WESLEY R. LINDSTROM
Wesley R. Lindstrom, 88, of Sycamore, Ill. died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at his home.
Born Feb. 19, 1915, in Sycamore Township, he was the son of Axel and Anna (Nelson) Lindstrom. He married Nettie Higgins on Feb. 19, 1939, in Sycamore.
He was a 1932 graduate of Sycamore High School. He was a dairy farmer on Plank Road in Sycamore Twp. for many years. He kept very active after his retirement from farming as a crossing guard for the Sycamore School District, a car porter for many local car dealerships, he hauled fertilizer for Roush Farmacy and by being very involved in the Northern Illinois Steam Power Show and Threshing Bee.
He was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore, a former member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Sycamore School District and a 4-H leader.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Nettie, of Sycamore; five children, Robert (Joyce) Lindstrom of Ankeny, Iowa, Alice White of DeKalb, John (Souham) Lindstrom of Acworth, Ga., Paul Lindstrom of Mosinee, Wis., and Lee Lindstrom of Sycamore; 12 grandchildren, Laura, Katie, Libby and Mary Lindstrom, Cindy (Bill) Foote, Tony (Antonette) White, Eric (Charmaine) Lindstrom, Samantha, Chris, Amanda, Dustin and Nicole Lindstrom; three great-grandchildren, Marissa and Sebastian White and Gabriel Lindstrom; two brothers, Merritt (Gertrude) Lindstrom of Rockford and Woodrow Lindstrom of Elgin; and his caregiver, Czesia Nowak.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore, with the Rev. Garry Briesacher officiating. Burial will be at Charter Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the funeral home.
A memorial has been established in care of Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 Dekalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178.
Zelpha Elvira "Zel" Russie of DeKalb, Ill., passed away Monday, Aug. 18, 2003, at her home.
Born March 17, 1922, in Adams, Wis., she was the daughter of Charles and Nadine (Rounds) York. She married Glenn Allen Russie on Oct. 11, 1941, in Woodstock, Ill.
She and Glenn managed and owned Woodstock Waste Management Co. After they moved to DeKalb, she was employed by General Electric for 10 years and then was an administrator for Food Services at Northern Illinois University. She was an avid gardener, had many collections and enjoyed working on crafts. She also enjoyed bowling when she worked at NIU. She also was an avid reader and loved the "big print" collection at the DeKalb Public Library. "Zel" was a lifetime member and past president of American Legion Post 66 and a past president of the VFW Auxiliary. She will be missed by her many family members and friends.
She is survived by a son, Harold Russie of DeKalb; a grandson, Jameson (Janet) Russie of DeKalb; a sister, Ina (John) Trummer of Watertown, Wis.; special caregivers Ken Baumer and Helen Alexander, both of DeKalb; a special shopping buddy and niece, Sandra Overby; and three sisters-in-law, Gladys, Erna and Rose.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Russie; her parents; four brothers, Orville, Harold, Ronald and Aaron; and three sisters, Valeria, Carrie and Arlis.
The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb, with Father Kenneth Anderson officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home in DeKalb, with a wake service to be held at 6:45 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family for a fund to be established at a later date.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
William C. "Duke" Penter, 86, of Hollister, Mo., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003, at the Point Lookout Nursing and Rehab, Point Lookout, Mo.
Born May 26, 1916, in Sycamore, Ill., he was the son of William and Lela (Tarr) Penter. He attended school in Sycamore. Duke married Marjorie Pauline Salsbury on Oct. 21, 1939. They were blessed with a daughter. Marjorie passed away in 1984. Duke worked and retired from General Electric Co. in DeKalb, where he was a machinist.
He spent his last remaining years in Hollister, Mo., moving there from DeKalb. He married Dixie Anglen. He was a member of the Branson Hills Assembly of God Church.
He is survived by his wife, Dixie, of Point Lookout Nursing and Rehab; his only daughter, Joyce (Dale) Gunderson; a granddaughter, Stacy (Jim) Paris; and three great-grandchildren, Maria, Jimmy and Julia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Lela Penter; his first wife, Marjorie; and three siblings.
The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore. The body was cremated under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home in Branson, Mo.
NEOMA J. FULTZ
Neoma J. Fultz, 77, of Earlville, Ill., passed away Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003, at her home.
Born Aug. 11, 1926, in Shabbona Grove, Ill., she was the daughter of Jesse and Hattie Mae Cole. She married Howard Fultz on Oct. 22, 1939, in Clinton, Iowa. She was employed by Marathon Electric for 19 years. She enjoyed her Precious Moments collection, antiques, taking care of the ill and, most of all, spending time with her family.
She is survived by her husband, Howard Fultz of Earlville; five children, David (Susan) Fultz of Herscher, Sharon (Dennis) Wood of Mendota, Delores (Ron) Johnson of Plano, Linda (Dave) Houghtby of Livonia, Mich., and Rodney (Christine) Fultz of Shabbona; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Jesse (Doris) Cole of DeKalb; her stepmother, Kathleen Cole of Earlville; several nieces and nephews; special friends Audrey Meilinger, Charlie and Anna Svendsen and Jane Buland; and many other close friends.
She was preceded in death by a son, Howard Fultz Jr.; a grandson, Daniel Houghtby; a brother, John Cole; a sister, Fran Fultz; and her parents.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Rollo Congregational United Church of Christ, with Pastor Dave Bateman officiating. Burial will be at Johnson Grove Cemetery on Shabbona Grove Road. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Hanley-Turner Funeral Home in Earlville.
Richard L. Greer, 78, of Sycamore, Ill., died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at the Marian Franciscan Center in Milwaukee, Wis.
He was born April 13, 1925, in Tennessee. He married Yvonne Crawley in 1950 and later married Charlotte Henry on Nov. 2, 1963. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean conflict.
He had been a resident of Sycamore since 1959 and worked as a tool handler for Driv-Lok for more than 30 years. He served as a deacon at the North Avenue Baptist Church of Sycamore and was very active in the church's activities.
He is survived by a daughter, Victoria L. Dawn of Milwaukee, Wis.; a stepson, Grant (Delores) Henry of Champaign; two stepdaughters, Audrey (Charles) Jackson of Olympia Fields and Asalee Gordon of Chicago; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Worthen (Clearstine) Greer of St. Louis, Mo., and Himes Greer of Aurora.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Charlotte; two stepdaughters, Jane Hudson and Shirley Osborne; two stepsons, John Henry and Willy Henry Jr.; and a brother.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18, at the First Baptist Church, 530 W. State St. in Sycamore, with the Rev. John E. Burch officiating. Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. Monday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in care of Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178.
Marian Vanderbeek, 94, of Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center and formerly of Sycamore, Ill., died Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at Oak Crest in DeKalb.
Born April 19, 1909, in Sycamore, she was the daughter of Andrew Condon and Mabel Condon Hertzel. She married Willard "Bud" Vanderbeek on July 6, 1932, in Oregon, Ill.
She was a member of Sycamore United Methodist Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Carol (Duane) Schmidt of DeKalb; a sister-in-law, Isabel Condon of Sycamore; three grandchildren, Tammy (Frank) Lewandoski of Muskegon, Mich., Bob (Linda) Schmidt of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jim (Nancy) Schmidt of McHenry; eight great-grandchildren, Robbie, Courtney and Anna Schmidt, Karilyn, Donovan and Kathryn Schmidt, and Monica and Alex Lewandoski; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Marian Sisler.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a sister, Beulah Carlson; and a brother, Harry Condon.
The funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home, with the Rev. Nancy Weingartner officiating. A private family service and burial will be held Monday, Aug. 18, at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
A memorial fund is established for DeKalb County Hospice in care of Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore, IL 60178.
LILLIAN (STIGLIANI) SWANSTROM
Lillian May Swanstrom, 77, formerly of DeKalb, Ill., passed away consciously and peacefully Sunday, June 29, 2003, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd, Minn., succumbing after several years to multiple systems atrophy, a Parkinson-related neuro-degenerative disease.
Born May 2, 1926, in Oelwein, Iowa., she was the daughter of Alfred and Emelia (Warnke) Kaufmann. She graduated in 1947 from the cadet nursing program at Lutheran Deaconess Hospital in Chicago and retained strong friendships with her classmates throughout her life. She married Louis Stigliani in 1947 and moved to DeKalb, where she lived until moving to Nisswa, Minn., about 15 years ago.
She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Chicago, First Lutheran Church in DeKalb, and Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. She was an active volunteer for her church and local senior center, was an avid gardener, and enjoyed golf, bridge, bowling, and helping her friends.
She is survived by a daughter, Joan Stigliani; a sister, Frances Goldsberry; a niece, Jean Lamb; and two nephews, John and James Goldsberry.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Louis Stigliani; a daughter, Kay Stigliani; a brother, Herbert Kaufmann; and her parents.
A memorial open house will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at The House, 263 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb. Private burial will be at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.
VIRGINIA MAE KOHLER
Virginia Mae Kohler, 82, of Shabbona, Ill., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003, at Pine Acres Care Center in DeKalb.
Born Sept. 13, 1920, in Houghton, S.D., she was the daughter of Hubert and Eva (Thorpe) Daker.
Virginia was united in marriage to LeRoy R. Kohler on Dec. 5, 1943, in Aurora, and they spent the next 59 years of their lives together. Mrs. Kohler was for many years a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Sandwich where she enjoyed working with children and teens as the church's youth director. Virginia had recently been attending the Shabbona Baptist Church in Shabbona. She was a true witness for the Lord at all times and was loved by all who knew her.
Mrs. Kohler was a graduate of Sugar Grove High School in Sugar Grove. She then completed her education at the Northern Illinois Teachers College in DeKalb and went on to become a country school teacher in the Malta area. Later in her career, Virginia was employed for many years in the office of Bardwell Elementary School in Aurora.
She is survived by her husband, LeRoy, of Shabbona; four sons, Lon (Dr. Linda) Kohler of Kansas City, Mo., Robert Kohler of Waterman, Dan (Carol) Kohler of Hinckley and Tom (Tina) Kohler of Moore Haven, Fla.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Darwin Daker of Aurora; and two sisters, Pauline Sain of Manchester, Tenn., and Donna (Morrie) Oelker of Sebring, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert and Eva; a brother, Kenneth Daker; and a foster daughter, Phyllis Pike.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Church of the Nazarene in Sandwich. Interment will follow at Pratt Cemetery in Sandwich. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St. in Hinckley.
Arrangements are by Nelson Funeral Homes. Philip S. Nelson is owner and director.
LARRY N. KLEIN
Larry N. Klein, 50, of Belvidere, Ill., formerly of DeKalb, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at his home.
Born June 19, 1953, in Aurora, he was the son of Nicholas and Phyllis Klein.
A railroad engineer for more than 25 years, Mr. Klein was working as an engineer for Amtrak at the time of his death. He was a respiratory therapist.
He is survived by four daughters, Andrea, Sara, Laura and Erica, and their mother, Patricia Klein, all of DeKalb; his parents, Nicholas and Phyllis, of St. Charles, two sisters, Claudia (William) Karl and Allison (Brad) Kozloski, both of St. Charles; and a brother, Jeff Klein of Waterman.
The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at St. John Neumann Church, 2900 E. Main St., St. Charles. Interment will be private. Visitation will be Friday from 9-10 a.m. Friday at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 E. Main St., at the corner of Illinois Routes 64 and 25 in St. Charles.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Larry's children or to St. John Neumann Church, 2900 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174.
CHARLES LEE BAKER
Charles Lee Baker, 94, of Rochelle, Ill., formerly of DeKalb, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003, at the Rochelle East Nursing & Rehab Center.
Born July 31, 1909, in Harrodsburg, Ky., he was the son of Robert and Ada (Pulluim) Baker.
Charles was employed by Northern Illinois Finance Corp. in DeKalb for several years. He was a member of the Foursquare Church in DeKalb.
He is survived by his children, Luella (Douglas) Overton of DeKalb and Mike (Bertie) Baker of Edgerton, Wis.; four grandchildren, Timothy Overton, James (Diane) Baker, Robert Baker and Jamie Baker; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Galvez of Freemont, Calif.; a brother, Everett (Donna) Baker of Amboy; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Candy Ward; several brothers; and a sister.
The graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the Union Cemetery in Stewart with the Rev. Dennis W. Campbell of the Foursquare Church in DeKalb officiating.
A memorial is being established for Charles Lee Baker in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.