Thomas J. Hester, Sr., age 77 of McHenry, formerly of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on February 20th, 2016

Thomas HesterThomas J. Hester, Sr., age 77 of McHenry, formerly of Lombard died Thursday at Illinois Medical Center, McHenry.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis nee Sheedy; 4 children, Cathleen (Michael) Strange of Villa Park, Thomas J. Jr. (Susan) of McHenry, Laura (Steven) Senf of Park Ridge, Michael of Wheaton; 8 grandchildren, Michael Strange Jr. of Villa Park, Katelyn (Brian) Jenlinek of Villa Park, Colleen Hester of McHenry, Sean Senf of Park Ridge, Patrick Hester of McHenry, Connor Senf of Park Ridge, Megan Senf of Park Ridge and Elizabeth Hester of Wheaton; 1 great-granddaughter, Olivia Jelinek of Villa Park; a sister, Barbara McSherry of Lombard and a brother, Frances Hester of Nebraska; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 5 brothers and sisters.

Thomas had been a resident of Lombard for 25 years from 1972 until 1997 when he moved to McHenry. He was a graduate of St Phillips High School in Chicago. He worked as a Conductor for the Chicago Northwestern/Union Pacific Railroad until he retired in 2000.

Thomas enjoyed golfing and fishing and was a card player.

Funeral Prayers Tuesday 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard to Sacred Heart Church for 10 AM Mass. Visitation Monday 3-9 PM. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to American Heart Association appreciated. Info 888-629-0094 or www.brustfuneralhome.com.

 

Harry W. Lawser, age 96, of Lombard 63 years

Written by Brust Funeral Home on February 19th, 2016

American FlagLawser,HarryHARRY W. LAWSER, 63 year resident of Lombard, age 96, loving husband of the Late Margaret ‘Peg” nee Dicker. Loving father of Pegilee (Ed) Clark of Florida and Cathy (Ted) Ahrens of Villa Park. Grandfather of Nancy Jo Adkins of Florida, Holly (Frank) Palmer of Florida, David (Leeta) Clark of Michigan, Mark Ahrens of Villa Park, and Michael (Monica) Ahrens of Lombard. Great-Grandfather of 8. Preceded by his sister, Ginnie Cotsworth of Michigan.

Memorial Visitation will be held Thursday, February 25 from 4 to 8 PM with a Memorial Service at 6:30 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.
Interment later at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois.

Mr. Lawser grew up in Oak Park and was a resident of Lombard since 1953. He had worked for Admiral and Zenith as an Electrical Engineer. After retiring, Mr. Lawser worked for Schroeder’s Ace Hardware in Lombard for 20 years.

Mr. Lawser was a Veteran having served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Europe. He was with Patton’s 3rd Army and fought at Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe.

Mr. Lawser was an active and longtime Member of Community Presbyterian Church in Lombard and had served on the Presbytery Board at church.

Memorials to Community Presbyterian Church, 1111 East Madison, Lombard, Illinois 60148 would be appreciated.

 

Mary Ann Zieja, nee Shultz, age 81 of Lombard formerly of Chicago

Written by Brust Funeral Home on February 13th, 2016

facebook_1455240206667Mary Ann Zieja, nee Shultz, age 81 of Lombard, born January 3, 1935, passed away suddenly February 10, 2016.

Mrs. Zieja is survived by her only child, her daughter Judy Sliwa, her 3 grandsons, Christopher (Rachel), Nickolas, and Mark. She was a loving aunt to her nieces Kathy Gillin, Debbie Baker (Todd), and Patti DeRose (Ted), and her nephews Tom Gillin and Kevin Gillin (Mary).

Mrs. Zieja was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 56 years, Arthur, her parents, William and Agnes Shultz, her brother Bill, her sister Shirley, and her son-in-law George.

Mrs. Zieja was a resident of Lombard for 30 years. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and never missed a game on TV. She treasured her 3 grandsons and enjoyed watching them play sports when they were young and spending time with them as they grew into adults. She also enjoyed spending time with her daughter Judy.
She will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her but especially by her daughter Judy and her grandsons Chris, Nick and Mark. But most of all her faithful companion, her dog Mello will miss her most.
Memorial Service is private.

 

SOTIROS (SAM) GOUDANIS, 24

Written by Brust Funeral Home on February 9th, 2016

GoudanisSotiros (Sam) Goudanis, 24, born May7, 1991, passed away on Sunday, February 7th after four long months of bravery and strength. He was truly our Superman.

Sam is survived by his Wife Cecilia, his Father Andrew, Mother Anna, brother Peter, Parents In-Law Lenard & Jill, Brother & Sisters In-Law (only a technicality) Braydon, Maddie and Sydney. Niece Nadia, Best friend Justin along with many Aunts and Uncles.

Sam Loved everyone he knew completely and unconditionally. Sam’s heart was bigger than could be measured. His sense of humor could best be described as an acquired taste, yet will be sorely missed. His innocence and gentle nature warmed the hearts of the children that knew him. Sam loved, and was loved so much, and our memories of him will go on all the way to the moon and back!

Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 10 from 4 to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Prayers will begin  Thursday 9am from the Funeral Home to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 893 N. Church Rd, Elmhurst IL. for a 10am Funeral Service.  Interment will be at Mt. Emblem Cemetery, Elmhurst, Illinois.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated.

 

Kathleen M. Jakubowski nee McKenney of Carol Stream, formerly of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on February 7th, 2016

Jakubowski KathleenKathleen M. Jakubowski nee McKenney of Carol Stream, formerly of Lombard, passed away February 7 at her home.

Visitation will be Thursday from 3-9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Services will be Friday with prayers at 9:15 AM from Brust Funeral Home to St. Michael Church, 315 W. Illinois, Wheaton, for 10 AM Mass. Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery in Wheaton.

Kathleen is survived by her loving children, Julie Jakubowski of Chicago, and Casie Stuart of Orland Park; her cherished siblings, Maureen Cox of Wheaton, Kevin (LynnAnn) McKenney of Florida, Eileen (Mitch) Meyer of Winfield, Ann (Fred) Becker of Poplar Grove and Mary (Ken) Kwasny of Mokena.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents, Seward McKenney and Jean nee Halm and a nephew, Sean F. Meyer.

Kathleen grew up in Lombard. She attended Sacred Heart Grade School and graduated from Glenbard East High School in 1976. She went on to attend Monmouth College. Kathleen was an office manager for NuComfort Supply Inc.
in Glendale Heights for 10 years. She had lived in Carol Stream for the past 9 years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Northwestern Medicine Hospice are appreciated.  NM Foundation, 0S050 Winfield Rd., Suite 200, Winfield, IL  60190 or 630-933-GIVE.

For more info 888-629-0094.

 

Sandra Gale Kusch nee Wesolowicz, age 50, of Wood Dale

Written by Brust Funeral Home on February 4th, 2016

KuschSandra Gale Kusch nee Wesolowicz, age 50, of Wood Dale, passed away on February 2 at her home.
Visitation will be Sunday from 4 pm – 8 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. Funeral Services will be Monday with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth, Lombard, for 10 AM Mass. Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in River Grove.
Sandy is survived by her beloved daughter, Kristin Dawn Wesolowicz of Wood Dale; her loving parents, Donald M. and Carol nee Rogers of Mesa, Arizona; her dear brother, Don T. of Lombard; her cherished granddaughter, Amelia Hope Eagleson of Riverside; and her dear niece, Nicole Wesolowicz of Waconda; many aunts, uncles, and other relatives.
Sandy lived in Wood Dale for one year, but had previously lived in Rolling Meadows for 10 years, and grew up in Arlington Heights. She worked for American Family Insurance as a legal secretary for over 20 years. Sandy loved nature, animals, and was an avid reader, painter and cook.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Wounded Warriors, 1111 W. 22nd St. Oak Brook, IL 60523, are appreciated.

For more info 888-629-0094.

 

DOROTHY T. SCHREIBER, nee Tempenar, age 88, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on January 26th, 2016

Dorothy T. Schreiber, nee Tempenar, age 88, of Lombard, died January 24 at Good Samaritan Hospital.
Dorothy will be Lying-in-State Friday, January 29 from 10 AM until time of Funeral Service at 11:30 AM at the Maple Street Chapel, 220 S. Main St., Lombard. Interment will be at Chapel Hill Gardens West, Oakbrook Terrace, IL.
Dorothy is survived by 3 children, Bob (Rosanne) of Lombard, Patricia L. Caravella of Lombard and Rich of Lombard. She was the fond grandmother of Kristen (Mark) Kroemer of Oswego and great-grandmother of Ian Kroemer of Oswego.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Bill; son-in-law John Caravella and a sister, Helen Planz.
Dorothy had lived in Lombard for 64 years. She graduated from Steinmetz High School and was a member of the National Honor Society. Her husband was a plumber in town and Dorothy was the Office Manager at Elmhurst Ford where she worked for 31 years until her retirement in 1994. She was a member of the choir at First Church of Lombard for more than 50 years and was a member of the Maple Street Chapel Preservation Society.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Maple Street Chapel, 220 S. Main St., Lombard, IL 60148 are appreciated.

 

JEFF R. STEHLE, age 47

Written by Brust Funeral Home on January 25th, 2016

Stehle1Jeffrey Robert Stehle, 47, passed away on Sunday, January 24th, 2016 at Loyola University Medical Center after courageously battling a three month illness.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 29 from 4 to 7 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.
Funeral Service will be held Saturday, January 30 with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Lombard, for 10 AM Mass.
Private Interment at St. Joseph Cemetery, River Grove, Illinois.

Jeff was born to James and Karen, nee Kuehn Stehle on November 14th, 1968. He was a kind-hearted son, a loving, younger brother to Tim (Denise) Stehle, a devoted husband to Michelle, nee Galfano for 19 years, and a proud father to Jeffrey (J.J.) and Jeremy. Jeff was also a caring uncle to T.J., Crystal, Courtney, and Eric and a great-uncle to Mariah. He was a thoughtful son-in-law to Joseph and Ann Galfano, and a fun loving brother-in-law to Rick (Sheila) Galfano. Jeff was preceded in death by his grandparents, aunts, and uncles.

Jeff grew up in Lombard and attended Pleasant Lane School during his Elementary years where he was a Cub Scout and also enjoyed playing baseball. Later, Jeff attended Glenbard East High School where he played basketball and enjoyed lifting weights. It was here where Jeff and Michelle met. He graduated in 1987 and looked forward to attending Western Illinois University in Macomb. After a serious car accident, Jeff was forced to finish his education at the University of Illinois in Chicago where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in his specialty area of Criminal Justice. This degree led him to what he did best, being a Public Safety Officer. Jeff worked 19 years at Northwest Community Hospital and continued there when ODS took over. Jeff was thrilled when Edward Hospital contacted him for a Public Safety Officer position in Naperville near his home. Jeff was a quick learner and also a dedicated, hard-working employee. He was truthful and knowledgeable, but enjoyed having fun with others.

Jeff loved watching football with his boys. He was an avid Broncos’ fan and spent many nights cheering on the Chicago Bulls, too. Jeff enjoyed basketball so much, he helped coach Jeremy’s basketball team for two years at Bethany Lutheran School. Over the summer, he would go to the courts and play basketball and tennis with the boys.

Although he will be missed, we do not say “good-bye” but rather “good night” for we will all be reunited with him and all the saints again…

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going” (John 14:1-4).

In Lieu of flowers, memorials for his sons c/o his wife would be appreciated.

 

Barbara A. Was nee Nemecek, age 79, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on January 25th, 2016

wasBarbara A. Was nee Nemecek, age 79, of Lombard, passed away January 23, 2016 at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 27, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00 am at Brust Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, IL

Mrs. Was is survived by 2 daughters, Kimberly Strobel of Elgin and Nannette (Ralph) DeLuca of Wheaton; 2 sons Nicholas Januschik of Lombard and Gregory Januschik of Joliet; and 6 grandchildren.
Mrs. Was was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Was and a daughter, Deborah Januschik.

Mrs. Was had been a resident of Lombard for 50 years. She was a mother, but also a best friend to her children. They are glad her pain is over and look forward to a reunion with their mom in the future.
Info www.brustfuneralhome.com or 888-629-0094.

 

Anne R. McGoldrick (Harrington), of Aurora, IL, (formerly of Lombard, IL, and Boston MA)

Written by Brust Funeral Home on January 24th, 2016

McGoldrick-Anne pngAnne R. McGoldrick (Harrington), of Aurora, IL, (formerly of Lombard, IL, and Boston MA) passed away on January 22, 2016 at the age of 81. Loving mother of Mary of Saint Simons Island GA; George and his wife, Linda of Batavia IL, Michael and his wife, Maureen of Woburn, MA, and David and his wife, Margaret of Temecula, CA, and grandmother of Lindsay, Evan and fiance’ Laura, George and Mark. She also survived by her sister Mary Kelley of Quincy MA, and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Julia and Michael, her brother Michael, and her sister, Kay. Anne worked for the Social Security Administration’s Office of Hearing and Appeals until her retirement, where she continued to be an artist, writer and photographer.
A Memorial Gathering will take place on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 9 am until time of prayers at 10:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard IL to  Christ the King Catholic Church, for an 11:00 AM Memorial Mass. A private internment will  follow. At a future date, friends and family are invited to attend a memorial mass in Boston, MA.
Info www.brustfuneralhome.com or 888-629-0094.