PHIL GRAMLEY

June 29, 1967 — Philip Gramley, age 54, of Chicago, formerly of Kaneville, IL, passed away in the morning hours of Saturday, October 9, 2021. Though his passing was sudden, the memories he left for us to cherish will last for generations.

Philip Gramley, age 54, of Chicago, formerly of Kaneville, IL, passed away in the morning hours of Saturday, October 9, 2021. Though his passing was sudden, the memories he left for us to cherish will last for generations. He was born June 29, 1967, in Aurora, IL, the son of Leon and Margaret (Myers) Gramley. Phil grew up in Kaneville and attended local schools.  He graduated from Pinewood Academy in Eagle River, WI with the class of 1985. His grandparents Read More…

DONALD “Squats” WATSON

June 3, 1932 — October 13, 2021

Donald “SQUATS” Watson, age 89, fought his final battle with Parkinson’s Disease on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Released from his earthly struggles, Don joins the ranks of legendary coaches with whistles at the ready, getting the angels into shape for game day. He was born June 3, 1932 in Reading, OH, the son of Jerry and Jewel Watson. Don was afflicted with Rheumatic Fever at age 7 and kept him from participating in sports at an early age. That may Read More…

GAVIN HAYES

January 19, 1972 — October 12, 2021

Gavin A. Hayes, age 49, of Geneva, fought the good fight for three years against B-Cell Histiocyte Rich T- Cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. His body may have broken, but Gavin’s spirit stayed strong, and his ever-present sense of humor remained sharp, even into his last days. He was finally freed and won eternal life on October 12, 2021, surrounded not only by the love and prayers of his family, but that of his family of firefighters and community of friends. He Read More…

MARY RATOS

July 7, 1956 — October 12, 2021

Mary Margaret (Sauber) Ratos, age 65, of Yorkville, IL passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at her home, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born on July 7, 1956 in Sycamore, Illinois the daughter of Charles J. and Lorraine (Wiemer) Sauber. Mary married her high school sweetheart, James G. Ratos on May 27, 1978, and they spent the next 43 happy years of their lives together. She was a graduate of Kaneland High School and Read More…

DAN MILLER

November 16, 1935 — October 11, 2021

Dan Miller, age 85, of St. Charles, IL, passed away from the love and prayers of his family and into the arms of his Savior, Monday, October 11, 2021. He was born on November 16, 1935, in Aurora, IL, to proud and loving parents, Oliver and Frances (Anderson) Miller. Dan grew up in Batavia, IL, and attended local schools. He graduated from Batavia High School with the class of 1953. Before receiving his diploma, Dan “Bones” Miller made a name Read More…

STEVEN “Blookie” SWAN

August 25, 1953 — Saturday, October 9, 2021

Steven “Blookie” Swan, age 68, of Hinckley, formerly of Elburn, passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, October 9, 2021 at his home. Gone without being able to say goodbye, he is now at rest in his Heavenly home. He was born on August 25, 1953, in Aurora, IL, to proud and loving parents, Calvin and Alice (Carlson) Swan. Steve grew up in Elburn and attended local schools. He graduated from Kaneland High School with the class of 1971 where he excelled in Read More…

MARTIN ECK

September 5, 1954 — September 17, 2021

Martin Branyan Eck, age 67, of Maple Park, IL, passed away Friday, September 17, 2021, following a battle with a rare disease, Paraneoplastic Syndrome Encephalitis He was born September 5, 1954, in Chicago, IL, to proud and loving parents, Mathew and Maxine Eck.  Marty grew up on the south side of Chicago and attended local schools. He received his high school diploma from Hubbard High School, but also the heart of Debbie Zelensky. Marty and Debbie, two high school sweethearts, Read More…

RUSSELL J. PERRY

August 14, 1927 — October 4, 2021

Russell J. Perry, age 94, of St. Charles, IL, formerly of Cedar Falls, IA, passed away quietly into the arms of his Savior, finding everlasting peace on the morning of Monday, October 4, 2021. He was born August 14, 1927, in Northwood, IA, to loving parents, Russell L. and Barbara (Weik) Perry. Russell grew up in Northwood, IA, and attended local schools. He graduated with a diploma, (and a reputation for mischief) from Northwood High School in 1945.  Following graduation, Read More…

LEON PHELPS

September 24, 1935 — September 22, 2021

Leon Wilbur Phelps passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at the Oak Crest Retirement Center in DeKalb, IL, just 2 days shy of his 86th birthday. He was born September 24, 1935, to Sherman Phelps and Mabel Lye Phelps Farley of Kaneville, IL. Leon grew up on his grandparent’s farm near Kaneville along with his older sister Pat and older brother Ted. Fire destroyed the farmhouse in February of 1936 followed by the death of his father a month later. Read More…

HELEN BEDNAREK

April 1, 1928 — Helen Bednarek, age 93, of Batavia, IL, formerly of Elburn, passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Sunday, September 19, 2021.

Helen Bednarek, age 93, of Batavia, IL, formerly of Elburn, passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Sunday, September 19, 2021. She was born April 1, 1928, in Chicago, IL, to proud and loving parents, Adalbert and Karolina (Kuznar) Fulara. Helen grew up in a seven flat with four rooms, in Chicago and attended local schools. She graduated with the class of 1944 from St. Josaphat’s School. February 3, 1951, was one for the books when Read More…