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Danny Max Malone
Danny Max Malone of Yorkville died peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, surrounded by family at Joliet Area Community Hospice in Joliet.
Born in Kirksville, Mo. on May 17, 1934 to Harold and Blanche Malone, Max began his life-long love affair with farming from the start, growing up on farms in Missouri, Ohio, and Illinois. His family eventually settled in Sandwich and in 1952, he graduated from Sandwich High School.
Max married Wanda Ilene Jelm of Somonauk in 1954 and, in 1956, welcomed son Gregory and, in 1960, daughter Yvonne into this world. Wanda passed on in 1996.
Max enjoyed a long career in the farm implement business beginning with Jelm Implement Co. in Somonauk, and then Sheehan’s Farm Equipment in Sycamore and Hesston Corporation (now AGCO Corp.). After retiring in 1999, he worked for the Department of Agriculture, conducting farm audits, until 2009.
Max loved to travel, especially down the country roads of the midwest – he seemed to know the back way to everywhere – and his work with Hesston took him down many as he called on farm implement dealers and farmers throughout northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, and central Indiana. While at Hesston, his travels extended far beyond the gravel roads of small farming communities as company trips took him to Hawaii, Mexico, Italy and England.
In 1999, Max married Elizabeth “Betty” Kolar and moved to Yorkville. He and Betty worked together to transform an overgrown wooded property into a beautiful woodland garden. They also took many road trips visiting family and friends throughout the U.S., as well as traveled extensively to countries throughout the world. Many travels involved extensive genealogical research, and he leaves behind many volumes for his family to cherish. He also enjoyed helping Betty’s son, Scott, on his farm in Lockport; this gave him the opportunity to purchase and restore an antique Farmall Tractor.
Throughout his life, Max volunteered in his community – in Lion’s Club, Meals on Wheels, and the Community of Christ Church.
Max is survived by his wife Betty, children Greg (Kathryn Kelley) of Indianapolis, Yvonne (Maurice Mathy) of Downers Grove, stepson Scott Lagger (Jane Hesse) of Lockport and grandchildren Rory, Ian, and Patrick Malone; Marc and Mary Katherine Mathy; and Sam, Emma, and Ted Lagger. Max is also survived his sister Helen Augustine Kosteck (Ray), brother Charles Malone (Connie), as well as by many nieces and nephews and a wide circle of friends.
Visitation was held on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Nelson Funeral Home, 1010 W. South St., Plano,with Funeral Services following at the Community of Christ Church, 320 S. Center Ave, Plano.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Community of Christ Church or to a charity of choice. Call 630-553-7611 for further information.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (630)552-7211 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com.
Michael L. Price, 70, of Yorkville, died unexpectedly on Oct. 20, 2014 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora. He was born on Feb. 24, 1944 in Libertyville, the son of James Earl and Mary K. (Culp) Price.
Mr. Price was a charter member of Trinity Church United Methodist in Yorkville. He was employed for many years by the City of Yorkville. Mike was a longtime volunteer of both the Bristol Kendall Fire Department and the Kendall County Food Pantry in Yorkville. He enjoyed attending Yorkville High School sporting events and spending time playing cards with his friends at the Beecher Center in Yorkville.
He is survived by his brothers, James Donald (Judy) Price of St. Charles, and John “Jack” (Carol) Price of Yorkville; his nephews, Scott Price of Geneva, Jason Price of Batavia, Kenton (Tanya) Price of Sheridan, and Dane (Autumn) Price of Rolling Meadows; as well as several great-nieces, great-nephews; aunts; uncles; and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mary Kay Price.
A Funeral Service was held Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1617 N. Bridge St., Yorkville. Interment followed in the Elmwood Cemetery in Yorkville.
Visitation was held prior to the service on Sunday at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home in Yorkville.
Memorials in Mike’s name may be directed to the Kendall Country Food Pantry, 208 Beaver Street, Yorkville.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (630)553-7611 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com.
Betty S. Breedlove, 66, of LaMoille died Oct. 23, 2014 in OSF Medical Center, Peoria. Services were held Tuesday in the Victory Baptist Church, Mendota with her son Rev. Steve Breedlove officiating. Burial was in Restland Cemetery, Mendota.
The Merritt Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.
She was born March 8, 1948 in Clarksdale, MS. Her parents were Garner Lee and Frances Marie (Douglas) Muse.
She is survived by two sons; Rev. Steve (Diane) Breedlove of LaMoille, and Brian (Amanda) Breedlove of Dixon; one daughter, Delores “Dee” (Bob) Hawley of Sandwich; four grandchildren; two brothers, Dan (P.J.) Muse and Larry (Cheryl) Muse both of Memphis, TN.; one sister Elaine Smith of MS; the father of the children, Ron Breedlove of LaMoille.
She was preceded by her parents and one brother, Bobby. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church, Mendota.
Memorials in memory of her may be directed to the church.
Sharon Lee Hoyle, 68, of Montgomery, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora. She was born Jan. 26, 1946 in Aurora.
Sharon is survived by her mother Faye Turner of Montgomery, a daughter, Tracy (James) Drobick of Rochelle; a son, Troy Hoyle of Titonka, IA; six grandchildren, William, Lillian and Allison Drobick, Jessica, Travis and Sophia Hoyle; a great granddaughter Aaliyah M Dahlhauser, a brother Charles E (Diane) Turner of Mackinaw.
She was preceded in death by her father Russell C. Turner, Sr, two brothers, James Turner and Russell C Turner, Jr.
Visitation was held Monday, prior to the funeral service with Pastor Peggy West, officiating Dunn Family Funeral Home with Crematory, 1801 Douglas Road, Oswego. Cremation was accorded the wish of the family followed by interment at Lincoln Memorial Park in Aurora.
Memorials may be directed to The Hoyle Family PO Box 665 Oswego, IL 60543.
For additional information 630-554-3888 or www.dunnfamilyfuneralhome.com
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 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 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Somonauk with Rev. William C. Weidenbach, Jr. officiating.
Wayne S. Phillips, 90, of Hinckley, died on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. He was born on Oct. 13, 1924 in Waterman, the son of Elmer and Elsie (Evans) Phillips.
Wayne was united in marriage on Dec. 30, 1956 to Leona Dienst until her passing on Aug. 19, 1979. He was then later united in marriage to Jane Spears on June 12, 1981 until her passing on June 13, 1982.
Wayne lived and worked on the family centennial farm since the age of eight. Mr. Phillips was a long time member of the Hinckley First United Methodist Church and a former member of the church council. He was a former member of both the Aurora Moose Lodge 400 in Aurora and the PTO of the Notre Dame Special Education School in DeKalb. Wayne joined the AF and AM Masonic of Illinois in 1956 and was a 50-year member of the Hinckley-Big Rock Lodge and subsequently the Shabbona Lodge No. 374.
He is survived by his three children, Bill Phillips of DeKalb, Barbara (Steve) Sanders of Hinckley and Beverly (Roger) Larson of Hinckley; his grandchildren, Nick Sanders of Dallas, TX, Carolyn Sanders of Hinckley, Tony Sanders of Murfreesboro, TN, and Tom Sanders of Hinckley, and Jolee Larson of Hinckley; as well as his step-children, Kenneth, Randy, Karen, Lynette, and Vicki and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Elsie Phillips; his first wife, Leona Phillips; his second wife, Jane Phillips; and his step-daughter, Sharon.
Funeral Services were held Monday, Oct. 27 at the Hinckley First United Methodist Church, 801 N. Sycamore St., Hinckley, with Pastor Laura Crites officiating. Interment followed in the Oak Mound Cemetery in Somonauk.
Visitation was held Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St., Hinckley.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, 815-286-3247 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com
Mary Lou Ostrom
Mary Louise “Mary Lou” Ostrom, 90, of Sandwich died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 surrounded by her loved ones. She was born April 13, 1924 in DeKalb, the daughter of LeRoy and Mabel Barbara (Lienauer) Robertson.
She married Harold Ostrom on Sept. 15, 1946 in DeKalb. Mary Lou worked for several years as the linen supervisor at Sandwich Hospital.
She is survived by two daughters, Glorianne Gatza of Lincolnton, NC and Sally Luck of San Diego, CA; one son, Larry (Jane) Ostrom of Scottsdale, AZ; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one sister, Charlene Olson of Sycamore.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Somonauk. Burial followed at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich. Visitation was held prior to service Tuesday, at the funeral home in Somonauk.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice and Palliative Care, 900 Dontia Dr. in Lincolnton, NC 28092.
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Gwen H. McKee, 77, of Sugar Grove, died on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. She was born Feb. 13, 1937 in Chicago, the second daughter of Arthur and Mildred Hughes.
Gwen graduated from Hirsch High School in Chicago. She then attended Beloit College in Wisconsin, where she received a BA degree in mathematics. It was there that Gwen met her husband John. They both graduated in 1958 and were married in 1959.
Gwen was employed as a systems analyst for IBM following college. Along with raising a family, she became a consummate homemaker who arranged every detail of the homes in which she and her husband lived. Perhaps Gwen is best known as The Quilter, having produced innumerable quilts over 30 years for her own homes, for family and friends and for several charity auctions. She enjoyed traveling adventures, visiting with family in many locations and especially delighting in her summer home in Harbert, Mich.
Gwen is survived by her husband of 55 years, John; three children, Scott, Sue (Sam) Erwin and Steve (Wendy); nine grandchildren as well as her sister, Joan (Wayne) Hughes.
Visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. on Friday Nov. 7, 2014 at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove. A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at New England Congregational Church, 406 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora.
Memorials should be directed to the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, 111 West Downer Pl., Suite 312, Aurora, IL 60506 for the benefit of the New England Congregational Church Designated Endowment Fund.
For further information, call 630-466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.
Arthur J. Sells, 53 of Yorkville, died on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 at his home. He was born on Oct. 25, 1960 in Chicago, the son of William R. and Mildred (Muller) Sells.
Arthur was united in marriage on Sept. 14, 1985 to Lynn M. Trotsky and they spent the next 29 happy years together. He was a member of the Laborers Union, Local 96 in Glenn Ellyn. Mr. Sells was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed spending his time coaching his son’s baseball, football, and wrestling teams.
He is survived by his wife, Lynn Sells of Yorkville; his children, David and Kristen Sells of Yorkville; his parents, Bill and Millie Sells of Westmont; his brother, Patrick (Terese) Sells of AZ; his nieces and nephews, Julianna (Jimmy) Davila, Jason Sells, Lauren Rismondo, Alex Trotsky, Lewis Trotsky, and Gina Rismondo.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents; his maternal grandparents; and his mother and father-in-law, Alex and Joan Trotsky.
A Memorial Service was held Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1617 N. Bridge St., Yorkville, with Pastor Erik Gauss officiating. Interment was private.
Visitation was held prior to the service on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home in Yorkville.
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 143 First St., Batavia, IL 60510 or https://donate.cancer. org/index.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (630)553-7611 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com.
Jean P. Brady
Word has been received of the death of former Kendall County Clerk Jean P. Brady.
Formerly of Yorkville, she had been living in California with her son, Doug.
More in next week’s issue.
John W. Graham, 90, of Hinckley, died on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at Valley West Hospital in Sandwich. He was born on June 24, 1924 in Chicago, the son of John W. and Thelma (Allen) Graham.
John was united in marriage on June 2, 1949 to Miss Virginia Marvin and they spent the next 28 happy years together until her passing on May 22, 1977. Mr. Graham served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He was employed for many years as a teacher at West Aurora High School until his retirement in 1985. John enjoyed spending time fishing and riding in his pontoon boat at his cabin in Hayward, WI.
John is survived by his daughters, Kathleen (William) Rigdon of Central, UT and Cheryl (Joe) Apodaca of Hinckley,; his six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; his sister, Virginia Allen of Anderson, IN; his daughter-in-law, Shirley (Rich) Suddoth of North Aurora; also a niece, Sharon Chastain.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Virginia Graham; his two sons, Donn Graham and John Graham; and one brother, Franklin Lee Graham.
A Celebration of John’s Life will be held at a later date.
Interment will take place at a later date in the Arlington Cemetery in Elmwood.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes and Crematory, 815-286-3257 or