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Lorraine M. Kray, nee Olsen,

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Kray2LORRAINE M. KRAY, nee Olsen, age 94, of Lombard, formerly of Elmwood Park, died March 26.

Visitation and Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, March 30, with visitation from 10 AM to the time of Service at 1 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

Interment will be at Acacia Park, Chicago, Illinois.

Mrs. Kray is survived by her daughter, Sharon Conforti of Romeoville, Illinois; eight grandchildren, Michelle (Dan) McNamer of Lombard, Debbie (Pat) Bosse of Ottawa, Illinois, Rich (Kari) Conforti of Yorkville, Laurie Gracia of Kenosha, WI, Susan (Paul) Jackson of Kenosha, Rebecca Kray of Michigan, Jerry, Jr. (Laura) Kray of Elmhurst, and Vickie (Chris) Reed of Carol Stream; 21 great-grandchildren; three (3) great-great grandchildren; her sisters, Ruth Calandra of Burlington, Wisconsin, and Elaine Reed of Portage, Wisconsin; and her brother, Ronald (Betty) Olsen of Byron, Illinois.

Mrs. Kray is preceded in death by her husband, Richard; hers sons, Richard and Gerald D.; her brother, John; and her sisters, Jenette and Ruth.

Mrs. Kray was a resident of Lombard from 1995 to 2003 and was formerly a 40-year resident of Elmwood Park.  She had done factory work during World War II.  Mrs. Kray took up golfing in 1952.  She was a member of the Lombard Moose.  Mrs. Kray enjoyed Bingo, skiing, baseball, swimming, golf, bowling, music, and dancing.

Memorials to Mooseheart Child City and School, Inc., Mooseheart, Illinois  60539 would be appreciated.



Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

RussavageMaree Elizabeth Russavage, beloved by Son, Zach Russavage and Daughter, Elizabeth Russavage died Sunday, March 20, 2016.   She was born May 4th, 1951, the eldest child of Jack and Jackie Augsburger.  She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her son Zach (Amanda) Russavage and Elizabeth Russavage, grandson Sullivan Russavage, her sisters, Abby Flint and Brigid Yoemans, her brothers, John, Joseph, and Jim Augsburger, several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Maree was a bold, brave, independent, and strong woman.  She enjoyed her long career as an educator, retiring in 2013 as an assistant principal and leader of the freshman building at Neuqua Valley High School.  Maree was interested in many things, especially empowering young women and helping them own their strength and beauty.  She started the Veteran’s Day ceremony at Neuqua Valley High School and was a proud supporter of the veterans in the area.  Maree never walked into people’s lives without leaving an impression.  She made a point of saying and doing things for people to make them feel phenomenal.

Funeral Services are provided by Brust Funeral Home of Lombard.  Memorial Visitation will be on Monday, March 28, 2016 from 4-8pm, with a Memorial Service at 7pm.

Memorials may be offered in her name to the Wounded Warrior Project, 1111 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523 Or Villa Park VFW Post 2801, 39 East St. Charles Road, Villa Park, IL 60181.

Evelyn L. Borchardt, nee Kunzelman, age 87,

Monday, March 21st, 2016

BORCHARDTEVELYN LOUISE BORCHARDT, nee Kunzelman, was born May 28, 1928 at Alma Center, Wisconsin, the daughter of Roy H. Kunzelman and Ella E. Kunzelman.   Evelyn was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church, Alma Center, Wisconsin, on July 23, 1928.

Evelyn attended Prindle Valley School in Avon Township, Jackson County, Wisconsin and was a 1945 graduate of Alma Center High School.  She was confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Alma Center on November 9, 1941.

Evelyn enrolled at Whitewater State Teachers College (now University of Wisconsin, Whitewater), in a business education program.  In 1948 she was employed by the Scott-Atwater Manufacturing Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota as a secretary.

On August 14, 1949, Evelyn married Robert L. Borchardt, a high school sweetheart, at Grace Lutheran Church, Alma Center, Wisconsin.  The couple resided in Minneapolis, Minnesota until June of 1950 when he graduated from the University of Minnesota.

The couple moved to the Chicago area when Robert obtained employment with Motorola, Inc.  Evelyn began work for Remco, Inc., a distributor of her previous employer.  They established a home in Lombard, Illinois and were blessed with four daughters over the next years, Robyn, Ruth, Kathryn, and Karla.

As a homemaker, Evelyn was active in the Ladies Aid Society at St. John’s Lutheran Church and also led “The 4-H plus 3” 4H group, leading her group to a number of awards in clothing and foods both at the DuPage County Fair and the Illinois State Fair.  When the children were in school, she was employed as secretary to the DuPage County Auditor, State Representative, Illinois Education Association, and legal office prior to her retirement.

Evelyn found joy in her own accomplishments and those of her daughters as seamstress and as culinary artisan.  She enjoyed golf, playing in several leagues and was also an ardent bridge player, playing in several clubs over the years.  In her community in recent years, she was active in the Altar Guild, the Senior Bible Class, served on the Evangelism Committee of St. John’s Lutheran Church, as well as taking on computer input work for the church office.

Mrs. Borchardt is survived by her husband, Robert ‘Bob’; her four daughters, Robyn (George) Fram of Roselle, Ruth (John) Stoeckel of Rochester, Minnesota, Kathryn (Mark) Kornatz of Lombard, and Karla (Daniel) Lang of Elgin; nine (9) grandchildren, Marta (Tim) Rogers of Minnesota, George (Ashley), St. Louis, Lindsey (Scott) Lindquist of Wheaton, Kathrin (Justin) Stamschror of Washington, Matthew Kornatz of Chicago, Josie Stoeckel of Minnesota, Holly (Jeff) Brandt of Iowa, Stephanie Kornatz of Spain, and Eric Brandenburg of Wisconsin; five great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Mrs. Borchardt is preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, George and Ernest.

Evelyn had a driving interest in family, four daughters and their families, nine grandchildren, and especially in her five great-grandchildren.  It was also expressed in her interest in family history/genealogy.  Evelyn’s interest and skill in bridge led to many friendships in that field.  Earlier in her life, she worked in community service as an election judge for more than twenty years.  She was a resident of Lombard since 1953.  The last eight years were spent in the retirement community of Beacon Hill.

Memorial Gathering will be held Wednesday, March 23rd from 4 to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

Memorial Service will be held Thursday, March 24th at 10 AM at St. John’s Ev Lutheran Church, 215 South Lincoln, Lombard with family receiving friends from 9:30 AM.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials to St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 215 South Lincoln, Lombard, Illinois 60148.



John G. Baczek, age 85, of Lombard

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

BaczekJohn G. Baczek, age 85, of Lombard, passed away March 16 at Oakbrook Care Center.

Visitation will be Friday from 3 PM to 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Services will be Saturday with 9:30 AM prayers from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St, Lombard, for 10 AM Mass. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery in Wheaton.

Mr. Baczek is survived by his loving children, Joan Baczek of Lombard, Catherine (Waldemar) Gizella of Round Lake Beach, Joseph (Patricia) Baczek of Waterman, and Janet (John) Tulley of Normal; his grandchildren, Linnea Ann (Peter) Wittwer of Lisle, Joshua (Tasha) Liberty of Carol Stream, Stephan Gizella of Springfield, Kate Marie (Morgan Schultz) Gizella of McHenry, Anna Mae Tulley of Normal, Joseph Tulley of Normal; his brother, Thomas (Margaret) Baczek of Tennessee; and his sister-in-law, Virginia Baczek of Wisconsin; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Mr. Baczek is preceded in death by his son, John Joseph; his sister, Gertrude Jarosz and his brother, Harry Baczek.

Mr. Baczek grew up on the Southside of Chicago. He had lived in Lombard since 1959. Mr. Baczek worked as an Optician for several Optical Companies until his retirement. He had one of the homes that was torn down so the Dan Ryan Expressway could be built.

For more info 888-629-0094.

WALLACE “WALLY” M. JOHNSON, age 86, of Lombard

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016


American FlagWALLACE “WALLY” M. JOHNSON, age 86, of Lombard, died March 15 at Atria Senior Living, Glen Ellyn, Illinois.  Beloved husband of the late Hazel. Loving father of Karen (Steve) Musser of Lombard and Sharon (Ron) Binder of Lisle. Loving Grandfather of Terra (Mike) Maher of Lisle, Megan (Chad) Martinez of Oswego, and Jaclyn Musser of Wheaton. Great-Grandfather of Ava and Maci Martinez, Kimber and Colt Maher. Dear brother of Roy Johnson of Washington State, Joanne Johnson of Rockford, Kathleen (Pete) Witynski of Freeport, and the late Frank, Lloydie, and Baby Boy Johnson.  Brother-In-Law of Russell (Edna) Luckow of Appleton, Wisconsin.

Mr. Johnson was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, father-in-law, and neighbor.  He was a resident of Lombard since 1955 and was the Senior of the Year in 2014.  He was a Veteran having served in the 101st Airborne Veteran Paratroops during the Korean War.  Wally left High School to go to work and married Hazel  Luckow on June 18, 1955 in Florence, Wisconsin.  They came to Lombard 61 years ago and he worked at the Gas Station at Main and St. Charles in Lombard.  He worked for the Manheim Lumber Company in Franklin Park for 29 years and worked for DesPlaines Lumber until age 65 in 1994.  He had many skills and talents and was very handy.  Wally was a carpenter, plumber, mechanic, locksmith, and vacuum cleaner repairman.  Wally would put all the neighbors’ newspapers on their front porch and often walked his neighbor’s dogs.  He also shoveled his neighbor’s driveways.  Wally enjoyed building birdhouses, gardening, and baking brownies as well.

Memorial Gathering and Service will be held Saturday, April 16th with Visitation from 12 Noon to time of Service at 5:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

In Lieu of flowers, Memorials to the Friends of York Township Senior Nutrition Program, 1502 South Meyers, Road, Lombard, Illinois 60148 would be appreciated.

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


Mildred J. McEvoy nee Braasch, age 89, of Lombard

Monday, March 14th, 2016

McEvoyMildred J. McEvoy nee Braasch, age 89, of Lombard, passed away March 14 at her home.

Mildred is survived by her loving sons, Patrick M. (Carol) McEvoy, F. Thomas (Juliana) McEvoy, and James J. McEvoy; her dear grandchildren, Shawn McEvoy, Patricia (Israel) Sanders, Caitlyn (David) McEllis, Keirstyn McEvoy, and Brian (Edrina) McEvoy; her beloved great-grandchildren, Nathan Gross and Aiden Sanders; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Marie Pellettiere.

Mrs. McEvoy is preceded in death by her husband, James E. McEvoy. Born in Altamont, IL, one of nine children, she came to the Chicago area, raised her family in Melrose Park, and moved to Lombard in 1992 after retiring.

A brief visitation will be held Thursday at 8:30 AM until time of prayers at 9:45 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard, proceeding to St. Matthews Church for 10:30 AM Mass. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to your favorite charity, would be appreciated.

The loss of Mildred will also be deeply felt by her two best friends, Maria Sanchez and Charmaine “Char” Sedlacek.

For more info 888-629-0094.

STEVEN R. CLINTON, age 52, of Lombard

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Clinton-StevenSteven R. Clinton, age 52, of Lombard passed away March 12 at his home.

Memorial Gathering will be held Friday, March 18 from 4 to 7 PM in Hatfield Hall at First Church of Lombard, 220 South Main Street, Lombard.

Steven is survived by his loving wife, Karen nee Johnson; his children, Courtney Clinton of Henderson, NV, Ashley Clinton of Lombard, and Nicole Clinton of Lombard; his parents, James R. (Karen) Clinton of Naperville and Carol K. Antrim of Colorado;  his siblings, James D. (Diana) of Brookfield, Julie K. (Barry) Carlson of Colorado, Eric (Kristinel) Clinton of Romeoville, Amy Clinton of Chicago and Allison (Erik Sonnenberg) Clinton of Bloomingdale; his father-in-law, Brian (Jean) Johnson of Lombard; his brother-in-law, David G. (Cindy) Johnson of Lombard; 9 nieces and nephews; and 8 great-nieces and great- nephews.

Steven lived in Lombard for 40 years. He graduated from Lombard Junior High and Glenbard East High School in 1981. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Northern Illinois University. Steven was a Real Estate Appraiser. He was a volunteer coach for Soccer and Girls’ Softball through the Lombard Park District.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to in his name are appreciated.

James A. Lucas, Jr., age 72, Vet USMC Vietnam, of Wheaton, formerly of Lombard, Bloomingdale, and Westmont

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

American FlagLucas, Jr.lucas- newJames A. Lucas, Jr., age 72, Vet USMC Vietnam, of Wheaton, formerly of Lombard, Bloomingdale, and Westmont, passed away March 12 at Edwards Hospital.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4 pm -9pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Services will be held Thursday with prayers at

9:15 AM from Brust Funeral Home to St. Michael’s Church, 315 W. Illinois, Wheaton, for 10 AM Mass. Interment will follow at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.

Mr. Lucas is survived by his sister, Patricia (David) Colburn of Charlotte, NC; his brother, Richard (Pat) Lucas of Addison; his two sons, Kevin and Keith; four grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Mr. Lucas attended Farragut High School in Chicago. He was in the Marine Corp 3rd Recon from 1961 to 1965 and in the Reserves until 1967. Mr. Lucas served in Vietnam in 1962. He was also stationed in Cuba and the Philippines. He owned Lombard Barber Shop from the late 1970’s until he sold in 1992. Mr. Lucas then worked for King’s Barber Shop in Wheaton from 1993 until the present. He served as the past Chairman for the Westmont Planning and Zoning Committee for 11 years. Mr. Lucas was a member of the VFW #2164, the American Legion # 0556, the DuPage US Marine Corp League, and LOOM #1535 of Downers Grove. He was also a member of Veterans Assistance Commission of DuPage County.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to DuPage County Marines in Wheaton, IL, are appreciated.

For more info 888-629-0094.

Geraldine F. Glazier, nee Gannon, age 80, of Lombard

Friday, March 11th, 2016

glazier-geraldineGERALDINE F. GLAZIER, nee Gannon, age 80, of Lombard, passed away quietly March 10th at Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, Illinois.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 16 from 9 AM to time of Service at 11 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois.

Mrs. Glazier is the beloved Mother of Albert (Rose) and the late Mark. Loving Grandmother of Ginger , Stacey, Justin, Chris, Joshua, and the late Cory. Proud Great-Grandmother of Valerie, Ethan, Kevin, and Delilah and Bill. Dear Sister to John and Edward Gannon. Aunt and Great-Aunt to many.

Mrs. Glazier was a fond member of the Red Hat Society.

Mary Jenneine Rowley (nee Weber), age 86, of Lombard

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

rowleyMary Jenneine Rowley (nee Weber), age 86, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2016, in Lombard, Illinois.  She is survived by her two daughters, Jenneine Rowley-Gilroy of Lombard, Illinois, and Mary Beth Rowley of Michigan City, Indiana, as well as by her sister, Martha J. Lane (Jack) of Folsom, California, her brother, Gilbert R. Weber of Sun City, Arizona, brother-in-law Charles D. Rowley (Eleanor) of Boise, Idaho, sister-in-law Mary Maupin (Doran) of Fort Worth, Texas, and so many cherished cousins, nieces, and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John Miller Rowley, and her parents, Edward and Marguerite Weber.

Mary was born on September 15, 1929 in Donnellson, Iowa.  She graduated as class valedictorian from Donnellson High School in 1947, where she was an enthusiastic women’s basketball player and played saxophone in the marching band.  She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Iowa.  She was certified as a nurse in both Iowa and Illinois and pursued her nursing profession at the University of Iowa Hospital as well as several Illinois hospitals and care facilities.

Mary was married in Donnellson, Iowa, on June 5, 1955, to John Miller Rowley of Burlington, Iowa.  Together they bought and ran the Danbury Review newspaper in Danbury, Iowa, and then sold it on in order to start their family.  After living in Tama and Pella, Iowa and in Macomb, Illinois where husband John taught school, in 1967 they settled in Lombard, Illinois with their two daughters and remained lifelong residents.

Mary’s gentle nature, creativity, and concern for others were hallmarks of her character.  She enjoyed playing piano, singing, sewing, crafting, cooking, gardening, writing, traveling, and all manner of creative arts and music.  But most of all, Mary devoted herself to her family and to her faith.  She was a full time homemaker, and she maintained a strong core of women friends who met weekly in their own self-styled Prayer Circle for well over 20 years.  One of her most treasured memories was the 50th Golden Anniversary party held in honor of Mary and John at the Lombard Church of the Nazarene in 2005.  She volunteered numerous years as an “English as a Second Language” tutor at Christ Church of Oakbrook and was deeply committed and involved in her church home at Lombard Church of the Nazarene, attending Bible studies and volunteering weekly in the nursery and with Upwards Basketball to name a few interests.

Visitation for Mary J. Rowley will be held on Monday, March 14 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard, Illinois.  The memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 15 at Lombard Church of the Nazarene, 536 N. Columbine Avenue, Lombard, Illinois, where Mary will lie in state from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for visitation, with the service commencing at 10:00 a.m.  Mary will be laid to rest alongside her beloved husband, John, at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois.  The family requests that any donations be made to the Upwards Basketball Program at Lombard Church of the Nazarene.