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English, Laura J.  
Laura J. English Born: Dec. 14, 1941; in Chicago, IL Died: June 22, 2015; in Elgin, IL Laura J. English, 73, passed away on June 22, 2015, at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Elgin. She is survived by her daughters, Victoria (Steven) Lundy of Elgin and Valerie (Joseph) Donndelinger of Dearborn, Michigan, and grandson Ryne Lundy of Elgin. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph; and grandson, Rhett Lundy; as well as her faithful companion dogs, Max and Corky. She was born on December 14, 1941, in Chicago to Lawrence A. Joseph and Rose G. Joseph (nee Travis, of Ontario, Canada). She married Joseph J. English of Chicago on September 7, 1963; they made homes in Chicago, DeKalb, Maple Park, Sycamore, Elgin, Glendale Heights, and finally Champaign before returning to South Elgin to be near family. She had been a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Elgin. She was a 1960 graduate of DeKalb High School. In 1985 she completed her undergraduate studies with a B.A. in history from Northern Illinois University. Her continued passion for lifelong learning led her to earn an M.A. from North Central College and to pursue a PhD in Educational Policy at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She had completed coursework and begun writing her dissertation when she was sidelined by declining health in 2013. She had been employed by RR Donnelley & Sons in Elgin, Cooking Masters in Elgin, Glenbard Township District #87 in Glen Ellyn, had been self-employed as freelance editor of theses and dissertations, and most recently held a graduate assistantship at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Visitation will be at Laird Funeral Home, Elgin on Wednesday, July 1, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. with funeral immediately following at 7:00 p.m. Inurnment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Presence Hospice, "May Your Beat Live On" the Rhett P. Lundy Memorial, the Myocarditis Foundation, or to the Humane Society of your choice. For information 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com .
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Herrmann, Charles A.  
Charles A. Herrmann Charles "Chuck" A. Herrmann, passed away on June 24, 2015, following a long courageous battle with Lewybody disease. He was born in Rochelle, IL, to the late Charles and Ella Irene Herrmann in 1932. He also had a brother, John, now deceased. Chuck graduated from Shabbona High School and went on to University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana to get his B.S. degree in Agriculture. There he was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi. Soon after, he also got his pilot's license. He loved flying and playing golf. After graduating he proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. This experience taught him discipline and the organizational skills that he clearly exhibited during his life. Upon returning to the family farm, he met and married Michalene Franczek. They continued farming till moving to Mesa in 1999. Chuck also worked as deputy for the Lee County Sheriff Dept. in Dixon, IL. Chuck is survived by his wife; 3 children, Debra Hinkston (Gerry), Chuck Herrmann (Audrey), Janet Anderson; and 3 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. The overwhelming compassion shown by Hospice of the Valley staff and the efforts to help him be as comfortable as possible cannot go unremarked. A Memorial Mass will be held on July 2, 11:00 a.m., Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1244 S. Power Road, Mesa, AZ 85206. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 2020 E. Woodside Court. Gilbert, AZ 85297. Arrangements entrusted to Mariposa Gardens Funeral Care, Mesa, AZ.
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Riley, Pauline L.  
Pauline L. Riley Born: April 26, 1924; in Sycamore, IL Died: June 26, 2015; in Rockford, IL Pauline L. Riley, 91, of Sycamore died Friday, June 26, 2015, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. She was born April 26, 1924, in Sycamore the daughter of Paul and Lila (Barry) Reynolds. She married Jesse L. Riley on January 18, 1943, in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Pauline worked at Anaconda Cable and Wire as a security guard and also worked at the Sycamore VFW. She was a member of the Sycamore VFW Auxiliary and enjoyed to crochet, playing cards and reading. She is survived by her children, Lila (Ed) Bakken, Susan (Lewis) Farmer, Kathleen (Eugene) Eberly, Timothy Riley; grandchildren, Laurie Woosley, Ricky Farmer, Ruble Farmer, Tom Farmer, Judy C. Jepsen, Gena Groves, Joseph Eberly, Nickolas Eberly, Leslie Eberly, Jesse Riley; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brother, John (Lillie) Reynolds. She was preceded in death by her parents; former husband in 1987; brother, Keith Reynolds; son, Paul Daniel Riley; two grandsons, Tony Farmer, Michael Bakken; two great-granddaughters, Tara Roberts and Kendelyn Eberly. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Quiram Sycamore Chapel, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore, IL 60178 with Reverend Robert Weinhold. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore. A visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., prior to the service. A memorial fund will be established in her name at a later date. For information or to leave a message of condolence visit www.olsonfh.com or 815-895-6589.
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Schroeder, Marilyn J. Kirkhus  
Marilyn J. Kirkhus Schroeder Born: Aug. 2, 1930 Died: June 28, 2015 Marilyn Joyce Kirkhus Schroeder, 84, DeKalb, Illinois, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Bethany Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, DeKalb. Born August 2, 1930, on a farm southeast of Leland, the daughter of Howard and Irene (Gunderson) Rierson, Marilyn married Ivan B. Kirkhus on December 16, 1950. After Ivan died February 28, 1988, Marilyn married Louis Schroeder on February 1, 1997. Louis died June 24, 2010. Marilyn was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, spending her early years helping Ivan on the farm and entertaining friends and family. She loved to bake and kept the cookie jar filled with cookies for Ivan and her family. Some of the happiest times of her life were entertaining, going to dances at the Blue Moon and Long's Barn, and traveling with Ivan overseas and throughout the United States. She was a piano and organ teacher for 40 years and enjoyed teaching her students to play and to love music. Marilyn was the church organist at Trinity Lutheran Church in DeKalb, St. John's Lutheran Church in Creston, and First Lutheran Church in Lee. For many years, she also played the organ for the Farm Bureau Dinner/Dance at NIU. Marilyn was a longtime member of DeKalb County Farm Bureau. She was nominated to be the first woman Farm Bureau director in 1988 and played piano at the Illinois Farm Bureau IAAA Convention at the Palmer House. She served as the Farm Bureau's women's committee chairperson for 6 years and was a charter member of the DeKalb County Lady Landowners. Marilyn was a member of the DeKalb Women's Club, serving as president and on various other committees. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She leaves two daughters, Darla (Doug) Massier of DeKalb and Debi Nicholson of Plettenberg Bay, South Africa; her beloved grandchildren, Sarah (Joe) Newby, Adam Massier, Laura Nicholson and Thomas Nicholson; great-grandson, Benjamin Newby; sisters, Lucille Orris and Margaret (Robert) Shumway; brother, Theodore (Cinda) Rierson; stepchildren, Sandra (Dr. Larry) Von Behren, Carol Brown and Steven (Michelle) Schroeder; and many dear friends who meant so much to her. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ivan Kirkhus; second husband, Louis Schroeder; parents; sister, Jeanette Rierson; and brother, Jerome Rierson. For the past seven years, Marilyn was a resident at Bethany Health Care, where she was cared for with respect and compassion. The funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 4, at Anderson Funeral Home Ltd., DeKalb, with the Rev. Ray Krueger of Immanuel Lutheran Church officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Anderson Funeral Home. Burial will be private for family on Monday, July 6, at Union Cemetery, Steward. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Marilyn Joyce Kirkhus Schroeder Memorial Fund, sent to the Kirkhus Schroeder 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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Thorp, Robert  
Robert Thorp Robert Thorp, age 84, of Hinckley, IL passed away on Monday, June 29, 2015. A complete obituary will follow in the next edition. Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory, www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com or 815-286-3247.
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Kolanowski, James Stanley  
James S. Kolanowski Born: March 25, 1941 Died: June 26, 2015 James Stanley Kolanowski, age 74, of Waterman passed away Friday, June 26, 2015. He was born March 25, 1941, in Chicago, the son of Stanley and Gertrude Kolanowski. He was the loving husband of Irene (Lotysz); and amazing father to Steve (Jodee) Kolanowski of Keller, TX and Nancy (Chris) Shepherd of Wheaton; wonderful grandfather to 6 grandsons, Crayton, Kyle, Kelson, Cameron, Cale and Cade; brother of Judy (Joseph) Sieger; brother-in-law of Ann (Richard) Zacker, Joe (Delores) Lotysz, and Steven (Sue) Lotysz; and special uncle to many nieces and nephews. Jim graduated from Marquette University with an engineering degree and worked for ComEd as a mechanical/nuclear engineer for 30 years. In retirement, Jim found his love of the land which brought about his second career of farming. He attended St. James Catholic Church in Lee where he proudly served as a 4th Degree Knight. He loved the Lord and his faith never wavered. He was a positive influence in every life he touched and was passionate about his family and friends. Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 1, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Lee, followed by a funeral mass with Father Bonaventure Okoro officiating. A luncheon will be held in the church parish center following the funeral mass. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Knights of Columbus of St. James Catholic Church in Lee, IL. Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona. For further information please call 815 824-2618.
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Riley, Pauline L.  
Pauline L. Riley Pauline L. Riley, 91, of Sycamore died Friday, June 26, 2015, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford Arrangements are being completed with Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Quiram Sycamore Chapel. Information: www.olsonfh.com or 815-895-6589.
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Weaver, Donald E.  
Donald E. Weaver Born: May 6, 1948; in DeKalb, IL Died: June 25, 2015; in Rockford, IL Donald Edward Weaver, 67, of Clare, Illinois, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, June 25, 2015, at OSF St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford, as the result of an automobile accident. Born May 6, 1948, in DeKalb, the son of Edward and Dorothy (Watson) Weaver, Don married Connie Lynn Brown on September 25, 1971, in DeKalb. Graduating in 1966 from Sycamore High School, Don continued his education at Joliet Junior College in agriculture. He worked with his parents on the family farm in Clare throughout his life. Along with farming, Don was a professional photographer for 40 years, owning his studio in DeKalb. He also earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University in 1997. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Survivors include his wife, Connie; children, Laura of Valparaiso, Indiana, and Kimberly (Wahbeh) Tawil of DeKalb; grandchildren, Kauthar, Laylah, Qausem and Ali Tawil; mother, Dorothy, of Clare; siblings, Sandra Stoddard of Kirkland, Sherry (Richard) Heimerdinger of Pinehurst, North Carolina, and David (Jayne) Weaver of Lincoln, Illinois; and sister- and brother-in-law, Carol and Ron Rogers of Sycamore; in addition to many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father and infant sister, Connie Lou. The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints, 675 Fox Avenue, Sycamore, with Bishop Barry Owens officiating. Burial will follow at the Malta Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Donald Weaver Memorial Fund, sent to the Weaver Family in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. 4th Street, DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.
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Garab, Suzanne A.  
Suzanne A. Garab Suzanne A. Garab, 85, of DeKalb, Illinois, passed away peacefully Friday, June 26, 2015, at Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb. Arrangements are pending at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, which is planning a full obituary. For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.
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Lothson, Rodney P.  
Rodney P. Lothson Born: Oct. 12, 1929 Died: June 25, 2015 Rodney Paul Lothson, 85, of DeKalb, Illinois, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 25, 2015, at DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center, DeKalb. Born October 12, 1929, in DeKalb, the son of Arthur H. and Wylda C. (Mosher) Lothson, Rodney married Joyce Marie Vlcek on June 25, 1955, in Berwyn. A 1947 graduate of DeKalb Township High School, Rod was a veteran of the US Army, having served during the Korean Conflict. He was a lifelong farmer and member of First Lutheran Church where he served as an usher for more than 30 years. He was a member of DeKalb County Farm Bureau, Prime Timers and Flying Farmers of America. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; children, Sandra (Kevin) Barney of Hoffman Estates, Patricia Salazar of Sycamore, Craig Lothson of Algonquin, and Alan (Wanda) Lothson of Phoenix; grandchildren, Emily, Grant, Meghann, Lindsey, Christopher, Kelsey, Haley, Sydney and Alix; sisters, Doris (Jesse) Cole of DeKalb and Donna Petersen of Waterman; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Edward. The memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at First Lutheran Church, 324 North Third Street, DeKalb, with the Rev. Dr. Janet H. Hunt officiating, and with full military honors by DeKalb American Legion, AmVets and VFW Honor Guard. Cremation is by Anderson Funeral Home Crematory. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Interment of cremated remains will be at a later date at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Rodney Lothson Memorial Fund, sent to the Lothson 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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