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Michael Ritz

Michael -Ritz

Date Of Birth

Jan-21-1968

Date of Death

Nov-12-2019

City

DeKalb

State

IL

Country

USA

Michael “Mike” D. Ritz, age 51, of Dekalb, IL, passed away in the early hours of Tuesday, November 12, 2019, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Mike was born on January 21, 1968, in Elgin, IL, to proud parents James Ritz and Joyce Ware. He is survived by his wife of almost 30 years, Stephanie Ritz; his three children: Steven (Bessie) Ritz, and their children, Brayden McCoy, Kadence Marcum, and Ryker Ritz; Dustin (Sara Johnsen) Ritz, and their children, Brooklynn Johnsen, Kevin Lowie, and Greyson Ritz; Desiree (Jake) Romano; his three siblings, Jerry (Chawn) Ritz, Roger Ware, and Shareena Ritz; his parents, James Ritz and Joyce Ware; several nieces and nephews and a family of friends. Mike is preceded in death by his grandparents. A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119, from 11-2 p.m. with a memorial service to celebrate Mike’s life to follow at 2 p.m. The family asks that yo...

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Janet M. Medernach

Janet M. -Medernach

Date Of Birth

Sep-09-1940

Date of Death

Nov-07-2019

City

Sycamore

State

IL

Country

USA

Janet M. (Lake) Medernach, age 79, of Sycamore, lost her battle with MS, passing quietly into the arms of her Savior, gently ascending into her true home in Heaven, Thursday, November 7, 2019. She was born on September 10, 1940, in Geneva, too proud parents, Adelbert and Beatrice (Johnson) Lake. Janet grew up in Lily Lake and attended local schools. She graduated from Burlington Central High School with the class of 1958. Not only did she get her diploma, but she was also seventh in her graduating class. Janet married the love her life, Sylvester Medernach on June 25, 1960, at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Virgil, IL. They began their life in an apartment in Sycamore for a time before moving to Virgil. 30 years of laughter and love passed before moving back to Sycamore. Shortly thereafter, Sylvester left a legacy of love when he passed away on June 18, 1995. After declining health set in, Janet welcomed a new family of friends and caregivers at Bethany Rehabilitation a...

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Marsha Thomas

Marsha -Thomas

Date Of Birth

Feb-26-1942

Date of Death

Nov-02-2019

City

St. Charles

State

IL

Country

USA

Marsha Thomas, age 77, of St. Charles, passed away from this world, Saturday, November 2, 2019, lifted by the love and prayers of her family to a celestial reunion with her husband Bruce and son Michael. She was born February 26, 1942 in Chicago, IL, to proud parents, Vernon and Zella (Stacey) Scheunemann. Marsha grew up in Lincolnwood, IL, and attended local schools. She graduated from Niles East High School. Following graduation she began working at A.B. Dick, a manufacturing company in Niles. Bruce Thomas also worked at A.B. Dick and it was no surprise who caught his eye as she walked down the hall. The walked down the aisle too, hand in hand and heart to heart on August 12, 1961. They began their new life together in Des Plaines. Their family began to grow as they were blessed with two children, Kimberly and Michael. After the kids grew and started families of their own, Marsha and Bruce followed them to St. Charles in 2000. Marsha specialized in making their new house a home,...

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Paul Rutter

Paul -Rutter

Date Of Birth

Mar-07-1944

Date of Death

Oct-29-2019

City

Elburn

State

IL

Country

USA

Paul Evan Rutter, age 75, of Elburn, IL, passed away into the arms of his Savior, Tuesday, October 29, 2019, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family. He was born March 7, 1944, in Elmhurst, IL, to proud parents, Paul and Goldie (Bradley) Rutter. Paul grew up in Lombard where he attended local schools. He was a member of the first graduating class at Glenbard East High School in 1962. Before receiving his diploma, Paul proudly defended the honor of Glenbard East while playing on the basketball team. He continued his education at Aurora University but returned to school after the kids were older. Paul worked at Reproduction Products, but found an original in Regina Zuwala. For Regina it was love at first sight but before anything could start, Paul was drafted into the United States Army. Regina wrote to him while he was away and fate intervened when he was home on leave and the delayed loved story began in earnest. They walked down the aisle together, hand in hand, o...

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Richard Wheeler

Richard -Wheeler

Date Of Birth

Nov-09-1950

Date of Death

Sep-29-2019

City

Elburn

State

IL

Country

USA

Richard J. “Rich” Wheeler, age 68, of Elburn, passed into the arms of his Savior, Sunday, September 29, 2019. Though he left unexpectedly, he leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter and a lifetime of memories for his family to cherish. He was born November 9, 1950, in St. Charles, IL, to proud parents Thurman Judson and Anna May (Riskedahl) Wheeler. Rich grew up in St. Charles and attended local schools. He graduated from St. Charles High School in 1968. Before he received his diploma, he played the trombone in the band, but made a name for himself while drag racing. Rich attended Elgin Community College for a time but continued majoring in “Hot Rods”. Rich rented a home next door to Mary Assell in 1983. Before a connection could begin, Mary’s children visited Rich often, petting rabbits and looking at his tackle box. It wasn’t long before she wondered who Rich was, and both being divorced, fate intervened giving Rich an “instant family”, of which he was ete...

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Debra Eck

Debra -Eck

Date Of Birth

Jul-06-1956

Date of Death

Sep-26-2019

City

Maple Park

State

IL

Country

USA

Debra “Debbie” Eck, age 63, of Maple Park, IL, passed away peacefully, Thursday, September 26, 2019, and now watches over her loving family in celestial light. Debbie was born July 6, 1956 in Chicago and attended local schools. Not only did she receive her diploma from Hubbard High School, but she gave away her heart to Marty there as well. The two high school sweethearts were united in marriage in 1974. They were blessed with a son Michael, and eventually two grandsons as well. Debbie embodied the term “home maker” in all of its wonderful facets. No one cared for her family more and attended faithfully and happily to all their needs. She was the heart and soul of the family and was a decorator extraordinaire. Her home was dressed to perfection for every season. Their farm was her kingdom, and home to countless memories. Debbie was a “World Class Mom”, doting endlessly on both Michael and Marty (not to mention her horses) in equal measure. She was more than just a ...

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Kathern Donovan

Kathern -Donovan

Date Of Birth

Mar-10-1927

Date of Death

Sep-25-2019

City

Sandwich

State

IL

Country

USA

Kathern “Kay” L. Donovan, age 92, of Sandwich, IL, formerly of Maple Park, passed away on September 25, 2019, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family. Kay was born on March 10, 1927, in Benton, IL, to proud parents Alvis and Fay (Walker) Lampley. After graduating from Benton High School, Kay moved to Elgin and worked as a shoe clerk. On a trip to Southern Illinois, Kay met Earl Donovan and they were united in marriage on April 24, 1947. They made their home in various places including Kaneville, Elburn, and finally Maple Park. Kay and Earl both loved the dream of having a large family and they were blessed with 10 children. Among those children were a set of twins and one child who arrived before they got to the hospital and was born in the car. When the first of her children were born, Kay devoted her life to being a mother and homemaker. It wasn’t until 1997 that she went back into the working world and was an in-home care provider. Kay was a devout Christian who w...

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Russell Splain

Russell-Splain

Date Of Birth

Mar-05-1938

Date of Death

Sep-20-2019

City

Aurora

State

IL

Country

USA

Russell “Russ” J. Splain, age 81, of Aurora, IL, passed away on Friday, September 20, 2019, with the love and prayers of his family. He was born on March 5, 1938, in Detroit, IL, to proud parents Sherman and Ruby (Markham) Splain. The family moved from central Illinois to Aurora when Russ was 10 years old. They made their home on Sard Ave. where Russ attended local schools. Once Russ came of age, he proudly went to serve his country in the United States Army. Before he returned from the Army, he married Janet Drury and together they had three sons: Kenneth, Brian and Charles. Russ worked for many gas stations over the years as an attendant. When there was no need for gas attendants, he decided to try his hand at automotive mechanics. For 40 years, he excelled at his new found job before finally retiring. His love for cars was not just kept at work; it was also a large part of his spare time. Russ was a member of a local antique car club and was often found a the stock ...

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Alan Kloskowski

Alan -Kloskowski

Date Of Birth

Sep-29-1934

Date of Death

Aug-31-2019

City

Elburn

State

IL

Country

USA

Alan “Smokey” Kloskowski, age 84 of Elburn, previously of Elmhurst and Christmas, MI passed away quietly into the arms of his Savior, at home, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family in the early morning hours of Saturday, August 31, 2019. He was born September 29, 1934 in Chicago to proud parents Adam and Helen Kloskowski. Smokey grew up in Chicago and attended Lane Tech High School. He graduated with the class of 1952. Before he received his diploma Smokey received a National Foundry Award for a fire place grate that is still used today. Following high school he began a five year apprenticeship learning how to make patterns. After his apprenticeship he worked at Sarcol Incorporated in Chicago. Smokey worked his way up in the company until he became owner in 1985. Smokey met the love of his life, Carol, in 1955. They married the following year. They began their new life together in Elmwood Park before eventually settling in Elmhurst to raise seven children. ...

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Terrence Murray

Terrence -Murray

Date Of Birth

Sep-01-1961

Date of Death

Aug-25-2019

City

Aurora

State

IL

Country

USA

Terrence Alan “Terry” Murray, age 57, of Aurora, IL, passed away in the evening of August 25, 2019, surrounded by the love of his friends and family. He was born on September 1, 1961, in Winfield, IL, to proud parents, John Patrick Murray III and Wanda Murray. Terry graduated from East Aurora High School in 1979. After high school, he attended Waubonsee Community College and received his Associates Degree. Terry loved the outdoors. He liked to go hiking, skiing, canoeing, and birding. He also liked to explore caves as a member of the National Speleological Society (Windy City Grotto.) Terry especially liked birding and became expert in bird songs and the identification of birds. He led birding walks in parks and forest preserves around Aurora and the greater Chicago area. He led numerous birding walks around Nelson Lake in Batavia where a bench was installed in his honor. He was a member of the Kane County Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, and the Phoenix Club of Aurora. ...

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