May, 2012

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Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

JOANN MITTELSTADT, nee Goebel, age 78, of Lombard

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012


JOANN MITTELSTADT, nee Goebel, age 78, of Lombard, died May 29 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, Illinois.

Visitation will be held Thursday, May 31 from 3 to 8 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.
Funeral Service will be held Saturday, June 2 at 10 AM at Brust Funeral Home.
Interment will be at Forest Home Cemetery, Forest Park, Illinois.

Mrs. Mittelstadt is survived by three children, Michael (Barb) of Plainfield, Janice of Wheaton, and Rev. Richard (Lynn) of Texas; six (6) grandchildren, Jacqueline (Matthew) Phipps of Minnesota, Danielle of Joliet, Nicole of Minnesota, Kelly of Plainfield, Holly (Rev. Joshua) Scheer of Wyoming, and Timothy of Texas; great-grandmother of Madelyn, Genevieve, and Wilhelm; her sister, Joyce (William) Ackerman of Lombard; her nephew, Gary (Gloria) Ackerman; and her niece Christine (Paul) Lauricella.
Mrs. Mittelstadt is preceded in death by her husband, Earl; and her nephew, Martin Ackerman.

Mrs. Mittelstadt was a resident of Lombard since 1962. She had worked at Carson’s at Yorktown in Lombard for 10 years. Mrs. Mittelstadt was a member of the Sodbusters Garden Club and enjoyed bowling. She had been a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and had been active there in the 1960’s, 70’s and 1980’s.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society, 1801 South Meyers, Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 60181 would be appreciated.

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

2012 Memorial Day Service

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

2012 Memorial Day Ceremony Lombard Common, Sunken Garden
Grace Street & St. Charles Road

with

Rev. Emily Mellott, Christopher Parrilli and Tom Zilla speaking.

2012 Memorial Day at the Lombard Memorial Rock video

Thank you to Progressive Communications for sharing the audio with us.

BARCHA E. LEBBOS, age 86, of Hanover Park

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Barcha E. Lebbos, age 86, of Hanover Park, died May 27 at Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 29, from 4 to 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard.
Mrs. Lebbos will lie in state on Wednesday, May 30, from 9:30 AM until the Mass at 10 AM at Our Lady of Lebanon Church, 950 S. Grace for 10 AM Mass. Interment Irving Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Lebbos is survived by 4 sons and 1 daughter, 15 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 2 sisters.

Mrs. Lebbos was preceded in death by her husband, Elia.

Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard. Info 1-888-629-0094.

JOHN A. BIELENDA, age 85, of Lombard

Thursday, May 24th, 2012


JOHN A. BIELENDA, age 85, of Lombard, died May 24 at Good Samaritan Hospital,
Downers Grove, Illinois.

Visitation will be held Monday, May 28, from 3 to 8 pm at Brust Funeral Home,
135 S. Main Street, Lombard.
Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, May 29, 9:30 A.M. from Brust Funeral Home,
135 S. Main Street, Lombard, to Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth Street, Lombard, for 10 A.M. Mass. Entombment Assumption Cemetery.

Mr. Bielenda is survived by his wife, Jeanne, nee O’Brien; his children John (Sue),
Mary (Steve) Meell, Maggie (Nick) Viggiano, Mark, Carol (Rick) Saint Blancard;
his grandchildren Kristin, John Richard, Amy, Liz, Jackie, Steve, Dave, Rick, Ryan, and Jacob, and six great grandchildren.

Mr. Bielenda was a resident of Lombard since 1958. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served during World War II on the USS Hornet. Mr. Bielenda was a Loyola University Chicago graduate. He was the proud owner for over 50 years of Westmore Supply Company – Lombard. Mr. Bielenda was a past member of the Chamber of Commerce and a past member of the Lilac Parade Committee. He had been an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mr. Bielenda was loved by many and respected by all.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Wounded Warrior Project, 1111 W. 22nd Street, Oakbrook, Illinois 60523, or www.woundedwarriorproject.org. would be appreciated.

Link to video of Funeral Mass for John A. Bielinda

Thomas F. Santangelo, 65, of DesPlaines

Thursday, May 24th, 2012


Thomas F. Santangelo, 65, of DesPlaines, died Wednesday, May 23, at Pepper Family Hospice Home.
Visitation will be held Saturday, May 26, 9:30 to 12:30 PM, at St. Raymond Catholic Church 300 S. Elmhurst Ave, Mt. Prospect, with a 12:30 PM Mass. Interment is at All Saints Cemetery in DesPlaines.
Mr. Santangelo is survived by his wife, Maria (nee Lacriola); his children Thomas J. and Anthony L. (Debbie); his grandchildren Sara, Tommy, Sam, Alexa, Amanda, and Anthony Santangelo; his brother Angelo( RoseAnn); his sister Angeline Caputo and his sister- in-law Theresa and many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother Anthony and his brother-in-law Larry Caputo
Thomas enjoyed all aspects of life, especially swimming, fishing, eating and enjoying his time in the sun. Thomas had been married to Maria for 45 years and his family, friends and grandchildren were his life.
For more information 630-629-0094.

Norbert R. Orszula, age 88, of Lombard

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012


NORBERT R. ORSZULA, age 88, of Lombard, died May 21 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, Illinois.

Visitation and Funeral Service will be held Friday, May 25 with Visitation from 9 AM until time of Service at 11 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.
Interment Private.

Mr. Orszula is survived by his wife, Dorothy, nee Spitler; his daughter, Carol (David) Watanabe of Lincolnshire; two grandchildren, Steven and Kayla Watanabe; two brothers, Darus and Borus (Joan) a sister-in-law Hertha, and a brother-in-law Frank Tezky; and many other family and friends.
Mr. Orszula is preceded in death by his sisters Janina and Wanda Tezky,his brothers Edmund and Sedzimir and his sister-in-law, Joan.

Mr. Orszula was a Veteran having served in the U.S. Army during World War II where he had been part of the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Orszula belonged to the Theosophical Society. He was a Ham Radio Operator. Mr. Orszula had been an Electrical Engineer and Consultant. He was an avid computer expert. Mr. Orszula belonged to the Chicago Computer society. He earned his Masters Degree from Midwest College of Engineering and was an undergraduate of Northwestern University. Mr. Orszula was a member of Co Masonic Lodge.

Eugene J. Polley, age 96, formerly of Lombard, Inventor of the T.V. remote control

Monday, May 21st, 2012


Funeral Services Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. From Brust Funeral Home 135 S. Main St. Lombard to Sacred Heart Church for 10 a.m. Mass, Visitation Tuesday, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Intermnet Assumption Cemetery.

Best known as the inventor of the first wireless remote control for television, Eugene J. Polley started his career with Zenith Radio Corporation (now Zenith Electronics LLC, a subsidiary of LG Electronics) in 1935. His 47-year engineering career spanned the pioneering days of radio, black-and-white television and color TV.

Mr. Polley died of natural causes on May 20 in Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, Ill. He was 96.

His inventions, primarily in the field of television, earned 18 U.S. patents. Mr. Polley’s best known invention, the “Flash-Matic” remote control, was the world’s first wireless TV remote, introduced in 1955. It used a flashlight-like device to activate photo cells on the television set to change channels.

Mr. Polley worked his way up from the stockroom to the parts department, where he produced Zenith’s first catalog, and then on to his long career in the engineering department.

During World War II, as part of Zenith’s commitment to the war effort, Mr. Polley worked on radar advances for the U.S. Department of Defense. Mr. Polley also worked on the push-button radio for automobiles and on the development of the video disk, predecessor of today’s DVD.

Over the years, Mr. Polley held key technology positions at Zenith, including as Product Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Head of Video Recording Group, Advanced Mechanical Design Group and Assistant Division Chief for the Mechanical Engineering Group.

Mr. Polley was the 2009 recipient of the Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award from the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers. Mr. Polley and fellow Zenith engineer Robert Adler were honored in 1997 with an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for “Pioneering Development of Wireless Remote Controls for Consumer Television.” Mr. Polley’s innovation has been featured in numerous articles and television programs.

Eugene J. Polley was born in Chicago on Nov. 29, 1915. He attended the City Colleges of Chicago and Armour Institute. He was a longtime resident of Lombard, Ill., where he was active in village government, serving as a member of the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals for 34 years.

He is survived by his son, Eugene J. Polley Jr., and grandson, Aaron, of San Diego, Calif. He was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche, and daughter, Joan Polley.

FATHER OF THE TV REMOTE CONTROL

The inventor of the first wireless remote control for television, Zenith’s Gene Polley, was called everything from the founding father of the couch potato to the czar of zapping to the beach boy of channel surfing.

Few would dispute the enormous impact of this invention, devised in an era of three or four VHF broadcast TV stations in most markets. Today, remote control is not a luxury but a necessity in navigating 500-plus digital cable or digital satellite channels, or controlling an HDTV, Blu-Ray Disc player, digital video recorder or home theater audio system – all at the touch of a button.

Zenith’s Gene Polley ushered in the era of channel surfing in the middle of the 20th Century during the Golden Age of Television. Mr. Polley invented the “Flash-Matic,” which represented the world’s first wireless TV remote. Introduced in 1955, Flash-Matic operated by means of four photo cells, one in each corner of the TV screen. The viewer used a highly directional flashlight to activate the four control functions, which turned the picture and sound on and off and changed channels by turning the tuner dial clockwise and counter-clockwise.

Commander Eugene F. McDonald Jr., Zenith’s late founder-president, believed TV viewers would not tolerate commercials. While developing and promoting the concept of commercial-free subscription television, McDonald yearned for a way for viewers to take back control from the advertisers. Mr. Polley’s Flash-Matic accomplishes that goal. McDonald ordered it into production and honored Mr. Polley with the President’s Award.

Building on Mr. Polley’s innovation, fellow Zenith engineer, the late Dr. Robert Adler, later developed the next-generation wireless TV remote based on ultrasonic technology, Space Command. By the early 1980s, the industry moved from ultrasonic to infrared, or IR, remote technology. The IR remote works by using a low-frequency light beam, so low that the human eye cannot see it, but which can be detected by a receiver in the TV. Zenith’s development of cable-compatible tuning and teletext technologies in the 1980s greatly enhanced the capabilities for infrared TV remotes.

Today, wireless remote pioneered by Mr. Polley, is a standard feature on virtually all consumer electronics products. The most sophisticated digital HDTV sets have remotes with as many as 50 buttons. Of course, in 2012, virtually all television sets, set-top boxes, video players/recorders and other home entertainment components sold in the United States are equipped with remote control.

JOSEPH J. TURYNA, age 82, of Lombard

Monday, May 21st, 2012


JOSEPH J. TURYNA, age 82, of Lombard, died May 20 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, Illinois.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 23 from 3 to 8 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

Funeral Service will be held Thursday, May 24 at 11 AM at Brust Funeral Home.

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

Mr. Turyna is survived by his wife, Joyce, nee Moses; two sons, Scott (Suzette) of St. Charles, and Brad of Lombard; his daughter-in-law, Diane Larsen of Norridge; seven (7) grandchildren, Kellie Turyna of Montgomery, Scott (Lisa) Turyna, Jr. of St. Charles, Joshua of Elburn, Danielle Turyna of Carol Stream, Ryan (Lindsey) of Plainfield, Brad Turyna, Jr. of West Chicago, Jacqueline Turyna of St. Charles; and one great-granddaughter, Ella Turyna.

Mr. Turyna is preceded in death by his son, Rory and two (2) brothers.

Mr. Turyna was a graduate of York High School.  He had attended the University of Wyoming.  Mr. Turyna had retired from the Riverwood Paper Company in 1997.  He loved sports, hunting, and the outdoors.

 

ELSIE E. REICHARDT, nee Anhold, age 89, of Friendship Village and formerly of Lombard

Monday, May 21st, 2012

ELSIE E. REICHARDT, nee Anhold, age 89, of Friendship Village, formerly of Lombard, died May 18.

Visitation will be held Sunday, May 27 from 2 to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street.

Funeral Service will be held Monday, May 28 with Mrs. Reichardt Lying-in-State from 10 AM until the time of Service at 11 AM at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 350 East Madison Street, Lombard.

Interment Private at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, Indiana.

Mrs. Reichardt is survived by four children, William (Rosemary) of Alma, Michigan, James (Maureen) of Wheaton, Thomas (Jackie) of Schaumburg, and Susan (Tod) Hall of Rancho Margarita Santa, California; eight (8) grandchildren, Gary, Jeff (Jenny), Joe, Christine, Bonnie, Billy, Sarah, and Jani Lee; and three (3) great-grandchildren, Madison, Mallory, and Andrew.

Mrs. Reichardt is preceded in death by her husband, William E.; and her daughter, Carol Lynn.

In Lieu of flowers, donations to Friendship Senior Service Foundation, 350 West Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, Illinois 60194