October, 2019

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Jessica Munro Fraser (nee MacLennan), 84, of Lombard

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

fraserJessica Munro Fraser (nee MacLennan), 84, died Sunday, October, 27, 2019 after battling the aftermath of a stroke.  Beloved wife of the late Alastair G. Fraser, much-loved mother of her three daughters and her late son, Scott G. Fraser and a cherished grandmother of nine.

Jessica was born in Inverness, Scotland where she and her husband were born and grew up.  Both immigrated to Canada and then to the United States where they built a family.  Most of her life she lived in Lombard, IL – and her family never strayed too far away.

She is survived by her daughters, Carol (Dave) Knuth of Addison, IL, Lee (Chris) Salafatinos of Glen Ellyn, IL, and Pamela Fraser of Lombard, IL.  She was the loving and doting grandmother to Christopher (Kat) Fraser, Heather (Matt) Dickinson, Jennifer and Melissa Fraser, Tom and Michael Knuth, James, Isabella and George Salafatinos and a great-grandmother to Alasdair Knuth.

Her imprint on us will be forever in our hearts.

A private service will take place graveside at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook, IL


EDWIN “TOM” SIMONSON, age 86, of Lombard

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Edwin “Tom” Simonson, age 86, a longtime resident of Lombard, was called home to Our Lord on Monday October 29, 2019.  Tom was the loving husband of Lila Jean Schroeder Meyers, married one month shy of 33 years.  Loving father to Ken (Dez) Simonson  and Laura (Mark) Cook. Loving stepfather to Dawn Meyers-Bergin, Wendy (Phil) Meyers Zelazny, and Kent Meyers. Papa to grandchildren Nicole (Alex) Cook Andersen, Thom, Chris, Kelsey, Natalie, Kenny and Stephen Cook, Kim, Kristin and Maggie Simonson Rice, step-grandchildren Paul Bergin, Jules and Cody Zelazny. Tom was also Great Papa to Braedon Wheeler, Sophia, Piper and Lucas Andersen.

After high school, Tom was in National Guard 1950-1953, then drafted to the 11th Airborne, making a couple jumps on forest fires in KY until an ankle fracture resulted in grounding him to fireman duty and then eventually ordered to St. Yohon, Austria where he was trainer for light machine guns. He traveled around Europe until he was shipped to North Korea where he was shot during peacetime while skiing by the previous enemy who did not accept that it was peacetime. He then went back to St. Yohan to the 59th Reconnaissance Forces in Vienna. He was discharged in June 1955, serving two more years in the Reserves.

Tom had a vast number of jobs and talents, including being a carnival roust-a-bout, airport vending machine repair and distribution, United Parcel Service, Jewel Foods, Beeline Fashions, salad chef in a Chicago restaurant, Hotpoint Appliance repair, baker at Lilac Bakery in Lombard, Printer for 6 years, and finally G.E. appliance repair for 30 years. After retirement, he had his Tom’s Fix-It- Shop for many years here in Lombard.  He enjoyed music and dancing, frequenting Casey’s Restaurant every Friday night.  He was “Tiger Tom” to many due to his love for tigers and his family readily indulging in his collection.  He also loved gadgets and infomercials , putting all the lights on intricate timers, so the house had many one-time used appliances.

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 31st from 3 to 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

Funeral Service will be Friday, November 1st with Mr. Simonson Lying-In-State from 10 AM until time of Service at 10:30 AM at St. John’s Ev Lutheran Church, 215 South Lincoln, Lombard.

Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois.

Memorials to GiGi’s Playhouse for Down’s Syndrome in McHenry, Illinois; LaRabida Children’s Hospital or St. John’s Lutheran Church would be appreciated.

Gus Karantzis, age 83, of Lombard

Saturday, October 26th, 2019

Gus Karantzis, age 83, of Lombard, died October 25, 2019 at his home.

Gus was the beloved husband of RoseMarie Karantzis (nee Albano), of whom he has been wed 56 years; loving father of Deborah (Darryl) Duey of Villa Park, Patricia (Dan) Crawford of Villa Park, and Berta Karantzis of Lombard; proud grandfather of Jonathon (Megan) Crawford of Indianapolis, Mackenzie Crawford of Elk Grove Village, Grady Crawford of Elk Grove Village, Caysie (Adam) Buttrey of Tennessee, Cara (Samson) White of Florida, Carly Duey of Tennessee; fond great-grandfather of Judea, Lilah, and Jonah.

Gus was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Germany at age 25. He married the love of his life shortly after returning home.

Mechanical Engineer by profession, but known by everyone as “Mr. Fix-It”! Gus would often be found “puttering” about, always more than happy to lend a hand (he never failed to clean up and put everything away, nice and neat, after every project!). He not only knew where everything was in his own garage, but the garages of his children and extended family as well! In addition to his eagerness to help family and friends, as an active member of Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Christian Church, he would often be found cleaning, fixing, or building something for the Church.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 4:00-8:00 p.m., at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. There will be a service at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral  Services will be held Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 10:00 a.m., at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Christian Church, 28W770 Warrenville Road, Warrenville. Graveside service immediately following will be at Forest Hill Cemetery located at Riford Road and St. Charles Road in Glen Ellyn.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Memorial Fund at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Christian Church are appreciated.

For more information please visit www.brustfuneralhome.com or call 888-629-0094.




John W. Cooper, age 92, of Lombard

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

Cooper-JohnAmerican_Flag_x300John W. Cooper, age 92, of Lombard, died October 21 at his home.

John was the beloved husband of Donna M. nee Urie, whom he married in 1959; loving father of Ann (John) Gieser of Carol Stream and Michael (Kimberly) of Wheaton; fond grandfather of Donna Gieser of Carol Stream, Cameron Cooper of Wheaton and Mikaela Cooper of Wheaton; dear brother of Richard Jr. (Irene) of Oklahoma, Natalie (Jim) Hutchens of Kansas, Carolyn of Kansas and the late Joe of Kansas; many nieces and nephews; and a brother-in-law, John Urie, of Canada.

John had been a Lombard resident for 44 years, since 1975.  He was very active at Sacred Heart Church.  His activities included prayer groups, Bible Study and prayed in the Adoration Chapel.  John belonged to a Prayer Group, the Blue Army, at Visitation Parish in Elmhurst.  He also was active at St. Stanislous Kosta Parish in Chicago.  From 1988-2011, John made many pilgrimages to Italy, Poland, France and Spain.  John repaired damaged statues at many churches in the area.  He also made rosaries and carved crucifixes.

John was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, having served from 1950-1952.  He served for 25 years, from 1963 to 1988 and retired from Hines VA Hospital as Assistant to the Chief of Staff at Hines VA and was a Supervisor of the social workers there.    He also worked at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas.

John graduated from Cathedral High School in Wichita, Kansas.  John attended Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, receiving a BS in 1949.  John attended seminary at North American College in Rome from 1952-1956.  In 1960, he received his MS from St. Patrick School of Social Work in Ottawa, Canada.

Music was always a big part of John’s life.  He grew up singing around the piano at home with his family and his voice was always heard singing at church.  He had a beautiful voice and a wonderful ability to harmonize.  John learned guitar after he retired and often had music playing at home.

A Visitation will be held Friday, October 25, from 4-8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Funeral Services will be held Saturday, October 26, with 9:30 AM Prayers to 10 AM Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St., Lombard.  Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery, Wheaton.

In lieu of flowers, Masses are preferred.

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

Melvin J. Schultz, age 92, of Schaumburg, formerly of Northbrook and Maywood

Monday, October 21st, 2019

American_Flag_x300Melvin J. Schultz, age 92, of Schaumburg, formerly of Northbrook and Maywood, died October 20, 2019 at Sunrise of Schaumburg.

Melvin  was the loving husband of the late Reta nee Miller; loving father of Ken (Joanne) of Schaumburg, and Charles; grandfather of Arica (Tyson) Vancil of Connecticut, Allison (Cory) Woodrich of Arlington Heights, Nicole (Michael) Woodrich of Schaumburg, Kyle, Kelsie, Michelle (Dave) Morawski of Chicago and Jacob; great-grandfather of Cory, Devin, Daniela, Mike, Emerson, Harrison and Eleanor.

Melvin grew up in Maywood and attended Proviso High School, graduating in 1945.  He was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in WWII and the Korean War.

Melvin was the former head of National Advertising and Catalogue Sales at Sears & Roebuck Company.  He was a former President of the Chicago Advertising Club.

Mel was an accomplished artist.  He enjoyed camping, fishing and poker.  He stayed friends with his Proviso High School group “The Buddies” for all of his life.

Graveside services will be held at North Northfield Cemetery, Northbrook, Illinois.

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Visit www.brustfuneralhome.com or call 888-629-0094 for information.

Roger D. Miller, age 79, of Sycamore, formerly of Lombard, Villa Park

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Miller-RogerAmerican_Flag_x300Roger D. Miller, age 79, of Sycamore, formerly of Lombard, Villa Park, passed away October 20, 2019.

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 24th from 10 AM until time of service at 12:00 Noon at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. Interment will follow at Mt. Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst.

Roger is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Barbara nee Veverka; his loving children, Diana (Jeff) Miletich of Tennessee, Kerrie (Paul) Moniuszko of St. Charles and Steven (Judi) Miller of Pennsylvania; cherished grandfather of Rachel (Fiance’ Kyle), Jocelyn, and Cameron.

Roger is preceded in death by his brother, Robert.

Roger grew up in Chicago. He joined the ROTC while at Foreman High School. Roger graduated from Lake Forest College. He served in the U.S. Army from 1959-1961. Roger lived in Lombard / Villa Park from 1962- 1990. He then lived in Crystal Lake for 3 years, Pennsylvania for 14 years and came back to Sycamore, IL in 2006, where Roger resided until his death. Over the years he worked for Motorola, DAC- Con, Eaton, and Component Specialists. Roger was an avid golfer and loved fishing and bowling.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society, 1801 S. Meyers Rd, Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181, are appreciated.

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

Nancy Ann Falash (nee Nutley), age 75, of Villa Park

Saturday, October 19th, 2019

FalashNancy Ann Falash (nee Nutley), beloved wife, mother, grandmother, age 75, of Villa Park, IL, passed away peacefully on October 16, 2019.  She was born February 17, 1944 in Chicago, IL to Lawrence and Catherine (Vanik) Nutley, whom preceded her in death.  She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Richard E. Falash Jr. of Villa Park, IL; her 5 children, Richard (Donna) Falash of Addison, IL, Anthony Falash of Lake in the Hills, IL, Joseph Falash of Rockford, IL, Nancy (Marc) Rowe of Villa Park, IL, and Mary Ann (Robert) Del Santo of Crystal Lake, IL.  She was a loving grandmother to her 11 grandchildren, Stephanie, Madeline, Rebecca, Emily, Chloe, Joseph Jr., Marcus Jr., Karman, Catherine, Robert Jr., and Jacob; as well as 2 great-grandchildren, Cecilia and Patrick.  Nancy is also survived by her siblings Peter, Patricia, Lawrence Jr., Edward, Catherine, and Margaret; as well as many loving nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her other siblings John, Charles, Thomas, James, Eileen, Rosemary, Gerald, and Arthur; as well as her daughters-in-law Samantha Falash and Laura Falash.

Nancy was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan who enjoyed bowling, gourmet desserts, and classic TV.  She also was a loyal parishioner of St. Alexander’s Church in Villa Park, IL for over 40 years.

Friends and family can celebrate her life at a visitation on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148. A short visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 9:00am until time of prayers at 9:45am from Brust Funeral Home to St. Alexander’s Church, 300 S. Cornell, Villa Park, IL 60181 for 10:15 am Mass. Interment immediately following mass at Lakewood Memorial Park, 30W730 Highway 20, Elgin, IL 60120.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made “In Memory of Nancy Falash” to the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, 1755 Edgewood Road, Highland Park, IL 60035 or at www.rizzo44.com.

Inez A. Galvan, age 95, of Lombard

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Inez A.Galvan, 95, a long-time resident of Lombard, died peacefully in her sleep at her home on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

Inez was a loving wife and mother. She was also committed to community service. In addition to her work with various charities, she was appointed by Governor Edgar to the Illinois Community College Board and served with distinction for seven years. Governor Ryan honored Inez as, “Hispanic Woman of the Year” in a ceremony at Daly Plaza. She also served as a national chairwoman for the American GI Forum.

She is survived by her sons, Joseph and Richard Martinez, and by numerous Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Nieces, Nephews and Grand Nieces and Nephews. Inez was a kind and generous person. She will be deeply missed by her many friends and loving family.

A Memorial Gathering will be held Monday, October 21, from 10 AM until time of a Celebration of Life Service at 11 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Private Interment.

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

Raymond Albert Bragado, age 88, of Lombard

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

BragadoRaymond Albert Bragado, age 88, of Lombard, passed away on October 10th 2019 in Lombard, IL.

A Memorial Service will be held from 1pm to 4pm Saturday, October 19th, 2019 at Brust Funeral Home.

Raymond A. Bragado was born in Chicago to Enid Svaboda and Tranquilino Bragado on December 17th, 1930. He worked as an Electrician/Engineer. He served in the United States Navy. He was involved in The National Republican Congressional Committee.

Raymond A. Bragado is preceded in death by Betty Jensen, Enid Svaboda, Tranquilino Bragado, Ursula Bragado.

Raymond A. Bragado is survived by his daughter, Rene Bragado, Granddaughter Cherica Bragado, Loving Grandson, Tony J. Bragado and Proud Great-Grandfather of Tony J. Bragado & Aiden J. Bragado, Daughter in Law, Alani Bragado. Beloved friends Velta & Edward Kopacek.

The family of Raymond A. Bragado wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all family and friends for your help and prayers during this difficult time.

“Say not in grief ‘he is no more’
but in thankfulness that he was.”

Barry D. Giovanine, DDS, age 64, of Glen Ellyn

Monday, October 14th, 2019

GiovanineBarry D. Giovanine, DDS, age 64, of Glen Ellyn, died October 11, 2019.

Barry was the beloved husband of Sandra L., nee Allen; loving father of Bradley A. Giovanine, of New York City, and Stephanie M. Giovanine, of Glen Ellyn; dear brother of Cathy, of Mt. Prospect; and fond uncle, great-uncle, and friend of many.

Barry was a graduate of Augustana College. He went on to graduate from Loyola Dental School. For over thirty years, Barry built a dental practice in Lombard. He was an avid golfer and loved taking his family to Disney World.

A remembrance gathering will be held Sunday, October 20, 2019, from 1-3 PM with reflections and remarks beginning at 3 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, donations directed to the wishes of the family would be appreciated.

Call 888-629-0094 for more information.