Healy Chapel

Family Owned and Operated Since 1891

The Healy Chapel with its stately elegance and rich history is the perfect setting to the funeral home’s proud tradition. For 100 years The Healy Chapel has provided quality caring funeral service to the families of Aurora and the surrounding communities.

The beginning of The Healy Undertaking Company dates back to 1891 when W.H. Healy opened a combination furniture and undertaking business under the name of Healy and Blair. His brother, A.N. Healy, soon entered the business forming a partnership that extends to today.

With the increasing demands of the business, The Healy Undertaking Company decided a new facility must be commissioned that would be designed specifically for the arranging and conducting of funeral services. The Healy management commissioned George Grant Elmslie a noted Chicago architect, to design an elegant yet functional facility. Elmslie worked in the office of Louis Sullivan, a leader in the Prairie School of Design.

The building is constructed of a high quality Roman brick on all four sides and embellished with terra cotta and glazed tile set in unique places. The main chapel is finished in American black walnut. The main and second floors are finished in oak and the third floor in birch. The decorative work has been taken from the architects’ original designs, including the chairs on the speaker’s platform and the lighting fixtures.

Specifically designed stained glass windows are used extensively throughout the chapel with three magnificent panels located in the main chapel. Remaining window treatments are comprised of steel casement sash windows of leaded glass with sliding copper fly screens. The facility was designed to be fireproof and completely functional. The Healy Chapel was completed in 1928 at a cost of $100,000.

In 1985, the U.S. Department of the Interior placed The Healy Chapel on the National Registry of Historical Places. The funeral home was completely renovated in 1986 with the idea of restoring the original interior.

The Healy Chapel takes pride in the beautiful and uniquely designed facility. But the Healy Chapel is more than just a structure. It represents a tradition of quality caring funeral service in a time of need.

The Healy Chapel offers a full range of funeral services including prearrangement planning and after-care services. As a result of our dedication and commitment to quality professional funeral services, The Healy Chapel is a selected member of the International Order of the Golden Rule, an association of distinguished funeral homes throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad. The Healy Chapel stands as a memorial to past generations and in readiness to serve the future.

Our Obituaries

William P. Murtaugh

March 30, 1960 - November 11, 2019

William P. Murtaugh, 59, of Aurora, passed away Monday, November 11, 2019. He was born March 30, 1960 in Aurora, son of Edward and the late Nancy (Gately) Murtaugh. He is survived by his father, Edward; sister, Kim as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. Bill is preceded in death by his mother, Nancy. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 2 PM until time of...
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Socorro Yanez

January 3, 1922 - November 6, 2019

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Delmonte I. "Del" Darby

January 25, 1928 - October 31, 2019

Delmonte was born in Yorkville, IL on January 25, 1928 and died October 31, 2019, at the age of 91. Delmonte lived briefly in Huntley, and lived in Aurora since the 1930's. Delmonte enjoyed singing in the choir at Bethany of Fox Valley United Methodist Church, where he attended since the age of 2, making him one of the oldest and longest attending members. Delmonte worked for Gem Oil, driving...
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Richard S. Miller

November 10, 1932 - October 31, 2019

Richard Stanley Miller was born on November 10, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in Chicago and eventually moved to live in Aurora, Illinois and graduated from East Aurora High School in 1950. Richard then served in the U.S. Navy as a gunner machinist on the U.S.S. Wright for about 4 years. He was then employed by Northern Illinois Gas in the corporate accounting department, where he met...
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Tycka Ochsenschlager

June 8, 1917 - October 30, 2019

TYCKA (MCWETHY) OCHSENSCHLAGER JUNE 8, 1917 – OCTOBER 30, 2019 Tycka (McWethy) Ochsenschlager lived a full life and on her own terms. Even her name was her own. Born Mary Ruth McWethy, she requested a legal name change on her 40th birthday to reflect the name everyone had called her since childhood when she would sit below the family heirloom grandfather clock and repeat: "tick tick". ...
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Brenda F. Elliott

March 11, 1958 - October 29, 2019

Brenda F. Elliott, 61 of Aurora. She was born March 11, 1958 in Aurora, the daughter of Nellie Elliott and the late Edgar Elliott. Services are pending for Saturday November 9, 2019.
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Raymond H. Pippin

July 29, 1928 - October 24, 2019

Raymond H. Pippin, 91, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, October 24, 2019. He was born on July 29, 1928 in St. Paul, Virginia, the son of the late William and Belle (Burton) Pippin. Raymond, also known as Harold, Buddy or Uncle Bud, served his country in the U.S. Army in the 24th Infantry in Japan. He was a lifetime member of the Montgomery V.F.W. Post #7452. Ray was a machinist and...
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Teresa A. "Terry" Murphy

June 24, 1929 - October 18, 2019

Teresa A. ("Terry") Murphy, 90, of Geneva, Illinois, died on Oct. 18, 2019. Terry was born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 24, 1929, the daughter of Earl W. Chambers and Mildred A. (Wilder) Chambers. She graduated from Madonna High School in Aurora and attended the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. Terry co-founded St. Gregory's Catholic Bookstore in Aurora, with several Madonna...
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Robert T. Helmen

February 28, 1923 - October 18, 2019

Dr. Robert T. Helmen, 96, of Wheaton and formerly of Sugar Grove, IL, passed away Friday, October 18, 2019, at his home. He was born February 28, 1923, in South Bend, IN, the son of the late Dr. Harry William and Norma Bell (Traylor) Helmen. After graduating from high school, Robert attended Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. With the advent of WWII, Robert put his studies on...
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William S. Dagiantis

April 26, 1966 - October 16, 2019

William Dagiantis, 53, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at Presence Mercy Center. He was born April 26, 1966 in Levidi, Greece, the son of Dena (Ziazias) Dagiantis and the late Stelios Dagiantis. Bill worked for many years at Comcast Media Company as a supervisor. Bill is survived by his mother, Dena (Ziazias) Dagiantis; sister, Kathy (Alex) Koustas; his niece, Dina ...
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Carolyn I. Theesfeld

October 21, 1940 - October 15, 2019

Carolyn Theesfeld, 78, of Aurora, IL passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2019 in Mercy Hospital. She was born October 21, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of the late Charles and Eleanor (Risavy) Sutter. She is survived by two grandchildren, Brooke Wilson and Bret Wilson; two sisters, Phyllis Sutter Olsen and Beverly Sutter Greenwell and four nieces and four nephews. In addition to her...
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Edwin R. Moses

June 18, 1929 - October 12, 2019

Edwin R. Moses, 90, of Aurora, passed away Saturday October 12, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born June 18, 1929 in Aurora, IL the son of the late Ray and Olive (Herren) Moses. Ed is survived by his daughters, Michele (Robin) Reed, and Amy (Phil) Truckenbrod; his son, Joe (Wendy) LaMageline ; his grandchildren, Stacy (Ben) DeSmit and David (Amanda) Geddes; his great...
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Annetta P. Harmon

October 17, 1933 - October 8, 2019

Annetta P. Harmon, 85, of Aurora, formerly of Portland, ME, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on October 8, 2019. She was born on October 17, 1933 in Portland, ME, the daughter of the late Herman and Mary (Porter) Mathews. Annetta along with her husband, Rev. W. Ted Harmon, served at First Free Baptist Church, Dexter, ME, Faith Baptist Church, North Yarmouth Maine, Claim St. Baptist...
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Carol B. Poltersdorf

September 17, 1928 - October 3, 2019

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Donald L. Glossop, Jr.

February 17, 1933 - October 2, 2019

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Odalys Y. Fernandez

August 22, 2001 - September 30, 2019

Odalys Y Fernandez of Aurora passed away on Monday September 30 2019, at Mercy Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born on August 22, 2001 in Austell Georgia, daughter of Nora Cadena. She attended Camelot School in Naperville and was loved by all her teachers and peers. She was loved by all her family and will truly be missed. Odalys is survived by her Grandparents Primo and Maria...
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Larry E. Fullmer, Sr.

January 21, 1940 - September 29, 2019

Larry E. Fullmer, Sr., 79, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019. He was born on January 21, 1940 in Maynard, Iowa, the son of Clarence and Viola Fullmer. Larry retired from Caterpillar and was a proud U.A.W. member for 30 years. He served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1958-1964. Larry was involved with scouting for many years and was a Scoutmaster for Troop 30 out of...
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Maria L. Ramirez

October 11, 1935 - September 27, 2019

Maria L. Ramirez, 83, of Aurora, passed away Friday, September 27, 2019 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born October 11, 1935 in Pharr, TX, daughter of the late Romaldo and Anastacia Villarreal. She enjoyed taking care of children and baking especially tamales which were hard to have just one. She was a wonderful seamstress. There are many family members that have had...
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Joseph Raymond Philippon

December 24, 1950 - September 25, 2019

Joseph Raymond, "Joe" Philippon, age 68, of North Aurora, IL passed suddenly on September 25, 2019. Joe was born in Chicago on December 24,1950 and was raised on the south side of the city with his two brothers by his parents the late Raymond J. Philippon and the late Rachel Caouette. Joe enlisted with the United States Marine Corps in 1968. During his service, he spent time as an MP on the...
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Alfred "Al" Evinger

May 3, 1922 - September 24, 2019

Alfred "Al" Evinger, 97, of Aurora, passed away peacefully on September 24, 2019 at Symphony of Orchard Valley. He was born on May 3, 1922 in McCune, Kansas, the son of the late Alfred and Anna (Harris) Evinger. Al served his country and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after serving in WWII. He was able to take the Honor Flight in 2010 with fellow servicemen and servicewomen. Al...
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Charles Reed Payne

August 26, 1951 - September 22, 2019

We have come together to witness the eternal home going celebration of Charles Reed Payne. He transitioned this life on Sunday, September 22, 2019. Charles was born on August 26, 1951 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. He was born to the late Sylvester and Chlorine Payne. He professed a hope in Christ an early age. He later moved to Aurora, IL and worked at the Hollywood Casino until...
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Lorrie J. Plott-Kirby

January 28, 1956 - September 21, 2019

Lorrie J. Plott-Kirby, 63 of Sandwich, passed away Saturday September 21, 2019 at Edward Hospital. She was born January 28, 1956 in Aurora, IL the daughter of the late Dale "Gene" and Nancy (Rahn) Plott. Lorrie worked for many years as an Executive Secretary for many different businesses in the Fox Valley area. Lorrie is survived by her husband, Alan Kirby of Sandwich, IL; her brother,...
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Shurell L. Boston

April 1, 1958 - September 6, 2019

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Lou M. Haynes

October 13, 1933 - September 2, 2019

Lou Mamie Ferrell Haynes was born October 13, 1933 in New Albany, Union County, Mississippi to Macy Visor Ferrell and Washington 'Wash' Ferrell. She departed this life Monday, September 2, 2019 in Aurora, Illinois. Lou received her early education from Little Zion Primary School located on the church grounds of Zion Chapel MB Church in New Albany, MS. She was a 1953 graduate of Union County...
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John Francis O'Neil

April 19, 1963 - August 31, 2019

John F. ("Don't call me Francis") O'Neil, 56, of Aurora, Illinois, passed away on the evening of August 31, 2019 after a long battle with Huntington's Disease. John was born on April 19, 1963 in Sterling, IL to Thomas and Nancy (Price) O'Neil. He attended St. Mary's Catholic School, where he was a proud member of the St. Mary's School Patrol, before attending Newman High School, where he was...
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Peter L. Krentz

August 13, 1932 - August 28, 2019

Peter L. Krentz, of Plano, IL passed away on August 28, 2019 with his family by his side. He was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on August 13, 1932, the son of the late Rev. Paul G. Krentz and Ruth (Lee) Krentz. Peter graduated from Valparaiso University in 1956 with a Juris Doctor of Law Degree. He was a past President of the Valparaiso University Alumni Board of Directors and recipient of...
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Sixto Rincon

August 6, 1939 - August 26, 2019

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Varry Arrington

February 16, 1944 - August 15, 2019

Varry Arrington, 75, of Bristol, passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019. She was born February 16, 1944 in Holly Springs, MS. She is survived by her daughters, Dana Oke and Donna Straughter; son, Jerrol Humphries. Varry is preceded in death by her husband Alvin Arrington; parents, Ida Mae Brannon and Spudge Dukes; brothers, Larry Dukes and Fred Sheffield; son, Cornelius Humphries; sister,...
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Marguerita M. Cuffy

October 17, 1951 - August 14, 2019

Marguerita Cuffy, 67, Aurora, IL, passed away peacefully on August 14, 2019, after a short illness. Born Marguerita Meloney on October 17, 1951, in Four Roads Tamana, Trinidad and Tobago, to Donald and Isabella Meloney, she grew up and attended public schools with her seven brothers and sisters. Marguerita's career in Trinidad included 20 years working for HI-Lo Foods in the accounting...
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Tracey D. Wilson

February 8, 1971 - August 11, 2019

Tracey D. Chlapecka Wilson, 48, of Aurora, passed away on August 11, 2019. She was born February 8, 1971 the daughter of Carolyn and Richard Chlapecka. Tracey was a graduate of Downers Grove High School. She is survived by her parents and two children, Brett and Brooke Wilson. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Holy Angels Church, corner of...
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William L. "Bill" Kearns

November 18, 1927 - August 9, 2019

Bill Kearns, 91, passed away at the IL Veterans Home in LaSalle, IL on August 9, 2019. He was born November 18, 1927 in Aurora, IL to the late William and Gertrude Kearns. Bill joined the Navy at the age of 17, where he was a metalsmith 3rd Class. Bill was awarded the WWII Victory Medal and the American Theater Medal while serving his country. Bill served on the LSMR 510, USS Denver CL 58 and...
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Gene A. Nunnally

January 23, 1947 - August 1, 2019

Gene A. Nunnally, 72, of Aurora, passed away Thursday August 1, 2019 at his home. He was born January 23, 1947 in Holly Springs, MS the son of the late Mark and Connie (Sanderson) Nunnally. Visitation will be held Wednesday 2-8 p.m. August 7, 2019 at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506. Funeral services and Interment will take place in Kansas City, MO. For further information...
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Genevieve P. Sudges

March 9, 1937 - July 28, 2019

Genevieve P. Sudges, 82 of Aurora, IL passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at Bethany Health Care & Rehabilitation in DeKalb/Sycamore, IL. She was born March 9, 1937 in Chicago, IL. Genevieve graduated from Mundelein College in Chicago, IL and was a teacher's aide for East Aurora District 131 for 25 years retiring in 2002. She is a member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association...
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Robert Frederick Weiffenbach

August 19, 1928 - July 27, 2019

Robert Frederick Weiffenbach, age 90, died peacefully on July 27, 2019, with his beloved wife by his side. He is survived by his wife of 44 years Faith Weiffenbach; daughters, Christine (Travis) Kinley, Jeannie, Karen, Deanna and Patricia, and at least ten grandchildren and great grandchildren. Robert "Bob/Wiff" served in the United States Army Air Force from 1946-1949. He was also a...
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Jerry A. Thomas

October 16, 1942 - July 26, 2019

Jerald (Jerry) Anthony Thomas, loving father and grandfather, passed away July 26, 2019. A longtime resident of Aurora, Jerry was born in Charleston, West Virginia on October 16, 1942 to Ronald P. Thomas and Arveda (Rogers) Thomas. His family moved to Aurora in the early 1950s when his father came to study at Aurora College on the GI Bill, starting Jerry's long relationship with the city of...
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Diane Marie Helvig

December 26, 1941 - July 18, 2019

Diane Marie Helvig, 77, of Orange County, California, formerly of Aurora, Illinois, passed away on July 18, 2019. She was born on December 26, 1941 in Aurora, Illinois, the daughter of the late Marshall Gayle and Evelyn Gayle. Diane was a teacher in Illinois and California and really enjoyed her students and profession. She was a loving wife and devoted mother who really created wonderful...
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Elmer D. Miller

February 24, 1930 - July 17, 2019

Elmer D. Miller, of Aurora, IL, passed away on July 17, 2019 at the age of 89. He was born February 24, 1930 in Aurora, IL where he lived his entire life. He was a graduate of East Aurora High School and served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He enjoyed telling stories from his time stationed in Japan. After his military service, he married his wife of 64 years, Dawn ...
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L C Hope

February 26, 1954 - July 16, 2019

LC Hope, 65 of Aurora, IL transitioned to his heavenly eternal home Tuesday, July 16 at Rush Copley Medical Center. He was born on February 26, 1954 to the late Mable (Coleman) and LB Hope in Holly Springs, MS. He proudly worked as a Licensed Journeyman Electrician in IBEW Local 461 for 35 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 44 years, Theodora J Hope; his children,...
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Sandra F. Lambert

January 20, 1948 - July 13, 2019

Sandra Fay Lambert, 71, of Montgomery, Illinois, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, passed away on July 13, 2019, surrounded by her family. She was born January 20, 1948, in Franklin, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her parents, William E. Jones and Shirley A. Osborn, her husband Bill Lambert and her son George "Tray" Smith. She is survived by her three...
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Juan Manuel Contreras Salcedo

July 20, 1939 - July 9, 2019

Juan Manuel Contreras Salcedo, 79, of Aurora. Visitation will be held Thursday 4-8 PM July 18, 2019 at our Aurora Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held Friday 10:00 AM July 19, 2019 at St. Rita's Catholic Church, 750 Old Indian Trail, Aurora, IL 60506. Interment will take place at Lincoln Memorial Park.
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Antonio Galindo

July 15, 1937 - July 1, 2019

Antonio Galindo, 81, of Aurora, passed away Monday, July 1, 2019 at Seasons Hospice in Naperville, IL. Visitation will be held from 2-6 P.M. on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL, 60506. Funeral Mass will take place at 11 AM on Monday, July 22, 2019 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 308 High Street, Aurora, IL, 60505. Interment will take place at...
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Virginia W. Gurry

March 21, 1924 - June 30, 2019

Virginia W. Gurry, 95, formerly of Aurora, IL, passed away June 30, 2019 in The Woodlands, TX. She was born March 21, 1924 in Mendota, IL, the daughter of the late Harry and Florence (Hensler) Wright. Virginia was a member of the New England Congregational Church in Aurora and a member of the Navy League of Aurora. She graduated from West Aurora High School, in Aurora, IL and Beloit College...
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Timothy M. Frederiksen

March 19, 1959 - June 28, 2019

Timothy M. Frederiksen, 60, of Aurora passed away unexpectedly on June 28, 2019. He was born March 19, 1959 in Aurora, the son of Norma J. (Breazeale) Frederiksen and the late Gene P. Frederiksen. Tim graduated from West Aurora High School and entered the U.S. Army, serving his country until 1982. He had many jobs in the Fox Valley Area. He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. Tim...
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Ramon Vizcarra

November 13, 1963 - June 26, 2019

Ramon Vizcarra, 55, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2019. He was born November 13, 1963 in Mexico, son of Ramon Vizcarra Zepeda and Teresa Saucedo Chaidez Vizcarra. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 1, 2019 from 3 PM - 8 PM at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506. Prayers will begin at 9:15 am, Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at the funeral home and process to St....
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Daniel R. Sperry

March 9, 1951 - June 25, 2019

Daniel R. Sperry, 68, passed away peacefully on June 25, 2019 at his home. He was born on March 9, 1951 in Aurora, IL, the son of Walter A. and Dorothy J. (Daly) Sperry. Daniel loved to play golf. He also enjoyed traveling the world over with his wife. Daniel was employed for 34 years at Keller Heartt Co. in Chicago, IL. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, JoAnne F. Sperry; his...
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Shirley Galindo

April 14, 1948 - June 17, 2019

Shirley Galindo, 71 of Aurora, passed away Monday June 17, 2019 at Rush-Copley Medical Center. Visitation will be held Sunday 3-8 PM June 23, 2019 at our Aurora Chapel. Funeral Mass will take place Tuesday 10:30 AM at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 308 High Street, Aurora, Il 60505. Interment will take place at Spring Lake Cemetery.
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Eileen M. Randall

November 28, 1929 - June 17, 2019

Eileen M. Randall, 89 of Aurora, passed away Monday June 17, 2019. She was born November 28, 1929 in Detroit, MI the daughter of the late Robert and Eleanor (Wilson) Tilson. Eileen was united in marriage to R. Ted Randall on February 12, 1955 in Aurora. They had 34 years together and raised two wonderful children, Scott and Sara. Eileen graduated from East Aurora High School in 1948 and...
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Donna Lynn Hogle

September 4, 1964 - June 15, 2019

Donna Lynn (Tinker) Hogle passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the age of 54. She was born to Earl and Leoma Tinker on September 4, 1964. She was a graduate of Oswego High School. Donna worked as a 911 telecommunicator for 30 years starting with Kane County Sheriff's Department and then the Village of Montgomery Police Department. Donna is survived by her beloved husband,...
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Donavon W. Chester

April 30, 1936 - June 11, 2019

Donavon W. Chester, 83 of Aurora and Westmont, married for 61 years to his beloved college sweetheart, Judy.   He graduated from Aurora College in 1958 and worked for over 60 years as a respected accountant in Aurora, Illinois, loving his clients as well as the job itself. He was an example and teacher of kindness, selflessness, grace, dignity, and most of all love for his family and all who...
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Joan L. Hogle

March 3, 1934 - June 3, 2019

Joan L. "Joanie" Hogle, 85, of Aurora, passed away on June 3, 2019. She was born March 3, 1934 in Aurora to the late John and Jane Kies. Joan was very active in her community. She worked and retired from the Beacon News sometime in the 1990's and went on to work as an aid at Hope D Wall. She loved anything to do with nature from simply seeing a doe to all of the family trips to the cabin in...
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Joanne Hurd Maynard

August 16, 1925 - June 3, 2019

Joanne "Jody" Hurd Maynard passed away on June 3, 2019. She was born August 16, 1925, in Aurora, Illinois, daughter of the late Thomas and Beulah Ann Marguerite "Booty" Hurd. Jody graduated from West Aurora High School and went on to earn a bachelor's in economics from Northwestern University. At Northwestern, she was an active member of the Gamma Beta chapter of Alpha Delta Pi. After...
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Marvin R. Middleton

July 22, 1924 - June 2, 2019

Marvin Ray Middleton, 94, of Aurora, recently of Titusville, Fl. died June 2, 2019 at his son Jeff's home. He was born on July 22, 1924 in Harvey, Illinois. Marvin served in the Navy during World War II and during the Korean Conflict. In the Navy, Marvin achieved the rank of Machinist Mate First Class. After serving in the Navy he became a carpenter and worked in the building trades until he...
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Walter J. Kirhofer

September 29, 1925 - June 1, 2019

Walter J. Kirhofer, 93, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2019. He was born September 29, 1925 in Lincoln NE, the son of the late Joseph and Ireta Kirhofer. Walt leaves behind his wife, Doris: his three children, Karen (Bob) Hansen of Salt Lake City, UT, Doug (Kim) Kirhofer of Aurora and John Kirhofer of Aurora; his six grandchildren, Eric and Kelly Hansen, Brett, Brian, Jeff and Jake...
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Alan A. Nelson

April 10, 1937 - May 30, 2019

Alan Nelson was born in Aurora and graduated from West Aurora High School as the valedictorian of his class. He went to Harvard College where he received an A.B. degree cum laude and then received an M.B.A . degree from the Harvard Business School. His business career was in the financial services, part of it spent on Wall St. Mr. Nelson was a longtime board member of the Boston Biomedical...
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Gordon C. Pike

September 18, 1932 - May 27, 2019

Gordon C. "Gordy" Pike died peacefully in his home on Monday, May 27 surrounded by his family. Gordy was born on September 18, 1932 in Metcalfe County, Kentucky. Raised on a farm, he joined the US Navy in November 1951 and served 4 years during the Korean conflict receiving an honorable discharge in September 1955. He moved to Earlville, Illinois where he met Dona Lee Engel. She had him at "hello...
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Twila M. Otte

August 24, 1922 - May 26, 2019

Twila Otte, 96, of Oswego, IL, formerly of Aurora, IL, died peacefully on May 26, 2019, at Jennings Terrace in Aurora. She was born August 24, 1922, in Horton, Kansas, daughter of the late Harry and Mabel (Gibbs) Hiatt. On June 9, 1946, Twila married Karl "Jim" J. Otte at First Presbyterian Church in Niles, Michigan. They raised two sons, Tom and Ken, in Aurora, Illinois. Twila was a lifelong...
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Nickolas Ernest Stemas

October 11, 1935 - May 26, 2019

Nickolas Ernest Stemas, age 83, passed away peacefully on May 26th 2019 at 9:00am at his home in Norway, IL. He was born October 11, 1935 in Nemea, Greece. His parents were Eleni Giannakopoulos and Anastasios Stemagiotis, brother Constantinos, sisters Voula, Betty, and Filitsa. Nick married in Delores Peicich on August 22, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois. They were happily married for 60 years. They...
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Christopher Eugene Lickteig

September 15, 1955 - May 24, 2019

Christopher Eugene Lickteig, age 64, passed away on May 24, 2019 in rural Chase County, KS. He was born on September 15, 1955 in Greeley, Kansas, the son of the late Melvin and Josephine Ann Lickteig. Chris had many interests, gardening, bowling at Parkside Lanes and golfing at Village Links of Glen Ellen. He was employed for over 35 years with USG. He also was a member of Our Lady of Mercy...
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Opal M. Hartman

October 9, 1915 - May 24, 2019

Opal M. Hartman, 103, of Aurora, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 24, 2019. She was born October 9, 1915 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of Louis A. and Frances E. (McCoy) Dailey. Opal was a lifelong resident of Aurora, with brief sojourns in Big Rock and Oswego. A long-time employee of Block and Kuhls and then Carson Pirie & Scott, she was the manager of the shoe department. She was a...
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Francis J. (Frank) Walter

December 30, 1933 - May 24, 2019

Francis J. (Frank) Walter, 85, of Aurora, Illinois, passed away on May 24, 2019 at Presence Fox Knoll surrounded by his family. He was born on December 30, 1933 in Constance, NE. He enlisted in the Army, 82nd Airborne Division, in 1952. He served between the Korean and Vietnam Wars as a paratrooper and was in the Army Reserves from 1956-1960. He was united in marriage to Lavonna Marie Baker...
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Lena Matyas

December 31, 1927 - May 18, 2019

It is with great sadness that we sisters, Lynn Matyas, Denise Matyas, and Diane Moreau announce the passing of our mother, Lena Matyas on May 18, 2019. Our beautiful mother's life began on December 31, 1927, born to Michael and Lena (Kuk) Bolde. She was raised in the Pigeon Hill neighborhood in Aurora, IL and attended St. Michael Romanian Catholic Church and School. She graduated from East...
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Kenneth Charles Peterson

May 23, 1966 - May 10, 2019

Kenneth Charles Peterson, 52, of Aurora, passed away May 10, 2019. He was born May 23, 1966 in Aurora, IL. He is survived by his son, Charles Edward "Chaz" Peterson; mother, Veronica L. Benson; brothers, Larry Benson and Adam Benson; grandmother, Helen Frisby; nephews, Cory Benson and Austin Benson. Kenneth was preceded in death by his step father, Lawrence Benson and sister, JoLynn...
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Eric P. Krzykowski

February 12, 1962 - May 7, 2019

Eric P. Krzykowski, of Millington formerly of Batavia, passed away Friday, May 17, 2019. He was born February 12, 1962 in Chicago. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. Eric worked at Coffman Truck and Sales for over 35 years. He was an avid Bears and Cubs Fan and enjoyed riding his Harley. He is survived by his mother, Laura Krzykowski; brother, Mitchell (Jean)...
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Mary Lou Zolper

March 26, 1938 - May 5, 2019

Mary Lou Zolper, 81, of Scottsdale, AZ, formerly of Aurora, Sugar Grove, and Chatham, IL, passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at The Gardens of Scottsdale. She was born March 26, 1938 in Springfield, IL, the daughter of George E. and Helen B. Southwick. Mary Lou married Douglas Zolper on December 28, 1963 in Aurora, IL. Mary Lou graduated from Illinois State Normal University in 1960, earning...
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Edward J. Marion

September 24, 1950 - April 27, 2019

Edward J. Marion, 68, of Aurora passed away Saturday April 27, 2019. He was born September 24, 1950 in Potts Camp, MS the son of the late Columbus and Evelean Bogard. Ed retired from Caterpillar after over 40 years of service. He also worked at Durham Bus Company until just recently. Ed is survived by his four children, Marcus (Jennette) Marion, Edwin (Tierra) Thompson, Osmond Harris...
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Terry L. Mueller

August 18, 1947 - April 26, 2019

Terry L. Mueller, 71, of North Aurora, passed away Friday, April 26, 2019, at home with his family beside him. Terry was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, always putting his family first. His children knew and told him that they had a good life because of him. He took pride in all he did and always did it to perfection. He was a Nuclear Medicine Technologist and worked...
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Marjorie A. Tremain

February 21, 1924 - April 25, 2019

Marjorie A. Tremain, 95, of Jefferson, WI, formerly of Aurora, IL passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Jefferson Memory Care. Marj was born on February 21, 1924 in Elgin, IL the daughter of Leslie and Grace (Youngs) McCartney. She spent her childhood in Sugar Grove, IL and then the majority of her life in Aurora, IL. On July 27, 1945, Marj married her loving husband Burton...
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Genevieve F. Berg

August 21, 1923 - April 24, 2019

Genevieve F. Berg (Olson), 95, of Aurora passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Jennings Terrace. She was born August 21, 1923 to the late George and Ellabata (Vallum) Olson in Shabbona, Illinois on a farm about which she told many fond stories to her children and grandchildren over the years. She graduated from Shabbona High School in 1941 and then worked as the school secretary...
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Maureen Bryant

November 23, 1924 - April 22, 2019

On April 22, 2019, Maureen Bryant, loving wife, mother of 11 and grandmother and great grandmother to 30 died in her home at the age of 94. Maureen was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota to Frances and Henry O'Keefe. She was the youngest of seven children. At the age of 19, she interrupted her college education to work for the Navy in Washington D.C. and support the war effort. There, after...
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Ruth L. Oelker

February 16, 1926 - April 21, 2019

Ruth L. Oelker, 93 of Aurora, passed away Sunday April 21, 2019. What a reception she received in heaven – Easter Sunday – joyful singing and a special welcome home celebration. Ruth was born on February 16, 1926 in Aurora, Illinois and was the daughter of Gregory and Lillian (Albright) Bertrand. Ruth was a graduate of East Aurora High School and was a longtime member of Our Savior...
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David R. Lopez

July 12, 1975 - April 20, 2019

David R. Lopez, 43, of Aurora, passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Eskenazi Hospital. He was born July 12, 1975, in Sandwich, Illinois, son of the late Juan Lopez and Juana Rangel Lopez. David is survived by his four children: Miguel Angel Lopez, Issac Ramirez-Lopez, Juan Antonio Lopez and Caasi Juana Lopez; his grandchild, Maximilliano Alexander Navarro- Lopez; his brothers, Jerardo...
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Everett L. Imthurn

December 5, 1935 - April 19, 2019

Everett L. Imthurn, 83 of Aurora, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday April 19, 2019 at Delnor Community Hospital. He was born December 5, 1935 in Burlington, IA the son of the late Edgar and Viola (Hunger) Imthurn. Everett served his country with U.S. Navy and after being discharged from the Navy he worked for many years at Pratt Company in Aurora, IL as an...
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Fay Theodor

April 18, 2019

Photini (Fay) Theodor, 93 of Aurora passed away peacefully Friday April 18, 2018 at her home. She was born in Rizes, Greece in 1926 and married her husband, Demetre in 1948. Together they came to America and settled in Aurora. They owned and operated Theodor Brothers Restaurant and Candy Store on the corner or River and Galena in downtown Aurora for many years. The were married for 35 years until...
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Donna K. Kuhns

December 14, 1942 - April 15, 2019

Donna K. Kuhns, 76, of Aurora passed away Monday April 15, 2019 at Edward Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born December 14, 1942 in Denison, TX the daughter of the late Amo and Ada Perrin. Donna had two jobs, she was a stay at home mom, who raised two great kids while also being a devoted and faithful wife for 56 years. She received a rating of excellent. Donna is survived by...
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Jean Palmer

July 24, 1930 - April 14, 2019

Jean Palmer passed away at Symphony of Orchard Valley on April 14, 2019. She was born on July 24, 1930 to Myron and Irma Palmer. She attended schools in Aurora and graduated from Drummond High School. Jean worked at Barber-Greene and later at Metropolitan Life Insurance. Jean was an expert bowler and golfer participating in many different leagues. She was an avid walker with her...
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Joe Dunham

March 17, 1939 - April 13, 2019

Joe Dunham, 80, of Aurora, passed away April 13, 2019. He was born March 17, 1939 in Springfield, MO, son of the late Austin and Elsie (Clay) Dunham. He grew up in Nixa, MO where he had a paper route with his cousin, Jim Dunham. He enjoyed his motor scooter and was active in music and theatre in Nixa High School where he graduated in 1957. After high school, Joe went to Southwest Baptist...
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Mary Ann Cordova

March 11, 1975 - April 9, 2019

Mary Cordova, of Aurora, also known as Nana, Mare, Mucky and Muchacho, passed away at the age of 44 on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. She passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loved ones. Mary had been suffering from ALS for the last 4 years. Mary was born March, 11, 1975 at the University of Chicago Hospital to Manuel and Maricela Cordova. From the very beginning of life Mary was...
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Jerry L. Youngren

July 15, 1937 - April 6, 2019

Jerrald "Jerry" L. Youngren, a beloved Husband, Dad, and Papa, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the age of 81. Jerry was born in Aurora in July 15, 1937. Jerry attended West Aurora High School graduating in 1955. He began his engineering studies at Georgia Tech before ultimately receiving his Mechanical Engineering degree at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. After college, he joined...
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Jim Harbin

April 11, 1937 - April 4, 2019

Jim Harbin 81, of Aurora, passed away April 4, 2019. He was born April 11,1937 in New Orleans, LA. He retired from Caterpillar after 32 years. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Beverly Harbin; sons, Randy (Kristi) Harbin and Glenn (Michelle) Harbin; grandchildren, Josh (Heather), Kyle, Angie (Niki), Brandon and Catie; great-grandchildren, Nickilous, Scarlette, Everett and...
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James L. Dobbins

August 13, 1961 - April 3, 2019

James L. Dobbins, 57, of Aurora, passed away April 3, 2019 at Presence Mercy Center. He was born August 13, 1961 in Aurora, IL the son of James Dobbins Sr., and Gertrude Sponholtz. Jim worked for many years at Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. He loved Rock-in-Roll and his only love was, Pamela Jean Patrick Dobbins. One of many of his favorite things to do were spending time with his...
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James L. Hall

November 18, 1938 - April 3, 2019

James L. Hall, 80, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday April 3, 2019 at Presence Mercy Center. He was born November 18, 1938 in New Albany, MS, the son of the late, Carl and Flossie (Whitehead) Hall. James worked for many years at Rainbow Baking Company and also Walmart for 20 years. James is survived by his wife, Sarah L. (Davis) Hall: his daughters, Cheryl Elliott and Marschell Hall; his...
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Lawrence H. Benson

July 27, 1949 - March 31, 2019

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Donald E. Drees

August 2, 1933 - March 31, 2019

Donald E. Drees, 85, of Fort Worth, TX (formerly of Montgomery, IL) passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at The Carlyle at Stonebridge Park in Southlake, TX. He was born on August 3, 1933 to the late William and Margurite (Twist) Drees. Donald enjoyed spending time with his family and camping. Donald is survived by his son, Paul (Rae Ellen) Drees of Mendota, his daughter, Karen (Rob)...
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Gregory A. Pittman

April 28, 1976 - March 30, 2019

Gregory A. Pittman, 42, of Aurora, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet, IL. with his family and friends by his side. He was born on April 28, 1976 in Aurora, IL, the son of Darrell A. Pittman, Sr. and Louise (Greenwall) Pittman. Greg was employed for 14 years at Constitution House in Aurora. He was an avid Miami Dolphins and Chicago Cubs fan. He was a...
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Maria Ladislao Rangel Chavez

February 2, 1952 - March 30, 2019

Maria Ladislao Rangel Chávez, 67, of Aurora, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family and friends on Saturday, March 30, 2019. She was born February 2, 1952 in Mexico, daughter of the late Apolonio Rangel and Maria Chávez. Visitation will take place from 2- 8 P.M. on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora. A funeral mass will be held at 10...
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Tomm Harty

May 23, 1929 - March 27, 2019

Tomm Harty, 89, died on March 27 at his home in Burr Ridge with his wife, Barbara Alexander, and daughter, Erin Harty, by his side. He is also survived by his sister, Peggy Harty; his son, Marc Harty; his daughters, Cheryl (Glenn) Harsh and Lisa (William) Paddor and 5 grandchildren. Tomm was preceded in death by his son, Brian Harty. He attended St. Patrick High School and DePaul...
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John Howe Orr

September 4, 1953 - March 22, 2019

John Howe Orr, 65, sailed on March 22, 2019 in Fort Myers Florida. He was born in Greenfield, Indiana to Nancy (Crowe) and John Orr on September 4, 1953. He graduated from West Aurora High School and the University of Colorado. He was a courageous, independent, hilarious guy who always followed his own star. John went from a bar-singing hippie in Boulder to a reporter on the Zuni...
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Arlene M. Jaffke

September 28, 1929 - March 22, 2019

Arlene Meyers Jaffke, 89, passed away Friday, March 22, 2019 at Heritage Woods in Yorkville. Arlene was born and raised in Aurora and graduated with honors from West Aurora High School in 1947. She married W.W. "Jeff" Jaffke in 1949 and had three children, Lauren, Bryan and Leigh Ann. She was dedicated to her family and the business that she and Jeff started until their retirement. Arlene...
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Jo Schwab Gorges

June 25, 1943 - March 20, 2019

Jo Schwab Gorges, 75, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2019. She was born June 25, 1943, daughter of the late Adelbert LeRoy and Florence (Hartman) Schwab. Her hobbies were cooking, crocheting, reading, traveling and helping others. Jo is survived by her husband, Gene; sister, Carol (Steve) Goehl sons, Rick (Brenda) Berg, Ryan (Fiancée Bonnie) Berg, Noel (Tonia) Gorges and Tim ...
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James A. Lakanen

September 1, 1951 - March 19, 2019

James A. Lakanen, 67, of Aurora, passed away on March 19, 2019. He was born September 1, 1951. Private services and interment will take place at a later date. Arrangements by The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora. For further information, please call 630-897-9291 or visit our website at www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.
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Sammy L. Walls

October 11, 1942 - March 16, 2019

Sammy L. Walls, 76 of Aurora, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Presence Mercy Center. He was born October 11, 1942 in Itta Bena, MS, the son of Jim and Bessie (Morehead) Walls. Sammy was employed for many years in Aurora, by Caterpillar, by St. Charles School District, and finally by the Batavia School District. In the schools, a child who came to school without lunch could count on...
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Bruce E. Lindgren

March 19, 1957 - March 12, 2019

Bruce E. Lindgren, 61, of Aurora, former President of DACO Incorporated, died peacefully in his home on March 11, 2019, after a six-year battle with ALS. Bruce was a lifelong Aurora resident, born and raised on the west side, where he also later raised a family with his beloved wife of nearly 40 years, Meredith. A multifaceted young man, Bruce broke the two-mile distance record at West Aurora...
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Christina Pezzuto

October 10, 1950 - March 11, 2019

Christina Pezzuto, 68, of North Aurora, passed away Monday March 11, 2019 at St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet, IL. She was born October 10, 1950 in Brooklyn, NY the daughter of the late Harry Pezzuto and Rose Alexander. Christina was a loving mother, grandmother, and sister. She enjoyed spending time with her family and making people laugh. Christina had an incredible smile that lit up any room....
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Stanley G. Sampson

March 23, 1933 - March 8, 2019

Stanley G. Sampson, 85, of Aurora, passed away on March 8, 2019. He was born on March 23, 1933, the son of Russell and Sedell (Alsvig) Sampson. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Janice M. (Johnson) Sampson; his daughters, Carrie Sampson, Rebecca Hankes and Beth Murphy; his grandsons, Timothy, Kevin, Jonathan, Philip and Alex and his great grandchildren, Isabelle, Colin, Joseph and...
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Gloria Ann Stephenson

May 10, 1937 - March 6, 2019

Gloria Ann Stephenson passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the age of 81. She was born on May 10, 1937 in Aurora. Gloria is survived by her sister, Judy Moss (Bob); a niece, Colleen Lawrence (the late Brent), nephews Daniel Moss (Steven Betancourt), David Moss (Katherine Lynch); great nieces Katie and Natalie Lawrence; and cousins Maureen Flinn and Bob (Louanne) Buckley. Gloria was...
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Homer Wilson, Jr.

July 6, 1965 - March 1, 2019

Homer Wilson, Jr. was born on Tuesday, July 6, 1965 at Charles Miller Hospital in Saint Paul, Minnesota to Homer and Minerva Sanders Wilson. He was the youngest of four children born to this union. Gregory, Roland and Rhonda welcomed their baby brother with love. Homer attended Maxfield and Galtier Elementary Schools and Wilson Junior High School. Upon graduation from Central High School in...
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Irene Shepard

August 27, 1952 - February 27, 2019

Irene (Rodriguez) Shepard, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt was born August 27th, 1952. She passed away on February 27th, 2019 at the age of 66. Irene is survived by her children, Tara Rodriguez and Jerod Shephard, her grandchildren, Daria Rodriguez and Delia Rodriguez, and her husband, Norman Royer. She is also survived by her siblings: Robert "Paul" Cervantes, Angelita ...
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Henry J. Richards

December 14, 1923 - February 26, 2019

Henry (Harry) Joseph Richards departed this life on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, in Aurora, Illinois. He was 95 years of age. The son of Henry John Richards and Sarah Marie Richards, Harry was born on December 14, 1923, in Jersey City, New Jersey. He had one sibling—Dorothy Richards Westphal. Harry graduated from William L. Dickinson High School, in Jersey City. During World War II, in 1943,...
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Rev. Eliezer V. "Ito" Casiano

February 25, 1957 - February 26, 2019

Eliezer Casiano "Ito", 62, of Aurora, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at his home surrounded by family. Visitation will take place from 5 P.M. until the time of the funeral service at 6:30 P.M. on Friday, March 1, 2019 at Pentecostal Church of God Divine Light, 142 S. 4th St., Aurora, IL 60505. An additional service will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 9 A.M. at the...
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Russell F. Kratochvil

June 25, 1924 - February 24, 2019

Russell F. Kratochvil, 94 of North Aurora died Sunday February 24, 2019 at McAuley Manor after a brief illness. He was born June 24, 1924 in Chicago, IL the son of the late Fred and Anna Kratochvil. Russ was a lifelong member of Living Hope Church, North Aurora (formerly Union Congregational Church). He served in many ways at church and was in the choir for almost 70 years. He served his...
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