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Local residents inducted into Waubonsee Honor Society

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SUGAR GROVE—The following local students were inducted into Waubonsee Community College’s Alpha Beta Gamma international honor society on Dec. 4: Scott Horvath of Elburn; Lauren Allen and James Boyle of Sugar Grove; and Vernon Gochee of Maple Park.

Sisterhood of Temple B’nai Israel chicken soup lunch sale

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AURORA—The Sisterhood of Temple B’nai Israel will host its fourth annual chicken soup lunch sale from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9. Homemade chicken soup with matzo balls and/or noodles will be available for $8 per person for dine-in or take-out, and will include soup, salad and dessert.

The synagogue is located at 400 N. Edgelawn, Aurora. For further information, call (630) 892-2450.

Kenkel named to Belmont University dean’s list

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NASHVILLE—Joseph Kenkel of Elburn was recently named to the Belmont University dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester. Eligibility for the dean’s list is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

Archibald named to The Webb School honor roll

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BELL BUCKLE, TENN.—Grace Archibald of Elburn was recently named to The Webb School’s B honor roll for second quarter of the 2013-14 school year.

Archibald is currently a 10th-grader at The Webb School.

Meuer performs in televised Holiday Pops concert

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EVANSVILLE, IND.—Eric Meuer of Elburn was recently selected to perform at the Department of Music’s 34th annual Holiday Pops concert. Meuer is majoring in music therapy at the University of Evansville.

Holiday Pops took place on Dec. 10 in Downtown Evansville’s Victory Theatre. The free concert brought together UE ensembles and soloists, including the university’s choirs, orchestra, wind, brass and jazz ensembles.

Local residents named to Augustana College dean’s list

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ROCK ISLAND, ILL.—The following local residents were named to the Augustana College dean’s list for the 2013 term: Emily Butts (elementary education), Benjamin Hodges (biology) and Elizabeth Kupar, all of Elburn; and Malory Groen (biochemistry), Anna Novotny (communication sciences and disorders) and Kylie Siebert (business administration—advertising), all of Sugar Grove.

Students named to the Augustana College dean’s list have maintained a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a four-point scale for courses taken during the term.

Elburn residents named to Bradley University dean’s list

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PEORIA, ILL.—The following Elburn residents were named to the Bradley University dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester: Haley Euting, Vincent Micek, Andrew Raver and Anthony Sperando.

To be eligible for the Bradley University dean’s list, a student must achieve a minimum 3.5 grade point average for the semester on a 4.0 scale.

McPhee named to Northwestern dean’s list

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EVANSTON, ILL.—Kayley McPhee of Maple Park was recently named to Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester.

Petrie of Elburn passes away

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Carrie E. Petrie, 87, of Elburn, passed away peacefully, Thursday, Jan. 9, at Oak Crest Retirement Center, DeKalb. She took her last breath as her daughter held her hand to complete her bridge between Earth and the heavenly gates.

Carrie was born April 22, 1926, on the family farm, in Blackberry Township, the daughter of Cecil L. and Helen G. (McNair) Gum. She grew up on the farm with her three sisters and attended Mud Island Country School. A “country girl” through and through, Carrie spent countless hours working with her dad tending the stock and the land. She graduated from Elburn High School with the class of 1944.

While a high school student, Carrie became a “pen pal” with Grover Petrie, a soldier fighting in the U.S. Army during World War II. She saw Grover’s name on a girlfriend’s list of soldiers, liked his handwriting, stole the name from her girlfriend, and that was the beginning of their courtship.

Carrie and Grover corresponded for two years, neither having any idea what the other looked like. One day, Grover came knocking at the door of the Gum family home and Carrie (in from her farm work and still in her bib overalls) found there was a soldier there to see her. It was 1945, and life would never be the same for either of them. That day was the beginning of a lifetime of love and hard work, sweetened with laughter.

Carrie and Grover were united in marriage on Nov. 28, 1946, at the Elburn Congregational Church. They lived in several apartments in Elburn during the early years, then in what had been the Mud Island School in rural Elburn. For 35 years, they made their home on the McNair farm before returning to a newly remodeled Mud Island School.

After Grover’s passing in 2005, Carrie continued to make her home in their beloved little house until ill health brought a recent move to Oak Crest in DeKalb.

Carrie was not just a “farm wife”—she was a partner in all of the work on the farm. She was as comfortable on a tractor seat as she was cooking in her own kitchen.

Together, she and Grover raised all kinds of livestock and a family of three children, Kenton, Neal and Cara. Carrie and Grover supported their children in every way. As the kids grew and became involved in sports, their folks attended practically every event no matter how far the distance or how bad the weather. They truly enjoyed supporting and watching the 1982 Kaneland girls basketball team win the state championship while Cara served as the team’s scorekeeper. Always being there for their children with love and advice was extremely important.

In 1974, tragedy struck the Petrie family with the sudden loss of their eldest son Kenton, who lost his life in an auto accident. In October 2012, Carrie’s middle son Neal, while sitting at the kitchen table admiring the beautiful, tranquil waters of Birch Lake, answered God’s call and went from his own kitchen to that “house not made with hands,” which had been prepared for him.

Each year, the family made their annual trek to Hackensack, Minn., where they enjoyed countless hours of fishing, fun and fellowship with other Elburnites and their Minnesota “family” of friends. Carrie’s Minnesota family, friends and church held a special spot in her heart. In more recent years, including 2013, Carrie made the trip up north alone and settled into her “second” home for the summer, surrounded by her family of loving friends. The memories of those days, leaves a rich legacy for all who shared them.

On Nov. 7, 2001, Carrie was blessed with the birth of granddaughter Abigail “Abby” Bartel. Abby brightened the lives of her grandparents as only a little girl could, and as she grew was often grandma’s “companion.” Carrie delighted in every accomplishment and when Abby experienced serious health issues, Carrie carried constant prayers in her heart. Abby bestowed the nickname “Mimi” on Carrie, and it stuck. Mimi enjoyed going to Abby’s events from spring sings to Girl Scout bridging ceremony, and most recently to band concerts and pom performances. Mimi didn’t want to miss a memory, cherished every one, and together they created a bond of unconditional love that will last forever.

Carrie worked during the early years at Robert’s Drive-In in Geneva, the Wasco Inn in Wasco, the Elburn Kountry Kettle, and catered countless parties to help earn the extra money for the family’s annual fishing trip to Minnesota.

That early love for a soldier remained with Carrie for a lifetime. The Elburn American Legion Auxiliary became Carrie’s home away from home. A charter member of the unit, she filled many offices and jobs through her many years of service. She and Grover delivered gifts to veterans who were patients at the Elgin Mental Health Center weekly for 35 years. It was a ministry that Carrie continued alone after Grover’s passing until her declining health caused her to stop.

On Poppy Day, Carrie was a fixture on Main St. in Elburn, where she greeted friends and strangers with her “bouquet” of poppies—you could not pass Carrie by without making a donation and proudly wearing a poppy. For countless years, she placed the flags that marked the veteran’s graves at local cemeteries for Memorial Day, and then proudly and solemnly read the names of deceased veterans at the annual observance at Blackberry Cemetery. When it became necessary to pass that job on to another, she continued to read “Flander’s Field ” with the same pride and dignity.

Wherever service was needed, you would find Carrie steady and sure, always ready to serve in any way she could. She was a volunteer for every local Heartland Blood Bank Community Blood Drive, greeting donors and serving up refreshments. She cooked countless spaghetti dinners and funeral luncheons, and lent her expertise to many church dinners.

She was a charter member of the Daniel Simpson American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 630, where she was past unit president and secretary for countless years.

Carrie was chairman to many committees; her footprints leave a path of service that will be hard to follow. She was past president of the Kane County Council and Past 11th District President. She was a member of the Kane County Salon No. 63 of the 8/40 of which she was a past La Petit Chapeau. Carrie was a member of the Quivera Club, the Elburn Community Congregational Church and the Union Congregational Church of Hackensack. She enjoyed her dominoes group, pinochle clubs and coffee at the Kountry Kettle with her many friends.

Carrie Petrie was a woman born of a different time—a woman who was not afraid to laugh at herself, stand up for herself or speak her opinion on anything. Like many of her era, she was a good steward and a “keeper” of many things. She was strong-willed and determined, which gave her the strength to “manage” through countless physical limitations. She was a loving and faithful caregiver for her husband and other family members when failing health brought the need for care.

She is survived by her devoted daughter, Cara (Stephen) Bartel, and her beloved granddaughter, Abigail; two sisters, Cecelia (Norbert) Lund of Sycamore and Elaine Johansen of DeKalb; one brother-in-law, Donald Westlake of Wheaton, Ill.; many nieces and nephews; and a lifetime of friends both in Illinois and Minnesota.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Grover; two sons, Kenton in 1974 and Neal in 2012; her sister, Helen Grace Westlake; and one brother-in-law, John Johansen.

A celebration of her life will take place on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Elburn American Legion Post No. 630, 112 N. Main St., Elburn, starting at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to benefit Carrie’s favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Carrie Petrie Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may be forwarded to the family at the same address of on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Gertrude A. Hall

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Gertrude A. Hall, 92, of Tampa, Fla., and Aurora, passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Tampa. She was born Sept. 16, 1921, in Midland, Mich., the daughter of the late Frank and Molly (Jahn) Neitzke.

Gertrude was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Aurora.

Survivors include her sons, Carroll (Kay) Martin, Jr., James (Susan) Martin and Robert (Diane) Martin; grandchildren, Darcy Martin, John Martin and Thomas (Dawn) Martin; and great-grandchildren, Abigail and Alyssa Martin.

Gertrude was preceded in death by her husbands, Carroll Martin and Norman Hall; brothers, Frank and Elmer Neitzke; and sisters, Elsie Finn, Eva Hydorn, Elinore Dinsmore and Marie Eichinger.

The family received friends on Monday at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora.

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

Hurlburt ‘Burt’ W. Haring

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Hurlburt (Burt) W. Haring, 88, of Cornell, Mich., formerly of Elburn, passed away Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Aug. 14, 1925, in Marquette, Mich., the fourth son of Leslie and Florence (June) Haring.

Burt graduated from Escanaba (Mich.) High School in 1943, where he met and fell in love with Norma Sanville. Burt and Norma married June 22, 1946. He farmed in Michigan until 1950, when they moved their young family to Illinois. There he farmed for a time before becoming a milkman for Riverview Dairy in St. Charles, and Ludwig Dairy in Elgin, Ill. He finished out his career working as a maintenance supervisor at The State Bank of St. Charles. They lived and worked in Illinois for 38 years before returning to Michigan to retire in 1988.

Burt was a devout man of God throughout his life. He taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and held many leadership positions both in Michigan and during his time at First Baptist Church of Geneva. During his lifetime, Burt had many interests and hobbies, including woodworking, stained glass, riding ATVs to hunt for wild mushrooms or raspberries, and in retirement, playing the harmonica both for pleasure and for leading worship.

Burt is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Vernon; one daughter, Cherie; and two daughters-in-law, Donna and JoAnn.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Norma (Sanville) Haring of Cornell; his four children, Dick Haring of Cornell, David (Melody) Haring of Sigel, Penn., Daren (Lori) Haring of Elburn and Christine Haring-Clausen (Jim Clausen) of Geneva; three brothers, Robert (Audrey) Haring of Grand Marais, Minn., G. Wilber (Elaine) Haring of Fairhope, Ala., and R. Kenyon Haring of Downers Grove, Ill.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held Dec. 19 at Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. For more information, visit www.andersonfuneralhomes.net.

Ronald Henne

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Ronald Henne, 69, of Elburn, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 10, 1944, the son of Elde and Myrle (Kinney) Henne.

He grew up on the family farm in Sugar Grove and attended Kaneland area schools.

While working as a student in the Kaneland High School cafeteria, he met his high school sweetheart, Patricia O’Brien. Ron and Pat wed on Feb. 23, 1963. After they were married, Ron worked as a farmhand for the Flint family before becoming a drywall taper for Painter’s District Council 30.

While Ron worked hard on the job, his passion was serving as an Elburn Lions Club member. Ron and Pat spent many of their free hours at the park helping at company picnics, Elburn Days and other events. Ron was a past Lions Club President and received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award in 1988. Health changes limited Ron’s involvement in Lions events in recent years. He greatly missed the park and camaraderie he felt there.

Ron’s quick smile and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him. He was a Chicago Cubs fan and began watching many games on television when his health declined. Like all Cub fans, Ron experienced the ups and downs of their play and was known to let a few swear words fly when something went awry for his team.

Ron is survived by his children, Rona Henne of Batavia, Lori (John) Hoffman of Aurora and Jeff Henne of Elburn. He also leaves his grandchildren, Kevin (Amanda) Hoffman of Yorkville, Kyle Hoffman and fiancee Bailey Peterson of Yorkville, Madison Hoffman of Aurora, Nick and Melanie Henne of Elburn, and Michael Henne of Batavia; as well as his sister, Lorraine Kaus of DeKalb, and several nieces and nephews.

Ron’s first great-grandchild, Quinn Hoffman, is due to arrive in March.

Ron also leaves his faithful canine companion, Snoops, whom he loved despite her less-than-ideal manners.

Ron is preceded in death by his wife, Pat, whom he has missed dearly; as well as his parents, and brother, Roger.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to: Larry Erickson for faithfully driving dad into Elburn for breakfast in recent years; his caregiver, Debbie Brandau, for her companionship and long talks on the porch with dad; and Michelle Mars, dad’s favorite waitress at Papa G’s, for the laughs she shared with him.

Visitation was held on Friday at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn. Visitation continued on Saturday at the funeral home, followed by a funeral service to celebrate Ron’s life. Interment followed at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ron’s name may be made to the Elburn Lions Club Helping Hands Fund, c/o Elburn Lions Club, 500 S. Filmore Street, Elburn IL, 60119. Tributes may be forwarded to P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119, or on the web at conleycare.com.

John A. ‘Jack’ Ory

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John A. “Jack” Ory, 74, of Tecumseh, Mo., formerly of Elburn, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at his daughter’s home in Huntley, Ill.

He was born Oct. 20, 1937, in Harrisburg, Pa., the son of the late Al and Helen Ory. Beloved husband of Susan, loving father of Judy Ory, Robyn Applegate, Michael Ory and Kevin Ory; cherished grandfather of Danielle and Neal; dear brother of Joan Parrish and the late Judity Ory; fond step-son of Mary Ory.

Jack was a former deputy sheriff in Kane and DuPage counties, and then started his plumbing business, retiring in 2003. He had been a resident of Elburn from 1972 to 2004, and had been residing in Tecumseh.

In lieu of flowers, memorial to either Journey Care Hospice, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010, or Hospice Compasses, 1406 Kentucky Ave., Suite 100, West Plains, MO 65775.

A memorial visitation was held Sunday at the Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville. A memorial service followed visitation. A private family internment will take place at a later date.

Meuer named to University of Evansville dean’s list

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EVANSVILLE, IND.—Eric Meuer of Elburn recently achieved a place on the University of Evansville Dean’s List for academic achievements during the fall semester 2013. Meuer is majoring in music therapy.

To make the dean’s list, a student at UE must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Submitted Photo: Snow Wars

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Elburn resident Dave Nosek and his kids built this “Jabba the Hutt” snowman on Sunday out of mailboxes, mini-snow shovels and hockey sticks. Photo submitted by Sarah Nosek

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Fishermen’s Inn to reopen as event center in 2014

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Photo: Fishermen’s Inn in Elburn, closed since 2009, will reopen as an event center in 2014, featuring a silo that will serve as the main entrance. The Fishermen’s Inn building was purchased in October 2012 by Mark and Patricia Southern. Courtesy Photo

Restaurant has already booked 40 weddings prior to its grand reopening

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ELBURN—When Elburn’s Fishermen’s Inn closed back in 2009, the community lost a place where people could gather together for reunions, get-togethers, banquets and weddings. Five years later, Fishermen’s Inn is back with a completely updated facility.
Mark and Patricia Southern, the new owners of Fishermen’s Inn, purchased the facility in October 2012 with the intention of renovating it while still preserving its original barn style. The Southerns are accepting reservations for weddings and events, and already have 40 weddings booked for this year.
The Southerns plan to open Fishermen’s Inn to the public on certain holidays, but they aren’t sure of the specific dates just yet.

“We’ve been getting a lot of feedback on our website (fishermensinn.fishermensinnelburn.com),” Mark said. “People are excited that Fishermen’s Inn is reopening, but they think that it won’t be open to the public. We do want to include the community, and our plan is that we will be open on holidays for the public. We are hoping to open on Easter day to the public.”

There will be three banquet rooms in Fishermen’s Inn: The Veranda on the lower level and the Great Room and the Loft Room on the second level. The Great Room will be sided with historic barn siding from the Kane County area. Outlooking the Great Room, they will have a 3,000-square-foot brick patio bar that is expected to open the middle or later part of 2014.

Beyond the patio bar, there are interconnected brick pathways that wind up to the ceremony site behind the restaurant. In preparation of the weddings they will host, the Southerns last fall planted 20,000 tulip bulbs next to the ceremony site and by the pathways.

The Southerns are in the midst of building a silo that will be the main entrance from the parking lot on the west side of the building. The entrance will feature a curved circular ceiling with a sweeping staircase that will drop off visitors at the second level between the restaurant’s Great Room and the Loft Room.

Mark’s sister, Linda Hagen, and Patricia are managing the marketing, promoting and corresponding side of the new Fishermen’s Inn. Those who are interested in booking a wedding there can call (630) 365-9697 for more information.

“The word has spread, and we are looking forward to the grand re-opening,” Hagen said. “We are also thrilled to provide it and give back to the community this way. People will enjoy reliving their memories and creating new ones with their families.”

Thompsons of Big Rock celebrate 65th wedding anniversary

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Bruce and Shirley Thompson of Big Rock will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Jan. 9.

Bruce and the formerly Shirley McCann were married on Jan. 9, 1949, at Fourth Street Methodist Church in Aurora.

The couple has three children, Jerald (Sue) Thompson of Big Rock, Cheryl (the late William) Groetsema of La Grange Park, Ill., and Linda (James) Peterson of Maple Park. They have seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The couple will celebrate their anniversary with a family dinner.

‘Unlock the treasure’ with WOW

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WATERMAN, ILL.—Waterman ‘Women of the Word’ (WOW) will begin its second semester on Thursday, Jan. 9, at Waterman Presby-terian Church, 250 North Cedar St., Waterman, Ill., with a new 11-week study, “The Gospel of Mark.”

There is both a morning edition from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and an evening edition from 6:45 to 9 p.m., which include small-group interaction and large-group worship and teaching. There is a children’s preschool program for the morning session only. You will enjoy meeting and discovering your personal keys with women from many area communities and churches. For more information or to register, contact Sue at (815) 264-3979 or jhipple23@gmail.com.

The study fee is $15. Lesson one should be completed before class on Jan. 9. Stipends are available.

Ronald Henne

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Ronald Henne, 69, of Elburn, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 10, 1944, the son of Elde and Myrle (Kinney) Henne.

He grew up on the family farm in Sugar Grove and attended Kaneland area schools.

While working as a student in the Kaneland High School cafeteria, he met his high school sweetheart, Patricia O’Brien. Ron and Pat wed on Feb. 23, 1963. After they were married, Ron worked as a farmhand for the Flint family before becoming a drywall taper for Painter’s District Council 30.

While Ron worked hard on the job, his passion was serving as an Elburn Lions Club member. Ron and Pat spent many of their free hours at the park helping at company picnics, Elburn Days and other events. Ron was a past Lions Club President and received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award in 1988. Health changes limited Ron’s involvement in Lions events in recent years. He greatly missed the park and camaraderie he felt there.

Ron’s quick smile and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him. He was a Chicago Cubs fan and began watching many games on television when his health declined. Like all Cub fans, Ron experienced the ups and downs of their play and was known to let a few swear words fly when something went awry for his team.

Ron is survived by his children, Rona Henne of Batavia, Lori (John) Hoffman of Aurora and Jeff Henne of Elburn. He also leaves his grandchildren, Kevin (Amanda) Hoffman of Yorkville, Kyle Hoffman and fiancee Bailey Peterson of Yorkville, Madison Hoffman of Aurora, Nick and Melanie Henne of Elburn, and Michael Henne of Batavia; as well as his sister, Lorraine Kaus of DeKalb, and several nieces and nephews.

Ron’s first great-grandchild, Quinn Hoffman, is due to arrive in March.

Ron also leaves his faithful canine companion, Snoops, whom he loved despite her less-than-ideal manners.

Ron is preceded in death by his wife, Pat, whom he has missed dearly; as well as his parents, and brother, Roger.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to: Larry Erickson for faithfully driving dad into Elburn for breakfast in recent years; his caregiver, Debbie Brandau, for her companionship and long talks on the porch with dad; and Michelle Mars, dad’s favorite waitress at Papa G’s, for the laughs she shared with him.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Visitation will continue Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with a funeral service to celebrate Ron’s life beginning at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ron’s name may be made to the Elburn Lions Club Helping Hands Fund, c/o Elburn Lions Club, 500 S. Filmore Street, Elburn IL, 60119. Tributes may be forwarded to P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119, or on the web at conleycare.com.

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