Kathy Kocolowski passed away on July 13, 2017 in Winfield, IL

Written by Brust Funeral Home on July 19th, 2017

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Kathy Kocolowski passed away on July 13, 2017 in Winfield, IL at the age of 52. She is survived by her husband, Jeff Kocolowski; her son, Connor; and her daughter, Kailey.

Kathy was born on June 20, 1965, and is survived by her loving mother Nancy and father Paul Knuepfer, who predeceased her. She grew up in a loving family with her brother and is survived by him, Paul Knuepfer, his wife Jen Knuepfer, and nephews, Kyle and Josh. Kathy is also survived by her father-in-law Ronald Kocolowski, late mother-in-law Loretta, brother-in-law Ken, sister’s-in-law Jennifer, Megan, husband Patrick McKenna, nieces Riley, Quinn, and nephew Carter.

Kathy was a gymnast at Willowbrook High School and graduated from Iowa State in 1986 with a degree in mechanical engineering. She was a driven professional and recently celebrated her 25th anniversary at Carrier as a mechanical engineer and project manager. Throughout her acclaimed career, Kathy led several major projects, such as Willis Tower, Chicago Art Institute, and the tallest building west of the Mississippi (to name a few).

Kathy enjoyed spending time with her family and close friends, especially at her beloved lake house in Monticello, IN. Kathy used her creative eye and knack for redesign to renovate the lake house into a beautiful and serene second home for her family; fearless with any saw or nail gun. She loved entertaining, hosting holiday celebrations and impromptu gatherings…sometimes with eclectic themes. Kathy always cooked creative, healthy, and organic dishes. She loved music, attending concerts, traveling, and yoga. Kathy’s warm and affable personality touched many, many people. She cherished her time at last year’s Knuepfer family reunion in Ouray, Colorado with everyone gathering from across various parts of the country. Kathy was looking forward to hosting her annual “girlfriend” trip and a gathering of all of the Knuepfer cousins, at the lake house near the end of this summer.

When Kathy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, she remained dedicated in her work and in her will to fight her illness. She remained a brave, iron-willed woman, even throughout her final months. Reappearing unexpectedly this spring, she fought hard with immense courage, beauty, and grace.

Visitation will be held Friday, July 21 from 3-8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 22  with viewing at 9:30 until time of service at 11:00 AM at Community Presbyterian Church, 1111 E. Madison St, Lombard, IL 60148.

In lieu of flowers donations to, Susan G. Komen, 8765 W. Higgins Road, Suite 401, Chicago, IL 60631-4022


Alma A. Dubrovin, nee Becker, age 93, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on July 13th, 2017

Dubrovin, AlmaALMA A. DUBROVIN, nee Becker, age 93, of Lombard, died Wednesday, July 12 at Lexington Health Care, Lombard, Illinois.

Visitation will be held Sunday, July 16, from 2 to 5 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

Funeral Service will be held Monday, July 17, with Mrs. Dubrovin Lying-In-State from 10 AM until the time of Service at 11 AM at St. John’s Ev Lutheran Church, 215 South Lincoln, Lombard.

Interment will be at Elmlawn Cemetery, Elmhurst, Illinois.

Mrs. Dubrovin is survived by her daughter, Susan (Dave) Macleary of Antioch, IL; three sons, Victor P. (Angie) of Superior, Colorado, Edward C. of Cummings, Georgia, Leo Robert of Antioch; and the late Charles (the late Terry). Seven grandchildren, Carolyn Macleary of Elmhurst, Jon David “J.D.” Macleary of Chicago, Nicholas Dubrovin of Chicago, Michelle Dubrovin of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Rachel Dubrovin of Springfield, Missouri, Katelyn Dubrovin of Georgia, and Kevin Dubrovin of Georgia; her sister, Charlotte Millett; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Dubrovin is preceded in death by her husband, Leo; her sisters, Loretta and Jane; and her brother-in-law, Andrew Millett.

Mrs. Dubrovin grew up in Lombard and attended St. John’s Lutheran Grade School and Glenbard West High School.  She lived in Melrose Park for 5 years, returning to Lombard in 1955.  Mrs. Dubrovin had celebrated 57 years of marriage.  She was a Beautician and a former owner of Loretta’s Beauty Studio in Lombard where she worked from 1941 to 2012.  Mrs. Dubrovin had been involved in the Lombard Women’s Club.  She was a Member of St. John’s Ev Lutheran Church.  Mrs. Dubrovin was a resident of Lexington of Lombard the last 4 years.

Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, 8430 West Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, Illinois 60631 would be appreciated.



Arlene B. Sterbis nee Francus, age 78, of Johnsburg, formerly of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on July 10th, 2017

SterbisArlene B. Sterbis nee Francus, age 78, of Johnsburg, formerly of Lombard, passed away July 9, 2017.

Visitation Thursday, July 13th from 9 AM until time of service at 11 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. Interment will be private at Mt. Emblem Cemetery.

Arlene is survived by her beloved husband, Charles F.; her loving children, Charles V. (Theresa), Anthony C. (Stefanie), Thomas A. (Dawn) and Christina E. (Gregg) Archer; her cherished grandchildren, Robert C. Harnack, Alexander J. Harnack, Allison C., Matthew A. and Alexa N. Archer; and her dear brother, Victor (Kathy) Francus; many nieces and nephews.

Arlene was raised in Calumet City. She was a resident of Lombard for 36 years. Arlene was a former Peace Corp volunteer. She was also a registered nurse. Arlene was a 20 year cancer survivor. She was an active quilter and had a great eye for jewelry. Arlene loved her Papillon dog, Onree.

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Deborah M. Cassin, nee Zurek, age 64, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on July 9th, 2017

Cassin, DeborahDeborah M. Cassin nee Zurek, age 64, of Lombard, beloved wife of Charles J., loving mother of Rebecca (the late Robert) Lichucki, Charles II (Heather), Heather (Thomas) Opolony, Brian (Fiancé, Marina), Joseph (Jacqueline), cherished grandmother of Chase, Nathan and Maddie, dearest sister of Judith (Leo) Cisco, Elizabeth Zurek, Margaret (Patrick) Cichanski and Matthew (Patricia) Zurek.  Aunt, Great Aunt and Cousin of many.

Funeral Services Friday 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St. to Sacred Heart Church for 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial.  Interment Queen of Heaven.  Visitation Thursday, 2 PM to 8 PM.  In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Catherine of Siena Grade School, 38 N. Austin, Oak Park, IL 60302, are appreciated.

Mrs. Cassin was a resident of Lombard for the past 39 years.  She was the Past President of the Lombard Service League, Boy Scout Troop Leader for Pack 40, Girl Scout Troop Leader for Troop 640, School District 44 P.T.A. Past President, Delivered for Meals on Wheels, Volunteer for Easter Seals, Member of Lombard Newcomers, Member of C.E.R.T., Member of Horizon Village Quilters Guild, Member of the Red Hat Society, Proud Mother of 4 Eagle Scouts and “adopted” Mom of many other Eagle Scouts.  She loved the beach and loved dogs.  Her door was always open to anyone who needed help or just wanted to chat.

Deborah was a graduate of St. Catherine of Siena and a third generation graduate of Trinity High School in River Forest.  She received her A.D.N. and R.N. from Triton College.

Mrs. Cassin was a registered nurse of 45 years and loved serving her patients in Lombard, Elmhurst, Berwyn and Glen Ellyn.

For more information  888-629-1094.




Lola A. Hennig, age 94, formerly of Westchester

Written by Brust Funeral Home on July 7th, 2017

Hennig, LolaLOLA A. HENNIG, nee Myren, age 94, of Markesan, Wisconsin, formerly of Westchester, died July 6th. Beloved wife of the Late William E. Loving mother of Allen (Donna), Lola (Dennis) Hilderbrand, the Late Marilyn, the Late Bill (Diana). Cherished grandmother of 12.  Great-grandmother of 21. Great-great grandmother of 2. Aunt and great-aunt of many.

Preceded by her brother Ted (Lee) Myren.

Funeral Services Monday, July 10, at 10:30 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard. Interment Mt. Emblem Cemetery. Visitation Sunday, July 9th from 4 to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home.



VIRGINIA RAE MICHAEL, age 93, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on July 6th, 2017

Michael-Virginia (2)Virginia Rae Michael, age 93, of Lombard passed away peacefully surrounded by family July 3, 2017.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 15th at 10:30am at the First Church of Lombard, 220 S. Main St., Lombard, IL, in the chapel.

Virginia is survived by her dearly loved children Linda Reid, Ross (Susie) and Thomas Michael.  Her grandchildren, William (Heide) Reid, Heather (Choukri) Mesli, Joseph (Aimee), Benjamin (Kristen), Jeffery and Daniel Michael and her 8 adored great-grandchildren.

Virginia was preceded in death by her beloved husband George.

Virginia was a lifelong member of the First Church of Lombard and worked for 25 years at the Jewel in Lombard.  She was a devoted mother and grandmother who enjoyed bowling, square dancing and arts and crafts.

She will be missed dearly by family and friends and all who were blessed enough to know her.




Albert J. Didier, age 88, of Elmhurst

Written by Brust Funeral Home on July 5th, 2017

Didier, AlbertAlbert J. Didier, age 88, of Elmhurst,  passed away July 5, 2017.

Visitation will be Monday, July 10th from 3 – 9 PM with a 7 PM Masonic Service at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard under the auspices of Lombard Lodge 1098 A.F. & A.M.  Interment Private.


Al is survived by his loving children, Donald (Mary) of California, Bruce (Renee) of Lombard, Raymond (Donna) of Villa Park, and David of Elmhurst;  fond father-in-law of JoAnn;  dear grandfather of 11; great-grandfather of 6.

Al is preceded in death by his wife, Lois nee Thear and his son, Robert.

Al grew up in Ottawa, IL. He was a United States Air Force Vet from 1947-1950. Al was stationed in Alaska.  He married Lois in 1951 and they resided in Elmhurst, IL. Al was a Master Mason of the Lombard Masonic Lodge No. 1098 AF&AM for 57 years. He was a past Grand Master of the Lodge. Al was a retired machinist for Ingersoll Rand. He was a former pilot and loved to fly remote control planes. Al was very good with his hands and enjoyed wood carving and wood working.

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Kathleen P. Cannova nee Pinto, age 62, of Oak Brook

Written by Brust Funeral Home on June 30th, 2017

CannovaKathleen P. Cannova nee Pinto, age 62, of Oak Brook, passed away June 29, 2017.

A Memorial Gathering will be held Saturday, July 8th from 9:00 AM until time of Memorial Mass at 10:00 AM at Holy Ghost Church, 254 N. Wood Dale Rd, Wood Dale, IL 60101. Luncheon following at Ruth Lake Country Club, 6200 S. Madison St, Hinsdale, IL 60521. Inurnment will be private at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Evergreen Park, IL

Kathy is survived by her beloved husband, Vincent; her treasured dogs, Irish, Maggie and the late Jackie; her cherished brother, Thomas Pinto; her dear in-laws, Millie Pietrini, Joseph Cannova, Angeline Cannova, Rose (Fritz) Eymann; her loving  nieces and nephews, Dennis (Elaine) Pietrini, Richard (Angeles) Pietrini, Janet Pietrini, Robert Pietrini and Marie Orlowski, Tami Eymann, Renee Eymann, Randy (Sandra) Eymann; her dearest great-nieces and nephews, Roy (Jennie) Prochaska, Michael (Debby) Robertson, Joseph (Katy) Pietrini, Anthony (Michelle) Pietrini, Robert Jr. (Eleni) Pietrini, Thomas (Lauren) Pietrini, Henry Eymann and Eloise Eymann; and her adored great-great nieces and nephews, Lily and Joey Prochaska, Dylan and Drew Robertson, Gianna, Vincenzo and Carmine Pietrini, Anthony Jr. and Dominic Pietrini, Landon Pietrini.

Kathy was also Godmother to Michael Chappetto, Matthew Shield and Jimmy Elsers. She will also be sincerely missed by the deCarlo, Lemley and Elsers families, several cousins and many, many friends.

Kathy is preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Catherine Pinto and her brother-in-law, Samuel Pietrini.

Kathy began her securities career in 1974 as secretary to Senior Partner Harry A Baum at Wayne Hummer & Co.  In 1977,  Bud Lemley returned to Chicago to assist Mr. Baum and to work with Kathy in this endeavor.

In 1983, Kathy and Bud moved their clients to The Chicago Corporation. In 1986, Kathy, Bud and Don Yarling founded Lemley Yarling & Co, a broker-dealer and money management firm, offering investment advice and money management services.

For 31 years Kathy ran the back office operations of the firm, doing what she did best, keeping clients happy.

She will be missed forever.

In lieu of flowers, donations to CENTER OF INDEPENDENCE, 135 South Buesching Road, Lake Zurich, IL 60047 or

http://www.center-for-independence.org/ or AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Ste. 800, Chicago, IL 60601, are appreciated.

Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home, Lombard.

For more info 630-629-0094.


James Victor Kolb, age 80, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on June 21st, 2017

KolbJames Victor Kolb, age 80, of Lombard passed away June 20th, 2017. James is survived by his daughter Donna; his son-in-law, John; and his two granddaughters, Nicole and Andrea.


James was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved the company of family and friends. James served in the United States Army, 1st Battle Group, 32nd Infantry in Korea. James was an expert Marksman (rifle and bar) in the Military. James was a very knowledgeable man on a wide range of subjects. You could ask him anything and he could tell you facts and stories that would keep you entertained for hours. James was a person you learned a lot from.


James was a very skilled artist who not only drew landscapes and animals but carved wood, was skilled at wood burning pictures and created one-of-a-kind pieces from the scroll saw. He went by the name “The Scrollman.” He had his own workshop where the wonderful pieces of art were made. He spent countless hours making different pieces for fun as well as selling his pieces at local craft fairs.


Through all of these sudden hardships, he is at peace and he is with his loving wife, Frances.


In honoring James’ life, Wake services will be Thursday, June 22nd from 4:00-8:00pm at Brust Funeral Home in Lombard, IL. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 23rd at 10:00am at Brust Funeral Home. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery to follow after services.


Sheila C. Palese, age 62

Written by Brust Funeral Home on June 16th, 2017

PaleseSheila C. Palese, age 62, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, IL.

Visitation will be Monday, June 19th from 9:30 AM until time of funeral service at 10 AM at Brust Villa Park Funeral Home, 305 S. Princeton, Villa Park. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

Sheila was born on March 31, 1955 in Chicago, IL to Michael Palese and Beatrice nee Anderson. She joined the Marklund family in October, 1988. Sheila was a resident of the Marklund Sayer’s Home.

For more info 888-629-0094.