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Mary Zavodny nee Cierny, age 94, of Indiana, formerly of Grand Beach, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

Zavodny, MMary Zavodny nee Cierny, age 94, of Indiana, formerly of Grand Beach, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois, died December 18 at Brentwood of LaPorte, LaPorte, Indiana.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 22 from 3-8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard. Mrs. Zavodny will be lying in state Wednesday, December 23 at 9 AM until time of service at 10 AM at Trinity Slovak Lutheran Church, 5106 North Lacrosse Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Interment will be at Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago.

Mrs. Zavodny is survived by her children, Stephen D. (Beverly Hammel-Zavodny) of Michigan, Linda (Roy) Ferris of Indiana and Cynthia (John) Leonard of Wheeling; 7 grandchildren,, Jack (Frances) Thorpe of California, Jason Leonard of Alabama, Joshua Leonard of Illinois, Kristen Leonard of Illinois, Daniel (Natalia) Leonard of Illinois, Ryan ( Megan) Ferris of Indiana and David Ferris of Indiana; 4 great-grandchildren, Kristen Thorpe of Illinois, Cole Thorpe of California, Caroline Thorpe of California and Charlotte Leonard of Illinois and a sister, Bozenka of Slovakia.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stefan and a brother, Bohus Cierny

Mrs. Zavodny was born in Slovakia and came to Chicago in 1937 where she was married in 1946. She had been a resident of Grand Beach, Michigan, since 1971 and had lived at Brentwood of LaPorte for the past 5 ½ years.

She and her husband Stefan founded Zavodny Printing Co. in Chicago in 1939. It later became Lithographics and moved to Bensenville in 1977. The business was sold to their son in 1985.

Mrs. Zavodny was a long-time member of Trinity Women’s Guild until the mid-1980’s. She also had a condo in Elmhurst from 1978-1986. She had been a member of Trinity Slovak Lutheran Church from the 1930’s to the present. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved to cook and be a homemaker; she was sweet and kind.

Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated.

Violet M. Paddock, nee Miller, age 93 of Lombard, formerly of Cicero

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

PaddockViolet M. Paddock, nee Miller, age 93 of Lombard, formerly of Cicero. Beloved wife of the late James. Loving mother of Virginia, Julie (James) Bellows, Carol, Janet (Timothy) Bartels, and Marianne (Bill) Godbout. Cherished grandmother of Steven, Heather, Amy, and Rebecca. Preceded by her siblings, Ann, Joan, Isabel, and Leonard. Aunt and great-aunt of many. Funeral services Tuesday 10 AM from Brust Villa Park Funeral Home, 305 S. Princeton, to St. Pius X Church for a
10:30 AM Mass. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Visitation Monday
2- 8 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations to Muscular Dystrophy Association 550 E. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook, IL 60440, appreciated. Info or 630-834-6656

Charles Martin Crissey died on December 7, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was 73 years old.

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

crissey, charles

Dr. Crissey was born on January 7, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois to Fred and Ola Crissey and grew up in Lombard where he attended Lincoln and Hammerschmidt Elementary Schools, Lombard Jr. High, Glenbard West and Glenbard East High School, where he was a member of their first graduating class. Charley went on to do advanced studies at Lincoln Junior College in Lincoln, IL; Culver Stockton College in Canton, MO; Northern Illinois University in DeKalb; and Roosevelt University in Chicago. A dyslexic, Charley’s involvement in the academic world, from his earliest struggles to his ultimate successes, including a PhD in Educational Leadership, is all the more impressive when taking into account the lifelong obstacles his reading disability forced him to confront.

One of Charley’s first jobs was with the Lombard Park District where he advanced from Life Guard at the Municipal Pool to Pool Manager and part time Park District employee. He taught sixth grade at Pleasant Lane School where he served as teachers’ union president, then served as principal at Greenbrook Elementary School and Springwood Jr. High in Keeneyville, Thomas Middle School in Arlington Heights, and Lakeview Middle School in Watsonville, California. Dr. Crissey went on to teach education courses at the University of Phoenix, at Kadena AFB in Okinawa, Japan. He supervised student teachers based in the Asian Pacific region, and mentored administrative interns through the Las Vegas campus.

Charles is survived by his wife Etsuko Crissey of Las Vegas, his sons Charles Dean of Streamwood, IL and Ryan Thomas (Kristin) of Oswego, IL and their mother Kathleen Marden; his brother Fred of New Richmond, WI; his sister Linda of Las Vegas, NV; and six grandchildren both here and overseas.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.                On Friday, January 8 there will be a graveside service for the family at Forest Hill Cemetery of Glen Ellyn.

ANTOINETTE C. MIKSON, nee Matrisciano, age 87, of Lombard

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Mikson, AntoinetteANTOINETTE C. MIKSON, nee Matrisciano, age 87, of Lombard, died December 14 at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Elmhurst, Illinois.

Visitation will be Friday, December 18, from 3 to 8 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.
Funeral Service will be Saturday, December 19 with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Christ the King Church for 10:00 AM Mass.
Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Forest Park, Illinois.
Mrs. Mikson is survived by her loving children, Paul (Rose), Sandra (Jim), Aldrich (Adrienna); her dear grandchildren, Antoinette Miksan, Dr. Jen (Christian) DeFazio, Joe Miksan, Nick (Kristy) Boulos, Anthony (Melissa) Boulos, and James P. Boulos; her loving great-grandchildren, Elisabeth Boulos, Grace Boulos, Jayden DeFrazio, and Mya DeFazio; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Mikson is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph J.
In lieu of flowers, donations to The American Society, 1801 S. Meyers Road, Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181.


Monday, December 14th, 2015

ThomasWilliam C. Thomas, age 85, of Chicago died December 12 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.

Visitation will be held Saturday, December 19th from 10:30 AM until time of Service at 12 Noon at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

Mr. Thomas is survived by two daughters, Leigh (Stewart W.) Hamilton of Lombard, and Laura (Ronald) Peterson of Itasca; and three grandchildren, Lindsay (Aaron) Locke of Ohio, Kelsey Peterson of Itasca, and Christopher Peterson of Itasca.
Mr. Thomas is preceded in death by his wife, Grace; and his sister, Donna.

Mr. Thomas was a resident of Chicago 35 years and was formerly of Oak Park and Wonder Lake. He grew-up in Melrose Park and was a 1948 graduate of Proviso East High School.
Mr. Thomas was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Local #73 in Hillside. He had been a Supervisor for Haines Company.
Mr. Thomas was a member of Holy Name Cathedral Church in Chicago. He was a volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House.

Mary F. Ewing nee Morgan, age 99, of Lombard

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

EwingMary F. Ewing nee Morgan, age 99, of Lombard, passed away December 7 at Beacon Hill Assisted Living.
A Private Family Service will be held at Beacon Hill.
Mrs. Ewing is survived by her loving children, Larry R. (Sharon) of Corona Del Mar, California and Lindy (Paul) Helzer of Tucson, Arizona; her dear grandchild, Timothy Glen (Monica) Ewing of Libertyville; her loving great-grandchildren, Lily, Madeline, Caroline, and Amelia Ewing of Libertyville; her dear brother, Kenneth Morgan of Macomb; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Ewing is preceded in death by her husband, Glen; her siblings,
Vail Morgan, Bennett Morgan, Wilma Mercer, and Russell Morgan.
Mrs. Ewing was a resident of Lombard since 1951. She was a member of the Lombard Historical Society and the Elmhurst Hospital Guild. Mrs. Ewing was also a member of P.E.O. for 58 years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Lombard Historical Society, 23 West Maple, Lombard, IL 60148.

For more info or 888-629-0094.

Vicki Pudela nee Schroeder, age 55, of Lombard

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Pudela, VickiVicki Pudela nee Schroeder, age 55, of Lombard, passed away  suddenly, December 6 at Hinsdale Hospital.
A Memorial Visitation will be held Saturday, December 12 from 11:00 AM until time of service at 2:30 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. In keeping with Vicki’s style, casual attire is preferred.
Vicki is survived by her loving husband, Mike; her children with whom she was so proud, Ryan (Megan) of Oak Park, and Dr. Caileigh Pudela M. D. of Virginia; her dear siblings, Steve (Julie) Schroeder of Ohio and Scott Schroeder of Wonder Lake; her loving father, Paul W. of Ohio; and her mother-in-law, Barbara Pudela of Elk Grove Village; nine nieces and nephews; many other relatives.
Vicki is preceded in death by her beloved mother, Arlene.
Vicki grew up in Barrington and Crystal Lake. She graduated from Barrington High School and attended MacMurray College. Vicki lived in Lombard for 25 years. She was a Special Ed Aide for Monroe Middle School in Wheaton, District 200. Vicki was a substitute in District 44. She also taught Art and Gymnastics at Lombard Park District, where she was known as “Miss Vicki.”
In lieu of flowers, memorials to NESDRA, 1770 W. Centennial Place, Addison, IL 60101 or Lombard Park District,  227 W. Parkside Ave, Lombard, IL 60148, are appreciated.
For more info 888-629-0094 or

John Egan, longtime resident of Lombard

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Egan, JJohn Egan, longtime resident of Lombard, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Friday, Dec. 4. He was 91.

John was born on March 16, 1924 in Joliet, Illinois. He grew up in that community and after graduating from Joliet Township High School in 1941 and Joliet Junior College in 1943, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp. to serve in World War II. Commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant while serving overseas in Sansavero, Italy, he flew P-38s as a photo reconnaissance pilot.

After the war, John attended the University of Colorado in Boulder from 1945-1947 graduating as Outstanding Senior of the Business School and Outstanding Senior Man for which he was honored as Cane Bearer.

It was there that he met and courted his life-long love, Virginia (Sunny) Nelson. They were married in Denver on July 5, 1947 and their union lasted 64 years. John and Sunny moved to Lombard in 1948 where they worked, served their community and church, and raised five children.

John was employed at American National Bank from 1947-1957. Following that he joined Container Corporation of America in 1957 and held various positions. In 1965 he was made Asst. Treasurer for the company until 1986 when the company was sold. Never one to retire, John also worked for the Gateway Foundation, McDermott and Assoc., Executive Service Corp. and Marillac House.

Outside of his work, John was active in the Lombard community. Dedicated to the idea that “service to humanity is the best work of life” he joined the Jaycees in 1950. Holding many positions and receiving numerous awards, John was honored when he received their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

As a young person John’s love of sports and the outdoors led him to become involved with the Lombard Park District in 1950 when he was appointed to the Recreation Commission. In 1953 he was appointed to fill an unexpired term and became the youngest member to serve on a local park board and the youngest park commissioner in Illinois. From that time on, the name John Egan became synonymous with all the progress and accomplishments made by the Lombard Park District. He served on various committees, was instrumental in purchasing new park properties, and served as president of the board from 1976-1991. John was most proud of the board’s decisions to expand the number of parks by acquiring open land, the inclusion of programs and facilities for the handicapped, and promoting more athletics for women.

John also help organize NEDSRA, served in several positions in the Lombard Historical Society, helped co-chair the DuPage Theater Committee, worked on various village commissions, and organized many sports leagues and associations. Golf was John’s passion and he enjoyed weekly games and tournaments that he chaired. He was also a long-time member of Sacred Heart Church and served in many volunteer positions. He attended mass every day throughout most of his adult life.

Always a team player, John’s leadership skills reflected collaboration, maintaining a positive attitude, and demonstrating the utmost respect for those with whom he worked.

As committed as he was to community service, John was even more dedicated to his family. He taught his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren the importance of education, hard work, and service to others. Always supportive of their accomplishments he loved attending their concerts, sporting events, and other productions. John left them with many memories of a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his children John, Michael (Sandra), Patrick (Karen), Nancy (Ronn) Ammons, Kath (Steve) Hoelter, 15 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his loving wife, Sunny; infant sister, Kathleen; infant son, Joseph; and grandson, Justin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Lombard Historical Society, 23 West Maple, Lombard, IL 60148 or the Lombard Park District, 227 W. Parkside Ave, Lombard, IL 60148.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, December 8 from 3-9 PM at Brust Funeral Home. Funeral prayers will be held on December 9 at 9:15 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church for 10 AM Mass. Interment will be at 12 Noon at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Joliet, IL.
For more info 888-629-0094.

Dennis C Winter, age 72, of Warrenville

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Dennis C Winter, age 72, of Warrenville, passed away on December 4.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, Dec 9, from 3-8 pm at Brust Funeral Home 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral will be held Thursday Dec 10, 9:30am at Brust Funeral Home. Burial will be at 11:30 am at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Patricia Hogan-Winter, his children Christopher Winter and Beth Witten, his grandchildren Brenden and Kayla Witten and his siblings, Holly Olson and Ronald Winter. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (

CARMELLA ‘MELLA’ FILOMENO, nee Mannerino, age 94

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

FilomenoFilomeno, Carmella “Mella”, nee Mannerino, age 94. Beloved wife of the late Dominic. Loving mother of Donald (Joann), Kathy (the Late Tom) Soukup, and Joanne (Tom) Wallich. Grandmother of Annette, Carmie, Debbie, Dominic, Tommy, Patti, Donna, John, and Lisa. Great-Grandmother of Nicole, Stefanie, Ashly, Jennifer, Jessica, Mark, Michael, Sara, Lauren, Stephanie, Laci, Lesli, Dominic, Anthony, Ashley, Regina, Joseph, Nick, Anthony, Dominic, and the Late Samantha and Tommy. Great-great Grandmother of Skyler, Ava, Peyton, Case, Maddie, Leo, Mack, Ellianna, William, and Mia.

Visitation will be held Sunday, December 6 from 2 to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.
Funeral will be held Monday, December 7th with prayers at 9:15 AM from Brust Funeral Home to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 330 East Fullerton, Addison, for 10 AM Mass.
Interment will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois

In Lieu of Flowers, donations to Make A Wish Foundation, 640 North LaSalle – Suite 280, Chicago, Illinois 60610 or March of Dimes, 111 West Jackson, Suite 1650, Chicago, IL 60604 would be appreciated.