Monthly Archives: January 2019

Robert L. Thorp

Robert L. Thorp, 82, a resident of Gurnee, passed away
Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Autumn Leaves in Gurnee.  He was born September 25, 1936 in Waukegan,
IL to Alfred and Amanda Thorp.  Robert
was a veteran of the US Army having served during the Korean War and worked
over 40 years civil service as a computer programmer and retired from the
Electronics Supply Office at the Great Lakes Naval Base.  He loved genealogy, was an avid reader,
enjoyed jogging including running in 2 marathons, and enjoyed gardening.  Robert is survived by his wife of 56 years,
Mary Alyce (nee: Ritz), whom he wed on August 25, 1962, his daughters Jennifer
Kurich, Sara (Steven) Gibbs, and Caroline Thorp, his grandchildren Robert
Kurich Jr., Emma Kurich, Brian Kurich, Veda Gibbs, Joseph Gibbs, and Luke
Gibbs, his brother Fred Thorp, and his many nieces and nephews.  The family would like to give a special
thanks to the staff and caregivers at Autumn Leaves and Dr. Regan
Christopolous.  He was preceded in death
by his parents and his sisters Adelle Richey and Claire Thorp.  A visitation and funeral service is scheduled
from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00pm with a funeral service commencing at 5:00pm on Thursday,
January 17, 2019 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 Alzheimers Association.  For information, please call 847-223-8122 or
visit www.strangfuneral.org.

Dorothy A. Fitzgibbons

Dorothy A. Fitzgibbons, 90, a resident of Third Lake, IL, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Autumn Leaves in Gurnee, IL.  She was born November 24, 1928 in Chicago, IL to Ralph and Ellen Angstmann.  Dorothy grew up and lived in Chicago for most of her life until moving to Lake County.  She enjoyed baking and giving away her baked goods to friends and family.  Dorothy enjoyed playing cards and crafting.  She also worked for Frederick School in Grayslake as a lunch monitor for 10 years.  Most of all Dorothy enjoyed spending time with her family.  Dorothy is survived by her children Donna (Bob) Golchert, James Fitzgibbons, and Keith (Jenny) Fitzgibbons, Grandchildren, David Golchert, Amy (Charles) Lindley, Kevin Fitzgibbons, Beth (Michael) Pickering, Lisa (Steny) Mathews, Megan (Ricardo) Sanchez, Ragina (Jack) Robertson, Florence (Richard) Schuchard, Victoria Boucher, and Norman Baith, many great grandchildren, her brother Ralph (Joyce) Angstmann, and her brother-in-law Dale (Sally) Fitzgibbons.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Irving, her sisters Rosemary Angstmann, Marie Meister, Alice Sutula, and Violet Justice, her brother John Angstmann, daughter-in-law Pat Fitzgibbons, and granddaughter Marion Williams.  A visitation is scheduled for Monday, January 21, 2019 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  A funeral mass is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at St. Paul the Apostle Church 6401 Gages Lake Rd. Gurnee, IL 60031.  Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in River Grove, IL.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.   For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.

Paul W. Rateike

Paul W. Rateike, 87, a  resident of Hainesville, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Journeycare Hospice in Barrington, IL.  He was born on August 8, 1931 in Palatine, IL to Paul and Anna Rateike.  Paul was a veteran having served for the US Army and worked for over 40 years as a plumber with Union #130.   He was a devoted member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mt. Prospect until becoming a member of Lord of Glory Lutheran Church in Grayslake since moving to Hainesville.  Paul is survived by his children John Rateike and Susan (Jeff) Gately, his grandchildren Allison and Jake Gately and his many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Kay, his son Scott, and his brother and 4 sisters.  Friends of the family may visit at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030 on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.  The funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Lord of Glory Lutheran Church, 607 W. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030 at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Barrington.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lutheran Church Charities Comfort K-9 3020 Milwaukee Ave. Northbrook, IL 60062.  For information, please call (847) 223-8122, visit www.strangfuneral.org or see our facebook page.

Dorothy L. Nelson

Dorothy Loretta Freeman Nelson passed away in Vero Beach Florida on January 6, 2019 at age 98.  She was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 7, 1920 to Thomas Herbert and Lucille (Heinrich) Freeman.  She is survived by her caring brother Ronald (Patricia) Freeman of Third Lake, IL, loving son Thomas L. Nelson (Mary nee: Belec) of Wildwood, IL,  caring daughter –in- law Nanette Paparelli of Sebastian, FL, cherished grandchildren Kimberley Nelson Serzynski (Patrick) of Lake Villa, IL, Daniel Nelson (Tina) of Vero Beach, FL, David Nelson of Sturgis, MI, Thomas Nelson Jr. (Crystal) of Wildwood, IL, John Nelson of Wadsworth, IL, Timothy Nelson (Nicole) of Salt Lake City, UT, and precious great-grandchildren Daniel (DJ) Nelson, Donald Nelson III, Patrick Serzynski, Nicolette Nelson, Ryan Nelson, Sabrina Nelson, Ace Nelson, Ava Nelson and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and friends.  She was preceded in death by her beloved spouse of more than 60 years, Milford (Mel) W. Nelson and loving sons Richard H. J. Nelson and Donald H. Nelson, brother Thomas Freeman, sister-in-law Stephanie Freeman, sister Jean Mills and grandchildren Jerald C. Nelson, Donald H. Nelson Jr., and granddaughter – in-law Sheryl Nelson.  Dorothy enjoyed many activities including bowling, guitar playing and singing.  Nothing made her happier than a spirited game of pinochle or bunko with family and friends.  Dorothy worked in a textile factory in the 1940’s and as a switchboard operator in the 1950’s.  In 1966, Mel and Dorothy started D.L. Nelson Manufacturing Company in their basement and when the company grew, moved their business to Grayslake, IL until they sold it in the 1980’s and enjoyed an early retirement with family and friends.  Dorothy and Mel also led the St. Gilbert’s Guitar Mass for several years and enjoyed their time as snowbirds between Lake County, IL and Vero Beach and Arcadia, FL. Friends and family may visit on Tuesday, January 15th at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium at 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL from 4:00p.m. – 9:00 p.m.   A funeral mass is scheduled for Wednesday January 16th at 10:00am at St. Gilbert Catholic Church 301 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL.  Interment will follow at Ascension Cemetery 1920 Buckley Rd., Libertyville, IL.  For more information please call (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org or our facebook page.

Joyce A. Tousignant

Joyce A. Tousignant, 76, a resident of Grayslake, IL, passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at her home.  She was born June 24, 1942 in Chicago, IL to Carl and Alveretta Walters.  Joyce enjoyed travelling in her motor home to visit her family in Texas and Florida where she developed a special relationship with her godchildren Andrea, April, and Joey.  In her younger days she loved boating and camping with family and friends and ran a daycare out her home loving all of her “kids”.  Joyce had a wonderful social life with her husband and friends and loved visiting with family.  Joyce is survived by her husband of 55 years, Lee, her children Linda (Billy) Hendrickson and Lisa (Josh Brown) Orians, her grandchildren Nicholis Hendrickson, Britny Hendrickson, Woody Orians, and Fhalyshia Orians, and her sisters Barb (Mike) Iovino and Carla (Terry) Staniszewski.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Mary Lou Fritz, and her brother Eddie Walters.  A visitation and memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 12:00pm until 2:30pm with a memorial service commencing at 2:30pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  Interment will be held privately.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org or our facebook page.

Janet P. Plutz

Janet P. Plutz (Prawl), of Grayslake, passed away January 2, 2019 at the age of 85. She was born in Lincoln, NE on August 26, 1933 to John and Blanche (Phillips) Prawl, but spent most of her youth in California where she met her future husband of 60 years, John, in San Francisco in 1952.  Jan was a lifelong avid reader and anglophile often spending hours at the library browsing.  She enjoyed shopping (especially looking for those good bargains), and playing games with family and friends.  Even as they got older the grandchildren would always insist on playing Old Maid with grandma when they came to visit.  Her regular dominos games with neighborhood friends was a source of enjoyment up to the very end of her life.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one son, Steve.  She is survived by her children, John Patrick (Mary) of West Allis, WI, Matthew of Champaign, IL, Lorraine (Craig) Weidner of Trevor, WI, and Joseph (Sonelius Kendrick-Smith) of New York, NY; grandchildren, John Michael (Amber) of West Allis, WI, Kimberly (Mike) Shacklee of Kingston, IL, Jaclyn of Kingston, IL, Abigayle and Kayla of Naperville, IL, Casey and Kyle Weidner of Trevor, WI, Brianna (Peter) Jackson of New Orleans, LA; great-grandchildren John Charles and Ashlynn; daughter-in-law, Karen, of Rockford, IL; and sister, Roxanne Widfeldt of Roseville, CA;  In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The National Kidney Foundation (www.kidney.com).   Thanks to all of her health care professionals especially the dialysis team at Fresenius Medical Care, Round Lake.  Without their skill and expertise we would have lost her much sooner.  Finally, a huge thank you to the nursing staff at Northshore Hospital Highland Park for their compassionate care during her final days. A funeral mass is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 12, 2019 at St. Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church, 22333 W Erhart Road, Mundelein, Il 60060. All arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, for information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.

Cicely Ryan

Cicely “Cis” Ryan, age 91, of Glenview, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family at her home on Thursday, December 20, 2018.  Cis is survived by five children Anne (Fred) McGlynn of Milan, IL; David Ryan Jr. of Waukegan IL; Thomas (Sucoro) Ryan of Waukegan, IL; William (Barb) Ryan of Boynton Beach, FL; and James (Julie Hextell) Ryan of Wilmette, IL.  Cis was the beloved grandmother of Sarah (Shawn Kilty) McGlynn; Ellen McGlynn; Jesus (Dani) Castillo, Geovanni (Melissa) Castillo; Rachel, Michael, Sean, Madeleine, Ramona and Carter Ryan; and the delighted great-grandmother of Lucas Castillo.  Cis will be sorely missed by her dear brother, Sam Hicks, of Loveland, OH, as well as other nieces and nephews.  Cis was born in Charleston, WV, in February 1927.  She spent her early years in New Jersey and Ohio, and graduated from Oberlin College in 1948.  Cis married Dave Ryan in 1950, and they moved to Lake County. Cis lived in Grayslake, Spring Grove, Fox Lake, and Glenview.  She taught middle school math to a generation of students at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Round Lake, before retiring to focus on her passions (golf and bridge).  Cis was thrilled to see her Chicago Cubs win the 2016 World Series.  Cis was preceded in death by her husband David; their infant son Steven Collins Ryan; her older brother Gilbert Hicks III; and her parents. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 10:00-12:00 a.m., followed by a short memorial service, at Strang Funeral Home Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.  Private internment at Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville, will follow. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or go to www.strangfuneral.org.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind, which was a help to Cis in recent years.  https://chicagolighthouse.networkforgood.com/projects/14524-give-today-to-the-chicago-lighthouse)

Margaret A. Rockenbach

Margaret A. Rockenbach, 73, passed away on January
2, 2019, at her home.  She was born
October 23, 1945 in Chicago, IL to Herman and Dorothy Peters.  Margaret was a member of the Lakeland Church
in Gurnee.  Margaret enjoyed being a
grandmother spending a lot of her time spoiling her grandkids and loved
spending family time at the cabin in Presque Isle, WI. She was a master quilter
producing many cherished heirlooms for her family.   Margaret is survived by her children Todd
(Donna) Wellens, Russell (Lisa) Rockenbach, Timm (Lucy Pryke) Wellens, and Paige
Rockenbach, her grandchildren Kaitlyn Wellens, Zach Wellens, Rebecca
Rockenbach, Jessica Rockenbach, Samantha Rockenbach, and Brandon Rockenbach,
and many nieces and nephews.  She was
preceded in death by her parents, her husband Terry Rockenbach, her
granddaughter Amanda Rockenbach, and her sisters Joanne and Karinne.  A visitation is scheduled for Friday, January
4, 2019 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410
E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. 
The funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 11:00am
at Lakeland Church 440 N. Hunt Club Rd. Gurnee, IL 60031.  Interment will follow the services at Avon
Centre Cemetery in Grayslake, IL.  In
lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Lakeland Church or to the
Grayslake Lions Club.  For more
information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.