February, 2018

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Liza (Gowdy) Szymanski, age 66, of Glen Ellyn

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

LizaSzymanskiLiza (Gowdy) Szymanski, age 66, of Glen Ellyn died February 20, 2018.

She was the loving wife of her Glenbard East High School sweetheart Steve Szymanski.  She loved and raised her two boys, Mike and Tom, in Naperville. She cherished her time with her five grandchildren, Jason, Melanie, Tyler, Logan, and Emma.

Liza was born in Hinsdale on December 17, 1951, to James and Fay Gowdy.  She grew up with her sister, Denny Somoskey, and two brothers, Kim Gowdy and James Gowdy Jr.

Liza received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Illinois in Marketing.  She had a passion for helping others, spending many years working customer service for Illinois Bell, Sears and Reynolds Aluminum.

She enjoyed spending her time cross-stitching and painting.  She also appreciated the outdoors with frequent walks at the Morton Arboretum and Naperville Riverwalk.

Visitation will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 2-4 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry, 493 Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, glenellynfoodpantry.org, are appreciated.

Marjorie E. Fleege, age 89, of Lombard

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Fleege facial onlyMarjorie E. Fleege, age 89, of Lombard, passed away peacefully on February 21.  Mrs. Fleege was the beloved wife of the late Marvin; devoted mother of Sandy (Bob) Fanella, Andrea (Marty) Draths, Mark (Tina), and Christopher (Sarah); proud grandmother of 14; great-grandmother of 13; many other family & friends.

Visitation will be held Sunday, February 25, from 2-7 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Funeral Services Monday, February 26, with 9:30 AM Prayers to 10 AM Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St., Lombard. Interment will follow at Elm Lawn Cemetery, Elmhurst, IL.

Call 888-629-0094 for more information.

Erich G. Gloff, age 94, of Lombard

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

gloffErich G. Gloff, age 94, of Lombard, died February 20 at Good Samaritan Hospital.  He was the beloved husand of the late Maxine nee Dallman; cherished father of Martin R. (Patti) and William E.; proud grandfather of Emilie (Adam) Heald and Matthew (Macey); great-grandfather of Micah, Lydia and Carrie; fond brother of Margarete Snobeck; many other family & friends.

A Visitation will be held Friday, February 23 from 3:00-7:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Services will be held Saturday, February 24 with Mr. Gloff Lying-in-State from 10:30 AM until the time of the Funeral Service at 11:00 AM at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 215 S. Lincoln Ave., Lombard, IL.  Interment Chapel Hill Gardens West, Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

Mr. Gloff was born in Chicago and served in the German Army. He was a dart player on the B Team at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, General Fund or Building Fund (please indicate your preference), 215 S. Lincoln Ave., Lombard, IL  60148.

Visit www.brustfuneralhome.com or call 888-629-0094 for more information.

George G Meltzer, age 63, of Addison,

Monday, February 19th, 2018


George G Meltzer, age 63, of Addison, passed away on February 15th, 2018 at Northwest Community Hospital.

George was born February 4th, 1955 to George and Eleanor Meltzer and he grew up in Bellwood Illinois. George was a 1973 graduate of Proviso West High School.

George was the beloved husband of the late Maribeth Meltzer, Father of 4 children, Melody (Tom) Dassie, Scott (Angela) Meltzer, and Vinnie (Guada) Meltzer, and the late Baby George. He was a proud Grand Father of 2 amazing boys Owen and Alex and 1 baby on the way. George was survived by his longtime girlfriend Linda Poulakidas

Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 21st, from 4 PM to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.  At 7:30 PM a Eulogy will be read.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to Cast For Kids in Honor of George Meltzer will be appreciated. (425) 251-3214       castforkids.org

For more information, please contact Brust Funeral Home at 888-629-0094  or www.brustfuneralhome.com.

Robert P. Lowe, 76, of Lombard

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Lowe, RobertRobert P. Lowe, 76, of Lombard, passed away on February 15, 2018, at Central DuPage Hospital.

Visitation will be held on Monday, February 19, 2018 from 4:00-8:00pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S Main Street, Lombard, Illinois.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church, 114 S Elizabeth Street, Lombard, for 10 AM Mass.  Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery in Wheaton, Illinois.

Robert was a beloved husband to Diana nee Kaczkowski, a dear father to Christine (Timothy) Rumatz; loving brother to William (Joan) Lowe, Diane (Andrew) Wagner, and Phyllis (Donald) Adcock; as well as fond uncle to many nieces, nephews, and cousins.   He was preceded in death by his father John William Lowe, and his mother Alice Lowe nee Kuzel.

A retired millwright, Robert was a proud member of Union Local 1693.  He was an Army veteran and a member of the American Legion.

Robert absolutely loved fishing.  During the final year of his life, he would tell doctors that all he really wanted to do was to make sure that he could continue to cast a fishing line.  Since childhood, Bob has spent many days fishing with his friends and family.  Even when the day’s catch was paltry, his response was “a bad day fishing is still better than a good day working”.

Robert was an accomplished horse race handicapper.   He participated in many tournaments, locally and in Las Vegas.  As a reward for his handicapping skills, Hawthorn Race Track honored him with a “Robert Lowe and Friends Day”.

Robert was a dedicated tropical fish hobbyist.  He dabbled in caring for and breeding many types of tropical fish, but ultimately he set his focus on catfish varieties and African cichlids like angel fish and julies.

We will miss him and always hold him in our hearts.

For more information 888-629-0094.

Robert L. Borchardt, 90, of Lombard

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Bob BorchardtAmerican FlagRobert L. Borchardt, of Lombard, passed away on February 14, 2018.

Visitation will be held Sunday, February 18 from 2 – 5 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Services will be held Monday, with Robert Lying-in-State from 10 AM until time of service at 10:30 AM at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 215 S. Lincoln, St, Lombard. Interment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL, at a later date.

Robert Lee Borchardt, 90, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of Herbert F. Borchardt and Rosalie B. nee Sahnow. He attended high school in Alma Center Wisconsin.  He was a member of the local Civil Air Patrol, and immediately upon graduation from high school (as valedictorian of his class) he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

Upon discharge, he enrolled at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.  He married Evelyn Kunzelman, and upon graduation he began employment with Motorola, Inc. Together, they made their home in Lombard, Illinois.

At retirement (after 40 years of service at Motorola), he began working part time as a docent in the newly established Motorola Museum of Electronics.

His professional activities included membership in the Vehicular Technology Group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Chicago Federated Advertising Club, the American Management Association, the Associated Public-Safety Communications Officers, the American Institute for Quality Control, and his investment club, Sheridan Investment Partners.

He was active in community affairs, principally through participation on a number of boards and committees. He was also church secretary for many years at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Lombard, his home congregation.  He became a docent at the Lombard Historical Museum, and served as an election judge in his home precinct for many years.

His recreational preferences were bridge and golf with his many friends and associates, amateur photography practiced on his family, and an interest in genealogy.  His primary interest was always his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn, and is survived by his four daughters, Robyn (George) Fram, Ruth (John) Stoeckel, Kathryn (Mark) Kornatz and Karla (Dan) Lang, and their families including nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, his sister Ruth Duxbury, his brother Donald Borchardt, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 215 S. Lincoln Ave., Lombard, IL  60148, or another charity of your choice, are appreciated.

For more info 888-629-0094.

G. William Shallop, age 82, of Lombard

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018


Bill Shallop

William Shallop, age 82, of Lombard, passed away February 12, 2018, at Good Samaritan Hospital. Loving fiancé of Sandra C. Herold nee DeYoung. Dearest father of Michael, Paul, Megan (David) Mercado, and Molly Stoddard. Cherished grandfather to Christopher, Anne, Riley, Emily, and Evan. Dear brother of John (Anne). Uncle, great uncle and extended family, Edward (Pam) Herold, Robert Herald, Thomas Herold, Christine (Mauro) Crudele, Julianna Crudele, Lauren Crudele, and Savannah Herold.

Visitation on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 1:00-5:00 PM with a short prayer service at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the American Cancer Society, 1801 South Meyers, Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181.  Or the American Heart Association, Attn: Memorial/Tribute Processing Center, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674 appreciated.

Bill Shallop loved many things and many people.  He was an avid Chicago sports fan who dearly loved the Bears, Cubs, Bulls, and Blackhawks.  He was absolutely thrilled to have actually lived to see the Cubs win the World Series!

Bill was a lover of the great outdoors.  Until recently, he took yearly trips to Canada with friends to fish.  He loved working in his garden and every year we would have bumper crops of tomatoes, green peppers, and zucchini.  He loved to travel with his only brother, Jon, Jon’s wife Anne, and Sandy.  He has been to Scotland, England, Amsterdam, France, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico and many of the great U.S. states.

He was an accomplished commercial artist, graduating from the Columbia School of Art.  He worked for many years as his own boss before joining the Brian Keith Agency.  After retiring from a long career in the art world, he worked part-time at West Data, wiring circuit boards for Juliana Triana.

Above all, he valued spending time with family and friends.  The love of his life, Sandy, his children Micheal, Paul, Megan, and Molly.  His grandchildren, Christopher, Anne, Riley, and Emily.  He held a very special place in his heart for a little boy named Evan, who referred to Bill as his Grandpa #3.  Sandy’s children Ed, Tom, Bob, and Christine:  Christine’s husband Mauro, and grandchildren Julianna, Lauren, and Savannah.  He loved sitting around the table playing cards, especially poker, and the ever competitive game night.  Bill and Sandy have the best neighbors in Tom and Doris.  They spent many a day and evening out on the patio discussing life and sports. Not to mention, Bill was the King of Dad jokes, eliciting many a groan and a few laughs.

Bill grew up with dogs and as an adult trained dogs for field trials.  He even built an attached kennel to the family garage.  He adored his cat Gypsy boy and his dog Bella.  He would often sneak them treats despite the stern looks from Sandy.

Bill’s family would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all of the amazing medical staff who had the opportunity to care for Bill.  He received the best care from all the medical staff involved.  Sandy, though, is a true saint.  She stood by Bill’s side every day, tirelessly and without complaint, made sure he was comfortable, took his meds, drove to many different restaurants at all hours to get him his favorite meals.   I am sure Bill lasted as long as he did due to Sandy’s loving care.   We know Bill is at peace now despite fighting the good fight.  He will be missed terribly by all who knew him.

Call 888-629-0094 for more information.

Joseph LaGioia, age 82, of Lombard

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

lagioiaAmerican FlagJoseph LaGioia, age 82, of Lombard, died February 12 at Seasons Hospice in Naperville.  He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy R. nee Corn; loving father of Michele (Paul) Schmitt and Mark (Nicole); dearest brother of Anna (the late Rosario) Montesanto, the late Frank (Ginny), Lu (Joe) Grandinetti; uncle and great-uncle of many.

Your memories will live on forever in our hearts

Visitation will be held Thursday, February 15, from 3-8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Funeral Service will be Friday, February 16 at 10 AM, also at Brust Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois.

Call 888-629-0094 for more information.

Beverly (Bev) Helen Neuber, nee Eggers, 87 of Winfield IL , former longtime resident of Lombard, IL

Monday, February 12th, 2018


Beverly Helen Neuber, nee Eggers, 87, passed away February 9, 2018 peacefully in her home.

A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, February 20th, 9:30 am at John’s Evangelical  Lutheran Church, 215  S. Lincoln St. Lombard, IL.  Interment will be at Glen Oak Cemetery in West Chicago.

Beverly is survived by her beloved husband of 55 years, Melden Neuber, two adored sons Ricki (Jacqueline) and Randy (Nina). Proud Grandmother of two beautiful Granddaughters, Julia and Elise Neuber. Preceeded in death by her brother, Gerald Eggers (Barbara). Aunt of Paul South, Todd Eggers, and Barry Eggers.

Bev grew up in Chicago, IL and was the daughter of Helen & Paul Eggers. She was always an avid ballroom dancer and appeared with the Lawrence Welk dancers. While working at the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company as a switch board operator, Bev met and married Melden Neuber in 1962. They lived in Lombard, IL in the same home, for 28 years, raising their two sons. She devoted her life to her family, never missing a baseball game or any event involving her boys. Always hospitable with an open door policy, often hosting Bears football parties for her sons and their friends, she was “mom” to many.

Bev loved her cat Fluffy, spending time with friends and family, baking, traveling, especially to Las Vegas, attending local festivals, and cheering on the Chicago Bears and her beloved Chicago Cubbies. She was beyond excited when the Cubs won the World Series in 2016. Bev’s greatest joy was spending time with her two Granddaughters Julia and Elise. She was so proud to be a Grandma and loved displaying their artwork and photos for everyone to see.

Everything in Bev’s life was based around her strong faith in God and the church. She was an active member at St John’s Ev. Lutheran Church for many years and also volunteered at the Lombard Community Senior Center.

Bev will be dearly missed by everyone who knew and loved her.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. John’s Ev. Lutheran, Church 215 S. Lincoln, Lombard IL 60148.

Rita Clara Gilles (nee LaCroix) of Lombard

Monday, February 12th, 2018

GillesAmerican FlagRita Clara Gilles (nee LaCroix) passed away peacefully in her home in Lombard.

A few words that describe Rita Gilles: funny, innocent, devoted. She had an easy smile that everyone remembered. She was a fine conversationalist and an equally good listener. People who interacted with her felt her innate goodness.

She was born Rita Clara LaCroix in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 4, 1921. She was the loving daughter of Clara (nee Trudeau) and Wilford LaCroix. She was the youngest of seven children. Her early life in Kansas City was full of the childhood joys of swinging on swings, climbing trees, and riding bikes. She had wonderful winters of snow sledding, snowman building, and midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Her brother nicknamed her Skinny. Her parents passed when Rita was a teenager and she moved to Marion, Indiana where she worked for the Anaconda Wire and Cable Company.

Rita enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a WAVE at the start of WWII. She was a Yeoman Third Class, and earned an honorable discharge in January of 1946. During this time, she met and married Arthur Jack Gilles, Jr. Together, they had eight children. Their first son, Gary, died when he was a baby but Rita is survived by her loving children: Karen (David Maack), Terry (Sheila), Sharon, Linda (Keith Zirbes), Pam (Jack Zirbes), Jeanne (Jon Hostetler), and Aimee (Jeff Shellberg). Jack dedicated himself to providing for his family while Rita devoted herself to her kids. She was always there when her kids needed her. She was never quick to anger or judge. Rita was her children’s strongest ally and biggest supporter. As well as maintaining a household full of rambunctious kids, she also supported her husband in his work. Jack was a retail store owner so Rita would often help out with the bookkeeping, cleaning, and cashiering of a family owned business. Her kind smile and friendly manner made her a favorite among the customers. A strong part of Rita’s life was her devotion to her faith. She was a devout Catholic and would attend daily mass. The Catholic Church was her rock. It was as much a part of her as breathing. Rita read her daily prayer book and said the rosary with reverence. When her children were young, she was a Catholic school volunteer. She was a Eucharistic minister and administered communion to the sick and homebound. She would wash and iron the vestments of the priests and diligently assemble the weekly bulletins.

Without a doubt, Rita dedicated her life to the caring of others. As her kids grew up and became parents of their own, she had enough room in her very large heart for more. She was always available to care for the ten grandchildren she adored so much. She was a very loving, involved grandma to her grandchildren Jillian, Tony, Neal, Justin, Marcus, Michael, Claire, Anna, Matthew, and Nathan. If she was babysitting, more likely than not, she would be on the floor playing games or building a tower of cards. She was never too grown up to hang out with the kids. She had the skills of a journeyman in Lego construction. She could serve a ping pong ball with deadly accuracy. She demonstrated cutthroat competitive skills in foosball. She was the skinniest “Minnesota Fats” in a pool game. And she had Ringo Starr like abilities as a Rock Band drummer. What more could you ask for in a babysitter… or a grandma???

Rita was always up for fun. If there was a group of people talking, she was always in the thick of it. She was ready with an amusing quip or a silly face. She’d rather laugh and joke around than sit and mope. She liked to make others laugh and feel good as well. She loved to talk to people, whether at church or while taking her daily walk with her beloved dog.

Speaking of which… you were a very lucky canine if your owner was Rita. You were pampered and petted, as well as hugged and walked regularly, no matter the weather. She had several dogs throughout her life and they were a constant source of joy to Rita. She loved to talk about her dog, but she was equally interested in hearing about the adventures of other people’s dogs.

When Rita was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, almost seven months ago, she and her family prepared for the worst. But God blessed Rita and her family by letting her have many of those days to spend with her loved ones pain free. Throughout this time, she was determined to be strong and as independent as possible. And she was strong until the end.

Having been the last surviving child of the LaCroix family, she is now reunited with her mother and father, her siblings, her husband, and baby Gary. At the age of 96, she has been waiting to see them and the Holy Family for some time. She is finally at peace.  Rita was the sunshine of the Gilles family.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 3:00 to 8:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S Main St., Lombard, IL. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, February 15, 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Church, 114 S Elizabeth St., Lombard, IL. Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, IL.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The Gilles Family would like to express their gratitude to the team at Heartland Hospice, especially, Michelle, for their gentle care and kindness.