July, 2014

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014


Elaine Augusta (Mullan) Naccarato, age 96, of Lombard (formerly of Hinsdale and Berwyn) passed away on July 26, 2014, in the Health Care Center at Beacon Hill Retirement Center in Lombard, Illinois.

Elaine was born on January 25, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois and married Frank Naccarato (passed on Nov. 27, 1985) on December 24, 1942. She received her BA from Roosevelt University and MEd from Chicago Teachers College. She taught middle school for many years in Berwyn and later kindergarten at Jefferson School (Berwyn).

She was active in volunteer work: Cub Scout den leader for many years, a Girl Scout leader, Sunday school and Vacation Bible school leader at the 1st Baptist Church of Berwyn and a volunteer worker for many years at the local Hospital.

She enjoyed playing the piano, going to the Opera, painting with oils and was an active member of the DAR.

Elaine is survived by her 3 children; Teri-Ellen (David), Elise (John) and Owen (Tasha); her 4 grandchildren Jeremy (Lauren), Eric Kristina and Taylor; her 2 great-grandchildren; Abby and Zach; and her niece Joan (Eugene) Gazzola.

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 4th from 4 to 8 pm.

Robert G. Johnson, age 82, of Lombard

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Robert G. Johnson, age 82, of Lombard, died July 23 at Lexington Healthcare.

The Memorial Service will be Friday, August 1, at 11:00 AM at First United Methodist Church, 155 S. Main Street, Lombard. Interment will be private at Oakridge Cemetery.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Marjorie A. nee Davis; his children, Carol of Winfield and Paul (Sumalee) of Deerfield; his grandchild, Matthew;  and his brother-in-law, Owen Wood; many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Johnson is preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Wood.

Mr. Johnson was a resident of Lombard for 54 years. He was a past president and treasurer of NAMI of DuPage. Mr. Johnson served on many committees throughout the county. He was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church.

Memorials to the charity of your choice, appreciated.

For more information 1-888-629-0094.

Lois R. Defenbau, nee Read, age 90, of Lombard

Monday, July 28th, 2014

DefenbauLois R. Defenbau, nee Read, age 90, of Lombard, died July 26, 2014 at Lexington Healthcare Center.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 pm to 8 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral service will be Thursday, with Mrs. Defenbau             lying-in-state from 9:30 am until time of service at 10 am at First United Methodist Church, 155 S. Main Street, Lombard. Interment private at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.

Mrs. Defenbau is survived by her three children, Michel of Colorado, Calvin III of Georgia, and James of California; her grandchildren, Calvin IV (Gina) of Georgia, Colin of Colorado, Rebecca (Michael) Brewer of Georgia, and Joshua (Heather) Teteak of Georgia; three great-grandchildren, Sara Elizabeth, Alex, and Anseley; and her sister-in-laws, Eileen Read and Clarice (James) Corcoran.

Mrs. Defenbau is preceded in death by her husband, Calvin E. “Cal;” her daughter-in-law, Carol, and her brother, Alfred Read

Mrs. Defenbau graduated from Piper City High School in Illinois and Northern Illinois University with a degree in Education. Mrs. Defenbau was a First Grade Teacher at Lincoln School in Lombard. She was a Sunday School Teacher for over 20 years at First United Methodist Church in Lombard. She was a life member of the Lombard Historical Society and Friends of the Library. Mrs. Defenbau was very active with the Lombard Lions Club. She was a member of the P.E.O. and United Methodist Women. Mrs. Defenbau lived in Lombard for 66 years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Lombard Historical Society appreciated.

For more info 1-888-629-0094.

Mary Nassos, age 76, of Lombard

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Nassos CroppedMary Nassos, age 76, of Lombard, died July 24 at Wynscape Nursing Home.

Visitation will be Wednesday, from 3 to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Service will be Thursday at 9:30 AM at Brust Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in River Grove, Illinois.

Mrs. Nassos is survived by her husband, John; three sisters, Arety Bathje, Stella (Jim) Pierce and Georgia (Tony) ViTusa; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mrs. Nassos was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Bob Bathje.

Mrs. Nassos fought a courageous battle with cancer. She was a former co-owner of “A Touch of Class” Beauty Salon in Elmhurst for 30 years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Seasons Hospice Foundation, 6400 Shafer Ct, Suite 700, Rosemont, IL 60018 or Wynscape Nursing Home, 2180 Manchester Road, Wheaton, IL 60187, appreciated.


For more info 1-888-629-0094.

Ruth Livingston Morrison, age 93, of Lombard

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Morrison, RuthRuth Livingston Morrison passed away peacefully at age 93 on July 11, 2014, in the Health Center at the Beacon Hill Retirement Center in Lombard, Illinois.

Ruth was born July 29, 1920 in Elmwood, Illinois.  She was the fourth child of Harry and Ida Livingston, who were farmers near Elmwood.

In 1945, Ruth married Earl Morrison, of Elmwood, Illinois.  Ruth and Earl had one daughter, Jane Ida Morrison. Earl died on March 6, 1991, and Jane passed away on November 9, 2013.

Ruth attended secretarial school in Peoria, Illinois, and worked for Benedict Tool and Die Company for several years.

After Earl was discharged from the Army he was employed with Standard Oil Company.  Earl worked in the Peoria office, and for a short time in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin office.  Soon thereafter Earl was transferred to the Home Office of Standard Oil, in Chicago, Illinois, and Ruth and Earl then moved to Lombard, where they settled for the rest of their lives.

Ruth loved Lombard and became a very active member in The First Church of Lombard, where she helped organize the annual rummage sale at the First Church, plus being involved in Circles and helping with many dinners and receptions.  She was also a member of the Elmhurst Hospital Guild.  She volunteered weekly at the hospital and was active in working in the Library at the hospital.  Ruth was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter LN.

In the early 1960s Ruth became the secretary for the Principal at the Glenbard East High School, in Lombard, a position she held for many years.

After retiring as a secretary Ruth remained active in the community, including volunteering on a weekly basis at Good Samaritan Hospital, in Downers Grove, for many years.

Ruth is survived by her brother Raymond Livingston, and his wife Barbara, of Walnut Creek, California, her sister-in-law Vera Livingston, of Peoria, Illinois, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Ruth was loved by her family and many friends, and she will be greatly missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know her.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., at the First Church of Lombard, 220 S. Main Street, in Lombard.

A committal service will be held on Sunday, August 10, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., at the Elmwood Cemetery, in Elmwood, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, please direct any memorial gifts to the First Church of Lombard, 220 Main St,  or the Shriners’ Children Hospital, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave, Chicago, Illinois.

Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home . For more info 1-888-629-0094.

MARLYN E. MEYER, age 88, of Lombard

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Marlyn Meyer American FlagMARLYN E. MEYER, age 88, of Lombard, died July 23.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 9 at 11 AM at the First Church of Lombard, 220 South Main Street, Lombard.Visitation will be held Saturday, August 9 from 10 to 11 AM at First Church of Lombard.

Mr. Meyer is survived by his wife, Betty, nee Caldwell; three children, Melinda Meyer of Naperville, Mark C. (Stacy) Meyer of Warrenville, and Melissa (Rick) Hennessy of Lombard; four grandchildren, Rachel (Reid A.) Foltyniewicz of Lombard, Lauren Hennessy of Lombard, Stephanie Meyer of Utah, and Kelly Meyer of Warrenville; two great-grandchildren, Reid F. and Ryder Foltyniewicz of Lombard; his brother Norman of Bartlett; and 5 nieces and nephews.

Mr. Meyer was a life-long resident of Lombard.  He was a graduate of Lincoln School in 1940 and Glenbard High School in 1944.  Mr. Meyer was a graduate of North Central College and received his MBA from the University of Chicago.

Mr. Meyer was a Veteran having served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific.

He had retired from Jewel Food Stores in 1985.  Mr. Meyer was a former Trustee for the Village of Lombard from 1961 to 1977.  He was the Lombard Man of the Year in 1972 and was the Senior Citizen of the Year in 2011.  Mr. Meyer was a member of the First Church of Lombard since 1940.  He was a member of the Maple Street Chapel Preservation Society.

Mr. Meyer had celebrated 61 years of Marriage.

Mr. Meyer was a Charter Member of the Lombard Jaycees.  Along with Jack Brust and others, Marlyn was one of the founders of the Lombard YMCA.  He had served on the Lombard Police and Fire Commission.  Mr. Meyer served on the Board for Life Link for 10 years and was President in 1995.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials to the Maple Street Chapel, c/o First Church of Lombard, 220 South Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148, would be appreciated.

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

Viola L. McCall, nee Matthew, age 94, of Lombard,

Friday, July 25th, 2014

McCallViola L. McCall, nee Matthew, age 94, of Lombard, died July 23 at Lexington Healthcare Center, Lombard.

Visitation will be held Friday July 25, from 4 to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St ., Lombard.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday at 10AM at Brust Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Concordia Cemetery, Forest Park, IL.

Mrs. McCall is survived by a son, Kenneth F. (Sandra) and a daughter, Diane.

Viola is preceded in death by her husband, Frank E.

Mrs. McCall was very active in the Lombard Garden Club and was a former member of the Community Presbyterian Church. She loved to read and was a master gardener.  She enjoyed playing Bridge and Canasta.

Arrangements were made by Brust Funeral Home. For information, call 888-629-0094

Matthew Robert Pendergast

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

PendergastPreceded in death by his father,  Robert J. Pendergast survived by his son Justin Dean Pendergast,  his mother Ruthann Pendergast nee Hale,  his sister, Jean (Gary) Marshall nee Pendergast,  brother,  David T. Pendergast, nieces Kelsey and Jordan Marshall,  nephews Cory and Maxwell Marshall.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 23 from 2 to 9 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.  Funeral Service will be Thursday, July 24 with prayers at 9:30 am from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 114 S. Elizabeth, Lombard, for 10 am Mass.  Interment private.

Matthew Robert Pendergast
Man of so little but gave so much
He was a beloved father of Justin Dean Pendergast his most prized possession He loved Justin more than anything.
He was always so proud of everything his son ever did and accomplished and made sure everyone knew about it.
His dog Sadie couldn’t ask for a better owner. He would have a bowl of ice cream and would share it the entire time with his dog a spoonful or two for Matt then a spoonful for the dog. We all thought it was gross but he didn’t care it was his dog. His love for animals was amazing. He would get teary eyed if he saw a hurt animal on the side of the road he would want to stop and try to help it if he could. He truly wanted to become a vet but he couldn’t deal with having to put an animal to sleep. He loved all sorts of animals except bees. He hated bees or any type of flying insect for that matter. He would get real jumpy as they flew by as he was allergic to bees so anything close would freak him out whether it was a bee or not he didn’t want to take that chance of being stung. This always made his mother and older brother laugh hysterically. Matt was an outdoorsman. He loved everything about camping he would always go camping with his buddies any chance he could. That and fishing he loved to fish and to be on or by any body of water he didn’t care if it was a small pond, a river, or the ocean. As long as there was water he would go fishing . He must have 30 fishing poles. He was an amazing uncle that could always get his nieces and nephews laughing. It never mattered what kind of mood these kids were in by the time he was done with them they always ended up having a smile ear to ear. When his brother in-law had a horrible accident Matt stepped in to help fill the father figure role to help those kids get through the toughest of times and like I said always ended up putting a smile on those kids faces.Matt loved his mother so much that he would do anything for her. She wanted new carpet he would rip up the old stuff and put new down. Got tired of a color in a room he would re-paint the room to a color she liked. She wanted fresh vegetables he dug up the back yard and made a garden with a ton of different types of vegetables. Little did he know he poked more than a few holes in the underground sprinkler system (Ha Ha that was a fun one to find out) . It was the end of the season and we turned on the sprinkler system to find out his garden was now a pond. Matt always tried doing stuff for his older sister. Being a carpet installer Matt was the guy you wanted to have do your flooring. Matt always did the flooring for his sister, mother, family and friends and when he did it you received impeccable work. Every room he ever did looked amazing when he was done and done right the first time. When Matt was younger he always wanted to hang out with his older brother which was awesome since all his older brothers friends treated him as their little brother cuz that’s the kind of guy he was.  Matt was on the same baseball team as his older brother. When he got older he was always asked to play on his older brothers softball team because they always needed a great shortstop. Matt was a joker, comedian that one guy that when came into a room he could put a smile on everyone’s faces.

Matt grew-up in Lombard and was a graduate of Green Valley Grade School and Glenbard East High School.

In Lieu of flowers, Memorials for Justin Pendergast, c/o Jean Marshall, 204 Shorehouse Way, Holly Springs, North Carolina 27540 would be appreciated.

Shirley R. Bak, nee Zeigler, age 84, of Lombard

Monday, July 21st, 2014

SHIRLEY R. BAK, nee Zeigler, age 84, of Lombard, died July 19 at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Elmhurst, Illinois.

Graveside Services will be held Thursday, July 24 at 9:00 AM at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Mrs. Bak is survived by three nieces and nephews, Mark (Mary Elizabeth Henderson) Sladek of Glen Ellyn, Ruth (Howard T.) Storey of England, U.K., and Jan (Michael) Waas of Lombard; and seven great-nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Bak is preceded in death by her husband, Edwin; and two sisters, Ella Blanche Linscott, and Jacquelyn Sladek.

Mrs. Bak was a resident of Lombard since 1958.  She was a 1947 graduate of Proviso High School.  Mrs. Bak had retired after 33 years with Amp Electronics in Elk Grove in 1991.  She loved her family, reading and chocolate.

Memorials to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 114 South Elizabeth, Lombard, Illinois 60148 would be appreciated.


Harry F. Rehfeldt, of Lombard, Illinois

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

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When I think of my Grandpa, Harry F. Rehfeldt, I think of him in his cowboy hat with a beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other. To this day the misty, stale scent of Salem Menthol cigarette smoke remains oddly familiar to me. It brings me back to the days at the Lombard house when it would be packed with all of our family and friends. Food would be piled up inside with people spilling out into the patio, lawn and carport. Music of Glenn Miller would play while colorful lantern lights would be strung along the patio fence as games of bean bags and horseshoes commenced in the yard. Somewhere in between Turkey Days and Lilac Day Parades my favorite memories were formed there, ones that I will never forget.

My Grandpa was a highly intelligent, charismatic, and articulate man. He was an amazing storyteller, regaling everyone with tales from his life full of mischief and mayhem, (including being a pallbearer for the wrong funeral, getting shot at in Oklahoma for bootlegging, and putting his infant daughter in the attic when she wouldn’t stop crying). He was also an avid reader and one of my biggest supporters for becoming a writer. When I was a child he would let me hijack his typewriter in the basement for hours at a time. I would produce story after story for him and he would sit and read each and every one of them.  He would call me his Junior Author.

When I was little he intimidated me. He would tower over me with his booming baritone voice, trying to coax me out of my shyness.  It didn’t take long and as I grew older my grandfather quickly became one of  my favorite playmates. My Goofy Grandpa would make us giggle till our sides ached by reciting silly stories, games of chase in the pool and pushing us for hours out on the tire swing.

As a young woman, however, I began to see my grandpa as more than just a source of entertainment that would take us to the circus and allow us to take over his backyard with a slip-and- slide from dawn till dusk. My Goofy Grandpa turned into a human being, a man that I greatly respected and admired.  He was flawed, as all humans are, but he refused to settle for anything less than greatness- And in my eyes he was not only great, he was grand.

He was larger than life, loud, pushy and resilient. Like his preference for drinks, he was strong. He lived life his way, by his own rules. If you didn’t like it than he was perfectly content to tell you to “go to hell”.

He had no qualms about holding up family games in order to read the directions. He had his own internal clock that never quite synched up with the rest of the world. He never failed to get lost while driving on family vacations, despite his supposed knowledge of a “shortcut”. He iced us all out with his overzealous love of the air conditioner and blinded us all with the light from his beta video camera that was often glued to his hand.

But as bullheaded as my Grandpa could be sometimes, I couldn’t help but admire his zest and zeal for the world around him. He had an energy that was palpable, a spirit that was untamable and a heart that will be unforgettable.  He refused to ever slow down, and much like many a bar in his past I’m sure, life was going to have to throw him out- he wasn’t ever leaving voluntarily.

I owe many things to that man, including my own stubbornness, my temper and my tendency to speak without thinking.  But he also passed down an immensely strong sense of tradition and a great devotion to my family.

Harry F. Rehfeldt was a son, a brother, a soldier, a husband and a father. He was a friend to many and a thorn to some. He was proud of his heritage and a patriot for this country.  The dedication he had for his family was second only to the love and devotion he had for his wife. I am honored to have a man from the greatest generation as the world’s greatest Goofy Grandpa.

I love you more than words can express, Grandpa. You meant more to me than you’ll ever know.

You were the head of this family, the foundation it was built on, and now you are its legend that will be remembered forever.

Rest in peace.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 20, 2014, from 2 pm to 7 pm, at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St. Lombard.  Lying in state at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 350 E. Madison, Lombard on Monday, July 21, 2014, from 10 am to 11 am, with the funeral service to immediately follow at 11 am.  Interment will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, in Hillside, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS  66675 appreciated.