Jean Pischke, age 90, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on August 10th, 2018

Jean Mae (Funk) Pischke, age 90, passed away peacefully on August 9, 2018, in her home with her ever-present children at her side.

Jean was born in 1927 in Wolcottville IN, a rural farm community. She was one of 10 children and attended grammar school in a one-room school house. Both the school and the family’s Methodist church were within walking distance from the farm. Her sisters were her best friends and her older brothers’ teasing helped establish her terrific sense of humor. She was especially close to her identical twin sister, Joan and together they attended nursing school in Chicago where they enjoyed confusing their teachers, boyfriends and patients with their similar good looks.
Soon after finishing nursing school, Jean met her husband Bill. They married in 1953 and raised 4 children in Lombard, IL. They were married 23 years until Jean suddenly became a widow. Through this difficult time, her inner strength and resiliency shone through as she became a single parent and went back to work as a registered nurse on the evening shift in Labor & Delivery and post-partum units. She remained in her beloved Lombard home for 61 years.

Jean loved the outdoors, warm weather, cool breezes through open screens, changing seasons, and gardening. She and her son would choose the right plants to be sure the cardinals, hummingbirds, butterflies and bees felt welcomed in her yard. All her children became gardeners. Decades prior to the environment-friendly movement, Jean was the original recycler, and made sure her kids wasted nothing and repurposed everything. She also loved Chicago sports and spent many days and nights watching Cubs, Black Hawks, Bulls and Bears games together.
Her family was the most important thing to her and she drew her strength and determination from them. Being with family, a few dear friends, gardening and walking through public gardens are what she enjoyed most in life. She loved watching her children, grandchildren and plants grow. She was a very humble, intelligent, quiet, understated person and left us all with an important legacy -one where love, honesty, education and hard work determine your character and moral compass.

Being a loving mother and grandmother capped a long, well-lived life. Her mind was incredibly sharp as she led an independent, dignified, yet simple life. Her enthusiasm for life, love of nature, and deep love for her children, grandchildren, extended family, and friends will be missed by all who knew her.

Jean is survived by her 4 children: Katherine (David Winn), Steven, Karen (Michael Chamness) and Lisa Schurr; her 2 beloved grandchildren, Jessica Winn and Tyler Schurr; her sister LaDonna (Charles) Whetzel, special niece/goddaughter Cindy D’Antonio and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Pischke, her parents Pearl (Kitchen) & Roscoe Funk; and her siblings Genevieve (Albert) Totte; Escoe (Vina) Funk; Vivian (Warren) Rowe; Stanley (Evelyn) Funk; Paul Funk; Walton (Alice) Funk; her twin Joan (Michael) D’Antonio, and Betty (Ed) Kolpak.

A wake and celebration of Jean’s life will be held on Tuesday, August 14, from 10:00am-1:00pm. The memorial service is from 1:00-2:00pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in Jean’s memory to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation (AMDF); mailing address: P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515; or to the St. Joseph Lakota (Sioux) Indian School; mailing address: P.O. Box 100, Chamberlain, SD 57325-0100.

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For information on Jean’s memorial and celebration of life, please contact Brust Funeral Home at 630-629-0094 (


9 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ray and Lydia Schleichert says:


    Sorry to hear about your Mom. Sorry we could not be there for you. All our love and sympathies and if you need anything please let us know!

  2. Margot Hayden says:

    Jessica, my sisters and all our family are keeping you and your family in our prayers. Your grandmother sounds like a wonderful woman, very caring and compassionate, traits which she has most definitely passed on to you. You were blessed to have had such a loving grandmother for such a long time in your life. Treasure your memories.

  3. Camille & Marc Pickel says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Belsan Family says:

    Karen, Steve, Kathy, & Lisa, we are sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. She was so fun to be around when we met her either in Chicago or while visiting here in the Boston area. You all carry her within yourselves so she does live on! Peace to you all. Prayers from the Belsan’s as you navigate this sad time.

  5. Belsan Family says:

    Jessica and Tyler, I didn’t mean to leave you out! You were so much a part of her life as well! Prayers for your comfort also!

  6. Kelly Smith says:

    Dear Kathy, I am so sorry to hear of your mothers loss. There are no words but know Chris, Nate and I are all thinking of you and your family. Kelly

  7. Thompson Family says:

    Karen and all of your family,
    We are so very sorry for the loss of your mom. We know how close you were and how much she was loved. It is never easy no matter how much you try to prepare. Please know how much we love you and Mike and that you are all in our prayers. Wish we could be there in person. Sending hugs from Boston❤️❤️
    Love, Diana, Glenn and family

  8. Mark & Laura Bergeron says:

    Dear Karen and Family. So sorry for your loss. I know that you were very close to your Mother. I didn’t know your Mom but when I read her obituary – I think I did. Karen you are a lot like her! Your thoughtfulness, love of nature, putting others needs before your own… she set a wonderful example for you! Love you and look forward to see you soon!

  9. Kevin Dees says:

    Aunt Jean was truly a wonderful person. I could pay many compliments to her affability, boundless energy, warmth, generosity, sharp mind, and good humor. We loved her and we will miss her dearly.

    I send my sympathies to all my beloved cousins.

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