Sophie Theresa Michno

Sophie T. Michno, 96, passed away on November 11, 2018. She was the beloved mother of Christina Ritter, Ronald Michno, and Ron’s wife, Pauline; grandmother to Jessica and Alissa Ritter and Pauline’s children, Elizabeth, Connie and Ray; sister of Joanne Boratyn; nephew, James Boratyn and Bernadette (Jimmy and Melissa Boratyn and Jackie Boratyn); nieces, Linda, Marilyn and Carol, and their three children Maureen, Gerald and Christine. Forever friend Kathy Paavilainen and her daughter Bridget were angels who looked over her for too many years to count! Sophie was born on Christmas Day in 1921 and loved to play Santa on her birthday every year. Her Christmas decorations brought her much joy. A devout Catholic, she attended church all of her life. She, along with her deceased husband, Emil, ran Michno’s Inn in Gages Lake for over a decade. A visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. A funeral mass is scheduled for Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 10:00am at St. Gilbert Catholic Church, 301 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030. Internment will follow at St. Adalbert Cemetery. For more information on services, call (847) 223-8122.

Robert Bartel

Robert Bartel, 52, a resident of Hainesville, IL on October 20, 2018 at his home.  Robert is survived by his wife Kristin, whom he wed on October 23, 1993, his son Gage, his daughter Annabella, his father Robert Bartel, his mother Georgia Verdonck, his brother Chris Bartel, sister Kathrine Bartel, his mother and father-in-law Anne and David Roche, and his brother and sister-in-law Brian and Angie Roche.  A memorial visitation and service is scheduled for Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 1:00pm until 3:00pm with a memorial service commencing at 3:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  Interment will be held privately.  Memorials may be made to the Arbor Day Foundation    For more information on services, call (847) 223-8122, log onto, or see our facebook page.

Lawrence R. Fox

Lawrence “Larry” R. Fox, 86, a resident of Grayslake, IL, passed away November 6, 2018 at his home.  He was born January 25, 1932 in Waukegan to Lawrence and Mary Fox.  Larry was a veteran of the US Army having served during the Korean War, earning the Combat Infantry Badge, United Nations Korea Medal, Nation Defense Service Medal, and Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars.  He was a member of the Operators Union 150 and a member of St. Mary of Annunciation in Mundelein.  Larry was a lifelong workaholic and enjoyed boating.  He was a loving man who was well liked by everyone he knew.  He was always willing to give a helping hand and will be terribly missed by all.  Larry is survived by his children Lori (Lee) Jurka, Larry A. (Linda) Fox, and Brenda R. Fox, his grandchildren Brad (Kathy) Fox and Rob (Elizabeth) Fox, with a great-grandchild on the way.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Bernice Fox.  All arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cancer Research, the Alzheimer’s Association, or Journeycare Hospice.  For more information, call (847) 223-8122 or log onto or our facebook page.

Rita Maria Denison

Rita Maria Denison, age 88, of Grayslake, passed away Monday, November 5, 2018 at Winchester House in Libertyville.  She was born September 12, 1930 in the province of Cosenza, Calabria, Italy to Alberto and Francesca Cappano. The oldest of three girls, Rita grew up in the Italian countryside with her sisters, Eda and Emma. She met her husband, Malcolm, on a trip to England in 1957.  They fell in love and married on March 29, 1958 without being able to speak each other’s language.  Together they welcomed their only child, Maria, in 1959.  Maria married Michael Kennedy and gave Rita three grandchildren, Marty (Andrea), Michelle (RJ), and Mandy (Charles). Rita had four great-grandchildren, Madelynn, Kiley, Lillyana, and Scarlett.  Rita enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her great-grandchildren.  She was known for her jokes and pranks.  She would gladly reminisce about the mischief she had been a part of in her youth (usually she was the ringleader).  Rita and Malcolm followed their daughter to the United States in 1987.  Rita is preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, and sisters.  She will always be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother.  Rita will be laid to rest with her husband at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville.  Visitation will be held at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road in Grayslake on Friday, November 9, 2018 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm.  Services will be on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 10:00am at Strang Funeral Chapel.  Interment will follow at Ascension Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit or go to our website.

Michael Herman

Michael Herman, 45, of Gurnee passed away on Friday, November 2, 2018 at his home. He was born on September 27, 1973 in Lake Forest, IL. He was a laborer for the Warren Township Highway Department. Michael is survived by his wife, Jennifer (nee Slobodzian) Herman; his children, Madison (age 16) and Andrew (age 11); his mother, Mary Geryol; his brother, Chad (Cari) Herman; his mother in law, Linda Slobodzian; his brother in law, John (Karen) Slobodzian; his sister in law, Katie (Steve) Meathe; his nephews, Trevor, Carter, Charlie, Frankie, Joey; and his niece, Norah. He was proceeded in death by his father, Walter Herman; and his father in law, John Slobodzian. A visitation will be held at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 9:00am until 1:00pm with a funeral service commencing at 1:00pm. Interment will follow at Warren Cemetery in Gurnee. In lieu of flowers, Memorials and Donations to the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation (

Jacquelin J. Schippers

Jacquelin J. Schippers (née Liautaud), 87, of Grayslake, Illinois, formerly of Northbrook, Illinois, passed away peacefully at home with her family at her side on November 3, 2018, fittingly on the feast of St. Martin de Porres; the Patron Saint of mixed race peoples. She was born April 17, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, to John Numa and Ethel May Liautaud (née Johnson).  She married the love of her life, David P. Schippers Jr. on April 19, 1952. David preceded her in death by thirty six days.  Jackie graduated from St. Scholastica Catholic High School in 1949. As a lifelong learner, later in life, she received a Bachelor’s Degree with honors from Northeastern Illinois University . She published Happy Warm Yesterday’s dedicated to future generations. She devoted her life to her husband and family. Jackie, also known as Granny to all who knew her, gave the most incredible hugs. She loved hosting great big parties with family and friends. Granny cooked a mean batch of red beans and rice. Her New Orleans roots defined who she was and what she loved.   She is survived by ten children, Kathleen Mavourneen (Michael Batka), David Phillip III (Pat Connor), Antoinette (Tiyi) (David Bunce), Ann Lyons Winter (Robert), Colleen Margolis (Louis), Honorable Thomas More (Carol), Kevin (Elizabeth), Dr. Mary Angela (Mimi) (Robert Scott Bullock and Marc Pagani), Patrick (Trisha), and Peter (Dr. Laura Taylor). She is also survived by 26 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. One  great grandchild preceded her in death.  A visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  A funeral mass is scheduled for Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 11:00am at St. Gilbert Catholic Church, 301 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030.  Internment at the Wascott Cemetery on November 9, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. For more information on services, call (847) 223-8122, log onto, or our facebook page.

Kathlene Utter

Kathlene “Kay” Utter, 79, of Grayslake passed away on November 2, 2018 at her home surrounded by family. Kay was born January 3, 1939 in Lima, WI to Lee and Margaret Collins. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She was a beloved mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. Kay is survived by her children, Mark (Deb) Utter, Linda (Joe) Ludford, Valerie (Kevin) Wold, all of Lake Villa, IL and Vincent (Gabriela) Utter of Lindenhurst; her grandchildren, Jordan and Natasha Seger, Scott (Brittany) and Steven (Caitlin) Wold, Monica, David, and Morgan Ludford, Jamie and Ashley Utter, Gabe Roman, Fotini and Curt Utter; her great-grandchildren; Ava, Kali, Vera, Joshua, Kylie and Brett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Utter; her sons, David and Curtis; and her granddaughter, Margaret Rose Ludford; her parents; and brother, Joseph Collins. Friends of the family may visit on Sunday November 4, 2018 from 12:00pm until 4:00pm at STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. The funeral service is scheduled for Monday November 5, 2018 at 11:00am at the funeral chapel. Interment will be held at Avon Centre Cemetery in Grayslake. For information, please call (847) 223-8122 or visit

Ruth M. McCandless

Ruth Marion McCandless (nee: Rosener), 91, a resident of Antioch, IL, passed away Sunday October 28, 2018 at Libertyville Manor in Libertyville, IL.  She was born on January 12, 1927 in St. Louis, MO.  She moved to Libertyville in 1968 and worked as the secretary to the principal at Highland Middle School in Libertyville for many years.  Ruth is survived by her children Susan (Bernie) Parry of Commerce Township, MI and Barry (Betsy) McCandless of Libertyville, IL, her grandchildren Colleen Lill (nee: McCandless) and Scott (Katie) McCandless, her great grandchildren Eleanor, Rohan, and Mackenzie.  Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Jerry Clair McCandless, her sister Gladys (Will) Feldmeier, and her parents Emil and Hilda Rosener (nee: Hendersmann).  All funeral arrangements were held privately and entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  For more information on services, call (847) 223-8122, log onto , or our facebook page.

Muriel M. Martin

Muriel M. Martin, age 74, of Grayslake, passed away Monday, October 22, 2018 at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston.  She was born January 18, 1944 in Fall River, MA.  Muriel was a member of St. Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church.  She was a retired teacher who had taught at Lake Shore Catholic Academy. Muriel was an avid, passionate educator in the  Catholic school system of the Archdiocese of Chicago for more than two decades. She loved to garden and read in her spare time.  She is survived by her son, Cameron Martin; her granddaughter, Lorelei Martin; and her siblings, Al Bussiere, Theresa Noel, Jackie Gates, and Diane Leonardo.  Friends of the family may visit from 11:00am until 1:00pm on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. A memorial service will follow immediately at 1:00pm at the funeral chapel.  For information, please call 847-223-8122 or go to or our facebook page.

Richard A. Novak

Richard A. Novak, age 83, resident of Madrona Village, Round Lake, IL, passed away October 8, 2018 in Advocate Condell Hospital, Libertyville. He was an only child, born August 14, 1935 at Oak Park Hospital to Anton and Josephine Novak. It was a life filled with laughter, love, varied interests, challenges, sprinkled with bouts of stubbornness and courage of his convictions. He was a man with many interests and talents. He golfed, played volleyball, racquetball, and softball, traveled and played in numerous bowling leagues with his father throughout the years. He, family and friends enjoyed many weekends boating and fishing on Lake Geneva. He served stateside in the military during the time of the Korean conflict and was an active member of American Legion Post 626 in Hillside. He is survived by his wife, Judi of 35 years, two daughters Lisa (Brad) Sampson, and Alison (Steve) Wesolek. His extended blended family includes grandchildren Brittney (AJ), Branden (Krystal) Matthew (Cindi), Steven (Crista), Jason along with great grandchildren, Chase, Cayden, Evie, Josh, and the newest member, Josie, born on his birthday this year. Preceding him in death were his parents and extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins. A private Celebration of Life Memorial was held Oct 12. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Research Organization for Children and the Alzheimer Organization. For more information please contact Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium at (847)223-8122, log onto, or see our facebook page.