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WCC Student Senators announced at meeting

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Photo: Members of the 2011-12 Waubonsee Community College Student Senate include Corina Quinonez (back, left to right), Jelena Lazic, Paul Bartow, Rami Sa’d, Nicholas Scanlan, Claire Guzior, Lizbeth Camacho and Iliana Rivera, Student Trustee Chris Mortenson (front, left to right), Executive Vice President Dylan Boyer, President Meredith Adamski and Secretary K.C. Vogt. Courtesy Photo

SUGAR GROVE—The 12 elected members of the Waubonsee Community College Student Senate were introduced at the college’s board of trustees meeting on Oct. 19.

The 2011-12 student senator office holders are: President Meredith Adamski of Batavia; Executive Vice President Dylan Boyer of Sandwich; and Secretary K.C. Vogt of Aurora.

Additional student senators include: Paul Bartow of Batavia; Lizbeth Camacho of Oswego; Claire Guzior of Sandwich; Jelena Lezic and Iliana Rivera of Aurora; Christina Penna of Montgomery; Corina Quinonez of Plano; Rami Sa’d of North Aurora; and Nicholas Scanlan of Sugar Grove. Chris Mortenson of Batavia will serve as the 2011-12 student trustee.

During their terms of office, student senate members gain leadership and interpersonal skills, learn to work with budgets, and experience how to organize campus events.

Members of the student senate are responsible for administering student government policies and activities at the Sugar Grove, Aurora, Copley and Plano campuses. They are elected by the student body to serve a term of one academic year.

WCC auto body refinishing competition

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Waubonsee Community College held its third annual auto body refinishing competition. Auto Body Repair staff member Ed Whatley (left to right); third-place finisher Joseph Fingers of Yorkville; first-place finisher Evan Olson of Maple Park; second-place finisher Luis Bustamante of Aurora; and Assistant Professor of Auto Body Repair Andy MacDonald. Courtesy Photo

Local residents participate in Augustana College Choral Ensemble

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ROCK ISLAND, Ill.—Emily Butts, a sophomore from Elburn who is majoring in elementary education, and Kailey Maras, a senior from Elburn majoring in music education vocal, participated in multiple Augustana College choral ensemble concerts recently.

Church news for Nov. 3

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Bread, soup, salad
for food, fellowship

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will host a benefit bread, soup and salad luncheon at the Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main St., at noon on Sunday, Nov. 6. Everyone is invited to share in the fun, food and fellowship with a meal of soup, salad, bread, desserts and beverages. A free-will offering will support outreach mission projects.
Call the church office at (630) 466-4501 for information. No reservations are necessary.

Revive! Christian
Fellowship Church
to host bake sale

GENEVA—Revive! Christian Fellowship Church will host a bake sale on Sunday, Nov. 6, from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the American Legion, 22 S. 2nd St. in Geneva. All proceeds will go to the Winter Clothing Drive to purchase and distribute new winter clothing items for those in need in the Fox Valley area.

Marmion Academy
hosts fall open house

AURORA—Marmion Academy will host its fall open house for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade boys on Sunday, Nov. 6.
The Catholic college-preparatory high school for boys is located at 1000 Butterfield Road in Aurora. There will be a brief presentation at 1 p.m. in the gymnasium, after which families will have the opportunity to tour the school or visit with faculty and staff. No registration is necessary for the event. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 897-6936, ext. 277.
For more information, visit marmion.org.

Big Rock church
cancels Cookie Walk

BIG ROCK—Due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be no Cookie Walk this year at Big Rock’s English Congregational United Church of Christ. The church thanked those who supported the church’s cookie sale during its 15-year run. Church officials said they do not yet know if the event will return in the future.

Arnold H. Gehrke

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Arnold H. Gehrke, 81, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully into the arms of his Savior, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family after a 30-year battle with Parkinsons Disease, in the early morning hours on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Marie; two sons, Robert (Beth) Gehrke and their children, Wayne and Carolyn of Elgin, and Gordon (Sherry) Gehrke of Maple Park; three nieces, Karen (Phil) Stojan of Maple Park, Donna (John) Happersberger of Indianapolis, Ind., and Joyce (Henry) Schwebel of Jacksonville, Fla.; and one sister-in-law, Mildred Winkelmann of Elburn.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Margaret Gehrke; his brother-in-law, Emil Winkelmann; and one nephew, Glen Winkelmann.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, at St. Peters Lutheran Church North Plato, 43W301 Plank Road, east of Route 47 on Plank Road, Hampshire, Ill.

A funeral to celebrate his life began at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, also at the church. The Rev. Gerhard Mau, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at Lily Lake Cemetery, Lily Lake.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit St. Peters Lutheran Church North Plato. Checks may be made to the church and mailed in care of St. Peters Lutheran Church North Plato, 43W301 Plank Road, Hampshire, IL. Tributes may also be forwarded to P.O. Box 66 or online at www.conleycare.com.

Marjorie (Lucille) Wigton

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Marjorie (Lucille) Wigton, 101, of Aurora, formerly of Batavia, now rests in the everlasting arms of her Savior after passing away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Countryside Care Center in Aurora.

Technically born a Leo on July 29, 1911, Marjorie was really a “lamb” and was a blessing to her parents, Theron “Brownie” and Georgie (Snyder) Wigton.

From birth, Brownie wanted his baby girl to be a harpist, as he himself was a musician who played throughout the United States. He waited patiently for 12 years before her instruction would begin, and begin it did with practice six to seven hours a day. Wiggy took to it so naturally that after only two years learning under a local teacher, the “student became the master” and she was sent to Wurlitzer in Chicago to study under the great Italian Master, Alberto Salvi. He told most students to “go home and help wash the dishes,” but not Wiggy. Though practice took much of her time, it never deterred her from her studies, and she graduated from East Aurora High School in 1929. Her father died several years later, and so Wiggy put down her harp to help support the family.

In 1936, Wiggy became a “Zephyrette,” a group of women stewardess’ on a train that traveled nationwide. When the war came five years later, the trains had barely enough room for the soldiers, so the Zephyrettes were disbanded. Wiggy went back to Chicago and found work in accounting and later in the law departments of the Burlington Railroad. She retired in 1976 after 39 years of service.

Retirement gave her an excuse to return to her passion. She was known to say that you don’t “master the harp—the harp masters you.” Few could argue that she became one with her instrument, and her talent brought her into the company of many other locally renowned musicians and orchestras throughout the years, playing at the NBC Orchestra Silken Strings Hour, Chicago Amphitheater, The Aurora Symphony, Interlochen Music Camp Orchestra, Fox Valley Music Festival, Blackhawk Concert Orchestra—later, the Civic Orchestra of Aurora and soloed with the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra.

Wiggy also shared her passion at weddings, concerts and other functions throughout the Chicagoland area. Her heart was meant for playing music with a passion that wouldn’t be denied and although she never married, she was always quick to add that she “broke a lot of hearts.”

In recent years, she was known as the “Mayor of Stone Manor Circle” and had several articles written about her life and her playing that were featured in local newspapers and the Chicago Tribune. Wiggy also was a member of the Chicago Musicians Union for over 65 years. She had a great sense of humor, loved riddles and was a friend to many, often saying “I love everybody, no matter who you are or how you are made.

In recent years, Wiggy began every morning by praying for others while she played The Lord’s Prayer on her harp, sometimes having so many that she had to play it twice. She will be missed by many and although the sound of her harp now becomes a distant echo, she will never be forgotten in the hearts of all who loved her.

Survivors include one nephew, Ron (fiance Ann Brown) Wigton; two nieces, Janet (Pat) Inlow and JoAnn (Roy) Boeckler; three great-nephews, Ken (Wendy) Wigton, Jeff (Aimee) Wigton and Scott (Pam) Inlo; one great-niece, Sheri (Ed) Washeleski; three great-great nephews, Alex Wigton, Nathan Wigton and Carter Wigton; one great-great niece, Beth Wigton; cousins, Richard and Marie Murphy; and special long-time friends, Sharon “Sandy” Sanderson and Mary Anast. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Wayne Wigton.

Visitation to celebrate her life and her passion was held Monday, Oct. 31, at Conley Funeral Home. Private family burial will occur at a later date.

A memorial will be established in her name to benefit Wayside Cross and other favorite charities. Memorials checks may be made to the Marjorie “Wiggy” Wigton Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through conleycare.com.

Maxie Jean Francis Todd

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Maxie Jean Francis Todd was born Aug. 1, 1920, to James W. and Naomi Francis in Bogart, Missouri. She was the oldest of three children. On Dec. 12, 1942, she married James E. Todd Jr. in Chicago.

In 1949, they moved to Sugar Grove, with their two little girls. They decided Sugar Grove was a wonderful place to raise their two daughters and later a son. James and Maxie joined Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, the Young Adult Club and later “Senior Citizens.” They always participated enthusiastically.

Some younger folks may remember Maxie as Mr. Crow’s secretary at Sugar Grove Elementary School. Later she worked at Hartford Insurance in St. Charles.

In raising her children, Maxie was often heard admonishing them to “Love one another,” “Be kind to one another,” and “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” Her children blessed her with eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She loved them all well. Maxie was full of life and lots of energy.

She went home to be with the Lord quietly in her sleep on Oct. 30, 2011.

Maxie is survived by all three of her children; Sherlyn Holdeman of Naperville, Jerolee Richards (Stan) of Naples, Fla., James E. Todd III of Fall River, Wis.; and all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, her husband and a son-in-law, Roger.

We praise the Lord for her life and all that she meant to us.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 4, at noon at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Healy Chapel in Sugar Grove, 370 Division Drive. Interment will take place at Sugar Grove Cemetery. For further information, please call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to sign the online guest book.

Church news for Oct. 27

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Traveling Pastor
Sugar Grove Pastor Rev. Steve Good (center), greets worshippers after guest preaching at Fourth Street United Methodist Church in Aurora on Sunday. From left are Laurel Gilbert, Aurora, Fourth Street UMC lay leader; Rev. Good, pastor, Sugar Grove UMC; and Marlis Hutchinson, Aurora. Rev. Good visited Aurora in an annual pulpit exchange by local UMC pastors. Courtesy Photo


Hosanna! Lutheran Church
hosts discussion
on global persecution

ST.CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church is partnering with international organization Voice of the Martyrs for a special evening of information sharing and background on the injustices suffered by the global persecuted church.
“What, Persecution?” will take place on Friday, Oct. 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Hosanna!’s worship space. This free event is open to the public.
For additional information, contact Dr. Stults at (918) 338-8488, e-mail vomclassroom@ vom-usa.org, or visit www.vommeetings.com. For questions and directions, contact Rick DeVries at Hosanna! Church at (630) 584-6434, e-mail Welcome@HosannaChurch.com or visit www.HosannaChurch.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Community Congregational offers Harvest Dinner

ELBURN—The Community Congregational Church will hold its annual Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Carry-outs will also be available. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, K-6th grade, and free for preschoolers.
The dinner is a fundraising event to benefit church-supported missions such as Lazarus House, Hesed House, Mutual Ground, Emmaus House and UCC Outdoor Ministries.
In addition to the dinner, the Church Crafty Crafters will offer hand-made gift items and a holiday white elephant sale. Proceeds from these sales will be used toward local and area missions. For more information, contact the church office at (630) 365-6544.

Union Congregational
offers turkey supper

NORTH AURORA—Union Congregational Church will have its annual Turkey Supper and Bake Sale on Saturday, Oct. 29. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $4 for children ages 5 to 12, and free for children under 5.
Your dinner will include a beverage and dessert. Carry-outs are available. You may get your tickets at the door, or you can get advance tickets or more information by calling the church office at (630) 897-0013.
UCC is located at 405 W. State St. in North Aurora.

Organ concert series begins at Bethany Lutheran
BATAVIA—Bethany Lutheran Church announces an Organ Concert Series beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30, with other concerts throughout the season.
Renovation and refurbishing of Bethany’s Aeolian Skinner pipe organ is complete, and the community is invited to its dedicatory concerts. The Oct. 30 concert features the organ builder, Dean Christian, and principal organist Alan Spear and Director of Music Beth Lawniczak.
Visit bethanybatavia.org or call (630) 879-3444. Bethany Lutheran Church is at the corner of Wilson and Lincoln streets in Batavia.

Revive! Christian
Fellowship Church
to host bake sale

GENEVA—Revive! Christian Fellowship Church will host a bake sale on Sunday, Nov. 6, from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the American Legion, 22 S. 2nd St. in Geneva. All proceeds will go to the Winter Clothing Drive to purchase and distribute new winter clothing items for those in need in the Fox Valley Area.

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 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, 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 will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, at Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hansen Road, Lily Lake. A funeral to celebrate his life will be at the church, on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. The Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn.

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 on the web at www.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.

Wassil Wituk

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Wassil Wituk, 88, of Batavia, formerly of Elburn, passed away in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Oct. 25, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family.

He is survived by seven children, Helmut (Carole) Wituk, Mark (Cathy) Wituk, Judy (Jim) Woods, Fran (John) Joyner, Kathy McIlnay, Betty Wituk and Heidi (Joe) Jakubaitis; 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren with another on the way.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Katherine; one son, Jim Wituk; and a grandson, Randy Joyner.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m., with a funeral service to follow at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of St. Gall Catholic Church, will officiate with private family interment following cremation.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Wassil Wituk 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. The family wishes to thank a special care giver, Regina Rimaviciene of the Aurora Rehabilitation Center, where Wassil recently made his home, and especially Hospice Passages for their outstanding care for Wassil and the rest of the family, as well.

Bradbury awarded Lake Forest College scholarship

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LAKE FOREST, Ill.—Taylor Bradbury of Sugar Grove has been awarded an Illinois In-State Scholarship to attend Lake Forest College. Bradbury is a graduate of Kaneland High School in Maple Park.

Top Marmion cadets receive military promotions

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AURORA—Marmion Academy’s JROTC program honored 40 cadets with military promotions at the annual Sabre Ceremony last month.

Senior cadets First Sergeant Bradley White and Executive Officer Stuart Quinn, both of Sugar Grove, were presented with a sabre (officers) or a sword (sergeants) by their parents, as they were promoted to the highest ranks available in the JROTC program.

Kevin Murphy graduates from Miami University

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OXFORD, OHIO—Kevin Murphy of Sugar Grove received a bachelor of arts degree from Miami University. Murphy was among 684 students who graduated in the summer term.

Johnson and Salas among graduates from Kishwaukee College

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MALTA, Ill.—The following students completed the requirements for graduation from Kishwaukee College: Sherrie Lynne Johnson of Maple Park, CERT, Basic Nurse Assisting, with distinction; and Michelle Augusta Salis of Sugar Grove, AAS, Radiologic Technology, Summa Cum Laude, PTK.

Malnar and Quinn among AP scholars at Marmion Academy

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AURORA—The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program has named 24 Marmion Academy students AP Scholars. Among them were Edward Malnar of LaFox, named a national AP scholar receiving an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more exams; and Stuart Quinn of Sugar Grove, named an AP Scholar for receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams.

Markuson receives Eagle Scout award

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MAPLE PARK—Jay Alexander Markuson of Maple Park received his Eagle Scout award for the design and construction of storage shelves at Lazarus House in St. Charles. Markuson is a member of Boy Scout Troop 7, which meets at the Community Congregational United Church of Christ in Elburn.

Gruenke on dean’s list at Carroll University

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WAUKESHA, WIS.—Nursing major Lindsay Gruenke of Aurora was named to the dean’s list at Carroll University for the spring 2011 semester. Students must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale to make the list. Gruenke is a 2008 graduate of Kaneland High School and the daughter of Grant and Barbara Gruenke of Aurora.

Donnakay F. Boudreau-Mahan

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Donnakay F. Boudreau-Mahan, 69, of Bradley, Ill., died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born Aug. 13, 1942, in Chicago, the daughter of George D. and Ruth D. Hoger Boudreau. Ms. Mahan worked in food service at Kankakee School District 111.

She is survived by her daughter, Julie-Ann C. and Glenn Fuchs of Kaneville; two grandsons, Ryan and Kevin Fuchs; three brothers, G. Daniel and Eileen Boudreau of Clifton; Richard and Jeanne Boudreau of Chebanse; and Marc Boudreau of Bourbonnais; her sweetheart, Dick Hecht of Bradley; four nieces and one nephew. Memorials may be made for her grandson’s education. Sign her guestbook at clancygernon.com.

Illinois 4-H Foundation honors 52 new inductees

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ILLINOIS—Joseph White of Elburn, a 10-year member and 14-year volunteer with the Illinois 4-H Foundation, was inducted into the foundation’s Hall of Fame on Aug. 13, during the 4-H Family Event at the Illinois State Fair. The Illinois 4-H Foundation established the statewide Hall of Fame in 2005 to honor and celebrate extraordinary 4-H alumni, volunteers, and former 4-H staff. Nominations for the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame are made by University of Illinois Extension staff.

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