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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

John "Jack" F. O'Donnell

June 21, 1934 - November 12, 2019

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

March 30, 1960 - November 11, 2019

William P. Murtaugh, 59, of Aurora, passed away Monday, November 11, 2019. He was born March 30, 1960 in Aurora, son of Edward and the late Nancy (Gately) Murtaugh. He is survived by his father, Edward; sister, Kim as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. Bill is preceded in death by his mother, Nancy. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 2 PM until time of...
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Socorro Yanez

January 3, 1922 - November 6, 2019


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M. Deloris Close

December 12, 1928 - November 5, 2019

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

January 25, 1928 - October 31, 2019

Delmonte was born in Yorkville, IL on January 25, 1928 and died October 31, 2019, at the age of 91. Delmonte lived briefly in Huntley, and lived in Aurora since the 1930's. Delmonte enjoyed singing in the choir at Bethany of Fox Valley United Methodist Church, where he attended since the age of 2, making him one of the oldest and longest attending members. Delmonte worked for Gem Oil, driving...
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Richard S. Miller

November 10, 1932 - October 31, 2019

Richard Stanley Miller was born on November 10, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in Chicago and eventually moved to live in Aurora, Illinois and graduated from East Aurora High School in 1950. Richard then served in the U.S. Navy as a gunner machinist on the U.S.S. Wright for about 4 years. He was then employed by Northern Illinois Gas in the corporate accounting department, where he met...
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Tycka Ochsenschlager

June 8, 1917 - October 30, 2019

TYCKA (MCWETHY) OCHSENSCHLAGER JUNE 8, 1917 – OCTOBER 30, 2019 Tycka (McWethy) Ochsenschlager lived a full life and on her own terms. Even her name was her own. Born Mary Ruth McWethy, she requested a legal name change on her 40th birthday to reflect the name everyone had called her since childhood when she would sit below the family heirloom grandfather clock and repeat: "tick tick". ...
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Brenda F. Elliott

March 11, 1958 - October 29, 2019

Brenda F. Elliott, 61 of Aurora. She was born March 11, 1958 in Aurora, the daughter of Nellie Elliott and the late Edgar Elliott. Services are pending for Saturday November 9, 2019.
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Raymond H. Pippin

July 29, 1928 - October 24, 2019

Raymond H. Pippin, 91, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, October 24, 2019. He was born on July 29, 1928 in St. Paul, Virginia, the son of the late William and Belle (Burton) Pippin. Raymond, also known as Harold, Buddy or Uncle Bud, served his country in the U.S. Army in the 24th Infantry in Japan. He was a lifetime member of the Montgomery V.F.W. Post #7452. Ray was a machinist and...
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Harvey P. Sterkel

May 19, 1934 - October 21, 2019

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

June 24, 1929 - October 18, 2019

Teresa A. ("Terry") Murphy, 90, of Geneva, Illinois, died on Oct. 18, 2019. Terry was born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 24, 1929, the daughter of Earl W. Chambers and Mildred A. (Wilder) Chambers. She graduated from Madonna High School in Aurora and attended the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. Terry co-founded St. Gregory's Catholic Bookstore in Aurora, with several Madonna...
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Robert T. Helmen

February 28, 1923 - October 18, 2019

Dr. Robert T. Helmen, 96, of Wheaton and formerly of Sugar Grove, IL, passed away Friday, October 18, 2019, at his home. He was born February 28, 1923, in South Bend, IN, the son of the late Dr. Harry William and Norma Bell (Traylor) Helmen. After graduating from high school, Robert attended Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. With the advent of WWII, Robert put his studies on...
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William S. Dagiantis

April 26, 1966 - October 16, 2019

William Dagiantis, 53, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at Presence Mercy Center. He was born April 26, 1966 in Levidi, Greece, the son of Dena (Ziazias) Dagiantis and the late Stelios Dagiantis. Bill worked for many years at Comcast Media Company as a supervisor. Bill is survived by his mother, Dena (Ziazias) Dagiantis; sister, Kathy (Alex) Koustas; his niece, Dina ...
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Carolyn I. Theesfeld

October 21, 1940 - October 15, 2019

Carolyn Theesfeld, 78, of Aurora, IL passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2019 in Mercy Hospital. She was born October 21, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of the late Charles and Eleanor (Risavy) Sutter. She is survived by two grandchildren, Brooke Wilson and Bret Wilson; two sisters, Phyllis Sutter Olsen and Beverly Sutter Greenwell and four nieces and four nephews. In addition to her...
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Kathleen M. Miller

September 22, 1944 - October 13, 2019

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

June 18, 1929 - October 12, 2019

Edwin R. Moses, 90, of Aurora, passed away Saturday October 12, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born June 18, 1929 in Aurora, IL the son of the late Ray and Olive (Herren) Moses. Ed is survived by his daughters, Michele (Robin) Reed, and Amy (Phil) Truckenbrod; his son, Joe (Wendy) LaMageline ; his grandchildren, Stacy (Ben) DeSmit and David (Amanda) Geddes; his great...
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Daniel P. McClernon

December 18, 1957 - October 12, 2019

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

June 19, 1935 - October 12, 2019

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

October 17, 1933 - October 8, 2019

Annetta P. Harmon, 85, of Aurora, formerly of Portland, ME, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on October 8, 2019. She was born on October 17, 1933 in Portland, ME, the daughter of the late Herman and Mary (Porter) Mathews. Annetta along with her husband, Rev. W. Ted Harmon, served at First Free Baptist Church, Dexter, ME, Faith Baptist Church, North Yarmouth Maine, Claim St. Baptist...
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Barbara A. Varga

June 22, 1937 - October 6, 2019

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

September 17, 1928 - October 3, 2019

Carol B. (Thomas) Poltersdorf, aged 91, of Aurora, Illinois, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2019 in her home. She was born September 17, 1928 in Chicago, Ill. to the late Dr. Edward W. and Lora (Stanke) Thomas. She married William J. White, December 7, 1947 in Aurora, Ill., and together they started White Studio Photography. When she was younger she enjoyed being part of the Aurora Drama...
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Donald L. Glossop, Jr.

February 17, 1933 - October 2, 2019


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Ravin D. "Woody" Ray

March 25, 1937 - October 1, 2019

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

February 7, 1938 - October 1, 2019

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

August 22, 2001 - September 30, 2019

Odalys Y Fernandez of Aurora passed away on Monday September 30 2019, at Mercy Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born on August 22, 2001 in Austell Georgia, daughter of Nora Cadena. She attended Camelot School in Naperville and was loved by all her teachers and peers. She was loved by all her family and will truly be missed. Odalys is survived by her Grandparents Primo and Maria...
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Lawrence C. Hawkinson

May 15, 1928 - September 30, 2019

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

January 21, 1940 - September 29, 2019

Larry E. Fullmer, Sr., 79, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019. He was born on January 21, 1940 in Maynard, Iowa, the son of Clarence and Viola Fullmer. Larry retired from Caterpillar and was a proud U.A.W. member for 30 years. He served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1958-1964. Larry was involved with scouting for many years and was a Scoutmaster for Troop 30 out of...
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Maria L. Ramirez

October 11, 1935 - September 27, 2019

Maria L. Ramirez, 83, of Aurora, passed away Friday, September 27, 2019 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born October 11, 1935 in Pharr, TX, daughter of the late Romaldo and Anastacia Villarreal. She enjoyed taking care of children and baking especially tamales which were hard to have just one. She was a wonderful seamstress. There are many family members that have had...
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Joseph Raymond Philippon

December 24, 1950 - September 25, 2019

Joseph Raymond, "Joe" Philippon, age 68, of North Aurora, IL passed suddenly on September 25, 2019. Joe was born in Chicago on December 24,1950 and was raised on the south side of the city with his two brothers by his parents the late Raymond J. Philippon and the late Rachel Caouette. Joe enlisted with the United States Marine Corps in 1968. During his service, he spent time as an MP on the...
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Alfred "Al" Evinger

May 3, 1922 - September 24, 2019

Alfred "Al" Evinger, 97, of Aurora, passed away peacefully on September 24, 2019 at Symphony of Orchard Valley. He was born on May 3, 1922 in McCune, Kansas, the son of the late Alfred and Anna (Harris) Evinger. Al served his country and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after serving in WWII. He was able to take the Honor Flight in 2010 with fellow servicemen and servicewomen. Al...
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Charles Reed Payne

August 26, 1951 - September 22, 2019

We have come together to witness the eternal home going celebration of Charles Reed Payne. He transitioned this life on Sunday, September 22, 2019. Charles was born on August 26, 1951 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. He was born to the late Sylvester and Chlorine Payne. He professed a hope in Christ an early age. He later moved to Aurora, IL and worked at the Hollywood Casino until...
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Lorrie J. Plott-Kirby

January 28, 1956 - September 21, 2019

Lorrie J. Plott-Kirby, 63 of Sandwich, passed away Saturday September 21, 2019 at Edward Hospital. She was born January 28, 1956 in Aurora, IL the daughter of the late Dale "Gene" and Nancy (Rahn) Plott. Lorrie worked for many years as an Executive Secretary for many different businesses in the Fox Valley area. Lorrie is survived by her husband, Alan Kirby of Sandwich, IL; her brother,...
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Mira Lee "Mi" Loran

September 24, 1929 - September 8, 2019

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

April 1, 1958 - September 6, 2019


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Lou M. Haynes

October 13, 1933 - September 2, 2019

Lou Mamie Ferrell Haynes was born October 13, 1933 in New Albany, Union County, Mississippi to Macy Visor Ferrell and Washington 'Wash' Ferrell. She departed this life Monday, September 2, 2019 in Aurora, Illinois. Lou received her early education from Little Zion Primary School located on the church grounds of Zion Chapel MB Church in New Albany, MS. She was a 1953 graduate of Union County...
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John Francis O'Neil

April 19, 1963 - August 31, 2019

John F. ("Don't call me Francis") O'Neil, 56, of Aurora, Illinois, passed away on the evening of August 31, 2019 after a long battle with Huntington's Disease. John was born on April 19, 1963 in Sterling, IL to Thomas and Nancy (Price) O'Neil. He attended St. Mary's Catholic School, where he was a proud member of the St. Mary's School Patrol, before attending Newman High School, where he was...
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Peter L. Krentz

August 13, 1932 - August 28, 2019

Peter L. Krentz, of Plano, IL passed away on August 28, 2019 with his family by his side. He was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on August 13, 1932, the son of the late Rev. Paul G. Krentz and Ruth (Lee) Krentz. Peter graduated from Valparaiso University in 1956 with a Juris Doctor of Law Degree. He was a past President of the Valparaiso University Alumni Board of Directors and recipient of...
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Sixto Rincon

August 6, 1939 - August 26, 2019


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William L. Emory

August 31, 1939 - August 22, 2019

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

February 8, 1955 - August 20, 2019

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

June 18, 1946 - August 17, 2019

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

April 8, 1943 - August 16, 2019

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

February 16, 1944 - August 15, 2019

Varry Arrington, 75, of Bristol, passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019. She was born February 16, 1944 in Holly Springs, MS. She is survived by her daughters, Dana Oke and Donna Straughter; son, Jerrol Humphries. Varry is preceded in death by her husband Alvin Arrington; parents, Ida Mae Brannon and Spudge Dukes; brothers, Larry Dukes and Fred Sheffield; son, Cornelius Humphries; sister,...
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Marguerita M. Cuffy

October 17, 1951 - August 14, 2019

Marguerita Cuffy, 67, Aurora, IL, passed away peacefully on August 14, 2019, after a short illness. Born Marguerita Meloney on October 17, 1951, in Four Roads Tamana, Trinidad and Tobago, to Donald and Isabella Meloney, she grew up and attended public schools with her seven brothers and sisters. Marguerita's career in Trinidad included 20 years working for HI-Lo Foods in the accounting...
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Tracey D. Wilson

February 8, 1971 - August 11, 2019

Tracey D. Chlapecka Wilson, 48, of Aurora, passed away on August 11, 2019. She was born February 8, 1971 the daughter of Carolyn and Richard Chlapecka. Tracey was a graduate of Downers Grove High School. She is survived by her parents and two children, Brett and Brooke Wilson. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Holy Angels Church, corner of...
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Martha A. Gil

October 7, 1966 - August 11, 2019

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

November 18, 1927 - August 9, 2019

Bill Kearns, 91, passed away at the IL Veterans Home in LaSalle, IL on August 9, 2019. He was born November 18, 1927 in Aurora, IL to the late William and Gertrude Kearns. Bill joined the Navy at the age of 17, where he was a metalsmith 3rd Class. Bill was awarded the WWII Victory Medal and the American Theater Medal while serving his country. Bill served on the LSMR 510, USS Denver CL 58 and...
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Walter S. Larson

February 27, 1955 - August 9, 2019

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

January 23, 1947 - August 1, 2019

Gene A. Nunnally, 72, of Aurora, passed away Thursday August 1, 2019 at his home. He was born January 23, 1947 in Holly Springs, MS the son of the late Mark and Connie (Sanderson) Nunnally. Visitation will be held Wednesday 2-8 p.m. August 7, 2019 at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506. Funeral services and Interment will take place in Kansas City, MO. For further information...
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Mary Margaret LeVan

July 31, 1944 - July 31, 2019

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

March 9, 1937 - July 28, 2019

Genevieve P. Sudges, 82 of Aurora, IL passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at Bethany Health Care & Rehabilitation in DeKalb/Sycamore, IL. She was born March 9, 1937 in Chicago, IL. Genevieve graduated from Mundelein College in Chicago, IL and was a teacher's aide for East Aurora District 131 for 25 years retiring in 2002. She is a member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association...
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Robert Frederick Weiffenbach

August 19, 1928 - July 27, 2019

Robert Frederick Weiffenbach, age 90, died peacefully on July 27, 2019, with his beloved wife by his side. He is survived by his wife of 44 years Faith Weiffenbach; daughters, Christine (Travis) Kinley, Jeannie, Karen, Deanna and Patricia, and at least ten grandchildren and great grandchildren. Robert "Bob/Wiff" served in the United States Army Air Force from 1946-1949. He was also a...
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Jerry A. Thomas

October 16, 1942 - July 26, 2019

Jerald (Jerry) Anthony Thomas, loving father and grandfather, passed away July 26, 2019. A longtime resident of Aurora, Jerry was born in Charleston, West Virginia on October 16, 1942 to Ronald P. Thomas and Arveda (Rogers) Thomas. His family moved to Aurora in the early 1950s when his father came to study at Aurora College on the GI Bill, starting Jerry's long relationship with the city of...
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Beverly J. Melson

October 27, 1932 - July 25, 2019

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

May 31, 1956 - July 19, 2019

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

July 4, 1931 - July 19, 2019

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

December 26, 1941 - July 18, 2019

Diane Marie Helvig, 77, of Orange County, California, formerly of Aurora, Illinois, passed away on July 18, 2019. She was born on December 26, 1941 in Aurora, Illinois, the daughter of the late Marshall Gayle and Evelyn Gayle. Diane was a teacher in Illinois and California and really enjoyed her students and profession. She was a loving wife and devoted mother who really created wonderful...
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Elmer D. Miller

February 24, 1930 - July 17, 2019

Elmer D. Miller, of Aurora, IL, passed away on July 17, 2019 at the age of 89. He was born February 24, 1930 in Aurora, IL where he lived his entire life. He was a graduate of East Aurora High School and served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He enjoyed telling stories from his time stationed in Japan. After his military service, he married his wife of 64 years, Dawn ...
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L C Hope

February 26, 1954 - July 16, 2019

LC Hope, 65 of Aurora, IL transitioned to his heavenly eternal home Tuesday, July 16 at Rush Copley Medical Center. He was born on February 26, 1954 to the late Mable (Coleman) and LB Hope in Holly Springs, MS. He proudly worked as a Licensed Journeyman Electrician in IBEW Local 461 for 35 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 44 years, Theodora J Hope; his children,...
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Kathleen J. Kelly

April 3, 1941 - July 15, 2019

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

January 20, 1948 - July 13, 2019

Sandra Fay Lambert, 71, of Montgomery, Illinois, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, passed away on July 13, 2019, surrounded by her family. She was born January 20, 1948, in Franklin, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her parents, William E. Jones and Shirley A. Osborn, her husband Bill Lambert and her son George "Tray" Smith. She is survived by her three...
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Richard W. Anthony

August 17, 1929 - July 12, 2019

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

July 20, 1939 - July 9, 2019

Juan Manuel Contreras Salcedo, 79, of Aurora. Visitation will be held Thursday 4-8 PM July 18, 2019 at our Aurora Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held Friday 10:00 AM July 19, 2019 at St. Rita's Catholic Church, 750 Old Indian Trail, Aurora, IL 60506. Interment will take place at Lincoln Memorial Park.
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Ronald O. Ahlberg

June 27, 1956 - July 4, 2019

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

February 6, 1970 - July 2, 2019

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

July 15, 1937 - July 1, 2019

Antonio Galindo, 81, of Aurora, passed away Monday, July 1, 2019 at Seasons Hospice in Naperville, IL. Visitation will be held from 2-6 P.M. on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL, 60506. Funeral Mass will take place at 11 AM on Monday, July 22, 2019 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 308 High Street, Aurora, IL, 60505. Interment will take place at...
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Virginia W. Gurry

March 21, 1924 - June 30, 2019

Virginia W. Gurry, 95, formerly of Aurora, IL, passed away June 30, 2019 in The Woodlands, TX. She was born March 21, 1924 in Mendota, IL, the daughter of the late Harry and Florence (Hensler) Wright. Virginia was a member of the New England Congregational Church in Aurora and a member of the Navy League of Aurora. She graduated from West Aurora High School, in Aurora, IL and Beloit College...
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Timothy M. Frederiksen

March 19, 1959 - June 28, 2019

Timothy M. Frederiksen, 60, of Aurora passed away unexpectedly on June 28, 2019. He was born March 19, 1959 in Aurora, the son of Norma J. (Breazeale) Frederiksen and the late Gene P. Frederiksen. Tim graduated from West Aurora High School and entered the U.S. Army, serving his country until 1982. He had many jobs in the Fox Valley Area. He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. Tim...
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Ramon Vizcarra

November 13, 1963 - June 26, 2019

Ramon Vizcarra, 55, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2019. He was born November 13, 1963 in Mexico, son of Ramon Vizcarra Zepeda and Teresa Saucedo Chaidez Vizcarra. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 1, 2019 from 3 PM - 8 PM at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506. Prayers will begin at 9:15 am, Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at the funeral home and process to St....
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Daniel R. Sperry

March 9, 1951 - June 25, 2019

Daniel R. Sperry, 68, passed away peacefully on June 25, 2019 at his home. He was born on March 9, 1951 in Aurora, IL, the son of Walter A. and Dorothy J. (Daly) Sperry. Daniel loved to play golf. He also enjoyed traveling the world over with his wife. Daniel was employed for 34 years at Keller Heartt Co. in Chicago, IL. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, JoAnne F. Sperry; his...
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Shirley Galindo

April 14, 1948 - June 17, 2019

Shirley Galindo, 71 of Aurora, passed away Monday June 17, 2019 at Rush-Copley Medical Center. Visitation will be held Sunday 3-8 PM June 23, 2019 at our Aurora Chapel. Funeral Mass will take place Tuesday 10:30 AM at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 308 High Street, Aurora, Il 60505. Interment will take place at Spring Lake Cemetery.
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Eileen M. Randall

November 28, 1929 - June 17, 2019

Eileen M. Randall, 89 of Aurora, passed away Monday June 17, 2019. She was born November 28, 1929 in Detroit, MI the daughter of the late Robert and Eleanor (Wilson) Tilson. Eileen was united in marriage to R. Ted Randall on February 12, 1955 in Aurora. They had 34 years together and raised two wonderful children, Scott and Sara. Eileen graduated from East Aurora High School in 1948 and...
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Donna Lynn Hogle

September 4, 1964 - June 15, 2019

Donna Lynn (Tinker) Hogle passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the age of 54. She was born to Earl and Leoma Tinker on September 4, 1964. She was a graduate of Oswego High School. Donna worked as a 911 telecommunicator for 30 years starting with Kane County Sheriff's Department and then the Village of Montgomery Police Department. Donna is survived by her beloved husband,...
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Parish W. Swanson

May 20, 1969 - June 13, 2019

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

February 16, 1962 - June 13, 2019

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

April 30, 1936 - June 11, 2019

Donavon W. Chester, 83 of Aurora and Westmont, married for 61 years to his beloved college sweetheart, Judy.   He graduated from Aurora College in 1958 and worked for over 60 years as a respected accountant in Aurora, Illinois, loving his clients as well as the job itself. He was an example and teacher of kindness, selflessness, grace, dignity, and most of all love for his family and all who...
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James J. "Jim" Fancsali

June 27, 1953 - June 5, 2019

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

August 19, 1955 - June 4, 2019

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

March 3, 1934 - June 3, 2019

Joan L. "Joanie" Hogle, 85, of Aurora, passed away on June 3, 2019. She was born March 3, 1934 in Aurora to the late John and Jane Kies. Joan was very active in her community. She worked and retired from the Beacon News sometime in the 1990's and went on to work as an aid at Hope D Wall. She loved anything to do with nature from simply seeing a doe to all of the family trips to the cabin in...
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Joanne Hurd Maynard

August 16, 1925 - June 3, 2019

Joanne "Jody" Hurd Maynard passed away on June 3, 2019. She was born August 16, 1925, in Aurora, Illinois, daughter of the late Thomas and Beulah Ann Marguerite "Booty" Hurd. Jody graduated from West Aurora High School and went on to earn a bachelor's in economics from Northwestern University. At Northwestern, she was an active member of the Gamma Beta chapter of Alpha Delta Pi. After...
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Marvin R. Middleton

July 22, 1924 - June 2, 2019

Marvin Ray Middleton, 94, of Aurora, recently of Titusville, Fl. died June 2, 2019 at his son Jeff's home. He was born on July 22, 1924 in Harvey, Illinois. Marvin served in the Navy during World War II and during the Korean Conflict. In the Navy, Marvin achieved the rank of Machinist Mate First Class. After serving in the Navy he became a carpenter and worked in the building trades until he...
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John C. Schwickert

September 10, 1964 - June 1, 2019

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

September 29, 1925 - June 1, 2019

Walter J. Kirhofer, 93, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2019. He was born September 29, 1925 in Lincoln NE, the son of the late Joseph and Ireta Kirhofer. Walt leaves behind his wife, Doris: his three children, Karen (Bob) Hansen of Salt Lake City, UT, Doug (Kim) Kirhofer of Aurora and John Kirhofer of Aurora; his six grandchildren, Eric and Kelly Hansen, Brett, Brian, Jeff and Jake...
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Jane M. Kowalczyk

May 9, 1927 - June 1, 2019

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

July 24, 1939 - May 31, 2019

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

April 10, 1937 - May 30, 2019

Alan Nelson was born in Aurora and graduated from West Aurora High School as the valedictorian of his class. He went to Harvard College where he received an A.B. degree cum laude and then received an M.B.A . degree from the Harvard Business School. His business career was in the financial services, part of it spent on Wall St. Mr. Nelson was a longtime board member of the Boston Biomedical...
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Scott C. Doyens

March 20, 1965 - May 27, 2019

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

September 18, 1932 - May 27, 2019

Gordon C. "Gordy" Pike died peacefully in his home on Monday, May 27 surrounded by his family. Gordy was born on September 18, 1932 in Metcalfe County, Kentucky. Raised on a farm, he joined the US Navy in November 1951 and served 4 years during the Korean conflict receiving an honorable discharge in September 1955. He moved to Earlville, Illinois where he met Dona Lee Engel. She had him at "hello...
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Twila M. Otte

August 24, 1922 - May 26, 2019

Twila Otte, 96, of Oswego, IL, formerly of Aurora, IL, died peacefully on May 26, 2019, at Jennings Terrace in Aurora. She was born August 24, 1922, in Horton, Kansas, daughter of the late Harry and Mabel (Gibbs) Hiatt. On June 9, 1946, Twila married Karl "Jim" J. Otte at First Presbyterian Church in Niles, Michigan. They raised two sons, Tom and Ken, in Aurora, Illinois. Twila was a lifelong...
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Nickolas Ernest Stemas

October 11, 1935 - May 26, 2019

Nickolas Ernest Stemas, age 83, passed away peacefully on May 26th 2019 at 9:00am at his home in Norway, IL. He was born October 11, 1935 in Nemea, Greece. His parents were Eleni Giannakopoulos and Anastasios Stemagiotis, brother Constantinos, sisters Voula, Betty, and Filitsa. Nick married in Delores Peicich on August 22, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois. They were happily married for 60 years. They...
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Christopher Eugene Lickteig

September 15, 1955 - May 24, 2019

Christopher Eugene Lickteig, age 64, passed away on May 24, 2019 in rural Chase County, KS. He was born on September 15, 1955 in Greeley, Kansas, the son of the late Melvin and Josephine Ann Lickteig. Chris had many interests, gardening, bowling at Parkside Lanes and golfing at Village Links of Glen Ellen. He was employed for over 35 years with USG. He also was a member of Our Lady of Mercy...
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Opal M. Hartman

October 9, 1915 - May 24, 2019

Opal M. Hartman, 103, of Aurora, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 24, 2019. She was born October 9, 1915 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of Louis A. and Frances E. (McCoy) Dailey. Opal was a lifelong resident of Aurora, with brief sojourns in Big Rock and Oswego. A long-time employee of Block and Kuhls and then Carson Pirie & Scott, she was the manager of the shoe department. She was a...
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Francis J. (Frank) Walter

December 30, 1933 - May 24, 2019

Francis J. (Frank) Walter, 85, of Aurora, Illinois, passed away on May 24, 2019 at Presence Fox Knoll surrounded by his family. He was born on December 30, 1933 in Constance, NE. He enlisted in the Army, 82nd Airborne Division, in 1952. He served between the Korean and Vietnam Wars as a paratrooper and was in the Army Reserves from 1956-1960. He was united in marriage to Lavonna Marie Baker...
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Edward L. Foote

November 6, 1928 - May 18, 2019

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

December 31, 1927 - May 18, 2019

It is with great sadness that we sisters, Lynn Matyas, Denise Matyas, and Diane Moreau announce the passing of our mother, Lena Matyas on May 18, 2019. Our beautiful mother's life began on December 31, 1927, born to Michael and Lena (Kuk) Bolde. She was raised in the Pigeon Hill neighborhood in Aurora, IL and attended St. Michael Romanian Catholic Church and School. She graduated from East...
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Raymond D. Lumpp

February 4, 1930 - May 14, 2019

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

April 10, 1950 - May 14, 2019

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

May 23, 1966 - May 10, 2019

Kenneth Charles Peterson, 52, of Aurora, passed away May 10, 2019. He was born May 23, 1966 in Aurora, IL. He is survived by his son, Charles Edward "Chaz" Peterson; mother, Veronica L. Benson; brothers, Larry Benson and Adam Benson; grandmother, Helen Frisby; nephews, Cory Benson and Austin Benson. Kenneth was preceded in death by his step father, Lawrence Benson and sister, JoLynn...
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Eric P. Krzykowski

February 12, 1962 - May 7, 2019

Eric P. Krzykowski, of Millington formerly of Batavia, passed away Friday, May 17, 2019. He was born February 12, 1962 in Chicago. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. Eric worked at Coffman Truck and Sales for over 35 years. He was an avid Bears and Cubs Fan and enjoyed riding his Harley. He is survived by his mother, Laura Krzykowski; brother, Mitchell (Jean)...
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Mary Lou Zolper

March 26, 1938 - May 5, 2019

Mary Lou Zolper, 81, of Scottsdale, AZ, formerly of Aurora, Sugar Grove, and Chatham, IL, passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at The Gardens of Scottsdale. She was born March 26, 1938 in Springfield, IL, the daughter of George E. and Helen B. Southwick. Mary Lou married Douglas Zolper on December 28, 1963 in Aurora, IL. Mary Lou graduated from Illinois State Normal University in 1960, earning...
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