Monthly Archives: March 2019

Florentino Gonzalez Jr.

Florentino “Toaster” Gonzalez, Jr.Born 12/3/1965.  A man of many nicknames, passed peacefully in his home surrounded by his devoted family on 3/19/19. He was truly an amazing, devoted, soulmate and husband to Shelly.  A superb father & best friend to Alex, Max, & Jordan (G), Jon, Brit & Sam Straus and all of their significant others as well.  And a wonderful Son to Nani Bev. Known to family & friends as “Dr. Hands of Gold” who could fix anything.  We never needed to hire anyone or wonder how or when it was going to be fixed.  He started as a maintenance mechanic 13 years ago and rose to Corporate Facilities Manager for Medline Industries, Inc.  He was always positive, passionate, dedicated professional and always willing to help or teach. Complications from Leukemia took him too early from our lives.  Please register to be a bone marrow and organ & tissue donor.  All donations should be made to the Leukemia Research Foundation. Please join us for a Memorial in his honor, Friday, March 29th from 6-8PM at Strang Funeral Chapel In Grayslake, IL
Thank you, The Gonzalez & Straus Family

Richard J. Tasker Sr.

Richard James Tasker, Sr., 77, of Round Lake Beach,
passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at his home from Acute Myeloid
Leukemia.  Born November 19, 1941 in
Douglas, Illinois to Ralph Berwyn and Bernita Rae (James) Tasker, he married
his wife, of 51 years, Lois Christine Tasker, nee Thomas on June 3, 1967 in
Wheaton, Maryland.  He was preceded in death by his parents; three
brothers, Larry Tasker, William Tasker, and David Tasker; and three sisters, Linda
Nelson, Susan Griffith, and Barbara Green. He is survived by his children
Stephanie Tasker-Zell, Sandie (Dan) Page, and Richard (Amy) Tasker, Jr.; eleven
grandchildren Tory Tasker, Trevor Zell, Jordan Jilly, Emma Page, Evan Page,
Tucker Tasker, Haiden Tasker, Kamryn Tasker, Michael Zell, Ricky Zell, and
James Zell; three brothers, Stephen Tasker of Bloomington, Jeffrey (Rosalyn)
Tasker of Michigan, and Mike Tasker of Florida; four sisters, Eileen Tasker of
North Carolina, Sarah (Daryl) Stalter of Heyworth, Judy Bowman of Minnesota,
and Kathy (Ron) Lubinski of Arizona; and many nieces and nephews. Richard
enlisted in the Army in 1961 where he was stationed throughout the US, Europe,
and Asia until he retired in 1982.  After retirement, he continued to work
on military bases in various positions including Military Police and Supply
Sergeant. He loved racing stock cars at Wilmot, WI and could be found working
on them in his spare time.  Even when he could no longer race them, he
would go to Wilmot and watch the race.  He enjoyed volunteering with the
Round Lake Beach Mobile Eye Department, watching NASCAR races on Sundays,
traveling to Las Vegas, Indiana State Parks, Disney World, and taking Disney
cruises.  Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. Visitation
will be Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 11 am – 2 pm with a funeral service
immediately following at 2 pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Ltd.,
410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. For more information, please call 847-223-8122 or
visit www.strangfuneral.org.

Terry M. Dixon

Terry M. Dixon, 49, a resident of Grayslake, IL, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL.  He was born April 6, 1969 in Washington D.C. to Sedric and Judy Dixon.   Terry was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Atlanta College of Art in 1992 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Art Institute of Chicago in 1995. His various art techniques include painting, photography, computer art, video, and electronic music. Terry’s imagery is fueled by his love for jazz and electronic music. Terry began exhibiting in 1991 while living in Atlanta, Georgia, and landed on the art scene in Chicago at BAREWALLS 2000.  Most recently Terry was a professor at the College of Lake County in Grayslake. Terry is survived by his wife of 18 years, Patricia, his father Sedric Dixon, his children Terry Jr. and Devin, and his sister Amanda Dixon. He was preceded in death by mother.  A visitation and funeral service is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00pm with a funeral service commencing at 12:00pm on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be held privately.  Memorial donations may be made in Terry’s name to the Amyloidosis Foundation at  www.amyloidosis.org.  For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.

Vicki R. Lange

Vicki R. Lange (nee Feisel), age 68 of Grayslake, Illinois passed away March 20, 2019. She was born on September 6, 1950 in Bowling Green, Ohio to Mason and Ester Feisel. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Fritz. She is survived by her life partner Dan Feddor, cherished friends Stephanie Krum (Steve), Beth Reece (Barry), Rob Teigen (Joanna), and countless friends and neighbors.

Vicki received her B.A. in Fine Arts: Art History and Printmaking from Indiana University at South Bend. Not long after graduation, Vicki moved to Chicago to work for a large advertising firm managing marketing campaigns for many well-known brands. After this, Vicki had a very successful career as a Mary Kay sales consultant before transitioning to the publishing field in 1997. She served as the International Sales and Rights Manager for Moody Publishers for over nine years before working for the University of Chicago Press as Custom & Consortia Sales Manager through 2012. Vicki worked as an office manager for the Hagnell Law Office prior to her retirement. 

Vicki also used her gifts of compassion as a Hospital and Healthcare Service Volunteer at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Vicki was a deeply spiritual person who desired to encourage others with her faith. In 2015 she earned her Certificate of Spiritual Direction from the Transformational Listening Center. Vicki contributed to mission work around the world over the years. She faithfully sponsored orphan children in Haiti through her church, Covenant Presbyterian of Chicago. 

Vicki Lange did everything—that is, everything—with style, wit and warmth. 

She had an abiding curiosity about the world around her and embraced opportunities to discover places, engage new people, and have new experiences. She loved to travel to new destinations, absorbed everything about the people, landscape, food and flavor of the place, and then, return to the familiar because she loved…home. She was a well-heeled traveler and an expert packer who could live out of a carry-on bag and look like she never wore the same thing twice.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed biographies, spy stories, and all things British. She loved to entertain guests in her home and was a gracious hostess and used her artistic talent to create breathtaking Thanksgiving tables that were different each year. Earlier in life, Vicki designed and sewed her own clothes. Her impeccable style endured; no one could put together and accessorize an ensemble quite like she did.  She had a way of conveying warmth and making people feel comfortable; those she knew and loved and those she’d only briefly encountered. Vicki considered a simple name tag an invitation to call a stranger by name and strike up a very personal conversation.

A visitation and memorial service will be held at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030 on Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm with a memorial service commencing at 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Vicki Lange may be sent to the following address. This was Vicki’s favorite charity as the funds are for gynecologic oncology patients in need.  University of Illinois Gynecologic Oncology, Dept. of Ob/Gyn, Attention: Ankit Patel, 820 S. Wood Street, 264 CSN, MC 808, Chicago, IL 60612. For more information, please call (847) 223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.  

Ian M. Anderson

Ian M. Anderson, 38, a resident of Antioch, IL passed away at his home on Saturday, March 16, 2019.  He was born October 13, 1980 in Elk Grove Village, IL to Lynne and Terrence Anderson.  Ian is survived by his mother Lynne Anderson, his father Terrence Anderson, his fiancé Elizabeth Tackett and her children Holden and Braidlyn, his sister Kelley Anderson, and his best friends Frankie Smith and Pauline Kristiansen.  A visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 3:00pm until 7:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.   Interment will be held privately.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

Marilyn R. DeMeyer

Marilyn R. DeMeyer, 66, lifelong resident of Grayslake, IL, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Journey Care Hospice in Glenview, IL.  She was born September 14, 1952 in Chicago, IL to Bob and Ruth Notson and moved to Grayslake when she was 6 months old.  She graduated from Grayslake Community High School and Elmhurst College where she earned an Elementary Education Degree.  She taught first grade at Lakeview School then Millburn School.  She also worked at Faith Baptist Church as a secretary for 12 years, as well as helping her husband, Rich, at his shop.  Marilyn met her husband Rich on a blind date on June 7, 1971 and they married on August 2, 1975.  They stayed happily married for 43 years. Marilyn loved people. And if she couldn’t talk face to face, she was quick to pick up the phone. She loved hosting birthdays, graduations, holidays and parties.  Her laugh and her smile were both contagious and she had a way of making everyone feel at home – friends, family and strangers alike.  She loved having a home full of kids and cared for both her own as well as many others over the years. Nothing was more important to her than her faith in Jesus Christ.  She took every opportunity to pray with others and point them to the hope found in Him.  And through both the highs and lows of life, she leaned on Him to carry her. More than leaving family behind, Marilyn leaves a legacy of a faithful marriage, a strong faith in Jesus, and a deep love for people. Marilyn is survived by her husband, Rich, her children Kristin (Doug) Rowland, Brian (Megan) DeMeyer, Karen (Zach) Ruding, her grandchildren Zander, Clara and Emersyn Rowland and Jordan DeMeyer, her siblings Susan (David) Tripp and Ken (Wendy) Notson.  A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 10:00am at Grace Community Church 15 Commerce Dr. Grayslake, IL 60030.  Instead of flowers and other gifts to the family, donations to Grace Community Bible Church, Rock Island Bible Church, and Samaritan’s Purse are requested. All funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

Miguel Ceja

Miguel Ceja, 88, a resident of McHenry, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL.  He was born April 23, 1930 in Michoacan, Mexico to Juan Ceja and Maria Refujio Alvarez.  Miguel is survived by his wife of 47 years, Alicia Corona, whom he wed on January 26, 1972 in Waukegan, IL, his children Ruben Ceja of Chicago, Maria Del Refujio of Jan Juanico, Mexico, Juan Ceja of Bolingbrook, IL, Miguel Ceja of Waukesha, WI, Gabriel Ceja of Chicago, IL, Elvia Ceja Naranjo of Chicago, IL, Arnulfo Ceja of San Juanico, Mexico, Rosa Ceja Mena of Chicago, IL, Michael Corona of McHenry, IL, Jose Antonio Corona of McHenry, and Alma Corona Tovar, his grandchildren, Veronica, Johnny, Crystal, Daniel, Jasmine, Belen, Julian, Abigail, Eduardo, Victor, Stephanie, Hugo, Lupita, Mikey, Luis, Katherine, Jorge, Mariela, Carlos, Victor, Cruz, Carlos, Cecilia, Carolina, Evelyn, Jocelyn, Lupita, Isaac, Isaiah, Umberto, Dominick, Ulises, Marisol, Alejandra, and 29 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Juan Ceja and his mother Maria Refujio Alvarez  A visitation is scheduled for Friday, March 15, 2019 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  The funeral mass is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 10:00am at the St. Peter Catholic Church 27551 Volo Village Rd, Volo, IL 60073.  Interment will be held after the services at Transfiguration Cemetery in Wauconda, IL.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

Sigurd R. Haaland

Sigurd Rom Haaland, 88, passed away on Sunday March 10, 2019 at his home. He was born on September 15, 1930 in Minot, North Dakota to Theresa Rom and Sigurd Haaland.  While growing up in North Dakota he met and married his high school sweetheart, Marlys Erickson on July 11, 1951.  Sig attended Minot State University and later completed his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago. He worked for International Harvester as Vice President, Controller retiring after 31 years. Sigurd also served 14 years in the National Guard, retiring at the as rank of Captain.  Besides raising a family with Marlys, one of Sig’s passions was Horse Racing. He owned, trained, and raced them for many years. Sig enjoyed spending time with family and being at home.
He is survived by his children, Mark Haaland (Colleen) of The Colony, TX, Kurt Haaland (Brenda) of Katy, TX, Bruce Haaland (Lori) of Streamwood, IL, Karen Colby (Steve) of Grayslake, IL, Rick Haaland (Alicia) of Wylie, TX; many Grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and sister Mary Green who resides in Utah. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlys, and his parents, Theresa and Sigurd Haaland. 

A visitation and funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 11:00am until 12:30pm with the funeral service commencing at 12:30pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  Interment will be held privately.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

Kristine M. Flammang

Kristine M. Flammang, age 59, of Gurnee passed away on March 7, 2019.  Kris was born on March 25, 1959 in Racine, Wisconsin.  She was the loving wife of Randy Flammang for 35 years.  Kris was raised in Racine and Waukegan and attended Waukegan High School. Kris began her career as a successful personal banker.  She was also a proud employee of CDW for 12 years where she made many lasting friendships.  She especially loved being a member of the Drop Ship Team where she took pride in going above and beyond to make others shine. Kris was a devoted wife, mom, and friend who was admired by many for her vibrant personality and generous heart.  She truly loved being surrounded by family and adored her grandchildren.  Kris and Randy enjoyed camping for many years. Kris was exceptionally talented in crafting, beading, sewing, and quilting and received much joy in sharing these gifts with others. Kris is survived by her husband, Randy; Daughters, Heather (Justin) Stried and Nicole Flammang; Grandchildren, Henry, Thomas, and Sidney; Brother, Bobby (Kathy) Meisner; Sister, Pam (Norm) Lefebvre; Aunt, JoAnne St.Amand and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Kris was preceded in death by her parents Morris and Patricia Meisner and sisters Debra Thoreson and Gerri Sawyer. A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Christ Community Church on 2500 Dowie Memorial Drive in Zion, IL at 10:30 a.m. with a memorial service to follow at 11:30 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Camp Zion, a ministry loved by Kris, at www.campzion.com.

Anton Gartner

 Anton “Tony” Gartner passed away peacefully on February 20, 2019. Tony was born September 8, 1934 in Kernei, Yugoslavia. Tony is the son of Jacob and Elisabeth Gartner, father of Andrea, grandfather of Elizabeth, Maria, Steve Jr, father-in-law of Steve, brother of Katherine and Marianne and uncle and granduncle of many nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his sisters Theresia and Elisabeth and his brother Jacob. Tony lived with his family in Kernei until after World War II, when they were forced to leave their home and became refugees in Austria. In April 1952, they all emigrated to the United States. They settled in Chicago, where Tony’s first job was at the Atlas Prager Brewery. Over the years he was an electrician, managed an apartment building and was maintenance technician in a major apartment complex. Tony worked hard all his life. He enjoyed peaceful settings for his vacations, especially fishing the lakes of Wisconsin. He enjoyed gardening, and more recently his favorite pastimes were reading the newspaper and watching Gunsmoke. A gathering of family and friends will be held at 9:00 AM until the Memorial Mass at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at St. John Brebeuf Church, 8307 N. Harlem. Niles, IL 60714. In lieu of flowers, a donation to JourneyCare Hospice will be appreciated.