Monthly Archives: November 2015

Michael D. Henderson

Michael David Henderson died on November 8, 2015 in Grayslake, IL due to complications following liver cancer. He was 64.

Michael was born on October 7, 1951 in Berea, KY to his parents, David and Connie Henderson. He graduated with honors from Florida Institute of Technology with a degree in Medical Technology in 1977. Michael worked in the healthcare field for many years before retiring to pursue his first love, traditional jazz music. He was an accomplished guitar player, holding the first chair in the University of North Carolina Big Band. He gave freely of his time playing for various charitable causes, infirmed seniors and teaching students interested in the traditional jazz genre. Michael was also an avid angler, beach comber, velocipeder and lover of John D. McDonald books.

Michael is survived by his mother Connie Henderson of Grayslake, IL; her son Scott Henderson; his wife Susan Henderson; their children Tyler Waugh and Max Henderson and son in-law Al Carlson. He is preceded in death by his father, Samuel David Henderson.

A memorial service will take place in Vilano Beach, FL in 2016. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Michael’s swingin’ life. In lieu of flowers, kindly contribute as follows:

Payee; College of Lake County Foundation
19351 West Washington Street
Grayslake, IL 60030
Memo; Michael Henderson Jazz Preservation Fund

John Augustine

John A. Augustine, age 73, of Wildwood, passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at his home. He was born March 22, 1942 in Waukegan to Willard and Fannie Augustine. John was a US Army veteran and was a member of the Lake County Farm Bureau. He worked at Lodesky Trucking and was a farm manager. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Bunny, who he married on February 17, 1990; his step-children, Laurel Garrett, Jeffrey Srch, and Gregory Srch; three sisters, one twin Joyce Witt, Shirley Rion, and Marsha DeRue; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. All services for John were held privately and were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. For more information please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847)223-8122.

Tammy Weir

Tammy Weir, age 48, a resident of Round Lake Beach, passed away Sunday, November 8, 2015. She was born November 1, 1967 in Chicago. She was a sales associate at Kohls in Round Lake Beach. Tammy is survived by her husband Robert, whom she married on February 13, 2013. They had been together since May 1994. Also surviving are her father, William J. Stone of Round Lake Beach, IL; brother, Kenneth (Joanne) Stone of Fox Lake, IL; sister Tina (David) Spradling of Fox Lake, IL; father-in-law, B.C. Weir of Swanse, IL; sister-in-law Cheri Clossen of Carlinville, IL; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Wanda, and her brother, Timmy. Friends of the family may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, Il 60030. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 13, 2015 at the funeral chapel. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park, 33100 North Hunt Club Road in Libertyville. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.

Richard M. Geissinger

Richard M. “Dick” Geissinger, 96, of Wheeling, IL went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 7, 2015 surrounded by his family at Journey Care Hospice in Barrington Born August 12, 1919 in Huntingdon, PA to M. Clair Geissinger and H. Mary (nee: Streightiff). Richard was united in marriage to the late Doris Marie Hughes on December 29, 1943 in Huntingdon, PA. Richard’s greatest joys in life were his faith, his family, especially being a grandfather, and serving others. Dick was a caring and compassionate man in life. He was a member of the Kingswood United Methodist Church for 25 years and had worked as a Vice President and General Manager for ABM Elevator Services. Dick is survived by his daughter Jeri (William Lissimore) Apland, his granddaughter April Apland, his grandson Luke Apland, his great-grandchildren Payten and Rylie, and his brother Robert Geissinger of Huntingdon, PA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris, his son Paul H. Geissinger, and his sister Sara “Sally” Hartman. A memorial visitation is scheduled for Friday, November 13, 2015 from 9:15am until 10:00am with a memorial service commencing at 10:00am with a luncheon to follow, at Kingswood United Methodist Church 401 W. Dundee Rd. Buffalo Grove, IL. Interment will follow the luncheon at Spring Grove Cemetery in Delavan, WI. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Journey Care Pepper Family Hospice Care Center 405 Lake Zurich Rd. Barrington, IL 60010. For more information please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847)223-8122.

Helene H. Sywyk

SywykHelene Hildegard Sywyk (born Hecker).

Helene, “Oma” was 90 years old when she passed away at her home early morning Saturday, November 7th, surrounded by loving family and friends at her bedside. She died of complications from a heart attack that occurred earlier in the week.

Helene was born in Silesia, Germany in 1925. In 1953 she married her beloved husband of 33 years, Stefan. In 1956 they immigrated to America, settling in Chicago, where they started their family.  Their first son, Michael “Mike” was born in 1958, and Stefan ”Steve/Schtevie”, in 1962. Wanting to live in a more rural setting, they moved to Round Lake Park, IL, in 1970, and then to their current home in Round Lake in 1975.

Helene’s door was always open to people stopping by. Her kitchen table was the place of many discussions and meals with family, friends and anyone who sat down to wait for Mike or Steve for more than a minute. No-one was allowed to leave the house without eating something. She loved to cook, especially for others, and she loved food (especially kit-kat bars). She loved to spoil her grandchildren with yummy treats, usually offering them baked goods and other sweets. Helene loved cats and always had one around the house. Although each cat was unique, they were always named “mitzi” (kitty in German). Helene’s favorite hobby was gardening, she loved to plant and tend her flower garden….she absolutely loved flowers.  She also liked to make good use of everything growing in her garden by preparing all-natural, home-made foods, cooking, baking her special “kuchen” and making jellies and preserves. She also enjoyed knitting, sewing and traveling. She made several trips to Germany, California, Hawaii and numerous other destinations to visit family, friends and places of interest to her.

Helene was preceded in death by her loving husband Stefan, sole sister Gertrude, and Sister in-law Anastasia Malejkyj.  She is survived by her 2 sons, Michael(Cindy) and Steve(Denice). “Oma” is also survived by 6 grandchildren: Tania(Jose), Crystal, Jennifer(Michael), Robin(Jeret), Michael and Laura, as well as 7 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at Strang Funeral Chapel on Saturday, Nov. 14th, with viewing time starting at 11:30 am until 1:00pm with the funeral service commencing at 1:00 pm.  Burial will follow at Avon Cemetery in Grayslake, IL.

 

There will be a reception with early supper following the burial, at Johnny’s Chophouse, 1500 Main St.(Rt 83), Antioch, IL 60002, all are invited to attend.

 

In lieu of donations, please consider sending flowers to either Strang Funeral Chapel 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030 or to your mother.

 

Sharon L. Welch

Sharon L. Welch (nee: Hendee), 81, of Round Lake, passed away Saturday, November 7, 2015, peacefully at her home. She was born June 25, 1934 in Waukegan, IL to Elmer “Nibs” and Kathryn Hendee. She graduated from Grant High School in 1952 and went on to study nursing at St. Therese in Waukegan. On September 21, 1957 she married Robert Welch at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Round Lake, IL. She continued her nursing career until she became a full-time stay at home mother to her five children. Sharon is survived by her husband, Robert Welch, her children Robert (Patricia) Welch Jr. of Trevor, WI, Rennae (Randy) Talbert of Salem, WI, Ryan (Terrilyn) Welch of Johnsburg, IL and Randy (JerriLynn) Welch of McHenry, IL, her grandchildren Josh (Margie) Talbert, Katie (Jason) Hocin, Jake Welch, Kayla (Zach) Shannon, Preston Muehlfelder, Cody Welch, and Taylor Muehlfelder, and her first great-granddaughter on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Rhonda Welch Muehlfelder on May 11, 2000, and her brother Don Hendee. A memorial visitation is scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 10:00am until 11:00am with a memorial service commencing at 11:00am, at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Midwest Palliative & Hospice Care Center 2050 Claire Ct. Glenview, IL 60025. For more information please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847)223-8122.

Mitchell E. Szot

Mitchell E. Szot, 81, of Wildwood, Il, passed away on November 4, 2015 at home. Mitchell was born on October 25, 1934, in Chicago, Il to Jacob and Mary Szot (nee Wrazien). Mitchell worked for Com-Ed as a foreman and retired after 40 years of service. Mitchell is survived by his wife, Irene, whom he wed on June 14, 1958, his children Michelle(Michael)Browning, Matthew Szot, Mark Szot, Mitchell P. Szot and Marlene Szot, his grandchildren, his nieces and nephews, and his brothers and sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents. The visitation is scheduled for Monday, November 9, 2015 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. The funeral mass is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 10:30am at St. Gilbert Catholic Church 301 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL. The interment will be held at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Niles, IL. For more information please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847)223-812

Dorothy N. Magnini

Dorothy N. Magnini, age 86, a resident of Round Lake Beach, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2015 at her home. She was born in Chicago on January 31, 1929. She was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Gurnee and a philanthropy club member. She was the loving daughter of Julio and Mary Masseccesi; dear brother of Raymond (Vickey), dear mother of Rich  (Sheila) and Linda, loving friend to Marina, cherished grandmother to Gabriella, Brandon, Nicholas and Natalie, endeared grandmother to Jason, Justin and Megan, Jillian and Tiana, and Jackson. Friends of the family may visit on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6401 Gages Lake Road, Gurnee, IL 60031. Interment will follow at Ascension Cemetery, 1920 Buckley Road in Libertyville. Arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. For information please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847) 223-8122.

Alfred J. Theriault

Alfred J. Theriault, age 77, of Grayslake and previously of Palatine, passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. He was born March 26, 1938 in Chicago to Alfred and Margaret (Boivin) Theriault. Alfred was USAC mechanic and a retiree of The Autobarn. He was a NASCAR fan and he loved to play golf. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sharon (Knaack), whom he married on November 25, 1967 in Chicago; his children, Michele (Mike) Koterbski, grandchildren, Laura and Aaron of Lake in the Hills and Kurt (Shelly), grandchildren Hailey, Mickey, Emma, Joe and Lily of Charleston, IL; his brother, David; his sisters-in-law, Fran, Linda, and Peggy; and his brother-in-law, Gary (Beth) Knaack. Alfred was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Edward and Paul. Friends of the family may visit on Friday, November 6, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. Private funeral service and interment at Mt. Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst. For more information please call (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

Edward Emerson Cozzens

Edward Emerson Cozzens of Waukegan, beloved husband of Teresa, father of Julia Burnett and Edward Cozzens and grandfather of Austriana Burnett and Keishara Cozzens passed away at his home, Monday, October 5, 2015 after a long illness.  He was born in Chicago on January 12, 1949 to John and Lillian (Midderhoff) Cozzens. Edward is also survived by his brother, John (Dannyae) Cozzens; his sister, Antoinette Richardson; uncles John, Joe (Shirley) and Thomas Midderhoff; nephews John (Andreia), Stephen (Jennifer) and William Cozzens; and many cousins, great-nieces and nephews, and in-laws.  He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and other beloved family members.  Edward was an army veteran who served in Viet Nam.  He worked in many positions throughout his life including working at Anne Kiley Center in Waukegan for 17 years where he had many friends.  He was loved and will be missed by many.  Friends of the family may visit on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 1:00 p.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.  For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.