Joseph J. Elwood, 80, of White Bear Lake, Minn., formerly of Villa Park and Chicago, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005.
A funeral Mass was held Saturday, Feb. 19, at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in White Bear Lake. Interment was at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
Mr. Elwood was the father of Mary Kathleen (Jerry) Welle, grandfather of three, brother of Mary Elwood and Kay Skalman, and uncle of many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; parents, Margaret and Joseph; and sister, Norine Piermattei.
Mr. Elwood was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force, having served during World War II. He was known for his wit and Irish charm.
Memorials are preferred.
Arrangements were made by Mueller Lake Mortuary.
Visitation for Aldo S. "Al" Fabbri, 70, of Marietta, Ga., formerly of Woodridge, will be held today, Feb. 23, 2005 at Steuerle Funeral Home 350 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 24, from the funeral home to Mass at St. Alexander Church in Villa Park. Interment is at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
Mr. Fabbri was the husband of Marilyn A.; father of Paula (Jim) Stelter of Villa Park, Steve (Terri), John (Holly), Chris (Kathy), Beth (Paul) Stippich and Jennifer Fabbri; grandfather of nine; and brother of Patricia Loar and Daniel Febbri.
Mr. Fabbri was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during the Korean War. He was retired after 50 years working in the food service industry.
Memorials to Holy Family Catholic Church Building Fund, 3401 Lower Roswell Road, Mariatta, GA 30068, would be appreciated.
Harold E. Grell, 62, of Lombard, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2005 in Lombard.
A family service and interment are private at Clinton Memorial Park in Clinton, Iowa.
Mr. Grell was the husband of Saundra G.; father of Brenda (Steve) Street, Bryan (Sherrie), Brandon (Heidi) and Bethann (Patrick) Arends; grandfather of nine; great-grandfather of one; brother of Marilyn (Bill) Rogis, Janice Schumacher, Jackie (Fred) Mussman, Connie Grell, Linda (Dave) Vogal, Alfred (Donita) Grell, Robert (Irene) Grell, Jim (Marcia) Grell, Steve (Diane) Grell, Robert (Joan) Grell and David (Betty) Grell; brother-in-law of Dave Junker and Art Snodgrass; and uncle of many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sons; parents, Alfred and Carrie Hendes Grell; and sisters, Joan Junker and Kathy Snodgrass.
Mr. Grell was a 1960 graduate of Clinton High School, and had worked for Jewel food stores for over 25 years as a store manager in Davenport and Betendorf, Iowa. He moved to Lombard in 1999 and had worked as a janitor at Jackson Middle School in Villa Park.
Memorials to the American Diabetes Association, 30 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2015, Chicago, IL 60602, would be appreciated.
Arrangements were made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.
Lucille A. Harper, nee Smith, 73, of Lombard, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005 in Lombard.
Funeral services will be held today, Feb. 23, at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. Interment is at Clarendon Hills Cemetery in Darien.
Mrs. Harper was the mother of Donald (Stephen Mark Dorough) and Diannalyn (William) Buescher of Lombard, and sister-in-law of Margo Smith. She was preceded in death by her brother, Bud Smith.
Mrs. Harper was a resident of Lombard for three years and was formerly of Chicago. She grew up in Lisle, attended grade school there, and was a 1949 graduate of Downers Grove South High School. Mrs. Harper had retired in 1995 after working as a receptionist with Stone Container Corp. in Chicago.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials to Advocate Hospice, 1441 Branding Ave., Suite 240, Downers Grove, IL 60515, would be appreciated.
Elaine Ruth John, 87, of Suttons Bay, Mich., died Monday, Feb. 14, 2005.
A memorial service will be held in the spring in Lombard.
Mrs. John was the mother of Wendy (Bill) Morris, Diane (Lee) Arcure, Dallas and Christopher (Heather); grandmother of four; sister of Phyllis (Edward) Hedlund and James VanderPloeg; and sister-in-law of Eleanor Waterhouse. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dallas B.; parents, Henry and Theresa VanderPloeg; brothers, Henry Jr. and Donald; and sister, Eunice Poley.
Mrs. John was born in Chicago. She had worked as an office manager for 25 years, and was a longstanding member of the First Congregational Church of Lombard. She loved to play classical music on the piano; and loved creativity, especially in her sewing.
Memorials to the First Congregational Church of Lombard, 220 S. Main St., Lombard, IL 60148, would be appreciated.
Arrangements were made by Martinson Funeral Home in Suttons Bay.
Clara A. Lawson, nee Case, 103, of Villa Park, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2005 in Villa Park.
Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 18, at St. Mary Immaculate Church in Plainfield. Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery in Elmhurst.
Mrs. Lawson was the mother of Darlene Degenhardt, Claire Palmer, and Charles E.; grandmother of 11; great-grandmother of 23; great-great-grandmother of seven; and aunt and great-aunt of many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles L.; siblings, John Case, Catherine Lubbe, Frances Bales, Constance Stone and Lucille Kohley; and son-in-law, Robert Degenhardt.
Mrs. Lawson was born in York Center, and raised on the family farm, located at the site of Willowbrook High School and a shopping center in Villa Park. She taught school in a one-room schoolhouse, worked in retail sales at Marshall Fields in Chicago, at the dime store in Villa Park, and at the Villa Park A & P grocery store.
Included among her accomplishments are helping create Second Time Around resale shop, the York Township Senior Center and township office building, a mini bus service for Brandywine residents; and being responsible for the provision by Harris Bank of a Brandywine sidewalk to Harris Bank and other retail businesses.
Mrs. Lawson also served for decades as an election judge and was legislation chairwoman of Brandywine AARP; was named Oakbrook Terrace Community Park District Senior Citizen of the Year, 1974-75; was awarded a special citation from AARP for outstanding service to her community; and was given a Certificate of Lifetime Achievement from the Illinois Department on Aging.
Memorials to the Charles L. Lawson Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o the A.F.P. Foundation, 1101 King St., Suite 700, Alexandria, VA 22314, would be appreciated.
Arrangements were made by Knollcrest Funeral Home, 1500 S. Meyers Road, Lombard.
Lewis J. Meckes, 84, of Lombard, formerly of Stickney, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005 at Beacon Hill nursing center.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 17, with prayers from Knollcrest Funeral Home, 1500 S. Meyers Road, Lombard, to Mass at Christ the King Church in Lombard, with the Rev. Peter Jarosz officiating. Interment was at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.
Mr. Meckes was the husband of Grace; father of Kathleen (Michael) Hurd, Margaret (Karl) Baumrucker and Mark (Vicki); grandfather of two; and uncle of many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Meckes had worked as a service technician.
Memorials to the American Heart Association would be appreciated.