Clara Leafblad-Johnson, recently of Libertyville, went to be with the Lord on September 14, 2014. She celebrated her 97th birthday surrounded by her family on August 20. Clara Augusta Olson was born in the family home in Mason, Wisconsin, the eighth of nine children of Carl and Elen Bertine Olson. Clara’s father emigrated from Sweden, her mother from Norway.
After graduating from high school, Clara completed teacher training at Ashland County Normal. She began her teaching career at a one-room country school in Delta, Wisconsin. In 1939, Clara married Lawrence (Lorny) Leafblad, also of Mason, in the church her father and grandfather built. Early in their marriage, Lorny and Clara lived in various places, finally settling in the Grayslake Area in the early 1950s where they became active members of the Avon School and Highland Lake communities, as well as Immanuel Baptist Church in Waukegan. Lorny died, unexpectedly, in 1963.
Clara continued her education, earning a Bachelors Degree form Lake Forest College and Masters Degree from Northern Illinois University. She taught for many years at Avon Center School, then at Edgewood School in Highland Park, and in the International Schools of Lima, Peru, Munich, Germany, and Kobe, Japan. She concluded her teaching career at College of Lake County. She was a member of Lake County Retired Teachers Association.
After being widowed for many years, she married Sigurd Johnson in 1994. They lived in the Highland Lake Community in unincorporated Grayslake prior to moving to Libertyville. They were members of Faith Church, Grayslake.
Clara is survived by four children: Laureen Sherling (Paul), Larry Leafblad (Diane), Curtis Leafblad, Carla Cumblad (Keith), 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, four stepsons: Darryl Johnson (Maryann), David Johnson (Linda), and Harold Johnson (Donna), three sisters-in-law: Delphine Leafblad, Geraldine Leafblad Bell, Linnea Johnson Domz, and many nieces and nephews.
A spirited, accomplished, and loving woman, Clara’s devotion to education, her students, friends and family will have a lasting influence on the many lives she touched.
A visitation for friends and family will be held on October 4, 2014, at Faith Church, 954 Brae Loch Road, Grayslake, Illinois, from 10:00am-11:00am, followed by a celebration of Clara’s life at 11:00am.
Edison E. Hipona, 80, a resident of Grayslake, IL passed away Saturday September 13, 2014. He was born October 2, 1933 in the Philippines to Severino and Carmen Hipona. Edison is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rebecca, his children Arnold (Rosemarie) Hipona, Beverly Hipona, Clarence (Mary Jo-An) Hipona, Evelyn (Michael) Starzec, and Franklin (Mary) Hipona, and his grandchildren Marc, Henry, Clarisse, Caitlyn, Tyler, Nathaniel, and Lily. He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings Abraham, Ferdinand, Gracita Martinez, and Johnson, and his grandson Justin. A visitation is scheduled for Saturday September 20, 2014 from 10:30am until 11:30am with a funeral mass commencing at 11:30am at St. Gilbert Catholic 301 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be held privately. Arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL For information, call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.
Arthur J. Wisniewski, born June 18, 1925 in Evanston, son of Michael and Lottie Wisniewski, passed away September 3, 2014. He served in the US Coast Guard on the USS Leonardwood during World War II. He lived in Evanston the majority of his life before retiring to Saddlebrook Farms with his beloved wife of 61 years, Marilyn, who passed away December 22, 2007. As the patriarch of the family he displayed such wisdom, forgiveness, devotion and compassion, to all those whose lives he touched. Arthur is survived by his loving children Jeffrey (Mary Jo) Wisniewski, Gail Chapman and Brad Wisniewski, proud grandfather of 8, great-grandfather of 7, and fond uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Michael and Lottie, his brother Chester, and his wife Marilyn, Friends of the family may visit Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10:00am until 12:00 pm with a memorial service commencing at 12:00pm at STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030. In lieu of flowers the family has asked for donations to the American Cancer Society 100 Tri-State International Suite 125, Lincolnshire, Il 60069. Or to Zero The End Of Prostate Cancer, 515 King St. Suite 420 , Alexandria Va, 22314. For information, call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.
Daniel Long, 83, a resident of Palm Harbor, FL passed away on Wednesday September 3rd, 2014. He was born September 18th, 1930 in Chicago, IL to Frank and Rose Long. Daniel was a navy veteran having served during the Korean War. He met his wife of 41 years, Margaret, while stationed at Great Lakes Naval Base. After serving nine years, he left the navy, a few years later started his plumbing business, Longbranch plumbing in 1959, which remained in business for 36 years.
Daniel was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, his infant son, Daniel, his parents, Frank and Rose, his brother in laws, Thomas, Richard and Carl, Dick, and sister in laws, Joyce, Grace, Glenda, and Lori. Nephews David, and John.
Daniel is survived by his daughters, Cindy and Kathleen (Michael), his grand children, Karly, Chad, Richard and Kenneth, his siblings Joan, Jean (Charles), Audrey (Henry) and Frank and his brother and sister in laws, Mary, Kathleen (Tom), Patricia (Terry), Susan, Betty(Ed) and David(Betty) and many nieces and nephews.
All will greatly miss Daniel’s love for life and active mind. Friends of the family may visit Sunday, September 7th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030. Funeral services will be held the following morning at 10:00am, Monday, September 8th at ST. GILBERTS CHURCH, 301 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made the American Cancer Society. For information please call 847-223-8122.
Joseph B. Sonn, 68, a resident of Grayslake, passed away Saturday August 30, 2014. He was born April 14, 1946 in Waukegan, IL to Joseph and Mabel Sonn. Joseph was an Army veteran having served during the Vietnam War. He worked for St. Therese Vista Medical Center for many years. Joseph is survived by his son Steve (Sherry) Sonn and his grandchildren Nathan and Hannah. He was preceded in death by his parents. Friends of the family may visit Wednesday, September 3, 2014 from 9:00am until 10:00 am with a funeral service commencing at 10:00am at STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will follow at Northshore Garden of Memories in North Chicago, IL. For information, call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.
Vasile Matei-Maier, 72 years old died peacefully in the comfort of his own home on August 28, 2014 after a long battle with lung cancer. He is survived by his loving wife, Elena, his younger sister Maria, his two beautiful daughters Paula and Iona, and his amazing son Alexandru, along with his two sons-in-law Laurentiu and Aurel, and his only granddaughter Denise. He was a loving father, husband, and grandfather. He will be missed and loved forever by his family and friends. God rest his soul in peace. Friends of the family may visit Tuesday, September 2, 2014 from 11:00am until 12:00 pm with a funeral service commencing at 12:00pm at STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Libertyville, IL. For information, call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.
Elva Lou Anderson, age 63, a resident of Round Lake Park, passed away Monday, August 25, 2014 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. 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.
Charles Edward Stanley, a resident of Gurnee, passed away Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the age of 90. All services were held privately. Arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or log on to www.strangfuneral.org
Patricia Connors, a resident of Fox Lake, passed away Saturday, August 23, 2014. Friends of the family may visit on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.
Beverly Lonberg, 78, a resident of Round Lake Beach, passed away Friday August 22, 2014. She was born January 20, 1936 in Elmhurst, IL to Walter and Blanche Ninneman. Beverly was a member of the Eastern Star and a Trustee of Calvary Presbyterian Church. She graduated Phi Theta Kappa from the College of Lake County and owned and operated 3 hair salons in Cook County. Beverly was a leather craftsman, a professional artist, and a certified clown known as “Pickles”. She worked as a phlebotomist and hematologist in the medical field as well. Beverly is survived by her step sons Mike Lonberg, Randall Watson, Jim Lonberg, Daniel Lonberg, her children Tracey (Steven) Rix-Bastean, Robin (Ken) Smith, Amanda Lonberg, and James Lonberg, her grandchildren Faith, Luke, and Jeremiah Smith, and Marissa, Melissa, and Corey Bastean, and many other grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Austin Lonberg, her mother Blanche Ninneman, and her grandmother Della Taylor. Friends of the family may visit Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 2:00pm until 6:00 pm with a service commencing at 6:00pm at STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030. The family is accepting flowers, balloons, or memorials made to the American Cancer Society. For information, call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.