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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

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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George P. Alexandrou

March 20, 1926 - September 28, 2017

George P. Alexandrou, 91, native of Spetses, Greece and a World War II veteran of the Royal Greek Navy, passed away on September 28, 2017, devoted husband of the late Emilee (nee Argiris) for 45 years, beloved father of Peter, Dean (Diane) and Alex (Karen) Alexandrou, loving grandfather of Christian, Danae, George and Evan Alexandrou, dear brother of the late Alexander (Fotini) Alexandrou, the...
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Thomas A. Neupert

March 1, 1929 - September 27, 2017

Thomas A."Tom" Neupert, 88, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at his home in Bristol. He was born March 1, 1929 in Montgomery, IL, the son of Fred and Sadie Claire (Albright) Neupert. Following graduation from East Aurora High School with the class of 1947, of which he was president; Tom went to work for Layne Western Company in Aurora. He was with Layne for 53 years,...
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John J. Blevins, Jr.

May 30, 1968 - September 24, 2017

John "Johnny Jay" Blevins Jr, 49 of Marina Del Rey, CA formerly of Elgin, IL passed away on September 24, 2017. He was born on May 30, 1968 in Elgin, IL the son of the late Mary Blevins-Day and John Jay Blevins Sr. John also known to everyone who knew him as "Johnny Spring Break". Johnny lived his life to the fullest. He loved to travel and make new friends everywhere he went. He dedicated...
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Samuel Thomas Stephens

February 7, 1961 - September 23, 2017

"Our hearts are broken at the loss of a beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend, Samuel Thomas Stephens. Sam was born in Athens, Georgia on February 7, 1961 and left this earth on September 23, 2017, at the age of 56. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Janet M. Stephens of Aurora, IL where they spent the past 25 years; daughter Cristen (Raoof) Stephens of Champaign...
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Raymond J. Holeman

November 13, 1927 - September 21, 2017

Raymond J. Holeman, 89, resident of Westchester since 1957, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017. He was born in Roseville, Warren County, Illinois on November 13, 1927, son of the late DeMoss and Villa (Kirby) Holeman. Ray served in the Army of Occupation in Italy following WWII. Then retired a Captain from the Army Reserves in April 1960. Ray graduated from Bradley University,...
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Mary J. Wennmacher

April 7, 1924 - September 17, 2017

Mary J. Wennmacher, 93, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017. She was born April 7, 1924 in Aurora, to Gladys Sackett Stephens. Mary is survived by five children, JoAnn McQueen, John (Kitty) Weber, Diana (Keith) Lansdale, Mary Ann (Les) Gebauer and David Weber; Eleven grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, John A. Weber; her first...
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Samuel Allan Lilley Jr.

April 14, 1926 - September 16, 2017

Samuel Allan Lilley Jr., 91, of Plainfield, passed away peacefully on September 16, 2017. He was born April 14, 1926 in Aurora, son of the late Samuel A. and Ferol Lilley. Sam worked at Bill's Hat Shop, Eby-Brown and All State Insurance before retiring to Florida with his wife Norma, where they both volunteered many years at the Salvation Army. Sam was a proud veteran of the Navy...
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Maria Vaca De Hinojosa

September 19, 1938 - September 16, 2017

Maria Vaca De Hinojosa, 78, of Aurora, passed away Saturday September 16, 2017 at her daughter's home surrounded by her loving family. Maria is survived by her children, Maria (Jose) Lopez of Aurora, IL, Alfredo Hinojosa of San Francisco, CA, Dolores Garcia of Berkeley, CA, and Rocio Gomez of Madera, CA along with her 6 siblings and 9 grandchildren. In addition to her parents she was...
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Desmond Rodney "Moe" Cuffy

December 4, 1951 - September 15, 2017

Desmond Rodney 'Moe' Cuffy, 65, passed away Friday, September 15, 2017 at Rush Copley Medical Center. He was born December 4, 1951 in Santa Cruz, Trinidad to the late Aldwin Cuffy and Ena Johnson-Hamid. After moving to Illinois at the age of 27, Desmond built a life working as a supervisor at Polytech Industries for 34 years. Desmond was a man of great integrity and will be dearly missed. ...
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Antoinette M. Kramer

December 6, 1942 - September 6, 2017

Antoinette "Toni" M. Kramer, of Aurora, IL, 74 years of age, passed away Wednesday September 6, 2017, due to complications of a heart condition. She was born December 6, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of the late Alfred and Eleanor (Naue) Jannusch. Toni is survived by her husband, William Kramer; her sons, Peter (Lisa) Barsema and Benjamin (Cheryl) Barsema II; her daughter, Maria...
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Georgina F. LeDez

November 27, 1933 - September 6, 2017

Georgina F. LeDez, 83, of Sugar Grove, passed away Wednesday, September 6, 2017. She was born November 27, 1933 in Calgary, Alberta Canada, daughter of the late George and Annie Tingey. She is survived by her children, Carole (David Nonnenman) LeDez, Kenneth (Lori Gordon) LeDez, Keith (Kathy) LeDez and Gayle (Dennis) Angeles; grandchildren, Nikita Nonnenman, Anya Nonnenman, Kendall LeDez,...
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Lawrence "Larry" Dodd

December 11, 1925 - September 5, 2017

Lawrence J. Dodd, 91, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 5th, 2017. He was the founding Owner of L.J. Dodd Construction, Inc. Larry was born on December 11th, 1925 in Wessington Springs, SD and after WWII made his home in Oswego, IL. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Jacqueline M Dodd (nee Foss) and his son Lawrence J. Dodd Jr. ...
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Eladio V. Leon

February 12, 1932 - August 31, 2017

Eladio V. Leon, 85, of Las Vegas, Nevada formerly of North Aurora, Illinois, passed away on August 31, 2017. He was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico on February 12, 1932. Eladio was married to Rafaela Santiago on July 13, 1963 and were married 38 Years. He worked as a Painter for Caterpillar Inc. for 24 years. He enjoyed watching Baseball, his favorite teams were the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago...
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Lillian "Aunt Terry" Lumbert

October 12, 1927 - August 30, 2017

Lillian "Aunt Terry" Lumbert, 89, of Aurora went home to be with her Lord Wednesday August 30, 2017 at Rush-Copley Medical Center. She was born October 12, 1927 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of the late Martin and Gladys (Perham) Olson. Lillian was employed for over 30 years at Seal Master Bearing in Aurora. She was also a member of Faith Baptist Church. Lillian is survived by her daughter,...
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James A. Knotts

June 4, 1963 - August 30, 2017

James A. Knotts (Jimmy the plumber), 54, of Aurora, passed away on August 30, 2017 in Aurora. He was born June 4, 1963 in Aurora, IL, the son of J.C. Knotts, Sr. and Lee Martin. Survivors include his mother, Lee Goblet (Miss Lee); sister, Linda Knotts; brother, Tommy Knotts; special uncle, Bobby Robbins; special aunt, Kathryn Raines; special cousin, Sherry Raines; very special godchild, Danny...
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Edward G. Camis, Sr.

March 31, 1937 - August 29, 2017


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Don W. Dover

April 13, 1956 - August 26, 2017

Don W. Dover, 61 of Aurora, passed away Saturday August 26, 2017. He was born April 13, 1956 in Imboden, AR, the son of Troy Dover and the late Johneta (Morgan) Dover. Don worked for many years at School District 131 as a custodian. Don is survived by his wife, Cindy A. Dover of Aurora; his children, Andrew Kinnally and Kristina (Hilario) Delarosa, both of Aurora; his grandchildren,...
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Janet E. Herring

May 11, 1937 - August 21, 2017

Janet E. Herring, 80, of North Aurora, passed away Monday, August 21, 2017. She was born May 11, 1937 in Mauston, WI, daughter of the late Jesse and Laura Smith. She is survived by her children, Patti (Dave) Whisler and Bud Kelley; grandchildren, Jesse, Shane (Tracy) and Mark; great-grandchildren, Isaac, Christian, Damian, Lil Jesse and Jazlynn; great-great grandchild, Elijah; sisters, Mary...
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William Alexander Greene

September 20, 1923 - August 14, 2017

William Alexander Greene, age 93, passed away peacefully at the Holmstad in Batavia on August 14, 2017. He was born on September 20, 1923 in the family home in Aurora, son of William B and Jane Smith Greene. As a youth, Alex earned his Eagle Scout rank with Boy Scout Troop 11. After graduating from West Aurora High School, Alex started his engineering degree at the University of Illinois. He...
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Juanita Bownes Turnage

January 10, 1953 - August 12, 2017

Juanita Turnage, 64, of Aurora, passed away on August 12, 2017 at Northwestern Medical Center in Chicago. She was born on January 10, 1953 in Holly Springs, Mississippi to RC and Clara Mae Bownes. Juanita grew up and went to school in Holly Springs, and moved north to Aurora in the early 1970's. While beginning her family, she found her home with Caterpillar and started a career that would...
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Viola Vi Brown

August 6, 1929 - August 11, 2017

Viola F. Brown, 88, of North Aurora, passed away peacefully at her home on August 11, 2017. She was born August 6, 1929 in Aurora, Illinois, the daughter of the late Herman and Freida Glower. Viola was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. Vi was employed by Carson Pirie Scott in downtown Aurora for many years until her retirement. She was a devoted wife, mother and neighbor who worked...
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Richard D. Johnson

August 13, 1953 - August 11, 2017

Richard D. Johnson, 63, of Aurora, passed away Friday, August 11, 2017 at Symphony of Orchard Valley. He was born August 13, 1953 in Aurora, the son of the late Marshall and Frieda (Smith) Johnson. Richard was a true gentleman, generous and always quick with a smile. Richard attributed his strong work ethic to his father believing that if you do a job, it should be done right. Richard...
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Nelda C. Kish

August 31, 1949 - August 10, 2017

Nelda C. Kish, 67, of Aurora, passed away on August 10, 2017 at her home. She was born on August 31, 1949 in Galesburg, Illinois, the daughter of LaVerne Frederick and Betty Jane (Sowers) Armstrong. She was most proud of her son and grandchildren, loved travel in the area of the Great Lakes, especially being an avid "boat watcher" in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and tinkering with cars and...
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Barbara J. Jackson

March 21, 1927 - August 9, 2017

THE BLESSED AND FULFILLED LIFE OF BARBARA JACKSON Barbara (nee Ford) Jackson was born March 21st, 1927 in Vicksburg, MS to the late Andrew and Mary (nee Nelson) Ford. She was married to the late J.T. Robbins and to that union one son, James Robbins was born. Barbara later met and was joined in Holy Matrimony to the late Adam Jackson Sr. for 53 years. Barbara was a stay at home wife...
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Helene Lukacs

April 4, 1924 - August 7, 2017

Helene Lukacs, 93, of Aurora, passed away Monday, August 7, 2017. She was born April 4, 1924 in Germany. She is survived by her son, Robert; sister, Maria; daughter-in-law, Linda; grandson, Jason; great- granddaughter, Brandy; great-grandson, Tyler and great-great-granddaughter, Riley. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 5 PM – 7 PM at The Healy Chapel, 332 W....
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Maxine L. Fletcher

March 24, 1926 - July 30, 2017

Maxine L. Fletcher, 91, of Batavia, passed away Sunday July 30, 2017 at her home. She was born in Aurora, IL the daughter of the late Albin and Anna (Olson) Larsen. Maxine was active in her community, she loved to play golf and bridge and work on puzzles. Maxine is survived by her four children, Ann (David) Anderson, Jeanne (Ransom) Woods, James (Susan) Fletcher and Judith (John) Betts...
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Richard A. Johnson

October 19, 1951 - July 30, 2017

Richard A. Johnson, 65, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017. He was born October 19, 1951, the son of the late Robert and Jeanette Johnson. Richard was one of the original clients at the Kennedy Workshop in Aurora and one of the longest working clients for Thompson Center. He loved going to movies and A&W with his brother in law, Larry and spending time with his sister, Sally,...
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Donna L. McClellan

May 8, 1934 - July 30, 2017

Donna L. McClellan, 83, of Montgomery, passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017. She was born May 8, 1934, the daughter of the late Henry and Goldie Lowe. Donna worked for the Kane County Circuit Court. She was a member of First Church of God, where she sang in the choir, helped to prepare meals at church and was an active member of the Women's Missionary Society. Donna enjoyed eating out,...
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Lois M. DiPaolo

July 1, 1938 - July 22, 2017

Lois M. DiPaolo, 79, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, July, 22, 2017. She was born July 1, 1938 in Chicago, daughter of the late Chester and Helen Zborowski. Her intelligence was obvious at a very early age. At one-year old her mother would show her off to neighbors because her vocabulary already included words such as "Linoleum". As a teen, she was not only top of her class at Sienna High...
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Donald F. Futymoski

December 3, 1925 - July 19, 2017

Donald F. Futymoski, 91, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017. He was born December 3, 1925 in Kalamazoo, MI son of the late John and Wanda Futymoski. He attended Roosevelt School and Kalamazoo Central High School. At the age of 18, Don joined the United States Marine Corps and became part of the 5th Marine Division as a gunner in a mortar platoon on Iwo Jima. After the...
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Dorothy J. Stenson

July 17, 1924 - July 17, 2017

Dorothy J. Stenson, 93, of The Villages, FL formerly of Aurora, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017. She was born July 17, 1924 in Aurora, daughter of the late Samuel and Fannie Mae Christenson. She was a lifetime member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Dorothy is survived by her sister, Violet (Glen) Gudeman; sons, Dennis Elmon (Penny) Stenson and David Jon (Cindy) Stenson; 6...
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Alan J. Daw

September 2, 1926 - July 13, 2017

Alan J. Daw, 90, of Batavia, passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017. He was born September 2, 1926 in Big Rock, IL, son of the late Hobart J. and Hazel E. Daw. He graduated from East Aurora High School in 1945. Alan served in the United States Navy and was stationed in Eniwetok Atoll Islands where the nuclear testing was held. He retired from Mooseheart as an electrician. He was a member of the...
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Richard Jamison

April 29, 1932 - July 10, 2017

Richard A. Jamison of Aurora, Illinois, born April 29, 1932, passed away on July 10, 2017 at the age of 85. He was born in Claypool, Indiana to Deverl and Thelma (Tucker) Jamison. Richard was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean war and was employed by AT&T for 33 years. He loved family, traveling, skiing and working in his yard. Loving husband of Ruthene (Howard) Jamison; father of...
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Richard A. Jamison

April 29, 1932 - July 10, 2017

Richard A. Jamison of Aurora, Illinois, born April 29, 1932, passed away on July 10, 2017 at the age of 85. He was born in Claypool, Indiana to Deverl and Thelma (Tucker) Jamison. Richard was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean war and was employed by AT&T for 33 years. He loved family, traveling, skiing and working in his yard. Loving husband of Ruthene (Howard) Jamison; father of...
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James W. Nichol

July 19, 1935 - July 9, 2017

James W. Nichol, 81, of Aurora, passed away on July 9, 2017 at Seasons Hospice. He was born July 19, 1935 in Chicago, the son of the late Joseph L. and Rita S. Nichol. Jim was a graduate of Marmion Academy. He was a longtime member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Years later, he attended Holy Angels Catholic Church. Jim was employed for over 35 years at Commonwealth Edison and was a...
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Charles W. Warner

September 21, 1946 - July 7, 2017

Charles W. Warner, 70, of Aurora, passed away on Friday, July 7, 2017 at Presence McAuley Manor. He was born on September 21, 1946 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, the son of William C. and Mabel Warner. Charles served his country in the U.S. Navy for 3 years. He worked at Cobra Electronics for 25 years and at Fist Student for 8 years. He loved all things electronic, especially computers, which he...
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Joan "Zoe" Chioles

March 24, 1931 - July 7, 2017

Joan "Zoe" Chioles, 86, of Aurora, passed away Friday July 7, 2017 at Seasons Hospice. She was born March 24, 1931 in Minneapolis, MN the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (Vlahadames) Spear. Zoe was a Legal Secretary for many years for the States Attorney's Office in Kane County. She was a longtime member of St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church. She is survived by her daughter,...
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Norma Jean Laurinas Lilley

December 10, 1928 - July 5, 2017

Norma Jean (Laurinas) Lilley, 88, of Plainfield, IL, passed away peacefully on July 5, 2017. She was born December 10, 1928 in Aurora, the daughter of the late Joseph and Minnie (Michalena) Laurinas. She was a devoted volunteer at The Aurora Historical Society prior to retiring to Florida with her husband, Sam, where they both volunteered many years at the Salvation Army. Norma is...
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Agatha Douglas

November 20, 1927 - July 5, 2017

Agatha Pitz Douglas, 89, of Aurora, was called home to heaven, July 5, 2017 to be with our Savior. She was born November 20, 1927, in Juniata, Nebraska, the daughter of the late John and Christina Pitz. At 4 ft 8 inches this humble woman was the rock and strength of her family. She had a generous spirit and was a mighty prayer warrior for anyone in need. With grace and joy she shared all...
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Norma J. Lilley

December 10, 1928 - July 5, 2017

A full obituary to be published at a later date. Memorial Service: Sunday July 9, 2017, 2:00 PM at Plum Landing Retirement Community's Chapel
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James L. Pike

October 14, 1939 - June 30, 2017

James L. Pike, 77, of Montgomery, passed away, Friday, June 30, 2017 at home surrounded by his family. He was born October 14, 1939 in Aurora, son of the late Lyman and Sylvia Pike. Jim was united in marriage to Paula Morse on May 14, 1966 and had over 50 wonderful years together. After serving proudly in the United States Army, he came home and began working at Plante's Lawn Equipment...
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Rodney James Fair

March 5, 1968 - June 29, 2017

Rodney James Fair, 49, of Aurora passed away Thursday June 29, 2017. He was born March 5, 1968 in Aurora the son of John Fair Sr., and Ella (Horsman) Fair. Rodney graduated from West Aurora High School and from the University of Indiana with his degree in Business. He lived in Florida for many years, leaving behind many friends when he returned home to the Aurora area two years ago. He...
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Delbert "Pete" R. Podschwit

November 19, 1935 - June 28, 2017

Delbert "Pete" R. Podschwit, 81, of Aurora, born November 19, 1935 to John and Marie Podschwit, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on June 28, 2017. Pete was raised in Big Rock, IL and went to Big Rock High School. He attended Barber College and worked as a barber in Aurora for over 55 years. Pete had also been an active member of the Aurora Lions Club and the Big Rock...
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