Monthly Archives: September 2017

Cathryn L. Bormann

God smiled as he welcomed, Cathryn L. Bormann, 94, home.  Born in Parkridge, IL on June 29, 1923 the daughter of William and Anna O. Bormann.  After graduating from Park Ridge High School, Cathryn attended Ravenswood Hospital nursing school before enlisting the in the US Army.  As a 1st Lieutenant in the Army Medical Core she served as a nurse in the Pacific Islands until the end of World War II.  After her return she worked many years for Marshall Fields department stores where she became one of the first women to become floor department manager.  Cathryn lived most of her life in Park Ridge Chicago area but moved to Grayslake, IL after her retirement.  Cathryn loved adventuring in downtown Chicago, Christmas time at Marshall Fields, decorating her home and the Cubs.  She was a very talented artist with a passion for building miniature 1 inch scale doll houses and shadow boxes.  She enjoyed reading about the world, a good novel, needle point, photography, and was always ready to go antique shopping.  She enjoyed life to its fullest, her way!  Cathryn was devoted to her family and her very special Grayslake friends, especially Anita and Darlene.  She is survived by her nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by her beloved parents and three sisters Arlene, Marion and Patricia.  A private burial will be held at Town of Maine Cemetery in Park Ridge.  All funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org to offer condolences. 

Agnes M. Poehler

Agnes Muirl Poehler, 95, formerly of Mundelein and Antioch, IL went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Friday, September 15, 2017 at Hillcrest Nursing Home in Round Lake Beach, IL.  On June 13, 1922, a beautiful baby girl was born in a small house to Harry and Muirl Shimmin of Tryon, Nebraska.  Agnes spent her early childhood years in and around Tryon.  She also lived in Northern Wisconsin and Grayslake, IL before the family returned to Tryon.  She completed the 8th grade and discovered quilting at the age of 11, as well as canning vegetables and baking.  When she was almost 18 years old she moved to Illinois and found a job cleaning homes and worked for a couple of years when she met the love of her life, Walter Floyd “Fritz” Poehler.  They were married October 11, 1941 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Round Lake Beach.  He passed away November 20, 1977.  She has been a member and longtime volunteer of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church since 1941.  She taught many people how to can vegetables, make jam, bake and basic homemaking skills.  Agnes made the best doughnuts and baked goods and was best known for her beautiful quilts.  Two of her quilts hang in the Nebraska Historical Museum in Lincoln, NE.  She was devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.   Agnes is survived by her daughter Patricia (John) Fosdick; son Walter Thomas Poehler, son-in-law Edward Schroeder; half-sister, Dorothy; grandchildren Tracy (Collin) Bailey; Susan (Brian) Bako; John (Melanie) Poehler; Kathy Schroeder; great-grandchildren Nicholas, Nathaniel, Jayden, Ian, and Emma; great-great-grandson Adrian; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents Harry and Muirl Shimmin; her husband Walter Poehler; her sisters Marian Simonsen and Mattie “Bee” Elizabeth Radke; brothers Allen and Roger Shimmin; and her daughter Elsie Marie Schroeder. Agnes had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone.  She was generous with her time and talents and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.  A visitation and funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9:00am until 10:00am with the service commencing at 10:00am at St. Paul Lutheran Church 420 Greenwood Dr. Round Lake Beach, IL 60073.  The interment will follow at Ivanhoe Cemetery in Mundelein.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church, Disabled Veterans of America www.dav.org or PO Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250, or Smile Train www.smiletrain.org  or Vitas Hospice, 580 Waters Edge, Suite 100, Lombard, IL 60148. All funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org. 

Lewis R. Hoose

Lewis “Bud” R. Hoose, 69, a resident of Lake Villa, IL, passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL.  He was born July 21, 1948 in Chicago, IL to Lewis and Elsa Hoose.  Bud was a veteran having served with the US Navy during Vietnam War.  He had retired from Oracle as Senior Project Manager.  Bud starred in “The Littlest Angel” in 1955 on WGN 🙂.  He served for the Boy Scouts of America for 35 years in various capacities and earned the Silver Beaver Award in 2006.  Bud is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patricia, his children Peter (Annie) Hoose, Nathan (Laura) Hoose, and Andrew (Jennifer) Hoose, his grandchildren Oliver and Juliette, and his siblings Harriet (Bob) Burns and Paul (Carolle) Hoose, and scouting family.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Ginger Miller.  A memorial visitation and service is scheduled for Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 1:00pm until 4:30pm with memorial service commencing at 4:30pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boy Scouts Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Fund c/o NEIC 2745 Skokie Valley Rd. Highland Park, IL 60035.  Bud donated his body to science for Cancer Research.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org. 

William Erwin Kielgas

William Erwin Kielgas, age 77, a resident of Grayslake, passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at his home.  He was born June 5, 1940 to Erwin and Delilas Kielgas.  He was a member of Lord of Glory Lutheran Church in Grayslake.  He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elaine, whom he married on May 6, 1961 in Hilbert, WI; his sons, Mark (Kimberly) of McHenry, IL and Bruce (Jennifer) of Shanghai, China; grandchildren, Stephanie (Peter) Kinder, Brady Kielgas and Emma Kielgas; and one sister, Sue (Art) Fochs of West Bend, WI.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  Friends of the family may visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 18, 2017 at Lord of Glory Lutheran Church, 607 W. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030.  Interment will follow at Willow Lawn Memorial Park, 24090 US Highway 45, Vernon Hills, IL 60061.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society or Lord of Glory Lutheran Church Comfort Dog—Tobias.  Arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030.  For information, call (847) 223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

Freda L. Ratliff

Freda Lyvonne Ratliff, 75, a resident of Round Lake Beach, IL, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 9, 2017 in Libertyville, IL. She was born in Pike County, Kentucky on September 4, 1942, the daughter of the late Fred and Sarah Cox. She was married to Forrest Ratliff on December 24, 1959 to this marriage, two sons were born, Forrest G. Ratliff Jr of Salem, WI and Tim L. (Penny) Ratliff of Trevor, WI; seven grandchildren, Michele, Mickey, Derek, Jessica (who died at birth), Frankie, Sarah and Jon; and 1 great grandchild, Jackson. She is also survived by 2 brothers, Blake (Oda) Cox of Round Lake Beach and Gary Cox of Lake Villa, 7 nieces, 2 nephews, 3 sisters in law and 1 brother in law.
God and family were her top priorities and she felt like her grandchildren were special gifts from God. She was a member of Calvary Temple Christian Center for 47 years.
A visitation and funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 10:00am until 12:00pm with the funeral service commencing at 12:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be held at Highland Memorial Park. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or go to www.strangfuneral.org.

Herbert B. Lortz

Herbert B. Lortz, 84, a resident of Grayslake, passed away Monday, September 11, 2017 at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL.  He was born March 4, 1933 in Chicago, IL to Bruno and Hedwig Lortz.  Herbert was an Indian Guide until he graduated from high school.  He served for the US Air Force during the Korean War and was a member of the Carpenter’s Union Local 250.  Herbert is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy, his children John (Linda) Lortz, Debbie (Ed) Kruk, Cathy Lortz, and Bob (Wendy) Lortz, his grandchildren Marilyn, Brian, Brad, Ann, Brittany, Sarah, Jason, Ryan, and Connor, and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Ruth Loose.  A visitation and funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 3:00pm until 7:00pm with the funeral service commencing at 7:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  Interment will be held privately.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., American Cancer Society, or the American Heart Association.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org. 

Stephen J. Sears

Stephen J. Sears, age 47, of Grayslake, passed away at his home on Friday, September 8, 2017 following a long, courageous battle with cancer.  He was born June 14, 1970 in Chicago to Gerald F. and Elizabeth (Jackson) Sears.  Stephen was passionate about his job at Midwestern Univeristy and proud that he helped students become health care professionals.  He loved the Sox, the Oakland Raiders, and was a Blackhawks fan. He was a huge Beatles and Marx Brothers fan, but, most of all, he loved and adored his family. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Victoria (nee: Heskin), whom he married on November 8, 1991 in Chicago; his parents; children, Christina (John) Franco of Connecticut and June of Connecticut; his grandchildren Rei and Aiden; his siblings, Gerald (Michelle) of Chicago, Kevin (Nicole) of Illinois, Delores (Jim) of Wisconsin; very special and loving friend, Tonya Jackson; and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by many beloved family members.  Friends of the family may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.  The funeral service is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at the funeral chapel.  Memorial donations may be made to ACPMP Research Foundation, 6415 Granger Road, Ste 200, Independence, OH 44131.  For information, please call 847-223-8122 or go to www.strangfuneral.org.

 

Carmen B. Cruz

Carmen B. Cruz, 95, a resident of Waukegan, passed away September 7, 2017 in Waukegan, IL.  She was born January 4, 1922 in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico to Domingo Cruz and Canuta Ortiz.  She was a member of the Latin Pentecostal Church.  Carmen is survived by her children Carmelo (Maria) of Puerto Rico, Adalberto (Amalia) of Los Angeles, CA, Mario (Genil) of Ohio, Pedro (Deixter) of Florida, Carmen (Omero) of Arizona, Luis Ramon (Sandy) of Illinois, Luis (Carmen) Gustavo of Illinois, Gloria (David) of Wisconsin and Belen, her 19 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandson, and her sister Ana.  She was preceded in death by her   parents, her siblings Felipe, Guadalupe, Pedro, Alfonso (Olga), Jose Ramon (Aurea), Sylvia, and Carmen (Pedro), and her great-grandson Alec Marquez.  A visitation and funeral service is scheduled for Monday September 11, 2017 from 10am until 11am with a funeral service commencing at 11am at Latin Pentecostal Church 100 S. Chapel St. Waukegan, IL 60085.  Interment will follow at Warren Cemetery in Gurnee, IL.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Carmen Cruz Memorial. All arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. For more information on services, call (847) 223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

Alice Kathleen Smith

Alice Kathleen Smith, age 80, a resident of Round Lake Beach, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017.  Born in Chicago on October 2, 1936, Alice was a life-long member of St. Joseph’s Church in Round Lake.  She was an American Legion Lady-Bug.  She was also a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  Family and friends always came first in her heart.  She is survived by her children, Norman (Jennifer) Smith of Seattle, WA, Kathy (Rick) Welter of Johnsburg, Ken (Robin) Smith of Grayslake, and Linda (Joseph) Johnson of Round Lake Beach; her grandchildren, Rik Welter, Steve Welter, Christopher Smith, Katie Smith, Grant Smith, Troy Smith, Brandon Johnson, Kyle Johnson, Evelyn Johnson, Eric Johnson, Faith Smith, Luke Smith and Jeremiah Smith; six great-grandchildren; and siblings, Elmer John Stevens “Steve”, Joan (Herman) Kaiser of Paducah, KY and Bernice (Don) Elia of Scottsdale, AZ.  Alice was preceded in death by her loving husband, Norman J. Smith, her mother, Eleanor Rasmussen-Stevens-Teague, her brother, Elmer J. Stevens, and her sister, Bernice Elia.  Friends of the family may visit on Friday, September 15, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.  A funeral mass is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church,  114 Lincoln Avenue, Round Lake, IL 60073.  Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, 33100 North Hunt Club Road in Libertyville.  For information, please call 847-223-8122 or log on to www.strangfuneral.org.

Russell Lee Rathunde

Russell Lee Rathunde, age 57, a resident of Lake Villa, passed away Sunday, September 3, 2017 at his home. He was born February 9, 1960 in Elmhurst. He was a member of Shepherd of the Lakes Church. He is survived by his mother, Dawn Rathunde of Grayslake; two children, David and Corine; grandson, Tony Jackson four brothers, Steven (Debbie), Edward (Vicki), Donald (Lynn), Ronald (Susan); two sisters, Dawn (Jerry) Ring, Diane (Paul) Acutt; in-laws, Craig and JoAnn Ellison; two sisters-in-law, Julie (Dan) Skidds, Jennifer (Norris) Dennis Davidson; and 19 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Amy (Ellison) Rathunde, his daughter, Mindy (Rathunde) Jackson; and his father, Sonny Rathunde. A visitation and funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. with the funeral service starting at 2:00 p.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be held privately. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or log on to www.strangfuneral.org.