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Leroy “Ed” Newkirk, 88, of Eureka, formerly of Sandwich, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015 in Morton Ill. He was born on July 23, 1926 to Joseph and Rena (Ackley) Newkirk in Bristol.
He married Joan A.( Gary) Schoger on Feb. 15, 1975 in Plano, Illinois, and spent the next 40 years happily married.
He was a member of the Odd Fellows “Little Rock Lodge 171” for 65 years. He owned the Plano Theater for 17 years and the Sandwich Theater for two years. He developed the Orchard Lawn and Garden Center in Sandwich. For 53 years he was a real estate and brokerage salesman and was licensed in Illinois and Florida. He started Tri City Realty, owned Sunny Ridge Realty and Sun Construction, and he worked for Caywood and Associates.
He is survived by his wife, Joan of Eureka; his daughters, Joanna (Charles) Sondgeroth of Sandwich, Victoria (John) Hartter of Morton; his sons, Joe (Nina) Newkirk of Carlock Il, and Michael (Diane) Schoger of Winslow Il; 14 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren; one sister, Margie Jornlin of Plano and one brother, Gene Newkirk of Plano.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his stepfather Joseph “Poppy” Goddard, and his first wife Sarah Barbara who died in 1968, sister Sally Anderson and great granddaughter Grace Kuester.
Visitation was held Friday, May 29 at the Beverage Family Funeral Home in Sandwich. Funeral Mass was Saturday, May 30, at St Paul the Apostle Church with Father Eugene Radosevich officiating. Interment followed at the Little Rock Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family.
Arrangements by Beverage Family Funeral Home Sandwich.
Edna Mae Hagstrom, 91, of Yorkville, died on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora.
Edna was united in marriage on Sept. 12, 1942 in Fort Worth, TX, to Mr. Carroll G. Hagstrom and they spent the next 64 happy years together until his passing on Oct. 22, 2006.
She is survived by her daughter, Carol (James) Allen of Addison; her two grandchildren, Todd (Shari) Allen of Plainfield and Christa (Darrell) Nickles of Portsmouth, OH; and her four great-grandsons, Timothy (Kirsten) Allen, Matthew Allen, Andrew Allen and Drake Nickles.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carroll G. Hagstrom; her son, Ronald Hagstrom; and her four siblings.
Private interment will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (630)553-7611 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com.
Brenda Jean Sytar (Burich), 64, of San Tan Valley, AZ, formerly of Yorkville, died Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Joliet Area Community Hospice in Joliet. She was born on April 4, 1951 in Joliet, the daughter of Frank “Shorty” and Audrey (Quinn) Burich.
Brenda was united in marriage on Jan. 18, 2004 in Palm Desert, CA to Mr. Jeffrey Nicholas Sytar and they spent the next 11 happy years together. She was employed for many years in insurance claim management with both the Hanover and Hartford Insurance Companies.
She is survived by her husband, Jeffrey Nicholas Sytar of San Tan Valley, AZ; her daughter, Barbara (Todd) Peck of Yorkville; her step-daughters, Brittany (D.J.) Matthiesen of DeKalb and Ashley (Adam) Kirsopp of Cortland; her grandchildren, Margaret and William Matthiesen; her siblings, Brian (Toni) Burich of Goodyear, AZ, Scott (Kathryn) Burich of Dandridge, TN, Linda (Ray) Fisher of Channahon, and Michele Wittkofski of Joliet; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank “Shorty” and Audrey Burich.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 19 at Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1617 N. Bridge St., Yorkville, with Pastor Jim Helman officiating. Interment will follow in Lincoln Memorial Park, Aurora.
Friends may visit from 3 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 at the Nelson Funeral Home in Yorkville.
Memorials in loving memory of Brenda may be directed to the Second City Canine Rescue, P.O. Box 721094, Roselle, IL 60172, or (847)807-5364.
Arrangements made by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (630)553-7611 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com.
Karren Wonders of Aurora, died June 9, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was at home, surrounded by her beloved family and friends during her final days.
Karren was born on Feb. 1, 1947 in Gallup, N. M., the daughter of Yrma (Montgomery) and Alvin Wonders. She spent most of her youth in Manhattan, IL and graduated from Lincoln-Way High School in New Lenox and Joliet Junior College. Karren was a member of the Manhattan United Methodist Church.
Karren met Barbara Wuchte in 1994, they celebrated their Civil Union on June 9, 2011 and they were united in marriage in 2014. Karren began working for Santa Fe Railroad in 1979, transferred to their Fort Worth, TX office in 1996 when they merged with Burlington Northern, and retired in 2002 before returning to live in Aurora. After BNSF she worked for seven years with Plains Marketing in Naperville, handling their rail logistics before fully retiring in 2012.
Karren loved cooking, traveling, Notre Dame football, golfing, and spending time with family and friends. She especially enjoyed trips with friends to Palm Desert, CA, an Alaskan cruise and East Coast trip with her mother, and seeing the red rocks in Sedona, AZ.
Karren is survived by her wife, Barbara Wuchte, and their dog Kate of Aurora; her mother Yrma Wonders of Manhattan, IL; brothers, Warren Wonders of Joliet and Dale (Tina) Wonders of Lake Zurich; mother-in-law, Judy Wuchte of Sycamore; and sisters-in-law, Kathy (Steve) Benoit of Plano and Anne Marie (Rod) Jackson of Channahon; seven nieces and nephews (Rachel, Ashley, Anna, Al, Maggie, Brian and Stephanie); special aunt Esther Wuchte of Aurora; and many very special friends.
She is preceded in death by her father Alvin Wonders, her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
A Celebration of Life ceremony was held on Sunday, June 14, at the Forsythe Funeral Home in Manhattan.
Anna B. Super, 82, of Paulding, OH, previously from Ottawa, died on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born on Dec. 10, 1932 in Newark, the daughter of Hartwick and Bernice (Johnson) Ness.
Anna dearly loved her family. She was a great cook, an avid baker, and dearly loved gardening and doing crossword puzzles. She was very proud of her independence.
She is survived by her children, Cynthia (William) Sharp, Penny (Frank) Barnes, Russell (Anne) Armstrong, Ruth (Michael) Smith and Jon Armstrong; her nine grandchildren; her six great-grandchildren; her sisters, Violet Allen, Mary Christian, and Betty Allen; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hartwick and Bernice Ness; her brothers, Tilford, Harvey, James, and Hentry Ness; and her sister, Lavina McCoy.
A Funeral Service was held on Monday, June 15 at the Helmar Lutheran Church, 11935 Lisbon Rd, Newark, with Pastor James Molstre officiating. Interment will follow in the Helmar Lutheran Cemetery in Newark.
Visitation was held Monday prior to the service at Helmar Lutheran Church in Newark.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (630)553-7611 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com.
Maria (Calamaras) Adams, 72, died peacefully at home on June 13, 2015. She was born on Nov. 4, 1942 in Aurora to George and Ann (Honiotes) Calamaras.
She was an avid reader and enjoyed old movies, trivia games and cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks. Her family and friends were the highlight of her life. She looked forward to baking deserts for family gatherings and celebrations. Birthday luncheons with her friends were events she always looked forward to attending.
She is survived by her two daughters, Annette (Jeff) Hensley of Oswego and Penny Skouras (Bryan Voss) of Montgomery; two grandchildren, Marissa and Mitchell Hensley, and three siblings including her favorite young brother, Jim Calamaras of Albany, Ga.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Ann Calamaras and her husband, Alan Adams.
John H. Meyer, 94, of Aurora died on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at his home. He was born Nov. 24, 1920 in Tamalco, IL, the son of the late Albert and Alice (McClaren) Meyer.
John served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army, Company C, 145th Infantry, 37th Division in Luzon, Philippines.
John first retired from the American Can Company and later from Ace Hardware in 2007 after 27 years of service. He enjoyed bowling, woodworking and gardening. John was a member of the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association of Aurora.
John is survived by his wife of 74 years, Patricia (Goodin) Meyer of Aurora; his daughters, Patricia Beebee of Aurora and Deborah Conlee of Montgomery; his granddaughter, Kristi (Mark) Wano and their family, Jordan and Taylor Lawrence and Garrett and Alex Wano; granddaughter, Robyn Beebee and her son, Dylan Melgosa; grandson, Hal “Chip” (Billie) Beebee; granddaughter, Kimberly Conlee and grandson, Aaron Conlee; and special nephews, Kevin (Christina) Johnson and Jeff (Michelle) Ulbrich.
John was preceded in death by three sisters, one brother and a son-in-law, Hal Beebee II.
A memorial visitation will be held at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora on Thursday, June 18 from 4 until 7 p.m. when military honors will be held. Private interment will be at Lincoln Memorial Park.
Memorials may be directed to Honor Flight Chicago or visit www.honorflightchicago.org.
For further information call 630-897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.
Robert C Kingsley, 70, of Oswego, and Fort Myers, FL died Sunday, June 7, 2015 in Fort Myers, FL. Bob was born on January 29, 1945 in Aurora.
Bob was a member of the Class of 1963 of East High School of Aurora. He retired from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia in 2004 after 25 years of service. He was so looking forward to regaining his health after this heart surgery and was looking forward to life. He loved to fish and play softball with his Fermilab buddies. He enjoyed volunteering with Helping Hands at the Dreyer Medical Clinics and delivering pet food to seniors for the Fox Valley Animal Welfare League. He loved singing and was a voice student of Delreen Hafenrichter of Oswego. He shared his special talent by singing in the Jubilate Choir at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Naperville and in the Resurrection Choir at St. Anne Catholic Church in Oswego. Bob was a consummate handyman and could fix, build or repair anything. These invaluable skills along with his work ethic and family values survive Bob’s passing through his children and grandchildren. Bob and his wife, Marybeth, were excited to be snowbirds and lived in Fort Myers, FL the past few years during the winter months after spending two winters in a small Mexican village in the Sierra Madre Mountains in Central Mexico.
Bob is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marybeth Barcus Kingsley, daughter and son-in-law Laura and Brian Witt, their children Jamieson Witt and Margaret Witt., son Matthew Kingsley and partner Andrea Franzone of Warren, PA, and Matthew’s children Kirby Kingsley of Warren, PA and Kasey Kingsley of Scottsdale, AZ; his brother Frank (Pat) Kingsley of North Aurora, sister Ruthanne (Pete) Hettinger of Sandwich, brother-in-law Mark Petit of Peoria and brother-in-law Richard (Julie) Barcus of Reston, VA; many nieces and nephews, a great group of friends from South America to Canada, and his two much-loved cats, Rudy and Wyatt.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents Frank (Katherine Assell) Kingsley, his father- and mother-in-law, Bill (Lois Nelson) Barcus, his sister-in-law Cathy Barcus Petit, and his niece, Tina Hettinger Schultz.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, June 23 at 10 a.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church, 551 Boulder Hill Pass, Oswego. Visitation will be Monday June 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Churchill Club, 273 Bluegrass Parkway, Oswego.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers you consider donations to his favorite charity: Fox Valley Animal Welfare League, 11 John St., North Aurora, IL 60542.
Clara (Dailey) Bailey, 90, died Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Hospice of the Valley in Goodyear, AZ.
Clara was a former resident of Yorkville, where her family still resides. She was a long-time employee of Western Electric in Montgomery, where she worked as an executive secretary. While employed there she was very active in Junior Achievement and energetically worked to lobby the Illinois Legislature for improved educational opportunities for children with developmental challenges. Her efforts resulted in special education classes being offered to children.
Clara was married to Ralph E. Bailey in 1960 and they spent 40 happy years together, enjoying 22 years of retirement in Wisconsin.
In 2001 she moved to Pebble Creek in Goodyear, AZ where she had made many wonderful friends and was an active member in the community.
Clara is survived by her daughters, Judith (Don) Burks and Cheryl Hemmingsen; her grandchildren, Brett (Missy) Burks, Michael (Lynn) Burks, Jarrod (Susie) Burks, Jason (Amy) Burks, Todd (Marie) Nelson, Rhae (Greg) Brockoff, Jamie (Michelle) Denton, Bobbie and DJ Bailey; 14 great grandchildren and her sister, Sandra (Chuck) Thom. The family would like to mention three very special people in her life for the love and care they gave her during the last few years of her journey, Phyllis Dawe, Helen Foulks and Carol Smail.
She was preceded in death by her former husbands, John Denton and Everett Bailey; her brother, Frank Dailey and two sons, Max James Denton and Dennis Bailey.
Evelyn A. Kvelland, 95, of Sandwich died Sunday, June 14, 2015 at her home. She was born April 29, 1920 in Chicago, the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Larson) Anderson.
She married Sigurd E. Kvelland on July 28, 1942 in Chicago. Evelyn was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Somonauk, where she was a Sunday School teacher. She was also an election judge in DeKalb and LaSalle Counties.
Evelyn was employed at CTS Knights for over 30 years and a volunteer on the Sandwich Hospital Auxiliary board for several years.
She is survived by three daughters, Gale (Robert) Pavlak of Elburn, Karen (Richard) Parks of Somonauk and Linda (Doug) Stahl of Sandwich; one son, Even (Kimbark) Kvelland of Geneseo; 10 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1993 and her brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 20 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Somonauk with Rev. William C. Weidenbach, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Somonauk. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Somonauk. Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Valley West Hospital.
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Glen H. Fultz, 80, of Earlville died Saturday, June 13, 2015 at his home. He was born July 29, 1934 in Hodgenville, KY, the son of Elbert and Sarah (Barnett) Fultz.
He married Ann Ketcham on June 5, 1954 in Utica, IL. Glen worked for the Earlville Post Office for 27 years, retiring in the early ‘90’s. He also worked for Worsley’s Service Station as a mechanic for 10 years. Glen enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening, the outdoors, traveling and his family.
He is survived by his wife, Ann of Earlville; three daughters, Pamela (Curtis) Compton of Plainfield, Patricia (David) Millen of Yorkville and Teresa (Bob) Weygand of Crystal Lake; two sons, Steven (Deb) Fultz of Earlville and Scott (Deb) Fultz of Earlville; 11 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 13 half-brothers, John, Robert, Walter, Howard, Guy, Albert and Emmett Fultz, Arvin, Fred, Otis, Leonard, Harold and Vernon Sprowls and one half-sister, Gail (Sprowls) Kirsteatter.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Earlville with Rev. Tammy Anderson officiating.
Burial will follow at Precinct Cemetery in Earlville. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17 at the church in Earlville.
Memorials may be directed to the family. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.TurnerBurkhartfh.com
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Harriet L. Bower, 97, of Sandwich died Sunday, June 7, 2015 at Sandwich Nursing and Rehabilitation in Sandwich. She was born March 30, 1918 in Earlville, the daughter of Henry and Laura (Stokke) Anderson.
She married Glenn Bower on May 23, 1964 in Federated Church in Sandwich. Harriet loved to golf, she had two holes-in one on consecutive days and finally quit golfing in her nineties. She was also a very accomplished artist. Harriet worked in the offices of Davis Construction and also Allsteel.
She is survived by her husband, Glenn of Sandwich; two step daughters, Jean Erickson and Judy Murphy; one sister, Gladys Rhodes of Somonauk; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death her parents, one son, Doug Means in May 1967, one sister and four brothers.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 11 at Leland Cemetery. Cremation Rites were accorded to
Burkhart-Eighner Funeral Home in Sandwich.
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Stephan P. Bazan, 85, of Yorkville, died on Saturday, June 13, 2015. He was born on June 27, 1929 in Aurora, the son of Stephen D. and L ailly (Voelkner) Bazan.
Steve was united in marriage to the former Marion R. Dannewitz on Dec. 3, 1955 and they spent the next 55 happy years together until her passing on Jan. 9, 2011.
He was a 1947 graduate of Yorkville High School. Mr. Bazan was a custom farmer in Kendall County for many years, farming the Kennedy, Corneils, Taus, and Johnston Farms along with assisting many other farmers in the county before retiring in 2002. He at one time worked for Certified Welders in Aurora. Steve drove trucks hauling grain and other commodities as well as having raised tomatoes for Campbell Soup Co. He was a USDA Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service County Committeeman. Steve was a member of the Board of Directors of Grainco Farm Service and Kendall-Grundy Farm Service for over 10 years as well as having served as board president. He served on the Board of Directors and was the past president for the Kentland Farmers Elevator Board. Steve also served as a chair member for many years for Agricultural Services Cooperative (Elburn Coop). He was a member of both the Kendall County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and the Growmark Farm Services Board of Directors. Mr. Bazan served as commissioner for the Kendall County Ethics Commission. He also served as a board member of both the Bristol Oak Grove Cemetery and the Elmwood Cemetery. Steve was a longtime member of the Yorkville Congregational Church where he served as a trustee and usher for many years and served the church by plowing snow for over 20 years.
He enjoyed bowling on the Tuesday Night Church League on the Congo One Team. Mr. Bazan was a member of the Aurora Bowling Association Hall of Fame, having been honored in 2008. He played fastpitch softball for over 60 years on various men’s league teams, playing until he was 75 years old. Steve was a devoted St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan that always had the last laugh when the “Birds” went to playoffs and onto the World Series.
He is survived by his children, Stephanie (Joel) Jerabek of Huntington, IN, Stephan (Jean) Bazan of Yorkville, Brenda (Larry Peterson) Bazan of Aurora, Brian (Deanna) Bazan of Plano, and Brent (Christy) Bazan of Bloomington; his grandchildren, Stephan (Megan) Jerabek, Michael (Alison) Jerabek, Jennifer (Corey) Teusch, Jessica Jerabek, Staci (Brian) Olson, Jill (Nathan) Cryder, Beth (Jeff) Goins, Hannah Bazan, Matthew Bazan, Benjamin Bazan, and Caroline Bazan; his seven great-grandchildren, Nicholas Jerabek, Fiona Jerabek, Morgan Jerabek, Brett Cryder, Henry Olson, Evelyn Jerabek, and Noah Cryder; his two sisters, Frances Sebby and Lydia (Fred) Kimberley; his four brothers, Leonard (Gloria) Bazan, John Bazan, Donald (Isabelle) Bazan, and Robert (Sharon) Bazan; his two sisters-in-law, Carrol (Gene) Olson and Sue Dannewitz; his two brothers-in-law, Maurice Worland and Harold (Ginger) Dannewitz; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Lilly Bazan; his wife, Marion Bazan; his sister, Marie Bazan Worland; his brothers-in-law, Donald Sebby, Dwaine Dannewitz, and Marvin Dannewitz; and his sister-in-law, Suntan Kim Bazan.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 19, at the Yorkville Congregational United Church of Christ, 409 Center Parkway, Yorkville, with Pastor Mark Gregory officiating. Interment will follow in the Oakgrove Cemetery in Bristol.
Friends may visit from 3 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 at the Yorkville Congregational Church of Christ.
Memorials may be directed to the Stephan P. Bazan Memorial Scholarship through the Kendall County Farm Bureau or to the organization of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home and Crematory, (630)553-7611 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com.
James R. Hopkins, 93, of Monticello, WI, formerly of rural Argyle, WI and Yorkville, died unexpectedly on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at U.W. Hospital. Jim was born on June 26, 1921 in Yorkville, the son of James A. and Georgia M. (Stolp) Hopkins.
He graduated from Yorkville High School in 1939 and farmed on the Hopkins home farm for 45 years. He was united in marriage on April 14, 1945 in Yorkville, to LaVonne Leifheit. The couple moved to Hidden Valley near Argyle in 1982. LaVonne preceded him in death on Sept. 27, 1993. Jim married Lois Quade Voegeli on Aug. 8, 1998 in Monticello. Jim was a member and former elder of AuSable Grove Presbyterian Church in Yorkville, the Yorkville Grade School Board (12 years), Kendall County Historical Society Board, and the Kendall County Farm Bureau.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Hopkins of Monticello; his children, Carol (Dr. Stephen) Huss, David (Kathy) Hopkins, Ann Hopkins, Barbara (Bob) Fowler, Wendy (James) Shank; step-children, David (Marian) Quade, Jan (R. Gary) Sutter, Jon (Lisa) Quade, Bradley (Nicola) Quade, and Bruce (Angelika) Quade; seven grandchildren, Mark (Kara) Huss, Allison (Kris) Marshall, Jeff (Leah) Huss, Lindsay (Dr. Mark) Mroczko, Matthew (Stefanie) Hopkins, Rachel (Brian) Weber, and James (Amanda) Hopkins; 12 step-grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, LaVonne; a son, James Robert in infancy; brother, Henry; and sisters, Lois Hopkins, Marjorie Prickett, Alice Vickery, and Helen Houck.
Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 18 at the AuSable Grove Presbyterian Church, 5021 Wheeler Rd., Yorkville, with Rev. Betty Weidert officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of service on Thursday, June 18. Private inurnment will be held in Lincoln Memorial Park in Aurora.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested in Jim’s name to the Kendall County Food Pantry, 208 Beaver St., Yorkville, IL 60560.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, 630-553-7611 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com