Funeral services for Bryan John Coomes, who died Sunday, Aug. 1, were held Saturday, Aug. 7, at Abiding Peace Lutheran Church in Elgin.
Mr. Coomes is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Delores; children, Nancy (Rick) Kasper, Judy (Rob) Wachler, Bryan, Christopher (Sandy), John (Maki), Charlie (Laura) and Martin (Deanna); nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brothers, William (Dorothy), Kenneth (Ruby), Vincent and Mike (Vera) Coomes. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Virginia and Bryan Coomes Sr.; and siblings, Margie Coomes, Ginger Coomes and Jim Coomes.
Mr. Coomes was born and raised in Louisville, Ky. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea and Japan, and met his future wife, Delores Adams, while on a visit to a Chicago YMCA. They raised their children in Lombard. He worked as a wholesale hardware salesman for 15 years, and eventually joined Precision Diamond Tool Co. as a sales consultant and adviser.
Mr. Coomes was a member of the Lombard Park Players, was an avid patron of public libraries and museums, and loved the arts and music. He became familiar with the entire music collection at the Helen M. Plum Memorial Library by borrowing, listening to and recording their selections. His passion for history led to intensive study of the American Civil War and several visits to the battlefields of Gettysburg and Antietam. He loved traveling and was a frequent visitor to England, Ireland and Wales. He made his dream trip to Bora Bora in 1982.
Mr. Coomes loved meeting people and took an interest in their lives. During retirement he worked as a greeter at the Meijer store in Elgin, was a member of Abiding Peace Lutheran Church and especially enjoyed helping to build the new addition in 2002.
Memorials to Provena Life Connections at 708-478-7933 or Abiding Peace Lutheran Church, 9N976 Randall Road, Elgin, IL 60123, would be appreciated.
Arrangements were made by Laird Funeral Home in Elgin.
Frederick E. Dexheimer, 88, of Savanna, Ill., died Friday, Aug. 6, at the Big Meadows Nursing Facility in Savanna.
Visitation is today, Aug. 11, at the Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna, where a rosary service will be held at 3:30 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be held Thursday, Aug. 12, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savanna, with the Rev. Dennis Atto officiating. There will also be military rites accorded by the Savanna VFW Post #2223, and cremation rites following the Mass. Interment will take place at a later date in the St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.
Mr. Dexheimer is survived by his children, Frederick M. (Pat), Mark (Suzanne) of Lombard, Brian (Laurie), Nancy (Michael) Hill of Lombard, Janice (John) Graehling and Karen; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara, whom he married in 1944; and special friend, Mary Chadwick.
Mr. Dexheimer, the son of the late Frederick E. Sr. and Marion Dexheimer, was born in Evanston and attended Highland Park High School. He was a highly decorated U.S. Coast Guard veteran in the North Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He worked as a steam fitter and a diesel power plant operator until retiring in 1982.
Mr. Dexheimer was a longtime member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of NARFE and Cooties, served as past commander of the American Legion and VFW in Villa Park, was the founder of the Sons of the VFW Post #5815 in Lombard and was a member of the Savanna VFW Post #2223. He enjoyed participating in Boy Scouts of America, where he was involved for over 55 years. He also enjoyed gardening and stamp collecting, but most of all he loved spending time with his family.
Memorials to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church would be appreciated, and online condolences may be offered at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
Mary E. Holland, 59, of Geneva, formerly of Lombard, died Saturday, Aug. 7, at Delnor Hospital in Geneva.
Funeral services are being held today, Aug. 11, at Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St. (Route 38), then proceeding to Mass at St. Peter Catholic Church in Geneva, with the Rev. Dennis Morrissy officiating. Interment is private.
Mrs. Holland is survived by her husband of 33 years, Brian; children, Amy (Phil) Werth, Thomas (Stephanie) and Michael; six grandchildren; and sisters, Frances (Angelo) Prete of Lombard and Joan Greenwood. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Rita Greenwood; and brother, Thomas Greenwood.
Mrs. Holland was born in Chicago and worked many years in the area as a waitress, most recently at O’Brien’s in Batavia. She was an avid gardener, loved to sew and was a great cook, but she most enjoyed spending time with her family, especially during the Christmas season.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, 386 Park Avenue South, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10016 would be appreciated.
John Robnett Jr.
John D. Robnett Jr., a longtime resident of Glen Ellyn, died Aug. 2 from kidney cancer and heart failure.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Leonard Memorial Home, 565 Duane St., Glen Ellyn. Interment was at Assumption Cemetery in Wheaton.
Mr. Robnett is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Mary Ellen; children, Diana (Frank) Cimino and Jack D.; three grandchildren; brother, Fred (Lyn) Robnett; two nephews and a niece; and beloved dog, Abby.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society, 1801 S. Meyers Road, Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181, would be appreciated.
Robert J. Stiemann, 78, of Lombard, died Saturday, Aug. 7, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.
Visitation is being held today, Aug. 11, at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 12, at the funeral home. Interment is at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery.
Mr. Stiemann is survived by his siblings, the Rev. William (Shirley) and Ruth of Lombard; sister-in-law, Jane Stiemann of Lombard; seven nieces and nephews; 17 great-nieces and great-nephews; one great-great-niece; and many cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Edith Stiemann; and brother, Ted.
Mr. Stiemann was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army stationed in Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands in the 1950s, and also served in the National Guard. He was employed by ClarkLift/Chicagoland for 47 years as a forklift operator and foreman, retiring in 1997. He attended Lombard Bible Church and enjoyed golfing and bowling with the senior men of LBC for many years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Lombard Bible Church, 111 S. Park Ave., Lombard, IL 60148, would be appreciated.
Erlinda Taylan, nee Lacerna, of Lombard, died Saturday, Aug. 7, in Chicago.
Funeral services are being held today, Aug. 11, with prayers from Knollcrest Funeral Home, 1500 S. Meyers Road, Lombard, to Mass at Christ the King Catholic Church in Lombard, with the Rev. Peter Jarosz officiating. Interment is at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.
Mrs. Taylan is survived by her husband, Francisco; children, Arlene, Joyce (Jeff) Milewski and Eric; one grandchild; siblings, Myrna (Antonio) Jao, Nelia (Pete) Arangorin and Renato (Estrella) Lacerna; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Danilo (Julie) Lacerna.
Mrs. Taylan was born in the Philippines and had worked as a medical technologist. She was a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
Albert C. Wilson, of Lombard, died Saturday, Aug. 7, in Lombard.
Funeral services are being held today, Aug. 11, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lombard. Interment is at Arlington Cemetery in Elmhurst.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife of 60 years, Virginia; daughters, Linda (Jack) Fahrenbach and Carol Garnant; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister, Elaine (the late Steve) Laisch; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Sophie Wilson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Advocate Charitable Foundation, 205 E. Touhy Ave., Suite 225, Park Ridge, 60068; or Trinity Lutheran Church, 1165 S. Westmore-Meyers Road, Lombard, IL 60148, would be appreciated.
Arrangements were made by Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 5015 Lincoln Ave., Lisle.