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Joseph ‘Joe’ T. Martinak

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Joseph “Joe” T. Martinak, 68, of Elburn, formerly of Western Springs, Ill., passed away Monday, June 17, 2013, at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill.

He is survived by his loving wife, Carole Martinak; two siblings: Nancy (Joe) Zvernia and Tom Martinak; two nieces, Laura (Rick) McDermott and their daughter Ashley, and Nancy (Paul) Hughes.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Private family services will be held following 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 “Joseph Martinak Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

John L. Nickels

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John L. Nickels, 82, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family, in the early morning hours of Monday, June 24, 2013.

A humble, hard-working man who was no stranger to chores on the farm or the bench of the Illinois Supreme Court, John was an “every man,” friend to all walks and every station in life. He will be missed by many and never forgotten.

John was born on Jan. 16, 1931, in Aurora, the son of Philip and Gertrude (Rausch) Nickels.

John grew up in Sugar Grove and spent his early educational years in a one-room school house with 14 other students. He eventually attended and graduated from Marmion Military Academy.

John continued his education at Northern Illinois University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business, and Northwestern University, where he studied trust administration. He then went on to DePaul University, where he received his Degree of Juris Doctorate before graduating from the National Judicial College.

John entered the United States Army in 1954. He supported his brothers in arms overseas through work in aircraft maintenance, and also trained for work in control towers while being stationed in both Texas and Louisiana. He was honorably discharged in 1956.

It wasn’t hardly a year later that his soul was made whole when he married Merita Smith on June 22, 1957, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia.

They began their new life in DeKalb while he attended NIU, but moved to Chicago during his law school years. Batavia was home during the early years while establishing his practice, but he settled in Maple Park. A man is only as great as the woman by his side, and there was no woman greater than Merita. Each step of the way, she made each house a home, filling it with love, laughter, memories and a growing family that would include eight children.

John was a man who never stopped learning. His iron-clad work ethic was forged on the farm, tending both his fields and livestock. He always strove to be the best no matter his station in life, and adapted those bedrock values to catapult from a trial lawyer to senior partner in his own firm, where he practiced in DeKalb, Kane and Kendall counties. He didn’t stop there however. John rose to the challenge of becoming a Circuit Court judge in 1982, an Appellate Court judge in 1990, eventually retiring as a justice on the Illinois Supreme Court.

John was a member of the Illinois State, Kane County and DeKalb County Bar Associations, the Kane and DeKalb Farm Bureau, International Association of Lions Clubs, Loyal Order of Moose, as well as the American Legion. He not only served his community on the bench, John also gave of his time to the Waubonsee College Board of Trustees, Kane County Zoning Board of Appeals, Kane County Regional Planning Commission, and was a city attorney. He was on the Advisory Board for Sheltered Workshop, Advisory Council for Kaneland School District 302, and past president of the PTA. John was also on the Kane County Bank and Trust Company Board of Directors, and was a parish lector and faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church, where he was also past president of the Men’s Club.

In later years, he was also a member of the Luxembourg American Cultural Society and supported the Rafiki Foundation, an organization established for the education and scholarships for orphans and abandoned children in Tanzania and Marmion Abbeys Mission School of San Jose, Guatemala.

Through all his accomplishments and accolades, John was forever a farmer at heart. His roots ran deep into the hills and valleys of the countryside, and he was never happier than when he was surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Merita; seven children, Mary (James) Himic of Kaneohe, Hawaii, Jacqueline (David) Beane of Big Rock, Margaret (Kenneth) Mangers of Maple Park, Lisa (Joseph) Edmeier of Hinckley, Philip (Sara) Nickels of Moshe, Tanzania, Africa, Ruth Anne (Jean-Baptiste) Philippot of Saint Arnoult-En-Yvelines, France, and Gertrude (Peter) Filipos of Maple Park; 23 grandchildren; one great-grandson; two sisters, Jean Morris of Couderay, Wis., and Phyllis Nickels of St. Paul, Minn.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a countryside of friends.

He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Christine; his parents, Philip and Gertrude Schneider-Nickels; four siblings, Paul (Dorothy) Schneider, Catherine Schneider, Fr. Robert Schneider and Gerald (Mary) Nickels; and a brother-in-law, Ralph Morris.

Visitation will take place Friday, June 28, from 2 to 8 p.m., with a wake service to begin at 7:30 p.m., at St. Gall Catholic Church, located at the corner of Route 47 and Shannon Street in Elburn. Parking and entrance are available behind the church, off of Gates and Pierce streets. A Mass to celebrate his faith will take place Saturday, June 29, at 11 a.m., also at the church. Visitation will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Fr. Tim Seigel, pastor of the church, will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Gall Cemetery, Route 47 in Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in John’s name to benefit his favorite charities. They include The Rafiki Foundation, an organization established for the education and scholarships of orphans and abandoned children in Tanzania, Africa, and Marmion Abbey’s Mission School of San Jose, Guatemala, a preparatory school for young men. Checks may be made to the “John Nickels 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 John’s full-life story.

Ruby Reh

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Ruby Reh, 85, formerly of Sycamore, Ill., passed from this life to eternal life on June 12, 2013, at Countryside Care Centre, Aurora, Ill.

Born July 1, 1927, in Hayden, Colorado, the daughter of Zunker and Mary (Rappeau) Jacobson, Ruby moved to DeKalb as a young adult to live with her oldest sister. She met her first husband, Howard Smith, in DeKalb. They had two daughters and a son together. After divorcing, she met and married Andrew Reh of Sycamore.

Ruby worked in factories, as a waitress in DeKalb, and at Kendall’s Ranch (now Sorrento’s) east of Sycamore, and ended up working until her retirement at Northern Illinois University’s Student Center as head grill cook.

A very sweet and kind “people” person, Ruby would do anything for anybody. Many knew her as being very talented and creative. She could not read, but could look at a picture of a dollhouse and furniture, then make it out of plastic-canvas needlework. She loved to sketch in her growing-up years, then for her children. She also loved to paint with Artex. Her friends and family knew her love of animals of all kinds, especially cats and small dogs.

She is survived by her daughters, Patricia (Roger) Kahl of Maple Park, and Carolyn (Mike) Therriault of Amboy, Ill.; grandchildren, Christopher (Kim) Kahl of Tolleson, Ariz., Nicholas (Loren) Kahl of DeKalb, Matthew (Heather) Therriault of Atlanta, Ga., Dan (Jody) Therriault of Lombard, Ill., Vicki Therriault of Amboy, Christopher (Jessica) Smith of Pocahontas, Ark., Becky (John) Klawikowski of Brookfield, Wis., and Thomas (Julie) Hajostek of Waupaca, Wis.; great-grandchildren, Peyton, Aidan, Taylor, Josh, Benji, Gavi, Cassie, Ariel, Julie Ann, Jordan and Jasmine; two great-great-grandchildren; two very special nieces, Vickey (Rich) Becci and Linda Burgos; and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Bernice Snow, Mabel Lenke, Anna Carlton and Henry and Harry Jacobson; first husband, Howard Smith; second husband, Andrew Reh; son, Thomas Smith; and granddaughter, Jennifer.

The funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, with her daughter, Patricia Kahl, officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 21, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Ruby Reh Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.

For further information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call (815) 756-1022.

Adeline Ruth Dembowski

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Adeline Ruth Dembowski, 95, of Elburn, passed from this life to her new life on Friday, June 14, 2013, and was reunited with her family that she had missed so much. She had been a resident of Countryside Care Centre for the past three years.

Adeline was born July 21, 1917, in St. Anne, Ill., the daughter of Earl and Caroline (Witthans) Magruder. Raised on the family farm, she delighted in telling stories of threshing the wheat, going to school in a horse and buggy, and helping her mother in the garden. The family eventually sold the farm and moved to Chicago, where Adeline met the love of her life, Stanley “Torps” Demowski.

Adeline and Torps were married in 1940 and lived in Chicago, within blocks of her mother and her siblings. She worked for Kerr Bottling Company for many years. Over the years, Adeline lived in Berwyn, Ill., Lisle, Ill., Naperville, Ill., and finally moved to Elburn to be near her son, Edward, and his family.

Adeline was a tireless worker and was never happier than when she was outside cutting grass (which she did into her 80s) and tending her flowers. Another thing that gave her great pleasure was helping any family member who needed her. There are countless stories of Adeline working in family businesses. She was also always ready to work alongside her family if there was painting, wallpapering, cleaning or yardwork to do. She didn’t wait to be asked, she—just wanted to know what time to be there. Adeline loved to play cards, and whenever she could, the slots. Until her eyesight became poor, she also loved to play bingo.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Caroline Magruder; brothers, Lester Desen, Allen Magruder, Harold Magruder and Alvin Magruder; sister, June Holik; and husband, Stanley Dembowski.

She is survived by her son, Edward (Anna) Dembowski of Elburn; two grandchildren, Stanley (Jennie) Dembowski of Wauconda, Ill., and Darlyne (Tom) Dwyer of Elburn; two-great-grandsons, Ryan Dwyer and Nick Dwyer of Elburn; as well as nieces and nephews that she loved as if they were her own children. Adeline also became “grandma” to Anna’s family and to a host of Generations Day Care children.

The family would like to thank Guiding Light Hospice for the loving care Adeline received. In her last days, the family was so grateful for the way Guiding Light ministered to Adeline and her family as they said goodbye. The family also wants to thank Adeline’s favorite nurse at Countryside, Lon, for going above and beyond his duties; for always doing what was best for Adeline, and for treating her with dignity and love.

Services took place on Tuesday, June 18, at Healy Chapel in Sugar Grove, and were followed by a burial at Blackberry Township Cemetery in Elburn.

Contributions can be made to Guiding Light Hospice, P. O. Box 124, Serena, IL 60549.

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

Norma M. Crawford

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Norma M. Crawford of Elburn passed from this life to eternal life on June 10, 2013, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family.

Norma was born Sept. 6, 1924, in Burlington, Ill., the daughter of Chris and Loretta (Haderer) Axelsen, in Burlington.

Norma attended local schools until graduating from Burlington High School with the class of 1942.

On Jan. 7, 1950, she married her first love, Mayne Jensen. They spent the next 49 years making a lifetime of memories before Mayne’s passing on Aug. 10, 1989.

Norma was one of the lucky ones who were able to find love yet again. She married her friend of 40 years, Howard Crawford, on Sept. 12, 1990, at St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn. Howie’s family became hers, and she always treated them as her own. On Jan. 17, 2008, her heart was broken yet again when she lost Howie.

Over the years, Norma lived in Geneva, Elgin and Elburn. Many can remember when she worked at Wyatt Morris’ grocery store in Elburn, which was located on the site that is now Schmidt’s Towne Tap.

For many years, she also worked for the Kane County Clerk’s Office in Geneva, where she provided birth and marriage certificates for many couples. She also helped many people while working on the Voter Registration Van.

Norma was a devoted member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles.

One of her joys was tending to her yard, always keeping it perfectly cut and totally free of any sticks. Neighbors always laughed when they saw her outside after winter because they knew spring was around the corner.

Norma loved spending time and playing cards with Mary and Rich. Anyone close to Norma knew that she loved garage sales, always finding gifts for the whole family. If there were roosters, angels, bunnies or toddler toys—or if she found one of her famous sweatshirts—they surely became hers.

There was nothing more special to her than her family and friends. She loved spending time with each of them, never taking any second for granted. Norma especially loved heading out to dinner with them, as it always brightened her spirit because then she would not have to cook. One of her favorites was a fried chicken dinner from Culver’s.

She is survived by her daughters, Susan (Jerry) Black of Geneva, and Wendy (Brian) Ellis of Granite City, Ill.; four grandchildren, Chris (Krista) Black of Glendale, Ariz., Julie (Adam) Nicolai of Lombard, Ill., Maggie Kline of Alton, Ill., and Katie (Oyvind) Barstad of Eidsvoll, Norway; four great-grandsons, Xander and Max Nicolai, and Danny and Ryan Kline; two great-nieces, Rebecca (Norman) Gratz and their children, Haley and Norman, all of Poplar Grove, Ill., and Jacquelyn (Rob) Allen and their children, Alainna and Sophia, all of Hampshire, Ill.,; and a host of dear friends from the tri-cities, Elgin, Hampshire and Elburn.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Monica(Lloyd) Kiesler, her first husband Mayne Jensen; and her second husband Howard Crawford.

A memorial visitation will take place Friday June 14, at 10 a.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memorial service celebrating Norma’s life will follow visitation at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Chienyu Jade Yi, interim pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles, will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit the Elburn Fire Department, which helped Howie whenever needed. Checks may be made to the “Elburn 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.

Mary Jane Ellis

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Mary Jane Ellis, 62, of Geneva, formerly of Elburn, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, following a long battle with cancer that eventually took her body, but never her spirit.

She is survived by her loving husband, Jack Ellis; five children, Ricky Seals, Susan (Joe) Schumacher, Debra Anne Ellis, Denise Renee Ellis and Deanna Katherine Ellis; five grandchildren, Cecily Seals, Samantha Jo Ellis, Jessica Renee Schumacher, Jayson Brandon Schumacher and Emma Elaine Schumacher; four siblings, Jim Hewitt, Bill (Mary) Hewitt, Dee Heunsser and Marlene Hewitt; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a countryside of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Clara Hewitt; her father and mother in-law, William and Sophie Ellis; one sister, Lois Carr; one sister-in-law, Anne Hewitt; two brothers-in-law, John Richards and Russ Heunsser; as well as several aunts and uncles.

Following cremation, private services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit cancer research. Checks may be made to the “Mary Jane Ellis 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.

Mary Jane Ellis

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Mary Jane Ellis, 62, of Geneva, formerly of Elburn, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, following a long battle with cancer that eventually took her body, but never her spirit.

She is survived by her loving husband, Jack Ellis; five children, Ricky Seals, Susan (Joe) Schumacher, Debra Anne Ellis, Denise Renee Ellis and Deanna Katherine Ellis; five grandchildren, Cecily Seals, Samantha Jo Ellis, Jessica Renee Schumacher, Jayson Brandon Schumacher and Emma Elaine Schumacher; four siblings, Jim Hewitt, Bill (Mary) Hewitt, Dee Heunsser and Marlene Hewitt; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a countryside of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Clara Hewitt; her father and mother in-law, William and Sophie Ellis; one sister, Lois Carr; one sister-in-law, Anne Hewitt; two brothers-in-law, John Richards and Russ Heunsser; as well as several aunts and uncles.

Following cremation, private services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit cancer research. Checks may be made to the “Mary Jane Ellis 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.

Betty Ann Rich

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Betty Ann Rich was born on March 29, 1940, and raised in the north side of Chicago, near Lake Michigan and Wrigley Field.

Her father, Clyde, took her to many football games and at an early age, taught Betty a lot about life. At the age of 10, Betty learned to take the CTA (the ‘L’) train on her own and quickly fell in love with the city. She also grew to love the Cubs, as the elementary school she attended sat just across the street from Wrigley Field. School would let out just in time for students to catch seventh inning.

Betty attended Lakeview High School for a half year before her family moved to Downers Grove. In 1957, she graduated from Downers Grove High School and had dreams of becoming a teacher. She had her heart set on attending North Central College or Northern Illinois University. Upon receiving a scholarship, she ultimately chose Northern Illinois.

Excelling at shorthand and typing, Betty studied business education while at college. She was very smart, dedicated, and got along with all her fellow classmates. As a freshman, she lived in Neptune Hall, where she soon met Jerry Rich. Jerry was fixing up his friend at that time and did not know Betty. He can remember seeing her walk down the stairs and was instantly swept away. Soon thereafter, they started seeing each other. Four years later, Betty and Jerry both graduated on June 10, 1961, and later that night, got married at the First Methodist Church in Downers Grove.

Betty and Jerry always dreamed of owning their own little farm, and soon enough they moved to a small farm in Sugar Grove. Little did they know that, one day, their 10 little farms would blossom into one special farm estate.

Supportive of all Jerry’s endeavors, Betty was always a part of every major decision he made. This was especially so when they began to develop Rich Harvest Farms in 1985, the now 18-hole private golf course that sits amidst a tranquil and picturesque landscape. After Jerry built just one hole, Betty and he agreed it would be “more fun” to continue building, and so he did.

Although not favored by many golfers, the tall oaks and shagbark hickories scattered on the course were kept for Betty and her love of trees and nature. Betty also loved the English, Tudor-style look, and every building on Rich Harvest Farms reflects her taste and has a warm, country feel as soon as you enter any room.

In her later years, Betty enjoyed playing bridge with friends and family members, including her mother, Marge—still living today at age 92—whom many say Betty got her good looks and warm heart from.

Betty’s giving spirit was shared by Jerry and eventually grew into something special: the Kids Golf Foundation. Founded in 1998, this nonprofit junior golf organization makes its home today at Rich Harvest Farms. The Foundation has touched the lives of over 150,000 youth through golf, and its valuable life lessons.

Betty’s strong sense of character and optimism are an inspiration to all that knew her. No matter what endeavors she encountered, her spirit was never broken and her smile never faded. She was loved by all who knew her and will be deeply missed.

Betty is survived by her husband, Jerry Rich; mother, Marge Shaffer; son, Keith Rich; and grandchildren, Margaret and Lauren Rich.

A funeral mass was held on Saturday at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, celebrated by Fr. Bob Jones. Private family interment will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois, P.O. Box 610, Sugar Grove, Illinois, 60554 is appreciated.

Arrangements were finalized under the direction of The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive. For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.

Mike ‘Whitey’ Proctor

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Mike “Whitey” Proctor, 60, of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., previously of Elburn, passed from this life to eternal life on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay, Wis., after a brief illness.

He was born Jan. 23, 1953, the son of Fred and Alice (Anderson) Proctor in Geneva.

Mike grew up playing with the neighborhood kids on Kansas Street, playing baseball every day in empty lots around town. He attended Kaneland High School, where he loved all things sports—excelling as the quarterback in football and burning up the basketball court.

Mike earned the nickname “Whitey” with the blond hair and blue eyes of his Swedish heritage. He was “Mr. Social,” and was crowned homecoming king and prom court his senior year, 1971.

After graduation, Mike attended Waubonsee College for a short time before pursuing his life’s passion: building homes. His concrete company and construction business, FMP, flourished through many economic ups and downs for over 30 years. Most recently, Mike managed his portfolio of apartments and townhomes in both Illinois and Wisconsin, allowing him to maintain friends at both homes.

Mike met his best friend and love of his life, Janet Shelton, in 1984. Their two hearts became one when they were united in marriage in Lake Tahoe, Nev., in 1987. They were partners in every way, loving life and enjoying every day. They ran businesses together and traveled frequently, enjoying cruises to the Mediterranean, East and West Caribbean.

Mike’s favorite place on earth was Sturgeon Bay. He took Janet during their dating years to a favorite cabin, later appropriately named by a friend, “The Love Shack.” Through the years Mike and Janet built themselves many houses, but their dream home, “Love Shack III,” with breathtaking views of the bay, was most beloved. They often welcomed friends and family to enjoy the beauty of Door County, Wis.

Mike was a favorite uncle to two nieces and three nephews, sharing many fun experiences through the years. His soft side showed in his affection for Persian kitties, as well—Sonny, Quarters, Penny, Goldie, Silver and Bronze all shared a special place in Mike’s heart.

He also was a “‘vette guy,” owning a variety of cool cars through the years, along with always having a boat to be able to cruise the waters of Sturgeon Bay. Looking for fun in all seasons, Mike and Janet enjoyed fishing and snowmobiling. Mike’s view of paradise includes the Richard Siebin’s cabin in Canada, where he made at least one annual pilgrimage with his fishing buddies and brother Tom; even including Janet one year so she could experience rustic life without plumbing.

He loved the beaches of Key West, Fla., and the tall pines of Hackensack, Minn., equally. He made friends wherever he went, always introducing himself with a big smile, hearty handshake and “I’m Whitey Proctor.” He could connect people and places, almost always making a link with a total stranger to someone or someplace he knew.

Mike is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Janet; his father, Fred Proctor (for whom F. Michael “Mike” was named); one brother, Tom (Bonnie) Proctor of Elburn; one sister, Nancy (Steve) Henrikson of Morristown, Tenn.; two nieces, Kellie Jo Henrikson and Marianne Henrikson Roberts; three nephews, Matt, Chris and Scott Michael Proctor; two great-nieces, Sammie Jo and Lexi Henrickson; two great-nephews, Nick and Ryan Proctor; and many lifelong friends he maintained through the years.

He is preceded by his mother, Alice Proctor, who passed away in 1997; his father in-law, I.J. Shelton, and mother in-law, Liz Shelton.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, followed by a service to celebrate his life, held at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn . Following cremation, a memorial service will take place at a later date in Sturgeon Bay.

A memorial has been established in Mike’s name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Michael Proctor 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.

Betty Ann Rich

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Betty Ann Rich was born on March 29, 1940, and raised in the north side of Chicago, near Lake Michigan and Wrigley Field.

Her father, Clyde, took her to many football games and at an early age, taught Betty a lot about life. At the age of 10, Betty learned to take the CTA (the ‘L’) train on her own and quickly fell in love with the city. She also grew to love the Cubs, as the elementary school she attended sat just across the street from Wrigley Field. School would let out just in time for students to catch seventh inning.

Betty attended Lakeview High School for a half year before her family moved to Downers Grove. In 1957, she graduated from Downers Grove High School and had dreams of becoming a teacher. She had her heart set on attending North Central College or Northern Illinois University. Upon receiving a scholarship, she ultimately chose Northern Illinois.

Excelling at shorthand and typing, Betty studied business education while at college. She was very smart, dedicated, and got along with all her fellow classmates. As a freshman, she lived in Neptune Hall, where she soon met Jerry Rich. Jerry was fixing up his friend at that time and did not know Betty. He can remember seeing her walk down the stairs and was instantly swept away. Soon thereafter, they started seeing each other. Four years later, Betty and Jerry both graduated on June 10, 1961, and later that night, got married at the First Methodist Church in Downers Grove.

Betty and Jerry always dreamed of owning their own little farm, and soon enough they moved to a small farm in Sugar Grove. Little did they know that, one day, their 10 little farms would blossom into one special farm estate.

Supportive of all Jerry’s endeavors, Betty was always a part of every major decision he made. This was especially so when they began to develop Rich Harvest Farms in 1985, the now 18-hole private golf course that sits amidst a tranquil and picturesque landscape. After Jerry built just one hole, Betty and he agreed it would be “more fun” to continue building, and so he did.

Although not favored by many golfers, the tall oaks and shagbark hickories scattered on the course were kept for Betty and her love of trees and nature. Betty also loved the English, Tudor-style look, and every building on Rich Harvest Farms reflects her taste and has a warm, country feel as soon as you enter any room.

In her later years, Betty enjoyed playing bridge with friends and family members, including her mother, Marge—still living today at age 92—whom many say Betty got her good looks and warm heart from.

Betty’s giving spirit was shared by Jerry and eventually grew into something special: the Kids Golf Foundation. Founded in 1998, this nonprofit junior golf organization makes its home today at Rich Harvest Farms. The Foundation has touched the lives of over 150,000 youth through golf, and its valuable life lessons.

Betty’s strong sense of character and optimism are an inspiration to all that knew her. No matter what endeavors she encountered, her spirit was never broken and her smile never faded. She was loved by all who knew her and will be deeply missed.

Betty is survived by her husband, Jerry Rich; mother, Marge Shaffer; son, Keith Rich; and grandchildren, Margaret and Lauren Rich.

A funeral mass was held on Saturday at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, celebrated by Fr. Bob Jones. Private family interment will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois, P.O. Box 610, Sugar Grove, Illinois, 60554 is appreciated.

Arrangements were finalized under the direction of The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive. For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.

Jeanne Mack

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Jeanne Mack, 66, of North Aurora, formerly of Paw Paw, Ill., passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, on Saturday, May 25, 2013.

She was born May 21, 1947, the daughter of Calvin and Betty (Miller) Dirksen in Amboy, Ill.

Jeanne was a faithful member of the Living Stone Christian Church in Aurora.

She is survived by her husband, Tom Mack; one son, Daryl (Barb Larson) Filkins of Sycamore, Ill.; one grandson, Cory Jay Filkins of DeKalb; five siblings, Dennis (Denise) Dirksen, Judy (Robert) Marquardt, Vicki Dirksen, Renee (Dave) O’Donnell and Trudi (Scott) Schoger; many nieces and nephews, and a circle of close friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Calvin and Betty.

Private family services and burial will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Jeanne’s favorite charities, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Checks may be made to the “Jeanne Mack 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.

Lois J. Slaughter-O’Brochta

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Lois J. Slaughter-O’Brochta, 81, of Montgomery, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Presence Mercy Center. She was born Aug. 7, 1931, in Mendota, Ill., the daughter of the late George and Myrtle “May” (Sperrey) Duffey.

Lois is survived by her four children, Kenneth (Jeanine Lehnert) Slaughter, Marilyn (Donald) Holmes, Rodney (Jacqueline) Slaughter and Steven Slaughter; 10 grandchildren, Carolyn Slaughter, Sarah (Jason) Stauffenberg, Scott Slaughter, Andrea (Michael) Jarot, Tracy (Eric) Smith, Theo Calvert, Theron Greene, Johnathon Slaughter, Noah Slaughter and Marcus Slaughter. Survivors also include eight grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by her two husbands, Theron “Pete” Slaughter and Frances “Frank” O’Brochta; two sisters, Beverly Contreras and Dorothy Johnson; as well as a brother, Howard Duffey.

Funeral services were held on Saturday at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, with Pastor Jeff Moore officiating. Visitation was held prior to the funeral hour. Interment followed at Lincoln Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

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

Leonard A. Douglas

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Leonard A. Douglas, 79, of North Aurora, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at his home. He was born Dec. 19, 1933, in Aurora, the son of the late C.A and Irene (Zaricor) Douglas.

Len was the beloved husband of Marilyn (Barger) Douglas. Marilyn was at his side as she was for their 56 years of marriage.

Len was a 1952 graduate of East Aurora High School. Upon graduation, Len served our country in the U.S. Navy for four years. He and Marilyn then started their life together in their North Aurora home, and Len continued working for the government, delivering mail. In 1964, the couple started L.A. Douglas Carpet Service, which their sons grew into the respected Fox Valley companies, Douglas Carpet One and Big Bob’s.

Len found the greatest joy in life through his family. He adored his wife, children, grandchildren, as well as the many family dogs. In addition to his family legacy, Len left behind many beautiful pieces of handcrafted furniture that family and friends will cherish always. Woodworking was his passion. Len loved to laugh and enjoyed many great memories with friends and family.

Len had a servant’s heart and had a long history of donating time and resources through the North Aurora Lion’s Club, where he served as the president and was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. He was a volunteer fireman for North Aurora for many years and served on the Kane County Board. He would sit with disabled neighbors for coffee each morning or drive anyone wherever they needed to go for chemotherapy appointments or doctor’s visits. Len was also a Golden Heart Award recipient, having donated more than eleven gallons of blood.

Len is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his loving children, Michael and Kari (Adams) Douglas, James and Barbara (Humann) Douglas, and Christine (Douglas) and Christopher Theisen; his grandchildren and greatest source of pride, Matt (fiancee Casie), Kelley, Jay, Lindsay, John and Zachary Douglas, and Alex, Ellie and Jake Theisen; his sister, Carolyn (Orv) Jones; a sister in law, Dorothy (Bill) Hotle; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and his beloved dog, Topper.

Besides his parents, Len was preceded in death by his father- and mother-in-law, George and Leona (Kerr) Barger; and a brother-in-law, James Barger.

Visitation will take place from 2 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive in Sugar Grove, where a funeral service will follow at 6:30 p.m. A graveside service with military honors will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Honor Flight Chicago, 938 West Montana St., Chicago, Illinois 60614 (honorflightchicago.org), or to the North Aurora Lion’s club.

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

John Neisendorf Jr.

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John Neisendorf Jr., 89, of Maple Park, passed away Saturday evening, May 11, 2013, at DeKalb County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where he had recently made his home.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 63 years, Rose; six children, Vicky (Dean) Wood of Maple Park, Bob (Jane) Neisendorf of Maple Park, Barbara (Anil de Silva) Neisendorf of San Antonio, Texas, Betsy (Mike Ehorn) Neisendorf of DeKalb, Joe Neisendorf of Maple Park and Patrick Neisendorf of Maple Park; nine grandchildren, Dave (Heidi) Kinney, Susan Bogolin and her daughter Gabrielle, Johnny Kinney, Katie Neisendorf, Rachel Neisendorf, Grace Neisendorf, Sarah Leoni, Lisa Leoni and Laura Melgosa; and one brother, Edward “Bud” Neisendorf of Hampshire, Ill.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and five sisters, Mary Eder, Helen Strausberger, Frances Koenig, Agnes Neisendorf and Edna Barsic.

Memorial services will be held privately at a later date.

A memorial has been established in John’s name to benefit the DeKalb Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Checks may be made to the “John Neisendorf Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.

John’s family would like to thank Dr. Dhaval Thakkar and the staff of the DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center for the care and compassion they provided John these past years.

Berenice H. O’Donnell

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Berenice H. O’Donnell, 89, of Batavia, formerly of Chicago, passed away in the early morning hours of May 5, 2013. She is now at peace, but leaves behind her memories as a loving grandmother, boating on Lake Michigan, and the grace she displayed on the ballroom floor with her husband, Charles E. O’Donnell.

She is survived by two children, Helen A. (Wayne) Zmrhal of Elburn, and Jack C. O’Donnell of Richland Center, Wis.; and two grandchildren, Brent K. Zmrhal and Jennifer A. Zmrhal.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles E. O’Donnell; and two siblings, Gordon and Robert Klett.

Private family services will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit the American Cancer Society. Checks may be made to the “Berenice O’Donnell 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.

Delmar Loren Ingram

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Delmar Loren Ingram, 77, of Harvard, Ill., died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock, surrounded by his family. He was born March 19, 1936, in Scales Mound, Ill., to Forrest and Ida (Fiedler) Ingram. He married Donna LaCosse on July 14, 1973, in Elburn.

Loren received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, and did graduate work at the University of Iowa. He taught English at Harvard High School for 21 years, and had also taught in Warren, Ill., and Door County, Wis. He coached two state champion chess teams while at Harvard High School. In later years, he worked for Motorola and was a crop adjuster in the state line area.

Loren was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Harvard, and for many years the resident director of the Harvard Players. He founded and directed the Ingram Players in the Galena, Ill., area. He served on the Harvard Bicentennial Committee and various other committees in Harvard.

Loren shared his love of the classics, and was particularly known for reciting Shakespeare. He loved the Ingram family farm in Apple River, Wis., where he was the designer/builder, and was involved with the breeding of its Guernsey cattle.

Loren was known for his joyful, contagious laugh, and his beautiful tenor voice. In recent years he sang in the Stage Coach Singers gospel quartet.

He experienced life with passion and curiosity and unconditionally loved his family and friends. He was strong in expressing his convictions and held fast to them. Many who have known him have commented about the lasting impact he has had on their lives.

Survivors include his wife, Donna of Harvard; two daughters, Dianna Ingram of Yorkville, and Lynell Ingram of Arlington Heights, Ill.; two brothers, Duane (Mary Jo) Ingram of Rockford, Ill. and Terrence (Nancy) Ingram of Apple River; four nieces and nephews, Lowell Ingram, Brian Ingram, Julie Grinde and Donna Autobee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and by his sister, Corinne Grinde.

Visitation was held on Friday at Saunders and McFarlin Funeral Home. Visitation was held on Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Harvard. Funeral service followed; Rev. Dr. Jeff Borgerson officiated. Interment was private.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 846, Harvard, IL 60033.

For more information, call the funeral home at (815) 943-5400. Sign the online guest book at saundersmcfarlin.net.

Caitlyn ‘Caity’ Rose Phillips

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Caitlyn “Caity” Rose Phillips, 13, of Elburn, died tragically on Friday, April 26, 2013. Taken from us too early, Caitlyn now lives on in heaven as one of God’s favored angels. Her memory, a shining example of compassion and love, lives on in our hearts and will never be forgotten.

She was born Jan. 21, 2000, in Geneva. A full two months early, Caity was small but mighty. She proved she had an uncommon strength of spirit, defying the doctors’ pessimistic expectations, and she came home a mere week after she was born. This would be a trait that Caity displayed throughout her life, leaving a lifetime of impressions in 13 short years.

Caity attended Kaneland schools, albeit begrudgingly, but excelled at the social aspects of school life. Many were lucky to call her a friend.

As a baby, no one could foretell the amazing energy and zest for life Caity would display in later years as she napped fitfully with her uncle Kenny. That bundle of joy became a force to be reckoned with and a delight to behold. She rode dirt bikes and flew over jumps as well as any boy, let alone the laps she took with her go-cart (complete with “Caity pedals” fashioned by dad so her feet could reach).

No matter the temperature of the water, Caity was part fish and swam like a champ, even when it was cold, her lips were purple and she couldn’t stop shaking. Caity loved boating and riding jet skis with her family, skimming over the water of several lakes and rivers.

She was a “flyer” in cheerleading, jumping and tumbling with her hair flying wild, only to land with grace and the biggest smile you ever saw. She went rock climbing for her 13th birthday and explored the streets of Elburn on her roller blades. She loved bouncy houses and made unforgettable YouTube videos with friends on how to do nails, how to make-up after an argument and often sang as Justin Bieber. It had no followers, but it was infamous just the same.

Caity never had just one sweet tooth as all of them were “sweet.” Aunt Becky’s chocolate eclair cake, cotton candy (legend has it Caitlyn ate five in one sitting at Golden Corral), Mondo drinks, untold numbers of ‘smores eaten with friends next to a bonfire so big it shut off the street lights, and many other treats, were enjoyed to the fullest and at every opportunity.

If Caity loved sweets, they paled in comparison to the love she had for her family and friends. A mama’s girl, she always woke up a half-hour early each day so she could cuddle with mom before the day began. Dad wasn’t too far behind, either, as she loved riding on the mower with dad, and later when she was old enough to drive it, Caity took her nephew Noah for rides around the yard.

Caity was the official welcome wagon to all who came to the house. Her one-of-a-kind hugs were given with every ounce of strength she possessed, leaving many breathless and all astonished at their ferocity. She was the first to apologize and the first to volunteer for any activity, whether it was digging a hole with her dad or delivering dinner to her sister when she worked late (but you could count her out when it came to doing the dishes).

She only saw the ocean twice, but it was love at first sight, epitomized by her fondness of sea shells.

When it came to the art of “tie-dying,” there was none better. Caity also possessed the ability to recognize the beauty of God’s handiwork all around her, and to be thankful for the smallest blessing. She had a “pay it forward” spirit whose prayers were simple, but many and always heartfelt. Her friendship was one to be treasured.

She was strong-willed and a take-charge kind of girl—though some would say bossy—and was a champion of the underdog. If someone was being picked on, you wouldn’t want to underestimate “the little white girl from Elburn”. She was the perfect Girl Scout, and when it came to babies, you would have to search far and wide for someone more nurturing. Caity also had a special place in her heart for every kind of animal, from puppies, hamsters, birds, goldfish and rabbits to even bugs—none escaped her notice or her love. In short, Caity was one of God’s special gifts, and although we will never know why she had to leave us, we will be forever thankful for the memories she left us to treasure.

She will be missed by her parents, Crystal and Gary; two sisters, Jordan and Taylor Phillips; one nephew, Noah Phillips; maternal grandparent, Mary Bateman; paternal grandparents, Ted and Sally Phillips; several aunts and uncles, including Ted and Patti Phillips, Dan and Denise Phillips, Becky and Ken Stout; a “truck load” of cousins and a “village” of friends and neighbors who helped raise Caitlyn.

She is preceded by Crystal’s biological parents, Bob Howie and Cynthia Baranowski; as well as Crystal’s father, Glen Bateman; and one uncle, Bobby Howie.

Visitation will take place from 1 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, at Calvary West Church, 1600 Beta Drive, Sugar Grove. A funeral to celebrate her life will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 3, following a time of visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m., also at the church. Rev. Russ Hurst, pastor of the church, will officiate, with interment to follow at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Caitlyn’s name. Checks may be made to the “Caitlyn Phillips Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. You can also deposit direct into an account set up in her name at Old Second Bank, 749 N. Main St., Elburn.

Memorial tributes may also be forwarded to the P.O. Box or on the web at www.conleycare.com. Arrangements were handled with care by Conley Funeral Home.

Mary M. Currie

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Mary M. Currie, 59, of St. Charles, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 26, 2013, at home with her loving family surrounding her.

She was born Aug. 18, 1953, in Morris, Ill., the daughter of Russel and Virginia (Wilkinson) Philips. She received her elementary education at Hume School in Wauponsee Township, and graduated from Morris Community High School in 1971. She received her associates degree from Joliet Junior College in 1973, her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in 1975, and her master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in 1986.

Mary married the love of her life, Bruce B. Currie, on June 28, 1975, at the First Congregational Church in Mazon, Ill.

Mary spent 36 years in education. She taught 10 years at various school districts—Geneva, Glendale Heights, Kaneland and Batavia—while teaching a variety of grade levels. Mary then moved into administration by working in Kaneland and Sycamore. She spent her last 18 years in education as principal of Sycamore’s West Elementary School. Her passion and love for the students, staff and curriculum was evident.

She is survived by her loving husband, Bruce; one son, Robert of St. Charles; three sisters, Ruth Ann (Jim) Benson of Morris, Kathy (Larry) Gibbons of Montgomery, and Patti (Don) Anderson of Unionville, Mo.; two brothers, Kenneth Phillips and Rodney (Chris) Phillips, both of Morris; her brother-in-law, Donald Sterritt of Morris; her sister-in-law, Jean Phillips of Dwight, Ill.; along with numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Russel A. and Virginia A. Phillips; a brother, Thomas L. Phillips; a sister, Betty J. Sterritt; her parents-in-law, Samuel B. and Jeanne L. Currie; brother-in-law, Paul Baker; sister-in-law, Vicky Phillips; nephew, Dylan Baker; and a greatnephew, Ean Phillips.

Memorial visitation will take place from 11 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at Yurs Funeral Home, 1771 W. State St. (Route 38), Geneva. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. Clark Blade will officiate. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Betty J. Steritt Nursing Fund of the Morris Hospital, 150 W. High St., Morris, Ill. 60450.To leave an online condolence or remembrance to the family, visit the funeral homes obituary age at www.yursfuneralhomes.com.

For more information, call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles at (630) 584-0060 or “like” them on Facebook.

Danny ‘Dan’ R. Christensen

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Danny “Dan” R. Christensen, 73, of Sugar Grove, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013, at his home. He was born May 23, 1939, in Lee, Ill., the son of the late Carl and Gladys (Andersen) Christensen.

Dan served his country with the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1961. Dan was a salesman for many years at Napa Auto in Aurora. He was a longtime and active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He also was very active in the bluegrass community. He was a member of the American Legion Post 1271, and also past secretary of the Elburn Seniors.

Dan is survived by his wife, Phyllis G. Christensen of Sugar Grove; his two daughters, Cathy Abraham of McHenry, Ill., and Heather Christensen of Ft. Lee, N.J.; his two grandsons, Kyle Abraham of Sugar Grove, and D.J. Landau of Ft. Lee; his great-granddaughter, Aliesha Korda of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; his brother, Curt (Irena) Christensen of Shabbona, Ill.; his two sisters, Carol (Dave) Bend of Shabbona, and Karen Vass of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Eleanor DeBolt.

Visitation was held Monday at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Aurora. A service was held following visitation. Interment took place at Oak Mound Cemetery. Arrangements by The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr. Sugar Grove.

For further information, call (630) 46-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.

Marilyn Gould

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Marilyn Gould, 49, of Elburn, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013. She was born Dec. 16, 1963, in Aurora, the daughter of Merle and Esther Marie (Boecker) Miller. Marilyn graduated from Aurora Central Catholic High School in Aurora in 1981.

Marilyn was a manager at Schmidt’s Towne Tap in Elburn for many years. She also worked at Gould Cider and Apple Pressing every fall. She was a member of the American Legion Post 630 Ladies Auxiliary.

In her free time, Marilyn had a passion for being artistic with crafts, decorating and painting. She loved traveling, boating and swimming with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Gould of Elburn; her son, Peter Gould of Elburn; her daughter, Lauren Gould of Elburn; her father, Merle Miller of Aurora; her brothers and sisters, Lynda (Bill) Goheen, Bill (Lisa) Miller, Marie (Paul) Reuland, Kathy (Frank) Evans, John (Ellen) Miller, Thomas Miller, and Robert (Barbara) Miller; many nieces and nephews, relatives and many friends.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her grandma, Esther Marie Boecker (Gram).

Visitation was held Tuesday, followed by a service, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive in Sugar Grove. Interment will be private.

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

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