February, 2014

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LaVerne Lillig, nee Hanson, age 96, of Lombard

Friday, February 28th, 2014

LaVerne Lillig nee Hanson, born June 29, 1917 in Chicago passed away on Thursday February 27, 2014 at the age of 96.  Beloved wife of the late Andrew G. Lillig for 62 years, Andrew and LaVerne met while square dancing.  She is survived by her sons, John (Sally) of Loves Park, Illinois and Jeffrey (Lindsey) of Wheaton, Illinois, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.  For many years, LaVerne expressed her love of music by teaching piano, and continued to play almost daily throughout her life.  LaVerne was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lombard for 55 years and was active in the women’s circle organization.  In lieu of flowers please give a contribution to your church or preferred charity. 

Kari J. Davis, age 22, of Lombard,

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

KDavisari J. Davis, age 22, of Lombard, died suddenly Feb. 24 at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Visitation will be held, Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4 to 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 AM at Brust Funeral Home.

Interment is private.

Kari is survived by her mother, Elizabeth nee Livermore of Lombard, her father, Michael of Lombard, a sister, Shana (Chad) Works of Lombard; two brothers, Christopher Davis of Canada and Timothy of Chicago; her grandparents, Michael (Nancy) Livermore of Arizona, and Nancy Brewer Livermore of Indiana and many other relatives and her Godparents, Timothy (Donna) Livermore of Lombard and Leslie (David) Striker of Yorkville.

Kari is preceded in death by her grandparents, Damon and Marion Davis.

Kari attended Pleasant Lane and Madison Elementary School and Glenside Middle School and graduated from Glenbard East High School. She attended Easter Seals and was a member of Illinois Spina Bifida. She was a smiler and very easygoing. She always remembered and greeted everyone.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family.

Jennie D. Greene nee Hacker, age 90, formerly of Villa Park,

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

GreeneJennie D. Greene nee Hacker, age 90, formerly of Villa Park, died February 22 at Bridgeway Christian Village in Bensenville, IL.

Visitation will be Tuesday, February 25 from 4 PM to 9 PM at Brust Villa Park Funeral Home, 305 S. Princeton, Villa Park, Illinois. Funeral service will be Wednesday, February 26 at 10:30 AM at Brust Villa Park Funeral Home. Interment will be at Naperville Cemetery in Naperville, Illinois.

Mrs. Greene is survived by two sons, Daniel E. (Margaret) of Villa Park and Earle D. (Wendee) Greene of Downers Grove; one daughter, Cindy M. Greene of Lombard; four grandchildren, Earle R. (Julie) Greene of Galesburg, Robert D. (Sterling) Greene of Kady, Texas, Chloe Greene of Downers Grove and Christine Greene of Downers Grove; and five great-grandchildren, Eloise, Hailee, Alice, Heidi, and Charlie. Mrs. Greene is the Aunt of three.

Mrs. Greene was preceded in death by her husband, the late Charles E.; and her son, William L. Sellers.

Mrs. Greene grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana and graduated from South Side High School. She worked for the U.S. Air Force as a civilian during World War II. Mrs. Greene was a resident of Villa Park for 40 years. She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Villa Park where she sang in the choir.

Memorials to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60601 or Calvary United Methodist Church, 136 E. Highland, Villa Park, IL 60181, appreciated. Info 888-629-0094

DOLORES L. PLAUTZ, nee Martin, age 86, of Huntley, formerly of Lombard and Carol Stream

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Mom&Dad60th-24Dolores L Plautz, nee Martin, age 86 of Huntley, formerly of Lombard and Carol Stream, died Wednesday, February 19 surrounded by family at Sherman Hospital.

Visitation will be held Sunday, February 23 from 2 to 8 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard.

Funeral Service will be held Monday, February 24 at 10 am at Brust Funeral Home. Interment will be Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood.

Mrs. Plautz is survived by her husband, Charles; her children, Robert (Deborah), Judith (Ken) O’Brien, and Susan (William) Jennrich; her grandchildren, Jamersin Plautz of Rhode Island, Brian (Julie) Plautz of Colorado, Ken M. (Andrea) O’Brien of Marengo, Katie (Scott) Benson of Huntley, Meghan O’Brien of Huntley, Gregory, Alec and Brett Jennrich of Frankfort; her 8 great-grandchildren, Aiden, Brady, Kailey, Aubrey, Brady, Katelyn, Jack, and Madeline; and many many other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Plautz is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Clara Martin; her sister, Muriel (Hal) Grabow and her brother, Donald (Virginia of Florida) Martin.

Mrs. Plautz lived in Lombard for 28 years and Carol Stream for 30 years.  She moved to Huntley in November. She had been married to Charles for 67 years.  She worked for Illinois Bell from 1945-1978 as an operator and telephone supervisor.  She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and the VFW #2801 Villa Park Women’s Auxiliary.  Mrs. Plautz had attended Trinity Lutheran Church and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lombard.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Dolores Plautz on behalf of Meghan O’Brien at the University of Chicago Medicine. Checks may be made payable to the “University of Chicago Medicine” and sent to the following address: University of Chicago Gift and Record Services, Dolores Plautz Memorial, 5235 S. Harper Court, Chicago, IL 60615.

Or, you are welcome to direct individuals to make a gift online using the following instructions.

·       Please direct individuals to visit our website: http://supportucmc.uchicago.edu/

·       Click on “Make a Gift”

·       In the “special instructions” window, individuals can enter “Dolores Plautz Memorial on behalf of Meghan O’BrienSalgia General Research”

Patricia Ann Schaefer (nee Krus) age 70 of Lombard

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Patricia Ann Schaefer (nee Krus) age 70 of Lombard died February 19th at her home.

Funeral services  will begin Saturday, 930am from Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St. Lombard, to St Pius X Church for 10am Mass.  Visitation Friday, 4-8pm.  Interment will be held at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

Patricia is survived by her brother James, two sons John J. (Cheryl) of Streamwood and Christopher M. of Lombard, her three grandchildren Brendan Robert, Jonathan Matthew, and Lillian Viola Delores, and her dog Ella.

Although she had a full and active life in the Lombard area working at Schweppe and Sons and Liberty Publications, she found her true purpose in her retirement watching over her three grandchildren. Spending many years attending school pageants, helping with homework, and providing the voices to many Barbie, My Little Pony, and Monster High dolls in homemade plays dreamed up by her granddaughter, Lily.

She is preceded in death by her parents John and Lillian (Kasperczak) Krus and her dog Annie.

Jane Frances Steben, nee Klaeren, age 83, of Lombard

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Jane StebenJANE FRANCES STEBEN, nee Klaeren, age 83, of Lombard, died February 17 at Sunrise Assisted Living, Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Visitation will be held Thursday, February 20 from 3 to 9 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.  A Funeral Service will be held Friday, February 21 with prayers at 9:30 am from Brust Funeral Home to St. Pius X Catholic Church for a 10 am Mass.  Interment will be at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.

Mrs. Steben is survived by her six children, William M. (Shawn) of Tennessee, Cynthia A. Heneghan of Lombard, Karen M. (Michael) Ellerby of Glen Ellyn, Kenneth P. of Carol Stream, James A. (Julie) of Plainfield, Theodore E. (Carrie Price) of Lombard; nine grandchildren, William M. Jr., Daniel “Odie” J. and Ryne P. Steben, Jack C. and Daniel T. Heneghan, Lauren M. and Kevin A. Ellerby, Matthew J. and Marissa J. Steben; two brothers, George (Beatrice) Klaeren of Michigan, and Edward (Patricia) Klaeren of Michigan; her sister-in-laws, Irene Miller of Arizona, and Evelyn (John) Hertrich of Huntley; her brother-in-law, William Steben of Arkansas; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Steben is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Theodore; her siblings, Charles (Geraldine), Elizabeth (Edward) Moreau, Gertrude (Earl Huntley/Larry McGuire), and William, KIA World War II, U.S. Army Europe; her brother-in-law, Marv Steben; and her sister-in-law, Carol Steben.

Mrs. Steben grew up in the Elmhurst and Villa Park area.  She was a graduate of St. Alexander’s Grade School in Villa Park, attended York High School in Elmhurst and graduated from Mendon High School in Michigan.  She was a resident of Lombard for over 50 years.  Mrs. Steben was married for 30 years.  She was married at Visitation Church in Elmhurst on January 17, 1959 and they had their reception at the VFW in Villa Park.  Mrs. Steben was very active with her children and her grandchildren.  She had worked at Meyer, Meyer, and Albers for over 20 years.

Memorials to the Deicke Home, 1005 East Division, Lombard, Illinois 60148 would be appreciated.

KEN MAJERCHIN, age 59, of Carol Stream, formerly of Lombard

Monday, February 17th, 2014

MajerchinKen Majerchin, age 59, suddenly, of Carol Stream, formerly of Lombard, died February 14 in his home.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 19 from 3 to 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard, Illinois Funeral service will be Thursday, February 20 at 10:30 AM at Brust Funeral Home. Interment will be at Assumption Cemetery in Winfield, Illinois.

Mr. Majerchin is survived by his wife, Pat nee Tomanek; his mother Marguerite of Lombard; two sisters, Patricia (Richard) Finke of Bensenville and Lisa
(Glenn Hughes) Majerchin of Villa Park; and a brother, Kevin(Holly) of Carpentersville. Uncle of five. Many other relatives.

Mr. Majerchin was preceded in death by his father, Edward.

Mr. Majerchin grew up in Lombard. He attended Schafer Grade School, Jefferson Middle School and Willowbrook High School where he graduated in 1972. Mr. Majerchin attended college at Southern Illinois University. He worked at Allstate Insurance Company from 1974-2013. Mr. Majerchin was an avid golfer and skier.
He was a former member of St. John the Apostle Church in Villa Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to your favorite charity are appreciated.

Myrtle Abelt, (nee Heinichen), age 94, formerly of Lombard,

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Myrtle Abelt, (nee Heinichen), age 94, formerly of Lombard, Illinois, entered into the presence of the Lord on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Willowcrest Nursing Pavillion, Sandwich, IL. Preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Norman C. Abelt, baby sister of Harry Heinichen, Wilbur Heinichen, Ruth DeGarmo and Caroline Weinert, mother of Amy Johnsen (nee Abelt), grandmother of Scott (Peggy), Kevin, Todd and Kayla Johnsen, great grandmother of Dylan, Christian, Noah, Grace, Kijah and Kevonte` Johnsen. Myrtle was born on January 31, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois to August and Clara Heinichen. She attended Harrison High School and later worked at Panek’s Bakery, followed by S & R Drugs, Lombard, and Glen Rexall Drugs in Glen Ellyn for many years until her retirement. Not one to slow down, she sold Mary Kay cosmetics into her 70’s. Myrtle was best known for her huge capacity for love, her passion for life and her never ending desire to try new things. She and her husband, Norm, loved to host parties for friends and family. They also loved to travel, and enjoyed many trips including two to Hawaii, Europe, Puerto Vallarta and parts of the U.S. She was the jewel of her family, a true blessing in their lives, and will live on in the hearts of all who loved her. Visitation will be on Tuesday, February 18 from 9am until the time of Funeral Service at 11 a.m. at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St. Lombard. Interment at Bethania Cemetery, Justice, Illinois.

Betty Ladwig, age 88, formerly of Villa Park

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Betty was a beloved friend and neighbor. She was an avid animal lover. She would take care of any animal when needed. She was a free spirit, loved to be on the go and have a good time. She loved to socialize with her friends and neighbors often. Betty was a QVC queen, loving to shop on infomercials. Betty worked for the Chicago Northwestern railroad for over 40 years.

Visitation will be held Monday, February 17 from 10am until the time of Funeral Service at 11am at Brust Villa Park Funeral Home, 305 S. Princeton Ave. Interment Elmlawn Cemetery.

Mirio Valgiusti, age 74, of Chicago, formerly of Northlake

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

MIRIO VALGIUSTI, age 74, of Chicago, formerly of Northlake, died February 11 at Norwood Crossing, Chicago, Illinois.

Visitation and Service will be held Monday, February 17 from 11 AM to time of Service at 11:30 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

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

Mr. Valgiusti is survived by his sister, Kathy (Clifford) Mikkola of Park Ridge; his brother, Ed (Kimberlee) Valgiusti of Lombard; his special uncle, Julian Riani; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Valgiusti is preceded in death by his parents, Leandro and Clara Valgiusti, nee Riani.

Mr. Valgiusti came to the U.S. from Italy after the War and grew-up in Northlake.  He was raised by his Uncle and his Grandparents.  He had worked for the Rosen Bakery and was a member of the Bakery + Confectionary Union Local 002.  Mr. Valgiusti was a member of St. Pascal’s Church.

Memorials to Norwood Crossing Nursing Home, 6016 North Nina, Chicago, Illinois 60631 would be appreciated.