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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

John J. Henning

May 10, 1928 - January 18, 2019

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

May 26, 1960 - January 17, 2019

Brenda L. Montesano, 58, of Aurora, passed away January 17, 2019. She was born May 26, 1960 in Ottawa, IL. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, February 9, 2019 at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506. Service time is pending.
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Margaret J. Prange

January 6, 1933 - January 14, 2019

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

March 8, 1934 - January 13, 2019

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

August 12, 1944 - January 10, 2019

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

October 30, 1948 - January 9, 2019

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

July 24, 1924 - January 5, 2019

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

January 25, 1935 - January 3, 2019

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

July 29, 1953 - January 3, 2019

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

September 4, 1948 - January 2, 2019

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

January 8, 1931 - January 1, 2019

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

September 25, 1942 - December 31, 2018

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

May 20, 1921 - December 22, 2018

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

February 24, 1927 - December 16, 2018

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

October 30, 1959 - December 15, 2018

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

May 11, 1947 - December 12, 2018

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

April 15, 1957 - December 6, 2018

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

September 13, 1927 - December 5, 2018

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

February 22, 1950 - December 2, 2018

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

August 26, 1938 - November 28, 2018

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

June 9, 1927 - November 28, 2018

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

January 19, 1947 - November 20, 2018

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

April 25, 1919 - November 18, 2018

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

April 25, 1935 - November 18, 2018

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

June 16, 1933 - November 8, 2018

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

April 6, 1938 - October 28, 2018

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

January 29, 1949 - October 26, 2018

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

February 26, 1929 - October 25, 2018

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

July 6, 1961 - October 24, 2018

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

January 1, 1921 - October 15, 2018

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

October 1, 1954 - October 13, 2018

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Helen A. Gabrielson

August 1, 1930 - October 11, 2018

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

January 21, 1942 - October 11, 2018

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

June 30, 1949 - October 7, 2018

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

October 10, 1931 - October 6, 2018

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

February 1, 1927 - October 6, 2018

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

April 5, 1937 - September 20, 2018

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

January 29, 1920 - September 17, 2018

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

April 3, 1936 - September 17, 2018

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

July 31, 1947 - September 12, 2018

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

June 24, 1951 - September 6, 2018

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

March 8, 1926 - September 4, 2018

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

July 25, 1958 - August 29, 2018

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

February 27, 1928 - August 28, 2018

Audrey E. Dumdie, 90 of Aurora, passed away Tuesday August 28, 2018. She was born February 27, 1928 in Plainfield, IL the daughter of the late Robert and Clara (Anderson) Erickson. Audrey was a long-time member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Audrey is survived by her daughter, Beth (Mark Levandoski) Dumdie; her son, Larry (Debbie) Dumdie; many other family and friends. In...
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Timothy A. Groom

April 25, 1960 - August 27, 2018

Timothy A. Groom, 58, of Aurora, passed away Monday, August 27, 2018. He was born April 25, 1960 in Aurora, IL the son of Frances (Minnich) Groom and the late Richard "Dick" P. Groom. Tim retired from the City of Aurora street department. He worked at Johnson Controls where he served as an Officer for the IUE Local 1078. He was a past President of the Tiger Athletic Association and a member of...
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Shirley A. Wyeth

August 2, 1941 - August 22, 2018

Shirley A. Wyeth, 77 of Aurora, Illinois passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 22, 2018. She was born on August 2, 1941 in Aurora, where she lived her entire life. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Marjorie Burke. Shirley was employed by East Aurora School District #131 and retired from IMSA. She enjoyed spending her free time watching her grandchildren participate in sports...
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Debra "Debbie" Harvey

September 26, 1956 - August 17, 2018

Debra A. Harvey "Debbie", 61, of Aurora, passed away August 17, 2018 at Presence Mercy Hospital. She was born on September 26, 1956 in Aurora, daughter of the late John and Eva (Cutsinger) Martin. Debbie loved music and singing and was very good at playing the guitar. She loved to cook and have others over to her home to enjoy a meal. Debbie's favorite flower was the daisy and she loved...
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Elias "Louis" Tertipes

February 10, 1933 - August 15, 2018

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Theresa M. Akers

March 22, 1935 - August 15, 2018

Theresa M. Akers, 83, of Montgomery, passed away on August 15, 2018 at her home. She was born in Chicago, IL on March 22, 1935. Survivors include her children; William (Cheri) Akers, Terry Akers and Donna (Jim Augsburg) Akers; her brother, Joseph Kieler; 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Akers; her daughter, Katrina Crutchett and 5...
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Sarah F. Fitch

August 22, 1936 - August 14, 2018

Sarah F. Fitch, 81, of Aurora passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Presence Mercy Medical Center. She was born August 22, 1936 in Crossett, Arkansas the daughter of late Everett Colbert and Carrie B Davis. Sarah married the love of her life, Johnny Lee Fitch on August 17, 1963 and two years later moved from Arkansas to Chicago in July of 1965. Sarah and Johnny lived in Chicago for 31...
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Rev. Donald G. Rudd

February 18, 1930 - August 14, 2018

Rev. Donald G. Rudd went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Donald was born on February 18, 1930 to Clarence and Sylvia (Termansen) Rudd in St, Charles, Illinois. He was a 1948 graduate of St. Charles High School. In 1957 he married Eunice Pals. They had 3 sons. Don was a master printer by trade working at the Beacon News. After changing careers and working for...
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Sue Johnson

November 21, 1943 - August 9, 2018

Karen "Sue" Johnson, beloved wife, mother and grandma, found eternal peace on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at the age of 74. She was born in Fairfield, IL on November 21, 1943, to Leslie and Bereniece Cunningham, who preceded her in death. She married Joe Johnson of Fairfield, IL on June 18, 1965, and lived in Aurora, IL for the past 50 years. She was captivated by love! Her love for her...
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Shirley A. Johnson

August 6, 2018

Shirley A. Johnson, age 83 of Anoka, MN, formerly of Aurora, IL and Nekoosa, WI, passed into the arms of her Savior on Monday, August 6, 2018 at her home. Shirley was a dedicated nurse; cared for animals, loved to study her bible, but most of all, passionate about her family. In addition to her parents, John and Meta (Christensen) St. Clair, Shirley was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Jean B. Divine

September 13, 1920 - August 5, 2018

Jean B. Divine, 97, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on August 5, 2018. She was born September 13, 1920 in Aurora, Illinois, the daughter of the late Earl and Mae Anderson, and sister of the late Frances Beuscher. Jean worked in the East Aurora Public School District and then became the first employee of Waubonsee Community College; where she served as administrative...
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Sylvia E. Forsberg

February 13, 1939 - August 4, 2018

Sylvia Forsberg, 79, passed away August 4, 2018 at Rush-Copley Medical Center surrounded by many of her loving friends. She was born February 13, 1939 to Ivar and Lilly Forsberg. Sylvia is survived by her brother, John (Estelle) Forsberg of Richland, WA; her sister, Judy (Gary) Garde of Gilbert, AZ; two nephews; a niece and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and a...
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Brian John O'Connor

October 17, 1955 - July 27, 2018

Brian John O'Connor of Phoenix, Arizona passed away in his sleep at home in the early morning of July 27, 2018. Brian was born on October 17, 1955 in Aurora, Illinois the first son of Dr. Charles A. O'Connor M.D. and Charlene M. O'Connor. He graduated from the West Aurora High School in 1973 and subsequently earned a Bachelor Degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 1977. Brian...
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James V. Howard

November 27, 1921 - July 27, 2018

James V. Howard, 96, of Aurora, passed away Friday July 27, 2018. He was born November 27, 1921 in Maiden Rock, WI the son of the late Raymond and Dorothy (Brownlee) Howard. James served his country with the U.S. Army during WWII. He also worked for 43 years as a dispatcher for Burlington Northern Rail Road. He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Aurora. He also was a member of the...
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Cathy Pietrusiak

October 4, 1945 - July 23, 2018

Catherine F. "Cathy" Pietrusiak, 72, of Aurora, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on Monday, July 23, 2018 at her home. She was born on October 4, 1945 in Chicago, IL the daughter of the late John T. and Cecilia (Hoban) Flavin. Cathy graduated from Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park, IL, Mundelein College and earned her Nursing Degree from Waubonsee Community College. She...
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Aaron L. Jordan

October 11, 1950 - July 20, 2018

Aaron L. Jordan, 67, of Oswego, passed away Friday July 20, 2018. He was born October 11, 1950 in Chicago, IL the son of Deborah (Shaffer) Jordan and the late Fred Jordan. Funeral services will be held Thursday 6:00 p.m. August 2, 2018 at Progressive Baptist Church, 275 Barnes Rd., Aurora, IL 60506. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until the time of service. Interment will take place...
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Margaret "Marge" Beyer

August 21, 1942 - July 18, 2018

Margaret Susan Beyer of Mendota Illinois, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Marge was married to Jerry Beyer the love of her life. They were blessed with a beautiful family, and the greatest friends one could ask for. Marge was blessed to have kids that she cherished, Geralyn Beyer, Dwayne (Vickie) Beyer, Brian (Susan) Beyer, Matt (Cherrie) Beyer, Mickey (Roy) Miller, Robyn (Ellis...
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Eileen King

July 2, 1917 - July 15, 2018

Eileen King died peacefully at home in Aurora on Sunday at age 101. She was born on her parents' farmstead in Edgar County near Newman, Illinois on July 2, 1917. She is the daughter of Ervin Kincaid and Mildred Monroe Kincaid. Eileen married Merrill H. King, after being college sweethearts, on July 4, 1942. They were married for 52 years until his death in 1994. Eileen's children are David...
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James R. Brown Sr.

November 26, 1937 - July 15, 2018

James R. Brown Sr., 80, of Bristol, IL, passed away Sunday July 15, 2018 at his home. He was born November 26, 1937 in Marshfield, WI the son of the late Robert and Evelyn Brown Sr. He served his country with the U.S. Marines and was honorably discharged in 1963. Jim was a carpenter for many years in the area where he helped build many homes and nursing homes. Jim was a boy scout leader in...
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Thomas L. Walker

January 25, 1929 - July 5, 2018

Thomas L. Walker, 89, born January 25,1929, to William and Kathleen (Conley), and husband of Joyce Dunley (Diehl) died peacefully in his home on July 5, 2018. Tom was born in Aurora, was a graduate of Marmion Academy and studied pre-engineering at St. Procopius College. In 1950 he was inducted into the Army and served during the end of the German occupation. Upon discharge, he attended St....
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Dale E. "Gene" Plott

October 10, 1926 - July 2, 2018

Gene Plott, 91, passed away peacefully while in Edward Hospital. Gene was born in Omaha, NE to Wayne and Emma (Cook) Plott. Upon graduation from high school, he joined the Navy and proudly served his country during WWII aboard the U.S.S. Charleston. After completing his tour of duty, Gene moved to Aurora, IL and joined the Aurora Fire Department, where he rose through the ranks, eventually...
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Mary Ellen Johnson

April 2, 1929 - July 2, 2018

Mary "Ellen" Johnson, 89, formerly of Aurora, died peacefully at the Michealsen Health Center in Batavia. She had been a resident of The Holmstad for 15 years. Ellen was born on April 2, 1929 in River Falls, WI. The daughter of Rev. Forrest Hoisington and Miriam (Nuzum) Hoisington. She graduated from Rochelle High School and DePauw University. Her passions included working/volunteering...
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Jennfer Ortiz

April 24, 1982 - June 22, 2018

Jennifer Ortiz, 36, of Aurora, passed away at her home on June 22, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was born on April 24, 1982 in Aurora, IL. Jennifer was a huge Chicago Bulls fan. She touched many people in her lifetime and will be missed by those who were able to know and love her. Survivors include her sister, Daisy Ortiz; her brother, Jose A. Ortiz, Jr., her nieces and nephews,...
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Keith E. Lodor

September 21, 1970 - June 20, 2018

Keith Lodor, 47, of Aurora, passed away on June 20, 2018. He was born in Chicago, IL on September 21, 1970. Keith was a dedicated and loving husband and adoring father; loyal and caring brother, uncle and son-in-law. He was an incredibly caring and generous friend. He strived to make people laugh. He loved to play pool, hang out with friends and metal detecting. Keith loved to play board...
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Goetz M. Schuppan

October 18, 1943 - June 20, 2018

Goetz M. Schuppan, 74, of Aurora, passed away June 20, 2018. Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 24, 2018 from 1-3 P.M at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60506. Interment will be private.
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Elnora "Beth" Pettit-Conover

June 23, 1938 - June 18, 2018

A Celebration of life service will be held Saturday 1:00 p.m. June 23, 2018 at Aurora Advent Christian Church, 905 N. Edgelawn Dr., Aurora, IL 60506. Interment will be private. Arrangements by The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506. For further information please call (630) 897-9291 or visit our website at www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.
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Derral Barton

February 6, 1970 - June 16, 2018

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Eddie Mitchell

January 6, 1960 - June 16, 2018

Eddie Mitchell, 58, of Plano, passed away June 16, 2018 at his home. He was born January 6, 1960 in Holly Springs, MS to the late Willis and Jettie M. Mitchell. Eddie had a great love for his family and friends, but the greatest love was when he accepted Christ. He attended Galena Elementary School in Mississippi then he moved to Aurora and continued his education at East Aurora High School. ...
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John "Jack" Rex Harkness

July 15, 1928 - June 15, 2018

John "Jack" Rex Harkness has gone home! "By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers." 1 John 3:16 Once John Rex Harkness became a believer in Jesus Christ, he took that verse very seriously and dedicated his life to serving Him and others. On June 15, 2018, John entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. ...
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Linda L. Muntz

April 18, 1942 - June 13, 2018

Linda L. Muntz, 76, of Aurora, passed away peacefully on June 13, 2018 in her home, surrounded by her family. She was born April 18, 1942 in Ewing, IL the daughter of the late Lyman and Lillian Allen. She is survived by her husband, William D. Muntz; her children, Kevin (Bridget) Didier, Brian (Jamie) Didier and Kristen (Phil) Sevene as well as 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren to...
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James E. Smithey

June 10, 2018

James E. Smithey, of Quincy, IL, formerly of Aurora, passed away on June 10, 2018 at his home. He was born January 4, 1933 in Myrtle, MS the son of the late Earl and Essie Smithey. James' family moved from Mississippi to Aurora in 1951. He then met and married Geneva Howard. Geneva had 3 children, Jerry, Tom and Wanda. James and Geneva then had two of their own children, Belinda Kay and James...
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Lynn M. Barclay

December 3, 1949 - June 5, 2018

"LYNN MARIE (WEBER) BARCLAY, loved and cherished wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend, lost her years-long battle with glioblastoma on June 5, 2018, when she died peacefully surrounded by family in her home. Lynn was born in Aurora, Illinois on December 3, 1949 to Robert and Eleanor Weber. Lynn graduated from Madonna High School and attended Northern Illinois University and Waubonsee...
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Margaret "Peg" Steinhebel

October 6, 1919 - June 1, 2018

Margaret "Peg" Steinhebel, passed away Friday, June 1 , 2018. She was born October 6, 1919 in Corning Iowa, daughter of the late Edgar and Agnes Cupp. She experienced 98 wonderful and fulfilled years of teaching, travel, camping, children and helping others. Peg taught PE for West Aurora Schools (Freeman, Greenman, Smith) from 1958-1982. She volunteered in Aurora for the following...
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Jean Vinson Urquhart

September 30, 1922 - May 30, 2018

Jean Vinson Urquhart left this earth to join her Savior in Heaven on May 30, 2018. She was 95. Jean was born in Haichow, China, on September 30, 1922. Her parents, John and Jeanie Vinson, were missionaries there. Jean's mother passed away shortly after she was born, and her father was martyred in China when she was nine. She was raised in Lexington, Virginia, by her loving Auntie, who died...
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William R. McCormack

May 31, 1936 - May 28, 2018

William "Bill" R. McCormack, 81 of Aurora, passed away Monday May 28, 2018 at Alden of Waterford. He was born May 31, 1936 in Leavenworth, KS the son of the late Clifford and Irene (Holrich) McCormack. Bill served his country with the U.S. Air Force which lead the way for his employment with the F.A.A. as an Air Traffic Controller at the Aurora Center for many years. He was a long-time...
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Edward Allan Poe

April 30, 1979 - May 27, 2018

Edward A. Poe passed away peacefully, Sunday, May 27,2018 at Provena Mercy Hospital in Aurora, IL. Eddie was born April 30, 1979 to his loving mother, Barbara (John) Britton-Ramirez and Curtis (Evelyn) Poe. Eddie graduated from West Chicago High School in 1997. He served in the United State Army with an honorable discharge. He had an amazingly big heart that showed daily through being a...
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Jason S. Grubbs

May 20, 1974 - May 25, 2018

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Manuel "Ito" Romero Crespo

July 24, 1939 - May 25, 2018

Manuel "Ito" Romero Crespo of Aurora, born in Camuy, PR, was called on to Heaven at the age of 78 on May 25, 2018 at Seasons Hospice in Naperville. Manuel was the husband of the late Carmen. He is survived by his son, Manuel Jr. (Sarah) Romero; his daughters, Carmen (Javier) Sostre, Esmeralda (Anthony) Jarencio, Brenda (Manny) Rivera, and Crystal(Greg) Holmes; grandchildren Amanda(Charles)...
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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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Michael Garcia

August 15, 1967 - May 16, 2018

Michael Garcia, 50, of Ventura, CA. passed away unexpectedly on May 16, 2018 due to complications from an unfortunate accident. The son of Ismael (Mike) and Angelina Garcia, Michael was born and raised in Aurora. Michael attended East Aurora High School, graduating in 1985. After graduation, Michael joined the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Lynde McCormick stationed in San Diego, CA. from...
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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 Sunday, 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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