Healy Chapel

Family Owned and Operated Since 1891

The Healy Chapel with its stately elegance and rich history is the perfect setting to the funeral home’s proud tradition. For 100 years The Healy Chapel has provided quality caring funeral service to the families of Aurora and the surrounding communities.

The beginning of The Healy Undertaking Company dates back to 1891 when W.H. Healy opened a combination furniture and undertaking business under the name of Healy and Blair. His brother, A.N. Healy, soon entered the business forming a partnership that extends to today.

With the increasing demands of the business, The Healy Undertaking Company decided a new facility must be commissioned that would be designed specifically for the arranging and conducting of funeral services. The Healy management commissioned George Grant Elmslie a noted Chicago architect, to design an elegant yet functional facility. Elmslie worked in the office of Louis Sullivan, a leader in the Prairie School of Design.

The building is constructed of a high quality Roman brick on all four sides and embellished with terra cotta and glazed tile set in unique places. The main chapel is finished in American black walnut. The main and second floors are finished in oak and the third floor in birch. The decorative work has been taken from the architects’ original designs, including the chairs on the speaker’s platform and the lighting fixtures.

Specifically designed stained glass windows are used extensively throughout the chapel with three magnificent panels located in the main chapel. Remaining window treatments are comprised of steel casement sash windows of leaded glass with sliding copper fly screens. The facility was designed to be fireproof and completely functional. The Healy Chapel was completed in 1928 at a cost of $100,000.

In 1985, the U.S. Department of the Interior placed The Healy Chapel on the National Registry of Historical Places. The funeral home was completely renovated in 1986 with the idea of restoring the original interior.

The Healy Chapel takes pride in the beautiful and uniquely designed facility. But the Healy Chapel is more than just a structure. It represents a tradition of quality caring funeral service in a time of need.

The Healy Chapel offers a full range of funeral services including prearrangement planning and after-care services. As a result of our dedication and commitment to quality professional funeral services, The Healy Chapel is a selected member of the International Order of the Golden Rule, an association of distinguished funeral homes throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad. The Healy Chapel stands as a memorial to past generations and in readiness to serve the future.

Our Obituaries

Jeanne M. Hess

July 19, 1960 - September 12, 2020

Jeanne Hess, "Grandma Jeanne" as she was affectionately called by those who were lucky, passed away September 12, 2020. From her birth July 19, 1960, in Dallas, TX, she was a force to all who came into her world. For 60 years, her energy and zest for life made her one of a kind, leaving a positive impact on everyone who knew her. She had a passion for cooking and taking care of others, and what a...
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Joseph Curtis

January 13, 1940 - September 12, 2020

Joseph Curtis, 80 of Sugar Grove, passed away Saturday September 12, 2020 at Rush-Copley Medical Center. He was born January 13, 1940 in Chicago, IL, the son of the late Joseph and June Curtis. Joe is survived by his wife, Patricia Curtis; his sons, Steven (Kelly) Curtis, Timothy (Tulika) Curtis, and Peter (Mary) Curtis; his six grandchildren, Nathan, Kelly, Wyatt, Logan, Sarah and Jacob; many...
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Leslie "Tooter" Roeder

May 7, 1935 - September 12, 2020

Leslie "Tooter" Roeder, of Sugar Grove, died Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Delnor Community Hospital. She was born May 7, 1935 in Sioux City, IA the daughter of the late Walter and Dorsey (Flannery) Ewald. She is survived by her 5 children; daughters, Linda (Russ) Goldberg , Laurie Redini, Sherry (Greg) Martin and Amy (Bill) Rocholl; her son, William (Rosita) Roeder; her 11 grandchildren,...
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Edward J. Slinkman

December 10, 1946 - September 8, 2020

Edward J. Slinkman, 73, of Sugar Grove, passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2020. He was born December 10, 1946 in Berwyn, IL, son of the late John and Henrietta Slinkman. He was a devout Christian and led many people to the faith during his illness. He was a devoted husband and father and was also very dedicated to his grandchildren. Ed is survived by his wife Carole Slinkman; children, Ed ...
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Pauline R. Johnson

February 17, 1928 - September 1, 2020

Pauline R. Johnson, a former 53 year resident of Bristol, passed away on September 1, 2020, after a brief illness. She was born on February 17, 1928, in Uniontown, PA. The Great Depression and WW II played a large role in her character formation. In 1949, she married Donald (Don) Johnson. They had three children and raised them together in the house Don built in Bristol. She enjoyed painting...
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Teresa Solis

October 15, 1938 - August 23, 2020

Teresa Solis, 81 of Yorkville, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Sunday August 23, 2020 at her home. She was born October 15, 1938 in Nueva Rosita, Coahuila, Mexico, the daughter of the late Martin and Soledad (Zamora) Solis. She was one of 13 children. Teresa worked for many years in the DuPage County area in local nursing homes as a housekeeper. She enjoyed her job and it was...
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Brian J. Wheatley

July 31, 1965 - August 14, 2020

Brian J. Wheatley, 55, of Sugar Grove, IL, passed away on August 14, 2020 surrounded by his family. He was born on July 31, 1965 in Springfield, IL to Robert and Barbara (McAvoy) Wheatley. He married Cheryl Chambers on June 15, 1991. Brian graduated from Griffin High School and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He was an Associate Creative Director at Scout Health in Chicago. He...
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Terry Lee Minor

January 26, 1938 - August 8, 2020

Terry Lee Minor, 82, of Aurora, formerly of Big Rock, passed away Sunday, August 9, 2020. He was born January 26, 1938 in Aurora, IL, son of the late Roy and Mary Minor. After serving in the United States Army, he became a teamster truck driver for various companies in Aurora. He and his wife, Judy, were members of The Antique Auto Club of America and enjoyed touring in their 1940 Buick...
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Margaret Louise Hilger

November 25, 1942 - August 5, 2020

Margaret Louise Hilger, 77, died after a short fight with cancer on August 5, 2020, in her home, in Sugar Grove. She was born on November 25, 1942 in Aurora, IL to Edward and Mary Ellinghusen. She was the second of five children. In 1961, she married Ronald Hilger. They enjoyed 59 years and together they raised their two children. Margaret worked as a clerk for the Aurora Post office,...
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Tricia L. Jones

April 19, 1971 - August 1, 2020

Tricia L. Jones, 49 of DeKalb, passed away suddenly at her home Saturday August 1, 2020. She was born April 19, 1971 in Hinsdale, IL the daughter of Dolores 'Lori' (Walsher) and the late Richard Haley. Tricia graduated from Kaplan University as a legal secretary. Tricia is survived by her daughter, Alisha McBroom; her mother, Dolores "Lori" Haley; her brothers, Chris and Rich Haley;...
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Terry L. Minson

September 16, 1950 - July 30, 2020

It is with great sadness to announce the sudden passing of Terry L. Minson, 69, of Sugar Grove, IL who passed away July 30, 2020. He was born September 16, 1950 in Peoria, IL as the son of the late Andrew and Margaret (Norvelle) Minson. Terry was the loving husband of Linda (Bromm) Minson and the father of two children, T.J. Minson, and Shannon (Brian) Jacobs and was a grandfather to his grandson...
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Jacky "Jack" R. Madison

August 14, 1960 - July 29, 2020

Jacky "Jack" R. Madison, 59, of Sugar Grove, passed away Wednesday July 29, 2020 at Rush-Copley Medical Center, He was born August 14, 1960 in Aurora, the son of Mary (Rogers) Madison and the late Edward Madison. Jack was a mover for over 30 years in the Fox Valley area. He is survived by his mother; Mary R. Madison; his son Danny Booth; his nephew Craig Waldrup and his niece,...
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Eugenia W. Brackenridge

December 8, 1942 - 2020

Dr. Eugenia "Genie" Brackenridge of Sugar Grove, Il, passed away on June 17, 2020, surrounded by her family knowing that she was loved. She was born in Taylor, Texas, Dec. 8, 1942 to John Adams Brackenridge III and Eloise Wilson Brackenrdge. She is survived by one sister, Dr. Eloise Brackenridge (Wilbert Vorwerk), her former husband, Dr. Jeffries Eilert, one daughter, Dr. Eloise Brackenridge...
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Dennis Arthur Kuntzman, Sr.

June 8, 1956 - July 14, 2020

Dennis Arthur Kuntzman, Sr. of Sugar Grove passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at the age of 64 following a courageous battle with cancer. He was at home, surrounded by his loving family. Dennis was born on June 8, 1956, in Harvey, IL, the son of William L. Kuntzman, Jr. and Dorothy (Gust) Brady. As a teenager, Dennis developed a passion for cars and an interest in mechanics & engineering...
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Thelma Miller

October 16, 1919 - July 8, 2020

Thelma Florene Miller, 100, of Joliet, passed away July 8, 2020. She was born October 16, 1919 in Mulberry Grove, IL daughter of the late Hattie Ellsworth Farnsworth Lewis and Virgil Benefiel. She leaves behind to cherish her memories are her children, Marilyn (Lee) Petrie, Karen (Ron) Miller, Kevin Miller and Dawn (Doug) Aichele; grandchildren, Tamara (Robby) Lambert, Tad (Mary Beth)...
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Lois M. Goding

January 12, 1926 - July 2, 2020

Lois M. Goding, 94, formerly of Aurora, passed away Thursday,July 2, 2020 with her four children by her side. She was born January 12, 1926 in Aurora, the daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine (Wiltgen) Bernard. Lois married George Goding on July 3, 1948. Lois owned an interior design business "Lois Originals." She was a woman of deep faith and strong family values. Lois is survived...
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Renata Eccher

July 30, 1942 - June 29, 2020

Renata Eccher 1942-2020 Renata Eccher, 77, of Sugar Grove, was called to the Lord on June 29, 2020. Born July 30, 1942, in Tregiovo, Italy, she immigrated to Aurora, IL, with her family in 1958. She grew up in Aurora and graduated from West Aurora High School before moving to Sugar Grove. She was employed by Aurora Catholic Social Services before retiring and volunteered at the Holy Angels...
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Elliana R. Ward

April 18, 2005 - June 27, 2020

Ellie, age 15, passed away Saturday, June 27 th surrounded by her family. Beloved daughter of William (Bill) and Shay (Stambaugh) Ward, stepdaughter of Donna Ward, and sister of Parker, Miles and Mia Ward. Loving granddaughter of Jim and Deb Ward, Sandy Carlson and Tom Simpson, and Gary and Madalyn Stambaugh. She was a very active student at Hope D. Wall School, in Aurora, IL. Her activities...
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Jack K. Schaefer

June 30, 1936 - May 28, 2020

Dr. Jack K. Schaefer DVM, 83, of Aurora, passed away Thursday May 28, 2020 at his home. He was born June 30, 1936 in Middletown, Ohio, the son of the late William and Ellen (Kirkpatrick) Schaefer. Jack was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He moved to Aurora in 1962 and worked at Aurora Animal Hospital where he...
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Jeff L. Reyna

January 5, 1980 - May 11, 2020

Jeffrey L. "Jeff" Reyna, 40, of Aurora, passed away unexpectedly on May 10, 2020. He was born January 5, 1980 in St. Charles, IL the son of Luis and Fran (Burke) Reyna. Jeff is survived by his father, Luis Reyna; his mother, Fran (Jerry) Nicklas; three brothers, Mike (Rhonda) Reyna, Brian Reyna and Paul (Missy) Reyna; a sister, Merisa (Mario); his paternal grandparents, Ricardo (Annie) Reyna...
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Victorina Gomez

November 8, 1924 - May 11, 2020

Victorina Castañeda Gomez of Aurora, IL passed peacefully away in her sleep on May 11, 2020 after a brief battle with the coronavirus. She was 95 years old. A native of Guerrero, Mexico, she lived her long life with her daughter, her son-in-law, and their four children. Although officially grandmother to eight, Victorina was everyone's Abuelita. She provided guidance, love, and support to all...
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Micaela A. Lozoya

September 30, 1917 - May 11, 2020

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Frank Miszkiewicz

September 10, 1925 - April 15, 2020

Frank Miszkiewicz, 94, formerly of Chicago, passed away April 15, 2020. He was born September 10, 1925 in Poland, son of the late Walter and Anniela (Sulikowski) Miszkiewicz. He was a parishioner of St. Rosalie Roman Catholic Church in Norridge. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Alicja Stefani Miszkiewicz. Private...
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Terrie Sue Butterfield

April 18, 1946 - April 11, 2020

Terrie Sue Butterfield, 73, of Downers Grove, passed away Saturday April 11, 2020. She was born April 18, 1946 in Rhinelander, WI, the daughter of the late Reynold and Lucille (Van Court) Butterfield. Terrie worked for many years as Office Supervisor for the Department of Health and Human services. Terrie is survived by her son, Scott (Sheila) Crews of Sugar Grove; her grandchildren,...
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Robert Henry Barr

October 25, 1929 - April 11, 2020

"Nothing great is ever achieved without enduring much." – St. Catherine of Siena - This quote quickly comes to mind as we reflect on the passing of Robert Henry Barr this past Saturday. Born into a small, rural farming community of DeKalb, IL on October 25, 1929, to Henry and Eva (Hart) Barr two days before the stock market crash, Robert would begin his life in a time of great tribulation....
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Jonathan M. Polfer

November 24, 1984 - April 6, 2020

Jonathan M. Polfer, 35, of Watertown, WI passed away suddenly at his home on Monday April 6, 2020. He was born November 24, 1984 in Lake Forest, IL the son of Gary J. Polfer and the late Cynthia (Seevers) Polfer. Jonathan was employed for many years as a computer programmer. Jonathan is survived by his father, Gary Polfer of Big Rock, IL; step mother Gloria Polfer of Big Rock, his...
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Michael D. Wallace

April 4, 1969 - March 23, 2020

Mike Wallace passed away peacefully on March 23, 2020, just weeks before his 51st birthday. Mike was born on April 4, 1969 in Hinsdale, Illinois, son of Thomas and Carol Wallace. Mike married Gabrielle Seager on November 18, 1995. They began their marriage together in Naperville where their son, Samuel "Sam" Ethan, was born. Soon after, they moved to North Bend, Washington in 2000, where Mike...
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Neta Ann White

April 22, 1947 - March 9, 2020

Neta Ann White, 72, of Yorkville, passed away Monday, March 9, 2020. She was born April 22, 1947 in Aurora. She spent her early years working in corporate office work and when her son was of school age, worked as a para professional in the school. Later in her career Neta was an underwriter at MetLife where she met her lifelong friend, Mary Ellerson. She also was a life long member of the...
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Roberta P. Parenty

April 10, 1944 - February 24, 2020

Roberta P. Parenty, 75, of Sugar Grove, passed away February 24, 2020 Joliet Area Community Hospice. She was born April 10, 1944 in Chicago, IL the daughter of the late Charles and Olive Skowbo. She is survived by her loving husband, Peter Parenty; her daughter, Debra (Michael) Pavlak; her daughter-in-law, Michele Strom; her grandchildren, Ashley (Joshua) Dombroski, Kevin Strom, Charles Pavlak...
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Lois Jean DuSell

December 20, 1925 - February 18, 2020

Lois Jean DuSell "Aunt Jean", 94, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Aunt Jean was born December 20, 1925 in Ottawa, IL, daughter of the late Enoch and Hattie Olson. She married Forester J. DuSell and enjoyed 65 years together before his death in December 2018. Aunt Jean was employed as an executive secretary at Richard J. Wilcox in Aurora, IL for many years. She is survived by and...
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Theodore Plant, Jr.

June 19, 1925 - February 13, 2020

Theodore Plant Jr., 94 of Cortland, IL passed away Thursday February 13, 2020 at his home. He was born June 19, 1925 in Aurora, IL the son of the late Theodore and Gladys (Norris) Plant Sr. Ted served his country with the U.S. Navy during WWII in the South Pacific with the fighting Sea Bees, returning after the war, Ted became a tradesman, working for a Local Union. After marrying...
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Edgar G. Compton

June 8, 1930 - February 8, 2020

Edgar George Compton After many years of living with the complications of COPD, Our Lord reached out and peacefully welcomed Ed to his heavenly home on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Ed was born June 8, 1930 to George Remsburg Compton and Luella Amelia Wobser Compton in Oak Park, IL. Eddie, his sister, Charlotte, and parents lived on Circle Ave in Forest Park before moving to N. Taylor Ave...
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Alec A. Edwards

April 30, 1995 - February 1, 2020

Alec A. Edwards, 24 of Yorkville passed away Saturday February 1, 2020. He was born April 30, 1995 in Naperville, IL the son of Scott and Stacey (Miller) Edwards. Alec graduated grade school from Cross Lutheran School, High School Yorkville and he attended Eastern Illinois University and Illinois institute of technology Chicago. Alec is survived by his parents, Scott and...
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Timothy J. McCann

November 24, 1946 - January 26, 2020

Timothy J. McCann, 73 of Big Rock, IL passed away peacefully on January 26, 2020. He was born November 24, 1946 in Amherst, OH, the son of the late James and Elizer (Hartman) McCann. Tim served his country with the U.S. Navy from 1964-1968, spending 18 months of his time in Vietnam. He married Darla Hoover (she said yes even after he put tacks on her seat at school), also from Amherst, Ohio...
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Eileen "Bunny" Testin

June 22, 1929 - January 21, 2020

Eileen M. "Bunny" Testin, 90, formerly of Plano, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2020. She was born June 22, 1929 in Joliet, daughter of the late John A. and Frances (Kretz) Hartung. While living in Joliet, she attended Providence High School and Metropolitan Business College. She married Lawrence "Joe" Testin at St. John Catholic Church in Joliet on January 6, 1951. They lived in...
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Richard C. Bodie, M.D.

July 21, 1922 - January 19, 2020

Richard C. Bodie, M.D., 97, of Aurora passed away on Sunday, January 19 surrounded by family. Dr. Bodie was born in Chicago in 1922 to George and Eva Tatman Bodie. He attended Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, WI, Notre Dame University (1943), Loyola Medical School (1946). He completed his general surgical residency at Cook County Hospital. He married Janet McHale in September, 1947....
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Muriel "Murly" Friesema

August 7, 1933 - January 15, 2020

Muriel "Murly" Friesema, 86, of Aurora, Illinois, passed away peacefully at home to her Savior on January 15, 2020. She was born on a farm near Sturtevant, Wisconsin on August 7, 1933. While a young teenager in Racine, WI, she, along with a few other girls from Racine Bible and Calvary Memorial Churches, attended a Billy Graham meeting in Winona Lake, Indiana. The Gospel message impacted her...
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Phyllis Marie Clark Jacobs

November 16, 1943 - January 10, 2020

Phyllis Marie Clark Jacobs, 76, of Sugar Grove, Illinois died January 10, 2020. She was born on November 16, 1943 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of the late John and Marie (nee Strunk) Clark. Phyllis graduated from Schurz High School, Chicago, IL., received her BSN from the University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Nursing and a MSN from Washington University-St. Louis School of...
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Dana Wallace

April 11, 1957 - January 8, 2020

Dana Wallace, age 62, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday January 8th, 2020. He was born April 11th,1957 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, IL. He married his soul mate, Janet Matthews, on October 30th, 1987 at St. Bernadette's Church. He worked as an accountant with Sargent & Lundy for 22 years. Dana truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures such as...
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Mary Anne Didos

December 4, 1936 - December 28, 2019

Mary Anne Didos, 83, formerly of Sugar Grove, passed away with loved ones at her side on Saturday, December 28, 2019. She was born on December 4, 1936 in Streator, IL, the daughter of the late Richard and Blanche (Lyons) Abdnour. She was a long-time member of Holy Angels Church. Mary began her teaching career in Manteno, IL in 1959, then went to Jefferson Middle School in Aurora in 1961 and...
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Glenn W. Wensch

April 4, 1947 - December 22, 2019

Glenn W. Wensch, 72, of Sugar Grove, passed away on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at Michealsen Healthcare in Batavia, IL. He was born on April 4, 1947 in Chicago, IL the son of the late William and Jessie (Rodriguez) Wensch. Glenn was a huge Elvis fan and collected many items of memorabilia. He cherished the time spent with his dog, Hailey. Survivors include his sister, Janet Backus; nieces,...
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Francis "Butch" Flammang

August 17, 1922 - December 19, 2019

Francis F. "Butch" Flammang 97, passed away Wednesday December 18th at The Grove of Fox Valley. Butch was born in Aurora, August 17th 1922 the fourth of seven children to Peter and Mary Flammang. After high school Butch joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) sending needed money home to his family. When he turned 18 he joined the U.S. Navy, training at Great Lakes Naval Base. His first...
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Margaret Elizabeth Grist

May 26, 1939 - November 28, 2019

Margaret Elizabeth Grist, 80, of Sugar Grove, passed away Thursday, November 28, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 26, 1939 in Nanaimo, British Columbia to the late Andrew and Agnes Peebles. Margaret was a very talented woman, making cherished gifts for family members through the years. She enjoyed playing the piano, sewing, knitting, painting and gardening. She loved the...
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Earl D. Kirk

February 8, 1949 - November 27, 2019

Earl D. Kirk Jr, 70, of Aurora, Illinois and Evansville, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at Seasons Hospice in Naperville, Illinois after a lengthy illness. He was born February 8, 1949 in Aurora, the son of the late Earl and Delores Kirk of Sugar Grove, Il. Earl graduated from Kaneland High School, class of 1967. He earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Illinois Wesleyan...
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Michael B. Schindel

May 23, 1946 - November 25, 2019

Michael B. Schindel, 73, of Sugar Grove, passed away Monday November 25, 2019. He was born May 23, 1946 in Aurora the son of the late Carl and Barbara (Webb) Schindel. Mike served his country with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He earned his Master's degree from Northern Illinois University, majoring in History. He worked at Waubonsee Community College for 15 years and retired from...
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John "Jack" F. O'Donnell

June 21, 1934 - November 12, 2019

John F. "Jack" O'Donnell of Sugar Grove, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at the age of 85. He was born June 21, 1934 in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY, the son of the late John and Margaret Edna O'Donnell (nee Foley). Jack attended high school at the Brooklyn Preparatory School and, upon graduating, matriculated at Marquette University in Milwaukee, graduating in 1956 with a...
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M. Deloris Close

December 12, 1928 - November 5, 2019

M. Deloris Close, 90, of Geneva, passed away peacefully with family at her side on November 5, 2019. She was born on December 12, 1928 in Harvey, Illinois, the daughter of the late Earl J. and Beulah (Love) Gerkin. Deloris retired from Austin-Western and also from the U of I Extension Services. She was a former member of Claim St. Baptist Church. Survivors include her daughter, Jill Close...
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Harvey P. Sterkel

May 19, 1934 - October 21, 2019

Harvey P. Sterkel, 85 of North Aurora, passed away Monday October 21, 2019 at his home. He was born May 19, 1934 in Denver Colorado, the son of the late Henry and Pauline (Mohr) Sterkel. Harvey served his country with the U.S. Navy. He married his high school sweetheart, Gloria Krieger on April 12, 1953. In 1956, Harvey was recruited by the Aurora Sealmaster fastpitch softball team and along...
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Kathleen M. Miller

September 22, 1944 - October 13, 2019

Kathleen M. (Connolly) Miller of Lanark, IL passed away peacefully surrounded by family on October 13, 2019. She was born September 22, 1944 in Chicago, IL. She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Bob Miller Sr.; children, Bob (Theresa) Miller Jr, Laura (Russ) Huggins, Judy (Brian) Lentz and Lisa (Tom) Erdman; her sister, Therese Connolly; her brother, Walt Connolly and her...
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Daniel P. McClernon

December 18, 1957 - October 12, 2019

Daniel P. McClernon, 61 of Aurora, passed away Saturday October 12, 2019. He was born December 18, 1957 in Aurora, Il the son of Leroy and Alice (Longoria) McClernon. Dan graduated from Marmion Academy and decided to pursue a career in the trades, he became a pipefitter, working in the Fox Valley area for many years with the Union Local 597. He loved gardening, his long walks with his dog,...
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Robert S. Seeler

June 19, 1935 - October 12, 2019

Robert S. Seeler, 84, of Sugar Grove, passed away Saturday October 12, 2019 at Delnor Community Hospital. He was born June 19, 1935 in Chicago, IL the son of the late Ferd and Helen Seeler. Robert is survived by his wife, Charmaine Seeler of Sugar Grove, his daughter, Kathy Banks; his grandchildren, Joe (Kate) Seeler, Mike (Melissa) Seeler, Rachel Seeler and Sarah Banks; his sister, Carole...
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Barbara A. Varga

June 22, 1937 - October 6, 2019

Barbara A. Varga, 82, formerly of Spring Lake, MI, passed away Sunday October 6, 2019 at Cedarhurst of Yorkville. She was born June 22, 1937 in Rochester, NY., the daughter of the late Ned and Laura (Stoner) Mertz. She was united in marriage in 1967 to Anthony J. Varga Jr., She is survived by her son, Donald W. (Betty) Jackley of Aurora, IL; her grandchildren, Benjamin (Chloe) Von...
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Ravin D. "Woody" Ray

March 25, 1937 - October 1, 2019

Ravin D. "Woody" Ray, 82, of Sugar Grove passed away peacefully surrounded by close family in the early morning hours on October 1st, 2019. He lived a wonderful life and will be missed dearly by all. Woody was born on March 25, 1937 in Tyler, Missouri to Ernest and Altie (Chipman) Ray. Woody was well known in Sugar Grove, throughout Kane County and the surrounding areas. He was also highly...
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Belen Rodriguez

February 7, 1938 - October 1, 2019

Belen Rodriguez, age 81, died peacefully at home on October 1, 2019 in Sycamore, IL. Belen was born on February 7, 1938 in Guanajuato, Mexico. Her parents were Jose Rodriguez and Luz Lopez. Belen is survived by children; Martha Seelhoff (Eric Seelhoff), Baltazar Zavala (Cristina Zavala) and Marcelina Gonzalez (Luis Gonzalez). She is continued through her 7 grandchildren; Joe Seelhoff, Ryan...
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Lawrence C. Hawkinson

May 15, 1928 - September 30, 2019

Lawrence C. Hawkinson, 91, of Aurora, IL had his final prayer answered when God called him home on September 30, 2019. He was born on May 15, 1928 in Aurora, IL. He was the son of the late Carl and Bernice(Chester) Hawkinson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elinor June (Clark) and they shared 68 years of marriage together. He is survived by his three wonderful daughters who were the...
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Mira Lee "Mi" Loran

September 24, 1929 - September 8, 2019

Mira Lee Loran of Sugar Grove, IL passed away peacefully on September 8, 2019. She was 89 years old. A loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Mira will also be remembered as an accomplished professional, benefactor and servant leader. The eldest child of Felix J. Tomei, Jr. and Hortense Schurmann Tomei, Mira "Mi" was born in Chicago and raised in Northfield, IL. Following...
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William L. Emory

August 31, 1939 - August 22, 2019

William L. Emory, 79 of Sugar Grove, passed away Thursday August 22, 2019 at his home. He was born August 31, 1939 in Tomahawk, WI, the son of the late Lyle and Gladys Emory. Bill was employed by Preston Trucking Company for over 30 years. He was an avid Hunter and Fisherman when time permitted. He also was a golfer and range shooter. He was everyone's favorite relative. He was the life of...
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Terry A. Brown

February 8, 1955 - August 20, 2019

Terry A. Brown, 64, of Hinckley, passed away Tuesday August 20, 2019 at Rush-Copley Medical Center. He was born February 8, 1955 in Plano, IL the son of the late Richard and Betty (Kiene) Brown. Terry worked for the Beacon News, bought and sold rental properties, owned an Auto Body Shop and owned and operated with his wife "Kathy", The Brown Pub in Hinckley for 37 years. He had many...
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Ernest Lee "Frog" Marshall

June 18, 1946 - August 17, 2019

Ernest Lee Marshall, "Frog", 73, a life-long resident of Aurora, passed away on August 17, 2019. A 1964 graduate of East Aurora High School, Ernie was employed at Caterpillar in Montgomery, IL for 34 years until he retired in 1998. Ernie is survived by his wife, Sylvia Salazar Marshall; children, Darryl (Cheryl) Marshall, Tina (Rickey) Kirkwood and Tammy Thomas of Montgomery, IL., Jason ...
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Mary R. Gonzales

April 8, 1943 - August 16, 2019

Mary R. Gonzales, 76, of Sugar Grove, passed away Friday, August 16, 2019. She was born April 8,1943 in Midland, MI, daughter of the late Catarino and Eva (Segura) Rodriguez. She worked at AT&T and was a member of Sugar Grove American Legion Women's Auxiliary. She also enjoyed painting and music, but what she loved the most was spending time with her family and especially her grandsons. ...
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Martha A. Gil

October 7, 1966 - August 11, 2019

Martha A. Gil, 52, of Sugar Grove, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 11, 2019. She was born on October 7, 1966 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of the late Donald and Florence Lowenberg. Martha is survived by her loving husband, Eduardo J. Gil, her daughter, Megan E. Gil and her son, Alexander J. Gil. Martha is also survived by her sisters, Jane Lowenberg, Carol Lowenberg and Nancy...
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Walter S. Larson

February 27, 1955 - August 9, 2019

Walter S. Larson, son of Walter E. Larson and Jeanne B. Larson was born on 2/27/1955. He arrived home safely with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on 8/9/2019 after a valiant fight with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Pamela (Wells) Larson, and his brother Robert of Diamond City, Arkansas. As well as his nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly, expressing his great love for...
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Mary Margaret LeVan

July 31, 1944 - July 31, 2019

Mary died in her home on July 31, 2019, her 75 birthday. Mary's life ministry was devoted to catholic education at the high school level. She taught at St Francis de Sales in Chicago, Immaculate Heart of Mary and then St. Joseph's in Westchester, from which she retired. In her retirement, Mary devoted her life and faith to St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn, which had become her spiritual home....
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Beverly J. Melson

October 27, 1932 - July 25, 2019

Beverly Jean Melson (Johnson), 86, of Sugar Grove passed away July 25, 2019. She was born in Elgin, Il to the late Herman and Mary (Garvin) Johnson. Beverly graduated from St. Charles High School in 1950. She was united in marriage to John (Jack) Melson. They had two children, Mari and Randy. Jack and Bev worked side by side at Hillside Tavern until it was destroyed by fire. Later, they...
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Mary Ellen Peffer

May 31, 1956 - July 19, 2019

Mary Ellen Peffer, 63, of Sugar Grove, died on Friday July 19, 2019 at Delnor Community Hospital after a long relationship with Multiple Myeloma. She was born in Aurora, IL on May 31, 1956 to Richard and Joan Haen (Miller). Mary Ellen attended St. Rita grade school and Rosary High School. She worked at Ace Hardware in Aurora and the family business, Luigi's Pizza. After having her three children,...
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Peter G. Bensen

July 4, 1931 - July 19, 2019

Peter G. Bensen, 88, of Sugar Grove, passed away Friday July 19, 2019 at Presence Mercy Medical Center. He was born July 4, 1931 in Chicago, Il the son of the late Peter and Cecilia (Thomsen) Bensen. Peter worked for many years at the Canfield's Beverage Company in Chicago. He served his country with U. S. Army. Peter is survived by his three children, Diane (Andy) Annes, Donna (Mark) Proctor...
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Kathleen J. Kelly

April 3, 1941 - July 15, 2019

Kathleen J. Kelly, 78 of Sandwich, passed away July 14, 2019. She was born April 3, 1941 in Kenosha, WI, the daughter of the late Russell and Delores Johnson. She was a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Moose and the VFW. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Her hair was her pride and joy, it was always done just so! Kathleen was a waitress for many years before...
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Richard W. Anthony

August 17, 1929 - July 12, 2019

Richard W. Anthony, 89, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and uncle, formerly of Big Rock, IL passed away Friday July 12, 2019 in Scottsdale, AZ. He was born August 17, 1929 in Chicago, IL, the son of the late John James Anthony and Coleta Margret (nee Noll). Richard is survived by his daughter, Linda Anthony of Yorkville, IL; his son, Alfred (Jean) Anthony of Scottsdale, AZ; his four...
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Ronald O. Ahlberg

June 27, 1956 - July 4, 2019

Ronald O. Ahlberg, 63, passed away on July 4, 2019. He was born on June 27, 1956 in Santa Monica, CA, the son of Phillip and Georgie (Owen) Ahlberg. He was a Bears fan, loved the blues, and would climb any lighthouse or volcano in sight. Ron is survived by his wife of 24 years, Donna (Farrell) Ahlberg; his daughters, Alexandra Ahlberg and Madison Ahlberg; his sister-in-law and brother-in...
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Jeffery David Osman

February 6, 1970 - July 2, 2019

Jeffery David Osman, 49, of North Carolina, formerly of Aurora, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019 after a courageous battle with liver disease. He was born February 6, 1970 in Aurora. He was a 1987 graduate of Kaneland High School and worked as an engineer for 20 years at Solid Works Corporation. Jeffery is survived by his daughters, Molly and Layne; mother, Kathy Osman; sisters,...
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Parish W. Swanson

May 20, 1969 - June 13, 2019

Parish Wayne Swanson "Parry" 50, of Aurora IL, passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Elkhart, IN. He was born on May 20, 1969 in Naperville IL. Parry was a 1987 graduate of West Aurora High School where he met his high school sweetheart, Jeni and they built their life together. He was self-employed at the time of his death. Parry had a big heart and was known as the guy who...
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Tim A. Jarka

February 16, 1962 - June 13, 2019

Tim A. Jarka, 57 of Sugar Grove passed away Thursday, June 13, 2019. He was born February 16, 1962 in Aurora, son of Dorthy and the late Charles Jarka. He graduated from Ottawa High School in 1980 and was owner and operator of Jarka Remodeling. Tim is survived by his wife, Dawn; children Zachary (Hannah) Jarka and Madeline (Maximilian) Angus; grandsons, Landen Michael, Chandler Joseph and...
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James J. "Jim" Fancsali

June 27, 1953 - June 5, 2019

James "Jim" Joseph Fancsali, 65, of Aurora, IL passed away Wednesday June 5th surrounded by his loving family. James was born June 27, 1953 in Aurora, IL to Joe and Mable (Griffith) Fancsali. He graduated from West Aurora Senior High School in 1971. On July 14, 1974 he married Diane Mae Chumbler. James spent his early years working construction alongside his father at Fancsali Bros....
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Paul B. Ellison

August 19, 1955 - June 4, 2019

Paul Bixley Ellison "Bix", passed away on June 4, 2019 in Aurora, Illinois at McAuley Manor. Bix was born in Chicago, Illinois to proud parents, Paul Vernon Ellison and Constance 'Connie' Geneva Ferguson-Ellison on August 19, 1955. He is preceded in death by his parents; Grandparents, Geneva and Sydney Ferguson, Cassandra and Claude Ellison; Aunt Dorothy; Uncle Estes 'Speed' Ballard and...
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John C. Schwickert

September 10, 1964 - June 1, 2019

John C. Schwickert, 54, of Westmont, IL, passed away suddenly on June 1, 2019 due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was born September 10, 1964 to the late William and Hazel "Pat" (Boltie) Schwickert. John had been self-employed at the time of his death. He was always someone that could build or fix anything. Throughout his life he had a great love of anything with wheels,...
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Jane M. Kowalczyk

May 9, 1927 - June 1, 2019

Jane M. Kowalczyk, devoted wife of the late Chester A., loving mother of Darryl (Patricia), the late Patricia Kowalczyk, James (Debora), William (Susan), the late Robert, Richard (Dawn), Susan (the late George) Shirkey, Kenneth (Inna), Jerry (Kristie) and Sandy (Scott) Kish. The family will receive friends on Friday, June 21, 2019 from 9 A.M. until the Memorial Mass time of 10 A.M. at St....
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Sandra Lee Brackett

July 24, 1939 - May 31, 2019

Sandra Lee Brackett, 79, of Sugar Grove, passed away May 31, 2019. She was born July 24, 1939 in Aurora, daughter of the late Homer and Amber Brackett and sixth generation farming family in Sugar Grove. She was a 1957 graduate of Big Rock High School and was a bookkeeper for 40 years at Merchants Bank in Aurora. She also attended Big Rock English Congregational Church in Big Rock. ...
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Scott C. Doyens

March 20, 1965 - May 27, 2019

Scott C. Doyens, 54 of Hinckley, IL passed away Monday, May 27, 2019. He was born March 20, 1965 in Aurora, IL and graduated from West Aurora High School in 1983. Scott worked as an artist, craftsman and tinkerer within many mediums. Known to many as the "Bicycle Man", Scott's hobby was collecting - including bicycles and antiques; and he recently learned how to ballroom dance. Scott was always...
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Edward L. Foote

November 6, 1928 - May 18, 2019

Edward Lane Foote, 90, of Aurora, Illinois, peacefully passed away on May 18, 2019 surrounded by his family. Edward was born to Raymond and Arvilla (Atherton) Foote on November 6, 1928 in Ottawa, Illinois. He was a graduate of West Aurora High School, Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Edward was devoted to his family. He married Helen (McDonald) in 1952. He leaves behind his wife...
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Raymond D. Lumpp

February 4, 1930 - May 14, 2019

Raymond Donald Lumpp, 89, of Sugar Grove, passed away on May 14, 2019 at St. Joseph Village in Chicago, surrounded by his family. He was born in rural Shelby County, Illinois to Mark and Bessie (Steger) Lumpp on February 4, 1930. He helped on the family farm and attended Shelbyville High School, where he began a lifelong love of basketball. Upon graduation in 1947 he moved to Racine,...
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John O. Skow

April 10, 1950 - May 14, 2019

John O. Skow, 69, of Byron (formerly of Geneva and Sugar Grove), passed away May 14, 2019 at Michealsen Health Center in Batavia, IL. He was born April 10, 1950 in Aurora, Illinois, the son of the late Oakley and Marie (Sierke) Skow. John graduated from Geneva High School in 1968 and Aurora College in 1972. He then worked for Donahue & Thornhill for many years as a land surveyor while also...
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Joyce Johnsen (Rislow)

March 13, 1931 - May 1, 2019

Joyce Johnsen (Rislow), 88, of North Aurora, formerly of St. Charles, passed away on May 1, 2019 at Bria of Geneva. She was born on March 13, 1931 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Malcolm and Ann (Catalano) Grierson. Joyce enjoyed dancing, traveling, spending time and visiting with her family. She made many dear friends over the years, some of those being, Eileen, Ramona...
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Edward L. Brengman

March 5, 1953 - April 12, 2019

Edward Lee Brengman, 66, of Sugar Grove, passed away Friday, April 12, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loved ones after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born March 5, 1953 in Aurora, IL. Ed served his country honorably in the United States Army from September 1971 – August 1973 as a Vulcan Crewman. His duty stations included, Fort Lewis, Tacoma, WA; Fort Bliss, El Paso, TX and...
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Robert H. Walter

April 2, 1940 - April 4, 2019

Robert H. "Bob" Walter, 79, from Montgomery, Illinois passed away on April 4, 2019. Bob was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who brought joy to everyone he met. He retired from Peer Bearing Company based in Waukegan, Illinois. Bob was able to travel as the Vice President of Sales and always brought back a piece of the world home to share with all. After retiring,...
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C. Joyce Nelson

August 19, 1941 - April 2, 2019

C. Joyce Nelson, 77, of Big Rock, passed away Tuesday April 2, 2019 at her home. She was born August 19, 1941 in Aurora, Il the daughter of the late John and Eloise (Burgholzer) Carlstedt. Joyce was the owner of Central Machinery Movers in Big Rock, Illinois, that she and her husband started in 1984 and she was active in the business until her death. She was the school crossing guard...
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Mary Lou Yarger

August 12, 1932 - April 1, 2019

Mary Lou Yarger, 86, of Aurora, passed away Monday, April 1, 2019. She was born August 12, 1932 in Chicago, daughter of the late George and Helen Vonderohe. She is survived by her children, Rick Ira (Denise) Yarger, Christopher Allen (Lisa) Yarger, Mark Steven Yarger, Holly Ann (Terry) Belmont (Yarger) and Brian Lee (Andrea) Yarger; 19 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; siblings,...
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Cassandra J. Janoski

December 19, 1960 - March 30, 2019

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Jeanene R. Sipos

June 2, 1936 - March 26, 2019

Jeanene R. Sipos, 82, of Yorkville, passed away Tuesday March 26, 2019 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 2, 1936 in Big Rock, IL the daughter of the late Russell and (Fern Williams) Boyce. Jeanene attended Copley School of Nursing in Aurora IL, graduated in 1957. She was united in marriage to Michael "Tom" Sipos and lived in Aurora until moving to Saint...
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Donald F. Wheaton

January 29, 1933 - March 20, 2019

Donald F. Wheaton, 86, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. He was born January 29, 1933 in Aurora, son of the late Fred and Dorothy (Baish) Wheaton. He graduated from East Aurora High School. Donald proudly served in the Navy as a Boatswain Mate on the U.S.S. Quincy. He worked in the construction field doing drywall. Donald is survived by...
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Ryan S. Andrzejewski

August 19, 1998 - March 14, 2019

Ryan Andrzejewski (Ry Ry), age 20 of Sugar Grove, IL passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Springfield, MO, the loving, caring son of Steve and Alisa Andrzejewski. Ryan was seeking a career in firefighting and had recently relocated to MO. Ryan was blessed with the gift of friendship, unconditional acceptance of others and having the biggest heart. He was loved by uncountable friends with...
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Monica Dowling

June 11, 1938 - March 8, 2019

Monica Dowling, 80, of Sugar Grove, passed away Friday, March 8, 2019. She was born June 11, 1938 in Co. Roscommon, Ireland, daughter of the late Bernard and Mary Jane Keaveney. Dearest Mother of Margaret Cox, Patty (Cindy) Dowling, John (Lori) Dowling, Deanna (Craig) Knoche and Robert (Stephanie) Dowling; Cherished Sister and Best Friend of Nancy Dowling; more Loving Sisters in Ireland and...
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Michael C. Dudzik

September 19, 1951 - March 3, 2019

Michael C. Dudzik, 67, of North Aurora, passed away at his home on Sunday, March 3, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 19, 1951 in Chicago to the late Frank and Helen Dudzik. Beloved husband of Jan (Liedtke) and loving father of Lynn, Jamie and Michael. Brother of Dennis (Julie) Dudzik and uncle of many nieces and nephews. Member of the Batavia Congregation of...
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Steven H. Rasmussen

August 8, 1950 - February 25, 2019

Steven Howard Rasmussen was born on August 8, 1950. He attended public school in Glen Ellyn and later graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Eureka College in 1973. Steve moved to Aurora in 1978 and became a feature of the newly formed Riverfront Playhouse, a self-described "storefront stock company" which occupied a building on the Water St. Mall. Steve became an almost constant presence at...
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David Paul Cochran, Jr.

May 5, 1931 - February 22, 2019

David Paul Cochran Jr., 87, of Wheaton passed away Friday, February 22, 2019. He was born May 5, 1931 in Bartow, Florida, son of the late David and Josephine Cochran Sr. He is survived by his children, Penny (John) Diehl, Gary Cochran and Terry Cochran; grandchildren, Nathan (Jessica) Massell and Zachary (Julie) Massell; great-grandchildren, Freya Masell, Zac and Dylan Stanford; siblings,...
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Marilyn J. Schindelbeck

August 24, 1921 - February 6, 2019

Marilyn J. Schindelbeck, 97, of Aurora passed away Wednesday February 6, 2019 at Presence Mercy Center. She was born August 24, 1921 in Aurora, the daughter of the late John and Mary (Secor) Schindlbeck. Marilyn was a life-long resident of Aurora and will be sorely missed by her family and friends. Marilyn is survived by her nieces, Joan Jacobson, Nancy Fuller, Betty Shulda and Julie...
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Leigh A. Jaffke

February 3, 1962 - January 23, 2019

Leigh Ann Jaffke, 56, of Yorkville, passed away peacefully January 23, 2019 after a brief battle with ovarian cancer. She was born February 3, 1962 to W.W. (Jeff) and Arlene (Meyers) Jaffke, Leigh attended West Aurora schools, participated in basketball, and graduated from West Aurora High School with the Class of 1980. Leigh then went on to play college basketball at East Tennessee State...
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Regina Lee Lewison

June 8, 1947 - January 21, 2019

Regina Lee Lewison, 71, of Aurora, passed away Monday, January 21, 2019, surrounded by her family. She was born June 8, 1947 in Viroqua, WI the daughter of the late Selmer L. and Helen L. (Hanson) Lewison. She was raised in a rural Wisconsin community composed of hard-working folks of Norwegian heritage. Gina spent her earlier years singing with a church quartet. In her later years she...
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Francisco Rafael Hernandez

December 20, 1991 - January 20, 2019

Francisco Rafael Hernandez, 27, of Montgomery, passed away January 20, 2019. He was born December 20, 1991 son of Jose and Beatrice Hernandez. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 21, 2019 from 4 PM - 8 PM at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554.
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Jennifer S. Amery

April 11, 1969 - January 16, 2019

Jennifer S. Amery, 49, of Sugar Grove, passed away Wednesday January 16, 2019 at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was born April 11, 1969 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of Richard and Helen (Souders) Bailey.   Jennifer graduated from Kaneland High School in 1987. She was employed for over 28 years at Minute Man International in Pingree Grove, IL.   Jennifer is survived by her husband, John J....
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Doris A. Rediger

May 25, 1935 - January 10, 2019

Doris A. Rediger, 83, of Sugar Grove, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019 at her home. She was born May 25, 1935 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of the late Glenn and Mildred Borchers. Doris graduated from Maple Park High School in 1953. She was united in marriage to Robert L. Rediger in 1962. They made their home in Aurora for several years before moving to Sugar Grove in 1986. She was a...
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