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John J. Short
10/04/2022

John J. Short, 66 years of age, at rest October 4, 2022.  Loving husband of Mary Ann, nee Marik.  Dear father of Dan (Erin), Kelly and Katherine (Andrew Murray).  Devoted son of Helen Short-Maxa (the late John Short).  Fond stepson of the late Donald Maxa.  Beloved brother of Debbie Short and brother-in-law of Robert (Mary) Marik and Frank (Gail) Marik.  Memorial visitation Friday, October 7, 2022 from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm at:  Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home, 24021 Royal Worlington Dr., Naperville.  Memorial Mass is Saturday, October 8, 2022, 11:00 am at St. Raphael Church, 1215 Modaff Rd., Naperville.  Luncheon to follow.  In lieu of flowers donations preferred to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research at:  michaeljfox.org/parkinsons-101.  Info at 630-325-2300 or adolfservices.com

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John Leonard Brennan
10/03/2022

John Leonard Brennan, of Tierra Verde, Florida and Burr Ridge, Illinois, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 3, 2022, at the age of 60. John was born May 9, 1962, in Elmhurst, Illinois to Edward and Lois Brennan of Burr Ridge, Illinois. 

John is remembered for his innate ability to connect with others, remarkable kindness, faith, and humility, unwavering commitment to his community, and deep love for his family and friends. John left every room a brighter place and every person a better version of themself. Many knew John as an inspiring leader, a committed colleague, and a loyal friend, but his favorite role in life was loving husband, father, and grandfather. John’s presence can be felt from miles away and his impact will, simply, last a lifetime.

John had an impressive professional career. In his most recent years, during his “pseudo-retirement,” John directed his attention to his passion for real estate, as both a commercial and residential investor.

From 2007 until 2018, John led Private Wealth Management for William Blair & Company (Barron's Top 40 Wealth Managers) - notably leading growth of over $10 billion in just 4 years. Prior to, John was President of Bank of America - Illinois and Central US, Regional President of Bank of America Private Bank with additional executive level leadership positions at BofA spanning over 22 years - including marketing, corporate strategy, and commercial banking.

John showcased his commitment to the Chicago community through an extensive list of external engagements including Lead Director at a multi-billion dollar family office, Miami Corporation, Vice Chair of PBS affiliate WTTW/WFMT, Trustee and Executive Committee Member of DePaul University, Trustee and Chair of Quality Care Committee for Rush University Medical Center, Trustee for the Harris Theatre, former Vice Chair and Life Trustee for Chicago Public Library Foundation, and appointed by the late Cardinal Francis George as one of his key financial advisors, among a host of other community activities.                             

John is survived by his beloved wife Jean née. McLellan of 31 years and two children, daughter Kelly (Geoff)Powell; son Jack Brennan, and grandson Kane Powell. He is also survived by two sisters, Cindy (John)Walls  and Sharon Lisnow, two brothers, Ed (Debbie)Brennan and Don (Kim)Brennan , and two sisters-in-law, Babs (Jeff)Herman  and Karan (Andy)Stockett as well as numerous nephews and nieces whom he loved very much. John is preceded in death by his mother Lois Lyon Brennan and father Edward Allan Brennan, mother-in-law Barbara Brady McLellan and father-in-law John Kane McLellan, sister Linda Thode, nephews Marshall Brennan and Michael Lisnow, and niece Amy Lisnow.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 11, from 3-7 PM at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook, IL. Family and friends will meet on Wednesday, October 12, for a 9:30 AM Funeral Mass at Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams St., Chicago. A private family interment will be held at Bronswood Cemetery, Oak Brook, IL.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center, 112 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748.

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William F. Chmelik
10/03/2022

William F. Chmelik, 76 years of age, at rest October 3, 2022.  Army veteran.  Loving husband of Susan, nee Norris.  Brother of Mary Alyce (Robert) Passarelli and the late John Chmelik.  Brother-in-law of Elizabeth Chmelik.  Uncle of 45 nieces and nephews.  Services are Monday, October 10, 2022, 9:00 am at Adolf Funeral home, Ltd., 2921 Harlem Ave., Berwyn to St. Mary Church in Riverside.  Mass 10:00 am.   Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery.  Visitation is Sunday, October 9, 2022 from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers donations preferred to Disabled American Veterans at:  donate.dav.org/donate.  Info at 708-484-4111 or www.adolfservice.com

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Edward S. Zack
09/30/2022

Edward S. Zack, age 81, at rest September 30, 2022. Beloved husband of Bernadine J. Zack (nee: Chovanec) for 50 years. Loving father of Steven (Linda) Zack and Anthony (Laurie) Zack. Cherished grandfather of Stephanie, Michael, Damen, Tonimarie and Kaitlyn. Dear brother of the late Geraldine (Dene) Barton, the late Richard (Pamela) Zack, Alice (Steve) Grankowski, the late Robert (Linda) Zack and Sharon (Rey) Estevis.

Ed was an avid fisherman and especially enjoyed his time at Walkerbrook Lake in Bagley, Minnesota. Visitation Saturday October 8th from 9:00 am until the time of Service 11:00 am at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd. 7000 S. Madison Street, Willowbrook. Interment: Resurrection Cemetery.

Information: 630-325-2300 or adolfservices.com

 

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Eleanor Kyker Patterson
10/02/2022

 

Eleanor Kyker Patterson passed away on October 2nd, 2022. She was 94 years old and had lived in Hinsdale for fifty years.

Born Eleanor Sharp Kyker in Sevierville, TN, she graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1949 and taught English for two years. In 1951 she married Dee Purifoy Patterson of Camden, Arkansas. They raised a family of six while moving about the country for his work at General Electric.

Dee Patterson passed away in 1976.

Eleanor joined Union Church of Hinsdale in 1972 because it was "an active, useful, and happy community; the church was doing things of value, and everybody seemed to be having a good time doing it". She made many friends there and was very active in church functions, including Resale, the Allegro Bell Choir, the Stocking Project, Plant Sale, and numerous dinners and fundraisers. She was on the board of directors of Washington Square for sixteen years.

She loved "digging in the dirt". She planted flowers, bushes, and trees around every house the family ever lived in. Her Hinsdale home is covered in vines and decorative plants reaching out to the curb, and the yard is shaded by massive trees. She spent many happy hours potting plants for friends, family, and church plant sales.

With her children grown, Eleanor and friends from Union Church traveled in Europe and the Middle East. The family refrigerator became layered with snapshots of family, friends, vacations, graduations, pets, weddings, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Jane Craig (Randy), Bob (Mary Kay), Julie Griffitts (Jonathan), Dan, John (Darla), and Lolly McDonnell (Steve), fifteen grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and longtime friend Irving Clarke.

Interment will be in Sevierville, Tennessee on Saturday, October 8, 2022. A "Celebration of Life" will be held at Union Church of Hinsdale at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to South Chicago Christian Center, c/o Tom Kennington, 8542 South Essex Ave, Chicago, IL 60617 or via Zelle at 773-544-8831.

 

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Thelma Jean "jeanne" Lehner
09/27/2022

Thelma Jean “Jeanne” Lehner, 70, of Lemont, formerly of Burr Ridge died September 27th, 2022, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, after battling Pulmonary Hypertension for years.   Jeanne was born September 2, 1952, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky to Cyrus B. Terrell and Minerva Mae Terrell.  She married Nick Lehner on February 29, 1976. She is survived by her husband of 46 years and her children Ahren (Audrey Mullaney) Lehner, Brent (Melissa) Lehner, Katrina (Eric) Burr and grandchildren Konrad Lehner , Minerva Mae Burr and George Burr .  Jeanne is survived by her siblings Helen Gary, James Terrell, and sisters-in-law Mar Gee (Jim) Farr, Ginny (Tom) Gohagan, Gerry (Butch) Majewski, Judy (late Mike) Widrlechner, Barbara (Joe) Izzo, Rita (Ralf) Burpee, Jo Ann (Steve) Davis, and many nieces and nephews.  Jeanne is preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Horace Terrell, Donald Terrell, and Shirley Ruth Nash.  Jeanne and Nick met while working at Kmart, where she worked in the deli and was promoted to the cash office.  Jeanne enjoyed her role as a mother participating in various positions within the Elm School PTO board.  While her children attended Elm School, she worked as a lunch mom and was a Girl Scout leader.  Jeanne volunteered at PADS and taught CCD at St. Isaacs Catholic Church in Hinsdale for several years.  Jeanne’s professional life began at Ambriance! where she was the office manager, for 13 years. Then, Jeanne transitioned to the Burr Ridge Club in the same role for 4 years.  She loved attending national Mini Meet car shows with her family and seeing her extended Mini family.  She collected depression glass from a young age and was an active member for over thirty years with the 20-30-40 Society.  She was avid bowler and a member of Nomads bowling league for years.  She also enjoyed hunting for treasures at garage and estate sales.  Jeanne was an active member in her community and will be sincerely missed.  A visitation will be held Sunday, October 2, 2022 from 3pm to 8pm at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison Street, Willowbrook, IL.  Friends will meet on Monday, October 3, 2022 for a 10am funeral mass at  St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, 306 W. 4th St., Hinsdale, IL.  Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL   In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Pulmonary Hypertension Association www.phassociation.org/donate/

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Craig L. Kruse
09/09/2022

Craig Laurence Kruse, 50, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on September 9, 2022. The son of Ron and Roxanna Kruse, he was born in Belleville, Illinois on August 31, 1972. He was raised in Hersher, Illinois where he discovered his passion for athletics. This included him helping secure a runner up state championship title in football during the 1988-1989 season at Herscher High School and going to State in the shot put his senior year.

He continued his athletic career at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. There, he was a four-year starter on the football team and placed fifth at Outdoor Nationals in the shot put his senior year. Though none of this compared to his true victory, meeting the love of his life, Kristen, during his freshman year. The two celebrated 26 years of marriage in June, and built a wonderful family that Craig was extremely proud of. 

Craig also excelled in academics, graduating as an Academic All American from Augustana, and then obtaining a Masters in Kinesiology from Eastern Illinois University before gaining his Masters’ in Physical Therapy with highest honors from Emory University. He was a passionate physical therapist for 24 years. Through his work he positively impacted so many lives by helping others heal and making the recovery process fun along the way.

However, Craig’s true passion was coaching. He spent much of his children’s’ youth coaching them, and was a huge part of the Hinsdale Falcon’s football and wrestling feeder programs. Craig had such an impact on youth sports that the field at Brook Park was recently renamed Craig Kruse Field. This is an honor that is both humbling and also well deserved. Craig pulled the best out of his players, and the coaches around him, because he truly believed in people and in their potential. 

As his children grew, he became the Strength and Conditioning Coach at Hinsdale Central where he helped athletes from all teams each and every day. Craig eventually began coaching both football and women’s throwing at the high school, and thoroughly enjoyed being such an integral part of so many athletes’ lives. He will be remembered for his care, compassion and work ethic by the Red Devil community. 

His life ended far too soon due to stage four glioblastoma brain cancer. Craig lived for fourteen months after his diagnosis and lived well. He continued to work, coach and travel for most of the last year of his life. He will be remembered by the phrase he coined “Boots On”, because he did not want to “die before he died”. He decided to continue to live every day and die with his boots on. 

He is survived by his loving wife Kristen, his children Cassie, Ron and Zach, his parents Ron and Roxanna, his sister Carrie, his nieces Claire, Addie and his nephew Ian. He has left for them an incredible legacy that they will carry on for him, because he taught them how. 

Craig is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents; Laverne and Alice Kruse, his maternal grandparents Earl and Yvonne Thompson, and his brother Gregory Paul Kruse, who he now finally has the chance to meet after a lifetime apart. 

A visitation will be held on Wednesday September 14, 2022, from 2-9pm at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S Madison St. Willowbrook, IL 60527. Family and friends will meet on Thursday, September 15, 2022 for a 10:30am Funeral Service at Gloria Dei Church, 4501 Main St, Downers Grove, IL 60515. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Craig Kruse Memorial Fund.

For further information:  630-325-2300 or Powell Funeral Directors 630-703-9131. 

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Charles E. Chesloe
09/04/2022

Charles Chesloe, 63, of Willow Springs passed away on September 4, 2022.  He was the son of the late Charles J. Chesloe and Geraldine J. Chesloe, both having passed in 2016.  He is survived by his brother, James M. Chesloe and his sister, Nancy A. Van Fleet (Chesloe) as well as his nieces and nephews Harrison, Grant and Stephanie Chesloe and Julia Van Fleet.   Charley helped run Willow Swim Club all his life, working alongside Caroline Chesloe (grandma), Charley and Gerry Chesloe and his siblings.  He will always be remembered for working hard at the pool and establishing many relationships throughout the years with pool members.  Memorial Visitation is September 25, 2022, between 1PM~4PM at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison, Willowbrook, IL 60527.  Info 630-325-2300

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Barbara Ann Sievers Jones
09/03/2022

Barbara Ann Sievers Jones was born on March 2, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois and was the oldest of seven children born to Fred and Lillie Sievers.  She attended Calumet High School and graduated from Beloit College where she was a proud Delta Gamma.  While at Beloit she went on a blind date with Howard Jones.  According to family lore, they only went out once as each claims that the other was "too wild" for them.  They re-met a few years later while standing up in the same wedding and sparks flew.  They were engaged on July 4, 1959 in the backyard of their dear friends Pat and Don Hindman.  They were married on April 23, 1960 and started a 62-year love affair.  

After teaching 3rd and 4th grades in Elmhurst, they welcomed two children - Karen and Scott - and Barbara became very active in her community.  Through the years she served as the President of the Robert Crown Auxiliary, President of the Hinsdale Assembly, member of the Hinsdale Hospital President's Circle, a long-time Board Member of King-Bruwaert House, a Wellness House Volunteer, the Community House Antique Show Committee, Village Associates, Collectors Club, Ladies Golf at the Hinsdale Golf Club and was very active at Hinsdale Covenant Church, serving in many roles.

Barbara and Howard were avid travelers and explored locations around the world, visiting five continents.  Besides travel, she also loved to entertain and was always welcoming friends and family into her home here in Hinsdale and in Deer Valley.  She played tennis, golf and was an excellent bridge player.  Her math skills made her a tough bridge opponent and kept her checkbook balanced to the penny.  And as many Hinsdaleans know, she was Kramer's most loyal customer.

She passed away on September 3, 2022 and is survived by her husband Howard, daughter Karen (Matt) Fiascone, son Scott (Susie) Jones, grandchildren Austin (fiancee Rachael), Regan, Meghan and Ryan.
A wake will be held at Adolf Funeral Home. 7000 S Madison St, Willowbrook, IL 60527 on Sunday, September 11, 2022 from 3-7 pm.  Funeral services will be at the Hinsdale Covenant Church, 412 S Garfield St. Hinsdale, IL 60521 on Monday, September 12, 2022 at 11 am.  In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation NICU Renovation Fund, https://www.adventhealth.com/foundation/adventhealth-foundation-great-lakes/adventhealth-foundation-great-lakes-hinsdale

 

 
 
 
 

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Gary A. Miller
09/01/2022

Gary A. Miller, 80 years of age, at rest September 1, 2022.  Loving husband of Mary Ann, nee Kowarsch.  Dear father of Jeremy (Kirsten) Miller, Stephanie Styrna, Sarah Styrna (John Addalia), Suzanne (John) Carroll and Paul Styrna (Denise Vardakas-Styrna). Grandfather of Max, Jon, Kyle, Jack, Faith and Riley. Brother of Shane (Lauri) Miller.

Memorial visitation is Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 1:00 pm until 4:30 pm.

Religious service at 3:00 pm with Rev. Alex Ojacor, officiating.

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