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Emil Goellner III passed away in his home on Thursday, September 27th

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Goellner2Emil Goellner III passed away in his home on Thursday, September 27th after many years of extremely ill health.

He is survived by his wife Nancy, two sons Emil IV and Steven, and his beloved grandson, Emil V.

Visitation will be from 3:00-8:00 PM Wednesday, Oct. 3rd at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. Funeral Service will be at 11:00 AM Thursday, Oct. 4th at Brust Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens West in Oakbrook Terrace.

Emil loved his family, sports, and the Lord. He was in the food service industry for many years. Emil built and designed many restaurants throughout the U.S. and other countries as well. He was a former Lombard Rotary President.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the National Kidney Foundation, 215 W. Illinois St., Suite 1C, Chicago, IL 60654.

For more information 888-629-0094.

James W. Eagan, age 78, of Villa Park

Sunday, September 30th, 2018



James W. Eagan, age 78, of Villa Park, passed away September 29, 2018.

A Memorial Gathering will be held Saturday, October 6th from 1 – 3 PM with a Memorial Service at 2 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard.

James is survived by his beloved wife, Carolee; his loving children Wesley J. (Christine), Timothy C. (Dady) and Erin E. (John) Ayello; his cherished grandchildren, Jack, Julia, Daniel, Victoria, Madeleine, Adriana, Reny, and Carolee; and his dear brother, Mike; many nieces and nephews.

James is preceded in death by his brother, Patrick and sister-in-law, Susan.

Please omit flowers. Donations to Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, Il 60631 OR Oak Brook Care, 2013 Midwest Rd., Oak Brook, IL 60523 are appreciated.

For more information 888-629-0094

Margaret M. Parisi nee Gaouette, age 96

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

ParisiMargaret M. Parisi nee Gaouette, age 96, passed away September 29, 2018.

Visitation will be held Saturday, October 6th from 9 AM until time of service at 11:00 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard.

Margaret is survived by her beloved children, Robert (Bonnie) Lilley, and Alice (Carl) Kessel; her cherished grandchildren, John (Tiffany) Bucknell, Scott (Kim) Lilley, Jennifer (Brad) Besch, Carl Kessel Jr., Marissa Kessel and Suzanne Kessel; loving great-grandmother of 6; and dear sister of Norman (Ginney) Gaouette.

Margaret is preceded in death by her husband, John.


For more information call 888-629-0094.

Robert E. Kapolczynski, age 54, of Lombard

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

KapolczynskiRobert E. Kapolczynski, age 54, of Lombard, passed away September 27, 2018.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2nd  from 3 – 8 PM with a funeral service at 4:30 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Interment will be private.

Robert is survived by his beloved parents, Marty and Judie nee Wilimzik; his loving brother, Matt (Sarah); his dear aunt, Barbara (John) Slobodnik; and many cousins.

Robert is preceded in death by his aunt, Mildred (Gildo) Orsi.

Robert loved motorcycles and was always on one when he was younger. He also enjoyed scary movies and scary things in general.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Willowbrook Wildlife Center (checks payable to: Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, 3S580 Naperville Rd., Wheaton, IL 60189 and write Willowbrook Wildlife in the memo line of your check), or any other no-kill shelter, are appreciated.

For more information, please call 888-629-0094

John William Peternard, age 69, of Lombard

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Peternard--JohnJohn William Peternard, age 69, passed away peacefully Monday, September 24th, 2018.  He was born in Chicago, September 28th, 1948 to Sarah and John Peternard.  John is survived by his caring wife, Grace with whom he has spent 42 years building the life and family they have enjoyed to this day.  He adored his three children, Kim, Kristen, and Kelly and the light that they brought to his life.  The pride in his family continued to grow with each birth of his six grandchildren.  Tyler, Kylie, Mackenzie, Autumn, Jason, and Ryan each brought immeasurable joy into his heart and renewed vitality in his life.  John is also survived by his loving sisters, Kay Masini and Michelle Stamm.

John’s interests evolved throughout his life.  Spending summers on Beaver Island, MI during his youth instilled his love of fishing that remained with him always.  His love of sports evolved from football and swimming in his high school days, to playing softball and golf, and finally, in his later years, cheering on his grandchildren at all their sporting events and screaming at the TV at any sport that was on.  His patriotism and interest in politics were evident in his run for state senate.  As he got older, he also loved traveling.  But, John’s biggest focus was always his family.

His perseverance in life was an inspiration for all who knew him.  Although he battled though many physical conditions and the hardships of multiple surgeries, his drive to live his life to the fullest carried him through all his trials.  The endless determination and optimism that John exhibited in his life was always a rock on which his family could rely.

John was a hardworking husband and father.  Even as he was plagued by chronic pain, he still made sure he focused on providing care and loving support to his family and especially his grandchildren.  His grandchildren were the pride of his life.  His love, joy, and devotion could always be felt and seen at each football game, gymnastic meet, soccer game, or promotion belt test.  Most of all, his endearing smile will live eternally in all of our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to Holy Cross Church, Beaver Island, Michigan and to medical research.

A gathering for family and friends in honor and remembrance will be held on Sunday, September 30th, 2018 at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard from 2:00 to 6:00pm. 

Ronald F. Rumatz, age 81, of Lombard

Monday, September 24th, 2018

rumatzAmerican_Flag_x300Ronald F. Rumatz, age 81, of Lombard, died September 24 at Good Samaritan Hospital.  Ron was the beloved husband of Eileen J. nee Richter; loving father of Matthew (Misty) of Texas, Amalia (Robert) Sloan of Shorewood and Timothy (Christine) of Woodridge; grandfather of Theo, Jackson, Maddie, Sophie and Hudson; and dear brother of the late Warren.

Services will be held Thursday, September 27, with Ron Lying-in-State from 10:00 until the time of the Funeral Service at 11:00 AM at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 215 S. Lincoln, Lombard.  A Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4:00-7:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Interment private at Mt. Auburn Cemetery.

Ron was a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve.  He had lived in Lombard since 1967.  Ron graduated from Gage High School in Chicago. He was a printer and retired from Album Graphics Inc.  Ron was a longtime member and Elder at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, where he was a member of the “B” Dart Team and the Saturday Night Bible Class.  He was an avid fisherman.  He was also an Eagle Scout.  He loved church, family and fishing.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church would be appreciated.

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home.  Visit or call 630-629-0094 for more information.

Porfirio R. Ruiz, age 75, a longtime resident of Lombard

Thursday, September 20th, 2018


Porfirio R. Ruiz 75 of Piedras Negras, Mexico and 38 year resident of Lombard passed away to eternal glory on September 17,2018. Porfirio was preceded in death by his parents Trinidad and Felipe, brothers; Raymundo, Carlos and Raul.

Left to remember his smile, intelligence and helpful nature are his loving wife of 47 years Graciela, devoted children Arturo and Ofelia and loving grandchildren; Raquel, Isabel and Erik (Hines).

Porfirio was a multitalented man who arose from humble beginnings. He was a circus performer, cliff diver, boxer “El Gallito Kid Rodriguez “, accountant, mechanic, welder, carpenter, set up man, gardener and family man.

Not long after arriving in the U.S. he meet the love of his life and soul mate, Graciela while employed at Cinch.

They married and moved to Lombard to start a family.

Here then is where he found his purpose and devoted the rest of his life to.

He was quick to help a neighbor, either with his expertise or tools. Oftentimes snow-blowing the entire block’s sidewalk in the winter. He loved crossword puzzles, looking up words he didn’t know and expanded his vocabulary. He hated the cold but endured it. Anyone that came by to visit in the summer would always be amazed to see him in a sweater and knitted winter hat! He loved entertaining, his “cookouts” legendary. He loved his dog “Duque” and walking every day. An avid history buff, he loved world events and geography. He would discuss and argue; religion, politics, history, culture and just about anything else with anyone that dared. His memory like a vault. His work ethic beyond compare. He had only retired a year ago but kept active till his final days. More often than not, you would find him out back watering his garden.

He was a humble man and would say to those reading this “Have no fear, love your family. Be kind and honest. Do what’s right and in the end, it will all work out. We are all destined to return to our Father.”

We will miss this great man and look forward to our eternal reunion

Visitation will held Monday, September 24th from 10 AM until time of funeral service at 1 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

For more info 888-629-0094

FLORENCE ARONIAN, nee Kirby, age 95

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

AronianFlorence Aronian, 95, passed away peacefully on September 16, 2018.

Florence was born in Rochester, N.Y. on June 13, 1923 to parents Phillip and Clara Kirby (nee Stabel). Throughout her youth and beyond, her family and close friends knew her as “Babe”.

The family moved to Glen Ellyn, Illinois, three months after her birth, where they resided in a lovely home that is still beautiful today, at Park Boulevard and Revere Road. Florence attended St. Petronille grade school, Glenbard West High School, and later, after a move to Chicago, graduated from Marshall High School. Florence also attended secretarial school, which led to a secretarial position at AT&T Long Lines, where she worked until the birth of her first child. During her “single days”, Florence had many friends and loved to hang out with one of her best friends, Elvera Vehlow, who recently passed away.

In 1946, through her good friend, Gail Rettman, Florence was introduced to an Army Signal Corp Lieutenant, recently back from WWII – Richard (Dick) Aronian. Their first date was set up with a meeting under the famous Marshall Field’s clock in downtown Chicago. Of course, Florence was fashionably late, but Dick didn’t give up. In the following 2 years, Dick and Florence spent many happy hours together. They loved the Indiana Dunes, ice and roller skating, going to dance clubs, and spending time with Dick’s sister Sylva Lawson and her growing family. (eventually 9 children!)

Florence and Dick were married in Chicago on July 10, 1948 and settled down on the near South Side of Chicago. A new family came quickly, with Irene born in May 1949, followed immediately by Phillip in May 1950. Florence’s father died in 1949.  Her mother, Clara, volunteered to come and assist her only child with the busy household, and Clara moved in with them the same year. Dick continued to work as an Engineer at Illinois Bell Telephone Co, while also attending night school classes.

1958 was a big year for the young family:  Dick completed his BS, Electrical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).  They decided to relocate in the suburbs, moving to Lombard in August. And their third child, Paul, was born in September!  They immediately joined Sacred Heart Catholic church, where both Florence and Dick were active members who participated in many of the church’s activities – ranging from Teen Club leadership to Women’s Club, Knights of Columbus and St. Vincent de Paul Society. They were also active in their children’s schools – Sacred Heart, St. Francis High School, and Montini High School.

Florence worked as the Clerk in the Elmhurst Hospital Blood Bank from 1972 to 2000 – 28 years. She loved her job there and the people she worked with, several of whom she has stayed close with, to this day.  In their “empty nest” years, Florence and Dick traveled extensively, including visits to sites in Germany where Dick was stationed in WWII. They also were members of the very lively “Nordic Hills” group, a loosely organized group of 20+ couples who traveled annually together in the US and Europe.

Florence has resided at Atria Senior Living in Glen Ellyn IL since January 2017, where she loved to participate in the many activities and was gently cared for by the Atria staff.  She is survived by her children: Irene Aronian of Mclean VA, Phil Aronian of Woodland Hills CA, and Paul Aronian (Vlad Stevens) of Foxboro MA; and her cherished grandchild, Delida (Lida) Lawson – along with many Nieces and Nephews and extended family.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street,  Lombard from 3:00 to 7:00pm. 

Funeral Mass will take place Monday, September 24th with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lombard for 10:00 AM Mass, followed by a graveside Interment service at Assumption Cemetery in Wheaton Illinois.




Mabel C. Liepitz, nee Smith, of Lombard

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018


Mabel C. Liepitz, nee Smith, passed away on September 17, 2018 at Lexington Health Care Center of Lombard. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, September 21 at 1:00 PM at Chapel Hill Gardens West in Oakbrook Terrace.

Mabel was a Lombard resident since 1936, a long-time member of First Church of Lombard, and a member of the Order of Eastern Star since 1933.  She was preceded in death by her husband, George W. and son, Wayne.

Memorials to First Church of Lombard, 220 S. Main Street, Lombard, would be appreciated.

Lois (Pelzer) Gallagher of Lombard, passed away peacefully on September 13, 2018

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

GallagherLois (Pelzer) Gallagher of Lombard, passed away peacefully on September 13, 2018. Born on December 31, 1933 in Cincinnati, OH. Lois is survived by her beloved husband, Thomas, and brother, David Pelzer; children, Kathy Decicco (Frank), Karen Osika (Mike), Joe (Lisa), Patrick, Mike (Marilyn) and Therese Kuhlmann (Kevin). Proud grandmother of Frank, Diana, Jennifer, Nicholas, Drew, Jay, Eric, Joey, Zac, Patrick, Lana, Ryan, Nicole, Travis, Rachel, Leah and Thomas. Great grandmother of Ernesto, Antonio, Isabel, Gabi, Carmi and Caden. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Wanda Pelzer; brother, Larry (Diane) and sister Donna. Lois was truly the matriarch of our loving family. She enjoyed reading, gardening, golfing and crossword puzzles. She also had a gift for sewing. Her endless creativity was evident in the costumes she could create in minutes and the many home projects she completed. Her cherished toolbox and sewing machine were never far from her side. She will be dearly missed and forever loved.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 29th from 10am at Christ of King Church in Lombard (1501 S. Main St.). The funeral mass will begin at 11am followed by a luncheon at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Christ the King Catholic Parish in Lombard, IL or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Funeral Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. For more information 888-629-0094.