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Becker, C. Michael - Naperville  
Becker, C. Michael Age 67, a resident of Naperville, IL since 1982 and formerly of Milwaukee, WI, left this world too soon on December 17, 2014, with his devoted wife and best friend, Elizabeth, at his side. He was born October 10, 1947 in Chicago, IL to Charles and Sherle Becker, who preceded him in death. From an early age, Michael had a passion for literature. He often noted that in a library he was surrounded by his best friends. A skilled writer himself, he belonged to several writers' groups. His works were widely known in the literary world and he was proud of his collection of poetry that was published. He possessed an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and there never seemed to be a subject he did not find fascinating. Michael was a skilled photographer and enjoyed sharing the images he captured with his many friends. He was also an exquisite chef and was extremely comfortable in the kitchen. His quick wit, strong will and gentle heart will not be soon forgotten. For those who would like to leave a lasting tribute to Michael's life, memorials may be made to the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, 800 East Grand on Navy Peer, Chicago, IL 60611. Family and friends are invited to gather on Sunday, December 21, 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. at the Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville. A Celebration of Michael's life will begin at 3:00 p.m. Interment will be private. For info please call 630-355-0213 or visit http://www.friedrich-jones.com/
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Published in Naperville Sun on Dec. 19, 2014
Betz, Robert J. "Bob" - Naperville  
Betz, Robert J. "Bob" Age 83, a resident of Naperville, IL, passed away on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Edward Hospital, Naperville. He was born June 8, 1931 in Chicago, IL. Beloved husband of Carole Marino Betz; loving father of Joseph (Joan) Strzelecki of Naperville, Sharon Strzelecki of Naperville and Brian Strzelecki of Aurora, IL; adored grandfather of Brian, Patrais, Tyler and Hannah; devoted son of the late Lawrence and Inez Betz; dear twin brother of Joseph (the late Mona) Betz of Naperville; fond uncle of Alan Betz and Elaine Bradbury. Bob served in the U.S. Air Force during the during the Korean War, stationed in Japan. He was employed for many years as an Official Court Reporter at the Everett M. Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago, retiring in 1990. Bob enjoyed reading, photography, writing and traveling. Memorial Visitation Saturday, December 20, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville. A celebration of Bob's life will follow Saturday, 4:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment: Private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Family Shelter Service, 605 East Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL 60187, (630) 221-8290, www.familyshelterservice.org For info., please call (630)355-0213 or visit www.friedrich-jones.com .
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Published in Naperville Sun on Dec. 19, 2014
Dodge, Esther - Peoria  
Dodge, Esther R. Age 90, of Naperville, formerly of Peoria, passed away on Friday, December 12, 2014 at her home. Born January 9, 1924 in Henry, IL to Eugene and Capitola (Smith) Rowe, she married Wilbur Dodge on Oct. 28, 1944 in Normal, IL. Surviving are her three children, Daniel (Sandee) Dodge of Naperville, Marsha (Paul) Melcher of Dover, TN and Martha (Don) Noble of Morton; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Ellen, Elsie Jean and Eunice. Preceding her death was her husband, parents and nine siblings. Esther was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who devoted her life to raising her family. She grew up on a farm near Henry with 12 sisters and brothers; met her husband at Caterpillar in Peoria where she lived the majority of her life and spent her last years in Naperville. Services are on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at First Federated Church in Peoria with visitation at 11:30 a.m. Entombment will be at her husband's side at Resurrection Mausoleum in Peoria. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army. Online condolences may be made through www.woolsey-wilton.com .
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Published in Naperville Sun on Dec. 19, 2014
Kalkis, Caroline F. (Lenz) - Woodridge  
Kalkis, Caroline F. (nee Lenz) Cherished wife of Roger Kalkis; devoted mother of Randall (Annie) Kalkis, Kathryn (James) Zboncak and the late Theran (Jodi) Kalkis; proud grandmother of Scott (Ashley) Kalkis, Xiling Kalkis, Jennifer (Alex) Levenhagen, Rafe (Alexandria) Kalkis, Kristi Zboncak, Zachary (Courtney) Zboncak and Kelsey (Aaron) Means; fond great-grandma of Cierra, McKenzie, Abby, Tessany and Judah; loving sister of Fredrick, James, Kenneth and the late Lawrence and Leonard Lenz; beloved daughter of the late Oliva (nee Olson) and the late Friedrich Lenz. Visitation Sunday 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1101 Kimberly Way, Lisle and Monday 9:30 a.m. until time of Funeral Service, 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at Naperville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church, Caring Bridge or Gideons International would be appreciated. To leave an online condolence please visit: www.SimplicityCremationCare.com or for info: Simplicity Funeral & Cremation Care (630) 445-1439.
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Published in Naperville Sun on Dec. 19, 2014
Morello, Edwin - Naperville, Il  
Morello, Dr. Edwin F. Of Naperville, 86, passed December 15, 2014. Loving brother of Raymond (Dorothy), of Lombard, and the late Lt. John Morello Jr.; cherished uncle to Laura Morello, of Lombard, Mary Sue (Harold) Stetson,of Naperville; dear great-uncle to Scott (Kari) Stetson, Jim Stetson and Bill Stetson; adored great-great-uncle to Thora Stetson. Ed received his bachelor degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign and a PHD from the University of Minnesota, in Organic Chemistry and Philosophy. He worked and retired from BP Amoco Chemical Corporation in Naperville, IL. He received a certificate of appreciation for the scientific and technical growth of Amoco Chemicals Corporation on the occasion of the granting of his 25th U.S. Patent. Ed enjoyed golfing, hiking, snow skiing, bowling and fishing. He looked forward to attending all his great-nephews' sporting events, and never missed a game. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated for St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 5015 Lincoln Ave. (On Rt. 53, 1/2 mile south of Ogden/Rt. 34), Lisle, on Sunday, December 21, 2014 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. Services to begin at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1329 Belleview Ave., Rockdale, IL 60436, Monday, December 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Joliet, IL.
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Published in Naperville Sun on Dec. 19, 2014

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Churchill, Margaret Christine "Marge" - WHEATON  
Churchill, Margaret "Marge" Christine Margaret "Marge" Christine Churchill, passed away peacefully on December 16, 2014 at Alden Courts of Waterford in Aurora, IL, with her loving husband at her side. She was born February 5, 1923 in Edmonton, Canada, and became a U.S. citizen at Sweetgrass, MT on April 26, 1930. Marge lived in Winter, WI until her high school graduation. She then moved to Chicago, IL where she met Albert Churchill who at the time was serving in the U.S. Navy. They married in lived in Chicago for a brief period until settling in Wheaton, IL where they remained for 52 years. A true, obedient lover of Jesus Christ and His every word. Member of Calvary Church, Gideon's International at Wheaton, Elgin and Aurora camps, and served 25 years on the Prime Timer's Calvary Church Executive Committee. Marge also enjoyed working with ceramics. Marge is survived by her beloved husband of 70 years, Albert F. Churchill; her loving children, Donald A. (Jeanne) Churchill of Aurora, IL and Margaret R. (Tom) Williams of Lansdale, PA; her cherished grandchildren, Jennifer (Todd) Leden, Amy (Jay) Parker, Thomas (Erika) Williams, Chip (Kim) Churchill and Jason Churchill; her adored great-grandchildren, Andrew, Alexa and Evan Leden, Samantha and Riley Parker, Lauren and Kiersten Williams, Braden and Avery Churchill; and her dear brother, Rev. Paul (the late Betty) Hoff; and sister-in-law, Sylvia (the late Fred) Hoff. She was preceded in death by her parents, Reverend Elmer and Alma Hoff; her sister, Ruth (the late Hartzel) Ford and brother, Fred Hoff; and sister-in-law, Betty Hoff. For those who would like to leave a lasting tribute to the life of Margaret C. Churchill, please make donations to Gideon International Memorial Bibles, Aurora Camp, 119 Gale Street, Aurora, IL 60506. Visitation will be Thursday, December 18, 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville. An additional visitation will be held on Friday, December 19, 9:00 until 10:00 a.m. at the Chapel at Calvary Church, 9S.200 Route 59, Naperville, 60564. Funeral Services will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel and interment will follow at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL. For info please call 630-355-0213 or visit www.friedrich-jones.com .
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Published in Naperville Sun on Dec. 17, 2014
Demerdjian, Marjorie A. (Segelstrom) - Plainfield  
Demerdjian, Marjorie A. (nee Segelstrom) age 77, a longtime resident of Oak Park, IL, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Alden Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Long Grove, IL, surrounded by her family. She was born October 9, 1937 in Chicago, IL. Beloved wife of 51 years to Leon Demerdjian; loving mother of Tania (Derek Switzky) Demerdjian, Nadia (Joanne DeGennaro) Demerdjian, Raffi (Jessica Munoz) Demerdjian and Tamara (Travis Flores) Demerdjian; adored grandmother of Sophia Demerdjian; devoted daughter of the late Ernest and Christine Segelstrom; dear sister of Gerry (Denise) Segelstrom, Lora Lee (Joseph) Kroslack and the late Dennis (Diane) Segelstrom; fond aunt, great-aunt and friend to many. Marjorie grew up in Chicago and was a graduate of Washington High School. A registered nurse by profession, Marjorie served as Head Nurse at Wesley Memorial Hospital (now Northwestern Memorial Hospital) in Chicago. Marjorie later owned and operated Marjorie's Daycare in Oak Park for 15 years and also helped her husband, Leon, run Sayat Nova Restaurant in Des Plaines, IL. She was a member of Pilgrim Congregational Church in Oak Park and St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church in Chicago. Visitation Wednesday, December 17, 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St, Naperville. A wake service will be held Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Family and friends will meet for funeral Services Thursday, December 18, 11:00 a.m. at St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church, 6700 West Diversey Avenue, Chicago, IL 60707, (773) 637-1711, www.stgregorychicago.org . Interment: Private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church or Tekeyan Cultural Association. For info., please call (630)355-0213 or visit www.friedrich-jones.com .
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Published in Naperville Sun on Dec. 17, 2014
Neumann, Doug - Naperville  
Neumann, Doug Age 58, of Naperville, IL, passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at his home. Born February 18, 1956 in Granite City, IL. Cherished son of Mary Lou and the late Richard G. Neumann; beloved brother of Sue Ellen Stewart, of Naperville, IL, Cindy Eriksen, of Naperville, IL and Kurt Neumann of Naperville, IL; dearest uncle of Kimberly Stewart and Kourtney Nielsen, Neil (Megan) and Anne-Marie Eriksen, Lisel and Christian Neumann. Doug belonged to Western Du Page Special Recreation Association. He was a dedicated 37 year employee of Spectrum Vocational Services, of Downers Grove, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials to: Little Friends, 140 N. Wright St., Naperville, IL 60540. Visitation: Thursday, December 18th 10:30 a.m. -12:00 Noon at Grace United Methodist Church, 300 East Gartner Rd., Naperville, IL 60540. Funeral Service to follow at 12:00 Noon at Church. Interment at Naperville Cemetery, Naperville, IL. Arrangements entrusted to Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville, IL 60540. For more information, please call 630-355-0213 or www.friedrich-jones.com
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Published in Naperville Sun on Dec. 17, 2014
Ritscherle, Elizabeth "Liz" - Naperville  
Ritscherle, Elizabeth A. "Liz" (nee Severson) Age 72, of Naperville, IL, formerly of Forest City, IA, passed away peacefully at her home Monday, December 15, 2014 surrounded by family. Born December 29, 1941 in Forest City, IA to the loving late parents, Orville and Velma Severson (nee Potter) and survived by her brother, Julius Severson of Forest City, IA. Cherished wife of Dr. Joseph C. Ritscherle, wedded April 3, 1993; beloved mother of Lisa (Gary) Gramm of Naperville, IL, Lynn (Mike) Patton of Naperville, IL and Bob (Paulette) Gray of Crystal Lake, IL; loving stepmother of Joseph (Liz) Ritscherle of Wheaton, IL and Alice (Lars) Fogelin of Tucson, AZ; dearest grandma of Dan and Kelly Patton, Paige Schaeffer, Liam and Emily Gray, Nathan and Rhianna Ritscherle. Preceeded in death by her first husband, Robert Leigh Gray. Private Mass of Christian burial and Interment will be held Saturday, December 20, 2014. In lieu of flowers, memorials may go to: American Cancer Society, 1801 S. Meyers Rd, Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181. Arrangements entrusted to Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville, IL 60540. For more information, please call 630-355-0213 or www.friedrichjones.com .
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Published in Naperville Sun on Dec. 17, 2014
Rosanova, Robert J. - Wheaton  
Rosanova, Robert J. 102, passed away December 14, 2014. Beloved husband of the late Theresa "Terri" (nee Basile); loving father of Bobbie (Don Hoschouer) Dasko and John Rosanova; dear grandfather of Rick (Kathy), Joe, Shelly (Steve), John (Kaitlin), Vince (Rachel), Francesca and Michael; and great-grandfather of Kasey, Danni, Henry, Will and Rocky; fond brother of Ramona (Michael). Robert served as a B17 crew chief during WWII and was a proud member for 65 years of the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers during his career. Visitation Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of service 11:00 a.m. at Williams Kampp Funeral Home, 430 E. Roosevelt Rd. (One blk. E of Naperville Rd.), Wheaton. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside. In lieu of flowers, donations appreciated to Maryville Academy, 1150 N. River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016. Info @ www.williams-kampp.com or (630) 668-0016.
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Published in Naperville Sun on Dec. 17, 2014
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