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JEANNETTE M. ‘SISSY’ MICHAEL, nee Leonhardt, age 97, of Villa Park, formerly of Lombard

Friday, May 30th, 2014

JeannetteMichaelJeannette M. ‘Sissy’ Michael nee Leonhardt, age 97, of Villa Park formerly of Lombard for 85 years died May 29 at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital after a very brief illness.

Visitation will held Sunday, June 1, from 3 to 7 Brust Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held Monday, lying-in-state from 10AM until time of service 11AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 300 S. Ardmore, Villa Park, IL 60181.

Interment will be at Chapel Hill Gardens West, Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

In lieu of flowers donations to Trinity Lutheran Church would be appreciated.

Mrs. Michael  is survived by her nieces and nephews, Marsha (Robert) Kern of TX., Jeffery D. Kaiser of Lombard and California,  Denise (Jim) Smelter of Villa Park, Jane Zuelke of Colorado, James M. Kaiser of Washington, D.C.,  Craig R. (Kathy) Kaiser of Westchester and  Jean (Michael) Remsen of Bartlett; great-aunt of 10 and great-great-aunt of 5.

Mrs. Michael is preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. a sister, Gerry M. Kaiser, a brother, Harry C. Leonhardt; her niece, Elizabeth Ann ‘Betsy’ Kaiser; and her great-great nephew, Zachary Longoria.

Mrs. Michael lived for the past 7 years in Villa Park with her niece. She had previously lived in Lombard for 85 years beginning in 1924. She attended Westmore and Ardmore Schools and graduated from York High School in 1934.   

After beginning her business career at R.R. Donnelly Company during World War II, she worked at International Harvester Company for nearly 30 years where she rose to the title of Executive Assistant, managing the international travel department.  She achieved a level of rank and responsibility few women of her generation were able to accomplish.  Mrs. Michael retired in 1978.

She was a proud and devoted lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Villa Park where she held the position of oldest member until her passing. She was an active member of the Lutheran Women’s Mission League in recent years, and as a young woman taught Sunday School and served as Sunday School Superintendent for many years at Trinity.

Jeannette was also a member of the Gray Ladies during World War II, working as a Hospital Aide with the American Red Cross.  In that role, she wrote hundreds of letters for injured servicemen and provided countless hours of friendly conversation, companionship and many other non-medical services. 

Her hobbies included sewing, a talent that brought her many requests for dress making including bridal gowns.  Jeannette also loved to travel, having had the opportunity to see much of the United States and Canada as well as Europe and Asia.  For much of her travel, she was accompanied by her sister with whom she lived for many years.  Due to her work at International Harvest, Air France selected her to be their guest on their inaugural non-stop flight from Chicago’s Midway Airport to Paris in 1956.



Richard J. Bickerstaff

Monday, May 26th, 2014

BICKERSTAFFAmerican FlagRichard J. Bickerstaff, age 77, of Glendale Heights, died May 25 at Glen Oaks Hospital.

Visitation will be Friday May 30th from 3 PM until 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral service will be Saturday, May 31st at Brust Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Mt. Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst, IL.

Mr. Bickerstaff is survived by his loving wife, Jackie J. nee Mills; his children, Vicki (Dennis) Jones of Belvidere, Laurie (Mike) Zochert of Batavia and Bob (Stephanie) of Rock Rapids, Iowa; ten grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Mr. Bickerstaff was a US Veteran during the Vietnam Era. He lived in Glendale Heights for 42 years and graduated from Glenbard (West) High School in 1955. Mr. Bickerstaff attended North Central College. He was married for 50 years. Mr. Bickerstaff was an Inventory Specialist for Kraft Foods and retired after 20 years. He was a former Little League Coach and Cub Scout Leader.

Memorials to American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674-0001, appreciated. For more info or 1-888-629-0094.



Sylvia Sarah Riha nee Cooperman, age 90,

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014


Sylvia Sarah Riha nee Cooperman, age 90, of Romeoville, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 15th surrounded by her family.

Burial service will be held Thursday, May 22nd from 1 to 2pm at Fairview Memorial Park in Northlake.

Mrs. Riha is survived by her loving daughter, Patricia Held and grandchildren Richard; Debra (Chris); Robert (Lori); Tami (Jose); Randy (Lisa), Ronald (Ruby); Amy (Karl); Ryan; Tina (Uriel); Russel (Danielle) and Melissa; her loving companion, Pattie Cake; 27 great grandchildren, friends, and neighbors.

Mrs. Riha is preceded in death by her husband William Riha, two sisters, Ruth and Rose and son-in-law Clarence Held.

Sylvia was born March 31, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Eva and Samuel Cooperman.  Mrs. Riha worked at Montgomery Wards until retirement.  She was a member of The Golden Ages in Romeoville and loved traveling, knitting, and playing bingo.

Allen R. “Big Al” Kowalski, age 80, of Lombard

Monday, May 19th, 2014

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ALLEN R. “Big Al” KOWALSKI, age 80, of Lombard, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 18th surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 23 from 2 to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home.

Funeral Service will be held Saturday with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Lombard, for 10 AM Mass.

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

Mr. Kowalski is survived by four loving children, Debbie, Donna, Rich (Liz), and Rob (Tricia); his granddaughter, Kaylee; his sister, Vivian; two brother-in-laws, George and Vernon; his loving companion, Barbara; and many nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors.

Mr. Kowalski is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Audrey, nee Slajaus; and two sisters, Rita Jasencak, and Bernie Christiansen.

Allen was born February 12, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois to the late John and Antoinette Kowalski.  He was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy having served during the Korean War.  Mr. Kowalski worked at the First National Bank of Chicago until retirement.  He loved traveling, fishing, and gambling.



Adolph L. Kerkos, Jr., age 86 of Glen Ellyn, formerly of Lombard, Berwyn and Broadview

Friday, May 16th, 2014

kerkosADOLPH L. KERKOS, JR., age 86, of Glen Ellyn, died May 16 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, Illinois.

Visitation and Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, May 27 from 4 pm to service time of 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard. Private interment will be held at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

Mr. Kerkos is survived by two daughters, Cindra Britt of California, and Kimberly (Gerry) Hartung of Lombard; three grandchildren, Shelley (Sergio) Lara of Lombard, Jeremy of Lombard, and Nicholas (Kristi) of Lombard; three great-grandchildren, Bryanna Hartung of Lombard, Gavin Lara of Lombard, and Olivia Hartung of Lombard; his sister, Leona Slocum of Elmhurst; and companion, Elaine Hall. Uncle and great-uncle of many.

Mr. Kerkos is preceded in death by two sisters, Frieda and Martha.

Mr. Kerkos was a resident of Glen Ellyn for 6 years.  He was formerly a 20 year resident of Lombard and 40 years of Berwyn and Broadview.  Mr. Kerkos was born in Elmhurst and was a graduate of York High School.  He was a Veteran having served in the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy during World War II on the USS Midway and the USS Saipan.  Mr. Kerkos had retired from Illinois Bell.

 Memorials to Feral Fixers, c/o Tammy, Post Office Box 1416, Lombard, Illinois 60148 would be appreciated.


Florence A. Prindiville nee Reinertsen, age 91, of Lombard,

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

PrindivilleFlorence A. Prindiville nee Reinertsen, age 91, of Lombard, died May 13 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 16 from 3 to 8 P.M. at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St. Lombard.

Funeral Services will be Saturday at 10:30 Brust Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery, Northlake,IL.

Mrs. Prindiville is survived by her husband, Donald J. a son, Barry (Kristine) of Wheaton, two daughters, Janis Wright of Plainfield; and Gayle (Skip) Ramser of Plainfield; three grandchildren, Dianne, Emily (Dennis) Dougherty & Rebecca Wright; one great-grandchild, Nolan Dougherty;  a brother, Richard Reinertsen a sister-in-law, Grace Arnold  and aunt and great aunt of many.

Mrs. Prindiville is preceded in death by a daughter, Karen and her brother , Howard and two sisters, Evelyn & Alice.

Mrs. Prindiville was a resident of Lombard for 61 years. She loved her family and caring for the birds and animals.

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home. For info call 630-629-0094

Frances A. Matyasik Davane, nee Kuminski, age 91, of Chicago

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

DavaneFRANCES A. MATYASIK DAVANE, nee Kuminski, age 91, of Chicago, died May 12 at Bridgeway Christian Village, Bensenville, Illinois.

Visitation will be held Thursday, May 15 from 4 to 8 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

Funeral Service will be held Friday, May 16 with prayers at 10 AM from Brust Funeral Home to St. Pius X Church, Lombard for 10:30 AM Mass.

Interment Private at St. Joseph Cemetery, River Grove, Illinois.

Mrs. Matyasik Davane is survived by three children, John (Pam), Don (Mary), and JoAnn Schuster; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Matyasik Davane is preceded in death by two husbands and three sisters.

Mrs. Matyasik Davane was born in Chicago and had lived in Bridgeview and Cicero before going back to Chicago.  She was a member of the Heart to Hearts Group in Chicago.  Mrs. Matyasik Davane was a former member of St. Ida’s in Chicago.


John David Walz, age 76, of Lombard,

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

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John David Walz, age 76, of Lombard, died May 4 at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.  John is survived by his beloved wife Donna and his children David (Cathy) of Forest Park, IL, Tim (Mindy) of Kendallville, IN, and Kristin (Alexander) Whitfield of Brookfield, WI; and his grandchildren Elizabeth, Michael, Nathan, Joshua, Caleb, Tristan, Sebastian, and Alexa.

John is preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Isabel; his sister Mary Jo; and his brother Robert. John was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, moved with his wife to Illinois in 1964, and has lived in Lombard for 38 years.

     John’s career as a management accountant was spent serving faith-based and community not-for-profit organizations, including, most recently, Lutheran Education Association and Bright Stars of Bethlehem. John served on numerous boards and committees at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Wheatridge Ministries, Lutheran Home of Arlington Heights, and elsewhere. He was also Chairman of the Congregation at St. John’s. John also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, and was a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

     Visitation will be on Friday, May 9, from 2:30-8:30 PM at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 215 S. Lincoln Ave., Lombard. Additional visitation beginning at 9:30 on Saturday, May 10, prior to the funeral service at St. John’s at 11:00 AM.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lombard (, Wheat Ridge Ministries, Itasca, IL (, or Bright Stars of Bethlehem, Mt. Morris, IL (

ANN MARIE WARREN, age 32, of Wheaton,

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014


ANN MARIE WARREN, age 32, of Wheaton, died May 2 at Central DuPage Hospital.

 Visitation will be held Tuesday from 2-8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. Funeral Services will be Wednesday at 9:15 AM from Brust Funeral Home to St. James the Apostle Church for 10 AM Mass. Interment will be at Assumption Cemetery, Wheaton.

 Ann Marie is survived by her parents, James P. & Carol E. nee James; 2 sisters, Amy P. (Michael) Lewicki of Elmhurst, and Alicia K. of Wheaton; a niece, Katelyn M. Warren. She was the beloved niece of Michael (Mary) Warren, Mary Pat (Doyle) Weingardt, Daniel (Aileen) Warren, Patrick (Tina) Warren, and Daniel Tobin.

Ann Marie was preceded in death by her grandparents, Janet & Bob James and Raymond & Mary Warren and 2 aunts, Kathy Landers and Marilyn Tobin.

 Ann Marie loved taking care of her niece and helping her mom do the gardening.  She had a heart of gold.

 In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society appreciated.

Call 888-629-0094