December, 2019 browsing by month


Clifford “Jim” Knaff, age 92, of Grayslake, formerly of Lombard

Monday, December 30th, 2019

Knaff-JimAmerican_Flag_x300Clifford “Jim” Knaff, age 92, of Grayslake, formerly of Lombard, passed away December 22, 2019.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 3, from 4- 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 4, with 9:30 AM prayers from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth, Lombard, for 10 AM Mass. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Elmhurst.

Jim is survived by his loving daughter, Mary (Brian) Romac; his cherished grandchildren, Chris, Matt, Andie; and his dear siblings, Dr. Leo, Jack (Marilyn) and Babs Rosenthal.

Jim is preceded in death by his wife, Mary nee Wolf; his sister-in-law, Barbara; and his brother-in-law, Ben Rosenthal.

Please omit flowers.  Donations in Jim’s memory can be made to DuPage Senior Citizens Council, 1990 Springer Drive, Lombard, IL 60148.  Please note ‘Meals on Wheels’ with your donation.

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Karen J. Kosek (nee Elliott), age 72, of Villa Park

Thursday, December 26th, 2019

Kosek, KarenKaren J. Kosek (nee Elliott), age 72, of Villa Park, passed away December 24.

Visitation will be held Saturday, December 28th from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM with a funeral service at 2:30 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. A private entombment will follow on Monday, Dec. 30th at Resurrection Cemetery.

Karen was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley R. Kosek. She is survived by her two loving children Victoria (Gregory) Ochocinski of Bartlett, and Stanley S. III of Villa Park, her cherished grandchild, Paige of Bartlett, her sibling Jeanine (Robert) Blazick of Geneva and her sisters-in-law, Lorraine Tallarito of Bolingbrook, Joanne Kosek of Chicago, Bernadette (Eric) Sanberg of Villa Park, and brother-in-law Joseph (Catherine) Kosek of Rockford and many nieces and nephews

Karen was a resident of Villa Park for the last 40 years.  She retired as a scheduler for Elmhurst Home Health. She was a generous, kind and loving woman. She loved to go to the movies and spend time with her friends and family.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be given to the American Cancer Society, 1801 S. Meyers Rd, Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181.

Velma “Ruth” Finch nee Barker, of Lombard

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

FinchVelma “Ruth” Finch (Barker) of Lombard, 1932-2019

Ruth Finch passed away peacefully December 21 at the age of 87.  She is preceded by her husband, Robert M. Finch (1991) and her oldest child, Marshall Finch (2015).  Ruth was the daughter of Oscar and Bertha Barker and granddaughter to Edith and Roy.

Surviving sisters are Ann Despinies of Washington, IL and Esther Muncrief of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Ruth was the mother of 11 children, 24 grandchildren and over 40 great-grandchildren. Her greatest joys were her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She lived in Lombard for over fifty years and enjoyed her flower garden, collecting antiques and peaceful evenings sitting outside on her deck.  She loved to travel and visit new places, or just being taken out for a drive.

Ruth believed in family, God and truth. She lived her best life by treating friends and family with love and kindness.  She leaves behind a high standard of love, integrity and respect for her family to emulate in her memory and carry forward.

Ruth will be buried at Chapel Hill Cemetery Tuesday, December 24, at a private service.

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

Clair D. Detro, age 88, of Elmhurst

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

Clair D. Detro, of Elmhurst.

World traveler, age 88, beloved father of Dale and Diane (Szczepaniak). Loving grandfather of Alissa and Daniel. Preceded in death by his wife and fellow world traveler, Joanne P. Detro nee Plumery.

Clair was an Air Force veteran serving from 1949 until 1953. His hobbies included traveling, golf, pinochle, and fishing. At Clair’s request, no services are forthcoming.

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.

G. J. Zemaitis, of Lombard

Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

ZemaitisG.J. Zemaitis, 1952-2019

He loved beautiful women, beautiful cars, and beautiful guns. He was a deputy sheriff and a newspaper man. When told his cancer was terminal, he lit a cigar and said, “So it goes.”

Born in Canada, he is survived by his wife Regina nee Maleckas, son Paul (Kayla) Zemaitis, and daughter Lauren (Daniel) Flores.

Brother of the late Daiva.

G.J. was an avid reader, hunter, and fisherman. In the 1970’s, he was the Deputy Sheriff in Routt County, Colorado. He went on to work for the Tribune in the 1990’s. Later, G.J. was the Quartermaster for the DuPage County Sheriff.

A wake will be held Friday, December 27th, from 4-8 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Project Purple would be appreciated, 115 Main Street Suite 1, Seymour, CT, 06483,

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William “Billy” Ralph Mueller, age 57

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

MuellerWilliam (Billy) R. Mueller


William “Billy” Ralph Mueller, 57, passed away on Sunday morning, December 15th, after a courageous bout with cancer. He was born on March 16th, 1962 to Marge and Bill Mueller in Chicago Illinois. For 29 years he was a loving husband to Dawn Mueller. Remarkable father of two children, Billy and Summer Mueller. Beloved brother of Karen (Chris) Savas and Sharon (Mike) Kuderna. A role model to nieces and nephews, Mikey (Emily) and Sammi Kuderna and Staci (Brad) and Chris (Bailey) Savas. He is remembered by countless friends and family who will carry on his beautiful soul with pride.

Billy will be known for his giant heart, relentless work ethic and intelligence, and the way he lit up every room he entered. He grew up in Chicago’s Austin Neighborhood and was always a true protector of his family. He attended Weber High School where he was a star football player known for his grit. Billy had a passion for his work, for 38 years he worked at Loyola Hospital in Maywood. His climb up the ranks in the hospital was astounding. Starting as the assistant lock smith at 19, he was given a pile of keys to sort, as he did with everything, he put his heart and soul into the project. His hard work was noticed immediately by the hospital. He was hired as an Operating Room aid, where he picked up all the dirty work no one else wanted. Throughout his tenure he went on countless mission trips to impoverished countries as a Biomed Technician where he pieced together medical equipment to help children in need. By his 38th year, he was a clinical engineering manager who created a calmness and confidence in the OR to help save lives. He was always there to help a friend in need, no matter the problem Billy would do his absolute best to fix it. He knew exactly what to say and the right advice to give to let a person know everything would be alright. In his free time, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, working on cars, and doing everything he could for the ones he loved.

A visitation and celebration of life will be held on Friday December 20th  at Sugar Creek Golf Course, 500 E. Van Buren, in Villa Park. Visitation will be from 4-6 PM and a celebration will follow. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. In this time the family welcomes you to tell his stories and crack jokes with old friends. This is an opportunity to send Billy off the right way.

LaVerne McAra Stahl, age 100, of Lombard

Monday, December 16th, 2019

stahlLaVerne McAra Stahl, age 100, of Lombard, passed away December 14, 2019.

LaVerne is survived by her loving children, Jeanne Stahl Eschenbrenner; Nancy Stahl (Mark) Smith, Lynda Stahl; her cherished grandchildren, Gregg (Melody Dawn) Eschenbrenner, Carrie Eschenbrenner Harmon, Garrett Smith, Jamie Smith,  Lauren Smith (Lucas) Hakala; a great-granddaughter, Elisabeth Harmon.

LaVerne is preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Joseph; parents James S. and Hilda G. McAra; two brothers, James McAra and Robert McAra; a sister, Hilda Gorman; and son-in-law, Daniel W. Eschenbrenner.

LaVerne was a resident of Lombard since 1951. She graduated in 1938 from Lucy Flower High School in Chicago. During WWII, LaVerne worked on testing airplane carburetors. She was an avid seamstress who enjoyed creating wedding attire for family and friends. LaVerne was a 60 year member of DuPage County Home Extension, where she taught sewing to 4-H members and judged 4-H projects at the DuPage County Fair.  She was a Past Guardian of Job’s Daughters Bethel #71.

In lieu of flowers, Special Needs Trust for Lynda G. Stahl, c/o Nancy Smith, or Shriners Hospital for Children, Development Office, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60707, are appreciated.

A Visitation will be held Friday, December 20, from 3-7 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Funeral Service will be held Saturday, December 21, at 11 AM at Community Presbyterian Church, 1111 E. Madison St., Lombard.  Interment will follow at Mt. Emblem Cemetery.

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Edward Lawrence Milas, age 98, of Lombard

Friday, December 13th, 2019

MilasAmerican_Flag_x300Edward Lawrence Milas, age 98, of Lombard, passed away December 11, 2019.

A visitation will be held Monday, December 16th from 8:45 AM until the time of prayers at 9:45 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard,  proceeding to St. John the Apostle Church, 330 N. Westmore Ave, Villa Park,  for 10:15 AM Mass. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery in Wheaton.

Edward is survived by his beloved wife, Martha; his loving son, John (Presy) Milas; cherished grandchildren, Paula (Thaddeus) Sochacki and Edward (Amy) Milas; dear great-grandchildren, Ashley and Leila Sochacki; and fond nephews, Ronald (Juliana) Tragasz and Richard (Cynthia) Tragasz; many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Edward is preceded in death by his sister, Adeline (Thaddeus) Tragasz

Edward was born on October 8, 1921 to Polish immigrants, Jan Milas and Josephine nee Dubernas. He was raised on the west side of Chicago.

Edward served in the U.S. Navy from 1939 to 1945. He was a Submariner throughout WWII. Edward was awarded the Presidential Award for service in the Philippines, along with other distinguished honors.

He married Martha Ella Hartje in 1945 and moved to Chicago. Edward was employed as an Electrician for Western Electric in Cicero, until his retirement. His child, John, was born in 1948 and Edward actively participated in raising him and shared an appreciation for sports, education, career development and outdoor activities. He relocated to Lombard in 1978, and resided in the same house throughout the rest of his life. Edward enjoyed being part of raising his two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He attended most of their sporting events and school functions and was respectfully referred to as “grandpa” by the team members. Edward was a devout Catholic and served as an usher at St. John the Apostle Church. He had just celebrated his 98th birthday and 74th wedding anniversary this year. Edward had a rich and rewarding life as a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38105.

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


Audrey Mae Jones, age 89

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

JonesAudrey Mae Jones, age 89, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at home.

Audrey is survived by her hushand, Jack Jones, and two daughters Polly Jones (Cally Raduenzel) and Kelli Jones (Daniel Sacharny), 5 grandchildren (Henry Schlueter, Sydney Schlueter, Jack Schlueter, Eva Fiallos and Lucia Fiallos), 4 great-grandchildren (Vinny, Jack, Maliya, Vera) and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.  She is proceeded in death by her parents, brothers Paul (Lucille) and Dick (Yvonne) Buchholz, sister Francis (Bill) Gauspohl, her daughter, Kristin Schlueter and two sons, David and John Jones.

Audrey was born In Glen Ellyn, IL on November 14, 1930 to Paul and Anna Buchholz.  She was a graduate of Glenbard West High School.  She married John “Jack” Jones on May 26, 1950.  She was a homemaker and stay-at-home mom while also working part-time as home-ec shopper and hall monitor at Willowbrook High School.   Audrey loved interior design and spent years antiquing and working on home renovation projects with her husband of 69 years.   Together they amassed an impressive collection of antique fixtures, furniture and fire department paraphernalia.   She and her husband enjoyed tandem bicycling and together they rode thousands of miles over the years.   Audrey was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed every Cubs game, both at home or on family outings to Wrigley Field.   She was a faithful Lutheran and a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church for over 50 years.  Audrey will be sorely missed by her husband, children and all that loved her.

A private funeral service is scheduled for after the first of the new year.  The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation is made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Frank J. Markov, Sr., age 85, of Lombard

Monday, December 9th, 2019

MarkovAmerican_Flag_x300Frank J. Markov, Sr., age 85, of Lombard, died December 8 at Seasons Hospice in Naperville.

Frank was the beloved husband of the late Barbara nee Emery; loving father of David (Carolina) of California, Frank, Jr. (Carolyn) of Lombard and Steve (Jeff) of Los Angeles; loving grandfather of Roseanne (Tom) Burke of Germantown Hills, IL, and Barbara Markov; great-grandfather of John Burke and Meredith Burke; brother-in-law of Florence Tringl of Illinois, Alice Tringl of Colorado and Kenneth (Barbara) Emery of Illinois; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Frank was married for 53 years to the late Barbara.  He had been a resident of Beacon Hill since 2016.

Frank grew up in Chicago and graduated from Saint Rita High School.  He was a retired restaurant supply salesman for Ed Herbst Company.  He was a Veteran of the U. S. Army and served from 1960-1962.

Frank was a bowler in several leagues in Lombard since 1976.

A Visitation will be held Thursday, December 12, from 9 AM until the time of a Funeral Service at 12 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Glen Ellyn.

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