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Barbara ‘June’ Bell
Barbara June Bell, 90, of Sandwich, and formerly of Charleston died while at her Sandwich Rehabilitation and Health Care Center home on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
June, as she was affectionately known to many, was born on June 14, 1924 in Seven Hickory Township located in Coles County, Ill., a daughter of the late E. Floyd and Mary Ruth (Kutz) Adair.
She married Kenneth Roy Bell on Feb. 3, 1943 and he preceded her in death in 1991.
She is survived by her four children, David Bell of Somonauk, Gary Bell and wife Donna of Hardy, AR, Tony Bell of Boynton Beach, FL, and Shirley Bell of Sandwich; three grandchildren, Heather (Chris) Henrichs, Steven (Christie) Bell and Andy (Amber) Bell; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Virginia (David) Scruggs of Mt. Vernon, IL, Joanne Lawyer of Charleston, Nancy Lawson of Sun City, CA; three brothers, Jack Adair and Jerry (Lelia) Adair of Charleston and John (Carol) Adair of Morris; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her stepmother, Hattie Adair; four sisters, Esther Watts, Jean Carlyle, Lorraine Kass and Marian Piersma and three brothers, Gerry, Richard and Joe Adair.
June attended the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Sheridan with her son, David. She devoted her life to her family as a wife, mother and homemaker. She also assisted others with cleaning and household chores and helped with the dairy cattle when they lived in northern Illinois. June enjoyed working the daily crossword puzzles and was also a seamstress. June’s life was her family.
Visitation for family and friends was held Saturday, July 12 at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston. Funeral Services honoring and celebrating her life were held Saturday immediately following the visitation with Steven Bell officiating. Burial followed in Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston. It is requested that donations in her honor be made to a charity of the donor’s preference. Gifts may be mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Dr., Charleston, IL 61920.
June’s memorial website is available at www.adamsfuneralchapel.com where condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on obituaries.

Frederic Strong
Frederic Strong, 103, of Morris, formerly of Lisle, died on June 22, at Loyola Medical Center. He was born in Chicago to Ashur C. and Ilia (Nielsen) Strong.
Frederic married Millicent Dozier on May 28, 1932 in Crown Point, IN and they spent many years together until her passing in 1972. He then married Alice Burns Ford in 1973. She also preceded him in death.
Frederic spent several years working at Continental and First National Banks in Chicago prior to doing maintenance work at Kropp Forge in Chicago and Packard Instrument of Downers Grove. He retired from Packard Instrument in May 1974 and shortly thereafter moved to Arkansas. In his early years, Fred enjoyed taking flying lessons at the Curtis-Wright Flying school.
He is survived by his son, Paul (Josie) Strong of Yorkville; two granddaughters, Sally Strong of Bartlett and Ellen (Ray) Miller-Buchanan of Newark; a great-grandson, Jeremiah Miller; a great granddaughter, Kristen Miller and two step great-grandsons, Ray and Josh Buchanan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ashur and Ilia Strong, his first wife, Millicient Dozier Strong, his second wife, Alice Burns Ford Strong, his good friend, Janet Champagne, two half brothers, Buryl and Webster Strong and a daughter, Susan, in infancy.
Friends may visit from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1617 N. Bridge St. (formerly, 410 E. Countryside Parkway), Yorkville. A “Celebration of Memories” will be held at Paul and Josie’s home following the visitation. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Park Pointe Senior Living Activity Fund, 1221 Edgewater Drive, Morris, IL 60450, Attn: Melissa Willis or Save The Redwoods League, P.O. Box 44000, San Francisco, CA 94144-001.
Arrangments by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, 630-553-7611 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com.

Dan Dobbin
Dan C. Dobbin, 69, of Oswego, died Friday, July 4, 2014 at Hines VA Hospice Facility at Hines, IL after a long and lingering illness. He was born May 1, 1945 in Geneva, the son of the late Clifford and Margaret R. nee Dehn Dobbin.
Dan was a true patriot of the United States of America and served his country with the U.S. Army during Viet Nam. He was so proud that as the saying goes “he wore his patriotism on his sleeve.”
He was employed for many years at the Illinois Department of Transportation doing highway maintenance and then went on to being a conductor and brakeman for the Burlington Northern Railroad prior to early retirement in 1985 due to severe health problems.
He was very active in the community with the Church of the Good Shepherd in Oswego, Montgomery Memorial VFW Post 7452, Oswego American Legion Post 675, Aurora Moose Lodge 400, National Rifle Association and the TriCounty Chapter of Vietnow in Montgomery.
Dan is survived by his wife of 44 years Marilyn D. nee Kiefer Dobbin; a daughter, Nancy (Steve Lawrentz) Dobbin of Yorkville; two sons, Kevin (Cindy) Dobbin of Aurora, Jeff (Cherie) Dobbin of Sandwich; three grandchildren, Kenny Dobbin, Jaycee Fourmont, Lukas Dobbin; a sister Kathy (John) Morley of Dixon.
Visitation was held on Sunday, July 13, at the Dunn Family Funeral Home with Crematory, 1801 Douglas Road, Oswego, IL. Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Monday, July 14 with Rev Kent Svendsen officiating. Burial with military honors was at Riverside Cemetery in Montgomery.
Memorials in Dan’s memory may be directed to either the Phillips Park Zoociety Fund C/O Community Foundation 111 W Downer Pl Suite 312 Aurora, IL 60506 or Brookfield Zoo C/O Chicago Zoological Society 3300 Golf Rd Brookfield, IL 60513 or Lincoln Park Zoo 2001 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60614.
For additional information
www.dunnfamilyfuneralhome.com
or 630/554-3888.

Raymond Miller
Raymond D. Miller, 63, of San Marcos, CA, Illinois native and former Sandwich resident, died July 2, 2014. He was the son of Virginia (Dolly) and James Knights.
Raymondwas a Sandwich High School graduate. He continued his education obtaining an MBA in Calif-ornia. Over the years, portraying a “real bearded” Santa Claus, he brought great joy to thousands of children.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Kathy; his children, Jim and Krista; grandchildren, Brandon and Aleeza; brothers Bob and Rick Miller and Norm Knights; sister Patricia Rains, various other family members and a bevy of great friends; especially long-time best friends John Middleton, Hal Ament and Steve Johnson.

Gerald Yeomans
Gerald Wayne Yeomans, 54, died suddenly on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at his residence in Naperville. He was born Oct. 21, 1959 in Jacksonville, FL the son of the late Fred and Arvella nee Buttrick Yeomans.
He was a member of Crossroads Community Church in Aurora.
He was employed by NationaLease as a national sales manager for the past 13 years.
He is survived by his wife, Maria R. nee Tangorra of Oswego; two daughters, Angelina Yeomans of Oswego, Priscilla Yeomans of Chicago Ridge; a son, Travis (Michelle) Yeomans of Cumming, GA; three grandchildren, Gavin, Devyn and Maizy Yeomans; twin sisters, Peggy (Larry) Godwin and Betty (Tommy) Annis both of Jacksonville, FL, andseveral nieces and nephews.
A gathering of family and friends was held Thursday, July 10 at the Dunn Family Funeral Home with Crematory, 1801 Douglas Road Oswego. Funeral services were held on Friday, July 11 at the funeral home. Burial was at Lincoln Memorial Park in Aurora.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to an education fund for his minor aged child C/O Gerald W Yeomans Child’s Educational Fund PO Box 665 Oswego, IL 60543.
For additional information
www.dunnfamilyfuneralhome.com
or 630/554-3888.

Pamela Rocco
Pamela Jean (Hornby) Rocco, a resident of Aurora and formerly of Oswego, died on June 19, 2014. Born on Jan. 16, 1944 in San Antonio, Texas, she was raised in Chicago.
She is survived by her brother and sister, her daughter and son, eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Charles.
Faith sustained Pam through her journey and she wished to thank the many specialists she saw over the years for their care and friendship.
Remembrances may be made to I.D.E.S. (International Disaster Emergency Service), Caring Hands in Yorkville or to Paul Newman’s- Over the Hill Gang.

Jo Simpson
On Monday, July 7, 2014, Jo Ellen Kelley Simpson, 59, died peacefully with her family by her side at her home in Oswego.  She was born Jan. 31, 1955 in Cedar Rapids, IA to Joseph Henry and Ellen Anne Lockwood Kelley.
Growing up in the Kelley family, there were many events and get-togethers with extended family that included great food, fun, games and sports. While attending Wilson Middle School, Jo enjoyed many hours with the Sokol Club gymnastics team and with her swim team, but she still found time for additional club activities and even a part in the school musical.
At Jefferson High School, Jo stayed active in gymnastics, swimming, cheerleading and school vocational and academic clubs. She excelled at swimming, becoming state champion individually in the 50-meter freestyle and as part of a team in the 200-meter relay. In 1985, she was inducted into the Iowa High School Swim Coaches Association Hall of Fame for her achievements. 
Jo graduated from Iowa State in 1977 with a BS in child development.  While in school she was a member of AOPi Sorority. At ISU, she also met her future husband Bruce Simpson. Her swimming success continued in college, where she competed on two Big 8 Conference champion relay teams in 1974 and 1975.
Jo taught preschool special education in Maquoketa, IA before moving on to second grade and kindergarten at Hinckley Big Rock Schools. She married Bruce in 1979.
While teaching was still her passion, Jo took a break from work to devote energy to her family. During those years, she focused on supporting her three young daughters. To encourage their many interests, Jo developed new talents as a Girl Scout leader, soccer coach and elementary school “Picture Lady”.  She was always her daughters’ greatest fan, cheerleader and advocate.  Somehow, Jo still made time to meet dear friends at Oswego Presbyterian Church Bible Study, plant perennial gardens, cook, sew with the Quilters Guild, create at Craft Club and collect through Boulder Hill Antique Club. 
After her daughters began school, Jo taught kindergarten at Boulder Hill School in Oswego District 308 for 16 years. Her commitment to making learning fun while teaching students the skills to read and write were evident to all who knew her. Not one to keep the same lesson plans year after year Jo was continually improving — always striving to excite her students through new and creative ideas.
Jo is survived by her husband of 35 years, Bruce Simpson of Oswego; herdaughters, Casie, Shanna and Tara Simpson all of Oswego; her sisters, Colleen Kelley of Cedar Rapids, IA, Kathy Telecky (Russ) of Cedar Rapids, IA, brothers Tim Kelley (Sharon) of St. Louis, MO, Larry Kelley (Clara Newberry) of Cedar Rapids, IA; father-in-law, Fred Simpson of Tucson, AZ; brother-in-law, Craig Simpson (Regan); many nieces, nephews, students, friends and her faithful companion Kallie.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Henry and Ellen Anne Lockwood Kelley, mother-in-law Mary Lee Simpson and brother-in-law Mark Simpson. 
A gathering of family and friends was held Friday, July 11 at the Dunn Family Duneral Home with Crematory, 1801 S. Douglas Road, Oswego, IL 60543.  A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 12  at the Oswego Presbyterian Church, 1976 St. Rt. 25, Oswego, IL 60543.  Burial followed at Pearce Cemetery in Oswego.  
Memorials may be made to the family for a scholarship fund in Jo’s name or to Lungevity. 
For information: 630-554-3888 
or www.dunnfamilyfuneralhome.com

Curtis Medin
Curtis Medin, 87, of Yorkville, died Friday, July 11, 2014 at Copley Hospital in Aurora.
He is survived by his wife, Jeaness of Yorkville; his four children, Janice Wakefield of Aurora, Keith Medin of Atlanta, Ga., Mike Enlow of Potosi, Wis. and John Enlow of Yorkville; his two grandchildren, Parker Enlow of Morris and Audrey Enlow of Yorkville.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 19 at the Yorkville Congregational Church, 409 Center Parkway, Yorkville. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with a service to immediately follow.
Memorial gifts in memory of Curt may be made to the Yorkville Congregational Church.

Margaret Syverson
Margaret “Peggy” Una Smith-Syverson, 88, of Oswego, former resident of the LaSalle-Peru area, Aurora, Plano, TX and Crossville, TN, died peacefully on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Autumn Leaves of Oswego. She was born Sept. 26, 1925 in Chicago, the daughter of the late William Thomas and Annie nee Byrne Paulley.
Margaret had great interest in playing bridge, photography and travel.
She is survived her four children, Kathleen nee Smith Snow, Michael (Karen) Smith, William Smith, Sue nee Syverson Withrow; six grandchildren, Kevin Snow, Jason (Dawn) Snow, Eric Smith, Kelly Smith, Kenneth (Angie) Withrow, Andrew (Ashley) Withrow; eight great grandchildren, Eric Smith, Jr, Julia Smith, Taylor Santelli, Tyler Snow, Jeremy Snow, Tristin Withrow, Grayson Withrow, and Gabrielle Withrow; two sister-in-laws, Mary Rita Mason, Natalie Paulley, also several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her first husband Eugene Smith, her second husband Burton Syverson, two brothers William and James Paulley.
There will be no visitation.
A prayer service was held Monday, July 14 at Fox Knoll Chapel, 421 Lake St., Aurora.
Cremation took place at American Crematory in Oswego followed by burial of the cremains at a later date at Ridgeview Memorial Park in McKinney, TX.
Memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements were by Dunn Family Funeral Home with Crematory, 1801 Douglas Road, Oswego. For additional information 630-554-3888 or
www.dunnfamilyfuneralhome.com

Jack Fischer
Forrest “Jack” Fischer, 91, of Sheridan, the son of Charles and Elizabeth Fischer, died July 7, 2014 at Valley West Hospital. He was born on a farm in the township of Cicero, Wisconsin on June 10, 1923.
He served in the Army during World War II. He was severely wounded and subsequently spent a year and one half in an Army hospital in Galesburg,. He was discharged from the Army and spent another year and one half at the Veterans Hospital in Milwaukee, where he met an Army nurse, Wanda Louis Hotmar of Princeton, Wis.. They married and had two children, Cindy and James.
He trained at Marquette University and Arizona State University to become a medical photographer. He worked at the Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin where he retired at the age of 55. He had many interests, but flying was his first love, and because of his early retirement his flying took him many places.
At the age of 79 he met Pauline Bowden. He had known her when he was in the hospital in Galesburg. They married and spent eight years together before she passed away. They traveled many places and just loved each other.
He is survived by his two children, two grandchildren, and two great grandchildren; a step daughter, Bonnie (Ron) Bauer of Sheridan; his step son, Norman Bowden; three step grandchildren; his good friend and companion Patsy Becker and a very good friend Gary Moss, and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fox Valley Older Adults Service.
A memorial service was held on July 16, at 10 a.m. at the Beverage Family Funeral Home with Pastor David Kaul officiating. A private burial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements were handled by Beverage Family Funeral Home
www.beveragefamilyfh.com

Dorris Fahrlander
Dorris Fahrlander, 69, of Oswego died July 12, 2014 surrounded by her family. She was born on June 14, 1945 in Aurora, the daughter of Richard and Blanche (Dalton) Jordan.
She had a passion for camping and gardening. She was employed with Jewel in Oswego from 1989 until her retirement in 2005.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years Robert; her daughter, Robyn Novak; her granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Ashleigh Graham and siblings Patricia (Heinz) Schumacher, David Jordan; sister-in-law, MaryAnn (Richard) Huggins; her nephews, Charles (Candy) Jordan and Jay Jordan as well as many other nieces and nephews and her dogs Penny and Missy.
Family will be receiving guests on Wednesday, July 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway Ave., Montgomery, IL 60538. Graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 17 at 10 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery, Montgomery.
Arrangements by Dieterle Memorial Home www.dieterlememorialhome.com
630-897-1196.

Rosella Mayo
Rosella Mayo, 88 of Naperville, formerly of Plano, died on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the Community Nursing and Rehab Center in Naperville. She was born on Dec. 15, 1925 in Mason City, IA, the daughter of John and Josephine (Rogers) Carmody.
Rosella is survived by her children, Madelyn (Tony) Lullo of Niles, IL, Joseph (Andrea) Mayo of Bartlett, IL and Patty Mayo-Katsion of Yorkville; her grandchildren, Anthony Lullo, Nicholas (fiancée, Ania Kusior) Lullo, Joseph (Anna) Mayo, Robert (Gina) Mayo, Michael Coduti, Cristina (Jeffery Sattler) Coduti and Claire Katsion; her great-grandchildren, Ash Sattler and Angelina Marie Mayo; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Rosella was preceded in death by her parents, John and Josephine Carmody; her daughter, Leslie Coduti; four sisters, Zola, Kaye, Stella, and Thelma; and five brothers, Bobby, Roger, Lloyd, Buster, and Bud.
A funeral service was held Monday, July 14 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1617 N. Bridge St. (formerly, 410 E. Countryside Parkway) Yorkville.
Visitation was held prior to the service on Monday, July 14 at the funeral home in Yorkville.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, 630-553-7611 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com.

Kenneth Diemer
Doris Diemer

Kenneth K. Diemer, 85, of Montgomery, died at Tillers Nursing Home, surrounded by his loving family on July 3, 2014. He was born Jan. 9, 1929 in Odell, the son of the late Peter and Frances (Patten) Diemer.
He was baptized into Christ at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Lacon, Ill. He was raised on the family farm in Pontiac and graduated from Pontiac Township High School. He attended Illinois State University. Ken served his country honorably with the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955. He completed Airman School and was a member of Patrol Squadron VP-21.
Ken, “PaPa,” married the love of his life, Doris E. Baker at the First Methodist Church in Pontiac, on Sept. 21, 1952. While he took a position with Caterpillar Tractor Co. as a tooldesigner for 24 years that relocated him to the Aurora area, he never took his sights off the family farm. He chose a place to raise his family in a new unincorporated subdivision called Boulder Hill after purchasing a model home. He was an active man, frequently walking or riding his bike to work and even in later years, took water exercise classes with his wife. He had a keen appreciation for music and was able to play a variety of instruments. He was gentle and soft spoken with a quick dry wit and endless love for his family.

Doris E. (Baker) Diemer, 82, of Montgomery, died at Tillers Nursing Home surrounded by her loving family on July 7, 2014. She was born June 24, 1932 in Cullom, Ill., the daughter of the late William and Vada (Ferguson) Baker.
She was baptized into Christ at the Methodist Church in Sullivan, Ill. She was raised in Chicago, but also spent time with her grandparents, Lola and Calvin Ferguson in Pontiac, Ill. She graduated from Harrison High School in Chicago and The Chicago School of Dental Nursing.
She survived her beloved husband, Kenneth for four days until her death. She was dedicated to her family and homemaking. She loved to cook and garden but especially loved to entertain her grandchildren.
Ken and Doris are survived by their sons, David Diemer of Montgomery and James (Barbara) Diemer of Oswego; daughter, Susan (Ron) Dieter of Oswego; and Kenneth’s two sisters, Irene Crandall of Piper City, Ill. and Vera Ehnen of Avon, Conn.; Doris’s brother, William Baker; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
They were preceded in death by their parents; Ken’s brothers, Marion, George, Ewald, Donald; and a sister, Gertrude Kennedy; and Doris’s brother, Daniel Baker.
Visitation and services were held Thursday, July 10 at Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway Ave., Montgomery, Interment was private.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Shriner Children’s Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607. Arrangements by Dieterle Memorial Home,
www.dieterlememorialhome.com.

Ruth Larson
Ruth A. Larson, 91, of rural Newark died Sunday morning, July 13, 2014 at Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion. Ruth was born Dec, 9, 1922 in Sandwich to Julius L. and Minnie (Boyd) Way.
She was a graduate of the Newark Grade and High Schools. She married Simon C. Larson Feb. 20, 1941 in Newark. Simon died Jan. 2, 1992.
She was a member of the Newark Lutheran Church and enjoyed singing at church services. She was very proud and fond of the 50 years she spent together with Simon on the farm north of Newark.
She is survived by her daughter, Julie (Robert) Wickens of Millbrook; her two sons, Simon Jay (Kathy) Larson of Newark, Jerry Larson of Newark; her six grandchildren, Greg (Jacki) Wickens of Seneca, Matt (Jill) Wickens of Morris, Amy Larson of Newark, Kristy (Rob) Robertson of Anamosa, IA., Jenny (Doug) Reibel of Newark, Amanda Larson of Newark; seven great grandchildren, Brianna Yepsen, Dalton and Cole Reibel, Ruby and Simon Robertson, Macy & Avery Wickens and a great-great grandson, Brantley Yepsen.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Simon.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16 at the Gabel-Dunn Funeral Home Ltd. 102 S. Johnson St., Newark, IL., 60541-0623, phone 815-695-5131.. Funeral services will be held 2p.m. Thursday at the Newark Lutheran Church with Pastor Luke Emerson officiating. Interment will be at the West Lisbon Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Greg Wickens, Matt Wickens, Clyde Larson, Kevin Larson, Doug Reibel and Rob Robertson. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Larson and Kenny Larson.
Memorials may be directed to the Newark Lutheran Church or the donors choice.
www.dunnfamilyfuneralhome.com

William Eder
William G. Eder, 65 of Newark, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora. He was born on Feb. 26, 1949 in Chicago, the son of Valentine and Mildred (Vashula) Eder.
William was united in marriage on Aug. 29, 1971 to the former Miss Kathleen Thiele and they spent the next 42 years together. Mr. Eder spent many years in law enforcement and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He attended St. Patrick Catholic Church in Yorkville. Bill was a graduate of DePaul University and a member of its Alumni Association.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Eder of Newark; his children, Tracy (Matt) Ethridge of Oswego, Matthew Eder of Newark, Mark Eder of Albuquerque, NM, and Kristin (James) Weiss of Auburndale, WI; his nine grandchildren, Cassandra, Britney, Dylan, Patrick, Ryan, Adam, Austin, Savannah, and Jonathan; his sister, Janet Eder; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Valentine and Mildred Eder; and his sister, Kathryn Chvojcsek.
A Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, July 12 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 406 Walnut St., Yorkville with Father Michael Callea, M.I.C., officiating. Interment was private.
Visitation was held Friday, July 11 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1617 N. Bridge St. (formerly 410 E. Countryside Parkway) in Yorkville.
Memorials in Bill’s name may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, 630-553-7611 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com.

Gerald Vogen
Gerald J. Vogen, 90, of rural Newark, died Saturday morning, July 12, 2014 at Walnut Grove Village in Morris.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 16 at Stavanger Lutheran Church with Rev. Philip Peterson officiating. Interment followed in Stavanger Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation was held Tuesday, July 15 at Fruland Funeral Home, 121 W. Jefferson St., in Morris.
Born Oct. 29, 1923 in Newark, he was the son of Thor and Blanche (Fruland) Vogen. He graduated from Newark High School with the Class of 1941.
Gerald married Shirley Tesdal on Oct. 25, 1947. For all of their married life they farmed south of Newark.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; two sons, Jeff (Kathy) Vogen of Morris and Greg (Julie) Vogen of Manhattan; four grandchildren, Jessica, Max, Renee and Nathan Vogen; sister-in-law, Mary Alice Vogen of Morris; brother-in-law, Harry Todman of Westchester; special godchild Lisa Miller of DeKalb; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Lloyd and Russell Vogen; one sister, Beatrice Thomas.
He was a member of the Stavanger Lutheran Church, Grundy County Farm Bureau, life time member of NRA, charter member of the Fern Dell Historical Association and former Boy Scout leader for Newark Troop 42.
He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.
Memorials may be given to Stavanger Lutheran Church.
For more information, call the funeral home at 815-942-0700 or sign the private online guestbook at
www.frulandfuneralhome.com.

Robert Murphy
Robert R Murphy, 77, of Montgomery, died suddenly on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora. He was born July 14, 1936 in Streator, the son of the late Roy J and Ann M nee Repyak Murphy.
Bob was employed as a baker since he was 18 years old working at Rainbow and Colonial Bakeries in Aurora and Metz Bakery in Chicago prior to his retirement in 2001.
Bob is survived by his wife, Cindy nee Wagner Murphy; two sons, Jason (Linda) Murphy and Steve (Jessica) Murphy both of Streator; nine grandchildren and a sister, Ruth Snyder of Streator.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Thursday, July 17 from 5 to 7 p.m at the Dunn Family Funeral Home with Crematory, 1801 Douglas Road Oswego. Cremation was accorded the wish of the family.
Memorials may be directed to the Murphy Family, PO Box 665, Oswego, IL 60543.
For additional information
www.dunnfamilyfuneralhome.com
or 630/554-3888.

Gerald Townsend
Gerald “Jerry” Vernon Townsend, 65, of Oswego, godfather to two god children, David Ryan and Christopher D. Huntoon, died peacefully on Tuesday July 8, 2014. He was born May 30, 1949 in Aurora the son of the late Vernon and Lorraine (Seifen) Townsend.
A talented horseman in his early years, he began working at Huntoon Stables in Sugar Grovefor Howard Huntoon. His enjoyment and involvement with the horses continued throughout his life with many successes in the show ring and a never ending love of the horse. He was the first lifelong member of The Illinois American Saddlebred Horse Association and helped to form the advent of many of the shows in the Midwest area that are flourishing to this day. He was still a weekly visitor to the stable where he got his start and was well known for his pocketful of butterscotch that he would share with his favorite four legged friends. Though very talented with the horses, Jerry decided to make the horses a passion and hobby.
He took a few jobs in his early years, including working at his father’s (Vernon Townsend) service station in Aurora as a shop assistant and attendant. He ultimately ended up taking up work at Caterpillar Inc. Jerry worked at Caterpillar for over 30 years as a heat treat specialist in the Aurora plant, retiring in 2001. Being an animal lover all of his life, it was only natural that he took to dogs as well as horses. He was an owner, breeder and talented exhibitor of several Irish Water Spaniels over the years. He took pride in his care of the dogs he owned over his lifetime and they truly became some of his very best companions. Many of the dogs he owned and showed went on to win awards locally and nationally, also earning the title on several occasions of a certified therapy dog. Though well known for keeping to himself, those who he befriended and who were lucky enough to get to know him better knew what an avid kidder he was. He enjoyed his dry sense of humor and it was not lost on those close to him. He is survived by 19 cousins who all enjoyed his company annually for many years at “cousin’s night out”. Jerry knew just how to keep everyone in stitches with his humor, often with a straight face.
Jerry is survived by an aunt, Arlene (Nicholas) Seifen; his cousins, Dennis (Sherry) Welter, Marybeth (David) Jebens, Thomas (Carol) Welter, Nanette Lock, Carol Seidelman, Jacqulynne Madigan, Cassandra Daneau, Patricia (Thomas) Ryan, Kathleen Vick, Daniel (Donna) Heimann, Elizabeth (George) Little, James (Karla) Heimann, Cathie Seifen, William (Carole) Seifen and James (Pamela) Seifen.
In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded by his cousins, Peter Daneau, Mary (Daneau) Pass, William Heimann and Nicholas Seifen, Jr.
Visitation will be held from 4- 8 p.m. on Friday, July 18 at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 19 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 406 Walnut St., Yorkville. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Saddlebred Rescue, INC., 6 Meadow Cliff Lane, Hardwick, NJ, 07825, in honor of Jerry, or the Irish Water Spaniel Club of America, 18815 Porterfield Way, Germantown, MD 20874.
For further information, please call 630-897-9291 or visit the website at www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.

June Anderson
June Elizabeth Anderson, 88, of Oswego died surrounded by her family on July 14, 2014. She was born on Sept. 3, 1925 in Oak Park, IL the daughter of Henry and Jessie Kehres.
As a young teenager June accepted Jesus Christ as her eternal Savior. She was raised in LaGrange Park, IL where she met her childhood sweetheart Donald Anderson. They were married at LaGrange Baptist Church in 1950. In 1961 the couple moved to Oswego to raise their family.
June became very involved with Oswego Baptist Church where she was the church secretary for 10 years. She was a talented pianist and cellist and was an extremely talented oil painter. She enjoyed gardening and traveling and loved the outdoors. June was dedicated and committed to her faith and was a very active member of Harvest Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years Donald; her son, Larry (Peggy) Anderson; grandchildren, Blair (Jeff) Diggle, Jamie (Brian) Hartsell, Melissa (Tom) Brown, and Ryan (Kaitlin) Anderson and great-grandchildren, Luke, Logan and Lincoln Diggle, Macy Hartsell, Michael and Kyle Brown, Evelyn Anderson and one on the way.
She is preceded in death by her parents and daughter Roberta Jean Anderson.
Family will be receiving guests on Saturday, July 19from 3 to 7 p.m. at Harvest Baptist Church, 5315 Douglas Rd., Oswego, IL 60534. Funeral service will be on Sunday, July 20 at 2 p.m. at Harvest Baptist with interment following at Lincoln Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Harvest Baptist Church, 5315 Douglas Rd. Oswego, IL 60543.
Dieterle Memorial Home 630-897-1196
www.dieterlememorialhome.com

Alison Fitzgerald
Alison Rae Fitzgerald, 51, of Yorkville, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at the University of Chicago Medical Center in Chicago. She was born on March 21, 1963 in Chicago Heights, the daughter of Edward and Marjorie (Redmon) Fitzgerald.
Alison was employed for many years as an administrative assistant in telecommunications at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia.
She was a member of Yorkville Congregational United Church of Christ. She enjoyed making and decorating cakes for her family and friends.
She is survived by her daughters, Marjorie Fitzgerald of Yorkville and Audrey Fitzgerald of Yorkville; a grandson almost here; two brothers, Edward Fitzgerald of South Bend, IN and Patrick Fitzgerald of Shorewood; two sisters, Patricia Fitzgerald of Mendota and Robinne (Earl) Splitt of Mendota; her fiancé, David Patterson of Yorkville; and his son, Mathew Patterson of Yorkville; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 20 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1617 N. Bridge St. (Rt. 47), Yorkville, with Pastor Mark Gregory officiating. Interment will be private.
Friends may visit from 4 until 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, 630-553-7611 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com.

Dawn Engstrom
Dawn D. Engstrom, 83, formerly of Warrenville currently of Sandwich died July 10, 2014.
She was the mother of Daniel S. (Dorothy) McMinn, Kevin D. (Cheri) McMinn, and Deanna D. (Richard) Novicki; grandmother of Ryan, Kelly, Eric, Amanda, Cheryl, Billy, April and Tina and great-grandmother of Cody Courtney, Katerina, Aidan, Collin, Bryce, Nathan, Travis, Dillon and Alan; sister of Charles Franciscy and Emily Kromat.
She was preceded in death by her sons Alan V. McMinn and David L. McMinn, grandchild Sheila Lynn Purtell and brothers Rudolph, Paul and George Franciscy.
Dawn worked as DuPage County Matron, for District 203 in Naperville, for Unysis, and for Target.
Memorial Visitation Thursday July 17, from 3 p.m. until time of service 6:30 p.m. at Community Baptist Church, 28W444 Main St., Warrenville, IL 60555 (630) 393-9609.
Info at www.williams-kampp.com
or 630-668-0016.

William Eder
William G. Eder, 65, of Newark, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora. He was born on Feb. 26, 1949 in Chicago, the son of Valentine and Mildred (Vashula) Eder.
William was united in marriage on Aug. 29, 1971 to the former Miss Kathleen Thiele and they spent the next 42 years together. Mr. Eder spent many years in law enforcement and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He attended St. Patrick Catholic Church in Yorkville. Bill was a graduate of DePaul University and a member of its Alumni Association.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Eder of Newark; his children, Tracy (Matt) Ethridge of Oswego, Matthew Eder of Newark, Mark Eder of Albuquerque, NM, and Kristin (James) Weiss of Auburndale, WI; his nine grandchildren, Cassandra, Britney, Dylan, Patrick, Ryan, Adam, Austin, Savannah, and Jonathan; his sister, Janet Eder; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Valentine and Mildred Eder; and his sister, Kathryn Chvojcsek.
A Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, July 12 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 406 Walnut St., Yorkville with Father Michael Callea, M.I.C., officiating. Interment was private.
Visitation was held Friday, July 11 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1617 N. Bridge St. (formerly 410 E. Countryside Parkway) in Yorkville.
Memorials in Bill’s name may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, 630-553-7611 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com.

Gerald Vogen
Gerald J. Vogen, 90, of rural Newark, died Saturday morning, July 12, 2014 at Walnut Grove Village in Morris.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 16 at Stavanger Lutheran Church with Rev. Philip Peterson officiating. Interment followed in Stavanger Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation was held Tuesday, July 15 at Fruland Funeral Home, 121 W. Jefferson St., in Morris.
Born Oct. 29, 1923 in Newark, he was the son of Thor and Blanche (Fruland) Vogen. He graduated from Newark High School with the Class of 1941.
Gerald married Shirley Tesdal on Oct. 25, 1947. For all of their married life they farmed south of Newark.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; two sons, Jeff (Kathy) Vogen of Morris and Greg (Julie) Vogen of Manhattan; four grandchildren, Jessica, Max, Renee and Nathan Vogen; sister-in-law, Mary Alice Vogen of Morris; brother-in-law, Harry Todman of Westchester; special godchild Lisa Miller of DeKalb; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Lloyd and Russell Vogen; one sister, Beatrice Thomas.
He was a member of the Stavanger Lutheran Church, Grundy County Farm Bureau, life time member of NRA, charter member of the Fern Dell Historical Association and former Boy Scout leader for Newark Troop 42.
He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.
Memorials may be given to Stavanger Lutheran Church.
For more information, call the funeral home at 815-942-0700 or sign the private online guestbook at
www.frulandfuneralhome.com.