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MILDRED Jane Orto, nee Friday, 89, of Lombard,

Saturday, February 11th, 2012


MILDRED Jane Orto, nee Friday, 89, of Lombard, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2012 at St. Patrick’s Residence in Naperville where she had lived for the past 7 years. Mildred grew up in Arkansas and graduated from Little Rock Junior College in 1942. Mildred met her late husband Samuel in Arkansas while he was stationed in an army training base prior to WWII. After the war, Mildred moved to Chicago and was married for 58 years at the time of Samuel’s passing. Mildred is the loving mother of Katrina (Gary) Wadsworth, Frank, and late Jack; loving sister of late Wayne Friday; loving daughter of late Herbert and Jane Friday; loving grandmother and aunt to many. A private burial was concluded on Friday, Feb. 10. A Memorial Service will be held in the chapel at St. Patrick’s Residence, 1400 Brookdale Road, Naperville at 2 P.M. on Saturday, February 25. In lieu of flowers, contributions made in her memory to the Guild of St. Patrick of St. Patrick’s Residence are requested.

Burial and Memorial Service for Mildred J. Orto

Sacred Heart Christmas Eve Childrens Mass December 24, 2011

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MARY JO ARNDT, nee Larsen, age 78, of Lombard

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

MARY JO ARNDT, nee Larsen, age 78, of Lombard 62 years, died September 24 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, Illinois.

Visitation will be held Monday, October 3 from 2 to 8 PM at the Maple Street Chapel, corner of Main and Maple Streets, Lombard.

Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, October 4 at 11:30 AM at the First Church of Lombard, Main Street Sanctuary, 220 South Main Street, Lombard.

Interment Private at Chapel Hill Gardens West.

Mrs. Arndt is survived by her husband, Dr. Paul W., D.V.M.; three daughters, Dr. Kristi L. Arndt, PhD., D.V.M. of Lombard, Kerri A. (Russell) Roselli of Rolling Meadows, and Dr. Georgianne, D.V.M. (Gregory) Ludwig of Lombard; four grandchildren, Gregory R. Ludwig of Lombard, Phillip P. Roselli of Rolling Meadows, Graceanne N. Ludwig of Lombard, and Kaleigh A. Roselli of Rolling Meadows; her cousin, Betty Bussema of Arizona; many other relatives, many friends, and many pets.

Mrs. Arndt was a 1951 graduate of Glenbard West High School and a graduate of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois with a B.S. in Education.  She was a former teacher having taught fourth and fifth grades in Villa Park and Urbana.  Mrs. Arndt had been a newspaper columnist and was the managing partner and hospital administrator of the Lombard Veterinary Hospital with her husband, Dr. Paul.  They established the Lombard Veterinary Hospital in 1959 and it is one of the largest single-family-owned small animal medical centers in Illinois.

President of the Village of Lombard, William J. Mueller, proclaimed September 24, 2010 as MARY JO ARNDT DAY in the Village of Lombard in honor of

–         her many years of dedicated service and contributions to the community including Mary Jo’s being an integral part of the York Township Republican Women’s Organization for 45 years and serving as a former Republican National Committeewoman for Illinois;

– serving as past president of the National Federation of Republican Women and a pioneer in efforts to increase opportunities for women in politics, government and education;

– founding the Illinois Republican Women’s Roundtable in 1989 whichbroadened the party’s reach into new communities of women; and through the Roundtable, establishing the Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series which annually awards 10 to 15 fellowships to women to study government and politics;

– the many seminars she conducted on various facets of political organization and party structure and her campaign efforts in almost every county in Illinois;

–  and her service as Publicity Chairperson for the Lombard Minuteman, a group that raised $40,000 to build a log cabin at Four Seasons Park as part of Lombard’s Bicentennial;

– her service to the community by being a Girl Scout Leader, Executive Secretary for the Lombard Lilac Parade Committee, a Rotary Ann, and her activity and involvement with the Maple Street Chapel Preservation Society, the YWCA, and the Lombard Chamber of Commerce.

President Ronald Reagan appointed Mary Jo Arndt to be a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships in recognition of her devotion and excellence in service to the Government and she was reappointed by President Bush.  Mary Jo served as a member of the Republican National Committee for Illinois from 1988 to 2008.  She was elected to the RNC Executive Committee representing the Midwestern Region from 2005-2008.  She was the Chairman for Illinois Women for McCain campaign and was a member of the McCain National Hispanic Outreach Team.  Mary Jo recently completed six years on the Board of Directors of American Women for International Understanding and is a member and advisor of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Illinois.  She is a member of the Xilin Asian Association Board of Directors.

Mrs. Arndt was twice elected by the Primary voters of the 6th Congressional District as their State Central committeeman, both in 1982 and 1986.  In 2008, she was elected Vice Chair Emeritus of the Illinois Republican State Committee.

A pioneer in efforts to increase opportunities for women in politics, government and education, she actively worked to expand the party’s base by bringing a diverse group of women into the political system.

As a member of the Illinois Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women, Mary Jo served on the Working Group on Balancing Work and

Family, which explored issues such as child care, elder care and pension reform.  She represented President Bush as an observer of the Romanian

Elections in May of 1990.  Her government service also included a U.S. Senate confirmed appointment to the National Advisory Council on Women’s Education Programs during the Reagan Administration, where she served as chairman of the Women’s Educational Equity Act Committee and membership on the Advisory Committee to the Illinois State Superintendent of Schools.  She also served, by appointment of the Governor, on the Illinois Commission for the Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

Today’s Chicago Woman twice named Mary Jo a “Power Personality” – a woman making a difference in Chicagoland’s business and social environment.  She served as a member of the U.S. Small Business Administration National Advisory Council from 2001 to 2007.  The Foundation for Women’s Resources selected Mary Jo as one of 100 women to participate in Leadership America.  She was a member of the National Board of Directors of Leadership America from 2001 through 2006, a national not-for-profit leadership organization that recognized, educates and connects accomplished and diverse women to increase their individual and collective impact globally.

Mary Jo was a member of the Advisory Board of Leadership Illinois and Save the Patient.  The Gallup Organization selected her as a “Visionary Leader for the 21st Century” and awarded her a full scholarship to the Gallup Leadership Institute.

Due to her great love of the Maple Street Chapel in Lombard, the family requests no flowers.  Memorials to the Maple Street Chapel for its upkeep would be appreciated.  Maple Street Chapel, 220 South Main Street, Lombard, Illinois 60148.

Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard. More info. 1-888-629-0094 or www.brustfuneralhome.com.


Webcast video of Mary Jo Arndt Funeral Service

September 11th, 2011 Remembrance

Sunday, September 11th, 2011











Vidio of Lombard September 11th Remembrance

FRED GAY, age 73, of West Chicago, formerly of Lombard

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

FRED GAY, age 73, of West Chicago, formerly of Lombard was welcomed in the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on August 15 at his home.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 17 from 3 to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

Funeral Service will be held Thursday, August 18, with Mr. Gay Lying-In-State from 10 AM until the time of Service at 11 AM at Lombard Bible Church, Lombard.

Interment will be at Mt. Emblem Cemetery, Elmhurst, Illinois.

Mr. Gay is survived by his wife, Rena; his son, Robert (Nadine) Gay of Somonauk, Illinois; his daughter, Laura (Victor) Goode; and six Grandchildren, Olivia, Austin, and Vivian Gay, Eric and Scott Joyce, and Abigail Goode of Plainfield.

Mr. Gay is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ruby Gay; 6 brothers, and 3 sisters.

Fred was a Veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force.  He had been a lift truck mechanic and owned Fred Gay Lift Truck for 34 years.  Fred was a member of Lombard Bible Church where he exemplified a spirit of encouragement and servant hood, helping in the churches stockade and brigade ministries for the young boys, men’s programs, and caring for the church property improvement.  Fred was loved by all who met him.  He was a special friend to the church staff.  His character was one with spiritual strength, truth, and honor.

Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard. More info 1-888-629-0094 or www.brustfuneralhome.com

To view Webcast Video of Funeral Service for Fred A. Gay click here

WILLIAM E. REICHARDT, age 91, formerly of Lombard

Monday, June 20th, 2011

WILLIAM E. REICHARDT, age 91, formerly of Lombard, died peacefully in his sleep on June 18.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 24 from 4 to 8 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

Funeral Service will be held Saturday, June 25 at 11:00 AM at Holy trinity Lutheran Church, Grace and Madison Streets, Lombard.

Interment Private at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, Indiana.

Mr. Reichardt is survived by his wife of 68 years, Elsie, nee Anhold; four children, William (Rosemary), James (Maureen), Thomas (Jackie), and Susan (Todd) Hall; eight (8) grandchildren, Gary, Jeff  (Jenny), Joe, Chrissy, Bonnie, Billy, Sarah, and Jani Lee; and three great-grandchildren, Madison, Mallory, and Andrew.

Mr. Reichardt was preceded in death by his daughter, Carol Lynn.

Mr. Reichardt was a World War II Navy Veteran, having served aboard the battleship Colorado in the Pacific.  He was retired from Illinois Bell telephone Company.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Macular Degeneration Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, Maryland 20871 would be appreciated.

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

Webcast of William E. Reichardt Funeral Service

CHRISTINE A. CROSSMAN, nee Zielinski, age 53, of Bloomingdale,

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

CHRISTINE A. CROSSMAN, nee Zielinski, age 53, of Bloomingdale, formerly of Glen Ellyn, died June 13 at Glen Oak Hospital, Glendale Heights, Illinois.

Visitation and Funeral Service will be held Friday, June 17 from 1:00 PM until the time of Service 15 6:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

Interment Private at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Arlington Heights, Illinois.


Mrs. Crossman is survived by two sons, David E. (Sonja) of New York and Carl J. of Hawaii; one grandchild, Orion of New York; her mother, Betty Zielinski; three brothers and sisters, Jessie (Harley) Bradley of Wisconsin, Jerome A. Zielinski, Jr. of Lombard, and Catherine J. (David) Woodrum of Virginia; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Crossman is preceded in death by her husband, William; and her father, Jerome Zielinski, Sr.

Mrs. Crossman was a resident of West Suburban Nursing Home in Bloomingdale for 8 years and was formerly of Glen Ellyn 5 years, and Northlake.  She was a Graduate of West Leyden High School.  Mrs. Crossman was an Electrician and a member of I.B.E.W.

She loved riding her Harley motorcycle.  Mrs. Crossman enjoyed gardening, baking, and cooking.

Memorials to Multiple Sclerosis, 525 West Monroe, Suite 900, Chicago, Illinois 60661 would be appreciated.

Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard. More info. 888-629-0094


Webcast of Christine A. Crossman Funeral

Memorial Day 2011

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011










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MICHAEL R. ROSALES, age 39, of Lombard

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Michael Rosales Funeral Service

MICHAEL R. ROSALES, age 39, of Lombard, died May 22 at his home.

Visitation and Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, May 25 from 3 to 8 PM  with Service at 6:30 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

Interment Private.

Mr. Rosales is survived by his parents, Roberto M. and Maria M., nee Marmalejo; two brothers, Jose (Luisa) of Texas and Israel (Yolanda) of Aurora; seven (7) nieces and nephews; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Mr. Rosales was a resident of Lombard for 30 years.

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

Lombard Area Chamber of Commerce 2011 Installation Banquet

Thursday, January 20th, 2011