Category Archive: obituary

  1. John J. Novacek Sr.

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    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

  2. Justina “Justine” Teresa Mihelich

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    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. . Info 630-852-8000 or

  3. Marian Truhlar

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    Marian Truhlar (nee Zawacki)
    age 79

    Longtime resident of Berwyn, at rest January 25, 2017, at LaGrange Hospital. Beloved wife of Robert; loving sister of Dorothy Schillaci and the late Richard and Donny; devoted daughter of the late Joseph and Sophie Zawacki; dear sister-in-law of Dolly (the late Thomas Goss) and the late James “Sonny” (Marsha), Connie (Lee) Vanoni, Dorothy (the late Darrell) Vacik and Francis (the late John) Tyk; dearest auntie, great auntie and great great auntie of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Sunday January 29, 2017 from 2-8 P.M. at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Avenue, Westmont. Funeral to begin Monday at 9:30 A.M. at the funeral home processing to St. Odilo Church 2244 East Ave., Berwyn. Funeral Mass 10:30m A.M. Entombment Woodlawn Mausoleum. Info 630-852-8000 or

  4. Elizabeth L. Fink

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    Elizabeth Lillian Fink (nee Bailey), age 85, of Lisle, at rest January 20, 2017 at Burgess Square Healthcare in Westmont. Born April 30, 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio to Nicholas and Elizabeth (nee Thurr) Bailey. Beloved wife of the late Leonard G., loving mother of Lynda (Stephen) Dieckman and Janice (Geoffrey) Weisberg; devoted grandmother of Christopher and Eric Dieckman and Matthew (Faith) Boone; dearest great grandmother of Jordin Boone. Elizabeth was a lover of music and nature, she played piano and adopted many homeless cats giving them love and care. Visitation Thursday January 26 from 5-7 P.M. at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services, followed by funeral services at 7 P.M. Inurnment Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland Ohio. Info 630-852-8000 or In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to


  5. Catherine Eldridge

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    Catherine Eldridge (nee Wilkes), age 77, of Downers Grove, IL,  at rest January 14, 2017 at Good Samaritan Hospital. Beloved wife of the late Byron Brogle and Ron Weiss; loving mother of Barry Eldridge, Theresa, Tamara and Connie; devoted grandmother of several; dear sister of Lenore Brown, Shirley Westphal and Thomas Sherman. Interment private.


  6. Gerald C. Van Cura

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    Gerald Charles Van Cura, age 68, of Mayslake Village in Oak Brook, IL, at rest January 10, 2017. proudly served his country in the United States Navy, during the Vietnam era. Beloved husband of Lenore nee Morello; loving father of Tracey Saflarski, Robert Johnson, Terri Cavello and Stratten Moore; devoted grandfather of Kristen Saflarski, Ana Martinez, Carrie Johnson and Joshua Cavello; dear great grandfather of Ryker Garrett; dearest brother of Valerie (Ronald) Paulaskas; fond uncle of nieces and nephews. Interment private. Info 630-852-8000 or


  7. Sandra Ann Schwartz

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    Sandra Ann Schwartz (nee Maples), age 79, of Westchester, at rest January 10, 2017 at Beacon Hill Nursing Home in Lombard. Born September 24, 1937 in Kingsport, TN to Samuel and Anna Maples. Beloved wife of 51 years of Richard; loving mother of Gregory (Jennifer); devoted grandmother of Carley Irene and Cooper Allen Schwartz; preceded in death by her sisters, Pauline, Martha, Elizabeth and Mary. Private family services with interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery will be held. Info 630-852-8000 or

  8. Michael T. Endres


    Michael T. Endres, passed away suddenly December 27, 2016.  He is survived by his loving wife Gayle nee Finch; cherished father of Michael (Ellen), Geoffrey, Jessica, David (Ashley), Seth (Anna) and Stephanie; beloved grandfather of four. Michael had a lifetime love of science, the natural world, and doting on his grandchildren. In lieu of flowers memorials in Michael’s name may be made to either; Aquinas College Scholarship Fund 1607 Robinson Rd. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 or St. Scholastica Charitable Fund 7800 Janes Ave., Woodridge, IL 60517. Memorial visitation Friday December 30 from 3-8 P.M. at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont., with Memorial Services at 8 P.M. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday December 31, 2016 at 10 A.M. at Scholastica Church 7800 Janes Ave., Woodridge. Info 630-852-8000 or

  9. Hugh Allen Mossell


    Hugh Allen Mossell, age 63, passed away suddenly, December 20, 2016 at his home in Petersburg, IL, formerly resided in Westmont. Born January 31, 1953 in Chicago, IL. Beloved husband of Jo Ann nee Schuster; loving father of Grant and Michael Mossell; dear step-father of Kelly (Ricky) Schnell and Ryan Davie; special grandfather of Max Schnell; devoted son of the Marilynn Mossell; dearest brother of Holly Wealer of Hannibal, MO, Heather (Raymond) Rowswell of New Lenox, IL, Hillary Mossell of Hannibal MO, Hope Cathelyn of Braidwood, IL, and Henry Mossell of Frankfort, IL; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog Daisy, preceded in death by his father  Henry and his brother Hunt. Hugh was employed at Argonne National laboratories as a precision machinist for 26 years. He was an avid fisherman and loved his Harley, woodworking, boating, stained glass and gardening. Funeral Services Tuesday December 27, 2016, at Noon, at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Visitation Tuesday from 10 A.M. till Noon. Interment private. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Heart Assoc. 208 S. La Salle St., Ste 1500 Chicago, IL 60604 or Menard Animal Protection. Info 630-852-8000 or



  10. William “Billy” Marchetti

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    William E. “Billy” Marchetti, age 66, at rest December 16, 2016 at his home in Darien, IL. Proud Vietnam veteran. Beloved husband of Linda nee Caputo; loving dad of Deanna (Matt) Suklowsky, William (Kim) and Anthony (Sara); devoted papa of Sofia, Benjamin, Alex, Logan, Leland, Luke and Noah; dear son-in-law of Alice (the late Pat) Caputo; lifelong best friend of Pat Tomaselli; dearest baby brother of Charlene (the late Lenny) Lewandowski, Mary (Robert) Marino, Nancy (Peter) Pennino and the late Donna (the late Frank) Ritacco and the late Michael (Connie) Marchetti; special brother-in-law of Pat (Kim) Caputo, Diane (Mark) Marola and Mark (Ann) Caputo; preceded in death by his parents Paul and Frances; fond uncle of many nieces and nephws, godfather to many. Billy was deeply devoted to Darien VFW Post #2838. They were truly brothers in arms. Funeral Tuesday December 20, at 9 A.M. from Russo’s Hillside Chapels 4500 W. Roosevelt Rd, Hillside (Anthony P. Cappetta & Son Directors) to Our Lady of Peace Church, Darien, Mass 10 A.M. Interment private.  Visitation Monday 3-9 P.M. with military services at 7 P.M. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Darien VFW Post 2838  PO Box 955 Westmont, IL  60559 or American Brain Tumor Assoc. 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ste. 550 Chicago, Il 60631. Info 630-852-8000.