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Shaw named to Drake University dean’s list

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DES MOINES, IOWA—Kelly Shaw of Elburn, was been named to the dean’s list at Drake University. Shaw achieved this academic honor by earning a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher during the fall 2011 semester.

Borg, Smith to wed

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Michael Smith and Brenda Hemken of Sugar Grove announce the engagement of their daughter, Melanie Smith, to Nic Borg, son of Terry and Betty Borg of Maple Park.

The bride-to-be is a 2005 Kaneland High School graduate, and is currently enrolled at Oregon State University.

The future groom is a 2004 Kaneland High School graduate and earned a B.S. in computer science from Northern Illinois University in 2008. He is the co-founder and CEO of Edmodo.

The wedding ceremony will be held May 26, 2013, at Starved Rock Lodge in Utica, Ill.

Thorgesen, Brais to wed

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Joe and LeAne Thorgesen of Elburn announce the engagment of their son, Michael Thorgesen, to Lindsay Brais, daughter of Scott and Erin Brais.

The bride-to-be is a 2005 Lincoln Way Central graduate and a 2009 Illinois State University graduate. She is currently employed as a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit of Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, Ill.

The future groom is a 2005 Kaneland High School graduate and a 2009 Illinois State University graduate. He is currently employed as a teacher in the Kaneland School District.

The wedding will take place July 20, 2012, at St. Jude Church in New Lenox, Ill.

Souders, Anderson to wed

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Roger and Blanca Souders of Kaneville announce the engagement of their son, Chad, to Haleigh Anderson, daughter of Danny and Martha Anderson of Rock Falls, Ill.

The groom is a 1999 graduate of Aurora Christian High School and a 2006 graduate of Hamlin University School of Law. He is currently employed as an associate attorney at Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Rock Falls High School and Sauk Valley Community College. She is currently employed as a dental assistant at Naperville Dental Group.

The wedding ceremony will be held June 2, 2012, at First Church of the Nazarene in Sterling, Ill.

The couple will honeymoon in Hawaii.

Bruce earns deans’ list honors at Maryville University

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ST. LOUIS, Mo.—Jessica Bruce of Elburn was named to the Maryville University dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester. Bruce is a student in Maryville’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Gaston named to Berklee College of Music dean’s list

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BOSTON—Alec Gaston of Sugar Grove was named to the Berklee College of Music dean’s list for the 2011 fall semester.

To be eligible for this honor, a full-time student must achieve a grade point average of 3.4 or above; a part-time student must achieve a grade point average of 3.6 or above.

Hosanna! Lenten Worship Services

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SAINT CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will be have Lent Worship Services beginning on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22. Services on that day will be at noon and 6:30 p.m., and will include Holy Communion and the imposition of ashes on the forehead. During the rest of the Lenten season, special mid- week services will be held every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. through April 4. All in the community are invited to join us on these Wednesdays, and for regular weekend worship. For more information, call the church office at (630) 584-6434, e-mail at or visit

Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

St. Gall announces Ash Wednesday schedule

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ELBURN—In the Catholic Church, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, which is the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. Ashes will be distributed during religious education classes on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 4:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 4:30 and 6 p.m. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children.

On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, Mass will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Ashes will be distributed. There will also be a prayer service at 12:10 p.m. with ashes distributed. All are invited.

Lucille A. Johnson

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Lucille A. Johnson, 96, of Maple Park and Cortland, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love and prayers of her family at the Champaign County Nursing Home on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012.

She was born Feb. 16, 1915, in Kaneville, the daughter of Foster Raymond and Laura Rebecca (Miller) Kahl.

Lucille grew up in the Kaneville area and graduated from Kaneville High School in 1933. Following graduation, she found work as a housekeeper for a time, but also spent time behind the counter at the hardware store in Maple Park.

She married her high school sweetheart, Merle Johnson, on Feb. 12, 1938. They lived for 40 years on the family farm near Maple Park, and following their retirement they purchased a home near Cortland, where they could still see the silos of their farm. After Merle’s passing in 1986, Lucille continued to make her home in Cortland until declining health brought her into the care of Champaign County Nursing Home in 2008.

Lucille was a past member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park and Ladies Aid for many years.

Lucille was a quiet and humble lady who never put herself first. She was much loved and cherished by her family.

She and Merle shared the workload of the family farm, side by side. She was a child of the depression and worked hard all her life. When needed, she was in the fields on the tractor in addition to many other tasks, such as chicken feeding, egg gathering, cattle “doctoring” with Merle, gardening, canning, and being a wonderful wife and mother. Many times she would work tirelessly only to return to the kitchen and prepare wonderful meals sure to satisfy any appetite. Her moist chocolate cake and “one of a kind” fudge are the stuff of culinary legend.

She was an avid garage sale and flea market shopper, with a keen eye for the unusual and unique, including her fascination with children’s toys. After retirement, she and Merle spent many happy days going to garage sales together and tending their garden.

At age 60, Lucille took up oil painting. She now leaves behind many beautiful paintings that are cherished by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved bright colors and flowers. She was an intelligent and artistic lady who often surprised those around her with her witty remarks at unexpected times. On the farm, she planted a wonderful display of Zinnia’s—her favorite—as well as a favorite of the many butterflies they attracted. She was adored by the many stray cats who ate well, being recipients of her kind-heartedness.

She is survived by two daughters, Nancy (Richard) Spears of Union, Ill. and Judy (Al) Lutton of Champaign, Ill.; three grandchildren, John (Kindra) Spears and their four children, Naomi, Jared, Nicole, and Jadon—all of Johnsburg, Ill., Brian (Karen) Spears and their daughters, Kira and Christina—all of Algonquin, Ill., and Kathy (Shawn) Artis of Glendale Heights, Ill.; one brother, Glenn Kahl of Maple Park; and many nieces, nephews and friends, who will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Merle; one daughter, Mary, in infancy; and two sisters, Dorothy McAdams and Alice Schroyer.

Visitation was from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate her life followed at 11 a.m. Rev. Lisa Kruse-Stafford, pastor of the Cornerstone United Methodist Church, Plato Center, officiated, and interment followed at Kaneville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a memorial that has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Lucille Johnson 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, where you can find her full life story.

Nathaniel Davidson of Elburn named to Ripon College dean’s list

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RIPON, Wis.—Nathaniel Davidson, a sophomore history major, has been named to the dean’s list at Ripon College for the fall 2011 semester, which recognizes academic excellence.

Davidson is the child of Dr. and Mrs. Robert B. Davidson of Elburn.

To qualify for the dean’s list at Ripon College, students must achieve a 3.40 grade point average or higher on a 4.00 scale and complete at least 12 credits of regular letter-graded work.

Staehely named to Creighton U. dean’s list

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OMAHA—Alex Staehely of Sugar Grove, a junior College of Business student at Creighton University, was named to the fall dean’s list for the 2011-12 academic year.

Full-time students who earn a 3.5 grade-point average or better on a 4.0 scale are eligible for the dean’s list

Elburn residents named to Millikin University dean’s list

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Decatur, Ill.—Elburn residents Brock Feece, Bradley Staker and Bethany Schwartz were named to the dean’s list at Millikin University for fall 2011.

Smith named to UW-Madison dean’s list

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MADISON, WIS.—Nikki Smith, a student in the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester of the 2011-12 academic year.

Elburn residents named to dean’s list

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PEORIA, Ill.—Elburn residents Andrew Raver, Daniel Taylor, Haley Euting and Vincent Micek have received recognition on the dean’s list for the fall semester at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

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

Broecker named to honors list at Missouri S&T

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ROLLA, Mo.—Daniel Broecker of Elburn, a senior in metallurgical engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo., has been named to the honor list for the 2011 fall semester.

Honor list recipients must have carried a minimum of 12 hours and had grade point averages of 3.2 or above out of a possible 4.0

Kintz named to University of Iowa dean’s list

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IOWA CITY, Iowa—John Kintz of Sugar Grove was named to the University of Iowa College of Engineering dean’s list for the 2011 fall semester.

Church news for Feb. 9

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Spaghetti supper
at SG Community House

SUGAR GROVE—A benefit spaghetti supper will be held at the Sugar Grove Community House on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The meal will include spaghetti and Matt McCannon’s special spaghetti sauce, lettuce salad with all the fixings, garlic bread, desserts and beverages.
The free-will offering will support the 2012 Sugar Grove United Methodist Missions Team for their upcoming trip to Grace Children’s Hospital in Haiti.

Sugar Grove UMC’s
Tooth Fairy Mission

SUGAR GROVE—During the month of February, the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church’s Mission of the Month is its annual Tooth Fairy Mission, in which monetary donations, toothbrushes and toothpaste are collected for the Between Friends Food Pantry in Sugar Grove and the guests at Hesed House, a local homeless shelter in Aurora.
Dr. Donald Fee, who has been practicing dentistry at Family Dental Care in Sugar Grove since 1993, will match monetary contributions up to $500. Dr. Fee will use this monetary donations to purchase toothbrushes and travel-size toothpastes at cost, greatly extending the value of contributions.
If anyone would like to support the Tooth Fairy Mission, checks payable to SGUMC with “Tooth Fairy” in the memo can be mailed or dropped off to the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church at 176 Main St., P.O. Box 226, Sugar Grove, IL 60554. There is also a Tooth Fairy bucket in the church fellowship room for dental care items. For more information, call the church office at (630) 466-4501.

Community Congregational offers series on
Christianity and Islam
Elburn—Community Congregational Church pastor Michelle Prentice-Leslie will conduct an adult education class on Christianity and Islam on the Sundays in February, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
The public is invited to this series held at the church, located at 100 E. Shannon St., Elburn.
“All Christians need to better understand our 21st century world, and learning about Islam is a good place to start,” said Prentice-Leslie.
For information, call (630) 365-6544.

Immanuel Lutheran Church concert series
BATAVIA—The fifth program in the Second Sunday Concert Series will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. The series is sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Church, and the program will be in the church’s Family Life Center, 950 Hart Road.
“Praise, Praise II” is the theme of the program. It will be given by the musicians and choirs of the contemporary praise teams from Immanuel and Word of Life Lutheran Church, Naperville. The contemporary music is a chance for participants to raise hands and voices with the team leaders from both congregations.
All Second Sunday concerts are free; those attending may give an offering.
The final concert of the season will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. It will feature Quartet West, a string quartet; the second-year orchestra of Immanuel Lutheran School and the Fox Valley Children’s Chorus.

Taize Worship
at St. Charles Episcopal

ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25), St. Charles, invites the community to experience Taize Worship on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m.
Worship in the style of Taize, a monastic community in central France, is a service of light and shadows, chant and silence, readings and quiet prayer. Information on Sunday and mid-week worship services, the outdoor labyrinth, youth and adult education classes and outreach opportunities is available from or (630) 584-2596.

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