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Mary J. Gee

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Mary J. Gee, 87, of Elburn, passed away Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at the Homebridge Healthcare Center in Belvidere, Ill., where she had recently made her home.

She was born April 29, 1924, on the family farm in Sugar Grove Township, the daughter of Charles and Claribel (Huston) Dayton.

When she was only 6 months old, Mary’s family moved to a farm on Rowe Road in Elburn. At age 6, the family moved once again to Kaneville, where she attended local schools and graduated from Kaneville High School with the class of 1942.

Mary immediately found work supporting the troops in WWII, making helmets at Hawley Products. Later after she was married, Mary worked part time at Smith’s Grocery while raising her children. She retired from Richardson Electronics in La Fox after 16 years in 1991.

Mary found the love of her life on a playground when she was only 8 years old. She held his sucker while he physically took care of a “situation.” Even then, Mary supported Rich Gee, and they may not have known it then, but the foundation was being laid for a lifetime of memories. They were united in marriage on Sept. 10, 1947, in St. Charles.

They made their home “from scratch,” building a house on the corner of Shannon and Read streets in Elburn. A lifetime of memories were made both with friends and family, making that corner a destination for many looking for a warm smile, a cup of coffee, or a game of basketball in her backyard for the younger generation. After Richard’s passing in 1976, Mary continued to make her home in Elburn until she decided to move to the Meadows Apartments in Elburn. Later, declining health brought her into the care of Heritage Woods, an assisted living center in Rockford, Ill., and most recently she made a home at Homebridge Healthcare Center in Belvidere, Ill.

Mary served her community through her service on the Diaconate board and in the Women’s Guild as member of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn. In earlier years, she was also active in the P.T.A. and served as a Den Mother for her boys. Later, as her children grew, Mary became a member of the Geneva Community Hospital Auxiliary as well as The Wheat and Weeds.

Mary was a woman whose love of family was second only to her faith. She had an inner strength and energy that never seemed to fail, even into her last days. Her heart was always open, her eyes filled only with kindness, and arms always ready to embrace you as part of her family. Mary loved traveling, especially to Door County, Wis., and the Great Lakes region, taking in the beauty of Mother Nature with every step and marveling at God’s creation at night while gazing at the stars.

Mary was always busy playing games with friends, writing countless letters to family and kept active through the years by walking and biking. Mary had a unique imagination and could manufacture a story out of thin air, taking in her surroundings and making them the main character. Those stories and made up games were given with love to her grandchildren, with whom she nurtured a special relationship unique as the children themselves. Family parties and get-togethers were always fun and always centered on that special corner in Elburn.

In her heart, Mary wanted to be a writer, and if given the chance, she planned on writing under the name “Margo Grey.” Not ever realizing that dream, Mary will have to be content with the thousands of stories written on the hearts of her family and friends who will never, ever forget the special woman they were so fortunate to know and love.

She is survived by three children, Linda (Dave) Pingree of Stewartville, Minn., Steve (Jody) Gee of McHenry, Ill., and Mike (Lynn) Gee of Kirkland, Ill.; six grandchildren, Andrew (Sara) Pingree and their son Leo of Portland, Ore., Lisa (Ryan) LeClair and their children, Ethan and Jocelyn, of Fall River, Wis., Layla (Tim) Trakes of Wonder Lake, Ill., Sally (Tim) Santos and their son Gabe, of McHenry, Sarah (Chris) Uramkin and their children, Aiden and Riley, of Woodstock, Ill., and Laura Gee of Kirkland; many nieces, nephews and cousins, and a countryside of friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard; her sister, Myrtie Podschweit; and two brothers, Jim and Charlie Dayton.

Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, Ill. A remembrance service, where friends and family are encouraged to share their favorite memory, followed at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Michelle Prentice-Leslie, pastor of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn, officiated. Private family burial will occur at a later date.

A memorial has been established in Mary’s name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Mary Gee 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

Elburn resident named to Lewis University deans’ list

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Mackenzie Liss of Elburn was among those honored on the Lewis University dean’s list for spring semester 2011.

To be eligible for this honor, students must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit with a grade point average of 3.25 out of a possible 4.0.

Local residents named to Drake University president’s list

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Kelly Shaw of Elburn and Anna Limbrick of Sugar Grove were named to the president’s list at Drake University. This academic honor is achieved by earning a grade point average of 4.0 during the spring 2011 semester.

Hartmann named to University of Nebraska-Lincoln dean’s list, Honor Roll

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Holly Hartmann of Maple Park was named to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln dean’s list/honor roll for the spring semester of the 2010-11 academic year. Hartmann is a junior agricultural economics major in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Sugar Grove resident named to Dominican University’s Honor’s List

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	Andrea Beall, a resident of Sugar Grove, was named to the honor's list for the spring 2011 semester at Dominican University. Beall is a graduate of Rosary High School.
	To qualify for the prestigious honor's list, students must achieve a semester grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale), based on a full-time enrollment of 12 credit hours.

Church news for Aug. 5

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St. Gall announces Centennial Picnic
ELBURN—St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn will hold a Centennial Picnic on Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Elburn Forest Preserve. All parishioners, former and current, are invited to attend this event, which will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday with an outdoor Mass.
All attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Immediately following the Mass, there will be a chili cook-off. Information regarding the chili cook-off can be found on the parish website at
The parish will provide the meat for the picnic, and attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass. Suggested items are based on the parishioner’s last name: A-H—bring a dessert; I-Q—bring an appetizer; R-Z—bring a salad.
For more information, contact the parish office at (630) 365-6030.

Bethany Lutheran
Church holds VBS 2011

BATAVIA—Bethany Lutheran Church will hold its Vacation Bible School, “Jesus Chooses Us!” from Monday through Friday, Aug. 8-12, from 9 a.m. to noon.
The VBS is for children 3 years old to 5th grade. To register, call the church office at (630) 879-3444 to have a packet mailed or sign up online at Bethany Lutheran Church is located at 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia.

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. The church will sell 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 the church at (630) 466-4501.

Volunteers, donations
needed for school supply, clothing 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 for setup at noon on Sunday, Aug. 7, and to help with clothing sorting at various times on Aug. 8-12
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. Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially needed at the giveaway
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. between Aug.7 and 11.
For information, e-mail, call (630) 584-6434, or visit Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road in St. Charles.

Janice Mott Barton

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Janice Mott Barton, 83, died peacefully in her home from an extended illness in Huntley, Ill., on Aug. 1, 2011, surrounded by her loving family.

Born March 8, 1928, in Geneva, to Richard Merritt and Margaret Hinds Mott, she graduated from Rockford West High School in 1945 and attended Northwestern University.

Janice married her soulmate, W. Forbes Barton, known since her childhood, in 1968. They celebrated their love for each other for 31 years until his death in 1999.

After growing up in Rockford, Ill., Janice moved to Arlington Heights in 1961, where she resided until 1999. She finished her remaining years in Huntley, Ill. Her favorite place was always with her family, especially at their vacation home in Lac Du Flambeau, Wis. Evening pontoon boat rides watching a Northern Wisconsin sunset were a cherished event.

Janice began working for Universal Oil Products as a bookkeeper in 1974, where her sharp financial talent enabled her promotion to chief accountant. From 1983 until her retirement in 1991, she worked for EPC as chief accounting manager.

Janice was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Alumni Association, Junior League and various bridge clubs. She was a member of Forest Hills Country Club and loved playing golf. She was also a very accomplished musician. Her most notable achievement, in addition to raising her family, was performing George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at age 15 as a featured pianist with the Rockford Civic Symphony Orchestra.

Survivors include three children: Steve Williams and his wife, Peggy, from Jacksonville, Fla., Bob Williams and his wife, Karen, from Broken Arrow, Okla., Peggy Williams Langeness and her husband, Troy, from Elburn; and six grandchildren: Barbara Williams of Edwards, Colo., Scott Williams of Jacksonville, Fla., Lisa Williams of Jacksonville, Fla., Rick Williams of Stillwater, Okla., and Bobby and Jimmy Langeness of Elburn. Janice was preceded in death by her husband, Forbes Barton; her parents, Richard and Margaret Mott; and her three brothers, James, Richard Jr., and Robert Mott.

A family interment service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Greenwood Cemetery in Rockford, Ill., followed by a memorial luncheon at noon and memorial service at 2 p.m. at Kaneville United Methodist Church, 46W764 Main Street Road, between Harter and Dauberman roads in Kaneville.

Memorial contributions are welcome at the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, 75 Remittance Drive, Suite 1907, Chicago, Illinois 60675-1907 and the Salvation Army, 290 W. Crystal Lake Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-5847.

Special thanks go to Julia Kuettner, Janice’s caregiver for the last two years. Julia’s compassion, humility and caring devotion to Janice has made her a member of the family in the hearts of her children. Also, thanks to the faith community of Kaneville United Methodist Church for their prayers and support.

Arrangements by The Healy Chapel 370 Division Dr. Sugar Grove, IL. For further information please call (630) 466-1330 or to sign the online guestbook.

Amy Miles Messmore

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Amy Miles Messmore, 60, of Montgomery passed away peacefully
early Monday, Aug. 1 following a series of health challenges. Amy
lived her life with family and friends close to heart giving all that
she could to those lives that she touched. As wife and mother, aunt
and daughter, grandmother and friend, Amy raised immediate and
extended family with a caring touch, compassionate heart, and flair
for fun. She was active in the community as a young woman in La Grange,
Ill. with the historical society, scouting, and helping children of
need at the Cossitt Elementary School ( named after her
Gr.Gr.Grandfather and village founder F.D. Cossitt ). Amy was
passionate about animals and art and enjoyed sharing these experiences
with others. She started a hobby farm in Elburn. and shared her
experience with friends involved in 4H, Girl Scouts, and Horsemanship.
As an accomplished hobby artist, Amy produced numerous sculptures,
figurines, ornaments, paintings, and writings with a common theme of
love and happiness. She encouraged others to craft in self-expression
at her side and worked therapy as the Art Director at King-Bruwaert
House retirement home. Amy is greeted in eternity by her husband
Curtis L. Messmore, her parents Belle & Marshall G. Miles II, and her
brother Marshall G. Miles III. Waiting to embrace again are children
Emily and Adam Messmore, Daughter-in-Law Elizabeth Messmore,
grandchildren Caleb, Elizabeth, Cindy, and Noah Messmore, Sister Judy
Miles, In-Laws Dr. Harry and Marilyn Messmore, and countless close
friends and relatives whom loved Amy dearly.

A remembrance celebration is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 20 from noon to
4 p.m. at the Bristol Bay Clubhouse, 4582 Rosenwinkle St. Yorkville.
This is a casual celebration of Amy’s life with family,
friends, music, pictures, food, and stories from everyone. Children
are welcome and there is a swimming pool to use weather permitting.
Contact Adam at for more information if needed.

Elburn residents named to Iowa State dean’s list

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AMES, IOWA—Sarah Stephen Gonzalez and Nathan Dallas Peters of Elburn were recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the 2011 spring semester dean’s list.

Students named to the dean’s list must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded course work.

Local residents named to Missouri University of Science and Technology honor list

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Daniel James Broecker of Elburn, a junior in metallurgical engineering, and Brian P. Bakala of Sugar Grove, a junior in mechanical engineering, were named to the Missouri University of Science and Technology, formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla, honor list for the 2011 spring semester.

Those on the list carried a minimum of 12 hours and had grade point averages of 3.2 or above out of a possible 4.0

Missouri Science and Technology is one of four campuses in the University of Missouri System and one of the nation’s top technological research universities.

Swartz named to Millikin honors program

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In recognition of outstanding scholastic achievements, Bethany Swartz of Elburn was recently accepted into the Honors Scholars Program at Millikin University.

Proving eligibility for the program, Swartz demonstrated high academic achievement on standardized tests, ranked in the top 10 percent of her high school class, and completed a successful honors scholarship interview at Millikin.

Swartz is a graduate of Kaneland High School and plans to study music performance at Millikin. She is the daughter of Robert and Valerie Swartz.

Staehely named to dean’s list at Creighton

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Alex Staehely of Sugar Grove, a junior business administration student at Creighton University, was named to the spring dean’s list for the 2010-11 academic year.

Full-time students who earn a 3.5 grade-point average or better on a 4.0 scale are eligible for the Dean’s Honor Roll.

Keck inducted into Notre Dame Alumni Association 50-year club

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KANE COUNTY—County Auditor Bill Keck, CPA, a 1961 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, was inducted into the Notre Dame Alumni Association 50-Year Club.

The ceremony was held June 4 in South Bend, Ind., at the class of 1961 reunion. Rev. John Jenkins, president of the university, presented the 50-year recognition certificate to Auditor Keck.

Kuhn awarded scholarship from Paul Davis Restoration

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Jack O’Connell, owner of Paul Davis Restoration of Kane, Kendall, and West Cook Counties, announced that his company awarded a $500 scholarship to Holly Louise Kuhn of Sugar Grove. Holly is a student at Rosary High School and received the honor for an essay about her father.

Phil Kuhn, a firefighter in St. Charles, was featured in his daughter’s essay about his dedication to saving lives while working in a perilous occupation. Holly honored her father with a portion of the essay that explained Phil’s courage and hard work to support the family. Holly also shared her thoughts about the support and kindness she received from local firefighters during a recent family member’s health set back.

The scholarship was awarded on June 14 at Phil Kuhn’s fire station. The event was attended by Holly’s mother, grandparents, and friends, along with firefighters and St. Charles Fire Department Lieutenant Daren Peterson. The surprise presentation brought tears to the eyes of those present.

“Holly was so thankful and definitely excited. As Holly read her essay aloud, her mom, Katie, started to cry. Her father was thankful and very proud of his daughter,” O’Connell said. “We were honored to present the reward to Holly and will continue to offer this scholarship next year.”

The Paul Davis scholarship opportunity was launched in March for any child or dependent of a firefighter or emergency medical personnel who plans to pursue postsecondary education at an accredited community college, college, university or technical college.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be currently enrolled in high school or as an undergraduate student. A parent or legal guardian must be a current volunteer or a career fire and rescue responder in the following towns; North Aurora, Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles or Elburn.

Applicants were required to submit a 500-word essay on what it means to have a parent or guardian as a firefighter.

For more information and essay forms for scholarship awards, contact Bianca Murkowski at Paul Davis Restoration, (630) 499-8002 or e-mail

Church News for July 29

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Free homemade
spaghetti dinner
at St. Charles Episcopal

ST. CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. The monthly free meal will include a beverage, salad, garlic bread and homemade dessert to anyone who attends the event.
For information, call (630) 890-6586.

Kaneville UM
hosts Beach Bash VBS

Kaneville—The Kaneville United Methodist Church invites all children, preschool through sixth grade, to grab their surfboards and paddle out to ride a wave of fun and adventure at SonSurf Beach Bash VBS. As the kids explore the wonders of the beach, they’ll also get Big Answers to their Big Questions about Jesus: Who is Jesus? Why can I trust Jesus? Why do I need Jesus? How can Jesus help me when I mess up? What does Jesus want me to do? They will have an amazing time with the music, games, crafts, snacks, storytellers, and over-the-top decorations that make KUMC’s Vacation Bible School so much fun.
The SonSurf Beach Bash begins Monday, Aug. 1, and continues through Friday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon. The church is located at 46W742 Main Street Road in Kaneville. Registration forms are available at the church, the Kaneville Library, Hills Country Store and the Kaneville Community Child Center.
For more information or to register, call Carol Alfrey at (630) 557-2245.

Sanctuary Church
offers ‘Son Surf,
Beach Bash, VBS’

BATAVIA—Sanctuary Church in Batavia is hosting “Son Surf, Beach Bash, VBS,” Monday through Friday, Aug. 1-5, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for ages 4 years through fourth grade.
The cost for the week-long VBS is $5 a child. As children participate in fun-filled activities, children will learn what it means to meet up with Jesus.They will have a great time with lively songs, hilarious skits, creative crafts, Bible stories, exciting games and tasty snacks.
Visit or call (630) 879-0785 for registration information. Sanctuary Church is located at 1S430 Wenmoth Road.

Bibletimes Marketplace
at St. Charles Episcopal

ST. CHARLES—A program of crafts, stories and songs will be presented Monday through Friday, Aug. 1-5, at St. Charles Episcopal Church for children in grades K through 5. Bibletimes Marketplace meets 9 a.m. to noon each day. Registration is $10 per child and is open to the public now through Saturday, July 30. St. Charles Episcopal Church is at 994 North 5th Ave. To register, call (630) 584-2596.

Bethany Lutheran
Church holds VBS 2011

BATAVIA—Bethany Lutheran Church will hold its Vacation Bible School, “Jesus Chooses Us!” from Monday through Friday, Aug. 8-12, from 9 a.m. to noon.
The VBS is for children 3 years old to fifth grade. To register, call the church office at (630) 879-3444 to have a packet mailed or sign up online at Bethany Lutheran Church is located at 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia.

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