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Healy Chapel

Family Owned and Operated Since 1891

The Healy Chapel with its stately elegance and rich history is the perfect setting to the funeral home’s proud tradition. For 100 years The Healy Chapel has provided quality caring funeral service to the families of Aurora and the surrounding communities.

The beginning of The Healy Undertaking Company dates back to 1891 when W.H. Healy opened a combination furniture and undertaking business under the name of Healy and Blair. His brother, A.N. Healy, soon entered the business forming a partnership that extends to today.

With the increasing demands of the business, The Healy Undertaking Company decided a new facility must be commissioned that would be designed specifically for the arranging and conducting of funeral services. The Healy management commissioned George Grant Elmslie a noted Chicago architect, to design an elegant yet functional facility. Elmslie worked in the office of Louis Sullivan, a leader in the Prairie School of Design.

The building is constructed of a high quality Roman brick on all four sides and embellished with terra cotta and glazed tile set in unique places. The main chapel is finished in American black walnut. The main and second floors are finished in oak and the third floor in birch. The decorative work has been taken from the architects’ original designs, including the chairs on the speaker’s platform and the lighting fixtures.

Specifically designed stained glass windows are used extensively throughout the chapel with three magnificent panels located in the main chapel. Remaining window treatments are comprised of steel casement sash windows of leaded glass with sliding copper fly screens. The facility was designed to be fireproof and completely functional. The Healy Chapel was completed in 1928 at a cost of $100,000.

In 1985, the U.S. Department of the Interior placed The Healy Chapel on the National Registry of Historical Places. The funeral home was completely renovated in 1986 with the idea of restoring the original interior.

The Healy Chapel takes pride in the beautiful and uniquely designed facility. But the Healy Chapel is more than just a structure. It represents a tradition of quality caring funeral service in a time of need.

The Healy Chapel offers a full range of funeral services including prearrangement planning and after-care services. As a result of our dedication and commitment to quality professional funeral services, The Healy Chapel is a selected member of the International Order of the Golden Rule, an association of distinguished funeral homes throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad. The Healy Chapel stands as a memorial to past generations and in readiness to serve the future.

Our Obituaries

Lena Matyas

December 31, 1927 - May 18, 2019

It is with great sadness that we sisters, Lynn Matyas, Denise Matyas, and Diane Moreau announce the passing of our mother, Lena Matyas on May 18, 2019. Our beautiful mother's life began on December 31, 1927, born to Michael and Lena (Kuk) Bolde. She was raised in the Pigeon Hill neighborhood in Aurora, IL and attended St. Michael Romanian Catholic Church and School. She graduated from East...
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Kenneth Charles Peterson

May 23, 1966 - May 10, 2019

Kenneth Charles Peterson, 52, of Aurora, passed away May 10, 2019. He was born May 23, 1966 in Aurora, IL. He is survived by his son, Charles Edward "Chaz" Peterson; mother, Veronica L. Benson; brothers, Larry Benson and Adam Benson; grandmother, Helen Frisby; nephews, Cory Benson and Austin Benson. Kenneth was preceded in death by his step father, Lawrence Benson and sister, JoLynn...
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Eric P. Krzykowski

February 12, 1962 - May 7, 2019

Eric P. Krzykowski, of Millington formerly of Batavia, passed away Friday, May 17, 2019. He was born February 12, 1962 in Chicago. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. Eric worked at Coffman Truck and Sales for over 35 years. He was an avid Bears and Cubs Fan and enjoyed riding his Harley. He is survived by his mother, Laura Krzykowski; brother, Mitchell (Jean)...
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Mary Lou Zolper

March 26, 1938 - May 5, 2019

Mary Lou Zolper, 81, of Scottsdale, AZ, formerly of Aurora, Sugar Grove, and Chatham, IL, passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at The Gardens of Scottsdale. She was born March 26, 1938 in Springfield, IL, the daughter of George E. and Helen B. Southwick. Mary Lou married Douglas Zolper on December 28, 1963 in Aurora, IL. Mary Lou graduated from Illinois State Normal University in 1960, earning...
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Edward J. Marion

September 24, 1950 - April 27, 2019

Edward J. Marion, 68, of Aurora passed away Saturday April 27, 2019. He was born September 24, 1950 in Potts Camp, MS the son of the late Columbus and Evelean Bogard. Ed retired from Caterpillar after over 40 years of service. He also worked at Durham Bus Company until just recently. Ed is survived by his four children, Marcus (Jennette) Marion, Edwin (Tierra) Thompson, Osmond Harris...
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Terry L. Mueller

August 18, 1947 - April 26, 2019

Terry L. Mueller, 71, of North Aurora, passed away Friday, April 26, 2019, at home with his family beside him. Terry was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, always putting his family first. His children knew and told him that they had a good life because of him. He took pride in all he did and always did it to perfection. He was a Nuclear Medicine Technologist and worked...
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Marjorie A. Tremain

February 21, 1924 - April 25, 2019

Marjorie A. Tremain, 95, of Jefferson, WI, formerly of Aurora, IL passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Jefferson Memory Care. Marj was born on February 21, 1924 in Elgin, IL the daughter of Leslie and Grace (Youngs) McCartney. She spent her childhood in Sugar Grove, IL and then the majority of her life in Aurora, IL. On July 27, 1945, Marj married her loving husband Burton...
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Genevieve F. Berg

August 21, 1923 - April 24, 2019

Genevieve F. Berg (Olson), 95, of Aurora passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Jennings Terrace. She was born August 21, 1923 to the late George and Ellabata (Vallum) Olson in Shabbona, Illinois on a farm about which she told many fond stories to her children and grandchildren over the years. She graduated from Shabbona High School in 1941 and then worked as the school secretary...
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Maureen Bryant

November 23, 1924 - April 22, 2019

On April 22, 2019, Maureen Bryant, loving wife, mother of 11 and grandmother and great grandmother to 30 died in her home at the age of 94. Maureen was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota to Frances and Henry O'Keefe. She was the youngest of seven children. At the age of 19, she interrupted her college education to work for the Navy in Washington D.C. and support the war effort. There, after...
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Ruth L. Oelker

February 16, 1926 - April 21, 2019

Ruth L. Oelker, 93 of Aurora, passed away Sunday April 21, 2019. What a reception she received in heaven – Easter Sunday – joyful singing and a special welcome home celebration. Ruth was born on February 16, 1926 in Aurora, Illinois and was the daughter of Gregory and Lillian (Albright) Bertrand. Ruth was a graduate of East Aurora High School and was a longtime member of Our Savior...
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David R. Lopez

July 12, 1975 - April 20, 2019

David R. Lopez, 43, of Aurora, passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Eskenazi Hospital. He was born July 12, 1975, in Sandwich, Illinois, son of the late Juan Lopez and Juana Rangel Lopez. David is survived by his four children: Miguel Angel Lopez, Issac Ramirez-Lopez, Juan Antonio Lopez and Caasi Juana Lopez; his grandchild, Maximilliano Alexander Navarro- Lopez; his brothers, Jerardo...
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Everett L. Imthurn

December 5, 1935 - April 19, 2019

Everett L. Imthurn, 83 of Aurora, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday April 19, 2019 at Delnor Community Hospital. He was born December 5, 1935 in Burlington, IA the son of the late Edgar and Viola (Hunger) Imthurn. Everett served his country with U.S. Navy and after being discharged from the Navy he worked for many years at Pratt Company in Aurora, IL as an...
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Fay Theodor

April 18, 2019

Photini (Fay) Theodor, 93 of Aurora passed away peacefully Friday April 18, 2018 at her home. She was born in Rizes, Greece in 1926 and married her husband, Demetre in 1948. Together they came to America and settled in Aurora. They owned and operated Theodor Brothers Restaurant and Candy Store on the corner or River and Galena in downtown Aurora for many years. The were married for 35 years until...
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Donna K. Kuhns

December 14, 1942 - April 15, 2019

Donna K. Kuhns, 76, of Aurora passed away Monday April 15, 2019 at Edward Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born December 14, 1942 in Denison, TX the daughter of the late Amo and Ada Perrin. Donna had two jobs, she was a stay at home mom, who raised two great kids while also being a devoted and faithful wife for 56 years. She received a rating of excellent. Donna is survived by...
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Jean Palmer

July 24, 1930 - April 14, 2019

Jean Palmer passed away at Symphony of Orchard Valley on April 14, 2019. She was born on July 24, 1930 to Myron and Irma Palmer. She attended schools in Aurora and graduated from Drummond High School. Jean worked at Barber-Greene and later at Metropolitan Life Insurance. Jean was an expert bowler and golfer participating in many different leagues. She was an avid walker with her...
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Joe Dunham

March 17, 1939 - April 13, 2019

Joe Dunham, 80, of Aurora, passed away April 13, 2019. He was born March 17, 1939 in Springfield, MO, son of the late Austin and Elsie (Clay) Dunham. He grew up in Nixa, MO where he had a paper route with his cousin, Jim Dunham. He enjoyed his motor scooter and was active in music and theatre in Nixa High School where he graduated in 1957. After high school, Joe went to Southwest Baptist...
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Mary Ann Cordova

March 11, 1975 - April 9, 2019

Mary Cordova, of Aurora, also known as Nana, Mare, Mucky and Muchacho, passed away at the age of 44 on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. She passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loved ones. Mary had been suffering from ALS for the last 4 years. Mary was born March, 11, 1975 at the University of Chicago Hospital to Manuel and Maricela Cordova. From the very beginning of life Mary was...
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Jerry L. Youngren

July 15, 1937 - April 6, 2019

Jerrald "Jerry" L. Youngren, a beloved Husband, Dad, and Papa, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the age of 81. Jerry was born in Aurora in July 15, 1937. Jerry attended West Aurora High School graduating in 1955. He began his engineering studies at Georgia Tech before ultimately receiving his Mechanical Engineering degree at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. After college, he joined...
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Jim Harbin

April 11, 1937 - April 4, 2019

Jim Harbin 81, of Aurora, passed away April 4, 2019. He was born April 11,1937 in New Orleans, LA. He retired from Caterpillar after 32 years. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Beverly Harbin; sons, Randy (Kristi) Harbin and Glenn (Michelle) Harbin; grandchildren, Josh (Heather), Kyle, Angie (Niki), Brandon and Catie; great-grandchildren, Nickilous, Scarlette, Everett and...
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James L. Dobbins

August 13, 1961 - April 3, 2019

James L. Dobbins, 57, of Aurora, passed away April 3, 2019 at Presence Mercy Center. He was born August 13, 1961 in Aurora, IL the son of James Dobbins Sr., and Gertrude Sponholtz. Jim worked for many years at Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. He loved Rock-in-Roll and his only love was, Pamela Jean Patrick Dobbins. One of many of his favorite things to do were spending time with his...
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James L. Hall

November 18, 1938 - April 3, 2019

James L. Hall, 80, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday April 3, 2019 at Presence Mercy Center. He was born November 18, 1938 in New Albany, MS, the son of the late, Carl and Flossie (Whitehead) Hall. James worked for many years at Rainbow Baking Company and also Walmart for 20 years. James is survived by his wife, Sarah L. (Davis) Hall: his daughters, Cheryl Elliott and Marschell Hall; his...
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Lawrence H. Benson

July 27, 1949 - March 31, 2019

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Donald E. Drees

August 2, 1933 - March 31, 2019

Donald E. Drees, 85, of Fort Worth, TX (formerly of Montgomery, IL) passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at The Carlyle at Stonebridge Park in Southlake, TX. He was born on August 3, 1933 to the late William and Margurite (Twist) Drees. Donald enjoyed spending time with his family and camping. Donald is survived by his son, Paul (Rae Ellen) Drees of Mendota, his daughter, Karen (Rob)...
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Gregory A. Pittman

April 28, 1976 - March 30, 2019

Gregory A. Pittman, 42, of Aurora, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet, IL. with his family and friends by his side. He was born on April 28, 1976 in Aurora, IL, the son of Darrell A. Pittman, Sr. and Louise (Greenwall) Pittman. Greg was employed for 14 years at Constitution House in Aurora. He was an avid Miami Dolphins and Chicago Cubs fan. He was a...
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Maria Ladislao Rangel Chavez

February 2, 1952 - March 30, 2019

Maria Ladislao Rangel Chávez, 67, of Aurora, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family and friends on Saturday, March 30, 2019. She was born February 2, 1952 in Mexico, daughter of the late Apolonio Rangel and Maria Chávez. Visitation will take place from 2- 8 P.M. on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora. A funeral mass will be held at 10...
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Tomm Harty

May 23, 1929 - March 27, 2019

Tomm Harty, 89, died on March 27 at his home in Burr Ridge with his wife, Barbara Alexander, and daughter, Erin Harty, by his side. He is also survived by his sister, Peggy Harty; his son, Marc Harty; his daughters, Cheryl (Glenn) Harsh and Lisa (William) Paddor and 5 grandchildren. Tomm was preceded in death by his son, Brian Harty. He attended St. Patrick High School and DePaul...
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Arlene M. Jaffke

September 28, 1929 - March 22, 2019

Arlene Meyers Jaffke, 89, passed away Friday, March 22, 2019 at Heritage Woods in Yorkville. Arlene was born and raised in Aurora and graduated with honors from West Aurora High School in 1947. She married W.W. "Jeff" Jaffke in 1949 and had three children, Lauren, Bryan and Leigh Ann. She was dedicated to her family and the business that she and Jeff started until their retirement. Arlene...
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Jo Schwab Gorges

June 25, 1943 - March 20, 2019

Jo Schwab Gorges, 75, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2019. She was born June 25, 1943, daughter of the late Adelbert LeRoy and Florence (Hartman) Schwab. Her hobbies were cooking, crocheting, reading, traveling and helping others. Jo is survived by her husband, Gene; sister, Carol (Steve) Goehl sons, Rick (Brenda) Berg, Ryan (Fiancée Bonnie) Berg, Noel (Tonia) Gorges and Tim ...
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James A. Lakanen

September 1, 1951 - March 19, 2019

James A. Lakanen, 67, of Aurora, passed away on March 19, 2019. He was born September 1, 1951. Private services and interment will take place at a later date. Arrangements by The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora. For further information, please call 630-897-9291 or visit our website at www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.
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Sammy L. Walls

October 11, 1942 - March 16, 2019

Sammy L. Walls, 76 of Aurora, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Presence Mercy Center. He was born October 11, 1942 in Itta Bena, MS, the son of Jim and Bessie (Morehead) Walls. Sammy was employed for many years in Aurora, by Caterpillar, by St. Charles School District, and finally by the Batavia School District. In the schools, a child who came to school without lunch could count on...
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Bruce E. Lindgren

March 19, 1957 - March 12, 2019

Bruce E. Lindgren, 61, of Aurora, former President of DACO Incorporated, died peacefully in his home on March 11, 2019, after a six-year battle with ALS. Bruce was a lifelong Aurora resident, born and raised on the west side, where he also later raised a family with his beloved wife of nearly 40 years, Meredith. A multifaceted young man, Bruce broke the two-mile distance record at West Aurora...
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Christina Pezzuto

October 10, 1950 - March 11, 2019

Christina Pezzuto, 68, of North Aurora, passed away Monday March 11, 2019 at St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet, IL. She was born October 10, 1950 in Brooklyn, NY the daughter of the late Harry Pezzuto and Rose Alexander. Christina was a loving mother, grandmother, and sister. She enjoyed spending time with her family and making people laugh. Christina had an incredible smile that lit up any room....
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Stanley G. Sampson

March 23, 1933 - March 8, 2019

Stanley G. Sampson, 85, of Aurora, passed away on March 8, 2019. He was born on March 23, 1933, the son of Russell and Sedell (Alsvig) Sampson. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Janice M. (Johnson) Sampson; his daughters, Carrie Sampson, Rebecca Hankes and Beth Murphy; his grandsons, Timothy, Kevin, Jonathan, Philip and Alex and his great grandchildren, Isabelle, Colin, Joseph and...
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Gloria Ann Stephenson

May 10, 1937 - March 6, 2019

Gloria Ann Stephenson passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the age of 81. She was born on May 10, 1937 in Aurora. Gloria is survived by her sister, Judy Moss (Bob); a niece, Colleen Lawrence (the late Brent), nephews Daniel Moss (Steven Betancourt), David Moss (Katherine Lynch); great nieces Katie and Natalie Lawrence; and cousins Maureen Flinn and Bob (Louanne) Buckley. Gloria was...
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Homer Wilson, Jr.

July 6, 1965 - March 1, 2019

Homer Wilson, Jr. was born on Tuesday, July 6, 1965 at Charles Miller Hospital in Saint Paul, Minnesota to Homer and Minerva Sanders Wilson. He was the youngest of four children born to this union. Gregory, Roland and Rhonda welcomed their baby brother with love. Homer attended Maxfield and Galtier Elementary Schools and Wilson Junior High School. Upon graduation from Central High School in...
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Irene Shepard

August 27, 1952 - February 27, 2019

Irene (Rodriguez) Shepard, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt was born August 27th, 1952. She passed away on February 27th, 2019 at the age of 66. Irene is survived by her children, Tara Rodriguez and Jerod Shephard, her grandchildren, Daria Rodriguez and Delia Rodriguez, and her husband, Norman Royer. She is also survived by her siblings: Robert "Paul" Cervantes, Angelita ...
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Henry J. Richards

December 14, 1923 - February 26, 2019

Henry (Harry) Joseph Richards departed this life on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, in Aurora, Illinois. He was 95 years of age. The son of Henry John Richards and Sarah Marie Richards, Harry was born on December 14, 1923, in Jersey City, New Jersey. He had one sibling—Dorothy Richards Westphal. Harry graduated from William L. Dickinson High School, in Jersey City. During World War II, in 1943,...
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Rev. Eliezer V. "Ito" Casiano

February 25, 1957 - February 26, 2019

Eliezer Casiano "Ito", 62, of Aurora, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at his home surrounded by family. Visitation will take place from 5 P.M. until the time of the funeral service at 6:30 P.M. on Friday, March 1, 2019 at Pentecostal Church of God Divine Light, 142 S. 4th St., Aurora, IL 60505. An additional service will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 9 A.M. at the...
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Russell F. Kratochvil

June 25, 1924 - February 24, 2019

Russell F. Kratochvil, 94 of North Aurora died Sunday February 24, 2019 at McAuley Manor after a brief illness. He was born June 24, 1924 in Chicago, IL the son of the late Fred and Anna Kratochvil. Russ was a lifelong member of Living Hope Church, North Aurora (formerly Union Congregational Church). He served in many ways at church and was in the choir for almost 70 years. He served his...
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Augustine H. "Stene" Banks, Jr.

October 12, 1954 - February 22, 2019

Augustine "Stene" H. Banks, Jr.,64 of Aurora, passed away Friday February 22, 2019 at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born October 12, 1954 in Aurora, IL the son of the late Augustine and Dorothy (Foster) Banks. Stene attended East Aurora public schools and served his country with U.S. Army. He was employed at the St. Charles Illinois Schools for Boys until his...
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Joy Lee Zeier

October 7, 1942 - February 16, 2019

Joy Lee Zeier, 76, of Edwardsville, IL passed away at Anderson Hospital surrounded by her family on Saturday, February 16, 2019. She was born October 7, 1942 in Aurora, IL, daughter of the late Robert Louis Parker and Nora Lee Parker. She was a lifelong resident of Aurora until retiring to Edwardsville, IL in 2006 to be closer to her grandchildren. She graduated from East Aurora High School....
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Barbara L. Albright

August 25, 1947 - February 16, 2019

Barbara L. Albright, 71 years of age, peacefully went home to the Lord with her loving family surrounding her on February 16, 2019. Barb was born August 25, 1947 in Benton, IL to Elsie Robey and Rhoadell Cooper. Barb is survived by her loving husband Jimmy E. Albright of 58 years, whom she married on September 1, 1960. Barb and Jim had 7 children: Shirley (Thomas) Haas of Aurora, IL, Jimmy ...
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George Spero Zervos, Proistamenos

February 8, 2019

Rev. Fr. George S. Zervos, Proistamenos Father George Spero Zervos was a native of Detroit, Michigan, Sts. Constantine and Helen Church, and the Annunciation. In June 1965 he graduated from Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, met and married within three months, Anne Kotsos, from Chicago, Illinois. After moving to Salonika, Greece to further his studies in Greek and Theology for eight months, the...
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William "Bill" Dyer

August 26, 1931 - February 7, 2019

William E. "Bill" Dyer lately of Savoy, IL, passed away on the evening of February 7, 2019, at Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, Illinois. He was born on August 26, 1931, in Massac County, IL. He was the son of Walter and Eunice (Corson) Dyer. He married Patricia A. Cockrel on July 21, 1951. Mr. Dyer was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, a Mason, and an Army Veteran. He...
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Andrea Mae Merrill

May 1, 1935 - February 5, 2019

Andrea Mae Merrill, 83, of North Aurora, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Rosewood Care Center, St. Charles, IL. She was born May 1, 1935 in Ogden, UT, the daughter of the late Levi and Alice (Nielsen) Andreasen. Andrea worked for many years as the secretary for a defense contractor. She was a lifetime member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She volunteered at...
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Bonnie Lee Root

May 28, 1944 - February 5, 2019

Bonnie Lee Root, 74, of Plano, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019. She was born May 28, 1944 in Aurora, IL, daughter of the late Nicholas and Elizabeth (Linden) Beyer Sr. She is survived by her sons, Kevin (Kathy) Root, Russell Root, Robert Root and William (Bridget) Root; grandchildren, Kevin Root Jr., Ryan (Sarah) Root, Ethan (Zayda) Root, Brody (fiancée Brittany Ashbrook) Root, Ashley...
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Irene May Jansen

July 16, 1928 - February 4, 2019

Irene May Jansen, 90, of Mendota, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 4, 2019 at her home. She was born on July 16, 1928 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of the late William (Myrtle) Almy. Irene enjoyed finishing jigsaw puzzles, fishing, painting and crocheting. She also took pleasure in playing dice, bingo and bean bags (corn hole game). Survivors include her son, Melvin Charles Jansen...
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Nicholas "Nick" Stark Sr.

December 23, 1948 - February 2, 2019

Nicholas John Stark Sr. passed away on Saturday Feb 2, 2019 at home. He was born in Aurora on December 23,1948. He grew up on the Eastside of Aurora. He attended Oak Park Grade School and St Nicholas School. He attended Roncalli High School and graduated from East Aurora High School in 1967. While in high school he played in several rock and roll bands and won a trip to Europe playing the...
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Mark A. Grisco

March 8, 1968 - January 31, 2019

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Richard E. Frauenhoff

December 28, 1927 - January 28, 2019

Richard Frauenhoff, 91, was called to his eternal home, by our Lord and Savior on Monday, January 28, 2019. He was born December 28, 1927 at Copley Hospital, the son of Edward and Minna (Gruemmer) Frauenhoff. Richard served in the Army in 1946 and later served as a reservist from 1951 to 1955. Richard is survived by his wife, Margaret. They were anticipating their 70th wedding anniversary on...
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Patrick J. Hayes

March 15, 1925 - January 26, 2019

Patrick J. Hayes, 93, native of Ballyhahill Co. Limerick, Ireland, passed peacefully and transitioned to his heavenly home January 26, 2019. Devoted faithful husband of Eileen (nee O'Connell); loving father of John, Maureen (Patrick) Flavin, Daniel, Christine (Donald) Galati and Michael (Wendy); cherished grandfather of many and fond uncle of many. He was the loving brother of the late James...
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Mary L. Bernard

April 22, 1927 - January 24, 2019

Mary Bernard (nee Luetzow), 91, retired educator, died on Thursday, January 24, 2019. Mary was born and raised in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. She attended the University of Wisconsin where she earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1949. While in Madison, she met the love of her life, Roger, whom she married immediately after graduation. Mary worked as an instructor at the University of...
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Kelly Robbins

April 23, 1966 - January 23, 2019

Kelly Robbins, 52, of Plainfield, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2019. She was born April 23, 1966 in Peoria, IL, daughter of Herman and Dorothy (Green) Cornish. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 4 PM - 8 PM at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Progressive Baptist Church,...
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Marilayn "Lynn" Garnet Kenner Ruble

June 12, 1927 - January 22, 2019

Marilayn "Lynn" Garnet Kenner Ruble Marilayn Garnet Kenner Ruble, known to all but her childhood friends as Lynn, died January 22, 2019 at the Oaks (nursing facility) in Brevard, North Carolina at the age of 91. She was born on June 12, 1927 to William Wortman Kenner and Mildred Ida (Brown) Kenner in Aurora, Illinois. Following her graduation from West Aurora High School, Lynn worked at the...
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Marlene D. Stiefbold

December 15, 1936 - January 22, 2019

Marlene D. Stiefbold, 82, of Montgomery, passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. She was born December 15, 1936, the daughter of the late Henry and Arline (Dumdie) Hayden. Marlene worked as a banker for more than 30 years at Aurora National Bank. Survivors include her brother, Ronald Hayden and a nephew, Michael Hayden. In addition to her parents, Marlene was preceded by her husband,...
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Doris M. Johnson

May 27, 1931 - January 21, 2019

Doris M. Johnson, 87, of Aurora, passed away Monday, January 21, 2019. She was born May 27, 1931 in Aurora, daughter of the late Paul and Dorothy (Kreitz) Baughman. She graduated from East Aurora High School in 1949 and attended Claim Street Baptist Church. She married Everett Johnson on October 21, 1950. Doris worked for Natural Gas Pipeline in Chicago and Kogos Buick and Jim Elliott...
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John J. Henning

May 10, 1928 - January 18, 2019

John J. Henning, 90, of Montgomery, passed away on January 18, 2019. He was born on May 10, 1928 in Iron Ridge, Wisconsin, the son of the late Rev. John F. and Hattie Henning. John was a big sports fan, but most of all enjoyed the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Cubs. He retired from I.P.C.I in Racine, Wisconsin. John was a longtime member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church. One of his...
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Brenda L. Montesano

May 26, 1960 - January 17, 2019

Brenda L. Montesano, 58, of Aurora, IL, passed away January 17, 2019. She was born in Ottawa, IL, May 26, 1960, the daughter of the late Edward Buchanan and Sally (Harmon) Perez of Elgin, IL. Brenda was a very special person who gave of herself to everyone she met. She was an amazing, vivacious, warm, mystical, spiritual, magical person with a generous nature. Most of Brenda's working career...
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Margaret J. Prange

January 6, 1933 - January 14, 2019

Margaret J. (Paxson) Prange, 86, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on January 14, 2019 at her daughter's home. She was born on January 6, 1933 in Coatesville, PA, the daughter of the late William J. and Marian E. (Ramaley) Paxson. Margaret loved to travel and was able to visit all 50 states and 14 countries. She is survived by 4 children, 3 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren...
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G. Bernard "Bernie" Ziegler

March 8, 1934 - January 13, 2019

George Bernard Ziegler (3/8/34-1/13/19) Bernie went to be with the Lord, Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 6:21 a.m. surrounded by his beloved companion, Ardeth Lawley. Survivors include his daughter, Jackie (John) Foxx of Humboldt, TN; son, Michael of Jackson, TN; daughter-in-law, Dori Ziegler of Algoma, WI; 3 grandchildren, Stephanie (Will) Jones of Millbrook, AL, Kayla (Mark) Fairless of...
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Dorothy M. Crossen

August 12, 1944 - January 10, 2019

Dorothy Crossen (Scanlon), 74, of Aurora, Illinois, passed Thursday, January 10, 2019. Dorothy was born to Thomas Scanlon, and Verdalle (Halterman), August 12, 1944 in Elgin, Illinois. Dorothy graduated from Kaneland Senior High School. She married Randell "Wayne" Crossen in 1966, and they lived together in Aurora. Dorothy worked at Allen School in District 131 as the head lunch supervisor. ...
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Peggy Ruth Gray

October 30, 1948 - January 9, 2019

Peggy Ruth Gray, 70, of Naperville, passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2019. She was born October 30, 1948 in New Albany, MS. She is survived by her mother, Carolyn Edwards Latham; her sisters, Vivian (Jerry) Butler, Bernice Ferrell, Barbara (Curtis) Danner, and Cathy Wade; and her brothers, Robert Wade, Richard Wade, and Larry Wade. She is preceded in death by her father, Earl Wade. She...
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Joan E. Humm

May 2, 1924 - January 6, 2019

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Shirley M. Judd

July 24, 1924 - January 5, 2019

Shirley M. Judd, 94, of Aurora, passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Presence Mercy Medical Center. She was born in Hinckley, Illinois on July 24, 1924 the daughter of the late Delbert and Anna (Klomhaus) Lutin. Shirley graduated from Sugar Grove High School in 1943. In July of that year, she was engaged to be wed to the love of her life James Nolan Judd. She traveled across the...
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Ruth J. Laurant

January 25, 1935 - January 3, 2019

Ruth J. Laurant, 83, of Aurora, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, January 3, 2019, at her home. She was born January 25, 1935, the daughter of the late Henry and Annie (Williams) James in Ponchatoula, LA where she met her husband Nathaniel Laurant, and they married in Aurora, IL March 13th,1959. Ruth worked over many years as a bus aide for Rich Lee Vans; she accepted Christ at an early...
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Dawnn R. Drury

July 29, 1953 - January 3, 2019

Dawnn R. Drury, 65 of Aurora, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Amita Health Mercy Medical Center. She was born July 29, 1953 in Geneva, IL; the daughter of the late Hubert and Faith (Cornell) Wilkerson. Dawnn worked for many years at Dial Corporation in Montgomery, IL and Illinois Tool Works (ITW) in St. Charles, IL. Dawnn is survived by her three children, Amy Grewer of...
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Gilda Lynn Howes

September 4, 1948 - January 2, 2019

Gilda L. Howes, 70, of Montgomery, IL, passed away on January 2, 2019. She was born on September 4, 1948 in Welch, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Robert W. and Ruth (Kell) Rutherford, Sr. Gilda worked at Manpower Temporary Services. She was a beautiful person, both inside and out, as well as a very kind, generous and friendly woman. Survivors include her son, Mason (Stephanie)...
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Marilyn "Molly" C. Green

January 8, 1931 - January 1, 2019

Marilyn C. "Molly" Green, 87, of Aurora, passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at Jennings Terrace. She was born January 8, 1931 in Aurora, the daughter of the late Percy and Margaret Baxter. Molly was a 1948 graduate of West Aurora High School. She worked for Illinois Bell and Evans Tools. Molly was a longtime member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and was also a member of the Jennings...
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Antonio D. Garcia

September 25, 1942 - December 31, 2018

Antonio D. Garcia, 76, of Aurora, passed away Monday December 31, 2018 at Presence Mercy Center. He was born September 25, 1942 in Matamoros, Mexico, the son of the late Jesus and Rosario (Armendariz) Garcia. Antonio worked for many years at C & F Forge Company in Batavia, IL and at Dart Container in North Aurora, IL. Antonio is survived by his twin brother, Palemon Garcia, and by his...
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Forester J. DuSell

May 20, 1921 - December 22, 2018

Forester J. DuSell "Fory", 97, of Geneva passed away December 22, 2018. He was born May 20, 1921 in Aurora, son of the late Claude and Mary DuSell. Fory was a longtime railroader having started with the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy as an Operator in 1939. He grew up in CB&Q division point Aurora, IL, and quickly rose through the ranks to Dispatcher, Trainmaster, Assistant to General...
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Harold A. Albright

February 24, 1927 - December 16, 2018

Harold August Albright, 91, of Cadiz, KY, passed away on December 16, 2018. He was born February 24, 1927 to the late Clarence August and (Ruth Violet Foose) Albright. Harold served his country in the U. S. Navy. He was a member of Montgomery V.F.W. and the American Legion Post 84. Survivors include four sons, Terry Lee (Donajo) Albright, Harold Gene (Susan) Albright, Melvin Clarence ...
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Sharon K Anderson

October 30, 1959 - December 15, 2018

Sharon K. Anderson, 59 of Aurora, passed away Saturday December 15, 2018 at her home. She was born October 30, 1959 in Aurora the daughter of Aggie (Leggett) Oliver and the late T.A. Junior Oliver. Sharon was the third child, their first daughter. When her mom wasn't around everyone knew "Sissy" was in charge. She went to Oak Park elementary school. She was baptized as child at Hillside...
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Paula C. Thomas

May 11, 1947 - December 12, 2018

Paula C. Thomas of Aurora, IL passed away peacefully in her home on December 12, 2018 at the age of 71. Paula was employed at Wells Fargo Advisors for the last 20 years as a sales associate. She was preceded in death by her mother and father Robert and Henrietta Mueller and daughter-in-law Kathy Thomas. Paula is survived by her husband of 36 years, Jerry Thomas, her children Jay Thomas,...
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James M. Mitchell

April 15, 1957 - December 6, 2018

James M. Mitchell, 61, of Aurora, passed away Thursday December 6, 2018 at Presence Mercy Center. He was born April 15, 1957 in Waterford, MS, the son of the late Percy Pryor and Hattie Mitchell. James worked as a business owner in the Fox Valley area. James is survived by his wife, Terry J. Mitchell of Aurora; his daughters, Jasmine (Jeremy) Taylor, Jerlisa Mitchell, Ashley Smith and...
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Cornelia C. Jones

September 13, 1927 - December 5, 2018

Cornelia C. Jones, 91, of Aurora, passed away on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Jennings Terrace, where she resided for the past 5 years. She was born on September 13, 1927 in Aurora, IL. Cornelia was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church. She worked at Mooseheart for over 17 years. Cornelia was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Survivors include her daughters, Jacqueline (Frank)...
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George Williams

February 22, 1950 - December 2, 2018

George Williams, 68 of Aurora, IL gained his heavenly wings on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Rush Copley Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 47 years, Donna; his daughter, Jovonna (Rubert) Tillis; three grandchildren, Javares Stewart, Jakira Williams and Jahlil Williams; two sisters, Maggie Fisher and Patricia Williams; two brothers,...
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Gregg J. Houck, Jr.

August 26, 1938 - November 28, 2018

Gregg J. Houck, Jr, 80, of Aurora, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and friends on November 28, 2018 at Presence Mercy Medical Center. He was born on August 26, 1938 in Burlington, Iowa, the son of the late Leah Eileen (Wright) and Gregg J. Houck, Sr. Gregg was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He loved watching sports, especially the St. Louis Cardinals and the Iowa...
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Esther M. Watson

June 9, 1927 - November 28, 2018

Esther M. Watson, 91 of Aurora, passed away Wednesday November 28, 2018 at her home. She was born June 9, 1927 in Naperville, IL the daughter of the late Cecil and Nellie (Stark) Henderson. Esther was a long-time member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Aurora. She was a den mother for cub scouts, Past Worthy Matron Rising Sun Chapter Order of Eastern Star, Past State President for the Demolay...
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Steven Edward Sterling

January 19, 1947 - November 20, 2018

Steven Edward Sterling, 71, of Aurora, passed away November 20, 2018. He was born January 19, 1947 in St. Charles, IL . He enjoyed fishing, bowling and riding his motorcycle. He was proud of his Native American Heritage and collected Native American and Western memorabilia. Steven is survived by his wife of 50 years, Linda; 3 daughters, April, Denise and Tammy; son, Dakota; 2 sisters,...
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Virginia D. Berghorst Gibson

April 25, 1919 - November 18, 2018

Virginia D. Berghorst Gibson, 99, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2018. She was born April 25, 1919 in Chicago, daughter of the late Charles and Emma Mann. Private family burial to take place in Minnesota.
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Herminio Villalobos

April 25, 1935 - November 18, 2018

Herminio Villalobos, 83, of Aurora, passed away on November 18, 2018. He was born on April 25, 1935 in Mexico. Leaving behind to cherish his memory are his children, Herminia (Antonio) Cerenil, Walter (Nidia) Villalobos, Oralia (William) Alfter, Blanca (Hugh) Killen, Humberto (Alma Rosa) Villalobos, Letty (Jose Luis) Moreno, Lupe (Salvador) Heredia, Norma Villalobos, Yolanda (Phil) Muzzalupo...
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Doris E. Kahle

June 16, 1933 - November 8, 2018

Doris E. Kahle, 85, of Aurora, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 8, 2018. She was born June 16, 1933 in Chicago, daughter of the late Homer and Elma Lumbert. On October 6, 1951 she married Virgil Kahle at First Presbyterian Church where she faithfully served as a Sunday School teacher and was a member of the Do Nothing Club. She also owned, along with June Young, Home...
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Sarah Lee Salesky

April 6, 1938 - October 28, 2018

Sarah Lee Salesky, 80, of North Aurora, died peacefully on October 28, 2018 at her home. She was born April 6, 1938 in New Albany, MS., the daughter of the late Earl and Ruby Matkin. Sarah moved to Aurora with her family as a teenager. Several years later she met her future husband, Donald Salesky. The young couple started their family in West Aurora. Sarah raised a family and ran a successful...
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Leland K. "Lee" Wilkins

January 29, 1949 - October 26, 2018

Leland K. "Lee" Wilkins, 69, of Aurora, passed away on Friday, October 26, 2018. He was born on January 29, 1949 in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, the son of the late Keith and Elaine (Ball) Wilkins. Lee graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, IA and Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Lee is survived by his wife, Barbara; his brother, Bryan Wilkins of Brandon, Iowa and his step children,...
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Bonnie Jean Schoeppel

February 26, 1929 - October 25, 2018

Bonnie Jean (nee Beare) Schoeppel, of Aurora, formerly of Ellis Grove, IL, former administrative staff member for Aurora University and past President of the Board of Education for East Aurora District 131, went home to the Lord on October 25th due to complications of Alzheimer's disease. Bonnie was born in Ellis Grove, IL on February 26, 1929 to Ollie E. (nee Fisher) and Ernie T. Beare,...
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Jeff A. Weiss

July 6, 1961 - October 24, 2018

Jeffrey A. Weiss, 57, of Montgomery IL (formerly of Itasca, IL), entered eternity to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, surrounded by his family. Though he left this world suddenly, after a brief but spirited fight against cancer, his family rejoices that he is at rest with Jesus. Jeff was a loving husband, father, son, grandfather, brother, uncle, teacher and friend. His philosophy...
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Marjorie M. Harkins

January 1, 1921 - October 15, 2018

Marjorie Marian Michael was born on New Year's Day, 1921 in Aurora, Illinois. She was the first born child of parents Clyde Lamont Michael and Lillian Eberly Michael. She married Michael Robert "Bob" Harkins on August 26, 1946 at St. Mary's Church in Aurora. She and Bob had four sons; Thomas, Edward (Mary Ann), Kenneth (Lu Anne) and Donald (Lorelai), five grandchildren (Jeff, Bill, Andy, Mike,...
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James V. Spagnola

October 1, 1954 - October 13, 2018

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Helen A. Gabrielson

August 1, 1930 - October 11, 2018

Helen A. (Barrett) Gabrielson, 88, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at her home in Aurora, IL. She was born on August 1, 1930 in Sugar Grove to LeRoy and Alma Barrett. She attended Emmanuel Lutheran grade school and West Aurora High School. After school, she worked at All Steel and Processed Plastics. Later she worked as the bookkeeper and secretary at...
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Paul Emerson McPeake

January 21, 1942 - October 11, 2018

Paul Emerson McPeake, 76, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, October 11, 2018. He was born January 21, 1942 in Aurora, son of the late Charles and Evelyn (Browman) McPeake. He is survived by his wife Shirley Schuler; many step children, step grandchildren, step great grandchildren as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Along with his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his...
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John E. Sheldon

June 30, 1949 - October 7, 2018

Sheldon, John Edward John E. Sheldon, age 69, of Aurora, IL, surrounded by his loving family, left this world to be with his Lord and Savior, on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at Presence Mercy Hospital. He was born in Aurora, IL on June 30, 1949, the third son of Wilbur and Dorothy (Barnett) Sheldon. John was employed for 31 years at various positions at Caterpillar in Montgomery, IL. He was an...
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Ethel Lee Jeffries

October 10, 1931 - October 6, 2018

Ethel Lee Pryor "Tutta" was born on October 10, 1931 in Holly Springs, Mississippi to the late John Pryor and Clary Phillips-Pryor. She was one of five children. Ethel confessed Christ and was baptized at a young age while attending Chulahoma Missionary Baptist Church in Mississippi. On December 27, 1950, Ethel was united in holy matrimony to Roosevelt Jeffries. To this union 15 children...
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Walter E. Greising, Jr.

February 1, 1927 - October 6, 2018

Walter Ernst Greising, Jr., 91, died on Saturday, October 6, 2017. Walter was born in Chicago on February 1, 1927. He grew up on Seeley Avenue, and graduated from Lakeview High School. He enlisted in the Navy, and served in the Pacific Theater in World War II. Walter returned from the war and enrolled in Valparaiso University, where he met his wife of 67 years, Ruth Renata Skornia. They...
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Clarence E. Lang

April 5, 1937 - September 20, 2018

Clarence E. Lang, 81, of Aurora, passed away Thursday September 20, 2018 surrounded by his loved ones. He was the son of the late Joseph and Bernice (Rosenquist) Lang. Clarence served his country with the U.S. Navy and was a survivor of a devastating plane crash in the Atlantic Ocean, where he swam miles to shore. After the Navy, he was employed at the Burlington Northern Railroad, where he...
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Marian J. Newell

January 29, 1920 - September 17, 2018

Marian J. Newell, 98, resident of Westbridge assisted living center in Wheaton and long-time home-owner in Aurora, IL, gracefully passed away Monday, September 17, 2018, at Northwestern Central DuPage Hospital. She was born January 29, 1920 in Danville IL, daughter of Miles and Grace (Lafferty) Jeter. With a family that included an older brother Harold and younger brother Paul, Marian moved...
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Patsy J. Duffin

April 3, 1936 - September 17, 2018

On April 3, 1936, Patsy Jean Reed was born to the late Will Reed and Mary Ward Reed in Port Gibson, MS. On February 1, 1959, she became Mrs. Patsy Duffin when she married the late Kelly Duffin Jr. and from this union she became the proud mother of two beautiful children. She accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at an early age, and once the Duffin family decided to move to...
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Yvonne Metzler

July 31, 1947 - September 12, 2018

Yvonne Metzler, age 71, passed away peacefully in care on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. She was born in Mexico City, Mexico on July 31, 1947, and came to the United States in 1966. She was an Aurora resident the majority of her life and served her community for many years as a medical assistant. Having worked at Mercy Hospital, Aurora Pediatric Clinic, and later, Dryer Medical Clinic, she...
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Deborah L. "Deb" Sklenar

June 24, 1951 - September 6, 2018

Deborah L. "Deb" Sklenar, 67, of Eola, passed away Thursday, September 6, 2018 in Wisconsin as a result of a car accident on August 25, 2018. She was born June 24, 1951 in Carroll, IA, daughter of the late Ivan and Doreen Stangl. She is survived by her husband, John Sklenar; siblings, Karen (Leon) Jendruczek, Kathryn (Robert) Feilmeyer, Greg (Colleen) Stangl, Rosemary (Fred) Alvis, Steven ...
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Robert H. Shelp

March 8, 1926 - September 4, 2018

Robert (Bob) Harold Shelp, 92, passed away September 4, 2018, in Stuart, Florida. Bob was born on March 8, 1926, in Aurora, Illinois to Harold and Grace (Kennedy) Shelp. Bob attended the West Side Public Schools in Aurora. After high school, he served in the U.S. Navy for two years, and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1947 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. In...
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Robert G. Lukacs

July 25, 1958 - August 29, 2018

Robert G. Lukacs, 60, of Aurora, passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at his home. He was born July 25, 1958 the son of the late Anton and Helene Lukacs. Bob was a gentle soul. He loved children and worked as a child care giver for fifteen years. He was also employed at Waubonsee Community College for fifteen years. He loved his special cats, German music and culture. Bob is survived...
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