Miscellaneous Cook County, Illinois Obituaries - 2003

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April 9, 2003

EDWARD VICTOR JEROMINSKI
WWII Veteran
Our husband, father, grandfather and excellent friend left this life on March 31, 2003 at the age of 81. Edward Victor Jerominski was born in Chicago, Illinois (Bucktown) on Aug. 6, 1921 to Walter Jerominski and Alexandra Klepacki Sadowski. He attended St. Hedwig parochial school and Weber High in Chicago and completed his GED in 1980 at Lombard, Illinois. On Aug. 6, 1943, Ed married Mary Jane Miller in Rapid City, South Dakota. The couple met in Denver, Colorado during WW II. Ed served in the Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force, 398th Bomber Group, stationed in England for 14 months. He was well decorated in action and discharged at the rank of Staff Sargent. Ed lived and most of his married life in Palatine, the Northwest suburb of Chicago, and worked in Chicago at AM Steigerwald Company, vice president in charge of production until he retired in 1985. He and Jane also lived in Mt. Prospect and Hinsdale, Illinois. Ed and Jane moved to Belen, New Mexico in 1991. Besides his work and family, Ed had other interests. He coached and volunteered in Little League and served as an officer for his bowling league. He was an avid golfer and organized tournaments sponsored by his company. He also volunteered in service of the needy and elderly. Ed always was aware of the importance of his roles as son, brother, spouse, and especially father. He is survived by his wife Mary Jane, son, Charles (Mary); daughter, Diana (Doug Jones) and grandson, Michael (Kristen Lockhart) Jerominski. Private services were held in Belen, New Mexico.

HELEN E. FRANZEN
Des Plaines Resident
Funeral services for Helen E. Franzen (nee Pump), 87, a lifelong resident of Des Plaines were held Monday, Apr. 7 at 11 a.m. at Christ Church in Des Plaines. Interment followed at the Town of Maine Cemetery in Park Ridge. Arrangements were handled by the G. L. Hills Funeral Home in Des Plaines. Mrs. Franzen was born on Feb. 29, 1916 in Maine Township. She was a homemaker, member of the Christ Church Guild, carious card clubs, and enjoyed creating crafts and crocheting. She passed away on Wednesday, Apr. 2 at Holy Family Hospital in Des Plaines. Mrs. Franzen was preceded in death by her husband, Howard W. Franzen; and her siblings, Herbert (Marjorie) Pump, Elmer (Florence) Pump, and Lucille (Ervin) Geils. She is survived by her son, Howard W., Jr. (Diane) Franzen; grandchildren, Howard W., III (Pamela) Franzen, Sara D. Franzen; and her loving nieces and nephews.

STEPHANIE S. MADEJCZYK
Of Mt. Prospect
A mass for Stephanie S. Madejczyk, 91, of Mt. Prospect, was held Monday, April 7, at St. Cecilia Church in Mt. Prospect. Mrs. Madejczyk died Thursday, April 3. Interment was in Maryhill Cemetery. Mrs. Madejczyk was preceded in death by her husband Stanley and sister Mary Slonina. She is survived by her children Edward (Joyce) Madejczyk and Diana (James) Murray; grandchildren Kenneth (Mary Ann) Madejczyk, Lori (Joseph) Meyer, Mark (Holly) Wawrzyniak and Jaime (Stan) Dzierzega; great-grandchildren Nicholas, Melissa, Christopher and Jessica; and nephew Richard Slonina. Arrangements were made by Friedrichs Funeral Home.

JOHN L. BONINI
Owner Bonini Baking Co. 
A Funeral Mass for John L. Bonini, 85, of Niles, was celebrated on Apr. 5 at St. Paul of the Cross Church. Interment was private. Ms. Bonini was born in Chicago on Nov. 28, 1917, and passed away on Thursday, Apr. 3, at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Ms. Bonini had been the proprietor of Bonini Baking Co. of Elmwood Park and Chicago. He is survived by his daughter, Alice (Thomas) Henningsen, of Wheeling; his sons, John (Vivian) Bonini and Allen (Debbie) Bonini; his sister, Lillian (the late Frank) Speciale; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Bonini was preceded in death by his wife, the late Gilda Bonini; and his parents, the late Pietro and Alice Bonini. Arrangements were handled by the Skaja Terrace Funeral Home in Niles.

SUSAN D. KUECHENBERG
Of Mount Prospect
A funeral service for Susan D. Kuechenberg, 53, of Mount Prospect, formerly of Park Ridge, was held Monday, April 7, at 11 a.m. at South Park Church in Park Ridge. Arrangements were handled by the Ryan-Parke Funeral Home in Park Ridge. Mrs. Kuechenberg died Thursday, April 3 in her home. Interment followed in the Town of Maine Cemetery in Park Ridge. Mrs. Kuechenberg is survived by her son, Kenneth Falkson; stepfather, Robert (late Kathryn) Gottschalk; sister, Linda (Tom) Trull; and niece, Stephanie Tolander.

RAYMOND J. RUSK
Park Ridge Resident 
Funeral services for Raymond J. Rusk, 90, of Park Ridge were held on Saturday, Apr. 5 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul of the Cross Church in Park Ridge. Interment followed in All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines. Arrangements were handled by the Skaja Terrace Funeral Home in Niles. Mr. Rusk was born in Chicago on June 22, 1912. He worked the chairman of the board for a graphic arts company. He passed away in his Park Ridge home on Wednesday, Apr. 2. Mr. Rusk was preceded in death by his son, Thomas (Greta) Rusk and his brothers, Edward Rusk and Charles F. Rusk. He is survived by his wife, Lillian Rusk; and his son Kenneth (Nancy) Rusk.

KATALIN FANCSALSZKI 
Of Hungary 
Funeral services for Katalin Fancsalszki, 86, of Niles were held on Saturday, Apr. 5 at 9 a.m. at St. John Brebuf Church in Niles. Interment followed at Maryhill Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by the Skaja Terrace Funeral Home in Niles. Mrs. Fancsalszki was born in Hungary on May 28, 1916. She was a homemaker. She passed away on Apr. 1 at Sunrise Assisted Living. She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Elisabeth Gajdos, and her husband, John Fancsalszki. She is survived by her sons, Larry (late Eileen) Fancsalszki and Thomas (Joyce) Fancsalszki; grandchildren, Robert Fancsalszki, Sherrie (Paul) LaFleur, Keith (Elizabeth) Fancsalszki; and great-grandchild, Ashley.

VICTORIA SKRZENTA
Repair Person
A funeral service for Victoria Skrzenta, 94, of Niles was held on Wednesday, Mar. 26 at St. Andrew Nursing Center. Visitation was held at the center. Burial took place at Maryhill Cemetery in Niles. Mrs. Skrzenta was born on Nov. 28, 1908 in Thorp, Wi. and died in Chicago at Resurrection Medical center on Mon, Mar. 24. She was a repair person for a wells gardner company. She is survived by son, James (late Carol) Skrzenta; four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and sister, Sophie Mikaloinis. She was preceded in death by husband, Frank and child, Joan (Ronald) Eklund.

June 18, 2003

ANN M. LISS
School Clerk 
Funeral services for Ann M. Liss, 80, of Des Plaines, were held June 6 at St. Mary Church in Des Plaines. Interment was in Maryhill Cemetery. Mrs. Liss was born in Chicago on July 29, 1922, and passed away on Saturday, May 31, at her home in Des Plaines. Mrs. Liss had worked as a school clerk. She is survived by her niece, Linda Touhy, of Chicago. Mrs. Liss was preceded in death by her husband, the late Casimir Liss; and her parents, the late Anthony and the late Ann Milanowski. Arrangements were handled by Skaja Terrace Funeral Home in Niles.

MARTHA L. WOLF
Formerly of Des Plaines
A funeral service for Martha L. Wolf, a resident of Green Acre Lodge in Holiday Island, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, formerly of Des Plaines, was recently held. Mrs Wolf died on Thursday, May 29 at home. Local arrangements were by Nelson Funeral Service, Berryville, Arkansas. Interment took place at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Port Charlotte, Florida. In Chicago, in 1925 Mrs Wolf was married to her husband, Herman Wolf who preceded her in death. Herman and son, Wayne had an auto dealership on Lee St. in Des Plaines. The Wolfs were early settlers in Des Plaines. Mrs Wolf is survived by son, Wayne R. (Diane); grandsons, William (Socorro), Richard R. Neuckranz and Thomas H. Neuckranz (Virginia); granddaughters, Annette Wolf Adamski; great grandchildren, Carolyn, Lukas and Sophia and Kristin, Laura and Erika.

ELEANOR DEZUR
Of Niles 
A funeral service for Eleanor DeZur, 84, of Niles, was held Tuesday, June 17, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Park Ridge. Burial was at St. Luke Cemetery. Mrs. DeZur was a retired employee of Jewel food stores. Survivors include her son Dennis (Liz) Dezur and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond and brothers Edwin and George Schmidt.

CHESTER T.WALAS
Building Manager
A funeral service for Chester T. Walas, 87, formerly of Park Ridge was held on Tuesday, June 3 at the Ryan-Parke Funeral Home in Park Ridge. Burial followed in Maryhill Cemetery in Niles. Mr. Walas was born on May 24, 1916 in Chicago and died on May 29 in Los Angeles, California. He is survived by children, Thomas (Carolyn) Walas and Richard (Carolyn) Walas and grandchildren, Christie, Richard Jr. (Cathy), John (Aliza), Bonnie and Kimberly Walas.

DAVID GALL 
Of Niles
A funeral service for David Gall, 67, of Niles, was held Tuesday, June 10, at St. Juliana Church in Chicago. Interment was at St. Adalbert Mausoleum, and arrangements were made by Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Chicago. Mr. Gall died June 6. He had worked as a senior system analyst for Aon Corp., and was an Army veteran. Survivors include his wife Nancy; mother Lydia; mother-in-law Harriet Grek; brother Ronald (Marge) Gall; brother-in-law Rev. Richard Grek; sister-in-law Roberta (Gene) Dieder; and many nieces and nephews.

MICHAEL T. O'MALLEY
Printer 
Funeral services for Michael T. O'Malley, 29, of Niles were held on Saturday, May 31 at 10:30 a.m. at the Colonial Wojciechowski Funeral Home in Chicago. Interment followed in Des Plaines' All Saints Cemetery. Mr. O'Malley was born in Chicago on February 6, 1974. He worked as a painter for a construction company. He passed away Monday, May 26 in his Niles home. Mr. O'Malley was preceded in death by his father, John O'Malley. He is survived by his mother, Helga O'Malley; and sisters, Mary Squire, Etta Laubusch, and Jodee McCarthy.

MARY WOROBEC
Homemaker
A service for Mary Worobec, 89, of Niles was held at Colonial Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Chicago, on Tuesday, June 3, Rev. Tom Baldonieri officiating. Cremation followed the service. Mrs. Worobec had been a homemaker. She is survived by her daughter Pauline Airth and grandchildren Mike Airth and Patrice (Sam) Prato.

EVELYN KRESKE
Of Niles 
Funeral services for Evelyn Kreske, 86, of Niles were held on Monday, June 2 at noon at the Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home in Chicago. Interment followed in St. Adalbert Cemetery in Niles. Ms. Kreske was born in Chicago on October 22, 1916. She worked as a clerk for a printing company. She passed away on Friday, May 30 at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Ms. Kreske is survived by her niece, Joyce Petersen.

LILLIAN BARTEL
Homemaker
Funeral services for Lillian Bartel, 104, of Niles were held on Wednesday, June 11 at St. John Brebeuf Church in Niles. Arrangements were handled by the Skaja Terrace Funeral Home in Niles. Interment followed in Des Plaines' All Saints Cemetery. Mrs. Bartel was born in Chicago on January 29, 1899. She was a homemaker. She passed away on Sunday, June 8 at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Mrs. Bartel was preceded in death by her husband, John Bartel; parents, George and Minnie Ebrom; and grandson, Robert Litz. She is survived by her daughter, Florence (Late Florian) Litz.

RICHARD D. SARNO
Computer Programmer 
A Funeral Mass for Richard D. Sarno, 58, of Niles, was held on June 3 at St. John Brebeuf Church. Interment was in Maryhill Cemetery. Mr. Sarno was born in Chicago on Nov. 22, 1944, and passed away on Friday, May 30, at Glenbrook Hospital. A veteran, Mr. Sarno had been a computer programmer for a trucking parts company. He is survived by his sons, Kenneth Sarno, of Niles, and Anthony (Jessica) Sarno; a daughter, Julie Sarno; sisters, Concetta Kadow and RuthAnne Orsini; and a brother, Joseph Sarno. Mr. Sarno was preceded in death by his wife, the late Patricia Sarno; and his parents, the late Joseph F. and Anne M. Sarno. Arrangements were handled by the Skaja Terrace Funeral Home in Niles.

Richard C. Wessell, Sr., Dies At 81
Long-Time Journal Publisher Started Career In 1935; Oversaw Paper's Growth
Richard C. Wessell, Sr., 81, of Des Plaines, who with his immediate family purchased the Des Plaines Journal Newspaper following the end of World War II and expanded it into a 16-publication group, died Friday, June 27 after a long battle with cancer.
Richard C. Wessell, Sr., died in his home early Friday, June 27. 
Considered one of the best in Illinois, Journal & Topics Newspapers, headquartered in downtown Des Plaines, has won many regional, state and national awards over the last 57 years.
The Spring 1996 issue of Chicago Press Veterans Association newsletter, which serves Chicago area journalists, said Wessell was the longest continually employed journalist for any newspaper, magazine, television and radio station in the Chicago area at that time. Wessell began his career as a reporter for Pickwick Newspapers in Park Ridge in June 1935. Chicago Sun-Times columnist Irv Kupcinet began his career as a reporter for the Chicago Times in October 1935.
Recently, Wessell and his wife and partner, Mary Jane, turned over ownership of the group that serves 28 adjacent Northwest and North suburbs of Chicago to three of their children, effective June 3, 2003. Todd Wessell, managing editor of the 16-paper Journal & Topics Newspaper group since his graduation from Illinois State University will assume his father's title of publisher. Todd's brothers, Richard C. Wessell, Jr., and Robert Wessell, will hold the titles of associate publisher-Merchandising and associate publisher Display Advertising.
As the population of the Northwest and North suburbs expanded, the Wessells launched new publications to meet the demand and expanded the weekly frequencies to twice-weeklies. Besides winning many awards for journalistic and advertising excellence, the Journal & Topics prints other publications. 
Todd Wessell is currently serving his fifth consecutive elected term as president of the Cook County Suburban Publishers Assn.
Richard Wessell, Sr. grew up on Chicago's north side in the Edison Park area. He attended high school at Taft and Schurz and later graduated from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill. There, he was editor of the student newspaper.
During World War II, Mr. Wessell was a gunnery officer and later commander of a U.S. Navy gunboat. He served during the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. 
Richard and Mary Jane were married in 1944 during World War II. After he was discharged from the Navy in 1946, the couple bought a station wagon and embarked on a trip out West to find a community newspaper to buy. It was during that trip that they received a telephone call from Sig Wessell, Richard Wessell's father, who told him of a newspaper that was for sale in Des Plaines. The couple drove back to the Chicago area and bought the single newspaper late in 1946. 
Besides his journalistic career, Richard Wessell worked in the early 1950s for then Cook County Sheriff Joseph Loehman. In the late 1960's he was a press aide for then Senator Birch Bahy of Indiana.


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