Monthly Archives: October 2015

Dena Seymour

Dena E. Seymour, age 46, passed away Tuesday, September 29, 2015 in Grayslake, IL. She was born February 25, 1969 in Burlington, WI. Dena was a consultant for Hi-Tech Housing and DWG Corp. and a member of The Chapel in Grayslake. She is survived by her Seymour brothers, John “Skip” (Leslie Donavan), Thomas (Bonnie Hagness), Chris (Hollie Hollister), and Mark (Robyn); her nieces, Allison Donavan Seymour and Kerrin Donavan Seymour; and her beloved cousins. Dena was preceded in death by her parents, John W. and Margret Hanson Seymour. Friends of the family may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., Monday, October 12, 2015 at The Chapel 25270 IL Hwy 60 in Grayslake followed by a funeral service at 6:00 p.m. at The Chapel. Arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium in Grayslake. For information, please call 847-223-8122. Memorial donations in Dena’s name may be made to Alley Cat Allies, 7920 Norfolk Ave., #600, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Mary Jarvis

Mary Jarvis, 83, died peacefully at home on Friday, October 2, 2015, surrounded by her loving family who cared so very dearly for her throughout her struggle with Alzheimer’s. Mary was born in Chicago, IL on August 21, 1932 to Patrick McNamara and Josephine (nee: Blum) McNamara. She grew up in the South Side of Chicago, and graduated from Kelly High School in 1950. Mary met her husband, George R. “Bob” Jarvis at the Chicago Train station as he was headed off to war. Mary noticed he was standing alone, when everyone else was surrounded by family and friends. Mary, not wanting this young, handsome man to be alone, she went up to him and asked if she could keep him company until his train departed. You could say it was love at first sight and they were married the day after her 19th birthday on August 22, 1951. Mary was a stay at home mom, raising 4 children. When the youngest was old enough to go to school, possessing a true servant’s heart, Mary got a job at Laremont School in Gages Lake, IL as a Teacher’s Aide with children of special needs. She used to say “Where else can you go to work, and get hugs and kisses every day!” Mary worked there 17 years from 1975-1992 and left only once her husband retired from Echo Products. Mary and Bob loved to travel and stared out tent camping with 4 children, later joining the Camper’s Club and upgraded to a camper trailer. In 1987 they purchased a vacation home in the Northwoods of Wisconsin where they enjoyed the various seasons by the lake, cross county skiing, boating, and roasting marshmallows on the nearby island with their 9 grandchildren. They were fortunate to have traveled to all 50 states and over 27 Foreign countries which they enjoyed with family and friends. Mary and Bob also started the Lake County Treasure Hunt with a group of their friends, that were held in the 1970’s in which hundreds of people would participate every Fall. Mary had an unwavering faith in God and was a former member of Wildwood Presbyterian Church and a current member of Faith Church in Grayslake and belonged to a Bible Study group that met weekly in their home. Mary was always known to open her heart and her home to family and friends. Mary possessed a contagious smile and an entertaining sense of humor that always had a way of making people laugh, whether through singing one of her many funny songs, wearing one of her many hats, or simply doing something that showed just how much she enjoyed life and laughter. Throughout her life she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are being changed by her witness of constant nurturing love and faith. Her signature gift of joy, shown through her constant smiling, laughter, and joking around, will never be forgotten and is a quality that most people who know her will always remember. Mary is survived by her husband of 64 years, Bob Jarvis, her children Tom (Lois) Jarvis, Ken (Sue) Jarvis, Carol (Doug) McDowell, and Mary Ann Jarvis, her grandchildren Andrew (Meredith), Ella, Robert, Amy, Christina (Jeremy), Esther, Diana (Jason), Wesley, and Lydia, her great-grandchildren Season, Shane, Amaris, Ezmerelda, Rain, Liam, Nolan, and Travis, her sister Helen Cardwell, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister Barbara Knutson and her brother Gerald McNamara. This was written by her children, in honor of their dearest Mother. It is their tribute to her memory, which will be carried on in the legacy of love which is now in each of them – the lives she formed and touched by her love and tireless devotion… “We love you Mom!” A visitation is scheduled for Friday, October 9, 2015 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. A funeral service is scheduled for 10:00am, Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the Faith Church 954 W. Brae Loch Rd. Grayslake, IL. Interment will follow at Warren Cemetery in Gurnee. For more information please call (847)223-8122 or log onto

Clayton E. Swanson

Clayton Ernest “Ernie” Swanson, 84, born October 24, 1930 in Chicago, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on October 2, 2015. Survived by beloved wife, Jeanette “Jan” (nee: Haag), whom he married on May 17, 1958; proud father of Karen (Phil) Caplis, Jim (Julie), Don (Barb), Bill (Anne) and Mary (Craig) Meyer; cherished grandfather of Michelle, Eric, Rachel, Katie, Mark, Matt, Kelly, Luke, Kevin, Nicole, and Nate; dear brother of the late William (Betty), the late Donald (the late Lorraine), the late Lucille “Toots” (William) O’Hara, and Robert (Karolyn); dear brother-in-law of Suzanne “Sue” (the late Ronald) Heinzel and Mary Ann “Mickie” Haag; and dear uncle of many nieces and nephews. Ernie was kind and good hearted man. He enjoyed golfing and playing pinochle with his brothers, working crossword puzzles, making fudge to share with friends and family and traveling throughout the U.S. with Jan. Most of all, he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Formerly of Des Plaines and North Center area of Chicago where he actively supported the Neighborhood Boys Club. He was a U. S. Navy veteran and a member of the Local 73 Sheet Metal Union. He was a lifelong Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks fan. A visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6, 2015 from 4:00pm until 9:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd.(Rte 120) Grayslake, IL 60030. A family gathering will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 10:00am at the funeral chapel and will be followed with a funeral mass at 11:00am at the old church at St. Mary of Annunciation 22333 W. Erhart Rd. Mundelein, IL. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Mary Cemetery located next to the small chapel. Memorial contributions may be given to Catholic Charities or Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club For more information please call (847)223-8122 or log onto

Mildred Manacek

Mildred Manacek nee Kostelny born September 28, 1924 passed away October 1, 2015. Beloved daughter of Julia & Stephen Kostelny. Beloved wife and best friend to the late Edward Manacek. Cherished mother to Julianne Groh ( Gary), Marianne Piraro ( Andy) and Edward Manacek Junior (Gayle). Loving nana to Christopher, Eric (Stacy), Sara (Nathan), Matthew (Laura), and Mitchell (Sarah). Loving great nana to Blake, Taylor, and Marlowe. Fond sister in- law to Ann Schatz (Ernie), and the late Michael Maniacek ( Mary Ann). Cofounder of the long running business E&M provisions and Elegance in Meats. Active participant in PTA, brownies, cub scouts and church youth groups. Past member of Trinity Slovak Lutheran church in Chicago. A women who will be remembered for her strength, caring and style. All funeral services were held privately and entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium. A celebration of Millie’s life will be held at 95 Legacy Lane Wheeling, Illinois on Tuesday October 6, 2015 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.