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Lenore Karras

Lenore-Karras

Date Of Birth

Mar-10-1932

Date of Death

Oct-10-2017

City

Geneva

State

IL

Country

USA

Lenore C. Karras, age 85, of Geneva, formerly of Oak Park and River Forrest area, passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, surrounded by the love of her family, following a short battle with cancer. She was born on March 10, 1932 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of proud parents, George and Violet (Stewart) Mitchell. Lenore grew up in Norwood Park Township where she attended Union Ridge Elementary School. After graduating from Taft High School, she continued her education at the Northern Illinois State Teachers College. On May 13, 1952 Lenore was united in marriage to Tom Karras. They began their new life together on the south side of Chicago. They made stops in Western Springs, Oak Park and River Forest from 1956 through 1994, before settling in Geneva in 1995. Lenore’s love for her family knew no bounds. She tirelessly met every need from sunrise to sunset and every hour in between. Lenore not only was a devoted wife, but a loving mother, making sure that each house they lived in bec...

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Spencer Rees

Spencer -Rees

Date Of Birth

Oct-16-1937

Date of Death

Oct-09-2017

City

Sugar Grove

State

IL

Country

USA

Spencer C. Rees, age “79.9”, of Sugar Grove, formerly of Aurora, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family, on Monday, October 9, 2017. He was born in Aurora, IL, on October 15, 1937, to proud parents, Leo and Hazel (Clark) Rees. Spence graduated from East Aurora High School with the class of 1955 and promptly answered the call of his country, enlisting in the United States Air Force. After serving overseas, he returned to civilian life in 1960, when he was honorably discharged.Spence married the love of his life, Mary Ann Mathews, on March 7, 1964, in Aurora, IL. Spence worked as a mechanical engineer for several companies over the years, including Thor, Flight Visions but most of his career was spent with WEN Products. Retirement never really stuck with Spence. Technically, he retired several times, but he always returned to his loving family. Spence was an avid WWII Memorabilia Collector and volunteered at the Air Classics Museum lo...

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Darlene Stoffa

Darlene-Stoffa

Date Of Birth

Jan-18-1928

Date of Death

Sep-23-2017

City

Elburn

State

IL

Country

USA

Darlene Stoffa, age 89, of Elburn, left behind a lifetime of memories and a family full of love, in the early morning hours of Saturday, September 23, 2017. Surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Darlene followed her Lord and Savior, but fell into the arms of her beloved George once again. Lela Darlene Loughbridge was born January 18, 1928, in Delta, IA to John and Alta Loughbridge. She grew up on the farm where her parents raised Belgium horses. Darlene, as she preferred to be called, was a mischievous child who, with older siblings Phyllis Jean and Charles Allen, found life on the farm to be an adventure. Darlene was considered ornery by her siblings when she “stood her ground”. Her favorite place to play was in the barn where there were many places to explore. The animals were her friends and she was theirs including a lamb that followed her everywhere. Darlene attended school in Delta and though school was not her favorite thing, she did enjoy Home Economics...

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Dorothy Struckman

Dorothy -Struckman

Date Of Birth

Apr-21-1929

Date of Death

Sep-21-2017

City

Elgin

State

IL

Country

USA

Dorothy Struckman, age 88, of Elgin, passed into the arms of her Savior, while surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, on September 14, 2017, at Rosewood Care Center, Elgin, where had recently made her home. She was born on April 21, 1929, in Elgin, the daughter of proud parents Lee and Margaret (Lieving) Butts. Dorothy grew up on the family farm in Virgil, IL. While tending to her chores, she also attended local schools. Dorothy was a cheerleader, helping to build enthusiasm on the hard wood, cheering on the basketball team before graduating from Burlington High School with the class of 1947. She was a student at the Northern Illinois State Teachers College for a time before finding work at the Elgin Watch Factory. George Struckman as introduced to the prettiest girl he had ever seen in Dorothy. Thanks to an introduction from Don Miller, his fate was sealed. They walked hand in hand down the aisle on May 1, 1954 at the Lily Lake Congregational Church. They began their new l...

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William Rauch

William -Rauch

Date Of Birth

Mar-05-1940

Date of Death

Sep-17-2017

City

Naperville

State

IL

Country

USA

William “Bill” Rauch, age 77, of Naperville, formerly of Joliet, passed away following complications from a stroke, Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, IL. He was born on March 5, 1940 in Athen, Ohio. Bill grew up in rural Ohio and attended local schools. The oldest son in the family, Bill knew the value of hard work. In fact, he began working at the age of 15 while attending Columbus North High School. He graduated with the class 1958. Bill continued his education at Ohio State University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources. Shortly after graduation, Bill was united in marriage to Rosemary Purdy. After accepting his diploma, Bill answered the call of his country and proudly served in the United States Navy. His time overseas in Vietnam finally at an end, he was happy to return to civilian life following his honorable discharge. Bill settled Lima, OH and pursued a job in human resources. Never really able to feel “at...

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Calabria Taber

Calabria -Taber

Date Of Birth

Jul-06-1996

Date of Death

Sep-10-2017

City

Maple Park

State

IL

Country

USA

Calabria “Cali” Marie Taber, age 21, of Maple Park, died tragically following a motorcycle accident on September 10, 2017. Gone in an instant, the brightness of her soul continues to linger in our hearts. Cali will forever live on in the memories warmly shared between friends and family. She was born on July 6, 1996, the daughter of Julie Parrilli in Geneva, IL. Cali grew up in Maple Park and attended local schools. She attended both Kaneland High School and Cornerstone Christian Academy in Sycamore, but graduated from Colorado Timberline Academy in Colorado with the class of 2014. After graduation, Cali returned to Maple Park and worked as a waitress while trying to find her place in the world. Sales called to her like no other, and despite some reservations and initial shyness, she excelled at auto sales. Courted by several businesses, it wasn’t long before Cali made a name for herself and garnered several awards. Gerald Subaru in Naperville became her home away from home ...

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Robert Sollenberger

Robert -Sollenberger

Date Of Birth

Mar-22-1926

Date of Death

Sep-07-2017

City

Maple Park

State

IL

Country

USA

Robert L. “Bob” Sollenberger, age 91, of Maple Park, formerly of St. Charles, passed away suddenly, Thursday, September 7, 2017. Surrounded by the love and prayers of his family, Bob was united with his wife Jean and found everlasting peace. He was born on March 22, 1926, in Naperville, IL, the son of Raymond and Viola (Morrison) Sollenberger. Bob grew up in Naperville and attended local schools. He graduated from Naperville High School but before he received his diploma, he received a vision of his future wife in Jean Fellows. Before a connection could be made, Bob enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country during WWII. In 1946, when Bob was home on furlough, he asked Jean on a date. Whether it was the uniform, the man himself, or maybe a combination of the two, Bob quickly won her heart and then her hand in marriage. They walked down the aisle on June 19, 1948 at the Methodist-Episcopal Church in Naperville. They began their new life together and welcomed h...

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Mark Peterson

Mark -Peterson

Date Of Birth

May-19-1945

Date of Death

Sep-06-2017

City

Elburn

State

IL

Country

USA

Mark “Pete” Peterson, age 72, of Elburn, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family, in the early morning hours of September 6, 2017. He was born on May 19, 1945, to proud parents, Orville and Marcella (Skoug) Peterson in Eau Claire, WI. Pete grew up in Eau Claire and attended local schools. He graduated from Eau Claire Memorial High School with the class of 1963. Pete answered the call of his country in September of 1965 and proudly served in the United States Army in Vietnam until his honorable discharge on September 13, 1971. He returned to civilian life and his long time love, Joan Onstad, settling in Elburn in 1967. They were united in marriage on December 24, 1968 at the Good Shepherd Church back in his hometown of Eau Claire, WI. They began their new life together back in Elburn where they raised three children. Pete found work at the Elburn Packing Plant until the plant closed in 1985. 1988 brought him into the employ of Pamarco Global...

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Eva Biddle

Eva-Biddle

Date Of Birth

Feb-03-1920

Date of Death

Aug-30-2017

City

Elburn

State

IL

Country

USA

Eva Mae Biddle, age 97, of Elburn, passed away quietly into the arms of her Savior on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Oak Crest Retirement Center in DeKalb, where she made her home in recent years. She was born February 3, 1920, in Orfordville, WI, the daughter Orrie and Marsha (Loveless) Lee. Eva grew up in Spooner, WI, and attended local schools. Later she lived with her aunt and uncle for a time in Evanston where she worked for Lords Department Store. Whether Eva had a thing for a man in uniform isn’t known, but John C. Biddle just happened to be fighting for our country when she met him in 1938. Four years later they were united in marriage while John was on leave, November 24, 1942. John was returned to his blushing bride after being honorably discharged in 1945, settling back in Evanston. They moved to a farm in Palatine to raise their children. John ostensibly bought the home in Elburn in 1966 for the house because compared to where they had been living, it was “The Taj ...

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Andrew Clements

Andrew-Clements

Date Of Birth

May-28-1982

Date of Death

Aug-27-2017

City

Crystal Lake

State

IL

Country

USA

Andrew Paul “Andy” Clements, age 35, of Crystal Lake, IL, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Sunday, August 27, 2017. Gone too soon, he will forever be missed. He was born May 28, 1982 in Park Ridge, IL, the son of Gary and Mary Clements. Andy spent his first few years in Chicago, but spent the rest of his childhood in Palatine where he attended local schools. Andy graduated from William Fremd High School in 2000, but before he received his diploma, Andy made a name for himself in baseball, football and track. He continued his education at Western Illinois University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education. During this time, Andy discovered his love for lacrosse, eventually holding many positions of leadership in the club, including president. Following college, he carried his passion back home where he played an integral role in bringing lacross to Huntley and coached at Huntley High School. During his lacross years at WIU he met th...

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