Monthly Archives: July 2018

Wanda A. Mazurek

Wanda A. Mazurek, 86, a resident of Round Lake Park, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018 at Winchester House in Libertyville, IL.  She was born December 15, 1931 in Chicago, IL to Alex and Josephine Bazydlo.  Wanda is survived by her husband of 67 years, Chester, her children Deborah Mazurek, John (Candie) Mazurek, David (Cheryl) Mazurek, and Dwayne Mazurek, her grandchildren Brandon, Sam, Max, Sara, Rebecca, Matthew, Ryan (Alli), and Alex (Jose), a great-granddaughter Grace Ann, and her many cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents.  A visitation is scheduled for Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 3:00pm until 8:00pm and Friday, August 3, 2018 from 8:30am until 9:00am at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  The funeral mass is scheduled for Friday, August 3, 2018 at 9:30am at St. Joseph Catholic Church 114 N. Lincoln Ave. Round Lake, IL 60073.  Interment will follow after the mass at Ascension Catholic Cemetery in Libertyville, IL.  For information, please call 847-223-8122 or go to www.strangfuneral.org.

Janyce A. Hodgson

Janyce A. Hodgson (nee Istvanek), age 80, of Wildwood passed away on July 25, 2018 at her home.  She was born on August 16, 1937 at St. Catherine’s Hospital in Kenosha, WI.  Janyce was a member of the St. Gilbert’s Catholic Church and the Lake County Homemakers Extension.  She worked as a controller at Liberty Coach and F.K. Foundries for 47 years.  She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Thomas Hodgson; daughter, Tamara (Michael) Worcester; son, Jeffrey (Debra) Hodgson; her sisters, Kathleen (Kit) Gordon, Marijo (Douglas) DeThorne; brother, Gregory (Patricia) Istvanek; grandchildren, Melissa Butler, Judie Butler, Kyle (Jessica) Worcester, Kristin (Matthew) Schultz, and Kimberly Worcester; and 9 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Jeanette Istvanek.

Friends of the family may visit at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030 on Monday, August 6, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  The funeral Mass is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Gilbert Catholic Church, 301 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL. Interment will be held Ascension Catholic Cemetery in Libertyville, IL. For more information log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847)223-8122.

Florence H. Dulak

Florence H. Dulak, 81, a resident of Grayslake, IL, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2018 in Lake Forest, IL.  She was born May 21, 1937 in Chicago, IL to Thaddeus and Florence Larkowski.  Florence worked as an eighth-grade science teacher for Aptakasic Junior High in Buffalo Grove, IL.  She enjoyed being a member of book clubs all of her life, loved the arts, and enjoyed traveling.  Florence was a devout Catholic and was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Gurnee.  She always kept in touch with her college and high school friends and was very proud of her Larkowski heritage.  Florence is survived by her children Charlotte (Craig) Nielsen and Michele Beye, her grandchildren Eric (Abbie) Nielsen, Michael Nielsen, Maggie Thiam, Fallou Thiam, and Issa Beye, her sister Vivian (Al) Kozak, and her numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Stanley, and her son Steven.  A visitation is scheduled for Monday, July 30, 2018 from 3:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  The funeral mass is scheduled for Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 10:00am at St. Paul the Apostle 6401 Gages Lake Rd. Gurnee, IL 60031.  Interment will be held privately.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to A Safe Place 2710 17th St. Zion, IL 60099.  For more information on services, call (847) 223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

Mary Jean Nelson

Mary Jean Nelson, age 74, of Round Lake Beach, passed away on July 24, 2018 in Sunflower County in Indianola, Mississippi. She was born on February 12, 1944 in Chicago to Lillian and Joseph Mikieta.  She is survived by her children, Deborah (Greg) Hinkley of Grayslake, Corinne (David) Ness of Antioch, and Sharon (Bobby) Donnellan of Lake Villa; grandchildren, Abby, KC, Jimmy, Thomas, Max, Martin, Savannah and Aidan; and siblings, Joan (Robert) Morton and Pete (Teri) Mikieta. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Richard; her parents; and 4 brothers.  A visitation is scheduled for Sunday, July 29, 2018 from 3:00pm until 7:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. A funeral service is scheduled for Monday, July 30, 2018 at 10:00am at the funeral chapel. Interment will be held at Ascension Catholic Cemetery.

Susan M. Fitzgerald

Susan Marie Fitzgerald, nee Devaney, age 83, late of Round Lake, formerly of Libertyville, passed away on June 24, 2018. She was the beloved daughter of the late Frank J. and late Susan (nee Campbell) Devaney; loving wife of the late John; dear sister of the late Patricia Walsh, late Mary Ellen Devaney, and late Kathleen McManaman; devoted mother of Alison and the late Jay; dear grandmother of Ryan Elizabeth Fitzgerald; fond aunt of Mark and the late Greg Walsh as well as Brian, Kevin, Mark (Jennifer) and the late Tommy McManaman; and also Gerald (Denise) Fitzgerald, James (Jane) Fitzgerald, Thomas (Joyce) Fitzgerald, Julie Schauer, Peter (Nina) Fitzgerald, Donald Swanson, Sally (Mike) Powers, Susan (Russell) Anderson, Laura (Mark) Miller, Matthew (Amy) Fitzgerald, and Christopher Fitzgerald. She was a loving cousin to many. Sue was a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Chicago Class of 1952 and attended Harper College. She worked as an interior designer for various furniture stores over many years, and she loved to cook, entertain, and throw frequent parties for her family and friends. She also took her children and other family members on numerous fondly remembered vacations to Wisconsin, Florida, and elsewhere. Sue was never shy with her opinions, and she loved to read mysteries and other works. She embraced her Irish heritage and was close to relatives in Ireland, including Ann McDonald, Patrick Thornton, and Bernie Thornton. Family and friends will gather at 11 A.M. on Saturday, August 4, at Strang Funeral Home, 410 E. Belvedere Road, Grayslake, Ill., followed by a short memorial service at noon.

Robert “Bob” G. Schultz Jr.

Robert “Bob” G. Schultz Jr., 75, a resident of Gurnee, IL, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL.  Bob was born January 10, 1943 in Chicago, IL to Bob and Rose Schultz Sr.  Bob is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joan, his children Bob (Bobbie) Schultz III and Lynn (Keith) Rollene, his grandchildren Rylee and Katie Schultz and Payton Rollene, and his siblings Al (Kathy) Schultz, Peggy (Tom) Carey, and Bill (Jan) Schultz.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Donny.  A visitation is scheduled for Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 1:00pm until 4:00pm with a funeral service commencing at 4:00pm 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 Father Scott Donahue Mercy Home 1140 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607.  For more information on services, call (847) 223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

Colonel Robert F. Heinz Jr.

Colonel Robert F. Heinz Jr. passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife of 47 years Erika Heinz and his son MAJ Erik L. Heinz at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville earlier this Spring on 24 April 2018 due to complications from pneumonia. He lived a full life just shy of his 85th birthday. Colonel Heinz is survived by his wife Erika, his three sons Robert F. Heinz III, Richard A. Heinz, MAJ Erik L. Heinz and his daughter Tina Weisler. He is also remembered through his grandchildren; Christopher Heinz, Robin Heinz, Matthew Trawczynski, SSG Anna Trawczynski and SPC Dillon Wolfe. He was preceded by his mother, father and his sister Lois.
Colonel Heinz was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 15, 1933 to Anne and Robert Heinz. He graduated from Fenger Academy High School in 1951, then attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois from 1951 to 1955 where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He was designated a Distinguished Military Graduate (DMG) from the Senior ROTC Program and was Commissioned a 2LT, Medical Service Corps/Regular Army on July 2, 1955.
He attended his Branch Officer Basic Orientation Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. His first duty assignment was with the Medical Company of the 61st Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado, where he served as the Mess, Motors, Maintenance and Supply Officer.
During his first assignment, Colonel Heinz was chosen to attend Army Cargo Helicopter Pilots training at Fort Rucker, Alabama in March of 1956. Upon completion of training in October of that year, he was assigned to the 50th Medical Detachment (Helicopter Ambulance) in the Republic of Korea where he served for 18 months. In 1959, then 1LT Heinz was selected to attend Fixed Wing training at Gary Air Force Base, San Marcos, Texas. Upon completion of this training he was assigned to the 5th United States Army Flight Detachment, Fort Sheridan, Illinois.
Multiple tours in West Germany, Fort Bragg, Fort Benning and two tours in the Republic of Vietnam followed. This included a tour on the Army Aviation Test Board, Fort Rucker, Alabama where he was the OH6-A (Little Bird) Test Manager and Chief of Aircraft Plans being responsible for all facets of testing and the ultimate deployment of the OH6-A (Little Bird). He was also the Medical Service Corps Army Reserve component advisor in Columbus, Ohio in 1975.
While stationed at Fort Rucker with the Aviation Test Board, Colonel, then Major Heinz, obtained a Master’s Degree in Education from Troy State University. During his last tour in West Germany, from 1972 to 1975, Colonel Heinz served as the Commander, 30th Medical Group, Ludwigsburg and Surgeon of VII Corps.
He was promoted to full Colonel in July 1979 and finished his service as the Medical Coordinator for Army Readiness Region V, Fort Sheridan, Illinois. He then became the 4th Army Headquarters, Senior Army Medical Advisor with a Reserve Component responsibility of seven states and 49,000 medical reservists/guardsman.Colonel Heinz retired from active duty on 1 August 1985 at Fort Sheridan after 30 years of service to his country.
Colonel Heinz then returned to school and obtained an Associate Degree in Human Services and became a certified Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor, then the Program Coordinator for the Lake County Substance Abuse Program, Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center, Waukegan, Illinois for 17 years.
Colonel Heinz’s military decorations include: The Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor, Bronze Star w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC), Meritorious Service Medal w/ 2OLC, Air Medal w/ “V” device for Valor and 12OLC, Army Commendation Medal w/ 1OLC, Vietnamese Service Medal w/ 3 Stars, Vietnamese Campaign Medal w/ 10 Campaigns and the Senior Army Aviator Badge.
Foreign decorations include: Korean Legion of Merit- Wha Rang, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/ Silver Star.
Colonel Heinz’s civilian organizations include the Sigma Nu Collegiate Fraternity, Phi Theta Kappa Scholastic Fraternity, the Exchange Club, the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and the Dust-Off Association.
Colonel Heinz loved boating, emailing friends, “brown box sales” at Sears and JC Penny, Jelly Belly’s, his Yugo addiction in the 80’s and his SMART car. But by far, his love of Amazon will forever be remembered!
Colonel Heinz was laid to rest on May 4, 2018 at Fort Sheridan Cemetery in Lake Bluff, IL. He was sent with full military honors, surrounded by family, friends and his fellow soldiers already waiting for him.
The Heinz family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Strang Funeral Chapel in Grayslake and all the service members that provided the military honors for him.

LaVerne K. Thompson

LaVerne K. Thompson, 91, a resident of Round Lake Heights, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at her home.  She was born November 2, 1926 in Chicago, IL to Matthias and Rene Groenwald.  LaVerne was a member of the Round Lake Lions/Lioness Club and a member of the United Protestant Church in Grayslake.  She was an avid bowler and was a part of Lakes Bowling Leagues for many years.  LaVerne is survived by her children John (Elaine), James (Alice), Jacki (Reid) Flade, Joni (Larry) Eskridge, and Jodi (Earl) Cox, her grandchildren Justin, Blake, Brandon, Ian, Zack, Matthew, and Elizabeth, and her great-grandchildren Adelyn, Logan, James, Haley, Colton, Joey, and Savannah.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harry, and her sisters Elvera and Lorraine.  A visitation and funeral service is scheduled for Monday, July 30, 2018 from 9:00am until 11:00am with the funeral service commencing at 11:00am at the United Protestant Church 54 S. Whitney St. Grayslake, IL.  Interment will be held following the services at Highland Memorial Park in Libertyville, IL. All funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lions Club.  For more information on services, call (847) 223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

Angel L. Rivera

Angel L. Rivera, age 87, of Waukegan, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018 at his home.  He was born September 3, 1930 in Ciales, Puerto Rico.  A member of St. Dismas Church,  Angel was also a former member of the Puerto Rican Society and St. Joseph’s.  Angel is survived by his wife, Elba I. Rivera, who he married on December 31, 1956; his children, Angelo Rivera, Margaret DuFour, David Rivera, Rafael Rivera, Maria Borzick, Roberto Rivera, Nelida Rivera, and Evie Rivera-Peterson; his grandchildren, David Rivera Jr, Michael Rivera, Tiffany Vasquez, Christopher Smith Rivera, Tristan Borzick, Daniel Smith, Britteny Vega, Ryan Rivera, Trent Borzick, Taylor DuFour, Danielle Oilschlager, Ashley Rivera, Channing Peterson, Grant DuFour, Nicole Rivera, Amber Lelo, Erica Peterson, Desiree Rivera and Reese Rivera; his great-grandchildren, Jordan DuFour, Malakhi Smith Rivera, Neahmiah Smith Rivera, Payton Borzick, Brody Borzick, Victoria Vega, Aaliyah Peterson, Roman Smith Rivera, Ryder Borzick, Esmeralda Smith Rivera, and Valentino Vega.  A visitation will be held on ­­­­­­Wednesday, July 25, 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 Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 10:00am at St. Dismas Church 2600 Sunset Ave. Waukegan, IL. Interment will follow at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville, IL. For more information please call (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

 

Kay “Michelle” Merten

Kay “Michelle” Merten (Campbell), age 54, Grayslake, IL
Passed away Monday, July 16, 2018. She was born in Kansas City, MO on December 20th, 1963 to James and Elizabeth (Davis) Campbell. She is survived by the love of her life and husband of 26 years David Merten, children Alex and Kristina Merten and brother Tim Campbell. Michelle’s passion in life was being a mother to her two beautiful children Alex and Kristina and her beloved dog Choco, and aunt to her niece and two nephews. Michelle’s life revolved around her husband and two children. Nothing brought her more pleasure in the world than attending all of their swimming, gymnastic, cheer, running or scouting events, to just name a few. She was so proud of all their accomplishments and of being their mother. Along with being an amazing wife and mother, she was a wonderful friend to many. She was fun, sassy and willing to help anyone who needed it. She had a beautiful smile and a wonderful laugh that brightened any room. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will take place Saturday July 21, 2018 from 9 am to 10:30 am with Mass at 10:30 am followed by Lunch at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6401 Gages Lake Road, Gurnee, IL. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations for the children’s education expenses. Donations can be sent to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL. 847-223- 8122, www.strangfuneral.org.