March, 2019

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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.

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

James A. Spear, age 96 of Glendale Heights

Friday, March 15th, 2019

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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.

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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.

Karen L. Peterson nee Hess, age 69, of Lombard

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Peterson-KarenKaren L. Peterson nee Hess, age 69, of Lombard passed away March 10, 2019 surrounded by her family.

Memorial Gathering will be held on Friday, March 15th from 3 – 9 PM with a Memorial Service at 4PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Interment private.

Karen is the beloved wife of Michael; cherished mother of Armánd Paoletti, Diana (Joe) Menolascino and Ryan Peterson; loving Nani to the light of her life, Anthony Menolascino; dear sister of Nancy (Jay) Parra and Robert (Maria) Hess.

Karen will forever be missed. She loved and loved big. Her laugh was everything. She made everyone feel like someone.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (www.pancan.org) or 1500 Rosecrans Ave, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, would be appreciated.

For more information 888-629-0094.

Josephine Dixon, nee Lukanc, age 91, of Lombard

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

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JOSEPHINE M. DIXON, nee Lukanc, age 91, of Lombard, died March 4th at her home.

Visitation and Funeral Mass will be held Friday, March 15th, with Visitation from 9 AM until time of Prayers at 11 AM from Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard, to St. Pius X Church, Lombard, for 11:30 AM Mass. Interment will be Private.

Mrs. Dixon is survived by her husband, Ralph; three daughters, Phyllis Levine, Donna (Michael) Longo, and Karen (Greg) Brown; seven grandchildren, Raymond Dixon, Chris Levine, Brooke Brown, Megan Brown, Elizabeth Levine, Katelyn Longo, and Anthony Longo; her brother, Ray Lukanc; her nieces and nephews, Cindy Nelson nee Lukanc, Jeff Lukanc, Todd Lukanc, and Ray Lukanc; and many grandnieces and grandnephews.

Mrs. Dixon is preceded in death by her son, Scott; her parents, Frank and Frances nee Finc Lukanc and her brothers and sisters, Frances Ostrem, Fred Lukanc, and Juliann Lukanc.

Mrs. Dixon was a graduate of Joliet College.  She had worked as a lab technician and also as a real estate agent.  Mrs. Dixon loved to travel and a few of her memorable trips included Slovenia, South America, Alaska, Hawaii, Germany, and Mexico.  Mrs. Dixon loved to play cards, crosswords and spending time with family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674, are appreciated.

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home. Call 888-629-0094 for information.

Howard J. Jacklin, age 93, of Lombard, formerly of LaGrange Park

Monday, March 4th, 2019

JacklinAmerican_Flag_1_x1000Howard J. Jacklin, age 93, of Lombard, formerly of LaGrange Park, passed away March 3, 2019.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 9 from 10:00 AM until time of prayers at 11:00 AM from Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard, to Christ the King Church, 1501 S. Main St, Lombard for 11:30 AM Mass. Interment private at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois.

Howard was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy M. Jacklin, nee Burke.

Howard is survived by his six children, Celeste Jacklin, Michelle (Romas) Naujalis, Craig (Carol) Jacklin, Mark (Adrienne) Jacklin, Daniel (Francesca) Jacklin and James Jacklin; his six grandchildren, Brian Ernst, Catherine (Salameh) AbuAllan, Jenny Naujalis, Stephen Jacklin, Ryan Jacklin and Taylor Jacklin; and his two great-grandsons,  Yousef AbuAllan and Zakaria AbuAllan.

Howard was a Veteran of WWII, having served in the United States Air Force. He was a member of the American Legion Post #187 in Elmhurst.  Howard loved to fly model airplanes and enjoyed square dancing.

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

Allen Mertz, age 74, of Kissimmee, FL, formerly of Lombard, IL

Monday, March 4th, 2019

Allen Mertz, age 74, of Kissimmee, FL, formerly of Lombard, IL.

Al is survived by his siblings, Robert (Lois), Beverly (the late Frank) Viscariello, Gene (Phyllis) and Janet (Keith) Golden. Many nieces and nephews.

Al was a former Lombard Police Sergeant, retiring September 1, 1994, when he became disabled.  Al was a Great-Grandson of Sheldon Peck and grew up in the Peck house.  He was a member of the Illinois Air National Guard for 6 years during the mid-1960’s.  He moved away from Lombard in 1996. Al was a member of the Lombard Lions Club, Lombard Cemetery Association and Lombard Historical Society.

Donations in memory of Al may be made to the Lombard Historical Society, 23 W. Maple St., Lombard, IL 60148.

All services are private.

Call 888-629-0094 for information.