Sandra C. Sidoryk

Sandra C. Sidoryk nee Trochowski, of Lombard, passed away recently. Loving mother of Joseph (Dana) Sidoryk of Elmhurst and Mark (Lorica Adler) Sidoryk also of Elmhurst; grandmother of Kenneth, Tyler and Lexie Sidoryk and Nikita Sidoryk; sister of Dolores (the late Carl) Hajec, Diane (the late Al) Hegberg and Pat (Tony) Ranallo. Memorial Visitation was held Saturday, February 20, 2016, at Ahlgrim Funeral Home, 567 S. Spring Rd., Elmhurst. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, Memorials will be appreciated for Rush University Medical Center for Lung Research, 1700 W. Van Buren St., Ste. 250, Chicago, 60612 or rush.convio.net/ssidoryk Arrangements provided by Ahlgrim Funeral Home. Call (630) 834-3515 or visit ahlgrim.com for more information.

Reverend Calvin W. Becker, 92

Calvin Becker, a 16-year resident of Elmhurst, went to be with the Lord on February 19, 2016, at the age of 92. Calvin was born to William and Adeline Becker on October 9, 1924, on a dairy farm south of Juneau, Wisc. He attended a local elementary school and graduated from Juneau High School in 1942.

He served with the 82nd Airborne Division in WWII and was wounded during the Airborne Invasion of Holland, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart. After his discharge from the Army in December of 1945, he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree.  His career in marketing and merchandising began when he joined the Management Training program of the Ed Schuster & Co. department store chain in Milwaukee.

After three years in the retail field, Calvin felt the Call of God to a full-time Christian ministry.  He attended the Moody Bible Institute and graduated from the Pastor’s Course in 1955.  During his senior year, he served as Student Pastor in Eastern Iowa.  Also during his senior year, he met and married his wife, Phylis Zagorski.  The two continued their pastoral ministry for three years.  Calvin received further Biblical and Theological training at Gordon-Conwell Seminary where he earned a Master of Divinity degree.

In August of 1961, he was invited to join the staff of the Moody Bible Institute, where he served in the Correspondence School for over seventeen years and the Student Development Department for more than seven years.  In the Correspondence School, he started as Office Manager, but was soon promoted to Assistant Director in charge of promotion and advertising.  He worked closely with correspondence students in prisons and jails around the country, as well the resident correctional chaplains.  He was a member of the American Correctional Assn., the American Correctional Chaplains Assn., and the American Correctional Protestant Chaplains Assn.   A transfer to the Student Development Office allowed him to work closely with day school students of Moody Bible Institute.  He served as Manager of Student Employment until his retirement in 1986.  In addition to his duties in the Student Employment office, he also served short terms as Financial Aid Coordinator and Foreign Student Advisor.

Calvin and his wife retired to Florida for ten years, but returned to the Chicago area to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Besides full-time Christian ministry, Calvin also taught Sunday School for several years, served as Co-Superintendent of the Junior High Department, and served on Deacon and Elder Boards.

Calvin is survived by his wife Phylis of 61 years; four sons, Dean (Lorrie), Bryce (Marta), Bryan and David; six grandchildren, Ryan, Kelly, Corey, Brittany, Sara, and Emily; and by one sister Ardis.  He was preceded in death by his brother Duane and his sister Bernice. Funeral service was held at First Baptist Church, Elmhurst, on Monday, February 22, 2016. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Arrangements provided by Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, Wheaton. For more information, call 630-668-0016.

Norbert  F. Rathje, 92

Norbert  F. Rathje, age 92, of Addison, passed away recently at the age of 92. Beloved husband of the late Lois D. Rathje, nee Miessler; loving father of Kenneth (Katherine), Donald (Korrin) and John; loving grandfather of Christopher, Andrew (Alicia) and Brenda (Richard) Doolittle; honored great grandfather of Liam Rathje and Avery Doolittle; devoted brother of the late Jean (the late Frank) Kerkoch; dear brother-in-law of Richard (the late Darline) Miessler, Howard (the late Helen) Miessler and Betty (the late James) Franke; fond uncle of many. Norbert served his country during WW II and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army. Funeral services were held on Thursday, February 11, 2016. Interment St. Paul Cemetery, Addison.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund. Arrangements provided by Pedersen-Ryberg Mortuary. For more information, call (630) 834-1133 or visit pedersenryberg.com.

 

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