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Mike Cessna

Mike-Cessna

Date Of Birth

May-19-1957

Date of Death

Nov-29-2018

City

Sycamore

State

IL

Country

USA

Michael “Mike” Cessna, age 61, of Sycamore, passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Mike was born in Kewanee, IL, on May 19, 1957, to proud parents John and Dorothy (Croegaert) Cessna. Mike grew up on the family farm in Mineral, IL, where he was one of nine children. He attended local schools and graduated from Annawan High School. Mike was an avid athlete in high school, taking part in all of the sports Annawan High School offered, but his true passion was basketball. After graduating from high school, Mike attended Illinois State University and later received a Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. Mike and Jo dated for 3 years before they were married on June 30, 1984, in Maple Park, IL. They lived in Newark for a time where they welcomed their first child, Katherine. Later, Mike and Jo moved to Sycamore, IL and welcomed Brad into the world. Mike and Jo shared thirty-four beautiful years together as husband and wife. Mike was a teacher at Newark for ...

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Scott Gross

Scott-Gross

Date Of Birth

Sep-30-1965

Date of Death

Nov-26-2018

City

DeKalb

State

IL

Country

USA

Scott Gross, age 53, of DeKalb, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 26, 2018. Gone before his time, Scott now claims the promise of his Lord and Savior and is rejoicing in heaven. He was born September 30, 1965, in Elgin, IL, to proud parents, Ralph and Marta (Dehler) Gross. Scott grew up Elgin and attended local schools. He graduated from Larkin High School with the class of 1983. The highlight of his time at Larkin wasn’t scholastic, but romantic, when he met Judy Feece. A chance meeting at a local gym led to a first date… a whole year later, but it was worth the wait when they had their first kiss. Scott would routinely drive 45 minutes one way, just to spend five minutes with Judy. A bond based on trust, faithfulness and a deep abiding love was the foundation of 32 years of marriage that began on September 21, 1985. They made their home in various places in both Illinois and Florida over the years, but their address never mattered, only the love they shared and th...

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Dennis Richmond

Dennis -Richmond

Date Of Birth

Jun-29-1946

Date of Death

Nov-22-2018

City

Elburn

State

IL

Country

USA

Dennis “Denny” Richmond, age 72, of Elburn, fought the good fight and won the victory of everlasting life on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family. He was born June 29, 1946, in Aurora, IL, the son of proud parents, Raymond and Madeline (Rieseck) Richmond. Denny grew up in Aurora and attended local schools. He graduated from West Aurora High School with the class of 1964. Denny continued his education at Missouri Valley College in Marshal, MO, and graduated in December of 1969. While on campus, Denny caught the eye of Kathy Staver and soon gave her his heart. They would marry in September 7, 1968. They began their new life together in North Aurora but only got to make eight months of memories before Denny was drafted into the United States Army. He served overseas in Vietnam where he served as member of the artillery. He was honorably discharged and returned to his loving wife in December of 1970. Denny and Kathy made their ho...

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Elaine Nelson

Elaine-Nelson

Date Of Birth

Nov-06-1950

Date of Death

Nov-19-2018

City

Elburn

State

IL

Country

USA

Elaine C. Nelson, age 68, of Elburn, completed her healing journey on Monday, November 19, 2018. She is now completely healed and in the presence of Jesus. Throughout this journey, because Jesus was with us, we were always able to smile at the storm. (Matthew 8:23-27) Elaine was born in Red Bud, IL, on November 6, 1950, to proud parents Chris and Pota (Horemiotes) Kamas. Elaine’s father passed away when she was six years old; her mother then remarried Peter Cheris, who helped raise Elaine and adopted her. Peter’s role in Elaine’s life was key to the education she would pursue in the future. When Elaine was 10, the family took a three-month trip to Greece by boat to visit relatives. This trip greatly influenced her deep love of language and travel, and by 8th-grade she knew she wanted to be a Spanish teacher. In 1968, Elaine graduated from Portage High School. After her junior year in high school, Elaine was chosen to study Spanish in an exclusive program in Monterey, Mexico...

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Darlene Bohlin

Darlene-Bohlin

Date Of Birth

Feb-06-1931

Date of Death

Nov-19-2018

City

Elgin

State

IL

Country

USA

Darlene Bohlin, age 87, of Elgin, passed away Monday, November 19, 2018, with the love and prayers of her family. Darlene was born on February 6, 1931, in Geneva, IL, to proud parents Carl “Elmer” and Hazel (Johnson) Ekstrom. The family lived on the family farm in Wasco where Darlene helped with the daily chores. She attended Wasco schools and then graduated from St. Charles High School with the class of 1949. After graduation, she worked for a number of years in the payroll department at Hawley’s Manufacturing in St. Charles. Darlene met Russell Bohlin at a dear friend, Margaret Swanson’s wedding. In that brief first meeting they could already hear the wedding bells ringing. Russell played baseball with Darlene’s brother which gave them many more opportunities to get to know each other. Their courtship lasted for four years during which Russell was away serving his country in the military. Darlene and Russell were united in marriage on September 27, 1958. They ma...

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Elmer T. Hughes

Elmer T.-Hughes

Date Of Birth

Mar-28-1928

Date of Death

Nov-02-2018

City

Genoa

State

IL

Country

USA

Elmer T. Hughes, age 90, of Genoa, IL, passed away peacefully on the evening of Friday, November 2, 2018, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family. Elmer was born on March 28, 1928, in Bevier, MO, to proud parents Raymond and Jewel (Jones) Hughes. As a child, he moved with his family to Sycamore, IL, where he attended local schools. While he was finishing up his senior year at Sycamore High School, Elmer went to serve in the United States Navy, and was honorably discharged due to medical reasons. After his return, he went to a local college to finish out his senior year and earned his high school diploma. After Elmer graduated, he worked for Anaconda Wire and Cable in Sycamore for 34 years where he held many different positions until they closed their doors. He then went to work for Falls Products in Genoa for five and a half years, until they closed their doors as well. Elmer worked at Tobinson’s Ace Hardware for the next 19 years before retiring. Elmer and Alice “Je...

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John Flodstrom

John-Flodstrom

Date Of Birth

May-30-1932

Date of Death

Nov-01-2018

City

Geneva

State

IL

Country

USA

John E. Flodstrom, 86, passed away on November 1, 2018, when his worn and loving heart chose that day to come to a gentle stop. A famously witty man (probably because he and Bob Hope went to different schools together), John kept us laughing until the end. John was born on May 30, 1932 in Wisconsin Dells. His Swedish immigrant parents, Sven and Karin Flodstrom called him “Johnny.” John graduated from Batavia High School in l950. On September 18, 1954, he married Esther McConnaughay and began a 34 year career with AT&T. As a young man, John, (nicknamed “Trapper” and “Floody”), was known for air and water antics few would attempt. As a paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne Division, the first time John was ever in a plane was the first he ever jumped out. He made 25 more jumps. A few years later, he bought a Piper Cub and flew it home—before taking a single flying lesson. John joined the Batavia Ski Club executing flips, jumps, and skiing barefoot and backwa...

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Marilyn Mechtel

Marilyn-

Date Of Birth

Nov-05-1928

Date of Death

Oct-30-2018

City

St. Charles

State

IL

Country

USA

Marilyn M. Mechtel, age 89, of St. Charles, passed away peacefully with the love and prayers of her family on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Marilyn was born in Chicago, IL, on November 5, 1928, to proud parents Harold and Marie Farland. While growing, Marilyn attended local schools and was very active in her church and church choir. During the summers, she went to Lake Geneva with her aunts, cousins, and other relatives, and enjoyed her extended family. She graduated from high school and immediately went to Wright Junior College to follow her dreams of becoming an art teacher. At Wright Junior College, Marilyn met the man who would become her husband. Raymond Mechtel painted a picture of love that was so beautiful, she said yes. After a short courtship, Raymond and Marilyn united in marriage on April 1, 1950. They started their new life together and lived in various parts of the Chicagoland area. After some time, they moved to Franklin Park where they began to raise their family. They wer...

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James Schnaitman

James -Schnaitman

Date Of Birth

Jun-16-1943

Date of Death

Oct-27-2018

City

Elburn

State

IL

Country

USA

James A. Schnaitman, age 75, of Elburn, passed away Saturday, October 27, 2018, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family following a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Jim was born June 16, 1943, in Chicago, IL, to proud parents Roy and Elaine (Jordan) Schnaitman. He grew up in Chicago until the age 7, when the family moved to a dairy farm in Exland, WI. When Jim entered his junior year, the family moved back to IL and settled in West Chicago where he graduated with the class of 1961. Right after graduation, Jim enlisted into the United States Air Force and served proudly until his honorable discharge in September 1967. Upon return to civilian life, Jim immediately found employment with General Mills, also in West Chicago, and continued to work there for the next 35 years. He retired in 2000 to concentrate on appreciating and creating fine art. Jim had an ingratiating smile and warm handshake. If you looked closely, you could see the strength in those hands that w...

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Thomas Ostrom

Thomas -Ostrom

Date Of Birth

Jan-29-1965

Date of Death

Oct-06-2018

City

Aurora

State

IL

Country

USA

Thomas “Tom” Ostrom, age 53, of Aurora, passed away, Saturday, October 6, 2018, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family. He was born January 29, 1965, in Oakbrook, IL, to proud parents, Walter and Betty (Hunter) Ostrom. Tom grew up all over the United States and attended local schools wherever the family lived. Although most places less than a year, they eventually landed in Lily Lake. Tom’s sister was nice enough to introduce him to the love of his life. Tina Maxstadt stole his heart but gave hers in return. They exchanged vows on July 13, 1985 at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. They began their new life together in Glendale Heights and Carol Stream but settled in Aurora. After high school, Tom began working at American Engines before working as a mechanic for Snow Brothers. A little more than ten years later, Tom picked up his tools and began working for Illini Power. After seventeen years, his declining health brought him to retirement in 2011. Tom’s...

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