Earl L. Kleven, age 88, a resident of Round Lake, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Victory Lakes in Lindenhurst. He was born on June 19, 1928 in Chicago to Earling and Frieda Kleven. Earl was a U.S. Navy veteran serving aboard the USS Philippine Sea (CU47) aircraft carrier. He was a Round Lake area resident for over 75 years and was an employee for over 35 years with Com Ed serving in the Substation Division. In his spare time, he was an avid fisherman, golfer and bowler. Earl is survived by one son, Bradley (Diane); two granddaughters, Karissa (Kyle) Gretebeck of Wauwatosa, WI and Haley Kleven of Oak Creek, WI; and one great-granddaughter, Evie Grace Gretebeck. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 47 years, Suzanne Kleven, whom he married on November 1, 1952; and a brother, Kenneth Kleven. All services were held privately. Arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. For information, call (847) 223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.
Sharon L. Schlaeger, 72, a resident of Round Lake Park, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. She was born April 8, 1944 in Highland Park to Les and Charlotte Scheskie. Sharon loved spending time wither her children and grandchildren. Sharon is survived by her children Cheryl (Bill) Thomey, Mike Schlaeger, Richard Schlaeger, Robert (Sue) Schlaeger, and T.J. Schlaeger, her grandchildren Kimberly, Haley, Megan, Brandon, Taylor, Jasper, Kendyll, Cameron, Lauren, Genn, Eryn, and Xander, her siblings Leslie Scheskie-Murphy and Thomas Scheskie, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Phillip, her granddaughter Nicole, and her brother Richard Scheskie. A memorial visitation and service are scheduled for Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 5:00pm until 6:00pm with at service commencing at 6:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be held privately. For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.
Marcella J. Lenzen, 88, of Grayslake, passed away on January 13, 2017 at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. A life-long resident of Grayslake, a past member of Faith Baptist Church, and an active member of the Grayslake Historical Society. Marcella was a servant of Grayslake and always had a helping hand for many groups in the community. She was a mother and grandmother to many; a friend to all and a foe to none. She is survived by, and the beloved mother of Linda (the late Jim) Barnes of Kentucky; Lawrence (Mary) Lenzen of Lindendhurst, and Carl (Kim) Lenzen of Grayslake; six grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granchild. Also survived by her brothers, Duane Howard of Illinois and Paul (Laurel) Howard of Granite Falls, WA; her sisters, Edith Perry of Milwaukee, WI; Mary (Robert) DeMik of Watseka, IL; and Ruth (James) Batie of Doniphen, NE. Preceded in death by her parents, Sebern B. and Ruth H. (nee Berkley) Howard; her husband of 50 years, Jerome William Lenzen who died December 2001, her brothers, Sebern B. Howard, Jr. Ray Howard, Harold Howard, and Richard Howard, and her son William Lenzen in July of 2014. A visitation is scheduled for Monday, January 16, 2017 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 11:00am at the funeral chapel. Interment will follow the services at Avon Centre Cemetery in Grayslake, IL. Memorial contributions May be made to either the Grayslake Fire Department, 160 Hawley St. Grayslake, IL 60030 or the Grayslake Historical Society, PO Box 185 Grayslake, IL 60030. For more information on services, call (847) 223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.
William Smiley, age 96, of Lake Villa, passed away Monday, January 9, 2017 at his home. He was born on December 8, 1920 in Covington, KY to Ralph and Esther (Baird) Smiley. William was an avid Cubs fan, loved to fish at Druce Lake, and was a member of the Cook County Carpenters Union. He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II, serving in the South Pacific. He is survived by his children, Diane (Chris) Holst of Lindenhurst, David (Lavonne) of St. Charles, James (Kim) of DeKalb and Keith (Deborah) of Antioch; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Constance, two brothers, Robert and Lyman, and one granddaughter, Lisa Wadin. All funeral services will be held privately. Arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. Memorials may be made in William’s name to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital.
Andy Cave, age 59, born in Milwaukee, WI and resident of Grayslake, IL for 15 years, passed away peacefully with his loving wife Connie and daughter Nicole by his side on January 9, 2017. He is survived by his wife Connie (nee Hohlman), married for 22 years; daughter Nicole age 19; mother Joyce Cave; sisters Anne Callen (Phil) and Margy Cave; nieces Erin and Bryn Callen; mother-in-law Carole Hohlman, and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Andy was preceded in death by his father Walter Cave.
Andy had an amazing sense of humor and a great love for family and friends. He was an adventurous world traveler, an avid Green Bay Packers fan, and passionate animal lover. He left behind two loyal collies and an adoring cat. Andy graduated from Whitefish Bay High School in 1975, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with an accounting/CPA degree in 1980. He worked as a Manufacturing Consultant and Regional Manager at IMEC. Andy fought a courageous battle against Mesothelioma for the past 17 months. Andy was truly loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Visitation is Saturday, January 14 from 1 to 4p.m. with a memorial service scheduled for 4 p.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cave family or to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation at 1317 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. For further information, please call 847-223-8122 or log on to www.strangfuneral.org.
Mildred M. Miltonberger, age 83 and resident of Grayslake for over 50 years, passed away peacefully with family by her side on January 3, 2016. Mildred was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend, always sharing an abundance of love, compassion and patience. Those that knew her will miss her sense of humor including her ability to laugh at herself.
Born October 10, 1933 in Chicago, IL to Stanley and Edna Hansen, Mildred graduated from Hirsh High School. While attending a floral art school in Chicago she met a young man from Indiana, fell madly in love and coerced him into marrying her. Soon they had their first son and moved to Grayslake where they had two more sons. Their life in Grayslake included many years as a Cub Scout Den Mother, rowboat rides on Grayslake, 3-week summer vacations driving throughout the U.S., and innumerable Grayslake Junior High and High School sporting events. Her grandchildren especially enjoyed the apple pies she made from the apple tree in their backyard. She was active in the United Protestant Church of Grayslake where she met many great long-term friends. She worked for a time at the old National grocery store on Grayslake’s Center Street and later for many years at Navy Relief at the Great Lakes Naval Base. She met dear friends at both jobs.
Mildred is preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 49 years Charles Miltonberger, her son Paul Miltonberger and a multitude of well-fed beagles.
Mildred is survived by her sister Doris Craig; son Tom (Jane) Miltonberger; son Neil (Melissa) Miltonberger; daughter in-law Joan Miltonberger; and nine adoring grandchildren, Andy, Amy, Matt, Nicole, Kendall, Lauren, Natalie, Michelle and Mark.
A Funeral Service is scheduled for 10:00 AM, Friday January 13, 2017 at the United Protestant Church, 54 S. Whitney, Grayslake. Interment will be held at Highland Memorial Park in Libertyville following the service. Friends of the family may visit on Thursday, January 12 from 4:00 -8:00 PM at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030. For more information please call (847) 223-8122 or visit our website at www.strangfuneral.org
Stephanie A. (nee: Higgins) McLaughlin, 67, a resident of Grayslake, passed away Thursday at her home. She was born in 1949 to John and Helen Higgins. Stephanie worked at Medline for over 27 years. She loved to cook, garden. She enjoyed her birds and her cat. Stephanie is survived by her brothers Doug (Gabriela) Higgins and John (Marie) Higgins, her nieces Emily, Rana, Marjan, and Banafsheh, her nephew Danny, her step-son Tom McLaughlin, and her dear friends Megan Flanders and Dawn Morris. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother James Higgins. A memorial visitation and service is scheduled for Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 2:00pm until 4:30pm with a memorial service commencing at 4:30pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be private. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice. For more information please call (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.
Carlton “Red” Buerger, 94, longtime resident of Winnetka. Preceded in death by his loving wife Henrietta “Hattie” of 65 years. Loving father of Michele, Katherine, Stephen, Tom, Mary, and Robert. 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Carlton graduated from U. of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and earned his Masters in Education from Northwestern. He was a Captain in the US Marine Air Corps (1942-1946) as a fighter pilot with two Distinguished Flying Cross awards for missions on Okinawa. Wisconsin state singles tennis champion in 1946. Twenty Eight years of service at New Trier Township High School, thirty five years as a teaching tennis professional throughout the Chicago area, and a lifetime passion for working with young people. “Red” will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Funeral services will begin at 11:30am on Saturday, January 28th at the old church building at St. Mary of the Annunciation 22333 W. Erhart Rd. Mundelein, IL 60060. For more information please call (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.
Richard G. Wacker, age 73, a resident of Grayslake, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016 at his home. He was born in Chicago at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital on April 11, 1943 to Paul and Josephine (nee Bruel) Wacker. He was a member of Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Grayslake and the IAMAW—International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. He worked as a maintenance mechanic at the Kitchens of Sara Lee. Richard is survived by his wife, Reva Ann, whom he married on June 12, 1965; his children, Deborah (Elliot), Richard (Kristin), grandchildren, Madison, Jake, Finn, Evy, Ilsa, Reece, Hagen and Chloe. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Paul and Don, two sisters, Betty and Roberta, and a grandson, Ryder. Friends of the family may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. The funeral service is scheduled for Friday, January 6, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral chapel. Interment will follow at Avon Centre Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Northern Illinois Food Bank, 273 Dearborn Ct., Geneva, IL 60134 (solvehungertoday.org). Please include a note saying “given in memory of Richard Wacker.” For information, call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.
Italo “Reno” Funari, 80, a resident of Grayslake, IL passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Condell Medical Center. He was born January 15, 1936 in Highland Park to Nazarino and Amelia Funari. Reno graduated from New Trier High School before entering the US Army. He and his brother then took over his father’s business, Funari and Sons Landscaping. Reno’s family and his brother’s family then owned the Railroad Inn restaurant in Glenview. He most recently worked for Skokie Country Club as a bartender. Reno is survived by his wife of 57 years, Judy, his children Helen (Russ) Eslamirad and her former husband Ghasem, Rena Wils, Denise Funari, and Nick (Stefanie) Funari, his grandchildren Brittany (Jimmy), Tony, Emily, Brian (Amanda), Christopher, Amelia, and Gino, his great-grandchildren Madilynn and Logan, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Al Funari. A visitation and funeral service is scheduled for Friday December 30, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a funeral service commencing at 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. For more information log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847)223-8122.