January, 2015

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SHIRLEY M. HULL, age 92, a longtime resident of Lombard

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

hullShirley Margaret Hull, 92, a longtime resident of Lombard, Illinois, was called home to heaven on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at Alden Valley Ridge care center in Bloomingdale, Illinois. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 24th, at 1:00 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church, Winfield, Illinois, preceded by a time of visitation beginning at 11:00 am. A burial service will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 19th at the Elm Lawn Cemetery in Elmhurst, Illinois. Brust Funeral Home in Lombard is assisting family and friends with arrangements.

Shirley was born to Paul and Flora Rogers on July 19, 1922, in LaJunta, Colorado. She graduated from East High School in Waterloo, Iowa, in 1940 and from Baptist Bible College in Johnson City, New York in 1942.

Shirley was united in marriage to Merle R. Hull in 1943 and began a lifetime of ministry with him as a pastor’s wife in churches in Michigan and Iowa. In 1950, they were called to begin work with Regular Baptist Press where Shirley worked as a Sunday school consultant, speaker and writer of Sunday school material for churches throughout the country and the world. Shirley and Merle made their home in Lombard for over 40 years.

A faithful servant of our Lord Jesus Christ, Shirley lived her life in loving devotion to God, always thinking of the other person and how to make sure everyone knew that they were important and loved by God. The impact of her generous and caring spirit will carry on in the lives of her family, friends and many who never even met her. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by a sister, Flora Lea Foster of Fort Dodge, Iowa, her son, Thomas A. Hull of Berwyn, Illinois, two grandchildren, John Arnett (Kasey) and Amanda Arnett Sera (Steve), two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Her parents, her husband, her daughter, Jeanne E. Hull Arnett, two brothers, Paul P. Rogers and Gene P. Rogers, and a sister, Martha Ann Rogers, preceded her in death.

Barbara Ann (Kindig) Galante, 86, of Lombard

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

GalanteBarbara Ann (Kindig) Galante, 86, of Lombard, passed away January 8, 2015.

Visitation will be Wednesday 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Prayers will be Thursday, 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Christ the King Church for 10 AM Mass. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery in Wheaton.

She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Richard A. Sr., her children Michael P. (Robin), Roberta A. and Thomas L., grandchildren Daniel (Gina), Joseph Sr. (Erin), Jonathan, Kristin, Stephanie Brown, and Megan, great-grandchildren Aiden, Tyler, Alexis and Joseph Jr.  She is also survived by her sister, Mary (the late Frederick) Lincoln, brother-in-law Leonard (Susan) Galante, Sr., sister-in-law Marilyn (Kenneth) Schuman, Sr. and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sons, Gregory T. and Richard A. Jr.

Born on the family farm in Canfield, Ohio, to Perry D. and Hazel (Knauf) Kindig, she was a First Grade teacher at Butterfield and Glen Park Schools in Lombard. She later worked as a Teacher’s Aide in ESL and Special Education at Lincoln School and Glenbard East High School.  Graduated from Kent State University where she met her husband, Richard A. Sr.  She was an accomplished musician and played Sousaphone in the KSU Marching Band.

She loved all sports, especially the Chicago Blackhawks, Notre Dame Football, country music, reading, cross-stitching, crossword puzzles and the Jumble.  Mom did not realize her dream of driving the Budweiser eight-horse hitch, but she did instill in her family love, faith, strength and taught us to never say good-bye without saying “I love you”.

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Paul C. Brown, age 92, formerly of Lombard

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Paul C. BrownAmerican FlagPaul C. Brown, age 92, formerly of Lombard, died January 8, 2015 at Sunrise Senior Living in Naperville.

Visitation will be Monday from 4 PM to 9PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. His funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11:00 AM at Brust Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Mt. Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst.

Mr. Brown is survived by his two children, Gail (Wayne) Kaminski of Lombard, and Rick (Cherie) Brown of Bolingbrook; his six grandchildren, Richard (Shannon) Kaminski, Sean Kaminski, Ryan Brown, Dan Brown and Tom Brown and Cassandra; and two great-grandchildren, Logan and Eleanor.

Mr. Brown is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; two sisters and one brother.

Mr. Brown was a World War II Veteran, having served in Patton’s 3rd Army. He received four Battle Stars for Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. Mr. Brown lived in Lombard for 20 years and was a member of Teamster Local # 786. He was a retired Lumber Truck Driver. Mr. Brown lived in Naperville for the past three years.

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Susan M. Reedy, age 61, of Lombard

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Reedy, SueSusan M. Reedy, age 61, of Lombard, died January 7, 2015 at home of complications from melanoma.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sat. from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Readings at 3:00 PM. Interment private.

Ms. Reedy is survived by her husband, Thomas W. Schatzeder; her five children, Timothy, Michael, Gregory, Daniel and Kenneth (Dyanne); her mother, Virginia G. Reedy; her siblings, Kathleen Drinkwater, MaryEllen Reedy, John Reedy, Daniel Reedy, Barbara Booth, and Marge McLaughlin; 17 nieces and nephews; one grand-niece and two grand-nephews.

Ms. Reedy is preceded in death by her father, John S. Reedy, and her sister, Rosemary Reedy.

A resident of Lombard for 36 years, Ms. Reedy was involved as a volunteer parent, then a teacher at the Co-operative Nursery School at the First Church of Lombard for 30 years. She and her husband raised monarch and black swallowtail butterflies every summer to release into the wild.

In lieu of flowers, donations requested to www.MonarchWatch.org or www.FriendsofScales.com

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PAUL F. BLACKWELL, age 79, of Lombard,

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Blackwell, PaulAmerican FlagPAUL F. BLACKWELL, age 79, of Lombard, died January 5 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, Illinois.

Beloved husband of Jean E. nee Ketcham. Loving father of Paula (Bill) Blackwell-Caprel, Randy, and Roger (Sue). Cherished grandfather of Nick (Emily), Courtney, Jason, Jessica, Lauren, Brad, Becky, Nick, and Kim. Great-grandfather of Grace and Sadie. Brother of Edna (Jr.), Avis (Harley), Joe (Jenny) and preceded by Charles, Harold, John, Wilda, and Reba. Uncle and Great-uncle of many.

Memorial Gathering Thursday 4 to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

In Lieu of flowers, Donations to American Parkinson Disease Association, Central DuPage Hospital Care Center, 1800 North Main Street, Suite 215, Wheaton, Illinois 60187 appreciated.

Mr. Blackwell loved his grandchildren.  He was a great baseball coach in the Lombard Boys Baseball League.  Mr. Blackwell loved the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Blackhawks.

RICHARD W. WILKINSON, age 73, of Lombard,

Monday, January 5th, 2015

WilkinsonRICHARD W. WILKINSON, age 73, of Lombard, passed away on January 4, 2015.  Visitation and Funeral Service will be held Friday, January 9 with Visitation from 10 AM to time of Service at 11:30 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.  Luncheon will follow at First United Methodist Church, Lombard.

A resident of Lombard since 1957, Richard worked for the Chicago and North Western Railway from 1959 until 2002.  He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfathers in being the fifth consecutive generation employed by the Chicago and North Western Railway.  He served as Track Foreman for 44 years, and was Treasurer of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees for 21 years.  He was a member of the Lombard First United Methodist Church.  Richard was an avid fisherman, spending many summer vacations fishing in Canada.  He enjoyed model railroading, motorcycling and yard work.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, John A. and Grace Wilkinson.  Surviving are his brother William (Karen) Wilkinson of Mahomet, IL, two nephews Rafi (Beth) Wilkinson of Beverly Shores, IN and Brad (Nancy) Wilkinson of Lindenhurst, IL, and six great nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations honoring Richard may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Lombard, 155 South Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148 or the DuPage County Animal Shelter, 120 North County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187.

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

Keith H. Enslen, age 65, of Lombard

Monday, January 5th, 2015

EnslenAmerican FlagKeith H. Enslen, age 65, of Lombard passed away on January 4th, 2015.

Keith served in the United States Air Force from 1968 to 1972.  While in the Air Force, he met and married his wife, Barbara.  They moved to Lombard in 1974, where they lived until his death.  Upon leaving the Air Force, he worked as a paramedic for the Lombard Fire Department for many years.  He most recently worked in the plumbing supply distribution industry until he retired in 2006.

When he was young, he played guitar in a band called “The Hitchhikers” in Hobart, IN.  Throughout the years, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, gardening, and watching sci-fi movies.  He was also the best “handyman” and could fix anything around the house.

Many that he loved preceded him in death, including his beloved wife of 35 years, Barbara; son, James; parents, Kenneth Sr. and Rose; and siblings, Kenneth Jr. and Kathy.

He is survived by his daughter, Janice (Michael) Harden; son, Jonathan (Olga) Enslen; and 5 grandchildren, James Harden (5), Louisa Enslen (4), Grant Harden (3), Victor Enslen (2), and Lincoln Harden (1).

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, from 4 – 9pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.  Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2015, with prayers at 9:30am at Brust Funeral Home followed by a mass at Christ the King Church, 1501 S. Main Street, Lombard, and interment services at Assumption Cemetery at 1 S. 510 Winfield Road, Wheaton.

He will be dearly missed by his children and grandchildren who he visited every Sunday for the last 6 years.

Zelma Pearl (Sue) Pfeifer Johnson of Lombard

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Zelma HohnsonZelma Pearl (Sue) Pfeifer Johnson 7/20/13-12/24/14. Sue was an 84-year resident of Lombard who moved he in 1929 from Elida, Ohio, when her family lost their farm during the Depression.

She married Luther Johnson in 1930 and they were married for 46 years until his death. They had four children: Mary Lou Rada (Bob-deceased), Donald (deceased), William (Margaret) and Thomas (Priscilla). She had 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Sue attended the Lombard Bible Church for 69 years and took care of their children’s nursery for over 30 years. She was known as the Edson Avenue “Flower Lady” for her wonderful gardens. She baked cookies and pies for the neighborhood children and her neighbors continued to visit until she left her home in 2013.

She was one of the founding members of the Volley Mollies, a women’s volleyball group formed in 1950. Even after her 100th birthday, she loved to sit in her front yard and visit with neighbors. She worked at the Village Book Store in downtown Lombard for 18 years, was an Election Judge, sold season swimming passes for the pool, and worked in the Lilacia Park ticket booth until she was in her 80s.

Her caregivers, Tammy and Christine McParland, helped her greatly during her last 6 years. The staff and volunteers with Burgess Square Health Care and St. Thomas Hospice were excellent.

Arrangements being handled by Brust Funeral Home, www.brustfuneralhome.com. 630-629-0094

Visitation will be at Lombard Bible Church on Thursday, Jan 8, from 9-11:30 a.m. Amemorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Spectrios Institute for Low Vision or Adventist St. Thomas Hospice would be appreciated.

Marilyn M. Witting, nee Spicer. Westmont and Lombard resident.

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

WittingMarilyn M. Witting, nee Spicer. Westmont and Lombard resident. Born in Iowa and raised in Maywood, Marilyn passed away on New Years Day. Loving Daughter to the late Ray and Helen Spicer. Beloved wife of the late Richard. Dear sister of the late Donald, late Mardel (late Norman), and Sue (late Rich). Caring and devoted Mother to Julianne (Tom), Jennifer (Ray), Steven (Amy) and Joanna (Ed). Cherished “Grammy” and fanatical fan to Richard, Elizabeth, Daniel, Matthew, Sadie, Everett, Charlotte, Baxter and Grace. Visitation Monday, January 5, from 3-9PM Brust Funeral Home 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Funeral Tuesday 9:30AM, January 6 from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth, Lombard for Mass at 10 AM. Interment Clarendon Hills Cemetery, Darien. Memorials can be sent to the society of St. Vincent de Paul.  For further info www.brustfuneralhome.com or 630-629-0094

Joanne Marie Long White

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Joan WhiteJoanne was the youngest daughter of Glenn and Candace Long and grew up in the Engelwood community.  She attended Parker Elemetary and Parker High School and graduated with the Class of 1946.  She began college at the Wilson and Wright Junior College and met Don White, a recent veteran and fledgling musician.  They married in 1948.  After spending three years on the road with the band, they settled in Englewood until purchasing their first home in Western Springs in 1956.  Joanne raised their family there while also providing a home for her mother and her aunt Margaret Mitchell.   She was active at the First Christian Church in Chicago, a Girl Scout leader, a BlueBird guide, and a down-to-earth hostess who was able to feed large groups of people.  She was also the force behind Don’s success as a musician and a piano tuner.

​In 1983  Joanne and Don bought a home in LaGrange, one which become home at various points to children and grandchildren and Joanne’s brother Phil Long.  In the 1990’s, after years of driving to the First Christian Church of Chicago at 79th and Lawndale, they moved into the city to 79th and Kilbourn to maximize their work at the church.  (Joanne was a third-generation member of this church, founded by her grandfather when it was the Englewood Christian Church at Stewart Avenue.)  Joanne’s ministry in the church took many forms – Deaconess, choir member, Sunday School  teacher, Women’s Fellowship, and host to out-of-towners.  Her last active ministry involved baking bread and delivering it to church visitors and new members.

In 2008 Joanne and Don moved into Autumn Green and enjoyed a couple of years of “active retirement”.  In 2011 they moved to their son Doug’s home in Lombard where Don died in July 2014.

Joanne was preceded in death by her siblings – Elbert Long, Arthur Long, Phyllis Gibbons, Virginia Zimpelmann, and Phillip Long.  She is survived by her children – Donna (John) Moscinski, Paula (Dennis) Thompson, Alan (Pamela) White, and Douglas (Kimberly) White; her grandchildren Christopher Thompson, Jennifer (Tim) Peters, Candace White, Laura (Chad) Chesney, Leslie White, Alynn White, and Nathan White; and her great-grandchildren A​melia Turner, Olive Turner, Elle Turner, Isla Chesney, and Henry Peters.

Even in her death, Joanne was thinking of others.  She asked years ago that her body be donated to the Anatomical Gift Association.  A memorial service will be held at the First Christian Church of Chicago, 79th and Lawndale, at 11 AM on Saturday, January 10, with a visitation beginning at 9:30 AM.  Those who wish to honor Joanne’s life may do so with a contribution to the First Christian Church of Chicago and/or with acts of kindnesses.