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Archive: Nov 2018

  1. Clyde “Jack” Simmons

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    Jack Simmons, 80, of Oswego, left this planet on Thursday November 22, 2018 while at home.  In lieu of traditional services, an open house and last visitation was held for family and close friends the Saturday prior to his death. A Memorial will be held at a later date. Known as Jack his entire life, Clyde was born in Sterling, IL to Clyde and Margaret Simmons on May 15, 1938. He attended Plano High School in Plano, IL and later earned his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Elementary Education from Aurora University in Aurora, IL. He married Dorothy (nee Harbison) Simmons on December 16, 1961 in Aurora, IL.  Jack was a fifth grade teacher at Coal City Elementary School for two years before working at East View Elementary School in Oswego, IL, where he eventually retired after 27 years as fifth grade teacher. He lived his life as an educator, audiophile and self-acclaimed pundit. He thoroughly enjoyed his grandchildren and his family.  Jack is preceded in death by his father, Clyde Simmons and his mother Margaret Simmons, both of Medford, Oregon. Jack is survived by his wife, Dorothy, son Bruce (Cheryl nee Brown) Simmons; granddaughter Chynna (Mike) Buda; grandson Phoenix Simmons; brother Sid (Carol) Simmons; and sister India Simmons. The family would like to thank all who shared time and laughter with Jack and request that contributions in honor of Jack go to Seasons Hospice at https://Seasons Arrangements entrusted to West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Westmont, IL. Info 630-852-8000 or

  2. Marsha Truhlar

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    Marsha Truhlar (nee Kraus), of Darien, formerly of Berwyn, IL, age 85, at rest November 20, 2018. Beloved wife of the late James “Sonny”; loving mother of Karen (Steve) Townsend, James Jr. (Debra), Kenneth and Kevin (Jenny) Truhlar; dearest grandmother of Jonathon, J.R., Anthony, Ashley and Kevin Jr. Truhlar; dear great grandmother of 5; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Funeral Saturday November 24, 2018 at 10:15 A.M from West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont to Our Lady of Peace Church, Darien. Funeral Mass 11 A.M. Interment Clarendon Hills Cemetery. Visitation Friday from 3-8 P.M. Info 630-852-8000 or

  3. Albert “Al” J. Di Brito Jr.

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    Albert “Al” J. DiBrito Jr., age 76, of Westmont, at rest November 16, 2018 at Season’s Hospice in Naperville, IL. Born April 12, 1942 in Chicago, IL to Albert Sr. and Alberta Di Brito. Beloved husband of Patricia (nee Pizzicara); loving father of Evans (Carrie) Robicheaux, Anthony (Jamie) Di Brito and Michele (Bill) Butz; devoted grandfather of Joshua Brown, Megan (Skyler) Wolfe, Emily Robicheaux, Jacob Brown, Patrick Robicheaux, Trent and Abella Di Brito; dearest brother of Carol Termine and the late Patrick Di Brito; dear uncle of John Termine, Erik Di Brito and the late Christina Termine. Funeral Services Monday November 19, 2018 at 12 P.M. at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Interment private. Visitation Monday at the funeral home from 10 A.M. till time of services. Info 630-852-8000 or

  4. Richard J. Hetzel

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    Richard J. Hetzel, age 71, longtime resident of Westmont, at rest November 9, 2018. Proudly served his country during the Vietnam era. Born August 17, 1947 in Oak Park, IL  to John and Helen Hetzel; beloved brother of Sharon (Roger) Hetzel-Coleman, Judith (the late Greg) Crandall and the late Ronald; loving uncle of Kim (Kevin) Morelli and Adam Crandall; dearest great uncle of Juliana. Interment private. Arrangements entrusted to west Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Westmont. Info 630-852-8000 or

  5. Barbara Muller

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    Our beloved mother, Barbara Muller, nee Talaga of Oak Brook, previously Lisle, joined her much missed brother, Francis (Frank) Michael Talaga; her mother Eugenia (Jean) Martha Talaga and father Aloysius (Al) Stephan Talaga in our Father’s kingdom on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018.  She will be forever remembered by her daughter Lisa Carpino, son Robert Muller, grandson Daniel Carpino, sister-in-law Janet Larson (Talaga), Nephew Alan Talaga (Mallory), great-nephew Max Talaga and many others who were adored family and friends.  Basia was born November 22, 1946 in Wadowice, Poland to Jean and Al Talaga.  2 years later she was adorn with a little brother, Frank Talaga, who she loved more than words can say.  She was blessed to have the love of the most wonderful family and friends.  Basia earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology and graduated Magna Cum Laude.  She lived her life striving for social peace and justice.  The funeral Mass will be held on Friday, November 16th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church, 820 Division Street, Lisle IL with a luncheon at the parish center to follow.  A private interment will occur later that afternoon at St. Joseph Cemetery, River Grove IL In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to: Seasons Hospice 6400 Shafer Ct. Suite 700 Rosemont, IL  60018 Or American Cancer Society  The family wishes to thank all of those who loved Basia, who shared laughter, and sometimes tears, with her. Arrangements entrusted to West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Westmont. Info 630-852-8000 or

  6. Prisco I. Olaya Jr.



    Dr. Prisco I. Olaya, Jr., 78, peacefully passed away at his home in Downers Grove, Illinois on Wednesday, November 7. Rosalie, his loving and devoted wife of 46 years, was by his side, along with his daughters: Jennifer, Nicole (Lester), and Samantha. A son, Phillip (Johanna), also survives him. Dr. Olaya treated countless patients during his four decades as an internist, including generations of families who entrusted him with their care, reflecting the confidence they had in his professional abilities. A graduate of the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center College of Medicine in the Philippines, he arrived in the United States forty-nine years ago for a residency program at Illinois Masonic Medical Center. In addition to a busy medical practice, Dr. Olaya remained engaged in his communities and was President of the Philippine Medical Association in Chicago as well as President of the Medical Staff at St. Anthony Hospital, also in Chicago. An avid reader, Dr. Olaya also enjoyed listening to a wide musical repertoire, which ranged from classical to Elvis Presley and Bruno Mars. He also enjoyed attending the opera. Despite health challenges in his final years, he faced each day with dignity and persevered to witness the weddings of two of his children and the recent birth of his granddaughter, Jane Frances Olaya. Ever civic-minded and politically engaged, Dr. Olaya cast an absentee vote and listened attentively to the recent election returns. Dr. Olaya loved his family unconditionally and was the consummate professional. Both reciprocated to provide him with a fulfilling life. Visitation Sunday November 11, 2018 from 2-7 P.M. at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Funeral Mass Monday 9:30 A.M. at Holy Trinity Church, Westmont. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Info 630-852-8000 or  Please consider contributions to the following in honor of Dr. Olaya: St. Anthony Hospital Foundation 2875 W. 19th Street  Chicago, IL 60623 or Parkinson’s Foundation 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800 Miami, FL 33131

  7. Bruce Gentry

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    Bruce William Gentry, passed away suddenly October 7, 2017, in San Diego, CA. Loving son of the late Georgetta Gentry Jablonski, he was born in Chicago on November 14, 1950.  Fond brother to Donald Gentry, Barbara (Bob) Hess, and John Gentry, nephew to the late Jennie Lane.

    Bruce enlisted in the United States Army in 1969, continued to serve in the reserves until 1975. He attended Southern Illinois University earning a degree in Communications.  He lived in San Diego for the past 25 years, but remained a faithful sports fan to the Chicago Bears and Chicago White Sox.  He enjoyed the outdoors, skiing in Colorado, hiking, and sailing.  With his engaging personality and that great smile, he had so many wonderful friends in Chicago and California.

    Inurnment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery on November 16, 2018, at noon. He will be laid to rest next to his beloved mother the same day.

  8. Michael Vincent Cadena


    Michael Vincent Cadena, age 24, suddenly, at rest November 1, 2018. Proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. Beloved son of Michel Muro and Diana Cadena; loving brother of Alexandra and Minerva Cadena, Mariah Cadena-Ortiz, Melody and Bella Ramirez, Adrian Valdez and Joshua Muro; devoted grandson of Gloria Reyes and Juan Moro, Ron and Fabiola Hough; dearest nephew and uncle of many. Visitation Thursday November 8, from 4-8 P.M. at West Suburban Funeral Home and Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Family and friends are asked to meet Friday November 9 at 10 A.M. at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery 20953 Hoff Rd., Elwood, IL 60421  for military burial honors.  Info 630-852-8000 or




  9. Georgetta Jablonski

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    Georgetta Gentry Jablonski, (nee Lane) 95 years of age, passed away peacefully October 27, 2018 at home in Darien with family by her side. Loving daughter to the late William and Eliza Lane, and dearest sister to the late Jennie Lane. Beloved wife to the late Frank Jablonski.

    Loving and devoted mother to Donald Gentry, Barbara (Robert) Hess, John Gentry, preceded in death by Bruce Gentry (2017).  Proud grandmother to Brittany Hess (Joe) Levy and very proud great-grandmother to Natalie Levy.

    Born August 21,1923 in Indianapolis, she grew up in Champaign Urbana and later relocated to Chicago. After graduating from high school, Georgetta joined the United States Coastguard and served her country proudly during WWII. She worked over 25 years at Travelers Aid and Immigrant Services, a nonprofit organization. Retired at 62, she moved to Petersburg, FL in 1989 and that become her second home until 2011.

    She contributed and participated with many veteran organizations throughout her life. Her passion was enjoying sports, especially college football games, the Chicago Bears, and her favorite baseball team, the Chicago White Sox.  Relaxation was listening to country music, reading, movies, Broadway plays, and walking along the sandy beaches with her family.

    Inurnment, November 16, 2018, 12:00pm, at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Her son, Bruce Gentry will be laid to rest next to her on the same day and time.