January, 2017

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Judy A. Crimmin nee Michalek, age 69, of Naperville, formerly of Lombard,

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

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Judy A. Crimmin nee Michalek, age 69, of Naperville, formerly of Lombard, passed away January 30, 2017.

Visitation will be held Friday from 3 PM until the time of a Remembrance Service at 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. Interment will be private at Fairview Memorial Park in Northlake.

Judy is survived by her loving son, Michael P; her cherished granddaughter, Shelby G.; her dear sister, Dorothy L. Cameron; many nieces and nephews and friends.

Judy is preceded in death by her brother, Harry Michalek; and two sisters,

Mary Jane (Joseph) Agate and Mary Catherine Michalek.

Judy worked 28 ½ years with the U.S. Postal Service. She was a professional clown named Peanut. Judy was a volunteer at Good Samaritan and Edward Hospitals.

She was a life-long Cubs fan.

For more info 888-629-0094.

Rose Zoubi Hopson nee Foleno, age 91, of Lombard passed away January 29, 2017

Monday, January 30th, 2017

HopsonRose Zoubi Hopson nee Foleno, age 91, of Lombard passed away January 29, 2017.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 1st, from 3 to 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. Funeral Services will be held Thursday , February 2nd, with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Christ the King Church for 10 AM Mass. Entombment will follow at Queen of Heaven Mausoleum.

Mrs. Hopson is survived by her loving sisters, Grace Werckenthien of Crete and Reda Baker of Addison; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Mrs. Hopson is preceded in death by her husbands, Joseph Zoubi and William Hopson; and her brother, Joseph Foleno.

Mrs. Hopson grew up in Melrose Park. She was a resident of Bloomingdale and had lived in Lombard these past 9 years. Mrs. Hopson was a Supervisor with Western Electric for over 30 years until her retirement. She attended Sacred Heart Church in Lombard and was also an active member of Christ the King Church in Lombard. Mrs. Hopson was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary at Villa Scalabrini with the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles. She devoted her time, talents and money to them.

Memorials to American Cancer Society, 1801 S. Meyers Rd, Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 or Sisters of St. Charles, 1414 N. 37th Ave., Melrose Park, IL  60160, are appreciated.

For more info 888-629-0094.

Sheridan George LaChapelle, age 88, of Wheaton IL

Monday, January 30th, 2017

LaChapelle, SheridanSheridan George LaChapelle, age 88, of Wheaton IL, was born into eternal life January 28, 2017.

George, as he preferred to be known, is survived by his devoted wife of 64 years Barbara (nee Warner), his loving children Bob (Winnie) LaChapelle Sr., Nanette (Gary) Anderson, and Denise (Mike) Meissner, grandchildren Will (Jen) LaChapelle, Bob (Kristin) LaChapelle Jr., Greg (Adrienne) LaChapelle, Gary (Shannon) Anderson Jr., Jeff Anderson, Cori (Rob) Allison, Mike (Chitra) Meissner, and Matt (Jess) Meissner, 10 great-grandchildren, his sister Dottie O’Connell (the late George) of Michigan, his brother Tom (Lynn) LaChapelle of Wisconsin, his sister-in-law Nancy (Jerry) Warner Rogers Sayles of Florida.  He was an uncle to many and has many dear friends, besides which, he never met a stranger.  George will also be missed by his devoted dog, Duffy.  He was preceded in eternal life by his parents, the late George and the late Florence (nee Trepanier) LaChapelle and his sister, the late Betty (the late Joe) Beveridge.

Born September 24, 1928 in Oconto, Wisconsin, George was raised in Escanaba, Michigan.  Music was an essential part of life for the LaChapelle family; George, his parents, his brother, and both sisters were all very talented musically.  Escanaba was also where he met Barbara, the love of his life, as she was entering high school and he was entering the army to serve in the Korean War.  They married shortly after Barbara graduated high school and George was honorably discharged.

George, Barbara, and their growing family eventually settled in Lombard where they spent many happy hours with multiple generations of family and friends singing and playing music, with George on guitar, Barbara on piano, and singing by everyone.  George was also fond of card games while watching his beloved Chicago Bears and playing competitive family croquet games (he was known as the Red Baron which matched his mallet and ball).

George was a master meat-cutter who worked for Jewel Food Stores in multiple locations, many of them as manager of the meat department, and he retired from Jewel after 31 years.

In retirement, George, with Barbara, enjoyed woodworking and making crafts and held an annual Christmas craft show and sale in their home for many years.  They also spent time in Mesa, Arizona, during the winter months.  As time went on, they decided to downsize their home and bought a condo in Wheaton where George loved to sit on their patio interacting with nature and her creatures as well as going to the Friday night fish fry and Wednesday night hamburgers at the VFW.  Above all, George’s favorite activity was spending time with his loving family and many dear friends whose love formed a mutual admiration society.

George’s memorial service will be held Wednesday, February 8th, at 11:00am, First Church of Lombard, 220 S. Main St, Lombard IL 60148, in the main sanctuary.  www.firstchurchoflombard.org 630-629-2630

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Maple Street Chapel, 220 S. Main St, Lombard, IL 60148, are appreciated.

Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home. For more info 888-629-0094.

Patrice (Trish) Cecile Regan-Dierckens, age 26

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

PatricePatrice (Trish) Cecile Regan-Dierckens was born May 31, 1990 and departed January 23, 2017 at the age of 26. She was a daughter to loving father Thomas Regan and mother Mary Dierckens (deceased).  Mother to her son Cody.  Sister to Glenn, Karen and Tim.  She is survived by many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces, Nephews and a host of lifelong friends.

Trish loved gymnastics spending hours jumping on her trampoline as a young girl. She had a love for animals, having many dogs throughout her life. This passion continued into her teenage years when she worked at an animal hospital. She was full of life, enjoying annual birthday and holiday celebrations with all of her family. She shared a special bond with her cousins Danielle and Diane. A lifelong White Sox fan, she enjoyed the 2005 World Series win.

Visitation will be held at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S Main St, Lombard, IL on Sunday January 29th from 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Services will follow on Monday January 30th, 9:30 AM prayers at Brust Funeral Home, proceeding to 10:00 AM Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St., Lombard, IL.

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


Nathan Allan Ruchala, Age 34, passed away suddenly on January 21, 2017

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Nathan Allan Ruchala, Age 34, passed away suddenly on January 21, 2017.  Nathan was born August 25, 1982 in Downers Grove IL.  Nathan was the 6th of 8 children.

Nathan was a hard-working, intelligent man with a great sense of humor and a big heart.

Sports were a big part of Nathan’s life.  He loved to watch them and always got into whatever game was on, but mostly, Nathan loved to play sports.  He had a natural talent and ability to play any sport that he tried, and baseball was his favorite.  Even at the age of 2 he would pick up sticks and “bat” stones around!

Nathan loved to cook.  He was always experimenting with new recipes that often Nathan’s mom and Mike were the first to try.  The results were always fantastic.

He loved the outdoors, loved cookouts, and loved to spend time with his friends.  He was an avid Bulls and White Sox fan, loved going to Navy Pier, and was always up for an adventure!

Nathan was very loving and accepting of others.  He was the type of person who would do anything to help someone else.  This willingness to lend a hand even led him to Arizona last year to help someone move.

The biggest part of Nathan’s heart was given to his 4 children.  He would spend hours on end playing with them, whether swimming or going to the park, or out to see new things.

Nathan is survived by his children McKayla 11, Nathan Jr. 8, Jesse 7, and Christopher 6; his mother Linda Ruchala ; his siblings Tracy Ruchala, Dawn (Ron) Sandoval, Rick Cowan (fiancée Heather), Kate (Russ) Miller, Heather Ruchala, Joshua Ruchala (fiancée Samantha) and Noah (Andrea) Ruchala; nieces Ashley, Grace, Rianna, Alyssa and Layla; nephews Jordan and Levi; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

Nathan was preceded in death by his father Allan A. Ruchala and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

A visitation will be held Thursday, January 26th from 2 – 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard, IL. Prayers will be held Friday, January 27th at 9:30 AM at Brust Funeral Home to Christ the King Church, 1501 S. Main Street, Lombard, IL for a 10 AM Mass. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery, 1S150 Winfield Road, Winfield, IL.

A memorial fund has been set up to help Nathan’s family with the cost of funeral expenses. If you would like to make a donation please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/the-nathan-ruchala-memorial-fund

Ashaunti “Shanni” Marie Bickford, DDS, age 38, of Naperville

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Bickford, AshantiAshaunti “Shanni” Marie Bickford, DDS of Naperville, Illinois passed away in Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois on January 17, 2017 at the age of 38. Shanni was born on July 3, 1978 to Ida Marie Bickford, nee Thompson, and Johnnye Bickford. From a young age, Shanni routinely exhibited scholastic excellence and had a passion for learning. Her formal education began at Maplebrook Elementary in Naperville, Illinois. During high school, Shanni enjoyed cheerleading and regularly achieved honor roll status. In 1996, she graduated from Naperville Central High School. She then matriculated to Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2000. In 2005, she received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Wanting to further advance her training, Shanni earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery from University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 2009. Following her graduation, Shanni worked in general dentistry and committed her practice to caring for the underserved in her community. Shanni readily exhibited a beautiful smile and rarely met a stranger. She loved to travel outside of the country to destinations with warm weather and beautiful beaches and was also an avid swimmer. One of her proudest moments in the final months of her life was when she committed her heart to the Lord and was baptized on December 11, 2016.

Shanni is survived by her former husband Rhashun Young, brother Andre Thompson, grandmother Olivia Hayes, aunt Faylene (John) Quinn, great aunt Dildra McCarroll, great uncle John Thomson, cousins and a host of loyal lifelong friends who became her family. She was predeceased by her mother, Ida Thompson and her loving father, Johnnye Bickford, to whom she was deeply devoted.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 26th from 9 AM until time of service at   11 AM at Brust Villa Park Funeral Home, 305 S. Princeton Ave, Villa Park. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens West in Oak Brook Terrace.

For more info 888-629-0094.

Wayne Jacob Bavry, Born December 6, 1922 – departed Tuesday January 17, 2017 at the age of 94

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017




Wayne Jacob Bavry, Born December 6, 1922 – departed Tuesday January 17, 2017 at the age of 94. He was the son of his loving mother Rhoda Jane Barnard Bavry and father Rudolph William Bavry. Devoted husband to Antoinette for 52 years. Brother of May, Regina, Kenneth, June, Vernon, and survived by Jacqueline. Father of Gerald Bavry and Judith Schousen. Father-in-law to Jo-Ann Bavry and James Schousen. Grandfather of David Schousen. Loving companion to Shirley Fippinger.

He was loved by all, stood by everyone through any hardship, and always befriended a new face. Wayne was born 2nd generation in Egg Harbor Wisconsin. He came from a family that certainly knew dedication to hard work. His life is the iconic depiction of the American dream. Wayne served in the US Armed Forces, and then attained a degree in electrical engineering from Armor Tech and DeVry. Then he followed a peace time career that led to the design and development of parts for the Apollo missions and the Orbiter for NASA. Wayne finally worked for Rockwell International for 11 years before retiring.

A visitation will be held Saturday, January 21 from 9:00 AM until the time of funeral service at 11:00 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard, IL.  Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery directly after.

In lieu of flowers please make donation to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Wayne will be missed by all that had the pleasure to make his acquaintance.

Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home. For more info 888-629-0094.


Helen P. Jacobs, nee Parker, age 88, of Lombard

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

JacobsHELEN P. JACOBS, nee Parker, age 88, of Lombard.  Beloved wife of the late Lester. Loving mother of William R. of Knoxville, Tennessee and John S. (Pamela) of Elk Grove Village. Fond Grandmother of Michael (Sara) Jacobs of Lake Zurich, Elizabeth (Richard Steel) Jacobs of California, Laura Jacobs of Chicago, and Kenneth Jacobs of Evanston. Great-Grandmother of Noah and Jack Jacobs. Preceded by her brothers, Richard and Thomas Parker.

Visitation will be held Monday, January 23, from 3 PM – 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, January 24th, with Mrs. Jacobs lying-in-state from 9:30 AM until time of service at 10:30 AM at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 350 E. Madison, Lombard. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery in Oak Brook Terrace.

Mrs. Jacobs was a graduate of Sterling High School and received her BA Degree in History from Doane University in Crete, Nebraska.  She was a retired District 44 Teacher having taught 6th grade at Butterfield School from 1967 until retiring in the early 1980’s.  Mrs. Jacobs was a member of NEA, IEA and P.E.O.  She was a Former President and member of the Lombard Woman’s Club.  Mrs. Jacobs had been a former member of the Lombard Helen Plum Library Board.

Contributions to specific P.E.O. initiatives can be found in the following website:https://donations.peointernational.org/

For  more info 888-629-0094.


Joseph Menze, age 67 of Schaumburg

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Joseph Menze, age 67 of Schaumburg died suddenly January 13 at Alexian Brothers Medical Center.  A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Menze is survived by his brother John M. (Sandi) of Glendale Heights; his niece Vanessa L. (Bryan) Bourland of Michigan; his nephew Justin M. Menze of Chicago; and his close friend and neighbor Barb Erskine.

Mr. Menze grew up on Grace Street in Lombard.  He was a 1967 graduate of Willowbrook High School where he was a wrestler.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse.  He was the owner of Power Washing Company.  He loved his dog CoCo.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 424 E. 92nd St, New York, NY 10128-6804

Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home. For more info 888-629-0094.

Rollin N. Bubert, age 95, of Lombard, passed away January 12, 2017

Friday, January 13th, 2017


Rollin N. Bubert, age 95, of Lombard, passed away January 12, 2017.

Visitation will be held Sunday, January 22 from 2 PM to 7 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Services will be held Monday, January 23rd, with Mr. Bubert lying-in-state from 10 AM until time of service at 11:00 AM at First United Methodist Church, 155 S. Main St, Lombard. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery in Glen Ellyn.

Mr. Bubert is survived by his beloved wife, Neomia Jean nee Sengelaub; his loving children, Maureen (Larry) Ernst of Montana, John (Jill) of Tulsa, Ok, Mary Beth Bubert of New Jersey and Tom (Teri) of Wheaton; his grandchildren, Jeremy (Emily) Ernst of Washington State, Nathan Rollin Ernst of Elmhurst, Patrick John (Andrea) Bubert of Tulsa, Andrew Thomas Bubert of Oklahoma; great-grandchildren, Sydney Ernst and Aubrey J. Ernst; and nephews, Gary (Mary Beth) Fry of Michigan and Dr. James MD (Jan) Fry of Arizona. Many other relatives and friends.

Mr. Bubert is preceded in death by his sister, Miriam Fry.

Mr. Bubert was a WWII Army Veteran who participated in the Phillipines campaign. After the war, he was a USAR officer until 1951. He attended North Central College for 2 years and then transferred to the University of Michigan in 1946 after completing his 3 years of service in the U.S. Army.  At the University of Michigan he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and then his MBA in 1949. Mr. Bubert was married in 1946 and moved, with his wife, Neomia, to Lombard in 1951. He retired from ComEd in 1987, after 38 years of service. He attended Bible class and was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Lombard.  Mr. Bubert was a member of Edison VFW and a member of the ComEd retirees.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to First United Methodist Church or Disabled American Veterans are appreciated.

For more info 888-629-0094.