Monthly Archives: March 2019

Patricia H. Aleckson

Patricia Helen Aleckson (Dean), 93 years old, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, March 29th, 2019.  She was born on April 5th, 1925 to the late Emerson & Irene Dean in Highland Park, Illinois.  In June of 1946 she married Paul Robert Aleckson and they raised their two children in Glenview, Illinois.  Patricia was an avid animal lover and enjoyed spending time with her family.  She cherished her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and will be deeply missed by all that knew her. 

Patricia is preceded in death by her parents, Emerson & Irene Dean, her brother Emerson Dean, her husband Paul Robert Aleckson, her grand-daughter Kristin Aleckson, and her son-in-law Joseph Wolinski

She is survived by her children Robert Edward Aleckson (Maureen), Patricia Wolinski, her grandchildren Jennifer Greenberg (Matthew), Joseph Wolinski (Laura), and Brian Aleckson.  Patricia also had five great grand-children, Kaitlyn Greenberg, Ryan Greenberg, Jacob Greenberg, Grace Wolinski, and Natalie Wolinski.

Visitation for Patricia will be held on Tuesday, April 2nd 2019 from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM at Strang Funeral Chapel located at 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL.   A graveside service will immediately follow the visitation at the Memorial Park Cemetery located at 9900 Gross Point Road, Skokie, IL.  For more information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org

Gerald L. Matayka

Gerald Leo Matayka, age 73, a resident of Round Lake passed away on Monday, March 25, 2019.  He was born on May 6, 1945 in Chicago to Edward and Marie Matayka.  Gerald was a member of the Military Police during the Vietnam War with the division of Phan Rang 504th.  He is survived by his wife, Mary, of 47 years whom he married on October 8, 1972 in Chicago.  He is further survived by his children, Caryn M. Stanley of Platteville, WI and Edward S. (Karen G.) Matayka of Bandera, TX; grandchildren, Alissa K. Stanley of Milwaukee, WI, Quinn A. Stanley of Platteville, WI, Alana M. Matayka of Bandera, TX and Ryan D. Matayka of Bandera, TX; brothers, Edward Matayka of Crystal Lake, Robert Matayka of Bridgeview, and Thomas (Sandra) Matayka of Cary.  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathryn A. Matayka; and his sister, Elizabeth O’Brien.  A visitation and funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 10:00am until 2:00pm with the funeral service commencing at 2:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  Interment will be held privately. Memorial donations may be made to the Wisconsin Fisher House, 5000 National Ave, Milwaukee, WI.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

Eric M. Timmerhoff

Eric Michael Timmerhoff, 40, of Wadsworth and Gages Lakes passed away unexpectedly Sunday, March 24, 2019 at Condell Hospital. 

Eric was born on September 27, 1978 in McHenry to Ronald and Sandra.

He is survived by his wife, Kirsten Bridges; 3 daughters, Hannah Timmerhoff, Kayla Timmerhoff and Julia Bridges; one son, Matthew Timmerhoff; parents, Ronald and Sandra Timmerhoff; niece, Ava Lopez; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and family.  He was preceded in death by his sister, Tiffany Timmerhoff.

Eric was the hardest working man and loved life.  He loved the lake and being outside.  He taught his children how to ride dirt bikes and four wheelers and always kept them active.  He owned his own business, Northwood Builders, and learned carpentry from his mentor Pete Gorsline.

A visitation and memorial service will held at Strang Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030 on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm with a memorial service commencing at 7:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family for Eric’s children at https://www.gofundme.com/85v2qe-by-giving-a-little-you-will-help-out-a-lot 

Carol Hamilton

Carol S. Hamilton, 70, a resident of Libertyville, IL, passed away March 13, 2019 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL. She was born April 23, 1948 in Cleveland, OH to Clarence and Jennie Miller. A memorial visitation and a celebration of life is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 3:00pm until 4:00pm with a celebration of life at 4:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. Following the services at the funeral chapel the family is having a small reception at Green Oaks Community Room 14595 W. Rockland Rd. Libertyville, IL 60048. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information please call (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

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.