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Ruth Anne Ashton

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Ruth Anne Ashton, 48, died of cancer on Friday, June 27, 2014. She received hospice care at her sister’s home in Kaneville, surrounded by family, just as she wanted.

She is survived by her husband, Keith Bickley; her daughters, Sheri (Patrick) Molitor and Amy Ashton (Michael Glasson); and five grandchildren. She’s also survived by her parents, Don and Mary Ashton; brothers, John David (Karen), Steven (Stephanie) and Daniel (Karen); and sister, Catherine (Scott) Bonine.

Memorials may be sent to the Ozark County Food Pantry, P.O. Box 180, Gainesville, MO., 65655.

LeRoy C. Newlun Sr.

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LeRoy C. Newlun Sr., 68, of DeKalb, formerly of Sugar Grove, died Monday, July 7, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born Dec. 29, 1945, in Mauston, Wis., The son of Charles and Ruth (Coleman) Newlun. He married Sandy Willig on Dec. 11, 1965, in Clifton, Wis.

LeRoy was a farmer in the Sugar Grove area for 20 years. He was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore. His hobbies included woodworking and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy; one son, LeRoy (Cathy) Newlun Jr.; one daughter, Tracy (Robin) Johnson; five grandchildren, Ashley, Kiera and Heather Newlun, and Ryan (Danielle) and Shawna Johnson; one great-granddaughter, Hailey; one brother, Harlan (Joni) Newlun; two sisters, Lillian Larson and Norma (Tim) Knitt; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, John.

A memorial visitation will take place on Friday, July 11, 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, Sycamore. A memorial service will take place on Saturday, July 12, at 11 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church, 1145 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178.

For info or to sign the online guest book, go to www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call (815) 895-2833.

Community Congregational Church now 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, and 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.

Community Congregational Church to host VBS

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ELBURN—Community Congregational Church of Elburn will hold its Vacation Bible School (VBS) July 14-17, 6 to 8 p.m. This year’s theme is “Workshop of Wonders: Imagine and Build with God.” The family VBS will teach children and adults alike how God transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. For more information and the registration form, visit www.elburn-ucc.org or call the office at (630) 365-6544.

Community Congregational Church is located at 100 E. Shannon St., Elburn.

Helen Landis

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Helen Eloise (Cordell) Landis, 99, of Venice, Fla., passed peacefully from her earthly life to life eternal on Monday, June 23, 2014. She was born Dec. 19, 1914, at home on a farm in Littleton, Ill., the daughter of Collen Francis and Ara Gladys (Snowden) Cordell.

Her early childhood years were spent living and helping her family on a farm near Industry, Ill. In later childhood years, the family moved to a farm near Macomb, Ill. She commuted each day to school, and graduated from Macomb High School in 1932.

Feeling very lucky to have a job during the depression, she worked at the J.J. Newberry “Dime” store on the Macomb City Square. She later worked at the Macomb Maid-Rite, just off the town square. It was on this same town square, at the Roof Garden Ballroom, where she met her soon-to-be husband, Robert Clair Landis. They were married on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1935, in Springfield.

Helen and “Bob” made their first home in Adair, Ill., for six years. She worked as a homemaker and mother, he as a teacher at the local high school. In 1941, the family moved to Kaneville, where they made their home for the next 60 years. The young family put down deep roots in this “small town” Midwest community. Helen’s family and home, her church and community, were her life’s work.

She loved being around people. She always tried to be kind and polite, “such a nice lady.” She lived her philosophy of life to “just do what you have to do,” do what is right and remember to count your blessings.

In addition to caring for her family, she was one of several “moms” to watch over many of the neighborhood children as they played throughout the small town. She was very active in the Kaneville United Methodist Church. She taught Sunday School, served on the parsonage committee, was an active participant in LaKelvine Club, and later served as church treasurer for 10 years. She also served many years as a volunteer at Geneva Community Hospital.

Traveling was one of her favorite pastimes. Her most exciting and memorable trip was to England with her husband and their then-pastor and his wife. Two separate family “road trips” in the late 1940s provided great adventure and many fun stories. Family vacation trips to Wisconsin with several other Kaneville families were treasured times and led to a circle of close friends.

In later years, their summer cottage at Knights Templar Club on Duck Lake in Summit Lake, Wis., also offered opportunities for memorable times with both old and new friends. In 1960, Helen and Bob took their first vacation trip to Florida in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary. This special trip led to more Florida vacations. In 1983, they became official Florida snowbirds when they purchased a small home in Japanese Gardens, Venice. There, they created another circle of treasured friends. Even several of their northern friends were nearby neighbors.

In 2001, Florida became their permanent home when they moved into an assisted living facility in Venice. Helen was an avid bridge player and loved to play cards. In later years, reading and solving crossword puzzles occupied much of her time.

Helen is survived by one daughter, Mary (Donald) Capes of Englewood, Fla.; one son, Richard Landis (Paula) of Fairport, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Bradley (Amy) Roggow of Mountain Ranch, Calif., Ann Roggow (Doug) Scott of West Des Moines, Iowa, Laura Capes (Marlon) Terry of Austin, Texas, Rebecca Landis (Scott) Burgeson of Henrietta, N.Y., and Ryan Landis of Ithaca, N.Y.; and seven great-grandchildren, Matthew Roggow, Amanda Roggow, Megann Roggow, Madison Scott, Abigail Scott, Grayson Terry and Oscar Burgeson. She is also survived by one niece, Ann Cordell of Gainesville, Fla.; and one nephew, John Cordell of Iowa City, Iowa.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 70 years, Robert Clair Landis (2006); two brothers, Howard Cordell and Gerald Cordell (in infancy); her daughter, Marsha Lynn (Tom) Toner (2013); a grandson, Robert Charles Capes (1987); and an extended lifetime of dear friends and neighbors.

Visitation and services will take place on Thursday, July 3, at the Kaneville United Methodist Church. Visitation will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m., followed by a service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Kaneville Cemetery, Main Street Road, Kaneville.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit the Kaneville United Methodist Church. Checks may be made to the church and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.

Arrangements by Farley Funeral Home, Venice (www.farleyfuneralhome.com), and Conley Funeral Home, Elburn (www.conleycare.com).

Anita Allen

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Anita Allen, 79, passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, June 24, at Wynscape Health and Rehabilitation Center in Wheaton, Ill.

She was born Feb. 18, 1935, in Farmersville, Ill., the daughter of J. Harold and Alice (Norvell) Kirk. She attended Atwater Grade School, and Lake School, a rural one-room school house near Farmersville. She graduated from Farmersville High School in 1952 and from Illinois State Normal University in 1956. After college, Anita found her life’s calling and became a teacher. She taught in the public schools of Kane and DeKalb counties until she retired around 1993.

In 1960, Anita found love and married Tracy Johnson, a farmer who sadly succumbed to a lengthy illness in September of 1966. In the early 1970s, while teaching at Plano High School, she met and fell in love again, with Merle C. Allen. They were married on June 15, 1975, at Plano Bible Church. They made their new life together on the family farm, where they shared wedded bliss for the next 33 years.

Anita spent much of her time in her prized flower garden. Her hobbies included sewing, gardening, studying and identifying the many different species of birds attracted to the garden with bird feeders, organizing and directing hand bell choirs and, in general, lending a helping hand, wherever it was needed. Anita was active in church music, where she enjoyed playing the piano and singing. She and her late husband enjoyed singing for the residents of the local senior citizen centers on Sunday afternoons.

Anita leaves three brothers, Roy (Ronda), Robert (Kim) and Clyde (Sophie) Kirk; several nieces and nephews; and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Tracy Johnson; second husband, Merle Allen; her parents, J. Harold and Alice Kirk; and her sister, Carolyn Martin.

A memorial has been established in Anita’s name to benefit the Paws Animal Shelter of DeKalb. Checks may be made to the “Paws Animal Shelter of Dekalb” 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.

Visitation was held Monday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce, Elburn. A funeral to celebrate her life was held Tuesday at DeKalb Foursquare Church, 210 Grove St., DeKalb. Interment was held at East Pierce Cemetery, DeKalb.

Stephen J. Koenig

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Stephen J. Koenig, 64, of Rhinelander, Wis., died June 22, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born Oct. 20, 1949, in Maple Park to Edward and Frances (Neisendorf) Koenig.

Steve was raised in Maple Park and attended schools there. Steve then started college at University of Wisconsin-Platteville, which was interrupted by his service in the U.S. Army.

Steve served in Vietnam, and upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Platteville, where he completed his bachelors degree. He then went to work for the Job Service in Rhinelander and was with them for over 25 years.

He married Billie Bissonnette on May 31, 1990, and together they enjoyed golfing and many evenings fishing.

Steve is survived by his wife, Billie; two step-children, Shawn Oelrich of Rhinelander, and Joy Johnson of Canada; six grandchildren; three sisters, Julie (Scott) Eyster of Rochelle, Ill., Patricia (Michael) Pomatto of Batavia, and Susan (Randy) Ekstrom of Elburn; his brother, Rodney (Jacque) Koenig of Maple Park; nieces, nephews, other family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

At Steve’s request, there will be no funeral services. You may leave your private condolences for the Koenig family at www.carlsonfh.com. The Carlson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for the Koenig family.

Milford A. Austin

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Milford A. Austin, 88, of Kaneville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family at Autumn Leaves of St. Charles, where he had recently made his home.

He was born Jan. 7, 1926, in Independence, Wis., the son of Helmer and Julia (Wik) Austin.

Milford grew up in the Independence area and attended local schools. He worked hard on his schooling but even harder before and after classes on the family farm. He toiled in the fields from sun-up to sundown before hearing the call of his country.

Milford enlisted into the United States Army on July 27, 1947. He faithfully served his country while alongside his brothers in arms as a staff sergeant and medic in Korea. Upon his honorable discharge on July 27, 1953, Milford returned to civilian life.

Milford was lucky in love when he found Norma Ellingson. They were united in marriage on April 15, 1953, in Whitehall, Wis., sharing their love for the next 57 years.

They began their life together in Wisconsin for a time before moving to St. Charles to continue raising their family that would eventually include four children. In 1990, they moved once more to Kaneville. After Norma’s passing in 2010, Milford made a home in Southern Illinois before moving back north.

Although his roots were in farming, after coming back from overseas Milford found work in the manufacturing sector. He worked as an upholsterer for Howell Company in St. Charles for many years. After it closed its doors, Milford found odd jobs here and there, but was content to fade into retirement with a satisfied smile on his face.

Milford loved his garden, especially when it was overflowing with flowers and vegetables. Milford would take the family back north to Wisconsin during the summer, where he would indulge in his love for fishing. He also like to play cards and was Cribbage family champion for many years. His family was his No. 1 priority, and he was never happier than when he was surrounded by his children, and most especially his grandchildren. He never missed a game or school function as they were growing up, and spent hours helping them practice in the backyard.

He is survived by three children, Linda (Larry) Hudgens of Grant Park, Ill., Mitch (Karen) Austin of Hoffman, Texas, and Stephanie (Mike) Ritz of DeKalb; seven grandchildren, Travis Hudgens, Rebecca (Jeff) Boatman, Lori (J.C.) David, Teri Johnson, Stephanie (Dan) Freeman, Dustin Ritz and Desiree Ritz; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruth (Lyman) Swaim of Batavia; many nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Norma; son, Jeff Austin; twin daughters, Ruth and Rose, who died in infancy; and five siblings, Vivian McKinney, Waldo, Howard, Merle and Floyd Austin.

Visitation, with a service to celebrate his life, was held on Saturday at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn. Interment will follow at Kaneville Cemetery, Kaneville.

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

Hildegard Schulze

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Hildegard Schulze, 100, of Plato Center, Ill., formerly of Bensenville, Ill., passed away peacefully Friday, June 20. Gone from our sight but never our hearts, she will be greatly missed.

Hildegard was born July 2, 1913, in O’Hare Field, Leyden Township Ill., the daughter of Anna (Schultz) and Emil Schoppe.

She grew up on the family farm in Leyden Township, where she attended the local one-room school until the eighth grade. Hildegard was not only a student but a “janitor,” as well, when she got to school early and started the furnace. Work on the farm began at an early age. By 9 years old, Hildegard was driving the horse and buggy, helping with the milking and plowing with a team of horses. She was even driving a truck while just a young girl. Later, she also worked at Dahl’s Drug Store to help support her family.

Hildegard found the love of her life in 1934 when she met Reinhardt Schulze at a church service. Their friendship grew to love and they were married on Sept. 2, 1934, at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Bensenville. The wedding meal was prepared using the chickens she raised, with her home-canned peaches as dessert.

After their marriage, they moved into the Schulze family farm at the corner of Devon and York road in Elk Grove Village, Ill. Hildegard and Reinhardt were blessed with four beautiful daughters: Ruth, Betty, Sherilyn and Susan. Hildegard did any job that needed to be done on the family farm. Whether it meant bailing the hay for the winter or coming over every Saturday to help butcher the chickens, she was the one you could always count on. But her most important job was being a mother. She loved her daughters and raised them the right way. In later years, she still helped on her daughter’s farm, driving the truck for the pumpkin field.

After Reinhardt passed away in 1965, Hildegard and the girls moved to Roselle, Ill., and then to Elgin, Ill., for a time. In 1986 they settled on Plato Road, where she spent the rest of her years.

Hildegard was a devout member of St. Johns United Church of Christ in Bensenville, and in later years she was a proud member of the Country Evangelical Covenant Church, Lily Lake.

A favorite pastime of Hildegard’s was gardening; she loved to grow Gladiolus, which she would sell at the local vegetable stands. She even put her daughters to work as gladioli salesladies.

She was well renowned for her cooking and baking and made special breads and coffee cakes each and every Saturday for others to enjoy. Everyone would hurry to the table to get their hands on her famous apple cinnamon coffee cake. She was not one for recipes; rather, she cooked and baked by taste and feel. Many tried unsuccessfully to replicate her creations, but no one could.

She loved the company of others, passing time chatting with friends and family. Hildegard enjoyed planning and hosting family reunions. She hosted too many to count over the years. Hildegard was always moving and willing to lend a hand to someone else, including wallpapering or painting for her family. Hildegard always put others before herself. She told her pastor only two weeks ago that she wanted to get better so she could get back to helping people. Her work is done now; she can finally rest.

Hildegard is survived by her two daughters, Betty (Lynn) Landmeier and Sherilyn (Terry) Sorensen; nine grandchildren, Deborah (Chuck) Quick, Laura Landmeier, Tim (Rebecca) Landmeier, Edward Landmeier, Rebecca (Tim) Cosman, Duane (Shawn) Rickert, Darrell Rickert, Kari (Dennis) Vanek and Patrice (William) White; 21 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Reinhardt Schulze; her infant daughter, Ruth; her daughter, Susan Schulze; and sisters, Evelyn Schulze and Ruth Haberstich.

Visitation was held Tuesday, with a funeral service following visitation, at Country Evangelical Covenant Church, 43W510 McDonald Road, Elgin. Interment was held Wednesday at Mt. Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst, Ill.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit Journey Care Hospice and Country Evangelical Covenant Church: Checks may be made to the “Journey Care Hospice” or “Country Evangelical Covenant 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.

In the name of the father

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Photo: Elburn Hill Church pastor Gary Augustine teaches a Malachi Dads course at Stateville Correntional Center in Joliet, Ill., which aims to teach inmates a Christian approach to fathering, and fathering from a distance. Photo submitted by Gary Augustine to CBorrowdale@elburnherald.com

Augustine teaches parenting course to prison inmates

ELBURN—Gary Augustine has entered Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet, Ill., weekly for the past three years with a single purpose: transforming prisoners into good fathers.

Augustine, the pastor of Elburn Hill Church, works with New Life Corrections Ministry in Aurora to teach Malachi Dads courses at Stateville on Wednesday mornings. The course focuses on teaching a Christian approach to fathering and teaching inmates how to father their children from a distance.

“It is an attempt to help fathers in prison parent their children from prison, and to try and build a relationship that will prevent them from following their father’s footsteps and ending up in prison,” Augustine said. “The goal is to help parents parent from a distance, such as reading a book for a kid and recording it, so that a child, especially a young child, can hear their father’s voice.”

He noted that more than 2 million children in the U.S. have an incarcerated father—and statistically, those children are seven times more likely to end up in prison themselves. They are also more likely to drop out of school, run away from home, and have a host of other problems.

Augustine teaches the Malachi Dads program with Tom Beatty, the director of New Life Corrections Ministry. The program includes 10 weeks of Christian-based parenting classes, followed by another 10 weeks of character development classes.

“The goal is to develop some of the kinds of character qualities they need to be good role models to their kids,” Augustine said. “So the first thing is to be a disciple of Christ, but there’s all kinds of things: controlling anger, learning to be generous and hospitable, making sure your yes is your yes and your no is your no, doing what you say you’re going to do, getting control over drugs and alcohol.”

He emphasizes that being a good father takes courage.

“In order to be a father, you have to be willing to live courageously, and that’s a very difficult thing to do. Let’s suppose you have a situation where you need to honestly confront something. That could ruin a friendship; it could affect your career. But integrity is a huge thing,” Augustine said. “It can’t just be something I teach my kids. I have to actually model it. They have to see me be honest even when I’m going to lose something big, because the truth is the truth, even if it is going to hurt me.”

Though the program is scheduled to last 20 weeks, Augustine allots 26 weeks for each one, since frequent lockdowns at Stateville cause classes to be cancelled. He often drives to Joliet only to be turned away at the gate house due to a sudden lockdown.

“The thing about the prison system is that you never know,” Augustine said. “You might show up and they say, ‘No class today.’ Things come up, and so you go back the next week and pick up where you left off.”

Augustine said that a passage in the Bible, Matthew 25:35-40, prompted him to begin ministering to men in prison.

“Matthew talks about five things Jesus says. He says, ‘When I was hungry and thirsty, you gave me something to drink,’ and he ends with, ‘When I was in prison, you visited me.’ And (the disciples) say, ‘When did we do all that?’ And Jesus said, ‘Whatever you did to the least of my brothers, you did to me.’ So we decided as a church to be involved in all five of those things.”

Some have been easy, Augustine said, like working with a food pantry to serve the hungry and providing clothing to those in need. It took him longer to discover a way to minister to prisoners, but he says that it is among his most fulfilling work.

Nearly all of the men he works with in prison, he said, have never had fathers themselves and have had few positive role models in their own lives.

“Most of the prisoners have never really been taught a lot of these things,” Augustine said. “They grew up without fathers and surrounded by gangs. And the men say to me, ‘Man, I wish I would’ve known these things at 16.’ And I say, ‘At 16, you wouldn’t have believed it, because you were already in gangs. You needed to hear it at 12.’ And that’s why family breakdown is so devastating.”

The stories of the men are heartbreaking, he said. One was an alcoholic at age 7. Another had a mother running a gambling ring who would disappear for days. Few were proficient readers before they were arrested, though many have become strong readers through prison education programs.

“They don’t have any information about what it means to be an adult. What they understood was that you have to take what you can get,” he said. “The common scenario is that none of them had fathers, so we’re trying to teach them what it is to be a father.”

Stateville has nearly 4,000 inmates, but Augustine has had only 130 in his courses thus far. The seminar is voluntary, and the warden restricts the number of participants in Augustine’s weekly classes to 20 for security reasons.

The men that he has met, though, are very motivated to learn, he said.

“There’s a humility there because they know that they have no answers and that they have screwed up their lives in major ways,” Augustine said. “You recognize that you yourself have failed and that society has concurred with that by putting you in prison, and you think to yourself, ‘Oh, man, I need a different approach.’”

Though not everyone appreciates Augustine’s efforts, he said, most of the men thank him and see the program as valuable. Some participants have long sentences and are unlikely to ever see their children outside prison again.

Augustine described one convicted murderer—“a tough-looking dude”—as one example of a changed man.

“He said to me, ‘I realize I didn’t understand how to deal with my daughter, and this has given me more tools. Now that I’m seeing it from a different point of view, I’m able to see it better,’” Augustine said.

New Life Corrections offers programs at several prisons throughout Illinois. Malachi Dads is also taught at the Kane County, DuPage County and DeKalb County jails, and the group also offers a condensed two-day version in prisons downstate. Augustine taught the condensed version at Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro, Ill., in October, and he is seeking approval to teach the two-day condensed version at Stateville in order to reach more men.

What drives him, he said, are the children and the hope that he can break the cycle of incarceration—or, as the Bible puts it, that the sins of the father will not be visited onto the sons unto the third and fourth generations.

“The problem that these guys are having, for the most part, is the fact that they either had no fathering or poor fathering,” Augustine said. “You would solve crime in this country with one thing: teaching fathers to be real fathers.”

Kathleen ‘Kathy’ Hawbaker

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Kathleen “Kathy” Hawbaker, 72, longtime resident of Elburn, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Gone from our sight, but never our hearts, she will be missed greatly.

Kathy was born Nov. 14, 1941, in Currie, Minn., the daughter of Lewis and Anne (Ruppert) Shults. She attended local schools and grew up in Watertown, S.D.

Love found Kathy early and she was united in marriage to Larry Kruthoff, and together they began a journey that would take them through a number of states; wherever they lived was “home”. They began a family that would grow to six children by the time they came to make their home in Elburn.

She began working at Richardson Electronics in 1971 and continued there for the next 35 years until health issues brought her retirement in 2006. She was a devoted employee and loved by all who worked with her.

Larry passed away in March of 1978, leaving Kathy with a family at home. Necessity brought her to work a part-time job waiting tables at Gino’s Riverside Tap in Batavia. She was working one night when she met Norm Hawbaker. He came in with a friend and caught Kathy’s eye, and later her heart. Six months later, Kathy and Norm were united in marriage on Nov. 12, 1978, in Wayne, Ill. After a few months in St. Charles, they made their home on Smith Road in rural Elburn.

Norm and Kathy blended their families together, and when they were all gathered around the table, there were 10 brothers and sisters.

One of the favorite family activities was taking the camper and the “Hawk” out for a “little time away” at a campground; both fun and memories were made. Through the years, there were countless trips to countless campgrounds. She was known far and wide for the biscuits and gravy that she made for not only her family, but for all who came. Camping and trips often included the grandkids, who will treasure those memories for all of their lives. A special memory involved something that Kathy did as they left each campsite: when everything was done and they were ready to head down the road, Kathy would throw a penny over her shoulder towards the fire pit. In 2008, as health issues made traveling difficult, the book was closed on that part of their lives. But the memories that were written there will be imprinted on the hearts of her family forever.

She and Norm always had a number of “rescued” dogs who were “part of the family.” Even when she could no longer have a dog of her own, she carried treats in the basket of her walker to share with four-legged friends she met along the way.

She and Norm enjoyed going to the VFW Club in Batavia, where they shared time with friends. Then, in November of 2010, Kathy’s soulmate, Norm, passed away. And by the beginning of 2011, she moved to make home at The Meadows in Elburn. The Meadows brought a whole new group of friends, and it didn’t take long before many came to sit in the area outside her room. “She was the glue that held the group together.”

Kathy enjoyed her hobby of gambling, and on her 70th birthday her family held a party at The Meadows and presented her with a “tree of scratch tickets”—70 of them. It was there that she met her honorary “brother,” Paul—true friends that called each other “bro” and “sis.”

In the last years, Kathy could no longer cook her meals. True to the devotion of family, meals were prepared by her daughter and delivered faithfully by her grandson, Zack, each day. Where love grows, no task is too difficult.

She is survived by 10 children, Cindy Sowinski, Doris (Tim) Klomhaus, Terry (Dave) Lamb, Clarence (Ida) Kruthoff, Karl (Sally) Kruthoff, Larry (Lupe) Kruthoff, Juliet (Dick) Stewart, Cindy Hawbaker, Sandy (Anthony) Dinnocenzio and Jeff (Terri) Hawbaker; 32 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Orville Shults, Jerry (Marge) Shults and Lewis (Rose) Shults; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and a community of friends that were as close as family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Anne Shults; her first husband, Larry Kruthoff; her second husband, Norm Hawbaker; a son-in-law, Steve Sowinski; one grandson, Charles Burnett Hawbaker; five siblings, Clarence Shults, MaryAnne Barnes, Bernice Mondloch, Louise Whitten and one brother in infancy.

The family held a celebration of life for Kathy on Monday at Elburn Lions Park.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Kathy’s name. Checks may be made to the “Kathleen Hawbaker Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119, or directly to H.E.L.P., P.O. Box 972, St. Charles, IL 60174. Tributes may also be forwarded to Box 66 or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Dennis Long

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Dennis Long, 71, of Kaneville, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital due to complications following surgery.

He was born Oct. 17, 1942, in Aurora, the son of Ervin and Marjorie (Larson) Long.

Denny grew up on the family farm in Kaneville and attended local schools. He was part of the second class to graduate from Kaneland High School, in 1960.

Denny was a farmer all his life, an occupation he truly loved. Denny was also the Kaneville Township Highway Commissioner for 32 years.

Denny was united in marriage to Susan W. Long on June 22, 1968, in Hinckley. They began their new life back on the farm in Kaneville, where they welcomed three children, Sarah, Laura and Debby.

Denny was a was a life-long member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church, Township Officials of Illinois, Kane County Highway Commissioners’ Association, Northern Illinois Highway Commissioners’ Association, Loyal Order of the Moose, Aurora Lodge No. 400 and Kane County Farm Bureau.

Denny is survived by his wife of 45 years, Susan; three children, Sarah Long Dunlop and her two children, Allison Dunlop and Alyssa Ekstrom, Laura Rudow and Debby Long. Denny was also survived by three siblings, Rick (Peggy) Long, Pat (Dave) Sigmund and Bill (Pam) Long; one brother-in-law, Toby (Barb) Watne; along with many nieces, nephews, a large extended family and a countryside of neighbors and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Marjorie; brother-in-law, Richard Watne; and son-in-law, James Dunlop III.

Visitation was held Wednesday at Kaneville United Methodist Church. A funeral service to celebrate his life will take place at the church on Thursday, June 19, at 10 a.m. Rev. Avani-Cosset Christian, pastor of the church, will officiate, with interment to follow at Kaneville Cemetery. For more information, contact Conley Funeral Home at (630) 365-6414 or visit www.conleycare.com.

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

Darlene Meloun

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Darlene Meloun, 60, of Elburn, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born April 14, 1954, in Aurora, the daughter of Norman and Margaret (Erickson) Ekstrom. She was united in marriage to Joeshayne Meloun.

She is survived by her husband, Joeshayne; three children, Valerie (Mark Chellberg) Meloun of Oak Brook Terrace, Ill.; Kari (Josh Schaddelee) Meloun of Cortland and Christa (Mike) Curran, of Cortland; four grandchildren, Ellie Crockett, David Curran, Lily Meloun and Claire Schaddelee; three step-grandchildren, Ashley, Alyssa and Adison Curran; three sisters, Priscilla (Robert) Reiseck, Eileen (Jerry) Coble and Mildred Ekstrom; two brothers, Jack (Helen) Ekstrom and Jim (Mary) Ekstrom; and a sister-in-law, Dawn Meloun.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 23, at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave. Batavia. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 24, at Lord of Life Church, 40W605 Route 38, Elburn.

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

Gertrude Marie ‘Corky’ Williams

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Gertrude Marie “Corky” Williams, 84, of Yorkville, passed away on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at her home, surrounded by the love of her family, who helped ease her pain as she slipped from this life to the next.

She was born the youngest of 10 on May 4, 1930, in Aurora, the daughter of John and Anastasia (Kuachula) Fiefer.

Marie was born and raised in Aurora, Ill. and attended Domier Grade School. She graduated with the class of 1947 from East Aurora High School.

Marie met Robert (Bob) F. Williams Sr. at the Pike Amusement Park in Long Beach, Calif., and they were united in marriage on March 2, 1951. They spent the next 56 years building a family and making memories together until his passing on July 15, 2007. She was employed for many years at DeKane Equipment in St. Charles. Marie was a longtime member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Yorkville.

She was the backbone of her ever-growing family, the life of every gathering, and never met a stranger who didn’t quickly become a friend. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt who will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

She now leaves one daughter and two sons, Patricia Petrancosta, Robert Williams Jr. and Don Williams; 14 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

She now joins her parents; all of her siblings; her husband, Robert Sr.; one son, Gary; and one great-grandson, Emory, who preceded her in death.

Private visitation and funeral services were held Friday, with Father Matt Lamoureux, MIC, officiating. Interment followed at St. Patrick Cemetery in Bristol, Ill.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that donations may be made to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, or donations of time or money be made to the charitable organization of your choice.

Parish prepares for Pentecost with candlelight prayer vigil

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Photo: Members of St. Gall Catholic Church recently held a vigil in celebration of Pentecost. Courtesy photo by Donna Doherty submitted to DBehrends@elburnherald.com

ELBURN—With new ministry comes new ideas, and St. Gall Catholic Church bore witness to a new idea on Friday.

During a discussion about Pentecost and its importance to the church as a whole, Rev. Tim Siegel envisioned a prayer service—a vigil—just prior to the celebration of Pentecost.

“I thought it would be neat to do something unique and different during the celebration of the birth of the church,” Siegel said. “The idea of a vigil came to my mind. A vigil is usually at night, with lots of candles.”

Parishioner Heather Sidman was among the group that helped to plan the special service.

“Something like this helps us to come together as a community, to pray together, rather than just attending Mass,” Sidman said.

“It gives us some enthusiasm and energy, and I think everyone got something out of it,” she added.

Siegel has been the spiritual leader at St. Gall for just a few days shy of two years.

“This parish is a wonderful community,” he said. “But we belong to the larger church in the world. We’re celebrating our little place in the big picture.”

Siegel said the service is significant because of the spirituality of the people, adding it’s a very generous spirituality.

“People really care about St. Gall, their great memories of the past and real hope for the future,” Siegel said.

Among the prayers were some relating to a tangible and important goal, according to Siegel.

“We need the faithfulness of the entire church community, because we’re hoping to build a new facility in the next few years, maybe three or four,” Siegel said.

Built in the mid-1920s, Siegel said the building was erected at time when churches had a lot of steps. “They were built higher to be more prominent in the community and to look like a more worthy place to worship God. That was the architecture of the day,” he said.

Not only is the building showing signs of age, Siegel said handicapped accessibility is the larger issue.

“It’s more than a medical issue; it’s very much a civil rights issue,” Siegel said. “The church is supposed to be available for all people at all times, but because we have so many steps, we lack ease of access.”

Siegel said the lift, installed many years after the church was built, is not the answer to accessibility issues.

“It’s not reliable, it breaks down and with a lack of access, we’re excluding some very important people from worship,” Siegel said. “A church looks more like a place to worship if everybody can be there.”

Vincenzo Anthony Middona

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Joe and Miranda Middona of Elburn proudly announce the birth of their son, Vincenzo Anthony, who was born May 15, 2014, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. He weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.

The proud grandparents are Roger and Donna Ronzheimer of St. Charles, and Len and Linda Middona of Bartlett, Ill.

Vincenzo was welcomed home by his very excited brothers, Gianni and Gabriele.

Lloyd Edward Dietterle

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Lloyd Edward Dietterle, 96, of Elburn, passed away and was reunited with his life-long love, Marjorie, on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Lloyd was born June 24, 1917, in Roberts, Ill., the son of Earl Milton ad Ethel Amanda (Martin) Dietterle.

Lloyd grew up in Roberts and attended local schools. He graduated from Herscher High School in Herscher, Ill., with the class of 1935. During that time, Lloyd’s path in life would be forged because of two things; his love of farming born from helping his grandfather, and a life long love affair with Marjorie Lockwood. The latter began when he was working hard to “crank” his father’s car. Marjorie laughed at him and asked if he needed any help. He replied, “no,” but the spark had already been ignited, and when he asked her out the next time they met, she accepted. They dated throughout her high school years, and after her graduation from Reddick High School, he asked her to marry him.

Lloyd and Marjorie were united in marriage on Nov. 29, 1941, in the parsonage in Morris, Ill. They lived with Marjorie’s folks for the first six months and then moved to Kaneville, where Lloyd worked for Bennett Shoop. Lloyd was drafted in June of 1942 and entered the service of his country with the U.S. Army. He served in Quartermaster Corps and was stationed in Virginia, Florida, Kansas, Tennessee, and more for the next two years. Marjorie followed Lloyd around the country, and wherever he was stationed they made their home, and Marjorie looked for work to do. In January 1944, Lloyd was discharged and made their home in Yorkville for a time before moving to rural Elburn where they lived on the Meredith farm. In 1962, Lloyd and Marjorie moved into town where they continued to fill their homes and hearts with memories.

Lloyd was no stranger to work. In fact, oftentimes he worked two jobs. His work ethic was forged when he cultivated corn when he was 13, using a team of horses and picking the resulting harvest by hand. Returning home from the service, Lloyd worked for Carter Wilson, shelling corn and grinding feed for farmers. He left the fields for a brief stint at Burgess-Norton, but returned to the land of grain and dairy, working for Pete Allegretti, Nolan Farms and Joe Bateman through the years. His last stop before leaving the fields of his youth was Hughes Farm. Ultimately leaving farming behind, Lloyd began working at Duplex Products in Sycamore, serving 31 years, 20 of them a forman, before retiring in 1991.

Lloyd always found the humor in everyday things and was forever ready for a good practical joke. In later years, he would make his daily trips to Papa G’s and give the waitresses a “hard time.” He was a big flirt too, and got his share of hugs and kisses from the staff. He was a friend to all, with a ready smile and, when he came to town it was like a parade, waving at everyone on the street. He was forgiving and kind. Never one to wait for life to entertain him, Lloyd found his own entertainment, even in the later years. He took a hot air balloon ride for his 81st birthday and hoped to sky dive for his 90th. Unfortunately, he never got the chance to dance in the air, but he did rev up his car to 90 mph on Bunker Road to “blow the cob webs out” and to see if his car had wings. Other times, it was the leisurely drives through the countryside that brought a special kind of peace.

He is survived by his loving daughter, Sandy Haring of Elburn; two children, Kim (Kevin) Mazuc of Elburn and their children, Melanie and Jake Mazuc; and Ron (Lisa) Boryla of DeKalband their children, Trevor, Ryan, Brooke; two siblings, Phyllis (Robert) Schneider of Lancaster, Texas, and John (Irene) Dietterle of DeSoto, Texas; sister-in-law, (Muriel) Dietterle of Fullerton, Calif.; many nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and nephews and a community of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Marjorie in 2006; and two siblings, Yvonne Eccelson and Francis Dietterle.

Private family services have already been held.

In lieu of flowers, friends can send a donation directly to their local American Cancer Society.

Craig L. Owen

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Craig L. Owen, 50, of St. Charles, passed away suddenly at home, June 7, 2014. His passion was sports, whether playing on the softball field for St. Charles VFW or watching his favorite teams, Cubs, Blackhawks and his beloved NASCAR. He was a man who loved greatly and will be missed deeply.

He is survived by his loving wife, Patti Wise-Owen of St. Charles.

He was preceded in death by his father, William.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Friday, June 13, 2014, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service will follow visitation. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

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

Doris C. Stollard

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Doris C. Stollard, 86, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Doris was born Oct. 3, 1928, in Joliet, Ill., and resided in Elburn.

Doris was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who always wore a smile on her face. After her husband’s (James) untimely death in 1983, Doris went back to school, back to work, and ultimately ran a successful secretarial service until her retirement. In her later years, her greatest joys were spending time with her children, grand children and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed knitting, ceramics and spending time with her friends at The Meadows Apartments in Elburn. Doris is survived by her three children, Tina (Darrell) Dudzik of Phoenix, Jeffrey (Lisa) Stollard of Elburn and Jim Stollard of Jacksonville, Ill. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Stephanie Lenderman, Jim Dudzik, Nick and Mike Stollard. Also surviving are her three great-grandchildren, Alexis, Kylee and Cash Lenderman. Doris is survived by one sister, Marion (William) Pollack of Wilmington, Ill. She was Aunt to many and a loving, caring friend to all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James; parents, Loren and Zelda Carver; and her brother, George Carver.

Private funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Graceland Cemetery in Decatur, Ill. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Brintlinger and Earl, Decatur.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The American Heart Association.

Local church provides four-legged comfort

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Photo: Chloe, a comfort dog from Lord of Life Lutheran Church in La Fox, gets love from some young dancers during a recent party at Dreams Dance Academy in La Fox. Photo by Debbie Behrends

LA FOX—Chloe Comfort Dog is living proof that happiness is a warm dog. And she recently visited with some young dancers at Dreams Dance Academy in LaFox.

A dozen little girls gently stroked Chloe’s soft golden coat, some sharing stories of their own pets or the desire for a dog. Handler Sue Kessler of South Elgin, Ill., listened to their stories, and shared a few tales of Chloe’s visits to people in need of the comfort a warm, gentle and calm dog can provide.

“(Chloe’s) been to Sandy Hook, to New York after superstorm Sandy, to Rockford after a shooting, Washington, Ill., after the November tornado, and so many more places,” Kessler said of the 3-year-old Golden Retriever.

A member of Lutheran Church Charities (LCC), Chloe is based at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in La Fox. Chloe’s mission, according to her Facebook page, is to bring a calming influence, allowing people to open their hearts and receive help in times of need.

Kessler explained that Chloe was trained as a general service dog in a women’s prison. She was picked specifically as a comfort dog based on her gentle temperament. She was 13 months old when her leash was passed to handlers at Lord of Life.

Chloe’s primary handlers are Sandy and Bob Kessler. Although she is of no relation to the primary handlers, Sue laughingly refers to herself as “Chloe’s grandma.”

Sue is no stranger to comfort dogs. She said she has been a handler before, and was among the first comfort teams to arrive at Northern Illinois University after the 2008 shooting that left six students dead.

“I was excited when the church decided to get a comfort dog,” Sue said.

Lutheran Church Charities’ website shows 44 working comfort dogs all over Northern Illinois and other states, as well. Two more are in training.

Dreams Dance Academy owner Jenny O’Brien learned of Chloe online.

“I saw a picture on Facebook of one of my students with the dog,” O’Brien said. “I contacted the church and invited her here.”

Watching her young dancers interact with Chloe, O’Brien smiled, pleased that she had reached out.

For more information about LCC and its comfort dogs, visit www.lutheranchurchcharities.org and click the Ministries tab and then K-9 Comfort Dog. For more pictures and specific information about Chloe, visit Facebook and search for Chloe Comfort Dog.

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