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Blauser, J. Rodney 1925-2014. J. Rodney Blauser, 88, formerly of Naperville, died on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Pleasant View. Memorial Services will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa, with the Rev. Peter Ward, Chaplain of Pleasant View, officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, at the funeral home. A committal service will be at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Naperville followed by interment in the Church Columbarium. Rodney was born on September 27, 1925 in York, PA to John and Naomi (Kindig) Blauser. Rodney received a Degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University, and received his MBA from the University of Chicago. He was employed in administration at Argonne National Laboratory. He married Ruth Bird on September 3, 1950 in York, PA. Rodney was a U. S. Navy Veteran of WWII, serving in the Pacific Theater of Operation. He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Naperville. Rodney is survived by his wife, Ruth; 4 children, Doug (Marilyn) Blauser, of Kansas City, MO, Linda (Greg) Hanley, of rural Sheridan, Bev (Dave) Boldt, of Flower Mound, TX and Valerie (Mike) Baker, of Rochester, MN; 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Virginia Louise Blauser. Memorials may be directed to Pleasant View. You may sign the online guestbook and share remembrances at www.MuellerFH.com . Mueller Funeral Home 800 First Avenue, Ottawa, IL 61350. 815-434-4433 Read Obituary
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Cornell, Marshall P. Marshall was born on May 7, 1928 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin to Lauretta (Jenkins) Cornell and George M. Cornell. Marsh lived in Sheboygan until graduating from Sheboygan North High School in 1946. Enrolled in the U.S. Navy V-5 program at Stevens Point, WI from 1946-9, he was later transferred to the Pensacola (FL) Naval Air Station to complete his training. Marshall enlisted next with the U.S. Air Force, being stationed in Germany, Tripoli and stateside. After his service, he attended University of Wisconsin-Madison, achieving a degree in electrical engineering. Marshall was married to Betty J. Gilbertson of Stevens Point, WI in 1957. Together with their three children, they lived in Madison, WI and Red Bank, NJ, before moving to Naperville, IL in 1967. Marshall was employed as an engineer by Western Electric Co., which later became Bell Laboratories, AT&T Technologies, then Alcatel Lucent. He led and served on numerous projects, receiving multiple recognitions, before retiring after 37 years. After retiring, he enjoyed time with his family, traveling, Kiwanis, and volunteering at a hospital. In 2010, Marshall and Betty moved to Fort Collins, CO. Marshall is survived by his wife, Betty; his children, Jon M. Cornell, Cathy J. Lemke (William) and Richard A. Cornell; and his grandsons, William M. Lemke and Jon M. Cornell II. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Knox Presbyterian Church, Naperville, Illinois. Please visit www.allnutt.com to view Marshall's online obituary. Read Obituary
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Gagner, Raymond L. 69 years old, of Warrenville, Illinois, died on April 9, 2014 at Lutheran General Hospital in the company of his loving family. Affectionately known as Ray Ray, he was born on September 18, 1944 in Brighton Park in Chicago, Illinois. Ray's career as the owner of the Naperville Sports Shop brought him in contact with generations of baseball, basketball, soccer and cheerleading children and their parents. When Ray retired in 2006, he was fondly remembered in The Naperville Sun. "Gagner wasn't overly friendly or chatty he was matter of fact, helpful, kind to the kids who worked there and who came in to buy something. He simply came across as genuine." In his retirement Ray continued to enjoy sailing his beloved Tunes on Lake Michigan and barreling around northern Illinois on his BMW motorcycle. Ray leaves wonderful memories for his wife, Suzanne Gagner; his daughter, Michelle Mika (Steve); his son, Andrew Gagner; his sister, Dianne Trost; his brothers/sisters-in-law, Nancy Daly (Rich), Ken Holt (Jane), Laure Holt. He will be sorely missed by his dog, Bella. Ray will be lovingly remembered by his granddaughters, Alexys Opel and Jessica Thideman; and his nieces/nephews, Colleen Moore, Gavin Daly, Nicole White, Todd Trost, Jenny Gentry, and Cora Valesquez. A private memorial service is planned. Ray's family would like to thank the staffs at Central DuPage Hospital Emergency Room and Lutheran ICU for their kindness, compassion and competence. Contributions can be in lieu of flowers to A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter of Naperville at www.adoptpetshelter.org/ or the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, www.ccfa.org/ Read Obituary
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Hoffman, Shirley Y. Age 85, of Naperville, Illinois, born January 26, 1929 in Louisville, Kentucky, wife of Robert; mother of David (Diane Dubson) and Stephen (Julie Bagatini); sister of Evelyn (Miller), Dorothe (Kostellic) and Charles Jr.; grandmother of Jacquelyn, Samantha and Savanna Hoffman; step-grandmother of Kristen, Melissa and Brittney Kloog, Alisan and Austin Goetz; as well as 11 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren, passed away on April 3rd. Shirley lived with her family in Louisville and Naperville, attended Louisville Schools plus Naperville Central High School. Shirley graduated from North Central College in 1950 with a BA in Music Education and was hired to teach vocal music, grades 1 through 12, at Hinckley, Illinois Public Schools for four years before being hired by the Naperville School system. After one year at Naperville Central High, Shirley taught 16 years at Ellsworth Elementary. While a senior at North Central College Shirley was asked to temporarily direct the Grace United Methodist Church Junior Singers Children's Choir, until the regular director could return from sick leave. The regular director never returned and Shirley continued to direct the Junior Singers for another 53 years. Shirley also organized the Cherub Choir of over 100 first, second and third graders which was active during Christmastime. Shirley met Robert Hoffman, her husband to be (also a Music Education major) at North Central College. They were married in 1954, and Bob, a band director at Naperville's Washington Junior High School also taught band at Ellsworth School where they enjoyed producing school music programs and activities together. Bob and Shirley were members of Grace Church for 60 years where Bob and Shirley organized the Youth Handbell Choir, which Bob directed. Together, Bob and Shirley performed vocally and instrumentally, themselves, and with their students. They wrote the Washington and Ellsworth school songs. Shirley frequently sang solos for weddings, funerals and church functions, often accompanied by Bob on the piano or vibraharp. Shirley directed the Naperville Womens Club Chorus for three years. She also organized the Shirley Hoffman Singers, requested by radio personality, Woody Mercer. These singers were a high school vocal ensemble group that performed for special occasions throughout Chicagoland. The highlight of their performance repertoire was a joint concert shared with singer, Mahalia Jackson. Shirley was a member of the Illinois Music Education Association and the National Education Association. She was an avid knitter all her life. She knitted while watching television, riding in the car, waiting for the doctor, or any activity when her hands were idle. She always carried her knitting projects with her. For the last 25 years she bought seasonal kitchen towels and knitted two dish cloths to match, creating a popular gift set for friends, but particularly for the Grace Church Bazaar where up to 60 sets sold annually for Missions. Other popular items knitted were doll ponchos, hats, and cuddlemocs (slippers). Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, sisters and brother. A Visitation will be held on Friday, April 11, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home and Crematory, 516 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL. Additional visitation will be held at Grace United Methodist Church, 300 E. Gartner Rd. Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. till time of service at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Naperville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Grace Church Music Ministries. Info (630)355-0264 www.Beidelmankunschfh.com . Read Obituary
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Jeselnick, John A. Age 64, a resident of Naperville, IL since 1979, formerly of St. Marys, PA, died Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Edward Hospital in Naperville, IL. He was born March 9, 1949 in St. Mary's, PA. Beloved husband of Barbara, whom he married January 6, 1979; loving father of Brian J. (Melissa) of Celebration, FL, Joel D. and Catherine C. of Naperville; beloved son of Yolanda and the late Edward; dear brother of James (Mary Kay), the late Thomas, Stephen, Andrew, Mary Jo (Jim), Anne (Christopher), Paul (Andrew), Julia, Mark, Gregory (Angela), and Dona (Paul); loving brother-in-law of Jeffrey, Sandra, Christopher, and Beth; fun-loving uncle of many. John grew up in St. Mary's as an Altar Boy, Eagle Scout, lifeguard, athlete and 1967 graduate of Elk County Christian High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Engineering from Penn State University in State College, PA and his master's degree in Industrial Administration from Purdue University in Lafayette, IN. John began his career as a consultant with Arthur Anderson and later worked for KPMG where he retired as a Partner. Since 2001, John owned and operated Jeselnick & Associates. Over the course of his career, John aided countless hospitals and organizations in the health care field. John was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Naperville and enjoyed golfing, reading, traveling and all things Disney. His true passion was helping others and spending time with his family. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 36 N. Ellsworth St., Naperville, IL. Interment: private. In lieu of flowers, memorials to: American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312, 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383, www.donations.diabetes.org or St Patrick's Residence, 1400 Brookdale Rd., Naperville, IL 60563, (630)416-6565, www.stpatricksresidence.org or to a charity of your choice. For info. please call (630)355-0213 or visit www.friedrich-jones.com . Read Obituary
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Lopatka, Elaine (nee Meyers) Born October 1, 1919, at rest April 12, 2014. Elaine, daughter of the late Veronica and Edward Meyers, was born and raised with her brother Richard on the north-side of Chicago. She met the love of her life, Ted Lopatka at a Catholic singles dance they married in 1943 and moved to Naperville in 1951. After almost twenty five years of marriage, she was widowed at only 47 years of age but managed to raise and privately educate four sons, three of whom became attorneys and one of whom became a physician. She lived in the same home for sixty years, loved to entertain and was known for being a most welcoming host. Elaine was a devoted parishioner of SS. Peter & Paul Parish where all four boys went to school. She enjoyed baking, cooking, decorating, needlepoint and many other crafts. Elaine also enjoyed bargain hunting and gift giving. She worked in the secretarial field, real estate and personnel recruitment. She was devoted to her family and was caregiver to her mother and aunt. Elaine resided in Downers Grove since 2012. She is survived by her four sons, Kenneth, Craig (Kim, nee Makovic), John (Marie Riley) and Gerard "Jerry" (Mary Ellen Schneider) Lopatka; eight grandchildren, Jeffery, Ryan, Luke, Lars, Ted, Claire, Robert (Iva Stoyanova) and Daniel Lopatka; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. Visitation: Tuesday, April 15th 4:00p.m. - 8:00p.m. at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville, IL 60540. Additional visitation: Wednesday, April 16th 9:30a.m. - 10:30a.m. at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 64 Norfolk Ave., Clarendon Hills, IL 60514. Mass of Christian burial to follow at 10:30a.m. at Church. Interment at St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, IL. For more information, please call 630-355-0213 or www.friedrich-jones.com . Read Obituary
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Markey, John Paul Age 90, a resident of Naperville, IL for the past 40 years and most recently of Monarch Landing the past seven years. At rest Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Seasons Hospice Home in Naperville, IL. Born July 14, 1923 in Ottawa, IL, the son of the late James and Ellen Markey. Beloved husband of Virginia "Ginny" for the past 65 years; loving father of John (Joanne) Markey; cherished grandfather of Erin, Tara, John and Brianne; and fond uncle of numerous nieces and nephews. Dear brother of the late Mary Stevenson and twin brothers, the late Jim and the late Bill Markey. John served in the Army Air Corp during WW II and retired from Sears Roebuck in 1988 after 32 years of dedicated service. John is a founding member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Naperville and has done volunteer work at Edward Hospital for the past 20 years and at St. Patrick's Residence. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Patrick's Residence, 1400 Brookdale Road, Naperville, IL 60563 or Edward Hospital Foundation, 801 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL 60540 or St. Thomas the Apostle Church. Visitation Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill Street, Naperville, IL 60540. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1500 Brookdale Road, Naperville, IL 60563. A private family inurnment at a later date. Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services 44 South Mill St, Naperville, IL 60540 (630) 355 0213 www.friedrichjones.com Read Obituary
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