Brendan, formerly of Westmont, better known by Dingle, was called to go on a new journey on February 16, 2017 in Austin, TX. God’s social butterfly who never met a stranger, touched every race, creed, color, gender, and sexual orientation with love and warmth. Approaching all people with love and generosity, we loved him back. God blessed this planet with Brendan for 19 short years. However his smile, laughter and memories will live on forever in the thousands of fortunate hearts who knew him. Guiding Brendan in his new supernatural journey are his late grandparents, Walter Dingle (Indianapolis), Mattie Lee (Indianapolis), St. Ore Hubert Joseph (St. Lucia), and Genevieve White (Indianapolis). Beloved families member sending love from earth are his mother, DaShawn Dingle; his father and wife Mr. & Mrs. Jathan D’ esir; his brothers Jathan Jr., Artist and Falcon; his sister Kayla and nephew Zayden; aunts Candiace, Kellen-Jade, Brittany, Antionette, April, Kurll, Petal, Sherissa- Lynn, Clementine; uncles Ivan, Louis, Errol and Anthony Dingle; and Ultra-spoiling Grandparents Jerry Dingle, Trina Dingle, Suzan and Stanley Harris. Countless cousins and friends wish you well Brendan, in your next big adventure. We love you! Funeral Services will be held Friday March 3, at 1 P.M. at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st & York Road. Visitation will be held at the church from 11 A.M. till the time of services. Interment Clarendon Hills Cemetery followed by Celebration of Life party at 4 P.M. at Q Bar 8109 S. Cass Ave. Darien. Arrangements entrusted to West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Info 630-852-8000 or www.westsuburbanfh.com In lieu of flowers please donate to Brendan’s Memorial Fund at https://www.gofundme.com/brendan-dingle-memorial-fund
Eleanor Napolitan nee Kielma, age 92, of Plymouth, MN, formerly of Cicero, IL and North Riverside, passed away with loving family by her side on Thursday February 23, 2017. Born October 11, 1924 in Chicago, IL to Stephen and Stella Kielma. Beloved wife of the late Henry; loving mother of Joseph (Barbara), Henry (Malonia) and Suzanne (Steve) Gale; devoted grandmother of 8; great grandmother of 13. Visitation Thursday March 2, 2017 at Conboy-Westchester Funeral Home (Anthony P. Cappetta & Son Directors) 10501 W. Cermak Rd (two blocks west of Mannheim Rd) from 3-9 P.M. Funeral Friday at 9:00 A.M. from the funeral home to Mater Christi Church 2431 S. 10th Ave., North Riverside for a 9:30 A.M. Funeral Mass. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Info 630-852-8000 or www.westsuburbanfh.com
Joy P. Smith, age 72, at rest February 16, 2017 at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. Born July 30, 1944 in New York, NY to Albert and Sybil Smith. Survived by her beloved daughter, Laura. Interment private. Arrangements entrusted to West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc.
Susanne Kovacs, nee Werner, passed away quietly at the age of 92 Saturday night at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, IL, surrounded by family and listening to her favorite recordings of German Music by Hansi Hinterseer and Semino Rossi. She was at Good Samaritan, under the care of a dedicated,generous and professional staff after collapsing three days earlier at her daughter’s home in Westmont, where she had lived the last six years of her life.
When talking about Susi, a friend said “when she walks into a room, it is like a ray of sunshine.” Born in Gakowa, Yugoslavia in the Danube Valley on October 23, 1924, Susi was of German descent and part of the Danube Swabians (Danauschwaben), a culture that had migrated from Germany in the 1700s. Along with her brother Peter, sister Ana, her mother Maria and father Franz, she lived an idyllic, though hard working pre-war life. People from her home town who knew her described her as outgoing and assertive … and a bit of a mischief-maker (a trait she never lost). That idyllic life changed when World War II broke out and the family found themselves in the middle of opposing forces. Susi lived through danger, disease and loss and the destruction of the family’s way of life. She survived typhus, air raids, loss of her fiancée, the death of a 6-month old child, the loss of two other children, incarceration in a concentration camp, forced labor, beatings, starvation and witnessing the systematic slaughter of thousands of her culture. Yet she and her family persisted. Ultimately escaping the camps, they fled first to Hungary, then over the border to Austria, living in Villach where Susi married and her daughter Brigitte was born.
In 1956, seeing the activity of the Soviets in nearby Hungary, the family decided it was time to emigrate to the safety of the United States. In January of 1957, Susi, Johann and Brigitte, accompanied by Susi’s mother Maria and stepfather Karl set sail on the ship General Langfitt. Susi, Johann and Brigitte emigrated to Chicago, where they were being sponsored by the Catholic Church and Maria and Karl to Detroit where they were being sponsored by a kind and loving family. Susi’s brother, Peter, had emigrated to Ontario, Canada earlier. Ultimately, Susi and Johann would divorce, and later she married Charles Kovacs, a Hungarian who had fled during the Hungarian revolution in 1956.
In Chicago, Susi found work sewing shoes in a Florsheim Factory, and later worked for Bodine Electric, winding stators for electric motors until her retirement in 1986. In 1985, the beginning collapse of the communist regime in Hungary, and the eventual withdrawal of the Soviets, paved the way for a safe return. Susi and Charlie decided to retire to Charlie’s home town of Sarvar, Hungary, where his family lived.
Moving to Sarvar, they lived in a small house tending to their garden and enjoying the nearby company of Charlie’s two daughters and three nieces and their families until Charlie passed away in 2009. In 2010 Susi returned to the U.S., and moved in with her daughter and family in Westmont, IL. Susi lived a full life characterized by love and faith in the face of the hate and nihilism she witnessed during and after World War II. Having witnessed atrocities and depredation, and herself having been a victim of cruelty and abuse, she still retained a faith in people and her God.
The stories of Susi’s life, when taken as a whole, make it a wonder that one person could have been through so much and remain so positive, and live so long. Susie was preceded in death by her mother Maria Popp (nee Schlott), her father Franz Werner, her step-father Karl Popp, her sister Ana in Germany and an infant daughter. She is survived by her brother Peter Werner of Leamington, Ontario, in the United States, a daughter Brigitte Slaker and her husband Bob of Westmont, a grandson Adam Slaker, a granddaughter Lydia Slaker, step-granddaughters Aubrey Faith-Slaker and April Faith-Slaker; in Hungary, two step-daughters and their families. In Sweden, she is survived by three half-siblings.
Those of us who knew her are better for having known her. She will be sorely missed, and never forgotten.
There will be a private memorial at a later date; burial will be in Sarvar, Hungary.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Susi’s name to brightfocus.org/macular
Josephine M. Pizzicara, (nee Tanzillo) age 91
Longtime resident of Hillside, IL, at rest February 16, 2017 at Burgess Square Healthcare Center. Beloved wife of the late Ralph; loving mother of Patricia (Albert) DiBrito; devoted grandmother of Evans (Carrie) Robicheaux, Michele (Bill) Butz and Anthony (Jamey) DiBrito; dearest great grandmother of Joshua, Megan, Emily, Jacob, Patrick, Trent and Abella. Entombment Monday February 20, 2017 at 10:45 A.M. at Queen of Heaven Mausoleum, Hillside. Info 630-852-8000 or www.westsuburbanfh.com
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Vincenza “Vinnie” Zedler, (nee Serritella), at rest February 15, 2017 at her home in Westchester. Beloved wife of Harold; loving mother of the late John Carl; devoted daughter of the late Donata and Ralph Serritella; dearest sister of the late Josephine (Tom) Trulis, Ann Marie (Gerald) Gilardi, Connie (Ted) Nielsen, Nicolina (Robert) Mooney and Dolores “Dora” Serritella; dear aunt of many nieces and nephews; fond cousin of many. Visitation Saturday February 18, 2017 from 9 A.M. till 12 noon at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Funeral Services to follow the visitation, at noon. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to West Suburban Humane Society 1901 W. Ogden Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515. Info 630-852-8000 or www.westsuburbanfh.com
John J. Novacek Sr., age 96 of Naperville. IL, at rest February 8, 2017, proud U.S. Army veteran. Born March 17, 1920 in Chicago, IL to John F. and Rose Novacek. Beloved husband of the late Emily (nee DeSantis), loving father of Jay (Patricia) Novacek, Mark (Deirdre Laughlin) Novacek and Lesley Boyum; devoted grandfather of Tom (Jennifer) and David (Vicki) Novacek, Cherie (Chris) Munson, Grace Novacek, Nicole (Robert) Woods and John Boyum; dearest great grandfather of Jake, Alexis, Atom, Ivy, Brady and Brooklyn. Memorial Mass Saturday February 18, 2017 at 9:30 A.M. at Ss. Peter & Paul Church 36 N. Ellsworth, Naperville. Arrangements entrusted to West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Info 630-852-8000 or www.westsuburbanfh.com
Justina “Justine” Teresa Mihelich (nee Schuch), age 90 of Hinsdale, IL, loving wife of Walter of 65 years; was peacefully called home by the Lord on February 7, 2017, surrounded by her family at home. Cherished mother of Kenneth (Nancy) Mihelich, Steven (Jennie) Mihelich and Nancy (David I) Morey. Fond grandmother of Laura, Christopher, Lisa, Nicole and David II. Justine was born in Chicago, IL to Paul and Teresa Schuch on December 19, 1926. She attended Lindblom High School and graduated in 1943. She enjoyed ballroom dancing with her husband Wally and spending time with her family. Justine is preceded in death by her parents Paul and Teresa and by her brothers Paul and Joseph. Visitation Wednesday February 15, 2017 from 3-9 P.M. at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Prayers at the funeral home Thursday February 16 at 9 A.M followed by a 10 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Isaac Jogues Church 306 W. 4th Street, Hinsdale, IL. Interment to follow at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery 20953 W. Hoff Rd., Elwood, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations in Justine’s name may be made to Autism Speaks, Attn: Web Gift: 1060 State Rd, 2nd Floor, Princeton NJ 08540. http://events.autismspeaks.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=272001&lis=1&supid=0&team=6917921 . Info 630-852-8000 or www.westsuburbanfh.com
Veterans Burials and Allowances Written by Tony Cappetta
Often families are unaware of the burial benefits available to veterans at the time of their death. At West Suburban Funeral Home, we prepare and file all of the necessary documents needed to obtain the reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. We also obtain a flag for each veteran, arrange for military honors at the location of the veteran’s funeral services, obtain a Presidential Memorial Certificate for the family of the veteran and obtain a government medallion for placement on a grave marker in a private cemetery. In addition we can arrange for the burial of a veteran or spouse in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Rock Island National Cemetery or Wood Memorial Cemetery in Milwaukee. Casketed remains can be buried in ground, cremated remains can be buried in ground or above ground in a niche. The only document needed to obtain any of these benefits is a copy of a veteran’s Honorable Discharge/Separation from Active Duty Papers also known as a DD214. If this document is unable to be located we can assist in obtaining a copy from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding the death of a veteran and veteran burials.
For more information regarding funeral services or funeral preparation, please visit our website at westsuburbanfh.com, or call us at 630-852-8000. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.