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Louise R. Fromer nee Giannini, age 77, of Lombard

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

FromerLouise R. Fromer nee Giannini, age 77, of Lombard.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, September 15, from 11:30-3:30 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.

Lifelong resident of Lombard, Illinois and born in Chicago, Illinois. Retired from Western & Southern Life Insurance Company.

Loving daughter to the late Lawrence and Bernice Giannini of Lombard, Illinois; beloved mother of Ernie (Charlotte) and Philip (Sheila); proud grandmother of Christina (Kevin), EJ and Sara;
dear great-grandmother to Kaitlyn and Liam; loving sister to Larry (Sue), Lorraine (Jerry), Dan (Barbara) and Linda (Norm); fond aunt to many nephews and nieces; best friends to Bryan and Tony.

Louise (Wheezy) was a loving, caring mother, grandmother, sister and aunt to all who knew her. She was a wonderful person who had an amazing sense of humor. She loved to dance and crochet. Many of us have a blanket we will treasure from her. We will all miss her so much. We love you Wheezy!

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Jean Pischke, age 90, of Lombard

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Jean Mae (Funk) Pischke, age 90, passed away peacefully on August 9, 2018, in her home with her ever-present children at her side.

Jean was born in 1927 in Wolcottville IN, a rural farm community. She was one of 10 children and attended grammar school in a one-room school house. Both the school and the family’s Methodist church were within walking distance from the farm. Her sisters were her best friends and her older brothers’ teasing helped establish her terrific sense of humor. She was especially close to her identical twin sister, Joan and together they attended nursing school in Chicago where they enjoyed confusing their teachers, boyfriends and patients with their similar good looks.
Soon after finishing nursing school, Jean met her husband Bill. They married in 1953 and raised 4 children in Lombard, IL. They were married 23 years until Jean suddenly became a widow. Through this difficult time, her inner strength and resiliency shone through as she became a single parent and went back to work as a registered nurse on the evening shift in Labor & Delivery and post-partum units. She remained in her beloved Lombard home for 61 years.

Jean loved the outdoors, warm weather, cool breezes through open screens, changing seasons, and gardening. She and her son would choose the right plants to be sure the cardinals, hummingbirds, butterflies and bees felt welcomed in her yard. All her children became gardeners. Decades prior to the environment-friendly movement, Jean was the original recycler, and made sure her kids wasted nothing and repurposed everything. She also loved Chicago sports and spent many days and nights watching Cubs, Black Hawks, Bulls and Bears games together.
Her family was the most important thing to her and she drew her strength and determination from them. Being with family, a few dear friends, gardening and walking through public gardens are what she enjoyed most in life. She loved watching her children, grandchildren and plants grow. She was a very humble, intelligent, quiet, understated person and left us all with an important legacy -one where love, honesty, education and hard work determine your character and moral compass.

Being a loving mother and grandmother capped a long, well-lived life. Her mind was incredibly sharp as she led an independent, dignified, yet simple life. Her enthusiasm for life, love of nature, and deep love for her children, grandchildren, extended family, and friends will be missed by all who knew her.

Jean is survived by her 4 children: Katherine (David Winn), Steven, Karen (Michael Chamness) and Lisa Schurr; her 2 beloved grandchildren, Jessica Winn and Tyler Schurr; her sister LaDonna (Charles) Whetzel, special niece/goddaughter Cindy D’Antonio and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Pischke, her parents Pearl (Kitchen) & Roscoe Funk; and her siblings Genevieve (Albert) Totte; Escoe (Vina) Funk; Vivian (Warren) Rowe; Stanley (Evelyn) Funk; Paul Funk; Walton (Alice) Funk; her twin Joan (Michael) D’Antonio, and Betty (Ed) Kolpak.

A wake and celebration of Jean’s life will be held on Tuesday, August 14, from 10:00am-1:00pm. The memorial service is from 1:00-2:00pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in Jean’s memory to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation (AMDF); mailing address: P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515; or to the St. Joseph Lakota (Sioux) Indian School; mailing address: P.O. Box 100, Chamberlain, SD 57325-0100.

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Pauline Boduch (nee Salemi), age 87, of Glen Ellyn

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

boduchPauline Boduch (nee Salemi), age 87, of Glen Ellyn, passed away on August 9, 2018. Beloved wife of Thaddeus “Ted” and mother of Cheryl Ann Curtis, Michael T. (Kazuko) and Stephen D. (Leslie).

She was born in Chicago to Liborio and Anna Salemi.  She and her husband, Ted, were married for 58 years. They enjoyed many of those years dancing at many Chicagoland ballrooms which included Willowbrook and Glen Dora as well as Cantigny and College of DuPage Concerts.

Visitation Sunday, August 12, 2-7 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Prayers Monday 9:30 AM at Brust Funeral Home to Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, IL.

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