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Paul F. Schuppner

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Paul F. Schuppner, 82, of Virgil, passed away at his home surrounded by the love and care of his family on Sunday morning, Dec. 27, 2009.

He was born Aug. 11, 1927, the son of Frederick and Florence (Lenz) Schuppner in Elgin.

Paul spent his first years in Elgin and attended local schools, but graduated in 1945 from Plato Center High School, where he was a stand-out basketball player. Paul was a farmer his whole life, and it began on Witt’s farm.

Paul played basketball at Plato Center, but it was a certain cheerleader for Maple Park that caught his eye. Soon a courtship began, and in 1946, Paul and Adeline Helmuth were united in marriage on the Howard farm on Howard Road in Maple Park.

They began their new life together with Adeline’s parents in an apartment while Paul worked at Turner Brass. Then in a few years, Paul became manager on a farm in Sycamore for a time before finding a dairy farm in Virgil in 1951. After renting on a few different farms in the area, they moved into their present home on Meredith Road in 1981. They saved for 35 years to buy their home, and the moment they turned the key, it was theirs and theirs alone.

Paul was a farmer at heart, but later he would add driving a school bus to his daily regimen in 1959 in Maple Park, and spent the next 38 years making sure his charges were delivered to and from school safely. His rules were strict but fair, and many students who never rode his bus heard of his lore. He retired from farming in 1991 and driving a bus in December of 1997. Paul spent the next few years concentrating on making memories with his family and helping his son tend to his land and dairy cattle.

Paul was a past member of the Kane County Farm Bureau and the Loyal Order of the Moose, St. Charles.

Paul was a man who knew what he wanted and how he wanted it done. When a CB was brought in to help his farms communicate, there was no doubt that his “handle” would be “The Boss.” If Paul had a tough exterior and demeanor at times, it only provided cover for the biggest caring heart a man could have. No one knew that better than his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he cheered on at every possible opportunity at school functions and activities, including hundreds of basketball games. He loved to dance with his “honey” at the Blue Moon and play cards in a club full of friends and neighbors. In 1974, he and Adeline went to Hawaii and Las Vegas in 1975, making memories with every mile.

He now leaves his wife of 62 years, Adeline of Virgil; his son, Steve (Ruth Banas) Schuppner of Cortland, five grandchildren, David Schuppner and his children, Hannah and Kaleb, of Elburn; Paul W. (Nicole) Schuppner of East Lansing, Mich.; and Andrea (Josh) Pethoud and their daughter, Maysen of DeKalb; Renee (Adam) Real-Banas of Minneapolis, Minn.; and Andy (Shana) Banas of Roseville, Minn.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

He now joins his parents; one son, Edward; one sister, Marilyn Schuppner; one grandson, Brian Schuppner; and one brother-in-law, Warren Klingenberg, who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A funeral to celebrate his life will be held at the funeral home on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Lily Lake, and the Rev. Paul Meyer, pastor of Cornerstone Methodist Church, Plato Center, will both officiate, and interment will follow at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Paul Schuppner Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Lorraine L. Miller

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Lorraine L. Miller, 87, of Vigil, formerly of Dundee, Ill., passed away at DeKalb County Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, DeKalb, on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009.

She was born on the family farm in Virgil on April 3, 1922, the daughter of Michael J. and Elizabeth K. Petit.

Lorraine grew up in Virgil and attended the S. S. Peter & Paul schools. She worked on the farm and in the home while the boys were off to war. In between milking the cows and cooking meals, Lorraine also worked at Elgin Watch Factory.

Lorraine loved to dance and spent many nights at The Grange, a dance hall on Plank Road. It was there that she caught a certain gentleman’s eye and shared a dance with Bob Miller. They were united in marriage on Oct. 6, 1951, at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.

They began their new life together on the Miller family farm in Dundee, Ill. They would spend the rest of their married life making memories and raising their daughter, Mary. She worked across the road for a time, making beds at their family-owned Dun-El View Motel in Dundee, Ill. When Bob passed away in 1995, Lorraine moved in with her niece, Mary Hindenburg, in Sycamore for a time before building a home in Virgil across the street from her childhood church and school, and next door to the old convent.

Lorraine was a faithful member of S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and was a past member of the Altar and Rosary Society at St. Catherine Catholic Church. She started a sewing club, was involved in Country Cousins as well as the Kane County Home Extension. She also was a volunteer at St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. Lorraine was active in Rural Life, a diocesan farm group.

Lorraine entertained everyone at anytime and possessed the gift of hospitality. She loved her time playing cards with the “Virgil Card Club” every week at different homes. She was “Mrs. Claus” to all her nieces and nephews, not only at Christmas time but all year round. In the summers she had pool parties and invited her family, and many times the rest of her neighbors as well. Lorraine loved to knit and crochet and passed on her wisdom and talent to the next generation.

In their younger years, she and Robert loved to travel on pilgrimages to different Marian Shrines around the country hosted by her brother, Fr. Clement Petit. Lorraine was the family historian and could be found behind the camera at many family functions chronicling the events for future generations. The Petit family reunions that she and Earlene Petit began continue annually. They also made sure never to miss a wedding or a funeral, no matter where they were being held.

Whenever her nieces and nephews came into town, there was no lap more comfortable or available for babies to snuggle and nap. For her granddaughter and her friends, tea parties were the norm and were complete with cups, saucers, tea (that was really Kool-Aid) and cakes.

She now leaves her daughter, Mary (Steve) Lemaster of Elgin, Ill.; two grandchildren, Kate (James) Freestrom of Sycamore and Jeremy Lemaster of Elgin, Ill.; three siblings, Frank M. Petit of St. Charles, Sister Marie Petit of St. Francis Convent, Milwaukee, Wis., and Peter M. Petit of Virgil; many nieces and nephews that were all close to her heart, especially Clete Zang and Mary Hindenburg; and a countryside of friends who will miss her dearly.

She now joins her parents; husband, Bob Miller; four sisters, Louise (Petit) Zang, Regina Petit, Julia (Petit) Dinges, and Sr. Donna Petit O.S.F.; five brothers, Herman, Clement, Carl and Michael; and one other brother, Michael, who died in infancy.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, 60119. A mass to celebrate her life was held at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Virgil, at 10 a.m., with a time of visitation from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the church prior to Mass Wednesday, Dec. 30. Fr. Perfecto Vasquez, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at River Valley Memorial Garden Cemetery in Dundee, Ill.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit Provena St. Joseph Hospital or St. Francis of Assisi Convent. Checks may be made directly to either of the charities and mailed to Lorraine L. Miller in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Donald ‘Dutch’ Phillips Jr.

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Donald “Dutch” Phillips Jr., 66, of Kaneville, passed away following a fierce battle with pancreatic cancer, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at his home surrounded by the love and prayers of his family. Dutch was a man of simple tastes with a smile always on his face who never let life’s problems get him down.

He was born Sept. 3, 1943, the son of Donald Sr. and Mary Helen (Klemm) Phillips in Aurora.

Dutch met his wife during high school, and though she stole his heart, she gave him hers in return. Dutch and Jane Schramer went to their first dance in 1960, and four years later, were united in marriage on Sept. 12, 1964, at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Virgil.

Dutch began working in the family egg business and also worked for a time at Zephyr Gas, a small gas station in Sugar Grove. He spent most of his years behind the wheel of a semi, driving for G. Baker Express and later Blackhorse Carriers.

He now leaves his wife of 45 years, Jane; four children, Deanna (Phil) McCarney and their children, Nicholas and Nolan, of Elburn; Denise (Mike) Thelander and their daughter, Jordan, of Elburn; Keith (Julie) Phillips and their children, Brandon and Katelyn, of Batavia; and Kevin (Aimee Lave) Phillips and their children, Cody, Cecily, and Courtney of Watertown, S.D.; four siblings, Jerry “Cork” (Sue) Phillips, Patrick “Skip” (Mary Perry) Phillips, Rita (Larry) Schmitt and Marcy (Randy) Vanatta; many nieces, nephews; and a countryside of friends who will never forget his smile.

He now joins his parents and one niece, Tiffany Vanatta, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was at St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn from 4 to 9 p.m., with a wake service at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30. A Mass to celebrate his life and faith will be at 10:30 a.m., with a time of visitation to precede the mass from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at Kaneville Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Donald Phillips Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Mardelle L. Voigt

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Mardelle L. Voigt, 80, of Elburn, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at her home and passed from this life to the next, meeting her husband Vern in time to be truly “home” for Christmas.

She was born Nov. 29, 1929, the daughter of Willard and Dorothy (Henning) Murbach in Oak Park, Ill.

Mardelle grew up in Oak Park and attended local schools. She graduated with the class of 1948 from Oak Park Township High School. Following graduation, Mardelle continued her education at a local business school in Chicago, where she studied bookkeeping.

Mardelle worked for several companies in the Chicago area, including Borden Ice Cream Company and the Federal Reserve Bank. In 1972, Mardelle began working for the Little Traveler in Geneva for what was only supposed to be six weeks. Later in 1988, Mardelle worked her way to be the general manager and was in charge of purchasing. She would accumulate a history of over a dozen trips to England in search of the perfect antiques to bring home.

It was Christmas time in 1957, and Mardelle attended a party where she met her future husband, Vern Voigt, who was home for the holidays from working in Alaska. Eleven months later in November 1958, they were married and soon headed back up to Alaska, as a family, to finish the work he started previously. Upon completion, they headed to Elburn to construct their new home, where they eventually settled. The family traveled extensively with Vern’s job and worked in many places throughout the world, including England.

Mardelle was an avid reader of anything she could get her hands on, especially Danielle Steele romance novels and mysteries. Although Mardelle traveled for work extensively, she also took many trips just for pleasure, with destinations across the United States and abroad, such as Ireland and Germany. When home, traveling around her social circles made each day go by faster.

Mardelle was a member and past Worthy Matron of Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary.

She now leaves one daughter, Catherine (Jeff) Mathews of Maple Park; one grandson, Bill (Alison) Donovan of St. Louis; one granddaughter, Bethany M. Donovan of Maple Park; one great-granddaughter, Kyla Rachas of Maple Park; one brother, John (Marti) Murbach of Florida; many nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents; her husband, Vern; and one son, James “Jimmy,” who passed away as a toddler in 1955, who preceded her in death.

Friends called Monday, Dec. 21, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn.

A funeral service to celebrate her life was held at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, with the Rev. David Bateman officiating. Interment followed at Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Mardelle Voigt Memorial” and mailed to P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.

Mike F. Del Medico

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Mike F. Del Medico, 51 , of St. Charles, died suddenly Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009. Mike will be remembered for the man that he was, the memories that he made and the love that he gave to family and friends. Although his life ended, his spirit lives on in all those who both knew him and who will miss him.

Mike was born on Oct. 12, 1958, the son of Paul and Diane (Rossi) Del Medico in Junction City, Kan.

Mike’s childhood was surrounded by generations of family who lived in Chicago. Following his schooling, auto body restoration caught his attention, and his career as a technician began in the local shops around the suburbs of Chicago.

Mike met the love of his life, Monica, in 1975 at the age of 16. Their two hearts became one on June 7, 1980, and their family became complete with the birth of their son Michael in 1981. Over the years, they made their home in many places throughout the suburbs, finally settling in St. Charles in 1992.

Mike’s passion for cars led to the opening of his first auto-repair business in 1982. His most recent and sustained venture was the opening of Mastercraft Autobody in Wauconda, Ill., in 1992.

In Mike’s spare time he loved to hunt and fish, and he also enjoyed many years as a member of the St. Charles Sportsman’s Club.

Mike was a perfectionist at heart and took incredible pride in everything he did. No one was more special to Mike than his son, and he was quick to share his accomplishments with everyone he met. He also made Michael his unofficial apprentice, teaching him the skills required to both renovate their home and complete minor car repairs and upkeep over the years.

Mike also had a special relationship with his nephew Matthew, whom he treated as a second son as he guided him through the trials of life. As a playful jokester, Mike loved to laugh, and his smile consistently brightened rooms. “Big Mike’s” heart was made of gold, and his generosity was unwavering. He will be missed for many reasons, but his life and memory will be cherished forever.

He now leaves his wife Monica; his son, Mike (Lindsay Wasenko) Del Medico; his mother, Diane Del Medico; two brothers, Paul and Mark Del Medico; his paternal grandparents, Frank and Philomena Del Medico; his mother-in-law, Marcie Vazquez; many aunts and uncles, including Mary (Frank) Donato; several brothers- and sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews, cousins and a vast quantity of people who were lucky enough to call him friend.

He now joins his father; his grandfather, Steve Rossi; father-in-law, Gilbert Vazquez; and brother-in-law, Christopher Kapusta, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was from 3 to 9 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn on Friday, Dec. 18. The Elburn Fire Department honored the family with a Catholic wake service. A funeral to celebrate his life was Saturday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Mission Catholic Church, 6N491 Crane Road, St. Charles. Private family interment will occur at a later date following cremation.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities, including Illinois Children’s Burn Camp and the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center. Checks may be made to the “Mike Del Medico Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or at www.conleycare.com.

Frank Anthony Lo Destro

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Frank Anthony Lo Destro, 88, died peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 20, in his Elburn home.

He was born Sept. 23, 1921, in Chicago.

He was an entrepreneur and held many positions over his life, mainly in the building materials industry. On Dec. 8, 1945, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines, where he was assigned to the First Marine Division. He saw action in the first offensive against the Japanese at Guadalcanal and Tulagi. His tour of duty also included New Guinea, Cape Gloucester, Talasee and Pelileu in the South Pacific.

On Dec. 2, 1950, he married Erminia Panozzo, and they were happily married until her death on May 30, 1990.

He is survived by children Frank (Hope) Lo Destro, Peter (Cheri) Lo Destro and Michele (Roderick) Kelly; grandchildren, Tricia, Paula (Dennis) Paben, Julie, Bonnie, Brent (Natalia), Grant, Chana, Sonya, Brina; Katherine, Patrick and Peter; and great-granddaughter, Samantha.

Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 22, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Mass began at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 23, at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn. Interment was in Resurrection Cemetery, Geneva.

Judith ‘Judy’ K. Watters

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Judith “Judy” K. Watters, 69, of Elburn, passed away at Provena Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora, on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009.

She was born April 8, 1940, the daughter of Charles and Katherine (Roper) Cronk in Chicago.

Judy grew up in Franklin Park and attended local schools. After graduating in 1958, she met James Coakley, and they were married soon after. They were blessed with five children, Gayle, Bryan, Roy, Michael and Patricia.

Judy and Jim and their growing family made their home in Melrose Park, Ill. Judy and Jim parted ways in 1979. Love found Judy once again, this time with a childhood friend named Boyd Watters after a serendipitous Christmas card found its way into her hands. His heart followed soon after, and they were united in marriage on June 20, 1981, on Boyd’s boat in Burnham Park Harbor, Chicago.

Boyd brought with him two blessings from his previous marriage, Jacqueline and Richard. Just as the number in the family multiplied, so did the blessings and memories during the next 28 years. The memories began where they made their home in Melrose Park until they moved to Bristol, Ill., in 1983. They left for the west coast in 1986 to be near Judy’s mom in California before returning to be near family in 2002, settling in Elburn.

Judy put her heart and soul into her family, which left little room for additional jobs outside the home.

Judy’s kitchen was a wonderland of delicious baked sweets, especially fudge, which was a family favorite. She was a great friend to those in need, and the friendships made spanned across the country and across generations. Judy was a very patient and kind person. She was an angel to many, but none more so than her husband, Boyd, who regularly told her that she made him want to be a better man. A loving wife, adoring mother and a favorite among the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Judy will be missed by many for a long time to come.

She now leaves her loving husband, Boyd; seven children, Gayle (Curtis) Miller of Mendota, Ill., Bryan (Maggie) of Coakley of Palatine, Ill., Roy (Becky) Coakley of North Lake, Ill., Michael (Tracy) Coakley of St. Charles, Patricia Strayer of Aurora, Jacquelilne (Eric) Rothfone of Mokena, Ill., and Richard (Carol) Watters of Tinley Park, Ill.; 15 grandchildren, Melissa (Brian) Bembenek and their daughter, Angela of Downers Grove, Ill., Shelby Miller of Mendota, Ill., Leah Griffen of Palatine, Ill., Paige Coakley of Palatine, Ill., Maddy Coakly of North Lake, Ill., Jacqueline Coakley of North Lake, Ill., Jesse Coakley of North Lake, Ill., Lexia Coakley of St. Charles, Logan Coakley of St. Charles, Kalyn Strayer of Hebron, Ind., Stephanie Strayer of Hebron, Ind., Wendy (Shawn) Gamble and her children, Sara and Gage, of Bryan, Texas, Paul Armenia of Bourbonnais, Ill., Lauren Watters of Tinley Park, Ill., and Brian Watters of Tinley Park, Ill.; other extended family, and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents, who preceded her in death.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Following cremation, a memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Kaneville United Methodist Church, 724 Main Street Road, Kaneville, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Lonnie Caha, pastor of the Parkview Christian Church of Orland Park, Ill., and Rev. Jason Turner, Pastor of Kaneville United Methodist Church, will officiate with private family interment to follow at a later date.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Judy Watters Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Reita V. Zanardi

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Reita V. Zanardi, 92, of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Dec. 2, 2009, at Countryside Care Center in Aurora, Ill.

She was born on Aug. 1, 1917, the daughter of Alice (Harrison) and Hermann Jonas in Minneapolis, Minn.

Reita grew up in Minneapolis and attended local schools before her family moved to St. Charles in 1938.

She was united in marriage to Joseph Zanardi in 1938 in Springfield, Ill., but spent 71 of her memory-making years in the Fox Valley area.

Reita worked at many different manufacturing companies over the years, but the one thing that remained constant was her involvement in the area of quality control as an inspector. Her longest tenure was with Campana in Batavia.

She was a member of the Batavia VFW Women’s Auxiliary and served her community by being an election judge in Kane County for many years.

Reita had a joy for learning new skills and information that was charming and delightful, and possessed a manner that belied her years. Never too young to learn, she attended college in her 80s to enhance her piano playing abilities.

Never a stranger to hard work, Reita dedicated herself to each task and each job, whether it was in the working sector or just working in her garden. Summers and sunshine were a balm to her soul, and the time spent picking grapes for jam or sweet peas growing on a trellis were a treat unlike any other. The smells from the kitchen wafted through her home as she cooked and canned and passed on her knowledge to the next generations, even teaching her son Curt to make gravy.

When not in the kitchen, Reita enjoyed crocheting afghans and garments for her granddaughters. She also enjoyed traveling the U.S., memorializing each trip with a bounty of pictures. When she and her husband Joe began to attend flea markets, they never could imagine that a favorite pastime would become a passion. They soon became dealers specializing in old glass and pottery.

After Joe died in 1975, she continued dealing in glass and flea markets for many years. Late in life, she had a special friend in John Murphy, with whom she would share trips and activities that made her later years an adventure.

She now leaves her son, Curt (Marlene) Zanardi of St. Charles; two granddaughters, Heather (Norman) Pink of Aurora and Joanna (Matthew) Janecek of St. Charles; four great-grandchildren whom she called her “Angels,” Miles Janecek, Caden Pink, McCoy Janecek and Dante Pink; one sister, Betty McKamey of Dixon, Ill.; many nieces and nephews and a host of good friends.

She now joins her husband, Joseph; her brothers, Bud Stadler and John Harrison; and her good friend, John Murphy, who preceded her in death.

Private family services were handled with care by Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Reita Zanardi Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Emma Rita Karch

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Emma Rita Karch, 90, of Virgil, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

She was born Aug. 15, 1919, in Virgil, the daughter of Henry and Margaret (then) Kirchmann. She was married to George W. Karch.

Emma was a lifelong resident of Kane County and SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Virgil. She was a graduate of West High School in Aurora. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and knitting. She made beautiful scarves, afghans and gloves for her family and people in need. She also loved to babysit for her grandchildren and friends in the community. She retired from Doan’s pill factory in Geneva after many years of service.

Emma is survived by two sons, George (Geri) Karch of Benton, Ken. and Jack (Pati) Karch of Manitowoc, Wis.; three grandchildren, Michelle Karch, Jack “J.B.” (Gretchyn) Karch and Todd (Aileen) Karch; six great-grandchildren, Madi, Cole, Katelyn Emma, Will, Alexandrea and Lea; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Her Funeral Mass was Saturday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. at the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5N939 Meredith Road in Virgil, with Fr. Perfecto Vasquez officiating.

Her visitation was Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at the church. A luncheon followed the Funeral Mass, and a graveside service was held at 1:30 p.m. at the Virgil Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for Emma Karch in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. For information, call (815) 895-2833.

William Paul Jarvis

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William Paul Jarvis, 89, of Sugar Grove, formerly of Aurora, passed away on Dec. 2, 2009, at Hillside in Yorkville.

He was born Nov. 22, 1920, the son of Frank and Barbara (Esser) Jarvis.

Bill grew up in Aurora and attended local schools. Although his formal education only took him through his sophomore year in high school, he was a very knowledgeable man.

Bill was inducted into the U.S. Army on June 7, 1944. He served his country with valor and pride during WWII as a rifleman and postal clerk with Company 1, 85th Mountain Infantry, 10th Division in Italy.

Bill married his soulmate during a weekend furlough, Lois Gustafson, on Oct. 23, 1944. He would return to his bride on April 13, 1946, following his honorable discharge.

Bill would spend most of his life in his hometown of Aurora, where he was born and raised. In 1988, Bill and Lois moved to Sugar Grove.

He was employed by Trio Brass Foundry in Aurora for many years, eventually becoming manager until his retirement in 1988.

Bill was a faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn, was past president and a member of the Tiger Club, the Phoenix Club and the American Legion in Sugar Grove, Post 1271.

Bill was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan through thick and thin. When he wasn’t rooting for his home team, he loved working in his garden. Whether it was flowers or vegetables, everything came up “roses.” He also enjoyed camping across Illinois and Wisconsin, but his favorite site was Devils Lake in Baraboo, Wis.

He now leaves his wife of 65 years, Lois; three daughters, Kay (Vince) Chawgo of Breese, Ill., Linda (Dave) Dugan of Leland, Ill., and Sandy (Daryl) Jones of Steward, Ill.; six grandchildren, Becky Chawgo of Lynnwood, Wash., Jeremy Chawgo of Breese, Ill., Josh (Anne) Thacker and their daughter, Isabel, of Montgomery, Adam Thacker of North Hills, Calif., Jason (Kim) Jones and their children, Halle, Quinn and Macie, of Yorkville, and Kristy (Chadd) Nelson and their daughters, Sophia and Olivia Nelson of Sugar Grove; one brother, John Jarvis of Aurora; a sister-in-law, Elnor Gustafson of St. Charles; and many nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents; his brothers, Ralph and Francis; and sisters, Leona Bates, Marie Boylan, Margaret Ugoli and Catherine Castner, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A service to celebrate his life followed at 3 p.m. Private family interment will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit Seasons Hospice and Hillside. Checks may be made to the “William Jarvis Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

We will forever be thankful to everyone at Hillside for their loving care for Dad and Mom. We also want to thank Seasons Hospice for their compassion during such a difficult time.

“Lord, help us find our way through the changes in our lives.”

Joan A. McLaughlin

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Joan A. McLaughlin, 83, of Batavia, passed away at Provena Pine View Care Center, St. Charles, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family in the early morning hours of Monday, Nov. 23, 2009.

Joan was born April 5, 1926, the daughter of Charles Curtis and Katherine (McMullen) Printiss in Boston.

She grew up in Quincy Point, Mass., and attended St. Josephs Grammar School and graduated from Sacred Heart High School, Weymouth, Mass., in 1943. Following graduation, Joan worked in the front office of Bethlehem Steel, where she would find a life time of love with her boss, Jim.

Joan was united in marriage on Sept. 7, 1946, to James Edward McLaughlin in Quincy Point, Mass. They began their new life together in her hometown of Quincy, raising a family while Jim continued to work for Bethlehem Steel. A few years later, the family moved to Pittsfield, Mass. Ten years later, they moved to Galveston, Texas, for a time before settling in St. Charles in 1962. During their time in the tri-cities, Joan worked at Morgan’s Jewelry Factory and DuKane.

In 1975, they moved to Batavia, where she began working at Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company. Following Jim’s passing, she changed vocation once more when she worked as a receptionist for eight years at the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA). Joan then moved to Elburn for six years before returning to Batavia, where she made her home until declining health brought her to Provena Pine View Care Center in St. Charles.

Joan was a member of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), as well as St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, St. John Neumann and most recently Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia.

Joan had a giving heart and an unending love for her grandchildren. Her hands were always busy doing something. She loved to knit, crotchet and volunteer for a number of organizations, including the Batavia Fireworks Fund, RSVP an organization of senior citizens who volunteer at Delnor Hospital gift shop, where she earned her badge for 1,500 hours of service and also found time to prepare meals for Hesed House. She always had a special place in her heart for her pets, including Bucky, T-Bone and Kava. In her younger years, she also enjoyed camping with her family at Illinois Beach State Park, Starved Rock, Angola, Ind., and Fish Creek, Wis., much to the chagrin of her children.

She now leaves six children, Anne Marie Wyatt (Bill) Rogers of Newport News, Va., Charles Curtis McLaughlin of New Jersey, Virginia (David) Ritchie of Naperville, Ted McLaughlin of St. Charles, Paul (Connie) McLaughlin of Aurora, Peggy (Mark) Macaluso of Batavia; six grandchildren, Andrew Wyatt of Batavia, Alana McLaughlin of Prescott, Ariz., David and Robert Ritchie, both of Naperville, Andrea and Marc Macaluso, both of Batavia; one great-granddaughter, Abigail Jones; and many nieces and nephews and a family of friends.

She is preceded by her husband, James; one sister, Martha Murphy; and a daughter-in-law, Maggie McLaughlin.

Visitation, followed by a memorial service celebrating her life, was held Nov. 28 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities, including the local food pantry and the Salvation Army. Checks may be made to the “Joan McLaughlin Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or at www.conleycare.com.

William M. (Bill) Sanders

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William M. (Bill) Sanders, 77, of Maple Park, died unexpectedly following heart surgery on Nov. 26, 2009.

He was born Dec. 17, 1931, the son of William Lawrence and Elizabeth Jane (McCabe) Sanders in DeKalb.

Bill grew up in Maple Park, where he graduated from Maple Park High School in 1949. Bill began what has become a long standing family tradition of distance running by setting the school record for the mile run. Bill’s love of the outdoors was kindled by his father with frequent trips “north” to their favorite fishing lakes.

Following high school, he attended barber college in Chicago and practiced his trade in the same shop operated by his father. For the next 20 years, Sanders’ Barber Shop would be not only a place for a trim and a shave, but also a place to learn the latest town news, hear the best jokes and to play a friendly game of billiards in the pool hall in back.

Bill met the love of his life, Ilene (Ike) Ryan at the DeKalb roller skating rink. Their 56-year marriage began on Nov. 14, 1953, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb.

Bill and Ilene made their home in Maple Park, where they raised not only their own three children; but, as was the tradition in mid-western small towns, they played a role in the lives of many of the neighborhood kids as well.

While running his barber shop, Bill often made calls to shut-ins at their homes and the sick at the hospital. In the middle 1970s, Bill set aside his clippers and picked up hammer and nails, working as a carpenter until his retirement in 1994. He would often be found helping neighbors, friends and family with their construction projects well into his retirement.

Bill’s many interests included many close friendships. He was especially fond of the North Woods, in particular Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where he hunted, fished, camped and snowmobiled for more than 50 years. Bill was always eager to share his interests with others, especially the young neighborhood kids. He became an accomplished archer, wining many competitions, and was a successful deer hunter. Bill was also an avid golfer. In retirement, he and Ike spent many happy days in the company of their friends in Mercedes, Texas and Sardis, Miss., where they could golf, fish and enjoy their friendships in warmer climes. Bill’s kindness and friendship has deeply touched the lives of many people, and he will be terribly missed for a very long time.

Bill was a volunteer Maple Park fireman for many years, dashing out of the barbershop, sometimes with a half finished haircut in the chair when the call for help was sounded. He was also a charter member of the Kishwaukee Archers and the Maple Park Lions Club.

He now leaves his loving wife, Ike Sanders; three children, Susan (Tim) Sanders-Norris of Sugar Grove, Sally (Tim) Kennedy of Maple Park and Bill (Noreen Heitman) Sanders of Marquette, Mich.; six grandchildren, Carrie (Chris) Sanchez of Gilbert, Ariz., Henry Norris of Maple Park, Will Sanders of Marquette, Mich., Mickey Sanders of Marquette, Mich., Tom Kennedy of Maple Park, Elizabeth Kennedy of Maple Park; one great-granddaughter, Alyson Sanchez; one sister, Jane Ryan of Bourbonnais, Ill.; one brother, Jim (Mary) Sanders of Tucson, Ariz.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Bill now joins his parents; one sister, Helen (Ike) Lawson; one brother, Tom Sanders; and one brother-in-law, Terry Ryan, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A mass to celebrate his life was held Dec. 2, with a time of visitation preceding the service at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Maple Park. Fr. Joachim Tyrtania, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in Bill’s name to benefit his favorite charities, including the Maple Park Lions Club. Checks may be made to the “Bill Sanders Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or made at www.conleycare.com.

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ J. Hartmann

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Elizabeth “Betty” J. Hartmann, 79, of Elburn, passed away suddenly following a heart complication at Delnor Hospital, Geneva, on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009.

She was born Dec. 10, 1929, the daughter of Archie and Margaret (McKinley) Schutzman.

Betty was born in Chicago and attended local schools, graduating from Harrison High School in 1947.

Betty was working at Woolworths Store in Chicago and found more than she bargained for when she met Charles M. Hartmann. They were united in marriage on May 22, 1948, at Resurrection Church in Chicago. They began their new life together in Chicago right off of Cicero Avenue in an apartment once owned by Al Capone.

In the mid 1950s, the now growing family moved to Bellwood, Ill., and then to Lombard, Ill., in 1973 and Villa Park, Ill., in 1976. Charlie and Betty moved to Geneva in 1986, but when Charlie passed away shortly afterwards on Aug. 2, 1989, Betty moved to Carol Stream, Ill. Then in 1999, Betty moved to Elburn to be near her son.

Betty worked at Turnstyle, once owned by Jewel. Venture soon bought them out, but Betty stayed for the next 25 years.

She was a faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn, and former member of the Corpus Christi Church in Carol Stream.

Betty was a member of the “Shop Till You Drop Club.” She always had an eye for a bargain, which allowed her to “spend a little” but “shop a-lot.” She also enjoyed spending time with her friends exercising at the Elburn Countryside Community Center. Above all, she loved her family and was happiest when they were together.

She now leaves two sons, Ed (Donna) Hartmann of Pecatonica, Ill., and Art (Linda) Hartmann of Elburn; five grandchildren, Bryan (Traci) Hartmann and their children, Brendan, Nicholas and Zachary of Dixon, Ill., Kristy (Brad) Huffman and their children, Ashlyn, Meghan and Ryan of Dixon, Ill., Dennis (Jennifer) Hartmann and their children, Tyler and Kyle of Cortland, Jerry (Patty) Huston of South Elgin, Ill., Jennifer Huston and her son, William of Eagle, Neb.; one brother-in-law, John LeVoy of Eagle River, Wis.; one sister-in-law, Vivian Schutzman of McHenry, Ill.; one nephew, John LeVoy of Florida; several nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents; sister, Margaret LeVoy; and two brothers, Carl and Arthur Schutzman, who preceded her in death.

Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A mass to celebrate her life was held Wednesday, with a time of visitation preceding the service at St. Gall Catholic Church. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial to benefit her favorite charities has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Betty Hartmann Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Personal tributes and memories may also to the same address or forwarded to the family through www.conleycare.com.

Pamela Hope Williams

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Pamela Hope Williams, 60, of Gerton, N.C., died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) at Hendersonville Health and Rehabilitation.

Originally from Elburn, she was the daughter of the late June and Benjamin Waskow.

She was a vibrant person and a wonderful mother of two before PSP took her.

Surviving are a daughter, Kelley J. Stefka, of Greenville, S.C.; and a son, Kent D. Williams and wife, Lacey, of Charleston, S.C.; her best friend of 25 years, Linda Straughan; a sister, Penny Meyer of Big Rock; and a brother, Craig Waskow and his wife, Patty. She had the chance to be a part of her only granddaughter’s new life, Callie Hope Williams, of Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Executive Plaza III, 11350 McCormick Road, Suite 906, Hunt Valley, MD 21031 or online at www.curepsp.org.

Visitation was from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, 44 S. Mill St, Naperville, Ill. A private family interment was at Mount Emblem Cemetery, Elmhurst, Ill.

To read more and sign an online register book, please visit www.shulerfuneralhome .com. Shuler Funeral Home will assist the family with arrangements in North Carolina.

Winifred ‘Winnie’ Zimmer

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Winifred “Winnie” Zimmer, 85, of Virgil, passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 21, 2009, at Meadowbrook Care Center, Naperville, Ill., where she had recently become a resident and was battling cancer.

She was born April 25, 1924, near Steward, Ill., the daughter of Marguerite (O’Donnell) and Irvin Herrmann.

She grew up on the family farm the fourth of 11 children.

Following graduation from Shabbona Community High School, Winnie went on to become a registered nurse, graduating from St. Charles Hospital School of Nursing in Aurora with the class of 1947.

On June 19, 1948, she was united in marriage to Joseph G. “Jeff” Zimmer in Columbus, Ohio. They made their home in Virgil, where they were blessed with six children.

Winnie was employed at Sycamore Hospital for many years until the late ‘60s, when her nursing “ministry” became more focused on home and community nursing. In many ways, Winnie was the Virgil community “health department.” Whenever the misfortune of accident or illness occurred, the first person people called was Winnie. Her demeanor was always straightforward, but her heart was filled with love and never was there a road too long or a hill too high when you called her name.

For many years, she helped Conley Ambulance in countless ways and was highly respected among area physicians. In spite of her many responsibilities, somehow dinner was always on the table, even if she was headed out the door to help someone else before her family could sit down to enjoy the meal.

She is survived by six children, their children and families, Larry (Susan) Zimmer of Maple Park, and their family, Bart Zimmer and his children, Corey, Haley and Tyler, Sarah (Rob) Orth and Jeremy Zimmer; Patricia Zimmer of Miami, Fla.; Virginia (Ken) Stewart of Glendale Heights, Ill., and their family, Elizabeth Stewart and her son, Ethan, Rebecca (Mark Morozink) Stewart; Janet (Joel) Beck of Sandwich, Ill., and their family, Aaron (Teresa) Calhoon (and his two sons, Logan and Brandon) Lynn Calhoon; Diane LaFan of Aurora, and her family, Kendra Flowers and Jared Flowers (and his son, Bryce); Dann (Kathy) Zimmer of St. Charles, and their family, Robby and Margaret; six siblings, Leon Herrmann of Lincoln, Neb., Joyce Clinton of San Diego, Calif., Paul Herrmann of Shabbona, Ill., Thomas Herrmann of DeKalb, Ill., William (Linda) Herrmann of DeKalb, Ill., Irvin (Janie) Herrmann of Dayton, Ohio; one sister-in-law, Margaret Seisser of Jefferson, Wis., as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Joseph, she is preceded in death by two sisters, Madaline Barnes and Helen Inskeep; and two brothers, Joseph and Chester Herrmann.

Visitation will be held at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, on Sunday, Nov. 29, from noon to 3:30 p.m., with funeral services to follow at 4 p.m. Winnie’s long time friend and pastor, the Rev. George Williamson, will officiate. Following cremation, interment will conclude at S.S. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Virgil.

A memorial in her name has been established to benefit diabetes research, among others. Memorials in her memory may be 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 www.conleycare.com.

Warren Bernhardt

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Warren Bernhardt, 86, of Elburn, peacefully passed away on Nov. 11, 2009, at his home after a battle with cancer.

He was born July 30, 1923, the son of Oscar and Rose (Galle) Bernhardt in Oak Park, Ill.

Warren gained a sister two years later, Margeolaine, and both of them grew up and attended local schools in Maywood, Ill. He graduated from Proviso High School in 1941.

Warren found his true love early in life at a roller rink in Villa Park, Ill. Although Warren was 17 and Jeanne “Rae” Raiman was 13 at the time, their love never wavered and they were united in marriage six years later at the Methodist church in Maywood on June 28, 1947.

They began their new life together in the Glen Ellyn countryside and raised a family of four children; Ronald, Richard, Carol and Thomas.

Warren worked at a number of jobs to provide for his family and settled on Bar Vending in St. Charles for 26 years. He retired in 1986 and soon thereafter moved to Elburn.

Warren’s love of automobiles kept him busy repairing the family’s cars. His vegetable garden was a source of pride and always provided a bounty of everything from tomatoes to squash, zucchini and more. He loved to startle his wife and make her “eyes water” by wearing mixed plaids where no plaids should be worn.

He leaves his wife of 62 years, Jeanne, four children, Ron (Tracy) Bernhardt of Mesa, Ariz., Richard (Donna) Bernhardt of Grand Forks, N.D., Carol Syme of Glen Ellyn, Ill. and Thomas Sr. (Julie) Bernhardt of Sarasota, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Jill (Tony) Leitner, Jason Bernhardt, Rob (Lorine) Bernhardt, Michael Bernhardt, Timothy Bernhardt, Thomas Jr. Bernhardt and Victoria Bernhardt; four great-grandchildren, Anna, Charlie Warren, Elle and Kaylin; many nieces and nephews and family of friends.

He now joins his parents and one sister, Margeolaine Bernhardt, who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memorial service to celebrate his life will follow the visitation at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Warren Bernhardt Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Garry K. Bunce

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Garry K. Bunce, 63, died tragically following complications from emergency surgery on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at Provena Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora.

He was born Feb. 15, 1946, the son of Delos and Vivian (Harrett) Bunce in Aurora, Ill.

Garry grew up on Lasher Road near Kaneville and graduated from Kaneland High School in 1964.

Garry was born a mechanic but grew into a “Diesel Mechanic Extraordinaire.” Garry never darkened a doorway at a traditional university, but he studied his craft relentlessly. He never stopped learning and soon he could fix anything with the exception of the TV, which was off limits per his wife.

He was united in marriage to Linda Price on May 1, 1965, at Wheatland Salem United Methodist Church in Plainfield.

They began their new life together in Hinckley and Big Rock for a time before moving to Aurora in 1975. In 1992, they made the move to Elburn, where they made memories for the next 17 years.

Garry worked at the Big Rock Truck Stop from 1964-71 before spending the next 38 years at Northern National Lease/Ryder. Garry’s talent for helping and inspiring people was amazing. He taught his employees the importance of doing the job the right way the first time, because public safety depended on their work.

He was a long time member of Wheatland Salem United Methodist Church and was proud to be a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers for 38 years.

Garry was a good and gentle man who was intensely devoted to his wife and family. He treated his wife like a queen and spoiled his children, making sure they always had their heart’s desire. Garry also wasn’t afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve and never missed an opportunity to tell his wife, kids and grandchildren how much he loved them.

Although his family always came first, he never hesitated to help others in need. His skills and friendly personality were known and acknowledged by everyone he met. Garry lived his life with a friendly smile and a contagious laugh.

He loved black-and-white movies, the hilarity of “The Three Stooges,” and never turned the channel when “Svengoolie” was on Channel 26.

Even when he wasn’t working, his hands never stayed still, or clean, as he worked on old motorcycles, making them run faster and stronger. He also worked on cars and trucks, leaving his mark on every one.

He loved to travel, go gem hunting in North Carolina and antique shopping with Linda wherever and whenever they could. Garry loved the times he spent hunting at his uncle’s, or fishing in the creek by his house, and he couldn’t help but join in the fun when his kids would go sledding.

Ready with a easy laugh, Garry loved to tell funny stories and play practical jokes. He also was an animal lover and kept a special place in his heart for his dogs, Fluffy, Sherry and Tina. The holidays spent at his home and games of horseshoes played in the back yard will never be the same without Garry. No longer able to leave his trademark crushed pop cans as a calling card, Garry leaves his mark on our hearts that will last for generations.

He now leaves his loving wife of 44 years, Linda; two children, Deanna (Karl) Martinek and Connie (Tod) Parish; four grandchildren, Shane (Amanda) Powell, Cami Powell, Megan Parish and Nicholas Parish, all of Aurora; one sister, Lavonne (Phil) Mahan, many cousins, nieces, nephews and countless friends across the countryside.

He now joins his parents; one grandson, Erin Martinek; a nephew, Jeremy Mahanl; one brother, Larry Bunce; his in-laws, Milford and Helen Price; and his grandparents, Forest and Blanch Harrett, and Arthur and Gretta Bunce, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate was also held at the funeral home, Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. Rev. Jason Turner, pastor of the Kaneville United Methodist Church, Kaneville, officiated, and interment followed at Kaneville Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Garry Bunce Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or at www.conleycare.com.

Sandra Lee Kemp

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Sandra Lee Kemp (nee Santmyers) passed away on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at the Tiller’s Nursing Home, surrounded by her family after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

She was born on March 4, 1937, in Detroit, Mich., and resided in Grosse Point, Mich., the daughter of Melville and Evelyn Mae (Kopp) Santmyers. She was married to Roy Kemp in 1956.

Sandra loved life and loved her family, friends, including the many friends she had made over the past 11 years at Tiller’s and Hillside, and her many pets. Sandy will be missed by all who loved her. She had a great sense of humor, was kind to everyone, and enjoyed life no matter what obstacles came her way.

She leaves behind a brother, Mel (Maria) Santmyers of California; two daughters, Cindy Jo (Steve) Cunningham of Algonquin, Ill., and Rebecca Lee (Mark) Johnson of Oswego, Ill.; three grandchildren, Kellen Jay Bain, Melissa (Brian) Scottberg and Troy Johnson; and two great-granddaughters, Kayla and Sarah Scottberg.

Preceding her in death are her parents and Roy Kemp, as well as her beloved grandson, Corey Joe Bain.

Friends may call on the family on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 5 to 7:15 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, with a memorial service at 7:15 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Sandy has requested that donations be made to an animal shelter/sanctuary of the donor‘s choice, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Provena Mercy Hospice or any other nonprofit organization.

The family wishes to thank Tiller’s Nursing Home and the many wonderful, compassionate and loving staff members that were a family to us and our mom for so many years.

For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.

Jeanette I. (Seibert) Marshall

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Jeanette I. (Seibert) Marshall, 85, of Montgomery, formerly of Sandwich and Aurora, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at her home.

She was born on Dec. 5, 1923, in Aurora, the daughter of the late William and Margaret (McClure) Seibert.

She and Donald G. Marshall were married 53 years before his passing in 2000. Survivors include their children, James (Peggy) Marshall of Aurora, Steven (Pamela) Marshall of Dunlap, Ill., Diane (Donald) Barrow of Montgomery and Cindy Tessmann of Warrenville, Ill. She delighted in being the grandmother of Steven and Lauren Marshall, Eric, Carly and Melissa Tessmann, and Derek Barrow. Left to mourn the loss in addition to immediate family are step-grandchildren, Dario, Emily, Matt, Ryan and Shaunna. She is also fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews, as well as all her friends at Wedgewood Manor Apartments.

Jeanette worked during WWII first in Washington D.C. and later in Aurora and Fort McDowell in the Government Accounting Office and for the U.S. Army. After their marriage in 1946, Don and Jeanette moved to Urbana while Don attended U of I Engineering School.

She was active in the community, church and school programs while raising her family and working part time. In her later years, she volunteered at the Fox Valley YMCA preschool. She loved working with children, indulging her animal friends and baking her special banana bread. Jeanette never knew any strangers, only friends she hadn’t met yet.

Along with her parents and husband, Don, she was preceded in death by her sisters and brother, Frank (Helen) Seibert, Ione (Richard) Lorang, Wilma (Leroy) Kewenig, Selma (Winnie) Johnson, Shirley (Charles) Harrington and Joyce (Jack) Legler.

Private services will be held followed by an interment of her and Donald’s ashes at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Arrangements were handled by The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60506. For further information, call (630) 897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.

Remember Jeanette by donating to the Fox Valley Animal Welfare League, The Salvation Army or the charity of your choosing.

Francis D. Whelan

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Francis D. Whelan, 80, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, in St. Charles. He was born Aug. 16, 1929, in Chicago, the son of Francis V. and Genevieve M. (nee Eck) Whelan.

He was united in marriage to Ruth M. Bartimes on Sept. 11, 1954, in Aurora.

Frank graduated from East Aurora High School with the class of 1947. He began his employment with Illinois Bell in June of 1945, and retired from the company after 38 years. Frank joined the U.S. Navy in September of 1952 and proudly served his country until July of 1954.

On Feb. 4, 1959, Frank joined the North Aurora Fire Department. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1963, and later became Chief in 1976. On Oct. 2, 1972, he was able to carry out his ultimate dream of saving a life. In 1973, Illinois Bell awarded Frank with the Theodore N. Vail Bronze Medal for noteworthy public service.

Frank greatly enjoyed being a fireman and was active in many capacities of fire protection service. He trained EMTs in first aid and CPR certification for the Red Cross, and served on the Kane County Fire Chiefs Association as both treasurer and president.

In 1989, Frank celebrated 30 years as a fireman with a “roast” celebration hosted by the North Aurora Fire Department. He retired two years later as Chief and became Chief Emeritus after 32 years of service.

Outside of his work with the fire department and Illinois Bell, Frank served the community of North Aurora in the Lions Club (where he was on the board of directors), the Loyal Order of the Moose and the Telephone Pioneers. Frank was honored as the North Auroran of the Year for his countless hours of service to the community.

Frank is survived by his children, Terry Whelan of Kaneville and Linda (Dan) Revai of Plover, Wis.; his grandchildren, Heather, Nick and Danielle; a sister, Phyllis (Nick) Klein; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Frank is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ruth; and daughter, Colleen Meggesin.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 4 to 9 p.m. at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave. (Rt. 31), Batavia.

Funeral services will begin with prayers on Friday, Nov. 20, at the funeral home, before proceeding to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 801 Oak St., North Aurora, for Mass at 10 a.m., with Rev. Jack Heraty serving as celebrant. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery in Geneva Township.

For additional information, call the Moss Family Funeral Home in Batavia at (630) 879-7900 or visit www.mossfuneral.com

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