Frank Joseph Svestka Jr.
Frank J. Svestka Jr., 90 years of age, at rest November 30, 2022. Professor Emeritus of marketing at Loyola University for 50 years. Loving husband of Ruth for over 61 years. Dear father of Frank III, Jim, Larry (Elizabeth), and Tom (Kelly). Grandfather of 5. Services are Monday, December 5, 2022, 10:30 am at Adolf Funeral Home, Ltd., 2921 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation is Sunday, December 4, 2022, 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Info at 708-484-4111 or www.adolfservices.com.
Dorothy M. Kroll
Dorothy M Kroll - Van Moffaert, age 90, passed away peacefully at the Oak Trace Retirement Home in Downers Grove, on November 25, 2022 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Dorothy was born on October 22, 1932 in Chicago to the late John and Eva Kroll. She graduated from Harrison High School and many years later, at the age of 87, decided to get married for the first time to Anthony (Spike) C. Van Moffaert, They were high school classmates living separate lives, but as Spike would say, he was very fortunate to have known her during their high school years.
She is survived by her loving husband Anthony (Spike) C. Van Moffaert.
Dorothy was a long time active church member of St. Joseph, Summit;
St Alphonsus, Lemont; and most recently a member of the Divine Savior Parish, Downers Grove. She was a devout Catholic all her life and served as an Extra Ordinary Eucharistic Minister. She knew the Lord and walked with Him faithfully till the end.
Dorothy grew up tested by the Great Depression and World War II. She loved to dance and at a young age volunteered as a USO hostess to dance with on-leave members of the U.S. armed forces. She worked hard during her career and after many years of employment, retired from the Electro-Motive Division, General Motors as a Corporate Buyer. In her later years of life, she invited Mom and Dad to live with her so she could care for them until the end. She was part of the Greatest Generation.
Dorothy enjoyed world travel and was able to visit places like India, Hong Kong, South America, much of Europe and many places within the United States , but her true love was ballroom dancing. It was a weekly affair for most of her life. She was known for telling people that she does a “mean Polka”. Love is a gift, and the gift of marriage came to Dorothy late in life when she married Anthony (Spike) Van Moffaet. Although it was a brief marriage (almost 4 years) she was extremely happy and said it was the greatest blessing of her life. Dorothy and Spike were truly soul mates. Two people perfectly suited to each other in temperament, who felt deeply
connected. They shared a bond that was deeper than words could ever explain. Dorothy is fondly remembered for her loving friendliness, humor, loyalty, honesty, generosity, and her ability to always have a good time.
Left to cherish Dorothy’s memory is her loving husband Anthony (Spike) Van Moffaert, brother Ray Kroll (Arlene), nieces; Linda Hale - Petrosky (Jimmy), Susan West (Dan), Janice Nader (Doug), nephew; Michael Kroll, the extended loving Van Moffaert, Bonistalli and Gorski families, and a very special life-long friend, Bernice Gorski. She will be greatly missed by her loving family and her many friends. The family wishes to acknowledge with sincere appreciation and gratitude all deeds of kindness and expressions of sympathy.
Visitation will be held on Saturday December 3, 2022 between 9:00 and 10:am at the Adolf Funeral Home 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrock, IL, prior to a 10:30am Mass of Christian Burial at the Divine Savior Parish Catholic Church 6700 Main St., Downers Grove, IL. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery 7201 Archer Rd. Justice, IL.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dorothy’s honor to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707 Tel:773.622.5400. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, social workers, and many others in the palliative and hospice care unit at Oak Trace Health Center for their care of Dorothy during her short and devastating illness.
Donald C. McNair
Donald C. McNair passed away on November 24, 2022 at the age of 75. A memorial visitation for Donald C. McNair will be on Saturday, December 10th from 2 to 6 p.m. at Adolf Funeral Home, located at 7000 South Madison Street, Willowbrook, IL 60527. A memorial service will begin at 4:30 p.m.
Nicole "Niki" Jansons
Angela Nicole Crider Jansons, 53, of Burr Ridge, Illinois, passed away on November 23rd, 2022. Nicole was born on November 11th, 1969 in Peoria, Illinois.
Nicole is survived by her parents Richard and Pat Carlson; son Max Jansons, Chicago IL; sisters Stephanie Crider, Troy, IL, Shelle (Jason) Crabtree, Tarpon Springs, FL, Kara (Jan) Petersen, Woodlawn, IL; her partner for 21 years, Ray Baldi, Burr Ridge IL. Nephew Dawson Crist, Troy, IL; nieces Savanna and Ryan Ann Petersen, Woodlawn, IL; uncle David (Diana) Higgins, Waltonville, IL; aunt Donna Lynch, San Jose, CA. After she graduated from Mt. Vernon Township High in 1987, she went on to study at Illinois State University. Shortly after graduation with a degree in Business Administration, Nicole moved to Chicago and started her first job at the Cubby Bear then moved into the financial investments world with Schwab and a financial advisor with Chase Bank. She established DIY Media Group Network Marketing Consultant and currently was involved in its operation.
Nicole will be remembered as a giving soul with a heart of gold. Everyone that knew her can attest to that. She always said the greatest achievement of her life was her son Maxwell.
Nicole was preceded in death by grandparents Harry and Erika (Ree) Higgins; father Robert Crider; uncle Bruce (Alice) Higgins; uncle Terry Peludat Higgins.
At her request, she will be cremated.
A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, December 3rd from 2 to 6 p.m. at Adolf Funeral Home, located at 7000 S. Madison Ave., Willowbrook, IL 60527.
Jennifer D. Iser
Jennifer D. Iser, former longtime resident of Hinsdale, passed away on November 22, 2022 in Miami, Florida. Beloved daughter of William R. Iser and the late Judith M. Iser. Jennifer graduated Hinsdale Central High School in 1988. Loving mother of Chelsea M. Scherp. Dear sister of Scott Raskiewicz, Tiffany D. Iser, Carrie D. Iser, and William R. Iser, Jr. Former wife of Michael E. Scherp. Jennifer always loved to have fun and laugh. She was known for her famous smile and brought unconditional love to everyone she met. A visitation will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2022 from 2pm ~ 6pm with a service at 5:30pm at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison St. Willowbrook, IL 60527. A funeral service will be held on Monday, December 5 at 11am at Adolf Funeral Home with interment to follow at Clarendon Hills Cemetery, Darien, IL. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nami.org.
Joanne M. Cook
Joanne M. Cook, age 90, (nee: Vogt), longtime Hinsdale resident passed away November 13, 2022. Joanne is survived by sons Clark (Holly) Cook and Greggory Cook, grandsons Colin (Amy) Cook and Garrett Cook. She was preceded in death by her ex-husband John “Jack” Cook, her companion of 35 years, Dr. E.J. Justema and her parents Leo and Lucille Vogt (nee: Dugas).
Joanne was born February 7, 1932, in Elgin, IL. She attended St. Edward Catholic High School in Elgin and went on to earn a degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Iowa. After college Joanne worked in many fields including modeling, teaching at St. Peter and Paul Grade School in Naperville, starting her own successful wholesale coffee business and as owner and operator of Hinsdale Clothiers for nearly 35 years.
Joanne’s interests included showing German Shepherd Dogs and eventually American Saddle Bred Horses. She was an avid reader of fiction, loved antiquing with friends and was a member of the Collectors Club of Hinsdale. Joanne fulfilled her lifelong dream when she built her “summer” home on Stormy Lake in Northern Wisconsin. She spent her last 35 summers “up North” where she loved to go water skiing, boating, and snowmobiling in the Wintertime. Joanne’s volunteer and charitable work was near and dear to her heart. She was a past president of the Hinsdale Infant Welfare Society, a member of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago and a member of The Service Club of Chicago.
Memorial Visitation Friday December 9th from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Service 7:00 pm) at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd. 7000 S. Madison Street, Willowbrook.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to The Service Club of Chicago 233 E. Erie Street, Suite 405, Chicago, IL 60611 (www.theserviceclubofchicago.org) would be appreciated.
Richard Lee Brunot
Richard (Dick) Lee Brunot passed away peacefully on September 29, 2022. Dick was a loving father to three children and the beloved husband of Joyce Ilett Brunot, who preceded him in death by two months. He was born in 1932 in Wallace, Indiana, to Willis E. and Elizabeth D. Brunot.
Dick graduated from Arsenal Technical High School (Indianapolis) in 1950 where he participated in choir, played the trumpet in the marching band, and served on the State math contest team. Dick was an active and dedicated Boy Scout during his high school years and earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1947.
He continued his education at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he studied business, and was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma (business academic honorary) in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army R.O.T.C. program from 1950-1954 as a member of the Corps Commander’s Staff. Dick graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in Business with Distinction and as a Designated Distinguished Military Graduate.
Dick and Joyce were married in Indianapolis in 1955 and moved to Chicago where Dick served in the U.S. Army Finance Corp at Fort Sheridan from 1954-1956, and where he was on active duty as 1st Lieutenant with the U.S. Army Audit Agency. He was on inactive reserve status from 1956–1962 during which he became a Certified Public Accountant (IL) and was honorably discharged in 1962.
Dick spent two years with Chicago accounting firm Arthur Andersen & Company followed by a successful career at CBI Industries/Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CBI) in Oakbrook, IL where he would become Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. Dick’s tenure with CBI allowed for extensive international travel which he greatly enjoyed and shared with Joyce and his children by taking them along on trips or bringing back gifts and stories from the many people and places he visited. He retired from CBI in 1987.
Dick and Joyce settled in Western Springs, IL, in 1962 where they raised their family and Dick became a passionate advocate for his community. He served as a Member of the Western Springs Recreation Commission (1990-1993), and as a Member of the Western Springs Village Board (1993-1997) chairing the Finance/Properties and Recreation Committees. Furthering his dedication, Dick served as a Member of the Board of Education for Lyons Township High School District 204 (1980-1983) lending his expertise to the audit, finance, and compensation committees. In April 1997, he was awarded the Cook County (IL) Sheriff’s Senior Medal of Honor for distinguished volunteer community service.
Active with his church and faith-based organizations, Dick served as a Member of the Board of Trustees at United Methodist Homes & Services (Chicago, 1987-1996). He was dedicated to his longtime memberships at the First United Methodist Church, Western Springs, and most currently at Highlands Presbyterian Church, La Grange, where he led capital fund campaigns, served as a Sunday School teacher, held many committee positions, and most enjoyably sang in the Sanctuary Choir.
Dick cherished time with his family, organizing activities, sports, adventures, and trips throughout Chicagoland and abroad, and was proudly in attendance at his children's concerts, sporting events, Girl Scout and Boy Scout activities, special parties, and milestones. He was unwavering in his loyalty to the Indiana Hoosiers, the Cubbies, and the Bears, and enjoyed being outdoors -- nurturing his beautiful gardens, feeding the birds, and befriending the many bunnies that visited his yard. Dick was an avid reader, particularly of history and biography, enjoyed the lost art of stamp collecting, and had a beautiful singing voice.
Our dear Dick is now an angel in heaven, reunited with his loving wife, Joyce. We feel his warm and loving presence around us each day and hear him singing songs of peace in the eternal choir.
Dick is survived by daughters Susan (Wayne) Schindler and Sharon (Rich) Speziale, son Ron Brunot (Kathy), grandchildren Christopher Schindler (Emily), Eric Schindler (Angie), Heather Schindler, Patricia Schindler, Michael Olsen-Brunot (Anya), and Kara Brunot, and great-grandchildren Violet, Ava, Thalia, and Oliver Schindler. A memorial service will take place on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 3:30 pm at Highlands Presbyterian Church, 1902 W. 59th Street, La Grange, IL 60525. All are welcome to a reception at the church following the service. Memorials may be given in honor of Dick to Highlands Presbyterian Church, www.highpres.org.
Michael W. Mrjenovich
August 23, 1989 ~ November 18, 2022
Michael W. Mrjenovich, age 33, at rest suddenly November 18, 2022. Beloved son of Jenny (the late Wayne M.) Mrjenovich and loving brother of Andrew. Visitation Friday November 25, 2022 4PM~8PM with a Chapel Service at 7PM at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, LTD. 7000 S. Madison St. Willowbrook, Il 60527. Interment private. For info 630-325-2300 or adolfservices.com.
Steve Chirban, age 92, US Army Veteran, at rest November 12, 2022.
Cherished uncle of many nieces and nephews. Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Angelo and Jennie Chirban and his siblings Carol Guido, Louis Chirban, Thomas Chirban, Alice Gorr, Catherine Jendruisiak, June Nuccio, Bessie Vriner and Bertha Lipnisky. Steve was an accomplished salesman for American Greeting Cards for many years.
Visitation Thursday November 17th from 9:30 am until the time of funeral service 10:30 am at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church 601 S. Central Avenue, Chicago. Interment: Elmwood Cemetery. Service information: 630-325-2300 or adolfservices.com
Carroll Ruth Howen
Carroll Ruth Howen, 1933 - 2022
Carroll Ruth (Russell) Howen, currently of Burr Ridge, Illinois, formerly of Sarasota, Florida,
passed away on November 12, 2022 in her sleep, surrounded by family.
Carroll was born on March 21, 1933 to Maston and Eva Russell in Panama, Oklahoma. She
graduated from Panama High School in 1951 and was a dedicated basketball and softball
player throughout her childhood.
She was predeceased by her parents, Maston and Eva Russell; brother, John “Woody” Russell;
and, sisters Betty Jean Russell Williamson and Allie Rose Russell Corley.
In 1951, Carroll worked as a phone operator at Fort Chaffee Army base in Arkansas and met
her future husband, Kenneth Howen, of Joliet, Illinois. They married on February 1,1952. Carroll
worked throughout her life, In their retirement, Carroll and Ken moved to Sarasota, Florida in
She is survived by a number of family members. She was the dear sister of Shirley Benge of
Oklahoma. Carroll was the devoted mother of Denise (Gary) Benedik of Lyons, Illinois, and
Keith (Toni) Howen of Fort Worth, Texas. She was the doting grandmother of Martin (Cally) Will
of Homewood, Illinois; Joshua (Rachael Black) Howen of Joshua, Texas; and, Alex (Rebecca
Galvan) Will of Forest Park, Illinois; and loving great grandmother to Jackson, Charlotte,
Caroline and Austin Will; and Molly Howen.
The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Burr Ridge Senior Living and Gentiva
Hospice for their wonderful care during Carroll’s time in Illinois.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Sarasota, Florida. In lieu of flowers, Carroll
requests donations be made to Gentiva Hospice of Oakbrook, Illinois.