Arthur L. Gorski, age 91, WWII Army Vet, of Willowbrook and Ft. Lauderdale, FLA

Written by Brust Funeral Home on January 10th, 2016

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Arthur L. Gorski, age 91, WWII Army Vet, of Willowbrook and Ft. Lauderdale, FLA, passed away January 8 at Hines VA Hospital.
A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday at 10:30 AM at Christ the King Church, 1501 S. Main Street, Lombard.
Mr. Gorski is survived by his loving children, Kenneth (Nikki), Cheryl (Jack) Hungerford, Gary (Sherry), and Paula (Matt) Zondor; his cherished grandchildren, Nicole (Adam) Ortega, Kenneth, Natalie, Paige Hungerford, Zakary, Hunter, Tyler Zondor, Hayley Zondor, and Peyton Zondor; his dear great-grandchildren, Aidan and Nicholas; and his sister-in-law, Jean; uncle and great-uncle to many.  Mr. Gorski is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Helene nee Nowak; his siblings, Sonie (Jim) Halton, Joe, Ray and Gene (Betty).

Arthur, who went by Art, grew up in the Brighton Park neighborhood of Chicago.His father ran a tavern in the apartment building they owned and lived in.This was during the great depression and he had to share a tiny apartment withhis parents and four siblings. Art was very active in high school representing his senior class as one of the four officers and also enjoying his love of music, playing the bass fiddle. This love continued throughout his life, as he had his own band,”Art and the Temptones”, playing his bass and singing at many weddings over the years. He served in the U.S. Army and was one of the very few remaining World War II veterans still alive. Art received a college degree from DePaul University. His early career included several sales jobs until beginning a long time career with Sandoz Pharmeceuticals where he excelled earning top sales awards and international trips.

He married Helene Nowak from the Pilsen neighborhood and together had four children, Ken, Cheryl, Gary and Paula. They moved from their first home in Oak Lawn to Hickory Hills where they spent many, many years.

After retirement, they downsized to a condo in Willowbrook and enjoyed living the winter months at their condo in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, making many new friendships. Art continued living life as a “snowbird” after losing his wife almost four years ago and still enjoyed making new friends and talking with people, even up until his last weeks of life.

Memorials to Honor Flight, Inc, Attn: Diane Gresse, 300 E. Auburn Ave, Springfield, OH 45505 or American Diabetes Association, Chicago IL Office, 55 East Monroe Street, Suite 3420, Chicago, IL 60603, are appreciated.
Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home. For more info 888-629-0094.


Nedra M. Bachar, nee Seiler, age 76, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on January 8th, 2016

Bachar, NedraNEDRA M. BACHAR, nee Seiler, age 76, of Lombard, died January 8 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, Illinois.

Visitation will be held Monday, January 11 from 3 to 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.
Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, January 12 at 10 AM at Brust Funeral Home.
Interment will be at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Forest Park, Illinois.

Mrs. Bachar is survived by her daughter, Pamela (Gary) Lemley of Lombard, her son, David (Lisa Bartholomew) Bachar of Lombard; four (4) grandchildren, Christopher (Katrina Lambke) Lemley of Lombard, Laura (Shawn Tsusaki) Lemley of Oregon, Illinois, Chase (Jenna) Bachar of Oswego, and Lake Bachar of Aurora; three (3) great-grandchildren, Alexa, Quinn, and Makala; her brother-in-law, Donald Bachar of Bolingbrook; and her cousin, Charmane Raber of Minnesota.

Mrs. Bachar is preceded in death by her husband, John R., and her son, James Leonard.

Mrs. Bachar was a resident of Lombard 51 years. She was a 1956 graduate of Farragut High School in Chicago. Mrs. Bachar had worked 17 years as a Bookkeeper for Walmart in Glen Ellyn until Christmas Eve of 2015. She had formerly worked for Homemaker’s for 21 years as a Customer Service Manager.

Memorials to the Humane Society of the United States, (The HSUS), Dept.: Memorial Donations, 2100 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037 would be appreciated.

Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard. Info 1-888-629-0094 or


Barbara Figler Gallo, of Glen Ellyn

Written by Brust Funeral Home on January 3rd, 2016

barbara figler galloBarbara Figler Gallo, of Glen Ellyn passed away peacefully on December 29th at Good Samaritan Hospital, culminating her brave battle against lung cancer. She died with an attitude of gratitude. Her children, brother John, sister-in-law Rosemary and a very dear friend were all at her bedside as she took her final breath.
Barbara was loving mother to Lana (Paloumpis); Jason Figler. and was blessed with three wonderful grandchildren: Alec, Rebecca, and Michael Paloumpis. Beloved sister to John and Rosemary Gallo; Joe and Janette Gallo; Loving Aunt to Jeanne, Anne, Jonathan, Jamie, and Jacob Gallo.
Born February 27, 1943 in Chicago Illinois to Bernard and Helen (Valiga) Gallo, she graduated from Downers Grove North High School and attended Southern Illinois University and went on to graduate Summa cum Laude from The School of Hard Knocks.
As a young woman she enjoyed a successful sales career that spanned across a variety of different industries. She concluded her career as an Executive Assistant for Ball Horticultural Company. She had 10 wonderful years there and morphed co-worker relationships into lifetime friendships.
As a mother, there was nothing she wouldn’t do for her children; often forsaking her own happiness and comfort if it could save them from even a moment of suffering. She was a generous, beautiful, soul who loved with abandon. She was passionate about rescuing animals, and had two rescues pups of her own. In her spare time, she enjoyed kayaking, hockey, sewing, reading, and was an avid fan of the theater. Her wanderlust led her to purchase a trailer this past summer, with plans to hit the wide-open road as soon as felt stronger.
But what she valued most were the relationships she had cultivated over her lifetime. Her love of family was most evident during her mother’s extended battle with cancer. She attended to her throughout her illness and was at her bedside when she passed.
She donated to the many causes she believed in, and volunteered for Meals on Wheels for many years, often having her grandchildren accompany her so they might learn about compassion and giving the priceless gift of ones time.
She was a spirited, multifaceted woman who touched the lives of so many, and will be dearly missed by all who had the honor to have known her. We were all in awe with the graciousness she exhibited after her diagnosis; she woke up every single day, with a heart that was over-flowing and profound appreciation for the opportunity she had been given to spend time with those she loved. Her only regret was that she didn’t have more time to tell just one more story, listen just a moment longer.
In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Barbara’s name to The American Cancer Society or NAMI. The memorial visitation will be held at, Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard on Saturday, January 9th. from 10 AM to 3 PM with a formal service commencing at 2 PM. Lana will be hosting a buffet style dinner gathering at her home directly following the service. There will be maps at the funeral home with directions.


Elma Amanda (Puscheck) Cairns, age 97, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on January 2nd, 2016

CairnsFuneral Services for Elma Amanda (Puscheck) Cairns will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lombard on Wednesday, January 6, 20162016 at 11:00 AM. Mrs. Cairns will lie in state at the church prior to the funeral. The family will greet friends from 10 AM until the time of service at 11 AM. The Rev. Daniel Wegrzyn will officiate. Interment will be at Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, 2317 S. Wolf Rd., Hillside, IL. We commit her mortal remains to the earth in confident hope of the Resurrection and eternal life!

Elma Amanda (Puscheck) Cairns, age 97, died December 31, 2015. Elma was born December 29, 1918, a daughter of Clemens and Mathilde (Heidorn) Puscheck of Hillside. Elma was baptized on January 5, 1919 and received into the Lord’s Holy Family. She was confirmed in 1933 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hillside.

On May 11, 1941, Elma was united in marriage to William J. “Bill” Cairns. They were blessed with three children: Kathleen Viola, Joel William and Dale Robert. Elma was a resident of Lombard and a faithful member of St. John’s since 1952. She was a long time member of Mary Martha Guild (LWML) and a member of the choir. She was employed at West Suburban Bank for almost 40 years, retiring as a vice president.

Elma was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bill (2000); her parents Clemens and Mathilde Puscheck; her sisters – Viola Puscheck and Lora Klemm; her brother Armin Puscheck; and brother-in-law Barney Klemm.

She is survived by her children: Kathleen (Wendell) Wessler, Joel (Gail) Cairns and Dale (Florence) Cairns; her grandchildren: Lisa Knapp, Brian & Gregory Cairns, Dana & Emma Cairns, Angelo & Anthony Williams; a great-grandchild, Logan Knapp; and a sister-in-law, Marion Puscheck.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church or St. John’s Lutheran School would be appreciated.

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Mary Zavodny nee Cierny, age 94, of Indiana, formerly of Grand Beach, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois

Written by Brust Funeral Home on December 19th, 2015

Zavodny, MMary Zavodny nee Cierny, age 94, of Indiana, formerly of Grand Beach, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois, died December 18 at Brentwood of LaPorte, LaPorte, Indiana.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 22 from 3-8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard. Mrs. Zavodny will be lying in state Wednesday, December 23 at 9 AM until time of service at 10 AM at Trinity Slovak Lutheran Church, 5106 North Lacrosse Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Interment will be at Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago.

Mrs. Zavodny is survived by her children, Stephen D. (Beverly Hammel-Zavodny) of Michigan, Linda (Roy) Ferris of Indiana and Cynthia (John) Leonard of Wheeling; 7 grandchildren,, Jack (Frances) Thorpe of California, Jason Leonard of Alabama, Joshua Leonard of Illinois, Kristen Leonard of Illinois, Daniel (Natalia) Leonard of Illinois, Ryan ( Megan) Ferris of Indiana and David Ferris of Indiana; 4 great-grandchildren, Kristen Thorpe of Illinois, Cole Thorpe of California, Caroline Thorpe of California and Charlotte Leonard of Illinois and a sister, Bozenka of Slovakia.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stefan and a brother, Bohus Cierny

Mrs. Zavodny was born in Slovakia and came to Chicago in 1937 where she was married in 1946. She had been a resident of Grand Beach, Michigan, since 1971 and had lived at Brentwood of LaPorte for the past 5 ½ years.

She and her husband Stefan founded Zavodny Printing Co. in Chicago in 1939. It later became Lithographics and moved to Bensenville in 1977. The business was sold to their son in 1985.

Mrs. Zavodny was a long-time member of Trinity Women’s Guild until the mid-1980’s. She also had a condo in Elmhurst from 1978-1986. She had been a member of Trinity Slovak Lutheran Church from the 1930’s to the present. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved to cook and be a homemaker; she was sweet and kind.

Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated.


Violet M. Paddock, nee Miller, age 93 of Lombard, formerly of Cicero

Written by Brust Funeral Home on December 17th, 2015

PaddockViolet M. Paddock, nee Miller, age 93 of Lombard, formerly of Cicero. Beloved wife of the late James. Loving mother of Virginia, Julie (James) Bellows, Carol, Janet (Timothy) Bartels, and Marianne (Bill) Godbout. Cherished grandmother of Steven, Heather, Amy, and Rebecca. Preceded by her siblings, Ann, Joan, Isabel, and Leonard. Aunt and great-aunt of many. Funeral services Tuesday 10 AM from Brust Villa Park Funeral Home, 305 S. Princeton, to St. Pius X Church for a
10:30 AM Mass. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Visitation Monday
2- 8 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations to Muscular Dystrophy Association 550 E. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook, IL 60440, appreciated. Info or 630-834-6656


Charles Martin Crissey died on December 7, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was 73 years old.

Written by Brust Funeral Home on December 16th, 2015

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Dr. Crissey was born on January 7, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois to Fred and Ola Crissey and grew up in Lombard where he attended Lincoln and Hammerschmidt Elementary Schools, Lombard Jr. High, Glenbard West and Glenbard East High School, where he was a member of their first graduating class. Charley went on to do advanced studies at Lincoln Junior College in Lincoln, IL; Culver Stockton College in Canton, MO; Northern Illinois University in DeKalb; and Roosevelt University in Chicago. A dyslexic, Charley’s involvement in the academic world, from his earliest struggles to his ultimate successes, including a PhD in Educational Leadership, is all the more impressive when taking into account the lifelong obstacles his reading disability forced him to confront.

One of Charley’s first jobs was with the Lombard Park District where he advanced from Life Guard at the Municipal Pool to Pool Manager and part time Park District employee. He taught sixth grade at Pleasant Lane School where he served as teachers’ union president, then served as principal at Greenbrook Elementary School and Springwood Jr. High in Keeneyville, Thomas Middle School in Arlington Heights, and Lakeview Middle School in Watsonville, California. Dr. Crissey went on to teach education courses at the University of Phoenix, at Kadena AFB in Okinawa, Japan. He supervised student teachers based in the Asian Pacific region, and mentored administrative interns through the Las Vegas campus.

Charles is survived by his wife Etsuko Crissey of Las Vegas, his sons Charles Dean of Streamwood, IL and Ryan Thomas (Kristin) of Oswego, IL and their mother Kathleen Marden; his brother Fred of New Richmond, WI; his sister Linda of Las Vegas, NV; and six grandchildren both here and overseas.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.                On Friday, January 8 there will be a graveside service for the family at Forest Hill Cemetery of Glen Ellyn.


ANTOINETTE C. MIKSON, nee Matrisciano, age 87, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on December 16th, 2015

Mikson, AntoinetteANTOINETTE C. MIKSON, nee Matrisciano, age 87, of Lombard, died December 14 at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Elmhurst, Illinois.

Visitation will be Friday, December 18, from 3 to 8 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.
Funeral Service will be Saturday, December 19 with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Christ the King Church for 10:00 AM Mass.
Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Forest Park, Illinois.
Mrs. Mikson is survived by her loving children, Paul (Rose), Sandra (Jim), Aldrich (Adrienna); her dear grandchildren, Antoinette Miksan, Dr. Jen (Christian) DeFazio, Joe Miksan, Nick (Kristy) Boulos, Anthony (Melissa) Boulos, and James P. Boulos; her loving great-grandchildren, Elisabeth Boulos, Grace Boulos, Jayden DeFrazio, and Mya DeFazio; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Mikson is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph J.
In lieu of flowers, donations to The American Society, 1801 S. Meyers Road, Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181.



Written by Brust Funeral Home on December 14th, 2015

ThomasWilliam C. Thomas, age 85, of Chicago died December 12 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.

Visitation will be held Saturday, December 19th from 10:30 AM until time of Service at 12 Noon at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

Mr. Thomas is survived by two daughters, Leigh (Stewart W.) Hamilton of Lombard, and Laura (Ronald) Peterson of Itasca; and three grandchildren, Lindsay (Aaron) Locke of Ohio, Kelsey Peterson of Itasca, and Christopher Peterson of Itasca.
Mr. Thomas is preceded in death by his wife, Grace; and his sister, Donna.

Mr. Thomas was a resident of Chicago 35 years and was formerly of Oak Park and Wonder Lake. He grew-up in Melrose Park and was a 1948 graduate of Proviso East High School.
Mr. Thomas was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Local #73 in Hillside. He had been a Supervisor for Haines Company.
Mr. Thomas was a member of Holy Name Cathedral Church in Chicago. He was a volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House.


Mary F. Ewing nee Morgan, age 99, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on December 8th, 2015

EwingMary F. Ewing nee Morgan, age 99, of Lombard, passed away December 7 at Beacon Hill Assisted Living.
A Private Family Service will be held at Beacon Hill.
Mrs. Ewing is survived by her loving children, Larry R. (Sharon) of Corona Del Mar, California and Lindy (Paul) Helzer of Tucson, Arizona; her dear grandchild, Timothy Glen (Monica) Ewing of Libertyville; her loving great-grandchildren, Lily, Madeline, Caroline, and Amelia Ewing of Libertyville; her dear brother, Kenneth Morgan of Macomb; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Ewing is preceded in death by her husband, Glen; her siblings,
Vail Morgan, Bennett Morgan, Wilma Mercer, and Russell Morgan.
Mrs. Ewing was a resident of Lombard since 1951. She was a member of the Lombard Historical Society and the Elmhurst Hospital Guild. Mrs. Ewing was also a member of P.E.O. for 58 years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Lombard Historical Society, 23 West Maple, Lombard, IL 60148.

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