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Arnold “Arnie” Allen Bark, 72, of Somonauk died Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb. He was born Aug. 8, 1942 in Sandwich, the son of William Arnold and Esther Virginia (Belden) Bark.
He married Mary Ann Hanouw on Sept. 11, 1965 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Leland. Arnie worked for 10 years at CTS, assisted with Hollen’s move to the new building, worked at Aurora Cord and Cable and spent 10 great years with New Idea. His last and favorite position was as a grounds keeper at the Sandwich fair grounds. In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking, making cut outs of names for many people. He put together many model cars and could draw anything. Arnie’s greatest love was his family.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann of Somonauk; one son, Gary Bark of Somonauk; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Donald.
Memorial Services will be held at a later date. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to
Deanna Marie Forth, 76, of Sheridan died Wednesday morning, Oct. 8, 2014 at her home. She was born Aug. 13, 1938 in Newark to Kermit and Frances (Brown) Phillips.
She married Roger Forth Sept. 8, 1957 in Sheridan. She had been a cashier at the Sheridan State Bank for several years and had then worked in the business office of the Sheridan Correctional Center until her retirement in 2002.
She is survived by her husband, Roger; her two daughters, Cathy Wiley of Sheridan, Cindy Forth of Ottawa; a granddaughter, Erin (John) Anderson of Serena and a great granddaughter Payton Anderson of Serena.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Orvan “Butch” Phillips; a son in-law, Paul Wiley and a granddaughter Jamie Jo Wiley.
A gathering of family and friends was held Friday, Oct. 10 at the Gabel-Dunn Funeral Home Ltd. in Sheridan. According to Deanna’s wishes, cremation services were accorded.
Memorials may be directed to the Sheridan Volunteer Ambulance Service.
Nicholas J. “Nick” Modaff Jr., 77, a lifelong resident of the Naperville area died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. He was born on Oct. 14, 1937 in Aurora.
He was a member of the Will County Farm Bureau and farmed in the Naperville-Plainfield area for many years. He was also on the board of Kendall County Pork Producers and Kendall County Fair board for many years. Nick was a volunteer for DuPage Coounty Fair volunteer for 50 plus years, and a 4-H leader for many years as well. Nick was a member of the DuPage County Senior Citizens Council and National Air Disaster Alliance foundation in Washington, D.C. Nick belonged to Holy Spirit Catholic Community Church in Naperville.
After retiring from farming he worked as a realtor for Coldwell-Banker Honig-Bell and was a member of the Three Rivers Realtors Association. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren participate in sports. Nick was an avid Chicago Bears and Chicago Blackhawks fan, and liked to watch the game with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Carole Modaff and four children, Kim Modaff of Sewickley, PA, Melissa Hayes of Sun City West, AZ, Betsy Modaff of Naperville, Jack (Tracy) Modaff of Naperville; six grandchildren, Erika (Nate) Bell, Courtney Elizabeth (Gregory) Benson, Brooke Collins, Jackson Modaff, Thomas Modaff, and Baylee Modaff; one great grandchild, Brinsley Grace Benson; his brothers and sisters. Joseph Modaff of Naperville, Carol (late husband, Phil) Weissinger of Big Rock, Edie (Ken) Brown of Hennepin, Dave (Liz) Modaff of Oswego, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, Nicholas J. Modaff Sr., his mother Alice (nee Meissinger) Modaff, his sister, Mary (nee Konder) Modaff and daughter, Sandi Modaff.
Visitation was held Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville. Services will begin Thursday, Oct. 16, 9:30 a.m. from the funeral home and will proceed to a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Spirit Catholic Community, 2003 Hassert Blvd. (corner of 111th St. and Book Rd.), Naperville. Interment: St. Mary Immaculate Cemetery, Plainfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to: Kendall County Fair Association Building Fund, P.O. Box 10826, Yorkville, IL 60560, www.kendallcountyfair.org
For more information, call (630) 355-0213 or visit www.friedrich-jones.com
Alvin Paul Klaeren, 86, of Newark died peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born Aug.28, 1928 in Elmhurst, the son of John L. and Elfriede (Gerhardt) Klaeren.
He married Carla E. Fladung on June 14, 1969 at the First United Methodist Church in Elmhurst. Alvin was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Sandwich and 1st United Methodist Church of Elmhurst. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. Alvin was a licensed architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects. He played semi-pro football with the Elmhurst Travelers and was inducted into the American Football Association Hall of Fame in 2005. Alvin also was an avid water ski jumper and belonged to the 100 foot club.
He is survived by his wife, Carla of Newark; one son, Chris (Kathy) Klaeren of Downers Grove; three grandchildren, Jonny, Danny and Eleni; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Robert, Herbert and Raymond.
A Celebration of Life will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Salem Lutheran Church in Sandwich with the Reverend Wayne Derber officiating. Burial will be private. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the church in Sandwich.
Memorials may be directed to The Alzheimer’s Association, Salem Lutheran Church of Sandwich or First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst. Arrangements were entrusted to Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Plano.
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Troy A. Yearton, 73, of Oswego, died at his home on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 after a year long battle with cancer. He was born April 13, 1941 in Checotah, OK, the son of Clyde and Minnie (Roberts) Yearton.
He married Joyce Peters on July 1, 1961 in Dundee. He was employed by Fox Valley Park District for 30 years as a mechanic and maintained the train at Black Berry Farms, retiring in 1998 as garage supervisor. He was well known in the horse community as a horseshoer for over 40 years. He was a long time member of Fox Valley Trail Riders, Illinois Valley Trail Riders and Illinois Stock Horse Association and the Moose Lodge in Yorkville. He loved horses, his farm in southern Illinois, fishing and spending time with his family especially his grandkids.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joyce; one daughter, Cindy (John) Lambert; two grandchildren, Rebecca and Ryan Lambert; two sisters, Bonnie (Jim) Wallace and Ruth Carlock; several nieces and nephews, to include Bill (Victoria) Yearton and their daughter, Emy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Joe and Bill Yearton and one brother in infancy.
Funeral services were held Monday, Oct, 13 at Dieterle Memorial Home with Rev. Ken Hall and Rodney Scott Ashley officiating. Burial followed in Lincoln Memorial Park in Aurora. Visitation was held Sunday, Oct. 12 at the funeral home 1120 S. Broadway, Montgomery.
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Carl Harvey, 83, of Ottawa, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 at his home in Ottawa.
Arrangements are pending at Ottawa Funeral Home and Crematory, 1111 LaSalle St., Ottawa IL 61350.
Susie Scott, 83, died peacefully at her home in Bolingbrook on Saturday Oct. 4, 2014. She was born on March 15, 1931 in LaGrange, Ga., as the youngest girl of 14 children to Ahas and Rose Thornton.
She joined Canaan Baptist Church at an early age and completed her education at East Depot High School in LaGrange. In her late teens, she moved to Pittsburgh and eventually to Chicago where on Sept. 11, 1954, she married her late husband Linette Scott.
Susie worked for most of her life as a personal assistant in Chicago, until the early seventies, when the family relocated to Wheaton and eventually Bolingbrook.
Susie enjoyed gardening, caring for her family, providing for those in need and sharing her fruits and labor with family and friends. She was an outstanding cook.
She is survived by her children Mildred Levette of San Diego, Denise McDonald of Bolingbrook, Dr. Tracy Scott (Denise) of Oswego; sisters, Odessa Eaton of Pittsburgh, Jewel Whitaker of Chicago, Mable Sims of LaGrange, Ga. and brothers, Howard Thornton (Francis) of Fort Myers, Fla., John Thornton (Edith) of Bolingbrook, and Alfred Thornton (Salista) of Maywood.
Susie was preceded in death by her husband Linette Scott, sisters Coza Fannin, Ardell Burton, Irene Whately, and brothers, Noble Thornton and TJ Thornton.
Susie was the proud grandmother of six grandchildren, Ajemola Levette, Ashante Levette, Mia Balgobin (Dr. Christopher), Tona McDonald, Dominique Scott and Alexis Scott. She also had seven great-grandchildren. Susie was an inspiration to many overcoming several medical challenges throughout her life, specifically Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Illinois Arthritis Foundation in the name of Susie Scott, 35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 226, Chicago, IL 60601. Please include “acknowledge family”
The Cremation Society of Illinois, was in charge of arrangements.
Gregory Glenn Oakes, 64, of Sandwich, died Oct. 7, 2014.
Dedicated to education and the arts, Greg worked at West Aurora High School as an art teacher for 35 years. An artist, who saw beauty all around him, he endeavored to expand his artistic abilities throughout his life by creating works of art using several media: printmaking, pottery, drawing and commercial design. Most recently he was awarded as an accomplished photographer.
Caring and generous, Greg devoted his life to his family, which was his greatest love and joy. His favorite moments throughout his life were family gatherings, particularly those where multiple generations gathered together. He was the father of three and grandfather of five. The family values instilled in him have and will be passed on for generations.
Steadfast in his faithfulness, he was a lifelong Christian.
Greg was husband to his wife of 43 years, Sandra Lee Oakes (nee Walkowiak) and father to Bryan Oakes, his wife Beth Brownlie and their children Alex, Spencer and Ian of Los Angeles, CA; Jeannine Oakes Daugherty and her wife Denise Oakes Daugherty of Chicago; and Benjamin Oakes, his wife Jennifer Oakes (nee Kramer) and their children McKenzie and Colten of Sandwich; his mother, Ruth Oakes, brother Ken Oakes and sister Beth Oakes Heath.
Visitation at Beverage Family Funeral Home in Sandwich was held on Monday Oct. 13, Funeral service at Harvest Chapel in Sandwich was held Tuesday Oct. 14. Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park Aurora.
Joan Carson died peacefully Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. She was born July 14, 1933, the daughter of Carl and Nellie (Bass) Carson.
She is survived by her daughter, Joni (White) Ryan and son-in-law, Phillip Ryan; sisters, Gloria Miller and Sue (Bob) Ackley; brothers, Dan (Orva) Carson and James (Kay) Carson; and 18 nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Bonnie (Bebe) Penrod; and nephew, Rick Hall.
She was a graduate of Maple Park High School and Northern Illinois University (NIU). She graduated with the highest of honors with a bachelor’s degree in geology from NIU.
She went on to teach eighth grade Earth Science at Plano Middle School for many years. She loved teaching because it was in the classroom that she could convey her love for science and her ability to inspire. She took her students on camping trips, entered them into science fairs and fully encouraged them to participate in her classroom. She set high expectations for her students, and the lucky ones accepted her challenge.
In 1984, she and her daughter moved to California. After spending several years working with adults with developmental disabilities, she opened her own adult residential care facility in February 1993. A few years later, she opened a second care facility.
Private services were held at Gardner Cemetery in Maple Park.
Richard E. Ramme, 71, of Oswego, died at his home on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. He was born on March 1, 1943 in Streator, IL the son of LaVon and Rosalie (Plesko) Ramme.
Richard was united in marriage on June 3, 1972 in Clifton, IL to the former Miss Janice K. Hansen and they spent the next 42 happy years together. Mr. Ramme was employed for many years as a communications repair technician.
Rich is survived by his wife, Janice Ramme of Oswego; his children, Aaron Ramme of Plano and Robin (Thomas) Burnett of Montgomery; his grandchildren, Clayton and Jocelyn Burnett; sisters, Shirley Chalkey of California, Deanna Huitt of California and Carol (Edgar) Redd of Texas; also several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, LaVon and Rosalie Ramme; also his brother-in-law, Terry Chalkey.
A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1617 N. Bridge St. in Yorkville. Interment will be private.
Visitation was held prior to the service Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, 630-553-7611
Marjorie Jean (Sampson-Lage) Kunkel, 89 of Yorkville died Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at Seasons Hospice in Naperville. She was born Aug. 31, 1925 in Aurora the daughter of Edward and Ethel (Albright) Sampson.
She married Donald Arthur Lage on Dec. 31, 1943 in Aurora. After his passing, she married Ivan Eugene Kunkel on Sept. 10, 1983 in Montgomery. Marjorie was a past member of the United Methodist Church in Montgomery. She enjoyed going ballroom dancing with Gene and spending the winters in their Texas home. After her retirement, Marjorie loved making arts and crafts and selling her creations. Most of all she loved her family.
She is survived by four sons, Arthur Lage (Susan) of Massachusetts, Gary Lage of Illinois, Neal (Sheila) Lage of Illinois and Craig (Teresa) Lage of Illinois; five grandchildren, Christopher (Jen) Lage of ME, Earlene Angell (Bob) of Iowa, Courtney Lage of IL, Donald (Deanna) Lage of Illinois, Aaron (Kristin) Lage of Illinois; 11 great grandchildren, Stephanie, Cedar, Rowan, Ashley, Jacob, Kendall, Brandon, Melissa, Jackson, Caden and Zachary; one great great grandson, Cash; one sister, Jacqueline Thayer of AZ; three step children, David and Martin Kunkel and Paula Byerly; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Donald and Gene; one grandson, Justin; one daughter-in-law, Michelle; two sisters, Lucille and Betty.
Memorial Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Church of the Good Shepherd at 5 W. Washington St. in Oswego with Pastor Phil Sheets officiating. Internment will be private at a later date. Visitation will be from 9a.m. until the time of service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the church.
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Marcella Mae Nicholson, 91, of Yorkville, formerly of both Joliet and Wilmington died peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 at the Alden of Waterford in Aurora. She had suffered complications of a severe stroke she had three weeks ago. She was born on Nov. 3, 1922 in Metcalf, IL the daughter of Sylvester and Zelma (Chaney) Hidlebaugh.
She was united in marriage on Sept. 18, 1942 at the First United Methodist Church in Dwight to John Nicholson and they spent 65 happy years together until his passing on Oct. 13, 2007. Marcella was a graduate of Wilmington High School. She was a long time member of the United Methodist Church in Wilmington, where she had served as its secretary. She was a Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 176 in Wilmington.
She is survived by her children, John (Barbara) Nicholson of Tucson, AZ, Charmaine Ann Grant-Utke of Goodwine, IL, Camille E. Nicholson of Oak Park, and Daniel Nicholson of Yorkville; her grandchildren, Kevin (Denise) Mitzit, Adrienne (Michael) West, Elisa (Roger) Knutsen, Michelle and Kristin Nicholson, Stephennie Sawyer, Robert Grant, Daniel, Victoria, Leslie, and Cassandra Nicholson; her eight great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; her sister, Norma Baker of Manhattan, IL; her sister-in-law, June Nicholson of Joliet; as well as several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Sylvester and Zelma Hidlebaugh; her husband, John Nicholson; her daughter and son-in-law, Pricilla and Curtis Moore; her siblings, Treva, Virgil, and Reba; as well as her son-in-law, Wayne Douglas Utke.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19 at Trinity Church United Methodist, 2505 Boomer Ln, Yorkville with Pastor Michael Stoner officiating. Interment will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery in Yorkville.
Friends may visit from 3 until 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1617 N. Bridge St., Yorkville.
Donald Wolsfelt, 82, of Montgomery, died peacefully at Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. He was born April 9, 1932 in Aurora, the son of Leo and Cynthia Wolsfelt.
Donald married Donna on May 1, 1954 and spent the next 55 happy years of their lives together until her passing on May 12, 2009.
Don graduated from West Aurora High School. He served his country in the US Army during the Korean War. He was the owner of Wolsfelt’s Floral Shop and served 15 years on the Board of Directors of the Allied Florist Association and served as President of Teleflora Wire Service. He and his wife founded Wolsfelt’s Victorian Bridals. In 2003 he and Donna were honored at the Chicago Field Museum with the prestigious DEBI award as the Outstanding Bridal Retailer of the Year.
Don was a member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon. He had a love for politics, serving locally and proudly attending many political events, as evidenced by the many photos and accolades in his office. He served as a trustee for 12 years for the Village of Montgomery; nine years as Legislative Aide for Sen. Forrest Etheredge and 12 years on the Board of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. Don was the recipient of the Kane County Republican Committeeman of the Year in 2011.
Many enjoyable memories were made with the family at home and while vacationing and boating on Castle Rock Lake in Wisconsin. In recent years, Don spent the winter in Arizona, where he made many friendships and could be found singing Broadway and classical music at various local venues. While Don had many lifetime accomplishments, he will mostly be remembered for always having a smile on his face, a song of love and joy in his heart, and as one who never missed an opportunity to help someone in need.
Don is survived by his son, Kevin (Stephanie) Wolsfelt and his daughters, Vicki Wolsfelt (Gary Rada) and Dawn Wolsfelt.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Donna Wolsfelt.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 from 2-6 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60506. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 325 E. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60505. Pastor Jeff Moore will officiate. Interment will be at River Hills Memorial Park with military honors.
Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, 55 E. Monroe St., Suite 3420, Chicago, IL 60603, www.diabetes.org or to Wayside Cross Ministries, 215 E. New York St., Aurora, IL 60505, www.waysidecross.org
For further information call 630-897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.