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  1. Patricia Jean Brown


    Patricia J. Brown (nee Zulas), loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away on July 21 at Bolingbrook Hospital as a result of colon cancer. She was 66. Pat, or Patty, was born on Aug. 25, 1950 at Elmhurst Hospital and was preceded in death by her loving parents – Jim in 1993 and Helen in 2014 – and her daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Lee in 1979. She is survived by her son David (Shawna) Brown; her siblings George (Dawn) Zulas, Ginger (Mike) Kenig and Jo-Ellen (Scott) Douglas; grandchildren Carter and Sydney Brown and Joshua Guski; and nieces and nephews George Zulas, Tom Zulas, Mike Kenig, Todd Kenig, Mary Douglas and Renee Douglas and their families.Pat had a spirited sense of adventure she also shared with members of her family on many trips around the United States as well as other countries, visiting Prague, a country of her ancestors, as well as England, Ireland, France and Scotland.Closer to home, Pat would never say “no” to a trip to the beach or a weekend with her grandchildren. No matter what she did, she always had a positive attitude and a smile that would not only light up a room, but put everyone at ease. Pat, and her favorite feline Top Cat or “TC”, would open her home and welcome friends and family with open arms. A caring, compassionate and unconditionally loving person, Pat will be missed by every soul she touched and her presence will resonate for generations.A memorial service in honor of Pat, as well as a short service following, will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 28 at West Suburban Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 39 N. Cass Ave. in Westmont. Info 630-852-8000 or In lieu of flowers or monetary donations, the family requests donations to be made in Pat’s name to Down syndrome Awareness or the American Cancer Society.

  2. Arlouine E. Nelson

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    Arlouine E. Nelson (nee Hamann) was called by the Lord to her eternal home on July 20, 2017 after a long full life of 92 yrs. Born in Cicero, Illinois, March 8, 1925, she is preceded in death by her loving husband of 43 years Gerald P. Nelson, a brother Allan Hamann, and her parents Christian and Esther Hamann. She leaves cherished memories to daughter, Jean Fredriks, Dallas, TX; son, Jim (Susan) Nelson, Granger, IN; three grandchildren, Ryan (Kersti) Nelson, Hawthorne, CA; Sara Nelson, Mishawaka, IN; and Tory (Molly) Nelson, Lawndale, CA; 2 great grandchildren, Evan and Spencer Nelson, Hawthorne, CA; and a brother James (Phyllis) Hamann, Snohomish, WA.
    Arlouine graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana with a degree in education and music in 1946. After her graduation, she enjoyed a 38 year teaching career in the Chicago area. Later she continued with her education and received her masters at Northern Illinois University. She sang in her church choir, enjoyed extensive travel with her family, and became an integral part of the community. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a teacher’s organization, where she joined a small singing group called the Pedagogues giving concerts all around the Chicago area.
    She retired with her husband to Seminole, Florida in 1984. Although she spent the last almost 9 yrs in Dallas, Texas, with her daughter, she claimed Florida as her beloved home.
    A private family gathering will be held at the gravesite at Clarendon Hills Cemetery in Darien, Illinois. Charitable donations in Arlouine’s memory may be made to Compassion for Africa, 51105 High Meadow Drive, Granger IN 46530 , whose mission is to birth a new future for abandoned children in East Africa.

  3. Lawrence “Larry” Drummond

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    Lawrence R. “Larry” Drummond, suddenly, at rest July 15, 2017, of Valparaiso, Indiana. United States Army Veteran. Beloved husband of Gina (nee DeMuro); loving father of Jill and Joshua Drummond, Trina and Matt; fond grandfather of 3. Memorial Mass Monday July 24, 2017 at 9:30 A.M. at St. Linus Church 10300 Lawler Ave., Oak Lawn. Inurnment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Info 630-852-8000 or

  4. Ludek R. Cerny

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    Ludek R. Cerny, age 61 of Westmont, passed away on July 16, 2017. He is a project manager in Commercial Specialty Glass Construction throughout the Chicagoland area. Ludek is the beloved husband of 27 years to Katarina. Loving father of Susan and Kevin Cerny. Beloved son of Mila (George Vitovec) Kopac and Ludek Cerny. Dear cousin of Jana Tuma and David Tuma. Loving brother-in-law, uncle and friend of many in the USA and Slovakia. In lieu of flowers donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Family and friends to gather Friday, July 21st for visitation 3PM until time of chapel service 7:30PM at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N Cass Ave, Westmont (630) 852-8000 or

  5. James Dunbar

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    James Dunbar, summoned by God to his eternal home, on Friday July 7, 2017. James “Cooper” Dunbar was born on December 11, 1922 in Woodville, Mississippi. He was born through the union of the late Arthur Dunbar and the late Caroline Stirgus Dunbar. James relocated to Detroit, Michigan at an early age and settled in Chicago, Illinois. James joined the Navy as a Seaman and was honorably discharged in December 1945.
    James leaves to cherish his memories, one son, Donald Forrest of Colorado Springs Colorado; one grandson, David Forrest; two nephews, Carl Spurlock and Clarence Neal of Baton Rouge, LA.; three nieces, Classie Burkes of Woodville, MS., Vera Williams and Luverda Fountain of Baton Rouge, LA., a special friend Jessie Ruth Eckels and a host of other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, five brothers, Benjamin Dunbar, Isaiah Willis, Cero Dunbar, Woodrow Dunbar, Arthur “June” Dunbar Jr. and three sisters, Nellie Dunbar Fountain, Manella Dunbar and Cinderella Dunbar. Visitation Monday July 17, 2017 from 7-8 P.M. at west Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont Il.  Funeral Services with military honors Tuesday July 18, 2017 at 9:30 A.M. at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois. Info 630-852-8000 or

  6. Alzbeta Hinke

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    Alzebta Hinke, age 75, of Downers Grove,  at rest July 9, 2017. Born December 21, 1941 in the Czech Republic to Anton and Bertha Pek. Beloved Mother of Frantisek (Hilda) Rezl; loving brother of Ervin Bittner. Memorial Visitation Wednesday July 12 from 6-8 P.M. at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont . Due to the Taste of Westmont, please access the funeral home from the rear of the building off of Irving. Info 630-852-8000 or

  7. Margaret “Peggy” Chandler


    Margaret “Peggy”  Chandler (nee Russo)
    age 59, of Westmont,
    at rest July 4, 2017 at Hinsdale Hospital.

    Born September 11, 1957 in Hinsdale, IL to Anthony and Naomi Russo. Beloved wife of Scott; loving mother of Michael (Samantha) Chandler, Susan (Craig) Osborne, Christine (William) Chandler and John (Melanie) Sleeper; dearest grandmother of Tearsa, Jonathan, Kayla, John Jr., Sophia, Lana, Jacob, Millie, Nolan, Evelyn and Betsey.; dearest sister of Anthony Russo, Mary Kring and Debbie (Rocky) Oshel; fond aunt of many many nieces and one nephew. Visitation Sunday July 9, 2017 from 2-6 P.M. at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Funeral Monday 9:30 A.M. at the funeral home to Holy Trinity Church, Westmont for a 10 A.M. Funeral Mass. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
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  8. George Pistorius

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    George Pistorius, age 96, of Brooksville, FL, at rest June 18, 2017. Former longtime resident of Westmont. Beloved husband of Sylvia (nee Mittelbach); loving father of Carl Pistorius and Janet (James) Lobraco; devoted grandfather of Stephanie and Nicholas Lobraco and Autumn Pistorius. Member of IBEW Local 701. Memorial Visitation Friday July 7, 2017 from 10:30 to 1:30 P.M. at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Private family interment Clarendon Hills Cemetery.Info 630-852-8000 or

  9. Dawn P. King

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    Dawn Patricia King, age 69, longtime resident of Westmont, at rest June 19, 2017 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, IL. Born December 2, 1947 in Berwyn, IL to Rollin and Hildegarde King, she graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, In. Beloved sister of the late Lambert (the late Sharon); loving aunt of Martha King; dearest cousin of several. Ms. King was formerly employed with Westmont Convalescent Center for 22 years. She volunteered at the Westmont Fire Dept., the Westmont Police Dept, the CERT program and the Westmont Police Academy for 15 years. She was a recipient of the 2005 Westmont Citizen of the Year. She also received the 2004 Illinois State Triad Senior Citizen Volunteer Award. Ms. King participated in obtaining the Governors Hometown Awards for the Village of Westmont. Memorials may be made in her name to Ball State University Muncie, Indiana. Interment private. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Westmont. Info 630-852-8000 or

  10. Arlene Borkhuis Dalla Costa

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    Arlene Borkhuis Dalla Costa (nee Valt), age 83, at rest June 18, 2017, surrounded by her family, at her home in Downers Grove, IL. Born September 30, 1933 in Chicago, IL.. to Steve and Corrine Valt. Beloved wife of the late Henry Borkhuis and Ernest Dalla Costa; beloved mother of Corrine (Tommy) Riley and Ben (Iris) Borkhuis; devoted grandmother of Inga Aragon and Eliza Dalgado; dearest great grandmother of Eli and Victoria. Interment private. Arrangements entrusted to West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Info 630-852-8000 or Please omit flowers.