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Margaret Lillian Acton (nee Bell) (85) passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 16, 2020

Saturday, January 18th, 2020

Acton-Margaret 2ROCKFORD – Margaret Lillian Acton (nee Bell) (85) passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 16, 2020. Margaret was born in Chicago, IL in 1934, living her formative years in Oak Park and then Villa Park, and attended York High School in Elmhurst, IL. Margaret is survived by her loving husband Raymond of Lombard, IL to whom she was married 67 years. Beloved mother of Thomas (Carol), Linda (James Ferguson) and Robert (Polly).  Margaret was a cherished grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Margaret is preceded in death by her children Laura Dawn, Karen Louise and James Russell, her brother James Bell, her mother Dorothy Bell, and her father James Bell Sr.  While raising three of her children, Margaret had the unique experience of dedicating almost two decades to providing daily therapeutic care to her children who were afflicted with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Margaret would spend several hours daily treating the effects of this critical respiratory and digestive disease. This determined effort was also reflected in her resolve to live a full life despite the ever-increasing effects of Parkinson’s Disease. Margaret was a devoted member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, serving congregations at Trinity Lutheran Church, York Center, IL (41 years) and First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids, MN (20 years) where she and Ray made many dear, lifelong friends. In addition to regular worship attendance and participation in Bible study, Margaret enjoyed sharing her needlecraft talents, making quilts and other crafts for the benefit of others. Ray and Marge hand-built countless wood projects for gifts to their family, friends and donations for charitable causes. Margaret loved homemaking, cooking, being outdoors, vegetable gardening, fishing on Wasson Lake with Ray, their children and grandchildren, taking long walks, and evening card games friends and family. A funeral service celebrating Margaret’s life in Christ which continues eternally, will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lindenwood, Illinois, officiated by Rev. Dr. Matthew Rosebrock, husband to Margaret’s granddaughter Kimberly Rosebrock.  Margaret will lie in state beginning at 9:00 am on Monday January 20, followed by a funeral service at 10:00 am. Graveside services will commence at 1:00 pm at Mount Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst, IL. In lieu of flowers, the Family asks that any memorial gifts extended in Margaret’s honor be forwarded to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lindenwood, IL. The Family also extends our most sincere expression of gratitude to the Wesley Willows Community as well as to Heartland Hospice for the compassion, friendship and love shown to Margaret.

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


William D. Janowski, age 56, of Elmhurst

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

William D. Janowski, age 56, of Elmhurst, died January 12, 2020, at his home.

William is survived by a brother, Steven Janowski, of Elmhurst.  He was preceded in death by his parents, the late William and Marion (nee Sibley).

William was a life-long resident of Elmhurst, Illinois.  He graduated from York High School in 1981.

William loved music, particularly rock, jazz and blues.  He was an avid music historian with a large record collection.

All services are private.

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Alice E. “Betty” McVickar (nee Jordan) age 98, of Villa Park

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Alice E. “Betty” McVickar (nee Jordan) age 98, of Villa Park, died January11, at Elmhurst Hospital.

Betty was the beloved wife of the late Franklin “Coleman”; beloved Mother of Robert and Julia McVickar, Bonnie and Roger Wachter, and James and Robin McVickar; treasured Grandma to Todd and Angelica, Richard and Tiffany, Susan and Josh Navone, Ryan and Danea, Andrew and Nicole Wachter, Sean, Ian, Kandace, and Carlos; and precious Great Grandma to Robert, Kevin, Nathan, Kayla McVickar, Sophia Novone, Adelyn, Aubrey, and Avery Wachter.

Betty was a retired OB/GYN Tech and Professional Grandma.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, January 16, with a Visitation from 9 AM until the time of the Funeral Service at 11 AM at Brust Villa Park Funeral Home, 305 S. Princeton, Villa Park.  Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Forest Park, IL.

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Connie M. Kohout (nee Maslanka), age 84 of Lombard

Saturday, January 11th, 2020

KohoutConnie M. Kohout (nee Maslanka), age 84 of Lombard, was welcomed into Heaven on January 8th, 2020.  She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Francis D. Kohout.  Loving daughter of Joseph and Stella Maslanka.  Loving mother of Barbara (Ronald) Hammond and Francis J (Nancy) Kohout. Beloved grandmother of Katherine, Mary Catherine, Sarah, Julia, Peter and Ruth. Cherished sister of Diane (Daniel) Svoboda and Raymond (Charlotte) Maslanka.  Fond cousin and aunt to many.

Connie was an elementary school teacher for many years. She taught at Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic School in Elmhurst, and then at St. Mary’s Catholic School in West Chicago.

Visitation will be Monday January 13th, 3 pm – 8 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard, IL.

Funeral service will be Tuesday January 14th 10:00 am at Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth, Lombard IL.

In lieu of sending flowers, donations to Lexington Hospice and Palliative Care, 665 West North Ave, Suite 105, Lombard IL 60148, in Constance’s name or Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois Chapter, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631, are appreciated.

Dorothy A. Muratore, 83, of Lombard

Saturday, January 4th, 2020

MuratoreDorothy A. Muratore, 83, of Lombard, passed away on January 2 from Alzheimer’s Disease.

She is survived by her brother, Gaetano (the late Peggy) Muratore of Smyrna, TN, niece Sandra (Leonard) Criger of Lombard, nephew Anthony Muratore, Sr. of Rochelle, great-nephew Anthony Muratore, Jr. of Kings, and many cousins, Godchildren, and friends.

Dorothy was born in Chicago where she lived for 37 years before moving to Melrose Park and living there for 33 years. She worked for Meters & Controls, Inc. in the accounting department for many years before retiring and moving in with her brother Phil and sister-in-law Mickie in Lombard. She lived there for 10 years before the Alzheimer’s progressed so much that she was then moved to Bridgeway Senior Living in Bensenville.

Before Alzheimer’s, Dorothy enjoyed spending time with family and friends playing cards and Pokeno. She loved to shop and go out for “a bite to eat.” She had a major sweet tooth. She loved watching professional and college sports on TV and going to games and was a huge fan of the Chicago Cubs, Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks. She was active in church, even watching it on TV when she couldn’t go anymore. She was generous and kindhearted and would do anything for her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, Filippo and Domenica “Mamie” Muratore, sister Joan Muratore, brother Anthony (the late Gorma) Muratore, and brother Philip (the late Domenica “Mickie”) Muratore.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 8th from 9:00 am until time of prayers at 10:30 am at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard, proceeding to  St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1025 E. Madison St., Lombard, for 11 AM Mass.  Interment will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Hillside.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.


Clifford “Smitty” Smith, age 74, of Lombard

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

SmittyAmerican_Flag_x300Clifford “Smitty” Smith, age 74, of Lombard, died December 31, 2019.

Smitty was the loving brother of Randall (Mary Kay) of Aurora; dearest uncle of Jenifer Smith of Streamwood, Amanda (Matthew) Consalvo of Ohio and Wendy (Kyle) Mason of Ohio; great-uncle of Brooklyn, Rosalie, Bella and Lincoln; many other relatives.

Smitty was the son of the late Rosalie Smith nee Mahy.

A Visitation will be held Thursday, January 9 from 2-8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Funeral Services will be held Friday, January 10, with Smitty Lying-in-State from 10 AM until the time of a Funeral Service at 10:30 AM at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 215 S. Lincoln Ave., Lombard.  Interment will follow at 1:30 PM at Chapel Hill Gardens South, Oak Lawn.

Smitty was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and served from 1968 until he retired from the Navy Reserves in 1984.  Smitty retired after 30 years working for the Illinois Tollway Authority.

Smitty was very active in the Lombard Jaycee’s, including working with Jaycee’s Haunted House and Taste of Lombard programs.  He also was active at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, where he worked in the St. John’s Food Pantry and went on Mission trips with the church.  Smitty was a long-time volunteer at DuPage Pads. He enjoyed bringing flowers to shut-ins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 2151 S. Lincoln Ave., Lombard, IL 60148.

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

Harold A. Stetson, age 87, of Lombard

Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

StetsonHarold Alexander Stetson, born April 10,1932, in Ramsayville, Ontario, Canada passed peacefully at his home in Lombard, Illinois, surrounded by family on December 30, 2019.

A Memorial Gathering will be held Friday, January 10th from 3 – 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 11th at 10:30 AM at First United Methodist Church, 155 S. Main St, Lombard. Interment private at Forest Hill Cemetery, Glen Ellyn.

Harold was raised to value faith and family and learned at an early age the value of hard work, persistence and loyalty.  The fourth of eight siblings, he was a skilled peacemaker and ever patient.  In 1952, he wed his childhood sweetheart, Grace Elizabeth Walkem.  Soon after, they moved to the United States where Harold worked to put himself through college at Eastern Nazarene in Quincey, Massachusetts, where his daughter, Suzanne Joy, and son, Harold David, were born.  Harold was employed by Textron which transferred him and his family to Ohio in 1961 and then to Lombard, Illinois in 1969.  He started his own business, Stetson and Associates, continuing his successful career in fastener sales.  He ultimately became a partner in Valley Fastener Group, LLC, and retired in 2003, after spending nearly 50 years in the fastener industry.  He was highly respected for his marketing and sales skills, technical knowledge and ability to provide customers with engineering solutions to their fastener or assembly equipment problems. He was an excellent teacher of his craft, and a role model to many.

Harold was an active member of the church throughout his life, and always played a starring role in the church choir with his beautiful tenor voice.  His faith in God was his anchor, and he demonstrated what it means to live a Christ-centered life.  He was always quick to offer a helping hand or an encouraging word and never passed judgment.  He remained an avid student of history and politics throughout his life and loved to read and travel the world with his family and friends.  He enjoyed watching hockey, especially the Chicago Blackhawks, and cheering on the Cubs. In recent years, Harold became a self-proclaimed “Florida boy” where he enjoyed a respite from the bitter Chicago winters.

Above all else, Harold was deeply committed to his family, especially his beloved wife of 67 years, Grace Stetson.  He was the leader of his family, a pillar of calm and strength, and the quintessential role model.  He was an adoring father, grandfather and great grandfather, and loved his siblings, as well as members of his extended family and dear friends.

He leaves behind his wife Grace, his daughter Suzanne and her husband Jay Hoffman, his son Harold David Stetson and his wife Mary Sue; his grandchildren: Scott Stetson and wife Kari, Elizabeth Hoffman Schmeltz and her husband Bobby, Jim Stetson, Bill Stetson, Kristen Hoffman Anderson and her husband Austin; great grandchildren: Thora and Indigo Stetson, and Jack Schmeltz; his dear siblings: Bill, Fraser, and Dorothea Stetson, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

He is preceded in death by his loving parents Harold Edwin and Lola Mildred (Boyd) Stetson, and his cherished siblings Donald, Marion, Harvey, and Glenn Stetson.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be given in Harold’s honor to either of the two churches that were most meaningful to Harold.

First United Methodist Church, 155 S. Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148 or New Life Lutheran Church, 8010 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34240

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

Eugenia S. Bartoszek, nee Jarocki, age 89, of Lombard

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

BartoszekEugenia S. Bartoszek, nee Jarocki, age 89, of Lombard died on her birthday, December 30th.

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 6th from 8:30 AM until the time of prayers, at 9:30 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard, processing to 10:00 AM Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 114 S. Elizabeth, Lombard.  Interment will follow at St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, IL.

Mrs. Bartoszek was the beloved wife of the late Eugene F.  She was the dear mother of Michael J. Nichols of Lombard; cherished grandmother of Tara (Joe) Trotta of Indiana, and Brian (Beth) of Indiana; loving great-grandmother of Angela, Desirea, Jorden, Willie, and Brooke.  She is survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives who will miss her greatly.

Eugenia was preceded in death by her husband; her grandson, Robert; two sisters and one brother.

Mrs. Bartoszek was a resident of Lombard for the last 65 years.  She was formerly a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, Lombard.  She had been a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church for the past 54 years.

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