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Charles Krull Music Support Fund
Announcing the Charles Krull Music Support Fund. This Fund provides aid to low income children in DeKalb County who are pursuing music education. It will help students pay for expenses such as musical instrument rental and fees for private music lessons. The exact mechanism to determine eligibility and distribution of grants for this purpose is currently in the planning phase.
Charles Krull was born in Texhoma, Oklahoma on June 19, 1933. He married his wife Maria “Toni” on March 9, 1978. Charles has four children and six beautiful grandchildren. Charles passed away on March 1, 2019 at the age of 85.
Although he was very dedicated to his career, Krull always found time for the arts, particularly music. He started singing as an undergrad in Oklahoma and continued throughout most of his life. Locally, he sang with a local Barbershop Group, the DeKalb Festival Chorus, and the Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir. Krull also enjoyed playing the piano which he did most of his life.
Gina M. Delmont Memorial Scholarship Fund
Announcing the Gina M. Delmont Memorial Scholarship Fund. Through this scholarship, Gina’s spirit of giving lives on and benefits a Sycamore High School graduate pursuing higher education at Kishwaukee College or Northern Illinois University in either the education or healthcare-related fields.
Sycamore native Gina Marie Delmont was born on August 9, 1967. She passed away on December 12, 2018 after a short, but courageous fight with cancer. She was 51 years old at the time of her passing.
During her professional career, Gina held many titles including athletic trainer, educator, clinical operations manager, and senior project manager. Among her many accomplishments, one that stands out is her time at NIU where she was responsible for placing student athletic trainers in various high schools throughout DeKalb County. Another stand out accomplishment dates back to 2008 where Gina was awarded the National Athletic Training Association (NATA) Service Award, presented by the president of NATA.
Donald “Tank” Anderson Memorial Fund
Announcing the Donald “Tank” Anderson Memorial Fund. The fund will serve two functions. The first is to support the activities of the DeKalb Wrestling Club and secondly, to fund the Donald “Tank” Anderson Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to a graduating DeKalb High School student who has participated in the wrestling program for four years, attained a minimum 3.0 GPA, proven leadership skills, and a record of giving back to the community.
This fund is established in memory of Tank Anderson, a DeKalb native, Army veteran, and retired fire fighter. In high school, he excelled at football, being named a two-time all-conference and a special mention all-state player. He was also an all-state performer in track and field for the shot put. After high school, he attended the University of Illinois for two years and then chose to enlist in the Army, participating in the Army Security Agency, stationed in Japan. After the military, he returned to DeKalb and married his sweetheart, Dee Marsh. Anderson discovered his love of wrestling through his sons who participated in the sport in the late 1980s. After this experience, Tank and some friends decided to establish the DeKalb Wrestling Club.
Chuck Criswell Memorial Scholarship Fund
Introducing the Chuck Criswell Memorial Scholarship Fund. Awarded annually, this new scholarship is intended for a Sycamore High School graduate with a track record of service to the community who has intent to enroll in a trade school, college, or university. The financial need of the student/family will be a key factor in the scholarship consideration with the award going to the student in the greatest need.
Chuck Criswell moved to Sycamore with his mom and siblings when he was in the third grade. In his junior year, coach and teacher Pete Johnson helped him get into the Diversified Occupations program so he could help his mom support the family. After high school, Chuck married Terry Kelley and they had three children, Tammie, Shelley, and Charles Jr. (Chip). In 1967, Chuck started working at University Volkswagen on the wash rack. He went from wash rack to mechanic to service manager before opening up his own shop, Chuck’s Auto Center, in 1990. “Quality work at a fair price” was Chuck’s motto.
Throughout his adult life, Chuck found many ways to give back to Sycamore. He started the Turning Back Time car show in 2000 and ran it for 12 years until back surgeries stopped him and he had to step down. Chuck believed all money should stay in Sycamore to help out the community. Chuck also hosted the Baby Boomer Bash class reunions for the classes of 1960-69 for several years. He was featured in the Sycamore History Museum exhibit “Faces of Sycamore” from April 2016 to April 2017.
Gregory B. Widerberg Memorial Scholarship Fund
Announcing the Gregory B. Widerberg Memorial Scholarship Fund, awarded on an annual basis to a graduating DeKalb High School senior majoring in education.
Greg Widerberg was born (1947) and raised in DeKalb, IL, along with his four siblings. Throughout school, Greg participated in sports including football and basketball in which he received honors and held scoring records. After graduating DeKalb High School, Greg attended Northern Illinois University, where he majored in physical education. While attending college, he met the love of his life, Carol, and the two eventually married after graduation. As a teacher, Greg taught PE and coached football and basketball. During the last 5 years of his career, Greg taught adaptive P.E. to children with special needs from pre-school to high school. He would visit up to 15 schools during the week, teaching all grade levels. Out of his 32 years as an educator, he enjoyed these years of teaching the most.
Greg passed away on June 20, 2018. He will always be remembered by his friends and family as a kind and loving person.