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Rheta Mae Bresnahan

Rheta Mae Bresnahan, (nee: Heebner) age 84, at rest January 14, 2023, surrounded by her loving family when she passed from this world to the next. Beloved wife of Thomas F. Bresnahan, Jr. Loving mother of Patrick M. (Patricia L.) Bresnahan and Aileen B. (David) Kokaska. Cherished grandmother of Maggie Kokaska, Kevin Kokaska, Cara Bresnahan, Aidan Bresnahan and great-grandmother of Lane Darin. Rheta was preceded in death by her parents Catherine and Emanuel Heebner, her sisters Kathryn (Harold) Kueffer and Jean Marie (Dr. Grover) Sloan and her brothers Emanuel, Jack (Helen) and Bob (Geraldine) Heebner. Loving Aunt and Godmother to many nieces and nephews. 

Rheta was born April 2, 1938 in Chicago, at St. Bernard’s Hospital. She married Thomas F. Bresnahan, Jr. in 1959 and they were together for 63, almost 64 years. Rheta was a graduate of Sacred Heart grade school and high school and continued her dedication to Sacred Heart Parish as Rectory Secretary and a 3rd grade teacher. After having 2 children, she returned to the workforce, as a part-time employee at Lavery Trucking Company for many years. Her working career continued as a bookkeeper assisting Corp Accountants, when she later retired to enjoy life. Rheta followed her strong Catholic faith as Eucharist minister at St. John of the Cross Parish. For more than 14 years, Rheta volunteered at St. Thomas Hospice providing loving, compassionate, care to her a diverse group of patients to include victims of the holocaust.

Visitation Tuesday January 17th, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd. 7000 S. Madison St; Willowbrook. Funeral service Wednesday January 18th, prayers 10:15 am at the funeral home proceeding to St. John of the Cross Church for Mass 11:00 am.

Interment: Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Service information: 630-325-2300 or



Bruce A. Blecha

Bruce A. Blecha, 71 years of age, at rest January 11, 2023.  Loving husband of Suzanne for 49 ½ years.  Dear father of Matthew (Kim) and Sarah Blecha-Norwich (Paul).  Papa of Emerson and Elliott Norwich.  Brother-in-law of Jackie Pisciotto-Bombka (Wally) , John Pisciotto, Tony Pisciotto, and the late Trisha (Chuck) Courtney.  Uncle of Kelly (Patrick) Love & Jack (Breanne) Courtney.  Great uncle of Jameson and Jasper Courtney.  Loving cousin to many.

Bruce, Dad, Papa was a husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law, cousin, bartender, goalie, bowler, music lover, coach, and friend.  He was committed to his family, traveling, and seeing new things.  Though time changed him, he was still an avid fan of the Hawks, fishing, bowling, and live music….

                                                          “Those are the memories that make me a wealthy soul.”                                                                                                                                              Bob Seger                                                                                                                                                                                         Travelin' Man

Ezequiel Mendez

Ezequiel Mendez, age 79, at rest on January 5, 2023.  Born on January 20, 1943 in La Piedad, Michoacan.  Devoted husband of Eva Mendez (nee Rincon).  Beloved father of Tony Mendez (Moira), Luis Mendez (Nickola), Sergio Mendez (Rosa), Miguel Mendez, Cindy Mendez, Sandy Mendez, Jenny Rivadeneira (Edwin), and Jessica Mendez.  Incredible grandfather to 18 precious grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.  Son of the late Ramon Mendez and Carmen Mendez Romero.  Beloved brother of José Mendez, Carlos Mendez, and Guadalupe Mendez.  He also leaves behind many cherished nieces, nephews, godchildren, and cousins.   

Ezequiel is preceded in death by his beloved daughters and granddaughter, Cindy Mendez, Sandy Mendez, and Breanna Suarez, and by his loving parents, Ramon Mendez and Carmen Mendez Romero.

Brian D. Guptill


Brian D. Guptill, age 75, of Burr Ridge, Illinois passed away from Advanced COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Illinois while his beloved wife, Rhonda of 51 years, was by his side. Brian was born August 29, 1947 in Oakland, California. He was a loyal and devoted husband.

Brian's family left California for Hinsdale, Illinois when Brian was 9 years old after his father was transferred by Inland Ryerson Steel. After graduating from Hinsdale Central High School in 1966, Brian joined the United States Marine Corp on October 2, 1966 where he served for 3 years. During that time, he fought in Viet Nam for 13 months. Upon his return from Viet Nam, he was sent to the Marine Corp Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina where he became the base dispatcher until his discharge. The Marine Corp Air Station is one of the most important airfields operated by the United States government. Brian was injured in battle in Viet Nam and was grazed across the forehead. His Navy Corpsman, who tended his wound, recommended him to his superior officer for a Purple Heart. Brian turned down the Purple Heart as he felt there were more seriously injured Marines who were more deserving. Brian received the Marine Corp Expert Marksman status. He has a commemorative brick lining the walkway of the National Museum of the Marine Corp in Triangle, Va., near Quantico. Upon his discharge from the Marines, Brian went to trucking school and started his own transportation business called BG Transportation. He hauled steel coil materials for prestressed concrete jobsites for his father's construction business, Conesco Midcontinent Construction. After his father's passing and the close of Conesco, Brian sold his trucking equipment and closed his business and became a trucker for a disposal company where he worked for 28 years until his retirement at age 60.

Brian was an active golfer in his healthier days and he and wife Rhonda golfed regularly. He was a die-hard San Francisco 49ers fan and a San Francisco Giants fan for nearly 70 years. In high school he was a pitcher on the varsity baseball team at Hinsdale Central High School. He enjoyed scuba diving with his family in his younger years and was an avid skier. Brian was full of adventure. He went sky diving in Harbor Springs, Michigan, parasailing in Traverse City, Michigan, horseback riding in Squaw Valley, California, and plane gliding in Lake Tahoe, California. Brian and Rhonda have traveled to over 40 of the United States, Mexico, Hawaii, Bermuda, US and British Virgin Islands, Tahiti and Bora Bora. He and Rhonda swam with dolphins in Tahiti. He loved his Marine Corp and loved discussing politics. He was very handy and there wasn't much he couldn't fix around the house. Brian was larger than life and always commanded a big presence. He was considered quite the character by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother Marjorie Louis Guptill, his father Joseph C. Guptill, his two brothers Brent and Clifford. He is survived by his wife Rhonda, his 3 sisters Jody Griese, Janice Guptill, and Suzy Close (Jim), his two nephews Geno and Jack, and his two nieces Rhianna and Caroline.

In the lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the COPD Foundation at

A visitation will be held Monday, January 9, 2023, from 3 to 8 pm at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 Madison St., Willowbrook, IL. To live stream the Chapel Service on Monday January 9th,  at 7PM, click on the link:

  Funeral Services will be Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at 10:30am at St. James at Sag Bridge Catholic Church, 10600 Archer Ave., Lemont, IL. A live stream of the Mass is available through this link:

Adam Michael Cerza

Adam Michael Cerza, age 46, passed away suddenly January 5, 2023. Loving son of Michael and Wanda Cerza. Cherished brother of Scott (Michele) Cerza and Elizabeth (Erik) Deal.  Dear Uncle of Matthew and Zachary Cerza. Adam was a graduate of Fenwick High School, Northwestern University and DePaul School of Law. He will be missed by his aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

Visitation Friday January 13th from 3:00 to 8:00 pm at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd.  7000 S. Madison St, Willowbrook.

Funeral service Saturday January 14th, prayers 10:15 am at the funeral home proceeding to Mass 11:00 am at Our Lady of Peace Church, Darien. Services will conclude at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Misericordia ( would be appreciated.

Service information: 630-325-2300 or


Bridget Patricia Hess

Bridget Patricia Hess

July 13, 2022 ~ January 5, 2023

With a broken heart, we announce the loss of our daughter, Bridget Patricia Hess, our beautiful angel passed away on January 5, 2023. A life that was to short but filled with more love than you could ever imagine. We will continue on in her memory. Beloved daughter of Elizabeth Adams and Carson Hess. A visitation will be held at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S Madison St. Willowbrook, IL 60527 from 1pm to 4pm. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to St. Judes Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105,

Gavan D. Hillebold

Gavan D. Hillebold, age 66, at rest January 2, 2023. Loving son of Patricia A. and the late Charles D. Hillebold. Dear brother of Katie (Joe) Enzbigilis, Maribeth Newell, Eileen Keeler, Charlie (Angela), Tim, Matthew (Steffani), and the late Colette Hillebold. Cherished uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Gavan was a dedicated and proud Heavy Machine Operator for Local #150 where he provided his skills for many years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Mercy Home for Boys and Girls ( would be appreciated.

Visitation Sunday January 8th from 12:00 Noon until the time of Funeral Service at 3:30 pm. at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd. 7000 S. Madison Street, Willowbrook.                                                             The services will conclude at the funeral home.

Information: 630-325-2300 or

Marjorie Jean Soltwisch

Marjorie Jean Soltwisch, 98, passed away peacefully Dec. 31, 2022.

She was raised in the Joliet area by loving adopted parents William and Katherine Bush. Marj married Wilburn Lee Soltwisch in 1944 and started a family in Hinsdale. She raised three children and spent her summer vacations in Twin Lakes, Wis., and winters in Naples, Fla.

Marj loved her community and was a member of the Hinsdale Woman's Club. She played bridge regularly, loved gourmet cooking and hosted extended family often. Marj managed multiple apartment complexes for more than 50 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Lee.

She is survived by her three children, Carol (Tom) Fecht, John (Margaret) Soltwisch and Dave (Joan) Soltwisch; her seven grandchildren, Tim (the late Susan) Fecht, Heather (Brad) Verthein, Brian Soltwisch, Rochelle (Mark) Quiner, Brandon (Ashley) Soltwisch, Juliene Soltwisch and Ashley (Brian) Verbus; and her six great-grandchildren, Lauren, Nathan, Liam, Annette, Logan and Gene.

A service was held Jan. 8. Interment was at St. John Community Cemetery in Oak Brook.

Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services Ltd. in Willowbrook handled the arrangements.

Julie Rae Jones

Julie Rae Jones, 54 of Downers Grove, IL formerly of Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills passed away on Friday, December 30 surrounded by her family. Julie was born November 21, 1968, in St. Charles, Ill.  She married her Husband, Daniel on June 8, 1991. Julie lived in DeKalb Ill. while she raised her four children; Jacob, Evan, Sophie, and Lily until 2013, when they moved to DuPage county. 

She fought cancer with a warrior’s spirit for more than three years. In her last weeks she had many friends, and family by her side. 

The importance of family in Julie’s life cannot be understated. Her five siblings, nieces and nephews stayed in close contact during, and beyond her and her children's upbringing. Julie loved her trips to the upper peninsula of Michigan. Where she, and her family are able to spend a stress-free, fun-filled week. Which has been a tradition since she was a child.

She dedicated her life to not only her family, but many others. Julie was a daycare provider for more than 30 children and dedicated her life to service. She raised her children, and all who she watched with an understanding of kindness, empathy and a keen sense of humor. Working with children was not only a career for Julie, but a passion. She enjoyed spending quality time with them as much as they spent time with her. 

Her and her family firmly believe you will be remembered not only for what you have done, but how you treated people along the way. Julie treated everyone she met with warmth, kindness and affection. We hope you do the same.

Julie will be missed very much, and live through her father, Theophil; husband, Dan; children, Jacob, Evan, Sophie, and Lily; siblings, Michael, Michelle, Anthony, Dan and Elizabeth, many other nieces, nephews, cousins, her in-laws, and countless friends who all loved her immensely. 

A visitation will be held Wednesday, January 4, 2023, from 3-9pm at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 Madison St, Willowbrook, IL 60527. Friends will meet on Thursday, January 5, 2023 for a 10am Funeral Mass at Saint Isaac Jogues Church, 306 W 4th St. Hinsdale, IL 60521. 

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to  Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer (

Anthony M. LaPorte

Anthony M. LaPorte, son of the late Joseph and late Patricia LaPorte. Husband of the late Rita.  Dear father of Andrew (Karen), Matthew (Laura), Angela (Richard) Stopka, Daniel, and Anna (Jason) Lukas. Grandfather of Justin, Giana, Dominic, Nathan, Nicholas, Jonathan, Morgan, Ryan, Anthony, and Melody. Brother of Patricia LaPorte, Mary (George) Ramos, Bernadette (David) Dorken, Thomas (Diane) LaPorte, Lawrence (Mary) LaPorte and the late Joseph and late James LaPorte. Uncle and great uncle to many. Funeral is Friday, January 6, 2023, 9:00 am at Adolf Funeral Home, Ltd., 2921 Harlem Ave., Berwyn to Mater Christi Church. Mass 10:00 am. Interment St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday, January 5, 2023 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Info at 708-484-4111 or

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