October, 2017

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Herbert L. Alberts, age 98, of Lombard

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Herbert L. Alberts, age 98, of Lombard, died October 26, 2017. Herbert is survived by his loving wife, Eleanor nee Crowell; his nephew Bert (Maria) Hamilton, great-nephews Allen S. Hamilton and Bryce Williamson, all of Pingree Grove, IL; and great-niece, Sharice Hamilton of FL.

Mr. Alberts was preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon C. and his sister-in-law, Florence V. Hamilton.

Services will be private. Interment will be at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

Mr. Alberts was a resident of Lombard for 69 years. Herbert served as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army and was a WWII veteran and a veteran of the Korean War.  He had an MS degree in engineering and he retired from Best Foods after 33 years of service. He was a past Grand Master of Lodge #1098 at AF+AM.  Herbert was an active member of Calvary Episcopal Church and he will be remembered as an excellent woodworker.  He participated in Revolutionary War reenactments.

Memorials to Calvary Episcopal Church, 105 W. Maple Street, Lombard, IL or Salvation Army, 1 S. 415 Summit Ave., Oakbrook Terrace, IL  60181 are appreciated.

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

Douglas William Piekarski, age 75, of Villa Park

Friday, October 27th, 2017

PiekarskiAmerican FlagDouglas William Piekarski, age 75, of Villa Park, died October 23 at Hines Veteran Hospital.  Douglas was the dear uncle of a niece, Stephanie (Alexander) Sumrall of Oklahoma and 2 nephews, Alexander Kalamaras of Chicago and William Kalamaras of Oklahoma; great-uncle of 4; brother-in-law of Jim Katz of Joliet; and fiancée of Yvonne Matsinger of Lombard.  He was proceeded in death by his parents, the late Henry and Mary and a sister, the late Penny Kalamaras-Katz.

A visitation will be held Monday, October 30, 2017 from 9:30 am until time of funeral service at 10:30 am at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Interment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery at 1:30 PM.

Douglas was a Veteran of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era, having served in Germany.  He was a graduate of York High School and was an avid bowler.  Douglas had retired from Ovaltine and coached girls softball.

Memorials to Wounded Warrior Project, 1111 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, IL 60523 appreciated.

Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home, Lombard. For more info www.brustfuneralhome.com or 888-629-0094.

William O. Boze Harz, age 62, of Lombard

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

William O. Boze Harz, age 62, of Lombard, died October 20 at his home.

Memorial Gathering will be held Saturday, October 28, from 12 PM until the time of Memorial Service at 3 PM.  Interment will be private.

He was the loving husband of Elizabeth “Betty” nee Glennon; loving step-father of George Straub of Lombard, Kelly (Jason) Martens of La Grange Park and Bridget Straub of Lombard; grandfather of Ryann and Chase; fond uncle of Heather Harz and Holly Valentine and dear brother of the late Hal (Millie) Harz of Georgia.

Boze had been a resident of Lombard for 20 years and was married to Elizabeth on June 25, 2003.  He grew up in Park Ridge, graduated from Maine South High School in 1973, attended Principia College in Illinois and graduated from Principia College in St. Louis.  Boze worked for Wingren Landscaping as an Irrigation Specialist.  He liked woodworking and crafts, was a musician and rock climber and played sand volleyball.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 954 West Washington, Suite 305, Chicago, IL 60607 (https://donate.lls.org/lls/donate) appreciated.

Info 888-629-0094 or www.brustfuneralhome.com

James M. Guglielmo, age 74, of Lombard

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

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James M. Guglielmo, age 74, of Lombard, passed away suddenly on October 15, 2017. He was the loving husband of Linda (née Rini), married 51 years; beloved father of the late Mary (Joseph) Bleeden, and Frances (Don) Skelly; devoted grandfather of Tyler, Ryan and Brett Skelly; and Trevor, Abigail, and the late baby Tracey Rose Bleeden; dearest brother of Carol (Ray) Bock, née Guglielmo; son of the late Michael (the late Caroline, nee Trione) Guglielmo; son in law of the late Joseph (the late Josephine, nee Calabrese) Rini; cherished uncle of many nieces and nephews; cousin, nephew, and friend to many.

Visitation Thursday, October 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.    Funeral Service Friday, October 20, at 10 a.m., also at Brust Funeral Home. Entombment Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (www.rmhccni.org) would be appreciated.

Martin James Shallenberger, age 97, died on October 10, 2017, in Lombard, IL

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Martin James ShallenbergerAmerican FlagMartin James Shallenberger, age 97, died on October 10, 2017, in Lombard, IL.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 17, from 10:00-11:00 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard, Illinois, until the time of the Funeral Service at 11:00 AM.  Interment is at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois.

Mr. Shallenberger was employed by the Standard Oil Co. (Indiana) and then Amoco for 38 years, serving 10 years as Manager-Advertising, Chicago region and 10 years as Senior Staff Public Affairs Representative, Supervisor of Educational Services in the Chicago general office.  He retired 1984.  He is an Army Medical Corps veteran.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Virginia, and is survived by his son James Lee of Chattanooga, TN and his daughter Ann D. Atamanenko of Castlegar, BC (Canada), as well as four grandchildren (Amanda Currier, Mathew Shallenberger, Joshua Shallenberger and Dan Shallenberger), and four great-grandchildren.  His parents were the late Ernest N. Shallenberger and Augusta F. Shallenberger of Decatur, IL.

Martin received his bachelor’s degree from Milliken University, Decatur, IL in 1942.  He served in the US Army Medical Corps Radiology Department as Chief X-ray Technician, Technical Staff Sergeant, Harman General Hospital, Longview, TX, 1942-1946.  Martin and Virginia returned to Illinois after the war, living in Lockport, Geneseo and Joliet for a number of years before moving to Lombard in 1961.

Info www.brustfuneralhome.com or 888-629-0094.

Sue Cecchini nee Fleming, age 70 of Lombard, formerly of Michigan, died October 9

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017


Sue Cecchini nee Fleming, age 70 of Lombard, formerly of Michigan, died October 9 at Bridgeway in Bensenville.

Visitation Thursday, October 12, 3:00 – 8:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Funeral Mass Friday, October 13, at 9:30 AM at The Gathering Space at St. Alexander Catholic Church, 300 S. Cornell Ave., Villa Park until time of Mass at 10:00 AM.  Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois.  Memorial services are pending in Michigan.

Sue was the loving wife of Joseph M., dear mother of Sarah (Jim) White of Lombard, Craig of St. Clair Shores, Michigan and Chad (Nicole) of Pontiac, Michigan, grandmother of Caroline and Adam, dear sister of Gary, George, Patti Malinoski of Michigan and many nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by a brother, John, and a sister, Mary Lou.

Sue had lived in Lombard for 2 years and formerly lived in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, from 1989-2015.  In St. Clair Shores, Michigan, she was a member of a bowling league and a retired realtor with Century 21 Town & Country.  Sue grew up in Detroit and was a graduate of St. Philip Neri Grade School and High School.  She also worked in many roles at St. Clare Montefalco in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan.

Memorials to Alzheimer’s Association, 8430 West Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL  60631 are appreciated.

Info www.brustfuneralhome.com or 888-629-0094.


Nichole Rae Gavin nee Janik, age 50, of Lombard, died October 9

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Nichole GavinNichole Rae Gavin nee Janik, age 50, of Lombard, died October 9 at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.

Visitation Friday, October 13, from 3-9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard, Illinois.  Funeral services Saturday, October 14, with 9:30 AM Prayers at Brust Funeral Home to 10:00 AM Mass at Christ the King Church, 1501 S. Main St., Lombard.

Nichole was the loving wife of James Gavin; loving mother of James P., Jr. of Lombard, Meghan Gavin of Algonquin, Shane of Lombard, Conor of Lombard and Derek of Lombard; grandmother of Jamison, Vanessa and Hayden; dear sister of Lisa (Steve) Wendt of Huntley and Denise Janik; and sister in law of Nancy Janik.  Nichole was preceded in death by a brother, Jeff Janik.

Nichole grew up in Lombard and had been married for 27 years.  She graduated from St. Pius X School, attended Montini High School, graduated from Willowbrook High School and attended College of DuPage.  She worked at Lombard Body & Fender.  Nichole was a member of a book club and a craft group in Lombard.  She loved to garden and spend time with her grandchildren.  She was a Green Bay Packers fan.

Memorials to American Cancer Society for colon cancer research, 1801 Meyers Rd #100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 or The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, Il 60532 areappreciated.

Info www.brustfuneralhome.com or 888-629-0094.

Josephine D. Gorski, age 76, of Lombard

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Gorski, JJosephine D. Gorski, age 76, of Lombard, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 6, 2017 while surrounded by her loving family.

Josephine is survived by her beloved husband, Gerald; her loving son, Thomas (Dianne); her cherished grandchildren Alex and Emily; her dear sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws; Nick Senese, Tony Gorski, Eve Gorski, Dan (Estelle) Gorski; her fond nieces and nephews, Laura (Andy) Sewell, Linda (Brian)Turner, Beth Gorski, Dan (Jackie) Gorski, David (Jane) Gorski; Susan (Paul) Sepe, Antionette (Philip) Benedia and John (Pasqualina) Senese; her great-niece, Sydney Gorski and great- nephews, Brian, Jake, Tim and Benny Segebarth; many other relatives.

Josephine is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Antoinette Esposito Lunetta; her sister, Grace Senese; and her parents-in-laws, Stanley and Stephanie Gorski.

Visitation will be held Monday, October 9, from 3- 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, October 10, with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St, Lombard for 10 AM Mass. Interment will follow at Maryhill Cemetery in Niles.

Josephine was married for 48 years. She was a retired waitress for Hi-View Restaurant in Villa Park and Grove Restaurant in Lombard. Josephine was a member and Extraordinary Minister for Sacred Heart Church. She loved Bingo,  knitting, and making jewelry. Josephine also enjoyed casinos and slots, as well as bowling and playing Rummy.

Memorials to the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation, 155 E. Brush Hill Rd., Elmhurst, IL  60126 appreciated.  Please reference Nancy Knowles Cancer Center.

For more info 888-629-0094.

William James Ryan of Lombard

Friday, October 6th, 2017

ryan, williamBill took the ultimate road trip to heaven on 10-4-17, after long, multiple illnesses. Born in Chicago on 9-5-44, Bill was the 7th son of Matthew K. and Lillian V.(Dixon) Ryan, both deceased. Wit and humor were Bill’s gifts and he used them to overcome a very challenging childhood and go on to have a beautiful family and successful career, retiring as a Lombard Police Lieutenant.

Bill is survived by devoted wife of 42 years, Margaret (Callan), daughters Eileen (Matthew) Quinn, Maureen (Dan) Doty, and son Billy (Christine) Ryan, as well as grandchildren Nellie, Beatrice, and Sean Quinn, Eleanor Doty, and baby Ryan due in November. His brother Larry (Carol) and nieces Patti, Barb, nephew Michael also survive. Beloved by the entire Callan clan.

Bill was an Air Force veteran and was 41 years sober. Gift giving was his joy, generosity his legacy. He never missed a chance to slip somebody a “fin” or help someone down on their luck. We imagine him powerwashing the pearly gates, telling St. Peter a dirty joke, floating in an eternal pool, and hoping he’s having a Coke with his in-laws Tom and Marge.

We invite family and friends to gather to celebrate the end of Bill’s suffering on Wed., Oct. 11 at 9 am at St. Alexander Church, 300 S. Cornell, Villa Park, IL  60181, with a memorial Mass following at 10 am.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Mercy Home for Boys & Girls (donate.mercyhome.org) or Misericordia.com would be appreciated.

Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home, Lombard. For more info www.brustfuneralhome.com or 888-629-0094.

Rev. Joseph Lenord Blake,, Jr., died September 30, 2017

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

BlakeRev. Joseph Lenord Blake,, Jr., was born on August 14, 1930 in Bamford, AL.  He was the sixth child born to the late Rev. Joseph L. Blake, Sr., and Charlie Bee Blake.  Rev. Blake was a true believer of Jesus Christ.  He confessed Christ and was baptized at an early age in Alabama.  He was active in a community choir for many years.  At a young age, Rev. Blake halted his education to work and support his family.

Rev. Blake later moved to Cleveland, Ohio and united with Morning Star Baptist Church, under the late Pastor Cole.  Rev. Blake served under Pastor Cole’s leadership for many years.  Rev. Blake accepted his call to the ministry in 1952, and served as the Youth Minister at Morning Star Baptist Church.  Rev. Blake is a veteran whom served his country in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954.  Rev. Blake was a commander of the Western Reserve post of The American Legion.

Rev. Joseph L. Blake, Jr. and Mary Otis Blake were united in holy matrimony on August 18, 1956.  To this union five (5) children were born:  Rhonda L. Blake, Chandra B. Blake, Jovita L. Blake, Keith L. Blake and Kelvin S. Blake.

Rev. Blake pursued a higher level of education and attended American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee.  Rev. Blake completed and earned his degree in Theology.

Rev. Joseph L. Blake, Jr., and family united with Unity Baptist Church and served as Assistant Pastor for many years under the pastoral leadership of the late Rev. E.L. Ross.  He remained a faithful member of Unity Baptist Church under the current pastoral leadership of Rev. Edward L. Cryer.

Rev. Joseph L. Blake, Jr., was a 50 year member of Ecclesiastes Lodge No. 120 Free and Accepted Masonry.  He was a 32° Mason.  He was also a member of Ecclesiastes Lodge No. 101, and member of Bezaleel Consistory No. 15.  Rev. Blake was a guest speaker of the Mundy Service.

Rev. Blake was passionate about teaching and preaching God’s word.  Rev. Blake’s commitment to encourage and support Christian Education was demonstrated as a teacher for The National Baptist Congress of Christian Education Annual Session for many years.  Rev. Blake mentored young ministers and equipped Christian leaders with the necessary information and teaching techniques to fulfill their respective roles in their local ministries with excellence.

Rev. Joseph L. Blake, Jr. was installed as pastor of Sacred Trinity Missionary Baptist Church on March 5, 1980.  In 1990, Rev. Joseph L. Blake, Jr., received an honorary doctorate degree in theology and earned the title of Dr. Joseph L. Blake, Jr.  Dr. Blake led the congregation of Sacred Trinity Missionary Baptist Church until September 30, 2015.

Rev. Dr. Joseph L. Blake, Jr. was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Joseph L. Blake, Sr., and Charlie Bee Blake, brothers, Charles Otis Blake, and Thomas A. Blake, Sr.; sisters, Mary Strickland, Josephine Collier, Deloris Davis, Joan Jones, Mildred Preston and Eunice Gaddis.

Rev. Dr. Joseph L. Blake,,Jr., made his transition to be with the Heavenly Host on September 30, 2017.  Rev. Dr. Joseph L. Blake, Jr., leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 61 years, Mary Otis Blake; His loving children, Rhonda L. Blake, Chandra B. (Bobby) Morton, Jovita L. Blake, Keith L. Blake, Kelvin S. (Kathleen) Blake; Eleven (11) grandchildren, Carlos M. (Loreal) Blake, Ciandra J. Blake, Kourtni J. (Will) Ocacio, Leonard K. Blake, Desiree J. Blake, Kiara M. Blake, Keith L. Blake, Jr., Riante A. Blake, Ka’Mile J. Blake, Kelvin S. Blake, Jr., Paige J. Morton; Eight (8) great grandchildren, Kamari M. Traylor, Kamara M. Traylor, Kobe J. Ocacio, Carlos M. Blake, II, Dawnelle M. Blake, Khylie J. Ocacio, Khalil E. Blake, Ka’Leah J. Irving; His siblings, Timothy H. Blake, Sr., Wilbert E. Blake; His sisters-in-law, Doris L. Pitts, Sarah B. Oglesby, Evelyn Blake, Alice Blake, Coreen Blake; Brothers-in-law, Benjamin Jones, Nathaniel Davis, Fred Collier, Eugene Oglesby; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.