Monthly Archives: January 2018

Josephine “Josie” Grubb

Stevensville, MT – Josephine “Josie” Grubb, 99, of Stevensville, passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018 at The Living Centre.  Josie was born on June 6, 1918 in Chicago, IL to Wojchek “Albert” and Anntoinette (Skotnicki) Nykaza.  Josie was married to Joseph Burke in 1940. He died in 1944 in a truck accident. She then was married to Albert Edward Grubb in 1946. He died in 1964 when he accidently drowned while on vacation.  Josie enjoyed baking, crocheting, oil painting, the outdoors, fishing, camping, traveling and bingo. She had a great sense of humor and loved joking. She loved God and her church and loved her family very much.   In 2007 she moved to Montana to be with her daughter and then in 2009 moved into The Living Centre in Stevensville.  She was preceded in death by her husbands, Joseph Burke and Albert Grubb; a son, Albert A. Grubb; a son-in-law, Philip Catalano; great-grandson, Matthew Heiland; sisters, Louise Szaflarski, Mary Swiech, Helen Karpiel, Charlotte Hovorka; brother, John Nakaza. Survivors include her daughter, JoAnn Catalano of Stevensville, MT; grandson, Thomas (Kelly) Catalano of Gillette, WY; grandson, Russell Catalano of Missoula, MT; great-grandchildren, Meranda and Philip Catalano of Payson, UT and Kameron Catalano of Billings, MT; great-great-grandson, Kyden Catalano of Payson, UT.  Visitation/Vigil service will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 9:30 A.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church 114 N. Lincoln Ave. Round Lake, IL. Interment will follow the mass in the St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery in Niles, IL. The family suggests memorial donations may be made in Josie’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com.

John Brandstetter

John Brandstetter, at rest December 27, 2017.  John was born in Waukegan on October 21, 1929 and was raised and spent most of his life in Grayslake.  He was a proud U.S. Marine Corps veteran serving before and during the Korean War and was a Life Member of both The American Legion and The Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was the Quality Services Manager at Sara Lee Bakery retiring in 1996 after 30 years of service. He was our beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and nephew.  He was renowned for his sense of humor, his loyalty and his love of family, country, the Cubs and the U.S. Marine Corps.  A diehard Cubs fan his entire life he was so excited he lived long enough to see the Cubs win the World Series.  He made a lasting impression on all that were blessed to know him and he will be deeply missed.  He is survived by his wife Susan Nied; his children Leslie (Jim) Kaiser, Brian (Alisa) Brandstetter and Barbara Brandstetter; his grandchildren Nicholas (Christine) Read, Philip Read, Tyler (Samantha) Brandstetter and William Brandstetter; his great-grandchildren Kiana-Rae Read, Tyler Read, Allison Brandstetter, Andrew Keahey, AnnMarie Read and Vivienne Read; his sisters-in-law Jane Brandstetter, Theresa Brandstetter and Carol (Chris) Thompson; his nieces Cathy (Dave) Ott and Anna Kay (Randy) Kutz; his nephews Rob (April) Thompson and Ryan (Erin Wallace)Thompson; his great-nephews Bryan (Katherine) Ott, Connor Thompson and Kyle Thompson; his great-nieces Lauren (Stuart) Steenhoek and Lindsay Ott. He was preceded in death by his son Matthew Brandstetter; his parents Irvin and Fannye Brandstetter; his brothers William and Joseph Brandstetter and his nephew James Brandstetter.  Family and friends will gather on Saturday, January 27 at The Vine; 101 Center Street; Grayslake at 11:00 am with prayers and remembrances at 12:00 pm followed by a celebration of John’s life until 3:00 pm.  Memorials given in John’s memory to The Grayslake Historical Society; 164 Hawley St.; Grayslake, IL 60030 are gratefully appreciated.

Donna M. Powell

Donna Mae Powell, 78 of Grayslake passed away Sunday, January 7, 2018 in Libertyville, IL.  Donna was born on May 22, 1939 in Chicago, a daughter of Maynard and Ethel Stull Powell.   Donna attended Foreman High School in Chicago and graduated in 1957.  She had a long career in the publications industry doing graphic arts. Her talents in art lead her to a love for watercolor painting.  She painted beautiful pieces with numerous paintings entered in local art shows. This is a talent and craft she shared with her late sister Ellen.  Donna had a fine appreciation for antique furniture.  She loved cats and was an avid birder who enjoyed nature and spotting a special bird.  She supported the World Wildlife Federation and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  A Cubs fan for years, she was thrilled when the Cubbies won the World Series.  Donna enjoyed reading and learning and the internet opened up a whole new way to discover.  She had an interest in her ancestry and was able to trace back many generations.  She was a social media user who enjoyed reconnecting with family and friends.  Donna was a strong woman with a good sense of humor, a fight to live and enjoy life. She will be missed.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Maynard Powell, Jr., and four sisters, Anne Yokem, Enid Johnson, Ellen Powell and Virginia Kvorka.  She is survived by many nieces and nephews.   Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Strang Funeral Home in Grayslake, IL.  Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. with a service at 2:00 p.m.

Carole Kathryn Koykkari

Carole Kathryn Koykarri, 81, a resident of Fox Lake, passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018, at her home. She was born in June of 1936 in Aurora to Earl and Ceclia Leighty.
Carole is survived by her children Ryan (Margaret) Pendergast of Antioch and Michael Pendergast of Tacoma, WA; her grandchildren Dan Pendergast of Trevor, WI, Kevin Pendergast of Lindenhurst, Kelly (Michael) Jandl of Racine, WI, Danielle Pendergast of Syracuse, NY and Michelle Pendergast of Annadale-on-Hudson, NY. She was preceded in death by her husband, Neil Koykkari; sister, Lois Bay; and her parents.
A visitation is scheduled for Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 10:00am until 12:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to animal education and Rescue in Libertyville www.aear.org. For more information on services, call (847) 223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

Julie Davidson

Julie Davidson, 84, a resident of Lakemoor, passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Victory Lakes Nursing Center in Lindenhurst, IL.  She was born July 21, 1933 in Chicago, IL to Albert and Nada Cole.  Julie loved her family and being a mother to all.  Julie is survived by her children Richard (Norma) Carlson, Lin (Jack) Hodgins, Daniel (Laura) Borke, Mary Jo (James) Boeing, Lisa (William) Senkiw, Casey (Katie) Davidson, Joey Davidson, and Stacey (Robbie) Gooch, her numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, and her nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Joseph, her daughters Debra Nicholas and Patricia Nicholas, her grandsons Meril (Angie) Mitchell Jr. and Travis Borke, her granddaughter Danielle Borke, and her sister Georgiana (Raymond) Pettitt.  A memorial visitation and service is scheduled for Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 10am until 11am with the service commencing at 11am at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.  Inurnment will follow at Home Oaks Cemetery in Antioch, IL.  For information, please call 847-223-8122 or go to www.strangfuneral.org.

Robert F. Kuziel

Robert F. Kuziel, age 83, died peacefully while in hospice care at Resurrection Hospital on January on January 9, 2018.  He was the son of the late John and Mary Kuziel.  He was the devoted husband of the late Stella F. (nee Lyzyk) and stepfather to Paul, Michael and Gary Lyczyk.  He is survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.  A funeral Mass will be on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 10:30 AM at Saint Symphorosa  Catholic Church, 6145 S. Austin Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60638.  Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery.  All funeral services were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium. Grayslake, IL 60030.  For more information on services, call (847) 223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

Falynn Hironimus

Falynn Hironimus, 29, a resident of McHenry, passed away Sunday, January 14, 2018 in Hebron, IL.  She was born June 18, 1988 in Waukegan, IL.  Falynn is a mother to Madison and Katelynn, fiancé to Juan Castillo, daughter of Craig Hironimus and Stephanie Doll, sister of Gage Hironimus, granddaughter of Lonnie and Sue Hironimus and Harold Doll.  She is also survived by her many aunts, uncles, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her grandmother Nancy Lee.  A visitation and funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 10:00am until 12:00pm with the service commencing at 12:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  Interment will be held following the services at Ascension Catholic Cemetery in Libertyville, IL.  Memorial donations may be made to the family.  For information, please call 847-223-8122 or go to www.strangfuneral.org.

Linda J. O’Neill

Linda J. O’Neill, 69, a resident of Round Lake Beach, passed away Saturday, January 13, 2018 surrounded by her family at her home in Round Lake Beach, IL.  She was born May 28, 1948 in Kenosha, WI to Robert and Jean Burke.  Linda worked for American Fluorescent Corporation for 23 years.  She enjoyed swimming, bingo, and was a great baker and cook.  Linda loved spending time with her family, the outdoors, and fishing, especially in Northern Wisconsin.  Linda is survived by her children Lori O’Neill and Michael P. O’Neill, her granddaughters Sarah, Erin, Samantha, and Meghan O’Neill, her sisters Cindy (Merle Harnden) Maier and Karen (Dave) Mundt, her brother Bob Burke, her brother-in-law Lou Monticelli, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Deborah Monticelli.  A memorial visitation and service is scheduled for Friday, January 19, 2018 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm with the service commencing at 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  Interment will be held privately.  Memorial donations may be made to the family.  For information, please call 847-223-8122 or go to www.strangfuneral.org.

Nancy A. Bracher

Nancy Ann Bracher, 73, a resident of Round Lake Beach, passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL.  She was born February 16, 1944 in Waukegan to Arthur and Era Murphy.  Nancy was loved by her husband for over 57 years and was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She was very much loved and will be missed dearly.  Nancy is survived by her husband of 57 years, Richard Sr., whom she wed on March 18, 1961 in Chicago, her sons Richard Jr. (Debbie) of Round Lake Beach, IL, Gary (Sandra) of Gurnee, IL, Brian of Fox Lake, IL, and Randy (Kim) of Appleton, WI, her grandchildren Richie III (Sherry) of Jainesville, WI, Meagan (Brandon) of Pinckney, MI, Tracie (Pete) of Antioch, IL, Gary Jr. of Racine, WI, Jessica of Racine, WI, Danny of Gurnee, IL, Emma of Round Lake Beach, IL, Nicole of Menasha, WI, Micheal of Gurnee, IL, Randy Jr. of Appleton, WI, Katelin of Madison, WI, Randall of Kaukauna, WI, and Kevin of Appleton, WI, and her 18 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Arthur and Gary Murphy.  A visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 3:00pm until 6:00pm 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 go to www.strangfuneral.org.

Barry T. Adler

Barry Tore Adler, 71, a resident of Lindenhurst, passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Condell Hospital in Libertyville, IL. He was born October 10, 1946 in Chicago to Stanley and Eleanore (Larson) Adler. He was a member of Crossway Community Church in Bristol, WI.
Barry is survived by his wife, Vicky, of 45 years. They were married on December 1, 1972 in Wheaton, IL. He is further survived by his daughter, Tara (Robert) Henevich of Fort Riley, KS; his sister, Laurie (Ken Minkowski) Adler of McHenry, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held at Crossway Community Church, 13905 75th Street, Bristol, WI 53104 on Monday, January 15, 2017 at 11am. A visitation will be held on Monday from 10am until the time of service.
For information, please call 847-223-8122 or go to www.strangfuneral.org.