerly of Pekin, passed away Wednesday, December 3, 1997 at Pine Acres Nursing Home in DeKalb.  She was born December 10, 1912 in Elmwood the daughter of Harry Brown and Mary (Keefer) Pacey.

Eleanor completed her nurses training at Peoria State Hospital.  She was an Administrative Nurse at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago until her retirement.  Mrs. Celmer was a member of the Retired Nurses Association in Pekin where she held several offices, including secretary.  Even after her retirement, Eleanor kept her interest in the medical field by volunteering to give health seminars at many local high schools in the Pekin area.  She received the Humanitarian Award of Appreciation from the Senior Services Association at the Beecher Center in Yorkville.

Eleanor was united in marriage September 28, 1935 to Mr. John Celmer, and they spent the next 53 years of their lives together until his passing in 1988.

She is survived by her son, John (Virginia) Celmer of Malaysia; one daughter, Patricia Stevens of Hinckley; five grandchildren, Kathleen Celmer of Westminster, CO, Julianne Bennett of Tucson, AZ, Elizabeth (Paul) Johnson of Cherry Valley, John (Amy) Stevens of Jacksonville, FL and Guy Stevens of Rockford; six great grandchildren, John Bennett, Shanee Bennett, Adam Johnson, Katherine Johnson, Scott Stevens and Stephanie Stevens; one sister, Margaret (Harry) Brown of Peoria; as well as several nieces, nephews and friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John in 1988, two sisters, Alice and Nell, and three brothers, Gilbert, Richard and Willard.

Graveside services and interment were held Monday, December 8, 1997 at the Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.

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Lorne R. Johnson     1997.12.22

Lorne R. Johnson, 82, of Leland passed away Friday, December 5, 1997 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora.  He was born September 16, 1915 in Leland the son of Justin and Ruby (Thompson) Johnson.

He married Genevieve Croxon in 1946.  She passed away April 27, 1967.  He married Mildred Schlicting May 3, 1973.  He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and choir, the Masonic Lodge, Leland Lions Club, a World War II veteran, having served in the Marines, member of the American Legion and served on the County Zoning Board.  He was employed for seventeen years at the Sheridan Correctional Center in Sheridan.  He farmed in Adams Township for over fifty years.

He is survived by his wife Mildred of Leland; three children, one daughter, Dianne Johnson of Sandwich, and two sons, David (Ona) Johnson of Kingston and James Johnson of Rochelle; one step-son Dwight (Diane) Schlicting of Roselle; seven grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one brother, Norman (Hildegarde) Johnson of Waterman; three sisters, Ruth Maughan, Marge Carlson and Lois Goulardi, all of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Genevieve; one step-son, Warren Schlicting; and one sister, Dorothy Lawrence.

Funeral services were held December 8, 1997 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Leland with Rev. Chris Beamsley officiating.  Burial was in Leland Cemetery in Leland.

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Charlene Ciszak Michalowski     1997.12.23

Charlene “Jane” Michalowski, 68, of Shabbona, passed away Sunday, December 7, 1997 at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  She was born August 7, 1929 in Des Plaines, the daughter of Frank and Myrtle (Erke) Ciszak.  She married John J. Michalowski July 3, 1954 in Winona, MN.

Jane was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Lee, where she volunteered to help wherever she was needed.  She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society of the church, a lay minister of the church and also taught CCD.  Her sense of humor, devotion to church, gardening prowess and weakness for chocolate will be remembered by all.

She is survived by her husband, John Michalowski of Shabbona; five daughters, Debbie Michalowski of DeKalb. Mary Michalowski of Chicago, Julie Michalowski of Lafayette, CO, Ann (Tim) Dieter of Aurora and Ruth Ann Michalowski of Aurora; a granddaughter, Sara Gosney of Chicago; four sisters, Betty (Paul) Bilder of Winona, MN, Shirley (Stash) Budnick of Winona, MN, Bonnie (Jerry) Bambenek of Rolling Stone, MN and Nancy (Jack) Sheridan of Mason City, IA; and a cousin, Butch Deck of Joliet.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother “Sonny” Ciszak of Winona, MN and a sister Joanne Thein of Winona, MN.

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, December 10, 1997 at St. James Catholic Church in Lee, with Father Louis Pesut officiating.  Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Winona, MN                                CC 12/11/1997

 

Ethel M. Flansburg Motz      1997.12.24

Ethel M. Motz, 100, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, December 10, 1997 at the Shabbona Health Care Center in Shabbona, where she had been a resident for the past seven years.  She was born April 2, 1897 in Clarence, IA, the daughter of Walter and Bessie B.(Brush) Flansburg.

Her father was a railroad man and it was his work that brought them to Mechanicsville, IA when Ethel was a child.  There, she attended local schools and became the organist for the local church.

December 2, 1915, Ethel was united in marriage to John W. Motz in Tipton, IA.  They soon moved to Sycamore where John worked as a carpenter.  In the years that followed, they lived in DeKalb and Shabbona for a time before settling in the Elburn area.  Having worked the Meredith and Warne farms for a time, they moved to the Moulding farm on Rt. 38 in 1934 and made their home there for many years.

After John passed away in 1962, Ethel continued to live independently and remained active until November 1990 when she suffered injuries from a fall.  Moving to Shabbona in December of that year, she has continued to make her home in the Shabbona Health Care Center where she celebrated her 100th birthday last spring.

Ethel knew the rigors and the joys of being a farm wife for 47 years.  With hands that were seldom idle, she continued to remain devoted to their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  They have enjoyed the afghans that she created for them and have wonderful memories of the taste and smell of big chocolate chip and sugar cookies.

She is survived by three daughters, Deloris (Morel) Hill, June (Brooks) Parker and Gladys (Vernon) Prestegaard all of DeKalb; one daughter-in-law, Helen Motz of Elburn; 13 grandchildren, Dennis (Donna) Hill, Robert (Deborah) Hill and Victoria (Thomas) Silga all of Sycamore, James Parker of Clute, TX, Timothy Parker and John Prestegaard both of Sycamore, Jean (George) Dow of St. Charles, Barbara (LeRoy) Forth and Judy (Leon) Forth both of Elburn, Claudia (Byron) Kaiser of DeKalb, Lawrence “Bud” (Pat) Motz, Jr. of Batavia, Warren (Carol) Heidenreich of Carey and Patricia (Terry) Barnes of Wonder Lake; 22 great grandchildren; and 13 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John; three sons, Robert Motz in World War II, Alan Motz and Lawrence Motz (December 1997); as well as one daughter, Margaret Heidenreich. 

Memorial services were held Saturday, December 13, at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn.  The Rev. Katherine Lawes officiated and cremation interment followed at Blackberry Cemetery in Elburn.

Memorials in her name may be made to the Community Congregational Church, P.O. Box 300, Elburn, IL 60119.

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John Nicholas Nauert     1997.12.25

John Nicholas Nauert, 58, of Aurora, died peacefully in his sleep at his home Wednesday, December 10, 1997.  He was born October 26, 1939 in Aurora, the son of Henry and Pauline Nauert.

Mr. Nauert had been employed by the Oatman Dairy and the Oberweis Dairy for the past 38 years and was a faithful and dedicated employee, never to have taken a sick day.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sharon M. (Kiley); three daughters, Diane (Dale) Nelson, Beth Ann (Stephen) Winter and Brenda (Steven) Misich; two sons, John (Peg) and James (Debra); 10 grandchildren, Victoria and Tyler Nelson, Lindsey and Carissa Winter, Jennifer, Katie and Timothy Nauert, Amber, Morgan and Julie Musich and Jessica and Madeline Nauert; one great grandson, Cody Warner; five sisters, Teresa Wiskur of Mt. Morris, JoAnn (Richard) Edmeier of Hinckley, Mary (Mike) Dunbar of Aurora, Delores (Bill) VanDuzar of Jefferson, WI; and Jane (Lee) Hemberger of Hastings, NE; two brothers, Ken of Rockford and Paul of Montgomery; his mother and father-in-law, John and Lourene Kiley of Aurora.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Pauline M. (Pitz) Nauert.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 13, 1997 from the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary to St. Rita of Cascia Church.  Father Gerome Leake officiated with interment in Marywood Cemetery.

Arrangements handled by Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary, 630-898-8634.                  CC 12/18/1997

 

Leann K. Vickery Moran     1997.12.26

Leann K. (Vickery) Moran, 22, of Plano, passed away suddenly Wednesday, December 10, 1997 as a result of an automobile accident.  She was born December 8, 1975 in Aurora, the daughter of Bert and Sharon (Kerr) Vickery.

Leann was united in marriage October 4, 1996 in Streator, to Mr. Joshua Moran.  She and her husband, Josh, were looking forward to the upcoming birth of their first child.

Mrs. Moran was a very active member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Sandwich.  She was a 1994 graduate of Plano High School.  She was formerly employed at the Citizens Bank in Henry and presently employed as a teller at the Bank of Sugar Grove.  Leann found great enjoyment by sewing and doing cross stitch.  She also spent many happy hours horseback riding.  Leann will be sadly missed and was dearly loved by her family and all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Joshua of Plano; her parents, Bert and Sharon Vickery of Plano; three brothers, Russell (Rose) Vickery of Bristol, Denny (Marcie) Vickery of Golconda and Randy (Lisa) Vickery of Earlville; her grandmothers, Alice Vickery of Big Rock and Dorothy Kerr of Sandwich; her grandmother-in-law, Carrie Dee Moran of Ransom; her father and mother-in-law, Greg and Jean Moran of Streator; her brothers-in-law, Christopher and Jeff Moran of Streator; one sister-in-law, Kelsi Moran of Streator; her much loved nieces and nephews, Scott and Briana Vickery, Cody and Colton Vickery, Allison, Maryann and Samuel Vickery; as well as, several aunts, uncles and cousins, including two cousins who were special to Leann, Christopher and Lindsey Moore.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Clement Vickery; her maternal grandfather, Ben Kerr; and her paternal grandfather-in-law, Emmett Moran.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 13, 1997 at the Nelson Funeral Home in Plano with Elder Edwin Siebert officiating.  Interment followed in the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  630-553-7611.

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Lucille K. Bennett Dahm     1997.12.27

Lucille “Ceil” K. (Bennett) Dahm, 82, of Rose Terrace, Oswego, passed away December 9, 1997 at Copley Hospital in Aurora.  She was born September 3, 1915 in Aurora, the daughter of Yancy and LeNora Bennett.

She was united in marriage with Nicholas W. Dahm September 22, 1934 in Aurora.

Lucille was employed by Thor Power Tool, General Aluminum and Reuland’s Catering.  She was an avid baseball fan and played women’s softball in addition to being a long time bowler.  She was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish.

She is survived by two daughters, Betty (Doug) Quigley of Aurora and Jackie (Jerry) Zbinden of Waterman; two sons, Donald (Connie) Dahm of Oswego and Jim (Barbara) Dahm of Waterford, CT; one step-sister, Ann Weeks of Louisiana; five sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law all of Aurora; 22 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Nick in 1994; two sisters, Edith Staffeldt and Bernice Hankes; three brothers, Paul, Raymond and Virgil; two brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law; one grandson, Craig Quigley; and two nephews.

Funeral services were held December 12, 1997 from the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.   Father Edward Gillespie officiated with interment in St. Joseph Cemetery

Rest in peace.  You will be sadly missed by family, friends and all the special friends at Rose Terrace.  We Love You.

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Anna Helene Christensen Cochran     1997.12.28

Anna Helene (Christensen) Cochran, 93, daughter of Andrew and Kaia Christensen was born in Chicago, IL March 9, 1904.  She went to be with her Lord Thursday, December 11, 1997 at the home of her daughter, Marjorie Smith, Durand, WI while members of her family were gathered around her bedside singing hymns.

Anna was preceded in death by her parents followed by her husband of 48 years, in 1979.

Anna and Harley began their married life farming in Declo, ID where their five children were born.  They later lived in Illinois, California and Wisconsin.  She was a woman of great faith who lived for her Lord and her family.  She was a homemaker.  Her hands were never idle.  Even when her hands shook, she continued to make afghans and pillows.  Her children and grandchildren treasure her gifts of embroidered pillow cases, the crocheted lace trimmed doilies and dresser scarves.

She is survived by her loving family, her five children, Anna Dolores (Ronald) Bastian of Hinckley, Marjorie Evelyn Smith of Durand, WI, Harley Marvin (Ruby) Cochran of Osseo, WI, Verlan Leyerl (Diana) Cochran of Sidney, MT and Glen Earl (Linda) Cochran of Wheeler, WI. Also surviving are 21 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and step grandchildren and one step great grandchild.

The grandchildren surviving in Illinois are Richard Eugene Manser, Cynthia Annette (Paul) Noll and their children, Rachel (Eric) McLear, Peter Noll, Rebecca Noll, Elissa Noll, Lynessa Noll, Isaac Noll, Daniel Noll, Norita Mae Manser, Tawnya Luayne (T. J.) Gregory, Aaron Gregory and Samuel Gregory, all of Hinckley; Michael Lynn (Holly) Manser and their children, Stephanie Manser, Christopher Manser and Kathryn Manser all of Waukegan.

Funeral services were held for Anna Cochran at the Schiefelbein Funeral Home in Osseo, WI, and interment followed in Levis Cemetery, Osseo, WI Saturday, December 13, 1997.                             CC 12/18/1997

 

Kenneth Clayton Schmidt     1997.12.29

Kenneth Clayton Schmidt, 66, of Henry, formerly of Aurora, passed away December 12, 1997 at Mercy Center Hospital after a stroke.  He was born February 19, 1931 in Pleasant Valley, ND, the son of Stella and Joseph Schmidt.

As a young man he served in the Marines for two years in California, where he earned his GED.  Upon his return to his native state, North Dakota, he spent a few years working on various jobs with his father and other relatives.  It was difficult to find a good job in the winter in North Dakota.  Others had talked about Aurora being good for job searching, so Ken moved to Aurora in 1956 and started working at Sealmaster, where he worked until his retirement in 1992 and was awarded a gold watch after 25 years of dedicated service. He moved to Henry in 1993.

Ken was a Bulls fan and an avid fisherman.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Florence A. Schmidt of Henry; his mother, Stella (Ongstad) Schmidt of West Bend, WI; his loving children, John K. Schmidt of Streamwood, Mary A. Schmidt of Atlanta, GA, Allan (Liana) Schmidt of Aurora, Steven E. (Carolyn) Schmidt of Aurora, James (Annette) Schmidt of Montgomery, Kenneth D. Schmidt of Aurora, Lori (Ron) Hilt of Litchfield and Larry Schmidt of Hoffman Estates; his adoring grandchildren, Allan, Jr., Ashley and Ariel Schmidt, James, Jr. and Christopher Schmidt, Bernadette Hilt and Nicole Schmidt; two brothers, Milton (Rosemarie) Schmidt of St. Paul, MN and Marty (Patricia) Schmidt of Plymouth, WI; three sisters, Rosanna (Raymond) Heilman of Portage, WI, Marlys Fiedler of Slinger, WI and Eileen (Jesse) Garcia of Jefferson City, MO; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Anna Hoffman of Hinckley, Esther Trompeter of Glen Ellyn, Edward Modaff of Aurora, Louise (Chuck) Deutsch of West Chicago, Clarence (Delores) Modaff of Edgerton, WI, John “Willy” (Diane) Modaff of Hendersonville, NC and Donald (Margaret) Modaff of Aurora.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Schmidt; his mother and father-in-law, Margaret O. (Fortman) and Phillip R. Modaff; a daughter-in-law, Marianne (Echigo) Schmidt, who is the first wife of Allan Schmidt; two sisters-in-law, Cora (Modaff) Baumann and Ruthie Modaff; and four brothers-in-law, Raymond Modaff, John Baumann, Lawrence Hoffman and Hank Trompeter.

The funeral from the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary was Tuesday, December 16, 1997 to Annunciation Church, Fr, David Palmatier, OSB, officiated with interment at River Hills Memorial Park.                                      CC 12/18/1997

 

Esther M. Shopwell Babbitt     1997.12.30

Esther M. Babbitt, 92, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, December 17, 1997 at Elmwood Living and Rehabilitation Center.  She was born April 23, 1905 in Newville, PA.

Esther was employed as a seamstress and was retired from the Body Coat Company in Elgin in 1962.

She is survived by one daughter, Louise (William) Stiles of Hinckley; six grandchildren, Gary (Jane) Stiles of Hinckley, Dennis (Debbie) Stiles of Hinckley, Randy Stiles of North Aurora, William Hughbanks of Hammond, IN, Linda (Ray) Fowler of Salisbury, IN and Debbie (Peter) Clayton of Linton, IN; also 11 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Babbitt; two daughters, Kathleen Foltz and Marie Hughbanks; six brothers; one sister; and her parents, Samuel and Margaret Shopwell.

Funeral services were held Friday, December 19, 1997 at the Healy Chapel.  The Rev. Gerald Rygh officiated.  Interment followed in Lincoln Memorial Park.               CC 12/24/1997

 

Frank Norr     1997.12.31

Frank Norr, 85, of Oswego, formerly of Aurora, passed away Thursday, December 18, 1997 at Countryside Care Centre.  He was born September 29, 1912 in Hinckley.

He was employed at Burgess Norton as a punch press operator until his retirement in 1977.  He was a member of Luxomberger Club and East Side Social Club.

He is survived by one son, Wayne (Patricia) Norr of Montgomery; one grandson, Jeffrey Norr of Huntington Beach, CA; and one sister, Mary Cate.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha (Komes) Norr; his parents, Louis and Verna (Breeding) Norr and one sister, Eva Lundgren.

Private funeral services were held,.

Arrangements handled by Dieterle Memorial Home in Aurora, 630-897-1196.                      CC 12/24/1997

 

Edward Marion Crayton     1997.12.32

Edward Marion Crayton, 83, of Maple Park, passed away Saturday, December 20, 1997 at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI.  He was born November 30, 1916 in Grantsburg, IL, the son of John and Jesse (Ragains) Crayton.

He was united in marriage March 6, 1937, to the former Edith Anderson, and they spent the next 60 years of their lives together.

Mr. Crayton attended the Pierce Community United Methodist Church in Maple Park, IL.  Ed was a dairy farmer most of his life and a proud World War II Naval veteran.  He was also a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

He is survived by his loving wife, Edith of Maple Park; seven children, Barbara (Jule) DuBois of Polo, IL, Patsy (Darold) Cutsinger of Sugar Grove, Edward L. Crayton of Hinckley, Melody Crayton of Waterman, Ron (Laura) Crayton of Wheaton, Deborah (Dean) Downing of Waterman and Michael Crayton of Maple Park; twenty seven grandchildren; three foster grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; two brothers, Robert (Patsy) Crayton of California, John (Susan) Crayton of Wisconsin; and two sister, Orpha (Carter) White of Kankakee and Helen (Dellas) LaFond of Batavia; as well as many loving nieces and nephews.  He will be missed by many friends.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Joyce Crayton.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 23, 1997 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley with Reverend Rich Wagner officiating.  Interment will follow in the Pierce Community United Methodist Church Cemetery in Maple Park.

Pallbearers were Jule Jay DuBois, Jr., Andrew DuBois, George Crayton Cies, Hart DuBois, A. Christopher DuBois, Joshua Cutsinger and Dane Howie.  Organist was Sandy Cutsinger.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Pierce Community United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes  815-286-3247.

CC 12/24/1997

 

John A. Nash     1997.12.33

John A. Nash, 67, of Hinckley, passed away Saturday, December 20, 1997 at Vencor Hospital in Sycamore.  He was born February 27, 1930 in Aurora, the son of James A. and Helen (Stewart) Nash.

John was a graduate of Hinckley High School, Monmouth College and Worsham School of Mortuary Science.  He served with the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Nash was united in marriage to the former Joyce Ann Hill June 19, 1954 at the Hinckley United Methodist Church in Hinckley.

John was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church.  He was, for many years the owner and operator of the J. A. Nash Company Furniture Stores and Funeral Homes, both in Waterman and Hinckley.  He was a member of the American Legion, the Waterman Masonic Lodge and the Shriners.

Mr. Nash served as a member of the Board of Directors for both the Hinckley State Bank and the DeKalb Savings & Loan.  John was past president of the Hinckley-Big Rock School Board, the Northern Illinois Funeral Directors Association and the Kishwaukee Country Club.  He was a former member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Hinckley Business Association and the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.

John was an avid golfer and enjoyed sailing, old cars and animals, but the most precious time he spent was with his family and in particular his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Ann of Hinckley; two daughters, Ardith (Mark) Trumpy of Hinckley and Melissa (David) Oeters of Hinckley; four grandchildren, Jessica Ann, Scarlett Melissa and Corbin Nash Trumpy and John David William Oeters, all of Hinckley; his mother-in-law, Redmond Hill of Hinckley; and one niece, Nancy Brown of Morris.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James A. and Helen Nash; two sisters, Genevieve and Corrine; his father-in-law, Edwin Hill; and a grandson, Parker James Oeters.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 23, 1997 at the Nash-Nelson Funeral Home in Hinckley, 815-286-3247.

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Nancy L. Schoo Fraunberg Wolff     1997.12.34

Nancy L. Wolff, 66, of DeKalb, passed away Thursday, December 18, 1997 at her home.  She was born August 10, 1931 in Plano, the daughter of Albert and Bernice (Fagan) Schoo.  She married Gerald Fraunberg in DeKalb in 1949.

Nancy was a cook in the Food Services department at Northern Illinois University of 12 years.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb.

She is survived by two sons, Dale Fraunberg of Chicago and Steve (Cathy) Fraunberg of Malta; two daughters, Sally (Bruce) Kerbel of Sycamore and Judy Baker of DeKalb; four grandchildren, Stephanie Fraunberg, James Baker, Anna and Jill Kerbel; one sister, Joann (Elmer) Irving of DeKalb; three brothers, Bill (Dorothy) Schoo of Flora, Don (Lorraine) Schoo of DeKalb and Jim (Margaret) Schoo of Hinckley; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald in 1959; her parents; one sister, Dorothy Renwick; and one brother, Eugene Schoo.

Private family services were Saturday, December 20, 1997 at the Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb with the Very Rev. Karl P. Ganss of St, Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb officiating.  Burial followed in St Mary’s Cemetery in DeKalb.

A memorial is being established for Nancy L. Wolff in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.  For more information call 815-756-1022.                                       CC 12/24/1997

 

Michael L. Bauer, Sr.      1997.12.35

Michael L. Bauer, Sr., 44, of Waterman, passed away Thursday, December 18, 1997 at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford.  He was born August 29, 1953 in Mendota, the son of Edward, Sr. and Helen (Minor) Bauer.   He married Charlotte Sims May 6, 1972 in DeKalb.

He was a pressman at Duplex Products for 25 years.  He had been a Civil War reinactor with the Tenth Illinois Union and Orr’s Regiment of Rifles in South Carolina.  He had been a Boy Scout assistant leader in Waterman and was a past member of the Moose Lodge in DeKalb.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte of Waterman; three daughters, Angie (Pete) Scarpa of Sycamore, Michelle and Amanda Bauer of Waterman; one son, Michael Bauer, Jr. of Waterman; one granddaughter, Kaitlin Scarpa of Sycamore; his mother, Helen Bauer of Earlville; one brother, Edward M. (Cathy) Bauer, Jr. of Waterman; one sister, Helen M. Heath of Somonauk; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Bauer, Sr. in 1988.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 23, 1997 at the Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 South Fourth Street in DeKalb with the Rev. James Ketzel of the Waterman United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial followed in Johnson Grove Cemetery in Waterman.

A memorial is being established for Michael L. Bauer, Sr. in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.  For more information call 815-756-1022.                  CC 12/24/1997

 

Alvin L. Knutson     1997.12.36

Alvin L. Knutson, 97, of rural Malta, passed away Sunday, December 28, 1997 at the Shabbona Health Care Center following a brief illness.

Alvin was born May 2, 1900 in Leland, the son of Andrew and Bertha (Wig) Knutson.  He married Ellen Dale June 1, 1935 in Leland.  Alvin attended Rollo schools and was engaged in farming and cattle feeding all his life.

He was a very active member of the Calvary Lutheran Church of Rural Lee, serving on the church council, board of deacons, as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent and founded the Mission Board of the church, serving as a representative to the Lutheran Family Mission in Chicago.  He was also a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen of rural Malta; two sons, Dale (Phyllis) Knutson of rural Malta and Roger (Kathleen) Knutson of rural Malta; a daughter, Joyce (Leroy) Beach of Visalia, CA; a sister, Ruth Coleman of Collinsville; seven grandchildren, Nikki (Lloyd) Singer of Elburn, Lance (Tracy) Knutson of Champaign, Brandon Beach of Visalia, CA, Melaine Beach of Visalia, CA, Kirk Knutson of rural Malta, Kristian Knutson of rural Malta and Hanna Knutson of rural Malta; and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Conrad, Clarence, Bernie and Chester, and a sister, Olga.

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, December 31, 1997 at Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee with Pastor Donald Myhres officiating.  Burial was in Union Cemetery, rural Steward.  A memorial is being established.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                         CC 12/31/1997

 

                  Minnie Daniels Montgomery     1998.01.02

Minnie Daniels Montgomery, 91, of Sandwich, IL, passed away Thursday, January 22, 1998, at her home.  She was born August 10, 1906 near Crossville, IL, the daughter of George M. and Nora A. (Sutton) Daniels.

Minnie was united in marriage to Charles Dawson Montgomery April 19, 1923 in Carmi, IL.  Minnie and her husband farmed near Leland for many years.  After retirement, they operated a Laundromat in Sandwich.  Minnie also worked at Kauffman’s Turkey Farm and in several restaurants in the Leland and Waterman areas, and did volunteer work at the Sandwich Community Hospital.  She was a member of the Suydam Methodist Church in Leland. 

Survivors include two sons, Hearold W. (Shirley) Montgomery of Morrison, IL, George F. (Barbara) Montgomery of Crescent Valley, NV; one daughter, Violet (John) Vaughn of Riverside, CA; a daughter-in-law, Charlene Montgomery of Minong, WI; one sister, Mary Wesson of Leland, IL; 13 grandchildren and 12 step grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren and numerous great and great great step grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband on September 23, 1982, a son Charles D. Montgomery, in 1988, and three brothers, Raymond, Albert and Harry.

Funeral services for Minnie will be held Wednesday, January 28, 1998, at 11 a.m. at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.  Pastor Larry Baker will officiate.  Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.  Visitation will be Tuesday, January 27, 1998 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich. 

Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

Memorials may be made in Minnie’s name to the American Heart Association, 631 N. Longwood Street, Rockford, IL 61107.                                CC 1/29/1998

 

                      Lewis Herbert Coultrip     1998.01.09

Lewis Herbert Coultrip, 95, formerly of Somonauk, died Tuesday, January 13, 1998 at Shabbona Health Care Center in Shabbona, IL.  He was born October 30, 1902 in Victor Township, the son of Herbert and Lucia (Bliss) Coultrip.

He married Vada Ellen Blythe February 19, 1927, and they farmed in the area until his retirement in 1975. 

He was a member of the Union Congregational Church of Somonauk, and had been a member of the Sandwich Masonic Lodge for over 70 years.

Masonic funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Friday, January 15 at the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk.  Interment of ashes was private at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich.  Visitation was Friday, January 16 from 4 p.m. until the time of the services at 7 p.m.

He is survived by a son, Rex (Sally) Coultrip of Kingfisher, IL; three daughters, Mary Ellen (Frank) McDowell of Leland, Margaret (Dean) Ostrom of Waterman, and Helen (Ben) Kerr of Plano; 15 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Vada, an infant son, and a brother, Edward Coultrip.        CC 1/22/1998

 

                               Virginia Morrow     1998.01.10

Virginia Morrow, 84, mother of Dr. Judith Mazion of Somonauk, died Tuesday, January 6, 1998 at Shabbona Healthcare Center in Shabbona, IL.  Mrs. Morrow was born in Bushnell, IL, and moved at an early age with her parents to Washington state. 

She was married to Lloyd Morrow in Petersburg, AK, where they ran a fox farm, prior to returning to Tacoma, WA.

She was preceded in death by her husband and an infant son.

She is survived by one brother and her daughter, Judith.

All arrangements are private with interment at the New Tacoma Cemetery in Tacoma, WA.

Memorials may be made to Shabbona Healthcare Center, 409 W. Comanche, Shabbona, IL 60550, which will be used to enhance the environment of the residents.

Local arrangements are being handled by Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk.                                        CC 1/15/1998

 

Russell Kleckner     1998.01.22

Russell “Rusty” Kleckner, 83, of DeKalb, formerly of Waterman, passed away Saturday, January 3, 1998 in Pine Acres Retirement Center in DeKalb.  He was born May 31, 1914 in Alden, MI, the son of Lemuel and Martha (Winkler) Kleckner.

Mr. Kleckner was united in marriage May 22, 1939 in Clinton, IA to Dorothy Stryker, and they spent the next 58 years together.

Mr. Kleckner was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church.  He was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, serving as an Army paratrooper in both England and Belgium during World War II.  He was stationed with the 72nd Army Airborne Division.  Rusty was a former Commander of the Waterman American Legion Post # 654.

For more than 30 years, Russell farmed on the south side of Waterman.  Mr. Kleckner also had a love of furniture and antiques which he displayed for more than 15 years by doing upholstery repair and refinishing.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy of DeKalb; daughter, Mary Jo (Dane) Matijevich of Sycamore; four grandchildren, John Michael, Mark and Anna Matijevich, all of Sycamore; two brothers, Wilbur (Fran) Kleckner, of Bourbonnais, and Robert (Polly) Kleckner, of Florida; as well as many nieces and nephews and fiends who will miss him.

Mr. Kleckner was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Thomas in 1970, five brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held January 5, 1998 at the Nash-Nelson Funeral Home, Waterman, with Rev. Paul Zeman officiating.  Interment was in North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.                                   CC 1/8/1998

 

Edna Belle Heaton Pottenger     1998.01.23

Edna Belle Pottenger, 91, of DeKalb, passed away Friday, January 2, 1998 in Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.  She was born May 5, 1906 in Sterling, the daughter of Albert Henry and Bess (Hough) Heaton.  She married Charles R. Owens in May 1945 in DeKalb.

She was a beautician and owned Edna’s Beauty Nook in Shabbona for 27 years.  She was a member of the Church of Christ in Shabbona, Order of the Eastern Star #648 and the American Legion Auxiliary, both in Shabbona.

She is survived by one son; Loren, Schellhase of California; two grandchildren, Sheryl Lindsley and Shawn Schellhase of California; one great granddaughter, Julie Schellhase of California; one sister, Beryl (Kenneth) Richardson of DeKalb; two brothers, James (Lucille) Heaton of Exeter, CA; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Charles Owens, and three brothers, Russell, Forrest and Harold Heaton.

Funeral services were held January 5, 1998 at the Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, with Rev. Paul Milbrandt officiating.  Burial followed at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.

A memorial has been established for Edna Belle Pottenger in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.  For more information please call (815) 756-1022.                    CC 1/8/1998

 

Betty J. Miller Dirksen     1998.01.24

Betty J. Dirksen, 67, formerly of Rochelle, died after an extended illness.

Betty was born April 29, 1930 in rural West Brooklyn to Orville and Emma (Busser) Miller.  She married Calvin L. Dirksen February 21, 1947 in Dixon.  He preceded her on July 28, 1994.  She and her husband farmed in Lee and Ogle Counties for 36 years.

Survivors include one son, Dennis (Denise) Dirksen of Goshen, KY; five daughters, Jeanne (Tom) Mack of North Aurora, Judy (Robert) Marquardt of Elburn, Vicki Guthrie of Aurora, Renee (David) O’Donnell of Sycamore and Trudi (Scott) Schoger of Big Rock; one brother, Orville (Vera) Miller, Jr. of Ashton; three sisters, Frances Saunders of Oregon, Floreda (Chuck) Henry of New Milford and Helen (Bob) Frericks of Oregon; 12 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Oliver and Robert; two sisters, Dorothy Zinke and Sally Kemig.

Services were held January 8, 1998 at the Unger Horner Funeral Home, Rochelle, with Rev. Kenneth Foster officiating.  Burial was at the Steward Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the DeKalb County Hospice.

CC 1/15/1998

 

 

George W. Cox     1998.01.25

George W. Cox, 80, of Shabbona died Tuesday, January 6, 1998 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

He was born April 1, 1907 on the family farm in rural Shabbona, the son of George and Ellen (Dugan) Cox.

George farmed all his life in rural Shabbona and was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Lee.

Survivors include three brothers, Vincent Cox, Shabbona; Charles (Mercedes) Cox, Prairie Du Sac, WI; and Harold (Helen) Cox, Lee.

He is also survived by  a sister, Regina (William) Knights of Peoria, 7 nephews and 2 nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters (Mary who died in infancy and Frances Cox Follin) and 2 brothers, Frederick and Meryl.

Funeral services were held January 10, 1998 at St. James Catholic Church in Lee with Father Louis Pesut officiating.  Burial was in St. James Calvary Cemetery, Lee.

A memorial is being established.   CC 1/15/1998

 

Edna L. Runion Greenwell     1998.01.26

Edna L. Greenwell, 92, of Shabbona, died January 7, 1998 at the Shabbona Healthcare Center.

She was born August 14, 1916 in Erwin, TN, the daughter of William and Della (Tinker) Runion.  She married Lawrence Greenwell February 24, 1934 in Gates City, VA.

Edna was employed at Northern Illinois University for many years as a cook and had previously worked at Cords Limited in DeKalb.

She was a  member of the First Baptist Church of Shabbona.

Survivors include a son Tom (Trish) Greenwell of Shabbona; a brother, Robert (Kathleen) Runion of Pensacola, FL; a sister, Mae (Roy) Stokes of Ft. Myers, FL; 6 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband October 4, 1983; her parents; a son, Roy Greenwell in 1960; and 3 brothers, O. E. Runion, J. B. Runion and Elmer Runion.

Funeral services were held January 10, 1998 at the First Baptist Church in Shabbona with Pastor Jeff Coester officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

A memorial is being established. 

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  815/824-2618.       CC 1/15/1998

 

Clara M. Edwards Wisted     1998.01.27

Clara M. Wisted of Shabbona died January 11, 1998 at the Shabbona Healthcare Center at the age of 102.

She was the mother of Charles Wisted, founder of Wisted’s Country Market and grandmother of Thomas Wisted, current owner.

Clara was born March 20, 1895 in rural Lee, the daughter of John and Christian (Knutson) Edwards.  She helped raise her 4 brothers and sister when her mother died in 1908.  She married Arthur “Bernie” Wisted October 19, 1916.  Clara and Bernie lived on a farm near Lee where they raised their 5 children.  Clara was a homemaker and farmer’s wife for 56 years until Bernie’s death in 1972.  Bernie had told Clara that if anything should happen to him, she should moved in to the Shabbona Road Apartments.  She lived there for 23 years until she moved to the Shabbona Healthcare Center where she has been a resident for a little over 2 years.  She was a lifelong member of the First Lutheran Church in Lee.

Survivors include 3 sons, Donald (Jane Hanson-deceased) Wisted of Plano, Charles (Arlene Olsen) Wisted of Shabbona and Harold (Shirley Brown) Wisted of Marengo, a daughter-in-law, Annabea (Pinkston) Wisted of DeKalb; 15 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and 11 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur “Bernie” Wisted, January 16, 1972; a daughter, Marella “Dolly” Hickey; a son, Robert Wisted; a granddaughter, Julayne Wisted; 4 brothers, Elmer Edwards, Everett Edwards, Myron Edwards and Clifford Edwards; a sister, Lillie (Edwards) Hardy; a daughter-in-law, Jane Wisted; and a son-in-law, Edwin Hickey.

Clara was a great mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother and a wonderful friend.  She will really be missed by all.  Clara loved a party and always said, “I will bring the pickles.”

Funeral services were held January 14, 1998 at the First Lutheran Church in Lee with Pastor Henrietta Milner officiating.  Burial was in First Lutheran Church, Lee.

A memorial is being established. 

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                        CC 1/15/1998

 

Ruth L. Dugan     1998.01.28

Ruth L. Dugan, 89, of DeKalb died January 5, 1998 in DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Home after a short illness.

Born October 31, 1908 in Waterman, she was the daughter of Johns and Nora (Hickey) Dugan.  Ruth was a school teacher for many years, she first taught school in the country in the Shabbona area, then on to Waterman Grade School where she had taught for many years, before ending up in Rockford where she retired in 1967 after 41 years of teaching.  Ruth has lived in DeKalb the past 19 years, coming from Rockford.  She is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church DeKalb, and was very active in the Catholic Daughters and the Altar Rosary.  Ruth graduated from Mount St. Claire College in Iowa, after which she went on to Northern Illinois State Teachers College for 2 years.

Survivors include three nieces, Charlene (Gerald) Latimer, Joan Donnelly and Mary Lou (Bill) Raih all of DeKalb; six nephews, Robert (Margaret) O’Donnell, Edward (Dolly) O’Donnell, Cletus (Doan) O’Donnell, John (Paula) Buehler all of DeKalb, Richard (Arlie) O’Donnell of Montello, WI, and Roger (Nancy) Buehler of Stockton and many great and great great nieces and nephews.

Relatives predeceasing her were her parents and two sisters (Luella O‘Donnell and Grace Buehler).

Funeral mass was held January 9, 1998 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, DeKalb with Father Karl P. Ganss officiating.  Burial was in St. James Catholic Cemetery, Lee.

Memorials may be made to the family to be established at a later date.

Arrangements were made by Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, DeKalb.  815/758-3841.                   CC 1/15/1998

 

 

 

Sadie Ahlberg Hall     1998.01.29

Sadie Hall, 99, of Rochelle, died January 6, 1998 in Rochelle Community Hospital after a short illness.

Born April 1, 1898 in Sweden, the daughter of Carl and Jenny (Anderson) Ahlberg, she came to America at the age of 4 and lived in Malta for a short time.  Sadie was married to Lewis Hall June 18, 1919 in First Lutheran Church, DeKalb.  She has been a lifelong member of first Lutheran Church of DeKalb since her confirmation at the age of 14.

She is survived by two daughters, Evelyn Schmidt of DeKalb, Eileen (Henry) Ebert of Leaf River; son-in-law, Gunnard Johnson of Sycamore; nine grandchildren, Robert (Lynn) Schmidt of DeKalb, Karen (Charles) Hart of Shabbona, Bonnie (Richard) Nelson of Rock Island, Carla (Ronald) VanNatta of Sycamore, Larry Tate of Colorado Springs, CO, Randy (Pam) Tate of Sycamore, David (LeeAnn) Sanderson of Sycamore, Jeanie (Lawrence) Anderson of Sycamore, Bradley (Lisa) Sanderson of Sycamore, 23 great grandchildren; two sisters- in-law, Mildred and Margaret Ahlberg of Belvidere; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by parents, husband, Lewis in 1975, two daughters, Violet Johnson, Betty Sanderson Eames; great granddaughter, Holly Anderson; son-in-law, Robert Schmidt; two sisters, Goldie Brown, Dorothy Jordal; six brothers, Ernest, Carl, Roy, Harry, George and Clifford Ahlberg.

Funeral services were held January 9, 1998 at the First Lutheran Church of DeKalb with Pastor Thomas F. Hanson officiating.  Burial was in Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to be established at a later date.  Arrangements were made by Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, DeKalb.  815/758-3841

CC 1/15/1998

 

Rosalie I. Youssi Goheen     1998.01.30

Rosalie I. Goheen, 79, of Big Rock died January 9, 1998 peacefully with her family at her home following an extended illness.  Rosalie was born in Galena, IL February 27, 1918 to Fred and Mary Youssi.

She graduated from Madonna High School in Aurora in 1936.  She was a member of Holy Angels Church and of Unit #16 of St. Anne’s Society of the Church.  She married William L. Goheen February 20, 1943.  She resided in Aurora, IL until moving to Big Rock, IL in 1979.

Rosalie is survived by her husband, William L. Goheen; five children, Maryann (Duane) Adams of Minneapolis, MN, William J. (Lynda) Goheen of Aurora, Susan Goheen Smith of Oshkosh, WI, January (Scott) Boerke of Morton, IL and Kevin (Jean) Goheen of Aurora; twelve grandchildren, Jennifer and Heather Adams, Michael, Brian and Stacy Goheen, Brenan and Erin Smith, Matt and Kyle Boerke and Logan, Megan and Angelina Goheen; and four brothers, Harold (deceased), Dale, Fred and Rich Youssi.

Funeral services were held January 12, 1998 from Holy Angels Church with Fr. Gerald P. Kobbeman officiating.  Burial was in West Batavia Cemetery.

Contributions to her memory may be given to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905, or Camp Timberpoint Easter Seals Camp, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

The Goheen family would like to express their sincere thank you to Great Lakes Hospice, Mary Jo Swenson and Colleen Phelan for their loving care.             CC 1/15/1998

 

Keller B. Nickels     1998.01.31

Keller B. Nickels, 78, of Elburn and formerly of Kaneville, passed away January 16, 1998 at Delnor Community Hospital, Geneva, after a long battle against emphysema.

He was born April 6, 1919 in Aurora, the son of Nicholas M. and Ada (Benton) Nickels.  Keller grew up on the family farm near Kaneville where he would one day harvest the sand and gravel that lay beneath his ancestors’ fields.

He attended Gould-Souders country school and as a youth joined the Army in 1940.  After basic, Keller was sent to Officer Candidaate School and then to Ranger training.  In the process, he met Lee Widmayer while at Fort Brady for a short time.

August 4, 1942 he and Lee were married in Michigan; shortly thereafter, Keller was assigned overseas.  He served under General Eisenhower, establishing the headquarters company as the Army advanced through the European Theater.  Following active duty for five years, Keller continued in the Army Reserves for seven more years.  Three years later he returned to Kaneville around Christmas, 1945 but continued to be active in the Army Reserves until 1952.

Upon his return, he laid brick for Stanley Chaon for a time before starting his own business manufacturing cement blocks and providing sand and gravel to area contractors.  In 1950, Keller opened Nickels Redi-Mix, a new concept for that time.  He continued in the Redi-Mix, sand and gravel until 1976 with he ‘retired’ and began driving for Acton Mobile of Lily Lake.  In 1990 he retired again, this time to become a full time “pitch player” and to enjoy life with his wife, Lee.

He was a member of the Daniel Simpson American Legion Post #630, Elburn, for more than 40 years and one of the principal builders of the Legion Memorial Building.  He was also a member of the Elburn Lions Club and the Aurora Moose Lodge.  Keller helped start Little League baseball in Kaneville and for some 20 years umpired most of the games while Lee sold refreshments to fund the league.  Keller was an outdoor sportsman, a sharpshooter and a man who enjoyed a wagering challenge.  As a “trap shooting” enthusiast, he served on the United States competition team and entertained associates from all over the country at the Nickels Gun Club on their farm near Kaneville.

A special and unique man, yet so much like many other of his day, Keller’s life was first defined by the war.  When it was over, he came home, went to work, raised a family and loved his grandchildren-but never forgot the price of that privilege nor the gift of living long enough to enjoy it.

In addition to Lee, his wife of 55 years, he is survived by two sons, Gary (Margie) Nickels of Naperville and Keith Nickels of Maple Park; three grandchildren, Kelly Nickels of Aurora, Matthew Nickels of Elburn and Lora Nickels of Naperville; one great granddaughter, Hailey Nickels of Aurora; two sisters, Norine (Wayne) Florence of Big Rock and Jean Nickels of Batavia; one brother, Gilbert (Louise) Nickels of Elburn; as well as many nieces and nephews and a family of good friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter-in-law, Deborah Nickels, in 1983.

Funeral services were held January 19 with Rev. Katherine Lawes, pastor of the Elburn Community Congregational Church officiating.   Interment followed at Kaneville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be made to either the Daniel Simpson American Legion Post # 630, in care of P.O. Box 774, Elburn, IL 60119, or the Elburn Lions Club, P.O. Box 360, Elburn, IL 60119.                    CC 1/29/1998

 

Louis Gargo     1998.01.32

Louis Gargo, 72, of Aurora passed away January 14, 1998 at Countryside Care Centre.  He was born October 7, 1925 in Aurora.

He was employed at the Burlington Northern as a railroad conductor for 40 years until his retirement in 1988.  He was a member of VFW Post #7452, a life member of AMVETS, Burlington Northern Veterans, Eagles, Independent Order of Oddfellows-Little Rock/Plano and A.M.O.S.

Survivors include his wife, Margery A. Gargo; three sons, Steven F. (Joann) of Appleton, WI, Jerry D. (Gail) of Aurora and Terry L. (Vickie) of Aurora; one daughter, Gina L. Gargo of Hinckley; twelve grandchildren, Jennifer, Matthew, Lucas, Katherine, Daniel, Nicholas, Mallory, Jessica, Christopher, Trisha, David and Anthony; three sisters, Ella Mae (Burdette) Enger of Chatfield, MN, Rosemary (Dennis) Rausch of Lakewood, CO, and Marjorie Diehl of Aurora; several nieces and nephews and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Mary Gargo, Sr. and one son, Richard Gargo.

Funeral services were January 17, 1998 at Dieterle Memorial Home.  The Rev. John Freidheim officiated, with interment at Riverside Cemetery.                               CC 1/22/1998

 

Eleanor M. Flint Ritts     1998.01.33

Eleanor M. (Flint) Ritts, 75, of El Cajon, CA, formerly of Kaneville, IL, passed away Friday, January 30, 1998 after a long battle with emphysema.

She was born December 2, 1922 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of George and Gertrude (Odell) Flint.

Eleanor grew up around Kaneville, where she graduated from Kaneville High School and shortly began watressing in Big Rock.  She was a young woman who could work long hours, think on her feet and change course in midstream, as qualities that equipped her well to live the life that lay ahead of her.

August 2, 1949 she was united in marriage to Robert Ritts at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA.  They made their home in Cedar Rapids, IA, for 10 years until moving to Pomona, CA, in 1959.  Eleanor was “super-clerk” at Freeman’s Shoe store in Pomona, where her family remembers “super-sales” events where Eleanor would tie up hundreds of boxes of shoes in a single day and run the cash register as well.  Meanwhile her husband Robert, drove over-the-road for the Denver-Chicago Trucking company and was gone at least five out of seven days every week.

Somehow, in spite of long hours and hard work, the two managed a loving marriage and were devoted through it all to their family.  Born to them were two children, Larry Wayne and Barbara Jean.  Their hopes and dreams were jolted deeply, however on September  23, 1954, when an accident took Larry’s life at the age of three.  The years that followed drew them all closer than ever and in more recent times, it was Barbara who returned her mother’s devotion with loving care through months of illness.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara (John) Williams of El Cajon, CA, and their two children, Lindsey Aston and Ryan Albert Williams; one brother, Charles (Nadine) Flint of Kaneville; two sisters, June Buttleman of Ormond Beach, FL, and Emily (Larry) Gibson of Salem, IL; a host of nieces and  nephews, and a legacy of timeless memories that will long warm the hearts of loved ones the way she warmed their tummies with good cooking and their lives with endless love.

She now joins her parents, her husband Robert (1990) and their beloved son Larry, who preceded her in death.

Memorials in her name may be made to the American Lung Association.                           CC 2/5/1998

 

Alta Merle Parks Smiley     1998.01.34

Alta Merle Parks Smiley, 100, of Waterman, passed away Friday, January 30, 1998 at Columbia Doctors Hospital in Sarasota, FL.  Alta was born May 26, 1897 in Leland, IL, to Arthur and Ella Bend Parks.

After graduating from Sandwich High School and attending Northern Illinois State Teachers College she taught in rural schools in Shabbona and Malta.  She was united in marriage to George Henderson Smiley December 31, 1919.

Survivors include one son, Jack Smiley of Des Moines, IA; four daughters, Eleanor (Ken) Evans and Mary Hubbel of Melbourne, FL, Margaret (Ken) Knoblock of Sarasota, FL, and Maureen (Orv) Liesman of Aurora.  She also has a sister, Jane Ringe of Bradenton, FL.  The extended family includes 27 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George; her sons, Delbert and George; a brother, Shelby Parks and a sister, Ada Christian.

Alta was fond of flower gardening and enjoyed playing the piano.  She devoted her life to her children, encouraging them to seek higher education.   Until just shortly before her death, she was blessed with remarkable health and was physically strong and independent.  She enjoyed sharing her 100th birthday open house with family and friends last June.

A memorial service of music to celebrate her life will be held at the Waterman Presbyterian Church, where she was a member.

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A service of music to celebrate the life of Alta Smiley, who passed away at the age of 100 in January, in Sarasota, FL, will be held at the Waterman Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 27.

Brent Montiero will coordinate the music program which will include selections from John Rutter’s Requiem.  Several of Alta’s grandchildren will participate in the service.  Rev. James Ketzel of the Waterman Methodist Church will officiate.  Friends and neighbors are welcome.                CC 6/25/1998

 

Eileen Therese Coulter Roe     1998.01.35

Eileen Therese Coulter Roe, 35, of Aurora, passed away suddenly, Friday January 30, 1998.  She was born May 5, 1962 in Hinsdale, IL, the beloved daughter of Frank O. and Kathleen A. (Cloonan) Coulter.

Eileen was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, in Aurora.  She was employed by East Aurora School District # 131, for 8 years.

Survivors include her young daughters, Amanda and Laura Roe; her parents; five sisters, Jeanne (Sam) Valeo of Bristol, Donan Coulter, and Elizabeth McCullah both of Montgomery, Barbara (Byron) Thompson, of Waterman, and Laura (David) Reifman of Chicago; her brother, James (Heather) Coulter of Sugar Grove; her brother-in-law, Steve Aldrich, of Aurora; numerous nieces and nephews, one great niece and many, many friends.

She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Meghan Therese, and by her sister, Patricia Aldrich.          CC 2/5/1998

 

                                       John S. Keenan     1998.02.01

John S. Keenan, 78, of Plainfield, died Wednesday February 4, 1998 at the Glenwood Care Center, Joliet.

Born June 11, 1919 in Sandwich, IL to parents John and Elva (Griswold) Keenan, Mr. Keenan was a Plainfield resident for 44 years, a self employed contractor for many years.

He is survived by his sisters, Alice Figgins of Aurora, Genevieve (Leonard) North of Franklin Grove, IL, Alvina (Warren) Parish of Big Rock, IL; brothers, Robert (Ura) Keenan of Radisson, WI, Thomas (Rosella) Keenan of Sandwich, IL, numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Russell and Roswell, and sister, Loretta Vermeland.

Per his wishes, his body was cremated, and the cremains were buried in the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich, IL.

Arrangements were handled by Overman-Jones Funeral Home, 309 Joliet Rd., Plainfield.        CC 2/12/1998

 

                         Marilyn V. Iverson King     1998.02.02

Marilyn V. King, 61, of Sandwich, died Sunday, February 8, 1998 at her home.  She was born March 4, 1936 in Waterman, IL, the daughter of Mervin and Marjorie (Glover) Iverson.  She was united in marriage to Charles K. King June 5, 1953 in Sandwich at the home of Chuck’s parents, Florence and Kenneth King.

Marilyn enjoyed the challenge of figuring out how to make a new project, whether it was a new craft or a decoration for her house.  She loved the Sandwich Fair and enjoyed making knitting projects to enter, as well as working at the church food stand and livestock office.

Marilyn’s whole life centered around her family.  Her grandchildren will remember the wonderful times they spent fishing and swimming with their grandmother, as well as the hours spent at their basketball games, baseball games, poms, 4-H shows, and playing for band contests.

Marilyn was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Sandwich for many years.  She took great pride in caring for the altar and sanctuary.  She was very active in the Woman’s Altar Guild, as well as numerous other church activities.  Her friends will remember their bridge club, fishing, and the many trips they took with Marilyn and her husband, Chuck.

Survivors include her husband, Chuck, of Sandwich; one daughter, Cynthia J. (Dean) Lundeen of Somonauk; one brother, Keith (Norma) Iverson of Loves Park, IL; four grandchildren, Jackie, Amanda, Kevin and Kenneth Lundeen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and an infant son, Timothy Steven King.

Funeral services for Marilyn were held Wednesday, February 11 at the Salem Lutheran Church, Sandwich.  Rev. Gregory Mayer officiated.  Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.  Visitation was Tuesday, February 10 at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.

Memorials may be made in Marilyn’s name to the Salem Lutheran Church, 1022 N. Main Street, Sandwich.

CC 2/12/1998

 

Jessie Marguerite Okey Wilcox     1998.02.16

Jessie Marguerite Wilcox, age 92, of Waterman, IL passed away Sunday, February 4, 1978 at the Shabbona Healthcare Center, in Shabbona, IL.  She was born October 14, 1905 in Oskaloosa, IA, the daughter of Jesse and Gertrude Maude (Winchell) Okey.

Marguerite was united in marriage February 14, 1924 to Mr. William Thomas Wilcox.  She spent her years as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

Mrs. Wilcox was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church, where she was a member of its church circle.  She was a member of the D.A.R. the White Shrine and the Order of the Eastern Star Lodge # 6483.3.

Survivors include four children, Wayne (Charlene) Wilcox, of Reading, PA, Thomas, (Phyllis) Wilcox of Winnebago, IL, Waneta (Roger) Reynolds, of Chicago, IL, and Walter Wilcox of Waterman, IL; fifteen grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; as well as two sisters, Betty Stewart of Oskaloosa, IA, and Dorothy Holiday of Hampton, VA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, William Thomas Wilcox, in 1969, one son, Francis Wilcox, and one daughter, Lily Demchok.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. February 5, 1998 at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman, IL, with Rev. James Ketzel officiating.   Interment will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 6 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.  815/264-3362 or 630/553-7611.                                        CC 2/5/1998

 

  1. LeRoy Anderson 1998.02.17
  2. LeRoy Anderson, 96, of Earlville, IL died Sunday, February 8, 1998 at the Mendota Lutheran Home in Mendota, IL. He was born February 1, 1902 in Baker, IL, the son of Seward and Lydia (Supland) Anderson.

He married Ruth Greyer May 22, 1926 in Baker.

He farmed his entire life in the Earlville area and served on the LaSalle County Farm Bureau Board for several years.  He was confirmed at St. Petri Lutheran Church in Baker and currently was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Earlville.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth of Earlville; one daughter, Joyce (Ed) Bagamery of Naperville, IL; one son, Harlan (Lois) Anderson of Earlville; four grandchildren, Daren (Lyle) Gleason  of Clinton, VA, Jerry Anderson of St. Charles, IL, Karl (Mike) Franz and Kristen (Ben) Warren both of Naperville; eight great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Marie Gast, Florence Gast and Clara Kukuk.

Memorials for LeRoy Anderson may be directed to the Mendota Lutheran Home.                                CC 2/12/1998

 

    Alberta M. Donlan Henry     1998.02.18

Alberta M. Henry, 87, of DeKalb and formerly of Leland, died Saturday, February 7, 1998 in Pine Acres Retirement Center.

She was born February 14, 1910 in Shabbona, the daughter of James and Mary (Grady) Donlan.  Alberta was married to the late Lyle Henry December 28, 1940 in St. James Catholic Church, Lee.

She was a bookkeeper for many years, also working at Shabbona Cheese Company, Creightons Employment of Leland, and Lowell Sampson Trucking, retiring in 1969.  Alberta was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb.

Survivors include one daughter, Rita Henry of DeKalb; one sister, Viola Donlan of DeKalb; one sister-in-law, Marie Hatland of Leland; one niece, Marlene (John) Anderson of Montgomery; and one nephew, James (Donave) Hatland of Leland.

Relatives preceding her in death are her parents, her husband Lyle, one brother-in-law Howard Hatland and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

Memorials may be made to the family, to be established at a later date.

Arrangements made by Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115    (815) 758-3841.

CC 2/12/1998

 

Elizabeth A. Chase McConnaughay     1998.02.19

Elizabeth A. “Betty” McConnaughay, 65, of Batavia died Monday, February 2, 1998 at Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin.  She was born May 18, 1932 in Chicago, the daughter of James and Agnes (Kostecki) Chase.

Betty was a member of the Harvest Community Church in Sugar Grove.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Stanley; her children, Gary McConnaughay of Sandwich, Bonnie (Darrell) Griffey of Batavia, Kathie (Robert) Korthauer of Hinckley and David McConnaughay of Batavia; her grandchildren, Elizabeth (Scott) Schaffner, Robert Korthauer, Jr. and Michael Korthauer, Sarah Griffey, Rebecca Griffey and Jonothon Griffey; her sisters, Esther (William) Brehm of Fruitland, ID and Genevieve Williams of Aurora.

In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Rachel Sue Griffey; two sisters, Evelyn Stumbaugh and Florence Jankowski and four brothers, James, Robert, Michael and Thomas Chase.                   CC 2/12/1998

 

Floyd R. Johnson     1998.02.20

Floyd R. Johnson, 83, of Crystal Falls, MI, formerly of Geneva, died Sunday, February 1, 1998 at Iron County Medical Care Facility in Michigan.  He was born November 21, 1915 in Geneva, the son of William and Minnie (Hanson) Johnson.  He graduated from Geneva Community High School and Lawrence College in Appleton, WI, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta.

Mr. Johnson was a piano teacher, teaching popular piano to students from Geneva to Chicago before becoming employed by the Geneva Republican Newspaper in Geneva, IL.  Following his retirement in 1980 he moved to Crystal Falls, MI with his wife Jacque to enjoy the north woods area he loved so much.

He is survived by his wife, Jacquelyn (Neuman) Johnson; two daughters, Teri (Ric) Paulin of Shabbona, IL and Penny (Jack) Gillespie of Woodland Park, CO; two sons, Steve of Princeton, IL and Charles of Lakewood, CO; eight grandchildren, Jacque Brauer and Brandan Paulin, both of Shabbona, Tim (Sonia) Johnson of Mendota, IL, Matt, Nick and Stephanie Johnson all of Princeton, IL, and Chase and Jody Gillespie of Woodland Park; four great granddaughters, Angel, Amber and Alexandra Hershey of Shabbona and Monia Ann Johnson of Mendota.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Clyde and Howard Johnson and his daughter-in-law, Pamela Ann Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to any of the area schools music departments.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Yurs Wittenberg Funeral Home in Geneva.

Your memory is our keepsake, with which we will never part.  God has you in His keeping, but we will forever have you in our hearts.                                 CC 2/12/1998

 

Norman Zeller     1998.02.21

Norman Zeller, 63, of Shabbona, died Friday (February 6, 1998) at home.

Norman was born December 23, 1934 in DeKalb, the son of George and Irene (Myers) Zeller.

He attended and graduated from DeKalb schools and received an associates degree in business from Kishwaukee College.  Norman was a member of Phi Theta Kappa at Kishwaukee College and had been in  the Army National Guard.

Survivors include one son Roger (Anne) Zeller of DeKalb; daughter, Helena Hadley of Sycamore; mother Irene Zeller of Shabbona; sisters Jean Mowery of Plano and Ruth Werchick of Truckee, CA; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; nephew Michael Mowery and his former wife Virginia Mobley.

Burial of remains will be at a later date at Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                                                      CC 2/12/1998

 

Dorothy Ann Wilcek Brongiel     1998.02.22

Dorothy Ann Brongiel, age 51, of Big Rock, IL, passed away Wednesday, February 11, 1998 at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood following a courageous bout with cancer.

She was born June 6, 1946 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Frank and Josephine (Kopola) Wilcek.  During high school, she moved with her family from Chicago to Berwyn, IL.  She commuted every day to Chicago to finish high school at St. Mary’s.

Following graduation she began working at Jewel Food Store as a cashier for a short time.  She then began working at J. C. Penny Department Store in Oak Park as a sales clerk for one year.  She then became a department clerk of Western Electric in Cicero for five years.

While working there she met the man of her dreams, Edmund J. Brongiel.    February 15, 1969, they were united in marriage at St. Leonard’s Church in Berwyn.  Dorothy and Ed then moved to Palos Hills, IL to begin their family of two wonderful children, and in 1976, they moved to Big Rock, IL.

She enjoyed reading, working on puzzles, gardening and writing programs for computers.  While her children were in grade school, Dorothy volunteered her time at Big Rock Grade School, teaching children how to use the computer and giving fluoride treatments.

In 1987, she was employed at Spiegel Outlet Stores in Naperville as a sales clerk for five years.  In 1991, Dorothy was diagnosed with leukemia and after treatment was in remission for six years.

Dorothy then attended real estate classes and earned her real estate license.  She was employed by Kettley Real Estate in Montgomery, IL, and then transferred to Sugar Grove, IL.  January 16, 1998 Dorothy was diagnosed once again with leukemia.

Dorothy was a member of St. Gall Church in Elburn, IL.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, Edmund, of Big Rock, IL; one daughter, Nicole Brongiel of Big Rock, IL; one son, Brian J. Brongiel of Big Rock, IL; one sister, Virginia Wilcek of Berwyn, IL; one brother, Frank (Lois) Wilcek; her mother-in-law, Stella Brongiel of Yorkville, IL; one brother-in-law, Gerald (Connie) Brongiel of Yorkville, IL; one nephew, Edmund Brongiel of Yorkville, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her father-in-law, Edmund Brongiel.

Memorials in her name may be made to the American Cancer Society and mailed in care of P.O. Box A, Elburn, IL 60119.   

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Harold E. Rosenwinkel     1998.02.23

Harold E. Rosenwinkel, age 75, of Plano, passed away Wednesday, February 11, 1998 in Sun City, AZ.  He was born February 3, 1923 in Wooddale, IL the son of Adolph and Esther (Franzen) Rosenwinkel.

Harold was united in marriage January 5, 1946 in Bensenville, IL to the former Ella May Butenschoen and they spent the next 52 years of their lives together.

Mr. Rosenwinkel was a member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock.  Harold was a well known farmer in this area for many years.  He was a member of the Kendall County Pork Producers, Kendall County Farm Bureau, the Plano Rotary Club, and the Plano Chamber of Commerce.  Harold enjoyed nothing more than repairing mechanical things and traveling, with his wife, Ella May to interesting and fun places.

Survivors include his wife, Ella May of Plano; four sons, Howard (Becky) Rosenwinkel of Plano, John (Sue) Rosenwinkel, of Plano, David (Debby) Rosenwinkel of Big Rock, and Michael (Tammy) Rosenwinkel, of Bristol; sixteen grandchildren; one sister, Marion (Ed) Crispeels, of Bensenville, IL; as well as many friends who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.     630/552-7211

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Marvin W. Colby     1998.02.24

Marvin W. Colby, 81, of Shabbona, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 11, 1998 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Shabbona August 16, 1916, the son of Wilbur and Pearl (Olson) Colby.  He graduated from Shabbona High School and farmed in Milan Township.  He married Gladys Houghtby December 16, 1939 in Shabbona.

After farming of a few years, he moved to Shabbona and purchased the Shabbona Grain Elevator with Harland Olson and a short time later purchased the McGirr Grain Elevator.

In 1960 Marvin became a real estate broker and sold property throughout the community until the time of his death.  He was very active in the community, a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge, a Shriner, a member of the Shabbona Fire department, Shabbona Township Supervisor, served on the DeKalb County Board of Review, and was a director at Farmers and Traders State Bank.

Marvin was instrumental in starting the Indian Oaks Country Club, serving as president for several years.  He assisted in bringing the Shabbona State park to the community.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Gladys; his daughter (Frank) Pardridge of DeKalb; his sons, Lynn (Karen) Colby of Valparaiso, IN and Gregory (Dixie) Colby of Venice, FL; his loving grandchildren, Terry (Debbie) Pardridge, Curt (Vanessa) Pardridge, Doug (Terri) Pardridge all of DeKalb, Stephanie (Jim) Moore of Valparaiso, IN, Damon Colby of Valparaiso, IN, Chad and Darcy Colby of Venice, FL; his four loving great grandchildren, Paige Colby and Cole Brandon Pardridge, Nina Catherine and Heather Nicole Pardridge; a sister Ruby Isham of Blue Mound, IL, as well as cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Joyce, and a brother, Verdette.                                  CC 2/19/1998

 

Phyllis M. Lutz Hopwood     1998.02.25

Phyllis M. Hopwood, 84, of Lee, died Tuesday, February 17, 1998 at Franklin Grove Nursing Center, Franklin Grove after a long illness.

She was born the daughter of Lawrence and Stella (Abell) Lutz.  In July 1931 in Sterling, she married Bernard Hopwood.  He died in August 1987.

Phyllis was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Lee and a former member of the Kitchen Band.

Survivors include three sons, Richard (Lois) Hopwood of Rochelle, John (Linda) Hopwood of Lee, and Colin (Phyllis) Hopwood of Lee; two daughters, Donna (Richard) Kettleson Dodd of Rochelle and Linda Schmitz of LaSalle; 17 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one grandson, two sisters and one brother.                                  CC 2/26/1998

 

Kenneth O. Johnson    1998.02.26

Kenneth O. Johnson, 71, of DeKalb, passed away Sunday, February 22, 1998 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

He was born February 12, 1927 in DeKalb, the son of Reuben R. and Ella (Male) Johnson.  He married Florence Ekberg May 19, 1945 at the bride’s home in DeKalb.

He farmed from 1948-1966 in the Malta and Waterman area and was later a self-employed contractor.  He was a member of the original steering committee at Kishwaukee College, a longtime member, director and officer of the Anona Center in Wheaton and also, of the DeKalb Area Alano Club of DeKalb.

He is survived by his wife, Florence; four children, Brian (Gail) Johnson of DeKalb, Pamela (Dennis) Murphy of Burlington, WI, Trudy (Gene) Detwiler of Minonk, and David (Glenna) Johnson of DeKalb; six grandchildren, Michael (Ellen) Murphy, Steven (Michelle) Murphy, Kelly Murphy, Katie Murphy, Sara Detwiler, and Jessica Detwiler; three great grandchildren, Page Murphy, Zion Murphy, and Chloe Paro; one brother, Paul (Reva) Johnson of Dodgeville, WI, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

A memorial has been established for Kenneth O. Johnson in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.  For moiré information, please call (815) 756-1022.                          CC 2/26/1998

 

Richard C. Rossler     1998.02.27

Richard C. Rossler, age 77, of North Aurora passed away suddenly February 25, 1998 at Mercy Center Hospital.  He was born March 25, 1920 in Aurora, IL.

He graduated from East Aurora High School in 1938.  Throughout high school he was active in sports.  After graduating, Richard went on to play professional baseball for several years in the St. Louis Cardinal organization.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge 400 for 52 years and a charter member of the Tiger Club.  Richard was also a member of the Western Catholic Union, and a charter member of Blessed Sacrament Church in North Aurora.

Richard married Florence Kipper October 10, 1953.   They enjoyed 44 wonderful years together.  Richard was a loving husband, father and grandfather.  He was employed at Austin Western (Clark Equipment) for 38 years.  Richard spent the last four years of his career working in the Circuit Clerks office before retiring in 1983.

Survivors include his wife, Florence (Kipper) Rossler, a daughter, Rita (William) Hefke of Aurora; a son, Joseph (Kimberly) Rossler of Big Rock.  Three grandchildren, Jacob and Maxine Rossler of Big Rock, and Lindsay Hefke of Aurora; three step-grandchildren, Clint (Stephanie) Hefke of Aurora, Chad Hefke of Peoria, IL; a sister, Esther Mennecke of Aurora and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Anna (Kirner) Rossler.

Memorials in Richard’s name may be made to the Blessed Sacrament Education Building Fund, or a charity of the donor’s choice.                                                           CC 3/5/1998

 

Arthur Freewalt, Sr.     1998.02.28

Arthur Freewalt, Sr., of Yorkville, formerly of Glen Ellyn Countryside, died Tuesday, February 21, 1998. He was born September 1, 1912 in Chicago, IL.

Mr. Freewalt was a retired Tool and Die polisher, and was an active member of St. Matthew Church, in Glendale Heights.

Survivors include his children, Kenneth W. (Sandy) Freewalt, of Bristol, Barbara (Andy) Kearns of Big Rock, and Arthur Freewalt, Jr. of Wheeling, IL; grandchildren Richard (Sue), Kimberly (Todd), Kurt, Andrew, Michael, Jennifer, John (Beth), Jason and Joe; great grandchild, Nicole Rose; sisters, Emily Weiss, and Helen Yunker.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred nee Jacobson; brothers, Frank, Mike, Willie, Joe Albert; sisters, Rose and Josephine.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Matthew Church, 1555 Glen Ellyn Rd., Glendale Heights, would be appreciated.

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Verna Higbie McGladrey     1998.02.29

Verna McGladrey, 95, of Oak Crest Retirement Center in DeKalb and formerly of Sycamore, died Friday, February 27, 1998 at Oak Crest.

She was born January 18, 1903, in Eden Prairie, MN, the daughter of Wilson Stanley Higbie and Lillie Belle Lindsley.  She married Leslie David McGladrey September 1, 1930 in Minneapolis.

She was a graduate of the University of Minnesota and attended Boston University School of Theology.  She was a school teacher in Tower Sedan, MN for three years and helped her husband in his ministry for forty three years.  Se was in the Chicago area, Plainfield, Mendota, Waterman, Zion and Minnesota.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Sycamore and was a  parish visitor of the church for four years.  She was a conference representative of WSCS (now named United Methodist women).

She is survived by two daughters, Joan (Alf) Elk of Blaine, MN, Dorothy (Dr. Jack) Matthews of Lincoln, NE; five grandchildren, Karen Davis, Daniel Matthews, Diane Matthews, Sandra Matthews Lamb, Janet Matthews Flynn; and two great grandchildren, Jeffrey and Constance Matthews.

She was preceded in death by her husband and a daughter, Donna.

Burial will be in North Clinton Cemetery near Waterman.  A memorial fund is established for the Church of Oak Crest Library of Oak Crest, Good Samaritan Fund in care of Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home.  For more information, please call (815) 895-6589.                                          CC 3/5/1998

 

  1. Valore Huntley 1998.03.20
  2. Valore Huntley, 86, of Batavia, formerly of Aurora, passed away Sunday, March 8, 1998, at the Aurora Manor. She was born October 7, 1911 in Freeport, IL.

Mrs. Huntley was a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church in Aurora.

Survivors include her son, Norman (Barbara) Huntley of St. Charles; thee daughters, Harriet (Robert) Van Overmeieren of Aurora, Nancy (Robert) Anderson of Batavia and Donna (Dan) Heimann of Big Rock; two step-sisters, Beverly (Gerald) Thomas of Niles, MI, and Linda (Bob) Glenn of Rancho Cucamonga, CA; 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard in 1965.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer society, 11 E. Wilson, St., Batavia, IL 60510; or to the donor’s choice.                                         CC 3/12/1998

 

Marianne Train Olson     1998.03.21

Marianne Olson, 70, of rural Maple Park, passed away late Friday evening, March 13, 1998 at Delnor Community Hospital.  Released in peace from her battle with cancer and a failing heart, she claims the never failing promise of her Savior.

Marianne was born December 15, 1927 in Lindsborg, KS, the daughter of Fritz and Freda (Sundquist) Train.  The youngest of four children, Marianne’s father passed away when she was just two years old.

She grew up in Lindsborg until the age of 14 when she and her mother moved to Chicago.  A year later, her mother took her to the country to visit a childhood friend.

Marianne Train and John Olson met on that visit and the spark of the Lord ignited.  It became a flame that brought light to many lives.

March 5, 1949 Marianne and John were united in marriage and they made their home on the Kennan Farm near Maple Park.  Nine years later they moved to the present family home.  It was just the basics, “40 steps and a path” to outdoor plumbing, but it was enough for two people to love and raise a family.

John and Marianne were a team in everything they did.  Their labors prospered and through the years they purchased two nearby farms which became the homes of their children.

Their labors in the fields of souls were blessed as well.  John and Marianne were devoted ministers of love to Shabbona Nursing Home for 24 years.  In 1983, the death of their beloved son, Duane, was a sorrow they turned to joy as people came to the Lord through this loss.

Nearly a decade later, John and Marianne became Missionaries to Russia.  Their love, compassion and devotion to their faith, was blessed and multiplied as they gently shared their lives and God’s love with hundreds.

For many years they were members of the Pierce Methodist Church. where Marianne was active in the United Methodist Women.   In more recent years, as a member of the Lord of Life Lutheran Church in LaFox, Marianne continued her devotion to church work.  She was active in Kane County Home Extension and enjoyed the Kane County Antique Car Club together with her husband.

As a mother and grandmother, Marianne had a gift with children; patience to spend endless hours with books and puzzles and a sweet tooth that kept the cookie jar full and little tummies happy.

A quiet woman with a stalwart faith, she prayed for the lives of her family and loved ones and fought many unseen battles on her knees.  She met her last days with smiles and was ready to
”go home” when she was confident her loved ones would join her there one day.

Her survivors include her husband, John, her four sons, January (Patricia) Olson, Dwight (Laurie) Olson, Dale (Susan) Olson, Gary (Dianna) Olson, all of Maple Park.

Survivors also include 11 grandchildren, Ryan, Ross, Evan, Alyse, Danielle, Aaron, Dustin, Drew, Jared, Tara, and Alexander.  Her brothers the Rev. Ed (Dorothy) Train of Schaumburg and Arnold (Doris) Train of Skokie and are all survivors in addition to several nieces and nephews.

Marianne now joins her son Duane D. Olson, her parents and one brother, Stanley (Ethel) Train, who preceded her in death.

Memorials in her name may be mailed in care of P.O. Box A, Elburn, IL 60119.             CC 3/19/1998

 

Tammy Lee Smith Baie     1998.03.22

Tammy Lee Smith Baie, 36, of DeKalb, passed away Saturday, March 7, 1998 at Vencor Hospital in Sycamore.  She was born February 24, 1962 in Chicago, the daughter of Galen and Glenna (Knox) Smith.

She graduated from DeKalb High School class of 1980, and attended Kishwaukee College.

She is survived by one daughter, Vanessa Baie of DeKalb; one son, Darren Baie of DeKalb; one step-daughter, Christine Baie of Hinckley; her parents, Galen and Glenna Smith of DeKalb; two sisters, Sheri (Steve) Norman of Aurora and Karen (James) Canedy of Virginia; one brother, Robert J. Smith of Rockford; her maternal grandparents, Alfred and Anna Knox of DeKalb; several aunts, uncles nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, John and Violet Smith; one uncle, Art Gifford and one aunt, Patricia Doctor.

A memorial has been established in memory of Tammy Lee Smith Baie to establish and educational fund to benefit her children.                CC 3/19/1998

 

Jill Koral Underwood Smith     1998.03.23

Jill K. Smith, 35, of Hodgenville, KY, and formerly of Waterman, died March 6, 1998 at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown, KY.  She was born in Mendota June 5, 1962.

Survivors include her husband, Dean Smith, formerly of Malta; her parents, William and Maudie Underwood of Kentucky; one sister, Janice Lewis of Sandwich; one brother, Gary Underwood of DeKalb; and nieces and nephews; her in-laws, Joe and Norma Smith of Hodgenville, KY and formerly of Malta.

The funeral was held March 8, 1998 at Union Band Baptist Church with burial in Buffalo, KY.                CC 3/19/1998

 

Scott W. Rice     1998.03.24

Scott W. Rice, 19, Clear Point, IA, died at home Friday, March 6, 1998 after a sudden illness.

Survivors include his parents, Vaughn and Joyce and two sisters, Heather Von Bergen of Lee, IL and Hope Rice at home.  Also surviving are a brother-in-law, Ray Von Bergen two nieces, Kayla and Brook and grandparents, Bill Rice of Silver Spring, FL, and Walt and Martha Lowry of Monroe City, MO.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Mitzi Rice.

Born September 12, 1978 in Pittsfield, IL, he graduated from North Linn High School in Troy Mills and was attending Kirkwood Community College.

Scott was very active with First Assembly of God Church in the Human Video Club, Passion Play and was a sound technican in the play “Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames”.  He was also in various model clubs and achieved a green belt in Kadju Kenpo Karate.

A memorial fund has been established.            CC 3/19/1998

 

Kinnie O. Jordal     1998.03.25

Kinnie “Ken” O. Jordal, 86, of Genoa, passed away peacefully Friday, March 13, 1998 at Oak Crest Health Center in DeKalb.  He was born July 19, 1911 in Milan Township, the son of Osmond O. and Ingabor (Malen) Jordal.  He married Ethel M. Johnson September 5, 1936 in DeKalb.

Kinnie farmed for 45 years on Tower Road near Lee until retiring to Ellwood Greens, Genoa, at the age of 70, to enjoy golf, travel and bowling.  He was a member of DeKalb Elks Lodge # 765, DeKalb County Farm Bureau, and was formerly a member of the Deka Lodge and the Lee Lions Club.  Ken loved family life, farming, traveling, golfing and bowling.

Kinnie is survived by his wife, Ethel; five children, Keith (Nancy) Jordal of Hinckley, Marilyn Elliot of Geneva, Marcia Jordal of DeKalb, LaVern (Carole) Jordal of Earlville, and Karen Kay DiFiore of Barrington; seven grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; one brother, Ernest Jordal of Franklin Grove; two sisters, Lillian Finnestad of Franklin Grove and Evelyn Priess of DeKalb and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Darin Jordal; six brothers and two sisters.

A memorial is being established for Kinnie O. Jordal in care of Anderson Funeral Home.  For more information, please call (815) 756-1022.                             CC 3/19/1998

 

Mary Angela Schneider Johnson     1998.03.26

Mary Angela Johnson, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 1998.  She was 97 years old, the mother, the grandmother, aunt and friend of dozens of people around the country.

Mary was born on a farm in Aurora December 8, 1900, her mother died when she was a teenager, so she dropped out of school to help take care of her four brothers and one sister.

She met her husband, the late Chicagoan Carl Johnson, in the line for a vaudeville in a theatre in Aurora.  They followed his security jobs to Washington, DC and New York, but eventually settled in Chicago.

In addition to raising her four children, she also worked full time as a candy clerk at Sears.  She signed permission papers for her son to join the Navy in his teens to fight in World War II.  Carl and Mary retired to Aurora in 1965.  Carl died in 1970.

Mary was a lifelong devoted Catholic and an active member of St. Nicholas Church in Aurora, where she was an inveterate Bingo player.  She enjoyed crocheting, having parties, joking, teaching manners, and exaggerating her cooking skills.

She had four children and is survived by her daughter, Mary Lou Vinzant of Des Plaines, IL; her son Bill (Annette) Johnson of Elburn, eighteen grandchildren, Pat Berni and Bob Johnson of California, Sue Hartness of Aurora, Diane Rosenbaum of DeKalb, Mark Johnson of Naperville, Sharon Korhel of Utah, Bruce Johnson of Illinois, Danny Johnson of Aurora, Donna Monterubio of Hinsdale, Kathy Brucks of Big Rock, Andy Johnson of New Mexico, Gary Vinzant and Mary Ann Fuller of Des Plaines, Tom Vizant of New York.

She is survived by 28 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; her brother, John (Anne Marie) Schneider of Iron Mountain, MI; Georgene Resney of Dyer, IN; Lennelle, Judy and Mary Catherine Schneider of Aurora; and several nephews, Laren Schneider of Chicago, Lenny Schneider of Indiana, Paul Schneider and the late Father Bob Schneider.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; two sons, Kenneth (a former Aurora police officer) and Donald; a great grandson, William Korhel; her parents, John and Catherine (Johannasen) Schneider; three brothers, Arthur, George and Leonard Schneider and one sister, Agnes Lorang.

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Robert Christopher Gilmore     1998.03.27

Robert Christopher Gilmore, 89, of Shabbona, died Friday, March 20, 1998 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

He was born September 8, 1908 in Harrison, the son of David and Emma (Rottger) Gilmore.  Bob attended Harrison and Rockford schools and graduated from Hononegah High School.  He married Lillian Johnson November 16, 1929 in Rockford.

Bob was a lifelong farmer and cattle feeder and was well known throughout DeKalb County for his leadership in agriculture.  He receive the Master Farmer award in 1972 and was an Illinois Ambassador of Agriculture to Russia under Governor Ogilvie.

He was a 60 year member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, served on Feeder’s Association boards, served on the board of the Soil and Water Conservation District, DeKalb Kiwanis Club, Salvation Army, and the Esmond Golden Circle Sunday School class.  He was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian of Shabbona; a son, Robert D. (Ann) Gilmore of DeKalb; a daughter, Janis (Paul) Sawyer of Waterman; four grandchildren, Susan (Curt) Foster of Earlville, David (Lori) Gilmore of Shawnee, KS, Stephen Sawyer of Hinckley, and Kevin Sawyer of Waterman; three great grandchildren, Hilary and Rachel Foster and Kyle Gilmore.

Also surviving is Robert (Ursula) Sarver of DeKalb, their three children and grandchildren, Sylvia (Michael) Baker, Molly and Zachary of Winnebago, Sandra (Mark) Lancaster, Katherine, Joshua and Jacob of Sycamore; and Christel (Pete) Springmire, Daniel and Laura of Sycamore; two sisters, Laura Goldy of South Beloit and Harriet Rinedollar of Rockford; a brother, Thomas Gilmore of Missouri, numerous nieces and nephews, their families and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Frances Peterson and Lucille who died in infancy.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 23, 1998 at the United Church of Christ in Shabbona with Rev. David Bateman officiating.  Burial was in Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb.

A memorial is being established.                   CC 3/26/1998

 

Ella Mae Swanson Riley     1998.03.28

Ella Mae Riley, age 83, of Waterman, passed away Monday, March 23, 1998 at her home.  She was born February 23, 1915 in Waterman, IL the daughter of Alex and Gertrude (Bowker) Swanson.

Ella was united in marriage in 1957 to Mr. Ben Riley.  She was a loving wife, mother grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother and sister, who will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

Mrs. Riley was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church.  She had been, for many years the manager of the Kishwaukee Country Club in DeKalb.  Ella was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Junior mother’s Club, both in Waterman.

Survivors include one daughter, Sandra (Richard) Gilchrist, of Waterman; one son, John D. George, of Waterman; nine grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter, one brother, Duane Swanson of Waterman; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ben in 1984; one brother, John Swanson; one sister, Ethel Golden; and one grandson, Jerome George.

Graveside services and interment were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 1998 at the North Clinton Cemetery, in Waterman.  Arrangements were made by the Nash-Nelson Chapel.                       CC 3/26/1998

 

Esta Lee Wiggington Haish     1998.03.29

Esta Lee Haish, age 59, of Plano, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 1998 at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, FL.  She was born May 24, 1938 in Arkansas, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Wiggington.

Esta was united in marriage July 5, 1977 in DeKalb, IL to Mr. Duane G. “Dewey” Haish.

Mrs. Haish was a member of the First Lutheran Church, in Plano.

Esta, along with her husband, Dewey, worked for many years at Haish Meats.  She was also employed over the  years by several local restaurants.  She enjoyed sewing and dong crafts for her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Dewey, of Plano; eight children, Joanna Bennett, of Rockford, Kathy (Kevin) Kivisto, of Polo, Jeff Bannister, of DeKalb, Patsy (Steve) Walley, of DeKalb, Hope (Kevin) Donley, of Montgomery, Sherry Rodan, of Aurora, Debbie Haish, of Yorkville and David (Peggy) Haish, of Sycamore; thirteen grandchildren; as well as many friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one son Ricky.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 23, 1998 at the First Lutheran Church in Plano, with Pastor M. L. Jacobson, officiating.  Interment followed in the South Big Rock Cemetery, in Big Rock.  Arrangements were made by Nelson Funeral Homes.                                 CC 3/26/1998

 

William G. Heimann     1998.03.30

William G. Heimann, 57, of Montgomery, passed away Friday, March 27, 1998 at his home, after a long and courageous battle with camcer.  He was born July 12, 1940 in Aurora, the son of Harold E. and Valeria (Seifen) Heimann.

William was a loving and devoted father.  He worked for J. Heitkotter for over 20 years.  He was a lifelong resident of Aurora.

Survivors include his wife, Leslie Heimann of Montgomery; one son, William Charles (Lori) Heimann of Aurora; four daughters, Lisa Marie Wheeler of Aurora, Christine Louise (Brian) Olson of Aurora, Tina Lee (Dan) Kmiecik of Wheaton and Amy Lynn (Reggie) Ferguson of Montgomery; ten grandchildren; his parents, Harold E. and Valeria Heimann of Montgomery; five brothers and sisters, Patricia (Tom) Ryan of Oswego, Kathleen Vick of Aurora, David J. (Donna) Heimann of Big Rock., Elizabeth Ann (George) Little of Aurora and James W. (Karla) Heimann of Sugar Grove and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Rudolph and Mary Heimann and his maternal grandparents, Peter and Elizabeth Seifen.

Visiation was Monday March 30, 1998 at the Healy Chapel.  Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Heimann’s name may be made to Children’s Memorial Hospital for the purpose of cancer research.

Arrangements were handled by the Healy Chapel, 322 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, a locally owned and operated funeral home.

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Orise L. Jones Barnhill     1998.03.31

Orise L. Barnhill, 80, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, March 28, 1998 at Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  She was born July 23, 1917 in Big Rock, the daughter of the late Maurice and Lydia (Brownell) Jones.

Mrs. Barnhill was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church and the Grace Circle of the church.

Survivors include one son, Larry (Mary Ann) St. Marie of St. Paul, MN; one daughter, Wanda Neitzel (Robert Oliver) of Aurora; 11 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and special friends, Nancy (Richard) Forsell of Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank Barnhill and two sisters, Verdell Tuyls and Charlene Woods.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 31, 1998 at the First United Presbyterian Church with Mr. Jeff Barrett officiating.  Interment took place at River Hills Memorial Park.

Visitation was Monday, March 30, 1998 at the Healy Chapel and Tuesday, March 31 at the First United Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Mrs. Barnhill’s name may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church, 534 S. Lake St., Aurora, IL 60506.

Arrangements were handled by the Healy Chapel, 322 W. Downer Pl, Aurora, a locally owned and operated funeral home.

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                       George Graham Gordon     1998.04.02

George Graham Gordon, age 77, of Sandwich, IL, passed away April 14, 1998 at his home.  He was born February 21, 1921 in Waterman, IL, the son of Arthur and Nora (Graham) Gordon.  He was united in marriage to June Greenwood September 9, 1944 at Somonauk United Presbyterian Church.   She preceded him in death June 3, 1983.  He married Betty Phillips December 9, 1989.

George was a graduate of Waterman High School and was a carpenter most of his life.  He was a member of Sandwich Lions Club, Barber Shoppers and Harmonettes Singing Groups.  He served in the United States Coast Guard and was a lifetime member of the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Betty of Sandwich; two sons, David (Bev) Gordon of CA, Roger (Carol Lynn) Gordon of Plainfield, IL; one daughter, Carol Ruth (Tom) Gowdy of Sandwich; two step sons, Bruce (Lolly) Phillips, Scott (Karen) Phillips; three step-daughters, Dianne (Bruce) Cochrane, Joanne (Ken) Reutter, Connie (Kirby) Myers; one sister, Sarah (Forrest) Thurow of Sandwich; 19 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Jeannete Gordon.

Private family services will be held April 15, 1998 at the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church.  Rev. Gordon Page will officiate.  Burial will be in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.  A memorial service will be held Friday, May 8, 1998 at 7:00 p.m. at the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be directed to the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church.  Arrangements by Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.                              CC 4/23/1998

 

Edna Shea Grebner     1998.04.19

Edna Grebner, 96, of Shabbona and formerly of Marengo, died Saturday, April 4, 1998 at Kishwaukee Center in DeKalb.

She was born March 31, 1902 in Metamora, IL, the daughter of Dan and Josephine DuBois Shea.  December 30, 1936 in Peoria, she married Lawrence Grebner.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary (Dick) Powell of Hinckley and Bernice (Richard) Fowler of Genoa; nine grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband May 6, 1978, one brother and three sisters.

Visitation was April 8 at the Mareno-Union Funeral Home, 505 E. Grant Hwy., Marengo, Monsignor Philip O’Neil Celebrant.  Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.  Memorials in her name will be appreciated.         CC 4/9/1998

 

Dorothy I. Turner Moudy     1998.04.20

Dorothy I. Moudy, 93, of DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center, formerly of Barb City Manor and Waterman, passed away Thursday, April 9, 1998 at the nursing home.

She was born September 22, 1904 in Lukin, Township, Lawrence County, IL, the daughter of LeRoy and Caroline (Brosa) Turner.  She married Wayne E. Moudy April 7, 1928 in Sumner, IL

She attended Eastern Illinois State Teachers College and became a teacher, later becoming a full time homemaker.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Waterman and active in the church circles as wel as the United Methodist Women.  She farmed with her husband for many years south of Waterman until July 1976, when they retired from farming and moved into Waterman.

She is survived by two daughters, Dolores (Duane) Charlesworth of Phoenix, AZ and Loretta (James) Hipple of Sycamore; three sons, Donald (Bonnie) Moudy of Sandwich, Richard (Sandra) Moudy of DeKalb and Robert (Jane) Moudy of Sycamore; 16 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; two sisters-in-law, Mildred Turner of Joliet and Mercedes Osborne of DeKalb and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1988, one brother, one sister, one grandson, Tim Moudy and one great grandchild, Adam Christopher Rodgers.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 13 at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.  The Rev. K. Zeman officiated.  Burial followed at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.    CC 4/16/1998

Nancy Lohmann Dailey     1998.04.21

Nancy (Lohmann) Dailey, 47, of Earlville, IL passed away Friday, April 24, 1998.  She was born December 3, 1950 in Aurora, IL the daughter of William and Leota (Golding) Lohmann.  Nancy was a volunteer at the N.I.C.E. Pantry in Shabbona, IL

Nancy is survived by three children, Kristine (Carl) Gilkerson of West Brooklyn, IL, Patricia (Steve) Manning and Thomas Dailey, both of Mendota, IL, one brother, Ralph (Mary Jo) Lohmann of Montgomery, IL and one sister, Betty Haskins of Aurora, IL, many nieces, one nephew and several aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her companion of 21 years, Richard Miller.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, par 28 at the Hanley-Turner Funeral Home in Earlville.      CC 4/30/1998

 

Thelma C. Carnes Jennings     1998.04.22

Thelma C. Jennings, 77, of Shabbona, died Wednesday, April 22, 1998 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

She was born January 26, 1921 in Conrad, IA, the daughter of Elmer and Bess (Jones) Carnes and married Jack W. Jennings December 7, 1943 in Knoxville, IA.

Thelma was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ, where the church and all its related activities were her life.  She was also an active participant in the N.I.C.E Center in Shabbona.

She is survived by a son, Steve Jennings of Ojai, CA; two daughters, Mary Elizabeth (Gary) Owen of Shullsburg, WI, and Cynthia (Carl) Campo of Reeds Spring, MO; two brothers, Quenton (Delores) Carnes of Conrad, IA and Herschel (Ann) Carnes of Conrad, IA; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband August 27, 1980 and three brothers, Ted, Dick and Duke.

Services were held in Shabbona Saturday, April 25 at the Shabbona United Church of Christ.  Rev. James Shelton officiated.

Services in Conrad, IA were held April 27 at the Johnston Funeral Home in Conrad.  Burial was in Conrad Cemetery, Conrad, IA.

Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona helped serve the family.               CC 4/30/1998

 

Doris Shoop Brauer Duy     1998.04.23

Doris (Shoop) Brauer Duy, 88, of Riverton, WY, formerly of Maple Park and Aurora, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 1998 at her home in Riverton, WY.  She was born June 24, 1909 in Maple Park, the daughter of Glenn and Grace (Gillett) Shoop.

July 8, 1933 Doris married John A. Brauer who passed away in 1974.  She then married Henry M. Duy January 10, 1977 in Aurora.  He preceded her in  death in 1997.

Doris grew up in Maple Park and Aurora.  She graduated from West Aurora High School in 1927.  Doris had been a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Aurora.  In 1995, she moved to Riverton, WY where she became a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Riverton, WY.

Survivors include her children, Ruth (Brauer) Fus of Riverton, WY, John Brauer of Big Rock, IL, Barbara (Brauer) Williams and her husband Kenneth of Yorkville, IL; a stepdaughter, Joyce (Duy) Brown and her husband David of Aurora; her grandchildren, Heather (Fus) Janoski and her husband Jason of Somonauk, IL, John Fus and his wife Kelly of Colorado Springs, CO, Autumn (Fus) Somerfield and her husband James of Riverton, WY, Kenneth Fus and his wife Kerry of Casper, WY, Joseph Fus and his wife Cindy of Casper, WY, Nikki (Fus) Huffstetler and her husband Shane of Shoshoni, WY, Kendra (Williams) Schag and her husband Brian of Sheridan, IL, Jared Williams of Yorkville; step grandchildren, Steven Brown and his wife Janice of Little Rock, AR, Thomas Brown and his wife, Crystal of Big Rock, IL, Jill Brown of Chicago, IL; great grandchildren, Veronica and Austin Janoski, Emily and John Fus, Christopher, Bailey and Luke Sommerfield, Hunter and Ridje Fus, Tommy and Natasha Fus, Gabrielle Christian, Lucas Young, Kaitlyn Schag and Daniel Brown

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, a brother, a nephew and one grandson.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 25 at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Aurora.  Rev. Phillip Schupmann officiated.  Interment took place in Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be directed to Resurrection Lutheran Church in Aurora.   CC 4/30/1998

 

Gilbert Pratt Ellithorpe     1998.04.24

Gilbert Pratt Ellithorpe, age 75, of San Rafael, CA, formerly of Batavia, IL, died April 5, 1998 after a brief illness.  He was born in Evanston, IL.

He was a 1949 graduate of Batavia High School.  He served in World War II as an Artillery Survey Officer.  He graduated from Hayes State Teachers College in Kansas and received masters degree from the University of Chicago.

After teaching at the Waterman High School for 1 year, he reenlisted in the Army in 1951 and served in Germany through 1954.  In 1955 he began working at the CIA; because of his facility with German language, he was soon assigned to work on what became known as the Berlin Tunnel project.

His late field of expertise was Eastern European Covert Operations.  Overseas assignments took him and his family to Nuremberg, Berlin and Tokyo. He retired from his last post in San Francisco in 1977.  The CIA awarded him a Certificate of Distinction in 1996 and a Career Intelligence Medal in 1975.  He retired from the Army Reserve as a Major.

He respected and enjoyed the people and cultures he encountered and established lasting friendships throughout the world.  He enjoyed a variety of music, traveling, hiking, camping, and exploring back roads in his 1971 VW camper.

He was an active member of the Correspondence Chess League of America throughout his life, achieving the rank of Expert, and became a lifelong friend of many of his opponents.

A devoted family member, he is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lavina Hassler Ellithorpe; three daughters, Maggie Stafnes, of San Anselmo, CA, Laura Dobler of Anchorage, AK, and Martha Hill of West Virginia; a brother, Robert Ellithorpe of Roselle, IL; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

“Bert” has many friends and relatives in the area.   

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Rebecca Sue Grimm Damm Kosin     1998.04.25

Memorial, praise and worship services for Rebecca Sue Kosin, 54, of West Plains, MO were Tuesday, April 21, 1998 at Faith Assembly of God Church in West Plains, MO.

Mrs. Kosin died at 121:446 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 1998 at Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains.  She was born October 5, 1943 at DeKalb, IL, the daughter of Udell and Dorothy Marie (Benson) Grimm.

She received her education in the schools of Hinckley, IL.  She was a licensed practical nurse and had been employed at Ozark Medical Center, West Plains, MO.  June 25, 1977 she was married at Wheaton, IL to Kinsman C. Kosin.

Mrs. Kosin was a member an past president of the Wheaton and Glen Ellyn Ladies Elks.

She was a member of the Faith Assembly of God Church of West Plains and leader of the Missionettes at the Faith Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include her husband; Kinsman C. Kosin, of the family home; four sons, Tom, Wheaton, IL, Rodney and Donald, both of West Chicago, IL, and Steven, Cedar Lake, IN; three brothers, Carl Grimm, New River, AZ, Alan Grimm, Sycamore, IL, and Richard Grimm, Las Vegas, NV; one sister, Kathi White, Waterman, IL, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Earl Damm and her parents.

Memorials may be made to faith Assembly of God Church.

Arrangements were under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home of West Plains.                      CC 4/30/1998

 

Marie Schellhorn Marsh     1998.04.26

Marie Marsh, 94, of Princeton, WI, formerly of Aurora, IL, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 1998, at the Sunnyview Health and Rehab Center, in Princeton.

Marie was born December 22, 1903, in Indiana, the daughter of Martin Schellhorn and Marie (Julie) Schellhorn.

She worked for Pictorial Paper Boxes in Aurora.  Marie was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Princeton, and the National St. Jude society.

She is survived by one son, James (Joy) Marsh of Princeton; four grandchildren, John (Teresa) Marsh, of Hinckley, IL, Steven (Becky) Marsh of Ely, MN, Julie (Michael) May of Aurora, and Teresa (Brian) Penn of Oswego; nine great grandchildren; and one sister, Angela Tews, of Princeton.

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

Services were held Thursday, April 23 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.  Father Dale Grubba officiated.

Burial followed the services at St. John Catholic Church in Princeton.

Arrangements were handled by the Wacholz Funeral Home, 303 W. Harvard St., Princeton, WI 54968.         CC 4/30/1998

 

Steven F. Rogers     1998.04.27

Steven F. Rogers, age 39, of Elgin, IL died Monday, April 27, 1998 at St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin, IL.

He was born November 10, 1958 in Aurora, IL the son of Frank and Margaret Rogers.  September 23, 1995 he was united in marriage to Deborah Martin.

Steven was employed by Jewel Food Stores in Schaumburg, IL as a grocery clerk for 11 years.  He loved writing and playing music and was an avid runner.

Besides his wife, he is survived by four children, Samantha (Jeff) Collins of Elgin, Sheri (Jason) Kidd of Aurora, IL, Brandy Rogers of Aurora and Jessica France of Elgin; two grandchildren, Alexis and Amanda Collins; his father Frank E. (Patricia) of Rochelle; his mother, Margaret (Donald) Vaughn of Mesa, AZ; two brothers, Scott (Elizabeth) of North Aurora and Carey of Geneva; his paternal grandmother, Margaret Darby of Aurora; his maternal grandfather, George Hoorelbeck of Naperville; one stepbrother, Dusty (Abby) Rhodes of Aurora; one step-sister, Kimberly (Gary) Baie of Hinckley; two sisters-in-law, Patricia Bergmann of Elgin and Sandra Martin of Jackson, TN; and several nieces and nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 30 at Bethany of the Fox Valley Church.  Rev Gary Blanchard officiated.

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Marie V. Wichman Korth     19998.04.28

Marie V. Korth, 80, of rural Malta died Tuesday, April 28, 1998 at the DeKalb County Nursing and Rehab Center.

She was born March 22, 1918 in Kimeo, KS the daughter of Ernst and Alma (Spreen) Wichman and married Arnold J. Korth April 14, 1941 in Cedar Rapids, NE.

Marie was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Lee, the Altar and Rosary Society of the church, and the Milan Catholic Ladies.  She served as an election judge for many years in Milan Township.  She was also a member of the Merrigolds,
Elderberries and Golden Oldies Senior Citizens Groups.

Survivors include a son, Ronald (Mary) Korth of Rochelle; a son-in-law, Tom Emerlin of Billings, MT; four daughters, Marlene (Allan) Prestegaard of Steward, Jeannine (Bob) Long of Pardeeville, TN, LaRene (Steve) Anderson of Sugar Grove; two sisters, Violet Peterson of Columbus, NE, Maxine (Kenneth) Schooley of Clay Center, KS; and 15 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband June 15, 1998; a daughter Val Jean Emerling; five brothers, Clarence, Daniel, Ernest, George and Verlin; and two sisters, Lillian and Alma.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 1, 1998 at St. James Catholic Church in Lee.

Father Louis Pesut officiated.  Burial was in St. James Calvary Cemetery, Lee.

A memorial is being established.                     CC 5/7/1998

 

Mary Amanda Shults Strever     1998.04.29

Mary Amanda Strever, 86, formerly of Bismarck passed away April 25, 1998 at Maehill Care Center in Farmington.  She was born January 1, 1912 in Aurora, daughter of the late Lewis and Mabel Hinman Shults.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Merwin M. Strever, and two daughters, Harriet Strever and Joanne Kelle.

Mrs. Strever was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist of Boston, MA.

She is survived by two sons, John  L. Strever of Conway, AR, and William E. Strever of Grantsburg, WI; four daughters, Sue Bennett of Brownsville, TX, Mary Lou Daniel of Jacksonville, FL, Sara Green of Belleview and Elizabeth Deaton of St. Louis; three sisters-in-law, Marna Wielert of Iowa City, IA, Faye Strever of Elburn and Jean Balagna of Los Alamos, NM; 28 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren.

A memorial graveside service was held May 24, 1998 at Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.  Local arrangements were under the direction of Shipman Funeral Home in Bismarck.

CC 7/9/1998

 

                                Louise Solfisburg     1998.05.07

Louise Solfisburg, 88, of Somonauk, passed away May 9, 1998 at her daughter’s home in Sheridan.  She was born  June 11, 1909.

She married Mulvin J. Solfisburg in Aurora and formerly attended Wesley Methodist Church in Aurora.  She was a devoted mother and grandmother and enjoyed traveling and reading.

Survivors include her children, Joyce (Harold) Kerley of Sheridan and Ray K. (Mae) Solfisburg of Hot Springs, AR; six granddaughters, Marnie (Greg) Schlafer of Balsam Lake, WI, Kimberly (Dan) Hopkins of Newark, Susan (Brian) Phillips of Big Rock, Linda (Adam) Brodholdm of Aurora, Jennifer (David) Salazar of Sheridan, Candice M. Solfisburg of Hot Springs, AR; one grandson, Tim L. (Tracey) Griffin of Aurora; 16 grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; a nephew, David Anderson of Apache Junction,  AZ and a niece, Judy Rood of Sycamore, whom she raised.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one sister, Lois Anderson and one aunt, Marie Stapleton.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 13, 198 at the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk with Pastor Jeff Coester officiating.  Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich.  Pallbearers were her great grandsons.             CC 5/14/1998

 

                                     Arthur E. Temma     1998.05.08

Arthur E. Temma, age 85, of Hinckley, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 1998 at the Shabbona Health Care Center, in Shabbona.  He was born January 17, 1913 in Waterman, IL, the son of Ernest and Frieda (Kroeger) Temma.

Arthur attended the parochial school and was confirmed in the Immanuel Lutheran Church, of Hinckley, on April 10, 1927.  He was a lifetime member of the church, where he faithfully attended its services and Sunday School.  Mr. Temma service in different capacities of the church, such as trustee, serving on the finance board and was, for 50 years an usher.

Arthur was a member of the Men’s Club and the Lutheran Laymen’s League.  He enjoyed all kinds of sports, especially bowling.  Arthur farmed until 1969 and moved to Hinckley in 1974.  For many years he was employed by Carls Oil Company.

Survivors include his sister, Mildred Temma, of Hinckley; one niece, Bonnie Clark, of Lyons; one great nephew, Steven Clark, of Lyons; one aunt, Edna K. Marks of Glenview; numerous cousins, many of which live in Argentina; as well as many friends who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Esther Curtin and Edna Johnson.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 1998 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 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple Street, Hinckley (815) 286-3247 or (630) 55.-7611, Philip S., Nelson, Owner and Director.  BN 5/15/1998   CC 5/14/1998

 

                       Richard L. Strever     1998.05.22

Richard L. Strever, 64, of Sandwich, IL, passed away Saturday, May 30, 1998 at Pleasant View Luther Home, Ottawa, IL.  He was born June 8, 1933 in Aurora, the son of Loren and Ruth (Wielert) Strever.  He married Nancy Bowker May 16, 1953 in Hinckley, IL.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Hinckley.  He was self-employed as a mason contractor in the Hinckley-Sandwich area for many years.  He was a paratrooper in the U.S. Army.

He enjoyed his grandchildren, fishing, hunting and carpentry.

He is survived by one daughter, Ann (Stephen) Brugge of Naperville, IL; one son, Brad (Peggy) Strever of Somonauk, IL; eight grandchildren, Clinton, Keith, Jason, Laura, Kristine, and Philip Strever and Mary and Philip Brugge; two sisters, Marlene (Roger) Bish of Hinckley and Carol (Jack) Wahlgren of Clarendon Hills, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 2, 1998 at the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk, IL.  Pastor David Kaul and Chaplain Kerwin Sletto officiated.  Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich, IL.

Memorials may be directed to the LaSalle County Hospice, Pleasant View Luther Home or to Immanuel Lutheran Church of Hinckley.                      CC 6/4/1998

 

Thomas R. Vincent, Jr.     1998.05.25

Thomas R. Vincent, Jr., age 67, of Hinckley, passed away Saturday, May 2, 1998 at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora.  He was born February 2, 1931 in Aurora, the son of Thomas and Jeanne (Wilkinson) Vincent, Sr.

He was a graduate of both Holy Angels Catholic School and Marmion Military Academy, in Aurora.

Thomas was united in marriage June 13, 1953 in Ft. Monmouth, NJ to the former Lorraine E. Bartels.

Mr. Vincent served in the United States Army during the Korean War.  He was for several years a member of the Hinckley P.T.O.  Tom was for over 34 years a volunteer member of the Hinckley Fire department, serving for over 20 years as its treasurer, as well as, participating in its E.M.T. Unit.

From 1954 to 1963 he operated the Bartels Tavern and Restaurant, in Hinckley.  Tom was a member of the Hinckley American Legion Post and also a past president and member of the Hinckley Lions Club; where for numerous years he had manned the food booth for its annual auction.

He was also a proud recipient of the Melvin James award.  Tom was employed for more than 20 years in the office of the Barber-Greene Corporation in Aurora.

He is survived by his five children, Karl (Pam) Vincent, Keith Vincent Kim  (Jeff) Wielert, Kevin Vincent and Karen (Bill) Isabel, all of Hinckley; six grandchildren, Brian and April Vincent, Cory and LeNeigh Wielert, Zachary and Holle Isabel; his mother, Jeanne Vincent, of Aurora, one brother, Bill (Edwina) Vincent, of Hinckley; four sisters, Rita M. Vincent of Aurora, Susan (Alvie) Crumpton, of Lee, Pat (Bill) Murphy and Donna Wielert, all of Aurora; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and friends, who will miss him.

Tom was preceded in death by his father, Thomas R. Vincent, Sr., in 1992, his wife, Lorraine, in 1994, his grandparents and one great niece.

Funeral services were held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.  Rev. Donald Balgeman officiated.  Interment followed in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, in Hinckley.  Bill Vincent, Mike Vincent, David Vincent, Alvie Crumpton, Tom Crumpton and Tony Crumpton served as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made in Tom’s memory to his family.

Arrangements by Nash-Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson, owner and director.                        CC 5/7/1998

 

Leona Lillian Corbin Snedeker     1998.05.26

Leona Lillian Snedeker, age 81, of Big Rock, IL, passed away peacefully in the loving presence of her family Saturday evening, May 2, 1998 at Rush Copley Medical Center, Aurora.  Released at last from her courageous battles with illness, she claims now the promise of her Savior.

She was born May 28, 1916 at Carthage, SD, the daughter of Steven and Ellen (Crane) Corbin.  Leona grew up  in South Dakota, where she attended school and one day met the boy down the road who was destined to become her beloved husband.

Leona Corbin and Horace Snedeker were united in holy matrimony April 27, 1932 in Howard, SD.  They made their home in Carthage, SD, and through the years that followed lived throughout the state fighting to make a living, despite dust storms and hoards of grasshoppers.

In 1941 they moved to the Big Rock Area where they continued farming until 1951, when they moved to town where they have since made their home.  In later years, Leona became employed at Raymond Plastic Mfg., where she worked until retiring in 1978.

Through it all, from the rigors of farm life to the joys of a house full of grandchildren, Leona and Horace shared the best and the worst with faith and love.

Leona was an active member of the Big Rock Baptist Church.  A woman who loved her family and enjoyed the simple pleasures of life.  Leona liked nothing more than browsing through garage sales and shopping flea markets for such treasures as ruby dishes and depression glass.

In addition to her husband, Horace, she is survived by four children, Dean (Erma) Snedeker of Big Rock, Richard L. (Linda) Snedeker of Cold Water, MI, Martha (John) Lipinski of Batavia and Muriel (Lloyd) Luther of Cortland; seven grandchildren, Sandy Snedeker of Cortland, Angie (Dallas) Dewey of Apache Junction, AZ, Drew (Jamie) Snedeker of Hinckley, Jim Lidel of Bartlett, IL, Tim (Connie Pfeiffer) Michael of Amboy, IL, Tim (Becky) Michael of Sandwich, and Amy Davis of Cortland; 10 great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Robert, Lou, Joe and Pete Corbin; two sisters, Margaret Ross and Bernice Smith and two brothers in infancy.

Her funeral service was held Tuesday, May 5 at the Big Rock Baptist Church.  The Rev. Dr. Eugene Frost officiated and interment followed at West Big Rock Cemetery.

A memorial fund in her name has been established in care of P.O. Box A, Elburn, IL 60119.             CC 5/7/1998

 

Paul D. Michaels     1998.05.27

Paul D. Michaels, 70, of Aurora, passed away Friday, May 1, 1998 at Provena Mercy Center Hospital.  He was born January 15, 1928 in Aurora, IL.

Paul was a member of St. Peter’s Church.  Paul owned and operated Michaels Market in Montgomery of over 50 years with his brother, Gene.  Paul currently owns and operates Michaels Supermarket in Hinckley with his sons.

He is survived by his wife, Gerry (Mallon) Michaels of Aurora; three sons, David (Juli) Michaels of Hinckley, Ron Michaels of Aurora and Gary (Kathy) Michaels of Hinckley; a daughter, Lynn Michaels of Aurora; three grandchildren, Rob, Brian and Rachel Michaels, all of Hinckley; a sister, Elizabeth (Bill) Fletcher of Montgomery; his brother, Gene (Joan) Michaels of Montgomery; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Felix and May (DeWald) Michaels.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 5, 1998 from the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary  to St. Peter Church.  Interment was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter Church or Aurora Central Catholic High School.                CC 5/7/1998

 

Helen Lila Wood Hutter     1998.05.28

Helen Lila (Wood) Hutter, age 87, formerly of Hinckley, passed away Saturday, May 2, 1998 at the Shabbona Health Care Center, Shabbona, IL, after a long illness.  She was born June 14, 1910 in Hinckley, IL, the daughter of Frank and Lily (Hall) Wood.

Survivors include her five children, Marilyn Jeanne (Ronald) Leifheit, of Sycamore, IL, Wilma Bury of Bloomington, MN, William “Bill” (Donna) Hutter, of Prescott Valley, AZ, and Kathleen Blanchard, of Olney, IL, 22 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild and one brother, Wendell (Berniece) Wood, of Yorkville, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Glen August 5, 1974, three brothers,  and three sisters.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 5, 1998 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel.  Interment followed in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich, IL.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson, owner and director.                                     CC 5/7/1998

 

John A. Eakle     1998.05.29

John A. Eakle, 74, of DeKalb, passed away Saturday, May 16, 1998 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.  He was born September 23, 1923 in Des Moines, IA, the son of Paula and Mary (Mercer) Eakle.  He married Mary V. Weishaar June 14, 1946  in Lee, IL.

John attended Waterman public schools, earned his bachelors and masters degrees in education at Northern Illinois University, attended Purdue University in 1965, after receiving a General Electric Fellowship in Education, attended the National College of Education special education program the summer of 1969, attended Florida Technological Institute/NASA, Aerospace education workshop at the Kennedy Space Station the summer of 1972.

He taught school in Park Forest, Compton, and in the DeKalb Public Schools from 1954 to 1981.  He served as an instructor at Northwestern University USAF ROTC over the summers of 1955-1956, an instructor at the National College of Education (aerospace education workshop 1961-1969).  He was at Northern Illinois University and Kishwaukee College as a private pilot instructor in the ground school program for several years.

He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army where he was trained as a pilot.  He served with the 60th Fighter Squadron and the 33rd Fighter Group in Burma during 1944-1945 where he flew 108 combat missions.  John was awarded the Air Medal with two Oak Clusters and the distinguished Flying Cross.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in DeKalb, the DeKalb Classroom Teachers Association, Phi Delta Kappa men’s education fraternity, Civil Air Patrol, Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club, and served on the City of DeKalb Board of Fire and Police Commissioners for six years.

John served as the editor of The Connection, the newsletter of the DeKalb Classroom Teachers Association.  He also published numerous articles related to the weather phenomenon, aerospace and aviation.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; one daughter, Terry (Gary) McAnaney of Fairplay, CO; six sisters, Alice (Henry) Marks of Rochelle, Mavis (Evan) Williams of DeKalb, Dea (Bill) Andres of Waterman, Joey Clark of Sycamore, Nancy Coss of Beaverton, OR, and Angela (James) Finstad of Burnsville, MN; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, David Eakle. 

Memorial services were held Tuesday, May 19, 1998 at 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in DeKalb.  Rev. Mary Gay McKinney officiated.  Burial of ashes will take place at Fairview Park Cemetery at a later date.

A memorial is being established for John A. Eakle in care of the Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.  for more information, please call (815) 756-1022.

                            CC 5/21/1998

 

Bonnie I. Michael Williams     1998.05.30

Bonnie I. Williams, 51, of Waterman, passed away Thursday, May 14, 1998 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.  She was born September 30, 1946 in DeKalb, the daughter of Jack and Maryon (Pahaly) Michael.  She married Jerrell W. Williams October 14, 1977 in Sycamore.

Bonnie was a homemaker and currently worked part time at the Brown Pub in Hinckley.  She had formerly been employed at General Election in DeKalb. Her favorite hobby was spending time with her granddaughters, Peyton.  She was also an avid Chicago Bulls fan.

She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Marcie (Michael) Mysliwiec of Waterman; one granddaughter, Peyton; her mother, Maryon Michael of Hinckley; five brothers, Eugene Michael of Hinckley, Keith (Cheri) Michael of Somonauk, Greg Michael of Hinckley, and Danny Michael of Hinckley; two sisters, Pam Fernald of Baraboo, WI and Mae (Roger) Winckler of Atkinson; several nieces and nephews and many friends.  She was preceded in death by her father.

A memorial service was held Sunday, May 17, 1998 at the Anderson Funeral Home.  Rev. Paul Zeman of the Waterman United Methodist Church officiated.

A memorial is being established for Bonnie I. Williams in care of the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.  For more information, please call (815) 756-1022.           CC 5/21/1998

 

Catherine V. Stanek Dammerich     1998.05.31

Catherine V. Dammerich, 92, of Shabbona and formerly of DeKalb, died May 16, 1998 in Shabbona Healthcare Center after a long illness.

She was born March 30, 1906 in Murphysboro, the daughter of Frank and Ann (Kaffel) Stanek.  Catherine married William F. Dammerich July 2, 1937 in Bellville.  She was the owner, operator and seamstress of the DeKalb Cleaners for 38 years, she then went on to receive her Certificate of Nurses Aid May 6, 1958 at the DeKalb Public Hospital.

Survivors include two granddaughters, Bonnie Croom of DeKalb, Sue (Jim) O’Connell of Maple Park; one grandson, Bill (Brenda) Yeske of Sandwich; seven great grandchildren, Brenda Croom of DeKalb, Bobbi (Patricia) Croom of DeKalb, Mindy and Nicole Yeske of Sandwich, Steve (Jennifer) Thorson of Sycamore, William Thorson of Maple Park, Michelle Thorson of Sycamore; four great great grandchildren, Debbie Croom of DeKalb, Alexis Hughes of Sycamore, Cassy Croom of DeKalb, Jazman Murrie of Sycamore, many nieces and nephews and many great great nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by parents, husband, William, son, Jim Yeske, two sisters, Ann Stanek and Fran Elsner, two brothers, Frank Stanek and Paul Stanek, one daughter-in-law, Mary Yeske and one grandson-in-law.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 18, 1998 in Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home with Pastor John Peterson of First Baptist Church of DeKalb officiating.

There will be no burial.  Catherine’s wishes were to have her body donated for scientific studies.                   CC 5/21/1998

 

Eugene W. Schultz     1998.05.32

Eugene W. Schultz, age 72, of Laguna Niguel, CA, formerly of Waterman, IL passed away Saturday, May 23, 1998, in California.  He was born August 13, 1925 in Waterman, IL, the son of Alfred Edward and Mae E. (Dreher) Schultz.  He was united in marriage to the former Elanne Sue Scott July 15, 1950 in Toledo, OH.

Eugene graduated from Northwestern University in 1950 and the University of Toledo Pharmacy School in 1953.  He was employed as a pharmacist in the Los Angeles area and prior to his retirement he had worked for the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in West Los Angeles.

Eugene was a member of the Masonic Lodge, 32nd Degree of the Scottish Rite.  He was a Shriner of Al Malaikah Temple in Los Angeles.  Eugene was a 50 year honorary lifetime member of the American Legion in Waterman and the 1983 Illinois High School Athletic Association Basketball Hall of Fame.

  Eugene served in the United States Marine Corp.

Survivors include his wife, Elanne Sue Scott Schultz of Laguna Niguel, CA; three daughters, Joan Helen (Kent W.) Crawford of Los Angeles, CA, Marcia Ann Kuehn of Laguna Niguel, CA, and Sandra Lynn (Greg) Sizemore of Laguna Niguel, CA; seven grandchildren, Dayna, Amy, and Elise Crawford all of Los Angeles, CA, Justin and Spencer Kuehn of Laguna Niguel, CA, and Michael and Sarah Sizemore of Laguna Niguel, CA; and a sister, Virginia (Mac) Williams of Porterville, CA.

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

Funeral services for Eugene W. Schultz will be held at 10 a.m. May 28, 1998 at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, in Waterman, IL, with the Rev. Kent W. Crawford officiating.  Internment will follow in North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman, IL.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 1998, at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, 116 N. Birch St., Waterman, IL.                      CC 5/28/1998

 

Peggy Sue Ladson Kelly     1998.05.33

Peggy Sue Kelly, 52, of Hinckley, passed away Sunday, May 24, 1998 at her home.  She was born July 20, 1945 in White County, IN, the daughter of Lester W. and Mabel (Haskins) Ladson.  She married Roger N. Kelly September 28, 1963 in Steward.

Peggy had been employed at Caron Yarn in Rochelle, Big Rock Vac-U-Plate, and Elburn Metal Stamping.  She was well known for her arts and crafts, was a skilled seamstress and former babysitter.  She was an avid collector of Elvis Presley memorabilia.  Peggy touched the lives of many people.

She is survived by one son, Timothy N. (Tina) Kelly of Ashville, NC; one daughter, Heather R. Kelly of DeKalb; two grandsons, Austin Kelly of Ashville, NC and Aaron M. Jimenez of Independence, IA; five brothers and sister, Jerry (Rhonda) Ladson of Cortland, Nancy (Robert M.) Donoho of Shabbona, Frank (Cheryl) Ladson of Hinckley, Randall (Mae) Ladson of Kirkland, and William (Angie) Ladson of DeKalb; one sister-in-law, Russ (Donna) Kelly of Rochelle; several nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, aunts and uncles, cousins and many friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger, October 31, 1995; her parents and mother-in-law, Leona Kelly.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 29, 1998 at the Anderson Funeral Home.  Rev. Paul J. Gerardy, Sr. of the Hinckley United Methodist Church officiated.  Burial followed at Trinity Memory Gardens in Rochelle.

A memorial is being established for Peggy S. Kelly in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.  For moiré information, please call (815) 756-1022.                                        CC 6/4/1998

 

Joyce Ann Newlin Hoehne    1998.05.34

Joyce Ann Hoehne, age 61, of Plano, formerly of Somonauk, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 1998 at her home.  She was born May 22, 1937 in Bluff City, IL the daughter of Carl Lee and Bertha (Gillespie) Newlin.

Joyce’s greatest joy in life was being a homemaker to her loving family.  She was a devoted daughter, mother, grandmother and sister who will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

Survivors include her three children, one daughter, Michele (Ronald) Saltzman, of Sheridan; two sons, Michael and Jason Hoehne, both of Leland; two grandchildren, Ronald and Nicholas Saltzman of Sheridan; her mother, Bertha Newlin of Vandalia; three sisters, Janet (George) Shride of Channahan, Judy (Herb) Phelps of ………….  Vera and Becky Jackson of Montgomery; three brothers, Darrell (Paula) Newlin of Carol Stream, Floyd (Sandy) Newlin of Hinckley and Carl (Sharon) Newlin of Henderson, NV; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Carl Lee and one infant daughter, Kimberly Ann.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 30, 1998 at the old location of the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home in Plano.  Pastor Vernon Tweedy officiated.  Interment followed in the Little Rock Township Cemetery in Plano.

A memorial for Joyce is being established by hr family.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home.  Philip S. nelson, owner and director.                                   CC 6/4/1998

 

Jason William Butenas     1998.05.35

Jason Butenas, 18, died May 17, 1998 as a result of drowning in Clear Water Lake near Annondale, MN.  He was the son of Rudy and Mary Butenas.  Jason was born June 29, 1979 in Portage, WI.

He was baptized, as an infant, at St. James Catholic Church in Pardeeville, WI.  He and his family moved to Dassel, MN, where he attended the Dassel-Cokata schools, graduating in June 1997.  He was employed with Quast Transfer as a dock worker and for Dura Supreme as a cabinet maker.

Survivors include his mother, Mary of White Water, WI; his father, Rudy (Adele) Butenas of Fargo, ND; grandparents, Bill and Yolanda Butenas of Waterman and Mary Roth of Whitewater, WI; great grandmother, Opal Payne of Aurora; sisters, Dondi (Brad) Trebelhorn of Coos Bay, OR, Jodi of Whitewater, WI; brother, Darren of Hutchinson, MN; step brothers, Todd Johnson and Derek Brunner of Fargo, ND; step sisters, Stacey Johnson of Dallas, TX and Megan Brunner of Fargo, ND.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Don Rath of Whitewater, WI.

Services were conducted May 20, 1998 at Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson, MN with Father Jim Devorak officiating.  Cremation followed.  Mass and final burial were celebrated June 6, 1998 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Perham, MN.     CC 6/18/1998

 

Ruth Arundale Budd     1998.05.36

Ruth Budd, age 92, of DeKalb, formerly of Plano, passed away Monday, May 4, 1998 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, in DeKalb.  She was born September 10, 1905 in Lisbon, IL the daughter of Wilbur and Jennie (Stewart) Arundale.

Ruth was a graduate of the Northern Illinois University, of DeKalb.

Prior to her marriage August 19, 1930, in Lisbon, IL to Mr. Wunder Budd, Ruth had taught in the local rural grade schools.

Mrs. Budd was a member of the Millbrook United Methodist Church.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister who will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Slade, of DeKalb; two grandchildren, William Slade and Lucinda “Cindy” Slade, both of DeKalb; two great grandchildren; as well as one sister, Grace Pennewell, of DeKalb.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, August 11, 1983; one brother and one nephew.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, May 8, 1998 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home in Yorkville.  Interment followed in the Millington-Newark Cemetery.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home.  Phillip S. Nelson, owner and director.                              CC 5/14/1998

 

Chloe A. Donoho Davis     1998.06.20

Chloe A. Davis, 85, of Earlville, passed away Saturday, June 6, 1998 in K.S.B. Hospital, Dixon.

She was born June 14, 1912 in rural Marion County, Iuka, the daughter of Lawrence and Susan (McConnaughhay) Donoho.  She married Cecil Davis August 20, 1931 in Keenes.

She was a member of the Earlville Baptist Church.  She helped her husband, Cecil in farming in southern Illinois and later in the Leland, Kirkland and Earlville areas.  Her later years were devoted to the love of gardening, flowers, quilting and birds.  Memorials may be directed to the Earl Township Public Library Building Fund.

Funeral services were held Thursday, June 11, 1998 at the Hanley-Turner Funeral Home in Earlville.  Rev. Avery Wilson officiated.  Burial was in Precinct Cemetery rural Earlville.

She is survived by two daughters, Treva (James) Fitzgerald of Dixon and Nancy (Michael) Roberson of Earlville; two sons, Edward (Helen) Davis of Kirkland and Robert (Mary) Davis of Roscoe; thirteen grandchildren and twenty three great grandchildren; three brothers, John Donoho of Shabbona, Beecher (Mona) Donoho of Salema and Charles (Wilma) Donoho of Bluford and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Cecil in 1993, one great granddaughter, Amanda Harrison; one sister, Violet Parker; four brothers, Silbie, Lloyd, Merle, Leland Donoho; and one brother in infancy, Clayton.     CC 6/18/1998

 

Willard E. Davis     1998.06.21

Willard E. “Stiffy” Davis, age 63, passed away Monday, June 15, 1998 at Maplewood of Sauk Prairie.  Willard was born December 28, 1934 and was raised in Hinckley.

He served in the United States Reserves.  May 6, 1966 he married Nancey and they lived and farmed in Hinckley until 1977.  they then moved to Lodi, where they had purchased a farm in 1974.

He is survived by his wife, Nancey; three sons, Arthur of Lodi, Robert (fiancé Jessica) Of Lodi and Scott (Rita) of Sauk City; his grandson, Evan; his mother Dorothy of Sandwich; two sisters, Carol (Jerry) Ormsby of Batavia, OH and Charlene (Bob) Ward of Vienna, VA; two nieces and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by his father, Evan.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 17, 1998 at the Hamre Funeral Home in Lodi with Rev. Chet Okopski officiating.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 18, 1998 at West Big Rock Cemetery.  The family suggests memorials to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

He was a loving husband and father, he will be missed.

CC 6/18/1998

 

Helen Ann Guba Lichthardt     1998.06.22

Helen Ann Lichthardt, 56, of Shabbona, passed away Thursday, June 11, 1998 as a result of an auto accident north of Waterman.

She was born June 12, 1941 in Marblehead, OH, the daughter of Joseph and Irena (Chura) Guba.  She married Robert E. Lichthardt February 27, 1960 in Marblehead, OH.

Helen was the director of Dietary Services at Oak Crest Retirement Center.  She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Hinckley.

She is survived by her husband, Bob; two sons, James (Sharon) Lichthardt of Waterman and John (Lou) Lichthardt of Eckley, CO; four grandchildren, Samantha and Emily Lichthardt of Colorado and Joseph and Chasey Lichthardt of Waterman; two brothers, Jerry (Geraldine) Guba of Willington, NC and Tom (Sharon) Guba of Lakeside, OH, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Private family services took place Monday, June 15, 1998 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Hinckley with Rev. Donald E. Balgeman officiating.  Burial followed at the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established for Helen Ann Lichthardt in care of Anderson Funeral Home.  For more information, please call (815) 7556-1022.  CC 6/18/1998

 

Elizabeth Ann Jones Crawford     1998.06.23

Elizabeth Ann (Jones) Crawford, 68, of Montgomery, IL, passed away Monday, June 1, 1998, at her home.  She was born in Dumas, AR, April 6, 1930 to George and Willie Mae (Rice) Jones.

Elizabeth was married to Albert W. Crawford July 4, 1950 in Aurora.  Elizabeth was a homemaker and enjoyed her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Albert W. Crawford, one son, Randy (Gerri) Crawford of North Aurora, two daughters, Kay Lynn (Tim) Knobloch of Oswego, IL, Beth (Bob) Strand of Hinckley, IL, three grandchildren, Candi, Cara and Jessica of North Aurora, IL and one great grandson, Alex Crawford of North Aurora, one brother, Willis (Ruth) Jones of Southaven, MS, three sisters, Floy (Bill) King of Aurora, Polly Ausmus and Leon Hilliard of Paris, TX, one aunt, Mrs. Winnie Rogers of Paris, TX and by many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents and her loving foster parents who raised her from infancy, James M. and Dolly Rogers of Paris, TX.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 3, 1998 at the Daleiden Lake St. Mortuary to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  Father Edward Gillespie officiated with interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Society of Progressive Surpanuclear Palsy, Inc., Suite 5065, Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center, 601 N. Caroline St., Baltimore, MD 21287.  

CC 6/4/1998

 

Francis A. Nauyalis     1998.06.24

Francis A. Nauyalis, 86, a resident of Shabbona Health Care Center for the past three years, and formerly of Malta, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 1998 at the nursing home.

Mr. Nauyalis was born October 4, 1911 in Spring Valley, the son of Joseph and Magdaline (Draugelis) Nauyalis.  He married Marian Rowe in 1937.  Together they owned and operated the Nauyalis Corner Store in Malta for 50 years.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the original Malta Men’s Club.  He enjoyed bowling and hunting in his younger days, and was an avid fisherman.

He is survived by two sisters, Agnes Yesinoko of Spring Valley, and Sister Ladislaus of St. Margaret’s Convent in Spring Valley; two brothers, Simon Nauyalis of Spring Valley and John Nauyalis of Prophetstown; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Madelyn Van Artsdale; and one brother, Joseph Nauyalis.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday, June 4, 1998 at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.  Cremation followed the services with interment of ashes to take place at Malta Cemetery at a later date.

A memorial has been established for Francis A. Nauyalis in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.  For more information, call (815) 756-1022.                                CC 6/11/1998

 

Amos C. Oleson     1998.06.25

Amos C. Oleson, 57, of Geneva, passed away Saturday, June 6, 1998 at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva.

He was born March 9, 1931 in Waterman, the son of Bennie Elmer and Celia Bertina (Jordol) Oleson.  He married Joyce J. Perkins June 25, 1952 in DeKalb.

Mr. Oleson was employed at Furnas Electric in Batavia as a punch press operator for 30 years until his retirement in 1997.  He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.  He was a member of the VFW Post No. 5768 in Sycamore, and the Loyal Order of Moose No. 586 in DeKalb.  He was an avid fisherman.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; four children, Amos “Gene” (Lee Ford) Oleson of Mazomanie, WI, Richard (Kristi) Oleson of Elburn, Ben (Val) Oleson of Batavia, and Pam Oleson of Chana; eight granddaughters, Kelly, Annie, Faith, Andrea, Brandi, Tracy and Trisha Oleson, and Courtney Brazelton; one grandson, Scott Brazelton; two brothers, Orlo (Margaret) Oleson of Rochelle, and Raymond Oleson of Sycamore; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Stephanie; one brother, Irvin; and his in-laws Paul and Gillie (Farris) Perkins.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, June 10, 1998, at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.  The Rev. Mark Cole officiated.  Burial followed at Fairview Park Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for Amos C. Oleson in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.  For more information, call (815) 756-1022.             CC 6/11/1998

 

Edwin Lyle Shambrook     1998.06.26

Edwin Lyle Shambrook, 68, of Lee, passed away Saturday, June 13, 1998 at his home in Lee at 5 p.m.

He was born in Roberts, November 16, 1929 the son of Raymond and Emma Waldeberger Shambrook.

He was a general contractor and an exotic animal dealer for many years in the Gilman and Roberts area.

Survivors include his loving companion, Joan Harris, with whom he made his home; two sons, Brian S. (Mary) Shambrook of Belvidere and Fay (Barb) Shambrook of Cherry Valley; two grandchildren, Jason and Jennifer Shambrook; two stepsons, Carl Caulkin of Sadorus and Paul (Lynn) Caulkin of Danforth; one brother, William (Shirley) Shambrook of Gibson City; four sisters, Evelyn Olsen of Onango, Mildred Sevanick of Hoopeston, Imogene Luzzato of Rantoul and Carol Sue of Indiana and several nieces and nephews.

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

Memorial services were held Saturday, June 20, 1998 at the First Baptist Church of Shabbona.  Pastor Jeff Coester officiated.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to the church.  Arrangements were by the Unger-Horner Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Rochelle.         CC 6/25/1998

 

Ronald A. Nickels     1998.06.27

Ronald A. Nickels, 55, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, June 14, 1998, at his home.  He was born April 22, 1943, in Aurora.

Ron was an Army veteran of Vietnam.

Survivors include his son, Russell Brown of Lancaster, CA; four grandchildren; his mother, Edith (Hall) Nickels; two brothers, Paul (Phyllis) Nickels of Big Rock and Bernard (Elizabeth) Nickels of Batavia; his sister, Debbie (Bill) Schroeder of Aurora and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Aloysius Nickels in 1969 and by a sister in infancy.

Funeral services were held Thursday, June 18, 1998 at the Daleiden High Street Mortuary.  Rev. David Nasgowitz officiated with interment in Lincoln Memorial Park.

CC 6/25/1998

 

Michael F. Frieders     1998.06.28

Michael F. Frieders, 85, of Aurora, passed away Monday, June 15, 1998, at Provena Mercy Center Hospital.  He was born May 6, 1913 in Aurora.  He was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Frieders was a self-employed general contractor and  built several homes in Aurora and Big Rock.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille (Nickels) Frieders; one daughter, Judith Cowan of Cape Coral, FL; two sons, Richard (Judith) Frieders of Batavia and Dale (Sandra) Frieders of Aurora; five grandchildren and four great-granddaughters; three sisters, Sister M. Michaelsen of Baltimore, MD, Ruth (Jack) Christoffel of Lake Geneva, Mary Ann (Manny) Ajo of St. Louis, MO; three brothers, Robert (Dorothy) Frieders of Mt. Airy, MD, Paul (Norma) Frieders of Dearborn, MO, and Carl (Anna) Frieders of Sierra vista, AZ and several nieces and nephews.

Private funeral services were held Wednesday, June 17, 1998 at the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary.  Interment was in Marywood Cemetery.                 CC 6/25/1998

 

Leone Rose Wood Adair     1998.06.29

Leone Rose (Wood) Adair, 85, of Aurora, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 1998 following a long illness.  She was born April 27, 1913 in Hinckley.

Leone attended Aurora schools and graduated from East Aurora High School in 1932, the first class to hold outdoor graduation ceremonies.  Leone met her husband at a taffy pull and married Clyne A. Adair September 30, 1935.  They began a family and in 1940 with two children, moved to Sugar Grove Township and to a farming life.

They were members of Sugar Grove United Methodist Church and had another daughter a few years later.  Leone was active for many years in Senior Citizens of Sugar Grove and “Honorary Member” United Methodist Women of Sugar Grove, Ladies Church Social Society, Merry Go Round Club, a White Cross Auxiliary and volunteer at Copley Hospital, White shrine of Batavia, 28 year member and past Worthy Matron of Alamo Chapter Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #70, and 50 year member Kane County Home Extension Association of Sugar Grove.

Leone is survived by her loving daughter and primary care giver of eight years, Rosanne May (Gregory) Read, of Aurora; Leonard C. Adair of Grand Ridge and Jodeen L. (John) Kimpan of Oswego.  She is also survived by six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren, Hinckley and ten great grandchildren; two sisters, Lorene M. (Ronald) Patzer of Aurora and Lois J. (Edwin) Hacker of Montgomery.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years, Clyne A. Adair, infant sister, Evelyn Wood, her parents, George L. Wood, Sr. and Rose L. VanDeventer, her stepparents, Thelma Wood and Emory VanDeventer and her in-laws Clyde and Anna Adair.  Leone was also preceded in death by two great grandchildren, John and Joseph Kimpan.

Funeral services were held at the Healy Chapel Saturday, June 20, 1998.  Pastor John Smith officiated.  Interment took place at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorials in her name may be made to the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 176 S. Main St., Sugar Grove.

     CC 6/25/1998

 

Edward R. Satunas     1998.06.30

Edward R. Satunas, 88, of Lake Geneva, WI, and formerly Chicago, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 1998 in DeKalb.

He was born March 8, 1910 in Chicago, the son of Charles and Anna (Radavice) Satunas.  He graduated from Mount Caramel High School in Chicago.  He married the former Leanora “Lee” Petkus.  He was a retired Chicago Police Officer and had been deputy Chief of Traffic.  At his retirement he held the rank of Captain.

He as a member of the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Lake Geneva, Knights of Columbus Council 1647 in Lake Geneva, and Knights of Columbus, Mother Seton Council in Burlington, WI.  He also was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Retired Chicago Police Association.

He is survived by his wife, Leanora “Lee” Satunas; one daughter, Alexa (Terrie) Tuntland of Waterman; four grandchildren, Kendra, John, Trisha, and Todd Tuntland.  One brother, Victor Satunas preceded him in death.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, June 20, 1998 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Lake Geneva, WI.  Father David J. Braun officiated.  Entombment followed at St. Francis de Sales Cemetery.                               CC 6/25/1998

 

 

William T. Andress     1998.06.31

William T. “Bill” Andress, age 72, or Waterman, passed away Friday, June 19, 1998 at Countryside Care Center, in Aurora.  He was born May 30, 1926 in Troy, AL, the son of Wesley and Burley (Stevens) Andress.

Bill was united in marriage at the Waterman Presbyterian Church, May 29, 1990 to the former Norna Dea Eakle.

Mr. Andress was a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church.  He was formerly employed as an electrician with RCA, Pan American Airways, and C.S.R. working on the space program on numerous islands including the Bahamas, Turk Islands, Antigua and Ascension, to name but a few.  He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Dea of Waterman; two brothers, Jim Andress of Ayr, Scotland and Bob Andress, of Troy, AL; as well as nieces, nephews and friends who will miss him.

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

Funeral services were held Monday, June 22, 1998 at the Waterman Presbyterian Church.  Rev Kerry Bean and Rev. James Ketzel officiated.                        CC 6/25/1998

 

Deloris Winifred Cameron Jones     1998.06.32

Deloris Winifred Jones, 54, of Aurora, went to be with her Lord Friday, June 26, 1998 at Provena Mercy Center Hospital, following surgery.  She was born March 20, 1914, near New Market, IA to John and Edith Cameron.

Deloris retired from Copley Memorial Hospital in the late 1970’s after serving as executive director of Environmental Services for 15 years.  She was a faithful member of Marion Avenue Baptist Church in Aurora.

Survivors include her daughter, Joyce (Joseph) Self of North Aurora; a sister, Geraldine of Point Blank, TX; five grandchildren, Richard (Michele) Self of Pinson, AL, JoDeen (Kelly) Duryea of Colbert, WA, Jeri (Michael) Coveli of North Aurora, Jeanine (Wade) Thompson, of Big Rock, Julie (Michael) Edwards of North Aurora; 12 grandchildren; and 2 special loved ones, Sandy and Marty Martinson.

Besides her parents, She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Spencer Jones; her daughter, Charlotte Ewart; a brother and a sister.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 1, 1998 at the Healy Chapel.  Rev. bill Whitford officiated.  Interment was in Lincoln Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Orchard Valley Baptist Church (formerly Marion Baptist Church and Zion Baptist Church) 2301 Jericho Rd, Aurora, IL 60506.

                             CC 7/2/1998

 

Wanda Fitzwater Goddard Bennett     1998.07.14

Wanda Goddard Bennett, formerly of Plano, and Rainelle, WV, died Friday, July 24, 1998 in Dogwood Health Care Center, Sandwich, where she had resided for the past seven years.  She was born in Meadow Bridge, WV, on July 19, 1924.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Betty (William) Lippman of Millbrook, and Nancy (Cecil) Park of Plano; one son Jim (Shirley) Goddard; seven grandchildren, Connie (Dave) Martin of Waterman, Chris (Gary) McNanna of Millbrook, Carrie (Raphael) Liscano of Millbrook, Amy (Mike) Goldsmith of Plano, Chad Park of Plano, Bonnie (Noel) Arreguin of Springfield, OR, and Vickie (Jim) Goff of Springfield, OR; 11 great grandchildren; three sisters and one brother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Sally Fitzwater, her first husband, Lester Goddard, her second husband, Charles Bennett, one son, one daughter, two grandchildren, one great grandchild, two sisters, and one brother.

Funeral services were held at the Beverage Family Funeral Home on July 28 with the Rev. Jacobson officiating. Burial followed at the little Rock Township Cemetery, Plano.

Visitation was July 27 at the Beverage Family Funeral Home, 104 Terry St., Sandwich.      CC 7/30/1998

 

Sally K. Bohl Smuda     1998.07.17

Sally K. Smuda, age 42, of Hinckley, passed away Thursday, July 2, 1998 at Rush-Copley Hospital, in Aurora.  She was born August 25, 1955 in Elgin, the daughter of LaVerne and Betty (Kuecker) Bohl.

Sally was united in marriage August 17, 1963 in Lake Geneva, WI to Mr. Wayne Smuda.  She was a loving wife, mother, daughter and sister, who will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

Mrs. Smuda was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.  Sally spent many happy hours working in her flower garden, but the two loveliest flowers that she helped grow were her daughters, Sara and Hanna.  They were the most important parts of her life.

Survivors include her loving husband, Wayne, of Hinckley; two daughters, Sara and Hanna; her parents, LaVerne and Betty Bohl, of Ixonia, WI; three sisters, Bonnie (Vern) Schultz of Crystal Lake, Carol (Jim) Otto, and Donna Winter, both of Watertown, WI; as well as nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 6, 1998 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.  Pastor Donald Balgeman officiated.  Interment followed in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery. In Hinckley.    

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson, owner and director.                 CC 7/9/1998

 

Edna E. Hotopp Hare     1998.07.18

Edna E. Hare, 88, of Plano, passed away Monday, July 6, 1998 at Sandwich Community Hospital in Sandwich.  She was born July 23, 1909 in Big Rock, the daughter of August and Elizabeth (Anderson) Hotopp.

Edna was united in marriage August 3, 1932 to Mr. Leslie Eugene Hare, and they spent their lives together until his death in 1968.

Mrs. Hare attended the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Plano.  Edna was a homemaker who received great joy and fulfillment creating all types of crafts for her family and friends.  Her favorite pastimes were gardening and making crocheted creations.

Survivors include her three daughters, Shirley (T. W.) Funderburk of Pendergrass, GA, Norma (Don) Marquardt of Big Rock and Elizabeth (Gerald) Ingles of Big Rock; ten grandchildren; several great grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews and friends, who will miss her dearly.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leslie Eugene Hare August 22, 1968; her six brothers, William, Henry, Herman, Herbert, Harold and Albert Hotopp and her four sisters, Harriet Olson, Esther Maxwell, Mary Lyons and Evelyn Amons.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 9, 1998 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home in Plano.  Interment followed at the Little Rock Township Cemetery in Plano.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home,  (630) 552-7211.  Philip S. Nelson, owner and director.         CC 7/16/1998

 

Doris M. Schmidt Brockhaus     1998.07.19

Doris M. Brockhaus, 82, of Shabbona, died Sunday, July 12, 1998 at her home in Shabbona.

She was born September 21, 1915 in Waupaca County, WI the daughter of Herman and Louise (Splitgerber) Schmidt.  Doris was united in marriage to John A. Brockhaus June 17, 1936 in Marion, WI.

Doris was a graduate of Central States Teachers College in Stevens Point, WI, and moved to Shabbona with her husband John in August 1936.

After their move to Shabbona, John was employed at the Umland Cheese Factory until 1941, when he and Doris opened a restaurant in Shabbona.

Together Doris and John owned and operated the restaurant from 1941 until 1956.  After closing the restaurant, Doris was employed as a bookkeeper and receptionist by Dr. Robert A. Purdy at his office in Shabbona from 1956 until her retirement in February of 1985.

Doris was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ.

Survivors include her sister, Cordella (Toby) Aasen of Iola, WI; four nephews, Carl Much of Bedford, MA, Jim Much of Mesa, AZ, Terry Aasen of Glen Ellyn and Donald Aasen of Iola, WI; also a niece, Jean Bergman of New London, WI.

She was preceded in death by her husband April 18, 1985; two sisters, Mildred Klotzbuecher and Verna Much and three brothers-in-law, George Klotzbuecher, Carl Much and Milton Aasen.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 17, 1998 at the Shabbona United Church of Christ with Rev. James Shelton officiating.

Funeral services in Wisconsin will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 18, 1998 at the Rhodes and Beil Funeral Home in Marion, WI.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, July 16, 1998 at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona and from noon until the time of services Saturday at Rhodes and Bell Funeral Home in Marion, WI.

Burial will be in Roseland Cemetery in Marion, WI.  A memorial is being established.                    CC 7/16/1998

 

Verdelle Chhristoffel Robinson     1998.07.20

Mrs. Verdelle Robinson, 71, of Sheridan, died Monday, July 13, 1998 at the Community Hospital of Ottawa.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 16 at the Sheridan Seventh Day Adventist Church.  Rev Arnold Friedrich officiated.  Burial was at Welsh Cemetery in Big Rock.

Mrs. Robinson was born September 12, 1926 in Maple Park to Joseph A. and Estella (Kesligner) Christoffel.  She married Paul Robinson, July 4, 1974 in Norwalk, OH.

She retired earlier this year, after many years of service, from Scott Wood and Metal Co., Aurora.  She was a member of the Sheridan Seventh Day Adventist Church.

She is survived by her husband Paul; her two daughters, Mary Annie (Jim) Matter of Norwalk, OH, and Patricia (Keith) Ulmer of Norwalk, OH; two grandchildren, Jason Denman and Tully Ulmer; a brother, Ivan (Marjorie) Cristoffel of Hopewell, VA; a sister, Lois Norbert of Sandwich; a sister-in-law, Helen Christoffel of Berrien Springs, MI, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Glen Christoffel and Garth Christoffel and two nephews.

Memorial are directed to the American Heart Association.

CC 7/23/1998

 

John Wayne Popelka     1998.07.21

John Wayne Popelka, age 55, of Hinckley, passed away Wednesday, July 15, 1998 at his home.  He was born October 3, 1942 in Berwyn, the son of John and Irene (Klabacha) Popelka.

John was united in marriage March 3, 1961in Berwyn to the former Karen Pavlik.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, who will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.

Mr. Popelka was employed for the past nine years, as a manufacturing engineer for H.F.R. Precision, in Sugar Grove.  He was a member of the Bohemian Fraternity.  John was a veteran of the United States Army.

Survivors include his wife, Karen, of Hinckley; one son, John Wayne (Amanda) Popelka, Jr., of Hinckley; three grandchildren, Danielle, Mark and Natalie, of Hinckley; one brother, Wayne (Susan) Popelka of New Lenox; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Oscar Ray and Bernice LeDoughte, of Stickney; as well as aunts, uncles cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 18, 1998 at the Hinckley United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Gerardy officiating.  Interment followed in the Greenwood Cemetery, in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson, owner and director.                                CC 7/23/1998

 

Mary Agnes Connell Bower     1998.07.22

Mary Agnes Bower, 83, of DeKalb, died Friday, July 17, 1998 in Pine Acres Retirement Center.

Born June 4, 1915 in Chicago, she was the daughter of Edward and Agnes (Mountain) Connell.

She married John Bower February 17, 1942 in Adrian, MI.  Mary was a school teacher for 17 years working for St. Mary’s Catholic Church, DeKalb and Shabbona High School, Shabbona.  Mary has lived in the DeKalb community since 1951, coming here from Michigan.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of DeKalb and the Catholic Daughters of America.

Mary completed her education after graduating from Bolling Green University, Bolling Green, OH in 1936 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Survivors include her husband, John, of DeKalb; her son, Richard (Carolyn) Bower, MD, of St. Petersburg, FL; her daughter, Jean (Jack) Pollock of Alexandria, VA; two grandsons, Matthew Bower of St. Petersburg, FL, and Kenneth Bower of Dallas, TX; her brother, Edward (Olivia) Connell, DDS, of Bradenton, FL.  Relatives predeceased are her parents, two brothers, Daniel and James Connell.

Funeral mass was held Tuesday, July 21, 1998 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb.   Burial was in St Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in DeKalb.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb.

Arrangements made by Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home in DeKalb.                                         CC 7/23/1998

 

Kathryn Rose Kearns Beatty     1998.07.23

Kathryn Rose (Kearns) Beatty, 69, of West Chicago, formerly a resident of Naperville and Warrenville, died Tuesday, July 21, 1998 at Central DuPage Hospital, Warrenville.  She was born October 14, 1928 in Naperville.

Mrs. Beatty was born and raised in Naperville.  She was employed by the Warrenville Postal Service for many years as a postal carrier.  Mrs. Beatty lived in Warrenville for 26 years before moving to West Chicago sixteen years ago.  She was a member of St. Irene’s Catholic Church in Warrenville.

She is survived by 10 children, Kenneth Beatty of Hinckley, Linda Musgrave of Lisle, Daniel (Nancy) Beatty of Mendota, Wanders (David) Utz of West Chicago, Lawrence Beatty of Warrenville, Robert (Janis) Beatty of Hayward, WI, Mary Lou Horrell of Warrenville, Anna (Raul) Rosalez of West Chicago, and Bonnie (Brad) Lamont of Webb Lake, WI; twenty six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two sisters, Marge (Ed) Konsbruk of Batavia and Mary Jane (Edwin) Draftke of Warrenville and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Beatty was preceded in death by her husband, H. C. “Tex” Beatty in 1986; her parents, William and Molly Kearns; two brothers, James Kearns and William T. Kearns, Jr.; and one sister, Ruth Heckman.

A mass of Christian burial was held Friday, July 24 at St. Irene’s Catholic Church in Warrenville.  Interment was at SS Peter an Paul Cemetery in Naperville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mr. Beatty’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, DuPage Area Office, 999 North Main Street, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.

Local arrangements were made by Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, 44 south Mill St., Naperville, IL     (630) 355-02113

CC 7/30/1998

 

Ronald Frederick Vogeler     1998.07.24

Ronald Frederick Vogeler, 65, of DeKalb, died Sunday, July 19, 1998 in Delnor Community Hospital, Geneva, IL.

Born December 8, 1932 in DeKalb, he was the son of William and Ethel (Farrar) Vogeler.  He was married to the former Darlene Green July 2, 1971 in the Presbyterian Church of Paw Paw.  Ronald was a welder by trade, working for Del Monte for 15 years, Barber Greene for 2 years, Hyatt Brothers for 9 years, L. B. I. for 6 years, and Hart’s Manufacturing for 5 years.

Ronald lived in DeKalb all his life.  He was a former member of the DeKalb Eagles, DeKalb Moose Lodge, DeKalb Anglers, Shabbona Sportsman Club, Shabbona Lions Club, Circle KD riding club and Bit and Spur riding club.  Ronald had a great love for fishing, the outdoors and horseback riding, which he did all his life.  He graduated from DeKalb Township High School in 1951.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene of DeKalb; his seven children, Bill (Jodi) Vogeler of Shabbona, Lori Frey of Mendota, Brenda Politsch of suburban Cleveland, OH, Paul Sheldon of Sacramento, CA, Rebecca (Greg) Lindenberg of Wilmette, Steve (Shay) Sheldon of DeKalb, Laura (Clive) Veri of Joplin, MO; one daughter-in-law, Debbie Dix-Sheldon of Sacramento, CA; 21 grandchildren, Bill, Brandi, Jami, Shelli, Kelli Vogeler, Jennifer, Tyler, Buchanan, Joshua, Benjamin, Cody, Frey, Amanda, Emily, Katherine Sheldon; Lydia, Rachel Lindberg; Alyssa, Emma, Sarah, Collin Veri and Tony Heanistch; brother Jack (Shirley) Vogeler of Waterman and numerous nieces and nephews.  Relatives preceding him in death were his parents and brother Bobbie.

Funeral services were held at Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home Wednesday, July 22, 1998 with Rev. Donald Myhres of Calvary Lutheran Church officiating.    CC 7/30/1998

 

Darryl G. Harner     1998.07.25

Darryl G. Harner, 64, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 1998 at his home.  He was born September 19, 1933 in Aurora.

Mr. Harner started working for Ochsenschlager’s Bakery on Galena Boulevard in 1956.  In 1960 he purchased the business which is still in operation today.

In 1977 Darryl, Joyce and their seven children opened another bakery and restaurant in the Northgate Shopping Center, which was in service for 15 years.  This location was then closed and then moved to its present location in North Aurora.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce A. (Sepplefrick) Harner of Aurora; seven children, James Harner of Aurora, Robert (Donna) Harner of Elburn, Paul (Beth) Harner of Sugar Grove, Jeanine (Bill) Bennet of Hinckley, Joanne (Kevin) Binkley of Hinckley, Susan (Jay) Dondorf of Aurora, and Christopher (Janet) Harner of Aurora; five step children, Linda (Dan) Nelson of Montgomery, Brian (Paula) Lacey of Sugar Grove, Mary (Doug) Leifheit of Aurora, Dan (Kelly) Lacey of Waterford, WI, Jeff (Betty) Lacey of Yorkville; 16 grandchildren, Michael, Linda, Kari, Andra, Brad, Cory, Allyson, Jennifer, Brenton, Janelle, Brooke, Brocton, Cody, Ryker Harner; Joanna Bennett and Mike Binkley; ten step grandchildren, Kristie and Ryan Nelson, Dale and Peggy Leifheit, Wendy, Jordan, Jack, Dana, Max Lacey and Joshua Dondorf; one brother, Donald (Ruth) Harner of Aurora; a special sister, Edith Dahl of Aurora, one aunt, Sally Nolte of Aurora and two  nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Jesse (Greshaw) Harner, his sister, Dorothy Harner and is first wife, M. Joyce (Huff) Harner.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 27, 1998 at the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary to Blessed Sacrament Church.  Interment was in St. Mary Cemetery, Maple Park.

CC 7/30/1998

 

 

Robert L. Pierce     1998.07.26

Robert L. Pierce, 77, of Rockford, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 1998 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, after a brief illness.  He was born in Fairfield, WI, the son of Daniel and Zerah Pierce.

He married the former Barbara Taphorn in Rockford in 1946.  He was a former Rockford Alderman and a current Republican Precinct Committeeman for many years.  He was employed as the sales supervisor for Northern Illinois Gas Co. for 35 years before his retirement.  He was also the Past Grand Knight and Past Faithful Navigator of the Knights of Columbus and an active member of St. Patrick’s Church.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara of Rockford; a daughter, Julie (Chuck) Otis; and sons, Larry (Debbie) Pierce and Dan (Laurie) Pierce of Rockford; five grandchildren; sisters, Louise Flood of DeKalb, and Genevieve Houghtby of Shabbona; a brother, Glen Pierce of Aurora and several nieces and nephews.

Mass of the Resurrection was held Monday, July 27, 1998 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Rockford with Father Michael Tierney as Celebrant.  Burial was in Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Robert L. Pierce Memorial Fund for a lasting tribute.         CC 7/30/1998

 

Robert F. Dolder     1998.07.27

Robert F. Dolder, 76, of Stone Lake, WI, formerly of Waterman, died Friday, July 24, 1998 at Hayward Area Memorial Hospital in Hayward, WI.

He was born October 16, 1921 in Waterman, the son of Frank and Eva (Ulrich) Dolder.  He married Gladys Swanson August 24, 1944 in Somonauk.

After graduating from Waterman High School in 1939, Bob started grain and livestock farming near Waterman.   In later years he also had a John Deere dealership for 10 years and also had a corn drying business.  Bob and Gladys moved to Stone Lake from Waterman in 1981.  He was an avid sports fan and loved all kinds of sports.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys, of Stone Lake, WI; a son, Gary Dolder of Waterman; a daughter, Janette (Russell) ViPond of Lake St. Louis, MO; two grandchildren, Holly ViPond and Mark ViPond; two brothers, Jim (Theresa) Dolder of DeKalb and Ralph (Evelyn) Dolder of Port Charlotte, FL and seven nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services were held Friday, July 31, at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona. Rev. Paul Zeman officiated.

  CC 8/6/1998

 

Stanley Edmund Gordon     1998.07.28

Stanley Edmund Gordon, 96, of Sycamore and formerly of Chicago, died Tuesday, July 28, 1998 at Shabbona Health Care Center in Shabbona.

He was the former owner of Gordon Electric Construction in Chicago and a member of IBEW for over 50 years.  He was a former member of Our Lady of Victory Church in Chicago and later attended St. Alexis Church in Bensenville.  A private family committal service and entombment will be held in Queen of Heaven Chapel in Hillside.

Arrangements are by Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home.  For information please call (815) 895-6589.

He is survived by family members including his wife, Virginia Gordon.          CC 8/6/1998

 

                              Edward F. Swanson     1998.08.06

Edward F. Swanson, 71, of Lake Holiday, Sandwich, died on Saturday, August 8, 1998 at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.  He was born on December 23, 1926 in Sheridan, WY, the son of Fred and Lora (Arbogast) Swanson.

When Edward was 13, his father moved the family back to his boyhood home of Waterman, IL.  Ed attended the Waterman schools and graduated from Waterman High School.  This area of Northern Illinois became his home for the rest of his life.

Mr. Swanson served his country in the US Armed Forces for six years, four of those years on active duty in Japan.  He was a US paratrooper during the first five years of his enlistment, and was a member of the 2nd Armored Division, nicknamed “Hell on Wheels,” during  his last year of service.

Edward married the former Sharon Clark on November 20, 1987 in Wheaton, IL.

He owned and operated Swanson Motor Sales in Plano, a Chrysler and Plymouth new car dealership.  Later, he also owned a Phillips 66 Station in Plano and ran E. & T. Blacktop Company.  Edward then worked at Caterpillar, Inc. for many years until his retirement.

Mr. Swanson was very active in many clubs, groups and fraternal organizations, which included the American Legion Post 395 of Plano, a life member of the Sunbeam Masonic Lodge AF and AM 428 in Plano, which he served as a two time Past Master and lodge secretary for over 10 years; a member of the Scottish Rite of Freeport, IL; a member of Commandery 22 Knights Templar; Aurora Chapter 22 Royal Arch Masons of Oswego; Aurora Council 45 R and SM; Aurora Area Shrine Club; Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Illinois; Super Excellent Master of Rockford Council 30; member of Illinois Lodge of Research; Medinah Temple AAONMS of Chicago; an honorary member of Roven Lodge 303; Jerusalem Lodge 90, Aurora Lodge 254, Kendall Lodge 471, Meteor Lodge 283 of Sandwich and the Round Table Order of DeMolay of Ottawa. Ed was founder and Senior Dad Adviser to :Lancelot Chapter,  Order of DeMolay held at Meteor :Lodge 283 in Sandwich, and sponsored by the 11th Northern District of Illinois.  He also served for four years as the secretary of the 11th Northern Masonic Club.

Edward, in his spare time, was a big Cub and Packer fan.  He also loved performing various hobbies such as crafts, gardening, fishing and building and playing with his model train layout.  He was a life member of the Northern American Fishing Club, the 82nd Airborne Paraglide of Ottawa, and was a member of the Caterpillar Retirement Club.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon of Sandwich; one son, John (Marta) Swanson of Brooklyn Park, MN; two daughters, Margaret (Paul) Gerhardt of Wonderlake, IL, and Mary Swanson of Kankakee; three grandchildren, Jacob, Ales and Meggie Gerhardt, all of Wonderlake, IL; one brother, Fred Swanson of Montgomery; three sisters, Ellene Klein of Huntsville, AL, June Wiggins of Huntsville, AL, and Toni (Leonard) Whipkey of Imboden, AR; his mother and father-in-law, Roger and Burdell Clark of Plano; one sister and brother-in-law, Edward and Beverly Smith of Sandwich, along with their children, Jaclyn, Laura and Michelle; also numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Swanson was preceded in death by his parents; one brother-in-law, Ray Klein; and one sister-in-law, Freada Swanson.

Visitation was Monday, August 10 before the funeral services, with Rev. Vernon Tweedt officiating, at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1010 W. South Street, Plano.

Interment will be in the West Big Rock Cemetery, in Big Rock, IL, at a later date.

Memorial funds in Edward’s name have been established with the Salvation Army and the American Cancer Society.

CC 8/13/1998

 

                                    Glenn Kitner     1998.08.10

Glenn “Grampie” Kitner, 84, of Sandwich, died August 15, 1998 at his home.  He was born November 1, 1913 in Waterman, IL, the son of James and Cora (Wade) Kitner.  He was baptized November 16, 1985 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church where he was a member.

Glenn married Celestine Troeger April 1, 1939 at the Federated Church manse of Sandwich.  They have four children, Roger (Helen) Kitner of Sandwich, Curtis (Gail) Kitner of Somonauk, Doris (Nelien) Miller of Sandwich and Glenda (Dean) Potter of Sandwich.  They have nine grandchildren, Duane (Michelle) Kitner and Alex Kitner of Somonauk, Douglas (Annette) Kitner of North Aurora, Gina (Thomas) Creager of Cortland, IL, Craig (Christine) Kitner of Streator, Glenn (Ginny) Kitner of Bishop, GA, Kimberly (Kenneth) Sterling of Lisle, IL, Michael (Denice) Potter of Palm Harbor, FL, and Matthew (Kendra) Potter of Sandwich; nine great grandchildren, Kayla and Hannah Kitner, Allyson Creager, Keelin, Conrad and Kabrina Kitner, Megan Kitner, Alan na Sterling, and Xavier Potter.

Glenn graduated from Waterman High School in 1931.  He farmed at Waterman, Sandwich and Shabbona until moving to Sandwich in 1955.  He worked at New Idea for a short while and then worked at Federal-Huber in Plano as a machinist until retiring in 1980.

Glenn has spent the last few years collecting and crushing over 16,000 pounds of aluminum cans and donating the proceeds to the Jeremiah Potter Fund, giving over $10,000 to the fund, various churches, organizations, and other funds in Jeremiah’s memory.  Some of the things Glenn did were to furnish the nursery classrooms at the Federated Church and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.  He purchased books for Miah’s corner at Woodbury school in Sandwich, VCRs and tapes for the children’s floor at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.   At Our Savior’s Lutheran Church he purchased clocks for the Sunday School classrooms, fellowship hall, fireside room and kitchen; coat racks for the Sunday School classrooms; various pieces of office equipment; and WWJD bracelets for the youth group.

He has been assisted in this by the many friends and family who brought their aluminum to him.

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Lester and LeRoy, and one grandchild, Jeremiah Potter.

Funeral services for Glenn were held on Tuesday, August 18 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Sandwich.  Rev. David Kaul officiated.  Burial was in Oak Mound Cemetery, Somonauk.  Visitation was Monday, August 17 at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.

Pallbearers were Glenn’s grandsons. 

Memorials may be made in Glenn’s name to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Sandwich, or DeKalb County Hospice.

CC 9/3/1998

 

                 Bonnie A. Wiggin Woodrick     1998.08.11

Bonnie A. Woodrick, 57, of Sandwich, formerly of Hinckley, died Saturday, August 22, 1998 at Willowcrest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich.  She was born September 26, 1940 in Sandwich, the daughter of Rodney and Roberta (James) Wiggin.

Bonnie was united in marriage on September 27, 1958 in Big Rock to Mr. Robert Dale Woodrick.

Mrs. Woodrick was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.  She  had at one time been employed at Skorberg Furniture in DeKalb and at the Big Rock Truckstop.  She also modeled for both the Sears Roebuck and Montgomery Ward catalogs.  Bonnie volunteered at school and from 1974 to 1976 worked at the Sandwich City Hall.

Survivors include her husband, Robert of Hinckley, two children, Brad (Jennifer) Woodrick of Sandwich and Beth (Bob) Petschke of Hinckley; four grandchildren, Lauren Woodrick, Kristen and Kaitlin Petschke, Jamie Bush; her parents, Roberta and Byron Scott of Big Rock; one brother, Byron (Vivian) Scott, Jr. of Big Rock; one sister, Ronda (Greg) Beels of Big Rock and one aunt, Evelyn Boyce of Hinckley.

She was preceded in death by her father, Rodney Wiggin.

Funeral services were held Tuesday August 25, 1998 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St. in Hinckley, with Pastor Scott Linnerud of the Somonauk Baptist Church officiating.  Interment followed in the West Big Rock Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.                     CC 8/28/1998

 

Frederick V. Vandre     1998.08.22

Frederick V. “Fritz” Vandre, 81, of Shabbona died Sunday, August 9, 1998 at the Shabbona Healthcare Center.

He was born July 17, 1917 in Shabbona, the son of Herbert and Pauline (Johnson) Vandre and graduated from Shabbona High School in 1925.  Fritz was married to Ardell Bausman September 29, 1939 in Dubuque, IA.  Ardell preceded Fritz in death January 17, 1957.  He married Alta Dittmer August 21, 1976 in DeKalb.

Fritz was a lifelong resident of Shabbona where he ran a painting business.  Later he was a rural mail carrier, working out of the Shabbona Post office, starting in 1951 as a substitute, being appointed as regular carrier in 1973 and retiring in 1983.

He served as mayor of Shabbona for 30 years.  He was a member of the Shabbona Fire District for over 63 years, 25 of which he served as fire chief, and later serving as a trustee.

He was a founding father of Shabbona Lake State Park and supportive of the creation of the Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Museum and the N.I.C.E. Center.

Fritz was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ, Shabbona Masonic Lodge #374, Scottish Rite Consistory of Freeport, Tebala Shrine Temple in Rockford, DeKalb County Shrine Club, Royal Arch Masons, Shabbona Lions Club, Moose Club, Elks Club, Eagles Club, Sons of Norway, Indian Oaks Country Club in Shabbona and the National Letter Carriers Association.

Survivors include his wife, Alta Vandre of Shabbona; a son, Fred (Diana) Vandre of Shabbona; two daughters, Barbara Bend of Shabbona and Ellen Sue (Darryl) Kupecz of Rancho Cucamonga, CA; step children, Larry (Christa) Dettmer of Phoenix, AZ and June Ann (William) Billings of Sycamore; step grandchildren, Jody Waldee of Highland Park, Sherry and Jim Dettmer and Jessica and Troy Hinkle; sisters Caroline Furbush of Hinckley and Elinor Thompson and Jean (Marion) Giesecke both of Shabbona; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Ardell, and two daughters, Julie Ann and Penny Lynn who died in infancy.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning August 13, 1998 at the Shabbona United Church of Christ with Pastor Jim Shelton officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.  Friends may call from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday afternoon and evening at the Shabbona United Church of Christ, where a Masonic service will be held at 7:30 Wednesday evening.

A memorial is being established.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                               CC 8/13/1998

 

Wayne R. Flewellyn, Sr.     1998.08.23

Wayne R. Flewellyn, Sr., 82, of rural Lee died Thursday, August 13, 1998 at home.

Wayne was born May 6, 1906 in Goldfield, IA the son of Edwin Coles Flewellyn and Myrtle Irene (Chapman) Flewellyn.  He was united in marriage to Helen F. Harris September 25, 1929 at the People’s Church in Chicago.

He was a 1926 graduate of Shabbona High School and farmed and fed cattle all of his life near Lee.

Wayne was very proud of being a member of the Lee School Board at the time of its consolidation with Rollo and Shabbona to form Unit District #425.  He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Lee, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, and the Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Society, always trying to attend Historical Society meetings if at all possible.

Survivors include two daughters, Helen Anne (John D.) Hart of Lee and Jane (Ray) Drexler of Kenilworth; a son, Wayne R. “Tom” (Louise) Flewellyn, Jr. of Lee; a sister, Orla Magill of Long Beach, WA; six grandchildren, Helen Kathleen Hart-Bryan, Raymond F. Drexler, Jr., John Wayne Flewellyn, Elizabeth F. Drexler, Dorothea Ann Hart and Robert Thomas Flewellyn; three great grandchildren, Jordan Flewellyn, Megan Flewellyn and Connor Bryant.

He was preceded in death by his wife January 23, 1987; a son, John Edwin Flewellyn; a grandson, Scott Flewellyn; a brother, Robert Flewellyn and three sisters, Esther Brittson, Dorothy Ames and Marjorie Wilson.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 17, 1998 at St. James Catholic Church in Lee.  Father Louis Pesut officiated.  Burial was in St James Calvary Cemetery, Lee.

A memorial is being established.              CC 8/20/1998

 

Genevieve Cox Baker Mitchell Baie    1998.08.24

Genevieve Baie, 92, of DeKalb passed away Monday, August 10, 1998 at her home.

She was born December 21, 1905 in Wayne County, the daughter of Virgil and Mattie (Dix) Cox.  She married William Baker.  She later married Tommy Mitchell.  Following his death she married Earl Baie.

Genevieve was a homemaker. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in DeKalb.

She is survived by three children, Harold (Marilyn) Meserole of Mission, KS, Claribelle (Melvine) Shaw of Genoa and Edward (Loretta Hall) Meserole of Beloit, WI; one stepson, Warren (Jean) Baie of San Jose, CA; 11 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; four sisters, Carmen (Bertis) Pettigrew of Albion, Eva McDaniels of Nashville, TN, Vera Toombs of Fairfield, and Edith (Darrell) Sawyer of Ellery; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands and three brothers, Ernest, Loren and Delbert Cox.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 15, 1998 at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.  Rev. Keck N. Mowry of the First United Church in DeKalb officiated.  Burial followed at Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.

A memorial has been established for Genevieve Baie for the benefit of the First United Methodist Church in DeKalb in care of the Anderson Funeral Home.  For more information, please call (815) 756-1022.                    CC 8/20/1998

 

Margaret Guy Poland     1998.08.25

Mrs. Margaret Poland, 100, of Billings, MT, formerly of Big Rock, passed away Saturday, August 15, 1998 at her home.  She was born January 2, 1898 in Big Rock, the daughter of James Lincoln and Elizabeth (Roberts) Guy

Mrs. Poland was a teacher for many years in California and Colorado.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services were held Wednesday, August 19, 1998 at West Big Rock Cemetery, with Rev Gerald L. Rygh officiating.    CC 8/20/1998

 

Albert Ray Mathey     1998.09.26

Albert Ray “Rabbit” Mathey, 66, of Sycamore, passed away peacefully at the Kishwaukee Community Hospital, with his family around him August 17, 1998 after a long, courageous battle with emphysema and cancer.

He was born April 20, 1932 in Shabbona to Morris and Leora (Troeger) Mathey.  His family moved to Sycamore when he was 3 years of age, and he attended Sycamore Grade School and Sycamore High School.

He married Betty Clarner of Sycamore June 16, 1951.  Betty and Rabbit have resided in Sycamore all of their lives, where they raised their family of five sons, all of whom have also made their homes in Sycamore.

Known locally as Rabbit, he worked as a skilled mason for many years, later forming “AM/FM Trucking” with his brother, Fuz.  Always quick to laugh and enjoy life, he easily made sure the people around him were also having a good time.  Being very involved in his community, he was one of the first to volunteer his skills or help organize projects.  He was an active member of the Sycamore Elks #1392 for several years.  He could always be counted on to lend a hand or support to friends, old and new.

He coached his sons’ Little League teams for many years and looked forward each year to working with the local children and fellow coaches.  Taking his sons and their friends fishing as children was something he loved to do, and later he enjoyed that activity with his several grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, his five sons, Ken Mathey, Kevin (Amy) Mathey, Kelly, Keith (Kate) Mathey and Kurt (Barb) Mathey, all of Sycamore; two sisters, Norma (Ken) Clarner, Flora and Lois (Harold) Cullison, Cortland; three brothers, Eldon (Donna) Mathey, Sycamore, Larry (Janet) Mathey, Kingston, and Francis “Fuz” (Diane) Mathey, Sycamore; four stepbrothers, Clem Zang and Cletis Zang, Texas, Richard Zang, St. Charles and Mike Zang, Sycamore; one stepsister, Mary Hindenburg, Sycamore; twelve grandchildren, Jason, Kory, and Kasey Mathey, Kennifer Klinton, Kathleen and Kenzie Mathey, Trevor, Tracey and Taylor Mathey, Zach and Michael Mathey, one great grandchild, Logan Mathey; several nieces and nephews; and the many, many friends made during a lifetime of living and working in Sycamore.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Leora Mathey, his stepfather, Oscar Zang; and sister, Mary Lou Brink.

Funeral services were held Friday, August 20, 1998 at Butala Funeral Home.  Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery.  A memorial fund has been established in care of the Butala Funeral Home, 1405 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, 60178.  For more information, please call (815) 895-2833.

The family of Rabbit Mathey would like to sincerely thank the staff of the Kishwaukee Community Hospital for their excellent care and compassion during this difficult time.

CC 8/27/1998

 

Leo J. Nauman     1998.08.27

Leo J. Nauman, age 75, of Plano, passed away Saturday, August 22, 1998 at Sandwich Community Hospital.  He was born February 22, 1923 in Henry, the son of Alphonse and Josephine (Alig) Nauman.

Leo was united in marriage May 25, 1946 to the former Marian M. Bogner.

Mr. Nauman was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Plano.  He was formerly employed as a maintenance supervisor at Caterpillar in Aurora.  Leo was a veteran who served with the United States Air Force during World War II.  He was a member of both the VFW and the Plano American Legion Memorial Home Post No. 395.

Leo was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle who will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.

Survivors include his wife, Marian of Plano; seven children, Patricia (Keith) Coop of Mendota, Louis (Donna) Nauman of Yorkville, Jerald (Mona) Nauman of Plano, James (Christine) Nauman of Lutz, FL, Joel (Joan) Nauman of Hinckley, Kathleen (Richard) Miech of Greenville, WI, and Jeffry (Mickey) Nauman of Hinckley; 20 grandchildren; one great granddaughter, Emily Beaver, and one brother, LeRoy Nauman of Magnolia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, two brothers and one great grandson, Logan Beaver.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, August 25, 1998 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Plano, with Father Jerome Zalonis, M.I.C., officiating.  Interment of cremains followed in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Bristol.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements by Larson-Nelson Funeral Home.  Philip S. Nelson owner and director.                CC 8/27/1998

 

 Frederick Donald Allard     1998.08.28

Frederick “Fred” Donald Allard, 67, a longtime resident of Big Rock Township, died Monday, August 10, 1998 at his residence in Glade Hill, VA.

He was a retired long haul trucker with 37 years service, a member of Big Spring Lodge #361 AF&AM of Newville, PA, and well known among Arabian horse breeders and owners.  Fred attended Redwood United Methodist Church in Virginia.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan E. Allard and one grandchild.

Surviving are seven children, Anna Marie Lehman of Newville, PA, Donna Kelly of New Castle, PA, Pat Cundiff of Glade Hill, VA, Cmdr. Fred Allard, Jr., U.S. Navy Retired, of Bath, ME. Linda Allard of Mechanicsburg, PA, Michel Allard of Newville, PA, Fran Getchell of Hope Mills, NC; 15 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; his mother, Martha Conley of Madison Heights, MI; a friend, Juanita Duncan of Glade Hill, VA; two brothers, Rene Allard of Virginia Beach, VA, Robert Allard, Michigan; and the mother of his children, Annabelle Allard.

Funeral services were conducted from the Redwood United Methodist Church Thursday, August 13 with Rev. C. Wesley Astin officiating.  The family suggest that memorials be made to Carillon Hospice Services of Franklin County, 180 Floyd Avenue, Rocky Mount, VA  24151.

Arrangements were made by Flora Funeral Service, Rocky Mount, VA.      CC 8/27/1998

 

Dorothy Songer Krush     1998.08.29

Dorothy Krush, beloved wife of the late M/Sgt. John Krush, retired, passed away Friday, August 14, 1998 at Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion, Sandwich.  She was born June 11, 1925 in Oswego, and was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Dorothy is survived by two daughters, Flora Donahue, Waterman, and Melody Buckingham, Sandwich.

She was preceded in death by her parents, A. I. and Flora Songer; brothers Ernest, Richard and Clifford Songer; and two sisters, Marie Clauser and Cebelle LeRette.

She is survived by her grandchildren; Michael Buckingham of Sandwich, Michael (Christina) Donahue of Virginia, Jessica (Russell) Woelke of Orland Park, great grandchildren, John and Brittany Woelke of Orland Park, Julian and Lisa Donahue of Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army of Aurora or the Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion activities department.

There will be no services, Cremation Society of Illinois is handling arrangements.  For information, please call (815) 886-2000.                            CC 8/27/1998

 

 

 

 

Helen Louise Bue Knutson     1998.08.30

Helen Louise Knutson, 83, of DeKalb, passed away Monday, August 24, 1998 in Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

She was born December 7, 1914 in rural Malta, the daughter of Martin and Jennie (Vesta) Bue.  She married Raymond I. Knutson March 12, 1938 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Lee.

Louise worked part time at Northern Illinois University and was a farmer’s wife.  She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church where she was active in the Martha-Rebecca Circle.  She was also a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and enjoyed cooking and baking.

She is survived by one daughter, Judy M. Knutson of DeKalb and her fiancé, Greg Cash and his son, Christian Cash; two sisters-in-law, Bee Bue of Sycamore and Erma Hickey of Sycamore; one brother-in-law, Bob (Dorothy) Knutson of Shabbona, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband November 24, 1992, one brother, Elwyn Bue and her parents.

Funeral services were held Thursday, August 27, 1998 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee with Rev. Donald Myhres officiating.  Burial followed at Union Cemetery in rural Lee.

A memorial has been established for Helen Louise Knutson for the benefit of the Calvary Lutheran Church in care of Anderson Funeral Home.  For more information, please call (815) 756-1022.              CC 9/3/1998

 

Cecil I. Carney Fransen     1998.08.31

Cecil I, Fransen, age 80, of 200 Mechanic Street, Troy Grove, passed away at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.  She was born July 3, 1918 in Mendota to William and Osa Farmer Carney.

She was married to Logan Fransen in Mendota April 25, 1936 and she was a member of the Troy Grove Garden Club and the Mendota Hospital Auxiliary.

Survivors include three sons, Terry of Utica, Gary of Peru and Mark of Big Rock; one daughter, Sandy Arkels of Princeton; twelve grandchildren and a step grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband (June 14, 1994), a daughter, Judy, and a brother, Bill Carney.

Private services were held Wednesday at Merritt Funeral Home with Dr. Dean Otterbach officiating.  Burial was in Troy Grove Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the donor’s choice.

   CC 9/3/1998

 

Dale Vincent Herrmann     1998.08.32

Dale Vincent Herrmann, 72, of Shabbona passed away Saturday, August 29, 1998 at the Shabbona Healthcare Center in Shabbona.  He was born November 22, 1925 in Waterman, the son of Elmer and Frances (Craig) Herrmann.

Dale was educated in the Shabbona schools and served in the U.S. Army in Germany.  He married Helen Fleming December 28, 1968.  He farmed for many years in Milan Township and was a sales representative for Pioneer Hybrid seeds.  Dale had served as Milan Township Supervisor and as a trustee of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and St. James Catholic Church in Lee.

He is survived by his wife, Helen of Shabbona; two stepchildren, Nancy (Don) Pardridge of Shabbona, and Dennis (Marlene) Fleming of Lee; six step grandchildren, Kent (Jeri) Pardridge of Lexington, KY, Joann Pardridge of Shabbona, Kris Pardridge of Bloomington, IL, Greg (Lisa) Fleming of Lee, Derek Fleming of Shabbona and Ryan Fleming of Lee; one step great grandson, Dane Fleming of Lee.

He is also survived by his mother, Frances Herrmann of the Shabbona Healthcare Center, four brothers, Richard (Shirley) Herrmann of Maple Park, Wilbert (Phyllis) Herrmann of Woodruff, WI, Earl (Janice) Herrmann of Montrose, CO, Danny (Sandy) Herrmann of Elburn; two sisters, Ellen (Lyle) Wisdom of DeKalb and Marilyn (Gene) Nichols of Reno, NV; a sister-in-law, Doris Herrmann of Minneapolis, MN, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1954 and a brother, Bernard in February 1997.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 1, 1998 at St. James Catholic Church in Lee with Father Louis Pesut officiating.  Burial was in St. James Calvary Cemetery in Lee.

A memorial fund is being established.   CC 9/3/1998

 

Joyce Vogelsang     1998.08.33

Joyce Vogelsang, 55, of Waterman, beloved wife of Chuck, loving mother of Susan Kraemer, Debbie Vogelsang, Rose Johnson, Chuck Vogelsang, Patrick Bussa and Fred Bussa; dear grandmother of nine.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 2, 1998 at the Cuneo-Columbian Funeral Home, 10300 W. Grand Avenue, Franklin Park, to St. Gertrude Church for a mass of Christian burial.  Interment was at Fairview Memorial Park.   (847) 155-1200.                                      CC 9/10/1998

 

George Henry Challand     1998.08.34

George Henry Challand died Sunday, August 30, 1998 at Ukiah Convalescent Hospital following a long illness.

He was born March 20, 1910 in Shabbona.  He married Loretta McAdams December 25, 1932 in Shabbona.  The couple was together for 65 years.

He is survived by two daughters, Linda (George) Hall and Lisa (Patrick) Collins; three granddaughters, Shelli (Matt) O’Brien, Jennifer (Carlo) Stutsman and Heather McGee; a grandson, Christopher Hall; great grandchildren, Jacob Currier, Kylie and Keeli Stutsman and Connar O’Brien.

Mr. Challand was preceded in death by his wife, Loretta and daughter, Rose Ann.

A memorial service is planned for Mr. and Mrs. Challand at a later date.  Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Lisa Collins, 420 Pomo Drive, Ukiah, CA 95482.

   CC 10/1/1998

 

                       Richard Lee Childs     1998.09.03

Richard Lee Childs, 59, of Compton, IL, died Friday, September 4, 1998 in St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley, IL.  He was born January 30, 1939 in Walnut Hill, IL, the son of Roy Lee and Florence M. (McCormick) Childs.  He married Cheryl J. Redmon on October 12, 1983 in Compton, IL.  He was employed at Farmers factory Co., in Lee, IL, for the past seven years, and previously was employed at Mayrath of Compton for 17 years.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Wednesday, September 9, at Hadley-Turner Funeral Home in Earlville, with the Rev. William Virtue officiating.  Burial will be in Precinct Cemetery, rural Earlville, IL.  Visitation was Tuesday, September 8, 1998 in the funeral home.

He is survived by his mother, Florence of Sandwich; his wife, Cheryl J. Childs of Compton; five sons, Richard (Janet) Childs of Hinckley, IL, Jack (Bonnie) Childs, and Larry Childs, both of Earlville, Stacey and David at home; three daughters, Jane (Scott) Corter of West Brooklyn, IL, Becky Childs of Earlville, and Brenda at home; eleven grandchildren; two brothers, Jack L. Childs of Rockford, IL, and Roy L. (Estell) Childs of Rockton, IL; three sisters, Thelma Falconer of Sandwich, Betty (Don) Barnhart of California, and Velma (Lonnie) Atwell of Somonauk; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; two brothers; one son, Wayne Childs; and one grandson, Mark Allen Mitchell, Jr.

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                                David L. Leach     1998.09.04

David L. Leach, 65, of Sandwich, died Monday, September 7, 1998 at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora.  He was born September 24, 1932 in Ottawa, IL, the son of Charles and Aileen (Nevin) Leach. 

He married Mary Gunderson on August 12, 1961 in Leland, IL.  He was an MP with the US Army during the Korean Conflict.  He worked for Pure Oil in the Chicago area for several years, and from 1972 to 1982 he was the owner of Matison Oil Co. in Sandwich. 

Until his retirement in 1994, he was custodian for the Sandwich School District.  He was a member of the Sandwich Moose Lodge 1016.  David loved to golf at Indian Oaks Country Club in Shabbona, IL, and at Edgebrook Country Club in Sandwich, where he also served as starter.

His is survived by his wife, Mary, and his mother, Aileen, both of Sandwich, two sons, Scott (Barbara) Leach of Sycamore, IL, and Brett (Danielle) Leach of Chicago, two grandchildren, Taylor and Kelsey, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Memorial services were held Thursday, September 10, at Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk, with Pastor Mike Massey officiating.  Burial was in Leland Cemetery.  Visitation was Thursday preceding the service. 

Memorials may be directed to the Sandwich High School Athletic Department, or to the Diabetes Foundation.

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Ernest W. Wray Morris     1998.09.12

Ernest W. Wray Morris, age 71, of Big Rock, died unexpectedly, September 6, 1998 at his home where he was stricken with a heart attack early Sunday morning.

He was born December 6, 1926 on the family farm near Big Rock, the son of Morton and Mabel (Conklin) Morris.

Ernie grew up in the Big Rock area where he attended school in nearby Little Rock and began farming with his father as a young man.  Hand in hand with his farming, Ernie also worked as a construction laborer with Arnold Lies Jr. Construction Co. for a number of years.  Among many area buildings he was proud to help build were several at Waubonsse Community College.

In 1951, he asked his high school sweetheart, Elaine C. Read to the Sandwich Fair on her birthday.  He proposed to her that night and the rest is a loving history that brought together many lives.  October 6, 1951 they were united in marriage at the English Congregational Church, Big Rock.

They made their home in Aurora for a short time but as soon as possible, began farming and moved to Plano in March 1952.  Seven years later they moved to the present family farm in March 1959.

Together Ernie and Elaine farmed the land, raised a family of seven children and saw ten grandchildren join a family circle that included a great many others who called the farm home and knew Ernie and Elaine as “mom and dad”.

At 65, Ernie reluctantly retired from active farming but season to season could always be found helping in the fields.  A hard working Welshman with a happy grin, Ernie lived and worked by some basic simple principles: “Do it right; do it neat, do it all.”  He loved to tease but his heart was a “marshmallow” who thought that almost any hard time could be made a little better with a dish of ice cream.

In addition to his wife, Elaine, he is survived by six children, ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren: Daniel W Morris of Sugar Grove and his family, Christina 20, and Karie 17; Diana Marie Nack of Morristown, AZ and her family, Donita 18, Tonya 11, and Jessica “Nicki” 7; Douglas (Michelle) Morris of DeKalb and their family, Jackie 6 and Julie 4 months; Tara Morris of Aurora and Tiffany Morris of Sugar Grove; three great grandsons, Aaron Feiden, 4, of Big Rock; Isiah Vigil of Copperas Cove, TX and Alex Nack of Georgia; two sisters, Charlotte (Francis) Miller of Hinckley and Gladys Liltz of Elk Grove Village; several nieces and nephews.

He joins now his parents, two brothers, Donald Morris and Floyd Morris and one sister, Elizabeth Grover.

He was a member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ, Big Rock, where his funeral service was held Wednesday, September 9.  The Rev. Byron Henn, pastor, officiated, an interment followed at the Welsh Cemetery in Big Rock.

Memorials in his name may be made in care of P.O. Box A., Elburn, IL 60119.      CC 9/10/1998

 

Wilbert E. Buchholz     1998.09.13

William E. “Web” Buchholz, 66, of rural Waterman, passed away Saturday, September 5, 1998 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.  He was born March 30, 1932 at Ontarioville in Cook County, the son of Adolph and Amanda (Wille) Buchholz.  He married Marian L. Krueger March 1, 1958 in Elgin.

Web was a lifelong farmer in Plato Center and the Waterman area.  He was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Hinckley, holding various offices.  He was a former member of the Waterman Lions Club and was awarded Life Membership by the Internal Association of Lions Clubs.

He was also a former Waterman School Board member and served as a director on the Kane County Farm Bureau.  Web served in and held offices in the DeKalb County Growers Association, the Soybean Association and the DeKalb Area Pork Producers.  He received the Master Farmer Award in 1995 from Prairie Farmer magazine.  He was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.  Throughout his farming career, Web earned numerous farming production awards.

He is survived by his wife, Marian; three sons, Russell (Jayne) Buchholz of Malta, Dean (Karen) Buchholz of Waterman and Robert (Julie) Buchholz of Waterman; five grandchildren, Allen, Sheila and Eric of Waterman, Morgan of Waterman and Kaitlyn of Waterman; and one sister, Verdell Buchholz of Skokie.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Vernon and Harvey Buchholz.

Funeral services will be Thursday, September 10, 1998 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.

A memorial is being established for Wilbert E. “Web” Buchholz in care of the Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, 60115.  for more information please call (815) 756-1022.                        CC 9/10/1998

 

Jule M. Hayward Conner     1988.09.14

Jule M. Connor, 73, of Hinckley, formerly of Aurora, passed away Sunday, September 6, 1998 at her home. She was born September 23, 1924 in Aurora.

Mrs. Conner graduated nurses training from St. Joseph Hospital in 1946, and worked as head OB nurse.

She is survived by her husband, William Conner of Hinckley; two sons, Robert Conner of Hinckley; two sons, Robert Conner of Aurora and Steven (Sandra) Conner of West Brooklyn; two daughters, Christine (Richard) Roberts of Honesdale, PA, and Cathleen (Greg) Anderson of Oswego; eight grandchildren and one great grandson; two brothers, her twin brother Merle (June) Hayward of Plainfield and Robert (Lorraine) Hayward of Seviersville, TN; one sister, Sandra Rossell of Aurora, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willard and Lucille (Schreul) Hayward and her step-mother, Emma; one grandson, Timothy Roberts and one sister, Karen Hayward.

In lieu of flowers, contributions many be made to the National Taysachs Association in memory of Jule’s grandson, Timothy Roberts, 2001Beacon St., Brookline, MA  02146.    

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Fern Kenyon Fowler     1998.09.15

Fern K. Fowler, 91, of Aurora, passed away Friday, September 11, 1998 at her home.  She was born April 15, 1907 in Aurora.

Mrs. Fowler was a member of 4th St. Methodist Church and a member of the National Campers and Hikers Association.

Survivors include two sons, Warren K. (Leah) Fowler of Big Rock, and Robert A. (Betty) Fowler of Medford, OR; one daughter, Joyce Harris of Aurora; eleven grandchildren, Laurie McGuire of Delores, CO, Mark (Doris) Fowler of Plano, Karen (Dale) Feiden of Big Rock, Scott (Annie) Fowler of Ontario, OR, Robin (Rob) Herriott of Denver, CO, Sandra Fowler of Medford, OR, Michael (Deborah) Minnick of Highland, MI, Tom Harris of Marseilles, Susan (Earl) Johnson and Cathy Wolfe, both of Boulder Hill and Margaret (Bruce) Mayhugh of Aurora; fourteen great grandchildren, Jason Wolfe of Boulder Hill, Mary and Sarah Minnick, both of Highland, MI, Heather and Jennifer Fowler both of Plano, Samantha Lucas and William Johnson of Boulder Hill, Caitlin McGuire of Delores, CO, Kyle Fowler of Ontario, OR, Jarad Johnson of Aurora, Aaron and Kelsey Feiden, both of Big Rock and Jordan and Harris of Marseilles; and one son-in-law, Harlan Wolfe.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren W. Fowler; one daughter, Leila Wolfe; one great grandson, Benjamin Feiden and her parents, Frank and Mabel Kenyon.

A memorial service for Mrs. Fowler was held at the 4th Street Methodist Church in Aurora Thursday, September 15, 1998.  The Rev. Clara Thompson officiated.  Interment was private.

Local arrangements were completed by the Dieterle Memorial Home.                             CC 9/17/1998

 

Khalil R. Farhaidar     1998.09.16

Khalil E. Farhaidar, 51, passed away Saturday, September 5, 1998 at Edgewater Hospital in Chicago.  He was born January 16, 1947 in Abadan, Iran, the son of Essie and Khalee Farhaidar.  Khalil was united in marriage to Susan (Petschke) Farhaidar June 28, 1996 in Sycamore.

Khalil has family in Iran, including one brother and his family and one sister and her family and several nieces and nephews; also one sister, Maniejh Farhaidar, living in San Diego, CA; two nieces, Mona and Farida Farhaidar, also from San Diego.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, Ali and Abraham Farhaidar.

Funeral services were held September 10, 1998 at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Chicago.  Khalil was a warm and caring soul and he will be truly missed.              CC 9/17/1998

 

Elsie K. Herman Baker     1998.09.17

Elsie K. Baker, a lifelong resident of Aurora, passed away peacefully September 12, 1998, at Countryside Healthcare Center, after 86 wonderful years of life.

With her passing we’ve lost a mother, a grandmother, a great grandmother, a friend and someone who truly cared about her community.  Elsie voluntarily served her community through numerous organizations.  She was an active member of the Women of the Moose and held the degree of College of Regent, the highest position in the organization.

The Women of the Moose are involved in raising money for Mooseheart in North Aurora and for Moosehaven, a retirement home in Orlando, FL.  Elsie was a Women of the Moose member for 55 years.  She was also the past president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Aurora Township Democratic Women’s Club.  The club raises money for Democratic candidates running for election.

Although Elsie retired following 16 years as a welder for Lectro Vend, she pledged her rest and relaxation as treasurer of the machinist District 108 ad was elected to represent her local at two international conventions in Los Angeles and Cincinnati.

Elsie’s legacy is carried on through her surviving family members, which include three daughters, Donna (William) Jacobs of Yorkville, Anne Seaney of Hinckley, and Sandra Chidester of Batavia; 16 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren.

She is united in eternal life with her husband Marshall Munsell; three brothers, Joseph, Henry and Edward Herman; her parents Pauline and Jacob Herman; three grandchildren and one daughter in infancy.  We were very blessed to have her with us for eighty six years.  Our mother and our grandmother Elsie will certainly never be forgotten and will be deeply missed. God bless.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Baker’s memory may be made to Mooseheart or the Moosehaven.  Local arrangements were completed by the Dieterle Memorial Home.   CC 9/17/1998

 

Wallace J. Distler     1998.09.18

Wallace J. Distler, age 70, of Hinckley, passed away Sunday, September 20, 1998 at his home.  He was born August 21, 1928 in St. Marys, PA, the son of Wallace and Florence (Taylor) Distler.

Wallace was united in marriage September 30, 1950 to the former Doris Grasser, and they spent the next 48 years of their lives together.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, who will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.

Mr. Distler was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Maple Park.  Wallace enjoyed being the owner and operator of D. J. Components in Hinckley.  He was, for many years, a member of the Moose Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Doris, of Hinckley; five children, Stephen (Cherri) Distler of Boulder Hill, Christine Distler of Memphis, TN, David (Karen) Distler, of Ames, IA, Richard Distler, of Montgomery and Michael Distler of Hinckley; seven grandchildren, Brooke, Amber, Erik, Timothy, Emily and Nikolas Distler and Whitney Durham; three brothers, William (Carm) Distler, of New York, James (Joan) Distler, of Pennsylvania and Ronald (Julie) Distler, of Baltimore, MD; one sister, Bonnie (Tony) Caggeso, of Hamburg, NY, as well as nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 23, 1998 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Maple Park.  Father William Clausen officiated.  Interment was private.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson, owner and director.                 CC 9/24/1998

 

Duane M. Olson     1998.09.19

Duane M. Olson, 78, of Rochester, MN, formerly of Shabbona, died Thursday, September 17, 1998 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

He was born March 16, 1920 in Milan Township, the son of George and Ella (Vallem) Olson.  Duane was baptized and confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church in Lee and attended Shabbona schools, graduating from Shabbona High School in 1938.

He furthered his education at Marquette University in Milwaukee.  After high school, Duane was employed by DeKalb Ag prior to joining the Navy.  Duane served in the Navy during World War II and remained active as a Navy reservist for many years, serving during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and retiring in 1978.

He was employed at Oil Gear Company in Milwaukee as a typesetter, retiring in 1982.  After his retirement he moved to Boulder City, NV and lived in Boulder City during the winter months and Wisconsin during the summer.

After retirement, he worked part time as an auctioneer.  Duane enjoyed sports, especially baseball which he played while in the Navy, and fishing, travel and antiques.  He was a member of the Sons of Norway.

Survivors include a daughter, Gloria (Victor) Sturman of Kenosha, WI; three brothers, George Olson of Shabbona, Stanley (Hazel) Olson of Rochelle and Eugene Olson of Seminole, FL; two sisters, Genevieve (Dale) Berg of Aurora and Dorothy (T. A.) Driscoll of Kirkland; two granddaughters, Jaclyn Jean Sturman and Jennifer Jean Sturman, both of Kenosha, WI; sand several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Vernon.

Funeral services were held Friday, September 25, 1998 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee.  Burial was in Union Cemetery, Steward.  A memorial has been established for Calvary Lutheran Church.  Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                   CC 10/1/1998

 

Evelyn M. Aurand Strawbridge Storey     1998.09.20

Evelyn M. Storey, 85, of Shabbona died Wednesday, September 23, 1998 at the Shabbona Healthcare Center.

She was born October 18, 1912 in Waterloo, IA the daughter of Earl and Beulah (Shafer) Aurand and attended and graduated from St. Paul, MN schools.

She married Harland Strawbridge in 1930 in St. Paul, MN.  He preceded her in death in 1979.  She married Kenneth Storey August 14, 1981 in Princeton.

Evelyn was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ and a former member of the Steward United Methodist Church.  She was a 50 years member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was also a member of Indian Oaks Country Club in Shabbona.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Storey of Shabbona; a son, Neil (Helen) Strawbridge of Steward; three daughters, Lois Hayes of Steward, Janet Hayes of Rochelle and Kay (George) Tripp of DeKalb; a brother, Paul (Leone) Aurand of St. Paul, MN; 13 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harland Strawbridge, two sons, James and Gary, and two daughters, Phyllis Strawbridge and Sandra Strawbridge.

Funeral services were held Friday, September 25, 1998 at the Shabbona United Church of Christ with Rev. James Shelton officiating.  Burial was in Steward Cemetery, Steward.

A memorial sis being established.                 CC 10/1/1998

 

Teddy J. Chapman     1998.09.21

Teddy J. Chapman, 38, of Shabbona, died Saturday, September 26, 1998 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

He was born August 7, 1960 in Greenville, TN, the son of James and Mary (Cutshaw) Chapman.  He married Mary Jane VanDuzer June 11, 1988 in Prospect Heights.

Teddy attended and graduated from Shabbona schools and furthered his education by taking numerous classes at Kishwaukee College in Malta.  He was employed as a machinist at A. O. Smith in DeKalb, having worked there for 20 years.  He enjoyed working on old cars and projects around the home.  He was a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane Chapman of Shabbona; two daughters, Stacey Chapman of DeKalb and Sarah Chapman of Shabbona; two brothers, Leigie Chapman and Jimmy Chapman, both of Greenville, TN; a half brother, Carl Cutshaw of DeKalb; a half sister, Brenda Rissetter of Lee; maternal grandmother, Lola Cutshaw of Tennessee; mother-in-law, Lucile VanDuzer of Buffalo Grove and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, H. C. Chapman; a half brother, Leonard Honeycutt; his paternal grandparents and his maternal grandfather.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 30 at the Shabbona United Church of Christ.  Rev. James Shelton officiated.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

A memorial is being established.                    CC 10/1/1998

 

Anthony J. Kowalewski     1998.09.22

Anthony J. Kowalewski, 73, of Mesa, AZ and formerly of Dixon and Waterman passed away Thursday, September 24, 1998 at his home.

He was born December 28, 1924 in Minneapolis, MN to Anthony and Minnie Nunemaker Kowalewski, Sr.  He married Elizabeth Mae Hoover July 9, 1948.  She preceded him in death July 3, 1989.  He served in the 4th Armored Division.

He is survived by one son, Michael Kowalewski of Albuquerque, NM and two daughters, Janet (George) Goehst of Plano and Kathy (Don) Lawley of Forks, WA.  He is also survived by one sister, Mary (Louis) Carlson of Dixon and six grandchildren.

Anthony was a life member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association of America and traveled throughout the country to many state trapshooting competitions.

Funeral services will be held at Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Dixon Thursday, October 1, 1998 at 11 a.m. with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m.  Father Adam Linton, Rector of St. Luke Episcopal Church of Dixon will officiate.

Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon.  Military services will be conducted by the Dixon American Legion and VFW.  A memorial is being established

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Alice Boon     1998.09.23

Alice Boon, 87, of Bloomington, passed away September 18, 1998 at the BroMenn Long Term Health Care Center where she had resided for the past six years.

She was a graduate of the University of Illinois and also had earned an M. S. degree from that school.  She had taught chemistry in various high schools for 37 years.

She had taught in Shabbona for several years, interrupting her time there to spend two years in the Navy during World War II where she had been an officer in the Waves.  She ended her teaching career in Wheaton and then moved to Bloomington.

She leaves no immediate family except for two sisters-in-law and eight nieces and three nephews.

She will be remembered by many of her former students as an excellent teacher, one who demanded much from them, but one who inspired them to do their best.               CC 10/15/1998

 

 

               Carolyn E. Hamilton Hagerty     1998.10.05

Carolyn E. Hagerty, 55, of Hinckley, formerly of Rockford, died Saturday October 10, 1998 at her home.  She was born March 30, 1943 in Rockford, the daughter of John and Ruth (Johnson) Hamilton.

Carolyn was united in marriage on July 22, 1978 to Albert B. Hagerty in Harvard, IL, and they spent the next 20 years of their lives together.

Mrs. Hagerty was a homemaker who enjoyed nothing more than gardening and working in her yard.  She also took great pleasure in several forms of arts and crafts.  Carolyn was always quick with a smile and laugh.

Survivors include her husband, Albert of Hinckley; her mother, Ruth Hamilton of Rockford; her brother, Charles (Beverly) Hamilton of Rockford; her three step-daughters, Sheri Gorbet of Virginia, Debbie (Steven) Brown of New Hampshire, and Susan (Pete) Smart of Illinois; seven step-grandchildren; three nephews, Tom (Darla) Hamilton of Bloomington, Tim Hamilton of Rockford, and Terry Hamilton of Rockford; her two nieces, Penny (Pete) Edwards of Rockford, and Kathy (Adam) Miles of Rockford.

She was preceded in death by her father, John Hamilton, and one step-grandson.

Visitation was held Tuesday at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, with Pastor Ivan Truman officiating.  Interment followed in the Sunset Memorial Cemetery, in Rockford.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Carolyn’s memory to the DeKalb County Hospice.          CC 10/15/1998

 

Earle C. Lutz     1998.10.18

Earle C. Lutz, 88, of Malta, passed away Monday, October 5, 1998 at his home.  He was born June 1, 1910 in Willow Creek Township in Lee County, the son of George and Henrietta M. (Hackman) Lutz.  He married Rose “Rosie” Shumaker on the Shumaker family farm in Milan Township February 22, 1938.

Earle was a lifelong farmer in DeKalb County and enjoyed raising Angus cattle.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in DeKalb.  He was a member of the school board from the time of the one room school through the consolidation of the Shabbona School District.  He was also a leader of the Shabbona 4-H Club.  He was a member of the Malta Fire Board and a member of the Nash Car Club of America.  He was a former member of the DeKalb-Sycamore Car Club and a member of the Milan Community Club.

He is survived by his wife, three sons, Charles (Shirley) Lutz, Edward J. Lutz and Randal (Kathleen) Lutz, all of Malta; one daughter-in-law, Patricia Lutz; two granddaughters, Denise (Kenneth) Myers and Linda Lutz; four grandsons, James (Debra) Lutz, John Lutz, Duane (Lisa) Lutz and Scott (Ilenia) Lutz; four great grandchildren, Megan Mears, Emilee Myers, Brock Myers and Brigit Lutz; four sisters, Evelyn Narfziger of Rockford, Marian Saunderson of Cuernavaca, Mexico; Frances (Paul) Craigmile of Malta and Elinor (Kenneth) Klages of DeKalb and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Raymond Lutz; two sisters, Edith Lutz and Irene Rickard; and three brothers, Orval, Harold and Lawrence Lutz.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 9, 1998 at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.  Rev. Mary Gay McKinney of the First United Methodist Church officiated.  Burial followed at Afton Township Cemetery in rural DeKalb.

A memorial is being established for Earle C. Lutz in care of Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.  For more information, please call (815) 756-1022.   

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Clara Bjerga Byro     1998.09.19

Clara Byro, 90, of Shabbona Health Care Center, passed away Tuesday, October 6, 1998 at the Shabbona Health Care Center.

She was born April 6, 1908 in Norway, the daughter of Thor an Margarethe (Nygard) Bjerga.

She married Alfred Byro February 8, 1930 in DeKalb.

Clara was employed at Northern Illinois University when she first came to this country.  She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in DeKalb.

She is survived by one sister in Norway and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband June 8, 1975, her parents, six brothers and five sisters.

Funeral services were held Thursday, October 8, 1998 at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.  The Rev. Todd Peterson of Trinity Lutheran Church in DeKalb officiated. Burial followed at Union Cemetery in rural Steward.

A memorial has been established for Clara Byro for the benefit of the Trinity Lutheran Church or the Shabbona Health Care Center.  Memorials may be sent to the Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.  For more information, please call (815) 756-1022.        CC 10/15/1998

 

Cleo Marie Olesen Kittle     1998.10.20

Cleo Marie Kittle, age 81, of rural Sycamore, formerly of West Chicago, died Tuesday, October 6, 1998.  Having battled cancer for months, she passed peacefully at the home of her niece, Laura Carrier, with whom she had shared the last months of her life.

She was born February 11, 1917 at Big Rock, the daughter of Ole and Laura (Hvid) Olesen.  Cleo’s mother died when Cleo was only six years old leaving a little girl to grow up in the rough and tumble world of three older brothers.  Her grandparents, Claus and Metta Olesen and her aunt Christina Kindburg took responsibility for much of her upbringing.  She attended school on Thatcher Road and graduated from Maple Park High School.

As a young adult she held many different kinds of jobs, including housekeeper, cook and bartender and for a time she worked at the Wurlitzer Piano Co. in DeKalb.  June 5, 1954 she was united in marriage to Llewelyn “Sam” Kittle in Geneva.  They lived in the West Chicago and Warrenville area for a number of years.  During those years she worked at several area factories including DeKane and Western Electric where she did soldering on circuit boards.

Cleo became involved in Sam’s love of pigeon racing and would often bring birds out to the country homes of one of her brothers or nieces to release them.  She raised muskovie ducks and a large garden from which she canned each years harvest.  After Sam’s death in 1971, Cleo moved to Florida to be near her brother and enjoy a warmer climate.  She returned in 1990 to the Sycamore area and in recent months has lived with her niece, Laura (Jim) Carrier, where loving hands made her last days easier.

Aunt Cleo will be remembered as a stern task master on the outside, making her nieces and nephews “toe the mark” pick up their things and keep their rooms clean.  A salty woman who hid well a marshmallow heart, Cleo leaves volumes of stories and memories for her family to remember.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews; many great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews; two stepdaughters, Mary (Ed) Auer of Bristol and Ellen Davis of Homosassa Springs, FL; six step grandchildren and fourteen step great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her step mother, Mary (Thurston) Olesen; her husband, Sam and three brothers, Henry, Oswald and Norman Olesen.

Her funeral service was held Saturday, October 10, 1998 at the Conley Funeral Home.  David Bateman, pastor of the Rollo Congregational Church, Rollo officiated.  Interment followed at Gardner Cemetery, Maple Park.

Memorials in her name may be made to VNA Hospice or the County Cathedral Memorial Project and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.                  CC 10/15/1998

 

Forrest L. Hill     1998.10.21

Forrest L. Hill, 86, of Wheaton, formerly of Shabbona, died Thursday, October 8, 1998 at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.

Forrest was born March 25, 1912 in Creston, the son of Lincoln and Eva (Sanderson) Hill and married Grace Lane April 5, 1947 in Shabbona.

He was baptized and confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church in Lee and was a member of the Moose and Elks Clubs in DeKalb.  He was a veteran of World War II having served in India, and farmed in the Shabbona area his entire life.  As long as he was able to, Forrest would travel to Elgin and would enjoy dancing at the Blue Moon every Saturday night.  He also enjoyed bowling, having previously bowled in several leagues.

After the death of his wife, Grace, December 3, 1952, Forrest served as both mother and father to his daughter, Jo Ann, lovingly making many sacrifices for her.

Survivors include a daughter, Jo Ann Colby of Elburn; two brothers, Everett (Leona) Hill of Washburn and Kenneth Hill of DeKalb; two grandchildren, Nathan Colby of Elburn and Rhiannon Colby of Elburn; several nieces and nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace; a daughter, Anne Christine Hill who died in infancy; three granddaughters, Sheila Mullins, Stephanie Mullins and Stacy Mullins, all of whom died in infancy.

Funeral services were held Monday, October 12, 1998 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee.  Rev. Donald Myhres officiated.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

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Mildred Glover Alford     1998.10.22

Mildred G. Alford, 90, formerly of Waterman, died Tuesday, October 6, 1998 at the Brooksville Regional Hospital, Brooksville, FL.  She was born in Sheboygan Falls, WI, and was predeceased by her husband, Ralph in 1972.  She was a homemaker, a member of the Sheboygan Falls United Methodist Church and United Methodist Ladies Auxiliary.

Survivors include her son, Robert of Brooksville, FL; brother, Harold Glover of DeKalb; granddaughter, Kerstin Hanson of Hartford, WI, and two great grandchildren.  Arrangements by Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville, Fl. (352) 796-6699.                             CC 10/15/1998

 

  1. Joann Olson Clifford 1998.10.23
  2. Joann Clifford, age 50, of Hinckley, passed away Monday, October 12, 1998 at her home. She was born June 20, 1948 in Joliet, IL, the daughter of Edward Julius and Margaret (Rose) Olson.

Joann was united in marriage June 15, 1968 in Joliet, IL to Mr. Harry W. Clifford, Jr. and they spent the next 30 years of their lives together.  She was a loving wife and sister who will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

Mrs. Clifford was employed, for many years, as a Revenue Auditor of the State of Illinois.  Joann loved gardening and bird watching.  She kept a log of all the different birds she had seen across the United States.  She loved all animals, especially her pet chickens.  Joann was also an avid reader.

Survivors include her husband, Harry of Hinckley; and one sister, Marjorie (Stewart) Herron, of Lockport, IL; numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 15, 1998 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St., Hinckley, with Rev. Richard Wagner, of the Pierce Community United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in the Pierce Cemetery, in Maple Park.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 14, 1998 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes. 815-286-3247 or 630-553-7611.                                    CC 10/15/1998

 

Ralph H. Dolder     1998.10.24

Ralph H. Dolder, 84, of Port Charlotte, FL, died Saturday, October 3, 1998 at South Port Inn Nursing Center, Port Charlotte.

He was born July 19, 1914 in Sheridan and moved to Port Charlotte in 1980 from Waterman.  He was a retired farmer, member of San Antonio Catholic Church of Port Charlotte, member of Illiniois Farm Bureau, member of Farmer’s Union, participated in Foreign Exchange Student Farm Training Program, 4-H Judging Team, charter member of Future Farmers of America all in Waterman, member of the Holy Name Society, Somonauk.

He is survived by loving wife of 69 years, Evelyn Murray Dolder of Port Charlotte; a daughter, Lynn R. (Patrick) Upton of South Elgin; a son, Paul H. (Carole) Dolder of Waterman; a brother, James (Theresa) Dolder of DeKalb; 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. 

Mr. Dolder was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Eva U. Dolder and a brother, Robert Dolder.

Memorial mass will be held Friday, October 9, 1998 at 10 a.m. at San Antonio Catholic Church.  Interment will be in San Antonio Memorial Garden.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238.  Memorial services will be held at a later date in Waterman.  Arrangements by Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel.              CC 10/8/1998, CC 11/19/1998

 

Rosalie C. Kraus Wells Driscoll     1998.10.25

Rosalie C. Wells Driscoll, 86, of Aurora, passed away Monday, October 12, 1998 at Sunrise Healthcare center in Yorkville.  She was born November 9, 1911 in Chicago to Ernest and Mary Kraus.

Rosalie worked at Copley Memorial Hospital for many years.

Survivors include her daughter, Barbara (Roy) Parnow of Aurora; 11 grandchildren, Mary Jean (Pat) Bell of Round lake Beach, Debra (Scott) Wilson of Antioch, Robert Parnow of Pell Lake, WI, Matthew Parnow of Round Lake Beach, Donna Hanlon of Aurora, Linda Engel of Aurora, Michael Engel of Aurora, Katherine (Richard) Cumpston of Hinckley, Daniel (Michelle) Parnow of Aurora, David Parnow of Iowa, Steven Parnow of Montgomery; 14 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews including a special niece, Audrey (Phil) Kryger of Mt. Prospect and a special friend, John Boatman of North Aurora.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; two daughters, Adele Engel and Mary Parnow; an infant son and several brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 16 at the Healy Chapel, 332 West downer place, (630) 897-9291.  The Rev. Gerald Rygh officiated.  Interment took place at St. Joseph Cemetery in River Grove.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.                         CC 10/22/1998

 

Alexander J. Emery     1998.10.26

Alexander J. Emery, 80, of Marion, IL, formerly of Aurora, passed away Friday, October 23, 1998 at St. Francis Medical Center, Cape Girardeau, MO.  He was born February 2, 1918 in Aurora.

Alex was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church of Aurora, and was a life member of the Painters Union Local #448.  He was a graduate of East Aurora High School, class of 1936, where he was honored to serve as captain of the basketball team.  He also served his country during World War II.

Following his retirement 17 years ago, Alex enjoyed writing poetry, and published several of his works.  He also enjoyed visiting with his many friends and employees of Cub Food Store in Aurora.

Survivors include two sons, Donald Emery of Big Rock and Robert (Frances) Emery of Marion; one sister, Margaret Steininger, of Oswego; five grandchildren, Ronald Emery of Geneva, Terra Emery of Big Rock, Jon Emery of Marion, Kim Norris of Marion and Kris Rice, also of Marion; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor (Roberts) Emery in 1979; his parents, Peter and Rose (David) Emery; three brothers, Peter, Frank and Steve Emery; and one sister, Agnes Gabor, all of Aurora.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 420 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506.

Funeral services were held Monday, October 26, 1998 at Our Savior Lutheran Church.  Pastor Timothy H. Swanson officiated.  Interment was in Lincoln Park.                      CC 10/29/1998

 

Becky Fogarty Nichols Potts     1998.10.27

Becky Potts, 49, of Hinckley, passed away Thursday, October 22, 1998 at Rush Copley Medical Center. She was born December 15, 19448 in Ottawa to Justin and Dorothy (Dunn) Fogarty.

Becky was a member of First Christian Church in Aurora.  She was employed at American National Can for 15 years.

She is survived by her husband, Billy Potts of Hinckley; two children, Larry Nichols and Melissa Nichols of Hinckley; two stepchildren, Kimberly Potts of Myrtle, MS, and Bradley (Jennifer) Potts of Ingomar, MS; her grandson, Deven Nichols of DeKalb; her step-granddaughter, Laken Potts of Ingomar, MS; a brother, Ray Fogarty of Hinckley; sister Denise Nichols, New Albany, MS; several nieces and nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Thomas Fogarty; and uncle, Kenneth Dunn.

Funeral services were held Monday, October 26, 1998 at the Healy Chapel.  Dr. Roger W. Thomas officiated.  Interment took place at St. Columbus Cemetery, Ottawa.

Contributions in Becky’s memory may be made to the First Christian Church.                                   CC 10/29/1998

 

Viola Mae Gamble Little     1998.10.28

Viola Mae Little, 95, of Girard, IL, passed away at Pleasant Hill Village, Girard Sunday, October 25, 1998.  She was born October 15, 1903 to John T. and Flossie (Gates) Gamble.

Viola Mae was a homemaker.  She attended the Nilwood Baptist Church in Nilwood, IL.  She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Girard Chapter #117.

Viola Mae married Earl Watson Little December 6, 1924 in Honey Point Township, IL.  He preceded her in death January 18, 1979.

She is survived by one son, George “Howard” Little of Waterman; one daughter, Melba Bacon of Girard; five grandchildren, six step grandchildren, Hinckley, eight great grandchildren, several step great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Donald Little in 1998 and a brother, John Gamble.

Services were held Wednesday, October 28, 1998 at Calvert and Ferry Funeral Home in Gerard.  Rev. Stephen Taylor officiated.  Interment took place at Mayfield Cemetery in Carlinville, IL. 

Memorials may be made to the Girard Rescue squad or Sangamac Ambulance Service.                 CC 10/29/1998

 

Stanley E. Durin     1998.10.29

Stanley E. Durin, 67, of 1359 Steward Road, Steward, died Sunday, October 25, 1998 at Rockford Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Durin was born July 20, 1931 in Scarboro to Fred and Luella (Grove) Durin.  He married Marie Krahenbuhl in Scarboro April 21, 1951.  He graduated from Steward High School and University of Illinois.  He farmed in the area, worked for Del Monte for 25 years in Rochelle and DeKalb and then went to work as a sales rep for Farmers Factory Company in Lee.  He was a precinct committeeman for Willow Creek, a trustee of the Twin Grove Cemetery and a member of the Masonic Lodge #244 in Rochelle.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, Rick and Steve of Scarboro, three daughters, Julia Cavanna of Oconomowoc, WI, Leah Gehant of Itasca and Emily Goken of Shabbona and nine grandchildren, Allison, Chris and Aaron Cavanna, Michael and Elizabeth Durin; and Nicholas, Tyson, Sarah and Mary Goken.  He was preceded in death by his mother and father.

Services were held Thursday, October 29 at the Paw Paw United Methodist Church.  Rev. Ken Foster and Rev. Tony Blumberg officiated.  Burial was in Twin Grove Cemetery, Scarboro.  Memorials may be directed to the donor’s choice or to the family.                                              CC 11/5/1998

 

Annamae Jensen Peden     1998.10.30

Annamae Peden, 73. pf the Shabbona Healthcare Center, formerly of Northbrook, died Wednesday, October 28, 1998 at Shabbona Healthcare Center.

She was born June 21, 1915 in Clear Lake, IA the daughter of Walter and Kate (Paulsen) Jensen.  She married William J. “Torchy” Peden September 6, 1945 in Chicago.

Annamae had been a resident of the Shabbona Healthcare Center since September 23, 1998, having previously lived with her son in Glenview.

Survivors include a son, William J. (Marybeth) Peden of Glenview; three daughters, Aliceann (Tom) Blaine of Dubuque, IA, Carol (Ken) Takashima of Lahaina, Maui and Debra (Peter) Poterek of Lee; a brother, Vic (Ruth) Jensen of California; and eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband January 26, 1980 ; five brothers and a sister.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 31, 1998 at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  Rev. Henrietta Milner, Associate Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rock Falls, officiated.  Burial was in First Lutheran Church, Lee.  

CC 11/5/1998

 

Benjamin Harvey Gray     1998.10.31

Benjamin Harvey Gray, 75 year old resident of Golden, MO, formerly of Hinckley and Marseilles, passed away October 16, 1998.

Graveside memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 7 at Riverview Cemetery in Marseilles with Military Honors.  Rev. Randy Somers of the First Baptist Church will officiate.

He was born August 7, 1923 in Ottawa to Charles and Inez (Suddarth) Gray.  He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret, three sons, David, Douglas and Stephen Gray, all in Kentucky; two step-sons, Rollo Foster of Mt. Vernon, MO and James Foster, Sr. of Somonauk; one sister, Joyce (Arnold) Hiland of Marseilles; one brother, Edward Gray of Towakoni, TX.  He was preceded in death by his parents.                                      CC 11/5/1998

 

 

 

 

Gail Lind Vedok Pearl     1998.10.32

Gail Lind, (Vedok) Pearl, 32, of Cobden, IL, died Thursday, October 15, 1998 at her home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Gail was born November 18, 1965 in Naperville  to John and JoAnn Vedok.  She was a homemaker and was a member of the first Baptist Church in Anna.

Survivors include her husband, Kenny; one son, Dalton of Cobden; her parents, John and JoAnn Vedok of Anna; two sisters, Patty Vedok of Dongola and Carol Boucher of Jonesboro; Paternal grandmother, Lillian Vedok of Winamac, IN and nephews, John Allen Whitney and Michael William Boucher.                              CC 11/12/1998

 

Harley V. Bergstrand     1998.10.33

Harley V. Bergstrand, 77, died Monday, October 26, 1998 at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville.

Born in Hinckley, IL, he lived in Bridgewater for the past 22 years.

Mr. Bergstrand was a price manager of Western Electric-now Lucent Technologies, in New York for 35 years, retiring in 1981.

He graduated from Monmouth College in Illinois with degrees in business administration and political science.  He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at the college.

He was a first sergeant in the Army during World War II, serving in the Philippines and New guinea.  He also served in Korea during the U.S. occupation of Japan.

He was a member of Telephone Pioneers and the American Legion in Naperville, IL.  He also attended the annual reunion for the Sixth Infantry Division of the Army.  He was a member of Bridgewater, United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara C. Bergstrand; two sons, Thomas G. of Lansing, MI, and Richard A. of Mercer Island, WA; a daughter, Susan J. Bergstrand of Kansas City, MO; two brothers, Berton and Arthur J., both of Hinckley, IL; and two grandchildren.

Memorial services were held Saturday, October 31 at Bridgewater United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 14 West Cliff Street, Somerville, NJ 08876, or to Bridgewater United Methodist Church, 651 Country Club Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.                              CC 11/12/1998

 

                          James Graham Lindholm     1998.11.09

James Graham “Wig” Lindholm, aged 60, of Plano, passed away Monday November 23, 1998 at his home.  He was born October 16, 1938 in Plano, IL, the son of Herman A. and Mary (Cheney) Lindholm.

Jim was a 1957 graduate of Plano High School.

He was united in marriage of April 26, 1993 to the former Nancy Reinhart.  They were happily married for over six years.

Jim served with the United States Army from 1961 to 1963.  He was a member of the Plano Fire Department from July 1, 1971 until he retired on February 14, 1994.  He was elected Fire Chief of the department on December 1983 and served in that post through December 1988.  Jim was, for many years, the owner and operator of the Sunoco Gas Station, in Plano.  He was employed by the Kendall County Highway Maintenance Department for the last 17 years.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy (Reinhart) Lindholm, of Plano, three children, Jamie (Tracy) Thrall, of Earlville, Joel Lindholm, of Plano, and Jason Lindholm, of Plano; two step-daughters, Sue (Stan) Spraggon, of Newark, Kari (Thomas) Richards, of Newark; two grandchildren, Steffanie and Tori Thrall, of Earlville; six step grandchildren, Jessica, Jacob and Benjamin Spraggon, of Newark, and Ashley, Adam, and Zackery Richards of Newark; one brother, Charles (Buzz and Sue) Lindholm; three sisters, Joanne Smith, Nancy Bradley, Devonna Kensel, all of Plano; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Dorothy Kellogg of Newark; as well as many friends, nieces and nephews who will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman A. and Mary (Cheney) Lindholm, and his grandparents.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 28, 1998 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1010 W. South St., in Plano.  Interment of cremains will take place in the Little Rock Township Cemetery, in Plano.

Friends may call from 2 until 9 p.m. on Friday, November 27, 1998, at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, Plano, IL.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.  630/552-7211, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.     CC 12/3/1998

 

Katherine Hazlip Seibert Venardi     1998.11.17

Katherine (Hazlip) Seibert Venardi, 81 year old resident of Ottawa, formerly of Marseilles and Seneca, passed away Sunday, November 1, 1998 at her home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 4, at Seals-Campbell Funeral Home.  Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Seneca.

She was born June 18, 1917 in Appleton, IL to Jesse and Bessie (Ford) Hazlip.  She was married to Oscar Seibert of Kentucky, who preceded her in death in 1959.  She married Peter Venardi of Yorkville in 1975.  He survives.  She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Ottawa.

Survivors include her husband, Peter, Illinois Veterans Home in LaSalle; five daughters, Nancy (Vernon) Warriner of Wilmington, Delories Adams of Ottawa, Jennifer (Stan) Snell of Dwight, Sally (Douglas) Brockman of New Lisbon, WI, and Judy (James) Emanuelson of Marseilles; two sons, William (Donna) Seibert of Ottawa and Albert Seibert of Waukegan; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; two sisters, Louise Griffen of Montgomery and Jessie Norris of Streator; one brother, Forrest Hazlip of Boston, MA.

She was preceded in death by four children, Ann Klotz, Rodney, Joyce and Linda Seibert; one granddaughter, Kathy Brooks; three brothers, Damon, Millard, Jesse Hazlip; and one sister, Nina Walker.

She is also survived by two step-daughters, Mary (Don) Hendrickson of Seneca and Kathy Venardi of Serena; one stepson, Stan Venardi of Shabbona.

Memorials may be directed to the Illinois Veterans Home in LaSalle.                                    CC 11/5/1998

 

Leo Mark Conway     1998.11.18

Leo M. (Mark) Conway, age 54, of Big Rock, passed away at his home Tuesday morning, November 2, 1998.  Stricken with cancer in 1996, he continued to manage the challenges of work and home with great determination and courage.

Through it all, Leo’s family remained close at hand and walked him faithfully to the very doorway of Heaven.

He was born April 25, 1944, at Harpers Ferry in Allamakee County, IA,, the son of Hugh Francis and Alice Marie (Kernan) Conway.  The third oldest son in a family of twelve children, Leo grew up on a large farm in northeastern Iowa where he began his education in a one room school house.

He graduated from St. George High School, Lansing, IA and studied electronics at DeVry Institute, Chicago.  Following graduation from DeVry in 1963, he worked for Zenith Corporation until 1965 when he enlisted in the Army.  Leo was stationed at a missile base in Germany for most of his tour of duty until his discharge in 1967.

Returning home, Leo was united in marriage to Penny Glisson June 28, 1968.  They made their home in the Chicago area where Leo became employed with the First National Bank of Chicago.  Soon however, he returned to college at the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle Campus.  Graduating in 1973 with a bachelor of science in Industrial Engineering, Leo’s career took him to Lyon Metal Products, Aurora where he was employed for several years before taking a position as Supervisor of Industrial Engineering at Rockwell International, Lemont.  In more recent years he was employed in Hampshire, IL with Hampshire Specialty Products, now the Western Slate Corp.

In 1973 Leo and Penny moved to Big Rock and settled in the present family home where they celebrated thirty wonderful years of marriage in 1998.

Leo was a member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ, Big Rock, where he ushered frequently.  He was also a member of the S.M.E. Professional Engineering Society and was a former member of the Aurora Moose Lodge.

Leo was devoted to his sons; proud of their academic as well as athletic achievements.  He coached both their baseball and soccer teams, leading one of them to first place in their conference.  Although there was nothing above or before his family, Leo loved golf, played bridge with a passion and was a big fan of Notre Dame, the Bears, Cubs and the Bulls.  A meticulous gardener as well, Leo was especially proud of the test roses he raised for Jackson Perkins.

In addition to his wife, Penny, (Penelope); he is survived by two sons, Shawn (fiancé Jennifer Henry) of Aurora and Steven of Big Rock; his mother, Alice Conway of Harpers Ferry, IA; ten siblings, James (Sonja) Conway of Lansing, IA, Patrick (Sally) Conway of Castelia, IA, Mary (John) O’Neill of Harpers Ferry, IA, Daniel Conway of Lansing, IA, Ellen Nierling of Monona, IA, Hugh Eugene (Svetlana) Conway of Cape Girardeau, MO, Michael (Lois) Conway of Harpers Ferry, IA, John Conway of Harpers Ferry, IA, Raymond (Diane) Conway of Polk City, IA; three brothers-in-law, Silas (Mary) Glisson of Lombard, Bill (Bonnie) Glisson of Lexington, KY, and Gil Glisson of Springfield, IL; many aunts and uncles, among whom, Sister Mary Cyrilla of the Sisters of Presentation, Mt. Loretto, Dubuque, IA, was very dear through the prayers and encouragement of her entire convent.  Leo also leaves a host of wonderful loving nieces, nephews, friends, coworkers and neighbors and members of the English Congregational United Church of Christ.

He is preceded in death by his father in 1990, his brother, Joseph Conway, a sister-in-law, Josie Conway, his father and mother-in-law, Silas and Dorothy Glisson, Jr., and his stepmother-in-law, Jacqueline Glisson.

Funeral services will be at English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock Thursday, November 5, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. with the Pastor Byron Henn officiating.  Burial will follow at West Big Rock Cemetery.

Memorials in Leo’s name may be sent to P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.                                      CC 11/5/1998

 

David LaVerne Raymond     1998.11.19

David LaVerne Raymond, 61, of Big Rock and a long time resident of Montgomery, passed away Sunday, November 1, 1998 at Aurora Manor.  He was born June 15, 1937 in Aurora to LaVerne and Cecilia (Idoux) Raymond.

David was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.  He was married to Carol Ruth Arndt April 28, 1962.  David graduated from Big Rock Elementary school before attending Big Rock High School.  He served in the U.S. Navy Sea Bees from 1956-1960. He worked with his father in his gravel business until 1969 after which he had his own trucking business, Raymond Sand and Gravel, Montgomery until 1991.  He then worked for Cheetah Trucking, Sugar Grove until June 1998.

Survivors include his sister, Melody (Larry) Johnson of Elgin; niece Cecilia, nephew Cyril, a great nephew, Jack and great niece Tara, all of Elgin; a maternal aunt, Angela Idoux of Orion, IL; as well as several cousins and numerous faithful friends.

David was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Carol in 1996, an infant sister, Elaine Cecilia, a brother, Kenneth and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 4, 1998.  Rev. Burneal Fick officiated.  Graveside committal services will be held Thursday, November 5, 1998 at 1 p.m. at the Big Rock South Welsh Cemetery, with interment to follow.

Memorials in David’s name may be made to the family to help offset medical expenses.             CC 11/5/1998

 

Nancy Jean Scott Miller     1998.11.20

Nancy Jean Scott Miller, 47, of 18383 Basswood St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708, passed away Tuesday night, November 3, 1998 at her home surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Nancy was born in Mt. Vernon, IL to Burrell and Bonnie Scott February 20, 1951.  She graduated from Vandalia High School in 1969.  She married David Miller of Shabbona in the Little Chapel of the West, Las Vegas, NV May 21, 1983.  Nancy was the accounting supervisor at Century 21 Beachside in Huntington Beach.  She enjoyed working in her rose garden.

She will be sadly missed by her husband and two sons at home; her mother and stepfather, Del and Bonnie Steffan of Floral City, FL, three sisters, Sharon (Sam) Aldridge of Effingham, IL, Theresa (Bennie) Downey of Gibson City, IL, and Sue (Eddie) Dean of Patoka, IL, her father and mother-in-law Warren and Delores Miller of Shabbona, a brother-in-law Doug of Denver, a sister-in-law Debbie (Gary) Rachas of Shabbona, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.  She was preceded in death by her father.

Funeral services were held Friday, November 6, 1998 at the Ferrara Colonial Mortuary followed by a cremation.  A memorial service will be held in Effingham, IL, the time and date to be announced later.  A memorial has been established. 

CC 11/12/1998

 

Clara Fritz Baumez     1998.11.21

Clara “Tante” Baumez, age 99 years, 11 months, and 25 days, of Big Rock, passed away Thursday, November 5, 1998 at the Sunrise-Hillside Healthcare Center, in Yorkville.  She was born November 11, 1898 in Germany, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christian (Marie) Fritz.

Clara was united in marriage January 17, 1925 in Chicago, IL to Mr. Adolph Baumez.  She was a loving homemaker who was deeply devoted to her family.  Among her hobbies, Clara enjoyed gardening vegetables and caring for her flowers.

Survivors include her son, Herman (Donna) Baumez of Big Rock; one grandson, Alan “Skip” (Terri) Baumez of Big Rock; three great grandchildren; Jason Baumez of Virginia, Andrew Baumez of Big Rock, and Holli Baumez of Big Rock; one great great granddaughter, Kaitlyn Nichole Baumez of Virginia; Mary Ann (Richard) Wallin, of Woodstock, GA whom, since the age of 3, she raised as her own daughter, as well as, Mary Ann’s three children, Linda, Brad and Julie who were like grandchildren to her; two nieces and one nephew, all in Germany; and many friends who will mess her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Adolph April 6, 1986, and two sisters, Elsa and Emma.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 15, 1998 at Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 Maple St., Hinckley.  Interment will be private.  There will be no visitation.  Please omit flowers.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes.  815-286-3247 or 630-553-7611.  Philip S. Nelson, owner and director.

  CC 11/12/1998

 

Marie I. Rowcliffe Krone     1998.11.22

Marie I. Krone, age 93, of Aurora, formerly of Batavia, passed away Monday, November 2, 1998 at the Countryside Care Center in Aurora.  She was born May 12, 1905 in Aurora, the daughter of William and Minnie (Nee Krause) Rowcliffe.

She was employed for several years at the former Campana Corporation in Batavia.

She is survived by her sister, DeNell Ward, of Aurora; four nieces, Dorothy (Frank) Hassler, of Hinckley, Marjorie Bortner of Batavia, Norma Scarpelli, of Springfield, VA and by Virginia (John) Schwenk, of Elburn; several great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Krone; three brothers, Donald, Lloyd and Tracy Rowcliffe, and by her sister, DeEtte Albert.

A private memorial service will be held.  Arrangements were handled by the Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home in Batavia.  

CC 11/12/1998

 

Jacob Edward Perales     1998.11.23

Jacob Edward Perales, infant son of Richard and Michelle (White) Perales, passed away unexpectedly early Thursday morning, November 12, 1998.  Just four months along in his nine month journey to this world, his death may be a mystery but his life will always be a cherished reality.

Anxiously awaited by his brother and sister, Marisa, (8) and Nicholas (6) Jacob is remembered with love by his grandparents, Don (Jean) White of Big Rock and Robert (Isabel) Perales of Hinckley, as well as his many aunts and uncles, Donald “Doc” (Kathi) White of Waterman, Debbie (Scott) Harnling of Aurora, Cheri (Keith) Michael of Somonauk, Cindy (Craig) Stevens of Aurora, Lori (Steve) Hintzsche of Kirkland, Carol (Brent) Bish of Hinckley, Jeff White of Hinckley, Robert (Kim) Perales of Aurora and Gloria (Jeff) Simpkins of Hinckley; twenty five cousins and many other relatives, among whom, Denise and Brian Migliorini hold an especially tender place in their hearts for Jacob.

He now joins both of his great grandparents and his infant brother, Richard Perales, who preceded him to Heaven in 1996.

His funeral service was held Saturday, November 14, at Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.  Fr. Richard Paddock, pastor of St. Gall Church, Elburn, officiated.  Arrangements in care of Conley Funeral Home.

Memorials in Jacob’s name may be mailed to the family in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119-8049.      CC 11/19/1998

 

Minolia Geraldine Server Agnich     1998.11.24

Minolia Geraldine (nee Server) Agnich, 89, passed away Monday, November 9, 1998 at Dogwood Nursing Home, Sandwich.

She was born in Coal City, and resided in the Joliet and Plainfield area most of her lifetime.

She is survived by three sons, Edward (Judy) of California, Donald (Janice) of Hinckley and Leonard of Minooka; two daughters, Geraldine Fredericks of Braidwood, Carol (Pete) Wiley of Brookport; a daughter-in-law, Dana Agnich, of Morris; 17 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Mary Agnich, of Joliet; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward G. Agnich in 1982; one son in infancy; a granddaughter, Cheryl Fredericks; and a daughter-in-law, Peggy Agnich; one brother and five sisters.

A chapel service was held Saturday, November 14 at the Tezak Funeral Home, Joliet.  Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Integrated Health Services, in care of Hospice of the Great Lakes, 152 W. Center Ct., Schaumburg, IL 60195.

    CC 11/19/1998

 

Harley E. Benson     1998.11.25

Harley E. “Soph” Benson, 74, of Shabbona died Sunday, November 22, 1998 at Bethany Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in DeKalb.

He was born August 22, 1924 in Waterman, the son of Sophus and Belle (Sampson) Benson.  Harley attended Rollo schools and graduated from Rollo High School.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1948 until 1951.  June 30, 1956 he married Lou Ann Whyte in Oak Park.

Harley farmed in the Rollo area for many years and was also employed by Shabbona School District for over 30 years, serving as a bus driver and as a custodian in the last few years at Lee Grade School.  He was a charter member and past president of the Shabbona Lions Club, a member of the Shabbona United Church of Christ, where he served on many boards and committees, and was a member of the Community Enrichment Association.

Harley was inducted into the Shabbona High School Sports Hall of Fame and was also inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coach’s Association Hall of Fame.  He served as scorekeeper for many years at Shabbona High School basketball games.

Survivors include his wife, Lou Ann Benson of Shabbona; three daughters, Jean Benson of DeKalb, Joan Benson of DeKalb, and Barbara (Paul) Salvatore of Sycamore; two grandchildren, Kristen and David Salvatore of Sycamore; a brother, Alvin (Arlene) Benson of Ravensdale, WA, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Edgar and Carol Hajic of DeKalb, one niece, several nephews and numerous cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be held at 11 Saturday morning, November 28, 1998 at the Shabbona United Church of Christ with Rev. James Shelton officiating.  Friends may call from 10 o’clock Saturday morning until the time of services at the church.

A memorial is being established.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.                          CC 11/26/1998

 

Edith Glasgow     1998.11.26

Edith Glasgow of Durand, IL, formerly of the Hinckley-Big Rock area passed away at Rockford Memorial Hospital November 18, 1998.  She was born June 30, 1909 in Ottawa.

Graveside services will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley November 27, 1998 at 11 a.m.        CC 11/26/1998

 

Helen L. Papenberg Farmer     1998.11.27

Helen L. Farmer, age 81, of DeKalb, formerly of Hinckley, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 1998 at the DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, in DeKalb. She was born September 4, 1917 in DeKalb County, the daughter of Henry and Minnie (Garbelman) Papenberg.

Helen was united in marriage May 24, 1940 to Mr. Ferdinand H. “Ferd” Farmer.  She was a loving mother, and grandmother who will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

Mrs. Farmer was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, in DeKalb.  She was formerly employed as a waitress by Gurlich Bakery, in Hinckley.  Helen loved gardening and flowers,  She enjoyed playing both the piano and the accordion.

Survivors include her two children, Judy (Bob) Ross, of Bruce, WI, and Steve (Jane) Farmer of DeKalb; three granddaughters, Jodi Ross, of Bruce, WI, Alyse and Laura Farmer, both of DeKalb, as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, “Ferd” in 1966; one brother, Everett and three sisters, Viola Haish, Esther Zuelke and Ruby Nelson.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 28, 1998 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley with Pastor Donald Balgeman, and Pastor E. George Krause, officiating.  Interment followed in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.                   CC 12/3/1998

 

James Dunlop, III     1998.11.28

James, “Jim” Dunlop, III, age 35 of Hinckley, died unexpectedly Friday evening, November 27, 1998 of injuries resulting from an auto accident near his home.  Taken in an instant from this life to the next, he did not leave, but lives instead in memory, no more than a moment away.

He was born June 26, 1963 in Aurora, the son of James W. Jr. and V. Janice (Leake) Dunlop.

Jim grew up in Batavia where he graduated from Batavia High School, and, except for a few other jobs, worked for Liquid Container in West Chicago where he was employed as a molding technician for the past 15 years.

Jim began hunting and trapping with his father when he was about eight years old.  He caught the fever early and it never left him.

His memberships read like the “Who’s Who” of hunting.  He was a member of Ducks Unlimited and the National American Hunting Club, the National Rifle Association, and Waterfowl U.S.A., Illiniois Trapper Association, Buck Master member of the National World Hunter’s Association.

February 14, 1997 he was united in marriage to Sarah K. Long in DeKalb and they made their home near Hinckley.  Born to them was a little girl who changed Jim’s life forever.  Her name is Allison and she could stop her daddy’s hunting fever in its tracks.  Daddy and daughter were two of a kind.  Both were virtual magnets to animals and pets of every kind and neither was afraid of anything.

In addition to his wife, Sarah, he is survived by their daughter Allison (1); his parents, James and Janice Dunlop of Batavia; one sister, Jane Lehman and her son, Jordan, of Aurora; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dennis and Susan Long of Kaneville; and his sisters-in-law, Laura Rudow and Debby Long, both of Kaneville; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

In addition he leaves an unnumbered countryside of animals with whom he held that strange yet natural relationship between hunter and hunted.  Though the wind will never again carry his scent across the fields, they will doubtless know his shadow fleeting in their very midst.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, James and Elenora Dunlop, Sr., and his maternal grandparents, Carl and Evelyn Leake.

His funeral service was held Wednesday, December 2, 1998 at Conley Funeral Home.  Private family committal services will follow at West Batavia Cemetery. 

Memorials in Jim’s name may be mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.                          CC 12/3/1998

 

Ronald Gene Hunt      1998.11.29

November 30, 1998, Ronald Gene Hunt, age 60, our best friend, loving husband, father and grandfather was called home.  He was born September 21, 1938 in Waterman the son of Harold and Doris (Kopp) Hunt.

He was a 1956 graduate of Waterman High School.  He later spent two years in the United States Army where he met his future wife, the former Nyla Solberg.  They were united in marriage February 9, 1963 in Tacoma, WA, and they spent the next 36 years of their lives together in Waterman.

Mr. Hunt was a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church.  He was employed by Barber Greene, now Caterpillar Corporation for over 32 years.  He was also the co-owner and operator of the Village Clock Travel in Waterman.  He was a member of the American Legion, the DeKalb Loyal Order of Moose and the Legion of the Moose.

Ron was an avid sports fan and spent many years coaching Little League and attending his children’s sporting events.  He also enjoyed fishing, boating, traveling and spending summers at his cottage in Wisconsin.

Survivors include he wife, Nyla, of Waterman; three children, Shannon (Gregory) Stark, of Waterman, Ronald (Melody) Hunt, Jr., of Hinckley, and Jeffrey (Dawn) Hunt, of Oswego; two grandchildren, Brandon Hunt and Shawn Stark; two brothers, Dick Hunt and Floyd (Julie) Hunt, both of Waterman; two sisters, Dorothy (Frank) Salerno, of Ohio, IL, and Rosalind Parrick, of Redondo Beach, CA; as well as several nieces and nephews and many friends who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held Thursday, December 3, 1998 at the Waterman Presbyterian Church.  Rev. James Ketzel officiated.  Interment followed in the North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.                    CC 12/10/1998

 

Lucille C. Meinhart Grimm     1998.11.30

Lucille C. Grimm, 72, of Tuscola, died at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 24, 1998, at the Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.

Funeral mass was held Saturday, November 28 at Forty Martyrs Catholic Church, Tuscola, with the Rev. Samuel Weber, OSB officiating.  Burial was in the Tuscola Cemetery.

Mrs. Grimm was born April 29, 1926 in Jasper County, the daughter of Leo and Margaret Garwood Meinhart.  She married Delbert I. Grimm April 7, 1954 in Tuscola.  He died March 17, 1997.

Survivors include five sons, Richard Grimm, Champaign, Chuck Grimm, Decatur, Doug Grimm, Jim Grimm and Lee Grimm, all of Tuscola; six daughters, Pat Davis of Broken Arrow, OK, Joyce Amacher, Savoy, Donna Franklin, Mahomet, Peggy Day, Payne, OH, JoAnne Grimm and Lisa Gibson, both of Tuscola; 16 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two brothers, Harold “Butch” Meinhart, Dietrich, and Donald Meinhart, Montrose; and two sisters, Bernice Bolander of Newton and Betty Kennedy of Tuscola.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Frank Meinhart, and one grandson, Joseph Franklin.   

Mrs. Grimm was a homemaker.  She attended Forty Martyrs Catholic Church and was a member of the Altar Society.  Her main pleasures in life were her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and friends.  She will forever be remembered in the hearts of those she touched.

Memorials may be made to Forty Martyrs Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society.                   CC 12/10/1998

 

 

                                Lee Waterman     1998.12.07

Lee Waterman, 47, of Hinckley, died as a result of an automobile accident, on Thursday, December 10, 1998.  He was born May 30, 1951 in Tokyo, Japan, the son of Homer and Miyoko (Nemoto) Waterman.

Lee was employed, for many years, as an automotive district manager with Hyundai Motor America.  He enjoyed remodeling houses in his spare time and was presently working on his home in Hinckley.

He is survived by his mother, Miyoko Waterman, of Kansas City, MO; one brother, Alan (Cheryl) Waterman, of Overland Park, KS; his dear friend, Nancy Bethel, of Hinckley.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, December 13 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.  Interment of cremains will take place in Kansas City, MO.

Visitation was held Saturday, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple Street, in Hinckley.       CC 12/17/1998

 

             Kenneth R. Marchbanks, Sr.     1998.12.10

Kenneth R. Marchbanks, Sr., 71, of Sandwich, IL passed away Wednesday, December 16, 1998 at his home. 

He was born October 13, 1927 in Beacon Grove, AR, the son of Garland and Una (Davidson) Marchbanks.  He married Verline Nelson on September 18, 1953 at Paragould, AR.

Kenneth served his country in the United States Air Force, and was an active supporter of disabled veterans.  He retired in 1989 after over 20 years of employment at Henry Pratt Co., in Aurora, IL.

He is survived by his two daughters, Linda (Larry) Kotecki of Sandwich, IL, Cathy (Jerry) Muncy of Shabbona, IL; and one son, Kenneth (Stacey) Marchbanks,  Jr. of Plano, IL; three grandchildren, Aaron Weilmuenster, Naomi Muncy and Kathryn Kotecki and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Verline in 1976 and a sister Kathryn Brown.

Visitation will be held from 12 noon until 2:00 Sunday, December 20, 1998 at the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk, IL, with  the Rev. Jeff Coester officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk.

Memorials may be directed to Disabled American Veterans.

 

Oliver B. Westphal     1998.12.14

Oliver B. Westphal, 79, of rural Maple Park passed away Thursday, December 24, 1998 at Bethany Health Care Center in DeKalb surrounded by his loving family.

He was born January 14, 1919 in Aurora, the son of Benjamin and Neva (Kraemer) Westphal.  He graduated from Hinckley High School in 1937.

He married Ruth L. Plapp April 9, 1939 at the Pierce Evangelical United Brethren Church in rural Maple Park, where he faithfully attended and served in various capacities for almost 60 years.

Oliver was a lifelong farmer.  He was a member of the Pierce Community United Methodist Church, served on the board of directors of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, East Pierce Cemetery Association Board, member of Gideons International, Rockford Shriners Temple and the Flying Farmers.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth; two daughters, Sandy (Dale) Cutsinger of Sugar Grove; Joanne Blackwood of Maple Park; one son, Dwight Westphal of Murphysboro; two grandchildren, Scott Blackwood of DuQuoin; Jodi (Kerry) Knippen of Aurora; one great grandson, Kayne Oliver Knippen; one sister, Dorothy (Henry) Birch of Perry, MO; nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Westphal.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 28, 1998 at the Pierce Community United Methodist Church in rural Maple Park.  Pastor Richard Wagner officiated.  Burial was in East Pierce Cemetery, Maple Park.

Memorials may be made to the East Pierce Cemetery Association, Gideons International or donor’s choice in care of the Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 South 4th St., DeKalb, IL 60115,  (815) 756-1022.            CC 12/31/1998

 

Karen L. Benson Maple     1998.12.19

Karen L. Maple, age 52, of Earlville, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 1998 at Provena Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.  She was born July 12, 1946 in DeKalb the daughter of B. L. “Bill” and Helen (Eichler) Benson.

She attended Rollo Grade School and was a 1964 graduate of Shabbona High School.  She attended both the Illinois Wesleyan and Western Illinois Universities.  In 1988 Karen completed her college degree at Northern Illinois University.

Karen was united in marriage March 25, 1967 in Rollo to Gerald Maple and they spent the next 31 years of their lives together.  She was a loving wife, mother, Grandmother, daughter, sister and aunt who will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

Mrs. Maple was a lifetime member of the Rollo United Church of Christ and was currently a trustee and Sunday School teacher.  She was employed in a number of areas throughout the years, including interior decorating, teaching, retail sales, and educational material sales.  She was also the owner and proprietor of the Fisherman’s Wife, in Shabbona.  Karen had a strong interest in her immediate and extended family.  She also had an avid interest in horses and flowers.

Survivors include her husband, Gerald “Jerry” Maple, of Earlville; three children, Douglass Maple, of Champaign, Andrea (Corey) Hanson of Rock Island and Matthew Maple of Monterey, CA; two grandsons, Noah and Nathaniel Hanson; her parents, Bill and Helen Benson of Earlville; four brothers, Wayne (Olga) Benson, of Lena, David (Mary Ann) Benson, of Plano, Scott (Andrea) Benson, of Rollo and Rick (Patti) Benson, of Lancaster, WI; as well as many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 2, 1999 at the Rollo United Church of Christ, in Rollo.  Rev. David Bateman officiated.  Interment followed in the North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.                                  CC 1/7/1999

 

Beverly J. Heyer Swanson     1998.12.21

Beverly J. Swanson, 61, of Eau Claire, passed away Thursday, December 10, 1998 in Robbinsdale, MN.

Beverly was born to Albert and Beatrice Heyer in Aurora on Valentine’s day, February 14, 1937.  She had fond memories of growing up in a large family in Hinckley.

She married Philip Swanson in 1956 and they have three children who were her greatest joy.  She had unlimited energy which she devoted to a career in medical office management.  She was a tireless volunteer at her church and at Wisconsin Public Radio.

Music always played an important part in family life.  Bev was a well known vocal soloist.  She sang in the church choir and in the Valley Gospel; Choir.  Beverly had a strong faith that carried her through the ups and downs of life and was especially helpful through her struggle with leukemia.

Bev Swanson is survived by her children and their families, Stephen and Susan Swanson, Minneapolis, Nat and Cecelia; Diane and Chris Sands, Waupaca, WI, Gretchen, Emma and Erik; Lisa Swanson and Bill Haskins, Lancaster, WI, Carli and Alex; and Dan Hsu and Linkit Yeong and Gwen, San Diego, CA.  She will be missed by countless friends and extended family members.

The family appreciates memorials to the Hubert H. Humphrey Cancer Center, 3300 Oakdale Plaza 100, Robbinsdale, MN 55422.

Funeral services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, WI Sunday, December 6, 1998. Pastor James Haerter officiated.                                          CC 12/10/1998

 

Everette L. Ziegler     1998.12.22

Everette L. Ziegler, age 71, of Waterman, passed away Wednesday, December 9, 1998 at the Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.  He was born November 2, 1927 in Maple Park, the son of Charles and Helen (Tisler) Ziegler.

Everette was united in marriage September 23, 1954 in Geneva to the former Maralyn Hamilton, and they spent the next 44 years of their lives together.

Mr. Ziegler was formerly employed as a truck driver for Hays Dairy, and later for DeKalb Feed and Hintzsche’s.

Survivors include his loving wife, Maralyn of Waterman; five children, Everette Lyle (Darlene) Ziegler, Jr., of Red Cloud, NE, Marvin Ziegler of Clearwater, FL, Danny (Jori) Ziegler, of DeKalb, Joyce (Dan) Berres, of Sycamore and Christine (Rick) Werman, of Waterman; fifteen grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one brother, Howard Ziegler of Sandwich; four sisters, Ida Smith, of Peru, KS, Veral Verley, of Cortland, Ethel Harvel, of DeKalb and Charlene (Vern) Adamson, of Leland; as well as many nieces and nephews and friends who will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, three brothers, one sister and one grandson.

Funeral services were held Friday, December 11, 1998 at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, in Waterman.  Rev. James Ketzel, of the Waterman United Methodist Church officiated.  Interment followed in the East Pierce Cemetery, in Maple Park.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.                                  CC 12/17/1998

 

Eloise Swain Watson     1998.12.23

Eloise Watson, 83, of North Aurora, passed away Wednesday, December 9, 1998 at Provena Mercy Center in Aurora.  She was born August 25, 1915 in Morristown, SE, the daughter of the late Frank and Mabel (Weaver) Swain.  Eloise was a devoted wife and mother.

Survivors include her daughter, Susan “Lyric” Watson of Waterman; two sisters, Vivian Swain of Aurora and
Thelma (Lyle) Swinehamer of Franklin, IN; a sister-in-law, Jane Swain of Lander, WY and several nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 55 years, Dr. S. B. Watson in 1996; one sister, Neva Virginia Cox and one brother, James H. Swain.

A memorial visitation was held Saturday, December 12, 1998 at the Healy Chapel.  Interment was private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mrs. Watson’s name may be made to CARE or to the charity of the donor’s choice.                                            CC 12/17/1998

 

Donald F. Jackson     1998.12.24

Donald F. Jackson, 69, of DeKalb, died Thursday morning (December 10, 1998) in Pine Acres Care Center DeKalb.

Born December 31, 1928 in Petaluma, CA, he was the son of William and Julia (Smith) Jackson.

Donald was married to the former Virginia Hilleson January 10, 1950 in Lee.  Donald worked for Spalding Fiber Company for many years before his retirement.  He has lived in the DeKalb community since 1955, coming here from Lee.  Donald served in the United States Air Force.  He was the past president of the DeKalb Eagles Club.

Survivors include wife, Virginia of DeKalb; son, Kenneth of DeKalb; daughter, Shelley (Steve) Stover of Armona, CA; granddaughters, Amy Jackson of DeKalb, Kimberly (James) Rocha of Washington; great grandchildren, Matthew Jackson-Moon of DeKalb, Kellsey Rocha of Washington; and a stepbrother, Bill Jackson of Tucson, AZ.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 15, 1998 in Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home.  Rev. E. George Krause officiated.  Burial was in Fairview Park Cemetery DeKalb.

Memorials may be made to the family to be established at a later date.  Arrangements made by Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home.                                   CC 12/17/1998

 

Zella Leona Rickard Lieving     1998.12.25

Zella Leona Lieving, age 85, of Waterman, passed away Monday, December 14, 1998 at her home.  She was born December 20, 1912 in Mason County, WV, the daughter of Ray and Bertha (Noble) Rickard.

Zella was united in marriage December 24, 1938 to Mr. Donald Lieving and they spent the next sixty years of their lives together.

Mrs. Lieving was a member of the Waterman Bible Church where she was involved in several church organizations, including “Kids Club”, which met for many years in her home.  She was formerly employed by both Tuttle Electric, in Kirkland and Rocket Pizza, as a pizza maker in Waterman.

Survivors include her husband, Donald of Waterman; two sons, Donald (Joan) Lieving, Jr. and Ervin (Judy) Lieving, both of Waterman; seven grandchildren eleven great grandchildren; four sisters, Louise McDermott, of Chesapeake, OH, Ada Vickers, of New Haven, WV, Edna Brown, of Rochelle, and Betty (Roger) Rasmussen, of Rochelle; several nieces and nephews; the Don Greif family, the Roger Scott family; as well as Tabby Nix, who has been caring for her at her home, and many dear friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Roy Lieving, one grandson, Tracy Lieving, one brother, Roy Rickard and one sister, Ellen Richard.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 18, 1998 at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman, with Pastor Gary Bowman, officiating.  Interment will follow in the North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman.

Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, December 17, 1998 at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, 116 North Birch, in Waterman.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.                                CC 12/17/1998

 

Frances E. Scholl Dempsey     1998.12.26

Frances E. Dempsey, 87, of Polo, died Wednesday, December 16, 1998 at St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford.

She was born November 15, 1911, in Dixon, the daughter of Frank W. and Bertha (Froude) Scholl.  She married Fern K. Dempsey March 1, 1936 in Dixon.  She taught in several one room schools and also ten years for the Polo School System.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Polo, PAL Club an Christian Women’s Club.  She was known by many in the area for her corn husk dolls and other crafts and, in later years, educational picture books for children.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary (Robert) Egli of Hendersonville, TN and Carol Dempsey of Treasure Island, FL, two sons, Robert (Marcia) Dempsey of Waterman, and Richard (Joette) Dempsey of Dunmore, PA; two sisters, Kathryn (Ted) Lord of Lakewood, CO and Elizabeth (George) Beatty of Sterling; nine grandchildren, Eric, Elizabeth, Briana and James Egli, Krista Mulligan, Diane Dempsey, Alex Jack and Chad Dempsey; and two great grandchildren, Alex Dempsey and Kailey Mulligan.

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

Funeral services were held Monday, December 21, 1998 at East Jordan Church in Sterling.  Rev. Russell Coats and Rev. Luke Schier officiated.  Burial will be at East Jordan Cemetery in Sterling.  A memorial has been established.

Arrangements were completed by Benson Funeral Home, 110 E. Dixon, Polo.                              CC 12/24/1998

 

George Albert Heath     1998.12.27

George Albert Heath, 88, of Shabbona, formerly of Yorkville, died Friday, December 18, 1998 at the Shabbona Health Care Center.  He was born October 22, 1910 in Janesville, WI to James A. and Rena (Banker) Heath.

He served in the US Army during World War II and had retired as a crane operator at the Austin-Western Equipment Co. in Aurora after 30 years of employment.

He is survived by his two nephews, Arthur “Marie” Miller of Sheridan, Russell Miller of Yorkville; a niece, Irene Schultz of Boynton Beach, FL; a great nephew, Arthur Miller of Boulder Hill; a great niece, Judith Seitzinger of Sheridan; two great great nephews, Robert Dodge of Sheridan, Randy Dodge of Florida; three great great nieces, Lorena Kramer of Glen Ellyn, Jennie Miller of Aurora, Julie Miller of Aurora; five geat great great nieces and nephews; and three great great great great nieces.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Orin; and a sister, Maude Miller.

Private burial of cremains will be held at Lincoln Park.  Memorials are directed to the Family Church of the Nazarene, 333 W. Church St., P.O. Box 297, Sheridan, IL.  60551-0297.

Arrangements were by the Larson-Gabel Funeral Home Ltd., 335 W. Church St., Sheridan, IL 60551-0027, phone (815) 496-2003.                                             CC 12/24/1998

 

Claudia B. Paatterson Taylor     1998.12.28

Claudia B. Taylor, 86, of Rockford, formerly of Shabbona died Saturday December 19, 1998 at Fairview Plaza Nursing Home in Rockford, where she had been a resident for many years.

She was born November 25, 1912 in Hinckley, the daughter of Charles and Sarah (Caldwell) Patterson.  Claudia married Allen Taylor in 1934.

She was employed as a housekeeper for many years by various families in the Shabbona area.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Jackson of Moline; two sisters, Geraldine Geathier of Aurora and Helen Carter of Aurora; 7 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandson and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Allen October 8, 1980, four brothers, six sisters and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 23, 1998 at Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  Rev. Jeff Coester, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Shabbona officiated.  Burial was in Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman.      CC 12/24/1998

 

Normajean Marie Hartle Boring     1998.12.29

Normajean Marie Boring, of Shabbona, relinquished herself to the arms of her mother December 19, 1998, after a long and valiant battle against cancer.

Born in Aurora June 15, 1929 to LeRoy Sr., and Verna Hartle, she spent most of her adolescent life in Paw Paw with her grandparents, Everett and Addie Powers.  The memories of her life there, with her brother, LeRoy II, were fond and she recalled them often for her children and grandchildren throughout the years.

Normajean lived in Aurora for many  years, later moving to the Maple Park/Elburn area, where she worked for many years.  She then moved to Shabbona, where she made close friends who helped her maintain her grace and dignity throughout her long illness.

She leaves behind her six children, Richard Vanjoske of Gatesville, TX, Michael (Diane) M. Vanjoske of Newark, Steven (Shirley) Vanjoske of Newark, Veronica (Thom) Braddish of Shabbona, Mary K. (Cass) Close of Marseilles, and Judi (Joe) Heath of Seneca; her brother, LeRoy A. (Mary Ellen) Hartle; 1 niece, 3 nephews and her special angels, her 26 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren, along with special friend Teri Paulin and her wonderful nurses through the Hospice Program and the DeKalb County Health Department in DeKalb, Melody Aspinwall, Pam Stahl and Kari Hickey.

There will be no visitation, cremation will take place through Butala Funeral Home in Sycamore.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to DeKalb County Hospice in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178.  for information, please call (815) 895-2833.          CC 12/31/1998

 

Richard Eugene Davis      1998.12.30

Richard Eugene Davis, age 45, of Hinckley, passed away December 26, 1998 at his home.  He was born December 22, 1953 in DeKalb, the son of Charles Eugene and Georgia (McCain) Davis.

Mr. Davis was a member of the First Baptist Church of Carterville.  He was currently employed by J.J.’s Restaurant, in Hinckley.  Richard loved the outdoors, especially fishing and farming.

Survivors include his sister, Karen Lee Durfee, of Marion; one nephew, Kevin Chad Durfee, of Marion; as well as many friends who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 30, 1998 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.  Interment will take place at a later date in Carterville.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.                                       CC 12/31/1998

 

Leslie Brandt Hansen     1998.12.31

Mr. Leslie Brandt Hansen, 71, of Rochelle, formerly of Aurora, passed away Friday, December 25, 1998 at Rochelle Hospital.  He was born January 29, 1927 in Lisle, the son of the late John B. and Karen (Anderson) Hansen.

Mr. Hansen served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Porter of Aurora, Carolyn Hansen of Wheatridge, CO and Patricia (Jake) Powell of Rochelle; seven grandchildren, Tammy and Tiffany Porter of Rochelle, Tanya, Tanisha and Tommy Porter of Aurora, John Harper of Lee and Jennifer Hansen of Rochelle; four great grandchildren, Danny and Jaycee of Rochelle and Jasmine and Tommy of Aurora; two brothers, Vernon of White Plains, MO and Eugene of Vandalia; one sister, Mary Johanson of Rockford and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Robin J. Hansen June 13, 1994; a daughter, Nancy in infancy; two brothers, Harold and John; and one sister, Eleanor. 

Funeral services were held Monday, December 28, 1998 at the Healy Chapel in Aurora.                          CC 12/31/1998

 

Mildred Viola Hanson Powell     1998.12.32

Mildred Viola Hanson Powell, age 84 years, 4 months, passed away to Glory Land December 25, 1998 at 9:48 a.m. Eastern at Penney Farms Florida Retirement Community’s Pavilion Clinic following a more than seven months battle with pancreatic cancer.

Mildred was born August 16, 1914 at Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, CT, to Carl Axel and Catherine Marie (Rentz) Hanson. After graduating from Stratford (CT) High School in 1931, she entered the Bridgeport (CT) Hospital School of Nursing in 1932, graduating September 4, 1935, a licensed Registered Nurse and worked at that hospital in Private Duty until moving to Aurora College’s Spartan Terrace in August 1950 so her husband could attend the college to become an Advent Christian Minister.  She worked General and Private duty at Copley Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital until 1955 when the family moved to Palmer, IL, her husband’s first pastorate.  The family returned to Spartan Terrace in 1957 and she continued nursing until 1964, even while living in Sheridan, IL and Montgomery, IL where her husband was ordained a Methodist Elder in 1963.  When her husband retired in 1978, they moved to Penney Farms Florida Retirement Community, where she obtained a Florida license in 1978 and continued nursing within the retirement community until finally retiring in 1989.

Mildred attended Aurora College from 1952-1960 earning 59 credit hours.

Mildred is survived by her son, Richard H. Powell of Hinckley, IL; a first cousin in Florida, 2 granddaughters, Kari (Tom) Richards and Susan (Stan) Spraggon, both of Newark, IL; 6 great grandchildren, all of Newark, IL; 3 nephews and 1 niece in Connecticut; 1 niece in the Virgin Islands; 1 niece in St. Louis; and her loving sister-in-law, Muriel Hanson of Sandy Hook, CT.

She was preceded in death by her father in 1918; her stepfather in 1955, both in Connecticut; her mother in 1970 in Maine; her brother, Carl A. in 1989 in Connecticut; and her husband of 56 years, Rev. Richard C. April 9, 1997, whom she lovingly nursed through bladder cancer for eleven years.

A memorial service was held December 30, 1998 at Penney Farms, FL.  Both Mildred and Richard C.’s cremains will be interred in Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley, IL in the spring of 1999.  Condolences may be sent to Dick Powell, P.O. Box 429, Hinckley, IL 60520.                                         CC 1/7/1999

 

                          Ione E. Schmidt Voss     1999.01.01

Ione E. Voss, age 85, a lifelong resident and active community member of Hinckley, passed away Monday, January 4, 1999 at her home.  She was born August 29, 1913 in Shabbona, IL, the daughter of Oscar LeRoy and Lillian Dorothy (Freundt) Schmidt.

Ione was united in marriage on August 29, 1934 in Hinckley, to Mr. Martin J. Voss and was his beloved wife and helpmate for the next 56 years.  Mr. Voss was the founder of Voss Motor Sales in Hinckley.  She was deeply loved as a caregiver and advisor to her family.

Her grandparents homesteaded the family farm, a part of which is the site of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, her home church.  She received a Registered Nursing Degree from Wesley Memorial Hospital Northwestern University, in Chicago.  Ione was a member of the Hinckley Women’s Club, and was very active in school and community activities.

Survivors include her daughter, Deborah (William) Mechlenburg, of Fontana, WI, and her son, James (Nancy) Voss, of Arlington Heights, her daughter-in-law, Lolly Voss, of Hinckley, ten grandchildren, Brian (Sharon) Voss of Eagan, MN, Elizabeth (Jeoffrey) Robinson of Trabuco Canyon, CA, Mark (Michelle) Voss, of Madison, WI, Eric (Sharon) Voss of Glen Carbon, IL, William (Kimberly) Mecklenburg of Castle Pines, CO, Catherine (Jay) Sanders of Oak Park, Steven (Bridget) Voss of Mountain view, CA. Andrew (Deb) Voss, of Chicago, Matthew (Angi) Voss, M. D., of Waterbury, CT, and Peter Voss of Fontana, WI, her granddaughter-in-law, Kristin Voss of Madison, WI, seven great grandchildren, Alexandria, Griffin and Deidree Voss, Nicholas Robinson, Tristan Voss, Jack and Benjamin Sanders, as well as many friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Martin, on June 8, 1991, three sons, John, David, and Phillip, and one grandson, Aaron.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 7, 1999 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Hinckley, with Pastor Donald Balgeman, officiating.  Ione’s grandsons will serve as pallbearers.  Interment will follow in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, in Hinckley.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 1999 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St., Hinckley.

Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Hinckley Fire Dept., or the donor’s choice.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, (815) 265-3247 or (630) 553-7611, Philip S. Nelson, Owner and Director

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                  Burdell Charles Swenson     1999.01.10

Burdell Charles Swenson, 82, of Leland, died January 12, 1999 in Pleasant View Luther Home in Ottawa.  He was born October 9, 1916 in Leland, the son of C. Clarence and Helen (Anderson) Swenson.

He married Marilyn Larson on January 14, 1938.  She preceded him in death in June 1976.  He then married Patsy (Logue) West of Shelbyville, IL, on September 4, 1976 in St. Petri Lutheran Church, Leland.  He attended Bethany Lutheran Church and St. Petri Lutheran of Leland.  He farmed in the Hinckley and Leland areas for many years before retiring.  He was active in the Christian Rural Overseas Program.

Memorials may be directed to the Pleasant View Luther Home in Ottawa.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 16 at the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk, with Pastor William Tammen officiating.  Burial was in Leland Cemetery.  Visitation was Friday, January 15 at the funeral home.

He is survived by his wife, Patsy of Leland; his step mother, Margaret (Holman) Swenson of Sandwich; two sons, Jim (Dawn) Swenson of Colorado Springs, CO, and David (Susan) Swenson of Leland; two daughters, Diane (Michael) Skinner and Vonda (Sean) McConnell, both of Shelbyville, IL; 12 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; two brothers, Clarion (Jean) Swenson and Glen (Caroll) Swenson, both of Sandwich; four sisters, Charlotte Johnson of Leland, Marian (Kermit) Elleby of Morris, Helen (William) Tammen of Ottawa, and Carol (Tom) Scidmore of Newark; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Marilyn, in 1976; and a daughter, Patty in 1942.

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                                       Marion Bray     1999.01.17

Marion “Ned” Bray, 77, of Paw Paw, IL, formerly of Sandwich, died Tuesday, January 19, 1999 at Shabbona Health Care Center in Shabbona.  He was born October 8, 1921 in Gleanings, KY, the son of James Marion and Mary Ellen (Dodson) Bray.

Ned was united in marriage on December 24, 1942 in St. Charles, MO to the former Norma M. Carroll and they spent the next 56 years of their lives together.

Mr. Bray was a very active member of the Rollo United Church of Christ, having served for many years as a Church Deacon as well as both a Church Trustee and Sunday School Superintendent.  He farmed for over 32 years in the Rollo area.  Ned was also employed for 22 years by the Caterpillar Corporation in Montgomery.  He was a member of the Mendota Elks Club, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, and a former member of the Sandwich Moose Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Norma, of Paw Paw; three children, Jenifer Lynn Bray of Plainfield, Kenneth (Vicki) Bray, of Shabbona and William Bray of Irving, TX; five grandchildren, Jeremy (Tania) Ricken of Oswego, Juliet Ricken of Alton, Kristopher Bray of Shabbona, Nicole and Kristen Bray, both of Allen, TX; one step-granddaughter, Tiffany Bennett, of Elk Grove Village; one sister, Bessie Sprowles of Hodgenville, KY; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Thomas, Richard and Herlie Bray; one sister, Ida Underwood; and an infant son, James Marvin Bray.

Funeral services were held Saturday January 23 at the Rollo United Church of Christ, with Pastor David Bateman officiating.  Interment followed in the Johnson Grove Cemetery in Waterman.

Visitation was Friday, January 22 at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, 116 N. Birch St., in Waterman.

Memorials may be made to the Rollo United Church of Christ.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.                      CC 1/28/1999  

 

Agnes Helen Duffy Murray     1999.01.25

Agnes Helen Murray, 98, of DeKalb, died January 4, 1999 in Pine Acres Care Center DeKalb.

Born May 29, 1900 in Shabbona, she was the daughter of Hugh and Agnes (Kelly) Duffy.

Agnes was married to the late John Lyons Murray in 1929 in St. James Catholic Church in Lee.  All her life she was a homemaker and a very loving mother; her grandfather, Martin Duffy was one of the early settlers in the Shabbona area.  She has lived in DeKalb and has attended S. Mary’s Catholic Church for over 75 years.

Survivors include her son, Jack of Glendale, OH; grandchildren, Mary Murray of Dublin, Ireland, Ann Geraghty of Bel Air, MD, John D. Murray of Arlington, VA, Elizabeth Vittori of Springfield, VA; great grandchildren, Andrew and Katherine Geraghty, John Patrick Vittori and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by parents, husband, John, five brothers, Martin, James, Lawrence, Henry and Van (Sylvester).

Funeral mass was held Friday, January 8, 1999 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church DeKalb.  Father Steve Knox officiated.  Burial was in St. James Catholic Cemetery in Lee.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer society or the Juvenile Diabetes Association.  Arrangements made by Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home.            CC 1/14/1999

Virginia Hyde Hood     1999.01.26

Virginia Hyde Hood, 75, of rural Earlville, passed away January 4, 1999 at her home.  She was born July 14, 1923 in Rollo, the daughter of Henry F. and Gussie (Parker) Hyde.  She married Elmer E. Hood December 15, 1945 in Chicago.  She lived nearly her entire life on her family farm.

Blind since her teenage years, she frequently spoke with various civic groups on meeting the challenges of her handicap.  She was an avid knitter an published the cook book “Cookalong”.  She was  an active member of Rollo Congregational Church and various civic organizations.

Cremation has been accorded.  There will be no visitation, and private interment will be at a later time.  Memorials may be made to her church.  Arrangements entrusted to the Hanley-Turner Funeral Home in Earlville.                 CC 1/14/1999

 

George E. Finck     1999.01.27

George E. Finck, 88, of 106 W. Eighth St., Gridley, IL died at 10:40 a.m. January 12, 1999 at OSF St. James Medical Center in Pontiac, IL.

Funeral services were held Saturday January 16, 1999 at Trinity Lutheran Church, El Paso, IL.  Rev. Bruce Lakamp officiated.  Burial was in Gridley Cemetery.

Mr. Finck was born July 6, 1910 at Gridley, the son of Adolph and Marie Euken Finck.  He married Mable E. Reustman January 8, 1936 at Minonk.  She survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Robert (Sandra) Finck of Secor, IL, Larry (Lynda) Finck of Gridley and Ricky (Cheryl) Finck of Hinckley; two daughters, Joyce (LaVerne) Hinthorne of El Paso and Linda (Marvin) Moe of Lakeville, MN, one sister Henrietta Wilhelm of Indianapolis, IN; fifteen grandchildren; twenty five great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three grandchildren and one great grandson.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church El Paso, the Buzzards Roost of Gridley, Gridley Senior Citizens Club, Gridley Community Club and McLean County Farm Bureau.  He was a lifetime farmer in the Gridley and Flanagan areas.

George and his wife celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary the week prior to his death.  His keen sense of humor and quick wit will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Memorials may be directed to the Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund or Memorial Fund.                  CC 1/21/1999

 

Dorothy L. Ford     1999.01.28

Dorothy L. Ford, age 87, of Aurora, passed away Monday, January 18, 1999 at Rush Copley medical Center.  She was born July 28, 1911 in Aurora.

Dorothy was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Alamo Chapter # 693 Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include her brother, Merritt Ford of Aurora; two nephews, Gary (Martha) Ford of Aurora and Forrest (Kayla) Ford of Hinckley..

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ella Ford, and one brother, Herbert Ford of LaPorte, CO.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 22 at the Healy Chapel.  Rev. Robert Urquhart and Rev. Calvin Marcum will officiate.

Interment will be in Spring Lake Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506, (630) 897-9291.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 325 E. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60505, or to the donor’s choice.

The family wishes to thank all the doctors and nurses at family Practice.                    CC 1/21/1999

 

Mildred H. Klein Lund     1999.01.29

Mildred “Millie” H. Lund, 83, of Rochelle departed this life Monday, January 18, 1999 at Rochelle Hospital after a brave battle with ALS.  She was born  July 28, 1915 in Hinckley, the daughter of George and Florence (Nelson) Klein.  She graduated from Hinckley High School class of 1933.

Mildred married LaVerne B. Lund April 19, 1941 at St. Paul’s Church in Hinckley.  Prior to retirement, she had worked at DeKalb Ag, Rochelle State Bank.  She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Rochelle, the Eastern Star, Rochelle Hospital auxiliary, Rochelle Women’s Club, Northern Lights, sons of Norway, First Presbyterian Church Afternoon Circle and the Home Extension.

Survivors include two daughters, Gloria (Gus) Hoffman of Manhattan beach, CA, and Sylvia Glaws of Rochelle; four granddaughters, Jennifer, Elizabeth and Jackie Glaws and Stacy Hoffman; his brother, Lawrence “Larry” Klein of DeKalb; and her sister, Myrtle (Harold) Wilson of Sycamore.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband in 1994.

Visitation was Thursday, January 21 at Unger-Horner Funeral Home in Rochelle.  Funeral services were held at First Presbyterian Church in Rochelle Friday, January 22.  Interment was at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Rochelle or Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS).     CC 1/28/1999  

 

Theodore K. Kipping     1999.01.30

Theodore K. kipping, age 71, died January 28, 1999 at his home in Shabbona.  Mr. Kipping was born in Chicago, August 27, 1927.  He was a resident of Naperville for over 40 years and a 6 month resident of Shabbona.

Mr. Kipping was employed with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for 32 years, retiring in 1989 as chief of security.

Mr. Kipping was an U.S. Army veteran.  He was an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, serving as Flotilla Commander.  He was a life member of the NRA, the Isaac Walton League, Duck’s Unlimited, and a member of the American Legion Post #76, Wheaton.

Mr. Kipping is survived by his son, Theodore (Barbara) of Naperville. and daughter Beth (Joseph) Johnson of Big Rock; two grandchildren, Ryan and Jennifer Kipping; his sister, Betty Conlon of St. Charles.  He was preceded in death by his parents Maxwell and Ada nee Arp, and his wife, Dorothy C. nee Jones.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 2, 1999 at the Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home, Naperville.  Interment was private                                           CC 2/4/1999  

 

 

 

                            Arthur E. Alfredson     1999.02.02

Arthur E. Alfredson, age 86, of Big Rock, passed away at his home on Tuesday, February 9, 1999.  He was born July 30, 1912 in Plano, IL the son of Emil and Frieda (Magnusson) Alfredson.

Mr. Alfredson was a member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock.  Art farmed for several years until he went into the trucking business.  He was, for over 25 years, the owner and operator of Art Alfredson Trucking and Grain, in Big Rock.  Art was, for over 40 years a member of the Aurora Moose Lodge #400, as well as a member of the Kane County Farm Bureau.  He enjoyed nothing more than working in his garden and orchard.

Survivors include his daughter, Patricia (Burton) Callmer, of Yorkville; two grandchildren, James Callmer, of Yorkville, his fiance Bobbi Whitfield, of Millbrook and Tracy Callmer of Yorkville; two sisters-in-law, Majora Alfredson, of Big Rock and Betty Williams, of Montgomery; as well as several nieces, nephews and many friends who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 51 years, Gladis, on June 6, 1997, and one brother, Harold Alfredson.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 12, 1999, at the Lincoln Memorial Park, in Aurora, with Reverend Richard Lewis officiating. 

Friends may call on Thursday, February 11, 1999 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 410 E. Countryside Parkway, Yorkville.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson, Owner and Director, (630) 553-7611.           CC 2/18/1999  

 

                               Alta Weber Clark     1999.02.10

Alta Clark, age 93, of Hinckley, passed away Sunday, February 21, 1999 at the Sunrise-Hillside Healthcare Center, in Yorkville.  She was born June 13, 1905 in Hinckley, IL, the daughter of Herman and Jessie (Williams) Weber.

Alta was married on January 23, 1926 in Hinckley to Mr. Ace K. Clark.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister, who will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

Mrs. Clark was a very active member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church, serving in a variety of ways, including arranging the altar flowers for the Sunday services and belonging to the United Methodist Woman’s Organization.  She was both a member of the Squaw Grove Library Board and past president of the Hinckley Women’s Club.  Alta was an avid golfer at the Edgebrook Country Club in Sandwich.

Survivors include her two daughters, Gretchen Bastian, of Hinckley and Nancy Wright of Washington, IL; six grandchildren, Amie Carey of Hinckley, Greta (Bruce) Martin of Aurora, Keith (Lori) Bastian of Hinckley, Scott (Lisa) Bastian of Warrenville, David (Becky) Wright of Champaign and Jennifer Jill (Peter) Fazekas of Stratford, CT, eight great grandchildren, and one sister, Ruth Heeg of Aurora, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ace on September 9, 1993, one sister, Mabel Haupt, and two sons-in-law, Gene Bastian and Charles Wright.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 25, 1989 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St., Hinckley.

Memorials may be made to the Hinckley United Methodist Church or the Squaw Grove Public Library.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Hinckley.  815/286-3247 or 630/553-7611 Philip S. Nelson, Owner and Director.                                       CC 2/25/1999  

 

                              William Ray Frost     1999.02.15

William Ray Frost, age 83, of Hinckley, passed away Monday, February 22, 1999 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, in DeKalb.  He was born June 29, 1915 in Dix, IL, the son of Henry and Lucy (Ward) Frost, and was raised on a farm in the Waterman area, with three brothers and four sisters.  He was a 1933 graduate of the Waterman High School.  Ray’s “claim to fame” was the track record he held in the 100 yard dash, until 1975.  He also held the 400 yard dash record for over 50 years.  After graduating from high school, he farmed with his father raising hogs and grain.

On October 25, 1939 he was united in marriage to Theola Reingardt.  They made their first home in Waterman and then in 1947 they moved to Hinckley.  After Theola’s passing in 1979, he was united in marriage on April 11, 1981 to the former Ginger (Marvick) Maple, the mother of two sons, Jerry and John.

Mr. Frost was a long time member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church.  Upon retiring, Ray enjoyed traveling, golfing, gardening, and working part time on the farm.  He was a member of the Waterman Masonic Lodge #728 AF & AM, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and the Indian Oaks Country Club.  Ray was a kind and giving person, always more than willing to help others.  He will be missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his loving wife, Ginger, of Hinckley; three children, Jim Frost of Atlanta, GA, Sharon (Jim) Joyner of St. Charles, MO, and Bill (Sandi) Frost of Hinckley; two step-sons, Jerry Maple of Earlville and John Maple, of Hinckley; one grandson, Don (Denise) Frost, of Hinckley; two great grandchildren, Kara and Chad Frost, of Hinckley; three step-children, Doug Maple, of Champaign, Andrea (Cory) Hansen, of East Moline and Matthew Maple, of Monterey, CA; two step grandchildren, Noah and Nathaniel Hansen, of East Moline; and one brother, Paul (Jen) Frost, of Bono, AR; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Theola; one step-daughter-in-law, Karen Maple; two brothers, and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 1999 at the Hinckley United Methodist Church, with Pastor D. Robin Benson and Pastor Paul Zernan officiating.  Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery, in Hinckley.

Friends may call from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday February 24, 1999 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St., in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, 815-286-3247 or 630-553-7611, Philip S. Nelson, Owner and Director.

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Miles E. Lane     1999.02.22

Mile E. Lane, 93, of Shabbona passed away Sunday, February 7, 1999 in Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

He was born January 15, 1906 at home on the family farm, the eldest child of Oscar E. and Anna (O’Connell) Lane.  He was united in marriage January 1, 1931 to Fern Boyle in Crown Point, IN.

Miles was an avid farmer in the Shabbona  area all of his life.  In his early years he farmed with his father on the farm where he was born.  After his marriage, he moved with his wife to the neighboring farm where he lived and worked the remainder of his life.  In his later years he helped his son-in-law and grandson work the farm and was usually seen following farming operations in his golf cart, checking to see that everything was being done correctly.  In the summer months, Miles could usually be seen with a hoe in his hand waging his one man war against the weeds he hated so much.  He was an enthusiastic member of the Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Society.

He is survived by a daughter, Helen (Albert) Pickwell of Shabbona; a grandson Lane (Joyce) Pickwell of Shabbona; a great grandson, Christopher Edward Pickwell of Shabbona; a nephew Kenneth (Jane) Flewellin of Shabbona; two nieces, Annabelle (Flewellin) Schlesinger of Paw Paw and Joanne (Hill) Colby of Elburn and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 61 years March 21, 1992 and two sisters, Marguerite Flewellin and Grace Hill.

His funeral service was held Wednesday morning, February 10, 1999 at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  Rev. James Shelton, interim pastor of the Shabbona United Church of Christ officiated.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery Shabbona.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established for the Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Museum.    CC 2/11/1999  

 

James A. Hayton     1999.02.23

James A. Hayton, 60, of Oswego, passed away suddenly Monday, February 8, 1999 at Provena Mercy Center in Aurora.  He was born September 12, 1938 in Pawtucket, RI, the son of Lloyd and Eva (Nanni) Hayton.

Jim was united in marriage February 20, 1959 in Aurora to the former Doris Irwin and they spent the next 40 years of their lives together. 

Mr. Hayton was a member of the Yorkville United Methodist Church.  Jim was retired from the beverage distribution business and was a member of Local Teamsters #423.  He was currently employed as a bus driver for the Far West Regional Services.  Jim spent many happy hours with his family and friends.  He also enjoyed his hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Doris of Oswego; three daughters, Barbara (Jeff) Cole of Big Rock, Linda (Nacho) Muniz of Panorama City, CA and Cindy (Bill) Ohse of Yorkville; five grandchildren, Stephanie and Kristin Tripp, Alex Cole and Tara and Chad Ohse; his father, Lloyd Hayton of Aurora; five sisters, Edie (Dennie) Hard, Pam (Jay) Hutchinson, Carolyn (Cliff) Besch, Sharon (Pat) Konen and Debbie (George) Pearce, all of Aurora; two brothers, Bill (Pat) Hayton of Aurora and Jerry (Nancy) Hayton of Hinckley; one brother-in-law, Charlie (Bennie) Irwin of Bath, NH and Lil (Frank) Books of Lisbon, NH; numerous nieces and nephews and many dear friends, especially James, Sue and Ashley Shropshire.

He was preceded in death by his son, Joe Hayton, May 8, 1993 and his mother, Eva Hayton March 9, 1989.

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 11, 1999 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home in Yorkville. Rev. Tom Cross officiated.  Interment followed in the Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Aurora.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.                                          CC 2/18/1999  

 

Richard Alan Boring     1999.02.24

Richard Alan Boring, age 61, of Plano passed away suddenly Friday, February 12, 1999 at the Fountain Medical Center in Sandwich. He was born January 20, 1938 the son of Robert S. and Mildred (Marquardt) Boring, Sr.

Mr. Boring had attended the English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock.  He had been employed in the Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning business. Richard served his country in the United States Army.

Survivors include his mother, Mildred Boring; two daughters, Lisa and Teresa Boring, of Colorado; four brothers, Robert (Reva) Boring of  Marseilles, Raymond Boring of Aurora, Ronald (Marlene) Boring, of Andalusia, AL, and Roger (Dianne) Boring of Paw Paw; one sister, Carol (Bill) Sanford, of Plano, his many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and one great great nephew, as well as many friends who will miss hi dearly.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert A. Boring, Sr., and his wife, Norma.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 15, 1999 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, in Plano.  Interment followed in the South Big Rock Cemetery, Big Rock.

Pallbearers were Ed Mamayek, Al Speenberg, Richard Miech, James Hill, Ken Collins and William Hatcher.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.                                  CC 2/25/1999  

 

Helen E. Hoyt Scott     1995.02.25

Helen E. Scott, age 99, of Big Rock, passed away Wednesday morning, February 17, 1999 at her home.  Just two months short of her centennial birthday, Helen passed away peacefully as she slept.

She was born April 29, 1899 on the family farm near Keslinger and Dauberman roads, the daughter of Edward and Della (Sharp) Hoyt.

Helen grew up in the Elburn area where she graduated from high school and in 1919 was united in marriage to Byron R. Scott the fifth of November.  They made their home on the Scott farm north of Big Rock for many years until 1960 when Helen moved to the present family home following Byron’s passing.

She was a member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ, Big Rock where she was also active in the Willing Workers for many many years.  She was also a charter member of the former Anemone Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Elburn.

Helen possessed a rare jewel of character that made her a “queen” in many eyes.  She always sought and found the silver lining in life’s misfortunes and the “diamond of good” in every soul.  She lived nearly a hundred years but her heart was ever young and countless are the memories that will live a century more, in the lives of those she loved.

She is survived by three children, Byron (Roberta) Scott and Burton (Lois) Scott, both of Big Rock and Marilyn (Royce) Thompson of DeKalb; eight grandchildren, Ronda (Greg) Beels and Byron Scott, Jr., both of Big Rock, the late Bonnie Woodrick, (Mrs. Bob Woodrick) of Hinckley, Margo (Vernon) Herrmann of Big Rock, Stephen (Lynn) Scott of Aurora, John Scott of Irvine, CA, Douglas (Donna) Thompson of Sycamore, Janey (Jim) Mitchell of Odessa, FL; 14 great grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; her ever present and patient friend and caregiver, Allina and a community of good friends.

She now joins her parents; her husband, Byron, and their daughter, Bonnie as well as two brothers, Harvey and Howard Hoyt who preceded her in death.

Visitation was held Friday, February 19, 1999 at the English Congregational United Church of Christ, Big Rock, and Saturday at the church.  The Rev. Dr. Byron Henn officiated.  Interment followed at Kaneville Cemetery.

Memorials in her name may be given to the English Congregational United Church of Christ, Third and Rhodes St., Big Rock 60511.                              CC 2/25/1999  

 

Louis J. Pesut     1999.02.26

Father Louis J. Pesut, age 74, of Lee and formerly of DeKalb, died Sunday, February 21, 1999 in his family’s residence.  Born November 11, 1924 in DeKalb he was the son of Nicholas S. and Ann (Matevich) Pesut.

Father was ordained May 3, 1955 in St. James Procathedral Rockford.  He attended St. Mary’s Parochial School in DeKalb, DeKalb Township High School, Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN, the University of Detroit; he then went on to complete his seminary studies at St. John’s Seminary, Little Rock, AR.  After his ordination he served as associate pastor of Our Lady of Good Council Church of Aurora, St. James Church of Belvidere, St. Patrick Church of Rochelle, St. Monica Church of Carpentersville, St. Nicholas Church of Aurora.  He then served as pastor of St. Joseph Church of Apple River, St. Thomas of Aquines of Freeport, St. Mary’s Church of West Brooklyn, before assuming his most recent pastorate at St. James Church of Lee.  He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater, where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart.

Survivors include his sister, Louise (Dr. William) Newsom of Kerrville, TX; his brother-in-law, Donald Stehr of Michigan; nephews, Dr. Mark Stehr of Chicago, Craig Stehr of California and niece Renee Pesut of Chicago.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Mary, Catherine, Margaret Stehr; brothers, Nicholas C., and Matthew.

Funeral mass will be held Thursday, February 25, 1999 at 11 a.m. in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb with the Most Reverend Thomas G. Doran, Bishop of Rockford.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, DeKalb.  Visitation was held Wednesday, February 24 and will also be held Thursday, February 25, 1999 at 10 a.m. until the time of the service in the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Mary’ Catholic Church, DeKalb and the St. James Catholic Church of Lee, IL.  Arrangements were made by Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115  (815) 758-6841.                                                   CC 2/25/1999  

 

Clarence H. Baie, Sr.     1999.02.27

Clarence H. Baie, Sr., 89, of Waterman, passed away peacefully February 5, 1999 at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.  He was born in Waterman to August Christian and Minnie (Melhourn) Baie.  In 1925 he was united in marriage to Sarah Jeanette McAllister.

Clarence farmed the Baie homestead for most of his life.  He was a DeKalb seed corn dealer for many years.  He was an active member of the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church having served as an elder, session member and trustee.  He was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, Aurora Moose Lodge #400, Waterman Lions Club, and Masonic Lodge #728.  He sold Big Rock County Mutual Insurance for many years and was president of the insurance company for 47 years.

He is survived by one daughter, June (Robert) Creed of Waterman; one son, Clare (Joan) Baie of Waterman; one sister, Esther Doeden of Dixon, four grandchildren, Ken Baie of Maple Park, Rusty (Vicki) Baie of Hinckley, Laurie Baie of Urbana and Elizabeth Baie Dannenberg of Malta; his caregiver, Rebecca Colby of Waterman; five great grandchildren; and two nieces.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 69 years, in 1994; two sisters, Alma Challand and Mildred Baie and two brothers, Everett and Marvin.

Cremation has taken place.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.                            CC 2/11/1999

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Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 2 p.m. at the United Presbyterian Church of Somonauk, corner of Governor Beveridge and Chicago Roads, with the Rev. Gordon Page officiating.  Friends may call from noon until the service hour at the church.  Interment of ashes has taken place at the Oak Mound Cemetery in rural Somonauk.

A memorial has been established for Clarence H. Baie, Sr. in care of the Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 South Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.  For more information, please call (815) 756-1022.                            CC 5/13/1999

 

Edward J. Lipscomb, Sr.     1999.02.28

Edward J. “Ed” Lipscomb, Sr., age 84, a lifelong resident of Naperville, passed away Tuesday, February 23, 1999 at Edward Hospital, Naperville.  He was born March 29, 1914 in Naperville.

He is survived by three children, Edward (Sandra) Lipscomb, Jr., of Naperville, Mary (Larry) Dalton of Big Rock, Martha (Don) Miller of Naperville, seven grandchildren, Bruk (Tammy) Lipscomb of Yorkville, Kristen (Frank) Albano of Aurora, Tracy (Brett) Brown of North Aurora, Chad Dalton of Big Rock, Russ (Whitney) Miller of  Plano, Brian (Hillary) Miller of Aurora, and Greg Miller of Naperville; two great grandchildren, Cami Miller of Plano and Lori Miller of Aurora.  Two sisters, Pearl Kuhn of Wheaton and Henrietta (George) Grommon of Yorkville as well as numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Mr. Lipscomb was preceded in death by his wife Mary A. (nee Veres) Lipscomb in 1983; also by his parents, Everett and Martha (nee Heise) Lipscomb and an infant brother, William Lipscomb.

Mr. Lipscomb was born and raised in Naperville.  He attended Naperville school.  Mr. Lipscomb married his wife, Mary A., September 15, 1939 and they lived in Aurora for five years before returning to Naperville.  Mr. Lipscomb was employed for many years at Kroehler Manufacturing Company, Naperville.  He retired in 1975.  Mr. Lipscomb enjoyed playing cards and watching horse racing.  He was a member of the Jefferson Club, a card playing club, and also a social member of the Naperville VFW #3873.  He also played amateur baseball in Naperville as a young man.

A funeral service was held Friday, February 26, 1995 at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home.  A cremains interment took place at Riverside Cemetery, Montgomery, IL.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Dupage County Division, 999 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.                                           CC 3/4/1999  

 

Violet Ella Hauslein Herr Greif     1999.02.29

Violet Ella Greif, age 87, of Big Rock, passed away Friday, February 19, 1999 at Delnor Community Hospital, in Geneva.  She was born January 14, 1912 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hauslein.

She was married to Mr. Henry Herr and after his passing was united in marriage to Mr. Wilbur Greif.

Mrs. Greif attended the English Congregational United Church of Christ, in Big Rock.  She was employed for many years at Stephen-Adamson Co., in Aurora.  She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

Survivors include her children, Jean (Ramon) Gallegos, of Big Rock, Diane (Ed) Holets, of Mountain Home, AR and Donald (Iris) Greif, of Sandwich; eleven grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Thursday, February 25, 1999 at the English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock.  Dr. Byron Henn officiated.  Interment was private.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.       CC 3/4/1999  

 

Agnes Moeller Goken     1999.02.30

Agnes M. Goken, 93, of Shabbona Healthcare Center, formerly of Lee, died Sunday, February 28, 1999 at the Shabbona Healthcare Center.

She was born December 24, 1905 in Germany, the daughter of Casper and Mary (Lammes) Moeller.

Agnes came to the United States in 1928 from Germany and lived with the Harry Tunt family in Earlville.  She was united in marriage March 3, 1929 to Eilert Goken Sr. at St. Theresa Church in Earlville.  After their marriage, Eilert and Mary farmed near Earlville and moved to rural Shabbona in 1935, farming near Shabbona.  She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Lee, and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society of the church.

Agnes was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother and enjoyed having her family around her.

Survivors include four sons, Casper (Marilyn) Goken of Rochelle, Herman (Nyla) Goken of Galena, Eilert (Jackie) Goken of Shabbona and Paul (Mary) Goken of Shabbona; a daughter, Mary (Vernon) Herrmann of Hinckley; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Goken of Sycamore; a sister, Elizabeth Lammers of Friesoythe, Germany; 120 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband March 28, 1969, a son, Edward in 1992, 2 sisters and a brother.

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, March 3, 1999 at St. James Catholic Church in Lee.  Father Timothy Doherty officiated.  Burial was in St. James Calvary Cemetery, Lee.                                        CC 3/4/1999   

 

Tracy Carter     1999.02.31

Tracy Carter of Kokomo, IN, passed away Sunday, February 28, 1999 at Bay Pines Veterans Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL.  He was born July 22, 1936 in Harlan County, KY the son of Garnett G. and Effie C. (Burgan) Carter.

Tracy was united in marriage October 25, 1997 to Bonnie J. (King) Carter.

He worked for Continental Steel Wire Mill and was the Director of Crossroads Christian Youth Center in Big Rock from 1980 to 1992.  Tracy was in the U.S. Marine Corp. from 1954 to 1957.

His first marriage was to Loretta Juanita House December 31, 1954.

Tracy was a member of the A.C.B.L. Kokomo Duplicate Bridge Club.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie; one son, Tracy A. (Brenda) Carter of Greentown, IN; three daughters, Vicki L. (Gene) Clagg of Kokomo, IN, Rebecca A. Peterson of Kokomo, IN and Paula D. (Greg) Boyle of Leland, IL; three brothers, Ronald D. (Sue) Carter of Kokomo, IN, Charles J. (Sonnie) Carter of Greentown, IN and Garnett G. (Peggy) Carter of Greentown, IN; one sister, Janice F. (Eldon) Horn of Kokomo, IN; 15 grandchildren, Kristopher and Barbara Carter of Greentown, Joshua, Shaun and Brandon Clagg of Kokomo, Michael, Donnie, Jennifer Chandler and Kerri Peterson, also of Kokomo, Abigail, Amy, Jonathan, Amanda, Jeremiah, and Alyssa Boyle of Leland.

Tracy was preceded in death by his parents, Garnett G. Carter, Sr. and Effie (Burgan) Carter and a niece, Carrie Ann Carter.

The service was held Friday, March 5, 1999 at Neptune Funeral Home.  Pastor Tim Tranbarger of Freedom Faith Church, Kokomo, IN officiated.  Interment took place at Mound Cemetery with military rites at the grave.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes foundation.                                              CC 3/11/1999   

 

                             Lloyd Clarence Buland     1999.03.01

Lloyd Clarence Buland, 84, of Pharr, TX, formerly of Waterman, IL, passed away Monday, March 1, 1999 at Comfort House in McAllan, TX.  He was born April 15, 1914 in Earlville, IL, the son of Clarence and Maudia (Snelling) Buland.

Lloyd was united in marriage on June 12, 1941 in Fairmont, NE to the former Velda Brown.  After her passing in 1966, he was united in marriage, on February 3, 1988, to the former Beryl Timmer and they spent the next 11 years of their lives together.

Mr. Buland was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church.  Lloyd was a farmer for most of his life, and had also, at one time, sold real estate in the Rockford area.  He was a member of both the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and the Flying Farmers.

Survivors include his wife, Beryl, of Pharr, TX, one sister-in-law, Frances Buland of Rollo; one brother-in-law, Forrest Tooley of Sandwich; as well as several nieces and nephews and many friends who will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Velda; one brother, David and five sisters, Lucille, Pearl, Hazel, Lorene and Lila.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 5, 1999 at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman, with Rev. James Ketzel officiating.  Interment will follow in the North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman.

Friends may call from 12 noon until the time of service on Friday, March 5, 1999 at the Nash Nelson Chapel, 116 Birch St., in Waterman.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, 815-264-3362 or 630-553-7611, Philip S. Nelson, Owner and Director.

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Helen Larson Mack     1999.03.03

Helen Mack, 79, of Hinckley, passed away Thursday, March 4, 1999 at the Shabbona Healthcare Center, in Shabbona.  She was born December 26, 1919 at the family farm in Paw Paw Township, Shabbona, IL, the daughter of Frank and Hazel (Riseley) Larson.

Helen graduated from Shabbona  High School in 1937 and attended Copley Memorial School of Nursing in Aurora.  She was united in marriage in 1939 to Mr. Wilbur Mack.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, in Hinckley, where she was active in the Woman’s Guild.  Over the years, Helen was a librarian at Squaw Grove Township Library, a 25 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was involved in many community activities.  Her greatest joy in life came from helping others.

She leaves to cherish her memories, her son, Charles (Donna) Mack of Minneola, FL; her daughter, Gloria (Scott) Bickford of Big Rock; her stepson, Thomas Mack and Carol of Waterman; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; two brothers, Robert (Janet) Larson of Shabbona and Floyd (Lois) Larson of Leland; two sisters, Gladys Mason of Aurora and Irene Flettre of Shabbona.  She also leaves a wonderful group of lifelong friends and neighbors, who will miss here dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband of 55 years, Wilbur; one grandson, Randy; two brothers, Lloyd and Stanley and one sister, Doris.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 8, 1999 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, in Hinckley, with Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, 1999 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, 815/286-3247 or 630/553-7611.  Philip S. Nelson, Owner & Director.

CC 3/11/1999

 

                               Leslie W. Mall     1999.03.06

Leslie W. Mall, age 85, of Sandwich, IL, passed away Tuesday, March 9, 1999 at Sunrise Hillside Care and Rehabilitation Center, Yorkville, IL.  He was born February 10, 1914 in Somonauk, IL, the son of Edward and Verna (Reynolds) Mall.

Les was united in marriage to Maxine Miller on June 20, 1935 in Chicago, IL.  He was employed with RV Pump Company in Sandwich prior to his employment at Caterpillar in Aurora.  Les worked at Caterpillar from 1972 until his retirement in 1985.  He was a member of the Sandwich Moose lodge #1016.

Survivors include his wife, Maxine, of Sandwich, one son, Richard (Dolly Jean) Mall of Sandwich, one daughter, Kay (Milo) Coppes of Orlando, FL, one brother, Harvey (Dorothy) Mall of Somonauk, IL, eight grandchildren, Bridge of Orlando, FL, Milo Coppes of Tinly Park, IL, Susan Dierzen of Sandwich, Joe (Angie) Mall of Hinckley, IL, Russ Mall of Buffalo Grove, IL, Chris Mall of Sandwich, Diana (Jerry) Haas of Norway, IL, Jeremy (Dawn) Mall of Princeton, IL, fourteen great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, David Edward, one brother, Russell and a grandson, Michael.

Funeral services for Les will be held on Friday, March 12, 1999 at 11:00 a.m. at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich, Rev. Phillip Burke, Jr. officiating, burial will be in Pratt Oak Lawn Cemetery, Sandwich.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 11, 1999 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.

Memorials may be made in Les’s name to the charity of the donor’s choice.                    CC 3/18/1999  

 

                         Berge B. Skartveit     1999.03.17

Berge B. Skartveit, age 91, of Hinckley, passed away Thursday, March 25, 1999 at his home.  He was born February 15, 1908 in Norway, the son of Rasmus and Margrethe (Boe) Skartveit.

Berge was united in marriage to the former Evelyn A. Anderson.  They spent 60 years of their lives together before her passing on June 4, 1993.

Berge was a loving father, grandfather, and brother, who was always interested and caring about the lives of his family and friends.  After leaving Norway as a young man, Berge came to the Hinckley area where he began farming and he continued to farm throughout his life.  He was a member of both the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and the Sons of Norway.

Survivors include two sons, Bernard (Mitsu) Skartveit, of Biloxi, MS, and Roger (Sheila) Skartveit, of Ottawa, one daughter, Judy Weisner, of Aurora, two grandsons, Michael (Carol) Weisner, of Las Vegas, NV and Eric (Barbara) Skartveit, of Plainfield; two sisters, Klara and Marit, both of Norway; one brother Reidar, of Norway; a special sister-in-law, Bergit, of Norway, as well as nieces, nephews and many friends who will miss him.

he was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Evelyn, one sister and eight brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 29, 1999 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St., in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, 815-286-3247 or 630-553-7611.  Philip S. Nelson, Owner and Director.

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Robert E. Charlesworth     1999.03.22

Robert E. Charlesworth, 79, of rural Garden Prairie, and formerly of DeKalb County, died Thursday, March 4, 1999, at Northwest Suburban Community Hospital in Belvidere, after a lengthy illness.

Born in Waterman March 4, 1920, he was the son of Albert and Edythe (Lindquist) Charlesworth.  He married Evelyn Mae Quinn June 29, 1941 in Hinckley.  He was a Boone County farmer and a DeKalb seed dealer for 20 years; he was also a school bus driver for District #100 for about 20 years. He retired in 1997.

He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Rockford Lodge American Legion, Boone Post #77; and Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, Mendota Lodge.  He was a former Bonus Boosters 4-H leader for several years and the superintendent of the swine department for the Boone County Fair for 35 years.  He was a graduate of Waterman High School and a member of Zion Lutheran Church.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II in the Pacific Theatre.

He is survived by two sons, James Charlesworth of Bloomington and Michael (Sharon) Charlesworth of Caledonia; two daughters, Joy (Herb) Walberg of Garden Prairie and Susan (Jack) Leslin of Caledonia; ten grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one brother, William Charlesworth and one sister, Joyce Sawyer.

Funeral services were held Saturday March 6, 1999 at Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home, Belvidere.  Rev. Karl F. Redelsheimer, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, officiated.  Burial was in Highland Garden of Memories.  Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.

For information please call (815) 544-2616.   CC 3/11/1999 

 

Mark E. Challand     199.03.23

Mark E. Challand, 49, of Shabbona died Tuesday, March 2, 1999 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford.

Born January 25, 1950 in DeKalb, he was the son of Willis and Virjean (Vandre) Challand.  He graduated from Shabbona Grade School and Shabbona High School and received his bachelor of science degree from Northeast Missouri State University.  He was a member of the Shabbona Lions Club, Shabbona Masonic Lodge # 374 NEA, IEA, and ICEA,

He is survived by his mother, and step-father, Virjean and Marion Gieseck of Shabbona; two brothers, Roger (Connie) Challand of Speedway, IN and Mike (Kim) Challand of Shabbona; a nephew, Andy Challand; two nieces, Jenny Challand and Kelsey Challand.  He is also survived by aunts Caroline Furbush of Hinckley and Elinor Thompson of Shabbona and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Willis Challand, his grandparents, and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were held Saturday morning, March 6, 1999 at Indian Creek High School in Shabbona.  Rev. Jeff Coester of the First Baptist Church of Shabbona officiated.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

A memorial has been established

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                  CC 3/11/1999   

    Dwayne L. Porter     1999.03.24

Dwayne L. Porter, 35, of Aurora died Sunday, March 7, 1999 at his home.  He was born September 2, 1963 in Aurora.

Dwayne was a member of North Aurora Seventh Day Adventist Church where he was active in the singles group, as a greeter and on the social committee.  He enjoyed his fishing trips with his father to Minnesota.  Dwayne was a fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bulls.  Dwayne helped his father in the family appliance repair business.

Dwayne is survived by his parents, Dwayne H. and Judy I. Porter of Aurora; sisters, Laurie (Michael) Tirio of Hinckley, and Michelle Porter of Aurora, nephew Nicholas Tirio of Hinckley, paternal grandfather Donald H. Porter of Sandwich, several aunts, uncles, cousins and all his friends and the church family.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother Elsie Porter and maternal grandparents William and Nellie Bauer.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 10, 1999 at North Aurora Seventh Day Adventist Church.  Interment was in River Hills Memorial Park.  Donations may be made in Dwayne Porter’s memory to his family.                    CC 3/11/1999   

 

June M. Neukirch Coop     1999.03.25

June M. Coop, 84, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, March 6, 1999 at her home.  She was born June 5, 1914 in Aurora.

She is survived by two sons, Victor (Mary) Coop, Jr., of Big Rock and Fred Coop; of Manteno; three daughters, Nancy (Gordon) Lindgren of Aurora, Carol (John) Johnson of Langdon, ND, and Janis (Thomas) Kamm of Ft. Worth, TX, two brothers, Fran (Audrey) Neukirch of North Aurora and Ronald Newkirk of Aurora, several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Copp is preceded in death by her husband, Victor H. Copp Sr.; one son Richard R. Copp, Sr.; her parents Christian and Grace (Winn) Neukirch; two sisters, Virginia McKinney and Charlotte Neukirch; two half brothers, Joseph and William Newkirk.

Funeral services for Mrs. Copp were held Wednesday, March 10, Rev. Dave Huffman officiating.  Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Montgomery.                                  CC 3/11/1999   

 

Garnet L. Hopkins    1999.03.26

Garnet L. Hopkins, 82, of Montgomery passed away Tuesday, March 9, 1999 at his home.  He was born September 28, 1916 in Dawson Springs, KY to the late Samuel and Velva (Harris) Hopkins.  Garnett worked for Northern Illinois Gas Co. retiring in 1979.  He was a very loving father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He is survived by his daughter, June Katherine Albright of Aurora, his son, James L. Hopkins; three granddaughters, Rhonda (Tom) Seckman of Aurora, Trina (Connie) LaSourd of Sandwich, and Penny Millard of Lee, eight great grandchildren; Callan Seckman, Amanda, Daniel and Angela LaSourd, Scott, Treaver, Cheyenna and Sage Millard; three brothers, Silvion (Nita) Hopkins of Burlington, KY, Arnold (Jean) Hopkins of Louisville, KY, Thurman Ray (Annette) Hopkins of San Angelo, TX; a sister, Maxine (Ernie) Edwards of Lexington, KY, many nieces and nephews.

Besides parents, Garnett was preceded in death by his wife Johnnie Kate Hopkins; two brothers, Hershel and Aubrey Hopkins; a son-in-law, Richard Albright.

Private Graveside services were held at Shyflat Cemetery in Dawson Springs, KY Friday, March 12.  Arrangements were handled by the Healy Chapel.                       CC 3/18/1999  

 

 Bryan A. Lake     1999.03.27

Bryan A. Lake, 56, of Lake Ozark, MO, formerly of Rollo, died Tuesday, March 9, 1999 at Provena Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.

He was born February 2, 1943 in Riverside, CA the son of Dean and Ann (Osman) Lake.  Bryan attended and graduated from Rollo High School.  He furthered his education by attending the University of Illinois in Champaign after high school graduation.  In 1963 he became employed by Trams World Airlines as a pilot and eventually received the rank of International Captain, serving in that capacity until his death.

Survivors include a daughter, Amy Lake of Oshkosh, WI; his parents, dean and Ann Lake of Rollo and a brother, Steven Lake of Rollo.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Francine in 1995 and his grandparents.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 13, 1999 at the Rollo United Church of Christ.  Rev. David Bateman, church pastor, officiated.  Burial was in Stevens Cemetery, Rollo.

A memorial is being established.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.                          CC 3/18/1999  

Lillian Benson thorsen    1999.03.28

Lillian B. thorsen, 96, of the Shabbona Healthcare Center passed away Friday, March 12, 1999 at the Shabbona Healthcare Center.

She was born July 1, 1902 the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Olson) Benson on a farm east of Rollo.

Lillian graduated from Rollo High School and attended both Northern Illinois Teacher’s College in DeKalb and Detroit Teacher’s College.  She taught in country schools in this area for several years.

June 15, 1928 she married Clarence Thorsen of Shabbona, and to that union was born a son, Richard.

The family lived in Chicago until approximately 1932 when they returned to the Shabbona area, first on a farm, then to the town of Shabbona.  They remained in Shabbona until 1942, when they returned to the Chicago area, moving to River Forest, and in 1955 to Elgin.  Lillian lived in Elgin until 1984, when she moved to the Shabbona Healthcare center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence in 1974, her parents, 5 sisters and 2 brothers.

Survivors include a son, Richard (Linda) Thorsen of Shabbona; a brother, Arthur “Bud” Benson of Lee; four grandchildren, Kim (Robert) Heddelston, of Coraopolis, PA, Matthew Thorsen of St. Paul, MN, Lisa (Mark) Wagy and Ellen (Mark) Mottola both of Portland, OR; four great granddaughters, and many nieces and nephews.

Lillian was an active member of both the Congregational and Methodist Churches all her life.  She also had a great love of music and was a pianist, accompanist and piano teacher.  Lillian will probably best be remembered for playing for family song fests, beginning in her early days.

Lillian’s greatest love, however, was that for all her family.  She was truly a loving grandmother, just as she was a mother, sister and to ever so many just “Aunt Lil”.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 16, 1999 at the Shabbona United Church of Christ.  Rev. James Shelton officiated.  Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.                                       CC 3/18/1999  

 

Martelle Parker Donoho Smothers     1999.03.29

Martelle P. Smothers, 76, of the Shabbona Healthcare Center, and formerly of DeKalb, passed away Sunday, March 7, 1999 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

She was born May 17, 1922 in Orel Township in Wayne County, the daughter of Marlin A. and Anna (Dillinder) Parker.  She married John Donoho and later married Luther Clifford Smothers.

Martelle was a cook at Northern Illinois University.  She had been employed at General Electric prior to her tenure at Northern Illinois University.  She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star and the White Shrine and was an avid wrestling fan.

She is survived by three children, Judy (Roy) Dexter of Memphis, TN, Bob Donoho of DeKalb and Beth Donoho of Minneapolis, MN; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; four brothers and sisters, Bill (Sis) Parker of Florida, Miriam Draper of Wayne City, Dean (Sue) Parker of Wayne City, and Ann Theofanopoulos of Fairfield; several nieces and nephews; and many friends in the DeKalb area.

She was preceded in death by one son, Marcus Smothers, October 1, 1998; her parents and one brother, Bobby.

Cremation has taken place and there will be no local services.  Interment of ashes will take place at the Olive Branch Cemetery in Wayne City at a later date.  Arrangements have been completed by the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.

A memorial is being established for Martelle P. Smothers and memorials may be sent to the Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.  For more information, please call (815) 7556-1022.                                  CC 3/18/1999  

 

Walter J. Peterson     1999.03.30

Walter J. Peterson, 78, of Malta, passed away Friday, March 12, 1999 at the DeKalb Area Retirement Center in DeKalb.  He was born May 29, 1920 in DeKalb, the son of Herbert and Tillie (Francen) Peterson.  He married Mildred Johnson October 3, 1954.

Walter graduated from DeKalb Township High School and the University of Illinois College of Agriculture.  He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho, Alpha Zeta and Gamma Sigma Delta honorary fraternities in agriculture.  He taught vocational agriculture, biology and chemistry at Big Rock High School.  He was also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Banking.  He was then employed by the First National Bank of Malta and was a member of the board from 1947 until 1985.

Walter was a member of the University of Illinois Ag Alumni Association, was charter president of the Lions Club of Malta and a member of the Malta School Board.  He served on the board of Kishwaukee YMCA and the Kishwaukee Community Hospital.  He was a lifelong member of the First Lutheran Church DeKalb where he was a Sunday School teacher and a member of the church board.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred of Malta; three sons and one daughter, John (Cindy) Peterson of Princeton, Kay (Randy) Jordal of Evergreen, CO, Paul (Gloria) Peterson of Overland Park, KS, and Steve (Stacie) Peterson of Keuzer, OR; six grandchildren, Jennifer Jordal, Hannah Peterson, Amy and Carl Peterson, and Teresa and Tregg Peterson.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Ione Peterson.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 16, 1999 at the First Lutheran Church in DeKalb.  Rev. Thomas F. Hanson officiated.  Burial followed at Malta Cemetery.

A memorial is being established for Water J. Peterson in care of the Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 South Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115. For more information call (815) 786-1022.

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Robert W. Spencer     1999.03.31

Robert W. Spencer, 79, of Waterman, passed away Monday, March 15, 1999 at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva.  He was born July 18, 1919 in Waterman, the son of Harvey and Charlotte (Moore) Spencer.  He married Melida Marie Royer August 14, 1943 in Sault Saint Marie, MI.

Robert owned the Robert Spencer Trucking Company in Waterman and farmed the family farm for many years.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Army and served during World War II.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb, the Waterman Lions Club and the DeKalb Moose Lodge.  He was a member of the Teamsters Union, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and the American Legion of Waterman.  He truly had a love for horses and enjoyed training them.

He is survived by his wife, Melida; three daughters, Phyllis (Alan) Stamper of Winfield, Sharon (Richard) Dziuban of St. Charles and Debbie Cruise of Waterman; five grandchildren, Robert Passarelli, Stephen Passarelli, Nicole Dziuban, and Kelly and Kristopher Cruise; nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Helen Jurs.

Funeral mass was held Thursday, March 48, 1999 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb with the very Rev. Karl P. Ganns  officiating.  Burial followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in DeKalb.

A memorial is being established for Robert W. Spencer, in care of Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 South Fourth  St., DeKalb, IL 60115.  For more information call (815) 756-1022.                 

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Oakley R. Thomas     1999.03.32

Oakley R. Thomas, 79, of St. Charles, died Wednesday, March 17, 1999 at his home.  He was born December 29, 1919 in Hinckley, IL the son of Joel G. and Amy Amelia (Hanna) Thomas.

During World War II, Oakley served in the United States Marines.  He had been employed in the maintenance department for the Kane County Court House in Geneva.

Mr. Thomas is survived by his brother, Alvin H. (Emmy) Thomas of Aurora and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Lyle, Homer and Loren Thomas.

A graveside service was held Friday, March 19, 1999 at Kaneville Cemetery in Kaneville.

Arrangements by the Norris Funeral Home, 100 S. Third Street, St. Charles, IL.                    CC 3/25/1999  

 

Norman Olsen     1999.03.33

Norman Olsen, age 80, of Hinckley passed away Wednesday, March 24, 1999 at his home.  He was born July 13, 1918 in Chicago, IL the son of Thomas and Julia (Dale) Olsen.

Norman was united in marriage June 10, 1950 in Hinckley to the former Joyce J. Neubauer and they spent the next 49 years of their lives together.

Mr. Olsen was a member of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, in Hinckley.  He was, for many years, the owner and operator of the Hinckley Drug store, having taken over the business from his wife’s father, Art Neubauer.  He was later employed as a pharmacist for both Lehan drugs, in DeKalb and Northern Illinois University.  Norman was proud to have served, for over five years, in the South Pacific during World War II, with the United States Army Field Artillery.  He was a member of the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce, of Hinckley; one daughter, Kristine (Bradley) Phillips, of Hinckley; one son, Thomas (Marge) Olsen, of New Berlin, WI; three granddaughters, Allison, Lauren and Kaitlin Phillips, of Hinckley; his sister-in-law, Gwen Neubauer, of north Aurora; two nieces Margaret (Roger) Blomquist of Barringon, and Joann (Fred) Felton, of Chicago; one nephew, Earl (Laila) Hoehamer, of Roswell, GA; as well as many friends who will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Edwin Olsen and one sister, Borghild Hoehamer.

Funeral services were held Saturday March 27, 1999 at the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, in Hinckley.  Rev. Kate Feeney-Bastian, officiated.  Interment followed in the Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.    

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.        CC 4/1/1999  

 

James W. Carter     1999.03.34

James W. “Bill” Carter, 68, of Aurora, died Saturday, March 20, 1999 at his residence.

He was born April 29, 1930 in Richland Center, WI, the son of Jennie (nee Keepers) Carter of Aurora, and the late Archie G. Carter.  He was employed as a welder at Barber-Greene in Aurora.  He was a member of the Fourth Street United Methodist Church, the Tiger Club, a volunteer on the Moercherville Fire Department, an auxiliary policeman for the village of Montgomery and the Montgomery ESDA.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Caroline (nee Russ), who he married May 2, 1952 in Aurora. A daughter, Catherine (Henry) Knetsch of Steward; a son, James G. Carter of Aurora; three grandchildren, Heather (Peter) Sprude of Aurora, Tom Bushor of Hinckley, Kristie Knetsch of Steward; thee great grandchildren, Alex, Robert and Anna Sprude; his mother, three brothers, Archie M. Carter of Richland Center, WI, Marvin W. Carter and Stephen L. Carter both of Aurora.

He was preceded in death by his father and a granddaughter, Cherish.

Memorials may be directed to either the Fourth St. United Methodist Church, 4th St., and Marion Ave., Aurora, IL 60505, or VNA Hospice, 1245 Corporate Blvd., Aurora, IL 60505.

Private family services will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park in Aurora.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the McKeown-Dunn Funeral Home, Ltd. in Oswego, IL.        

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Donald C. McDonald     1999.03.35

Donald C. McDonald passed away March 14, 1999 at Fairview Baptist Home in Downers Grove following his long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  He was born in Minneapolis, MN February 26, 1913 to Donald Murdock McDonald and Lulu Dell (Niehardt) McDonald.

He attended elementary and high school in Minneapolis and was a 1935 graduate of the University of Minnesota.  He was employed by National Lead in sales and was transferred to the Chicago area as the sales manager.  He retired early from National Lead and took a sales position with Midland Industries.

Donald was united in marriage to Audrey Holm November 4, 1939 in Minneapolis where they made their home until moving to Naperville in 1952.  Following retirement from Midland, they traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad enjoying several winters in Spain, Yugoslavia, as well as several other European countries.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Naperville and was instrumental in organizing the Youth Fellowship group.  An avid golfer, he was a long time member of the Naperville Country Club, where he achieved every golfer’s dream of scoring a “hole in one.”  He was also an active member of the Fairview Olympian’s exercise class at Fairview Villages.

He is survived by his loving wife and caregiver, Audrey McDonald of Downers Grove. A son, Robert E. (Marge) McDonald of Waterman; two grandchildren, Tammy McDonald of Chicago and Robert E. McDonald, Jr. of Naperville; one brother, Neil J. (Villa Mae) McDonald of Fairmont, MN; one sister-in-law, Jody (Earl) Holm of Brookings, SD in addition to several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Donald C. McDonald, Jr., formerly of Ringos, NJ and a brother-in-law, Earl Holm, formerly of DeSmet, SD.

A memorial service was held March 21 at the First Congregational Church in Naperville.  Cremation arrangements were completed by Toon Funeral Home, Downers Grover.

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Daisye Buie Swanson     1999.03.36

Daisye Swanson, 92, of Earlville, passed away Tuesday, March 30, 1999 at Shabbona Healthcare Center in Shabbona.  She was born September 24, 1906 in Bogue Chitto, MS, the daughter of Archie and Ida (Lee) Buie.

She married Milton A. Swanson December 20, 1923 in Bogue Chitto, and in 1938 they moved to the Swanson home in Earlville.

Daisye’s many accomplishments over the years include home nursing, opening her home to World War II war workers as roomers and boarders, and working in Kaleel’s department Store.  She owned and operated the Earlville Café, the Hemp Mill Cafeteria, managed the Earlville school cafeteria, and retired from Marathon Electric.

She loved to crochet, garden, bake and play both the piano and organ.  She was organist at the Earlville Baptist Church and later at the Earlville Methodist Church, where she was a member.  She was also a member of the Royal Neighbors, the Rebeccas and was Past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star.  Her strong religious faith carried her through many personal hardships

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 3, 1999 at the Earlville Methodist Church.  Rev. Bill Mann officiated.  Burial was in Precinct Cemetery in Earlville.

She is survived by her children, Charles (Mildred) Swanson, of Natchez, MS, Charlotte Moore of Shabbona, Milton “Bud” (Mary) Swanson of Nashua, NH, and Martin (Kappie) Swanson of Aurora; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Milton; 5 sisters; and one brother.                  CC 4/8/1999 

 

Priscilla A. Hallam Beck     1999.03.37

Priscilla A. Beck passed away March 30, 1999 after a long illness.

She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Hallam of Shabbona.  Priscilla attended grade and high school in Shabbona.  The, receiving a degree from Northern Illinois State Teachers College at DeKalb, she married Donald D. Beck March 29, 1950.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Beck of Chandler, AZ and a sister Kay Isham of Strawberry, AZ, also two nieces and four nephews.     CC 4/22/1999 

 

                                   Paul A. Johnson     1999.04.12

Paul A. Johnson, age 89, of Waterman, passed away Saturday, April 10, 1999 at Valley West Community Hospital in Sandwich.  He was born on December 24, 1909 in Clinton Township, Waterman, IL, the son of Charles G. and Alice (Hall) Johnson. 

Paul was a 1928 graduate of Waterman High School. 

Mr. Johnson was united in marriage on August 14, 1936 to the former Olive G. Lathrop and they spent over 60 years of their lives together. 

Mr. Johnson was a lifelong member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church where he served for many years as an elder.  He was a member of the building committee at the time Sunday School rooms were constructed.  Paul was a farmer throughout his life and a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.  He will be remembered as the owner and operator of the Paul A. Johnson Trucking Company from its founding in 1932 through the next 35 years.  After his retirement this tradition was carried on by his son, Paul G. Johnson.  Paul was a member of the Elks Club in DeKalb, the Eagle Club in DeKalb, the Lions Club in Waterman, the Masonic Lodge AF & AM #728 of Waterman as well as the Scottish Rite and Shriners.  He served for many years on the DeKalb County Board, and for one term as Chairman.  Many will remember the 22 years that Paul was the owner of the school busses in the Waterman School District.

His survivors include his daughter, Jeanetta (Doug) Boughton of Leland; his son, Paul G. (Laurie) Johnson of Waterman; nine grandchildren, Pauline (Mike) Wilson of Chicago; Butch (Amy) Overby of Waterman, Mark (Kathy) Overby of DeKalb, Dawn (Mike) Girka of Streator, Kris (Jason) Lodwig of Waterman, Michael (Kim) Johnson of Chicago, Lynn Boughton of Leland, Joel Johnson of Waterman and Jacob Johnson of Waterman, eight great grandchildren, Tyler and Danielle Overby of Waterman, Madalyn, Lindsay, and Megan Overby of DeKalb, Austin and Aislinn Lodwig of Waterman, and John Girka of Streator, as well as many friends who will miss him. 

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Olive on February 26, 1997; and one brother, Karl Johnson.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 13, 1999 at the Waterman Presbyterian Church, Pastor K. Scott Merchant officiating.  Pallbearers will be Butch Overby, Mark Overby, Michael Johnson, Jason Lodwig, Mike Girka and Mike Wilson.  Friends may call from 5-9 p.m. on Monday, April 12, 1999 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 116 Birch St., Waterman, IL.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, 815-264-3362 or 630-553-7611, Philip S. Nelson, Owner and Director.

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                      Michael Henry Keller     1999.04.15

Michael Henry Keller, 47, of Lake Holiday, Sandwich, died Saturday, April 17, 1999 at the Edward Hospital in Naperville.  He was born April 23, 1951 in East St. Louis, IL, the son of Vernon and Ardelle (Buschman) Keller.

Mr. Keller was united in marriage on June 19, 1971 to the former Peggy Pool, and they spent the next 27 years of their life together.

Mr. Keller was employed as a drywaller for Burk’s Drywalling in Yorkville.  He enjoyed all sports, but especially baseball.  Mike will be remembered for his outgoing personality and the spontaneous laugh.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy, of Sandwich; his children, Matthew Keller, of Sandwich and Amy (Jeff) Maveus of DeKalb, his parents, Vernon and Ardella Keller, of North Aurora, his brothers, Doug (Jenny) Keller of Colorado, and David Keller; his sisters, Brenda (Eldon) Tucker, of California, Kim Keller, of Aurora, and Toni (Rick) Vester, of North Aurora; his sister-in-law, Sue and brother-in-law, Rick Silagi, of Oswego; as well as several nieces, nephews and many friends.

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

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 21 at the Larson Nelson Funeral Home, 1010 West South Street, Plano, with Pastor Dan Penn officiating.

Visitation was Tuesday, April 21 in Larson-Nelson Funeral Home in Plano.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.                              CC 4/22/1999 

 

 Robert L. Rissman     1999.04.22

Robert L. “Cotton” Rissman, 69, of DeKalb, passed away Friday, April 2, 1999 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.  He was born February 3, 1930 in Waterman, the son of Martin George and Marie (Leifheit) Rissman.  He married Betty M. Foose November 25, 1950 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley.

Robert was employed at Barber Greene in Aurora for 19 years.  He was owner of The Other place in Hinckley for 12 years and was an installer for Knodle’s Appliance in Sycamore for 10 years.  He then worked at University Village in DeKalb until his retirement.  He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley and the Aurora Moose Lodge #400.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; two sons, Paul (Laura) Rissman of Rockford and Robert (Sharon) Rissman of Waterman; three daughters, Ann Marie (Tim) Hoff of Manassas, VA, Sally (Gary) Nieman of DeKalb, and Patti (Jay) Schoo of Cortland; 19 grandchildren; two great granddaughters; one brother, Michael (Rosemary) Rissman of Hinckley; three sisters, Myrtle Ulrich of Apollo Beach, FL, Louella Vodden of Kirkland, and Adella Colby of Waterman; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by one son, Bruce in 1975; his parents, eight brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 6, 1999 at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.  Rev. Marvin G. Metzger of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sycamore officiated.  Burial followed at the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Hinckley.

A memorial is being established for Robert L. “Cotton” Rissman in care of the Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.  for more information, please call (815) 756-1022.                                       CC 4/8/1999 

 

Walter Ostrom     1999.04.23

Walter “Dean” Ostrom, 63, of rural Waterman passed away peacefully Saturday, April 10, 1999 at his home after a brief illness.

He was born December 6, 1930 in Elburn, the son of Alfred A. and Nola M. (Smith) Ostrom.  He married Margaret Coultrip February 10, 1950 in Elburn.  Dean was employed 25 years with Meyer Material and was a Euclid operator at the Big Rock quarry until his retirement in 1992.  Dean was the inspiration of Ostrom Automotive in Somonauk and was active in everyday business until the very end.  He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Somonauk and a 25 year member of the Teamsters Local #330.

Dean is survived by his wife, Margaret Ostrom of Waterman; seven daughters, Linda (Archie) Eastabrooks, of Hinckley, Helen (David) Goddard of Somonauk, Melody Benjamin of Sandwich, Nickie (Tom) Marsh of Sycamore, Dawn (Steve) Graves of Sycamore, Starr (Ron) Peterson of Kingston, and Sharon (Keith) Hearn of Sycamore; two sons, Ken (Debbie) Ostrom of Sandwich, and Mike (Sandy) Ostrom of Somonauk; 17 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren; three brothers, Harold (Mary Lou) Ostrom of Sandwich, Cecil (Shirley) Ostrom of Phoenix, AZ, and Alfred Ostrom, Jr. of Sycamore.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 14, 1999 at the Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk.  Pastor Dennis Heaney officiated.  Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to DeKalb County Hospice of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Somonauk.                                        CC 4/15/1999 

 

 

 

Harold C. Swenson     1999.04.24

Harold C. Swenson, 88, of Big Rock, passed away Tuesday, April 20, 1999 at his home.  He was born February 2, 1911 in Waterman.

He was a graduate of Batavia High School.  Harold was raised on a farm in East Big Woods.  He married Helen F. Tullock May 2, 1936 at the East Big Wood Church.  He was  employed at All Steel for 42 years and he retired in 1979.  He was also a member of the First Congregational Church of Montgomery.

He is survived by his wife, Helen F. Swenson of Big Rock; four daughters, Nora (Larry) Robertson of Big Rock, Sandy (Earl) Marshall of Sugar Grove, Karen (Ralph) Faxon of Hinckley, and Cindy (Roger) Simonson of Big Rock; 17 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and one brother, Mervin (Helen) Swenson of Yorkville; several nieces and nephews, and a special care giver, Sandy Reuland of Hinckley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Sina Swenson; three sisters, Clara, Mabel, and Sadie and two brothers, Alfred and Garfield.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 23, 1999 at Dieterle Memorial Home.  Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Swenson’s memory may be made to the MS Society.  Arrangements by Dieterle Memorial Home.                                      CC 4/29/1999 

 

Jerry I. Todd     1999.04.25

Jerry I. Todd, 58, was found dead Friday, April 17, 1999 at his home near Winton, CA of an apparent heart attack.  He was born in Paw Paw Township April 19, 1940, the son of Helen and Robert Todd.

He completed his elementary education in Rollo and Paw Paw, and graduated from Shabbona High School.  Jerry was fond of and owned horses.  He was employed at a ranch in California caring for horses and almond trees.

He is survived by his mother, Helen Todd of Shabbona; two sisters, Sharon (Walter) Wade of California and Cora (Raymond) Forrer of Somonauk; three brothers, Robert Todd, Jr. of Kansas, Allan Todd of Moline, and Richard Todd of California; many nieces and nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his older brother, James Todd, August 2, 1945, and his father, Robert Todd, October 27, 1981.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial will be held later in this area.                                           CC 4/29/1999 

 

Earl E. Pearl     1999.04.26

Earl E. Pearl, 75, of Big Rock, passed away Friday, April 30, 1999, at his home.  He was born September 4, 1923, in Harlan County, KY, the son of the late A. F. “Todd” and Myrtle (Jeffries) Pearl.

Earl was a veteran or World War II, a self employed carpenter and a member of the carpenter’s union.

Survivors include his three sons, Jeff Pearl of Twin Lakes, WI, Greg Pearl of Big Rock, and Kurt (Lyn) Pearl of Pleasant Prairie, WI; two grandchildren, Beth and Kari Pearl, both of Twin Lakes, WI; one brother, Douglas (Vicki) Pearl of Montgomery; a sister-in-law, Jean Pearl of Valparaiso, IN.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jolene; and one brother, Howard.

Graveside funeral services were held Tuesday, May 2, 1999, at River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia.  Rev. Gerald L. Rygh officiated.

Memorial donations in Earl’s name may be made to American Cancer Society, Visiting Nurses Association of Fox Valley Hospice, or to Fox Valley Hospice.           CC 5/6/1999 

 

Helen Gunn Swanbum     1999.04.27

Helen Gunn Swanbum, 90, of Gainesville, FL, passed away April 23, 1999, at the Atrium, a retirement home, following several years of ill health.

She was born in Bolivar, MO, March 27, 1909, to Samuel and Ann Gunn.  She married Spencer Swanbum May 29, 1936.  Helen was a private secretary with the Wurlitzer Piano Co. in DeKalb. She was active in the Melrose Woman’s Club in Melrose, FL, prior to residing in Gainesville.

Survivors include a sister, Dorothy Schneider, of Spring Hill, FL; two nephews, Robert Swanbum, of Hinckley, and Ward Anderson, of DeKalb; four nieces, Norma Swanbum, of Duluth, MN, Marcia Swanbum Stegman, of Earlville; Candace Elliott Weigand, of Pasadena, CA, and Susan Elliott Benson, of McKinney, TX; and a brother-in-law, Jay Elliott, of DeKalb.

Helen Swanbum was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two sisters, Ona Anderson, of Sycamore, and Betty Elliott, of DeKalb.

A memorial service was held Saturday, May 8, 1999 at Hillcrest Covenant Church, DeKalb.  Rev. James R. Sandburg officiated.  Cremation rites were accorded by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home, Gainesville.  Interment was private at Fairview Cemetery, DeKalb.                                      CC 5/13/1999 

 

Norma Jane Schoenholz     1999.05.22

Norma Jane Schoenholz, 64, of rural Paw Paw died Sunday, May 2, 1999 in Rochelle Community Hospital.

She was born February 26, 1935 on the Schoenholz farm northwest of Paw Paw, the daughter of Guy and Lydia (Guehler) Schoenholz and lived her entire life on the home farm.

Norma attended the Moffat rural school where her first grade teacher was Ann Peterson Miller, Loretta C. Wells was her teacher the remaining seven years of her Moffat school education.  Norma was the sole member of her class the entire eight years of grade school.  After Moffat school, she attended Paw Paw High School, graduating from there in the class of 1953.

She was employed for many years as a waitress, the last 12 at the Vagabond in Rochelle.

Norma found great enjoyment in keeping her home and yard in immaculate order.  She is survived by her brother, Robert Schoenholz of rural Paw Paw, friend Ben Delgado of rural Paw Paw, and a very dear friend Beulah Vaupel of Rochelle, along with numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother, November 7, 1949 and her father September 24, 1975.

Private funeral services for family and friends were held Wednesday, May 5, 1999, at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  Rev. Ken Foster of the Paw Paw Methodist Church officiated.  Burial followed in Wyoming Cemetery, Paw Paw.  A memorial is being established.                             CC 5/6/1999 

 

Leslie Ann Opperman     1999.05.23

Leslie Ann Opperman, 14, of LeClaire, IA, passed away Sunday, May 2, 1999 at Genesis Medical Center-West in Davenport, IA.  She was born February 1, 1985 in Cedar Rapids, IA, the daughter of Paul and Ellen (Dienst) Opperman.

Leslie enjoyed a loving life, despite her multiple special needs. She had attended Mark Twain and Paul Norton Schools in Bettendorf and Pleasant View School in Riverdale.   Currently, she attended Blackhawk Junior High School in LeClaire.  She enjoyed music, her dog, “Madison”, and displayed loving appreciation for her caregivers.  She leaves behind many fond memories to the many persons who shared in her life.

She is survived by her parents, Ellen and Paul Opperman of LeClaire, IA; one sister, Gina Opperman, at home in LeClaire, IA; one brother, Benjamin Opperman, also at home in LeClaire, IA; maternal grandparents, Wilbur and Viola Purdy of Sycamore, IL; her aunts, Terri (Kyle) Kuhns, Diane (Mark) Metzger, and Judy (Dimitri) Coucouvanis; her uncles, Phil (Terry) Opperman, Peter (Pam) Opperman, Mark (Jackie) Opperman, Lon (Barb) Dienst and Steve Dienst; and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 5, 1999 at the First Lutheran Church in DeKalb.  The Rev. Thomas F. Hanson of the First Lutheran Church in DeKalb and the Rev. Keith W. Larson of Trinity Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley, IA officiated.  Burial followed at Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.

A memorial is being established for Leslie Ann Opperman for the benefit of the Trinity Lutheran Church Music Fund in Pleasant Valley, IA and the Easter Seal Society of Iowa in care of the Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.  For more information, please call (815) 756-1022.                                            CC 5/6/1999 

 

 Warren W. Johnson     1999.05.24

Warren W. Johnson, 74, of Steward, passed away Friday, May 7, 1999, at Rochelle Community Hospital.

Johnson was born February 8, 1925, in Waterman, to Irene and Elvina (Hengesbach) Johnson.  He married Anna Kettley February 22, 1948, at Paw Paw United Methodist Church.  He farmed for many years and managed a fertilizer plant in Steward.  He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Johnson was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy.  He was a member of the Paw Paw United Methodist Church and the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Anna of Steward; two daughters, Nancy (Kim) Lobdell, of Lena, and Sherrie Helms, of Rochelle; two brothers, Harold and Vernon (Dorothy) Johnson, both of Waterman; three sisters, Marian Stoudt of Sandwich, Delores (Donald) Schrader and Betty (William) Hartman, both of Shabbona; one sister-in-law, Helen Johnson, of Earlville; six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Roger and Orville; two sisters, Berda Oftedal and Carol Miller; and one daughter, Sandra.

Services were held Tuesday, May 11, 1999, at the Paw Paw United Methodist Church.  Rev. Ken Foster officiated.  Burial was in Wyoming Cemetery.                     CC 5/20/1999

 

 

Mary M. Chisholm Nolan     1995.05.25

Mary M. Nolan (Chisholm), 94, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, May 9, 1999, at Aurora Manor Nursing Home. She was born April 24, 1905, in Superior, WI, the daughter of Joseph and Mary M. Chisholm.  November 24, 1934 Mary was united in marriage with Clarence Nolan.  She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother to her family and will be long remembered for her quiet grace and strong faith.

Mary is survived by five of her six children, Paul Nolan, of Dundee, Maureen (Howard) Kayzar, of Elburn, Kathleen (Bill) May, of Aurora, Sheila (Bill) Weigel, of Shabbona, and Larry (Cathy) Noland, of Carpentersville; 26 grandchildren, Linda (Carlton) Hopp, of Algonquin, Mike Nolan, of Carpentersville, Marcia (Bill) Wedding, of McHenry, Sharon (Ron) Spriester, of Mundelein, David (Melva) Nolan of Trinidad, CO, Pat (Dawn) Nolan, of Carpentersville, Chris Nolan, of Streamwood, Amy Nolan, of Algonquin, Brian (Nancy) Kayzar, of Aurora, Kay (Jeff) Bornemann, of Sugar Grove, Susan Tattoni, of Elburn, Christine Williams, of Texas, Thomas (Rebecca) Nolan, Jr., of Aurora, Michelle Nolan, of Carol Stream, Lori May, of Yorkville, Karen May, of Oswego, John (Barb) May, of Powell, OH, Diane May, of Aurora, Joseph (Stephany) Weigel, of Salt Lake City, UT, Eileen (James) Morian, of Columbia, William (Karen) Weigel III, of Hebron, Gretchen Weigel, of Shabbona, Peter Weigel, of Shabbona, Mark (Vicki) Nolan, of Champaign, Greg (Beth) Nolan, of Carol Stream, and Carrie Nolan, of Carpentersville; 36 great grandchildren; one sister, Catherine (Joseph) Sarandria, of Twoson, MD; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Nolan, in 1981; her son, Thomas Nolan, Sr., in 1998; and her parents, Mary M. (Graff) and Joseph Chisholm.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 14, 1999 at annunciation Church.  Interment was at Marywood Cemetery in Aurora.                                  CC 5/20/1999

 

Anna C. Modaff Hoffman     1999.05.26

Anna C. Hoffman, age 80, of Hinckley, passed away Sunday, May 16, 1999, at Mercy Center Hospital, in Aurora.  She was born September 23, 1918, in St. Cloud, MN, the daughter of Philip and Margaret (Fortman) Modaff.

Anna was united in marriage April 23, 1941, to Mr. Lawrence F. Hoffman.

Mrs. Hoffman was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Maple Park, where she had served as a Eucharistic minister and for over 30 years as a C.C.D. Teacher.  She was employed for many years at the Goehrlich Bakery in Hinckley and more recently as the hostess at the Big Rock Café.  Anna was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister who will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

Survivors include her five children, Larry Hoffman, of Hinckley, Marie Hoffman, of Atkinson, Jane (Bill) Brickert, of Big Rock, Nancy Kaltenecker, of Plano, and Karen (Les) Barnes, of Waterman; eleven grandchildren; one great grandchild; four brothers, Edward Modaff, of Aurora, Clarence (Delores) Modaff, of Edgerton, WI, Donald (Margaret) Modaff, of Asheville, NC; three sisters, Esther Trompeter, of Glen Ellyn, Louise (Chuck) Deutsch, of West Chicago, and Florence Schmidt, of Montgomery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother, Raymond and one sister, Cora Bauman and her daughter-in-law, Audrey Hoffman.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 20, 1999 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Maple Park, with Father William J. Clausen, officiating.  Interment will follow in the St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery, in Sandwich.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.                             CC 5/20/1999

 

Ardythe Powell Fuller     1999.05.27

Ardythe Fuller, 84, of Aurora, formerly of Waterman, died Tuesday, May 25, 1999, at Plum Landing Retirement Home in Aurora, where she had lived for the past three years.  She was born January 9, 1915 in DeKalb, the daughter of Robert A. and Carrie (Tweed) Powell.   She graduated from DeKalb Public High School in 1933, and married Rodney Fuller of DeKalb November 25, 1936.

As newlyweds the couple lived in Chicago where Ardythe was employed by Montgomery Ward. They later moved to Aurora with their two daughters, Judith and Carolyn.  When her husband was drafted into the Army during World War II, Ardythe was employed by the DeKalb Ag.  Rodney retuned from service in 1946 and the family moved into town.  Twin sons, Robert and William were born in1947.

Ardythe later worked for General Electric in DeKalb, where she worked as an inspector for the quality control department, and retired from working in about 1961 to become a full-time homemaker.

She was a member of the Waterman United Methodist Church and was active in the church circle.  She enjoyed candle making as a hobby.  Their home, which they built in Waterman, was always open to friends and family, and many happy occasions were celebrated there.

Following the death of her husband, Ardythe moved to Plum Landing Retirement Home in Aurora, where she made many new friends.  She was an avid scrabble and bridge player.

She is survived by her daughters, Judith Rayter of Aurora and Carolyn (Charles) Johnson of Wausau, WI; and son, Robert (Deborah) Fuller of Orland Park and William (Cheryl) Fuller of Fayetteville, NC; ten grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; nieces and nephews, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert A. Powell in 1945, and her mother, Carrie Powell in 1969; her husband, Rodney in 1995 and one brother, Donald Powell in 1986.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 28, 1999 at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.  Rev. James Ketzel of the Waterman United Methodist Church officiated.  Burial followed in Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.

A memorial is being established for Ardythe Fuller in care if the Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115   (815) 756-1022.             CC 6/3/1999

 

Donald C. Needham     1999.05.28

Donald C. “Jug” Needham was born February 22, 1933, in DeKalb, the son of Frederick Benton and Blanche (Larson) Needham.  It was his father that tagged Don with his nick-name “Jug”.  The reason has long since passed from memory but the name stuck with Donald Needham all of his life.  Jug graduated from Maple Park High School and shortly began working at the Acme Bronze Foundry in Maple Park.  He was employed there when he met and married Joan Fritsch.  It was a blind date that took Donald down the aisle a few years later September 23, 1956, when he and Joan were married at the Big Rock Baptist Church.  They made their home in Maple Park where they would live for 38 years before moving to their present home in DeKalb.  In the interim, Donald worked for the Northern Illinois Gas Company for some 15 years until his retirement in the early 1970’s.  From Crystal Lake south, nearly to Aurora, Jug knew every highway and by-way as he found his way to hundreds of residential installations over the years.  He work-travel seemed to stimulate an innate wanderlust that move him to his family on Sunday rides that often stretched of hundreds of miles through Illinois and Wisconsin.  Dinner, however, was always part of the plan-even if no one knew where or when.  Predictably, Jug would order ham, eggs and American fries for breakfast and a cheeseburger for any other meal-no matter how much variety was on the menu.  At home, he was a “sometimes cook”  who loved to bake bread and often “garnished” it with a piece of his mother’s coconut pie.  Fishing was his off-duty passion and many are the memories of “fishing with father” or “Grandpa” to the second generation.  Jug and Joan enjoyed “antiquing” as they traveled the area and Jug became a real craftsman at furniture restoration.  Jug was a consummate story teller and his sense of humor was legendary.  With children, Jug could spin a fantasy that would have rivaled Jim Henson’s tales and among adults, there was never a dull moment as long as  Jug Needham was in the room.  Ironically, it was his sense of humor that made life bearable, as Jug endured many hospitalizations through the years for an alphabet-soup of maladies that eventually left him in chronic pain after his third back surgery.  Chronic pain, however, only aggravated Jug’s already relentless sense of humor.  Though he never complained abut the pain, nurses, friends, and family could be heard to complain of his jokes.  Donald lived the ”Golden Rule” and his acts of kindness were as legendary as his humor.  Those who lived alone, could always find a “fix-it” friend in Jug Needham and lucky was the child with whom he paused to play checkers or spin a yarn.  For them, there was always a little gift of “silver” in Jug’s hand.  He loved babysitting his grandchildren and from the day of their birth sported them around the neighborhood, bragging and grinning from ear to ear.  After a 1992 stroke threatened to steal Jug’s humor, he recovered with the loving support of his family.  Though he became a tad less assertive with his fun, his eyes never lost the laughter that made you know he was right on top of the conversation.  For seven years, Jug and Joan took the gifts of love that lived above his limitations and made them great.  So it came to pass that Sunday, May 23, 1999, as they prepared to leave for church, Jug suffered a stroke that left him comatose for six days.  Hs room at Kishwaukee Hospital became the site of something wonderful as countless friends and family came to say good-bye to the jester who could not respond but whose spirit remained until his wife’s birthday, May 29, 1999.  That afternoon he enjoyed visits from two special loved ones before he had to go.  At age 66, Jug Needham left them laughing through tears and knowing they had not just been ‘touched by an angel’, but “tickled by a saint”

Jug was a member of the First United Methodist Church, DeKalb, the Moose Lodge of Aurora, and the DeKalb Masonic Lodge.

In addition to his wife, Joan, He is survived by two children, Pamela Jo, (James) Volkert of Rochelle, and Peggy Ann (Jeffery) Hagen of Maple Park; two grandchildren, Samuel James Volkert, and Margaret Joan Yagen of Maple Park; two step grandchildren, Kimberly (Todd) and Stephanie (Eric) Kersten; one step great grandchild, Noah Christopher Stecker; five siblings, William (Virginia) Needham of Maple Park, Martha (Gene) Wallis of DeKalb, Alice (Spence) Smith of Davis, Charlotte Clark of Rochelle and Linda (Jerry) Rubeck of Genoa.

His life was celebrated  at the First United Methodist Church, DeKalb Wednesday, June 2, 1999.  The Rev. Mary Gay McKinney officiated.  Interment followed at Ohio Grove Cemetery.  Memorials in his name  may be mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.            CC 6/3/1999

 

                         Mark Pritchard Evans     1999.06.15

Mark Pritchard Evans, 81, of Hamilton, MT, died Sunday, June 13, 1999 at Discovery Care Centre in Hamilton, MT.  He was born July 10, 1917 in Big Rock, the son of the late John F. and R. Edna Pritchard Evans.  Mark graduated from Big Rock High School and attended Aurora College.  Lucille Ness, a schoolmate became his bride July 20, 1936.  Daughters, Deanna Marcille in 1938 and Jo Ann in 1942 completed their family.  Mark’s father and grandfather were farmers and he followed in their footsteps, farming until 1954.

His interests since an early age were hunting, flying, traveling, and music.  Mark sang with his brother, father, and uncles, and later enjoyed barbershop harmony.  He was involved in the Big Rock Plowing Match, serving as president of this unique community celebration, and was a school board member.

Mark became a private pilot and belonged to the Flying Farmers.  He flew to neighboring states and took the family to faraway places like Florida and California.

The joy of hunting took him to Idaho seeking elk.  Falling in love with the west, they moved to Hamilton, MT in 1954 where he became a sales representative until serving two years with the FAA in Anchorage—fulfilling a lifelong Alaskan dream.

Returning to the Bitterroot in 1960, Mark and “Lucy” purchased Valley Furniture which they operated for 27 years as Evans Furniture.  Mark was active in Sapphire Good Sams and the Bitterroot Ridgerunners.

Mark is survived by Lucille after enjoying nearly 63 years of marriage, and by daughters and spouses, Deanna and Al Howe, Jo Ann and Dwayne Hinman, granddaughter, Kimberly and Tim Abbott; great grandchildren, Kayla and Evan Abbott; grandson, Andrew and Kim Howe, all of the Seattle area; by Grandson, Mike and Brenda Howe, great granddaughter, Christy Howe of Ohio, and grandson, Kyle Hinman of New York.  In Hamilton, Mark has a brother, Keith and Bea Evans and in Illinois a sister, Marvel Evans Davis, several cousins, and a 97 year old aunt, Vernie Evans. 

Memorial service will be held for Mark Friday, June 25, 1999 at 2 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Main, Hamilton, MT.   A celebration of Mark’s life will be held in Big Rock on July 11, 1999 at 5 p.m. for family and friends at the Red Barn, 47W066 Jericho Rd., Big Rock.

Local arrangements are under the direction of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, or the First Presbyterian  Church, 1220 W. Main, Hamilton, MT 59840.                    CC 6/24/1999

 

                                Grace Mae Eberly     1999.06.16

Grace Mae “Tootsie” Eberly, age 94, of Aurora, formerly of Hinckley, passed away at the Countryside Care Center in Aurora, on Thursday, June 24, 1999.  She was born August 15, 1904 in Hinckley, IL, the daughter of Roy and Louise (Leifheit) Eberly.

She was a 1922 graduate of Hinckley High School.  Miss Eberly was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church.  For 18 years, Grace did handset type at the Hinckley Review.  She had been a proof reader at Schuman Labels in Batavia, and at one time was employed in the Postal Department in Tonyan Drugs, in Aurora.  Grace was a 69 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include four nieces, Charleen (Kenneth) Erickson, of DeKalb, Janet (Frank) Santelli, of Aurora, Carol (Artie) Bergstrand, of Hinckley, and Penny (Richard) Layman of Aurora; one nephew, Bruce (Shirley) Eberly, of Hinckley; as well as many great nieces, great nephews, and friends who will miss her.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Clarence Eberly; two nephews, Neal and Deane; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Wiltsie Eberly.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 28, 1999 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, with Reverend D. Robert Benson officiating.  Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.  Friends may call from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 27, 1999 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St., Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home, (915) 286-3247 or (630) 553-7611, Philip S. Nelson, Owner and Director.

CC 7/1/1999

 

                                 Arnold Everett Voga     1999.06.20

Arnold Everett Voga, 84, of Sandwich, died Tuesday, June 29, 1999 at Valley West Community Hospital, Sandwich.  He was born May 28, 1915 in Newark, the son of Otto B. and Edna G. (Vermeland) Voga.

Everett was united in marriage to Della Bernice Wold on October 27, 1935 in Freedom Township.  She preceded him in death in 1973.  He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Sandwich and served on the board for many years.  Everett was a charter member of the DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation and was honored recently during their 50 year celebration.  He also belonged to the Guinea Pig Association.  Everett won many corn huskers competitions in his early years.  He was an avid draft horse spectator.  He enjoyed gardening at home, especially the roses he grew.  Everett retired from Caterpillar Tractor Corporation in 1979 after 20 years of employment.

Survivors include one son, Dennis (Pat) Voga of Sandwich; four daughters, Darlene (Mike) Sinnen of California, Nancy (Keith) Jordal of Hinckley, IL, Myrna (Gene) Hickey of Sycamore, and Judy Voga and her fiancée, Steve Bowling of California; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren, and a very dear friend Darlene Miller of Sandwich.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Della; one son, Ronald Dean in infancy, one sister, Esther Ryg; and three brothers, Howard, Harold, Glenn, and one brother, Roger Wesley in infancy.  He was also preceded in death by one grandson, Darin Jordal, and one great grandson, Mitchell Hickey in infancy.

Funeral services were held on Friday, July 2 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Sandwich, Rev. David Kaul officiating.  Burial was in the Baker Cemetery, Baker, IL.  Visitation was Thursday, July 1 at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich.

Memorials may be made in Everett’s name to Our Savior Lutheran Church, Sandwich.         CC 7/8/1999

 

George Arthur White     1999.06.21

George Arthur White, 65,  of Rochester, MN, died June 1, 1999, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester.  He was born August 22, 1933 at Custer Park, IL, the son of Willard and Marie (Zilm) White.

George spent his youth at Hinckley and graduated from Hinckley High School with the class of 1951.  He served with the US air Force during the Korean Conflict.  He worked for IBM for 32 years before retirement, and was also employed by Hobbit Travel.  George spent many happy hours calling square dances.  He was an executive director for CALLERLAB, and held numerous offices in other square dance organizations.  George was married October 5, 1952, at Hinckley, to the former Marjorie Cochran.  He later married Patricia Wilber Gustine at Maui, HI, February 5, 1979.

He is survived by his wife, Pat; four children, Alan (Jerrene) White and Marlene Sutton, both of Rochester, Neal (Barbara) White of Plainview, MN, and Diane White of Houlton, WI; three stepchildren, Gregg (Teresa) Gustine of Pine Island, MN, Lori (Tim) Lutzke and Dan Gustine, both of Rochester; fourteen grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy (Ken) Myers of Hinckley.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter-in-law, Janae White; and a grandson, Michael Sutton.

Funeral services were held at the Macken Colonial Chapel, Rochester, Friday, June 4, 1999,  Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be designated for Seasons Hospice, or the CALLERLAB Foundation.                        CC 6/10/1999

 

Charles Ronald Campbell     1999.06.22

Charles Ronald Campbell, formerly of Hinckley, Big Rock, and Maple Park, passed away June 7, 1999 in a hospital in Leesburg, FL.  He was born June 8, 1935.  He graduated from Kaneland High School in 1953.

Charles served in the JU.S. Navy, during and after the Korean Conflict.  He graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.  He worked for 29 years in the electrical manufacturing industry as an engineer.  He retired eight years ago to Fruitland Park, FL.

Charles is survived by his wife, Glenna Faye Campbell of Fruitland Park, FL; his mother, Verda Campbell of Willow Springs, MO; two sisters, Sue Coolidge of Crystal Lake and Sara Peterson of Willow Springs, MO; one daughter, Keri L. Knudsen, of North Aurora; one son, Ronald N. Campbell of DeKalb; four nieces and one nephew.                 CC 6/17/1999

Robert C. Reed     1999.06.23

Robert C. Reed, 79, of Waterman and formerly of Hinsdale, died Wednesday, June 9, 1999, at his home.

He retired from Northern Illinois Gas Company in 1982 after working for 42 years.  He was a United States Marine Corps veteran.

He was the beloved husband of Dorothy C. (Arana) Reed; loving father of Nancy (Jimmy) Capps, Virginia (Gordon) Owenby, Jacquelyn (James) Decho, William Reed and the late Thomas Reed; cherished grandfather of six; great grandfather of three and dear uncle of Phillip Reed.

A memorial service was held Saturday, June 12, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hinsdale.  Interment was private.  Memorials may be made to DeKalb County Hospice, 2727 Sycamore Road, Suite 1B, DeKalb, IL 60115 or the Waterman Fire Department, 160 N. Cedar, Waterman, IL 60556.

CC 6/17/1999

 

Marjorie Mae Mack     1999.06.24

Marjorie Mae Mack, 88, of DeKalb, passed away Monday morning, June 14, 1999, at Pine Acres Care Center in DeKalb.

She was born in Pierce Township January 1, 1911 at the Kaus Homestead, daughter of Harvey and Selma (Kaus) Mack.

She attended grade school at the Ziegler School, a one room school.  She graduated from Hinckley High School in 1931 when she was 20 years old.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Education at Northern Illinois State Teachers College in 1955.

She began teaching in 1931 at the Nehring School, where she taught for two years.  She then taught at the Gallagher School for 14 years until beginning her tenure at the Cortland School.  Marjorie spent 28 years teaching in Cortland.  After 44 years of teaching, she retired in 1975.

Marjorie took an active part in St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Hinckley, teaching Sunday school for many years.  As a member, she served as president of the Young People’s Organization, president of the Dorcas Circle and a member of St. Paul’s Guild.

She was a member of the Northern Illinois Alumni Association, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, and the DeKalb County Retired Teachers Classroom Association, and the Illinois Retired Teachers Association.

Marjorie is survived by her sister, Dorothy Mack of Pine Acres Care Center in DeKalb; her brothers, Harley (Mary) Mack of Hinckley and Donald Mack of DeKalb; her sister-in-law, Irmagard Mack of DeKalb.  She is also survived by her niece, Sandra Phelps of DeKalb and two great nieces, Alayson of Ames, IA and Amber of DeKalb.  She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Harvey Mack, Jr., and Delbert Imas Mack.

Funeral services were held at St Paul’s United Church of Christ Wednesday June, 16.  Rev. LaVon Baylor officiated.

Burial followed in Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 South Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.  for more information, please call (815) 756-1022.                    CC 6/17/1999

 

 

 

Charles R. Heinemeier     1999.06.25

Charles R. Heinemeier, age 72, of Hinckley passed away Friday, June 18, 1999 at Provena Mercy Center, in Aurora.  He was born July 17, 1926 in Waterman the son of Roy and Elsie (Price) Heinemeier. 

Charles was united in marriage September 21, 1947 in Earlville, to the former Delia Thompson.  They spent the next 52 years of their lives together.

Mr. Heinemeier was a member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church, in Hinckley.  He was formerly employed at the Pure Milk Association in Hinckley, at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.  He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during World War II.  Mr. Heinemeier was a former member of the Hinckley Lions Club.  He enjoyed refinishing furniture and woodworking.  Charles was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, who will be missed by his family and many friends.

Survivors include his wife, Delia, of Hinckley; three sons, Charles D. (Rosemary) Heinemeier, of Montgomery, Darrell R. Heinemeier, of DeKalb, and Douglas R. Heinemeier and his fiancé, Debra Frey, of Big Rock; his grandson, Matthew C. Heinemeier, of Montgomery; his sister, Helen (Bob) Willrett, of Hinckley; as well as several nieces, nephews, and many friends who will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 22 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, in Hinckley.  Rev. Paul Zeman officiated.  Interment of cremains will take place in the Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley, at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the United Parkinson’s Foundation, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.      CC 6/24/1999

 

Edward E. Bullard     1999.06.26

Edward E. Bullard, age 66, of Hinckley, IL passed away Monday, June 21, 1999, at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in Chicago, IL.  He was born July 9, 1932 in Amboy, IL, the son of Gale and Margaret (Lupton) Bullard.

Edward was united in marriage March 31, 1953 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Amboy, IL to the former Mary Schwamberger.  He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Mr. Bullard was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb.  He was employed, for over 32 years, as a manager with United Parcel Service.  Ed was for many years the president of Hinckley Little League Baseball.  He was a member of both American Moose Lodge #84 in Aurora and the Amboy VFW.  Edward served his country with the United States Army during the Korean war.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, of Hinckley; six children, Debra Bullard, of Hinckley, John (Sheila) Bullard, of Hinckley, George (Deborah) Bullard, of Hinckley, Kelly (Tony) Hopp, of Naperville, Marty (Lisa) Bullard, of Aurora, and Karla (John) Michels, of Hinckley; nine grandchildren; Maribeth and Courtney Bullard, of Aurora, Ryan and Zachary Michels of Hinckley, Grace, Greta, and Tony Hopp, of Naperville, Jordan Bullard, of Hinckley, and Jack Bullard, of Hinckley; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 24, 1999 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 302 Fisk Ave, DeKalb, with the Very Rev. Karl P. Ganss officiating.  Interment will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in DeKalb.  Serving as pallbearers will be Joe Rissman, Don Austin, Ed O’Brien, Tom Davis, Rich Johnson, Rick Edemeier, Carl Ryan, and Eldon Cullison; and Honorary Pallbearer, Paul Jungles.

Friends may call from 3 until 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, 1999 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St. in Hinckley.

Memorials in Ed’s memory may be made to the Hinckley Fire Department.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.                  CC 6/24/1999

 

Raymond A. VonBergen, Sr.     1999.06.27

Raymond A. VonBergen, Sr., 71, of Waterman, passed away Tuesday, June 22, 1999, at Valley West Community Hospital in Sandwich.  He was born April 30, 1928 in Chicago, the son of Ernst and Hilma (Fahrenkrog) VonBergen.  He married Florence V. Spacko in Norridge, IL July 14, 1956.

He was a farmer in the Waterman area and was currently employed at the Daily Chronicle for over 20 years.  He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Hinckley and the Cook County Truck Gardeners and Farmers Association.  He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Army.  He was a member of the Waterman American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Florence; one son, Raymond A. (Heather) VonBergen, Jr. of Waterman; three daughters, Susan (Jim Ernest) Spears of Sycamore, Katherine VonBergen of DeKalb, and Judy (Matt Marqul) Bjornson of Waterman; ten grandchildren, Jaime and Rebecca Spears, Victoria VonBergen, Amelia, Amanda, Amos, Andy and Aaron Bjornson, and Kayla and Brooklyn VonBergen; one bother, Gerhard (Julia) VonBergen of Mt. Prospect; one sister, Helen Kolpin of DesPlaines; one sister-in-law, Carol VonBergen of Genoa, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ralph.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 25, 1999, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Hinckley.  Rev. E. George Krause officiated.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.

A memorial is being established for Raymond A. VonBergen, Sr. in care of the Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 South Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.  For more information, please call (805) 7556-1022.                 CC 7/1/1999

 

Patricia Arvilla Boughner Mitchell     1999.06.28

Patricia Arvilla “Pat” Mitchell, age 78, of Waterman, passed away Saturday, June 26, 1999 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb, IL.  She was born January 3, 1921 in Fountain, MI the daughter of William W. and Arvilla (Osborne) Boughner.

She was united in marriage October 12, 1943 to Charles Daniel Mitchell. They spent the next 45 years of their lives together until his passing January 12, 1988.

Pat was a part of the Green Thumb Program at the Shabbona High School and was at one time the secretary of Shabbona State Park.  Pat was a loving mother, Grandmother, great grandmother, and sister, who will be missed by her family and many friends.

Survivors include her three sons, Richard (Frances) Mitchell, of Paw Paw, IL, Ronald (Jackie) Mitchell, of St. Cloud, FL, and Randy Mitchell, of Union Pier, MI; her two grandsons, Lee Mitchell of Lee, IL, and Robert Mitchell of New Buffalo, MI; four granddaughters, Jamie of Orlando, FL, Tracy, Sara and Baleigh, all of St. Cloud, FL; one great grandson, Cody of Orlando, FL; two brothers, Malcolm Boughner, of Homer, Mi, and Wesley Boughner, of Northfield, IL; as well as one sister, Joyce Schroeder, of Pearland, TX; and many nieces, nephews, and friends who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Charles D. Mitchell, three brothers, Robert W. Boughner, William S. Boughner, and James Raymond Boughner; and one sister, Helen Durlin.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 2, 1999 at the Nash-Nelson Funeral Homes, 116 N. Birch St., in Waterman.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.                            CC 7/1/1999

 

Paul N. Stevens     1999.06.29

Paul N. Stevens, 93, formerly of St. Charles, now of North Aurora, died Wednesday, June 30, 1999 at Provena Mercy Center, Aurora.

He was born in Elgin March 2, 1909, the son of Perry and Marion Stevens. 

Mr. Stevens was a farmer in the area, and also worked for Moline Malleable Iron Co. in St. Charles, retiring in 1968.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mary; his children, Charles (Virginia) Stevens of Wickenburg, AZ, Charlotte (Richard) Carlson of Delavan, WI, Phyllis (Charles) Meier of Springfield, Ronald Stevens of North Aurora and Marion (James) Scott of Big Rock; his grandchildren, Craig, Kevin, Barry, Luanne, Steve, Shirley, Eric, Karen, Bob, Rick, Karl, Bradley, and Paula; 22 great grandchildren; and a brother, John Stevens of Sun City, AZ.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline; five brothers, Harold, Waldo, Perry, Richard, and Floyd Stevens.

A memorial service was held Monday, July 5 in the Norris Funeral Home.  Rev. Fr. Joseph B. Linster officiated.

    CC 7/8/1999

 

Joe Larson     1999.06.30

Joe Larson of Queen Creek, formerly of Waterman, passed away Friday, June 25, 1999, in Stoughton, WI.  He was born April 22, 1924 in Waterman.  He was an agricultural salesman.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; daughters, Bonnie Grosshauser, Jodie Banks, and Cynthia; brother, Donald; and one grandson.

Memorial services were held in Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Mesa, AZ.   Pastor Malcolm Davis officiated.

Interment was in Mountain view Memorial Gardens in Mesa, AZ.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 9034 N. 23rd Ave., Suite 9B, Phoenix, AZ 85021 or the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave., New York, NY 10021.       CC 8/12/1999

                Alyce R. Kryzanski DeJonghe     1999.07.02

Alyce R. DeJonghe, 80, of Sandwich, died Monday, July 5, 1999 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora.  She was born April 4, 1919 in Thorp, WI, the daughter of Joseph and Rose (Graikowski) Kryzanski.  She married Edmund F. DeJonghe in Chicago.  She was a cook at Elmwood Nursing Home in Aurora, Big Rock Truck Stop in Big Rock, and at the Chat & Chew in Hinckley.  She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sandwich.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 9, 1999 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sandwich with Father Jack T. Heraty officiating.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.  Visitation will be Thursday, July 8 at Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk, with a liturgical wake service at 7:30 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Catholic Church Building Fund, or the Open door in Sandwich.

She is survived by her sons, Andrew (Rita) Winze of Wichita, KS, Richard (Patricia) DeJonghe, and Edmund DeJonghe, both of Hinckley; her daughters, Shirley (Robert) Carlson of Stewart, IL, Edwina (William) Vincent of Hinckley, and Christine (Robert) Kroemer of Lowden, IA; a sister, Lucille Tabrey of Pine City, MN; 26 grandchildren, and 35 great grandchildren, Marlyce Hall, Rochelle; Richard (Melissa) Carlson, Tennessee; Douglas (Susan) Winze, Dennis (Judy) Winze, both of Kansas; David (Lynn) Winze, Wisconsin; Rita (Lenny) Bjornson, Waterman; Bill (JoHanna) Vincent, Carpentersville; Mike, Dave, and Mary Vincent, Bridget (Tony) Chase, Barbara Lee, all of Hinckley; Jenn (Carl) Key, Elgin; Bonnie Kintzel, Connie(Mike) Buck, Robert (JoAnn) Kintzel, Rodney (Deb) Kintzel, Richard (Teri) Kroemer, Randy Kroemer, all of Iowa; Kristin Armstrong, Texas; Sarah, Allison, Joey DeJonghe, of Hinckley; Duistin DeJonghe, Wisconsin; Jacob and Diane Carlson-DeJonghe, Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brothers, Mike Kryzyanski and Joseph Kryzyanski; four sisters, Marie Gorzalski, Rose Serdynski, Mildred Reese, and Rooney Wisniewski; and four great grandchildren.  

 

                   Eula J. Morsch Phillips     1999.07.07

Eula J. Phillips, age 99, of Hinckley, passed away on Friday, July 16, 1999 at the Shabbona Health Care Center in Shabbona, IL.  She was born September 4, 1899 on the family farm in DeKalb County, IL, the daughter of John and Rachel (Bietel) Morsch. 

Eula was united in marriage on May 5, 1924 to Mr. Harry E. Phillips and they spent many happy years of their lives together.  She was a long time member of the Hinckley United Methodist Church, Eula, from 1940 to 1953, managed the family restaurant, “Phillip’s Restaurant” in Hinckley.  She loved animals, especially her dogs, and enjoyed gardening, crocheting, and sewing.  Eula was a member of the Hinckley American Legion Auxiliary.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grand mother, great great grandmother, sister, and aunt who will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include her children, Doris (Edward) Baie, of Hinckley, Bud (Barbara) Phillips, of Hinckley, nine grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, her sister, Lois Scheidecker of Millington, IL, as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harry E. Phillips, in 1972, her son, Orland Phillips, her grandson, Randy Baie, four brothers, and one sister.  Funeral services will be held at 2:30 on Sunday, July 18, 1999 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley, with Reverend Kate Feeney-Bastian officiating.  Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley, IL.  Serving as Eula’s pall bearers will be her grandsons, Steven Phillips, Jeff Thomas, Rick Phillips, Kevin Phillips, Gary Baie, and Kelly Phillips.

Friends may call from 12 until the hour of service, on Sunday, July 18, 1999 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St., Hinckley, IL.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, 815-286-3247 Philip S. Nelson, Owner and Director.             CC 7/22/1999

 

Thelma Holmes Sallee     1999.07.16

Thelma Sallee, 83, died at Kishwaukee Community Hospital Tuesday, July 6, 1999.

She was born December 25, 1915 in Shabbona, the daughter of Roy E. and Rose (Caquelin) Holmes.  She married Marshall “Sager” Sallee in 1934.  She was a homemaker and the receptionist for the doctors at DeKalb Clinic on Franklin Street for more than 22 years.

She is survived by a daughter, Joan (Ed) Houghtby of Shabbona; three grandchildren, Susan (Stan) Karpraun, Kristine (Dan) Klopotek and Jennifer (Joe) Masini; six great grandchildren; and four sisters, Rosella Pool and Iola Shrader, both of Shabbona, Charlene McNeese of Clinton, IA, and Emilie (Phil) Dvorak of Cedar rapids, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Sager; and a sister, Dorothy.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 9, 1999 at the Jacobson Funeral Home.  Rev. James Shelton officiated.  Burial followed at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona.

A memorial fund has been established for the American Cancer Society and the American Diabetes Association.  Send memorials in care of Jacobson Funeral Home, 303 N. Illini St., Shabbona, IL 60550.

Arrangements by Jacobson Funeral Home, (815) 824-2618.

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Elmer Helling     1999.07.17

Elmer Helling, age 88, of Shabbona was called home to be with his Lord July 8, 1999. at Willow Crest Nursing Home in Sandwich.  He was born January 1, 1911 in Franklin County, MO.  Elmer received Christ into his life at age 19 and lived out his faith as a humble yet powerful, witness.  His family and friends were blessed to see, and follow his strong moral and Godly principles.  His kindness, honesty, and work ethics were his trademark.  His guidebook of life was the Bible.  “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will received an inheritance from the lord as a reward.  It is the lord Christ you are serving.”  Col. 3:23 & 4 “Serving Christ in all you do” was Elmer’s motto.  Only Heaven will reveal the lives that are touched by a man who lived 70 years by this creed.

After moving to the Shabbona area in 194?, he farmed and later was custodian at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; one son, Glen (Darlene) Helling; three daughters, Nancy (Dean) Foster, Jo (Larry) Bolender, and Betty (Avery) Tredway; stepchildren, Cecelia (Christof) Mittman, Diane (Howard) Oldenburg. David (Mary) Neubauer, Alan Neubauer, and Mnay grandchildren; 14 grandsons, 9 granddaughters, 3 great great grandsons and 1 great great granddaughter.

Elmer’s loved ones who preceded him in death were his beloved first wife, Mildred Helling in 1968; two daughters, Vivian Cook and her husband, LaVerne; Ethel Wilhelm and her husband, George; grandson, Scott Tredway, and Dale Wilhelm; granddaughter, Cindy Clapper; infant great granddaughter, Megan Wilhelm.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 12, 1999 at the First Baptist Church in Shabbona.  Rev. Jeff Coester officiated.  Interment followed at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb.  Arrangements by Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona.

A charity memorial fund has been established at First Baptist Church to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ.   

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Wayne A. Turner     1999.07.18

Wayne A. Turner, 83, of Hinckley, formerly of Aurora, passed away Tuesday, July 20, 1999, in Hinckley.  He was born June 7, 1916 in Aurora.

Wayne was a Navy veteran of World War II and was a life member of the VFW #7452 of Montgomery.

Survivors include his daughter, Eileen (Jerry) Boedigheimer of Hinckley; three grandchildren, David Boedigheimer of Morris, Dennis (Mary) Boedigheimer of Glen Ellyn, and Donald (Tammi) Boedigheimer of Denton, TX; eight great grandchildren, Patrick, Emily, Michael, Daniel, Andrew, Rebecca, Joshua, and Jessica; his sister, Audrey Regnier of Aurora; several nieces and nephews; and several brothers and sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emily; his parents, John and Catherine (Young) Turner; his brother, John Turner and his sister, Shirley Haller.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 24, 1999 at the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary.  Fr. Michael Burrows, O.S.B. officiated.  Interment followed in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

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Joseph Kreminski     1999.07.19

Joseph Kreminski, 70, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, July 24, 1999 in Provena Mercy Center in Aurora.

He was born December 8, 1928, in Aurora, and was a brick mason in Aurora for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Adam and Teofila Kreminski; and two brothers, Walter and Steve Kreminski.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, June of Aurora; three sons, Jeffrey (Melody) Kreminski of Big Rock; James (Gwen) Kreminski of Downers Grove and Jay (Christi) Kreminski of St. Charles; a daughter, Jill (Jim) Wulff of Oswego; a brother, Frank (Marylou) Kreminski of Aurora; a sister, Cecelia (Lewis) Popp of Aurora; seven grandchildren, Adam and Jennifer Kreminski, Eric, Scott and Tracy Wulff and Michael and Kelly Kreminski; a step-grandchild, Morgan Ruth.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation.

Arrangements handled by the Dieterle Memorial Home, Montgomery.  (630) 897-1196.        CC 7/29/1999

 

Sara E. Smail Saccani     1999.07.20

Sara E. Saccani, 85, of Dunedin, FL, formerly of Shabbona, died Thursday, July 22, 1999, at the home of her daughter in Dunedin.

Sara was born December 29, 1913, in Riverview, PA, the daughter of Grover and Hannah (Baxter) Smail.  She married William Saccani August 4, 1928 in Monessen, PA.  They made their home in Pennsylvania until 1970, when they moved to Shabbona.  In 1992 she moved from Shabbona to Florida to live with her daughter, Martha.

Survivors include two daughters, Nellie (Charles) Edwards of Aurora and Martha Lang of Dunedin, FL; 8 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and 14 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband April 13, 1982; a son, William Saccani, Jr. in 1969; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, July 27, 1999, at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  Rev. Jay Sloan, minister of the Clearwater Central Nazarene Church in Clearwater, FL officiated.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.  A memorial is being established.       CC 7/29/1999

 

Irene McCormick Sidmore     1999.07.21

Irene Sidmore, 90, of Aurora, passed away Monday, July 26, 1999. at Countryside Care Center.  She was born January 7, 1909. in Shabbona to Edward and Sara (Duffy) McCormick. 

Anna taught school in Lee until her marriage to Howard Sidmore October 18, 1930.

Survivors include three sons, Howard (Pat) Sidmore of North Aurora, E. Jay (Nancy) Sidmore and Bruce Sidmore, both of Aurora; three grandchildren, Linda Balla, Mike Sidmore, and Daniel Sidmore, and four great grandchildren, Katie, Bethany, Thomas, and Sasha.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, one son, three brothers, and a sister.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 29, 1999 from the Healy Chapel to St. Mary’s Church for a funeral mass.  Fr. William Morrissey officiated.  Interment followed at St. James Cemetery in Lee. 

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

For information call (630) 897-9291 or visit their website at www.healychapel.com.                                 CC 8/5/1999

 

Margie Kay Clucas     1999.07.22

Margie Kay Clucas, age 77, of Aurora, passed away July 30, 1999, at the home of her daughter.  She was born December 5, 1921, in Shelby County, IL, the daughter of Louis and Ruth (Clarke) Kay.

Margie was married in 1938 in Kentucky to Mr. William Clucas.  They spent many happy years of their lives together until his passing.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

Mrs. Clucas was formerly employed, for 26 years, by Western Electric in Montgomery.  She was a member of both the Women of the Moose in Aurora and the Telephone Pioneers.

Survivors include her daughter, Beverly Voss and a close family friend, Allen Rickert, of Hinckley; one son, Mike Clucas, of Somonauk; seven grandchildren, Brenda Patton, of Aurora, Shawn (Duane) Rickert of Leland, Vicki (Andrew) Manthie, of Aurora, Karen Clucas, of Yorkville, Naomi Bronski, of Waterman, William Clucas, of Somonauk and Angus Clucas of Somonauk; seven great grandchildren; two brothers, Ivan L. (Betty) Kay, of Aurora, and Owen M. (Wilda) Kay, of Huntington, TX; one sister, Nola (Ralph) Hardersen, of Sandwich; as well as many nieces and nephews.

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

Funeral services were held Monday, August 2, 1999 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.  Interment followed in the Fairview Cemetery, in DeKalb.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, Philip S. Nelson owner and director.                     CC 8/5/1999

 

Joseph Alberti     1999.07.23

Joseph Alberti, 82, of DeKalb, formerly of Shabbona and Chicago, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at his home.

He was born August 17, 1916, in Chicago, the son of Antonio and Anna (Cordo) Alberti.  During World War II he served in England in the Army Air Corps, where he met and married his wife of 55 years, Ivy Ball.  Joe was employed at Wells Gardner in Chicago for 34 years as a cabinet refinisher, and was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan.

Joe and Ivy moved to Shabbona from Chicago in 1973. and they lived in Shabbona until 1996, when they sold their home and moved to an apartment in DeKalb.

Survivors include his wife, Ivy of DeKalb; two daughters, Josie (Chuck) Anderson of Arlington Heights and January Morrison of Shabbona; two sons, Joe (Karen) Alberti of DeKalb and Jeffrey (Karen) Alberti of Palatine; three sisters, Antoinette (Anthony) Comella of Bristol, WI, Rose (Eugene) Houghton of Reedsburg, WI, and Catherine Gentile of Bolingbrook; a brother, John Alberti of Montgomery; eight grandchildren; and 1 great granddaughter.  He was preceded in death by a brother, James; and a sister, Mary Dobush.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, August 1, 1999 at Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.  Rev. James Shelton, minister of the Shabbona United Church of Christ officiated.

Cremation followed the funeral services.  A memorial is being established.                       CC 8/5/1999

 

Catherine Jarvis Castner     1999.07.24

Catherine Castner, of West Plains, MO, formerly of Big Rock, died July 27, 1999 at National Health Care Center in West Plains, MO at the age of 86.

She is survived by one son, Michael Castner of Huntsville, AR; two daughters, Patricia Jandt of South Elgin, and Kathleen Fisher of West Plains, MO; two brothers, William Jarvis of Sugar Grove and John Jarvis of Aurora; eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Catherine retired from Sealmaster in 1972.

Services were held Thursday, July 29, 1999 at Cox-Estes-Boevins Chapel of Salem, AR.  Brother Neal Myers officiated.  Burial was in State Line Cemetery, Moko, AR.     CC 8/5/1999

 

Howard Batterham     1999.07.25

Howard Batterham, age 84, of East Troy, WI passed away at Lakeland Memorial Hospital Thursday, July 29, 1999.

He was born October 19, 1914 in Earlville, the son of Earl and Mabel (Morch) Batterham.

Howard married Myrtle Arlene Leech December 20, 1934 in Ottawa.  They lived and farmed in Earlville for many years. Howard was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Marines.

Survivors include his sons, James (Barbara) Batterham of Mapleton, IL; and Richard (Suzanne) Batterham of Chicago Heights; his daughter, Susan (William) Covert of East Troy, WI; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; his brother, Ronald (Carol) of Mattoon, IL; his sister, Lois Emmett Goff of Wilmette, IL; and many friends.

Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Arlene Batterham October 10, 1999.

Visitation will be Friday, August 6, 1999, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. with a memorial service starting at 11:30 a.m. at Hanley Turner Funeral Home in Earlville, IL.              CC 8/5/1999

 

                Jeannette L. Manser Johnston     1999.08.03

Jeanette L. Johnston, 82, of Lake Holiday, Sandwich, passed away Monday, August 9, 1999 at her home.  She was born January 3, 1914 in Hinckley, the daughter of Paul B. and Mabel C. (Bastian) Manser.  She married Clifford E. Johnston on October 26, 1942 in Charleston, MO

Survivors include her daughter, Ila (Robert) Holloway of Sandwich; two brothers, Walter (Shirley) Manser of San Antonio, TX and Floyd Manser of Hinckley and her grandchildren, Adam Prine, Alizabeth Prine Craft, Robert Holloway and Elizabeth Holloway.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Charlene Louise Johnston and a brother in infancy, Donald Manser.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 12, 1999 at Oak Mound Cemetery north of Somonauk with Reverend Kerry Liggett officiating.

Arrangements were entrusted to Turner Funeral Home, Somonauk.  825-498-2363             CC 8/19/1999

 

                                Keith E. Carroll     1999.08.06

Keith E. Carroll, 45, of Bradenton, FL, died August 10, 1999 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.  He was born in Sandwich.

Mr. Carroll was employed by the Eaton Corp. in Sarasota as a certified purchasing manager.  He previously worked for the Caterpillar Corp. in Aurora for 18 years.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah R., of Bradenton; a daughter, Judy of Naperville; and a son, Ryan K., of Gainsville, FL; his mother, Wilma, of Waterman; two sisters, Joyce Welter of Elburn and Jeanne Vagle of Machesney Park, IL; two brothers, Robert of Bradenton and Greg of Waterman.

Private funeral services will be held later.  Covell Cremation and Funeral Center in Bradenton, FL, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the American diabetes Association, 4710 Eisenhower Blvd., Tampa, FL 33634

CC 8/19/1999   (HR Wording differs slightly)

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