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  1. Elsie A. Johnson

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    Elsie Arlene Johnson (nee Kelley), age 94, of Downers Grove, at rest August 23, 2017. Formerly of Ottawa and Oak Lawn, IL and Hemet, CA. Beloved wife of the late Oscar; loving mother of Robert (Jeanne) Johnson; dearest sister of the late Marietta, Calvin “Buck” and William Kelley; dear aunt of many nieces and nephews. Memorial Services Saturday September 9, 2017 at 11 A.M. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 4501 Main St., Downers Grove, IL 60515. There will be a memorial visitation Saturday, at the church, from 10:30 A.M. till time of services. Info 630-852-8000 or

  2. Dorothy A. McCabe

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    Dorothy Arlene (Tozzi) McCabe was born September 27th, 1934 in Chicago and moved to Downers Grove in 1947, when she was 13 years old with her parents and siblings. She had to finish the one year of school at Sacred Heart in Chicago and then went on to Downers Grove North High School. After many stepping stone jobs and marriage and divorce and 2 wonderful children, Dorothy ended up at Chicago Gaelic Park in Oak Forest. Dorothy, along with the Gaelic Park Board, invented that place. She made it come to life. She worked there 14 years from August, 1991 to October, 2005 when she retired.

    Dorothy is preceded in death by her mother, Helen Fiala Tozzi, her father Rocco Anthony Tozzi, her brother Richard Tozzi; devoted mother to Randi and Diane, cherished grandmother of Kris, Zach, Drew, Calli, Lindsey, Maddie and Matt, adoring great-grandmother of Brooke and Makayla and loved mother in law to Bill and Mike; dearest sister of Cheri Franzen, Kathryn Herbold, Terri Sheldahl and Robert Tozzi. Dorothy you were loved in life and will be deeply missed! Celebration of Life will be on Wednesday, August 30th, from 5:00 – 6:00, Memorial Service will be from 6:00 – 7:00 at West Suburban Funeral Home, 39 North Cass Avenue, Westmont, Illinois 60559. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Cancer Society.
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  3. Walter L. Krause


    Walter L. Krause, age 73, of Hickory Hills, at rest August 24, 2017 at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood. Proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1962-65.  Beloved father of Tina (Mike) Pawlowski, Rick (Landa) Krause, Jeannie (Daniel) Brucker, and  Angela (Greg) Tannehill; devoted grandfather of Amber and Ryan Doogan, Allen and Logan Krause, Candace Brucker, Tony and Kerry Taylor and Ali Krause; dearest great grandfather of Natalie, Lilian, Summer and Brantley; dear brother of Judy Mewes, Edward and Paul Krause; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death his parents Walter Krause and Lucille nee Boeckmann Krause. Interment with full milatary honors on Wednesday August 30, 2017 at 1 P.M. at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL. Info 630-852-8000 or

  4. Peter R. “Pete” Carrara

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    Peter R. “Pete” Carrara, age 85, at rest August 23, 2017 at his home in Plainfield, IL. Proud United States Army veteran. Beloved husband of Joanne nee Biesiada; loving father of Deborah (the late Richard) Poupa, Peter III (Sharon) Carrara, Eugene (Sharon) Carrara, Michael (Mary), David (Mary) and Brian Rohlicek; devoted grandpa and papa of 11; dearest great grandfather of 3; dear brother of the late Gloria (the late Bill) Morelli and Lorraine (the late Gene) Waszak; fond uncle of Louann (Al) Robertson, Lorna (Bob) Pecora and many other nieces and nephews. Member of VFW Post 12059 Plainfield,IL. Visitation Friday August 25 from 3-8 P.M. at Conboy-Westchester Funeral Home (Anthony P. Cappetta & Son, Directors) 10501 W. Cermak Road, (two blocks west of Mannheim Rd.), Westchester. Family and friends are asked to meet Saturday at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church 505 Kingston, Romeoville for a 10 A.M. Funeral Mass. Entombment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Please Omit flowers. Info 708-F-U-N-E-R-A-L

  5. Donald Ching

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    Donald Ching, age 87, at rest August 23, 2017 at his home in Downers Grove, IL. Born July 28, 1930 in China to Heshing Ching and Yunchun Fang. Beloved husband of Sueyang Ching. Visitation Saturday August 26, 2017 from 3-6 P.M. at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Interment private. Info 630-82-8000 or

  6. Delores A. Burde


    Delores A. Burde (nee Bardachowski), age 73, of Woodridge, at rest August 18, 2017. Born June 4, 1944 in Chicago, IL to Steven and Ann Bartochowski. Beloved wife of the late Dominick; loving mother of Dina (Mark) Muscia, Denine, Debbi, Danny, Derek and Dominick Jr.; devoted grandmother of Stephanie, Ryan, Patrick, Christopher, Melissa, Amberly, Jessica, Matthew, Brittany, Brandon, and Mikayla; dearest great grandmother of Shane, Arabella, Sylas, Camron, Gracie, Mason and Alivia; dear sister-in-law of the late Donald (Judith) Bartochowski. Funeral Services at Noon on Saturday August 26, 2017 at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Justice IL. Visitation Saturday from 9 AM. until time of services. Info 630-852-8000 or,

  7. Veteran Funeral Services at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

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    Veteran Funeral Services at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

    The Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, located at 20953 W. Hoff Road, Elwood, IL 60421 is about 1 hours drive southwest of Chicago and offers Veteran Funeral Services. The grounds include approximately 982 acres of beautiful landscape dedicated in 1999 by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration. The cemetery will provide 400,000 burial spaces when completed. Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery is located on the grounds of the former Joliet Army Ammunition Plant site, also known as the Joliet Arsenal. The cemetery is named after President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States and founder of the National Cemetery system. In 2015 the first American federally approved monument honoring LGBT veterans was dedicated at the cemetery.

    In 2003 the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery inaugurated an all-volunteer Memorial Squad to assist in military honors and veteran funeral services. Frequently, the melodic sound of live Taps can be heard echoing throughout the cemetery grounds, otherwise, electronic Taps are available at three committal shelters. The DOD program, “Honoring Those Who Served,” calls for funeral directors to request military funeral honors on behalf of the veteran’s family. When requested, a detail consisting of at least two uniformed military persons, with at least one being a member of the veteran’s branch of service provide folding and presentation of the U.S. flag and can also play Taps, either by a high-quality recording or a bugler.

    Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. A Veteran’s spouse, widow or widower, minor dependent children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran. Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial. For more information visit



    West Suburban Funeral Home is located in the heart of Downtown Westmont. Funeral Service visitors can reach Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery from West Suburban Funeral Home easily via car by making a left out of the parking lot and traveling south on Cass Avenue towards Darien to I-55 South. Take I-55 south to County Highway 44 in Wilmington Township. Take the exit 241 from I-55 south and get on Co Hwy 44 for about 4 miles to Illinois 53 North. Turn LEFT onto IL-53 N and take 53 north about another 5 miles to W Hoff Road. Continue straight on to Abraham Lincoln Blvd where the destination will be on your right.
    For more information regarding funeral services or for assistance making arrangements for a Veteran Funeral Services, visit or call us today.

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  8. Jacqueline “Jackie” Frese

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    Jacqueline “Jackie” Frese, age 88, at rest July 30, 2017 at her home in Lyons, IL. Born March 1, 1929 in Chicago, IL to John and Katherine Meyers. Beloved mother of Darlene (Ken) Homer, Maryann (Jim) Schubert, Chris Talles and the late Linda Maggio and John Talles; devoted grandmother of 10, great grandmother of 10 and great great grandmother of 3; dearest sister of John (Marilyn) Meyers; fond aunt of Eileen and Donna. Interment private. Arrangements entrusted to West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Info 630-852-8000

  9. Jerry L. Granger

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    Jerry L. Granger, age 76, at rest July 31, 2017 at Lexington Healthcare in Lombard. Proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps, during the Vietnam era. Born April 22, 1941 in Joliet, IL to Leland and Dorothy Granger. Beloved husband of Darlene (nee Coduti); loving father of Greg; dearest brother of Darlene (the late Frank) Eaton. Funeral Services Thursday August 3, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Interment Fairview Memorial Park, Northlake IL. Visitation Wednesday 3-8 P.M. Info 630-852-8000 or