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Obituary for James Svoboda

June 19, 1924 - December 5, 2017
North Aurora, Illinois | Age 93


James Svoboda, 93, of North Aurora, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 5 at his home.

He was born to Czechoslovakian immigrant parents on June 19, 1924, in Chicago, where he graduated from Crane Tech High School. The family moved to Bridgman, Michigan. He enlisted in the Army and served in India in World War II. When he got home he attended Michigan State, Notre Dame, and finally Purdue, where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was employed by Michigan Crane and Clark Equipment until Caterpillar Tractor Co. opened in Aurora, so he moved his young family to Illinois and worked as an Engineering Supervisor, developing 7 patents during his 29-year career.

While living in North Aurora, he was active on the Building Committee and Sunday School at the Congregational Church and served as President of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers. After moving to Yorkville in the early 70's with his new bride, he attended First Lutheran Church in Plano. He was very active as a Council Member and Property Chairman. His woodworking talents can be seen in the beautiful Pascal candle holder, storm windows, and remodeling at the parsonage. When Bonnie became ill, they moved back to Elkhorn, Wisconsin, and lived there until her passing in 1993.

Jim loved to travel, and has been on many trips and cruises all over the world. His trips ranged from cross-country treks with 4 kids and a pop-up camper to luxury cruises. His trips to Prague and the Mediterranean cruises were some of his favorites. His travels led him to an elder hostel where he met Tanya Berley in 1996. They went on many adventures together and she has shown her love and devotion as she moved to North Aurora to care for him and be his constant companion in his later years.

Jim is survived by his sweetheart, Tanya Berley of North Aurora; his daughter Nannette (Michael) Grommes of Yorkville; his sons James (Angela) Svoboda of Aurora, Jon Svoboda of Aurora, and Robert (Deborah) Svoboda of Kingston; 9 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; his brother Robert of Bridgman, Michigan; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Rose; his brother Joseph Svoboda, and sister Rose Miller; his first wife and the mother of his children, Leona, and his wife Bonnie.

The family would like to express their profound appreciation for the ladies who took care of him and made it possible for him to remain at home: Margie, Kristin, Jenna, Kathy and Katie. Their never-ending devotion and loving care will forever be remembered.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 PM on Sunday, December 10, followed by a funeral service at 4 PM at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506. Pastor Jonathon Black of First Lutheran Church of Plano will officiate. Interment will be at a later date in Wisconsin.

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332 W Downer Pl
Aurora, IL 60506
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