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 www.HitzemanFuneral.com

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 www.HitzemanFuneral.com

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 www.HitzemanFuneral.com

 

Donald G. Rodewald

Donald G. Rodewald age 76, of Stickney. Korean War Army Veteran. Beloved husband of Barbara A. Rodewald, nee Lewis; dear father of Dawn (Kevin) Kahmark, Mike (Gina) Rodewald and Beth (Tim) Stach; grandfather of Abigail Rodewald, Joseph Rodewald, Ryan Stach, Alex Kahmark, Anna Kahmark and Ben Kahmark; brother of Linda Allen. Memorial Visitation Friday, June 8, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. until time of  Service at 11:00 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield. Interment Private. Don had worked for Woolworths in Chicago’s Little Village Community and Brodsky Candies. Notably Don had several Toy and Hobby Shops of different names most remembered Road n’ Rail; from the Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, 26th and Pulaski, to Riverside, Naperville, LaGrange Park and Brookfield. Most recently owning A World of Die Cast in Brookfield. Memorials appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com

Harold R. Stahnke

Harold R. Stahnke, age 64, of Riverside, Beloved husband of 34 years to Judie Stahnke, nee Rudd; dear brother of Cheryl (Bill) Mahalas and Robert Stahnke; son of Elsie Stahnke, nee Grych and the late Harold H. Stahnke; brother-in-law of Joyce (Jim) Williamson, Sandy (Joe) Tomaska and Mary Frances (the late Larry) Rudd; uncle of several nieces and nephews; cousin to many; loving canine companion Hannah.

Memorial Service Saturday, June 4, 2011, 2 P. M. at Ascension Lutheran Church, 400 Nuttall, Riverside, IL. Interment Private Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials appreciated to Anti Cruelty Society, 157 West Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654-7174, Arrangements by Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd. 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com

Mary Jean “MJ” Jones, nee Beetel

Mary Jean “MJ” Jones, On May 30, 2011 she passed away after a courageous journey with breast cancer. MJ, 45 years old, of Riverside, was the beloved wife of David Matthew Jones; loving mother of Allyson Reilly Jones, Brendan Kerry Jones and Ryan Joseph Jones. She was the loving daughter of Dorothea Jean Beetel, and the late Robert John Beetel, Jr.; fond daughter-in-law of Donald L. Jones. MJ adored her three brothers, Kevin (Mary Beth), Kerry (Karen) and Robert Beetel. She is also survived by her brothers-in-law, Mike (Jill) and Doug Jones.
By her passion for life, caring for others, strength and spirituality, MJ left a deep impression upon those whose path she crossed. She took these qualities onto the playing field of Notre Dame where she lettered and served as captain of the University’s field hockey team. MJ applied her passion for spirituality and literature towards her career in publishing working at University of Notre Dame Press, Noble Press and Loyola Press. One of her greatest professional accomplishments was working closely with the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin on the publication of his seminal spiritual book on life and death, The Gift of Peace.
Thirteen years ago, MJ gave birth to three beautiful children. Ending her professional career, MJ chose to focus her passions on family, friends and community, touching countless lives. Four and a half years ago, MJ was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. Throughout her battle with breast cancer, MJ thrived, traveling extensively, forming lasting memories with family and friends all while caring for her family. Of note, she spent countless hours mentoring other women on their breast cancer journey, fulfilling her vow of being a positive witness to others in their struggles. MJ showed those around her how to live and to die with strength, dignity and peace.
Visitation will be on Thursday, June 2, 2011 from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Friday, June 3, 2011 from11:30 A.M. until 12 Noon at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd. 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield. Funeral services will be held on Friday June 3rd at 12 Noon proceeding to St. Mary Church, Riverside for a 1 P.M. Mass. Interment will be private at the Upper Springfield Township Cemetery, New Jersey. Memorials appreciated to MJ Shining Stars, 300 N. Delaplaine Road, Riverside, IL 60546, a 501(c)3 foundation dedicated to helping children afford a Catholic education at Saint Mary of Riverside, Illinois and Saint Mary of Bordentown, NJ parish schools. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com

Bernice M. Spirro, nee Krueger

Bernice M. Spirro, nee Krueger, age 95, of Naperville, formally of Riverside; loving wife of the late Frank Spirro; beloved mother of the late Richard Merkey; fond sister of Carol Lestina, LaVern Shutock, James Krueger, Stanley Krueger and the late Irma Ahrens, Danny Krueger, Chuck Krueger, Frank Krueger, Richard Krueger, Francis Newmann, Lucille Klingeman and Winona Aherns. Aunt of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Monday, September 20, 2010, from 10 A.M. to Time of Service 11 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd. 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield. Interment Glen Oak Cemetery. Memorials appreciated to Alzheimer’s Assn. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com

Ruth A. Hassellof

Ruth A. Hassellof, nee Gross, age 72, of Brighton Gardens of Burr Ridge, formerly of Riverside. Beloved wife of the late Ronald Hassellof; fond mother of Susan (Philip) Bruzan and Linda (Norm) Rick; dear grandmother of Katie Bruzan, Nicholas Bruzan, Andrea Rick and Daniel Rick. Visitation Monday, February 15, 2010, 10 A.M. to time of Service 11:30 A..M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield. Interment Private Mt. Emblem Cemetery. Memorials appreciated to Twin Lake Camp.  Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com

Josephine Baker, nee Bussema

Josephine Baker, nee Bussema, age 85 of North Riverside, lifelong resident of the Riverside area. Beloved wife of Walter Baker for 62 years; loving mother of Nancy (Robert) Osbrink and Henry (Joanne) Baker; dear grandmother to Claire and Russell Baker and Ruth Osbrink; sister to the late Fred (Bernice) Bussema and the late Harriet (Carl) Dinges. Visitation Friday, August 14, 2009 from 11 A.M. to time of Service 12 Noon at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd. 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield. Interment Private, Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery. Josephine lived a full life while enjoying family and friends. She loved to travel; by car, train or plane, from coast to coast, often with the Ascension Leisure Group to Elder Hostels. When Josephine was not spending time with family, friends or traveling; she volunteered at many places such as Resthaven, Ascension Church, choir, Women’s Guild and the Komarek School. Memorials appreciated to either the Ascension Lutheran Church Garden Fund or St. Thomas Hospice. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com

Paul E. Fina

Paul E. Fina, age 92, of La Grange Park, formerly of La Grange and Riverside. Beloved husband of Vera Fina, nee Mutzbauer; fond father of Christiane Fina, Emily (Richard) Friel and Paul (Robyn) Fina; dear grandfather of John F. Friel, Anna F. Friel and Paul G. Fina; brother of Joseph (Terry) Fina; Visitation Tuesday, January 6, 2009, 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Wednesday January 7, 2009, 9:30 A.M. to time of Mass 10 A.M. at Sisters of St. Joseph Mother House Chapel, 1515 W. Ogden Ave. La Grange Park. Interment Queen of Heaven. Please omit flowers, memorials to Greater Chicago Food Depository, 4100 W. Ann Lurie Place, Chicago, IL 60632 appreciated. Arrangements by Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield.Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com