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Helen M. Mrozek nee Hrzenjak, age 93, of Lombard

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

Helen M. Mrozek nee Hrzenjak, age 93, of Lombard, passed away July 7, 2020.

Services are pending.

Helen was the beloved wife of the late Joseph; dear aunt of Robert J. (Nancy) Persin of Elmhurst, Kenneth J. (Edie) Persin of Oswego, Raymond J. (Jacqueline) Persin of Geneva, Cathy A. Persin of Oakbrook, Karen Hrzenjak of Riverside and Thomas Hrzenjak of Indian Head Park; great-aunt of 6; dear sister of the late Ann Ferencevich, the late Catherine Heinrich, the late Vince Hrzenjak, the late Edward Hrzenjak and the late Bernice A. Persin.

Helen grew up in Chicago. She was a resident of Lombard for 20 years. Helen was a former active member of St. Leonard’s Church in Berwyn.

Memorials to Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631.

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

For more information 888-629-0094.

Bernice (Schletz) Behnke, age 104, of Lombard

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Bernice (Schletz) Behnke’s life was a long life well lived. She was born on February 19th, 1916, to proud parents Elsie and Alvin Schletz. Bernice was an indirect survivor of the Eastland Disaster, because her mother Elsie would have been on that boat but chose not to because she was having morning sickness as being just pregnant with Bernice. Alvin and Elsie were divorced 2 years later, and Bernice was raised by her now single mom and her maternal grandmother Minne Kruse. She lived and grew up in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago and attended Christ Lutheran Church where she met her to be husband in the choir.  They were married May 30th, 1936 and lived in Chicago before moving to Northlake, IL in 1941. They were among the first residents in Northlake and were founding members of Christ Lutheran Church in Northlake.

They had 4 children: Richard (1937 – 1993), Donald (1939-2017), Kenneth (1944-), and Linda (1949-). Bernice was a stay-at-home mom and was active in school activities, the Girl Scout Brownies and served as president of the Ladies Aid Society at church for many years. Bernice never worked and never drove a car.

She is survived by her Son Kenneth, Daughter-in-law Deborah Baumann-Lenz-Behnke, daughter Linda Behnke-Hyman, grand children Kathy Behnke-Poulos-Gorecki, Diane Behnke and Richard Behnke, Daughter-in-law Dori Jaeger-Behnke, Robert Behnke and Karen Behnke, Kimberly-Behnke-Watson, Kristen Behnke-Zait, Kathleen Behnke-Sanderson, Nicole Hyman and Dustin Hyman and many Great and Great-Great Grandchildren.

In 2000 Bernice went to live at Lexington Square of Lombard where she spent many happy years enjoying her new life there. She was a member and attended St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lombard. She lived on her own in independent living until she passed.

She was loved by all and will be deeply missed.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, July 9, at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 215 S. Lincoln Ave., Lombard, where Bernice will be Lying-in-State from 9:30 AM until the time of the Funeral Service at 10 AM.  Interment will follow at Elm Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bernice’s memory may be made to St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church.

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

Edith B. Murphy nee Keller, age 78, of Lombard

Saturday, July 4th, 2020

Edith B. Murphy nee Keller, age 78, of Lombard, died July 3, 2020 at NorthShore Evanston Hospital.

Edith was the loving wife of Charles V. of Lombard; loving mother of Dawn Murphy of Lombard and Charles W. (Christine) Murphy of Northbrook; fond grandmother of Charles A. and Madilyn; dear sister of Mary (the late Edward) Hartwick of Lombard, Clayton “Butch” (Karen) Keller Jr. of Winfield and Kenneth (Joan) Keller of Hanover Park; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Friday, July 10, from 8:30 AM until time of Funeral Prayers at 10 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard, thence to Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St., Lombard, for 10:15 AM Mass.  Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Glen Ellyn.

Edith had been a Lombard resident for 50 years.  She graduated from Glenbard West High School. Edith worked for Sears as a switchboard operator in Melrose Park; she also worked for Skeets Hallmark in Lombard.

Edith was a member of Sacred Heart Church.  She also was a member of the Red Hat Society and was active in many senior organizations and the Photography Club.  She was a volunteer at the Lombard Food Pantry.

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

JoVanna “Joann” N. Viola nee LaBrasca, age 88, a long-time resident of Addison

Friday, July 3rd, 2020

JoVanna “Joann” N. Viola nee LaBrasca, age 88, a long-time resident of Addison, born in Chicago April 9, 1932, passed away on July 2, 2020.

Joann is the beloved wife of the late Harry Viola; loving mother of Barbara (Kevin) Yorke, Donna (John) Fatigato and Lori (Ron) Campbell; beloved daughter of the late Carl LaBrasca and Christine LaBrasca nee Piediscalzi; Proud grandmother of Gianna, Marisa (Michael), Dominic (Lauren), Erica (Patrick) and Sam (Kathryn); great-grandmother of Kensley, Rowen, Olive, Oskar and Mia; dear sister of Josephine (Bob) Swanson, Nick (Lola) LaBrasca and the late Carl LaBrasca, Jr. and aunt of many.

Our words and time together could never be long enough.  The lives that you touched are too many to count.  The love and support that you gave to us all could never be forgotten.  Until we meet again.

A Celebration of Life Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Addison is private and limited at this time.  Interment private at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

Arrangements by Brust Villa Park Funeral Home, 305 S. Princeton, Villa Park, IL. Visit www.brustfuneralhome.com or call 888-629-0094 for information.

John F. Moran, PHD, age 73, of Lombard

Friday, July 3rd, 2020

John F. Moran, PHD, age 73, of Lombard, passed away April 30, 2020.

A Memorial Gathering will be held Friday, July 24, from 3-8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  A Private Memorial Mass will be held July 25 at Christ the Servant Catholic Church, Woodridge.

John was the beloved husband of Barbara J. “Bobbie” nee Maisonneuve; the loving father of Amy (Michael) Weltin and Kate (Steve) Reschke; adoring grandfather of Lexi, Maddie, Aidan, and Jonny Weltin and Camryn and Jillian Reschke; dear brother of Kathy (Bob) Dutkiewicz and Bill (the late Shelly) Moran; uncle and great-uncle of many.  John was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Toy.

John graduated from St. Jude Seminary in 1964. He received his PHD in Education. John was a Special Education Teacher at Bartlett High School, until his retirement in 2012. He was a former Bourbonnais Police Officer. John was a former Director of Staff Development at Elmhurst Hospital. He was the founder and owner of Shamrock Aviation and of Communicorp Television Productions.

Please omit flowers. Donations to the family to be used for students and their families with special needs and financial hardship, or SIRA (Shiba Inu Rescue Association), are greatly appreciated.

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

Mary T. “May” Looby, age 89, of Minooka, formerly of Morrison and Lombard

Sunday, June 28th, 2020

 Mary T. “May” Looby, age 89, a resident of Minooka, IL and a past resident of Morrison, IL and Lombard, IL, went home to the Lord on Friday, June 26th, 2020.  She was born on August 9th, 1930 in Castleisland, County Kerry, Ireland to Patrick and Mary (nee – Murphy) Reidy.

May immigrated to the United States in May, 1950 and entered America through Pier 56, New York.  She worked in New York City doing odd jobs, but mainly worked as a waitress.  She met her future husband, William F. Looby, at an Irish dance in New York City while he was on leave from the US Army prior to being shipped off to South Korea where he served as a linesman during the Korean War.  Upon his return and discharge from the Army, they moved to Chicago where they lived in the Logan Square neighborhood and subsequently married at St. Rita’s Church on October 15th, 1955.  They also lived in homes in Villa Park, IL from 1958 until 1960 and Lombard, IL from 1960 until 1998.  May also lived in Morrison, IL from 1998 until 2010 and in Minooka, IL from 2010 until she was called home.  May and William loved to get together with friends and relatives from the old country.  They were members of the West Suburban Irish-American Club and were active in the monthly dances and the yearly summer picnic.  May was rooted in her Catholic faith and beliefs; she is a past member of Sacred Heart Church.

May was a great story teller of her childhood in Ireland, Irish History and of Irish Folklore.  From being lost in a field that she knew like the back of her hand to being chased by a Banshee, from going to local dances to being taught grade school by nuns.

May is survived by her five children, Catherine Looby; Mary (Bruce) Calvert; John (Meri Jo) Looby; William K. (Allison) Looby and Philomena Elias. She also is survived by her nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

May is preceded in death by her parents, Patrick and Mary Reidy; by her husband, William F. Looby; by her brothers Patrick, and Tadhg; and by her sisters Norrie, Sheila, and Eileen.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 5th, 2020 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard, IL.  A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 6th, 2020 at 10:15 AM at Sacred Heart Church, 114 South Elizabeth Street, Lombard, IL.  Graveside services will follow at Assumption Cemetery, 1S510 Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL.

In lieu of flowers, we request you make a donation to the American Cancer Society.

For more information, please call 888-629-0094.

NOTE:  The family makes this special request.  Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, if you are feeling ill, please stay at home.  Also, the current Illinois COVID-19 Reopening Plan is in Phase 4.  This means that groups of 50 individuals can gather in one place at a time.  Due to the number constraints of only 50 people at one time, we ask that if you come to the wake, to visit for a short period of time and move on so others can have their time to visit.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Barbara J. Murphy nee Zolna, age 80, of Lombard, formerly of Downers Grove for 50 years

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Barbara J. Murphy nee Zolna, age 80, of Lombard, formerly of Downers Grove for 50 years, died June 24, 2020.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 1st from 3 – 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, July 2nd, with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St, Lombard, for 10 AM Mass. Entombment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, IL

Barbara was the beloved  wife of the late Thomas D., retired C.F.D.; loving mother of Tom J. of Calif, Jean Marie (Oscar) Tuscano of Calif, James Robert Murphy of Calif, Patti Dee Murphy-McMahon of Chicago, Colleen Marie Murphy of Calif, Maribeth (Mark) Millett of Lombard, and Michael Anthony Murphy of Calif; cherished grandmother of 14; fond great-grandmother of Leon, Rory and Fox; dear sister of Robert (Luce) Zolna of Chicago. She had many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Barbara grew up on the south side of Chicago. She graduated from Lourdes High School and was the Valedictorian of her class. Barbara graduated with a BS/RN degree from St. Francis College. She went on to get her MBA at George Williams College.

Barbara was the Head Nurse in ICU for 5 years at Rush Presbyterian in Chicago. She worked at Hinsdale Hospital for 17 years as the Director of Quality Assurance. Barbara was then the Vice President of Quality Assurance at Grant Hospital. She went on to be the Director of Quality Assurance at Medicon Co. She worked 10 years as a Registered Nurse at Lexington Healthcare in Elmhurst.

Barbara was a volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was a member of the Red Hat Society in Downers Grove. Barbara was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Lombard, and a former member of St. Joseph Church in Downers Grove.

Barbara was a loving grandma. She was involved with her grandchildren’s  activities at Sacred Heart School when they attended there.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631, are appreciated.

Mary M. Churchman nee Shanks, age 91, of Lombard

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Mary M. Churchman nee Shanks, age 91, of Lombard, passed away June 23, 2020 at her home.

Mary was the beloved wife of 58 years of the late George R. Churchman; dear mother of Karen (Sam) Shon of Cumming, Georgia, Kathy (Robert) Thomson of Bartlett and Patricia (Martin) Faivre of Elburn; proud grandmother of 7: Michael of Lombard, Stephanie of Georgia, Samuel of Georgia, Jeremy of Elburn, Hanna of Bartlett, Jacob of Elburn and Logan of Bartlett; great-grandmother of Selah of Georgia; loving sister of Margaret (Tom) Michael of Florida; life long friend of Ronald Murtaugh of Northlake; and many friends and relatives.

Mary was born in Chicago of parents who were from Glasgow, Scotland.  She had been a Lombard resident for over 60 years.

Mary was a member of the Lombard Moose #2350.  She retired in 2019 from Coker Services after over 30 years as their bookkeeper in Villa Park.

A Visitation will be held Sunday, June 28, from 2-7 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. Funeral Service will be held Monday, June 29 at 11 AM at Brust Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Mount Emblem Cemetery, Elmhurst.

Donations in memory of Mary may be made to the American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Research, 1801 S. Meyers Road, Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181.

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

Rose Mary Brown, age 85, of Cumming, Georgia, formerly of Villa Park and Elmhurst

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

Rose Mary Brown, age 85, of Cumming, Georgia, formerly of Villa Park and Elmhurst, died June 19, 2020.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 26th from 6- 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, June 27th at 10 AM at Brust Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

Rose Mary is the loving mother of David (Barbara), Robert, Denise (Joseph) Abruscato, and Thomas; cherished grandmother of Jenny Brown Boyd, Lisa (Cory) Tippins, Stacy (Lee) Dickey, Nicole Abruscato, Veronica Abruscato, Shelley Brown, Olivia Brown, Dominic Brown; fond great-grandmother of Miles and Asher Boyd, Cade Tippins, Scarlett Dickey, and Niah Abruscato.

Rose Mary moved to Villa Park from Chicago in 1969. She then moved to Elmhurst in 2000 and to Cumming, GA in 2011. Rose Mary volunteered at Gottlieb Hospital from 1999-2011.

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

For more information 888-629-0094.

Frank J. Visla, age 97, Veteran of WWII U.S. Navy, of Lombard

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Frank J. Visla, age 97, Veteran of WWII U.S. Navy, of Lombard, died June 17, 2020 at his home.

Frank was the loving husband of the late Shirlie nee Rogas; loving father of Joy A. Corral of Lombard; grandfather of Kevin (Tara) of Lombard, Andy (Ellen) of Downers Grove and Neal of Chicago; great-grandfather of Avery, Carsyn, and Abraham; dear brother of the late Mike, Ed, and Frances Bugaski; uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Frank was a Veteran, having served in WWII with the Navy and the Marine Corp; he was deployed to Saipan and Okinawa.  Frank trained at Camp Lejeune.

Frank retired from the Elmhurst Press where he had worked as a typesetter; he also worked for the Sun Times newspaper and Commerce Clearing House.  Frank had lived in Lombard since 1956.  He attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Villa Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the wishes of the family would be appreciated.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, June 23 with a Visitation from 9 AM until the time of the Funeral Service at 1 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Private Interment will follow at Mount Emblem Cemetery, Elmhurst.

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