Curtis L. Braa, age 72, of Waukegan, IL, passed away Friday, August 28, 2015 at Lake Forest Hospital in Lake Forest. He was born August 3, 1943 in Rockford to Carl and Evelyn (nee Kelsey) Braa. In the fall of 1945, the family returned and purchased a farm in Fedora, SD, where he grew up. Curt was a retired band director of 35 years with many public schools (Fulton, Ethan, Letcher, Doland & Brandon Valley schools in South Dakota, Keokuk, Iowa, Warren Township High School in Gurnee, IL and Ft. Hancock, TX. He is survived by his children Angela (Russ) Chamberlin of Grayslake, Andrea Kowitz of Lake Geneva, WI and Rich (Cindy) of Richmond; grandchildren, Kelsey & Courtney Chamberlin, Kalynn, Morgan & Emma Kowitz & Julia Braa; siblings, Dennis of Sioux Falls, SD and Doug (Becky) of Mokena, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends of the family may visit on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. A funeral service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. immediately following the service.
Interment will be held October 10 in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Artesian, SD. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.
Memorial contributions may be made to Warren THS Band Boosters, 500 O’Plaine Rd, Gurnee, IL 60031.
Daniel Anthony Hubert, age 85 years, passed away peacefully Monday, August 31, 2015, surrounded by his family. Daniel was born July 21, 1930 in Chicago to Ila May Hubert (nee Fagan) and his father, Frank Hubert. The beloved husband of Jeanne Gwendolyn Hubert married in Chicago in July 19, 1952, the loved father of Susan (Steven) Dudley and Michael (Susan) Hubert, cherished grandfather of Rachel (Derek) Osero, Matthew (Skyra) Dudley, Rebecca (Shawn Geppert) Hubert and Eric Hubert, and loving great-grandfather of Jacob Dudley, Andrew Dudley, Dylan Osero and Rio Osero. While raising his children, he was an active Webelos Scout leader and Cub Scout Pack leader. He enjoyed traveling, camping and fishing with his family and gardening, woodworking and doing crossword puzzles. Daniel was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne Hubert, his mother, Ila May Hubert, his father, Frank Hubert, his father-in-law Wesley Wilson, his mother-in-law, Gwendolyn Wilson, his sisters Ruth Bernhart, Lois Busch, Charleen Mouradian, his brother, Dale Hubert, his sisters-in-law, Betty Wilson, Doris Cantwell and Gail Louise Wilson, his brothers-in-law, Russell Bernhart, Paul Busch and David Wilson, his niece, Denise Busch and his nephew Arthur Bernhart. He is survived by his brother-in-law, Wallace Wilson, his sister-in-law, Judy (Lou) Belmonte, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends of the family may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. A mass will be held on Friday, September 4, 2015 at 10:00a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Round Lake. Interment will be in Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville following the mass. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.
US Army Veteran
Kenneth J. Swanson, age 70, of Round Lake Beach, passed away Saturday, August 29, 2015 in Chicago. He was born August 23, 1945 in Chicago. He was retired from the Village of Round Lake Beach after 35 years. He was the loving father of David (Julie Marie) Swanson, Tony Swanson and Robert Swanson; cherished grandfather of Dustin, CJ, Samantha, Cydney and Camryn; dear great-grandfather of Andjeck, Xavier and Britton. He is also survived by his brother, Richard (Linda) Swanson, brother-in-law, Tom (Karen) Marolda, Mary Marik, Wendy (Chris) Hartman, James Marolda, Judy Marolda; and nieces and nephews, John Erick, Matt, Elizabeth, Heather, Joe, Mike, Christopher, Ashley and John. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Helen Swanson and his wife, Linda Swanson, whom he married on August 23, 1969 and who passed away on November 29, 2011. Friends of the family may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. The funeral service will be on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral chapel. Interment will follow at Willow Lawn Memorial Park in Vernon Hills. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.
Mary Ellen Slaboski, 62, of Lakemoor, Il, originally of East Chicago, In, passed away on August 28, 2015. Mary Ellen was a passionate and dedicated teacher at Laremont School in Gages Lake, IL. As a teacher for children with severe and profound challenges and later as a patient with significant health issues, she encouraged all to embrace the value and dignity of each and every individual.
Mary Ellen was a horse enthusiast who found joy in her rescued mustangs as well as her thoroughbred race horses. Mary Ellens love for
animals began at a young age as she showed her cocker spaniels. She later became a professional handler of top ranking cocker spaniels which allowed her to travel around the country. Mary Ellen graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in special education, as well a masters from University Park.
Mary Ellen is survived by her brother Tom Slaboski, his wife Cindy Slaboski, and beloved nieces and nephews Adam Slaboski, Kathryn and David Wong, Kristen Slaboski and her dear aunt, Betty Ball. Mary Ellen is preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Helen Slaboski. Mary Ellen actively attended Willow Creek Community Church and served on the Guest Ministries Team.
Heartfelt thanks to Mary Ellen’s extended family of Laremont staff, students and families who remind us that, ” Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing”.
Visitation for Mary Ellen will be on Tuesday, September 1, from 3:00 P.M. till 7:00 P.M. with a funeral service starting at 7 P.M. led by pastor Marie Sheperd. All services will be at Strang Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Rd, Grayslake , Il, 60030 for more information please visit www.strangfuneral.org or call 847-223-8122.
Carole Jean Schwenk, age 79, of Chicago, passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at Victory Lakes Assisted Living in Lindenhurst. She was born November 9, 1935 in Chicago. She is survived by her daughter Deborah (Steve) Saulnier, her son, Mark (Leslie) Schwenk; grandchildren, Megan (Arian) Hatch, Michella, Mitchell Saulnier, Jim (Vickie) Koeune and Joe (Melissa) Koeune and ten great-grandchildren. Carole was preceded in death by her loving husband of 40 years, John A. Schwenk and her parents, Albert and Esther Kioebge. Interment will be private at Highland Memorial Park in Libertyville. Memorial donations may be made to Victory Lakes Assisted Living or Grayslake Fire Department. Arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. For more information, call 847-223-8122 or log on to www.strangfuneral.org.
Kenneth Sheridan Koelle III, age 71, of North Riverside, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, August 24, 2015. He was born November 30, 1943 in Iola, WI to Kenneth S. I and Gladys Olive (Syvertson) Koelle. He loved to boat and fish and loved RC airplanes. He was also a gourmet cook. He was with Carol, the love of his life, for 21 years. He is survived by Carol; his children, Anita Hawkins of Antioch, IL, Juanita (fiancé Scott) of Beach Park, IL and Lolita (Rick) Kleitsch of Ringwood, IL; his grandchildren, Ana, Heather, Little Juanita, Alexxis, Daeshaun, Blake, Colton, Taylor and Vincent; one great-grandson, Trent; and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Paulette. Friends of the family may visit on Friday, August 28, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at the funeral chapel. Interment will be held privately. Donations may be made to the American Lung Association. For information, call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org
Jean M. Batz, 82, of Grayslake, Il, passed away August 23, 2015 in Libertyville, Il,. Jean was born on October, 25, 1932, in Berwyn, Il, to Arthur and Florence Schnurstein nee Pergler. Jean loved playing cards with her friends, she also enjoyed making greeting cards Jean also liked to fish, and bowl, and she was an avid Cubs fan. Jean’s survivors include her children Dale (Deanna) Pisano, of Lombard, Il, Kerri (Ron)Essig, Island Lake, Il, Kurt (Dorothy) Mundelein, Il, her grandchildren Brandy (Kelly) of Bolingbrook, Il, Rocco (Beth) Warrenville, Il, Vincent, Lombard, Il, Chantelle (Alejandro) of Utah, and Mary (Raul) Mundelein, Il, her great- grandchildren Paige, Brock, Luke, Carter, Desiraena, Elosia, and Tomas, and her sister Elaine, of Florida. Jean was preceded in death by her husband August, and by her aforementioned parents. There will be a public visitation for Jean on Sunday, August 30, from 1-2 P.M. with a funeral service starting at 2 P.M. services will at the Strang Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, Il, 60030. For information please call 847-223-8122. In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, PO Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.
Lorraine A. Dobbels, 85, a resident of Grayslake, passed away Friday, August 21, 2015 in Barrington, IL. She was born April 16, 1930 in Moline, IL to Charles and Odiele VandeMaele. Lorraine was a member of St. Mary of Annunciation Church and a volunteer with Sparrow’s Nest and the Condell Auxiliary. She was dedicated to her husband, children, and grandchildren. Lorraine is survived by her children Debra (Christopher) McMahon, Denise Schmitz, Dan (Susan) Dobbels, and David (Gretchen) Dobbels, her grandchildren Meghan (Shawn) McKenna, Ryan McMahon, Caitlin (Conor) Crawford, Makenna Schmitz, Eric Dobbels, Gregory Dobbels, Joseph Dobbels, and Colin Dobbels, her great-grandson Cavan Crawford, and her sisters Elsie VandeMaele and Shirley VandeMaele. She was preceded in death by her husband Elmer, her parents, her sister Loretta VandeMaele, and her brother Lawrence VandeMaele. A visitation is scheduled for Friday, August 28, 2015 from 9:00am until 10:00am with a funeral mass commencing at 10:00am at St. Mary of Annunciation 22333 W. Erhart Rd. Mundelein, IL. Memorial donations may be made to Journeycare Hospice 405 Lake Zurich Rd. Barrington, IL 60010 or to the American Heart Assoc. 208 S. LaSalle St. Ste 900 Chicago, IL 60604 www.americanheart.org. For more information please contact Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030, 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.
Duane F. Frahm, 79, a resident of Grayslake, passed away Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Autumn Leaves Memory Care in Vernon Hills. He was born February 13, 1936 in Chillicothe, MO to Ed and Dorothy Frahm. Duane was a guidance counselor at Bradley University in Peoria and Highland Park High School in Highland Park, IL. Duane enjoyed spending time with his grandsons and his pets. He loved nature and antiques. Duane was the loving husband of Kay, the father of Jennifer (Gary Miller) Pilcher and Stan (Jackie) Frahm, and grandfather of Nicolas and Zachary Pilcher and Denver and Logan Frahm. A visitation is scheduled for Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 1:00pm until 3:00pm with a memorial service commencing at 3:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Journeycare Hospice 405 Lake Zurich Rd. Barrington, IL 60010 www.journeycare.org. For more information please contact, 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.
Eugene James Siwik, age 84, of Grayslake, passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2015. He was born on January 27, 1931 in Chicago to Stanley and Bernice (Swiech) Siwik. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Eugene loved to fish. He also liked making belt buckles, bead jewelry and bolo ties for craft shows. He loved working for Box Car Willie. Eugene is survived by his wife, Barbara, whom he married nearly 60 years ago on October 1, 1955 in Chicago; his children, Cindy (Allan) Kalvaitis of Buffalo Grove, Jim (Sandy) of Lander, Wyoming, Bob (Chris) of Mt. Prospect and Tom (Kim) of Arlington Heights; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. All arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. For further information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org. There will be a private family gathering at a later date.