Monthly Archives: July 2016

Mary Soder

Mary Soder, age 76, of Grayslake passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.  She was born October 12, 1939.  A member of St. Mary of the Annunciation Church in Mundelein, Mary was also active in the Exchangettes Club, Grayslake Park District, and St. Mary’s Church.  She was a retired Office Manager at Country Companies.  Mary is survived by her children, Lynn (Rich) Legner, Scott, Pamela (Rob) Saam, Veronica Fisher, Don Fisher, Denise Hughes, David (Christi) Fisher, Karen (Larry) Hildebrandt, 22 grandchildren, 21great-grandchildren,  and one brother, Marty (Pat) Heischberg.  She was predeceased by her husband, Theodore, her parents, two children, Cherie and Ted and five siblings. Friends of the family may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, 22333 West Erhart Road, Mundelein, IL 60060.  The funeral mass is scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 30, 2016 at St. Mary’s. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary of the Annunciation Church at the address above or to the Exchangettes, Attn: Pat Stirrat, 560 Barron Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030. Arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL.  For information, call 847-223-8122 or log on to


Deborah A. Billeck

Deborah Ann Billeck passed away at the age of 64 on July 20, 2016. Beloved Daughter of Elaine Billeck and the late Frank Billeck. Loving Mother of Hilary Clostermery, Althea Smith, Megan Merriman and Emilie Clostermery. Proud Grandmother to Milo, Silas, Ellie and Cora. She is survived by nine siblings: William (Bill), Denise, Frank, Robert (Duck), Donna, Diane (Sam) Mary, Bernadette & Dominick (Nick). A treasured friend to many. She was a graduate of Grayslake High School (1970) and Northern Illinois University, DeKalb (1974). A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, July 23rd, beginning at noon at the home of Althea and Brian Smith

In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting donations to offset final costs.

Please send correspondence to:        531 Lake Plumleigh Way

                                                            Algonquin, IL 60102

Arrangements by Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium

Bryce W. Carus

Bryce William Carus, 76, a resident of Grayslake, IL, passed away July 6, 2016 at Burr Oak Manor in Genoa City, WI.  He was born September 14, 1939 in Chicago, IL.  He received his BA degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois, began his career at Stewart-Warner and retired from Alcatel-Lucent.  Bryce loved to roller skate and was a regular feature at the Round Lake Roller Rink for many years.  Bryce is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary, whom he married at St. Gilbert Church in Grayslake.  Other survivors are his much-loved children, Kristen (Greg) Gomez, Sinead Carus, Sean (Diane) Carus, and his grandchildren, Joseph and Brendan Gomez.  He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.  Memorial may be made to the Salvation Army or the American Cancer Society.


Kathleen A. Crowley

Kathleen Ann Crowley, age 76, of Round Lake, passed away at her home on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.  She was born June 30, 1940 in Chicago to Walter and Kathryn (nee Kuehner) Crowley.  Kathy loved the Blackhawks.  She also loved to crochet and loved to bake and make cookies. Kathy had a very generous heart.  She is survived by her siblings, William (Claudia) of Highland Park; brother-in-law, Robert Silvestri; nieces, Christine (Gary) Johnson of Round Lake, Laura (Michael) Gonzalez of Lindenhurst, and Michelle Silvestri of Mundelein;  and great-nieces, Jacquie (Vadim) Silvestri of Gurnee ; Missy Gonzalez of Mundelein; and Toni Johnson of Round Lake.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mary Ann Silvestri.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  All arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.  For information, call 847-223-8122 or visit

Raymond S. Jarecki

Raymond S. Jarecki, 73, a resident of Grayslake, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2016 at his home with his family beside him.  He was born August 25, 1942 in Chicago, IL to Stanley and Helen Jarecki.  Ray was a longtime Brunswick employee and White Sox fan, enjoyed golf, retirement, the company of friends and family, and took extreme pride in his grandchildren.  Ray is survived by his sons Richard (Meagan) Jarecki of Littleton, CO and Jim (Christine) Jarecki of Grand Rapids, MI, grandchildren Matthew, Jessica, Addison, Kelsey, and Carson, special friend Judy Arrington, cousins Ann (Andy) Plonka and Walter (Mary) Jarecki, several nieces and nephews, and his former wife Georgene Jarecki.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  A visitation is scheduled for Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  A funeral mass is scheduled for 10:30am, Monday, July 18, 2016 at St. Paul the Apostle Church 6401 Gages Lake Rd. Gurnee, IL 60031.  Interment will follow at Ascension Catholic Cemetery in Libertyville.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society 58 Progress Parkway Maryland Heights, MO 63043 or Journeycare Hospice 2050 Claire ct. Glenview, IL 60025 .  For more information please contact (847) 223-8122 or log onto

Emmit H. Lehman

Emmit H. Lehman, 86, a resident of Grayslake, IL passed away Monday, July 11, 2016. He was born May 16, 1930 in Jackson, MI to Clarence and Mary Lehman. Emmit was a veteran having served with the US Army and was a Scout Master and Cub Pack Leader with the Boy Scouts. He worked in the food industry his entire career. Emmit enjoyed gardening, was an avid reader, and most of all was a devoted husband and father. Emmit is survived by his wife of 62 years, Juanita, his children Dale (Kathy), Gary (Marcy), Sheryl (Alfonso) Acevedo, and Linda, his grandchildren Andrea (Bill), Geoffrey, Melissa (Matt), Jocelyn,

Elizabeth (Joe), Samuel, and David, his great-grandchildren Bridget, Samara, Gabriel, Rose, and Eve, and his siblings Erma Lewis, Lloyd (Jeanine), Phidela (Raymond) Daniel, Gene (Karen) and Alice (Wayne) Purrett. He was preceded in death by his parents. A visitation and funeral service are scheduled for Saturday July 16, 2016 from 12:30pm until 1:30pm with the funeral service commencing at 1:30pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will follow at Warren Cemetery in Gurnee. Memorial donations may be made to Advocate Hospice 365 Surryse Rd. Lake Zurich, IL 60047 or to the Mundelein Church of the Nazarene 1515 W. Maple Ave. Mundelein, IL 60060. For more information please contact (847) 223-8122 or log onto

Gregory A. Pankow

Gregory Allen Pankow, 69, of Third Lake passed away Monday July 11, 2016 peacefully at home with his wife and daughter by his side, after a brief illness. He was born May 10th, 1947 in Chicago to Edwin and Emma Pankow. Gregory was baptized into the Christian faith on May 25th, 1947 and made public confession of his faith at his confirmation on September 19th, 1982. He married Donna Mae Krumrey on April 30th, 1983. Their first home was in Libertyville and later moved to Third Lake, IL. After graduation from high school, where he was a member of ROTC for 4 years, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served for 5 years during the Vietnam War. He also served in the United States Air Force Reserve for 4 years. He had great love and pride for his country. He also worked for Northwest Airlines for 39 years in the capacity of Equipment Service, and had many friends there. Greg was very involved in play activities with his two grandchildren, Maddy and Jonny, and his cat Neo. His pride and joy were his flower gardens. For 32 years he was a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church in Libertyville by volunteering for many activities. He also was a recipient of a heart transplant and survived almost 5 years. Previous to that he endured an external heart pump for 17 months. He endured the many trips to St. Lukes Hospital in Wisconsin with his devoted wife Donna and by his strong faith. Greg leaves behind his beloved wife Donna (nee: Krumrey) of 32 years, loving daughter Deanna (her former husband Jeremy) and cherished grandchildren Madison and Jonathan Aiken. He was preceded in death by his parents Edwin and Emma Pankow. Greg also leaves behind his brothers Eddy (Cathy) Pankow of Marengo, IL, and Kenneth (Marilee) Pankow of Florida and sister Eileen (Roger) Harris of Kansas and nieces and nephews Jeana, Justin, Kathy (Gary), Richard (Liz), and Michael (Diana). He leaves behind brothers-in-law Eddie (the late Mary) Krumrey, Donald Krumrey and sister-in-law Nancy (Roger) Santagato and also many distant relatives and many caring friends at his church where he participated in evening and Sunday morning Bible class. Friends may visit Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 9:00am until 11:00am with a funeral service commencing at 11:00am at St. John Lutheran Church 501 W. Park Ave. Libertyville, IL with Pastor Raddatz officiating. Interment will follow at Warren Cemetery in Gurnee. Luncheon will follow at church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John Lutheran Church or the Heart Transplant Association at St. Lukes. For more information please contact (847) 223-8122 or log onto

Jose Villamil Alonzo

Jose Villamil Alonzo, age 86, of Hainesville, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. He was born August 30, 1929 Dagupan City, Philippines to Jose T. and Leoncia (Villamil) Alonzo. Jose was a former employee of Voice of America and EWTN-Alabama. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Round Lake. He is survived by his children, Ramon S. (Mely) Alonzo of Manila, Philippines, Angelina A. (Ben) Iligan of Texas, Hercules S. Alonzo of Hainesville, Wilfredo S. (Amy) Alonzo of Hainesville, Renato S. (May) Alonzo of Texas, Teodorico S. (Haydee) Alonzo of Orland Hills, and Joel S. (JoAnn) Alonzo of Gurnee; daughter-in-law, Beth Alonzo of California; grandchildren, Ramonoto Alonzo, Paul Simon Alonzo, Monique Alonzo, Jessica Iligan, Jonathan Iligan, Van Joseph Iligan, Murray Alonzo, Louis Alonzo, Uriel Alonzo, Lynus Alonzo, Andrew Lee Alonzo, Rachel Alonzo, Ryan Alonzo, Celine Alonzo, Charlize Nicole Alonzo, Nathan Alonzo and Nicholas Zachary Alonzo. Jose was preceded in death by his wife, Cresencia; his parents; sons, Isagani S. and Rosauro; and his siblings, Elvira, Ruben, Gloria, Genaro, Adoracion, and Concepcion. Friends of the family may visit from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Friday, July 15, 2016, at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. Funeral mass is scheduled for Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 114 North Lincoln Ave., Round Lake. For more information please call (847)223-8122 or log onto

Michelle Kowalski-Helle

Michelle Kowalski-Helle, age 57, a resident of Grayslake, passed away Friday, July 8, 2016. She was born March 5, 1959 in Southampton, PA. She was an architect and mother. Michelle is survived by her husband, Robert H. Helle whom she married on September 16, 1989; daughter, Emily; son, Andrew; brother, Nick; sisters, Celeste and Lisa. She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen; and father, Andrew. Michelle was born in Pennsylvania, the oldest of four children.  She graduated from the University of Notre Dame as an architect.  As a young girl she knew she would go there, despite the fact that it was not open to women.  She was very proud to be part of the fifth class of women admitted to Notre Dame. There she met the love of her life, her husband Bob. She worked as an architect in Chicago until Emily arrived, and the family relocated to Prairie Crossing in Grayslake shortly after Andrew came along. Everything Michelle did, she did beautifully and with passion; cooking, knitting, quilting, gardening, and designing. She was deeply committed to her family, a wonderful listener, a devoted sister, and a dear friend to many. A visitation will be held at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030 on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friends and family will meet at church on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6401 Gages Lake Road, Gurnee, IL 60031 for a 10:30 a.m. funeral mass. Interment will be at Cedar Grove Cemetery, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN at 1:00 p.m. eastern or 12pm noon central, Thursday, July 14, 2016. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Literature For All Of Us, 2010 Dewey Ave., Evanston, IL 60201 or For more information please call (847)223-8122 or log onto


Robert W. Lowery of Wildwood, IL was born in St. Louis on May 25, 1953. He passed away Saturday, July 9, 2016 at home after his courageous battle with cancer.


Bob is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Marilyn (nee Burtscher) Lowery; his brother Milton James Lowery Jr. (Barbara), his sisters Mary Catherine Zeilmann, Margaret Ann Ellison (John), and Dr. Carol Rose Lowery, as well as several nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Milton James and Mary Lorene (nee Cantrell) Lowery and brothers-in-law Clarence (“Red”) Zeilmann and John Rotter.


Bob was a loving and devoted husband to Marilyn, and a wonderful father to their adopted Australian Shepherd, Shelby. Bob had been on medical retirement from Cardinal Health since 2013. As a 23-year heart transplant survivor, Bob faced countless medical challenges over the years. He faced those challenges with courage, tenacity, strength of spirit, perseverance, and unfailing good humor, for which he was admired, loved, and will always be remembered. As a young man, Bob joined VISTA as a volunteer to work on the Native American reservations in Nebraska. His concern for those who can’t speak for themselves made him a strong life-long supporter of animal rights and a confirmed dog lover. Bob was also an avid Blackhawks, Bears, and White Sox fan.


Visitation Thursday, July 14, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. followed by a memorial service honoring Bob’s life to be held at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030, 847-223-8122.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bob’s name to The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) would be appreciated. Website