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ISABELLA K. REZZEMINI, Age 58 of Emmaus, PA, passed away Saturday, September 3, 2005 at Delnor Community Hospital, Geneva, IL. Though ravaged severely by cancer, she came to Elburn a week earlier for her sister’s housewarming and for one last time, to be among the family she loved so well. It was a courageous act of love, and proof that "The Beast" of cancer could not steal from her the very best and most precious thing in life – her family. Isabella was born April 15, 1947 in Bad Wiessee am Tangersee, Germany, the eldest of five children born to George and Brunhilde (Gronau) Haugk. She came to America with her mother as an infant to join her father and they settled near Jersey City. Following graduation from Middletown Township high school, she began college at Duke University about the same time her family moved to Wheaton, IL. In her second year at Duke, Isabella was united in marriage to Robert William Kraybill. They were blessed with two sons, Robert and William and made their home for a number of years in Brigantine, NJ. Then, as always, Isabella was a devoted mother. Involved in everything from Cub Scouts to school sports, Isabella also had a gift for leadership and seemed always to be at the forefront of community causes. Her home was the neighborhood "Mecca" for her son’s friends. Although Isabella and Robert went their separate ways in the mid eighties, Isabella remained in Brigantine. In 1991, she was united in marriage to Harry Rezzemini on April 15th, and they settled in Whitehall, PA. His son, Harry Jr., was in his early college years, as were Isabella’s two sons, and Isabella welcomed him into her family. For Harry and Isabella, the path lead to the Caribbean and life on a sail boat. The adventure began when the two of them rented a small boat one afternoon in Miami. Though they got caught in a lightening storm and ran aground, "Bella" became hooked on Harry’s passion, sailing, and took to the water whenever possible. Soon, plans evolved to someday live on a sail boat. In 2001, opportunity knocked when "LaNostra", a forty-four foot cruising boat became available. Low on funds but high on inspiration, Harry and Isabella bought the boat and immediately launched a chartering business. Their combined life skills and enthusiasm filled the next two seasons with charters and their lives with adventure. In 2004, both Harry and Isabella were diagnosed with cancer. Like the lightening storm that ran them aground on their first outing, cancer struck at the heart of their dreams but it could not shake the heart of their love for each other and for life. Though her spirit sails now in waters beyond the sunset, love unites them still as it always has. SURVIVORS Isabella is survived by:Her husband, Harry of Emmaus, PA;Her mother, Brunhilde Haugk of Wheaton;Two sons Robert A. Kraybill, his wife (Durreen Shahnaz) and their daughter, Diya Shahnaz Kraybill; of Singapore, William S. Kraybill of LasVegas, NV and Robert and William’s father, Robert W. Kraybill of Absecon, NJ;One step-son:Harry L. Rezzemini, Jr. of Decatur, GA.Four siblings and their families:Two brothers:Donald A. Haugk, his wife Sally of Geneva, ILAnd their family: (Joe (Denise) Haugk and daughter Amanda.Thomas (Trista) Haugk and daughter, Perry Kevin (Stacie) Haugk and son, John Alexander; Amy (Todd) SteffanGeorge (Cathy) Haugk of Cincinnati, OHTwo sisters: Dorthea Bethke and her husband, Jerry of Elburn, ILandElise Pacheco of Wheaton, IL, her daughters: Kirsten and Kaitlin (and Kaitlin’s son Christopher )PRECEDED She is preceded in death by her father, George Haugk. MEMORIAL Memorials in her memory may be made to the Colorectal Cancer Coalition, c/o Lydia Prentiss, 4301 Connecticut Ave. Northwest, Suite 404, Washington D.C., 20008-2369.For information call 1-800-8-CONLEY or visit www.conleycare.com
VISITATION / FUNERAL Visitation will be held Friday from 1-2pm at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, Il 60119. Memorial services will follow at 2pm. The Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the Grace Lutheran Church, Lily Lake will officiate.