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Eduardo Gutierrez known by many as Ed or Eddie, age 53, of Geneva, formerly of Sterling, was born June 22, 1962, in Sterling, IL, the son of Enrique and Socorro Gutierrez, but was raised by his adoptive parents, Miguel and Abigail Quinones.
Eddie attended Broadview Academy in his junior and senior year and graduated in 1980. He continued his education at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN, where he graduated with a Bachelorâ€™s Degree in Elementary Education in 1984.
He was united in marriage to Julie Lenz on December 22, 1984.
Ed taught at the Lakeshore Seventh Day Adventist Elementary School, Chicago, as well as in Rockford for a time, before deciding to work for himself. Later, he and Julie settled in Geneva and were proud to call it home for over 30 years.
During his lifetime, Eddie served on various boards and was instrumental in keeping BVA open until its closure in 2007. Edâ€™s foundation was his faith, and it manifested itself in many areas of his life. He supported and sponsored many area events and initiatives, including sending children to school and conferences as well as helping to establish a small missionary school called Chicago Outpost. Ed helped to build the Seventh Day Adventist Church in North Aurora, and was an active Elder for many years. Most recently, he lent his time and heart to the Sauk Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church, a small church in Dixon.
These are the facts about Eddie; however, this is the Eddie we know.
Ed was passionate about life. He was a teaser, kind, and cheerful. Eddie did not know the definition of time. There was always time to give an encouraging word, lend a hand, call a friend, or make a visit. However, there was never enough time to do all he wanted to do. There were always things to do and people to reach. There was nothing passive about Eddie. His love for God created this desire within him to reach as many people as he could. He was not afraid to approach people if he saw a need. His life was about building relationships. Running and healthy living were an integral part of his regimen. He sponsored and inspired many to begin not only running, but running marathons (sometimes against their better judgment). His skills in the kitchen rivaled that of a chef and kept everyoneâ€™s mouths watering in anticipation. Ed was a hardworking man who dedicated his life to those less fortunate, but expected the same attitude and dedication from others. In summary, Eddie loved people and people loved him. Someone said, he walked the walk and talked the talk. This was the Eddie we knew.
He is survived by his wife Julie; Six siblings: Mike (Nancy) Quinones, Aida (Carlos) Crescioni, Becky (Greg) Mooney, Edna (Terry) Green, Lydia (Gary) Pyecha, and Lisa (Parkey) West; Nine nieces and nephews: Carlos, Camilia and Erik Crescioni; Brittney and Alexis Mooney; Justin and Kayla Pyecha and Samantha and Bailey West and a community of friends that will miss him dearly.
He is preceded in death by his biological parents, as well as his adoptive parents; and brothers Luis O. Quinones and Jesse Gutierrez.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Edâ€™s memory to be sent to the North Aurora Seventh Day Adventist Church in support of a new church school. Checks may be made out to North Aurora Seventh Day Adventist Church, and mailed to the Eduardo Gutierrez Memorial, P. O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, as well as at www.conleycare.com.
A memorial service will be on Friday, February 5, 2016, at 12 noon at North Aurora Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 950 Mooseheart Road, North Aurora, IL.
There will be a viewing on Thursday, February 4, 2016, between 4 â€“ 8 PM at Conley Funeral Service, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119.
Private family interment at a later date.