Monthly Archives: June 2018

Roger A. Schneider

Roger Allen Schneider, age 69, a resident of North Chicago, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at his home. He was born March 31, 1949 in Waukegan to William and June Schneider. He graduated from Round Lake High School in 1967 and was an U.S. Army veteran. Roger is survived by his brothers, David (Doris) and Donald (Karlene); nieces and nephews, Wayne Schneider, Kurt (Irina) Schneider, Karen Weipert, Susan (Bob) Staupe, Donald Schneider, Jr., and Douglas Schneider. He was preceded in death by wife, Kathleen; his parents and his brother, Larry. Interment will be held privately at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL. 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

Brett M. Beckett

Brett M. Beckett, 52, a resident of Antioch, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018.  He was born November 28, 1965 in Waukegan to William and Christina Beckett.  Brett was a graduate of Round Lake High School in 1983.  Brett is survived by his daughter Kylee Beckett, his dad William (Toni) Beckett, his girlfriend Donna Fruzyna, his brothers William (Tiffany) Beckett and Darren (Jennifer) Beckett, his nieces and nephews William Jr., Courtney, Riley, Morgan, Gavin, and Jackson.  He was preceded in death by his mom Christina, and his uncles John and Clarence.  A visitation is scheduled for Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 12:00pm until 3:00pm 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 a college fund for Kylee at  For more information on services, call (847) 223-8122 or log onto

Donald D. Steffen Sr.

Donald “Don” D. Steffen Sr., 74, a lifelong resident of Grayslake, IL, passed away Monday, June 11, 2018, at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL.  He was born February 17, 1944 in Chicago, IL to Michael and Pearl Steffen.  Don was a graduate of Grayslake Community High School in 1962 and was a member of St. Gilbert Catholic Church.  Don worked in the industrial oil and lubricant industry and was dedicated to helping customers by understanding their needs and building long lasting relationships.  His highest priority was to family, evidenced by his choice to volunteer on the Grayslake District 46 school board and serve as president for 11 years.  He tried to make a positive impact for his and all children in the district.  He loved building wonderful play structures (out of wood, cardboard, or snow) and creating fantastic Christmas decorations.   Don’s greatest joy came from his children and grandchildren.  Don is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia “Pat”, his children Amy (Michael) Vagnoni, Don Steffen Jr., and Sarah (Ken) Clark, and his grandchildren John, Ryan, Danny, and Mary Vagnoni, and Sami and Madelaine Steffen.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his mother-in-law Mary Fish.  A visitation is scheduled for Monday, June 25, 2018 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  A memorial mass is scheduled for Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 10:00am at St. Gilbert Catholic Church 301 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  Interment will be held privately.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.  For more information on services, call (847) 223-8122 or log onto

Doris Jean Gillespie

Doris Jean Gillespie, age 87, of Grayslake passed away Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Holy Family Medical Center. She was born on February 5, 1931 in Chicago to Frank and Edna (Kohler) Rath. Doris was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Gurnee. Doris is survived by her daughter, Debra (Scott) Becker of Grayslake; grandchildren, Robert D. (Daisy Segura) Hall, Jr and Jennifer Becker of Grayslake; great-grandchildren, Robert D. Hall III and Kattleya Camela Hall. She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Gillespie.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Doris’s name to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.

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Richard “Dick” Hink

 Richard (Dick) P. Hink, age 85, a resident of Gurnee, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at his home which was his greatest desire. He was given very compassionate care by the nurses and CNA’s of Vitas Hospice.

He is survived by his wife, Sharlene Guy of 53 years; his children, Patrick and Marcia (Jason Meyer); and his cherished grandchildren, Will, Rachel and Kevin. He was one of eight children. His sister, Mary Mallo, the second youngest, told him to put on his dancing shoes because there is going to be quite a party when he sees his parents and siblings again.

Dick loved sharing his passion for music, dancing, the White Sox, and Notre Dame football with others. He was a history buff, especially the Civil War and WWII so the fact that he died on June 6, D-Day, spoke to us.

His other great passion for the past 40 years was sponsoring children in Central America through UNBOUND and hopes that this ministry will be supported in his absence. (UNBOUND, 1 Elmwood Drive, Kansas City, KS 66103)

Considering the many health issues he endured over the years, he decided to donate his body to the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois for medical research.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 10:30am at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6401 Gages Lake Road, Gurnee, IL 60031. A visitation will be held on Saturday at church from 9:00am until the time of Mass.



Barbara R. Craig

Barbara Ruth Craig, 78, of Grayslake, Illinois passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018. She was born to the late Kenneth and Violet Holmberg on April 10, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois. Barbara was a 1958 graduate of Grayslake High School where she met Richard Lynn Craig, her high school sweetheart and the love of her life. They would have shared 59 beautiful years of marriage on June 6, 2018. Barbara is survived by her husband, Richard and four children; Kerry (Terry) Miller, Lori (Jan) Rische, Ken (Anne) Craig, Kelly (Shawn) Kirby; 13 grandchildren; Marcus, Madison, Connor and Trent Miller; Shane and Brent Rische; Angela Ranck, Jessica (Elias) Ramirez, Betsy (Paulo) Alfonso, Mandy Ranck and Jenny (Tom) Galloway; Cole and Kate Kirby; 1 great-grandchild; JP Alfonso, nieces and 1 nephew. A very special part of Barb’s life was enjoying their summer home on Chambers Island, Door County Wisconsin. Reading, knitting, cooking and traveling were among her favorite things. She was passionate about life; and of course, she loved her sports! Go Cubs Go! Most importantly Barb treasured the closeness of her family and friends.  She has taught us all that family is life’s greatest blessing. Barb’s story has not ended, but has left a legacy that will continue on forever.  Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 6 from 4-8 p.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel in Grayslake, Illinois. The Funeral Service will be held at the United Protestant Church 54 S. Whitney St. Grayslake, Illinois, Thursday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations in the memory of Barb Craig, can be made at Choroideremia Research Foundation @