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Thomas M. Gartner

Thomas M. Gartner was born May 27, 1951 in Chicago, IL.  Dear son of Mathias and Laverne, nee Doody, Gartner. Thomas passed away peacefully at Palos Community Hospital on June 27, 2019, at the age of 68 surrounded by his loving family.

Thomas was the beloved husband of the late Elaine, nee Klecka, Gartner until her passing in 2018.  He is survived by their five sons Adam (Pamela), Daniel (Erika), Jason (Maricel), Eric, and Thomas; and five grandchildren, Veronica, Julian, Sophia, Addison, and Adam; his siblings Sue (Joe) Lamy, John Gartner, Patrick Gartner, Victoria (Lou) Wilk and Matthew (Rebecca) Gartner; and many dear nieces and nephews.

Tom graduated Bogan High School on Chicago’s southwest side in 1970 and entered the transportation industry.  He married Elaine Klecka in 1977.  The couple settled in Bolingbrook, Illinois, where Tom worked as a truck driver. 

He is greeted in heaven by his beloved wife, Elaine and his dear father, Mathias.

A Memorial visitation will be held on Saturday July 6, 2019 2:00p.m ~ 4:30p.m. Adolf Funeral Home, Ltd. 7000 S. Madison St. Willowbrook, IL. For funeral info 630-325-2300 or

Thomas J. Szwaya

Thomas J. Szwaya, 71, died suddenly on June 26, 2019.      He was the loving husband of Jean M. Szwaya      (nee: Dahlgren) for 21 years.  Devoted father of Krystle (Edward) Downs, Sandra (Ernie) Marcum, Michael (Marji) Szwaya, Jeffrey (Natalie) Szwaya, Kevin (Andrea) Szwaya and the late Matthew Szwaya.  Dear brother of Susan (Larry) Henderson, James (Marta) Szwaya and Robert (Amy) Szwaya.  Fond uncle to many nieces and nephews and caring Grandfather to his grandchildren who made his blue eyes smile.

Tom graduated from Weber High School, where he made friendships that lasted his entire life.  Tom honorably served his country in the Naval Reserves.  He owned and was the President of Master Machine Products, Inc., in Chicago, for over 25 years. Tom loved spending time outdoors, whether it was golf, horseback riding, or attending concerts. An avid music lover, his interests spanned all genres. He cherished moments with his family, especially attending White Sox games. Day games were his favorite. He will forever be remembered for his meticulous attention to detail and his strong and loving embrace.

Visitation Sunday June 30th, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd. 7000 S. Madison Street, Willowbrook.

Funeral service Monday July 1st prayers 9:15 am at the funeral home proceeding to Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church 701 Plainfield Road, Darien for Mass 10:00 am.

Interment: Fairmount-Willow Hills Memorial Park. Information: 630-325-2300 or


Edward "Art" Palumbo

Edward “Art” Palumbo, 91 years of age, at rest June 20, 2019.  Loving companion of Judith Simon for 34 years.  Father figure of Todd (Sarah) Hepp and Amanda (Jason) Konder.  “Poppie” of Ava, Nina, Charlie, Harrison and Will. 

As gracious as he was generous, Art Palumbo, a Duke University graduate, has said he had received far more than he had given.  In recognition of his generosity and loyal support, the Duke School of Medicine has inducted Art Palumbo into the Pinnacle Society. 

His philanthropic support of Duke University included The Leonard Palumbo Faculty Achievement Award Endowment Fund, in honor of his brother, Dr. Leonard Palumbo, Jr., established in 1999.  The Palumbo Family Medical Scholarship Fund that was established in 2009.  Art also made an extraordinarily generous gift to Duke University’s Department of Pediatrics supporting research on Batten Disease.  He received special recognition from Duke University in 2006 by having the McGovern Davison Children’s Health Center renamed the Arena-Palumbo Research and Education Center.  He will be receiving the Honorary Alumnus Award from The Medical Alumni Association of the School of Medicine on November 7, 2019.

Visitation is Sunday, June 23rd from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Adolf Funeral Home, Ltd., 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook.  Services are Monday, June 24, 2019 at 10:00 am.  Interment Bronswood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in honor of Art to Duke Children’s at or Duke Children’s Development, ATTN: Danielle Nolen, 710 W. Main St., Suite 200, Durham, NC  27701.

Admired by many, friend to all.  Info at 630-325-2300 or

Leonard Frederick Burger

Leonard Frederick Burger, age 79, U.S. Army Veteran, at rest June 13, 2019. Loving husband of Christine Marie Burger (nee: Paganelli) for 46 years. Cherished brother-in-law of Carol (John) Gilbert, Vicki (Tim) Vojak and Bill (Dawn) Paganelli. Dear uncle of many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Len was preceded in death by his parents Frederick and Mary Ann Burger (nee: Trupia) and his brother Frederick “Ricky” Burger. Len was a Business Systems Installation Technician for Illinois Bell – Oak Brook, IL and retired after 35 years of service. He enjoyed his memberships in the Royal Palm Yacht Club, Southwest Florida Yacht Club and IBEW Local 336.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to: Golisano Children’s Hospital of SWFL,  c/o Melody Desilets,                        9981 S. HealthPark Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908. On your check payable to: Golisano Children’s Hospital of SWFL, please note in the memo section: In Memory of Mr. Leonard F. Burger.

Visitation Monday June 24th from 3 to 9 pm at  Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd.                    7000 S. Madison Street, Willowbrook. Funeral service Tuesday June 25th 10:30 am at the funeral home. Entombment: Queen of Heaven Cemetery – Christ The King Mausoleum.  Information: 630-325-2300 or




Joseph L. Monti

Joseph L. Monti, 81, of Oak Park and formerly of Cicero and Berwyn, died on June 8, 2019.

Mr. Monti was the husband of nearly 57 years of Mary M. Monti (nee Stanford) and the father of Joseph (Brenda), David (Brenda), and the late Amy Monti.  He was also the proud grandfather of Isabel, Peter, Aaron, and Alyssa.

Born on October 12, 1937, he was the son of Joseph (deceased) and Katherine (deceased, nee Marfia).  Legally blind for most of his life, Mr. Monti was a high school science and math teacher for 34 years at DeLaSalle Institute in Chicago, at which he was also a successful chess coach.  He earned a B.S. in Physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a M.A. in Education from DePaul University.

Mr. Monti was a composer, pianist, and singer who loved antiquing and traveling the world with his wife.  He was an animal and nature lover, enjoyed going to movies, operas, and orchestral performances, and was an avid fan of all of Chicago’s sport teams.  He was active in the two churches of his adult life (St. Christopher’s of Oak Park and St. Michael’s of Berwyn), serving both parishes as warden on the vestry and as a stewardship leader.  He also was an officer of the Illinois chapter of the National Federation of the Blind.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (, the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind (, or the National Federation of the Blind (

Visitation is on Wednesday, June 19th from 3 to 9 p.m. at Adolf Funeral Home, 2921 S. Harlem Avenue in Berwyn. The funeral will be Thursday, June 20th at 10 a.m. at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 545 S. East Avenue in Oak Park, followed by interment at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, 4101 S. Oak Park Avenue, Stickney.

Rhoda D. Smithy

Rhoda D. Smithy nee Brock, age 85, at rest December 27, 2019 at her home in Countryside, IL. Born August 11, 1934 in Decatur, IL to Orlando and Effie Brock. Beloved wife of the late Edward Sr; loving mother of James (Debbie), John (Nancy) and Edward Jr. (Geri); devoted grandmother of James Jr., Amanda, Kristin(Vince), Katy, Danielle and Jack; dearest great grandmother of Hope, James III, Natalie and Madison; dear sister of Liz Ruback and the late Helen Heady, Betty Kang and Edna Payne; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Funeral Monday 9:30 A.M. from Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook to St. Cletus Church, LaGrange, IL, Funeral Mass 10 A.M. Entombment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 3-8 P.M. Info 630-325-5000.

Michael J. Larmon, Sr.

Michael J. Larmon, Sr., Age 72, Beloved husband of Linda nee Finnegan. Loving dad of Michael (Tricia Composono) and Lin Marie (Charles) Carey. Dear grandpa of Daniel, Heidi, and Jake Larmon, Tim (Chantel) Keast, and Riley, Bethany, and Brennan Carey. Dear great-grandpa of Lucas, Gwendolyn, Catherine, Noah, Aurora, and Amelia Keast. Loving brother of Joe (Laurie) Larmon and Mary (Donald) Stelter. Fond brother-in-law of James (Joan) Finnegan, Teresa (Robert) Lopez and the late Thomas (Patricia) Finnegan. Also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews.

Visitation, Monday, December 30, 2019, 3:00PM to 8:00PM at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook, IL. Funeral, Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 9:00AM prayers to begin from the funeral home to St. James at Sag Bridge Church, 10600 Archer Ave., Lemont, IL for 10:00AM Mass. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, IL.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Susan G. Komen Foundation are appreciated.

For more information, 630-325-2300 or

Daniel F. Spinazola

Daniel F. Spinazola, a resident of Hinsdale for 67 years, died on December 22, 2019, at LaGrange Hospital;  He was the former owner of the Hinsdale News Agency.  Dan was the beloved husband of the late Marilyn; Loving father of Danette (Brian) Boniecki, Scott (Linda) Spinazola, Wendy Bowen and Melissa Spinazola.  Dear grandfather of Jordan, Jennifer, Kaitlynn, Nicole, Patrick, Cassidy, Connor, Scott, Jr., Kayleigh, Nora and Maeve.  A visitation will be held on Friday, December 27 from 3pm to 8pm at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook, IL 60527. Friends and family will meet at St. John of the Cross Parish, 5005 Wolf Rd., Western Springs, IL on Saturday, December 28 for an 11:00 AM funeral mass.    In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated in Daniel’s name to St. Jude’s Children's Research Hospital,   

Linda V. Vasquez

Linda V. Vasquez

April 8, 1966 ~ December 17, 2019
Linda V. Vasquez, age 53, at rest December 17, 2019.  Visitation will be held on
Saturday December 21st from 3pm ~ 8pm 
All services will conclude at the funeral home.
Donald P. Hocking

Donald P. Hocking, age 71 of Westmont. Beloved son of the late Louise and Donald Hocking. Dear brother of Clara L. Martin. Loving uncle of Cheri (Ray) Olszewski. Great uncle of Theresa and Drew. In lieu of flowers donations to the American Cancer Society at would be apprciated. Visitation Monday, Oct. 14th 3PM-8PM at Adolf Funeral Home 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook. Chapel Service Tues. Oct. 15th 10AM at the funeral home. Interment Clarendon Hills Cemetery-Darien. (630) 325-2300.

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