Richard “Dick” Lee Fox, age 88, of Villa Park

Written by Brust Funeral Home on February 22nd, 2019

FoxAmerican_Flag_1_x1000Richard “Dick” Lee Fox, age 88, of Villa Park, died February 21, 2019 after a short illness.  Richard was the beloved husband of Marlene J. Fox for 67 years.

Those left to honor his memory include his daughter, Sharon Pedersen and son-in-law Carl, grandson Adam (Nikki) and granddaughter Jennifer (Kevin).  Richard will always be remembered by his great grandchildren, Elaina, Clint, Brylee, Nicholas and Elliot.

Richard was born in St. Louis, MO as the only child of Harold and Dolan Fox.  He grew up in Oak Park, IL where he enjoyed spending time at the hardware store with his father.  Summers were spent in Hillsboro, IL on the family farm.

Richard was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, achieving the rank of Life Scout.  He played the violin, always achieving first chair in the orchestra.  After graduating from Oak Park Township High School in 1948, he enlisted in the IL National Guard and the US Air Force, where he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant with the 126th Medical Group until his honorable discharges in 1952.

While on a weekend pass home from the Air Force, he met Marlene on a blind date. From then on, he drove up to Berwyn, IL from Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, VA each weekend until they were married 3 months later.  After his discharge, he began his career at Marsh and McLennan Insurance Company.  He and Marlene took a brief break from his position to attend California State Polytechnic College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering in 1964. They returned to Chicago and he resumed his position until retiring from Marsh and McLennan as a Vice President in 1992.

After retiring, he volunteered at Harvard Avenue Evangelical Free Church for many years, working to help maintain the building and overseeing the insurance.  He and Marlene enjoyed many adventures during their life together, and their dedication to the Lord was a guiding presence as they watched their family grow.

Richard will always be remembered for his love of Moose Tracks ice cream, saying “Go Mar Go”, and his quirky sense of humor.

A memorial gathering will be held Monday, February 25, 2019, from 4-8 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 305 S. Princeton Ave, Villa Park, IL.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday 10 am at Brust Funeral Home with internment to follow at Oakridge-Glen Oak Cemetery, 4301 W. Roosevelt Rd., Hillside, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Harvard Avenue Evangelical Free Church, 206 W. St. Charles Rd., Villa Park, IL 60181, 630-834-2650 would be appreciated.

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home.  Call 888-629-0094 for information.

 

Dennis D. Denz, age 57, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on February 22nd, 2019

DenzDennis D. Denz, age 57, of Lombard, died February 19, 2019.  Dennis was the beloved husband of Kathleen M. nee Murphy; loving father of Caitlin and the late Austin; cherished grandfather of Victoria Denz and Kyrie Campbell; son of Leona and the late Robert (Ellie); dearest brother of Robert and William (Caroline); uncle and great-uncle of many; and his dog, Otto.

A Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 26, from 3-9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, February 27 with Prayers at 9:45 AM from Brust Funeral Home to St. Pius X Church for a 10:30 AM Mass.  Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

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Martha Weller Vitale, age 96

Written by Brust Funeral Home on February 22nd, 2019

Vitale-MarthaMartha Weller Vitale, age 96, passed away peacefully at home under the loving care of her family in Naperville, IL February 20, 2019.  Visitation will be held Saturday, February 23rd from 11:00 AM until the time of the Remembrance of Life Service at 3:30 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard.

Martha was born in her family home in Covington, KY to Ernest Weller and Katharyn Stout. She was the preacher’s daughter, youngest of six, graduated from Garth High School, and was ahead of her time obtaining a business degree from the University of Kentucky.

After World War II, Martha married Sebastian Vitale in her Kentucky home, and was a longtime resident of both Broadview, IL and Los Angeles, CA. She attended the First Baptist Church of Maywood, and worked for many years at Hines V.A. Hospital even inviting foreign medical students to live in her home.  She instilled in her children her love of baking pies and decorating Christmas cookies as family traditions.

Martha retired and moved to Los Angeles to be closer to and support her siblings.  She attended Santa Monica Emeritus College.  She brought joy to many by singing in the Women’s Lyric Chorus at Santa Monica College.  She was determined to write short books about her siblings life stories after enrolling in a writing class Santa Monica Emeritus College.

She acted prolifically with the Westside Music Theatre in Culver City, CA, and was thrilled to be an advertising model in her 80s for a bus poster driven all across the LA Metro Region.  She also loved her bowling league throughout the years and was proud of her team trophies.

Martha could often be found buried in a crossword or sudoku puzzle.  She was technically savvy, learning to use a computer in her 70’s.  This led her to develop numerous creative digital greeting cards that joined her many photos of family and friends with her favorite musical accompaniments.

She enjoyed her travels to several European countries and Brazil. Her cats brought her joy and companionship throughout her life.  In her 90’s, she effortlessly played songs from early in her life.

Martha encouraged her children to be independent, and she is survived by 1 remaining sibling Dorothy Morris (Fresno, CA), 6 children, Louise Handel (Jeff), Linda Vitale, Laura Pruim (Roger), Sylvia Vitale, Sandra Vitale and Ben Vitale (Ana). She loved her 11 grandchildren (Justin, Chloe, Brent, Amber, Simone, Kelsey, Aubrey, Concetta, Sophia, Lucas and Joshua) and 3 great grandchildren (Ailee, Casey and Dorothy).

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

 

Betty R. Lawrence, 83, of Rock Falls, formerly of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on February 18th, 2019

Betty R. Lawrence, 83, of Rock Falls, died Monday, February 11, 2019 at home.

Born July 13, 1935 in Chicago, she was a daughter of Henry and Della (nee Tice) Gadbaw. On July 9, 1955 she married Glenn Lawrence in Chicago. He died September 1, 2014.

Betty enjoyed embroidering, reading and doing puzzles. She and Glenn traveled around the United States to many places but she especially enjoyed their trips to Hawaii.

Those left to honor her memory include her daughter, Susan (Steven) Adams of Rock Falls; her sons, Michael (Sabrina) Lawrence of Schiller Park, Charles Lawrence of Elgin, and Steven (Patricia) Lawrence of Oregon; her grandchildren, Rebecca, Joshua, Heather, Christopher, Andrew, Nicholas, Angelia, Brian, Megan and Kaitlyn; her great grandchildren, Anthony, Dominik, Mia, Molly, Oliver, Ryleigh, Jax, Noah and Breck; her sister Joan King of Florida and a brother Marvin Gadbaw of Chicago.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM with a Memorial Service at 2:30 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101.

McDonald Funeral Home and Crematory in Rock Falls is in charge of arrangements.

 

Elaine H. Freetly nee Smith, age 95, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on February 17th, 2019

Freetly, ElaineElaine H. Freetly nee Smith, age 95, of Lombard, died February 15, 2019.  Elaine was the beloved wife of 49 years of the late Joseph W.; loving mother of Helen E. (David) Palochko and Stephen L. (Ann); cherished grandmother of Carol, Leigh, Amie and Clarissa; great-grandmother of Lillian; sister of Thomas and the late Horton Smith; aunt and great-aunt of many.

Elaine had been a 65 year resident of Lombard.  She was along-time member of Lombard Bible Church and taught Sunday School at the First Church of Lombard.  She was a former employee of the Village of Lombard.

All services are private.  Donations to Lombard Bible Church, 111 S. Park Ave., Lombard, IL 60148 would be appreciated.

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Ulpiano “Jun” Madamba, Jr., age 78, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on February 14th, 2019

MadambaUlpiano “Jun” Madamba, Jr. of Lombard passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at the age of 78.

Beloved husband of Celsa Ochoco-Madamba for 54 years.  Loving father of Richard (Mary Grace Adams), Francis (Dawn Keglar) and Bennett.  Adored grandfather of Steven, Matthew and Lauren.  Son of the late Ramona and Ulpiano Madamba, Sr.  Dear brother of Delia Carnate (Joe), Leticia Azura (Paul), the late Cesar and the late Jose.  Survived by sisters-in-law Lilia Madamba, Carmelita Madamba and Pagasa Ochoco.

Funeral services for immediate family only will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Brust Funeral Home in Lombard.  Interment will be at Acacia Park Cemetery in Norridge.

For more information 888-629-0094.

 

Melden (Mel) William Neuber, 88 of Winfield IL

Written by Brust Funeral Home on February 13th, 2019

NeuberMelden (Mel) William Neuber, 88 of Winfield IL, former longtime resident of Lombard, IL, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2019.

Mel was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 54 years, Beverly Neuber. Survived by sons Ricki (Jacqueline), Randy (Nina), granddaughters Julia & Elise Neuber. Uncle to Paul South & Todd & Barry Eggers.

Mel grew up in Galena, IL, & was the only child of Erick and Leona Neuber. In 1951, Mel attended Bayless Business College in Dubuque, Iowa where he earned a degree in Accounting & Business. He went on to work at Tools & Abrasives & then retired from General Motors in Chicago, IL after 25 years. Mel & his wife Beverly raised their family in Lombard, IL. They were active members of their church as well as their community. Mel was a dedicated & loving husband and father. Coaching baseball and devoting his life to the happiness of his family. Mel was an avid sports fan, especially the Chicago Cubs & The Bears. He also loved animals, the outdoors, gardening, fishing, traveling, golf, bowling, & spending time with family & many dear friends.

Mel will be dearly missed by everyone who knew & loved him.

“A life well lived is a true blessing”

Services will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 10:00 am, St John’s Ev. Lutheran Church 215 S. Lincoln Lombard, IL. Private interment will be at Glen Oak Cemetery in West Chicago.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 215 S. Lincoln, Lombard, IL. 60148

For more information 888-629-0094.

 

John E. “Jack” Jirik Sr., age 85 of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on February 12th, 2019

JirikJohn E. “Jack” Jirik Sr., age 85 of Lombard. U.S. Air Force Veteran. Beloved husband for 61 years of Dolores “Dorie”, nee Janota, loving father of Debbie (Rick) Roll, Jackie (late Michael) Musil, John Jirik Jr. and Barb (Bill) Hyland, cherished grandfather of Richie and Kyle Roll and Chrissy and Caitlin Hyland, dear brother of Mel Jirik, fond uncle to many.

A visitation will be held Thursday, February 14, from 3-8 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 15 with 9:30 am Prayers at Brust Funeral Home to St. Pius X Church, 1025 E. Madison St., Lombard for a 10 am Mass. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

Visit www.brustfuneralhome.com or call 1-888-629-0094 for information.

 

 

Katherine S. Lassa nee Garrison, age 79, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on February 10th, 2019

 

lassaKatherine S. Lassa nee Garrison, age 79, of Lombard, formerly a 39 year resident of Woodridge, passed away February 8, 2019.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 12th, from 4-9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Services will be held Wednesday, February 13th,  with 9:30 AM prayers from Brust Funeral Home to Christ the King Church, 1501 S. Main St, Lombard, for 10 AM Mass. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

Katherine was the beloved wife of Edward for 52 years, loving mother of Sharon (Dan) Fitzgibbon of Lombard, Deborah (Eric) Harrison of Riverview, Florida, adored grandmother of Sara and Erin Fitzgibbon, and aunt to 11 nieces and nephews.

Katherine grew up in Chicago, the middle of five siblings, one sister and three brothers. She graduated from Maria High School and was proud of being an elementary school district treasurer for many years.

She enjoyed baking and spending time with her granddaughters, watching countless soccer and basketball games and attending swim meets. One of her greatest loves was traveling with her husband around the country, taking cruises and seeing her beloved Ireland.

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Jean M. Sourile nee Marek, age 91, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on February 10th, 2019

Sourile, JeanJean M. Sourile nee Marek, age 91, of Lombard, passed away February 9, 2018

Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 12th from 2 – 8 PM with a 3 pm Funeral Service at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. Interment will be held on Wednesday, February 13th from Brust Funeral Home at 10:30 AM to Glen  Oak Cemetery in Hillside.

Jean was born in Chicago, was a former resident of Melrose Park and a longtime resident of Bellwood.

Jean was a switchboard operator during World War II. She was involved in the Ladies Guild from St. Simeon Church Thespian group where they put on an annual show. Jean was a room mom for all of her kids and a great Girl Scout helper. She was a camper extraordinaire. Jean was a great artist and painter in ceramics. She was also an election judge. Mom loved to travel with her husband. She liked to go gambling. Jean loved all of her dogs over the years and missed having a dog in later life.

Loving wife of 60 years to the late George “Duke” Sourile. Cherished Mom of 5 children, Cheryl Walsh(the late Mark), Karen Kuenzi (Gary), Kathleen Summers       ( Kevin), George Sourile ( Rose) and Michael Sourile(Peggy). Loving grandmother to Christy McKinney ( Richard), Rachel Laclair ( Aaron Heyn), Sean Laclair (devoted caregiver to Jean for several years), Brendan Summers,Bradley Summers( Megan), Rebecca Humbach ( Jason), Erin Greiner (Joseph),Gina Sourile ( Steve), Allison Baran ( Emmanuel), Nicholas Sourile ( Abby), James Sourile (Ariana), and Brett Summers. Great grandmother to 23 dearly loved great grandchildren Cody, Austin,Cameron, Richard, Riley, Reese, Taylor, Sage, Casper,Bodhi, Maya, Isaac, Lilah, Lorenzo, Matteo, Joe, Jaden, Seth, Levi, Luke, Crystal, Zachary, and Chloe Great- great grandmother to Chase, Max, Payton, Idaline, Penelope, Christopher, and Isaiah

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