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Wittenberg, Bledsoe to wed

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Kathy and Craig Wittenberg of Elburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Lora Ellen, to James Carl Bledsoe, son of Hilary and Bill Bledsoe of Hugo, Colo.

The bride-to-be is a 2005 graduate of St. Charles North High School and a 2014 graduate of Colorado State Veterinary College. She is employed as a veterinarian at Eastern Veterinary Clinic in Limon, Colo.

The future groom graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in agri-business, and is a prominent cattle rancher in Hugo.

The wedding will be October 2014.

Elburn Pack 107 New Scout Roundup

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ELBURN—Elburn Pack 107 will offer a fall New Scout Roundup on Monday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. at Community Congregational Church, 101 E. Shannon St. This event is for new Scouts in grades first through fifth.

Since its beginning, the Cub Scout program has been a fun and educational experience concerned with values. Besides providing a positive place where boys can enjoy safe, wholesome activities, Cub Scouting focuses on building character, improving physical fitness, teaching practical skills and developing a spirit of community service. Some of the best things about Cub Scouting are its activities: camping, hiking, racing model cars, field trips, or doing projects that help hometowns and the people who live there. Cub Scouting means “doing.”

For questions, contact Pack 107 at elburncubscouts@gmail.com or visit www.elburnpack107.org.

Church among Elburn’s best-kept secrets

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Photo: Located at 100 E. Shannon Street in Elburn, the Community Congregational Church’s members are “determined to revitalize and continue to focus on the church’s mission in the community.” Photos by Lynn Logan

ELBURN—Members joke that Elburn’s Community Congregational Church is one of the best-kept secrets in town. On the flip side, many are trying to change that.

“We’ve been hearing for years that the church has been closed or is dying,” church member Karen Diesel said.

Located at 100 E. Shannon St., the church during Elburn Days hosted a large rummage sale, face painting, music provided by the Al and Susan Duo of St. Charles, ice cream from Colonial Ice Cream and sloppy joes that people return for year after year.

“It was awesome; we couldn’t have asked for a better turnout,” Diesel said. “The weather really cooperated and we made about $4,500—more than double the $2,000 we usually make.”

Church Pastor Bennett McNeal said it’s not unusual for smaller churches to struggle.

“We’ve had some difficult times in recent years,” McNeal said. “The members are determined to revitalize and continue to focus on the church’s mission in the community.”

Church moderator Mary Royer said a lot of maintenance work that has been on the back burner is now being undertaken, along with the installation of a new elevator to make the church accessible to all. She credits Diesel with doing a lot to make the church more visible during Elburn Days.

“Karen worked very hard,” she said. “We had a lot going on so people could see that we’re still here.”

After celebrating only his second Elburn Days, McNeal said he came to realize the church is an incredible resource in the community.

“We have scouts that meet at the church along with other groups, we plan to provide a caregivers’ support group—all of these things are intended to provide services for the community,” he said. “Of course, we also are continuing our traditional programs of Sunday school for all ages and traditional worship services.”

McNeal said the maintenance projects and the new elevator are ways to make the church more welcoming.

“Our tradition is to be welcoming to everyone, and we mean that with no exceptions,” McNeal said. “These aren’t my words, they come from our denomination: ‘No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here at Community Congregational Church.’”

“We don’t say it as much as we act on it,” Royer said. “We are very much like a family.”

For more information about the church, visit www.elburn-ucc.org or call (630) 365-6544.

Eric R. Ream

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Eric R. Ream, 31, of Oswego, Ill., passed away Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at his home. He was born May 11, 1983, in Aurora, Ill.

Eric graduated from Minooka High School in 2004. He was the Aktion Club treasurer; was a member of the Fox Valley Special Recreation in Aurora, where he participated in softball, volleyball, golf and basketball; and was a member of the Kendall County Special Olympics, where he participated in snow shoeing, swimming, track and bowling. Eric worked at Ream’s Elburn Market.

Eric is survived by his loving parents, James and Sharon (Seib) Ream of Oswego; his brothers, Brian Ream of Los Angeles and Sean Ream of Aurora; his paternal grandmother, Phyllis Ream of Elburn; and two uncles, Richard (Carol) Seib of Aurora and Randy (Janelle) Ream of Elburn.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Robert Ream; and his maternal grandparents, Walter and Ruth Seib.

Funeral service and visitation was held Monday at The Daleiden Mortuary in Aurora. Interment will be private. To leave condolences for Eric’s family or sign the guest book, call (630) 631-5500 or visit www.daleidenmortuary.com.

Memorial contributions in Eric’s memory may be made to the Kendall County Special Olympics Family and Friends, 2420 Rock Creek Road, Plano, IL 60545.

Wayne Ekstrom

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Wayne Ekstrom, 73, of Elburn, passed away at his home, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family, Friday morning, Aug. 22, 2014.

He was born Aug. 10, 1941, in Geneva, the son of Carl and Hazel (Johnson) Ekstrom.

Wayne grew up on the family farm in Wasco, where his physical education was born. His academic education came from local schools and eventually St. Charles High School, where he was involved in the FFA.

Wayne was a hard worker who, after helping his family work on the farm, found his niche in the blacksmith shop as a welder. Wayne worked at Wasco Blacksmith for over 30 years. After the shop was sold, Wayne found work for a few years at Glenwood School For Boys as a maintenance man before his retirement.

Wayne was not one for hobbies, but his daily regiment always included a trip to the coffee shop in his infamous red pickup truck. Although he never married, his love for his community and common man was always worn on his sleeve. His familiar smile and gentle demeanor with be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

He is survived by two siblings, Darlene (Russell) Bohlin and Carl Ekstrom; several nieces and nephews; and a community of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation was held Tuesday at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate his life, with visitation, was also held Tuesday at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake. Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church, officiated. Interment followed at Whitney Cemetery.

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

Claudia Larson

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Claudia Larson, 89, of DeKalb, passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family.

Claudia was born on March 19, 1925, in Black Oak, Ark. During her childhood, she and her mother made their way to Memphis, Tenn., where she graduated from Memphis High School in 1943.

After graduation, her free spirit led her to take a train to Chicago, where she made a life of her own, taking flying lessons, piano lessons and attending cooking school.

It was at a Fourth of July picnic in 1951 where she met Clarence Larson. There were fireworks in their eyes, and they were married Dec. 1 of that year. Claudia and Clarence were blessed with two children, Nancy and David, while living in Chicago. Expecting their third child, they moved west in 1956 to settle in St. Charles, where Wayne was born.

Once in St. Charles, Clarence worked days as a carpenter and Claudia worked nights at Illinois Bell as an operator. Several years later, two more boys, Robert and Edward, completed the family. Having five children was a career of its own, and she dedicated her life to her kids.

Clarence and Claudia were involved in scouting and all of their children’s school activities. They found themselves helping Playmakers behind the scenes. While Clarence built the sets, Claudia would help cook for the entire cast. It was there that Calico Kitchen was born. Claudia made her business a great success for over 25 years, serving at parties, weddings and weekly lunches for both St. Charles and Geneva Rotary Clubs.

After her husband was taken from her by cancer in 1989, Claudia kept herself busy with sewing and knitting, and enjoying her family. She was an excellent cook, known for her endless supply of cookies. She enjoyed Scrabble, the Sunday crossword puzzle and card games with her grandchildren.

Her best friend was her miniature Schnauzer, Pepper; they were the neighborhood ambassadors, making friends everywhere they went.

Travel was a favorite pastime, and Claudia traveled extensively. She and her beloved friend Gretchen travelled to Hawaii, Hong Kong and the Orient. She made her way to Ireland and France, travelling to England with her son Robert and to Brazil with David, and she and Nancy went on an Alaskan Cruise. She took her grandkids to Disney World and ventured to North Carolina to see the Cape Hatteras lighthouse move. Her last trip was to Las Vegas to hit the slots one last time.

Claudia was a master gardener and loved tending her flower gardens. She truly loved her family, continuing to take care of everyone, doting on her grandchildren all of her days. She is gone from this Earth but will never be forgotten.

Claudia is survived by her five children, Nancy Faber, David (Tara) Larson, Wayne Larson, Robert (LeaAnn) Larson and Edward (Julie) Larson; nine grandchildren, Josh (Debbie) Faber, Becky (fiancee Chris Fack) Faber, Kimberly Larson-Osborn, Daniel, Anthony, Sean, Eric and Ivan Larson, and Emily (Robert) Hansen; and four great-grandchildren, Travis, Ryleigh, Alexis and Ulrich.

Claudia is preceded in death by her husband of over 38 years, Clarence; and her mother, Gladys.

A visitation to celebrate her life was held Sunday at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.

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

James Olmsted

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James Olmsted, 82 passed away peacefully at his home on Aug. 25, 2014. Jim is survived by his cherished wife of 59 years, Barbara; two sons, Patrick and Timothy (Darla); daughter, Melissa; two grandchildren, Paden and Paige.

He is preceded in death by his first-born son, Michael.

Raised in humble circumstances in a large family of 11, Jim volunteered for the Navy and served his country during the Korean War aboard the U.S.S. Keppler and U.S.S. Fessenden. He married the love of his life, Barbara, in 1955, and they raised their four children in Elburn.

He worked for Caterpillar tractor, serving 35 years as a master craftsman tool and die maker. He also farmed for 15 years, continuing with that after retiring from Caterpillar. He and Barbara retired to Florida in 1993.

Jim was a mason at Blackberry Lodge, and a member of the Scottish Rite and American Legion.

He was a devoted husband and father and was happiest when busy fixing things. He could always make you laugh, and was a good, loyal, honest and fair man. Jim also loved to travel, cruise, golf and bird-watch. He will always be loved and sorely missed.

There will be a service on Sunday, Sept. 14, 1 p.m. at First Methodist Church in Lincoln, Ill. In lieu of flowers the please consider donating to Cornerstone Hospice in Jim’s honor at 2590 Havendale Blvd. NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881.

Rodger Adhemar Lambert

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Rodger Adhemar Lambert, 73, of Sugar Grove, died Friday, Aug 22, 2014, as the result of a single-vehicle accident. A medical issue may have been the cause of the crash.

Lambert, the middle in the family of six children, was born Jan. 12, 1941, in Bourbonnais, Ill., to Adhemar and Melena (nee Lambert) Lambert. He graduated from St. Pat’s High School in Bourbonnais.

He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving from 1960 to 1963. During his service he spent considerable time in Germany and Europe while learning the design draftsman’s engineering trade. Rodger spent 40 years designing roads, sewers and infrastructure, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

After retirement, Rodger followed his dreams and passions by operating his own business in Sugar Grove, “Lambert Remodelers/ Builders.” Rodger also had many interests in life, including working, creating, building, remodeling, fishing, golf and his family.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Genevieve ( Ginger) Lambert; a daughter, Suzanne (Kevin) Duck of Batavia, and their children, Cassie and Natalie; a son, Brannon Lambert and his longtime significant other, Dawn Marsillo, of Chicago; a daughter, Andrea (Grant) Thayer of Rochester, Minn., and their children, Jack, Peter and Eli; three brothers, Robert of Joliet, Ron and his wife, Grace, of South Carolina, and Bryan and his wife, Joanne, of Bourbonnais; as well as many extended family and friends.

Rodger was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Theresa; and a brother, David.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove with an open time of sharing memories at 8 p.m. followed by the Rosary.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m on Thursday, Aug. 28, at St. Katherine Drexel Catholic Church, 8S055 Dugan Road, Sugar Grove, with visitation from 9:30 to 10 a.m., prior to the Mass. Fr. Bob Jones will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery. A funeral luncheon will follow the interment.

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

Sheriff Perez’s Car, Motorcycle Show

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ELBURN—Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez’s annual Car and Motorcycle Show will take place Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Martin family farm, 2S111 Green Road, Elburn. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon. The show will take place from noon to 3 p.m.

The show will feature stock cars, modified, motorcycles, pre-1949, Best in Show, Sheriffs’ Choice, emergency vehicles, muscle cars and more. There will be prizes, a 50/50 drawing, a DJ, food and more.

Entry fee is $10. Cost for spectators is $5 per carload. Proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Illinois.

For information, contact Janet at (630) 208-2003. In the event of rain, the show will take place on Sunday, Aug. 31.

Claudia Larson

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Claudia Larson, 88, of DeKalb, passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family.

Claudia was born on March 19, 1925, in Black Oak, Ark. During her childhood, her family moved around the country until making their way to Nashville. She attended local schools before graduating from Nashville High School in 1943. After graduation, her free spirit led her to take the train up to Chicago, where she made a life of her own.

It was at a Fourth of July party in 1951 where she met Clarence Larson. There were fireworks in their eyes, and they were married on Dec. 1, 1951.

Claudia and Clarence were blessed with three beautiful children while living in Chicago: Nancy, David and Wayne. The Larson family made their way west, moving to St. Charles in 1956, where they settled down. While in St. Charles, the Larsons were blessed with two more sons, Robert and Edward.

While living in St. Charles, Clarence worked days as a carpenter, and Claudia worked nights at Illinois Bell as an operator. Having five children was a career of its own—a career she dedicated her life to until the kids were grown.

Claudia and Clarence volunteered at Playmakers Drama group in St. Charles. Clarence built the sets and Claudia would cook for the entire cast. It was there that Calico Kitchen was born. Claudia was the owner and ran her business for over 25 years, feeding more people than could be counted.

Claudia loved to sew and knit—she was known for her red hooded sweaters she would knit for her grandchildren. She was an expert baker; there was never a visit to Claudia’s house without having some of her famous cookies.

Saturday nights were for watching a few British TV shows, then playing Scrabble, Skip-Bo, Pinochle and Phase 10 with the grandkids.

Her best friend was her dog Pepper, a miniature schaunzer. She and Pepper were the neighborhood ambassadors in Elburn, making friends everywhere they went.

Travel was a favorite pastime—she loved to go anywhere with her beloved friend Gretchen, going on cruises to Hawaii, Hong Kong and Cambodia. She made her way to Ireland, France and all over Europe. Claudia and her daughter Nancy went on an Alaskan Cruise. Claudia loved going to Disney World with the grandkids, and her last trip was to Las Vegas to hit the slots one last time.

Claudia had a green thumb—taking care of her gardens was something she truly enjoyed. Her favorite thing was her family; she took care of everyone, doting on her grandchildren all of her days. She is gone from this Earth, but will never be forgotten.

Claudia is survived by her five children, Nancy Faber, David (Tara), Wayne, Robert (LeaAnn) and Edward (Julie) Larson; nine grandchildren, Josh (Debbie) Faber, Becky (fiancee Chris Fack) Faber, Kimberly Larson-Osborn, Daniel, Anthony, Sean, Eric and Ivan Larson, and Emily (Robert) Hansen; and four great-grandchildren.

Claudia is preceded in death by her husband of over 38 years, Clarence; and her mother, Gladys.

Visitation to celebrate her life will be held on Sunday, Aug. 24, 1 to 3 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memory sharing will take place at 3 p.m. Interment will be private.

Laura E. ‘Betty’ Lyle

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Laura E. “Betty” Lyle, 89, of Sycamore, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, Aug. 12, 2014, at Kishwaukee Hospital, Sycamore.

She was born Nov. 29, 1924, on the Dayton farm, northeast of Maple Park, the daughter of Andrew and Bessie (Emberson) Lyle.

She attended the Thatcher Country School through the eighth grade and graduated from Maple Park High School with the class of 1943.

Following graduation, she worked for several years at the Kane County Courthouse in Geneva, both in the Board of Review Office and the Probate Clerks Office.

She moved to California, where she worked in the Smith/Miller toy plant in Santa Monica, and then for 34 years she was employed by Scott & Scott Printers, Vaughn Printers and Hamilton/Avnet. She returned in 1988 to make her home in Sycamore, where she worked for Gourmet Press and TMC.

Betty was an expert craft maker, knitting blankets, making napkin holders and Kleenex box holders. She specialized in floral arrangements, making beautiful pieces for those around her.

Betty loved playing Bingo with her friends. She didn’t have to win; she just wanted to play.

She never missed a birthday, sending out cards to anyone who crossed her path. You could count on getting a card from Betty, no matter what.

One of Betty’s fondest pastimes was watching the Chicago Bulls. From watching Bob Love to Michael Jordan, Betty was the most loyal of fans. She was never seen without her favorite Bulls jacket.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Los Angeles, the Christian Missionary Alliance Church of Santa Monica, Calif., and a lifetime member of the Grace United Methodist Church of Maple Park.

She is survived by her sister, Frances Marion (Lyle) Bennett of Sycamore; one nephew, Michael Bennett; special cousin and friend, Noel Baker of Las Vegas; as well as cousins, Mary (Floyd) Matheny of Las Vegas, Janet (Steve) Hauser of Hinckley, Helen Faber of North Carolina, Rose (Lee) Mell of North Carolina, Margaret Garbo of Minnesota, Robert Emberson Jr. of DeKalb, Jane (Dean) Quarstrom, Edward (Sue) Emberson, Frank (Kathy) Emberson, and John (Cathy) Emberson, all of DeKalb; Florence (Frank) Schou of Rockford, Ill.; and Dorothy (Carl) Kauffman of Woodstock, Ill.; good friend, Nancy Olsen of Maple Park; and a lifetime of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Hazel Lyle; and one nephew, Ronn Bennett.

Her visitation was held Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home. A funeral to celebrate her life will take place Thursday, Aug. 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce, Elburn. Rev. Laura Crites, pastor of the Hinckley United Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment will follow at Gardner Cemetery, Maple Park.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Betty’s name. Checks may be made to the “Grace United Methodist Church” 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.

George E. ‘Ernie’ Telfer

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George E. “Ernie” Telfer, 73, of Big Rock, passed away on Friday Aug. 15, 2014. He was born May 8, 1941, in Vincennes, Ind., the son of the late Ernest and Catherine (Cunningham) Telfer.

Ernie was raised in Vincennes. He served in the U.S. Navy. Ernie spent his entire career in the paper mill industry in Michigan and Illinois—where he worked for Aurora Paperboard, which became the Davey Company—up until his retirement in 2002. He was a member of St. Katharine Drexel Church in Sugar Grove and was a greeter. Ernie was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Sandy of Big Rock; two children, Adam Telfer of Sandwich and Julie Telfer of St. Charles; two step-children, Stephanie (Mike) Gary of Houston, Texas, and Sarah (Nathan) Lambes of Hinckley; a granddaughter, Averie Telfer; two step-granddaughters, Claire and Vivian Lambes; his brother, Frank Telfer of Burbank, Calif.; his mother-in-law, Geneva Browne of Plano, Texas; his nephew, Robert Telfer of California; as well as other nieces, nephews, and brothers- and sisters-in-law.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. A liturgical wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, at St. Katharine Drexel Church, 8S055 Dugan Road. Fr. Bob Jones will officiate. A prayer service will be conducted at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, prior to the Mass, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Westside Cemetery, Geneva.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to St. Katherine Drexel Church for a special purpose.

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

Ilene Wolthusen

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Ilene Wolthusen of Elburn passed away peacefully Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at Delnor Hospital, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family.

She is survived by her partner, Samuel Oddo; her four sons, Steven Sudnik, David Wolthusen, Kevin (Cindy) Wolthusen and Michael (Kathy) Wolthusen; eight grandchildren, Steven Jr. and Nora Sudnik, Natalie and Christian Wolthusen, Jessica and Jerry Wolthusen, Michael Jr. and Matthew Wolthusen; one brother, Alan “Butch” Keith; and many cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Alice Keith; her first husband, Victor Sudnik; second husband, Charles Wolthusen; and one son, Scott Sudnik.

Public visitation will take place Saturday, Aug. 16, from noon to 3:30 p.m., with a service starting at 3:30 p.m., at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn.

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

Carole A. Michels

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Carole A. Michels, 73, of rural Elburn, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at home, surrounded by her loving husband and children, and her dear sister Judy.

She has been at her home and/or lake home under family, Hospice and Home Helpers care since April 11, 2014. Carole was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2004 and has been resigned to her condition with an enduring faith in God that was one of her characteristics throughout her life. Carole gave unconditional love and effort to everyone that she met and to everything that she did.

Carole was born June 29, 1941, in Aurora, the daughter of Roy and Gertrude (Kroeger) Brown. She grew up in Aurora, the “middle” child of four children. Carole attended East Aurora public schools and graduated mid-term in the first graduating class from the “new” East Aurora High School in 1959. In high school she developed lifelong friendships with several special friends.

Upon graduation from high school, Carole began her career as a secretary with IBM in Aurora and developed the skills that served her well throughout her life.

She was with her friends when she met her future husband, Jim, at the A&W Root Beer Stand in Aurora, and started a romance that lasted almost 55 years. They dated while Jim attended Marquette University, and were engaged on June 24, 1962, on Powers Lake, Wis. They were married on Dec. 1, 1962, at St. Therese Catholic Church, Aurora.

After a brief honeymoon, they returned to Oklahoma City, where Jim was stationed as a commissioned officer with the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) in the Division of Indian Health. It was while in Oklahoma City that their oldest child, Patrick “Sean”, was born in October 1963. They were transferred to Henryetta, Okla., where Christopher “Todd” was born in January 1965. They then moved to New Brighton, Minn., where they were blessed with their daughter, “Denise” Marie, who was born in August 1966.

The family made another move to Norman, Okla., in 1968, where Jim attended the University of Oklahoma, and Carole made many friends with her outgoing personality, entertainment and cooking skills. In 1969 they moved to their present home in Blackberry Township and joined their extensive families and made a large number of new friends.

Carole enjoyed her new home and rejoining her family. She became active in St. Gall Catholic Church, where she was a Eucharistic Minister, among many other things.

Carole concentrated on raising her three children and, along with her sisters, looking after her mother, dad and widowed mother-in-law. She resumed her secretarial skills as the secretary of the newly formed consulting engineering firm Engineering Enterprises, Inc., in Elburn in 1974. Carole then became active in the Elburn Business Council. In 1982, she became a realtor with Leuer Realty, where she was a “top producer” for most of her 30-year career.

Carole was a member and president of the Greater Aurora Association of Realtors and a member of the Fox Valley Board of Realtors; she held several leadership positions with both boards. She was also a charter member of the Kane County Tourism Association and a member of the Kaneland Foundation and the Waubonsee Community College Foundation. Carole was a precinct committee person for Blackberry Township for many years. She was one of the seven founders of Kaneland Community Bank in Elburn. Carole was also the Corporate Secretary Emeritus of Engineering Enterprises, Inc., in Sugar Grove.

Carole enjoyed life, especially entertaining family and friends by cooking and baking.

She also enjoyed traveling with her family and friends, and vacationing at Powers Lake.

A loving wife and devoted mother and grandmother, her greatest joy was to care for her family. Her love was mirrored in the lives of her children and grandchildren, who adored her.

She is survived by her husband, Jim; two sons, Sean (Valerie) Michels of Sugar Grove, Todd (Jacqui) Michels of Chicago; and one daughter, Denise (Brian) Migliorini of Plano; three sisters, Jean (Don) White of Big Rock, Joan McCue of Aurora and Judy (Jim) Kreitz of Sugar Grove; and nine grandchildren, Abby, Nick, Maddy and Sophie Michels of Sugar Grove, Greycn, Alexa and Samantha Michels of Chicago, and Gina and Nico Migliorini of Plano; three sisters-in-law, Pat, Lil and Lois Michels, and Anna Marie Avram and her brother-in-law Nello Avram; and 44 nieces and nephews.

She joins now her parents; two grandsons, Geno and Ryan Migliorini; her mother- and father-in-law, Marie and Ben Michels; her brothers-in-law, Bob, Art and Bern Michels, and Jim McCue Sr.; and five nieces and nephews.

Her visitation will take place Thursday, Aug. 21, 3 to 8 p.m. at St. Gall Catholic Church, Route 47 and Shannon Street, Elburn. A wake service will begin at 8 p.m.; family and friends are invited to view her remains in the church and to “Celebrate Carole’s Life” in the church hall.

Her funeral will take place on Friday, Aug. 22, at St. Gall Catholic Church, Route 47 and Shannon Street. Visitation is scheduled from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., with a Mass at 10:30 a.m. Fr. Timothy Seigel will officiate, and interment will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit St. Gall Catholic Church, CNS Hospice, the Elburn Lions Club, the Luxembourg American Cultural Society and/or the Alzheimer’s Association. Checks may be made to the “Carole A. Michels Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may be forwarded to the family at the same address or at www.conleycare.com.

Community Congregational hosts activities during Elburn Days

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ELBURN—Community Congregational Church has a lot going on this year during Elburn Days. Along with its usual indoor rummage sale and sloppy joe lunch, there will be vendor booths along Route 47 and in the parking lot north of the church building. The event will also feature an eclectic mixture of vendors that have everything from crafts to resale, and antiques to non-profit organizations, as well as fingernail painting for the kids. Some vendors will be there all three days, and others for just one day. If you can, check out the parking lot each day to see who’s there.

Also, mark your calendars for these special events:

Thursday, Aug. 14—Pre-Elburn Days Rummage Sale, lunch and outdoor vendors.

Friday, Aug. 15—JoJo the Clown will appear from 1 to 3 p.m. to make balloon objects and do face painting; Colonial Ice Cream and its famous truck will sell ice cream cups from noon to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 16—Enjoy the music of St. Charles’ Al and Sue Duo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The rummage sale and vendor hours are Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Community Congregational Church is located at the corner of Shannon Street and Route 47 in downtown Elburn. Contact the church office at (630) 365-6544. For vendor questions, contact Karen Diesel at (630) 308-5397. For Rummage sale questions, contact Lea Miller at (630) 365-6335.

Burial for Roger D. and Loretta B. Johnson

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The family of Roger D. and Loretta Bricher Johnson wish to share the couple’s passing and burial. Both were born and raised in Kane County with generations of history in the area. They will be laid to rest on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2044 at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

They are survived by their daughter, Rita M. Johnson of Indiana, Penn.; sons, David A. Johnson of Flower Mound, Texas, and Rodney D. Johnson of Grapevine, Texas. Also surviving are David’s wife, Leigh Ann; and grandchildren, Mitchell and Lauren Johnson.

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