Monthly Archives: October 2019

Duane H. Steffen

Duane H. Steffen, 69, of Grayslake, passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL. He was born December 30, 1949 in Marshfield, WI to Harry and Frances Steffen. He had three siblings who preceded him in death, Sharon Rivers nee Steffen, Don Steffen and Jerry Steffen. Duane married his wife of 51 years Joy Steffen, nee Clark on September 14, 1968. They have one daughter Amy Tasker nee Steffen, her husband Rich Tasker, Jr. Three grandchildren, Tucker, Haiden and Kamryn. Duane was loved by many including his brother and sister in-laws, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins along with his very close friends. Duane was a truck driver for Grayslake Feed Sales, retiring in 2015 with 43 years of dedicated service. He loved taking long weekends camping where he would enjoy a great campfire with friends and reminisce about the good old days, play horseshoes and on the fall Sunday evenings watch his favorite football team the Green Bay Packers. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at the Round Lake Beach Civic Center, 2007 Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach, IL 60073 from 2:30pm-6:30pm. We will be honoring the classic Duane-style and wear his favorite plaid/flannel shirts, jeans and boots. “Rather than mourn the absence of the flame, let us celebrate how brightly it burned.”

Anthony Botman

Anthony “Anton” Botman, 85, a resident of Grayslake, IL, passed away Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL.  He was born May 3, 1934 in the Netherlands.  Anton immigrated to the United States in 1967.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus with St. Joseph Catholic Church in Round Lake.  Anton enjoyed music, singing, dancing, and being part of the church choir, but Anton’s true passion was bicycling.  Anton is survived by his wife of 56 years, Louisa, his children Caroline (Tom) Copenhaver, Marion (Brian) Wilson, Monique (the late David) Gonzalez, his grandchildren Krista (Jack) Dippold, Emilee Copenhaver, Haley Copenhaver, Andrew (Amy) Litchfield, Daniel Wilson, Lindsay Wilson, Sabrina Gonzalez and Alexandra Gonzalez, his great-grandchildren Lincoln Arkel and Henry Anton, and his siblings Jos Botman, Piet Botman, Wil Botman, and Agatha Botman.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Jan and Dick Botman, and his sister Afje Botman.  A memorial visitation and service is scheduled from 4:00p.m. until 7:00p.m. with a memorial service commencing at 7:00p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be held privately.  For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.

Katherine Moffatt

Katherine Moffatt, age 33, a resident of Grayslake, passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.  She was born in Nottingham, England on March 23, 1986 to Sharon Ruff and Thomas Moffatt. Katherine is survived by her mother Sharon Ruff, her children Alex Ramirez, Alesia Ramirez, and Angelo Ramirez, the father of her children Javier Ramirez, her grandparents Charles and Angela St. Dennis, her aunt Julie St. Dennis, her uncles David and Dustin St. Dennis, and her cousins Jasmine, Conall, Elizabeth, Theo, Rosa, and Charlie.  A memorial visitation and service is scheduled for Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm with the memorial service commencing at 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  Memorials may be made to Save-A-Pet, 31664 North Fairfield Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

Phyllis I. Nelson

Phyllis I. Nelson, nee Sorensen, passed away on October 15, 2019.  Born in Chicago on September 1, 1927.  Her husband preceded her in death on May 4, 1992.  Surviving are her 2 daughters, Karen (Jim) Amann of Round Lake Park and Linda (Matt) Nelson-Bova of Lawrence, KS; and her 3 grandchildren, Matthew Amann, Gus Bova and Grace Bova.  All funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.

Merle F. Pease

Merle Francis Pease, age 89, of Vernon Hills, passed away Sunday, October 13, 2019 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.  She was born on July 26, 1930 in Steelton, PA to Walter and Mildred Siegfried.  Merle grew up in Steelton, PA where she met her husband of 69 years, Sam.  She was a graduate of Steelton High School.  She and her husband Sam attended and were married at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Steelton.  Merle was employed by Bell Telephone in her early years, and, after marriage, devoted her life to her family.  In more recent years, her greatest joy continued to be her family, her six grandchildren and her five great-grandchildren.  She will be missed for her sharp wit, strength, ability to recall all of the family history, and her love of celebrating the holidays with her family.  Today, Heaven shines a little brighter with her soul and smile a part of it.  And while here we share an unfillable void—we share it together.  And together, with you and her family, is where she loved being most.  Merle is survived by her husband of 69 years, Sam,  whom she married on August 26, 1950 in Steelton, PA; her children, Gregory (Jackie) of Grayslake and David (Julie) of Chicago;  her grandchildren, Nicole (Scott) of Grayslake, Tyler (Allyssa) of Sarasota, FL, Megan of Grayslake, Kristin (Travis) of Orlando, FL, Karen (Mike) of Orlando, FL, and Sam of San Francisco, CA; and five great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Arlene Kingston of Steelton, PA, Eugene Siegfried of Rohnert Park, CA and Merlin Siegfried of New Cumberland, PA.  A visitation is scheduled for Friday, October 18, 2019 from 9:30am to 10:30am at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road in Grayslake, IL 60030 followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at St. Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church, 22333 West Erhart Road in Mundelein at 11:00am.  Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or online at lung.org or to the National Direct Response Headquarters, 1200 Hosford Street, Suite 101, Hudson, WI 54016-9316 or action.lung.org.  For more information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit strangfuneral.org.  

Donald E. O’Machel

Donald E. O’Machel, 74, a resident of Wildwood, IL, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Lake Forest Hospital in Lake Forest, IL.  He was born February 13, 1945 in Chicago, IL to Edward and Ann O’Machel.  Don was a Vietnam veteran having served for the US Navy.  Work was Don’s hobby, he worked in Tool and Die most of his career and was a part owner of the O’Salon and Spa and O’Machel Properties.  Don volunteered for the Classic Car Rally in Lake Geneva, WI.  Don is survived by his wife of 54 years, Donna, his children Don E. (Patty) O’Machel Jr., Sean P. O’Machel, and Annmarie (Brian) Porras, his grandchildren Finn, Shea, McKenna, and Layla O’Machel, and his siblings Pat (Bob) Flaherty and Ray (Carla) O’Machel.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  A memorial visitation and memorial service is scheduled from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00pm with a memorial service commencing at 2:00pm on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to www.savingtinyhearts.org. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.

Robert E. Martell

Robert “Bob” E. Martell, 85, a resident of Grayslake, IL, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Victory Lakes Nursing Center in Lindenhurst, IL.  He was born August 6, 1934 in Evanston, IL.  Bob was a member of St. Mary of Annunciation Catholic Church in Mundelein.  He was a retired firefighter having worked for the Glencoe Fire Department.  Bob is survived by his wife Kathleen “Kay”, whom he married on May 9, 1970, his children Steven R. (Lisa) Martell, and Lisa M. (Joseph) Witkowski, and his grandchildren Kylie and Davin Witkowski.  A visitation is scheduled from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00pm on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  The funeral mass will be held Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 10:30am at St. Mary of Annunciation 22333 W. Erhart Rd. Mundelein, IL. Interment will be held privately at All Saints Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made in www.100clubchicago.org for families of fallen firefighters and police and Cook and Lake county.  For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.

John E. Joyce

John E. Joyce, 88, a resident of Wildwood, passed away Monday, October 7, 2019, at Travanse Living in Grayslake, IL.  He was born April 19, 1931 in Chicago, IL to Patrick and Margaret Joyce.  John was a veteran having served for the US Navy and was a retiree of People’s Gas in Chicago.  John is survived by his many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his children Kathleen and John Joyce, his wife Dorothy Joyce, and his brothers Michael, William, James, and Thomas Joyce.  A visitation and funeral service is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00pm with a funeral service commencing at 12:00pm on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be held privately at St. Joseph Cemetery in River Grove, IL.  For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.

Inez L. Gemskie

Inez L. Gemskie, 99, a resident of Ingleside, IL, passed away Sunday, October 6, 2019, at Lexington Health Care in Lake Zurich, IL.  She was born April 18, 1920 in Chapin, IA to Eugene and Nell Ewens.  Inez is survived by her daughter, Paula (James) Cogar; her granddaughters, Jennelle (Patrick) O’Rilley and Laura (Daniel) Bertermann , her 5 great-grandchildren, Madeline, Bailey, Shaelyn, Payton and Teagan; her sister Louise Johnson and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 63 years, John Gemskie; her siblings, Muriel Willford and Russell (Kay) Ewens; and her brother-in-law Bob Johnson.  A visitation and memorial service is scheduled from 9:30a.m. until 11:00a.m. with a memorial service commencing at 11:00a.m. on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be held privately.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in the American Cancer Society.  For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.

Betty L. Vares

Betty L. Vares, 98, of Fox Lake, passed away Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at her home.  She was born June 2, 1921 in Chicago, IL to George and Belle Schlosser.  Betty volunteered with the Girl Scouts, American Legion Auxiliary Post 659, and was a member of the United Protestant Church in Grayslake.  Betty is survived by her daughters, Linda Markham of Round Lake, Cinda (David) Bartz of Antioch, and Jan Vares of Downers Grove; her grandchildren, Christopher (Jennifer) Markham, Victoria Markham, Amanda Bartz, Meaghan (Gregor) Germana, Michelle (Corey) Brown, and Edward (Donna) Markham; 7 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Donn Robbins, her second husband George Vares, her son-in-law Clarence Markham, Jr. 

A visitation and memorial  service is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. with a memorial service commencing at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at United Protestant Church 54 S. Whitney St. Grayslake, IL 60030 . Interment will be held privately at Northshore Garden of Memories, 1801 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, Il .  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fox Lake Fire Protection District or United Protestant Chuch.  All funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.