Miscellaneous Cook County, Illinois Obituaries


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Auto Businessman
Leonard J. Ostrenga, 68, of Prospect Hts., owner of Len & Jon's Auto Repair and Towing until 1996, died Mar. 13 in his home.
A funeral mass for him will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today (Friday) at St. Catherine Laboure Church. Burial will be private in the family plot.
He worked 31 years for International Harvester Co. (now Navistar) and then went into the auto repair and towing business.
Surviving are his widow, Mary (nee Huckaby; sons Anthony (Mary Jane) Lewis and Michael (Anne) Ostrenga; daughters Andrea (Mark) Gunn and Rebecca (Bill) Reuber; and a brother, Donald (Vallie). Plus 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Oehler Funeral Home, Des Plaines.

Church, Hospital Volunteer
Services for Julia M. Abbott, 84, were held Friday, March 8, at Oehler Funeral Home in Des Plaines. Burial took place in Mrs. Abbott's birthplace of Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Mrs. Abbott lived in Prospect Hts. and later Des Plaines. She was a volunteer at the First Congregational Church of Des Plaines and at the Continuing Care Center at Northwest Community Hospital.
Mrs. Abbott was preceded in death by her husband John. She is survived by her children Dr. D. Monty (Rachel) Abbott and John (Susanne) Abbott; and grandchildren Nicole, Gabriel and Amanda.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lutheran Home in Arlington Hts. and the First Congregational Church of Des Plaines are appreciated.

U.S. Navy Veteran
Robert P. Johnson, 52, of Hanover Park, died March 9 at Alexian Brothers Hospital in Elk Grove Village.
Mr. Johnson was born in Chicago on December 12, 1948 and served in the United States Navy.
He is survived by his wife, Leola A. (nee Hasz); his sons - Steven R. of Schaumburg, David J. (Robin) of Oregon, Robert W. of Hanover Park, James R. (Eileen) of Antioch, Jason A. and Jeffery of California; his brothers - Richard Johnson, James (Sandy) Johnson,, Steve (Alice) Johnson; his sisters - Virginia (Gene) Kerstein, Shirley (Tom) Sheu, Joan (Joe) Piriano, Paulette (Dennis) O'Brian, Sharon (John) Bartlett, Debbie Strope and Helen Zapar. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Audrie (the late Alfred) Hasz; his grandchildren - Melissa, Amanda, Racquel, James, Jacob, Alex, Brenden and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held at Oehler Funeral Home in Des Plaines on Monday, Mar. 12. Church services were held at Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Des Plaines on Tuesday, Mar. 13, with burial following at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Arlington Hts.

Sugar Bowl Waitress
Blanche Jonas, 80, of Des Plaines, died on Feb. 23 in Hampton Plaza nursing home in Niles.
Born Feb. 26, 1920, Mrs. Jonas was a waitress at Sugar Bowl Restaurant in downtown Des Plaines and before that worked a Ben Franklin/City Products in Des Plaines for 20 years.
Mrs. Jonas is survived by sons Bill Jonas, Jr. of New Orleans, La., Terry Jonas of Boca Raton, Fla., and Mark Jonas of Des Plaines. She was preceded in death by her husband William ³Shorty² Jonas, and late brothers Jerry Ulrich and Frank Ulrich, Jr.
Funeral services were held on Feb. 26 at Oehler Funeral Home in Des Plaines.

Des Plaines Resident for 50 years
Helen E. Struebing, 90, died Jan. 11. She was born in April of 1910. A resident of Des Plaines for 50 years, Mrs. Struebing volunteered her time, worked at the polls, and participated in both the Women¹s Club and also at her church, Grace Lutheran in Mt. Prospect.
Helen began her teaching career in Des Plaines in the 1950¹s by tutoring students at home.
After her children were in South School, Mrs. Struebing began teaching Language Arts at the old Thacker Jr. High.
After she retired in the mid-1970¹s, Mrs. Struebing took up a position with the Spark¹s program, working with kids before and after school. She also kept busy golfing and was very proud of her 4 hole-in-ones at Lake Opeka, swimming at Rand Park, and gardening.
Helen is survived by her daughters, Karen S. Swigert and Lynne (Thomas) S. Cooper; grandchildren, Laurel and Justin Swigert, and Jennifer and David Cooper; great-grandchild, Ashley Lynne; brother, Karl (Lorraine) Sturnick; and niece, Dr. Judith Sturnick. She was preceded in death by her husband, Al Struebing in 1995.

Born in Germany
Margaret Bork, 83, died Feb. 8, in University Hospital. She was born Jan. 29, 1918 in Germany.
A resident of Niles, Margaret worked as a clerk.
She is survived by her daughters, Mary (Morris) Sheltraw and Francene (Karl) Goldschmitt; son, Mark (Debra) Bork; nine grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Feb. 12 in Skaja Terrace Funeral home, Niles. Burial will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation was held Feb. 11 in the funeral home.

Park Ridge Resident
Joseph D. Cozzi, 66, of Park Ridge died Mar. 12 at Resurrection Medical Center.
He is the husband of Jeanette (nee Jankovic) for 47 years; father of Michael (Barbara), Mark (Darlene), Martin (Barb), Matthew and Abby; grandfather of Monica, Nicole Deanna, Amanda, Christopher, Arika, Ashley, Lauren, Melissa, Kristen and Brett.
Memorial mass will be Saturday, Mar. 17, at 10:00 a.m. in Mary, Seat of Wisdom Church, 920 Granville at Cumberland, Park Ridge.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or American Diabetes Foundation.
Arrangements were made by Nelson Funeral Home, Park Ridge.

Born in Italy
Funeral service for Liborio Fruscione, 61, was held Feb. 21 in Skaja Terrace Funeral Home, Niles.
Mr. Fruscione died Feb. 17 in Lutheran General Hospital. He was born May 22, 1939 in Italy.
Liborio was a resident of Niles was worked in maintenance.
He is survived by his wife, Lucia; sons, Larry (Lauren), Luca and Leo Fruscione; daughter, Lori (Chris) Schroeder; brothers, Charlie (Franca), Vince (Eleanore), Joe (Marije) and Salvatore Fruscione; sisters, Rosalia and Grace Fruscione; and four grandchildren.
Burial was held in All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines. Visitation was held Feb. 20 in the funeral home.

Park Ridge Resident
William Sam Spacek, 83, died Feb. 13 at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge.
Spacek was a resident of Park Ridge.
He is survived by his wife, Ella (nee Dolezel); son, James (Mary Lou) Spacek; daughter, Francine Spacek; and sister, Vlasta (Lou) Stejpal. Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 19 at Nelson Funeral Home, Park Ridge. Mr. Gregory Spacek officiated. Burial was private.

Des Plaines Resident for 40 years
June W. Sperling (nee Werner), 80, died Mar. 23 in Park Ridge. She was born June 6, 1920 in New Jersey.
Mrs. Sperling was a resident of Des Plaines for 40 years. She was a member of the P.E.O., a volunteer at Lutheran General Hospital for 40 years, and president of the service league twice.
June is survived by her daughter Daryl (Wagdi) Habib; nephews, Michael (Jessica) Habib and Daniel Moussa; nieces, Mary Habib, Miriam Moussa, Angela Moussa, Mary Moussa and Therese Moussa; and great-nephew, Mathieu Habib. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert D. Sperling.
Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, Mar. 28, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Martin¹s Episcopal Church, 1095 Thacker, Des Plaines. Burial will be in Ridgewood Cemetery, Des Plaines. Visitation was held, Tuesday, Mar. 27 at G.L. Hills Funeral Home, Des Plaines.
Memorials may be made to Coptic Orphans, P.O. Box 2881, Merrifield, VA. 22116.

Worked Chicago Streets and Sanitation for 40 years
Charles ³Bud² Cigrang, 82, died Friday, Mar. 23 at Northwest Community Hospital. He was born Dec. 9, 1918 in Chicago.
Mr. Cigrang was a resident of Des Plaines. He worked as a truck driver for City of Chicago, Streets and Sanitation for over 40 years before retiring in 1978.
Charles is survived by his wife, Ann (nee Kubica); sons, Robert T. (Phyllis) Cigrang of Chicago, Tim (Donna) Cigrang of Cary, and David (Margaret) Cigrang of Chicago; daughter, Kathy (Robert) Erickson of Des Plaines; grandchildren, Emily (Larry) Mann, Aileen Erickson, Brian, Mary-Anna, Katie, Sarah, Michelle, Katherine, Renee and Danny Cigrang; and sister, Sr. Joseph Mary Cigrang OP. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert D. Cigrang.
Funeral mass was held Monday, Mar. 26 in St. Mary Church, Des Plaines. Burial was in All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines. Visitation was held Sunday, Mar. 25 in Oehler Funeral Home, Des Plaines.

Long-Time Des Plaines Resident
A memorial service will be held at a later date for William J. Nesbit, 88, a former resident of Des Plaines and Park Ridge.
Mr. Nesbit died Tuesday, March 20, in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was the sales manager for his family's business for many years, and a resident of the Des Plaines-Park Ridge area for over 50 years.
Mr. Nesbit was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Zendella Beasecker Nesbit, his brother James, and sister Hester.
Survivors include his three sons William Jr. (Cora), David (Ruth) and Phillip (Gail); eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; two-great-great-grandchildren; three nieces and a nephew.
Memorial contributions can be made to the building maintenance fund for the Congregational Church, 766 Graceland Ave., Des Plaines.

Longtime Des Plaines Resident
Funeral services for Marie E. Armborst (nee Meinshausen) will be held today, Wednesday, Mar. 28, at 1:30 p.m. in Immanuel Lutheran Church, 955 Lee St., Des Plaines.
Mrs. Armborst, 93, died Mar. 25, in St. Matthew Lutheran Home. She was born May 6, 1907.
A resident of Park Ridge, Mrs. Armborst formerly resided in Des Plaines for 81 years.
Marie is survived by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Armborst; brothers, George and Fred (late Lucille) Meinshausen; and sister, Dorothy (late Elmer) Peterson.
Burial will be held in Ridgewood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Mar. 28 at 12:45 p.m. in the church.
Arrangements were handled by Oehler Funeral Home, Des Plaines. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Died at age 103
Funeral services for Rufus S. Holbrook were held on Monday, Mar. 26 in the Ryan-Parke Funeral Home, Park Ridge.
Mr. Holbrook, 103, died Mar. 22, in Bement Health Care Center, Bement, IL. He was born in Park Ridge in 1897 and was a resident for nearly 99 years.
A W.W.I Army Veteran, Rufus was employed by Napelton Cadillac of Park Ridge and its predecessor agencies for 75 years, retiring in 1985. Mr. Holbrook is survived by his sons, Joseph S. (Barbara) and Stanley D. (Florence); nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna E., four sisters, one brother and long time companion, Fran Johnson.
Visitation was held Sunday, Mar. 25 in the funeral home. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery, River Grove.
Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 2835 W. Balmorel Ave., Chicago, IL, Bement Health Care Center, 601 N. Morgan, Bement, IL 61818 or the charity of your choice.

Counter Sales
Kenneth Larek, 57, died Mar. 19 in Glenbridge Nursing Home in Niles. He was born Sept. 22, 1943 in Chicago.
A resident of Glenview, Mr. Larek worked in counter sales for a home improvement company.
He is survived by his wife, Maria (nee Kuzdra); daughter, Lisa Larek; son, David Larek; brothers, Danny, Steve, Charlie, and Larry Gajewski; and mother, Vera Gajewski.
Funeral mass was celebrated Thursday Mar. 22, in St. ISAAC Jogues Church. Burial was in St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles. Visitation was private.

Niles Resident
Funeral services for Agnes Beaulieu (nee Ricca) were held Tuesday, Mar. 20, in St. Isaac Jogues Church.
Mrs. Beaulieu, 94, died Mar. 16 in Niles. She was born Sept. 30, 1906 in Meterie, LA.
Agnes was a resident of Niles.
Mrs. Beaulieu is survived by son, Edmund (Gabriela) Beaulieu; daughter, Andrea (Richard) Anderson; and grandchildren, Michael, Thomas, John and Diego Beaulieu, as well as Richard Anderson, Noreen Christianson and Jeanne Alanzo. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo; and siblings, Frank, James, Leona and Sr. Mary Andrea.
Visitation was private. Burial was held in St. Joseph Cemetery, River Grove. Arrangements were handled by Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Niles.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Disease Association.

Part of the Maryville community
John T. Clancy, 68, died Friday, Mar. 23. He was born Nov. 20, 1933. John grew up an orphan at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines. He left Maryville for only four years to serve in the Air Force.
He returned to Maryville where he worked in electrical and maintenance for 42 years.
John was a self taught man who became a electrician of trade,² said Father Ryan.
Mr. Clancy worked hard, putting in over 16 hours a day, teaching at the trade school and eventually moving on to become operational coordinator for many of the Academy¹s summer fundraising events.
John is survived by his wife, Maryanne; and children, Michael, Patrick, Barbara, and Myra.
Funeral mass was celebrated on Monday, Mar. 26, at the Maryville chapel. Mr. Clancy¹s body was cremated and additional services were privately held.

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