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Caroline L. Meyer

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Caroline L. Meyer, 87, of Elburn, formerly of Lombard, Ill., died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at Delnor-Community Hospital, Geneva. She was born Nov. 26, 1927, in Bessemer, Mich.

Caroline was a member of St. Gall’s Catholic Church in Elburn.

She is survived by her four sons, Richard (Carol) Meyer of St. Charles, Thomas (Debbie) Meyer of Elburn, Harry (Alana) Meyer of Elburn and David (Sherry) Meyer of DeKalb; 12 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren, with another one due in June.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard Meyer, and four brothers, one sister and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral Mass was held at St. Gall’s Church, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn. Rev. Timothy Seigel officiated. Entombment was held at Resurrection Cemetery, Geneva. Visitation was held at Yurs Funeral Home, Geneva.

To leave an online condolence for the family, visit the funeral home’s obituary page at www.yursfuneralhomes.com. For more information, call Yurs Funeral Home of Geneva, (630) 232-7337 or like Yurs on Facebook.

Dorothy Ann Hanson

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Dorothy Ann Hanson, 71, of Elburn, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

Surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Dorothy fought hard with courage and dignity, even as the cancer slowly took its toll. Although it broke her body, it never diminished her spirit, and she now claims the promise of her Savior.

She was born Jan. 13, 1943, in Aurora, the daughter of Clyde and Bessie (Sandberg) Baldridge. Dorothy grew up on Jericho Road in Aurora and attended local schools. She graduated from Kaneland High School with the Class of 1961.

Dorothy had a heart for family and was destined to have one of her own. It only took the right man to come along, and Bill Hanson couldn’t have fit the bill more perfectly. They were united in marriage on Feb. 6, 1965, at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Virgil.

Eventually in 1971, they moved to Elburn and into their own newly-built home. Although the family began with their son, William, it wasn’t complete until their daughter, Sally, was born a year later.

Dorothy took being a homemaker to a whole new level, and was proud of the accomplishments she achieved while being a founding member of the Country Cousins Homemakers group, and recipient of the 1998 Woman of the Year Award through the Kane County Homemakers Education Association. She would also later become the HEA president.

Her cooking, gardening and interior design skills were second to none. Eventually those attributes led Dorothy to open her own floral shop in Elburn, “Dorothy’s Flowers,” which specialized in weddings and special occasions.

Dorothy also served on the Elburn Library Board and the Elburn Community Center, and was a 4-H Advisor and a Cub Scout den mother.

Dorothy loved to make her home sparkle with thoughtful decorating and then fill it with love, memories and the delicious smells from her kitchen. The cumulative effect was uniquely hers, and brought on an overwhelming feeling of “home” to anyone who entered. Her flower and vegetable gardens were picture perfect and the envy of others.

Dorothy loved to bring together friends and family for any occasion, though her birthday parties and Halloween bonfires were the events of the season. Dorothy will surely be missed but never forgotten.

She is survived by her loving husband of almost 50 years, Bill Hanson; two children, William “Willie” (Michelle) Hanson and Sally Hanson; four grandchildren, Juliann, Ashley, Jared and Sarah; six siblings, Al (Diane) Baldridge, Betty (Phil) Koukol, Charles (Linda) Baldridge, Ernest (Martha) Baldridge, Fred Baldridge and Gay (David) Lewis; many nieces and nephews, and a countryside of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and her godmother, Clara Stonecipher.

Her funeral service was held Dec. 23, 2014, at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake, with the Rev. Ernst Rex officiating. Interment followed at Jericho Cemetery, Sugar Grove.

A memorial was established in her memory. Checks may be made to the “Dorothy Hanson Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com. Arrangements were handled through the care of Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.

Shirley E. Skoglund

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Shirley E. Skoglund, 87, of Elburn, formerly of Geneva, passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of her family on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014.

She is survived by her four loving children, David (Debi), John, Carol and Robert Skoglund;
two grandsons, Michael and Daniel Skoglund; and two nephews, Gary DeYoung and Jim (Carla) DeYoung. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Helen Werner; her husband, George Skoglund; and dear sister, Lois DeYoung.

Private family services have been arranged.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be mailed direct to Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hansen Road, St. Charles, IL 60175.

Arrangements were handled with care by Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.

John ‘Jack’ Kleinow

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John “Jack” Kleinow, 91, of St. Charles, passed away suddenly at Glen Oaks Hospital on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.

Jack was a proud veteran of the United States Army, valiantly serving his country during World War II. Jack fought in two major battles in Europe, and he survived as a POW.

Jack was a collector of antique cars, and he relished his time spent at his summer home at Gall Lake, Mich. But most of all, he loved his family. He is gone from this Earth, but he will never be forgotten.

Jack is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joanne; his four children, Jack, Cheri (Richard) Geigert, Bob and James (Barb); seven grandchildren, Jacklyn (Robert) Gallegos, Jennifer, Jamie and Janell Kleinow, Anna Mae Kleinow, and Jodie and Tom Geigert; a great-grandson, Aidyn Kleinow; and a sister, Bette Jordan.

Jack is preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Eva Kleinow; his brother, Bob; and sister, Violet.

A private family service and burial will take place on Thursday, Dec. 18.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Jack’s name to benefit the Salvation Army. Checks may be made to the “Salvation Army” 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.

Richard Moffitt

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Richard Moffitt, 60, of Kaneville, passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. He went to spend Christmas with his mom and dad up in heaven.

Richard was born on May, 3, 1954, in Geneva to proud parents Everett and Debbie Moffitt. Richard grew up in Kaneville and attended local schools, graduating from Kaneland High School with the Class of 1972.

As a kid, Richard loved going on ice fishing and hunting trips with his dad and brother, Tom.

Richard loved music; he played the drums, his brother played the trumpet and his sister played the saxophone.

He was a young entrepreneur, starting a lawn mowing business with his siblings, cutting grass all over Kaneville.

Richard met Stephanie Richardson while working at Electro-vend in the early 1970s. Their eyes met, and they quickly fell in love. Their two hearts became one when they were united in marriage on Aug. 17, 1974.

They started their family with his step-son, Tyrone, together in Montgomery. While there, they were blessed with another son, Kevin. The family then moved to Aurora and were blessed with a daughter, Michelle. From Aurora, they moved to Kaneville and made their home on Harter Road for the rest of his years.

Richard loved the open road, so he became a truck driver. He started at Precision Woodworking in Elburn, then moved on to Parenti and Raffaelli, delivering woodworking for over 15 years. His last job was at Hintzsche delivering fertilizer. He was fond of all the people he worked with over the years.

Richard was a great driver; he could fit his truck in the smallest of spots, whether in Elburn or Chicago.

He was a devoted member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church in Kaneville. Richard and Stephanie loved the outdoors; they enjoyed going on long bike rides through the countryside.

He had a green thumb, and one garden was not enough—he had to have two. He was an expert at growing vegetables, mainly corn, potatoes and green peppers. Anything that could be eaten, Richard could make it grow.

He was a big fan of cars; his ‘69 Chevy Camaro RS with an SS package, and his ‘72 Heavy Chevy Chevelle were his two favorite cars.

The most important thing in Richard’s life was his family. He loved doting on his four grandchildren. He always had the grandkids out helping him mow the lawn and take care of the gardening. He showed the kids how to fix their bikes and how to plant trees.

Richard is gone from this Earth, but he will never be forgotten.

Richard is survived by his wife of 40 years, Stephanie; his three children, Tyrone (Kim) Moffitt and their two daughters, Madison and Lauryn, Kevin Moffitt, and Michelle (Jason) Fisher and their two children, Tyler and Brittany; brother, Tom (Cindy) Moffitt; sister, Rhonna (Gary) Hemm; six nieces and nephews, Rudy, Mike, Jessica, Brandon, Carrie and Chuck; and a countryside of friends.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Debbie Moffitt

A memorial service to honor Richard’s life will take place on Monday, Dec. 29. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A private family service will follow visitation.

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

Richard Provenzano

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Richard Provenzano, 77, passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in the comfort of his home. He was born in Oak Park, Ill., on Feb. 28, 1937.

He was a plumber by trade and was a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union 501.

He built a beautiful home in Lake Geneva, Wis., where they lived with his then-wife, Nancy Wrablik Provenzano, for over 20 years. They retired to Mesa, Ariz., but then returned back to his home state of Illinois to be close to his children.

Once retired, he enjoyed spending his time looking for collectible toys at flea markets, and he had great passion for buying and restoring classic cars.

Richard is survived by his five children, Steve, Rick, Gina (Paul), John (Cherie) and Martha (Ben); his five grandchildren, Richie, Ashley, Christina, John, Gianna and Angelina; his sister, Cathy (Michael); and his brother, Carl.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Florence (Giaconi) Provenzano; and his daughter, Mary.

Visitation and Mass were held Dec. 11 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Melrose Park, Ill. A chapel service followed at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.

James Ross

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James Ross, 56, of Elburn, originally of Chicago, passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving wife, Annie, on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014.

James is survived by his loving wife, Ann Ross; his beloved siblings, Lynn Esposito, Lois (John) Cummuta, Judy (Tom) Fox, John (Aimy) Ross, Rick (Gisha) Ross and Lisa (Bob) Rivas; and his mother, Dolores.

James is preceded in death by his father, George Ross; and his father- and mother-in-law, Joseph and Lillian Kocanda.

A visitation was held on Sunday at Conley Funeral Home. Private cremation will follow at a later date.

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

Dale Elliott Shoop

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Dale Elliott Shoop, 71, of Elburn, passed away Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at Seasons Hospice in Naperville, Ill.

Dale was born May 6, 1943, in Aurora, the son of Bennett and Mabel (nee Elliott) Shoop. Dale was united in marriage to Donna Snelting on April 27, 1968, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia.

Dale served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Compass Island during the Vietnam Conflict. He was a faithful member of the Elburn American Legion, serving as the financial officer for 35 years. In the last 15 years of Dale’s life, he handled a variety of significant health issues with gracious acceptance, faith and mental grit. He daily appreciated what he had, and is a true inspiration to his family.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; two daughters, Amy (Kevin) Riley of Chicago, and Lisa (Steven) Fabrizius of Sycamore; five grandchildren, McKenzie and Jake Riley, and William, Alexander and Sydney Fabrizius; and a sister, Arlene Hibbard.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Sandra Morrow.

Visitation was held Tuesday at Moss Family Funeral Home in Batavia. A funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday at St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Gall Catholic Church Building Fund 120 West Shannon Street Elburn, IL 60119.

For additional information, contact Moss Family Funeral Home at (630) 879-7900 or www.mossfuneral.com.

Scott Bailey Stouffer

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Scott Bailey Stouffer, 57, of Maple Park, formerly of St. Charles, passed away at home, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family, in the early morning hours of Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Though he lost a valiant and hard-fought battle with cancer, he claims the victory of his savior and now rests in celestial grace.

He was born Sept. 2, 1957, in Aurora, the son of Robert B. and Myrna J. (Rees) Stouffer.

Scott may have begun his life in Aurora, but his formative years were spent in Kaneville, where he attended local schools. He graduated with the class of 1975 before attending Waubonsee Community College.

Scott was set up to meet a girl named Linda Harmon in 1983. What followed was a whirlwind courtship that swept the couple off their feet, landing squarely at the altar, where they were united in marriage less than a year later on March 10, 1984, at First Baptist Church in Geneva.

They began their new life together in Geneva for a time before buying a house in St. Charles. For the next five years, they made it home, filling it not only with memories, but also a growing family, as well. In 1990, the family, which now included David and Katie, moved to Maple Park, where they welcomed Jessica, who made their family complete.

Scott’s working career began at Caterpillar for a time before he made a move to Equipto Elelectronics in Aurora. Over 30 years later, Scott continued to be a valued employee and became a supervisor before his failing health brought him into retirement.

Scott for over 20 years was a faithful member and Elder of the First Baptist Church in Sycamore. He also was a chairman of the Missions Board, where his passion shone clear and bright for many years, taking trips to Ireland, Russia and Hungary.

In his younger years, Scott and Linda would spend time with friends, playing sports, listening to concerts and generally hanging out at the Crossroads in Big Rock. He was also a movie buff, specializing in everything from adventure to sci-fi. Every Friday, he made his special homemade pizza and played board games, like Risk, Hearts, Uno, Canasta and many more, with his kids. Scott wasn’t a gambling man, but when it came to poker, Scott never skimped on his bets of Skittles and M&M’s.

Scott never smoked, but enjoyed chewing on his favorite cigars, especially when he held court on the backyard barbecue. His garden was tended with care as he watched his flowers bloom and his table fill with the fall harvests of vegetables.

Scott was a “no holds barred” paintball enthusiast, and went fishing in Canada with family, not to mention trips on Lake Michigan with friends from church. Scott had a passion for his faith, and for his family that will be the legacy he leaves for others to treasure.

He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Linda; three children, Dave (Stephanie) Stouffer, Katie Stouffer and Jessy Stouffer; one grandson “on the way”; his parents, Bob and Myrna Stouffer; two brothers, Stephen (Linda) Stouffer and Bill (Jennifer) Stouffer; many nieces and nephews, including Adam (Jessie) Stouffer and their daughter Addison, Emily (Chad) Bosse, and Max and Reese Stouffer; and a countryside full of friends.

Visitation was held Monday at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn. Visitation and a funeral to celebrate his life and faith was held Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Sycamore. Interment followed at Kaneville Cemetery, Kaneville.

A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Scott Stouffer 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 his full-life story.

Roger Bartlett

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Roger Bartlett, 82, of Elburn, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday Dec. 7, 2014, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family.

Roger was born in Joliet, Ill., to proud parents Clarence and Myrtle Bartlett.

Roger grew up in Kenosha, Wis., and attended local schools. He graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School in Kenosha.

After high school, Roger joined the National Guard and was then called up to fight for his country on behalf of the U.S. Army in the Korean War.

Roger was married to Dorothy Kloep before entering the service. Roger and Dorothy were blessed with two beautiful boys, John and Matthew. In 1971, Roger moved the family from Kenosha to Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Roger was a tool and die maker by trade, but he was skilled enough that he became a self-taught manufacturing engineer. Roger went on to lend his engineering skills to numerous companies in the Chicago area for many years. His final working years were for IMAS, selling machine tools.

Roger was lucky in love a second time when he met June McDaniel in 1999. They met through work, fell in love and were married on June 11, 1999, in Geneva.

He was an active member of congregational churches in Kenosha and Glen Ellyn for many years, and a longtime member of the NRA. Roger was also active for many years volunteering his time for the Boy Scouts of America.

Roger was a people person; he loved to get to know anyone who liked to share a story. Roger was a true outdoorsman. One of his favorite pastimes was bird watching. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, focusing his sights mainly on pheasants. Roger and June liked to go for walks where they could see all of the animals that were out and about. He loved nature and all that it provided.

Roger and June weren’t able to travel as much as they would have liked, but they did take a couple of very nice trips to Busch Gardens in Florida, as well as a big trip to Honolulu.

Roger’s family was the most important thing to him; he especially adored his grandchildren. He is gone from this Earth, but will never be forgotten.

Roger is survived by his wife of 15 years, June; his sons, John (Sylvia) and Matthew (Patricia); two grandchildren, Carolyn and John Jr.; three step-children; six step-grandchildren; and a countyside of friends.

Roger is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Bartlett and Myrtle Prange; brother, Richard Bartlett; and sister, Beverly Szantor.

A visitation will take place on Friday, Dec. 12, from 3 to 5 p.m., with a memorial service to follow at 5 p.m., at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. The service will be officiated by Reverend Bennett McNeal of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn.

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

James Ross

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James Ross, 56, of Elburn, originally of Chicago, passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving wife, Annie, on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014.

James is survived by his loving wife, Ann Ross; his beloved siblings, Lynn Esposito, Lois (John) Cummuta, Judy (Tom) Fox, John (Aimy), Rick (Gisha) Ross and Lisa (Bob) Rivas; and his mother, Dolores.

James is preceded in death by his father, George Ross; and his father- and mother-in-law, Joseph and Lillian Kocanda.

A visitation will take place Sunday, Dec. 14, 3 to 7 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Private cremation will follow at a later date.

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

Dale Robert Cutshaw

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Dale Robert Cutshaw, 52, of Dixon, Ill., passed away suddenly on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.

He was born on April 7, 1962, in Sycamore to Worley & Cleo Novella (Murray) Cutshaw.

He is survived by his siblings, Dawn Cutshaw of Batavia, Dennis (Julie) Cutshaw of Sycamore and Diane McQuilkin of Elburn, and also numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He graduated from Kaneland High School in Maple Park, and had been employed by the Dixon Walmart in Inventory Control.

A memorial visitation will take place from 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, at the Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore. Memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. at the church.

Interment will be held at Gardner Cemetery in Maple Park.

The Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Dixon is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.chapelhilldixon.com.

Tom Spalding

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Tom Spalding, 72, of Huntley, Ill., formerly of Elburn, passed away while surrounded by the love and prayers of his family on Nov. 30, 2014, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Nov. 8, 1942, in Decatur, Ill., the son of Walter Thomas Sr. and Grace Eleanor (Hilvity) Spalding.

Tom grew up in Moweaqua, Ill., and attended local schools. After graduating from Moweaqua High School in 1960, Tom attended Illinois State Teaching College. Later, he would receive a master’s degree in math and science from I.I.T. in 1968.

Tom became a teacher at Mooseheart, teaching alongside his own high school football coach. In 1965, he began teaching at Kaneland High School, where his students learned to study and Tom learned how to fall in love. Georgia Proctor, who worked in the office, found in Tom a person she could love for a lifetime, although Tom always said that he got her to say yes before Georgia could change her mind.

They were united in marriage on June 12, 1966, in Elburn. The next 44 years were filled with laughter, love and a growing family before continuing that tradition when they moved to Huntley in 2012.

Tom left his teaching position at Kaneland to obtain a master’s degree, later finding work at IBM. After 25 years, Tom left as a senior systems engineer to work at Great Lakes Aqua Store in St. Charles.

Tom was proud lifetime member of the The Boy Scouts of America. He rose through the ranks, eventually teaching and leading both Batavia and Elburn Troops for 25 years.

Tom was a bicycle enthusiast who also loved to travel. Whether it was backpacking, biking, driving or flying, every destination was an adventure, but his favorite were his trips to the Northwest, where the mountains called his name. In later years, Tom and Georgia brought along the grandchildren to share in Mother Nature’s wonder.

He loved his family dearly, but his three granddaughters, and most recently a great-granddaughter, had him wrapped around their little fingers. There was nothing that Tom wouldn’t do for his “girls.”

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Georgia; two children, Stephanie (Jeffrey) Miller and Joel (Cindy) Spalding; three granddaughters, Gabby Miller, Icy Miller, and Nicole (Dave) Winston and their daughter Lola; three siblings, Stephan (Carol) Spalding, Suzy (Jerry) Collins and Linda (Ed) Shaw; brother-in-law, Dave and Karen Proctor; sister-in-law, Denise Hamblen;
many nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter Sr. and Grace Spalding.

Visitation will take place from 1 to 4 p.m., with a funeral service to follow, on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Private family burial will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent in Tom’s name to a charity of your choice. Tributes may be forwarded to www.conleycare.com.

Edward Heissler

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Edward Heissler, 89, of Hampshire, Ill., passed away peacefully early Monday morning, Nov. 10, 2014, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family.

Ed was born April 27, 1925, to proud parents Joseph and Marie Heissler. He was raised in the High Lake subdivision in West Chicago, Ill.

Ed attended local schools in West Chicago, finishing his studies at West Chicago Community High School with the Class of 1944.

Edward had a good friend by the name Ted Risch, and it was through him that he met the love of his life, Adele Risch. They were united in marriage on March 26, 1949, at St. Marys Church in West Chicago. Ed and Adele spent 65 beautiful years together. They were blessed with three sons, Edward Jr., Gary and Richard.

The couple spent their first 10 years in West Chicago before selling their pretty home and following Eddie’s dream of owning a farm. They bought a farm on McDonald Road in Burlington Township, Ill., where he lived out the rest of his years.

Ed was a member of the Local 150 Union of Operating Engineers for 69 years. He worked in Chicago during the day, and pursued his love of farming by night.

Ed was a member of many clubs, from the Knights of Columbus to the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club, Will County Threshermans Association, and National Rifle Association, but most dear to his heart was being a member of Saint’s Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Virgil for over 50 years.

In 1955, Ed was at work when he was severely injured in a terrible accident. He was in the hospital for over four months, all while Adele was pregnant with Edward Jr. The accident was so severe that it took Ed Sr. over a year to be able to walk again. But through strength and determination, he did walk again, learning alongside his baby son, Edward Jr.

In 1982, Ed put down his tools and farm equipment to retire. He and Adele bought a place in Osteen, Fla., to spend their winters. While in Florida, Ed continued using his hands, but this time he surprised his family by becoming quite a wood carving artist. His favorite to carve were western characters.

Ed was a lover of music, particularly country western and big band. After retirement, Ed and Adele bought a camper and took many road trips to steam shows.

Ed’s favorite thing were his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He made up for his lack of free time as a young man by doing all he could with his grandkids. He had special nicknames for each one, and enjoyed taking them to for ice cream in Sycamore. He loved to teach them to drive on the golf cart, and in the Model T on special occasions. He would sit through any Disney movie and cartoon just to spend time with them. You could even catch Ed watching a cartoon by himself. Ed is gone from this Earth, but he will never be forgotten.

Ed is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Adele; his two sons, Gary (Lori) and Richard (Cheryl); four grandchildren, Shannon (Matt) Mellin, Lauren (Liberato) Cascone, Erica and Ryan Heissler; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Jeanette Durant; three sisters-in-law, Millie Miller, Linda Grant and Marion Grant; many cousins, nieces and nephews; and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded in death by his son, Edward Jr.; his parents, Joseph and Marie Heissler; his sisters, Loraine Evans and Catherine Perkis; his brother, Joseph Heissler Jr.; and his great friend, Ted Risch.

A visitation will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce, Elburn. A funeral Mass to celebrate Ed’s life will take place on Friday, Nov. 14, at 10:30 a.m., following a brief visitation from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., at Saint’s Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5N939 Meredith Road, Virgil. Burial will follow mass at S.S. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Virgil.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Edwards’s name. Checks may be made to the “S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church ” for the stain glass window project, 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 Clare Zielinski

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Mary Clare Zielinski, 63, of St. Charles, passed away unexpectedly at home Saturday Nov. 8, 2014, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family.

Mary was born on Sept. 4, 1951, in West Allis, Wis., to proud parents Mary Jane and Frank Gerlach.
Mary attended local schools in West Allis until fifth grade, when the family moved to Addison, Ill. Mary graduated from Addison Trail High School in 1969 and continued her studies at Elmhurst College, graduating with a bachelors in education in 1973.

Mary met the love of her life, Gregory Zielinski, while roaming the halls of Addison Trail. They were united in marriage in 1973 in the Chapel of Elmhurst College. Mary and Greg started their life together in Lombard before moving to Glendale Heights, where they were blessed with eight beautiful children, Christopher, Matthew, Elizabeth, Timothy, Jonathan, Mary Chris, Sarah and Joanna. They packed up the kids and moved a couple more times, from Virgil to Elburn, before finally settling in St. Charles.

When it came to work, Mary was a jack of all trades. Her love of children started her out as a teacher before she became a daycare provider. Mary moved on to become a bookkeeper for Nestle and continuing at Shearer and Agrella Law Firm. She was also a devoted member of St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn for many years.

Mary was a homebody, but she liked to travel for family visits when she had a chance, spending time in Jamaica for a wedding just last year. One of her kid’s favorite trips with mom was driving to Florida to visit grandma and grandpa.

Mary loved the outdoors. In the spring, her green thumb ruled, and Mary could be found in her garden. She loved to plant vegetables; her favorite to grow was pumpkin, and she made sure to grow one pumpkin for each grandchild.

She enjoyed the simple things in life, watching birds, taking long walks and enjoying the company of others. The most important thing in Mary’s life was children. She first gave all her time and energy to her own children before finding the joy and love that her grandchildren provided her. She was blessed with nine grandchildren with whom she laughed and loved to joke.

Doing arts and crafts was a favorite pastime she spent doing with the grandkids. Mary had very special relationships with each and every one of her nine grandchildren, making sure each one felt special when they were around her. She always kept nine treats in her purse just in case all the grandkids would be around. She loved her family with all she had. She is gone now, but she will never be forgotten.

Mary is survived by her husband, Greg; children, Matthew (Stephanie), Elizabeth (Steve) Mencel, Timothy (Anne), Jonathan, Mary Chris (Bill) Lamb, Sarah (Joel Bogosh) Zielinski and Joanna (Harry Vyhnanek) Zielinski; nine grandchildren, Evelyn, Clare, Jude, Joseph Zielinski, Nathan and Cameron Mencel, Henry Zielinski, and Ethan and Lindsey Lamb; her mother, Mary Jane Gerlach; six siblings, Patrick (Leah) Gerlach, Sue Grudecki, Paul (Mary Beth) Gerlach, Joseph (Cathi) Gerlach, Frank (Val) Gerlach, Ann (Sean) McGreal; her mother-in-law, Alice Zielinski; many cousins; and a countryside of friends.

She is preceded in death by her infant son, Christopher; father, Frank Gerlach; father-in-law, Raymond Zielinski; and brother-in-law, Gary Grudecki.

A visitation was held Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will take place Thursday, Nov. 13, with visitation from 9 to 9:45 a.m., and a Mass at 10 a.m. Private cremation will follow the funeral.

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

Delores M. Jarka

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Delores M. Jarka (nee Gahlbeck), 80, of Geneva, died at home on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, following a long illness.

She was born on Dec. 17, 1933, the daughter of Harry and Laura (nee Vogel) Gahlbeck. She was raised in Burlington, Ill., and graduated with the Burlington High School Class of 1951.

She started working early in life, detasseling corn in the nearby fields. She went on to work at the Elgin Watch Factory and eventually went to work at Warwick Publishing Company in St. Charles, where she remained for 28 years before retiring.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 40 years, Robert F. Jarka, and her only brother, Clifford Gahlbeck.

She is survived by her loving children, David of Buffalo, N.Y., Kathleen (William Duerr) of Batavia, Donald (Tammie) of Geneva and Edward (Karyn) of Maple Park. She also had six grandchildren she was very proud of: Will and Joseph Duerr, Brad and Adam Jarka, and Rachel and Kyle Jarka.

Visitation and service were held Sunday at Moss-Norris Funeral Home, 100 S. Third St., St. Charles.

Interment was held privately at Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 1710 S. Seventh Ave., St. Charles, or at www.donate.salvationarmyusa.org.

For additional information contact Moss-Norris Funeral Home at (630) 584-2000 or www.mossfuneral.com.

Denis L. Bowron

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Denis L. Bowron died Thursday, Oct. 30, at Greenfields of Geneva. He was born on July 26, 1937, to Clarice and Lyman “Red” Bowron on Church Street on the east side of Batavia.

His early years were spent hanging out on the Fox River with his dog Choppy, pedaling his Aurora Beacon paper route or helping with his father’s small trucking company, “Bowron Motor Service.” As a teen, he set pins at Batavia Bowl, and spent after-school hours with friends pumping gas at Spuhler’s “Pure Oil” station on Batavia Avenue.

After high school, he entered the Navy, where he learned the boiler trade in the engine room of a destroyer.

Upon his return, he married a west side girl, Nancy Wiberg, and they went on to have four children, Denise Schubkegel, Laura Kapala, Craig and Larry Bowron, and eventually 27 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

After stints at Argonne National Laboratory and Mercy Hospital, he had a 30-year career as a facility operations supervisor at Fermi Lab. He was intelligent and curious, and wondered how things worked.

He was an avid fisherman, loved music—particularly gospel music—and enjoyed refurbishing old mechanical antiques like Challenger pumps. He made bluebird houses and replanted oak savannas. He was a big man with a big heart and a fast wit, and he had an easy way with people. Denis was loved as a dad, grandpa, farfar.

A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St., Batavia.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Fermilab Natural Areas at fermilabnaturalareas.org.

For additional information, contact Moss Family Funeral Homes at (630) 879-7900 or www.mossfuneral.com.

Richard “Rich” Herra

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Richard “Rich” Herra, 73, of Elburn, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family. A big man with an even bigger heart, he leaves this world without a chance to say goodbye, but leaves a legacy of memories to balm our grieving hearts.

He was born May 1, 1941, the son of George and Mary (Kessel) Herra, in Geneva.

Rich grew up in Elburn and attended local schools while helping out at the family grocer on Main Street in Elburn. He was “hired out” on occasion to local farmers, helping them in the fields, season after season. He was so popular, farmers would put in their reservations for “the tall son” when he was busy. He was one of the first classes to attend Kaneland High School. Before he graduated with the class of 1961, Rich was a captain of the football team, inspiring all the “gridiron greats” to follow in his footsteps generations later.

Aug. 3, 1964, was a day to live in infamy–at least for Rich–as that was the fateful day he was introduced to Mary Fulk. They soon fell in love, and the rest was history. Their two hearts became one on Nov. 21, 1965. They began their new life together in Aurora for a time before coming back home to Elburn in 1968, where they raised a growing family. They were blessed with two children, Richard and Rhonda. Almost 49 years of marriage brought millions of both laughter and tears. But one thing was for sure: they were unforgettable.

Rich had a history of working in and for his community. He worked as a part time police officer for ten years and spent 36 years as a volunteer fireman. H & L Altepeter operated in Lily Lake, but Rich and his brother Jack had the opportunity to buy the business, and they renamed it J & R Herra Inc. After a lifetime filled with a work ethic that was second to none, Rich put down his tools and retired in 2009.

He was a lifetime member of the St. Charles Sportsman’s Club, and a faithful member of the Fox Valley Christian Church. Rich was also a proud member of the N.R.A.

Rich’s strength was legendary, and more importantly, true. He would hold the end of a 16-pound sledgehammer with one hand, and gently scratch the end of his nose as easy as holding a pencil. He also was an accomplished marksman who loved to shoot and make new friends at every club.

As a dedicated member of the Elburn Fire Department, Rich felt privileged each and every time he was able to drive the antique Model A fire truck in the Elburn Days Parade and other festive occasions. He was also a practical man, picking the date of his marriage to coincide with deer hunting season.

Although Rich had a look that could stop you in your tracks, there was no one who enjoyed a practical joke or shared an easy laugh like Rich. He once tied the shoes of a whole volleyball team together in intricate knots while they were playing a game, only to return to the bench to see Rich’s handiwork. He also was a favorite dinner companion every Friday night, taking out friends and neighbors. It was only coincidence that most of them were of the female persuasion, jokingly referred to as his “harem.” Some of his favorite spots were as far as 100 miles away.

Rich was a family man through and through, prizing them above all else. But he always had a special place in his heart for his grandson R.J. No one can Rich’s shoes, nor live up to the man who lived his life as a “gentle giant,” but we can admire the footsteps he left for us to follow and never forget the memories he left behind.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary; two children, Richard (Kandy) Herra and their son R.J., and Rhonda (Mike Fung) Herra; four siblings, D. Larry (Maxine) Herra, Leroy (Carol) Herra, Dean Herra and Darlene (Terry) Terrill; one brother-in-law, Glenn (Margie) Fulk; two sisters-in-law, Janet Herra and Ruth Fulk; several nieces, nephews, a host of “shooting buddies” and a countryside filled with friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary; two sisters, Marie Fraunberg and Janet, the latter of which passed away in infancy; brother, Jack Herra; two brothers-in law, Jim Fraunberg and Howard Fulk; and last but never least, his favorite hunting dogs, Lady and Diamond, who were faithful hunting buddies till the end.

Visitation will take place Monday, Nov. 3, from 3 to 8 p.m., at Fox Valley Christian Church, 40W150 Main St. Road, Batavia. A funeral to celebrate his life will take place at 10 a.m., with a time of visitation from 9 to 9:45 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4, also at the church. Pastors Dan Fields and Josh LaGrange will officiate, with interment to follow at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn.

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

In honor of Rich and his “timeless” sense of fashion, all are welcome to attend both visitation and funeral in casual dress and/or their best camouflage wear.

Gwen H. McKee

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Gwen H. McKee, 77, of Sugar Grove, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. She was born Feb. 13, 1937, in Chicago, the second daughter of Arthur and Mildred Hughes.

Gwen graduated from Hirsch High School in Chicago. She then attended Beloit College in Wisconsin, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics. It was there that Gwen met her husband John. They both graduated in 1958 and were married in 1959.

Gwen was employed as a systems analyst for IBM following college. Along with raising a family, she became a consummate homemaker who arranged every detail of the homes in which she and her husband lived.

Gwen was perhaps best known as “The Quilter,” having produced innumerable quilts over 30 years for her own homes, for family and friends, and for several charity auctions. She enjoyed traveling adventures, visiting with family in many locations, and especially delighting in her summer home in Harbert, Mich.

Gwen is survived by her husband of 55 years, John; three children, Scott, Sue (Sam) Erwin and Steve (Wendy); nine grandchildren; and her sister, Joan (Wayne) Hughes.

Visitation will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, at New England Congregational Church, 406 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora.

Memorials should be directed to the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, 111 West Downer Place, Suite 312, Aurora, IL 60506, for the benefit of the New England Congregational Church Designated Endowment Fund.

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

Gwen’s family wishes to thank Vitas Hospice and Visiting Angels of the Fox Valley for their extraordinary care and support during the past five months.

Winona M. Mitcheltree

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Winona M. Mitcheltree (nee Moroney), 82, of Aurora, and recently of Batavia, passed away peacefully and went to be with her Lord on Oct. 20.

She was born Oct.19, 1932, in Aurora, to Thornton and Hermina (nee Scholl) Moroney.

Winona attended Mary A. Todd Grade School, graduated with West Aurora High School Class of 1950, and attended Ritchie Secretarial School and Aurora College. She was a legal secretary for two years, and then an executive secretary for three years with Thor Power Tool Company and 11 years with Northern Illinois Gas Company, retiring when blessed with her first child.

On Sept. 23, 1961, she was united in marriage to Albert R. Mitcheltree at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Aurora. They were married over 41 years until Albert went to be with his Lord in 2003. He has now welcomed his loving wife into Heaven.

Winona was a lifelong member of Our Savior, from a little girl attending church in The Healy Chapel—while the church building was completed—through baptism, confirmation, marriage and raising her family in the same church. Winona was an active member of Our Savior, where she enjoyed friendships and fellowship, and served as a trustee, Bible School teacher and choir member. She will be remembered for her love of her family and her saving faith and love in Jesus Christ as her Savior.

She always gave her all and best to her family and friends, and with anything with which she was involved. Winona gave her time and talents to many and served in organizations such as Aurora Business & Professional Women’s Club, Fox Valley Christian Women’s Club, YMCA-YWCA Adult Programs, Parent Teacher Associations and the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts. In addition to the church choir, her beautiful soprano voice was heard for many years with Aurora Festival Chorus. She also was active with the Fox Valley Hiking Club for well over 40 years.

Winona is survived by God’s gift of four loving children, David (Laurie Benton) Mitcheltree and grandson Jack and granddaughter Kate of Issaquah, Wa., Laura Mitcheltree of North Aurora, Mark Mitcheltree of Haines, Ark., and Brad (Jennifer) Mitcheltree and grandsons Stuart and Larkin of Fort Collins, Colo. Many dear family members and so many dear friends, all of whom have brightened her earthly life, also survive her.

She was preceded in death by many family members and friends, and has now met them again in Heaven.

A funeral service celebrating her life and faith was held Saturday at Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church, Aurora. Rev. Jeff Mikyska officiated. Interment took place in Lincoln Memorial Park.

The family received friends on Friday at The Healy Chapel, Aurora, and prior to the funeral service on Saturday. Contributions in Winona Mitcheltree’s memory may be directed to Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Winona was always there for her family and friends, and will be greatly missed. The family’s love, prayers and memories will always be with them until they meet again in Heaven.

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