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Sunday, Feb. 13

RAYMOND E. McDERMOTT

Raymond E. McDermott, 86, of DeKalb, Ill., died Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born April 2, 1918 in Canada, he was the son of James and Celina McDermott. He attended DeKalb schools and married Emma Ruth Griswold on July 31, 1943. He worked at Wurlitzer for many years and was a custodian at Northern Illinois University. Raymond served in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was also a member of the National Guard. He attended the Advent Christian Church in DeKalb and was a long time member of the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club. Raymond was a lover of antique automobiles. He had a 1918 Model T Ford. He will always be remembered by his friends as "The Joker," which was his CB handle. Raymond was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and is survived by his wife of 61 years, Emma Ruth McDermott of DeKalb; two sons, Raymond (Patricia) McDermott Jr. of South Elgin and Harold McDermott of DeKalb; a daughter, Ilah (Bill) Buitenwerf of Malta; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; five brothers, Patrick McDermott of California, John McDermott of Nevada, James McDermott of Sycamore, Henry (Maxine) McDermott of Rochelle and Leo (Merilee) McDermott of DeKalb; a sister, Frances Lansford of Texas; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Evelyn; a brother-in-law, Harvey Thomas; his father- and mother-in-law, Harold and Ilah Griswold; and two nephews, David and Ronald Griswold. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore, with Pastor Ronald Macy officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at the funeral home. A memorial has been established for Advent Christian Church of DeKalb in care of Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. For information, call (815) 895-2833.

ALTA M. ELLIOTT

Alta M. Elliott, 92, of Sycamore, Ill., formerly of Maple Park, passed away Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at Pine Acres Care Center in DeKalb. Born Oct. 19, 1912, in La Salle, she was the daughter of Walter W. and Caddie (Van Natta) Hampson. She married Paul John Elliott on Jan. 30, 1932, in Geneva. Alta was a former member of the Elburn Congregational Church and a former 4-H leader. She was a licensed airplane pilot and enjoyed 20 years of retirement with her husband Paul in Florida. She is survived by two children, Walt (Lois) Elliott of Somonauk and Janice Nelson of DeKalb; five grandchildren, Karen (John) Larson of Whitefish Bay, Wis., John (Virginia) Elliott of Vernon Hills, Kevin Nelson of DeKalb, Rebecca (Scott) Thorp of Somonauk and Karl (Heidi) Nelson of Montvale, N.J.; 13 great-grandchildren, Chris, Andrew and Nicole Larson, Elizabeth, Katie and Erika Elliott, Hillary, Krista and Corey Nelson, Alyssa and Jacquelyn Thorp and Brittany and Lyndsay Nelson; a sister-in-law, Charlotte Hampson; and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Paul, in 1994; a brother, Glenn Hampson; and a son-in-law, Bill Nelson in 2004. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, with the Rev. Marilyn G. Hanson of First Lutheran Church in DeKalb officiating. Cremation has taken place at the Anderson Funeral Home Ltd. Crematory. Interment of cremated remains will be conducted at Blackberry Cemetery in Elburn at a later date. Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at the funeral home. A memorial is being established for Alta M. Elliott in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115. For infromation, call (815) 756-1022.

LUCY J. DIAL

Lucy J. Dial, 80, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb. Born Sept. 13, 1924, in Flint, Mich., she was the daughter of Walter and Janet (Jarvie) Davidge. After the death of her father, the family moved to Aurora and lived at Mooseheart. Her mother worked at Mooseheart; Lucy, her sister Ann, and their four brothers attended school there. Lucy graduated from high school in 1943 and soon after in 1944 enlisted in the United States Navy as a Wave. She was stationed in Washington, D.C., and served as a secretary. She married Roy L. Dial in 1948 in Atlanta, Ga. She was employed by the state of Illinois at the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation as an executive secretary for 25 years. Lucy was a member of the Foursquare Church of DeKalb and a former member of the Women of the Moose. Lucy was appreciated for her kind and giving spirit throughout her lifetime and even though she couldn't talk toward the end of her life, she would often pass out M & M's and Kit Kats to the Bethany Nursing Home nurses and staff, whom she loved very much. She is survived by a son, Daniel (Carolyn) Dial; a sister, Ann (Nate) Van Sickle; two brothers, Walter (Vi) Davidge and James (Marilyn) Davidge; two grandsons, Christopher Dial and Benjamin (Lisa) Wilcox; three granddaughters, Dana Dial, Jen Wilcox and Teresa (Will) Miller; a great-grandson, Andrew J. Miller; her special nephew, William D. (Carol) Van Sickle; two nephews; and two nieces; a sister-in-law, Charlotte Davidge; her best friend and hair dresser for more than 30 years, Grace ; and her favorite doctor, Dr. Paul Stromborg who always gave her such good care and kept her smiling whenever she saw him right up to the end. Lucy will be missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her husband, Roy Lafayette Dial; her parents; two brothers, N. Robert Davidge and John W. Davidge; two nephews, Rick Davidge and Wayne David Van Sickle. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at Foursquare Church of DeKalb, with the Rev. Dennis Campbell officiating. Burial will take place at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Aurora. Visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday at the church. A memorial is being established for Lucy J. Dial in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, call (815) 756-1022.

Friday, Feb. 11

MARION A. (GROSS) LIEBHABER

Marion A. (Gross) Liebhaber, 85, of Wood Dale, Ill., passed away Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, in DeKalb. She was born Dec. 3, 1919, in Chicago. She was a beloved wife, loving mother and devoted grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by five children, Kurt (Teresa), William (Ellen), Carl (Sue), Benita (Mike) Kirkwood and Donna Plesa; 12 grandchildren, Erik, Emil (Kim), Garth, Jill, Gail, Elizabeth (Travis), Amy (Jason), Richard, Beth, Jeremy, Joseph and Kevin; and three great-grandchildren, Delia, Emma and Jacob. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard. The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at The Oaks Funeral Home, 1201 E. Irving Park Road at Prospect in Itasca. Interment will be at Mount Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst. Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army. For information, call (630) 250-8588.

DESIREE L. LUNDIN

Desireé Leigh Lundin, 19, of DeKalb and Hampshire, Ill., died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, near DeKalb as a result of a car accident. Born May 17, 1985, in Elgin, she was the daughter of Keith and Kathy Lundin. She was a 2003 graduate of Hampshire High School, where she excelled in academics and softball. Desireé pitched for the Hampshire Whip-purs Varsity Softball Team throughout high school. She was an All-Conference pitcher in the Big Northern Conference in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Desireé enjoyed playing summer league softball with the Purple Haze Team. She was in her sophomore year at Kishwaukee College in Malta, where she received a Softball Pitching Scholarship playing for the Kougars. She also made the dean's list, majoring in business/finance. Desireé enjoyed teaching young girls to pitch during weekend clinics. She also recently enjoyed playing in a Florida softball tournament. She worked two summers at First American Bank in Hampshire, and weekends at the Towne Square Restaurant in Sycamore. Desireé is dearly loved by her family and many friends. She was an individual full of determination, and was creative and a natural leader. Desireé would want to give a special "thank you" to all of her high school and college coaches. She will be dearly missed by her parents, Keith and Kathy Lundin of Spragueville, Iowa; a brother, Devin Lundin of Spragueville; her maternal grandfather, Loras Kilburg of Spragueville; a paternal great-grandmother, Leona Lundin of Dubuque, Iowa; a maternal great-grandfather, Florian Scheckel of Springbrook, Iowa; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Desireé was preceded in death by her grandparents, Karen and Larry Lundin, Leanna Kilburg and Ardell Schmidt. The funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Preston, Iowa. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Preston. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Fredrick Funeral Home in Hampshire. Visitation also will be held from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at the Miller-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Preston. A memorial fund has been established in Desireé's name at the First American Bank in Hampshire and the US Bank in Maquoketa, Iowa. For information, call (800) 525-2264.

BERNARD E. SEYLLER

Bernard E. Seyller, 79, of DeKalb, Ill., a former resident of Dundee Township for many years, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village. Born July 1, 1925, in Burlington, he was the son of Louis and Rose Seyller. Bernie worked in the building trade as a carpenter. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Patricia McMullin Seyller, whom he married on March 20, 1982, in Dundee; seven sons, Larry (Susan) Seyller, Bruce (Gerri) Seyller, Bernard Seyller Jr., Howard (Cheryl) Seyller, Scott (Cindy) Seyller, Steven Seyller and Robert (Suzanne) McMullin; five daughters, Brenda (Robert) Codo, Lori (Christopher) Williams, JoAnn McGreevy, Dianna (Eric) Guzy and Mary Kay (Dale) Brzoska; 21 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary Lou (Volk) Seyller, on Feb. 19, 1981; two brothers, Leonard and Arthur; and a sister, Caroline. The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in West Dundee, with the Rev. David M. Austin officiating. Burial will follow at River Valley Memorial Gardens in West Dundee. Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at Miller Funeral Home, 504 W. Main St., West Dundee, IL 60118, and from 9-10 a.m. Monday at the church. For information, call (847) 426-3436.

WAYNE M. THUESTAD

Wayne M. Thuestad, 78, of Costa Mesa, Calif., died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, as the result of emphysema. He was the son of Bernard and Elsie Thuestad. Upon graduating from Rochelle High School, he joined the Army Air Force during World War II. After his discharge from the Army, he attended Chicago Aeronautical University and Lewis College. In 1959, he and his wife, Maxine (Busse), moved to California where he worked for Beckman Instruments, Duncan Electronics and Coast Community College, from which he retired. He is survived by his wife and two sisters, Mary Langley of Creston and Kathy (Bill) Garland of Deming, N.M. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Margaret Anderson and Jan Rifenbery; and two brothers, Bernard Thuestad Jr. and Blair Thuestad.

LIBORIA E. 'BOLY' TURNER

Liboria E. "Boly" Turner, 64, of rural Sycamore, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at home. Born April 16, 1940, in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, she was the daughter of Candio and Florita (Torres) Santiago. Boly married Terry L. Turner on June 28, 1969, in Miami, Fla. She had been employed as a Christian Education director, preschool administrator, teacher and secretary by Interamerican Presbyterian Church. She worked for Lawyers Title & Insurance Co., Keller Trucking Co., West Coast Youth Ranch, Montgomery Wards Department Store, Community Bible Church of Seminole, Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts and Cornerstone Christian Academy, and she was a Harbeck Farms farm wife. Boly is survived by her husband, Terry; 10 siblings, Alberto Santiago of Tennessee, Lucy Santiago Rivera of Miami, Iris Acosta of Puerto Rico, Blanca Miller of Tennessee, Miguel Santiago of DeKalb, Emilio Santiago and Elpidio Santiago, both of North Carolina, Eva Hernandez and Franklin Santiago, both of Miami, and Jose D. Lopez of New York; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Country Covenant Evangelical Church in Lily Lake, with David L. Trosper officiating. Cremation has taken place at the Anderson Funeral Home Ltd. Crematory in DeKalb. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established for Liboria E. "Boly" Turner for DeKalb County Hospice, 2727 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, call (815) 756-1022.

Thursday, Feb. 10

RUFUS BROWN

Rufus Brown, 32, of Elgin, Ill., passed away suddenly Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, at University of Illinois-Chicago Hospital. Born March 6, 1972, in Sycamore, he was the son of Dr. Cecil and Pamela Brown. His father is a former Northern Illinois University professor. Rufus was a 1990 graduate of Sycamore High School. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in music from NIU in DeKalb. Rufus was a very creative musician and composer, especially enjoying classical guitar and piano. He was a charismatic and dedicated music instructor at Kishwaukee College in Malta. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer (Ruder) Brown and two daughters, Hanna and Mia, all of Elgin; his parents, Cecil and Pamela Brown of Pensacola, Fla.; a sister, Anna (Dale) Chapman of Chicago; a brother, Jason Brown of Clemson, S.C.; his grandparents, Carolyn Brown and Michael Stratford; and his father- and mother-in-law, Frank and Kathy Ruder of Vernon Hills. The funeral service will be held at noon Friday, Feb. 11, at St. Mary of Vernon Church, 236 U.S. Highway 45 in Indian Creek. A time of visitation and luncheon will follow the service at the church. Following the luncheon, interment will be conducted at Lakeside Cemetery in Libertyville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rufus S. Brown Memorial, in care of Burnett-Dane Funeral Home, 120 W. Park Ave., Libertyville, IL 60048. For information, call (847) 362-3009.

Wednesday, Feb. 9

REV. STEPHEN K. POTTER

The Rev. Stephen K. Potter, 52, of Rockford, Ill., died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford following a lengthy battle with cancer. Born April 11, 1952, in Teaneck, N.J., he was the son of Thomas A. and Joan J. Wanta Potter. He attended St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C., from 1966-1968 and Anderson Senior High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1968-1970. He attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb from 1970-1974 and then studied theology at St. Meinrad School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Ind., from 1974-1978. He received his doctorate of ministry from St. Mary Of The Lake in Mundelein and a Master of Science in counseling from Northern Illinois University. He was ordained to the sacred priesthood by Bishop Arthur J. O'Neill at Holy Angels Parish in Aurora on June 17, 1978. Father Potter served as associate pastor for Holy Family Parish in Rockford from 1978-1981, associate pastor for St. Margaret Mary Parish in Algonquin from 1981-1984, and associate pastor for Christ the Teacher Parish in DeKalb from 1984-1988. On Jan. 27, 1988, Father Potter was named pastor of Christ the Teacher Parish and director of Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Rockford. He served in both offices until June 13, 1995. Father Potter was then named pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Crystal Lake on June 13, 1995, and served there until Oct. 6, 2000, when he was named pastor of St. Patrick Parish in McHenry. He then served as pastor of St. Patrick Parish in McHenry until March 3, 2004. He taught at Boylan Central Catholic High School for three years and at Marian Central Catholic High School for two years. He also taught at Loyola University for eight years. He was a volunteer police chaplain for the departments in Rockford, DeKalb and Crystal Lake. He is survived by his parents, Thomas and Joan; three brothers, Tom (Larry), David (Vicki) and John (Tamara); two sisters, Tina (Alan) Adamek and Maria (Dennis) Dierckens; and nieces and nephews David, Jason (Hallie), Christopher, Lauren, Jenyca, Zachary, Ana and Danielle. He also is survived by his very good friends the Sharpe family: Elaine, Dennis, Erica, Stephanie and Nathaniel. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at the Cathedral of St. Peter, with The Most Rev. Thomas G. Doran, bishop of Rockford, as celebrant. Burial will be at Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at the cathedral, with a Christian Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation also will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. Friday at the cathedral. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Rev. Stephen K. Potter Memorial Fund to be distributed among the American Brain Tumor Association/Cinn, Retired Priests Fund, Leukemia Foundation, Newman Center Endowment and the Memorial Bench Fund. Arrangements were made by Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61108. For information, call (815) 226-2273.

LLOYD K. DAVIS

Lloyd K. Davis, 91, of DeKalb, Ill., formerly of Cortland, passed away Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, with the Rev. Sandra Graber of Cortland United Methodist Church officiating. Cremation will take place at the Anderson Funeral Home Ltd. Crematory with interment at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb at a later date. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established for Lloyd K. Davis in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, call (815) 756-1022.

MARILYN (DRISCOLL) DAY

Marilyn (Driscoll) Day, 84, of Cape Coral, Fla., formerly of South Grove Township near rural Kirkland, Ill., died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005, in Florida. Born Aug. 21, 1920, in South Grove Township, she was the daughter of Jesse and Edith (Allen) Driscoll. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Col. Stephen Day, (U.S. Army, retired); a son, William (Sharon) Day of Lexington, Ky.; a daughter, Sue (Roger) Fulton of Charlottesville, Va.; her twin brother, John "Pete" Driscoll; four sisters, Shirley Carter, Gladys Zimmermann, Wilma Kellogg and Carol Driscoll; three grandchildren, Jennifer, Nathaniel and Mark; a great-grandson, Aiden; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and five sisters, Gertrude Butzow, Mabel Bailey, Vivian Willett, Virginia Woodward and Ruth Driscoll. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home, with the Rev. Nancy Weingartner officiating. Interment will be at South Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Donations can be made in her memory to the Cape Coral Lions Club in care of Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore, IL 60178. For information, call (815) 895-6589 or visit the Web site www.quiram.com.

HERBERT ROBY

Herbert Roby, 81, of Sycamore, Ill., died Friday, Feb. 4, 2005. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home, 1245 Somonauk St. For information, call (815) 895-6589.

CARMEN U. HALLGREN

Carmen U. Hallgren, 84, of DeKalb, Ill., died Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. Born June 1, 1920, in Carthage, Tenn., she was the daughter of William and Mary (Bean) Hosea. Carmen married Conrad A. Hallgren on July 11, 1947, at First United Methodist Church in DeKalb. Carmen was a devoted homemaker and loving wife and mother to her four children. She lived most of her life in the DeKalb community, having moved from Tennessee. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in DeKalb. She was a Lady of the Elks and a member of Beta Sigma Phi Social Sorority. Carmen was a 1939 graduate of DeKalb Township High School. She is survived by her husband, Conrad, of DeKalb; three sons, Mitch (Kathy) Hallgren of Sycamore, Kent (Terese) Hallgren of Elmhurst and Scot (Laury) Hallgren of DeKalb; a daughter, Amy (Tim) Foley of Buffalo Grove; nine grandchildren, Kira Hallgren, Andrew Hallgren, Thure Hallgren, Anne Hallgren, Taylor Hallgren, Blair Hallgren and Rachel, Kelsey and Mattie Foley; and a niece, Jody Zuraitis of California. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, William "Billy" Hosea; and a sister, Goldena Janks. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home in DeKalb, with Pastor Marilyn Hanson of First Lutheran Church in DeKalb officiating. Private family burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the DeKalb Public Library or First Lutheran Church in DeKalb. Arrangements were entrusted to Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, call (815) 758-3841

Tuesday, Feb. 8

CYRIL A. WEISHAAR

Cyril Anthony Weishaar, 86, of DeKalb, Ill., died Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center in DeKalb. Born Sept. 27, 1918, in Watertown, S.D., he was the son of Anton and Eulalia (Flack) Weishaar. He married Florence Montavon on Feb. 27, 1943, in DeKalb. He was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb, Knights of Columbus, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and the DeKalb County Cattleman's Association. He is survived by a sister, Madeline Johnston of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; six children, Imelda (Donald) York of Goodyear, Ariz., Janice (Gene) Reed of Glendale Heights, Thomas (Dianne) Weishaar of DeKalb, Gary (Susan) Weishaar of Nokomis, Fla., Marianne (Lonnie) Buehler of DeKalb and Joseph (Wendy) Weishaar of Pana; 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Patricia Stark. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Florence; three sisters, Isabelle Leszinske, Treva Fritz and Marceline Gaede; a brother, Robert Weishaar; and a grandson, Andy York. The funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb, with Father Kenneth Anderson officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in DeKalb. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St. in DeKalb, with a wake service at 7:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family for a fund to be established at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, call (815) 758-3841.

EMILY J. MEIER

Emily Joan Meier, 89, of DeKalb, Ill., died Friday, Feb. 4, 2005, at Pine Acres Care Center in DeKalb. Born Aug. 8, 1915, in Richardson, she was the daughter of John D. and Meta (Warneke) Meier. Emily was a lifelong member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. John in Sycamore. She was baptized in 1915 and was confirmed on June 22, 1930. She was a member of the church choir for 50 years. She married Avener Meier in June 1944 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sycamore. Emily was a salesperson at the E.W. Meinert Jewelry Store in Sycamore and later worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Jennings. She took on the responsibility of caring for children and was a loving care giver. She is survived by two sons, Douglas (Gayle) Meier and Phillip Meier, both of DeKalb; a sister, Betty Knodle of Sycamore; three sisters-in-law, Irene Meier and Jean Haish, both of DeKalb, and Isabel Meier of Rockford; six grandchildren, Lesly, Laura, Josh, Rachel and Jennel Meier and Tiffany Nelson; five great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Jacob and Jasmine Enders and Gracy and Morgan Anders; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; five brothers, George, Frederick, Richard, Henry and Robert Meier; and two sisters, Marian Strebel and Bertha Peine. The funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home, with the Rev. Donald Phelps officiating. Interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, at the funeral home. A memorial fund is established for the St. John Lutheran Church Building Fund in care of Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore, IL 60178. For information, call (815) 895-6589 or visit the Web site www.quiram.com.

GENEVIEVE H. BURDICK

Genevieve Harris Burdick, 80, of DeKalb, Ill., died Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, at her residence. Born Dec. 4, 1924, in Sullivan, Ind., she was the daughter of Ray and Vera (Stanley) Harris. She was retired after 26 years from the telephone company as a night operator. Previously she had worked at Anderson's Hatchery as a bookkeeper. During the war years, she worked at Interstate Aircraft and Engineering Co. as a file clerk. After the war, she worked at Brody Brothers as a secretary. Genevieve attended country schools and was a 1942 graduate of DeKalb Township High School. She then attended Metropolitan Business College for five months. Genevieve married Irving Tutland in 1945. A son, Terry, was born in 1947. She later married Frances Burdick in 1972. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Lida Harris; two nephews, Joe Harris and Paul Pusheck; Paul's children, Jason, Brandi, Cyndi and Teri; and great-great-nieces and -nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Vera Harris; a brother, Norman Harris; and a son, Terry Tutland. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St. in DeKalb, with Pastor Todd Anderson of Hillcrest Covenant Church officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the DeKalb County Animal Welfare. Arrangements were entrusted to Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, call (815) 758-3841.

BERDEAN W. 'BUD' GOVIG

Berdean W. "Bud" Govig, 79, of rural Malta, Ill., died Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center in DeKalb. Born Aug. 24, 1925, in Rochelle, he was the son of John D. and Mabel (Olson) Govig. He married Barbara Duncan on Jan. 17, 1954, at the Malta United Methodist Church. Bud lived and farmed in Milan Township all his life. He was a grain and livestock farmer who enjoyed "John Deere Green." He also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of rural Malta; two daughters, Barbara (Larry) Fowler of Belvidere and Charlene (Dean) Johnson of Sycamore; two sons, John (Steph) Govig and Jim (Lisa) Govig, both of Malta; a brother, LeRoy Govig of Rochelle; 12 grandchildren, Stephanie and Ryan, Dustin, Christina and Jessica, Morgan and Megan, Mitch, Barry, Deirdra, Garrison and Nolan; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, John, Ordean, Dorven and Oliver; six sisters, Dora Govig, Frances Govig, Bertha Gray, Beulah Lucas, Myrtle (Moland) Craw and a sister who died in infancy. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee, with Pastor Wayne Derber officiating. Private interment will take place at Union Cemetery in rural Steward. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for Calvary Lutheran Church and Union Cemetery. Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona. For information, call (815) 824-2618.

DAVID R. RUBY

David Ross Ruby, 48, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at his home. Born Aug. 28, 1956, in DeKalb, he was the son of Allan W. and Ruth L. (Baxley) Ruby. David was a Huskie bus driver for 18 years. He was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in DeKalb. He enjoyed shooting trap, playing the cello, reading books, and the arts. He is survived by two brothers, Richard (Brenda) Ruby of Coloma, Wis., and Robert Ruby of Rockford; two nieces, Megan Ruby and Barbara Ann Reed; and a great-nephew, Grayson Reed. He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandmothers, Grace Carl and Anne Longabaugh. Cremation has taken place at the Anderson Funeral Home Ltd. Crematory in DeKalb, with interment at Fairview Park Cemetery at a later date. There will be no services. For information, call (815) 756-1022.

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Decorated pumpkins
Pumpkin pie-eating contest
Carnivals