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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

Marjorie M. Harkins

January 1, 1921 - October 15, 2018

Marjorie Marian Michael was born on New Year's Day, 1921 in Aurora, Illinois. She was the first born child of parents Clyde Lamont Michael and Lillian Eberly Michael. She married Michael Robert "Bob" Harkins on August 26, 1946 at St. Mary's Church in Aurora. She and Bob had four sons; Thomas, Edward (Mary Ann), Kenneth (Lu Anne) and Donald (Lorelai), five grandchildren (Jeff, Bill, Andy, Mike,...
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James V. Spagnola

October 1, 1954 - October 13, 2018


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Helen A. Gabrielson

August 1, 1930 - October 11, 2018

Helen A. (Barrett) Gabrielson, 88, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at her home in Aurora, IL. She was born on August 1, 1930 in Sugar Grove to LeRoy and Alma Barrett. She attended Emmanuel Lutheran grade school and West Aurora High School. After school, she worked at All Steel and Processed Plastics. Later she worked as the bookkeeper and secretary at...
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Paul Emerson McPeake

January 21, 1942 - October 11, 2018

Paul Emerson McPeake, 76, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, October 11, 2018. He was born January 21, 1942 in Aurora, son of the late Charles and Evelyn (Browman) McPeake. He is survived by his wife Shirley Schuler; many step children, step grandchildren, step great grandchildren as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Along with his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his...
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John E. Sheldon

June 30, 1949 - October 7, 2018

Sheldon, John Edward John E. Sheldon, age 69, of Aurora, IL, surrounded by his loving family, left this world to be with his Lord and Savior, on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at Presence Mercy Hospital. He was born in Aurora, IL on June 30, 1949, the third son of Wilbur and Dorothy (Barnett) Sheldon. John was employed for 31 years at various positions at Caterpillar in Montgomery, IL. He was an...
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Ethel Lee Jeffries

October 10, 1931 - October 6, 2018

Ethel Lee Jeffries, 86, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, October 6, 2018. She was born October 10, 1931 in Holly Springs, MS, daughter of the late John and Clary Pryor. Visitation will be held from 3 PM - 7 PM Friday, October 19, 2018 at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Progressive Baptist Church,...
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Walter E. Greising, Jr.

February 1, 1927 - October 6, 2018

Walter Ernst Greising, Jr., 91, died on Saturday, October 6, 2017. Walter was born in Chicago on February 1, 1927. He grew up on Seeley Avenue, and graduated from Lakeview High School. He enlisted in the Navy, and served in the Pacific Theater in World War II. Walter returned from the war and enrolled in Valparaiso University, where he met his wife of 67 years, Ruth Renata Skornia. They...
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Kenneth "Jim or Red" Rogers

August 6, 1925 - September 28, 2018

Kenneth "Jim" "Red" Rogers of Big Rock, passed away at the age of 93 but had the spirit of a teenager on Friday, September 28, 2018. He was born August 6, 1925 in Aurora, son of the late Chester and Frances (Goble) Rogers. Jim served in the United States Army during WWII as a Private First Class. He worked for over 30 years with Arnold Lies Company in Aurora before he and his wife, Lois,...
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James E. Burns

May 16, 1963 - September 24, 2018

James E. Burns, 55 of Sugar Grove, passed away Monday September 24, 2018 at his home after a two-year battle with cancer. He was born May 16, 1963 in Sioux Falls, SD the son of the late James and Jane (Moran) Burns. Jim attended Rich East High School in Park Forest, IL, he graduated from Illinois State University and began his career in packaging in the Chicagoland area, including working for...
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Lori S. Tyzenhaus

September 9, 1961 - September 22, 2018

Lori S. Tyzenhaus, age 57, of Oswego, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 22, 2018 after a six-plus year battle with synovial sarcoma. Lori was the daughter of Robert H. Locke and Elsie J. Locke (Kissel) of Aurora, and was born on September 9, 1961. A true warrior in her fight with cancer, Lori won this battle and beat cancer by never letting it destroy her spirit, her...
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Clarence E. Lang

April 5, 1937 - September 20, 2018

Clarence E. Lang, 81, of Aurora, passed away Thursday September 20, 2018 surrounded by his loved ones. He was the son of the late Joseph and Bernice (Rosenquist) Lang. Clarence served his country with the U.S. Navy and was a survivor of a devastating plane crash in the Atlantic Ocean, where he swam miles to shore. After the Navy, he was employed at the Burlington Northern Railroad, where he...
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Gloria M. Maudsley

August 12, 1924 - September 20, 2018

Gloria Mills Maudsley, 94, formerly of Aurora, passed away September 20, 2018 in Oswego, IL. She was born August 12, 1924 in Aurora Illinois, daughter of the late Bessie and Raymond Mills. Gloria was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Maudsley, whom she married in 1943 in Jackson, MS. She was a parishioner of Trinity Episcopal Church in Aurora. Gloria is survived by three...
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Thomas P. Robertson

February 21, 1950 - September 18, 2018

Thomas P. Robertson, 68, of Aurora, passed away Tuesday September 18, 2018 at Rush-Copley Medical Center. He was born February 21, 1950 in Hartford, CT, the son of the late William and Beverly Robertson. Private Family services will be held Sunday September 23, 2018.
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Marian J. Newell

January 29, 1920 - September 17, 2018

Marian J. Newell, 98, resident of Westbridge assisted living center in Wheaton and long-time home-owner in Aurora, IL, gracefully passed away Monday, September 17, 2018, at Northwestern Central DuPage Hospital. She was born January 29, 1920 in Danville IL, daughter of Miles and Grace (Lafferty) Jeter. With a family that included an older brother Harold and younger brother Paul, Marian moved...
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Patsy J. Duffin

April 3, 1936 - September 17, 2018

On April 3, 1936, Patsy Jean Reed was born to the late Will Reed and Mary Ward Reed in Port Gibson, MS. On February 1, 1959, she became Mrs. Patsy Duffin when she married the late Kelly Duffin Jr. and from this union she became the proud mother of two beautiful children. She accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at an early age, and once the Duffin family decided to move to...
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Alicja Stefani Miszkiewicz

July 14, 1922 - September 16, 2018

Alicja Stefani Miszkiewicz, 96, formerly of Chicago, passed away September 16, 2018. She was born July 14, 1922 in Poland, daughter of the late MIkola and Helena (Budzynksa) Studzinski. She was a parishoner of St. Rosalie Roman Catholic Church in Norridge. She is survived by her husband, Frank and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018...
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Tatiana N. Begunova

October 12, 1929 - September 16, 2018

Tatiana N. Begunova, 88, of Sugar Grove, passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Seasons Hospice in Naperville, IL. She was born on October 12, 1929 in Bryansk Region, Russia. Tatiana is survived by her daughters, Galina (Semenov Pavel, Sr.) Begunova of Russia and Elena (Yuriy Pavlov) Pavlova; her grandchildren, Nikita Pavlov, Semenov Pavlov, Jr., Semenova Ksenia and Semenov Vladimir...
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Steven L. Smith

April 6, 1962 - September 14, 2018


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Yvonne Metzler

July 31, 1947 - September 12, 2018

Yvonne Metzler, age 71, passed away peacefully in care on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. She was born in Mexico City, Mexico on July 31, 1947, and came to the United States in 1966. She was an Aurora resident the majority of her life and served her community for many years as a medical assistant. Having worked at Mercy Hospital, Aurora Pediatric Clinic, and later, Dryer Medical Clinic, she...
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Daniel J. Borowiak

August 17, 1963 - September 12, 2018

Daniel J. Borowiak, 55, of Sugar Grove, passed away Wednesday September 12, 2018 at his parents' home. He was born August 17, 1963 in Berwyn, IL the son of Joseph and Fran Borowiak. Dan was very active in his community, he was an Independent Insurance Agent for 31 years, running Dan Borowiak Insurance Company in Sugar Grove. He played baseball and softball on many leagues in the Fox Valley...
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Clinton Martin

August 12, 1938 - September 7, 2018

Clinton Martin 80, of Aurora, Illinois, transitioned on September 7, 2018, at Northwestern Medical Hospital in Geneva Illinois. Clinton was born in Camp Hill Alabama. In 1960, Clinton married Sandra L. Daniels. As a Chief Warrant Officer 2, Clinton served his country in the United States Army in Korea, Germany and Viet Nam. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal. After serving,...
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Deborah L. "Deb" Sklenar

June 24, 1951 - September 6, 2018

Deborah L. "Deb" Sklenar, 67, of Eola, passed away Thursday, September 6, 2018 in Wisconsin as a result of a car accident on August 25, 2018. She was born June 24, 1951 in Carroll, IA, daughter of the late Ivan and Doreen Stangl. She is survived by her husband, John Sklenar; siblings, Karen (Leon) Jendruczek, Kathryn (Robert) Feilmeyer, Greg (Colleen) Stangl, Rosemary (Fred) Alvis, Steven ...
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Robert H. Shelp

March 8, 1926 - September 4, 2018

Robert (Bob) Harold Shelp, 92, passed away September 4, 2018, in Stuart, Florida. Bob was born on March 8, 1926, in Aurora, Illinois to Harold and Grace (Kennedy) Shelp. Bob attended the West Side Public Schools in Aurora. After high school, he served in the U.S. Navy for two years, and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1947 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. In...
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Robert G. Lukacs

July 25, 1958 - August 29, 2018

Robert G. Lukacs, 60, of Aurora, passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at his home. He was born July 25, 1958 the son of the late Anton and Helene Lukacs. Bob was a gentle soul. He loved children and worked as a child care giver for fifteen years. He was also employed at Waubonsee Community College for fifteen years. He loved his special cats, German music and culture. Bob is survived...
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Audrey E. Dumdie

February 27, 1928 - August 28, 2018

Audrey E. Dumdie, 90 of Aurora, passed away Tuesday August 28, 2018. She was born February 27, 1928 in Plainfield, IL the daughter of the late Robert and Clara (Anderson) Erickson. Audrey was a long-time member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Audrey is survived by her daughter, Beth (Mark Levandoski) Dumdie; her son, Larry (Debbie) Dumdie; many other family and friends. In...
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Timothy A. Groom

April 25, 1960 - August 27, 2018

Timothy A. Groom, 58, of Aurora, passed away Monday, August 27, 2018. He was born April 25, 1960 in Aurora, IL the son of Frances (Minnich) Groom and the late Richard "Dick" P. Groom. Tim retired from the City of Aurora street department. He worked at Johnson Controls where he served as an Officer for the IUE Local 1078. He was a past President of the Tiger Athletic Association and a member of...
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Shirley A. Wyeth

August 2, 1941 - August 22, 2018

Shirley A. Wyeth, 77 of Aurora, Illinois passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 22, 2018. She was born on August 2, 1941 in Aurora, where she lived her entire life. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Marjorie Burke. Shirley was employed by East Aurora School District #131 and retired from IMSA. She enjoyed spending her free time watching her grandchildren participate in sports...
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Debra "Debbie" Harvey

September 26, 1956 - August 17, 2018

Debra A. Harvey "Debbie", 61, of Aurora, passed away August 17, 2018 at Presence Mercy Hospital. She was born on September 26, 1956 in Aurora, daughter of the late John and Eva (Cutsinger) Martin. Debbie loved music and singing and was very good at playing the guitar. She loved to cook and have others over to her home to enjoy a meal. Debbie's favorite flower was the daisy and she loved...
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Wolfgang Denton

February 13, 1961 - August 16, 2018

Wolfgang Denton, 57, of Sugar Grove, passed away Thursday August 16, 2018, at Northwestern University Hospital, after a brief battle with Leukemia. He was born February 13, 1961 in Wurzburg, Germany, the son of Margaret (Kalinowski) Denton and the late Arthur Denton. Wolfgang was employed at MetLife, United Health Care, Snap-on Tools, and most recently, Conduent. He enjoyed hunting, fishing...
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Elias "Louis" Tertipes

February 10, 1933 - August 15, 2018


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Theresa M. Akers

March 22, 1935 - August 15, 2018

Theresa M. Akers, 83, of Montgomery, passed away on August 15, 2018 at her home. She was born in Chicago, IL on March 22, 1935. Survivors include her children; William (Cheri) Akers, Terry Akers and Donna (Jim Augsburg) Akers; her brother, Joseph Kieler; 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Akers; her daughter, Katrina Crutchett and 5...
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Sarah F. Fitch

August 22, 1936 - August 14, 2018

Sarah F. Fitch, 81, of Aurora passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Presence Mercy Medical Center. She was born August 22, 1936 in Crossett, Arkansas the daughter of late Everett Colbert and Carrie B Davis. Sarah married the love of her life, Johnny Lee Fitch on August 17, 1963 and two years later moved from Arkansas to Chicago in July of 1965. Sarah and Johnny lived in Chicago for 31...
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Rev. Donald G. Rudd

February 18, 1930 - August 14, 2018

Rev. Donald G. Rudd went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Donald was born on February 18, 1930 to Clarence and Sylvia (Termansen) Rudd in St, Charles, Illinois. He was a 1948 graduate of St. Charles High School. In 1957 he married Eunice Pals. They had 3 sons. Don was a master printer by trade working at the Beacon News. After changing careers and working for...
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Martin S. LaScola, Sr.

August 4, 1943 - August 12, 2018

Martin S. LaScola, 75, of Sugar Grove, IL passed away suddenly on August 12, 2018. Beloved husband of Dorothy, loving father of Debra (late Mark) Dunahugh and Martin (Ana) LaScola; cherished grandfather of Sean Dunahugh, Lauren Dunahugh and Juliana LaScola; loving son of the late Samuel and Catherine LaScola; dear brother of late Margaret (late Frank) Zummo, Dolores (late Vince) Lercara,...
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Sue Johnson

November 21, 1943 - August 9, 2018

Karen "Sue" Johnson, beloved wife, mother and grandma, found eternal peace on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at the age of 74. She was born in Fairfield, IL on November 21, 1943, to Leslie and Bereniece Cunningham, who preceded her in death. She married Joe Johnson of Fairfield, IL on June 18, 1965, and lived in Aurora, IL for the past 50 years. She was captivated by love! Her love for her...
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Shirley A. Johnson

August 6, 2018

Shirley A. Johnson, age 83 of Anoka, MN, formerly of Aurora, IL and Nekoosa, WI, passed into the arms of her Savior on Monday, August 6, 2018 at her home. Shirley was a dedicated nurse; cared for animals, loved to study her bible, but most of all, passionate about her family. In addition to her parents, John and Meta (Christensen) St. Clair, Shirley was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Fred W. Hinds

November 17, 1928 - August 6, 2018

Fred W. Hinds, 89 of Batavia IL passed away peacefully Monday August 6th, 2018 at his home in the care and comfort of his loving family. He was born November 17th, 1928 in Geneva, IL the son of the late Earl and Florence (Evans) Hinds. Fred was a life-long farmer in the area. Fred loved and cared for his family farm. It was his passion in life. He enjoyed caring for multiple gardens and...
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Jean B. Divine

September 13, 1920 - August 5, 2018

Jean B. Divine, 97, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on August 5, 2018. She was born September 13, 1920 in Aurora, Illinois, the daughter of the late Earl and Mae Anderson, and sister of the late Frances Beuscher. Jean worked in the East Aurora Public School District and then became the first employee of Waubonsee Community College; where she served as administrative...
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Sylvia E. Forsberg

February 13, 1939 - August 4, 2018

Sylvia Forsberg, 79, passed away August 4, 2018 at Rush-Copley Medical Center surrounded by many of her loving friends. She was born February 13, 1939 to Ivar and Lilly Forsberg. Sylvia is survived by her brother, John (Estelle) Forsberg of Richland, WA; her sister, Judy (Gary) Garde of Gilbert, AZ; two nephews; a niece and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and a...
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Brian John O'Connor

October 17, 1955 - July 27, 2018

Brian John O'Connor of Phoenix, Arizona passed away in his sleep at home in the early morning of July 27, 2018. Brian was born on October 17, 1955 in Aurora, Illinois the first son of Dr. Charles A. O'Connor M.D. and Charlene M. O'Connor. He graduated from the West Aurora High School in 1973 and subsequently earned a Bachelor Degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 1977. Brian...
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James V. Howard

November 27, 1921 - July 27, 2018

James V. Howard, 96, of Aurora, passed away Friday July 27, 2018. He was born November 27, 1921 in Maiden Rock, WI the son of the late Raymond and Dorothy (Brownlee) Howard. James served his country with the U.S. Army during WWII. He also worked for 43 years as a dispatcher for Burlington Northern Rail Road. He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Aurora. He also was a member of the...
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Cathy Pietrusiak

October 4, 1945 - July 23, 2018

Catherine F. "Cathy" Pietrusiak, 72, of Aurora, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on Monday, July 23, 2018 at her home. She was born on October 4, 1945 in Chicago, IL the daughter of the late John T. and Cecilia (Hoban) Flavin. Cathy graduated from Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park, IL, Mundelein College and earned her Nursing Degree from Waubonsee Community College. She...
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Aaron L. Jordan

October 11, 1950 - July 20, 2018

Aaron L. Jordan, 67, of Oswego, passed away Friday July 20, 2018. He was born October 11, 1950 in Chicago, IL the son of Deborah (Shaffer) Jordan and the late Fred Jordan. Funeral services will be held Thursday 6:00 p.m. August 2, 2018 at Progressive Baptist Church, 275 Barnes Rd., Aurora, IL 60506. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until the time of service. Interment will take place...
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Russell E. McGill

March 12, 1973 - July 20, 2018

Russell "Rusty" E. McGill, 45, of Elburn, passed away Friday, July 20, 2018, at his home. He was born March 12, 1973, in Aurora, the son of William and Pam (Fowler) McGill. Russell graduated from West Aurora High School and served his country with the U.S. Navy. He became a Well Driller and worked his way across the country, eventually coming home to the fox valley area. He was an avid sports...
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Doris M. Snyder

June 10, 1933 - July 19, 2018

Doris M. Snyder, 85, of Aurora, was reunited with her husband, George E. Snyder on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Silverado Memory Care in Naperville. She was born June 10, 1933 in Aurora, the daughter of the late Harry and Elsie Walz. Doris worked at Lucent, Corporation for fifteen years. She was also a real estate agent and a tax preparer for many people in the area. Doris touched many lives...
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Margaret "Marge" Beyer

August 21, 1942 - July 18, 2018

Margaret Susan Beyer of Mendota Illinois, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Marge was married to Jerry Beyer the love of her life. They were blessed with a beautiful family, and the greatest friends one could ask for. Marge was blessed to have kids that she cherished, Geralyn Beyer, Dwayne (Vickie) Beyer, Brian (Susan) Beyer, Matt (Cherrie) Beyer, Mickey (Roy) Miller, Robyn (Ellis...
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Eileen King

July 2, 1917 - July 15, 2018

Eileen King died peacefully at home in Aurora on Sunday at age 101. She was born on her parents' farmstead in Edgar County near Newman, Illinois on July 2, 1917. She is the daughter of Ervin Kincaid and Mildred Monroe Kincaid. Eileen married Merrill H. King, after being college sweethearts, on July 4, 1942. They were married for 52 years until his death in 1994. Eileen's children are David...
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James R. Brown Sr.

November 26, 1937 - July 15, 2018

James R. Brown Sr., 80, of Bristol, IL, passed away Sunday July 15, 2018 at his home. He was born November 26, 1937 in Marshfield, WI the son of the late Robert and Evelyn Brown Sr. He served his country with the U.S. Marines and was honorably discharged in 1963. Jim was a carpenter for many years in the area where he helped build many homes and nursing homes. Jim was a boy scout leader in...
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Roland "Bill" Keefer

November 23, 1936 - July 9, 2018

Roland "Bill" Keefer, 81, of Sugar Grove, passed away Monday, July 9, 2018. He was born November 23, 1936 in Chicago, son of the late Roland and Florence Keefer. He is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter, Kathy (David) Zigmont; grandchildren, Nathan (Kelly) Witt, Ashley Korbal; great-granddaughter, Lillian Korbal; siblings, Carol Breedlove and Robert Keefer. Along with his parents, he...
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Laura Beth Somerlot

June 19, 1973 - July 6, 2018

Laura Beth Somerlot passed away on July 6, 2018. She was born in Normal, IL on June 19, 1973. Laura was a devoted and loving mother and wife who dedicated herself to bringing good and joy to the world. Through her thoughtful, self-sacrificing and nurturing nature, Laura served at church, through missions and worked countless hours as a volunteer for many organizations. Laura was an...
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Thomas L. Walker

January 25, 1929 - July 5, 2018

Thomas L. Walker, 89, born January 25,1929, to William and Kathleen (Conley), and husband of Joyce Dunley (Diehl) died peacefully in his home on July 5, 2018. Tom was born in Aurora, was a graduate of Marmion Academy and studied pre-engineering at St. Procopius College. In 1950 he was inducted into the Army and served during the end of the German occupation. Upon discharge, he attended St....
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Dale E. "Gene" Plott

October 10, 1926 - July 2, 2018

Gene Plott, 91, passed away peacefully while in Edward Hospital. Gene was born in Omaha, NE to Wayne and Emma (Cook) Plott. Upon graduation from high school, he joined the Navy and proudly served his country during WWII aboard the U.S.S. Charleston. After completing his tour of duty, Gene moved to Aurora, IL and joined the Aurora Fire Department, where he rose through the ranks, eventually...
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Mary Ellen Johnson

April 2, 1929 - July 2, 2018

Mary "Ellen" Johnson, 89, formerly of Aurora, died peacefully at the Michealsen Health Center in Batavia. She had been a resident of The Holmstad for 15 years. Ellen was born on April 2, 1929 in River Falls, WI. The daughter of Rev. Forrest Hoisington and Miriam (Nuzum) Hoisington. She graduated from Rochelle High School and DePauw University. Her passions included working/volunteering...
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Brian D. Schifler

September 13, 1957 - July 1, 2018

Brian Douglas Schifler, 60, of Sugar Grove, IL, passed away Sunday, July 1, 2018 at Presence Mercy Center surrounded by close family. He was born September 13, 1957 in Joliet, IL, the son of Joann Schifler and the late Carl R. Schifler. He is survived by his loving, long time wife, Mabel Schifler; his daughters, Katrina and Natasha; his wife's daughter, Mabby; his granddaughters, Briana and...
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Walter J. Weiss

May 3, 1944 - July 1, 2018

Walter J. Weiss, 74 of Aurora, formerly of Buffalo Grove, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2018, at Jennings Terrace. He was born May 3, 1944, in Chicago, the son of Jeanette (Bessler) Weiss and the late Edward Weiss. Walt worked for many years as a computer programmer at Baxter Medical Company. He was an avid golfer and tennis player. Walt is survived by the Mother, Jeanette Weiss; his...
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Charles Donald Steck

March 20, 1928 - June 22, 2018

Charles Donald Steck, age 90 of Oswego, Illinois, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2018. He was born March 20, 1928 in a Ford Model T, on the Springbrook Farm in Naperville, Illinois. A story he cherished and loved to share. He was the first-born son of Doyle and Esther (Hollingsworth) Steck. He grew up on a farm in Naperville, where he went to school and became a key player for the Redskins...
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Jennfer Ortiz

April 24, 1982 - June 22, 2018

Jennifer Ortiz, 36, of Aurora, passed away at her home on June 22, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was born on April 24, 1982 in Aurora, IL. Jennifer was a huge Chicago Bulls fan. She touched many people in her lifetime and will be missed by those who were able to know and love her. Survivors include her sister, Daisy Ortiz; her brother, Jose A. Ortiz, Jr., her nieces and nephews,...
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Keith E. Lodor

September 21, 1970 - June 20, 2018

Keith Lodor, 47, of Aurora, passed away on June 20, 2018. He was born in Chicago, IL on September 21, 1970. Keith was a dedicated and loving husband and adoring father; loyal and caring brother, uncle and son-in-law. He was an incredibly caring and generous friend. He strived to make people laugh. He loved to play pool, hang out with friends and metal detecting. Keith loved to play board...
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Goetz M. Schuppan

October 18, 1943 - June 20, 2018

Goetz M. Schuppan, 74, of Aurora, passed away June 20, 2018. Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 24, 2018 from 1-3 P.M at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60506. Interment will be private.
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Elnora "Beth" Pettit-Conover

June 23, 1938 - June 18, 2018

A Celebration of life service will be held Saturday 1:00 p.m. June 23, 2018 at Aurora Advent Christian Church, 905 N. Edgelawn Dr., Aurora, IL 60506. Interment will be private. Arrangements by The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506. For further information please call (630) 897-9291 or visit our website at www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.
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Derral Barton

February 6, 1970 - June 16, 2018


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Eddie Mitchell

January 6, 1960 - June 16, 2018

Eddie Mitchell, 58, of Plano, passed away June 16, 2018 at his home. He was born January 6, 1960 in Holly Springs, MS to the late Willis and Jettie M. Mitchell. Eddie had a great love for his family and friends, but the greatest love was when he accepted Christ. He attended Galena Elementary School in Mississippi then he moved to Aurora and continued his education at East Aurora High School. ...
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John "Jack" Rex Harkness

July 15, 1928 - June 15, 2018

John "Jack" Rex Harkness has gone home! "By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers." 1 John 3:16 Once John Rex Harkness became a believer in Jesus Christ, he took that verse very seriously and dedicated his life to serving Him and others. On June 15, 2018, John entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. ...
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Diane Poss

April 3, 1949 - June 15, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Diane Poss, 69, of Sugar Grove, announces her passing on Friday June 15, 2018 at her home surrounded by loved ones. Diane fought a courageous battle with Ovarian Cancer for 5 years. She was born April 3, 1949 in Marseilles, IL, the daughter of the late John and Doris Seaborn. Diane was a wonderful wife and a loving mother who enjoyed decorating...
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Linda L. Muntz

April 18, 1942 - June 13, 2018

Linda L. Muntz, 76, of Aurora, passed away peacefully on June 13, 2018 in her home, surrounded by her family. She was born April 18, 1942 in Ewing, IL the daughter of the late Lyman and Lillian Allen. She is survived by her husband, William D. Muntz; her children, Kevin (Bridget) Didier, Brian (Jamie) Didier and Kristen (Phil) Sevene as well as 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren to...
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James E. Smithey

June 10, 2018

James E. Smithey, of Quincy, IL, formerly of Aurora, passed away on June 10, 2018 at his home. He was born January 4, 1933 in Myrtle, MS the son of the late Earl and Essie Smithey. James' family moved from Mississippi to Aurora in 1951. He then met and married Geneva Howard. Geneva had 3 children, Jerry, Tom and Wanda. James and Geneva then had two of their own children, Belinda Kay and James...
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John L. Neal

June 26, 1961 - June 10, 2018

John L. Neal, 56, of Bloomington, IL, formerly of Aurora, IL, passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born on June 26, 1961 in Aurora, IL, the son of the late Evans and Manila (Burns) Neal. John graduated from West Aurora High School. He served in the U.S. Army for six years. In 2008, he moved to Bloomington. John enjoyed his choice of drink. He leaves to...
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Patricia W. Smith

January 8, 1937 - June 9, 2018

Patricia W. Smith, 81, of Aurora, passed away Saturday June 9, 2018 at her home. She was born January 8, 1937 in Peoria, IL the daughter of the late Henry and Doris (Croy) Carlberg. Pat loved stubbornly, hugged frequently, and laughed generously. She had no shortage of friends, family, and loved ones, and always welcomed new people into her life, caring deeply for each person she encountered...
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Dobrilla Krippelz

August 31, 1933 - June 9, 2018

Dobrilla Krippelz, 84, passed away peacefully on Saturday June 9, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. Dobrilla was a loving wife, mother, grandmother (Baba), and great grandmother. She was born in Croatia in 1933 where she performed in theatre in her early years. She married Jacob and together they emigrated to the United States in 1957 with their two children to start a new life. Together...
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Lynn M. Barclay

December 3, 1949 - June 5, 2018

"LYNN MARIE (WEBER) BARCLAY, loved and cherished wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend, lost her years-long battle with glioblastoma on June 5, 2018, when she died peacefully surrounded by family in her home. Lynn was born in Aurora, Illinois on December 3, 1949 to Robert and Eleanor Weber. Lynn graduated from Madonna High School and attended Northern Illinois University and Waubonsee...
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Richard "Dick" Sullivan

June 21, 1931 - June 3, 2018

Richard "Dick" Sullivan, 86, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, June 3, 2018, at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, surrounded by the loving family he created. He was born in 1931 to Peter and Ethyl Sullivan. He lived in Portland, ME for the first 18 years of his life. Dick served his country with military service in the US Marine Corp. He graduated from Marquette University. Dick...
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Marsha Lynn Marzo

June 2, 2018

Marsha Lynn Marzo (nee Shields), suffered a fatal heart attack Saturday June 2, 2018. She was on vacation with her husband of 46 years, David J Marzo, DDS; her son, Joseph (Kate); grandchildren, Georgia, June and Waylon and her daughter, Sara (Vake). She was preceded in death by parents, Elbert and Doris Shields; sister, Melinda, and two brothers, Mike and Barry Shields. Marsha attended...
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Margaret "Peg" Steinhebel

October 6, 1919 - June 1, 2018

Margaret "Peg" Steinhebel, passed away Friday, June 1 , 2018. She was born October 6, 1919 in Corning Iowa, daughter of the late Edgar and Agnes Cupp. She experienced 98 wonderful and fulfilled years of teaching, travel, camping, children and helping others. Peg taught PE for West Aurora Schools (Freeman, Greenman, Smith) from 1958-1982. She volunteered in Aurora for the following...
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Shirley I. Birnbaum

April 3, 1927 - May 31, 2018

Shirley I. Birnbaum, 91, of Sugar Grove, passed away May 31, 2018 at St. Joseph Hospital. She was born April 3, 1927 in Newark, New Jersey. Graveside services will be held Saturday, 11:00 a.m. June 16, 2018 at Restland Memorial Cemetery in East Hanover, NJ.
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Patricia Ann Crouch

October 6, 1931 - May 31, 2018

Patricia Ann Crouch, 86, of Aurora, passed away on May 31, 2018 at Presence Mercy Medical Center. She was born on October 6, 1931 in Piqua, Ohio, the daughter of the late Earl and Olive (Fuller) Frantom. Patricia was united in marriage on April 14, 1951 to Melville A. "Cub" Crouch and were happily married for 52 years before his death. Patricia loved being a grandma and enjoyed watching...
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Jean Vinson Urquhart

September 30, 1922 - May 30, 2018

Jean Vinson Urquhart left this earth to join her Savior in Heaven on May 30, 2018. She was 95. Jean was born in Haichow, China, on September 30, 1922. Her parents, John and Jeanie Vinson, were missionaries there. Jean's mother passed away shortly after she was born, and her father was martyred in China when she was nine. She was raised in Lexington, Virginia, by her loving Auntie, who died...
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William R. McCormack

May 31, 1936 - May 28, 2018

William "Bill" R. McCormack, 81 of Aurora, passed away Monday May 28, 2018 at Alden of Waterford. He was born May 31, 1936 in Leavenworth, KS the son of the late Clifford and Irene (Holrich) McCormack. Bill served his country with the U.S. Air Force which lead the way for his employment with the F.A.A. as an Air Traffic Controller at the Aurora Center for many years. He was a long-time...
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Edward Allan Poe

April 30, 1979 - May 27, 2018

Edward A. Poe passed away peacefully, Sunday, May 27,2018 at Provena Mercy Hospital in Aurora, IL. Eddie was born April 30, 1979 to his loving mother, Barbara (John) Britton-Ramirez and Curtis (Evelyn) Poe. Eddie graduated from West Chicago High School in 1997. He served in the United State Army with an honorable discharge. He had an amazingly big heart that showed daily through being a...
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Jason S. Grubbs

May 20, 1974 - May 25, 2018


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Manuel "Ito" Romero Crespo

July 24, 1939 - May 25, 2018

Manuel "Ito" Romero Crespo of Aurora, born in Camuy, PR, was called on to Heaven at the age of 78 on May 25, 2018 at Seasons Hospice in Naperville. Manuel was the husband of the late Carmen. He is survived by his son, Manuel Jr. (Sarah) Romero; his daughters, Carmen (Javier) Sostre, Esmeralda (Anthony) Jarencio, Brenda (Manny) Rivera, and Crystal(Greg) Holmes; grandchildren Amanda(Charles)...
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Gladys Marilyn Hoffman

December 22, 1925 - May 21, 2018

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

August 10, 1986 - May 19, 2018

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

April 6, 1940 - May 19, 2018

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

August 15, 1967 - May 16, 2018

Michael Garcia, 50, of Ventura, CA. passed away unexpectedly on May 16, 2018 due to complications from an unfortunate accident. The son of Ismael (Mike) and Angelina Garcia, Michael was born and raised in Aurora. Michael attended East Aurora High School, graduating in 1985. After graduation, Michael joined the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Lynde McCormick stationed in San Diego, CA. from...
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Jerry Eli Winchester Sr.

September 17, 1938 - May 15, 2018

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

December 18, 1937 - May 15, 2018

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

May 25, 1933 - May 15, 2018

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

June 6, 1940 - May 14, 2018

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

January 7, 1929 - May 11, 2018

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

May 8, 1936 - May 8, 2018

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

May 19, 1962 - May 6, 2018

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

May 8, 1924 - May 6, 2018

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

June 16, 1930 - May 5, 2018

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

April 3, 1942 - May 5, 2018

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

October 2, 1962 - May 4, 2018

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

April 27, 1926 - May 3, 2018

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

February 22, 1931 - May 2, 2018

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

February 22, 1930 - May 1, 2018

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

February 4, 1945 - May 1, 2018

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

October 8, 1931 - May 1, 2018

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