Monthly Archives: December 2012

Frances Aleckson

Frances Aleckson, a 90-year-old Round Lake resident, passed away Tues. Dec. 25, 2012 at Winchester House in Libertyville. She was born in Chicago, IL to the now late Francis and Isabelle {nee Crowe} Howell on June 1, 1922 and raised by her now late grandparents John and Harriet Crowe. Frances was the loving mother of Bob (Dana) Aleckson, Paul (Susan) Aleckson, Pam Dedrick, and Mark Aleckson; the beloved grandmother of Steven (Jen) Aleckson, Mike (Heather) Aleckson, Kristen (Craig) Swanson, Robert Dedrick, Kerry Heiple, Kaylee “Gracie” Aleckson, and Barbara (Max) Hazen; cherished great-grandmother of Charlie, Grace, Kristen, Alton, Hanna, Ethan, and Jackson; the dear sister of John and Christopher McClory; fond mother-in-law of Judy Aleckson. Her husband John W. “Bill” Aleckson and son John A. “Andy” Aleckson preceded her in death. Friends of the family may join them for a memorial service commencing at 3 p.m. on Fri. Jan. 4, 2012 at The Chapel, 25270 W. IL RT 60, Grayslake, IL 60030 (847) 201-2777. Arrangements were entrusted to STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM in Grayslake.

Harold “Ross” Martin

Harold R. “Ross” Martin, an 84-year-old Saddlebrook Farms (Grayslake) resident, formerly of Wayzata, MN passed away unexpectedly early Thursday morning, Dec. 27, 2012 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.  He was born in Toronto, Canada on September 12, 1928.  Ross worked for Moore Business Forms for 46 years, in both the United States and Canada, retiring in 1993.  He was the beloved husband of 61 years to Joan {nee Ockenden} Martin; the loving father of Craig (Nancy) Martin, Randy (Louise) Martin, and Jeffrey (Rica) Martin; the doting “Papa” of Andrew Martin, Kristy (Sam) Guenther, Melanie (Chad) Johnson, Shannon (Adam) Howen, Kira (Mark Stewart) Martin, and Trevor Martin; the cherished great-grandfather of Trinity, Ethan, Austin, Hailey, and Brooke; the fond uncle and dear friend of many.  His brother Jack Martin preceded him in death.  Friends of the family may join them for memorial visitation on Wed. Jan. 2, 2012 at STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL  60030 from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m., with a memorial service commencing at 4 p.m.  For further information, please call (847) 223-8122 or visit

Bonnie B. Wolff

Bonnie B. Wolff, 72, a resident of Grayslake, IL passed away December 19, 2012 in Libertyville, IL. She was born November 5, 1940 in Chicago, IL to Frank and Alta Henry. Bonnie was a member of the United Methodist Church in Antioch, IL and the Antioch Woman’s Club. She was also a member and active participant at the Antioch Senior Center and the Illinois CPA Society. Bonnie is survived by her husband of 46 years, Michael Wolff, her children Greg (Tracey) Wolff of Denver, CO and Sherri Wolff of McHenry, IL, her granddaughters Zoë Wolff-Murken of McHenry, IL and Grace MacDonald Wolff of Denver, CO, her brother Toby (Susan) Henry, her sister Francine (Zenko) Dykyj, her 11 nieces and nephews, and her 7 grandnieces and grandnephews. She was preceded in death by her mother Alta Henry, her father Frank Henry, and her sister Regina Kreutzer. A visitation is scheduled for Friday December 28, 2012 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. The funeral service will be held on Saturday December 29, 2012 at 10:00am at the funeral chapel. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Libertyville, IL. In Lieu of Flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to National Breast Cancer Foundation, 2600 Network Blvd. Suite 300, Frisco, TX 75024. For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto

Alex Lancaster

Alex Lancaster, 12, was taken suddenly from the world on December 12, 2012 when he was practicing a Batman stunt in his bedroom that went horribly awry. Alex was a 6th grader at Big Hollow Middle School in Ingleside, IL where he was a member of the Honor Roll, active in Newspaper Club, Ski Club, Set Design, and Backstage Crew. When he wasn’t busy with school, Alex loved to build Legos, make movies, read, play with his dog, Pepper, wrestle with his siblings, research new Lego creations or movie styles on the computer, goof-around with his dad, hang with friends, talk with his mom, create things with his grandfather, or play games with his grandmother. Alex also attended The Zone Youth Group at The Chapel in Grayslake, Illinois. Alex leaves behind his mother and father, Jude and Kristina Lancaster, his siblings Emma and Mason Lancaster, all of Round Lake, Illinois. He is also survived by his maternal grandparents, Bill and Judy Geister of West Dundee, Illinois; his paternal grandparents, FW and Cesaria Lancaster of Urbana, Illinois; 4 uncles, 6 aunts, 13 first cousins; countless extended family members; and friends of all ages who loved him deeply. Services will be held on Sunday December 16, 2012 at The Chapel 25270 W. Route 60 Grayslake, IL 60030. A private family visitation is from 1:00pm until 2:00pm, with a public visitation from 2:00pm until 6:00pm and a Celebration service immediately following at 6:30pm. The family is asking that we honor his love of cool and funny sayings on t-shirts. Please don’t wear suits or anything Alex would deem “fancy” and, if you are so inclined, we’d love to see a sea of comical t-shirts that make us smile at his Celebration. As requested by his siblings, all who attend are asked to bring a Lego set in honor of Alex which will be donated this Christmas to children of the area to help spread holiday cheer, as well as to instill in others the love of creating held by Alex. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alex Lancaster Scholarship Fund, c/o Dr. Christine Demory, Big Hollow School, 26051 W. Nippersink Road Ingleside, IL 60041. The family, working with Big Hollow, will establish a special annual Editor’s Award in Alex’s name for the Newspaper Club, an Alex Lancaster Scholarship Program for the Ski Club, as well as various other projects to improve Big Hollow School from a student’s point of view. All funeral arrangements were entrusted to STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. For further information, please call (847) 223-8122 or visit

Raymond Lacroix

Raymond Lucien Lacroix, a 73-year-old Round Lake Beach resident, passed away peacefully with family at his side on Mon. Dec. 10, 2012 in Panama City, FL. He was born on May 25, 1939 in Holyoke, MA to the now late Lucien Joseph and Yvonne Marie {nee Quenneville} Kestler Lacroix. Raymond served proudly for eight years in the U.S. Army Reserves, six months of which was active duty. He attended Ludlow High School in MA, and later finished second in his class at the Ward School (I.B.M.) for computer programming. Raymond was active in local politics, having run for Village of Grayslake Board and Lake County Board, as well as being a past commissioner of the Lake County Health Department. He worked for 15 years at the Park District of Highland Park, and retired from the Village of Gurnee after 10 years of service. Raymond is survived by his siblings Janet (Dave) Lavigne of Ludlow, MA, Carol (Leo) Chenevert of Feeding Hills, MA, and Edward Kestler of Springfield, MA; his children Shannon Yaccino of Chicago, Laurie (Ron) Methe of Springfield, MA, Jodi Yaccino of Chicago, Jackie Lacroix of Grafton, MA, Kathleen (Paul) Hovorka of Broken Arrow, OK, Danny (Michele) Lacroix of Springfield, MA, Kerry (Kevin) McDonald of Santa Fe, NM, Kelley Yaccino of Chicago, Jason (Amber) Lacroix of Grayslake, and Nicole (Christopher) Whittemore Lacroix of Phoenix, AZ; his grandchildren Jason, Ariane, Jeremy, Josh, Lindsay, Jared, Kaitlin, Nicholas, Meagan, Ryan, Alex, Rebecca, Samantha, Jamie, Samantha, Abigail, Rachel, Amelia, Katelyn, Joshua, and Owen; and his great-grandchildren Jason, Kailie, Esias, Nathan, Ava, and Skarlett. His wife Rhoda Mae {nee Kelley} Lacroix, and siblings Marlene Bean, Judith Bumgardner, and James Kestler preceded him in death. Friends of the family may visit at STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030 from 4 P.M. until 8 P.M. on Sat. Dec. 15, 2012. Interment will be held privately. For further information, please call (847) 223-8122 or visit

George Drymalski

George E. Drymalski, a resident of Round Lake, passed away Sunday December 9, 2012, at Highland Park Hospital, at the age of 72.  He was born April 22, 1940 in Chicago to Edwin and Harriette (nee: Kozicki) Drymalski.  George was an avid family man who loved being with his grandkids.  He was a broadcast executive for 38 years.  George is survived by his wife of 46 years, Penny, whom he wed on July 26, 1967 in Chicago, his sons Steve (Colleen) of Rosemount, MN, and Tom (Kristina) of Montclair, NJ, his grandchildren Shannon, Kiera, Lili, and Charlotte, his sister Joan Heuel of Chicago, and his nieces Terresse of Chicago and Julie (David) Vennetti of Chicago. Friends of the family may visit on Saturday January 5, 2013 from 10:00am until 11:00am, with a memorial mass commencing at 11:00am at St. Gilbert Catholic Church 301 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL.  Interment will be held privately.  In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to the American Diabetes Association.  All funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL.  For more information please call (847)223-8122 or log onto

William H. Behenna

William Herbert Behenna, age 80, of Round Lake Beach, passed away at home Mon. afternoon, Dec. 10, 2012. Born Oct. 17, 1932 to the now late Lester and Helen {nee Gilman} Behenna. William retired from American Airlines after 36 years of service. Beloved husband of 60 years to Chloe {nee Brown} Behenna; loving father of William M. (Laurie) Behenna, Kimberly (John) Nizzi; cherished grandfather of William M. Behenna, Jr., Jonathan Behenna, Brett Harmon, and Blake Harmon; dear brother of Roberta (James) Porter of Overland, KS; fond father-in-law of Jeffrey Harmon; uncle of many. His brother Jack Behenna preceded him in death. All services will be held privately. Arrangements entrusted to STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030, (847) 223-8122 or visit