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Marjorie 'Marge' E. Washa 
Age 75 of Lake Villa, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002 at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. She was born Sept. 4, 1927 in Lake Villa, the daughter of the late William and Florence (McClure) Petersen and has been a lifelong resident. She was a member and past president of the Auxiliary of the VFW Post 4308 of Lake Villa. She did domestic work at Libertyville Manor and before her retirement she worked as an assembler for the Charles Bruning Co., who were makers of photo copy machines. On Jan. 12, 1968, she married Robert Washa in Waukegan, and he preceded her in death on April 17, 1997. 

She is survived by two daughters, Diane (George) Grenus of Slades Corners, Wis. and Barbara Heaton of Libertyville; one sister, Luella Pullen of Gurnee; four grandchildren, Dawn Heaton, Heather (Owen) Russell, Dusti and Abby Grenus; three great grandchildren, Samantha, Makenzie and Kameron; several nieces and nephews and by many, many friends. She is preceded in death by a grand daughter, Colleen Heaton and two brothers, Peter and Tom Petersen and two sisters, Genevieve Patterson and Mary Petersen. 

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Dec. 2, at the Strang Funeral Home of Antioch. Interment was at Angola Cemetery, Lake Villa. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3-8 p.m., Dec. 1. Those desiring may make contributions to the American Lung Association, in her memory. 

Anton 'Tony' Urban D.D.S. 
Age 55 of Antioch, passed away Monday, Nov. 25, 2002 at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, from complications due to a motorcycle accident. He was born July 6, 1947 in Highland Park, the son of Anton W. and Beverly Jane (Morgan) Urban. He had lived in Lake Villa and Fox Lake, before moving to Antioch permanently in 1986. Tony was a graduate of Antioch Community High School and attended Miami Military School in Miami, Fla., Southern Illinois University, the College of Lake County and Illinois State College. He earned his DDS degree from North Western University in Chicago and was president of his class. Dr. Urban began his dental practice in Antioch in May of 1978 and had a dental practice with his partner Dr. Nicholas Ruggiero since 1986, in Antioch and Kenosha, Wis. He also had a practice of his own in Chicago until 1987. Dr. Urban loved to fish and hunt and ride his motorcycle. During his life he was known to be generous with his time and for those in need of his services. On Dec. 23, 1972 he married Kathryn Walker in Millburn. 

Survivors include his wife, Kathryn; three sons, Anton W. "Tony" (Christine) of Kirkland, Wash., Gregory J. of Seattle, Wash. And Joel W. at home; a daughter, Amanda Urban at home; his mother, Beverly Jane Rundgren of Antioch and his sister, Gail (David) Heath of Seneca. He is preceded in death by his father, Anton W. Urban in 1974. 

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Nov. 30 at the Strang Funeral Home of Antioch. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m., Nov. 29 at the funeral home. Those desiring may make contributions to the Dr. Tony Urban Memorial Fund c/o State Bank of the Lakes, 440 Lake St.,Antioch, IL 60002. 

Joseph S. Keller 
Age 67 of Antioch, passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002 at Lake Forest Hospital, Lake Forest. He was born, Nov. 16, 1935 in Waukegan, the son of the late, Joseph J. and Veronika (Badura) Keller and has been a lifelong resident of Lake County. Joe is a member of St. Peter Church and the Father Alfred J. Henderson Council 3800 of the Knights of Columbus in Antioch. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp and for 45 years has been a partner with his brother of the Keller Trucking Co. of Waukegan/Park City. Joe served as the president of the Illinois Rate and Tariff bureau and was a partner of the Park City Business Center. He loved to work, tinker in his yard, travel, golf and to go for a ride in his pick up truck. On Sept. 26, 1959, he married Jean M. Puetz in Buffalo Grove. 

Survivors includes his wife, Jean; three sons, Michael (Lynn) of Bristol, Wis., Jeffry (Mary Jo) of Gurnee and Steven (Suzanne) of Pleasant Prairie, Wis.; one daughter, Dona (Shawn) Tindell of Zion; his brother, Larry (Regina) of Waukegan; 13 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services with Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon, Saturday, Dec. 7 at St. Peter Church, 557 Lake St., Antioch. Interment will be in Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville. Friends may call at the church from 4- 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6 and on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. until the time of services. Those desiring may make contributions to St. Peter Church or for masses, in his memory. Arrangements were handled by the Strang Funeral Home of Antioch. 

Carl E. Esler 
Age 58 of Round Lake Park, passed away Nov. 28, 2002 at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke Hospital in Chicago. He was a member o f the Teamsters Local 705 and retired in 1999. 

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Carol (nee Reineke) Esler; his sons, Ken (Colleen) Esler of Round Lake Park and Steve (Robin) Esler of Lindenhurst; his grandchildren, Josh and Rachel Esler of Round Lake Park and Emma and Sofie of Lindenhurst; his father, Don Esler of Wisconsin; his brothers; h is sisters. He is preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Esler. 

Funeral services were held 3 p.m., Dec. 1 at Strang Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Ltd., Grayslake Interment was private. Friends of the family visited at the funeral chapel on Dec. 1 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. 

George W. Miller 
Age 81 of Lake Holcombe, Wis., died Thursday, Nov. 28 at his home. George was born the son of George and Lottie (Heeg) Miller Jan. 24, 1921 in Chicago. He graduated from Austin High School and attended ITT Tech for three years, both in Chicago. George served with the U.S. Naval Air Reserve Squadron from Glenview from 1942 until retiring with the rank of ADCS in 1982. George married Norma Clarke, Dec. 6, 1944, they resided in Chicago until moving to Grayslake in 1955. While residing in Grayslake, George was active as a scout master, and had served on the Avon School Board and had been president of N.E. Grayslake Civic Assn. George had been employed with the Western Electric Co. in Chicago for three years and then worked as a Quality Assurance Representative for the U.S. Government for 32 years retiring in 1983. After the death of his first wife on Oct. 3, 1965, George married Marie Toll, July 26, 1969 and they retired to Holcombe in 1987. 

George was a member of the Cornell American Legion and VFW. He loved to hunt, fish and golf and could spin a good story. He especially enjoyed his annual golf trips to Alton, with his friends. He will be truly missed by his family and friends. George made a lasting impression on all who met him. 

Survivors include his wife, Marie; his children, Donna Cuilla of Waukegan, Dennis Miller of Lewes, Del., Dean Miller of New Port Richey, Fla., Charles (Beverly( Day of Zion, Merritt (Mona) Day III of Lansing, Iowa, and Raenelle (Jimmy) Russell of Hudson, Fla.; two brothers, Kenneth of Morton Grove and Donald of Phoenix, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, also survived by other relatives and friends. George is preceded in death by his parents and his first wife and one grandson, Merritt Day IV on March 12, 1998. 

Memorial services were held 11 a.m., Dec. 4 at the First Presbyterian Church in Cornell with Rev. Brad Carloss officiating. Friends called one hour prior to the services at the church. Borton Funeral Home Cornell handled the arrangements. Graveside memorial services will be held in the spring in Gurnee. Date will be announced at a later date. 

Lieschen 'Betty' Nordling 
Age 90, an area resident for the last 54 years, formerly of Chicago, died on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2002 at her home. She was born on May 9, 1912 in Germany to Heinrich and Frieda (Hauck) Buchholz. She was a housewife at home and enjoyed her family. 

Survivors include; two daughters, Elsie (George) Laurell, Lisa (James) Thomason, all of Ingleside; by her grandchildren, Nathan Laurell of Chicago, James (Koka) Thomason of Arlington Heights, Chad Laurell of Ingleside and Elizabeth Thomason of Ingleside; her sister, Elsa Lindberg of Troy, Mich.; her brother, Friedrich Buchholz of Palos Heights; nieces, nephews and other relatives. She is preceded in death by her husband, Victor Nordling in 1986; by two sisters, Margaret Knoth and Elly Greenman and by a brother, Heinrich Buchholz.. 

Visitation of family and friends was held Nov. 29 from 5-9 p.m. at the K. K. Hamsher Funeral Home, Fox Lake (The Chapel on the Lake). Funeral service was held , Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Paul Weeg of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating.. Interment was in Fox Lake Cemetery in Lake Villa. 

Joseph Kudelka 
Age 99, a resident of Libertyville, passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2002 at the Winchester House in Libertyville. He was born in Czechoslovakia and came to live in Chicago in 1907. 

Surviving are his children, Lorraine (Gene) Vogler of Countryside Lake, Mundelein, Joseph (Georgette) Kudelka of Chicago and Jacque (Russell) Griseto of Tucson, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth. 

Funeral service was held 1 p.m., Dec. 3 at the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home in Libertyville. entombment followed at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville. Visitation was from 10 a.m. until the time of services on Dec. 3. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of y our choice in his memory. 

John E. Fries 
Age 53 of Vernon Hills, passed away, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002 at his home. He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Parkside in Kenosha, Wis. 

Surviving are two daughters, Erin and Renee Fries and his former wife, Birgit Fries, all of Buffalo Grove; two brothers. He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Margaret Fries. 

A memorial service was held at 3 p.m., Nov. 30 at the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home in Libertyville. Visitation was from 1-3 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the family as an education fund is being established for his children. 

Carla Morgan 
Age 91, a former resident of Libertyville, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002 at Kalamazoo, Mich. On July 7, 1934, she married Adrion Morgan in Chicago. She and her husband owned the Young Moderns children's clothing store in Libertyville. She was married to Adrion for 52 years, he preceded her in death in 1986. In 1995, she married Robert Van Putten, who also preceded her in death on 1998. 

Surviving are her children, Sally (Mike) Schmidt of Libertyville and Kent (Susan) Morgan of Kalamazoo, Mich.; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Betty Morgan and several nieces, nephews and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and two sisters, along with her first and second husband. 

Funeral service was held 10:30 a.m., Nov. 30 at the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home in Libertyville. Interment was at Lakeside Cemetery. Visitation was from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lakeside Cemetery Renovation Fund, P.O. Box 500, Libertyville, IL 60048. 

Kenneth Dean Smith 
Age 73 of Grandwood Park, passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2002 at the Lake Forest Hospital, following a short term illness. He served in the Navy from 1948-1970 and was a retired Master Chief Petty Officer and was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. 

Surviving are his bride of almost 50 years, Umeko "Mickie"; sons, Phillip (Jamie) Smith of Fortson, Ga. And Kevin (Mary) Smith of Gurnee; grandchildren; great grandchildren and a great grandchild due in the spring. 

Visitation was from 6-8 p.m., Dec. 2 at the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home in Libertyville. A family service was held during the visitation hours. Interment was at Highland Memorial Park in Libertyville. Memorial contributions may be made to either the American Lung Assn. or Boy Scouts of America in his memory. 

Lorraine Wojcik-Muellemann 
Age 77 of Libertyville, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002 at the Winchester House in Libertyville. She enjoyed playing bingo and was a former employee of Shear Elegance Coiffures in Northbrook. 

Surviving are her children, Sandi Corbeil of Waukegan, Robert (Shirley) Muellemann and Jeffery (Liz) Muellemann, both of Round Lake and John (Kimberly) Muellemann of Mundelein; 10 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and her sisters. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Lucille Wojcik and a sister. 

A memorial service was held 6 p.m., Dec. 2 in the Chapel at Winchester House in Libertyville. Arrangements were handled by the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home in Libertyville. 

Caroline Kazmierczak 
Age 89 of Libertyville, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2002 at the Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. 

Surviving are her son, Conrad (Kathleen) Kamer of Libertyville; her daughter, Lydia (Joseph) LoSocco of Elmwood Park; and three grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank in 1970; by her grandson, Randall Lada and a sister. 

Visitation was from 4- 8 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home in Libertyville. Funeral service was held at the funeral home, Dec. 1. A graveside service was held at Ridgewood Cemetery in Des Plaines on Dec. 2. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice in her memory. 

Timothy W. Conway 
Age 38 of Grayslake, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002. He was born July 7, 1964 in Waukegan and was an employee of the Gurnee Post Office. 

He is survived by his parents, Wayne and Allita (Lee) Conway of Lake Villa; great grandmother, Vivian Quick; two sisters and brother, Sue (Dave) Martin of Temecula, Calif., Bryan Conway of San Diego, Calif., Kelly (Patrick) DeVore of Kenosha, Wis.; four nieces and nephews; aunts and uncles. 

Friends called on Nov. 30 from 5-9 p.m. at the Symonds-Lakes Funeral Home and Crematory in Grayslake. Funeral service was held at the funeral home at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Richard Valkanet officiating. Interment was private. 

Doris A. Smith 
Age 84, a former resident of Evergreen Park and Vernon Hills, passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002 at the Alden Health Care Center in Long Grove. She had been employed by the Carson Pirie Scott Corp. for many years in stores in Evergreen Park, Lakehurst and Hawthorn Shopping Centers. 

Surviving are her daughter, Pamela (Kenneth) Wiersema of Barrington; two grandchildren, Laurel (Andrew) Cloninger of Lombard and Ried (Deborah) Wiersema of Grayslake. She is preceded in death by her husband, Howard J. Smith on April 7, 1994 and by her brother. 

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., Dec. 10 at the Lakeside Cemetery in Libertyville with the Rev. Carlton E. Payne, pastor of St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Lake Zurich, officiating. Arrangements were handled by the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home in Libertyville. 

Robert W. Banks 
Age 71, of Libertyville, passed away suddenly, Monday, Dec. 2, 2002 at the Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during the Korean War. He was a Chicago Police Officer and was a graduate of the 90th FBI National Academy. Bob served as a major with the Illinois State Police and Illinois Bureau of Investigation. 

Surviving are his wife, Linda (nee Laegeler) Banks and six children, Anne (Paul) Veselack of Libertyville, Tim (Lynn) Banks of Lindenhurst, Barbara (Don) Regan and Kate (Dan) Chassay, both of Antioch; Donna Moats of Tauton, Ma. And Julie (Dan) Clemens of Arlington Heights; nine grandchildren and sisters-in-law. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Anna Banks; his father, and mother-in-law, Jules and Elinor Laegeler; by his sisters and brothers. 

Service was held 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home in Libertyville with the Rev. Fr. Victor J. Ivers, officiating. Visitation was from 3 p.m. until the time of services Dec. 4. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Dorothy I. Schworm 
Age 82 of Grayslake, passed away Nov. 28, 2002 at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. She was born in Chicago, the daughter of the late George W. and Ina (nee Mullane) Schworm. She worked most of her life as a legal secretary. 

Commital service was held at 10 a.m., Dec. 4 in the chapel at Ascension Catholic Cemetery in Libertyville. Friends called at the Strang Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Ltd., in Grayslake, from 4-8 p.m., Dec. 3. 

Charlotte Josephine Sroka (nee Rendak) 
Age 93 of Hammond, Ind., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2002. 

Surviving are three sons, Robert S. (Geraldine) of Cary, NC., Dennis P. (Alma) of Southport, NC and Rev. Gerald A. of La Porte, Ind.; nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Stanley J. Sroka, whom she married on Sept. 10, 1930. 

Visitation of family and friends was Dec. 1 from 4-8 p.m. at the Castle Hill Funeral Home in Calumet City. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 10 a.m., Dec. 2 at St. Andrew The Apostle Church with Rev. Gerald Sroka, officiating. Interment and services in the chapel was held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Albertine Home in Hammond, Ind. 

Robert M. Lindblad 
Age 79 of Antioch, passed away suddenly, Monday, Dec. 2, 2002 on arrival of Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry. He was born, July 30, 1023 in Highspire, Pa., moving to Antioch in 1947. Bob served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII and was a member of the VFW Post 4551 of Antioch where he was the senior vice commander. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Antioch, president of the Lakes Region Historical Society and was instrumental in the restoration of the old St. Ignatius Church into the Meeting House. He served on the District 34 Grade school board for four years, the Antioch Community High School board from 1964-1987 and was president for 14 years and oversaw a major edition to the school, member of the Lake County Regional School board and was past president, member of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce and Industry, member of the fund raising committee of the William E. Brook Memorial Wetland and Entertainment Center, member of the AARP and senior citizens, member of the Lakeland Players and the PM&L Theater in Antioch and was the parade marshal for the 4th of July parade in 2002. Before his retirement, he worked as a business manager for Raymond Chevrolet and Oldsmobile of Antioch. On Jan. 11, 1946, he married Dorothy L. Dunn in Maywood. 

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; three daughters, Susan (Marshall) Bickel of Auburn, Wendy (Richard) Maston of Fox Lake, and Robin (Thomas) Kessell of Antioch; one brother, Ray (Lorraine) Lindblad of Yakima, Wash.; seven grandchildren, Patience (Christopher) Bertana, Jason Bickel, Amy Bickel, Robin (Michael) Rhodes, Justin Bickel and Kristen and Gretchen Kessell; two great grandchildren, Katrina and Lucais. 

Funeral service was held 11 a.m., Dec. 5 at the United Methodist Church in Antioch with the Rev. Gary L. Curl officiating. Interment was private. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m., Dec. 4, at the Strang Funeral Home of Antioch with VFW services at 7 p.m. Visitation at the church was from 10 a.m. Dec. 5, until the time of service. Those desiring may make contributions to the Lakes Regional Historical Society or the Antioch Rescue Squad in his memory.


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