June, 2019

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Lydia Y. Serna, age 79 of Lombard

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

SernaLydia Y. Serna, age 79 of Lombard died June 19 at her home.  Mrs. Serna was born on September 11, 1939, in Richmond Texas, to Leopoldo and Victoria (Carrera) Ybanez.  She was married March 29, 1963, in Chicago, Illinois to her beloved husband Manuel Jesus Serna, who preceded her in death on July 29, 2018.

She is survived by her 2 sons and 2 daughters, Christopher (Deborah), Deborah (Erik) Ekstrom, Margarita (William) Buckley and Mario:  cherished grandmother of Victoria, Katie, Christopher, Caitlin, Nikolei and Michael: great-grandmother of Leo, Chase, Bailey, Noah, Dante and Benjamin; dearest sister to 12 siblings; aunt and great-aunt to many.

Lydia devoted her life to loving and caring for her family.  She had a deep enjoyment for life and many creative things.  Lydia was a kind, friendly, funny and generous soul who made friends with anyone she met. She loved to laugh and tell stories.  She spent her time devoted to her passion for gardening, studying horticulture, interior decor and her deep love for music.  She was a Catholic women of great faith.  She shared her love for God and her devotion to her faith with all in her family.   She was an example of tremendous courage, strength and love throughout her lifetime.

A Visitation will be held Monday, June 24, from 4-8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, June 25, with 9:30 AM Prayers from 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.

Catherine Almeta Benzin nee Clark, age 93, a 70-year resident of Elmhurst

Monday, June 17th, 2019

BenzinCatherine Almeta Benzin nee Clark, age 93, a 70-year resident of Elmhurst, Illinois, passed away on June 15th, 2019 in hospice care in Elmhurst.

Catherine ‘Kay’ was the loving mother of Catherine Benzin of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, James (Peggy) Benzin of Carol Stream, John Benzin Jr. of Elmhurst, and Jeffrey (Karen) Benzin of Elmhurst; adored grandmother of Jessica Benzin, Jacob Benzin, Anna Benzin; and beloved sister of Vernetta Dobbs (William) of Murray, Kentucky.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband John of 42 years; her parents, Aud and Catherine (nee Miller) Clark; two brothers, Raymond Clark and Charles Clark; as well as her grandparents and many aunts and uncles.

The funeral service for Kay will take place on Wednesday June 19th, 2019 at 10:30 A.M at Trinity Lutheran Church, 300 Ardmore Avenue, Villa Park, Illinois. A Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service for those who would like to pay their respects.

Interment will follow immediately at Bronswood Cemetery, 3805 Madison Street, Oak Brook, Illinois.

Kay was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She was confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church and later graduated from Marshall High School in 1943.

Kay spent most of her working career in the temporary help service field. She worked for only one company, but it changed names and ownership many times over the years. She was the link that kept that company working smoothly through all those changes, and she felt fulfilled knowing that she was helping people who needed work.

Kay was a faithful member of the Elmhurst Choral Union from 1961 until 2015.  She was a lifelong church member and sang in the choir of each church she belonged to. Her church and choir membership at Trinity Lutheran Church began in 1982 and lasted until her passing.

Kay’s favorite pastimes were gardening, traveling, reading. In fact, she loved going to the library to browse the shelves and pick out the next novels to read. Also, she was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan.

Memorials are requested to: Trinity Lutheran Church of Villa Park, The Elmhurst Choral Union, The National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs and The Alzheimer’s Association.

Info 888-629-0094.

Lynn Annette Mense, AKA “Lani”, of Lombard (formally of Elmhurst)

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

menseLynn Annette Mense, AKA “Lani”, of Lombard (formally of Elmhurst), who kept this world rockin’ for 69 years, passed away June 14 at her daughter’s home in Grand Rapids, MI with her dog curled up next to her.

Lynn is survived by her daughter, Audrey (Jacob), brother, James, poodle Gracie, and soon to be Granddaughter (due in September).

To say Lynn was a devoted and loving mother is an understatement. She was also a world (and local) traveler, dog-lover, Pokémon hunter, Facebook poster-extraordinaire, and lover of folk and rock music.

She was involved in theatre in many forms including in high school, college, Elmhurst Community Theatre, and working with productions at her church and daughter’s schools.

Lynn was a long time member of Elmhurst Presbyterian Church. She loved to serve others in many ways, a few of which were through her work as a benefits coordinator at a brick layers union, as a member of Lombard Rocks by decorating and hiding rocks for area children to find, by giving thoughtful gifts to many she encountered even if they were just acquaintances, and by being a “collector” of  items and donating them to those in need and the organizations who support them.

Ever resilient, strong, and optimistic, Lynn continuously battled and lived with cancer for the past ten years and filled them with new experiences, fun, and traveling. She always believed in living life to the fullest. As Bob Dylan said, she stayed “forever young.”

A Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 18th from 4pm-8pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. A Funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 19th at 10 am at Brust Funeral Home. Interment will be at Garfield Cemetery (across from Garfield Farm Museum) in la Fox, IL.

As she was a big supporter of theatre education, in lieu of flowers please send memorials to:

Glenbard East Theatre, Glenbard East High School, 1014 S. Main St, Lombard, IL 60148

As Lynn was a costumer for theatre and liked clothes that were fun and flattering,  come in an outfit you love in a color that looks good on you even if that’s hot pink (Lynn was never a fan of people wearing black if it didn’t look good on them.

Eileen Bielawa, age 83, of Lombard

Friday, June 14th, 2019


Eileen Bielawa of Lombard, IL passed away on June 13, 2019.

Eileen was the beloved wife of Raymond Bielawa, who preceded her in death. Mother of Timothy (Resie) and Michael (Elizabeth). Grandmother of Timothy (Britney), Samantha, Sean, Colin and Kyle. Great Grandmother of Liam.

Visitation will be held on Thursday June 20, 2019 from 4-7 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. Funeral Services Friday, June 21, 9:30 AM Prayers at Brust Funeral Home to Christ the King for 10 AM Mass. Interment Queen of Heaven.

Lee  dedicated her life to nursing and caring for others. She spent over three decades  as a registered nurse and board certified addictions counselor at Columbus Hospital, Cuneo Hospital, and at the Women’s Chemical Dependency Program.

Lee was a big fan of the Chicago Cubs and was thrilled with their 2016 World Series Championship. She also loved the Chicago Bears-and maybe a little too much. You see she unfortunately had a gambling problem. She would bet 25 cents on the Bears each week no matter the odds. Even though the  Bears lost the majority of the time. She kept the faith.

Lee aka Grandma Dude ( a name she got when her grandson Timmy pointed at her sunglasses that had the name Dude on them);  was dedicated to her family. She loved all of her grandchildren and supported each of them.

Lee was  also very patriotic! She was always very moved by the annual Memorial Day concert at the nation’s capital. Among her numerous charities were : The Wounded Warrior Project, Paralyzed  veterans of America, and adopt a platoon to name a few.

Every morning Lee would spend time in prayer. She would take the time to name each person she was praying for. Her favorite saint was Saint Jude the Saint of impossible cases. She invoked him often with special intentions.

All in all, Lee lived a full life with God, family,  friends, nursing and fun as her priorities.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517. https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org

Info www.brustfuneralhome.com or 888-629-0094.

Sally B. Miller nee Robson, age 77, of St. Charles

Friday, June 14th, 2019

Sally B. Miller nee Robson, age 77, of St. Charles, formerly of Lombard, died June 12 at The Grove of St. Charles.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, June 18, with a Visitation from 10 AM until the time of the Funeral Service at 12 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Interment private.

Sally was the beloved wife of the late David A.; dear mother of Laura (Michael) Miller of Midlothian and Linda (Dan) Nelson of St. Charles; loving Grandmother of Michael Coughlin of Texas, Elizabeth Coughlin of Texas, Zachary Nelson of St. Charles, Haley Nelson of St. Charles, Joshua Nelson of St. Charles and Tyler Nelson of St. Charles; Great-Grandma of Bella; dear sister of Vernie Langley of Oregon, Kathy (Roger) Button of New York; and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and other relatives.

Sally was preceded in death by her husband, David A., a sister, Alice Ingram and a brother, Jim Robson.

Sally was a Lombard resident from 1962 – 1997, when she moved to St. Charles.  She loved art and John Denver.  She adored her grandchildren.

Memorials in memory of Sally are requested to American Cancer Society, 1801 S. Meyers, Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL  60181.

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

Richard A. Sharp, age 59, of Lombard

Monday, June 10th, 2019

SharpRichard “Rich” A. Sharp, age 59, of Lombard, passed away June 6, 2019.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 13th from 3 – 9 PM with a Funeral Service at 4 PM (Thursday) at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Interment will be private.

Rich is survived by his beloved wife, Tina, and his son, Chris.

Rich was born in Fayettteville, TN, to Leslie “Bud” and Grace Sharp and grew up on the North side of Chicago.  He had 8 siblings, Jim, Roy, Mickey, Linda, Kathy, Joy, Michael and Florence.

Rich met his wife, Tina, at a bowling alley where she was subbing for a friend.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served in leadership roles for all activities his son, Chris, participated in.  He always took an active role with youth of whatever church he was attending.

Rich had worked at Dreisilker Electric Motors for over 30 years.

Rich loved Woodhaven Lakes and always was involved in making it the best place it could be by serving with Chapel in the Woods, Public Safety Board of Review and Section Rep.  He recently had served as the Missions Leader for Harvard Church, and especially had a heart for serving during warming day. Rich firmly believed in serving others as Jesus would have done.

In lieu of flowers, Rich would have preferred to have donations made to Harvard Avenue Evangelical Free Church, Attn:  Youth Ministries, 206 W. St. Charles Rd., Villa Park, IL  60181.

For more information 888-629-0094.

James A. Stehle, age 75, of Lombard

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

StehleJames A. Stehle, age 75, of Lombard, died June 3, 2019, at Central DuPage Hospital.

James was the loving husband of 55 years of Karen E. nee Kuehn; loving father of the late Tim (Denise) of Villa Park and the late Jeffrey (Michelle) of Naperville; dear grandfather of T.J. of Villa Park, Crystal of Villa Park, Jeffrey “J.J.” and Jeremy; great-grandfather of Mariah; fond uncle of Jim Stehle of Arizona and Lori (Rick) Kahoun of Arizona; great-uncle of many.

James was preceded in death by 2 brothers.

James had been a Lombard resident for 48 years.  He was a member of Sacred Heart Church.  He was retired from the General Motors Train Division in Hodgkins, Illinois, where he worked as an Electrical Inspector.

James was active in Lombard Cruise Nights with his ’70 Chevelle.

Funeral Services Saturday 9 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St., Lombard, for 9:30 AM Mass.  Visitation Friday from 4-8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, River Grove, Illinois.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society 1801 S. Meyers Road, Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, 60181, would be appreciated.

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

Loretta Ruth (Moser) Tanis, 83, of Lombard

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Loretta Ruth (Moser) Tanis, 83, of Lombard, Ill., passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in hospice care at Lexington Senior Residence. She was born in Bluffton, Indiana, and later grew up in Fort Wayne, where she graduated from Central High School. Loretta moved to Chicago to study at the Art Institute of Chicago, receiving her BFA in 1956.

Surviving are her children, Mark and Joan, both of California; three grandchildren; and siblings, Mary Lou Hutter and Janet Keith. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Tanis; and siblings, Ronald, Donald and Joe Moser.

A Celebration of Life service will be held in June at First United Methodist Church, 155 S. Main Street, Lombard Ill., Saturday, June 8 at 11:30AM.

Patricia Farmer Leahy, age 69, of Lombard

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

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Patricia Farmer Leahy passed away peacefully at her home on May 31, 2019.  A  loving wife, mother and grandmother, she is survived by her husband, Robert, their children Barrett (Kelly) Leahy and Susan (Don) Turner and grandchildren Carly Leahy, Kate Leahy, Grace Turner, Dillon Leahy, Caroline Turner, and Madeline Turner.  She is also survived by her sister Kathleen (Bob) Cieslak and many nieces and nephews.

A Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 5, from 4-9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Funeral Services will be held Thursday, June 6, with 9:30 AM Prayers at Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church for 10 AM Mass.  Interment private.

Born in Chicago on June 2, 1949 to Garrett and Edna (Nichols) Farmer, Patti immediately earned the nickname of “Buttons” that was taken up by friends and classmates at Saint Lukes School and Trinity High School in River Forest.  These childhood friendships remained strong throughout her life.

In her youth she enjoyed performing in ice skating competitions and fishing with her father while on family vacations in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

Patti and Bob met at a school dance and later became high school sweethearts.  They were married in 1968.  Living in Oak Park, working and finishing college their family began to grow first with their son, Barry, and later daughter, Susan.

Patti received her teaching degree from Rosary College in 1976 and began her career in the social studies department of Immaculate Heart of Mary High School in Westchester.

In 1989 she joined the staff at Hinsdale South High School and soon became involved with the Model United Nations Program.  After expanding its scope she soon led the program to compete with high schools across the United States.

A former student enlisted Patti’s expertise in the creation of his organization that facilitates Model United Nations conferences.  His group honored Patti as the first recipient of the teacher dedication award which will be presented annually as the Patricia Leahy award.

Although Patti retired in 2013 she continued a very active lifestyle which included substitute teaching, golfing, traveling and time with family and friends.

Patti was diagnosed with brain cancer in November of 2017.  After an 18 month battle with the disease Patti passed away two days before her 70th birthday.  Many of her birthday cards were addressed, “My Dearest Buttons”.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Trinity High School or https://www.gofundme.com/patricia-leahy-fellowship

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