Ronald L. Moore
Ronald L. Moore, 41, passed away Monday morning, Jan. 22, 2001, after a long struggle with poor health.
He is survived by his mother, Shirley; one brother, Scott; one sister, Lori and daughters, Honey Lee and Vaughn, who will all miss him terribly.
He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Moore.
An open casket public visitation prior to the cremation will be held at Family Funeral Care, 4170 Ogden Ave., (3 blocks west of Rt. 59) in Aurora from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 24, 2001.
Henry B. Pierson
Henry B. Pierson, age 68, of Sugar Grove, IL, passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2001 at his home.
He was born December 12, 1932 in Aurora, the son of Bert and Ruth Pierson. He was united in marriage to Mary Lou (Nee Hamingson) Pierson on June 26, 1954 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Aurora. Henry was a 1950 West Aurora High School graduate and had attended Aurora College. He was Manager of Ward Lumber Company for 44 years until his retirement in October of 2000. He was a member of the Phoenix Club in Aurora and a long time member of the Fourth Street United Methodist Church of Aurora. He enjoyed camping, fishing and golf. Henry will be remembered for his uplifting personality. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and a devoted friend to many.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary Lou Pierson; three children, Karen Crouch of LaPlace, LA, Judy Pierson of Chicago, IL and David (Annette) Pierson of Batavia, IL; four grandchildren, Callie, Lauren, Taylor and Megan; brother, Robert (Phyllis) Pierson of Sugar Grove, IL; sister, Ruth (Harvey) Evans of Woodland Hills, CA; two brothers-in-law, Dean (Patti) Hamingson of Webster, NY and Dan (Karen) Hamingson of Sycamore, IL; two sisters-in-law, Iris (Bill) Kilgore of Phoenix, AZ and Sandy Hamingson of Princeton, NJ; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Don Hamingson.
Visitation will be held from 4-9 PM on Wednesday, January 24, 2001 at the Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home in Batavia. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, January 25, 2001 at Fourth Street United Methodist Church in Aurora, where he will lie in state from 10 AM until the time of funeral service. The Rev. Norval Brown will officiate. Interment will be at West Batavia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Fourth Street United Methodist Church, 551 S. Fourth St., Aurora, IL 60505 or the V.N.A. Hospice of Fox Valley, 1245 Corporate Blvd., Aurora, IL 60504. For further information, please call Yurs-Peterson Funeral Home at 630-879-7900.
Inez M. Schroeder, 77, passed away peacefully, Jan. 20, 2001, in her home in Sun Lakes, AZ, surrounded by her family. She was born Sept. 15, 1923 in Basco, IL. Inez lived most of her adult life in Aurora, IL.
She is survived by her loving husband, Edward; a son, Jeffrey L.; daughter-in-law, Mary; a daughter, Lynn; son-in-law, John Taylor; two grandsons, Justin and Gage of Berthood, CO; and a sister, Joann Marshall of Carlin, Nevada.
She will be greatly missed by her friends in Illinois and all the wonderful friends she made in Sun Lakes, AZ. Inez was an avid worker for the Sun Lakes Women's Association Phase 1. She was a member of The United Church at Sun Lakes.
Preceded in death by a son, Robert Edward; her mother, Alta Prunty; father, Lee Garrut; and a brother, Robert Garrett of Dayton, OH.
She will be missed by everyone whose life she touched. Memorial Services will be held at Sun Lakes Chapel, Jan. 24, 2001 at 10 a.m. The Rev. Donald Steedley presiding.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of The Valley, 2222 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa, AZ 85202-6491.
James E. Scott, Jr.
James E. Scott, Jr., 68, of Leesburg, FL, formerly of Pontiac, IL, passed away Sunday, January 21, 2001 at the Florida Waterman Hospital in Eustis, FL, after a sudden illness. He was born January 27, 1932 in Pontiac, Il, the son of James, Sr. and Nellie (Brown) Scott.
James was united in marriage on November 25, 1952 in Streator, IL to the former Betty J. Dent and they spent the next 48 years together. He was a loving husband, father, brother and uncle, who will be missed by his family and many friends.
He was employed by Local 638 as a Cement Finisher for 43 years.
He is survived by his wife, Betty J. Scott of Leesburg, FL; son, James E. Scott, III of Plainfield, IL; daughters, Cheryl (Derrel) Owens of S. Elgin, IL, Kathy (Albert) Cardwell of Joliet, IL and Judy (Terry) Travenier of Kissimmee, FL; 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Services will be held at a future date in Illinois.
Heather L. Tomich
Heather L. Tomich, 26, of Yorkville, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001 at the Limestone Rest Area, Pontiac Township. She was born March 2, 1974 in Canton, the daughter of Rev. Joe Tomich and Debbie Lutz Steht.
Heather was a Flight Attendant for American Eagle Airlines. She was a member of Hope Charge United Methodist Church of Littleton; attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; 1998 graduate of Western Illinois University with a bachelor's in elementary education, cum laude honors.
Survivors include her father, Rev. Joe Tomich and stepmother, Rev. Stacy Tomich of Littleton, IL; her mother, Debbie Steht of Yorkville, IL; maternal grandmother, Rosalee Lutz of Canton; paternal grandparents, Frank and Mildred Tomich of Canton; one brother, Matthew Steht of Yorkville; and one sister, Amanda Tomich of Peoria.
Preceded in death by her stepfather, Richard Steht and maternal grandfather, Lemont Lutz.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at the Murphy-Sedgwick Funeral Home. Additional Memorial service to be held Jan. 25, 2001 at 7 p.m. at the Littleton United Methodist Church. Rev. John Beesley officiating.
Visitation was Monday, Jan. 22, from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Burial at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton.
Memorial contributions to her church.
Arrangements by Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton, IL. 309/647-1260.
Orrin J. Anderson
Orrin Jerome Anderson, 86, of rural Newark died Thursday, February 1st on the same farm on which he had been born. He was December 4, 1914 born to George and Annie (Johnson) Anderson. He attended the Bushnell Grade School and Lisbon High School before serving in the U.S. Army during WWII as Staff Sergeant. He served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater were he received the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, three Bronze Battle Stars, five Overseas Stars and a Battle Stripe. He married Thelma L. Thorson April 17, 1948 at the Seneca Lutheran Church. Thelma preceded him in death on March 5, 1998. He was a lifelong farmer, a member of the Helmar Lutheran Church, a church trustee and a member of the Newark American Legion Post #459 for the past fifty-five years.
He is survived by his daughter, Ruth Ann "Dr. Raymond" Gorrell who are Missionaries for the U.F.M. that have been serving in France and will be returning there this summer. Four grandchildren, Sarah, Daniel, Jonathon and Rebecca; a brother, Kenneth (Mary) Anderson of Somonauk; a sister, Frances (Severt) Brown of Newark; two sisters in-laws, Hildegard Anderson of Oswego, Cecilla Thorson of Arizona; one brother in-law, Lawrn Thorson of Seneca.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Thelma; three sisters, Alvina Anderson, Gladys Richmond, Agnes George; three brothers, Earl Anderson, Roy Anderson and Stanley Anderson.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 6th at the Helmar Lutheran Church with Rev. Jeff Swanson officiating. Burial will be the Helmar Cemetery. Visitation will be 9-11 A.M. Tuesday at the church. The Newark American Legion Post #459 will confer military honors at the grave.
Memorials are directed to the Helmar Lutheran Church Mission Fund. Pallbearers will be Daniel Anderson, Gerald Anderson, Richard George, William Steep, Steve Scalf and John Talley.
Larson-Gabel Funeral Home Ltd, 102 S. Johnson St., Newark, IL., 60541-0623, phone 815-695-5131 is in charge of arrangements.
William "Bill" Boden
William "Bill" Boden, age 70, of Aurora, died January 17, 2001 from complications following a fall. Bill was born in Wheaton, where he spent his youth.
Following several years in Florida in his twenties, he returned to Illinois and settled in Aurora, where he has lived the last 45 years.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Pat Boden; his nephew, Chris Boden; his niece, Kim (Boden) Glover and her husband, John, as well as a large and caring extended family.
Bill worked in the home building industry until 1974, when he opened The Gun Lodge in Aurora, which he owned and ran until he retired in the mid eighties.
Bill made a specific request that his body be donated to science and that there be no memorial service. His aged and beloved dog, John is now with him.
The sea flows on past the horizon, to rest upon a shore out of our sight. Those we love and enjoy never really leave us, but go on to another shining place. Dear brother and friend, rest peacefully.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Western Michigan Ronald McDonald House, 1323 Cedar St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Memories and expressions of sympathy would be welcomed at PO Box 210, Stanwood, MI 49346.
Herman J. Frieders
Herman J. Frieders, 81, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, February 3, 2001 at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva. He was born March 22, 1919 in Aurora.
Mr. Frieders was employed by Austin-Western for over 39 years. He was a member of the Supervisors Club of Austin-Western, the Phoenix Club, the Luxemburger Club and the Holy Name Society of St. Therese Church.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Ruth C. (Meyer) Frieders of Aurora; two sons, Lawrence (Patricia) Frieders of Aurora and John (Suzanne) Frieders of Oswego; a daughter, Mary (Michael) Connors of Naperville; six grandchildren, Lydia (David) Lesniak and Joel Frieders of Aurora, Jordan and Grant Frieders of Oswego and Michelle and James Connors of Naperville; his step sister, Marie Carlson of Aurora; and several nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John J. and Mary (Wittry) Frieders; two sisters, Leona Piron and Stacey Anderson; his step mother, Susan Frieders; and his step brother, Tony Goblet.
Funeral from The Daleiden Lake St. Mortuary Wednesday, February 7, 2001 at 9:30 AM to St. Therese Church at 10:00 AM. Fr. Joseph Muller, M.S.C. will officiate with interment in St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 6, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, with the Rosary being recited at 5:30 PM, at The Daleiden Lake St. Mortuary, 220 N. Lake St., Aurora. 630-898-8634.
Sophia F. May
Mrs. Sophia F. May, 85, of Aurora, passed away Thursday February 1, 2001 at Provena Mercy Center. She was born on February 15, 1915 in Purdy, MO the daughter of the late Johnand Stefana (Pawlowica) Rosewicz.
Sophia was a lifelong member of Holy Angels Church. She had worked at Sears Roebuck, Dick's Vending and at the Aurora Country Club.
Survivors include one son James B. (Lori) May of LaGrange, CA; three daughters Sharon L. Koteles of Aurora, Janice M. Clark of Aurora and Nadine R. Smith of Oswego; grandchildren Carol (Joe) Darcy of Sandwich, Steven May of Yorkville, Stephanie L. Clark of Aurora and Shauna C. Green of Oswego; great-grandchildren Anthony J. and Jacob D. Mejia, Stephanie M. and Isaiah A. Delgado and Kyle Darcy; one sister Irene Staponski of Kansas City, KS.
She was preceded in death by her father John in 1960, mother Stefana in 1983, husband James A. May in 1980 and one brother Edward in 1983.
Funeral services will be held on Monday February 5, 2001 at 9:30 A.M. from the Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer PL Aurora to Holy Angels Church for a 10:00 A.M. Resurrection Mass, with Fr. Martin Heinz officiating. Interment will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Sunday February 4, 2001 from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer PL.
JoAnn M. Merkel
JoAnn M. Merkel, 73, of Yorkville, Illinois passed away Friday, February 2, 2001 at Provena Mercy Center in Aurora, Illinois, following a long illness. She was born May 6, 1927 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of Harold W. and Hulda A. (Arthur) Matthews. She married Lormor Merkel on October 9, 1948 in Yorkville, IL. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Yorkville, IL. She was a Registered Nurse, having worked at Copley Hospital in Aurora, IL for over 25 years, and also worked at the Tillers and Hillside Nursing Homes. She loved to read and spend time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed walking. Memorials may be directed to the Yorkville Public Library or to the donors choice.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, February 6, 2001 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Yorkville, IL with Reverend John M. Leaf officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Yorkville. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 PM on Monday, February 5, 2001 at the Turner Funeral Home, 3952 Turner Ave., Plano, Illinois, 1/4 mile west of Eldamain Rd. and RT. 34. (630) 552-3022. Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Tuesday in the church.
She is survived by her husband, Lormor; her children, Jackie Japuntich of Adams, WI, John (Brenda) Merkel of Oswego, IL, Jean (Herman) Johnson of St. Charles, IL, Rick (Carol) Merkel of Yorkville, IL and David (Gayle) Merkel of Yorkville, IL; her 12 grandchildren, Megan Japuntich, Jason (Jodi) Merkel, Rob Merkel, Dan Merkel, John K. Merkel, Katherine Merkel, Chris (Melissa) Johnson, Luke Johnson, Amy (John) Wackerlin, Brad Merkel, Matthew Merkel and Tyler Merkel; two great grandchildren, Sarah Merkel and Jakob Johnson; an aunt, Marie Koenig of East Syracuse, NY; two sisters-in-law, Rose Matthews of CA and Marion Merkel of Chicago; two nieces, Ginny Matthews of CA and Peggy Merkel of Chicago; and four nephews, James, William, Thomas and Steven Merkel, all of Chicago.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, John Matthews.
John M. "Pro" Oros
John M. "Pro" Oros, 80 of Aurora, passed away in his home February 1, 2001.
He was born September 8, 1920 in Aurora. His beloved wife, Genny, to whom he was married for 51 years, preceded him in death on January 27, 2000. They married on June 19, 1949.
John was a member of St. George Byzantine Church, he will be remembered by most as "Pro" or "Johnny" when he worked at The Twin-Dor (Geneva, IL) for over 20 years. He was a member of the Third Ward Club, the Aurora Amvets Post and the Italian-American Club, and a past member of the Aurora Moose Lodge #400. Mr. Oros served in the United States Army in WWII as a member of the 82rd Air Borne Paratroopers and was a member of Eisenhower's "Elite 40". He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart during his tour of duty. He enjoyed his woodworking and remodeling projects, following local sports and traveling to visit his beloved grandchildren.
John is survived by his four children, Mickey (Sandi) Oros, and their daughter, Ashley of Carmichael, CA; J.C. (Diane) Oros, with son, Eric and daughter, Kristen Thorp of Hinckley, IL, Gary (Trisha) Oros of Fair Oaks, CA and Juli (Dan) Drayer, and their children, Kendyl, Jordan and Chase of Longwood, FL. Also two sisters, Mica Oros and Jeanie Poriel; and two brothers, Leroy and Melvin Oros, all of Aurora, IL; a sister-in-law, Helen Pocos; brother-in-law, Louis "Bud" Pauley, both of Aurora; and a brother-in-law, Stan Gruzzesky of Chicago. He will also be remembered as Uncle John by his many nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Emma Oros; one sister, Emma Pauly; and three brothers, George, Frank and Michael.
Visitation will be on Monday, February 5, 2001 at Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway (Rt. 25), Montgomery, IL from 2-8 P.M. Wake service at 4 PM. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2001 at Dieterle Memorial Home 9:30 AM to St. George Byzantine Catholic Church of Aurora, IL. For Funeral Mass at 10 A.M. with Fr. Fredrick Peterson O.S.B., Pastor of St. George's officiating with interment in St. Michael's Cemetery in Aurora.
Mary E. Rogers
Mary E. Rogers, 87, of Aurora passed away Thursday February 1, 2001 at Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born September 13, 1913 in Capron, IL to the late James and Mary Conn.
Mary is survived by her stepson Kenneth "Jim" (Lois) Rogers of Big Rock, IL. stepdaughters Patricia (Bill) Whiten of Florida, Betty Drushal of Seattle, WA. and ten step grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Chester E. Rogers, one brother Chester Conn and one sister Helen Conn.
Private graveside services will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park. The arrangements were entrusted to the Healy Chapel 332 S. Downer PL. Aurora, IL. Memorials in Mrs. Rogers name can be directed to the American Heart Association Dept. 77-3968 Chicago, IL 60678-3968. For more information please call 897-9291 or visit our website at:
James E. Ross
Age 48, passed away quietly and unexpectedly Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at his home in Maple Park, IL.
Jim was born June 12, 1952, the son of Edward and Regina (Konsbruck) Ross in Batavia, IL. Jim grew up in West Chicago and attended Marmion Military Academy and graduated in 1970. After graduation Jim went on to study at the College of DuPage as well as Coyne Electrical Institute in Chicago. Jim was always learning and attending technical classes to broaden his knowledge. This helped him to work for various companies including American Can as an electrician as well as working in the tool and die industry for Elburn Metal Stamping. Jim was united in marriage to Julie Wilson on May 23, 1987 at the Church of St. Mary in Maple Park, IL. In addition to being a parishioner of the Church of St. Mary, Jim also sang in the choir. Jim was always working, whether it was his day job or when he got home, it seemed like he worked to relax after a hard day of work. He loved to tinker with the machinery that he collected and he could build just about anything he set his mind to. Jim's work often took him to other parts of the country, but this didn't mind Jim a bit, because he loved to travel. He would always pick up Harley Davidson t-shirts for his boys and when he wasn't traveling, he took the boys to Chicago and St. Louis to see museums, shop and sight-see. Work was not his life however, Jim liked to go fishing, tell wonderful stories, teach his kids his favorite card game Pinochle and go to the Phoenix Club every other Friday night for dinner. Jim also was a closet photographer. He kept slides and pictures that he took through out his life and kept them in a number of albums and boxes. Because he couldn't bring himself to throw many things away, nearly everything seemed like a treasure to Jim.
He leaves now his two children, Eli and Lucas Ross of Maple Park, IL; two step-children, Laryssa Wilson and Jason Ross, both of Maple Park, I; a sister, Karen (Charles) Lagergren of St. Louis, MO; and many nieces and nephews.
He joins now his parents.
Friends may call from 4-8 PM at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL on Monday, February 5, 2001. A wake service will be held at 4:30 PM with Monsignor William Clausen officiating. A mass to celebrate Jim's life will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, February 6, 2001 at the Church of St. Mary in Maple Park, IL. Interment will follow the service at the Church of St. Mary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name and mailed to PO Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. For more information on the service, times and directions, you can call 1-800-8-CONLEY.
Catherine Swanson, age 88, of Waterman, Illinois passed away on Friday, February 2, 2001 at Shabbona Healthcare Center in Shabbona, Illinois.
Arrangements by Nash-Nelson Funeral Homes. (815) 264-3362 or (630) 553-7611
1914 - 2001
Joseph Tatar, 86, of Aurora, died Thursday, February 1, 2001 at Geneva Care Center. He was born November 28, 1914 in Aurora, to the late Louis and Elizabeth Tatar.
Mr. Tatar was a member of St. Michael Church. He was a long time employee of Thor Power Tool, retiring in 1976. After his retirement, one of his greatest pleasures was golfing with friends and in local tournaments.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Orpha Marie (Settles) in 1995.
He is survived by his two devoted daughters, JoEtte (Charles) Denofrio and Linda (Joseph) Toma; three loving grandchildren, Jeremie, Stephanie and Jenifer Toma; three sisters, Florence (Henry) Wondrak, Marion Tatar and Helen (Eugene) Brown; one brother, John Tatar and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 6, 2001 at 10 a.m. at the DALEIDEN LAKE STREET MORTUARY. 220 N. Lake St. Aurora. Father Aurel Pater officiating with interment in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday, February 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. He will be missed. 630-898-8634.
Harry L. Vanetten
Harry L. Vanetten, age 49 years of Big Rock, Illinois, died Saturday February 3, 2001 at his residence. He was born April 4, 1951 in Aurora, Illinois.
Visitation will be on Monday February 5, 2001 from 4-8 P.M. at MCKEOWN-DUNN FUNERAL HOME, LTD., 210 Madison St., Oswego, Illinois. Complete funeral arrangements will be announced in Monday's edition of the Beacon News. For information call 630-554-3888.
Nicholas J. Vitale
Nicholas J. Vitale, 33, of Valdosta, GA., passed away suddenly Saturday January 20, 2001 at his residence. Mr. Vitale graduated in 1986 from Yorkville High School in Yorkville, IL. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, a member of The Stray Goose International For Members of The Special Operations Command and employed by Barloworld Equipment.
He is survived by his wife Marilou Vitale of Valdosta, GA., sons Josh and Jeremy and daughter Julie all of Valdosta. Also surviving are his father John Vitale of Montgomery, IL., mother Judy Eblin of Paw Paw, IL., sister Elaine Vitale of Downers Grove, IL., grandparents Francis and Julia Hardy of Keokuk, Iowa, grandmother Anna Vitale of Plano, IL., aunt Effie Vitale of Montgomery, IL., and uncle Bruce W. Hardy of Menomonie, Wi.
Mr Vitale was preceded in death by his grandfather Ernest Vitale.
Funeral services for Mr. Vitale were held Tuesday, January 23, 2001 at 3:00 P.M. in the Passmore- Sumner Chapel with the Rev. David Cummings officiating. Interment followed in Riverview Memorial Gardens with the United States Air Force Honor Guard. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. Passmore-Sumner Funeral Chapel.