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Maple Park church welcomes Rev. Vasquez

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Rev. Perfecto Vasquez

MAPLE PARK—St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park has a new spiritual leader in the Rev. Perfecto Vasquez.

Vasquez took the helm on July 1, and was installed formally on Wednesday by Bishop David J. Malloy. He also pastors SS. Peter and Paul in Virgil.

Vasquez replaces the Rev. Dennis Morrissy, who has moved to St. Mary in Elizabeth, Ill., and St. John the Evangelist in Hanover, Ill.

Vasquez emigrated to the United States from the Philippines in 1969, and joined the Rockford Diocese in 1998.

Coming to the priesthood after earning a master’s degree in transportation engineering and working in transportation for the city of Chicago, Vasquez said he believed he could better serve his fellow man in the church.

“I realized there is a need to work in the church to help people,” Vasquez said. “I thought I could better serve the community by being a minister. Instead of doing transportation planning here on Earth, I thought I could help transport people to God’s kingdom.”

At the Maple Park church just shy of three years, Morrissy said there was an urgent need prompting his move.

“It just depends on the needs of the church at any given time,” Morrissy said. “The issue is, we need more priests. If we had more, we wouldn’t need to move as often.”

Morrissy said the communities of Elizabeth and Hanover are about eight miles apart, and combined have about the same number of families as the Maple Park church.

For more information about St. Mary of the Assumption, at 123 S. County Line Road in Maple Park, visit www.stmarymaplepark.org.

Rodger E. Harris

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Rodger E. Harris, 70 of Kaneville, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness with cancer. He was born July 18, 1944, in La Porte, Ind., the son of the late George and Sarah Pauline (Brown) Harris.

Rodger was very proud to serve his country with the U.S. Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis, from 1961 to 1965. He was a member of the American Legion Yorkville Post 489. Rodger was employed for over 46 years with the Iron Workers Union Local 393 in Aurora. He worked for Central Machinery of Big Rock until his retirement in 2009.

Rodger is survived by his devoted wife, Denise (Enders) Harris of Kaneville; his daughters, Hailee Harris of Kaneville, Wendy (Mark) Bank of Bristol and Tammy (Frank) Goetzinger of Yorkville; along with his five grandchildren, Paige Bank, A.J. Bank, Payton Bank, Abby McCartney and Nicholas Goetzinger; his brothers, Garry Harris, Larry (Beverly) Harris and Jim (Chris) Payne; his sisters, Georgia (Rich) Sears and Patti (Doug) Douglas; as well as many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Rodger was a loving husband, father and grandfather to his family, and will truly be missed for his witty jokes and his colorful stories. He was an avid fisherman who loved the great outdoors, spending many trips with his family to Canada and the Northwoods.

Funeral services were held Saturday at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. Visitation was held until the time of service. Interment will be held privately at a later date at Kaneville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the educational fund that is being established for his daughter, Hailee Harris. For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.

Timothy ‘Tim’ Parrilli

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Timothy “Tim” Parrilli, passed away early Sunday morning, July 20, 2014, at the age of 63. He died after a short battle with esophageal cancer.

Timothy was born on Jan. 31, 1951, to Joseph and Barbara (Engvalson) Parrilli of Oak Park, Ill. He married Charlotte Fraley on Oct. 8, 1971, in Naperville, Ill.

From stacking Cheerios as a toddler to remodeling and constructing new homes, Tim was a carpenter and builder all his life. Tim owned a successful contracting business with his brother for many years in Maple Park. He was a hard-working husband, father of five and grandfather of five.

Tim had many passions in life, from crafting with wood and enjoying the outdoors, to talking politics and history, inspiring his friends and family with his animated stories—better than a history teacher. Tim could tell even the smallest details about almost any historical event, especially the Civil War and World War II.

Tim was especially passionate about his antique cars. He owned, restored and meticulously cared for his cars, and he loved to drive and show them off at car shows.

Tim left his mark on this world in many ways, but the most important way to him was by his family: his wife, Charlotte; daughters, Julie (Coby), Elizabeth (Ryan) Bobowiec, and Mary; son, Daniel (Tina); as well as grandsons, Chris, Cory and Owen; and granddaughters, Calabria and Olivia. He had an impact on many people and will continue to lead his family through their own lives with his wisdom.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Chris; and daughter, Kathleen Rose.
A memorial will take place from 2 to 6 p.m., with a blessing at 5 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 9, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, send donations in Tim’s name to The Esophageal Cancer Action Network. For more information and to make donations, visit ecan.org. For notification recipient address, use 834 County Road Z, Arkdale, Wis. 54613.

Herman-Taylor Funeral Home and Cremation Center is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhome.net.

Karen Lee Renk

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Karen Lee Renk (nee Shanahan) of Sugar Grove, formerly of Naperville, Ill., was born on July 8, 1949, in Springfield, and left this world on Sunday, July 27, 2014. After a heroic nine-month battle with cancer, she peacefully took her last breaths surrounded by family and in the care of hospice. Karen was an amazing woman; her wisdom, love and counsel touched everyone that she met.

Karen is survived by her loving husband, Thomas F. Renk, whom she had celebrated 43 years of marriage with last September. Married in 1970, she and Tom have three children, Courtney (Derek) Brinkman of Rockville, Md., Michael Renk of Gilbert, Ariz., and Katherine Renk of Austin, Texas. She was a proud and ever-present nana to Logan and Taylor Brinkman. She is also survived by her father-in-law, Ralph Renk, who always considered her his “second daughter”; two sisters, Michaela Shanahan of Oakland, Calif., and Megan (William) Morehead of Maryville, Tenn.; as well as an extended family that love her dearly.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Dennis and Bettye Shanahan of LaGrange, Ill.; and her brother, Dennis C. Shanahan.

Karen graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater in 1971. She was an honored teacher in both Racine, and West Allis, Wis. She was also an educator at Weekend College for Women at Alverno College in Milwaukee. Karen then began her career in association management, opening her own firm and helping to create the Incentive Marketing Association, a global trade organization now recognized as the premier resource for promoting the importance and value of results-based incentive and recognition programs.

Karen was an active and engaged member of all the communities she called home—first Wauwatosa, Wis., before moving to Naperville and eventually to Sugar Grove.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. funeral mass on Saturday, Aug. 16, at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 8S055 Dugan Road, Sugar Grove.

Arrangements are being handled by Healy Chapel, Sugar Grove. For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or www.caringbridge.org/visit/karenrenk and www.healychapel.com to sign the online guest book.

Community Congregational Church accepting donations

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ELBURN—Community Congregational Church in Elburn is now accepting donations for its Elburn Days rummage sale. The church is happy to take the following: belts, jewelry, bicycles, knick knacks, books, purses, DVDs and VHS tapes, puzzles, framed pictures, seasonal items, furniture, stuffed animals, tools, games and toys.

Drop-off times are Saturdays through Aug. 9 at the church’s north entrance only. Contact Carl Diesel at (630) 272-9501 to schedule your drop-off time. No clothing or TVs will be accepted. Furniture must be under 30 pounds unless approved by Leah Miller. For more information or to seek approval for heavy furniture, call Leah at (630) 365-6335.

St. Gall Church accepting rummage sale donations

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ELBURN—St. Gall Church is currently accepting donations for its annual rummage sale. Donations can be dropped off from now through Sunday, Aug. 10, during the following times: Monday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donations are must be gently used, clean items. And if it takes more than two people to carry it, it is too large.

St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn. For more information, call the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030.

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.

Donna Jean Berg

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Donna Jean Berg passed away Friday, July 18, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her family and her beautiful gardens.

Donna was born in Harvard, Ill., on Sept. 30, 1949. For years she was the only girl in the family with five brothers, until her little sister came along.

She graduated from Rochelle Township High School in 1967 and Northern Illinois University in 1974. Donna worked at NIU in the early ‘70s, taught in Aurora and then worked at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in the early ‘80s. She lived in Illinois, Florida, Colorado, moved back to Florida and then settled in Illinois.

Bob Burkholder and Donna were married in Maui on March 1, 1985. Soon thereafter, she became what she loved most—a mother. She doted on Andrew and Jarrett. According to Donna, they had too much fun. She loved the boys and was shattered when they were killed in a car accident in March 2003.

Donna dedicated her time to a memorial website, Andrew-Jarrett.com, with almost daily updates. She shared her memories, thoughts and the great photos she took with the world on the site. Donna used any opportunity to take pictures with her many cameras, whether it was people, animals or the moon.

Donna loved the outdoors, especially if it was 82 degrees, her favorite temperature. She spent countless hours tending her gardens and mowing the lawn on her John Deere mower, which she christened “Juanita.” She loved every minute in her yard tending her plantings, which made her gardens the envy of the neighborhood.

Donna had a way with words. She loved to talk, and like her Dad, she never met a stranger. She talked to people in checkout lines, at the next table and especially on long car rides.

She was also talented with the written word. She kept journals; she sent a thoughtful note; and always remembered birthdays and special occasions with a card, a letter or flowers. She was the family historian. She kept the family archives and genealogy, and tracked births, deaths and marriages.

She is preceded in death by her two sons; Jarrett Berg Burkholder, who died March 3, 2003, and Andrew Robert Burkholder, who passed away March 5, 2003; her nephew, Charles Berg, who died July 4, 2010; and her father, Gale Burton Berg, who passed away Sept. 19, 2013.

She is survived by her husband, Robert (Bob) Burkholder; her mother, Mary Ellen (O’Malley) Berg of Casselberry, Fla.; her five brothers, Howard (Irene) Berg of Granby, Conn., Alan (Veralee) Berg of Silver City, N.M., Dennis (Avis) Berg of Rochelle, Ill., Steve (Mary) Berg of Orlando, Fla., and Ron (Liz) Berg of McHenry, Ill.; her little sister, Diane (Marc) Berg-Esterabadi of Casselberry; nieces and nephews, Gayla, Zoe, Hope, Alyssa, Jason, Chris and Patrick (Stephanie); many cousins and countless friends.

Funeral services will be held privately for the family, but a celebration of life will be held in Donna’s honor on Friday, July 25, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Elburn Lions Club, 500 Filmore St., Elburn. Beverages and appetizers will be served. Everyone who knew Donna is welcome to attend.

Services handled through the care of Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn.

Community Congregational Church accepting donations

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ELBURN—Community Congregational Church in Elburn is now accepting donations for its Elburn Days rummage sale. The church is happy to take the following: belts, jewelry, bicycles, knick knacks, books, purses, DVDs and VHS tapes, puzzles, framed pictures, seasonal items, furniture, stuffed animals, tools, games and toys.

Drop-off times are Saturdays through Aug. 9 at the church’s north entrance only. Contact Carl Diesel at (630) 272-9501 to schedule your drop-off time. No clothing or TVs will be accepted. Furniture must be under 30 pounds unless approved by Leah Miller. For more information or to seek approval for heavy furniture, call Leah at (630) 365-6335.

Anthony Blaskoski

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Anthony Blaskoski, 54, of St. Charles, passed away at Delnor-Community Hospital on Sunday, July 6, 2014, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family.

Tony was born on July 27, 1959, in Dreux, France, to loving parents Norman and Mary Belle Blaskoski. Norm passed away when Tony was young, and Mary Belle remarried. Tony was raised by Mary Belle and Col. Chuck Teed.

Being the son of an Air Force Colonel, Tony grew up all over the world, attending local elementary schools in Oklahoma and spending his high school years in Roseville, Calif. He lived from one side of the Earth to another, moving from Okinawa, Japan, to Guam, finally settling in St. Charles.

After high school, Tony went on to study at Chico State University in 1977. It was there that he joined the Young Life Ministries. He dedicated himself to Jesus Christ and a life of helping others.

It was at Chico State that Tony found love. He met Annette Maree Ward while they were both involved in the Young Life Organization. He always said that he fell in love the first night he met Annette. Although he told his buddies he was a “bachelor ’til the rapture,” their love couldn’t be denied. Tony asked Annette to marry him and she asked him to get permission from her father to be his wife. On May 8, 1982, they were united in marriage at the Evangelical Free Church in Chico, Calif., by his mentor and pastor, Bob Martin.

Tony always kept Annette on her toes. He told her their honeymoon was at Lake Tahoe, but surprised her by taking her to Hawaii. They settled in Sacramento for the first nine years of marriage. They welcomed home two beautiful daughters, Aubrey Deanne on Nov. 28, 1988, and Amberlee Francis on March 2, 1991.

Tony started his career working for General Electric in 1982 in Sacramento. He worked there for 14 years before moving to Platt Electric in Portland, Ore., in 1996. He worked there for four years and earned his MBA degree from the University of Oregon in 1998.

From Oregon, Tony and his family moved to Illinois in August of 2000, where he started working for Ideal Industries in Sycamore. He moved on to work for LACO/Markal Industries as the director of sales for North America in Elk Grove Village, Ill.

Tony was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Geneva. He was a caregiver from the time he was a boy, always trying to help others any chance he got. As a young boy, he would go to the local fishing hole to “bring home dinner” for his family. Even on his first date with his future wife Annette, Tony took time to help someone in distress.

One morning in 2005, Tony was leaving home and saw smoke coming from a nearby house. He ran right into the house, crawled in and pulled his neighbor out of the burning house, administered CPR and saved his life. Although he didn’t want recognition, Tony was awarded the Good Samaritan, Hometown Hero Award from the Red Cross for his bravery.

Tony was a leader for the middle school ministry at FBCG “Souled Out” for 12 years. He loved to help out anyone in need and loved the children of Royal Family Kids Camp, where he volunteered as a camp counselor for six years.

One of Tony’s favorite hobbies was to go golfing with friends anywhere they could find 18 holes. Tony loved blues music, cranking up the stereo when he heard his favorite musicians, mostly Jonny Lang, Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa. He enjoyed going to Buddy Guy’s Legends for a live show.

Everything that Tony did in his life stemmed from his solid faith in Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus gave Tony the ability to be intentional in loving others well. The joy of his life was showing others who Jesus is. He also told Annette that his favorite thing about her was that she taught him about Christ’s love by the way she loved him.

Tony is survived by his wife of 32 years, Annette; two daughters, Aubrey and Amberlee Blaskoski; five siblings, Keri Blaskoski, Nick (Deb) Blaskoski, Chad (Tina) Teed, Casey (Mark) Castillo and Jenny Teed; his brother- and sisters-in-law, Bob (Patti) Ward, Krissie (Shane) Hall and Tracey (Paul) Colonna; his mother- and father-in-law, Joe and Harriet Ward; many nieces, nephews, cousins and many treasured friends.

Tony is preceded in death by his parents, Chuck and Mary Belle Teed; and Norman Blaskoski.

Visitation was held Friday at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn. A funeral to celebrate Tony’s life was held Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Geneva, Keslinger Road, Geneva. Private family burial will follow at a later time.

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

Gladys Carolina Olson

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Gladys Carolina Olson, 95, passed away peacefully at Michaelson Health Center on July 11, 2014, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family. Gladys was born on Aug. 18, 1918, to loving parents Oscar and Ida Bowgren in Owego, New York.

As a young girl, her family moved back to Wasco. Gladys graduated from St. Charles High School in 1935. She grew up as the only daughter amongst six brothers. She grew up not too interested in dolls but did play a lot of baseball. Her family didn’t have electricity or running water while she was growing up, but they made it work.

Gladys found love in 1939, when John Olson stole her heart. They knew each other while growing up in Wasco. He won her love with his humor. They were married at the family home in Wasco on Sept. 16, 1939. Gladys and John were active members of the Grace Lutheran Church. Gladys was a Sunday School teacher and a member of the choir.

Gladys really wanted to go to nursing school after high school, but due to the Great Depression she was never able to do it. She kept her dream alive, and at age 49 she took a job as a nurse’s assistant at Geneva Community Hospital. Gladys and John in 1972 moved to Mountain Home, Ark., where she resumed her career as a nurse’s assistant for three more years.

In 1995, John passed away and Gladys moved back to Illinois. She worked as a bookkeeper for Operadio in St. Charles and Bergland & Company in Wasco for many years.

Gladys was taught to crochet by her mother, and it was a favorite hobby of hers for many years. Gladys also enjoyed knitting—a skill she learned in 4H club.

Gladys was a gifted piano and organ player. It wasn’t a party at the Bowgren’s family get-togethers unless Aunt Gladys was playing the piano while everyone joined in and sang. She was a lover of animals, always having a pet cat, and feeding the birds.

Gladys was never blessed with children of her own, but she cherished her 22 nieces and nephews, and countless great-nieces and great-nephews. She enjoyed sending birthday and anniversary cards well into her 90s.

Gladys has gone home to Jesus and will remain in our hearts and memories!

Gladys is survived by 22 nieces and nephews, and many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents, Oscar and Ida Bowgren; six brothers, Verner (Grace), Gordon (Bernice), Stanley (Nina), Clifton (Jewel), Hilton (Margaret and Ann), Charles “Babe” (Elizabeth and Mary).

Visitation was held Wednesday at Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake. Funeral service followed at Grace Lutheran Church in St. Charles. Burial was held at Garfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Gladys’ name to benefit Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake. Checks may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake 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.

St. Gall Church accepting rummage sale donations

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ELBURN—St. Gall Church is currently accepting donations for its annual rummage sale. Donations can be dropped off from now through Sunday, Aug. 10, during the following times: Monday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donations are must be gently used, clean items. And if it takes more than two people to carry it, it is too large.

St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn. For more information, call the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030.

Local residents graduate from Drake University

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DES MOINES, IOWA—The following local residents graduated from Drake University at the conclusion of the spring 2014 semester: Dennis Brettman (Bachelor of Arts from the College of Arts & Sciences) and Kelly Shaw (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Business & Public Administration) of Elburn, and Connor McCourtney (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Business & Public Administration) of Sugar Grove.

Two Guys, Free Spaghetti

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ST. CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will provide a free homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner with beverage, salad, garlic bread and homemade dessert to any and all who attend St. Charles Episcopal Church on Sunday, July 27, 5 to 7 p.m. The church is located at 994 N. Fifth Ave. (Route 25), St. Charles.

Carry-out is available, and the building is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call Dallas at (630) 222-5489.

St. Charles Episcopal Church celebrates three Sunday morning Eucharist services. For more information about its outdoor labyrinth, outreach opportunities, and youth and adult education classes, visit www.stcharlesepiscopal.org.

Ramona Ann Kline

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Ramona Ann Kline, 85, died July 12, 2014. She was born Aug. 18, 1928, in Burlington, Iowa, to Paul and Pearl Doemland.

The family moved to Aurora when Ramona was very young. She attended Emmanuel Lutheran Elementary School and graduated from East Aurora High School in 1945. After graduation, she worked at the Kane Ford dealership in downtown Aurora and worked at Ford for many years.

Ramona and her friends loved to roller skate, and she met her husband, Bill, at the Aurora rink when he was home on leave from the Navy during World War II. They married in 1950 and enjoyed 54 years together. Living on the east side of Aurora, they raised their children, Bill and JoAnn.

Ramona was a dedicated mother. She served as the president of the O’Donnell School PTA and volunteered with both the Cub Scouts and the Brownies. Ramona was an incredibly proud grandmother and moved to Big Rock in 1999 to be close to her grandsons.

She is survived by her children, Bill (Halina) Kline and JoAnn (Paul Wedeen) Kline; her grandchildren, Ryan (Elizabeth) Kline, Matthew Kline, Michael Kline, Alex Kline-Wedeen and Evan Kline-Wedeen. Also surviving are her sister, Ellen (Robert) Anderson and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in passing by her parents; and her loving husband, Bill.

A special thanks to Sandra, Sue and Terri, and all the other caregivers who helped her along her journey.

Visitation was held Tuesday at The Healy Chapel in Sugar Grove. Her funeral service was held on Wednesday at the chapel. Interment took place at West Big Rock Cemetery.

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

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