Category Archive: obituary

  1. James R. McKnight

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    James Robert McKnight, age 69, longtime Hinsdale resident, at rest November 19, 2017 at Hinsdale Hospital. Born November 25, 1947 in Hinsdale, IL to Dana and Elizabeth McKnight. Beloved husband of the late Suzanne; loving father of Jennifer (Ross) and Jessica (Ryan) McKnight; devoted grandfather of Lucinda, Nathan and Connor; dearest brother of Willard (Phyllis) McKnight; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Memorial Visitation Saturday November 25, 2017 from 1-4 P.M. at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL. Info 630-852-8000 or

  2. Neal S. Eikenberry

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    Neal S. Eikenberry, age 79, of Downers Grove, IL, at rest November 16, 2017 at Hinsdale Hospital. Proud United States Army veteran.  Born February 20, 1938 in Elkhart Indiana. Beloved husband of Carole nee Mintz; loving father of Abbie (Charles) Simmons, Susan Dicharia, Danielle (Brian) Roorda and Brooke (Ben) Stover. Mr. Eikenberry taught History and Civics at Griffith High School for 40 years as well as announcing many high school sporting events. He later taught at Illinois Colleges; Moraine Valley, College of DuPage, Triton and Benedictine till 2005. Private Funeral Services and interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. Arrangements entrusted to West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Srvices.  Info 630-852-8000 or

  3. Inez Spelson

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    Inez Spelson, age 84, at rest November 10, 2017 at Manor Care of Westmont Nursing Home. Mrs. Spelson was born December 4, 1932 in Latvia. She was preceded in death by her husband  and is survived by her sons Mark and Tom.  The following is a eulogy written by her son, Mark Spelson;

    This writing comes to you with tremendous sadness as a loving wife and mother, Inez Spelson, passed away just short of her 85th birthday,  after a short bout with aggressive cancer. She really was and always will be an awesome Mom. She loved dogs and would always ask about my close lifelong friends, John, Geano, Randy, Steve and Bill. She was a wonderful cook and always prepared wonderful meals for our family everyday. Many women would come to Mom for her ability to take care of their seamstress needs. She enjoyed the occasional gathering of my aunts, uncles and cousins. It was her wishes for private services. In lieu of your presence, Tom and I only ask your fond memories of Mom.

    Arrangements entrusted to West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Westmont. Info 630-852-8000 or

  4. Helen Daly

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    Helen Stuart Daly

    11/14/31 – 11/06/17


    Helen was born in Ayr, Scotland. She grew up in a large, close knit family and often spoke of her wonderful childhood memories with parents (Alexander & Helen MacPherson), siblings (Alex, Jean, Georgie, John, Morag) and extended family. Only love could have enticed her to leave her beloved Scotland. She hopped on a ship at the age of 23 and moved to Toronto, Canada, marrying Thomas A. Daly. This is where their adventure began. Over the next 62 years, they moved to Peterborough, Ontario and eventually settled in Clarendon Hills, IL. They raised 4 beautiful children, each one with the unique story of their own.  Susan 1955-2015 (Harold), Karen 1957-2016 (Peter, Ford, Stewart, Taylor), Michael 1958-1985 and Paul (Patty, Olivia, Maggee, Hogan). The legacy Helen leaves is one of a strong willed, passionate, loving woman who would do anything for her family. She always said what was on her mind, whether you liked it or not, in such a way only she could do. There are so many funny, crazy, wonderful stories that will remain in the minds and hearts of all those who knew her. She loved to clean, knit, garden and care for her grandchildren. She is one of the most creative, imaginative and unique people I have ever known. We love you Nana, Mom, Helen. You will be truly missed!  Funeral Services and interment private. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to your favorite children’s hospital. Arrangements entrusted West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation services, Westmont. Info 630-852-8000 or

  5. Bailey Rose Butkus

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    Bailey Rose Butkus, six weeks old, at rest November 3, 2017. Born September 19, 2017 at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, to her loving parents Michael and Kelly (Martin) Butkus. Survived by grandparents Rick and Jan Martin; Mike and Kristi Butkus; aunts, Laura and Katie Martin and Lauren Butkus; uncle Johnny Butkus and great grandparents;  Ron and Pat Butkus, Art and Judy Carlson, Margaret Martin and Mildred Crum.  Visitation Thursday November 9, 2017 from 4-8 P.M. at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Private family interment. Info 630-852-8000 or

    Tax deductible donations (in lieu of flowers) are being requested to Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn.
    Designation:  RMH near Advocate Children’s Hospital
    In memory of:  Bailey Rose Butkus
  6. Corinne Ann Beller


    Corinne Beller nee Epstein, 78, longtime Westmont resident, beloved wife of 55 years of Jordon passed away Friday October 27, 2017. Cherished mother of Elizabeth Beller (Paul Wieder). Loving grandmother of Joseph Wieder. Devoted sister of Sandra Brottman. Fond aunt, great-aunt and cousin of many. A well-known, loved, talented, respected, accomplished woman and business person. Funeral services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the national Leukemia and Lymphoma Society PO Box 98018 Washington D.C. 20090 and national Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave Fl., 17 Chicago, IL 60601. Arrangements entrusted to West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Info 630-852-8000 or

  7. Doris Grabiec

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    Doris Grabiec, age 95, 62 year resident of Downers Grove, IL, at rest October 27, 2017 . Beloved wife of the late Edwin; loving mother of Craig (Jan), Wayne , Nancy Kovanic and Glenn Grabiec; devoted grandmother of Keri (Mike) Hayes and Nicole Grabiec; dearest great grandmother of Jack and Ella, dear sister of Lorel Davidson.  Graveside services private. Arrangements entrusted to West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Westmont. For further info 630-852-8000 or

  8. Michael V. Pourier


    Michael Vance Pourier entered this world January 10, 1966 and went to be with his Savior on October 25, 2017. Michael was man of few words who believed in the good of all. He was a complicated but simple man who touched many lives.For the past eight years Mike was a Religious Education Catechist within St. Joan of Arc’s CCD program, mentoring many children. Michael was a devoted parishioner at St. Joan of Arc, serving as an extra ordinary Holy Communion minister, helping stuff Church bulletins and was a member in the Brothers in Christ weekly men’s group. He loved history, reading and sports and could still tell you about his first trip to a sporting event with his dad. In his younger years he spent many days watching sports with his dad. His first passions were the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers, later adding the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Blackhawks, when he moved to Chicago. . Michael had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. He took care of others, often before taking care of himself. He will be deeply missed by the greatest loves and legacies of his life – his nieces, nephew and Mark Larsen’s children; Dixie, Gemma, Marco, Paige, Aleya, Brooke, Grant and Garrett. Other surviving members of his family include his mother Gwen Pourier; sisters Nadine (Steve) Blumenshine and Thada (Paul) Clements and his best friend Mark and wife Stephanie. We are thankful he now gets to be with his dad Emery and dear friend, Lori. We know he is in a happy, peaceful place and for that we are thankful and blessed. Funeral Mass Saturday November 4, 2017 at 11:30 A.M. at St. Joan of Arc Church 820 Division, Lisle. Visitation Saturday from 10:30 A.M. till time of Funeral Mass, in the Narthex of St. Joan of Arc Church. A luncheon will follow in the Parish Center. Interment private. Arrangements entrusted to West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Westmont, IL. For further info 630-852-8000 or Michael’s family wishes to thank all his friends for being a part of Mike’s life and sharing with them how much he was loved and showing them how many lives he touched.

  9. Barbara Theiss

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    Barabara Theiss, age 79 at rest October 20, 2017 at her home in Mayslake Village in oak Brook, IL. Born May 5, 1938 to Matthew and Caroline Rudnick. Survived by her daughter Romy Ross. Interment private. Arrangements entrusted to West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Info 630-852-8000 or

  10. Kimmarie Kovalsky


    Kimmarie Kovalsky (Prochot), age 59, of Bolingbrook, died unexpectedly of natural causes, October 14, 2017. She was born on Februrary 25, 1958 in Chicago. The Daughter to Donald S. Prochot and Dolores Galin.

    She graduated from Downers Grove South in 1976. Following that attended Western Illinois University, eventually finishing at Triton College with a degree in Nursing. Kim was an R..N. and worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield for 18 years. She loved watching her son play baseball, everything Cubs, Bobby Sherman, Journey, organizing her cabinets and family. She was a loving daughter, Wife, Mother, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother and friend who will be deepy missed by family and many friends.

    Kim is survived by her husband Rocco Kovalsky, Son Justin Kovalsky, Stepsons Tony Kovalsky (Katie) and Joe Kovalsky (Heather), Her Mother Dolores Galin of Naperville, Her Father Donald S. Prochot (Rita) of Wheaton. Sister Donna Graver (Chris) of Montgomery, Neice Andra Graver, Brother Don Prochot (Jill) of Coto De Caza, California, Nephew Tyler Prochot, Grandchildren Tony, Pheobe, Chloe, Connor, Murielle, and Dominck. She was preceeded in death by her Mother-in-law, Fran Wright. Last but not least, her precious dog Tiger.

    Memorial Visitation Saturday October 21, 2017 from 4-7 P.M., followed by a Memorial service at 7 P.M. at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Info 630-852-8000 or