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Mildred Rose Schieve

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Mildred Rose Schieve, 89, passed away peacefully on Jan. 7, 2013, at Michaelson Health Center in Batavia.

Mildred is survived by her children, Richard (Milly) Schieve of Elburn and Bonnine (Joseph) Falcey of West Collingswood, N.J.; grandchildren, Richard Nathan (Amber) Schieve of Madison, Wis., Christine Schieve of Elburn, Michael Falcey, of West Collingwood, N.J., and Lauren Falcey of Mount Royal, N.J.; great-grandchildren, Liam Richard Schieve of Madison, and Madeline Schultz, of Mount Royal.

Mildred is preceded in death by her husband, Richard Schieve, and her parents, Frank and Rose Traxl.

Paddy J. Barrett

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Paddy J. Barrett, 64, passed away suddenly on Thursday Dec. 27, 2012, at his home.

Paddy was born in Aurora on Aug. 9, 1948, the son of John and Arlene (Pettinger) Barrett.

He attended Kaneland schools, until his sophomore year, before transferring to West Aurora High School. After graduating high school in 1966, Paddy attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout, in Menomonee, Wis. He was a member of the Sigma Pi Fraternity and the Veterans Association.

In June 1969, Paddy was drafted into the United States Army, where he proudly served his country until September 1970.

In December 1972, Paddy went to a sorority party. While at the party, a young lady by the name of Debra Rodencal caught his eye. After two years of courtship, Paddy and Debra were wed on June 15, 1974. They made their home in Kaneville for most of the 38 years they were married.

For over 30 years, Paddy did what he loved. He was a union member and was a “jack of all trades.” He did everything from operating heavy machinery to specialized trade work.

He was a life time member of Harley Owners Group (HOG).

Paddy, strong willed and hard working, was the quintessential Irish man. He loved to spend time “tinkering” around. If you had something that stopped working, Paddy was the person who could fix it for you. Some of his hobbies included building a motorcycle, and stock car racing. He enjoyed watching his Green Bay Packers and especially picking on his buddies when they beat the Bears.

Paddy had a passion like no other when it came to motorcycles. “The Mad Hatter” could be found riding the open road on his ‘Old 95’ any chance he had. Although his passion for motorcycles was strong, there was nothing more important than his family. He was devoted to his children and his grandchildren. They are his greatest legacy that he leaves behind.

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Deb Barrett; son, Casey (Abbie) Barrett; daughter, Kiara Barrett; two grandchildren, Grace and Gunner Barrett; mother, Arlene Barrett; sister, Nancy Barrett; brother, Tracy Barrett; and a host of family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, John; sister, Kathy; and brother, Larry.

Visitation was held Dec. 29 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. The family hosted a remembrance service following visitation. Private family interment was held at a later date following cremation.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Paddy’s name to benefit the DAV (Disabled American Veterans). Checks may be made to DAV and mailed to P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH, 45250, or through their website, Tributes may also be forwarded to: P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL, 60119, or through the website

Burton W. Von Ohlen

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Burton W. Von Ohlen, 92 of Elburn, passed away Friday Dec. 28, 2012, at his home. He was born Dec. 10, 1920, in Hinckley.

Burton is survived by his wife, Lucille Von Ohlen of Elburn; sons, Lawrence (Judy) Von Ohlen and William (Sharon) Von Ohlen; daughter, Linda (William) Blatner; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Burt was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Jean Duy; and his brother, Bill Von Ohlen.

A memorial service, co-officiated by Rev. Laura Crites and Rev. Daniel Sullivan, was held Jan. 3 at Hinckley First United Methodist Church, 801 N. Sycamore St., Hinckley. In lieu of flowers, Burt’s family requests that memorials be made to HFUMC and mailed directly to the church. Interment was held privately at Greenwood Cemetery.

Ralph R. Umbdenstock

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Ralph R. Umbdenstock of Kerrville, Texas, passed away on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in San Antonio, Texas, where he had been briefly hospitalized with pneumonia.

The son of Anthony & Elvira (Klemm) Umbdenstock, he was born at home on Nov. 1, 1951, with his twin sister Rita.

On Oct. 16, 1999, he married Judi Kruzel. They made their home in Warrenville, Ill., until Ralph’s retirement, when they moved to Kerrville.

Ralph spent his early years on the farm near Maple Park, helping with chores and working with his father building grain bins. Ralph graduated from Kaneland High School with the class of 1970.

Ralph was a Vietnam veteran and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1970 to 1972. He graduated from Waubonsee Community College in 1975.

Ralph loved to travel, and had the opportunity to do so when he worked for Barber Greene for a number of years and then Lucent Technologies for 13 years. He spent two years in Barcelona, Spain, helping set up a new phone system prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Ralph enjoyed skiing and scuba diving on his vacations. He could always tell a story or joke and always remembered the punch line. Every person he met became his friend, and those people never forgot Ralph.

Ralph continued to live on the family farm after his parents moved to Maple Park. He maintained the family farm pond, where many swimming parties were enjoyed with family and friends.

He was a 41-year member and Past Commander of Maple Park American Legion Post 312, involved with the Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and La Society des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux Locale No. 592.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Judi; step-daughters, Shawna Lee and Rachele Gatherings; one brother, Anthony; seven sisters, Sheryl Montavon, Mary (Joseph) Walter, Kathryn Belsches, Nancy Walter, Josephine Sprovieri, Rita (David) Campbell and Helen Umbdenstock; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and a world full of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Elvira; one sister, Carol (Henry) Kohley; and three brothers-in-law, John Montavon, Henry Kohley and David Belsches.

Funeral services were held at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Kerrville on Saturday. Internment with military honors will take place at a date to be determined at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

A memorial gathering in Maple Park will take place at a future date.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the American Legion Post 312, P.O. Box 97, Maple Park, IL 60151.

Arlene ‘Dolly’ Bridgewater

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Arlene “Dolly” Bridgewater, 82, of St. Charles, formerly of Glen Ellyn, Ill., passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family on Sunday evening, Dec. 16, 2012.

She was born in Chicago on May 7, 1930.

Dolly grew up in Chicago and attended local Catholic schools. She graduated in 1948.

Lawrence Dalton Bridgewater Jr. caught Dolly’s eye, and soon he captured her heart. They were united in marriage in 1950.

They continued to make their home in Chicago. While Larry served his country with the U.S. Navy, Dolly kept the home fires going. Later, they resided on Euclid Avenue in Glen Ellyn.

In addition to selling real estate in Glen Ellyn alongside her husband, Dolly worked at Ball Seed Company in West Chicago, Ill., and also spent ten years at Homemakers in Downers Grove, Ill., where she was John M. Smith’s personal secretary.

Dolly was a part of “The Girls Club,” which began in grade school and grew to incorporate all of her best friends. She also was a member of St. Petronilla Catholic Church in Glen Ellyn and St. John Newman Catholic Church in St. Charles.

She loved to water ski and did so into her mid-60s, with one hand on the tow rope and the other holding her nose.

Other than her husband, Dolly had a special place in her heart for Frank Sinatra and Tom Jones, and played their music as often as possible.

She was a force to be reckoned with when it came to playing cards, and in later years she made a name for herself when she moved into Carroll Towers in St. Charles.

Summers brought the promise of trips to their summer home at Lake Delavan in Wisconsin. Thousands of memories were made along the shore, but many more were made on her numerous trips around the country and also the world. Jamaica, Hawaii, Cancun, a cruise to Alaska, train trips to Washington, D.C., Las Vegas and Door County, Wisc., were only a few of her favorite destinations.

In her later years, she liked to crochet many blankets for her loved ones. She was a long-time and fervent fan of her beloved Chicago Bears, and she let them know with every win and loss. Above all, she was most proud of her family and always made the most of the time she spent in their company.

She is survived by five children, Kathy (Steven) Wright, Steven (Elizabeth) Bridgewater, Kim (Bart) Shaver, Richard Bridgewater and Lawrence Bridgewater III; eight grandchildren, Michael (Shelly) Wright and their two daughters, Peyton and Presley, Dan Field, Josh Bridgewater, Michael (Stephanie) McCutcheon, Brittany Polly, Jake Cinkus and Nicole Bridgewater, and Isabella Bridgewater; three siblings, Joyce (Tony) Buccola, Bob (Trish) Buss and Jan (Terry) Kenny; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Larry; one son, Mark Bridgewater; and her sister Gerrianne.

Visitation, with a service to celebrate her life, was held Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in their name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Arlene Bridgewater 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 her full-life story.

Floreine (DeMille) Kumpholz

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Floreine (DeMille) Krumpholz, 90, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, in Monroe, Wis.

Floreine was born Oct. 2, 1922, the daughter of Henry and Jennie DeMille in Stephenson, Mich.

Floreine married Paul Nash in 1955. They owned and operated Nash’s in Elburn for many years. They made their home in the apartment above the tavern. Paul passed away in 1970.

Floreine and Roli Guisti were married in 1973. Floreine and Roli made their home on Pierce Street in Elburn. They spent the next 23 years together before Roli passed away. In 2001, she married Robert Krumpholz and they moved to Marinette, Wis.

She was a long-time member of St. Gall Church in Elburn, where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, Elburn American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Post 630 and Geneva Elks Auxiliary.

Floreine was an excellent seamstress and quilter. She could make anything. Over the years she made a number of wedding dresses for local brides in the Elburn area. All family members received a special quilt from her, made especially for them. When the weather allowed, you would find her outside tending her garden and her lawn. She loved to travel the world. She visited every state in the US and countless trips to Europe. The most important thing in her life was family. There was no one more important to her than her grandkids. They meant the world to her and always brought a smile to her face.

She is survived by her children, Nancy (Lyle) Fuller of Gratiot, Wis., Bill (Gerti) Johnson of Rockford, Ill., and Paula Hilderbrand of Yorkville, Ill.; daughter-in-law, Janette Johnson of Geneva; sister, Blanche Myers of Wallace, Mich.; grandchildren, Greg, Steve and Mike Gilkey, Mark and Keith Johnson, Brad and Meghan Hilderbrand; nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren

She is preceded in death by her husbands, Paul Nash, Roli Guisti and Bob Krumpholz; one son, Richard Johnson; three brothers, Rupert, Donald and Warren Demille; and one sister, Doris Szapa.

Visitation will take place Thursday, Dec. 20, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral Mass to celebrate Floreine’s life is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 21, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn. Interment will follow at St. Gall Cemetery, Elburn. Father Tim Seigel, pastor of the church, will officiate. A second visitation will take place from 9 to 10 a.m.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit Conley Outreach. Checks may be made to “Conley Outreach” 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

David C. Stephens

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David C. Stephens, 55, of Elburn, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Taken too soon, David’s memory lives on through his family and friends that will miss him forever.

He was born Jan. 28, 1957, in Sycamore, Ill., the son of Charles and Lois (Freeman) Stephens.

David grew up in Elburn and attended Kaneland High School. After graduating with the class of 1975, David worked locally for a time, including a stint at Harms Chevrolet detailing cars, before beginning a 20-year career at St. Charles Kitchens until they closed their doors. He then found work at Seimens in West Chicago and became supervisor shortly after.

David’s heart beat for only one woman, and her name was Lisa Schusler. They were united in marriage in October 1981, and welcomed home a son, Matthew, within the year. They began their new life in Elburn on Welter Road for a time, but although they remain the best of friends and loving parents, David and Lisa parted ways.

David continued to live in Elburn making memories but his time was cut short, and only God knows why. It broke his family to lose him, but if there is anything that is certain in this world, it is that he will never be forgotten.

As a young man, as many young men before and since, David was an expert at mischief—much to the consternation of his parents, but to the delight of his partner in crime, his brother. David’s radio was always tuned to his favorite rock bands, but he turned up the volume whenever AC/DC or Black Sabbath came on.

While fishing in nearby creeks with his son, David would throw stones in the barns to make pigeons fly because it made his son laugh. Trips to Tennessee over the Fourth of July were when he looked forward to sitting back and casting his line.

David was a serious, hardcore Chicago Bears fan every Sunday. Even when his son lived in Minnesota, they talked all about how great or how horrible they played.

David was a soft-spoken man who let his actions speak volumes and wore his heart on his sleeve. His work ethic was as strong as his faith, and he was proud of both. Vehicles were spotless and showroom ready. However, that dedication did not extend to his home.

He is survived by his son, Matthew (Shuntel) Stephens and their children, Jaden and Dylan, of Kiester, Minn.; three siblings, Lynn (Kenny) Wilkinson, Karen (John) Wilkinson and Kevin (Teresa) Stephens; several nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Lois.

Visitation was held Sunday, with a prayer service to celebrate his life at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in David’s name to benefit the education of his grandchildren, who were the apples of his eyes. Checks may be made to the “David Stephens 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

Anthony J. ‘A.J.’ Rich

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Anthony J. “A.J.” Rich was born on Dec. 29, 1916, in DePue, Ill., a small town along the Illinois River, five miles from LaSalle and Peru.

A.J.’s father was a cabinetmaker from Yugoslavia who settled in DePue, and A.J.’s mother, Ursula, sadly passed away when he was four. A.J. had one older sister, Mary, and one younger brother, Walter, and was raised by his stepmom, Agnes, who also had three kids, Alfred, John and Richard.

At the age of 10, A.J. developed an interest in electronics. His father bought a Philco radio with a short wave band, and as soon as A.J. got ahold of the radio, he began adjusting it and heard people talking and exchanging call letters. He also got his hands on a Sears Catalog that outlined how to build a crystal set and receive radio signals.

While he was still in high school, A.J. fixed the local community’s radios and soon opened his own radio shop in downtown DePue. He also sold appliances. After he graduated high school in 1934, that summer A.J. did some research and learned he wanted to one day become a HAM Radio Operator. At age 21, he married Katharine Toscana, who was from Standard, Ill., a small farming community near the Illinois River Valley.

A.J. lived in DePue for one year and still ran his electronics shop. His Philco Radio supplier told A.J. that the United States Army Signal Corps was looking for HAM Operators to become instructors, and they gave the Colonel A.J.’s name. Shortly thereafter, A.J. got a call from the military to come out for a meeting with the Colonel in Chicago.

A.J. met with the Colonel as the military interviewing positions for the United States Signal Corps instructors to train the army men how to use and repair the radio equipment used during the second World War for the Marines hitting the beachheads at Normandy. When A.J. got up to leave, the Colonel said that classes started “first thing tomorrow morning.” At that time, these classes were held at Navy Pier.

A.J., Katharine, and their two children Jerry and twin sister Janice prepared to move to Chicago and eventually found an apartment on the corner of Montrose and Mozart. A.J. spent his nights at the Illinois Institute of Technology where he earned a degree in electrical engineering. By 1943, he was no longer needed in the Signal Corps and so he transitioned to a position with Motorola within their engineering lab until 1948. He remembered Bob Galvin occasionally walking through the lab.

A.J. and his family lived in the city until 1948 and then he built a house in Villa Park, Ill. From 1948-1952, he worked for a communications company in Chicago. In 1952, he started his own business in communications, Rich Inc. and that same year developed a multi-communication system that is still used in schools and hospitals today. He gained many relationships with architects and engineers developing state-of-the-art communications systems during the 1950s and beyond.

When the ‘70s hit, technology changed. Always staying on the knee of technology, A.J. was prepared to follow the transition from vacuum tubes to solid-state circuitry to integrated circuits to finally microprocessors and software.

In 1961, his son Jerry graduated from Northern Illinois University and began to work closely alongside A.J.

In the mid-1970s, the era of digital technology hit, and in 1974, the Apple 1 came out. At that time, A.J. bought the first Apple 1, designed his company’s ROS (Rich Operating Systems), and determined how to apply their software and programming for microprocessors and multiple applications.

A.J.’s company, Rich Inc., went on to integrate audio, video, and data in educational and medical centers, which led to the integration of computer terminals in the trading industry that positioned his company as the world leader in information retrieval.

A funeral Mass for A.J. was held on Saturday at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 8S055 Dugan Road, Sugar Grove. Fr. Bob Jones officiated. Private family interment took place place at Valley Memorial Park, Spring Valley, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, P.O. Box 1189, Sugar Grove, IL 60554 or to the Kid’s Golf Association of Northern Illinois, P.O Box 610. Sugar Grove, IL 60554.

Arrangements are being finalized under the direction of The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr. Sugar Grove.

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

Violet Lois (Herzog) Meyer

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Violet Lois (Herzog) Meyer, 92, of Elburn, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at Alden Courts of Waterford, Aurora, where she recently made her home.

She was born in Plainfield, Ill., on April 24, 1920, the daughter of Robert and Opal (Carey) Herzog.

Violet grew up on a family farm in Plainfield and attended local schools, graduating with the class of 1938.

Violet and Glenn Meyer met at the roller skating rink in Plainfield, and it didn’t take too many turns before they both fell in love. Both were lifelong farmers, and found in each other an unending friendship that would last for the next 56 years. They were united in marriage on March 7, 1942, at the Baptist Church of Plainfield, and started their married life on a farm south of Sugar Grove, where they raised their six children.

In 1964, they moved to a farm on Bliss Road, and made their last move in 1968 to the first and only home they ever owned, which was in Elburn.

Violet was a 4-H leader for over 50 years, was a short order cook in high school and off-and-on while on the farm; was a member of Homemakers; and worked at the Kane County Extension Office. While in the area, she was a member of the Sugar Grove Methodist Church and sang tenor in the church choir. Glenn and Violet were members of the Young Adults Club—she sang opposite Ed Dugan, and Glenn built sets.

In their later years, they graduated to a 500 club along with seven other couples, rotating their card playing each month for years. Once in Elburn, she joined the Congregational Church and their Amen group. She enjoyed their Bible study group and Sunday services as well.

For years after the kids were grown, Glenn and Violet traveled throughout the U.S.—first by car, then with Grammer Tours by bus. Their claim to fame was having visited all 50 states. They also visited Europe a couple times with Fun-Timers. She loved to travel—if there was somewhere to go, she was the first one packed.

Violet was never one to be idle, and sewed her own clothes and drapes for years. She taught herself to crochet in high school, and it was a passion that lasted a lifetime. Each year she would plan her signature afghan gift for the newest graduate; for weddings, it was an intricately detailed doily. Her work reflected her tenacity for perfection, and she often tore out a mistake again and again, looking over her glasses and grumbling, “Nertz.”

Violet was an avid Sox fan, which began when her Uncle Al used to take her to games. She was an amazing sports fan—she cheered for the Bears, Bulls and even the Cubs if there was no Sox game on. She thoroughly enjoyed hashing over the latest game with the boys, in particular the grandsons.

Violet was never one for gossip. And though she wasn’t much of a talker at times, she was always a great listener. She always had a soft spot for the boys. Her greatest love included her six children, 20 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren. She was always first in line to hold the newest member.

She is survived by five children, Susann N. (James) Evans, William R. (Karen) Meyer, Dianne L. (Stan) Kazak, Edward E. (Patricia) Meyer and Phyllis M. Intrain; one daughter-in-law, Linda Meyer; 19 grandchildren, Todd Evans, Kari Evans, Angie Van Fleet, Robin (Todd) Cotter, Tracey Schroeder, Missie (Brandt) Smith, Marcie Meyer, Rae (Brian) Smith, Trish (Ben) Hoskins, Scott (Detra) Meyer, Brent (Lisa) Meyer, Russ (Bonnie) Meyer, Kevin Meyer, Courtney (Roger) Moore, Beth Meyer, Clint (Lindsay) Meyer, Josh (Sarah) Melchert, Kathryn Melchert and Bryan Melchert; 24 great-grandchildren, Ian, Sydney, Colin, Jessica, Sophie, Joe, Megan, Lauren, Addison, Ashley, Jessica, Kyle, Tim, Travis, Aaron, Donnie, Chloe, Thelise, Jareth, Cole, Alexandra, Sean, Abbigail and Brooklyn; two sisters, Velma Ferguson of Lynn Creek, Mo., and Vera Krnac of Plainfield; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Glenn W. Meyer; one son, Donald R. Meyer; a granddaughter, Jayme, and her husband, John Carlson; one grandson-in-law, Troy Scott; two siblings, Edward Herzog and Verna Hollmier.

Visitation will take place from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, at Community Congregational Church of Elburn, A funeral to celebrate her life will follow at 7 p.m. Rev. Bennett McNeal, pastor of the church, will officiate. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Violet’s name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Violet Meyer 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 find her full-life story.

Robert E. ‘Hambone’ Hamblen

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Robert E. “Hambone” Hamblen, 61, passed away peacefully on Nov. 19, 2012. He was born Feb. 2, 1951.

Bob is preceded in death by his father and mother.

He is survived by two sons, Adam (aka Beef) and Jesse Hamblen.

A memorial service in Bob’s name will take place Saturday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. at the Maple Park American Legion, 203 Main St. in Maple Park. The service will be led by Pastor Ernie Rex, with a fellowship dinner to follow.

Memorials and donations can be made out to Judy Hamblen.

Zachary M. Bingham

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Zachary M. Bingham, 18, of Maple Park, died tragically in the early morning hours of Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012.

He was born Jan. 11, 1994, in Hinsdale, Ill., the son of Michael D. and Donna J. Bingham.

Zach grew up in Maple Park and attended Kaneland Elementary School. He participated in many different sports, including football and baseball. Zach enjoyed welding in high school and looked forward to attending Elgin Community College, where he hoped to turn his passion into a career. He graduated from Kaneland High School last summer with the class of 2012.

Zach was an emerging “jack of all trades,” having worked anywhere he could to make a dollar or two, from working at Bob-Jo Speedway to delivering pizza. He was also a laborer and one-time telemarketer, as well.

Zach was one of those all around “great guys.” He could cheer you up if you were feeling blue, and then keep you laughing with a joke or two. He loved so many kinds of music—not only was he unable to pick his favorite band, he couldn’t even pick a genre.

When he was younger, Zach enjoyed the outdoors, going fishing with his dad and grandpa, collecting turkey feathers, building deer stands and learning from his father how to track them. He could stand for hours by the field just waiting for the chance to ask the local farmer if he could help bale hay, and no winter was complete without crazy trips on a sled down the hills at Johnson’s Mound.

In later years, Zach loved to go tubing with friends on the Rock River, visit water parks and stalk friends in the woods while playing paintball. And if it had wheels or skiis, from dirt bikes to quads to snowmobiles, Zach loved to drive it.

Above all, Zach was the pride and joy of his parents and grandparents, and made them all proud. Though he was taken too soon, the impact he made on the lives of family and friends alike will never be forgotten.

He is survived by his parents, Mike and Dee Dee Bingham; paternal grandfather, Roland (Delores Lewan) Bingham; paternal grandmother, Esther (Sam) Bova; maternal grandmother, Marilynn Meyer; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, William Meyer; maternal grandmother, Marion Meyer; and his best four-legged friend, Lucy.

Visitation will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Visitation will continue Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. before proceeding to S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Virgil for a Mass at 10 a.m. to celebrate his faith. Fr. Perfecto Vasquez, pastor of the church, will officiate. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Zach’s name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Zachary Bingham 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

Constance ‘Connie’ Samson Luettich

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Constance “Connie” Samson Luettich, 78, a Yorkville resident for 50 years, passed away on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at her daughter’s home. She was born in Holyoke, Mass., on May 4, 1934, to Elzear and Yvonne (Fontaine) Samson.

She married John K. Luettich Jr. in Springfield, Mass., on Nov. 6, 1954.

Connie was an activity assistant and C.N.A., and very active in church and community service. She took pride and worked tirelessly in nursing homes with activities that always cheered up and helped residents. When it was Connie’s time in the nursing home, she continued encouraging and singing with residents.

Connie always had a kind word for family and friends. She enjoyed her friendships in the Yorkville community and churches. Connie was one of the founding members of Survivors of Suicide (S.O.S.).

She is survived by sons, Arne Luettich of Plano, Ill., and Mark (Jackie) Luettich of Yorkville; daughters, Nancy Grandgeorge of St. Robert, Mo., and Ruth (Jeff Henrichs) Luettich of Elburn; grandchildren, Melissa and Nolan (Sandra) Lee, Rebecca (Greg) Frieders, Lauren and Austin Luettich, Alex and Emma Grandgeorge, Anna, Caroline, Audrey and Ash Henrichs; great-grandchildren, Brandon and Briana Lee; brothers, Guy (Lorraine) and Leo (Bev) Samson; sisters-in-law, Susan (Leo) Froelich and Sally (Chuck) Stading; brother-in-law, Richard (Gloria) Luettich; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, John K. Luettich Jr. in 1997; daughters, Lynn Ann in 1981 and Karen Marie Lee in 1982; sister, Lois; father-in-law, John K. Luettich Sr.; mother-in-law, Celeste “Mom” Luettich; and sisters-in-law, Joyce Luettich and Joanne Wise.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Survivors of Suicide/ Suicide Prevention Services, 528 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia, IL 60510.

Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 410 E. Countryside Parkway in Yorkville, IL.

A funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 406 Walnut St. in Yorkville. Father Matthew Lamoureux, M.I.C., will officiate. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Yorkville.

Arrangements made by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory.

John C. ‘Jack’ Goehring

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John C. “Jack” Goehring, 83, of Browns Valley, Minn., died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at the Browns Valley Health Center.

John Clair Goehring was born Dec. 28, 1928, in rural Peever, S.D., to John William and Clara Emelia (Lundstrom) Goehring. He attended school in Browns Valley.

On Sept. 3, 1949, Jack married Lenore Audrey Bakken in St. Cloud, Minn. They lived in St. Cloud, Sugar Grove, and then back to Browns Valley after retiring in 1986. Jack moved to the Browns Valley Health Center in April 2012.

Jack’s hobbies included hunting and fishing with his sons and good friend, Bill Spotts. He enjoyed oil painting and was an accomplished wood carver of ducks and geese.

Jack was also an avid Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan.

Jack’s true gift was the love he gave to his family. He is survived by his wife, Lenore of Browns Valley; children, Stephanie (Ken) Warren, Debbie (Gene) Pierce, Mark (Candi) Goehring, and John “Jack” (Sue) Goehring, all of Browns Valley, and Denise “Dede” (Mark) Neely of Sugar Grove; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a sister, Carol (Steve) Gaetz of St. Cloud; a brother, Stanley Goehring of Wheaton, Minn.; and several step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Jack is preceded in death by his parents; son, Jay; a granddaughter, Stephanie Metz; and two brothers, Gale and Dean Goehring.

Funeral services were held on Monday at the United Methodist Presbyterian Church in Browns Valley. Rev. Anna Williamson officiated. Music was provided by organist Janet LeClair.

Burial was in the Valley View Cemetery, Browns Valley. Honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren, Jim Probst, Jason Probst, Stephanie Metz, Erin Pierce, Kimberly Pierce, Tina Leininger, John Goehring, Brent Goehring, Steven Neely, Daniel Neely and Emily Neely. Active pallbearers were his sons, Jack Goehring and Mark Goehring.

The Eggers Funeral Home in Rosholt, S.D., was in charge of the arrangements.

Martha Jeanne Vanatta

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Martha Jeanne Vanatta, 84 of Rochelle, Ill., formerly of Kaneville, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

She was born Feb. 29, 1928, in Aurora, the daughter of William A. and Cecile L. (Critchlow) Hope. She married Lloyd M. Vanatta on Aug. 11, 1946, in Aurora. Martha was a graduate of West Aurora High School’s class of 1946.

Martha worked as an inspector for Richardson Electronics in LaFox for 27 years. After her retirement, she volunteered as a ‘grandparent’ at the Lincoln Elementary School in Rochelle, helped as a Girl Scout troop leader for her granddaughters, and was always willing to babysit for her family and her church friends’ children.

She was a former member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church and a faithful member of Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore.

Martha is survived by three sons, William (Jacque) Vanatta of Aurora, Randall (Marcia) Vanatta of Spring Valley, Minn., and Ronald (Carla) Vanatta of Sycamore; one daughter, Terrell (Brian) Weber of Rochelle; nine grandchildren, Gailyn Friedrich, Ben (Lisa) Vanatta, Bridget (Derrick) Sanford, Andy (Sarah) Vanatta, Todd (Shannon) Vanatta, Brandon Weber, Adam (Julie) Weber, Colin Weber and Merideth Weber; nine great-grandchildren, Emily and Parker Friedrich, Addison and Sam Vanatta, Taylor and Morgan Sanford, Josh and Jenni Lief, and Hunter Vanatta; one sister-in-law, Barbara Hope of St. Louis; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lloyd, in 1970; her granddaughter, Tiffany, in 1977; three sisters and one brother.

Visitation and funeral service were held on Saturday, at the Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore. Rev. Robert C. Kinnear officiated. Burial was held at Lincoln Memorial Park in Aurora.

Memorials can be made to the Edward Hospital in Naperville, Pet Therapy Program, DeKalb Co. Rehab and Nursing Center or Salem Lutheran Church in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178.

For info or to sign the online guestbook, visit or call (815) 895-2833.

H. Ernie Bishop

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H. Ernie Bishop, 66, of Elburn, formerly of Drums, Penn., and Oswego, Ill., passed away on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, and is now free from his brief but fierce battle with cancer.

He was born Dec. 9, 1945, in Brunswick, Ga., the son of Odell and Iola (Miller) Bishop.
Ernie grew up in Brunswick and attended local schools. He graduated from Glynn Academy with the class of 1963.

Ernie attended college in Aurora through his involvement with Advent Christian Church, which was affiliated with Aurora College (now Aurora University). During his college years, Ernie enlisted into the United States Marine Corp in 1965. Following boot camp, he returned to college, serving one weekend a month in the reserves. Ernie joined cross-country, which enabled him to obtain a letterman’s jacket that he secretly hoped would ultimately help him meet pretty girls.

It turned out the jacket did help. Ernie and Christine (Rybaruk) Chawgo were united in marriage on June 15, 1968.

They began their new life in Aurora, where they welcomed a daughter, Jennifer, and son, Matthew. In time, they moved to Oswego in 1976, where they were blessed with another daughter, Stephanie, who made the family complete. In 1983, Christine and Ernie went their separate ways. He spent several years with his second wife, Barbara Tuohy, and her children. Ernie was lucky in love a third time when he was united in marriage to Theresa Kringer in 2008.

Ernie began working for All-Steel when he was still in school, and before he retired as a foreman almost 36 years later, the plant in Aurora closed and he relocated to the plant in Hazleton, Penn. He retired in 2008, but never really lived up to the definition by working part-time at Ametek, a plastics company in Hazleton.

Recently, with his health failing, Ernie returned to Illinois and made a home with his daughter, Jennifer.

Ernie was a dedicated worker who may have been born from his years as a local paper boy, and although he spoke rarely of religion, he had a quiet strength and a deep spirituality that kept him grounded.

During his All-Steel years, Ernie was on the company golf team and knocked down ten pins in the company bowling league. He passed on his varied interests to his children and participated during his son’s years in Cub Scouts. He was a big fan of “Da Bears,” and enjoyed the outdoors as he hiked through miles of trails in the local forest preserves as well as trips to Starved Rock.

When at home, surrounded by family, Ernie also loved playing cards and board games, often winning without remorse. Mornings were reserved for his daily crossword puzzles. He also enjoyed reading the tales spun by Stephen King, Dean Koontz and James Patterson, but when it came to spinning records, Alan Jackson and Kenny Rogers made the cut. Above all, his heart beat for his family, and he will be remembered for the loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle he was.

He is survived by his three children, Jennifer (Mark) Wold of Elburn, Matthew (Dawn) Bishop of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Stephanie (Kevin) Hsieh of Muskegon, Mich.; nine grandchildren, Adam Wold, Lucy Wold, Logan Bishop, Kelsey Bishop, Kian Bishop, Broden Bishop, Christopher Bishop, Anja Hsieh and Kai Hsieh; wife, Theresa of McAdoo, Penn., and her children, Emory (Mary Beth) Toth of Hazleton, and Barb (Al) Oberman of Brockton, Penn.; six siblings, Jeral Faircloth, Betty (Leon) Everett, Imogene Hagan, Nona Weinmann, Linda Rooney and Teddy Bishop; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation, followed by a memorial service to honor Ernie’s life was held Saturday at Conley Funeral Home. Rev. Phil Ressler, pastor of Lord of Life Lutheran Church, officiated. Private family interment will follow at a later date.

A memorial has been established in Ernie’s name to benefit his favorite charities, including The American Cancer Society. Checks may be made to the “H. Ernie Bishop 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

Wilma Jeannette Keller

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A Memorial Mass for Wilma Jeannette Keller will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, at St. Gall Church in Elburn, with inurnment to follow at St. Gall Cemetery.

Keller passed away on Nov. 7, 2012, in Baldwin City, Kan.

Wilma was born on Oct. 5, 1916, in Elburn, the daughter of William Paul and Anna (Bross) Deckert. She graduated from Elburn High School in 1934, and for the next 10 years worked as a dairy maid, companion, housemaid and cook for families in the Chicago area and in Michigan, and as a clerk in Henderson, Nev. When her children were in school, she returned to the workforce as a line worker for Furnas Electric until her retirement in 1978.

Wilma married John Albert Keller on April 11, 1942, at the chapel of McCarran Army Air Force Field in Las Vegas, at 6 a.m. “because that was when Father Junk said Mass.” John preceded her in death on Nov. 12, 1987.

In Illinois, Wilma was a member of the St. Gall Altar and Rosary Society and the Elburn American Legion Auxiliary. In Lawrence, she attended Corpus Christi Church.

She became a Chicago Cubs fan in the 1930s, when Tuesdays were Ladies’ Day at Wrigley Field, admission was $.10, and you wore hat, gloves, and your second-best dress. Her fidelity to the Cubs, and her optimism about their prospects, never waned.

The daughter of an accomplished musician, Wilma loved music, and she did everything she
could to foster her grandchildren’s abilities, from purchasing music and recordings to figuring out, when she was in her mid-70s, how to shoehorn a three-quarter-size upright bass into her Crown Victoria.

She loved to cook, and everyone she fed had a favorite—rhubarb cobbler, chop suey, roast beef and gravy, lemon meringue pie or spaghetti casserole (only John loved her liver dumplings, but she made them for him anyway). She was renowned for the vats of coleslaw she prepared for the church’s St. Patrick’s Day dinner.

Wilma’s true vocation was as a wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was wise, tolerant and giving, not only to her husband, children and grandchildren, but also to her nieces and nephews, and to many others who needed a confidante or a surrogate mom or grandma.

Survivors include daughter, Jeannette (Dan) Johnson of Lawrence; son, William J. (Cheryl) Keller of Elburn; four grandchildren, Kevin (Susan) Keller, Kim Provenzano, Thomas Johnson and wife Corey Heiberger, and Eric Johnson; and three great-grandchildren, Alex Keller and Nicolette and Joseph Provenzano.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Clara L. Hewitt, and great-granddaughter, Gianna Provenzano.

Memorial contributions may be made in Wilma’s name to the KU Endowment Association for the Hilltop Child Development Center Scholarship Fund, Corpus Christi Catholic School, or Elburn St. Gall Catholic Church, and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

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Charles J. Brouch

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Charles J. Brouch, 78, of Sugar Grove, formerly of Aurora, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Provena Mercy Center. He was born March 19, 1934, in Aurora to the late John and Louise (Brummel) Brouch.

Charlie was raised and schooled in the Marywood and Pigeon Hill area. He served his country for two years stateside during the Korean conflict.

He worked for Oberweis Dairy as a young man, and later made his career with Illinois Bell/Ameritech, starting as a pole lineman and retiring in 1989. He loved fishing and riding motorcycles.

Survivors include his three sons, Michael (Lorraine) Brouch of Scottsdale, Ariz., James (Christine) Brouch of Naperville, Ill., Joseph Brouch of North Wales, Penn.; one daughter, Cynthia (Jeff) Ford of Oswego, Ill.; and their mother, Donna Brouch of Aurora. He also leaves 10 grandchildren, Christopher (Christine) Brouch, Jacob Brouch, Jack Brouch, Sam Brouch, Nicholas Brouch, Elizabeth Brouch, Emily and Madeleine Brouch, and Jesse and Sara Jarka; one great-granddaughter; brother, Richard (Helen) Brouch of Aurora; sisters, Joan (Paul) Cetto of Phoenix, Ariz., Sister Grace Brouch, O.S.F. of Brazil and Virginia Brouch of Phoenix; special friend, Sharon Lindvall of Sugar Grove; uncle and aunt, Donald and Joan Brummel; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Provena Mercy Center for their extraordinary care of Charlie.

Visitation was held Saturday at Healy Chapel in Sugar Grove. Interment was private.

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

Steven ‘Steve’ G. Fry

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Steven “Steve” G. Fry, 66, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully with his loving wife Leronna at his side, on Nov. 5, 2012, at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill.

He was born Oct. 4, 1946, in Aurora. Steve lived in Wheaton, Ill., for 40 years before he and Leronna made their home in Maple Park. He graduated from Elmhurst College in 1970 and taught science at Glencrest Junior High School in Glen Ellyn, Ill. After teaching for more than 13 years, Steve decided to make a career change and took a position with Fermilab, in Batavia, as a computer networking specialist. In March of 2008, after 24 years with Fermilab, Steve retired.

Steve is survived by his wife of 42 years, Leronna of Maple Park.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. Elburn. A memorial service celebrating Steven’s life will begin at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Lisa Kruse- Safford, pastor of Cornerstone United Methodist Church, will officiate.

A memorial has been established in Steve’s name to benefit Loyola University Health System. Checks may be made to the Loyola University Health System and mailed in care of the Fry family P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Bernard ‘Bernie’ Joseph

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Bernard “Bernie” Joseph, 61, of Elburn, passed away at his home on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.

He was born June 17, 1951, in St. Charles, the son of Bernard Sr. and Delores Joseph.

Bernie grew up in St. Charles and attended St. Patrick Catholic Schools. He graduated from St. Charles High School with the class of 1969.

Bernie met the love of his life when he was a senior. Sandra “Sandy” Charles transferred in as a junior, and it wasn’t long until he made his move by sending roses to her home. Sandy felt obliged to say thank you in person, stealing his heart in the process. Bernie and Sandy quickly became inseparable, walking down the aisle three years later on April 21, 1973.

They began their new life together in Batavia, while they built a home in Elburn. In 1977, they welcomed home their son Dan shortly before moving into their new home. Two years later, a daughter, Amy, made their family complete.

A million memories were made and shared with family and friends for the next many years until a tragic fire took their home but not their hearts. The community came together, and after incredible support from special friends and family, they rebuilt a home using the strength born of community spirit unique to small towns like Elburn.

Right after graduating from high school, Bernie began working in the construction trade. After 15 years, Bernie left Imperial Components as a plant manager and spent more time with his growing children, introducing them to a life of serving the needs of a community that was growing, as well. It was an excellent opportunity to “pay it forward” after receiving so many blessings the years before.

Bernie was a deeply dedicated member of the Elburn Lions Club, where he was everything from “chief cook and bottle washer,” to manning the barbecue pits and chairing large events, including the annual senior citizen dinner, not to mention participating in the annual Elburn Days parade and carnival. He was also a member of Ducks Unlimited for many years.

Bernie’s home was always the one the neighborhood kids flocked to as they recognized the “kid inside” that was never too far from the surface. He always enjoyed every holiday, but Halloween was especially sweet. Not only were the best treats to be had at the Joseph house, but also the best tricks as Bernie loved to scare unsuspecting trick or treaters every year.

He was an outdoorsman at heart and loved to spend time at the family farm in Missouri. Bernie loved to hunt with his son Dan, and every season he left for the woods, though never without the good luck charm given to him by his daughter Amy.

There was never a heart that beat so strong for his fellow man. Bernie dedicated years of service to his community, many of them through the Elburn Lions Club, and found that the definition of “family” was not limited to those related by blood. The real definition of family to Bernie was those with a common goal and a common heart, helping people regardless of race or creed.

He was a loving father and husband. Even though years were stolen from him, Bernie leaves behind a legacy of love, friendship and community spirit that lives on in all those he loved.

He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Sandy; two children, Dan (Koreen) Joseph and their daughters, Aley and Andrea of Evans, Colo., and Amy (Brian Robie) Joseph and their son, Nolan, of North Aurora; mother, Delores Stuart of Walden, Ark.; four siblings, Glen Joseph, Terry Van Sickle, Penny Strange and Chris Stewart; many loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and a community of friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, Bernard Sr., and three siblings, Michael Joseph, Thomas Joseph and William Stewart.

Visitation, followed by a remembrance service, was held on Tuesday at the Elburn Lions Club, 500 Filmore St., Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Bernie’s name to benefit his favorite charities, including the Elburn Lions Club. Checks may be made to the “Bernard Joseph 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

Arrangements were handled with care by Conley Funeral Home.

Dorothy Marie Gilmore

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Dorothy Marie Gilmore, 89, of Elburn, passed from this life to eternal life on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family.

Dorothy was born at home on Jan. 30, 1923, in Wheaton, Ill., the daughter of Adam and Helen (Lambert) Klein. She attended local schools until the 10th grade.

On Jan. 30, 1940, she married the love of her life, Samuel Arthur Gilmore.

Over the years, Dorothy and Samuel made their home in Wheaton and a farm in Carol Stream before purchasing a farm near Elburn. In 1946, the two built their house, where they created many memories with their children until Samuel’s passing in 1991. Dorothy continued to live in their home until 2012, when she moved to Inspirations in St. Charles.

A spiritual woman, Dorothy was a parishioner at St. Gall Catholic Church, where she was active with their Altar and Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Kane County Home Extension.

Dorothy had many interests in life. She enjoyed passing her time working on all types of crafts including knitting, crocheting, or stitching together some quilts for the church’s annual raffle.

Dorothy was also no stranger to the kitchen. As you would enter her home, you were greeted with the smell of home cooking. If you were lucky, it would be her homemade coleslaw or baked beans.

Dorothy loved her family more than anything and devoted her entire life to them by attending to their needs as a homemaker. She especially enjoyed spending her time with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dorothy always made sure a birthday card was made to each and every one of them.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Sandy (Paul) Beyer of Arkdale, Wis., Dan (Karen) Gilmore of South Elgin, Ill., Mary Gilmore of Elburn and Kathy (Mike) Carney of Elburn; grandchildren, Anne (Dan) Carson, Peggy (Dave) Nelson, Betsy Beyer, Paula (Mark) Robitske, Laura (Paul) Ross, Chris (Jodee) Beyer, Kevin Gilmore, and Michelle (John Douglas) Gilmore; great-grandchildren, Sam, Emily, Sarah, Becky, Eric, Michael, Jacob, Cassie, Deidra, Aiden, Megan, Tyler, Jessica, CJ, Jerome, Sara and Grace; great-great-granddaughter, Anessa; sisters, Bernice (Bill) Graf and Eileen (Bob) Trescott; brother, Bob Klein; and brother-in-law, Don Stargardt.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Samuel Gilmore; infant daughter, Diane; sister, Betty Stargardt; daughter-in-law, Carol Gilmore; sister-in-law, Sharon Klein; and brother-in-law, Bill Graf.

Visitation was held on Sunday at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn. A funeral Mass celebrating her life was held on Monday at St. Gall Catholic Church. Rev. Tim Siegel, pastor of the church, officiated.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities: Checks may be made to the “Dorothy Gilmore 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

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