Elsie A. Tobolaski
Fairmount Willow Hills, 9100 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs, Illinois
John A. Susralski Jr,
November 13, 1953 - July 8, 2020
John A. Susralski, Jr., 66, lifelong resident of Berwyn, passed away, at his home, after a long illness.
John was born and grew up in Berwyn; attending St. Mary of Celle, graduating from Morton West High School in 1971 and attended Morton College. He had many careers in his life, but most enjoyed owning a pet shop and working at the Berwyn Animal Hospital where he was able to work with and help animals. He loved animals, nature and the environment. He supported many of these causes throughout the years as well as Children’s, Hospitals and Medical Research causes. He was an avid aquarist and enjoyed watching as well as breeding and growing a variety of fish.
He is preceded in death by his parents John and Flo; was Dearest brother of Catherine (Keith) Patzer, Domenica (Patrick) Kavala, and Richard (Eden); Uncle of Christina (Ronald) Kisiel, Daniel (Susan) Patzer, the late Sandra, Jamie (Daniel) Johnson, Kimberly, Patricia, and Nicole (Shane) Mammen; Great-uncle of James, Joseph, Jessica, Diana, Sarah, Michael, Noah, Molly and Jackson. He is further survived by other loving family and friends.
John requested private cremation services with no viewing.
Raymond Edward Czajkowski
Raymond Czajkowski, age 90, passed away on July 7, 2020. He is preceded in death by his wife Georga (Mocivnik). Loving father of David, Stephen (Elizabeth), Mark (Araceli) and Thomas (Kathryn) and grandfather to Andrew, Joseph, Randal, Coleman and Dane. Ray was the youngest son of Joseph and Agnes (Stelmaszick) Czajkowski. Sister Josephine (Walter) Spadlowski, and brothers Walter (Irene), John and Casimer (Francis) Czajkowski also preceded him in death. Ray leaves many loving nephews and nieces. A 60 year resident of Berwyn, Ray enjoyed dancing, home improvement projects, for himself and others, and train rides. He took pride in having raised his four sons, mostly as a single parent, after the passing of his wife at too early an age. Supporting his sons’ educational, musical and athletic interests was the center of his life. He held several leadership positions with Berwyn Boy Scout Troop and Pack 31. As a young boy he was nicknamed Sunshine and carried that same spirit throughout his life.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Leonards in Berwyn, IL followed by internment at Resurection Cemetery in Justice, IL.
Joy C. Blocker also known as Joy D. Currie
Joy C. Blocker, also known as Joy D. Currie, now rests in the hands of her loving father. She passed July 4, 2020, aged 87. She was born to Maurice and Ethel Macredie in Wichita, Kansas in 1932. Her parents passed when she was young. She was adopted by her aunt and uncle, Blanche and Charles Rex Little. They were kind and attentive. Her father served in WWII as a civil engineer.
The young family moved to Cincinnati, where Joy grew up. She studied Elementary Education at Miami University, Ohio, graduating in 1954. Her first teaching job took her and two girlfriends to Denver, Colorado, where they had many fun adventures. She also taught in Santa Ana, California, Michigan and Illinois.
Joy married and out-lived three husbands. She married first, Charles A. Yantis, a Marine fighter pilot in 1955 in Laguna Beach, Calif. They welcomed three children, including twins, Charles W. (deceased), and Deborah, as well as Jennifer. Joy was a devoted wife, mother and an excellent cook who liked to entertain. She was a Brownie and Cub Scout leader, and a talented seamstress. She often filled the house with the “Sound of Music” on a baby grand piano.
The family moved to Tennessee, then to Champaign, Illinois, and Dearborn, Michigan. The wanderers then moved on to the Chicago area, then Dallas and East Texas. They found their way back to the Chicago area in the early 1970s. Joy has remained in the area ever since.
In 1980, Joy married William E. Currie, they resided in Hinsdale. In 1983 Joy received an MBA. She opened the Hinsdale Antique Shop on First Street in 1987. The store was closed several years later for health reasons. Bill Currie, a gentle and fun soul, passed on in 2000.
Soon love was on the horizon again. Joy met James W. Blocker at a dance group in Elmhurst. The two became fast friends, then partners, and were married Oct. 2017. They enjoyed music, cards, plays, traveling and most of all spending time with family and friends. Jim Blocker passed in December 2018.
Joy is survived by a loving family including her daughters, Deborah (Randy) Goldbeck of Iowa, and Jennifer (Craig) Harrison of Indiana. Son-in-law, Kevin (Sharon) Blocker, Washington; and Daughter-in-law, Patricia Currie, Ohio. She will be deeply missed by granddaughters, Amy and Sarah Matthews of Ft. Collins; Heidi (Peter) Currie, SC; Allison Cleary, Denver; and Ryan Harrison, Indiana. Her great-grandchildren also mourn her loss inclduing Kaya Cooper, Audrey and Hadley.
The family requests no flowers be sent. Instead please donate to a charity of your choice. The family can be reached at 501 Lake Hinsdale Drive, No. 410, Willowbrook, Illinois 60527.
Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd. 7000 S. Madison Street, Willowbrook, IL 60527.
Visitation Thursday July 16th from 10:00 am to 12-Noon
Service Thursday July 16th at 12-Noon.
Private family interment service.
Eleanor B. Lafrentz
Eleanor B. Lafrentz, age 87, at rest July 1, 2020. Preceded in death by her loving husband George J. Lafrentz. (2013) Loving mother of Annie (Karl) Muehlfelt, Karen (Michael) Kratschmer, Tina (Buzz) Ruttenberg and John G. (Tammy) Lafrentz.
Devoted Oma of John, Eric (Paige) and Kelly (Matt Korn) Kratschmer, Jacob Ruttenberg. Tyler and Dylan Lafrentz. Step Oma to Kirsten Belile-Frey and MacKenzie Belile. Step Great Oma to Emma, Aria and Lyra. Dear sister of Howard (Marybeth) Kaak and of the late Irmgard Kaak and H. Otto (Kay) Kaak.
Dear Aunt Ellie and Great Aunt Ellie to many nieces and nephews around the world.
Ellie was an accomplished artist and loved all kinds of music. She loved to sing, especially at church and with her sister and brothers. Ellie loved to cook and bake and was the most loving hostess at many gatherings in her home. One guest told her that he had never felt so welcomed into someone's home. As she said, "There's always room in the inn!"
Her faith in God was the foundation of her life. She was involved in many areas at her church over the years. Her friends from church were her closest friends throughout her adult life. She will be missed so much by all who knew and loved her.
Private family interment at St. John’s Cemetery, Oak Brook, IL.
A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Lakeshore Public TV (www.lakeshorepbs.org) and Smile Train (www.smiletrain.org) would be appreciated.
Arrangements entrusted to Adolf Funeral Home – Willowbrook, 630-325-2300.
Joan Ziemba (nee Schaberg), 93, passed away on June 28, 2020, just weeks after the passing of her beloved husband of 64 years, Hank. Joan was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and was a graduate of Bowling Green University. She worked as a dietician in Chicago before marrying Henry Ziemba and moving to Clarendon Hills, IL where they raised their family and lived for over 50 years. Joan made a point of maintaining close contact with the many friends she made throughout her life. Should a friend ever experience a hardship, Joan was first on the scene with comforting words and a homemade meal. She had a clever sense of humor, but was never one to seek the spotlight. Joan and Hank hosted Thanksgiving dinner in their home every year. The last one, when they were in their eighties, had 32 guests in attendance. She volunteered at the Clarendon Hills Library, was a prolific knitter and also enjoyed playing bridge and tennis. Most of all, Joan loved spending time with her family. After lovingly raising her three daughters, Joan delighted in the antics and accomplishments of her seven grandsons.
Joan is preceded in death by her husband, Henry, and her brother, Jim. She is survived by her daughters Amy Proegler (Mark), Susan Volkmann (Will), and Martha Cook (Jim); and her grandsons Adam Proegler (Margaret), Henry Proegler, William Volkmann, Charlie Volkmann (Jackie), Andrew Volkmann, Spencer Cook, and Matthew Cook. Donations may be made to the Evangelical Covenant Church of Hinsdale.
JOYCE C. HAHN 1932 - 2020
Clarendon Hills - Joyce C. Hahn (Cordts), 88, a resident of the friendly village for 15 years, formerly of Burr Ridge and formerly of Hinsdale, passed away peacefully on the morning of Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
She was born on March 17, 1932, in Pekin, Illinois, to Glenn F. and Blanche A. Cordts. Missing her caring and giving nature, loving presence, and smiling face are: two younger brothers, Kenley Cordts of Tomahawk, WI, and Robert G. “Bob” (and Carolyn) Cordts of Pekin (who gifted Joyce with three nephews who called her “AJ”: Bryan (Shelly) Cordts, Bradley (Kim) Cordts, and Brandon (Dawn) Cordts), and three sons; Mark J. Hahn of Mequon, WI, Glenn E. Hahn of Riverside, IL, and Chris J. Hahn of Clarendon Hills, IL. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Cody (Jordan) Larimore, Haley (Jonathan) Woods, Sarah (Danny) Matz, Michael (Sara) Hahn, Christopher Hahn, and Olivia Hahn, and one great-grandchild, Tyson Larimore.
She graduated, as a National Honor Society Member, from Pekin Community High School in 1950. She graduated from the School Of Nursing at The Methodist Hospital of Central Illinois in 1953. Her first nursing job was at Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago.
Joyce married Jerome J. Hahn, MD, on June 15, 1957. Their union lasted 47 years; “Doc” passed away in November of 2004. Her work as a registered nurse was interrupted by the more rewarding career of motherhood. Balancing this passion and responsibility with other interests, she was enthusiastic about bowling, playing golf and tennis. She also enjoyed bridge group. She followed the Blackhawks, Bulls and Cubs; she tolerated the Bears. At neighborhood block parties, Mrs. Hahn’s delicious potato salad never failed to impress.
Joyce was always active at the Hinsdale United Methodist Church. But once her athletic diversions began to slow, she went full throttle as a volunteer at church and within the community. There were frequent outings with “the old farts” to plays, musicals and the like, and post-church luncheons with her friends were always on the calendar.
Even with such a full schedule - work, motherhood, casual sports and church membership, Joyce found time to travel. She cruised the Rhine and The Caribbean. She visited the Canadian Rockies,San Diego, New Orleans and Hawaii. She also enjoyed visiting local places, such as Traverse City, Michigan, and Galena, Illinois. Joyce was also a voracious reader. She was never without a newspaper, a magazine, or a book. She was an accomplished baker. Her perennial pumpkin bread earned rave reviews and legions of fans. Joyce’s unique sense of humor was as appreciated.
The long list of causes and organizations she donated money to, the cards and gifts she would send to her wide circle of friends are just two examples of her generous and giving nature. She enjoyed shopping, watching Wheel of Fortune, planting and tending to her Martha Washington Geraniums. She loved being a grandmother and adored being a great-grandmother.
Her passing is an immeasurable loss. Our grief is ameliorated by how many friends she had, how many lives she touched, and by the fond and fun memories that all who knew her will carry with them.
In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions can be made to the Joyce Hahn (“Troublemaker”) Memorial Fund, care of Hinsdale United Methodist Women. Visitation will be on Friday, July 10, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Adolf Funeral Home in Willowbrook. Memorial service will be held at Hinsdale United Methodist Church at a date and time to be determined. Joyce will be buried next to her parents in Lakeside Cemetery, in Pekin, IL.
Julie Ann Ciric
Julie Ann Ciric
Julie Ann Ciric, 52, of Kenosha, passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2020, at her home, following a 5-year battle with cancer. She was employed at Walgreens for 34 years. A proud member of HBA and Team Phoenix.
Julie is survived by her husband, Djura Ciric; son, Jake Ciric; and her parents, John and Judith Magnus; brother John Magnus; she is further survived by other loving family and friends.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, July 11th at Adolf Funeral Home in Berwyn from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Interment will be private.
Shirley M. Kudrna
In Loving Memory of Shirley M. Kudrna
July 30, 1927 ~ April 13, 2020
Memorial Visitation Saturday August 1st from 10:00 until 12-Noon.
Private Family Memorial Service Saturday August 1st at 12-Noon
Private family interment.
Marjorie A. Novak
Marjorie Ann Novak, nee Licar, 85, cherished for compassionate, caring ways and devotion to family, at eternal rest March 21, 2020. Born June 5, 1934; loving wife of the late Dr. Robert Novak.
Survived by brother Tom (Kathy) Licar, children, Mary (Tom) Piette, Cathi (Dave) KIrchner, Liz (Jeff) Palmer, John Novak, Rob Novak, and grandchilren Olivia Novak, Mackenzie Kirchner, Chase Kirchner, Alana Novak, Carson Kirchner. Dear cousin and aunt of many. Preceded in death by parents Helen and John LIcar, brother and sister-in-law Ron and Phyllis Licar, sister Connie (Jim) Blazek, brother Jack (Mary) Licar.
Longtime Riverside resident, raised in Cicero, Nazareth Academy and Rosary College graduate, LaVergn School teacher. Wed June 7, 1958, Marjorie embraced marriage, motherhood, traveling, music, entertainment, and her beloved Club of lifelong college girlfriends. Steered by Catholic faith, she served the Altar & Rosary Society, Girl Scout Marion Award, MacNeal Hospital Women's Auxiliary, and assisted Dr. Bob's medical practice. Fond memories of her exceptional school lunches, vacation activity bags, great Easter baskets, precision ironing, family slide shows, humorous observations, and love for life.