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Sugar Grove’s Quinn, Weigelmann, White Illinois State Scholars

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AURORA—Three Sugar Grove seniors at Marmion Academy were named Illinois State Scholars: Stuart Quinn, Reid Weigelmann and Bradley White.

Rankings are based on a combination of ACT and/or SAT test score results and class rank in the top 10 percent of the state’s graduating seniors at the end of the junior year of high school—unless the students achieved a score at or above the 95th percentile for Illinois students on one of the standardized tests.

Sugar Grove’s Zauner receives gold medal in preschool teaching

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SUGAR GROVE—Samantha Zauner of Sugar Grove was awarded the Gold Medal in the Preschool Teaching competition (post-secondary/college level) at the 2011 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., during a competition earlier this year.

Zauner has been a member of SkillsUSA since her senior year in high school and has placed first in the state in 2008, 2010 and 2011.The 2008 Kaneland High School graduate is currently a student at Illinois State University, where she is pursuing a double major in special education.

While in high school, she received her education in Early Childhood from the district’s Fox Valley Career Center’s Early Childhood Program, where she realized her calling as a teacher and specifically to help those with special needs.

In order to qualify for the national competition, students competed in local and state contests. The state gold medal winners advanced to the national SkillsUSA Championships.

Elburn’s Maras, Butts featured in Christmas at Augustana

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ROCK ISLAND, Ill.—Senior Kailey Maras and sophomore Emily Butts, both from Elburn, were featured in the fourth annual Christmas at Augustana College’s holiday concert during the first weekend in December.

More than 300 students in the college’s choirs, brass ensemble and orchestra performed to share music with audience members in what was a warm and memorable holiday experience for all.

Maras is majoring in music education vocal and Butts is majoring in elementary education.

Local resident serves as student senator at Benedictine University

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LISLE, Ill.—Kevin Webster, a political science major from Elburn, is a member of the Student Senate at Benedictine University.

Serving as a liaison between the student body and the administration, the Student Senate is a powerful influence on campus. It seeks to enhance the school’s cultural and social environment, promotes academic honesty, and pushes for improving technology in the classroom and throughout campus.

Navy Seaman Justus completes basic training

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North Chicago, Ill.—Navy Seaman Benjamin Justus, son of Julie A. and Jody A. Justus of Sugar Grove, completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes Naval Base, in North Chicago, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Justus completed a variety of training that included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations”. This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet.

Justus is a 2010 graduate of Kaneland High School of Maple Park, Ill.

St. Peter Church Christmas, New Year Mass Schedule

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GENEVA—St. Peter Church in Geneva will host Christmas Eve Mass on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 4 (in church and gym), 6:30 and 10 p.m.; Christmas Day Mass on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 7, 9 and 11 a.m.; New Year’s Eve Mass on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 4:30 p.m.; and New Year’s Day Mass on Sunday, Jan. 1, at 7, 9 and 11 a.m.

There will be no 5 p.m. Mass on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Christmas worship at St. Charles Episcopal Church

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ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25) in St. Charles, invites the community to its Christmas worship on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24. Three services will be held that day: a Creche Service with Holy Eucharist at 4:30 p.m., which is especially appropriate for families with young children. A Holy Eucharist at 7:30 p.m.; and a hymn sing lead by the adult choir at 10 p.m., followed by a Eucharist service at 10:30 p.m. Christmas Day Holy Eucharist will be held at 10 a.m. St. Charles Episcopal Church is handicapped accessible.

For more information, call (630) 584-2596 or visit www.stcharlesepiscopal.org.

Additional Christmas Eve Masses at St. Gall

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ELBURN—To accommodate the large number of families attending Mass on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, St. Gall Church will provide two 4 p.m. Masses that day; one in the church and one in the parish hall.

Fr. Karl Ganss will preside at the church Mass, and Fr. William Etheredge, a priest from Aurora Central Catholic High School, will officiate in the hall. Children from the parish will present a Christmas pageant at each Mass.

Other Christmas Eve Vigil Masses include a 6 p.m. Mass with carols and a 10 p.m. Mass with music provided by the traditional choir. The 10 p.m. Mass will be preceded by Christmas carols, beginning at 9:30 p.m. Masses for Christmas Day are at 8 , 9:30 and 11 a.m.

To mark the celebration of the Feast of the Solemnity of Mary on Jan. 1, St. Gall will provide three Masses to usher in the New Year. The New Year’s Eve Mass on Saturday, Dec. 31, will be at 4:30 p.m. Masses for New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, are at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Jan. 1 is the Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, also known as World Peace Day, and is a holy day of obligation. Active Catholics make it a point to attend Mass on this feast day.

For more information, call (630) 365-6030.

Hosanna! Lutheran Christmas services

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ST. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will host Christmas Eve worship services on Saturday, Dec. 24. A children’s service (great for families with small children) will be held at 3 p.m.; a contemporary service will be held at 5 p.m.; and traditional services will be held at 9 and 11 p.m. There will be a Christmas Day service on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 11 a.m.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at all five services, while handheld candles will be part of Christmas Eve worship at 5, 9 and 11 p.m. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend.

For more information contact the church office at (630) 584-6434, visit www.HosannaChurch.com or e-mail Welcome@HosannaChurch.com.

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

Keith Downen

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Keith E. Downen, 39, of Princeville, Ill., died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, at his residence.

Keith was born June 23, 1972, in Rockford, Ill., the son of Stephen W. and Katie L. Holtz Downen.

He married Mary J. Neville on Sept. 6, 1997, in St. Charles, who survives him. Also surviving are his parents in Kaneville; a son, Dean of Princeville; two daughters, Faith Sampson of Princeville and Keli Bell of Millbrook, Ill.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Dean in 1986, and his grandparents.
Keith worked as a locomotive engineer for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad for the past seven years.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 17, at Princeville United Methodist Church. Cremation followed the services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Downen Memorial established at The Better Banks, Dunlap. Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home, Princeville, is in charge of arrangements. Private condolences may be made to the family via www.hammitthott.com.

Church news for Dec. 15

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Christmas Eve and
Christmas Day services
at Grace UMC

MAPLE PARK—Grace United Methodist Church, 506 Willow St. in Maple Park, will have a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 9:30 p.m. Christmas Sunday morning services will be held at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend.
For more information, contact Nancy Olsen at (815) 827-3359.

Hosanna! Lutheran Church
celebrates Advent

ST. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will celebrate the season of Advent with a special message series—“Countdown to Christmas Through the eyes of Others,” every Wednesday evening through Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
The series focuses on “The Shepherds” on Dec. 14, and “The Stable Keeper” on Dec. 21. Holy Communion will be celebrated at all services.
Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact the church office at (630) 584-6434, e-mail Welcome@ HosannaChurch.com or online at HosannaChurch.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road).

Hosanna! Lutheran Christmas services
ST. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will host Christmas Eve worship services on Saturday, Dec. 24. A children’s service (great for families with small children) will be held at 3 p.m.; a contemporary service will be held at 5 p.m.; and traditional services will be held at 9 and 11 p.m. There will be a Christmas Day service on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 11 a.m.
Holy Communion will be celebrated at all five services, while handheld candles will be part of Christmas Eve worship at 5, 9 and 11 p.m. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend.
For more information contact the church office at (630) 584-6434, visit www.HosannaChurch.com or e-mail Welcome@HosannaChurch.com.
Hosanna! Lutheran Church is located at
36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Christmas Cookie Sale
MAPLE PARK—St. Mary’s of Maple Park annual Christmas Cookie Sale will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Novak Center on County Line Road in Maple Park.
Homemade cookies will be sold for $6 per pound. Choose your own cookie. Advance orders for assorted cookies may be placed until Dec. 14. For more information or advance orders, call Anne at (815) 827-3302.

Jean Adair Nelson

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Jean Adair Nelson, 73, of Oswego, formerly of Sugar Grove, passed away Wednesday evening, Dec. 7, 2011, at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora.

Jean was born Aug. 18, 1938, in Aurora, the daughter of Ernest and Eleanor (Adair) Beutien.
She grew up in Aurora and attended local schools. She graduated from West Aurora High School in 1956, where she excelled in gymnastics as well as music, playing the violin and piano. Following graduation, Jean attended Wesley Nursing School, now a part of Northwestern University, where she was a “straight-A” student. After getting her RN, she crossed paths with Richard H. Nelson.

She and Rich couldn’t wait to get married and escaped the trappings of a traditional wedding when they were united in marriage on June 9, 1957, in Crown Point, Ind. Shortly afterward, Richard was drafted into the United States Army. Rich and Jean welcomed a son, Martin, the following year before making the family complete with the arrival of their second son, Mark, in 1962.

The family moved several times over the years, making their homes and their living on several farms in Sugar Grove and Kaneville. Jean would continue to make her home in Sugar Grove following Rich’s passing in 1994 before moving to Oswego six years later in 2000.

Jean worked briefly for a surgeon in Boston, where Rich was stationed for a time. Later, she worked for Fred Quick Auctions as a bookkeeper, but retired from what is now Mooney and Thomas, after 35 years.

Jean and Rich were both members of the Aurora Loyal Order of the Moose. Later she became an active member of several “senior groups” including those in Yorkville and Oswego.

Jean was “always on the go.” She was always looking for fun and adventure with family and friends, but her zest for life never left her much time to spend at home. Jean preferred to travel, often visiting friends and family no matter where they called home. In her younger years, she and Richard took family trips, including the family dog, instilling in the children a love for travel.

Later, after she retired, she often took scooter trips with her life-long friends. She also travelled with the many senior groups to which she belonged. Whether it was by bus, plane, train or boat, she was made memories with every mile. Jean and her “bingo friends” also travelled to games throughout the United States, sometimes playing 12 hours straight.

She wasn’t a stranger to the local casinos or Las Vegas, either, preferring penny slots over the other games, but she always made time for the theater. Whether it was local community theater or professional, the stage called to her like nothing else could. Next to family, there was nothing more important to Jean than the beloved dogs that made a home in her heart.

She is survived by two sons, Marty Nelson of Oswego, Ill. and Mark Nelson of Cortland; one brother, C.J. Beutien of South Bend, Ind.; several nieces, nephews and a community of friends that will miss her dearly.

She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, maternal grandparents, and one sister, Paula Pearson.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m., with a funeral service to celebrate her life at noon, on Saturday, Dec. 17, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. in Elburn. Rev. Steve Good, pastor of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, will officiate and interment will follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Jean Nelson 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.

Singing Greetings

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Local residents were among Aurora University student singers presenting annual Christmas concerts at 3 and 7:30 p.m. in Crimi Auditorium on Dec. 4. University Chorale members Brooke Gramm, Plainfield (from left); Felicia Camacho, Plainfield; and Sarah Ward, Sugar Grove. The University Chamber Choir, University Chorale, AU Flute Ensemble and a new men’s quartet were showcased under the direction of Lisa Fredenburgh. Artist-in-residence David Schrader was featured on the university organ and harpsichord. Courtesy Photo

Church news for Dec. 8

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St. Gall announces Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mass Schedule
ELBURN—St. Gall Church in Elburn announces its Mass schedule for the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Dec. 8. This is a Holy Day of Obligation to attend Mass. The Mass schedule is 8:30 a.m., 12:10 and 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend the celebration. St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St.

‘The Best Christmas
Pageant Ever’

BATAVIA—The Albright Theatre announced the return of the holiday extravaganza “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson. This heart-warming holiday tale is an Albright Theatre favorite.
The cast includes Linda Miller, Morgan Miller and Abigail Stein of Elburn, and Evie Beck of Sugar Grove.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will run weekends, Dec. 9-18. Performance times are Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. The show is rated G. Albright Theatre Company is located at 100 N. Island Ave. (third floor of the Batavia Government Center) in Batavia.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students/seniors. Bring in a non-perishable food donation and receive $1 off your admission (discounts limited to one per ticket purchased. $1 discount applies per ticket, not per food item donated). Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling (630) 406-8838.
For more information, visit the Albright Theatre website at www.albrighttheatre.com.

Annual cookie walk,
bake sale

HINCKLEY—St. Paul’s United Church of Christ (UCC) located on the corner of View and McKinley streets in Hinckley, will host its annual cookie walk and bake sale on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Homemade cookies and candy are $6 per pound. Along with the cookies, there will be a bazaar and mini-craft show including but not limited to beautiful silk arrangements, wreaths, bows, jewelry, handmade cards, crocheted items, Mary Kay cosmetics, candles, etc.
St. Paul’s is handicapped accessible and has lots of parking.
For more information, call Donna at (815) 286-7228 or the Church at (815) 286-3391.

Chanukah Bazaar
at Congregation
Kneseth Israel

ELGIN—Browse a wide selection of menorahs, candles, dreidles (holiday tops) and many other holiday items at the Chanukah Bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 11, and Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Traditional chocolate gelt (coins) are also in stock. In addition to holiday items, the CKI gift shop contains a wide variety of Judaica and Jewish themed gifts.
The bazaar is hosted by the Sisterhood of Congregation Kneseth Israel. Contact Tina Wolf at (630) 377-1287 or Sue Johnson, co-chair of the event, at (847)-695-7160.

St. Mary’s of Maple Park Christmas Cookie Sale
MAPLE PARK—St. Mary’s of Maple Park annual Christmas Cookie Sale will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Novak Center on County Line Road in Maple Park.
Homemade cookies will be sold for $6 per pound. Choose your own cookie. Advance orders for assorted cookies may be placed until Dec. 14. For more information or advance orders, call Anne at (815) 827-3302.

Batavia United Methodist
Church to hold
Christmas Cookie Walk

BATAVIA—Want to enjoy a variety of holiday cookies this season but have no time to bake? Don’t miss the annual Batavia United Methodist Church (BUMC) Cookie Walk.
This year’s Cookie Walk will be organized and staffed by the church’s youth. All proceeds will benefit a mission trip the youth and their adult leaders have planned to the needy Appalachia region next summer.
The Cookie Walk will be held at the church located at 8 N. Batavia Ave., near corner of Route 31 and Wilson Street in downtown Batavia on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon and on Sunday, Dec. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Enter the Cookie Walk area in the rear of the church, off Water Street. The cost is $6 per pound; there will be dozens of holiday cookie favorites to choose from.
For more information, call the church at (630) 879-7060.

Fox Valley Jewish
Neighbor’s annual
Chanukah party, potluck

GENEVA—Grab your menorahs, bundle up the kids and come to the annual FVJN Chanukah Party on Sunday, Dec. 18, 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the Persinger Rec Center in Geneva. This event will feature friends, food, activities for kids, music and more.
A dairy/vegetarian potluck meal is part of our annual FVJN Chanukah Party. Bring a dish to share from the following list:
• Latkes
• Salads (green, tuna salad, tomato salad)
• Matzo ball soup (but remember bowls/spoons)
• Bagels (cut into quarters since little kids often eat less than one-half))/cream cheese
• Hummus and veggies
• Cheese/crackers
• Desserts
E-mail Erin at erind2323@aol.com with what food you will bring. Be sure to put “FVJN Chanukah Party” as the subject of your e-mail response.
FVJN will provide sour cream and applesauce, as well as beverages and paper products.

Two Guys
and Free Spaghetti

ST.CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner with salad, garlic bread and homemade dessert to anyone who attends the monthly event held on Sunday, Dec. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25) in St. Charles.
For information, call Joe at (630) 890-6586.

Robert H. ‘Bob’ Locke

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Robert H. “Bob” Locke, 80, of Aurora, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. He was born Dec. 31, 1930, in Appleton, Wis., the son of the late Floyd and Mable (Wickesberg) Locke.

Bob grew up and went to Appleton Senior High School and was a graduate of Gale Institute and Midwestern Broadcasting School in Chicago. In 1952, he joined the United States Army and was in the Signal Corps during the Korean War.

He started broadcasting news and sports in Escanaba, Mich. He then moved back to Aurora and worked for WMRO and WKKD, broadcasting high school sports. Bob was inducted into the Illinois Hall of Fame, News Media in 1995. He was also inducted into the East Aurora Sports Hall of Fame. With his love of sports, Bob held a passion for broadcasting high school sports and fast-pitch softball. He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers and had a genuine love for all sports.

Bob was elected Commissioner of Public Health and Safety for the city of Aurora and served from 1973-1977. He worked for many years at Home Savings and Loan in downtown Aurora until his retirement. Bob also served as president and trustee for 20 years at Fox Metro Water Reclamation District.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Elsie Kissel of Aurora. They had five children, Joseph (Hallie) Locke of Rockford, James (Jill) Locke of Elburn, Lori Werner of Oswego, Lisa (Scott)Felker of Sandwich and the late Judith Ann Locke, in infancy. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, Steven Locke, Adam (Jessica) Locke, Jimmy Locke, Ben Locke, Robbie Locke, Kyle Werner, Hannah Werner, Troy and Peter Medlin and Caleb and Jacob Felker, as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 1233 Douglas Road, Montgomery, with Pastor Scott Guhl officiating. Interment will be at Lincoln Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. Bob will lie in state from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday at the church.

Memorial donations may be directed to St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 1233 Douglas Road, Montgomery, IL 60538, or to the Aurora Noon Lion’s Club.

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

Richard ‘Dick’ Wise

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Richard “Dick” Wise, 79, of Geneva, entered into eternal life on Dec. 3, 2011, surrounded by the love and prayers of his wife and children.

Dick was born on June 27, 1932, the son of Roy and Georgia V. (Mooney) Wise in Galatin, Mo. His family moved to Elburn in 1941. Over the ensuing years, Dick would meet the love of his life, Ellen. They were married on Oct. 24, 1964, and together lovingly raised their children: Mary, Susan and Michael. After 24 years at General Mille, Dick retired only to return to his initial profession as a barber until declining health forced him to lay down the tools of his trade.

He is survived by his loving wife Ellen; four children, Mary (Michael) Frandsen, Susie Wise and her husband Michael Donahoe and Michael (Heather) Wise; eight grandchildren, Sara, Cory and Kyle Frandsen, Jessica Holander, Billy Creutz, Megan,Thomas and Andrew Wise; two brothers, Max (Jean) Wise of Apple Canyon, Ill., and Bud (Marilyn) Wise of Elburn; two sisters, Kay Hartgrave of Eugene, Ore., and Judy Gould of Batavia; several nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dean and Cricket Wise.

Private family services have already been held.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities including CNS Home, Health and Hospice. Checks may be made to the “Richard “Dick” Wise 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.

Church news for Dec. 1

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St. Gall hosts Nativity sets
during Christmas Stroll

ELBURN—The parishioners of St. Gall Catholic Church will display various nativity sets in the parish hall during the Elburn Christmas Stroll Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.
St. Gall is located at the corner of Shannon Street and Route 47. The public is invited.

Bethany Lutheran offers Swedish Christmas,
St. Lucia Festival

Batavia—The Swedish American Children’s Choir presents the 13th annual Swedish Christmas and St. Lucia Festival on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m.
The festival will take place at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia, and feature music by the choir as well as Ernie Sandquist, Swedish accordionist, Shirley Fox, pianist and Marguerite Karl, soprano. This year’s St. Lucia, Queen of Light, is Alexa Johnson-Roach of St. Charles.
Following the concert, a Swedish Christmas sweet table will be served, and Jul Tomte—Swedish Santa—will visit with the children. Also available for purchase will be baked goods and Scandinavian gift items and books. The Swedish American Children’s Choir is the largest choir of its kind in the Midwest.
Proceeds from the concert will fund a choir tour to Door County, Wis., in the summer.
Tickets are by reservation only and are $15 for adults and $8 for children 6-12 years old. Reservations can be made by calling (630) 414-9700.

Immanuel Lutheran offers
annual Christmas concert

BATAVIA—Music ranging from George Frederick Handel to the contemporary English composer John Rutter will be performed at the 18th annual Lessons & Carols program at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Two identical concerts will be presented at 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the church, 905 Hart Road.
A Mass choir will sing music of Advent and Christmas, interspersed by nine Biblical readings by choir members. There will also be congregational singing. The children’s and pre-teen choirs, Celebration Singers and Tongues of Fire, will also participate. Admission is free; an offering will be received. The offertory music will be by Immanuel’s Hand Bell Choir, directed by Anna Sedberry.

Lord of Life Church
invites community for
breakfast, crafts, pictures

La fox—Lord of Life Church in La Fox invites the public to visit the church anytime between 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, for breakfast, crafts and pictures with baby Jesus. Gather for music and a story at 10:45 a.m. For information, call (630) 513-5325, ext. 40, e-mail bzielke@lolchurch.net, or visit www.lolchurch.net.

Nativity scenes
on display at Sugar Grove
United Methodist

SUGAR GROVE—Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations and “Come to the Stable.”
The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will host a display of a variety of Nativity scenes during Sugar Grove’s Holiday in the Grove on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. to noon. The display includes a “hands-on” area for children. The church is located at 176 Main St. Admission is free. Call the church at (630) 466-4501 for more information.

Chanukah Bazaar
at Congregation
Kneseth Israel

ELGIN—Browse a wide selection of menorahs, candles, dreidles (holiday tops) and many other holiday items at the Chanukah Bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 4, Sunday, Dec. 11, and Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Traditional chocolate gelt (coins) are also in stock. In addition to holiday items, the CKI gift shop contains a wide variety of Judaica and Jewish themed gifts.
The bazaar is hosted by the Sisterhood of Congregation Kneseth Israel. Contact Tina Wolf, at (630) 377-1287 or Sue Johnson, co-chair of the event, at (847)-695-7160.

Geneva Steeple Walk
offers holiday
music concerts

GENEVA—For the third year, the Geneva Cultural Art Commission will host the Steeple Walk on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., featuring a variety of seasonal music concerts at four Geneva churches, all within a comfortable walking distance.
Two audience groups attend 20-minute concerts played simultaneously at the Methodist and Lutheran churches, and change places. They then move to the last performances in the Unitarian and Christian Science churches opposite each other on Second Street. Guides will lead each group.
The cost of the work is $12, and tickets are on sale at the churches and at the Geneva History Center.

Hosanna! Lutheran Church
celebrates Advent

ST. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will celebrate the season of Advent with a special message series—“Countdown to Christmas Through the eyes of Others,” every Wednesday evening through Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
The series focuses on “Mary and Joseph” on Dec. 7, “The Shepherds” on Dec. 14, and “The Stable Keeper” on Dec. 21. Holy Communion will be celebrated at all services.
Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact the church office at (630) 584-6434, e-mail Welcome@ HosannaChurch.com or online at HosannaChurch.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road).

Annual cookie walk,
bake sale

HINCKLEY—St. Paul’s United Church of Christ (UCC) in Hinckley will host its annual cookie walk and bake sale on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Homemade cookies and candy are $6 per pound. Along with the cookies, there will be a bazaar and mini-craft show including but not limited to beautiful silk arrangements, wreaths, bows, jewelry, handmade cards, crocheted items, Mary Kay cosmetics, candles, etc.
St. Paul’s is handicapped accessible and has lots of parking.
St. Paul’s UCC is located on the corner of View and McKinley streets in Hinckley.
For more information, call Donna at (815) 286-7228 or the Church at (815) 286-3391.

Alberta M. Braffet

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Alberta M. Braffet, 87, of DeKalb, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, Ill. She was born on Sept. 2, 1924, in Little Rock Township, Kendall County, the daughter of Wayne and Catherine (Vilmin) Griswold.

Alberta was united in marriage on July 30, 1947, to Mr. James “Pat” Braffet, and they spent many happy years together until his passing. Mrs. Braffet was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb. She was a longtime member of the Sugar Squares, Square Dancing Club. Alberta was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt who will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her sons, Gary (Vicky) Braffet of DeKalb, Craig (Patti) Braffet of Hinckley, Jim (Sue) Braffet of Sandwich, Ill., and Curtis (Peggy) Braffet of Carlock, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; her brother, Lorraine (Marion) Griswold of Yorkville, Ill.; her sisters, Leona Meade of Phoenix, Ariz., Marcella Johnson of Sandwich, Ill., and Marian Hester of Yorkville, Ill.; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Catherine Griswold; her husband, James “Pat” Braffet; and her brother, Gerald Griswold.

A memorial funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 North Maple St. in Hinckley. Interment will be private.

Friends may visit from 3 until 7p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Funeral Home in Hinckley.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory, www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com or (815) 286-3247.

Orva Irene Jump

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Orva Irene Jump, 76, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, Ill.

She was born on Aug. 13, 1935, the daughter of George T. and Irene H. (Austin) Ramer in Elgin, Ill.

Orva grew up in Elburn and attended local schools. She graduated from Elburn High School with the class of 1954 and soon found work at National Brush Company. It was there that a certain soldier caught her eye, and with a little persistence, her heart. Before long their two lives became one as Orva was united in marriage to Nickolas Jump on June 29, 1957, at Marion Avenue Baptist Church in Aurora.

They began their new life together on Lincoln Avenue in Aurora for a time before settling on Spruce Street in 1962. There they made a million memories together before Nick’s passing in 2008. Although it was never the same, Orva continued to make her home on Spruce Street, content to spend as much time as she could with friends and family.

In addition to National Brush, Orva worked at the Campana Building in Batavia as a line worker, packing boxes with caramels until it closed down in the late 1970s. In 1982, she began working full time at the Wayside Cross Mission in Aurora. When her first and only granddaughter came along in 1988, Orva went down to part time so that she could spend time and create a special relationship with Katie. When her two grandsons, Nickolas and Zachary, were born, you could find no other grandmother more proud than she. Eventually she dedicated all her love and time to her grandchildren until declining health ended her reign as “babysitter supreme.”

Orva was a long time and most faithful member of the Orchard Community Church in Aurora.

There wasn’t a thrift store or garage sale that didn’t catch her eye, but only if there was a bargain in the making. When there were bargains to be had, Orva was quick to pick up any item that a family member or friend might need, but of course she also added to her own collection of cookbooks, angels, bells, walking sticks, and salt and pepper shakers, to name a few.

Anytime was a good time to have a party, and for Orva, bigger was always better. Never did a birthday pass without her singing “Happy Birthday” in her best singing voice over the phone. Orva didn’t really need a reason to pick up the phone to call her family and friends, she could spend hours on the phone and not think twice. Orva’s heart overflowed with love for her family and her community. She will be remembered most for social nature, caring heart and memorable friendship.

She is survived by two children, Michael A. (Michelle) Jump of Somonauk, Ill., and Michelle I. Romero of Aurora; three grandchildren, Katie Romero, Nickolas Romero and Zachary Jump; six siblings, Catherine (Tom) Schattke, Vivian Ramer, Ivan (Linda) Ramer, Bonnie (Dean) Anderson, Jim (Cathy) Ramer and Bob Ramer; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a community of friends who will remember her well.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Nick; and two brothers, Georgie and Donnie Ramer.

Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. at The Orchard Community Church, 101 S. Barnes Road, Aurora, on Thursday, Dec. 1. A funeral to celebrate her life will begin at 11 a.m., also at the church, on Friday, Dec. 2. The Rev. Scott Hodge, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at East Pierce Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Orva’s name to benefit her favorite charities, including the Ronald McDonald House, Aurora Animal Shelter and St. Jude’s. Checks may be made to the “Orva Jump 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.

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