Monthly Archives: March 2014

Mary Jane Lucas

Mary Jane Lucas (nee Lett) of Grayslake, IL passed away on February 28, 2014 at the age of 92. She was born on July 18, 1921 in Bertrand, MO to parents Thomas L. Lett and Minnie E. Golightly. Mary Jane Lucas’ legacy touched many communities throughout her life; she held senior leadership and center of influence positions in several organizations to include: President, Grayslake, IL Park Board; Lake County Forest Preserve District; business entrepreneur – Lucas Grocery and Grill; Keynote Speaker on WWII at community schools, Memorial and Veterans Day ceremonies; War Bond Promoter with Chicago radio stations; and celebrated as the first person from her home state area to enlist in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC/WAC). She was a strong advocate for the military and nation’s veterans, and a champion voice for Grayslake, Lake County, and many civic organizations. Mary Jane Lucas is survived by her children George J. Lucas II, Marilyn J. Lucas, Charles J. Lucas Jr., five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. A visitation and memorial service will be held on Sunday afternoon, 16 March 2014 from 2 – 4:00 PM with a service commencing at 4:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. At 4:00 PM, the service will include honor ceremonies from the American Legion and U.S. Military. Interment will be scheduled for Arlington National Cemetery with military honors where Mary Jane Lucas will join her deceased husband COL Charles J. Lucas Sr. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to American Legion Post #659, PO Box 247, Grayslake, IL 60030, for: The Patriotic Pen Scholarships – in Memory of Mary Jane Lucas. All funeral arrangements are entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium. For information, call 847-223-8122 or on the internet at

James A. Krewson

James A. Krewson, 68, of Round Lake, passed away March 8, 2014. He was born August 18, 1945 in Chicago, IL. A visitation is scheduled for Wednesday March 12, 2014 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm with at funeral service commencing at 7:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel and Crematorium. Interment will be held privately.

Jeredene “Jerry” L. Bouma

Jeredene “Jerry” L. Bouma, age 72, of Wildwood passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014.  She was born in 1941 in Oak Park, IL to Theodore and LaVergne Anderson.  Jerry graduated from Warren High School in 1960. She enjoyed camping, ceramics, reading and spending time with her grandkids.  She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Bill; her children, Jamie (Travis) Vanderpool, Daniel (Linda), Kelly (Kerri) and Tracy (Andre) Surdez; four grandsons and four granddaughters; and her siblings, Judy Bentley, Janice Beake, and Ted Anderson II. She was preceded in death by her parents.  Friends of the family may visit from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with the funeral service commencing at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.  For information, call 847-223-8122 or visit


Genevieve A. Thomson

Genevieve A. Thomson, age 96, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the Wealshire in Lincolnshire. She was born July 26, 1917 in Gurnee to George and Anna (nee Pitak) Magiera. Genevieve was a member of St. Gilbert Catholic Church in Grayslake and loved the joys of her life, her great-grandchildren and grandchildren. Genevieve is survived by her children, Patricia (William) Zielke of Rochester, NY, Margaret Koupal of Norwalk, OH, and Barry (Maureen) of Johnsburg; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; siblings, Ed Magiera of Union Grove, WI, Irene Carey, Leo Magiera of Ocala, FL; and by numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, George. Friends of the family may visit on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with the funeral service commencing at 11:00 a.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will follow at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or log on to