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Perry Tayon Jr.

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Perry Tayon Jr., 70, of Elburn, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015, after a long illness. He is now at peace in the loving embrace of the Lord.

Perry was born on April 30, 1945, to parents Perry Sr. and Bernice Tayon. He grew up in Granite City, Ill., and was a proud graduate of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Perry is survived by his wife of 43 years, Mary; and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service has been planned to celebrate Perry’s life, and will take place Saturday, June 20, at noon at the Congregational Church of Lily Lake on Empire Road in St. Charles.

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

For more information, contact Conley Funeral Home at (630) 365-6414.

Foguth earns academic honor from Benedictine College

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ATCHINSON, KAN.—Rachel Foguth of Elburn was recently named to the Benedictine College dean’s list for the spring 2015 semester. Foguth is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Foguth.

To achieve the honor, a student must carry a minimum of 12 credit hours and a grade point average of 3.5 or above per semester.

W. Bruce Weller

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W. Bruce Weller, 57, of Mesa, Ariz., passed away at his residence on May 22, 2015, after a valiant fight with cancer. He was born June 11, 1957, in Taylorville, Ill., the son of Ronald and Evelyn Weller.

Bruce was a graduate of Kaneland High School and also attended Waubonsee Community College. In his younger years, he was employed by Monitor Manufacturing in Elburn and Dunbar Kapple in St. Charles. He spent most of his working years in Illinois as a salesman in the industrial field. Before moving out west, he also published and was editor of the Northern Illinois magazine Thunder Road.

Before Bruce became ill, he was the proud owner of Pool Side Service in Mesa, at which he enjoyed working.

Bruce married Linda Pessina in Batavia in 1982. Although they later divorced, the marriage produced the pride and joy of Bruce’s life: his son Mitchell.

Bruce is survived by his son, Mitchell R. Weller of Golden, Colo.; his parents, Ronald and Evelyn Weller of Girard, Ill.; brothers, N. Keith (Loanne) Weller of New Palestine, Ind., and Jerry (Donna) Weller of Wheaton, Ill.; three nephews; one niece; two great-nieces; two great-nephews; many cousins and special friends.

Bruce is preceded in death by a nephew, Michael Weller.

Bruce donated his body to science. A private burial service will follow cremation.

Memorials may be made in Bruce’s honor to Macoupin T.A.I.L.S., Box 382 in Carlinville, IL 62626, or Adopt-A-Pet, Box 53, Benld, IL 62009.

Cole named to Hope College dean’s list

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HOLLAND, MICH.—Madeline Cole of Elburn was recently named to the Hope College dean’s list in recognition of her outstanding academic record for the spring 2015 semester.

Cole is currently a business management and communications double major, with a minor in Christian leadership. She is the daughter of Scott and Kim Cole of Elburn.

Hope College holds a high regard for academic excellence, and considers appointment to the deans list a significant accomplishment. Hope College undergraduate students are eligible for this honor when they receive a minimum of 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Morgan of Elburn graduates from Columbia College

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CHICAGO—Sarah Morgan of Elburn recently graduated summa cum laude from Columbia College in Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in audio production. She will head to NIU this fall to pursue a doctorate in audiology.

Morgan, a 2011 Kaneland High School graduate, received an associate degree from Waubonsee Community College in 2013. She is the daughter of Robert and Nancy Morgan of Elburn.

Grace Lutheran Church crafting event July 18

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ST. CHARLES—Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake will host a crafting event on Saturday, July 18, at the church, 5N600 Hanson Road, St. Charles.

A full table for one is $20. A full table for two is $10 per crafter. Crafting begins at 8 a.m. and lasts until the last person. A table at the crafting event includes a scrapbooking space of 6 feet by 30 feet, an unlimited supply of soda, coffee and tea, and snacks, make-and-takes and a goodie bag.

Scrapping tools available for use include a Cricut cutting machine with several cartridges; paper trimmers; Creative Memories oval-, circle- and shape-cutting systems; punches (various sizes and shapes); and decorative scissors.

If you would like to scrap with a friend or group, let the church know in advance so it can accommodate your request.

Additional information is available by calling Candice Verner at (630) 485-0995 or emailing vernrs1@juno.com.

The deadline for space reservations is Saturday, July 11. If space is available the day of event, you are welcome to attend.

Lending a hand

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Laura Gampfer Elburn Community Center Swap and Shop 5-16-15-5

Swap Shop positively impacts local families in need
ELBURN—It’s difficult to keep track of the numbers, but Swap Shop coordinator Nicole Dulski believes at least a couple hundred families benefited from the semi-annual event last weekend.

“It was wonderful,” Dulski said of the event.

Families were invited to drop off gently used household items, toys and clothing for the family and more at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center (ECCC) on Friday. The items were made available for Saturday’s Swap Shop event.

“We had a ton of donations,” Dulski said. “It’s just incredible to hear people say things like, ‘This is free?’ and, ‘There’s no catch?’ My reward is seeing their smiles. It’s just so neat to be able to extend God’s love in this way.”

Dulski said a great group of volunteers is always available to set up the Swap Shop and then box up anything that’s left at the end of the event. She also extended her thanks to the ECCC for opening its doors to the event.

“I don’t think we could continue to do this if not for the Community Center,” Dulski said.

She hopes to soon identify an official date for the November 2015 Swap Shop, but said the Community Center Board ultimately determines the weekend the event will take place.

Merchandise left over from last weekend’s sale benefited a church and an Aurora non-profit that gives to people in need.

“The church took some of the merchandise to sell as a fundraiser for a missions trip for young people,” Dulski said. “And all the shoes left are being shipped to Haiti.”

Photos by Laura Gampfer

Elburn church completes hybrid lift installation

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ELBURN—The installation of a new hybrid lift at Community Congregational Church (CCC) of Elburn will enable parishioners and guests with disabilities to once again access the sanctuary—a priority for the church, despite the lift’s $70,000 price tag.

“We are in the process of attempting to practice radical hospitality,” Rev. Bennett McNeal said. “We are in many ways traditional. We are a mainline Protestant church, but what we want to do in the community is practice a radical hospitality, and by that I mean we want to be welcoming to everybody. And this is one way to demonstrate how we’re doing that.”

The church, located at 100 E. Shannon St., has several parishioners who cannot climb the stairs into the church’s sanctuary. Changes to the Illinois building code forced the CCC to stop using its elevator, which had been custom built more than 30 years ago by Chuck Conley and was still functional.

Dave Royer, a church member who worked on plans to obtain a new elevator, determined that installing a new ADA-compliant elevator would cost the CCC about $200,000 more than installing a hybrid lift.

The lift itself functions much like an elevator. Though an elevator has different hydraulics than a hybrid lift, the lift is located in the elevator shaft and has doors that open and close automatically.

“It looks and acts like an elevator, but we can’t call it an elevator,” McNeal said.

The CCC has spent more than two years raising the money for the project and investigating the most cost-effective options, and church members 10 months ago voted to approve the installation of the lift. Two members, Dave Royer and Carl Diesel, spent many hours modifying the old elevator shaft to accommodate the hybrid lift in order to save the church money.

“These two guys, they are very gifted and talented in many ways, and Carl is actually an electrician,” McNeal said. “If we had to pay them for the hours they put in, we wouldn’t have been able to afford it.”

The CCC raised the money for the new hybrid lift, which was dedicated on May 12, as well as a handicapped access door that opens with the push of a button, from several sources. The access door will be installed by June.

Though the church declined to say how much it had earned from the sale of the parking lot on the southeast corner of Shannon and Main streets to Ream’s Meat Market last year, the money was put into the church’s reserve fund.

“The sale of the parking lot really contributed to our ability to do this, and we were able to use some of those capital funds,” McNeal said.

A generous donation from the family of David Compton toward installing a hybrid lift also helped finance the project, church moderator Mary Royer said.

“When (David) was a member of the church, he faithfully ran the elevator every morning, and when he died a couple of years ago, (the Comptons) gave a memorial gift in his honor,” Mary said. “I know they are proud to be a part of it.”

McNeal said the church had applied for a grant to make churches ADA accessible, as well, but did not receive one.

Installing the lift was a big expense for a smaller congregation, but McNeal said that the church was determined to do it because of its philosophy of radical hospitality. He thanked the church council for being willing to spend the money.

“They showed the leadership to do something and take a leap of faith to spend money that some might argue we should keep in reserve for a rainy day,” he said. “Instead, the council showed some real leadership to get this project done. Sharon Lackey and Mary Royer, along with others, have made contributions to make this possible.”

McNeal also thanked the CCC congregation, which voted unanimously to approve spending the money to install the new hybrid lift.

One wheelchair-bound member who had not been able to attend church in a long time has already begun attending services again, Mary said.

“The smile on her face was the biggest I had seen in a long time,” Mary said. “We’re all very proud of it.”

The hybrid lift makes the sanctuary and the third floor accessible not only to parishioners, but to the church’s many guests, McNeal said.

In addition to the guests that attend weddings and funerals held in the church, the CCC also hosts a number of community groups and organizations. It is the charter organization for the Elburn Boy Scouts, and it hosts the local Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts meetings, as well.

“We want to let the community know that we are here; that we are available and accessible to the community,” McNeal said. “When we say every Sunday morning, ‘No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here,’ this is a very tangible way of making that statement.”

Alef named to Maryville University dean’s list

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ST. LOUIS—Theresa Alef of Maple Park was recently named to the Maryville University dean’s list for the spring 2015 semester. Alef is currently working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy.

Maryville undergraduate students are eligible for the dean’s list when they complete at least 12 Maryville University credit hours in a semester with a minimum of a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 (perfect) scale.

Andersons to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

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Wedding PhotoRobert and Nancy (Huntley) Anderson of Elburn will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, May 22. They were married May 22, 1965, at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Aurora.

Robert and Nancy’s children and grandchildren will celebrate with them: Eric of Anchorage, Alaska; Ed, Jennifer, Robert, Emilie and John, all of Elgin; and Tom, Laura, Reed and Marcella, all of Geneva.

St. Gall Church announces Pentecost Prayer Vigil

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ELBURN—St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn will host a Pentecost Prayer Vigil on Friday, May 22, at 8 p.m. at the church, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn. The church will gather to pray for the light of the Holy Spirit to strengthen the Elburn community. There will be music, prayer service, symbolic lighting of candles, and weather permitting, a gathering at the front of the church along Route 47 to share the light and some songs with the community.

For more information, visit www.stgall.com or contact the parish office at (630) 365-6030.

Confirmation Sunday at United Methodist Church

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Confirmation-May-3-Picture Confirmation Sunday took place May 3 at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church. Pastor CheonEui Oh (back, from left), Jacob Hawkins, Austin Dickson, Max Ledone, Ian Stoll, Jay Fox and Sammie McCannon. Mia Rose Ledone (front, from left), Abby Hartzell, Jessica Storck and Deacon Sharon Rice, Minister of Children and Youth. Photo Submitted by Sugar Grove United Methodist Church to info@elburnherald.com

Cheryl Jeannine Douell

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Cheryl Jeannine Douell, 60, died peacefully at home with her family on May 16, 2015.

She was born March 24, 1955, in Aurora, to William and Mary Ann Bonifas, and married Dennis Douell on Oct. 25, 1975.

Cheryl worked for Northern Illinois University for almost 25 years before retiring in June of 2014. She was devoted to her family and enjoyed volunteering her time to her parish, St. Peter’s in Geneva, the LaFox Historical Society and the Phoenix Club.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis Douell; children, Tammy (Brian) Dees and Dustin Douell; grandchildren, Cade and Carter Dees; mother, Mary Ann Bonifas; brothers and sisters, Judy (Randy) Phillips, Craig Bonifas, Linda (Fred May) Bonifas, Denise (Jim) Stumpenhorst, Mary (Bill) Honiotes and Tim Bonifas; father-in-law, Hubert Douell; brother-in-law, Mike (Paula) Douell; sister-in-law, Karen Douell; and 19 nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her father, William Bonifas; brother, Paul Bonifas; mother-in-law, Marjorie Douell; and brother-in-law, Ike Douell.

A funeral Mass was held Wednesday at St. Peter Catholic Church, Geneva. Burial followed at River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia. Visitation was held on Wednesday at Yurs Funeral Home, Geneva.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

To leave an online condolence or remembrance to the family, visit the funeral homes’ obituary page at www.yursfuneralhomes.com. For more information, call Yurs Funeral Home of Geneva at (630) 232-7337.

Andrea Boschini

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Andrea Boschini, 43, of St. Charles, passed away suddenly at home early Monday morning, May 18, 2015. She went home to the loving embrace of her heavenly Father.

Andrea was born on Sept. 20, 1971, to proud parents William and Mary Alice Boschini.

Andrea is survived by her parents, William and Mary Alice Boschini; her brother, William Boschini Jr.; sisters, Anna Boschini and Lisa (Jeff) Ackland; one niece, Kylee Ackland; two nephews, Andrew Boschini and Noah Ackland; many aunts, uncles and dear cousins; and her favorite four-legged feline, Milo.

Andrea is preceded in death by her grandparents.

A visitation will take place Saturday, May 23, from 9 to 11 a.m., with a funeral Mass to celebrate Andrea’s life at 11 a.m., at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5N939 Meredith Road, Virgil. Burial will follow at SS Peter and Paul Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Andrea’s name to benefit Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Virgil, for the stained glass window fund. Checks may be made to “SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also forwarded to the same address or at www.conleycare.com.

‘From Mess to Message’ program May 21

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SYCAMORE—DeKalb Christian Women’s Connection will present the program “From Mess to Message” on Thursday, May 21, at noon at Blumen Gardens, 325 Edwards St., Sycamore.

The program will also include the special feature “Breathe Easier with Air Filtration System” by Kelly Davis, an inspirational speaker, author and business owner.

The cost of the event is $10. A meal is included. Reservations must be made by Monday, May 18. To reserve a spot, call Diane Marolt at (815) 895-3393 or email glendasmith318@yahoo.com.

Dinah S. Ball

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Dinah S. Ball, 83, of Chillicothe, Ill., formerly of Elburn, passed away peacefully at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2015, at UnityPoint Proctor Hospital in Peoria, Ill. Her daughter Valerie, son Randy and daughter-in-law Lori were by her side.

She was born on Jan. 28, 1932, in Chicago, the daughter of Eric and Stephanie (nee Waltl) Bergquist. She married Richard C. Larson, and later married Donald F. Hanson. After Don’s passing, Dinah later married Donald Ball.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Ball of Chillicothe; children from her first marriage, Valerie Hicks of Cambridge, Wis., Randy (Lori) Larson of Seminole, Fla., and Rodney Larson of Geneva; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one sister, Thelma Sigrist of Burbank, Ill.

She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Richard C. Larson Jr.; three brothers, Eric, Robert and Oscar; and sister, Ramona Virzint.

Dinah was the former owner of Hanson’s Back 80 restaurant in Elburn.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A time to celebrate her life will take place at a later date. Affordable Funeral & Cremation Services of Central Illinois, Peoria, will assist with arrangements. Notes of condolences may be sent via www.peoriafuneral.com.

Kahl, Griffis to wed

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Allen and Mary Kahl of Maple Park announce the engagement of their daughter, Breanne, to Marc Griffis, son of Rod and Julie Griffis of Sycamore.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Kaneland High School, Aurora University (B.A.) and Nova Southeastern University (M.A.). She is currently employed as a science teacher at Kaneland High School.

The future groom is a graduate of Sycamore High School and Northern Illinois University (B.S.). He is currently employed as a supervisor at Marine Biochemists in Elburn.

The wedding will take place in June 2015 in Monroe Center, Ill.

Helen Louise McConnaughay

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Helen Louise McConnaughay, 94, of St. Charles, formerly of Batavia, followed the hand of her Savior in spirit, as she had all her life in person, on Thursday, May 7, 2015. The world is a poorer place without her, but the heavens are richer as another angel has found their way home.

She was born Aug. 25, 1920, in Bluford, Ill., the daughter of John and Florence (Helberg) McConnaughay.

Helen attended a one-room country school house through her first eight years until 1934, when the family moved to St. Charles, where she went on to graduate from St. Charles High School with the Class of 1938.

Following graduation, Helen was employed at Mooseheart for a time as a secretary for the Supreme Lodge. In 1963, she began working as a secretary and bookkeeper for Averil Electric in Geneva. Like many jobs, her work there entailed much more than the standard job description explained.

Helen was the quintessential Mother Hen, occasional babysitter and guardian angel to a sometimes wild and independent band of electricians. When the store closed in 1988, Helen “retired” to other employment and began working in the office at the Riverain Point in Batavia. She also served as a volunteer with Fox Valley Hospice for several years.

Her lifelong ministry, however, was being “Aunt Helen” to several generations of nieces, nephews, their spouses, their friends and anyone else lucky enough to meet her, even only if it was once. Her door was always open, as was her heart, and many are those who entered there and came away comforted, fed and strengthened.

She was a member of the Global Mission Church of St. Charles.

She is survived by her two siblings, Lucille “Cindy” Cornell and Norvin McConnaughay; sister-in-law, Marilyn McConnaughay; and a host of nieces, nephews, their families and many friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Florence McConnaughay; one sister, Marie (Bob) Chase; four brothers, Harold (Wilma) McConnaughay, Lloyd (Gladys) McConnaughay, Stanley (Betty) McConnaughay and David McConnaughay; one additional sister-in-law, Ernie Lee McConnaughay; and brother-in-law, Jerry Cornell.

Visitation was held May 12 at Conley Funeral Home, and followed by a funeral service to celebrate her life and faith. Interment followed on Wednesday at Union Cemetery, St. Charles.

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

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