Mildred Dreffein, nee Melichar, age 93, of La Grange Park. Beloved wife of the late Walter Dreffein, dear mother of Thomas (Deborah) Dreffein and Susan (Daryl) Frank; preceded by one brother Joseph Melichar; devoted friend of Robert Hankett; loving grandmother of Wendy (Robert) Garrett, Amy (Jacob) Nichols and Ryan Kurth; cherished great grandmother of Taylor, Trent, Kylee, Emma and Eliza. Long time La Grange Park resident and retired employee of Allied VanLines. She enjoyed baking, playing cards, cheering for the Cubbies and spending time with friends. Memorial Service Saturday, February 2, 2013, 2 P.M. at First Congregational Church of La Grange, 100 S. La Grange Road, La Grange. Private Interment at Bohemian National Cemetery. Arrangements by Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL., 60513. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com.
Robert “Zid” M. Zidarich, age 60, of Brookfield, Retired La Grange Mail Carrier. Fond father of Elliot R. Zidarich; dear brother of Louis (Betty) Zidarich and Barbara Jacobsen; loving friend of Mary Ellen Muth; uncle of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 3 P.M. to Time of Service 8 P.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd. 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield. Interment Private. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com
Joann Audrey Petkus-McQuigg, age 51 of LaGrange. Beloved wife of Ronald William McQuigg, loving daughter of Jean Petkus, nee Kamaras and the late John Petkus; stepmother of Bridgette Hayes, Paul McQuigg, Rebecca (Jaime) McQuigg-Rigal and Stephen McQuigg, step-grandmother of Raina Hayes and Sebastian McQuigg, sister of Margaret Cloutier and Phil (Denuta) Petkus. Visitation Tuesday, November 27, 2012, from 3 P.M. to time of Funeral Service 8 P.M. and Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 10:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield. Cemetery Procession to begin Wednesday 11 A.M. to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood. Member of Wellsprings Christian Church of Lyons and active participant of LaSalle Street Church, Chicago. Memorials appreciated to American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Ste 550, Chicago, IL 60631. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com
Jeanne Acke, nee Munro, age 81, of Indian Head Park, formally of La Grange Park. Beloved wife of the late of John A. Acke; loving mother of Mary Jo (Joseph) Ramicone and Helen (Michael) Mc Comiskey; devoted grandmother of James, Jonathan, Catie, and Colleen Ramicone; sister of Maureen (Hector) Langhi and the late Marybeth Munro; sister-in-law of the late Earl Acke, Catherine Acke and Robert (Florence) Acke; aunt of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Thursday, September 20, 2012, 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Friday, September 21, 2012, 8:45 A.M. to 9:15 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd. 9445 W. 31st St., Brookfield. Funeral Friday 9:15 A.M. to St. Cletus Church, LaGrange. Mass 10 A.M. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials appreciated to Misericordia 6300 North Ridge, Chicago, IL 60660 or Little Sisters of the Poor, 2325 N. Lakewood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com
Jerry T. Vyskocil, age 88, of Brookfield. WW II, Army Veteran. Beloved husband of the late Marjorie Vyskocil, nee Hemzacek; dear father of Thomas (Mary) Vyskocil, Kenneth (Margie) Vyskocil; grandfather of Jacqueline (Kevin) Seyller and Thomas Vyskocil, Jr.; devoted brother of the late Frank (Ethel) Vyskocil and Joseph Vyskocil. Visitation Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd. 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield. Private interment First Presbyterian Church of La Grange Memorial Garden. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com
Dr. Henry Christopher Allan, Jr., a resident of La Grange Park for 37 years, quietly passed away July 22, 2012. He was 88 years of age. Beloved husband of Norma Jean Allan, nee Abodeely. Loving father of Rebecca, Deborah, Christopher, Gregory (Maggie), Jeffrey (Lee Ann), William (Katie) and the late John (Jan) Allan; loving grandfather of 11; great grandfather of 9; brother of Joann (the late Edward) Garvin and Fred (Pat) Wallace; uncle of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 9 am to time of Service 11 am at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd. 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513. Interment Monday, July 30, 2012 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Member of the VFW Post 10778-Western Springs and Moraine Valley Community College Faculty Alumni. Memorials appreciated to Illinois Veteran Home-Manteno, 1 Veteran’s Drive, Manteno, IL 60950 or Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris, La Grange, IL 60525. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com
(obituary based on an original written by Henry Allan himself on November 17, 1997)
Henry Allan had many careers in his life. He was a college professor, World War II veteran, author, clergyman, social worker, and mediation skills trainer.
From January 1943 to January 1946, Allan served in the United States Army Amphibious Engineers. His overseas duty included New Guinea, the Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia), the Philippine Islands, and Japan. He participated in the amphibious landings at Morotai Island (Indonesia) and Luzon (Philippines).
A “not particularly gifted” athlete, Henry Allan participated in both high school and college football, cross-country running at the University of Iowa, and boxing (in both the U.S. Army and the Golden Gloves).
As a clergyman, Allan served congregants in Iowa and the upper peninsula of Michigan.
Later, he spent 9 years as a social worker in inner city Chicago neighborhoods with the Y.M.C.A. of Metropolitan Chicago, including 3 years as Director of On-Job Training and Job Development for the Antipoverty (J.O.B.S.) program.
In 1969, Henry left the “Y” to accept a teaching position at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL. He remained at M.V.C.C., as professor and dean, until August 1995. From 1991-95, Allan also functioned as Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution. In June 1994, he founded and headed the Institute for Mediation Training, a not-for-profit corporation, until July 1996.
In the late 1990’s, Allan served as a mediator, consultant, and trainer for cultural awareness and also in ministerial capacities for the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale.
Allan received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Iowa in 1949 and 1950 respectively. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1984.
Honors accorded to Dr. Allan included “Master Teacher” in 1989 and “Advisor of the Year” in 1991 and 1994 at Moraine Valley Community College.
Allan was the author of numerous educational books and workbooks throughout his teaching career. His final book, published in 2002, was a memoir about his experiences in World War II, entitled “H-Hour Plus Three: The Saga of the Amphibious Engineers in the Pacific During World War II”.
Robert E. Walker, age 82, of Westchester, IL. and Cambridge, WI. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 14, 1929 to the late Raymond Walker and the late Susan Walker, nee Burns. Beloved husband of Marcella J. Walker, nee Murphy for 56 years; loving father of Johanna Walker of Marietta, GA., Robert (Anne) Walker, Sr. of Golf, IL., Amanda Walker of Westchester, IL. and Paul Walker of Clarendon Hills, IL.; devoted grandfather of Christopher McMurtagh, Angela McMurtagh, Robert Walker, Jr., Caroline Walker, Jack Walker, Elizabeth Walker, Sophia Walker and Shane Walker; great grandfather of Walker S. McMurtagh; brother to Frances (the late Boyd) Bailey of Scottsdale, AZ., Susan (the late Thomas) Ryan of Janesville, WI. and Beatrice (Wayne) Rohloff of Janesville, WI; uncle of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd. 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513. Funeral Tuesday 10:30 A.M. to St. Francis Xavier, LaGrange, IL. Mass 11 A.M. Committal Service and Interment Wednesday, June 20, 2012, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Janesville, WI. Bob graduated from Janesville High School and then served his Country in the Air Force during the Korean War. A University of Wisconsin Madison, School of Mining Engineering, graduate, led him to be a ”Giant” in the Excavation Business and spent a lifetime working in that field, past member of Illinois Home Builder’s and Illinois Road Builders, Irish Engineer’s & Contractor’s, Phi Kappa Fraternity at U of W Madison, Edgewood Valley CC., Cambridge CC., a Five Decade Member at St. Francis Xavier Church, LaGrange, IL. Sports Enthusiasts and Coach, Men’s, Husband & Wife, Father & Son Golf Championships. Bob spent 60 years in the field and often stated he never worked a day in his life! Memorials appreciated to the Loyola University Health System, Patrick Scanlon MD Cardiovascular Research Fund, in memory of Mr. Robert E. Walker, Loyola University Health System, Office of Development, 2160 South First Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153-9911 or Loyola Home Care & Hospice, 2 Westbrook Corp. Center, Suite 600, Westchester, IL 60154. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com
Elizabeth “Betty” A. Dziak, nee Dunk, age 86, of La Grange. Beloved wife of Sylvester J. Dziak for nearly 66 years; loving mother of Mary Ann Abel, John (Eileen) Dziak, Margaret (Paul) Rukenbrod, Elizabeth (Glenn) Kryst, Michael (Edna) Dziak, Catherine (David) Hansen, Thomas (Kara) Dziak, Frances (Brendan) Phair and Suzanne (Dr. Ricardo) Calderon; grandmother of 28 preceded in death by grandson Capt. Kevin M. Kryst USMC and great-grandmother of 14; sister of Mary (the late Robert) Guth, the late Edward (the late Betty) Dunk, James (Ilamay) Dunk, Michael (the late Karyl) Dunk, Robert (Ann) Dunk. Visitation Sunday, March 25, 2012, 3 P.M. to 8 P.M and Monday, March 26, 2012, 8:45 A.M to 9:15 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, Funeral Monday 9:15 A.M. to St. Francis Xavier Church, La Grange, Mass 10 A.M. Private interment Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Past President of La Grange Park Garden Club, Former Election Judge and Past Sacristan for St. Francis Xavier Church. Memorials appreciated to Women In Service For America Memorial Foundation “Honoring her mother Mary Dignan Dunk”, Women’s Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 96742, Washington, D.C. 20077-7771. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com
Caroline M. Dombrowski, nee Vogt, age 82, of La Grange. Beloved wife of Leo Dombrowski; loving mother Leo (Kimberly) Dombrowski, Mary Calzada, Peter Dombrowski, Bill Dombrowski, John Dombrowski, Carol (Mark) Allegretti and Steven Dombrowski; dear grandmother of Max Dombrowski and Dana Dombrowski; sister of Penny (Don) Monbrod, Grace Vogt, the late Joseph (Rosemarie) Vogt, Andy Vogt and Phil (Delores) Vogt; aunt of many nieces and nephews. A volunteer at Brookfield Zoo for over 30 years and enjoyed origami, the art of paper folding. Visitation Sunday, March 4 , 2012, 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and Monday, March 5, 2012, 9:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, Funeral Monday 9:30 A.M. to St. Louise de Marillac Church, La Grange Park, Mass 10:00 A.M. Interment St. Casimir Lithuanian Cemetery. Memorials appreciated to your favorite charity. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com
Virginia Lucille Toppett, nee Filas, age 92 of LaGrange, formerly of Arizona. Beloved wife of the late John O. Toppett; loving mother of Robert (Barb) Daggy, Sr., James (Betty) Daggy and the late Betty Lou Daggy; mother-in-law of Doris J. Daggy; grandmother of Robert James Daggy, Debbie (James) Skowron, Dawn Mangerson, Robert (Carol) Daggy, Jr., Darlene (Andrew) Peters, Michael Daggy, Sandra Smith, Katherine (Frank) Costa and Shelly (Thomas) Pioth; great grandmother of 21. Memorial Service Saturday, June 23, 2012, 10 A.M. at Maranatha Chapel, 9755 S. Pulaski Road, Evergreen Park. Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd. assisting family with arrangements. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com