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Leonard Hill Stidley

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Leonard Hill Stidley, 86, of Elburn, died Sept. 8, 2012, at Manor Care in Naperville, Ill. He was born Sept. 1, 1926, in New York City, to Leonard A. and Constance (Hill) Stidley.

Leonard grew up in New York City, Decatur, Ill., and Oberlin, Ohio. He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean conflict. He graduated from the University of Illinois with B.S. and M.S. degrees.

On Feb. 5, 1949, he married Marcia Bannister in DeKalb. He was employed by the Illinois Department of Corrections and retired in June 1986 after 31 years.

He was president of the Town and Country Public Library Board, and helped with the planning of the new library building. Leonard enjoyed genealogy and spent many hours on his family history. He was also a Sudoku enthusiast.

Leonard is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marcia; four children, Gerald of Washington, D.C., Sharon (Bruce) Seedall of Gilbert, Ariz., Keith of Lisle, Ill., and Chris (Ed Bedrick) of Albuquerque, N.M.; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and sister, Connie (Tom) Pexton of Denver.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation has taken place. Burial will take place at Fairview Cemetary in DeKalb at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Town and Country Public Library in Elburn.

Insoo Kang

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Insoo Kang, 50, died on Sunday Sept. 9, 2012, at his home in Maple Park. He was born on April 8, 1962, to Chang Hum Kang and Jung Ho Kim on Jeju Island, South Korea.

Insoo married Rev. Eun Young Ko on July 7, 2007, in Korea. He served in the Korean Army. Insoo was a member of Maple Park Grace United Methodist Church. He graduated from Jeju First High School in 1981. He later received a bachelor degree in accounting from his college.

After military service, he dreamed of being a human rights lawyer, though the dream didn’t come true. He was always interested in people rather than in material goods.

His favorite thing was to go to the library, read and study philosophy, political science, sociology and ecology. He tried to take a macroscopic view of life on earth. He was a person who was sensitive, intellectual and calm, which was a great influence and motivation for his wife and their daughter in their daily lives. He also dreamed of and was preparing to live on Jeju Island, returning to nature and living with no possessions, which was his goal in life.

He was also a sweet and generous husband, encouraging, supporting and loving his wife (Eun Young), as well as being the best father to his daughter Halla, teaching her many things, playing with her and feeding her, and doing his best as a Mr. Mom for almost two years.

Survivors include his wife, Rev. Eun Young Ko; daughter, Halla Ko Kang; mother, Jung Ho
Kim; three brothers, Dong Suk, Duk Soo and Young Soo; one sister, Young Ja. Insoo was predeceased by his father, Chang Hum.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, at Maple Park Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park. Rev. Richard Carl Wisdom will officiate the service. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to the family or Maple Park Grace United Methodist Church. Arrangements made by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Quiram Sycamore Chapel. For more information, call (815) 895-6589. To share a memory or condolence, visit olsonfh.com.

Carlton F. Juby

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A memorial service for Carlton F. Juby will take place at St. Marks Episcopal Church 320 Franklin St., Geneva, on Monday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. Note that parking may be difficult due to the Festival of The Vine in Geneva, and allow time prior to the service to locate parking. Possible suggestion: the lot directly east of the
church or the train station lots. In lieu of flowers, send donations to St. Mark’s Church.

For more information, call Yurs Funeral Home of Geneva at (630) 232-7337 or visit www.yursfuneralhomes.com.

Edward J. Jungels

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Edward J. Jungels, 83, of Montgomery, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. He was born in Aurora on March 19, 1929, to George S. and Irene (Wennmacher) Jungels.

Ed lived his entire life in the Aurora and Montgomery areas. He retired from All-Steel in 1991 after 25 years of service.

He is survived by his wife, Genevieve (Schlindwein) Jungels of Montgomery; sisters, Dolores Reier and Pat Hall, both of Aurora; a brother, Ralph (Edye) of Arkansas; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and a number of good friends.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Agnes Gerhardt and Carol Miller, plus a number of close relatives.

Funeral services and visitation were held on Tuesday at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove. Burial followed at River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ed’s name may be directed to the Edward and Genevieve Jungels Scholarship Fund c/o The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, 111 W. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60506, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Phyllis A. Wolf

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Phyllis A. Wolf, 73, of Maple Park, passed away suddenly Sunday morning, Aug. 26, 2012.

She was born Feb. 24, 1939, in Anoka, Minn., the daughter of Roland L. and Irene R. (McDonald) Sanderson.

Her family moved to Sugar Grove when Phyllis was only nine years old. Her father worked as a farm hand on a local farm that became the Aurora Airport in 1960.
Phyllis attended Sugar Grove Elementary School and graduated from Elburn High School in 1957.

She found a dancing partner for life when she was only in fourth grade. Rex Wolf and Phyllis had their first dance lined up as square dancing partners. Friendship became something more when they reached their junior year of high school, eventually becoming the homecoming king and queen a year later.

On March 15, 1958, they were united in marriage at the Sugar Grove Methodist Church. They began their new life together in Aurora for a time. Phyllis worked as an operator for Illinois Bell while Rex worked as a truck mechanic for International Harvester. In 1960, they moved back to Sugar Grove to live on the farm where she spent her growing up years. Farming acres became runways for the airport, with Rex tending to both over the years. In 1983, Rex and Phyllis picked up their belongings and made the move to Maple Park, where they continued to make their home and raise buffalo.

Phyllis had a strong work ethic and a heart that was full of love for her family. When she wasn’t at home raising her children, she spent many years at the Stop-N-Go in Sugar Grove, where everybody knew her name and she, in turn, fondly remembered theirs. When it closed, Phyllis went to work at The Bank of Sugar Grove, now Old Second, until her retirement in 2002.

Phyllis was a member of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church and served on the Sugar Grove Library Board for many years. She also was a member and volunteered at the Sugar Grove American Legion.

Phyllis was more than an avid reader. Her trips to the library numbered in the thousands. Her copies of Gone with the Wind were well worn, as was her copy of the movie. Romance novels were also a favorite, along with classic country music, westerns and her beloved Elvis. Her constant companion (other than Rex) was her dog Charlie—who only allowed Phyllis to pet him. Charlie was found wandering in Bliss Woods and became her “four legged fierce protector” for many years. She enjoyed bowling leagues and loved to not only watch but participate in local tractor pulls. The Booster Barn at Kaneland became a second home while her children played in sports with her ever-present cow bell rang encouragement on every play. She also coached girls’ softball while her daughters played.

Phyllis was a whiz in the kitchen, often utilizing her spoons and spatulas not only for cooking but also for “correction” when the children misbehaved. She never met a stranger and became close friends with many in her community. Her heart was happiest when surrounded by her family, especially her grandchildren. “Back to School Weenie Roasts,” riding the golf cart around the Buffalo Farm, and daylong Christmas celebrations are only a few of the thousands of wonderful unforgettable memories she made with each and every one. She now lives on in their hearts, and her legacy will never be forgotten.

She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Rex Wolf; four children: Lisa (Tony Lampros) Landes, Dan Wolf, Lynda (Tim) Fillipp and Denise (Larry) Secor; 10 grandchildren, Daniel Landes, Heather Lampros, Haley Lampros, Andrew (Katelyn) Fillip and their son, Ben, Tyler Fillipp, Timothy Fillipp, Kaelyn Fillipp, Haley Secor, Sophey Secor and Joseph Secor; three sisters, Joyce Matalone, Shirley (Donald) Hinds and Sharon Sanderson; many nieces, nephews, cousins, a community of friends, and special loving caregivers Elaine, Kim and Michelle.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Roland and Irene Sanderson; and one grandson, Joseph Daniel Wolf.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate her life will take place Friday, Aug. 31, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Kaneville Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Phyllis Wolf Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com where you can also find her full life story.

Dorothy J. Pannell

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Dorothy J. Pannell, 74, of Thomson, Ill., died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at Mercy Living Center, Clinton, Iowa.

Dorothy was born Nov. 7, 1937, the daughter of J. Edward and Bernadette (Foreman) Kustes. She married Robert Pannell on April 23, 1960, in Fulton, Ill.

She was educated in the Smith rural school and graduated from Fulton High School. Dorothy grew up on the family farm in Fulton, until she attended Mount St. Clare College, Clinton, Iowa, where she graduated with an Associate of Arts degree.

She loved to laugh and sing. Dorothy loved to give of herself, she especially loved to teach children who struggled how to read and write. She enjoyed a good game of cards, musicals, plays and a good joke. She was an avid reader and life-long learner.

She was a devoted seamstress to her children in their youth, as well as her grandchildren. She also was a big supporter of the Girl Scouts and 4-H. She also loved her Shih Tzu, Sparky. Dorothy was employed with the Clinton Bridge Commission, Nielsen’s corporation, Thomson School District and the West Carroll School District, retiring at the age of 70 because she couldn’t bear the thought of being bored. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fulton, the church’s Altar & Rosary Society, Fulton American Legion Auxiliary, T.O.P.S. and Curves. Dorothy was a great asset to all of her children and was loved immensely by all who met her.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Pannell of Thomson; two daughters, Barbara L. Lawrence of Fulton and Lisa M. (Michael) Dienst of Maple Park; two sons, Edward J. (Susan) Pannell and Richard J. (Jennifer) Pannell, both of Fulton; 13 grandchildren, Heather A. Houzenga of Savanna, Ill., Brent E. Houzenga of New Orleans, La., Meghan E., Scott M., Mitchell E. and Brett C. Dienst, all of Maple Park, Whitney L. Pannell of Thomson, Morgan C., Hannah M., Jacob D., Eli H., Maxwell G. and Zane R. Pannell, all of Fulton; one great-granddaughter, Isabella M. Valdivia of Thomson; and two sisters, Francis M. Powers of Sycamore, Ill., and Mary E. Biggs of Moline, Ill.; many nieces and nephews and a huge circle of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, John E. Kustes, Jesse Lemmel and Virgil Lemmel.

It was Dorothy’s wish that cremation rites be accorded. A gathering of friends and family met on Sunday at the McDonald Funeral Home in Fulton. A memorial Mass was held on Monday in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fulton, with Reverend David Austin officiating. Interment was at the Calvary Hill Cemetery in Fulton.

To leave an online condolence, visit mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com.

Ann G. Duszak

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Ann G. Duszak, 70, passed away peacefully Aug. 7, 2012, at her home in Batavia from kidney cancer.

She was born Dec. 7, 1941, in Sycamore, the daughter of Frank and Olive (Mefferd) Gustafson. Ann grew up a Spartan, graduating from Sycamore High School in 1960. She worked in banking for more than 17 years, retiring as Safe Deposit Manager in 1998. She also served as Vice President of the Fox Valley Safe Deposit Association.

Ann gave lovingly of her time and talents to several worthy activities. In earlier years, she was active in Mothers Club and was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. Later in life, following appropriate training, she became a Direct Service and Bereavement volunteer for Fox Valley Hospice. She brought great joy to the elderly she called on in this capacity. Serendipitously, one of those visits led her to join the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the choir, the Coffee Connection Card Ministry, and the Staff-Parish Relations and Funeral Luncheon committees.

Ann was an avid fan of Chicago Bears football and NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing. She also enjoyed collecting both Hummel and Willow Tree Angel figurines. But her greatest passion involved the grandchildren’s activities—particularly their sports. At volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball and football games, she shared with them and their parents the joy and agony of wins, losses and both good and not-so-good individual performances.

Ann is survived by her husband of 12 years, Dennis; children, Lisa (Terry) Moore of Osseo, Wisc., Dusty (Sarah) Jackson of Elburn, and Christopher Duszak of Waukegan, Ill.; grandchildren, Alexa and Nick Moore, and Mitch and Sam Jackson; brother, Leonard (Gus) and his wife, Varina (Toots) Gustafson of Sandwich, Ill.; and her pets, Roscoe and Tippy of Batavia.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Her family gratefully thanks both CNS Hospice and Bright Star Life Care for excellent support in allowing Ann’s final days to be as she desired.

Honoring Ann’s wishes, there will be no wake or funeral. Instead, you will be welcomed at a memorial service celebrating her life on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 176 Main St., Sugar Grove, with Rev. Vickie Hadaway and Rev. Richard Mayer officiating. A luncheon at the Sugar Grove Community House, directly across from the church, will immediately follow the memorial service.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Anderson Animal Shelter, 1000 South LaFox St., South Elgin, Illinois 60177, or Coffee Connection Card Ministry of Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 176 Main St., Sugar Grove, Illinois 60554, would be appreciated.

Arrangements are being handled by Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St., Geneva. For information, call (630) 232-8233 or visit malonefh.com.

Edna C. Anderson

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Edna C. Anderson, 97, of Batavia, passed away peacefully to claim the promise of her Savior on Thursday evening, July 26, 2012, at Rosewood Care Center, St. Charles, where she had recently made her home.

She was born on the Freeland family farm in Virgil Township on Jan. 19, 1915, the daughter of Harry J.L. and Mattie Christine (Nelson) Freeland.

Edna grew up in rural Maple Park and attended McMahon School, a one-room school house on Beith Road.

Edna singled out Gunnar D. Anderson from across the crowded dance floor of Long’s Barn. A friendship grew into something more and before you knew it, they danced together as husband and wife on the day of their wedding on May 23, 1936, at the Geneva Lutheran Church Parsonage.

They began their new life together on the Downing and Beith farms in Elburn. Following Gunnar’s passing in 1960, Edna moved to Batavia, most recently making her home at Rosewood Care Center in St. Charles.

Edna began working as a housekeeper in Elburn for a time. In later years, after moving to Batavia, she was employed by Shuman Label Company, PET Tool, and Furnas Electric before her retirement at the age of 72. Her resume, however, did not list her most important and beloved job: that of mother, wife and homemaker, which, for her, had no retirement age.

Edna was a member of the Batavia Park District Senior Group and active in their walking groups. She was a former member of the Batavia Women of the Moose.

Edna was a master baker, making delicious mouth-watering cookies, cakes and was especially known for her peach and cherry pies that graced the table every birthday and holiday. When it came to Christmas, there was no one who decorated with more cheer than Edna.

In addition to her baking exploits, Edna’s garden got a “blue ribbon” for the bounty she harvested each season. In later years, vegetable harvests turned into bouquets filled with brilliant and vibrant flowers.

She had a lifelong passion for bowling starting with her involvement with the Furnas Electric Women’s League. Knocking down pins with friends stayed with her over the years as she bowled with the North Aurora Wise Owls, a senior bowling group, until she was 92.

She is survived by three children, Judy (Ron) Johnson of Elburn, Byron (Sue) Anderson of Batavia and Sheila (William) Van Buskirk of Big Rock; one daughter-in-law, Bernice Anderson of Elburn; seven grandchildren, Curt (Susan) Anderson of Elburn, Craig (Suzanne) Anderson and their children, Nick and Neil of Sycamore, Kent (Tammy) Anderson of Cortland, Jeff (Bridget) Johnson and their children, Brooks, Brady and Dylan of Elburn, Mindy (Bryan) Bachmann and their children, Maggie and Ella of Peoria, Mark Anderson and his children, Bailey and Bodi of Aurora, and Sarah Van Buskirk of Big Rock; two sisters, many nieces, nephews and a countryside of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gunnar; one son, Howard Anderson; a grandson, Keith Anderson; three brothers and one sister.

Visitation was held July 31 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate her life followed visitation. Interment took place at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Edna Anderson Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com, where you can find her full-life story.

Carlton F. Juby

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Carlton F. Juby passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, Aug. 3. He was born in Elgin, Ill., to Charles and Ester (nee Johnson) Juby.

Carlton was a successful entrepreneur and businessman who loved meeting new people and seeing old friends. Carlton established and ran Carlton Associates, TempStaff and Carlton Home HealthCare for many years from his base in Geneva.

Carlton was an active member of the local business community, service and social organizations. He especially enjoyed participation in Geneva Rotary Club and Community Chest. He was a friend of Bill Wilson and will be missed by many.

Carlton was preceded in death by his siblings, Charles and Charlene. He is survived by his son, C.J.; daughters, Samantha and Johanna; grandchildren, Veronica, Zachary, Vanessa and Samuel; as well as his long-term companion, Candace Moline; her children, Andrew and Emilie; and numerous members of his extended family.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. at St. Marks Episcopal Church, 320 Franklin St., Geneva.

In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to St. Mark’s Church.

For more information, call Yurs Funeral Home of Geneva, (630) 232-7337, or visit www.yursfuneralhomes.com.

Glenna M. Blahnik

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Glenna M. Blahnik, 82, of DeKalb, joined the angels on the afternoon of July 25, 2012, at the Oakcrest Retirement Center. The daughter of Louis and Edith (McClean) Cardin was born on Aug.15, 1929, in Green Bay, Wis.

Glenna completed her grammar school education at St. Philip the Apostle School and graduated from St. Joseph’s High School for Girls in 1947. She attended classes for one year of baby nursery care at a hospital in Chicago, and was employed at Montgomery Ward and Dun and Bradstreet in Green Bay.

Glenna married Robert J. Blahnik at St. Phillip the Apostle Catholic Church in Green Bay on Sept. 8, 1951. She didn’t realize that her life was going to become a travel log, traveling with her husband, who was a telephone office equipment installer, as they ventured forward to Terre Haute, Ind., Paris, Ill., Lafayette, Ind., Mauston, Wis., and to Clintonville Wis., so their first son, Thomas, could be born in Green Bay in 1952. Onward to Lincoln, Neb., then to Wenatchee, Wash., to welcome their second son, Richard, in 1954. After a brief stop in Ellensburg, Wash., a return to Terre Haute, and then to Pekin, Ill., to enjoy third son, Harry, in 1955.

In 1956, they moved to Vermilion, Ohio, and first daughter, Sharon, was born in Lorain, Ohio, soon to be joined by second daughter, Margaret, in 1957, and fourth son, James, in 1958, with fifth son, Robert, born in Amherst, Ohio, in 1961. They then chose to live in Virgil, Ill., for 18 years, during which time they welcomed daughter No. 3, Denise, in 1963; daughter No. 4, Terry Ann, in 1964; sixth son, Glenn, in 1966; and daughter No. 5, Renee, in 1972.

In 1980, they moved to Jackson, Mich. In 1991, they returned to Dixon. Glenna enjoyed continued travel with Bob in their retirement years, visiting 49 of the 50 states (not Alaska), three provinces in Canada, and Mexico and Australia, spending the first four months of each year in the Rio Grande Valley through 1999. At this time, she became disabled by diabetic neuropathy and lost the effective use of her legs. They relocated to DeKalb to be near the location of most of their children.

Glenna was a wonderful loving wife to Bob for 60-plus years, a loving mother to 11 children, grandmother to 28 and great-grandmother to 7. She was quick with a joke and instilled a great sense of love and humor in all of her children. She leaves to mourn her: Thomas and Richard (Lola) of Dekalb; Harry (Renee) of Burnsville Minn.; Sharon Cox (John Tice) of Dekalb; Margaret (Rich) Govea of Rochelle Ill.; James (Debra) of Sycamore Ill.; Robert (Cheryl) of Golden Colo.; Denise (Tim) Berkshire of Sycamore; Terry Ann (Tom) Meeusen of Jenison Mich.; Glenn (Jennifer) of Lafayette Ind.; Renee (Tom) Comeford of DeKalb; daughter-in-law, Barbara Blahnik of Auburndale, Fla.; as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Edith Cardin; brothers, John and Robert Cardin; sister and brother-in-law, Lucy and Russell Blahnik; brothers-in-law, Ralph Blahnik, Roland Blahnik, Randolph Blahnik and Royal Blahnik; along with one grandson, Michael Blahnik.

Visitation was held July 30 at St. Phillip the Apostle Catholic Church, 312 Victoria St., Green Bay. Mass of Christian Burial for Glenna followed at the church. Rev. Ralph Merkatoris officiated. Interment took place at Allouez Catholic Cemetery.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.cotterfuneralhome.com.

Raymond J. Flinn

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Raymond J. Flinn, 82, of Elburn, passed away peacefully at Geneva Care Center in Geneva on Monday, July 23, 2012.

He was born April 2, 1930, in Chicago, the son of John and Emily (McGee) Flinn.

Ray grew up in Chicago and attended Crane Technical Prep High School.

Ray enlisted into the United States Marine Corp and served his country faithfully and honorably for four years through the Korean War. Although they never sent him overseas, he rose to the rank of sergeant while working in the motor pool maintaining the general’s cars, which he described as “not a bad gig during war time.” Upon his return to civilian life, Ray continued to work as an auto and truck mechanic at various garages, eventually finding a home at Hyster Lift Trucks.

Ray met Maxine Brechon at the Marine Ballroom in Chicago. The weekly dance attracted many young men and women during that time, and as luck would have it, Maxine caught his eye and soon his heart. Two years later, they were united in marriage on Aug. 11, 1956. They began their new life together in Oak Park, Ill., welcoming home a son, Brian, a year later. Beth completed the family in 1960.

They moved to St. Charles, where Ray restored an airplane in the garage. Saturdays were reserved for flying across the countryside for breakfast or just “airport hopping” with Ray as pilot and Brian as “co-pilot.” Later, the family moved to a 100-year-old, two-acre farm in Elburn in 1966. As was his custom, Ray built another garage/workshop that would never house cars, just airplanes. It was a labor of love and took a lot of help from family and friends to make it “livable,” but unforgettable memories were made in the process—a process that, to this day, is still ongoing.

While living in St. Charles, Ray began working for E.C. Dorsey in Aurora as industrial machinery repair man, and later moved up to sales. He moved on to maintenance and all around foreman for the machines at American Precision in Chicago for a time before becoming foreman for the machine operation at GPE Controls in Morton Grove, Ill. He worked on very large diesel engines in Woodstock, Ill., later working for Perfection Machine in Elk Grove, Ill. Ray started his own business, The Mark Company, before retiring from Monitor in Elburn, where he was the “go to” all-around fix-it-man.

Ray got the model steam-train bug, and fabricated many live steam engines from scratch in his shop. He was a very active member in all the Midwest steam train clubs and loved to travel with Maxine on annual summer trips to the Rockies, riding the full-size steam trains in the mountains and touring the magnificent sights around Colorado. In addition to steam trains, motorcycles, airplanes, trucks and even boats captured his imagination.

Ray received certification in underwater welding and salvage, and started his own company, Mark Diving Service. Ray also had a very active interest in all things aviation and worked at Fox Valley Aviation at the DuPage Airport, repairing airplanes and receiving his A & P (Airframe and Power Plant) certification. He had his first solo flight in 1955. Later, he went to multi-engine, instrument flight rating, as well as obtaining what he described as the most difficult rating: rotary wing (helicopter) rating.

Ray loved Elburn Days, not because of anything that went on in Lions Park, but because Grandma Marie (Maxine’s mom) would serve up his favorite spaghetti dinners.

He was a collector of still cameras, and actually had a dark room for doing his own processing. If Ray ever had free time, you could find him reading not only books but also technical manuals about all his favorite pastimes.

He is survived by his loving wife, Maxine; two children, Brian Flinn and Beth (Alan) Heyob; one granddaughter, Sally Heyob; several nieces and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Dorothy.
Visitation and a funeral service to celebrate his life was held Friday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Private family interment will follow cremation 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 “Raymond Flinn Memorial” and mailed in care of The Flinn Family, P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com, where you can also find his full-life story.

Bud A. ‘Red’ Spurgin

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Bud A. “Red” Spurgin, 82, of Elburn, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, July 26, 2012.

He was born on April 28, 1930, in Albia, Iowa, of Clyde and Gladys (Repp) Spurgin, and was one of seven children.

Bud grew up in Albia and attended local schools before helping to support his family by working odd jobs in the area.

While still a teenager, Bud gave his heart to MaryAnn Raines. A few years later, Bud made the move to Illinois, along with many other “Albians” looking for work in Elburn at the local meat packing plant, E.W. Kneip, a subsidiary of Eckrich Meats. Bud never forgot his family or his roots, faithfully sending money home to his mom, and within a few years he was able to have MaryAnn join him. They were united in marriage in 1953 and lived on Shannon Street. They welcomed a daughter, Theresa, in 1960, with a son, Buddy, in 1964.

Within a few months of Buddy’s birth, MaryAnn died tragically in an auto accident. Two years later, fate stepped in and introduced him to Helen Brunner Schmidt, a recent widow with seven children of her own and recent residents of Mooseheart, Ill. They met on the dance floor of the Blue Moon in Elgin, Ill., and at the end of the night it seemed poetic that they had unwittingly parked right next to each other. A few weeks later, they met yet again, and this time Bud didn’t let her walk away without asking for a date. A love soon blossomed, and from it grew a combined family of nine children when they were married on June 8, 1968.

The “Spurgin Bunch” made a million memories, finding ways to live together in Bud’s home on Shannon Street. Five girls and four boys shared a three-bedroom house with only two bathrooms, with Bud and Helen’s love, patience and strength keeping the family together even when the house seemed to be busting at the seams. After successfully raising all their children and seeing them on their way, Bud and Helen decided to make a change in October of 2007 when they moved to their present home in DeKalb.

Bud spent 38 years at the packing plant until it closed in 1985. He then worked odd jobs for a time before working as a security guard at the DuPage County Courthouse. He put away his uniform in 1995 when he retired after nine years of service.

Bud and Helen built their lives on the bedrock of mutual trust, honesty and a love as true as you will ever find. That kind of legacy was a testament to their dedication, and an example to their children on what a marriage should be. Bud got the traveling bug, making memories with every mile alongside Helen in their motor home, as they tooled across the United States.

His heart full of the love of his family, Bud always found room for his many dogs over the years. In earlier years, Bud enjoys knocking down 10 pins in local bowling leagues and trying his luck in the casinos. Playing the lottery was another pastime that was fueled by a winning ticket bought on a trip to California. Country music spoke to his heart like no other music and the notes of “Storms Never Last” still echo in the hearts and minds of his family, and it was in their presence that he was always the happiest. Bud may have been a small man in stature, but the marks he made in the lives of his family and friends are larger than life.

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Helen; eight children, Steven (Linda) Schmidt, Gary (Debbie) Schmidt, Bob (Carol) Schmidt, Marsha Schmidt, Debby Quackenbush, Jamie (Steven) Koz, Sharon (Gary) Spatafora and Theresa (David) Reis; 12 grandchildren, Bryan (Jen) Schmidt and their son, Jesse, Vanessa Hyre and her children, Morgan and Logan, Gretchen (Scott) Hammer and their children, Nicholas and William, Kristin (Nigel) Holten, Mary Baugher and her fiancee, Nic Fox, and her son Dylan Delleman, Sarah Baugher, Megan (Michael) Howe, Hannah Quackenbush, Jessica, Jenna, James and Jill Schmidt; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends who all were considered a part of his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Gladys; his first wife, MaryAnn; a son, Buddy Spurgin; six siblings, Earl Donovan, Leona Cameron, Vivian Benge, Madge Selby, Eugene Spurgin and Larry Eugene Spurgin.

Visitation was Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate his life followed visitation. Rev. Alan Gumm, pastor of Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church and Preschool, West Chicago, officiated and interment followed the service at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Bud Spurgin Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com, where you can also find his full-life story.

David A. Price

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David A. Price, 52, of Sugar Grove, passed away on July 16, 2012.

He was born on July 21, 1959, in Chicago, the son of Meredith and Margaret Price.

Dave proudly served his country with the US Marine Corp. He was the cornerstone of his family with God as his main focus. He was a wonderful husband and father who pushed his children to follow their dreams. He enjoyed fishing and was a published writer.

He will always be remembered for his positive outlook, his giving personality and his dedication to the Lord.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 17 years, Veronica; children, Joshua, Marisa and Kailah; father, Meredith Price; sisters, Judith (Jim) Costello, and Donna (Howard) Arnold; as well as many loving family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his mother Margaret Price; and sister, Mary Rodrigue.

Family received guests on Saturday at Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway Ave. in Montgomery. A funeral service was held Sunday at Dieterle Memorial Home, and interment took place on Monday at Riverside Cemetery.

He leaves behind a legacy of being a dedicated family man, a dear friend, and above all, a lover of his Savior Jesus Christ.

Robert Rodney

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Robert Rodney, 74, of Kaneville, passed away peacefully at home on July 20, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family.

He was born Feb. 11, 1938, the son of Ray and Minnie Rodney. In 2007, Robert became president of the village of Kaneville.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 46 years, Georgia (Larkin) Rodney; four children, Carol Lynn Moore, Sharon Anne Rodney, Shelly Rae Lindsey and Catherine Cornejo; seven grandchildren, Jacob Charles Moore, Molly Sharol Lindsey, Riley Sophia Lindsey, Nathan Robert Moore, Avery Lynn Moore, Rhett Selby, Gabriel Sebastian Cornejo; and one sister, Joan Woitovich.

The family will host a memorial service Saturday, July 28, at 10:30 a.m. at Kaneville United Methodist Church, 46W764 Main Street Road, Kaneville. Following the service, there will be a time of visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., including a light luncheon at the church.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Robert’s name to benefit the Kaneville Fire Department: Checks may be made to the “Kaneville Fire Department” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Joyce Dianne David

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Joyce Dianne David, 57, of Elburn, died suddenly on July 18. In an instant she was gone, but she will never be forgotten. Her memories live on in those who loved her as a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend.

She was born Dec. 15, 1954, in Perry, Okla., where she lived the first few years of her life. At the age of three, Joyce’s family moved to Batavia, where she attended local schools. In 1969, her family moved once again to Wynet, Ill., where she continued her education and later graduated from Wynet High School with the class of 1973.

Joyce returned to Geneva in 1974 and began her 38-year career at Delnor-Community Hospital, where she worked as a coordinator of nutrition services and room service manager.

On Oct. 14, 1978, Joyce married the love of her life, John David, and they began their life together. Over the years, they lived in Geneva and St. Charles. In 1989, they became permanent residents in Elburn, where Joyce and her family would call home for the years to come.

Joyce was a third-generation member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Batavia. She was a strong Christian woman and shared her belief with all she knew. She especially shared her beliefs and values with her children, who then became the fourth-generation members at the church.

Joyce loved to sew. She loved creating special outfits for her daughter over the years, and later, for her granddaughters. You often found her out in the garden enjoying the outdoors. If she wasn’t sewing or tending to the garden, you could find her in the kitchen. She enjoyed cooking so much her kitchen was named “Joyce’s Kitchen” by all those who had the opportunity to have one of her home-cooked meals. Joyce invited anyone who came through her door to grab a plate.

Joyce had a special interest in racing that spanned over a 30-year period. Her interest began when she would change tires for her husband, and later she supported her son. Although she had many interests in life, the most important thing to her was her family. Her most loved name was “Grandma.” You often found Joyce taking her granddaughters on many adventures, including parks and pumpkin patches, and she loved every minute of it. She was a selfless woman who gave to all and never had the heart to say “no.”

She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, John David; two children, J.C. David and
Alicia (Paul) Potvin; three grandchildren, Hannah, Morgan and Gianna; two siblings, Cindy (Charlie) Griffiths and Richard Thiele; her parents, Paul Thiele and Charmaine Myers; many nieces and nephews and a community of friends.

The family hosted a memorial service on July 23 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 950 Hart Road, Batavia. Rev. Ronald Weidler, pastor of the church, officiated. Interment followed the service at River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Joyce David Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Hazel Dawn Swanberg

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Hazel Dawn Swanberg, 109, passed away peacefully at Oak Crest, the DeKalb area retirement center on July 10, 2012. She had lived at Oak Crest since May 1980. She had been quite physically and socially active her entire life, and only in the past few months had begun to experience any significant problems of aging.

Hazel was born in Hinckley on March 3, 1903, the first child of Warren Edmond and Ida Marie (nee Reimensnyder) Landers. Her siblings consisted of two sisters, Gertrude Knief of Burlington, Ill., and Virginia Hoyt of Elburn; and one brother, Wayne Landers of Elgin, Ill.

After high school, she attended what is now Northern Illinois University and earned a one-year elementary teaching certificate. She was involved in teaching in one-room country schools, both before and after her marriage. One of her early memories was of going to teach at a one-room school in a horse-drawn buggy, making $85 per month. She married Everett Swanberg of Lily Lake on June 27, 1925, and lived and partnered with him on the family dairy farm until Everett’s death in 1957.

Since her “retirement” and move to Oak Crest, she had continued to be involved with teaching, often presenting to elementary school classes, reading to children and working as a volunteer tutor. She was quite active in a variety of Oak Crest events, and was noted for her role as “Hard-Hearted Hannah” in a Oak Crest theatrical production. She remained an avid reader until just a few weeks ago. For more than 100 years, she has been associated with and a member of the Lily Lake Congregational Church, where she once taught Sunday school and is a past-president of the Ladies Aid Society.

She is survived by her son, Arvon of Missouri; three grandchildren, Dale of Missouri, Evelyn of Kentucky and Cindy of Oklahoma; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by four nephews, Lowell Knief, Byron Knief, Robert Hoyt and Duane Landers; two nieces, Patricia Knief and Phyllis Landers; and a sister-in-law, Norda Landers.

One special survivor is her closest of friends, Karen Buck of Sycamore, who visited Hazel almost every Thursday for the past 21 years. Karen and her husband Jim have been devoted friends who have involved themselves in Hazel’s life in wonderful ways that are deeply appreciated by Hazel and her family.

Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, Everett, in March 1957; her parents, Warren and Ida Landers; her brother, Wayne; and her sisters, Gertrude and Virginia.

Visitation will take place Sunday, July 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Conley Funeral Home. Funeral services for Hazel Swanberg will take place Monday, July 23, at 11 a.m. at the Lily Lake Congregational Church in Lily Lake. The Rev. Peter Akemann, pastor of the church, will officiate. Interment will follow at the Lily Lake cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested in Hazel Swanberg’s name to the Lily Lake Congregational Church or the Good Samaritan Fund of the DeKalb Area Retirement Center, and may be mailed to “Hazel Swanberg Memorial,” P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.

Elaine Christian

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Elaine (Hartman) Christian, 88, of Aurora, passed away July 7, 2012, at Jennings Terrace in Aurora. She was born April 13, 1924, in Waterman, Ill., the daughter of Alvin and Lillian (Johnson) Hartman.

She grew up in the Hinckley and Big Rock area and graduated from Big Rock High School in 1941. Elaine was united in marriage on Nov. 1, 1942, to Clarence (Ted) Christian at her home in Big Rock, where Elaine and Ted resided for 19 years. Elaine was active in Big Rock as a leader for the 4-H Club and as an election judge. She was secretary at the Big Rock Elementary School for 25 years and a clerk at the Big Rock Post Office. Elaine also worked at Dreyer Medical Clinic. During retirement, Elaine and Ted lived in Haines City, Fla., for 14 years, and then returned to Aurora in 2000. She was a member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock.

Survivors include two daughters, Diane Christian of Aurora and Ruth Ann (Kent) Mason of Rockville, Md., as well as three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Elaine was preceded in death by her husband in 2007.

Funeral services will take place Friday, July 13, 11 a.m. at the English Congregational United Church of Christ, 301 Rhodes St., Big Rock, with Rev. William Riegle officiating. Interment will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley.

Visitation will take place Thursday, July 12, 5 to 7 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl. Aurora. Friends may also visit at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mrs. Christian’s name may be directed to the English Congregational United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 156, Big Rock, IL 60511, or to Jennings Terrace, 275 S. LaSalle St., Aurora, IL 60505.

The family of Elaine would like to express a special thank you to the Jennings Terrace staff and Vitas Hospice for their care and support.

For further information, call (630) 897-9291 or visit our website at www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.

Martin McNamara

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Martin McNamara, 79, of St. Charles, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2012.

Visitation will take place Thursday July 12, 4 to 7:30 p.m., with a wake service at 7:30 p.m., at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A second visitation will take place Friday, July 13, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home, with prayers concluding visitation. A funeral Mass celebrating Martin’s life will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn. Rev. Timothy Seigel, pastor of the church, will officiate services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Martin’s name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Martin McNamara Memorial” and mailed in care of the McNamara Family, P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Maxine Harding

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Maxine Harding, 81, of Lily Lake, passed away on July 4, 2012, at her home. A gentle and loving heart faded into celestial glory to be together once more with her husband Bill and will be missed dearly.

She was born Dec. 18, 1930, on the Russell Farm in Burlington, the daughter of Alvin “Bud” and Ella (Lindquist) Lindgren.

She began a lifelong love affair with the Sycamore and Lily Lake areas in a one-room school house in Lovell’s Crossing on Route 64. She also attended local schools in Sycamore.

Maxine was blessed with a lasting love very early in life. She was united in marriage to William “Bill” Harding on Valentine’s Day in 1946. They began their life farming in the Genoa-Sycamore area for four years before moving to her family’s homestead near Lily Lake.

Later they both ran a trucking business, Harding Express, where Bill drove the trucks and Maxine became the office manager. After they retired from the trucking business, Maxine found work at Montgomery Ward in St. Charles until the company closed its doors.

She was an active member of the Grace Lutheran Church, serving as a communion assistant and the Rebecca Circle.
Maxine and Bill began a pinochle card club in the ‘50s, making lifelong friends and thousands of memories. She also took pride in her yard, making sure it was as close to perfection as she could get it. Her house was her kingdom, and her kitchen her castle, as she hosted over 60 years of Christmas Eve parties.

Maxine always had a smile and always had a camera to capture the smiles of others. Those special moments caught on film became a special gift to many as she mailed off each memory to lucky family and friends. Some of the pictures stayed with her and became works of art through her scrapbooking. The legacy of memories that are left behind will be treasured forever by her family and friends.

She is survived by three children, Marilyn McConnaughay of Sugar Grove, Dianne “Dee” (Gary) Hartung of Genoa, Ill., and Russell (Isabel) Harding of Plantation, Fla.; five grandchildren, Marsha (Jerry) Schuster of Batavia, Brent (Colleen) McConnaughay of Sycamore, Ill., Bill Sebby of Arkansas, Ruthie (Brian) Giese of Montgomery and Jenny (Jim) Buchanan of Oswego, Ill.; 11 great-grandchildren, Owen Schuster, Molly Schuster, Mary Kate McConnaughay Maggie McConnaughay, Megan McConnaughay, Jacob Giese, Reagan Giese, Justin Giese, Lauren Buchanan, Grace Buchanan and Caroline Buchanan; one brother, Charles “Chili” (Pat) Lindgren of Elgin; a son-in-law, Bob Sebby of Bull Shoals, Ark.; many nieces, nephews and a countryside of friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Bill; her parents; one daughter, Carolyn Sebby; a son-in-law, David McConnaughay; and one sister, Doris Olson.

Visitation was held Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake. A funeral to celebrate her life followed visitation. Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church, officiated. Interment followed at Lily Lake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Maxine’s name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Maxine Harding Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com where you can find her full life story.

Harry Johnson

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Harry Johnson, 72, of Elburn, died Monday June 18, 2012, at Central DuPage Hospital.

He was born July 3, 1939, in Hinsdale, Ill., to the late Harry and Alice Johnson.

Harry was an active member of the NRA, a member of the Ham Radio Association, and worked for AT&T for the past 30 years.

Harry is survived by his wife, Helen; two children, Ron of Elburn and Wendy of California; one grandchild and four great-grandchildren; and a nephew, Richard Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Richard Johnson Sr.

Private services were handled by the Yurs Funeral Home of Geneva. For more information, call (630) 232-7337 or www.yursfuneralhomes.com.

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