Monthly Archives: June 2013

Betty J. Swenson

Betty J. Swenson, a resident of Park City, passed away Friday June 28, 2013 at the age of 81. She was born July 15, 1931 in Chicago to James and Grace (nee: Selix) Ecklund. Betty loved the American Indian culture and collected Indian memorabilia. Betty is survived by her children Candy Alesi (nee: Stoneking) of Park City and Ray (Jackie) Swenson of Kentucky, her grandchildren Steve Bartousek of Schaumburg, Christina Crop of Beach Park, Hank Stoneking of Park City, Hayley Stoneking of Park City, Gina Hubbard of Park City, and Amy Davis of Kenosha, and her 4 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sons William and Wayne Alesi. A burial service will take place on Tuesday July 2, 2013 at 11:00am at Ascension Catholic Cemetery in Libertyville. All funeral arrangements were entrusted to STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. For information, call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.

Dorothy E. Giernoth

Dorothy E. Giernoth, a resident of Round Lake, IL, passed away Friday June 28, 2013 at the age of 86. She was born in Chicago, IL. Dorothy was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Round Lake and had retired from Walmart. Dorothy is survived by her children Mary Lee (James) Anderson, Andrew (Diane) Giernoth, Walter (Corinne) Giernoth, and Dan (Karen) Giernoth, her grandchildren Mark (Tracy) Anderson, David Anderson, Susan (Ramiro) Berreles, Carol (Robert) Berreles, Lee (Erin) Giernoth, Greg (Stacia) Giernoth, Kim (Josh) Kinard, Matt Giernoth, Robin (Shawn) Rossmann, Melissa Giernoth, and Michael Giernoth, her great-grandchildren James, Brandon, Autumn, Emily, Cody, Desiree, Jacob, Nickolas, Tiffany, Heather, Josie, Paige, Dan, Madelyne, Sara, Tyler, and Caleb, and her sister Lorraine Sisson. She was preceded in death by her husband Leroy Giernoth, whom she wed on April 2, 1946, and her brothers Elmer Mied and Arthur Mied. A visitation is scheduled for Monday July 1, 2013 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030. A funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday July 2, 2013 at 10:30am at the funeral chapel. Interment will immediately follow at Windridge Cemetery in Cary, IL. For information, call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.

Iva Anderson

Iva Anderson passed away June 28, 2013 at the age of 96. She was born March 3, 1917 in Hennepin, IL. She was a member of the Ivanhoe Congregational Church. Iva is survived by her children Donna (Tom) Wachholder and James (Mary Lee) Anderson, her grandchildren Barb (Vern) Law, Tom Wachholder, Mike (Gerrilyn) Wachholder, Mark (Tracy) Anderson, David Anderson, Susan (Ramiro) Berreles, Carol (Robert) Berreles, her great-grandchildren Julianne, Tommy, Kyle, Kim, Mary Jo, John, Jay, Angel, James, Brandon, Autumn, Emily, Cody, Desiree, Jacob, Nickolas, Tiffany, and Heather, and her great-great-granddaughter Melanie. A visitation is scheduled for Friday July 5, 2013 from 9:30am until 10:30am with a funeral service commencing at 10:30am at STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be held following the service at Ivanhoe Cemetery in Ivanhoe, IL For information, call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.

George C. Schechner

George C. Schechner, Age 92, beloved husband of Margaret J. Schechner nee Trillschoen, who preceded him in death in 2004, longtime residents of Grayslake and parishioners at United Protestant Church of Grayslake, died on June 28, 2013 at Manor Care of Libertyville after a long fight with COPD. Born in Chicago, grew up on the near west side with brother Robert (who died in 1953), served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, served in the Army Signal Corps during WWII in Italy, served the City of Chicago as a firefighter for 30 years before retiring as a Battalion Chief in 1984. Many remember his service to Chicago as a first responder to the fire at Our Lady of the Angels, and his pride for his service in 1980 when other firefighters left to strike and he remained with other officers to conduct critical fire and rescue operations under police protection for 23 days.
After marrying in 1956 George and Margaret enjoyed 47 years of marriage that included European vacations to visit Margaret’s many relatives , long road trips in powerful cars before radar detection, and dining at all the German restaurants they could find with many friends and family members. Survived by maternal cousins, Thelma Gontesky of California and Judy Meyers of New York. Internment private. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL. For more information contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

George J. Klindera Jr.

George J. Klindera Jr., a resident of Grayslake, passed away Thursday June 27, 2013, at the age of 84. He was born June 18, 1929 in Waukegan, IL, to George J. Sr. and Antoinette Klindera. George had retired from Volkswagen after having worked for over 20 years. He was a veteran of the US Air Force having served during the Korean War. He was a member of the Gagewood Lions Club and the Methodist Church in Camdenton, MO. George was an avid sportsman and fisherman. George is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty, his children Kathryn Walter and Mike (Lisa) Klindera, his grandchildren Justin Walter and Jana Klindera, and his siblings Elaine Spokas and Carole Roy. He was preceded in death by his parents. Friends of the family may visit Monday, July 8, 2013 from 5:00pm until 7:00 pm with a memorial service commencing at 7:00pm at STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Diabetes Association. For information, call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.

Blanca M. Gonzalez

Blanca M. Gonzalez, a resident of Grayslake, passed away Thursday June 20, 2013 at the age of 72. She was born January 31, 1941 in Mexico to Juan and Diamantina Morales. Blanca was a longtime volunteer at St. Joseph the worker in Wheeling and a member of the Women’s club at Our Lady of the Brook in Northbrook. She was also part of the Women’s auxiliary at Thorek Hospital in Chicago. Blanca is survived by her children Blanca (Pat) Gonzalez-Dunsmore, Virgil (Tina Beckham) Gonzalez, Lorena (Paul) Risinger, and Sandra (Andrew) Gonzalez-Low, her grandchildren Drake, Briana, and Mason Dunsmore, Grant Gonzalez, Liliana (Jason) Bober, Cameron, and Alecia Gonzalez, Chase, Aubrey, and Hannah Risinger, and Eliana, Carissa, and Sarina Low, her great-grandchildren Madelynn, Echo, Ella, and Jason Jr., and her brother Juan Morales Garza. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Virgilio, her infant son Juan Carlos, and her brother Victor Morales Garza. Friends of the family may visit Sunday June 23, 2013 from 2:00pm until 6:00 pm at STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030. The funeral mass is scheduled for Monday June 24, 2013 at 10:00am at St. Gilbert Catholic Church 301 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL. Interment will follow at Ascension Catholic Cemetery in Libertyville, IL. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in Blanca’s name. For information, call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.

Melinda F. Alcantara

Melinda F. Alcantara, a resident of Gurnee, IL passed away Sunday June 9, 2013 at the age of 50.  She was born May 27, 1963 to Miguela Flores.  Melinda was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Gurnee.  Melinda was actively involved in the music ministry at St. Anastasia, and a fundamental driving force in establishing the annual Simbung Gabi tradition celebrated by Filipinos of Lake County during the Christmas season.   She last worked for Sunrise Assisted Living in Gurnee.  Melinda is survived by her husband of 30 years, Rodrigo Alcantara; her mother Miguela Flores; her children Minnie Rose Alcantara, Charlene Alcantara, Christian Alcantara; her granddaughter Mikaelyn Joy Domingo; and many cousins.   Friends of the family may visit Friday June 21, 2013 from 4:00pm until 8:00 pm at STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030.  The visitation will continue on Saturday June 22, 2013 from 9:00am until the time of the funeral mass at 10:00am at St. Paul the Apostle Church 6401 Gages Lake Rd. Gurnee, IL.  Interment will follow at Warren Cemetery in Gurnee, IL.   Memorials may be made to St. Paul the Apostle Church in Melinda’s name.  For information, call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.

Marie Jane Koch

Marie Jane Koch, age 54, passed away unexpectedly in Elizabethtown, IN on June 17, 2013.  Friends of the family may visit at STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030 on Friday, June 21, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon, with the funeral service commencing at 12 noon.  Interment will follow at Ascension Catholic Cemetery in Libertyville.  (847) 223-8122 or visit strangfuneral.org.

Nancy E. Behning

Nancy E. Behning, age 61, passed away at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville on Friday evening, June 7, 2013.  Friends of the family may join them for visitation on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at United Protestant Church, 54 S. Whitney Street, Grayslake, IL 60030, with funeral services commencing at 11 a.m.  Interment will follow at Avon Centre Cemetery in Grayslake.

Nadia Begin

Nadia Begin, age 90, of Chicago, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Forest Edge Nursing Home in Chicago.  She was born in the Ukraine on April 15, 1923.  Nadia loved gardening and cooking.  She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Mungle, of Round Lake;  her grandchildren, Peter (Ashley) Stoczanskyj of Nebraska, Mark Stoczanskyj of Grayslake, and Angie Stoczanskyj of Ingleside; and her great-grandchildren, Mikey, Natalie and Anya.  Nadia was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Peter Begin, and her son-in-law, Mike Stoczanskyj.  Friends of the family may visit from 6 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with the funeral service commencing at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2013 at STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.  For information, call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.