Paula E. DeForest nee Bilek, age 90, of Lombard, died August 8

Written by Brust Funeral Home on August 8th, 2017

DeForest, Christina2Paula E. DeForest nee Bilek, age 90, of Lombard, died August 8 at her daughter’s home.

Private services were held at Mt. Emblem Cemetery.

Mrs. DeForest was survived by her dear children Lee A. (“Kip”) of Gurnee, James R. (Patricia) of Lombard and Donna Lee Eisner of Lombard, daughter-in-law, Martha, of Glen Ellyn, 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and a brother, F. Thomas (Bea) Bilek of Texas.

Mrs. DeForest was preceded in death by her loving husband, Donald DeForest; her son, Thomas R.; son-in-law, Michael Eisner; a granddaughter, Dana; and 2 sisters, Helen Strain and Frannie Elseman.

Mrs. DeForest had been a resident of Lombard for 67 years.  She graduated from Calumet High School.  She and her husband owned Don DeForest Associates, now DeForest Creative Group, which they sold in 1999.  She was a member of the American Society of Women Accountants and the Lombard Historical Society.  Her hobbies were bookkeeping, the White Sox, the Packers, fishing. camping, archery and crossword puzzles.

Memorials to Wounded Warrior Project are appreciated; mail to: Wounded Warrior Project, 1111 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL  60523, or visit

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home, 888-629-0094 or


6 Comments so far ↓


    My prayers go out to the entire DeForest family, especially to Lee & Kip who I have developed a friendship with over the years. The pain of losing your mother runs deep but her love for her family runs deeper.

    She is now at rest and smiling in the arms of Jesus the Christ

  2. Paul W. Hawkins says:

    Hired just out of Art School, went to work at ADA,
    Met Paula and Don in 1963.
    Continued till 1995. Loved them both deeply, along with Lee, Tom and Donna. Watched as their families grew and prospered, shared their triumphs and losses.
    I consider my association with the DeForest family
    a Blessing that shaped and changed my life.
    Dear Paula, We shared a name, you wore it best.

  3. Donna Jaeger says:

    When I remember Paula DeForest I see a bright, welcoming, engaging woman. She was indeed the June Cleaver of Don DeForest Associates. Tho’ she looked more like Loretta Young. Paula was always feminine. Not frills & lace but classic feminine. Estee Lauder was her perfume. She owned it. When I smell Youth Dew, I think of Paula. I always will. She epitomized the “stand by your man” woman of her day. She was the wind beneath her husband’s sails before the song was written. Somehow Paula could remain lady~like, even while baiting a hook. She and Don loved to go “up to the cabin” to bass fish. She was a “mother bear” to her children and those she loved. She did know her stuff and could hold her own in political discussions. Tho’ very traditional, she did delight to see women advance and break glass ceilings. She was a good example to me of womanhood in many ways. Paula (and Don) raised 4 strong confident children. I was blessed to know Paula. Her presence marked me for many years. Here’s to you Paula, and your life of influence.

  4. Paul Funk says:

    A true class act! I was a lucky young man to have shared time with Paula and Don. I have fond memories of many conversations with her. She had a passion for life that is difficult to match. Her laugh, to say the least, infectious! Cheers Paula! Thoughts and prayers to the family, she did an excellent job!

  5. Rosalind Mustafa says:

    I’ve known and loved my friend Lee forever, it seems. We’re Willowbrook classmates. I know Mrs. DeForest was extraordinary to have a son like Lee. From the comments, I truly wish I had known her personally. My heart goes out to the entire large and lovely family. Kip and Lee, I send hugs and love.

  6. Jim Bowden says:

    I first met Paula in 1958 when I joined Don and Ralph in a small storefront. She guided our small art studio through good times and bad as we grew. I remember her making all the food for our annual Christmas party. I know a lot of our Clients came just for her outstanding food.
    Paula, with great skill, guided us through all the great years. Her love for Don and her family was never ending.
    My thoughts and prayers are with her wonderful family at this time.
    She and Don changed my life.

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