February, 2016

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Charles Dwane Noble, age 72, a resident of Lombard for 41 years

Monday, February 29th, 2016

NobleCharles Dwane Noble, age 72, a resident of Lombard for 41 years, passed away on February 9, 2016 due to complications of Myasthenia Gravis, the “Snowflake Disease.”
Born on September 28, 1943, he and his wife, Deborah Noble, D.V.M. moved from Larned, KS in 1974 to Lombard after an apprenticeship in Plumbing and Heating, he started his business of “Dwane’s Plumbing” in 1985.
Dwane loved his plumbing trade. He loved helping his customers. He loved getting together with his plumbing buddies at the various seminars and barbecues. And he loved his home and the various pets he and Deborah loved over their 41 years together.
The one regret he said he had was that he discovered the sport of golf too late. Even during those three years when he was so sick from the MG, he could always take time to sneak in a few holes of that frustrating game.
An informal celebration of Dwane’s life will be held on March 12 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. A short service is planned at 1:00 PM with coffee and refreshments following.
In lieu of flowers, memorials gifts may be made to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of Illinois  (800) 888-6208 or to any fine animal shelter.
For further information, call (888) 629-0094.

Alice Mary Klein nee Kulik, age 84 , of Lombard

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

kleinAlice Mary Klein nee Kulik,  age 84, of Lombard passed away February 24 at Central DuPage Hospital.

Our beloved mother, Alice Mary Klein, was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 26, 1931. Her parents George Kulik and Mary Bajor Kulik emigrated from Poland to the United States, with a dream for a better life. Emily Kulik Pawlowski was our mother’s only sibling. Alice married Walter Guzior, and is survived by her children, Joanne Guzior Ash, Walter Guzior, and Josephine Guzior Schwankle. Francis Guzior, her son, passed on to be with the Lord, as did her husband Walter Guzior. Alice has two grandchildren, Alicia Ash Cornforth and Christina Ash, as well as, three great grandchildren Jinger Cornforth, Genesis Cornforth, and Ryker Cornforth. Bob Ash is her son in law, and Rick Cornforth is the husband of her granddaughter Alicia. My mother eventually remarried, the second love of her life, Frank Klein, who is with the Lord.
When mom was a young lady she worked as a bank teller, but after her 1st marriage she devoted her life to raising her children and taking care of the family. Mom was a member of the Masonic Organization, the Eastern Star. She enjoyed bowling, doing ceramics, going to lunch and going to church with her friends. She enjoyed travel with her family and friends as well. She would say that planning the trip was almost as much fun as the trip itself. Mom took delight in celebrating Christmas by cooking a feast for us, which always included a roasted goose. She was such a good cook and I remember coming home from school with cookies, or something yummy that she baked.
Going to the Itasca Country Club was a family tradition for Mother’s Day and Easter. There was much laughter over our meals and much joy at our family gatherings. You could say mom enjoyed life, laughter and all the people she met along the way. Her journey was a ray of sunshine to anyone she met. Even though her medical issues were challenging, she always found something positive in her life to be thankful for. We thank you Jesus for our mother. Proverbs 31:28a Her children will arise and call her blessed…
Mother had a strong love for Jesus. She demonstrated her love for the Lord in the way she lived her life with compassion and truth. She was always there for her family giving of herself, helping us through all of life’s crisis’s and celebrating every success. Her wisdom was a gift to her family. We are grateful for the lessons she taught us and especially for her never ending love. There is something special about a mom’s love that we will truly miss. We have lost our best friend, but she will live on in us, until we meet again in heaven, and won’t that be joyous! Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
A Memorial Visitation will be held Wednesday, 9:00 AM until the time of prayers at 10:30AM from Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard to Sacred Heart Church for an 11:00 AM Memorial Mass. Interment will be at Assumption Cemetery.

For more info 888-629-0094.

Margot “Frau T.”Tymoszenko nee Spitznagel, age 92, of Lombard

Friday, February 26th, 2016

TymoszenkoMargot “Frau T.” Tymoszenko nee Spitznagel, age 92, of Lombard, passed away February 16 at her home.
A Memorial Gathering will be held Saturday, March 5 from 1:00 PM until time of Memorial Service at 3:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard.
Mrs. Tymoszenko is survived by her loving son, Michael (Debie Haley) Tymoszenko of Lombard; her dear grandchildren, Stephanie (Randy) Sladek of Villa Park, Michael Jr. (Amy) Tymoszenko of Villa Park, Brittany Tymoszenko of Glen Ellyn and Joseph A. Tymoszenko of Glen Ellyn; her beloved great-grandchildren, Anna Tymoszenko of Villa Park, Michael N. Tymoszenko III of Villa Park, Ava Sladek and Ella Sladek of Villa Park; her sister, Enid (Klaus) Janssen of Germany; and her niece and nephew,  Uta of Ireland and Andreas of Germany.
Mrs. Tymoszenko is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph J, and her brother, Henning Spitznagel.
Mrs. Tymoszenko was born in Essen, Germany on March 14, 1923. She studied Medicine in Germany, married her husband, Joseph who was stationed there by the USAF, and came to the US in 1957. Mrs. Tymoszenko received her Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago in the 1960’s. She moved to Lombard in 1969 and lived here for the last 47 years. She taught German at Glenbard East and Glenbard West High Schools from 1963-1983. Mrs. Tymoszenko was a well-known and well-loved teacher by her students. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, the Opera, and traveling.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Alzheimers Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631, are appreciated.
For more info 888-629-0094.

LOIS E. KRETZ, age 91, of Lombard 57 years

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016


LOIS E. KRETZ, nee Belluomini, passed away February 18, 2016 at Trinity Community of Beavercreek, Ohio where she resided. She was lovingly called “Sis” by her family.

Lois was born in Chicago on December 1, 1924 to Edward and Della, nee Hagar, Belluomini. She married the love of her life, Robert I. Kretz, on September 21, 1946. He preceded her in death on December 18, 1981. They were married 35 wonderful years. She was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lombard, Illinois. Before raising a family, she worked as a bookkeeper in Chicago. In her younger years, Lois volunteered at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital in Elmhurst, Illinois, and was active with her children in Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. In later years, she enjoyed bridge groups and entertaining in her home and around her pool.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Della Belluomini; her husband, Robert I Kretz; her daughter, Barbara J. Chap; and her brother, Edward Belluomini.
She is survived by her son, Robert R. (Peggy) Kretz of Kettering, Ohio; her son-in-law, Terry Chap of Alpharetta, Georgia; five (5) loving grandchildren, Jill Vrchota of North Aurora, Illinois, Bob Kretz of Russiaville, Indiana, Scott Kretz of Southaven, MS, Shane Kretz of Greentown, IN, and Trevor Kretz of Wilmore, Kentucky; 12 great grandchildren; and 1 brother, Ray (Joan) Bell of River Forest, Illinois.

A Visitation will be held for Lois at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard from 10 AM on Friday, February 26, 2016 until the time of the Funeral Service at 11 AM. She will be laid to rest at Mount Emblem Cemetery, Elmhurst, Illinois.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Miami Valley Women’s Center, 2345 West Stroop Road, Kettering, Ohio 45439.

John Lorenz Steuer, of Downers Grove, former resident of Lombard,

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016


John Lorenz Steuer, of Downers Grove, former resident of Lombard, age 68, loving husband of Teresa Steuer. Loving father of George (Marita) Steuer of Oswego, Sharon (Jason) Kaluzny of Yorkville and Anthony Steuer of Downers Grove. Grandfather of Mateo, Gavin, Justin, Krysta, Vincent, and Brayden. Loving brother to Barbara Steuer, and Uncle to many wonderful nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Preceded by his parents, Ewald and Luzie Steuer, sister, Ute (Claus) Linden, and brother Mike Steuer.
Visitation will be held Thursday, February 25 from 9-11 AM with a Funeral Service at 11 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.
Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois.
John Steuer was born in Bamberg, Germany, immigrated to the United States, and eventually settled in Lombard. He worked for the Meat packing industry for most of his life beginning in 1964. On October 10, 1966 he joined the Army and served until October 9, 1972 receiving the National Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. After an honorable discharge he returned to the industry until retirement. He was also an active member of Post 0489 American Legion and loved spending time with his family.
John was a loving man who got along well with everyone. He always put his family before anything else and loved them with all of his heart. He enjoyed talking about history, religion, movies, and Chicago sports. John will be missed by all, but his heart and spirit will be with us always.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to The Wounded Warrior Project appreciated. https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=72

Thomas J. Hester, Sr., age 77 of McHenry, formerly of Lombard

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Thomas HesterThomas J. Hester, Sr., age 77 of McHenry, formerly of Lombard died Thursday at Illinois Medical Center, McHenry.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis nee Sheedy; 4 children, Cathleen (Michael) Strange of Villa Park, Thomas J. Jr. (Susan) of McHenry, Laura (Steven) Senf of Park Ridge, Michael of Wheaton; 8 grandchildren, Michael Strange Jr. of Villa Park, Katelyn (Brian) Jenlinek of Villa Park, Colleen Hester of McHenry, Sean Senf of Park Ridge, Patrick Hester of McHenry, Connor Senf of Park Ridge, Megan Senf of Park Ridge and Elizabeth Hester of Wheaton; 1 great-granddaughter, Olivia Jelinek of Villa Park; a sister, Barbara McSherry of Lombard and a brother, Frances Hester of Nebraska; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 5 brothers and sisters.

Thomas had been a resident of Lombard for 25 years from 1972 until 1997 when he moved to McHenry. He was a graduate of St Phillips High School in Chicago. He worked as a Conductor for the Chicago Northwestern/Union Pacific Railroad until he retired in 2000.

Thomas enjoyed golfing and fishing and was a card player.

Funeral Prayers Tuesday 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard to Sacred Heart Church for 10 AM Mass. Visitation Monday 3-9 PM. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to American Heart Association appreciated. Info 888-629-0094 or www.brustfuneralhome.com.

Harry W. Lawser, age 96, of Lombard 63 years

Friday, February 19th, 2016

American FlagLawser,HarryHARRY W. LAWSER, 63 year resident of Lombard, age 96, loving husband of the Late Margaret ‘Peg” nee Dicker. Loving father of Pegilee (Ed) Clark of Florida and Cathy (Ted) Ahrens of Villa Park. Grandfather of Nancy Jo Adkins of Florida, Holly (Frank) Palmer of Florida, David (Leeta) Clark of Michigan, Mark Ahrens of Villa Park, and Michael (Monica) Ahrens of Lombard. Great-Grandfather of 8. Preceded by his sister, Ginnie Cotsworth of Michigan.

Memorial Visitation will be held Thursday, February 25 from 4 to 8 PM with a Memorial Service at 6:30 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.
Interment later at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois.

Mr. Lawser grew up in Oak Park and was a resident of Lombard since 1953. He had worked for Admiral and Zenith as an Electrical Engineer. After retiring, Mr. Lawser worked for Schroeder’s Ace Hardware in Lombard for 20 years.

Mr. Lawser was a Veteran having served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Europe. He was with Patton’s 3rd Army and fought at Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe.

Mr. Lawser was an active and longtime Member of Community Presbyterian Church in Lombard and had served on the Presbytery Board at church.

Memorials to Community Presbyterian Church, 1111 East Madison, Lombard, Illinois 60148 would be appreciated.

Mary Ann Zieja, nee Shultz, age 81 of Lombard formerly of Chicago

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

facebook_1455240206667Mary Ann Zieja, nee Shultz, age 81 of Lombard, born January 3, 1935, passed away suddenly February 10, 2016.

Mrs. Zieja is survived by her only child, her daughter Judy Sliwa, her 3 grandsons, Christopher (Rachel), Nickolas, and Mark. She was a loving aunt to her nieces Kathy Gillin, Debbie Baker (Todd), and Patti DeRose (Ted), and her nephews Tom Gillin and Kevin Gillin (Mary).

Mrs. Zieja was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 56 years, Arthur, her parents, William and Agnes Shultz, her brother Bill, her sister Shirley, and her son-in-law George.

Mrs. Zieja was a resident of Lombard for 30 years. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and never missed a game on TV. She treasured her 3 grandsons and enjoyed watching them play sports when they were young and spending time with them as they grew into adults. She also enjoyed spending time with her daughter Judy.
She will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her but especially by her daughter Judy and her grandsons Chris, Nick and Mark. But most of all her faithful companion, her dog Mello will miss her most.
Memorial Service is private.


Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

GoudanisSotiros (Sam) Goudanis, 24, born May7, 1991, passed away on Sunday, February 7th after four long months of bravery and strength. He was truly our Superman.

Sam is survived by his Wife Cecilia, his Father Andrew, Mother Anna, brother Peter, Parents In-Law Lenard & Jill, Brother & Sisters In-Law (only a technicality) Braydon, Maddie and Sydney. Niece Nadia, Best friend Justin along with many Aunts and Uncles.

Sam Loved everyone he knew completely and unconditionally. Sam’s heart was bigger than could be measured. His sense of humor could best be described as an acquired taste, yet will be sorely missed. His innocence and gentle nature warmed the hearts of the children that knew him. Sam loved, and was loved so much, and our memories of him will go on all the way to the moon and back!

Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 10 from 4 to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Prayers will begin  Thursday 9am from the Funeral Home to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 893 N. Church Rd, Elmhurst IL. for a 10am Funeral Service.  Interment will be at Mt. Emblem Cemetery, Elmhurst, Illinois.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated.

Kathleen M. Jakubowski nee McKenney of Carol Stream, formerly of Lombard

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

Jakubowski KathleenKathleen M. Jakubowski nee McKenney of Carol Stream, formerly of Lombard, passed away February 7 at her home.

Visitation will be Thursday from 3-9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Services will be Friday with prayers at 9:15 AM from Brust Funeral Home to St. Michael Church, 315 W. Illinois, Wheaton, for 10 AM Mass. Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery in Wheaton.

Kathleen is survived by her loving children, Julie Jakubowski of Chicago, and Casie Stuart of Orland Park; her cherished siblings, Maureen Cox of Wheaton, Kevin (LynnAnn) McKenney of Florida, Eileen (Mitch) Meyer of Winfield, Ann (Fred) Becker of Poplar Grove and Mary (Ken) Kwasny of Mokena.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents, Seward McKenney and Jean nee Halm and a nephew, Sean F. Meyer.

Kathleen grew up in Lombard. She attended Sacred Heart Grade School and graduated from Glenbard East High School in 1976. She went on to attend Monmouth College. Kathleen was an office manager for NuComfort Supply Inc.
in Glendale Heights for 10 years. She had lived in Carol Stream for the past 9 years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Northwestern Medicine Hospice are appreciated.  NM Foundation, 0S050 Winfield Rd., Suite 200, Winfield, IL  60190 or 630-933-GIVE.

For more info 888-629-0094.