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NAME ELKE J. MOSCH, age 65, of Plainfield, IL, passed away suddenly at Provena Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora, IL, on Friday, June 8, 2012. BORN: She was born the oldest of seven children on April 30, 1947, in Gonzenheim, Germany. Born with a maternal heart, she helped raise all her siblings while still attending local schools. Elke added to her education when she graduated from a local beauty school in 1964. She officially immigrated to the United States along with her husband Wilfred and son Frank in 1967. RESIDENTIAL HISTORY: Shortly after their arrival, Jacqueline was added to the family and before long, Sandy made the family complete in 1970. They made their home in Chicago for several years before moving to Bolingbrook, IL. Lisle became their home in 1979 before moving in with her daughter for most of the 1990’s. OCCUPATION / WORK HISTORY:Working at Pepperidge Farm was a unique experience best left behind, but her time at Ed Hoy’s Stained Glass, working alongside her daughter, was unforgettable. During this time, Elke looked forward to Saturdays when she worked part time for Lafinesse Hair Salon. She met so many friends that it wasn’t unusual for the stylists and clients to have girl’s night out. After leaving Ed Hoy’s, Elke began working as a sales associate at Target in Batavia. Sheridan became her home just prior to her retirement in 2007. LIFE NOTES: Elke was an unstoppable woman with a tireless work ethic which was second only to the love she had for her family. Her grandchildren were the center of her universe and there was nothing she wouldn’t do for them. She never met a stranger and would give her last cent to help anyone in need but conversely, never asked anything for herself. Elke also had a soft spot for animals of every kind. Stray cats, family dogs, birds, fish, chickens, frogs and more, all found a friend in Elke. For someone so sweet it isn’t a surprise that she also had an insatiable sweet tooth. Elke wasn’t picky on how her "addiction" was fed either. She would just as happy with cheesecake as she was with chocolate. Her sense of humor was shared freely with others, spreading joy with every wink and a smile. Elke was a superb cook, making mouthwatering native dishes from Germany with a twist all their own. Her baking was also second to none, whipping up a tremendous strawberry torte from thin air. Coffee was her fifth food group and was a staple morning and afternoon without fail. Her home was spotless with a place for everything and everything in its place– a trait passed down to her children. The walls, nooks and crannies were full of pictures but also special touches that Elke made out of nothing, making ordinary things seem extraordinary. Although Elke didn’t have a fairy tale life, she made sure the memories that she made with her family and friends were worthy of a happy ending. SURVIVORS: She is survived by her three children:Frank Mosch of Sheridan, IL, Jackie (Brian) Frank of Plainfield, IL and Sandy (Troy) Astin of Sugar Grove, IL;Four grandchildren:Justin Astin, Brian Frank, Wolfgang Frank, Jacob Astin;Six siblings and a large extended family stretching all the way back to Germany. PRECEDED:She is preceded in death by her parents.VISITATION / FUNERAL Visitation will be from 3:30- 6:30 p.m. with a funeral to celebrate her life to follow at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at Peace Lutheran Church, 24024 Main St. (corner of Rt. 59 and Rt. 126) Plainfield, IL. Rev. Galen Sollie, pastor of the church will officiate. Private family burial will follow cremation at a later date. MEMORIAL In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in their name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the "Elke Mosch Memorial" and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com where you can also find her full life story.
Peace Lutheran ChurchPlainfield, IL