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NAME James W. Sweigert, age 73,of Huntley, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2005 at Delnor Community Hospital, Geneva, following a battle with cancer. BORN: He was born October, 13, 1932 in the family home in Batavia the son of James Oliver and Margaret Hazel (Robatham) SweigertEARLY YEARS : Jim grew up in Batavia where he attended local schools and graduated from Batavia High School in 1951.MILITARY: Shortly after graduation, Jim served his country during the Korean War as a Staff Sergeant in personnel from 1952-1954. Upon returning to civilian life in 1954, Jim became a private investigator for a few years and then ran a gas station for a time in Batavia at the Avenue Chevrolet Garage. In Chicago he managed the sales office for Skinner Precision Industries for ten years, then worked in advertising and went on to be editor of the Kendall County News. Through the years Jim also started an automotive publication with a friend and worked in graphics for Jewel foods. He started Jim Sweigert Painting and Decorating in 1976 and enjoyed the control, satisfaction and challenges that come from working for yourself. Jim was not only known for his extreme attention to detail and the quality of his work but for the way he treated his customers as his friends. Jim was never alone in his venture, however, as his family helped him through the years making it more of a "family" business. MARRIAGE Jim was introduced to Dianne B. Edwards through some friends and found that they had many things in common, including singing and the theater. On November 9, 1963, they were united in marriage at the Kaneville United Methodist Church. RESIDENTIAL HISTORY: They began their new life together in Batavia where they would start to raise a family which began with the birth of their son James in 1964. The family grew in subsequent years by the additions of Megan in 1968 and Marcia in 1970. In 2000, Jim and Dianne moved to DelWebb Sun City in Huntley. LIFE NOTES Jim was a devoted father and grandfather who lived for the time he spent with his family. Jim couldn’t wait to start a family and was very involved in their lives. He also loved to swim and to figure skate as well. Jim spoke in particular of the feeling of freedom that one gets when gliding over ice. He also loved to watch Chicago sports including the Cubs, the Bears and the Chicago Bulls when Michael Jordan was at the helm. Jim had always had some luck playing the lottery and was ever hopeful that "his ticket" would be "the ticket". Jim and Dianne also both enjoyed barbershop music and were proud of his involvement with the SPEBSQSA Barbershop Quartet.Following Dianne’s passing, Jim was lucky in love a second time when he found Dee Nelson, a childhood friend, who became a close companion and confidant. Throughout his life Jim took pride in decorating his homes and most recently took an interest in collecting works of art. Jim loved to be surrounded by friends and family and was known to host many gatherings to showcase his ever growing collection of art.SURVIVORS He now leaves three children:James W. (Ella ) Sweigert Jr. Rockville, MarylandMegan (Glen) Masters of DeKalb, IL and their children Molly Eileen and Abby DianneMarcia Sweigert (Ray) Danley of DeKalb, IL and their daughter Madelyn;Six siblings:Donna Anderson of North Aurora, ILBeverly (Clare) Miller of Batavia, ILHarvey (Joyce) Sweigert of Batavia, ILHerbert Sweigert of Batavia, ILMarilyn (Harold) Peterson of St. Charles, IL.Robert (Margo) Sweigert of Sarasota, FL Many nieces and nephews and a family of friends. PRECEDED He now joins his wife Dianne as well as his parents who preceded him in death. MEMORIAL Memorials in his memory may be mailed to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Donor Services, PO Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA. 01202, or Make-W-Wish Foundation of Ameica 3550 North Central AVe, Site 300, Phoenix, AZ. or in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through www.conleycare.com.
VISITATION Friends may call from 3-7p.m. Friday, December 2 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn.FUNERAL A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at the Batavia Methodist Church, 8 North Batavia Ave. (Rt. 31), at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 3, 2005. Parking at the church is only available one block east of the building and on side streets as permitted.
Interment will follow at Kaneville Cemetery, Kaneville, Il.