Ken Harper, age 50, of Grayslake, passed away suddenly Tuesday, August 23, 2016 in Chicago. He was born June 1, 1966 in Dayton, Ohio, to John and Virginia Harper. Ken grew up in the Parsippany, New Jersey and graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor of Science degree. Ken worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 18 years, most recently with Heron Therapeutics as Senior Director, Trade Channel & Reimbursement Ops. He loved to play tennis and was a New York Yankees and Jets fan. He loved to spend his free time out on the patio by the pool, listening to music, smoking a good cigar, cooking on the grill, and enjoying his family and dear friends. But, most of all, he loved his family. Ken is survived by his soulmate and the love of his life, his wife of 18 years, Cindy, whom he married on March 22, 1998 in Hawaii; his children James Kaplan of Brementon, Washington, Catherine and Nanrae of Grayslake, Illinois; and his siblings, John (Liz) of Whippany, New Jersey, Mike of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and Tom of Taipei, Taiwan. He was preceded in death by his parents. Friends of the family may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030, with the funeral service commencing at 6:45 p.m. at the funeral chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to his children’s college fund at https://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser-widget.aspx?frid=632497 For information, please call 847-223-8122 or log on to www.strangfuneral.org.
Stephen M. Combs, 40, a resident of Chicago, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2016. He was born September, 13, 1975 in Lake Forest, IL. Stephen was a filmmaker, screenwriter, director and cinematographer. He was particularly proud of his work with academy award winning cinematographer, Haskell Wexler and his role as cinematographer on the 2009 film, “The First Breath of Tengan Rei”. It was screened at Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center and many other film festivals nationwide receiving accolades from the industry and fans alike. Stephen is survived by his parents Maureen and Russell Combs, his brother Alexander (Kelley) Combs, his nephew Bennett Combs, his aunts and uncles Jane and Gerry Manarik, Peter and Peg Scurto, and Cathy and Lynn O’Dell, his grandfather Leonard Barringhaus, and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Meredythe and Russell Scurto and his paternal grandmother Ula Combs-Barringhaus, his paternal aunt and uncles Tom and Sharon Combs and Robert Barringhaus. A visitation and funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 10:00am until 12:00pm, with a funeral service commencing at 12:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will follow at Grant Cemetery in Ingleside, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made, in memory of Professor Combs, Film and Media Department; St. Augustine University 1315 Oakwood Ave. Raleigh, NC 27610. For more information log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847)223-8122.
Robert (Bob) F. Chuchro, age 78, of Round Lake, formerly of Chicago, passed away on August 5th after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his son Mark and his parents Victoria and John Chuchro. Beloved husband ofMarie Santoro (flee Wieszchowski); loving father of Roberta (and the late Scott) Baier, Donna (David) Bender and Michael (Chrissy) Chuchro. Bob was the cherished grandfather of David Bender, Stephanie (Brian) Dinter, Stacey Baier, Brian Bender, Anthony Baier, Kevin Bender, Melissa Bender, Willard Cofield, Amanda (Drew) Dickerson, Lillian Chuchro and Andrew Chuchro; dear great grandfather of Brandon Baler, Jonathan Bender, Koda Bender, Koraline Bender, Kristy Cofield, Carter Cofield, Cayden Dickerson, McKayla Chapman, and Gwenith Chapman,; fond brother of Lorraine (Donald) Clouston and Dorothy Chuchro; special uncle to Christine (Jerome) Kadleck; fond uncle and loyal friend to many. Bob enjoyed the Bears, the Cubs and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will be missed by all. Services will be held at Strang Funeral Chapel located at 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake on Sunday August 28th between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. with a memorial service commencing at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society www.cancer.org.
Eleanore T. Lindh, 91, a long-term resident of Grayslake, passed away Friday, August 19, 2016. She was born October 16, 1924 in Chicago, IL to Frank and Madge Reiser. Eleanore was a long standing member of St. Gilbert Catholic Church and was a member of the choir. Eleanore is survived by her sons John Lindh, Tom Lindh, and David (Margaret) Lindh, her grandchildren Aimee (Tom) Renkes, Kevin Lindh, Sarah Lindh, Ryan Lindh, Kemble Lindh, and Bridget Lindh, her great-grandchildren Rosalindh Renkes, Robert Renkes, and Tara Renkes, her sister Dorothy White, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A visitation is scheduled for Friday, August 26, 2016 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. A memorial mass is scheduled for Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 11:00am at St. Gilbert Catholic Church 301 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Gilbert Catholic Church or Catholic Charities. For more information log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847)223-8122.
Paul M. Zwiener, age 57, of Wildwood, IL passed away Friday, August 12th, 2016 in Libertyville, IL. He was born September 5th, 1958 in Blue Island, IL to Dietmar and Antoinette Zwiener. He was a member of the Boscobel Midwest Great River Rally.
Paul is survived by his children, Michael Zwiener of Phoenix, AZ and Jessica Zwiener of Gurnee, IL. his siblings Victoria Ardizzone, Lucinda (Kevin) Carruthers of Homewood, Brian (Lisa Rigsby) Zwiener of Bourbonnais, IL, and Roberta (Verne) Bauer of Crestwood; and nieces and nephews, Brian Maxwell, Elliot Carruthers, Antoinette Zwiener, Scott Bauer, Mackenzie Zwiener, Celeste Bauer, and Jacob Zwiener, his girlfriend, Connie Ostrowski. He was predeceased by his parents, daughter Michelle, and sister, Celeste.
Friends and family may visit from 3:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Monday, August 22nd, 2016, followed by a memorial service commencing at 8:00 P.M. at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road (Route 120), Grayslake, IL 60030. For information, call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.
Virginia T. Vasey, age 84, passed away Thursday, August 11, 2016 in Libertyville. Friends of the family may visit from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at St. Gilbert Catholic Church, 301 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be private. Arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.
Bonnie L. Kowalski, 46, a resident of Round Lake Heights, was called home to the Lord on Sunday, August 7, 2016 after her courageous fight. She was born July 24, 1970 in Colorado Springs, CO to John and Kyung Sook Dersam (nee Chang).
Bonnie loved to cook and she also loved Disney and the Minions. She shared a love for the New York Yankees, NASCAR and traveling with her husband, Bud, of 27 years, and her family. She married her husband, Bud, on July 29, 1989 in the gazebo of their Grandpa Bud and Grandma Ruth Podhola’s home in Round Lake Heights.
She was a dedicated employee of Allstate for 28 years and had many friends that she loved.
Bonnie is survived by her husband, Bud; son, Steven Mitchell of Round Lake Heights; her father, John J. Dersam of Orlando, Florida; “Mom” Boots Romich of Round Lake Heights; siblings, Brenda (Deacon Marcelino) Hernandez of Waukegan, Florea (Raj) Thind of Orlando, Florida; and many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly. She was preceded in death by her mother; her grandparents; and her father-in-law, Jim Romich.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Barbara Drevlow for her loving care and compassion. We would also like to thank all of the Doctors, Nurses, PCTs and Staff from the North Shore Hospital Groups of Highland Park, Evanston, and Glenbrook who helped with her care. Bonnie loved the sunshine and asked that you enjoy the sunshine and think of her.
There will be a visitation from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of the Resurrection on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Round Lake, IL followed by interment at Avon Centre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bonnie’s name may be made to the charity of your choice in memory of her charitable and giving spirit. Arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. For information, call 847-223-8122 or go to www.strangfuneral.org.
William F. McGrath, 78, a resident of Third Lake, passed away Friday, August 5, 2016, at his home. He was born October 6, 1937 in Chicago, IL to Alphonse and Hazel McGrath. Bill attended and graduated from St. Mel’s High School in 1955. He was the past co-owner of Durty Nelly’s in Palatine and had worked for Illinois Bell/AT&T for 35 years. Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years, Judith, his children William Jr. (Tracy), Patricia (Mark) Filippini, Stephen (Pom), and Michael, his grandchildren Meghan, William III, Daniel, Alex, Angela, and Anna, his sister Jean Spino, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings John, Florence, and Kathleen. A visitation and funeral service are scheduled for Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 10:00am until 11:00am with a funeral service at 11:00am at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. For more information please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847)223-8122.
Patricia M. Wicinski, 76, a resident of Round Lake Beach, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016. She was born in Chicago and raised in Round Lake. Patsy retired from Baxter. She was a livewire, had a generous spirit, and a strong-willed woman who ensured that no one left her house without “good conversation”, “plenty of laughter”, and “lots-o-love”!! Patsy is survived by her husband of 57 years, Marion A. “Mike” Wicinski, her children Michelle (Larry) Frederichs, Jeffrey Wicinski, Jerry (Vicki) Wicinski, Mary Pat (Tommy) Vepley, Maureen (Mike) Papp, her grandchildren Joshua (Charo) Wicinski, Natosha (Rob) Thormo, Vanessa Degand, Kraig (Alli) Wicinski, Michael (Sherry) Wicinski, Joey Wicinski, Christopher Wicinski, Geremi (Shannon) Wicinski, Jessica Cockrell, Kurtis Vepley, Meagan Ratajczyk, her great-grandchildren Czara and Chay Wicinski, Jason, Kyle, and Olivia Thormo, Annabelle Wicinski, Landin Palmer, Zoey Cockrell, and Eric Royal III, her siblings Joe and Larry McCann, Kathleen (Robert) Swieton, her in-laws Joan (Connie) Walker, Dolores Hagan, Tom (Sue) Wicinski, Carol (Al) Hertel, Martin Wicinski, and Danny (Bernie) Wicinski. She was preceded in death by her parents Ellen and Leo McCann and her granddaughter Mallori Lynn Papp. Friends of the family may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. with a funeral service commencing at 2:00pm, on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. The interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Foundation or the Humane Society in Patricia’s name. For information, call 847-223-8122 or log on to www.strangfuneral.org.
Ronald William Siggeman, 78, of Grayslake, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016 at his home. He was born June 23, 1938 in Chicago. A retired sheetmetal worker for Local 73 of Chicago, Ronald was also a member of the Free Masons. He was the widower of Katherine E. Siggeman. He was the father of Deborah (Tim) McAvoy, Ronald (Linda), Charles, Michael, Matthew (Karen), Gordon, and William (Kim); grandfather of 12, Meghan, Tim, Luke, Kyle McAvoy and Brandon, Allison, Carlee, Max, Matt, Mark, Brian and George Siggeman; and brother of Raymond (Dolly). Friends of the family may visit from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a funeral service commencing at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. For information, call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.