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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

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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Mary R. Senneke

November 1, 1923 - December 28, 2017

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Nan G. Cobb

October 6, 1937 - December 27, 2017

Nan G. Cobb, 80, of Montgomery, passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Alden of Waterford in Aurora, IL. Nan was born in Aurora, IL to Jack and Louise (Strandt) Glos of Batavia, IL. She graduated from Batavia High School in 1955. While working for NICOR Nan met Larry Cobb of Aurora and they married on April 26, 1958. Larry preceded Nan in death in 2015. Nan worked at Eagle Foods in...
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Patricia "Pattie" Stark

April 13, 1956 - December 23, 2017

Patricia "Pattie" Stark, 61, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, December 23, 2017. She was born April 13, 1956 in Aurora, daughter of the late James and Frances (McKay) Gerhardt and step father, Ernie Schonback. She loved butterflies and spending time with her family especially in the family pool. She also was a hard worker and a great cook especially famous for her lasagna. Pattie is...
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Nita J. Conard

March 31, 1940 - December 22, 2017

Nita Conard, 77, of Aurora, peacefully passed away surrounded by her family on Friday, December 22, 2017 at Bright Oaks in Aurora. She was born in 1940 to Gilbert and Odessa Schleisner in Chicago, IL. After spending her youthful years traveling as a flight attendant she dedicated her life to family and animal welfare. As President of the Fox Valley Animal Welfare League for many years she...
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Marie Clare Schmitt

October 19, 1923 - December 20, 2017

Marie Clare Schmitt, passed away December 20, 2017.Beloved wife of 65 years to the late Edward Henry Schmitt. Loving mother of Edward (Mary) and Richard (Corinne). Cherished Nana of Edward Schmitt III, Sarah Fruy (Jason), Evan Schmitt, and Alec Schmitt. Great-grandmother of Hunter Fruy. Preceded in death by her brothers Richard Collins, Robert Collins, and Dennis Collins. Marie Clare...
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Christina Ann Armstrong

June 26, 1995 - December 20, 2017

Christina Ann Armstrong, 22, of Montgomery, passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at her home. She was born June 26, 1995 in Naperville, IL the daughter of Robert and Debby (Weltin) Armstrong. Christina graduated from Oswego East High School in Oswego, IL in 2013. She was employed at Meijer's where she was a cashier, and at Sonic where she was a waitress. Christina participated in sports...
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Vassiliki Zaharias

December 20, 1913 - December 20, 2017

Vassiliki Zaharias fell asleep in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior on her 104th birthday on Dec. 20th, 2017 at the Greek American Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Wheeling, IL. Born in Karystos, Evias, Greece to Constantine Gagomiros and Maria Mastrantoni. She married John Zaharias, chief engineer of the Greek Merchant Marine, in 1937. Together they had two children. After her...
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William F. Hessenauer

February 1, 1936 - December 19, 2017

William F. Hessenauer, 81, of Sugar Grove, passed away Monday December 19, 2017 at McAuley Manor. He was born February 1, 1936 in Aurora, IL the son of the late William and Ione (Jones) Hessenauer. William was a sales manager for many years for R.L. Polk. He had a love and a passion for music. He was also a baritone soloist in the Fox Valley community, as well as directed the choir at St....
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Josef Haselmajer

December 19, 1929 - December 15, 2017

Josef "Opa" Haselmajer, 87, of Sugar Grove, passed away peacefully Friday, December 15, 2017 at Seasons Hospice in Naperville surrounded by his loving family. Josef was born December 19, 1929 in Tevel, Hungary. After coming over from Germany with his wife and son with only a suitcase and not knowing the language he fulfilled his dream to come to the U.S. to make a better life for his family....
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Ernesto Godoy

November 7, 1933 - December 9, 2017

Ernesto Godoy, 84, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, December 9, 2017. He was born November 7, 1933 in Honduras, son of the late Salome and Genoveva Godoy. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; children, Ernesto (Antonio) Godoy, Johanna (Tulio) Avila, Ramses Godoy and Varinia Godoy; grandchildren, Lea, Joshua, Esther, Sevastian and Adriana; great-grandchildren, Angelo and Elizabeth; siblings,...
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Warren E. Hestekin

May 22, 1944 - December 8, 2017

Warren E. Hestekin, age 73, of Sugar Grove, Illinois, formerly of Independence, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family on Friday December 8, 2017. Warren was born on May 22, 1944 in Whitehall, WI to Ervin and Evangeline (Kolve) Hestekin of rural Independence, WI. He was raised on a dairy farm, third born of nine children, and graduated...
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Delia Grissette

September 23, 1941 - December 5, 2017

Delia M. Grissette, 76, of Aurora, passed away December 5, 2017. She was born September 23, 1941 in Greenville, MS. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 15, 2017 from 4 PM - 8 PM at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, December 16, 2017 with a visitation one hour prior to services at Gayles Memorial Baptist Church...
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James Svoboda

June 19, 1924 - December 5, 2017

James Svoboda, 93, of North Aurora, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 5 at his home. He was born to Czechoslovakian immigrant parents on June 19, 1924, in Chicago, where he graduated from Crane Tech High School. The family moved to Bridgman, Michigan. He enlisted in the Army and served in India in World War II. When he got home he attended Michigan State, Notre Dame, and finally...
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Sue Darby

March 9, 1936 - December 5, 2017

It is with deep sorrow that the Darby family announces of the death of Sue Darby. She fought the good fight. She was born in Aurora, Illinois on March 9, 1936. She died Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at the age of 81. Sue taught 7th grade science for 21 years in the West Aurora School District. She also served on the East Aurora school board. She was the secretary of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and...
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Clara Irene Pottorf

February 15, 1923 - December 5, 2017

Clare Irene Pottorf, 94, went to be with her Lord and Savior in eternal peace on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. She was born February 15, 1923 in Martinton, IL, daughter of the late Max and Edna Scharf. She is survived by her three children, Sue (Ernie) Van Duser of Aurora, Dick of Tarpon Springs, FL and Scott of Hinckley; two grandchildren, Dale (Kelly) and Kevin both of Aurora; two great...
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Marjorie E. Fremion

November 16, 1932 - December 1, 2017

Marjorie E. Fremion, 85, passed away Friday December 1, 2017. She was born November 16, 1932 in Milo, ME, the daughter of the late Percy and Hazel Gourlie. Marjorie served our country during the Korean War with the U.S. Air Force. Marjorie is survived by her son, Daniel (Pam) Fremion of Sugar Grove, IL; her daughter, Jennifer (Jahn Hady) Fremion of Charles City, VA; her grandchildren,...
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Joyce E. Gyovai

November 20, 1930 - November 30, 2017

Joyce E. Gyovai, 87, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2017. She was born on November 20, 1930 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of the late Clarence A. and Ethel (Schoeberlein) Bauman. Joyce was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where she was an active member of the Voter's Assembly. She was a former member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church where she served as Treasurer of the...
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William "Bill" Mantzke

August 2, 1929 - November 28, 2017

William "Bill" Edward Mantzke, 88, of Aurora, passed away, Tuesday, November 28, 2017. He was born August 2, 1929 in Batavia, son of the late Frederick and Florence Mantzke. He served in the United States Army and worked at Bentson Manufacturing in Aurora for over 50 years. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Mary; nephew, Scott (Lisa) Mantzke who were like a son and daughter to him as...
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Geraldine I. Damschen

November 15, 1928 - November 27, 2017

Geraldine I. Damschen, 89, of Aurora, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Presence Mercy Center. She was born November 15, 1928 in Milwaukee, Wis., the daughter of the late Paul, Sr. and Cora Booth. Geraldine was a life member of Montgomery V.F.W. Post 7452 in Montgomery as well as the Amvets Post 103, where she was a past member of the Ladies Auxiliary. Survivors include her...
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Marjorie V. Todd

August 19, 1931 - November 23, 2017

Marjorie V. Todd, of Aurora, went to be with the Lord, on Thursday, November 23, 2017. She was born August 19, 1931 in Mt. Vernon, IL, daughter of the late Wilburn and Sarah Carlton. She was a longtime member of Indian Trail Church of God. She is survived by her husband, William Todd; children, Brenda (Clay) Nance, John (Sharon) Todd, Linda (Mike) Gunlock and Kenneth (Deanne) Todd; 15...
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Richard Jack Malone

March 12, 1936 - November 23, 2017

Richard Jack Malone, 81, of Aurora died from complications of dementia Thursday, November 23, 2017. Richard was born March 12, 1936, in Dixon, Illinois, to John L. and Lillian M. (Tonn) Malone. Richard graduated from Chicago's Tuley High School in 1954. He married, Margarita Rico on June 6, 1959, in Chicago and together they raised their four daughters, Sharon, LuAnne, Janet and Denise. ...
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Julia C. Pratte

May 13, 1997 - November 23, 2017

Julia C Pratte age 20, of Sugar Grove Il, she was born May 13, 1997 in Alexandria Romania and arrived July 12, 1999 to her forever family, the daughter of Gerald and Vicki Pratte. Julia passed from life to heaven on November 23, 2017 surrounded by family and loved ones, where she joined her beloved Papa for Thanksgiving. Julia graduated from Kaneland High School, class of 2017, she loved...
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Carol L. Quigley

May 31, 1951 - November 18, 2017

Carol Louise Quigley, 66 of Dwight, passed away Saturday November 18, 2017 at her nursing home facility. Carol was born on May 13, 1951 in Aurora the daughter of William and Helen Louise (Lents) Quigley. Carol is survived by her mother Helen Louise (Lents) Quigley of Aurora, her brother Douglas Christopher Quigley of Hennepin, her sister-in-law Noreen Quigley of Aurora, two nieces Paula (Greg...
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Edwin Sherman Rees

September 21, 1936 - November 17, 2017

Edwin Sherman Rees, 81, of Sugar Grove, IL, passed away Friday, November 17, 2017. He was born September 21, 1936 in Chicago, son of the late Edwin S. and Grace M. Rees. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette; children, Karen (John) Elwood, Barbara Sullivan, Larry (Terry) Domalick and Sue (Steve) Hill; grandchildren, Joshua and Kaleb Elwood, Ricky and Michelle Sullivan, John (Allison)...
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Tiffany M. Hall

May 24, 1995 - November 16, 2017

Tiffany M. Hall, 22 of Aurora, passed away Thursday November 16, 2017 at her home. She was born May 24, 1995 in Aurora the daughter of Marschell Hall and the late Ryan Carlson. Tiffany is survived by her mother, Marschell Hall of Aurora; her sister, Victoria Keller of Aurora; her grandparents, James and Sarah Hall of Aurora; her partner, Alexiz Perez; her many other family and friends. ...
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Raymond B. Andrade, Jr.

October 29, 1945 - November 15, 2017

Raymond B. Andrade Jr., 72, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2017. He was born October 29, 1945 in Dilley, TX, son of the late Raymond and Clotilde Andrade. Ray attended Our Lady of Good Counsel where he was an altar server. He graduated from Marmion Academy in 1965. After high school, Raymond joined the Army and was in Vietnam from 1965-1967. He worked at Caterpillar for 35...
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Gabriel Cabrera

October 12, 2005 - November 11, 2017

Gabriel Cabrera, 12, of Aurora, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, November 11, 2017. He was born October 12, 2005 in Aurora. Gabriel's life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. Gabriel is survived by his loving parents, Leonardo Cabrera and Angela Reyes. Beloved brother...
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Edmund Lasecki, Jr.

December 11, 1937 - November 11, 2017

Edmund Lasecki, Jr., 79, of Big Rock, IL, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2017. He was born on December 11, 1937 in Stevens Point, WI, the son of Edmund and Mary Ann (Firkus) Lasecki, Sr. Edmund attended Stevens Point schools and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1961. After his discharge from the Navy, he was employed as an Air Traffic Controller for 39...
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Justin L.A. Wells

September 19, 1986 - November 9, 2017

Justin L.A. Wells, 31 of Aurora, went to play in God's heavenly band Thursday, November 9, 2017. He was born September 19, 1986 in Aurora, IL the son of Leslie Wells and Laura (Moore) Highsmith. Justin was an avid musician who wrote music, played both drums and guitar and he enjoyed jamming with his friends. He was everyone's friend and always had a tender heart. He adored his niece and...
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Marion B. Ray

November 16, 1944 - November 6, 2017

Marion B. Ray, 72, of Sugar Grove, passed away on Monday, November 6, 2017 at her home. She was born on November 16, 1944 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of James and Mildred (Wittman) Ray. Marion retired from NICOR after 32 years of service. She enjoyed spending time with friends, family and her dog, Jenny. Survivors include her cousin, Geraldine...
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Clifford Norman Lund, Jr.

February 10, 1965 - November 5, 2017

Clifford Norman Lund, Jr., 52, born February 10, 1965, died of a massive heart attack on Sunday, November 5, 2017. Cliff was a wonderful husband, father, and special uncle to his nieces, Nina (Joe) Cefalu and Olivia Jones. As a Branch Manager with Orkin, Inc. for the past 20 years, Cliff was respected as a gifted teacher and manager. He was a loving, caring, helpful man who would drop...
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Kari M. Schussler

September 12, 1934 - November 5, 2017

Kari M. Schussler, 83, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at her home. She was born on September 12, 1934 in Sandnes, Norway. Kari was united in marriage to Frederic on November 10, 1962 in Norway. She retired as a Day Surgery Nurse after 40+ years from Rush-Copley Medical Center. Kari was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church and Sons of Norway Polar Star Lodge. She enjoyed...
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Jose Soto

November 26, 1934 - November 3, 2017

Jose Soto, 83, of Aurora, passed away Friday November 3, 2017 at his home. He was born November 26, 1934 in Lares, Puerto Rico, the son of the late Zoilo and Santo (Torres) Soto. Jose worked for many years at Fermi Lab in Batavia, retiring in 1995. Jose is survived by his wife, Rosa (Rivera) Soto of Aurora; his daughter, Marisol (Michael) Maisonet of Sugar Grove; his two sons, Elvis ...
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Dolores Ortiz

February 27, 1947 - November 2, 2017

Dolores Ortiz, 70, of Aurora, passed away on November 2, 2017. She was born on February 27, 1947 in Maunabo, Puerto Rico the daughter of Evangelista and Juana (De Leon) De Jesus. Dolores made friends everywhere she went. She enjoyed having conversations with those around her and spending time cooking for those she loved. She will be missed dearly. Survivors include her children, Daisy...
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Judy Kay Minor

July 7, 1942 - October 30, 2017

Judy Kay Minor, 75, of Big Rock, passed away Monday, October 30, 2017 after a courageous 18 year battle with cancer. She was born July 7, 1942 in Aurora, daughter of the late Wilbur and Ruth (Boyce) Gum. She was a teller at First Federal Savings and Loan Association in Aurora for many years and retired as a bookkeeper from the Superintendent's Office for the Hinckley/Big Rock School District....
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Robert A. "Fred" Noonan

January 28, 1944 - October 29, 2017

Robert A. "Fred" Noonan,73, passed away on October 29, 2017 at Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet, IL. Fred was born on January 28, 1944 in Aurora, IL the son of Paul and Elizabeth (Boyer) Noonan. Fred is survived by several cousins and his friends at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, the Albright Theatre Company and the East Aurora Class of 1962. He was a graduate of Aurora University....
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RoxAnna Russell

February 22, 1980 - October 24, 2017

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Verna Jean Morgan

May 1, 1933 - October 24, 2017

Verna Jean Morgan, 84, of Montgomery, passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017. She was born May 1, 1933 in Aurora, daughter of the late Walter and Viola (Stevens) Manka. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister & aunt who will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Verna was a member and deacon of Our Savior Lutheran Church. As well she taught their knitting group...
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Jose Felipe Cardona, Jr.

April 28, 1954 - October 22, 2017

Jose Felipe Cardona, Jr., 63, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Central DuPage Hospital. He was born April 28, 1954 in Aurora, IL, the son of Nilda Rosa (Rodriguez) and Jose Felipe Cardona, Sr. He was a man you wanted in an emergency as he was not one to panic. Thinking before acting irrationally was his modus operandi. He worked 25 years as a volunteer fire warden. By...
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Gerald (Jerry) Morgan Skow

April 10, 1940 - October 20, 2017

Jerry Skow, 77, of Gold Canyon, AZ, formerly of Sugar Grove, IL, died peacefully at Banner Baywood Medical Center, Mesa, AZ on Friday, October 20, 2017 after a brief illness. He is now in the arms of his savior and joins his special needs twin sons, Joel Morgan and Jason Michael in heaven. Jerry was born on April 10, 1940 in Aurora and lived most of his life in Sugar Grove. He was a self...
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Richard Lee Fisher

November 15, 1930 - October 16, 2017

Richard L. Fisher entered into his eternal home with the Lord Jesus Christ on Monday, October 16, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Velda L. Fisher of Aurora, IL; his 3 children, Kathleen (Fisher) Pearson and husband Bob Pearson of Fishers, Indiana, Brian Fisher and his wife Rose Fisher of Manchester, CT and Diana (Fisher) Phillips and her husband Daniel Phillips of...
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Terry L. Toy

May 8, 1958 - October 15, 2017

Terry L. Toy, 59 of Sugar Grove, passed away Sunday October 15, 2017. She was born May 8, 1958 in El Paso, TX, the daughter of the late Donald and Virginia (Pruett) Toy. Terry was a truck driver and owner of TNT Trucking for many years, later she was employed by Hines Trucking. Terry is survived by her Aunts, Esther Helms of Pennsylvania and Janet (Gary) Stull of Pennsylvania ; her...
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Antonia Martinez

March 26, 1933 - October 12, 2017

Antonia Martinez, 84, of Aurora, passed away on October 12, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born March 26, 1933 in Mexico. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 3-8 P.M. at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora, IL. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 11 A.M. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 620 S. 5th St., Aurora...
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Linda R. Flanagare

July 2, 1945 - October 10, 2017

Linda Ruth (nee Hedrick) Flanagare of Aurora, IL, age 72, died peacefully on Monday, October 9, 2017. Linda was born on July 2, 1945 in Oakdale, TN. She married the love of her life, Bill, in 1963. They then moved to Aurora where they raised two children. Linda was a member of Heart of Worship Church in Aurora where she loved to sing. The lights of her life were the many children she cared for as...
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Fred H. Pfeiffer

May 19, 1922 - October 9, 2017

Fred H. (Fritz) Pfeiffer passed away on October 9, 2017. He was born May 19, 1922 in Michigan City, Indiana to Fred and Josephine (Zinke) Pfeiffer. Fred attended East Aurora schools and graduated from East High in 1940. After graduation, Fred was employed by the Illinois Bell Telephone Company. He worked as an installer, repairman and office technician until September 1942 when he enlisted in...
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Esther M. Swanson

June 8, 1928 - October 8, 2017

Esther M. (Neill) Swanson, 89, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at her home. She was born June 8, 1928 in Aurora, the daughter of the late Earl and Esther Neill. Esther was a 1946 graduate of West Aurora High School. She then graduated from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and studied under the tutelage of Aurora artist Ruth Van Sickle Ford. Esther was the consummate 1950s...
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Marie C. Benavent

July 23, 1947 - October 6, 2017

Marie Claudette Benavent, age 70, dearest daughter of the late Maria and the late Jose Casella; dear sister of Juan (Maria) Casella and Reynaldo (Graciela) Casella; proud mother of Paul Benavent and Richard (Melissa) Benavent; precious aunt to Gary, Alex, Adriana, Gabriela, Michelle and loving grandmother to Beatrice Marie Benavent and Sophia Evelyn Benavent, was born on July 23, 1947 and passed...
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Audrie R. Myers

January 8, 1924 - October 6, 2017

Audrie Rose Myers, 93, of Sugar Grove, passed away Friday, October 6, 2017. She was born January 8, 1924 in Desdemona, TX, daughter of the late Albert and Nellie (Hall) Barr. She and her late husband, Dale P. Nelson, were the owners of Nelson Machine. She was also a member of Sugar Grove United Methodist Church. Audrie is survived by her son, Dale A. (Diane) Nelson; Victoria Paige and Tyler...
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Raymundo Acosta

January 26, 1928 - October 6, 2017

Raymundo Acosta, 89 of Oswego, passed away Friday October 6, 2017 at his home. He was born January 26, 1928 in Escobedo el Oro, Mexico. The son of the late Luis and Lucia (Alderete Vivda de) Acosta. Raymundo retired from Brach's Candy Company after 30 plus years of service. He is survived by his loving wife, Maria (Tostado) Acosta of Oswego; his five children and spouses, 10 grandchildren,...
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Richard A. Poulos

May 30, 1949 - October 5, 2017

Richard A. Poulos, 68 of Sandwich, IL passed on Thursday, October 5, 2017 peacefully at his home, beside his loving wife, Nancy. Rick was born May 30, 1949 in Chicago, IL to the late Ginger Poulos (Staflin) and Howard Rentsch. A Celebration of Rick's Life will be held on Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 1:00-4:00, with a service @ 3:30 at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr. Sugar Grove, IL 60554....
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Linda Kay (Mont) Adams

May 31, 1956 - September 30, 2017

Linda Kay (Mont) Adams, 61, of Naperville, IL, formerly of Aurora, IL, passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2017. She was born May 31, 1956 in San Jose, CA, the daughter of the late Janice (Knapp) Mont. Linda's memory will be kept alive by her son, Manny Urquizo; fiancé, Bob Adams, her siblings, Melissa (Tom) Nelson, John (Rhonda) Mont and Jim Mont. Visitation will be held on Monday,...
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