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Friday, August 9th, 2013

Mary Irene LangelMary Irene Langel, nee Lahmann, age 54, of Lombard, died peacefully in her sleep at home on August 8, 2013.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 11 from 4 to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard. Funeral service will be held  Monday, August 12 with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church for 10 AM Mass. Interment will be at Assumption Cemetery in Wheaton.

Mrs. Langel is survived by her husband, Dan; two sons, Shaun (Kate) Antrim and Ryan (Fiancé Stephanie Bartucci) Antrim; a grandson, Grady Murphy Antrim; her parents, Herbert and Mary Lahmann; nine brothers and sisters, Raymond Lahmann, Demetria Wright, Chris Lahmann, Rebecca Lewis, Dorothy Jean Quinn, Joseph Lahmann, Patrick Lahmann, Jane Bumbalough, and Robert Lahmann; mother-in-law Patricia Langel; 35 nieces and nephews and 17 great nieces and nephews.

Mary was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She lived a lot of her young life in Richmond, Indiana and most of her adult life in Lombard, Illinois.  She married the love of her life, Daniel E. Langel, on September 16, 2000.

Mary loved to cook and liked to bake. She especially relished the enjoyment people had when they ate her very special one-of-a-kind recipes.

Mary was a nurse for almost 25 years and a Caregiver all her life. She was Valedictorian, always earning high honors, and continued her education all through her life. She had a passion for learning and teaching. Director/Manager for most of her nursing career, Mary enjoyed the role of guiding and caring for others. Nothing at work was “beneath” her. Leading by example, if something needed cleaning, Mary cleaned it up and if something needed caring for, she cared.

Mary worked hard and played hard and she had one pace: Mary speed.

She lived in her own world but that was okay because they knew her there.  Mary was a true character and she lived a lot of life for the life she lived.

Mary was a friend to all and made everyone feel like family.  Her infectious laughter and comedic timing kept everyone on their toes.  We loved her dearly and celebrate her life.

Christopher P. Michaels, age 22, of Lombard

Friday, August 9th, 2013

MichaelsCHRISTOPHER P. MICHAELS, age 22, of Lombard, died suddenly August 7.

Visitation will be held Sunday, August 11 from 4 to 8 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

Funeral Service will be Monday, August 12 with prayers at 10:15 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Christ The King Church for 11:00 am Mass.

Interment Private.

Christopher is survived by his mother, Jane M., nee Selinger; his sister, Colleen R. (Stephen) Cottle of Falls Church, Virginia; and his brother, Daniel E. of Lombard.

Christopher is preceded in death by his father, Edward; and his grandparents, Margaret and Elmer Michaels.

Christopher had attended Manor Hill Grade School, Westlake Junior High, and was a 2009 graduate of Glenbard East High School.  He was a Soccer Coach for the Villa Park/Lombard Typhoon’s Soccer Club.  Christopher loved to play soccer.  He had been a volunteer for the Lombard YMCA and the Glenbard East Summer Soccer Camp.  Christopher was a self-taught computer enthusiast.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Gift of Hope, 425 Spring Lake Drive, Itasca, Illinois 60143 or the Typhoon Soccer Club would be appreciated.

Cruz N. Casado nee Tejeda, age 79, of Villa Park,

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

CasadoCruz N. Casado nee Tejeda, age 79, of Villa Park, died August 7 at home.

Visitation will be held Aug. 8 from 3 to 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St. Lombard.

Interment Private.

Mrs. Casado is survived by her  beloved husband, Luis; loving mother of Miguel (Mirurge), Juana L., Emilo, Juana A., Santa (Ivan) Peralta, Bernarda & Nieves (Pedro) Mendoza,  17 cherished grandchildren; Kassandra M. Valencia, Alondra Mendoza, Kelvin Mendoza, Malvelys (Jonathan) Eusebio, Jorge Luis Minier, Mavel Minier,  Luis Enrique German,  Laureen (Warner) Zapata, Cristyn German, Miruel Casado, Miguel E. Casado, Luis M. Casado, Mari Jimenez, Juan Luis, Jasiel Saba, Saul Saba, & Ivanny Peralta; and one great-granddaughter, Melanie Paez.

In lieu of flowers donations to the Wishes of the Family would be appreciated.

Call 888-629-0094

Ilva G. Szopa (nee Bartolomei) age 97.

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

The world lost one of the good ones on Saturday.  Ilva G. Szopa (nee Bartolomei) passed away at the age of 97.  Ilva was born in Pariana, Italy and emigrated to the U.S. at the age of four.  She was a registered nurse and served in the Army Nurse Corp in WWII, attaining the rank of Captain.   She went on to be the Director of Nursing for a chain of seven nursing homes, first retiring at 65, then being coaxed to come back in a consulting role as Director of Resident Services for the chain for another 10 years.  Upon her final retirement, she had the time to become more involved in her church and the community.  She started the Health Advocate Team at St. Pius X in Lombard, Illinois and chaired the Health Committee for the DuPage Senior Citizens Council.  In 1992, Ilva became the Council’s VP of Programs and the following year she was elected Board President.  Finally, in 2003, the Council honored her tireless commitment by establishing the “Ilva G. Szopa Volunteer of the Year Award” and made her the first recipient.  She was included in the 1979 “Who’s Who of American Women” and the 1980 “World’s Who’s Who of Women.”  She is survived by her son, Ronald (Jamie), her grandchildren, Emily (Paul) Slayton, Elisa, John (Kelly), James and Isabella, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and great grandnieces and great grandnephews.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband, John, her parents, Ampelio and Marfisa, her sisters, Coralina (Picchiotti) and Lydia (Bill) Webster and brothers, James and Edilio (Ruby).  Though small in stature, Ilva was a giant by any other measure.   She was deeply loved and will truly be missed.

Visitation will be held Monday, August 5 from 3 to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, August 6 with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to St. Pius X Church, Lombard, for 10 AM Mass.

Interment will be at All Saints Cemetery, DesPlaines, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the DuPage Senior Citizens Council, 1919 South Highland Avenue, Lombard, Illinois 60148 would be appreciated.

Dr. Robert Bruce Hunter, Of Villa Park,

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013


Dr. Robert Bruce Hunter was born on December 13, 1926 in Washington, DC and died on July 31, 2013 at the age of 86 at his home in Villa Park, Illinois.  He is survived by his wife Jo Duren-Sampson, his daughter Virginia M. Stack (Chuck), his grandson Timothy Robert Hunter and cousins Allan, Margaret Ann and CeCe Miller.  Dr. Hunter was married to Sallie Mitchell Hunter of Montreal, Canada, now deceased, for 54 years.  His son, Richard Hanson Hunter is deceased, as well as his sister-in-law Harriet Mitchell Outhet.  Robert is also survived by his two Canadian nephews Rickson (Jane) and Stephen Outhet, daughter-in-law Ann Hunter, step-sons Andrew Duren and Paul Duren, step-daughter Cathy Jones (Andy) and seven step-grandchildren.

Dr. Hunter attended St Albans School in Washington, DC through 12th grade and sang for the associated Washington Cathedral Boys Choir.  He graduated Cum Laude in 1944.  He went on to attend Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.  While there, he continued to sing in the Bowdoin College Chapel Choir and Glee Club as well as participated in Beta Theta Pi.  Dr. Hunter graduated from Bowdoin College Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science, with Honors in Biology, in 1947.  Dr. Hunter proceeded to Medical School at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated in 1951.  He interned for the next two years in OB/GYN at Hopkins and in Internal Medicine at the US Public Health Service Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, respectively.   

Dr. Robert Hunter’s military service included both the Army during the last year of WW II, and Coast Guard in 1953 where he was medical doctor at sea on board the Mackinac, a Coast Guard Cutter.

While at Hopkins, Dr. Hunter met Sarah (Sallie) Mitchell, RN from Montreal, Canada.  They married in 1952 and shared 54 very happy years until her death in 2006.  They resided from 1954 – 2006 in Dearborn, Michigan where Dr Hunter spent the rest of his 37 year career as Senior Staff Physician at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.  Dr. Hunter retired from the practice of medicine in 1991 at the age of 65.

Dr. Hunter moved to the Chicago area in 2007 and married his second wife Jo Duren-Sampson in 2008.  They shared 6 very happy years until his death.

On a more personal note, Bob loved life:  learning and experiencing everything about it.  He was a voracious reader, avid gardener, and great appreciator of the arts including being a painter, sculptor and photographer himself.  He loved to travel and see new and different places both nationally and internationally.  Robert will be remembered fondly for his warmth, caring, service, intelligence, knowledge, humor and humility.  His joy of making funny faces as well as wearing a wide selection of hats also will be remembered and cherished

SALLY M. MUELLER, age 80, of Lombard

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

SALLY M. MUELLER, nee LaPointe, age 80, of Lombard, died July 31 at Seasons Hospice Inpatient Center, Naperville, Illinois.

Visitation will be held Sunday, August 4 from 3:00 to 7:30 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

Funeral Service will be held Monday, August 5, with prayers at 9 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Christ The King Church for 9:30 AM Mass.

Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois.

Mrs. Mueller is survived by her husband, John D.; three children, David L., Janine M., and Christine M. (Marc) Armbrust; five grandchildren, Eric and Kyle Mueller, Corine Mae, and Morgan and Nathan Armbrust; and her sister, Vernel Melka.

Mrs. Mueller is preceded in death by her brother, Robert LaPointe.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, 8430 West Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, Illinois 60631 or Multiple Sclerosis, 525 West Monroe Street, Suite 900, Chicago, Illinois  60661 would be appreciated.



John “Jack” Craine, age 82, of Glen Ellyn,

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

American FlagJohn “Jack” Craine, age 82, of Glen Ellyn, formerly of Michigan City, IN and Lombard; loving husband of 59 years to Betty Mae nee Schulz, loving father of Jeff Craine of Bloomingdale, Steven (Donna) of Hurst, TX, Jill Ryan of Sycamore, Katy (Mike) Compton of North Aurora; fond grandfather of Kristen (James) DeBellis of Bloomingdale, Erin (Joe) Spalla of Schaumburg, Kelly (Thomas) Crook of Ocala, FL, Jessica Craine of TX, Steven Ryan of Sycamore, Danielle Craine, of TX, Lindsey Craine of TX; great-grandfather of Sydney, Jonah, Caley  & Kolbie, dear brother of  William (Nina) of Punta Gorda, FL and the late Donald Robert Craine  and  fond uncle of 7.

Memorial Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 2 from 2PM until time of service 7PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St. ,Lombard.

Interment Private.

Memorials to American Heart Association.

Mr. Craine resided in Lombard from 1956 to 1985 on Meadow Ave. and Martha Ct., then Michigan City, IN for 28 years and Glen Ellyn the last seven months. Mr. Craine grew up in Glen Ellyn and graduated from Glenbard High School in 1948. He attended Elmhurst College. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Army. He is a retired salesman and worked for several Advertising Companies. He is an expert in Point of Display Advertising.  He held several patents in Display Merchandising. He was an avid Sailor and owned eight boats in the course of his life.  He also raced sailboats on Lake Geneva. He was a former member of the Lombard Golf League.   He was very creative and was able to make, build and fix things with simple materials. He was very proud that his family was from the Isle of Manx.