Arnold Proper

Arnold Proper, age 54 suddenly, of Riverside passed away on October 17, 2013. Beloved husband and best friend of Cindy, proud father of Nathan and Eric. Avid musky fisherman and Green Bay Packers fan. A celebration of Arnie’s life will be held at the Brookfield VFW Post #2868. Please join the Family between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Sunday, October 27, 2013. All will meet to toast Arnie’s life, share stories, cocktails and food will be served. All friends and family are welcome to attend. Arrangements by Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., 9445 W. 31st Street., Brookfield. Information 708-485-2000 or

John Kozik

American FlagJohn Kozik, age 83, of Brookfield, winter resident of Boca Raton, FL. Korean War Army Veteran. Beloved husband of Annette Kozik nee Barich; dear father of Susan (Kelly) Jones, John Kozik and James (Denise) Kozik; loving grandfather of Sean Jones, Alison Jones, William Kozik and Claire Kozik; dear brother of Ludka Gergel. Visitation Friday, June 14, 2013, 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd. 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield. Will Lie in State Saturday, June 15, 2013, 11:00 A.M. to time of Service 11:30 A.M. at Sts. Peter & Paul Lutheran Church, Corner of 31st Street and Des Plaines Ave, Riverside. Interment Private. Memorials appreciated to Sts. Peter & Paul Lutheran Church, 250 Woodside Road, Riverside, IL 60546. John was a member of Carpenter’s Local Union #1027 and the American Legion . Information 708-485-2000 or

Robert Edward Slifka

American FlagRobert Edward Slifka, age 90,of Riverside.  WW II Navy Veteran.  Beloved husband of Marlene J. Slifka, nee Godsel; loving father of Suzanne (Gordon) Marsh; future grandfather of ?; fond brother of Rosemarie (Kenneth) Zolecke, the late Eleanore (Louis) Lewis and Dorothy Slifka; brother-in-law of Eileen (the late Jerry) Buric; uncle of many nieces and nephews.  Visitation Friday, April 19, 2013, 2013, 3 P.M. to 9 P.M. and Saturday, April 20, 2013, 8:45 A.M. to 9:15 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield.  Funeral Saturday 9:15 A.M. to St. Mary’s Church, Riverside, Mass 10:00 A.M. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery.  Information 708-485-2000 or

Helen B. Russell, nee Dusek

Helen B. Russell, nee Dusek, age 100, of North Riverside, a member of the Dusek and Andel families. Loving wife of the late Alexander R. Russell; dear mom of Patricia (the late Frederick) George, Bruce (Marilyn) Russell and Janet (Gary) Grabow; loving gram to Christopher George, Amy (Chris) Hawker and Julie Fecteau; special g.g. to Marina and Matthew Fecteau, Ethan, Cole and Ainslie Hawker. Visitation Monday, January 14, 2013 from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Tuesday, January 15, 2013 from 10:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513. Funeral 11 A.M. Interment Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Information 708-485-2000 or

Anna Ludmila Sopoci, nee Feriancik

Anna Ludmila Sopoci, nee Feriancik, age 93, of Brookfield. Beloved wife of Jan Sopoci; dear mother of Jan Andrew Sopoci, Elena S. (Doug Belknap) Sopoci, Anne Marie (Paul) Brinley; loving grandmother of Shannon (Rob) Corn, Tom (Hannah) Sopoci, Matthew Puhr, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Bianca (Ben Gillock) Sopoci-Belknap, Rory (Zuzka) Sopoci-Belknap, Kristen (Duncan) Cooper, Elizabeth Brinley, Janelle Brinley, Emily Brinley, the late Samantha Puhr; devoted great grandmother of Nicole Corn, Jacob Corn, Rowan Sopoci-Gillock; fond sister of the late Zuzana (John) Blaho, and other siblings in Slovakia. Aunt of many nieces and nephews, both in the U.S. and Slovakia, especially Dr. Victoria (Tristan Coady) Blaho. Visitation, Tuesday December 4, 2012 from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield. Will Lie in State Wednesday, December 5, 2012 from 9:30 A.M. to time of Service at 10:00 A.M. at Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, corner of 31st Street and Des Plaines Avenue, Riverside. Internment Woodlawn Cemetery. Immigrating to the U.S. at the age of 16 from Czechoslovakia, Anna came to love her new country while always seeking to foster awareness and appreciation of Slovak heritage. She served as a tireless leader in several Slovak organizations including Sokol USA Lodge 40W and the Slovak American Charitable Association. She was also an officer in the former United Lutheran Society. Upon moving with her husband to East Orange, N.J. in 1971, she served as Editor of the Sokol Times for many years. She and her husband enjoyed moving back to Brookfield upon their retirement in 1997. Memorials appreciated to: Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, 250 Woodside Road, Riverside, IL 60546 or Sokol U.S.A., Milan Getting Scholarship Fund, 276 Prospect Street, East Orange, NJ 07017. Information 708-485-2000 or

Raymond H. Vogt

American FlagRaymond H. Vogt, 90 years young of Encinitas, California, formerly of La Grange Park; WWII Veteran of the Army gently passed away at home on 11/16/2012. Beloved husband of the late Mary Jane Vogt, nee Bruno; loving father of Joan (John) Norman and Jean (Stuart) Triolo; dear “Grand PaPa” of Tracy Norman and Emily Norman; and fond brother-in-law of Sarah Gross. Uncle of many nieces and nephews. Also survived by family kitty cats Bella, Sir Bleu and Tiger. Visitation Sunday, November 25, 2012 from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Monday, November 26, 2012 from 10:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield. Funeral Monday 11 A.M. Entombment at Resurrection Cemetery. Raymond was a life member of the North Riverside VFW # 6869. With the cherished late Mary Jane, Ray was a hard working champion for VFW events, devoted volunteer for 17 years to the Comboni Missionaries, and active supporter to the Telephone Pioneers of America. Ray loved the Chicago Cubs and is waiting from the heavens for that elusive world series win. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to Comboni Missionaries, 1615 East 31st Street, La Grange Park, IL 60526 or VFW Post #6869, 2622 Des Plaines Avenue, Riverside, IL 60546. Information 708-485-2000 or

Robert Allen Eshoo

Robert Allen Eshoo age 76, of Bridgeview. Former husband of Marilyn Eshoo, nee Getz; dear father of Leanne Rae (Terrence) Palmer, Eileen Robinson, Allen (Regina) Eshoo; beloved grandfather of Craig Alan Robinson, Mark Allen Robinson, Zakari Allen Eshoo; devoted brother of Patricia (Harold) Walters, uncle of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Monday, November 12, 2012 from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and Tuesday, November 13, 2012 from 9:30 A.M. to 10 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield. Funeral Tuesday 10 A.M. Interment Private. Memorials appreciated to the American Cancer Society 7234 W. Ogden Ave. – Suite 3 South, Riverside, IL 60546. Information 708-485-2000 or

Patrick Kevin Gurschke

Patrick Kevin Gurschke, age 17, of Brookfield. Loving son of Jessica L. Lukas and Kenneth C. Gurschke; dear brother of Ken, Ashley, Alexis and Kaylynn; grandson of Mary Gurschke and Kathryn Gabriel and the late Charles Gurschke and John Lukas; Nephew of four aunts and four uncles; Cousin to many; Visitation Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield. Funeral Wednesday 8 P.M. Interment Private. Riverside Brookfield High School Senior. Information 708-485-2000 or

JoAnn E. Jantze

JoAnn Elizabeth Jantze drifted away Thursday morning Sept.27th, 2012
at age 84 with her family at her side. Holding her hands were her husband
of 65 years, Clyde, and son Mark.

Born on November 9, 1927 in Woodburn Oregon, JoAnn Elizabeth Tweedie
was the daughter of Gertrude (Brown) Tweedie & Le Roy Tweedie. Her family moved to Salem Oregon in 1940 after her mother’s early death. JoAnn graduated from Parrish Junior High as Class Secretary. It was there that her friendship began with her future husband Clyde Jantze. They graduated together from Salem High School in 1945. A member of the Order of Rainbow Girls Society all four years of high school, JoAnn was the Chapter Worthy Advisor her senior year. JoAnn valued academics highly and was a member of the National Honor Society.

Upon graduation JoAnn attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and then Mills
College in Oakland, California. After completing her sophomore year at Mills, Clyde proposed and they were married on Sept. 20, 1947 in Reno, Nevada. They celebrated 65 wonderful years together this month. Living in Oakland, Hayward & San Leandro, California, JoAnn began her life as a homemaker. In 1952 she assumed the role of Worthy Matron in Job`s Daughter Bethel #175 in San Leandro. JoAnn’s commitment to Bethel #175 increased its membership from 35 to 75.

In 1957, with newborn son, Mark, JoAnn and Clyde relocated to Chicago where Clyde began a new position within Continental Can Company. The family moved to Riverside, Illinois in 1960. For the next 25 years JoAnn was an active member of the community, serving as PTA president for Blythe Park Elementary School, and as a District 96 School Board member for two terms. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother at Blythe Park School and continued her role as a Scouting Mom, encouraging her son Mark as he advanced in Boy Scouts to become an Eagle Scout, an achievement she was very proud of.

JoAnn was an active member of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Maywood, Illinois, where she directed numerous Christmas pageants and led the Senior High youth group with Clyde. With best friend Pat (Hoglund) Michels, JoAnn volunteered in the Riverside Republican Party organization from 1972 thru 1979. She was a member of the Riverside Police & Fire Commission from 1979 to 1985, serving her last two years as Commission Chairman.

JoAnn and Clyde travelled extensively across Europe and Asia, including trips to China,
Vietnam and Australia. Taking cruises was their favorite form of travel. They retired in 1985 to Litchfield Beach, South Carolina to play golf and enjoy warmer weather. An avid golfer, JoAnn served as the president of the River Club Ladies Golf League. Litchfield is where she acquired the name “Beach Momma” from her grandchildren Jordana and Karl. The wonderful vacations JoAnn planned for them at Litchfield have left memories they will cherish forever. After 26 years in South Carolina, JoAnn and Clyde moved to the Beacon Hill Retirement Community in Lombard, Illinois in 2011.

JoAnn’s grandchildren, Jordana and Karl, son Mark, daughter-in-law Kirsten, and husband
Clyde were the center of her life. Her support for Clyde during his 70 plus year career in the food and beverage industry was recognized by the “Canmakers” International Magazine in April 2012. JoAnn gave her best to everything she did. Whatever she touched was left better for her involvement. She will be remembered as the person who was always there, providing the love and the encouragement that kept her family moving forward. Thank you, Beach Momma, you will stay in our hearts forever.  Love you always Hounie,  Clyde

Arrangements handled by Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., Brookfield. Information 708-485-2000 or

Vivian K. Porak, nee Kandlik

 Vivian K. Porak, nee Kandlik, age 92, of Orland Park, formerly of Brookfield. Beloved wife of the late Adolph Porak; loving mother of Robert Porak, Marlene (Randall) Barthel and Wesley (Patricia) Porak; devoted grandmother of Brett (Lindsay) Porak, Brandon (Deanna) Barthel, Eric (Alyson) Porak, Christopher (Shiri) Barthel and Dustin Porak; great grandmother of 5; sister of the late Charles (Angela) Kandlik and the late Frank (the late Florence) Kandlik.  Vivian was a longtime member of the Bohemia Chapter #763, Riverside, IL.  She was an active Member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ and their Dorcas Chapter for more than 50 years.  Vivian was an assistant Comptroller of Dell E. Webb Corporation, Oakbrook.  She was also a Meals-on-Wheels volunteer for many years.  Vivian will be remembered for her beautiful smile and wonderful positive attitude.  Visitation Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 2 P.M. to time of Service 4 P.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd.  9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield.  Memorials appreciated to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) 218 W. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, IL 62704-2612 Information 708-485-2000 or