Mary Anne “Annie” Brown nee Logothetti, born October 8, 1927, age 29 and holding, passed away August 20th at 11:11 PM

Written by Brust Funeral Home on August 21st, 2016

Brown-Mary Anne AnnieMary Anne “Annie” Brown nee Logothetti, born October 8, 1927,  age 29 and holding, passed away August 20th at 11:11 PM at Alexian Brothers Hospice House.

Visitation will be Friday from 4 – 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, with Mrs. Brown lying-in-state from 9 AM until time of service at 10 AM at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church, 215 S. Lincoln, Lombard. Interment will follow at Union Ridge Cemetery in Chicago.

Mrs. Brown is survived by her loving children, Melanie Philips, Antoinette “Toni” (Robert “Rob”) Summers, and Marjorie “Maggie” (Greg) Allan; her grandchildren, Randi Sue, Rebecca, Sam, Christian, Melissa, Celine and Shelly; her brother, Robert (Mary Ann) Logothetti; her god-daughter, Karen Lichtenberger; aunt, great-aunt and dear friend of many and her dog, “Boo”;  loved by many Lombardians young and old.

Mrs. Brown is preceded in death by her parents, August and Antoinette Logothetti nee Fischer; and her sister, Marjorie (Robert) Lichtenberger.

Mrs. Brown was a member of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church for 40 years. She was a dance instructor with the Lombard Park District for 30 years, “Annie’s Sweethearts.” Mrs. Brown was the proud owner of Lombard’s Antique Cellar. She was also a proud member of the Glen Ellyn American Legion Post # 3 Auxiliary for 50 years. Mrs. Brown was a registered nurse for 70 years. She was an avid rollerskater, bowler, dancer, volleyball player and she loved her slot machines! And, by the way… “Me to You”

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William H. Counts, age 99, a 50-year resident of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on August 21st, 2016

CountsAmerican FlagWilliam H. Counts, age 99, a 50-year resident of Lombard, passed away August 19th, at DuPage Convalescent Center.

Interment will be held on Tuesday, August 23rd, at 10 AM at Eden Memorial Cemetery in Schiller Park.

Mr. Counts is survived by his step-children, Brenda Tillman and Michael Stanley; his nieces and nephews, Frank “Jay” Lyons of Wheaton, Jack Kraitzer and Mary Bennett, both of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Tammy Woods of Porterville, California.

Mr. Counts was preceded in death by his loving sons, James and Joseph and his parents, Floyd Counts and Myra Holden White.

Mr. Counts graduated from Lyons Township High School in LaGrange.  He was a WWII Second Lieutenant in the US Army Air Corps. Mr. Counts piloted single and twin engine airplanes and took part in troop carrier operations.


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Verna M. Calcese, nee Vreeland, age 92, resident of Lombard 49 years

Written by Brust Funeral Home on August 18th, 2016

Calcese, VernaVERNA M. CALCESE, nee Vreeland, age 92, of Lombard 49 years.  Beloved wife of the Late Philip. Loving mother of David (Melissa), Ruth (Edward) Rottmann, Janet (Steve) Zwolinski. Loving grandmother of Philip, Robyn, Steve, Jr., Laura, and Jackie. Great-grandmother of CJ, Tommy, Alyssa, Aidan, and Guilianna. Sister of the Late Ruth (Marsh) Graham. Aunt and great-aunt of many. Visitation Monday 9:00 AM until time of Service 11:00 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Info or 888-629-0094.






Donald Mark Mason, age 63

Written by Brust Funeral Home on August 18th, 2016



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

DONALD MARK MASON, age 63.  Beloved husband of Ildiko Mason.  Loving father of Ryan & Eric Mason.  Cherished grandfather of Scarlett & Mason.  Dearest brother of Helen, Charles, Mary, Carol, & Mark.  Uncle to Ava, Jack, Donald, & Julie.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 20th at Brust Funeral Home located at 135 South Main Street in Lombard, IL from 9AM to 1PM.






JOAN E. GENTILE, 82, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on August 12th, 2016

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Joan E. Gentile, 82, of Lombard, Illinois, died unexpectedly in her Lombard home on Thursday, August 11, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Michael Gentile, Jr.   Beloved mother of Richard (Judy) M. Gentile, Kenneth A. Gentile,  Janet L. (John) Gianatasio, and Lori J. (Doug) Beck.  Beloved grandmother of David R. Gentile, Michael L. Schraft, Christopher D. Beck, Scott W. Schraft,  Danielle C. (Beck) Blaxton and Jessica C. Schraft.  Beloved great grandmother of Ava J. Schraft, Scottie R. Schraft, Wyatt C. Schraft and Rhett T. Blaxton.  Joan was preceded in death by her grandson, Stephen M. Gentile,  her great grandchildren, Brooklyn and Brayden Schraft, her parents Harold Mitchell, Sr. and Edna (Moelber) Mitchell, her brother Harold Mitchell, Jr., and her son-in-law, William R. Schraft.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 17th, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 Brust Funeral Home Ltd, 135 South Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148.Funeral services Thursday, August 18th, at 10 AM, at Faith United Methodist Church, 815 South Finley Road, Lombard, IL 60148.

Joan was born in 1934 and lived in Chicago, then Tinley Park and then Lombard since 1965.  She was a former homemaker and travel agent.

In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests remembrances to Faith United Methodist Church.

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Thomas J. Hamilton, age 89, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on August 10th, 2016

American FlagHamiltonThomas J. Hamilton, age 89, of Lombard, passed away August 9 at his home.

A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St, Lombard.  Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

Mr. Hamilton is survived by his loving children, Jean (James) Tufano of Lombard, Mark (Pam) of Grayslake, Kathryn (Thomas) Koleski of Lombard, Mary Jo (John) Owens of Green Bay, Susan (James) Tumpane of Lombard, Julie Hamilton of New York; daughter-in-law, Kathleen of Wisconsin;  20 grandchildren;15 great-grandchildren; his sister, Alice Murphy of River Forest; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Hamilton is preceded in death by his wife, Jean nee Murphy; his son, Thomas; and his siblings, John, Rosemary and William.

Mr. Hamilton was a resident of Lombard for 61 years. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Mr. Hamilton attended St. Ignatius College Prep and graduated from Loyola University in Chicago. He was a salesman for US Forest Products until his retirement. Mr. Hamilton was a former member of Holy Name Society at Sacred Heart Church. He was very athletic and enjoyed playing tennis, jogging and wood chopping.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Fr. Jack Kenealy, India Mission, c/o St. Ignatius College Prep, 1076 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608

Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home, Lombard.  For more information 888-629-0094


Nancy O. Miller, nee Bye, age 81, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on August 9th, 2016

MillerNancy O. Miller, nee Bye, age 81, of Lombard, died August 8 at Lexington Healthcare Center, Lombard, Illinois. Beloved wife of Herbert A. Miller. Loving mother of Greg of Nevada, Scott (Kathleen) of Ohio, and Bill (Kristi) of Lombard. Grandmother of Paul, Amanda, Sam, Benjamin, Jackson, Creighton, Bailey, Marshall, Brett, and Kelsey. Great-grandmother of 3. Step-sister of Karen. Many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and other relatives.

Visitation will be held Friday, August 12 from 3 to 8 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.

Funeral Saturday, August, 13 with Mrs. Miller Lying-In-State 10 AM until time of Service 11 AM at Community Presbyterian Church, 1111 East Madison, Lombard.

Interment will be at Chapel Hill Gardens West, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.

Mrs. Miller was a resident of Lombard since 1959.  She had been married 59 years.  Mrs. Miller was active at Community Presbyterian Church where she was a member of the Choir.  She was a member of the Lombard Garden Club and the Red Hat Club.  Mrs. Miller enjoyed snow skiing, gardening, cooking, and needle point crafts.

Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, 8430 West Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, Illinois 60631 would be appreciated.

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Catherine Albano, nee Mucha, age 98, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on August 7th, 2016

Albano web obitCatherine Albano nee Mucha, age 98, of Lombard, passed away on August 5th, at Chicago Ridge Nursing Center.

Visitation will be held, Monday 10 AM until the time of the Funeral Service at 11 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.  Interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Evergreen Park.

Catherine Mucha was born on July 23, 1918. She became the sister of John, Eddie, Wally, Tony, Stella, and Helen. At the age of 17, she was wed to a young man named Benjamin, and became Mrs. Catherine Albano. When she was 18, she became a mother. Her firstborn was a son, named after his father, Benjamin. Two years later, she gave birth to a daughter, Rose Marie, and three years after that, another daughter, Kathleen.  Catherine taught her children to cook and clean, instilling a strong work ethic in them. These simple details are often taken for granted, but generations after her have benefitted from what she taught her children.

A tragic car accident left her a widow with three teenage children. Catherine did whatever necessary to provide for them, including cleaning guest rooms at Holiday Inn, working at Zayers (remember Zayers?), and at a Nabisco factory (which we often benefitted from by getting fresh-off-the-line cookies!). She was also licensed to watch children in her home. Benjamin entered the U.S. military, and eventually married his lovely Aggie, best friend of his sister, Rose; and Rose went on to marry the love of her life, Gus.

Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Benjamin; siblings, John, Eddie, Tony, and Stella; daughter, Kathleen; and son, Benjamin.  She is survived by her brother, Wally; sister, Helen; daughter Rose (Gus); daughter-in-law, Aggie; Grandchildren Debbie, Pattie, Tracie, and Mike; Great Grandchildren Jonathon, Mackenzie, Grady, Mary, Makayla, Makenzie, Madison, and Mike; Great Great Grandchildren Judea and Lilah; and many nieces and nephews. She was my Grams.

Aunt Aggie fondly remembers going over to Grams’s house when she and Uncle Bennie were first married. Aunt Aggie would bring pencil and paper with her, and ask Grams how to cook. She wanted to cook her new husband’s favorite foods, the way his Momma cooked them. Now THAT is a dedicated wife, wouldn’t you say? Grams was a good teacher, and Aunt Aggie is a good cook!

The last time she visited her sister, Helen, in Utah, Grams asked her niece, Linda, to take her shopping for clothes. She always liked the clothes that Linda picked out for her mom, Helen! The ladies surely had fun shopping together!

Gus learned early on to be careful what he said to Grams. She once served him something grape-flavored, he expressed to her how good it was, and that’s all it took. From that point on, anytime she found some food item that was grape, she gave it to him! Needless to say, he no longer likes grape. Please, no grape jelly, popsicles, candy, or anything else!

Debbie remembers Granny teaching her how to braid bread, which technique she used to learn how to braid hair! She also fondly remembers having “Kid’s Coffee” in the morning, which was mostly cream and sugar, but it made us feel special and grown-up!

Tracie recalls how Gram always told it like it was! There was no sugar-coating. Right is right, and wrong is wrong. You always knew where you stood with Gram. (If you walked in her home and the place where your picture normally hung was bare, or your picture turned around, you knew you were in trouble!) She also remembers going to craft fairs with her mom, Aggie, and sitting with Gram and Aunt Kathie all day, just enjoying them and having lots of fun. Later in life, Mary really enjoyed visiting her Great Grandma and bringing her a shrimp dinner (which was her favorite)! Grams would, in turn, give her french fries to Mary. Such a deal! Tracy and her family also loved taking Gram out for a Mother’s Day lunch, when she was able to go.

Mike learned some wicked Easter Bread baking skills from Grams! And what was better than one of Grams’s Apple Slices? Or Spaghetti Gravy? Stuffed Cabbage? Fritata? How about Easter and her Lamb Cakes? I could go on and on…but I’m starting to make myself hungry!

Early memories of Grams, for me, has to be her coming over early on a school day, and making our beds for us so that she would have time to visit with us before we headed off to school! And sleepovers at Grams’s house, sleeping on freshly bleached bed sheets (the smell of freshly bleached sheets still makes me remember these times!). Watching Debbie run straight to the kitchen, upon entering Gram’s house, and looking underneath the rug in front of the sink. She thought Gram’s would sweep the dirt under the rug, like in the cartoons, and always looked under the rug to check for dirt! I remember Grams would put us on the kitchen counter, while washing our hair in the kitchen sink. Debbie was always afraid that Grams would burn her feet on the stove. Which was off, of course. Don’t worry, no one was ever burned during hair-washing!

I remember Grams always telling us to “Be Good!”. She would chuckle when we said it back to her! When I became a mother for the first time, Grams flew out to California to visit us. She helped me give Jonathon his first bath (I was afraid of doing it wrong and hurting him & she helped me learn). She also made Apple Slices with me at that visit.

Grams would light up whenever her family would visit. The children always brought a special joy to her, and she loved her family with her whole heart.

Every single one of her Grandchildren said that Christmas Eve at Grandma’s House is one of their favorite memories! And it most certainly was an event not to be missed. The family would gather at her home and we would have the best time together as a family! Gram would cook an amazing traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner, with fried shrimp, fried fish, and fish spaghetti. We would have dinner in the basement, and somewhere near the end of the meal, one of the grown-ups (often Aunt Kathie) would sneak away upstairs and make all kinds of noise, while unloading Christmas presents for the kids (which had been hidden in the closet). All the noise being made upstairs was, of course, so all the kids would know that Santa was here and unloading gifts! Oh, there was the fake fireplace made out of cardboard, where everyone’s tiny stockings were hung. At least one unfortunate person had coal waiting for them in their stocking. And there was always underwear given as gifts to the kids! Three granddaughters and one grandson getting underwear, and being told to “hold it up and show everyone”. There was always teasing and snickering! Of course, I do not recall exactly, but I am told that Mike took the brunt of the teasing (that’s probably accurate)!

A couple weeks ago, Grams saw her 98th birthday. We were all deliberate to celebrate with her, starting a week early. Deb brought a bouquet of balloons and cards, and everyone visited. There was cake, and flowers. Her friend, Joe, was a frequent visitor and took very good care of her. Her body was slowing down considerably, and she was tired; but she was sweet, and she was happy.

98 years. Grams saw a lot in her lifetime. She saw struggles and hardship. She was ornery and tough. She loved, she laughed, she told a good story (amusing herself while she told it!), and she taught us all. We will all miss her until the day we see her again in Glory, hearing her laugh, and I’m sure her hair will be properly curled (and maybe she’ll have some Apple Slices!)


Vernon D. Matson, age 91, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on August 7th, 2016

Matson-vernon,jpgVernon D. Matson, age 91, of Lombard, passed away August 5th, at Lexington Heath Care in Lombard.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, from 4 PM to 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.  Funeral Services will be on Wednesday, Lying-in-State, 10 AM until the time of service at 11 AM at First United Methodist Church, 155 South Main Street, Lombard, IL.  Interment at Chapel Hill Gardens West.

Mr. Matson is survived by his beloved wife, Bonny, his son, Larry (Lynda), his daughters, Jody (Greg) Baldyga and Beth (Paul) DiRienzo, his son-in-law, Joe Mulvey, his 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jill Mulvey.

Vern was born in Jackson Minnesota.  He joined the US Navy, serving 1943-1946 aboard US Liberty Ships as member of the Armed Guard Crew in the Pacific Ocean.  Upon discharge, he began his lifelong employment with Bemis Co. from 1946-1991 as General Traffic Manager.  There, he met, Bonny, who became his bride on Valentine’s Day in 1948.  In 1956, he was admitted to practice interstate commerce law before the Federal ICC.  His Bemis employment began in Minneapolis but continued in Chicago, where he was transferred in 1961.  During those years in Lombard, as he and Bonny raised their 4 children, he was a member of:  First United Methodist Church, Lombard Senior Men’s Club, member and president, Traffic Club of Chicago and Transportation Old Timers Society.  Upon his retirement in 1991, he enjoyed spending time with Bonny, the kids, and grand kids at his cabin in Wisconsin.  There, many favorite memories were made on the lake, by the fire, and around the dinner table.  He built an amazing foundation for his family and grandchildren.  It will forever follow him.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to First United Methodist Church would be greatly appreciated.

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WAYNE F. KRALL, Veteran of Vietnam, age 68 of LaGrange Park

Written by Brust Funeral Home on August 6th, 2016

krall-wayneAmerican FlagWAYNE F. KRALL, Veteran of Vietnam, age 68 of LaGrange Park, died August 5, at home.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:30 am until time of funeral at 11:30 am at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.  Interment will be at Glen Oak Cemetery.

Mr. Krall is survived by his daughters:  Jennifer (Eric) Ellison of LaGrange Park and Erica M. (Donald) Rasmussen of Maroa, IL; his grandchildren:  Amanda Krall of Maroa, Dylan Ellison of LaGrange Park, Emma Ellison of LaGrange Park, Kylie Ellison of LaGrange Park; his step grandchildren:  Zachary Kristufek of Maroa, Katelyn (Ross) Erickson of Maroa, and Brittany (Drew) Burrows of Maroa; his great grandchild Sophia Burrows; his brothers Rick (Cindy) Krall of Colorado and Gary (Karen) Krall of Roselle; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.  He was preceded in death by his wife Renee M. nee Stepanek and his brother Gregory Krall.

Mr. Krall was a Veteran of the U. S. Army having served in Vietnam.  He had resided in LaGrange Park for 18 years and was formerly of Lisle.

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard.  For information 888.629.0094 or