RALPH M. HOFFMAN
Ralph M. Hoffman, 83, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003, at DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center in DeKalb.
Born Feb. 3, 1920, in Elgin, he was the son of Henry and Ella (King) Hoffman. Ralph married Evelyn A. Bartels on Feb. 14, 1942, at Good Shepherd Church in Elgin. Ralph was a 60-year farmer in the Dundee and DeKalb areas, a 4-H leader for 25 years and a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. He also was a 40-year member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in DeKalb where he was in the choir and bell choir and was a former member of the church council. He formerly drove a school bus in DeKalb. Ralph also was a small-plane pilot and a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Civil Air Patrol.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; three children, Marlene Schoonmaker of Sycamore, Leland (Linda) Hoffman of Cortland and Wesley (Margaret) Hoffman of Columbus, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Thelma Schoonmaker Markwart of Shawnee, Kan., Erica Schoonmaker of Lawrence, Kan., Nadia Schoonmaker of Carlinville, Julia Roberts of Dallas, Ga., Theresa Hoffman of Atlanta, Ga., Matthew Hoffman of Columbus, Ind., and Jeremy Sterzinger of Princeton; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in DeKalb, with the Rev. Gary Erickson officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.
A memorial is being established for Ralph M. Hoffman in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
JOYCE E. GERBER
Joyce Elizabeth Gerber, 70, of Sycamore, Ill., died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.
Born July 31, 1933, in Tampico, she was the daughter of Frank Otto and Laura Sophie (Linder) Gerber. Joyce loved knowing people and will be missed by her many friends.
She is survived by a sister, Carolyn (Melvin) Malone Marquis of Sycamore, and three brothers, Milton F. (Ferne) Gerber of Prophetstown, Lauren W. (Mary) Gerber of Princeton and Lowell G. (Betty) Gerber of Mesquite, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister-in-law, June Gerber; a brother-in-law, Howard Malone; a niece, Ruth Ann Gerber; and a nephew, David Gerber.
A funeral service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at the First Baptist Church, 530 W. State St. in Sycamore, with the Rev. Stephen Persson officiating. Visitation will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at the church.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Tampico Baptist Church, with the Rev. Karl Kaiser officiating. Interment will be at Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:30-11 a.m. Saturday at Tampico Baptist Church.
A memorial fund is established for Network of Nations in care of Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore, IL 60178.
MILDRED R. MARTIN
Mildred Rose Martin, 87, of Harvard, Ill., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003, at home.
Born Dec. 10, 1915, in South Grove, she was the daughter of Andrew A. and Hulda S. (Dahlquist) Hall. She married Ernest P. Martin on Nov. 24, 1937, in Linton, Ind. He preceded her in death on Oct. 6, 1997.
She was a homemaker and for 46 years was a member of First United Methodist Church in Harvard. She was a member of McHenry County Farm Bureau. Mildred loved family gatherings, birthdays and holidays with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by five children, Janice (Albert III) Ebel of Genoa and Gary Martin, Judy (Richard) Koch, David Martin and Mike (Penny) Martin, all of Harvard; 16 grandchildren, Kathy (Roger) Nolen, Kim (Jeff) Ash, Kelley (Dan) Drake, Karen Trebes, Rich (Laurie Selvy) Koch, Debbie (Mike) Lowry, Jeff (Penny) Martin, Jerry (Michelle) Martin, Jamie (Charlotte) Martin, Chris (Kevin) Blake, Brian (Lori) Bankson, Rob (Penny) Ebel, Beth (John) Fugate, Bob (Jenny) Bankson, Greg (Mel) Ebel and Kelsey Martin; 34 great-grandchildren; a brother, Kenneth Hall of DeKalb; two sisters, Helen Herrmann of Shabbona and Marian Anderson of Sycamore; a brother-in-law, Mervin Kittleson of DeKalb; and her caregiver, Jozef Huszla, and his children, Joanna and Michal.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter-in-law, Dolores Martin; and three sisters, Margaret, Dorothy and Edythe.
The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at First United Methodist Church, 1100 N. Division St. in Harvard with the Rev. Sharon L. Bullmer officiating. Interment will be at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Harvard. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.
For information, call Saunders & McFarlin Funeral Home Ltd. at (815) 943-5400.
W. JEAN TWOMBLY
W. Jean Twombly, 78, of DeKalb, Ill., died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003, at her daughter's residence.
Born June 20, 1925, in DeKalb, she was the daughter of Howell and Floy (Clark) Hyre. Jean married J.R. Milburn in 1941 in Missouri; he died in January 1957. She then married Allen Twombly on May 4, 1963, in Sycamore; he died on Feb. 6, 1987.
Jean worked at Lehan Drugs for 10 years as a sales clerk. Jean lived most of her life in DeKalb. She was a 1942 graduate of DeKalb High School.
She is survived by a son, John (Terry) Milburn of Tuscola; a daughter, Kathe (Tom) Boor of Genoa; four grandchildren, John Milburn, Brett (Cindy) Milburn, Christie Hansen and Katie Hansen; and a brother, Harold (Lillian) Hyre of Lady Lake.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, J.R. Milburn and Allen Twombly; a sister, Irene Danielson; and a granddaughter, E.J. Hansen.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home in DeKalb, with Pastor Kitty Ganzel officiating. Cremation will follow at Ronan-Moore-Finch Crematory. Burials will take place at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery and Fairview Park Cemetery. A celebration of Jean's life will be held from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at the funeral home.
Arrangements were entrusted to Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
JOHN E. LINVILLE
John E. Linville, 69, of Sycamore, Ill., died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.
Born May 3, 1934, in Kennes, he was the son of James Arthur "Pete" and Violet Josephine (Moser) Linville. He married Barbara A. Colby in Crown Point, Ind. He was a former fire chief for Sycamore and a former bricklayer. He was a lifelong resident of Sycamore and a graduate of Sycamore High School.
He was a member of Sycamore United Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. He was a member of VFW Sycamore Post 5768 and of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Linville of Sycamore; a daughter, Vickie (Mike) Palmer of Fort Worth, Texas; three grandchildren, Lindsey, Lauren and Matthew Palmer, all of Texas; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James Linville Jr.
The funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home. Interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home.
A memorial fund is established in care of Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore, IL 60178.
WILLIAM 'BILL' WILBUR
William "Bill" Wilbur, 75, passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, Ill.
Born May 2, 1928, in Chicago, he lived in DeKalb for 34 years and taught at Northern Illinois University for 22 years until his retirement in 1991. Dr. Wilbur received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1951 from the University of Illinois, his master's in economics in 1952 from the University of Kentucky, and his doctorate of philosophy in 1967 from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He had also taught at the University of Texas-Austin, Memphis State University, Wofford College, East Tennessee State University and the University of North Carolina.
He is survived by his sister, Alice M. Wilbur, and many cousins, friends and colleagues.
He was preceded in death by his loving parents, George and Phoebe Wilbur.
Interment was at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Joliet.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Edwards Episcopal Church Memorial Fund in Joliet or DeKalb County Animal Welfare Shelter in Genoa.
DORIS (HAMM) DECKER
Doris (Hamm) Decker, 77, of Nashville, Tenn., went to be with her Lord and with her beloved husband, Bill, on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, after a long and courageous battle with cancer and diabetes.
Born Aug. 18, 1926, in Sycamore, Ill., she was the daughter of Mary and William Hamm.
Doris lived and died in Nashville. She attended and graduated from Sycamore schools. She was in the antique business for many years.
She is survived by three sons, Steven, Bob (Sandra) and Greg, and a grandson, Steven (Shirley).
She was preceded in death by her mother in 1983; her father in 1935; a brother, Bob, in 1975; and her stepfather, Walter Kohls, in 1975.
ALICE M. (PETROLE) BRADY
Alice M. (Petrole) Brady, 79, of Westchester, Ill., died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, in Naperville.
She is survived by her husband, William; five children, Thomas (Joan) Brady, William (Christine) Brady of Sycamore, Diane (Richard) Rentner and Donna (Thomas) Rabulinski; 14 grandchildren, Shannon (Corey) Antone, James, Erin, Sean, Kevin, Michael and Bridget Brady, Rick, Matthew, Thomas and Madonna Rentner, Bill and Alyssa Rabulinski and Jill Miles; a brother, Robert (Doris) Petrole; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Winifred (Thomas) Brady.
The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at Divine Providence Church in Westchester. Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at Conboy-Westchester Funeral Home, 10501 W. Cermak Road in Westchester.
Memorials would be appreciated for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Attn. Tribute Program, 910 W. Van Buren, Chicago, IL 60607.
For information, call (708) 562-5900.
NELION J. NELSON
Nelion J. Nelson, 93, of Cortland, Ill., formerly of Ottawa, Ill., passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at his home.
Born Jan. 3, 1910, in Ottawa, he was the son of Karl and Mary (Madison) Nelson. He married Lorna F. Henneke on Nov. 24, 1939, in Indiana.
Nelion was a truck driver for Scherer Freight, formerly a school bus driver in Ottawa, and a farmer in the Ottawa and Oswego area. He was a collector of John Deere tractors and enjoyed and participated in area tractor pulls. He also was a former member of the Ottawa School Board.
He is survived by his wife, Lorna, of Cortland; four children, Dale (Sue) Nelson of Yorkville, Lorna Henderson of Plano, Ruth (Roger) Clayton of North Aurora and Connie (Jerry) Fleury of Cortland; four grandchildren, Seth and Nathan Nelson, Wendy Henderson and Jeff Clayton; a brother, Clarence Nelson, and a sister, Blanche Doig, both of Ottawa; a sister-in-law, Marcia Nelson of Ottawa; several nieces and nephews; and his caregiver, Galyna Rablyk.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Francis "Bud" Nelson.
The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, with Chaplain Terry O'Brien of DeKalb County Hospice officiating. Burial will follow at West Serena Cemetery in Serena. Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at the funeral home.
A memorial is being established to DeKalb County Hospice in memory of Nelion J. Nelson in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
WILLIAM H. MOLUF
William H. Moluf, 76, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003, at his home.
Born May 11, 1927, in Monroe Center, he was the son of Thore and Bernice (McWilliams) Moluf.
William was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in civil engineering.
He was formerly employed by General Electric in DeKalb and had been employed in the DeKalb area by S.W. Knetsch and Warner Engineering as a civil engineer.
He is survived by two daughters, Joanne (Graham) Rounce of London, England, and Julie Moluf of DeKalb; six sons, Jim (Glenda) Moluf of DeKalb, John (Jenny) Moluf of DeKalb, Jeff Moluf of Tampa, Fla., Jerry (Samora) Moluf of Clearwater, Fla., Michael Moluf of DeKalb and Mark Moluf of Naperville; seven grandchildren, Matthew, Andy, Jeff, Jon, Ryan, Kristin and Michael; two brothers, Thore (Terri) Moluf of Fort Myers, Fla., and Jim (Marge) Moluf of Champaign; several nieces and nephews; and the mother of his children, Nancy Moluf of DeKalb.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The private family service will be held on Monday, Nov. 24, with Fr. Stephen J. Knox of Christ The Teacher Parish in DeKalb officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb. Visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established for William H. Moluf in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.