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Richard ‘Rick’ Rombough

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            Richard “Rick” Rombough, 55, of Maple Park, passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, at Delnor-Community Hospital, Geneva, where he was taken Saturday following a ruptured brain aneurysm.   Stricken without warning, Rick died doing one of the things he loved best, tinkering with his car. 

            He was born in Sycamore on Feb. 18, 1953, the son of George E. and Alice  Josephine “Jo” (Bell) Rombough, Jr.   Rick grew up in Maple Park and graduated from Kaneland High School with the class of 1971. After high school, he began working at Turner Brass in Sycamore and through the years, worked a variety of jobs throughout the area, including Countryside Pools and the Sale Barn, both in Maple Park, Mac Tools of Cortland and currently, Car Quest Auto Parts in Sycamore. Always ready to lend a hand, his fingerprints could be found on many projects, from antique tractors to the Harvel’s monster truck, “Blue Max.”

            A White Sox fan all the way, Rick loved nothing better than bantering with his Cub-fan friends. 

            Softball was his game, however, and legend was his name among DeKalb-Sycamore teams. At bat, he was renowned for his ability to place the ball in any field and, on a signature triple, call a time-out at second to bring in a pinch runner. It was, in fact, at a ball game that his future sister and brother-in-law introduced him to his future bride in the summer of 1989. A slightly shy Kathy Wig, caught Rick’s heart at that game and they were wed on Jan. 25, 1991. 

            They made their home in Maple Park in the same house that had been home to Rick from the day he was born. Rick loved Kathy deeply, and though their personalities were opposites, it was those very “opposites” that forever attracted their hearts to each other. The ever upbeat, ready to give a “ribbing” Rick, had a tender side that showed itself both at home and with family members as he cared for his aging parents, and later, his mother-in-law. The reflective Rick enjoyed fishing and loved spending time with his nieces and nephews, talking things over while waiting for the “big one” to bite. 

            In addition to his wife Kathy, he is survived by three siblings, Donna (Orval “Pete”) Peterson of Huntley, Ill., Shirley (William “Hank”) Perkins of Sycamore and James “Jim” (Carol)  Rombough of DeKalb; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, Donna’s: Brian and Jean Peterson and their children, Nathan, Austin, Elliot and Jack; Jeff and Jen Peterson; Steve Peterson and his son, Blake; Shirley’s: Bill Perkins and his daughter, Samantha; Jim’s: Bette and Mark McCabe, and their sons, Jacob and Michael; three aunts, Ann Mathys of St. Charles, Mary Snow of Aurora and Eleanor Peterson of Burlington, Ill.; his father-in-law, James Wig of Sycamore, two sisters-in-law and their families, Cynthia “Cindy” Wig of Sycamore, and her son Christopher Wig; Mary (Curt) Biarnesen of Sycamore, and their daughters, Jessica and Tracy (Robert “Bobby”) Biarnesen, as well as their children, Rebecca and Leland; one brother-in-law, James “Jim” (Amy) Wig of Surprise, Ariz. and his son, Hunter; many cousins and a countryside of friends.

            He is preceded in death by his parents and mother-in-law, Grace Wig.

            Visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, from 2 to 9 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn.  Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, where the Rev. Mark Meyers, pastor of the Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park, will officiate. Services will be webcast live at and available for on-demand viewing the next day. Following cremation, private family committal ceremonies will later be held.

            A memorial has been established in Rick’s name to benefit his favorite charities. Memorials checks may be made to the Rick Rombough Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL  60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through his obituary at For information call (630) 365-6414 or 1-800-8-CONLEY.

Jean Nickels

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            Jean Nickels, 86, of LaFox, formerly of Batavia, passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, at her home after a long battle with respiratory illness. Released in peace, she claims now the promise of her Savior and  breathes easily the celestial air of heaven.

            Jean was born Aug. 10, 1922, on a family farm near Elburn, the daughter of Nicholas M. and Ada B. (Benton) Nickels. She graduated from Kaneville High School with the class of 1940 and went on to become a registered nurse, graduating from the Copley Hospital School of Nursing in 1943. Jean entered the Army Nurse Corps in 1944 and was stationed at the Oliver General Hospital in Jackson, Mich., until her discharge in 1946.  

            Returning home, she studied sociology at Aurora College, and following graduation in 1951, she entered the University of Minnesota where she graduated with a master’s degree in nursing administration in 1955. 

            During her time at Aurora College, she was employed with Dr. Albert Martin, Aurora, and following graduation from Minnesota, she worked for the state of Illinois at the Jacksonville State Hospital, where she became the Assistant Director of Nursing. In 1959, Jean took a position as Director of Nursing at the Springfield Memorial Hospital, where she continued until 1979. Returning once more to the Fox Valley, Jean joined the staff at Delnor Hospital, St. Charles, where she remained until retiring in 1987.

            Through the years, Jean kept in touch with many of her nursing friends.   Always active, she especially enjoyed golf and bowling and exercised regularly. Late in her years, she found love in the “Prince Charming” of her life, Marty Olson. They were wed in Holy Matrimony at the Community Congregational Church of Elburn and often worshiped in La Fox at the Lord of Life Church, where they made many friends and memories over the years.  

            A woman of firm convictions and unflinching resolve, she was known to “stand her ground” when it counted, and in so doing, left her footprints in more than a few lives. By the same token, her caring hands reached out with a nurse’s healing touch and left fingerprints on more hearts than she ever realized. The memory of Jean’s life and times will long bring smiles to the faces of family, friends and foes alike.

            In addition to her beloved Marty, she is survived by one brother, Gilbert Nickels of Elburn; one sister, Noreen Florence of Big Rock; several nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and nephews, and a host of dear friends.

            She is preceded in death by her parents; a brother and sister-in-law, Keller and Leota Nickels; and her brother-in-law, Wayne Florence.

            According to her wishes no services will be held, and private interment will occur at a later date.

            A memorial has been established in Jean’s name to benefit hospice, her church and other favorite charities.  Memorials checks may be made to the Jean Nickels Memorial and mailed in care of PO Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through her obituary at For information, call Conley Funeral Home at (630) 365-6414 or 1-800-8-CONLEY.

Sally Ann Webber

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            Sally Ann Webber, 55, of Sugar Grove, passed away peacefully at her home Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008. She was born Aug. 31, 1953, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Bruce and Dorothy Chase.

            A professor of accountancy at Northern Illinois University, Sally was an inspiration to her many students and friends.

            She is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, Bob Webber of Sugar Grove; her children, Sara Webber Laczo and Roxanna Webber; her sister, Caroline Wendel; her father-in-law, Carl Webber; and mother-in-law, Ann Webber.

            She was preceded in death by her brother, David Chase.

            A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. at The Healy Chapel 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of service. 

            At the request of Sally and the Webber family, in lieu of flowers and gifts, contributions can be directed to the Northern Illinois University Foundation for the Sally Webber Scholarship in Accountancy. Checks payable to the NIU Foundation indicating that the gift is for the Sally Webber Scholarship Fund may be mailed to: Anthony D’Andrea, Northern Illinois University, Barsema Hall 145B, DeKalb, IL 60115-2882.

            For further information, please call (630) 466-1330 or visit

Anthony ‘Tony’ G. Heyob, Jr.

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            Anthony “Tony” G. Heyob Jr., 82, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully at his home early Monday morning, Nov. 3, 2008, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family.

            He was born July 27, 1926, the son of Anthony and Susan (Deutsch) Heyob on the family dairy farm in Virgil.

            Tony had a typical upbringing on the farm, helping with chores and helping care for a hundred or more cows. In the meantime, he attended local schools and graduated from Maple Park High School in 1945.

            After high school, Tony enlisted in the United States Army and served his country in Korea until his honorable discharge in 1947. Upon returning to civilian life, Tony picked up where he left off working on the family farm.

            Shortly after his return from overseas, he was united in marriage to Jean Turk on Nov. 29, 1947. They began their new life together on a farm in Maple Park on Beith Road, where they continued until 1982, when Tony sold his dairy herd and he and Jean moved into town. There, they celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary just prior to Jean’s passing in 1993. Always the farmer, Tony remained busy through the years, driving a truck and helping out his many friends in farming.

            He was a proud member of the Maple Park American Legion Post No. 312 as well as the Loyal Order of the Moose in Batavia, and was a lifelong die hard Cub fan. 

            Tony spent as much time as possible at Lake Koshkonong, Wis. The family loved to spend time playing pitch, euchre, cribbage and pinochle. They also had epic croquet games that spanned the entire campsite. Endless hours were spent sitting on Tony’s pontoon boat looking for the ever elusive catfish. Tony and Jean went out to dinner every Friday night and also spent time other nights in his favorite pub to share a drink and a story.

            Tony had a green thumb and was proud of his garden, especially his tomatoes. To his last day, he enjoyed driving through the countryside looking at the farm land stretch for miles. When he couldn’t cruise the fields, he made use of his personal golf cart, sometimes having adventures at 2 a.m.

            He now leaves 10 children, David Heyob of Maple Park, Joe (Cindy) Heyob of Maple Park, Susan (Charles) Stanley of DeKalb, Karen (Michael) Signorella of Maple Park, Sandy (Thomas) Luhtala of River Falls, Wis., Patricia (Laverne) Hjelmberg of Sycamore, Michael (Chris) Heyob of Maple Park, Paul (Judy) Heyob of Shelbyville, Ill., Charles Heyob of Sycamore, and Kevin (Laura) Heyob of DeKalb; 23 grandchildren and 5.8 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jacob (Marilyn) Heyob of St. Charles, and  Richard (Tami) Heyob of Arkansas; two sisters, Marcella Turk of Sycamore, and Marie Phillips of DeKalb, as well as many nieces, nephews and a countryside of friends.

            He now joins his parents; his wife, Jean; one son, Roger Heyob; and one great-granddaughter, Lauren McGinnis, who preceded him in death.  

            Visitation was held Nov. 5, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at Conley Funeral Home on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m. The Rev. Mark Meyer will officiate, and interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Maple Park.

            A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Tony Heyob Memorial” and mailed in care of PO Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.   Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through For information, call (630) 365-6414 or 1-800-CONLEY.

Anna Crudele

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            Anna Crudele, 94, passed away Friday, Oct. 31, 2008, in Mesa, Ariz.  She was born July 26, 1914.

            Survivors include her son, Rocco (Vonni) Crudele; daughter, Phyllis (Charles) Liss; grandchildren, Joanne (Dan) Schwerdtmann, Francine (Mark) Leuer, James (Danielle) Crudele, Nick (Amber) Crudele, James (Kris) Liss and Charles (Mary) Liss II; great-grandchildren, Bryan, Stephanie, Patrick, Samantha, Mackenzie, Andrew, Kimberly, Jimmy, Allison, Chucky, Lexa, Maci and Collin; and great-great-grandchildren, Leland and Leanna.

            Anna was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Coronato; husband, James Crudele; brother, Roy Coronato; and a sister, Marie DelBoccio.

            Visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 6, from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove.

            A committal service will be held Friday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Cemetery Chapel, Belmont and Cumberland Ave., River Grove, Ill.

            For further information, please call (630) 466 1330 or visit to leave an online condolence.

LeRoy E. Challand

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            LeRoy E. Challand, 76, of DeKalb, died on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008, in the DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in DeKalb. Born on Aug. 14, 1932, on the family farm in Shabbona, Ill., he was the son of Earl L. and Ruth (Matteson) Challand.

            LeRoy was married to the former Shirley Burnell on Sept. 10, 1955, in the St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn. LeRoy worked for the city of St. Charles in the Street and Sewer Department as an Equipment Operator for 24.5 years. LeRoy lived in the DeKalb community for three years, moving there from Fairdale, Ill.

            He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. LeRoy is a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb, and a former member of the St. Charles Moose. He loved his garage and loved working on cars, tractors, lawn mowers and especially playing with his grandchildren. He was known by his family as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

            Survivors include his wife, Shirley of DeKalb, daughters, Katherine Funkhouser of DeKalb, and Linda (David) Turk of Elburn; son, David (Mattie) Challand of Mendota, Ill.; grandchildren, Stephanie (Aaron) Bloyd of Sycamore, Clinton Walker of Elburn, Benjamin Turk of Elburn, and Grace Turk of Elburn; great-granddaughter, Emma Bloyd of Sycamore; sister, Mary (Al) McKenzie of Aurora, Colo.; and brother, Roger (Betty) Challand of Rockford, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Doris Smith, and June Jones.

            Funeral Mass was held Oct. 23, at St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb, with the Rev. Father Kenneth Anderson officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery on Oct. 23in Shabbona, Ill. Visitation was Oct. 22, with a wake service at in the funeral home. Visitation was also held in the church on Oct. 23 until the time of the service.

            In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to be established at a later date. To send an online condolence visit Arrangements were entrusted to Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home 310 Oak St. DeKalb, IL, 60115 (815)758-3841.

Penny J. Bringle

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            Penny J. Bringle, 55, of Aurora, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Aug. 31, 1953, in Aurora, the daughter of Robert Sr. and Pearl Morrison.

            She was a lifelong resident of Aurora and North Aurora. After raising her family, Penny worked for Rich Lee Van Company as a bus driver for 10 years, followed by K Mart for 10 years and for the last eight years as a paraprofessional for the West Aurora School District No. 129. As reflected by her careers, Penny dedicated her life to not only her children, but others as well.

            Penny also enjoyed many hobbies such as knitting, sewing, quilting, ceramics and scrapbooking. She was a proud member of The Red Hat Society.

            She is survived by her husband, Larry; children, Michelle (David) Kovacs and Jeremy Schultze; step-children, Shelly (Monte) Harden and Craig (Neroj) Bringle; parents, Robert Sr. and Pearl (who raised her from the age of three, following her mother’s passing) Morrison; grandchildren, Josie and Walker Harden, Wyatt, Jade, Jiwan and Botan Bringle; siblings, Robert (Ann) Morrison Jr., Melody (Juris) Stals, Cheryl Joyce, Mark Brown, Merilee (Michael) Severson and Michael (Valerie) Brown; and 15 nieces and nephews.

            Penny was preceded in death by her birth mother, Mavis (Rogers) Morrison.

            A special thank you goes to Dr. Sudhir Sekhon and the staff at Dreyer Cancer Center, as well as The LivingWell Cancer Resource Center and Provena Hospice, for their outstanding care and compassion to our family.

            Visitation was held Nov. 2 at The Healy Chapel, Sugar Grove. Funeral services were held Nov. 3 at the chapel. Burial will take place at Lincoln Memorial Park.

            Memorial contributions may be made to the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, 1803 W. State St., Geneva, IL 60134 or Dreyer Cancer Center, 1221 N. Highland Ave., Aurora, IL 60506.

            For further information, please call (630) 466-1330 or visit

James ‘Jim’ R. Schoo

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            James “Jim” R. Schoo, 75, of Hinckley, passed away in the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, at Bethany Healthcare Center in DeKalb.

            He was born May 29, 1933, the son of Albert P. and Bernice (Fagen) Schoo in Sandwich, Ill.

            Jim grew up in DeKalb and attended local schools. He graduated with the class of 1951. Two years later, he entered the United States Air Force and served his country faithfully until his honorable discharge.

            Three years after returning to civilian life, he was united in marriage to Margaret Rose Maercker in November 1956. They began their new life together in DeKalb until they moved to their present home in Hinckley in 1965.

            Jim had a strong work ethic and was an employee for eight years at G.E. before tending bar for 13 years and working as a general laborer for seven years.

            Jim was a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Illinois Police Association. He also was confirmed and attended The Church of St. Mary in DeKalb.

            Jim’s family always held a very special place in his heart, and he loved to spend time with them whenever he could. In between times, he loved to sit down with a good novel or sit back and relax to his favorite music.

            He now leaves four children, Ron (Barb) Schoo and their children, Molly (Witt) Jumper of Austin, Texas, Ben, Andrew, Anna and Elliot of New-Ulm, Minn.; Teri (Steve) Zbinden and their children, Nicole, (TJ) Lawhon of Rockford, Ill., Sarah ( Chris) Tossing and her children, Logan, Andrew of Massachusetts and Steven of DeKalb; Jay (Patti) Schoo and their child, Lyndsee and her children, Alexander, Charlee, David and Emily of Cortland; Rodger (Stacy) Schoo and their children, Carmen and Nora of DeKalb; siblings, Bill (Dorothy) Schoo, Don (Lorraine) Schoo, and  Joanne (Elmer) Irving, and many nephews and nieces.

            He now joins his parents and wife Margaret, along with siblings Dorothy, Gene and Nancy.

            Visitation and a memorial service were held at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn, on Monday, Oct. 27. Interment followed at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Joliet on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

            A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Jim Schoo Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.  Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through

Gladys E. Heuertz

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            Gladys E. Heuertz, 94, of St. Charles, passed away at her home, surrounded by the love of her family, on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008.

            She was born on Aug. 15, 1914, the daughter of Julian and Agnes Miller in Cloverdale, Ill.

            Gladys grew up on the family farm in Cloverdale and attended local schools. After school, she continued to work on the family farm, tending to the livestock and working the fields.

            Gladys was involved in the local church choir, and it was there that she met her future husband, Adolph. Gladys and Adolph were united in marriage on Nov. 28, 1940. They began their new life together renting a farm and working the land together, as she did as a girl before moving to St. Charles in 1952. Farming would continue to be a familiar refrain as they continued to farm when they moved to Wasco in 1963. In 1974, they moved once more to a homestead elsewhere in Wasco, where they have since made their home. Later, Gladys worked at The Little Traveler in Geneva for a time, as well as Wasco Nursery.

            Gladys was a faithful member of St. Patrick’s Church, St. Charles for many years.

            Gladys had a strong work ethic and even stronger faith. Her love for her family had no bounds, but heaven help you if you didn’t take off your hat at the table or forget to say grace before eating.

            Flowers were a lifetime passion with mums, geraniums and African violets among her favorites. Her green thumb grew unto installing her own green house off the kitchen, and outside was home to a well-stocked garden. Along with her flowers, colorful ceramic birds perched in different places throughout the home and helped keep her company. She also loved to sew repairs into clothes that had been worn through, and there was never a card game she didn’t like. She and Adolph would play with their friends on Saturday night; whether it was canasta, gin, rummy, bridge, euchre or crazy eights, there wasn’t a game she couldn’t play.

            Later in life, she found joy feeding the cardinals that fed by the window, working on puzzles and reading romance novels cover-to-cover. All these memories and more are the legacy she leaves behind to live on in the hearts and minds of her family and friends.

            She now leaves two sons, Ron (Nancy nee Harms) Heuertz of Elburn, Ill. and Wayne Heuretz of Wasco; two grandchildren, Steve Heuertz of St. Charles and Stephanie Heuertz of Wasco; one brother, Joe Miller of Rochelle, Ill.; one sister-in-law, Julie Theis of Penryn, Calif.; one brother-in-law, Engelbert Heuertz of Valley Falls, Kan., and a family of friends.

            She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Adolph; one brother, Earl Miller; one sister, Natalie Stark; and one twin sister, Violet Miller, who died at age 3.

            Visitation was Sunday, Oct. 26, at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn. A mass to celebrate her life was held Monday, Oct. 27, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, St. Charles. Fr. Michael Oswalt officiated. Interment followed at Resurrection Cemetery in Batavia.

            A memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Gladys Heuertz Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL  60119.   

            Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through

Karen Jeter

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            Karen Jeter, 64, of Elburn, passed away at her home in the early morning hours of Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008.

            She was born on Nov. 29, 1943, the daughter of George and Emma (Treest) Magill in Elgin, Ill.

            Karen grew up in Batavia and attended local schools. She graduated with the class of 1961, after which she found employment at Batavia Container, answering phones.

            Karen married the love of her life, William Jeter, on June 24, 1967, at The Church of St. Mary in Maple Park. They began their new life together in Elburn at a duplex on Gates Street, but soon they found a house to make a home on Kansas Street in October, 1969.

            Over 35 years, Karen rose from a secretary straight out of high school to be the head Cost Estimator before retiring on Feb. 1, 2006.

            Karen was a woman with two different sides that enriched her life and those around her. She loved life and laughed often but had a private side and kept to herself at times. Although she had a particular aversion to water, she and Bill went on several cruises to Hawaii, Alaska and the Caribbean. Her home was her sanctuary, but the trips to Mexico and Europe made enough memories to last a lifetime.

            When she was young, she bowled on three different bowling leagues throughout the area. The friendships with her “favorite five” girlfriends, born in grade school and fortified on trips to the Quarry in Batavia, never diminished over the years. No matter what part of the country they drifted to, the girls always found time for each other, even into Karen’s last days.

            Karen shared her passion for racing, which began on her first date with Bill to a midget car race, and her love for the Chicago Bears was unshakable. The real game that captured her heart was cards. Karen said she was born with a deck of cards in her hand, and she was ready for any game, any time, anywhere. Whether it was spades, poker, cribbage or numerous others, Karen loved to play and only played to win.

            No matter where she roamed, garage sales and gift shops called to her, and Karen could spend hours looking, but hardly ever buying, much to the chagrin of whatever unwilling companion who was lucky enough to be along for the ride.

            Never one to forget the “little people,” Karen kept a special place in her heart for the dogs and cats that entered her life. These and thousands more are the memories made from a life, and Karen made the most of them. She will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

            Karen was a past member of the Quivera Club, a ladies organization in Elburn.

            She now leaves her husband, Bill Jeter of Elburn; two children, Tracey (Ryan) Doe of DeKalb and Tom “Red” (Debbie) Jeter of Elburn; two siblings, Georgette Spencer of Batavia and Richard (Jackie) Magill of Pueblo, Colo.; several nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

            She now joins her parents and one brother-in-law, Carl Spencer, who preceded her in death.

            Friends called Tuesday, Oct. 21, with a memorial service celebrating her life  following at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn. Rev. David Foxgrover, pastor of the Congregational Church of Batavia, officiated. Private family interment will occur at a later date.

            A memorial has been established in Karen’s name. Memorials checks may be made to the Karen Jeter Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL  60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or  through her obituary at

William C. ‘Bill’ Hall

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            Dr. William C. “Bill”  Hall, 85, of Coffeyville, Kan., went to his eternal rest  Saturday evening at Coffeyville Regional Medical.

            William Carlton Hall, Jr. was born Sept. 7, 1923, in Coffeyville, Kan., the son of William Carlton Hall and Edna (McCullough) Hall. He attended Coffeyville Schools. He then attended Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received his doctorate in September of 1944. 

            While at Kansas State University, he served with the United States Army and was discharged as a First Lieutenant. Following his discharge, he established his veterinary practice in Elburn. His practice in Illinois spanned a 34-year period. Dr. Hall returned to Coffeyville in 1978 and began his second a career in cattle ranching.

            He was a lifetime member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Illinois Veterinary Medical Association, and co-founded the Northern Illinois Veterinary Spring Clinic. He was also a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the Masonic Lodge, Blackberry Lodge in Elburn.

            On Oct. 12, 1945, in Elburn, he was united in marriage to Helen L. Reeves.  She survives at the home.

            Additional survivors include three sons, William C. Hall, III and his wife Vicky of Atlanta, Ga., Robert J. Hall and his wife Alison of Lake St. Louis, Mo., and James B. Hall, DVM and his wife Sandra of Bucyrus, Kan.; seven grandchildren, William Christopher Hall, Jessica D. Hall Cantrell, Misty D. Hall, Michelle C. Hall, Matthew D. Hall, Brandon M. Hall and Michelle L. Hall; and three great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Nicole and Tristan Cantrell.

            Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, at the Penwell-Gabel Ford Wulf Bruns Chapel with the Rev. Steve Posey, pastor of the South Coffeyville, Oklahoma Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be at the Penwell-Gabel Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

            The family suggests memorial remembrances to the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and remembrances will be received at the funeral home.

Joan Flanders

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            Joan Flanders, 87, of Kaneville, passed away in her home, surrounded by the love of her family, on Friday, Oct. 24, 2008. She is now free to dance through the days with her husband, Russell, who passed away in March.

            She was born Nov. 30, 1920, the daughter of Florus and Jessie (Anderson) Nagel in Armington, Ill.

            Joan grew up in Armington and attended local schools. She graduated at the age of 16 from Armington High School in 1936 and won a scholarship to attend the University of Illinois, where she majored in home economics. After graduation, she was hired to teach at Kaneville High School.

            Joan found the love of her life when she met Russell Flanders. He stole her heart, and they were united in marriage on Christmas Eve, 1943, in the Wesley Methodist Church in Aurora. They began their new life together back on the Flanders’ family farm.

            Joan continued to teach until 1945, when the first of five children was on the way. After her children were raised, she worked as a substitute teacher and sold real estate. She was a faithful member of Kaneville United Methodist Church and held many positions, including 25 years as the Superintendent of Sunday school.

            Joan was also a member of several committees in the community, including Women’s Committee of the Kane County Farm Bureau, Teeple Barn Preservation Committee, Porkette’s (the women’s committee of the Pork Producers), and chairing the local American Cancer Society fund drives.

            She enjoyed traveling with her loving husband to Hawaii (which was her favorite), Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lampur, among other fantastic destinations. They also took family trips throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, making memories with every mile. When the kids were young, she enjoyed taking them to the resort run by her sister Donna and brother-in-law Duane in Hayward, Wis., and in a camper to various national parks, including Yellowstone, the Badlands and Banff.

            All Joan’s children and grandchildren appreciated having her attend their sports events, concerts, Sunday school programs, school programs and concerts.  Even with all the travel, her heart loved being at home with family the best.

            She leaves five children, Russetta (William) Rauch of Naperville, Ruth Ann (John) Michelsen of Aurora, Janet (Dennis) Smith of Chicago, Jean (Stewart) Holmes of Oakland, N.J. and Tom (Carol) Flanders of Kaneville; 14 grandchildren, Matt Rauch of Naperville, Michelle (Anand Behera) Rauch of Rosemont, Ill.,             Douglass Rauch of Wilmington, Ill., Nancy (Paul) Rivas of Aurora, Rebecca (Richard) Michelsen-Holcombe of Bowling Green, Va., Edward Russell (Debra) Smith of Glendale Heights, Ill., Thomas (Ayanna) Smith of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Dena Smith of Collaroy, NSW, Australia, Dana Holmes of Burlington, Vt., Russell Holmes of New York, N.Y., Nate Flanders of Kaneville, Ben Flanders of Sycamore, Russell Flanders of Kaneville and  Zach Flanders of Kaneville; six great-grandchildren, Danielle Rauch, Emily Rauch, Tobias Rivas, Zemira Joy Rivas, Duncan Smith and Griffin Russell Smith; two sisters, Donna Fay Leach of Sarasota, Fla., and Gitana (Dean) Folkes of Sarasota, Fla.; one brother, Weldon (Bernita) Nagel of Rogers, Ark.; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

            She now joins her husband, Russell, and her parents, who preceded her in death.

            Visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Kaneville United Methodist Church. A memorial service to celebrate her life was held Wednesday, Oct. 29. Rev. Jason Turner, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at Kaneville Cemetery .

            A memorial has been established in her name to benefit the American Cancer Society, Kaneville United Methodist Church and the Kane County Farm Bureau Scholarship Fund. Tributes and checks may be made to the “Joan Flanders Memorial” and mailed to the family in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL  60119 or through

Everett F. Souders

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            Everett F. Souders, 88, of Kaneville, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008, at Pine Acres Rehabilitation and Living Center, DeKalb.

            He was born Dec. 2, 1919, the son of George and Helen (Cook) Souders in New Ville, Penn. Shortly after his birth the family moved to Sugar Grove.

            Everett attended local schools and graduated from Sugar Grove High School in 1937.

            He worked for Burlington Northern in Chicago as a clerk until he enlisted into the United States Navy in 1942. Everett proudly served on numerous ships as a radio operator in the European Theater during WWII.

            After returning to civilian life in 1945, Everett went back to work at Burlington Northern and found the love of his life at Long’s Barn a year later. Virginia Long captured his heart, and after a whirlwind courtship, they were united in marriage in her mother’s home on Nov. 28, 1946.

            They began their new life in Aurora for a time before settling on her father’s farm in Kaneville. There began a lifelong connection with the land as he tilled the fields and tended the livestock for the next 50 years.

            Everett was a proud member of the Elburn American Legion, Post 630, as well as the Aurora Navy League.

            Everett had the “gift of gab” and was always willing to lend an ear to any conversation. This gift brought him friendships from many walks of life and always brought a smile to his face. These and many more memories are the legacy he leaves behind for his friends and family to cherish for years to come.

            He now leaves his loving wife, Virginia; three children,  Roger (Blanca) Souders of Kaneville, Linda (Andy) Stavrou of Geneva, and Cindy (Ed) Kleren of North Aurora; three grandchildren, Rodger Souders, Chad Souders and Neal Kleren, and a family of friends.

            He now joins his parents, two brothers and three sisters, who preceded him in death.

            Friends called on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn. A service to celebrate his life followed the visitation. Rev. Jason Turner, pastor of the Kaneville United Methodist Church, officiated, and private family interment will occur at a later date. 

            A memorial has been established in his name to benefit the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association. Checks may be made to the “Everett Souders Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL  60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through

Roberta Ann Scott

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            Roberta Ann Scott, 89, of Big Rock, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, at Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich, Ill. She was born on March 31, 1919, in Aurora, the daughter of John and Anna (Wilkening) James.

            Roberta was united in marriage on Dec. 26, 1948, to Mr. Byron Hoyt Scott Sr., and they spent the next 58 happy years together until his passing on Dec. 23, 2006.

            She was a longtime member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock, former church treasurer and a member of its “Willing Workers”. Roberta and Byron were members of the “Hit and Miss Supper Club”.

            Mrs. Scott worked in the cafeterias of both the Big Rock Grade School and the Hinckley Big Rock School. She was also a bus driver for the Big Rock School District and was its second female bus driver. Roberta was a hard working farm wife and spent many hours helping Byron in the fields and driving the tractor.

            She and her husband looked forward to spending their winters in Fort Meyers, Fla., after they retired from farming. Roberta was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt, who will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.

            She is survived by her children, Ronda (Greg) Beels of Big Rock, and Byron H. (Tree) Scott Jr. of Big Rock; her grandchildren, Beth (David) Kersten of Salisbury, S.C., Lynn Sommers of Sugar Grove, Lorri (Mike) Dugan of Sugar Grove, Robyn (Leigh) Castle of Plainfield, Ill., Katie Scott of Savannah, Ga., Michelle, Jenifer, Lindsey and Austin of Big Rock; her great-grandchildren, Kristen (James) Taylor of Japan, Kaitlin Petschke of Hinckley, Jamie and April Woodrick of Yorkville, Ill., Lauren Woodrick of Batavia, Ben and Ethan Sommers of Sugar Grove, and Michelle and Mallory Dugan of Sugar Grove; as well as several nieces and nephews.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Anna James; her first husband, Rodney F. Wiggin; her second husband, Byron Hoyt Scott Sr.; her daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Robert Woodrick; her grandson, Brad Woodrick; her brother, Wylie James; and her sisters, Vivian Williams and Evelyn Boyce.

            A funeral service was held Monday, Oct. 20, at Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St. in Hinckley, with the Rev. Dr. Byron G. Henn officiating. Interment will follow in the West Big Rock Cemetery in Big Rock. Friends visited Oct. 19 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.

            Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (815) 286-3247.

June Allison Budd

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            June Allison Budd, 83, left this world Oct. 9, 2008, to take her place with our Lord in Heaven after a long hard fought battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)—Lou Gehrig’s disease.  She passed on in her apartment at the Silver Springs Assisted Living Facility in Green Valley, Ariz., with family by her side.

            June was a very special lady. She was especially known for her determination to live, her never-ending positive spirit, an incredibly forgiving nature, a love and compassion for others, a willingness and desire to help others in need, and for her wonderful sense of humor and quick wit, even in the face of adversity.

            Born on June 2, 1925, in Milwaukee, Wis., the daughter of Walter W. Beckard and Helyn (Leist) Beckard, June graduated from Rufus King High School in 1943 as the class salutatorian. She went on to become Valedictorian of her nursing class, receiving her RN diploma from Chicago University Hospital. June had many wonderful stories to tell of her time in nurse training, as well as her first job as a visiting nurse with Sears and Roebuck. She simply loved helping others, and others surely loved her in return. 

            In WWII, June enlisted in the Cadet Nurse Corps and served from 1944-47 while intaking at University Hospital in Chicago and St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill. June met her first husband, Dr. Robert Henry Allison, while she was still in training and he was still in medical school. They married in 1948 and made their first home in Warrenville, Ill., where Bob started his fist private medical practice in the 1950s. In the early ‘60s, they moved with their three children to Elburn, where they remained until 1972. It was then that June and Robert moved to Morganfield, KY, for semi-retirement, where June worked as a public health nurse for the Union County Clinic.

            In 1972, they relocated to Hoopeston, Ill., where Robert joined a clinic of international doctors. Following Robert’s death in June 1975, she returned to nursing, working as a visiting nurse in charge of the Home Health Aids of the Vermillion County Health Department.  The favorite part of her work involved caring for paraplegics and quadriplegics in their homes, though she later commented she never envisioned that she would one day find herself in their position.

            In 1977, she headed west to Denver, Colo., where she joined her daughter, Lorelei, who was studying music at the time. The two of them lived together and loved life to the fullest as college roommates, helping each other make it to the finish line by proofing each other’s work while attending two different colleges. June completed a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree at Colorado Women’s College while in her 50s, inspiring many while at the same time making many wonderful new friends.

            Following graduation, she became night supervisor in charge of nursing at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Denver. It was also in Denver that she met her second husband, Harrell Budd, a geologist. They were married in 1986 in Kauai, Hawaii, then moved to Green Valley, Ariz., to make their home and begin a new life together. Harrell passed away in 1989.

            June is survived by three children, David John Allison, a paralegal and Methodist lay minister currently residing in Denver, Suzannah Allison DeSousa, a world traveler and international teacher currently teaching culinary arts in Bagdad, Ariz., and Lorelei Allison Conrad, a retired U.S. Naval officer, Navy bandmaster, trumpeter, conductor, and most recently, an RN who resides in Green Valley, Ariz., along with her husband, Raymond H. Conrad, who is also a professional trumpeter and retired U.S. Navy musician and Maryland special police officer. June leaves behind one sister, Gloria B. Bonesz, also of Green Valley, who is known for her work as comptroller for the Chicago advertising firm, Weber, Cohen, & Riley, and as head of the quilters of the Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior and former GVR swimnastics instructor. June is also survived by her very dear cousin and cherished friend, Margot Füller, of Kronberg, Germany.

            June leaves behind four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, Vasco DeSousa and his wife, Rosina, of Abeystwyth, Wales, U.K., along with their four children, Oscar, Joseph, Hannah and Esperanca; Dr. Alexandra A. DeSousa and her husband, Dr. Michael Proulx, of London, England, and their two daughters, Isabella and Helena; Andrew DeSousa and his wife, Aya Octaviani, along with their daughter, Radina, who are all living in Borneo, Indonesia; and Dr. Sarah O. Allison and her husband, Paul McGuire, who reside in Champaign, Ill. Additionally, she leaves behind four more grandchildren from her marriage to Harrell Budd, and many, many wonderful friends throughout the country and abroad, including her long-time companion and dear friend, George Friley of Green Valley, Ariz.

            June was an active volunteer in many organizations throughout her life, including organizations such as the Geneva Community Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, the Wheaton Weeds, the Eight Ball Committee, the American Heart Association, and the Elburn Elementary PTA, the Junior Girl Scouts as Troop No. 44 Leader in Kaneville, among many others.

            She loved learning and loved to travel the country and the world. June also loved going for walks with friends and family, hiking, bowling, and was active in Jazzercise and Swimnastics when it was still possible for her to do so. She never passed up an opportunity to sing or dance and loved spending time with her family and friends. It was a joy and pleasure for her to go to church and she loved being a member of the Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior.

            A memorial service in June’s honor will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior, located at 555 S. La Canada Drive, Green Valley, Ariz. A reception will follow in the church’s fellowship hall. Additionally, family and friends are invited that same afternoon to come to Silver Springs Assisted Living in Green Valley to join together 1 p.m. for a celebration of “June’s Life Story.” This event will be held in the Family Room affectionately known as the “Bird Room.” All who can are come are invited to share their favorite stories and memories of this amazing woman’s life on earth.

            Donations in memory of June may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior, the Muscular Dystrophy Association/ALS Division of Tucson, Ariz., or to the charity of one’s choice.

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