Leslie G. Miller, 80, of Hinckley, Ill., passed away Sunday, July 27, 2003, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove where he was taken following an automobile accident on Thursday. Les now joins his wife, Ali Mae, who died instantly when their car was struck on Thursday.
Born April 3, 1923, in the living room of the Maple Park family farm, he was the son of Fred G. and Gertrude L. (Pflugfelder) Miller. He grew up in the Maple Park area, attending local schools and was a 1941 graduate of Hinckley High School.
He worked for a time at All-Steel Manufacturing in Aurora before returning to the family farm to work with his father.
He was united in marriage to Alice Mae Weeks on June 23, 1950, at First Presbyterian Church in Aurora. They made their home on the Miller family farm in Maple Park. Les was a man whose life was spent with his hands upon the plow and the stock, while his heart was planted deep into the soil he loved. He and Ali Mae shared interests in bowling and camping, while finding their greatest joy in spending time with their children and grandchildren.
In a moment, Ali Mae passed from life into Eternity, and today, Les joins her there, where, hand in hand, they will walk the fields of Heaven.
Following in his father's footsteps, Les served as road commissioner for Pierce Township for 12 years and was a member of Hinckley United Methodist Church.
He is survived by two children, Robert "Bob" (Diane Hoehn) Miller and their children, Casey, Kyle and Colin, all of Batavia, and Kathy Jo (Miller) Voorheis and her children, Leslie Mae, Ede Jo, Amanda Jean and William H. "Willie" Voorheis, all of Chandler, Ariz.; four siblings, Dorothy Phillips and Francis (Charolette) Miller, both of Hinckley, Harold Miller of Maple Park and Glenn (Pat) Miller of Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.; many nieces and nephews; and a community of friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ali Mae; his parents, Fred G. and Gertrude L. Miller; a nephew, Dennis Miller; a brother-in-law, Herbert Phillips; and a sister-in-law, Lorraine "Pinkie" Miller.
A service to celebrate Les and Ali Mae's lives will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, at Hinckley United Methodist Church, 801 N. Sycamore St., Hinckley, with the Rev. Rob Benson, pastor of the church, officiating along with the Rev. Alka Lyall, pastor of Leland Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Pierce Cemetery, Pierce Township. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday, July 28, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the church.
Memorials in their names can be made to the Miller Family Fund and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.
Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Conley Funeral Home.
Alice "Ali" Mae Miller, 79, of Hinckley, Ill., died due to an automobile accident on Thursday.
Though gone in an instant, her memories will remain forever in our hearts.
She was born on May 5, 1924, at the family home in Newark, the daughter of Olaf and Pearl Weeks.
She grew up in Newark and attended local schools, graduating from Newark High School with the class of 1942. Following graduation, she worked as a waitress at the Strand Restaurant in Aurora for several years.
She was united in marriage to Leslie G. Miller on June 23, 1950, at the First Presbyterian Church in Aurora. They began their new life together on the Miller family farm in Maple Park where she fulfilled her lifelong ambition of being a mother, raising a family and making their house a home. For many years, while her children were growing up, Miller could be seen behind the meat counter at Edmeier's Supermarket in Hinckley.
Though Ali Mae loved to go camping with her friends from throughout the area, her most precious joys were her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed spending her winters in Arizona and her summers in Illinois. Above all, her first love was spending time with her husband. Whether it was bowling on leagues in Sandwich or camping together, she was the happiest with her husband by her side.
She is survived by her husband, Leslie G. Miller of Hinckley; two children, Robert "Bob" Miller (Diane Hoehn) and their children Casey, Kyle and Colin of Batavia; and Kathy Jo (Miller) Voorheis and her children, Leslie Mae, Ede Jo, Amanda Jean and William H. "Willie," all of Chandler, Ariz.; and a community of friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert K.H. Weeks.
A service to celebrate her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, at Hinckley United Methodist Church, 801 N. Sycamore St., Hinckley, with a hour of visitation prior to the service. The Rev. Rob Benson, pastor of the Hinckley United Methodist Church and the Rev. Alka Lyall, pastor of the Leland Methodist Church, will officiate, and interment will follow at Pierce Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn.
Memorials may be made to the Miller Family Fund in her name and mailed to P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.
Joyce K. Burton, 57, of rural Argyle, Wis., passed away Friday at her home, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on Aug. 9, 1945, in Sandwich, the daughter of Glenn and Kathryn (Schoener) Leifheit.
Joyce graduated from Kaneland High School in 1963. On Dec. 24, 1968, she was united in marriage to Kenneth W. Burton in Geneva. She lived in rural Maple Park until her marriage, when they moved to Elburn and began farming. In 1981, they moved to rural Argyle, where they farmed until 1985. Burton also worked as an administrative coordinator in the call center at Swiss Colony in Monroe for a number of years.
Survivors include her husband Ken, at home; three children, Ken Burton Jr. of DeKalb, Kerri Daly of Cambridge, Wis., and Jeffrey (Romona) Burton of Rockford; three brothers; Robert Leifheit of Sycamore, Roger (Hal) Leifheit of Frankston, Texas, and Rodney Leifheit of Fort Worth, Texas; two sisters, Judy (Charles) Scheibly of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Joanne (John) Burton of Maple Park. She is also survived by six grandchildren; Meaggen and Kyle Daly, Cory, Cody, Haylee Jo and Alexandria Burton. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Margo Ann, in infancy.
Burton was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Lena and the Edelweiss Golf Course in New Glarus, Wis. She enjoyed spending time with her family and playing with her grandchildren. Bur-ton also enjoyed traveling and was an avid golfer.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lena with the Rev. Rick L. Bader officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Argyle. A visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Erickson Funeral Home in Argyle.
Elaine Welter of St. Charles, Ill., formerly of DeKalb and Maple Park, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2003.
Arrangements are being handled by Conley Funeral Home in Elburn.
Bertha M. Conrad, 86, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away Thursday, July 24, 2003, at her home surrounded by her family.
Born Jan. 5, 1917, in DeKalb, she was the daughter of Fredrick and Nora (Lausen) Miller. She married Ferdinand H. "Ferdy" Conrad on July 31, 1948, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in DeKalb, and they enjoyed 50 years of marriage together.
During the 1940s, she was employed at Wurlitzer Piano Factory in DeKalb, and later she worked along with her husband in their business at Conrad Upholstering Shop. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and its Altar Guild, and was a lifelong faithful member.
She is survived by a daughter, Linda Conrad (Ted Stone) of DeKalb; three brothers, Ward Miller of DeKalb, Robert Miller of Naperville and Roger (Vernene) Miller of Fort Wayne, Ind.; a sister, Joyce (Arden) Carlson of Rockford; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ferdy, on April 13, 1999; her parents; a brother, Donald F. Miller; and two sisters-in-law, LaVerna Miller and Sally Miller.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in DeKalb, with Pastor Norman Steffen and Pastor E. George Krause officiating. Burial and a graveside service will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb, with Chaplain Goldy Mortensen officiating. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.
A memorial is being established for Bertha M. Conrad in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
Charles Joel Loomis, 84, of Kirkland, Ill., formerly of Wheaton, died Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at his home.
Born in Elmhurst, he was the son of Samuel and Isabelle (Seghers) Loomis. He married Adeline Runge on June 19, 1937, in Elmhurst. He was a retired butcher from A & P Tea Co. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S. Circe in 1944 and 1945 during World War II in the Pacific theater.
He was a member of Kirkland First Lutheran Church. He also was a member of the V.F.W., American Legion and Moose Lodge, all in Elmhurst.
He is survived by his wife, Adeline Loomis of Kirkland; a daughter, Beth (Frank) Cheston of Potomac, Md.; four sons, Charles (Cathy) Loomis of Warrenville, Robert (Patti) Loomis of St. Charles, Norval (Karen) Loomis of Wheaton and Paul (Donna) Loomis of Carol Stream; a sister, Grace Rusteberg of Avon, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, James Loomis; a sister, Jeanne Smith; and a brother, Derald Loomis.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at Kirkland First Lutheran Church, 510 W. South St., with Pastor Todd Peterson officiating. Interment will be at Elm Lawn Cemetery in Elmhurst. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Quiram-Kirkland Funeral Home.
A memorial fund is established in care of Quiram-Kirkland Funeral Home, P. O. Box 337, 309 S. Fifth St., Kirkland, IL 60146.
Elizabeth A. Jones, 93, of Sycamore, Ill., died Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at Bethany Health Care & Rehabilitation Center in DeKalb.
Born Jan. 23, 1910, in Warren, Ohio, she was daughter of Veron Q. and Mary E. (King) Parsons. She married Oscar B. Jones on Aug. 28, 1936, in Ripley, N.Y. She was a graduate of Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and received a master's degree in education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Elizabeth was a public school teacher, having begun her career in Ohio. After moving to Illinois in 1955, she taught in the Kaneland School District at the Sugar Grove and Maple Park grade schools retiring in 1973.
She is survived by a son, David (Georgia) Jones of Kingston; a daughter, Mary (Bill) Ballenger of Sycamore; five grandchildren, Brian (Brenda) Jones of Sycamore, Laura (Randy) Ericson of Sycamore, Elizabeth Harrington of Sycamore, Eleanor (Earl) Garcia of DeKalb and Bill (Jenny) Ballenger of Sycamore; 11 grandchildren, Krysten and David Jones, Amanda and Jason Ericson, Paige Harrington, Cody and Courtney Ballenger, all of Sycamore, and Nicole and Tony O'Donnell, Jordan and Bailey Garcia, all of DeKalb; a sister-in-law, Louise Parsons of Temple, Texas; a nephew, Veron Parson Jr. of Texas; and a niece, Anita Dagostino of Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Oscar B. Jones, in May 1991; and a brother, Veron K. Parsons.
The private family service will be held on Friday, July 25, at Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home. Burial will be at Ohio Grove Cemetery.
HELEN M. DIEDRICH
Helen M. Diedrich, 95, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, at DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center in DeKalb.
Born March 6, 1908, in Waterman, she was the daughter of William and Sophie (Dellenback) Rein-gardt. She was the last survivor of their 15 children. She married Harry Diedrich on June 9, 1928, at St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb.
Helen was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb, the Catholic Daughters of America, the DeKalb County Home Ex-tension and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. She was employed by the De-Kalb School District, starting and then operating the snack bar at DeKalb High School for 10 years. She operated the food bar at the Newman Center for five years, cooked for Delta Zeta sorority at Northern Illinois University for 10 years, and operated and owned Helen's Catering Service for more than 20 years.
She is survived by a daughter, Betty (George) Scherer of Bettendorf, Iowa; two sons, Bob (Kay) Diedrich of DeKalb and David (An-drea) Diedrich of Buffalo Grove; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; her parents; and 14 brothers and sisters.
The funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, at St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb, with Fr. Kenneth J. Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in DeKalb. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, with a Catholic Daughters of America service at 4 p.m. and a spiritual wake service at 7 p.m.
A memorial is being established for Helen M. Diedrich in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
LORETTA M. MODLOFF
Loretta M. Modloff, 85, of Sycamore, Ill., died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center in DeKalb.
Born Sept. 26, 1918, in Chicago, she was the daughter of Charles and Martha Kortum. She married Jay T. Modloff on Feb. 25, 1939, in Chicago. She and her husband moved to DeKalb in 1942.
Loretta is survived by a daughter, Diane (Truman) Kester of Rochelle; a son, Allan (Jan) Modloff of Sycamore; three grandchildren, Brian (Nancy) Kester of Byron, Darrin (Penny) Kester of Sterling and Deanne (Doug) Mittlesteadt of Saline, Mich.; six great-grandchildren, Amanda and Danny Kester, Steven and Stephanie Kester and Sarah and Erik Mittlesteadt; a sister, Marge Billadeau of Wood Dale; several nieces and nephews; a stepdaughter, Joan (John) Lockington of Naperville; three step-grandchildren, Debra (Tom) Gilbert of Bartlett, Gregory (Linda) Holmes of Warrenville and Mike (Linda) Holmes of Aurora; and three step-great-grandchildren, Stephanie Gilbert and Courtney and Dana Holmes.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jay, in 1993; and two brothers, William and Melvin Kortum.
Cremation has taken place at the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore. A private service will be held with burial at Fairview Park Cemetery.
Memorials for Loretta Modloff can be made to the DeKalb County Hospice in care of Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178.