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Thursday, May 4th, 2017

SimkowskiAmerican FlagDANIEL T. SIMKOWSKI, age 71, USMC Vietnam Veteran, of Wisconsin, formerly of Chicago. Beloved husband of Elaine M., nee Bellock. Loving father of Jasper (Bridget) Simkowski of Elmhurst, Thomas (Laura) Pulice of Casa Mesa, CA, Zac (Cathy) Simkowski of Kildeer, Illinois, and the late Darren. Loving grandfather of Daniel, Alex, Bryton, Andrew, Morgan, and Kevin. Dear brother of David (Debbie) of Valparaiso, Indiana, and the late Marvin. Son-in-law of Bessie and the late Harry Bellock of Lombard.  Many other relatives, in-laws, and friends.

Mr. Simkowski was a Veteran having served in the U.S. Marines in the Vietnam War.  He was exposed to Agent Orange there.  He was a graduate of St. Patrick High School in Chicago, received his B.A. from Loyola, and earned his MBA from Lake Forest College.  Mr. Simkowski had retired from Leica optics as Vice President.  He enjoyed Judo, woodworking, and planting trees.  Mr. Simkowski was a lifetime environmentalist and was very supportive of National Arbor Day.  He was a 3rd Degree Black Belt and member of CJBBA (Judo Association).

Visitation will be held Sunday, May 7th from 3 to 9 PM, with Military Honors at 8:45 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.  Interment Private.

Memorials to Nature Conservancy, 8 South Michigan Avenue, Number 900, Chicago, Illinois 60603 OR Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410 would be appreciated.

Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.  Info 888-629-0094 or www.brustfuneral



Mary J Edwards Babyar age 90

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Babyar, MaryMary J Edwards Babyar age 90, passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the home of her eldest son John Babyar in Rogers Arkansas. She was proceeded in death by her loving husband John Milan Babyar in August of 1990. A wake and funeral service celebrating Mary’s life will be held at Brust Funeral Home 305 S. Princeton, Villa Park Illinois on Monday, May 8th beginning at 8:30am until time of Funeral Service 10:00 A.M. Interment Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Stickney, Illinois.

Mary is survived by her loving children John (Joan) of Rogers Arkansas, James of Skokie Illinois, William (Barbara) of West Chicago Illinois and Milan (Marilynn) of Goodyear Arizona.

Her beloved Grandchildren are Kristen (Joel), Aaron (Marquette), Joshua (Joanna), David (April), Amanda (Alex), Julie, Jeanette (Christopher), Steven and William; her dear great grandchildren: Michael, Benjamin, John, Reagan, Macye, Payton, Zoe, London, Kaila, Ava, Elijah, Luke, Farren, Ryan, Samuel, Eleanor and Zachary. Mary also had many nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.

Born on January 12, 1927 to John and Mary Edwards in Grayville Illinois. Mary was the youngest of 5 girls. Her four sisters proceeded her in death, their names were Doris, Glendola, Barbara and Wanda.

Mary also lived in Evansville Indiana, Clay City Illinois, and in Tennessee where she attended Bob Jones High School. There she developed a strong Christian Foundation. At about the age 16, Mary moved to live with her sister Glendola in Forest Park Illinois.  In 1946 she met the man that would be her husband, John Milan Babyar.  They were married April 12, 1947 in Berwyn Illinois. While living in Cicero, they had two children John and James. In 1954 they moved to Villa Park Illinois where they had two more sons William and Milan. Mary and John raised their 4 boys in Villa Park and eventually Elmhurst Il. They were active members of the 1st Baptist church of Elmhurst for many years. Mary was associated with various Christian Women’s groups during her lifetime. She had many close friends during these years, most of which have proceeded her in death.  Mary brought, love, kindness, gentleness and acceptance in the lives that she touched throughout her lifetime. Mary was the driving force in laying the message of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord In her sons, her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and friends and acquaintances throughout her lifetime.

Paul E. McCloskey, age 93, retired Police Chief of Oak Park, WWII Army Vet,

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

McCloskey, PaulOak Park3American FlagPaul E. McCloskey, age 93, retired Police Chief of Oak Park, WWII Army Vet, passed away May 2, 2017.

Visitation will be Monday at Conboy Westchester Funeral home, 10501 W. Cermak Rd (2 blks west of Mannheim) from 3- 9 PM. Funeral Services will be Tuesday with Prayers at 9:30 AM to Divine Providence Church for 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

Paul is survived by his loving children, Michael (Susan), Mary Susan Senger, Eileen and Nancy (Bill) McGrath; his loving grandchildren, Beth(Dan), Patrick(Devin),Katie, Thomas(Rebecca),Chelsea, Shannon, Daniel, and Jon; his loving great-grandchildren Kayla, Abby, Lucas, Liam, and Lily.

Uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Paul is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Lou nee Lyne.

In Lieu of flowers donations to a charity of your choice in Paul’s memory.

Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home, Lombard, IL

For more info 708-FUNERAL.

GALINA SCHULZ, age 92, of Lombard

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

galinaGalina Schulz, nee Botjanawski, age 92, long time resident of Lombard, Illinois. Formerly resided in Chicago, Illinois, Lemgo, Germany, and Belarus (Russia).

Galina Schulz née Botjanowski, age 92, long time resident of Lombard, Illinois passed away on May 1st in Elmhurst Hospital, Elmhurst, Illinois.

The Memorial Service will be held Thursday, May 4 and will be private.

Galina is survived by her loving children Marie (Kenneth) Rogers of Oak Lawn, Illinois, Edward (Judy Buckley) Schulz, of Coto de Caza, Ca. Her oldest son, Walter Schulz and her grandson Alexander Schulz preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Alina Brown of Brookfield, Wi., her beloved grandchildren, Julia (Michael) Goglia, Albert Schulz, Matthew Schulz, Dr. Gina Rogers, Martin Rogers, and many dear nieces and nephews residing in the USA, Germany, Russia and The Ukraine.

Born on October 4, in Minsk Belarus she married Albert Schulz in 1943. They celebrated 50 years of marriage before Albert’s death.

Galina was educated as an engineer, and worked for and retired from Rock-Ola Juke box Mfg. Co., in Chicago and later in Addison, Illinois. After retirement Galina enjoyed travel and often visited her children and grandchildren in Wisconsin, Connecticut, and later in California, her relatives in Europe as well. In her later years she especially enjoyed spending time at her daughter’s Summer home on Fox Lake, Illinois. She loved Lombard, her home, and especially her friendship with her many wonderful neighbors.

Memorials may be sent in the names of Galina Schulz and Walter R. Schulz to “The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.”
To give on line, or by phone: 203-229-0464, or by mail:

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Elsie Elizabeth Kania nee Schade, age 98, formerly of Lombard, IL and Winter Springs, FL

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Kania, ElsieElsie Elizabeth Kania nee Schade, age 98, formerly of Lombard, IL and Winter Springs, FL, passed away on May 2nd  at Tabor Hills in Naperville, IL.

A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, May 6th at 10 AM at Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St, Lombard.

Elsie is survived by her loving children, Susan (Kenneth) Uhlarik of Bella Vista, AR, James of Winter Springs, FL, and Richard (Anna) of Somonauk, IL; her beloved grandchildren, Karri (Lance) Cagle, Chris (Kelly) Uhlarik, Adam (Mirja) Uhlarik, Kelley (Matt) Baylor and Kate (Jimmy) Viscomi; and dear great-grandchildren, Alex and William Uhlarik, Conrad Thomas and Jordan Viscomi.

Born on December 22, 1918, in Chicago, she married Arthur J. Kania in 1942, and he preceded her in death.

Elsie enjoyed crafting and playing golf, and she was proud when she made a hole in one. However, her greatest passion was cooking and baking for family and friends. In Florida, she also played poker and Bingo and volunteered at the Christian Sharing Center twice a week. She received the Jefferson Award for Public Service in 2012.

Memorials may be sent to The Sharing Center, 600 N. U.S. Highway 1792, Suite 158, Longwood, FL 32750 or email or The First Tee, 425 S. Legacy Trail, 425 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, FL 32092, or e-mail

For more info 888-629-0094.

PAUL W. PLASS, age 85, former Owner of Lombard True Value Hardware

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

PlassAmerican FlagPaul W. Plass, age 85, of Lombard, former Owner Lombard True Value Hardware, died April 26.  Loving husband of the late Iola, nee Knapp. Dear step-father of Rex Poppe of Cedar Rapids, and the Late Kerry. Dear brother of the Late Wilbert (Beatrice) Plass and the Late Erwin (Marion) Plass. Fond uncle of William (Nancy) Plass of Wheaton, Susan (Frank) Nelson of Minnesota, James (Patricia) Plass of Dixon, Illinois, and Jeffery (Lori) Plass of Leland, Michael (Susan) Plass of Mountain View, California, Jane Plass of Villa Park, Julie (Robert Smith) Plass-Smith of Madison, Wisconsin. Great uncle of 8. Dear friend of Frances L. Hendrickson of Lombard.  Many other friends and relatives.

Funeral Service Tuesday, May 2 10 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard. Visitation Monday, May 1 from 3 to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home.  Interment Chapel Hill Gardens West, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.

Mr. Plass was born in Addison, was a graduate of St. Paul’s Lutheran Grade School and a graduate of York High School.  He was a Combat Veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War.  Mr. Plass was the owner of Lombard True Value Hardware on Main Street in Lombard from 1967 to 1997.  He was a member of the Lombard Chamber of Commerce and the Lombard Businessman’s Association.  Mr. Plass had sponsored many youth organizations, sports teams, and police in Lombard.  He loved to fish, hunt, and golf.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society, 1801 South Meyers, Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 60181 or your favorite charity would be appreciated.

Solideo “Mike” Falzarano, age 90, WWII Army Vet, of Villa Park,

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Falzarano, Salideo1American_Flag_x300Solideo “Mike” Falzarano, age 90, WWII Army Vet, of Villa Park, passed away April 25, 2017.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 28th from 9 AM until time of Funeral Mass at 10 AM at St. Alexander Church, 300 S. Cornell Ave., Villa Park. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

Mr. Falzarano is survived by his loving daughters, Diane (Bob) Jetter, Margaret (Mike) Doshen, and Karen (John) Rooney; 12 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; his dear sister, Margaret (Clayton) Collins; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Falzarano is preceded in death by his wife, Dolores nee Miszewski; his son, Michael; and his siblings, Jim, John, Dominic, Angie, Ann, and Josephine.

In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice in his name, are appreciated.

Arrangements made by Brust Villa Park Funeral Home.

For more info 888-629-0094.

James E. Kokines, age 88, of Lombard

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

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James E. Kokines, age 88, of Lombard, passed away April 24, 2017.

Visitation will be held Sunday, April 30, from 3 – 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Services will be Monday, May 1st, with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to St. Pius X Church, 1025 E. Madison, Lombard, for 10 AM Mass. Interment will follow at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Frances nee Lo Casho; his loving children, James (Karen), Victoria Walker, Linda (Jonathon) Zarych; his brother William “Bill”  (Pat); his sister, Esther (Gene) Leszczynski; and his dear grandchildren, Samantha Kokines and Alexis Kokines; many nieces and nephews.

Jim is preceded in death by his sisters, Katherine Klees and Penelope Marzolph; and his brothers, Constantine “Gus” and George.

Jim was an Army Veteran who served in WWII and the Korean War. Jim and Fran were happily married for 60 years. He was a longtime member and the Chaplain for VFW 5815. Jim and Fran were part of the Lilac Parade for several years. They enjoyed riding in the golf carts while representing the VFW.

For more info 888-629-0094.

MARGARET I. GERLACH, nee Allan, age 93, of Lombard

Monday, April 24th, 2017

gerlachMargaret I. Gerlach, nee Allan, age 93, of Lombard. Beloved wife of the late Albert. Loving mother of Richard (Terri), Michael (Deborah), Kerri (Wayne) Di Varco, the Late Wayne and Kim. Grandmother of 9. Great-Grandmother of 14. Preceded by 2 brothers. Aunt and Great-Aunt of many.

Visitation Saturday 9 AM until time of Service 11 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard. Interment Private at Arlington Cemetery, Elmhurst, Illinois.

Mrs. Gerlach was a resident of Lombard 65 years.  She had retired from the Lombard Post Office. She met with dear friends for coffee monthly.  Mrs. Gerlach was an avid Cubs fan.


Frank Sven Kish, age 78, “sweet and lovable”

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

kishFrank Sven Kish, age 78, “sweet and lovable,” passed away Friday, April 21, 2017.

Funeral Services will be Thursday with a visitation from 3 pm – 8 pm and a service at 5 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Interment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

Frank is survived by his beloved friends, Kathy and Melissa; also loved by Louise, Sue, Joyce, Ruben, Christopher and Amanda; father of Hans; many other friends.

Frank is preceded in death by his son, Erik.

Frank was Department of Illinois Commandant of the Marine Corp League from 1998-1999. He was the National Commandant of the Marine Corp League in 2006. Frank served on the Marine Corp Coordinating Council. He received the Chapel of Four Chaplain Award. Frank was the Man of the Year in 2015 for the Combined Veteran Association. He was a lifetime member of Military Order of Devil Dogs. Frank was a past-president of Rotary Club of Lombard and was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from Rotary International.

Donations to DuPage County Marine Corp. League-Scholarship Fund, c/o Chuck Wingard, 719 S. Lombard, Lombard, IL  60148.

For more info 888-629-0094.