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Kenkel part of Xavier University internship program

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CINCINNATI, OHIO—Elburn resident Emily Kenkel, a junior at Xavier University majoring in music education and vocal performance, took part in Xavier University’s Summer Service Internship Program, now in its 17th year. Xavier’s program is unique in that it offers interns stipends and free housing in Xavier’s Brockman Residence Hall. With a mission to develop as men and women for others, the interns serve at area non-profits and community agencies. The students make this service an integral part of their daily lives.

Kenkel, a Kaneland High School graduate, is the daughter of Pat and Christina Kenkel. She is working at United Cerebral Palsy.

Baurle named to dean’s list at Bethel University

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SAINT PAUL, MINN.—Brittany Baurle, a Sugar Grove resident and a senior at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn., has been named to the dean’s list for academic excellence for the spring 2011 semester.

Brittany is the daughter of Al Baurle of Sugar Grove.

The dean’s list honors students who achieve an outstanding scholastic record during a semester with a grade point average of 3.6 or higher.

Sugar Grove residents named to dean’s list at Olivet Nazarene

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BOURBONNAIS, ILL.—Joseph Blaney, Joss Nicholson, Nicholas Rogers and Emily Wood, all of Sugar Grove, were named to Olivet Nazarene University’s spring 2011 dean’s list.

To qualify for inclusion on the dean’s list, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale.

Dolbeer named to Columbia College Chicago dean’s list

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CHICAGO—Hannah Dolbeer, a film and video major, and Jonathan Pivovar, a photography major, both of Elburn; and Elizabeth Kennedy, a fashion design major, and Chelsea Roberts, a theatre major, both of Maple Park; were named to the Columbia College Chicago dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester.

To be named to the dean’s list at Columbia College Chicago, students must have taken at least 12 credit hours and have a 3.75 grade point average or above for that semester.

Witte named to dean’s list at Saint Mary’s College

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NOTRE DAME, Ind.—Sugar Grove resident Michelle Witte recently received a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College, and also named to the college’s dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester.

Michelle is the daughter of Diann and John Witte of Sugar Grove.

To earn academic honors at Saint Mary’s, a student must achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.6 on a 4.0 scale, have at least 12 graded credit hours, no incompletes, and no grades lower than a C.

Sikic earns scholarship

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PLATTEVILLE, WIS.—University of Wisconsin-Platteville student and Sugar Grove resident Alexandra Sikic recently earned the Sentry Insurance Foundation Leadership Scholarship ($2,500). Sikic, who is majoring in business administration, is the daughter of Daniel and Katherine Sikic.

Church news for Aug. 26

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175th birthday worship
KANEVILLE—Kaneville United Methodist Church will host a 175th birthday worship for Kaneville on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 9:30 a.m. The service will be at the pavilion just outside of Kaneville Community Center. Call KUMC at (630) 557-0018 for details.

Free spaghetti dinner
offers night out

ST. CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will serve homemade spaghetti and meatballs with salad, garlic bread, beverage and homemade dessert free to attendees of the monthly event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, at St. Charles Episcopal Church.
Joe Ryan and Matt Rhead, with their friends, have provided dinners each month since April 2009. 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.
The church is located at 994 N. 5th Ave. Call Joe at (630) 890-6586 for more information.

Sugar Grove UMC reverts
to regular schedule

Sugar Grove—The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will return of its regular worship hours for all the Sundays from September through May. The public is invited to attend.
The church, located at 176 Main St., Sugar Grove, and pastored by Rev. Steven Good, will offer services on Sundays at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday school is available at 9:15 a.m. for those ages 3 and older. Nursery care is provided for the 10:30 a.m. service.
More information is available at (630) 466-4501 or

Church news for Aug. 19

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Rummage, bake sale
at St. Gall

ELBURN—St. Gall Catholic Church, 120 W. Shannon St., will host a Rummage and Bake Sale Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19 and 20.
The parish hall and basement classrooms are filled to the brim with household goods, books, sporting goods, electronics, toys, home improvements, small furniture, bikes, lamps, tools, shoes and clothing. There will also be a bake sale.
Sale is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20. Clothing Bag Sale starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Proceeds will benefit St. Gall’s Parish needs.

Don Beebe to be
featured at Elburn Days

ELBURN—Former NFL star wide receiver and current motivational speaker Don Beebe will be featured during the Elburn Days 2011 Worship in the Park at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21.

175th birthday worship
KANEVILLE—Kaneville United Methodist Church will host a 175th birthday worship for Kaneville on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 9:30 a.m. The service will be at the pavilion just outside of Kaneville Community Center. Call KUMC at (630) 557-0018 for details.

William “Bill” Guth

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William “Bill” Guth, 89, of Drummond, Wis., and formerly of the Aurora/Chicago area, died on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at the Ashland Health and Rehabilitation Center in Ashland, Wis.

He was born Aug. 20, 1921, in Aurora, to William T. and Eugenie (Schneiter) Guth. On May 2, 1942, he was united in marriage to Louise Peterson in Aurora.

Bill proudly served as a Bombardier in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the 7th Air Force, 11th Bomb Group, and 42nd Squadron in the Pacific arena from September 1944 to January 1946, retiring from the Air Force Reserves as a Captain. Prior to his service during WWII, Bill was employed by the Electromotive Division of General Motors as engineer of tests, and resumed his position once honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Air Corps. In 1958, he went to work for the Ashland Oil & Refining Company as a sales manager in the Railway Sales Department, retiring in 1986.

Bill and Louise lived in the Chicago/Aurora area until 1965, when they moved to Elburn, and finally to Drummond, Wis., in 1986. Bill was active in the Lions Club in Elburn, as well as the American Legion in both Elburn and Cable, Wis. He was also an active member of the United Church of Christ in Cable. He liked to hunt and fish, and enjoyed watching sports on TV, especially his beloved Packers.

Bill is survived by his two sons, Kenneth of South Elgin, Ill., and Charles (Barbara) of Richmond, Ill.; grandchildren, James of Hebron, Ill. and Laura (Eric) Hanson of Waukee, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews. He was not only a father to his sons, but was a “father” and mentor to many others as well.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Louise, in 2010; and a brother, Samuel.

A memorial service for Bill will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Cable, Wis., with pastors Lynn Larson and Deb Pyne officiating. A time of gathering with family and friends will be held after the service. Interment will be at a later date in the River Hill Cemetery in Batavia, Ill.

Online condolences may be left at

Allan Scott

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Allan Scott, 61, of Elgin, formerly of St. Charles and Elburn, passed away Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at Sherman Hospital in Elgin following a fierce battle with cancer. Released from his body, he is now whole and at peace in Heaven.

He was born June 14, 1950, in Dodgeville, Wis., the son of Ambrose and Lois (Needham) Scott.

Allan’s family moved to Iowa in 1955. His education came from several sources, beginning at a country school in Hurstville, New Castle and East Iron, before finishing his education in Baldwin and Maquoketa, Iowa. After school, he found work as a laborer on the railroad. In later years, Al lived with and farmed with Melvin Lipski on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. He also worked on local farms in Iowa before entering the service.

Allan enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1969 and faithfully fought for his country during Vietnam. Upon his honorable discharge in 1971, he returned to Iowa, living in both Emeline and Canton. He continued working on the railroad, first becoming a gang foreman and later a section foreman. He then moved to St. Charles, working on the Milwaukee Road. Later, he found work with Metra, where he was a track inspector, machine operator and finally a crane operator, which culminated a 41-year career with the railroad before his retirement in February of 2011.

Allan and Barbara Bermer met at a local dance, and before the night was through, Barb had danced away with his heart. They were united in marriage on Nov. 15, 1980.

They followed Allan’s work to South Elgin, where they made their home in an apartment for a time. Soon they welcomed their son, Chad, in 1982. As the family grew, more room was needed, and in 1985 they moved to St. Charles. Their daughter Amy was welcomed into the family in 1988, and Megan made their family complete in 1994. Six years later, they made their way to the Elburn area, living off Campton Hills Road. In 2003, Allan and Barb went their separate ways, but love is the tie that binds, and in February 2011 they were wed once again.

Allan was past local chairman of The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees, where he worked hard using all the passion for the railroad to help his fellow co-workers. He was also a proud member of the Elgin American Legion, Post No. 57.

Allan made time to go fishing in the Fox River for anything that would take his bait, and sleeping under the stars while camping also brought a thrill. He also loved to golf, making a golden memory when he made a hole in one.

Allan was very proud of his “green thumb” and enjoyed tending to his garden, especially his prized tomatoes. Country music made his heart smile, while the sight of a horse brought a smile to his face. Allan didn’t know much about technology, but it never kept him from buying the latest toy, even though he rarely knew how to use it. He did, however, know how to shuffle a deck and play a mean game of cards. Allan was an extremely hard worker who gave everything to every task at hand. Whether it was big or small, at work or at home, Allan gave his all. He had a lot of love to share, was a friend to many and was often generous to a fault; but above all, he loved his family the most. The legacy he leaves are the memories he made. Allan was one-of-a-kind and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; three children, Chad (Aalia) Scott of Brookfield, Ill.; Amy Scott and her son, Ayden of Elburn, and Megan Scott, also of Elburn; two brothers, David (Susan) Scott of Maquoketa, Iowa, and Kerry Scott of Baldwin, Iowa; two sisters, Suzanne Scott of Beloit, Wis., and Patricia (Terry) Cahill of Delmar, Iowa; several nieces, nephews and a family of friends. He is preceded in death by his father, mother and older sister, Judy Putman.

Visitation was Saturday, Aug. 13, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A funeral service to celebrate Allan’s life began at 4:30 p.m. Rev. Michael Deblois, pastor of the Plano Bible Church officiated. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

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

Thomas A. Varetoni

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Thomas A. “Tom” Varetoni, 79, of St. Charles, formerly of New Jersey, passed away Friday, Aug.12, 2011, at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, following a valiant struggle with cancer that eventually took his body but never his spirit.

He was born Oct. 14, 1931, in Clifton, N.J., the son of Thomas and Mary (Menagus) Varetoni. Tragedy struck early, as his mother didn’t survive his birth. Love came calling quickly, as his father married Olga, the mother he would know for the rest of his life.

Tom grew up in Clifton among a neighborhood of family. He attended local schools and graduated high school in 1949. A few years later, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1951 and served on the USS Wisconsin BB64 in Korea from 1951-1954, after which he did a Mediterranean tour on the USS Juneau Claa-119.

Initially, Tom began in the radar group, but an opportunity to attend Electronic Technician School presented itself. Not knowing it at the time, this opportunity would help to shape the rest of his life. He studied at the Great Lakes Naval Base in Great Lakes, Ill., and upon his honorable discharge, Tom returned to civilian life in Clifton, where he attended Newark College of Engineering, graduating in 1959. Tom began working at Illinois Bell and later at AT&T, concentrating on both telecommunications and teaching, the latter a passion that resurfaced in later years. While working at Illinois Bell, he studied at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he received his masters degree.

Tom had his heart stolen at a USO dance while learning radar at the Great Lakes Naval Base, and he couldn’t have been happier. Eileen Seymour spent no time giving hers in return, and soon a relationship bloomed into marriage as they were wed on Sept. 11, 1954, in Dundee, Ill.

They began their new life together back in Clifton, N.J., living with his parents until he returned from the service. When he returned, they continued to live in Clifton while Tom finished his schooling. The next many years were full of cross-country moves between New Jersey and Illinois, with memories made with each move and mile.

They began a family while living in Carpentersville, Ill. The family grew to include four children: Kathleen, Carole, Michael and Robert. Eventually, they settled in St. Charles and watched their children grow and have children of their own.

After a career in telecommunications, Tom was offered early retirement. It was an offer he accepted, but he never lived up to the traditional definition of the word. Instead, Tom did private consulting work for a time before he began teaching at Elgin Community College, where he helped to develop their electronics technician program. His defiance of the word “retirement” continued when he accepted a teaching position at The Devry Institute and loved every semester of it until his “final retirement” in 2008.

Tom was a member and president of IEEE. He also was a member of the Dundee Lions Club.

Tom was a man whose heart matched his stature, and his effortless wit matched his grace on the dance floor. He and Eileen kicked up their heels at many ballrooms over the years, including the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Big band music and Broadway shows were a favorite, but musicals were his favorite form of cinema, especially any featuring Frank Sinatra or Gene Kelly. His appreciation for “Anchors Aweigh,” “Singin’ In The Rain,” “Oliver” and “Annie” were passed on to his children and grandchildren.

When the children were young, Tom took pride in taking his family all across the country, showing them nearly every national park, monument or historical sight in 40 states. He did this with the patience of a saint, traveling with a pop-up camper, his wife, four children and a dog.

In later years, after the children were grown, Tom and Eileen traveled the world, visiting England, Scotland, Austria, Switzerland, France and especially Cortina, Italy, where his family originated.

Tom loved to garden and see his vegetables grace the table after each harvest, especially his famous tomatoes and pickled cucumbers. His prized Japanese Peony, with exquisite huge pink flowers, was also a source of pride, often giving its blooms to his granddaughters. It was often said that Tom was “the sweetest man I know,” and the proof could be found in the countless friends he made over the years, bridging both geographical and generational gaps.

Tom knew how to tell a story. He loved to regale friends and family with tales of his youth, his years in the Navy, early years with Eileen and his travels that brought smiles and laughter to both the young and the old. Tom was larger than life, and the mark he left on the hearts of all he knew will never fill in the void left by his absence. He will be missed and never forgotten.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen; four children, Kathleen (Chris) Varetoni-Turk of Maple Park, Carole Varetoni of South Elgin, Ill., Michael Varetoni of Florida and Robert (Beth) Varetoni of Cave Creek, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Collin, Lyndsey, Sedona Rose and Selah Rae; one brother, Jim Varetoni of New Jersey; many nieces, nephews, a special cousin, Mary Lou Weaver, and a brotherhood of friends made and kept through his years in the service, including Mike “Ziggy” Marzigliano.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas, Mary and Olga.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., with a wake service at 7 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL, Thursday, Aug. 18. A Mass to celebrate his life will be held Friday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m., at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Virgil. Father Perfecto Vasquez, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at Ohio Grove Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Thomas Varetoni 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 where you can find his full life story.

Pritchard named to dean’s list at Bradley

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SUGAR GROVE—Michael Pritchard of Sugar Grove was named to the dean’s list for the 2011 spring semester at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

The accolade recognizes Pritchard as being among the best students in the university’s Foster College of Business Administration.

Cole named state finalist for National Miss Illinois

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ELBURN—A 16-year-old from Elburn will compete for the title of National American Miss Illinois after being chosen as a state finalist.

Madeline Grace Cole will compete in the Junior Teen division at the pageant held on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 4 and 5, at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. The winner receives $1,000 cash, the official crown and banner, a trophy, roses, and an all-expense paid trip to California for the national pageant.

Pheasant Run is at 4051 East Main Street, St. Charles.

Carnell among students honored at academic awards ceremony

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Elburn—Brittney Carnell was among 180 students honored for their outstanding academic achievements at the Honors Convocation and Hooding Ceremony held earlier this month at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill.

Carnell, whose parents are Glenn and Melissa Carnell of Elburn, was named the Outstanding Senior in Marketing.

Ott named to dean’s list at Bradley University

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Sugar Grove—Christopher Ott was named to the dean’s list at the College of Engineering & Technology at Bradley University for the 2011 spring semester. Ott is a 2009 Kaneland High School graduate from Sugar Grove. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must achieve a minimum 3.5 grade point average for the semester on a 4.0 scale.

Sivak named to Boston University dean’s list

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Elburn—Kristin Sivak of Elburn was recently named to the dean’s list at Boston University for the spring semester. Boston University is the fourth largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges.

Local students named to Miami University dean’s list

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Oxford, Ohio—Benjamin Richards of Elburn, and Catherine Krasner and William Krasner of Maple Park, were named to the Miami University dean’s list for second semester of the 2010-11 school year.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or better

Church news for Aug. 11

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UMC Rummage Sale
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, located at 176 Main St. in Sugar Grove, will hold a rummage sale on Friday, Aug. 12, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 13, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Items for sale will include books, toys, games, clothing, DVDs, CDs, sporting goods, linens, furniture, tools, lawn and garden items, art, home decor, jewelry, household items, kitchen accessories, small appliances and more.
For more information, call (630) 466-4501.

Volunteers, donations
needed for giveaway

ST. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will host its school supply and clothing giveaway Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12 and 13, with the help of other area churches Bethlehem Lutheran and St. John Neumann Catholic.
Volunteers are needed to help with clothing sorting at various times through Friday, Aug. 12.
Help is also needed at the giveaway on Friday, Aug. 12, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Donations can include new and gently used backpacks, coats and jackets for any age, clothing in sizes infant through high school, various school supplies including No. 2 pencils, folders, and notebooks. Cash donations are always accepted. All donations can be dropped off at any of the participating churches on Thursday, Aug. 11.
For information, e-mail, call (630) 584-6434, or visit Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road, St. Charles.

Don Beebe to be
featured at Elburn Days
Worship in the Park

ELBURN—Former NFL star wide receiver and current motivational speaker Don Beebe will be featured during the Elburn Days 2011 Worship in the Park on Sunday, Aug. 21.

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