Marlene N. Dawidowicz nee Vrba, age 86, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on October 15th, 2018

DawidowiczMarlene N. Dawidowicz nee Vrba, age 86, of Lombard, died October 12th at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.

Marlene was the beloved wife of the late Ted J.; loving mother of Kenneth (Carolyn) and Deborah (John) Soboleski; cherished grandmother of Michael (Cheryl) Miller, Rose Dawidowicz, Joseph Soboleski and Michael Soboleski; aunt and great-aunt of many.

Funeral Services Saturday, October 27 at 11:00 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard.  Memorial Gathering Friday, October 26, from 3:00-8:00 PM.

Marlene worked as a Teller for West Suburban Bank on Westmore Avenue for 22 years.

A Memorial Gathering will be held Friday, October 26, from 3 – 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard.  A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 27, at 11 AM at Brust Funeral Home.  Interment private.

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Dorothy Elaine Haag (nee Komen)

Written by Brust Funeral Home on October 13th, 2018

HaagDorothy Elaine Haag (nee Komen) was born to Olive and Harry Komen December 5, 1926, in Cicero, IL.  Dorothy married Paul E. Haag December 6, 1947.  After 63 years of marriage, Paul passed May 17, 2011.

“Dorie” is survived by two children, Carolyn (Haag) Biossat (Bay) and Alan Paul Haag (Lisa), and six grandchildren, Adam Biossat, David Biossat, Alison Haag, Matt Wilhelm, Jackie Wilhelm Anderson (Cody), and Emily Wilhelm.  She was preceded in death by her sister Harriet Michel and brother-in-law Burton Michel, and daughter-in-law Vickie Haag.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, October 22, with a Memorial Gathering from 10 AM until the time of a Memorial Service at 11:30 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Interment will be private.

Dorie and Paul filled their years together with family activities around bicycling, power boating, water skiing, travel and camping. But their favorite activity together was ballroom dancing. Crowds wowed whenever they danced together…even in the street at Disney World, and through 2011 when Paul could barely dance two bars of music. While they loved many styles of music, and would dance to nearly anything, they favored Traditional Jazz and both were longtime officers and enthusiastic members of the Illiana Club of Traditional Jazz.

They loved to make music together, as well.  Dorie sang vocals while Paul was drummer in a small local band.  Singing most of her life, Dorie sang in church choirs, a local women’s group, and even taking part in the Hilltoppers at Beacon Hill, where she most recently resided.  Sometimes Dorie would sing just during the course of a day or she and Paul would break out in song together in the car.

Church activities were high on Dorie’s priority list during many seasons of her life, belonging to Trinity Evangelical Church as a child and young adult; the longest period was as a member of the Village Church in LaGrange Park.  Dorie put her trust in Jesus as Savior.

Though they chose to do many fun activities together, Paul and Dorie also worked together continually on house projects.  Any given weekend, they both could be found painting the house, planting a tree, shoveling snow, fixing or refinishing something, selecting new furniture or carpet… Dorie could be found in old paint-spattered clothes with a shower cap on her head painting a ceiling, while Paul meticulously cut in the doorways and windows.  They were also the inventors of “torture weekend”, affectionately named by their children whose help was solicited for two solid days of raking leaves, trimming plantings and outside cleanups about twice a year.  They both attribute a good work ethic to enjoyable family work time.

In the work world, Dorothy was a superb secretary, and as such served the medical staff at the LaGrange Hospital for twenty years. Upon retirement, one of the doctors wrote “…I want you to know that I really appreciated your efficiency but more than your ability it was your courtesies and graciousness at all times.  You made my job so much easier…”  Dorie was named or elected secretary in whatever group she joined, as her organizational skills were top notch.  Her children both gained much from her in that department. For many years Paul’s advertising business also benefited from her organization and secretarial skills.

Dorie’s stay-at-home mom years were marked particularly by her skill as homemaker and seamstress.  She made all her own clothes and much of what was worn by her children, as well.  Rarely was there a time when a project was not in evidence in the home.  She shared friendships with neighbors, who also had the same hobbies and interests.

In her later years, Dorie remained actively involved in her children’s and grandchildren’s lives.  She and Paul attended sporting events, filled in for working parents as needed, taught her granddaughters how to sew, and made many of her trademark casseroles. Until the end, Dorie wanted to know the details of all six of her grandchildren’s comings and goings.

By age 91, Dorie impacted so many throughout her life.  She had belonged to groups related to her elementary and high school years, and even a group of girls who began monthly meetings when they were 16 years old.  Dorie was the last member of that group, which called themselves the Circle Thirteen and then just the “Circle”.  This group met for over 70 years.

Yes, Dorie impacted many, many lives, not the least of which was her family. She exemplified a strong, positive and loving character throughout her life, and towards the end when she relied on family as her strength and health declined, she expressed gratefulness for all the help received.

Thank you, Mom, for being such a wonderful influence on us.  We love you and miss you.

Memorials to Community House, 415 W. 8th Street, Hinsdale, IL  60521,  or Jeremiah House, P.O. Box 44, Green Forest, Arkansas 72638, are appreciated.

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Alice Kroll, age 95, of Glen Ellyn

Written by Brust Funeral Home on October 5th, 2018

Kroll, AliceAlice Kroll, age 95, passed away on Wednesday, October 3rd.  Alice was born in Chicago, IL, on March 24th, 1923, to Arden and Rose Skinner.  Alice was preceded in death by her husband Vernon Vale  Kroll and is survived by her daughter Barbara Rose Kroll.  She had two sisters, Ruth Meyer (deceased) and Helen Hinkle.  She was a graduate of Morton High School in Cicero, IL.  As well as being a mother and housewife, Alice was an avid volunteer with the Community of Christ serving as a church school director, youth counselor, and teacher.  Visitation will be on Monday, October 8th from 11 am until time of funeral service at 12 pm at Brust Funeral home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard, IL.  In lieu of flowers, donations to Community of Christ are appreciated.

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Emil Goellner III passed away in his home on Thursday, September 27th

Written by Brust Funeral Home on September 30th, 2018

Goellner2Emil Goellner III passed away in his home on Thursday, September 27th after many years of extremely ill health.

He is survived by his wife Nancy, two sons Emil IV and Steven, and his beloved grandson, Emil V.

Visitation will be from 3:00-8:00 PM Wednesday, Oct. 3rd at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. Funeral Service will be at 11:00 AM Thursday, Oct. 4th at Brust Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens West in Oakbrook Terrace.

Emil loved his family, sports, and the Lord. He was in the food service industry for many years. Emil built and designed many restaurants throughout the U.S. and other countries as well. He was a former Lombard Rotary President.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the National Kidney Foundation, 215 W. Illinois St., Suite 1C, Chicago, IL 60654.

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James W. Eagan, age 78, of Villa Park

Written by Brust Funeral Home on September 30th, 2018



James W. Eagan, age 78, of Villa Park, passed away September 29, 2018.

A Memorial Gathering will be held Saturday, October 6th from 1 – 3 PM with a Memorial Service at 2 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard.

James is survived by his beloved wife, Carolee; his loving children Wesley J. (Christine), Timothy C. (Dady) and Erin E. (John) Ayello; his cherished grandchildren, Jack, Julia, Daniel, Victoria, Madeleine, Adriana, Reny, and Carolee; and his dear brother, Mike; many nieces and nephews.

James is preceded in death by his brother, Patrick and sister-in-law, Susan.

Please omit flowers. Donations to Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, Il 60631 OR Oak Brook Care, 2013 Midwest Rd., Oak Brook, IL 60523 are appreciated.

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Margaret M. Parisi nee Gaouette, age 96

Written by Brust Funeral Home on September 30th, 2018

ParisiMargaret M. Parisi nee Gaouette, age 96, passed away September 29, 2018.

Visitation will be held Saturday, October 6th from 9 AM until time of service at 11:00 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard.

Margaret is survived by her beloved children, Robert (Bonnie) Lilley, and Alice (Carl) Kessel; her cherished grandchildren, John (Tiffany) Bucknell, Scott (Kim) Lilley, Jennifer (Brad) Besch, Carl Kessel Jr., Marissa Kessel and Suzanne Kessel; loving great-grandmother of 6; and dear sister of Norman (Ginney) Gaouette.

Margaret is preceded in death by her husband, John.


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Robert E. Kapolczynski, age 54, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on September 30th, 2018

KapolczynskiRobert E. Kapolczynski, age 54, of Lombard, passed away September 27, 2018.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2nd  from 3 – 8 PM with a funeral service at 4:30 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Interment will be private.

Robert is survived by his beloved parents, Marty and Judie nee Wilimzik; his loving brother, Matt (Sarah); his dear aunt, Barbara (John) Slobodnik; and many cousins.

Robert is preceded in death by his aunt, Mildred (Gildo) Orsi.

Robert loved motorcycles and was always on one when he was younger. He also enjoyed scary movies and scary things in general.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Willowbrook Wildlife Center (checks payable to: Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, 3S580 Naperville Rd., Wheaton, IL 60189 and write Willowbrook Wildlife in the memo line of your check), or any other no-kill shelter, are appreciated.

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John William Peternard, age 69, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on September 27th, 2018

Peternard--JohnJohn William Peternard, age 69, passed away peacefully Monday, September 24th, 2018.  He was born in Chicago, September 28th, 1948 to Sarah and John Peternard.  John is survived by his caring wife, Grace with whom he has spent 42 years building the life and family they have enjoyed to this day.  He adored his three children, Kim, Kristen, and Kelly and the light that they brought to his life.  The pride in his family continued to grow with each birth of his six grandchildren.  Tyler, Kylie, Mackenzie, Autumn, Jason, and Ryan each brought immeasurable joy into his heart and renewed vitality in his life.  John is also survived by his loving sisters, Kay Masini and Michelle Stamm.

John’s interests evolved throughout his life.  Spending summers on Beaver Island, MI during his youth instilled his love of fishing that remained with him always.  His love of sports evolved from football and swimming in his high school days, to playing softball and golf, and finally, in his later years, cheering on his grandchildren at all their sporting events and screaming at the TV at any sport that was on.  His patriotism and interest in politics were evident in his run for state senate.  As he got older, he also loved traveling.  But, John’s biggest focus was always his family.

His perseverance in life was an inspiration for all who knew him.  Although he battled though many physical conditions and the hardships of multiple surgeries, his drive to live his life to the fullest carried him through all his trials.  The endless determination and optimism that John exhibited in his life was always a rock on which his family could rely.

John was a hardworking husband and father.  Even as he was plagued by chronic pain, he still made sure he focused on providing care and loving support to his family and especially his grandchildren.  His grandchildren were the pride of his life.  His love, joy, and devotion could always be felt and seen at each football game, gymnastic meet, soccer game, or promotion belt test.  Most of all, his endearing smile will live eternally in all of our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to Holy Cross Church, Beaver Island, Michigan and to medical research.

A gathering for family and friends in honor and remembrance will be held on Sunday, September 30th, 2018 at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard from 2:00 to 6:00pm. 


Ronald F. Rumatz, age 81, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on September 24th, 2018

rumatzAmerican_Flag_x300Ronald F. Rumatz, age 81, of Lombard, died September 24 at Good Samaritan Hospital.  Ron was the beloved husband of Eileen J. nee Richter; loving father of Matthew (Misty) of Texas, Amalia (Robert) Sloan of Shorewood and Timothy (Christine) of Woodridge; grandfather of Theo, Jackson, Maddie, Sophie and Hudson; and dear brother of the late Warren.

Services will be held Thursday, September 27, with Ron Lying-in-State from 10:00 until the time of the Funeral Service at 11:00 AM at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 215 S. Lincoln, Lombard.  A Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4:00-7:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Interment private at Mt. Auburn Cemetery.

Ron was a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve.  He had lived in Lombard since 1967.  Ron graduated from Gage High School in Chicago. He was a printer and retired from Album Graphics Inc.  Ron was a longtime member and Elder at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, where he was a member of the “B” Dart Team and the Saturday Night Bible Class.  He was an avid fisherman.  He was also an Eagle Scout.  He loved church, family and fishing.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church would be appreciated.

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home.  Visit or call 630-629-0094 for more information.


Porfirio R. Ruiz, age 75, a longtime resident of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on September 20th, 2018


Porfirio R. Ruiz 75 of Piedras Negras, Mexico and 38 year resident of Lombard passed away to eternal glory on September 17,2018. Porfirio was preceded in death by his parents Trinidad and Felipe, brothers; Raymundo, Carlos and Raul.

Left to remember his smile, intelligence and helpful nature are his loving wife of 47 years Graciela, devoted children Arturo and Ofelia and loving grandchildren; Raquel, Isabel and Erik (Hines).

Porfirio was a multitalented man who arose from humble beginnings. He was a circus performer, cliff diver, boxer “El Gallito Kid Rodriguez “, accountant, mechanic, welder, carpenter, set up man, gardener and family man.

Not long after arriving in the U.S. he meet the love of his life and soul mate, Graciela while employed at Cinch.

They married and moved to Lombard to start a family.

Here then is where he found his purpose and devoted the rest of his life to.

He was quick to help a neighbor, either with his expertise or tools. Oftentimes snow-blowing the entire block’s sidewalk in the winter. He loved crossword puzzles, looking up words he didn’t know and expanded his vocabulary. He hated the cold but endured it. Anyone that came by to visit in the summer would always be amazed to see him in a sweater and knitted winter hat! He loved entertaining, his “cookouts” legendary. He loved his dog “Duque” and walking every day. An avid history buff, he loved world events and geography. He would discuss and argue; religion, politics, history, culture and just about anything else with anyone that dared. His memory like a vault. His work ethic beyond compare. He had only retired a year ago but kept active till his final days. More often than not, you would find him out back watering his garden.

He was a humble man and would say to those reading this “Have no fear, love your family. Be kind and honest. Do what’s right and in the end, it will all work out. We are all destined to return to our Father.”

We will miss this great man and look forward to our eternal reunion

Visitation will held Monday, September 24th from 10 AM until time of funeral service at 1 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

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