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Eugene Hiveley
Eugene Kenneth Hively, husband of Elizabeth (Betty), died Saturday, May 9, 2015. Eugene was surrounded in love, with his family at home. He was born on July 9, 1931 to Helen Wheeler and Everett Elroy Hively of Watford N. D.,
Eugene was one of seven children. He was the brother of Delbert, Leo, Bonnie, twins Jim and Jack, and Eunice.
Much of Eugene's earlier years were spent working on a farm and attending school and did what he described as “what normal kids did”, feeding chickens, pig's, and cows. At age 17, Eugene answered his nation’s call and enlisted in the United States Navy. He served for several years aboard the heavy cruiser USS Saint Paul, and saw much combat action during the Korean conflict. He was decorated several times, and received Medals for National Defense, Good Conduct, China Service, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service,and Presidential Unit Citation. During his time in the Navy, Eugene trained and worked as a baker, and specialized in food service, which would carry over into his civilian life as well. After nine years service to his country, Eugene was honorably discharged following three years shore duty at Great Lakes Naval Station .
Mr. Hiveley worked for the Pepperidge Farm Co. as a baker for over 27 years, and eventually was promoted to shipping and receiving manager. During his time as manager, he met a young woman named Betty, after awhile, they began dating and were married on Aug. 21, 1971. Eugene and Betty spent 43 happy years together and lived in Lemont, Lincolnton, Ga., Rock Hill and Pawleys Island, S. C., and then to their current home in Sandwich.
Eugene had many interests including cooking, baking, fixing up old Volkswagens, clowning, gardening, and woodworking. Eugene was very talented at scroll saw, and made gifts for all he knew and always included a scripture reference on the gift, personalized for the recipient. Eugene was a dedicated family man and a loving and faithful intercessor, praying for all that he knew. Eugene's last year was one filled with many trials however he never was one to complain, and was always more concerned with those that he loved.
Eugene was laid to rest on May 18, 2015 with full military honors at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Pastor Josh Motley Officiating.
Eugene is survived by his wife Elizabeth; four daughters Amy, Marybeth, Valerie and Laura; step daughters Catherine and Sandy and 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Charlene Babbitt
Charlene J. Babbitt, 74, of Bristol, died on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Feb. 23, 1941 in Plano, the daughter of Charles and Lena (Speiss) Meier.
Charlene was united in marriage on Aug. 17, 1963 to Mr. Donald Babbitt and they spent the next 51 happy years together. Mrs. Babbitt was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Yorkville. Charlene was the Owner and Operator of her own Beauty Shop. She was a huge sports fan, always attending local sports events and watching games on television.
Charlene is survived by her husband, Donald Babbitt of Bristol; her children, Timothy Babbitt of Renton, WA, Monica Babbitt-Tanquilut of Westmont, Kelli (Sean) Reynolds of Ft. Gratiot, MI and Tonya (Josh) Paveza of Bridgman, MI; her grandchildren, Rose and Derek Babbitt, Kaitlin (Charlie) Johnson, Chase and Kendall Tanquilut, Evan Reynolds, and Riley, Austin and Madeline Paveza; her siblings, Dewayne (Betty) Meier, Kenny (Melva) Meier, Bill (Judi) Meier, Jim (Shelia) Meier, Diane Borino, and Bernadine Meier; also many, many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Lena Meier; her siblings, Rich Meier, Delores Allen, Marilyn Meier, Ronald Meier, Eugene Meier, Beverly Meier and Gloria Meier.
A Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, May 19 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 406 Walnut St. in Yorkville, with Father Michael Callea, M.I.C., officiating. Interment followed in St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Bristol.
Visitation was held Monday, May 18, at Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1617 N. Bridge St. in Yorkville.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home and Crematory, 630-553-7611 or
www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com

Ronald Garrett
Ronald Coleman Garrett, of Plano, died on May 12, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on Aug. 25, 1936 in Fairdale, Ky., the son of William and Vivian (Cundiff) Garrett.
After school, he followed his brother’s footsteps and joined the U.S. Army. Ron was with the 101st Airborne Division Paratroopers out of Fort Campbell, Ky. Following the service, he was a proud member of the Iron Workers Local 1 in Chicago, and a retired member of Local 393 in Aurora, in which he built many structures throughout the midwest, especially Chicago and the suburbs.
He celebrated 55 years of marriage with his wife Shirley (Boles) on Sunday, May 3, a milestone he wanted to achieve. Together, they were members of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Sandwich.
Birdwatching, working crosswords puzzles, reading his Bible, anything carpentry, watching old Westerns, as well as spending time with his family were his favorite hobbies and activities.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley (Boles); his children, Rhonda (Randy) Place and Jeana (Jeff) Wiley; his four granddaughters, Ashley (Dustin) Place-Ohlman, Shawna Wiley, Samantha Place, and Alyssa Wiley; his four great-grandchildren, Gabriel Place, Serenity “Reni” Wiley and Gavin and Elliot Ohlman; his brothers, Marvin and David; his sister Lora Tilley, as well as many nieces and nephews, some of which he fondly considered as his own - Mitch, Billy, Galen, and Julie Garrett.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father; his brothers, Alvin, Ralph, Elzie, Jesse “Ernie”, Basil, and Jack; and his sisters, Nellie, Rose Elberta, and Mary Catherine Johnson; his daughter, Yvonne.
No funeral or visitation will be held since Ron’s wishes were to donate his body to science for Illinois medical universities, which he had been a patient at them over the years.
For those wishing to donate in his memory, donations can be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church, 701 Lions Road, Sandwich, Illinois to fund a chair lift.
Services by Beverage Family Funeral Homes Sandwich.
www.beveragefamilyfh.com

Richard Voga
Richard John Voga, 73, died peacefully Monday May 11, 2015 at Hospice House of Randolph County, Asheboro, NC.
He was born Aug. 1, 1941 in Sandwich, to the late Vernon and Dorothy Voga. Richard and his wife, Connie B. Voga resided in Illinois until he retired in 1998, and then moved to North Carolina.
Richard and his wife Connie, were owners of Lake Holiday Marina. Prior to that, he was a contractor and builder in Illinois.
Richard loved golfing, building and gardening for his hobbies.
He is survived by his wife, Connie B. Voga of the home; daughter, Betsy and husband, Dr. William Schork and three children, Thomas, Tasia and Matthew of California; daughter, Amy and husband David May of Illinois and three children, Nora, Cordell and Lizzy; two sisters, Vernice Roisland and Mary Ann Hulon of Illinois.
He is preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Voga.
A Memorial Service at a later date.

Christopher Bunch
Christopher Matthew Bunch, 29, of Sandwich, died on May 13, 2015 . He was born on March 10, 1986 to Raymond and Sandra (Blackwell) Bunch in Sandwich.
Christopher loved listening to music, bowling, and watching movies with his friends, and would watch Jeopardy everyday with his dad. He knew how to cheer his friends up, and always tried to make people smile. He had a beautiful soul, would always encourage others, and saw the good in everyone.
He is survived by his parents Ray and Sandra; his sister, Yvonne (Chad) Kedzierski of Sandwich; his maternal grandfather, Harold Brand; nieces, Allie and Sadie Diehl and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Roland and Estelle Bunch, and grandmother Shirley Brand.
Funeral Services were held Tuesday May 19 at the Beverage Family Funeral Home with Pastor Nathan Wells officiating. Interment followed at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich. Visitation was held prior to the service.
Arrangements by Beverage Family Funeral Home, Sandwich.
www.beveragefamilyfh.com

Evelyn Walz
Evelyn K. Walz, 87, of Yorkville, died on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Nov. 22, 1927 near Norwalk, WI the daughter of Joseph and Olga (Petzke) Schmitz.
Evelyn was united in marriage on April 27, 1948 to Mr. George Alan Walz and they spent the next 67 happy years together. Mrs. Walz was employed for 25 years as the office manager at the Elmhurst Chicago Stone Company in Bolingbrook. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Yorkville and a former member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and St. Raphael Catholic Church both in Naperville.
Evelyn is survived by her husband, George Alan Walz of Yorkville; her children, Wayne (C. Kathleen) Walz of Manhattan, Kathryn (Steven) Graves of Downers Grove, Marilyn (Larry) Jordan of Somonauk, Alan (Susan) Walz of Oswego, Beverly (Richard) Olin of Oswego and Donna (Scott) Makowsky of Oswego; her 13 grandchildren; her 13 great grandchildren; her sisters, Lorraine (James) Bardeen of Bangor, WI and Evangeline (William) Burch of Franksville, WI; as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Olga Schmitz; her son, Ronald Walz; her brother, Lavern Schmitz; also a sister Coletta Schrier.
A Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, May 16 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 406 Walnut St. in Yorkville with Father Matthew Lamoureux, M.I.C. officiating. Interment followed in the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Naperville.
Visitation was held Friday, May 15, at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1617 N. Bridge St. in Yorkville,.
Memorials may be directed to either the St. Gianna Molla Shrine Fund at St. Patrick Parish, 406 Walnut Street, Yorkville, IL 60560 or the Kendall County Food Pantry, 208 Beaver Street, Yorkville, IL 60560.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, 630-553-7611 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com

Heidi Zanker
Heidi Elisabeth Zanker, 45, died at Kline Galland Home in Seattle, WA on May 6, 2015 with her son and parents at her side. She was diagnosed with stage IV triple negative breast cancer in June 2012 and lived courageously with the disease until her death. Heidi was born on Sept. 20, 1969 in Sandwich.
She graduated from Central High School in Davenport, IA in 1987, and went on to receive an associates of applied science in nursing from Kishwaukee College in Malta in 1997. She also received her associates of science from Kishwaukee College in 2001, and graduated from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb with both a bachelor of arts in political science and a bachelor of science in education and health education in 2004.
Heidi was a registered nurse in Illinois, Iowa, Washington, and California.
She worked as an agency nurse in Kane County Illinois from 1997 until 2007 when she moved to Seattle, WA. There she worked for King County Jail as an agency nurse until hired full time in December of 2013 as a public health nurse. She remained a fiercely dedicated employee until her last day of work in January 2015. She inspired and touched the lives of all those who met, knew, and worked with her by always going the extra mile, and constantly striving to do greater things. She remained a brave, iron-willed woman, even throughout her final months. Heidi possessed a great love of art and design. Her diagnosis and subsequent treatment along with work left no time to continue this pursuit
Heidi is survived by her son, Max Zanker of DeKalb; her parents, Anton and Terry Zanker of Waterman; her grandmother,Theresia Zanker of Sandwich; siblings, Erica (Zanker) Heinrichs of Davenport, IA, Anton Joseph Zanker of DeKalb and Elizabeth (Zanker) Hussung of Oregon; nephews, Matthew, James, and Charles Heinrichs of Davenport, IA; aunts and uncles, Michele (Tim) Mckinnies, Jim (Karen) Gould, Tom Gould, Barb Thompson and Brian Gould all of South Bend, IN, Vince Gould of Lydick, IN, Eddie (Chickie) Gould of Clearwater, FL, Karl-Heinz Zanker of San Diego, CA, Anneliese (Zanker) Hart of Cortland, Veronika (Robert) Gilkerson of Plano, and Eberhard Zanker of Sheridan; along with many cousins.
Heidi was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Patricia (Gould) Shriver and step grandfather Jack Shriver, her maternal grandfather Eddie Gould, her paternal grandfather Anton Zanker; her aunts, Christine Gould and Hildegard (Zanker) Turner and her uncles Earl Turner and Robert Hart.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, May 17 at Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Plano. Visitation was held prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation at https://tnbcfoundation. thankyou4caring.org/pages/donation—-landing-page or the charity of your choice.
For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.
EighnerFuneralHomes.com
630-552-3022

Jean Schilling
Alice Jean (Borton) Schilling, 86, wife of Paul M. Schilling, died Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at the Greenfields of Geneva Retirement Community.
Jean was one of four children born to Arthur and Rose Borton of Fayette, Ohio and was raised on the family farm and attended all 12 grades at the Chesterfield Township School. Jean was predeceased by her parents, an older brother (Kirk Borton) and a younger sister (Louann Larned of Phoenix, AZ).
Jean attended Huntington University for two years (1947-49) on a valedictorian tuition scholarship. She completed her B.S. (Elem. Ed.) at Indiana University ’60) and a M.A. (Library Science) at Rosary College (’73). She started her 20-year teaching career in 1960 at Bloomington, Ind. and subsequently taught at the Highland Public Schools in Lake County, Indiana and finished her teaching career at LaGrange Highlands Elementary School in Cook County, Illinois. In 1970 she took a one year leave to help serve as the host family to foreign exchange student, Jurgen Kralemann, from Germany.
Jean was a member of the Oswego Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church and an active member of the United Methodist Women Organization, Kendall County Retired Teachers Association, P.E.O. and other similar community organizations. She loved to do gardening, and stitchery.
Jean is survived by her husband of 66 years, Paul; her three sons: Craig of Northbrook, Neil of Oswego and Mark of Western Springs; nine grandchildren: Nathan of Beecher, Aaron of Evanston, Katherine of Northbrook, Brendan of Northbrook, Gregory of Sheridan, Andrew of Frederick, MD, Leanne of Sheridan, Megan of Mt. Vernon, WA and Aidan of Western Springs; and two great grandchildren: Chloe and Alexis of Evanston.
A celebration of Jean’s life service, followed by visitation and light refreshments, will be held at the Oswego Church of the Good Shepherd on June 13 at 10 a.m.
Persons wishing to honor Jean with a contribution are urged to send it to the Paul and Jean Schilling Scholarship Fund, c/o Huntington University, 2303 College Ave., Huntington, IN 46750.

Ashley DeLaney
Ashley Krystene Willman DeLaney, 27, of Hammond, IN died on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora. She was born on March 21, 1988 in Hinsdale, the daughter of Michael E. Willman and Michelle R. Lorenzen.
Ashley was united in marriage on April 24, 2014 to Mr. Michael W. DeLaney II and they spent the next 13 happy months together.
Ashley is survived by her husband, Michael W. DeLaney II of Hammond, IN; her children, Xander Michael Lenert and Michael Wayne DeLaney III and her step-daughter, Avalynn Skye DeLaney; her father and step-mother, Michael E. and Michelle Willman of St. Charles; her mother, Michelle R. Flowers of Calumet City; her siblings on her fathers’ side, Molly and Mitchell; her siblings on her mother’s side, Darius, Amarion, Anshae and Marvin; her maternal grandparents, Raymond Lorenzen of Willowbrook, IL and Debbie Feemster of St. Petersburg, FL; a special aunt, Nancy (Sonny) Ellen and cousins, Rico, Jordan, Abbey and Chelsey; also her many other aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Frank David and Marilyn Willman.
A Funeral Service was held on Monday, May 18 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 85 S. Constitution Drive, Aurora. Interment followed in St. Paul’s Cemetery, 1400 Douglas Road, Montgomery.
Visitation was held Sunday, May 17 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1617 N. Bridge St. in Yorkville.
Memorial donations for Ashley should be made out to her sons, Xander Michael Lenert and Michael Wayne DeLaney III.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, 630-553-7611 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com

Sandi Zwinklis
Sandra L. “Sandi” Zwinklis, 69, of Sandwich, died peacefully, Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at her home. She was born Feb. 3, 1946 in Chicago to the loving late parents, George and Sophie Nowak.
Wife of the late Allen Zwinklis; mother of Chris (Stefanie) Hajer and Scott (Jennifer) Hajer; grandma of six; sister of Cathy (Wally) Sass.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 651 W. Washington Blvd., Suite 400 , Chicago, IL 60661-2237.
Visitation was held Sunday, May 17 at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville, IL 60540. Funeral Service followed. Interment wass private.
For more information, call 630-355-0213 or www.friedrich-jones.com

John Neill
John G. Neill, 74, of Wilmington, Del., died May 7, 2015. He was born July 20, 1940 in Aurora.
He struggled with COPD for many years but always came back to the area to celebrate the annual pig roast at his nephew John’s home in Serena. A big gathering of relatives and friends awaited his arrival. Everyone loved John and no one was a stranger to him.
He is survived by his wife, Millie; son, John III (Angela); grandson, John IV; sister, Mary Ann Gribble of Montgomery; nephew, James (Mary) of Plainfield; nephew, John (Sandra) of Serena, Cynthia (Kevin) Johnson of Phoenix, Az., Margaret (John) of Yorkville, Ann Seale of Dora, Mo. and Susan (Ed) Giron of Plainfield; a brother, Matthew of Portland, Or., Peggy and Tom; and many other nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held in Marcus Hook, Pa.

Jay Paul Hoffmann
Jay Paul Hoffmann was born to Al and Marcy Hoffmann in Milwaukee, WI on June 3, 1952 He attended 21st Street School, Edison Junior High and Custer High School.
After high school, Jay traveled the U.S. playing soprano bugle for the Chordalier and Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps before attending Marquette University. While pursuing his B.S. in Political Science, Jay played trumpet with the Marquette Warrior Pep Band and the Motown Band, Sheer Soul. After graduating from Marquette, Jay worked both in the foundry and as a security guard for Briggs and Stratton prior to enrolling in John Marshall Law School. In 1990, Jay graduated Cum Laude from that institution. He dedicated the next 25 years to keeping violent criminals behind bars. His law career started with the Office of the State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor in Ottawa before becoming an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois where he specialized in capital criminal appeals. In 2007, Jay was selected to serve as a National Association of Attorney Generals Supreme Court Fellow. His service in this position included writing the amicus petition for writ of certiorari filed by Illinois and 18 other states in “Allen v Siebert” to the U.S. Supreme Court. Jay left the office of the Attorney General to serve with the Office of the State Appellate Prosecutor for the Second Judicial District of Illinois. In his free time, Jay dedicated his life to serving Christ through his service to others. He participated in humanitarian efforts in Peru, Mississippi, and Haiti and remained active in the Wheatland Salem UMC, serving in the church’s Cornerstone Choir, Faithful Men Choir, an original member of the Special Friends program, and as a long-time volunteer at Hesed House, Habitat for Humanity, & Rebuilding Together Aurora. He was a member of the WSUMC Church Board and Chairman of the Leadership Development and Nominations Committee. He served as a Design Team member of “Serve the Community Day.” Jay was truly a “behind the scenes leader with a servant’s heart.” Jay fought a long, courageous, and dignified battle with multiple bouts of cancer.
He died May 14, 2015. Jay Hoffmann is remembered for his love of history, his love of sailing, and his absolute moral compass by his wife, Janice (Jann) Hawkins; brothers, George and Terry (Linda); sons, Adam (Kelli), Jeremy (Alma), Nathan (Ralene), Jamey Licandro (Julie), and John Licandro (Ulla), five grandchildren, many extended family members, friends, and colleagues.
Visitation will be Friday, May 22, 4 until 8 p.m. at Wheatland-Salem United Methodist Church, 1852 95th St., Naperville, IL 60564. A Memorial Service will be Saturday, May 23, 11 a.m. at the church, with visitation one hour prior.
Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Naperville, handled arrangements. For information call 630/355-0213 or visit
www.friedrich-jones.com