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Laddie F. Danek

Laddie F. Danek, 85 years of age, at rest June 23, 2021.  Loving husband of Arlene  (nee Richiger) for 65 years.  Dear father of Deanne (George) Kooima, David (Kelly) and the late William and Robert Danek.  Grandfather of 9.  Great-grandfather of 14.

Kenneth J. Kordell

Kenneth J. Kordell, age 81, of Western Springs, U.S. Army Veteran, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 21, 2021. Beloved husband of Patricia A. Kordell (née Jachymiak) for 53 years whose heart he captured with his dynamite smile. Loving father of Tricia (Phillip) Proietti and Jennifer Kordell (Steven Maviano). Devoted grampie of London Maviano. Dear brother of Donald (Josephine) Kordell and Leroy (Bertha) Kordell. Fond uncle of eight nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Helen Kordell, his brother Marvin Kordell, and his nephew Mark Jachymiak. He was a graduate of Tilden Technical High School and worked as a mechanical engineer at Allbright-Nell, Air Liquide, and Cryogenic Systems Equipment. He was passionate about fast planes, cars (particularly his red, white, and blue VWs), trains, photography, music, movies, and travel. Ken is probably now flying around in a P-51 "Cadillac of the sky". 

Visitation Monday, June 28th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd. 7000 S. Madison St. Willowbrook, IL, 630-325-2300 or Funeral service, Tuesday, June 29th, 10:00 am at the funeral home. Interment: Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society,

Janice Wagner

Janice Wagner, (nee: Marek), age 79 at rest June 19, 2021. Beloved wife of the late Paul E. Wagner. Loving mother of Dean Wagner and Wendy (Jeff) Stapleton. Devoted grandmother of Kyle, Nikki, Danny, Angela, Roxann and Dean, Jr.

Dear sister of Kathy Falco, Michael (Joanne) Udstuen, Terry (Pattie) Udstuen and Valli Stetler. Fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation Wednesday June 23rd from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd. 7000 S. Madison St; Willowbrook. Funeral service Thursday June 24th 10:30 am at the funeral home. Interment: Clarendon Hills Cemetery.

Information: 630-325-2300 or

Pedro Liwanag, better known as "Boy" or "Pedrito"

Pedro Liwanag, better known as “Boy” or “Pedrito”, was born in Manila, Philippines on December 26, 1950 to his father, Tomas Liwanag, and his mother, Eustaquia Patawaran. He passed away at the age of 70 on June 18, 2021 in Downers Grove, IL.

He grew up in Caloocan City in the Philippines, where he enjoyed playing basketball, playing mahjong, and fishing. Pedro was very social, and loved going out with his friends, and continued to remain close to many of them over the years.

After obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at the Manila Central University in 1975, he came to the United States in 1977 to join his brothers and sisters, and pursue the “American Dream”. In his early years, he lived in Chicago, Illinois, where he shared an apartment with his brother and sister in the Bucktown neighborhood, and worked at St. Mary’s of Nazareth Hospital in the Surgery Department. 

In 1978, he met his future wife, Emelita (“Emy”) neé Maniago, at St. Mary’s of Nazareth Hospital. Emy and Pedro were married soon after in 1979, and eventually settled down in Westmont, Illinois, and welcomed their two sons, Peter and Jerry. Pedro spent most of his career working at Good Samaritan Hospital in the Surgery Department, until retiring in 2016.

A loving husband, father, brother, and friend, Pedro was the life of the party, and enjoyed entertaining. He was an excellent cook, and had signature dishes, including the best homemade hamburgers, an infamous squid dish (that no one could replicate), and a secret marinade for Filipino BBQ. Pedro was also an avid fisherman, and taught his own sons this passion, where they would fish together locally, but also throughout the Midwest. A supporting Lolo, he served his “Apo-stolic” Duty by taking care of his granddaughters when they visited his home, and of course, feeding them.  Pedro was an excellent Karaoke singer, and was particularly fond of Frank Sinatra hits, and enjoyed singing duets with his siblings at family parties until the wee hours of the night.

Pedro is survived by his wife, Emy of 42 years, his two children, Peter and Jerry (Dow), and his 4 granddaughters, Abby, Lauren, Leah, and Alaina Liwanag. He is also survived by 7 brothers and sisters, Rosita (Fernando) Javate, Linda (the late Nolie) Bacalor, Phillip (Perla) Liwanag, Angelina (Ernesto) Garcia, Mario (Josephine) Liwanag, Rosalinda (Edmund) Szutowicz, and Rose Padilla, and 21 nieces and nephews. Pedro is preceded in death by his father, Tomas Liwanag, his mother Eustaquia Patawaran, his father-in-law Geronimo Maniago, and his mother-in-law Aquilina Maniago. 

Pedro’s family and friends were happy and privileged to return his love, companionship, and friendship by caring, loving, and visiting him. He will be forever missed, and never forgotten. 

Visitation: Friday, June 25, 2021 from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Rosary Prayer at 6:00 pm, and Words of Remembrance at 7:00 pm) at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd. 7000 S. Madison Street, Willowbrook.

Funeral and Burial Service: Saturday, June 26, 2021. Mass at 10:30 am at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 701 Plainfield Road, Darien. Entombment: Clarendon Hills Cemetery Mausoleum, 6900 S Cass Ave, Darien, IL.


Herbert A. Hausmann

October 23, 1933, ~ June 17, 2021


Herbert A. Hausmann, of Downers Grove, Illinois, age 87, passed away June 17, 2021.  Born October 23, 1933, in Lakewood Ohio, Herb was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years, Bernita and by his parents Arthur and Alice.  Herb is survived by his three children, Julie Troha (Steve) Jodi Cullen (Gary), Marc Hausmann (Kathleen) and his brother Albert.  Herb is grandfather to Taylor, Trevor, Kourtney, Cody, Nick, Ben, Will, Lyndsi, Macayli and Mariska and uncle to many nieces and nephews.  Herb was a graduate of Lakewood High School, Class of 1951.  The Hausmann Family would like to thank all the healthcare workers for the compassionate care given to Herb.  A Memorial visitation will be held on Saturday June 26, 2021 from 10AM until time of service at 11AM at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison St. Willowbrook, IL 60527.  All services will conclude at the funeral home.  For info 630-325-2300 or


Christine Lee Thompson

Christine Lee Thompson, (nee: Wolff) age 67, at rest June 16, 2021. Loving wife of Robert Thompson for 35 years. Devoted mother of Marnie Thompson and Russell (Julie) Thompson. Dear sister of Jeannette (Thomas) Lafond, Carol Houghton, Dave (Joan) Wolff, Ray Wolff and Gary Wolff. Beloved aunt of Brandy, Jeff, Nick, Marissa, Jason, Jenny, Stacy, Becky and Speedy. Cherished great-aunt of many great-nieces and nephews. Her love of family, travel and photography will be remembered. Christine was preceded in death by her parents, Bernice and Chester Wolff and her sister, Diane Sugar. Memorial visitation Sunday June 27th from 2:00 pm until time of Memorial Service at 4:00 pm at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd. 7000 S. Madison Street, Willowbrook..

In lieu of flowers, donation memorials to Heifer International  or

Helping Hand Center  would be appreciated.

Roy J. Betty, Jr.

Roy J. Betty, Jr. age 82 at rest June 15, 2021. Beloved husband of Shirley J. Betty (nee: Nemeth) for 30 years. Loving father of Kim (Steve) Swaim and Paul Vena. Cherished grandfather of Jessica Bromund. Brother-in-law of Harold (late Gloria) Nemeth. Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Roy is also survived by his loving companion Snowy.

Visitation Monday June 21st from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm ( Funeral Service at 7:00 pm) at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd. 7000 S. Madison Street, Willowbrook.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital would be appreciated.

Information: 630-325-2300 or


Pauline Ann Fortuna

St. Leonard Church is located at 33rd and Clarence Ave., Berwyn, Illinois

William Robert Haack

William Robert Haack, age 57, at rest June 14, 2021.  Born June 9, 1964 in Chicago to Clarence and the late Diane (nee:Jendras) Haack.  Loving brother of Karen (Tim) Collins, Beverly Kennett, and Jeff (Jen)Haack.  Dear Uncle of Eric (Casey Witt) Meisinger, Michael Collins, Madison Lenkiewicz, Jenny Collins, George Kennett, Ruby Kennett and Grace Haack. William spent his life working in the food service industry.  He enjoyed Nascar races, the Cubs, and Star Trek.  He will be greatly missed by his family, especially at their game nights and the Thanksgiving family celebration.  

A Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021 from 12:00 PM until time of service at 4:00 PM at Adolf Funeral Home; 7000 S. Madison St. Willowbrook, IL.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Missionaries of Charity, 3629 Cottage Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63113 and please add a note that this donation is in remembrance of William Haack, nephew of Sister Sarah. The Missionaries of Charity website is

Service information: 630-325-2300 or

Frank Jerbich

Frank M. Jerbich, at rest June 13, 2021, 92 years young.  Son of the late Mihalj and Anna. Loving husband of the late Isabelle for 32 years.  Close friend of the late Marie McGuckin.  Dear father of Nadine Zapolsky, Edward (Camilla) Zapolsky, Catherine (Phil) Perrone, Michael (Jean) Jerbich and the late Thomas Zapolsky.  Father-in-law of Christine Zapolsky.  Grandfather of 6.  Great-grandfather of 13. Services are Wednesday, June 23,2021, 10:00 am at the Adolf Funeral Home, Ltd., 2921 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn, IL  60402.  Interment St. Mary Cemetery.  Visitation is Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 3:00 pm until 9:00 pm.  He was a member of the American Legion, Croatian Fraternal Union Sloboda Lodge 32, National Federation of Croatian Americans, IAMAW Local 126 and Harrison High School Alumni.  Info at 708-484-4111 or

Frank was very resourceful and believed in building lasting relationships. FMJ lived his life on his own terms without regrets. Those who were close to him saw his passion in action and how his big heart seemed to fill the room. Frank was born on February 21,1929 in Oak Park, Il. to Mihalj and Anna (Hadera). Along with his younger brother, Joseph they lived in the Holy Trinity Croatian Parish in the Pilsen neighborhood.  

In 1956, Frank married Isabelle 'Issy' Zapolsky (who was widowed) and become a stepdad to Nadine and the twins, Tom & Edward. Soon to arrive, Catherine and Michael. This blended family grew up in their West Lawn home in which Frank remained until his passing. After 32 years of marriage, Issy passed in 1987 and Tom passed in February 2021. His career as a Machinist started at the Gross Printing Company in 1947. Moving to the first printing press for Wall Street Journal and later Oak Forest Hospital retiring from the Chicago Police Department in 1993. Later in life, he reunited with a fellow Harrison High School alumni, Marie Culjak McGuckin and for the next 30 years their shared love of music, attending many opera and tamburitza performances and just as many social and business meetings.

Over the years, dozens of organizations prospered from Frank's dedication and loyalty. With the Boys Scouts of America, as proud Union member of IAMAW for 74 years, serving as Adjutant for American Legion Pilsen Post #825, Board Member of National Federation of Croatian Americans (NFCA) and President of the Croatian Fraternal Union (CFU) Sloboda Lodge 32 to name a few. Frank attended every music festival, convention and meeting possible bringing his sense of duty, passion for fraternalism and friendship. He enjoyed visiting with old friends and making new ones.  Generations knew Frank and he would share stories of their parents or grandparents with the youngest.  He shared his good fortune with many. Those he met received a token of good luck in the way of gold coins (Teaching along the way: Coins are minted at two locations - Denver and Pennsylvania). His extra special, one-of-a-kind gift was a two-dollar bill whose serial numbers matched your age or birth year. It was his own way of honoring your celebration.

Frank showed us all how to live life to the fullest.

Živjeli! Dobro proživljenom životu!

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