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Bertrang, Raymond E. - Oswego  
Bertrang, Raymond E. 85 of Aurora joined his beloved wife, Marian, in Heaven on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Ray was born on August 16, 1929 in Aurora to Edward Bertrang and Mary Weiss Bertrang. Ray grew up in Aurora and attended Our Lady of Good Counsel School and Church. He graduated from Marmion Military Academy with the class of 1947. Ray served his country during the Korean Conflict in 1948, and was honorably discharged in 1952. After his service he would meet the love of his life Marian Frieders. They were married in August of 1954 and enjoyed the next 39 years together until her passing in 1994. Ray moved his family from Plainfield to Aurora and they joined St. Theresa Church where he served as an usher. Later in 1971 he would move his family to the "The Farm" in Oswego Township where he would reside for the next 41 years. He loved to do farm work while still holding a full time job. Ray was employed 14 years with Austin Western and 30 years for Simpson Electric Co. He enjoyed mowing on his Farm all Cub and caring for the farm and the animals. In Oswego they would join St. Anne's Church where Ray served many years as an usher and sang in the choir. Ray was an avid bowler playing 3 times a week. He loved to follow the Chicago Cubs and was always sure they would win it next year. He was a civil war history buff and enjoyed working puzzles, and collecting toy tractors. Ray loved spending time with his large family at gatherings and at their annual Christmas Parties. Ray also was a volunteer for the Aurora Public Library for 10 years, sorting books for the book sale. Ray was preceded in death by his loving wife, Marian; parents, Edward and Mary Bertrang; mother and father-in-law, Peter and Elizabeth Frieders; sisters-in-law, Dolores Frieders, Jeanette Christoffel, Pauline Wackerlin, and Elizabeth Bauman; brothers-in-law, Carl Christoffel, Paul Potterman, Eugene Patterson, John Keifer, Henry Bauman, Joe Spalding and Ralph Wakerlin; and niece, Deborah Frieders. He is survived by his 8 children, Susan, (Jeffrey) Hoffman, Edward (Lorraine) Bertrang, Catherine (Timothy) Wiesbrook, Mary (Gary) Wagner, Alice (Robert) Weissensel, Ann (William) Pauley, Peter (Tonya) Bertrang, Joseph(Suzanne) Bertrang; and special friend, Dorothy Scott; his 32 grandchildren, Angel, Kevin Hoffman, Nicolas Wiesbrook, Bonnie Zastrow, Clare Heberlein, Michael, Sarah, Patrick, Peter, Andrea, Thomas, David and Joseph Wagner, James, John, Joseph, Jacob Weissensel, Elizabeth Jackson, Emily, Andrew and Adam Pauley, Anna, John, Allison, Erin, Gena, Madilyn, Jessica Bertrang, Isaiah, Joshua, Kyleigh, and Reneezmay Bertrang; and last but not least his 5 great-grandchildren, Preston Borris, Lauren, Abigal, and Dominic Zastrow, and Ella Heberlein, and one on the way; Ray is also survived by in-laws, Al and Norma Frieders, Ernie and Mary Frieders, Joe and Patricia Frieders, Rita Keifer, Loretta Spalding; and many nieces and nephews. The Bertrang family would like to thank the staff and friends from The Neighbors Next Door and Compassion Hospice for their loving care of our father. Family, friends and neighbors can join us at Dunn Family Funeral Home with Crematory, 1801 Douglas Rd., Oswego, IL 60543, Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. to remember and celebrate Ray's life. A Rosary will be recited a 7:00 p.m. Mass of Catholic Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 2nd at St. Anne's Catholic Church, 551 Boulder Hill Pass, Oswego. Interment will follow at Annunciation Cemetery on Church Rd. in Aurora. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Ray's favorite charity, St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For information and to leave a message visit www.dunnfamilyfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Beacon News on Jan. 29, 2015
Hamman, Donald Joseph - Oswego  
Hamman, Donald Joseph 75, of Plano passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on January 26, 2015. He was born on May 23, 1939 in Aurora, IL. He was the eldest child of Joseph and Mary Ann Hamman. He attended Saint Therese school through eighth grade and graduated from Naperville Central High School. He married the love of his life, Carol (Lorang) Hamman on April 8, 1961. Before his marriage, Don worked at CB&Q Railroad in Aurora, IL. Don was an entrepreneur in agriculture, real estate, land development, mining and construction. Don owned and operated Fox Ridge Stone in Oswego, IL. He was a member of Saint Mary's Church in Plano. He was also a contributing supporter of the Kendall County 4H and FFA. Don had a strong, hardworking ethic in everything he pursued. Don lived life to the fullest. His many hobbies and interests included hunting, fishing, farm auctions and spending time with his family. His perfect day was spending time in the tractor, Sunday afternoon drives in the country with Carol, and sharing his wealth of farming knowledge with his children and grandchildren. As he would say, "Driving the tractor is my golf game!" He also loved spending time with his family and friends at their Wisconsin lake house. Don was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, and brother. He was always dedicated to his family, friends, and faith. He is survived by his wife, Carol (Lorang) Hamman. He is also survived by his three sons, Joe (Marcy) of Plano, Dave (Signe Bolton) of Newark and Jim (Laura) of Oswego. Don is survived by his nine grandchildren, Jeremy (Allyson), Josh (Tamara), Cassidy, Trevor, Gene, Logan, Dillon, Mitchell and Jada. Don is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Layla and Mackenzie. Don is survived by his sister, Joyce (Jim) Frankino; and his brother, Bob (Jeanne) Hamman. Don is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary Ann Hamman; his infant son and daughter, Patrick Donald and Mary Margaret; and his sister, Donna (Ron) Muehlfelt. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 30, from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at DUNN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME with CREMATORY, 1801 Douglas Road, Oswego, IL. A liturgical wake service will be held at the funeral home at 5:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 31, 2015 from the funeral home at 9:15 a.m., to Saint Mary's Catholic Church, 901 North Center Street, Plano, IL for a 10:00 a.m. funeral mass. Burial will follow at Risen Lord Cemetery, 1501 Simons Road, Oswego, IL. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to the Kendall County Food Pantry, 208 Beaver Street, Yorkville, IL, 60560. For additional information 630/554-3888 or www.dunnfamilyfuneralhome.com .
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Richardson, Fletcher "Honey" - Aurora  
Richardson, Fletcher B. "Honey" (nee Williams) Passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Countryside Care Centre in Aurora. She was born April 1, 1926 in Cleveland, MS to Peter and Laura (Jenkins) Williams. She moved to the Aurora area in her teen years and has mostly lived there since. Besides being a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother, her past careers include professional beautician and sous chef. She accepted Jesus Christ as Savior at an early age and was a member of Gayles Memorial Baptist Church, as well as a longtime member of St. John AME Church. She loved her family, extended family and friends very much and will be greatly missed. Fletcher is survived by her children, Deborah (Henry) Blount, Jacoby Richardson, Christopher Richardson, Lacy (Hubert) Kimmons-Mosby and Peter C.W. Richardson; 8 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family and friends. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until time of Service, 11:00 a.m., at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506. Interment will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, February 2, 2015 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois. For further information please call 630-897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.
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Weiss, Charlene - Jacksonville Beach  
Weiss, Charlene Thomas The family of Charlene Thomas Weiss, 89, of St. Augustine, FL, mourn her passing on January 27, 2015. She died peacefully in the company of loved ones. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, she will be remembered for her kind and generous heart, her independent spirit and determination, her fierce loyalty, gentle manner, and warm smile. Charlene was born in Aurora, IL, and met and married her husband of 56 years, Don Weiss, there. She earned her RN in Evanston, IL, and was a hospital nurse until she and Don moved to New York, settling in Massapequa, on Long Island, and raising their three daughters. Sharing her considerable talents and energies, she was very active in her church, serving for a time as Sunday school head. She was also a Girl Scout leader, PTA president, PEO member, and longtime school nurse. She loved to read and travel with her husband, but she was most passionate about her family and friends. In 1994, Charlene and Don, former executive director of the National Football League, retired to Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, where they lived until Don's death in 2003. For the last 11 years, Charlene happily resided at Glenmoor, in World Golf Village in St. Augustine. Surviving Charlene are her daughters Deborah Weiss Geline (Robert) of New York City, Barbara Juckett (William) of Louisville, KY, and Pamela van der Lee (Ricus) of Tuxedo Park, NY; and six grandsons, Ryan and Chad Waits, Matthew Geline, and Graham, Harrison, and Quentin van der Lee. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service on January 31, 2015, at Glenmoor Clubhouse, 235 Towerview Dr., St. Augustine, FL. Donations may be made to her nephew Dr. John T. Queenan's newly established Queenan Fellowships for Global Health at The Pregnancy Foundation, 409 12th St. SW, Washington, D.C. 20024, or online at www.pregnancyfoundation.org/donate . Please visit our online Tribute at www.quinn-shalz.com . Arrangements by Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral Home, Jacksonville Beach, FL.
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Fayne, Mary F. - Aurora  
Fayne, Mary F. 72, of Aurora, IL passed away Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Presence Mercy Center Hospital. She was born February 10, 1942 in Aurora, IL the daughter of the late Clarence and Hazel Alexander. Mary worked in the Fox Valley area for many years as a Home Healthcare Nurse. Mary also worked at Heartland Blood Bank as a phlebotomist. Mary lived life to the fullest and had a caring heart for her animals. Mary is survived by five daughters, Kimberly Howard, Debbie (Gary) Crane, Lisa Potochney, Tina (Mike) Ruiz and Diana Ruiz; several grandchildren; and great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly. Visitation for Mary Fayne will be held from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60506. For further information please call 630-897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.
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Immer, Jodeen - Montgomery  
Immer, Jodeen On January 15 we lost a dear friend. Jodeen passed away after a brief battle with lung cancer. As unique as her name she was a gift to all who knew her. Born October 11, 1948 in Aurora she was the daughter of Robert and Anne Knapp. She graduated from East Aurora High School in 1966. In high school her passion was orchestra especially violin. Her grandfather had played first chair violin in the Russian Symphony Orchestra. After high school she went on to cosmetology school and had a successful career as a hairdresser at Act I, Act II, and co-owner of Batavia Hair Designers with her friend Jody Vest. In 1969 she married Jim Darfler and had three daughters. In 1983 she married her current husband, Mark Immer. She had always been active in the church. A loyal member of Fourth Street Methodist Church she was involved in everything. She also served as camp counselor at First Presbyterian for many years. With the feeling that God was tapping her on the shoulder, she answered His call and became a Local Church Pastor in 2000. Earning a Masters degree from Garrett Theological Seminary, she served as Pastor at Millbrook, Millington, Plattville, Leland, and Suydam Methodist Churches. Another passion of hers was the welfare of children. She joined Kane County CASA in 1998 and fought for the welfare of abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court. In 16 years she served over 25 children and was described by CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) as "always being a warm, dedicated, and reliable advocate". Her passion for children knew no bounds. In 2003 she went with a group from Gary U.M.C. to Russia. They brought money and clothing from area churches to support orphanages there. She was also very active in the field of suicide prevention and awareness working with Suicide Prevention Services of Batavia. Her hobbies varied from canoeing, whitewater rafting, and cruises with Cousin Joyce to stained glass, beading, jewelry making, cooking, quilting, and porcelain doll making and shopping. Some of the porcelain dolls she made were donated to CASA and sold as fund-raisers. Last year she bought a vacation house in Lake Geneva and took great pleasure in making it her own. She is survived by her husband, Mark; daughters, Jenny (Jim) Rogers, Becky (Earl) Gatch, and Jamie Schiefer; grandchildren, Nick, Ben, and Zack Rogers, Grant and Ryan Gatch, and Austin and Alex Schiefer; she is also survived by her brother, Ray (Kristi) Knapp and their children, Robert (Erica) and Jessica. She was preceeded in death by her parents, Robert and Anne Knapp; and in-laws, Ralph and Shirley Immer. Visitation will be held on January 30, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Dieterle Memorial, 1120 South Broadway, Montgomery, IL. A service of celebration will be held on January 31, 2015 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Church, 2505 Boomer Lane, Yorkville, IL. It was her final request that she be remembered with a party and not a funeral. Please dress in happy clothes. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Suicide Prevention Services at 528 S. Batavia Avenue in Batavia. Dieterle Memorial Home 630-897-1196 www.dieterlememorialhome.com
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Kramer, George - Batavia  
Kramer, George B. George Kramer of Batavia, Illinois peacefully passed on to our Lord, January 24, 2015. He was born August 20, 1933 to Evelyn (nee Holter) Kramer and Herman B. Kramer of rural Aurora, Illinois. George was raised on a dairy farm and attended a one-room schoolhouse on Deerpath Road, just down the road from where the family lived at the corner of Deerpath and Seavy Roads. He loved riding horses all his life and was happy to see the homestead used to board horses and train riders. Early on in his life, George became a stellar athlete and excelled at football. He attended Marmion Military Academy from 1947-51 and in 1995 was inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame. George also received the Centurion Award from Marmion in 2010. After graduating high school, George attended Dayton University on a football scholarship. He returned home after a year to help on the farm and would not return to college until the early 70's when he attended Waubonsee Community College, and continued on at Lewis University to earn his Bachelor's Degree in Law Enforcement. The love of football and sports kept George actively involved in semi-professional football and professional wrestling throughout the late 50's and early 60's. He played for the Aurora Clippers and the Elmhurst Travelers and enjoyed a great relationship with a number of notable local heros. He is also remembered by many for the years of wrestling in the Midwest area as "Tiny Kramer." Behind every great man is an even greater woman, and George met up with that fantastic lady after high school. Trudy (Bark) grew up in Sandwich, Illinois and was introduced to George through mutual friends. They married in 1953, shortly before George entered the Army, and they resided at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. There, they started their family while stationed on the base. George returned to Batavia in 1955 and became a police officer. He began a 23 year career with Batavia and was well known for his work with juvenile offenders. He was very proud of being honored with the Batavia Citizen of the Year award. In 1976, he was elected president of the Illinois Police Association. He also belonged to several boards including the International Sheriff's Association, the International Narcotics Officers Association and the Illinois Chief of Police Association. With the assistance of good friend Pete Perez, he created the Kane County Juvenile Officer's Association. George was best known as Sheriff Kramer. He was elected sheriff in 1978 and served two terms. He served as the president of the Illinois Sheriff's Association, and Kane County Chiefs of Police Association. George is fondly remembered for his participation in the Sheriff's Mounted Patrol. Under his leadership, the patrol marched in the Cotton Bowl Parade, the Rose Bowl Parade, and the Orange Bowl Parade. They also marched in many local parades in Kane County. George was a loving husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. George is survived by his wife, Trudy (nee Bark) Kramer; seven children, David, Delores Hubbard, Donna (Tim) Gahan, Don (Kelly), Duane (Liz), Denise (Jeff) Bumbar, and Dana (Roger) Clark; siblings, Ron (Diane) Kramer, Daniel (Chris) Kramer, and Ann Gette; grandchildren, Megan Kramer, Hannah Kramer, Matt Kramer, Molly Kramer, Sarah (Menton) Matthews, Brad (Kelly) Hubbard, Brian (Brandis) Hubbard, Patrick Wegman, Whitney (Jason) Jorgenson, Christopher (Ashley) Gahan, Colin Kramer, Amanda Kramer, Holly Kramer, Danielle (Brad) Tenney, Nicole Kramer, Olivia Bumbar, and Haley Clark; great-grandchildren, Bosch, Calla, Bryn, Noraea, Sean, Brady and Avery. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Debra (Pat) Wegman; daughter-in-law, Cathy Kramer; brother, Vince; sister, Rosie Kellerman; and brother-in-law, Phil Gette. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 30th from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave. (Rt. 31) in Batavia. Funeral services will begin with prayers at the funeral home on Saturday, January 31st at 9:30 a.m. before proceeding to Holy Cross Catholic Church to celebrate Mass at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Marywood Cemetery in Aurora. Memorials may be directed to CASA Kane County, 100 S. Third Street Suite 460, Geneva, IL 60134 or www.casakanecounty.org . For additional information please call the Moss Family Funeral Home in Batavia at 630-879-7900 or www.mossfuneral.com .
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Leases, Robert F. - Aurora  
Leases, Robert F. 68, passed away in his Aurora home on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. He was born October 26, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Frank Leases and Christine (Leases) Forrester. He was a graduate of Chicago's De La Salle High School and the Art Institute of Chicago. Robert's career was multifaceted. Although starting as a professional photographer, he quickly transitioned into the international bulk chemicals industry which led him to many fabled years in New York City and Cross River. He was VP of Sales at JLM Industries and finally President of his own Blaze Associates. Robert retired to the Fox Valley area several years ago and focused on his passions for cooking, landscaping and politics. Robert is survived by his brother, Jerry (Katherine) Leases of Murphysboro, Illinois; two aunts, Fran Radoch of Chicago, Illinois and Stell Miklosh of Louisville, Kentucky; four cousins; his stepchildren, Jeff Wilson and Jeri Wilson with former wife, Janie Parriott; his best friends, Bonnie Kunkel, David Wcislo; and many other very good friends. A memorial luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505. Please bring photographs and memories. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hesed House, 659 S. River St., Aurora, IL 60506. Arrangements were handled by Healy Chapel, Aurora. For further information please call 630-897-9291 or www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.
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Patterman, Bessie B. - Sandwich  
Patterman, Bessie B. 80, of Sandwich, passed away at Jennings Terrace on January 23, 2015. She was born on January 30, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois to James and Bessie (Botwinski) Navalny. She is survived by her children, James (Debra) Patterman of North Aurora, and Janice (Robert) Arvin of Oswego, IL; her sister, Jacquline Miller; her grandchildren, BJ (Shawndra) Arvin, Patrick Arvin, Matthew (Valerie) Patterman and Beth (Steven) Edwards; great-grandchildren, Patrick J. Arvin II, Colton J. Edwards, Maddie Edwards, and Natalie Patterman; 3 step-great-grandchildren, Kayleigh, Faith and Kalyb. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alois (Pat) who passed away in May of 2012; her sister-in-law, Patricia Newton; and her good friend, Mary Ann Neiman. Visitation will be Friday, January 30, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Beverage Family Funeral Home, Sandwich, IL, Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home with Fr. Andrew Hougan officiating. Inurnment will be held at St. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Naperville, IL at a later date. Family would like to thank the entire staff at Jennings Terrace for the wonderful care they gave our Mom in her last years. Also thank you to the ICU staff at Rush Copley and Seasons Hospice staff that made the lasts days of our Mom final journey on earth a peaceful one. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Jennings Terrace, St. Jude Children's Hospital or donor's choice. Arrangements entrusted to Beverage Family Funeral Home, Sandwich, IL. www.beveragefamilyfh.com
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Patterson, Florence - Oswego  
Patterson, Florence R. 88 years young from Montgomery, IL, died Monday, January 26, 2015 at Seasons Hospice in Naperville, IL surrounded by her loved ones. She was born January 25, 1927 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of the late William and Mathilda (Marklein) Johnson. She was married to Raymond "Bud" Patterson March 23, 1946, and for 54 years they lived in Yorkville and Plainfield before moving to Montgomery. Bud passed December 20, 2000. Florence loved animals as she and her family cared for a wide variety from farm to domestic. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting for the family as well as the outdoors from gardening, fishing, camping with the family and riding motorcycles in her younger days with Bud. Her beloved neighbor, Donna, as well as other family and friends will miss her dearly. She is survived by her children, two sons, Dennis A. Patterson of Montgomery, IL and Gary D. and Cindy (Schoger) Patterson of Plainfield, IL; two daughters, Wendy L. Hodges and Donna K. and Dale Kahle, all of Montgomery, IL; seven grandchildren, Brian Patterson and Andrew and Meagan (Peck) Patterson, all of Plainfield, IL, Leah Patterson of Dubuque, IA, Miles Patterson of Madison, WI, and Krystal (Kahle) and Andrew Madden of Yorkville, IL, and two great-grandchildren, Andrew and Olivia Madden. She was preceded in death by her three brothers; mother; husband and son, Norman L. Patterson. Visitation will be Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. until the funeral service at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Peter Hoffman officiating at the Dunn Family Funeral Home with Crematory, 1801 S Douglas Rd., Oswego, IL 60543. Phone 630-554-3888. www.dunnfamilyfuneralhome.com . Burial will take place at Lincoln Memorial Park in Aurora. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or a local animal shelter or the donor's choice.
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