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William B. Roxworthy

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William B. Roxworthy, 64, of Elburn, formerly of St. Charles, passed away Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, at Delnor Hospital in Geneva. His battle against cancer took his body but could never break his spirit, and he now embraces the promise of his Savior.

He was born the youngest of six on Sept. 20, 1947, in Chicago, the son of Thomas J. and Georgiene (Thompson) Roxworthy.

Bill grew up in Barrington Hills, Ill., and attended local schools. After graduating from Barrington High School with the class of 1965, Bill attended Dickinson State University in Dickinson, N.D.

Bill was lucky in love. Bill met his future bride when he was only 16 years old. While cruising around with his best friend, they stopped to visit another friend, John Mack. As they pulled up to the Mack house, his eye fell on John’s 14-year-old sister, Nancy, as she washed her dad’s car in the driveway. The minute he saw her he fell in love. They dated all through high school and college. During this time, the nation was calling its youth to serve in the armed forces. Though many were drafted, Bill chose to enlist into the United States Army in October of 1966. Bill faithfully and proudly served his country, which included two tours of duty in Vietnam. While separated, Bill and Nancy wrote to one another daily. In one letter, he mentioned his upcoming “R&R” to Hawaii. Bill was shocked and overjoyed to see Nancy on the tarmac, waiting for his plane to land. While in Hawaii, they decided to make their love official and united in marriage on July 17, 1968.

He returned to civilian life after his honorable discharge in May of 1969. He came home to Barrington and into the waiting arms of a beautiful wife and a newborn son, Philip. The family grew to include two more children, Kelly in 1970, and Kerry made the family complete in 1971. After moving to Palatine, Ill., and their first home, Bill and his family moved to St. Charles in 1977. A lifetime of family memories were made in St. Charles with school, sports, social and church activities. Once the children were grown, Bill and Nancy moved to Elburn, where they made a home perfect for grandkids that now number 10.

Bill’s education, which began in North Dakota, continued when he returned home from Vietnam. In need of a job to support his instant family, his oldest brother Tom found him an advertising job in Chicago. He juggled the responsibility of his growing family while working and taking night classes. Advertising sales and publishing became his calling; over the years Bill found himself working for some of the most well-known magazines in the country, including Cosmopolitan, Parents Magazine, Mechanix Illustrated, Field & Stream, Better Homes & Gardens and Sport magazines. He retired from his dream job with Ski Magazine at age 49, which allowed him time for his creative talents.

Bill, never one to sit idle, started up a small business aptly named “Good Dog Landscaping.” He also dedicated much time to his artistic passions. He created watercolor landscapes born of not only his imagination, but from the inspiration of iconic farming structures and the rural countryside surrounding his home. He could be found most days painting in his quaint studio out back with his dog Wrigley for company.

Bill’s childhood was cut short by the death of his parents when he was still just a boy. He quickly found that if life brought you strife, you needed to adapt and make your own “sunshine” to share. Bill was a talker and a born salesman who never met a stranger. He had a smile that would light up a room and a heart so big it had room for anyone and everyone. If anyone was in need, Bill was ready to lend a helping hand and always had a hug ready to share. Bill supported many causes and organizations, not only monetarily, but with his time and talent as well. Bill was a member of the team that implemented Planetree at Delnor Hospital, a patient centered model of care. Bill and Nancy donated a seven-foot-tall star sculpture at the entrance to Delnor Hospital to recognize the dedication of Delnor employees.

Though he worked in print advertising, his hobby was his fellow man. Whether it was coffee with friends or a speech in front of fellow businessmen, Bill had a way about him that put you instantly at ease. Bill loved the outdoors and was known as “tractor grandpa” to his grandkids. He also was an avid golfer with a standing tee time every Sunday at Settler’s Hill, where he created lasting friendships for years. Fishing also caught his attention very early in life with his father and brothers, and he returned the favor by sharing that passion with his kids and grandkids. Together they brought in huge catches—not just tall tales. Bill was passionate about all of God’s creatures, especially dogs, many of which found a place not only in his heart but also in his home. Bill loved his family with the strength of 10 men, and was most happy when surrounded by the love of his wife, his children and later, his grandchildren who became the apple of his eye and the talk of the town. Bill leaves millions of memories and a legacy of love and passion that will be carried on by his family and friends for generations to come.

He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; three children, Philip (Emily) Roxworthy and their children, Lucy, Mack, Hope and Chloe, Kelly (Ethan) Matyas and their children, Jake, Charlie, and Grace, and Kerry (Ian) Franke and their children, Brendan, Alison and Megan; four siblings, Jim (Barbara) Roxworthy, Pat Rydin, Don (Jo Ellen) Roxworthy and Dennis (Laurie) Roxworthy; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Roxworthy; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Thomas Roxworthy; sister-in-law, Connie Roxworthy; brother-in-law, Russell Rydin; two nephews, David Roxworthy and Brian Mack; and his mother and father-in-law, John and Mary Ellen Mack.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m., with a wake service to conclude visitation at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A brief visitation began the following morning at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, also at the funeral home, and conclude with military honors. Following the presentation, there was a short procession to St. Gall Catholic Church, where there was a Catholic Mass to celebrate his life, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Bill’s name to benefit his favorite charities, including the ASPCA, Delnor Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project. Checks may be made to the “William Roxworthy 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 find his full life story.

Helmut Wituk

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Helmut Wituk, 63, passed away Nov. 25, 2011, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Center in Wichita, Kan. He was born in Wels, Austria, on Dec. 17, 1947, the first of eight children born to Wassil and Katherine Zehetner Wituk.

As a small child, his family moved to Elburn. After graduating from high school, he served in the United States Air Force.

While stationed at McConnell AFB, he would meet the love of his life. On Aug. 8, 1970, he married Carol Vinduska at Pilsen, Kan. Here, they would make their family home. Helmut was a sales representative for many years with Donahue Manufacturing; he later worked for Golden Living Center and Prairie Land Partners in maintenance.

Helmut was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jim. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol; sons, Jason Wituk of Wichita, and Scott Wituk of Wichita; five grandchildren, Madeline, Braden, Emma, Nathan and Alex; and siblings, Mark Wituk of Batavia, Judy Woods of Montgomery, Fran Joyner of Elburn, Kathy McIlnay of New Bedford, Ill., Betty Wituk of Batavia, and Heidi Jakubaitis of Batavia.

All services will be held at Holy Family Parish, St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen, Neb., with the Rosary at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, and the Funeral Mass to be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1. Interment will be in the Pilsen Cemetery. Memorial funds have been established for the Fr. Kapaun Building Fund or the American Cancer Society in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, PO Box 6, Marion, KS, 66861.

Douglas Murrey Zolper

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Douglas Murrey Zolper, 73, of Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Aurora and Sugar Grove, passed away on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. He was born Dec. 10, 1937, in Elgin, the son of the late William L. and Mary Ellen Zolper.

Doug married Mary Lou Southwick on Dec. 28, 1963, in Aurora.

Doug graduated from West Aurora High School in 1956 and then earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Aurora University. He later attained his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration at Northern Illinois University. Doug began his teaching career with School District 129 in 1962 at Nicholson Elementary School. In 1966, he was appointed Director of Gifted Education and Staff In-Service Training for West Aurora Schools.

In 1972, Doug was named the Principal at Greenman Elementary School and remained in that position until his retirement in 1994. In 1993, he was honored with the West Aurora School District’s Golden Apple Award for his many contributions over his 32 years with the district. Doug had many fond memories of the students, staff and parents at Greenman Elementary School, and he missed them dearly. In 1997, Doug and Mary Lou moved to Scottsdale, Ariz. They enjoyed traveling, especially a leisurely cruise or a visit to interesting places, such as Bangkok, Berlin, Istanbul, London, and the coastal villages of Cornwall. The best summer days were spent with family and friends on the Prestbury Golf Course and the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

Doug is survived by his wife, Mary Lou of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and his sister, Sandra Zolper of Aurora.

In addition to his parents, Doug was preceded in death by his daughter, Melissa Leigh Davidson; and his brother, Michael Zolper.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at The Healy Chapel. 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora. A private graveside service will take place on Friday, Dec. 2, at Riverside Cemetery, Montgomery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Foundation for the West Aurora Schools in care of the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, 111 W. Downer Place, Suite 312, Aurora, IL 60506-9913, or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.

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

Allyson Leigh Pitstick

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Bryan and Tiffany (Ratliff) Pitstick of Sycamore announce the birth of their daughter, Allyson Leigh, who was born Oct. 20, 2011, at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora.

She weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

She was welcomed home by brothers Tommy, 8, Vinny, 4, and sister Nikki, 6.

Her grandparents are Joseph and Melinda Ratliff of Burlington, Ill., and Richard and Mary Lee Pitstick of Elburn.

Grayson Michael Kinney

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Photo: Great-grandfather Kahl Kinney, grandfather Dan Kinney and Tim Kinney sit for a photo with the fourth generation of their family, Grayson Kinney.
Courtesy Photo

Tim and Jenny Kinney of Chicago announce the birth of their son, the fourth-generation Grayson Michael Kinney, on Aug. 11, 2011. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.

The paternal grandparents are Dan and Wendy Kinney of St. Charles. The great-grandparents are Kahl and Lorraine Kinney of Sugar Grove.

Waubonsee jazz musicians earn awards

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Sugar Grove—Four members of Waubonsee Community College’s jazz band earned honors at the 2011 Skyway Jazz Festival held Oct. 29 at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Ill.

Saxophonist Walt Howard of Sugar Grove, trumpeter Nate Pritt of Geneva, drummer Matt Matczuk of Yorkville and bassist Matt Erion of Batavia were all named outstanding musicians.

Waubonsee’s jazz band will perform its annual free winter concert on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium on the college’s Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive.

Church news for Nov. 23

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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.

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.
The Geneva High School Jazz Choir, led by Roxanne Curtis, will perform at the Lutheran Church on Third Street. The chamber orchestra from Larkin High School Visual & Performing Arts Academy in Elgin, Ill., will appear at the United Methodist Church on Hamilton and Second streets.
At the First Church of Christ Scientist on Second and James streets, the Kristin McFadden trio will present a concert of Christmas carols. The Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva on Second Street will host the Misty River Music Makers, a chorus of women whose style originates in four-part barbershop harmony.
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.

Bethany Lutheran offers Swedish Christmas, St. Lucia Festival

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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.

Donald A. McPhail

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Donald A. McPhail, 65, of Aurora, formerly of Naperville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at his home. He was born Aug. 28, 1945, in Detroit, Mich., the son of Joseph and Margaret (McLean) McPhail.

Donald served his country in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam as an A37 pilot. He was an aerobatic pilot and flew experimental planes with the EAA. Donald was a pilot for American Airlines for 32 years. He loved golfing, kayaking, biking and RVing. Donald was a proud grandpa.

Survivors include his wife, Bobbie; kids, Mike (Aika) McPhail, Michele (Adam) Stowers, Jeff (Jeannie) LaMarre, Suzy (Jay) Boxer and Kelly (Paul) Dahl; grandchildren, Lauren, Jackie, Tucker, Natalie, Jack, Jake, Sophie and Violet; siblings, Inez Neuenfeldt, Deerdre Hambleton, John McPhail and Alan McPhail.

A memorial visitation will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 3 to 6 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Military honors will be at 6 p.m., followed by a time of sharing.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 143 First St., Batavia, IL 60510 or the Melanoma Research Foundation, 1411 K St. NW #500, Washington, DC 20005.

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

Contorno selected Lincoln Laureate at Illinois Wesleyan

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Photo: Lauren Contorno of Elburn, a senior at Illinois Wesleyan University, is honored as a Student Laureate by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois during a special ceremony Nov. 5 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield. Joining her is Illinois Wesleyan’s Frank Boyd Jr. Courtesy Photo

The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement and extracurricular activities among college seniors

Contorno and 50 fellow student laureates were honored in a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield, Ill. Accompanied to the event by Associate Provost for Academic Planning and Standards Frank Boyd, Contorno received a Student Laureate Medallion, an honorarium check and certificate of achievement.

Contorno is a political science major at IWU, and in the spring of 2011, she studied in a general studies program at The Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. This past summer, she was a Catastrophe Services Intern at State Farm Insurance Company in Bloomington, where she researched and wrote an extensive report detailing the correlation between climate change and severe storm trends and its possible effects on the insurance industry. Contorno, among other responsibilities, also wrote an all-department summary outlining State Farm’s catastrophe response plan.

Contorno, who has been a participant in the Action Research Seminar in Bloomington, has interned at Marcfirst in Normal, where she collaborated with staff to expand and finalize the curriculum for the School to Work Program for developmentally disabled high school students. She also wrote a grant for funding of the School to Work Program and developed a method to measure and track the success of the program.

Jakes, Palmer wed June 4, 2011

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Steve and Sandy Jakes of Elburn are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Carolyn Marie, to Brett Aaron Palmer, the son of Mary R. Palmer of West Chicago, Ill., on June 4, 2011, at Community Congregational Church in Elburn.

The reception was held at Lion’s Park. The maid of honor was the bride’s sister, Robin Jakes. Also in the wedding party were friends of the bride, Michealeena Cairo of Elmhurst, Ill., Kelsey Hodge of Madison, Wis., and Scott Thompson of Sugar Grove.

The groomsmen included the groom’s brother, Sean Palmer of Stamford, Conn.; John Norman of Chicago, John Bratencevic of West Chicago, Ill., and Patrick Grosser of Cincinnati, Ohio.

The bride graduated from Kaneland High School in 2006 and Elmhurst College in 2010. She is employed by Northwestern CUSD No. 2 in Palmyra, Ill.

The groom is a graduate of Community High School in West Chicago, Ill., and Elmhurst College in 2008. He is self-employed as a musician and music teacher.

The newlyweds live in Carlinville, Ill.

Local resident heads to National 4-H Congress

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ATLANTA—Tyler Fabrizius of Maple Park will be one of 30 Illinois teens to gather in Atlanta, Ga., for the 90th National 4-H Congress scheduled for Nov. 25-29.

National 4-H Congress offers states an opportunity to send outstanding 4-H youth to this event and provide them with an expanded educational experience through seminars, community service projects, and tours sponsored by local and national 4-H program donors. Highlighting this year’s event will be author and motivational speaker Dan Thurmon; internationally known speaker, songwriter/recording artist, and author Dan Clark; and Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan, one of the youngest women ever to win the pageant, and the first Miss Nebraska ever to win the Miss America title.

All Congress delegates will participate in special cultural programs during the International Dinner and a night of programming at the Atlanta History Center. Other educational experiences during National 4-H Congress will include delegate participation in workshops focusing on cultural differences, team leadership development, and the power of youth.

For more information on University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development programs, find your local University of Illinois Extension Office at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state/index.html.

Grayson Michael Kinney

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Tim and Jenny Kinney of Chicago announce the birth of their son, the fourth-generation Grayson Michael Kinney, on Aug. 11, 2011. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.

The paternal grandparents are Dan and Wendy Kinney of St. Charles. The great-grandparents are Kahl and Lorraine Kinney of Sugar Grove.

Church news for Nov. 17

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‘Operation Christmas
Child’ helps
kids worldwide

ST. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church, 36W925 Red Gate Road, will be a regional drop-off site for “Operation Christmas Child,” an international ministry project.
Shoe boxes filled with small gifts can be dropped off at Hosanna! through Sunday, Nov. 20, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Gift selections to put in the shoe boxes include small toys, school supplies, hygiene items, hard candy and gum (double-bagged) and a special note of encouragement. A suggested donation of $7 would also be appreciated to help cover the shipping cost.
For more information, call (630) 584-6434, e-mail welcome@HosannaChurch.com or visit at HosannaChurch.com.

Operation Christmas Child
at Rejoice Lutheran

GENEVA—Elburn now has a closer drop-off site for the annual international Operation Christmas Child campaign at Rejoice Lutheran Church in the Mill Creek subdivision. Local churches, organizations and individuals can bring completed shoe boxes to Rejoice during National Collection Week, now through Monday, Nov. 21.
Operation Christmas Child, an outreach sponsored by the Christian group Samaritan’s Purse, gives shoe boxes filled with gift items to some of the neediest children around the world. The project collected more than 8 million shoe box gifts in 2010, which were distributed to children in 108 countries.
Rejoice will accept shoe boxes during the following times:
• Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17-18, noon to 8 p.m.
• Saturday, Nov. 19, noon to 5 p.m.
• Sunday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Shoe boxes may be wrapped and decorated, but the top must be wrapped separately and then rubber-banded to the bottom. Ideal items to pack inside include hygiene products, such as toothpaste and soap, toys, school supplies, T-shirts, socks and hard candy. Samaritan’s Purse asks donors to also pitch in $7 per box for shipping. If donors pay online and print a pre-marked label for the box, Samaritan’s Purse will e-mail donors the name of the country to which their box was sent.
In addition to filled shoe boxes, they also accepts cash donations to cover shipping costs, as well as individual items, such as toothbrushes, pens/paper and small toys, which could be added to others’ shoe boxes.
For complete instructions on how to pack a box or to make an online donation, visit samaritanspurse.org.
Rejoice Lutheran Church is at 0N377 N. Mill Creek Drive. For more information, visit rejoiceinthemission.org or call (630) 262-0596.

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.
The Geneva High School Jazz Choir, led by Roxanne Curtis, will perform at the Lutheran Church on Third Street. The chamber orchestra from Larkin High School Visual & Performing Arts Academy in Elgin, Ill., will appear at the United Methodist Church on Hamilton and Second streets.
At the First Church of Christ Scientist on Second and James streets, the Kristin McFadden trio will present a concert of Christmas carols. The Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva on Second Street will host the Misty River Music Makers, a chorus of women whose style originates in four-part barbershop harmony.
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.
Cost is $12, and tickets are on sale at the churches and at the Geneva History Center after Nov. 15.

Michael Duane Parrette

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Michael Duane Parrette, 62, of Sugar Grove, formerly of Michigan and Iowa, passed away unexpectedly Nov. 12, 2011.

He was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Oct. 31, 1949, the son of Richard and Rita (Smith) Parrette.

Mike grew up in Saginaw, Mich., and attended local schools. He graduated from Parkside High School in Jackson, Mich., with the class of 1967, and then graduated from Grand Valley State College in Michigan with a B.S. in business. Mike’s work took him throughout the Midwest. Ingersoll-Rand, Tooling Systems and Reynolds all benefited from his expertise, and most recently, Mike worked for his brother’s company, Packaging Logic.

Mike met Paula Taber in the summer of 1971. They were married July 13, 1974, in Saginaw, Mich.

They began their new life together in Jackson, but moved as they followed Mike’s work throughout the Midwest. Along the way they were blessed with Michael Duane II and Jenny Anne. In 1993, they settled in Illinois, making their home in Sugar Grove in 2001.

Mike volunteered for the Naperville Community Radio Watch, or the NCRW, as well as several business organizations throughout the years.

Mike loved sailing and found windsurfing a delightful challenge. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and was an excellent marksman. He loved the blues, Motown, and the harmonica. Mike and Paula were involved in several euchre clubs and made many close friendships. He loved to talk, period. He loved his dogs, especially his Sweetness. Mike made many friends over the years, and they stood the test of time. He was a born salesman and one of the best. The most important thing to Mike was being a loving husband, father and good provider. Mike left too soon to say goodbye, but not before leaving a lifetime of memories.

He is survived by his loving wife, Paula; two children, Mike (Jessica Stines) Parrette of Kaneville and Jenny Parrette of Naperville; his father, Richard T. Parrette Sr., five siblings, Sharon (Richard) Ulrey, Cyndy (Richard) Poulos, Richard T. (Valerie) Parrette Jr., Janie (Richard) Lefere and Candi (Brian) Gudowski; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Rita Jo; and brother, Kim S. Parrette.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL. A memorial service to celebrate his life will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, with the Rev. Lisa Kruse-Stafford of The Cornerstone Methodist Church of Plato Center officiating, also at the funeral home. Private family cremation burial will occur at a later date.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities, including American Heart Association and Rover Rescue. Checks may be made to the “Michael Parrette 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.

Jeannette Wright

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Jeannette Wright, 87, of Hinckley, passed from this life to eternal life on Wednesday evening, Nov. 9, 2011, at Franklin Grove Nursing Center in Franklin Grove, Ill., where she had recently made her home.

She was born Nov. 11, 1923, the daughter of Lewis and Rae (Finkel) Farley in Princeton, Ill.

Jeannette grew up in Bradford, Ill., and attended local schools. She graduated in 1941, not only with a diploma, but with the heart of her future husband, Donald Wright, as well.

On March 8, 1945, Jeannette was united in marriage to Donald in a double ceremony with her brother, Francis and Norma (Johnson) Farley at the Kaneville United Methodist Church.

They farmed briefly in Bradford before renting the Terrill Farm on Scott Road, near Kaneville. They remained there for 10 years and were blessed with three children, Janice, Gary and Joan. Moving then to Sugar Grove, they farmed the Alexander Farm on Prairie Road, where their fourth child, Susanne, was born. Eight years later, they moved to Big Rock, where they lived on the O’Brien Farm on Jericho Road. In 1973, the Waldee Farm on Shabbona Grove Road near Waterman became home, and they continued there until 1988, when Donald and Jeannette moved to town and settled in Hinckley, where she continued to live following Donald’s passing in 2008. Later, when her health began to decline, she moved to be near her daughter in Franklin Grove, Ill.

She was a faithful member of the Methodist Church, including Boyd’s Grove, Kaneville, Waterman and the Hinckley First United Methodist Church. In Kaneville, she was member of the La Kelvine Club, was a Sunday School teacher and Sunday School Superintendent. Jeannette also was a member of the Indian Oaks Country Club in Shabbona, Ill., where she and Don loved to have hours of fun, one tee shot at a time. As the girls grew up, Jeannette became involved in 4-H. Later, after being “kicked out” of the young adults card club because she was no longer “young,” Jeannette dealt cards for the next 40 years in the 500 Card Club, which she established with her friends.

Jeannette was a devoted and loving wife and mother. She was the quintessential “farmer’s wife,” whose talents in the kitchen kept her family and friends well fed with everything good under the sun. Those recipes were gold and have now become priceless as they have been passed down to not only family, but lucky friends who have taken her legacy and shared it with the next generation.

In later years, there was nothing she loved more than to make cookies with her grandchildren, and they loved nothing more than to eat them, especially her snickerdoodles. Jeannette’s hands were never idle, as she sewed many of her and her children’s clothes, crocheted and made the warmest quilts, each one made with love in every stitch. She also had an incredibly green thumb both inside and outside of the house. There was nothing she couldn’t grow. It was these and thousands of other memories that made her so beloved. Jeannette will never be forgotten.

She is survived by four children, Janice (John) Carnes of Franklin Grove, Ill., Gary (Mary) Wright of Urbana, Ill., Joan (William) Dorion of Hinckley and Susanne (Mark) Whitt; four grandchildren, Nicole Dorion of Louisville, Ken., Ashley Dorion of Fulton, Mo., Caitlyn Whitt and Dylan Whitt of Hinckley; one sister, Jean (Hank) Greenstreet of Oswego, Ill.; and one sister-in-law, Norma Farley of Aurora; as well as several nieces and nephews, and a lifetime of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Donald; brother, Francis Farley; sister, Debbie Moffitt; and brother-in-law, Everett Moffitt.

Visitation was from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, at the Hinckley First United Methodist Church, 801 N. Sycamore St., in Hinckley. A service to celebrate her life followed visitation at 7 p.m. Rev. Laura Crites, pastor of the church, officiated with private family burial to follow at a later date.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit the Hinckley First United Methodist Church. Checks may be made to the “Jeannette Wright 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 Nov. 10

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Centennial Concert
at St. Gall

ELBURN—St. Gall Catholic Church continues its Centennial Celebration with a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, open to all community members.
St. Gall has a traditional choir, children’s choir, guitar choir and numerous soloists and instrumentalists who share their talents on a weekly basis with its parishioners during each Mass. The concert will highlight each one of the choirs, soloist and instrumentalists. A small reception follows afterward.
Members or family members of those currently in the military or those of veterans are encouraged to attend. A special veterans memorial will also include a service and song medley in which members of each branch of the service will be asked to stand when they hear their song. Military attire is encouraged. For information, contact the Parish Office at( 630) 365-6030.

Second Sunday Concert
Series feature
gospel quartet

BATAVIA—Immanuel Lutheran Church presents the first program in its Second Sunday Concert Series at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, featuring The Shepherdsmen, a gospel quartet from Missouri. The quartet shares its love of Southern Gospel Music, a uniquely American music form.
There is no admission; an offering will be received. The church is located at 950 Hart Road.

Experience Taize Worship
at St. Charles Episcopal

ST. CHARLES—The community is invited to experience Taize Worship on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994, N. 5th Ave.
The worship is in the style of Taize, a monastic community in central France, with a service of light and shadows, chant and silence, readings and quiet prayer. Information is available at stcharlesepiscopal.org or (630) 584-2596.

‘Operation Christmas
Child’ helps
kids worldwide

ST. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church once again will be a regional drop-off site for “Operation Christmas Child,” an international ministry project.
Shoe boxes filled with small gifts can be dropped off at Hosanna! through Sunday, Nov. 20, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Gift selections to put in the shoe boxes include small toys, school supplies, hygiene items, hard candy and gum (double-bagged) and a special note of encouragement. A suggested donation of $7 would also be appreciated to help cover the shipping cost. For more information, call (630) 584-6434, e-mail welcome@HosannaChurch.com or visit at HosannaChurch.com.
Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Chad Ryan Johnson

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Chad Ryan Johnson, 32, of Elburn, now rests in his faith and the arms of his Savior after passing away unexpectedly at home, leaving this Earth too soon on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011.

He was born Nov. 17, 1978, in Oak Park, Ill., the son of Ken Johnson and Vicki (Johnson) Linden.

Chad grew up in Elburn and attended local schools, splitting his education between the Fox Valley Lutheran Academy and Kaneland High School. During his tenure, he made a name for himself on the Kaneland varsity baseball team. Chad racked up hundreds of “K’s,” beginning with pitching a no-hitter when he was only 12.

Following his graduation in 1997, Chad went on to attend Waubonsee Community College for a time before transferring to Northern Illinois University, where he studied Criminology.

He was a faithful and active member of Grace Lutheran Church, where he was a member of the Vision Team as well as part of a music team, planning out selections for the weekly services. He also showed his competitive side as a member of the church softball and bowling teams.

Chad loved the outdoors, no matter the season, and often spent time making sure all the local birds, squirrels and more were fed by filling various feeders throughout the year. He was an avid fisherman, and the best fishing partner you could find. Chad took part in 25 years of Muskie tournaments, but dedicated his time and his heart to Squirrel Lake in Minocqua, Wis.

Even when he had little to share, Chad supported many organizations, including the Blind Skiing Association, Special Olympics, Easter Seals and several others. When it came to supporting his favorite sports teams, the Green Bay Packers, the Mighty Ducks, the White Sox and NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt Sr., you could find no bigger fan. You could find no better son brother or friend either.

Although he was large in stature, his heart was even bigger, and he easily wore it on his sleeve, ready to care and to protect those in need. Chad was also the king of giving. Whether it was gifts at Christmas, cards at birthdays or special attention during a difficult time, no one cared more than Chad.

He is survived by his parents, Ken (Gina) Johnson and Vicki (Larry) Linden; one brother, Greg (Kate) Johnson; five step-brothers and sisters, Nicki Graham, Bob Graham, Michael (Kayla) Linden, Mathew (Monica) Linden and Michele (Kyle) Breyne; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and his faithful four-legged feline friends, Carla, L.B. and Mischief, will all miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Melvin and Erma Johnson; and his maternal grandparents, Harry and Violet Johnson.

Visitation was held Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit Grace Lutheran Church and other favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Chad Johnson Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or online at conleycare.com. His giving did not end with his death, but gave life to others through Gift of Hope, an organ transplant and donation organization.

Erling ‘Erl’ Pederson

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Erling “Erl” Pedersen, 90, beloved husband of Christine (nee Carsten) of 35 years, passed away after a courageous battle, at home on Nov. 4, 2011.

Loving and devoted father of Rod (RaeAnn) and Glenn (Sherri); cherished grandfather to 10, Deanne, Glenn (Lisa), Holly (Mark), Dana (Kevin), Michael (Nicole), Chad (Nicole), Derek, Andrew, Brian and Shannon; great-grandfather to Kevin, Morgan, Brittney, Katelyn, Andrew, Courtney, Alyssa, and Ava. Erl is also survived by his dear sister, Lilly and family.

Erl was preceded in death by his parents, Einar and Christine; father-in-law, Cliff; and brother-in-law, Paul.

Erl emigrated from Denmark to Chicago in 1929, spending his youth in the Humboldt Park area, where he would later graduate from Lane Tech High School. Erl also spent time as a baseball player for the Chicago Cubs farm team in Appleton, Wis. A veteran of the D-Day invasion of World War II, Erl was a proud American. Active in his community, Erl was a respected trustee of Maple Park and in Carol Stream, Ill., where he and Chris lived for 14 years. In addition, he was an elected alderman of West Chicago while they lived there for 12 years.

He will be dearly missed by extended family and friends. Funeral services will be on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church, 1145 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, with Rev. Rob Kinnear officiating.

Visitation will be on Wednesday from 1 to 9 p.m. at the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family, or Seasons Hospice of DesPlaines. For information or to sign the online guest book, go to ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call (815) 895-2833.

Richard ‘Dick’ K. Noren

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Richard “Dick” K. Noren, 76, of Campton Township, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family, on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011.

He was born Sept. 18, 1935, in St. Charles, the son of Kenneth and Elsie (Johnson) Noren.

Dick grew up in St. Charles and attended local schools. He was a member of the rifle club before graduating from St. Charles High School with the class of 1954. Following graduation, Dick began working at Moline Foundry on Dean Street in St. Charles before serving his country in the United States Army.

Dick was proud of the fact that he was once stationed in the same place as Elvis Presley in Friedberg, Germany. Following his honorable discharge, Dick returned to civilian life and his job at the foundry.

On June 25, 1966, he was united in marriage to Mary Anne Weirich, a long-time family friend whose husband Raymond raced stock cars with Dick before Raymond’s passing in 1962. They made their home in Batavia briefly before moving to the present family home in Campton Township, where they had room to raise children and Saint Bernards.

After Moline closed its doors, Dick, at 58 years old, ran as a “write in” candidate for the Campton Township Road Commissioner and won. He proudly served two terms before he relinquished his role in 2001. Retirement was just a word for Dick, so instead of taking it easy, he went to work part-time for Life Saving Enterprise in Lily Lake.

In his younger years, Dick raced stock cars at Mazon and Soldier Field before it became the home of the Chicago Bears. In later years, he couldn’t be pulled away from the television until the checkered flag flew. In high school, he learned to race pigeons; his careful, strong hands guiding and teaching each bird with care. As an adult, those same hands built many bird houses that decorated his lawn, and the lawns of family and friends, where he enjoyed watching the birds make them into a home. He also hand-crafted mangers that were donated to local churches.

Dick loved to test the odds by playing the Lotto and searched for “Lady Luck” at various gambling boats. When peace and quiet reigned at home, he enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and word searches for hours. You could always find Dick in his customary cap, and you were always welcome to tip back a few cups of his homemade alcohol. Whether it was Dandelion Wine, Corn Cob Whiskey or a peach concoction that would make your hair stand on end, Dick was always ready to share.

He also was the first to keep in touch with family and friends through thoughtful hand-picked cards that he unfailingly sent on special occasions or for no occasion at all. Following his wife’s passing, Snuffy, his faithful four-legged friend, helped keep him company and helped “guard” his home, alongside Dick’s .38 special.

Dick had a strong spirit that helped him overcome many obstacles in life. Even in his later years, when he battled through the loss of his legs and hip replacement, Dick remained positive, refusing to be beat. In the end his body broke, but his spirit never did, and that strength of spirit and character has been passed on to the next generations, who will carry on his legacy and his memories, making sure that he lives on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his constant companion, Snuffy; one daughter, Cecilia Vermaat of Batavia; one son, John (Karen) Weirch, Ocala, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Christopher Vermaat of Elburn, Amy (Matthew) Rubeck of Sycamore, Mary Anne Zuniga of Batavia, Brian (Deanna) Thielk of St. Charles, Raelene Thielk of Geneva, Paula Thielk of Batavia, Stephanie (Wayne) Jenkins of Frederick, Md., and Amy (Matthew) Rubeck of Sycamore; and 13 great-grandchildren, James, Adriana, Andrew, Brandon, Jinae, Jarin, Joah, Jace, Anthony, Taeah, Trey, Talia and Wayne Jenkins III. In addition, he leaves several nieces, nephews and a close family of friends and neighbors.

He is preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Mary Anne; one sister, Beverly Bateman; and a daughter, Ruth Anne Weirich.

Visitation will be on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memorial service to celebrate his life will follow visitation at 11 a.m. The Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the Grace Lutheran Church, will officiate. Private family interment will follow at a later date.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Dick Noren 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 conleycare.com.

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