December 9, 2015
Obituaries Archives

Paul Auch

Paul Auch, age 96, of Villa Park, Ill., passed away on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015.
Visitation at Steuerle Funeral Home, 350 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park, Ill., is today, Dec. 9, 2015, from 3-8 p.m. and where a funeral service will be held Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, at 11 a.m. Interment is at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery.
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John Egan

John Egan, longtime resident of Lombard, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Friday, Dec. 4. He was 91.
John was born on March 16, 1924, in Joliet, Ill. He grew up in that community and after graduating from Joliet Township High School in 1941 and Joliet Junior College in 1943, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps to serve in World War II. Commissioned as a first lieutenant while serving overseas in Sansavero, Italy, he flew P-38s as a photo reconnaissance pilot.
After the war, John attended the University of Colorado in Boulder from 1945-47, graduating as Outstanding Senior of the Business School and Outstanding Senior Man for which he was honored as Cane Bearer.
It was there that he met and courted his lifelong love, Virginia (Sunny) Nelson. They were married in Denver on July 5, 1947, and their union lasted 64 years. John and Sunny moved to Lombard in 1948 where they worked, served their community and church, and raised five children.
John was employed at American National Bank from 1947-57. Following that he joined Container Corporation of America in 1957 and held various positions. In 1965 he was made assistant treasurer for the company until 1986 when the company was sold. Never one to retire, John also worked for the Gateway Foundation, McDermott and Assoc., Executive Service Corp. and Marillac House.
Outside of his work, John was active in the Lombard community. Dedicated to the idea that “service to humanity is the best work of life” he joined the Jaycees in 1950. Holding many positions and receiving numerous awards, John was honored when he received their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.
As a young person, John’s love of sports and the outdoors led him to become involved with the Lombard Park District in 1950 when he was appointed to the Recreation Commission. In 1953 he was appointed to fill an unexpired term and became the youngest member to serve on a local park board and the youngest park commissioner in Illinois. From that time on, the name John Egan became synonymous with all the progress and accomplishments made by the Lombard Park District. He served on various committees, was instrumental in purchasing new park properties and served as president of the board from 1976-91. John was most proud of the board’s decisions to expand the number of parks by acquiring open land, the inclusion of programs and facilities for the handicapped, and promoting more athletics for women.
John also help organize NEDSRA, served in several positions in the Lombard Historical Society, helped co-chair the DuPage Theatre Committee, worked on various village commissions and organized many sports leagues and associations. Golf was John’s passion and he enjoyed weekly games and tournaments that he chaired. He was also a longtime member of Sacred Heart Church and served in many volunteer positions. He attended Mass every day throughout most of his adult life.
Always a team player, John’s leadership skills reflected collaboration, maintaining a positive attitude and demonstrating the utmost respect for those with whom he worked.
As committed as he was to community service, John was even more dedicated to his family. He taught his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren the importance of education, hard work and service to others. Always supportive of their accomplishments, he loved attending their concerts, sporting events and other productions. John left them with many memories of a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his children John, Michael (Sandra), Patrick (Karen), Nancy (Ronn) Ammons and Kath (Steve) Hoelter; 15 grandchildren; and 14 greatgrandchildren. John was preceded in death by his loving wife, Sunny; infant sister, Kathleen; infant son, Joseph; and grandson, Justin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Lombard Historical Society or the Lombard Park District.
Funeral prayers will be held today, Dec. 9, at 9:15 a.m. from Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St.,
Lombard, to Sacred Heart Church for 10 a.m. Mass. Interment will be at noon at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Joliet.
For more info: 888-629-0094.

Carmella Filomeno

Funeral services for Carmella “Mella” Filomeno, nee Mannerino, were held Monday, Dec. 7, with prayers from Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard, to Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 330 E. Fullerton, Addison. Interment was at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Hillside.
Arrangements were made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. Info: 888-629-0094 or www.brustfuneralhome.

Edward W. Kurucar

Ernest W. Kurucar 61, of Villa Park, Ill., passed away on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at Steuerle Funeral Home, 350 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park, Ill. Interment was at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery, Oakbrook Terrace, lll.
Call 630-832-4161 for more information.

John Piehl

John Piehl, age 64, of Lombard. Beloved brother of Tom (Pat) Piehl and Bill (Linda) Piehl. Devoted uncle of Brandy Piehl, Erin Piehl and Randy (Sarah) Roehr.
Funeral Services Private. For information, contact Knollcrest Funeral Home: 630-932-1500 or

Vicki Pudela

Vicki Pudela, nee Schroeder, age 55, of Lombard, passed away suddenly Dec. 6 at Hinsdale Hospital.
A Memorial Visitation will be held Saturday, Dec. 12, from 11 a.m. until time of service at 2:30 p.m. at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. In keeping with Vicki’s style, casual attire is preferred.
Vicki is survived by her loving husband, Mike; her children with whom she was so proud, Ryan (Megan) of Oak Park and Dr. Caileigh Pudela M.D. of Virginia; her dear siblings, Steve (Julie) Schroeder of Ohio and Scott Schroeder of Wonder Lake; her loving father, Paul W. of Ohio; her mother-in-law, Barbara Pudela of Elk Grove Village; nine nieces and nephews; and many other relatives.
Vicki was preceded in death by her beloved mother, Arlene.
Vicki grew up in Barrington and Crystal Lake. She graduated from Barrington High School and attended MacMurray College. Vicki lived in Lombard for 25 years. She was a Special Ed Aide for Monroe Middle School in Wheaton, District 200. Vicki was a substitute in District 44. She also taught Art and Gymnastics at Lombard Park District, where she was known as Miss Vicki.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to NEDSRA, 1770 W. Centennial Place, Addison, IL 60101; or Lombard Park District, 150 S. Park Ave., Lombard, IL 60148, are appreciated.
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Heinz J. Theiner

Heinz J. Theiner, age 90, U.S. Air Force veteran, member of Elmhurst Elks Lodge #1531 and longtime resident of Villa Park, Ill. Beloved father of David (Char) and the late Paul Theiner. Loving grandfather of Jason (Tracey), Sarah (Jake) Axelson, Stephanie, Valerie and David Theiner. Great-grandfather of Marley. Dear brother of the late Ernest (late Harriet) Theiner. Fond uncle of many.
Visitation is on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, from 3-9 p.m. with a funeral service at 7:30 p.m. at Steuerle Funeral Home, 350 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park, Ill. Private interment is at Elm Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers: memorials to Elks National Foundation, 2750 N. Lakeview Ave., Chicago, IL 60614.
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