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John “Jack” Bartlett Brust, age 92, longtime resident of Lombard

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

John “Jack” Bartlett Brust, age 92, longtime resident of Lombard and Civic Leader, died April 27, 2020 at his home in Hayward, Wisconsin.  Veteran U.S. Army WWII.  Jack was the Founder of the Brust Funeral Home in Lombard and Carol Stream.

A Family Funeral Service will be held on Monday, May 4, at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard, Illinois. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery. A Drive-Thru Visitation will be held Sunday, May 3 from 1-4 PM.

Jack was the beloved husband of Jacqueline J. nee Kahrs, the late Marilyn Fritz nee Kelley and the late Anita nee Raasch; dear father of John Brandon (Karen) of Lombard, Clara Bonnie (the late James) Fiebrandt of Lombard, Thomas E. (Susan) of Minnesota and James F. of Carol Stream; dear step-father of John (Germaine) Fritz of Arizona, Denise (Stephen) Sheehan of Glen Ellyn, Suzanne (Mark) Marshall of Glen Ellyn and Christopher Kahrs of Washington; grandfather of 13, James Bartlett (Kate) Fiebrandt of NC, Tom (Brittany) Fiebrandt of Maryland, Katherine A. (Adam) Dickens of Elmhurst, Kristin (John) Robinson of Glen Ellyn, John Christian (Ashley) Brust of Minneapolis, Kelsie (John E. ) Schmit of Denmark, Margaret Brust of Chicago, Max Brust of WI, T. Erik (Sarah Beth) Brust of MN, Heidi A. Brust of Carol Stream, Ted Brust of Lombard, Kristina Brust of MN, and Erik John Fiebrandt of Lombard; loving step-grandfather of 12 and great-grandfather of 20; brother of the late Kenneth (Ruth).

Jack was a graduate of Proviso East High School. He attended the University of Illinois Champaign and Illinois Benedictine University. He was a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Service.

During WWII Jack served as a surgical tech in the Medical Corp, helping in the recovery of those coming home from the hospitals in Europe.

After establishing Brust Funeral Home in 1952, Jack played many vital roles that helped shape Lombard into the fine town it is today. His beliefs in the growth and strength of community were illustrated by a diverse range of community services throughout his many years in Lombard. He came to Lombard, after WWII Army Service, committed to its future. His father’s and grandfather’s families, and his wife, Anita’s, family, had all grown up in Lombard.

Jack Brust has been president of organizations such as Lombard’s Chamber of Commerce, the Lion’s Club, Rotary Club, Friends of the Library and was the very first president and founder of the Lombard YMCA. He was an active member of the Lombard Bi-Centennial Commission, the Library Board & Planning Commission, and the Chairman of the Log Cabin Committee during the county’s Bicentennial.  He was chairman of the committee that saved the Sheldon Peck Homestead.

*His involvement in the business community and good working relationship with other local businessmen led him to start the Lombard Chamber of Commerce in 1955.

*Jack was a senior active member of Lombard Rotary.

*In 1957, the resumption of the Lilac Parade, after its having been discontinued during the war years was successful due to the efforts of Jack Brust, Marty Reese, and Billy Ayers. He served with the Lilac Parade Committee for twelve years and was Chairman for 6 years.

*Brust Funeral Home has sponsored the Helen Plum Library float for over 40 years and continues to do so today.

*Jack was a member and former Trustee of St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church. He also served there as a captain of the Dart Team.

*Jack was instrumental in establishing the Lombard Historical Museum and the Lombard Historical Commission which led to the establishment of the Lombard Historical Society of which he is a Life Member.

*Jack was appointed as chairman of the Peck House Preservation Committee in which he was able to acquire a $100,000 grant for its restoration. Without his connections, the Peck House would not have been saved. Later, photographs of the Sheldon Peck family, tintypes, and two family bibles inscribed by the Peck family, were given to Jack Brust. Upon receiving news of the gift, he donated them back to the Lombard Historical Society as the start of the collection at the Peck house.

*Jack was a chairman for the Maple Street Chapel Endowment Fund. He was the head of its endowment as a non-church member for 15 + years.

*He served for 12 years on the Village Public Protection Committee and Planning Committee.

*He was the founder of the Lombard Businessmen’s Association.

*In 1991, after the establishment of a Brust Funeral Home branch in Carol Stream, he was named their Citizen of the Year for his civic involvement there, including starting their Chamber of Commerce.

*Jack also served 25 years as Governor for the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.

*Jack retired in 1997.  He was honored as Distinguished Governor in 1995.

*He was Lombard Man of the Year in 1960.

*He was Grand Marshall of the Lombard Lilac Parade twice.

*Jack Brust served thousands of DuPage families at his business over the years.  He was compassionate with all people he came in contact with.

*As a founder of the DuPage County Funeral Directors Association, Jack served as President in 1959.

*Jack sang with the Suburban Veteran’s Chorus.

*Jack received an award from the FAA as President of the DuPage County Funeral Directors for his pioneering work on the Westmont/Hinsdale TWA plane crash in 1961, up until then the largest plane crash in the U.S.  Many of the procedures he, his father, Fred Brust and John Geils developed are still in use today in airline disasters.

*Jack loved his children and grandchildren. He owned a summer home in Hayward that hosted many of his friends and his children’s friends, who considered him a second father.

*Jack sold his businesses to his sons and retired in 1997. He has lived full time in Hayward for over 15 years.  He was active in his senior golf group there. Jack attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayward.

He was an avid fisherman (both salt and fresh water). He was a gemologist and gem appraiser.  He was the former Indian Merit Badge counselor for DuPage Boy Scouts.  Jack was a life member of the NRA.  He was an assistant manager at the old DuPage Theater when he started his business. He was a water-skier, antique collector, model train enthusiast, boater, avid reader and he loved dogs. He played poker once a month with a group of high school friends for over 70 years.  Jack was a world traveler and loved exploring other cultures.  He camped and fished in Canada every year from 1947-2008.  Jack loved the Florida Keys and was a member of the Marathon Yacht Club.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack’s memory may be made to the Lombard YMCA, 105 W. Maple Street, Lombard, IL 60148 or St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 215 S. Lincoln Ave., Lombard, IL or any of the deserving charities and churches in Lombard.

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

Ernest “Ernie” Jonas, Korean War Veteran, age 86, of Lombard

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

Ernest “Ernie” Jonas, age 86, of Lombard, died April 27 at Atria of Glen Ellyn.

Ernie was the loving husband of the late Barbara nee Ritenour; loving father of Jerriann (Michael) Ross of Highland Park, Steven (JoAnne) of Carol Stream; fond grandfather of Chrissy Jonas of Naperville, Daniel of Carol Stream, Jason Ross of Missouri, Rachel Jonas of Carol Stream; dear brother of Margaret Modrich of Florida and the late Henry; fond uncle 13; brother-in-law of Normal (Bill) VandeMerkt of North Aurora and Diane (Jim) Todoerud of Indiana.

Ernie was preceded in death by his nephew, Scott.

Ernie was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War.  He had lived in Lombard for 60 years.  Ernie retired from Western Electric.

Private family services will be held Friday, May 1, at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard,  Interment Chapel Hill Gardens West, Oakbrook Terrace.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ernie’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

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

Richard Scott Miko, 73 of Lombard

Friday, April 24th, 2020

Richard Scott Miko, 73 of Lombard, Illinois passed away on April 16th, 2020.

Richard was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 15th, 1947.  Richard attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he met his future wife, Mary “Lee” Witte who passed away in April 2019.

Richard and Lee resided in Lombard, where they raised their two children.  Richard participated in the community by acting as a Troop Leader for the Boy Scouts of America and coaching for HYBC Lombard Little League Baseball/Softball.  He was also an active member at the Calvary Episcopal Church in Lombard.

Richard is survived by his son Stephen Miko, daughter Laura Burnet, and brother Robert Miko.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council at JAHC.org.

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Call 888-629-0094 for information.

Leslie J. Bludorn, age 69, of Lombard

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Leslie J. Bludorn, age 69, of Lombard passed away April 22nd due to complications with Corona Virus, COVID 19.

All Services are private.

Leslie is survived by her loving siblings, Bonnie Foreman, Robin (Rich) Litz, and Scott (Dana) Bludorn. She was the aunt of 7 and great-aunt of 3.

Leslie is preceded in death by her beloved parents, Robert and Jeanne nee McGuire, her dear brother Greg, and her brother-in-law, Lee Foreman.

Leslie was a graduate of Glenbard East High School in Lombard. She was a long-time resident at Ray Graham Association living facilities. Most recently, Leslie was a resident of Riverside Foundation in Lincolnshire, IL.

Leslie’s family has requested that memorial gifts be directed to:

Ray Graham Association

Development Office

901 Warrenville Road, Suite 500

Lisle, Il 60532


 Arrangements were made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard.

For more information 888-629-0094.

Brian J. Kramer, age 54, of Carol Stream, formerly of Lombard and Villa Park

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Brian J. Kramer, age 54, of Carol Stream, formerly of Lombard and Villa Park, passed away April 23, 2020. Lombard,

Brian is survived by his beloved  wife, Colleen; his loving children, Jeremy (Jackie) Juhl of Lombard, Alex (Raven) Kramer of Florida, Jordan Juhl of Lombard, and Nicole Kramer of Glendale Heights; his cherished grandchildren, Cephas and Zeb his loving mother, Betty of Villa Park; his dear siblings, Donna Leska of Villa Park and Mark (Candice) of Bolingbrook; his sister-in-law, Gina Faillo; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law,  Ron and Pat Guidolin of Lombard. He had many nieces and nephews. Brian was a friend to many.

Brian is preceded in death by his father, David and brother-in-law, Joshua Faillo.

A Celebration of Life will take place after the covid shut down. Bring a great story about him or take a shot.

Brian was born and raised in Villa Park and lived there until 2000. He lived in Lombard for 18 years and moved to Carol Stream in 2018. He attended North Grade School, Jefferson Jr. High and graduated from Willowbrook High School in 1984. Brian attended College of DuPage and graduated from Trade School as an Electrician. He was a Journeyman Electrician and a Member of Union Local #701 for 35 years.

Brian was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church in Lombard. He was a past member of Trinity Lutheran Church, York Center.

Brian was part of the grass cutting crew for St. John Lutheran School and Church. He also did electrical work for St. John’s. Brian loved all sports including golf, volleyball, soccer, and baseball. He was an avid fisherman. Brian was a past captain and member of St. John’s A. Dart Team. He also coached baseball for Willowbrook High School in the early 1990’s.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to your favorite charity, are appreciated.

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

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

Daniel Paul Bracker passed away on April 21st, 2020

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020









Daniel Paul Bracker passed away on April 21st, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Kimberlee, loving father of Matthew (Rachel) and Leah (Scott) and cherished grandfather of Caitlin.

All Services are private.

Daniel was born January 8th, 1955 in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to Herbert and Maria (Zettig) Bracker. After spending many of his formative years moving around the globe, the Army brat grew up to enlist in the Armed Forces at the age of 19, spending the next 19 years of his life traveling the world in the service of his country. Two of his favorite posts were Italy, where he was able to spend time with his Italian family, and Germany where he once conducted the band standing on top of a table at Oktoberfest. His family has heard many of the non-classified stories of his tours of duty,  but are certain the classified ones would have been truly epic.

The distinguished Dan began his family with Kimberlee in 1993 becoming a first-time father at 38 years old. He took to it like one of the ducks he liked to hunt would take to water. As a dedicated father, some of his major accomplishments included the assembly of a desk chair for his daughter, the construction of an indoor trampoline for his son on Christmas Eve, many life lessons passed along as well as a lifetime of inspiration.  As a beloved grandfather, he cuddled, carried, fed and even changed a few baby diapers. A loving husband, he spent many years of happiness with his hippie wife and his long-haired son who grew up to join the Air Force, resulting in a lot of Army vs. Air Force banter in the house.

Dan was an extrovert who never met a stranger in his life. Whether it was a friend he served with, a friend he met through the Veterans of Foreign War, a friend he attended protests with, a friend he met while working at Hines V.A. Hospital, a friend he met while campaigning for Donald Trump or even a friend he met at a restaurant, he was a friend for life.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hines V.A. Fisher House in memory of Daniel. Donations can be made through hines.va.gov through the Donate link (please be sure to select Edward Hines Jr. VA hospital and choose the Fisher House as the Program for Donation).

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

Carol Ann DeWitt, age 60, of Lombard

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

Carol Ann DeWitt, age 60, of Lombard passed away April 20, 2020.

Private funeral services will be held Saturday, April 25th from 8:30 AM until time of prayers at 9:30 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard, proceeding to St. John the Apostle, 330 N. Westmore Ave, Villa Park,  for 10 AM Mass. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery.

Carol Ann is survived by her loving sister, Mary (Ralph M.) Petrella of Lombard and 8 nieces and nephews. She was a great-aunt of many.

Carol Ann is preceded in death by her beloved parents, George G. DeWitt and Rosemary DeWitt nee Jensen; fond brothers, the late George M. and the late William (Nancy of Pekin, IL); and her dear niece, Dawne Fox.

Carol Ann grew up in Lombard. She attended St. John the Apostle Grade School, Jefferson Junior High and graduated from Willowbrook High School in 1981. As a person with special needs, Carol Ann benefited greatly from the care and services of the Community Workshop and Training Center Organization.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place West, Suite 230, Landover, MD 20785-2353, or Community Workshop and Training Center, 3215 N. University, Peoria, IL 61604 (https://www.cwtc.org/), are appreciated.

For more information 888-629-0094.

Roy Lee Adkins, age 60, of Woodridge

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

Roy Lee Adkins, age 60, of Woodridge, died April 19, 2020 at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Roy was the loving husband of Marcia M. nee Lawrence; loving father of William of Woodridge and Thomas (Danielle) of Woodridge; grandfather of Analaya; dear brother of Richard of LaPorte, Indiana and the late Frank; dear son of Barbara Yacono of Woodridge and the late Franklin D.; brother-in-law of William Lawrence of Michigan; fond uncle of Troy Adkins of Indiana and the late John Adkins.

Roy had been a resident of Woodridge for 35 years. He grew up in the Monee/Crete/Steger area and was a graduate of Bloom Township High School. Roy was the owner of Adkins Floor Installation. He loved movies and was a big movie buff.

Private funeral services will be held on Friday, April 24, 2020 at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard.  Interment to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Glen Ellyn.

Memorial donations in memory of Roy may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1801 S. Meyers Rd., Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, 60181.

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

Sarah Fitzpatrick nee Degrazio, age 65, of Lombard, IL

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020



Sarah Fitzpatrick nee Degrazio, age 65, of Lombard, IL passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Loving wife of Bob; beloved mother of Jeff (Angela), Joanna, Paul and John (Britney Culp); cherished daughter of the late Leonard and the late Giovanna Degrazio; proud grandmother of Amanda, Nicholas, Mina and Ava; fond sister-in-law of Val (Brad) Felske; dearest best friend of Mary Tomasello.

Private Visitation and Funeral Service will be held at Brust Funeral Home. Interment at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Hillside, IL.

Sylvester Robert Costello 76, longtime resident of Lombard

Monday, April 20th, 2020

Sylvester Robert Costello 76, a longtime resident of Lombard, IL died April 20, 2020 from complications of COVID-19.

He was a devoted husband to Dianne Regan Costello (deceased) and a wonderful father to Gina (Matthew) Konkler, Cherise (Patrick) Slattery and Peter (Isabel) Costello. He was a loving grandfather to eight grandchildren ages 2 to 31, and one great grandson.

Sylvester, nickname “Sal” was a successful entrepreneur in the Western Suburbs his entire life. He enjoyed his family, gardening, and was an outdoor sportsman.  He will be greatly missed and always remembered.

There will be a private burial and then, when it is safe to gather, a funeral mass and celebration of life.

In lieu of flowers, please donate a meal to healthcare providers in Sal’s memory.

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