LaVeda Davies, 76, of Venice, Fla. (formerly of Lombard, IL) died Thursday, Aug. 30, at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. The funeral begins with mass at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St., Lombard.
LaVeda is survived by her children Ketra Pauley (Bob), Cathy Curtis, Chris McGrenera (Grant) and Tom Davies (Alina); and was a grandmother to 13 grandchildren: Nathan, Matt and Nick Pauley, Casey Dikun, Kara Silva (Elton), Kylie McGrenera, David, Jacy and Chandler Curtis, Dziugas, Luidas, Jurate and Adria Davies, and Sugar Babe, her Pomeranian companion. She was preceded in death by her husband, David M. Davies; and parents, John and Marcella Finch.
Born Aug. 15, 1936 in Washburn, Ill., LaVeda grew up in the small Midwestern town of Low Point. As the first-born daughter of nine in an Irish/German-Catholic family, she is survived by her siblings, Duane Finch (Rita), Gordon Finch (Dorothy), Bonnie Meismer (Richard), Carol Beoletto (Barney), Eldon Finch (Andrea), Diane Cawley (Mike), Brenda Knight, and Denise Held (Mike) and 31nieces and nephews.
LaVeda graduated in 1954 from Low Point Washburn High School in Low Point, Ill. She was working as an OR technician at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Ill. when she met and fell in love with a local TV repair shop owner, David McGlone Davies. They eventually moved to Chicago, and ended up out west in the suburb of Lombard to accommodate a growing family and active lifestyle. LaVeda worked at the Glen Ellyn Clinic where she met one of her dearest of friends who soon became one of the family.
After living in Lombard for 25 years, LaVeda and her husband retired to a place of many memories: Nokomis, Fla. They carved out a little piece of paradise for themselves right on the intercostal waterways.
A world traveler, avid doll collector, and unabashed sports fanatic, LaVeda was passionate about the joys of life. She lived a spirited existence, led by faith, with an innate desire to minister an abounding sense of empathy and warmth to anyone around her, be it her best friend or a perfect stranger. Her compassion casted her as the community matriarch, mothering many more than those who shared the same bloodline. She ruled her household with an open door, accepting of everyone.
Success in life is like beauty; it’s in the eye of its beholder, and LaVeda M. Davies found the beauty of life in her family, loved ones and friends. She emanated a contagious inner energy, leaving the rest of us surrendering to her insatiable love for people and life.
Her husband of 50 years said it best, “I’ve never met another person who didn’t love LaVeda.”
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Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 4 from 3 to 8 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.
Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, September 5 with Mrs. Iversen Lying-In-State from 9 AM until time of Service at 10 AM at First United Methodist Church, Lombard.
Interment will be at Chapel Hill Gardens West, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.
Florence is survived by her son, James Jr. (Karen); three grandchildren, Jennifer (Arv) Rao, Jennette (Thomas) Faragoi, and JoAnne (Timothy) Moberg; and seven great-grandchildren.
Florence is preceded in death by her husband, James Sr.; her daughter Joyce; her son, Jeffery; and her grandson, Kristopher.
“Flo” was a resident of Lombard for over 60 years. She was an active and passionate member of the First United Methodist Church in Lombard. Flo had worked as the Parish Visitor at church for many years. She was active in the Daughters of The American Revolution. Flo was an avid reader and also liked to play bridge. She loved to cook and bake, and became known for her dinner parties where good food and the warmth of friendship were always enjoyed by everyone. Flo will be missed by her family and dear friends.
Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6430 West Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, Illinois 60631 would be appreciated.
Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard. Info 1-888-629-0094 or www.brustfuneralhome.com.
Maurice ‘Maury’ J. Vandenbroucke, age 89, of Lombard . died August 29 at Good Samaritan Hospital.
Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 31, from 3 to 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main, Lombard.
Funeral services will be Saturday, with prayers at Brust Funeral Home at 9:30AM to Christ the King Church for 10AM .
Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
Mr. Vandenbroucke is survived by three sons, Ken (Suzette)of Westmont, David (Fran) of VA and Gary (Laura); of Morton Grove four daughters, Margie (Daniel) Poole of GA, Bonnie of Lombard, Debra of WI and Judy of Lisle; 7 grandchildren, Amy, Kim, Daniel, Christy, Emily, Antoinette and Benedict and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Vandenbroucke is preceded in death by his wife, Toni nee Dombrou and four brothers and sisters.
Mr. Vandenbroucke was a resident of Lombard since 1966. He was a Veteran of WWII and served in the U S Army and fought in the Pacific in 3 Campaigns in the Philippines. He received his C.P.A. in 1950. He started Comprehensive Accounting Co.in 1969 in Lombard and retired in 1989. The Company is still run by his family on St. Charles Road, Lombard. He joined the Lombard Rotary in 1975 and served as Treasurer for 9 years. He was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Foundation.. He is a former member of the Lombard Chamber of Commerce and was one of the Founders of the D.L.U. (Downtown Lombard Unlimited).
Memorials to the Rotary Foundation, c/o of the Lombard Rotary Club, P. O. Box 1003, Lombard, IL 60148 would be appreciated.
Marilyn Ruth Patton, nee Frick, of Lombard, passed into eternal life on Tuesday, August 28.
Visitation will be held Thursday, August 30 from 4 to 9 pm at Brust Funeral Home,
135 S. Main Street, Lombard.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, August 31, with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Christ the King Church for 10AM Mass.
Interment will be at All Saints Cemetery , DesPlaines, Illinois.
Mrs. Patton is survived by her husband, Martin; her three children James (Claudia), Donna (David) Stubben and Robert (Sharon Bird); her grandchildren, Ryan, Jennifer, Bailey, Martin, Grace, Amber, Mitch, James, and David.
Mrs. Patton is preceded in death by her granddaughter, Mary.
Born to Ruth and Walter Frick on January 12, 1931, Marilyn and her older brother, the late Robert Frick, grew up in Cicero where she excelled as a student at Morton High School. In 1952, Marilyn married Martin F. Patton and then spent the next 60 years as a happily devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Marilyn immersed herself in books, gave generously to charitable causes benefitting children and spoiled the many pets she welcomed into her home and heart. As a talented and tireless seamstress, she covered family, friends and acquaintances with her meticulously hand-pieced quilts. All those who knew her were touched by her humor and kindness.
Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard.
EDWIN B. LEJECK, age 95, of Bensenville, formerly of Forest Park, died August 27 at Bridgeway Christian Village, Bensenville, Illinois.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 29 from 3 to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.
Funeral Service will be held Thursday, August 30 at 10 AM at Brust Funeral Home.
Interment will be at Concordia Cemetery, Forest Park, Illinois.
Mr. Lejeck is survived by his son, John B. (Alice) of Lombard; his daughter, Jane Zimeroff; five grandchildren, Amy (David) Wright of Villa Park, Allison Ducato of Lombard, John B., Jr. (Melissa) Lejeck of North Aurora, Robert John Zimberoff, and Lara Zimberoff; and seven great-grandchildren, Kailey, Ashley, Dylan, David, Cameron, Tessa, and T.J.
Mr. Lejeck is preceded in death by his wife, Clara, nee Hoheisel.
Mr. Lejeck was born in Chicago. He had retired from Western Electric in 1972 and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. Mr. Lejeck was a former member of St. John’s Ev Lutheran Church in Forest Park for many years.
Memorials to St. John’s Ev Lutheran School, 220 South Lincoln, Lombard, Illinois 60148 would be appreciated.
Visitation will be held Sunday, August 26 from 2 to 6 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.
Funeral Service will be held Monday, August 27 with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Christ The King Church, Lombard, for 10 AM Mass.
Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois.
Mr. Herner is survived by his brother Tony (Karen) of Colorado; his nephews, Tony Herner, Jr., Fred (Lisa) Klepitsch, and David Klepitsch; many other family and many friends.
Mr. Herner is preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Anna; his sisters Mary Klepitsch, Betty Beikman, and Virginia Meyer; and his brother, Anton.
Mr. Herner was a Veteran having served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the 1960’s. Mr. Herner was a resident of Glen Ellyn for over 35 years. He was a retired sheet metal worker. Mr. Herner had been active with the Right to Life.
Memorials to Christ The King Church, 1501 South Main Street, Lombard, Illinois 60148 would be appreciated.
Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard. Info 1-888-629-0094
Beloved husband of of Loretta nee Fron
Loving father of James (Deborah), Thomas (Suzanne) and Richard (Jean)
Cherished grandfather of Dana, Ryan (Victoria), Timothy, Christine, Carolyn, Jake, Scott and Erica
Dearest brother of Stephanie (the late Roy) Wahnert and pre ceded by his other siblings Mitchell, Bruno and Jean. Uncle and great uncle of many
A memorial Funeral mass will be held Friday 10 A.M. at St. Pius X Church 1025 E. Madison Lombard
Interment Resurrection Cemetery
Please NO flowers Donations to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. appreciated.
Arrangements handled by Brust Funeral Home Lombard
WILMA F. CHAMPENE, nee Loufek, age 94, of Lombard, died August 21 at DuPage Convalescent Center, Wheaton, Illinois. Memorial Service will be held Saturday, September 8 at 11 AM at Calvary Episcopal Church, 105 West Maple Street, Lombard.
Mrs. Champene is survived by her daughters, Nicolle (John) Jaska of Lombard, and Sandra (Donald) Bradley of Villa Park; six (6) grandchildren, David (Jill) Jaska of Texas, Donna Mahoney of Tennessee, Karyn (Nathan) Tompkins of Bolingbrook, LeeAnne (John) Parenti of Cortland, IL, Amy (Jim) Bradfield of Villa Park, and Brian Toone of Aurora; and ten (10) great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Champene is preceded in death by her husband, C. Duke; her parents, Anthony and Emma Loufek; and her sister, Irma M. Moore.
Mrs. Champene had retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1983. She had worked in Villa Park from 1960 to 1983.
In Lieu of Flowers, memorials to Calvary Episcopal Church, 105 West Maple, Lombard, Illinois 60148 would be appreciated.
GIGI A. MESSINA, age 59, of Lombard died August 16 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, Illinois.
Memorial Gathering and Service will be held Saturday, August 25 from 1:00 to time of service at 3:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.
Mrs. Messina is survived by her children, Lauren Messina and Joseph Messina.
Mrs. Messina is preceded in death by her husband, Robert.
Mrs. Messina had celebrated 25 years of marriage to the love of her life, Robert, to whom she was a devoted wife. She felt her greatest accomplishment was bringing her son and daughter into this world with a man she loved dearly, a man who went above and beyond to ensure the happiness of her and his children. Both of her children have always felt blessed to have such a wonderful mother who would do anything she could for her family no matter the sacrifices she had to endure herself. This trait of hers is well known to the friends she has made along her path in life, which in this day and age is rare amongst people. The love, compassion and happiness she brought to everyone will be missed by all, especially by Lauren and Joseph, who cherish every moment they had with her. Not only was she a mother, she was a teacher, best friend and role model whose actions and beliefs will be passed down by her children to future generations. As time passes, her memories will never fade and the lessons taught will forever remain.
A visitation will be held on Friday from 3-9 PM at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1025 E. Madison Street, Lombard, Illinois.
A funeral Mass will be held Saturday at 10 AM at St. Pius X Catholic Church.
Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, IL.
Mr. Mueller is survived by his beloved wife, Eileen nee Rogers; 2 daughters, Debbie (Keith) Rapata of Hanover Park and Donna (Mark) Fruehe of Lombard; 4 grandchildren, K.J. of Hanover Park, Stephen of Lombard, Mikey of Lombard, Ashley of Hanover Park; a brother, Thomas M. (June) of Georgetown, Texas; his nieces and nephews, Mike (Jenny) Mueller, Jim Mueller, Chris Williams, Cheryl (Jim) Maynard, Don Wesolowicz, Sandy Wesolowicz, Mike, Mary, Kelly and Ann Harrington; 3 sister-in-laws, Carol (Don) Wesolowicz, Lucille Rogers and Mary Harrington; a brother-in-law, Francis (Rose) Rogers; a special cousin, Ann Ahern; and many other relatives and friends.
Mr. Mueller was preceded in death by a nephew, Joe Harrington.
Please omit flowers. Memorials would be appreciated to your favorite Lombard charity, such as St. Pius Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, Lombard YMCA, Lombard Historical Society Carriage House Fund or The Deicke Home.
Mr. Mueller had served as Village President since 1993, having begun his fifth consecutive term in May of 2009. He was the longest serving Village President in Lombard’s history. He was a veteran of the Illinois Air National Guard.
Mr. Mueller began his political career in the late 1950’s as a member of the Village of Lombard’s Safety Committee and the Lombard Youth Commission. From there, he served in every aspect of local government. He held the position of District Trustee (1975-79) and served as Chairman of the Public Works Committee as well as the Chairman of the DuPage Community Development Commission. More recently, Mueller was President of the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference and Co-Chairman of the Glenbard Wastewater Authority. He was a member of the Lombard Chamber of Commerce and Industry Eagle Club. He was a former Lombard Man of the Year. He served on the boards and committees of many local groups, such as the YMCA, St. Pius X School and Church, Cub Scout Leader and President of the Lombard Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Mueller was raised in Lombard by his parents, Joseph and Dolorosa nee Muldoon Mueller. His grandparents had farmed on Swift Road. Shortly after he returned to Lombard in 1965, he opened the Bill Mueller Insurance Agency on Westmore Avenue. Bill retired from American family Insurance in 2005.
Arrangements were made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main, Lombard. For info www.brustfuneralhome.com or 888-629-0094.