Linda C. Buchheit, nee Kliest, 58, of Glen Ellyn, died Tuesday, June 18, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 23, at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. Interment was at Elm Lawn Cemetery in Elmhurst.
Mrs. Buchheit is survived by her son, Kevin (April); siblings, Laura (Jim) Wallace, Pam (Chuck) Evitt, Bill Kliest and Al Kliest; sister-in-law, Karen Kliest; and a myriad of family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gregory; and brother, Bob.
Mrs. Buchheit started her career as a phlebotomist at Elmhurst Hospital and continued her work at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
John Robert “J.B.” Echols, or “Papa John,” died Friday, June 19, in Florida.
Visitation will be today, June 24 at Steuerle Funeral Home, 350 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 25, at the funeral home. Interment is at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery in Oakbrook Terrace.
Mr. Echols is survived by his children, David (Laura PIeczko) and Susan Paul; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine Eileen.
Mr. Echols attended York High School and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was retired from the DuPage County Sheriff’s Department and had worked for the Villa Park Police Department before moving to Florida.
Mr. Echols had been a member of the Villa Park VFW and had helped with Villa Park youth football. He spent summers in Delavan, Wis.
Donald W. Ellefsen, 77, of Oak Brook, died Saturday, June 20, in Oak Brook.
Visitation will be Friday, June 26, at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 27, at Trinity Lutheran Church in York Center, with the Rev. Patrick Boomhower and the Rev. Mark Post officiating. Interment is at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery.
Mr. Ellefsen is survived by his children, Edwin J. (Donna), Eric W. (Ariene) and Elaine (Robert) Favaro; eight grandchildren; and sister, Carolyn (Eugene) Lingl. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn.
Mr. Ellefsen was born in Chicago, attended Concordia High School in Milwaukee and graduated from Lindbloom High School in 1950. He also graduated from Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran School in Chicago. He attended the University of Illinois at Navy Pier in Chicago and also was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
Mr. Ellefsen was a resident of Lombard from 1967-72, Elmhurst from 1973-83 and Oak Brook for the last 26 years. He retired from Opticoat and Modern Optical; loved history and traveling; was an active member and held many offices at Trinity Lutheran Church, York Center; and during winters attended Bethel Lutheran Church in Clearwater, Fla. He was a former member of the Medinah Country Club.
Memorials to Care Net, P.O. Box 758530, Topeka, KS 66675; or Trinity Lutheran Church, Roosevelt and Meyers Roads, Lombard, IL 60148, IL would be appreciated.
Visitation for Frank M. Godzicki, 91, of Villa Park, will be Thursday, June 25, at Steuerle Funeral Home, 350 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 26, from the funeral home to Mass at St. Pius X Church in Lombard. Interment is at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.
Mr. Godzicki is survived by his wife, Helen; children, Dorothy (Vito) Long, Martin (Cynthia), Michael (Denise) and Matthew (Sharon); nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Irene Majewski; and many nieces and nephews.
Please omit flowers.
John E. Hoffman, 86, formerly of Elgin, died Tuesday, April 21, at Gottlieb Hospital.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 27, at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Franklin Park. Interment is private at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.
Mr. Hoffman is survived by his wife of 62 years, Virginia; children, Steve S. (Sally) and Sally (Gilbert) Medor; siblings, Marilyn Zimmerman and Vernon (Rowena) Hoffman; sister-in-law, Janet (Seth) Sterns; brother-in-law, Gordon (Lois) Krunnfusz; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Helen Kind, Donald, Rupert and Richard; and brother-in-law, Harold Zimmerman.
Mr. Hoffman was a medic in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he served in the Normandy and Rhineland campaigns. He was wounded in France in 1944 while serving in the 3rd Armored Infantry Regiment and received the Purple Heart Medal. He was a 60-year member of the Elgin American Legion.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Resurrection Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Andrew G. Lillig, 92, of Lombard, died Tuesday, June 16, in Lombard.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 19, with prayers from Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard, to Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lombard. Interment was at Elmlawn Cemetery in Elmhurst.
Mr. Lillig is survived by his wife, LaVerne; sons, John (Sally) and Jeffrey (Lindsey); four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Marie Schroeder, Edward Lillig, the Rev. Coleman Lillig, OSB, George Lillig, Isabel Goettert, Elizabeth Thatcher, Catherine Pauls and Clarence “Chuck” Lillig.
Mr. Lillig was a resident of Lombard from 1957-75, Glen Ellyn from 1975-85 and Lombard again from 1985 to the present. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II, where he was a gunner on tank destroyers in Europe, Northern France and Rhineland. He had retired in 1984 from Buckley Dement Advertising in Chicago as a warehouse manager. He made hospital visits to members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church for many years.
Ethel J. Mellien, nee Jordan, 88, of Lombard, died Sunday, June 21, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.
Visitation will be Saturday, June 27, at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 28, at First United Methodist Church in Lombard. Interment for family and close friends will be Monday, June 29, at Mt. Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst.
Mrs. Mellien is survived by her sons, William Frank (Mollie) and Richard Arthur “Rick” (Laurel); four grandchildren; and one great grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank V. Her late mother, Bessie Jordan, was a pioneer of First United Methodist Church in Lombard.
Mrs. Mellien was a resident of Lexington since 1990. She had worked for the Lombard Nazarene Church as a secretary from 1968-1993. She was in charge of the Friday worship service at Lexington since 1995, bringing in pastors from throughout the area, selecting music and leading the service. It was her joy to get to know so many of the pastors.
Mrs. Mellien loved to correspond with old friends by mail and e-mail, was an avid player of Internet games and loved to read, often completing three or more books per week. Her favorite hobby was collecting Beanie Babies and her collection covered all the walls and tables in her apartment and at last count number 956. Most of her collection will be donated to the Lombard and Glen Ellyn fire departments for distribution to children and the elderly on their way to the emergency room.
Memorials to either United Methodist Women, 155 S. Main St., Lombard, IL 60148; or Boot ‘n Bibles Ministry, Valleybrook Church, 412 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire, WI 54701, would be appreciated.
Funeral services for Robert D. Morris, 62, are being held today, June 24, from Steuerle Funeral Home, 350 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park, to Mass at St. Alexander Church in Villa Park. Interment is at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
Mr. Morris was the husband of Nikki; father of Tara, Jackie, Lori and Shannon; son of Lorraine (the late Bob) Morris and the late Marie; brother of Roger Morris; brother-in-law of the Mallek, Burnette, Bergen, Dunlavy and Haplin families; uncle of many nieces and nephews; and son-in-law of Janny (the late Frank) Mallek.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation would be appreciated.
Nickolas J. Schaack, 95, of Elmhurst, died Monday, June 15, in Elmhurst.
Funeral services were held Thursday, June 18, at Steuerle Funeral Home, 350 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park. Interment is at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
Mr. Schaack is survived by his children, Barbara (Bruce) Bullis and Linda (David) Volk; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor B.
Mr. Schaack was a lifelong resident of Elmhurst.