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Robert J. Steffens 
Age 81 of Celebration, Fla. passed away Saturday, March 29, 2003 in Florida from complications of emphysema. He was the son of the late Herman and Laura Steffens and was born in Claremore, Okla., where he was raised and attended high school. He graduated from the University of Illinois where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. 

He served four years in the US Navy and in 1947 was employed by U.S. Steel Corporation in Waukegan. When he retired 37 years later in Pittsburgh, he was the Managing Director of Manufactured Wire Products. 

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Eleanor (Stratton) Steffens; one son, David of Pittsburgh, Penn.; a daughter, Laura (Raymond) Murray of Virginia Beach, Va. and their two sons, Raymond John and Robert. He is preceded in death by one son, John in 1979. 

Services will be held at The Holy Redeemer Church in Kissimmee, Fla. Interment will be in East Fox Lake Cemetery, Lake Villa. Local arrangements were handled by Strang Funeral Home of Antioch. 

Donald F. Mentone 
Age 70 of Antioch, passed away suddenly, Saturday, April 5, 2003 on arrival at Victory Memorial Hospital, Waukegan. He was born April 15, 1932 in Chicago, the son of the late Frank A. and Antoinette M. Sabblone Mentone. Don attended St. Ignatius High School and Loyola University in Chicago before moving to Antioch in 1960. He owned and operated the former Don's Drive Inn and presently operated Mentone's Restaurant in Antioch. On June 13, 1959, he married Betty Calabrese in Chicago. 

Survivors include his wife, Betty; two sons, Dean F. Mentone and Donald F. (Sherry) Mentone Jr. and one daughter, Antoinette M. Mentone, all of Antioch; his brother Pat (Joan) Mentone of Elmwood Park; five grandchildren, D.J., Nicholas, Sonny, Domenique and D'Angelo. 

Funeral service with Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 8 at St. Peter Church, Antioch. There was no visitation. Omit flowers. Arrangements were handled by the Strang Funeral Home of Antioch. 

Janice Jo Brinkmann 
Age 52 of Bristol, Wis., passed away Sunday, March 30, 2003 at St. Catherine Hospital in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. She was born Feb. 26, 1951 in Chicago, the daughter of Lawrence Brinkmann and Frances (Terranella) Brinkmann. Janice lived in Fox Lake before moving to Bristol, Wis. in 1991. She was the owner and operator of MYBOU's Pet Resort in Bristol, Wis. and was actively involved in Dog Agility in AKC, and NADAC. As a member of the Midwest Boxer Club, she attained many titles with her Boxers in agility. In addition to her work with her dogs, she was Senior Systems Analyst in the information systems department of Victory Memorial Hospital, Waukegan, and was the owner of Therapeutic Bodywork, where she was a certified massage therapist, working out of Coconuts Tanning in Antioch. 

Survivors are her mother, Frances Mecchella of New Lisbon, Wis.; two brothers, Bruce Brinkmann of Memphis, Tenn. And John (Lena) Mecchella of Twin Lakes, Wis.; three sisters, Linda (Tim) Patnode of New Lisbon, Wis., Vicki (Greg) Arason of Lake Zurich and Ann Marie (Jeff) Schackmuth of Twin Lakes, Wis.; several nieces and nephew and three great nieces. She is preceded in death by her father, Lawrence Brinkmann and her stepfather, John Mecchella. 

Memorial funeral service was held at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at the Strang Funeral Home of Antioch. Visitation was from 2 p.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to the Janice Brinkmann Fund c/o 398 Grand Ave., Lake Zurich, IL 60047 in her memory. 

Evelyn M. Tyrrell 
Age 93 of Lake Villa, passed away on Monday, April 7, 2003 at Victory Memorial Hospital in Waukegan. She was born in Peoria, the daughter of the late, Sarah and John Hoffman. 

She is survived by her daughter, Carol Mortensen of Lake Villa; her grandchildren, James (Georjanne) of Lake Villa and Kathy (Daniel) Fehrenbacher of Antioch; her great grandchildren, Aaron Rupe, Phillip (Nassy) Mortensen and Glen Mortensen; great-great-grand daughter, Kassidie Mortensen; nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by two husbands, Charles McDonald and Thomas Tyrrell; four brothers and three sisters. 

Memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 11 at Ringa Funeral Home, 122 S. Route 83 (Milwaukee Ave.) (two blocks south of Route 132-Grand Ave.) Lake Villa, with Rev. Lisle Kauffman officiating. The family will meet with friends and relatives prior to the service from 5:30 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to the Lake Villa Rescue Squad. 

Beverly J. (nee Davis) DePierno 
Age 49, passed away suddenly at her home on Thursday, April 3, 2003. Most recently, she worked for J&L (Mobil) in Wildwood. She would take care of stray cats that lived behind her family's business, Bill's Tap in Grayslake. 

She is survived by her sister, Barbara (Ron) Goemaat of Leighton, Iowa; her niece, Rhonda (Bryan) Duncan of Glenview; her nephew, Eric (Lisa) Goemaat and their two children, Colten and Mackenna of Leighton, Iowa and many dear friends. She is preceded in death by her mother, Bettelou on Sept. 22, 2002 and her father, Jim, on Mothers Day, May, 2002. 

A funeral service was held at 10 a.m., April 8 at the Strang Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Ltd., in Grayslake with the Rev. Lisle J. Kauffman officiating. Friends visited from 4:30-8 p.m., April 7 at the funeral chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials on behalf of Beverly may be made to the American Heart Association, Dept. 77-3968, Chicago, IL 60678-3968. 

L. L. 'Buzz' Turnbull 
Age 81 of Libertyville, passed away on Tuesday, April 1, 2003 at the Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Africa and France during WWII and was employed as a machinist at Abbott Laboratories. 

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Adele (nee Collard) Turnbull; two sons, James Turnbull of Round Lake Beach and Robert (Lyn) Turnbull of St. Charles; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Phyllis Turnbull and by his sister. 

A private family service was held at 11 a.m., April 5 in the chapel at Highland Memorial Park in Libertyville. Memorial contributions can be made to the Paramedic Unit of the Libertyville Fire Department, 1551 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL 60048. Arrangements were handled by the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home of Libertyville. 

Lydia Schmeichel 
Age 90 of Lake Villa, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2003 at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. She was a chef at the former Dartmunder Inn in Antioch and at the Antioch Country Club. On June 2, 1930, she married Edward S. Schmeichel in Germany and he preceded her in death on Sept. 2, 1987. 

Survivors include her daughter, Sidonia (Robert) Bovee of Big Timber, Mont.; and her son, Arnold (Rose) Schmeichel of West Chicago; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by a brother and two sisters. 

Funeral service was privately held by the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements were handled by the Strang Funeral Home of Antioch. 

Natalie M. deVries 
Age 91, passed away Friday, April 4, 2003 at Pebblebrook Nursing Home in Lake Bluff. She relocated to Grayslake after living in Round Lake Park for over 60 years. She was a member of the Lake Region Bible Church. 

She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Henry) Olson of Grayslake; eight grandsons; one grand daughter; 12 great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, William Hamm of Indiana. Natalie is preceded in death by her husband, Walter deVries in 1961; her daughter, Ruth Hamm in 1996; her sister and a brother. 

A funeral service was held at 4 p.m., April 7 at the Strang Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Ltd. in Grayslake with Clarence Williams of Lake Region Bible Church, officiating. Interment was held privately at Highland Memorial Park in Libertyville. Friends of the family visited from 2 p.m. until the time of service on April 7 at the funeral chapel. 

Mary Margaret Ruh 
Age 91 of Lindenhurst, beloved wife of the late Thomas A. Ruh; cherished mother of Mary Agnes (Rol) Madden, Kathleen (James) Peterson and Thomas Ruh; grandmother of Kathleen Madden, John Madden, Michael Madden, Mary Margaret Madden, Becky Fitzpatrick, David Peterson and Christopher Peterson; great grandmother of six; sister of three. 

Funeral service will begin at 9:45 a.m., Saturday, April 12 from Ringa Funeral Home, 122 S. Route 83 (Milwaukee Ave.) (two blocks south of Route 132/Grand Ave.) Lake Villa; to Prince of Peace Church for a 10 a.m. funeral mass. Interment will be at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines. Visitation will be April 12 from 9-9:45 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to the People Funding People Org. 

Regina Barchenger 
Age 68 , passed away Monday, March 31, 2003 at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. 

She is survived by her son, Gerald (Jeanna) Barchenger of Aurora, Colo.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ina C. (nee Ballard) and Ernest A. Johnston; her husband, Forrest "John" Barchenger in 2002; her sister and a daughter, Dixie Barber. 

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m., April 5 at the Strang Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Ltd., in Grayslake with Rev. Patricia Allen-Stewart of Lake Villa United Methodist officiating. Interment was held immediately after the service at Highland Memorial Park in Libertyville. Friends of the family visited from 4-8 p.m. on April 4 at the funeral chapel. 

Helen Ann Dufour 
Age 83, of Third Lake, passed away Monday, March 31, 2003 at Victory Memorial Hospital in Waukegan. She was united in holy matrimony to the late Maurice Dufour on April 26, 1945 in Manchester, NH. 

She is survived by her daughter, Janie (Norm) Roy; grandchildren; one great grandchild; a sister and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Maurice in 1966; her parents, Nathaniel J. and Annie (nee Bohan) Gilbreath. 

A memorial service was held at 10 a.m., April 3 at the Strang Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Ltd. in Grayslake. Friends gathered from 9 a.m. until the time of service on April 3 at the funeral chapel. Inurnment was at a private family service at St. Joseph Cemetery in Manchester, NH. 

Patricia A. Christiansen 
Age 68 of Antioch, passed away Monday, March 31, 2003 at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. She was born in Chicago, the daughter of the late Martin and Ann (McVady) Rabbitt. On Sept. 8, 1956 she married Jack Christiansen in Chicago and he preceded her in death on Jan. 29, 2002. 

Survivors are five sons, John, Thomas, Michael and Robert (Liz) all of Antioch and James (Deborah) of Lake Villa; five grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by a brother. 

Funeral service with Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m., April 5 at St. Peter Church in Antioch. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Antioch. Friends called at the Strang Funeral Home of Antioch from 4-8 p.m., April 4. Those desiring may make contributions to the Antioch Rescue Squad in her memory. 

Wayne A. Daniel 
Age 45 of Wildwood, passed away on April 6, 2003 in Libertyville. Born in Columbia, SC to the late Marshall and Beatrice (nee Vogl) Daniel. He was a truck driver for seven years for Barr Electric. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Laura (nee Grange) of 19 years whom he wed on Dec. 2, 1983 in Waukegan; his dogs, Shadow and Prince; brother, Gary Daniel of Joliet; sister, Brenda Toms of Pasadena, Calif.; two nephews and five nieces. In addition to his parents, Wayne is preceded in death by his sister, Karen Daniel and brothers, Gaines "Bubba" and Brian Daniel. 

A memorial service was held at 7 p.m., April 10 at the Strang Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Ltd., 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake. Friends visited at the funeral chapel from 6-7 p.m. prior to the service on April 10. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. 

Ruth M. 'Tad' Tegtmeier 
Age 87 of Waukegan, passed away Monday, March 31, 2003 at the Hillcrest Nursing Center in Round Lake Beach. She was born in Hinckley, the daughter of the late Arthur M. and Grace D. (Hubbard) Evans. Tad was a dedicated friend of Bill W. and Lois. On March 10, 1945, she married Edward H. Tegtmeier and he preceded her in death on Oct. 8, 1986. 

Survivors include her son, James E. Tegtmeier of Woodstock; and her daughter, Marie A. Tegtmeier of Mundelein; her sister; six grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by two brothers; a sister and a grandchild, Paul Kermit Hill. 

Funeral service was held at 7 p.m., April 4 at the Strang Funeral Home in Antioch with the Rev. Joe Mitchell of the Salem United Methodist Church officiating. Private interment was in McHenry County Memorial Park. Visitation was from 4 p.m., April 4 until the time of service. Those desiring may make contributions to the Pastor's Emergency Fund, c/o Salem United Methodist Church, 24130 85th St., Salem, Wis. 53168 in her memory. 

Linda M. Tisch (nee Borgstrom) 
Age 53 of Lake Forest, passed away suddenly, Monday, March 31, 2003 at her home. She was currently employed at the Winchester House in Libertyville. 

Surviving are her husband of 19 years, Louis Tisch; her father, Robert (Margaret) Borgstrom; her sister, Lori (Scot) Goodrich of Lindenhurst and brothers, Jim (Shelley) Borgstrom of Medford, Wis., Steve (Mary) Borgstrom of Libertyville and Tom (Marian) Borgstrom of Antioch and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her mother, Jacqueline Borgstrom of 1990. 

Funeral service was held at 11 a.m., April 4 at the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home in Libertyville. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery. Visitation was from 3-9 p.m. , April 3, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Valley of the Kings Exotic Animal Rescue. 

Margaret Sage 
Age 59 of Chicago, passed away Friday, March 28, 2003 at the Hospice of the North Shore in Skokie. She was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and was a former resident of Libertyville. 

Surviving are her husband, Norman Sage of Chicago; her sister, Kathryne (Ken) Pyette of Toronto, Canada; her brother, Gary (Betty) Wing of Chattanooga, Tenn. She was the aunt of four and great aunt of two. She is preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Violet Wing. 

A Celebration of Her Life will be held at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, April 13 at the Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge, 5901 S. County Line Rd. in Hinsdale. Memorial contributions can be made to either the Hospice of the North Shore, 2821 Central, Evanston, IL 60201 or A Safe Place, P.O. Box 1067, Waukegan, IL 60079 in her memory. Arrangements were handled by the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home in Libertyville. 

Elaine Frances Jez (nee Smolka) 
Age 51, a resident of Eagle River, Alaska., formerly of Fox Lake, died Monday, March 17, 2003 at the Harborview Hospital in Seattle, Wash. On June 28, 1975 she was united in marriage to Thomas Jez in Fox Lake. She had been employed as a teacher with the Anchorage School District. 

Survivors include, her husband, Thomas Jez of Eagle River, Alaska; two sons, Franklin T. Jez of Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany, Orrin G. Jez of Eagle River, Alaska; her brother, Theodore (Cathy) Smolka of Spring Grove; and many other relatives. She is preceded in death by her parents, and by a brother-in-law. 

Friends of the family may call on April 12, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 2206 Main St., in Spring Grove for a 10 a.m. Memorial Mass with Father Stephen St. Jules and Father Henry Nurre officiating. Interment will follow at the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery in Libertyville. Arrangements were handled by the K. K. Hamsher Funeral Home in Fox Lake (The chapel on the lake) 

Luella May Anderson 
Age 85 of Antioch, passed away Monday, April 7, 2003 at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. She was born Oct. 29, 1917 in Browntown, MN, the daughter of the late Walter and Mary (Church) Zitlow. On Aug. 9, 1941 she married Wallace Anderson in Hibbing, MN. and they later moved to Antioch in 1958 when he became the Pastor of the United Methodist Church. Luella was very active in the church having served as a member of the United Methodist Women, the Wesley Evening Circle and the Sewing Circle; she was the chair of the Council on Ministries, a member of the ad council and was a lay member to the annual conference. 

For a time she had worked at the Antioch Township Library. After the death of her husband on July 2, 1962, she graduated from Carthage College with a degree in education and taught kindergarten at Oakland Grade School in Antioch for 20 years. She was a member of the Lake County Retired Teachers Association. 

Survivors include her son, John H. Anderson of Antioch and her daughter, Penny (Didier) DeLopez of Mery-Sur-Oise, France; two sisters, Florence DeBettignies of Canby, MN. And Nancy Reber of ElSegundo, Calif., a daughter-in-law, Judy Anderson of Forest Park; six grandchildren, Scot (Jane), Robert W., Jeffrey, David J. (Gretchen) Anderson and Nicolas and Katrianna DeLopez and her great grandson Cameron Anderson. In addition to her husband she is preceded in death by a son, Bernard in 1996; a brother, Walter Zitlow and three sisters, Minerva "Pete" Rainey, Betty Blanton and Jesse Roots. 

Memorial funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 13 at the United Methodist Church of Antioch, 848 Main St., (Route 83) with Pastor Gary L. Curl officiating. Memorial visitation will be from 2 p.m., April 13 until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church in her memory. Arrangements were handled by the Strang Funeral Home of Antioch.


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