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Friend’s way of life mimicked university’s motto – ‘God, our light’

The University of Wisconsin has a motto which appears on the seal and some obscure T-shirts and quite possibly on diplomas, the last time I looked.

The Latin version, Numen Lumen, has various translations, but most agree and hold meaning in this: “God, our light.” All of a sudden this week, when our Badger Buddy, Bill Krueger passed away, that motto took on fresh meaning. That was Bill’s way of life.

 As his many friends knew, and as the readers of his obituary learned, Bill and Jan were deeply committed to the work of the First Baptist Church in Geneva. They had a special passion for foster children’s needs and were active in support of the camping outreach.

Bill was that special kind of person who brought “The Light” with him, always open-minded (except for Big Ten football), kind and considerate, and always willing to share a laugh or a good story.

Those of us in the University of Wisconsin West Suburban Alumni Club knew Bill as the can-do person to share Badger news, rotate football tickets through his network, and, so typical, joining Harrison Schneider in the scholarship award program. He was always forward thinking and thinking of others.

 The Alma Mater, “Varsity” is sung at any and all university events.  If you have seen a football game telecast you may recognize the traditional a capella version which ends with thousands of waving hands in unison. 

Sometimes it feels like a greeting, an acknowledgement of pride.

This week, sadly, it feels like farewell – ’til we meet again.

We have been informed by Amazing Mazy that there is a super wonderful event in Atlanta, Georgia this week. Cheersport 2013, the National Cheer and Dance Competition, features over 900 teams from around the country.

Cheer Alliance, the local organization in St. Charles is sending five teams who have worked hard to prepare for this major event.

Did we mention that Mazy is on two of the teams? And  did we mention that Mazy in her other life is a fourth grader at Richmond Intermediate School? Probably by now you may have guessed that Mazy the granddaughter of Phil Zavitz taught her all his moves.

 Finally, here comes Presidents Day. Have you noticed that there is scant mention of the original two-different-days honorees except in animated mattress ads?

At least Hollywood recently has given Lincoln some enduring images. Perhaps it’s time for the Washington film?

As we considered who might be cast as the cannot-tell-a-lie political figure, the actors who came to mind are no longer with us and there’s a really scarce roster of regular people who would admit to the cherry tree caper. Who would you like for the role?

• Joan Arteberry is a longtime resident of St. Charles. Her columns are featured in the Kane County Chronicle’s Neighbors section every other Friday. Write to her at

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