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Walter John Kramer, age 79, of Elmhurst

Sunday, March 31st, 2019

kramer 2American_Flag_1_x1000On Friday, March 22, 2019, Walter John Kramer, loving husband, father of two, and adoring “Opi”, passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Walter was born on December 18, 1939 in Chicago, IL to Robert and Mary (Kelly) Kramer.

He was a gifted teacher by trade and a devoted family man at heart.

While drafted to the Army in 1966, Walter met his future wife in Germany. On August 23, 1967, he married Karin Schaefer in Chicago and together they raised two children, Monika (Hall) and Robert.

Walter is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Karin nee Schaefer; his loving children, Robert F. (Anne) and Monika (Steve) Hall; his cherished grandchildren, Matthew, Brooke, Ben and Jane; his dear sister, Janet (Frank) Purpura; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Elvina (John) Dzielski; and dog, Chewy

He will be fondly remembered and deeply missed.

A Memorial Gathering will take place on Sunday, April 7, from 2-5 PM with a Memorial Service and Military Honors planned at 4 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Interment will be private.

For more information 888-629-0094.

Marlene Joan Fox, nee Cihak, age 87, of Villa Park

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Fox-Marlene2Marlene Joan Fox, nee Cihak, age 87, died March 27, 2019.  Marlene was the beloved wife of Richard L. Fox for 67 years before his passing February 21, 2019.

Those left to honor her memory include her daughter, Sharon Pedersen and son-in-law Carl, grandson Adam Pedersen (Nikki) and granddaughter Jennifer Jacobi (Kevin).  Marlene will always be remembered by her great grandchildren, Elaina, Clint, Brylee, Nicholas and Elliot.

Marlene was born in Oak Park as the youngest of four children to August and Rose Cihak.  She grew up in Berwyn and graduated from J. Sterling Morton High School in 1949.

In 1951, she met Richard on a blind date.  After a 3 month courtship, they married October 6, 1951.  They spent the first few years of their marriage touring the country while Richard was in the US Air Force.

In 1960, Marlene and Richard moved to San Luis Obispo, CA where Richard attended California State Polytechnic College, graduating in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.  Marlene was granted the honorary degree of PHT “Pushing Hubby Through”.

They returned to Chicago and raised a family. She became a member of Harvard Avenue Evangelical Free Church, where she put her talents to work in the Christian Education Committee and ran the children’s program, “Little Friends”, during Ladies Bible Study each Tuesday morning.

She and Richard enjoyed camping when they were younger and eventually moved on to daily bus trips.  They could often be found at McDonald’s for afternoon coffee.

Marlene will be remembered for her fantastic vegetable garden, having Tic Tac’s in nearly every room of the house, and always having a Kleenex tucked up her sleeve.

A memorial gathering will be held Monday, April 1, 2019, from 4-8 pm at Brust Villa Park Funeral Home, 305 S. Princeton Ave, Villa Park, IL. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 10 am at Brust Villa Park Funeral Home with interment to follow at Oakridge-Glen Oak Cemetery, 4301 W. Roosevelt Rd., Hillside, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Harvard Avenue Evangelical Free Church, 206 W. St. Charles Rd., Villa Park, IL 60181, 630-834-2650 would be appreciated.

Contact Brust Funeral Home at 888-629-0094 for information.

Florence Marie Scola nee Gatz, age 90, of Lombard

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Scola webFlorence Marie Scola nee Gatz, age 90, of Lombard, passed away March 26, 2019.

Visitation will be held Sunday, March 31st from 3 – 7 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Services will held Monday April 1st with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to St. Pius X Church for 10 AM Mass. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

Florence is survived by her beloved husband of 70 years, Frank; her loving children, Marilyn (Paul) Smiley of Darien, Maureen (Sietze) deWaard of Bartlett, Marla (Dominic) Adorno of Bartlett, Michael of Lombard, and Mark of Lombard; her cherished grandchildren, Tony (Angela) Adorno, Dominic (Lisa) Adorno, Jeni (Anthony) Samaniego, Todd (Angela) Pojman, Drew (Lindsay) deWaard, Corinn (Illya) deTorres; and her dear great-grandchildren, Dakota Samaniego, Logan Samaniego, Isabel Adorno, Joey Adorno, Lucas Pojman, Kenzie Pojman, Joni deTorres; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Florence is preceded in death by parents, Paul and Margaret Gatz nee Lyons and her sister, Evelyn Weber.

Florence had been a resident of Lombard since 1953. She was one of the founding members of St. Pius X Church. Florence was a member of the Altar and Rosary Guild and Medical Missions, before and after the church was built. She enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles.

Memorials to the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674, are appreciated.

Sonia H. Anders nee Pieters, age 68, of Westmont

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

andersSonia H. Anders nee Pieters, age 68, of Westmont, died March 24 at Good Samaritan Hospital

Sonia was the beloved wife of Danny J; loving mother of Jason (Donna) and Stephanie; cherished grandmother of Derek & Dylan; dearest sister of Anita (Wayne) Palmer; aunt & great-aunt to many and cousin of Roger Philips.

A Memorial Gathering will be held Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 1-3 PM with a Memorial Service at 2 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.

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Laurie Connelly, age 67, of West Chicago

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

connellyIt is with great sadness that we announce that Laurie Connelly, age 67, lost her battle to pancreatic cancer. Laurie passed away quietly in her sleep Sunday morning. Laurie was born September 12th 1951 to the late Lester and Natalie Landau. Laurie had one sibling Allen.

Laurie is survived by her husband Dennis Connelly. In November they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Together they had four boys Chuck, Tom, James, and Scott. Tom their second oldest child unfortunately, passed away four years prior to the same disease as Laurie.

Laurie was the proud grandmother of nine grandkids Amber, Amanda, Dylan, Jordan, Brian, Stephanie, Wade, Ethan, and Cora, and a great grandma to Alivia and Clayton. And in June, Laurie will have her third great grandchild.

Laurie was a homemaker and a part time waitress for most of her adult life, until her mother Natalie took ill. Laurie was Natalie’s care taker till her passing. Afterwards the neighbor’s son asked her to take care of his mother. Since then Laurie took care of several other women in their late stages of their life, until Laurie herself fell ill to pancreatic cancer.

Visitation for Laurie will be held on Thursday at 9am until the time of s her funeral service at 11 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S Main St, Lombard, IL 60148. A luncheon will follow at the American Legion at 570 S Gary Ave, Carol Stream, IL 60188.

Please omit flowers. Donations to the wishes of the family.

For more information 888-629-0094.

Carola “Rae” Bolton, age 83, of Lombard, formerly of Glen Ellyn

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

BoltonCarola “Rae” Bolton, age 83, of Lombard, formerly of Glen Ellyn, passed away March 21, 2019.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 28 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Brust Funeral  Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard.  Funeral Services will be held Friday, March 29 at 10 AM at Brust Funeral Home followed by Interment at Assumption Cemetery, Wheaton.

Rae grew up in Glen Ellyn and attended Glenbard West High School, where she met Norvin, her husband of 48 years.   She enjoyed traveling and was always planning her next trip, especially the trips to Phoenix where she would visit her sons, Ken and Steve.   Rae worked for many years as a legal secretary, and spent the last 15 years of her career at the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office.  She was a life-long Cub fan and a season ticket holder to the Chicago Bears.   She enjoyed attending both her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events, and traveled to Florida to watch her granddaughter, Kelly, play softball with Carthage College and her grandson, Brad, play baseball with Milwaukee School of Engineering.  Rae was a best friend and mentor to her grandson, Bobby, and developed special and different relationships with all of her family and many friends.

Rae was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Norvin, and brother, David Palmer.  She was the loving mother of Kenneth, Stephen, Jeffrey (Robin) and Barbara (Robert) Putnam; grandmother to Kelly (Thomas) Van Hout, Bradley (Jessica) Bolton, and Robert Putnam; great-grandmother to Benjamin, Max and Brady Van Hout, and Eleanor and Jeffrey Bolton.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Alzheimer’s Association, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr Ave, # 800, Chicago, IL 60631, or American Cancer Society, 1801 S. Meyers Road, Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181,  would be appreciated.

Thomas L. Kanillopoolos, age 87, of Villa Park

Friday, March 15th, 2019

kanillopoolos2American_Flag_1_x1000Thomas L. Kanillopoolos, age 87, of Villa Park, died March 13, 2019.

Thomas was the beloved husband of the late Belle Jane nee Willett; loving father of Mary (Michael) Ciardiello of Villa Park; stepfather of Jane (Richard) Gregory of Lombard; grandfather of Teadra Gregory of Lombard, Christina (Nicholas) Perrino of Glen Ellyn and Richard Gregory of Lombard; great-grandfather of Joseph, Michael, Lilana and Anthony; dear brother of John Kanillopoolos of Lansing, Michigan; and brother-in-law of the late Sebert A. Willett, U.S. Navy KIA WWII at Normandy.

A Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 19, from 4-8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, March 20, at 10:30 AM at Brust Funeral Home.  Private Interment at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte, Michigan.

Thomas was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War with the 24th Infantry.  He had lived in Villa Park for 57 years.  He was a graduate of Michigan State University.  Thomas worked in Transportation for various companies.  He loved animals.

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James A. Spear, age 96 of Glendale Heights

Friday, March 15th, 2019


American_Flag_1_x1000James A. Spear, age 96 of Glendale Heights died March 14th.  He lived a long full life, passing peacefully in his sleep.

He left his home in Iowa when he joined the Navy in WWII, serving alongside many others in the Pacific Theatre. Upon his return from war, Jim settled in Lombard with his wife Loretta (deceased) where they raised their family.

He worked as a machinist before retiring to attend Joliet Junior College to study Agriculture, his lifelong dream. He then moved west to a new community where he spent many happy days enjoying his retirement in his new community among new friends.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 9:30am – 11:45am at Brust Funeral Home at 135 S. Main St., Lombard. Mass will be held at 12:15pm at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church at 330 N. Westmore Ave., Villa Park.

Call 888-629-0094 for information.

Francis (Frank) M. Lyne of Wheaton, IL, formerly of Hillside

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Frank LyneFrancis (Frank) M. Lyne of Wheaton, IL, formerly of Hillside, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, March 14th. Born on October 17th, 1931 in Chicago to Michael and Mary Lyne nee Lynch, he grew up in Chicago and later moved to Oak Park. His entire life was shaped by his love of faith, education and family.

Frank started his education at Mundelein Seminary and later received his B.A. from Loyola University. He went on to receive his M.A. from DePaul University and also did additional graduate work in Guidance and Counseling and Administration and Supervision at Northeastern Illinois State, Chicago State, Northern Illinois University and Concordia College.

He carried his love of education into his professional life when he began his career at Argo Community High School. He served as a faculty member, the Curriculum Co-Ordinator and Athletic Director from 1955 until 1969. From there, he spent a year as the Field Representative for the Illinois Education Association. In 1970, he found his home at Proviso West High School. While at Proviso West, he served as the Chairperson of the Guidance Department and later the Assistant Principal until he retired in 1990. While at Proviso, he also served as part-time instructor in the night program at Triton College.

In 1953, he met the love of his life, Fran, when they both worked for Hartford Insurance Co., and they married in 1956. In 1957, while living in Oak Park, they had their first daughter, followed by their son in 1958. That year, they moved to Hillside and proceeded to have 12 more children in the next 17 years. Over the years, he managed to find time to coach the boys little league teams and cheer on the girls in whatever sport they chose to play.

As a devout Catholic, Frank dedicated his retirement years in the service of others. After moving to Wheaton in 1994, he became a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society and also volunteered at Wyndemere Senior Living, leading residents in the rosary. His retirement was also spent enjoying all of his many grandchildren and watching them in their various sporting activities. He remained an active member of the community and parish until his death.

A Visitation will be held Sunday, March 17, from 2:00-8:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 18, with 9:15 AM prayers at Brust Funeral Home to St. James the Apostle Church, Glen Ellyn, for 10:00 AM Mass,  Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.

In lieu of flowers donations to Alzheimer’s Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center, Clarksburg, MD 20871 would be appreciated.

Call 888-629-0094 for information.

Marjorie Lucille Kent Swanson, age 93, of Lombard

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Swanson MarjorieA bright light has joined the heavens, Marjorie Lucille Kent Swanson, age 93, second child of the late Ernest W. and Bernice Hodge Kent, sister of Evelyn Kent Overacker, half-sister of Ernest Kent, passed away surrounded by her family.

Marjorie was born June 20, 1925 in Onarga, Illinois.  On September 27, 1925 her parents moved to Peoria, Illinois, where her father worked at Midland Baking Company.  In November 1934 her parents separated. Marjorie, her mother and sister Evelyn moved in with Albert and Amanda Hodge, Marjorie’s grandparents, near Goodwine, Illinois.

Marjorie attended Amity Grade School through the 8th grade, and her teacher was Edythe Wilmoth. She twirled baton with the Milford Marching Band under the direction of Mr. Piersol. She acted in school plays and was active in student government.

After graduation in 1943, Marjorie went to Chicago to work in the Army War Bond Office. On May 8, 1954, Marjorie married the late Earl Swanson, Jr. of Elmhurst, Illinois. Earl served in the Navy for 2 years.  Marjorie worked for the Department of Defense at O’Hare Airport and Toys R Us in Lombard, Illinois.

Marjorie and Earl owned and operated three different restaurant/taverns for 20 years before Earl was elected the Highway Commissioner for York Township.

Marjorie was one in a million. Her motto was “The more you laugh the longer you live!” She would regularly stop when eating out or shopping and recognize people of all ages for laughing. She was spunky and always looked at the positive side of the issue. She had a big heart and in her later years was known as the neighborhood “eyes on the street”. She enjoyed sitting in her front window and waving at all who passed by. When out in her yard or next store at Rich and Irene’s front porch, friends would stop by to share a laugh.

She had a great memory and quick wit. Years later she remembered her customers in the tavern by both their name and their drink. She kept them laughing as she did her co-workers in her other jobs. She enjoyed golfing until she was 90 years old and broke her hip.

Most of all she loved her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. No one had more love in their heart and fun in their soul then Marjorie!

Earl and Marjorie are the parents of 5 children and a large growing and loving family.

Grace Swanson (Robert Pastiak). Children: Anne Elizabeth (Pastiak) LaPietra, married to William LaPietra, Ames, Iowa. Brian Edward Pastiak and Catherine Marie Pastiak

Larry Swanson, married to Julie Elbrecht Swanson. Children: Lauren Elizabeth (Swanson) Persino married to Louis Persino, daughters Lilah Beth and Emersyn Lou. Adam Christopher Swanson, Alexander Ross Swanson and fiancé Abigail Buckels

Earl Edward Swanson III, married to Pam Ruble Swanson. Children: Anthony Michael Swanson married to Christina Fay Swanson sons Blake Austin, Theo Maverick, and one on the way. Charles Thomas Swanson, daughter Lily Anna Swanson. Earl Edward Swanson IV married to Eva Pula Swanson daughter Raelyn Mei. Aubrey Elizabeth (Swanson) Hadley daughter Elizabeth Clair Hadley and Logan Patrick Hadley

Ronald Eric Swanson (Barbara Eckis). Children: Eric Ryan Swanson married to Amanda (Dennis) Swanson, Jonathan Russell Swanson and Emily Kathleen Swanson

Jennifer Sue (Swanson) Miller (Fredrick III). Children: Sherie Marie (Miller) Sprindis married to Tom Sprindis, daughters Lucille Ann and Abigail Sue. Gary Scott Miller and Fredrick Robert Miller IV.

A Visitation will be held Saturday, March 16, Noon to 5:00 PM with a funeral service at 4:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard, IL – WEAR RED!  Call 888-629-0094 for information.