October, 2018

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Randall (Randy) Philip Michael Frank Sanfilip, age 76, of Palos Heights, Illinois

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Sanfilip-RandallRandall (Randy) Philip Michael Frank Sanfilip, age 76, of Palos Heights, Illinois, died October 29th, 2018, at DuPage Care Center in Wheaton, Illinois, after a six week battle against complications associated with a stroke.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, November 2, 2018, with a Visitation from 9:00 AM until the time of a prayer service at 11:00 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard, Illinois.  A Funeral Mass will follow at 11:30 AM at Christ the King Church, 1501 S. Main Street, Lombard, Illinois. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, Illinois.

Randy was born September 17, 1942, at St. Bernard Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, to Salvador Philip Sanfilip and Marie Marguerite (Parisi) Sanfilip both of whom have preceded Randy with their heavenly reward. His grandparents were Philip and Concetta (Coco) Sanfillipo and Michael and Frances (DiGrazia) Parisi. Randy had attended Brother Rice High School and the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and was in training to become an Architect when he suddenly became afflicted with a Neurological Disorder in 1962 that left him disabled for life. The doctors could not determine the cause and predicted he would die within months. That was fifty six years ago. Randy was a very religious, determined and positive individual who had two main goals in life. First was to pray daily for everyone’s health and happiness. Secondly was to make people happy and smile by telling his jokes. His attitude was an uplifting inspiration to all who knew him, filling them with faith and trust in God.

As part of his therapy in the 1960s, Randy became well known for his entertaining Christmas displays that adorn his parent’s homes. Articles were written in the local newspapers about his elaborate displays. He also became very active in his community. In 1973, he was awarded the “Outstanding Citizens Award” in recognition of his outstanding service to the community by the Navajo Hills Homeowners Association in Palos Heights Illinois. While attending the DuPage Care Center, he became very popular with the other residents due to his light hearted, friendly nature and became a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council # 8002 in Winfield, IL.

Randy will be dearly missed by his sister, Cherylee (Sanfilip) Trenkamp (sp. Richard); 3 nieces, God-daughter Gina Trenkamp, Nicole (Trenkamp) Piper (sp. Michael), Michelle (Trenkamp) LeWan (sp. Ryan); 1 nephew, Craig Trenkamp (sp. Kristen); 3 great nieces, Leah Piper, Emilia LeWan and Adeline LeWan; 2 great nephews, Logan Piper and Jax Trenkamp.

Memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 are appreciated or donate online here.

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

Deacon Frank J. Annerino, 78, from Sacred Heart Parish in Lombard

Monday, October 29th, 2018

AnnerinoDeacon Frank J. Annerino, 78, from Sacred Heart Parish in Lombard passed into eternal life on October 27 surrounded by the love of his family.

Beloved husband of 57 years of Marlene (Gerber) Annerino.  Devoted father of Juliet Annerino, Tina Montalvo, Frank Annerino, Laura Vandercar, and Maria Elena Goldstein.  Doting Grandfather of fourteen and Great-grandfather of two.  Loving brother of Marilyn (Annerino) Rini.

Being born on the south side of Chicago made him a die-hard Sox fan.  Loved by many for his quick wit and readiness with a joke. Frank was a pioneer at the dawn of the computer age, starting his career as one of the first computer programmers at Northern Trust Bank.  Later he boldly struck out on his own, founding a computer sales business with his lovely wife as his Girl Friday.  He then proved himself invaluable as a leader in data security at AON Insurance.

After a full career life, Frank was called to the diaconate where he ministered faithfully since ordination in 2009.  As a deacon, he welcomed, through the waters of Baptism, many a new life into God’s family, witnessed to the sacred bonds of matrimony for countless couples, and evangelized passionately through his work with RCIA. Being the spiritual director for the Legion of Mary and president of the Younger Than Ever Club brought him much joy.  A true patriot, his love of our great country was evidenced in his dedicated work with the John Birch Society and as a precinct committeeman.

The amount he will be missed can only be matched by the tremendous amount he was loved and loved others.  He now adores God in glory with the angels.

Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 2, 3-9 pm, Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth Street, Lombard.  Funeral Services will be Saturday with 9:15 AM Prayers at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard, going to 10 AM Mass at Sacred Heart, followed by interment at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Palatine.

In lieu of flowers, donations accepted for Illinois Family Institute or Aid for Women.  Click the names to donate on-line.  Envelopes will be available at visitation.

For more information, contact Brust Funeral Home at 888-629-0094.



Mary Ann Gomez (nee Jozwick), age 81, a resident of Lombard for 53 years

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Mary Ann Gomez

Mary Ann Gomez (nee Jozwick), age 81, a resident of Lombard for 53 years, passed away October 26, 2018.

Visitation will be held Monday, October 29th from 3- 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, October 30th, with prayers at 9:15 AM from Brust Funeral Home to St. Pius X Church, 1025 E. Madison St, Lombard, for 10 AM Mass. Entombment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years of marriage, Edward Gomez, her Mother, Frances Jozwick, Father, Harry Jozwick, and her Brother, Donald Jozwick.

Mary Ann is survived by her beloved children, Kathryn (Russell) Gallemore, Lisa Petruzzi, Donald E. Gomez; her cherished grandchildren, Leigh Anne (Joseph) Espinosa, Kaitlyn (Kenneth) Skinn, Nicholas Petruzzi, and Michael Petruzzi, and her loving, great-grandchildren, Kailie, Reese, and Zoe Espinosa, and Caleb Skinn.

Mary Ann was a caring, loving, generous, kind, sweet, compassionate, beautiful soul.  She was a strong woman who spent much of her life providing care for family, friends, and neighbors who were ill, because she had a big heart and loved helping others. She was an amazing Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mom, Grandma, and Mema.  A great cook, aunt, cousin, friend, and neighbor.  She loved spending her time with family, holiday get-togethers, luncheons and shopping with friends.  Mary Ann was loved by all that knew her.

She loved facebook.  It allowed her to keep in touch with family and friends, local and out of state, and share the joys of their lives through photos and comments.  We will all miss her “likes” and sweet, sharp on-point comments.  And if you ever had a chance to play her in Words with Friends, she was a worthy opponent!

Mary Ann was adored by her children, family, and friends.  Her eulogy is the outpouring of love her family has heard from all of you.  “Nicest, sweetest, warmest person I have ever known.”  Mary Ann will be greatly missed by many.
Mom, you taught us many things, most importantly how to love others, show kindness and empathy to all.  We Love you, Kathy, Lisa, and Don  XOXO

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Donald Newberry, age 74

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

NewberryOn Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018, Donald Newberry, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away at the age of 74.

Don was born on September 22nd, 1944, in Cobden, Illinois to Edna Adams and Casey Newberry.  He was an expert welder and owned his own welding business (Countryside Welding) in Lombard, Illinois for over 40 years.

He had a passion for hunting and wildlife.

Don is survived by 7 children, 18 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Services will be held on Saturday, October 27, from 1-5 PM with a Funeral Service at 4 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 Main St., Lombard, IL 60148.

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

Agnes Grabacki nee Brendal, age 90

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

GrabackiSurrounded by her family both physically and virtually, Agnes Grabacki nee Brendal, 90, passed away peacefully on October 20, 2018.  She was the beloved wife of the late Thaddeus Grabacki; incredible mother of Steve (Marianne Kerr), Dave (Jan), Tim (Silvia), Janet (Mitch) Hulet, and Karen (Jay) Jordan. Warm and caring Busia to Ted Madsen, Daniel (Christine) Terrell-Grabacki, Christopher Grabacki, Sebastian (Carina) Grabacki, Phillip Grabacki, Alex (Olivia) Grabacki, Ryan Hulet, Nina Hulet, Andrew Jordan, and Dana Jordan. Loving aunt to many nieces and nephews.  Devoted sister to Elsie Wawrzyniak and sister-in-law to Jeannette Ciesel and Lorraine Brendal. Good friend to all whom she met.

Visitation Friday, October 26, from 4 PM to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. Funeral Mass on Saturday, October 27, with 9:30 AM Prayers at Brust Funeral Home to 10 AM Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St., Lombard.  Interment in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Justice, IL.

Agnes was born in 1927 in a Chicago neighborhood now known as Little Village.  She was the 8th of nine children (Elsie and the late Ben, Pep, Joe, Mary, Gene, Dolores, and Florence) born to Adam and Eleanor Brendal, Polish immigrants who met here in Chicago. Agnes met her future husband, Ted, on a double date with Ted’s sister, Jeannette and her husband Bob. Agnes and Ted married in 1949.

They raised their five children, first in Chicago, then in Westchester. Life was not always easy, but Agnes was a tireless supporter and cheerleader for her children. She hosted many family parties, filling the house with food and fun.  Agnes loved celebrating many Polish traditions with her family and making Polish food was at the heart of every holiday gathering.  Everyone was welcome and there was always room for one more. Though she was always a nervous driver that never stopped her.  Mom made sure her kids got to where they needed to go. No left turns!

Busia was a very active and involved grandmother. She always wanted to be part of the action.  Agnes shared many memorable adventures around the world with her children and grandchildren, directly and vicariously.

Aggie’s incredibly positive attitude and energy was obvious to all who met her. She was constantly thinking of ways to connect with others. No one remained a stranger once she met them. By some strange coincidence, many friends were named “Herbie”.  She showed her commitment to hard work with many years at the St. Joseph High School cafeteria, Lilac Lodge banquets, and the Sacred Heart School after-care program.

Among her many talents was her skill at her favorite card game, Kings in the Corner. You could win only when she wanted you to win.  A true KITC grandmaster!

At the Lincoln Terrace Condominium, Agnes became an active part of the building’s social activities.  She made many friends there and hosted many parties. She then moved to Belmont Village Senior Living Geneva Road. In her short time there, Agnes made good friends and was a visiting angel to many. She encouraged many to dance during musical performances.

Agnes’ family would like to sincerely thank the many caregivers that helped her through the journey. Their compassionate care made her life easier.

Agnes’ wish for all of us is to be happy and constantly reminded us of the power of prayer.  We will be able to always count on her to be our guardian angel. We can remember her best in those times when we are confronted by one of life’s challenges by placing our hand on our heart and asking “What would Busia do?”

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Parkinson’s Foundation https://www.parkinson.org/ and the Sacred Heart School after-care program https://shslombard.org/support-us.

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Marlene N. Dawidowicz nee Vrba, age 86, of Lombard

Monday, October 15th, 2018

DawidowiczMarlene N. Dawidowicz nee Vrba, age 86, of Lombard, died October 12th at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.

Marlene was the beloved wife of the late Ted J.; loving mother of Kenneth (Carolyn) and Deborah (John) Soboleski; cherished grandmother of Michael (Cheryl) Miller, Rose Dawidowicz, Joseph Soboleski and Michael Soboleski; aunt and great-aunt of many.

Funeral Services Saturday, October 27 at 11:00 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard.  Memorial Gathering Friday, October 26, from 3:00-8:00 PM.

Marlene worked as a Teller for West Suburban Bank on Westmore Avenue for 22 years.

A Memorial Gathering will be held Friday, October 26, from 3 – 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard.  A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 27, at 11 AM at Brust Funeral Home.  Interment private.

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Dorothy Elaine Haag (nee Komen)

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

HaagDorothy Elaine Haag (nee Komen) was born to Olive and Harry Komen December 5, 1926, in Cicero, IL.  Dorothy married Paul E. Haag December 6, 1947.  After 63 years of marriage, Paul passed May 17, 2011.

“Dorie” is survived by two children, Carolyn (Haag) Biossat (Bay) and Alan Paul Haag (Lisa), and six grandchildren, Adam Biossat, David Biossat, Alison Haag, Matt Wilhelm, Jackie Wilhelm Anderson (Cody), and Emily Wilhelm.  She was preceded in death by her sister Harriet Michel and brother-in-law Burton Michel, and daughter-in-law Vickie Haag.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, October 22, with a Memorial Gathering from 10 AM until the time of a Memorial Service at 11:30 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Interment will be private.

Dorie and Paul filled their years together with family activities around bicycling, power boating, water skiing, travel and camping. But their favorite activity together was ballroom dancing. Crowds wowed whenever they danced together…even in the street at Disney World, and through 2011 when Paul could barely dance two bars of music. While they loved many styles of music, and would dance to nearly anything, they favored Traditional Jazz and both were longtime officers and enthusiastic members of the Illiana Club of Traditional Jazz.

They loved to make music together, as well.  Dorie sang vocals while Paul was drummer in a small local band.  Singing most of her life, Dorie sang in church choirs, a local women’s group, and even taking part in the Hilltoppers at Beacon Hill, where she most recently resided.  Sometimes Dorie would sing just during the course of a day or she and Paul would break out in song together in the car.

Church activities were high on Dorie’s priority list during many seasons of her life, belonging to Trinity Evangelical Church as a child and young adult; the longest period was as a member of the Village Church in LaGrange Park.  Dorie put her trust in Jesus as Savior.

Though they chose to do many fun activities together, Paul and Dorie also worked together continually on house projects.  Any given weekend, they both could be found painting the house, planting a tree, shoveling snow, fixing or refinishing something, selecting new furniture or carpet… Dorie could be found in old paint-spattered clothes with a shower cap on her head painting a ceiling, while Paul meticulously cut in the doorways and windows.  They were also the inventors of “torture weekend”, affectionately named by their children whose help was solicited for two solid days of raking leaves, trimming plantings and outside cleanups about twice a year.  They both attribute a good work ethic to enjoyable family work time.

In the work world, Dorothy was a superb secretary, and as such served the medical staff at the LaGrange Hospital for twenty years. Upon retirement, one of the doctors wrote “…I want you to know that I really appreciated your efficiency but more than your ability it was your courtesies and graciousness at all times.  You made my job so much easier…”  Dorie was named or elected secretary in whatever group she joined, as her organizational skills were top notch.  Her children both gained much from her in that department. For many years Paul’s advertising business also benefited from her organization and secretarial skills.

Dorie’s stay-at-home mom years were marked particularly by her skill as homemaker and seamstress.  She made all her own clothes and much of what was worn by her children, as well.  Rarely was there a time when a project was not in evidence in the home.  She shared friendships with neighbors, who also had the same hobbies and interests.

In her later years, Dorie remained actively involved in her children’s and grandchildren’s lives.  She and Paul attended sporting events, filled in for working parents as needed, taught her granddaughters how to sew, and made many of her trademark casseroles. Until the end, Dorie wanted to know the details of all six of her grandchildren’s comings and goings.

By age 91, Dorie impacted so many throughout her life.  She had belonged to groups related to her elementary and high school years, and even a group of girls who began monthly meetings when they were 16 years old.  Dorie was the last member of that group, which called themselves the Circle Thirteen and then just the “Circle”.  This group met for over 70 years.

Yes, Dorie impacted many, many lives, not the least of which was her family. She exemplified a strong, positive and loving character throughout her life, and towards the end when she relied on family as her strength and health declined, she expressed gratefulness for all the help received.

Thank you, Mom, for being such a wonderful influence on us.  We love you and miss you.

Memorials to Community House, 415 W. 8th Street, Hinsdale, IL  60521,  or Jeremiah House, P.O. Box 44, Green Forest, Arkansas 72638, are appreciated.

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Alice Kroll, age 95, of Glen Ellyn

Friday, October 5th, 2018

Kroll, AliceAlice Kroll, age 95, passed away on Wednesday, October 3rd.  Alice was born in Chicago, IL, on March 24th, 1923, to Arden and Rose Skinner.  Alice was preceded in death by her husband Vernon Vale  Kroll and is survived by her daughter Barbara Rose Kroll.  She had two sisters, Ruth Meyer (deceased) and Helen Hinkle.  She was a graduate of Morton High School in Cicero, IL.  As well as being a mother and housewife, Alice was an avid volunteer with the Community of Christ serving as a church school director, youth counselor, and teacher.  Visitation will be on Monday, October 8th from 11 am until time of funeral service at 12 pm at Brust Funeral home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard, IL.  In lieu of flowers, donations to Community of Christ are appreciated.

For more information call 888-629-0094.