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Archive: Oct 2017

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. West Suburban Funeral Home offers Funeral Services near Downers Grove

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    Downers Grove, Illinois is located just about 5 minutes from West Suburban Funeral Home and is easily accessible by visitors and guests traveling via automobile or public transportation. West Suburban Funeral Home offers Funeral Services near Downers Grove and other neighboring suburbs.

    Downers Grove borders the communities of Oak Brook, Westmont, Darien, Lombard, Woodridge and Lisle and is the home of the Historic and Incredibly Beautiful Oak Hill and Oak Crest Cemeteries. Oak Hill and Oak Crest are technically one cemetery, separated by a fence. Early residents founded Oak Hill in anticipation of limited space at the Downers Grove Cemetery near downtown. The relatively newer Oak Crest Cemetery was founded later. Since its inception, a private cemetery association handled the cemetery’s appearance and records. The last members of this association to do so were a couple named Fred and May Marvin. (*Nick Vogel

    Transportation and Directions
    Commuters and tourists can take the train to West Suburban Funeral Home on Metra’s commuter rail. Metra’s BNSF Railway Line has three stops in Downers Grove at Belmont Road, Main Street, and Fairview Avenue before stoping in downtown Westmont. Interstate Highways 355 and 88 all pass through the community as well as the major surface street US 34-Ogden Avenue, which was also part of the historic Route 66. Downers Grove is served by the Pace Bus Service, a system of suburban public transportation.

    The Grove Commuter Shuttle runs four routes throughout the community to two of the three train station that are in the village.

    By car, visitors traveling from Downers Grove can take any major through road including Ogden Avenue (US34), Route 88, Maple Avenue, or 55th street east to Cass Avenue.

    For additional information about the Village, visit


    Also Nearby:
    First United Methodist Church  
    Address: 1032 Maple Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515
    Phone: (630) 968-7120

    O’Flaherty Law  
    Address: 5002 Main St #201, Downers Grove, IL 60515
    Phone: (630) 324-6666

    Fleur Couture  
    Address: 4956 Main St, Downers Grove, IL 60515
    Phone: (630) 968-3700

    For more information about Funeral Services in the Downers Grove area contact us.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Kimberly Anne Skarr

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    Kimberly Anne Skarr, age 39, suddenly, at rest October 15, 2017 at her home in Western Springs, IL. Beloved daughter and best friend of Mary (nee Poro) and the late Ronald Skarr; loving sister of Ron (Kerin) and Elizabeth (Kevin) McGreevy; dearest aunt of Emerson, Everett and Nora; dear niece, cousin and devoted friend to many, caring mother of her dog Lafitte. Kimberly was an avid traveler. Funeral Mass Saturday October 21, 2017 at 11:15 A.M. at St. John of the Cross Church 5005 Wolf Road, Western Springs. Visitation Saturday 9-11 A.M. at the Church. Interment private. Arrangements entrusted to West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Westmont. Info 630-852-8000 or www,

  8. Santiago Reodica Ballesteros Sr.

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    Santiago Reodica Ballesteros Sr., age 95, at rest October 8, 2017 at his home in Downers Grove, surrounded by his loving family. Born December 30, 1921 in the Phillippines to Pedro and Eustaquia Ballesteros. Beloved husband of the late Agripina Lising Ballesteros; loving father of Maria Corazon Ballesteros, Santiago (Virginia) Ballesteros Jr., Noel (the late Edna) Ballesteros, Edna (Bonifacio) Wagan, Lea (Eduardo) Apor, Dalia (Emiliano) Urata, Jose (Romarie) Ballesteros, Pearl “Pow” (Maria Cristina Abay) Ballesteros Abay and the late Santiago (Virginia) Jr. Ballesteros; devoted grandfather of Neal (Abigail) Ballesteros, Ace (Kara) Ballesteros, Kevin (Regina) Wagan, Santiago (Christine Joy) Ballesteros III, Marvin (Irene) Wagan, John Emiliano Urata, Kenneth Wagan, Jhessamine (Juan Paolo Prospero) Apor, Michael (Karina) Wagan, Josef Milan Apor, Jan Timothy (Hazelle) Ballesteros, Jeremiah and Janelle Ballesteros; dearest great grandfather of Aniko Ashia, Isabella Bea, Alexis Liana, Donovan Santiago, Mikayla, Jnae, Uno Minho, Austin, Ethan and Liam; dear brother of Mamerta Manalo and the late Elacio Ballesteros, Josefa Fernandez, Jovita Reodica and Teodula Balasabas. Visitation Friday October 13, 2017 from 5-10 P.M. at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Funeral Mass Saturday 10 A.M. at St. Scholastica Church, Woodridge. Interment private. Info 630-852-8000 or

  9. Luis E. “Louie” Hurtado


    Luis E. “Louie” Hurtado, age 51, at rest October 6, 2017, surrounded by his loving family, at his home in Joliet, IL. Born October 11, 1965 in Ecuador to Cesar and Sylvia Hurtado. Beloved husband of Cheryl (nee Christoph); loving father of Jayson (Kourtney), Ryan (Adriana Gomez) and Ashley (Brian); devoted grandfather of Harmony, Damian, Ivory, Aria, Zadan and Canaan; dearest son of Cesar and Sylvia Hurtado; dear brother of Sylvia and Cesar Hurtado; fond uncle of Eric and Anthony Worness and many other nieces and nephews. Visitation Wednesday October 11, 2017 from 1-5 P.M. at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL 60559., followed by Funeral Services at 5 P.M. Interment private. Info 630-852-8000 or www.

  10. Thomas W. Maher

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    Thomas W. Maher February 24, 1943 – October 3, 2017. Lost a courageous 5 year battle to heart and kidney disease. Proud Army veteran 1963-1966, IBM employee for five years and U.S. Post Office employee for 30 years. Preceded in death by his parents, Thomas J. and Lillian (nee Berkovitz) Maher and his brother-in-law Thomas Laskowski. Survived by his loving sisters; Sharon (Allen) Mikuta, Linda (Rick) Josd, Wendy Maher (John Schwanbeck) and Robin (Tom) O’Neill; devoted uncle to Daniel Mikuta, John and Christian O’Neill, Miranda (Ben) Gingrich, Michael (Erin) Laskowski, Barbara (Joe) Romero and the late Deborah Mikuta; dearest great uncle to Shaun and Amanda Laskowski, Joey and Angie Romero and his loyal cat companion, Lilly. Tom attended Southern Illinois University. His first job was with IBM repairing computers. He then spent 30 years with the U.S. Post Office before retiring. He was proud veteran serving three years active duty from 1963-1966 and three years reserve. He spent 1 1/2 years in Berlin and one year in Sinop, Turkey. Tom cherished his maternal grandparents whom he lived with during the time his father served in WW II. One of Tom’s greatest passions was abandoned animals. He visited shelters often and cared for many over his lifetime. His other passions included bike riding, photography and reading. He was a math problem solving wiz. He was always generous and had a specially selected gift in hand when visiting others. He will be sorely missed by his friends and family. Inurnment Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Noon at St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park, IL. Info 630-852-8000 or