Debra Marie Strel-Williams, 52, passed away March 19, 2015 in Racine, WI. She was born June 16, 1962 to Frank and Olga Strel. Debra was a level III Reki Master and a member of Women Within, women helping women. She enjoyed candle making, candy making, and spending time with her nieces and nephews. Debra is survived by her husband James Williams, her mother Olga Strel, her step-children Rhiannon, Zoe, Jamie, her siblings Robert (Lenore) Lucas, Tom Lucas, Judi (Dave) Domine, Gail (John) Nabar and Suzi Strel, her nieces and nephews Laura, Kimberly, April, Josh, Corrina, Jacob, Jordyn, Jessica, Christopher, Tyler, Kameron, Bryson, Kristen, and Kimberly. A visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at from 4:00pm until 8:00pm with a funeral service commencing at 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL. Interment will be held privately. For more information please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847) 223-8122.
John T. Craig X, 62, a resident of Highland Lake, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Glenview, IL. He was born June 14, 1952 in Washington, MO to John T. Craig IX and Margaret Craig. John worked as an Environmental Director for Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. for 26 years. John is survived by his wife of 35 years, Elizabeth George, his children John T. Craig XI, Petty Officer Third Class Casey D. Craig, and Katlyn A. Craig, and his sister Sharon (Brad) Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 10:00am at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL. Interment will be held privately. Memorials may be made to the Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center 675 N. Saint Clair St. Chicago, IL 60611. For more information please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847) 223-8122.
Anthony T. DuBeau, 23, a resident of Kenosha, WI, passed away March 11, 2015 at MCAS Yuma, AZ. He was born November 28, 1991 in Libertyville, IL to Tonia and Brian DuBeau. Anthony was an outstanding and exceptional Marine, always striving to be the best and going above and beyond in every aspect of his life. He had joined the Marine Corps on April 1, 2013 and reached the rank of Lance Corporal. Anthony was the loving husband to Candice DuBeau, having been together for 8 ½ years. He was also survived by his mother Tonia DuBeau, his siblings Steve DuBeau, Michael (Shana Bailey) DuBeau, and Almony DuBeau, his cousin Mario Aguirre, his aunt Tena Winsett, his dad Brian DuBeau, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandpa Larry Winsett. Friends of the family may visit on Saturday, March 21, from 1:15p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a funeral service commencing at 6:30pm at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL. Interment will be held privately. Memorials may be made to the USO. For more information please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847) 223-8122.
Gerald J. Laurent, 91, a resident of Round Lake, passed away March 16, 2015 in Woodstock, IL. He was born May 2, 1923 in Waukegan to Reuben and Rosemary Laurent. Gerald was a cowboy, a veteran of World War II having served as a Merchant Marine and with the US Army. He was a member of the IBEW Local 134 and was a longtime art student at the College of Lake County, where he enjoyed painting. Gerald is survived by his children Steven (Barbara), Douglas (Carolyn), and Paul (Karen), his grandchildren Shawn, Gabrielle, and Matthew, his great-grandchildren Aiden, Arriana, and Kieran, his sister Cecilia Laurent, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Agnes Laurent, his brothers Paul and Dave, and his sister Patricia. Friends of the family may visit on Wednesday, March 18, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL. A funeral mass is scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 10:00am at St. Joseph Catholic Church 114 N. Lincoln Ave. Round Lake, IL 60073. Interment will be held privately. For more information please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847) 223-8122.
Gladys M. Mankowski, 89, passed away March 14, 2015. Gladys was born May 4, 1925 in Duluth, MN. She was a long time resident of Grayslake having moved to the area in 1954. Gladys is survived by her three children James, John, and Joan, her seven grandchildren Rachel, Johnathan, Jacob, Anna Rose, John Dwaine, Jeffrey, and Jessica, her loving sister Delores Weinburger, her two great-grandchildren Lillian Rose and Natalie Sage. Gladys also leaves behind many other loving relatives and friends. Gladys was a faithful member of St. Gilberts Parish, volunteering as a school nurse for many years in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Friends of the family may visit on Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL. Interment will be held privately. For more information please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847) 223-8122.
James A. (Jim) Adams, age 89, died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 14, 2015. He, his wife and daughters were in Madison, WI to attend the performance of their grandson, Ian, in the Broadway tour of “The Book of Mormon” when he collapsed in the theater lobby. Born July 5, 1925, Jim attended Warren High School and enlisted in the Army in 1945 serving as a medic in the Constabulary based in Southern Germany. He graduated from the School of Agriculture at the University of Illinois in February 1951. It was here he met his wife of 65 years, Wilma Pellizzari. He partnered with his father on a dairy farm in Wadsworth, served as a herdsman for two years and went to Carthage College night school to get his teaching certificate. He taught seventh grade science at Hawthorn Junior High School for 24 years. He amused his students by strolling down the hallway loudly singing the “Illinois Loyalty” on Fridays before football games. He was also remembered for a chant devised to help students with a definition for osmosis. He retired in 1988. He was one of two people hired by the Lake County Farm Bureau to be the first presenters of the “Ag in the Classroom” program. He visited fourth grades all over Lake County until hearing loss prevented him from continuing. He loved to sing and was a long time former member of the St. Gilbert’s Choir. Jim loved to ski, doing so until having a CVA in 2007. He and his wife loved ballroom dancing and did so most Friday nights. He still exercised at Gurnee Centre Club three times a week, where the camaraderie was a big factor. Gardening was another favorite he had to give up. He is survived by his wife; his children Mark, Barbara, Carol (Tony) Liberto, and David; his five grandchildren, Christina (Brandon) Hunter, Ian (Kasey) Liberto, Kaitlin, Lauren and Andrew Adams; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Margaret (Graham) Adams; four brothers, Ray, Don, Lloyd and Bud Adams; his sister, Margaret; and his sons-in-law Ray Lindal and Tony Liberto. Friends of the family may visit from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. Meeting at church, the funeral mass is scheduled for 10:00 am Friday, March 20, 2015 at St. Gilbert Catholic Church, 301 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will follow at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville. For information, please log on to www.strangfuneral.org or call 847-223-8122.
Donna Ballatin, age 61, of Grayslake, passed away on March 2, 2015. She was born on June 11, 1953 in Chicago. Donna was a long time employee of Grayslake Family Dental. She influenced those around her with her sense of humor, determination, and positive outlook on life. Donna was the loving mother of Dawn and Tiffany; fond sister of Howard and Steve; precious daughter of Irv and the late Thelma “Temmy”; and proud grammy of Noah and Riley. Friends of the family may visit from 12:00 pm until 4 pm on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Federation or any other cancer charity. For more information please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or contact (847)223-8122.
Robert (Pookey) Kutzler, 78, of Gages Lake, IL., passed away on March 13, 2015, at Advocate Condell in Libertyville. He was born on March 21, 1936, in Waukegan, IL. He was the owner and operator of Kutzler Express, Inc. and a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Louise; two daughters, Cindy (Dan) Sawusch and Julie Kutzler; three grandchildren, Steven, Andrew and Pamela; great grandchild, Benjamin; his brothers, Jimmy (Virginia) and Dick (Helen); his brother-in-law and sister-in-law LeRoy “Pete” and Judy Gwaltney; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Florence and Frank Kutzler Jr. Friends of the family may visit on Tuesday, March 17, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL. Funeral Service commencing at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Warren Cemetery in Gurnee. For more information please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847) 223-8122.
James Retis, 67, of Round Lake passed away on March 7, 2015 at Lake Forest Hospital. James was born on September 22, 1947 in Chicago, to Albert, C. Mary Retis nee Tolush. James was an avid history buff, he really loved his home, and the landscaping, loved to cook, going to the race track, and betting on the ponies, but most of all loved spending time with his family and friends. James is survived by his sister Lillian Monhait of Chicago, Il, 2 Nephews Brad(Teresa)Schoff of Salem, Wi, Greg(Amy)Schoff of Janesville, Wi, 2 nieces Mya(Alec)Bethune of Louisville, Co, Tamar Monhait of Portland, Or, 4 great nieces Kensey Schoff, Abby Schoff, Kate Bethune, Julia Bethune, 2 great nephews Tyler Schoff, Jordan Schoff. James is preceded in death by his aforementioned parents, 2 sisters Cynthia Schoff, Cathy Yakeley. A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 2 P.M. till 4 P.M. with a memorial service starting at 4:00 P.M. at the Strang Funeral Chapel 410 E. Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, Il, 60030 for information please call (847)223-8122
John L. Keefe, age 86, of Grayslake passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Addolorata Villa in Wheeling. He was born May 6, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Lawrence and Elizabeth (Diemert) Keefe. For 25 years, Jack worked at Abbott Labs, retiring in 1993. Jack loved to ski, boat, and do other outside activities. He also played cards with his sons and grandchildren, but most of all Jack enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by his children, Margy of Palatine, Larry (Gigi) of Grand Rapids, MI, Kevin (Marianne) of Downers Grove, Ginny (Dan) Wiemerslage, of Gurnee, Katy (Paul) Baumgartner of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Patty (Hal) Sloan of Grayslake and Johnny (Mary) of Downers Grove; his grandchildren, Sara, Conor, Lauren, Patrick, Brian (fiancé Lydia Lindenberg) Keefe, Kyle, Adam and Julie Wiemerslage and Jamie, Jerry, Mary Jo and Claire Baumgartner, Scott (fiancé Catherine Berkemeyer), Laura and Kevin Sloan, and Michael and Cate Cetta. He is also survived by one sister-in-law, Sr. Margaret Kerr of Cleveland, Ohio. John was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 56 years, Mary, and one sister, Pat Flynn. Friends of the family may visit from 2 pm until 6 pm on Sunday March 15, 2015 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. The funeral mass is scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2015 at 10:00 am at St. Gilbert Catholic Church, 301 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will follow at St. Mary of the Annunciation Cemetery in Mundelein. Memorials in John’s name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or to Addolorata Villa in Wheeling. For more information please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or contact (847)223-8122.