Marilyn M. Witting, nee Spicer. Westmont and Lombard resident.

Written by Brust Funeral Home on January 2nd, 2015

WittingMarilyn M. Witting, nee Spicer. Westmont and Lombard resident. Born in Iowa and raised in Maywood, Marilyn passed away on New Years Day. Loving Daughter to the late Ray and Helen Spicer. Beloved wife of the late Richard. Dear sister of the late Donald, late Mardel (late Norman), and Sue (late Rich). Caring and devoted Mother to Julianne (Tom), Jennifer (Ray), Steven (Amy) and Joanna (Ed). Cherished “Grammy” and fanatical fan to Richard, Elizabeth, Daniel, Matthew, Sadie, Everett, Charlotte, Baxter and Grace. Visitation Monday, January 5, from 3-9PM Brust Funeral Home 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Funeral Tuesday 9:30AM, January 6 from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth, Lombard for Mass at 10 AM. Interment Clarendon Hills Cemetery, Darien. Memorials can be sent to the society of St. Vincent de Paul.  For further info or 630-629-0094


Joanne Marie Long White

Written by Brust Funeral Home on January 2nd, 2015

Joan WhiteJoanne was the youngest daughter of Glenn and Candace Long and grew up in the Engelwood community.  She attended Parker Elemetary and Parker High School and graduated with the Class of 1946.  She began college at the Wilson and Wright Junior College and met Don White, a recent veteran and fledgling musician.  They married in 1948.  After spending three years on the road with the band, they settled in Englewood until purchasing their first home in Western Springs in 1956.  Joanne raised their family there while also providing a home for her mother and her aunt Margaret Mitchell.   She was active at the First Christian Church in Chicago, a Girl Scout leader, a BlueBird guide, and a down-to-earth hostess who was able to feed large groups of people.  She was also the force behind Don’s success as a musician and a piano tuner.

​In 1983  Joanne and Don bought a home in LaGrange, one which become home at various points to children and grandchildren and Joanne’s brother Phil Long.  In the 1990’s, after years of driving to the First Christian Church of Chicago at 79th and Lawndale, they moved into the city to 79th and Kilbourn to maximize their work at the church.  (Joanne was a third-generation member of this church, founded by her grandfather when it was the Englewood Christian Church at Stewart Avenue.)  Joanne’s ministry in the church took many forms – Deaconess, choir member, Sunday School  teacher, Women’s Fellowship, and host to out-of-towners.  Her last active ministry involved baking bread and delivering it to church visitors and new members.

In 2008 Joanne and Don moved into Autumn Green and enjoyed a couple of years of “active retirement”.  In 2011 they moved to their son Doug’s home in Lombard where Don died in July 2014.

Joanne was preceded in death by her siblings – Elbert Long, Arthur Long, Phyllis Gibbons, Virginia Zimpelmann, and Phillip Long.  She is survived by her children – Donna (John) Moscinski, Paula (Dennis) Thompson, Alan (Pamela) White, and Douglas (Kimberly) White; her grandchildren Christopher Thompson, Jennifer (Tim) Peters, Candace White, Laura (Chad) Chesney, Leslie White, Alynn White, and Nathan White; and her great-grandchildren A​melia Turner, Olive Turner, Elle Turner, Isla Chesney, and Henry Peters.

Even in her death, Joanne was thinking of others.  She asked years ago that her body be donated to the Anatomical Gift Association.  A memorial service will be held at the First Christian Church of Chicago, 79th and Lawndale, at 11 AM on Saturday, January 10, with a visitation beginning at 9:30 AM.  Those who wish to honor Joanne’s life may do so with a contribution to the First Christian Church of Chicago and/or with acts of kindnesses.



RANDALL ‘RANDY’ WELKER, age 68, of Lombard,

Written by Brust Funeral Home on December 31st, 2014

American FlagWelker1RANDALL ‘RANDY’ WELKER, age 68, of Lombard, died December 30 at his home.

Visitation will be held Sunday, January 4 from 2 to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

Funeral Service will be held Monday, January 5 with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to St. Pius X Church, Lombard, for 10 AM Mass.

Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois.

Mr. Welker is survived by his wife, MaryAnn, nee Hickey; his sons, Curt (Melissa) Welker, Charles (Kyoko) Childress, and Thomas (Jennifer) Childress; 12 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson; his mother, Viola Welker of Lombard; nine brothers and sisters, Dan (Pat) of Florida, David (Fran) of California, Ginny (Sam) Aharrah of Batavia, Kathy (the late Rudy) Woessner of Tennessee, Chuck (Rita) of Villa Park, Pam (Ron) Emrich of Wisconsin, Joe (Lori) of Elgin, Steve (Nannette) of Downers Grove, and Diane (Tim) Abner of Oswego; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Welker is preceded in death by his father, John E.

Mr. Welker was a Veteran having served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.  He was a Member of the Lombard VFW.  He was a resident of Lombard for 21 years.  Mr. Welker had celebrated 37 years of marriage.  He was a retired Draftsman and had worked for Wagner Systems for 20 years.  He was a very handy craftsman.  Mr. Welker was a member of St. Pius X Church in Lombard.


STEVE P. DEACON, age 95, of Lombard,

Written by Brust Funeral Home on December 31st, 2014

American FlagSTEVE P. DEACON, age 95, of Lombard, died December 18 at Lexington Health Care Center, Lombard, Illinois.

Private Interment will be held at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois at a later date.

Mr. Deacon was the beloved husband of the late Irene F., nee Hodz.  Loving father of Robert (Cori), Michael, and Kathleen (Scott) Shiflett. Grandfather of 5.  great-grandfather of 2.  Brother of Mae Green and the late Robert.  Uncle and Great-uncle of many.

Mr. Deacon was a Veteran having served in World War II.  He was a member of AFLCIO 701.  Mr. Deacon loved to fish and woodworking.


Joachim “Hans” Jeske, 79

Written by Brust Funeral Home on December 27th, 2014

JeskeOn December 24, 2014, Joachim “Hans” Jeske, 79, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was born on February 14, 1935 in Germany to Bernhard and Edith Jeske.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 54 years, Magdalena (nee Reith) Jeske; his daughter Regina (Dan) Krauz; his sons Bernhard (Renee) Jeske; Michael (Erika) Jeske; his sisters Brigitte Springel of Krefeld, Germany; Jutta Schilling of Wachtersbach-Hessen, Germany; ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Hans enjoyed life and kept busy helping others. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Visitation will be Monday, December 29th from 3:00 – 8:00 PM at Brust Villa Park Funeral Home (305 S. Princeton, Villa Park). Funeral services will be on Tuesday, December 30th at 11:00 AM at Harvard Avenue Evangelical Free Church (206 W. St. Charles Rd., Villa Park) with a viewing at 10:30 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the wishes of the family appreciated.


JOY S. WESTERHOLM, age 86, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on December 24th, 2014

WesterholmWesterholmWesterholmWesterholm WesterholmWesterholmWesterholmJOY S. WESTERHOLM, age 86, of Lombard.  Beloved wife of the late Don.  Survived by her 5 sons, 9 grandchildren and her sister, Nancy Fawcett.

Funeral Services Sunday, December 28 at 3:00 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard. Visitation 1 to 4 pm at Brust Funeral Home. Interment private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project, Post Office Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas  66675 would be appreciated.

For more info 888-629-0094.


Jean Dorothy Smyth, 84, of Naperville Illinois

Written by Brust Funeral Home on December 19th, 2014


Jean Dorothy Smyth, 84, of Naperville Illinois died  Thursday December 18, 2014 at Seasons Hospice Center of Naperville. She died peacefully with her two sons Tom and Joe by her side.  Visitation will be Sunday December 21 from 1 pm to 6 pm at Brust Funeral Home 135 S. Main Street in Lombard Illinois. The Funeral service will be Monday December 22 at 12:30 pm from Brust Funeral Home, and then to Christ the King Church 1501 South Main Street Lombard for a 1 pm Funeral Mass. Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside Illinois.

Jean was born in Chicago Illinois. She is preceded in death by her parents Thomas and Dorothy Cain, her beloved husband Thomas Smyth and her twin sister Joanne Cain. She is survived by her son and daughter in law Joseph and Deborah Smyth of Aurora, Illinois, her son Thomas Smyth of Carol Stream Illinois, her grandchildren Rachel (Clint) Mullet of Elkhart Indiana, Joshua (Laura) Smyth of Westmont, Illinois, Hannah, Daniel, Micah, David, and Grace Smyth of Aurora Illinois, one great grandchildren, and many other relatives.

Jean graduated from Loretta Academy (Woodlawn) and DePaul Secretarial School. She married Thomas M. Smyth of Chicago on November 21, 1959 at St. Bride’s Church.  They raised their sons Joe and Tom while living in Wood Dale and then later Lombard Illinois where she was a member of Christ the King Church. She also pursued a career serving as an administrative assistant/secretary in firms such as Wolf and Company, State Bank of Lombard, and Maryland Casualty Company.

Jean loved art, singing, reading and writing poetry. She was a member of the “World of Poetry” and in July/August 1988 received the Golden Poet of the Year Award. Jean was devoted to her faith in God.

She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.


Nancy Jeanne Stytz, of Buffalo Grove

Written by Brust Funeral Home on December 18th, 2014

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Nancy Jeanne Stytz, of Buffalo Grove, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 at her home. Visitation will be Friday from 3 PM to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. The Funeral Service will be Saturday, 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to St. Alexander’s Church, 300 S. Cornell Ave, Villa Park, IL 60181, for 10 AM mass. Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL.

Nancy, daughter of Theodore and Marianne Feczko, worked as a Senior Technical Writer for Abbott. She is survived by a son, Brian; a brother, Thomas (Kathi) Feczko; a sister, Carol Wise; and three nieces, Jeanine Badgley, Kerri Feczko, and Julie Feczko. She is preceded in death by her parents.

Nancy grew up in Villa Park and attended Montini High School. While there, she was an avid member of the poms squad and still remembered all the routines and songs fondly. She graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1978. After working as a Phlebotomist for Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Nancy changed career paths and had been working as a Technical Writer for Abbott for more than 10 years. Nancy was very active in local dance groups, West Coast Swing and Hustle were her favorites. She loved to listen to Barry Manilow and attended his live shows several times. She was a die-hard Blackhawks and White Sox fan and made sure to watch every game and go to as many events as she could.  She always put her “all” into whatever she chose to do. She will be greatly missed.

For more info 888-629-0094.


Mae D. McLaughlin, 94, a resident of Lombard for 65 years

Written by Brust Funeral Home on December 15th, 2014

mae mclaughlin photoMae D. McLaughlin, 94, a resident of Lombard for 65 years, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.

She was the widow of Col. John L. McLaughlin, Sr., U.S. Army, retired.  They were married for 70 ½ years and were residents of Lombard from 1948 through 2012.

She was a fine example of the “Greatest Generation.” Her husband served in the Army from a year before Pearl Harbor through December 1945. During that time she accompanied him to every assignment except his overseas combat in North Africa and Europe.

During one of those stateside assignments she had the distinction of making the famed General George S. Patton retreat.

At an afternoon gathering at the General’s quarters, the General found Mrs. McLaughlin sitting on stairs outside the “Ladies’ Parlor” and asked pointedly if she’d had a touch too much to drink? When she replied no, she was expecting a baby, she succeeded in flustering the general, who instructed her to stay right where she was while he retreated to get vital reinforcements – his wife.

In Lombard, Mrs. McLaughlin was instrumental in starting Lombard’s Junior Service League and served on its board. Her involvement with parent-teacher associations, booster groups, and Scouts from Hammerschmidt Elementary School through Glenbard East spanned the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s.

For more than a decade, she welcomed customers to the Skeets Hallmark store on Main Street, Lombard, as the store’s first and staunchly loyal employee.

A native of Chicago, she attended Wright Junior College after graduating from Carl Schurz High School. She was an ardent fan of the Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls. She was also a White Sox fan … unless they were playing the Cubs.

In addition to her devoted husband, Mrs. McLaughlin is preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Emma von Kamen Woodhouse of Chicago, and her siblings,  Beatrice Boultbee and Raymond Woodhouse.  She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Joseph Batka of Beavercreek, Ohio; her son and daughter-in-law, John and Virginia of Naperville, Ill.; and daughter, Patricia of Florence, Ky.; her grandchildren, Joseph Batka, Jr. (Stephanie) of Lombard, James Batka (Beth), Major John Batka (Jennifer), Mathew Batka (Becky), Catherine E. Batka, John McLaughlin III (Laura), Lauren McLaughlin; 11 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral Service will be Wednesday, December 17, at 1:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard, with Visitation to follow until 4:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850-5168 ( to aid wounded military members and their families, or to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 ( would be greatly appreciated.


Lois J. Lund, age 82, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on December 13th, 2014

Lund 2Lois J. Lund, age 82, of Lombard, died December 11, 2014 at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Ms. Lund will be lying-in-state Monday 11:00 AM until time of service at 12 Noon at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 350 E. Madison Street, Lombard. Interment will follow at Concordia Cemetery in Forest Park.

Ms. Lund is survived by her nieces and nephews, Sherry (Paul) Hamaker, Mark (Donna) Lund, the late Loren (David) DeMichelle, Kevin (Kimberly) Lund, Linda McIntyre, Eric (Julie) Lund, Jodie (Rich) Oubre, Dan (Cari) Lund; 18 grand nieces and nephews and 11 great- grand nieces and nephews; two sister-in-laws, Carol and Joan Lund.

Ms. Lund is preceded in death by three brothers, Walter, Herbert, and Robert; and one sister, Glenna Moreau.

Ms. Lund lived in Lombard for 35 years. She was a dedicated and long-time member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 305 E. Madison, Lombard or American Cancer Society, DuPage Region, 1801 S. Meyers Road, Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181.

For more info 888-629-0094