Miscellaneous Cook County, Illinois Obituaries - 2001

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JAMES A. WILLISON
Retired Des Plaines Police Officer
James A., "Jim," Willison, 78, passed away Dec. 22 at Cooksville Regional Hospital, Cooksville, TN. Visitation was held Wednesday, Dec. 26 at Oehler Funeral Home, Des Plaines. Funeral Services at Oehler Funeral Home will be held 11 a.m. today, Dec. 27.
Mr. Willison was born Sept. 20, 1923 in Benwood, WV. He was a Des Plaines Police Officer for 20 years, and is a former Des Plaines resident. Mr. Willison was preceded in death by his wife, Betty J. Willison (nee Fredricks). He is survived by son, Dennis J. (Jaye) Willison; daughter Lynn H. (Jerald) Kehe; brothers Herald (Rose), Charles (Irene), and Ellsworth (Nel) Willison; grandchildren Stephanie, Jerald Jr., and Christine Kehe, Jayme, Grant, and Brent Willison; and his caring friend Bobbie Schremser.

IRENE J. GOCZKOWSKI
Mt. Prospect resident
A funeral Mass was held Dec. 22 for Irene J. Goczkowski (nee Strzalke), 81, a longtime resident of Mt. Prospect. She passed away Dec. 19 at Alden Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Des Plaines.
Mrs. Goczkowski worked 19 years for Alden Catalog. She was a member of the St. Stanislaus B. & M. Ladies Altar and Rosary.
She was preceded in death by her husband Stanley P.; her brother Joseph (late Lillian) Strzalke; sisters Antoinette (late Zigmund) Stecki, Stephanie "Helen" (late Vernon) Landeen, Marie (late Dick) Clark and Bernice (late Adolph) Mroz. She is survived by her sons Ronald (Joanne) Goczkowski of Des Plaines, Gary (Janice) Goczkowski of Des Plaines and Gregory (Alice) Goczkowski of Cary; grandchildren Scott (Kristen), Douglas, Andrew, Amanda, Marcia and Karin; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Emtombment is in Maryhill Cemetery, Niles. Memorials may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, American Cancer Society, Maryville Academy, Des Plaines, or the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.

GENE D. KIELHOFER
Former CEO
A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 24 for Gene D. Kielhofer, 80, a former longtime resident of Park Ridge. He passed away Dec. 18 in Boynton Beach, Fla.
Mr. Kielhofer was the former CEO of Neumann-Buslee & Wolfe, Inc. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he was an active member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He served as a naval pilot during World War II, rising to the rank of Lt. Commander.
Mr. Kielhofer is survived by his wife, Phyllis; children John (Bobbie) Kielhofer, Craig Kielhofer, Gail (Dominic) Olson, Kelly (Robert) Thomas, Todd (Cheryl) Jones and Neal (Cathy) Jones; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Janice.
Entombment is in St. Joseph Mausoleum, River Grove. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Bethesda Hospital Foundation or Hospice By The Sea are appreciated.

IRENE TRYBUS
Niles Resident
Funeral services were held Oct. 30 for Irene Trybus (nee Guttman), 87, of Niles. Visitation was held Oct. 29 at Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Niles. She passed away Oct. 26 at Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago. Mrs. Trybus was born Aug. 7, 1914 in Chicago. She was a factory laborer. She was preceded in death by her husband William; and parents John and Wanda Guttman. Mrs. Trybus is survived by child Gerri Trybus.

LOUIS LA ROSA
Niles Resident
Funeral services were held Nov. 12 for Louis La Rosa, 59, of Niles.
Interment followed at St. Joseph Cemetery in River Grove, IL. Visitation was held Nov. 11 at Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Niles. He passed away Nov. 9 at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.
Mr. La Rosa was born Feb. 8, 1942 in Chicago. He was an electrician. Mr. La Rosa is survived by wife Mary Lou (nee Parker); daughters Mary Christine (Bernard) Cottone, and Tina (James) Sonsalla; son Michael (Joanna) La Rosa; and grandchildren Nicholas and Sarah Cottone, and Joseph La Rosa.

VIOLET L. BALKONIS
Former Niles Resident
Funeral services were held Nov. 2 for Violet L. Balkonis (nee Palis), 88, formerly of Niles, at St. John Brebeuf Church. Interment followed at Maryhill Cemetery. Visitation was held Nov. 1 at Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Niles. She passed away Oct. 25 at Vista Hospice Home, Gilbert, AZ.
Mrs. Balkonis was born Jan. 16, 1913 in Southbend, IN. She was a restaurant manager.
Mrs. Balkonis is survived by daughters Gloria (Ken) Mack, and Linda Dahlberg; grandchildren Valerie Dahlberg, Kimber (Jeff) Bereiter, Denise (Jeff) Lee, and Christie Mack; and great grandchildren Robby Bereiter and Jeffie Lee.

WILLIAM R. SALZMANN
Des Plaines Resident
Funeral services were held Jan. 16 for William R. Salzmann, 85, of Des Plaines. He passed away Jan. 9 at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Visitation was held Jan. 16 at Grove Memorial Chapel in Elk Grove Village. Mr. Salzmann was born Oct. 16, 1916 in Oak Park, IL. He was an accountant for the Drake Hotel and the Arlington Park Racetrack. Mr. Salzmann was a veteran of World War II and a member of the 4th Presbyterian Church in Chicago and the 1st Presbyterian Church in Des Plaines.
Mr. Salzmann was preceded in death by his wife, Martha (nee Lattimer). He is survived by son, William J. Salzmann; and grandson, William T. Salzmann.

PAULINE V. CORNOG
Des Plaines resident
Funeral services were held Tuesday for Pauline V. Cornog (nee Burt) of Des Plaines. Mrs. Cornog passed away Jan. 12 at Holy Family Hospital. She was born April 26, 1916 in Philadelphia. She was a receptionist at the First National Bank for 15 years, a member of the St. Mary Church Guild and the Des Plaines Homemakers.
Mrs. Cornog was preceded in death by her husband Andrew. She is survived by her sons Robert A. (Virginia) Cornog of Lake Forest and A. Paul (Geraldine) Cornog of North Wales, Penn.; grandchildren Robert A. (Margaret) Cornog, Jr. of Chicago, Andrea (Kevin) Kenealey of Whitefish Bay, Wisc., Jamie (Chris) Wood of Old Greenwich, Conn., Shannon (Pat) Nolan of Orlando, Fla., and Samantha Cornog of Washington, D.C.; and four great-grandchildren. Entombment is in All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines. In lieu of flowers, masses appreciated.

ARLENE MERSCH
Des Plaines resident
Funeral services were held Dec. 29 for Arlene Mersch (nee Kuhl), at Colonial Funeral Home in Niles. Mrs. Mersch passed away Dec. 26 at her residence in Des Plaines. She was 81.
Mrs. Mersch was preceded in death by her husband William; her brothers John and Jacob Kuhl; and her sisters Gertrude Cranston, Catherine Dethlafsen and Mildred Du Pont. She was the loving aunt of many. Interment is in All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines.

JACK TURNEY
Army veteran
Funeral services were held Jan. 3 for Jack Turney, at Our Lady of Ransom Church. Mr. Turney, 81, passed away Dec. 31 at Oakton Pavilion in Des Plaines. He was a former mechanic with a truck company and a veteran with the U.S. Army.
Mr. Turney is survived by his wife Bernice (nee Lux); sons Robert (Maralyn); John, retired Chicago Police Dept.; and Donald, of the Chicago Police Dept.; brother James O. (late Norma); seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was the fond uncle of Patrick and Linda. Interment is in Maryhill Cemetery in Niles. Memorial contributions may be made to Nazarethville, 300 N. River Rd., Des Plaines; Union Local #701; Gladstone American Legion Post #777; or the River Park Moose Lodge # 2578.

CLAYTON T. KREIN
Army veteran
Funeral services were held Jan. 3 for Clayton T. Krein, of Niles. Mr. Krein passed away Dec. 27 at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. He was born July 23, 1909 in Chicago and was a veteran with the U.S. Army. He worked as a floriculturist for the Chicago Park District for 42 years.
Mr. Krein was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth; brother Martin; and parents John and Bess Krein. He is survived by his daughter Mary Ann (John) Hanna of Niles; brother Leroy (Evelyn) Krein; and grandchildren Frances, John, Daniel and Matthew Hanna. Interment is in All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines.

ANTHONY BALKONIS
Army veteran
Funeral services were held Jan. 11 for Anthony Balkonis of Niles. Mr. Balkonis, 86, passed away Jan. 9 at St. Andrew Life Center in Niles. He was a veteran with the U.S. Army and had a career in management. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sophie and parents Walter and Josephine Balkonis. He is survived by his daughter Barbara Barrett of Wilmette.
Interment is in Fairview Memorial Park in Northlake.

KENNETH JOHN SCHMIDT
Park Ridge Resident
Funeral services were held Jan. 7 for Kenneth John Schmidt, 61, of Park Ridge. He passed away Jan. 4 at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Visitation was held Jan. 6 at the Ryan-Parke Funeral Home in Park Ridge. Entombment followed in All Saints Mausoleum.
Mr. Schmidt, a longtime resident of Park Ridge, was born Nov. 3, 1940. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a retired employee of United Parcel Service (UPS). Mr. Schmidt was preceded in death by brothers Robert and James. He is survived by his wife Diana (nee Pernice); son David J. (Lisa) Schmidt; daughter Vicki (David) Farmer; grandchildren Kaitlin and Alexis Schmidt, Rebecca and Abigail Farmer; and brother Donald (Mary Lou) Schmidt.

IRENE J. WARRUS
Blue Print Operator
A funeral service for Irene J. Warrus, 91, of Park Ridge, was held on Friday, Jan. 4 at Skaja Terrace Funeral Home in Niles Visitation was held on Thursday, Jan. 3 at the funeral home. She was buried at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Niles.
Mrs. Warrus was born in Chicago on Nov. 18, 1910 and died on Monday, Dec. 31 at her home in Park Ridge. She is survived by granddaughter, Debra Matts.

JANICE V. VAN LANEN
Park Ridge resident
A funeral mass for Janice V. Van Lanen, 74, of Park Ridge, was celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 12 at St. Juliana Church in Chicago. Visitation was held on Friday, Jan. 11 at Skaja Terrace Funeral Home in Niles. Burial was private.
She was born in Chicago on Jan. 8, 1928 and died on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Mrs. Van Lanen is survived by husband, Harvey; daughters, Sharon Lohse and Delores and son, Roy.

Chicago Daily News 1918:
BRENN, Henry, Dec. 6, 1918 aged 60 years, late of 5116 S Hoyne Av, beloved husband of Mary and fond father of John H, William, Louis, Herman, Reinhart, Charles, Phillip, Helen, Louisa and Alvina Brenn. Funeral Tues, Dec 10 at 2 pm from chapel 5143 S Ashland Ave. by autos to Evergreen cemetery. LaPorte (Ind) papers please copy.

Chicago Tribune 1976-02-08 
BRENN. Louis Brenn, age 84, of Brookfield, beloved husband of the late Ethel, nee Curtis; fond father of Richard (Marilyn), Dolores (Charles) Grimm, Betty Lou (Robert) Bestler, Patricia (Douglas) Wander, D. Jack (Honee) and Marlys (Jerry) Burdett; grandfather of 17; great-grandfather of 14. Resting at Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 W. 31st St., Brookfield. Funeral Tuesday, 1 p.m. Interment Mt. Auburn. Visitation Monday, after 12 noon. 485-2000.

Chicago Tribune, Tuesday Oct 12, 1982. Section 1, page 14.
BESTLER. Edward Thomas Bestler, age 90, beloved husband of the late Marle and Mary; loving father of Ann Spicer Hulman and Dr. J. Michael Bestler of Martinsville, VA; grandfather of 13; great-grandfather of 12. No visitation. Mass of the Resurrection 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Cletus Church, La Grange. Interment Queen of Heaven.

Chicago Tribune, Tuesday August 12, 1982, Section 4, Page 14.
BESTLER. Mary Bestler, 86, beloved wife of Edward T. and the late George Voss; loving mother of George and Richard Voss and Jane Hysell; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral Friday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m. at Hanerhoff Funeral Home, 203 N. Main St., Wheaton. Interment Parkholm. 668-0027.
 

Chicago Tribune, Tuesday August 12, 1982, Section 4, Page 14.
BESTLER. Mary Bestler, 86, beloved wife of Edward T. and the late George Voss; loving mother of George and Richard Voss and Jane Hysell; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral Friday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m. at Hanerhoff Funeral Home, 203 N. Main St., Wheaton. Interment Parkholm. 668-0027.

Chicago Tribune Wed 17 Aug 1960 pg7
Frank J. Bouchard of 9410 Congress Park Ave., Brookfield, IL, beloved husband of Marie B; father of Walter L, Harold F., Brookfield, and the late Ethel; brother of Fred, Chicago, Cora Morrow, Chicago, Mabel McGrath, Crystal Lake, Mellie Wright, NH, Emma Thompson, Chicago, and the late Arthur, Henry, Louise, and Della; 11 grandchildren; 15 g-grandchildren. Resting at chapel, 40 S. Ashland Ave., La Grange, after 7pm Wednesday. Funeral 10 a.m., Friday at St. Barbara's Church, Brookfield. Internment Queen of Heaven cemetery.

Chicago Daily News p33
Louis Z. Bouchard, May 27, 1923, beloved husband of Cordelia (nee Damour), fond father of Frank, Fred, Henry, Louis, Arthur, Mrs. John Moreau, Mrs. Matthew McGrath, Mrs. Edward Wright and Mrs. Clarence Thompson. Funeral Wed, May 30, at 10am from late residence, 832 S. Clarence Ave, Oak Park, to Ascension Church, Oak Park, where solemn high mass will be celebrated. Burial Mount Carmel.

Obituary-John Stenger-Naperville, IL:
John Stenger departed this life at his home on Washington street early Wednesday morning, April 26, 1911, from heart disease, aged 85 years and 8 months. He was born at Gramchatz, Bavaria, Germany, Aug 29, 1825, and came to America in 1846, engaging himself in carpentering in NY for a short time, then came to Naperville, Ill. In 1848 he sailed from NY to the Isthmus of Panama around Cape Horn to San Francisco, California, working in the gold mine until 1850, when he returned to Naperville, and was married to Anna Mary Stenger, Apr 4, 1850. This union was blessed with 10 children--4 sons and 6 daughters; three of which died in infancy. The youngest son, Carl, preceded him to the better land in 1882; his wife, and daughter Caroline (Mrs. Louis Bapst) in 1893; and another daughter Mary (Mrs. Joseph Shamberger) in 1906. The surviving children are Mrs. Barbara Egermann, Mrs. Henry Germann, Mrs. Theresa Stenger Allen and Mr. Peter Stenger. His brother, Nicholas, aged 88 years, at New London, CN, 27 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren also survive him. Mr. Stenger had maintained a prominent position among our foremost citizens and business men for many years, holding various offices of the city and schoolboard. He was always interested in the furtherance of public and private undertakings, and had a charitable and kind heart for the poor and afflicted, leaving today a record of an honorable career. In his business, he had a comprehensive intellectual grasp and ability in constructing, masonry and mechanics. In 1877 he founded the cheese factory on Eagle street. With his brother Nick, Mr. Stenger very successfully conducted the brewery in this city, one of the oldest establishments of its kind in the state, from 1851 to 1864, when the partnership was severed by the death of Nicholas, John continuing alone in the business until 1893, when he retired, and later moved to his farm with his daughter, Mrs. Henry Germann and family. Mr. Stenger took great pleasure in working his large garden, planting shrubbery and fruit trees, until about one year ago. For more than twentyfive years he had suffered acutely from rheumatism; finally his great energy and activity had to submit to a life of retirement. However, he was still able to partially care for himself, read the daily papers, and walk about with aid of his two canes until his last day. In his great sufferings he was resigned, and spent many, many hours in prayer, often asking our Heavenly Father for a peaceful end, which came to him so quietly at daybreak on Wednesday morning. The funeral services were held from SS Peter and Paul church at 9:30 o'clock, on Friday morning, Father Wenker officiating. The grandsons, John and Carl Stenger, Aug Germann and Alfons Bapst, John and Louis Egermann, acting as pallbearers, did the last honors to their departed grandfather, and carried him to his last resting place on the family lot in the Catholic cemetery. May he rest in peace. 

Chicago Daily Herald. 
Verna Helen (nee Meisinger, nee Stoos) TANNERY of Naperville. Daughter of Jeanette (nee Stoos) Meisinger. Publication Date: Mar 29, 1999. Source: Chicago Daily Herald: Verna Helen Tannery of Naperville: Prayers for Verna Helen Tannery, 86, will be said at 9 a.m. Tuesday, at Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home, 117 W. Van Buren, Naperville. Mass will follow at 9:30 a. m. at SS. Peter and Paul Church, 26 N. Ellsworth, Naperville. Born May 3, 1912, in Naperville, she died Wednesday, Mar 24, 1999, at Central Du Page Hospital in Winfield. Interment will be private. A lifelong Naperville resident, she was born on the Meisinger farm located on South WA Street which was then called River Road. Mrs. Tannery's grandparents were the Bailey Hobson's. Her late uncle Andy Stoos ran the popcorn stand which is now part of Naper Settlement and Stoos Lane in Naperville is named after Andy. Her mother was one of the first of three phone operators in Naperville. Mrs. Tannery was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church and was very active in Sister Aniceta's Young at Heart Senior Group at the church. She joined the Naperville Woman's Club in 1956 and was very active in the club. She was also very active with the Naperville Senior Citizen's Group as well as a member of the Moose Lodge Chapter #83 in Aurora. Mrs. Tannery worked at National Foods in Naperville for a number of years. She also worked as a sales clerk and did alterations for both the Mother & Daughter Shop and Lillyans Clothing Shop located in downtown Naperville. Mrs. Tannery was a graduate of WA School. Survivors include her son, Robert of Sebastian, Florida, daughter, Alva Jean Chastain of Naperville; great-grandchildren, Jason and Micah Tannery, Tracy Gentile and Steven Chastain; great-grandchildren, Joseph, Aly and Alex Gentile; and sister-in-law, Clara Tannery of Naperville. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Jeanette (Stoos) Meisinger; husband, Elmer G. Tannery; and brothers, James, Robert and Fred Meisinger.

Chicago Tribune, Saturday, 18 February 1905
Bouchard, Della, d/o L. and Cordelia. Funeral Sunday, 208 S. Center Ave. to Notre Dame Church at 9 a.m., 429 S. LaSalle Ave. Internment at Mt. Carmel.

Chicago Tribune Tuesday July 15, 1947 page 16.
BRENN. Philip Brenn, loving son of Mary Brenn, brother of Reinhart, Charles, Mrs. H. Heppner, Mrs. M. Wilbershide, Alvina, Louis, the late Herman, John, and William Brenn. Services 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, at chapel, 1648 W. 63rd St. Interment Evergreen.

Chicago Tribune March 1, 2001, page 9
BOUCHARD, MARIE. Marie Bouchard, age 68, beloved wife of Eugene; loving mother of Scott, Suzette (Scott) Turyna; devoted grandmother of three; dear sister of Sue Russo and Emil Pagano; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Sunday 2 to 7 p.m. at Willliams-Kampp Funeral Home, 430 E. Roosevelt Rd., Wheaton (1 blk. E. of Naperville Road). Funeral Monday 9:30 a.m. to St. Daniel the Prophet Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Entombment Assumption Cemetery, Winfield. Contributions to the American Lung Association appreciated. 630-668-0016.


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