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Mary Sinen

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Mary Sineni, 94, of Yorkville, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at Hillside Healthcare Center. She was born on May 26, 1915, in Chicago, the daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Matise) Amodeo.

She loved to cook and bake and was especially famous for her cinnamon raisin bread, cheesecake and lasagna. She was a member of Gospel Assembly Church in Oswego.

Mary is survived by her daughter-in-law, Charlene (Tom) Sineni-Jacobs; grandchildren, Tamara (Gregory) Poynter, Debra (Timothy) McGrouary, Michelle (Kevin) Craven and Joyce Jerolaman-Glynn; great-grandchildren, Christopher Poynter, Sean and Matthew McGrouary, Lucas Craven; sister, Connie Ousen; brother Joseph (Violet) Amodeo; and sister-in-law, Louise Amodeo.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; son, Jerry; stepdaughter, Marge Jerolaman; sisters, Rose (Raymond) Hall, Anna (Arthur) Price; brother, James Amodeo; brother-in-law, Eric Ousen.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, from 1 to 3 p.m. with a funeral service to be held at 3 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove. Burial will be private at Oakridge Cemetery, Hillside, Ill.

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

Dorothy Wojtal

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Dorothy M. Wojtal, 82, of Elburn, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at Provena St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin, Ill.

She was born March 26, 1927 the daughter of Joseph (Angeline) Borek in Chicago.

Dorothy grew up on the northwest side of Chicago and attended local schools.

After graduating with the class of 1945, Dorothy worked at Avondale Savings and Loan as a teller. In January of 1950, she met the love of her life, Bill Wojtal, and following a whirlwind courtship, they were married on Oct. 14 that very same year.

They began their new life together in Chicago while Bill worked for two paint companies, and she continued to work for Avondale for a time before moving to Alliance Savings and Loan, which after several mergers became Bank of America. Dorothy retired as an assistant vice president in 1989. In 1991, Dorothy and Bill moved to Elburn behind Lions Park and made 18 years of memories, including the homecoming of their grandson, Peter, before Bill’s passing in February 2009. Declining health brought Dorothy into the care of Pine View Care Center in St. Charles until she moved to Apostolic Christian Resthaven in Elgin, where she would be closer to her family.

Dorothy was a devout Catholic and faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn, as well as the Polish Women’s Club and Elburn Seniors Club.

Dorothy was a crafter at heart and spent her time meticulously making baby and doll clothes, knitting scarves, hats, and loved to cross-stitch dogs and flowers for friends and family alike.

There was never a puzzle that Dorothy couldn’t conquer. The more pieces it had, the more her eyes would light up, and the speed in which she completed dazzled her friends even into her last months.

When her hands weren’t busy with needles, hooks or pieces, Dorothy loved to fill in daily crossword puzzles, Sudoku and word search magazines. She also grew over the years an extensive Pipka collection that eventually numbered over 200 ceramic statues.

Dorothy now claims the promise of her Savior and joins her beloved husband only months after his passing. Although she leaves behind broken hearts and falling tears, her memories will help heal the hurt and her legacy will help dry the tears of her friends and family.

She now leaves one son, Eugene (Denise) Wojtal, and their son, Peter, all of Burlington, Ill.; seven nieces and nephews, Paul (Mary) Borek, Pam (Mike) McDonald, Jim Borek, Connie (Bill) Piotrowski, Barbara (Ken) Littel and Susan (Jay) Picone, and Mary Pilat; two sisters-in-law, Helen Borek of Chicago and Pauline “Aunt Lee” Borek of Phoenix, Ariz.; a very special family friend, Sharon (Ted) Gressick and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents; husband, Bill; three brothers, Frank Borek, Walter (Bernice) Borek and Stanley Borek, who preceded her in death.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7:45 p.m. with a wake service to conclude visitation beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A Mass to celebrate her life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, at St Gall Catholic Church, Elburn. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at St. Gall Cemetery, Elburn.

A memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Dorothy Wojtal 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.

Josephine Stredde

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Josephine Stredde, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, Sept. 6, at Jennings Terrace. She was born Aug. 3, 1914, in Waltonville, Ill., the daughter of the late Alva and Cecelia (Carson) Baldridge.

Josephine graduated from Waltonville High School in 1932 and moved to Aurora. On June 2, 1939, she was united in marriage to Carl Stredde. After Carl’s death in 1985, she continued to maintain her Montgomery home until 2004, when she moved into Jennings Terrace. Josephine will be remembered for her red hair and manicured nails.

She is survived by her four nephews, Al (Diane) Baldridge of Sugar Grove, Charles (Linda) Baldridge of Marshall, Wis., Ernest (Martha) Baldridge of Kaneville, and Fred Baldridge of Hinckley; three nieces, Betty (Phil) Koukol of Oswego, Ill., Dorothy (Bill) Hanson of Elburn, and Gay (David) Lewis of Big Rock.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Stredde; and her brother, Clyde Baldridge.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Healy Chapel 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora. Visitation will be begin at 10 a.m. and run until the time of service. Interment will take place at Lincoln Memorial Park.

For further information, please call (630) 897-9291 or to leave a condolence, visit www.healychapel.com.

Sharon Nier

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Sharon Nier, 61, of Elburn, passed away at her home, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009.

She was born Nov. 21, 1947, the daughter of LaVerne “Bud” and Charlene (Wood) Ritchey in Aurora. Sharon grew up in Troxel, Ill. When she was 16, the family moved to the outskirts of Kaneville and later to the old Schleifer place.

Sharon graduated from Kaneland High School with the class of 1966 and began working for Farmer’s Insurance Group. She also helped her parents operate the Elburn Dairy Joy and worked part-time at Gliddon’s Drug Store. In November of 1968, Sharon began what would become a 31-year career at Richardson Electronics, Ltd. Although some predicted she would not last long, her determination and penchant for details moved her up the line through the years from assembly to engineering clerk, to accounting and to executive secretary to the Vice President of Manufacturing before retiring on Dec. 31, 1999, as the senior inventory control clerk.

On March 21, 1970, she was united in marriage to Gene Nier. They began their new life together in a house on South Street in Elburn. It was there they transformed the house into a home and made many improvements and thousands of memories.

Sharon turned their back yard into a virtual haven for a remarkable spectrum of birds, including Orioles, Indigo Buntings, Rose Breasted Grosbeaks, Cardinals, Brown Thrashers, Gold Finches, White Breasted Nuthatches, Hairy and Red Bellied Woodpeckers and many others. She also was fond of caring for her fox or red squirrels, as well as the grey and the little chipmunks for which her backyard was a playground. She knew what they loved to eat and saw that they had a year-round smorgasbord. Sharon’s knowledge of the birds was truly encyclopedic, and she enjoyed imparting that knowledge to her nieces, nephews and friends.

Sharon was a member of the “Women of the Moose” since 1975. She also bowled on mixed and women’s leagues through the 1970s and ‘80s, until her job became too demanding and she had to stop bowling.

Her family includes one step-son, Steven (Stacy) Nier and their children Drew and Katie, of Hale, Mo.; one brother, Ron (April) Ritchey of Elburn; seven nieces and nephews, Dawn (Keith) McLaughlin of Millington, Ill., Kelly Ritchey of Elburn, Dana (Alan) Herra of Elburn, Kim (Mike) Paulus of Sugar Grove, Susan Henne of Kaneville, Jeff (Cara) Nier of Hinckley, and Mark (Bethany) Nier of Chilton, Wis.; her mother-in-law, Doris Nier of Kaneville; one sister-in-law, Karen (Leonard) Heinberg of Kaneville, one brother-in-law, Myron (Lenore) Nier of Hinckley; 16 great-nieces and nephews, Jeff, Kevin, Charles, Kyle and Katie McLaughlin, Charlene, Natasha, and Jackson Herra, Chris and Ben Paulus, Nick and Melanie Henne, and Alex, Kourtney, McKenzie and Harrison Nier; three great-great-niece and nephews, Xavier, Luke and Mylie; and a family of close friends who will never forget her.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Gene; her parents, LaVerne “Bud” and Charlene Ritchey; one sister, Sandra Carroll; and her father-in-law, Arnold Nier.

Following direct cremation, a private family graveside service will be held at Kaneville Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Sharon’s wish was for you to plant something for nature in her memory. A memorial has also been established in her name. Memorials checks may be made to the Sharon Nier Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through her obituary at www.conleycare.com.

Charles E. ‘Chas’ Barsic

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Charles E. “Chas” Barsic, 54, of Maple Park, passed away at his home on Sept. 5, 2009, after succumbing to cancer. He was surrounded by the love of his family, who cared for him right up to his last days.

He was born Nov. 13, 1955, the son of Joseph and Edna “Babs” (Neisendorf) Barsic in Geneva.

Chas grew up on County Line Road in Maple Park with his parents, two sisters and three brothers, and continued to live in the family home until his death.

He attended Maple Park grade school and graduated from Kaneland High School, where he attended Mid-Valley Vocational School for drafting. This education gave him the foundation for his 30-year career at Caterpillar in Montgomery.

He retired as a design engineer from Caterpillar in October 2003. After his retirement, Chas loved to spend his time living life to the fullest, riding his Yamaha motorcycle nearly every day and spending as much time with his family and his friends as he could.

Following his father’s passing, Chas purchased and continued to live in his childhood home.

Though Chas never married, he dedicated himself to his family and friends. If you needed help, he was always there, and many can attest to the fact there was no better example of a Good Samaritan.

He was a faithful, dedicated member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church of Maple Park just down the street, often helping others at Mass, where he faithfully served as an usher.

Chas had many things in his life he loved, though none more precious than his nieces and nephews, who brought out the kid in him. When he wasn’t with his family or friends, Chas indulged in his love of flying, piloting his own Cessna for hours at a time.

Chas loved high-performance vehicles, especially his beloved Acura NSX or his Yamaha motorcycle. In high school, Chas was a multi-sport athlete who played many sports, including baseball, football and golf, although golf alone survived his path to adulthood. The game of golf not only gave him 30 years of happiness, but also much success, as evident from his many trophies.

He also loved to travel across the United States, visiting many parts of the country, especially the southern and western states. In later years, he used his breadth of knowledge and experience to begin designing his own house, as well as working on building his own experimental airplane.

He now leaves five siblings, Matt Barsic of Sycamore, Karen (Jim) Morris of Doha, Qatar, Mike (Connie) Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., Marianne (Mark) Gemmer of Maple Park and Jim (Brenda) Barsic of Elburn; nieces and nephews, Brian Gemmer of Kaneville, Megan (Brad) Thill of North Aurora, Emily Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., Paul Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., David Gander of Madison, Wis., Bob Gander of Rochester, Minn., Eric Gander of Rochester, Minn. and Jennifer (Ben) Halverson of Chatfield, Minn.; Kaitlyn and Kaley Barsic of Elburn; and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents and one niece, Kelsey Barsic, who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., with a service to follow at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 10, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Charles Barsic 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.

Francis H. “Bud” White

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Francis H. “Bud” White, 87, of Elburn, passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva, surrounded by the love of his family following a courageous fight against a brain tumor. Though his body lost the battle, his spirit triumphed over all.

He was born Aug. 22, 1922, the son of Edward and Susan (Schmal) White in Maple Park.

Bud grew up in Maple Park but moved to Beith Road before he started school at S.S. Peter & Paul Grade School in Virgil.

As most young men of his generation, he went to work as soon as he finished eighth grade. Bud was no different. He started hauling milk at the age of 15 and would continue for the next 37 years.

Bud and Lorraine Pobstman each had a friend that set them up on a date at the free movies in Maple Park. They sat on a plank and not only watched a movie, but watched their lives intertwine off screen for the next two years before they were united in marriage at St. Mary’s in Maple Park on May 4, 1946.

They began their new life together on the family farm on Keslinger Road before making their home seven years later on Kansas Street in Elburn. Many years later, the walls are filled with pictures and the air thick with memories of a growing family, a hard-working father and a loving husband.

Bud was a dairy man through and through and knew from a very young age the type of hard work, dedication and long days it took to make it work. He farmed with his brother for a time before working for two companies, Western United and Certified Grocers Inc., hauling milk from local farmers to the respective processing plants for 37 years.

Bud was a longtime member of the Kane County Farm Bureau, Aurora Moose and a lifetime member, honorary board member and recipient of the Melvin Jones Award of the Elburn Lions Club.

Bud was a “certified corn shucker” and helped in the donation of eye glasses for the Elburn Lions Club, but his favorite times came when the “Cancer Kids” weekend came about and he got to work with all the kids.

Over the years, Bud grew a collection of toy tractors that he used as a farmer, beer steins—a celebration of his heritage, and had them all proudly displayed in his home.

When Bud and Lorraine went out, they made sure to have shrimp at Red Lobster, though if asked he said he could live on candy alone. Alaskan cruises topped the list of favorite destinations, along with trips to Europe, Hawaii, dozens of bus trips around the country and memories of the fun had along Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Bud also loved to play 31 for nickels with friends and family. These and thousands more will be the legacy he leaves to his friends and family, especially his grandson, who will not soon forget him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lorraine; one daughter, Mary Frances (Edwin) Sherwood and their son William of Lake Charles, La.; one sister, Leona Thompson of Waterman, Ill.; two brothers, Robert (Beverly) White of Indio, Calif. and Arthur White of Waterman, Ill.; several nieces and nephews and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents, his brother, Charles, and his sister, Betty Moore, who preceded him in death.

Visitation and wake service was Friday, Sept. 4, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A mass to celebrate his life was held Saturday, Sept. 5, at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, with interment following at S.S. Peter and Paul Church, Virgil.

A memorial has been established in Bud’s name. Checks may be made to the “ Francis ‘Bud’ White” 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 www.conleycare.com.

Patricia L. Sanderson

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Patricia L. Sanderson, 62, of Earlville, Ill., passed away suddenly at Mendota Community Hospital on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009.

Patricia was born on October 19, 1946 in Chicago, the daughter of James B. and Barbara A. (Bailey) Sanderson.

Pat grew up in Wasco, and attended Wasco Grade school. After graduating from St. Charles High School with the class of 1962, Pat furthered her education on a scholarship to Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Shortly after, she moved to Heidelberg, Germany, and worked for the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Office. Later, she returned to St. Charles, and worked for local lawyers before dedicating 17 years working for the State of Illinois. Upon her retirement she volunteered for the COPD Foundation that she helped establish.

Pat was always moving and always doing, especially when it came to winter activities such as cross-country skiing, tobogganing, sledding and more. Summers were full of adventure and filled to capacity with activities like rafting. She was also known for her peculiar (some say “twisted”) sense of humor that balanced out the graciousness, sincerity and generosity that spoke volumes of her spirit.

In her retirement, Pat saw a need for support groups for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She was involved in the very early stages of the COPD Foundation and has spent countless hours on the call line, letting others know they are not alone in their struggles.

She now leaves her mother, Barbara, of Earlville; two sisters, Jane Sandison and Maureen (Gary) Ayala, both of Earlville; three nieces, two nephews, six great-nieces, one great-nephew, and a family of friends.

She now joins her father, James, who preceded her in death.

A memorial visitation was held Friday, Aug. 28, and a memorial service celebrating her life followed at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn.

A memorial will be established in Patricia’s name to benefit the COPD Foundation. Memorials checks may be made to the COPD FOUNDATION and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address, or through her obituary at www.conleycare.com.

Albert F. “Al” Bergquist

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Albert F. “Al” Bergquist, 75, of Elburn, passed away at his home surrounded by the love of his family in the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Sept. 17, 1933, the son of Hilmer and Irene (Powers) Bergquist in Aurora.

Al grew up on the family farm in La Fox and attended local St. Charles and Geneva schools. His two passions in life were farming and racing motorcycles. Years of memories were made in the fields and on the dirt tracks of raceways across the country.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1955 and faithfully served his country until his father suffered from a stroke and Al was discharged to help his family back home.

Al gave his heart to his high school sweetheart, Joan Oksas, whom he met through friends. Love only grew over the years and when he returned on leave their two lives became one when they were united in marriage Dec. 29, 1955.

They began their new life and spent their first holiday together making their home on the corner of Route 47 and Keslinger Road in Elburn. Later they would live in town at the Bateman’s house before moving to Pouley Road, where they have since made their home.

Al was a “jack of all trades” but he was a farmer at heart. He woke before dawn to tend the livestock, often only stopping after sunset. Always a hard worker, he also drove truck part time over the years for Stover’s, Bowgren’s and White Brothers Trucking. Later he served as the Road Commissioner for Blackberry Township for 20 years, retiring in 1997. Upon retirement Al continued to work for the township plowing the snow in winter. He helped put together John Deere lawn tractors for Ehlers Recreation, Lawn and Garden in Elburn for many years. In 1992, Joan and Al bought a used Goldwing motorcycle from a neighbor. Thereafter, they spent weekends on the road, riding from state to state and coast to coast from March through October. They traded up to a new one 1996 and moved to a Trike in 2003.

He was a life member of the American Motorcycle Association as well as the GWRRA Illinois B-2, DK of DeKalb, Chapter V in Batavia and was director of Enduros District 17. He followed family tradition by serving on the board of the Elburn Co-Op for 17 years and was a long-time member of the Illinois Highway Commissioners Association. When not riding or working, he and Joan loved their time dancing as part of the square dancing club, Fox Valley Mixers, later called the Sugar Squares. Al also was a member, along with many of his friends, of the Fox Hunters Club.

Al had adventure in his heart and participated in a 500-mile snowmobile race during Winter Carnival from Winnipeg, Canada, to St. Paul, Minn., in 1974 and 1975. In 1966, Al made a nine-pony hitch that was sponsored by Moorman Feed. They were featured in many parades here and in Chicago. As the children were growing up and helping on the farm, he often would remark when it came to dressing for the weather that you had to make a choice, “Do you want to be warm or do you want to look pretty?” The answer he preferred was the former, making them dress in overalls and snow suits. He made the miles fly by on his Goldwing, when he participated in the cross-country Enduros Race and won more nationals than he lost from 1950 until his last race in 1992. Al was a man unto himself and was never late to lend a hand to anyone. He would do anything for his family and has left thousands of memories scattered across the countryside and in the special place where he’ll live forever in the hearts of his family.

He now leaves his loving wife, Joan Bergquist; four children: Vicki Bergquist of Elburn, Al “Butch” (Connie) Bergquist of Troxel, Barbara (Patrick) Bradford of Maple Park, and Mary (Chuck) Liss of Elburn; six grandchildren: Rebecca, nee Bradford, (Ronald Jr.) Edwards of Sycamore, Ben Bradford of Maple Park, Blake Bradford of Maple Park, Mackenzie Liss of Elburn, Allison Liss of Elburn, Chucky Liss of Elburn; two great-grandchildren, Shelby and Bradford Edwards, both of Sycamore; three siblings: Carl (Sharon) Bergquist of St. Charles, Alice Nickels of Monroe, Wis., and Norm (Diane) Bergquist of Elburn; one sister-in-law, Carol Fabrizius of Maple Park, and one brother-in-law, Bob Oksas of Maple Park; many nieces and nephews and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents, one sister-in-law, Diane Oksas and a brother-in-law, Joseph Fabrizius, and a mother-in-law, Hazel Oksas who preceded him in death.

Visitation was Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, at the Lord Of Life Church, on the corner of Route 38 and LaFox Road in La Fox. A funeral service to celebrate his life was held at the church, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009. Rev. Phil Ressler, pastor of the church, officiated and interment followed at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Al Bergquist 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. Arrangements were handled with care by Conley Funeral Home.

George A. Siebens

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George A. Siebens, 77, of DeKalb. died on Saturday, Aug. 22, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva, with his loving wife and all eight of his children at his side.

He was born on Dec. 10, 1931, to Elias G. and Zelma (Storm) Siebens in Sycamore, Ill., and he farmed for many years with his father.

He graduated from Maple Park High School in 1950 and married Carolyn Nieminen of DeKalb on Aug. 7, 1954. The couple recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.

The family lived on its farm in Maple Park for more than 50 years before moving to DeKalb five years ago. In addition to farming, George owned and operated Siebens Arctic Cat for nearly 20 years and was a founding member of the DeKane Snow Trackers snowmobile club. He also was an operating engineer for Stahl Construction Company in DeKalb, and later for Harry W. Kuhn Inc. of West Chicago, Ill.

He was an 18-year member of the Kaneland Community Unit School District 302 School Board and a lifetime member of the Local 150 International Union of Operating Engineers. He was also a member of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in DeKalb.

George was active in both his church and the Maple Park community throughout his life. He owned a log cabin in Sugar Camp, Wis., which was the favorite vacation spot for his large family. He often opened the cabin to friends and visitors, most notably from Maple Park, many summers for an annual softball tournament in Sugar Camp, and youth members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church for ski trips many winters. Along with his brother, Richard, he also owned a fishing cottage in Western Ontario, Canada, that was built by their father. That also became a favorite vacation spot for many family members and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his brother, Richard (Marie) Siebens of Maple Park; his sister, Joann (George) Seyller of Missouri; and eight children, Deborah (Dean) Helfers of Aurora, Tamara (David) Farley of DeKalb, Peter Siebens of Waterman, Ill., Timothy (Tammy) Siebens of Oswego, Ill., Daniel (Sandra) Siebens of Green Bay, Wis., Melissa (Dale) Wawracz of Lakeville, Minn., Nathan (Carlye) Siebens of DeLand, Fla. and Alicia (Randy) Holley of Malta, Ill.

He is also survived by 21 grandchildren, Katherine Signorella of Naperville, Ill., Kimberly (Scott) Martin of Maple Park, Todd Signorella of Omaha, Neb., Andrew and Jacob Helfers, both of Aurora, Allison and Kristen Farley, both of DeKalb, Angela Jaeger of North Aurora, Ill., Matthew Jaeger of Palatine, Ill., Aaron (Misty) Siebens of Jacksonville, Fla., Jessica Drake of Oswego, Lance, Laura and Alexandra Siebens, all of Green Bay, Elias, Emma, Sophie and Sylvie Wawracz, all of Lakeville, Landon Siebens of DeLand, and Jared and Christopher Holley, both of Malta. He leaves behind 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents and an infant grandson, Quentin Richard Helfers.

Visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 26, at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be at 10:30 a.m., with visitation to precede the service from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 27, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1915 N. First St., DeKalb. The Rev. Gary Erickson, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, DeKalb.

A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “George Siebens 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.

Robert Lewis Larsen

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Robert Lewis Larsen, 86, passed away peacefully Aug. 7, 2009, at St. Judes Memorial Center in Fullerton, Calif.

He was born March 1, 1923, in Maple Park. In high school, he worked for different farmers to help pay for his education.

He left Maple Park to serve his country in the Air Force for four years in WWII.

When he joined the Elgin Fire Department, he met Arlene Olesen at the Blue Moon Dance Hall, and they were married Aug. 9, 1948, in Elgin.

They were blessed with two children; a son, Dale Larsen, and a daughter, Janet Hebner.

Robert was a member of the Elgin Fire Department for many years. When he retired, he and Arlene moved to Clearwater, Fla., where they bought a mobile home and lived for almost 35 years.

When Arlene died Oct. 8, 2008, he moved to Yorba Linda, Calif., to be near his son and family.

He is survived by his son, Dale and his wife, Cheryl; grandchildren, Derek, Kristine, Steven, and David; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Drew, and Lilly Marie; a sister, Loretta Christensen of Maple Park; a brother, Alfred Larsen of Florida; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Arlene. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary Aug. 9, 2008, with Daughter Janet, his parents, two sisters and two brothers.

A memorial service is being planned for October at Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Elgin.

Arthur Gordon Miller

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Arthur Gordon Miller, 86, of Dunnellon Fla., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009. He was born on March 16, 1923, in Janesville, Wis., the son of the late Arthur G. and Maud May (Heath) Miller.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII and was a member of the LaVerne W. Anderson Post No. 729 and American Legion of Sheridan, Ill.

Arthur is survived by his children, Judy Dodge-Seitzinger of Dunnellon, Fla., and Arthur (Evelyn) Miller of Montgomery; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great grandchildren; brother, Russell (Thelma) Miller of Yorkville; and sister, Irene (Dean) Schultz of Boynton Beach, Fla.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Marie; grandson, Randy Dodge; and sister, Dorothy Smith.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora. Funeral services took place on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the chapel. Burial took place at Lincoln Memorial Park.

For further information, please call (630) 897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.

Patricia L. Sanderson

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Patricia L. Sanderson, 62 of Earlville, Ill., passed away suddenly at Mendota Community Hospital on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009.

A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 28, from 4 to 5:45 p.m., with a memorial service to celebrate her life following at 6 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. The service will also be webcast live at www.conleycare.com, beginning five minutes prior to the service, and will later be available as an on-demand video on the website.

A memorial will be established in Patricia’s name to benefit the COPD Foundation. Memorials checks may be made to the COPD Foundation and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through her obituary at www.conleycare.com.

Marion Nelson

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Marion Nelson, 92, of Maple Park passed away Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, in Champaign, Ill., where she was recently receiving care.

She was born Jan. 11, 1917, the daughter of George and Laura (Towner) Gehrke, in Prairie View, Ill.

Marion grew up in Crystal Lake, Ill., and attended local schools, graduating from Crystal Lake High School in 1934. She then worked at The Oaks, a local factory for several years before she met Eric Nelson at the Blue Moon. Over time, friendship bloomed into love over the 35 miles of road that separated their homes.

She was united in marriage to Eric G. Nelson on Aug. 6, 1949, in Crystal Lake. They began their new life together working alongside Eric’s family dairy near Elburn. She especially enjoyed feeding the small calves and all of the barn cats.

Following Eric’s passing in 1969, her son Ken continued the dairy operation for several years. In more recent years, her son David was in charge of the operation. Deteriorating health limited her ability to work on the farm and recently necessitated a move to Mattoon, Ill., to be closer to her daughter, Marge.

She was a faithful member for over 50 years of Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake, where she taught Sunday school for many of them.

Marion was a child of the Depression and knew the value of making the most of what you had. In that spirit, she always planted a big garden full of a vast array of vegetables, especially parsnips and green beans. When autumn came, canning was a priority, and pantry shelves were filled with the harvest of hard work. She also was infamous for her homemade apple sauce, making so much that to this day there are still jars in her freezer though the tree had died long ago.

Marion made the most of her kitchen, and the fresh-baked smell of cookies and cakes lingered long after the goodies were gone. They never stayed gone for long, however, especially when friends would drop by and she had an excuse to make her patented 20-minute coffee cake. Other family favorites included chocolate chip cookies, ginger snaps and special chocolate layer cake on birthdays.

Despite her age, Marion also enjoyed feeding the calves well into her 80s. Her love of cats also grew from her years on the farm, and in recent years, she would make oatmeal just for them.

Marion made many friends over the years, but everyone knew not to call her on Tuesday nights when she and June Reed had their weekly phone call that routinely lasted over two hours as they exchanged the latest news and gossip. A legacy of love and recipes will be passed down to the next generation who will no doubt enjoy one as much as the other.

She now leaves three children, Kenneth (Julie) Nelson of Maple Park, Marjorie (Durwin) Sanders of Mattoon, Ill., and David (Peggy) Nelson of Maple Park; six grandchildren, Dan (Heather) Nelson of Ashton, Ill., Kathy (Ryan) Gibbs of Monroe Center, Ill., Nicholas (Halley) Sanders of Paris, Ill., Neil (Erin) Sanders of Bloomington, Ill., Rebecca Nelson of Maple Park, Eric Nelson of Maple Park; one step-grandson, Gabriel (Laura) Sanders of St. Charles; five great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews with whom she was very close; and a family of friends that span generations.

She now joins her parents; husband, Eric; and three siblings, Elsie Wiese, Bess Modin and George Gehrke, who preceded her in death.
Visitation was Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Grace Lutheran Church, Lily Lake. A funeral service to celebrate her life was held Wednesday, Aug. 26, also at Grace Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Grace Lutheran Church. Checks may be made to the Marion Nelson Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through www.conleycare.com.

Nancy J. Bower

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Nancy J. Bower of Clinton, Ark., formerly of Batavia, passed away on Aug. 15, 2009. She was born July 25, 1938, to Lee and Margaret Butts.

Nancy leaves her children, Steven (Cathy) Bower of North Carolina, Terri (Bob) Blahnik of Arkansas, Lyle (Liana) Bower of Illinois; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; three siblings, Dorothy Struckman, Joe (Donna) Butts and Donna Vee (Don) Bower; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She now joins her husband of 50 years, Vernon (Butch) Bower, and her parents.

Burial will be at a later date. A memorial fund has been established in Nancy’s name, and remembrances may be sent in care of Bower, 615 W. State St., North Aurora, IL 60542.

Nicholas Alexander Gura

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Nicholas Alexander Gura, 5, of Montgomery, fought for years the leukemia that was afflicting his body. Although it took its toll over time, Nicholas never gave up and fought for every day. His spirit was finally released on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at Loyola University Hospital, Chicago.

He was born Sept. 26, 2003, in Hinsdale, Ill. He came home to his parents and two big brothers, Zachary and Joseph II, and a big sister, Starla, in Bolingbrook, Ill. His first years were full of all the milestones that make parents proud.

In 2005, the family moved to Montgomery, and in October, Nicholas was diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL). He began a battle that would last just under four years. Nicholas was a rapid responder to his treatments, but a relapse came in October 2008.

Good news was on the horizon when, thanks to his brother Joseph, Nicholas received a bone marrow transplant on Feb. 4, 2009. Everything was shattered when another relapse came in July of 2009. Through it all, Nicholas remained energetic and showed a strength of spirit that lifted the hearts of all around him.

Everything Nicholas did made his parents smile. In difficult times, his big brown eyes and infectious smile made all things better. He loved to listen to music, and when he sang, his voice rang down the halls. Even when you met him for the first time, you recognized something special inside Nicholas that radiated with every word and step. Even though he was small, his faith was larger than life. His relationship with Jesus was one that humbled everyone he met.

Nicholas loved to play basketball, baseball and when it came to fishing, you couldn’t find a more patient and dedicated angler. Wrestling, running, being chased and jumping off the couch made his laughter ring throughout the house. Chuck E. Cheese was a favorite destination, and when it came to television, Sponge Bob Square Pants and Patrick stole the show.

He also loved to play swords and left marks to prove it. Video games ruled the house when he could play Guitar Hero and on Nintendo Wii, carnival and boxing. The one thing Nicholas wanted most in life was to swim, but the doctors said he couldn’t get his chemotherapy port wet. Even a trip to Disneyland paled in comparison to his wish to have a swimming pool, and that wish came true when Make-A-Wish Foundation installed one of his very own in June.

At the end of the day, questions left unanswered must stay that way. One thing is known and will forever remain true, Nicholas lives on in the hearts of his family, and anyone that he met that was lucky enough to call him friend.

He now leaves his loving parents, Sherri (nee McNulty) Gura of Montgomery and Joe Gura of Westmont, Ill.; two brothers, Zachary and Joseph II of Montgomery; two sisters, Starla of Montgomery and Skylar of Westmont, Ill; two maternal aunts, Rose (nee McNulty) Hurst and Lakeisha McNulty; two maternal uncles, Vincent McNulty and Timothy McNulty; one maternal great-aunt, Delores (nee Mitchell) Smith; two paternal aunts, Donna (nee Gura) Tadey and Dawn Gura; three paternal uncles, Jim Gura, Jeff Gura and Jerry Gura; paternal grandparents, Emery Gura and Marlene Gura; and one paternal great-grandmother, Elsie McIntyre; and many cousins and a family of friends.

He now joins his maternal great-grandmother, Alberta “Mammo” Mitchell; maternal grandparents, Lee Edward and Shirley (nee Mitchell) McNulty; two maternal uncles, Derrick McNulty and Jimmy McNulty; two maternal aunts, Ella McNulty and LeEster McNulty; his parental great-grandfather, Joy “Mac” McIntyre.

Visitation will be on Friday, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 21, at 11 a.m. at Conley Funeral home, with a visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will follow.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Nicholas Gura Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119 or directly deposited in his name at the Old Second Bank, Elburn branch. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Joanne J. Doll

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Joanne J. Doll, 68, of Lily Lake, passed away suddenly Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at Delnor Hospital, Geneva, following complications from viral pneumonia.

She was born June 8, 1941, the daughter of Thomas Elizabeth (Saybo) Crowley in Chicago.

She grew up on the south side of Chicago and attended local schools. Joanne worked for Eastman Kodak for a time, and at the Chicago Tribune as an editor. Then she worked as a radiologist technician for both the Community Hospital in Geneva and St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. Later, Joanne found her mission in life as a support specialist for the Elgin office of DCFS. There she fought valiantly for the children she was given to protect, and it was quickly known that she was a force with which to be reckoned.

Joanne met the love of her life in Ernie Doll. She was living across the street from his sister in Hanover Park, Ill., and before long they formed a friendship that bloomed into something more. They were united in marriage in 1971 in Chicago. They began their life together in Streamwood, Ill., for a time before making their home in Lily Lake.

Joanne and Ernie shared their life, love and home as dedicated foster parents through DCFS and Catholic Charities.

They provided a safe haven and a loving home to over 300 children, while eventually adopting seven children for their own.
She was a faithful member of S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Virgil.

Joanne was a crafter, plain and simple. She loved to knit, sew, crochet and macrame anything at anytime. Family treasures include hand-sewed paper doll families and Santa hats with matching knitted scarves.

QVC was as close to her heart as her hand was to the remote. She called early and often, getting clothes, laptops, Christmas and birthday presents, as well as all the decorations that made their home festive for any occasion.

Never one to let technology pass her by, Joanne also was a faithful Nintendo Wii bowler with her children, passing the time frame by frame.

Through her work with DCFS and the thousands of children she cared for, Joanne never ran out of love, compassion and the passion it takes to care for those children who are left unprotected. Hundreds called her house a home, while only seven were lucky enough to call her mom. Her heart and soul left their mark on this world, and none will soon forget it.

She now leaves her loving husband, Ernie; seven children, Kim, Diontae, Krista, Brandon, Tera, Timothy and John; three brothers, Thomas “Junior” Crowley of Jim Thorpe, Pa., Francis “Corky” Crowley of Braidwood, Ill., and William “Bill” Crowley of Arizona; also many nieces and nephews, and hundreds of children and friends who became family when they walked through her door.

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

Visitation was Friday, Aug. 14, at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn. A wake service concluded visitation. A Mass to celebrate her life was Saturday, Aug.15, 2009, at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church Virgil—Fr. Perfecto Vasquesz, pastor of the church, officiated. Private family interment will follow cremation.

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

David Warner Christenson

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David Warner Christenson, 61, passed from this life to the next in the early morning hours of Aug.12, 2009, at his home surrounded by the love of his family.

David was born on May 12, 1948, the son of Harry Warner and Alice May (Carlson) Christenson in Geneva.

David grew up less than a mile from where he would raise his own family. He was a “fourth-generation Genevian” who would eventually raise two more generations in his hometown, and no one could be prouder.

David attended school in Geneva and graduated with the class of 1966 from Geneva High School. He then went on to attend and graduate from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

David was one of the last people in Kane County to be drafted into the armed services on Oct. 28, 1971. He served his country for two years, primarily honoring his fallen brothers on the funeral detail before his honorable discharge on Jan. 8, 1973.

Upon his return to civilian life, David took over his father’s business as a wood and metal pattern maker. He met his future wife, Barb, at Tin Cup Pass in November of 1977. She came in to pick up her friend, who was working at the restaurant and caught David’s eye as well. They had their first date a few days later at Pal Joey’s and were eventually married on Sept. 13, 1980, at the Geneva Lutheran Church in Geneva.

They began their new life together in their house that became the home where they raised their family and made thousands of memories.

He was a very active lifetime member of the Geneva Lutheran Church.

David was an intelligent man who knew “a little about everything,” which was evident in his “jack of all trades” persona. David also had a great sense of humor and could make light of any situation in life. He was a great craftsman and could build just about anything with his hands. He built a special table for his sister, all of his children’s bedroom furniture from three White Oak trees he cut down at his father’s house, put a beautiful addition onto his home that has been used for all of the family holidays, remodeled the upstairs and added a patio outside.

David had a great love of nature, as well as motorcycles, which led him and Barb to take the Harley for a “road trip.” It took three weeks as they rode along the Canadian border, over to Vancouver, down to Washington and back home. They camped out every night under the stars and just got back to nature.

David loved his family and all the memories they made together. From canoeing with his brother-in-law Ed, (even if the canoe tipped over and they got wet) to doing “donuts” in the car with his daughter and her friends, family vacations that took them across the country and beyond, family came first in his book. He was always there to help anyone with anything. Everyone admired David’s life, because he did what he wanted to do.

He now leaves his loving wife, Barb; two children, Matthew and Elizabeth; one step-daughter, Jennifer; one grandson, Joseph Michael; his mother, Alice of Geneva; one sister, Karen (Ed) Worst of Westmont, Ill.; his mother-in-law, Barbara Hoffman of St. Charles; one niece, Emma (Ken) Evans of Portland, Ore.; one nephew, Stan (Jessica) of Palatine, Ill., and a family of friends.

He now joins his father, Harry; and father-in-law, Joseph Hoffman, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at the Geneva Lutheran Church. A funeral to celebrate his life was held Monday, Aug. 17, also at the church, with a brief visitation prior to the service. Rev. Doug Opp, pastor of the church, officiated, with private family interment following cremation.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit the Geneva Lutheran Church Building Fund. Checks may be made to the “David Christenson 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 www.conleycare.com, or www.davidwarnerchristenson.com.

Joshua “ Josh” Ancil Benge

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Joshua “ Josh” Ancil Benge, 35, of West Chicago, Ill., formerly of Elburn, died unexpectedly at his home on Friday, Aug. 14, 2009.

He was born May 31, 1974, the son of Victor and Melinda (Benge) Nelson in St. Charles.

He grew up in Elburn and attended Kaneland schools. In 2004, the family moved to a home in West Chicago.

Josh was an exceptionally good tow truck driver, gaining access to locked cars in mere seconds. Later he was a concrete tester for PSC and also worked on lobster boats with Wade Thomas in Rhode Island.

He was a member of the Aurora Land Archers for a time.

Josh loved the outdoors and spent every year hunting deer in Spooner, Wis., during the “Nelson Family Weekend.” He also loved to fish for anything that would bite. Josh often spent time on Kress Creek in the back of the house but his favorite fishing hole was Smith Lake in Wisconsin.

A lover of animals, Josh kept a special place in his heart for man’s best friend, and Timber, Chance, Diablo, and Chica were fond of him as well. Reptiles also held a top spot in his life, and over the years he cared for two iguanas, Judas and Stoner, measuring five to six feet in length, a boa constrictor named Humphrey, a bi-polar lizard named Larry and a corn snake named Lenny.

Josh loved to play his music often and loud. His iPod was filled to the top with many kinds of music, but a song list wasn’t complete without a number of his favorite Grateful Dead songs.

In his younger years, Josh was known to take his grandpa’s ‘69 Chevy truck (that he painted purple) complete with a rebuilt engine and race on local roads, avoiding the attention of local police the best that he could.

Josh was larger than life to his family and friends. When he developed health complications as a boy, the doctors didn’t expect him to make his 30th birthday. Despite their predictions or maybe because of them, Josh lived every day like it was his last. He surpassed their predictions by five years but packed enough memories and stories to last two lifetimes. His family and friends have only Josh’s memory to fill the void he left behind. Though gone too soon, he will never be forgotten.

He now leaves his parents, Victor and Melinda; two sisters, Stormy (Cele Diaz) Benge and Lindsay (Antonio Jimenez) Nelson; five nieces and nephews; Kristopher Benge, Emily Benge, Noel Diaz, Magdalena P. Diaz and Tyler Rose, and a family of lifetime friends, including his “little firecracker,” Mary Rose.

He now joins both his maternal and paternal grandparents, his cousin and partner in crime, Wade Thomas, his uncle Eugene Spurgin, cousin Scott Kiefer, and his loving dog Chance, who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 20, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate his life will follow visitation at 5:30 p.m. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Josh Benge” 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.

Richard “Skip” Murray

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Richard “Skip” Murray, 59, of Kaneville, formerly of Grand Rapids, Mich., passed away unexpectedly at his home Friday night, Aug. 14, 2009.

He was born Oct. 19, 1949, the son of Walter and Ellen (Freeman) Murray in Muskegon, Mich.

Rich grew up in Muskegon and attended local schools. He graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in 1968. Following graduation, he attended Ferris State University where he studied biology. Following his education, Rich began working in the building trades, eventually running his own business, Richard F. Murray Builders.

He was united in marriage to Marcia Veldman on June 30, 1973. They lived in Grand Rapids and welcomed their son, Michael, on April 10, 1975. A little more than a year later, they were blessed with their daughter, Megan, on June 29, 1976.

Rich moved to Illinois in 1997 and found love again when he married Nancy Myers McDade on July 15, 2000. Nancy and Rich began their new life together by making a home in Kaneville.

Rich was one of a kind and had a unique personality to match. When it found its counterpart in others, it bonded them together through thick and thin.

Rich had a love for the outdoors that could be traced back to his time in the Boy Scouts. He could spend all day at the beach, spending most, if not all, of it in the water. When the sun set, Rich loved to set up camp for the night and sleep under the stars.

As a man who made a living with his hands, Rich brought his talents home with him, often making furniture for family and friends. When his hands weren’t busy building, they were busy playing cards, especially bridge and cribbage—a pastime he handed down to his children.

Rich was a kid at heart as well. He made many fun memories playing Frisbee with his children and taking them on long and “torturous” walks where they were “supposed” to be learning things.

During the summers, Rich would never pass up a water fight, especially with the advent of Super Soaker squirt guns. When not playing outside, Rich found a home in the kitchen, often adding spices with abandon making adventurous meals. It was well known that when family and friends would eat these unique concoctions, they did so with the knowledge that Rich would become irritated if they didn’t love it as much as he did.

Although he left this world without being able to say goodbye, his life made an indelible mark on friends and family that will stand the test of time.

He now leaves his wife Nancy; four children, Megan (Fred) Russell of Comstock Park, Mich., Michael Murray in Grand Rapids, Mich., Stephanie (Ryan) Hooper of Toulon, Ill., and Bradley (Molly) McDade of Montgomery; eight grandchildren; and one sister, Helen “Toot” Milanowski of East Grand Rapids, Mich.

He now joins his parents and two brothers, Gib and Pat Murray, who preceded him in death.

A memorial service will held at Needham’s Woods, 4S662 Swan Rd. Big Rock, on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 4 p.m. with fellowship to follow at Grace Fellowship Church following service.

A memorial service will also be held at Calvary Chapel Riverside, 1950 Waldorf, NW
Grand Rapids, Mich., at 11 a.m. For more information, call (616) 988-9673.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Richard Murray 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.

Kelsey M. Barsic

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Kelsey Marie Barsic, 17, of Elburn, died tragically following a car accident early Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009. In an instant, a thousand other lives changed forever, but Kelsey’s smile and generosity will never be forgotten.

She was born in Aurora on April 1, 1992, the daughter of Jim and Brenda (Weiland) Barsic.

Kelsey grew up in Elburn and attended Kaneland schools. She planned to graduate in 2010 and attend college to pursue a medical career. She had made several wonderful lifelong friends during her school years.

When she wasn’t in school or busy with friends, Kelsey worked at an ice cream parlor in Sycamore, Ill.

Always on the move, Kelsey was rarely home. She was full of life, fun and energy. A social teenager, Kelsey always had time for friends and going out. She also made time to help her grandpa with household chores and would enjoy a long lunch with him afterwards. She enjoyed spending time with her sister, Kaitlyn, and taking her places even though she would have to search Kaitlyn’s room for her clothes. Kelsey and her friend Caitlin loved taking her youngest sister Kaley and Caitlin’s nephew for a fun day at Chuck E Cheese.

Kelsey was an adventurous soul who liked to vacation with family and friends in Wisconsin and Disney World. She loved to laugh and brought joy to everyone. She was always eager to help others. She will be greatly missed and treasured forever.

She now leaves her parents, Jim and Brenda; two sisters, Kaitlyn and Kaley; maternal grandfather, LaVerne Weiland of Elburn; several aunts and uncles, Dan (Karen) Weiland of Elburn, Laura (Billy) Larson of Cortland, Valerie (Chad) Boughton of Elburn, Charles “Chas” Barsic of Maple Park, Matt Barsic of Sycamore, Karen (Jim) Morris of Doha, Qatar, Mike (Connie) Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., Marianne Gemmer of Maple Park, and Mark Gemmer of Kaneville; several cousins, Brian Gemmer of Kaneville, Megan (Brad) Thill of North Aurora, Emily Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., Paul Koebke Barsic of Madison, Wis., David Gander of Madison, Wis., Bob Gander of Rochester, Minn., Eric Gander of Rochester, Minn., Jennifer (Ben) Halvorson of Chatfield, Minn., Craig Weiland of Anchorage, Alaska, Matt Weiland of Elburn, Michelle Weiland of Elburn, Drake Boughton of Elburn, Siara Boughton of Elburn, and Logan Boughton of Elburn; and many special family and friends wherever she went.

She now joins her maternal grandmother, Josephine Weiland; and maternal grandparents, Joseph and Edna “Babs” Barsic, who preceded her in death.

Visitation and wake was Monday, Aug. 24, at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn. A mass to celebrate her life was Tuesday, Aug. 25, at St. Gall Church. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at S.S. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Virgil.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial was established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Kelsey Barsic 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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