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Bleser, Edward - South Elgin  
Bleser, Edward M. 87, of Bull Shoals, Arkansas passed Tuesday, November 4, 2014, in Arkansas. Born May 31, 1927, Chicago, to Peter and Catherin (Lescher) Bleser. He served 12 years in the United States Army National Guard. Mr. Bleser is survived by two daughters, Cindy (Tom) Massion, two grandchildren, Michael and Brandon, two great-grandchildren, Camden and Lily of Poplar Grove, and Christine (Paul) Bleser Keller of South Elgin; one step-granddaughter Sherise; 3 step-great-grandchildren; sister, Marion (Ed) Bass; brothers, Frank (Gloria), Bob (Louise), Len (Yvonne) Bleser; nieces and nephews; and wife, Sandra Bleser and children.He was preceded in death by his parents and wife; mother of his children, Shirley Bleser. Mass will be at St. Lawrence Church Elgin, Saturday, November 22 at 1:00p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to his daughters towards funeral expenses and contributions made to organizations that helped with his transition.
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Published in Courier News on Nov. 20, 2014
Campbell, Theodore E. "Ted" - Sycamore  
Campbell, Theodore Emerson "Ted" Passed away on Veterans Day, 2014 in Elgin, IL. He was born on June 2, 1931, in Los Angeles, CA, first child of Horace Wilson Campbell and Helene Scheidecker Emerson. In 1949, he graduated from the Todd School for Boys in Woodstock, IL where he was a classmate of illustrator Gahan Wilson. After school, he honorably served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Korea and Japan during the Korean War, reaching the rank of Sergeant. He earned an Associate's Degree in Law Enforcement from Kishwaukee College in 1985. A career lithographer, he was noted for his service to the community, most notably as an Auxiliary Police Officer in Genoa, IL and as a volunteer at the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge in Williamson County, IL where he was twice named Volunteer of the Year. He was also a member of the Clan Campbell Society, the National Rifle Association, and the Sierra Club. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Campbell; a son, Paul Campbell and his wife, Miyuki; a daughter, Heather Campbell Slutzky and her husband, David; three grandchildren, Ian Campbell, Katori Campbell, and Jefferson Slutzky; a sister, Colleen Campbell; and numerous nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces. He was predeceased by a half-sister, Suzanne Campbell; and a son-in-law, John Furtek. The memorial funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Visitor Center of the Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge in Williamson County, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to medVAC/Voluntary Action Center, 1606 Bethany Rd., Sycamore, IL 60178. Arrangements were completed by the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore, IL. For info or to sign the online guest book, go to www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com []
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Published in Courier News on Nov. 16, 2014
Danner, Hazel "Honey" - Waukesha  
Danner, Hazel "Honey" Of Waukesha, died on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, surrounded by her family at Merrill Hills Manor at the age of 94. She was born in Elgin, IL on June 4, 1920, the daughter of Marcus and Edna (nee Hannah) Damisch. On August 25, 1939 she eloped to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where she married George W. Danner; he preceded her in death on February 17, 2004. Hazel was a graduate of the University of Illinois with a B.A. in English. Hazel was a longtime member of the Waukesha Memorial Hospital Board of Directors where she has a boardroom named after her. She was also a board member for the Waukesha Memorial Hospital Foundation, a longtime member of the Waukesha Service Club and a member of the Senior League. Hazel was a founding member of Electronic Tele-Communications Inc. in Waukesha along with her husband George and their son Dean and his wife Boni. She was a longtime member of St. Mary Catholic Church where she was part of the Christian Mothers and was a current member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church. Hazel was a world traveler, enjoyed playing sheepshead, gardening, was an excellent painter and loved Halloween where she was often referred to as "Hazel Witch". Most of all she enjoyed being with her family and will always be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother. Honey will be sadly missed by her children, George M. (Nancy) Danner of Wausaukee, Cynthia K. (Ernie) Carlson of Chico, CA, David L. (Pamela) Danner of McLean, VA, Dean W. (Boni) Danner of Waukesha and Lynne E. (David) Erbs of Edgerton. She was the beloved grandmother of her 35 grandchildren and spouses and their children. She is further survived by her brothers, John and Richard Damisch; her sister-in-law, Nancy Damisch; her brother-in-law, Bob (Nan) Danner; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband George, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Damisch and her sister, Dorothy Ryniker. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 24, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the Eulogy at 10:50 a.m. followed by the funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m., all to be held at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2400 W. State Highway 59, Waukesha, WI 53189. The Reverend Curt Frederick will preside. Graveside services will immediately follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Waukesha Memorial Foundation, 725 American Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53188 or to the Boy Scouts of America Potawatomi Council, 804 Bluemound Road, Waukesha, WI 53188. Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, Crematory and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information please call the funeral home at 262-547-4035 or visit our website at www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.
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Published in Courier News on Nov. 21, 2014
Denton, Pamela - Belvidere  
Denton, Pamela Sue (nee Boehning) Age 54, of Belvidere, IL left us peacefully on November 7, 2014, surrounded by her family after a very courageous battle with cancer. A beloved wife, daughter, sister, proud aunt, special niece and friend. Married to David Sean Denton for 36 years. Pam is survived by her husband; parents, Vernon and Janice Boehning of Leaf River, IL; brothers, David Douglas and Dean (Donna); two sisters, Patti and Penny; nieces, nephews, and great-nephews. Thank you to Visiting Nurses Association Hospice of Rockford for taking such good care of Pam and making her last days comfortable and memorable at her parents' home with family. Pam's beautiful smile and her gentle spirit will be remembered by all who knew her. She will always be loved and forever missed. Private service is planned at a later date.
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Published in Courier News on Nov. 23, 2014
Edgerton, Michael J. - Bethesda  
Edgerton, Michael J. Age 47, of South Elgin passed away Thursday, November 20 after a 2 1/2 year battle with pancreatic cancer. Beloved husband of Gina (nee Governale); loving father of Caitlin and Connor; cherished son of Michael and the late Marilyn (nee Lennert); dear brother of Patrick (Vanessa) and Mary (David) Ketelsen; proud uncle of Jesse, Christian, Brianna, Matthew, Jordan, Jackson, Christopher, Anthony and Nicholas. Michael was a Red Sox fan, avid sports and soccer enthusiast. Visitation Monday, November 24, 3:00 8:00 p.m. at the Countryside Funeral Home & Crematory, 95 S. Gilbert St. (at State St.), South Elgin. Funeral Tuesday, 9:15 a.m. to St. Laurence Church. Mass 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to his children's college fund c/o Gina is appreciated. 847-289-8054 or www.countrysidefuneralhomes.com
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Published in Courier News on Nov. 23, 2014
Marsala, Rosanne - Huntley  
Marsala, Rosanne 57, of Carpentersville, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Wednesday morning, November 19, 2014. She was born January 7, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of William Richard and Patricia Ann (Daniels) Pawlowske. She served in the United States Army for a time and on June 16, 1989 was united in marriage to Phillip A. Marsala in Geneva, Illinois. The couple made their home in Freeport and later Carpentersville. Rosanne is survived by her husband, Phillip. She was preceded in death by her parents. Private family services will be held at a later date. The DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral & Cremation Service of Huntley is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be directed to www.defiorejorgensen.com
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Published in Courier News on Nov. 21, 2014
Sanders, James - Elgin  
Sanders, James R. "Jim" 77, of Paris, TN, formerly of Elgin, passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Presence St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin. He was born June 23, 1937 in Vienna, IL, the son of Tilford and Grace Elzora Mathis Sanders. He was a graduate of Vienna High School and received an Associate's Degree from Elgin Community College in Fire Science. He had been a resident of Elgin since 1960 and was employed as a firefighter-paramedic with the Elgin Fire Dept. for 23 years. Jim was a member of the first paramedic class at Sherman Hospital and was a Captain, Battalion Chief and Fire Inspector before retiring in 1986. Jim loved to golf and had a hole-in-one at his home course, The Tennessean in Paris. Surviving are his loving wife, Joann Koska Sanders whom he married on July 23, 1957; his loving daughters, Jami (Stephen) Laird of Elgin and Lizabeth Sanders of Castle Rock, CO; 7 grandchildren, Clifford James Laird, Jennifer (Chris) Miranda, Renee (Josiah) Todd, Kathryn and Melanie Laird, Alex Gravel and Timothy Laird; a great-grandson, Anthony Stephen Laird; 6 sisters, Jane (Sherman) McClellan of Baytown, TX, Myra (Howard) Powell of Ozark, IL, Mary (Bob) Harper of Tunnel Hill, IL, Sharon Folkman of Bismarck, IL, Sally (Clyde) Taylor and Judy Nutty both of Vienna; a brother, George Sanders of Jensen Beach, FL and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 grandchildren, Emily, Thomas and Colleen Laird; and 4 sisters, Holly Colleen Sanders, Betty Daniels, Vickie Webb and Connie Garner. Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 22 at Laird Funeral Home, Elgin from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with firefighter walk through at 4:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Fire Barn #5 Museum, 533 St. Charles St., Elgin, IL 60120. www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com or 847-741-8800.
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Published in Courier News on Nov. 21, 2014
Zimmerman, Gloria A. - McHenry  
Zimmerman, Gloria A. 87, of McHenry, passed away on Monday, November 10, 2014 at the Manorcare of Libertyville. She was born on February 20, 1927 in Elgin the daughter of Henry and Amelia (Mahl) Wacker. She was a resident of Elgin for over 60 years prior to moving to McHenry, was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Elgin. Gloria is survived by her children, David L. (Delores) Zimmerman, Doreen L. Zimmerman and Cynthia L. Zimmerman; grandchildren, David Jr., Robert, Michael (Tammy), Tammy L. Shipley, Kevin, Timothy (Kelly), Ryan, Pamela (Nick) Charlan; and a step-grandson, Russell (Christine); 19 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Behm. Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Howard Zimmerman; and 4 sisters. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:00 a.m. in the Wait Ross Allanson Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel, 51 Center St. Burial will follow at Bluff City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the chapel and on Saturday morning from 9:15 a.m. until the time of services. 847-742-2100 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com .
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Published in Courier News on Nov. 19, 2014
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