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Covenant of Grace Church pancake breakfast

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SUGAR GROVE—Covenant of Grace Church will host a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, May 17, 8 to 10 a.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House, Main Street in Sugar Grove. The breakfast will benefit the Between Friends Food Pantry.

The church asks that all those who attend bring a non-perishable food item, paper product or personal care item to donate to the food pantry. Cash donations will also be accepted, with 100 percent going straight to Between Friends.

For more information about Covenant of Grace or the pancake breakfast, call the church office at (630) 906-9661 or visit our website www.covofgrace.org.

Dawn Lynnette Long

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Dawn Lynnette Long, 45, of Elburn, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, on Friday, April 18, 2014.

Dawn was born on June 9, 1968, at Delnor Hospital in St. Charles, to loving parents Beverly and George Laux.

Dawn grew up in Batavia on her parents’ produce farm. She spent most of her childhood helping in the fields and at the market on Fabyan Parkway.

Dawn started her education at Western Avenue School. Coultrap Middle School in Geneva was her next destination. She finished her studies at Geneva High School, graduating in 1986.

Dawn met the love of her life, James Long, in early 2012. They were united in holy matrimony at Grace Fellowship Church in Maple Park by Pastor James Harper on Aug. 3, 2013.

Dawn spent several years in the Bluegrass State of Kentucky, near Corbin, Ken. She moved back to be close to her family, living with her sister Karla in Batavia. When Dawn and James were married, they lived on his farm in Kaneville.

Dawn liked working with her hands, putting them to work refinishing, making, and installing cabinets with Nat, “the handy man.”

After returning to Illinois, Dawn found her life’s work as a homemaker. That was until Dawn became a grandmother. She took care of her granddaughter Leighton like only a grandmother could.

Dawn was a devoted member of Grace Fellowship Church of Maple Park.

Dawn was an avid gardener; she loved to plant flowers, vegetables and tomatoes. A favorite pastime was throwing the Frisbee to her beloved “Tanky Boy.”

Dawn liked to bake and cook for her family; she specialized in pies. Whatever was in season was the pie of the week in Dawn’s kitchen. She enjoyed watching cooking shows, where she picked up many recipe ideas for her family to try out.

She truly appreciated any time she got to be around her friends, just hanging out, relaxing and talking. When she met Jim, one of their favorite things to do was to spend a quiet night at home watching movies—one of her favorites was “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” starring George Clooney. She even snagged a copy from mom.

She enjoyed the open road. When she lived in Kentucky, she would call her sister Karla out of the blue and say, “See you in seven hours.” Seven hours later you could hear her muffler coming up the driveway.

She is survived by her husband, James Long; parents, Beverly and Dale Kuipers; brother, Todd (Shanne) Kuipers; sister, Karla Kuipers; step-children, Jacob, Joseph (Katlyn), Sarah and Benjamin Long; grandchildren, Leighton Long; niece and nephew, Cierra and Dylan Kuipers; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, step-family and in-laws.

She is preceded in death by her father, George Laux; grandparents, Theodore and Catherine Uthe; and her beloved dog, Tanky Boy.

Visitation was held on Monday. A memorial service will follow at a later date.

A memorial has been established in their name to benefit. Checks may be made to the “Dawn 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.

Sadie Ann Sane

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Sadie Ann Sane, 76, of Elburn, passed away peacefully Friday, April 25, surrounded by the love of her family.

Sadie is survived by her loving children Diane Lynn (Dennis) Mattoon, Deborah Kay (Brian) Terpstra and Dayton (Gabriella) Sane Jr. ; fond grandchildren, Anthony and Lia Turchi, Christopher (Stephanie) Heins, Theresa Terpstra, Jordan and Daniella Sane; one great-grandchild, Gianna Heins; brothers, William (Janet) Johnesee and Kenneth (Sharon) Johnesee; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Joe Sane; parents, Clinton and Evelyn Johnesee; brother, Joe Johnesee; sister, Sandy Boutin; nephew, Keith Johnesee.

Visitation was held Tuesday at Conley Funeral Home. Burial will follow at a later date in Tennessee.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities: Checks may be made to the “Sadie Sane 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.

Covenant of Grace Church pancake breakfast

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SUGAR GROVE—Covenant of Grace Church will host a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, May 17, 8 to 10 a.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House, Main Street in Sugar Grove. The breakfast will benefit the Between Friends Food Pantry.

The church asks that all those who attend bring a non-perishable food item, paper product or personal care item to donate to the food pantry. Cash donations will also be accepted, with 100 percent going straight to Between Friends.

For more information about Covenant of Grace or the pancake breakfast, call the church office at (630) 906-9661 or visit our website www.covofgrace.org.

Dawn Laynnette Long

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Dawn Laynnette Long, 45, of Elburn, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, on Friday, April 18, 2014.

Dawn was born on June 9, 1968, at Delnor Hospital in St. Charles, to loving parents Beverly and George Laux.

Dawn grew up in Batavia on her parents’ produce farm. She spent most of her childhood helping in the fields and at the market on Fabyan Parkway.

Dawn started her education at Western Avenue School. Coultrap Middle School in Geneva was her next destination. She finished her studies at Geneva High School, graduating in 1986.

Dawn met the love of her life, James Long, in early 2012. They were united in holy matrimony at Grace Fellowship Church in Maple Park by Pastor James Harper on Aug. 3, 2013.

Dawn spent several years in the Bluegrass State of Kentucky, near Corbin, Ken. She moved back to be close to her family, living with her sister Karla in Batavia. When Dawn and James were married, they lived on his farm in Kaneville.

Dawn liked working with her hands, putting them to work refinishing, making, and installing cabinets with Nat, “the handy man.”

After returning to Illinois, Dawn found her life’s work as a homemaker. That was until Dawn became a grandmother. She took care of her granddaughter Leighton like only a grandmother could.
Dawn was a devoted member of Grace Fellowship Church of Maple Park.

Dawn was an avid gardener; she loved to plant flowers, vegetables and tomatoes. A favorite pastime was throwing the Frisbee to her beloved “Tanky Boy.”

Dawn liked to bake and cook for her family; she specialized in pies. Whatever was in season was the pie of the week in Dawn’s kitchen. She enjoyed watching cooking shows, where she picked up many recipe ideas for her family to try out.

She truly appreciated any time she got to be around her friends, just hanging out, relaxing and talking. When she met Jim, one of their favorite things to do was to spend a quiet night at home watching movies—one of her favorites was “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” starring George Clooney. She even snagged a copy from mom.

She enjoyed the open road. When she lived in Kentucky, she would call her sister Karla out of the blue and say, “See you in seven hours.” Seven hours later you could hear her muffler coming up the driveway.

She is survived by her husband, James Long; parents, Beverly and Dale Kuipers; brother, Todd (Shanne) Kuipers; sister, Karla Kuipers; step-children, Jacob, Joseph (Katlyn), Sarah and Benjamin Long; grandchildren, Leighton Long; niece and nephew, Cierra and Dylan Kuipers; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, step-family and in-laws.

She is preceded in death by her father, George Laux; grandparents, Theodore and Catherine Uthe; and her beloved dog, Tanky Boy.

Visitation was held on Monday. A memorial service will follow at a later date.

A memorial has been established in their name to benefit. Checks may be made to the “Dawn 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.

An Easter journey

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Photo: Valleybrook Community Church Pastor Brian Smith of Batavia touches base on the meaning of Easter with the youth before excusing them to Sunday school. Photo by Lynn Logan

Valleybrook Church celebrates Easter with new location
MAPLE PARK—Valleybrook Community Church celebrated Easter on Sunday in its new location at the former Kaneland Middle School on Meredith Road, next to the high school.

Valleybrook was founded in 2002 and began life at the former campus of the Broadview Academy on Keslinger Road in La Fox. The church in 2005 moved to Blackberry Creek Elementary School in Elburn.

Valleybrook was originally a daughter church to the First Baptist Church of Geneva. Initially it had a launch team of 100 people from the First Baptist Church, and now has around 150 people who attend regularly. After experiencing an increase in attendance, Pastor Brian Smith felt it was time for Valleybrook to move to a different location that would support a bigger congregation.

“With growth in attendance beginning to squeeze us at Blackberry Creek last fall, we learned of the larger middle school and made plans to hold our larger Christmas service there in December (2013),” Pastor Smith said. “Our people were excited about the middle school facility at Christmas, and we began to explore possibilities of making a more permanent move by Easter.”

The church gathered together at their new location at 9:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday to enjoy a continental reception with coffee and rolls, followed by its worship service at 10 a.m.

Their service featured a mix of traditional hymns and contemporary music, a children’s lesson, and a message explaining why Christ’s death on the cross is the most important gift that the world has ever received, according to Pastor Smith. Kids in grades kindergarten through third had their children’s church during the service, where they learned about the importance of the meaning behind Easter.

After their regular church services, Valleybrook has what it calls a “connection time,” which is similar to Sunday school for adults and children.

A forward-thinking church, Valleybrook has already preselected a location should it choose to have a new facility built in the future.

“The location is on Hughes Road, not far from Route 47,” Pastor Smith said. “As far as the timing, that is in God’s hands.”

Rodriguez named NACC Athlete of week for track and field

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AURORA—Aurora University freshman Lisa Rodriguez of Sugar Grove was named the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Student-Athlete of the Week.

Rodriguez helped lead the Spartans to a second place finish at the Wheaton College Invitational April 5, winning the 200-meter dash (26.08 seconds), finishing third in the 100-meter (12.70) and participating in the winning 4×100 relay team (49.72). The times in the 200-meter dash and 4×100 relay set AU school records.

Easter celebration at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church

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SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church (SGUMC) will host its Easter celebration on Holy Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. to noon at the church, 176 Main St., Sugar Grove.

Invite your neighbors and bring the grandkids to this family event as the church prepares to celebrate Easter Sunday, complete with crafts, egg dying and an Easter egg hunt.

Children will meet in the sanctuary for a chance to sing with the SGUMC choir. Families will then go downstairs to the Sunday school area for crafts and egg dying. Bring your own hardboiled eggs.

Russell W. Stewart

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Russell W. Stewart, 66, of Sugar Grove, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014, at The Tillers in Oswego, Ill.

He was born June 27, 1947, in Chicago, the son of the late Henry and Evelyn Stewart.

Russ worked for Honeywell for more than 30 years. Besides being very handy and being able to fix almost anything, he was a very dedicated husband and father. Russ worked very hard to support his family, sometimes holding three jobs. He loved sailing, wind surfing and travelling, as well as taking road trips.

Russ is survived by his wife, Denise, of Sugar Grove; son, Wayne Stewart, of Elmhurst, Ill.; daughter, Monica Stewart, of Henderson, Nev.; siblings, Blondina (Cholo) Ruiz of Waukegan, Ill., Della (Juan) Ruiz of Chicago, Edward (Betty) Stewart of Yuma, Ariz., Barbara (Keith) Jauch of Wonder Lake, Ill., and Sonny Stewart, of Lake Geneva, Wis.; father in law, Denis Bielick; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, sisters- and brothers-in-law.

In addition to his parents, Russ was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Joan Bielick.

Visitation was held Tuesday at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. The funeral service was held on Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org/donate).

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

Valleybrook Church moves to former middle school

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MAPLE PARK—Valleybrook will introduce its new location at the former Kaneland Middle School on Easter Sunday, April 20, with coffee and Panera goodies at 9:30 a.m. and a service at 10 a.m. The former middle school is located at 1N137 Meredith Road, Maple Park.

Valleybrook Community Church first opened its doors in the fall of 2002, meeting on the campus of Broadview Academy. In 2005 Valleybrook moved to Blackberry Creek Elementary School in Elburn.

To learn more about Valleybrook or to listen to past messages, visit www.ValleybrookChurch.com or call (630) 879-7035.

William K. Marlatt

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William K. Marlatt, 88, of Sugar Grove, passed away on Monday, April 7, at Asbury Gardens in North Aurora. He was born Sept. 27, 1925, in Steger, Ill., the son of the late Chalmer and Mable (Unger) Marlatt.

He served in the Navy as a pilot after graduating from Thornton High School in 1942. He married Ruth Cashion in 1946. Bill graduated from the University of Illinois in 1951 with a degree in civil engineering, and was employed by Stephens-Adamson in Aurora for over 30 years, retiring in 1987.

Bill is survived by his son, Rob (Jeanette) Marlatt of Sugar Grove; his daughter, Shawn (Fredrick) Harms of Sugar Grove; his five grandchildren, Danielle Harms, Karyn Harms Williams (Ian), Kyle Harms, Stephanie Marlatt and Bethany Marlatt; and his many other family and friends.

In addition to his parents and brother, Robert, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth C. Marlatt, in 2006.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 11, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will take place at Sugar Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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

Peter Mezei

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Peter Mezei passed away March 7 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Peter was born in Austria and moved to Chicago as a child. His family moved to the Elburn area in 1966. He was a 1968 graduate of Kaneland, where he not only played in the school band, but was also a member of two rock bands: Infiniti and Threads of Dawn.
After graduating, Pete joined the Marine Corps and fought in Vietnam, where he received a Purple Heart award.
He wore many hats in his career, including creative light technician at Pheasant Run, a stint filming with the Chicago Bulls cheerleaders, and many years as a graphic arts designer.
Pete moved to Arizona later in life, where he loved searching for the Lost Dutchman Mine in the Superstition Mountains. He was known to catch rattlesnakes and scorpions and sell them to vendors.
His other hobbies included classical music, mirror etching and writing poetry. Drawing was also one of his passions.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alex, in 1995.
He leaves behind his mother, Emily; his sister, Viola; and his nephew, Jason; all of Tucson, Ariz.
Peter’s creativity, laughter and friendship will be sorely missed by those who were fortunate enough to know him.

St. Gall announces Palm Sunday Mass schedule

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ELBURN—Palm Sunday observes the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and marks the beginning of Holy Week. The church will relive the sequence of events, leading to the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday and prepare for the joyful victory of Easter, which this year will be celebrated on April 20. Palm Sunday masses are Saturday, April 12, at 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 13, at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St. in downtown Elburn. For more information, contact the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030 or visit www.stgall.com.

Angela M. ‘Angie’ Lexa

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Angela M. “Angie” Lexa, 84, of Sycamore, formerly of Elburn and Virgil areas, past owner of The Kountry Kettle, passed away at her home, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, on Friday, March 21, 2014.

She was born Jan. 29, 1930, the daughter of Nicholas and Katherine Schramer.

Angie grew up in Virgil, helped with chores on the family farm and attended local schools. Later she attended beauty school. Her studies kept her busy, but not too busy to be courted by William L. “Bill” Brummel.

They were soon married at S. S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church on May 20, 1950. Bill and Angie made their home in Virgil, where Angie worked as a hairdresser out of her home. Their family began to grow and eventually filled the house with 10 children and thousands of memories.

After Bill’s passing in 1967, Angie continued waitressing for a time before the family moved to Mooseheart in August of 1967. Angie never shied away from work and began working in the kitchens of Mooseheart. While there she met Zdenek “Dennis” Lexa, who had three children of his own and were also residents of Mooseheart. Dennis proposed on their second date and they were married six months later on April 11, 1970. The family grew by two more soon thereafter for a total of 15 children.

Angie may have started her cooking career in the kitchens of Mooseheart, but she stood on her own when she started a catering company she ran out of her kitchen in 1975. Six years later, she and Dennis purchased the Elburn Kountry Kettle in 1981. The business would stay in the family when it was bought by her daughter, Mary, in 1996. Angie left the kitchen in 2002 to focus on her “grandma duties.”

Angie and Dennis, and their “blended” family, made their home in Lily Lake. Later, in 1990, they moved to Elburn. Following Dennis’ passing in 2002, Angie moved to Sycamore, where she continued to make memories with each new generation of grandchildren.

Angie was a lifetime member of S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.

Angie had a big and loving heart, but as all 15 children can attest to, she had an even bigger “wooden” spoon, which helped keep everyone in line and the house in order. When the grandchildren came into the picture, the spoon disappeared because, in grandma’s eyes, they could do no wrong.

Making daily meals for such a crowd was no mean feat, but that was nothing when it came to the holidays. Two turkeys and a ham were commonplace, but one year it was a 44-pound bird that took the cake. Putting bricks in the oven to lower the shelves just didn’t do the trick, so they had to cut the turkey in half and cook it in two pots, much to Angie’s chagrin.

Her hospitality at the restaurant was legendary, but it was born in her home. Visitors would have a plate of food in hand before they even had a chance to sit down. With a house always full with kids, grandkids, friends and neighbors, it wasn’t unusual for Angie to keep up with five conversations at once.

As well as Angie did in the kitchen, she failed miserably in the garden. Her “black thumb” was the ruin of many a plant, and even rumored to have killed off a plastic one. The same could be said for her sewing abilities. What normally could be done with needle and thread, Angie accomplished with a stapler, some glue and dogged determination.

Angie was one of a kind who lived a one-of-a-kind life. She was often heard to say,”You gotta do what you gotta do when you gotta do it and forget the rest.” She did it her way, one day at a time, filling each precious hour with love, laughter and memories. She will forever be missed but never forgotten.

She is survived by her 14 children, Bill (Pat) Brummel, Allan Brummel, Karen (Stan) Sikorski, Rick Brummel, Dave (Debbie) Brummel, Sharon (Don) Hart, Ken (Marsha) Brummel, Steve Brummel, Jim Lexa, Mary Whitney, Tom (Myla) Lexa, Julie Brummel, Dennis (Barb Parrish) Lexa and Michelle (Pat) White; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; three siblings, Marion Umbdenstock, Clara Schmitt and Joseph (Mary Ann) Schramer; several nieces and nephews, and a countryside of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, William Brummel and Dennis Lexa; son, John Lexa; son-in-law, Tom Whitney; four brothers, Nicholas, Fritz (Sue), Matt (Loretta) and Leonard (Mary) Schramer; two sisters, Barbara (Patrick) Hahn and Catherine “Katie” Schramer; and two brothers-in-law, Chuck Schmitt and Maurice Umbdenstock.

Visitation was held on Monday at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn. A mass to celebrate her faith was held Tuesday at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Virgil. Fr. Perfecto Vasquez, pastor of the church, officiated; interment followed at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery, Virgil.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit Angie’s favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Angela Lexa Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com, where you can also find her full-life story.

Virgil church celebrates Lent fish fry milestone

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VIRGIL—For over 20 years, St. Peter and Paul Church of Virgil has offered its surrounding community a weekly fish fry during the season of Lent, bringing locals together for a night of quality food with a good atmosphere.

The church’s fish fry was initially started by Donna Ryterske and Sharon Brown, who wanted to establish a fundraiser to support the church’s youth ministry. Now the money raised from the fish fry is allocated to the church’s general fund. And over the years, the attendance of the fish fry has grown significantly.

“I have been running the event for 15 years, and in the last few years, our attendance has jumped dramatically,” said Kathy Volkening, head organizer for the Fish Fry. “People come from all over, and we have between 400 to 500 attendees each Friday.”

On Friday, March 28, the church will welcome the Radio Shopping Show to the fish fry.

Dinner is served from 5 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, with dine-in and carry-out service available at the parish next to the church, 5N939 Meredith Road,Virgil. Baked cod, fried perch and fried shrimp will be available, along with side dishes for a cost of $10 for the basic buffet or $13 for the basic buffet plus shrimp. The cost for kids, ages 5 to 10, to attend is $4 each for the basic buffet or $6.50 for the buffet plus shrimp. Macaroni and cheese will also be available, and kids under the age of 5 eat for free from the regular buffet.

The church will also have a bake sale during the fish fry, offering homemade baked goods such as pies, cupcakes, cookies and more.

“The fish fry helps bring the community together, and it helps us serve people from other parishes,” said Father Perfecto Vasquez. “Through this collaborative event, it makes our church come alive.”

Photo by Lynn Logan

St. Gall announces Lenten Stations of the Cross

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ELBURN—In the Catholic faith, Lent is a time for fasting, abstinence from meat and prayer in preparation for Easter. St. Gall Church will offer Stations of the Cross, for prayerful reflection, on Fridays, March 28 through April 11, at 5:30 p.m., and on Friday, April 18, at 2 p.m.

All are invited to attend. St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St, Elburn. For more information, contact the parish office at (630) 365-6030 or visit www.stgall.com.

St. Gall announces Lenten Stations of the Cross

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ELBURN—In the Catholic faith, Lent is a time for fasting, abstinence from meat and prayer in preparation for Easter. St. Gall Church will offer Stations of the Cross, for prayerful reflection, on Fridays, March 21 through April 11, at 5:30 p.m., and on Friday, April 18, at 2 p.m.

All are invited to attend. St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St, Elburn. For more information, contact the parish office at (630) 365-6030 or visit www.stgall.com.

Clarence Robert ‘Tres’ Janecek III

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Clarence Robert “Tres” Janecek III, 45, died tragically as a victim of an accident in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 11, 2014, near DeKalb.

Tres was born to life on Dec. 13, 1968, the son of Clarence and Darlene Janecek. Tres grew up in Clarendon Hills, Ill., where he attended local schools, graduating with the Kaneland High School class of 1987.

In his younger years, Tres was a child who loved any kind of outdoor sport. He enjoyed water skiing, snowmobiling, snow skiing and boating. He loved playing little league baseball and football. The Pittsburgh Steelers was a family favorite as his grandfather, Clarence Janacek Sr., was on the team’s roster in the 1930s.

Watching NASCAR on TV was a fond pastime of Tres. His favorite memories were of trips to the cabin in Cable, Wis., and rolling skating with his family.

Tres was united in marriage to Jori Blackwell in 1992, and they welcomed home a son Clarence Robert, also known as C.R., and settled into a home Tres built in St. Charles. He was lucky in love a second time when he met and married Angela Langenour in 2001. Tres and Angela were blessed with a daughter, Caliee Jo, that same year. Eventually, Tres and Angela went their separate ways, but the love he had for his children never changed.

Tres put his strong hands to work as a carpenter. He worked for many years as a self-employed carpentry contractor. He owned his own company called T’s Construction. There was no job that was too big or small for Tres; he took on any job that came his way.

Tres was a proud member of the Lincoln Highway 4-H club for many years.

Tres was a fan of all different genres of music, but his favorite was country. He loved to turn up the radio and belt out a tune when the time was right, but especially when it was Waylon Jennings or if he was in a rock and roll kind of mood with Boston or Foreigner.

He was a man who loved to laugh, enjoying comedy shows featuring Ron White, Larry The Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy. His favorite movies, hands down, were Caddyshack and Airplane! He had a strong handshake but an even bigger heart. Tres also liked to travel and made many memories as the miles ticked by to destinations such as Cancun and Acapulco Mexico, as well as Texas and Missouri.

Tres is survived by his parents, Clarence and Darlene Janecek; his children, Clarence Robert (C.R.) and Caliee Jo Janecek; two brothers, Todd Janacek, and Ted (Ann) Janacek and their children, Emily, Marisa and Brandon; many cousins and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Clarence and Marie Janecek; and maternal grandparents, George and Josephine Nemec.

Arrangements will include a memorial visitation from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, with a service to follow at 5 p.m., all at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Private family burial will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Tres’ name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Clarence Robert Janecek 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.

William ‘Bill’ E. Snow

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William “Bill” E. Snow, 84, of Maple Park, formerly of Geneva, passed away at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

He was born July 27, 1929, in Geneva, the son of William H. and Florence (Muelhfelt) Snow.

Bill grew up in Geneva and attended local schools. He learned his strong work ethic early as he helped both his parents on the family farm.

When he was grown, Bill continued to farm and purchased 80 acres in Geneva. He eventually spent over 25 years as a heavy equipment operator but returned to the fields of his youth before selling those acres and purchasing farms in both Kane and DeKalb counties. He also bought an old farm in Maple Park that once was an “airport” boasting of a grassy landing area. His proudest achievement was his home farm on Beith Road.

Although he never married, Bill surrounded himself with family and friends, making sure that they all had a place to kick back, relax and have a lot of fun in Marcell, Minn., where he bought a “compound.” Ten years of fun left its mark before selling it, but not before thousands of memories were made. His next “compound” was a six-mile journey up the Fox River in St. Charles, where Bill continued to provide for his family and friends at every opportunity.

Bill was a former member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, St. Charles, Lodge 1368, Chapter 512. He also was a retired member of the Local No. 150 Operators Union, Kane Farm Bureau and the Kane County Corn Growers.

Bill was a hardworking man who was proud of his spotless farm tractors that gleamed the green and yellow of John Deere. Retirement was a dirty word to Bill. He never stopped and could outwork men half his age without breaking a sweat or taking a break. Even now, Bill is tending the fields of the Lord, putting the angels to shame and telling them how to do it right. His plowed rows may blow away, but his memory will forever stay in the hearts and minds of his family and friends.

One half-sister, Marian Heiser; a brother, DeWitt (Angie) Snow; many nieces, nephews and countryside of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Florence Snow; one sister, Blanche Fender; and one half-brother-in law, Don Heiser.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate his life will take place Friday, March 14, at 10 a.m., with a visitation from 9 to 10 a.m., also at the funeral home. Fr. Tim Seigel, pastor of St. Gall’s Catholic Church, will officiate, with interment to follow at Union Cemetery in St. Charles.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to a children’s charity of your choice. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to two people who were both Bill’s “right hand”: Buck, who was Bill’s trusted farmhand and helped keep the farms running right; and Roger Biddle, who in later years became Bill’s best friend and was instrumental in his care.

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