Elburn widow: ‘We’re truly blessed’

By on July 17, 2009

School parents plan fundraiser to help family who lost dad
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Elburn resident Michael Kovach died unexpectedly on April 27 at the age of 39, leaving behind his wife, Kathy, and their four young children. Since then, a group of parents from the children’s church and school, Holy Angels in Aurora, have taken meals to the Kovach home three times a week and organized a golf outing to raise money for the children’s care and education.

“I just feel like we’re truly blessed that they want to help,” Kathy Kovach said.

One of the Holy Angels parents is Colleen Knauf. After Michael’s sudden death, she and a few others decided to take Kathy under their wing, Knauf said. More parents have gotten involved, providing Kovach an invaluable support network.

“It’s overwhelming,” Kovach said.

The meals the parents drop off have helped Kovach tremendously, not only financially.

“Making meals is not on the top of my list when I am suddenly a single parent, trying to take care of the kids and the house and trying to be there for them emotionally,” Kovach said. “Every day’s a struggle.”

The Kovach children are Michael, 12; Sarah, 11; Emily, 5; and Aiden, 4. Kathy is going to the July 25 golf outing dinner with all or most of them, she said. Emily, in particular, is excited to go.
“She knows they are doing it, and every time we drive past Bliss Creek she says, ‘Daddy used to golf there,’” Kovach said.

The Holy Angels parents group decided to have the fundraiser at Bliss Creek because Michael Kovach was an avid golfer at the Sugar Grove course, Knauf said.

The Kovach Family Golf Outing

for the Kovach Education Fund
Saturday, July 25 • 1 p.m.
Bliss Creek Golf Course, Sugar Grove

18 holes of golf, including a cart,
and a steak dinner, is $100.
Dinner only is $35.
To sponsor a hole or to sign up
for the outing, call Colleen Knauf
at (847) 910-6917 or
e-mail cknauf@att.net.