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Margaret Gainer nee Ladd, 82, of Wheaton, Illinois

Monday, July 8th, 2019

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Margaret Gainer nee Ladd, 82, of Wheaton, Illinois, passed away on July 7 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Margaret was born and raised in Fort Payne, Alabama, where she developed strong friendships that lasted her entire life. She relocated to Villa Park, Illinois in 1967 with her family. For the past thirty years, she has resided in Wheaton, Illinois. Margaret attended DeKalb County High School in Fort Payne, Alabama. She was a homemaker and a loving mother to her two daughters. She performed secretarial work on temporary assignments in the DuPage county area for many years. She was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Lombard, and later Wheaton Bible Church.

Margaret was known and loved for her sweet Southern lady charm. She enjoyed traveling all over the U.S. and abroad with friends, going to the theatre and watching the Chicago Bears.

Margaret is survived by her daughter, Tracy Gainer, of Itasca, Illinois, and by numerous cousins and beloved friends. Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, Edward J. Ladd and Willie Lee (Gilbreath) Ladd, and by her daughter Cathy (Gainer) Bentel.

Visitation for Margaret will be held on Thursday, July 11 from 4 PM to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard, IL 60148.  Graveside service will be held Monday, July 15 at Glenwood Cemetery, Fort Payne, Alabama.

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

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

Kelly J. Miller, age 27, of Lombard

Friday, July 5th, 2019

Miller-KellyKelly J. Miller, age 27, of Lombard, died July 3, 2019.

Kelly was the beloved daughter of Kimberly (David) Seminary and John C. Miller, Jr.; sister of John C. Miller III; dearest niece of Joanne Miller; cousin of Joey; and the love of her life, Ryan A. Carroll; dearest friend of many.

Visitation will be held Monday, July 8, from 4-8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Interment Tuesday, July 9, meeting at Evergreen Cemetery, Evergreen Park, Illinois, at 10:45 AM for 11:00 AM Burial.

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

Michael K. Burke, age 65, of Wheaton

Friday, July 5th, 2019

BurkeBurke 2burke 3Michael K. Burke, age 65, of Wheaton, died July 2 at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Michael was the beloved husband of Colleen nee Moran; loving father of Emily (Kevin) Knoll of McHenry and Jason of Lombard; fond grandfather of Ava, Jillian and Zachary; loving son of Joyce A. Burke of Lombard and the late Charles; dear brother of Christine (Mike) Gabnay of West Chicago, Keith (Betty) Burke of Schaumburg, Karen Von Hatten of Wheaton and Brian (Vicky) Burke of Lombard. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, in-laws and other relatives and his friend, Bill.

A Memorial Gathering will be held Friday, July 12 from 9:30 AM until the time of a Memorial Service at 11:30 AM Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Interment is private.

Michael had lived in Wheaton for over 20 years.  He grew up in Lombard and attended Pleasant Lane School, Lombard Junior High and was a 1972 graduate of Glenbard East High School.

Michael was the owner of Zeftek Company, now called Wabtek.  He was an avid golfer, water skier and snow skier.  He loved motorcycles.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60601 would be appreciated.

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

Frederick W. Kirsch, age 86, of Lombard, formerly of Bellwood

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Kirsch 1 Kirsch 2Frederick W. Kirsch, age 86, of Lombard, formerly of Bellwood, died July 2 at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Frederick was the loving husband of 61 years of Anne nee DiNatale; loving father of Karen (Mark) Dourlain of Addison, Fred (Lynn) Kirsch of Wheaton and William (Shelby) Kirsch of Batavia; fond grandfather of Deanna (Dan) Baxa of Bloomingdale, Marisa Dourlain of Schaumburg, Louis (Jody) Dourlain of Oak Park, Jenny Kirsch of Oak Park, Joe Kirsch of Wheaton, Alexandra Dourlain of Addison, Casey Kirsch of Batavia and Tori Kirsch of Batavia; great-grandfather of Noah, Brie and Oliver; fond brother of Betty Pappadimas of Chicago; and many other relatives.

Frederick was preceded in death by his sister, Kate.

A Visitation will be held Friday, July 5, from 3-8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 6, with 9:30 AM Prayers at the funeral home to 10:00 AM Mass at Christ the King Church, 1501 S. Main St., Lombard.  Entombment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.

Frederick was a graduate of DePaul University where he received a degree in History.  He also received his Masters Degree there.  He was a retired Guidance Counselor at Downers Grove South High School for 38 years.  He was a member of the IEA.

Frederick was a Cubs fan.  He loved photography and movies.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Diabetes Association, 55 E. Monroe St., Suite 3420, Chicago, IL 60603 would be appreciated.

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

Thomas J. Dolan, age 86, of Lombard

Monday, July 1st, 2019

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DolanThomas J. Dolan, age 86, of Lombard, died June 29 at Arden Courts of Glen Ellyn.

Thomas was the beloved husband of Rita nee Citera; loving father of Angela (Ron) Ladniak of Clarendon Hills; fond grandfather of Stacey (Mike) Lane of Downers Grove, Michael (Katrina) Reimer of Glen Ellyn and Matthew Reimer of Glen Ellyn; great-grandfather of 5: Jeremy, Joe, Jack, Joshua and Jocelyn.

A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, July 6, at 10:30 AM at St. Pius X Church, 1025 E. Madison St., Lombard.  Interment is private at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Thomas was a Korean War Veteran, having served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954.  He was a boxer for the U.S. Army team.

Thomas had lived in Lombard since 1968.  He was a retired Terminal Manager in the trucking industry.

Thomas was a runner, ping pong player and avid Cubs fan.

Thomas’ greatest love was his family.  He was married 65 years to Rita.  His great-grandchildren were his buddies.

In lieu of flowers, Masses at St. Pius are preferred, or donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 8430 West Bryn Mawr – Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631.

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home, Lombard.  Visit www.brustfuneralhome.com or call 888-629-0094 for information.

Lydia Y. Serna, age 79 of Lombard

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

SernaLydia Y. Serna, age 79 of Lombard died June 19 at her home.  Mrs. Serna was born on September 11, 1939, in Richmond Texas, to Leopoldo and Victoria (Carrera) Ybanez.  She was married March 29, 1963, in Chicago, Illinois to her beloved husband Manuel Jesus Serna, who preceded her in death on July 29, 2018.

She is survived by her 2 sons and 2 daughters, Christopher (Deborah), Deborah (Erik) Ekstrom, Margarita (William) Buckley and Mario:  cherished grandmother of Victoria, Katie, Christopher, Caitlin, Nikolei and Michael: great-grandmother of Leo, Chase, Bailey, Noah, Dante and Benjamin; dearest sister to 12 siblings; aunt and great-aunt to many.

Lydia devoted her life to loving and caring for her family.  She had a deep enjoyment for life and many creative things.  Lydia was a kind, friendly, funny and generous soul who made friends with anyone she met. She loved to laugh and tell stories.  She spent her time devoted to her passion for gardening, studying horticulture, interior decor and her deep love for music.  She was a Catholic women of great faith.  She shared her love for God and her devotion to her faith with all in her family.   She was an example of tremendous courage, strength and love throughout her lifetime.

A Visitation will be held Monday, June 24, from 4-8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, June 25, with 9:30 AM Prayers from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St., Lombard, for 10 AM Mass.  Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.

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

Catherine Almeta Benzin nee Clark, age 93, a 70-year resident of Elmhurst

Monday, June 17th, 2019

BenzinCatherine Almeta Benzin nee Clark, age 93, a 70-year resident of Elmhurst, Illinois, passed away on June 15th, 2019 in hospice care in Elmhurst.

Catherine ‘Kay’ was the loving mother of Catherine Benzin of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, James (Peggy) Benzin of Carol Stream, John Benzin Jr. of Elmhurst, and Jeffrey (Karen) Benzin of Elmhurst; adored grandmother of Jessica Benzin, Jacob Benzin, Anna Benzin; and beloved sister of Vernetta Dobbs (William) of Murray, Kentucky.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband John of 42 years; her parents, Aud and Catherine (nee Miller) Clark; two brothers, Raymond Clark and Charles Clark; as well as her grandparents and many aunts and uncles.

The funeral service for Kay will take place on Wednesday June 19th, 2019 at 10:30 A.M at Trinity Lutheran Church, 300 Ardmore Avenue, Villa Park, Illinois. A Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service for those who would like to pay their respects.

Interment will follow immediately at Bronswood Cemetery, 3805 Madison Street, Oak Brook, Illinois.

Kay was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She was confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church and later graduated from Marshall High School in 1943.

Kay spent most of her working career in the temporary help service field. She worked for only one company, but it changed names and ownership many times over the years. She was the link that kept that company working smoothly through all those changes, and she felt fulfilled knowing that she was helping people who needed work.

Kay was a faithful member of the Elmhurst Choral Union from 1961 until 2015.  She was a lifelong church member and sang in the choir of each church she belonged to. Her church and choir membership at Trinity Lutheran Church began in 1982 and lasted until her passing.

Kay’s favorite pastimes were gardening, traveling, reading. In fact, she loved going to the library to browse the shelves and pick out the next novels to read. Also, she was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan.

Memorials are requested to: Trinity Lutheran Church of Villa Park, The Elmhurst Choral Union, The National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs and The Alzheimer’s Association.

Info 888-629-0094.

Lynn Annette Mense, AKA “Lani”, of Lombard (formally of Elmhurst)

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

menseLynn Annette Mense, AKA “Lani”, of Lombard (formally of Elmhurst), who kept this world rockin’ for 69 years, passed away June 14 at her daughter’s home in Grand Rapids, MI with her dog curled up next to her.

Lynn is survived by her daughter, Audrey (Jacob), brother, James, poodle Gracie, and soon to be Granddaughter (due in September).

To say Lynn was a devoted and loving mother is an understatement. She was also a world (and local) traveler, dog-lover, Pokémon hunter, Facebook poster-extraordinaire, and lover of folk and rock music.

She was involved in theatre in many forms including in high school, college, Elmhurst Community Theatre, and working with productions at her church and daughter’s schools.

Lynn was a long time member of Elmhurst Presbyterian Church. She loved to serve others in many ways, a few of which were through her work as a benefits coordinator at a brick layers union, as a member of Lombard Rocks by decorating and hiding rocks for area children to find, by giving thoughtful gifts to many she encountered even if they were just acquaintances, and by being a “collector” of  items and donating them to those in need and the organizations who support them.

Ever resilient, strong, and optimistic, Lynn continuously battled and lived with cancer for the past ten years and filled them with new experiences, fun, and traveling. She always believed in living life to the fullest. As Bob Dylan said, she stayed “forever young.”

A Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 18th from 4pm-8pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. A Funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 19th at 10 am at Brust Funeral Home. Interment will be at Garfield Cemetery (across from Garfield Farm Museum) in la Fox, IL.

As she was a big supporter of theatre education, in lieu of flowers please send memorials to:

Glenbard East Theatre, Glenbard East High School, 1014 S. Main St, Lombard, IL 60148

As Lynn was a costumer for theatre and liked clothes that were fun and flattering,  come in an outfit you love in a color that looks good on you even if that’s hot pink (Lynn was never a fan of people wearing black if it didn’t look good on them.

Eileen Bielawa, age 83, of Lombard

Friday, June 14th, 2019

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Eileen Bielawa of Lombard, IL passed away on June 13, 2019.

Eileen was the beloved wife of Raymond Bielawa, who preceded her in death. Mother of Timothy (Resie) and Michael (Elizabeth). Grandmother of Timothy (Britney), Samantha, Sean, Colin and Kyle. Great Grandmother of Liam.

Visitation will be held on Thursday June 20, 2019 from 4-7 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. Funeral Services Friday, June 21, 9:30 AM Prayers at Brust Funeral Home to Christ the King for 10 AM Mass. Interment Queen of Heaven.

Lee  dedicated her life to nursing and caring for others. She spent over three decades  as a registered nurse and board certified addictions counselor at Columbus Hospital, Cuneo Hospital, and at the Women’s Chemical Dependency Program.

Lee was a big fan of the Chicago Cubs and was thrilled with their 2016 World Series Championship. She also loved the Chicago Bears-and maybe a little too much. You see she unfortunately had a gambling problem. She would bet 25 cents on the Bears each week no matter the odds. Even though the  Bears lost the majority of the time. She kept the faith.

Lee aka Grandma Dude ( a name she got when her grandson Timmy pointed at her sunglasses that had the name Dude on them);  was dedicated to her family. She loved all of her grandchildren and supported each of them.

Lee was  also very patriotic! She was always very moved by the annual Memorial Day concert at the nation’s capital. Among her numerous charities were : The Wounded Warrior Project, Paralyzed  veterans of America, and adopt a platoon to name a few.

Every morning Lee would spend time in prayer. She would take the time to name each person she was praying for. Her favorite saint was Saint Jude the Saint of impossible cases. She invoked him often with special intentions.

All in all, Lee lived a full life with God, family,  friends, nursing and fun as her priorities.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517. https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org

Info www.brustfuneralhome.com or 888-629-0094.

Sally B. Miller nee Robson, age 77, of St. Charles

Friday, June 14th, 2019

Sally B. Miller nee Robson, age 77, of St. Charles, formerly of Lombard, died June 12 at The Grove of St. Charles.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, June 18, with a Visitation from 10 AM until the time of the Funeral Service at 12 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Interment private.

Sally was the beloved wife of the late David A.; dear mother of Laura (Michael) Miller of Midlothian and Linda (Dan) Nelson of St. Charles; loving Grandmother of Michael Coughlin of Texas, Elizabeth Coughlin of Texas, Zachary Nelson of St. Charles, Haley Nelson of St. Charles, Joshua Nelson of St. Charles and Tyler Nelson of St. Charles; Great-Grandma of Bella; dear sister of Vernie Langley of Oregon, Kathy (Roger) Button of New York; and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and other relatives.

Sally was preceded in death by her husband, David A., a sister, Alice Ingram and a brother, Jim Robson.

Sally was a Lombard resident from 1962 – 1997, when she moved to St. Charles.  She loved art and John Denver.  She adored her grandchildren.

Memorials in memory of Sally are requested to American Cancer Society, 1801 S. Meyers, Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL  60181.

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home.  Visit www.brustfuneralhome.com or call 888-629-0094 for information.