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    Dowdle, Norma J.

    Norma J. (Burkhart) Dowdle, 90, passed away on October 9, 2019 at Advocate Sherman Hospital, Elgin, IL. She was born in Riley Township, IL the…

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    Kenneth “Kenny” Scot Mayes

    Kenneth (Kenny) Scot Mayes, born in Elgin on July 15, 1968 to Robert and Janet (Fritz), died October 5, 2019. Kenny graduated from Elgin High School in 1986. He went on to attend welding and various shop classes at Elgin Community College, which lead to a variety of jobs before serving a five year apprenticeship for Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 501. He worked as a pipefitter for over 20 years. Kenny enjoyed riding his motorcycle and participated in several Little Angles charity runs. He was a good friend, always helping in time of need. Ken was preceded in death by his brother; John Robert Mayes who died on December…

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    Walter F. Garrett, “Papaw”

    Walter F. Garrett, 85, of Elgin,  passed away on Monday October 7th, 2019, surrounded by his beloved family. He was born to parents Park Garrett and Lessie (Brown) Garrett on November 16th, 1933 in Irvine, Kentucky. Walter graduated from Connersville Senior High School in Indiana, and received a Masters Degree from Ball State University. He was married to his college sweetheart, Joan Steenbergh in 1956, and served in the US Army from August 1956 to June 1958. Walter was an influential teacher; he taught high school English in Richmond, Indiana and at Clay High School in South Bend, Indiana for 10 years. He became a college professor at Elgin Community…

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    Jurgens, Stan

    Stan Jurgens passed away, Saturday, October 05, 2019 going to join his wife Patricia who died April 11, 2010. Stan was born July 03, 1936 to Clarence…

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    Robert Thomas “Tom” Larson

    Robert Thomas “Tom” Larson, age 72, of Elgin, passed away October 6, 2019 in Elgin.  He was born September 4, 1947 in Chicago to his loving parents,  Robert and Jane Larson (nee McDonough). Tom graduated from Maine East Hight School, Class of 1965. He served in the United States Army with the 25th Infantry Division, Tropic Lightning, during the Vietnam War, 1967 -1969. He achieved the rank of Sergeant (E-5) and was awarded the the Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, and the Combat Infantry Badge, among other awards. Following his service, Tom worked as a millwright. He was an active member of American Legion Post 57, serving on the Honor…

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    Chaney, Josey

    Josey (Pratt) Chaney – born May 17, 1937 in Nace, VA, grew up in Great Bridge/Chesapeake, VA. Passed away in Savannah, GA on September 28,2019….

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    Clarence Leon Miller

    Clarence (Leon) Miller passed away peacefully at Rosewood Care Center in Elgin, IL on September 12, 2019 after several years of declining health. He was born on September 27, 1930 in Liberty, Indiana, the first of four sons born to D.L. and Ruth Miller. After a year in Texas for Brethren Volunteer Service, he came to Elgin to serve at Elgin State Hospital as a conscientious objector. It was there that he met Carol Miller who became his loving wife of 68 years. Leon worked for most of his career as a printer at the Church of the Brethren Publishing House. He had many interests including reading, bicycling, science fiction,…

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    Guadalupe J. Soto

    Guadalupe J. Soto, 88, died Saturday, September 14, 2019 at St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. Guadalupe was born in Mexico on April 18, 1931 to Salud Sosa and Martin Soto. We could always count on our dad to make us laugh. He had an endless supply of jokes and smiles for everyone around him. Although, I do have to add that his jokes were not always funny, sometimes his jokes were his way of telling his kids or grand-kids that they needed to shape up and behave. During his time on this place we call Earth, he was a hardworking man and made his living as a commercial painter. Genuine…

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    Blietz, Virginia

    Virginia (Pfortmiller) Blietz, 89, a lifetime Elgin area resident and member of the Elgin Genealogical Society and Elgin Historical Society, passed…

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    Douglas William Cunzeman

    Douglas William Cunzeman, age 74, of Huntley, formerly of Des Plaines, IL passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on September 10, 2019. Douglas was born in Washington, D.C. on June 6, 1945 to his parents, Paul William and Marion Cunzeman (Brooks). Douglas earned his Bachelor of Science in Aviation Engineering and worked as an engineer in the aviation and aerospace insurance industry for 32 years. Douglas had a distinguished 33-year career in the U.S. Army, commissioning as a warrant officer in 1963 and retiring in 1995. He served as a Helicopter Pilot with 3 tours in Vietnam.  He earned the rank of Chief Warrant Officer – 5 and…

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    Alonzo “Sonny” Rayfield, JR.

    Alonzo “Sonny” Mackie Rayfield, Sr., 75, of South Elgin, passed away Friday, September 6, 2019 at home after a short battle with esophageal cancer.  A memorial service will be held at a later date. Sonny was born in New Orleans, LA to Leazear Margaret King and Clarence Mackie.  He was married to Ernestine Long and had 5 children.  He later married Doris and celebrated 29 years of marriage.  Sonny worked for Coca Cola Bottling Company for 35 years. Keeping with Sonny’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. He was preceded in death by his parents, seven siblings, his first wife and one daughter (Carmen Rayfield). Those left to honor his…

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    Irene M. Dungey

    Irene M. Dungey, age 98, of Elgin, passed away peacefully on August 24, 2019 at The Vines in Elgin, IL.  Irene was born May 16, 1921 in Somers, Iowa, the daughter of Otto Baker and Bessie Evelyn (Malohn) Baker. Irene moved to Hollandale, Minnesota, with her parents in 1928 from Rockwell City, Iowa.  She attended second grade through eighth grade at Maple Island grade school. Irene graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1939.  She married Lynn E. Dungey December 2, 1939, and together they had four sons.  They lived in West Union, Iowa, for their first year of marriage. Then Lynn went with the U.S. Army’s 34th Division from…

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    Bussey, Cindy Kay

    Cindy Kay Bussey, age 62, of Byron Illinois, peacefully passed away on Monday night, August 19th, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. Cindy…

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    Naylor, Michael P.

    Michael P. Naylor, of Big Flats Wisconsin, passed away on the morning of August 20, 2019 at the age of 56. Mike was born to Philip and Marilyn…

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    Melahn, Helen B.

    Helen B. Melahn, 88, of Cape Coral, Florida, formerly of Elgin, passed away on July 6, 2019. She was born April 9, 1931 in Chicago to Thomas and…

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    Ragliln, Ronald A.

    Ronald A. Raglin, 58, went home to his Lord on August 26, 2019, at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago from complications after surgery on…

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    Casandra Bradley-Sutton

    Casandra Bradley-Sutton, age 52, passed away August 25, 2019 at Journeycare hospice in Barrington, IL surrounded by her loving family. Born March 25, 1967 in Crpus Christi, TX. to the parents of Paul Moore and Jimmy Jones. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m on Saturday August 31, 2019 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home 305 Park Street Elgin, IL 60120. With service starting at 3:00 p.m. Pastor Timothy Perry officiating followed by military honors.  Interment will be private. For more information please call 847-741-1128

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    Monteith, Lucille M.

    Lucille M. Monteith, 97, of Elgin passed away on August 24, 2019. She was born in Elgin on December 22, 1921 to Henry and Margaret Schramm. She is…

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    Hans J Ross

    Hans J Ross, age 66, passed away on August 19, 2019 at home in Carpentersville, IL  surrounded by his loving family. Born in Germany on August 4, 1953 to the loving Parents of Louis and Elizabeth Ross. Visitation will be on August 24, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home 305 Park St Elgin, IL 60120 Interment will be private. For more information Please call 847-741-1128

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    Jaime “Jimmy Pipes” Everardo Saenz

    Jimmy passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 27, 2019 in the mountains he called home near Sandia Park, New Mexico. He was born November 1, 1975 in Elgin, Illinois. Jimmy, precious son of Everardo and Rosa  Saenz, cherished brother of Crystal and Jazmin Saenz, beloved friend to many, adored Uncle Jimmy to the children around him, knew how to make anyone feel at home with his bear hugs and childlike grin. He had a laugh that would fill up the room. Jimmy lived a full life filled with adventures and activities he loved. He spent most of his time in the outdoors as that was his passion, often duck hunting…

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    Turner, Charles LeRoy

    Charles”Red” LeRoy Turner, 98, of Dixon, passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019, in Phelps, WI. Red was born, February 23, 1921, in Chicago, IL,…

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    Margie Ellen Dillingham (Peavey) Hulke

    Margie Ellen Dillingham (Peavey) Hulke, born to Kenneth and Althea (Ridenour) Dillingham in Lansing, MI on March 11, 1928. went to be with her Lord and Savior August 19, 2019. She had worked as a Secretary to a Department Manager then was promoted to secretary of the President of VanDerVoort Hardware and Sporting Goods Company in Lansing, MI. After moving to IL, she worked as an Administrative Assistant to the Editorial Dept, then the Art Dept, at David C. Cook Publishing Co., retiring after 29 years with DCC. She was a member of the Elgin Church of the Nazarene where she served as a Sunday School teacher, Children’s Church Leader,…

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    Joseph P. Oher

    Joseph P. Oher, age 73, of Elgin, passed away August 13, 2019 at Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. He was born April 16, 1946 in Chicago, IL to his loving parents, Edward and Tobie Oher (Bernstein). Joseph was raised in Northwest Chicago and Skokie. He graduated from Evanston Township High School, Class of 1964.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design at the University of Illinois – Chicago. Joseph began his TV career as a stagehand and cameraman, covering Chicago sports for Channels 44, 26, and 32. He met many of the greats, including Harry Caray, and spent much of his time at Wrigley and Comiskey Parks.  He…

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    Samet, Karen R.

    Karen R. Samet, 82, of Branson, MO, formerly of Elgin, IL and Grand Island, NE passed away Friday, August 9, 2019 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield,…

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    Patricia M. Isackson

    Patricia M. Isackson, age 84, of Elgin, passed away August 2, 2019 at Rosewood Care Center of Elgin. She was born December 20, 1934 in Berwyn, IL to her loving parents, Stanley Zaworski O’Neil and Mary O’Neil (Kadlec). Patricia worked at Sears and, in her later years, for the Public Defender of Kane County. She was a hard worker and colleagues always appreciated her “stocked up” desk with goodies to share. She met the love of her life, Richard Isackson, while out dancing, and the two married in 1979. Patricia will be remembered for her wonderful laugh.  She enjoyed shopping and doting on her beloved dog, Gracie. Her favorite outings were…

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    Nancy (Wlezien) Mindham

    Nancy (Wlezien) Mindham, age 77, of South Elgin, passed away August 5, 2019. She was born August 18, 1941 in Chicago, IL to her loving parents, Bruno and Mary Wlezien (Orlik). Nancy grew up on Chestnut Street in Chicago and had many happy memories in her neighborhood. In her 20s, Nancy went to work for ADT, where she met her husband of 20 years, Ronald Mindham.  The two lived in Carpentersville for more than 20 years, where they raised three children. Nancy worked for Jewel Foods for more than 20 years at the Carpentersville and Algonquin locations. In her free time, Nancy enjoyed raising her family, gardening, as well as…

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    Karina Rios

    Karina Rios, 25, of Elgin, died peacefully at JourneyCare Hospice on Thursday, August 1, 2019. Karina was born on May 19, 1994 in Elgin, IL to Maria and Jose Rios. Visitation will be held at O’Connor-Leetz Funeral Home in Elgin on Monday, August 5 from 9:30 am until 10:30 am with funeral mass immediately following at St. Monica’s Catholic Church, 90 N. John F. Kennedy Dr. in Carpentersville, Father Manuel Gomez officiating. Burial will be private.

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    Deloris M. Sterba

    Deloris M. Sterba, age 93, of St. Charles, passed away August 1, 2019 at Rosewood Care Center in St. Charles. Deloris was born March 21, 1926 in Courtland, MN to her loving parents, Wilhelm and Dorothea Hulke (Todt). Deloris was married to the love of her life, Steven J. Sterba, for 49 wonderful years. She worked as a waitress, hostess and chef, and enjoyed both cooking and eating. Deloris was preceded in death by her husband, Steve; nine brothers, Irv, Bill, Wesley, Del, Walter, Stanley, Ray, Larry, and Richard; and seven sisters, Leta Lunz, Helen Walters, Marcella Hulke, Dorothy Olson, Larraine Humbracht, Ruth Pogoda, and Erna Lindorfer. She is survived…

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    Pearlman, Milton

    Milton Perlman The Perlman family is sad to announce the passing of Milton Perlman. Milt passed away peacefully on July 30, 2019, in Florida at the…

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    Maria Rosario Espinoza

    Maria Rosario Espinoza, passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, July 29. Maria, born in Mexico to Josefa and Marcial Ayala on October 27, 1966 and was baby sister to brothers; Lalo, Cuco, Lupe, and Martin. She is now reunited with her parents in heaven. Maria is survived by her husband, Sesario: her children; Ricky, Gaby, Luis, Karina, Chucho, and Daisy, her four brothers and her dog, Martincito. Everyone she leaves behind will miss and love her forever. She was one of the nicest women to have lived. Visitation will be held at O’Connor-Leetz Funeral Home, 364 Division St., Elgin, on Friday, August 2, …Read More The post Maria Rosario Espinoza appeared…

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    William “Harry” Harrison Potts IV

    William “Harry” Harrison Potts IV, age 23, of Sleepy Hollow, passed away on July 23, 2019. He was born September 20, 1995 in Elgin to his parents, William H. Potts III and Heather Potts. Harry was a graduate of Dundee-Crown High School, Class of 2014. He was in his fourth year as a Plumber’s Apprentice with Advantage Plumbing, Heating and Cooling in Elgin. Harry had a strong work ethic and was extremely proud of his work as a plumber.  He enjoyed getting dirty and working in the guts of pipes. Not a day went by that he didn’t take photos of his projects and text them to family members.  Even on…

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    Miller, Carol C.

    Carol Miller, 89 of Elgin, passed away unexpectedly at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL on July 8, 2019. She was the 7th of 8…

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    Guadalupe Torres, Jr. “Pino”

    Guadalupe Torres Jr., “Pino”, to his family and friends, passed away peacefully Wednesday July 17, 2019. Born February 2, 1958, he was the second child born to Guadalupe and Maria Torres. Pino is survived by his mother Maria, Brothers: Francisco (Monica), Raul, Martin (Karen), Demetrio (Marlo), and his sister Norma (Chico), Nieces (2), Nephews (3), Great Nieces (5), Great Nephews (2). Pino was a twenty plus Amtrak retiree. He suffered with alcoholism, but sought treatment thru the Alcoholics Anonymous program at the Suburban Fellowship Center. Eighteen years sober Pino found counseling and fellowship at the center. He also …Read More The post Guadalupe Torres, Jr. “Pino” appeared first on O’Connor-Leetz.com.

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    Thoren, Robert

    Robert “Bob” Vernon Thoren, 95, of Elgin, passed away in Elgin July 13, 2019. Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 847-741-1128.

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    Robert “Bob” Vernon Thoren

    Robert “Bob” Vernon Thoren, 95, of Elgin, passed away at Avantara of Elgin on July 13, 2019. He was born June 23, 1924 in Rockford, IL to his loving parents, Rudolph and Eugenie Thoren (Wonase). He lived in Savannah, IL until age eight. Bob moved to Elgin, IL at age nine and started golfing at Wing Park. He once played 99 holes in one day! Later in life he shot the course record of 29, which still stands today, and he won multiple Elgin City Championship titles at Wing Park. He graduated from Elgin High School as Class President, Class of 1942. Bob briefly worked at Illinois Tool Works before joining…

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    Alan G. Haseman, Jr.

    Alan G. Haseman, Jr., age 78, of Elgin, passed away July 12, 2019 at home.  He was born May 23, 1941 in Elgin to his loving parents, Alan George Haseman Sr. and Helen Taylor-Haseman. Alan graduated from Elgin High School, Class of 1959. He also studied business at Elgin Community College and Georgia Tech. Alan worked as a printing plant manager. After meeting through mutual friends, he married Bonnie Kunos-Haseman, and they shared 58 wonderful years together. Alan treasured time with family, and his greatest joy was watching his grandchildren grow and learn.  He loved to attend his grandson’s baseball games. Alan was an outdoorsman for all seasons who enjoyed…