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Church news for Sept. 22

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St. Gall to hold
annual golf outing

ELBURN—St. Gall Church will host its third annual golf outing on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 9 a.m. at Hughes Creek Golf Course in Elburn. The cost is $85 per player and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch at the turn, and dinner. There will also be fabulous prizes and many fun golf contests.
Single and double players are encouraged to register, as the committee will make up foursomes. To register, visit www.stgall.com, download the registration form and mail it to the parish office at 120 W. Shannon St, Elburn, IL 60119, or call (630) 365-6030. Sponsorship opportunities are still available—contact the parish office for details.

Caring for the Caregiver Conference at Hosanna! Lutheran Church
ST. CHARLES—A conference focusing on the caregiver and their needs will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, hosted by Hosanna! Lutheran Church.
Over 40 professional organizations and service providers from across Chicagoland will be on site to answer questions on topics including legal and financial issues and family conflict, care receiver living options and self-care options for the caregiver. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Call (630) 584-6434, e-mail Welcome@HosannaChurch.com or visit HosannaChurch.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Celebrate Jewish
High Holidays services
in Geneva

Geneva—Come observe Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) with a full slate of religious services in Geneva. All services will be led by Rabbi Fred Margulies of Geneva.
Last year, Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN) held the first ever service in the Tri-Cities, for this holiday season. Approximately 100 people attended the service at FVJN in Geneva. This year offers complete services for the High Holidays, and in a location better equipped to accommodate the larger number of people expected.
Etz Hasadeh Learning Center of Pushing the Envelope Farm and FVJN are hosting this year’s upcoming High Holiday services. All services are open to everyone, regardless of affiliation, and will be held at FONA, located at 1900 Avrill Rd., Geneva, IL. No tickets are needed.
Following is the complete schedule of services:
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah evening (erev Rosh Hashanah) service
Thursday, Sept. 29: 10 a.m. Rosh Hashanah service; 10:30 a.m. Torah reading; 11 a.m. Sounding of the shofar; Noon, Tashlich (“casting our sins upon the water”) at the FONA pond. Kiddish and lunch following the service, childcare will be provided for children of service attendees. Anyone interested in having an honor (aliyah) or participating in the service, please e-mail fred@fvjn.org. Lunch will be vegetarian/dairy. Main dishes, water and coffee will be provided. Please bring a salad or dessert, if able. For planning purposes, please RSVP for service and/or lunch to info@fvjn.org.
Friday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m. Kol Nidre service.
Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. Yom Kippur service; 11:30 a.m. Yizkor service; 5:30 p.m. Mincha service: Reading of Book of Job; 6:30 p.m. Ne’ilah “closing of Yom Kippur” service; 7 p.m. Havdallah and sounding of the shofar marking the end of Yom Kippur; 7:15 Break the Fast. Childcare will be provided for children of service attendees. Feel free to bring refreshments for your own children, as children under the age of 9 are not permitted to fast. Break the Fast will be vegetarian/dairy. Main dishes, water and coffee will be provided. Please bring a salad or dessert, if able. For planning purposes, please RSVP for service and/or Break the Fast to info@fvjn.org.
FVJN is a nonprofit Jewish community group composed of Jewish individuals and interfaith families located in central Kane County and nearby towns. The goal of this group is to develop a cohesive Jewish community in the Fox Valley area for religious, charitable and educational purposes.
For additional information and upcoming events, visit www.fvjn.org.

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, 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.

Robert A. Gilkey

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Robert A. Gilkey, 75, Fort Atkinson, Wis., died on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at home.

He was born on December 10, 1935 in Fort Atkinson, the son of the late Edwin and Helen (Paulson) Gilkey.

Bob married Janice M. Mitchell on April 14, 1984 in Yorkville. He was a graduate of the Elburn High School in Elburn, Illinois, class of 1955.

Following high school, he joined the Army and served from 1955-1958. Bob was employed by Lyon Metal Products in Montgomery for 37 years. Most recently, he was employed by Blodgett Garden Center in Fort Atkinson for 16 years. He was a member of the Aurora Lodge No. 254 A.F. & A.M. and the Shrine Club in Illinois. Bob enjoyed motorcycles, motorcycle racing, snowmobiles and boats. He was a member of the American Motorcycle Association.

Survivors include his wife, Jan; three sons, Greg of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Michael of Waynesville, N.C., Steven (Rhonda) of Monument, Colo.; two daughters-in-law, Susan Gilkey of Lebanon, Tenn. and Sara Gilkey of Waynesville; seven grandchildren, Kyle, Rob and Coleena, Maggie and Jim, Garrett and Austin; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Jean Harrington of Illinois; one brother-in-law, Frank Wood of Elburn; one sister-in-law, Paula Hildebrand of Yorkville; nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, and his companion dogs, Hooper and Cody.

Also preceding in death was his brother, Jim; and sister, Clarice Wood.

Memorial and Masonic services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at 2 p.m., at the Dunlap Memorial Home with friend, Jack Blodgett officiating. Memorials may be made to Rainbow Hospice Care, who gave Bob such wonderful care.

Karl G. Zimmer

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Karl G. Zimmer, 53, of Sugar Grove, passed away unexpectedly, Monday, Sept. 19, 2011.

He was born June 16, 1958, in Chicago, the son of John Sr. and Nancy (LeVangie) Zimmer.

Karl was one of 13 children and spent many of his growing years around the Chicagoland area and attended local schools. Karl had several jobs in the first several years following school but began a career in water purification at Interlake Continental in Broadview, Ill.

Karolyn Rhode tried to set Karl up with a friend, but he ended up falling head over heels in love with Karolyn instead. Their love story began shortly after, and before long they were united in marriage on May 8, 1982.

They began their new life together in Cicero, Ill., for a time and welcomed home two of their five daughters, Rachel and Kate. They bought their first home in Berwyn, Ill., and watched their family grow when Laura, Karla and Dana made their family complete. In 1994, the family moved to Kaneville before finally settling in Sugar Grove in 1999.

While Karl began his career at Interlake Continental, he later began working for Ionpure in Lombard, Ill. Karl’s entrepreneurial spirit soon bloomed and he began his own business, H2O Technical Services. He was so successful in building the business that it was soon bought by US Filter. Karl worked for them as a service manager for two years before longing to be his own boss once again. Karl resurrected H2O Technical Services, built it up once again and eventually partnered with AmeriWater, who honored him with the 2010 National Distributor Award.

Karl’s foundation was built with the help of the local Boy Scout Troop. He grew and learned hard work, determination and love of the outdoors. He worked many jobs to make money for his dues and to help pay for trips and was forever grateful for the opportunities it provided him. He was a big kid at heart who knew how to make you feel special. He was a favorite of not only his daughters, but his nieces, nephews, cousins and neighborhood kids as well. He loved to pull the kids in a trailer with his tractor and later taught them how to drive it. All the kids made a million memories on the playset he built in the backyard, but they made even more when they took a camper on the road, visiting Mt. Rushmore, any campground they could find and later Disney World.

He taught his girls smelt fishing and snipe hunting and was their biggest fan when they played sports at school. You couldn’t find a dad that was more proud. Karl also loved to make home movies. His first camera weighed a ton and was as big as a suitcase, but it never kept him from capturing the perfect moment.

When he sold his first business, Karl officially began his love affair with Harley Davidson, when he bought a Road King. Later, when he restarted his business, Karl upgraded to his Ultra Classic and called it his “therapy”. He enjoyed playing horse shoes almost as much as he loved playing the Lotto, but there was nothing he loved more than becoming a “Grumpa” to his grandchildren. He was a great man who lived a great life but was taken before his time. Karl will be missed by many and never forgotten.

He is survived by his loving wife Karolyn; five daughters, Rachel (Tom) Lang and their son Graham, Kate (Andrew) Clements and their son Owen, Laura (Greg) Reinert, Karla Zimmer with another grandson on the way, and Dana Zimmer; his mother, Nancy Zimmer, six brothers; five sisters and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his father, John Sr.; and one brother, Gerard Zimmer.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A funeral to celebrate his life will be Friday, Sept. 23, at Kaneville United Methodist Church in Kaneville. Rev. Mark Harkness, pastor of the church, will officiate and interment will follow at Kaneville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you send a memorial to the charity of your choice. Tributes may be forwarded to www.conleycare.com where you can read his full life story.

Williams, Koehling to wed

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Jeff and Linda Koehling of Sugar Grove announce the engagement of their son, Matthew Koehling, to Abigail Williams, the daughter of Jack and Carol Williams of Greenwood, Ind.

The bride is a graduate of Center Grove High School and Judson University. She is employed as a teacher at Greenwood Christian Academy.

The groom is a graduate of Hinckley-Big Rock High School and Judson University. He is employed by First Centennial Mortgage as a Loan Originator.

The wedding ceremony will be Nov. 5, 2011, in Greenwood, Ind. The couple plans to honeymoon in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Hatchett graduates basic training

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Army Pvt. Mathew Hatchett graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

He is the son of Ava Kakoczki of Maple Park.

Hatchett graduated in 2010 from Kaneland High School.

Smith earns Girl Scout Gold Award

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Elburn resident Nikki Smith was among 27 Girl Scouts in northern Illinois who earned the Girl Scout Gold Award in 2011. The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.

Smith worked with the Kane County Judicial Center to paint two murals and add a bookshelf to the waiting room of the Abuse/Neglect/Adoption Courtroom. She also collected art supplies, coloring books, and sewed drawstring bags for 50 art kits that were distributed to foster children through Lutheran Social Services.

“I love art and wanted to work with children,” Smith said. “Through my project, I wanted to ease the transition of kids going through the court and/or foster system and give them the healthy distraction of art.”

Smith was honored for her accomplishment at Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois’ recent Young Women of Distinction event.

Fleck, Ackerman to wed

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Roger and Kathy Ackerman announce the engagement of their son, Chad Ackerman, to Allison Fleck, daughter of Pat and Jerry Fleck of Geneva.

The groom is a graduate of Kaneland High School, and the bride is a graduate of Geneva High School. The wedding ceremony will be Aug. 11, 2012, in Mill Creek. The couple plans to honeymoon in Hawaii.

Snyders celebrate 50 years

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Mr. and Mrs. Richard Snyder of Pace, Fla., and formerly of Maple Park, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 14893 Plank Road in Sycamore.

Friends and relatives are invited, and it is requested that gifts be omitted.

Richard Snyder and Carolyn Stearns were married Sept. 30, 1961, at Saint Peter and Paul’s Church in Virgil.

Hosting the celebration will be their family, Christine (Don) Hattan of DeKalb, Steve (Dina) of Goshen, Ind., and Greg (Shawn) of Sycamore. The couple also has five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Church news for Sept. 15

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St. Peter Barn Sale returns
Geneva—The St. Peter Barn Sale will be held at the Kane County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18.
The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. The fairgrounds are at 525 S. Randall Road in St. Charles. Admission is free, although a $1 per vehicle free-will donation for parking is requested.

Bridging the interfaith
divide—celebrate
International Day of Peace

Geneva—A network of Fox Valley faith communities invites you to a community-wide celebration of the International Day of Peace (Peace Day) on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982, after being established by a United Nations resolution to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The International Day of Peace provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date.
The local celebration of the International Day of Peace will kick off with a gathering at 10 a.m. for the dedication of the recently installed Peace Pole at Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN), located at 121 S. Third St. in Geneva (just across from the old Kane County courthouse, at the yellow awning).
This Peace Pole is part of the international Peace Pole Project. It bears a phrase “May peace prevail on earth” in Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Algonquin (Native American language indigenous to the area), and Swedish, along with “May peace be in our homes and communities” in English.
Activities will continue a block east at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva (UUSG), located at 110 S. 2nd St., in Geneva.
At 10:30 a.m., come attend an enlightening, interactive program titled, “Have you heard the one about: How to respond to hate language,” presented by nonviolent communications trainer, Thom Thomas.
Ask questions of religious leaders in a panel on Building Bridges, from 11:45 to 12:45, with representatives from the Islam, Unitarian, Jewish and Christian faiths. A panel discussion with young adults will follow at 1 p.m.
Children of all ages will be treated to puppet shows about diversity, craft projects, along with the opportunity to meet and greet children from other religions and ethnicities, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Additionally, the UUSG sanctuary will be open throughout the Day of Peace event for meditation and reflection.
Preceding Saturday’s event will be a free public screening of “Divided We Fall,” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, at the UUSG. This prize-winning documentary features stories of Sikhs, Muslims and Arabs in America, and interviews with scholars, lawyers and legislators about race, religion and security in post-9/11 America.
This local celebration of the International Day of Peace is a secular event, open to everyone of all ages and faiths.
For a complete schedule of this event, please visit www.uusg.org or www.fvjn.org or call (630) 232-2350. Information on the International Day of Peace is available at www.internationaldayofpeace.org.

St. Gall to hold
annual golf outing

ELBURN—St. Gall Church, Elburn, will host its third annual golf outing on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 9 a.m. at Hughes Creek Golf Course in Elburn. Cost is $85 per player and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch at the turn, and dinner. There will also be fabulous prizes and many fun golf contests.
Single and double players are encouraged to register, as the committee will make up foursomes. To register, visit www.stgall.com, download the registration form and mail it to the Parish Office at 120 W. Shannon St, Elburn, IL 60119, or call (630) 365-6030. Sponsorship opportunities are still available; contact the Parish Office for details.

Caring for the Caregiver Conference at Hosanna! Lutheran Church
ST. CHARLES—A conference focusing on the caregiver and their needs will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, hosted by Hosanna! Lutheran Church.
Over 40 professional organizations and service providers from across Chicagoland will be on site to answer questions on topics including legal and financial issues and family conflict, care receiver living options and self-care options for the caregiver. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Call (630) 584-6434, e-mail Welcome@HosannaChurch.com or visit HosannaChurch.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Carolyn M. Butts

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Carolyn M. Butts, 69, of Yorkville, passed away on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born May 18, 1942, in DeKalb, the daughter of Charles and Edith (Reid) Strausberger.

She was a graduate of Kaneland High School in 1960 and married Dale L. Butts in 1962. They enjoyed their 49 years together camping, traveling, gardening and sharing with their children and grandchildren.

She was very active at Cross Lutheran Church in Yorkville, where her services and burial took place.

She will be deeply missed by her husband, Dale Butts, of Yorkville; her children, Karen (Robert) Lukowski of Battle Creek, Mich., and Duane (Diane) Butts of Yorkville; her grandchildren, Sarah, Jessica and Christopher Lukowski, and David and Derek Butts; her brother, Marty (Elverna) Strausberger of Elburn; her sister, Janet (Dr. Warren) Golliger of Spearfish, S.D.; sisters-in-law, Donna (Art) Maercker of Maple Park and Denise (Mike) Rogers of DeKalb; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Edith Strausberger.

Arrangements were made by Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 410 E. Countryside Parkway, Yorkville, IL 60560.

Phillip ‘Phil’ J. Gardner

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Phillip “Phil” J. Gardner, 28, of DeKalb, formerly of Batavia, passed away tragically following a car accident on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

He is survived by his parents, Kim (Jeff) McGuire of Plano, and Jack (Debbie Younglove) Gardner of Oregon, Ill.; one brother, Erik (Dani Grote) Gardner of Sycamore; two step-brothers, Sean McGuire of Chicago and Garrett McGuire of Palatine, Ill.; one step-sister, Sarah Younglove of Oregon, Ill.; maternal grandparents, Bob and Penny Johnson; paternal grandparents, Jack and Sharon Gardner; many aunts, uncles, cousins and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his cousin, Michael York.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A funeral to celebrate his life will be held Monday, Sept. 19, also at Conley Funeral Home, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Phil Gardner Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or at www.conleycare.com.

Richard “Dick” Williams, Jr.

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Richard “Dick” Williams, Jr., 87 , of Elburn, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Provena McAuley Manor in Aurora.

He was born July 25, 1924, the son of Richard Sr. and Vivian (James) Williams in Big Rock.

Dick grew up in Big Rock, and after graduating from Big Rock High School in 1942 he began working for Lyon Metal in Aurora for time. It wasn’t long before Dick heard the call of his country and he dutifully answered, entering into the United States Army Air Corp.

After his training, Dick was sent overseas as bombardier and viewed Italy from the air before his honorable discharge in 1945. Upon his return to civilian life, Dick began working at Dewey Nash Garage in Aurora as a manager.

Dick also returned to his high school sweetheart, Betty Holmberg. They celebrated their love on V-J Day, Aug. 8, 1945, when they were united in marriage in Batavia.

They began their new life together in the midst of a national celebration, but as life settled down, Dick and Betty did, too, making a home in Aurora for a time before moving to rural Elburn after their son Gary was born. They lived with Betty’s father following her mother’s passing, but when her father passed in 1987, they made the big move, a whole quarter of a mile, to their present home.

Dick and Chuck Swan managed a gas station and garage in Elburn on the south side of town for many years until working with his brother at the Big Rock Truck Stop. Before long, Elburn came calling again and Dick returned, this time beginning a career that would last almost 20 years at Northern Farm Service, where you could get just about anything you needed, a tank of gas, a wrench or the latest piece of local gossip, all delivered with Dick’s signature smile.

Dick was a proud member of both the Elburn American Legion and the 40 & 8 club, bringing back memories of his time in the service and the lifelong friendships he made. He was also a recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award as a lifelong member of the Elburn Lion’s Club. Dick was also the last surviving member of the Elburn Fox Hunter’s Club, a “notorious bunch” whose reputation preceded them.

Dick had an incredible work ethic which left him little time for hobbies. Always moving, Dick was never at a loss for something to do. His yard was a thing of beauty and source of much pride as he trimmed, pulled weeds and rode on his Simplicity mower. When there was time, Dick liked to play Pitch with friends. It was his family he loved most, and although his body failed him, his spirit lives on, and the memories left behind will be treasured by not only his family, but by the community he served for so many years.

Dick is survived by his loving wife, Betty; his son, Gary Williams of Mountain Home, Wyo.; five grandchildren, Karen Stephen and her son Cole of Wasilla, Alaska, Christy Blackburn and her three children, Micah, Mavin, and Tavain, of Houston, Texas, Samantha Williams of Colorado Springs, Colo., Randy Williams and Jayme Williams, both of Laramie, Wyo.; several nieces and nephews and a community of friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Francis Williams; and two siblings, Betty, and James, who died in infancy.

Visitation was held on Monday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A funeral service to celebrate his life was held at 3 p.m. Rev. Michelle Prentice-Leslie, pastor of the Elburn Community Congregational Church, officiated. Interment followed at West Big Rock Cemetery in Big Rock.

A memorial has been established in Dick’s name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Dick Williams 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.

James W. Wituk

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James W. Wituk, 59, of Elburn, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love and prayers of his family at his home Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011.

He was born Jan. 5, 1952, in Sycamore, the son of Wassil and Katherine (Zehetner) Wituk.

Jim grew up on the family farm on Route 38 across from the Elburn Forest Preserve in Elburn, where he attended local schools. Jim graduated from Kaneland High School with the class of 1971.

Jim was united in marriage to Patty Chidester shortly after high school and welcomed home two children, Kelly and Jim. They made their home in Elburn for a time before they parted ways in 1979.

He was lucky in love a second time when he met Lilija Adomenas-Van Reenan by the bonfire at Jim’s sister’s Halloween Party in 2000. He asked Lili if she wanted to go on a hay ride, and instead of jumping on the back of a hay rack, she joined him in the truck that pulled the rack instead. He drove away with her heart that night, and the friendship that was born that night turned into a deep and profound relationship where each soul recognized its counterpoint in the other.

The following year, Jim and Lili began making memories of their own in their present home in Campton Hills.

His work ethic was forged on the farm, but after it was sold during his high school years, Jim busied his hands as a mechanic, working first at Harms Chevrolet, now Bob Jass in Elburn. After Harms, Jim found work at various dealerships but dedicated his time and hands to Reber and Foley, on Main Street in St. Charles for almost 20 years.

Jim’s hands were strong and sure, just like his spirit, second only to his mind. He was extremely creative and instinctual, which when mixed with courage and resolute determination, enabled him to persevere to attain his goals. This may be why his vocation was the same as his passion. Jim worked in the shop during the day and continued this passion once he was home, restoring classic cars and trucks whose glory days were long lost.

His resume includes a 1963 Chevy Impala SS, a 1969 Chevy Pick-Up, and most recently a work-in-progress 1952 Chevy Pick-Up. His collection of model cars and trucks were first proudly displayed in his garage, but soon overflowed into his home, much to Lili’s chagrin.

Jim didn’t stop at restoring however. He enjoyed truck pulls and in his younger years could be found at the Oswego Drag Strip, ripping up the track a quarter mile at a time. Jim’s love also extended to nature and the great outdoors. Exhaust fumes and the roar of the engine were replaced with the quiet solitude that brought a peace like no other. In fact, Jim helped to rejuvenate an entire orchard in the woods of Michigan. It was Jim’s easy going nature and lovable personality that won him friends in many walks of life, but that was nothing compared to the relationships he built with his step-daughter, Audra, and his grandkids. In each relationship, Jim found something special and unique, creating a connection that was theirs and theirs alone.

He is survived by his father, Wassil of Batavia; his soul mate, Lili of Elburn; two children, Kelly Mills and her children, Tyler and Kailey, of Collinsville, Va., and Jim (Kelly) Wituk and their children, Luke, Jack and Ben, all of Maple Park; one step-daughter, Audra (Gerson Contreras-Lule) Adomenas-Van Reenan and their son, Lukas, of Chicago; seven siblings, Helmut (Carole) Wituk, Mark (Cathy) Wituk, Judy (Jim) Woods, Fran (John) Joyner, Kathy McIlnay, Betty Wituk and Heidi (Joe) Jakubaitis; many nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his mother; one nephew, Randy Joyner; and one granddaughter, Keyonna Mills.

Visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 15, from 3 to 8 p.m., with Rosary to begin at 4 p.m. and a wake service to conclude visitation at 8 p.m., at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Following cremation, a memorial Mass will be held at St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 10:30 a.m. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, will officiate, with private family interment to occur at a later date. Prior to Mass, the family has opened an invitation to take part in a special procession. Those wishing to follow the family with his urn past his home are welcome to line up at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m.

Burroughs named to dean’s list at University of Pittsburgh

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Joseph Burroughs of Elburn was named to the dean’s list for the spring term by earning a 3.50 GPA or better at the School of Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh.

Fields earns degree in psychology

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Jamie Virginia Fields of Sugar Grove earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana in the spring of 2011. She also earned recognition by making the dean’s list. To make the dean’s list, a student must achieve a grade point of 3.7 or higher and finish in the top 20 percent of their class. Fields will attend Loyola University this fall to pursue a masters degree in Social Work.

Local residents named to North Central dean’s list

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North Central College announced its dean’s list, and four Sugar Grove residents were included on the list. Joseph Garlinsky, Jessica Arnold, Bryan Renaud and Christine Gebauer.

Vazquez, Michels receive $1,000 scholarships

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Samantha Vazquez and Nick Michels each received a $1,000 scholarship from the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry in July. Vazquez will attend Marquette University, and Michels will attend Waubonsee Community College.

Church news for Sept. 9

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St. Gall to hold special
luminary Mass

ELBURN—St. Gall Church in Elburn will hold a special Mass on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Gall Cemetery, located on Route 47 in downtown Elburn.
This Mass is an opportunity to honor all of those people who have brought a little light into our lives. Envelopes are currently being sold for $1 each. On the envelope, the name of the person who has provided “light” in your life is written and turned into the parish office. All of the names will be highlighted and honored during Mass and with lighted luminaries lining the driveways of the cemetery. The Mass will begin at dusk, and all of the luminaries will remind us of all the special people in our lives who have brought light into our lives. To purchase an envelope/luminary, please contact the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030.
The Centennial Parish Picnic will now be held in the St. Gall parking lot at 5 p.m. (this is rain or shine—if it rains, the picnic will be moved inside to the Parish Hall). Please bring a dish to pass.

UMC Church picnic
SUGAR GROVE—Food, fun, and fellowship will highlight the Sunday, Sept. 11, church picnic at the 40-acre Harter Road property of Sugar Grove United Methodist Church. The meal starts at noon. Bring a friend and a dish to pass. All are welcome. Hymn singing, hayrack rides, volleyball and games for children will make up the day. The event is at 4S633 Harter Road, west of Route 47, near Waubonsee Community College.
For more information, call (630) 466-4501.

Community Congregational Church of Elburn schedule
ELBURN—As of Sunday, Sept. 11, Community Congregational Church of Elburn “regular” worship times go into effect as follows:
• 9 a.m.—Sunday school; rally time
• 9:20 a.m.—Adult Bible study
• 10:30 a.m.—Worship (Holy Communion celebrated the first Sunday of each month)
• 11:30 a.m.—Fellowship
On Sunday, Sept. 11, Community Congregational Church of Elburn will host a Service of Remembrance for all who lost their lives 10 years ago in the attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, as well as in the crash of Flight 93 in the field near Shanksville, Penn. Local clergy participating include Rev. Gary Augustine of Elburn Hill Church, Rev. David Kletzing of Hope Anglican Church, and Rev. Michelle Prentice-Leslie of Community Congregational Church. The service is open to all and will be held at 5 p.m. at Community Congregational Church, 100 E. Shannon St. in Elburn.
For information, call (630) 365-6544.

St. Peter Barn Sale returns
geneva—The St. Peter Barn Sale will be held at the Kane County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18.
The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. The fairgrounds are at 525 S. Randall Road in St. Charles. Admission is free, although a $1 per vehicle free-will donation for parking is requested.

Bridging the interfaith
divide—celebrate
International Day of Peace

Geneva—A network of Fox Valley faith communities invites you to a community-wide celebration of the International Day of Peace (Peace Day) on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The first “Peace Day” was celebrated in September 1982, after being established by a United Nations resolution to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The International Day of Peace provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date.
The local celebration of the International Day of Peace will kick off with a gathering at 10 a.m. for the dedication of the recently installed Peace Pole at Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN), located at 121 S. Third St., in Geneva (just across from the old Kane County courthouse, at the yellow awning).
This Peace Pole is part of the international Peace Pole Project. It bears a phrase “May peace prevail on earth” in Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Algonquin (Native American language indigenous to the area), and Swedish, along with “May peace be in our homes and communities” in English.
Activities will continue a block east at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva (UUSG), located at 110 S. 2nd St., in Geneva.
At 10:30 a.m., come attend an enlightening, interactive program titled, “Have you heard the one about: How to respond to hate language,” presented by nonviolent communications trainer, Thom Thomas.
Ask questions of religious leaders in a panel on Building Bridges, from 11:45 to 12:45, with representatives from the Islam, Unitarian, Jewish and Christian faiths. A panel discussion with young adults will follow at 1 p.m.
Children of all ages will be treated to puppet shows about diversity, craft projects, along with the opportunity to meet and greet children from other religions and ethnicities, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Additionally, the UUSG sanctuary will be open throughout the Day of Peace event for meditation and reflection.
Preceding Saturday’s event will be a free public screening of “Divided We Fall,” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, at the UUSG. This prize-winning documentary features stories of Sikhs, Muslims and Arabs in America, and interviews with scholars, lawyers and legislators about race, religion and security in post-9/11 America.
This local celebration of the International Day of Peace is a secular event, open to everyone of all ages and faiths.
For a complete schedule of this event, please visit www.uusg.org or www.fvjn.org or call (630) 232-2350. Information on the International Day of Peace is available at www.internationaldayofpeace.org.

William ‘Bill’ N. Keifer

in 2011 Obituaries by

William “Bill” N. Keifer, 62, of Sugar Grove, was called home to eternal life suddenly Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011.

He leaves to carry on his legacy , his loving wife of almost 37 years, Yvonne; three sons, Doug (Renee) Keifer of Maple Park, Jeff (Jamie) Keifer of Cortland and Marty (Stephanie) Keifer of Sugar Grove; four grandchildren, Madison and Brennan Keifer of Maple Park, and Jayden and Jillian Keifer of Cortland; four siblings, Jack (Ellen) Keifer of Boise, Idaho, Tom (Maryann) Keifer of Tinley Park, Ill., Kathy (Rae Sena) Keifer of Milwaukee, Wis., and Joe (Regina) Keifer of Plainfield, Ill.; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A Mass to celebrate his life will be held at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Virgil at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8. Interment will follow at S. S. Peter & Paul Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Bill Keifer 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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