Monthly Archives: January 2018

Joan Broessler

Joan Broessler, 87, a resident of Grayslake, passed away Monday, January 29, 2018 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL.  She was born November 16, 1930 in Chicago, IL to Hjalmar and Ellen Blade.  Joan loved traveling with her husband and was able to visit 49 states and many countries before her passing.  Joan is survived by her husband of 57 years, Peter, whom she wed on July 15, 1961 and her sister-in-law Gertrude Lasner.  She was preceded in death by her parents.  A visitation is scheduled for Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 3:00pm until 7:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.  Interment will be held at Abraham Lincoln Cemetery at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Save-A-Pet 31664 N. Fairfield Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  For information, please call 847-223-8122 or go to www.strangfuneral.org.

Czeslaw P. Kentzer

 

On January 11, 2018 Czeslaw Paul Kentzer passed away peacefully in Danville CA.  Czeslaw Paul was born in Bydgoszcz, Poland to an affluent landowning family.  Together with his two brothers, mother and grandmother he was arrested at the start of World War II and imprisoned at  Cerekwitz, the first concentration camp established by Germany in occupied Poland.  After the Germans confiscated the family’s possessions (including their home, land and business enterprise), Czeslaw Paul and his family were released from Cerekwitz.  To support his now impoverished family fourteen-year-old Czeslaw Paul worked as a farm laborer. The entire family eventually moved to Warsaw where the teenage Czeslaw Paul joined the Polish Underground Army (AK).  During the Warsaw Uprising (1944) he and his battalion Zaremba-Piorun, while under constant German attack, defended their position on Poznanska Street for 63 long days. When the Uprising was eventually suppressed by the Germans, Czeslaw Paul and his fellow defenders of Warsaw were forced to capitulate. As prisoners of war they were interned in Austria.  Undaunted,  Czesław Paul escaped his captivity. Barefoot and with no supplies to sustain him, he reached Switzerland and ultimately Italy where he joined the Polish Army, 2nd Corps. At the end of the war Czeslaw Paul was sent to England with the Polish army  where they were demobilized. Despite the long interruption in his education due to the war,  Czesław Paul managed to complete his high-school education in England in one-and-a-half years. He moved to the United States receiving a scholarship from the University of San Diego where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Czesław Paul continued his education at Purdue University receiving his Doctor of Aeronautic and Astronautic Engineering. He remained at Purdue, teaching  for 34 years, in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. During this time he published numerous scientific papers and promoted several doctoral theses.  His graduate courses were taken by notable American astronauts like Neil Armstrong and John Blaha.  For many years Czeslaw Paul also worked as a consultant for  Lockheed Martin Aviation Co. Upon retiring from Purdue, Czeslaw Paul initially moved to Grayslake IL and subsequently to Palmetto and Sarasota FL. During his retirement  Czeslaw Paul enjoyed studying military history. He himself had received numerous medals and awards for his war-time activities. Czesław Paul was a lover of nature which he relished on his many walking tours.  The last months of Czesław Paul’s life were spent in Danville, CA where he had moved to be near his children, Chris Kentzer (Melanie Bragg) and Paula Scallan as well as his three grandchildren Avery, Jameson and Nicole.

A visitation and funeral Mass will be held on February 7, 2018 from 11:00am until 12:00pm with the mass commencing at 12:00pm at St. Paul the Apostle Church 6401 Gages Lake Rd. Gurnee, IL.  Interment will follow at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville, IL.  All funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  For more information log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847)223-8122.

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Ann Brinegar

 Laura Ann Brinegar, age 54, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2018 at her home in Waukegan.  She was born on January 10, 1964 in Chicago to Larry and Irene (nee Weglarek) Fletcher.  Laura loved to cook and spend time with her family and friends.  She also was a avid reader.  In her younger years, she liked to bowl and go camping.  Laura is survived by her father Larry Gene Fletcher; her children, Amanda (DeVone) Patterson of Wisconsin and Bradley (Shannah) of Wisconsin; her grandchildren, Destynee, Kristina, Aaleyiah, Bradley, DeVone, Khloe, and one grandchild on the way, Blake; her grandmother, Alma of Illinois; siblings, Carol of Illinois and Larry Gene of Illinois; her ex-husband, Clarven of Wisconsin; and her special friend, James.  She was preceded in death by her Mom, Irene, her son, Cory, and her good friend, Laura Redding.  A celebration of life will be held at the Round Lake Sports Complex, 2004 Municipal Way in Round Lake Beach, IL 60073 (847-740-1111) on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.  All arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or go to www.strangfuneral.org.

 

 

Sandra B. Darida

Sandra B. Darida, age 76, of Grayslake passed away Monday, January 29, 2018 at her home. She was born August 21, 1941 in Morrison, IL to Lester and Blanche Bull. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1963. She taught school in Mt. Prospect and Avon School in Grayslake. She later worked as a librarian for the Grayslake Library for 12 years. Sandra is survived by her husband, Denis whom she married 52 years ago on December 27, 1965; her children, Jeffrey (Gracie) of Antioch and Suzanne (Michael) Lewis of Poplar Grove; grandchildren, Austin Darida and Michael, Marcus, and Alexa Lewis; great-granddaughter, Isabella Darida; and a brother Kenneth (Sandra) Bull of Sun Prairie, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or go to www.strangfuneral.org.

Charlie Plescia

Charlie was born at Lake Forest Hospital and died in Round Lake Beach, IL. He was a character for sure, a fun-loving guy with a quick wit who was always fun to be around. He knew how too live for the moment. Charlie worked as a landscaper and more recently doing roofing. He was an outdoorsman, enjoying archery, canoeing, hiking, and working with his hands. He was a big bear of a man who was tough as nails, riding his bike all around Lake County regardless of the weather. Charlie could be very sensitive to others and was always willing to help a friend in a pinch. He was Brother Charlie, or Chuck, or Daryl.

Charlie is preceded in death by his grandparents: John and Mary Lorang, Vincent Plescia, and Jack and Anne Brinkerhoff. He will be sorely missed by his parents Perry and Julia Plescia, Grandma Lucille Plescia, brothers, John, Pete, and Michael, sisters Mariko, Jenny, and Ya Jing, along with their significant others, and many close aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. As well as his faithful dog Khama who put in many miles at his side.

Private family services will be held Saturday in Libertyville, IL.

Saul Hernandez Rios

Saul Hernandez Rios, 64, a resident of Round Lake Beach, IL passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, IL. He was born December 19, 1953 in Mexico to Francisco Hernandez Martinez and Aurora Rios. Saul loved to work and being outside close to nature. He loved corn, was a very social person, and most of all loved his family. Saul is survived by his wife of 38 years, Ofelia, whom he wed on December 8, 1979 in Mexico, his mother Aurora Rios, his father Francisco Hernandez Martinez, his children Soledad (Julio) Calderon of Round Lake, Mayra (Editomas) Rivas of Round Lake Heights, Ariana Hernandez of Round Lake, and Saul Hernandez of Round Lake, his 14 grandchildren, and his siblings Pire (Maria del Refuguio) Hernandez, Pedro (Maricela) Hernandez, Francisco (Leticia) Hernandez, Leonel (Maritza) Hernandez, Gloria (Hector) Mendoza, Hortencia Hernandez, Josefina (Juan) Puga, Isela (Rigoberto) Torrez, and Angelica (Rogelio) Lopez. He was preceded in death by his nephew Rogelio Lopez, and his grandsons Jesus Calderon and Juan Diego Calderon. A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030. A funeral mass is scheduled for Friday, February 2, 2018 at 9:30am at St. Joseph Catholic Church 114 N. Lincoln Ave. Round Lake, IL 60073. Interment will follow at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville, IL. For more information please call (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

James “Jim” K. Olson Sr.

James “Jim” K. Olson Sr.,age 77, passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at his home. He was born January 23, 1941 in Chicago, IL to Henning and Ruth Olson.  Jim is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carol, his children Julie (Bill) Klicka and James K. Olson Jr., his grandchildren Tyler, Maggie, and Jaimie Klicka and Garrett Olson, his siblings Richard (Tiffany) Olson and Sharon (Sergio) Pierluissi, his brother-in-law Ronald (Barbara) Staats, and his niece and nephews Cathy Blais, Rickie Olson, James Olson, and Steve Towers.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  A visitation is scheduled for Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.  The funeral service is scheduled for Monday, January 29, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 29700 N. St. Mary’s Rd., Libertyville, IL 60048 with a visitation starting one hour prior to the service at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will follow the services at Highland Memorial Park in Libertyville, IL.  For information, please call 847-223-8122 or go to www.strangfuneral.org.

Margaret Santori

Margaret Santori, age 88, of Huntley passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018 in Gurnee. She was born December 1, 1929 in Chicago to Peter and Helen (Molski) Sempetrean. Margaret is survived by her husband, Leo whom she married 69 years ago on January 15, 1949; her children, Jim (Colleen) of North Mankato, MN, Nancy of Huntley, Sue of Grayslake, Cathi (Bob) of Chehalls, WA, Mary (Michael) of Grayslake, and Betsy (Jim) of Lindenhurst; grandchildren, Michael, Luke, Matt, Chandra, Emily, T.J., Magge, Katie, Samantha, Danielle, Dawud, Alex, Jenny and Betsy; nine great-grandchildren; and a brother Ron (Judy) of Libertyville. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Katie, and son-in-law, Vern. We all know how difficult it can be raising children, but Midge made it look like a stroll in the park. Not only her husband and children, but her grandchildren and great-grandchildren adore her to this day. We are blessed. Friends of the family may visit on Friday, January 26, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a memorial service at 7:00 p.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030. Memorials to Alzheimer’s Association of Chicago. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or go to www.strangfuneral.org.

Steven Robert Gnarro

 Steven Robert Gnarro, age 59, a resident of Ingleside, passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018 at his home.  He was born November 5, 1958 in Libertyville to Edward M. and Gloria (Schaffer) Gnarro.  Steven is survived by his mother, Gloria I. Gnarro and his brother, Mark, of Grayslake.  He was preceded in death by his father and his brother, Mitchell Elliot.  Interment will be at Ascension Cemetery, 1920 Buckley Road in Libertyville on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. Arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.  For information, please call 847-223-8122 or go to www.strangfuneral.org.

Velma M. Bobrick

Velma M. Bobrick, 80, a long time resident of Wildwood passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2018 in Waukegan, IL. Velma was born on April 27, 1937 to Mabel Hoffmeyer in Palatine, Illinois. Velma was a member of Warren Township Senior Center where she loved to play bingo and socialize. Velma also loved to knit in her spare time, her famous knitted slippers were given to many friends and family throughout her years. She made a lasting impression on everyone she met, with her kind yet spunky personality. Velma religiously made sure the children of Woodland Schools were safely driven to and from school everyday as she was a school bus driver for 33 years. Velma is survived by her sisters Ethel (Darwin) Hallenbeck and Linda (Larry) Fox, her children William (Charla) Bobrick, Debra Hall and Kenneth (Susan) Bobrick, her grandchildren Jennifer (Robert) Kniskern, Kimberly (Benjamin) Davis, Adam Petlak, Brandi (David) Marienau, 2 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. A memorial visitation and service will be held on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm with the service commencing at 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematoriam, 410 E. Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030. For more information please call (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.