Teddy J. Beres

Teddy J. Beres, 85, a resident of Round Lake Park, passed away Friday January 23, 2015 in Kankakee, IL. He was born July 18, 1929 in Chicago, IL to Anthony and Mary Beres. Teddy was a veteran of the Korean War having served with the US Army. He worked for many years as a skilled cabinetmaker. Teddy is survived by his children Laura (Nicholas) Avello and Joseph (Jodi) Beres, his grandchildren Michael (Annie) Avello, Jennifer Avello, Stephanie (Greg) Brefeld, Danielle Beres, and Joey Beres, his great-grandchild Tenley Brefeld, and his sisters Theresa Kostner and Adele Cooper. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Celina, his 2 brothers, and his 4 sisters. A visitation is scheduled for Tuesday January 27, 2015 from 4:00pm until 7:00 p.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be held privately. For more information please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or contact (847)223-8122.

Thomas R. Stanton

Thomas R. Stanton, 69, resident of Chicago and Round Lake, passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Advocate Medical Center, Libertyville.  He was born June 22, 1945 in Chicago to Robert and Lois Stanton.  Thomas was a member of the American Legion, Post 1170, Round Lake and a US Army veteran having served in Vietnam.   He enjoyed sports, music, traveling and being with family and friends.  Thomas is survived by his wife, Eileen, whom he married on August 31, 1984, his siblings, Patricia (Kevin) Newman, Michael (Val) Stanton, Donna Stanton, and his nieces and nephews, Maureen Newman, Kevin Newman, Elizabeth Newman.  A memorial celebration will be held at a later date.  Memorials may be made to Avon Community Food Pantry, 433 E Washington St., Round Lake, IL 60073.  All funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, 410 E Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030. For information, 847-223-8122 or www.strangfuneral.org.

Patricia Ann Udelle


Patricia Udelle (nee Anderson) 77, a resident of Grayslake passed away in her home on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.  She was born in Chicago to Edward and Eleanor Anderson on April 17, 1937.  She is survived by her children: Edward (Lori) Udelle, James (Theresa) Udelle, and Kimberly (William) Tunberg; grandchildren: Amber Udelle, Matthew, and Michael Tunberg.  She was preceded in death by her sister Cynthia Reimers.


After raising her children, Patricia re-entered the workforce to help run a technology family business with her former husband, Conrad, in Mundelein, IL.  She was “mom” to all the employees there and everyone was considered family. She was an avid animal lover and was a member of the Central States Collie Club and showed collies for many years.  She loved travel, especially trips to Florida annually with her grandchildren.  She loved watching NASCAR with family while rooting on her favorite driver, Jeff Gordon. 


Visitation is scheduled on Sunday, January 25th, 2015 from 4 to 8 PM at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  Funeral service will be held on Monday, January, 26th, 2015 at 10:30 also at Strang Funeral Chapel.  Interment will follow at Avon Centre Cemetery. Memorials contributions in her name may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or to Collie Rescue of Illinois. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or log on to www.strangfuneral.org.






Christine Bishop

Christine Bishop, age 83, of Georgetown, TX, formerly of Round Lake Beach, IL passed away on January 16, 2015. She was born November 14, 1931 in Port Huron, Michigan to Charles and Rosetta (Bealer) Riddle.
She is survived by daughters: Linda Silva and husband Chuck, Catherine Maynard, Janice Chlopek and husband Joseph; and Fred Stucker and Alice Stucker Keto, who were as precious to her as her own children; grandchildren: Jacquelyn and Jason Hare, Jamieson and Lindsey Hoffman, Lloyd and Claire Sirota, Sarah Burchett, Lisa Giebitz, Jillian Guerra; great grandchildren: Issac Giebitz, Camden Hoffman, and Jenna Marsoobian; and brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Caroline Riddle, sister-in-law Mary Riddle and numerous nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Rosetta Riddle, her brothers Leslie Riddle and Charles Riddle, and spouses Wilbert Maynard and Howard Polkey.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wesleyan at Scenic.
Visitation will be Friday, January 23rd from 4pm to 8 pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake IL. The funeral service will be Saturday, January 24th at 10am at Calvary Presbyterian Church 510 N. Cedar Lake Rd. Round Lake, IL. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Libertyville, IL.
For more information please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or contact (847)223-8122.

Judith M. Kuzma

Judith M. Kuzma, 67, passed away Friday January 9, 2015. She is survived by her life partner Paula L. Toay of 32 years along with her dear friend Linda Sobczak of 36 years; her niece Sharon (Brian) Barbick, nephew Eric (Linda Buckingham) Grimes, both families of Dallas, Georgia. (Her list of friends are too many to list). Preceded in death by her parents John and Ruth Kuzma, siblings Sylvia Grimes, Johnny Kuzma, and Jimmy Kuzma. Judy loved life to its fullest. She loved her motorcycle (always hoping one day she would wake up to find it turned into a Harley), loved to fish (if a puddle had a foot of water she would throw in the fishing line), and her attention to detail may have been frustrating (there are still projects waiting because she was a perfectionist although most would label it as procrastination), but all kidding aside she was proud of her work and that is all that mattered. Most importantly she NEVER ceased in spreading God’s love. As a manager in retail, her customers might walk in grumpy but she made sure they would leave on a happier note. It only took one introduction for her to have made an impression that would last forever. Judy you are going to be missed so much. We will never forget you, you are etched in our hearts for eternity. It will weigh on our hearts heavily but by God’s grace we will carry on. In lieu of flowers, her favorite charity was the Children’s Miracle Network. A memorial will be planned for sometime in May. We ask that you check back periodically as we get closer for further details.

Bettie M. Svitanek

Bettie M. Svitanek, nee Andrade, passed away peacefully at home in Round Lake Beach, IL, on January 10, 2015. To those who knew Bettie, she was very social and friendly. She was the hostess of many special gatherings and dinners at her house as she was an excellent cook.
Along with her culinary skills, she enjoyed food such as welsh rarebit, mock chicken legs, and especially, lobster tail and prime rib. Bettie also loved people! She always talked fondly of her cherished longtime neighbors in the community where she lived for over 60 years, her fun loving friends from the bowling league at Lakes Bowl, and her cherished associates/friends from Ammco Tools.
She loved all kinds of animals, but she led a special crusade to feed and look after feral cats in the neighborhood. Buddy, a shiny black cat with yellow eyes, was a motivating force behind Bettie’s happiness and resilience. Bettie was known to be an advocate for Spay and Stay where she met friends Sandy and Linda as well as a contributor to Save a Pet, both animal rescue organizations located in Grayslake. At times, she was a volunteer for Save a Pet and contributed her craft work for their fundraising efforts.
She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Bettie had 25 delightful years of marriage to an adoring husband who she shared trips, dinners, indoor cats, and fishing with, both on the Chain of Lakes and on Lake Michigan. Christmas was one of their favorite shared holidays. We, too, always enjoyed her Christmas dinners out to a special restaurant with money saved in a special fund throughout the year.
Family was so very important to her. Bettie was known to video record with narration her grandchildren’s birthday and holiday parties. She would be a number one fan at their soccer games and music concerts. Additionally, she crocheted many baby blankets and afghans for family members. She was always there for her children with encouragement, kindness, and love. She would exchange video recordings with Cheryl at holidays and exchange audio cassettes with Tom when he was stationed in Korea to let him know she was thinking of him. She was a painter, singer, guitarist, and keyboardist. She and her brother Edward shared their talents in keyboards. They had a gift of music. Often we would hear Bettie play songs like America’s “A Horse With No Name” and many others.
Bettie is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Contri of Brunswick, Ohio; a son Thomas (Kathleen) Contri of Spring Grove, Illinois; four grandchildren, Benjamin Contri of Waukegan, Illinois, Stephanie (Rob) Hagele of Brunswick, Ohio, Anthony Contri of Chicago, Illinois, and Carly Contri of Chicago, Illinois; two great-grandchildren, Giselle and Gabby; special niece Debbie Wells; great-nephew, Chris Johnson; and former daughter-in-law and friend, Sherry Walleck.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 2002; her parents; brother, Edward and sister-in-law, Delores.
We would like to thank the Advocate Hospice team and caregivers from Home Instead of Grayslake for their special care and friendship shown to Bettie in her final months. As she would tell you today, “I had a good life.”
Interment will be private. A “Celebration of Life” gathering may be announced at a later date. Memorials may be made in her name to Save a Pet or Spay and Stay, Grayslake, Illinois. Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL

Jane F. Peterka

Jane Peterka, 92, a resident of Grayslake, passed away Friday January 9, 2015, in Libertyville, IL. She was born October 28, 1922 in Chicago, IL. Jane is the cherished mother of James (Stephanie) Peterka, Don (Yvonne) Peterka , Glenn (Laura) Peterka, beloved Grandmother of James (Elizabeth) Peterka, Kelsey Peterka, Corey Peterka, loving Great Grandmother “GG” of Anne and Olivia Peterka. A visitation is scheduled for Sunday January 11, 2015 from 4:00pm until 7:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. A funeral is scheduled for Monday January 12, 2015 at 10:30am at the funeral chapel. The interment will be held at Maryhill Cemetery in Niles, IL. For more information please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847)223-8122.

Anthony F. Valek

Anthony “Tony” F. Valek, 75, a resident of Grayslake, passed away Thursday January 8, 2015, in Libertyville, IL. He was born October 18, 1939 in Chicago, IL to Frank and Helen Valek. Tony was a member of the Electricians Union Local 134. He enjoyed building model railroad trains, spending time with his family, and his farmstead in Grayslake. Tony is survived by his wife of 53 years, Audrey, his children Michele (Brad) Skop, Debbie (Tom) Couch, Tony Valek Jr., and Dawn Valek, his grandchildren Crystal (Jesse) Chamorro, Tiffany (Mike) Toepfer, Michelle (Nick) Miller, Thomas, James, Anthony, Joseph, and Mary Couch, Dylan Valek, Amber Whitman, and Cole and Skylar Kick, his great-grandchildren Anna, Elizabeth, Nick, and Blake. He was preceded in death by his parents. A visitation is scheduled for Monday January 12, 2015 from 4:00pm until 8:00 p.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030. A funeral mass is scheduled for Tuesday January 13, 2015 at 10:00am at St. Gilbert Catholic Church 301 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL. Interment follow at Avon Centre Cemetery in Grayslake, IL. For more information please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or contact (847)223-8122.

Marvin L. Czuczor

Marvin L. Czuczor, 76, a resident of Round Lake Beach, passed away Monday January 5, 2015 in Buffalo Grove, IL. He was born August 23, 1938 in Chicago, IL to Alex and Alice Czuczor. Marvin was a veteran of the US Army having served in Korea during peacetime. He was a member of the Round Lake American Legion and had worked at Deublin Company in Waukegan for over 30 years. He enjoyed fishing, throwing darts, and gardening. Marvin is survived by his wife of 49 years, Barbara, his children Cynthia Alice Czuczor and Douglas (Robin) Czuczor, his grandchildren Candace Paulsen, Carissa Paulsen, Justin D. Myers, and Tyler L. Czuczor, and his great-grandchildren Julie Lindenmuth, Michael Lindenmuth, and Neveah Farah. He was preceded in death by his parents and his twin sister Marlene. A visitation is scheduled for Friday January 9, 2015 from 4:00pm until 8:00 p.m. with the funeral service commencing at 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be held privately. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. For more information please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or contact (847)223-8122.

James “Jim” R. Norkus

James “Jim” R. Norkus, 53, of Round Lake, IL passed away on Tuesday January 6, 2015 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Originally from Mount Prospect, IL Jim attended St. Alphonsus grade school and John Hersey high school. Jim was a Regional Manager at Staples in the Chicago area where he worked for the past 11 years.
An avid music lover and diehard fan of all Chicago sports teams, Jim led an active life touching the lives of so many.

Survivors include his wife, Dawn; Children, Sarah and Michael; Step Children, Elizabeth and Matthew; Parents, Arlene and Ray; Brother, John and Sister, Gail.

A memorial service and celebration of Jim’s life will be held on January 11, 2015 from 1:00pm until 4:00pm with a memorial service commencing at 4:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, IL. For more information please call 847-223-8122 or visit strangfuneral.org where friends can leave an online condolence for his family.