Article: Making of a Batavia family

• Originally published in the Kane County Chronicle on Jan. 5, 2009

BATAVIA – Dan and Veronica Kernler, like more than a few people in the Tri-Cities, are relatively new to the area. They’ve lived in their Batavia home for almost three years after living in an apartment in St. Charles for about two years.

But now with the birth of their first child, Aaron, the out-of-state-transplants are beginning to put down roots. Aaron was born Dec. 27 at Delnor in Geneva, weighing 8 pounds, 9 ounces.

“We feel like this is a great place,” Dan said. “The street we live on has some young families and older families. Schools are not too far away. When he gets old enough, he can walk to school. It’s just a great place to raise a family.”

The two probably didn’t imagine they’d end up in the Tri-Cities growing up.

Dan, 33, graduated from St. Charles High School, albeit in southeastern Minnesota. Veronica, 30, grew up outside of Detroit. The couple met in Duluth, Minn., where Dan was working in the math department at University of Minnesota-Duluth and Veronica was finishing up her speaking and language degree. They have been married for about four years.

It was their jobs that brought them to the Tri-Cities. He teaches in the math department at Elgin Community College. Veronica is a speech and language therapist for School District U-46 in Elgin.

Dan said they are happy with where their jobs brought them.

“We love Batavia,” Dan said. “It’s a great town. We live in the city, and it’s nice to be able to walk to places. We really like what the city prioritizes, too. There’s a lot of nice older things. The schools are great. We think it’s a nice medium, and it’s not super-developed yet. The more we live here, the more we’re pleased with our choice.”

And now, there is additional Kernler in the area.

“We wanted to make sure we were ready,” Dan said. “It’s a pleasure to be able to decide when you’re ready and you’re settled and you have steady incomes and a house.

“It’s something we always wanted. We knew it was just a matter of time.”

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