Elaine Marjory (Klemm) Cross gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. March 2, 1931 in Madison, Dane County, WI
D. June 9, 2015 in McHenry, McHenry County, IL
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  1. Donna Marie (Cross) Lubeno born June 19, 1956 in Woodstock, McHenry County, IL; married James Floyd Lubeno (1943-2016) as his second wife, son of Floyd Lubeno and Frances (Schwery) Lubeno, he married: (1) Sally Jean Kuecker on November 19, 1966 in Hebron, McHenry County, IL, daughter of Lavern Kuecker; Donna died July 24, 2000 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Donna Marie (Cross) Lubeno buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  2. Carrie Laine (Cross) Kubetz born September 4, 1954; married Richard Paul Kubetz on May 21, 1977 in McHenry, McHenry County, IL, son of Richard P. Kubetz (1927-1995) and Marion Carol (Bongs) Kubetz (1930-1981) (of Urbana IL)

Additional Information:

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Grant Township, Lake County, IL living on Route Twelve, the household members were:

“Otto Klemm, head, age 46, married, highest grade completed: 8; born in Germany, naturalized, lived in same house in 1935, occupation: Proprietor – Tavern; Rose Klemm, wife, age 36, married, highest grade completed: H1, born in Hungary, naturalized, lived in same house in 1935; Dorothy Klemm, daughter, age 16, single, highest grade completed: H1, born in Illinois, lived in same place in 1935; Elaine Klemm, daughter, age 9, single, highest grade completed: 3, born in Wisconsin, lived in same place in 1935”

According to the 1950 U.S. Census for Wauconda Township, Lake County, IL, the household members were:

“Otto Klemm, head, age 53, married, born in Germany, If foreign born, is he naturalized?: Yes; Rose Klemm, wife, age 46, married, born in Austria Hungary, If foreign born, is he naturalized?: Yes; Elaine Klemm, daughter, age 19, never married, born in Wisconsin, Occupation: General Office worker – Wholesale Radio Mfg Co”; Caroline Jankovich, mother in law, age 81, widowed, born in Austria Hungary”

According to the McHenry Plaindealer (McHenry IL) Thursday, June 22, 1950, page 2:


One of the most beautiful weddings of the season took place last Saturday, June 17, at 4:30 o’clock in St. Paul’s Lutheran church, Round Lake, when Miss Elaine Klemm of Volo became the bride of George Cross of Wonder Lake.  The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Klemm and the groom the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cross.  The double ring ceremony was performed in a church decorated for the occasion with lighter tapers and baskets of spring flowers.
   Music included “Marche Nuptiale” by the organist, E. H. Klemp, the wedding march, and two vocal solos, “O Perfect Love” and “The Lord’s Prayer”, by Nancy Arneson of Round Lake.
   The attractive bride, given in marriage by her father, chose a gown of white sheer nylon marquisette, with narrow satin ribbon bands on the skirt and underskirt of heavy taffeta.  The dress was styled with fitted bodice, long close fetting sleeves and tiny collared neckline.  She wore a wide, sweeping train and Juliet cap, the latter featuring three satin bands which carried out the detail in the skirt.  From the cap fell a finger-tip illusion veil.  She carried a colonial bouquet of white roses and stephanotis with satin streamers.
   Mrs. Dorothy McNally of Volo acted as matron of honor for her sister, attired in a dress styled similarly to that of the bride but in avacado green.  She wore a headpiece of matching material, entwined with stephanotis, and carried a bouquet of pink glads and stephanotis. 
   Bridesmaid were Miss Dorothy Wagner of Volo and Miss Dorothy Dehnke of McHenry, close friends of the bride, who were attired in gowns of lilac shade and headpieces made like that of Mrs. McNally.  They carried light salmon glads in colonial bouquets.
   Henry Cross, brother of the groom, served as best man and groomsmen were Richard Wilhelm, a friend, and James McNally, brother-in-law of the bride.
   For her daughter’s wedding, Mrs. Klemm chose a dress of navy blue sheer, white accessories and a corsage of gardenias.  Mrs. Cross was attired in a pink linen dress, white accessories and a similar corsage.
   A dinner and reception for 200 guests followed the service at the Villa Hotel Resort.  Mrs. McNally cut and served the fourtiered wedding cake.
   Before leaving on their honeymoon, the bride threw her bouquet, which was caught by Marion Wirtz of Volo.  Mrs. Cross’ traveling ensemble consisted of a two-piece green linen suit, white accessories and a white orchid corsage.
   The newlyweds left for Mercer, Wis., and from there will visit Canada.  Upon their return they will make their home in an apartment in Lily Lake.
   Mrs. Cross is a 1948 graduate of the Wauconda high school and has been employed in the office of the Admiral Corporation since that time.  Her husband graudated (sic) in 1947 from the McHenry high school and is employed by the Illinois Bell Telephone Company.”

According to the IlliniHQ (Champaign IL) June 13, 2015:

“Elaine Cross
      McHENRY – Elaine M. Cross, 84, of McHenry passed away on Tuesday (June 9, 2015) at her home.
      She was born on March 2, 1031, in Madison, Wis., the daughter of Otto and Rose (Jankovic) Klemm.
      After graduating from Wauconda High School, she married George H. Cross on June 17, 1950.  Together, they owned and operated Cross Sport and Gun Shop in Volo for 20 years.
      In retirement, they moved to Johnsburg, where Elaine enjoyed her house on the river, her grandchildren and great-grandchild.
      She was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in McHenry and a volunteer for the church’s Ladies Aid Society.
      She is survived by her daughter, Carrie (Richard) Kubetz of Urbana; two grandchildren, Erica L. Kubetz and Leah M. (Ryan) Thorp; and great-grandaughter, Elliot M. Thorp.
      She was preceded in death by her husband and daughter, Donna M. Lubeno.
      In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church, 4206 W. Elm St., McHenry, IL 60050.
      For more information, contact Colonial Funeral Home, McHenry, at 815-385-0063.”