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Dorothy Poll

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Dorothy Poll, 86, a former Fermilab employee, number 264, passed away peacefully on Dec. 21, 2010, at her son-in-law and daughter’s home, Ken and Sue Schultz.

Dorothy was the head nurse in the medical department from 1968 to 1986. She started work with Fermilab at Oak Brook, Ill., before there was a “high rise.” She worked in the village with Dr. Morrison and Dr. Lang and enjoyed the early days at Fermi. At the time she started, Fermilab was small and everyone knew everyone else. She and her husband, Stan Poll, enjoyed bowling and Nalrec functions and the family picnics in the village.

After retiring, Dorothy and Stan ,who was in construction and worked with Corbetta Construction Company building Wilson Hall, traveled by motor home and saw the United States and enjoyed taking their grandkids for the summers. Dorothy enjoyed painting, ceramics, traveling and shopping.

Dorothy and Stan lived between Georgia and Florida for about 20 years before returning to the area in 2005 to be by family and friends and move in with Ken and Sue. Stan passed away in December 2005. There was a memorial/open house at her son-in–law and daughter’s home in Maple Park on Sunday, Dec. 26.

Dorothy is survived by four children, Sue (Ken) Schultz of Maple Park, Don (Pat) Poll of Montgomery, Bill (Diane) Poll of Crystal Lake, Ill., and Sandra Ewing of Orlando, Fla; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit Alzheimer’s Research. Checks may be made to the “Dorothy Poll 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.

Frances A. James

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Frances A. James, 90, of Batavia, formerly of Elburn, passed away quietly on Dec. 26, 2010. She was born on the family farm on Jan. 26, 1920, the daughter of Glenn and Theresa (Bugner) Swan in Aberdeen, S.D.

Frances grew up on the farm until she was 12, when the family moved to Big Rock, where they again farmed in 1932. She graduated from Big Rock High School with the class of 1937. Frances went on to Ritchies Secretarial School in Aurora.

In September 1940, Frances was united in marriage to Donald James in Clinton, Iowa. They began their new life together in Kaneville, where they began to raise a family. A dark time came on Aug. 15, 1950, when Donald passed away. Frances moved back to the family farm with her parents in Big Rock for a time until they moved to Elburn in June of 1952. Shortly before they moved to Elburn, Frances began working for her brother, Chuck, at the Phillips 66 gas station as a bookkeeper until 1981, when Chuck bought into G.R. Johnson and closed the station. In 1982, Frances began working for Acton Mobil, managing the office duties until her retirement in 2004.

Frances moved to Batavia that same year to Riverain, where she made her home until a fall brought her into the care of Marian Joy for rehabilitation. Due to declining health, Frances then began a short stay at Aurora Rehabilitation Center.

Frances was a longtime faithful member of the Community Congregational Church in Elburn. From 1976-93, Frances was a force to be reckoned with on the Elburn Village Board.

Frances had a personality all her own, and her unique character brought her into many circles of people, especially in Elburn politics. She enjoyed bingo and was a voracious reader of three local newspapers plus her hometown Elburn Herald. Frances made friends wherever she went, especially those she met at The Kountry Kettle in Elburn and later at Riverain. She liked watching golf but loved watching her Chicago Bears. Frances put her stamp on life and will be remembered by many for generations to come.

She is survived by one daughter, Marie (Robert) Holdridge of Batavia; two grandsons, Eric (Shannon Bryan) Holdridge and their son, Noah Bryan of Appleton, Wis., and Scott (Denise Roop) Holdridge and their daughter, Riki Roop of Oswego; one sister-in-law, Lucille Swan of Elburn; many nieces and nephews and a community of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers, Charles, Clarence and Duane Swan; and one sister-in-law, Arlene Swan.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Rev. Michelle Prentice-Leslie, pastor of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn, will officiate a public graveside service at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 31, at Kaneville Cemetery, Kaneville.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit the ALS Foundation. Checks may be made to the “Frances 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.

Gregory Glenn Claflin

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Gregory Glenn Claflin made his last great climb on Dec. 11, 2010, this time to the greatest height: heaven. Born in Detroit on June 23, 1957, Greg grew up in Phoenix and then he moved to Ohio and then to Two Harbors, Minn., where he graduated from high school in 1975.

Gregory joined the U.S. Army in 1975, became an Army Ranger, attended jump school, high-altitude low-opening school and completed 353 jumps. He was both a small weapons and demolition expert along with high-altitude climbing. His graduate climb was the Eiger in Switzerland. He also climbed Mt. Rainer in Washington, Mt. McKinley in Alaska and Annapurna in the Himalayas. In August 1979, he received an Army Accommodation for saving the lives of climbers in Washington State.

Greg joined the Air Force from 1980-86 and served as an Air Force Firefighter Rescuer. Ever the adventurer, Greg went to Alaska from 1990-95 to work on a catcher/processor crab boat as a deck hand. He started with Enbridge in 1996 in Superior, Wis., then moved to Burlington, Ill., and finally to Guthrie, Okla., to work in Cushing.

His tenacious spirit didn’t let down for a moment when he learned he had Stage 4 Esophageal Cancer late this summer. He maintained his dignity and sense of humor to the very end with his family, co-workers and friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, Amos Claflin, and survived by his loving wife, Luanne (Hume) Claflin of Guthrie; his son, Damien DeLany of Conshohocken, Penn.; his stepchildren, Megan (Hume) Knickerbocker of Atlanta, Ga., and Andrew Hume of Goldsboro, N.C.; and his grandchildren, Luke Knickerbocker and Elle Hume.

The family is grateful to Hospice of Oklahoma County and Integris Hospice House for their care in Greg’s final days. A memorial service was held at New Covenant United Methodist Church in Edmond, Okla., on Friday, Dec. 17.

June Flint Buttleman

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June Flint Buttleman of Lenoir City,Tenn., and formerly of Kaneville, passed away on Dec. 25, 2010.

She was a graduate of Kaneville High School class of 1943. She is survived by her children, Junene King, Randy Buttleman and Traci Gino; four grandchildren; her brother, Chuck Flint, and families of Kaneville and her sister, Emily Gibson and families of Crystal Lake, Ill.

She now joins her parents, George and Gertrude Flint; and her sister, Eleanor Flint Ritts. Private family services are being completed in Tennessee.

Cards and condolences can be mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119 or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Gordon (Gordy) Lee Siebert

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Gordon (Gordy) Lee Siebert, 75, of Huntley, formerly of Geneva and Elburn, passed away Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at the Hospice of NE Illinois Care Center in Woodstock, Ill.

Gordy was born Aug. 14, 1935, in Plattville, Ill., the son of Carl and Engred (Mikkalson) Siebert. Gordy grew up in the Yorkville area, where he graduated from high school in 1953.

Shortly after graduation, Gordy began working for local farmers, transporting their livestock to the Chicago stockyards. He entered the U.S. Army in June of 1958. He was a member of the 24th Division’s 28th Infantry stationed in Germany.

Returning home in 1960, Gordy returned to hauling livestock for Carl Siebert & Sons Livestock Trucking Company, managed by his father and operated by Gordy and his brothers Don, David and Tom.

In 1970, Gordy went to work for E.W. Kneip Company, a meatpacking house in Elburn. Gordy spent 24 years hauling Dean Foods products from Huntley and Chemung for Dean Foods distributors, DFC Transportation and Alder Group.

Gordy married Mary Naylor (Meredith) on Sept. 24, 1987, in Geneva. They lived in Geneva and Elburn before moving to Sun City-Huntley in 2000. Gordy was a life member of the Elburn Lions Club and a charter member of the Sun City-Huntley Lions Club. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, where he served many a Saturday night as an usher.

Gordy was a die-hard Cubs fan and an avid Bears fan. He enjoyed spending summers vacationing with his family in Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

Gordy is survived by his wife, Mary; and his two step-children, Jennifer (Peter) Blaumueller and Jordan (Jennifer) Naylor. He was “Grandpa Gordy” to four step-grandchildren, Ryan and Renate Blaumueller and Meredith and Amanda Naylor. He is also survived by one brother, Tom (Chris) Siebert, and several nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his constant companion, Maya, his Golden Retriever.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Alyce Thompson; and two brothers, Donald and David.

Visitation was held Sunday, Dec. 12, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the James A. O’Connor Funeral Home, 11603 E. Main St., Huntley. He lay in state at Trinity Lutheran Church, 11008 N. Church St., Huntley, on Monday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to the 11 a.m. funeral service, officiated by Pastor Charles W. Kittel. Burial followed at the Blackberry Township Cemetery in Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Gordon’s name may be directed to the Lions of Illinois Foundation, 2814 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178; Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 11008 N. Church St., Huntley, IL 60142; or Hospice of Northeastern Illinois, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010.

Henry “Bud” Sigman

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Henry H. “Bud” Sigman, 84 of Sycamore, Ill., died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Jan. 19, 1926, in Otisco, Ind., the son of Clyde and Estella (Newby) Sigman. He married Flora Wycoff on Aug. 4, 1946, in Indiana. Bud was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Marines.

Bud was an auto mechanic for Taylor Motor’s in Sycamore in 1946. He then owned the Phillips 66 gas station on Main Street in the 1950s. He worked for Stahl construction, was an operating engineer for the Illinois Tollway Department and was a mechanic at the DeKalb County Highway Department. He also worked for Duplex Products and C and F Forge in Batavia. He was the owner and operator of Sigman Landscaping from 1961 until 2010.

Bud is survived by four children, Carl “Ed” (Mary) Sigman of DeKalb, Mary “Kathy” (Michael) Chapman of St. Charles, Sindy (Ron) Edwards and Julie (Steve) Edwards, all of Maple Park; 10 grandchildren, Teresa (Mohammad) Ba of Tennessee, Carla (Rodney) McMaster of DeKalb, Jessica (Aaron) Cox of St. Charles, Melissa (Guy) Laurenzano of Bloomingdale, Justin (Jeni) Chapman of St. Charles, Ron (Rebecca) Edwards, Jr. of Sycamore, David (Mary) Edwards of Rochelle, Chris Edwards of DeKalb, Crystal Edwards of DeKalb and Starr Sigman of Texas; 13 great-grandchildren; and one brother, James Sigman of Kentucky.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Flora; one son, Greg Sigman; and one brother, Paul Sigman.

His funeral service was held on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. at the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore, with Rev. Dr. Janet Hunt, Pastor of Salem Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial followed at the Elmwood Cemetery.

Visitation was held Monday, Dec. 13, at the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the DeKalb County Hospice in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178.

For information, visit www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call (815) 895-2833.

Madelyn ‘Lynne’ Allen

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Madelyn “Lynne” Allen, 83, of Aurora, passed away peacefully on her birthday, Nov. 28, 2010, and now joins her husband, George, in the arms of her Savior.

She is survived by her three children and their families, Mike (Nina) Allen, Steven Bradley Allen, Lea Lida Lorraine (Alan) Allen-Truemper; six grandchildren, Megan (Ashley) Pimsner, Joshua (Blanca) Sullivan, Natalie Lynne (Jason) Hoyt, Kevin Allen, Ian Shain Bramel-Allen and Justin Alan Truemper; seven great-grandchildren, Lydia, Alejandra, Aeden, Elise, Gabriel, Carl, Gavin and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, George.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1, at West Batavia Cemetery, Batavia.

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

Leo Nichols

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Leo I. Nichols, 89, of Tunnel Hill, Ill., passed away Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill.

The families’ wishes were for Leo to be cremated. Memorial services will be held Nov. 21, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Gospel Mission church in Tunnel Hill, with Pastor Howard Strunk officiating. Memorials may be made to the Vienna Carnegie Library and to Bethlehem Gospel Mission Church; envelopes will be available at the church or may be sent c/o Blue Funeral Home, PO Box 411, Marion, IL 62959.

Leo was born June 16, 1921, in Benton, Ill., to Ivan Leo and Ferina (Hausey) Nichols. He married NonaEl June Bronk on Sept. 8, 1946, in Elgin. She preceded him on Oct. 8, 2008.

Survivors include his children, Mike Nichols and Linda Snyder of Milton, Wis., Cindi and Lee Swinehart of Tunnel Hill, Patti and Ed Dudock of Friendsville, Pa.; grandchildren, Christopher and Shara Dudock, Paul Dudock and Nicholas Dudock; and great-granddaughter, Jenna Rose Dudock.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; brother, Kenneth Nichols; and sister, Wanda Faye Barnwell.

Leo served as a Marine during World War II, specializing as an aircraft mechanic. After being Honorably Discharged in 1945, he regained his employment with Illinois Tool Works, Shakeproof Division, in Elgin, where he worked for the next 28 years.

Leo and his wife, NonaEl, owned and operated a dog boarding kennel and animal feed and supply store for years in northern Illinois before moving to Boulder City, Nev., in 1984. Leo and NonaEl moved to Tunnel Hill in 2000 from Boulder City, where he spent his time as an avid sportsman who loved to hunt, fish, trap shoot and listen to the sound of a “good Beagle.”

He is a lifetime member of American Legion Post 630 in Elburn, and Fox Valley Saddle Association in Elgin. He is a member of the Elgin Moose Lodge and a former member of the St. Charles Sportsman’s Club.

Lester H. Kleckner

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Lester H. Kleckner Sr., 89, of St. Charles, passed away Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at Delnor Hospital in Geneva.

Lester was born Dec. 22, 1920, in LaSalle, Ill., the son of Harry and Edith (Edgecomb) Kleckner. He grew up on Dimmick Township and attended local schools.

Lester was united in marriage to Virginia Rose Hanson on Feb. 6, 1944. The family moved to St. Charles in 1946, where they worked Dr. Raymond G. Scott’s farm on Route 31. Two years later they moved to the Pheasant Run Farm on Hughes Road in Elburn, where they stayed until 1963, when his son Lester took over all farming operations.

Lester and Virginia then moved to Lily Lake, where Lester continued to live following her passing in 1986. Lester was blessed with love a second time when he was united in marriage to Bernice Scott on March 14, 1987, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in LaSalle. They made their home in Lily Lake before moving in 2004 to Carriage Oaks in St. Charles, where he continued to live following Bernice’s passing in 2008.

In addition to his farming, Lester worked at Masonite Corporation, now International Paper, from 1960 to 1982 as a supervisor of research.

Lester was a member of the Blackberry Masonic Lodge #359 for over 60 years. He was also a member of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn and the Kane County Farm Bureau.

In later years, he enjoyed playing cards with friends. That circle of friends grew every year and now includes a special group still living at Carriage Oaks. Lester had a generous heart, and it could be plainly seen when he freely gave the fruits of his gardening labor to family and friends. His remaining years would bring many memories filled with laughter and love to all who knew him.

He is survived by three children, Lester Jr. (Carol) Kleckner of Maple Park, Mickey Lee of Lily Lake and Dennis (Diane) Kleckner of St. Charles; five grandchildren, Kent (Tracy) Kleckner and their children, Derek, Cory, Kathryn, and Lauren; David (Teri) Kleckner and their daughter, Elizabeth; Matthew Lee; Brian Kleckner; Renee (Shaun) Schroeder and their daughter, MacKenzie; one brother, Earl Kleckner of Mendota, Ill.; and many nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his spouses; and three brothers, Kenneth, Howard and Otto Kleckner.

Visitation was held Sunday, Nov. 14, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home. A funeral to celebrate his life was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 15, at Community Congregational Church of Elburn. Rev. Dr. Walter Thyng officiated, with private family interment following cremation.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Lester’s name. Checks may be made to the “Lester Kleckner 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.

J. ‘Doug’ Baker

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J. “Doug” Baker, J., 38, of St. Charles,  passed away unexpectedly, Friday, Nov. 5, 2010.

He was born Oct. 9, 1972, in Moline, Ill., the son of Jack and Mary Jo (Gramenz) Baker.

Doug grew up in Sherrard, Ill., and attended local schools. He graduated from Sherrard High School in 1991. Doug continued his education at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill., and focused on landscape architecture and horticulture.

In August of 2000, Doug met Alysia Willis, the love of his life, through mutual friends. They were united in marriage on Jan. 20, 2001, and began their new life together in Arlington Heights, Ill., for a time before moving to their present home in St. Charles. Along the way they were blessed with three beautiful children, Grace, Erin and Henry.

After college Doug was employed by McKay Nursery, and in 2001 started his own business, Baker’s Landscape and Design. He continued to serve as an independent sales representative for McKay Nursery in Waterloo, Wis.,  where he maintained a large network of friends and colleagues.

Doug was a lifelong lover of the outdoors.  He spent his childhood in the garden alongside his dad, and exploring the wide-open beauty of the fields and woods surrounding his family home. He had a passion for nature, an eye for beauty, and a heart for honest, hard work. These combined in a gift for creating beautiful places in nature. He found joy and purpose in a day’s work, and in sharing simple blessings with his family. He was infectious with optimism and laughter, cheerful and caring to all who crossed his path. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, son, brother and friend. He was faithful and strong like the sturdy oak trees he so loved. He was adored by, and happiest in, the presence of his children, who will forever be “Daddy’s girls,” and his “little Dude.”

He is survived by his loving wife, Alysia, and three children, Grace, Erin and Henry; his mother, Mary Jo Baker; two sisters, Melissa (Mike) Peters, and their children, Jack and Sophie, all of Hinckley, and Jill Baker of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; one brother, Greg (Meagan) Baker, and their son Kody, of Sherrard, Ill.; many aunts, uncles, cousins and family of friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Peter John, in infancy.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, Ill. A service to celebrate his life will follow visitation at 7 p.m. Private family burial will follow cremation at a later date.

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

James C. ‘Pat’ Braffet

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James C.”Pat” Braffet, 83, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away, Nov. 9, 2010, at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill.

He was born Dec. 19, 1926, in DeKalb, the son of Clifford and Alice T. (Magnuson) Braffet. He married Alberta M. Griswold on July 30, 1947, in Sandwich, Ill.

Pat was formerly employed by Del Monte in DeKalb and then by Caterpillar, where he retired after 33 years, as well as farming his family farm. He was a square-dance caller for 30 years and also taught square dancing. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb. Pat was a Boy Scout leader for Troop No. 19, was the supervisor of Pierce Township, and enjoyed taking trips on his motorcycle.

He is survived by his wife, Alberta; his four sons, Gary (Vicky) Braffet of DeKalb, Craig (Patti) Braffet of Hinckley, Jim (Sue) Braffet of Sandwich, Curtis (Peggy) Braffet of Carlock; 10 grandchildren, Steffanie, Terry, Chris, Gerry, Kelli, Amy, Julie, Meghan, Kristen and Kayla; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, at Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 S. 4th St., DeKalb. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation will take place at Anderson Funeral Home Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the James C. “Pat” Braffet Memorial Fund in care of Anderson Funeral Home, Ltd., P.O. Box 605, DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, please call (815) 756-1022 or visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com.

L. Jane Cyko

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L. Jane Cyko, 64, of Elburn, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, following a four-and-a-half year battle with cancer.

She was born Nov. 17, 1945, in St. Charles, the daughter of George and Anna June Reed.

Jane grew up in Lily Lake and attended local schools. In the mid 1950s, the family moved to rural St. Charles. She graduated from St. Charles High School in 1963.

Jane loved to square dance, and that passion created another when she met her husband, Paul Cyko, on the dance floor. They were married on July 31, 1982. Two years later, they moved to their present home in Elburn.

Jane worked for 17 years as a secretary for Diamond International in St. Charles, followed by several restaurant and retail establishments.

Jane grew up attending Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake, but later in life she worshiped at and was married in Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She also enjoyed being a member of the Sycamore Steam Club and the International Harvester Collectors.

Jane and Paul loved to attend tractor shows and swap meets across the country, making memories with every mile. She also loved to bake. Cookies and cakes were always fresh but never lasted long. She tried to never miss a ball game on TV, especially if the Chicago Cubs were playing. Jane’s hands were an extension of her heart and were always busy knitting hats for the church to benefit the missions.

Though her heart was tender and loving, her spirit was strong and unyielding. Most people would have wilted under the intense cancer treatments, some never surviving, but Jane persevered and surpassed everyone’s expectations—everyone that didn’t know Jane, that is. In the end, it was her body that failed her, not her spirit, and she now rests in the arms of her Savior.

She is survived by her loving husband, Paul; her mother, Anna June Reed of St. Charles; many aunts, uncles, cousins and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her father, George Reed.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A funeral to celebrate her life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, at Grace Lutheran Church, Lily Lake, with a time of visitation to precede the service from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. The Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at Lily Lake Cemetery in Lily Lake.

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

William E. ‘Bill’ Bergmann

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William E. ‘Bill’ Bergmann, 77, of rural Elburn, passed away in his home of 35 years on Oct. 27, 2010, when he was overtaken with complications from a 14-year encounter with prostate cancer.

He was born in Chicago, the only son of Edwin W. Bergman and Mary (Ursin) Bergman on Sept. 10, 1933.

Bill grew up in the Austin and Humboldt Park neighborhoods on the northwest side of Chicago. While attending Austin High School and competing in track and field, Bill was a six-time City Shot Put Champion, setting a Chicago high school record that stood for 17 years. He was State Champion in this event, ranking eighth in the nation and All-State in the discus throw in 1951. Bill and Abe Woodson also led Austin to a third-place finish in the state meet that year.

He graduated from Indiana University, where in 1955 he received a B.S. degree and was also named an All-Big Ten Athlete in track and field.

Bill served in the United States Army for two years as a second lieutenant and later, a first lieutenant. He first attended the Armored School at Fort Knox, Ky., then for 18 months he served as a tank platoon leader, tank commander and battalion liaison for the 7th Tank Battalion of the Third Armored (Spearhead) Division near Frankfurt, Germany.

Following his honorable discharge, he taught high school general science, was a pharmaceutical sales representative and later a technical service representative for a chemical and medical laboratory instrument company. Under the G.I. Bill, he earned a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb in 1972.

He was employed at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill., for 20 years, including 10 as the head gardener, horticulture and crew leader before his retirement in 1992.

He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Judith Martin, on St. Patrick’s Day in 1962 at the Chicago Temple. They made their home in Elmhurst for 13 years before settling away from the hustle and bustle of the city, in rural Elburn.

Bill was a life-long member of the Indiana University Alumni Association, the Woodburn Guild, The Arbutus Society, The Varsity Crue and the “I”-Mens Association of Indiana University.

Following his retirement, Bill accelerated his long time avocations as an accomplished and enthusiastic cook of ethnic dishes and baker of delicious breads. He also made country wines, beers and liquors, was a bee keeper and was serious when it came to tending his orchard fruits, grape vines and vegetable garden.

When he wasn’t working his “green thumbs,” Bill loved fishing in his neighbor’s pond for pan fish and bass. He was deeply proud to initiate an endowed track and field scholarship in his name at his alma mater. He also owed much to the Salvation Army and the enrichment gained at their summer camp in Wisconsin, where he was a counselor for two summers.

He is survived by Judith, his wife and dearest friend of 48 years, who gratefully thanks Rodney B. Nelson, M.D., Linda M. Wiss, his pharmacist and their staff for the unflagging support given to Bill during his illness.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

According to his wishes there will be no visitation and following cremation, interment will be private.

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

Susan E. Hansing

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Susan E. Hansing, 56, of Geneva, passed away suddenly following complications from stroke on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010.

She was born Sept, 16, 1954, the daughter of Harold and Barbara Shelton in Evansville, Ind.

Susan grew in Evansville and attended local schools, graduating from Benjamin Bosse High School in 1972.

Susan met Bill Hansing when fate intervened in 1971. A year later, they would begin their 30-eight year journey together when they were united in marriage on July 15, 1972, in Evansville.

They began their new life together in Evansville, welcoming their son Chris that very year. In 1976, Andy was born, and Brad completed their family in 1982 after they had settled in Bloomington, Ill., having moved there in 1980.

In October 2000, they moved to Geneva and have made that house a home for the last 10 years.

Susan attended Lord of Life Lutheran Church in La Fox.

Susan had a heart for caring. Her selfless nature was reflected in all that she did, whether it was for family, friends or anyone in need of help. That was Susan’s calling. Behind every successful man is a strong, supportive woman, and Susan was all of that and more to her husband Bill. No detail was left unfinished, no job was left undone. She was the consummate wife and mother and no one could do it better. Nobody loved their family more than she did, and she showed them in a thousand ways every single day. Her heart only grew when she was blessed with two grandchildren, Lucy and Holly, who quickly became the apple of her eye.

Susan also liked to travel and was most fond of her trips with her loving husband, Bill, no matter where they went, but her favorite destinations became Hawaii and Sedona, Ariz.

When she wasn’t taking care of her family or making wonderful one-of-a-kind memories travelling with Bill, she held her own on any tennis court she could find. It was a talent she passed on to her boys and one she enjoyed sharing with Bill. Though a stroke stole from her many of the things she did on a daily basis, it never affected her heart or the love she had for her family. The mark she left on their hearts will be one that will stand forevermore.

She is survived by her husband, Bill of Geneva; three sons, Chris Hansing of St. Charles, Andy (Kate) Hansing of St. Charles and Brad (Abby) Hansing and their children, Lucy and Holly, also of St. Charles; one brother and two sisters; several nieces and nephews; and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation was on Oct. 30, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 40W605 Route 38, La Fox. A service to celebrate her life followed the visitation and a private family interment was on Nov. 1.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial was established in her name to benefit Bible Study Fellowship International. Checks may be made to the “Susan Hansing Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn Ill. 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or made on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Dr. Richard Roland Grayson

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Dr. Richard Roland Grayson, M.D., 85, of Batavia, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill.

He was born in Chicago on Oct. 21, 1925, the son of Roland Howard Grayson and Sylvia Jeanette Mandelbaum. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a student at Wabash College and at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and in the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a medical officer at the rank of captain for the U.S. Air Force Training Command.

He practiced medicine, specializing in internal medicine, with certification in electrocardiography, from 1948 until two weeks before his death. Although he had a private medical practice, he was also active in research, publishing 15 articles in medical journals during the 1950s, including an often-cited study on the thyroid gland that was buried in a time capsule at the New York World’s Fair, and an article describing a new disease that he discovered, “Silo Filler’s Disease”; he continued to publish thereafter.

He moved his family to St. Charles in 1963, joined the staff at Delnor Hospital, and set up his private practice on Main Street, just steps from the Fox River, with a laboratory and multiple examination rooms. He was a brilliant diagnostician who often solved medical cases in an instant that had stumped other doctors, and he invented a way to save the life of his own premature baby daughter.

Inspired by his interest in the relationship between stress and stomach ulcers, in 1971 he founded the American Academy of Stress Disorders. In 1975, People Magazine ran a feature story on him for allowing patients to reduce his charges to them at will, as described in an article of his in “Medical Economics.”

From 1960 to 2010, he was a Senior Federal Aviation Medical Examiner for the FAA, and he has certified thousands of pilots as fit to fly. He was Chair of the Department of Medicine at Delnor 1987-1989 and chair of the Bioethics Committee 1991-1995.

He was an amateur radio operator and a genealogist with three ancestors on the Mayflower, and a member of the societies for the Mayflower Descendants, the Sons of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War.

He was a forceful person with a lot of drive and an avid reader who enjoyed wide-ranging discussions about religion, philosophy, science, current events and politics with his relatives, friends, pilots and patients.

He was preceded in death in 1991 by his first wife, June Lind Grayson. Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Gerbrecht Grayson; his children with June, Daniel Richard Grayson (Carol Livingstone), Kristin Emilie Grayson, Rebecca Grayson (Gregory) Jaxon, and Janelle Grayson (Randy) Ream; his step-children with Bobbie, Julie Gerbrecht (Elliott) Baumgartner and Arno Robert Gerbrecht (Jenn Vogel); his sisters, Patricia Jebavy and Priscilla Rutter; 13 grandchildren and four step-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

His website is http://doctorgrayson.com.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St., Geneva. He will lie in state at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in St. Charles from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 29; the service begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by burial at Garfield Cemetery. Memorial donations to a charity of the donor’s choice are welcome.

Richard Donald “Dick” Harmon

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Richard Donald “Dick” Harmon, 65, of Batavia, passed away suddenly Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, at his home.

He was born on March 14, 1945, the son of Donald and Catherine (Walsh) Harmon, in La Salle, Ill.

Dick grew up in Utica, Ill., until his family moved to Elburn when he was 8. He graduated from Kaneland High School in 1963.

Dick met his future wife, Ruth Evert, in 1967, at a mutual friends birthday party. No one knows whether or not the birthday wishes came true, but Dick’s certainly did when they were united in marriage on June 28, 1969, at St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn.

They began their new life together in an apartment on Shannon Street. Two years later, they moved to a farmhouse on Keslinger Road. In 1979, they built a home of their own on Schneider Road. Leaving their Illinois roots behind, Dick and Ruth moved to Arkansas for four years before settling back to Illinois, and they settled in Batavia in 1985. No matter where they called home, millions of memories were made that will be treasured for generations.  

Dick had many vocations throughout his life, but they all centered on trucking and agriculture. He farmed with his family for a time, drove a truck for a number of companies, including his own. He also owned his own Snap-On Tools franchise for four years. 

Dick was a member of the Teamsters Union for many years.

Dick never had time for too many hobbies, but there was always time for family, friends, and especially laughter. In countless pictures taken over the years, Dick was rarely seen without a smile on his face, and he will be remembered for his love of stories, both real and “imagined” shared between friends and family. Road trips with friends to truck shows across the country kept him in contact with his fellow truckers, who he befriended mile after mile. He left too soon but his spirit lives on through his legacy which will be never be forgotten.

He now leaves his loving wife Ruth; three children, Mike (Laura) Harmon and their children, Donnie and Josh, of Rochelle, Ill., Rebecca (RJ) Harmon-Sneller and their son, Caden, of Arrowsmith, Ill., and Robert Harmon of Batavia; his parents, Donald and Catherine Harmon of Plano, Ill.; five siblings, Greg (Mandy) Harmon of Batavia, Dennis (Sheila) Harmon of Plano, Marty (Paula) Harmon of St. Charles, Sharon (Denny) Neylon of Crosse Plains, Wis., and Susan (Andre) Astorga of Houston, Texas; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Colleen Rita Harmon.

Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. with a memorial service to celebrate his life to follow at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL. Private family interment will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities, including the “Heifer Project,” an organization that provides livestock to impoverished rural areas of the world. Checks may be made to the “Dick Harmon 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.

Floyd W. Kaus, Jr.

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Floyd William Kaus, Jr., 76, of rural Kaneville, passed into the loving Hands of God at 10:50 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 15, 2010. Fighting with genuine courage and continual love for his family against a long and cruel illness, he journeyed into God’s promised peace and brilliant sunlight peacefully, with determination and with tremendous grace.

A Kaneville Township farmer near Troxel for 55 years, Floyd was born on June 7, 1934, the son of Evelyn and Floyd Kaus of Pierce Township in DeKalb County. Growing up on the family farm, partnering in farming with his father and shown the love of God and kindness of heart by his mother, he knew from teenage years that farming would be his life-long dedication. Happiest sitting upon a John Deere tractor working the land, he saw farming as a way to make better the life of his family, preserve the land that God had so richly blessed, and honor the tradition upon which America was established by the Founding Fathers. Growing beans and corn, bailing hay and straw, he strived continually to have the cleanest fields and the straightest rows of any farm in the area.

Treasuring a family of four children, Vicki, Patti, Steve and Fran, he deeply cherished his grandchildren, Zachary, Bethany, Jordan and Alex, telling them stories of farming and teaching the value of appreciating the unique miracle of planting a seed, nurturing its growth, and respecting the land upon which that miracle took place.

Preceded In passing by his mother and father, Floyd is survived by his children and grandchildren; his sister, Carol, and her husband, John Kirchman; and nephews, Jeff and Johnny Kirchman.

Consciously knowing he had a choice to leave the earthly world behind and bow before God’s Grace, he chose to depend upon the Lord’s mercy on Oct. 15, 2010, knowing that love is eternal and his family would be in God’s care, as he happily was.

Services for Floyd W. Kaus, Jr., will be held at Kaneville United Methodist Church, 46W764 Main Street Road, Kaneville, on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Pierce Township Cemetery in DeKalb County.

Memorials may be sent to Kaneville United Methodist Church, Kaneville, IL 60144.

For additional information, please call the Moss-Norris Funeral Home in St. Charles at (630) 584-2000 or www.norrisfh.com.

Letter: Proud to vote for John Dalton for judge

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I have had the honor of serving this fine country in the U.S. Navy for six years. Sure, I was serving overseas in Southeast Asia working with the military outfits of those countries, but I have also had the opportunity to serve in the nerve center of the American government, Washington, DC.

When I returned to Elgin, I was introduced to one of the finest men, John G. Dalton. After speaking with Dalton about many issues, I realize this is a man who exemplifies integrity and honesty. His nature as a caring individual to not only his immediate family, but to his “big extended family,” have shown me that no matter what happens, he can be counted on to lend a hand. I have seen that through the many individuals he has crossed paths with.

On a professional note, I am the manager for an Elgin music group. The legal guidance he has shown to the group, as well as the business guidance he has given me, have been phenomenal. I truly believe in my heart that John G. Dalton is the right man for the job for Kane County Resident Judge.

I have never seen a man work tirelessly as John. I am amazed with the amount of work he has put into his campaign. Look around you, you can see the hard work and dedication he puts into it. If he can put that much effort into a non-partisan office such as judge, then this is one man I know who will put forth that much hard work and dedication on the bench. I have come to realize John G. Dalton is one person I am proud to call a friend, comrade and business associate. I will be voting John G. Dalton on Election Day.

David J. Ham

Otto W. Heinz

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Otto W. Heinz, 76, of Maple Park and a longtime resident of Winfield, lll., was the beloved husband of Rae Anne and the late Patty; loving father of Julie (the late Greg) Anderson, Donna Fishleigh and otto R.; dear grandfather of Tyler, Justin, Danielle, Kyle, Otto and Olivia; dear brother of Sophie (the late Jim) Walker, Elaine (Ernie) Siefert, Barb (the late Don) Voirol, Gerry (the late Don) Ponziani, John (JoBeth) and Bruce (Lynn); and uncle and friend of many.

Otto was the former proud owner of Reliable Wrecking Service Inc. He was an avid fisherman and adventurer.

Visitation was on Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Norris-Walen-Segert Funeral Home, Douglas Peterson Funeral Director, 132 Fremont St. (one block north of Washington Street and Main Street), West Chicago, Ill.

Services will be held Thursday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Serena Lewis for medical expenses, or to the American Heart Association.

For information, call (630) 231-0060.

Alice Quist

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Alice Quist, 95, joined her husband Peter in the presence of her Lord and Savior on Oct. 5, 2010, at Provena Medical Center in Aurora, surrounded by the prayers of her family.

She was born Aug. 8, 1915, in Lucas, Mich., the daughter of William and Johanna Schripsema.

On May 10, 1938, Alice married Peter Quist in Grand Rapids, Mich. They made their home in Saginaw and Grand Rapids before moving to Wheaton, Ill., in 1952, where Peter worked for Youth for Christ International.  

Alice worked in retail, both in a bakery and gift store. In 1966, they moved back to Grand Rapids, where Alice and Peter both worked for Radio Bible Class until their retirement. Alice was such a support to Peter in his ministries and in the interim pastorates he served.

In 1994, they moved to Aurora, and lived in Plum Landing retirement community, where they started monthly prayer meetings and eventually began Sunday worship services that continue to this day. Peter passed on to Glory Oct. 28, 1996. Alice moved to Countryside Care Center in December of 2004.

She is survived by her son, James (Janice) Quist of Sugar Grove; a daughter, Janice (Gary) Herr of Fargo, N.D.; five grandchildren, Kent Quist, Jami (Gary) Bonifas, Trisha (Wayne) Miller, David (Eva) Herr and Heather (Aaron) Erickson; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter; her parents; five sisters, and one brother.

Visitation, with a funeral service to celebrating her life at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL, was Friday, Oct. 8, 2010. Private family interment will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Radio Bible Class, who is responsible for “The Daily Bread” publications. Checks may be made to the “Alice Quist Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or online at www.conleycare.com.

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