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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 ilfr@pdr-usa.net.

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 www.sanctuaryag.com 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 www.bethanybatavia.org. Bethany Lutheran Church is located at 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia.

Norma J. White

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Norma J. White, 71, of Yorkville, formerly of Aurora, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Sunday evening, July 24, 2011. She claimed the promise of her Savior and now rests in Heaven, caring for her family from afar.

She was born June 6, 1940, in Peru, Ind., the daughter of William and Mabel (Rodekuhr) Poole.

Norma’s family moved to Plano when she was still small and attended local schools. She graduated from Plano High School with the class of 1958.

She was united in marriage to Patrick Brunner on July 3, 1958. They were blessed with two children, Randy and Tracy. Later, she was married to Andy White in 1968 and was blessed once again with another daughter, Shari.

Norma made her homes in the Fox Valley area, making memories in each that have been passed down to the next generations.

Norma spent her working career in manufacturing, working 27 of those years at the Dial Corporation, retiring as a forklift operator in 2003.

She was a faithful member of the Covenant of Grace in Batavia for many years.

Norma loved watching the BBC, and especially loved mystery novels and crossword puzzles. “The Board Game Grandma” was how she was known to some, playing and many times winning board games with her children and grandchildren. In addition to playing board games, she also was known as “The Green Grandma,” always finding a way to incorporate the color into every facet of her life. Trips with her grandchildren to the museums and other day trips made every visit fun and unforgettable. Norma had a great heart that had more than enough love for everyone and gave to all who were in need, putting others before herself and always “giving ‘til it hurt.” She will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by three children, Randy (Janie Gerdes) Brunner of Peoria, Ill., Tracy Brunner of Austin, Texas, and Shari (Chad) Czerwinski of Sugar Grove; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth Brunner, Patrick Brunner, Nicholas Clark, Sara Snyder and her daughter, Sydney Boerma, Aaron Snyder, Ryan Czerwinski and Katherine Czerwinski; and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Private memorial services have already been held.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Susan G. Komen Foundation. Checks may be made to the “Norma White 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.

Fr. Richard W. Paddock

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Fr. Richard W. Paddock, 77, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at his home. He was born Aug. 4, 1933, in Volo, Ill., to Earl and Kathryn (Wagner) Paddock.

Fr. Paddock began his studies at Salvatorian Seminary in St. Nazianz, Wis. He took philosophy and theology at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 6, 1959, at St. Mary Catholic Church in McHenry. He served as associate pastor at St. Bernadette Parish in Rockford, Ill., St. Andrew Parish in Rock Falls, Ill., and St. Joseph Parish in Aurora. He also served as administrator of St. Mary Parish in Aurora in 1971 before becoming Pastor there in 1973.

After 16 years at St. Mary Parish, Father was assigned to St. Gall Parish in Elburn, where he served from Aug. 3, 1987, until his retirement on June 16, 2003. He taught as a member of the religious education faculty of Muldoon High School in Rockford, Newman Catholic High School in Sterling, and Madonna and Aurora Central Catholic high schools in Aurora. Fr. Paddock celebrated his 50th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood on June 6, 2009.

Survivors include nine nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Paddock and Edna Paddock; three special caregivers, Dorothy Groom, Jeff Groom and Delores Likeum; and a host of loving friends, including his special canine friend, Serena.

Visitation was held Saturday, July 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Gall Church, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. The Most Rev. Thomas G. Doran, DD, JCD, Bishop of Rockford, officiated with interment in St. Mary Cemetery, McHenry, Ill., at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made in the form of Masses, to the St. Gall building fund or to his family.

Arrangements were made by The Daleiden Mortuary, 220 N. Lake St., Aurora, IL 60506.

Please visit www.daleidenmortuary.com, where you may sign the virtual guest book or leave condolences online.

Landrey Davey Barshinger

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Landrey Davey Barshinger was born May 3, 2011, to Shelley Lee and Andrew Barshinger of Elburn at Delnor Community Hospital, weighing 8 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 21 inches long. He joins sister Kennedy Lee, 2. Grandparents are Douglas and Connie Lee of Elburn and Joe and Phyllis Barshinger of Shabbona, Ill.

Jack Andrew Kinsland

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Jesse and Rebecca Kinsland of Sugar Grove announce the birth of their son, Jack Andrew, who was born Monday, April 25, 2011, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. Jack weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

The maternal grandparents are Dan and Janie Childress of St. Elmo, Ill., and the paternal grandparents are Larry and JoAnn Kinsland of Parkville, Mo.

Jack was welcomed home by his big sister, Abigail Emma, who is 3 years old.

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley awards scholarships

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KANE COUNTY—The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley recently awarded 16 scholarships to southwestern Kane County residents for the 2011-12 academic year. The potential value of these scholarships over the next four years is $44,500.

The purpose of the Community Foundation Scholarship Program is to provide financial assistance to students who are academically qualified to pursue an advanced education in their chosen field of study. Scholarships are established within the Community Foundation by individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, civic clubs and through bequests.

• Alexander Family Scholarship: Jordan Krawczyk (Maple Park)
• Shirley Borel Journalism Scholarship: Rebecca Herwaldt (Sugar Grove)
• Lorraine B. Bryant Memorial Scholarship: Tara Czepiel (Sugar Grove)
• Howard E. Charles, Jr. Scholarship: Sarah Clarkson, Madeline Shurtleff (Elburn)
• Garfield Farm Museum Historic Administration Scholarship: Allison Kupar (Elburn)
• Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Illinois Waubonsee Community College Graduates Scholarship: Anita Plachczynska (Sugar Grove)
• Irene & Marie Oberweis Nursing Scholarship: Catherine Pauls (Sugar Grove)
• David B. Perry Scholarship: Brock Feece, Caitlyn Young (Elburn)
• Robert G. Schweitzer Scholarship: Todd Clapp, John Kintz (Sugar Grove)
• Margaret Mercer Stewart Scholarship: Jelena Lazic (Sugar Grove)
• Carl E. Swanson & Clara M. Swanson & Family Scholarship: Holly Thomas (Sugar Grove)
• Louis Vago Scholarship: Marin Lehman (Sugar Grove)

Citizens interested in creating scholarship funds to support the continuing education of southwestern Kane County students are invited to contact the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley by calling (630) 896-7800 or visiting our web site at www.CommunityFoundationFRV.org.

Local resident named to Truman State University spring 2011 provost, vice president’s list

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Kirksville, MO.—Emily Rose Fahey of Elburn was named to the Truman State University spring 2011 provost and vice president for academic affairs’ list. To qualify for this list, an undergraduate student must attain a semester 3.50-3.99 grade point average and must complete 12 semester hours of credit.

Fahey is studying nursing at the university.

Davidson named to dean’s list at Ripon

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Nathaniel Davidson, a first-year history major from Elburn, has been named to the dean’s list at Ripon College for the spring 2011 semester, which recognizes academic excellence. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert B. Davidson.

To qualify for the dean’s list at Ripon College, students must achieve a 3.4 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale and complete at least 12 credits of regular letter-graded work.

Elburn resident elected County Clerk at Boys State

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Elburn—Premier Boys State of Illinois, a citizenship training program sponsored by the American Legion, and funded in part by various community service organizations, has announced that William Osborne III, a resident of Elburn, has been elected to the position of County Clerk in his county at Boys State. William is the son of Tammy Osborne.

The Boys State citizenship program features two hypothetical political parties which are not affiliated with existing political parties in Illinois. Candidates campaigned on political platforms and programs unique to the Boys State experience.

Boys State is a mythical 51st state with a constitution, and a body of laws found in most state governments. A week of campaigning, along with classes on citizenship, culminates with the election of a Boys State Governor.

The American Legion Boys State program, which operates in all 50 states, originated in Illinois in 1934.

Krauss named to dean’s list at Bryan

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Wendy Krauss of Sugar Grove is among the 181 students named to the Bryan College dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester.

Students earn dean’s list recognition by recording a grade average in the top 25 percent of grades by students in the traditional undergraduate program for that semester.

Wendy, daughter of Mark and Donna Krauss, was recognized for outstanding academic performance.

Church news for July 22

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Lord of Life holds VBS
LA FOX—Vacation Bible School at Lord of Life is scheduled for Monday through Saturday, July 25-30, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The theme is Hometown Nazareth. For more information or to sign up, visit lolchurch.net/vbs.

Hosanna! Lutheran
Church Vacation
Bible School

St. Charles—During the week of July 25-29, Hosanna! Lutheran Church will hold its annual Vacation Bible School, “God’s Wild Ride,” from 9 to 11:45 a.m. each day. This free event is open to all children who will be 4 years of age by Sept. 1, up to and through students entering 5th grade. Registration forms are available at the church office or at www.HosannaChurch.com. For more information, call (630) 584-6434 or e-mail Welcome@Hosanna Church.com.
Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

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 on Sunday’s dinner, call (630) 890-6586.

Kaneville UM
hosts Beach Bash VBS

kaneville—The Kaneville United Methodist Church invites all children in 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 www.sanctuaryag.com or call (630) 879-0785 for registration information. Sanctuary Church is located at 1S430 Wenmoth Road.

PandaMania VBS
BATAVIA—Calvary Episcopal Church invites everyone to PandaMania, this year’s Vacation Bible School. The program will run Monday through Friday, August 1-5, from 9 a.m. to noon. Calvary is located at 222 S. Batavia Ave., at the corner of Route 31 and Main Street.
Music, Bible stories, crafts and many other activities are all part of the fun. Children from age three through those entering fifth grade in the fall are welcome to participate. Church membership is not required.
Admission to VBS is free, but each family is asked to volunteer at least one day during the week. Childcare will be provided for younger children of volunteers.
Advance registration is required by Sunday, July 24. Register in person at Calvary on Sunday morning or during regular office hours, or obtain a form by calling or e-mailing the church office at (630) 879-3378 or calvaryepiscopal@sbcglobal.net.

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 from 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 www.bethanybatavia.org. Bethany Lutheran Church is located at 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia.

James ‘Jim’ H. Fraunberg

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James “Jim” H. Fraunberg, 77, of Maple Park, formerly of Elburn, passed away unexpectedly at his home Tuesday, July 12, 2011.

He was born June 14, 1934, in Sycamore, the son of Charles and Lillian (Joslin) Fraunberg.

Jim grew up in Sycamore and attended local schools. Jim began his working career early, first working for the railroad, laying railroad ties, and later for DeKalb Ag, hauling grain.

Jim married Fern Halverson-Boehne and was blessed with three children. Later, Jim was lucky in love a second time when he met Marie Hamblen, who also had children of her own. On March 5, 1966, Jim and Marie were united in marriage, and through the years that followed they raised their blended family together and remained in Elburn. The strength of will that made them “survivors” sometimes made them “warriors” as well, but always the love they cherished kept them together.

As times changed and the children grew, Jim and Marie moved from Elburn to Maple Park a year before Marie’s sudden passing in 2008. Jim continued to make his home in Maple Park.

Jim later worked for Harry Neely as a well driller for a time before working as a maintenance man at the Elburn Packing Plant before it closed its doors in 1988. Even though Jim then retired, he never stopped working. Trapping became a focus, one that he enjoyed and one that provided Jim with a way to help support his family. When he wasn’t surrounded by mother nature, he also helped deliver cars for Harms, and later Bob Jass Chevrolet.

Jim was a volunteer fireman for the Linden Wood Fire Department for many years.

Jim was a “rock” of a man, whose stature reminded one of a mighty oak tree. Jim’s smile was full of warmth, but with a kick of mischief that always kept you guessing. He was also a “Harley Man” and was proud to own several over his lifetime, enjoying rides with friends and making memories with every mile. Fishing in Oregon with Rick and in Wisconsin with his son Jim provided many stories, the truthfulness of which were to be debated between family and friends for many years.

Jim and Marie loved to go to auctions in search of their own personal treasure that they proudly showed to family and friends. Jim’s hands were always busy fixing something, his hands dirty with grease from working on several kinds of motors.

He was survived by three children, Cindy Walls of Beach City, Ohio, Lindy (Rick) Ostrom of Elburn and James (Ae.yang) Boehne of South Elgin, Ill.; four step-children, Robert Hamblen Jr., of Maple Park, Ronald Hamblen of Marshall, Wis., Rodney (Rose) Hamblen of Huntley, Ill., and Sharon French of Washington, and one special daughter-in-law, Judi Hamblen; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; one sister, Barbara Phillips of DeKalb; several nieces, nephews, cousins,and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marie; and one brother, Gerald Fraunberg.

Jim spent his best times with family and friends over a cup of coffee sharing a story or two, so the family would like to invite all his friends to “Jim’s Coffee Shop” in the lower level of the Lily Lake Congregational Church, 44W188 Empire Road. Come and share your best stories (or tall tales) from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 30. Private family interment will follow 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 “Jim Fraunberg 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.

Local resident graduates from WCC

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KANEVILLE—Alexa Hill of Kaneville recently graduated from Waubonsee Community College with an associates degree in business management. She will continue her studies at Aurora University in the fall.

Alexa is also a member of the National Technical Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Beta Gamma, and made the dean’s list.

Shumaker named to Wesleyan dean’s list

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MARION, IND.—Megan Shumaker, a 2008 Kaneland High School graduate, was named to the Indiana Wesleyan University dean’s list for the spring 2011 academic year.

Students must obtain a 3.5 grade point average and carry at least 11 credit hours for the semester to be eligible for the dean’s list.

Singer named to Indiana Wesleyan dean’s list

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MARION, IND.—Luke Singer was named to the Indiana Wesleyan University dean’s list for the fall 2010-11 academic year.

Students must obtain a 3.5 grade point average and carry at least 12 credit hours to be eligible for the dean’s list.

Church news for July 15

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Blessing of the Animals
in Sugar Grove

SUGAR GROVE—The public is invited to Sugar Grove United Methodist Church for a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, July 17, during the 8 a.m. outdoor worship at its 40-acre Harter Road campus west of Route 47 at 4S633 Harter Road.
Participants are asked to keep their pet on a leash. During the worship service, the owner and pet will be invited to come forward to receive a blessing. This is an old tradition observed by many churches to recognize God’s creatures who have become important parts of their lives.
Water for pets will be provided. After the service, pets and owners are welcome to explore the 40 acres together.
Call Pastor Steve Good at (630) 466-4501 for more information or e-mail sugargroveumc@sbcglobal.net.

Pandamania Vacation Bible School at Grace UMC
MAPLE PARK—Grace UMC and St. Mary’s of Maple Park will host Pandamania Vacation Bible School from Monday through Thursday, July 18-21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 506 Willow St. in Maple Park. Registration is online at www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/maplepark. For more information, contact Theresa at (815) 739-4168.

Lord of Life holds VBS
LA FOX—Vacation Bible School at Lord of Life is scheduled for Monday through Saturday, July 25-30, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The theme is Hometown Nazareth. For more information or to sign up, visit lolchurch.net/vbs.

Hosanna! Lutheran
Church Vacation
Bible School

St. Charles—During the week of July 25-29, Hosanna! Lutheran Church will hold its annual Vacation Bible School, “God’s Wild Ride,” from 9 to 11:45 a.m. each day. This free event is open to all children who will be 4 years of age by Sept. 1, up to and through students entering fifth grade. Registration forms are available at the church office or at www.HosannaChurch.com. For more information, call (630) 584-6434 or e-mail Welcome@Hosanna Church.com.
Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

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 five. Bibletimes Marketplace meets 9 a.m. to noon each day. Registration is $10 per child and is open to the public Friday, July 15, 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 from 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 www.bethanybatavia.org. Bethany Lutheran Church is located at 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia.

Jay Dee Watson

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God called Jay Dee Watson, 51, of Malta, Ill., to his immortal home in the early morning hours on Monday, July 4, 2011. He died unexpectedly while doing what he loved, camping with a Scout troop, immersing himself in the outdoors and teaching others his passion for mother nature.

He was born June 8, 1960, in Ft. Wayne, Ind., the son of Donald L. and Jaqueline L. (Spencer) Watson.

Jay graduated from Kaneland High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army soon thereafter. He proudly served his county in the 475th Transportation Company in Panama. Upon his honorable discharge, Jay returned to civilian life and joined his father in the pizza business.

In his younger years, Jay was a member of the Kishwaukee YMCA swimming and diving team, where he set records in the 100 meter breast stroke and captured several medals on the diving board.

Jay’s love for fishing, which took him annually to northern Minnesota to hook himself several largemouth bass, was second only to his passion for Scouting, which began in 1972 when he became a Cub Scout. Over the years, the merit badges began to mount until there was only one more accomplishment yet to achieve. He was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in 1978. Scouting took him not only to various camps around the country, but around the world. Jay attended the 1977 National Scout Jamboree at Moraine State Park in Pennsylvania, several trips to the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M., and the 1979 World Jamboree in Sweden. His love of Scouting stayed with him, and for the past several years, Jay has been an assistant Scout Master and Unite Commissioner for the Three Fires Council. Most recently, Jay was an assistant with the United Methodist Church, Troop 4, in DeKalb, Ill. The trails he blazed are now left for us to follow, each step marked with a memory not only in this world but in our hearts.

He is survived by his father, Donald L. Watson of Maple Park; and one brother, James A. Watson of Wheaton, Ill.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Jaqueline L. Watson; and one daughter, Katherine.

Visitation will be at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn on Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to noon with a brief remembrance service to begin at 12:30 p.m. Interment and military honors will follow at Kaneville Cemetery, in Kaneville, at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit Camp Lowden Scout Camp in Oregon, Ill. Checks may be made to the “Jay D. Watson 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.

Geraldine ‘Gerry’ Tenta

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Geraldine “Gerry” Tenta, 81, of Elburn, passed away at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva surrounded by the love and prayers of her family.

She was born on Feb. 26, 1930, in Chicago, the daughter of Richard J. and Clara (Helgersen) Martinson.

Gerry grew up on the south side of Chicago and attended local schools. Following her graduation from Fenger High School in 1948, she worked for several local businesses.

Gerry was united in marriage to Joseph F. Tenta in Chicago.

They were blessed with three daughters, Dianna, Carol and Theresa, who were the pride and joy of their mother. Gerry was blessed with an independent spirit, strong work ethic and dedication that was second to none. She needed every ounce of her blessings to raise her daughters on her own, making sure they had what they needed and all the love they could take.

While raising her girls, Gerry worked as head cashier at Zayre for many years and later worked as bookkeeper for Tuthill Corporation, a local pump and pipe manufacturer who named NASA as one of its customers.

Gerry was a proud member of the Elburn and Batavia Seniors as well as the Scarlet Fox Chapter of the Red Hat Society. She loved to participate in all the activities alongside her friends at the Meadows Apartments, where she made her home. Day trips to the casino always brought a smile to her face.

Gerry had an artistic eye and hands built for crafts making ceramics and jewelry that have now become “priceless.” Gerry also had a “love affair” with food. Although she was diabetic, she rose above it all and made masterpieces in the kitchen culled from all the “cut out” recipes and the myriad of cookbooks that lined her shelves.

Gerry also was an avid reader, escaping into other worlds until the story’s end at which time she opened yet another and escaped once again. When she wasn’t reading, she kept her mind agile playing Sudoku and reliving her travels with her family and friends.

Gerry always bragged about her children and grandchildren, the latter numbering eight.
She also adored her 15 great-grandchildren. Gerry was very proud of her inner strength and the obstacles she overcame during her life. Although cancer ultimately won the war, it was Gerry who won 20 years of battles, and that was a badge of honor that she wore with immense pride. The memories she made become the legacy she leaves and although now gone, she lives on in the hearts of all she loved.

She is survived by her three daughters, Dianna Tenta of Thayer, Ind., Carol (John) Blank of Frankfort, Ill., and Theresa (Mark) Shoup of Elburn; eight grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, Dawn (Glen) Mongold and their children, Erin, Michael and Matthew, of Stephens City, Va.; Michelle (Dave) Laurinaitis and their daughter, Lucy, of Mokena, Ill.; Crystal (Chris) Bryan of Unionville, Tenn.; Daniel (Dianna) Schramm and their children, Daniel Jr., Jake, Breanna, Kole, Carly, and Lilli of Odenville, Ala.; Robert (Stevi) Schramm and their children, Mason, Chloe, and Eva, of Connorsville, Ind.; Lisa Petersen and her children, Kaleb and Rylie of Frankfort, Ill.; Kirsten Shoup and Tyler Shoup, both of Elburn; two siblings, Marlene Sojka of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and James (Irene) Martinson of Tinley Park, Ill.; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3p.m., with a memorial service to celebrate her life to follow on Saturday, July 16, at the Meadows Apartments in their Common Room, 318 Dempsy Drive, Elburn. Private family interment will follow at a later date.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit the American Cancer Society. Checks may be made to the “Geraldine Tenta 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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