Barbara R. Novak nee Struck, age 78, of Glen Ellyn

Written by Brust Funeral Home on May 21st, 2020

Barbara R. Novak nee Struck, age 78, of Glen Ellyn, died May 20 at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.

Barbara was the loving wife of the late Robert A.; sister of Robert J. Struck and the late Bonnie McAullife; aunt of Phillip Geers and sister-in-law of Shirley Swanson and Sarah Novak; and many other nieces & nephews and other relatives.  She was preceded in death by 2 brother-in-laws, the late Donald Swanson and the late Leo Novak.

Barbara was born in Chicago and was a resident of Glen Ellyn for 30 years.  She was active at Sacred Heart Church in Lombard, where she did charity work and helped the disabled and the elderly.

Barbara had worked for Eastern Airlines and the State of Illinois at the Secretary of State office in Lombard.

A Memorial Mass is pending for later due to the COFID-19 Pandemic.  Interment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Barbara’s name can be made to the American Cancer Society 1801 S. Meyers Rd., Suite 100 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 or to Catholic Charities, 26 W. St. Charles Rd., Lombard, IL 60148.

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Visit www.brustfuneralhome.com or call 888-629-0094 for information.

 

Dorothy M. Beresniewicz nee Biesterfeldt, age 78, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on May 20th, 2020

Dorothy M. Beresniewicz nee Biesterfeldt, age 78, of Lombard, passed away  May 19, 2020.

Private Family Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 23rd at 11 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

Dorothy was the beloved wife of the late Frank; loving mother of Debbie Littrell of Lombard, Renee (Steve) Kramp of Aurora, Sharon (Chris) Bauman of Lombard and the late Mark; cherished grandmother of 8 and great-grandmother of 7; preceded  by 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Fond aunt of many and many other relatives.

Dorothy was a resident of Lombard for 43 years. She was a homemaker.

Memorials to American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Ste 800, Chicago, IL 60601 or American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674, are appreciated.

For more information 888-629-0094.

 

Gene L. Anderson, age 92, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on May 19th, 2020

Gene L. Anderson, age 92, of Lombard, died May 18 at Elmhurst Hospital.

Mr. Anderson was the beloved husband of the late Louise nee Williams; dearest father of Kathy (Chuck) Synowiec of Wheaton, Karen (Ron) Swanson of Wheaton and Dale (Karen) Anderson of Aurora; Fond grandfather of Lonnie Jr. (Mandy) Smith of Lombard, Liz (Greg) Hurlbutt of Gurnee, Nathan (Ariana) Smith of Montgomery, Megan Swanson of California, Carl Swanson of Villa Park, Scott Swanson of Wheaton, Nicholas Anderson of Aurora and Eric Anderson of Aurora; great-grandfather of 7; fond uncle of Patricia LaVay of California and the late Susan Bellows; and many other relatives.

Gene was a Veteran who served in the Army in WWII and the Korean War.  He was a life-long member of the VFW Lilac Post #5815.

Gene had been a Lombard resident since 1959 and had lived at Lexington in Lombard for the past 8 years.  He was active at First United Methodist Church, where he had formerly served as an Usher.  Gene was a proud graduate of Northwestern where he attended night school for 23 years, from 1948-1979.  He retired from Quaker Oats in the early 1990’s.

Gene was a Master Gardener in DuPage County.  He was a former Coach for the Lombard Youth Baseball and was part of the Glen Ellyn YMCA Princesses.  He was a woodworker.  Gene loved his grandchildren and was very involved in their lives.  He made them all toy chests.

Gene was very involved in Swedish-American genealogy.

A Private Family Visitation will be held Friday, May 22, at 9 AM until time of Private Funeral Service at 11 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Private interment will follow at Wheaton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to First United Methodist Church of Lombard, 155 S. Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148, are appreciated.

Visit www.brustfuneralhome.com or call 888-629-0094 for information.

 

Gloria J. Haffner nee Griffin, of Lombard, formerly of Glen Ellyn

Written by Brust Funeral Home on May 13th, 2020

Gloria J. Haffner nee Griffin, of Lombard, formerly of Glen Ellyn, passed away May 12, 2020.
A private family service will be held at 10:30 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery in Glen Ellyn.
Gloria was the beloved wife of the late John P.; loving mother of John W. (Linda) of Winfield, Laurie J. Haffner of Seattle, Washington, and Jeannine M. Haffner of Michigan; fond grandma of Kelsie (fiancé George Gruff) Reidy of California, Jenna M. Reidy of Madrid, Spain, Olivia A. Haffner of Winfield and Amanda R. Haffner of Winfield; dear sister of Lynn (Gary) Schumacher of Frankfort; sister-in-law of David W. of Western Springs; and fond aunt of Lara (Jon) Greiman of Mokena, Sarah (Mike) Bass of Ohio, David John (Amy) Haffner of Palatine, and Tom (Linda) Haffner of Mt. Prospect.
Gloria was a resident of Glen Ellyn from 1975-2015. She graduated from Luther South High School in Chicago. She attended Valparaiso University, where she met her husband, John.
Gloria was a former member of DuPage Art League. She was an accomplished watercolor painter.
Gloria was a member of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Lombard. She taught and mentored young people there.
She loved to travel.
Memorials to St. John Ev. Lutheran Church and School, 215 S. Lincoln Street, Lombard, IL 60148, are appreciated.
For more information 888-629-0094.

 

Gertrude E. Westphal, nee Schraut, age 88, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on May 12th, 2020

Gertrude E. Westphal nee Schraut, age 88, of Lombard, passed away May 11, 2020.

Current Services are private. Later there will be a Celebration of Life after the Covid crisis.

Gertrude was the loving wife of the late Eugene; loving mother of the late William (Natasha) of Montana, Mary (Kevin Kirwan) Westphal of Montana, Jeanne (Richard) Sackleh of Naperville, the late Joseph, Anne (David) Minnick of Montana, Teresa (Keith) McClow of Lombard, James (Julie) of Naperville; cherished grandmother of 9: Caroline, Kaitlin, Alexa, Daniel, Dylan, Evan, Alison, Jaclyn, and Alyssa; and dear sister of Ann (Jack) Wall of Crystal Lake. She was loved and admired by many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Gertrude moved to Michigan after she retired.  Before her retirement, she had lived in Oak Park and Oak Lawn.

Gertrude received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Loyola University in 1953.  She received her master’s degrees in early childhood education and library and information science from University of Illinois in Chicago.

Gertrude was a Chicago Public School teacher and Librarian from 1956 until her retirement in 1990.

Memorials to Catholic Charities’ Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS), 721 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60654, (312) 655 – 7283, FAX (312) 948 – 3340.

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard.

For more information 888-629-0094.

 

William L. Buescher, age 70, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on May 12th, 2020

William L. Buescher, age 70, of Lombard, passed away May 11, 2020.

All Services will be private.

William was the beloved husband of 35 years of Dianalyn nee Harper; loving son of the late Theodore and Anne Buescher; loving brother of the late Robert; brother-in-law of Donald of Chicago; and dear uncle of Alyana.

William was a resident of Lombard for 25 years. He worked as a graphic artist. William was wonderful artist. He loved Art & Vi’s on Main St in Lombard.

Arrangements were made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard.

For more information 888-629-0094.

 

Louise Turner Barnes, 96, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on May 11th, 2020

Louise Turner Barnes, 96, a resident of Lombard, Ill., since 1957, died peacefully on May 11, 2020, at her daughter’s home in Elmhurst.

A proud native of Virginia, she was born in Painter, Va., on March 1, 1924, to Joshua and Genevieve (Ott) Turner. She was a 1944 graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

On January 19, 1946, she married James A. Barnes, a naval officer whom she had met when she was a college student and he was stationed at Camp Peary, near Williamsburg, before his deployment to the Pacific during World War II. They were happily married for more than 48 years until his death in 1994.

She is survived by her four children: Elizabeth Morse (Phil) of Los Alamitos, Calif.; James A. Barnes Jr. (Juli), of Leesburg, Va.; Martha Akre (David), of Elmhurst, Ill.; and Carroll Barnes (Ted Isenberg), of Minneapolis, Minn.; and five grandchildren: Maddy Barnes, Katie Socienski, Will Barnes, David Akre Jr., and Elizabeth Akre. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Betty Turner and Carroll Kurtz.

Louise was active in several organizations, including Friends of the Helen M. Plum Memorial Library, Lombard Garden Club, American Association of University Women and P.E.O., and she was a longtime member of Community Presbyterian Church in Lombard. She was a lover of nature and enjoyed reading, traveling with her family, discussing politics, listening to music, caring for her cocker spaniels and playing bridge with her friends. Most of all, she lovingly embraced her role as a wife, mother and grandmother.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, there will not be a funeral service. Burial at Chapel Hill Gardens West, in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., will be private.

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard,  Call 888-629-0094 for information.

 

Where Seagulls Soar

If you walk on the beach on a summer’s day
Where seagulls fly beyond the bay,
The waves will wash your steps away
As they did mine on a summer’s day.

When winds of autumn sweep the sky
You may see a dog go frisking by
And play with a stick to catch your eye.
Will you smile at him as you pass by?

When winter comes the snow is deep
But it shines and sparkles at your feet
And a red bird sings a note so sweet.
He sings of spring when snow is deep.

The sun will shine through springtime rains
And only a trace of snow remains
Where a yellow flower will bloom again.
It blooms for you in the misty rain.

You still can see the rising sun
And a quiet sunset when day is done
Or the evening star when night has begun.
Oh, see for me the setting sun.

— Louise Turner Barnes

 

Charles Pansino, 58, of Bartlett, formerly of Hillside

Written by Brust Funeral Home on May 9th, 2020

Charles S. “Chuck” Pansino, 58, of Bartlett, formerly of Hillside, died on Thursday, May 7th, 2020 from a 20 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

A Memorial Mass will take place at a later date.

Chuck is the beloved husband of Diane A. nee Haarth for 33 years; cherished father of Charles “Charley” and Nicholas “Nick; dearest brother of John (Marie) and the late Frank (Lori); and loving uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Chuck was a loving son of and  preceded in death by his parents Charles “Charley”  a war Veteran and Rose nee Gibellina.

A man of many words, he always had something to say to enlighten a conversation. He was the life of every party and always made sure everyone had a great time.  All the laughs from stories he would tell with effortless delivery. He was an all-around funny, loving, emotional man with an invigorating smile that brought joy to anyone around him.

He loved to travel with his family, and experience the outdoors. Camping, hiking, grilling, picnics, sports, going to the beach, and occasionally lighting up a fat cigar. He absolutely loved food, and made sure everybody ate everything on their plate and if they didn’t, he would!

Chuck was an active listener of many artists that inspired his two boys to become musicians. Music was a big part of his life that bonded him with close friends and family.

He was genuinely interested in people’s lives, and cared for their well-being. His big smiles will always be remembered, and his dedication to his wife, his children, and his entire family will never be forgotten.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Chuck’s name to: https://msfocus.org/Donate.aspx or Myelin Repair Foundation 20111 Edinburgh Drive Saratoga, CA 95070

Arrangements were made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard.

For more information 888-629-0094.

 

Michael E. Vincent, age 55, of South Elgin, formerly of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on May 7th, 2020

Michael E. Vincent, age 55, of South Elgin, formerly of Lombard, passed away May 5, 2020.

All Services are private. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date.

Michael was the beloved son of John T. “Jack” and the late Jane B. nee Wissing; loving brother of Susan Ingram, Steven (Terra) and Molly (Sean) Troy; dear uncle of Stephanie, Thomas, Jackson and Cole.

Mike was always fun-loving, hard-working and quick with a joke.  He often said his “life is like a box of chocolates”, quoting one of his favorite movies.  He will be dearly missed.

Arrangements were made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard.

For more info 888-629-0094.

 

Rosemary Wiggins, age 90, of Hanover Park, formerly of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on May 3rd, 2020

Rosemary was born on October,4, 1929 and passed away peacefully on May 2, 2020.

All Services will be private.

Rosemary is survived by her loving children, Jeff (Sue) Wiggins, Dawn (Kevin) Smith and Judy (Jeff) Mitchell; her cherished grandchildren, Ashley (Chris) Freer, Eric (Emily) Smith and Randy Wiggins; her loving great-grandchildren, Alyssa Freer, Madison Freer, and Hunter King; and her dear siblings, Elmer (Carol) Klean and Dolores Gilbride.

Rosemary is preceded in death by husband, Gordon L. Wiggins; her parents, Elmer and Nora Klean and her sister, Jean Knodell.

Rosemary attended Proviso East High school where she was a Drum Majorette and Baton Twirler. She grew up in Forest Park and got married in 1952. A few years later they had a home built in Lombard, which she remained and raised her family in for over 50 years.

After the death of her husband, she decided to move out to be by her daughter and her family in Hanover Park.

Rosemary was all about her family. From baton practices for her daughters, to baseball and hockey games for her son, then traveling with the Drum and Bugle Corps for many years with her daughters. She loved attending her grandsons football games, and granddaughter and great-granddaughters dance recitals.

Rosemary was a true homemaker and loved being home to raise her children. After her children were grown, she worked some part time jobs in offices.

She loved to travel with her husband, family, and friends on cruises. She also enjoyed taking trips to Hawaii, Alaska, Arizona and California and Florida to visit family.

Rosemary’s life was built around her family. She was always waiting for the never ending next major life event to happen… Grandchildren’s’ Graduations and Weddings and Great-Grandchildren to be born. Thankfully, she was able to achieve all of her next event dreams.

She was active at the Wayne County Senior Center. Rosemary enjoyed playing cards, taking road trips, going to holiday parties and making new friends.

She will truly be missed. Her memory will last in all our hearts forever. Heaven did receive a REAL ANGEL.

In lieu of flowers donations to Guardsman Drum and Bugle Corp Alumni Association in care of Laura Fanning 11808 Hubbe Court, Huntley Illinois 60142 appreciated.

Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. For more information 888-629-0094.