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Pauline Salinas, age 96, passed away November 13, 2019.

Friday, November 15th, 2019

SalinasPauline Salinas, age 96, passed away November 13, 2019.

A Memorial Gathering will be scheduled in early December.

Pauline is survived by her beloved children, Sylvia McGrath and Louis H. Jr (Jane); her loving grandchildren, Richard,  Elena (Chad) Bowden, John McGrath and James (Nicole) McGrath; and her dear great-grandchildren, Annalise, Kayla and Molly; aunt and great-aunt of many.

Pauline is preceded in death by her husband, Louis H. Sr and her son-in-law, John McGrath.

Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard, IL. For more information 888-629-0094.

Harold (Harry) Gnadt, age 83, of Lombard

Monday, November 11th, 2019

GnadtHarold (Harry) Gnadt, age 83, of Lombard passed on Wednesday, November 6.

Harry is survived by his wife, Margaret (Marge), daughters Donna, Diane, and a granddaughter, Allie Thomas.

He was born in Chicago July 2, 1936 to the late Harold and Eleanor Gnadt.  He was pre-deceased by his younger brother, Ron.

Harry was known for his unique personality, talent for photography and love of family.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, November 24 at 2 PM at Allegra Banquets, 237 St. Charles Rd., Villa Park.  Interment private.

Visit or call 888-629-0094 for information.

Alice E. Andersen nee Gwinnup, age 95, of Wooddale

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

Andersen-AliceAlice E. Andersen nee Gwinnup, age 95, of Wooddale, died November 7, at Abbington Rehab Center in Roselle.

Alice was the beloved wife of the late Earl H. Andersen, Sr.; loving mother of 3: Earlene A. (Timothy J. Sr.) Reilly, Earl H. (Christine) Andersen II, and Alice E. (John) Walton; adored grandmother of Theresa L. (Thornton) Koppel, Timothy J. Reilly II, Joel Andersen and Nina Andersen; great-grandmother of William (Angela) Brubacher, Mathew Koppel, Steve Koppel, Jonathan (Eden) Koppel and Rebekah Koppel; great-great grandmother of Josiah Koppel and Liam Koppel.  Alice is also survived by a sister and a brother.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband; a grandson, Aaron Andersen; a great-grandson, Richard Koppel, a sister and a brother.

Alice had been a resident of Wooddale since 1954.  She was a former member of West Suburban Community Church in Elmhurst.

Alice was very well liked in her community.

A Visitation will be held Monday, November 11, from 4-6 PM at Brust Villa Park Funeral Home, 305 S. Princeton Ave., Villa Park.  Funeral Service will be Tuesday, November 12 at 12:30 PM at the funeral home.  Interment to follow at Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery in Northlake.

Visit or call 888-629-0094 for information.

Roger B. Moore, age 88 of Lombard

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

MooreAmerican_Flag_x300Roger B. Moore, age 88 of Lombard, died November 8 2019 at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in the presence of loved ones.

Roger was the beloved husband of the late Philadel; father of Darlinn (Richard) Sladky and Lorrie (David) Eshoo; grandfather of René (Daniel Evans) Otto and Tifani (Jeff) Anton; great-grandfather of Jackson Evans and Ella Evans; brother of Heidi (Dan) Rebecca and Rosemarie Lawless; and many nieces and nephews.

Roger was preceded in death by his wife, a sister, Diane Koesha, and a brother, Jerry Moore.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, November 11, with a Visitation from 12:30 to 1:30 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery in Oakbrook Terrace.

Roger was born May 5, 1931 in Chicago to Charlotte and Clarence Moore.  He had been a longtime resident of Lombard.  Roger was the former owner of Moore Addison Company.

Roger was a lover of a good joke, a stiff drink, a long cigar, animals, children and the truth.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) at ASPCA Gift Processing Center, PO Box 96929, Washington, DC 20077-7127 or Shriner’s Hospitals for Children-Chicago, Office of Development, 2211 North Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707-3392.

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

Judith A. Nielsen nee Leanes, age 72, suddenly of Glen Ellyn, formerly of Lombard

Friday, November 8th, 2019

NielsenJudith A. Nielsen nee Leanes, age 72, suddenly of Glen Ellyn, formerly of Lombard, died November 7, surrounded by her family, at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Judith was the loving mother of Patricia (Stanley) Szudrowicz of Lombard; fond Grandmother of Amanda Guetzow of Glen Ellyn, Allison (Mark Garbacz) Szudrowicz of Villa Park, and Stasiu Szudrowicz of Lombard; great-grandmother of Lily and Mia of Glen Ellyn and various “adopted” great-grandchildren; dear sister of Paul (Marianne) Leanes of Arlington Heights; fond aunt of Scott (Jillian) Leanes of Fox Lake and Julie (Lee) Van Sickle of Chicago; and dear friend of many.

Judith had been a resident of Glen Ellyn for the past 4 years.  Prior to that, she had lived in Lombard for 48 years.

Judith was a graduate of West Leyden High School.  She had worked at Lego Land in Florida and at Nothing Bundt Cakes in Wheaton.  Judith loved walking, gardening and animals.

Judith enjoyed talking with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was very close to her whole family, including her son-in-law’s family, who welcomed her into their lives.

Funeral Services Wednesday, November 13 at 11:00 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Arlington Heights.  A Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 12, from 3-9 PM at Brust Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Memory of Judith to the West Suburban Humane Society, 1901 Ogden Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515.

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Frank Mangels, age 91, of Villa Park

Friday, November 8th, 2019

MangelsAmerican_Flag_x300Celebrating the life of Frank Mangels, 91, who died on November 3, 2019. He was loved by his family, daughters: Wanda Drewel (Lewis Fischbein); Wendy Zimmerman (Bruce); Wynn Navarro (Michael); and his grandchildren: Katie Zimmerman (Michael Kernan); Beth Zimmerman (Mo Amer); Julia Navarro (Jordan Milam); Amanda Drewel (Jacob Batey); and Franklin Navarro; and his many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Avis (nee Miller), his parents: Frank and Martha (nee Koehler), his sisters: Lucille Boese and Lillian Lubbert, and his granddaughter, Paige Drewel.

His many friends at Community Presbyterian Church of Lombard, were a special part of his life. The church provided a place to live out his faith, as he served as a trustee, deacon, youth group leader, mission trip foreman, and helped with other duties, as assigned. His buddies at the Christian Church of Villa Park were also a tremendous support over the years.

He was proud of his military service, during the Korean War. He served in the Army from 1951-1952, where he ran Frank’s Happy Tap, in addition to fighting for his country.

His life’s work as a carpenter and general contractor began at Lane Tech High School. He co-owned Linden Construction Company, with his brother-in-law, Bob Ewert. Their ventures ranged from residential construction and building White Castle restaurants to projects at Argon National Laboratories and the Regenstein Center at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

Frank enjoyed sports and was a life-long White Sox fan.  He played semi-pro football and softball in his younger years. His love of fishing provided many hours of enjoyment with family and friends, but a meal of fish seldom crossed his lips. His strong faith, sense of humor, and his love of music, were wonderful companions throughout his life, even in his final days.


  • Friday, December 6, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard

Celebration of Life Service

  • Visitation on Saturday, December 7, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the church
  • Service at 1:00 p.m. followed by a reception, at the church
  • Community Presbyterian Church of Lombard, 1111 Madison St., Lombard

In lieu flowers, donations can be made to the VFW of Villa Park, 39 E. St. Charles Rd., IL 60181, The VFW or Community Presbyterian Church of Lombard, 1111 E. Madison St., Lombard, IL 60148.

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
Dr. Seuss

RUTH LOMBARD, nee Walker, age 88, of Lombard

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Lombard, Ruth

Ruth Lombard nee Walker was born on March 4th, 1931  and she was called to her heavenly home on November 4th, 2019 in Lombard, IL.  She was the daughter of late Marshall and Christell Walker.  She was born in Homer, Louisiana.  She shared her life with the late Eldor Lombard for 25 years.  She was the caring mother to JoAnn Lombard and the loving grandmother to Terrence (Lauren) Lombard.  She was the great grandmother to Joshua, Tristan, and Kennedy.  She was the amazing sister to the late Marshall, James, Bobbye, Mary, Charles.  She was the beloved Aunt and Great Aunt to many nieces and nephews.  She was the bestie to the late Betty Joens and she never let her sidekick the late Neo stray too far.

Ruth started paving a way for herself when at a young age she moved from Louisiana to Chicago in 1952 with $20 in her pocket. This move is what allowed Ruth to not only help herself become an independent woman, but it allowed her to help so many people in her life in so many ways.

She showed her independence when after moving to Chicago she started working at a newspaper stand.  This is where she met her loving husband Eldor and as always demonstrated her strength and perseverance to break barriers in her life and in the world.   She started working at JCPenney in 1969 and she worked there for 28 years.  After moving from Maywood to Lombard in 1978 she waited for an opening to transfer to the Lombard store.  That is where she met her lifelong friend the late Betty Joens.

Ruth loved living her life to the fullest.  She never turned down spending time with her many friends.

She and her friends enjoyed going to plays at Drury Lane and a lunch or dinner was never far off.  She enjoyed traveling anytime she could.  When traveling was not an option she would watch travel shows on tv.  She loved talking about history with anyone who would listen.

She finally got see Terrence her grandson marry the love of his life Lauren and was the FIRST to volunteer her personal guest list.   She enjoyed every minute she spent with her great grandchildren.  They brought so many smiles to her face.

She enjoyed walking regularly to stay healthy and spend time with her friends.   Felix, Heidi, Jill and Bea were all her regulars for her morning walk.  Every September all of her friends knew she would soon be raising money for the Crop Walk.   She did the Crop Walk religiously in Villa Park for 21 straight years.  This past year was her last at 88 years old.   Her goal every year was to raise just a little more than she did the year before and Terrence always needed to make sure he beat everyone else’s pledge. She COUNTED on that!

She volunteered at her church as an Altar Guild and recruited her daughter JoAnn to help with the creative arts at her church. She was a Lady Elk and she not only helped with initiations but was also a huge recruiter for them.  She worked their annual rummage sale where there proceeds went on to help women and food pantries.  She was one of the most giving people you could ever know.  She was always looking for ways to help anyone who was in need.

Ruth Lombard was an Amazing woman who helped everyone she encountered to be a little better human being.

Services will be held at:   Holy Trinity Church

350 E Madison Ave

Lombard, IL

Saturday November 9th

10am Memorial

11am Service

Repass to follow at Gullivers Pizza and Pub: 17W517 Roosevelt Rd Oak Brook Terrace, IL 60181

In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate, Attn: Memorial/Tribute Processing Center, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674, are appreciated.

Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home. For more information call 888-629-0094.

Anna M. Spilker-Steinbrenner nee Hurray, age 95, of Lombard

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

Spilker- SteinbrennerAnna M. Spilker-Steinbrenner nee Hurray, age 95, of Lombard, passed away November 5, 2019.

Visitation will be held Monday, November 18th from 4 – 7 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, November 19th with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to St. Pius X Church, 1025 E. Madison St, Lombard, for 10 AM Mass. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

Anna was the beloved mother of Donna J. Spilker, Colonel Ret. John M. “Mike” (Josephine) Spilker, Peggy A. (Scott) Mengel and the late Robert L. (Janis) Spilker, ScD; her loving grandchildren, John, Anthony, Jana, Ryan, Janel, Sara, Erika, Laura, Lisa and Zach;  9 cherished great-grandchildren; aunt and great-aunt of many; fond stepmother of Carl, Sue Steinbrenner and Jim (Kim) Steinbrenner.

Anna was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Spilker and Alfred F Steinbrenner; her brother, Robert (Mary) Hurray and sister, Audrey M. Hurray.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Pius X Church in their mission to help the less fortunate.

For more information 888-629-0094.