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Thomas M. Gartner
6/27/2019

Thomas M. Gartner was born May 27, 1951 in Chicago, IL.  Dear son of Mathias and Laverne, nee Doody, Gartner. Thomas passed away peacefully at Palos Community Hospital on June 27, 2019, at the age of 68 surrounded by his loving family.

Thomas was the beloved husband of the late Elaine, nee Klecka, Gartner until her passing in 2018.  He is survived by their five sons Adam (Pamela), Daniel (Erika), Jason (Maricel), Eric, and Thomas; and five grandchildren, Veronica, Julian, Sophia, Addison, and Adam; his siblings Sue (Joe) Lamy, John Gartner, Patrick Gartner, Victoria (Lou) Wilk and Matthew (Rebecca) Gartner; and many dear nieces and nephews.

Tom graduated Bogan High School on Chicago’s southwest side in 1970 and entered the transportation industry.  He married Elaine Klecka in 1977.  The couple settled in Bolingbrook, Illinois, where Tom worked as a truck driver. 

He is greeted in heaven by his beloved wife, Elaine and his dear father, Mathias.

A Memorial visitation will be held on Saturday July 6, 2019 2:00p.m ~ 4:30p.m. Adolf Funeral Home, Ltd. 7000 S. Madison St. Willowbrook, IL. For funeral info 630-325-2300 or www.adolfservices.com

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Thomas J. Szwaya
6/26/2019

Thomas J. Szwaya, 71, died suddenly on June 26, 2019.      He was the loving husband of Jean M. Szwaya      (nee: Dahlgren) for 21 years.  Devoted father of Krystle (Edward) Downs, Sandra (Ernie) Marcum, Michael (Marji) Szwaya, Jeffrey (Natalie) Szwaya, Kevin (Andrea) Szwaya and the late Matthew Szwaya.  Dear brother of Susan (Larry) Henderson, James (Marta) Szwaya and Robert (Amy) Szwaya.  Fond uncle to many nieces and nephews and caring Grandfather to his grandchildren who made his blue eyes smile.

Tom graduated from Weber High School, where he made friendships that lasted his entire life.  Tom honorably served his country in the Naval Reserves.  He owned and was the President of Master Machine Products, Inc., in Chicago, for over 25 years. Tom loved spending time outdoors, whether it was golf, horseback riding, or attending concerts. An avid music lover, his interests spanned all genres. He cherished moments with his family, especially attending White Sox games. Day games were his favorite. He will forever be remembered for his meticulous attention to detail and his strong and loving embrace.

Visitation Sunday June 30th, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd. 7000 S. Madison Street, Willowbrook.

Funeral service Monday July 1st prayers 9:15 am at the funeral home proceeding to Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church 701 Plainfield Road, Darien for Mass 10:00 am.

Interment: Fairmount-Willow Hills Memorial Park. Information: 630-325-2300 or adolfservices.com

 

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Edward "Art" Palumbo
6/20/2019

Edward “Art” Palumbo, 91 years of age, at rest June 20, 2019.  Loving companion of Judith Simon for 34 years.  Father figure of Todd (Sarah) Hepp and Amanda (Jason) Konder.  “Poppie” of Ava, Nina, Charlie, Harrison and Will. 

As gracious as he was generous, Art Palumbo, a Duke University graduate, has said he had received far more than he had given.  In recognition of his generosity and loyal support, the Duke School of Medicine has inducted Art Palumbo into the Pinnacle Society. 

His philanthropic support of Duke University included The Leonard Palumbo Faculty Achievement Award Endowment Fund, in honor of his brother, Dr. Leonard Palumbo, Jr., established in 1999.  The Palumbo Family Medical Scholarship Fund that was established in 2009.  Art also made an extraordinarily generous gift to Duke University’s Department of Pediatrics supporting research on Batten Disease.  He received special recognition from Duke University in 2006 by having the McGovern Davison Children’s Health Center renamed the Arena-Palumbo Research and Education Center.  He will be receiving the Honorary Alumnus Award from The Medical Alumni Association of the School of Medicine on November 7, 2019.

Visitation is Sunday, June 23rd from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Adolf Funeral Home, Ltd., 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook.  Services are Monday, June 24, 2019 at 10:00 am.  Interment Bronswood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in honor of Art to Duke Children’s at www.gifts.duke.edu/dch or Duke Children’s Development, ATTN: Danielle Nolen, 710 W. Main St., Suite 200, Durham, NC  27701.

Admired by many, friend to all.  Info at 630-325-2300 or www.adolfservices.com.

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Leonard Frederick Burger
6/13/2019

Leonard Frederick Burger, age 79, U.S. Army Veteran, at rest June 13, 2019. Loving husband of Christine Marie Burger (nee: Paganelli) for 46 years. Cherished brother-in-law of Carol (John) Gilbert, Vicki (Tim) Vojak and Bill (Dawn) Paganelli. Dear uncle of many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Len was preceded in death by his parents Frederick and Mary Ann Burger (nee: Trupia) and his brother Frederick “Ricky” Burger. Len was a Business Systems Installation Technician for Illinois Bell – Oak Brook, IL and retired after 35 years of service. He enjoyed his memberships in the Royal Palm Yacht Club, Southwest Florida Yacht Club and IBEW Local 336.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to: Golisano Children’s Hospital of SWFL,  c/o Melody Desilets,                        9981 S. HealthPark Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908. On your check payable to: Golisano Children’s Hospital of SWFL, please note in the memo section: In Memory of Mr. Leonard F. Burger.

Visitation Monday June 24th from 3 to 9 pm at  Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd.                    7000 S. Madison Street, Willowbrook. Funeral service Tuesday June 25th 10:30 am at the funeral home. Entombment: Queen of Heaven Cemetery – Christ The King Mausoleum.  Information: 630-325-2300 or adolfservices.com

 

 

 

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Joseph L. Monti
6/8/2019

Joseph L. Monti, 81, of Oak Park and formerly of Cicero and Berwyn, died on June 8, 2019.

Mr. Monti was the husband of nearly 57 years of Mary M. Monti (nee Stanford) and the father of Joseph (Brenda), David (Brenda), and the late Amy Monti.  He was also the proud grandfather of Isabel, Peter, Aaron, and Alyssa.

Born on October 12, 1937, he was the son of Joseph (deceased) and Katherine (deceased, nee Marfia).  Legally blind for most of his life, Mr. Monti was a high school science and math teacher for 34 years at DeLaSalle Institute in Chicago, at which he was also a successful chess coach.  He earned a B.S. in Physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a M.A. in Education from DePaul University.

Mr. Monti was a composer, pianist, and singer who loved antiquing and traveling the world with his wife.  He was an animal and nature lover, enjoyed going to movies, operas, and orchestral performances, and was an avid fan of all of Chicago’s sport teams.  He was active in the two churches of his adult life (St. Christopher’s of Oak Park and St. Michael’s of Berwyn), serving both parishes as warden on the vestry and as a stewardship leader.  He also was an officer of the Illinois chapter of the National Federation of the Blind.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (luriechildrens.org), the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind (chicagolighthouse.org/donate), or the National Federation of the Blind (nfb.org).

Visitation is on Wednesday, June 19th from 3 to 9 p.m. at Adolf Funeral Home, 2921 S. Harlem Avenue in Berwyn. The funeral will be Thursday, June 20th at 10 a.m. at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 545 S. East Avenue in Oak Park, followed by interment at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, 4101 S. Oak Park Avenue, Stickney.

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Howard D. Maskill
7/22/2019

Howard Daniel “Bud” Maskill, 88 years of age, of Riverside.  Beloved husband of Mary, nee Durschmid, for 65 years.  Loving father of Margaret (Eric) Amlie, Daniel (Terry) Maskill, Diane Maskill, and the late David and Thomas Maskill.  Wonderful grandpa / papa of Christine Maskill, Howard (Alex) Maskill and Elizabeth “Becky” (Mike) Maloney.  Special great-grandpa to Mason Maloney.  Dear brother to Betty Klausing and the late Florence Johnson.  Fond uncle and cousin to many.  Proud Fenwick H. S. graduate.  USMC veteran of the Korean Conflict.  Services are Friday, July 26, 2019, 8:45 am at Adolf Funeral Home, Ltd., 2921 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn to St. Mary Church.  Mass 10:00 am.  Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery.  Visitation is Thursday, July 25th from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  Info at 708-484-4111 or www.adolfservices.com.

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Arlene "Ike" Keesee
7/19/2019

Arlene Keesee, age 82, of Berwyn, IL died Friday, July 19, 2019 following a short illness.  Arlene was born January 17, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Arba and Julia (Fort) Proffitt.  Arlene was preceded in death by her late husband George Keesee, three sisters Dorothy, Margaret (James) Keclik, Marianne, and brother Daniel (Lupe) Proffitt. Arlene is survived by two daughters, Dana Lee Lichamer of Berwyn, Illinois and Julee (Scott) Atkinson of Woodstock, Illinois, and children of George Keesee, along with many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family request donations be made to the ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION – www.alz.org - in memory of Arlene Keesee.

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Arlene M. Chval
7/16/2019

 

Arlene M. Chval

June 14, 1934 – July 16, 2019

Arlene M. Chval, age 85, unabashed lover and advocate of her Lord, family, friends, students, and country; cherished only child of the late Donald J. and Estelle (Kishkunas) Murphy; Arlene was a mother of devoted sons Craig Sr. (Kathryn) and Keith; cherished grandmother of Lauren (Sean) Kaveney, Craig Jr., Kevin, Brian, Luke, Daniel, Caitlin, and Colin; and doting great-grandmother of Evie.

Arlene, the first in her family to graduate college, went on to accomplish, contribute, and enjoy much, passionately and creatively teaching kindergarten (the only grade where she might be taller than her students) in parochial, Chicago public, and Hinsdale District 181 schools; serving in many leadership capacities within the IEA and NEA, and (reasonable, but no BS) lead contract negotiator for her teaching colleagues; participant/leader in countless community efforts; accomplished (ha) actress in the Clarendon Hills neighbors’ “Badman Theater” semi-annual “theatrical” (mostly, hysterically fun) productions; straight-shooting and un-cowed alderwoman during Oakbrook Terrace’s “gilded” days; CASA volunteer and supporter; worldwide traveler and adventurer with many cherished friends; friend, table sheriff, peacemaker and evangelist to the “older” folks in her most recent living community at Sunrise; but, far-and-away, and above all else, simply a loving and devoted mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother and dispenser of love and unvarnished and uncanny wisdom to all (who would listen).  She will be dearly missed.

Funeral Mass for Arlene will be 11:00 a.m. Monday July 22nd, at Notre Dame Parish 64 Norfolk Ave., Clarendon Hills. Mass will be followed by a luncheon celebration. Please, in lieu of flowers, etc, direct any donations to one of Arlene’s favorite causes, the Wounded Warrior Project (www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org), Mercy Home for Boys and Girls (www.mercyhome.org/giving), CASA (https://dupagecasa.org/), or Haymarket Center (http://www.hcenter.org/donate).  That would make her very happy.  God bless.

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John B. Matiello
7/16/2019

John B. Matiello, 95 years of age, proud and brave WWII army veteran. Cherished husband of Marie, nee Liberto, for 73 years. Beloved and generous father of Theresa Klemak and Concetta (Roy) Giuntoli. Loving grandfather of Heather (Christopher) Alioto and Tiffany (Laith) Alsayegh. Dear great-grandfather to Ryan, Kaitlyn, Kyle, Nicolas and Jordan. Dearest brother to the late Samuel and Joseph (the late Susan). Fond brother-in-law, cousin and uncle to many nieces and nephews. Dear and special friend of Pete and Joan Peterson. Visitation is Friday, July 19, 2019 from 10:00 am until 12 noon at Adolf Funeral Home, Ltd., 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook with a service beginning at 11:30 am. Entombment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. The family requests no flowers. Info at 630-325-2300 or www.adolfservices.com.

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Ethel H. Baron
7/6/2019

Ethel H. Baron

Visitation Wednesday July 19, 2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Funeral Service at 11:00 am followed by burial at Concordia Cemetery, Forest Park

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