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In Memoriam: Barbara Miller


Your memorial contribution in Barbara’s name will be placed in the
Fred & Barb Miller Scholarship Endowment Fund.

The original obituary listing can be found here.

Barbara Mary Yanko Miller 89 of Aurora, IL, passed away on November 17, 2020. She was born on November 1, 1931, the daughter of John and Sophie Yanko. On September 11, 1948 she married her husband Frederick Eugene Miller. Barb was active in Dieterich School PTA and the Boy Scout Auxiliary for Troop 29, Girl Scouts, Birthday Club, Do Nothing Club and Snow Village Club. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, collecting Precious Moments; Thomas Kincaid paintings; Thanksgiving, Easter and Snow Village pieces; and being involved in her children’s and grandchildren’s lives. She is survived by her daughters Linda Whitmill, Joyce Beghtol (Robert), Nancy Moore and Kimberly Ries (Lester), several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her sister Sue Mangers (Bob) and brother John Yanko (Jeananne) and long-time friends Geri and Shirley. She is preceded in death by Frederick Eugene Miller (beloved husband), daughter Pamela Miller King and her son Jason King, her parents John and Sophie Yanko, and her sister Charlene O’Neill. A graveside service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fred and Barb Miller Scholarship Endowment Fund through Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. For Information and guestbook, visit, 630-897-1196 Due to current restrictions, please follow social distancing guidelines and a mask is required to be worn. Thank you in advance for your patience as only a limited amount of guests will be allowed in the chapel.

Published in Beacon News on Nov. 19, 2020.


Your memorial contribution in Barbara’s name will be placed in the
Fred & Barb Miller Scholarship Endowment Fund.

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Marianne Renner

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Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

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Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

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Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

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