Monthly Archives: May 2019

Ronald D. Gardner

Mr. Ronald Dean Gardner of Grayslake, IL., and formerly of Benton, KY, went to be with our Lord and Savior on May 29, 2019.  He was 78 years old, born in Barley, California February 23, 1941.  Ron was an over-the-road and local truck driver for over 40 years.  He was a “Friend of Bill W.” for 35 years.  He enjoyed attending retreats at Villa Desiderata with the spiritual guidance of Father Lutz and Brother Pat.  He was a member and officer for over 10 years of the Draffenville Lyons Club.  Ron is known for touching so many lives with his caring and encouraging words.  He was known for giving the shirt off his back and opening the doors to anyone at anytime who needed a friend.  You knew you were one of his favorites when he used his witty sarcasm, accused you of cheating at Yahtzee, or you were honored with such terms of endearment like “brat” or “big dummy.”  Ron will always have a special place in all our hearts. Ronald Gardner was survived by his wife, Patricia Gardner (Dauskurdas); one son, Ed (Sheena) Gardner of NC; six daughters, Luanne (Ricky) Sellers of TN, Kimberly (Mike) Powers of IL, Joanne (Dwayne) Curtis of NC, Debbie (Jeff) Frazier of IL, Melissa (Jon) Wise of IL, and Liz (Steven) Hill of IL; 14 grandchildren, Daniel (Nicole) Ellis, Allison (Chris) Grantham, Tiffany (Chris) Burnette, Jessica (Thomas) Reynolds, Eric Sellers, Mike (Lindsay) Powers, Gabe (Jennifer) Powers, James Powers, Ashly Frazier, Kaitlyn Frazier, Kali Frazier, Matthew Wise, Joseph Wise, and Shane Hill; five great-grandchildren, Cameron, Lexy, Ava, Madeline, and Lucas; and many nieces and nephews.  He was extremely proud of all of his children and grandchildren.  A visitation will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 pm at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030.  Prayers will be said at the funeral chapel on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 9:15 a.m. followed by a procession to church where a Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. at St. Gilberts Catholic Church, 301 E Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030.  Donations can be made to Melissa Wise and will be used for sponsoring Villa Desiderata retreat participants in need. 863 Chesapeake Trail, Round Lake Heights, IL 60073.  For more information, please call (847)223-8122 or visit www.StrangFuneral.org.  

Joseph G. Dinklenburg

Joseph George Dinklenburg went home to his Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ on May 26, 2019 in his home surrounded by his wife, Anne, & two daughters, Lisa & Shelly.

Joe was born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1937 in Libertyville, IL to George & Elizabeth Dinklenburg. He was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airbourne Division of the Army, stationed in Germany from 1954-1957.

Joe, known as “Joe the Barber”, spent 61 years cutting hair at “Jim & Joe’s Barber Shop” with Jim Barrett in Ingleside, IL.

He liked building and flying remote controlled airplanes, and was an avid golfer since 1958. Joe was a big Chicago White Sox fan and he took his wife, Anne, & his girls to weekly games at Comiskey Park. They also took many car trips to the West coast to visit family & ski the Sierra mountains. Skiing was another avid sport Joe loved to do with his girls. It wasn’t unusual to see Joe driving around town in his MG convertibles. He loved his sports cars.

Joe and Anne were happily married for 59 years, and loved to spend time together in the islands of the Caribbean.

Joe said that he had always looked at the end of his earthly life with dread. He shared during his illness that it was the opposite and that it was one of the best times of his life, getting closer to God and all of his loved ones, sharing memories and life experiences. Even in the pain he was calm & peaceful. He knew that his Lord, Jesus Christ was beside him & carrying him through the difficulties. Joe wanted people to know that we don’t have to be afraid when we die. The Lord is with us always when we trust in Him.

Joe is survived by his wife, Anne, his daughters, Lisa (Bob) Robinson, Shelly (Jim) Hastings, grandchildren, Sarah (John) Morley, Katy Hastings & Rob Robinson, great grandchildren, Jimmy & Vivi Morley, brothers John & George Dinklenburg and many brothers & sisters-in-law, nieces & nephews & friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, George & Elizabeth Dinklenburg, parents-in-law, Raymond & Mildred Shebesta & beloved sister-in-law, Susie Shebesta

Special thanks to the kind & caring Advocate Hospice nurses, Sandy Krischka & Sandy Soderberg.

A visitation will be held on Friday, June 7, 2019 from 4:00-8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL.  Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 11:30 am at St Bede Church, 36455 N Wilson Rd, Ingleside, IL.  Luncheon to follow mass at CrossView Church, 750 Highview Dr, Antioch, IL.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Joe’s name to: Special Olympics IL – Region B, Jordan Feldman, Director, 103 Schelter Rd #25, Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Marie T. Caviness

Marie Therese Caviness, 76, a resident of Round Lake, passed away May 28, 2019 at her home.  She was born September 19, 1942 in Chicago, IL to Michael William and Lucille Martha (nee: Strzycki) Tunick.  Marie was a lover of nature and enjoyed taking photos of the beauty surrounding her .  She loved to travel and was an avid reader even cofounding the Lakeside Readers Book Club.  Most of all, Marie loved spending her time with family and friends.  Marie is survived by her husband of 31 years, Lewis, and her sister Linda Tunick of Arizona.  She was preceded in death by her parents.  A memorial visitation and service is scheduled for Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 10:00am until 12:00pm with the memorial service commencing at 12:00pm 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 the American Cancer Society.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

Chester Gieruszynski

Chester Gieruszynski, 80, a resident of Grayslake, IL, passed away Sunday, May 26, 2019 at his home.  He was born March 16, 1939 in Poland to Anthony and Jadwiga Gieruszynski.  Chester was a member of St. Mary of Annunciation in Mundelein.  Chester is survived by his wife of 55 years, Alicja, his daughters Beata (Peter) Lachowicz and Katarzyna (Robert) Cioch, his grandchildren Dawid (Sarah Shola) Lachowicz, Magdalena Lachowicz, Jacek (Aleksandra) Cioch, Zuzanna Cioch, and Karolina Cioch, and his great grandson Jakub Shola-Lachowicz.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.  A visitation is scheduled for Friday, May 31, 2019 from 3:00pm until 7:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  The memorial mass is scheduled for Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 10:00am at the St. Mary of Annunciation 22333 W. Erhart Rd. Mundelein, IL.  Interment will be held after the services at the St. Mary cemetery next to the church.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

Robert S. Nicholls

Robert S. Nicholls, 95, a resident of Grayslake, IL, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Sunrise Assisted Living in Gurnee, IL.  He was born July 25, 1923 in Kingsford, MI to Walter and Florida Nicholls.  Bob was a veteran of the Korean War having served for the US Navy.  He was a member of the Carillon North Choir, an avid Packer and Cubs fan, and enjoyed playing golf.  Bob is survived by his children Robert (Sally) Nicholls, Kevin (Gloria) Nicholls, Kenny (Kathy) Nicholls, Barbara (Jim) Hilgenberg, and Donna (Rich) Dushney-Nicholls, his grandchildren Mary, Kathy, Lisa, Angie, Mandy, Heather, Lance, Gregory, and David, and his 13 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Winnifred “Dolly” Nicholls, and his siblings Marcella, Al, Glada, Skip, and Joanne.  A visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 4:30pm until 7:30pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  The memorial mass is scheduled for Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 10:00am at the St. Peter Catholic Church 557 Lake St. Antioch, IL.  Interment will be held privately.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arthritis Foundation https://www.arthritis.org/illinois/.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

Stellamae E. Shilling

Stellamae Elizabeth Shilling, 90, a resident of Grayslake, IL, passed away peacefully after a long illness on Monday, May 20, 2019 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL.  She was born October 18, 1928 in Compton, IL to Christian and Louise (nee: Kehm) Mosiman.  Stellamae graduated from Lee Center High School and moved to Rockford in 1946.  She was married for 46 years to Melvin Shilling and worked at Modern Metals for 28 years.  She moved to Grayslake in 2008 and attended Lord of Glory Church where she enjoyed being a greeter and usher.  Stellamae is survived by her daughter Christine (Frank) Lindh of Grayslake, and her grandsons Trevor Lindh of Zion, IL and Joshua Lindh of Grayslake.  She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin Shilling, her daughter Denise Shilling, her son Rick Shilling, and her parents.  A visitation and funeral service is scheduled for Friday, May 24, 2019 from 10:00am until 11:00am with the funeral service commencing at 11:00am at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  Interment will be held after the services at Trinity Memory Gardens 14712 E. Twombly Rd. Rochelle, IL.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

Stanley Phares

Stanley Phares, 77, a resident of Wildwood, IL, passed away peacefully, at his home, early Sunday morning May 19, 2019.  he was born on April 25, 1942 in the town of Fairmont, West Virginia, as the fourth of five children to Shine and Hattie Phares.  He moved to Waukegan, IL in the early 1960’s and found employment with an envelope company and became a supervisor for many years.  Around this time is when he met the love of his life, Elly (nee: Mogdans) Phares, and married in 1965.  Shortly afterward they moved to the up and coming subdivision of Wildwood.  He soon then became a father to 3 sons and a daughter and spent the last 53 years happily married and raising kids and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.  Stan really loved old time country music.  Both he hand his wife also loved to camp.  They were members of the Good Sam’s camping club for over 20 years and had many really good friends there.  They were also members of the Moose.  He was a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle to many and will be sorely missed.  He is survived by his wife Elly.  His sister Margie (Paul) Kaufut from Park City, IL.  He is also survived by his children Kevin Phares from Round Lake, Kathy (Mark) Hutter from LaFayette, TN, Steven Phares of Grayslake, and John Phares from Wildwood.  Grandchildren Jackie Phares from Round Lake, Jessica Phares from Fox Lake, Jenifer and Kimberly Stewart from Zion, and Jacob Phares from Wildwood.  Also 4 great-grandchildren, Alexis, Hannah, Christa, and Charlie Rose.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Bob and Carl and sister Shelia.  Also a niece Debra Ann Kaufut Yankee, passed last year.  There will be a celebration of life for him in Vernon Hills in June for friends and family.  More details will be posted soon.  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.

Jason M. Baldwin

Jason M. Baldwin, age 42, a resident of Grayslake, passed away, Sunday, May 19, 2019, at his home.  He was born March 28, 1977 in Lake Forest to Michael and Deborah (nee Montalbano) Baldwin.  Jason loved to fish and was a custom car enthusiast. He was a devoted son to his loving parents.  He is survived by his parents; his siblings, Kimberley Baldwin of Maui, Hawaii and Blake Baldwin of Las Vegas, Nevada; and his niece Khloe Dickson.  He was preceded in death by his girlfriend, Brittany. A visitation and funeral service are scheduled for Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 3:00pm until 5:00pm with the funeral service commencing at 5:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.  Memorial donations may be made to the family.  For information, call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.

Natalie L. Kusek

Ms. Natalie Lynn (Fenn) Kusek, daughter of Donna M. Lavin, the
late Martin T. Lavin, and the late Paul E. Fenn, was born on March 9, 1966 in
New Kensington, PA.  Natalie grew up with
her family on the East Coast, graduated from Merrimack High School in 1984 and
earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising from Illinois State
University in 1988. Natalie enjoyed working in Benefits and earned a C.E.B.S.
designation.  She was most recently
employed with MVP Staffing, in HR, as a Benefits Manager in Deerfield, IL and
was looking forward to continuing her career at PLS Financial Services, Inc. in
Chicago, IL as a Director of Benefits.

Natalie died unexpectedly while visiting family in Colorado and went
home to meet her heavenly father on May 9, 2019.  Natalie is survived by her loving daughters, Alexandria,
Brianna and Carissa; her mother, Donna M Lavin; her sisters, Kim (Larry)
Duerkop, Donna Lavin, Diane (Rodney) Gansho, and Nadine Gerling; her
half-sister, Marybeth Fenn;  the father
of her daughters, Jim Kusek; nieces and nephews,  Nicholas, Anthony, Brandon, Robert, Miles,
Brooke, Caden, and Kara;  a great niece
and nephew, Emma and Lincoln; many aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death
by her father, Paul E. Fenn, her step-father, Martin T. Lavin, her half-sister,
Danielle Fenn, as well as all of her paternal and maternal grandparents.

Natalie loved
spending time with her family, cooking special meals, celebrating the
holidays, going to Ravinia, vacationing, and pool time.
 She enjoyed life to the fullest and loved to have fun.  Her top
priority was her daughters, spending time with them, teaching them, and
providing for them. She was so proud of the beautiful girls they have
become.  Natalie will be most remembered for her caring and
giving nature, natural approach to self-care, a healthy lifestyle, a
zest for life, eternal optimism, strong family values, and loving
unconditionally.  She will be deeply missed.

A visitation and funeral Mass is scheduled for Tuesday on May
21, 2019 from 9:30am until 11:00am with the funeral mass commencing at 11:00am at
St. Gilbert’s Catholic Church, 301 E Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030.  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

Brian P. Wisnor

Brian Patrick Wisnor, 52, a resident Round Lake Heights and formerly of Cleveland, OH, passed away Friday, May 10, 2019 at his home.  He was born May 17, 1966 in Cleveland, OH.  Brian was a member of Warriors Watch and Honor Guard.  He worked as a systems manager at Sysmex in Lincolnshire.  Brian is survived by his girlfriend Sarah Hockenberry and her children Zachary and Wyatt Hockenberry, his father Bill Wisnor, his brothers Jim (Darlene) Wisnor and Mike (Michelle) Wisnor, his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews  Jennifer, James, Adison, Emma, Morgan, Angel, Jason, Ethen, Tristen, Cassie, Ariana, Dominic, Tatiana, Angel, Carmine, Breanna, Lauren, and Sydney.  He was preceded in death by his mother Eileen (nee: Cunningham) Wisnor.  A visitation and memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 12:00pm until 2:00pm with a memorial service commencing at 2:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  Interment will be held privately.  Memorials may be made to the family care of Sarah Hockenberry.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.