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Joyce Kinchner Smith, 80, died Feb. 20, 2015, at the DeKalb County Convalescent Home after a prolonged battle with dementia.
Joyce was born on Aug. 7, 1934, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Shortly thereafter she and her parents, Fred and Marie Kinchner, relocated to Sandwich, which was her home until her marriage to Maurice “Bud” Smith on March 18, 1961.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and husband; her daughter, Shawn and grandson Drake of Sycamore; a younger sister, Betty Kinchner (Robert) Marsh of Wheaton, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Joyce was a proud member of the Sandwich Township High School Class of 1952, and worked on the reunion committees faithfully. She also attended The University of Iowa.
Joyce was always a hard working person who enjoyed the fellowship of her co-workers. She held a number of administrative assistant positions both in Sandwich and DeKalb. After a lengthy career at DeKalb Ag Research, Joyce worked in the Plant Molecular Biology Lab at NIU before retiring. She also served on her Homeowners Board of Directors.
In addition to her family, Joyce loved to read, ride her horses, and she was adept at needlework. Joyce had a special fondness for travel and enjoyed the companionship of Shawn and Drake on a number of trips to Mexico and Europe.
Funeral services include a wake were held at Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 S. 4th St. in DeKalb on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 25. Interment was at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.
Remembrances benefiting The Open Door in Sandwich will be appreciated
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Michael Allen Schradel, 39 of Plano, died Tuesday Feb. 17, 2015, at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb. He was born in Aurora to Keith and Marie (VanOhlen) Schradel on April 10, 1975.
Michael loved camping, hiking, and shooting guns. Michael’s family was the most important thing to him.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; his children, Steven, Samantha and Monica; three sisters; Pam (Jim) Holstein of Batavia, Carol Brummett and Karen Corneils, both of Plano and one brother, Jer (Lisa) Westphal of Millbrook.
Memorial service were held Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Beverage Family Funeral Home in Sandwich. Visitation was held prior to the service.
Arrangements were by Beverage Family Funeral Home Sandwich.
William E. Strukel
Bill Strukel was born on Feb. 5, 1934 in Oswego. He died peacefully on Feb. 17, 2015 with hospice care in Winter Garden, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Strukel; son, Donald Strukel; grandson, Robert William Strukel; brothers, Jacob and Robert; sister-in-law, Alvina Strukel, and his parents, Jacob and Theresa Strukel.
Bill is survived by: his children, Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Agustina) Strukel, Mr. and Mrs. John (Dawn) Strukel, and Mr. and Mrs. Michael (Genia) Strukel; his grandchildren, Jose Ramos, Audrey Ramos, Kathleen Perez, Jorie Fenske, Lyndsey Bullard, Taylor Thill, Clinton Strukel, and Maxine Strukel; his great grandchildren, Jade Strukel, Chelesa Strukel, Robert Jacob (RJ) Strukel, Ive Strukel, Gabriel Ramos, and Abel Perez, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Bill graduated from Oswego High School in 1952 and at the age of 20 joined the Army where he served in Germany from 1954-56 as a photographer. He earned Marksmanship and Good Conduct medals. Bill, along with his father and brother, operated Strukel Paradise Farms in Bristol. He worked for McDowell’s in Oswego, operated heavy equipment, and was an owner/operator for JJ and JS Trucking in Wedron, IL.
Upon retirement to Florida, Bill assisted his son, Robert, in the operations of Strukel Inc., especially in the lawn care and excavation areas. Bill was working up until a few weeks ago when a fall precipitated hospitalization. He was then diagnosed with cancer which progressed rapidly. He died on Feb. 17 at 4 p.m.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Plano at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28. Burial will immediately follow the mass at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Bristol. A luncheon will be served at the Moose in Yorkville at noon.
Rocio DeAlba was born April 19, 1962 in Mexico. She died Feb. 18, 2015 at Journey Care in Barrington.
Rocio was the mother of Lovey (David) Velasco, Al DeAlba, Louis DeAlba and David DeAlba; daughter of Electra Pozos DeAlba; grandmother of Louis, Joaquin, Arman, Mariano, Santino and Benecio; sister of five sibling; aunt of many nieces and nephews.
Services were held Feb. 25 at DuPage Memorial Chapel 951 W. Washington, West Chicago.
Patricia A. “Gram” Gareski, 81, of Plano, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at her home in Plano, surrounded by her family. She was born Nov. 21, 1933 in Plano, the daughter of Arthur and Fern (Van Kirk) Wade Sr.
She married Albert Gareski on May 7, 1955 in Plano. Gram’s door was always open to anyone who wanted to stop by. She worked hard and loved it, retiring at the age of 81, due to her health. She loved people and often showed that love by cooking up a good meal and sharing it. She was known for her ability to cook anything. But her greatest treasure was her family immediate and extended. There isn’t anything that she wouldn’t have done for them.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Vicki (Keith) Kramer; three granddaughters, sons-in-law, and families, Lisa (Brent) Nelson, children Hannah and Grace, Sarah (Greg) Young, children Lexi, Dylan, and Brody, Nicki (Eric Nelson) Bauer; two brothers, Arthur “Bud” Wade and Donald “Sam” Wade, along with many nieces, nephews, her loyal companion “Prissy” and her special “Wash House Family”, where she worked.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Luella and Ila; seven brothers, Howard, Richard, Robert, Jerry, John, William and Charles, a son-in-law and friend Harry “Kraut” Bauer, and her very special niece, Betty Smith.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 21 at Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Somonauk, with Pastor Derek Johnsen officiating. Burial will follow in Little Rock Township Cemetery in Plano. Visitation was held Saturday at the funeral home until the time of services.
Memorials may be directed to The American Cancer Society.
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LeRoy Albert Goetsch, 80, of Earlville, formerly of Wisconsin, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 at Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich. He was born Jan. 3, 1935 in Wausau, WI the son of William Albert and Irene (Hartwig) Goetsch.
He married Leila Rose Jordan on June 4, 1955 in Marathon City, WI. LeRoy was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Wausau, WI. He worked as a union bricklayer/cutter for over 20 years in Madison, WI helping build the Oscar Meyer plant and numerous other buildings throughout the Midwest. His next 20 years he sold Electrolux vacuum cleaners (3300 in total) which held the record for many years and later he cleaned carpets with his sons Ricky and Scotty, up until the age of 78.
LeRoy enjoyed traveling between Wisconsin and Illinois selling potatoes, tomatoes and his almost famous jellies and on occasion he’d take along a grandson or two while making his annual melon run. He was a fine craftsman in woodworking and he enjoyed hunting white tail deer with his boys.
He is survived by two daughters, Pamela Goetsch (Jeff) Vike of McFarland, WI and Vicki Goetsch of Pardeeville, WI; two sons, Ricky (Jeanne) Goetsch of Portage, WI and Scott (Barbara) Goetsch of Oxford, WI; and eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren; one sister, Carol Clure of Schofield, WI and one brother Web Goetsch of WI, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Leila and one brother Gordon Goetsch.
Memorial services will be held at 2p.m., Friday, Feb. 27 at Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Somonauk, with Pastor Sandy Smith officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services in the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to Fox Valley Older Adults Services 1406 Suydam Rd. Sandwich, IL 60548.
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Sig Carl Falk
Sig Carl Falk, 86, of Leland died at his home with his family by his side. He was born on March 12, 1928 in Augsburg, Germany.
He came to the United States with his family in 1930. He couldn’t speak a word of English and didn’t have a dime in his pocket. He grew up in West Chicago - Warrenville area and graduated from West Chicago Community High School. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, where he worked in the motor pool. After his military service he met the love of his life, Barbara at a dance at Longs Barn. They were married on Oct.10, 1953 and spent the next 61 happy years together.
They raised four children together in Aurora, Stephanie, Kimberlie, Kevin and Tim. The family enjoyed traveling the country, including Alaska, on their annual summer vacation. Sig at the age of 42 traveled on his BMW R75 on a month long, 2000 mile road trip to Alaska and the West Coast on this trip he visited his many army buddies and camped out along the way. He worked as a truck driver for Blackwood Motor Freight and ABF. Upon retirement he and Barbara enjoyed spending time at their home in Florida, going to flea markets and riding his recumbent bike. He completed the century, 100 miles of the Withlacoochee Trail at the age of 74. He was an avid gardener and gourmet cook. He loved to cook for his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife Barbara; his children, Kimberlie Falk of Aurora and Timothy Falk of Plano; grandchildren, John Malone, and Nikki and Kristina Falk, sister Mary Miller of Princeton IL.; brother, Hubert (Mary) Falkowski of Aurora; brother in laws, Don Blackwood of Aurora, and Richard (Mia) Blackwood of Florida, and sister in law Maxine Molitor of Arizona and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Marie and John, a daughter Stephanie 1996 and a son Kevin 1981.
Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 20 at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Aurora with Fr. Andrew Hougan officiating. Visitation was gekd Thursday Feb. 19, at the Beverage Family Funeral Home. www.beveragefamilyfh.com
Robert J. Tanzabel died peacefully on Jan. 25, 2015 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. He was born in Chicago in 1937 to parents, John and Wanda (Bednarz) Tanzabel.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Jack Gross.
He is survived by his wife, Susan (Starekow) Tanzabel and children Eileen (Dennis) Gerler and Aaron Tanzabel.; grandchildren Michael, Matthew and Alyssa and nieces and nephews, Jackie, Denise, Lynn, Xander, Noah, Makeda, William and Benjamin.
Robert was a lifelong Illinois resident residing in Chicago, Orland Park and most recently in Oswego. He was a graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology with a B.S., in chemistry. He retired from a career as a technical manager with both the Valspar Corporation and Sherwin Williams in Chicago.
Robert was an avid fisherman who fished many of the rivers and lakes of Illinois. He caught a fish in all 50 states and every county of Wisconsin and Minnesota. He kept a written record of all of his fishing accomplishments including the length and weight of each fish he caught.
A private Celebration of Robert’s life will take place in Oswego in March.
Thomas L. Walker, 55, of Lisbon died Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at the Arba Care Center in Toluca.
Tom was born Sept. 15, 1959 in Morris to Vonda Austill-Walker. He was a member of the West Lisbon Church, the A.P.A. and was lifelong diehard Cub fan.
He is survived by his five children, Crystal (fiancée, Lloyd Priebe) Walker of Sandwich, Jennifer Walker of Yorkville, Jason Walker of Aurora, Jacob Lavezzi of Marseilles, Tanya (Brian) Funk of Morris; his mother Vonda Walker of Lisbon; 12 grandchildren, Emma, April, Amaya, Jake, Jasmine, Monica, Jason Jr., Xavier, Michael, Nina, Brianna, Hunter; four siblings, Nels (Sandy) Walker of Boonville, IN., Sherri (Steve) Spangler of Marseilles, Debbie (Steve) Brykczynski of Lisbon and Robert Walker of Lisbon.
He was preceded in death by a nephew Adam Walker.
Visitation was held Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the Gabel-Dunn Funeral Home Ltd. in Newark. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the West Lisbon Church with Pastor Steve Lombardo III officiating. Interment will be at the West Lisbon Cemetery. The family encourages that people attending the visitation or funeral wear red and blue or Chicago Cubs apparel in Tom’s honor.
Pallbearers will be Jason Walker, Jake Lavazzi, Lloyd Priebe, Robert Walker, Erik Spangler, Brandon Partridge and Justin Walker.
Memorials may be directed to the family. www.dunnfamilyfuneralhome.com.
John Stevenson Hall, Jr., 93, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. He was born in Nigeria, West Africa, the son of Missionary parents, Rev. John Stevenson Hall, Sr. and Edith (Edwards) Hall.
At age 3, John was sent to McGowans Missionary Home for children in Canada due to the death of his mother. He remained there until he left for Hampden DuBose Academy in Orlando, Florida to attend high school. In 1940 he attended Wheaton College and graduated in 1944 with a B.A. Degree. He attended Northern Baptist Seminary from 1944 to 1947 where he earned his B.D. and then attended McCormick Seminary in Chicago from 1947 to 1949 where he earned a second B.D. He was ordained into the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. on April 27, 1949 in Chicago.
On May 10, 1950 John married Marie Zobel and they had three children who survive him, Jeanne (Arthur) Jackson of Big Rock, Sharon (Jeff) Crowhurst of Ottawa, and Mark (Debrann) Hall of Oswego.
John pastored at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Beverly, Chicago, then at Lindsay Memorial Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee and for over 30 years was the pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Aurora. He was their first pastor and oversaw the building of the church at Edgelawn and Galena in Aurora. In “retirement” he pastored the Second Presbyterian Church at Superior and Loucks for over 20 years.
Upon retirement from Westminster Presbyterian Church, John married Janet Kesel Hughes, who survives him. He is also survived by his stepchildren, Charles Hughes and Karen Griffin; eight grandchildren, Arthur (Chelsea) Jackson, Jr., John Jackson, Michael (Marie) Jackson, Brittany Crowhurst, Eric (Molly) Crowhurst, Casey Crowhurst, Jillian Hall and Chase Hall; four great grandchildren, Gabrielle Jackson, Mackson Jackson, Lily Crowhurst and Emerson Crowhurst; two brothers, Norman and Douglas Hall; one sister, Esther Gentile and many nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his sisters, Agnes Hall, Margaret Hall and Helen Gingrich and a brother, Jim Hall.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 9:30 a.m. until the service hour of 11 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 N. Edgelawn, Aurora. Burial will follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 N. Edgelawn, Aurora, IL 60506 or to Second Presbyterian Church, 1201 Superior, Aurora, IL 60505.
Arrangements by The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora.
For further information call 630-897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.
Carol June (Thomas) Barlage nee Schuning, 83, of Bolingbrook, formerly of Amboy, died quietly Feb. 1, 2015 with family members holding her hands at Community Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Naperville. She was born on May 22, 1931 to the late Walter and Pearl Schuning of Plano.
June spent many happy years growing up in Plano where she enjoyed roller skating, water skiing and dancing. She always put the needs of family and friends before her own, even as a young teen. She had a wonderful quirky sense of humor, enjoyed by all to the day she died, including her doctors and staff.
She was a supervisor at Green Giant in Belvidere and later, owned and operated a cleaning business for a number of years. She continued her business after moving to California.
She is survived by her son, Alan (Cheryl) Morel of Tempe, Ariz.; her daughter, Carol (Greg) Suerurier of Amboy; one brother, Bob (Bonnie) Schuning; two sisters, Mary (Edward) Assell and Linda (James) Sickle; grandchildren, Michelle Rose, Mindy (Jeremiah) Patton, Jennifer (David) Stone, Matt Morel, Robb Messick, Jason (Sara) Messick, Rhiannon Suerurier and several great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Barlage; parents, Walter E. Schuning and Pearl M. Schuning; sister Maxine M. Rogers and brothers, Waverly E. (Deloris) Schuning and Dan L. (Ramona) Schuning.
A memorial catered buffet is being planned on May 23 at 12:30 p.m. for friends and family at the American Legion Post, 510 E. Dearborn St., Plano, IL. RSVP JBmemorial@yahoo.com or 770-861-3913 no later than May 1.
James Daniel “J.D.” Thomas, Sr., 68, died Feb. 15, 2015 at his home in Crossville, TN. He was formerly of Oswego. He was born July 19, 1946 in War, WV, son of the late Henry Ambrose Thomas and Gladys Ethel (Christian) Thomas.
He worked as a truck driver for UPS and was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Thomas of Crossville; son James Daniel Thomas, Jr. (Thelma) of Plainfield; daughters Mary Jane Thomas of Tazewell, VA, Susan Fae Thomas of Crossville; Rebecca Ellen Scroggins (Thomas) of Crossville; sisters Hilda Hockett, Donna Jean Thomas, both of Caretta, WV; 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his father Henry Ambrose Thomas and mother Gladys Ethel (Christian) Thomas; brothers Eddie Thomas, Willie Thomas, David Thomas, Delano Thomas, John Thomas; sisters, Mary Thomas, Yvonne Sawyer, Geneva White
Funeral services were held at Cornerstone Baptist Church on Feb. 19 with Bro. Mike Kerley officiating. Interment was in New Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, TN.
Bilbrey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth Francis Sherwood, 82, of Apple River, IL formerly of Aurora, died on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 at his home. He was born on May 6, 1932 in Aurora, the son of Frank M. and Anna (Klein) Sherwood.
He was united in marriage on Dec. 13, 1958 to the former Lynne Henne and they spent the next 56 happy years together.
Kenneth served his country proudly as a member of the United States Navy. He was employed as a photographer for many years. Kenneth retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Batavia. He was a member of the Tiger Club in Aurora. Kenneth was a private pilot for many years. He was an avid golfer and bowler.
He is survived by his wife, Lynne Sherwood of Apple River, IL; his children, Pat (Chuck) Pfeifer of Serena, Dean Sherwood of Sandwich, Rob (Janice) Sherwood of Plano and Jeff Sherwood of Yorkville; his grandchildren, Mike (Becky) Pfeifer, Dan Pfeifer, Brittany Sherwood, Bradley Sherwood, John Sherwood, and Conner Sherwood; his great grandson, Riley Ward; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Anna Sherwood; his son, Mark Sherwood; his brother, Jim Sherwood; and his sister, Jean Sherwood.
Funeral Services and interment will be private in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Aurora.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, 630-553-7611 or
Edna Marie Dial, 73 of Yorkville,died peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 with her son by her side at the Hillside Rehab and Care Center in Yorkville. She was born on Sept. 8, 1941 in Mt. Vernon, IL the second youngest of the twelve children of William and Clara (Brown) Martin.
Edna was united in marriage in 1959 to James R. Dial and they spent the next 46 happy years together until his passing on July 6, 2005. Mrs. Dial was employed as a waitress for many years. She enjoyed traveling with her husband Jim to Las Vegas and spending time outdoors gardening.
Edna is survived by her son, Robert Wayne Dial of Yorkville; her grandchildren, Derek Dial and Courtney Dial; her great-granddaughter, Hadas Dial; as well as many, many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Dial was preceded in death by her parents, William and Clara Martin; her husband, James R. Dial; and her 11 siblings.
Services were private.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, 630-553-7611 or