May, 2020

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Dennis Griffin, age 77, formerly of Lombard

Friday, May 29th, 2020

Dennis Griffin, 77, passed away May 17, 2020.  Dennis was born in Chicago and was a long-time resident of Lombard, IL.  Dennis also resided in Westmont, IL for 20 years with his wife, Joyce, who preceded him in death in 1998. Dennis was also preceded in death by his son ,Mark, in 2017.  Dennis is survived by his son Dean (Michelle), grandchildren Deena, Dylan and Mason, step-children Gayle (Jerry), Lisa (Greg), David (Clara) and respective nine grandchildren.  Dennis is also survived by his sister Debbie, his ex-wife Loretta Griffin, dear friend Elayne and countless life-long friends.

Dennis was a structural and mechanical engineer and worked for Arrow Sign and White Way Sign Companies, both of Chicago. Among his accomplishments, Dennis designed several scoreboards for major universities and professional sports arenas, including the United Center.  Dennis was also particularly proud of a lighting structure that he designed to illuminate the Picasso sculpture at the Daly Center Plaza, installed atop the 40 story Brunswick building in 1983 and celebrating Chicago’s 150 birthday.

In his spare time, Dennis used his engineering and artistic skills and moonlighted as the “¼ Mile Engineer;” building race engines and doing custom body and paint work for many friends and acquaintances.  Dennis’ pride and joy was his 1965 Dodge Monaco with a 426 Hemi, which he did all custom work for. Dennis was an avid drag race/NHRA fan, lifelong NRA member and gun collector.

Arguably, Dennis’ greatest accomplishment was his 32 years of sobriety, and was dedicated to regularly attending AA meetings until he became too ill to do so.

A Public Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 7th from 1-5 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main, Lombard, Illinois. A Public Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, June 8th, with 9:15 AM Prayers at Brust Funeral Home to 10 AM Mass at St. Mary of Gostyn Church, 444 Wilson St., Downers Grove. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 8430 S. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631.

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

Thomas G. McHale, age 62, of Rolling Meadows, formerly of Lombard

Friday, May 29th, 2020

Thomas G. McHale, age 62, of Rolling Meadows, formerly of Lombard, died May 26, 2020.

A Family Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, June 3, at 11:00 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.

Thomas was the loving husband of Maura La Rumbe and the late Judith nee Mac Faun; loving father of Richard L. McHale of Rolling Meadows and James McHale of Rhode Island; fond step father of Cynthia Hall and Candace (Bradley) Hausman of Elgin; grandfather of 4; brother of William (Berenice) of Missouri and Phillip of Lombard; uncle of many; son in law of Paulao La Rumbe and Juana Cosio of Mexico; and many other relatives.

Thomas had lived for 8 years in Rolling Meadows and had formerly lived in Lombard for 54 years.  He grew up in Lombard and attended Glenbard East High School.

Thomas was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Thomas was the former owner of Crestwood Industries in Mundelein.  He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Lombard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials for the education of his minor son, Richard, would be appreciated.

Call 888-629-0094 for information.

Aaron Santillan, age 74, of Lombard

Friday, May 29th, 2020

Aaron Santillan, age 74, of Lombard, passed away May 27, 2020.

Family Funeral Service will be held Saturday, May 30th at 10:00 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. The Rosary will be said at 9:00 AM. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery in Glen Ellyn.

Aaron was the beloved husband of Antonieta Ruiz; loving father of Marta ( Rafael  Cabrera) Santillan of Villa Park, Timoteo Aaron (Cocepcion Olvera) Santillan of Mexico, Jose Alejandro ( Yesenia Razcon) Santillan of Mexico;  Roberto Carlos Santillan of Mexico, Juan Gabriel (Beatriz Villa) Santillan of Mexico, Luis Arturo (Veronika Roth)  Santillan of Lombard; cherished grandfather of 13; great-grandfather of 1; dear brother of 9.

Aaron was a resident of Lombard for 21 years. He was married for 54 years. Aaron was a baker and worked at Panera Bread.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the family are appreciated.

Call 888-629-0094 for information.

Vanessa M. Mace nee Wilemon, age 55, of Lombard

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

Vanessa M. Mace nee Wilemon, age 55, of Lombard, died May 27 at her home.

Vanessa was the beloved wife of Robert J.; loving mother of Ashley (David Kozlowski); grandmother of Raegan; dearest sister of Denise (the late David) Schonter; and aunt and great-aunt.

Private Entombment to take place at St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, IL.

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

Robert O. Kolls, age 90, of Lombard

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

Robert O. Kolls, age 90, of Lombard, retired baker, passed away May 26, 2020.

Robert was the beloved husband of 68 years of Betty nee Allen; loving father of Holly (the late Dale) Burzynski of Villa Park, Regina Stoddard of Schaumburg, Curtis (Laura) Kolls of Lombard, and Jeff (Pat) Kolls of Wisconsin; cherished  grandfather of 9; great-grandfather of 3; dear brother of the late Kenneth.

Family Services will be held on Monday at 10:30 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. Interment will be at McHenry County Memorial Park in Woodstock.

Robert was a Sergeant for the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was the former owner of Lombard Bakery on Park and St. Charles Road from 1959-1969. He retired from Thompson Bakery in Norridge.

Robert was a former football, basketball, and track player. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Lombard. Robert enjoyed swimming, gardening, baking, and cooking.

Memorials in Robert’s name may be made to American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674, or American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60601.

For more information 888-629-0094.

Dorothy M. Beresniewicz nee Biesterfeldt, age 78, of Lombard

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

Dorothy M. Beresniewicz nee Biesterfeldt, age 78, of Lombard, passed away  May 19, 2020.

Private Family Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 23rd at 11 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

Dorothy was the beloved wife of the late Frank; loving mother of Debbie Littrell of Lombard, Renee (Steve) Kramp of Aurora, Sharon (Chris) Bauman of Lombard and the late Mark; cherished grandmother of 8 and great-grandmother of 7; preceded  by 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Fond aunt of many and many other relatives.

Dorothy was a resident of Lombard for 43 years. She was a homemaker.

Memorials to American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Ste 800, Chicago, IL 60601 or American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674, are appreciated.

For more information 888-629-0094.

Gene L. Anderson, age 92, of Lombard

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Gene L. Anderson, age 92, of Lombard, died May 18 at Elmhurst Hospital.

Mr. Anderson was the beloved husband of the late Louise nee Williams; dearest father of Kathy (Chuck) Synowiec of Wheaton, Karen (Ron) Swanson of Wheaton and Dale (Karen) Anderson of Aurora; Fond grandfather of Lonnie Jr. (Mandy) Smith of Lombard, Liz (Greg) Hurlbutt of Gurnee, Nathan (Ariana) Smith of Montgomery, Megan Swanson of California, Carl Swanson of Villa Park, Scott Swanson of Wheaton, Nicholas Anderson of Aurora and Eric Anderson of Aurora; great-grandfather of 7; fond uncle of Patricia LaVay of California and the late Susan Bellows; and many other relatives.

Gene was a Veteran who served in the Army in WWII and the Korean War.  He was a life-long member of the VFW Lilac Post #5815.

Gene had been a Lombard resident since 1959 and had lived at Lexington in Lombard for the past 8 years.  He was active at First United Methodist Church, where he had formerly served as an Usher.  Gene was a proud graduate of Northwestern where he attended night school for 23 years, from 1948-1979.  He retired from Quaker Oats in the early 1990’s.

Gene was a Master Gardener in DuPage County.  He was a former Coach for the Lombard Youth Baseball and was part of the Glen Ellyn YMCA Princesses.  He was a woodworker.  Gene loved his grandchildren and was very involved in their lives.  He made them all toy chests.

Gene was very involved in Swedish-American genealogy.

A Private Family Visitation will be held Friday, May 22, at 9 AM until time of Private Funeral Service at 11 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Private interment will follow at Wheaton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to First United Methodist Church of Lombard, 155 S. Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148, are appreciated.

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

Gloria J. Haffner nee Griffin, of Lombard, formerly of Glen Ellyn

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

Gloria J. Haffner nee Griffin, of Lombard, formerly of Glen Ellyn, passed away May 12, 2020.
A private family service will be held at 10:30 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery in Glen Ellyn.
Gloria was the beloved wife of the late John P.; loving mother of John W. (Linda) of Winfield, Laurie J. Haffner of Seattle, Washington, and Jeannine M. Haffner of Michigan; fond grandma of Kelsie (fiancé George Gruff) Reidy of California, Jenna M. Reidy of Madrid, Spain, Olivia A. Haffner of Winfield and Amanda R. Haffner of Winfield; dear sister of Lynn (Gary) Schumacher of Frankfort; sister-in-law of David W. of Western Springs; and fond aunt of Lara (Jon) Greiman of Mokena, Sarah (Mike) Bass of Ohio, David John (Amy) Haffner of Palatine, and Tom (Linda) Haffner of Mt. Prospect.
Gloria was a resident of Glen Ellyn from 1975-2015. She graduated from Luther South High School in Chicago. She attended Valparaiso University, where she met her husband, John.
Gloria was a former member of DuPage Art League. She was an accomplished watercolor painter.
Gloria was a member of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Lombard. She taught and mentored young people there.
She loved to travel.
Memorials to St. John Ev. Lutheran Church and School, 215 S. Lincoln Street, Lombard, IL 60148, are appreciated.
For more information 888-629-0094.

Gertrude E. Westphal, nee Schraut, age 88, of Lombard

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

Gertrude E. Westphal nee Schraut, age 88, of Lombard, passed away May 11, 2020.

Current Services are private. Later there will be a Celebration of Life after the Covid crisis.

Gertrude was the loving wife of the late Eugene; loving mother of the late William (Natasha) of Montana, Mary (Kevin Kirwan) Westphal of Montana, Jeanne (Richard) Sackleh of Naperville, the late Joseph, Anne (David) Minnick of Montana, Teresa (Keith) McClow of Lombard, James (Julie) of Naperville; cherished grandmother of 9: Caroline, Kaitlin, Alexa, Daniel, Dylan, Evan, Alison, Jaclyn, and Alyssa; and dear sister of Ann (Jack) Wall of Crystal Lake. She was loved and admired by many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Gertrude moved to Michigan after she retired.  Before her retirement, she had lived in Oak Park and Oak Lawn.

Gertrude received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Loyola University in 1953.  She received her master’s degrees in early childhood education and library and information science from University of Illinois in Chicago.

Gertrude was a Chicago Public School teacher and Librarian from 1956 until her retirement in 1990.

Memorials to Catholic Charities’ Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS), 721 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60654, (312) 655 – 7283, FAX (312) 948 – 3340.

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

For more information 888-629-0094.

William L. Buescher, age 70, of Lombard

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

William L. Buescher, age 70, of Lombard, passed away May 11, 2020.

All Services will be private.

William was the beloved husband of 35 years of Dianalyn nee Harper; loving son of the late Theodore and Anne Buescher; loving brother of the late Robert; brother-in-law of Donald of Chicago; and dear uncle of Alyana.

William was a resident of Lombard for 25 years. He worked as a graphic artist. William was wonderful artist. He loved Art & Vi’s on Main St in Lombard.

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

For more information 888-629-0094.