Nancy W. Rolison

On Thursday, November 28, 2019, Nancy Wachter Rolison, loving mother of two children and grandmother of five, passed away at the age of 74.

Nancy was born on January 19, 1945 in Geneva, IL to Frederick and Lucille Moore Wachter. She graduated from Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, IL before attending Michigan State University (MSU).  At MSU, Nancy studied Journalism and was actively involved with the Tri Delta Sorority both during her collegiate years and the years following. Nancy met her future husband Fred Rolison at MSU and they shared their love for MSU and all their college friends. She then attended The International Institute of Interior Design in Washington D.C. and truly found her passion in Interior Design. 

Nancy was an entrepreneur before it was cool to be an entrepreneur and became adept at rehabbing houses with her husband Fred.  She opened and operated a successful boutique gift store, Multiple Choices, in Winnetka, IL, while simultaneously operating her own interior design firm, Nancy Rolison, ASID.  Her design work and clients spanned the country in private residences, corporate offices, hospitals, resorts and personal yachts.  Nancy was recognized for her interior design work by being published often in Better Homes and Gardens and other design publications.  She was also involved in philanthropy via her varied roles with the Evanston Women’s Club, Junior League and Evanston Hospital Ball Committee.

Nancy had a passion and love for all things related to design whether it be interior design, clothing, floral arrangements and gardening.  She loved to cook and particularly enjoyed hosting dinner parties at her home.

Nancy was preceded in death by her father, Frederick, and her mother, Lucille (Moore) and her two loving puppies. She leaves behind two children Whitney (Rolison) (Tim) Schorr and Derek (Nancy) Rolison and five grandchildren Kendall, Cassidy and Parker Schorr and Nora and Jack Rolison, her sisters, “the Wachter girls”, Lily Gaines, Merry (Kraig) Dippold, Betsy/Liz Lewin, Maggie Wagner and brother Peter (Yukiko) Wachter.

Coinciding with her 75th Birthday, The Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, January 18, 2020, 2pm-5pm at The Vine Restaurant, 101 Center Street, Grayslake, IL 60030.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Lung Association and PAWS Chicago.

Emily Lutz

Emily Lutz, age 94, of Lake Villa, passed away Friday, December 6, 2019 at Manorcare in Libertyville.  She was born on December 13, 1924 in Chicago to Michael and Mary Schultz.  A visitation and funeral service are scheduled for Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. with the funeral service commencing at 12:00 p.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be held after the service at Highland Memorial Park in Libertyville, IL.  In lieu of flowers, memorials donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Center. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.

Edward W. Mayer

Edward W. Mayer, 84, a resident of Grayslake, IL, passed away December 4, 2019 at Manorcare in Libertyville, IL.  He was born January 9, 1935 in Pittsburgh, PA to Franz and Helen Mayer.  Ed is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elaine Mayer, his children David (Elizabeth) Mayer, Michele (Christobal Roman) Mayer, Christine (Michael) Danter, Edward (Karen) Mayer Jr., and Michael (Laura) Mayer, his grandchildren Matthew and Daniel Mayer, Nicole Roman, Andrew, Nicholas, and Elise Danter, Julia, Caroline, Patrick, and Mikey Mayer, and his brother Frank Mayer.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  A visitation is scheduled for Friday, December 13, 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, December 14, 2019 at 10:00am at Prince of Peace 135 S. Milwaukee Ave. Lake Villa, IL.  Interment will be held after the services at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville, IL.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

Walter J. Keller II

Walter J. Keller II, 70, a resident of Grayslake, IL, passed away Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Manorcare in Libertyville, IL.  He was born November 20, 1949 in Evergreen Park, IL to Walter Sr. and Mary Keller.  Wally retired as a truck driver from Central Transport in Hillside, IL after having worked there for over 10 years.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and especially enjoyed being a Grandpa.  Wally is survived by his wife of 31 years, Karen Keller, his children Melissa (Brian) Donovan, Amanda (Brandon) Kalcsics, Matthew (Lauren) Keller, Mitchell Keller, Walter (Mandy) Keller III, and Elizabeth Keller, his grandchildren Tyler, Lauren, Megan, Kaden, Madelyn, and Cailynn, his sisters Joyce (Tim) Macal and Mary (Marty) Sesny, and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  A visitation is scheduled for Monday, December 9, 2019 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  The funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 11:00am at the Mundelein Church of Nazarene 1515 W. Maple Ave.  Interment will be held after the services at Ivanhoe Cemetery in Mundelein, IL.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

Lonnie E. Hironimus

Lonnie E. Hironimus, age 80, of Kenosha, WI passed away Monday, December 2, 2019.  He was born July 3, 1939 in Waukegan, IL.  Lonnie was an avid Cubs fan who also loved to read the Chicago Tribune and play cards.  He was a member of Tavern Owners Association of Lake County and was the past owner/operator of the Cottage Tap.  He is survived by his wife, Sue, whom he married 59 years ago on August 13, 1960; his children, Lynn (John) Salisbury of Gurnee, Craig of Woodstock, Brad (Nicki) of Grayslake and Kurt (Lisa) of Grayslake; grandchildren, Jenni, Austin, Allison, Gage, Casey, Kyle, Matt, Jason, and Abby; and great-grandchildren, Madison and Katelyn.  Lonnie was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Florence Hironimus, and one granddaughter, Falynn.  Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2019 starting at 10:00am with a short service at 11:30am at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030.  Interment will follow at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation or to Hospice Alliance, Inc. in Kenosha. For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto http://www.strangfuneral.org.

William J. Vance Jr.

William “Bill” J. Vance Jr., 86, a resident of Grayslake, passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Sedgebrook in Lincolnshire, IL.  He was born January 13, 1933 in Chicago, IL to William and Ruth Vance.  Bill worked as an electrical engineer for Hewlett Packard for over 25 years, was a devoted Catholic, and was a veteran of the US Army.  Bill was a devoted husband of 58 years to Anne Vance, a loving father to Eilleen (Joseph) Kerby, Bill (Amy) Vance, Michael Vance, Suzanne Vance, Theresa (Chris) Manley, Annemarie Vance, and Karyn (Greg) Formica, and a beloved grandfather to 14 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Joseph Vance, and his grandson Joseph Vance. A visitation is scheduled for Friday, December 6, 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, December 7, 2019 at 10:00am at St. Gilbert Catholic Church 301 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  Interment will be held after the services at Ascension Catholic Cemetery in Libertyville, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

Ronald G. Kern

Ronald G. Kern, 84, a resident of Grayslake, IL, passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at his home.  He was born December 23, 1934 in Oak Park, IL.  Ronald was a veteran having served with the US Army National Guard.  He was a member of the Franklin Park Lions Club and worked as a salesman of building materials.  Ronald was the devoted husband for 61 years to Elaine (nee: Cabay), whom he wed on May 17, 1958, the loving father of three daughters Karen (Mario) Gumino, Jean (James) Mackowiak, and Patricia (James) Swan, proud grandfather of Stevie (Lenny), Shawn, Heather, Michele, Ronnie, Zack (Mary), Brian, and Becky, and great-grandfather of Jesse.  He was preceded in death by his parents Gustave and Wilhelmina (nee: Hollinger) Kern, his brother Raymond (Joan) Kern, and his sister Virginia Try   A visitation and memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 1:00pm until 5:00pm with the memorial service commencing at 5:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  Interment will be held privately.  Memorials may be made to the Lions of Illinois Foundation.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

Eugene Albert Schmidt

Eugene Albert Schmidt, 84, of Grayslake passed away Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.  He was born December 23, 1934 in Eau Claire, WI, to Albert and Hazel (nee Burns) Schmidt.  He was a devoted Green Bay Packers fan.  He loved his church and was involved with ministries of the eucharist.  He also loved to travel, but, most of all, he loved spending time with his family.  Eugene is survived by his children, Terri (Steve) Payton of Rochester, WI. Mike (Sherri) of Austin, TX, and Debbi (Andy) Wysocki of Lake Villa; grandchildren, Justin (Trsit)  Payton of Milwaukee, WI, Nicole (Jeremy) Copley of Johnsburg, Jessica Wysocki and Chris Wysocki, both of Lake Villa; great-grandchildren, Nathan, Kyle, Jasmyn, Mia, Lazarus, Noah, Yohana, Jacob, Joshua and Jameson; and one sister Janet Kramer of Manitowac, WI.  Eugene was predeceased by his parents and his wife of 58 years, Rita. A visitation and funeral mass are scheduled for Friday, December 6, 2019 from 9:00am until 10:00am with the mass at 10:00am at St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, 22333 West Erhart Road, Mundelein, IL 60060.  A luncheon will follow from 11:00am until 12:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent DePaul. All arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

James Jasper Bledsoe

James Jasper Bledsoe, age 89, a resident of Grayslake, passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at Libertyville Manor in Libertyville.  He was born March 14, 1930 in Chicago to William J. and Anna L. (nee Beyer) Bledsoe. James was an avid Cubs and Bears fan.  He owned his own music store, Bledsoe’s Waukegan Music Mart for over 20 years.  He also had his own band, “The Executives”, and was a member of the Lake County Federation of Musicians for many years. He retired from H. A. Friend Company after 15 years of service. James is survived by his wife of 69 years, JoAnn, whom he married on September 16, 1950 in Ingleside; his children,  Kate Rafferty (Ron Mills) of Florida, Timothy (Heather) of Gurnee, Steven (Leslie) of Texas and Lynn (Don) Rathunde of Tennessee; grandchildren, Jacob (Karen) Grandchamp of California, Lauren (Jacob) Dahlquist of Lake Villa, Andrea (Vince) Bellante of Wisconsin, Daniel of Texas, Allison (Matt) Post of Texas, Julie (Jeff) Briggs of Texas, Rebecca Rand of Grayslake, Jon (Amanda) Rathunde of Tennessee, Zackary Rathunde of Tennessee, Holly Rathunde of Batavia and Owen Rathunde of Tennessee; 17 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Bill.  A family celebration of life will be held at a future date.  All arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.

Michael R. Mattson

Michael Ralph Mattson, 62 of Lake Bluff, passed unexpectedly on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 at 10:40pm, from complications arising from recent medical treatment. Michael was born January 10, 1957 in Lake Forest, Il and was a lifelong area resident. He was a graduate of Lake Forest public schools and Western Illinois University. He spent most of his career as a project manager in the building industry. Michael enjoyed fishing, cribbage, playing hockey, baseball and golf, and taking rides on his Harley. He was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks. In recent years he was at his happiest while spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his son, Nick (Kati) Mattson of Portage MI; son, Jake (Amy) Mattson of Hainesville; brother, Robert Jr (Robin) Mattson of Lake Bluff; nephew, Tyler Mattson, nieces, Amanda and Hannah Mattson; and grandchildren, Raymond, Hailey, Kennedy, and Caroline.

He is preceded in death by his parents Robert Sr and Dorothy Mattson of Lake Forest.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1pm, Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel in Lake Forest with a reception to follow. Contributions in memory of Michael may be made to the Falcons Hockey Association at 436 Eisenhower Ln N, Lombard, IL 60138.