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Ozie ‘Terry’ P. Brown

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Ozie “Terry” P. Brown, 84, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, at her home in Elburn.

She was born Oct. 13, 1924, the daughter of Jesse and Edith (Shepard) Parish in Blountstown, Fla. Two years later, the family moved to Sarasota, Fla., where Terry attended local schools.

Terry met her husband and the love of her life while working at a drug store soda fountain in Sarasota. Tony Brown was stationed in Sarasota, and they dated for two months before he was shipped overseas. They corresponded for two years and got married the day after his return to civilian life on Aug. 14, 1944.

They made their home in Sarasota for a time before a number of transfers took Tony, Terry and a growing family to El Paso, Texas, Rochester, N.Y., Villa Park, Ill., and Gary, Ind. His last transfer brought them to St. Charles in 1956.

Terry and Tony then split time between Illinois and Florida until Tony’s passing in 1990. She then moved to Sturgis, Mich., for a time before finally making her home at the Meadows Apartments in Elburn for the past two years.

Terry worked in several grocery stores over the years. She also worked in the dietary departments of Community Hospital in Geneva and Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, where she retired in 1989.

Terry loved to crochet, knit and sew outfits, baby sweaters, afghans and beautiful dolls for her family. She was an avid football fan, and her cheers for the Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still echo in the halls of memory. She made the best fried chicken in the history of the world and had an endless supply of chocolate for all of her visitors whenever they needed a chocolate fix. Terry loved her “babies,” which included her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchild. She loved to play bingo and had so many friends to look after her it was like her “family” away from her family. Terry made friends wherever she lived and leaves a legacy of love and memories that stretch across many generations and across the nation.

She now leaves one daughter, Linda (Keith) Farrell of Elburn; and four grandsons, Tony (Michelle) Rouse of St. Charles, Michael Rouse of DeKalb, Justin Webb and Matthew Powell, both of Sturgis, Mich.; two granddaughters, Kimberly (Bill) Zwiers of Elburn, and Colleen Farrell of Aurora; 13 great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Jack and Kate Rouse of St. Charles, Shelbie, AJ and Jaden Rouse of DeKalb, Jordan Webb of Bernie, Mo., Faith and Breanna Webb of Sturgis, Mich., Zack Powell of Sturgis, Mich., Lilly Zwiers of Elburn, and Jackie and Breanna Farrell of Aurora; one great-great-grandson, Aidyn Farrell of Aurora; one sister, Doris Courson of Sarasota, Fla.; many nieces and nephews; special friends, Lorraine “Mimi” Larson, Lu Modaff, Jamie and Peaches Estes, Tom Armesy, and many dear friends at the Meadows Apartments.

She now joins her parents; husband, Tony; daughter, Laura Mead; sisters, Tessie Parish and Bernadine Scott; and brother, Edgar Parish, who preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 320 Franklin St., Geneva, Saturday, Aug. 8.

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

G. David Rivers

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G. David Rivers, 71, went to be with the Lord early Monday morning.

Dave was born in Newton, Mass., and grew up in Belmont, Mass. He was from humble beginnings and grew up in rough neighborhoods. He became a Christian when he was in high school and literally fought his way out of being a leader of his local gang to follow Christ. Dave worked his way through Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Ill. He graduated with a major in theology and several minors.

He served in the professional ministry for 12-1/2 years as assistant pastor, youth director, pastoral counselor, and director of Christian education.

He later built a successful career in financial services. The last year of his working life was spent substitute teaching at local middle and high schools in Mililani, Hawaii. He loved sharing stories of the young kids or people he had helped wherever he worked. Many were touched by him.

He loved his iPod, and listened by the hour to Il Divo, Whitney Houston, Neil Diamond and many other favorites. He enjoyed Southern Comfort, duct tape, the beach, playing guitar, and puppets—and dreamed of taking them to brighten children in the hospital. But music, of really any kind, was his overall passion.

While David had several favorite churches over his lifetime—David spent his last months playing congas in his church’s band. It brought him much joy.
He will be partying in heaven, loving the music, and carefully preparing a place for all his family to join him.

He was welcomed into Heaven by his mother, Ottolene Belban.

He is survived by one uncle, Charlie Rivers; his wife, Kristin Rivers; five children and their spouses, David and Dee Rivers, Mark and Pam Rivers, Sarah and Sean Garratt, Rachel and Jay Boulay, and Devorah Rivers; his 12 grandchildren, David, Joshua, Tamara, Sharaya, Dyana, Misha, Laura, Caitlin, Jessica, Jesse, Ethan and Hannah; and also by his great-grandchildren, Brittany and Emma. They were all a treasure to him, and he was very proud of each of them. Being an only child growing up, family was always very important to Dave. He will be deeply missed.

A funeral service will be held at Trinity Church West Oahu, Mililani, Hawaii, on Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m. A reception will follow the service. David will be laid to rest at Miliani Memorial Park and Mortuary, 94-560 Kamehameha Highway, Waipahu, Hawaii. Graveside service for family and close friends will be Friday, July 31, at 10 a.m.

Laura J. Tyler

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Laura J. Tyler, 50, of Elburn, and formerly of Beloit, Wis., died Monday, July 13, 2009, in Delnor-Community Hospital, Geneva.

She was born June 3, 1959, in Osage, Iowa, the daughter of Eugene and Marlis Underdahl Kasel.

Laura was a 1977 graduate of Beloit Memorial High School and a graduate of the Minneapolis School of Technology. She married Richard T. Tyler on Sept. 1, 1979, in St. Jude Catholic Church, Beloit, Wis.

Laura was employed by the Kaneland High School District as the Accounts Payable Administrator. She enjoyed a healthy lifestyle that included hiking, reading and crossword puzzles. Laura loved to travel and was especially fond of her trips to Italy, Greece and Hawaii.

Survivors include her loving husband of 29 years, Richard Tyler of Elburn; three children, Sarah Tyler of Ottawa, Ill., Justin Tyler and Melanie Tyler, both of Elburn; parents, Eugene and Marlis Kasel of Roscoe, Ill.; five brothers and sisters, Gale (Jim) Ramsey of Beloit, Wis., Valarie (Wayne) Boe of Taopi, Minn., Calvin (Carolyn) Kasel of Wauconda, Ill., Melissa (Darryl) McCabe and Bradley (Gina) Kasel both of Roscoe, Ill.; grandmother, Ruby Underdahl of Adams, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 17, in Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 2222 Shopiere Road, Beloit, Wis., with Fr. Gary Krahenbuhl officiating. Visitation will be Friday from noon until the time of service in the church. Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2355 Cranston Road, Beloit, Wis., assisted the family with arrangements.

A memorial will be established at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.daleymurphywisch.com.

Donald D. “Don” Iverson

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Donald D. “Don” Iverson, 76, of Clearwater Beach, Fla., formerly of McLean, Va. as well as Elburn, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2009 following various health complications within the last two years.

He was born October 13, 1932, the son of Rudolf and Louise (Thompson) Iverson in Story City, Iowa.

When Don was four, the family moved to Hampshire, Ill., for a time before settling in Elburn in 1941. Don attended local schools and graduated from Elburn High School in 1950.

Don went on to Northern Illinois University for a semester before enlisting in United States Navy so he could serve his country in the Korean War.

Don was honorably discharged in 1955. Upon return to civilian life, Don received a basketball scholarship to attend Stetson University. He found a sense of home in Florida and after graduation in 1959, Don began working for New York Life, IBM as well as General Electric for a time.

Don was united in marriage to Diane Owen in May of 1968. Diane and Don adopted two children, Dean and Britt Iverson and made their home in Princeton Junction, N.J. for a time.

In 1977, the family moved to McLean and would make it their home for the next twenty years. In between starting and building a vast array of businesses, Don found love again when he married Shari Balthrope in McLean, Va., in 1998. Later, after he and Shari parted ways, Don moved back to Florida where he made his home in Clearwater Beach and continued to work until his retirement.

Don worked as a salesman for Honeywell, based in Philadelphia and had territories covering several states on the east coast. Don, having an entrepreneurial spirit, started his own business where he owned mobile health care units that traveled to different areas providing physicals to many people including military personnel and union members.

Later he would start a new company, this one named for himself, Iverson Technologies Corporation. Using IBM technology, he patented a way to prevent electromagnetic signals from being picked up from computers where they could be decoded and analyzed by foreign governments. His company was in high demand for some time and brought him in contact with nations around the world and a personal meeting with then President Ronald Reagan. He expanded the business and formed niche companies, one of which produced removable disk drives which then could be locked away for security purposes. When Iverson Technologies Corporation began to slow, Don founded another business, this time, a shoe company. Gamer Corporation concentrated on manufacturing and selling affordable footwear for athletes. He also founded International Kids, a company that specialized in the location of missing children.

Don was incredibly intelligent, had a mind for business and was featured in the Who’s Who series of publications. A salesman from birth, Don was always thinking, always planning, and almost always winning. He founded no less than thirteen companies, five of them offshore but through it all Don never forgot his roots in athletics and always had the most fun coaching kids’ football, basketball and baseball. He will be remembered for his entrepreneurial spirit, ample contributions to world industry and for never saying “quit.” More importantly, he will be remembered in the hearts and minds of his family and those who were lucky to call him friend.

He was a proud member of the Touchdown Club in Washington, D.C.

He now leaves his children: Dean and Britt Iverson of Clearwater Beach, Fla., and one stepson, Josh Balthrope, Richmond, Va.; One granddaughter, Dora Iverson of Richmond, Va.; One sister, Betty Weston of Elburn; Former wives, Diane Iverson of Bonita Spring, Fla., and Shari Iverson of Richmond Va., both of whom have remained good friends; Several cousins and a family of friends the world over.

He now joins his parents and one brother-in-law, Mert Weston, who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., Thursday, July 16, 2009 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memorial service to celebrate his life will follow the visitation at 11 a.m. Interment at Blackberry Township Cemetery will follow.

A memorial has been established in their name. Checks may be made to the “Don Iverson 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 L. James

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Dorothy L. James, 91, of Elburn, passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at Provena Geneva Care Center, Geneva.

She was born July 14, 1918 the daughter of Benjamin and Edna (Horner) Lane in Rex 5, a coal mining town in Iowa.

Dorothy grew up in Rex 5 and was a teenager when the family moved to Albia where she met and married Charles James on February 8, 1936, Albia, Iowa. They made their home in Albia for a short time before moving to Lovilia, Iowa. Over the next several years they lived in several surrounding communities.

Many years later, Dorothy took a job for a short time at National Electronics near LaFox and, though she had never done “piece work” in her life, her natural abilities quickly passed the others and she made her mark on the assembly line. In addition to her time “on the line”, Dorothy also cleaned houses for several families including the Rowe, Crawford, Goetz and Mercer families.

She was a member of the Elburn Mother’s Club.

Growing up during the depression years helped fortify Dorothy’s spirit as well as her work ethic and determination. It also showcased her “thriftiness” and an eye for a good bargain. A self proclaimed “queen of the garage sale”, Dorothy lived by the credo that, “You buy them whether you need them or not because after all, it’s a bargain.” In the kitchen, using portions as unique as her own hands, and known only to her, Dorothy made the best homemade noodles. Laughter was a mainstay in the James home and that gift was passed on to her children because she believed it bridged the gap during hard times. In her younger years, Dorothy played basketball as a center in high school. In later years, you could find her touring the countryside in her white Ford Taurus. If miles equaled memories, thousands were made and none will be forgotten.

She now leaves five children Deloris (James) O’Connell of Kaneville, Dixie (Richard) Schroeder of Batavia, JoAnn (Fred) Cregier of Geneva, Larry James of Elburn and Charlene Gerhinger of St. Charles.

Twelve grandchildren; Fourteen great-grandchildren; One brother, Dean (Donna) Lane of Iowa City, Iowa and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents, husband Charles, one son Paul in infancy, four siblings: Marie Hyde, George Lane, Harold Lane, Ferne Remmark; and three grandchildren: Tammy Gerhinger, Todd Olesen and Christopher James; one son-in-law Jerry Gerhinger who preceded her in death.

Visitation was held Monday, July 13, 2009 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A time to share memories followed during a Remembrance Service. Interment followed at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

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

Sandra J. (Sandy) Morrow

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Sandra J. (Sandy) Morrow, 69, of Marshall, Mo., died Monday, July 6, 2009, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.

Born Feb. 5, 1940, in Aurora, she was the daughter of the late Bennett Wesley Shoop and Mabel Irene Elliott Shoop. On Aug. 16, 1991, she married Jim Morrow who survives of the home. She had lived in Marshall since 1973 and was born and raised in Kane County. She was a secretary at Bueker Middle School for many years and was a lifelong church member. She had served as chairman of Saline County Chapter of the American Red Cross and was active in Meals on Wheels. She played in the Marshall Municipal Band and loved to play bridge with friends and travel with her family.

Additional survivors include two sons, Brett Moore and wife Donetta of rural Higginsville, Mo., and Brian Moore and wife Tammy of Concordia, Mo.; one daughter, Jody Oellien Mason and husband Kevin of Overland Park, Kan.; two stepdaughters, Leah Stein and husband Dennell of Moberly, Mo. and Rachel Neal and husband Lynn of Louisville, Ky.; 12 grandchildren; one brother, Dale Shoop of Elburn; one sister, Arlene Hibbard of Carol Stream, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Jennifer Oellien.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 10, at Marshall Cumberland Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Randy Shannon and Bobbie G. Morrow officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery south of Marshall.

Memorials may be made to Marshall Cumberland Presbyterian Church or Fitzgibbon-Mary Montgomery Hospice. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.

Virginia E. Mueller

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Virginia E. Mueller, 82, of Lake Wales, Fla., formerly of St. Charles, passed away at her daughter’s home in Paw Paw, Mich., Wednesday morning, July 1, 2009.

She was born June 14, 1927 in Lemont, Ill., the daughter of Frank and Gladys Klotz.

Virginia grew up in Frankfort, Ill., the daughter of a farmer and carpenter. She attended local schools and, in time, began working locally.

She was united in marriage to Clarence Mueller on Dec. 8, 1946, and together, they began a lifetime of sharing the toils and triumphs of dairy farming. They settled south of Wasco in 1953, working the soil, tending to the cows, raising their family until 1978 when a change in the wind sent them packing to Florida. There, they ran a vacation/fishing resort until their retirement in 1990.

She was a faithful member of Lake Wales Lutheran Church, Lake Wales.

Virginia was gifted with her hands and crocheted and sewed intricate table cloths and doilies that will be handed down for generations. She also was a dairy and home economics 4-H leader. In short, there was nothing that she couldn’t do. She could get anything to grow and also laid a claim to the biggest strawberry patch and canned more than 800 quarts of fruit every year. When company came, she was the first to offer a bite to eat and in no time flat would lay out a spread fit for a king. The “best mom ever,” Virginia not only left her unique footprints for generations to follow, she left a loving and indelible impression in the hearts of her family.

She now leaves five children; Larry Mueller of Adams, Wis., Ronald (Sylvia) Mueller of Garden Prairie, Ill., Susan (Kevin) Lockhart of Paw Paw, Mich., Bonnie (Joe) White of Elburn, and Nancy (Greg) Huggins of Sugar Grove; 13 grandchildren: James Mueller, Heather Mueller and her children Skyanne, Nevada and Ashley, Brent Mueller, Brian (Crystal) Mueller and their sons Cole and Bryce, Scott (Sarah) Mueller, Amy Lockhart, Kelly Lockhart, Aaron (Debra) White and their children, Aidan and Ethan, Jason (Kelly) White and their children Kathleen and Nicholas, Jennifer (Adam) Samuelson, Ryan White, Dustin (Nicole) Huggins, Jacob Huggins; three brothers; two sisters; many nieces and nephews and a lifetime of good friends.

She now joins her parents, Frank and Gladys Klotz, birth father Allen Morris, husband Clarence and one daughter Sandra Mueller.

Visitation was Friday, July 3 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate her life followed visitation. Interment was at Whitney Cemetery, Wasco, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit hospice, Lake Wales Lutheran Church and other charities. Checks may be made to the “Virginia Mueller 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.

John J. Gigl

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John J. Gigl, age 45, passed away suddenly Monday, July 6, 2009, following complications from an aneurism on June 22, at Central DuPage Hospital in Wheaton, Ill. Taken too soon, he leaves dreams unfulfilled but will live on in their hearts, walking side by side with them as an angel.

He was Nov. 19, 1963 the son of Myron “Mike” and Patricia “Patt” (Cooper) Gigl in St. Charles.

John grew up in St. Charles and attended local schools. He graduated with the class of 1982 from St. Charles High School.

John attended Elgin Community College as well as Waubonsee Community College, where he studied engineering.

John met his wife in the winter of 1985 when he was out with some friends. Names and many laughs were exchanged and two years later they were united in marriage on Dec. 5, 1987.

They began their new life together in Elgin where they welcomed their daughter Mallory on Mother’s Day 1991. They made their family complete with the birth of their son Christopher on April 13, 1993. A year later the family moved to Elburn where they have since made their home.

John entered the working world at a Japanese Machine Tool Company and traveled much of the time. He also worked for SDRC in Melrose Park, Ill., where he was lead engineer for Navastar, a turbo diesel engine. The last 10 years John worked with his brother-in-law at SolidWorks, a premier world renowned mechanical design software company with offices based in Boston, Mass. Although John hailed from the small town of Elburn, he held many technology patents and worked on thousands of products used every day in all industries and walks of life.

John was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

John was fun personified. His life was filled with non-stop jokes and laughter. A kid at heart, other children drew to him and in no time he turned them from mild-mannered little kids into a frenzied free-for-all much to their delight and to the chagrin of their parents. His children were his life and he would do anything for them or with them including being “made up” by his daughter complete with a full line of cosmetics. Never officially a coach, he was the Dad who helped whenever, whatever. Known as “Papa John” to Mallory and Christopher’s friends, he knew them all and had a nickname for each. He was passionate about cars and the NHRA, especially the Force Team. Every Sunday he would descend into his basement with beer and cheese in hand to watch his favorite drivers rip up the racetrack. His cars were never stock as he’d buy a new car and immediately rip out and re-machine parts to match his own unique vision. Aside from the family car, John also had an RX7 you could hear for miles. His heart beat to the sounds of the rock ‘n’ roll legends. From Van Halen, Rush, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, ACDC, Spinal Tap and more, when the stereo was turned on, it was turned up to full volume. Family was first in his heart and memories were made every step of the way including the yearly trip to Green Lake, Wis., where the kids waterskied all day long. His laughter will echo through the years and bring smiles to everyone he knew for a long time to come.

He now leaves his loving wife, Lora, two children Mallory Gigl and Christopher Gigl; his father, Myron “Mike” Gigl of Geneva; two brothers, Robert (Lynn) Gill and their children, Geoffrey and Tyler, of Keller, Texas and Richard (Melissa) and their children Erin and David, Gigl of Brighton, Mich.; one sister, Alison (Bob) George and their daughter, Lily of Red Hook, N.Y.; mother-in-law, Kathy Osman, of Sugar Grove; sister-in-law, Chris and Monty Jahns, and their children Matt and Quinn, of Sugar Grove; brother-in-law, Jeff and Jennifer Osman and their children, Molly and Layne, of Yorkville; several aunts, uncles and cousins, a close family of friends, and his black lab and best friend Gertie. John leaves hundreds who will always remember him and the smile he always left on their hearts.

He now joins his mother, Patricia “Patt” Gigl, father-in-law, David Osman, and his beloved Roxie who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 10, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 11, also at the funeral home. the Rev. Christina Vosteen, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Plano, Ill., will officiate.

Cremation will follow the service and private family graveside services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family strongly encourages memorials in his honor to benefit a college fund for his children. Checks may be made to the “John Gigl Memorial” and directly deposited at Old Second Bank, Elburn or 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.

Delos G. Bunce

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Delos G. Bunce, 86, of Aurora, passed away July 2, 2009, at Provena Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora, surrounded by the love of his family and now reunited with the love of his life, Vivian, who died in June of this year.

He was born Aug. 22, 1922, in Artesian, S.D., the son of Arthur and Gretta (Hess) Bunce.

He attended local schools in his hometown of Artesian and continued in Kaneville when the family settled there in 1937.

He married his sweetheart Vivian Harrett in 1941 and spent the next 68 years of memories with each other, side by side.

Shortly after his marriage, Delos began serving his country in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1944.

Upon return to civilian life, Delos and Vivian made their home in Montgomery before moving to Lasher Road and finally settling in Aurora in 1973.

He began his working life as an electrician and worked several jobs before landing at Durabilt Manufacturing where they made farm equipment and school desks. They retooled during the war so they could manufacture parts to support the troops. Later he worked for St. Charles Kitchens as a maintenance man before rising to the rank of Maintenance Supervisor by the time he retired 37 years later.

He was a faithful member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church and the Kane County Farm Bureau.

Delos was a perfectionist. If he worked on something, you could be sure it was done right. He was a dependable man with a strong work ethic that he instilled in his children. He loved a good joke and could entertain others when he played his harmonica and spoons. He was especially gifted in the kitchen, on the grill and he only got better with age. Delos reminisced to his children about his younger years spent during the Dust Bowl era in South Dakota when he had to tie a rope from the house to the barn so he wouldn’t get lost, especially when the dust piled high like snow and covered the fence posts. Delos had immense pride in his family and often praised them as they grew up. Those times will now echo through the generations as he lives on in their memory.

He now leaves two children, Garry (Linda) Bunce of Elburn and Lavonne (Phil) Mahan of Aurora; one special daughter-in-law, Joyce Bunce of Aurora; six grandchildren, Deanna (Karl) Martinek, Connie (Tod) Parish, Christine (Bill) Martin and Lisa (Hank) Guerette all of Aurora, John (Leah) Bunce of Montgomery, and Stephen (Becky) Scheidt of Plano; 10 great-grandchildren Shane (Amanda) Powell, Cami Powell, Megan Parish, Nicholas Parish, Alex Martin, Sam Martin, Jacob Bunce, Joesett Guerette, Joseph Scheidt and Sarah Scheidt; and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents, wife Vivian, son Larry Bunce, one grandson Jeremy Mahan, and a great-grandson Erin Martinek, who preceded him in death.

All services will be private family-only.

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

Gerald August Christensen

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Gerald August Christensen, 71, of Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Elburn, passed away on June 23, 2009.

He was born Jan. 19, 1938, the son of Marvin and Maybelle (Hanson) Christensen in Maple Park.

He grew up on a farm south of Elburn, helping tend the fields and livestock while attending local schools. Gerry graduated from high school in 1956.

Jerry graduated from high school and went on to attend a year of college before concentrating on a full-time job at Jewel as a meat cutter.

He was united in marriage to Janice Stouffer on Feb. 21, 1959, at the Community Congregational Church in Elburn.

They made their home in Elburn for many years before moving to Port Richey, Fla., in 2002.

Growing up on a farm taught Jerry a strong work ethic that followed him during his years of employment. He worked for Jewel as a meat cutter and later became department manager. Later he worked for the Kane County Highway Department before retiring in 1996.

He was a proud and faithful member of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn for many years.

Jerry led an active lifestyle. He met every physical challenge head-on with a strength of spirit that couldn’t be matched. When Jerry was feeling well, he and Jan liked to walk three miles in the morning, bike 12 miles a day and play golf in the afternoon. He was a very competitive golfer, and when he wasn’t physically able to get out on the links, Jerry and Jan would spend hours playing games on the Nintendo Wii. He would always look forward to summertime fishing in Birchwood, Wis., with his brother, sons, son-in-law and grandson.

Jerry was a perfectionist when it came to many things, but especially woodworking. He made one-of-a-kind end tables, cabinets and more in his basement for friends and family. His greatest joys were his family. Many fond memories were made working side by side with his children and grandchildren. Those and thousands of others will be cherished for years to come by all who knew and loved him.

He now leaves his loving wife, Jan; two sons, Kevin (Gail) Christensen of Oregon, Ill., and Curt (Mary) Christensen of Ashton, Ill.; one daughter, Teresa (Glenn) Orman of Elburn; six grandchildren, Debra Christensen of Los Angeles, Kelly Christensen of Ashton, Ill., Michelle Christensen, also of Ashton, Ill., Danielle (Andrew) Stombres of Elburn, Rebecca (Timothy) Schultz of Kaneville and Matthew Orman of Elburn; three great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Claire and Cooper Stombres, all of Elburn.

He now joins his parents and two brothers, Dick Christensen and his infant twin brother Russell, who preceded him in death.

Private family services have already been held. A graveside service will be held Thursday, July 2, at 11:30 a.m. at Blackberry Cemetery, Elburn. Rev. David Bateman will officiate.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in his name to benefit Hernando/Pasco Hospice. Checks may be made to the “Gerald Christensen 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.

Chris Steve Zanis

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Chris Steve Zanis fell asleep in the Lord on Father’s Day, June 21, 2009, at home. He was born in Spokane, Wash., on April 11, 1948, to Rev. Fr. Steve Zanis and Presvytera Maria.

Chris was raised with a strong church tradition in Washington, Tennessee and Chicago, before the family settled in Geneva, where the Fr. Steve founded St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church in Aurora and served for many years.

In 1953, the Zanis family started American Church Supply, a company that still provides Orthodox vestments and altar accessories to churches across the country. Chris assisted his father in the company while studying business at Loyola University, and later Sewanee.

Chris was a very intelligent man and an avid reader, particularly of religious books and the lives of the saints. He was an active member of the business community of Maple Park for many years, where he regularly attended Village Board and Police Commission meetings. He helped rewrite commission laws, zoning laws and policies concerning Maple Park’s water treatment plant. He had many friends in politics and law in Kane and DeKalb counties. Shortly before his death, Chris was appointed to the Maple Park Library Board. He was a caring, generous man who could make you smile and make you feel good.

Chris Zanis is survived by his loving wife Barbara; sons, Jon and A.J.; as well as four siblings, Matrona, Irene, Steve and Greg Zanis, and their families.

In DeKalb, he will be missed by his aunt, Anna Halikias; and cousins, Jimmy and Mickey. Other survivors include cousins, Athena and Jimmy in Montana and Tennessee; Uncle Stanley in Illinois; and Aunt Mary in Washington.

Chris is being welcomed to eternal paradise by his parents and grandparents.

Visitation was at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 320 South Second St., DeKalb, on June 30. The funeral service followed immediately. Internment took place at Willwood Burial Park in Rockford, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Zanis Family Trust Fund at Old Second Bank in Maple Park. May the memory of Chris Steve Zanis be eternal. To send an online condolence visit www.ronanmoorefinch.com.

James O. Winter

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James O. Winter, 81, of Sugar Grove, passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at his home. He was born on Dec. 8, 1927, in Rose Hill, Ill., the son of the late Lester and Pearl Winter.

After serving in the Navy during WWII, he married the former Lucille Mefford in 1951.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Lucille Winter of Sugar Grove; children, Sandra J. Boyce of Sugar Grove, Stephen J. (Beth) Winter of Aurora and Michael D. (Glenda) Winter of Aurora; grandchildren, Lindsey (Dan) Winter of Montgomery, Carissa of Aurora, Melissa, Michael and Matthew Williams of Aurora; brother, Niel Winter of Kankakee, Ill.; sister, Geneva Binder of Washington, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Dale; and sister, Jewel.
Jim never met a stranger. He had many friends and neighbors in Sugar Grove that he met through his coffee visits, lawn mowing services and driving the tractor and train at Blackberry Farm in the 1990s.

He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 3, at the chapel. Burial will take place at Sugar Grove Cemetery.

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

Virginia M. Tierney

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Virginia M. Tierney, 69, of Sugar Grove passed away Friday, June 26, 2009, at her home.

She was born Sept. 21, 1939, in Chicago, the daughter of the late Joseph and Grace (Soreng) Tierney.

Virginia was a graduate of St. Columbkille High School in Chicago, and a long time member of Holy Angels Catholic Parish. She was employed for over 30 years as an adjustor for the Hartford Insurance Company.

She is survived by her daughter, Pam (Joe) Fese of Aurora; her grandchildren, Jessica Fese and Joseph Fese of Aurora; her nieces, Kathy Farmstone and Patricia Amerlan; her nephews, James Orabutt and Tim Orabutt; many cousins and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Marian Orabutt; and her brother, Jack Teirney.

Visitation was held June 29 at The Healy Chapel in Sugar Grove, with a Liturgical Wake service that evening. A Funeral Mass was held June 30 at Holy Angels Catholic Church. Interment took place at Resurrection Cemetery in Geneva.

For further information, please call (630) 466-1330 or to leave a condolence visit www.healychapel.com.

Rose M. Heth

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Rose M. Heth, 88, of Elburn, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at Bethany Healthcare Center, DeKalb.

She was born April 27, 1921, at home in Chicago, the daughter of Emil Edward and Antonia (Baron) Hanzlik.

She grew up and attended local schools in Chicago, graduating from Kelly High School in 1940.

Rose attended a business school for a short time before working as a secretary at Goldblatt Department Store and later at Spiegel’s.

She met the man of her dreams at the Paradise Ballroom, where Roger J. Heth was an instructor. They were united in marriage on Nov. 26, 1946, in Wheaton, Ill.

They made their home and began a family in Chicago. Rose raised the children and made their house a home. In 1960, they moved to Brookfield, where Rose was employed by Ever Ready Printing for 27 years, retiring in 1992. Rose continued to make her home in Brookfield after Roger’s death in 1989 before moving to Elburn following her retirement.

She now leaves one daughter, Marge (Ronald) Herold and their children, Brian and Brant of Elburn; one son, Eric Heth and his children, Sarah and Emily of Lemont, Ill.; several nieces and nephews and a close circle of friends.

She now joins her parents and husband, Roger; two sisters, Mildred Hanzlik and Bessie Kral; two brothers, James and Emil Hanzlik; one son, Henry Heth; and one great-grandson, Daniel Herold, who preceded her in death.

In lieu of services and flowers, a memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Rose M. Heth 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.

Vivian E. Bunce

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Vivian E. Bunce, 86, of Aurora, passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of her family at her home Sunday evening, June 14, 2009.

She was born May 17, 1923, the daughter of Forrest and Blanche (Dudley) Harrett in Centerville, Iowa.

Vivian moved with her family to Illinois at a young age. They settled on Lasher Road near Kaneville, and she attended local schools.

By the age of 18, she had found the love of her life, Delos Bunce. They were married in Kaneville in August of 1941. They would eventually make almost 68 years of memories with each other side by side.

They began their new life together in Montgomery for a time before moving back to Lasher Road. They later moved to Aurora in 1973.

Vivian went to school in Chicago to become a Swedish masseuse. She worked with her Aunt Helen Krantz at a parlor in Hinckley for several years.

She was a long time faithful member of Kaneville United Methodist Church, and in her younger years, she served as a Cub Scout and Brownie Leader. She also was a fervent supporter and member of the humane society.

Vivian had a thirst for life that included the juxtaposition of fresh flowers and strawberries in her always fantastic garden opposite the smell of burning rubber and the exhaust fumes of drag races. In secret, she helped her son Garry get his hot rod started by pulling it down the blacktop. It wouldn’t be until Garry’s wedding that Delos would find, much to his chagrin and everyone’s enjoyment, that she had helped him. She had a close, loving relationship with her children and was a loving wife, grandmother and mother-in-law. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for her family. Friends could also count on Vivian if ever they had a need. She loved all animals but had a special place in her heart for dogs. Her stories of long ago captivated her grandchildren and without a doubt, the spirit of those stories, along with the thousands of memories she made, will live on in generations to come.

She now leaves her loving husband, Delos; two children, Garry (Linda) Bunce of Elburn and Lavonne (Phil) Mahan of Aurora; one special daughter-in-law, Joyce Bunce of Aurora; six grandchildren, Deanna (Karl) Martinek, Connie (Tod) Parish, Christine (Bill) Martin and Lisa (Hank) Guerette, all of Aurora, John (Leah) Bunce of Montgomery, and Stephen (Becky) Scheidt of Plano; 10 great-grandchildren, Shane (Amanda) Powell, Cami Powell, Megan Parish, Nicholas Parish, Alex Martin, Sam Martin, Jacob Bunce, Joesett Guerette, Joseph Scheidt and Sarah Scheidt, and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents; son, Larry Bunce; one grandson, Jeremy Mahan; and a great-grandson, Erin Artinek, who preceded her in death.

All services will be private family only.

A memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Vivian Bunce 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 by www.conleycare.com.

Richard “Dick” H. Lash

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Richard “Dick” H. Lash, 85, of Cortland, passed away at his home Thursday, May 28, 2009.

Dick was born Jan. 17, 1924, in Sandwich, Ill., the son of Henry W. Lash and Marguerite Uverling. Upon graduation from Sandwich High School in 1942, he married his childhood sweetheart and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving his country overseas in WWII and the Korean War.

Dick lived in Sandwich, Aurora and Plano until his retirement, at which time he lived in Florida and Texas before returning to Illinois.

For 10 years, Dick worked at the Aurora Post Office, but retired from AT&T, where he was a lineman and installer, helping to install the communications system for Fermi Lab.

After retiring from AT&T, he accepted the position of communications coordinator at Fermi Lab, where he worked for an additional five years. Upon leaving Fermi Lab, he moved to Florida for two years working as crew chief for a cable company.

Dick never really retired.

Being a gifted craftsman and handyman, he was always available to lend a helping hand to his family and friends. He loved working with tools. He was a nature lover, gun enthusiast and lifetime member of the NRA. Dick enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and being with his best four-footed pal, Sam.

Survivors include one son, Stephen “Jerry” Lash of Fort Pierce, Fla.; four daughters, Nancy Lash of Aurora, Diane (Neil Colwell) Lash of DeKalb; Linda (John) Weaver of Geneva, and Sherry (Mark) Johnson of Sycamore; and one step-daughter, Joanne (Sid) Ellertson of Aurora.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette Zimmerman, who passed away in 1952; and his wife, Lois Felten, who passed away in 1984.

According to his personal wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Following cremation, a graveside memorial service with military honors will be held in Sandwich at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dick’s memory may be made to any of the following charities: DeKalb County Animal Shelter, Genoa; TAILS Humane Society of DeKalb, Hope Haven of DeKalb or the Disabled American Veterans Association.

Arrangements were handled with care by Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.

Joseph “Joe” L. Tremaine

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Joseph “Joe” L. Tremaine, 79, of Maple Park, passed away at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, Tuesday evening, June 2, 2009.

Joe was born Dec. 1, 1929, the son of Leo and Katherine (Doyle) Tremaine in Waukegan, Ill.

He grew in Waukegan and attended local schools. He briefly attended seminary school in Missouri before returning to Waukegan High School.

He graduated in 1947 and enlisted into the U.S. Army. Joe proudly served his country on the front lines during the Korean War. Following his return to civilian life, Joe worked for Great Lakes Transportation. He graduated from the College of Advanced Traffic in Chicago on Oct. 23, 1954. Thereafter, his life was the trucking industry, where he made many friends and colleagues. He traveled throughout the United States, eventually working for CW Transport in Aurora for a time before becoming director of national accounts in Grand Rapid, Wis. After retiring from the trucking world, Joe began an eight-year career working at the Kane County Clerk’s Office.

Joe was united in marriage to Maria in the early 1950s. They were blessed with four children, Michael, Jeannie, Sharon and William. In time Joe and Maria parted ways, but Joe was fortunate to find love once again when he met Claudia Kessler King at a friend’s wedding.

Two years of courtship followed, and on Nov. 7, 1980, they were united in marriage at their home in Geneva, surrounded by friends and family, including Claudia’s sons, Tony and Mark King, with whom he built a special father-son relationship.

They moved to St. Charles for a time before making a home in Maple Park in 1992.

Joe was a fiercely dedicated member and past commander of the Kane County American Legion and American Legion, Post 75, in Geneva, where he loved spending countless hours during Swedish Days and other events. He was also a board member of the village of Maple Park for many years.

Joe loved his time outdoors and enjoyed his time hunting in Ingraham, Ill., where his personal best of 12 rabbits in one day still stands. He wasn’t limited to the land either, as he and his family spent countless hours on the water, fishing off his pontoon boat for anything that would bite.

In his younger years, Joe began playing golf for business reasons, and although in later years he tried valiantly to teach Claudia, it remained a personal pastime for him only, much to her chagrin and consternation. When he couldn’t be outside, Joe made a place for himself in front of the television watching his favorite programs and slowly building a fascination with Elvira. He was no stranger to the kitchen either. His special recipe for spaghetti was a picture of culinary perfection.

Joe was proud of his service to his country and dedicated to his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Nothing made his heart beam and his eyes sparkle than when he heard his grandchildren, among them Zachary and Diana King, call him “Baba.” His years of wisdom and guidance, along with a million shining memories, will be cherished by his family and friends for generations to come.

He now leaves his wife, Claudia; six children, Michael (Sandy) Tremaine of Plymouth, Ind., Jean (Chris) Clementz of Aurora, Sharon (Michael) Fitzpatrick of Janesville, Wis., William (Sandy) Tremaine of Aurora, Tony King of Maple Park and Mark King, also of Maple Park; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Barbara Evangelista of Waukegan, Ill; many nieces and nephews; and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents and a grandson, Michael Ryan Tremaine, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was at Conley Funeral Home Friday, June 5. A mass celebrating his life was held at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Maple Park, on June 6. Fr. Joachim Tyrtania, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at St. Mary of the Assumption Cemetery, Maple Park.

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

Arbutus “Fern” Shenshew

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Arbutus “Fern” Shenshew, 88, of Aurora, went to rest with her Lord on Thursday, June 4, 2009. She had struggled with muscular dystrophy for a long time, and it took a great toll on her last years.

She was born on the Old Crow Homestead in Alford, Ind., on Oct. 13, 1920, the daughter of Lisle and Dora (Fair) Crow.

She grew up in Alford, attending eight years of schooling before moving to Petersburg, Ind., where she graduated from high school in 1938. From a very small child, she found her way to Alford Methodist Church every Sunday morning, and later in life, no matter where she made her home, found a place to worship.

In 1943, she met James Shenshew at Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville, Ind. He served his country in the U.S. Army, and following his discharge, they were united in marriage on Aug. 30, 1946, in Chandler, Ind. They spent 58 happy years together until his passing in December of 2004.

Following their marriage, they lived in Chandler, Ind., and welcomed the birth of their son Larry. The family moved to St. Charles in 1951 and was blessed with their daughter Susan in 1953. Their family now complete, Arbutus became a very busy homemaker, caring for her family and maintaining their Christian home.

She was a willing worker all her life, beginning by being her mother’s special helper as a child. As she grew so did her responsibilities. Arbutus worked several area jobs, including the Old Country Store in Alford, Ind., where she sliced lunch meat and cheese, packed sugar and beans, and pumped kerosene and gasoline. She also taught Sunday school for several years. Nobody could match her in the kitchen, as good food was always ready and the cookie jar was always filled for her children. Every summer, Arbutus harvested Jim’s bountiful garden, canning and freezing until the pantry was full.

Arbutus carried a special faith in her Lord and most recently was a member of the New England Congregational Church of Aurora. In earlier years, she attended Kane United Methodist Church.

Arbutus especially enjoyed God’s word and her many Christian books. Although mostly homebound in later years, she brought many joys to her family and friends with her cards, letters and phone calls. The Lord truly blessed her with a very special, giving heart. She was always thinking of doing for others, never thinking of herself and lived out each day in faith and devotion to God, giving love and kindness to everyone around her. She will be greatly missed by her family and those who knew her.

She now leaves her son, Larry (Mary Lou) Shenshew of Henderson, Nev.; her daughter, Susan (Michael) Herren of Aurora; three grandchildren, Kelly (Richard) Alcantara of Townsend, Mass., Larry Jr. (Dantia) Shirley of Shirley, Mass., and Shelby Herren of Aurora; two great-grandchildren, Melissa Shenshew and Christean Alcantara; two sisters, Edith Fuller of Newburgh, Ind., Margaret Hoskins of Evansville, Ind.; one brother, Lisle (Mary Kay) Crow of Boonville, Ind.; one sister-in-law, Bonnie Crow of Washington, Ind.; 27 nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly; and numerous cousins and a host of friends.

She now joins her parents and husband, three brothers, Bernard, Clyde and Lynden Crow; three nieces; three sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; and many cousins.

The family wishes to thank Barb Welch of VNA for her special loving care, many other hospice volunteers and especially the weekly visits from Rev. Matt Merges, VNA chaplain.

Visitation was held June 7 at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn. A funeral service celebrating her life was held Monday. Rev. Matt Merges, VNA Hospice chaplain, officiated, and interment followed at Kaneville Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit VNA Hospice as well as programs at New England Congregational Church in Aurora. Checks may be made to the “Arbutus Shenshew 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.

Wade Eugene Thomas

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Wade Eugene Thomas, 44, of St. Charles, died tragically along with his wife Denise on Saturday, May 23, 2009.

He was born Dec. 30, 1964, the son of Garold and Vivian (Benge) Thomas in Geneva.

Wade grew up in St. Charles and attended local schools. After his schooling, Wade began his working life building his reputation as a “jack of all trades”.

Wade could do just about anything. In his earlier years, he delivered papers over several routes; for Arthur Andersen he was a preparation cook, and he also worked at Baker’s Square. He worked in the warehouse for Swift Company, filled the local machines with goodies for Ace Vending, and later, while he and his family lived in Rhode Island, he worked as a supervisor and fisherman at Point Judith Co-op.

Wade returned to his “delivery” roots by driving for FedEx Ground, then called RPS. He also worked for Maximum Freight, where he learned how to incorporate trucks and eventually began his own trucking business, Thomas Enterprises. He later went back to FedEx Ground and bought his own route.

Wade fell in love and was married early in life to Martha Shallenbarger and had one son, Tim. Although their paths soon parted, their love for one another never did, and what was love became friendship that lasted through the years. Later, Wade was lucky in love a second time when he married Veronica Cannon in 1987. They were blessed with four children, Amanda “May”, Jim, Brandon and Jordan.

One more time, Wade’s heart was won by another, this time by Denise Howey, whom he met at Turner’s Club in Aurora in 2005. They were united in marriage March 18, 2008, in Canterbury Chapel in Las Vegas, Nev. Upon their return, they made their home in St. Charles.

He was a proud and longtime member of the Turner’s Club in Aurora.

Wherever Wade was he personified life and fun, and he shared it with all he met. He could talk to anyone about anything. Wade always knew someone wherever he went, and his friends came from all walks of life. He only needed a moment to touch your life and a minute to be your best friend. He was dependable and the hardest worker you’ve ever met.

His days started every morning at 5:30 a.m., without the benefit of an alarm clock, and it didn’t end until the job was done. When he wasn’t working, his best hours were served over the grill in the back yard, surrounded by his friends and family. Softball, bags tournaments, darts and other games found the competitive side of Wade. He needed to win and hated to lose.

Christmas was his favorite holiday. He didn’t just celebrate it, he lived it and embodied the spirit with love and laughter. What started years ago with one string of lights in an apartment grew to an all out blitzkrieg of 40,000 lights blazing from the roof to the ground, inside and outdoors. Wade made his home a beacon to the neighborhood every December.

Wade was a family man through and through and never missed a chance to be involved in all his children’s lives. He loved organizing family trips and being the glue that held everyone together. He gave great advice, was a good problem solver and would do anything you asked of him.

Wade loved country music, and 95.9 The River was his station of choice. His first love in life was a motorcycle, a passion which he shared with Denise. His love of motorcycles followed him through every path he took and was handed down from his father. He now leaves a legacy in each of his children, and in everyone he met. His laughter will be heard and the joy of his spirit felt for generations to come.

He now leaves five children, Tim Thomas of Naperville, Jim Thomas of St. Charles, Amanda “May” Thomas of St. Charles, Brandon Thomas of St. Charles, and Jordan “Jay” Thomas of St. Charles; his mother, Vivian Thomas of St. Charles; three sisters, Laurie (John) Mabbs of Batavia, Cherie (Dan) Johnson of St. Charles and Shauna (LaMel) Johnson of Carpentersville, Ill.; a countryside of friends who will always remember.

He now joins his loving wife Denise; and his father, Garold, who preceded him in death.

Visitation for both Denise and Wade was held May 31 at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate their lives was held at Conley Funeral Home June 1. Rev. Brian Coffey, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Geneva, officiated, and interment followed at River Hills Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Wade and Denise’s name. Checks may be made to the “Wade and Denise Thomas 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.

Denise Anne Thomas

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Denise Anne Thomas, 45, of St. Charles, died tragically along with her husband Wade, on Saturday, May 23, 2009.

She was born Sept. 23, 1963, the daughter of Donald and Loretta (Nolan) Howey in Chicago.

Denise grew up in Elmhurst, Ill. and attended local schools. Following her graduation from West Chicago High School, Denise married Mark Wold in 1982. She concentrated on raising a family that now included their son Shaun. They were blessed with Drew in 1983, and once again when Kirk was born in 1987. She met and married Ted Riffell in 1996, and in 2005, they amicably went their own way.

Denise met her soul mate Wade Thomas at Turner’s Club in Aurora in 2005. In him she found the other side of herself as well as a partner in crime. They were united in marriage March 18, 2008, in Canterbury Chapel in Las Vegas, Nev. Upon their return, they made their home in St. Charles.

Denise worked several local jobs over the years as a bartender at Turner’s Club in Aurora, a secretary for Scott Industries and later in the accounting department for ADS. Later she worked for the law firms of Maguire & Woods and Brian Cave in Chicago as an IT director.

Denise was a proud and longtime member of Turner’s Club in Aurora.

Denise loved to garden anything that came out of the ground. Lilacs, marigolds and lilies competed for attention with tomatoes and peppers in her garden.

Denise was also a huge animal lover but had a special place in her heart for her cat, Casa.

She was a master in the kitchen, making cakes and cookies for any occasion, but especially for Christmas. For both she and Wade, Christmas was the ultimate holiday, and no one celebrated like they did.

Also like Wade, she had a passion for motorcycles that ran deep. She and Wade loved to travel on road trips to Creal Springs, Ill. She not only was a wonderful mom to her children, helping in Boy Scouts and coaching soccer, but to anyone else who needed a mom, no matter how old they were. She was gifted with computers and technology but also painted watercolors, cross stitched, and was a master at arts and crafts.

Denise also enjoyed trips to Hobby Lobby, which fueled her scrap booking adventures. With a green belt in Judo, Denise was also a physical force to be reckoned with as well. Any sports team in Chicago could call her a fan, but her sports of choice were bags, billiards and no one could rival her talent in darts. Denise lived in the hearts of all she called friend, and her memory will walk alongside of her family for generations.

She now leaves three sons, Shaun (Cindy Hilbert) Wold with one on the way in September, of West Chicago, Ill., Drew (Bridget) Wold of Warrenville, Ill., and Kirk Wold of St. Charles; her mother, Loretta Ley of Aurora; two brothers, Mark (Darcy) Howey and their children, Alyssa and Loren (goddaughter of Denise) of North Aurora, and Pete Howey of Peoria, Ill.; one sister, Diane Miranda nee Howey of Louisville, Ken.; three nephews, Ryan, Samuel and Corbin and a family of friends near and wide.

She now joins her husband, Wade; and her father, Donald Howey, who preceded her in death.

Visitation for both Denise and Wade was held May 31 at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate their lives was held at Conley Funeral Home June 1. Rev. Brian Coffey, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Geneva, officiated, and interment followed at River Hills Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Wade and Denise’s name. Checks may be made to the “Wade and Denise Thomas 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.

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