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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.

Augustana students to study in London

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ROCK ISLAND, Ill.—Sara Bihner (mathematics and computer science) of Elburn and Phil Christensen (computer science) of Maple Park are among the 45 Augustana College students studying contemporary and historic Britain and Europe from the heart of London. The Fall Term in London Program offers students a chance to explore the area while studying with Augustana and British faculty.

Of the 45 Augustana students enrolled in the London program, 39 applied for and received $2,000 through the college’s Augie Choice Program to help pay for expenses. Augie Choice provides students with the opportunity for the kinds of learning that will make them stand out when they start careers or go on to graduate school.

Park named to dean’s list at University of Northwestern Ohio

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Lima, Ohio—The University of Northwestern Ohio announced that Austin Park of Elburn was named to the dean’s list for the summer quarter 2011 in the College of Business. Students must receive a minimum 3.5 grade-point average to be named to the dean’s list.

Meredith Lee Mateja

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Daniel and Melonie Mateja of Montgomery announce the birth of their daughter, Meredith Lee, who was born Aug. 19, 2011. She weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long.

The maternal grandparents are Jerry and Patti McCauley of Elburn. The paternal grandparent is Debra Mateja of Plainfield.

Meredith was welcomed home by her brother Dylan, 3.

Ezra Lee Reckinger

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Steven and Amanda Reckinger of Elburn announce the birth of their son, Ezra Lee, who was born Aug. 9, 2011, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. He weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 21.5 inches long.

The maternal grandparents are Daren and Lori Haring of Elburn. The paternal grandparents are Joseph and Debra Reckinger of Batavia.

Terry, Capes to wed

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Don and Mary Capes of Englewood, Fla., announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura, to Marlon Terry, son of Jack Terry of Roby, Texas, and Sharon Hale of Wichita Falls, Texas.

The bride-to-be is a 1985 Kaneland High School graduate, and has an M.B.A. from Northern Illinois University. She is currently a marketing director at Push Pedal Pull.

The future groom is a 1986 Roby High School graduate, and attended West Texas State University. He is currently a quality manager at Dresser-Wayne.

The wedding ceremony will be held on Nov. 11, 2011, at River Place Country Club in Austin, Texas.

Reynolds celebrate 60th anniversary

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F. L. Toby Reynolds and Norma (Needham) Reynolds, currently of Sycamore and formerly of Maple Park, celebrated 60 years of marriage on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Maple Park Methodist Church, where they were married in 1951. Now retired, Toby was an insurance agent in the area for over 40 years.

They have five children, Valerie Reynolds (North Barrington, Ill.), Steve (Cathy) Reynolds (Locust Grove, Ga.), Roger (Deb) Reynolds (Maple Park), Jim (Thersa) Reynolds (Jenks, Ok.), Scott (Sarma) Reynolds (Dunedin, Fla.); seven grandchildren, Brian (Kristy) Reynolds, Joe (Casey) Reynolds, Alex Brewer, Lisa (Mike) Brinkley, Kristi (Ryan) Kunkel, Sarah (Wes) Loes, Kyle Reynolds; and five great-grandchildren, Savannah Brinkley, Mac Kenzie Brewer, Tanner Brinkley, Olivia Reynolds, Jack Kunkel.

Church News for Oct. 13

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Beef supper, bazaar
at Kaneville UMC

KANEVILLE—Kaneville United Methodist Church will host its annual Beef Supper and Bazaar Saturday, Oct. 15. The bazaar begins at 4 p.m., carry-outs can be picked up beginning at 4:30 p.m., and supper is served from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for K-sixth grade, and pre-schoolers are $1.
Dinner includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, coleslaw, cranberry relish, rolls and homemade desserts. The church is located at 46W764 Main Street Road. Call (630) 365-1175 for information.

Elburn Hill Church
announces events

ELBURN—The following events are scheduled to take place at Elburn Hill Church:
Living Room Concert
A Living Room Concert with Derek Webb of Caedmon’s Call and his wife, Sandra McCracken, will be in the Elburn Hill Church sanctuary on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $20 each and will be limited to 90 seats. If interested, please contact Mark Moring at mmoring@christianitytoday.com
Boys Life Plan Weekend
A Boys Life Plan Weekend is scheduled Oct. 21-22 for eighth through 11th grade boys to help them plan for what they will do after high school. The weekend includes career and interest testing, career process development, a bags tournament, an overnight campout with a bonfire, and three meals included. Visit www.elburnhillchurch.org for details and pre-registration sign up.

Arts, crafts show features
holiday decorations

ST. CHARLES—The annual Arts and Crafts Show sponsored by the St. Charles Episcopal Church features handmade items and a bake sale on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The juried show also includes jewelry, holiday decorations, fashion items, baby items and purses.
Admission is free. The church is at 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25) and is handicapped accessible. Visit stcharlesepiscopal.org, e-mail canadafay@clear.net or call (630) 497-8799 for more information.

Free spaghetti dinner
with Two Guys

ST. CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti continue to provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner for anyone who shows up on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25).
Guests come from all over the Fox Valley to enjoy the fellowship and great food. Carry-out is available, and the building is handicapped accessible. For information, call Joe at (630) 890-6586.

Open House
for Pastor Arne Walker

ST. CHARLES—An open house and luncheon will be held for Pastor Arne Walker on Sunday, Oct. 23, in the Fellowship Hall at Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake, 5N600 Hanson Road in St. Charles. The open house and luncheon will follow the second worship service and dedication of a tree in his honor.
All are welcome to join Walker in celebrating his 50th anniversary of Ordination. Walker will be the guest pastor at that morning’s worship services.
Pastor Arne Walker, the former pastor for 20 years at Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake, is a staunch believer in evolution. This is not the kind that produces lively conversation among Christians but rather the evolving conviction of God’s will for his life.
Arne came to Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., after sharing his elementary and high school years in Chicago. He was a relatively new Lutheran Confessing Christian and came to pursue a pre-med course of study.
The “call” to ministry found him for a while in a dual pursuit of majors, but the evolution toward a more pronounced path toward ministry prevailed. It was strong enough to cause him to pursue the discerning process of that call. This took place as he served a large parish in Minnesota to relieve a pastor who was returning to strength after a heart attack. The evolution continued in a conflicted United Methodist Parish in Iowa. The evolution reached its peak when he served a parish in New York. He then completed his theological studies at Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Seminary and was approved for ordination on June 18, 1961, in Seattle, Wash.
From 1957 to the present time, Walker has invested himself in the avocation of reaching out to male youth who have been removed from their homes by the juvenile court. This has taken place in institutions in New York and Illinois and in group homes in Knoxville and Sevierville, Tenn.
As an ordained pastor, Arne served 46 years full-time in Wisconsin, Illinois and Tennessee. He is now in his fourth year of serving part-time in Newport, Tenn.
He has held a variety of church-wide and community leadership positions. Youth ministry has had a special place in his heart. He has led bike retreats over 31,000 miles of roads in the USA and Europe, hiking retreats in Colorado, Washington and Tennessee, and canoe retreats over a span of 20 years in the boundary waters of Canada.
To mark and celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination, Walker gave 18 $50 gifts to family and former parishes with the challenge to multiply the funds to expand the mission of Christ’s Church and further evolve ministry in Jesus’ name to serve the needs of others.
The evolution of that call to ministry continues as another chapter is being written on the pages of time.

Community
Congregational offers
annual Harvest Dinner

ELBURN—In the aftermath of a successful Elburn Days back in August, there were a number of comments that folks missed the Community Congregational Church’s food tent at Lion’s Park—specifically, the homemade pie. Well, another opportunity for pie and good food is quickly approaching.
The 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.

Mary Elba Roberts

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Mary Elba Roberts, 87, of Maple Park, passed away at her home on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family.

She is survived by three children, Dorlis Roberts, Tommy (June) Roberts and Janet Roberts; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren with another along the way; two siblings, Hershel Brown and Edna Cooper; many nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wayne; one son, Truman; and seven siblings.

Visitation was Friday, Oct. 7, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, from 10 a.m. to noon followed directly by a graveside service with Rev. Mark Harkness, pastor of the Kaneville United Methodist Church, officiating and at East Pierce Cemetery, Maple Park.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit DeKalb Hospice. Checks may be made to the “Mary Roberts 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.

McPhee, Stahl in National Merit Scholarship program

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MAPLE PARK—Kaneland High School announced that students Kayley McPhee and Brandon Stahl were named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship program.

Commended students are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. They represent the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Local residents named to DePaul dean’s list

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CHICAGO—The following residents were named to DePaul University’s dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester: David Berg, Joseph Ruppel and Jennifer Shiplet, all of Sugar Grove; Daniella Tovar, Chelsea Gange, Kevin Major and Jordan Mesa, all of Elburn; and Jessica Pfeiffer of Campton Hills.

Tovar graduates from DePaul University

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CHICAGO—Daniella Tovar of Elburn graduated from DePaul University in Chicago this summer.

Local graduates from Benedictine University

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LISLE, Ill.—Brittney Carnell (B.B.A. in marketing) of Elburn, and Brian Genslinger (B.A. in communication arts) and Megan Maulding, both of Sugar Grove, (M.Ed. in Master of Education) received degrees from Benedictine University in May 2011.

Cline named to Elmhurst dean’s list

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ELMHURST, Ill.—Megan Cline, daughter of Joe and Denise Blaszynski of Elburn, was named to the dean’s list at Elmhurst College for the spring 2011 semester. Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.75 or above to receive this academic honor.

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