June, 2018

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Denise M. (Falcone) Carpenter, age 62, of Elgin, formerly of Lombard

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

CarpenterProm date and beloved wife of John, Devoted mother of Jennifer, Joseph (Alyssa), Deanna (Anthony) Coronato. Second Mom of too many to name. Best Grandma ever to Ayden, Nino, Naiya & Nica and 5 babies waiting to play with her in heaven, among many others who also considered her a Grandma! She is the curly haired pride and joy of Joe & Josephine Falcone. Baby Sister of Carol Cieslowski & Susan DiCosola. Sister in law of Dick (& Cheri) Carpenter, Cousin of Rick (& Shelly) Salisbury. Beloved niece & cousin to the Greco family of Michigan whom she enjoyed many summers of “Street Dances,” swimming at Paw Paw lake and picking and eating fresh blackberries, peaches & concord grapes. She is an Aunt & Great Aunt to many.

Winner of the Golden Birdie at Proviso West class of 1973. Employee of the month at Sun Drugs of Hillside. Proud graduate of Selans cosmetology school of Oak Park. Her drinks of choice were black coffee and occasional rum stone sours at weddings, which always helped to get her dancing shoes on. Star bowler of Brunswick Bowling Alley of Glendale Heights from the late 80s to the early 90s. She is a friend to many and considered her friends to be her family. Always staying connected to everyone she bonded with from close friends from high school, her hospital roommate from 1979, to her coworkers from Jewel and Enesco.

She was a longtime supporter of The Addison Swim Team, head cheerleader for the Flames, Huskies, Raiders, ATHS Blazers and the Highlander’s of Driscoll Catholic and of MacMurray College. PTA treasurer and Co-Head ornament maker alongside her friend Shelly Echols for Lake Park Elementary school of Addison. Seamstress to the stars of the Franklin Park and Center Ice Arena Ice Show participants. She is known as the baby whisperer of the Midwest as she had never met a baby she couldn’t sing or lull to sleep snuggled on her chest. Original member of the Steel Magnolias (Darlinns Beauty Studio Chapter.) Nearly undefeated Scrabble strategist. Founding member of 20 years and running Bunco Babes originally of Lombard. Avid Trivial Pursuit player, and loyal customer of Aurelios Pizza.

Often found cruising in her car of the moment, which was ideally always pearl white, belting out ballads like Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath my Wings”, “The Rose” or country hits by Tim McGraw or Little Texas. She loved turning everything she possibly could into a surprise. She spent her final days at home snuggled under a blanket from her coworkers visiting with friends and family and telling us the lines of her favorite show “I Love Lucy” before the characters spoke them.

She will be missed forever and loved always.

Memorials to The Bone Marrow Foundation, 515 Madison Ave., Suite 1130, New York, NY 10022 would be appreciated.

Visitation Thursday, June 28, 3-9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Funeral Friday, June 29, 10 AM at Brust Funeral Home.  Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home. Visit www.brustfuneralhome.com or call 888-629-0094 for more information.

Lisa F. Knapp, nee Wessler, age 53, of Lombard

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

Knapp-LisaLisa F. Knapp, nee Wessler, age 53, of Lombard, died on June 22, 2018, the loving mother of Logan and dearest daughter of Kathleen V. , nee Cairns, and the late Wendell D. Wessler.

Lying-in-State, Wednesday, 10 AM until the time of Funeral Service at 11 AM at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 215 S. Lincoln, Lombard. Interment will follow at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Hillside, IL.

Please omit flowers.  Donations to the wishes of the family for Logan’s care are appreciated.

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home.  For more information, please call, 888-629-0094.


Charles Marc Wallin, age 43, of Lombard

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

WallinOn December 26th 1974 many waited for what they thought to be the second coming. Instead coming in at a close second (in his mothers eyes anyways!) was Charles Marc Wallin.

Growing up, Charles quickly earned the title of “our favorite child.” However, his status also owed something to the fact that he came after Chris – whose behavior was akin to having a wild banshee in the house.

His parents, Eileen Elliott and Craig Wallin, constantly effused about “how attractive Charles was” and how “Charles could be a child model.” And Charles WAS undoubtedly a good looking kid however juxtaposed with siblings like Chris who resembled a chimpanzee, Erin who liked to dress like Peter Pan and often thought she was Peter, and Maureen who had scoliosis like Quasimodo, Charles competition was scant to say the least.

Charles was born an old soul. He enjoyed intimate conversations, Elvis, The Rat Pack, road trips with his closest friends, playing chess, rolling his own smokes, Hawaiian shirts, straw hats and bolo ties. He was smart. Funny. And he could get away with the most sarcastic of remarks because he had the gentlest of spirits.

Charles was a lifelong resident of Lombard and this is where most of the magic happened. He graced the stage of Glenbard East as a promising thespian, found his lifelong friends, became a comic book aficionado, and an earnest debater of religious dogmatism with Father Castle and later his sister Maureen (Mother Mo) from Calvary Episcopal Church where he grew up and continued to attend until his last days. He served as Mr. Z’s store manager for years, had a son named Connor, and bought a house in Lombard. Records of some of his more dubious achievements can most likely be found at the DuPage County Court House.

After finishing high school, Charles ventured out to Northern University with some of his closest friends, founding what they referred to as “The Top Drawer” — which was really just a cool name for their party house. But before finishing at Northern he felt the arts calling him and left to attend Columbia University with dreams of studying film.

So many things seem to be of little significance in Charles life in comparison to the memories, moments and stories he shared with those he loved most. He held these moments in his heart and treasured them more than gold. This is probably why he was known for his long, entertaining stories, which he loved to repeat often.

Charles died knowing that Monty Python and the Holy Grail was the best movie ever, Dean Martin and Elvis were without a doubt the coolest men to walk the earth (although Jesus was moving up in the ranks), his sister Maureen knew more about the Bible than he’d ever care to admit. And perhaps most emphatically — no one came close to how awesome and funny his son Connor was.

Charles Wallin escaped this mortal realm on Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at the age of 43.  We think he did this to escape the current presidency but this could be debated. He is survived by his parents Eileen Elliott and Craig Wallin, sisters Erin (Rumer) and Maureen (O’Connor), son Connor Wallin and “wife” Jennifer Connelly, who stared in many 1980’s hit films.

He was preceded in death by his brother Christopher Wallin, who has been given strict instructions to get him into whatever heavenly club Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop are preforming.

Cremation will take place at the family’s convenience, and his ashes will be kept around as long as they match our décor.

Visitation will begin on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 3-9pm with a Memorial Service beginning at 6:30pm. Don’t be late!  His sister Maureen is the priest and she’s crazy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calvary Episcopal Church’s discretionary fund that helps people in need in our community.

Richard A. Galante, Sr, age 90, of Lombard

Saturday, June 16th, 2018


Richard Anthony Galante, Sr. passed away June 15, 2018 at the age of 90.  Part of our country’s “Greatest Generation”, a proud World War II Navy veteran, survivor of the “Great Depression” and a true Renaissance man.  Adept not only in music, art and business, but a home project and repair man, too.

First in his family to attend college following his Naval service and a brief stint as a factory worker, he graduated from Kent State University where he met his wife, Barbara (Kindig).  They were married 62 years before her passing in 2015.  He always said she was “the love of my life”.  Together they raised four children, Richard Jr., Michael P., Roberta A., and Thomas L.  Life was not always fair as they endured the loss of their infant son Gregory T. and later their eldest son Richard Jr.

Following his graduation from Kent State University he landed a job with Sears, Roebuck and Company selling refrigerators in the store.  He rose through the ranks, recognized for his organizational skills, fairness in dealing with customers and his peers and his exceptional ability to market Sears products.  He was transferred to Chicago headquarters in 1963, retiring in 1989 as National Sales Promotion Manager for Appliances and Building Products in Contract Sales.

Dick was born to Anthony M. and Marie (Bianchi) on February 9, 1928, in Cleveland, Ohio.  One of five children he is predeceased by his brother Donald, sister Dolores and brother Leonard.  He is survived by his dear sister, Marilyn and her husband Kenneth Schuman, Sr.  He is also survived by his loving sister-in-law, Susan I. Galante, many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and great-grand nieces and nephews.

Dick was a proud father-in-law to Robin (Michael) and Pamela Galante.  He was a very proud grandfather of Daniel (Gina), Joseph Sr. (Erin), Jonathan (Patrick), Kristin, Stephanie Brown and Megan.  He took great delight in his great-grandchildren, Aiden, Tyler, Alexis and Joseph Jr.

Enjoying raising his family in Lombard, he managed the Tigers Little League baseball team and the Senators in Babe Ruth baseball, capturing the 1972 Babe Ruth title. He loved gardening, cooking, but most of all, fishing.  He looked forward to the annual “guys” trip to Hillside Resort in Phelps, Wisconsin which included his dear friend and “son” Bill Moore.  This year would have been the 43rd, but it was not meant to be.

There is much that is left unsaid about this wonderful and loving man.  Each of us will cherish the lessons he taught us and hopefully we will, each in our own way, be able to be a tribute to his memory by the type of life we lead.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 3 – 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Christ the King Church, 1501 S. Main St, Lombard, for 10 AM Mass. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery in Wheaton, IL.

“Goodness and kindness will follow him all the days of his life and he will dwell in the House of the Lord forever”.

More info 630-629-0094.

Marilyn R. Sinacore, age 85, of Lombard

Friday, June 15th, 2018

SinacoreMarilyn R. Sinacore, age 85, passed away peacefully with family by her side on June 13, 2018. Marilyn, the daughter of Chris and Sue Tufano, was born in Chicago on October 26, 1932.

She was married to her lifelong love, Roger Sinacore, on September 29, 1951 and they shared 58 years of wedded bliss. They resided and raised their family in Lombard, IL. After retirement Marilyn and Roger enjoyed worldwide travel together for many years. They also shared many good times with family and friends. Family was an important focus of life for Marilyn and Roger.

Marilyn’s life defines the saying “Live, Love and Laugh”. She saw the positives and beauty in life and was a uniquely kind loving person who was always there to support family and friends. She had many lifelong friends and had a memorable impact on everyone she encountered. Marilyn was adored, respected and loved by her children and grandchildren.

She was a devout Catholic who followed the life path of a true Christian. Her strong belief allowed her to possess a spirit and soul that defined the loving caring person she was.

Roger proceeded her in death in August of 2009. Survivors include two children, Debra (Bob) Robertson of Cottage Grove, WI, and Sam Sinacore  of Bartlett, IL; five grandchildren, Tiana (Ray) Olsen, Chris (Amanda) Robertson, Lea (Jeffrey) Batterman, Giavanna Sinacore and Gino Sinacore; three great grandchildren, Emma Olsen, Ray Olsen Jr, and Zoe Batterman.

Visitation will be held on Monday June 18, 2018 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 Main St Lombard, IL 60148. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday June 19, 2018, with 9:30 AM Prayers at Brust Funeral Home to 10:00 AM Mass at St Pius X church 1025 E Madison St., Lombard, IL 60148. A burial will be held following the memorial service at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1400 S Wolf Rd., Hillside, IL 60162.

A special thank you to everyone who reached out and supported her during her time of illness and to all caregivers including the very special people at Agrace Hospice care in WI.


Robert “Bud” Hoyt, age 89, of Lombard

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Scan_2018-06-07-171329170-1American_Flag_x300Robert “Bud” Hoyt, age 89, of Lombard, died June 7 at Good Samaritan Hospital.  Robert is survived by his beloved wife, Annette nee Scala; his loving children Andrea and Lisa Hoyt; dear brother of Lorraine (the late Frank) Gerardo; and uncle to many nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Robert was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force and served in the Korean War.

Funeral Services Thursday, June 21, 9:30 AM until time of Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St., Lombard.  Interment private at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101.

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home.  Visit www.brustfuneralhome.com or call 888-629-0094.

Edward Michael Krawisz, age 67, of Villa Park

Friday, June 8th, 2018

krawiczEdward Michael Krawisz, age 67, passed away at home on May 27, 2018. Born in Blue Island, Edward lived for for over 30 years in New Lenox, IL before moving recently to Villa Park. He was preceded in death by his sister Patricia (Frank) Schultz, and his parents Edward and Yulanda (nee Gaeta) Krawisz. Edward most enjoyed spending time with his family. He was the devoted husband of the late Noreen Krawisz (nee Litwinchuk), loving father to Luke (Lauren) Krawisz and Ryan (Sarah) Krawisz, and grandfather to Mackenzie, Hailey, Alyssa, Lourdes, and Leila.

Memorial services will be held June 23, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1501 S. Main St., Lombard, IL, 60148.

For more information, call 630-629-0094.

David C. Allison, age 70, of Glen Ellyn

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Allison-DavidAmerican_Flag_x300David C. Allison, age 70, of Glen Ellyn, died June 4 at his home.  He was the beloved husband of Patricia nee Ahern; loving father of Katie (Joe) Benka of Lombard; grandfather of Henry & Thomas Benka of Lombard; loving brother of Bob Allison of Roselle, Nancy Allison of Oregon and the late Larry (Shirley) Allison of Des Plaines; and many nephews and nieces and other relatives.

Visitation Monday, June 11, 3 PM until time of Memorial Service at 7 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard, IL.

Prior to moving to Glen Ellyn, David had been a resident of Lombard for 30 years.  He grew up in Wheaton, Colorado and Arlington Heights.  He graduated from Forest View High School in Arlington Heights in 1966.  He was a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp, having served during the Vietnam War.

David was a contractor and home flipper and excelled in maintenance.  He loved Las Vegas and the craps tables and liked playing cards.   He loved to spend time with his grandsons.  David worked full time until his death.  He is the grandson of Zachary Taylor Davis, the architect of Wrigley Field.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Cal’s Angels, 2422 West Main Street, Suite 3b, St. Charles, IL 60175 or www.calsangels.org would be appreciated.

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home.  Visit www.brustfuneralhome.com or call 888-629-0094 for more information.

Theodor A. Hinz age 80, of Lombard

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

hinzTheodor A. Hinz age 80, died June 1, 2018, at his home surrounded by loved ones.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, from 4- 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, with Theodor lying-in-state from 9:30 AM until time of service at 10 AM at Harvard Avenue Ev. Free Church, 206 St. Charles Rd, Villa Park.  Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens West in Oakbrook Terrace.

Theodor was born in Stargardt, Germany in 1937. He immigrated to the United States, and lived in Lombard, Illinois most of his adult life. He worked as a printer first for his father at Hinz Printing in Villa Park and then for Unipack and Weber companies.

He married the late Barbara Hinz August 3, 1963 and raised four children. He has enjoyed them along with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoyed being a backyard mechanic, fussing over cars, attending church with his family, and singing. He served as a choir member, soloist, usher, trustee and janitor but particularly enjoyed worship at his church, Harvard Avenue Evangelical Free Church, where he attended for over 50 years.

Ted is survived by his 3 siblings: Rita Fredrickson, Norma Irwin and Roland Hinz; his four children: David Hinz (Denise), Lisa Hurlburt (Tom), Steven Hinz (Dawn) and Aaron Hinz; his ten grandchildren Cassy, Annie, Joshua, Alex (Erin), Alyssa, Jacob, Andrew, Tori, Evan, Elizabeth; his three great grandchildren Oren, Calvin, and Tucker and baby Hurlburt, who is on the way. He was a beloved uncle of many.

For more info 630-629-0094.