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Gary W. Wesson, 78, of Rochelle died at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on April 5, 1936 in Waterman, to the late Wilder and Mary Wesson.
Gary served his country with Illinois National Guard. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1958 and married his lifelong sweetheart Mavis Stanford on March 4, 1959 in Somonauk. He farmed in Leland and also worked and retired from Caterpillar, Montgomery.
He served as a deacon for the Somonauk Baptist Church in charge of the bus maintenance and continued as a deacon at Harvest Baptist Church in Hillcrest in the same capacity. He loved his church and taught Sunday School.
He is survived by his wife Mavis of Rochelle; his daughters, Carinne (William-Rob) Kuehl of Green Lake Wis, Kendra (Jim) Lemar of Sandwich; Glena (Chris) Thompson of Mendota and Tara (Steve) Tester of China; a sister, Sandra Seabright of Leland; two brothers, Joel (Gwendolyn) Wesson of Noble, OK and Thomas Wesson of Lombard; 18 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandchild Jotham Christensen and brother in-law Robert Seabright.
Private Burial has taken place in the family plot at Victor Cemetery in Leland on Friday Nov. 14. Public memorial service was held Monday Nov. 17 at the Harvest Baptist Church, 241 Scott Ave. Rochelle (Hillcrest).
Beverage Lyons Family Funeral Home 704 N. 6th St. Rochelle was in charge of services www.beveragelyonsfamilyfh.com
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Harvest Baptist Church.
Robert A. Flaar, 58, of Montgomery, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 at his residence. Robert was born June 4, 1956 in Galesburg, the son of Richard and Phyllis (Johnson) Flaar.
He married Charmaine Lorenz in Aurora, on Jan. 8, 1977. Robert loved dogs, photography, gardening, and woodworking.
He is surivived by his wife, Charmaine; son, Michael (Denise) and their children, Nate, Emma, and Aaron and son, Richard (Shawn) and their children, Oliver and Evan, and his brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, and many nieces and nephews.
Per family wishes cremation will be accorded, and a service and scattering of cremains will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.
Arrangements by Dunn Family Funeral Home with Crematory, 1801 S. Douglas Road, Oswego, IL 60543. For information: 630/554-3888 or www.dunnfamilyfuneralhome.com
Roy Forrest Wake, 33, of Newark, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 in DeKalb County. He was born Nov. 27, 1980 in Berwyn, he was the son of Roy F. and Kathryn (Lombardi) Wake.
Roy attended Minooka Grade School until his eighth grade graduation. He was home-schooled for his high school years while attending Joliet Junior College, receiving his high school diploma and associate’s degree in 1998. He later received his bachelor’s degree from Park University in Missouri.
He enlisted and served with the United States Air Force from 1999-2003 at Whiteman Air Force Base.
Roy was employed with VVF Services in Montgomery.
He enjoyed visiting the farm in Wisconsin, weightlifting, and working on his sports cars at his home. He was extremely devoted and loved by all his family and friends and would instantaneously help anyone of them.
He is survived by his parents, Roy and Kathryn of Minooka; siblings, Valnita (Donnie) Larsen of Morris; Adam Wake of Channahon; Matthew Wake, Seth Wake, and Kendall Wake, all of Minooka; one nephew, Victor Larsen of Morris; one aunt, Anita Kucera of Naperville, three cousins, and loving companion, Allysan Wielunski.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Roy and Mary Wake; his maternal grandparents, Fred and Vlasta Lombardi; and one brother, Frederick Wake.
Visitation was held on Sunday, Oct. 26, at the U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, located at 301 W. Washington St. in Morris. A Celebration of Roy’s Life was held at the funeral home on Monday, Oct. 27, with Pastor Steve Larson of First Baptist Church of Morris officiating. Full military honors were presented by the Morris Color Guard. Cremation rites were accorded.
Memorials in Roy’s name may be made to the family for later distribution to the charities of the family’s choice.
Arrangements by U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, 301 W Washington St., Morris, Illinois.
For further information visit the website at www.ucdaviscallahan.com or contact the funeral home at (815) 942-0084. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting the website.
Carole C. Graziano, 68, of Oswego, died peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 surrounded by her family at her residence. She was born June 1, 1946, in York, PA, the daughter of the late Frank and Betty C. nee Moore Altamore.
She was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Aurora.
Carole is survived by her husband, Guy S. Graziano, Jr. of Oswego; daughters Gina M. (Mike) Ulaszek and Gale A. (Richard) Schramm; grandchildren Christina M. Origel, Joey A. Origel, Natalie M. Ulaszek, brothers Vincent (Sandy) Altamore, Fred (Barb) Altamore, Chuck (Karen) Altamore, and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held on Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Dunn Family Funeral Home with Crematory, 1801 S. Douglas Road, Oswego. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, Nov. 17, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 701 S. Eola Road, Aurora. Burial was private.
Memorials in Carole’s honor may be made to The American Cancer Society, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1210, Chicago, IL 60601.
For information: 630-554-3888 or www.dunnfamilyfuneralhome.com
Myles E. Hughes, 81, of Plano died Nov. 10, 2014 at Willow Crest Nursing Pavillion in Sandwich.
He was a graduate of Mooseheart including two years of ROTC. He did some farming in his early years and worked at McKee Door for over 35 years.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years Cora (Hyte) Hughes; one daughter, Terri (Albert) Sanmann, three grandchildren, Amanda (Thomas) Peverill Jr. of Ohio; twins, Benjamin of Ohio and Brandon Sanmann of Sandwich; two great grandchildren, Thomas III, Austin, Peverill and new baby Peverill due in December.
He was preceded in death by his parents Tillie and stepfather Glenn Swenson and birth father, Charley Hughes, and brother Charles and sister Dorothy.
There will be no funeral service. Interment will be private at South Burlington Cemetery, Burlington, IL. Arrangements by Beverage Family Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion LTD or Open Door Rehabilitation Center in Sandwich.
Victoria Jean Fowler, 57, of Plano, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at Edwards Hospital in Naperville. She was born on Jan. 25, 1957 in Minneapolis, MN, the daughter of Eugene and Marilyn (Puckett) Pillifant.
Victoria was united in marriage on May 4, 1984 to J. Scott Fowler and they spent the next 30 happy years together. She was employed for many years as the design engineer at the Falex Corporation in Sugar Grove. Mrs. Fowler attended Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sandwich. She enjoyed scrapbooking with her family and friends at the Peddler’s Den in Somonauk.
She is survived by her husband, Scott Fowler of Plano; her children, Madison Fowler of St. Louis, MO, Jakob Fowler of Plano and James Fowler who is attending his third year of medical school in Columbus, OH; her brother, Kevin (Kim) Pillifant of Wisconsin; and her sister, Kathleen (Robert) Brysiewicz of Elgin; as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Marilyn Pillifant; and her brother, Douglas Pillifant.
A memorial service was held Friday, Nov. 14 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1010 W. South St., Plano with Pastor Wayne Derber officiating. Interment was private. Visitation was held prior to the service Nov. 14 at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (630)552-7211 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com.
Lucas Jacob Rowley, the 10-day-old son of Douglas Paul and Susan (Morrow) Rowley died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. He was born on Nov. 1, 2014 in Aurora.
He is survived by his parents; his grandparents, Lyn and Ken Rowley of Warrenville and Steve and Sherry Yannias of Glen Ellyn; his uncle, Scott Morrow; his aunt, Gwen (Tim) Johnson; and his four cousins, Lia, Ellie, Zeke, and Anna.
A funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1617 N. Bridge St, Yorkville with Pastor Damian McCrink officiating. Interment followed in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Bristol. Visitation was held prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to his family.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (630)553-7611 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com.
Rebecca (Becky) Ann (Ross) Baumann, 53, of Yorkville died Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 at Seasons Hospice, Naperville.
The Aurora native was a retired nurse, a bowling fanatic and a board member of the Greater Aurora USBC Bowling Association. She competed in numerous local, state and national bowling tournaments.
She was a daughter of the late Arnold Frederick Ross and the late Ellen Jean Baker Ross.
Becky is survived by her husband, Jeff Baumann,Yorkville; her sons, Brandon Baumann (Valerie) of Geneva, Jeremy Baumann (Melissa) of Oswego; her brothers, Tony Ross (Nancy) of Hot Springs Village, Ark. and Tim Ross (Brenda), of Racine, Wis.; sisters, Dee Page (Bill) of Oklahoma City, OK. and Bonnie Meador of Scottsville, KY. ; grandson Liam Baumann; a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews; brother-in- laws, Terry (Kathy) Baumann of Oswego, Dave (Charlene) Baumann of Montgomery and Dennis (Lara) Baumann, Oswego.
She was preceded in death by brothers Arnold Frederick Ross Jr. and Ron Ross; sister, Nancy Riise, brother-in law, Gary Lee Baumann and her father and mother-in-law Robert Charles and Mary Alice (Neu) Baumann Jr.
Cremation was chosen.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Nov. 15 at New Song Community Church with Pastor Jason Dail officiating.
Ronald D. (Nudie) Tinsley, 69, of Aurora died Nov. 10, 2014 at Alden’s of Waterford, Aurora. He was born on July 26, 1945 in Aurora, to the late Clinton and Evelyn Tinsley.
He worked for several construction companies as a concrete finisher.
He is survived by his spouse, Lee Goblet of Aurora; daughter, Jennifer (Brian) Osborn of Owasso, OK; son, Ronald Tinsley of Aurora; two sisters, Sandra (Larry) Miller of Aurora and Carolyn Ratz of Alabama; brothers, Leroy Strandell of Leland, IA and Clifford Tinsley of Aurora; three grandchildren, Mackenzie, Madeline and Kellen.
He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Donald and Charles Tinsley.
Memorial service will be held at a later date. Services by the Beverage Family Funeral Homes Sandwich,
Walter Harold Kupp, 89, of Plano, died on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 at Pine Acres Rehabilitation and Living Center in DeKalb. He was born on June 21, 1925 in Columbus, NE, the son of Gotlieb and Blanche (Blumenstien) Kupp.
Walter was united in marriage on March 9, 1946 in Chicago, to Winifred B. Brooks and they spent the next 56 happy years together until her passing in 2003. Mr. Kupp attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Plano. He served his country proudly as a member of the United States Navy during WWII. Walter enjoyed spending time watching sports on television with his family and friends.
He is survived by his six sons, Michael (Linda) Kupp of Geneva, Terrence (Sue) Kupp of St. Charles, Dennis Kupp of Sandwich, Timothy (Diane) Kupp of Plano, James Kupp of CA, and John (Vickie) Kupp of Cortland; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and sister, Martha Peterson of Genoa, NE; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gotlieb and Blanche Kupp; his wife, Winifred Kupp; his daughter-in-law, Lana Kupp; a great-granddaughter; and two brothers, Albert and Otto Kupp.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1010 W. South St., Plano. Interment will follow in the St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery, Bristol.
Friends may visit from 9 a.m. until the hour of service on Friday at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (630)552-7211 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com.
Constant L. Brisart (Pee Wee), 72, of Nekoosa, Wis., formerly of Sheridan died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 at his daughter’s home in Sandwich surrounded by his family. He was born on Aug. 6, 1942 to Constant and Dorothy (Herath) Brisart in Joliet.
He married Sandra Johnson on June 6, 1964 in Chicago and spent the next 50 years happily married.
Constant served in the Navy from 1959-1963.
He worked as a pipefitter for Electro-motive in Hodgkins, Ill. from 1964-2000 when he retired. He was volunteer for the Romeoville Fire Department, member of the Moose, and a member of the Lake Camelot Lodge (BDA). He enjoyed his grandkids, fishing, cooking, gardening, boating, dogs, football and woodworking.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra; his children, Connie (Greg) Middleton, Robin (Bob) Lundeen, Candi (Tim) Johnson, and Constant Brisart Jr. and his fiancé, Reisie Pepper; one brother, Leonard (Deanna) Brisart, and one sister, Delva Price; 14 grandchildren, one great granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation was held Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Beverage Family Funeral Home, Sandwich.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Elaine I. Landers, 83, of Sandwich, died on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora. She was born on Dec. 4, 1930 in Aurora, the daughter of Harry and Eva (Brummel) Weiten.
Elaine was united in marriage in 1955 to Donald F. Landers and they spent the next 48 happy years together until his passing in 2003. She was a former member of the Fox River Art League.
She is survived by her son, Steven (Kristine Marsan) Landers of Plainfield; her grandchildren, Steven (fiancé Kelly Joan) Landers of Yorkville, CW2 Robert (Erika) Landers, stationed in Seoul, Korea; Allison Landers of Plano, TX; her great-grandchildren, Olivia, Brayden, and Maddox; her siblings, Bernice Rogan of Montgomery, Henry Weiten of Aurora, Edward Weiten of California, and Rose Miller of Somonauk; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Eva Weiten; her husband, Donald Landers; and her eight siblings, Regina, Pauline, Clarence, Genevieve, Elmer, Marian, Herbert, and Ralph.
A funeral service was held Sunday, Nov. 16 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1010 West South Stt, Plano, IL. Interment was private. Visitation was held prior to the service Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (630) 552-7211 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com.
Betty Kesner, 94, of DeKalb, formerly of Waterman, died on Nov. 16, 2014 at her home at Oak Crest Retirement Center in DeKalb.
She was born on June 7, 1920 in Waterman, IL, the daughter of Preston and Maude Woods. She graduated from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA, in 1942 and taught music and theater at Newhall Consolidated High School in Iowa.
Betty married Sheldon “Ted” Kesner on July 21, 1943. They settled in Waterman where they farmed and raised four children.
Betty is survived by her four children: Bob (Kathy) Kesner of Lincoln; Janet (Kevin) Randall of Rockford; Jim (Sandy) Kesner of Cincinnati, OH; and Carol (Don) Ruhter of Barrington; by nine grandchildren: Dan (Nicole) Kesner, Stephanie (Jason) McKee, Kort (Meg) Randall, K.C. (Jen) Randall, Katie (Andy) Martin, Leah Woods, Amie Woods, Dave Ruhter, and Emily Ruhter; 13 great-grandchildren; her sister, Ella Jean Davis, of Indianapolis, IN; her brother and sister-in-law, Rev. Preston and Sharon Woods, of Sycamore; her sister-in-law, Pat Woods, of DeKalb; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Sheldon; by her parents, Maude and Preston Woods; by her brother, William Woods; by her brother-in-law, Rev. Robert Davis; and by her in-laws Marjorie and Leonard Winkler.
Throughout her life, she shared her love for music, nature, and God with her family and community. She was active at Waterman United Methodist Church, 4-H, and the Oak Crest Retirement Center.
Visitation for Betty will be held on Friday, Nov. 21 from 4-7 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. – noon at Nash-Nelson Chapel, 1001 E. Garfield Street at Route 23 in Waterman. Her funeral will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. at Waterman United Methodist Church at 210 W. Garfield St., followed by interment at North Clinton Cemetery on Lee Road.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Church, 210 W. Garfield St., Waterman, IL 60556 or to the Beatrice M. Kesner Music/Education Scholarship, c/o the Indian Creek Education Foundation, PO Box 426, Shabbona, IL 60550.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (815)264-3362 or
Austin H. “Scotty” Scott, 91, formerly of Yorkville and Hardy, AR died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 at The Alden’s in Aurora. He was born Dec. 31, 1922 in Marengo, the son of Carl and Marian (Brackett) Scott.
He married Amy L. Bushnell on Aug. 31, 1946 in Sandwich. Scotty was a member of Cherokee Village United Methodist Church in Cherokee, AR. He was a truck driver for most of his life, receiving the Million Mile Safe Driver Award and he was a member of the United States Army Air Corp during WWII. After his retirement, Scotty enjoyed wood working.
He is survived by his wife, Amy of Aurora; one daughter, Patty (Dan) Leppert of Oswego; two sons, Randy (Nancy) Scott and Ron (Kaye) Scott both of Yorkville; five grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; one brother, Carl (Donna) Scott of Hardy, AR; several nieces and nephews; many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter in infancy, Sharon Renee Scott, one sister, Etta Grace Sanders, two brothers, Hoyt and Erwin Scott.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at Trinity Methodist Church in Yorkville with Pastor Mike Stoner officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Bristol.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20 at Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Plano.
Memorials may be directed to the charity of one‘s choice. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.EighnerFuneralHomes.com
Joe W. Rogers, 86, of Yorkville, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora. He was born Sept. 23, 1928 in Sioux City, Iowa, the son of Tracy Roy and Elna (Swanberg) Rogers.
Joe was united in marriage to Marcee A. Bainbridge May 25, 1957 and they spent 57 happy years together. He served his country during the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Rogers was a lifelong cattleman and farmer, and was a partner in his business - Iowa Livestock, Inc. of Joliet.
He was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Aurora. He was a member of the Yorkville Lions Club as well as Neighborhood Watch.
He is survived by his wife, Marcee Rogers of Yorkville; his sons, Joe (Deena) Rogers Jr. of Ottawa, Kan., and Casey (Debbie) Rogers of Springfield, Mo.; his grandchildren, Joseph Rogers of Houston, Texas, Alexandra (Scott) Stoops of Lawrence, Kan., Daniel Rogers and Mary Rogers of Springfield, Mo.; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tracy and Elna Rogers; his infant daughter, Julianne Rogers; three brothers, Tracy, Barde, and Jack Rogers; and his sister Jane Godden.
A funeral service will be held at 10a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 N. Edgelawn Dr., Aurora, with Pastor Chuck Legvold officiating. Interment will follow a church luncheon at 2:30 p.m. in the Greenwood Cemetery in Rockford.
Friends may visit from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1617 N. Bridge St., Yorkville.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory; (630) 553-7611 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com.
Betty “Jean” Anderson, 91, of Plano died Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 at The Tiller’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oswego. She was born Dec. 4, 1922 in Sandwich, the daughter of George and Carrie (Ernst) Sampson.
She married Andrew Vernon Anderson in April of 1945 in Plano. Jean was a member of First Lutheran Church of Plano for over 70 years. She was also a member of the quilters group at the church. Jean retired from AT&T. She enjoyed quilting, socializing with family and friends. Jean also enjoyed spending time at the family cabin in Beaver Dam, WI.
She is survived by three daughters, Carol (Tom) Lee of Indianapolis, IN, Kathy (Jack) Koteles of Yorkville and Connie (Don) Baker of Sandwich; one son, Bill (Jayne) Anderson of Plain City, OH; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; two sisters, Maxine Hari of St. Charles and Helen Steinkamp of Tennessee.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Terry Kuehlem; two sons, Doug and Steve Anderson; one granddaughter, Kristy Smith; and one brother, Don Sampson.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22 at First Lutheran Church in Plano with Pastor Bruce Booher officiating. Burial will follow at Little Rock Township Cemetery in Plano. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be directed to the First Lutheran Church of Plano.
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