Carolyn A. Herren, 79, of Bristol, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at her home. She was born on Feb. 19, 1935 in Chicago, the daughter of Hans and Gertrude (Kalb) Hinsch.
Carolyn was united in marriage on Aug. 11, 1956 to Gene Herren and they spent the next 35 years together until his passing on Aug. 20, 1991.
Carolyn was a 1952 graduate of the Carl Schurz High School in Chicago. In 1956 she received a bachelor’s degree in education from Northern Illinois University. Mrs. Herren was a longtime member of the Yorkville Congregational United Church of Christ in Yorkville.
Carolyn, along with her husband, owned and operated the Asparagus Crate in Bristol, and Herren’s Electrical and Plumbing. She was formerly the Bristol Baste and Bake 4-H Leader as well as a member of the Kendall County Farm Bureau and Heifer International. Carolyn was an avid traveler having visited all the continents. Carolyn also enjoyed gardening.
She lived her life for her family and they were her proudest accomplishment in life and cherished them unconditionally. She will live on through them and their accomplishments in their lives.
Carolyn is survived by her children, Susan Kay Herren of Bellville and her child, Xi Tian, Jennifer Herren-Hamman of Sheridan and her children, Cassidy, Gene, Mitchell, and Jada, and Michael (Kourtney) Herren of Sheridan and their children, Jalyne and Kendall; her sister, Gertrude Hinsch of Thonotosassa, FL; as well as Rodi and Hunter, her beloved canine companions.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 1 at the Yorkville Congregational United Church of Christ, 409 Center Pkwy., Yorkville, with Pastor Mark Gregory officiating. Interment was private in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Bristol.
Visitation was held Friday, Feb. 28, at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 410 E. Countryside Pkwy., Yorkville.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, 630-553-7611
Leslie E. Shepard, 88, of Sheridan died Feb. 16, 2014 at his home. He was born on Dec, 22, 1925 in Henry Il. to the late Walter and Bessie ( Beckley ) Shepard.
He was a farmer, worked for Western Electric and for the Burlington Railroad. He served in World War II with the US. Marine Corps.
He is survived by his daughter Julia Shepard of Crystal Lake; a son, Leslie (Becky) Shepard of Ottawa; a sister, Lucille Blazek of Leland; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Donald.
No funeral services are planned. Interment of ashes will take place at a later date at Little Indian Cemetery Leland.
Services were provided by Beverage family Funeral Home, Sandwich.
Francis E. Johnson, 87, of Sandwich died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich. He was born May 14, 1926 in Danway, IL the son of Edwin and Minnie (Schank) Johnson.
He married Wilma Johnson on Jan. 25, 1948 at St. Petrie Lutheran Church in Baker.
Francis was a member of St. Petrie Lutheran Church where he taught Sunday School. He farmed his entire life. Other jobs he had throughout his life included, bus driver, working at Kleen-Lay, driving a truck for Lowell Sampson and cleaning at both the Somonauk Bank and Yorkville Schools. He was a tireless worker.
He is survived by wife, Wilma of Leland; one daughter, Pamela (Barry) Whitcraft of Leland; one son, Ken (Barb) Johnson of Yorkville; six grandchildren, Jeff, Dan (Kelly), Jenni, Greg (Candy), T.J. (Andrea) and Matt; six great grandchildren, Emily, Abby, Jordan, Cole, Brooke and Grayson; one brother, Roger Johnson of Colorado Springs, CO.
He was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, Willard, Floyd, Alford, Elmer, Donald, Delbert and Earl.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 1 at St. Petrie Lutheran Church in Baker with Pastor Gerald Steele officiating. Burial followed in Baker Cemetery in Baker. Visitation was held prior to the service on Saturday, March 1 at the church in Baker.
Memorials may be directed to St. Petrie Lutheran Church or Baker Cemetery. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to
Daniel “Pete” Sinetos, 56, of Somonauk, dies unexpectedly Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at Valley West Hospital in Sandwich. He was born July 23, 1957 in Chicago, to Daniel and Patricia (Scherer) Sinetos.
He was a graduate of Glenbard East High School. Pete was a longtime mason, owned his own masonry business for many years, and was a self-proclaimed “Artiste” when it came to bricklaying. He enjoyed cooking and get-togethers with family, especially his grandkids
He is survived by the love of his life Jan Knudsen; two sons Nick (Kristal) Sinetos of Leland and Phil (Kristine) Sinetos of Sandwich; two stepchildren Stacy (Mike) Gianino of Anna, TX and Byron (Ashley) Knudsen of Dunlap IL; one daughter Tania (Troy) Kern of Sandwich; 14 grandchildren: Jordan, Jazlynn, Jenna, Jaden, Austin, Alexis, Aiden, Lucah, Claire, Ava, Samantha, Kody, Kadin, and Kai; his father Daniel (Cheryl) Sinetos of Vero Beach, FL; one brother, Andrew Sinetos of Aurora; two sisters Penny (James ”Jr.”) Wilds of Winfield and Elizabeth (Dan) Weigel of Yorkville; and several aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many amazing friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia, and two grandsons, Ashton and Silas.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 at Harvest Chapel Church, 725 South County Line Road Sandwich. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 7 at Harvest Chapel Church. Burial will follow in St. Johns Catholic Cemetery in Somonauk.
Memorials may be directed to Pete Sinetos Bereavement Fund c/o Heartland Bank, 21 Gletty Rd. Sandwich, IL 60548. For more information or sign the online guestbook, go to
Eugene C. McClernon, 85, of Yorkville, died on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at Season’s Hospice in Naperville. He was born on April 4, 1928 in Wedron, the son of Harry and Margaret (Kenefick) McClernon.
Gene was united in marriage on May 8, 1954 in Aurora to Miss Julia R. Reynolds and they spent the next 60 years together. He was employed, for many years, as a US Mail Carrier for the United States Postal Service in North Aurora.
Mr. McClernon was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Yorkville. He was also a member of the Aurora Moose Lodge 400.
Gene is survived by his wife, Julia McClernon, Yorkville; his children, Carol (Al) Barake, Danville, CA, William H. McClernon, Downers Grove, Kathleen (Michael) Mayton, Yorkville, Julie M. McClernon, DeKalb, and Irene (Andy) Knight, Carterville, IL; seven grandchildren, Katherine, Christine, Jessica, Scott, Julia, Andrea, and Rachel; six great-grandchildren Mathieu, Alexandre, Ava, Natalie, Madalyn, and Brayden; his brothers, William McClernon and Roy (Pam) McClernon both of Aurora, IL; his sisters, Eileen (Arnold) Pillatsch, Jefferson City, MO and Patricia (Donald) Horyan, Sandwich; also many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Margaret McClernon; six brothers, Leo, James, Mike, Harry, Tom, and Joe McClernon; and two sisters, Rosemary Yanek and Ruth Neu.
A Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, March 1 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 406 Walnut St., Yorkville with Father Matthew Lamoureux, M.I.C. officiating. Interment will follow in the River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia.
Visitation was held Friday, Feb. 28 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 410 E. Countryside Pkwy. in Yorkville.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, 630-553-7611 or
Herman Bandemier, 75, of Plano, died Feb. 24, 2014.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Land) Bandemier; five children, Rocky Bandemier of Chicago, Betty Heneghan (John) of Chicago, Stephen Bandemier (Debbie) of Chicago, and Gary Bandemier of Plano; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Bandemier.
There will be no services, per Herman’s wishes.
Leonard E. Kolka, 89, of Plano, died on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. He was born on Oct. 23, 1924 in Chicago, the son of Edward F. and Libby (Belsan) Kolka.
Len was united in marriage on Feb. 12, 1977 to the former Miss Carol Hermanek and the spent the next 37 years together.
Mr. Kolka served his country proudly in the United States Navy during World War II. He farmed in the Plano area for many years. Mr. Kolka was a member of the Plano American Legion Post 395. Len and his wife enjoyed traveling throughout the country.
Len is survived by his wife, Carol Kolka of Plano; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Libby Kolka; his brother, Edward F. Kolka Jr. and his sister, Elaine Mure.
Private Services were held at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1010 W. South St. in Plano.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, 630-552-7211 or
Richard “Dick” Logue, Sr., 80, of Montgomery died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora. He was born on Sept, 22, 1933 in Aurora; son of the late George and Ruth (Ogg) Logue.
Dick served his country during the Korean Conflict in the US Navy. He lived his life in Aurora and the last 10 years in Marseilles. He was an avid bowler, drag racer and then a drag racing fan, Cubs fan, and CB Radio user with the handle “The Incredible Hulk.”
His family members include his sons, Richard Jr. (Beth) Logue of Montgomery and Todd Logue of Yorkville; his grandchildren, Kristi (Brian) Ziegler, Nicholas Logue, Brittany (Dan) Tanzer, Michael (Brittany) Logue and Justin (Terra) Logue; his great-grandchildren: Amber, Lucas, Paige, Gavin, Wyatt, Jonah and Anthony Logue.
Memorial services were held Sunday, March 2 at Dieterle Memorial Home in Montgomery, Visitation preceded the service.
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Kenneth A. Rowe, 94, died on March 1, 2014 at Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, Naperville. Ken was born Feb. 5, 1920 in Aurora.
He attended Beaupre Elementary, Center School, K.D. Waldo Junior High, and East Aurora High School. He was member of the Tomcats basketball team during his junior and senior years. He graduated in 1939.
In 1940, Ken married Maxine Horley.
Upon his high school graduation, Ken began an apprenticeship in painting and decorating with his uncle, Harold Elliott. He worked in the trade for 44 years. He was a life member of The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Local 448 of Aurora, where he served as treasurer, trustee, and as a delegate, as well as on various other committees. During his career, he worked for several local contractors, and as a maintenance painter for Mooseheart Child City, where he retired from in 1982. He also was a life member of the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades in Washington, D.C.
Ken was a member of First Street United Methodist Church, Aurora. He sang in the choir, and also served as a trustee, an usher, and was a member of the building committee
Ken served his country in the U. S. Navy during World War II, as a parachute rigger in Naval Aviation at Edenton, N.C. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
He loved fishing, and enjoyed playing softball and baseball. He was an avid bowler, bowling with leagues at St. Paul’s Lutheran, Parkside Lanes, and the Owls of Valley Bowl.
Ken was a diehard Cubs and Bears fan, and a faithful East Aurora Tomcat fan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Pearl, his daughter Betty Sue, his brother Willard, and his wife, Maxine, to whom he was happily married to for 64 years.
He is survived by three daughters, Donna (Ron) Hatch of Oswego; Betsy Hornyan, of Sycamore; and Kristine (Wayne) Millen, of Mechanicsville, MD; 8 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 4 at Dieterle Memorial Home in Montgomery. Burial will follow at Lincoln Memorial Park. Visitation was held Monday evening at Dieterle Memorial Home in Montgomery. To sign the online guestbook www.dieterlememorialhome.com
Dorine Kay (George) Bundrick, 71, of Oswego, died on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at 10:05 p.m. She was born in San Diego, Cal., the daughter of the late James and Dorothy George.
She attended the Belvidere School system until her family moved to Dekalb. She graduated from Dekalb High School in 1961.
She is survived by her husband, Arthur of 48 years; one daughter, Pam Bronkema of Montgomery and son-in-law Tom Bronkema and one grandson Tommy Bronkema. and a brother, James (“Bert”) of Oak Ridge, Tenn.
There will be no memorial service. She will be cremated according to her wishes.
She resided at Tillers Nursing Home and Countryside Care Centre on and off the past two years. Contributions in her memory can be donated to Tillers Nursing Home (630-554-0001) or Countryside Care Centre (630-896-4686.
Dean E. Northup, 92, of Montgomery, died at 6:42 p.m., Jan. 23, 2014 at Rush Copley Hospital, surrounded by his family.
He is survived by his son, Donald (Sharon) Northup and his daughter Linda Northup Brauer Smith, his four granddaughters Tami (Justin) Butler, Heather (Michael) Stolarek, Dawn Brauer, and Holly (Ed) Fowler, his great-grandchildren, Justin, Johnathan and Shayla Butler, Mason and Miley Brauer, Ian and Aaron Fowler and Caitlyn Stolarek, one sister-in-law, Helen Northup as well as many nieces and nephews.
Dean was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Verdell Damschen Northup, his father Archie Northup, his mother Myrtle Johnson Northup, two brothers and two sisters.
Dean was discharged from the Air Force on Oct. 16, 1945 and married the love of his life on Nov. 4, 1945. He and his wife owned and operated Northup Auto Body Shop, he later worked for several auto body shops, retiring with Lee Body Shop in Aurora in 1965. At that time they bought and ran Shady Lane Cottages on Delavan Lake in Wisconsin for 10 years. It was a family venture. After giving their patrons free pontoon sailboat rides, speed boat trips around the lake and free use of rowboats for fishing and fun, they sold the resort. They next started up and ran Northup Appliance Repair on Ashland Avenue. They later moved the business to Binder Street where they could live above it. In 1995 he closed the doors of the shop but friends and family continued to bring him vacuums, toasters, and much more to repair for many years. He continued to repair and sell lawn mowers, snow blowers and more from the front yard of his home on Fernwood in Montgomery.
Dean was an active member of school PTA’s, Boy Scout Leader, band booster and square danced for 20 years. He actively went to senior centers in Aurora, Montgomery and Oswego for many years where he acquired many friends. He was a life member of VFW Post 7452 in Montgomery.
Visitation was Tuesday; Jan. 28 from at Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway Ave. Montgomery, IL 60538. Private graveside services were held at Riverside Cemetery, Montgomery, IL.
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Richard A. Tuttle, 67, of DeKalb, died on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born on May 16, 1946 in Sandwich, the son of Frank and Roberta (Simpson) Tuttle.
Mr. Tuttle was employed for 37 years by Caterpillar, Inc. in Aurora. He was a member of both the Aurora Moose and the U.A. W.
Richard is survived by his children, Anthony (Ginger) Tuttle of Steward, Christopher (Jaime) Tuttle of Yorkville, and Ginger (Joel) Fox of Malta; his seven grandchildren, Trevor Fox, Morgan Tuttle, Delia Fox, Riley Tuttle, Sophie Fox, Emily Tuttle and Hayden Fox; his sister, Lois Wells of Earlville; several nieces and nephews; as well as the mother of his children, Linda Helin of DeKalb.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Roberta Tuttle and his daughter, Michelle Tuttle in infancy.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 5 at the Nash-Nelson Funeral Home, 1001 E. Garfield St. in Waterman, IL. Private interment will take place at a later date in the Precinct Cemetery in Earlville.
Visitation was held prior to the service on Wednesday, March 5 at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, 815-264-3362 or
Carolyn Ruth Smith (Wells), 87, of Sandwich and Batavia died on Monday, March 3, 2014 at her home at The Holmstad in Batavia. Carolyn was born on Oct. 8, 1926 in Bonnie, Ill., the second eldest of six children.
Carolyn was united in marriage to her husband Glenn Delbert Smith on Nov. 7, 1942 and they spend the next 68 years together before Glenn’s death on Feb. 13, 2011. Carolyn and Glenn had two children, a son (Larry D. Smith) and a daughter (Shirley Izaquirre).
Carolyn was a long time member of the Claim Street Baptist Church in Aurora and Cornerstone Church in Sandwich. She was an active volunteer in church and community activities and spent many years as part of various church choirs. She also had a varied and interesting work life including running the kitchen at Edward Hospital in the 1960’s, owning and running a Sugar Grove restaurant with Glenn, running the office for her daughter’s business in Laguna Beach, and making bathing suits for Catalina swim wear in California.
Carolyn was always full of life, had seemingly endless energy and a great sense of humor. She was a big fan of her son Larry’s fast pitch ball games, always willing to lend advice to the home plate umpire.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband Glenn, her parents Aven and Luetta Wells, her four brothers Harold, Luther, Paul, and Lloyd and her sister Janet.
She is survived by her son Larry (Jeanne) of Somonauk; her daughter Shirley of Laguna Beach, CA; her five grandchildren, Larry Smith Jr. (Judy), Tony Villanova, Mike Smith (Kim), Matt Smith (Amy), Jennifer Schmidt (Oliver) and her 14 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 7 at the Nelson Funeral Home, 1275 S. County Line Road, Sandwich.
A Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 at Cornerstone Church, 17347 Pratt Road, Sandwich, with Pastor Paul Banister officiating. Interment will follow in Oakridge Cemetery, Sandwich.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (815)786-6461 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com