April, 2019

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Barbara Wasilewska, age 59, of Lombard

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

WasilewskaBarbara Wasilewska, age 59, of Lombard, died April 27 at her home.

Visitation will be held Thursday, May 2 from 4-9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Funeral Services will be held Friday, May 3, with Prayers at 9:30 AM at Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St., Lombard, for 10 AM Mass.  Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.

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

Margarit Plaku, age 64, of Lisle

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

PlakuMargarit Plaku, age 64, of Lisle, died April 15, 2019 at his home.

Margarit was the loving husband of Eftali nee Cuko; beloved father of Ilirjan (Vilma) and Adela; grandfather of Samuel and Scarlett Plaku; and dear brother of Elsa (Xhavan) Mertira.

A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 17, from 3-9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, April 18, at 10 AM at Brust Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Glen Ellyn.

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

William J. “Bill” Gruss, 89, of Lombard

Monday, April 15th, 2019

grussAmerican_Flag_1_x1000William J. “Bill” Gruss, 89, of Lombard, entered eternal rest at home in the presence of his family on April 14, 2019.  Originally from Cicero, Bill attended St. Frances of Rome School and Morton High School and was a longtime employee of Sargent & Lundy in Chicago.  Devoted husband for 65 years to Dolores Gruss (née Stresen); loving father of Mary Lynn (Douglas) Brown; beloved grandfather of Lisa (Nico) Brown, Aaron (Katie) Brown, Karen, and Kaelen (Mike) LaGrasse; and adoring great-grandfather of Caiden (10), Samuel (7), Annie (6), Luke (5), and Andrew(3); preceded in death by his daughter Kathryn.

Bill had a passion for automobiles and will be remembered as a devoted family man and faithful Catholic.  Visitation will be held at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard, IL, from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, April 16th.  A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 17th with 9:45 AM prayers at the funeral home to 10:30 AM Mass at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1025 E. Madison St., Lombard. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.

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

Alice (Martenson) Will, age 98, of Lombard

Friday, April 12th, 2019

Will websiteAlice (Martenson) Will was born along with her twin sister Agnes on November 26, 1920 in Tampico Illinois.  Her parents were Swan and Anna Martenson.  She had three sisters (Edith, Agnes, and Mabel) and two brothers (Axel and John).

The family moved to Princeton Illinois where they had a family farm.  As a child, Alice attended school in a one room school house.  After elementary school, Alice attended Princeton Township High School and graduated on June 9, 1939.

Alice eventually left Princeton and moved to Chicago where she shared an apartment with two of her sisters.  Alice found work at the National Research Bureau and at the Brach’s candy company in Chicago.  While working at Brach’s as a secretary, she also appeared as a model in a print ad for the company.

Alice attended Grace Lutheran Church in Chicago, where she met a sailor serving in the U. S. Navy during World War II.  This sailor was Clair A. Will who would become her husband.  They were married December 31, 1946 and lived in Chicago.

After having her first two children (a son Karl and a daughter Alice), she and her husband moved to Lombard Illinois where they bought their own home in 1953.  In 1956 Alice had a third child, daughter Diane.

Alice was a founding member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lombard, which began as a group of worshippers meeting for services at the Hammerschmidt Elementary School.  She would attend this church for the rest of her life.

A homemaker for many years, Alice devoted herself to taking care of her family.  When her children got older, however, she returned to the workforce as a U.S. postal clerk at the Lombard Post Office.

After retirement, Alice and her husband traveled around the United States.  On their 50 year wedding anniversary Alice and Clair were sent on a trip to Hawaii by their children.

Alice enjoyed sewing and was an accomplished seamstress, making clothing and décor for herself, her children, and her home.  She also loved flower gardening and planted many varieties and ornamental plants on the family property.

After her husband Clair passed away on November 9, 2000, Alice became more involved socially with the church.  She joined the Peace Circle women’s group and served as its treasurer for many years.

At the age of 98, Alice passed away on April 9, 2019 and is survived by her three children, son-in-law Steve Meyer and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, April 17, 2019, with a Visitation from 10:00 AM until time of the Funeral Service at 12:00 Noon at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 350 E. Madison St., Lombard. Interment Private.

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


PATRICIA ANN O’NEIL, age 87, of West Chicago

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

PatriciaAnnOneilPatricia Ann O’Neil, age 87 of West Chicago. Loving mother to James (Kelli) Buchanan, Mark (Wendy) Buchanan, Bill (Laurie) Kapsalis, Tom Hardesty and Tammy Hardesty; Loving grandmother to Rebecca Buchanan, Sarah Buchanan, Justin McMillen, Gavin McMillen, Eric Charf, Megan Kapsalis, Alexandria Kapsalis, Nicole Kapsalis, 5 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; dear sister of Rose Zank and aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Patricia grew up in Canton IL and spent her early years on her grandparent’s Petersen farm. Her father, Edward, worked for the International Harvester Company which led to their moving to Galesburg, Decatur, Rock Island and finally Melrose Park IL where she graduated from Proviso Township high school. After high school she graduated from the MacCormac School of Commerce and raised her family in Lombard IL. She ended her professional career at Glidden Paints as a wall paper coordinator.

She had an enormous love for her children (especially the third child), took pleasure in playing card games, enjoyed gardening, loved animals (her favorite being lady bugs) and bird watching. She was an early social justice warrior by writing letters (and then emails) to companies, politicians, newspaper, television and radio stations to point out the injustice in the world.

She will not only be missed by her family, but by everyone who came to know her.


NORBERT MATEJA, age 75, of Lombard

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

American_Flag_1_x1000Mateja, NorbertNorbert Mateja, age 75, of Lombard, passed away April 9 at Edward Hines VA Medical Center.

Those left to honor his memory include his beloved wife, JoAnne nee Felske; his loving children, Wally (Sue) Waksmacki, Joe Waksmacki, Jr., Marion Cannici, and Mike (Shawnta) Mateja; his adored grandchildren, Jonathan Waksmacki, Lauren Cannici, Jacob Waksmacki, Rachael Cannici, Dylan Mateja, Alexis Mateja and Sadie Mateja; and a sister, Ann Potrawski.

Norbert was a proud Vietnam Veteran who served in the U. S. Army from 1962-1964.  He was a member of the Auto Mechanics Union #701.

Norbert was a big sports fan who loved the Cubs, the Bears, the Hawks and Duke Basketball.  He was a coach for football and Little League Baseball.  His hobbies included hunting, fishing, gardening, making sausage, salami and sauerkraut and watching drag racing.

In lieu of flowers, the Mateja family would appreciate donations to Hines VA Hospital, 5000 S. 5th Avenue, Hines, IL 60141, Attn:  Volunteer Services.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, April 12, with a Visitation from 2:00 PM until the time of the Funeral Service at 4:30 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Interment will be private at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois.

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home.  Visit www.brustfuneralhome.com or call 888-629-0094 for information.

Karen Schumann, age 78, of Bensenville

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

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Karen Schumann, peacefully passed away at Elmhurst Hospital on April 3, 2019 at the age of 78. We are blessed to know that she is with her Lord and Savior.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 19, 1940. Karen was predeceased by her parents, Ruth (Sullivan) and George Lisching. She is survived by Edward, her loving husband of 55 years. Lovingly remembered by her children, Janet (Michael) Lynch, Marybeth (Michael) Sullivan and Robert (Laurie Cappitelli) Schumann. She was an amazing grandma and will be dearly missed by her ten grandchildren: Steven, Bryan, Jessica, Kevin, Daniel, Kyle, Jared, Mandy, Brandon and Rachel.

A Visitation will be held Monday, April 8, from 2:00-8:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, April 9, with 9:30 AM Prayers from Brust Funeral Home to Christ the King Church for 10:00 AM Mass.  Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to Saint Vincent DePaul Food Depository, Christ the King, 1501 S. Main St., Lombard, IL 60148, would be appreciated.

Karen acquired her Nursing Degree at Saint Joseph in Aurora, Illinois. She had all the great qualities an outstanding nurse should have: knowledge, compassion, a gentle bedside manner and a smile to put people at ease. Patients were blessed to be in her care at Saint Anne’s Hospital, a skilled care facility and Elmhurst Hospital. It should be mentioned that she was a great diagnostician, and her family benefited from this for many years.

Karen and Edward fell in love, dated and were married on September 21, 1963 at Our Lady Help of Christians in Chicago. They lived in Chicago for several years before moving to Lombard to raise their family.

Janet, MaryBeth and Bob have so many great childhood memories. The most important memory was growing up in a loving and happy household with terrific parents. Karen was always there to support her children no matter what the circumstances.

The memories include vacations to a Dude Ranch in Colorado, Door County (Karen’s favorite place on earth), Tennessee, Florida, Wisconsin Dells and St. Louis.

We will fondly remember lunches on the patio at our little picnic table, marching off for nap time as an episode of Bozo Circus came to an end, homemade pizza for at home birthday parties, putting up with noisy sleepovers, and driving us to school when we could have easily walked. We could go on forever talking about our favorite memories.

Karen’s was the cherished grandma of ten beautiful grandchildren. She loved all of them unconditionally. Karen will not have the opportunity to meet her first great grandchild who will make his/her appearance in August. It gives us peace and comfort knowing that she will be looking down from heaven when this beautiful baby, her great-grandchild, enters the world.

The grandchildren will miss their grandma/nana more than words can express. There are too many great memories to mention, but to name a few: vacations, sleep overs, bingo (where everyone is a winner), holiday gatherings and delicious meals, special half birthday card and phone calls, marathon shopping adventures, train rides to Chicago, running with fully loaded double strollers in hopes of not missing the return train home, knowing that she was in the audience at orchestra and band concerts and hearing her cheer while sitting on the sidelines at sporting events.

Lastly, there were so many memorable family vacations at the Rushes in Door County, Wisconsin (Karen’s favorite place on earth). These trips started with very carefully figuring out how to use all of the available floor space to provide ample sleeping space for the ten grandchildren. When the grandkids outgrew the floor space, we came to the realization that we would have to seek out additional accommodations. There are vivid memories of Karen spending time with the grandchildren on Kangaroo Lake. She had more energy than most of us and was happy to chase little ones up and down the dock, go for endless paddle boat rides, build sand castles and be in charge of sand toy clean up. After long days at the lake, it wasn’t uncommon to have bath time for the little ones in the kitchen sink with grandma in charge. Trips to Wilson’s for ice cream was a must every time we were in DC. Some of the grandkids had their first taste of ice cream thanks to their Aunt MaryBeth. Door County will forever be one of our best memories of time spent together as a family.

Karen was involved in her community and church. At her church she was named CCW Woman of the Year, was a Eucharistic Minister, greeted people when they came to church, facilitated and organized the Hospitality team, so there were refreshments for parishioners to enjoy, helped with the Food Pantry. She enjoyed all of these opportunities that benefited so many.

She was a volunteer at Cantigny and loved the time she spent there. Karen had a job that would not be desired by many; her job was to dust and polish the silver in the Mansion. Karen enjoyed every minute of this and was able to dust and polish her way through the mansion in record timing. She strived to put in 100 hours of volunteer work each year. Over the many years that she volunteered there, she clocked in over 1,000 hours.

Karen was loved by her husband, children, grandchildren, sister-in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephew, friends, church parishioners and co-workers; she will be missed dearly by so many people. We can find some comfort in knowing that we will see her again in heaven someday. We delight in knowing that she is with her Lord and Savior, her parents (Ruth and George), her brother Ray, Elaine Cugier (cousin) and Sister Helen Sullivan.

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

Eleanor Meyer nee Pulliam, age 79, of Lombard

Monday, April 1st, 2019

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Eleanor Meyer nee Pulliam, age 79, of Lombard, passed away March 30, 2019.

Eleanor was the loving mother of Angela C. Meyer, Carl G. Meyer and Mick Meyer; four cherished grandchildren; and four dear great-grandchildren.

All Services will be private.

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