DeKALB – James Welmont Carney, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center, DeKalb, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family.
He was born in Chicago, the son of Dr. Paul and Elenore (Hodges) Carney.
James graduated from DeKalb High School with the class of 1956. After graduating high school, James attended the University of Notre Dame where he obtained a bachelor's degree in fine arts. He later earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa.
He married Audrey Hardt in April, 2009.
James was a lifelong artist. He shared his love for art with many students over the years while working as a professor for Northern Illinois University in the Art Department.
James is survived by his wife, Audrey Hardt; four children, Deirdre (Tom) Tarpey, Katie (Mark) Farris, Stuart Carney and Jon Kerwin; six stepchildren, Linda, Angela, Colleen, Diane, Rita and Marie; several grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; brothers, Dr. William (Diane) Carney and Stewart Fink; one sister, Susan (Donald) Mattoon; and special friends, Liz Goeking, Peggy Doty and Jeremy.
The family will like to extend a special thank-you to DeKalb County Hospice, Kishwaukee Community Hospital, Evanston Hospital and Dr. Mark Talamonti.
Private family interment will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flower,s a memorial has been established in his name to benefit the DeKalb County Forest Preserve District. Checks can be made to the "DeKalb County Forest Preserve District" and mailed in care of the James Carney Memorial to P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes also can be forwarded to the same address or at www.ConleyCare.com.

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Conley Funeral Home
116 West Pierce Street Elburn, IL 60119
(630) 365-6414
Published in Daily Chronicle on Feb. 26, 2013