Alumnae Obituaries

Obituaries 1970s

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  • Class of 1970

    Virgina "Ginny" Rose (Bates) Davis, 68 of Orlando FL, passed away on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 in Orlando. A proud employee of D and D Garage Doors, Virginia is survived by her husband Michael; her daughter Melissa; sisters Linda (Bates '73) Ahlgren and Cathy Leszinske; brothers Michael, Thomas and Joseph Bates; as well as several nieces and nephews. Virginia and husband Michael are the owners of United Printing and have serviced customers there for 28 years. A Memorial service is scheduled for October 2, 2021, at Moose Lodge 766. (September 14, 1952 - July 28, 2021)

    Donna M. Doughall-Jordan, 56, of Beloit, WI, died Monday, February 23, 2009 in her home surrounded by her family. She was born June 19, 1952 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of Thomas P. and Olive A. (Sughrua) Doughall. Donna was a graduate of Rosary High School in Aurora, IL. She received her Bachelors of Science and Masters in Education from the National Louis University. Donna was employed by Blackhawk Technical College as a Radiography Instructor. She was a member of the (WSRT) Wisconsin Society Radiographic Technologists, (WAERT) Wisconsin Association of Educators Radiographic Technology, (ASRT) American Society Radiographic Technology and an Advisor of (HOSA) Health Occupational and Service Association. Donna enjoyed going on trips with the Frannie girls, watching movies and listening to the Beatles. She was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church. Survivors include her children, Allyn Jordan and Claire Jordan both of Beloit, WI; her mother, Olive Sauter of Boulder Hill, IL; stepbrother, Hollis (Carol) Sauter of Aurora, IL; family friend, Arnola Marks of Beloit, WI; several nieces, cousins, great friends and co-workers. She was predeceased by her father; stepfather, Francis Sauter; family friends, Nola Stark and Vernon Marks. Memorials may be given in her name to the American Cancer Society or Beloit Regional Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

    Cheryl A. Kolberg, age 68 of Rockford, IL passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020. Cheryl was born March 10, 1952 in Ashland, WI to Robert L. and LaVerne A. (nee Provost) Kolberg. Cheryl graduated from Rosary High School (Aurora, IL) and attended Northern Illinois University on a State of Illinois Teachers Scholarship. Cheryl worked over 45 years for Westinghouse Electric Supply (now known as Englewood). Cheryl recently retired in 2018 and was looking forward to moving “up north.” Survivors include Lynne Seppelfrick (Oswego, IL) Shelley Seppelfrick (IL), John and Valerie Seppelfrick (Aurora, IL) and Andrea and Ruben Delgado (Montgomery, IL), Curt and Kathy Kolberg (Hubertus, WI) and Kyle Kolberg (Whitefish Bay, WI). Cheryl is preceded in death by her parents. Numerous great nieces and great nephews enjoyed her generosity. Cheryl will be missed around the card table, game table or where ever and whenever the family meets.

    A Mass of Christian Burial for Cheryl will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at the Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Ashland with Father Jerome D’Souza as Celebrant. A visitation will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, and will continue until the hour of service. Interment will take place following the Mass in the Saint Agnes Cemetery. Masks are required while in the Church. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Mountain Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ashland and Mellen, WI.

    Mary Jo (Kreminski) Johnson (April 10, 1952 to July 9, 1991) 

    Louise A. “Lou Ann” Lorenz, 64, of Sandwich, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully Friday, August 26, 2016 at her home. She was born April 24, 1952 in Aurora, Illinois. Survivors include her cousins: Gertrude (Leon) Saros, Joe (Muriel) Lorenz, Merle (Karen) Seppelfrick, Nick (Barb) Bauler, James Bauler, Louise Easton, Marlene (Ken) Cahoun, Bill (Dori) Lorenz, Sylvia (Joe) Balice, Rick (Karen) Lorenz and Tom “R.T.” (Sue) Lorenz; numerous nieces and nephews; and her good friends, Ann Edwards and the Miklosik family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo W. and Erma (Chapin) Lorenz; her brother, David Lee Lorenz in infancy; and several aunts and uncles. Lou Ann was native to Aurora and moved to Colorado for a long teaching career in special needs. Upon retiring she returned to the Aurora area and continued substitute teaching for many local school districts. She especially enjoyed working with Joseph. Lou Ann was extremely active with St. Katharine Drexel Church and her Catholic faith. Teaching and helping others was her life’s passion. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 2, 2016 from THE DALEIDEN MORTUARY at 9:15 AM to St. Katharine Drexel Church at 10:00 AM. Fr. Bob Jones will officiate with interment at Marywood Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM at THE DALEIDEN MORTUARY, 220 N. Lake Street, Aurora, IL 60506. (630) 631-5500. Please visit our interactive website at where you may sign the guest book or leave condolences for Lou Ann’s family. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Katharine Drexel Church, 8S055 Dugan Rd., Sugar Grove, IL 60554.
  • Class of 1971

    Carol A. (Bolly) Hunger, 55, of Sugar Grove, passed away Monday, September 15, 2008 at her home. She was born July 20, 1953 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of Irvin and Bernice (Grommes) Bolly. Carol was a graduate of Rosary High School class of 1971. She was a nail technician for over 20 years, most recently at Shear Essence in Sugar Grove, where many of her dedicated clients become some of her dearest friends. Survivors include her husband of 37 years, James Hunger of Sugar Grove; a son, Corey (Toni) Hunger of North Aurora and their children, Tori, Grace and Reagan; a daughter, Jennifer (Karl) Regnier of North Aurora and their children, Courtney, Chloe and Sophie; a son, Jason (Heather) Hunger of Aurora and their daughter, Elizabeth; sisters, Linda (Carl) Osland, Charlene (John) Dwyer, Marlene (Don) Erdman and Sue (Todd) Schlenker; a brother, Daniel Bolly; father and mother-in-law, John (Vera) Hunger; and many nieces and nephews. Interment will be private at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Holy Angels Food Pantry, 204 S. Russell Ave., Aurora, IL 60506 or Shriners Hospital, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 60635.

    Marie Jorgensen

    Deborah (Kliebhan) Hanson (December 26, 1952 – December 18, 1999)

    Mary Petersohn (1953 – 1977)

    Elizabeth H. Spieler (1953 – 1968) Miss Elizabeth H. Spieler, 15, of 41 Featherock Drive died Saturday (November 16, 1968) at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. She was born Nov. 7, 1953 in Aurora, She was a member of Holy Angels Church and was a student at Rosary High School. Miss Spieler is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Spieler; one sister, Christina: paternal grandmother, Mrs. Florence (Herbert) Spieler of Michigan; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Salerno of Aurora; and several aunts and uncles. Funeral services will be from the Corcoran Funeral Home Tuesday at 9 a.m. to Holy Angels Church where a concelebrated mass will be said at 9:30. Rev. Kevin Farrell will be the celebrant, assisted by Rev. Howard Fath, Rev. Vincent Freeh and Rev. William Schuessler. Friends may call at the funeral home anytime. The rosary will be recited there at 8 o'clock this evening.

    Mary Lynn "Molly" Tomer, 52, of Batavia, IL, formerly of Oswego, IL, died Monday, November 28, 2005 at her residence. Mary was born August 28, 1953 in Aurora, IL. She was a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia, IL. Mary is survived by her mother, Nannett (nee Miles) Tomer of Oswego, IL; two sisters; JoAnn (John) Weaver of Indianapolis, IN and Christine (Tom) Przybyla of Port Orange, FL; a nephew, Patrick Weaver; two nieces, Crystal and Laura Weaver; and many friends.She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Tomer, Jr.; and a sister in infancy, Jeannette Tomer. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to either Sisters of St. Francis, 801 N. Larkin Ave, #101, Joliet, IL, 60435-3442 or Dominican Literacy Center, 260 Vermont St., Aurora, IL, 60505. For additional information: 630-554-3888.
  • Class of 1972

    Mary Beth (Cherwin) Healy passed away on Sunday, November 19, 1995 at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora. She was born on December 1, 1954. She practiced for 14 years as a psychotherapist in private practice in Aurora. She was for several years the director of religious education at the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church in Naperville. She was particularly devoted to work with adolescent and preadolescent children and derived great pride and pleasure in her husband and son. Survivors include her husband, Richard Healy of Aurora; a son, Quinton Cherwin Healy of Aurora; a sister, Mary Pat (Ron) Esposito of Aurora; three brothers, S. Richard , (Jeanette) Cherwin of Aurora:a Frank (Gloria) Cherwin of Big Rock and J. Timothy (Donna) Cherwin of Henderson, Nebraska and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and Mary (Cullenbine) Cherwin and a brother, William C. Cherwin. Funeral services will be private. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 2, 1995 at 11 a.m. at the DuPage Unitarian Universal Church in Naperville. 505-9408. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary (708) 898/2634.

    Kay Lynn Crawford, 58, of Aurora, IL passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at her home in Hinckley, IL. She was born in Aurora, IL. Kay worked for Copley Newspaper and later became a self-employed licensed cosmetologist. Most recently she was employed at Carson Pirie Scott for thirteen years. She was a woman of the moose and belonged to the Red Hat Society. She is survived by her sister, Beth (Bob) Strand of Hinckley, IL; her sister-in-law, Geraldine Crawford of North Aurora, IL; 3 nieces, Jessica Crawford, Candice Crawford (Paul), of Chicago, IL, Cara (Mike) and 3 great-nephews, Alex, Nathan and Vinny. She is preceded in death by her loving parents, Albert and Elizabeth Crawford and her brother, Randy Crawford. Family will be receiving guests on Sunday, January 13, 2013 from 1:00 pm until the time of service at 4:00 pm at Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway Ave. Montgomery, IL 60538. Graveside services will be held on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. It was Kay's wish that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Hinckley United Methodist Church Hospitality Committee, 801 N. Sycamore St. Hinckley, IL 60520 or the Hinckley Area Food Pantry 324 W. McKinley Ave. Hinckley, IL 60520. Immediately following the service, a reception with a meal will be served at Dieterle Memorial Home. Please wear red or purple in honor of Kay.

    Katherine (Edwards) Johnson

    Josephine (Garcia) Simmons

    Marianne Jeanblanc, 62, passed away on April 25, 2017 with her loving sister by her side. She was born and raised in Aurora, Illinois. She attended Holy Angels Grade School and Rosary High School. After receiving two degrees, one in English/Education and one in Communications, from Rosary College (now Dominican University), she embarked on a career of teaching in the Chicago Catholic School System. Her students affectionately called her Miss "J". Throughout the years she taught students who lived in the Cabrini Green Projects, as well as students from middle class neighborhoods. But where they lived didn't matter to her; she was dedicated to giving her students the best education possible. Each and every one of her first-grade students, no matter where she taught, learned how to read. In her later years, she became a substitute teacher for School District 129 in Aurora. Marianne was a giving, caring and loving person. She had a personality full of wit and humor, along with a great gift for storytelling. If a person asked her for help, she gave it. She could make people laugh and cheer them up even if they were feeling a little low. And she was always ready with a story to tell. Throughout her life she enjoyed volunteering. She collected for Misericordia; was a docent for Tanner House Museum; taught CCD classes; acted as an election judge, and more. Marianne was blessed with the gift of a beautiful voice, which won her a four-year voice scholarship. And through the years she gave concerts, recitals, sang at various churches and functions and performed in musicals. She had a voice that only God can give. But above and beyond all else, she was a person of great and profound faith. Her faith sustained her through both the good and the most difficult times of her life. Prayer was a very important part of her daily life and her advice to everyone was: "just pray." Marianne's passing has left a devastating void and inconsolable grief for those who loved her. Marianne is preceded in death by her mother, Sara (Caliendo) Jeanblanc, and her grandparents, Gennaro and Maria Caliendo. She is survived by her sister, Carolyn Jeanblanc. Family will receive guests from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM on Monday, May 1, 2017 at Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway Ave. Montgomery, IL. Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 AM at Holy Angels Catholic Church, Aurora, IL. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery. Published in the Aurora Beacon News on Apr. 28, 2017

    Colleen (Lenert) Haish (November 25, 1954 – July 1986)

    Karen S. (Peck) Paprocki, age 54 of Oswego, IL died Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at her residence surrounded by her loving and prayerful family. She was born August 9, 1954 in Aurora, IL. She was a graduate of St Peter`s Catholic School and also Rosary High School Class of 1972 both in Aurora, IL. She was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Oswego, IL. For many years she was a volunteer for Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice and the Girl Scouts of America as a troop leader and office worker. Most recently she was employed as a youth program co-ordinator at Waubonsee Community College. Karen is survived by her daughter, Annie Paprocki of Champaign, IL; two sons, Jeffrey (Natalie) Paprocki of Green Bay, WI, Matthew Paprocki of Chicago, IL; grandchildren, Dade, Ally and soon to be "3" all at home; her loving parents, Stanley M. and Barbara A. (nee Mosley) Peck of Montgomery, IL; four sisters Lynn Walder of Earlville, IL, Nan (Paul Haas) Peck of Springfield, VA, Mary (Marcel) Beretta of Montgomery, IL, Joann (Vincent) Spaeth of Elmhurst, IL; eight brothers, Rev. David A. Peck of Rochelle, IL, Kenneth Peck of Aurora, IL, Tom Peck of Yorkville, IL, Andrew (Julie) Peck of Plano, IL, Dan Peck of Montgomery, IL, Ed Peck of Springfield, IL, Jerry Peck of Oswego, IL, John (Kim) Peck of Elmhurst, IL; and by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Paprocki on November 15, 2002. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Peter Catholic School, 925 Sard Ave., Aurora, IL 60506.

    Shelley (Thayer) Moore (March 18, 1954 to January 6, 1992) Born to Eugene and Carol (Buri); married Tim; children Angelique, Cristine, Harley; sisters Debra, Terry; brother William.

    Lynda L. (Trettenero) Dobbs, 57, of Bristol, Il. at rest April 16, 2011 at home surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of Michael, loving mother of Justin, Corey (Angela) and Sarah Dobbs. Dear sister of Ted (Leslie), Tom and Tim Trettenero, cherished grandmother of Courtney, Colleen and Catherine. She is survived by many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends, preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Alice Trettenero. Linda was a homemaker who loved spending time with her family and caring for other children. Family receiving guests Friday April 22, 2011 from 3:00 PM until time of final prayers 7:00 PM at Dieterle Memorial Home 1120 Broadway Montgomery, Il. Cremation Private, for directions and guests book Dieterle Memorial Home (630) 897-1196

    Rita Ellen Walter
    , 57, of Glendale, AZ, died peacefully surrounded by her family on February 4th, 2011. Born in Aurora on January 3rd, 1954 to Florian A. and Monica (Coyne) Walter. She graduated from Holy Angels Grade School and Rosary High School. She is survived by her daughter Lori (David) Longino, her four grandchildren, Gregory, Garrett, Griffin, and Gracie Longino, three sisters, Carol Julian of Huntington Beach, CA, Judy of Nairobi, Kenya, and Margaret (Michael) Mayer of Sugar Grove; five brothers, Florian (Carole) and Terrance (Patricia) of Aurora, Ronald (Judy) of Elwood, IL, Keith (Veronica) of Corona, CA, and Paul (Consuelo) of Prescott, AZ, and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Carney. Rita was a funny, creative and loving person who will be missed greatly by her many friends and relatives.
  • Class of 1973

    Margaret A. "Peggy" (Hartnett) Winders, 51, of Aurora passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2006 at her home. She was born September 22, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois. She is survived by her husband Brian L. Winders of Aurora; her son Brian T. Winders of Aurora; her parents Rosemary and Thomas Hartnett of Aurora; her brothers and sisters Daniel (Amanda) Hartnett, Kathy (Bill) Roe, James (Liz) Hartnett, and Thomas (Ann) Hartnett; father-in-law Leslie Winders; her sisters and brothers-in-law Todd and Chris Winders, Tom and Tammy Henrikson, and Charles and Dawn Leadbetter; and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves many devoted friends and colleagues associated with her long career in nursing. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Peggy`s memory to the Dreyer Foundation, Dreyer Healing Garden, 1221 N. Highland Av., Aurora, IL 60506.

    Diane M. McCrystal, 24, of Aurora, died Wednesday (March 28, 1979) in her home. She was born June 14, 1954, in Sterling, Ill. Miss McCrystal was a member of St. Rita of Cascia Church and was a graduate of Rosary High School. Surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. of Aurora; a brother, Patricka of Rock Falls; two sisters, Mrs. Donald (Janel) Bucher and Teresa McCrystal both of Aurora; her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Florence Swartley of Sterling, and her paternal grandmother, Mrs. Mary McCrystal of Rockford. The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday from Healy Chapel to St. Rita of Cascia Church at 10 a.m. The Rev. Edmund J. Hiller will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the chapel where a liturgical wake service will be at 8 p.m.

    Rosalie (O'Dwyer) Byrne, age 62 of Franklin, TN went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 21, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her brother, Gregor O'Dwyer. Rosalie was born in Aurora, IL on November 4, 1955, daughter of the late Dr. John & Barbara O'Dwyer. Survivors include her loving husband of 40 years, Tom Byrne; daughter, Shannon (Joe) Batal; siblings, John (Dorothy) O'Dwyer, Tom (Lynn) O'Dwyer, Austin (Liz) O'Dwyer, Maureen (Jeff) Porto, Patrick (Ginny) O'Dwyer & Jeffery (Kris) O'Dwyer, 4 grandchildren, Sean, Connor, Rory & Brendan Batal, along with numerous nieces & nephews. The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Friday, July 27, 2018 at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 9100 Crockett Rd, Brentwood, TN 37027with Father Justin Raines officiating. Memorials may take the form of donations to The Contributor Newspaper, at in loving memory of Rosalie O'Dwyer Byrne.

    Lori A. (Pierson) Brewer, age 54, of Plano, IL passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at her home. She was born on August 7, 1955 in Aurora, IL the daughter of Albert and Margaret (Propernick) Pierson. Lori was united in marriage on March 21, 1975 to James David Brewer and they spent the next 34 happy years of their lives together. Lori served her country proudly with the United States Army. She took pride in taking care of her family and raising her children. Her favorite times were those spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. Lori was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt who will be deeply missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her husband, James David Brewer, of Plano, IL; her children, Margaret Brewer, of Plano, IL and James T. (Ashley Kellmar) Brewer, of Yorkville, IL; her grandchildren, Baleigh and Bridgett Pruski and Leeann Brewer; her brother, James (Deb) Pierson of FL; her sister, Sue (Jim) McGray, of Estes Park, CO, as well as, several nieces and nephews. Lori was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Margaret Pierson. A Funeral Service with Military Honors will be held at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1010 W. South Street, in Plano, IL with Peter W. Kendrick, ThD officiating. Interment will be private. Memorials in Lori`s may be directed to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 Eighteenth Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006-3517. Friends may visit from 4:00 until the Hour of Service on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at the Funeral Home in Plano, IL. Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory, 630-552-7211 or

    Debra (Sherman) Cotto, 56, passed away December 31, 2011 at her home in Spring Hill, FL. She was born March 10, 1955 in Aurora. She was an employee of Metropolitan Life Insurance for more than 35 years. Survivors include her husband, Victor; sons: Francisco (Anna) Cotto of Oak Park, IL, Adam (Kim) Cotto of Aurora, Abraham (Christine) Cotto of Aurora; a daughter: Emily Cotto of Aurora; her grandchildren: Kiarra, Kathleen, Klarissa, Gabriella, Lucianna, and Louis Cotto; many step-children, step-grandchildren; her parents: Cyril and Nancy (Schwartz) Sherman of Maple Park; her brother: Richard (Sharon) Sherman of Aurora; her sisters: Denise (John) Petty III of Sandwich, Kimberly (Edward) Brengman of Yorkville, Mariette Kadlec-Sherman of Aurora; many nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister Theresa Sherman, her brother Robert Sherman in infancy, grandparents Raymond and Louise Sherman, and Theodore and Helen Schwartz. Visitation will be Friday, January 6, 2012 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr, Sugar Grove, IL. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Annunciation Catholic Church, 1820 Church Rd, Aurora, IL. Burial immediately follows at Marywood Cemetery in Aurora. For further information please call 630-466-1330 or visit our website at to sign the online guestbook.

    Colleen (Whelan) Meggesin, age 51, of St. Charles, formerly of North Aurora passed away Sunday, October 29, 2006 at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois. She was born September 16, 1955 to Francis and Ruth Whelan. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BS in Nursing and earned several professional certifications during her long career in Infusion Therapy. She is survived by her husband of 31 years, John; her father, Francis Whelan of St. Charles; a brother, Terry Whelan of Kaneville; a sister, Linda (Dan) Revai of Stevens Point, Wisconsin; and many nieces and nephews. Contributions in Colleen`s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 143 South First Street, Batavia, Illinois 60510. Arrangements made by Yurs Funeral Home, St. Charles, Illinois. For info call 630-584-0060.
  • Class of 1974

    Wendi L. Argyilan, 47, of Antioch, passed away Thursday, November 13, 2003 after a valiant battle with breast cancer at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, IL. She was born January 3, 1956 in Aurora, IL. Wendi was a 1974 graduate of Rosary High School. She earned her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Champaign in 1978 and went on to earn her Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her greatest Love was training for dog competition. She will always be remembered as a trusting and true friend. She is survived by her mother, Betty (Joe) Warnelis; her father, James (Betty) Argyilan; a sister, Kristi (Mark Mossing) Argyilan; two brothers, Mark E. Argyilan and Todd (Michele) Argyilan; eight nephews; many aunts, uncles and cousins; four German Shepherds, ''Janus'', ''Jasco'', ''Tina'' and ''Feldman''; and her kitty cat, ''Pharoah''. Memorial Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 16, 2003 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary, 220 North Lake Street, Aurora, IL. Interment will be private. For information, please call 630-631-5500 or visit In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Save-A-Pet, 31664 North Fairfield Road, Grayslake, Illinois, 60030.

    Deborah Dunn (February 6,1956 – November 23,1998)

    Linda Del (Gruber) Nietzold, age 64. Born March 10th, 1956. Passed away on August 4, 2020. She is survived by her husband Craig Nietzold; Her children Amy Lenke (Eggleston), Ryan Eggleston, and Kayla Nietzold; Her siblings Nick Gruber and Dennis Gruber; Her grandchildren April, Ashley, and Arwen (Lenke). She is preceded in death by her parents, Nicholas John Gruber and Shirley Jean Gruber (Hearn). Linda was a devoted wife, mother, and sibling. She had a warm and kind heart. She loved and was loved by many; but most of all she loved God and the Lord Jesus Christ. She lived in Aurora, IL, for 42 years before moving to Arizona in 1996. Published in Beacon News on Aug. 12, 2020.
    Mary Ellen (Haen) Peffer, 63, of Sugar Grove, died on Friday July 19, 2019 at Delnor Community Hospital after a long relationship with Multiple Myeloma. She was born in Aurora, IL on May 31, 1956 to Richard and Joan Haen (Miller). Mary Ellen attended St. Rita grade school and Rosary High School. She worked at Ace Hardware in Aurora and the family business, Luigi's Pizza. After having her three children, she graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Aurora University with a Master of Arts in Teaching. She taught in the West Aurora School District for 25 years in numerous schools including Schneider, Smith, Nicholson, Goodwin, Lincoln, Hall, Greenman, Freeman and Fearn. Mary Ellen loved teaching, especially her last 8 years in the gifted program, and was sad to have to retire early.
    Mary Ellen loved her family and was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren. Her fondest memories were times spent with them and her husband. She is survived by her husband, Ronald C. Peffer; her parents Richard and Joan Haen; her children, Julie (David) Kramer, Matthew (Victoria) Poss, William (Holly) Poss and Kara Peffer. She also leaves behind her beloved grandchildren, Nora and Benjamin Kramer, Gwendolyn, Wyatt, Natalie, Abigail and Kane Poss and baby Michael Diaz; her brothers Edward (Kathy) Haen, Richard (Julie) Haen and Stanley (Heidi) Haen; her Aunts, Mary (Larry) Clegg and Janie Miller; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends and her dog Tully. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Gregory Poss, her mother-in-law Pat Peffer, her Uncle/Godfather Jerome Miller and her dogs Mona, Buffy and Cecil. Mary Ellen loved life, nature, dogs, and travel. Her philosophy was, "I'll sleep when I'm dead." (Thanks to Warren Zevon.) She would like everyone to be happy and remember her as a person who loved life and had a smile for everyone.
    Visitation will be Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Funeral Mass will be held Monday, July 29, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 8S 055 Dugan Rd., Sugar Grove, IL 60554, where she enjoyed singing in the choir. Thank you to all the friends and family who helped and to Loyola University Medical Center for their excellent care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia Research Foundation at, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at, Living Well Cancer Center or any charity of your choice. Mary Ellen would like to thank you for your kindness and for remembering what matters, LOVE. For further information on services please call (630) 466-1330 or visit the website at www.healychapel,com to sign the online guestbook.

    Kim Kayzer Schmidt, 56, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away suddenly on February 11, 2013. She was born on July 10, 1956 in Augsburg, Germany, the daughter of Paul and Audrey (Konen) Kayzar. Kim lived most of her life in Illinois. Kim graduated from Rosary High School in 1974. She was employed at Com Ed for 32 years and took an early retirement to enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with family and friends. Kim's greatest joy was her daughter and grandson "Tidbit". She loved life and was a friend and caretaker to so many. Kim is survived by her daughter, Chrissy Garland-Anderson of Oswego, IL; and grandson, Blake Anderson of Oswego; sister, Sheila Kayzar of Aurora, IL; her husband, Ron Schmidt of Goodyear, AZ; and step children, Michael, Bob and Kimberly; former husband, Jim Garland of Springfield, IL and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents. A memorial visitation will take place on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Dieterle Memorial Home 1120 S. Broadway Montgomery, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family for Blake Anderson's college education fund.

    Debra Lynn (Kramer) Wegman was called into the hands of God at noon on January 20, 2008 after a courageous seven year battle with breast cancer. Although she will be deeply missed by everyone, her arduous battle is over. She is now with her blessed and precious Lord. We all rejoice for her union with God.Anyone who knew Debra, before the ravages of cancer over came her, knew of her long, wavy, black hair and her incomparable beautiful white smile and laugh. She graduated, with honors, from St. Theresa`s College in Winona, Minnesota with a bachelor`s degree in nursing. She had a natural affinity to care for people, especially children. Debra`s caring nature led her to a career in nursing. Debra wed her husband Patrick on February 6th, 1982. Once their medical training was complete in Minnesota, Debra and Pat moved to Owosso, Michigan. Debra was instrumental in helping establish her husband`s Dermatology practice, as well as being an invaluable nurse in the practice. Her innate talent to care for others truly was apparent over the last twenty-four years. Her dearly loved and cherished son, Patrick Anthony Wegman II, was born on May 14th, 1987.

    Mary Patricia (Mahoney) Rosenwinkel, age 44, was called home by the angels on Tuesday, October 24, 2000. Mary was born on February 1, 1956, the daughter of Robert and Doris (Ducett) Mahoney. Mary was a graduate of Rosary High School, a member of St. Patrick's Church in Bristol, IL., and co-captain of her neighborhood watch. She also was heavily involved in the School activities of her children. She is survived by her children, Tim (Autumn Pekoc) and Mark (Elizabeth Scott) Rosenwinkel of Yorkville, IL; her mother Doris Mahoney of Marco Island, FL; two brothers, Michael (Mary) Mahoney of Whitewater, WI, Robert (Debbie) Mahoney of Alma, MO, and one sister Kathy (Eric) Miller of Plano, IL; The beloved aunt of many nieces and nephews, and "best friend" to many. All who knew and loved her will miss her dearly. She is preceded in death by her father, Robert Mahoney. Friends may call from 4-8pm with a rosary service at 4:00 pm at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, on Thursday, October 26, 2000. A mass to celebrate her life will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Plano, IL., on Friday, October 27, 2000 at 10:00 am Fr. Boniface Vaisnoras will officiate with interment to follow at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Bristol. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and mailed in her name to P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL. 60119.

    Eva Marie (Metz) DeCrane, 57, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Presence Mercy Center. She was diagnosed with lung cancer in January of 2012. Eva fought a long, hard battle with undeniable strength and faith. She was born January 12, 1956 in Aurora, Illinois to the late Nicholas T. Metz and Lucille C. Wolgast-Metz. Eva was a wonderful, loving and supportive mother, grandmother and friend. She enjoyed simple pleasures in life and spending time with those she loved, especially her granddaughters, Kayla and Taylor. Eva worked at Walker Process Equipment in Aurora, IL and was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church. She was admired and loved by everyone who met her.

    Survivors include her lifetime loving friend and soul mate, Steven A. DeCrane; her daughter, Katherine E. DeCrane; son, Nicholas S. DeCrane; granddaughters, Kayla M. Spooner and Taylor J. Misner; grandson, Tyler J. Misner; sister, Dianne (Joseph) Schmidt; brother-in-law, Gary Leifheit; nieces and nephews, Debbie (Gerald) Bonnell, Darlunn (Cameron) Carter, Doug Leifheit, Tom (Linda) Schilling and Steve Schilling; and many great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Judith Leifheit. A Memorial Visitation will be held Friday, August 16, 2013 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM at St. Peter Church, 925 Sard Avenue, Aurora, IL. Mass will follow at 12:00 PM with Fr. Zoachim Tyrtania officiating. Inurnment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are being handled by THE DALEIDEN MORTUARY, 220 N. Lake St., Aurora. 630-631-5500. Please visit our interactive website at to leave condolences for Eva’s family or sign the guest book. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Eva’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society.

    Colleen Naughton, age 62, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 28, 1955 in St. Charles, the daughter of Bernard and Beverly (Jacobson) Naughton. Colleen graduated from Rosary High School in 1974. She was the office manager for Merry Maids for many years. In her spare time she enjoyed coaching girl's softball. Colleen was a very loving and caring person who enjoyed spending time with her family. She will be dearly missed. She is survived by her mother; fiance Jim Dwyer; siblings Bernie (Kathleen) of Geneva, Brian of Geneva, Terry (Kerry) of St. Charles, and Steven (Sharon) of Geneva; nephews Ryan, Collin, and Scott; Sue Hough and Debbie Dzadon; and many other dear relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by father. Funeral prayers will be held Friday, February 9, 2018 at 9:30 am at Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St. (Route 38), Geneva proceeding to St. Peter Catholic Church, 1891 Kaneville Road, Geneva for Celebration of Funeral Mass at 10:30 am with Father Ariel Valencia Celebrant. Burial will be held privately at Resurrection Cemetery in Geneva. Visitation will be held Thursday, February 8 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm at Malone Funeral Home, Geneva, with a liturgical wake service at 7:45 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials made to the American Lung Association in Illinois, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago, Illinois 60601 would be appreciated. For information, 630-232-8233 or visit

    Julia (Perna '74) Phillips, 64, of Yorkville passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2021. She was born July 15, 1956 in Aurora the daughter of Frank and Ella (nee Houchins) Perna. She was united in marriage to Kent Phillips October 30, 1976 in Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia. Julia’s high energy and loving spirit helped to build a successful family business, Sir Speedy Printing in Naperville, which has been in business for the past 35 years. Family was most important to Julia and she loved spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed being in the outdoors especially boating or skiing. 

    She is survived by her loving husband, Kent Phillips, two sons, Kyle (Katie) Phillips, Ryan Phillips; two grandchildren, Aubriella and Evalynn Phillips; her siblings, Kathy (Randy) Barkei, Jane (Perna '73) Cherco, Stephen Perna, Matthew Perna, Christopher (Stephanie) Perna and Adam (Niki) Perna; and two sisters-in-law, Debbie (Michael) Sampiller, and Terri Crowther, and many nieces and nephews, including great-niece Grace Nelson ('21). In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a sister Kari Perna, sisters-in-law, Wendy Perna and Leah Perna, a brother-in-law Larry Cherco and a niece Alyssa Perna.

    Visitation will be held 1:00 P.M until 5:00 P.M. Sunday, February 14, 2021 at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 South Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL. Funeral services will begin with prayers 10:00 A.M. Monday, February 15, 2021 at Moss Family Funeral Home before processing Holy Cross Catholic Church 2300 Main Street Batavia to Celebrate Mass at 10:30 A.M. Interment will follow in River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia, IL. Memorial Contributions may be directed to Rosary High School 901 North Edgelawn Drive Aurora, IL 60506.

    Diane (Rausch) Deutsch (1956-1999)
  • Class of 1975

    Candace A. "Candy" Carey, 60, Benton, AR passed away on April 8, 2017 at St. Vincent Hospice following a battle with cancer. She was born February 26, 1957 in Joliet, IL to Dr. Edwin J. and Joan Brady Carey. She was sister to Susan, John, Carolyn, Jane, Ed, Andy, and Scott. Candy was raised in Sandwich, IL, graduated from Rosary High School in 1975, Drake University in 1979, and later attended Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, receiving a Certificate in Organizational Leadership in 1999. Candy has a thirty-seven year professional career with the American Red Cross that started in Chicago. She moved on to various assignments in Nebraska, Louisiana, Virginia and Washington, D.C. In August 1993, she became the executive director of the American Red Cross of Greater Arkansas. In addition to her dedication to those served by Red Cross, Candy was a member of the Rotary Club of Little Rock Foundation Board of Trustees and a Paul Harris Fellow. Candy was a founding member of the Arkansas Coalition for Excellence, an organization to empower and expand the difference made by non-profits. Arkansas Magazine recognized Candy as one of the Top Ten Executive Women leaders in Arkansas, and also recognized her leadership with the Top Nonprofit Organization of the Year award. Candy was preceded in death by her parents, and is survived by her siblings, Susan Otterstrom (David) of Peoria, IL; John Carey (Lori) of Sandwich, IL; Carolyn Knoebel (Tim) of Oswego, IL; Jane Nasharr (Dan) of St. Charles, IL; Edwin Carey Jr. (Pam) of Sycamore, IL; Andy Carey (Lisa) of Escondido, CA; Scott Carey (Stephanie) of Aurora, IL; and 25 nieces and nephews. A celebration of life was held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct., Little Rock, AR 72205. A Funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Plano, IL. A Private Christian burial will follow. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Burkhart-Eighner Funeral Home in Sandwich, IL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to the American Red Cross of Little Rock, 401 S. Monroe Street, Little Rock, AR 72205 or to CARTI of Little Rock, 8901 CARTI Way, Little Rock, AR 72205 or to a charity of your choice . Arkansas Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, (501)224-2200. Candy's online guestbook may be signed at Illinois arrangements by Burkhart-Eighner Funeral Home, for more information or to sign the online guest book, go to Burkhart-Eighner Funeral Home at 606 E. Arnold Rd. in Sandwich, IL 60548
    Eileen (Kames) Lunsford, 55, of St. Charles passed away Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, peacefully at Delnor Community Hospital surrounded by her family and friends after a courageous 12-year battle with cancer. A Prayer Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at St. John Neumann Church, St. Charles, where family and friends may greet family after 9:30 a.m. As per her wishes, Eileen's cremated remains will be buried at a later time.  Eileen was born on Jan. 9, 1957, daughter of Donald and Peggy (Drendel) Kames. She was a 1975 graduate from Rosary High School, Aurora.  Eileen married Ron Lunsford on June 26, 1976, at St. Patrick Church, St. Charles. Those left to cherish Eileen's memory include her husband, Ron; two daughters, Larissa of Yorkville and Meagan of St. Charles; a son, Matthew (fiancé Tabi Wagner) of St. Charles; a grandson, Greyson Lunsford of St. Charles; her mother, Peggy Kames of Geneva; two brothers, Don (Laurie) of Elburn, and Stephen (Joann) of Auburn, Ga.; and two sisters, Louise Kames of Dubuque and JoEllen Kames (Tim Sheehan) of Chicago; two nieces; a nephew; two grandnieces; a grandnephew; and mother-in-law, Joy Lunsford of Sheridan; as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by a grandson, Orion Cavazos; her father, Donald Kames, Sr.; a brother, Marty; a niece, Cassandra; and a father-in-law, Doyel Lunsford.  Eileen worked as a beautician for a number of years before moving to retail where she was an engaging presence at Walt's Supermarket in St. Charles and Walmart, St. Charles and Batavia locations. She was one of the first employees at the St. Charles Walmart. She also enjoyed sewing, quilting and crocheting. She loved spending time with her family and friends and generously supported many others in their time of need. Eileen will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

    Kathryn Marie (Lindo) Hood age 51 of St. Charles passed away Sunday March 29, 2009 at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora. She was born May 23, 1957 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of Jane (Testin) and Robert Lindo. She was a 1975 graduate of Rosary High School. For the last 28 years, she has worked as a veterinary assistant at Fox Valley Veterinary Clinic in North Aurora. She is survived by her three sisters, Linda Lindo of Garden City, KS, Shirley (David) Kline of Batavia, and Jenny Lindo of Garden City, KS; and also her good friend `Mitch` Mitchell of South Elgin. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St., Geneva, IL with Father Bruce Ludeke officiating. Burial followed at River Hills Cemetery in Batavia, IL.  

    Anne (Mueller) Nilles, 64, of Lynchburg, VA was called home to be with Christ, the Risen Lord, on Saturday, April 30, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. Cherished wife of Michael Nilles, to whom she was married for 43 years. Born in Aurora, Illinois, on November 12, 1957, Anne was the daughter of the late Eldred and Mildred Mueller.

    She was a woman of faith, family and service to others. Anne is survived by her husband, and their four loving children - Christine Anemaet (Nate), Matthew Nilles (Ester), Brian Nilles (Tiffany), Sarah Darmofal (TJ) as well as her parents-in-law Clarence Nilles (Donna), & ten grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by her seven siblings - Pat Mueller of Aurora, IL, Dave Mueller of Naperville, IL, Dick Mueller Aurora, IL, Bob Mueller (Sharon) of Menlo of Park, CA, Jim Mueller (Debbie) of Oswego, IL, Greg Mueller (Debby) of Sheridan, IL, and Joe Mueller (Sharon) of St. Charles, IL and many nieces & nephews. She is also survived by her husband's siblings - Rick Nilles (Maria) of Knoxville, TN and Janine Gagne (Pete) of Cherokee, NC.

    The family will receive friends from 5:00 - 6:00 PM ET on Thursday, May 5, 2022, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Lynchburg, VA. The funeral mass will begin at 6:00 PM ET with a reception and meal immediately following. Livestream of the service will be available at In lieu of flowers, Anne had requested that donations be considered for the St. Thomas More Aid fund, a ministry that Anne led for over 15 years which focuses on providing food, diapers, clothing and other essential items to those most in need in the local community. The family would like to thank all of those involved with her care during a short and intense battle with cancer, including many friends, UVA Colorectal Surgery Center, Lynchburg General 4 East Oncology Floor, Lynchburg Hematology & Oncology Center and Centra Hospice. Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg is assisting the family.

    Kathleen J. Schlag, Age 55, of Aurora, IL, passed away Monday, December 31, 2012 at Provena-Mercy Hospital in Aurora, IL. She was born on February 18, 1957 to the late Frank A. & Apollonia (Faupl) Schlag. Kathleen worked many years as a nurse for Provena-Mercy Hospital and Dreyer Medical Clinic in Aurora, IL. She is survived by her brother James (Paulette) Schlag of Aurora and two nieces, Ashley Schlag and Jennifer Schlag, both of Aurora. A visitation will be held Friday, January 4, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. with Sister Peggy Barrett officiating at the DUNN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME with CREMATORY, 1801 S. Douglas Rd., Oswego, IL 60543. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Aurora, IL.

    Patricia (Stone) Baumann (April 17, 1957 – September 13, 1994)
  • Class of 1976

    Susan E. Johnson passed away on Sunday November 4, 2018. She was born to the proud parents of Emerson L. "Tiny" and Irene E. (Stanoy) Johnson on September 13, 1958, in Aurora, IL. She attended Our Lady of Good Counsel grade school and graduated from the 1976 Class at Rosary High School. After graduation, she attended Waubonsee College where she earned her Associates in Nursing. Susan was a labor and delivery nurse at Rush Copley for 40 years. She was a Lady Knight at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church and volunteered at several functions with the Knights of Columbus along with the Lady Knights. She was instrumental in getting the fibulator installed at the back of church, with fellow Lady Knights. She was a member of the Phoenix Club and spouse member at St. George's and the Luxembourg Club's. She leaves behind her companion, fiancé, and soulmate of 21 years, Ricky John Rieckert; her two feline daughters, Mindy and Heidi; Ricky's siblings whom she thought of as family, Mary Jane, Tim and Randy; special friends, Mary Kay, Donna, and Beth; and an extended family. She will be missed by her many friends at Rush Copley, Lady Knights, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, and her God Children; Christopher, David, and Brian. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, Ricky's parents, and her feline son Maxx and feline daughter Chloe. A memorial mass will be held on Friday November 16, 2018 at 12 NOON at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 620 5th St. Aurora, IL 60505. Fr. Timothy Mulcahey will officiate. Inurnment will follow at Marywood Cemetery, Aurora, IL. Memorial visitation will be Friday November 16, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM at THE DALEIDEN MORTUARY 220 N. Lake St., Aurora, IL 60506. 630-631-5500. For further information, to sign the online guest book, or to leave condolences for Susan's family please visit

    Karen (Osmondson) Heinz: May 13, 1958 – October 23, 1998)

    Darlene Rosanna (Perry) North, 53, of Warren, OH, departed this life Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Medical Center of Cardiac Arrest. She was born April 13, 1958 in Aurora, Ill., the daughter of Peter Ramero Munos and Lillian Perry, moving to the area 22 years ago. She leaves to mourn her husband, Oscar North Jr. of Warren; 2 Daughters, Ms. Angelica North and Ms. Armyna North both of Warren, Ohio; her mother, Mrs. Lillian Perry of Aurora, Ill.; 1 half sister, Ms. Marcia Coleman of Las Vegas, NV; aunt, Ms. Marcellena Martinez of Aurora, Ill.; 1 Grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father and 1 half brother, Peter Munos Jr. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 13, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Andrews A.M.E. Published in Beacon News on January 12, 2012

    Deborah R. (Plante) Buss, 49, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at her residence in Batavia. She was born November 11, 1958 in Aurora, the daughter of Donald and Viola (nee Bowman) Plante. She was united in marriage to Mark Buss on May 10, 1980. She is survived by her husband, Mark of Batavia; her two daughters, Alyssa and Jacquie Buss of Batavia; her mother, Viola Plante of North Aurora; her brother, Russell (Judi Cudmore) Plante; two sisters, Cindy (Dave) Hulick and Pam (Dennis) Moutray; mother-in-law, Madalyn Buss; brother-in-law, David Buss; sister-in-law, Karen (Mike) Smith; her nieces and nephews, Michael, T.J., Nicole, Jeff, Ryan, Brielle, Michelle, Kristin, Eric, Jeff, David, Lindsey, and Andrew; and her loving puppy, Ellie May. 

    Theresa H. Sherman, 50, of Aurora, passed away March 4, 2009 at Provena Mercy Center. She was born April 13, 1958 in Aurora. Theresa was a member of the Turners Club of Aurora. Survivors include her parents, Cyril and Nancy (Schwartz) Sherman of Maple Park; her brother, Richard (Sharon) Sherman of Aurora; four sisters, Denise (John) Petty III of Sandwich, Debra (Victor) Cotto of FL, Kimberly (Edward) Brengman of Yorkville, and Mariette Kadlec-Sherman of Aurora; nephews and nieces, Jason Sherman, Dawn (Toby) Hall, John Petty IV, Jodi Lee Petty, Francisco (Anna), Adam, Abraham (Christine) and Emily Cotto, Jarrod Fortner, Brandon, Noal, Eric, and Jacquelyn Brengman, Stuart and MacKenzie Kadlec; 11 great-nephews and great-nieces; a loving Aunt Suzann (Leon) Jennings; many cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her brother Robert T. Sherman in infancy, grandparents Raymond and Louise Sherman, and Theodore and Helen Schwartz. Visitation will be Friday, March 6, 2009 from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm at THE DALEIDEN MORTUARY, 220 N. Lake Street, Aurora, IL 60506. (630) 631-5500. Interment will be private in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Somonauk.
  • Class of 1977

    Ruth A. Chaplis, age 48, of North Aurora formerly of St. Charles died Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva, Illinois. She was born August 4, 1959 in St. Charles, Illinois to Allen and Audrey Chaplis. Ms. Chaplis is survived by her mother of St. Charles; a sister, Irene Richardson of Barrington; her fiancee, William Kohn of North Aurora. She was preceded in death by her father, Allen; and a brother, Stanley. Funeral and burial services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Two Rivers Head Start, 1661 Landmark Road, Aurora, Illinois 60506 or to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements made by Yurs Funeral Home, St. Charles. 630-584-0060. Published in the Aurora Beacon News on Nov. 28, 2007

    Mary Collins

    Marilyn Patricia (Hepp) Wilkins, 30, of Aurora, died Saturday, November 25, 1989 at Copley Memorial Hospital. She was born January 17, 1959 in Aurora. Mrs. Wilkins was a member of the C.W.A., also a member of the Women of the Moose #83, was a graduate of Holy Angels School and Rosary High School and was employed by Illinois Bell. Survivors include her husband, Dwight; three step children; her parents, Jack J. and Mary Therese Hepp; two brothers, John A. and James P.; three sisters, Theresa M. (Thomas) Alfredson, Rita E. (Timothy) Murphy and Nancy A. (Michael) Snow; her grandmother, Marguerite Frey; six nieces and nephews and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Peter and Eileen Hepp and her maternal grandfather, Arthur Frey. Funeral from the Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary Thursday, November 30, 1989 at 9:30 a.m. to Holy Angels Church at 10 a.m. with interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation at the mortuary from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Angels Scholarship Fund and the Children of Mooseheart.

    Roseann (Lyons) Piekarz, age 48, died September 8, 2008, late of Tinley Park, IL, beloved wife of David, loving mother of Louis, Mary Rose and Thomas, caring sister of Richard (Kathleen) Lyons, Mary Jo (Mark) Sandheinrich, Thomas (Kelly) Lyons, Mark Lyons, Robert (Jennifer) Lyons and Joseph (Kim) Lyons, devoted daughter of Thomas and Mary Lyons, dear niece of Rev. Richard Devine, fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Piekarz Children College Fund which will set up at a later date.

    Linda Suzanne Vago-Nanfria
    , 57 of Batavia, Illinois lost her fierce, persistent fight to lung cancer the morning of November 5, 2016 at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Illinois. Her two children were fortunate to have remained by her side. She was born April 23,1959 in Aurora, Illinois to the parents of Louis and Alice Vago. She was diligent, hard-working, and selflessly caring woman to every life she touched. Linda attended Catholic schools her whole childhood life with completing her studies at Rosary High School as an iconic Rosary Royal. She then worked for her father's garage door manufacturing company as an Administrative Assistant for many years putting all of her great intelligence to use. Following her work there she pursued other office jobs as well as retail, restaurant, and bar industries while also being a dedicated, loving mother to her two children. During these duties she sought out her effort of getting a degree in law at a local college. Her greatest passion and what she will be most remembered for is her endless love of her family and friends and cooking. First and foremost she devoted all of herself to her children and extended family who were in need of anything even if they needed nothing, never expecting anything in return. Her infinite amount of generosity and love extended beyond her own blood as she included her circle of friends as family. They nobly referred to her as queen because of her unyielding compassion to always support them. Everyone in her life always came before her needs; whether it was a shoulder to lean on, a place to stay, a dollar to give, or moral and safety support, but especially cooking for all as that passion was always the meaning of her love to everyone. She was one of a kind, a rare, but beautiful gem that can never be replicated or replaced. Her strong-willed demeanor to never give up her battle and care for everyone was legendary. She will forever be remembered by all who had the pleasure of receiving her love. Linda is survived by her mother Alice Vago of Aurora, IL; her daughter, Stephanie Nanfria of Aurora, IL; her son, Anthony Nanfria of Hinckley, IL; siblings, David (Shelia) Vago of Jupiter, FL; Abby (Jim) Spagnola of Aurora, IL; Lori (Craig) Cooper of Aurora,IL; Tracie (Richard) Little of Aurora, IL; and Matthew (Dana) Zakosek of Oswego, IL; as well as several cousins and nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her father Louis N. Vago and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 11, 2016 at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Avenue, Batavia, IL 60506. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m on Saturday, November 12, 2016 also at the funeral home. Interment will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park, 675 Route 30, Aurora, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her name may be made to the American Lung Cancer Foundation, Published in the Aurora Beacon News from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, 2016

    Michelle Viola
    , 62, of Aurora, died suddenly Monday, October 18, 2021, at Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh, WI. She was born September 30, 1959, in Aurora, the daughter of Nicholas and Normalee (Jennijahn) Viola. Michele had worked for 25 years in the Insurance industry for Vista Administrators and Aftermath Claims prior to her retirement in 2016. She was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Aurora. Michele enjoyed gambling with her friends and family, and she was an avid Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks fan. She rarely missed a game and was fortunate enough to see the Cubs win the World Series in 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents; her aunt Evelyn Makris and her cousins Kathleen Jenkins and Tracey Griffin. Survivors include her sister Marilee Viola of Naperville; her uncle Donald Viola of Redmond, OR; her cousins Laura Jenkins of Aurora, Kelly Pigney of Aurora, Gregory Viola of Plano, Brian Viola of Arizona , Trevor, James, and Alec Pigney all of Aurora. Funeral Mass will be Monday, October 25, 2021 at 9:30AM from THE DALEIDEN MORTUARY to our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church at 10:00am. Fr. Jerome Leake will officiate with burial to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Aurora. Visitation will be held Sunday, October 24, 2021 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at THE DALEIDEN MORTUARY, 220 North Lake Street, Aurora, Illinois 60506. (630) 631-5500. Due to Covid-19 pandemic protocols, social distancing and face masks are required for those in attendance.

    Peggy Weiland (June 12, 1959 – May 1978)
  • Class of 1978

    Cathy Marie (Connor) Kramer was born on May 26, 1960. She was raised by her loving mother and father, Bonnie and Don Connor. Cathy had one beloved sister (Peg Hanson & her daughter Bree), and one brother Tom Connor. Cathy peacefully passed away surrounded by loving family members on June 16, 2010 at Provena Mercy Medical Center. Cathy was taken from us all as a result of a strong, short battle with lung cancer. From the first day Cathy had this cancer diagnosed, she was determined to beat the cancer and live a long, full and happy life. Cathy suffered through the anguish, pain, misery, distress and torment of this extremely cruel cancer. Up until the very end, Cathy struggled to live. She lived each day celebrating her family, friends, cohorts and many children that depended on her as she grew weaker and weaker until she could fight it no more. Cathy was known as a beautiful, kind and giving angel and spirit to all she touched. The most important element in Cathy`s life was her family (David, Megan, Hannah, Matthew and Molly Kramer), her school and the many children and friends she watched over so carefully for many years. Cathy worked at Holy Angels School as the Extended Day Coordinator. She always made certain that her flock of children was safe, protected, secure, well loved and gently tended to. Cathy was an incredibly smart and perceptive. She could see how to achieve her goals and locate the needed connections, especially relating nature to the human experience, school, faith and love. Cathy was preceded in death by her mother Bonnie, her maternal grandparents Albert and Edna Crawford, her paternal grandparents Norman and Mary Ann Connor and a beloved aunt Elizabeth Crawford and sister-in-law Debbie Wegman. Cathy is survived by her family members already named, George and Trudy Kramer, Delores, Donna, Donald, Duane, Denise and Dana (including loving spouses and children). Her cousins Beth and Kay and our special neighbors George and Mary Gardner who were always available to lend a helping hand and spirit. AFD Station 10 is also appreciated for the many emergency ambulance runs to Provena. A memorial visitation will take place on Saturday, June 26, 2010, at Daleiden Mortuary, 220 N. Lake St., in Aurora, from 11:30 AM until 3:30 PM. There will be a memorial service at 3:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, Cathy asked me to start the "Kramer Kids Education Fund" to make certain our children will have the great benefit of attending Catholic schools. Donations may be sent by check to 91 North Rosedale Avenue, Aurora, IL 60506. Thank you.

    Carolyn L. Fox, 48, of Montgomery, IL, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 24, 2008 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born June 21, 1959 in Aurora, IL. Carolyn was a member of St. Rita of Cascia Church. She was a graduate of St. Rita Grade School and Rosary High School. She was an avid reader and loved animals, especially horses and dogs. She is survived by her parents, Robert and Isabelle (Murray) Fox; four brothers, William (Kathleen) Fox, Michael Fox, Robert (Mary) Fox, Gary Fox; five sisters, Catherine (Gary) Hughes, Christine (Charles) Pike, Mary Ellen (Randy) Sondgeroth, Susan (Matthew) Wood, Theresa (Francisco) Chavez; she was the special aunt to twenty two nieces and nephews, Johnathon, David, Holli, Elliot, Connor and Dennis Fox, Daniel and Jeremy Fox, Brian, John and Thomas Hughes, Jennifer (John) Shields, Ian Pike, Douglas and Julie Sondgeroth, Andrea, Erica and Paige Wood, Elisabeth and Jessica Saffell, Joseph and Jacqueline Chavez; several great nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made in Carolyn`s name to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Illinois Chapter 651 West Washington Blvd Suite 400 Chicago, IL 60661

    Maureen F.  (Mulvey) MacMullen, 56, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Delnor Community Hospital following a battle with Mesothelioma. She was born May 24, 1960, in St. Charles the daughter of Bernard and Valerie (Brennan) Mulvey. She was united in marriage to Michael H. MacMullen May 24, 1997 in St. Charles, IL. Maureen was a loving, caring, humble woman who put other first and never met a stranger she didn't like. She adored her daughter which she would refer to as her best friend. Together Maureen and her daughter Nora loved to visit the dogs at Anderson Animal Shelter. Maureen will be remembered for being a wonderful cook, gardener and most of all a wonderful wife and mother. She is survived by her husband Michael H. MacMullen; a daughter Nora MacMullen; two brothers Jim (Ann) Mulvey, and Mike (Deb) Mulvey, two sisters Ann (John) Wilson, and Mary (Daniel) Teeter; a sister-in-law Susan (David) Williams, and three brother-in-laws, John (Kathy), Thomas (Jessie) and Christopher (Tammie) MacMullen; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents. Visitation will be held 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Sunday, May 14, 2017 at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave. (Route 31), Batavia, IL. Funeral services will be held 10:00 A.M. Monday, May 15, 2017 at Moss Family Funeral Home. Committal services will follow in Union Cemetery in St. Charles, IL. In Maureen's memory, memorial contributions may be directed to the family of Maureen MacMullen to be used towards her daughters' education or American Cancer Society, 225 N. Michigan Ave., # 1200, Chicago, IL 60601 or For additional information, contact Moss Family Funeral Homes, 630-879-7900 or www.mossfuneral.comPublished in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on May 13, 2017

    Virginia "Ginny" (O'Neil) Follensbee, 53, of Mantorville, MN, passed away at her home on December 27th following a long illness. She was born November 11, 1960 in Aurora, IL, a daughter of the late Robert S. O'Neil and Nancy G. O'Neil. She is survived by her devoted husband, Donald Follensbee of Mantorville, MN, and her loving sister, Jane O. Fleming (Thomas) of West Allis, WI. Ginny and Donald had no children. She is further survived by nephew, Drew Hufsey-Fleming, and nieces, Nora Hufsey-Fleming and Hanna Fleming of West Allis, WI. She is also survived by a large extended family in Minnesota, and many cousins and friends. Ginny was a 1978 graduate of Rosary High School in Aurora, IL, attended St. Mary's College in Winona, MN, and graduated from St. Theresa's College in Winona, MN in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in nursing. She worked at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for many years. Ginny had a lifelong love for her many cats and dogs, and was a long time breeder of Maine Coon Cats. A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 4 PM until time of memorial service 7 PM at our Aurora Chapel. A private burial will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to your local animal shelter or wildlife non-profit organization would be appreciated.

    Kathleen (Weber) Cowles, 59, of North Aurora, IL passed away peacefully on Friday, March 22, 2019 at her home. Born on February 18, 1960, she is the daughter of Linda Weber and the late Dr. Carl Weber. Kathie attended Holy Angels Grade School, Rosary High School and Illinois State University. She spent her entire career at Mindseye Research Group, where she was the Executive Vice President. Kathie's intellect was only surpassed by her quick wit, compassionate heart, and persistent spirit. She enjoyed taking on new creative projects, which resulted in frequenting local craft shows, jewelry shows and flea markets. Her backyard garden and patio offered a respite for many to enjoy. Just as she tended to her garden with care and compassion, she tended to her relationships with her children, family, friends, and co-workers. Kathie was a bright light for many in her community involvement. Kathie is survived by her children Samantha and Lane Cowles and her son-in-law, Steven Hollon; her siblings Karla (Tim) Feltes, Brian (Sherry) Weber, Kimberly (Mic) Greyer, Lynette (Jeff) Van Meter and Ann Marie (Mark) Harris; her nieces and nephews Elizabeth (Trent), Carlye (James), Michele (Timmy), Anna-Kathryn (Kevin), Micaela, Madison, Brennan, and Emilia; and extended family and friends.Kathie was preceded in death by her parents Carl Emil Weber and Patricia Hannon Weber. Donations may be made in her honor to Outreach Community Ministries Christmas Store; Kathie went out of her way to volunteer and give to others during this special time of year. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Glen Ellyn Bible Church 501 Hillside Ave. Glen Ellyn, Il. 60137. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 29. 2019, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at The Daleiden Mortuary, 220 North Lake Street, Aurora, IL 60506 (630)631-5500. Please visit our interactive website at where you may sign the guest book or leave condolences for Kathie's family. Published in the Aurora Beacon News on Mar. 27, 2019
  • Class of 1979

    Patricia Babos

    Ruth (Richtman) Podmore, who faced lung cancer with grace, humor and love, made her transition on Feb. 28, 2014. She will be remembered for her love of her family, her deep respect for the natural world, her wisdom in teaching, and her creativity. She had a natural ease with mothering, which touched everyone she met and will radiate through generations. She spent 32 years with her soul mate, Mike Podmore, many of those sleeping under the stars and being lulled by the sound of rushing rivers. Her mothering shone in the way she raised her remarkable children Zak and Mollie, but it extended far into the community. Her patience with young children, her parenting wisdom, and her advocacy for those who had less, graced the classrooms of the Monteverde Friends School in Costa Rica, the Mount Sopris Montessori School, Sopris Elementary and Glenwood Springs Elementary. Ruth lived a life that was gentle on the planet and took every opportunity to celebrate the beauty of the Earth. Mike and Ruth made their nest in a 100-year-old cabin on the banks of Three Mile Creek. Her artistry graced each corner of the house. Her life made a beautiful circle, as she passed her final strong and peaceful days in the same part of her home in which she gave birth to Mollie. On both occasions, she was surrounded by loving family and friends. She will be missed fiercely, but her love inspires each of us who knew her to be an extraordinary parent, teacher and custodian of the Earth. A celebration of her life will be held on March 15 at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School barn in Carbondale, Colorado at 1 p.m. The event will include potluck appetizers, so guests are invited to bring a small dish to share as well as any written stories, photos, or art that you would like to share and leave for the family.
Rosary High School is a Catholic, college-prep high school for young women sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois. Rosary creates a sisterhood of truth, faith and strength.