Robert C. Armitage
Robert C. "Bob" Armitage, 82, of Lake in the Hills, died Aug. 22, 2004 at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. He was born June 8, 1922, in Chicago.
Mr. Armitage was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was founder and co-owner for more than 50 years of Roberts Swiss in Des Plaines and for more than 40 years of D Wire in Elk Grove Village. He was an avid train enthusiast.
Mr. Armitage is survived by his wife of 56 years, Frances (nee Bratko), whom he married Aug. 14, 1948, in Chicago.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Agnes (Hector); and a sister, Joan.
Visitation was held Aug. 24 and 25 at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, Crystal Lake. Interment was private. Memorial contributions to the charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family.
A memorial visitation for Robert Kirkpatrick, 62, of Byram, Miss., formerly of Lake in the Hills, will be held at 3 p.m. until the time of services at 8 p.m. Aug. 27, 2004 at the Meadows Funeral Home, 3615 Kirchoff Road, Rolling Meadows.
Mr. Kirkpatrick died Aug. 19, 2004 in Byram. Before retiring, he was the owner of Kirkpatrick Printing in Chicago for more than 20 years.
Mr. Kirkpatrick is survived by three children, Joy (fianc� Jeff Carney) Pavone, Jolynn (Jeffrey) Bakunas and Greg (Vicki); a grandchild, Alexis; his mother, Maxine Mason; three siblings, Sandy (Don) Mobley, Judy (the late John) Nomura and John (Sherry) Mason; many nieces and nephews; and his good friends, Chuck and Dennis Nielsen.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Maryann (nee Koran); and a brother, Thomas Mason.
James P. Dufexes
James P. Dufexes, 78, of Algonquin for 14 years, a former 38-year resident of Elmwood Park, died Sept. 2, 2004 at Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry. He was born Dec. 27, 1925, in Chicago, to Peter and Estelle Dufexes.
Mr. Dufexes married his wife, Lucille, on June 26, 1948. He was a member of Faith Community Church in Lake in the Hills. He was a 30-year employee of International Harvester, where he worked as a processing engineer. He was proud of his military service. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a naval aviator.
Mr. Dufexes is survived by a son, Jamie (Kathy) of Algonquin; a daughter, Susan (Carl) Thunboe of Algonquin; five grandchildren, Rhonda, Derek, Ryan, Rania, and Megan; and a sister, Genevieve "Gene" Baker of Las Vegas. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, on Dec. 1, 2000; and five sisters.
Funeral services were held Sept. 4 at the Miller Funeral Home, West Dundee. The Rev. Michael Fish, pastor of Faith Community Church, officiated. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery in River Grove. Memorials may be made to the FISH Food Pantry, P.O. Box 102, Carpentersville, IL 60110.
Betty Jane Hemauer
A funeral Mass for Betty Jane Hemauer (nee Wolfgram), 74, of Palatine since 1962, was celebrated Sept. 7, 2004 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Palatine. Born Dec. 29, 1929, in Menomonie, Wis., she died Sept. 1 at Northwest Community Healthcare, Arlington Heights.
Mrs. Hemauer had worked as a dental assistant. She had a great love for all types of animals and took great pleasure feeding the birds and squirrels in her back yard. Whenever there was a stray animal, she was always willing to take it in and care for it. Most important in her life was her love for her family, husband, children and grandchildren. She loved to spend time playing games and participating in many other family activities. She also enjoyed decorating her home for each holiday, which brought great enjoyment to everyone. She will be deeply missed but is leaving many fond memories to all those who loved her.
Mrs. Hemauer is survived by her husband of 56 years, Alfred J.; two daughters, Beverly (Patrick) Taylor of Elburn and Peggy of Prospect Heights; six sons, Steve of Chippewa Falls, Wis., Bill (Cyndi) of Algonquin, Dan (Debra) of Harvard, Rich (Diana) of Richmond, Pete (Cathy) of Elgin and Scott of McHenry; her grandchildren, Aimee, Jim, Daniel, Katie, Brianna, Ryan, Tyler, Ally, Zach, Jessica, Kristen, Erin and Megan; a sister, Barb Holmberg of St. Paul, Minn.; and her nephews and nieces, Duke, Speedy, Linda and Sandy.
Entombment was in Memory Gardens Mausoleum, Arlington Heights. Memorials would be appreciated for Save-a-Pet, 31664 N. Fairfield Road, Grayslake, IL 60030, or to the American Cancer Society, 100 W. Palatine Road, Suite 150, Palatine, IL 60067. Arrangements were made with the Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, Palatine.
Michael J. Mitchell
Michael J. Mitchell, 92, of Algonquin died Sept. 1, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. He was born June 28, 1912, in Calumet City, to Paul and Anna (Pietras) Muschelewicz.
Mr. Mitchell was one of the original All State Insurance agents and helped pioneer the company. In August 1935, he married Loretta Smith. He served as commander for the Civil Defense during World War II.
Mr. Mitchell was a member of the St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Algonquin. Before moving to Algonquin, he was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Elgin, where he served as an usher for many years and was also past president of the church council. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Elks Lodge No. 737 in Elgin. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, served as Grand Knight, and was a member of the Fourth Degree. He was a patron of the Elgin Symphony and a member of the board. He served on the board of Catholic Charities and was an honorary member of the Elgin Kiwanis Club. He was part of the K C Choraleers. After they disbanded, he formed the singing group "Octave Plus," which sang for many functions in and around Elgin and at local nursing homes.
Mr. Mitchell is survived by two sons, Michael J. Jr. of Algonquin and David Wayne of Carpentersville; three daughters, Ruth (Jack) Bolger of Algonquin, Deborah (Steve) Salmond of Hugesville, Md., and Mary Fisher of West Dundee; a brother, James of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; 18 grandchildren, Michael J. III, Patricia, Peter, Susan, Tim, Tracy, Chris, Haren, Heather, Melissa, T.J., Nicholas, Sarah, Bill, Bryan, Rita, Casey and Jamie; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Loretta; seven brothers; and three sisters.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 4 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Algonquin. The Rev. Michael J. Tierney officiated. Memorials may be made to CDLS Foundation. Arrangements were made with the Wait-Ross-Allanson Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel, Algonquin.
Funeral services for Mildred "Millie" Dummer, 80, of Algonquin, were held Sept. 22 at the Congregational Church of Algonquin. Born Sept. 5, 1924, in Earlville, Ill., she died Sept. 18, 2004 at her home.
On July 1, 1951, Mrs. Dummer married Bruce Dummer. Her life revolved around her family and she was a wonderful hostess to countless friends.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Dummer is survived by her sons, William (Kathy) of Grant Park, Ill., John of Algonquin and Jim of Union, Ill.; her daughter, Nancy (Steve) Hadgisava of Hawthorn Woods; her grandchildren, Kerry (Rob), Tracy (Jim), Kristen (Shawn) and Jennifer (Mike); her great-grandchildren, Jimmy, Emily, Tommy, Sydney, Morgan, Brian and Nolan; her sister, Marilea Moore of Carol Stream; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Zenaphin "Ted" and Edna Mae (nee Gage) Shifflette; her sisters, Shirley Rissman, Dorothy Greenstreet and Bunny Madsen; and her brothers, Milan Shifflette and Ted Shifflette.
Burial was private. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Northeastern Illinois, 410 S. Hager St., Barrington IL 60010. Arrangements were made with the Wait Ross Allanson Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel, Algonquin.
Donald A. Martin
Funeral services for Donald A. Martin, 61, of Algonquin, were held Sept. 18, 2004 at St. Margaret Mary Church, Algonquin. Born Dec. 19, 1942, in Chicago, he died Sept. 15, 2004 at Alexian Brothers Hospital in Elk Grove Village.
Mr. Martin is survived by his wife, Rosemary; his children, Dona Martin, Daniel (Tammy) and Angela Stoika; his grandchildren, Danielle, Kaelee, Deanna and Anthony; and his sister, Maryann Dalton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert A. and Mary Prange; his brother, Paul Lohan; and his sister, Roberta Surma.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were made with the Willow Funeral Home, Algonquin.
Robert C. May
Robert C. May, 87, of Crystal Lake, formerly of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Sept. 11, 2004 at The Springs of Crystal Lake. He was born June 25, 1917, in Detroit, Mich., to Robert and Lettie May.
Survivors include a cousin, Thomas (Lucille) Potter of Batavia; and his cousins by marriage, Bill (Nancy) Potter of Algonquin.
A memorial service was held Sept. 17 at Willow Funeral Home, Algonquin. Burial was private.
William A. Pinkonsly Jr.
Funeral services for William A. Pinkonsly Jr., 69, of Buffalo Grove, will begin with prayers at 9:15 a.m. today (Sept. 23, 2004) at the Glueckert Funeral Home Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. Mass will follow at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 10 N. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove.
Born March 2, 1935, in Chicago, the son of William A. "Pinky" and Wanita (nee Edling), Mr. Pinkonsly died Sept. 17, 2004 at Rush Medical Center, Chicago.
Mr. Pinkonsly was employed by Ameritech for more than 35 years. He served as a Sea Bee in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, a former volunteer with the McHenry County Sheriff's Department, a member of the Newmar RV Club, and a member and former officer of the Illini Gulfstreamers RV Club.
Mr. Pinkonsly is survived by his wife of 27 years, Mary Ann (nee Robison), whom he married July 23, 1977; his children, Dr. William Russell (Meghan) of Eldon, Iowa, and Bonnie Jo Pink of Cary; his grandchildren, Samantha, William Sully, MacKenzie, Sawyer, Austin and Bennett; his brother, Robert (Audrey); and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many friends.
Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 100 W. Palatine Road, Suite 150, Palatine IL 60067; or to the American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago, 1440 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago IL 60607.
Verner H. "Vern" Thelen, longtime resident of Spring Grove and founder and Chief Executive Officer of Thelen Sand & Gravel in Antioch, died Sept. 28, 2003 at his home, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Thelen was born on the family farm in Johnsburg on Dec. 3, 1924, the son of the late John and Agatha (Schmitt) Thelen. When he was 13 years old, he began selling sand and gravel from a corner of his father's farm that he hand-shoveled into a horse-drawn wagon. He sold his material to neighbors for their beachfront lots in what is now Pistakee Highlands.
In 1947, Mr. Thelen purchased his first gravel truck and Thelen Sand & Gravel became a reality. The production and sales of ready-mixed concrete was added in 1961, and today materials continue to be mined and sold from the main operation in Antioch. The concrete is produced at ready-mix plants in Antioch, Waukegan and Wilmot, Wis.
Vern was an avid golfer who excitedly bragged of "beating his age" 19 times this golf season. He delighted in taking every opportunity to get in a round of golf and was even known to have completed 36 holes in a day this summer. He and his wife, Mary Ann "Bunny," enjoyed many years of sightseeing and traveling across the United States, Canada and Mexico in their motor home and were members of the Foretravel Motorcade Club.
Mr. Thelen was a member of the Rotary Club International and he spearheaded the creation of both the Antioch and Fox Lake Rotary clubs. He was the last remaining charter member of the Antioch rotary club, which he served as president from 1977-1978, and was involved in establishing the annual Antioch Rotary Club Pork Chop Dinner & Auction, which is still held every fall. He was honored in 1993 as Antioch Rotary's Man of the Year and was the recipient of "Service Above Self" awards in 1977 and 1978 and the District 644 Governor's Award.
Through the years, Mr. Thelen and his family hosted Rotary exchange students from Iceland, France, Norway and Germany. He served on the Antioch Club's Outward Bound Exchange Student Selection Committee, participated in the club's Food for the Needy Thanksgiving basket deliveries, and actively supported local 4-H and youth groups in Lake and McHenry counties as well as Kenosha and Racine counties in their fundraising endeavors.
Mr. Thelen served on the Board of Directors of the Fox Lake State Bank for 29 years and was a board member for 15 years at Lotus Elementary School, serving as president for several terms. He was president and board member of the Northern Illinois Ready Mixed Concrete Association and was a member of the Illinois Ready Mixed Concrete Association and Lake and McHenry County Contractor's Groups.
In recent years, Mr. Thelen took a keen interest in his family history and had compiled genealogy charts, maps, copies of legal records, photographs and letters. He traced his ancestors back to his great-great grandfather, who arrived in New York in 1842 before moving his family to the Midwest and specifically to the settlement of Johnsburg.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Mary Ann "Bunny" Stoffel Thelen, whom he married on Oct. 21, 1948 at St. Patrick Church in McHenry; his children, John "Jack" (Deborah), Mary Beth (Robert) Varak, Suzan "Sue" (Warren) Schumacher, Thomas (Paige), Peter (Terry Childers), Steven (Diana), Ann (the late Ross) Berry, Barbara (Mark) Miller and Margaret "Peggy" (Thomas) Miles; 18 grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; his brother, Raymond (Rosemary) Thelen; two sisters, Luella (James) Hunter and Lucina (John) Skinner; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his parents' in-law, Jacob and Matilda Stoffel; his son-in-law, Ross G. Berry; a niece, Rosemarie Thelen Rose, and a nephew, Franz Josef Aldenbrook III.
Funeral services with Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Oct. 2, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Church, 2206 Main, Spring Grove. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make donations to the Vern and Bunny Thelen Family Foundation, c/o Lakeland Community Bank, 1310 S. Route 12, Fox Lake, IL 60020, which will benefit a variety of local charities and community groups; or, Masses or contributions to your favorite charity would be appreciated.
Susan Harwell Moncatch, 41, of Camp Lake, Wis., died Sept. 29, 2003 at Kenosha Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Moncatch was born March 31, 1962 in Waukegan. She lived in Beach Park and Waukegan before moving to Kenosha and later to Camp Lake 11 years ago. She was a member of the Calvary Christian Church Center in Lake Villa and had previously attended Mt. Zion Church in Lake Geneva and the First Assembly of God in Kenosha.
In addition to her very active life in church ministries, she loved camping. For 10 years she owned and operated Crystal Clear Cleaning and for the past 3 years operated the business with her husband.
She is survived by her husband, John M. Moncatch, whom she married on June 2, 1984, in Gurnee; her son Brandon; her parents, Albert and Ginger Harwell of Ormond Beach, Fla.; one sister, Cheryl (Gene) Nesmith of Beach Park; four nieces, Alecia, Christina, Tiffany and Sara; and three nephews, Eugene, Andy and Danny.
Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Strang Funeral Home of Antioch and at Calvary Christian Center, 134 Monaville Road, Lake Villa, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to time of services at 11 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.
Michael R. Flynn, 48, of Lake Geneva, died Sept. 27, 2003 at his home.
Mr. Flynn was born Mary 25, 1955 in Chicago, the son of the late Richard Myrl and Geraldine Barbara (Toth) Flynn. He lived in Chicago and the suburbs for many years before moving to Lake Geneva two years ago. He served in the U.S. Army and was an avid sports enthusiast, memorabilia collector and umpired Little League for several years.
He is survived by his son, Nicholas Flynn of Buffalo Grove; one sister, Kim (Paul) Trulzsch of Antioch; and three nieces and nephews, Sean, Shannon and Stefanie.
A Memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at St. Mary Church, 10 N. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove. Interment will be private in Fairview Memorial Park in Northlake. Those desiring may make donations to a family memorial in his memory. Funeral arrangements were handled by Strang Funeral Home of Antioch.
Theda E. Young, 85, of Lake Villa, died Sept. 21, 2003 at her home, surrounded by her family.
Mrs. Young was born Oct. 5, 1917 in Des Moines, Iowa. She had been a resident of Lake Villa for the past 11 years and a member of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Herbert E. Young.
She is survived by her children, Vearl "Butch" (Jane) Young of Spring, Texas, Jeanne (the late Jack) Schaefer of Ingleside and Judy (Robert) Myers of Lake Villa; nine grandchildren, Kurt (Lucy), Karen (Michael), Dale (Angela), Charles (Cathy), James (Sandra), Scott (Michelle), Shelley (Craig), Ronald (Jennifer) and Joseph (Shannon); 13 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were Sept. 23 at Symonds Lakes Funeral Home & Crematory, Grayslake, with the Rev. Lisle J. Kauffman officiating. Interment was private.