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FLORENCE ARONIAN, nee Kirby, age 95

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

AronianFlorence Aronian, 95, passed away peacefully on September 16, 2018.

Florence was born in Rochester, N.Y. on June 13, 1923 to parents Phillip and Clara Kirby (nee Stabel). Throughout her youth and beyond, her family and close friends knew her as “Babe”.

The family moved to Glen Ellyn, Illinois, three months after her birth, where they resided in a lovely home that is still beautiful today, at Park Boulevard and Revere Road. Florence attended St. Petronille grade school, Glenbard West High School, and later, after a move to Chicago, graduated from Marshall High School. Florence also attended secretarial school, which led to a secretarial position at AT&T Long Lines, where she worked until the birth of her first child. During her “single days”, Florence had many friends and loved to hang out with one of her best friends, Elvera Vehlow, who recently passed away.

In 1946, through her good friend, Gail Rettman, Florence was introduced to an Army Signal Corp Lieutenant, recently back from WWII – Richard (Dick) Aronian. Their first date was set up with a meeting under the famous Marshall Field’s clock in downtown Chicago. Of course, Florence was fashionably late, but Dick didn’t give up. In the following 2 years, Dick and Florence spent many happy hours together. They loved the Indiana Dunes, ice and roller skating, going to dance clubs, and spending time with Dick’s sister Sylva Lawson and her growing family. (eventually 9 children!)

Florence and Dick were married in Chicago on July 10, 1948 and settled down on the near South Side of Chicago. A new family came quickly, with Irene born in May 1949, followed immediately by Phillip in May 1950. Florence’s father died in 1949.  Her mother, Clara, volunteered to come and assist her only child with the busy household, and Clara moved in with them the same year. Dick continued to work as an Engineer at Illinois Bell Telephone Co, while also attending night school classes.

1958 was a big year for the young family:  Dick completed his BS, Electrical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).  They decided to relocate in the suburbs, moving to Lombard in August. And their third child, Paul, was born in September!  They immediately joined Sacred Heart Catholic church, where both Florence and Dick were active members who participated in many of the church’s activities – ranging from Teen Club leadership to Women’s Club, Knights of Columbus and St. Vincent de Paul Society. They were also active in their children’s schools – Sacred Heart, St. Francis High School, and Montini High School.

Florence worked as the Clerk in the Elmhurst Hospital Blood Bank from 1972 to 2000 – 28 years. She loved her job there and the people she worked with, several of whom she has stayed close with, to this day.  In their “empty nest” years, Florence and Dick traveled extensively, including visits to sites in Germany where Dick was stationed in WWII. They also were members of the very lively “Nordic Hills” group, a loosely organized group of 20+ couples who traveled annually together in the US and Europe.

Florence has resided at Atria Senior Living in Glen Ellyn IL since January 2017, where she loved to participate in the many activities and was gently cared for by the Atria staff.  She is survived by her children: Irene Aronian of Mclean VA, Phil Aronian of Woodland Hills CA, and Paul Aronian (Vlad Stevens) of Foxboro MA; and her cherished grandchild, Delida (Lida) Lawson – along with many Nieces and Nephews and extended family.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street,  Lombard from 3:00 to 7:00pm. 

Funeral Mass will take place Monday, September 24th with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lombard for 10:00 AM Mass, followed by a graveside Interment service at Assumption Cemetery in Wheaton Illinois.




Mabel C. Liepitz, nee Smith, of Lombard

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018


Mabel C. Liepitz, nee Smith, passed away on September 17, 2018 at Lexington Health Care Center of Lombard. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, September 21 at 1:00 PM at Chapel Hill Gardens West in Oakbrook Terrace.

Mabel was a Lombard resident since 1936, a long-time member of First Church of Lombard, and a member of the Order of Eastern Star since 1933.  She was preceded in death by her husband, George W. and son, Wayne.

Memorials to First Church of Lombard, 220 S. Main Street, Lombard, would be appreciated.

Lois (Pelzer) Gallagher of Lombard, passed away peacefully on September 13, 2018

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

GallagherLois (Pelzer) Gallagher of Lombard, passed away peacefully on September 13, 2018. Born on December 31, 1933 in Cincinnati, OH. Lois is survived by her beloved husband, Thomas, and brother, David Pelzer; children, Kathy Decicco (Frank), Karen Osika (Mike), Joe (Lisa), Patrick, Mike (Marilyn) and Therese Kuhlmann (Kevin). Proud grandmother of Frank, Diana, Jennifer, Nicholas, Drew, Jay, Eric, Joey, Zac, Patrick, Lana, Ryan, Nicole, Travis, Rachel, Leah and Thomas. Great grandmother of Ernesto, Antonio, Isabel, Gabi, Carmi and Caden. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Wanda Pelzer; brother, Larry (Diane) and sister Donna. Lois was truly the matriarch of our loving family. She enjoyed reading, gardening, golfing and crossword puzzles. She also had a gift for sewing. Her endless creativity was evident in the costumes she could create in minutes and the many home projects she completed. Her cherished toolbox and sewing machine were never far from her side. She will be dearly missed and forever loved.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 29th from 10am at Christ of King Church in Lombard (1501 S. Main St.). The funeral mass will begin at 11am followed by a luncheon at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Christ the King Catholic Parish in Lombard, IL or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Funeral Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. For more information 888-629-0094.

Kent E. Regnier, age 65, of Lombard,

Monday, September 17th, 2018

regnierKent E. Regnier, age 65, of Lombard passed away September 15, 2018.

A Memorial Gathering, a celebration of Kent Regnier’s life will be held Saturday, September 29th from 1 – 4 PM with a Memorial Service at 3 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard.

Kent is survived by his beloved father, Lloyd T.; his loving brothers and sisters, Keith, Scott (Susan), Mark (Linda Mae), Riteann Ericsson (Jerry) Shelton, Linda Regnier and Corinne (David) Burkett; many nieces and nephews, and former wife, Shari.

Kent is preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth F. nee Slegar.

Kent was a resident of Lombard for more than 30 years. He worked for Molex for 32 years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a charity Kent supported, Lily House


Dorothy E. Nielsen, age 94, of Lombard

Monday, September 17th, 2018

NielsenBeloved matriarch of the Nielsen family Dorothy E Nielsen (nee Kranz), age 94, of Lombard passed away September 12 at her home. She is survived by her brother John (Janie) Kranz, sisters Ruth Zellmer and Carol Boynton, four children: Barbara (Jim) Shaver, Linda (Ken) Bohl, Diana Nielsen, and Leonard (Debra) Nielsen; seven grandchildren: Vicky (Larnell) Gardner, Jason (Kelly) Shaver, Dave (Vicki) Bohl, Katie (Mike) Brown, Gregory Nielsen, Samantha Nielsen, Kaitlyn Nielsen; and 11 great-grandchildren: Jayden Gardner, Jacob Shaver, Ashley Shaver, Ryan Bohl, Emily Bohl, Alyssa Bohl, Breanna Brown, Donavin Brown, Jack Stakenas, Josh Stakenas, and Koen Steele. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Edmund Nielsen and her brother, Charles (Sarah) Kranz.

A forward-thinking businesswoman, Dorothy owned and operated Edmund Nielsen Woodwinds, a business started by her late husband. She spent over 60 years serving musicians all over the world with woodwind instrument accessories both at her shop as well as at the International Double Reed Society’s annual conference. Her most notable specialties were oboe/bassoon reeds and bassoon bocals. Along with running a successful business, Dorothy frequently volunteered at St. Alexander’s Church in Villa Park. She was a loving wife, devoted mother and homemaker, who enjoyed crafting and baking. Dorothy enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and lovingly passed on her talents and traditions to the next generations.

A Memorial Mass will be held at St Alexander’s Church, 300 South Cornell Av, Villa Park on September 25 at 10:15 with gathering starting at 9:15. A luncheon to celebrate her life will be held at the Anyway’s Pub, 5 East Roosevelt Road, Oakbrook Terrace, immediately after the service. A private interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1400 S Wolf Rd, Hillside, IL at 3:30 that afternoon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made for scholarships to the International Double Reed Society’s Annual Conference in memory of Dorothy Nielsen at this link:

MARY DAVIS, age 78, of Lombard

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Davis, MaryMary Davis, 78 of Lombard, was called to her eternal resting place on September 12, 2018 at Oak Trace in Downers Grove,

She was born November 28th, 1939 in Pardeeville, WI, the daughter of Martin and Mildred Dretske.

She was a loving wife and mother who loved crafts and baking.  She worked at the State Bank of Lombard for many years and volunteered on the Board of Elections.  She loved to travel with her husband and family.  Mary was sweet, kind and witty.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, brother Martin, brother in law Galen and husband James.

Survivors include; daughter Susan (Mark) son Doug (Debbie) Grandchildren Stephanie, Courtney and Jon.

Sisters; Audrey of Maryland, Sharen (Charles) of Illinois, and Brother; Dennis (Darlene) of Wisconsin

and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation and Funeral Service will be held Saturday, September 22nd with visitation from 9:00 AM until time of Service at 11:00 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

Interment will be at Chapel Hill Gardens West, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.

In Lieu of flowers, Memorials to Parkinson Foundation @ or Alzheimer’s Association at would be appreciated.



Johannes B. Wimmer, age 76, of Lombard

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Wimmer, Jojannes

Johannes B. Wimmer, age 76, of Lombard, died September 10th at his home.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Hildegard nee Pallawiks; his daughter, Monika Allen of Lombard; 2 grandchildren, Sabrina Allen and Joseph “Joey” Allen, both of Lombard.

A Visitation will be held Sunday, September 23, from 5:30 PM until the time of Memorial Service at 6 PM at Peace Lutheran Church, 21W500 Butterfield Rd, Lombard, IL 60148.

Johannes was born in Germany.  He moved to Canada in 1963 and to the United States in 1965.  Johannes was the owner of Tower Printing in Oakbrook Terrace in the 1980’s & 90’s.   He was great with fixing all of the machines. He was a former member of the Chamber of Commerce in Oakbrook Terrace.  Johannes loved soccer and played and coached for over 35 years.

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

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

Robert A. Ristich, age 42, of Geneva

Friday, September 7th, 2018

RistichRobert A. Ristich, age 42, of Geneva, passed away September 6, 2018.

A Memorial Service is pending.

Robbie is survived by his beloved mother, Cynthia (Steve) Miner and loving father, Robert Ristich; his dear brothers, Jim (Susan) Fabian and Adam (Kim) Ristich; and fond uncles, Jack Norman and Charlie Mae.

Robbie was a fine young man. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home, Lombard. For more information 630-629-0094.

Kenneth L. Hickey of Lombard

Friday, September 7th, 2018

HickeyKenneth L. Hickey of Lombard passed away unexpectedly September 5, 2018.

Kenneth was born in Chicago on January 30, 1945 to Sylvester & Mary (Maesch) Hickey. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Susan (Peters), brother Richard (Eddie) Hickey, four children: Deborah Hickey, James (Rebecca) Hickey, Jennifer (Ronald) Selcke and Katherine (Ryan) Henderlong; 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Donald (Lorraine) Hickey.

Kenneth grew up in Chicago, but has been a resident of Lombard since 1970 when he moved his family to the suburbs. Kenneth was a true entrepreneur, opening his first small business Ken’s TV on St. Charles Rd. in Lombard. The business evolved into a small chain of local video stores named Ken’s World of Video. After selling the video stores, Ken became an auctioneer and opened World Auctions in Villa Park, which eventually was taken over by his daughter Jennifer after his retirement.

Kenneth was a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many. He was an avid cyclist and spent most of his days volunteering in his role as Vice President and Ride Leader for the Elmhurst Bicycle Club, participating in charity rides and events. He also had a deep love for the outdoors and traveled the country from Alaska to the Florida Keys. He loved hiking and exploring the mountains of Colorado where his youngest daughter and family reside. He was always planning his next big adventure.

Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, September 11th from 4pm-8pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Ste 800, Chicago, IL 60601, in his honor; a cause for which Kenneth regularly rode to fundraise.

For more information 630-629-0094.

Louise Margaret Szwarek, nee Kedzior, age 71

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018


Louise Margaret Szwarek, nee Kedzior, age 71, died September 2 at Lexington Healthcare in Lombard.

She was the beloved wife of the late Adam M.; cherished mother of Mark (Anita) Kedzior and Nichole  (John) Cortecero; loving grandmother of Amber, Sebastian and Genevieve Cortecero; loving sister of Carolyn (Dennis) Willard and the late Stephen (Mary) Kedzior; dear aunt of Kelly Kedzior and many other cousins and friends; and devoted “mother” to Sandy, Cindy and Carla.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, September 7 at 10 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. Visitation Thursday 3- 9 PM. Interment Queen of Heaven, Hillside.

Louise grew up in Chicago, lived in Elmwood Park for several years and, most recently, in Downers Grove.  She was very artistic, and an accomplished beautician, seamstress and gardener.  She loved designing and making clothes as well as designing and working on the landscaping for her home in Elmwood Park.  She and her husband also shared a love of antiques.  But, most importantly, Louise enjoyed spending time with her three grandchildren and the rest of her family who will all miss her very much.

Memorials to National Kidney Foundation, 215 West Illinois Street, Suite 1C, Chicago, IL 60610, are appreciated.

Info or call 888-629-0094.