DECATUR, ILL.—Brian Dixon of Elburn was recently named to the Millikin University dean’s list for fall 2014.
Dixon, a senior, is an art major in the College of Fine Arts at Millikin.
DECATUR, ILL.—Brian Dixon of Elburn was recently named to the Millikin University dean’s list for fall 2014.
Dixon, a senior, is an art major in the College of Fine Arts at Millikin.
MILWAUKEE—Maria Rossi of Elburn was recently named to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee dean’s list for the fall 2014 semester.
Rossi, a junior, is studying health sciences at the university.
NEWARK, DEL.—Erica Fisher of Maple Park was recently named to the University of Delaware’s dean’s list for the 2014 fall semester.
To meet eligibility requirements for the dean’s list, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.33 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.
ELBURN—St. Gall Catholic Church will host its 132nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Turkey Dinner on Sunday, March 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Parish Hall, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn.
The event will feature a sit-down, home-cooked dinner including turkey, real mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, corn, green beans, rolls, cranberry, cole slaw, Irish soda bread and lots of pies to choose from for dessert.
The turkeys are supplied by Ho-Ka (Howard Kauffman) Turkey Farm in Waterman, Ill., and the turkeys are raised free range and minimally processed with nothing added.
Tickets will be available at the door. The cost of the meal is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children ages 5 and under. Carry-outs will be available at the Elburn American Legion Hall for $12.
For additional information, call (630) 365-6030 or visit www.stgall.com.
ELBURN—St. Gall Church will offer Stations of the Cross for prayerful reflection every Friday, March 13 to March 27, at 5:30 p.m., and April 3 at 2 p.m., at the church, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn.
In the Catholic faith, Lent is a time for fasting, abstinence from meat and prayer in preparation for Easter.
All are invited to attend St. Gall’s Lenten Stations of the Cross reflections. For more information, contact the St. Gall Parish Office at (630) 365-6030 or visit www.stgall.com.
Carole A. Lamczyk (nee James), 68, of Kaneville, passed away Monday, March 9, 2015, at Delnor Hospital in Geneva.
She was born on June 8, 1946, in Chicago to Melvin and Helen James.
Carole was united in marriage on Aug. 21, 1969, to George Lamczyk. She worked over 33 years for Western Electric/ATT, where she retired.
Carole was a very giving person, always putting everyone first and even knitting for children at Mercy Hospital in Aurora.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, George; children, Robyn Ingemunson, Michael Lamczyk and Steven (Rebecca) Lamczyk; seven grandchildren; sisters, Patricia Dunning, Sharon Gritt and Kathleen (Steve) Edwards; and nieces, nephews, family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will take place Thursday, March 12, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Norris-Walen-Segert Funeral Home, 132 Fremont St. (one block north of Washington and Main streets), West Chicago. Visitation will resume on Friday, March 13, at St. Gall Church, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn, from 9 a.m. until time of Mass at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Gall Cemetery in Elburn.
For more information, call (630) 231-0060 or visit www.norriswalensegertfh.com.
Roy J. Sorensen, 99, of Hinckley, passed away on Monday, March 9, 2015, at his home. He was born at home on July 14, 1915, in Virgil, the son of John and Anna (Petersen) Sorensen. Later, the family moved to a farm west of Kaneville.
Roy attended a one-room school and graduated from Kaneville High School in 1934. For a year, he was stationed at a CC Camp in Brule, Wis. It was during high school that Roy met Berdena Krieghbaum. Their friendship grew, and they were united in marriage on Dec. 23, 1939, at Pierce Church in rural Hinckley on the wedding anniversary of the bride’s parents.
Roy was employed for 10 years by Barber-Greene in Aurora. From there, he decided farming was his future. They farmed in different areas before settling in on the current farm north of Big Rock.
Roy and Berdena loved to go dancing and playing cards with friends and family. After retirement, they traveled to different states and several countries. They also enjoyed attending many Hinckley-Big Rock basketball games. Roy was a member of the English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock. He was a member of the Kane County Farm Bureau and the Aurora Moose Lodge.
Roy is survived by his wife of 75 years, Berdena Sorensen, and was blessed with two children, Terry (Sherry) Sorensen and Lavon (Alan) Nehring; four grandchildren, Kari (Dennis) Vanek, Patrice (Bill) White, Duane (Shawn) Rickert and Darrell Rickert; six great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Arthur and Irvin; and two sisters, Helen and Emma.
Roy was a loving and giving person who will be deeply missed by those who knew him.
Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St., Hinckley, with Rev. William Riegle officiating. Interment will follow in the West Big Rock Cemetery in Big Rock.
Friends may visit from 4 until 8 p.m. on Friday, March 13, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley.
A special thanks goes out to his two caregivers and the staff of Guiding Light Hospice.
Memorials in Roy’s name may be directed to the English Congregational United Church of Christ or Guiding Light Hospice.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory. For more information, visit www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com or call (815) 286-3247.
Percy L. Meredith, 89, passed away peacefully at home, Friday, March 6, 2015 while surrounded by the love and prayers of his family.
He was born August 22, 1925, in Elburn, the son of Leslie and Winnafred Meredith. Percy grew up in Elburn on his family farm and attended local schools.
He graduated from Elburn High School with the class of 1943. Percy was a farmer from birth. He, his brothers and a few helping hands, ran the family farm. He drove the cattle to the train and plowed the land with horses. Percy remembered driving the cattle up Route 47 when it was just a gravel road. He even recalled roller skating down it when it was first paved.
Percy met the lady of his dreams while at Elburn High School. There in the teaming halls he met Yvonne Newton. Although it wasn’t until after high school that they began dating, their love was meant to be. They were married on January 7, 1951 at Elburn Community Congregational Church. Percy and Yvonne first settled in a home on Route 47, just down the road from the family farm. While there, they were blessed with 2 daughters, Sue and Lynn. Late they moved to a house on the family farm, which they remodeled. There they were blessed with a son, Curt, and their family was complete. Percy would live in this home and continue to make wonderful memories until he went home to be with the Lord.
Percy was a farmer his entire life. He started out a cattle farmer, continuing on to become a grain farmer growing corn and soybeans. Retirement was just a word to Percy, and one he would rarely use. You could always find Percy helping out on the farm. Whether it was driving truck, running for parts, welding or fixing anything that was broken, Percy could do it all. Those who knew him knew he could fix anything. Percy was a member of the Batavia Shriners, was a lifetime member of the Blackberry Masonic Temple and served on the Board of Directors of the Elburn Co-Op.
Percy was a lover of flight. Growing up, his family had a dirt air strip where he learned to take off and land. He even crashed a plane or two, but that didn’t stop Percy. He always loved a good winter project, designing miniature jeeps, planes, and cars. He loved old tractors, spending hours upon hours meticulously putting them back together and making them not only functional, but beautiful once again. Percy was a true sportsman and loved water skiing, snowmobiling, driving dune buggies, boating, and golfing. Anything that he could race, you just knew that Percy would. Percy and Yvonne loved to travel the world, visiting farms all over. From Germany to Sweden to Australia, they loved seeing how other farmers did things. They also enjoyed their time up at their cottage on Duck Lake in Wisconsin. Percy’s favorite thing was doing things for, and spending time with, his family. He loved his grandkids and great grandkids more than life itself. He made sure his last project was building a mini kitchen for his newest great-granddaughter. Percy may be gone from this Earth, but he will never be forgotten.
Percy is survived by his wife of 64 years, Yvonne; Three children: Sue (John) Younker, Lynn Meredith, and Curt (Beth) Meredith; Two granddaughters, Angie Meredith and Madeline (Arturo) Martinez; Two great-grandchildren, Ricky and Priscilla Martinez; His brother Leslie Meredith and a countryside of friends.
Percy is preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Winnafred Meredith and his brother Robert.
A visitation will be held Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119, from 4-7pm. Private family burial will follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Percy’s name to benefit the Shriners. Checks may be made to the Batavia Shriners and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also forwarded to the same address or on www.conleycare.com
Dallas and Debra Peters of Elburn announce the engagement of their son, Nathan, to Jodi Brown, daughter of Phil and Traci Davis of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Michael Brown of Robins, Iowa.
The bride-to-be is a 2008 graduate of Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, and a 2012 graduate of the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. In 2014, she received her Masters of Science in occupational therapy at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. She is currently employed at Little Lukes Preschool in Syracuse, N.Y.
The future groom is a 2008 graduate of Kaneland High School and a 2012 graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering. In 2013, he received his Masters of Science at Syracuse University, and is currently working on his Ph. D in aerospace engineering at the university.
The wedding ceremony will take place Aug. 8, 2015, in Coralville, Iowa.
Steve Pitstick of Maple Park and Mona Carlson of Maple Park announce the engagement of their daughter, Traci Pitstick, to Joseph Kingdon, son of Larry and Ann Kingdon of Bloomington, Ill.
The bride-to-be is a graduate of Kaneland High School and Illinois State University.
The future groom is a graduate of Normal Community High School in Normal, Ill., and Illinois State University.
The wedding will take place on June 20, 2015, in Virgil.
Lisa Marie Dienst, 52, of Maple Park, formerly of Thomson, Ill., passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at her home, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family.
She was born Sept. 9, 1962, in Clinton, Iowa, the daughter of Robert and Dorothy (Kustes) Pannell.
Lisa grew up in Thomson and graduated from Thomson High School with the Class of 1980. She graduated from Mount Saint Clair College in 1984 before receiving her masters degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University.
A blind date and a little hand from cousin Billy Powers brought Lisa and Michael Dienst together. Unfortunately, their first date quickly became something of a disaster. Luckily there was a second date, and that is where their love story officially began. Two years later, they walked down the aisle as man and wife on Sept. 13, 1986.
They began their new life together on Airport Road in Sycamore for a time before moving to Maple Park, and welcomed four children. Later, they moved just two miles down the road after buying Michael’s grandfathers farm.
Although Lisa worked at the National Bank and Trust in Sycamore for 10 years before spending the rest of her career at Northern Illinois University as an internal auditor, her true vocation was that of a farmer’s wife. And she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Lisa was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park, and later taught Religious Education there.
Lisa loved any kind of music and dancing, as well. Despite a career in accounting, she loved being a farmer’s wife and all that it entailed. One facet of farm life that was near and dear to her heart was the family raising 4-H pigs.
Her kids were her universe, and she was more than happy to have her life revolve around them. Lisa always encouraged her children not only in school, but also any extracurricular activity that caught their attention. From volunteering at school, FFA and 4-H to baseball, football, track and soccer, Lisa never missed an opportunity to be their biggest cheerleader. Lisa had a deep and abiding faith that gave her the foundation in life that nothing could wash away.
She was funny, always had a smile to give, and had the unique ability to find things to be thankful for no matter how dark times became. She never met a stranger, and was also generous with anything she had, but was the last to ask for help.
Lisa was an avid reader and loved reading all kinds of books—from the Bible to a wide selection of fiction, everything fit the bill.
No matter what the calendar held, Lisa always made sure the family went camping together all across the country, making memories with every campfire. They also took a ski trip to Colorado, and most recently the family went to Wisconsin, where she made the snow fly while riding on a snowmobile.
Lisa was so full of energy that sometimes it was tough to keep up, especially if she was logging mile after mile as she power walked or rode her bicycle (sometimes loaded with one of her children on the extra bike seat, and more in the trailer behind) across the countryside. The only time she stayed still was when her favorite show, “NCIS,” was on television.
Lisa was a coffee lover and never accepted anything less than her favorite Gevalia, which of course she ground herself.
Although Lisa was a busy person, it was the time she spent with family and friends that she loved the most. Lisa was an extraordinary person who made her mark and will never be forgotten.
She is survived by her loving husband, Mike; four children, Meghan, Scott, Mitchell and Brett Dienst; her father, Robert Pannell; three siblings, Barb Lawrence, Ed (Susie) Pannell and Richard (Jenny) Pannell; many nieces, nephews and a countryside of friends.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Jane Pannell.
Visitation will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at the Novak Center, next to St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, County Line Road, Maple Park. A Mass will take place Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. Fr. Perfecto Vasquez, pastor of the church, and Fr. Joachim Tyrtania, pastor of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, Aurora, will concelebrate.
Debbie Meyer, 61, of Elburn, formerly of Lombard, Ill., passed away at her home, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, Feb. 28. Gone from our sight, but never our hearts, she will be greatly missed.
Debbie was born Sept. 27, 1953, in Booneville, Miss., the oldest child to Sidney and Martha Whitehead (Serrano.) Debbie spent much of her childhood on the Hatfield family farm in Mississippi. Debbie loved spending time with her grandmother, Maw Birdy, and grandfather, Pa Jack. Later on in life, Debbie’s family moved to Westmont, Ill., where she attended Downers Grove North High School.
Debbie met the love of her life in the fall of 1970 when she met Tom Meyer through a mutual friend. Their relationship blossomed into something special, and they married on Jan. 29, 1972, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Lombard. After their wedding, Debbie and Tom moved into their first home on Lalonde Street in Lombard.
Tom and Debbie were blessed with four beautiful children, Tom, Adam, Megan and Jill. Debbie was a stay-at-home mom and enjoyed every minute of it. Her world revolved around her children, and she couldn’t wait for the day to have grandchildren. Debbie was blessed with five beautiful granddaughters and two angels in heaven that have been eagerly awaiting her arrival. Debbie also has her first grandson on the way, due in June.
Debbie was a devout member of Grace Baptist Church of Lombard for many years before moving out to Elburn. A few years after moving to Elburn, Tom and Debbie found Calvary Baptist Church in Geneva. Their love for serving God flourished while at Calvary.
Debbie is survived by her husband, Tom, and her four children, Tom (Sarah) Meyer and their daughters Hosanna and Scarlett Meyer, Adam Meyer and his daughter Avery Spence, Megan (Justin) Pittard and their daughters Isla and Estelle, and Jill (Brad) Caldwell with a son on the way; and her mother, Martha Serrano.
She is preceded in death by her father, Sidney Whitehead; and her two granddaughters, Gentry and Presley Caldwell.
A visitation will take place on Thursday, March 5, from 4 until 8 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce, Elburn. A funeral to celebrate Debbie’s life will take place Friday, March 6, at 10 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 823 Hamilton St., Geneva, IL 60134. Entombment will follow the service at Resurrection Cemetery, Batavia.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Debbie’s name. Checks may be made to the “Debbie Meyer Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or at www.conleycare.com.
Loane “Lou” Drendel, 88, of Elburn, passed away Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, following a prolonged battle with various respiratory ailments at Greenfields, where she recently made her home.
She was born on April 27, 1926, in Aurora, the daughter of Charles S. and Lillian S. (Walgren) Handell.
She is survived by her loving husband, Martin Drendel; four children, Ralph (Paula) Drendel, Lee (Deborah) Drendel, Dawn (John) Neubauer and Marybeth (John) Althoff; 12 grandchildren, Kimmi (Joey Krupicka) Drendel, Andy Drendel, Kelsey (Brandon Mueller) Drendel, Jackie (Brian) Edlund and their children Andrew and Frank, Aly (Matt) Ruggie, Lisa Young and her daughter Jamie, Brad Neubauer, Stacey Neubauer, Ashley Neubauer, Chris Althoff, Kevin Althoff and Pat Althoff; and a large family of nieces and nephews.
She is preceded by her parents, Charles S. and Lillian S. Handell; and her brother, Chuck Handell.
Visitation was held Wednesday at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn. A Mass will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, also at St. Gall Catholic Church, 120 W. Shannon St., with visitation from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Fr. Tim Seigel, pastor of the church, will officiate, with interment to follow at St. Gall Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Lou’s name to benefit her favorite charities, including The Elburn Lions Club, Kaneland athletics, St. Gall CCD and Decatur St. Teresa High School. Checks may be made to the “Loane Drendel 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.
Robert M. “Fro” Frohlich, 86, of Mesa, Ariz., passed away on Tuesday morning, Feb. 3, 2015, at his home in Leisure World, Mesa.
Robert was born on Aug. 17, 1928, in Geneva, and was the son of the late Harry and Olive (Enyart) Frohlich.
Robert grew up in Batavia and was a resident of Sugar Grove until he retired to Mesa in 1990.
He attended Elgin Watchmakers College and operated a jewelry and watch repair store in Batavia and Aurora for several years before he went to work for the IBM Corporation in the mid-1950s. Robert retired from the Office Products division of IBM Corporation after more than 25 years of service. Robert was a man of many talents and interests: watch- and clock-making, jewelry-making and woodworking were his passions, as well as being an airplane pilot in his youth. He was a United States Navy veteran and served during World War II.
Survivors include his sister, Joyce of Texas; his children, Kristine (Richard) Frielink of Kaneville, Robert (Karen) Frohlich Jr. of Alabama, Jeffery Frohlich of Naperville, Ill., and James (Liz) Frohlich of Sugar Grove. Robert is also survived by his grandchildren, Andrew (Becky) Frielink, Adam Frielink, John Frohlich, Angela (John) Cook, Pamela Birchfield and Krissy Frohlich; and six great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Robert is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Mary Lou; his brother, Harry Jr.; and sons, Jeffery Miller and Larry Miller.
Memorial services will take place in the spring. Burial will follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311 (www.diabetes.org) or the American Heart Association (www.heart.org/HEARTORG/). The Healy Chapel and Mariposa Gardens funeral homes are assisting the family. To leave an online condolence, visit www.mariposagardens.com.
Kenneth “Ken” E. Nelson, 63, of Maple Park, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at Delnor Hospital in Geneva. He was born April 15, 1951, in Aurora, the son of Eric G. and Marion E. (Gehrke) Nelson.
Ken grew up on the family dairy farm in Maple Park, where the work began at sunrise and didn’t stop until after dark. In between, he attended local schools, graduating from Kaneland High School with the Class of 1969. His years there were filled with memories of cross country, 4-H and Future Farmers of America.
Ken’s father passed away just before graduation, so with a heavy heart Ken returned to the farm of his youth, taking on the responsibilities of his father. Later, he ventured out on his own, working a farm on Keslinger Road, and continued to work for a time before leaving his lands, eventually finding a home for the next 20 years and more with the city of Geneva. He retired in December 2013.
The winds of fate brought Ken and Betty Burton together. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Dan in 1978 and Kathy in 1981. Their paths differed as the years passed, and eventually they went their separate ways. But Ken was lucky in love and found the woman of his dreams in Julie Wisdom. Their two hearts became one when they were united in marriage in 2004.
They began their new life together on the farm in Maple Park and spent the next 10 years making happy memories before Julie’s declining health brought her into the arms of her Savior in September 2014. Ken was a member of Grace Lutheran Church for many years.
Ken’s life was lived outside. From the farm lands of his youth and side jobs mowing for friends and neighbors alongside his nephew, Eric, to the streets of Geneva, Ken was happiest when outdoors. His passion for farming and all things International Farmall ran deep, and it was that love and respect for the land that he passed down to his children.
Ken had a special place in his heart for all of God’s creatures, both big and small, from cows to kittens and everything in between. Each had at least one name and sometimes two throughout their lifetime, which only seemed fair since Ken also shared more than one name. Kenneth may have been the name his parents gave him at birth, but “Clowny” was one that he earned, bestowed upon him by family and friends alike. It was in their presence that he felt most at home, and the place where the many golden memories were made and later reminisced, like the summers playing “Rubberball” with the Ruh kids in backyards and between houses. The rules were much like baseball, the only exception being that if you hit a house with the ball, you were out (and God help you if you hit a window!).
Later, he frequented dozens of auctions and farm sales, looking for just the right “treasure” he absolutely couldn’t live without. Ken was a man who lived fully, loved deeply and laughed often. He will be truly missed.
He is survived by two children, Dan (Trina) Nelson and Kathy (Ryan) Gibbs; five grandchildren, Katlyn Nelson, Alyssa Nelson, Tyler Crowell, Trinity Howard and Andrew Gibbs; one great-grandson, Kyran Smith; two siblings, Marge (Durwin) Sanders and David (Peggy) Nelson; many nieces and nephews, especially Eric and Becky Nelson, and a countryside of friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Eric and Marion Nelson; and his wife, Julie Nelson.
Visitation was held Sunday afternoon at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn. Visitation and a funeral service to celebrate his life was held Monday at Grace Lutheran Church, Lily Lake. Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church, officiated, with interment at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn, IL.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Ken’s name. Checks may be made to the “Kenneth Nelson Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also forwarded to the same address or at www.conleycare.com.
Dr. Karl Theodor Baumgaertel, 94, of Elburn, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family. He is gone from this Earth, but will never be forgotten.
Karl was born Feb. 10, 1921, in Konigsberg, Germany, to parents Walter and Anna Baumgaertel. He moved to the U.S. in the 1950s and completed his medical residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. He specialized in neurology at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren, Ohio.
Karl and his wife Karin were blessed with three children, Peter Bernd, Rolf Eric and Ingrid. Karl and Karin moved to Elburn in 2007 to live with their daughter and family.
Karl is survived by his wife of 53 years, Karin; three children, Dr. Peter (Maria) Baumgaertel, attorney Rolf (Megan) Baumgaertel and Ingrid (Rolando) Ramos; eight grandchildren, Andrea, Emma, Karl, Noah, Johannes Baumgaertel, Marcus, Mirella and Eric Ramos; brothers, Wolfhard (Evelyn) and Bernd (Carol) Baumgaertel; and sister, Gunhild (Konrad) McMillian.
Karl is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Anna Baumgaertel; brother, Roland Baumgaertel; and sister, Ruth VonBezold.
A private family memorial service was held Tuesday at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Karl’s name to benefit the American Cancer Society. Checks may be made to the “American Cancer Society” and mailed in care of American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or www.conleycare.com.
John “Jack” Carl Johansen passed away Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in Hackensack, Minn. After 10 courageous years, he lost his fight with cancer.
Jack was born March 29, 1954, the son of Dr. John H. and Elaine M. Johansen of DeKalb. He was a kind, generous and loving person—accepting of most, an avid reader in touch with the times, and a lover of family, animals and nature.
His home on the lake was his castle, and fishing and boating with his dog gave him great joy.
Jack graduated from Kaneland High School in 1972, where he was an accomplished athlete in football and baseball. He attended Waubonsee Community College and became a licensed plumber in Illinois and Minnesota.
He married Debra Heyob in 1986, and her daughter Louise made an instant family. John Jacob and Rachel Ann followed to complete the family.
He is survived by his wife; children; grandchildren, Marshall, Madeline and Eli Johansen; mother, Elaine Johansen; sisters; Nancy Johansen and Ellen (Richard) Johnson; aunts, uncles and many cousins.
He is preceded in death by his father, Dr. John H. Johansen; aunts, Carrie Petrie, Helen Westlake and Shirley Johansen; uncles, Grover Petrie and Don Johansen; cousins, Kenton and Neal Petrie and Fred Johansen; grandparents, Cecil and Helen Gunn and Fred and Edith Johansen.
Services will take place at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 334, Hackensack, MN 56452, or 3050 Fairway Oaks, DeKalb, IL 60115.
Russell Alan McMahon, 45, of Elburn, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at a work location in Aurora.
He was born Sept. 23, 1969, in Geneva, the son of Roy and Fayann (Amadei) McMahon.
Russell was a 1988 graduate of Geneva High School. He enjoyed working with his hands, and for many years owned his own car detailing business, The Auto Appearance Center. Russell worked several years in the motorsport decal business, and most recently worked in the home painting business.
He practiced martial arts and recently became a firearms enthusiast. Russell loved working on cars and was a motorsports and hockey fan. He also enjoyed music and playing guitar. He was a loving son, brother and friend, and will be greatly missed.
Russell is survived by his mother, Fayann of Elburn; brothers, Rory and Ryan, both of Elburn. He is also survived by uncles Patrick (Mary Ann) of Jayess, Miss., Robert (Carol) of Elburn and Remo Amadei of Palatine, Ill.
He is preceded in death by his father, Roy, who passed away in 2004.
Visitation and a funeral service for Russell were held Monday at Malone Funeral Home. Burial will be private.
For information, call (630) 232-8233 or visit www.malonefh.com.
Elizabeth “Betty” Reckinger, 84, of Batavia, died peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. Betty was born in Blackberry Township on the family farm, the daughter of Peter and Margaret (nee Hankes) Reckinger.
She is survived by her five nieces and nephews, Geraldine “Gerry” (Verlin “Buck”) Rogers of Lakeland, Fla., Rose Mary (Charles) Roubal of North Aurora, Charles (Marjorie) Frieders of Belvidere, Ill., Mary (Charles) Coffey and Joe (Debbe) Reckinger, both of Batavia; a sister-in-law, Catherine Reckinger of Batavia; and many great- and great-great nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother, Peter Reckinger Jr.; and three sisters, Antoinette Frieders, Madeline Klocke and Margaret Reckinger.
Visitation was held Sunday at Moss Family Funeral Home in Batavia.
Funeral services with prayers were held Monday at Moss Family Funeral Home before proceeding to Holy Cross Catholic Church, Batavia, to celebrate Mass. Interment followed at Resurrection Cemetery in Geneva.
Contributions may be directed to Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2300 Main St., Batavia, IL 60510.
For additional information, contact Moss Family Funeral Home at (630) 879-7900 or www.mossfuneral.com.
Kenneth “Dean” Wood, 65, passed away suddenly Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, Ill. Dean was surrounded by the love and prayers of his family and friends, and has gone home to claim the glory of his Savior, Jesus Christ.
Dean was born on Dec. 23, 1949, in Wichita, Kan., to loving parents W. Kenneth and Ruth E. (Lewis) Wood.
His family in 1954 moved from Kansas to a dairy farm in Kenosha County, Wis., where Dean attended local schools. He graduated from Westosha Central High School with the Class of 1967, and continued his education at Prarie Bible Institute in Canada.
Dean met and married Ruth A. Landreth in 1976. They made their home in West Chicago, Ill., until they eventually moved to DeKalb. They were blessed with two daughters, Heather Ruth and Hannah Bea.
Dean and Ruth went their separate ways in 1998. Dean was lucky in love a second time when he met Victoria Neisendorf-Kinney at Christ Community Church in DeKalb while celebrating the Lord. They soon fell in love and were married on July 4, 2008, at Hallgren Park in DeKalb. After the wedding, they purchased a home in Maple Park. Dean and Vicki were only blessed with six short years together, but they loved every minute of those years.
Dean raised hogs before going off to college and getting married. After his first marriage, he spent a time doing apartment complex maintenance. His bosses there told him he did too good of a job.
He found his life’s work when he started his career at General Mills, where he was a devoted employee for over 37 years. Dean held many jobs at General Mills, primarily in the warehouse. He spent the last few years as a “logistics technician,” otherwise known as a forklift operator. He truly enjoyed his work and the opportunities it provided for him and his family.
Dean was a devoted member of Christ Community Church of St. Charles.
Dean was always a lover of animals, beginning with his days on the dairy farm, tending to the cows and taking care of the hogs. He loved dogs and even trained them for the 4-H club. His favorite animal was his horse, Sassy, whom Dean used to say he was “married” to.
Dean loved to read and study his Bible. In fact, it was so well-read that today it is held together with duct tape, Dean and Vicki were members of a couples Bible study group, a group who were very close and supportive.
He and Vicki recently enjoyed traveling. They not only travelled for fun, but also to help others, going on a mission trip to Kentucky on behalf of Christ Community.
Dean’s family was the most important part of his life. He enjoyed spending time with his five grandchildren; it gave him someone to play with, for he was truly a boy at heart. Dean is gone from this Earth, but he will never be forgotten.
Dean is survived by his wife of six years, Vicki; his two daughters, Heather (Chris) Krupa and Hannah Wood; his three step-children, David (Heidi) Kinney Jr., and John and Susan Kinney; five grandchildren, Gabrielle Bogolin; Katie, Titus, Timothy and Nathan Krupa; his sister, Jackie (Wayne) Marchetti; and a community of friends.
Dean is preceded in death by his parents, W. Kenneth and Ruth E. Wood.
A visitation was held Tuesday at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn. A memorial service to celebrate Dean’s life followed visitation.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Dean’s name. Checks may be made to the “Dean Wood Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on www.conleycare.com.