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Sonja White nee Johnson, age 76, of Elmhurst

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

White-SonjaSonja White nee Johnson, age 76, of Elmhurst, died January 15, 2018.  Sonja was the loving wife of Gary C.; beloved mother of Elizabeth White of Elmhurst and Victoria (Andrew) Hynes of Aurora; grandmother of Katie and Jack Hynes of Aurora.

Memorial Visitation Sunday, January 28, 2018, from 1 PM until time of Memorial Service at 4 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.

Sonja grew up in Chicago and had been a resident of Elmhurst for 47 years.  She attended North Park Academy and North Park College prior to nursing school.  She was a Registered Nurse and graduated from Augustana Nursing School.  She worked at the Elmhurst Clinic and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sonja loved to knit and sew.  She was a Girl Scout leader.  She was a former member of Elmhurst Presbyterian Church.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society, 1801 S. Meyers Rd., Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL  60181 appreciated.

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Lester N. Troike, 88

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Lester Troike PhotoA Memorial Service for Lester N. Troike, 88, to celebrate his life and faithfulness will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11:00 am, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 215 S. Lincoln Street, Lombard, Illinois. He passed away on January 13, 2018.

Lester was born on October 24, 1929 in Chicago to the late William and Erna (Stenzel) Troike.  He was a draftsman for construction for Ceco for 32 years. He was a loving father and grandfather.  He brought a smile and sense of peace to everyone he met.

Lester graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with his degree in drafting.  He enjoyed drawing up detailed plans for construction by hand, prior to the help of computer technology.  In his free time, he enjoyed drawing plans for his addition to his home.  He also enjoyed watching the Cubs with his dogs, Cody and Maggie.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Noreen (Scheckel); beloved children, Melodie (John) Havlick of Austin, Texas; Shelli Troike of Wheaton; cherished grandchildren, Andrew and Madeline; loving cousins Glory Byrd (Albrecht) of Wheaton,  and Ronald Stenzel of Cicero.  He is preceded in death by his brother, Wilmer, of Belvidere.

The family would appreciate donations for funeral expenses in lieu of flowers. Interment will be private.

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Joyce M. Lofgren, age 88, of Glen Ellyn, formerly of Lombard

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Lofgren-JoyceJoyce M. Lofgren, age 88, of Glen Ellyn, formerly of Lombard, passed away January 13, 2018.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 18th from 3 to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. Funeral Services will be held Friday at 10 AM at Brust Funeral Home. Interment will be at Abraham Lincoln Cemetery

Joyce is survived by her beloved husband, Thor “Lefty”; her loving children, Richard “Dick” (Patti) of DeKalb, Tom (Jeanine) of Wheaton, Tim and Kay of St. Charles; her dear grandchildren, Brad (Kelly) of Oswego, Tracy (Brian) Krzysiak of Montgomery, Derek of Chicago, Kelly (Greg) Nordlund of Wheaton, Kaitlyn of Dekalb, Alexis of St. Charles, MacKenzie of St. Charles, and Cole of St. Charles; fond great-grandmother of Hailey, Brenden and Sophia; and her dear brother, Donn of Idaho.

Joyce is preceded in death by her sister, Shirley.

Joyce graduated from Leyden High School. She and her husband married in 1948. Joyce was a resident of Glen Ellyn for 30 years and a resident of Lombard for 20 years. She was a bookkeeper. Joyce was very active raising her children.

In lieu of flowers, donations to DuPage Care Center Foundation, 400 N. County Farm Rd, Wheaton, IL 60187, are appreciated.

Albert Joseph Reinschmidt, 70, of Lombard IL

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Reinschmidt full bleedAlbert Joseph Reinschmidt, 70, of Lombard IL, passed away peacefully Friday, January 5, 2018 surrounded by his loved ones and family at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Albert is survived in death by his beloved Eileen Bleidorn of Lombard; daughter Jessica (Xan Steadman) Reinschmidt; son Albert (Jeanina) Reinschmidt; 4 grandchildren Eric Hazelwood; A. Nicholas Reinschmidt; Allison Reinschmidt; Alexander Steadman; and the children and grandchildren of Eileen Bleidorn.

Albert was born in Chicago, IL to Albert and Beatrice nee Brooks Reinschmidt on August 7, 1947.  Al went to Bogan High School in Chicago.  Al went on to earn his doctorate in civil engineering at the University of Illinois. Al worked as an Asst. Professor at Penn State University.  Al later worked at Association of American Railroads as Sr. Asst. Vice President.  Al also consulted for numerous high speed rail projects across the globe, as “Dr. Track” Railway Consultants.  In 1998 Al began working for Transportation Technology Center Incorporated.  Al retired from his Vice President position in 2012.  Al enjoyed volunteering at the Illinois Railway Museum, adding to his model railroad collection, traveling the world, and spending time with friends, family, and his rescue dogs, Branna and Willow.

A Memorial gathering will be at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S Main St, Lombard, IL on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9:00am – 1:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Illinois Railway Museum, 7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL 60180 would be appreciated. For further information please contact Brust Funeral Home at 888-629-0094 or

Stephen J. “Poppy” Spontak, age 74, of Wayne, formerly of Lombard

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Spontak-StephenStephen J. “Poppy” Spontak, age 74, of Wayne, formerly of Lombard, died January 10, 2018.   Loving husband of the late Barbara A.; loving father of Stephen F. (Jennifer) of Homer Glen, Gregory (Sherri) of Lombard, Mark (Rhonda) of Lombard and Michael (Tracy Duttkin) of Florida; cherished grandfather of Taylor, Allie, Nick, Jessie, Gabbie, Delaney, Jeremy and Tatum; dear brother of Cathy Barton of Pottstown, PA, David (Barbara McNey) of Westchester, PA and the late Barbara Matthews; fond uncle of many.

Visitation Monday, January 15, 2-9 PM. Funeral Service Tuesday, January 16, at 10 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.    Interment Wayne Township Cemetery, 29W242 Smith Road,West Chicago, IL.

Stephen grew up in Pottstown, PA and had been a resident of Lombard from 1963-1992 and of Wayne since 1992.  He graduated from Villanova University and retired as Sales Manager in 2013 from Siemens Company in Barrington.  He had been married for 46 years to the late Barbara nee Davidheiser.

Stephen followed all of his grandchildren’s sports, music and dance at the local schools – the Lockport Porters, Glenbard East Rams, Glenbard South Raiders, University of Illinois Illini, Illinois Wesleyan Titans, Providence Friars, Villanova Wildcats, Manor Hill Eagles, Addison Westernettes and Park View Panthers.  He loved to travel, fish and play tennis.

Memorials to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or American Cancer Society, 1801 S. Meyers Rd., Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 or Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607 appreciated.

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Roger C. Simble, age 93, of Rochelle

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Roger C. Simble, age 93, of Rochelle, died January 7, 2018.  He was the beloved husband of the late Frances nee Martin; loving father of the late Richard (Shannon), Sharon (Gregory) Pack and Joyce; cherished grandfather of Abigail (David) Barron and Richard; great-grandfather of Lillian; dearest brother of the late Howard (Gloria); uncle and great-uncle.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 10, from 9 AM until time of Funeral Service at 11 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

Roger was a WWII Army Vet and served in the 101st Airborne Division.  He was a member of the Rochelle American Legion, VFW and Senior Citizens of Rochelle.  Roger loved to read and travel and was a life-long fan of the Cubs.

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Elaine G. Schroeder, age 92, of Lombard

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Elaine G. Schroeder, age 92, of Lombard, died January 6, 2018.

Elaine was the loving wife of the late Marvin Schroeder; mother of Yvonne Welsh and Kimberly Hasbrouck; grandmother of Wade (Melissa) Welsh, Wendy (Dave) Farkasch, and Whitney Welsh; great-grandmother to Lincoln Welsh, Alexander Welsh AND Jackson Farkasch; sister to the late Leonard (Shirley) Troeller.

Mrs. Schroeder will be Lying-in-State Friday, January 12, 2018, from 10 AM until the time of Funeral Service at 11 AM at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 350 E. Madison St., Lombard.  Interment Mt. Emblem Cemetery.

Elaine was a long-time resident of Lombard and a long-time member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  She was a member of Eastern Star.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 350 E. Madison St., Lombard, IL 60148, are appreciated.

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Richard (“Dick”) B. Schneider Jr. of Lombard

Monday, January 8th, 2018

SchneiderRichard (“Dick”) B. Schneider Jr. of Lombard, IL passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at the age of 78. During his last hours, he was surrounded by loved ones and family. He is preceded in death by his wife, Valeria (“Pat”), brother William and parents Richard Sr. and Roslyn. Born in Elmhurst, he grew up in Villa Park and then moved to Lombard where he resided for almost 50 years. He is survived by his son, Richard B. Schneider III and his canine grandson Sammy.

As a young man, Dick liked to fish in the Canadian wilderness where he enjoyed many a shore lunch; of which he fondly remembered.  Dick had cherished childhood friendships that originated at Salt Creek Elementary School in Villa Park that lasted throughout his lifetime including providing a network of support for him and his young son after the untimely passing of his beloved wife Pat.

He was quite the entrepreneur and dabbled in several business ventures which included owning his own gas station and auto repair, managing the Western Tire and Auto store in Villa Park in the 1960s, driving trucks for several companies before managing the dispatch and terminal of a trucking company in Glenview until his illness forced him to retire in 2000.

Dick began his Masonic career with encouragement and guidance from his father-in-law, Leo Checchi. He was a member of Lombard Masonic Lodge #1098 where he served as Worshipful Master in 1979.

Dick is fondly remembered by the special bond of his Greenfield Ave. neighbors; all of whom remember Dick for the constant and fastidious washing of his driveway.

Visiting hours will be held at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard, IL on Thursday, January 11 from 2 pm-7 pm with Funeral Service at 4 pm with Sr. Pastor Dan Wegrzyn officiating. Masonic Services will be held at 6 pm.  Interment will be private at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Hillside.

In lieu of flowers, memorials made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research would be appreciated.

Larry Sherman, age 72, formerly of Glen Ellyn

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Larry Sherman, age 72, formerly of Glen Ellyn, died January 3, 2018.

Devoted son of the late Sam and Frances Sherman; dearest brother of Sid (Avis), Gail (Tom) Jones, and the late Irwin Sherman; dear uncle of Michael (Kara) Jones, Kelly Jones, Yvonne (Chris) Capparelli, Gregg (Lisa) Sherman and Rick Sherman; dearest great-uncle of Kayla, Ryan, Elliott, Samantha (Matthew) Carey and Grant; devoted friend of many.  We will love you for eternity.

All services private.

Memorials to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014, appreciated.

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home.  For more information, call 888-629-0094.

TOM SUTULA, of Lombard and formerly of Roswell, Georgia

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

SutulaAmerican FlagTOM SUTULA, of Lombard and formerly of Roswell, Georgia, passed away at age 74 on January 2, 2018.

Memorial Visitation will be held Friday, January 12 from 4 to 7 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, January 13 at 10:30 AM at Christ The King Church, Lombard, Illinois.

Mr. Sutula is survived by his wife of 51 years, Rose Marie; his daughter, Christine (Jeff) Penn; his son, Craig; three grandchildren, Megan, Evan, and Allison Penn; and his brother, Bob.

Mr. Sutula was a 1965 graduate of Villanova University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He began working for Sears in 1966 and worked for them for 30 years.  He was one of the first employees to work in the Sears Tower.  Mr. Sutula was the President of Workplace Spanish.  He loved college football, wine and was a lifelong golfer.

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