Miscellaneous Cook County, Illinois Obituaries - 1998

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Sophie Bartnicki
Comittal services for Sophie Bartnicki, 88, of St.Charles, formerly of Chicago, will be held at 2 p.m. 
Tuesday, at St.Adalbert Cemetery, Niles. 
Born Aug.19, 1909, in Chicago, she died Saturday, July 4, 1998, at Pine View Care Center, St.Charles. 
She is survived by two daughters, Joan A. (Chester) Onopa of Chicago and Ruth I. (Nicholas) DiSilvestro of Norridge; a son, John W.Bartnicki of St.Charles; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her sisterin-law, Anne Vavra of Pittsville, Wis. 
She was preceded in death by her parents,Alex and Anna Paszynski; three brothers, Stanley, Michael and Bruno Paszynski; and her daughterin-law, Frances Bartnicki. 
Arrangements were made by Yurs Funeral Home, St.Charles. 
For information, (630) 584-0060. 

Judi A.Bennorth
Prayers for Judi A.Bennorth (nee Kardos), 52, a resident of Elk Grove Village for 26 years, will be said at 9:30 a.m.Tuesday, at Grove Memorial Chapel, 1199 S.Arlington Heights Rd. (three blockssouth of Biesterfield Rd.),Elk Grove Village. 
Mass will follow at 10 a.m.at Queen of the Rosary Church, 680 W.Elk Grove Blvd.,Elk Grove Village. 
Born in Chicago, she died Friday, July 3, 1998, at home.Interment will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside. 
Formerly employed with the Elk Grove Park District, she was former president ofP.T.A. of Marshall School and former camp leader of Campfire Girls. 
Survivors include her husband, David R.Bennorth; daughters, Juli Marie (Daniel) Hammershoy and Jennifer Anne Bennorth; mother, Marie Kardos (nee Paternoster); brother, Larry (Kathi) Kardos; sister, Sandy (Frank) Orlandino; grandson, David J.Hammershoy; and brother-in-law, Roger D. 
(Barbara) Bennorth. 
She was preceded in death by her father, Louis Kardos. 
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today, at the funeral chapel. 
Please omit flowers. 
Memorials made to Alexian Brothers Hospice House, are appreciated. 
For information, (847) 640-0566. 

Jack W.Brown
Services for Jack W.Brown, 93, of Wildwood, will be held at 10 a.m. 
Thursday, at Strang Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, Ltd., 410 E.Belvidere Road, Grayslake. 
Born Nov.2, 1904, in the county of York, England, he passed away Saturday, July 4, 1998, at St.Therese Medical Center in Waukegan.Interment will follow the services in Highland Memorial Park, Libertyville. 
During the 1950s and 1960s, Mr. 
Brown was an amateur radiooperator.He was a member of the Happy Seniors of Round Lake and a former member of Lake County RACES. 
He is survived by a son, Ronald (Cheryl) Brown of Lake Villa; stepson, Robert (Patricia) Friedle of Isanti, Minn.;two granddaughters, Danielle and Christina Friedle; and a sister. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, in 1990. 
The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. 
For information, (847) 223-8122. 

Raymond J.Buhrow
Services for Raymond J.Buhrow, 90, of East Dundee, will be held at 10:30 a.m.Wednesday, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, East Dundee.The Rev.William P.Yonker will officiate. 
Born May 30, 1908, in Dundee,to Charles and Anna (nee Frier) Buhrow, he died Sunday, July 5, 1998, at Heritage Manor, Elgin.Burial will be in Dundee Township Cemetery, East Dundee. 
A resident of Dundee all his life, Mr.Buhrow was also a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, East Dundee, where he served on many committees and was a member of the Immanuel Men'sClub.In addition, he was formerly a member of the Immanuel Lutheran School board for 25 years and a former basketball coach for many years at the school. 
He had worked for Haeger Potteries, Inc.for 42 years, retiring on June 30, 1972, and was also the former basketball coach for the Haeger Potteries basketball team.For 20 years Mr. Buhrow also served as a trustee for the Village of East Dundee, and for many years was a volunteer at Sherman Hospital and Heritage Manor. 
Surviving are his sons, David R. (Elaine) and Ralph (Diane) Buhrow, both of East Dundee; daughter, Kathryn (Charles) Harp of Lake Villa; granddaughters, Debra (David) Swanson, Gail (Dale) Streeter, Tamara (Peter) Nilsen, Jennifer (Allen) Tamburrino and Dorene Harp; grandsons, Thomas (Carolyn) Buhrow, Michael (Renee) Buhrow, David J.Buhrow and Christopher (Nicole) Harp; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother, Harry Buhrow of Janesville, Wis. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Edna E.Buhrow (nee Tarnow) on March 7, 1995. 
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. 
Tuesday, at Miller Funeral Home, 504 W.Main St.,West Dundee, and from 9:30 a.m.until the time of services at 10:30 a.m.Wednesday, at the church. 
Please omit flowers.Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church 2000 Program Fund. 
For information, (847) 426-3436. 

Dorothy L.Casey
Funeral services for Dorothy L. Casey, 85, of Monticello, Wis.,formerly of Libertyville,will be held at 11 a.m.today, at Burnett-Dane Funeral Home, Ltd.,120 W.Park Ave.,Libertyville, with theRev. 
Lynne E.Stefanowski of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. 
Born May 3, 1913, in Chicago, she passed away Wednesday, July 1, 1998.Interment will follow the services, in Lakeside Cemetery, Libertyville. 
Mrs.Casey had been an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Libertyville and was also a member of the Crazy EightsCard Club. 
Survivors include her son, John Casey of Monticello, Wis.;and seven cousins, Lois Emery of Northbrook, Charles (Ruth) Treptow of Milledgeville, Ga.,Lucille Nicholls of San Antonio, Texas, Albert Kinder of Tucson, Ariz.,Jane Allert of Bandera, Texas, Louise Carll of McCamey, Texas and Peggy Brown of Taft, Texas. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward R.Casey, on July 2, 1983; and by her daughter, Jane Casey-Pertz on Oct.14, 1990. 
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Libertyville, or to the Lakeside Cemetery Renovation Fund, in her name. 
For information, (847) 362-3009. 

Devon M.Cotie
Funeral services for Devon M. Cotie, 19, a lifelong resident of West Chicago, will be held at 11 a.m.Tuesday, at Norris-Walen Funeral Home, 132 Fremont St. (one block north of Washington/Geneva Road), West Chicago. 
Born Aug.15, 1978, in St.Charles, he passed away suddenly due to a truck accident in Vermilion County, Ill.Burial will be in Glen Oak Cemetery, West Chicago. 
For the summer, Devon was employed by Bash Pepper Roofing in Champaign.He was attending Parkland Community College there, working toward his degree in biology.For the past two years, he had been a member of the National Guard Unit in Elgin.He was a 1996 graduate of Elgin High School, where he had been the captain of the wrestling team in his senior year. 
He is survived by his parents, Gary and Jane Cotie of West Chicago; his brother, Brandon of West Chicago; and grandparents, Russell and Helen Cotie of West Chicago and Ruby Simmons of Glen Ellyn. 
He was the nephew of Russell (Jeanne) Cotie Jr.of Geneva, Reid (Margo) Simmons of Wheaton, Craig (Kitty) Simmons of Effingham, Ill.,Robin Fraser of West Chicago and Darrell (Chris) Cotie of Roselle; boyfriend of Janel Gomez of Elgin; and cousin of many. 
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Glenn Simmons in November 1989. 
Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today, at the funeral home. 
Contributions in Devon's memory may be made to Lincoln Challenge of Rantoul, Ill. 
For information, (630) 231-0060. 

Lorraine M.Davis (nee Stroh)
Lorraine M.Davis (nee Stroh), 67, of Itasca, died Friday, July 3.Arrangements were made by The Oaks Funeral Home, Itasca, (630) 250-8588. 

Sandra S.DeFalco
Prayers for Sandra S.DeFalco (nee Ehrhard) will begin at 9 a.m.Tuesday at Salerno's Rosedale Chapels, 450 W.Lake St. (3/4 mile west of Bloomingdale/Roselle Road), Roselle, with a chapel service at 10 a.m. 
She was the beloved wife of Mauro DeFalco; devoted mother of Patrick and Teri Hurless and stepmother of Amy (Chris) Conlon, Marcy (Doug) Sthrom and Daniel (Christine) DeFalco; loving daughter of Betty (nee Hansen) andthe late Charles Ehrhard; dear sister of Janice (Patrick) Keane, Jill (Steve) Warrenfeltz, Charles (Chris), William (Madeline), James (Denise) and John Ehrhard; and dear aunt of many nieces and nephews. 
Visitation will be from 3to 9 p.m. today at the funeral chapel. 
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Les Turner ALS Foundation, Skokie, Ill, would be appreciated. 
For information, (630) 889-1700. 

Melvin E.Faber
Services for Melvin E.Faber, 63, of Roselle, will be held at 10 a.m.Tuesday, at Martin Funeral Home, 333 S.Roselle Road, Roselle. 
Born Oct.22, 1934, in Summerville, Mass.,he died Friday, July 3, 1998, at home.Burial will be in Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin. 
Survivors include his daughter, Tiffany (Tom) Dixon of Schaumburg; and granddaughter, Aubrey Dixon. 
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today, at the funeral home. 
For information, (630) 529-5751. 

Bonita `Bonnie' Franzen
Memorial services for Bonita `Bonnie' Franzen, 66, of West Dundee, will be held at11 a.m. 
Wednesday, at St.Hugh of Lincoln Episcopal Church, 36w957 Highland Ave.,Elgin.The Rev.Thomas A. 
Atamian will officiate. 
Born Feb.12, 1932, in Chicago, the daughter of Wylbur and Thordes Cazel, she died Saturday, July 4, 1998, in her home.Burial will be private in Little Woods Cemetery, Wayne. 
Mrs.Franzen had been a resident of Elgin for more than 25 years before moving to West Dundee two years ago.She was well-known throughout the area as an artist and teacher of art.She was a member of St.Hugh of Lincoln Episcopal Church. 
Survivors include her husband, Leonard; two sons, Eric (Cynthia) Franzen of LeRoy, Ill.and Adam Franzen (fiancee, Bianca) of Elgin; two grandchildren, Lindsey and Alexander; her mother, of Florida; and three brothers, Wylbur (Viola) Cazel of Boca Raton, Fla.,Jack (Jane) Cazel of Prospect Heights and Thomas (Sherri) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 
She was preceded in death by her father. 
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. 
Tuesday, at Laird Funeral Home, 310 S.State St., Elgin. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the church. 
For information, (847) 741-8800. 

Norma C. Haven
A memorial service and reception for Norman C. Haven, 90, will be held at 2 p.m.Wednesday,at The Little Home Church by the Wayside, United Church of Christ, Wayne, Ill. 
Mrs.Haven died Wednesday, July 1, 1998, at St.Vincent Hospital in Carmel, Ind. 
She is survived by her husband, Charles C.Haven; daughter, Jean Adams; granddaughter, Cindy Anne Buckner; grandson, John R. Adams; and six great-grandchildren. 
Memorial gifts may be directed to The Little Home Church, P.O. Box 123, Wayne, IL 60184. 

Laura Heintz
Services for Laura Heintz, 68, of Schaumburg, will be held at 10 a.m. 
Wednesday, at Ahlgrim & Sons Funeral Home, 330 W.Golf Road, Schaumburg. 
Born Nov.13, 1930, in Chicago, she died Saturday, July 4, 1998, in Chicago.Burial will be in St.Joseph Cemetery. 
She was the beloved wife of the late Donald J.Heintz; loving mother of Donald R. (Babette) Heintz and Jackie Legan; devoted grandmother of Evan, Kristie and Donny Heintz, and Karen and Nicole Legan; and dear friend of Leo Ceroni. 
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, at thefuneral home. 
For information, (847) 882-5580. 

Richard Hoving Sr.
Richard Hoving Sr., 71, of Elmhurst, died Saturday, July 4.Arrangements were made by Knollcrest Funeral Home, Lombard, (630) 932-1500. 

Edward D.Lagerstrom
Services for Edward D. Lagerstrom, 70, of Elgin, will be held at 1 p.m.Tuesday, at Laird Funeral Home, 310 S. State St.,Elgin.The Rev.Harold Ross will officiate. 
Born April 25, 1928,in Roselle, the son of Edward E.and Rocele Schultz Lagerstrom, he died Saturday, July 4, 1998, at home.Burial will be in Bluff City Cemetery. 
A resident of Elgin most of his life, he was employed by the City of Elgin as a policeman for 29 years, retiring as Deputy Chief.He was then a partner in B & L Rod and Gun Shop and Pied Piper Tobacco Shop in Elgin, until 1994.He was a veteran serving in the Army Air Corp and a member of Calvary Lutheran Church of Elgin. 
Survivors include his wife, Jean Watson Lagerstrom; sons, Steven M. (Linda) Lagerstrom of Eaton, Colo.and Michael (Rhonda) Lagerstrom of Gilberts; five grandchildren; and sister, Donna (Vernon) Hopp of Elgin. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, David and Douglas Lagerstrom; and sister, Ferne Lois Lagerstrom. 
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today, at the funeral home. 
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. 
For information, (847) 741-8800. 

Silvia H.Lauver
Services for Silvia H.Lauver, 38, of West Chicago, will be held at 7:30 p.m.Tuesday, atNorris-Walen Funeral Home, 132 Fremont St. (one block north of Washington/Geneva Road), West Chicago.The Rev.David Haley will officiate. 
Born Aug.13, 1959, in Germany, she passed away suddenly Thursday, July 2, 1998, at Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield.Burial will be in Germany. 
Mrs.Lauver had resided in West Chicago for the past two years.She was formerly employed at the Family Style Laundry in West Chicago. 
Survivors include her husband, Chris Lauver; daughters, Sabrina and Elanie, at home; sons, Toby and Chris Jr.,at home; parents, Horst and Emmi Fenske of Stuttgart, Germany; sisters, Heide and Dogmar Fenske, both of Germany; and brothers, Ralph and Detteff Fenske, also of Germany. 
Visitation will be from 6 p.m.until the time of services at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. 
For information, (630) 231-0060. 

Harold G. LeRoy
Harold G. LeRoy, 84, of Schaumburg, formerly of Chicago, died June 14, 1998, at Alexian Brothers Medical Center.Arrangements were made by Michaels Funeral Home, (847) 891-2900. 

Oscar O. Maierhofer
Services for Oscar O.Maierhofer, 84, will be held at 11 a.m.Tuesday, at St.Peter Lutheran Church, 111 W. Olive, Arlington Heights. 
Born May 4, 1914, in Skokie, he died Friday, July 3, 1998, at the Lutheran Home for the Aged.Entombment will be in Memory Gardens. 
Mr.Maierhofer was a retired farmer. 
Surviving are his wife, Edna Maierhofer (nee Meyer); daughters, Judy (Donald) Filipp and Joanne (Carl) Stefanik; grandchildren, Brandon, Ashley and Collin Filipp, and Kristin and Kara Stefanik; sisters, Alice (Harold) Bornhoff, Lorraine Peters, Evelyn (Elmer) Sanders and Mildred Carnehl; and many nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by four brothers; and three sisters. 
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. 
today, at Lauterburg & Oehler Funeral Home, 2000 E.Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights.He will also lie in state from 10 a.m.until the time of services at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at the church. 
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. 
For information, (847) 253-5423. 

Bernice M.Maskalunas (nee Shimalius)
Bernice M.Maskalunas (nee Shimalius), 85, of Long Grove, died Saturday, July 4.  Arrangements were made by Grove Memorial Chapel, Buffalo Grove, (847) 215-6656. 

Don R.Miller 
Funeral services for Don R. Miller, 72, of Lake Zurich, formerly a 31-year resident ofDes Plaines, will be held at 9:15 a.m.Wednesday, Friedrichs Funeral Home, 320 W.Central Road at Northwest Hwy.,Mount Prospect, followed by a 10 a.m.Mass at St. Zachary Church. 
Born Nov.8, 1925, in Milton, Pa., he died Saturday, July 4, 1998, at his home.Interment will be in Maryhill Cemetery. 
Self-employed as a tool and die designer, Mr.Miller was the owner of Don Miller Designs.He was active in both the Cub and Boy Scouts, and he also coached Midget football and Little League.He was an Air Force veteran of World War II. 
Survivors include his wife, Genevieve (nee Grempke) Miller; sons, Michael (Dianne), Kevin (Rae Beth) and the late Keith Miller; daughter, Dawn Miller; grandchildren, Tracy, Dustan, Amanda, Bryce, Sara and Joshua Jennings; brothers, David, Alan and the late George Miller; and sister, Nancy Miller. 
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. 
For information, (847) 255-7800. 

Nancy L. O'Brien
A special memorial gathering for the family, friends and business associates of Nancy L.O'Brien (nee Duerr), 48, of Palatine, will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m.Sunday, July 12, at the Forest Grove Athletic Club, 1760 N.Hicks Road, Palatine. 
Born Nov.4, 1949, to M.Loretta (nee Osoleng) Duerr and F.Charles Duerr, she died Tuesday, June 30, 1998, at Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights. 
Nancy graduated from Warren Township High School in Gurnee as valedictorian in 1967.She later graduated with honors, and as a member of Phi BetaKappa, from the University of Texas at Austin in 1971, with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. 
In 1978 she earned her MBA from DePaul University. 
Nancy worked in banking, mortgage banking and the financial industry for more than 25 years.Most recently, during her first year with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in Rolling Meadows, she was one of their top sales executives.She served as an officer and board member for many years with the Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association (IMBA) and was also a member of the National Networking for Sales Professionals (NNSP). 
Nancy loved being outdoors, playing golf and tennis, and was an active member of the Forest Grove Athletic Club in Palatine. 
She is survived by her mother, M. Loretta Duerr of Grayslake; her sister, Joanne L. (Larry Wolfe) Duerr of Austin; her much-loved cousins, Tressa, Gerald, Aaron and Scott Glassman; and her aunts, Charlotte M.Hinton of Chicago and Helen D. McKechnie of Elmwood. 
She was predeceased by her father, F.Charles Duerr. 
The Nancy L.O'Brien Memorial Fund has been established with St. Paul Federal Bank, 3901 Kirchoff Road, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. 
Arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Ltd., Grayslake. 
For information, (847) 223-8122. 

Karen L. Robinson
Services for Karen L.Robinson, 43, of Warrenville, will be held at noon today, at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, 44 S.Mill St.,Naperville. 
Born Sept.7, 1954, in Portage, Wis.,she died Friday, July 3, 1998, at Central DuPage Hospital after a long battle with anorexia nervosa. 
Interment will be in Warrenville Cemetery. 
Among her special interests, Karen enjoyed making crafts and was an avid reader. 
Surviving are her husband, Bill Robinson; brothers, Elton (Gladys) Ellis of Briggsville, Wis.,and Arnold (Denise) Ellis of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.;sister, Anita Ellis of Madison, Wis.;stepmother, Lucy Ellis of Portage; and many nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Willard and Loraine Ellis. 
Visitation will be from 10 a.m.until the time of services at noon today, at the funeral home. 
Memorials made to the Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders Association would be greatly appreciated. 
For information, (630) 355-0213. 

Christine M.Schmitt 
A funeral Mass for Christine M. 
Schmitt (nee Clarke), 50, of Mount Prospect, formerlyof Des Plaines and Chicago, will be celebrated at 10 a.m.Tuesday, at St.Emily Church. 
Born Sept.9, 1947, in Chicago, she died Saturday, July 4, 1998, at home. 
Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines. 
Mrs.Schmitt was a supervisor in the return department of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group in Des Plaines for 12 years. 
Survivors include her husband, William J.Schmitt of Mount Prospect; son, Thomas R. (Sheila) Schmitt of Ripley, Ill.;daughter, Lisa M.Schmitt of Mount Prospect; grandchildren, Ridgeway Schmitt of Ripley, Stephanie Johnston of MountProspect, and Brian Johnston of Mount Prospect; mother, Donna Clarke of Des Plaines; brothers, Frank (Cathie) Clarke of Lombard and Thomas (Debbie) Clarke of Des Plaines; and many nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death byher father, Frank Clarke. 
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today, at Oehler Funeral Home, 555 Lee St.,Des Plaines. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials made to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated. 
For information, (847) 824-5155. 

Louis R.Schurr
Prayers for Louis R.Schurr, 86, of Buffalo Grove, will be said at 9:30 a.m.Tuesday, at Grove Memorial Chapel, 195 N.Buffalo Grove Rd. (two blocks north of Lake-Cook Rd.), Buffalo Grove.Mass will follow at 10 a.m.at St.Mary Church, Buffalo Grove. 
Born in Chicago, Mr.Schurr died Saturday, July 4, 1998, at Claremont Nursing Home.Interment will be in St.Mary Cemetery. 
He was the beloved brother of Helen C.Schurr and Annette (Edward) Schubert and the late Hilda (Alfred) Carlson, Frieda Schurr, Louise Schurr, Gertrude Schurr, Marie Schurr and Margaret Andrew; and loving uncle of many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. 
Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. until the time of prayers Tuesday, at the funeral home. 
For information, (847) 215-6656. 

Frances J.Simetz
Services for Frances J.Simetz, 81, of Palatine, will be held at 7 p.m. 
Tuesday, at Arlington Heights Evangelical Free Church, 1331 N.Belmont, Arlington Heights. 
Born July 12, 1916, in Chicago, she died Thursday, July 2, 1998, at Northwest Continuing Care, Arlington Heights.Burial will be in Randhill Park, Palatine. 
Mrs.Simetz was a retired executive secretary in the field of banking and real estate.She was also a member ofthe Arlington Heights Evangelical Free Church for 25 years. 
Survivors include her sons, Edward (Hou Li-Chu) Simetz of Berkeley, Calif.,and Greg Simetz of Chicago; and many nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward C.Simetz. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Indigenous Environmental Network, P.O. Box 485, Bemidji, MN 56619. 
Arrangements were made by Ahlgrim & Sons Funeral Home, Palatine. 
For information, (847) 358-7411. 

Otto J.Stegemann
A funeral Mass for Otto J. Stegemann of Inverness will be celebrated at 10 a.m.Wednesday, at St. 
Theresa Catholic Church, Palatine. 
Born in 1928, he died Saturday, July 4, 1998, at home.Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines. 
Mr.Stegemann came to Chicago from Bonn, Germany, in 1953, with his wife, Hedwig, and their three children.That same year he began what became his lifelong career at General Exhibits and Displays, Inc.Starting as a machinist, he worked his way up into positions of increasing responsibility with the company. 
Over time, his enthusiasm, attention to detail, and dedication, led to his appointment as executive vice president of the company.As his reputation grew, he laid the foundation for what was to become one of the premier museumand tradeshow exhibit builders in the world.In 1984 he purchased the business and became sole owner and chief executive officer. 
Bringing his sons into the business, he moved the company to a much larger facility where the business steadily grew.Otto Stegemann and General Exhibits and Displays became synonymous.Otto's handshake was more binding than any contract. 
Mr.Stegemann's legacy includes museums all over the world.His projects included many exhibits at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, the Smithsonian Museum of Air and Space, the Hong Kong Museum, the Saudi Arabian Museum of Science and Technology, and the Motorola Corporate Museum, to name just a few.His last three projects, the Long Beach Aquarium, the Petronais Museum of Technology in Kuala Lumpur, and the Motorola Beijing Museum, were just completed this past Spring. 
He is survived by his wife, Hedwig Stegemann (nee Boeckmann); sons, Fred (Kathy), Gerhard (Theresa) and George (Ellen); daughter, Christel (Philip) Kedzie; grandchildren, Erik (Charissa), Mark, Heida, Bridget, Alex, Noreen, Stephen, Karl and Emily; and sisters, Agnes (Theo) Czok of Chicago, Hedwig Dernac and Anna Stegemann. 
He was preceded in death by his brother, Georg Stegemann of Germany; and sister, Maria Stegemann of Germany. 
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. 
Tuesday, at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 185 E.Northwest Highway, Palatine. 
Memorials may be made to Rainbow Hospice, 1550 N.Northwest Highway, Suite #220, Park Ridge, IL 60068. 
For information, (847) 359-8020. 

Hilda Sweet Wilson
A memorial Mass for Hilda Sweet Wilson, 87, of St.Charles, will be celebrated at 10 a.m.Tuesday, at St. 
Patrick's Church, 408 Cedar St., St. Charles, with Fr.Joseph B.Linster officiating. 
Born April 25, 1911, in New Vienna, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Anna (nee Hageman) Oberbrockling, she died Saturday, July 4, 1998, at Delnor Community Hospital, Geneva. 
Burial will be in Whitney Cemetery, St.Charles. 
Hilda had made her home in St. Charles for the past 41 years.She retired from Colson's Department Store in St.Charles after 31 years of service to generations of children.She was very knowledgeable concerning the childrens department and was very helpful, especially to mothers, in choosing just the right size or color of clothing.Hilda was also a devoted Cubs fan. 
She is survived by her children, Tom (Nanci) Sweet of St.Charles and Nancy (Ed) Roehling of Litchfield Park, Ariz.;her beloved grandchildren, Julie Sweet of Woodridge, Patti (Eliot) Kaufman of Golden, Colo., Tom (Debbie) Sweet of St.Charles, Susan (Frank) Buysse of Bellevue, Wash.,Sandy Roehling of Redlands, Calif.and Steve Roehling of Tempe, Ariz.;two great-grandsons, Jacob and Thomas; her sisters, Silvia Biehl of Monticello, Iowa, Clara Leigh of Dyersville, Iowa and Alice Kinister of Milwaukee, Wis.;and brother, Leonard Oberbrockling of Odgen, Utah. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Myron Sweet; a brother, Gilbert Oberbroeckling; and her sister, Loretta Lucas. 
Contributions may be made to St. Patrick's Church (address listed above). 
Arrangements were made by Norris Funeral Home, 100 S. Third St.,St.Charles. 
For information, (630) 584-2000 or www.Norris FH.com 

Rueben L.Wucki 
Services for Rueben L.Wucki, 62, of Gilberts, formerly of Carpentersville, will be held at 11:30 a.m.Tuesday, at Miller Funeral Home, 504 W. 
Main St.,West Dundee. 
Born July 15, 1935, in Marshfield, Wis.,he died Saturday, July 4, 1998, at Provena St.Joseph Hospital, Elgin.Burial will be in River Valley Memorial Gardens, West Dundee. 
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Shirley A.Wucki (nee Jungers), whom he married July 16, 1955; sons, Michael (Jeanie) Wucki of Genoa and Robert (Dawn) Wucki of Marengo; daughters, Michelle Wucki of Gilberts and Robin (Michael) Elston of South Elgin; mother, Emma Wucki (nee Perner) of Babcock, Wis.;brothers, Roger and Ronald Wucki, both of Babcock; and 11 grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Leo Wucki. 
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today, at the funeral home. 
For information, (847) 426-3436.


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