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CATHERINE PAGONIS, nee Pavlou, age 98, of Lombard

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Pagonis, CatherineCatherine Pagonis, née Pavlou, age 98 of Lombard passed away peacefully on August 24 in Roseville, CA.

Catherine is survived by her loving son James (Maureen) of Roseville, CA, daughter-in-law Linda, of Lombard; 5 grandchildren Jennifer Pagonis, Melissa (Rick) Alejandro, Michael Pagonis, Cynthia Pagonis and Andrew (Josalyn) Pagonis; 11 great-grandchildren Jacob, Jenna, Nicholas and Marissa Martin, Anthony, Mariah and Eva Alejandro, Madylyne, Colton and Carlee Pagonis, and James Welter.

She is also survived by her brother, Emile Pavlou of San Francisco, CA, sister, Tessie Reapsong of Genoa and numerous nieces and nephews.

Catherine was preceded in death by her beloved husband Andrew, her dear son John and her siblings James, Louie and Nick Pavlou and Georgia Newburn.

Catherine was a resident of Lombard since 1957, but spent the last 5 years of her life in Roseville, CA.  She worked until she was 80 years old at Western Electric, Sunbeam and West Suburban Bank.

Catherine enjoyed baking Greek treats, spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and being with family and friends.

Visitation and funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 30, at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Elmhurst.  Visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM and the funeral service at 11:00 AM.  Interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery, River Grove Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 893 Church Road, Elmhurst, Illinois 60126 are appreciated.


Daniel A (Skip) Nixon III of Woodstock, Illinois

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Nixon, DanielDaniel A (Skip) Nixon III passed away Aug. 23, 2017 at Journey Hospice in Woodstock, IL, after a short illness.  He was born on Jan. 10, 1956 the son of Mary Louise Nixon, of Elmhurst and (deceased) Daniel of Naples, Fl. He is survived by his partner, Jan Wilen of Woodstock and his daughter, Callie Ann of Bloomington and son Zachery Cain of the U.S. Army, (mother Kathleen Nixon).  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Judith A Blaschke, and son Christopher Cody Nixon.  He is survived by his Brother, David A. Nixon (Pat Swarn) of FL, and sister, Elizabeth A. “Betty” Nixon-Clark, (Randall) of CA.  Preceded in death by his brother Dennis A. Nixon (Julie) of N.J.

He is survived by his aunts, Clara May Halsall (Bob Phillips) of West Chicago and Margaret A. (Peggy) Smykowski (Bob) of Lombard, Judy Kamaryt (Jim) of FL, and his uncle, Bill (UB) Anderson of Lombard, his nieces Anne Marie (Patrick) of N.J. and Pamela Jean (Chuck) of N.J and nephew Craig Anthony (Mairin) of N.J., his great niece Penelope, and great nephew Dennis, and his many special cousins: Gordon Halsall, Keith Halsall (Mearl), Jeff Smykowski (Paige), Rob Smykowski (Michelle), Jennifer Haston (Michael), Adam Anderson (Kate), and J.D. Kamaryt. He was preceded in death by Scott Michael Smykowski.

Skip attended Lincoln grade school and Glenbard East High School in Lombard.

Skip had a passion for motorcycles, fix them, build them or ride them! He had taken many trips on his bike, the best being when he and Jan rode to Alaska.  He was a great son, dad, brother and friend, always willing to lend a hand.  He had been a Cub Scout leader, football coach and St. Matthew chaperone for school outings, he even made a great Santa Claus! He was very involved with Driscoll High School football.  He worked for the City of Elmhurst as a mechanic.

He will be in all of our hearts forever!

Skip’s Memorial will be at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard, Wed. Aug. 30, 5PM to 9PM, interment is private.  Please omit flowers.  Donations may be made to the Christopher Cody Scholarship fund at St. Matthews School, 1555 Glen Ellyn Road, Glendale Heights, IL 60139.

There will be a Celebration of Skip’s life on September 6th, starting at 5 PM at Niko’s Red Mill Inn, 1040 Lake Av., Woodstock, Ill. 60098.

GIUSEPPINA MASSA, nee Tutalo, age 91, of Villa Park

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Massa, GiuseppinaMassa, Giuseppina2Giuseppina Massa, nee Tutalo, age 91, of Villa Park, died August 23 at Elmbrook Nursing, Elmhurst, Illinois.

Visitation and Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, August 26 with Visitation from 8:30 AM to time of Prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard, to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, for 10 AM Mass.

Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois.

Mrs. Massa is survived by her two sons, Tony (Mary Della) and Tomasso (Leticia); her two daughters, Gabriella (Donald) Zeunert,, and Anna Maria (Stanley) Dolecki; her eight grandchildren, Nicole (Ed) Hillyer, Michael (Melissa), Michael (Lynn) Zeunert, Matthew (Melisa) Zeunert, Joseph Zeunert, Christopher Zeunert, Ryan Michael and Alexander Dolecki; and six great-grandchildren, Jacob Hillyer, Matthew Anthony Massa, Aubrey Zeunert, Marcus Massa, Lia Zeunert and the newest addition expected in October.

Mrs. Massa is preceded in death by her husband, Michele.

Giuseppina was born in a small town in Italy where she worked on a farm harvesting wheat and raising 3 of her children.  In the early 60’s she came to America with her children and once here she had one more child.  Giuseppina devoted her life to raising her children and her grandchildren.  You could always find her in the kitchen making Italian meals from scratch.  On Sunday, you could always count on her Pasta and Meatball dinners.  Giuseppina was the heart of her family and will be deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Alzheimer’s Association, 8430 West Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, Illinois 60631 would be appreciated.


Francis Patrick Clarke, age 68, of Lombard

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

ClarkeFrancis Patrick Clarke, age 68, of Lombard, passed away peacefully on August 20, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Cathie, daughters Colleen of Wheaton, IL, Kelly of Colorado Springs, CO and brother Tom of Des Plaines, IL.

Frank was preceded in death by his mother Donna, father Francis and sister Christine Schmitt.

Frank Clarke had been a resident of Lombard for 41 years. He was an avid White Sox fan and loved baseball and basketball. He enjoyed walking, cycling and being outdoors. Animals gravitated to his kind and gentle spirit. He found great companionship in his daughters’ dogs, Marley and Crispin.

Frank was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He attended Lane Tech College Prep, North Park College, Wright College and Northeastern Illinois University all in Chicago. He loved History, Social Studies and reading but ultimately his sharp navigation skills lead him to a lifelong career in beverage distribution.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 25 from 10am to 1pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard, Illinois. Following services there will be a celebration of life at Emmett’s Brewing Company, 121 W Front St, Wheaton, IL 60187 from 2 to 5pm, as a nod to Frank’s strong Irish heritage.

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

Arrangements entrusted to Brust Funeral Home in Lombard.  Info or 888-629-0094.

JAMES R. HOGAN, age 87, of Lombard

Monday, August 21st, 2017

HoganAmerican_Flag_1_x1000James R. Hogan, age 87, Korean War Veteran, of Lombard, passed away August 20, 2017.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 – 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Services will be held Friday at 11 AM at Brust Funeral Home. Interment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois.

Mr. Hogan is survived by his beloved wife, Elizabeth R. nee Hayward; his loving children, James W. (Kathleen), Alan R. (Barbara), Matthew L. (Diane), Melissa L. (Gery) Fawkes and John R. (Jacquelyne); his cherished grandchildren, Nicholas, Thomas (Ashley), Scott, Jason, Kelly, William (Jacquelynn), Emily, JR, Jessica, and Matthew; his great-grandchildren, Adelyn, Myles, and Eli; his dear brothers, Richard (Jeanne), and Edward; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Mr. Hogan is preceded in death by siblings, Marie, Virginia, and William.

Mr. Hogan was a resident of Lombard since 1958.  He was a Veteran having served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

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


Raymond A. Wisner, age 97, of Lombard

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

American_Flag_1_x1000Wisner, RaymondRaymond A. Wisner, age 97, of Lombard, resident for 63 years, passed away July 21, 2017.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday August 28th at 12: Noon at Brust Funeral Home 135 S. Main St. Lombard. Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery .

Mr. Wisner is survived by his loving children, Paul of Lombard, Marianne of Woodridge, and Christine (Charles) Mraz of Madison, N.C.; and his dear grandchildren, Sara, Jennifer, Daniel, and Carolyn.

Mr. Wisner is preceded in death by his wife, Katherine nee Sikler and his brother, Joseph F. Jr.

Ray grew up in Chicago. He graduated from Foreman High School. Ray was an Army veteran having served in Africa and Italy during WWII. He worked for the Pay Line Division Engineering at International Harvester. Ray worked part time at Marshall Fields in Oak Brook from 1964 – 2007.

In lieu of flowers, memorial to American Cancer Society, Skin Cancer, 1801 S. Meyers Rd. Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181.

For more info 888-629-0094.

DALE DVORAK, age 71, of Wheaton

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Dvorak, DaleDvorak, Dale1Dale Dvorak, age 71, of Wheaton, died August 15.

Dale is survived by her daughters Lisa Paulson (husband Phil Bringle), Adrienne Stachura (husband Richard Stachura Sr.), grandsons Cameron Bringle, Ricky Stachura Jr., Maxwell Stachura, Colton Stachura, and her brother Darrow Dvorak (wife Edna Dvorak).

Adrienne says:  “Last November my Mom and I reconnected after 14 years estranged. We spent the next 9 months getting to know each other again, and forgive. My Mom passed away August 15th with me by her side. I’m so thankful we became friends. In her remembrance, I will only remember the good. The way she used to kiss the bridge of my nose and say “you have the most kissable nose!”, that my freckles were “angel kisses”, how she taught me equal rights by merely declaring my race “human” on my birth certificate, the wonder of nature by our walks among the redwoods, and the freedom and beauty of running nude on the beach (& everywhere else until the age of 7). My mom was a free spirit. I am proud she instilled a little of that in me. Please all of my friends and family, forgive the ones you love. Life is short.”

Helene Gatz nee Stateczny, age 78, formerly of Lombard

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Gatz, HeleneHelene Gatz nee Stateczny, age 78, formerly of Lombard, died peacefully on August 16, 2017 surrounded by family and friends.

Visitation will be held Sunday, August 20 from 3 to 7 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

Prayer Service will be Monday, August 21 at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to St. Pius X Church for 10 AM mass.

Interment will be at Allerton Ridge Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Frank Gatz, Sr., her sister Jacqueline “Jackie” Mullenbach, brother Harry “Bud” Stateczny, Jr., mother Josephine (Bukowski) Stateczny and father Harry Stateczny, Sr.

Helene was the loving mother of Frank Gatz, Jr, mother-in-law of Sheila (Teresinski) Gatz, and dear Grandmother to Joseph, Jamie, and Michael Gatz who she loved spending time with.

Helene shared her love of cooking and baking with many through the years, enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and was an avid Bingo player.  She also enjoyed word searches and reading books.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to JourneyCare All About Kids at 405 Lake Zurich Rd, Barrington, IL  60010.

Christina Kallo, age 64, of Lombard, Illinois

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Kallo, ChristineChristina Kallo, age 64, of Lombard, Illinois, passed away on August 7, 2017.  She was the loving wife of Laddie Kallo for over 39 years; dear mother of Christina (Darren) Alonzo, Daniel (Fiance- Emi Gjini) Kallo; fond grandmother of Andrew Alonzo, Alexander Alonzo and Aiden Alonzo.

Christina was born and raised in Krakow, Poland and came to America at the age of 23 where she worked at Pepperidge Farm in Downers Grove for over 34 years.  She loved spending time with her grandchildren, cooking and being with family and friends.

Funeral services are as follows:  Wake on Thursday, August 10, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 8: p.m., at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard, Illinois.  Funeral Mass on Friday, August 11, 2017, with prayers at 9 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St, Lombard, Illinois for Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m.  Interment to follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois.

For more info 888-629-0094.

Paula E. DeForest nee Bilek, age 90, of Lombard, died August 8

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

DeForest, Christina2Paula E. DeForest nee Bilek, age 90, of Lombard, died August 8 at her daughter’s home.

Private services were held at Mt. Emblem Cemetery.

Mrs. DeForest was survived by her dear children Lee A. (“Kip”) of Gurnee, James R. (Patricia) of Lombard and Donna Lee Eisner of Lombard, daughter-in-law, Martha, of Glen Ellyn, 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and a brother, F. Thomas (Bea) Bilek of Texas.

Mrs. DeForest was preceded in death by her loving husband, Donald DeForest; her son, Thomas R.; son-in-law, Michael Eisner; a granddaughter, Dana; and 2 sisters, Helen Strain and Frannie Elseman.

Mrs. DeForest had been a resident of Lombard for 67 years.  She graduated from Calumet High School.  She and her husband owned Don DeForest Associates, now DeForest Creative Group, which they sold in 1999.  She was a member of the American Society of Women Accountants and the Lombard Historical Society.  Her hobbies were bookkeeping, the White Sox, the Packers, fishing. camping, archery and crossword puzzles.

Memorials to Wounded Warrior Project are appreciated; mail to: Wounded Warrior Project, 1111 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL  60523, or visit

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home, 888-629-0094 or