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Mary J. Gee

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Mary J. Gee, 87, of Elburn, passed away Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at the Homebridge Healthcare Center in Belvidere, Ill., where she had recently made her home.

She was born April 29, 1924, on the family farm in Sugar Grove Township, the daughter of Charles and Claribel (Huston) Dayton.

When she was only 6 months old, Mary’s family moved to a farm on Rowe Road in Elburn. At age 6, the family moved once again to Kaneville, where she attended local schools and graduated from Kaneville High School with the class of 1942.

Mary immediately found work supporting the troops in WWII, making helmets at Hawley Products. Later after she was married, Mary worked part time at Smith’s Grocery while raising her children. She retired from Richardson Electronics in La Fox after 16 years in 1991.

Mary found the love of her life on a playground when she was only 8 years old. She held his sucker while he physically took care of a “situation.” Even then, Mary supported Rich Gee, and they may not have known it then, but the foundation was being laid for a lifetime of memories. They were united in marriage on Sept. 10, 1947, in St. Charles.

They made their home “from scratch,” building a house on the corner of Shannon and Read streets in Elburn. A lifetime of memories were made both with friends and family, making that corner a destination for many looking for a warm smile, a cup of coffee, or a game of basketball in her backyard for the younger generation. After Richard’s passing in 1976, Mary continued to make her home in Elburn until she decided to move to the Meadows Apartments in Elburn. Later, declining health brought her into the care of Heritage Woods, an assisted living center in Rockford, Ill., and most recently she made a home at Homebridge Healthcare Center in Belvidere, Ill.

Mary served her community through her service on the Diaconate board and in the Women’s Guild as member of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn. In earlier years, she was also active in the P.T.A. and served as a Den Mother for her boys. Later, as her children grew, Mary became a member of the Geneva Community Hospital Auxiliary as well as The Wheat and Weeds.

Mary was a woman whose love of family was second only to her faith. She had an inner strength and energy that never seemed to fail, even into her last days. Her heart was always open, her eyes filled only with kindness, and arms always ready to embrace you as part of her family. Mary loved traveling, especially to Door County, Wis., and the Great Lakes region, taking in the beauty of Mother Nature with every step and marveling at God’s creation at night while gazing at the stars.

Mary was always busy playing games with friends, writing countless letters to family and kept active through the years by walking and biking. Mary had a unique imagination and could manufacture a story out of thin air, taking in her surroundings and making them the main character. Those stories and made up games were given with love to her grandchildren, with whom she nurtured a special relationship unique as the children themselves. Family parties and get-togethers were always fun and always centered on that special corner in Elburn.

In her heart, Mary wanted to be a writer, and if given the chance, she planned on writing under the name “Margo Grey.” Not ever realizing that dream, Mary will have to be content with the thousands of stories written on the hearts of her family and friends who will never, ever forget the special woman they were so fortunate to know and love.

She is survived by three children, Linda (Dave) Pingree of Stewartville, Minn., Steve (Jody) Gee of McHenry, Ill., and Mike (Lynn) Gee of Kirkland, Ill.; six grandchildren, Andrew (Sara) Pingree and their son Leo of Portland, Ore., Lisa (Ryan) LeClair and their children, Ethan and Jocelyn, of Fall River, Wis., Layla (Tim) Trakes of Wonder Lake, Ill., Sally (Tim) Santos and their son Gabe, of McHenry, Sarah (Chris) Uramkin and their children, Aiden and Riley, of Woodstock, Ill., and Laura Gee of Kirkland; many nieces, nephews and cousins, and a countryside of friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard; her sister, Myrtie Podschweit; and two brothers, Jim and Charlie Dayton.

Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, Ill. A remembrance service, where friends and family are encouraged to share their favorite memory, followed at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Michelle Prentice-Leslie, pastor of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn, officiated. Private family burial will occur at a later date.

A memorial has been established in Mary’s name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Mary Gee 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

Janice Mott Barton

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Janice Mott Barton, 83, died peacefully in her home from an extended illness in Huntley, Ill., on Aug. 1, 2011, surrounded by her loving family.

Born March 8, 1928, in Geneva, to Richard Merritt and Margaret Hinds Mott, she graduated from Rockford West High School in 1945 and attended Northwestern University.

Janice married her soulmate, W. Forbes Barton, known since her childhood, in 1968. They celebrated their love for each other for 31 years until his death in 1999.

After growing up in Rockford, Ill., Janice moved to Arlington Heights in 1961, where she resided until 1999. She finished her remaining years in Huntley, Ill. Her favorite place was always with her family, especially at their vacation home in Lac Du Flambeau, Wis. Evening pontoon boat rides watching a Northern Wisconsin sunset were a cherished event.

Janice began working for Universal Oil Products as a bookkeeper in 1974, where her sharp financial talent enabled her promotion to chief accountant. From 1983 until her retirement in 1991, she worked for EPC as chief accounting manager.

Janice was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Alumni Association, Junior League and various bridge clubs. She was a member of Forest Hills Country Club and loved playing golf. She was also a very accomplished musician. Her most notable achievement, in addition to raising her family, was performing George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at age 15 as a featured pianist with the Rockford Civic Symphony Orchestra.

Survivors include three children: Steve Williams and his wife, Peggy, from Jacksonville, Fla., Bob Williams and his wife, Karen, from Broken Arrow, Okla., Peggy Williams Langeness and her husband, Troy, from Elburn; and six grandchildren: Barbara Williams of Edwards, Colo., Scott Williams of Jacksonville, Fla., Lisa Williams of Jacksonville, Fla., Rick Williams of Stillwater, Okla., and Bobby and Jimmy Langeness of Elburn. Janice was preceded in death by her husband, Forbes Barton; her parents, Richard and Margaret Mott; and her three brothers, James, Richard Jr., and Robert Mott.

A family interment service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Greenwood Cemetery in Rockford, Ill., followed by a memorial luncheon at noon and memorial service at 2 p.m. at Kaneville United Methodist Church, 46W764 Main Street Road, between Harter and Dauberman roads in Kaneville.

Memorial contributions are welcome at the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, 75 Remittance Drive, Suite 1907, Chicago, Illinois 60675-1907 and the Salvation Army, 290 W. Crystal Lake Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-5847.

Special thanks go to Julia Kuettner, Janice’s caregiver for the last two years. Julia’s compassion, humility and caring devotion to Janice has made her a member of the family in the hearts of her children. Also, thanks to the faith community of Kaneville United Methodist Church for their prayers and support.

Arrangements by The Healy Chapel 370 Division Dr. Sugar Grove, IL. For further information please call (630) 466-1330 or to sign the online guestbook.

Amy Miles Messmore

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Amy Miles Messmore, 60, of Montgomery passed away peacefully
early Monday, Aug. 1 following a series of health challenges. Amy
lived her life with family and friends close to heart giving all that
she could to those lives that she touched. As wife and mother, aunt
and daughter, grandmother and friend, Amy raised immediate and
extended family with a caring touch, compassionate heart, and flair
for fun. She was active in the community as a young woman in La Grange,
Ill. with the historical society, scouting, and helping children of
need at the Cossitt Elementary School ( named after her
Gr.Gr.Grandfather and village founder F.D. Cossitt ). Amy was
passionate about animals and art and enjoyed sharing these experiences
with others. She started a hobby farm in Elburn. and shared her
experience with friends involved in 4H, Girl Scouts, and Horsemanship.
As an accomplished hobby artist, Amy produced numerous sculptures,
figurines, ornaments, paintings, and writings with a common theme of
love and happiness. She encouraged others to craft in self-expression
at her side and worked therapy as the Art Director at King-Bruwaert
House retirement home. Amy is greeted in eternity by her husband
Curtis L. Messmore, her parents Belle & Marshall G. Miles II, and her
brother Marshall G. Miles III. Waiting to embrace again are children
Emily and Adam Messmore, Daughter-in-Law Elizabeth Messmore,
grandchildren Caleb, Elizabeth, Cindy, and Noah Messmore, Sister Judy
Miles, In-Laws Dr. Harry and Marilyn Messmore, and countless close
friends and relatives whom loved Amy dearly.

A remembrance celebration is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 20 from noon to
4 p.m. at the Bristol Bay Clubhouse, 4582 Rosenwinkle St. Yorkville.
This is a casual celebration of Amy’s life with family,
friends, music, pictures, food, and stories from everyone. Children
are welcome and there is a swimming pool to use weather permitting.
Contact Adam at for more information if needed.

Norma J. White

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Norma J. White, 71, of Yorkville, formerly of Aurora, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Sunday evening, July 24, 2011. She claimed the promise of her Savior and now rests in Heaven, caring for her family from afar.

She was born June 6, 1940, in Peru, Ind., the daughter of William and Mabel (Rodekuhr) Poole.

Norma’s family moved to Plano when she was still small and attended local schools. She graduated from Plano High School with the class of 1958.

She was united in marriage to Patrick Brunner on July 3, 1958. They were blessed with two children, Randy and Tracy. Later, she was married to Andy White in 1968 and was blessed once again with another daughter, Shari.

Norma made her homes in the Fox Valley area, making memories in each that have been passed down to the next generations.

Norma spent her working career in manufacturing, working 27 of those years at the Dial Corporation, retiring as a forklift operator in 2003.

She was a faithful member of the Covenant of Grace in Batavia for many years.

Norma loved watching the BBC, and especially loved mystery novels and crossword puzzles. “The Board Game Grandma” was how she was known to some, playing and many times winning board games with her children and grandchildren. In addition to playing board games, she also was known as “The Green Grandma,” always finding a way to incorporate the color into every facet of her life. Trips with her grandchildren to the museums and other day trips made every visit fun and unforgettable. Norma had a great heart that had more than enough love for everyone and gave to all who were in need, putting others before herself and always “giving ‘til it hurt.” She will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by three children, Randy (Janie Gerdes) Brunner of Peoria, Ill., Tracy Brunner of Austin, Texas, and Shari (Chad) Czerwinski of Sugar Grove; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth Brunner, Patrick Brunner, Nicholas Clark, Sara Snyder and her daughter, Sydney Boerma, Aaron Snyder, Ryan Czerwinski and Katherine Czerwinski; and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Private memorial services have already been held.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Susan G. Komen Foundation. Checks may be made to the “Norma White 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

Fr. Richard W. Paddock

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Fr. Richard W. Paddock, 77, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at his home. He was born Aug. 4, 1933, in Volo, Ill., to Earl and Kathryn (Wagner) Paddock.

Fr. Paddock began his studies at Salvatorian Seminary in St. Nazianz, Wis. He took philosophy and theology at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 6, 1959, at St. Mary Catholic Church in McHenry. He served as associate pastor at St. Bernadette Parish in Rockford, Ill., St. Andrew Parish in Rock Falls, Ill., and St. Joseph Parish in Aurora. He also served as administrator of St. Mary Parish in Aurora in 1971 before becoming Pastor there in 1973.

After 16 years at St. Mary Parish, Father was assigned to St. Gall Parish in Elburn, where he served from Aug. 3, 1987, until his retirement on June 16, 2003. He taught as a member of the religious education faculty of Muldoon High School in Rockford, Newman Catholic High School in Sterling, and Madonna and Aurora Central Catholic high schools in Aurora. Fr. Paddock celebrated his 50th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood on June 6, 2009.

Survivors include nine nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Paddock and Edna Paddock; three special caregivers, Dorothy Groom, Jeff Groom and Delores Likeum; and a host of loving friends, including his special canine friend, Serena.

Visitation was held Saturday, July 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Gall Church, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. The Most Rev. Thomas G. Doran, DD, JCD, Bishop of Rockford, officiated with interment in St. Mary Cemetery, McHenry, Ill., at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made in the form of Masses, to the St. Gall building fund or to his family.

Arrangements were made by The Daleiden Mortuary, 220 N. Lake St., Aurora, IL 60506.

Please visit, where you may sign the virtual guest book or leave condolences online.

James ‘Jim’ H. Fraunberg

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James “Jim” H. Fraunberg, 77, of Maple Park, formerly of Elburn, passed away unexpectedly at his home Tuesday, July 12, 2011.

He was born June 14, 1934, in Sycamore, the son of Charles and Lillian (Joslin) Fraunberg.

Jim grew up in Sycamore and attended local schools. Jim began his working career early, first working for the railroad, laying railroad ties, and later for DeKalb Ag, hauling grain.

Jim married Fern Halverson-Boehne and was blessed with three children. Later, Jim was lucky in love a second time when he met Marie Hamblen, who also had children of her own. On March 5, 1966, Jim and Marie were united in marriage, and through the years that followed they raised their blended family together and remained in Elburn. The strength of will that made them “survivors” sometimes made them “warriors” as well, but always the love they cherished kept them together.

As times changed and the children grew, Jim and Marie moved from Elburn to Maple Park a year before Marie’s sudden passing in 2008. Jim continued to make his home in Maple Park.

Jim later worked for Harry Neely as a well driller for a time before working as a maintenance man at the Elburn Packing Plant before it closed its doors in 1988. Even though Jim then retired, he never stopped working. Trapping became a focus, one that he enjoyed and one that provided Jim with a way to help support his family. When he wasn’t surrounded by mother nature, he also helped deliver cars for Harms, and later Bob Jass Chevrolet.

Jim was a volunteer fireman for the Linden Wood Fire Department for many years.

Jim was a “rock” of a man, whose stature reminded one of a mighty oak tree. Jim’s smile was full of warmth, but with a kick of mischief that always kept you guessing. He was also a “Harley Man” and was proud to own several over his lifetime, enjoying rides with friends and making memories with every mile. Fishing in Oregon with Rick and in Wisconsin with his son Jim provided many stories, the truthfulness of which were to be debated between family and friends for many years.

Jim and Marie loved to go to auctions in search of their own personal treasure that they proudly showed to family and friends. Jim’s hands were always busy fixing something, his hands dirty with grease from working on several kinds of motors.

He was survived by three children, Cindy Walls of Beach City, Ohio, Lindy (Rick) Ostrom of Elburn and James (Ae.yang) Boehne of South Elgin, Ill.; four step-children, Robert Hamblen Jr., of Maple Park, Ronald Hamblen of Marshall, Wis., Rodney (Rose) Hamblen of Huntley, Ill., and Sharon French of Washington, and one special daughter-in-law, Judi Hamblen; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; one sister, Barbara Phillips of DeKalb; several nieces, nephews, cousins,and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marie; and one brother, Gerald Fraunberg.

Jim spent his best times with family and friends over a cup of coffee sharing a story or two, so the family would like to invite all his friends to “Jim’s Coffee Shop” in the lower level of the Lily Lake Congregational Church, 44W188 Empire Road. Come and share your best stories (or tall tales) from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 30. 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. Checks may be made to the “Jim Fraunberg 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

Jay Dee Watson

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God called Jay Dee Watson, 51, of Malta, Ill., to his immortal home in the early morning hours on Monday, July 4, 2011. He died unexpectedly while doing what he loved, camping with a Scout troop, immersing himself in the outdoors and teaching others his passion for mother nature.

He was born June 8, 1960, in Ft. Wayne, Ind., the son of Donald L. and Jaqueline L. (Spencer) Watson.

Jay graduated from Kaneland High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army soon thereafter. He proudly served his county in the 475th Transportation Company in Panama. Upon his honorable discharge, Jay returned to civilian life and joined his father in the pizza business.

In his younger years, Jay was a member of the Kishwaukee YMCA swimming and diving team, where he set records in the 100 meter breast stroke and captured several medals on the diving board.

Jay’s love for fishing, which took him annually to northern Minnesota to hook himself several largemouth bass, was second only to his passion for Scouting, which began in 1972 when he became a Cub Scout. Over the years, the merit badges began to mount until there was only one more accomplishment yet to achieve. He was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in 1978. Scouting took him not only to various camps around the country, but around the world. Jay attended the 1977 National Scout Jamboree at Moraine State Park in Pennsylvania, several trips to the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M., and the 1979 World Jamboree in Sweden. His love of Scouting stayed with him, and for the past several years, Jay has been an assistant Scout Master and Unite Commissioner for the Three Fires Council. Most recently, Jay was an assistant with the United Methodist Church, Troop 4, in DeKalb, Ill. The trails he blazed are now left for us to follow, each step marked with a memory not only in this world but in our hearts.

He is survived by his father, Donald L. Watson of Maple Park; and one brother, James A. Watson of Wheaton, Ill.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Jaqueline L. Watson; and one daughter, Katherine.

Visitation will be at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn on Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to noon with a brief remembrance service to begin at 12:30 p.m. Interment and military honors will follow at Kaneville Cemetery, in Kaneville, at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit Camp Lowden Scout Camp in Oregon, Ill. Checks may be made to the “Jay D. Watson 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

Geraldine ‘Gerry’ Tenta

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Geraldine “Gerry” Tenta, 81, of Elburn, passed away at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva surrounded by the love and prayers of her family.

She was born on Feb. 26, 1930, in Chicago, the daughter of Richard J. and Clara (Helgersen) Martinson.

Gerry grew up on the south side of Chicago and attended local schools. Following her graduation from Fenger High School in 1948, she worked for several local businesses.

Gerry was united in marriage to Joseph F. Tenta in Chicago.

They were blessed with three daughters, Dianna, Carol and Theresa, who were the pride and joy of their mother. Gerry was blessed with an independent spirit, strong work ethic and dedication that was second to none. She needed every ounce of her blessings to raise her daughters on her own, making sure they had what they needed and all the love they could take.

While raising her girls, Gerry worked as head cashier at Zayre for many years and later worked as bookkeeper for Tuthill Corporation, a local pump and pipe manufacturer who named NASA as one of its customers.

Gerry was a proud member of the Elburn and Batavia Seniors as well as the Scarlet Fox Chapter of the Red Hat Society. She loved to participate in all the activities alongside her friends at the Meadows Apartments, where she made her home. Day trips to the casino always brought a smile to her face.

Gerry had an artistic eye and hands built for crafts making ceramics and jewelry that have now become “priceless.” Gerry also had a “love affair” with food. Although she was diabetic, she rose above it all and made masterpieces in the kitchen culled from all the “cut out” recipes and the myriad of cookbooks that lined her shelves.

Gerry also was an avid reader, escaping into other worlds until the story’s end at which time she opened yet another and escaped once again. When she wasn’t reading, she kept her mind agile playing Sudoku and reliving her travels with her family and friends.

Gerry always bragged about her children and grandchildren, the latter numbering eight.
She also adored her 15 great-grandchildren. Gerry was very proud of her inner strength and the obstacles she overcame during her life. Although cancer ultimately won the war, it was Gerry who won 20 years of battles, and that was a badge of honor that she wore with immense pride. The memories she made become the legacy she leaves and although now gone, she lives on in the hearts of all she loved.

She is survived by her three daughters, Dianna Tenta of Thayer, Ind., Carol (John) Blank of Frankfort, Ill., and Theresa (Mark) Shoup of Elburn; eight grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, Dawn (Glen) Mongold and their children, Erin, Michael and Matthew, of Stephens City, Va.; Michelle (Dave) Laurinaitis and their daughter, Lucy, of Mokena, Ill.; Crystal (Chris) Bryan of Unionville, Tenn.; Daniel (Dianna) Schramm and their children, Daniel Jr., Jake, Breanna, Kole, Carly, and Lilli of Odenville, Ala.; Robert (Stevi) Schramm and their children, Mason, Chloe, and Eva, of Connorsville, Ind.; Lisa Petersen and her children, Kaleb and Rylie of Frankfort, Ill.; Kirsten Shoup and Tyler Shoup, both of Elburn; two siblings, Marlene Sojka of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and James (Irene) Martinson of Tinley Park, Ill.; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3p.m., with a memorial service to celebrate her life to follow on Saturday, July 16, at the Meadows Apartments in their Common Room, 318 Dempsy Drive, Elburn. Private family interment will follow at a later date.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit the American Cancer Society. Checks may be made to the “Geraldine Tenta 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

Letter: Summer Camp Shakedown

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On the weekend of June 17, local Boy ScoutTroop 41 went on a camping trip to Sugar Grove United Methodist church property. This camp out was their summer camp shakedown. That means they did things the way they’d do things at summer camp.

The weather was scorching hot. Despite the weather, the scouts went geocaching and Eagle caching. Also, the Scouts made excellent food; the food was homemade and cooked in the heat. After a long hot day, the Scouts respectfully retired some old and torn American flags. All in all, the Boy Scouts of Troop 41 had a great time. For information on joining Troop 41, please contact Scoutmaster Dave Seraphin at (630) 466-4913.

Mark Wojak
Troop 41 Scribe

Letter: A great success for TriCity Family Services’ Great Lobster Fly In

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On Saturday, June 18, seafood lovers and land lovers alike attended TriCity Family Services’ Great Lobster Fly In event. TriCity Family Services has been flying in lobsters and holding this unique fundraising event for more than 20 years. All of the proceeds benefit the agency so that they can provide affordable counseling and mental health services.

Supporters came to the Old Kane County Courthouse parking lot between the hours of 9 and 11:30 a.m. Although a forecast of rain was predicted, volunteers and customers soaked in the unexpected sunshine.

Through the professional services of Arthur J. Lootens & Son Inc., guests were able to get their lobsters steamed right on site. Guests had the choice of also ordering their lobsters live. Typically, steamed lobsters are the preference, and this held true again for this year’s event.

In addition to lobsters, there were beef fillets from Josef’s Meats (Geneva), a variety of breads from Great Harvest (Geneva), and cupcake boxes from The Latest Crave (Geneva). Through hundreds of food orders collected from supporters in the Tri-Cities area, over 700 lobsters and 100 beef fillets were sold. Through pre-event sales, TCFS raised over $16,000.

TriCity Family Services would like to recognize and thank Fona International Incorporated as the Presenting Sponsor for the event. Additionally, they would like to thank BFC Integrated Print Management for donating their services to provide all printed materials.

TCFS is proud to have achieved another successful year for The Great Lobster Fly-In, and is thankful for the tremendous support received.

Hallie Hudson
Development Associate
TriCity Family Services

Ted Lee Wren

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Ted Lee Wren, 73, of Elburn, passed away at his home surrounded by the love and prayers of his family on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. He was born July 2, 1937, in Midway, Tenn., the son of Raymond and Ethel (Dyer) Wren.

Ted grew up in Tennessee but came to Illinois to finish his high school years, graduating from Shabbona High School in 1956. It was a fortunate move, as he met the girl he would marry checking coats at a basketball game. Jan Hetland checked more than his coat—she checked his heart, but gave him hers in return. Following high school, Ted drove a truck for local farmers and shortly became engaged to Jan. But, his plans would have to be put on hold because his country came calling.

Ted faithfully served his country in the United States Army, serving overseas in Korea, but found time to come back home on leave to marry Jan on June 24, 1961. He was honorably discharged later that same year.

Upon returning to civilian life, Ted and Jan made their home in Sycamore for a time before settling in Elburn in 1971, and have been making memories there ever since. June 24, 2011, would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Ted moved from working for local farmers to driving a semi-truck for Harding Express, and later, for Jewel Food Stores. He hung up his keys in August 2003, retiring to spend more time with family and friends.

Driving a semi- truck was a difficult and time consuming job, but one that he loved with all his heart. The only thing he loved more was his family, and his best times were spent in their company. They enjoyed camping together and fishing in Minnesota. Ted loved the outdoors and all of God’s creatures, but he especially enjoyed watching and feeding the birds that congregated in his back yard each day.

As Ted’s health declined in recent years, a battle to keep him in the comforts of his home ensued. His prayer was to stay at home, and he needn’t look further than his wife for the answer. Jan provided everything and more to the one who held her heart since high school. Although in the end, his body broke, his spirit never did. Ted’s home now is in heaven, but also in her heart and will be with her always.

Ted is survived by his loving wife, Jan; three children, Gary Wren of Maple Park, Anna Wren of Woodland, Ala., and Susan (Dan) McGuffin of Elgin, Ill.; eight grandchildren, Christina Wren, Michael Wren, Meghan McGuffin, Connor McGuffin, Hunter McGuffin, Andrew Lowery, Shawn Lowery and Rebecca (Jackie) Vaughn; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Aline Shipley; many nieces and nephews, and his very special four-legged friend: his dog, Muffy.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jake Wren.

Visitation and funeral service were held on Saturday, June 18, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Interment followed at Blackberry Township Cemetery in Elburn.

A memorial has been established in Ted’s name. Checks may be made to the “Ted Wren 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

Donald Joe Bauer

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Donald Joe Bauer, 74, passed away June 12, 2011, in Harlingen, Texas.

He was born April 1, 1937, in Minot, N.D., the son of Huldah (Sheilke) and Joe Bauer.

He married Carolyne (Anderson) Bauer on Nov. 27, 1959.

He retired from Burgess Norton in Geneva in 1992. He served in the U.S. Navy from January 1955 until March 25, 1958. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, in Butte, N.D.

He was interested in surf fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, camping, auto racing, and was a fan of A.J. Foyt.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyne; his children, Lauri (Bauer) Novak, and her husband, Michael Devo, and Douglas Bauer, both of Elgin; and step-grandchildren, Ian and Ryan Devo. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Donna.

Memorial services were held Monday, June 20, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Butte, N.D.

A memorial fund has been established to benefit the St. Paul Lutheran Church. Please send all cards and memorials to: Carolyne Bauer, c/o Lauri Novak, 912 Mohawk Drive, Elgin, IL 60120.

Flowers can be sent to: St. Paul Lutheran Church, c/o Donald Bauer, Butte, ND.

Mark Francis Geisen

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Mark Francis Geisen, 38, of Maple Park, passed away suddenly Monday afternoon, June 6, 2011.

He was born July 17, 1972, the son of Francis “Butch” and Barbara (Meyer) Geisen.

Mark grew up in Maple Park and attended elementary school at St. Mary in Sycamore, St. Charles Borromeo in Hampshire, Ill., and St. Mary in DeKalb. He graduated from Marmion Military Academy in Aurora in 1991, at the top of his class and as Bravo Company Commander.

Tragedy struck within a few years of graduation when Mark was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis, a debilitating spinal virus that paralyzed him from the waist down. For two years, Mark fought the disease at local hospitals, as well as in Chicago and Rochester, Minn., where the doctors at Mayo Clinic told him that he would never walk again. That never deterred Mark or his family, who spent thousands of hours in physical therapy to beat the odds, defy the doctors and amaze all those who had written his diagnosis as a lost cause. After two years of grueling work, many tears and daily prayers, Mark walked again in 1996.

No one ever doubted Mark’s work ethic, so it was no surprise that he began working with his father in the family concrete business, Geisen Concrete Construction, as well as the family mink ranch. Mark was a “jack of all trades” and had a great analytical mind. He was mechanical or technological, so even when he was done working for his father, he never really stopped working. In his younger years, Mark and his brothers were prized for their hay bailing skills, and many local farms sought out “the Geisen Boys” when it came time for work. Mark also worked for the Fabrizius family from age 13 until his diagnosis at age 20, at the local race track, Sycamore Speedway, as a member of the safety crew, as well as the Fabrizius’ family dairies.

Mark was a lifelong member of S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Virgil.

Mark was a friend to everyone and loved to talk to anyone. He was so generous of his time and his heart. Mark was happiest when surrounded by friends and family. He loved vehicles, any make and model, as he went through numerous ones. Mark loved to fish locally, as well as in Canada, and also enjoyed hunting.

Growing up, Mark made a name for himself by playing baseball from little league on through the travelling league. Travelling was another of Mark’s pastimes, visiting Hawaii, Mexico and the Las Vegas strip. Although he was never very lucky in Vegas, he had better luck playing cards with family and friends, especially when there was money involved.

One of Mark’s greatest passions was bike riding. It was nothing for him to ride 30 to 40 miles in a single day. He especially loved biking to visit friends and riding along the Fox River.

An avid reader, Mark was knowledgeable on many subjects. He also loved the challenge of math and puzzles. Mark’s imagination had no limits, and he was always full of new ideas and plans for the future. No one knew how short that future would be. Mark was taken too soon, but not before making a million memories to fill the hearts of all who knew and loved him. His determined spirit, generous nature, and the infectious smile will always be remembered.

He is survived by his parents, Butch and Barbara Geisen of Maple Park; his siblings, Ann Geisen of Brainerd, Minn., Scott Geisen of Centersville, Ga., and David and Mary Geisen of Maple Park; several aunts, uncles and cousins, and a countryside full of friends who will miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, and two uncles.

Visitation was held on Monday, June 13, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A Mass to celebrate his life was held at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Virgil on Tuesday, June 14, at 11 a.m. Fr. Perfecto Vasquez, pastor of the church, and Fr. Bryan Grady, Mark’s high school friend, co-celebrated. Cremation and private family burial will occur at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Mark Geisen 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 where you can also find Mark’s full life story.

Elmer G. Diehl

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Elmer G. Diehl, 90, of Maple Park, passed from this life to eternal life on Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Delnor Community Hospital.

He was born on Oct. 10, 1920, the son of Edward M. and Catherine (Pattermann) Diehl in DuPage County, Ill.

Elmer grew up in West Chicago, Ill., and attended St. Mary’s Catholic School.

At a young age, Elmer worked on the family farm, toiling in the fields and tending to the animals. In 1953, Elmer moved to rural Maple Park to the present family farm to continue the work that he loved. In later years, he enjoyed helping his son, Dale, farm, and thereby keeping “the dirt under his fingernails.” Later, when he left the fields he loved so much, Elmer was always there for ideas and advice.

Elmer met the love of his life, Eleanor Shelp, at a local dance. Elmer took his time, and following a romantic courtship, they were united in marriage on Sept. 1, 1956, in Hampshire, Ill. They began their new life together, making a home back on the family farm. He continued his life’s work following Eleanor’s passing in 1995.

Elmer was a farmer through and through. He spent some of his best days working the field, feeling the sun on his face and the breeze at his back. He was as patient with his fields as he was with his children, and knew that tender care was needed with both. Elmer also gave much of his time and heart to St. Gall Catholic Church, helping to usher for over 35 years. His legacy can be seen as you gaze across the land and inside the hearts of all he knew.

Elmer is survived by two children, Marilyn (Ed) Campbell and Dale (Janice) Diehl of Maple Park; five grandchildren, Kelly (Brian) Eigenberger, Steven Campbell, Gregory Diehl, Matthew Diehl, Jaclyn Diehl; four siblings, David Diehl, Kathrine “Toots” (Donald) Kohley, Paul (Mary) Diehl, Carol Cibulskis; one brother-in-law, Bernard Kuhn; one sister-in-law, Ann Diehl; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a community of friends.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Eleanor; his parents; seven siblings, Mary Jane (Robert) Nagel, George Diehl, Dorothy Kuhn, Edward (Pat) Diehl, Raymond and Franklin, who died as children; and one sister who died in infancy.

Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m., with a wake service at 4:30 p.m., on Monday, June 6, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A mass to celebrate his life was held on Tuesday, June 7, at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Gall Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite chariities. Checks may be made out to “The Elmer Diehl Memorial Fund” and can be mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through

Cynthia S. Polfer

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Cynthia S. Polfer, 54, of Big Rock, passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2011, at Provena Mercy Center. She was born Jan. 8, 1957, in Milwaukee, Wis., the daughter of Joann and the late Marvin Seevers.

Cindy taught at both Immanuel Lutheran School in Waukegan, Ill., and St. John’s Lutheran School in Libertyville, Ill. Being a strong and devoted Christian, she was a faithful member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, where she was also a Sunday school teacher. Some of Cindy’s passions included knitting, sewing, needlework and music. She recently completed her degree work in fashion design at College of DuPage and had received high honors for several of her designs.

Cindy is survived by her mother, Joann Seevers-Wolfgram of Eau Claire, Wis.; her husband, Gary Polfer of Big Rock; her children, Jonathan Polfer, of Milwaukee, Wis., Brian, Daniel and Rachel Polfer, all of Big Rock; three sisters, Corrine (Dwight) Berry of Eau Claire, Wis., Shelley (Marcus) Mack of Appleton, Wis., Dawn (Virgil) Knoepke of Jim Falls, Wis. as well as several nieces and nephews.

Cindy was preceded in death by her father, Marvin Seevers; her stepfather, James Wolfgram; and a nephew, Ian Mack.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 9, at Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2567 W. Sullivan Road, Aurora, with Pastor Philip Schupmann officiating. Interment will be at Welsh Big Rock Cemetery. Visitation took place from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church.

For further information, please call (630) 466-1330 or visit to leave an online condolence.

Francis Robert Farley

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Francis Robert Farley, 88, of Aurora, passed away at home, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family, on Sunday, June 5, 2011.

He was born Sept. 4, 1922, in Mifflinburg, Pa.

Francis grew up on a farm near Bradford, Ill., the son of Lewis and Rae (Finkel) Farley.

Upon graduating from Bradford High School in 1940, Francis moved to Kaneville to farm with his uncle, Albert Farley. Unbeknownst to Francis, he was riding the wings of fate toward the woman he would soon marry. Francis and Norma met at a local high school basketball game.

On March 8, 1945, Francis married Norma Jean Johnson in a double ceremony with Francis’ sister, Jeannette, to Donald Wright at the Kaneville United Methodist Church.

A few weeks later, Francis left for Germany to serve in the United States Army during WWII until his honorable discharge in May of 1946. Upon returning to civilian life, Francis helped his father farm the Blatner Farm on Owens Road near Kaneville. Lewis and Rae eventually moved back to Kaneville. Francis and Norma remained on the Blatner Farm and continued to work the soil until March of 1954.

That same month Francis and Norma rented one of the Alexander farms on Galena Boulevard near Aurora. He actively farmed there for almost 50 years, including over 35 of them with his son, Bob. This partnership would continue in later years while he also managed three farms for the Alexander’s. In addition to corn, wheat, oats and soybean crops, Francis raised hogs until 1972 and cattle until 1987. In 1985, Francis and Norma purchased land near the farm and built their home on Prairie Road in Aurora. Francis had a strong work ethic and an unwavering love for farming. When other farmers finally left their fields in retirement, Francis continued to run his combine until his 80th birthday, and even then continued to consult with his son Bob.

Francis was a member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church and past member of the Big Rock American Legion, Post No. 529. In addition to farming, Francis was a volunteer fireman in Sugar Grove, and also served as Secretary of the Board of Trustees for the Sugar Grove Fire Protection District from 1978-1991.

Both Francis and Norma were members of a card club that met monthly for nearly 40 years. They also were known for the pranks played on friends and neighbors over the years, let alone the mischief they created every Halloween.

On their 25th anniversary, they started a long tradition of trips to Hawaii. In later years, they enjoyed many trips to Arizona.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Norma; three children, Robert Farley, Beth (Dr. Michael) Marzec and Diane Farley; three grandchildren, Brooke (Brett) Bonnell and son, Elliott Bauer-Brunswick, Alissa (Jeff) Hem, Michelle Marzec and her daughter, Molly Stanley; two siblings, Jeannette (Donald) Wright, Jean (Hank) Greenstreet; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a countryside of friends that will never forget him or the legacy he left for others to treasure.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Debbie Moffitt.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6:30 p.m., with a funeral service to celebrate his life to follow at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 9, at Kaneville United Methodist Church, Kaneville. Rev. Mark Harkness, pastor of the church, and Rev. Dave Bateman, will officiate with private family burial to occur at a later date.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit Kaneville United Methodist Church and VNA Hospice of Fox Valley. Checks may be made to the “Francis Farley 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

Richard G. Tellner

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Richard G. Tellner, 77, of Montgomery, passed away on June 4, 2011. He was born on July 6, 1933, in Charlotte, Mich., the son of Charles and Augusta Tellner.

He proudly served his country with the US Army as a radio communicator in Germany after WWII. He was employed with Republic Printing for over 30 years and had a true passion for his work.

He had a love for all sports and was an avid sports fan. He will be deeply missed by all.

He is survived by his children, Lisa (John) Vanjoske, Amy (Michael Gasen) Tellner, Thomas (Ruhi) Tellner, and David (Esmeralda) Tellner; his grandchildren, Megan, Rachel, Paloma, Amy, Anna, Esa, Hamza, Frankie, Adam, Pauly, Jennifer and David Jr.; eight great-grandchildren; his sister, Joanne (Jack) Carlson; and brother, Don Tellner.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Marge Poss, Vernon “Bud” Tellner and Jerry Tellner.

Family will be receiving guests on Thursday June 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway Ave., Montgomery, IL 60538. Interment will be private.

Phillip James Perlinski

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Phillip James Perlinski, 62, of Elburn, passed away Monday May 30, 2011, at Delnor Hospital in Geneva.

He was born May 27, 1949, the son of Thaddeus and Virginia Perlinski in Chicago.

Phillip grew up in Grays Lake, Ill., and attended local schools.

After graduating high school, Phillip attended Upper Iowa College, where he studied journalism. Following his graduation from college, he worked as a sports writer for a time in the Pennsylvania area. Later, he worked for over 20 years for AT&T.

Phillip found the love of his life in 1998. Karen Styer stole his heart but gave him hers in return. After they were united in marriage, Phillip and Karen made their home in Elburn.

Phillip was a big man with an even bigger heart. He was always willing to lend a hand to help others. He was an avid sports fan from birth. Although he was a fan of many sports teams, he lived and died with his beloved Chicago Cubs. He enjoyed gardening at his home, bringing a bit of Mother Nature’s beauty indoors. Phillip enjoyed collecting stamps, watching horse racing and was an “information junkie,” perusing the Internet for the latest stories. He also loved his two cocker spaniels, Autumn and Dooley.

Phillip had a generous heart and was always willing to lend a hand to help others. Phillip leaves his unique mark on the hearts of all he knew and will be missed by all.

He is survived by his loving wife, Karen of Elburn; one sister, Maribeth Skradski of Rock Island, Ill.; and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Virginia and Thaddeus Perlinski.

Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., with a memorial service to follow at 2:30 p.m., on Thursday, June 2, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Private family burial will occur at a later date.

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

Barbara Ann Andersen Wood

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Barbara Ann Andersen Wood, 75, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully early Saturday, May 28, 2011, after a two-year struggle with Leukemia.

The last two years were but a mere page in the story of Barbara’s life. The daughter of William and Ruth Andersen, Barbara was born on May 18, 1936, and was raised in a loving home along with her sister Margaret. Growing up mainly in Chicago, Barbara was a 1954 graduate of Roosevelt High School.

In 1966, Barbara married Raymond on June 25. They raised their family in Villa Park, Ill., for 11 years and then in St. Charles for 26 more years. After the children were grown, Barb and Ray settled into their Maple Park home in 2003 for their quiet retirement and grandchild-spoiling years.

Barbara was a loving, nurturing mother, but she had more to give. In the midst of raising a family, in 1982, Barbara realized her dream of becoming a nurse when she graduated from Elgin Community College School of Nursing. Her career began at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield in the Cardiac Step-Down Unit and finished in 1999 at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva as a Same-Day Surgery nurse. Barbara continued to socialize with her co-workers long after retiring in the Antique Nurse’s Association’s monthly gatherings at various restaurants.

Along with her love of family, Barbara treasured her time spent at Conference Point Camp on Lake Geneva. She spent many a teenage summer there as a camper and camp family member and continued to visit to soak in the spiritual rejuvenation that it provided for her. Barbara’s artistic passions included painting, drawing up dream home floor plans, and tending to her landscape that surrounded her home with the beauty of her irises and lilacs. Above all else, Barbara was a woman who gave her heart and love, support and advice (wanted or not!) to family and friends and tried to allow God to guide her and lead a good Christian life. She touched so many lives and she will be deeply missed by all.

She leaves behind a loving husband of 45 years, Raymond Wood; four devoted daughters, Debra Slater, Rita Gayman, Susan Metz and Kristen Johnson; eight beautiful grandchildren ranging from 28 years to 1 year, Amy and Heather Slater, Charlotte, Jarod, Eric, and William Metz, Logan and Jordan Johnson; her sister and best friend, Margaret Alexander; and an endless array of friends.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., on Friday, June 3, with a memorial service to follow visitation at Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park. Rev. Eun Young Ko, pastor of the church, will officiate with private family interment to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to “Conference Point Center” with the memo reading “Barbara Wood Memorial Fund” and mailed to Conference Point Center, P.O. Box 575, Williams Bay, WI 53191. For Barbara’s full life story, please visit, where you also can leave tributes. Arrangements were handled with care by Conley Funeral Home, (630) 365-6414.

William ‘Bill’ Chesnutt

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William “Bill” Chesnutt, 75, of Yorkville, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2011.

He was born on April 23, 1936, in Sycamore, the son of the late John Henry and Marion Louise (Boyle) Chesnutt.

After serving in the Marine Corps, he graduated from Aurora College with a business degree and retired from BASF in Joliet after 25 years. Bill was an avid golfer and bow hunter.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jean P. Chesnutt; children, Mike (Karen) Chesnutt, Jeff (Shelli) Chesnutt and Ann (fiance Carlos Martinez) Hill; grandchildren, Scott (Georgette) Chesnutt, Megan Chesnutt, Jason Chesnutt, Glenn Hill and Jessica Hill; great-grandchildren, Caleigh and Mason Chesnutt; sisters, Chalys Chesnutt-McCoy and Rosie (Ronnie) Vermeland; brother, Ronald (Bev) Williams.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Stephen Hawley Chesnutt.

Visitation was Wednesday, May 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 26, at the funeral home. Interment will take place at St. Paul Cemetery.

For further information, please call (630) 466-1330 or visit to leave an online condolence.

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