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Shirley Ann Waterloo
10/07/2022

Shirley Ann Waterloo, age 91, of Burr Ridge, formerly a long-time resident of Hinsdale, died peacefully at home on October 7, 2022, leaving this world with the grace and dignity that distinguished her life.

Married to the late Peter “Quinn” Waterloo for 65 years, she often said the best thing she ever did was to have eight children. Seven survive her: Claudia Waterloo (Jeff) Tornquist, Tim (Sara), Dan (Kathleen), Tom (Cathy DDS), Meg (Frank DDS) Shaw, Peter (Jon Taylor), Paul (Kimberly); also, 20 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter Nora (Walt) Persons, her parents Marie and Joe Jacobs, brother Leonard (Barbara) Jacobs, and sister Dolores (Chuck) Lengyel.

Shirley was a perpetual optimist, affirmed and esteemed by her husband Quinn. She maintained a positive attitude, seeking the good in people and appreciating even the simple things in life.

Shirley’s culinary skill was legendary. She said herself she never saw a recipe she didn’t read. A featured cooking columnist in the Hinsdale Doings, she also gave cooking lessons from her home.

As a young mother, her daughter Nora asked Shirley for help navigating the dinner hour. This inspired the 1988 edition of "Shirley’s Kitchen Aid, A Month of Family Favorites and Company Fare." Shirley was responsible for the “cook” part, Nora for the “book” part.

Shirley shared with Quinn a love of hosting meals as a way to bring all sorts of different people together.  Their tour de force: Shirley’s Christmas Eves, serving 50 guests sumptuous holiday fare created at home in her kitchen.

Born Dec. 18, 1930, in Chicago, she attended St. Aloysius Catholic School and the Josephinum Academy. She studied two years at Mundelein College, paying her own way working summers in a secretarial post.

Once her youngest child reached junior high, Shirley returned to the work force. She employed her love of beauty as a retail clerk for Lord & Taylor, then founded a venture, Art Consultants Inc., matching local artists with corporate art collections. She retired from Morgan Stanley Wealth Management where in a late-life career she partnered with her husband as a financial advisor.

An active volunteer, Shirley tutored English to recent immigrants, admitted patients to Cook County Hospital, and served as a docent at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Shirley cultivated friendships with the abundant energy that defined her every activity. She was greatly loved and will be sorely missed.

A memorial will be held Saturday, November 12, 2022.  A visitation at 9:30 am; service at 10:30 am at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 South Madison Street, Willowbrook, IL 60527.

In Shirley’s memory the family requests donations in lieu of flowers to:

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership

Loyola University Chicago—Gift Processing
P.O. Box 4336
Carol Stream, IL 60122-4336 

Or give online: https://www.luc.edu/gannon/givetogannon/

 

 

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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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Marilyn H. Clark
10/03/2022

Marilyn H. Clark, 98, of Burr Ridge, formerly of Hinsdale, died Oct. 3, 2022.

She was born Marilyn Ruth Haselswerdt in 1924 in Goodrich, Mich., and grew up with her parents and two older sisters in Rochester, Mich., where she attended the Methodist church and local schools.

Following graduation from Rochester High School, where she was class valedictorian, she attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., for two years. She completed her higher education by majoring in English at the University of Michigan, Phi Beta Kappa. She then learned secretarial skills at the Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School in Chicago and worked as a personal secretary for several years in that city.

At her first job at an insurance company, she met Goodwin Clark Jr., the man who was the love of her life and to whom she would be married for 59 years. Together, they raised three sons - Douglas, Scott and Brian. Goodwin and Marilyn were Hinsdale residents for 46 years before moving to the King-Bruwaert senior living complex in 2002.

In 1976, their Hinsdale residency was interrupted by Goodwin's three-year company job transfer to a town in Cheshire, England. While there, they enjoyed learning and living the English way of life, visited the British Isles and European countries, and hosted friends and extended family for visits.

Marilyn enjoyed reading and solving crossword and Jumble puzzles and was a music lover. She was a member of glee clubs while in college and later joined the Cecilians, a local women's chorus, as well as the Hinsdale Music Club.

For many years, she served as a volunteer with the Hinsdale Meals at Your Door program. She was a member of the Union Church of Hinsdale for more than 60 years and participated in the church's music ministry.

Many summers were enjoyed with family at their northern Michigan lake cottage, and she always cheered for the University of Michigan Wolverines football team. She cherished her time spent with family, as well as with her pet Boston terriers.

The family has been ever grateful for Marilyn overcoming her serious health challenges in her mid-30s while she and Goodwin were raising three young boys, with help from and thanks to friends, extended family and her faith. The Clarks, with mom Marilyn uppermost, enjoyed a wonderful family life together.

The family thanks All Trust Home Care of Hinsdale and its caregivers, especially Marsha Maxwell, for the compassionate care and companionship provided in the latter stages of Marilyn's life.

Marilyn is survived by her sons, Douglas and Brian; her daughter-in-law, Derbigny Clark; her grandchildren, Laura (Kenneth) Miller and Goodwin (Brittany); her great-grandchildren, Isabella Stephenson and Finn Miller; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Goodwin, in 2010; and her son, Scott, in 2019.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Union Church of Hinsdale, 137 S. Garfield St.

Memorials may be made to the Union Church of Hinsdale, 137 S. Garfield St., Hinsdale, IL 60521; the Alzheimer's Association of Chicago, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601; or a charity of choice.

 
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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.

A "Celebration of Life" will be held at Union Church of Hinsdale at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 5, 2022.

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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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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Richard Lee Brunot
09/29/2022

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.

 

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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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