GORDON P. 'GORDY' KORTH
Gordon P. "Gordy" Korth, 51, of Lee, Ill., died Tuesday, May 25, 2004, after a short, courageous battle with cancer.
Born July 21, 1952, in DeKalb, he was the son of Jacob "Jack" and Berniece (Celander) Korth.
Gordy was a 1970 graduate of Genoa-Kingston High School. After graduation, he worked for ComEd. He took military leave to serve two terms in Vietnam, where he received numerous military service awards. After military service, he returned to ComEd, where he worked for 34 years.
Gordy received the rank of Eagle Scout, was a volunteer firefighter in Lee and was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Assoc.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; two daughters, Lori and Venessa (Tony) Vitello; three grandchildren, Tyler, Colby and Abby; special friends Donna Kroeschel and her daughters, Mandy, Holly and Shelby; a sister, Karen Paulson of Circle Pines, Minn.; four brothers, Steven (Kathy) of Lindenwood, John (Joan) of Isanti, Minn., Loren (Robin) of Genoa and Ken (Cheryl) of Hinckley; three nieces, Kim, Julie and Amy Korth; four nephews, Brett, Kevin and Ryan Korth and Jacob Lenander; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, David.
The funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 29, at St. Catherine of Genoa Church, 340 S. Stott, with Fr. Al Neumann officiating. Burial will be at St. Catherine Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, May 28, at Slater-Butala Funeral Home of Genoa, with a wake service recited at 8 p.m.
Memorials can be made for Gordy Korth in care of Slater-Butala Funeral Home, 132 W. Main, P.O. Box 8, Genoa, IL 60135.
C. LORRAINE PRESTEGAARD
C. Lorraine Prestegaard, 80, of Aiken, S.C., formerly of Lee, Ill., died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, at Aiken Regional Medical Center.
Born Aug. 30, 1923, in Shabbona Township, she was the daughter of Clifford and Helen (Tysdale) Kittleson.
She lived her early years on a farm in DeKalb County. After graduating from Shabbona High School, she moved to DeKalb where she worked and attended Northern Illinois State Teachers College, now Northern Illinois University. She married Lewis A. Prestegaard on Dec. 9, 1945, at Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee. She and her husband moved back to the family farm in Lee County in 1950 and together built the farm they called LoraLu Acres. She was a full partner in the farming business for the next 40 years. A lifelong member of Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee, she was an active Bible study leader and Sunday School teacher, and she held local and district offices in the organization of the American Lutheran Church Women. She was devoted to her family and spent many years as a caregiver to various family members. In 1997, Aiken, S.C., became her home. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Aiken.
She is survived by a daughter, Carol (James) Cutsinger of Aiken; and three grandchildren, Leah, Kellyn and Trevor Cutsinger.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lewis, on Aug. 12, 1995; a daughter, Susan; and a brother, Carlos E. Kittleson.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery in rural Steward. Friends may call from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Memorials can be made to Calvary Lutheran Church.
Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.
Wayne Mikolajczak, 54, of Flagstaff, Ariz., formerly of DeKalb, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004, of end-stage liver failure at Veterans Administration Medical Center in Portland, Ore.
He was a Vietnam War veteran and a beloved husband, loving father and cherished grandfather.
He was defined by his love of classic cars, road trips and, most of all, his love of his children and family.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy Sherman of Flagstaff, Ariz.; five children, Michelle Mikolajczak of Los Angeles, Calif., Kelly Mikolajczak of Hanover Park, Mark (Ronnah) Mikolajczak of Kodiak, Alaska, Marty Mikolajczak of Cortland and Michael Sherman of Flagstaff; three grandchildren, Shiloh, Isabelle and Justin; his mother and father, Annelore and Edward Mikolajczak of DeKalb; three brothers, Jeff Mikolajczak of Las Vegas, Nev., Gary (Rose Marie) Mikolajczak of Addison and Jack Mikolajczak of DeKalb; four nephews; and two nieces.
A private memorial service was held Sunday, Aug. 8, in DeKalb. Cremains were interred Monday, Aug. 9, at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice.
Please omit flowers. The family requests instead that those who are interested become organ donors.
BRIAN L. MARSDEN
Brian L. Marsden, 42, of Sycamore, Ill., formerly of Milton, Wis., passed away Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, in Sycamore.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at Ehlert-Ward Funeral Home, 315 Lord St., Edgerton, WI 53534, with the Rev. Richard Lewis officiating. Burial will be at Albion Prairie Cemetery. Friends may call from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
ERMAN E. 'WINK' SCHAIRER
Erman E. "Wink" Schairer, 62, of El Paso, Ill., passed away Monday, Aug. 9, 2004, as the result of an accident in McLean County that occurred while he was running.
Born June 7, 1942, in Sycamore, he was the son of Louis and M. Jean (Lieving) Schairer. He married Sandra J. Penning on Sept. 4, 1965, in Alton.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy; two daughters, Cynthia J. (Paul Kessler) Schairer of El Paso and Sara J. (Jeremy) Holly of San Diego, Calif.; a son Steven E. Schairer of San Diego; a brother, Louis E. (Sherry) Schairer of Fox River Grove; two sisters, Kay (Roger) Jacobson of Sycamore and Julie (Philip) Snave of Crystal Lake; and a brother-in-law, Jim Andersen of Riggsville, Wis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Marilou Schairer and Karen Andersen.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso, with the Rev. Dale Beck and the Rev. Wes Ooms officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, at the funeral home.
Memorials can be directed to First United Methodist Church in Normal or the Wink Schairer Memorial Fund at Heartland Bank, 99 N. Elm St., El Paso, IL 61738.
DOROTHY F. ROSA
Dorothy F. Rosa, 80, of Kirkland, Ill., formerly of Greeneville, Tenn., died Monday, Aug. 9, 2004, at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford.
Born June 24, 1924, in Japan, Mo., she was the daughter of Carl H. and Della Ann (Phillips) Mueller. She married Glenn Otto Rosa on Jan. 7, 1946, in St. Louis, Mo. She was formerly employed at Argos Products in Genoa. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Kirkland.
She is survived by her husband, Glenn Rosa of Kirkland; a son, Steven (Janet) Rosa of Kirkland; three daughters, Doris Ann (Richard) Mulford of Davis Junction, Phyllis (Roger) Fannon of Greeneville, Tenn., and Connie Sue (James) Murray of Kirkland; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and another great-grandchild expected soon.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at Quiram-Kirkland Funeral Home, with the Rev. Carl L.M. Rasmussen officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery near Creston. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, at the 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.
DALE A. 'GUS' IRETON
Dale A. "Gus" Ireton, 75, of Sycamore, Ill., died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at his home and surrounded by his family.
Born Aug. 7, 1929, in Yates City, he was the son of Lee and Margaret Ireton. He married Peggy J. Moravek on July 25, 1953, in Elmwood.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean conflict. He was a lifelong member of the Sycamore VFW and a member of the Church of St. Mary's in Sycamore.
Gus found enjoyment with his wife, two sons and his grandchildren. He worked for Chrysler Corp. in Belvidere, retiring in 1992 after 27 years of service. He was a former Cub Scout leader at St. Mary's and a Little League coach.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy, of Sycamore; two sons, Dale L. (Kathy) Ireton of Sycamore and James D. (Lori) Ireton of Clare; his grandchildren, Matthew, Kaitlyn and Halee, also Angela, Jack, Josh and Rachel; two brothers, James (Donna) Ireton of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., and Tom (Vada) Ireton of Bartonville; a sister, Rebecca Wood of Bakersfield, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, LeRoy; and a sister, Virginia Ennis.
The funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, at the Church of St. Mary's in Sycamore, with Fr. Frank J. Timar, M.S.C., officiating. Full military rites will follow. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore, with a wake service being recited at 7:30 p.m.
A memorial has been established in his name in care of Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178.
SHIRLEY L. FAXON
Shirley L. Faxon, 84, of Bonne Terre, Mo., formerly of Aurora, Ill., passed away on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004. Born March 4, 1920, in Norway, Ill., she was the daughter of Otto and Birdie (Nelson) Serby.
Shirley moved to Aurora as a child and graduated from West Aurora High School. She was united in marriage in 1942 to John B. "Jack" Faxon and spent the next 57 happy years together until his passing in 1999. Shirley was an active member of the A.W.B.A. for many years. She was also a member of the Sugar Grove Methodist Church and the Providence Baptist Church in Bonne Terre.
She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews including: Donald (Judi) Miller of Montgomery; Betty (Lawrence) Shepard of Terre Du Lac, Mo., and Joe (Jane) Latham of Sandwich; her many great-nieces and great-nephews including: Debi (Ted) Kozielec; Kim and Kari Miller, Laura (Bruce) Volner of Terre Du Lac and Kristen and Becky Latham; and her several great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews including: Tyler, Daniel, Ethan, Amanda and Brandon.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Birdie Serby; her husband, John "Jack" Faxon; her daughter, LaVonne Faxon and her sisters, Illet Kellet and Lola Simmons.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley. Interment will follow at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Mapel St., Hinckley.