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David G. Compton

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David G. Compton, 84, of rural Elburn, passed away peacefully at his home, late Saturday evening, Nov. 7, 2009.

Having battled aggressive congestive heart failure for many months, he claimed at last his heavenly home and a reunion there with his beloved daughter, Rebekah.

He was born Nov. 20, 1924, in Chicago, the son of Gove and Martha Mott Compton. He spent his early years in Chicago until 1934, when the family moved to a farm two miles west of Wayne on Dunham Road. Then, in January of 1937, they moved to the present family farm on Pouley Road. Dave attended some country schools in Wayne and St. Charles and later Riverside Military School in Gainesville, Ga.

World War II interrupted his education when he joined the Marine Corps. Shipping out to Iwo Jima, his convoy stopped in the Hawaiian islands, where it dropped off about 100 men, including Dave, at Pearl Harbor. Dave was among the few in his unit who returned.

After the war, Dave came back to the farm in 1946 and graduated from Elburn High School. Unlike many students, Dave was a lifelong learner, and a significant part of his education soon followed when he went to work on farms in Australia and New Zealand in 1950.

Throughout the rest of his life, David would take opportunities to travel whenever he could. Whether he traveled across the country to the mountains and the oceans or simply took a local train ride, David was a keen observer of the landscape, one who loved and appreciated people (Dave could make friends with a fence post), history and the fingerprint of God’s hand in every life.

He came back to the family farm, inspired to apply some of the unique farming methods he had learned. In the process, he discovered that Sally Bangs, daughter of long time family friends, would be the perfect “farm-wife,” someone who could be married to the “man and the land” and love them both. So it was that Dave and Sally were wed on Aug. 16, 1952, in Geneva, in the back yard of Sally’s uncle.

They moved into Dave’s one-room house on Pouley Road, where they lived for a year before moving to the present family farm on the Compton homestead. True to form, the two were inseparable from each other or from the farm.

An area leader in soil conservation, Dave began strip farming long before others and strove to leave every field better than he found it. He and Sally worked hard and raised their children to follow in that ethic. “Leave it on the track” David would say; his admonishment to always give your all.

Speaking of his life and passion, David said: “I have farmed this land as religiously and as faithfully as I could; trying as best I could, for no soil or water or nutrients to leave the land, irregardless of my financial bottom line. To me this has been my whole life.”

Though the farm was his life, David shared that life with his community in a number of ways. Many people knew David as the quiet Good Samaritan who helped them in their hour of need. He was also a long time member of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn, where he served for many years as chairman of the Memorial Committee, the Music Committee, the Board of Deacons, sang in the choir, worked long hours in the Elburn Days food tent and single-handedly kept the church’s recycling program active and functioning.

He was also a member of the Kane County Farm Bureau, Kane-DuPage Soil Conservation Board and a former Blackberry Township Trustee.

He is survived by his wife, Sally of Elburn; three children, David Mark ( Patty ) Compton of Oneida, Ill., Katharine “Kit” Compton of Batavia, Robin Urich of Elburn; five grandchildren, Krista (Greg) Peck of Galva, Ill., Kelly Compton of Oneida, Ill., Craig David Compton of Oneida, Ill., Amber and Rachel Urich, both of Elburn; former son-in-law and dear friend, Daniel Otto of Elburn; as well as several nieces and nephews.

David is preceded in death by his parents, Gove and Martha Compton; his daughter, Rebekah “Becky” Otto (1986); one son in infancy, Timothy Compton; two nephews, David and John Bates; and their parents, Linda and Samauel Bates.

A memorial open house will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Following cremation, David will be laid to rest on the family farm with generations of loved ones gone before him.

A memorial has been established to perpetuate his memory and the Elburn Town and Country Public Library, where David constantly sought answers for his searching mind. Checks may be made to the David Compton Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL. 60119.

Delores ‘Dee’ Hunley

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Delores “Dee” Hunley, 79, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, at home. She was born on April 12, 1930 in Aurora, the daughter of the late Melburn R. and Irene (Bruce) Hupach.

Dee has been a compassionate caregiver since 1988 with Copley Home Care and Comfort Keepers. One of her favorite past times was playing the organ. She played a “mean” Beer Barrel Polka.

She is survived by her children, Nancy (Joseph) Myers III, Gary (Connie) Hunley and Marsha (Delvin) Noss Jr.; grandchildren, Lindsay and Kimberly Hunley and David, Ryan, Brianne McCoy; sister, Charleen Gray; niece, Janeen Pienkos; nephew, Scott (Diane) Gray; and special friend, Norma Hester.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Joey Myers IV.

Visitation was held on Monday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL, 60554. Burial took place at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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

Dee was a sweet and loving mother, grandmother and friend, and will be deeply missed.

John ‘Jack’ G. Herra

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John “Jack” G. Herra, 74, of Elburn, passed away at his home Monday, Nov. 9, 2009. Jack was surrounded by his loving family.

He was born July 31, 1935, the son of George and Mary (Kessel) Herra in Ottawa, Ill.

While he was still young, the family moved to Elburn, where he would attend local schools and graduate from Elburn High School in 1953. Following graduation, he worked for his family at Herra Grocery and Market until his enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps on April 29, 1954.

Jack faithfully served his country and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, until his honorable discharge on April 28, 1956. Upon his return to civilian life, Jack began working for A&P Food as a butcher in St. Charles.

Jack was united in marriage to Florence Altepeter on June 13, 1959. They were blessed with four children, Steve, Phil, Mary and Pattie. He later worked for his father-in-law, who owned a plumbing and heating business, H & L Altepeter.

Florence passed away on Feb. 10, 1973. Jack continued to work and raise his family in Elburn. In June of 1974, Jack and his brother Rich had the opportunity to buy the business and renamed it J & R Herra Inc.

Jack met Janet Sue Allen at the local bowling alley, and before long they were married on Nov. 23, 1974, at Kaneville United Methodist Church. They continued to live in Elburn and were blessed with two more children, Alan and Brian.

Jack poured his heart and soul into his business and not only watched it grow, but watched his sons walk in his footsteps and was blessed to be able to work side by side with them for many years.

Jack was a life member of the American Legion, Elburn Post 630. He also served as Captain of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District and was known as “Capt. Jack” by his fellow fire fighters.

Jack was dedicated to all he put his mind to, whether it was serving his community on the Fire Department for more than 32 years, working to keep his friends and neighbors warm and dry though his business, or the hours spent hunting, camping and fishing with family and friends.

Jack hunted for many years in Lee and Bureau counties for deer and pheasant. Jack loved to go on his annual fishing trips beginning in the late 1960s with friends Stafford Meek, Marty Strausberger and Henry Swift in Shelbyville, Ill. In later years, more friends joined the gang, and the location moved to Kentucky Lake. In 2002, a dream was fulfilled when he finally made it to Canada with his son, Phil.

He also loved to travel with Jan all over the globe, and they especially enjoyed cruises with good friends Marty and Elverna Strausberger.

With every mile they made a memory on each trip and cruise. Destinations included the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Bahamas, London, Australia, Alaska and more. One of his best memories was made on his trip to Alaska, when Jack was reunited with Archie, a Marine he served with in Okinawa.

Jack also loved to dance, and if Jan wasn’t his partner, he found other willing souls regardless of their experience. Above all, his family was the most important, and he was very proud of all his children’s athletic and academic accomplishments. He will live on in his children and grandchildren, who will remember him always.

He now leaves his loving wife, Jan; six children, Steve (Carol) Herra and their children, Jordan, Megan and Shannon of Elburn; Phil (Linda) Herra and their children, John, Lindsay, Steve and Mary of Belvidere, Ill.; Mary (Chris) Heineman and their children, Dan and Jacob of Sugar Grove; Pattie (Randy) Pattermann and their children, Will, Justin and Kylen of Elburn; Alan (Dana) Herra and their children, Charlene Walker, Tasha Capes and Jackson Herra of Elburn; and Brian (Laura) Herra with one on the way in early 2010, of Elburn; four brothers, Richard (Mary) Herra, D. Larry “Bucky”(Maxine) Herra, Leroy (Carol) Herra and Dean “Yogi” Herra, all of Elburn; one sister, Darlene (Terry) Terrill of Knox, Ind.; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents; two sisters, Marie Fraunberg, and Janet Kay, who died in infancy; and his first wife, Florence, who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be Sunday, Nov. 15, from 3 to 7 p.m., at Elburn Lions Park, 500 Filmore Drive, Elburn. Private family burial will occur following cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Jack Herra 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.

Michael Beary

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Michael Beary, 75, of Aurora, formerly of Geneva and Elburn, passed away Oct. 30, 2009, peacefully with his family by his side at Rush Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora.

He was born Nov. 12, 1933, in Chicago, the son of the late John and Alma (Christiansen) Beary.

He is survived by his wonderful loving wife, Mersene (Schatz) Beary and their seven children; Catherine (Gary) Pack of St. Charles, Alma (John Siebold) Counihan of Cortland, Michael John (Diane) Beary of LaFox, Patty (Barry) Pazin of Elburn, Paula (Ken) Schatz of West Chicago, Theresa (Ed Grzesiak) Robnett of DeKalb, and Mersene (Lloyd) Fletcher of Aurora; 22 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, with one on the way.

He has five surviving siblings, Betty Shissler, Mary Sheldon, Nancy Stawnyczy, John Beary and Joe Beary.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his youngest sister, Alma Laura Long.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 5, from 3 to 8 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, Nov. 6, at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church, Aurora. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in West Chicago. For information, call (630) 466-1330 or to leave a condolence, visit www.healychapel.com

Bernice Lydia Bowgren

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Bernice Lydia Bowgren, 95, of Geneva, passed away Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at Rosewood Care Center, St. Charles.

She was born March 30, 1914, on the Weisel farm on Peck Road west of Geneva, the daughter of Ben and Alma Sarah Elizabeth (Magnusson) Anderson. When she was six years old, the family moved to the Lawrence Olson farm on Francis Road. She attended a one-room school house where eight grades shared one room.

She graduated Valedictorian from Elburn High School with the class of 1932. Bernice went on to Aurora Metropolitan Business College and then began working for the Kane County Bank and Trust Company. 

She was united in marriage on Nov. 15, 1941, to Gordon Allan Bowgren at the Geneva Lutheran Church, where she was baptized and confirmed as a child. They began their new life together on the corner of 5th and State streets in Geneva. Gordon was drafted into the United States Navy at the end of 1943. On his return to civilian life on Oct. 1, 1945, he was greeted by his wife and his eldest son, Keith, now one year old, as he was born while Gordon had been overseas.

They continued to live at Fifth and State until 1947, when they built a new home on Oakwood Drive on Geneva’s east side.   Gordon had five brothers who helped him build the home. Bernice stopped working as soon as Keith was born, and later worked for Chronicle Publishing, now the Kane County Chronicle, until she was 70.

Bernice had a kind and gentle spirit, was unfailingly loyal and always cared for others before herself. The waters of her faith ran deep and strong, a lifelong trait born out of her upbringing. Family was of the utmost importance to Bernice. She enjoyed being at home and was a good cook. She was famous for her rice pudding, whipped cheese cake in various flavors, Swedish meatballs and fried chicken. Although the cooking kept her busy in the kitchen, her favorite place to be was outside, tending to the garden and mowing the lawn, even into her laten 80s.

She was a faithful lifetime member of Geneva Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her three children, Keith G. (Rita) Bowgren of St. Charles, Dale A. (Nancy) Bowgren of Watertown, Wis., Beverly A. (Michael) Fitzpatrick of Aurora; six grandchildren, Rebecca (Craig) Martin and their children, Nathan and Luke of Palmeto Bay, Fla., Matthew (Laura) Bowgren and their daughter Abigail, of Champaign, Ill., Debra (Paul) Degner and their children, Megan, Kadie, Kylie and Jaden of Elkhorn, Wis., Brent (Pamela) Bowgren and their daughter, Emily of Waukesha, Wis., Gregory Fitzpatrick of Aurora, Karen (Russ) Carter of Nashville, Tenn.; three sisters-in-law, Jewel (the late Clifton Bowgren) of Geneva, Nina (the late Stanley Bowgren) of Wasco, and Gladys (the late John Olson), of Batavia; many nieces and nephews and a family of friends.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Gordon; three brothers, Leonard (Joan) Anderson, Gunnar (Amy) Anderson and Harold (Gladys) Anderson; and twin sisters who died in infancy, Rose and Lillie.

Visitation was from 10 to 11:30 a.m. with a funeral to celebrate her life following at noon on Oct. 31, 2009, at Geneva Lutheran Church. The Rev. Doug Opp, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at Garfield Cemetery, St. Charles.

A memorial will be established in Bernice’s name to benefit Geneva Lutheran Church,  and Moody Radio. Memorials checks may be made to the Bernice Bowgren 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 this obituary at www.conleycare.com.

Margaret S. Briles

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Margaret S. Briles, 84, of Fort Myers, Florida, formerly of Bettendorf, Iowa, died Oct. 27, 2009, in Naples, Fla.

Margaret Stevenson was born April 28, 1925, and grew up in Elburn. She graduated from North Central College in Naperville and the University of Chicago School of Law. She arrived in Davenport, Iowa, in 1948 to serve as both an associate and partner in the law firm of Lambach, Christiansen, Stevenson and Goebel. While there, she was also appointed as the referee for the Scott County Juvenile Court. In 1973, she became the Corporation Counsel for the City of Davenport and served in that post until 1977.

In 1977, Iowa Governor Robert Ray appointed Stevenson, now Margaret Briles, to the new judgeship in the Seventh Judicial District, the first woman district court judge in the state of Iowa. Known as “tough but fair,” she served on the bench for many years, assuming senior judge status in 1992.

During her long and distinguished career, Judge Briles had many accomplishments. She held the Martindale-Hubbel rating of valorem, the highest possible rank in legal listings. She is listed in the first and second editions of Who’s Who in American Women, and at one time was voted Woman of the Year for the tri-cities of Moline and Rock Island, Ill., and Davenport, Iowa.

In 1975, she was named an Outstanding Alumni for North Central College. She served on both the Davenport and Bettendorf school boards and many other boards and commissions. An avid supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment, she was a former parliamentarian of the Iowa League of Women Voters. In 2005, Judge Briles was honored along with five esteemed women judges from the state of Iowa, as pioneers in the field of law. She had a true love of law and an unwavering faith in the justice system.

Margaret Stevenson married Donald L. Briles in 1953, and they proceeded to have four independent-minded daughters. He preceded her in death on Jan. 17, 1987. She loved classical music and was an accomplished pianist. Her widely varied interests included films and theater, travel, cooking, gardening, history and crossword puzzles. While in private law practice, she became a licensed small passenger airplane pilot.

Margaret is survived by daughters and son-in-laws, Susan and Art, Sarah and Jeff, and Elizabeth; brothers and sister-in-laws, James and Bea, Robert and Virginia; a sister-in-law, Fran; grandchildren, Victoria, Nicholas, Ethan and Luke; a great granddaughter, Rayna; and former son-in-law, Gary and wife, Julie; along with her beloved cousins, nieces and nephews and their families. She will be forever loved and missed.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, Eunice and Donald; a brother, Malcolm; a daughter, Martha; and a son-in-law, Dave.

Memorial services for Margaret S. Briles, 84, of Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Bettendorf, Iowa, will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at Cunnick-Collins Mortuary in Davenport, Iowa. Family will greet friends on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, from 4 to 7 p.m at the mortuary.

Memorials may be made to Iowa Public Radio or to North Central College in Naperville.

Angela (McCarthy) Salerno

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Angela (McCarthy) Salerno, 64, of Elburn, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 27, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer.

She was born April 9, 1945, in Waterford, Ireland, the loving daughter of Stephen and Margaret McCarthy.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Salerno; children, Joe Salerno and Paula (Mike) Edwards and her two grandchildren, Corey and Jason Edwards; older brother, Michael, and younger siblings John, Pat and Linda. Angela is preceded is in death by her father, mother and younger sister, Marie, who died in infancy.

Angela was so kind and always put others’ needs before her own. She touched the hearts of everyone that had the pleasure of meeting the Angel that she is. A memorial service will be held at St. Gall’s Catholic Church in Elburn on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. God rest her soul.

Charles ‘Skip’ Mennerick III

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Charles “Skip” Mennerick, III, 29, of Elburn, died suddenly and tragically while doing what he loved, fixing cars at his home Friday morning, Oct. 23, 2009.

He was born Dec. 23, 1979, at Delnor Hospital in St. Charles.

He grew up in St. Charles, and attended local schools.

He graduated from St. Charles High School in 1998. Skip then attended Waubonsee Community College, where he graduated with an associates degree in small business creation and management, as well as certificates in small engines and welding.

Skip met his sweetheart Erika Houtz during high school while on a church canoe trip to Canada. They both knew in an instant that they had found something that was one in a million. Two strong independent people found the matching pieces of each other’s soul, defied the odds and were later married on July 21, 2001, at Rejoice Lutheran Church in Geneva,.

They began their new life together in Maple Park for a time before moving into Erika’s childhood home in Elburn.

Shortly after meeting Erika in high school, Skip began working for R. F. Houtz & Son, Inc., the Cub Cadet Tractor dealership in Elburn. He started out sweeping floors and cleaning mower decks, but gained confidence and skills over the years working alongside Rob Houtz, Erika’s father.

Skip’s work ethic and determination, as well as his attention to detail and the ability to do anything he put his mind to, proved his worth as not only an employee, but as one with the skills to guide the company’s future. Over the 13 years that he had worked there, Skip put his heart and soul into the business to make it successful and recently accepted the reigns to oversee all aspects of its operation.

Buying a building on North Street in 2008 and completing its renovation was fulfilling a dream for him and helped spur R. F. Houtz & Son, Inc. to be recognized as one of the top five Cub Cadet retailers in the nation in 2009. He enjoyed the challenge of management and was an amazing judge of character. When it came to his employees, he saw the best in people and encouraged them to find it in themselves. He was honored to be a part of the business’s 75th anniversary this year.

Skip was proud of all his accomplishments in life, including rising to the rank of Eagle Scout in 1997.

Skip loved building engines and muscle cars. He researched parts extensively and was determined to find exactly what he needed. On one occasion while looking for a Lanotti cam, he called the company and kept asking questions until he had Mr. Lanotti himself on the phone. He was known for doing things that everyone said couldn’t be done, like build a 1998 Firebird with a 454 blower motor. There was no such thing as “stock” in Skip’s life. Even an “oil change” could include a new computer chip and custom exhaust.

He would go out of his way to help his friends and family. He always put others before himself. He was so proud of his children and was a very involved dad, taking them for rides on tractors, forklifts and many other machines that would bring the biggest smiles and the loudest laughs.

He now leaves his loving and devoted wife, Erika; his son, Cole and daughter, Kiera; his parents, Chuck and Sharon Mennerick of St. Charles; three siblings, Jeanni (Chris) Bonine of Kirkland, and Kevin Mennerick and Katie Mennerick, both of St. Charles; grandparents, Marge Mennerick of St. Charles, Marilyn and Fred Sullivano of St. Charles, and Lois Stoos of Lawndale, S.C.; several aunts and uncles, Cheryl Mennerick of St. Charles, Tom (Regan) Jancauskas of St. Charles, Ed (Janet) Jancauskas of Batavia; mother and father-in-law, Robert and Laura Houtz of Elburn; brother-in-law, Carl Houtz of Chicago, along with many other extended family and friends.

He now joins his grandmother, Norma Clark; and grandfather, Thomas Hendry, who preceded him in death
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at Rejoice Lutheran Church, 0N377 N. Mill Creek Dr., Geneva, at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, 2009. The Rev. Lou Quetel, pastor of the church, will officiate. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his children’s education. Checks may be made to the “Skip Mennerick 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.

GamGee Dripps

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GamGee Dripps, nee Lem, 69, died on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, at home in St. Charles,  following complications from metastatic melanoma.

She was born on Oct. 15, 1940, to Chic  KuYee and Lem GeeHung in Brooklyn, New York.

She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Philip M. Dripps, a retired United Methodist minister, whom she married on July 14, 1963; two daughters, Elizabeth Ying (Dripps) Selden of Los Angeles, Calif., and Maria Ying Dripps-Paulson (Timothy Paulson) of Sugar Grove; four grandchildren, Philip (6), Clara, Zoe and Naomi (triplets 2) of Sugar Grove; she is also survived by seven siblings, Wing Lem, Seau Simon, Yuk Kwok, Fong Yee, Pong Lem, Yippee Novotny, and Lily Siou. Seven siblings preceded her in death.

GamGee Dripps graduated from Bay Ridge High School in Brooklyn in 1958. She attended Brooklyn College and Hunter College in New York; Roosevelt University and Barat College (Lake Forest), from which she graduated with an economics major in 1984. She was employed by the J. Walter Thompson advertising firm in New York; following her college graduation, she was employed as a financial analyst by Van Kampen Investments (Morgan Stanley), Oakbrook, Ill., for 20 years, retiring in 2006.

GamGee loved the fine arts, especially choral music. She served four years on the Board of Directors of the St. Charles Singers, a professional choir which will sing the Requiem of Gabriel Faure at the service of the Commemoration of the Dead. The service will be held at the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, Main Street (Route 64) and Fourth Avenue in St. Charles on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m.

The Rev. William Nesbit, rector of the St. Charles Episcopal Church, will administer the eucharistic rites. The Rev. Ronnie Verboom, senior pastor of the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, will share in conducting the service. The Rev. Ronald Graham, a retired United Methodist minister, will deliver the homily. The service will be followed by a reception and luncheon in Wiley Hall of the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church. A brief committal service preceded cremation of the body.

GamGee was a member of the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church; following her husband’s retirement, she, along with her husband, shared in the life of the St. Charles Episcopal Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in remembrance of GamGee Dripps may be made to the St. Charles Singers, at 617 Steeplechase Road, St. Charles, IL 60174 or the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church at 307 Cedar Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174.

Vera Arlene Long

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Vera Arlene Long, 85, of St. Charles, formerly of Yorkville and Kaneville, died peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at the home of her daughter in St. Charles.

She was born March 22, 1924, in Aurora, the daughter of Herman A. and Alma L. (Merkel) Henne. She lived with her parents and brother Arnold on farms in Batavia, Yorkville, Sugar Grove and Kaneville.

After graduating from Kaneville High School in 1942, she worked in Aurora, until her marriage to Harold LeRoy Long on May 12, 1945. They established their home on a farm near Kaneville. Harold died in an accident in March, 1956.

Vera worked as a secretary in the administrative offices of the Kaneland School District from 1961 until her retirement in 1990. She moved to Yorkville in December of 1992, where she continued to enjoy such hobbies as flower gardening and crocheting. Vera also enjoyed traveling, both day trips and longer tours. She was a lifetime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Yorkville, baptized April 20, 1924, and confirmed March 21, 1937. She served on the Altar Guild, was a member of the WELCA Ruth Circle, and was active on several committees within the church.

Vera is survived by four children, Douglas (Jean) Long of Galesburg, Ill., Rebecca Aldrich of St. Charles, Gerald (Diane) Long of Kaneville, and Gary (Linda) Long of Elburn; seven grandchildren, Capt. Jeffrey Long of Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., David Long of Galesburg, Ill., Elizabeth and Katherine Aldrich of St. Charles, Brett and Ashley Long of Kaneville, and Travis Long of Elburn.

Vera was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, her parents, her paternal and maternal grandparents, her infant son David, and her brother.

Visitation was Oct. 21, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. , Elburn. Her funeral service will be at the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Yorkville at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, with interment following at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery .

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit Immanuel Lutheran Church of Yorkville. Checks may be made to the “Vera Long Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Catherine J. (Kay) Uthe

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Catherine J. Uthe, 87, of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., passed away Friday, Sept. 25, at Palm Beach Gardens Hospital, surrounded by her family, three days after suffering a heart attack.

She was born on Dec. 26, 1921, the daughter of John and Jennie (Olson) Seydel of Chicago.

Kay met her partner for life, Theodore (Ted) Uthe, just before he was deployed to South Africa in WWII. They were married in 1945 after Ted returned from Europe.

They started their life together in Orland Park, Ill., farming the family homestead and starting their own family. In 1958, Ted and Kay purchased the Old Outhouse farm north of Lily Lake, where their five children grew up.

As the children grew older, Kay worked out of the home at DuKane in St. Charles for a time. They built a new home on Empire Road after Ted was unable to farm.

Ten years later, they retired south to Lake Worth, Fla., and spent summers in Reno, Nev.

After Ted passed, Kay lived with her youngest daughter, Debra, and her family in Royal Palm Beach, Fla., but would travel back to Elburn every summer.

An avid Cubs fan, Kay loved looking after her grandchildren and great-grandchildren but was always ready for a good card game, bingo or a trip to the casino.

She now leaves a son, Thomas (Marvee) Uthe; three daughters, Beverly (Dale) Kuipers, Nancy (Mike) Shuey and Debbie (Ken) Vandeputte; nine grandchildren, Todd (Shanne) Kuipers, Karla Kuipers, Dawn Kuipers, Jason Shuey, Jackie Shuey, Ashley Vandeputte, Tiffany Vandeputte, Jennifer (Crook) Peak and Ted Crook; three great-grandchildren, Dylan Kuipers, Cierra Kuipers, Nolan Shuey and many nieces and nephews.

She now joins her loving husband, Theodore; brother, Jack Seydel; sister, Jean Andrews; daughter, Doreen Crook; and son-in-law, William Crook.

A memorial service was held in Royal Palm Beach on Oct. 3. The family asks that any contributions to be donated to hospice.

Almer T. Gliddon

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Almer T. Gliddon, 92, of Sugar Grove, formerly of Elburn, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, Oct. 03, 2009, at Tiller’s Heath Care Center, Oswego, Ill.

He was born Aug. 5, 1917, the son of Albert and Bertha (Leitner) Gliddon in Hampshire, Ill.

Almer’s dad drove a truck for Standard Oil while Almer attended and graduated from local schools in 1935. At the same time, Almer worked at the local pharmacy owned and operated by George Wilcox. As luck would have it, George had a daughter, Margaret, and before long she caught Almer’s attention as well as his heart.

The high school sweethearts took their love to the altar as they walked down the aisle as Mr. and Mrs. Almer Gliddon on Nov. 27, 1941. They made their home in Hampshire, but one year later, Almer answered his country’s call and enlisted in the United States Navy.

He served his country during WWII as a Pharmacist Mate, eventually traveling to Okinawa, Japan, as part of a Fleet Hospital. The war ended shortly after his arrival, and Almer returned to his bride and civilian life in late 1945.

They made their home in Hampshire for a time before moving to Elburn, where he and Margaret purchased the Hoffman Drug Store in Elburn in 1946. The legacy of Gliddon’s Drug Store continued after Margaret’s passing in February of 1982, when Almer sold the store to his daughter, Mary E. and her husband, Ken Gustafson.

He remained active as a pharmacist until April 1, 1988, and even then continued to work as a clerk until his 75th birthday. Almer found love once again and married Ann (Wilkison) Goetz on Jan. 15, 1994. Despite the frigid temperature of negative 26 degrees, Almer and Ann made warm memories that day and for more than 15 years afterward.

Almer was no stranger to serving his community, not only through his drug store, but through many service and veteran organizations as well, receiving prestigious awards and honors throughout the years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Batavia Post 1197, Navy League of the United States, Voiture Local No. 592, 40 and 8 in Kane and Kendall counties, as well as lifetime member and Past Commander for both the Elburn American Legion, Post 630 and the Kane County Council of the American Legion.

Almer was a member of the Illinois Pharmaceutical Association, National Association of Retail Druggists and the American Pharmaceutical Association. He was a longtime member, present corresponding secretary and former president of the Chicago Veteran Druggists Association, honorary member of the Milwaukee Veteran Pharmacists Association and member of the Navy League.

Almer served his local community through the Elburn Business Council and on the Board of the Village of Elburn, and was a Republican precinct committeeman of Blackberry Township. He was a lifetime member of both the Masonic Lodge of Genoa (formerly Hampshire) and Elburn Lions Club, where he was a recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.

Almer also a former member of the Board of Governors, the Men’s Foundation of Community Hospital and later a charter member of the Delnor-Community Healthcare Foundation Pillar Society.

Almer served as secretary of the treasury for the Elburn Unit of the Salvation Army, was past president of the Benevolent Order of Youthful Seniors of the Tri-Cities, and last but not least, was a member of the “Die Hard” Cubs Fan Club.

Almer was a giving soul and would never hesitate to lend a hand to anyone, including the children who walked into his drug store without enough money to buy candy. They may have come in empty handed, but they always left with a pocketful and a smile. He also fed the sweet tooth of both the young and the old while holding court behind the soda fountain, serving up root beer floats and vanilla Cokes for many years. Many of those children also came back looking for their first job, and Almer was only too happy to bring another young person into the “family fold.”

Anyone who passed through the door was met with a warm greeting and a smile that always left you with a feeling that you were part of his family. When he wasn’t working or serving his community, Almer was serving up winning hands in poker with friends, rooting for the Green Bay Packers and traveling to Arizona in the spring to bleed “Cubbie Blue” and cheer on the Cubs during spring training. Almer’s love of family, community and country all combined to make unique memories that will last for generations.

He now leaves his loving wife, Ann Gliddon of Sugar Grove; three children, Mary (Ken) Gustafson of Elburn, Steve Gliddon of Elburn, and Ethel (Bill) Cole of Manteno, Ill.; five grandchildren, Eric Gustafson of Wheaton, Ill., Jon Gustafson of Elburn, Jacklyn (Bruce) Campbell and their children, Logan and Timothy, of Yorkville, Ill., Diana (Howard) Bentley and their children Erica and Elizabeth of Concord, N.C., and Tom Cole of Salisbury, N.C.; sister-in-law, Mavis Bell of DeKalb, Ill.; many nieces and nephews, and a countryside of friends.

He now joins his parents; his first wife, Margaret; and two brothers, Percy and Leroy Gliddon, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was Oct. 7, at the Community Congregational United Church of Christ, Elburn, folled by a funeral service to celebrate his life. The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Dire, pastor of the church, officiated, and private graveside service will be held at a later date following cremation.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Almer Gliddon 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.

Dorothy A. Wold

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Dorothy A. Wold, 87, of Sandwich, Ill., passed away at Provena Geneva Care Center, Geneva, in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009.

She was born Aug. 16, 1922, the daughter of Mont and Lizzie (Freyling) Albert in Brandon, Iowa.

Dorothy grew up in Jesup, Iowa, and attended local schools. She graduated with the class of 1940 from Jesup Consolidated High School.

Following graduation, Dorothy attended nursing school, graduating as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Burlington, Iowa. Using her degree, she worked locally for a time before moving to Elmhurst, Ill., to help her sister Wilma.

It was during this time she met the man she would marry, Edwin Wold. He found Dorothy working behind a soda fountain, and before long, they fell in love and began a new life together on Oct. 23, 1942.

Shortly after, Edwin served his country in the Navy and upon his return to civilian life, they made their home in Elmhurst. They soon moved to Winfield, Ill., where they lived for 40 years, raising their six children. This is also when Dorothy began her 45-year career as a nurse at Community Hospital in Geneva. Dorothy worked straight through the Delnor and Community Hospital merger and retired in 1998. Dorothy and Edwin moved to Sandwich in 1991.

She was a proud and very active member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. She also was a member and organist for 25 years at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Winfield.

Dorothy loved to knit and sew everything under the sun. From baby clothes, afghans and wedding gowns, nothing was too big or too small for Dorothy’s hands to make. Her garden was filled with everything from flowers to vegetables, and her table was always laden with its bounty.

She now leaves six children, Edwin Wold of Sandwich, Doug (Jan) Wold of Ft. Myers, Fla., Dennis (Jill) Wold of Aurora, Penny (Jeff) Janacek of Batavia, Dee (Pat) Dodd of Batavia, Mark (Jenny) Wold of Elburn; 16 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; four siblings, Alberta Collins of Montclair, Calif., John Albert of Pharr, Texas, Dale Albert of Adel, Iowa, and June Zhiss of Guttenburg, Iowa; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents; her husband, Edwin; one sister, Wilma Jensen; and one brother, Donald Albert, who preceded her in death.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate her life was held at 10 a.m. the following day at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Lee Road, Hinckley, Ill. Rev. Donald Balgeman, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at River Hills Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Checks may be made to the “Dorothy Wold 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.

Marianna Erika Schafft

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Marianne Erika Schafft, 88, of St. Charles, formerly of Des Plaines, Ill., passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at Delnor Hospital, Geneva.

She now leaves four children, Anke (John) Roelle of Sharon, Wis., Peter (Deborah) Schafft of Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, Ingrid (Don) Blahut of St. Charles, and Tom (Linda) Schafft of St. Charles; nine grandchildren, Christine, Shelley, Jennifer, Erika, Danika, Derek, Lisa, Brianna and Caleb; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter; one brother, Ernie (Helga) Andresen on Vancouver Island, British Columbia; several nieces and nephews, both here and abroad, as well as a family of friends.

She now joins her parents; one sister, Inge Rehse; and both husbands, Karl and Hugo, who preceded her in death.

Visitation was Monday, Sept. 28, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memorial service to celebrate her life followed the visitation at 8 p.m.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit the American Heart Association and the National Kidney Foundation. Checks may be made to the “Marianne Schafft 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.

Theresa O. Campbell

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Theresa O. Campbell, 92, of Maple Park, passed away Sunday evening, Sept. 20, 2009, at the DeKalb County Nursing Center, where she has resided since 2007.

She was born April 21, 1917, the daughter of Peter and Mary (Bergthal) Oesterreicher in Chicago.

Theresa grew up in Chicago and attended local schools. She graduated with the class of 1935 and afterward went to work at Sloan Valve Company as a bookkeeper.

She met her husband in the shipping department, where Burdette kept making “mistakes” just so that Theresa would come back to see him. Theresa caught on quickly, and although she thought he was a “sly fox,” a friendship turned into love. Though the war intervened in 1943, the love between the farm boy and the city girl never wavered. They were married on Oct. 18, 1947, in Chicago, at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church.

They began their life together on the Hughes Farm on Route 38 in Maple Park. In 1956, they moved into town and had since made Maple Park their home.

In the late 1950s, Theresa began working for the First State Bank of Maple Park. Later in 1966, she worked at the Wurlitzer Piano Factory in DeKalb before her retirement in the mid-1970s.

She was a faithful member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park.

Theresa’s father ran a music store for many years as she was growing up, and as a result, Theresa learned to play many instruments. In addition to piano and organ, Theresa played the violin in the high school orchestra. As the years went by, she would continue to play only the piano and organ. She would later become an organist for St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park for more than 30 years.

After her retirement, Theresa began oil painting, which later led her to paint picturesque scenes that became keepsakes for family and friends. Her creative nature also was seen through the many afghans and doilies she crocheted.

Theresa also loved to travel and made many family camping trips across the country and into Canada. She and Burdette also made one–of-a-kind memories on vacations to Europe and later on annual trips to spring training in Sarasota, Fla., to support Burdette’s favorite team, the Chicago White Sox. Over the years, Theresa made special places in her heart and home for her dachshunds, Tina, Holly and Heidi.

She now leaves two sons, Dave (Rita) Campbell of Maple Park and Ed (Marilyn) Campbell of Maple Park; six grandchildren, Shawn (Julie) Campbell and their children, Christian and Aaron, of Webster City, Iowa, Sheri (George) Baumann and their children, Christina, George, and Elizabeth, of Hinckley, Sarah (Chris) McGreer and their son, Aiden, of Cortland, Kate Campbell of Maple Park, Kelly (Brian) Eigenberger of Dubuque, Iowa, and Steve Campbell of Maple Park; one brother-in-law, Jack Turk of Hampshire, Ill.; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents; husband, Burdette; two brothers, Frank and Claude Oesterreicher; and one sister, Catherine Demski, who preceded her in death.

Visitation will be on Friday, Sept. 25, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a 4:30 p.m. wake service at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn.

A mass to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Maple Park. Fr. Joachim Tyrtania, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. For those unable to attend the service, a live web-cast will be available by following a link at www.conleycare.com. The service will also be available the following day by going to the same website and accessing the service in an on-demand form to watch at any time.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Theresa Campbell 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.

Earl D. Kirk Sr.

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Earl D. Kirk (Dean) of Big Rock and Sugar Grove, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at his home, following a brave and courageous battle with lung cancer. Earl was born in Jasper County, Ill., on Nov. 7, 1926, the son of the late Marshall Kirk and Nellie Kirk Spaits.

As a young boy, growing up from a very humble beginning, Earl only attended school until he was 10 years old. At the age of 16, hoping for a better life, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, proudly serving his country for six years with the Special Amphibious Forces. Those battles included landing on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, the Battle of the Midway, as well as many others. He served on the USS Hammond and the USS Saugus, and was awarded the Purple Heart.

After the war, Earl headed north to the Sugar Grove area, where he met and fell in love with his future wife, Delores Burridge. They were married on June 26, 1948, and were together 56 years, until Delores passed away in August 2004.

Earl first worked as a farm hand on the Hannaford Farm, and then the Leigh Sauer farm. While working on the farm during the day, every evening Earl worked on the new home he was building for his family in Sugar Grove. After moving to town in 1957, he decided he had enough of the farm life and started his own business in carpentry and home remodeling. In 1972, Earl and his wife moved once again into the new house he built in Big Rock for his family.

Earl was well known for his great stories, and he had many. While living in Sugar Grove, he was the first police magistrate, and many times would tell the story about holding court right alongside the road on Route 47 using a card table, once ticketing a U.S. Senator. He had a passion for collecting antiques and clocks.

In recent years, some of his favorite times were getting together with his friends at Candy’s restaurant. Earl was an intelligent and kind man with a huge heart, and would do anything for his friends, because they meant the world to him. He would strike up a conversation with anyone who crossed his path. He leaves behind an entire community of family and friends who will miss him very much.

Earl was able to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC in August 2008, sponsored by “Honor Flight Chicago,” an organization that flies veterans to the memorial for the entire day, free of charge.

He is survived by his daughters, Dale Ann (Robert) Seidelman, of Aurora, and Doris (Robert) Field of Meridan, Idaho, and his sons, Earl D. Kirk, Jr. of Evansville, Ind., and Edward Kirk, of Aurora, his grandchildren, Eric, Kathryn, and Benjamin Seidelman of Aurora, Christian Seidelman of Aurora, Jessica Seidelman of Sugar Grove, Julie Kirk of New York, and Joseph Hollanback of Pa., and five great grandchildren. Earl is also survived by three sister-in-laws, Barbara (Tom) Greyer of Sugar Grove, Dorothy Fannin, of California, and Bettyjo Kirk of Independence, Mo., a nephew William (Judy) Kinsel of Spring Valley, Ill., as well as many other nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Delores Kirk, brother Von Kirk, a brother in infancy, and a sister, Flossie Kinsel.

A visitation was held on Friday, Sept. 18, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr. Sugar Grove. Funeral services took place on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the funeral home, with Pastor Ron Markese officiating. Interment will be at Sugar Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to “Honor Flight Chicago” in Earl’s memory would be deeply appreciated. Contributions will enable other World War II veterans to visit the memorial built in their honor.

Special thanks to Marguerite and Cindy from Provena Hospice for their loving care.

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

Joanne E. Gehringer

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Joanne E. Gehringer, 72, of Leland, Ill., formerly of Kaneville, passed away at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009.

She was born Dec. 11, 1936, the daughter of Alfred and Norma (Hanson) Maier in Aurora.

Joanne grew up on the family farm on Tanner Road in Sugar Grove, attending local schools. She graduated from Elburn High School in 1954 and worked for the next 26 years as a buyer and manager of the stationery and bath department for the Little Traveler in Geneva.

The title of “buyer and manager” would become a staple for Joanne as she worked in that capacity for the gift shop at Fisherman’s Inn, as well as the Grimm’s Hallmark Shop in St. Charles. After becoming a sales representative for a time, she returned to her Hallmark roots by working for Nicole’s Hallmark at the West Aurora Shopping Plaza.

It was shortly before Elburn Days in 1965 that Joanne would meet the man that would walk beside her the rest of her days, Jim Gehringer. After a six-month whirlwind courtship, they were united in marriage on her birthday, Dec. 11, 1965.

They began their life together in a tenant house on the old Gehrke Farm on Lees Road in Virgil Township. Five years later, they moved to Lorang Road in Kaneville. In 2005, they moved once more to Leland. For the length of their marriage, she was a member of a neighborhood club of ladies from the Lee’s Road area.

Joanne was a member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church, and for many years was active in the women’s group and worked at its fall beef dinner.

Joanne was an entertainer at heart, and her home was always open to family and friends. It wasn’t a holiday without spending time with Jim and Joanne, eating home-cooked meals and fresh-baked desserts. Her home was filled with decorations for every season and every holiday, especially Christmas. Her collection of Christmas ornaments was large enough to decorate seven trees each December.

She also collected antique dishes and anything that pictured cats of all kinds and sizes. No matter the season, you could be sure that the house would be spotless, no matter where you looked.

Outside of the home, Jim and Joanne ruled the road on their Goldwing motorcycle. Cruising along the highway, their destination could be anywhere between Canada and Florida. She also loved to accompany Jim to the steam and power shows as long as she could walk among, the arts and crafts and shop until her heart’s content.

When they finally made it home, Rosey and Emily, her two favorite cats, welcomed them home. Once a month she met with her neighborhood club to play Uno, gossip and share desserts, but not necessarily in that order.

It was when she was living on Lees Road that Joanne opened her heart and home by rescuing a stray cat. This trend continued over the years as at least one cat, and sometimes up to five, called Lees Road home as evidenced by a little plaque on her wall that read, “You are never fully dressed without a little cat hair.”

Although rescuing stray cats became commonplace, she also rescued “stray” people who were lonely and in need of a friend and a home-cooked meal. Joanne’s open arms, loving heart and giving soul will be missed greatly by family, friends and the occasional feline in need of her care.

She now leaves her loving and devoted husband, Jim; one sister, Sharon (Ken) Needham-De Arvil of Oregon, Ill.; many cousins, nieces and nephews and a family of close friends.

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

Visitation was Thursday, Sept. 17, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate her life was Friday, Sept. 18, at Conley Funeral Home. Rev. Jason Turner, pastor of the Kaneville United Methodist Church, officiated, and interment followed at Jericho Cemetery, Sugar Grove.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Joanne Gehringer 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.

Margaret Anna Goldenstein

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Margaret Anna Goldenstein, 66, of St. Charles, died tragically on Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at Provena St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin.

She was born Nov. 25, 1942, the daughter of Herman and Emma (Hoffmann) Goldenstein in Elgin, Ill.

Margaret grew up on the family farm in St. Charles, that changed over the years from a dairy to a grain farm. She attended local schools and graduated St. Charles High School with the class of 1960.

Margaret then began working at Delnor Hospital as an aid in Physical Therapy and was known in certain hospital circles as “Hubbard Tank Annie.” Later, she changed from full time to part time after her father had a stroke. She eventually retired shortly after her mother’s death to care for her father. Following his passing in 1993, Margaret continued to live on the family farm, and although she was technically “retired,” she never slowed down.

Up every morning to do chores, Margaret delighted in all of God’s creatures whether great or small, caring for them as if they were her very own children. During this time Margaret had a chance to help raise and care for Shannon Jungels, the infant daughter of her cousin Carol, on Jan. 30, 1981. Shannon very quickly became the daughter Margaret never had. They became inseparable, and a very special bond formed between the two. Margaret became a second mother and confidant to Shannon, walking side by side with her as Shannon grew into a young woman.

Later at a family wedding, Margaret would meet Bruce Conley, who once worked at Delnor for the now infamous “Hubbard Tank Annie.” Now a funeral director, the friendship between the two that began those many years ago blossomed again, and before long, Margaret began working at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn.

There, Margaret continued her ministry of care by helping grieving families in any way she could, including helping them to release a dove in their loved one’s memory. Her gentle hands would hold the dove and place it in outstretched hands which were already full of grief. In that very simple act, Margaret helped hundreds of people not only release the dove, but a portion of their grief as well.

Margaret was a member of the Kane County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee and participated in Agriculture Days at Mooseheart in Batavia, teaching fourth graders about agriculture. She also attended Grace Evangelical Church in Elgin.

She and her sister Kay were known for their avid love of garage sales and were proud to proclaim it to all who would listen. They would often spend whole days visiting garage sales across the countryside.

Margaret’s home was always open to any member of her large extended family or friends who would happen to come into town. Her yearly family reunion brought many together to celebrate their heritage and catch up all that had happened since the last time they met.

Unbeknownst to us, Margaret had to leave without saying goodbye. Margaret’s warmth of spirit still envelopes the hearts of all her family and friends, and the empty spaces that are left behind will be filled with her memory.

She now leaves her sister, “roommate” and constant companion, Katherine “Kay” Goldenstein of St. Charles; her “daughter,” Shannon Jungels of St. Charles; a great many cousins and relatives from the Goldenstein and Hoffmann families who are scattered across the globe, and a family of friends that stretch across the years.

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

Visitation was Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held Thursday, Sept. 24, at Grace Evangelical Church, 1800 Bowes Road, Elgin at 11 a.m. Rev. Reuben Parlier, former pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin. For those unable to attend the service, a live web-cast will be begin five minutes prior to the service by clicking a link at www.conleycare.com. The service will also be available on the website the following day in an on-demand format so anyone can watch at anytime.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Margaret Goldenstein 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.

Joanne E. Gehringer

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Joanne E. Gehringer, 72, of Leland, Ill., formerly of Kaneville, passed away at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009.

She was born Dec. 11, 1936, the daughter of Alfred and Norma (Hanson) Maier in Aurora.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate her life will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at Conley Funeral Home. Rev. Jason Turner, pastor of the Kaneville United Methodist Church, will officiate, and interment will follow at Jericho Cemetery, Sugar Grove.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Joanne Gehringer 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.

Donald E. “Don” Haug

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Donald E. “Don” Haug, 76, of Maple Park, died tragically following a car accident on Saturday, Sept. 12. On his way to one of his favorite fishing spots that fateful morning, Don left this world and entered his Heavenly home with rod and reel in hand, ready to fish in paradise.

He was born on the family farm on Feb. 14, 1933, the son of Joseph and Margaret (Mettle) Haug, in Marengo, Ill.

When he was small, they moved from the farm in Marengo to a farm in Virgil where Don and his siblings continued to help with chores on the family farm while attending local schools.

Don finished his schooling at Maple Park High School, then he promptly left to serve his country in the United States Army. He fought in the Korean War as a medic in 1950.

Upon his return to civilian life, Don began a 43-year career working for Elmer Larson’s gravel pit on Airport Road in Sycamore, Ill. He also drove a truck part time for Henry Theis, taking grain from the local elevators to other locations across the state. During the winter, Don plowed snow alongside Swede Severson and Slim Yagen, both then road commissioners, for Virgil Township, making sure the roads were clear and safe for his family and friends.

Don met the love of his life, Joan Pearson, in 1956 at the roller rink in DeKalb. What began on the rink was finished at the altar two years later when they were united in marriage on Oct. 4, 1958, at the Malta Methodist Church.

They began their new life together in Malta, Ill., for a time, before moving to their present home in Maple Park, where they raised a family of five children.

Don was a proud member of the Maple Park Volunteer Fire Department for many years, as well as a member and past commander for the Maple Park Legion Post 312. He was also a member of the Elgin Teamsters Union for many years.

Don loved to camp out under the stars and converted a 1951 Ford school bus to take his family camping along with friends and their kids for the weekend. After retirement, Don fished nearly every single day. Whether he was alone or with his family and friends, a rod and reel was all he needed to feel at home at his favorite local fishing holes in northern Illinois, Table Rock Lake, Lake Tanecomo in Branson, Mo., or Red Lake Ontario, Canada. When he wasn’t on the water he was on the links, enjoying time on the golf course. Saturdays and Sundays brought Don to the Maple Park Legion for games of Pitch as long as it didn’t interfere with his Chicago Bears on television. The winters drove both Don and Joan to Texas to visit friends and family where they enjoyed the respite from the cold and snow of Illinois. Later, his children grown with kids of their own, Don would always make time to go to sporting events, school plays and a myriad of graduations to cheer on and support his grandchildren. Gone without being able to say goodbye, his family and friends will pass on a lifetime of love and a legacy of stories about the man who was larger than life but as close as a memory.

He now leaves his loving wife of 51years, Joan, of Maple Park; five children: Tim (Cynthia) Haug of Cherry Valley, Ill., Jeff (Val) Haug of Sycamore, Curt (Brooke) Haug of Belvidere, Ill., Greg (Julie) Haug of DeKalb and
Dan (Christy) Haug of Sycamore; 11 grandchildren: Nathan and Travis Haug, Brandon and Brianna Haug, Jacob, Lucas, and Grace Haug, Rebecca and Emma Haug, and Zachary and Ian Haug; one brother, LaVern (Iris) Haug of Virgil; one sister, Carol Schultz of Sycamore; and many nieces, nephews and a family of close friends.

He now joins his parents, Joseph and Margaret Haug, mother and father-in-law, Spainer and Ruth Pearson, one brother, Eugene Haug and one sister, Virginia Haug, who preceded him in death.

Visitation and a Catholic prayer service were held Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held Thursday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. Conley Funeral Home. Rev. Mark Meyer, pastor of the Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park, will officiate and private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in their name. Checks may be made to the “Don Haug 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.

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