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Archive: Nov 2017

  1. Adele Hiemenz

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    Adele Hiemenz, age 76, at rest November 24, 2017 at Alden Des Plaines Rehab. Former resident of Huntley. Born February 26, 1941 to Jesse and Adela Martinez. Beloved mother of Jason and the late Christopher; devoted grandmother of Anna and Ilja; dearest sister of Sonia Lopez, Elvia Gutierrez, Rachel Valdez, Olga Robinson, Aurora “Linda” Laret, Maria Hiemenz, Jose Martinez, Evelyn Ventrice, Ruth Dampf, Walter Williams and the late Jesse Martinez; fond aunt, great aunt and great great aunt. Funeral Tuesday 9:15 A.M. from West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services to Divine Savior Church 6700 Main St., Downers Grove for a 10 A.M. Funeral Mass. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Visitation Monday 3-7 P.M. Info 630-852-8000 or

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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