January, 2016

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DOROTHY T. SCHREIBER, nee Tempenar, age 88, of Lombard

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Dorothy T. Schreiber, nee Tempenar, age 88, of Lombard, died January 24 at Good Samaritan Hospital.
Dorothy will be Lying-in-State Friday, January 29 from 10 AM until time of Funeral Service at 11:30 AM at the Maple Street Chapel, 220 S. Main St., Lombard. Interment will be at Chapel Hill Gardens West, Oakbrook Terrace, IL.
Dorothy is survived by 3 children, Bob (Rosanne) of Lombard, Patricia L. Caravella of Lombard and Rich of Lombard. She was the fond grandmother of Kristen (Mark) Kroemer of Oswego and great-grandmother of Ian Kroemer of Oswego.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Bill; son-in-law John Caravella and a sister, Helen Planz.
Dorothy had lived in Lombard for 64 years. She graduated from Steinmetz High School and was a member of the National Honor Society. Her husband was a plumber in town and Dorothy was the Office Manager at Elmhurst Ford where she worked for 31 years until her retirement in 1994. She was a member of the choir at First Church of Lombard for more than 50 years and was a member of the Maple Street Chapel Preservation Society.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Maple Street Chapel, 220 S. Main St., Lombard, IL 60148 are appreciated.

JEFF R. STEHLE, age 47

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Stehle1Jeffrey Robert Stehle, 47, passed away on Sunday, January 24th, 2016 at Loyola University Medical Center after courageously battling a three month illness.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 29 from 4 to 7 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.
Funeral Service will be held Saturday, January 30 with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Lombard, for 10 AM Mass.
Private Interment at St. Joseph Cemetery, River Grove, Illinois.

Jeff was born to James and Karen, nee Kuehn Stehle on November 14th, 1968. He was a kind-hearted son, a loving, younger brother to Tim (Denise) Stehle, a devoted husband to Michelle, nee Galfano for 19 years, and a proud father to Jeffrey (J.J.) and Jeremy. Jeff was also a caring uncle to T.J., Crystal, Courtney, and Eric and a great-uncle to Mariah. He was a thoughtful son-in-law to Joseph and Ann Galfano, and a fun loving brother-in-law to Rick (Sheila) Galfano. Jeff was preceded in death by his grandparents, aunts, and uncles.

Jeff grew up in Lombard and attended Pleasant Lane School during his Elementary years where he was a Cub Scout and also enjoyed playing baseball. Later, Jeff attended Glenbard East High School where he played basketball and enjoyed lifting weights. It was here where Jeff and Michelle met. He graduated in 1987 and looked forward to attending Western Illinois University in Macomb. After a serious car accident, Jeff was forced to finish his education at the University of Illinois in Chicago where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in his specialty area of Criminal Justice. This degree led him to what he did best, being a Public Safety Officer. Jeff worked 19 years at Northwest Community Hospital and continued there when ODS took over. Jeff was thrilled when Edward Hospital contacted him for a Public Safety Officer position in Naperville near his home. Jeff was a quick learner and also a dedicated, hard-working employee. He was truthful and knowledgeable, but enjoyed having fun with others.

Jeff loved watching football with his boys. He was an avid Broncos’ fan and spent many nights cheering on the Chicago Bulls, too. Jeff enjoyed basketball so much, he helped coach Jeremy’s basketball team for two years at Bethany Lutheran School. Over the summer, he would go to the courts and play basketball and tennis with the boys.

Although he will be missed, we do not say “good-bye” but rather “good night” for we will all be reunited with him and all the saints again…

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going” (John 14:1-4).

In Lieu of flowers, memorials for his sons c/o his wife would be appreciated.

Barbara A. Was nee Nemecek, age 79, of Lombard

Monday, January 25th, 2016

wasBarbara A. Was nee Nemecek, age 79, of Lombard, passed away January 23, 2016 at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 27, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00 am at Brust Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, IL

Mrs. Was is survived by 2 daughters, Kimberly Strobel of Elgin and Nannette (Ralph) DeLuca of Wheaton; 2 sons Nicholas Januschik of Lombard and Gregory Januschik of Joliet; and 6 grandchildren.
Mrs. Was was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Was and a daughter, Deborah Januschik.

Mrs. Was had been a resident of Lombard for 50 years. She was a mother, but also a best friend to her children. They are glad her pain is over and look forward to a reunion with their mom in the future.
Info www.brustfuneralhome.com or 888-629-0094.

Anne R. McGoldrick (Harrington), of Aurora, IL, (formerly of Lombard, IL, and Boston MA)

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

McGoldrick-Anne pngAnne R. McGoldrick (Harrington), of Aurora, IL, (formerly of Lombard, IL, and Boston MA) passed away on January 22, 2016 at the age of 81. Loving mother of Mary of Saint Simons Island GA; George and his wife, Linda of Batavia IL, Michael and his wife, Maureen of Woburn, MA, and David and his wife, Margaret of Temecula, CA, and grandmother of Lindsay, Evan and fiance’ Laura, George and Mark. She also survived by her sister Mary Kelley of Quincy MA, and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Julia and Michael, her brother Michael, and her sister, Kay. Anne worked for the Social Security Administration’s Office of Hearing and Appeals until her retirement, where she continued to be an artist, writer and photographer.
A Memorial Gathering will take place on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 9 am until time of prayers at 10:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard IL to  Christ the King Catholic Church, for an 11:00 AM Memorial Mass. A private internment will  follow. At a future date, friends and family are invited to attend a memorial mass in Boston, MA.
Info www.brustfuneralhome.com or 888-629-0094.

Diane Aline Wessel (Banthin) passed away on Monday, January 18, 2016

Friday, January 22nd, 2016


Diane Aline Wessel (Banthin) passed away on Monday, January 18, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Edna, and her sister, Joanne. She is survived by her husband, Henry “Doc” Wessel; three children, Henry (Julie) Wessel, Laura (Tom) Takasaki and Aline (Adam) Cox; and six grandchildren, Kyle, Logan, Mark, Kate, Annika and Allison.
She graduated from Proviso East High School in Maywood in 1963, where she was editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. She graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, in 1967, where she served as president of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She earned her master’s degree from Roosevelt University. Diane enjoyed 47 years of marriage to Doc. They lived in Addison for over 40 years.

Diane taught at Proviso West High School in Hillside for decades. During her tenure, she taught English, oversaw the Profile newspaper and served as the English department chairperson. After retirement, she continued to teach an ACT preparation class.

She was an active member of a Glen Ellyn chapter of P.E.O.

Diane loved going to the theater with her husband, shopping with her daughters and daughter-in-law, playing games and spending time with her grandchildren, reading books for book club and going to lunch with friends.

Services were held at Brust Funeral Home in Lombard and interment was at Acacia Park Cemetery in Chicago.

Mary L. Rada, nee Johnson, Veteran Korean War and lifelong resident of Lombard

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

radaAmerican FlagMARY L. RADA, nee Johnson, lifelong resident of Lombard. Veteran Korean War. Beloved wife of the late Robert R. Loving mother of Jeff of North Hollywood, California, M. Luther of Houston, Texas, Jim (Kathy) of Denver, Colorado, and Robin (Lisa Capozzi) Rada of Forest Park. Grandmother of Shannon (Andrew) Knutson of Colorado, Nikki (James) Vaughn of Colorado, Michael of Texas, Colin of Colorado. Great Grandmother of 4. Dear sister of Bill (Pudge) Johnson of Green Bay, and Tom (Priscilla) Johnson of Indianapolis. Dear aunt of Lynn (John) Andreat of Naperville.

Mrs. Rada grew up in Lombard and had attended Sacred Heart and Lincoln Grade Schools and was a 1949 graduate of Glenbard West High School.

Mrs. Rada was a Veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force (WAF) during the Korean War.

Mrs. Rada was married in 1954 at the Community Congregational Church in Villa Park. She had worked as a store manager at McDade & Co.

Mrs. Rada was a Member of the Lombard Service League, Lombard Historical Society, and the Elmhurst Hospital Guild. She had also been active in Martha Circle at Community Congregational Church. Mrs. Rada had been a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She had been a Girl Scout Leader.

Mrs. Rada was a Cubs Fan.

Memorials to the Lombard Service League, Illinois Prairie Path, Community Congregational Church, or the Lombard Historical Society would be appreciated.

Visitation will be held Monday, January 25 from 3 to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.
Funeral Service will be Tuesday, January 26 with Mrs. Rada Lying-In-State from 9:30 AM to time of Service at 10 AM at Community Congregational Church, 410 South Cornell, Villa Park.
Interment will be at City of Batavia Cemetery.

JAMES GRAEFEN, age 64, resident of Lombard 40 years,

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

GraefenJames Graefen, age 64, a 40 year resident of Lombard, passed away January 19, 2016 at his home peacefully with his wife and children at side. Visitation will be held Friday January 22nd at Brust Funeral Home located at 135 S Main St, Lombard, IL 60148 from 3pm to 8pm. Funeral service will be held Saturday January 23rd with prayer service at 10am. Interment will follow immediately at Elmwood Cemetery in River Grove, IL.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, JoAnn; cherished father of 3: Jennifer (Kanton) Williams, Jeff, Jean (Danny) DiNatale; dearest mother Ruth Graefen, and caring brother Thomas Graefen; his grandchildren Logan, Kennedy, Breia, Julianna, Leo and Lorenzo. He is preceded in death by his father Robert Graefen. Jim was loved and treasured by many family members and friends.

Jim’s fondest memories will be those moments spent with his wife, children and grandchildren. His greatest pride was teaching his grandchildren life lessons and being active in their lives and activities.

Remembered for his 6 year service in the Air Force Reserves. Jim was a dedicated employee of Illinois Bell/AT&T for 38 years. Die hard Cubs fan, sports extraordinaire, loved to entertain friends and family (host of Fin Fest), best fisherman in Lombard and author of JFN (Jim’s Fantasy News). Jim will also be remembered for his unique dance moves and being the life of the party. Jim was a giver and always put others first; always lending a helping hand to anyone in need. He easily became friends with almost everyone he met. He will be greatly missed by all; as he’s touched so many lives.

MARY MARGARET O’DONNELL, nee Rank, 88, of Lombard

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

O'DONNELLMary Margaret O’Donnell, nee Rank, age 88, of Lombard, left this earth but not our hearts, January 18, 2016. She was taken to heaven by her loving husband, Myles John O’Donnell 18 years to the day of his passing in 1998.

Beautiful mom of Cathy (John) Murphy, Margee (Steve) Lundquist, Stephen (Thea) O’Donnell, Sean (Nancy) O’Donnell, and Mary Ellen (Gary) O’Donnell. Fond sister of Michael Rank of Phoenix, Arizona. Wonderful Grandma to Michael Murphy; Katie, Myles, and Jake O’Donnell; and Ryan, Kiley, and Erin Fletcher. Mary was Great Grandma “GiGi” to John Michael, Teagan and Connor Murphy, Liam Fletcher, and Wesley Davis.

Mom was loved and treasured by many nieces, nephews, family members and dear friends. She was devoted to our Lord and her family.

While our hearts are breaking, we know mom will always be smiling down from above and watching over all of us.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 21 from 3 to 7 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Mass will be Friday, January 22 with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home, to St. Pius X Church, 1025 East Madison, Lombard, for 10 AM Mass. Interment will be at Assumption Cemetery, Winfield, Illinois.

In Lieu of Flowers, Mass Cards or Memorials to St. Vincent DePaul Society c/o St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1025 East Madison, Lombard, Illinois 60148 would be appreciated.

Eleanora Antoinette (Szadokierski) Lavin, age 95

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Eleanora LavinEleanora Antoinette (Szadokierski) Lavin, age 95, passed away peacefully on January 15th, 2016. Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 20th, at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main St., Lombard, IL. from 10:00 am until noon. Interment will follow immediately at Assumption Cemetery in Wheaton, IL.

Eleanora was born in Michigan on August 26, 1920. She grew up in the Hamtramck area as well as spending time with family on a rural farm. She was active in high school theatre and worked at a local department store. She met and married James L. Lavin in 1942.  Following his military service life, they lived in Texas and Colorado before settling in Illinois.

They were blessed with four children: Leslie, Lynne, Patrick and Ellen. Eleanora was a resident of Lombard for over 40 years and a faithful member of Sacred Heart Church. She was a long time member of the Meadow Larks quilting club and the Sacred Heart Women’s Club. She was employed by Gage Food Products for almost 30 years.

Eleanora was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jim (2007); her parents, Roland and Stephanie Szadokierski; and her brother, Roland.

She is survived by her children: Leslie (Jessie) Lavin , Lynne (Gordon) Shultes, Patrick (Judy) Lavin, Ellen (Kirk) Roberts; her grandchildren: Claude J. (Claudia) Shultes, Stacie (Justin) Seipel, Claudine D. (John) Vent, Zack Roberts, Shanon Lavin, Ryan Roberts, Alex Roberts; great-grandchildren: Santiago, Sarita, Christopher, Hannah, Joshua, James, Matt, Catalina, Cori, Ally and Julianna.

BARBARA ANN SURGES, nee Nesbitt, age 59, of Lombard

Monday, January 18th, 2016

surgessBarbara Ann Surges (Nesbitt) 59 passed away at home on 01/14/16.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Warren and Beatrice, and her brother Peter. She is survived by her five children Christina (Haitham), Susan (Allen), Jamie (Keith), Anthony (Kelli) and Angela (Cory). Seven grandchildren Samantha, Savannah, Max, Izebelle, Bree, Anthony and Mason; her sister, Marie; her brother, Joseph; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Barbara was a lifelong Lombard resident. She attended Sacred Heart, Benet Academy and Glenbard East High School Class of 1973.
Her true love was taking care of her family. She was an avid artist who recently discovered Pintrest. She lived her life in the fast lane. She enjoyed her time driving her racecar but loved the relationships with the people that she met along the way. Everyone called her mom.

Barb was a business owner. She cared for employees as if they were her family. She had to step away from the business when she became ill.

In the very end she remained a fighter. She was surrounded by her children at home when she passed.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 20 from 4 to 8 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.
Funeral Service will be held Thursday, January 21 with prayers at 12:45 pm from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Lombard, for 1:15 pm Mass.