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Strausberger, Cheryl K. - Dekalb  
Cheryl K. Strausberger Born: Feb. 10, 1951; in DeKalb, IL Died: Dec. 20, 2014; in DeKalb, IL Cheryl K. Strausberger, 63, of DeKalb, Illinois, died Saturday, December 20, 2014, at Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb. Cheryl was born February 10, 1951, in DeKalb, the daughter of Herbert G. and Dorothy E. (Sanderson) Strausberger. Cheryl was a 1969 graduate of Waterman High School and graduated from Western Illinois University with a bachelor's degree. Cheryl was employed by General Electric in DeKalb for more than 35 years until her retirement; she was an avid reader and loved auctions and antiques. She is survived by her three brothers, James Strausberger, Robert (Karin) Strausberger and Dale (Mona) Strausberger, all of DeKalb; two sisters, Dianne Leifheit of DeKalb and Nancy (John) Didier of Prairie View. She was a much loved aunt of eight nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 29, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, with the Rev. Dr. Stephen Squires of Trinity Lutheran Church, DeKalb, officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. Monday until the service at 1:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Cheryl K. Strausberger Memorial Fund, sent to the Strausberger Family in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.
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Published in Daily-Chronicle on Dec. 26, 2014

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Bloyd, James R. - Dekalb  
James R. Bloyd Born: April 13, 1938; in Malta, IL Died: Dec. 21, 2014; in DeKalb, IL James R. "JB" Bloyd, 76, passed away on December 21, 2014 at Bethany Rehabilitation & Health Center, DeKalb, IL, with special care given by KishHealth System Hospice. JB worked for Wurlitzer and the City of DeKalb Public Works for many years. JB was an avid weightlifter and for a time operated a private club. JB was also a highly skilled pistol shooter who trained some, and shot in competition with many local law enforcement personnel. JB also for many years managed the band JB Plus and then progressed into the DJ business and was very popular with local venues JB was preceded in death by his parents, John O. and Ethel Mae; a sister, May Jane; brother, Robert J. Bloyd, Sr.; and wife, Viola. There will be no services, cremation is provided by Heritage Cremation Provider. A memorial will be established and donations can be made to KishHealth System Hospice for James R. "JB" Bloyd at KishHealth System Hospice at 2727 Sycamore Rd, 60115.
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Published in Daily-Chronicle on Dec. 25, 2014
Yagen, Evelyn T. - Virgil  
Evelyn Turk Yagen Born: Dec. 22, 1924; in Virgil, IL Died: Dec. 23, 2014; in Sycamore, IL Evelyn Turk Yagen, age 90, of Virgil, passed away only one day after her goal of ninety years was achieved. She peacefully left this earthly world while surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at The Grand Victorian of Sycamore, an assisted living facility, where she had recently made her home. She was born December 22, 1924, in Virgil, IL, the daughter of Frank and Barbara (Hardt) Turk. Evelyn attended local schools in Maple Park, where she lived most of her life. She was united in marriage to John "Bud" "Sully" Yagen on September 22, 1956 at St. Mary's of Maple Park. Prior to her marriage, Evelyn was employed in the office of the Elgin Watch Factory. Before her retirement, she was secretary at the Maple Park Elementary School for eighteen years. Evelyn was a clerk in the Virgil Post Office and was Treasurer of the Village of Virgil when it incorporated in 1990. Evelyn was a long time faithful member of S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Virgil. The joys in her life were the vacations she and Sully took in the fall to the New England States as well as their many trips to Wisconsin for fishing, not to mention all the fun times spent with dear friends. Evelyn also had so many good times shopping and having lunch with her nieces. She also enjoyed attending sporting events and playing in several local card clubs. Evelyn always kept up on current events by reading the local newspapers, but indulged herself in novels as well. Cards and letters that came in the mail made each day special and Evelyn treasured each and everyone. She is survived by her brother, Joseph Turk; sisters-in-law, Mary Anne Schramer and Guyla Yagen; over fifty nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews; as well as a close circle off riends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and their two still born sons; two sisters, Dolores "Sis" Turk and Rosalie (Jerry) Berkes; two brothers, Peter and Francis Turk; sisters-in-law, Marge Turk and Dolores Hart Turk; her nephew, Thomas Berkes; and the many beloved Yagen in-laws whom she held dear. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., with a mass to follow at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 26, 2014, at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 5N939 Meredith Rd., Virgil, IL. Fr. Perfecto Vasquez, pastor of the church, will officiate with interment to follow at S.S. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Virgil. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Evelyn's name. Checks may be made to the "Evelyn Yagen Memorial" and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com . Arrangements were handled with care by Conley Funeral Home, Elburn, IL. The family would like to thank KishHealth System Hospice, the staff at Grand Victorian, Dr. Christopher J. Berry and her church family for their loving care and many heartfelt prayers.
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Published in Daily-Chronicle on Dec. 25, 2014

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Gletty, Darlene C. - Somonauk  
Darlene C. Gletty Born: Nov. 27, 1930 Died: Dec. 12, 2014 Darlene Carol (LaBolle) Gletty, 84, went home to the Lord Friday, December 12, 2014. She was born at her parent's home on Thanksgiving, November 27, 1930, in Somonauk, the daughter of Roy and Florence LaBolle. Darlene grew up on a farm with her family, and beloved horse Billy, on 150 acres of uncut timber just south of Somonauk. She and James J. Gletty met in high school. She graduated from Somonauk High School with the class of 1948 and worked briefly as a telephone operator prior to marrying Jim. After graduating Jim and Darlene began dating and were married just six months later on March 10, 1951. Once married, her job as a wife, homemaker and mother-of raising boys to men and girls to women-was the most gratifying and worthy profession of her life. She was proud and felt extremely blessed to have been a farmer's daughter and a farmer's wife where she learned the full meaning of love, integrity and freedom. Her passion was her husband, children and traveling. Weekends usually found Jim and Darlene either touring Amish communities in Arthur, IL or off to a tractor show in an adjoining state. In earlier years, Darlene bought Jim a BMW motorcycle which they would spend weekends riding far and wide searching for antiques. Jim and Darlene loved spending all of their free time together along with their beloved dog, Coco. Darlene could lose all track of time when she was reading. She was a great cook and could bake scrumptious pies, cookies and cakes, but would rather go out to dinner if at all possible. Darlene loved going to Chicago to the Art Museum, plays and to continuously expanding her children's minds to the world and to the culture of Chicago. Darlene was spiritual, a free spirit and a realist who accepted events and situations as they really were and dealt with them in a practical way. She was quoted saying, "You are only as happy as your saddest child." Darlene was very wise and also optimistic. She was a best friend and champion of her adult children, and a kind and extremely generous person. Darlene found the innocence of joy in all that she did and in doing that, she was able to create a world of unconditional love and compassion for all of her family. The world is less without her, though more loving and blessed to have known her. Darlene Carol (LaBolle) Gletty will be greatly missed. She is survived by her husband of close to 64 years, James J. Gletty; their four children, Nancy Olson, Michael (Linda) Gletty, Christi (Larry Dean) Gibson and David (Kim) Gletty; eight grandchildren, Jacob (Esmeralda) Olson, Katie (Scott) Gletty-Syoen, Ryan (Maegan) Gletty, Hilary (Patrick) Milott, David (Tracy) Gibson, Cameron Gibson, Graham (Katie) Gletty and Griffin Gletty; ten great grandchildren, Olivia, Ethan and Alexander Olson, Eliyanna Olson, Ella and Violet Gletty-Syoen, Jack and Wyatt Gletty, Kaitlyn, Madeline and Ian Gibson and Avery Gletty; one sister, Betty (Bill) Westbrook; one granddaughter-in-law, Melissa Olson; numerous nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Coco. She was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Andrew Olson; two sisters, Hazel Nelson and Barbara Sebby; one brother, Roy LaBolle, Jr. Funeral Services were at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 19, 2014 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Somonauk with Rev. William C. Weidenbach, Jr. officiating. Graveside services will be private. Visitation were from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 19, 2014, at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Tails Humane Society, 2250 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb, IL 60115 or St. John's Lutheran Church for the Oaks Indian Mission, 235 S. Green Street, Somonauk, IL 60552. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.EighnerFuneralHomes.com
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Published in Daily-Chronicle on Dec. 17, 2014
Hoffman, Roger T. - Sycamore  
Roger T. Hoffman Born: June 28, 1958; in Sycamore, IL Died: Dec. 22, 2014; in Sycamore, IL Roger T. Hoffman, 56, of Sycamore, formerly of Genoa died unexpectedly on Monday, December 22, 2014, at his home in Sycamore. He was born June 28, 1958 in Sycamore. The son of Thomas T. and Louise E. (Peterson) Hoffman. Roger was a 1979 graduate of the Genoa-Kingston School District through the DeKalb Co. Special Education Program at Notre Dame School in DeKalb. He continued to take classes at Kishwaukee College and graduated in 2012 with his Learning for Life- Level 1 certificate. He worked for Opportunity House for over 35 years. He loved all animals, American history, farming with great interest in the family farm and waking up early to hear the farm report. He was known as the 'Family Historian'. He also enjoyed eating cake, drawing buildings/floor plans and collecting pencils. Roger was baptized, confirmed and a member of the First Lutheran Church of Kirkland. His faith was very important to him. He was also active in the Aktion Club (a branch of the Kiwanis Club). The family would like to thank the Opportunity House for the care and support they showed Roger over the years. He is survived by his parents, Thomas and Louise Hoffman of Genoa; one sister, Renee Hoffman (fiance- Keith Krabbe) of Genoa; one nephew, Joshua (Marcynda) Atkinson of DeKalb; two great nephews, Aiden and Weston; numerous loving uncles, aunts and cousins along with his god parents, Don Peterson and Nancy Bakanas. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Jeanne and Laverne Peterson; paternal grandparents, Rose and Truman Hoffman; and his brother, Ronald in Oct. of 2014. His Funeral Service will be on Saturday, Dec. 27th at 10:00 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 501 W. South St., Kirkland, with Rev. Carl L.M. Rasmussen officiating. Burial will be at Charter Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.at the Slater-Butala Funeral Home of Genoa and from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Church on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Opportunity House in Sycamore or the First Lutheran Church in Kirkland in care of the Slater-Butala Funeral Home, 132 W. Main, Genoa, IL. 60135. For info or to sign the online guest book, go to www.ButalaFuneraIHomes.com or call 815-784-5191.
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Published in Daily-Chronicle on Dec. 24, 2014
Levi, Laverne C. - Rockford  
Laverne C. Levi Born: May 11, 1935 Died: Dec. 19, 2014 Laverne C. "Bernie" Levi, 79, of Rockford passed away Friday, December 19, 2014, at St. Anne Rehabilitation Center after complications from Progressive Supernuclear Palsy. Born May 11, 1935, in Kingston, Illinois, the son of Maurice and Ruth Levi. He graduated from Genoa-Kingston High School Bernie was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving 4 years while stationed in the States and Greenland. He married Annette Dongas on April 26, 1958, at Mission Covenant Church in Dekalb. Bernie was a Local 1268 UAW Chrysler member, retiring after 32 years on December 30, 1996. He was a member of Spring Creek United Church of Christ. He was a huge Green Bay Packers fan and loved antique cars. Most of all, Bernie loved his family. He also enjoyed fishing, boating and keeping track of his son-in-law, Kevin, while he was doing repairs at their cabin on Pickeral Lake in Eagle River, Wisconsin. Bernie was "A Good Man" and a friend to all. Survived by his wife of 56 years, Annette; daughter, Cheryl (Kevin) McCauley of Dekalb; son, Paul (Jan) Levi of Belvidere; sister, Carol (Dennis) Botnen; brother, Larry (Melody); grandchildren, Lindsey (Ryan) Thompson, Kristen, Michael C., Matthew and Ben Levi; great-grandchildren, Wesley, Henry and Charley Laverne. Predeceased by his son, Michael A. Levi; and his parents. Funeral service was at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 South Mulford Road, Rockford, with Pastor Ivan Schoen officiating. Visitation was from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday, at the funeral home. Burial in Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of Laverne's son, Michael. To express online condolences, please visit: www.fitzgeraldfh.com .
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Published in Daily-Chronicle on Dec. 24, 2014
Reh, Adam - Sycamore  
Adam Reh Born: March 30, 1974; in DeKalb, IL Died: Dec. 17, 2014 ; in Sycamore, IL Adam Reh, 40, of Sycamore, died at his home Wednesday, December 17, 2014, after a lifelong battle with diabetes. He was born March 30, 1974 in DeKalb, son of Sandra and Thomas Reh. He attended Rochelle Township High School and ITT Technical School. Adam worked in Montgomery, Illinois, at Caterpillar. He liked to fish, play pool, international travel and loved spending time with his nephews. He was an avid Bears fan. Survivors include, his mother, Sandra Reh of Sycamore; grandma, Dorothy E. Harmes of Sycamore; sister, Heather E. Paulson of Genoa; nephews, Kyle and Kaleb Paulson of Sycamore; father, Thomas (Pam) Reh of DeKalb; grandparents, Leonard (Helen) Reh of Sycamore; and uncle, David Reh of Little Rock, AR; and numerous friends. Predeceased by, grandpa, Jess J. Harmes; great-grandparents, Floyd and Eleanor Welty, John and Barbara Reh, and Albert and Marie Taglang. A special thanks to Dr. Thakkar, of the DeKalb Clinic, and for all the prayers and support for Adam and his family over the past few years. Visitation was from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, December 21, 2014, at Olson Funeral and Cremation, Quiram Sycamore Chapel, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore, IL. A funeral mass was held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, December 22, 2014, at The Church of St. Mary, 244 Waterman St., Sycamore, IL. Cremation and private burial will follow at a later date. Memorials can be made to Kolver Transplant Center, Northwestern Memorial Foundation, 251 E. Huron St. Suite 3-200, Chicago, IL 60611.
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Published in Daily-Chronicle on Dec. 19, 2014

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Chapman, Mary E. - Sycamore  
Mary E. Chapman Born: Sept. 2, 1929 Died: Dec. 21, 2014 Mary E. (Minnihan) Chapman, 85, of Sycamore passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 21, 2014, at Heritage Woods of DeKalb. Born in Sycamore on September 2, 1929, to John and Ellen Minnihan, she graduated from Sycamore High School in 1948. On September 13, 1952, she married George Chapman. They lived in Troxel, Illinois until 1963 when they moved to Sycamore. Mary worked at 1st Savings and Loan of Sycamore, Henderson's Department Store, Sycamore High School and after her retirement, worked at American Midwest Bank. She volunteered at the Joiner History Room and The Country Store resale shop. In retirement, she and George enjoyed traveling, golfing, Funtimer outings and spending time with their grandchildren. She is survived by four daughters, Lorrie (Marvin) Wildenradt, Beth (Steven) Bollinger, Jodi Tyrrell, and Jane (Randy) Politsch; nine grandchildren, Brian (Sara) Wildenradt, Katie (Matt) Faber, Jenna (Thomas) Snell, Stephanie (Justin) Hides, Philip (Brittney) Bollinger, Reid Politsch, Kacey (Michael) Chezum, T.J. and Kevin Tyrrell; along with ten great-grandchildren; many beloved nieces and nephews; and a sister, Margaret Swanson of DeKalb. She was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 2012; an infant son, Kevin; a grandson, Adam Tyrrell; a son-in-law, Joseph Tyrrell; as well as five brothers, Robert, William, Joseph, Charles, and Richard Minnihan. The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the staff and volunteers of Hospice and to the entire staff at Heritage Woods for the extraordinary care and compassion shown to Mary and our family in these past days. Words cannot express how grateful we are to all of you. We are forever in your debt. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 26th at Butala Funeral Home in Sycamore from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. followed by a celebration of Mary's life at 5:30 p.m., with Rev. GaHyung Kim officiating. Private burial will take place at a later date. Memorials in her honor may be made to the KishHealth Systems Hospice in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. For info or to sign the online guest book, go to www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call 815-895-2833.
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Published in Daily-Chronicle on Dec. 23, 2014
Ritzman, Allyn - Dekalb  
Allyn Ritzman Born: Nov. 15, 1922 Died: Dec. 21, 2014 Allyn Ritzman, 92, of DeKalb, Illinois, died Sunday, December 21, 2014, at home. Born November 15, 1922, in DeKalb, the son of Floyd R. and Eva L. (Hight) Ritzman, Allyn married Otta Marie Rygh on December 4, 1948, in Lee. Al was a 1942 DeKalb High School graduate and was a veteran of the US Army, having served during World War II. After his military service, he owned McCann's Mobil Station in DeKalb for more than 30 years. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in DeKalb and was an avid photographer. Al was a steam engine train buff and a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. He loved to fish, bowl and play cards. He is survived by his wife, Otta; children, Linda (Louise Moore) Ritzman of Crestwood, Roger (Barb) Ritzman of Wheaton, Carol (Jon) Victor of Wheeling, Nancy (Mike "Ike") Wayman of Cherry Valley, Diane (Allen) Bark of Hinckley and Susan (Chris Wolfert) Sokolowski of Rochelle; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Marilyn (Bill) Kelly of Henderson, Nevada; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters. The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 27, at First Lutheran Church, 324 North Third Street, DeKalb, with the Rev. Dr. Janet Hunt officiating and full military honors by American Legion, AmVets and VFW. Cremation is by Anderson Funeral Home Crematory. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial of cremated remains will be at a later date at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Allyn Ritzman Memorial Fund, sent to the Ritzman Family in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.
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Published in Daily-Chronicle on Dec. 23, 2014

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Birkner, Joyce E. - Sycamore  
Joyce E. Birkner Joyce E. Birkner, age 89, of Sycamore, died on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Private services will be held. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, 1245 Somonauk St. Sycamore, IL
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Published in Daily Chronicle on Dec. 16, 2014
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