Friday, May 3, 2013
He had a rare gift and love for teaching children and won several “Educator of the Year” awards.
Norman Arthur Collins, 80, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013. Mr. Collins was born in Momence, IL on March 3, 1933. He moved to The Villages in 2000 from Connestee Falls, NC. Norm retired after a long and rewarding career as an elementary school teacher and principal, mostly spent in Geneva, Illinois. He had a rare gift and love for teaching children and won several “Educator of the Year” awards. His co-workers said he combined warmth, artistry, enthusiasm, structure, flexibility, and humor to create a model teaching environment. Many of his former students kept in touch with him through the years and fondly recall the positive effect he had on their lives. Norm was an avid fisherman who fished almost every opportunity he could. He …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Memorial visitation will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, with eulogies at 5:30 p.m. at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Route 176, Crystal Lake.
Andrew W. Eisele, 50, of Woodstock passed away May 1, 2013, at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. He was born March 23, 1963 in Chicago to Joseph and Sharon (Brady) Eisele. He graduated from Geneva High School in 1981 and from Eastern Illinois University in 1985 and received his Master's Degree from Olivet Nazarene University. He taught middle school in Prairie Grove until his retirement. He had a passion for science. He was an animal lover, he enjoyed gardening, and loved cooking. He is survived by his children, Mia and Grant Eisele, and their mother, Kelly Eisele; his parents, Joseph and Sharon Eisele; his siblings, Dennis (Lisa) Eisele, Lynn (Randy) Tipps, Vicki Schmid; his nieces and nephews, Alexander and Samuel Eisele, Brandon …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Chic Williams traveled a long, hard road to become "a great man, and a great role model.”
He was an alcoholic who got himself sober; he turned himself from an often sarcastic and gruff man, into a remarkably compassionate, kind, endlessly giving friend. Before this complex man could save hundreds of lives of others, first he had to save his own. One of the comments following Rick Nagel’s first Tuesday morning Patch story on Chic Williams’ death stopped me short. Chic was, the commenter said, “a great man, and a great role model.” Certainly true—and one of the reasons it was true, I thought, is because there was a time when he really wasn’t. For Charles “Chic" Williams wasn’t always the quiet, laconic, rail-thin man with the wispy white hair and words of comfort and guidance, who could and would work patiently for hours with …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Geneva School Board takes a moment to remember Charles "Chic" Williams, the longtime Geneva High School teacher, dean of students and Community Intervention Program coordinator who died Monday.
Geneva School District board members and staff took a moment Monday night to remember longtime educator, coach and dean of students Charles "Chic" Willliams, who died Monday. Williams was a speech teacher, varsity baseball coach, debate coach and administrator who was active in 1,001 programs at Geneva High School, but he will be most remembered, perhaps, for his work as the National Incident Management System coordinator and Community Intervention Program coordinator. "There are so many people who said, 'Chic tuned my kid around.' So, God bless you, Chic," School Board member Mary Stith said during the board-member comments portion of Monday night's meeting. District 304 Assistant Superintendent Craig Collins said Williams was the dean of…
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The multi-talented actor, author and composer—whose credits include "Damien-Omen II, "The Untouchables" and Dr. Hull in "Somewhere In Time"—was also an accomplished writer and compose and former president of the TV Actors Studio in Chicago.
Who knew that so famous an actor was also a resident of Geneva? Paul M. Cook, a well-known actor, author, composer and resident of Geneva, died Saturday March 16, 2013, at Pine Acres Rehabilitation Center in DeKalb after a long battle with Parkinson Disease. He was 84. He was born May 20, 1928, in San Antonio, TX, the son of Henry Barnard and Letha (Frame) Cook. As an actor in TV commercials, industrial films and movies for 45 years, he was with the Shirley Hamilton Agency in Chicago. His movie credits include Damien-Omen II, The Untouchables and he played Dr. Hull in Somewhere In Time. Cook served many years as a Dale Carnegie instructor, was a regional vice president of Screen Actors Guild in Detroit and president of TV Actors Studio in …
Friday, March 1, 2013
Friends of Michael Fairbanks voiced grief, love and fond memories on Twitter this week, after the 19-year-old Tri-Cities resident and Elgin Community College student was found dead Tuesday in an Elburn home.
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Monday, February 25, 2013
A memorial service in Geneva is Thursday following the death of the 2003 Geneva High School graduate, golf and baseball player and "rising star" in Phillips 66.
Visitation will be held Wednesday and a memorial service will be held Thursday in Geneva for Raymond Kiligian III, 28, who died unexpectedly Feb. 17 in his Houston, TX, townhome. The visitation will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Yurs Funeral Home in Geneva. The memorial service is schedule for 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the funeral home. Kaligian moved to Geneva in third grade and graduated from Geneva High School in 2003, according to his obituary on the Yurs Funeral Home website. At GHS, he was conference golf champion in 2002 and was named to the all-conference baseball team his junior and senior years, the obituary says. He was a member of the National Honor Society and a Key Club member, and he was named …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Visitation is 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, and funeral Mass is Friday for the Geneva alderman who died Monday at the age of 56. Also remembered Tuesday at City Hall is beloved Geneva music teacher Adella Granquist, who died Feb. 15 in California.
After a moment of silence for Ralph Dantino, Fourth Ward Alderman Ron Singer summed up a community's feelings about his fellow alderman, who died Monday after a four-year battle with cancer. "If love could have saved him, he would have lived forever," Singer said. Dantino was remembered Tuesday night at City Hall, where he had held a 5th Ward seat for the better part of the past four years. "Ralph was a great husband, a great father and a great friend, and he will certainly be missed," said Dean Kilburg, a 3rd Ward alderman and close friend. The moment of silence was extended, as well, to include legendary Geneva music teacher Adella M. Granquist of Geneva, who died Feb. 15 in El Cajon, CA. Adella was the wife of Herb Granquist, who …
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Monday, February 18, 2013
Geneva's 5th Ward alderman dies at his home in Geneva after a long battle with a rare appendix cancer.
Geneva 5th Ward alderman Ralph Dantino died Monday, Feb. 18, on Presidents Day 2013 at his home, surrounded by family and friends. Third Ward Alderman Dean Kilburg passed along the sad news with a brief statement at about 1:03 p.m. "It is with a deep sadness that I share that Ralph passed away today at his home here in Geneva. Ralph fought a gallant battle with his cancer over the last four years," he said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and their children, Tom and Sara Sheridan, Russell, Lindsey and Drew." Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns offered heartfelt condolences, as well. "Geneva has lost another of it's long-time friends and tireless advocate for our community," he said. "Mr. Dantino's contributions were many and his commitment …