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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

Tracey Scott Masters

August 10, 1986 - May 19, 2018

Tracey Scott Masters left this world on his own terms on May 19, 2018, at the age of 31. Tracey was living in Montgomery, IL after spending a number of years in both the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and DeKalb, IL after growing up in the Aurora and Plano areas. He leaves behind a loving mother, Marguerite Armstrong (Weigel); step-father, Mike Armstrong; father, Scott Masters; step-mother,...
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Edith Tessmann

May 25, 1933 - May 15, 2018

Edith Tessmann, 84, of Aurora, passed away Tuesday May 15, 2018 at St. Joseph Hospital. She was born May 25, 1933 in Germany, the daughter of the late Gustav and Alma (Ratke) Schmechel. Edith is survived by her daughter, Lilly (Michael) Langridge; her sons, Ralph (Donna) Tessmann and Randy (Karla) Tessmann; her nine grandchildren; her 5 great grandchildren; her brother, Guenter (Sue) Schmechel...
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Samuel Edward Dissell, Sr. "Samiam"

June 6, 1940 - May 14, 2018

Samuel Edward Dissell, Sr. "Samiam", 77, of Aurora, IL, passed away on May 14, 2018 at Presence Fox Knoll. He was born on June 6, 1940 at St. Joseph Hospital in Aurora, IL, to Louis and Louise Dissell. Sam married his first love in 1967, Diane Linda (Hageman) Dissell. They had 43 happy years together until her death in 2009 of complications from breast cancer. Then in 2011, he married his...
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Catharine D. "Kay" Nila

January 7, 1929 - May 11, 2018

Kay Nila was born Catharine Doris Fisher in Aurora, Illinois on January 7, 1929. Her mother Helen died when little Cathy was only five years old. She was raised by her beloved Victorian grandmother in a home at 407 South Broadway. Kay often reminisced about the times with her grandmother and she knew that it was there that she learned independence and was given full reign to explore the...
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John L. "Jack" Tierney

May 8, 1936 - May 8, 2018

John L. "Jack" Tierney, 82, of St. Charles, passed away on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 in Geneva, IL. He was born on May 8, 1936 in Chicago, IL, the son of John and Dorothy (Walsh) Tierney. Jack retired after 37 years as the sexton of Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Aurora. He was the owner of J.L. Marksit Company. He was a member of Riverside Community Church in St. Charles. Jack is survived by his...
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Betty Lou Smith

May 8, 1924 - May 6, 2018

Betty Lou Smith, 93, of Aurora passed away peacefully at her home in Fox Knoll surrounded by her family and her dear friend and caregiver, Isabel, on Saturday, May 6, 2018. She was born May 8, 1924 in Forreston, IL, daughter of the late Fred and Verna Huntley. She was a lifelong resident of Aurora, graduating from East Aurora High School. Following graduation, she worked in Chicago for the...
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Diane M. Ashton

April 3, 1942 - May 5, 2018

Diane M. Ashton, 76, of North Aurora, passed away Saturday May 5, 2018. She was born April 3, 1942 in Aurora, the daughter of the late Leslie and Hazel (Jones) Carlson. Diane graduated from East Aurora High School in 1960. She retired from Mooseheart after 33 years as a Administrative Assistant, she also was employed for 10 years at I.M.S.A. in Aurora. She was a member of the Black Roses. She...
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Janine T. "Julie" Pfeiffer

April 27, 1926 - May 3, 2018

Janine T. Pfeiffer "Julie" passed away on May 3, 2018. She was born April 27, 1926 in Fresnes-Sur-Escaut, France to Leon Gosteau and Louise (Martin) Gosteau. Working for the U.S. Army, Julie met and eventually married Fred Pfeiffer, the love of her life. They had three children, William (Linda) Pfeiffer of Aurora, Jeffery (Randi) Pfeiffer of Longmont, CO and Christine (Lee) Johnson of Naperville....
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Shirley A. Leadbetter

February 22, 1931 - May 2, 2018

Shirley A. Leadbetter, 87, of Aurora, IL, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Rush-Copley Hospital. She was born February 22, 1931 in Big Rock, IL, the daughter of the late John and Edith (Baker) Cooper. Shirley was employed at many factories in the Fox Valley Area. she also worked for the Salvation Army Golden Diners preparing meals for the Aurora senior community. She enjoyed sending and...
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Ron Rhodes

February 22, 1930 - May 1, 2018

Ron Rhodes, 88, of North Aurora, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 1, 2018. He was born in Birmingham, England on February 22, 1930, son of the late Cecil and Gladys Rhodes. He happily retired from Furnas Electric and enjoyed woodworking and reading. Ron is survived by his loving wife Bobbie; sons, Nigel (Ellen) and Andrew (Kim); grandchildren, Lindsay, Samantha, Aaron, Adam, Alex and...
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Lois Jean Hacker

October 8, 1931 - May 1, 2018

Lois Jean Hacker, age 86, of Montgomery, IL passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Rush Copley Hospital. . She was born October 8, 1931 in Aurora, Illinois the daughter of Emory W. and Rose L. (Stahl) VanDeventer. Lois was united in marriage on August 7, 1954 In Aurora, Illinois at St. John's Lutheran Church to Mr. Edwin Otto Hacker. She was a loving...
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Ethel G. "Tess" Youngen

June 11, 1918 - April 28, 2018

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Charlie Roberts

January 12, 1955 - April 26, 2018

Charlie Roberts, 63, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2018 after a 3 year battle with leukemia. He was born January 12, 1955 in Miami, FL, son of the late Charles and Billie Roberts and grandson of the late Ida Albury. He moved to Aurora when he was 13 and attended East Aurora High School. After high school he worked at Allsteel for 22 years. He then worked at KRG until he was...
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Lawrence E. "Larry" Slouf

July 26, 1945 - April 22, 2018

Lawrence E. "Larry" Slouf, 72, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Symphony of Orchard Valley, where he was provided wonderful nursing care in his final days. He was born on July 26, 1945 in Aurora, IL, the son of the late Lawrence F. and Justine (Schudel) Slouf. Larry attended Our Lady of Good Counsel and St. Rita of Cascia grade schools, Marmion Military Academy and graduated...
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Hortencia G. Garcia

January 5, 1938 - April 18, 2018

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Susan M. (Marks) Kachavos

June 1, 1958 - April 18, 2018

Susan Marie (Marks) Kachavos, 59, passed away on April 18, 2018. Sue was born on June 1, 1958 in Aurora, IL the daughter of Nancy and the late Dr. James Marks. Sue graduated from West Aurora High School, received an Associate Degree from Waubonsee Community College and attended Culver-Stockton College. She was a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority. Sue was a paraprofessional at Flossmoor...
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John D. Smith Sr.

January 20, 1936 - April 16, 2018

John D. Smith, Sr., 82, of Aurora, IL and Sun City, AZ, passed away Monday, April 16, 2018. He was born January 20, 1936 in Keithsburg, IL, son of the late Earl and Louise (Dunn) Smith and lifelong stepson of the late G.Ward Hawkins. He joined the Army right after high school and spent a year and a half in the Panama Canal Zone and very soon located in Aurora. John spent 42 years in the...
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Bonnie Collier

March 20, 1942 - April 12, 2018

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Ramona J. Daniels

October 3, 1931 - April 12, 2018

Ramona J. Daniels, 86, of Montgomery, passed away Thursday April 12, 2018 at Seasons Hospice. She was born October 3, 1931 in Joliet, IL the daughter of the late Lawrence and Grace (Cornell) McClintock. Ramona was a member of Village Bible Church of Aurora (formerly Grace Bible Church). She was employed for many years at BRK Electronics in Aurora. Ramona is survived by her husband, Lloyd...
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John V. Reese

May 12, 1945 - April 11, 2018

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Julie C. Gurke

October 3, 1972 - April 9, 2018

Julie C. Gurke, 45, of Montgomery, passed away Monday April 9, 2018. She was born October 3, 1972 in Biloxi, MS the daughter of Harold Erickson and the late Deborah (Rusher) Erickson. Julie is survived by her son, Tre (Denisse) Mitchell of San Deigo, CA and her daughter, Taylor (Juan Ortiz) Mitchell of Montgomery; her grandson, Jayden Ortiz; her father, Harold Erickson and her step-father,...
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Barbara M. Carlin

December 10, 1929 - April 9, 2018

Barbara M. "Frietchie" Carlin, 88, of Harvey, IL, and recently of Aurora, passed away Monday, April 9, 2018. She was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, to Robert and Barbara Kidd on December 10, 1929. Barbara married James Orr Carlin in 1950. With two toddler daughters in tow, in January 1954 they sailed for the United States and entered through Ellis Island. They settled in Harvey as part of the...
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Vidal Orduna

April 8, 2018

Vidal T. Orduna, 63, of Aurora, passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 8, 2018. He was born April 8, 1955 in Lapaz, Columbia. Visitation will take place from 1-7 P.M. on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 10 A.M. at St. Rita of Cascia Church, 750 Old Indian Trail, Aurora with Fr. Oscar Cortez...
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Christopher John Jillings

April 8, 1942 - April 5, 2018

Christopher John Jillings, 75, of Aurora, passed away suddenly Thursday, April 5, 2018. He was born April 8, 1942 in England, son of the late Morris and Ivy Jillings. He served in the British Army 1957 -1969. He was a member of Amvets, Turners' Club and Tiger Club. He also was an avid camper. Christopher is survived by his wife, Roseann (Van Duser) Jillings; children, Susan Walter and...
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Crispina P. Pierce

December 4, 1936 - April 5, 2018

Crispina P. Pierce a resident of Aurora, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 5, 2018. She was born December 4, 1936 in Burauen, Leyte Philippines. After a lengthy process, Crispina became a United States Citizen on April 4, 1978 and this was the proudest moment of her life, she loved America! Crispina worked at Copley Hospital for 29 years in the Environmental Services Department. She...
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Brooke Elizabeth Ingraham

October 18, 1972 - April 5, 2018

Brooke Elizabeth Ingraham (nee Borders) of Montgomery, IL, passed away to the arms of the Lord on April 5, 2018. She was hospitalized due to an unexpected and sudden illness on April 3, 2018 and was surrounded by loved ones at the time of her passing. She was born October 18, 1972 in Aurora, IL. Brooke was a dedicated employee at Walgreens for many years and especially enjoyed participating...
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Pablo Paredes Sr.

November 26, 1950 - March 28, 2018

Pablo Paredes Sr., 67, of Aurora, passed away March 28, 2018. He was born November 26, 1950. He is survived by his sons, Javier Paredes, Pablo Paredes Jr., Daniel Paredes and Adrian Paredes; mother, Petra Paredes; siblings, Bertha Alicia Paredes, Jamie Paredes and Maria Esther Burciaga; 11 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Pablo was preceded in death by his father, Porfirio...
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Patricia Russ

January 22, 1924 - March 26, 2018

Patricia Russ, 94, of Aurora, passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018. She was born on January 22, 1924 in Subiaco, Australia, the daughter of the late Frederick Herman and Esther (Levy) Folwell. Patricia's father was a saddler for the British military and was posted in Australia at the time of her birth. She was raised in England during it's most difficult time prior to and during the second...
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Betty E. Sebby

February 27, 1926 - March 26, 2018

Betty E. Sebby, 92, of Aurora, passed away Monday, March 26, 2018 after a short battle with cancer. She was born February 27, 1926, daughter of the late LeRoy and Maude Poucher. She is survived by her loving husband of 71 years, Clyde R. Sebby; two sons, Timothy (Janie) Sebby and Terrence (Denise) Sebby; one daughter, Eloise (Dave) Assell as well as 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...
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John W. Beverley

October 19, 1937 - March 24, 2018

John (Jack) W. Beverley of Aurora, Illinois on March 24, 2018 surrounded by his family, went home to be with the Lord at the age of 80. John was born on October 19, 1937 in Aurora, Illinois to Frank and Julia (Robb) Beverley. John is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Eileen, sons David (Cathi), Ronald (Melody), Thomas (Michelle), and his daughter Jackie (Richard) Collins. John is also...
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Santiago Calderon, Jr.

November 20, 1981 - March 22, 2018

Santiago Calderon, Jr (Aka Prieto), passed away on March 22, 2018. He was born on November 20, 1981 in Aurora, IL. Santiago was a loving son, brother and father. He loved his Chicago teams but his favorite team was his beloved Chicago Cubs. He is survived by his children, Cecilia, Solcilia, Olivianna and Montana Calderon; his Godson, Jonathan Rosario; his mother Elba (Coco) Solis; his...
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Kathryn L. Raines

December 6, 1948 - March 20, 2018

Kathryn L. Raines, 69, of Aurora, passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. She was born on December 6, 1948 in Ripley, MS, the daughter of the late James and Eunice (Robbins) Martin. She is survived by: her daughter, Sherry (Pounds) Raines of Aurora; her grandson Daniel James Raines of Aurora; her sisters Lee Goblet of Aurora and Clara Raines of New Albany, MS; her brothers Bobby Robbins of...
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Patricia L. Zentmyer

September 21, 1943 - March 20, 2018

Patricia L. Zentmyer, 74, passed away on March 20, 2018. She was born September 21, 1943 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of the late Marcus and Helen (Smith) Hemmens. She worked for 30 years as a cashier at Eagle, where she was well known and much beloved by her customers. Some would wait in a longer line just so they could have Patricia ring them up and talk with her. She loved to be around...
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Marlene Joan Bryant

May 31, 1938 - March 20, 2018

Marlene was born May 31, 1938 to Tilman and Gertrude (Saum) Johnson. She graduated from West Aurora High School in 1956. Marlene was employed by Western Electric in Montgomery, IL from 1956 to 1967. She was the volunteer gift shop manager at Copley Memorial Hospital from 1985 to 1995. She also worked in the Upper Deck gift shop at the Fishermen's Inn restaurant from 1997 to 2007. Marlene...
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Sandra J. Smyder

December 28, 1948 - March 16, 2018

Smyder, Sandra (Stookey) On Friday, March 16, 2018, Sandra Smyder, wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away at the age of 69 years at Central Dupage Hospital. Sandra was born December 28, 1948, in Aurora, IL, daughter of the late Raymond and Effie (Latham) Stookey. Sandra will be forever remembered by her adoring husband and best friend, Joseph W. Smyder of Aurora; beloved sons,...
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Margaret M. Thomas

April 20, 1936 - March 15, 2018

Margaret M. (Anderson) Thomas, 81, passed away March 15, 2018. She was born April 20, 1936 at St. Joseph Hospital in Aurora, to Henry O. and Esther E. (Covalt) Anderson. Margaret graduated from West Aurora High School in 1954 and Copley Hospital School of Nursing in 1957. Her nursing career included working for D.W. Anderson, MD for 35 years, as well as for Copley Hospital, Howard Gillette,...
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Erma Irene Reich

June 27, 1928 - March 8, 2018

Erma Irene Reich, age 89, of Aurora, IL passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, IL. She was born on June 27 1928, in El Paso IL, the daughter of Virgil and Alice Irene (Holt) Wilkey. She married Oscar H. Reich on August 27, 1949, in Benson, IL. He died December 1, 2009. Erma was a homemaker and caregiver. She loved birds, flowers, gardening and...
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Eileen V. Krattenmaker

June 25, 1927 - March 5, 2018

Eileen V. Krattenmaker, 90, of Aurora, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018. She was born June 25, 1927, the daughter of the late Edward and Mathilda Kohler. Eileen married Leo Krattenmaker in 1951.They then moved from Minnesota to Aurora, IL when Leo began his employment with Barber-Greene. Eileen worked as an Avon Representative in the 1960s, at Lytton's clothing store in the Northgate...
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Alice Marie Collette

May 14, 1940 - March 4, 2018

Alice Marie Collette, 77, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018. She was born May 14, 1940 in Oregon, IL, daughter of the late Ernest and Beulah Pluister. She worked at Label Printers in Aurora for many years. She also was an active member of the Athletic Club, VFW in Montgomery, and the Phoenix Club. Alice is survived by her children, Judi Collette, Allen (Barb) Collette, Helen...
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Muriel E. Kokas

October 2, 1929 - March 4, 2018

Muriel E. Kokas, 88, of Aurora, passed away Sunday March 4, 2018. She was born October 2, 1929 in Joliet, Il the daughter of the late Elmer and Sadie Bettenhausen. Muriel grew up on her family's farm in Manhattan, IL and attended the Pfundstein School before graduating from Peotone High School. She worked for Dr. Brannon until she was united in marriage to Steve Kokas in 1951 and they owned...
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Claire Watgen

April 1, 1931 - March 1, 2018

Claire Watgen, 86, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018. She was born April 1, 1931 in Aurora, daughter of the late Albert and Selma Ecklund. She worked for 10 years as a clerk at the Kane County Courthouse. Claire is survived by her children, Wayne "Butch" (Mary) Watgen, David (Karen) Watgen and Diane Federman; grandchildren, Jenni (John) Watgen-Ardelean, Mike Watgen, Jacqueline...
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Betty J. Shemanke-Linden

May 18, 1925 - February 27, 2018

Betty Shemanske Linden passed away after 92 long, fulfilled years of life while resting peacefully at her home when her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ called her into His arms on Feb 27, 2018. She was born unto William and Emily (Wolf) Rost, Sr. Her grandfather built all the homes for his children so that his grandchildren could grow up together and he instilled the importance of family unity which...
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Rita K. Calkins

January 1, 1956 - February 27, 2018

Rita Kay Calkins of Aurora, Illinois passed away on February 27, 2018 at home. She was born January 1, 1956 in Freeport, Illinois. She grew up in Leaf River, Illinois. After having her children, she went back to school and received her GED in 1981. She was a friendly face tending bar at Ridott Corners and the Ironwood Inn. She enjoyed working at Mary's Fast License Service before moving...
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Betty M. Bach Benson

April 5, 1923 - February 20, 2018

Betty Bach Benson, 94, of Aurora, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Symphony of Orchard Valley. She was born April 5, 1923 in Mulliken MI, the daughter of Albert and Esther (Hansen) Carlson. Betty's family moved to Illinois, where she attended schools in the Waterman and Sandwich areas. She married Carl Bach, and they had one daughter, Carole. Betty married Robert Benson on...
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Juanita Pitts

March 14, 1940 - February 20, 2018

Juanita Pitts, 77, of Montgomery, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. She was born on March 14, 1940 in Crossville, Alabama, the daughter of the late Hubert and Edna (Robertson) Ray. Juanita was a longtime member of New Hope Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School Teacher for over 35 years. She retired from Furnas Electric. Juanita was a cake decorator who was...
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Tonya S. Glover

September 27, 1970 - February 13, 2018

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Grace H. Ayala

October 27, 1954 - February 9, 2018

Grace H. Ayala, 63, of Aurora, formerly of Chicago, Il, passed away on Friday, February 9, 2018. She was born October 27, 1954 in Chicago, IL the daughter of late Army veteran Hideichi and Toshiko Kohara. Grace taught special needs students at Allen School in School District 131. However, her teaching career ended when she was diagnosed with cancer. Grace is survived by her husband, Frank;...
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Ellsworth I. Cainan

February 12, 1918 - February 8, 2018

Ellsworth I. Cainan, 99, passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018. He was born on February 12, 1918 in Aurora, the son of the late Irwin and Stella (Parcell) Cainan. Ellsworth graduated from West Aurora High School in 1936. After graduation, he began working at Stephens Adamson/Sealmaster, where he was employed for 28 years until his retirement. His passion for wood and metal-working...
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Jack R. Meyers

January 6, 1955 - February 8, 2018

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Harold (Ben) S. Bastian, Jr.

July 7, 1924 - February 6, 2018

Harold (Ben) S. Bastian, Jr., 93, of Batavia, formerly of Aurora passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at Michealsen Health Center. He was born on July 7, 1924, in Aurora, Illinois. Harold was the only child of Harold S. Bastian, Sr. and Alma (Klomhaus) Bastian. He graduated from East Aurora High School in 1942 and attended Aurora College. He was a veteran of World War II. Harold married...
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Ignacia A. Cazares

July 31, 1937 - February 5, 2018

Ignacia Cazares, 80, began her eternal journey with her lord and savior, Jesus Christ, on February 5, 2018. Ignacia was born in Villa Matamoros, Chihuahua Mexico on July 31, 1937. After a nine year courtship, Ignacia married the love of her life, Pedro Cazares and in 1969 settled in Aurora, IL where they raised their five beautiful children. Together, Ignacia and Pedro were married for 55...
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Edmund J. Glabus

April 16, 1939 - January 23, 2018

Edmund J. Glabus, age 78, of Carlisle, PA, passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle Hospital. He was born April 16, 1939 in Chicago, IL to the late Edmund M. and Eleanore K. (Lysakowski) Glabus and was baptized at St. Thecla Catholic Church. Ed attended St. Theresa's Elementary School and completed his secondary education at Marmion Military Academy, Aurora, IL where he...
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Alice M. Bergholm

February 18, 1932 - January 21, 2018

Alice M. Bergholm, 85, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, January 21, 2018. She was born February 18, 1932 in Aurora, IL, daughter of the late Roy and Marie Reynolds. A graveside service will be held at 1 PM on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Riverside Cemetery, 414 N. River St., Montgomery, IL 60538.
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George Wesley "Tennessee" Towns

September 20, 1941 - January 16, 2018

George Wesley Towns, affectionately known as "Tennessee" was born on September 20, 1941 to Mary Towns and Loice McKnight in Trenton, Tennessee. He was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. George was an only child. He was a retired Car Detailer and an International Pool Player. George is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Towns;...
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Isla Mae "Tish" Evers

January 21, 1927 - January 15, 2018

Isla Mae "Tish" Evers, 90, of Aurora, passed away on January 15, 2018 at Presence McAuley Manor in Aurora, IL. She was born January 21, 1927 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa the daughter of Charles and Pearl (St. Clair) Tisher. Tish was a 1951 graduate of University of Iowa. She then began her teaching career at Mooseheart in Mooseheart, IL. She was instrumental in starting a drum and bugle corps and was...
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Donna K. Erickson

October 5, 1938 - January 13, 2018

Erickson, Donna K., 79, of Aurora, passed away on January 13, 2018. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. Donna was born in Aurora, IL on October 5, 1938. She graduated from West Aurora High School in 1956 and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education at Aurora (College) University in 1960. Donna began teaching 4th Grade in the Geneva Community Unit School...
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Charles A. Breyne

September 29, 1957 - January 13, 2018

Charles A. Breyne, 60, of Bristol, passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2018. He was born on September 29, 1957 in Aurora, IL. Charles was employed at Aurora Bearing. Survivors include his sister, Lori (Kevin) Campbell; his cousin, Barbara Cox and his adopted furry friends, Phoebe and Sammi. Charles was preceded in death by his father, Paul L. Breyne; his mother, Donna M. Breyne; his...
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Marcos G. Dominguez

June 18, 1942 - January 10, 2018

Marcos G. Dominguez, 75, of Aurora passed away Wednesday January 10, 2018 at his home. He was born June 18, 1942 in Durango, Mexico. Visitation will be held Monday 4-9 p.m. January 15, 2018 at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506. Graveside services will take place Tuesday 10:30 a.m. at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Hillside, IL. For further information please call (630)...
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John L. Detzler

April 27, 1926 - January 5, 2018

John L. Detzler, 91, of Aurora, passed away on Friday, January 5, 2018. He was born on April 27, 1926 in Mendota, IL, the son of the late John and Lorena (Krumm) Detzler. For many years, John resided on S. Jackson St., in Aurora. He was a member of First Baptist Church since the early 1960's and remained an active member for as long as he was able. John was living in South Bend, IN when...
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Bertha (Souders) Worley

April 13, 1934 - January 3, 2018

Bertha Worley, of Calhoun, LA, formerly of Aurora, passed away on January 3rd, 2018. She was born on April 13, 1934 in Aurora, IL to the late Anna E. (Secor) Souders and Elmer Souders. Bertha worked at Dick's Vending for many years before she and her husband moved to Louisiana. While living in Calhoun, she worked at the school lunch cafeteria. She is survived by: her sons, Donald (Brenda)...
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John Popeye Miles

December 17, 1953 - January 3, 2018

John "Popeye" W. Miles, 64, of Aurora passed away Wednesday January 3, 2018. He was born December 17, 1953 in Aurora, the son of the late Virgil and Ruth (Nance) Miles. John was longtime member of the Phoenix Club and Turners Club. He was an avid bowler and he loved to play golf. He was also a true diehard fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Cubs. John is survived by his daughter,...
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Paul M. Tomell

April 25, 1924 - January 2, 2018

Paul Martin Tomell, 93, of Aurora, was called by his Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. He passed peacefully at home. He was born April 25, 1924, in Detroit, Mich., to Adolph and Pauline (Nickel) Tomell. His abiding faith in God's love inspired a lifetime of Christian service along with his late wife, Marian (Warns) Tomell. Active members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Aurora, they volunteered...
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Richard J. Rohrer

January 1, 2018

Richard J. Rohrer, 75, of Montgomery, IL went home to be with the Lord on Monday, January 1, 2018. He was born April 20, 1942 in Aurora, IL. Rich served our country in Vietnam from 1968-1969 in the U.S. Army. He attended Central Bible Church. Rich loved his Lord and Savior and praised him for what He did on the cross for us and our sins. He was an avid guitar player and loved spending time...
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Patricia "Pattie" Stark

April 13, 1956 - December 23, 2017

Patricia "Pattie" Stark, 61, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, December 23, 2017. She was born April 13, 1956 in Aurora, daughter of the late James and Frances (McKay) Gerhardt and step father, Ernie Schonback. She loved butterflies and spending time with her family especially in the family pool. She also was a hard worker and a great cook especially famous for her lasagna. Pattie is...
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Nita J. Conard

March 31, 1940 - December 22, 2017

Nita Conard, 77, of Aurora, peacefully passed away surrounded by her family on Friday, December 22, 2017 at Bright Oaks in Aurora. She was born in 1940 to Gilbert and Odessa Schleisner in Chicago, IL. After spending her youthful years traveling as a flight attendant she dedicated her life to family and animal welfare. As President of the Fox Valley Animal Welfare League for many years she...
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Marie Clare Schmitt

October 19, 1923 - December 20, 2017

Marie Clare Schmitt, passed away December 20, 2017.Beloved wife of 65 years to the late Edward Henry Schmitt. Loving mother of Edward (Mary) and Richard (Corinne). Cherished Nana of Edward Schmitt III, Sarah Fruy (Jason), Evan Schmitt, and Alec Schmitt. Great-grandmother of Hunter Fruy. Preceded in death by her brothers Richard Collins, Robert Collins, and Dennis Collins. Marie Clare...
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Christina Ann Armstrong

June 26, 1995 - December 20, 2017

Christina Ann Armstrong, 22, of Montgomery, passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at her home. She was born June 26, 1995 in Naperville, IL the daughter of Robert and Debby (Weltin) Armstrong. Christina graduated from Oswego East High School in Oswego, IL in 2013. She was employed at Meijer's where she was a cashier, and at Sonic where she was a waitress. Christina participated in sports...
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Vassiliki Zaharias

December 20, 1913 - December 20, 2017

Vassiliki Zaharias fell asleep in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior on her 104th birthday on Dec. 20th, 2017 at the Greek American Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Wheeling, IL. Born in Karystos, Evias, Greece to Constantine Gagomiros and Maria Mastrantoni. She married John Zaharias, chief engineer of the Greek Merchant Marine, in 1937. Together they had two children. After her...
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William F. Hessenauer

February 1, 1936 - December 19, 2017

William F. Hessenauer, 81, of Sugar Grove, passed away Monday December 19, 2017 at McAuley Manor. He was born February 1, 1936 in Aurora, IL the son of the late William and Ione (Jones) Hessenauer. William was a sales manager for many years for R.L. Polk. He had a love and a passion for music. He was also a baritone soloist in the Fox Valley community, as well as directed the choir at St....
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Ernesto Godoy

November 7, 1933 - December 9, 2017

Ernesto Godoy, 84, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, December 9, 2017. He was born November 7, 1933 in Honduras, son of the late Salome and Genoveva Godoy. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; children, Ernesto (Antonio) Godoy, Johanna (Tulio) Avila, Ramses Godoy and Varinia Godoy; grandchildren, Lea, Joshua, Esther, Sevastian and Adriana; great-grandchildren, Angelo and Elizabeth; siblings,...
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Delia Grissette

September 23, 1941 - December 5, 2017

Delia M. Grissette, 76, of Aurora, passed away December 5, 2017. She was born September 23, 1941 in Greenville, MS. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 15, 2017 from 4 PM - 8 PM at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, December 16, 2017 with a visitation one hour prior to services at Gayles Memorial Baptist Church...
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James Svoboda

June 19, 1924 - December 5, 2017

James Svoboda, 93, of North Aurora, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 5 at his home. He was born to Czechoslovakian immigrant parents on June 19, 1924, in Chicago, where he graduated from Crane Tech High School. The family moved to Bridgman, Michigan. He enlisted in the Army and served in India in World War II. When he got home he attended Michigan State, Notre Dame, and finally...
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Sue Darby

March 9, 1936 - December 5, 2017

It is with deep sorrow that the Darby family announces of the death of Sue Darby. She fought the good fight. She was born in Aurora, Illinois on March 9, 1936. She died Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at the age of 81. Sue taught 7th grade science for 21 years in the West Aurora School District. She also served on the East Aurora school board. She was the secretary of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and...
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Clara Irene Pottorf

February 15, 1923 - December 5, 2017

Clare Irene Pottorf, 94, went to be with her Lord and Savior in eternal peace on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. She was born February 15, 1923 in Martinton, IL, daughter of the late Max and Edna Scharf. She is survived by her three children, Sue (Ernie) Van Duser of Aurora, Dick of Tarpon Springs, FL and Scott of Hinckley; two grandchildren, Dale (Kelly) and Kevin both of Aurora; two great...
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Joyce E. Gyovai

November 20, 1930 - November 30, 2017

Joyce E. Gyovai, 87, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2017. She was born on November 20, 1930 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of the late Clarence A. and Ethel (Schoeberlein) Bauman. Joyce was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where she was an active member of the Voter's Assembly. She was a former member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church where she served as Treasurer of the...
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William "Bill" Mantzke

August 2, 1929 - November 28, 2017

William "Bill" Edward Mantzke, 88, of Aurora, passed away, Tuesday, November 28, 2017. He was born August 2, 1929 in Batavia, son of the late Frederick and Florence Mantzke. He served in the United States Army and worked at Bentson Manufacturing in Aurora for over 50 years. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Mary; nephew, Scott (Lisa) Mantzke who were like a son and daughter to him as...
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Geraldine I. Damschen

November 15, 1928 - November 27, 2017

Geraldine I. Damschen, 89, of Aurora, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Presence Mercy Center. She was born November 15, 1928 in Milwaukee, Wis., the daughter of the late Paul, Sr. and Cora Booth. Geraldine was a life member of Montgomery V.F.W. Post 7452 in Montgomery as well as the Amvets Post 103, where she was a past member of the Ladies Auxiliary. Survivors include her...
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Marjorie V. Todd

August 19, 1931 - November 23, 2017

Marjorie V. Todd, of Aurora, went to be with the Lord, on Thursday, November 23, 2017. She was born August 19, 1931 in Mt. Vernon, IL, daughter of the late Wilburn and Sarah Carlton. She was a longtime member of Indian Trail Church of God. She is survived by her husband, William Todd; children, Brenda (Clay) Nance, John (Sharon) Todd, Linda (Mike) Gunlock and Kenneth (Deanne) Todd; 15...
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Richard Jack Malone

March 12, 1936 - November 23, 2017

Richard Jack Malone, 81, of Aurora died from complications of dementia Thursday, November 23, 2017. Richard was born March 12, 1936, in Dixon, Illinois, to John L. and Lillian M. (Tonn) Malone. Richard graduated from Chicago's Tuley High School in 1954. He married, Margarita Rico on June 6, 1959, in Chicago and together they raised their four daughters, Sharon, LuAnne, Janet and Denise. ...
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Carol L. Quigley

May 31, 1951 - November 18, 2017

Carol Louise Quigley, 66 of Dwight, passed away Saturday November 18, 2017 at her nursing home facility. Carol was born on May 13, 1951 in Aurora the daughter of William and Helen Louise (Lents) Quigley. Carol is survived by her mother Helen Louise (Lents) Quigley of Aurora, her brother Douglas Christopher Quigley of Hennepin, her sister-in-law Noreen Quigley of Aurora, two nieces Paula (Greg...
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Tiffany M. Hall

May 24, 1995 - November 16, 2017

Tiffany M. Hall, 22 of Aurora, passed away Thursday November 16, 2017 at her home. She was born May 24, 1995 in Aurora the daughter of Marschell Hall and the late Ryan Carlson. Tiffany is survived by her mother, Marschell Hall of Aurora; her sister, Victoria Keller of Aurora; her grandparents, James and Sarah Hall of Aurora; her partner, Alexiz Perez; her many other family and friends. ...
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Gabriel Cabrera

October 12, 2005 - November 11, 2017

Gabriel Cabrera, 12, of Aurora, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, November 11, 2017. He was born October 12, 2005 in Aurora. Gabriel's life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. Gabriel is survived by his loving parents, Leonardo Cabrera and Angela Reyes. Beloved brother...
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Justin L.A. Wells

September 19, 1986 - November 9, 2017

Justin L.A. Wells, 31 of Aurora, went to play in God's heavenly band Thursday, November 9, 2017. He was born September 19, 1986 in Aurora, IL the son of Leslie Wells and Laura (Moore) Highsmith. Justin was an avid musician who wrote music, played both drums and guitar and he enjoyed jamming with his friends. He was everyone's friend and always had a tender heart. He adored his niece and...
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Clifford Norman Lund, Jr.

February 10, 1965 - November 5, 2017

Clifford Norman Lund, Jr., 52, born February 10, 1965, died of a massive heart attack on Sunday, November 5, 2017. Cliff was a wonderful husband, father, and special uncle to his nieces, Nina (Joe) Cefalu and Olivia Jones. As a Branch Manager with Orkin, Inc. for the past 20 years, Cliff was respected as a gifted teacher and manager. He was a loving, caring, helpful man who would drop...
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Kari M. Schussler

September 12, 1934 - November 5, 2017

Kari M. Schussler, 83, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at her home. She was born on September 12, 1934 in Sandnes, Norway. Kari was united in marriage to Frederic on November 10, 1962 in Norway. She retired as a Day Surgery Nurse after 40+ years from Rush-Copley Medical Center. Kari was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church and Sons of Norway Polar Star Lodge. She enjoyed...
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Jose Soto

November 26, 1934 - November 3, 2017

Jose Soto, 83, of Aurora, passed away Friday November 3, 2017 at his home. He was born November 26, 1934 in Lares, Puerto Rico, the son of the late Zoilo and Santo (Torres) Soto. Jose worked for many years at Fermi Lab in Batavia, retiring in 1995. Jose is survived by his wife, Rosa (Rivera) Soto of Aurora; his daughter, Marisol (Michael) Maisonet of Sugar Grove; his two sons, Elvis ...
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Dolores Ortiz

February 27, 1947 - November 2, 2017

Dolores Ortiz, 70, of Aurora, passed away on November 2, 2017. She was born on February 27, 1947 in Maunabo, Puerto Rico the daughter of Evangelista and Juana (De Leon) De Jesus. Dolores made friends everywhere she went. She enjoyed having conversations with those around her and spending time cooking for those she loved. She will be missed dearly. Survivors include her children, Daisy...
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Robert A. "Fred" Noonan

January 28, 1944 - October 29, 2017

Robert A. "Fred" Noonan,73, passed away on October 29, 2017 at Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet, IL. Fred was born on January 28, 1944 in Aurora, IL the son of Paul and Elizabeth (Boyer) Noonan. Fred is survived by several cousins and his friends at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, the Albright Theatre Company and the East Aurora Class of 1962. He was a graduate of Aurora University....
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RoxAnna Russell

February 22, 1980 - October 24, 2017

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Verna Jean Morgan

May 1, 1933 - October 24, 2017

Verna Jean Morgan, 84, of Montgomery, passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017. She was born May 1, 1933 in Aurora, daughter of the late Walter and Viola (Stevens) Manka. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister & aunt who will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Verna was a member and deacon of Our Savior Lutheran Church. As well she taught their knitting group...
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Jose Felipe Cardona, Jr.

April 28, 1954 - October 22, 2017

Jose Felipe Cardona, Jr., 63, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Central DuPage Hospital. He was born April 28, 1954 in Aurora, IL, the son of Nilda Rosa (Rodriguez) and Jose Felipe Cardona, Sr. He was a man you wanted in an emergency as he was not one to panic. Thinking before acting irrationally was his modus operandi. He worked 25 years as a volunteer fire warden. By...
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Antonia Martinez

March 26, 1933 - October 12, 2017

Antonia Martinez, 84, of Aurora, passed away on October 12, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born March 26, 1933 in Mexico. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 3-8 P.M. at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora, IL. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 11 A.M. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 620 S. 5th St., Aurora...
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Linda R. Flanagare

July 2, 1945 - October 10, 2017

Linda Ruth (nee Hedrick) Flanagare of Aurora, IL, age 72, died peacefully on Monday, October 9, 2017. Linda was born on July 2, 1945 in Oakdale, TN. She married the love of her life, Bill, in 1963. They then moved to Aurora where they raised two children. Linda was a member of Heart of Worship Church in Aurora where she loved to sing. The lights of her life were the many children she cared for as...
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Fred H. Pfeiffer

May 19, 1922 - October 9, 2017

Fred H. (Fritz) Pfeiffer passed away on October 9, 2017. He was born May 19, 1922 in Michigan City, Indiana to Fred and Josephine (Zinke) Pfeiffer. Fred attended East Aurora schools and graduated from East High in 1940. After graduation, Fred was employed by the Illinois Bell Telephone Company. He worked as an installer, repairman and office technician until September 1942 when he enlisted in...
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Esther M. Swanson

June 8, 1928 - October 8, 2017

Esther M. (Neill) Swanson, 89, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at her home. She was born June 8, 1928 in Aurora, the daughter of the late Earl and Esther Neill. Esther was a 1946 graduate of West Aurora High School. She then graduated from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and studied under the tutelage of Aurora artist Ruth Van Sickle Ford. Esther was the consummate 1950s...
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Marie C. Benavent

July 23, 1947 - October 6, 2017

Marie Claudette Benavent, age 70, dearest daughter of the late Maria and the late Jose Casella; dear sister of Juan (Maria) Casella and Reynaldo (Graciela) Casella; proud mother of Paul Benavent and Richard (Melissa) Benavent; precious aunt to Gary, Alex, Adriana, Gabriela, Michelle and loving grandmother to Beatrice Marie Benavent and Sophia Evelyn Benavent, was born on July 23, 1947 and passed...
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Raymundo Acosta

January 26, 1928 - October 6, 2017

Raymundo Acosta, 89 of Oswego, passed away Friday October 6, 2017 at his home. He was born January 26, 1928 in Escobedo el Oro, Mexico. The son of the late Luis and Lucia (Alderete Vivda de) Acosta. Raymundo retired from Brach's Candy Company after 30 plus years of service. He is survived by his loving wife, Maria (Tostado) Acosta of Oswego; his five children and spouses, 10 grandchildren,...
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Linda Kay (Mont) Adams

May 31, 1956 - September 30, 2017

Linda Kay (Mont) Adams, 61, of Naperville, IL, formerly of Aurora, IL, passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2017. She was born May 31, 1956 in San Jose, CA, the daughter of the late Janice (Knapp) Mont. Linda's memory will be kept alive by her son, Manny Urquizo; fiancé, Bob Adams, her siblings, Melissa (Tom) Nelson, John (Rhonda) Mont and Jim Mont. Visitation will be held on Monday,...
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Larry Dean Banker

March 6, 1939 - September 29, 2017

Larry Dean Banker of Lake Barrington, IL passed away suddenly on September 29, 2017. He was born on March 6, 1939 and was preceded in death by his father, John D Banker and mother Charlotte (Petersohn) Banker. He is survived by his wife Barbara (Smith), son Bradley, daughter Marni Sullivan, brother Terry and his wife Terry (Livingston), brothers-in-law James Hopp and Frank Smith, sisters-in-law...
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George Clarence Parker

May 26, 1948 - September 29, 2017

George Clarence Parker of Aurora, IL went home to be with the Lord on Friday September 29, 2017. He was 69. George was born on May 26, 1948 in Campbellsville, KY. He was the son of the late Burniece (Louise) and Spencer Parker. His family members include wife, Terri Parker; sons, Cory (Marilyn Edwards) Parker and Jason Parker; brother, Larry (Jean) Buckner. George preceded in death by...
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