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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

Gladys Marilyn Hoffman

December 22, 1925 - May 21, 2018

Gladys Marilyn Hoffman, 92, of Aurora, passed away Monday, May 21, 2018. She was born December 22, 1925 in Aurora, daughter of the late Harry and Gladys Kies. She is survived by her children, Sharron Burke, Donna (Joe) Beyke, Shaela (Norman) Arrowsmith, Cindy Butler, Danal (Lynn) Neill and Douglas (Lynn) Neill; step-children, Joyce (Phil) Gianatasio and Jesse "Rita" Hoffman; brother, Wayne...
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Tracey Scott Masters

August 10, 1986 - May 19, 2018

Tracey Scott Masters left this world on his own terms on May 19, 2018, at the age of 31. Tracey was living in Montgomery, IL after spending a number of years in both the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and DeKalb, IL after growing up in the Aurora and Plano areas. He leaves behind a loving mother, Marguerite Armstrong (Weigel); step-father, Mike Armstrong; father, Scott Masters; step-mother,...
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Arturo M. Perez

April 6, 1940 - May 19, 2018

Arturo M. Perez, 78, of Sugar Grove, passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at his home.  He was born in Camuy, Puerto Rico on April 6 ,1940, the son of the late Pedro and Corcina (Milete) Perez. Arturo's many careers included serving as a police officer in Puerto Rico and selling real estate. He was also an accomplished car salesman, earning many awards. Arturo was proud of his Puerto Rican...
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Jerry Eli Winchester Sr.

September 17, 1938 - May 15, 2018

Jerry Eli Winchester, Sr. passed away peacefully at home on May 15, 2018 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Jerry was born on September 17, 1938 in Dresden, Tennessee to Douglas and Myrtle (Buntin) Winchester. He leaves his wife of 25 years, Georgette (Buller) and children Sherry Winchester Schultz, Susan (Jim Finks) Winchester, Jenny Johns, Jerry (Melissa) Winchester Jr., and...
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Charles L. Wollenweber

December 18, 1937 - May 15, 2018

Charles E. Wollenweber, 80, of Bristol, passed away Tuesday May 15, 2018 at his home. He was born December 18, 1937 in Plano, IL the son of the late Charles and Bernice (Reynolds) Wollenweber. He married the love of his life, Jeannie Lynn Mosley on July 2, 1960. They spent the next 56 years of their lives together until Jeannie's passing June 26, 2016. Charles spent most of his childhood...
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Edith Tessmann

May 25, 1933 - May 15, 2018

Edith Tessmann, 84, of Aurora, passed away Tuesday May 15, 2018 at St. Joseph Hospital. She was born May 25, 1933 in Germany, the daughter of the late Gustav and Alma (Ratke) Schmechel. Edith is survived by her daughter, Lilly (Michael) Langridge; her sons, Ralph (Donna) Tessmann and Randy (Karla) Tessmann; her nine grandchildren; her 5 great grandchildren; her brother, Guenter (Sue) Schmechel...
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Samuel Edward Dissell, Sr. "Samiam"

June 6, 1940 - May 14, 2018

Samuel Edward Dissell, Sr. "Samiam", 77, of Aurora, IL, passed away on May 14, 2018 at Presence Fox Knoll. He was born on June 6, 1940 at St. Joseph Hospital in Aurora, IL, to Louis and Louise Dissell. Sam married his first love in 1967, Diane Linda (Hageman) Dissell. They had 43 happy years together until her death in 2009 of complications from breast cancer. Then in 2011, he married his...
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Catharine D. "Kay" Nila

January 7, 1929 - May 11, 2018

Kay Nila was born Catharine Doris Fisher in Aurora, Illinois on January 7, 1929. Her mother Helen died when little Cathy was only five years old. She was raised by her beloved Victorian grandmother in a home at 407 South Broadway. Kay often reminisced about the times with her grandmother and she knew that it was there that she learned independence and was given full reign to explore the...
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John L. "Jack" Tierney

May 8, 1936 - May 8, 2018

John L. "Jack" Tierney, 82, of St. Charles, passed away on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 in Geneva, IL. He was born on May 8, 1936 in Chicago, IL, the son of John and Dorothy (Walsh) Tierney. Jack retired after 37 years as the sexton of Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Aurora. He was the owner of J.L. Marksit Company. He was a member of Riverside Community Church in St. Charles. Jack is survived by his...
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Linda S. Clark

May 19, 1962 - May 6, 2018

Linda S. Clark, 55, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend, died on May 6, 2018. Linda was born on May 19, 1962 in McHenry, Illinois. She lived most of her life in the Western Suburbs. She graduated from Johnsburg High School in 1981. After high school, she attended the University of St. Francis where she received a bachelor's degree in Social Work. She worked at Cintas Fire...
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Betty Lou Smith

May 8, 1924 - May 6, 2018

Betty Lou Smith, 93, of Aurora passed away peacefully at her home in Fox Knoll surrounded by her family and her dear friend and caregiver, Isabel, on Sunday, May 6, 2018. She was born May 8, 1924 in Forreston, IL, daughter of the late Fred and Verna Huntley. She was a lifelong resident of Aurora, graduating from East Aurora High School. Following graduation, she worked in Chicago for the...
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Eugene Miller Yarger

June 16, 1930 - May 5, 2018

Eugene Miller Yarger, 87, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2018. He was born June 16, 1930 in Mifflinburg, PA, son of the late Ira Eugene and Sara Ellen (Miller) Yarger. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a flight engineer for American Airlines from 1958-1995 and owner of Ye Olde Bike Shoppe from 1968-1983. Eugene is survived by his wife who he...
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Diane M. Ashton

April 3, 1942 - May 5, 2018

Diane M. Ashton, 76, of North Aurora, passed away Saturday May 5, 2018. She was born April 3, 1942 in Aurora, the daughter of the late Leslie and Hazel (Jones) Carlson. Diane graduated from East Aurora High School in 1960. She retired from Mooseheart after 33 years as a Administrative Assistant, she also was employed for 10 years at I.M.S.A. in Aurora. She was a member of the Black Roses. She...
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Gary N. Fichtel

October 2, 1962 - May 4, 2018

Gary N. Fichtel, 55 of Sugar Grove, passed away Friday May 4, 2018 at Presence Mercy Center. He was born October 2, 1962 in Aurora, IL the son of Helen (Carpentier) Fichtel and the late Albert Fichtel. Gary was employed by the Beacon News for over 20 years as a Pre-press technician and volunteered for the Sugar Grove Fire Department over the years. He most recently was a delivery driver for...
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Janine T. "Julie" Pfeiffer

April 27, 1926 - May 3, 2018

Janine T. Pfeiffer "Julie" passed away on May 3, 2018. She was born April 27, 1926 in Fresnes-Sur-Escaut, France to Leon Gosteau and Louise (Martin) Gosteau. Working for the U.S. Army, Julie met and eventually married Fred Pfeiffer, the love of her life. They had three children, William (Linda) Pfeiffer of Aurora, Jeffery (Randi) Pfeiffer of Longmont, CO and Christine (Lee) Johnson of Naperville....
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Shirley A. Leadbetter

February 22, 1931 - May 2, 2018

Shirley A. Leadbetter, 87, of Aurora, IL, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Rush-Copley Hospital. She was born February 22, 1931 in Big Rock, IL, the daughter of the late John and Edith (Baker) Cooper. Shirley was employed at many factories in the Fox Valley Area. she also worked for the Salvation Army Golden Diners preparing meals for the Aurora senior community. She enjoyed sending and...
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Ron Rhodes

February 22, 1930 - May 1, 2018

Ron Rhodes, 88, of North Aurora, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 1, 2018. He was born in Birmingham, England on February 22, 1930, son of the late Cecil and Gladys Rhodes. He happily retired from Furnas Electric and enjoyed woodworking and reading. Ron is survived by his loving wife Bobbie; sons, Nigel (Ellen) and Andrew (Kim); grandchildren, Lindsay, Samantha, Aaron, Adam, Alex and...
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William B. Johnson

February 4, 1945 - May 1, 2018

William B. Johnson, 73, of Joliet, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2018. He was born February 4, 1945 in St. Charles, son of Lois and the late Carl Johnson. He graduated from Kaneland High School in 1963. He received his B.S. at University of Illinois in 1967 and his M.S. in 1968. He was also a Bronze Tablet Recipient at University of Illinois. Bill recently celebrated his 50th year as an...
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Lois Jean Hacker

October 8, 1931 - May 1, 2018

Lois Jean Hacker, age 86, of Montgomery, IL passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Rush Copley Hospital. . She was born October 8, 1931 in Aurora, Illinois the daughter of Emory W. and Rose L. (Stahl) VanDeventer. Lois was united in marriage on August 7, 1954 In Aurora, Illinois at St. John's Lutheran Church to Mr. Edwin Otto Hacker. She was a loving...
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Tina (Edna A.) Gallanis

October 25, 1931 - May 1, 2018

Surrounded by her loving children, Edna A. "Tina" Gallanis, 86, of Batavia, IL, died peacefully on May 1, 2018, after a yearlong struggle with cancer. She was born on October 25, 1931 in Peoria, IL to John and Bessie Makedon. Tina was a 1950 graduate of Rock Island Senior High School. She earned professional certifications from the Mortgage Bankers Association of Professional Study in...
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Ethel G. "Tess" Youngen

June 11, 1918 - April 28, 2018


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Charlie Roberts

January 12, 1955 - April 26, 2018

Charlie Roberts, 63, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2018 after a 3 year battle with leukemia. He was born January 12, 1955 in Miami, FL, son of the late Charles and Billie Roberts and grandson of the late Ida Albury. He moved to Aurora when he was 13 and attended East Aurora High School. After high school he worked at Allsteel for 22 years. He then worked at KRG until he was...
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Jennifer McCarthy Chapple

June 29, 1987 - April 25, 2018

Jennifer (Jenna) McCarthy Chapple born on June 29, 1987, beloved daughter of Randall and Susan passed away on April 25, 2018. Jenna was born in Georgia, moved to California and grew up in Naperville, IL and attended Neuqua Valley High School. Jenna was a gifted athlete and played tennis, basketball and softball. Jenna moved to CA to pursue a modeling career. After living there for a few...
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Lawrence E. "Larry" Slouf

July 26, 1945 - April 22, 2018

Lawrence E. "Larry" Slouf, 72, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Symphony of Orchard Valley, where he was provided wonderful nursing care in his final days. He was born on July 26, 1945 in Aurora, IL, the son of the late Lawrence F. and Justine (Schudel) Slouf. Larry attended Our Lady of Good Counsel and St. Rita of Cascia grade schools, Marmion Military Academy and graduated...
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Hortencia G. Garcia

January 5, 1938 - April 18, 2018


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Susan M. (Marks) Kachavos

June 1, 1958 - April 18, 2018

Susan Marie (Marks) Kachavos, 59, passed away on April 18, 2018. Sue was born on June 1, 1958 in Aurora, IL the daughter of Nancy and the late Dr. James Marks. Sue graduated from West Aurora High School, received an Associate Degree from Waubonsee Community College and attended Culver-Stockton College. She was a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority. Sue was a paraprofessional at Flossmoor...
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John D. Smith Sr.

January 20, 1936 - April 16, 2018

John D. Smith, Sr., 82, of Aurora, IL and Sun City, AZ, passed away Monday, April 16, 2018. He was born January 20, 1936 in Keithsburg, IL, son of the late Earl and Louise (Dunn) Smith and lifelong stepson of the late G.Ward Hawkins. He joined the Army right after high school and spent a year and a half in the Panama Canal Zone and very soon located in Aurora. John spent 42 years in the...
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Bonnie Collier

March 20, 1942 - April 12, 2018


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Ramona J. Daniels

October 3, 1931 - April 12, 2018

Ramona J. Daniels, 86, of Montgomery, passed away Thursday April 12, 2018 at Seasons Hospice. She was born October 3, 1931 in Joliet, IL the daughter of the late Lawrence and Grace (Cornell) McClintock. Ramona was a member of Village Bible Church of Aurora (formerly Grace Bible Church). She was employed for many years at BRK Electronics in Aurora. Ramona is survived by her husband, Lloyd...
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Dorothy I. Batorson

August 12, 1923 - April 11, 2018

Dorothy Batorson, age 94, of Batavia, Illinois passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at The Bickford of Aurora where she had resided since January. She was born August 12, 1923 in Aurora, Illinois to Lee and Stella (Todd) Quilhot. She attended school in Aurora until the family moved to Batavia, Illinois in 1938, graduating from Batavia High School in 1942. She married Joe A. Batorson on October...
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John V. Reese

May 12, 1945 - April 11, 2018


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Richard W. Soltis

January 3, 1944 - April 10, 2018

Richard W. Soltis, 74, of Montgomery, passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2018. He was born January 3, 1944 in Chicago, son of the late William and Genevieve Soltis. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed fishing in the Wisconsin River. He enjoyed traveling especially going on cruises and trying his luck in Las Vegas. He also enjoyed smoking his cigars on the deck at home. Rich is survived by...
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Julie C. Gurke

October 3, 1972 - April 9, 2018

Julie C. Gurke, 45, of Montgomery, passed away Monday April 9, 2018. She was born October 3, 1972 in Biloxi, MS the daughter of Harold Erickson and the late Deborah (Rusher) Erickson. Julie is survived by her son, Tre (Denisse) Mitchell of San Deigo, CA and her daughter, Taylor (Juan Ortiz) Mitchell of Montgomery; her grandson, Jayden Ortiz; her father, Harold Erickson and her step-father,...
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Barbara M. Carlin

December 10, 1929 - April 9, 2018

Barbara M. "Frietchie" Carlin, 88, of Harvey, IL, and recently of Aurora, passed away Monday, April 9, 2018. She was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, to Robert and Barbara Kidd on December 10, 1929. Barbara married James Orr Carlin in 1950. With two toddler daughters in tow, in January 1954 they sailed for the United States and entered through Ellis Island. They settled in Harvey as part of the...
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Vidal Orduna

April 8, 2018

Vidal T. Orduna, 63, of Aurora, passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 8, 2018. He was born April 8, 1955 in Lapaz, Columbia. Visitation will take place from 1-7 P.M. on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 10 A.M. at St. Rita of Cascia Church, 750 Old Indian Trail, Aurora with Fr. Oscar Cortez...
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Scott E. Stone

June 27, 1987 - April 8, 2018

Scott E. Stone, 30, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2018. He was born on June 27, 1987 in Aurora, Illinois. Scott went to Hinckley/Big Rock H.S. and graduated from Aurora Christian H.S. He attended Kendall College studying culinary arts. Scott enjoyed fishing, camping, bike riding, watching movies, doing impersonations and being in the center of the action. Survivors include...
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Christopher John Jillings

April 8, 1942 - April 5, 2018

Christopher John Jillings, 75, of Aurora, passed away suddenly Thursday, April 5, 2018. He was born April 8, 1942 in England, son of the late Morris and Ivy Jillings. He served in the British Army 1957 -1969. He was a member of Amvets, Turners' Club and Tiger Club. He also was an avid camper. Christopher is survived by his wife, Roseann (Van Duser) Jillings; children, Susan Walter and...
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Crispina P. Pierce

December 4, 1936 - April 5, 2018

Crispina P. Pierce a resident of Aurora, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 5, 2018. She was born December 4, 1936 in Burauen, Leyte Philippines. After a lengthy process, Crispina became a United States Citizen on April 4, 1978 and this was the proudest moment of her life, she loved America! Crispina worked at Copley Hospital for 29 years in the Environmental Services Department. She...
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Brooke Elizabeth Ingraham

October 18, 1972 - April 5, 2018

Brooke Elizabeth Ingraham (nee Borders) of Montgomery, IL, passed away to the arms of the Lord on April 5, 2018. She was hospitalized due to an unexpected and sudden illness on April 3, 2018 and was surrounded by loved ones at the time of her passing. She was born October 18, 1972 in Aurora, IL. Brooke was a dedicated employee at Walgreens for many years and especially enjoyed participating...
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Pamela J. Loonsfoot

August 2, 1955 - April 3, 2018

Beloved mother and grandmother Pamela Jean Loonsfoot, 62, passed away Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 losing her battle with lung cancer. She was born in Chicago, IL, resided in Wauconda,IL with many friends in Lake Zurich, IL. She is preceded in death by parents Hubert and Mary Loonsfoot and survived by her only daughter Cherise McClernon with husband David McClernon and her grandchildren Delaney and...
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Dolores E. Hansen

August 27, 1927 - March 29, 2018

Dolores E. Hansen, 90, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2018. She was born August 27, 1927 in Aurora, daughter of the late Eugene and Kathryn Yackley. She is survived by her children, Robert Hansen Jr., Brad (Diane) Hansen, Bruce (Tami) Hansen and Barbara (John) Wyeth; grandchildren, Robert (Cindy) Hansen III, Sherry (Brian) Davoust, Bart Hansen, Ben Hansen, Brian (Gina) Hansen,...
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Pablo Paredes Sr.

November 26, 1950 - March 28, 2018

Pablo Paredes Sr., 67, of Aurora, passed away March 28, 2018. He was born November 26, 1950. He is survived by his sons, Javier Paredes, Pablo Paredes Jr., Daniel Paredes and Adrian Paredes; mother, Petra Paredes; siblings, Bertha Alicia Paredes, Jamie Paredes and Maria Esther Burciaga; 11 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Pablo was preceded in death by his father, Porfirio...
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Dominic Centorbi

August 29, 1920 - March 28, 2018

Dominic Centorbi, 97, of Sugar Grove, Illinois, formerly from Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, passed away Thursday March 28, 2018 at his home. He was born August 29, 1920 in Detroit, MI the son of the late Nazzareno and Giacoma (Orlando) Centorbi. Dominic served his country during WWII with the U.S. Army in the South Pacific. He is survived by his daughters, Jackie (Rick) Roberge of...
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Patricia Russ

January 22, 1924 - March 26, 2018

Patricia Russ, 94, of Aurora, passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018. She was born on January 22, 1924 in Subiaco, Australia, the daughter of the late Frederick Herman and Esther (Levy) Folwell. Patricia's father was a saddler for the British military and was posted in Australia at the time of her birth. She was raised in England during it's most difficult time prior to and during the second...
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Betty E. Sebby

February 27, 1926 - March 26, 2018

Betty E. Sebby, 92, of Aurora, passed away Monday, March 26, 2018 after a short battle with cancer. She was born February 27, 1926, daughter of the late LeRoy and Maude Poucher. She is survived by her loving husband of 71 years, Clyde R. Sebby; two sons, Timothy (Janie) Sebby and Terrence (Denise) Sebby; one daughter, Eloise (Dave) Assell as well as 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...
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John W. Beverley

October 19, 1937 - March 24, 2018

John (Jack) W. Beverley of Aurora, Illinois on March 24, 2018 surrounded by his family, went home to be with the Lord at the age of 80. John was born on October 19, 1937 in Aurora, Illinois to Frank and Julia (Robb) Beverley. John is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Eileen, sons David (Cathi), Ronald (Melody), Thomas (Michelle), and his daughter Jackie (Richard) Collins. John is also...
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Daniel Lage

August 2, 1988 - March 23, 2018

Daniel George Lage, age 29 passed away on March 23rd, 2018. He was born on August 2nd, 1988 in Aurora, Illinois son of Greg and Martha Lage. He is preceded in death by his father, Greg; grandparents, Rich and Elise Lage and George and Dorothy Clementz along with other friends and family. Daniel is survived by mother, Martha Lage; brother, Scott Lage; sister, Stephanie Lage and...
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Santiago Calderon, Jr.

November 20, 1981 - March 22, 2018

Santiago Calderon, Jr (Aka Prieto), passed away on March 22, 2018. He was born on November 20, 1981 in Aurora, IL. Santiago was a loving son, brother and father. He loved his Chicago teams but his favorite team was his beloved Chicago Cubs. He is survived by his children, Cecilia, Solcilia, Olivianna and Montana Calderon; his Godson, Jonathan Rosario; his mother Elba (Coco) Solis; his...
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Kathryn L. Raines

December 6, 1948 - March 20, 2018

Kathryn L. Raines, 69, of Aurora, passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. She was born on December 6, 1948 in Ripley, MS, the daughter of the late James and Eunice (Robbins) Martin. She is survived by: her daughter, Sherry (Pounds) Raines of Aurora; her grandson Daniel James Raines of Aurora; her sisters Lee Goblet of Aurora and Clara Raines of New Albany, MS; her brothers Bobby Robbins of...
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Patricia L. Zentmyer

September 21, 1943 - March 20, 2018

Patricia L. Zentmyer, 74, passed away on March 20, 2018. She was born September 21, 1943 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of the late Marcus and Helen (Smith) Hemmens. She worked for 30 years as a cashier at Eagle, where she was well known and much beloved by her customers. Some would wait in a longer line just so they could have Patricia ring them up and talk with her. She loved to be around...
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Marlene Joan Bryant

May 31, 1938 - March 20, 2018

Marlene was born May 31, 1938 to Tilman and Gertrude (Saum) Johnson. She graduated from West Aurora High School in 1956. Marlene was employed by Western Electric in Montgomery, IL from 1956 to 1967. She was the volunteer gift shop manager at Copley Memorial Hospital from 1985 to 1995. She also worked in the Upper Deck gift shop at the Fishermen's Inn restaurant from 1997 to 2007. Marlene...
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Sandra J. Smyder

December 28, 1948 - March 16, 2018

Smyder, Sandra (Stookey) On Friday, March 16, 2018, Sandra Smyder, wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away at the age of 69 years at Central Dupage Hospital. Sandra was born December 28, 1948, in Aurora, IL, daughter of the late Raymond and Effie (Latham) Stookey. Sandra will be forever remembered by her adoring husband and best friend, Joseph W. Smyder of Aurora; beloved sons,...
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Margaret M. Thomas

April 20, 1936 - March 15, 2018

Margaret M. (Anderson) Thomas, 81, passed away March 15, 2018. She was born April 20, 1936 at St. Joseph Hospital in Aurora, to Henry O. and Esther E. (Covalt) Anderson. Margaret graduated from West Aurora High School in 1954 and Copley Hospital School of Nursing in 1957. Her nursing career included working for D.W. Anderson, MD for 35 years, as well as for Copley Hospital, Howard Gillette,...
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Dovey Wheaton

October 25, 1934 - March 9, 2018

Dovey Wheaton (Tudor), 83, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Friday, March 9, 2018. She was born October 25, 1934 in Aurora, daughter of the late George and Mary (Sandor) Tudor. She graduated from Madonna High School. She worked as a school secretary at Annunciation Grade School and later as a travel agent for Dyna-Travel. Dovey is survived by her husband of 60...
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Erma Irene Reich

June 27, 1928 - March 8, 2018

Erma Irene Reich, age 89, of Aurora, IL passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, IL. She was born on June 27 1928, in El Paso IL, the daughter of Virgil and Alice Irene (Holt) Wilkey. She married Oscar H. Reich on August 27, 1949, in Benson, IL. He died December 1, 2009. Erma was a homemaker and caregiver. She loved birds, flowers, gardening and...
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Eileen V. Krattenmaker

June 25, 1927 - March 5, 2018

Eileen V. Krattenmaker, 90, of Aurora, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018. She was born June 25, 1927, the daughter of the late Edward and Mathilda Kohler. Eileen married Leo Krattenmaker in 1951.They then moved from Minnesota to Aurora, IL when Leo began his employment with Barber-Greene. Eileen worked as an Avon Representative in the 1960s, at Lytton's clothing store in the Northgate...
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Alice Marie Collette

May 14, 1940 - March 4, 2018

Alice Marie Collette, 77, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018. She was born May 14, 1940 in Oregon, IL, daughter of the late Ernest and Beulah Pluister. She worked at Label Printers in Aurora for many years. She also was an active member of the Athletic Club, VFW in Montgomery, and the Phoenix Club. Alice is survived by her children, Judi Collette, Allen (Barb) Collette, Helen...
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Muriel E. Kokas

October 2, 1929 - March 4, 2018

Muriel E. Kokas, 88, of Aurora, passed away Sunday March 4, 2018. She was born October 2, 1929 in Joliet, Il the daughter of the late Elmer and Sadie Bettenhausen. Muriel grew up on her family's farm in Manhattan, IL and attended the Pfundstein School before graduating from Peotone High School. She worked for Dr. Brannon until she was united in marriage to Steve Kokas in 1951 and they owned...
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Claire Watgen

April 1, 1931 - March 1, 2018

Claire Watgen, 86, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018. She was born April 1, 1931 in Aurora, daughter of the late Albert and Selma Ecklund. She worked for 10 years as a clerk at the Kane County Courthouse. Claire is survived by her children, Wayne "Butch" (Mary) Watgen, David (Karen) Watgen and Diane Federman; grandchildren, Jenni (John) Watgen-Ardelean, Mike Watgen, Jacqueline...
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Betty J. Shemanke-Linden

May 18, 1925 - February 27, 2018

Betty Shemanske Linden passed away after 92 long, fulfilled years of life while resting peacefully at her home when her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ called her into His arms on Feb 27, 2018. She was born unto William and Emily (Wolf) Rost, Sr. Her grandfather built all the homes for his children so that his grandchildren could grow up together and he instilled the importance of family unity which...
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Rita K. Calkins

January 1, 1956 - February 27, 2018

Rita Kay Calkins of Aurora, Illinois passed away on February 27, 2018 at home. She was born January 1, 1956 in Freeport, Illinois. She grew up in Leaf River, Illinois. After having her children, she went back to school and received her GED in 1981. She was a friendly face tending bar at Ridott Corners and the Ironwood Inn. She enjoyed working at Mary's Fast License Service before moving...
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Genevieve "Ginger" D. Lambert

February 6, 1943 - February 26, 2018

Genevieve D. "Ginger" Lambert, 75, of Sugar Grove passed away on Monday, February 26, 2018 at her home after a 4+ year courageous battle with ALS. Ginger was born in Chicago, IL on February 6, 1943 to Edward and Genevieve Witowski and was the youngest of 3 children. Ginger's mom Genevieve passed away giving birth to Ginger. Edward then married Helen who raised Ginger and her surviving siblings...
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Joseph Robert Prieto

August 3, 1948 - February 20, 2018

Joseph Robert Prieto, 69, was called home by our Lord on February 20, 2018. Joe was retired from his career as a teacher, and school and college counselor at East Aurora District 131, Aurora University, the Illinois Math and Science Academy, and Hinsdale District 86. Since retirement, Joe enjoyed cooking, the Cubs, and car racing, especially the Indy 500, and was proud to be a member of...
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Betty M. Bach Benson

April 5, 1923 - February 20, 2018

Betty Bach Benson, 94, of Aurora, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Symphony of Orchard Valley. She was born April 5, 1923 in Mulliken MI, the daughter of Albert and Esther (Hansen) Carlson. Betty's family moved to Illinois, where she attended schools in the Waterman and Sandwich areas. She married Carl Bach, and they had one daughter, Carole. Betty married Robert Benson on...
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Juanita Pitts

March 14, 1940 - February 20, 2018

Juanita Pitts, 77, of Montgomery, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. She was born on March 14, 1940 in Crossville, Alabama, the daughter of the late Hubert and Edna (Robertson) Ray. Juanita was a longtime member of New Hope Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School Teacher for over 35 years. She retired from Furnas Electric. Juanita was a cake decorator who was...
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David Walter Welch

August 21, 1939 - February 18, 2018

David Walter Welch went to be with the Lord on February 18, 2018. David was employed by East Aurora School District #131 as a Teacher, Counselor and Administrator. Following retirement, he was employed by the Kane County Regional Office as a Life Safety Coordinator. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary; his children, Scott, Renee and Brad Welch and his 3 grandchildren, Ezra, Eden...
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Lois Rogers

May 20, 1924 - February 17, 2018

Lois Rogers, nee Krahn, passed away at the home she and her husband, Ken "Jim" Rogers built in Big Rock on Saturday, February 17, 2018. She was born May 20, 1924 in Aurora, daughter of the late Laura and Emil Krahn. She and her husband owned and operated J & L Stables in Big Rock for 40 years. Lois enjoyed her horses and her dogs. Survivors include her husband of 75 years, Ken "Jim"; sister...
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Tonya S. Glover

September 27, 1970 - February 13, 2018


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Joel A. Binder

August 11, 1947 - February 11, 2018

Joel A. Binder, 70 years old, of Aurora passed away the afternoon of Sunday, February 11th, at Presence Mercy Medical Center. Joel was born on August 11, 1947 in DeKalb, Illinois, son of the late Lester and Orva Binder. He graduated from Hinckley Big-Rock High School and then graduated from Aurora University in 1969 with a Bachelors of Science in Business. He then went on to get an MBA at...
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Grace H. Ayala

October 27, 1954 - February 9, 2018

Grace H. Ayala, 63, of Aurora, formerly of Chicago, Il, passed away on Friday, February 9, 2018. She was born October 27, 1954 in Chicago, IL the daughter of late Army veteran Hideichi and Toshiko Kohara. Grace taught special needs students at Allen School in School District 131. However, her teaching career ended when she was diagnosed with cancer. Grace is survived by her husband, Frank;...
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Jack R. Meyers

January 6, 1955 - February 8, 2018

Jack R. Meyers "Jackson", 63, of Aurora, a longtime resident of Aurora, died suddenly Thursday, February 8, 2018. Jack was born January 6, 1955 in Waukegan, IL, the son of Eleanor (Cooper) and Donald Meyers. He graduated from West Aurora High School in 1973 and then attended Waubonsee Community College obtaining an Associates degree in Criminal Justice. Jack began his police career at...
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Ellsworth I. Cainan

February 12, 1918 - February 8, 2018

Ellsworth I. Cainan, 99, passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018. He was born on February 12, 1918 in Aurora, the son of the late Irwin and Stella (Parcell) Cainan. Ellsworth graduated from West Aurora High School in 1936. After graduation, he began working at Stephens Adamson/Sealmaster, where he was employed for 28 years until his retirement. His passion for wood and metal-working...
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Jack R. Meyers

January 6, 1955 - February 8, 2018


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Carmelita "Connie" A. Blanche

February 4, 1926 - February 8, 2018

Carmelita "Connie" A. Blanche, (nee Lodestro), age 92, Beloved mother to Richard (April) Blanche & Pamela (Glen) Johnson. Loving grandmother to Joseph, Angelo & Frank Blanche, Robin (Sean) Mueller, Glen Johnson II & Gayle Johnson; Great grandmother to Joseph Shimko, Shyann Johnson, Glen Johnson III & Connie Mueller. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Pasquale ...
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Harold (Ben) S. Bastian, Jr.

July 7, 1924 - February 6, 2018

Harold (Ben) S. Bastian, Jr., 93, of Batavia, formerly of Aurora passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at Michealsen Health Center. He was born on July 7, 1924, in Aurora, Illinois. Harold was the only child of Harold S. Bastian, Sr. and Alma (Klomhaus) Bastian. He graduated from East Aurora High School in 1942 and attended Aurora College. He was a veteran of World War II. Harold married...
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John W. Hilligoss, Jr.

November 7, 1948 - February 6, 2018

John W. Hilligoss Jr., 69, of Sugar Grove, passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2018. He was born November 7, 1948 in Rock Island, IL, son of the late John W. Sr. and Mildred Hilligoss. He served in the Navy during Vietnam as a Seabee and retired from P.S. and Associates in Naperville as a Vice President and Underwriter in 2015. John enjoyed being the "President" of his grandson's fan club...
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Ignacia A. Cazares

July 31, 1937 - February 5, 2018

Ignacia Cazares, 80, began her eternal journey with her lord and savior, Jesus Christ, on February 5, 2018. Ignacia was born in Villa Matamoros, Chihuahua Mexico on July 31, 1937. After a nine year courtship, Ignacia married the love of her life, Pedro Cazares and in 1969 settled in Aurora, IL where they raised their five beautiful children. Together, Ignacia and Pedro were married for 55...
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Robert J. Mors , Jr.

March 4, 1940 - February 4, 2018

Robert J. "Bob" Mors Jr, 77, of Oswego passed away unexpectedly on February 4, 2018 at his house. He was born March 4th, 1940. Bob grew up in Arlington Heights and then graduated from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he competed on the track team. Bob proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. His dedication to his country continued in many ways,...
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William Peter Schwickert

October 31, 1924 - February 4, 2018

William Peter Schwickert, 93, of Big Rock, passed away on February 4, 2018 at his home. He was born October 31, 1924 in Aurora, IL, the son of John V. and Mary S. (Theisen) Schwickert. He worked on the family farm until he was drafted into the army in 1943. He proudly served his country until the end of World War II. In 1950 he met the love of his life at Longs Barn. At the Memorial Day...
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Lynn M. Nelson

October 4, 1937 - February 3, 2018

Lynn M. Nelson, 80, of Big Rock, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 3, 2018. He was born October 4, 1937 in Elgin, IL, the son of Earl and Helen (Kern) Nelson. Lynn served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was the manager at Central Machine Movers for 34 years and was also an Ironworker. His favorite times besides being with family were woodworking, fishing and playing...
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Russell C. Shockey

August 1, 1930 - January 30, 2018

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – Russell Carl Shockey (Zschoche) 87, passed away peacefully on January 30 at the Lutheran Home after battling Alzheimer's Disease for several years. He was born in St. Louis to Carl & Ellen Zschoche, the middle child with older brother, Warren (Kathy) and younger sister, Marcia. He was united in marriage to Catherine Anne Shockey (Cameron) for 60 years until she was...
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Franco Lombardozzi

October 7, 1952 - January 24, 2018

Mass will be held Saturday 1:30 p.m. January 27, 2018, at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 8S055 Dugan Road, Sugar Grove Il 60554. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. Interment will be private.
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Gregory Paul Losiniecki

May 3, 1943 - January 24, 2018

Gregory P. Losiniecki, 75, of Mercer, WI, retired from Naperville, passed away January 24, 2018. He was born May 3, 1943, in Michigan City, IN. He was a member of Pipefitters Local 597, Knights of Columbus and Lion's Club. He also was an avid golfer and fisherman. Greg is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sandra; sons, Thomas (Dawn), Paul (Beth) and Dan (Jessica); grandchildren, Emma,...
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Edmund J. Glabus

April 16, 1939 - January 23, 2018

Edmund J. Glabus, age 78, of Carlisle, PA, passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle Hospital. He was born April 16, 1939 in Chicago, IL to the late Edmund M. and Eleanore K. (Lysakowski) Glabus and was baptized at St. Thecla Catholic Church. Ed attended St. Theresa's Elementary School and completed his secondary education at Marmion Military Academy, Aurora, IL where he...
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Alice M. Bergholm

February 18, 1932 - January 21, 2018

Alice M. Bergholm, 85, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, January 21, 2018. She was born February 18, 1932 in Aurora, IL, daughter of the late Roy and Marie Reynolds. A graveside service will be held at 1 PM on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Riverside Cemetery, 414 N. River St., Montgomery, IL 60538.
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Calvin L. Miller

June 12, 1934 - January 18, 2018

Calvin L. Miller, of Naperville, formerly of Sugar Grove, passed away Thursday January 18, 2018. He was born June 12, 1934 in Delavan, IL, the son of the late Henry and Elsie (Bruns) Miller. Cal is survived by his wife, Ann, his eight children and their spouses, Teresa (Joe) Martini, Jayne (Lyle) Wachtel, Diane (Wasson) Beckman, Judi (Alex) George, Sharon (Bill) Craigle, Jim (Lori) Miller,...
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George Wesley "Tennessee" Towns

September 20, 1941 - January 16, 2018

George Wesley Towns, affectionately known as "Tennessee" was born on September 20, 1941 to Mary Towns and Loice McKnight in Trenton, Tennessee. He was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. George was an only child. He was a retired Car Detailer and an International Pool Player. George is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Towns;...
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Lillie B. Adams

August 6, 1935 - January 16, 2018

Lillie (Suggs) Adams of Sugar Grove went peacefully into the loving arms of our Lord, Tuesday, January 16, 2018. She was born to parents Luther and Odell (Todd) Suggs of Lynn Grove, Kentucky on August 6, 1935 and became the devoted wife of Henry T. "Tom" Adams on February 9, 1952. She was blessed with sons, Tom of Sugar Grove and Todd (Deborah) of Ottawa. Lil was the cherished grandmother of...
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Isla Mae "Tish" Evers

January 21, 1927 - January 15, 2018

Isla Mae "Tish" Evers, 90, of Aurora, passed away on January 15, 2018 at Presence McAuley Manor in Aurora, IL. She was born January 21, 1927 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa the daughter of Charles and Pearl (St. Clair) Tisher. Tish was a 1951 graduate of University of Iowa. She then began her teaching career at Mooseheart in Mooseheart, IL. She was instrumental in starting a drum and bugle corps and was...
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Donna K. Erickson

October 5, 1938 - January 13, 2018

Erickson, Donna K., 79, of Aurora, passed away on January 13, 2018. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. Donna was born in Aurora, IL on October 5, 1938. She graduated from West Aurora High School in 1956 and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education at Aurora (College) University in 1960. Donna began teaching 4th Grade in the Geneva Community Unit School...
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Charles A. Breyne

September 29, 1957 - January 13, 2018

Charles A. Breyne, 60, of Bristol, passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2018. He was born on September 29, 1957 in Aurora, IL. Charles was employed at Aurora Bearing. Survivors include his sister, Lori (Kevin) Campbell; his cousin, Barbara Cox and his adopted furry friends, Phoebe and Sammi. Charles was preceded in death by his father, Paul L. Breyne; his mother, Donna M. Breyne; his...
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Marcos G. Dominguez

June 18, 1942 - January 10, 2018

Marcos G. Dominguez, 75, of Aurora passed away Wednesday January 10, 2018 at his home. He was born June 18, 1942 in Durango, Mexico. Visitation will be held Monday 4-9 p.m. January 15, 2018 at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506. Graveside services will take place Tuesday 10:30 a.m. at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Hillside, IL. For further information please call (630)...
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Mark E. Lumbert

September 18, 1954 - January 9, 2018

Mark E. Lumbert, 63 of Aurora, was welcomed into the kingdom of Heaven on Tuesday January 9, 2018 at Presence Mercy Center. He was born September 18, 1954 in Aurora, IL the son of the late Lawrence and Lillian (Olson) Lumbert. Mark was employed for many years at All-Steel Corp of Aurora. He attended First Presbyterian Church of Aurora along with several other area churches. Mark is...
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Thomas P. Myhre

June 7, 1971 - January 7, 2018

Thomas P. Myhre, 46, of Chicago, IL, died January 7, 2018 at his home. He was born on June 7, 1971 in Aurora, IL to Richard and Carolyn (Hanks) Myhre. Tom was educated in the West Aurora schools, graduating from West Aurora High School in 1989. He received his B.A. in finance from Boise State University in Idaho and thereafter earned his MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. ...
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John L. Detzler

April 27, 1926 - January 5, 2018

John L. Detzler, 91, of Aurora, passed away on Friday, January 5, 2018. He was born on April 27, 1926 in Mendota, IL, the son of the late John and Lorena (Krumm) Detzler. For many years, John resided on S. Jackson St., in Aurora. He was a member of First Baptist Church since the early 1960's and remained an active member for as long as he was able. John was living in South Bend, IN when...
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Bertha (Souders) Worley

April 13, 1934 - January 3, 2018

Bertha Worley, of Calhoun, LA, formerly of Aurora, passed away on January 3rd, 2018. She was born on April 13, 1934 in Aurora, IL to the late Anna E. (Secor) Souders and Elmer Souders. Bertha worked at Dick's Vending for many years before she and her husband moved to Louisiana. While living in Calhoun, she worked at the school lunch cafeteria. She is survived by: her sons, Donald (Brenda)...
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John Popeye Miles

December 17, 1953 - January 3, 2018

John "Popeye" W. Miles, 64, of Aurora passed away Wednesday January 3, 2018. He was born December 17, 1953 in Aurora, the son of the late Virgil and Ruth (Nance) Miles. John was longtime member of the Phoenix Club and Turners Club. He was an avid bowler and he loved to play golf. He was also a true diehard fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Cubs. John is survived by his daughter,...
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Paul M. Tomell

April 25, 1924 - January 2, 2018

Paul Martin Tomell, 93, of Aurora, was called by his Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. He passed peacefully at home. He was born April 25, 1924, in Detroit, Mich., to Adolph and Pauline (Nickel) Tomell. His abiding faith in God's love inspired a lifetime of Christian service along with his late wife, Marian (Warns) Tomell. Active members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Aurora, they volunteered...
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Richard J. Rohrer

January 1, 2018

Richard J. Rohrer, 75, of Montgomery, IL went home to be with the Lord on Monday, January 1, 2018. He was born April 20, 1942 in Aurora, IL. Rich served our country in Vietnam from 1968-1969 in the U.S. Army. He attended Central Bible Church. Rich loved his Lord and Savior and praised him for what He did on the cross for us and our sins. He was an avid guitar player and loved spending time...
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Mary R. Senneke

November 1, 1923 - December 28, 2017

Mary Rena Senneke (née Bourgoine) 1923 – 2017. Mary Senneke, age 94, was born in West Enfield, Maine on November 1, 1923 and passed away December 28, 2017 in Aurora, Illinois. Her children were at her side at the time of her passing. Mary served in the U.S. Navy as a member of the Waves during World War II, and during her enlistment she met and married Dennis W. Senneke. After her...
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