April, 2017

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PAUL W. PLASS, age 85, former Owner of Lombard True Value Hardware

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

PlassAmerican FlagPaul W. Plass, age 85, of Lombard, former Owner Lombard True Value Hardware, died April 26.  Loving husband of the late Iola, nee Knapp. Dear step-father of Rex Poppe of Cedar Rapids, and the Late Kerry. Dear brother of the Late Wilbert (Beatrice) Plass and the Late Erwin (Marion) Plass. Fond uncle of William (Nancy) Plass of Wheaton, Susan (Frank) Nelson of Minnesota, James (Patricia) Plass of Dixon, Illinois, and Jeffery (Lori) Plass of Leland, Michael (Susan) Plass of Mountain View, California, Jane Plass of Villa Park, Julie (Robert Smith) Plass-Smith of Madison, Wisconsin. Great uncle of 8. Dear friend of Frances L. Hendrickson of Lombard.  Many other friends and relatives.

Funeral Service Tuesday, May 2 10 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard. Visitation Monday, May 1 from 3 to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home.  Interment Chapel Hill Gardens West, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.

Mr. Plass was born in Addison, was a graduate of St. Paul’s Lutheran Grade School and a graduate of York High School.  He was a Combat Veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War.  Mr. Plass was the owner of Lombard True Value Hardware on Main Street in Lombard from 1967 to 1997.  He was a member of the Lombard Chamber of Commerce and the Lombard Businessman’s Association.  Mr. Plass had sponsored many youth organizations, sports teams, and police in Lombard.  He loved to fish, hunt, and golf.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society, 1801 South Meyers, Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 60181 or your favorite charity would be appreciated.

Solideo “Mike” Falzarano, age 90, WWII Army Vet, of Villa Park,

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Falzarano, Salideo1American_Flag_x300Solideo “Mike” Falzarano, age 90, WWII Army Vet, of Villa Park, passed away April 25, 2017.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 28th from 9 AM until time of Funeral Mass at 10 AM at St. Alexander Church, 300 S. Cornell Ave., Villa Park. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

Mr. Falzarano is survived by his loving daughters, Diane (Bob) Jetter, Margaret (Mike) Doshen, and Karen (John) Rooney; 12 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; his dear sister, Margaret (Clayton) Collins; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Falzarano is preceded in death by his wife, Dolores nee Miszewski; his son, Michael; and his siblings, Jim, John, Dominic, Angie, Ann, and Josephine.

In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice in his name, are appreciated.

Arrangements made by Brust Villa Park Funeral Home.

For more info 888-629-0094.

James E. Kokines, age 88, of Lombard

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

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James E. Kokines, age 88, of Lombard, passed away April 24, 2017.

Visitation will be held Sunday, April 30, from 3 – 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Services will be Monday, May 1st, with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to St. Pius X Church, 1025 E. Madison, Lombard, for 10 AM Mass. Interment will follow at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Frances nee Lo Casho; his loving children, James (Karen), Victoria Walker, Linda (Jonathon) Zarych; his brother William “Bill”  (Pat); his sister, Esther (Gene) Leszczynski; and his dear grandchildren, Samantha Kokines and Alexis Kokines; many nieces and nephews.

Jim is preceded in death by his sisters, Katherine Klees and Penelope Marzolph; and his brothers, Constantine “Gus” and George.

Jim was an Army Veteran who served in WWII and the Korean War. Jim and Fran were happily married for 60 years. He was a longtime member and the Chaplain for VFW 5815. Jim and Fran were part of the Lilac Parade for several years. They enjoyed riding in the golf carts while representing the VFW.

For more info 888-629-0094.

MARGARET I. GERLACH, nee Allan, age 93, of Lombard

Monday, April 24th, 2017

gerlachMargaret I. Gerlach, nee Allan, age 93, of Lombard. Beloved wife of the late Albert. Loving mother of Richard (Terri), Michael (Deborah), Kerri (Wayne) Di Varco, the Late Wayne and Kim. Grandmother of 9. Great-Grandmother of 14. Preceded by 2 brothers. Aunt and Great-Aunt of many.

Visitation Saturday 9 AM until time of Service 11 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard. Interment Private at Arlington Cemetery, Elmhurst, Illinois.

Mrs. Gerlach was a resident of Lombard 65 years.  She had retired from the Lombard Post Office. She met with dear friends for coffee monthly.  Mrs. Gerlach was an avid Cubs fan.


Frank Sven Kish, age 78, “sweet and lovable”

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

kishFrank Sven Kish, age 78, “sweet and lovable,” passed away Friday, April 21, 2017.

Funeral Services will be Thursday with a visitation from 3 pm – 8 pm and a service at 5 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Interment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

Frank is survived by his beloved friends, Kathy and Melissa; also loved by Louise, Sue, Joyce, Ruben, Christopher and Amanda; father of Hans; many other friends.

Frank is preceded in death by his son, Erik.

Frank was Department of Illinois Commandant of the Marine Corp League from 1998-1999. He was the National Commandant of the Marine Corp League in 2006. Frank served on the Marine Corp Coordinating Council. He received the Chapel of Four Chaplain Award. Frank was the Man of the Year in 2015 for the Combined Veteran Association. He was a lifetime member of Military Order of Devil Dogs. Frank was a past-president of Rotary Club of Lombard and was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from Rotary International.

Donations to DuPage County Marine Corp. League-Scholarship Fund, c/o Chuck Wingard, 719 S. Lombard, Lombard, IL  60148.

For more info 888-629-0094.

Michael S. Zvirin, beloved husband and devoted father,

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

IMG_9861-128-139American_Flag_x300Michael S. Zvirin, beloved husband and devoted father, passed away on April 20, 2017, at the age of 70.

Mr. Zvirin was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. After military service in Vietnam, he returned to the Midwest and earned a degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. Following graduation he moved to the Chicago area, where he worked in advertising. In 1998 he underwent a successful heart transplant. He retired shortly thereafter and spent time volunteering with various charitable groups. He was an avid reader, animal lover, and pen collector.

Mr. Zvirin is survived by his wife Stephanie and his son Robert (Bridget).

Grave side services will be held on Monday, April 24, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at Mount Emblem Cemetery. 520 East Grand Avenue, Elmhurst, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society of the United States, www.humanesociety.org . Also, on behalf of Michael, please consider the lifesaving gift of organ donation.

James (Jim) Joseph Klein, age 79, a long-time resident of Lombard

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

American_Flag_x300James (Jim) Joseph Klein, age 79, a long-time resident of Lombard, IL passed away on April 20, 2017 at Edwards Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Maywood, IL.  Jim was born on April 8, 1938 and died of stage 4 lung cancer which was diagnosed January 2017.  Jim is preceded in death by his wife of almost 30 years, Sandra L (Higgins) Klein, and his parents, Albert J. & Dorothy E. (Cummings) Klein.

Jim and his parents lived in various towns in Wisconsin, Illinois and California while he was growing up.  He spent most of his teenage years in California and graduated high school in Fresno, CA.

Jim served our country in the United States Navy from May 1957 to January 1961.   He began his training at Great Lakes, Illinois where he became a Diesel Mechanic.  During the rest of Jim’s active service he was stationed in San Francisco, CA and Yokosuka, Japan while he served aboard the USS Hancock as a Machinists Mate achieving the Rank of 3rd Class Petty Officer.  After being honorably discharged in January 1961 he served in the U. S. Naval Reserve for two years.

Following Jim’s military service, he started working for Pollard Motor Company in Melrose Park, IL as a truck driver delivering truck parts to new & used truck dealers and various truck repair shops throughout the western suburbs of Chicago.  Jim worked in this capacity for this company until he retired.

Jim and his wife Sandy were avid campers.  During much of their married life together they spent most weekends from Spring through Fall camping at various campsites within a couple hour’s drive of their Lombard home.  Most of their vacation travels were extensive camping trips all across the United States to the point that they visited every state in the continental U.S. (excluding only Maine) as well as Alaska.  Following Sandy’s death, Jim spent every December through April in his camper in far southwest Texas.

Jim was a long-time member of the Elmhurst Model Railroad Club.  He enjoyed the HO scale trains.  He worked often at the club building new layouts, scenery and tracks as the club’s displays expanded over the years.  He joined with other members during the club’s many weekly open houses directing his trains around layouts depicting a nostalgic look at life in the Midwest from the 1940’s to 1960’s.  He even designated an entire room in his home to an extensive model railroad track layout.

Jim is survived by his special friend, Grace Janota, twelve cousins and their extended families on his side of the family and by six nieces and many great nieces and nephews on his late wife’s side of the family.

Any memorials to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.

Nancy Fletcher Weatherhead, age 89, of Lombard

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Weatherhead1Nancy Fletcher Weatherhead, age 89, died April 18th, 2017.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4 PM to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.  Funeral Services are Friday, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 22W415 Butterfield Road, Glen Ellyn, at 10 AM.  Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens West, Oakbrook Terrace.

Nancy is survived by her children, Keith, Mark (Tina), Thomas (Nancy), and Gwyneth (Carl) Weixler; her grandchildren, Jamie, Katie, Jacob, Kayla, Tyler, Mark (Christina), Ashley, James, Jenny and Bethany; her great-grandchildren, Alexis, Rachael, Mark, Mariah and Sylvia; and her brother, Donald Fletcher.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Victor; her daughter, Elizabeth; her parents, Annie and Joseph Fletcher; and her siblings, Marion and Joseph Fletcher, Alice Schoonover, and Ada Hoffman.

Mrs. Weatherhead was born on July 23rd, 1927 in Berkeley, IL.  She lived in Maywood and Brookfield before settling in Lombard.  She was a daughter, wife, and mother.  She was a Christian woman.  She was a bookkeeper, exceptional seamstress and a knitter/crafter who also enjoyed gardening and classical music.

For more info 888-629-0094.

Marie E. Albue, age 93, a lifelong resident of Lombard

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

albueMarie E. Albue, age 93, a lifelong resident of Lombard, passed away peacefully on April 13, 2017.

Visitation will be held Monday, April 17 from 2 PM – 7 PM with a Funeral Service at 5 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Burial will be at a later date.

Marie is survived by her sister-in-law, Donna; her nephews, Bryan (Martha), Philip (Selina), Stephen, David;  her niece, Beth (Rick ) Pinneo; and her cousins, Ruth (Ron ) Hursh, Bill, Georgia, Lois and Dorothy Mae.

Marie is preceded in death by her parents, Areld and Malina; and her brothers Ray (Eleanor) and George.

Marie led a very active life. She worked as the night trainer at the old First National Bank of Chicago. Marie used her days for playing golf and tennis and going to the “Farm.” She spent a lot of time with her nephews, Bryan, Philip, and Stephen, by taking them out to a friend’s farm and teaching them how to fish. As they grew older, Marie took them on fishing trips. The last generation, Colin, Glynis and Seona, were important to her even though she was not as active. Marie has left us, but she has left us with beautiful memories.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to DuPage County Animal Control, 120 N County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187, are appreciated.

For more info 888-629-0094.

Ellen Therese Behrends, 58, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

BehrendsEllen Therese Behrends, 58, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017.  Ellen was a Science, Technology Engineering, and Math Teacher at Glenn Westlake Middle School in Lombard and a part-time Computer Science Teacher at College of DuPage.

Ellen was born June 28, 1958 in Hinsdale, Illinois, the fifth of six children to Raymond and Mary Behrends.  She was devoted in her prayers and devotions.  She taught Religious Education at Sacred Heart Church in Lombard and was active in the Parish where she touched the lives of many.  Ellen had a love for birds, and also enjoyed cooking, gardening, home improvement projects, and sewing.

She is survived by her dear brother and sisters Patricia (Edward) Cunneen, Raymond, Mary (Luke) Kelly, Janet (Joseph) Imbrogno, and Ginny.  She was the proud Aunt of Maureen (Steve) Schwartz, Jennifer (Michael) Modjeski, Patricia (Robert) Boysen, Ted Cunneen, Timothy Cunneen; Mary (Joseph) Novak, Colleen Kelly; Mary (James) Molek, Joseph (Shraddha) Imbrogno, and Elizabeth Imbrogno; and the proud Great Aunt of Chloe, Nate, Liam, Kylee, A.J., Kinsley, Brooklynn, Madison, Mia, and Jimmy, and loving owner of her dog Peanut and bird Buddy.

She is preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Mary.

Although Ellen had a heart condition she was an energetic vibrant soul with a fun-loving personality.  She had a genuine concern and love for each person she met, particularly her nieces, nephews, all her students, family members, and dear friends.

Visitation is Tuesday from 3-9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard, IL.  Prayers on Wednesday at 9:30 AM to Sacred Heart Church for 10am Mass, 114 South Elizabeth St., Lombard, IL.  Interment Assumption Cemetery, Winfield, IL.

In lieu of flowers, donations to, Mass cards or Illinois Right to Life, P.O. Box 511, Chicago, IL, 60690 are appreciated.  For more info www.IllinoisRightToLife.org.