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Susan M. Charpie, nee Eastman, age 72, of Naperville

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019


Susan “Sue” M. Charpie (nee Eastman), of Naperville (formerly Wheaton), departed this life at the age of 72.  Sue was born August 28th, 1946, in Chicago, to Norman and Loretto Eastman.  She was a loving mother to Deborah Eastman of Naperville and Kathleen (Brad) Decker of Champaign.  She adored her grandsons, Sam and Ozzie, who will miss her dearly.  Sue was a loving aunt to her nieces and a cherished friend to countless many.  She is preceded in death by her older brother, Norman.

As a stay-at-home mom for many years, Sue was known for her involvement in her daughters’ classrooms, and was seen as a “second mom” to many of their friends.  She was active in her parish, St. James, and served many years in the Council of Catholic Women, even taking on the role of president.

Sue went back to work part-time as a proofreader for the Wheaton Leader.  Her ability to correct grammatical errors remains unparalleled.  Sue was enjoying her recent retirement after working for nearly twenty years as an administrative assistant for Patrick Engineering, in Lisle.

Sue enjoyed traveling, going to Cubs games, floating in her pool, watching movies, attending the theater, visiting her grandchildren, shopping with her daughters, celebrating holidays, hosting friends and family, dancing to good old fashioned rock-n-roll, and could typically be found sipping on wine or gin and tonics.  She is known for her perfect pancakes and signature lasagna recipes.  She could navigate any new city with ease and had a knack for reading maps.

A gifted wordsmith, Sue was a force with which to be reckoned when it came to Scrabble matches.  She enjoyed crossword puzzles, learning new vocabulary words, making lists, and cutting out (and mailing) newspaper articles to those she loved.  She sent cards to her friends and loved ones for every occasion, due to her diligence of keeping a calendar with everyone’s birthdays and anniversaries.

A visitation will be held Sunday, June 2nd, from 2 PM to 7 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.   Funeral Services will be held on Monday, June 3rd, with 9:30 AM Prayers from Brust Funeral Home, to Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth Street, Lombard, for a 10 AM Funeral Mass.  Interment Assumption Cemetery.

Donations in her name may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, at

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Jennifer L. Kenealy, age 35, suddenly, of Wheaton

Sunday, May 26th, 2019

Kenealy, Jenn poet studyJennifer L. Kenealy , age 35, suddenly, of Wheaton, passed away May 23, 2019.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 31st, from 3 – 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, June 1st at 11:00 AM at Brust Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

Jennifer is survived by her loving father, Jim; her dear brother, Mike of Wheaton; her fond aunts, Kathleen (Ronald Miller) Gabriel-Miller of Burr Ridge and Jean Romer- Kenealy of Lombard; many cousins and other relatives; lifelong friend of Bob (Tracy) of Wheaton; many other dear friends.

Jennifer is preceded in death by her mother, Carol A. nee DeNovo; and her uncle, John Kenealy.

Jennifer grew up in Wheaton and attended Arbor View Grade School, Glen Crest Middle School and graduated from Glenbard South High School in 2002. She obtained her Nursing Degree from Everest College in Aurora. Jennifer moved to Colorado for 5 months in 2018, but returned to her home town. Jennifer worked at DuPage Medical Group in Wheaton.

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Florence M. Volz nee Cusac, age 84, of Lombard

Friday, May 24th, 2019

VolzFlorence M. Volz nee Cusac, age 84, of Lombard, died May 24 at Central DuPage Hospital.

Florence was the loving wife of the late James A.; loving mother of Cynthia L. (Richard) Kowalski of Villa Park, Deborah (Michael) Selvitella of Bartlett, Michael A. (Cathy) of Lake in the Hills, Jeffery (Deborah) of Naperville and Daniel J. (Denise) of Bolingbrook; 15 grandchildren; great-grandmother of 8; sister of Marie Cusac of Minonk, IL and Charlie Cusac of Rutland, IL; many nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Florence was a homemaker.  She had lived in Lombard for 53 years prior to moving to Lisle 2 years ago.  She was a bowler in various leagues. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Florence was an avid Cubs, Bulls and Bears fan.  She was a former volunteer cheerleading coach at Sacred Heart.

Florence grew up in Rutland, Illinois and was a graduate of Rutland High School.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to your favorite charity would be appreciated.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, June 1, from 12 PM until the time of a Memorial Service at 3 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard, IL.

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Thomas G. Zirko, age 58

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Thomas G. Zirko, age 58, passed away May 23, 2019.

Thomas was the beloved son of the late Emil and Dolores nee Stefanskie; the dear brother of the late Jerome, Carol (Dan) Dunn, and Jim (Peggy); and fond uncle of Brian, David, and Kevin.

Tommy loved music, singing, and was a huge CUBS fan.

Interment will be private.

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Nancy A. Goralczyk, nee Seppala, age 61 of Lombard

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

GoralczykNancy A. Goralczyk, nee Seppala, age 61 of Lombard, died May 21, 2019, at Elmhurst Hospital.

A Visitation will be held Friday, May 24, from 3-9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Funeral Services will be held Saturday with 9:30 AM Prayers at Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St., Lombard, for 10 AM Mass.  Private Interment at Ridgewood Cemetery, Des Plaines, Illinois.

She is survived by her loving husband, Mitchell; dearest sisters Karen (Ken) Giacomino of Addison and Susan (Rich) Seleski of Lakemore, Illinois; a nephew, Michael; two nieces, Kimberly and Kelli; five great-nephews and nieces.

Nancy had been a resident of Lombard since 1993.  She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  She was a graduate of William Howard Taft High School in Chicago.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Anti Cruelty Society, 157 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654 would be appreciated.

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JOHN “JAKE” JAKUBIK, age 85, Veteran U.S. Army, of Lombard

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

jakubikJohn “Jake” Jakubik, age 85, of Lombard, passed away on May 19th, 2019.

Jake was born in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to the Chicago area early in his childhood.  Jake served his country in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1964.  He was a Sergeant First Class with the 82nd Airborne Division.  Jake eventually found his calling in life and spent the rest of his career as an administrator for the ATC at CDH where he eventually retired from.

Jake enjoyed his annual fishing trips to Canada. A part of the lake where he spent so many years chasing Walleye and Northern Pike was named “Jake’s Mile”.  Jake was also a life-long member of the NRA and had an extensive Eagle collection.

Jake was preceded in death his parents, Josephine and Stephan Jakubik, sister Josie, and brother George.  Jake is survived by his sons Joseph (Renee) Jakubik, Christopher (Carol) Jakubik, brother Steve (Kally) Jakubik.  He will be greatly missed by his grandsons: Joseph, Jonathan, Greg, Johnny Jakubik, Justin Fudala, and his nephew Lance (Jan) Jakubik, and Stephanie Jakubik.

As per Jake’s final wishes, no memorial services will be held.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Wounded Warrior Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

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

JOAN STAUBER WYCKOFF,age 80, of Lombard

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

joan wyckoff web2joan wyckoff web1Joan Stauber Wyckoff, age 80, of Lombard, died May 14 at her home.

A visitation will be held Friday, May 17, from 3-8pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, May 18, at 10am at Brust Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago.

Joan was the beloved wife of 48 years of Kent; loving mother of Jason (Kristi) of Tennessee and Scott (Jennifer) of Florida; proud grandmother of Ella, Miles, Everett and Zachary.

Joan graduated from Beloit College in Wisconsin, with a B.S. in Mathematics.  She was a former math teacher in Brookfield, and left full-time teaching in 1975.  She was a substitute teacher years later in District 45 at Jefferson and Jackson Junior High Schools.

Joan enjoyed crafting and sewing, and was an amazing cook.  More than anything she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

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Arlene Catherine Mason, nee Grainger, age 79, of Lombard

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

MasonArlene Catherine Mason, nee Grainger, age 79, of Lombard, passed away May 8th, 2019.

Arlene was raised in Elmhurst, IL and attended Immaculate Conception grade and high school.  Arlene and her husband, Jack, moved to Lombard in 1966.

Arlene was a longtime parishioner of Sacred Heart Church in Lombard, where she was a reader and a sacristan.  For decades, she planned and organized the semi-annual Senior Dinner for members of the church.

Arlene also enjoyed reading, crocheting, and sports, especially the Chicago Cubs.

Arlene was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jack Mason, her parents, Mary (Pfrang) and Irving Grainger, and her brother, Tom Grainger.  She is lovingly remembered by her daughters, Stacey (Andy) Cooper, Sandy Mason, and Melissa (Josh) Conner, as well as her sister, Marilyn (Roger) Kramp.  She will be dearly missed by her eight grandchildren: Ailysh, Nolan, Michael (Michaela), Brenna, Jonathan, David, Colton, and Jack, and also her great-grandson, Benjamin.  She is remembered fondly by her nieces and nephew: Kim (Donnie) Wilson, Kevin (Paula) Kramp, and Kris (Mike) Petrella.

A visitation will be held Sunday, May 12th from 2:00-7:00 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard.  Funeral services will be held Monday, May 13th with 9:30 am prayers from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church for 10:00 am Mass.  Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Sacred Heart School Scholarship Fund would be appreciated.

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Mary S. Klein, age 100, of Lombard

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Klein, Mary webMARY S. KLEIN, nee Suderow, age 100, of Lombard, passed away May 7, 2019.

Mary was born May 13, 1918 in Canal Fulton, Ohio.  She graduated from Kent State University with a degree in business education and later earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh.  She taught in Canton, Ohio, and East Leyden High School in Franklin Park over a period of 30 years.

Mary moved to Lombard in 1956 and lived in the same house for 63 years.

Mary belonged to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for 59 years, where she was a lector reader, a member of the altar guild, as well as a member of Faith Women’s Circle.

A life-long voracious reader, Mary also belonged to the book discussion group at Helen Plum Library for many years.

At age 70, Mary took bridge lessons at the Lombard Senior Center and continued to play for over 25 years.  An enthusiastic world traveler, Mary had been to over 62 countries and islands around the world with her daughter.

Mary always enjoyed music, history, politics, and sports.  She played tennis, cross country skied, and enjoyed bike riding on the Prairie Path for many years.

Mary was married for almost 41 years to Sheldon D. Klein, an attorney.  She is survived by her son, Edwin, a retired math professor, her daughter, Glenda, a retired school social worker, and her son-in-law, Sunil, a retired senior systems analyst.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 22 from 10:00 AM until time of funeral at 11:00 AM at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 350 East Madison Street, Lombard.  Interment will be at Mt. Emblem Cemetery, Elmhurst, Illinois.

Memorials to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 350 East Madison Street, Lombard, Illinois 60148 would be appreciated.

Wanda Lee Santiago, age 75, of Villa Park

Monday, May 6th, 2019


Wanda Lee Santiago nee Stalker, age 75, of Villa Park, Illinois.

Wanda was born in Pikeville, KY on August 1st, 1943. She joined her parents, Homer & Glema Stalker, her siblings -Jerry Wayne, June, Thomas, Jeffery & Bernice in Heaven on May, 4th 2019.

Wanda is survived by her children; Dorothy Santiago of IL James Santiago  of FL & Cesar Santiago Jr. of KY; 8 grandchildren; Jennifer, Cesar lll, James Jr, Vanessa , Jessica, Laura, Jonathan, & Michael; 5 great-grandchildren; Payton, Austin, Logan, Kasim & Sakina; 2 sisters; Janice Stalker-Colley & Glenda McCormick and 4 brothers; Eugene, Perry Dale, Ronnie & Billy Stalker.

Wanda will be greatly missed & forever in our hearts.

A service will be held Thursday, May 9th, 2019, from 3 – 8 PM at Brust Villa Park Funeral Home, 305 S Princeton Ave, Villa Park, IL 60181.

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