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Obituaries

  1. Donald O. Kappes

    July 20, 2015

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    Donald O. Kappes 79 of Elgin, died Friday, July 17, 2015 at his home.  Born August 25, 1935 in Elgin, he was the son of Orville J. and Maythel E. (Crouse) Kappes.

    He worked as a teacher starting in 1965 at Ellis Middle School, and Larkin High for 30 years.  Don was known to be a conscientious, “tough but fair” caring math teacher, with a sense of humor.  He enjoyed photography, and was one of the first educators to teach computer science.  He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology, ...
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  2. Richard E. Paulsen

    July 6, 2015

    Paulsen, RichardRichard E. (Dick) Paulsen, 82, died July 2 after a long and courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma. He was a long time resident of Crystal Lake, IL.  Dick was born September 6, 1932 in Elgin, IL to Edward & Esther Paulsen.  He was a loving husband of 59 years to Barbara, and devoted father to David (Pam) of Aurora, CO, and daughters Cheryl (Mike) Wietlispach and Vicki (John) Wisser of Crystal Lake.  His legacy will be carried on by eight grandchildren, Adam (Talita), Chris (Katie Brubaker) and Tim ...
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  3. Cottrell Stewart Jr.

    July 2, 2015

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    Cottrell Stewart, Jr. of Elgin, died Monday, June 29, 2015 at Presence St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin.  The son of Cottrell, Sr. and Bessie (Rice) Stewart, he was born July 2, 1944 in Prairie Point, MS.

    He will be missed by his loving wife and son.  He enjoyed cooking, and was a great debater.  Cottrell was a proud member of Bethesda Church of God in Christ.

    Cottrell is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John and Jimmie Stewart.

    He is survived by his loving wife Antoinette of 24 years; one ...
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  4. Tomasa A. Ayala

    la fotoTomasa Ayala, age 71, beloved mother and grandmother, died on June 29, 2015 at University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center.

     Tomasa is survived by her children and grandchildren.

     Tomasa was born on November 3, 1943 in Huandacareo, Mexico, to parents Andres Ayala Hernandez and Rafaela Fulgencio Chavez.

    Visitation will be Sunday, July 5, 2015, 3:00pm to 7:00pm at O’Connor-Leetz Funeral Home in Elgin. Interment will be at the place of her birth. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Tomasa’s ...
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  5. Sam E. Miller

    Sam E. Miller, of Elgin IL died peacefully at ManorCare of Elgin on June 29, 2015.
    Aged 80 years, beloved brother, father and friend, he will be greatly missed. Service will ...
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