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Raymond Edward Czajkowski
07/07/2020

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.

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Joy C. Blocker also known as Joy D. Currie
07/04/2020

 

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.

Information: 630-325-2300

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Eleanor B. Lafrentz
07/01/2020

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.

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Joyce E. Lindeman
06/30/2020

Joyce E. Lindeman (nee;  Eckberg), 80, of Oak Brook, IL passed away suddenly Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, IL.     

Beloved wife of William Lindeman, loving mother of sons Bob (Janice), Ken (Teri), and Don (Chris) Lindeman.  Devoted Grandmother to Brian, Kyle, Tom, Jonathan, Katie and Dan Lindeman and Ashley (Ron) Garcia. Great-Grandchildren; Alex and Rylee Garcia. Dear sister to George (the late Rose), Ron (Doreen) and Glen (Sue) Eckberg.  Caring Aunt to many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Esther and George Eckberg.     

Joyce was born July 5, 1939, in Chicago. She met her husband, William, while attending Argo High School and they recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.  Joyce worked as a bakery production supervisor at Pepperidge Farm in Downers Grove for nearly ten years before being diagnosed with lung cancer in 1984.  Her love for life and determination helped her survive both lung and breast cancer as well as a brain aneurism discovered ahead of her 50th birthday.  Through these health threats, Joyce never complained or felt sorry for her situation, but approached each challenge with determination and confidence.

Her appreciation for life, friends and family, brought joy to all who knew her.  She enjoyed life-long friendships, and was active with many groups including the Oak Brook Women’s Club, their gourmet sub-groups and the Elmhurst Garden Club.  Joyce had a passion for plants and flowers, and would frequently bring such gifts when visiting her children. 

Joyce was happiest when with others, enjoying special events and time with family.  She also loved travel.  She appreciated the food, scenery, and culture while touring parts of Europe, but it was Florida and Las Vegas that became regular destinations.  She loved warm weather, a pool and the beach.  She especially cherished family vacations, whether with her young family driving to California, or in later years, joining children and grandchildren for special trips.  She will be missed dearly.     

Visitation will be Monday, July 6 from 3pm to 8pm at Adolf Funeral Home (7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook, IL) with a 6:30 pm sharing of remembrances.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Make A Wish Foundation.  Internment, Bethania Cemetery, Justice IL.

 

 

 

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Diane M. Colvin
06/28/2020

Diane M. Colvin (nee Vondra), age 66, of Joliet IL, at rest June 28, 2020. Cherished daughter of Josephine (the late Edward) Vondra. Loving mother of Lindsay (John) Vlahos, Megan Kehr, and Ryan (Amy) Kehr. Devoted Granny to Aiden, Elena, Carter, Peter, Gavin, Kamden, Madden, Teddy and Phoenix. Dear sister of Bonnie (the late Frank) Turucz and JoAnn (Mark) Kimak. Caring Aunt to many nieces and nephews. Diane was preceded in death by her husband Cary. A Memorial Visitation will be held on Wednesday July 1, 2020 from 4PM - 7PM. All services conclude at the funeral home.

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Joan Ziemba
06/28/2020

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.

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Francisco Javier Alba
06/25/2020

Francisco Javier Alba, 80 years of age.  Son of Virginia Alba and the late José Cruz Alba.  Loving husband of Olinda. Dear father of Adriana (Alejandro), Ricardo Javier (Herlinda) Favela and Denys Alba.  Grandfather of Natalie and Amelia Castillo; Angelica, Amanda and Jessica Alba; Jimmy Alba & Isabella and Helenna Graham.  Great-grandfather of Liliana. Brother of Yolanda, Amador, Cristina and Esperanza.

St. Leonard Church , 33rd & Clarence Ave., Berwyn

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James A. Schneider
06/21/2020

James A. Schneider, age 92, at rest June 21, 2020. Beloved husband of the late Gladys J. Schneider (nee; Hilburger) for 68 years. Loving father of James C. (Dr. Deborah) Schneider and Jan Sowinski (Jon Silk). Dear grandfather of Jennifer Sowinski, James (Liane) Sowinski, Carrie (Tony) Wilkinson and Matthew (Kelly) Schneider. Devoted great-grandfather of Elise, Nathan, Allysn, Luke, Kelsey, Trey, Kaedyn, James and Levi. Preceded in death by his parents William J. and Agnes Emma Christina Schneider (nee; Nelson).

Jim was an Electrical Engineer for Commonwealth Edison and retired after 35 years of service. Family and friends will gather for a graveside interment prayer Monday, June 29th,  11:00 am. at Chapel Hill Gardens South Cemetery, Oak Lawn. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the USO www.uso.org or the VA www.volunteer.va.gov in Jim’s honor would be appreciated. Service information: Adolf Funeral Home – Willowbrook 630-325-2300 or adolfservices.com

 

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Evan C. Melau
06/19/2020

Evan C. Melau, age 15, was tragically killed in a hit-and-run accident on Friday evening June 19th. He is survived by his heartbroken family, his parents Chuck and Jamie Melau, Jr; his brother Jacob Melau and his sister Zoe Melau.

He is also survived by his grandparents Michael and the late Debra Paul, Chuck and Kathleen Melau, Sr; and his uncles Jon Paul and Jeremy (Jackie) Paul.

Evan lived every day and approached every challenge he met with 125% effort. His strong will and determination to succeed were the driving force that led to many admirable accomplishments in his young life. He will always be remembered for his smiling face, his laugh and his kindness shown to everyone.

At an early age Evan realized the importance of a good education by his parents teaching him to always do your best. His dedication to his schoolwork and studies resulted in him being named honor roll student.

He excelled in his athletic endeavors as well with basketball, football and especially baseball where his “no fear” attitude at second base was admired by his coaches and teammates.

Visitation Thursday June 25th from 3:00 pm until the time of funeral service 8:00 pm at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd. 7000 S. Madison Street, Willowbrook.

In lieu of flowers, Evan’s family would sincerely appreciate you sharing your photos and memories about him. Cards will be available at the visitation to share your thoughts with his family.  

Consistent with the recommendations from the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, we will be following the CDC guidelines on gatherings, including those directly related to any funerals and visitations. Please observe all current social distancing recommendations.

 

 

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Rosemarie J. Jurewicz
06/17/2020

Rosemarie Jurewicz (nee Papaleo), age 81, went into the arms of her Lord and Savior on June 17, 2020.  Her parents John and Carmella preceeded her in death as well as all her brothers and sisters.  Ralph (the late Mary and Fran), Marie (John), Victoria (Armand), Pete (Delphina), Frank (Lee), John (Nancy), Carmella (Bert), Lucy (Arnold), Helen (Fred), and Tony (Joan), and an infant sibling who went to heaven.  Rosemarie was a loving Aunt to many nieces and nephews as well as to many others that fondly called her Aunt Roe.  She loved the LORD.  She loved to read her devotions daily prior to her vision going bad.  She loved music from Perry Como to II Divo.  She enjoyed playing cards with her family, bingo, crafting, crocheting countless hats and scarves, and became an artist late in life with several beautiful paintings.  She graduated from Harrison High School in Chicago.  She was an office clerk and retired from Parochial Book Covers located in Chicago. A visitation will be held Thursday, June 25 from 3-8pm at Adolf Funeral Home 2921 S. Harlem Ave. Funeral service Friday June 26, 10:00am at the funeral home. Interment to follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

 

 

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