Daniel J. Ryan, 90, a resident of Round Lake Beach, IL, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at his home. He was born March 19, 1926 in Chicago, IL to John and Irma Ryan. Daniel was a World War II veteran having served with the US Navy. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Round Lake. Daniel worked as an educator and principal for Avon School and later worked in construction as a carpenter. Daniel is survived by his children Timothy (Jerri) Ryan and Kathleen (Tom) Goldman, his grandchildren Zachary Goldman and Dannaelle (Jake Colito) Goldman, his great-grandson Leo Colito, his sister Patsy (Bill) Sheahan, and his sister-in-law Molly Ryan. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan, whom he wed on September 2, 1947, his son Dan Ryan in 1977, and his siblings Gerry Ryan, Jack Ryan, Mary Flannery, and Dorothy Conrad. A visitation is scheduled for Friday, December 9, 2016 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL. A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 10am at the funeral chapel. Interment will follow the services at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville, IL. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the St. Joseph Catholic Church 114 Lincoln Ave. Round Lake, IL 60073. For more information log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847)223-8122.
Ruchi Seth, age 42 of Libertyville passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in India on August 14, 1974 to Nipun and Rajen Lav. Ruchi was an adored and loved child not only by her family but her friends and teachers in school and college. Ruchi had a hunger for learning as she completed her MBA from Amity Business School in India, Certification in Market Research from Leicester University, UK and Marketing certifications and scholarships from University of Notre Dame-Mendoza College of Business, Harper College & Northwestern University-Kellogg School of Business.
She married her husband Ashim in 1998, relocated to Shanghai, China for 2 years and navigated her way in a foreign country by working at a local Chinese Market Research company in Client Relations. She sharpened her debating, negotiating and bargaining skills on the streets of Shanghai while shopping after work while Ashim was traveling. She moved to India for a year where she worked at IDC and did a deep dive in the IT industry.
Keeping his promise at marriage that life will not be dull for a moment, Ashim again uprooted her to the US in 2001 where she restarted her career in a consulting role at Market Probe, a market research company based out of Milwaukee. In 2005, she joined and found her true calling at Hollister Inc, an independent, employee-owned company that develops, manufactures, and markets healthcare products and services worldwide based out of Libertyville, IL. Not only did she work at a job here but met and made many new friends and extended her family. She was willing to go the extra mile any time as she truly loved what she did, waking up at 5 am in the morning, having a cup of cappuccino (Ashim converted her from a tea drinker), opening her laptop and preparing for presentations on market data for Hollister and eventually moving into a Product Management role. It was heartening and humbling for Ashim and her parents & sisters when they visited Hollister to experience the love from her colleagues and friends as soon as they entered the reception area, through the cafeteria, up the stairs or elevators to the Marketing dept.
Ruchi loved nature, birds, long walks in Independence Grove, shopping, traveling and most of all spending time with Ashim. She knew how to enjoy and live & experience each moment as her Marketing role allowed her to expand her horizons and experience new cultures.
In 2014 she was diagnosed with Brain Cancer, went through a grueling treatment schedule and ultimately lost the battle on December 3, 2016. She neither complained nor cried while she was suffering, always smiling and spreading cheer around her to keep everyone’s spirits high. She always went beyond her way to help people even as she underwent surgery, radiation, chemo and various side effects. It was heartbreaking for Ashim’s family in India who are all doctors as they triaged with doctors in US to help fight the cancer. She joked often that she should be given a frequent flyer card at Northwestern Memorial Hospital where the doctors and nursing team in Grayslake and Chicago went out of their way to make her comfortable through this battle. Life was worth living with Ruchi in it. Wherever she went she infected people with her caring yet humorous nature
A visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 11:00am until 1:00pm at Strang’s Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. This will be followed by a private cremation service at the Chapel in the Hindu tradition. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brain Tumor Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Dorothy Mae Nevens, age 89, of Round Lake Beach passed away Friday, December 2, 2016 at Hillcrest Nursing Home. She was born July 22, 1927 in Chicago to Robert and Henrietta (Knoop) Cox. Dorothy had lived in the Round Lake area since the early 1950’s. She loved to laugh and enjoyed going to Vegas. She is survived by her children, William (Sharon) of Fresno, CA, Kathleen Knight of Gurnee, and Robert (Christina) of Union Grove, WI; her grandchildren, Jeffery Nevens, Lorrie Nevens, Valerie Shelton, Karalyn Hunter, Kolleen Knight, Alan Knight, and Jennifer Jamerson; and her great-grandchildren, Tyler Coss, Leeann Nevens, Aiden Hunter, Michael Dawson and Rachel Jamerson. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Francis “Duke,” one sister, Frances Cox and one great-grandchild, Elizabeth Coss. Funeral services were held privately and all arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or go to www.strangfuneral.org.
Lawrence J. Gardner, age 78, of Antioch, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at his home. He was born on June 12, 1938 in Bronx, New York to Philip and Margaret (Sweeny) Gardner. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and worked as a CNA-Activity Aide. He is survived by his wife Rosemary, whom he married on June 6, 1959; his children, Teresa (Michael) Williams, Mary (James) Sunderland, Larry (Sharon) Gardner, Margie (Lenard) Williams, and Patty (Dave) Richards; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Friends of the family may visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 5, 2016 at St. Gilbert Catholic Church, 301 East Belvidere Road (Route 120), Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, 3100 Thatcher Avenue in River Grove. Memorials donations may be made to masses. 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.
Dorrine Etrula Kain, age 95, passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at Rolling Hills Manor in Zion. She was born September 19, 1921 in Easton, MO to Sam A. and Julia (Calkins) Foster. Dorrine was a remarkable Christian woman who had an unwavering faith in God. She was a prayer warrior and her life had a positive effect on many others. She was involved with her church in Keokuk, IA for many years. She moved to Illinois in 2007 to live near her family. She loved music, singing, reading, coking, baking, playing cards and games. She was known for her homemade caramels and pies. She is survived by her daughter, Karolyn (Brian) Marsh of Lindenhurst, grandchildren, Jeanne (Bob) Johnson of Seneca, SC, Christine (Tom) Ramagnano of Long Grove, Phillip (Leah) Marsh of Gurnee, Melissa Crum of Grandview, MO, Amy Rankin of Des Moines, IA and Chad (Lisa) Rankin of Des Moines, IA; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett LeRoy Kain, her parents, one daughter, Muriel Kain, a sister, Jeanne Kokjohn, and one brother, Lester Foster. Dorrine was a resident of Rolling Hills Manor in Zion. The family would like to thank them for their loving care. Also, Avalon Hospice, who helped us through a difficult time with compassion and care. In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to the Rolling Hills Life Enrichment Program. Funeral services will be announced at a later 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.
Bernard J. Ruzga (Bernie, Bob), 86, a resident of Grayslake, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016, surrounded by his family. He was born December 9, 1929 in Gary, IN to Anthony and Petronella (Adomaitis) Ruzga. Bernie was a member of St. Mary of Annunciation in Mundelein, the Waukegan Moose Club and MooseHeart volunteer, Junior Achievement, the CB Club, Senior Vista Health, Ambassador Club, Waukegan Moose Golden Antlers, and the Boy Scouts. He was extremely proud of helping 4 sons attain the rank of Eagle Scout. He also served in the US Air Force during the Korean War and worked on early space programs at Cape Canaveral, FL. Bernie completed his engineering degree at Purdue University and spent his career with packaging companies. Upon his retirement, he and Ann toured the western US, Canada, and Europe, and created photo albums for everyone to enjoy the adventures. Bernie kept his children and grandchildren in his heart and always advised them to “be good, be careful”. We wish to express our thanks to the Condell Hospital and staff, as well as Dr. Slivnick, Dr. Roden, and all the medical personnel for caring for Bernie. He is survived by his children Bob (Deb) Ruzga, Mike (Lisa) Ruzga, Richard (Linda) Ruzga, Tina (Bryan) Lightfoot, and Dennis Ruzga; his grandchildren Ashley (Garret) Wright, David (Michelle) Ruzga, Brad, Anna Kate, Marissa, Danielle, Kayleigh, and Melanie. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Ann earlier in the year, his son Tom Ruzga, and his brother Albert Ruzga. A visitation is scheduled for Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang’s Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. The funeral mass is scheduled for Friday, December 2, 2016 at 10:00 am at St. Mary of Annunciation 22333 W. Erhart Rd. Mundelein, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice in his name. For more information log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847) 223-8122.
Elaine M. Cholewa, 90, a resident of Grayslake, passed away Friday, November 25, 2016 at her home. She was born March 19, 1926 in Chicago, IL to Henry and Viola Wos. Elaine is survived by her children Joseph C. Cholewa Jr. and Bonnie Cholewa, her siblings Lawrence (Nancy) Wos and Yvonne (James) Palermo, and her niece Jacquelyn. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph C. Cholewa Sr., her son Glenn Michael Cholewa, her parents, and her step-father Bertram Kendall. A visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 5:00pm until 9:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. A funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 10:00am at the funeral chapel. Interment will follow at Oakridge Cemetery in Hillside, Il. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Go Fund Me Elaine Cholewa Funeral Fund Raiser. Please call (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.
Floyd A. Norris, 89, a resident of Wildwood, passed away Saturday, November 26, 2016 at his home. He was born September 21, 1927 in Kenneth, MN to Merle and Lizzie Norris. A graveside service is scheduled for Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 10am at Highland Memorial Park Cemetery 33100 N. Hunt Club Rd. Libertyville, IL 60048. All funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. Please call (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.
Laura Ann Nesti Sulzer, age 56, of Grayslake passed on Friday November 25, following a stirring fight with illness. The daughter of Sergio and Iola Nesti, the sister of Rita Nesti, she lived with grace and dignity. The mother of Benjamin (19) and Dylan (17), the spouse of Glenn, she loved with fierce passion, humor, and song. Hers was a spirit that will long be sustained in the hearts and memories of her immediate family (Carla Rivera (Raul), Teri Hermes (Bill), Martha Fountain (John), and Sergio Nesti (Patricia)), her extended family, and her legion of friends. Visitation and memorial services will be held on Saturday December 3 from 1-4 p.m with the memorial service commencing at 4pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Lungevity. For more information please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847)223-8122.