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  • Patricia Potter Williams

    Updated May 15, 2024

    Patricia "Pat" Potter Williams, formerly of Hinsdale, passed away peacefully Feb. 15, 2024, at her home in Asheville, N.C., with her husband and her children around her, after a year-long battle with cancer. She faced her illness, and its final outcome, with strength, courage and grace. Pat was always interested in learning something new and just as interested in passing that knowledge on to help someone else. She enjoyed playing pickleball and loved hiking, cycling on bike...

  • Meridel A. Wesely

    Updated May 15, 2024

    Meridel A. Wesely, nee Berola, 79, of Hinsdale, passed away May 10, 2024. Meridel was born in 1944, in Sewickley, Penn., to John and Mary Berola. She was a descendant of Italian immigrants, some of whom had arrived in the country via Ellis Island in the early 1900s. After graduating as valedictorian of Moon Township High School, Meridel attended Bucknell University, where she majored in education, sang in the choir and was a sister in Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She earned her...

  • Jolanta Soares

    Updated May 15, 2024

    Jolanta "Jola" Soares, 59, of Clarendon Hills, formerly of Hinsdale, died peacefully April 27, 2024, at UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale due to cancer. She was born in 1964 in Warsaw, Poland, to Helena and Stanley Ptak. Jolanta was a tough, bright, funny and highly independent woman. She was a force of nature, and nothing came in her way once she made up her mind. Jola came to Chicago from Warsaw not speaking a word of English in 1987. She quickly learned English and gr...

  • Joan Theobald Wentling

    Updated May 9, 2024

    Joan Theobald Wentling, 80, of Darien, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on May 4, 2024, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. Joan was born in 1944, to Pierce and Alice Theobald in Chicago. After earning a degree in psychology from Hood College in Frederick, Md., she began her professional career in Boston, working at Jordan Marsh. Soon she returned to Chicago to work as a computer programmer in the central credit card office of Standard Oil of Indiana. It was there that she met the love of her life, C...

  • Raymond Veselik

    Updated May 8, 2024

    Raymond "Ray" Veselik, 84, of Hinsdale, died May 1, 2024. He was born in 1939 to parents Emil and Lillian Veselik. After working several jobs during the early years of his marriage, including teaching high school and repossessing cars, Ray found his true calling in life insurance, building a successful business for more than 40 years and earning Mutual of New York's National Man of the Year award in 1985. When Ray wasn't working, he spent much of his time coaching youth...

  • Saundra Tonsager Brewer

    Updated May 8, 2024

    Saundra Tonsager Brewer died in her sleep on April 24, 2024, after a series of health challenges at her home in Portland, Ore. Saundra was born in 1936 in Boston and grew up in Hinsdale. She graduated from Northwestern University in 1958, where she majored in theater and speech. In her early career, she taught secondary English, performed in summer stock theaters, and modeled. She married, had two children and developed skills in textile arts. Aspiring to be a trial attorney...

  • Raymond Veselik

    Updated May 7, 2024

    Raymond "Ray" Veselik, 84, of Hinsdale, died May 1, 2024. He was born in 1939 to parents Emil and Lillian Veselik. After working several jobs during the early years of his marriage, including teaching high school and repossessing cars, Ray found his true calling in life insurance, building a successful business for more than 40 years and earning Mutual of New York's National Man of the Year award in 1985. When Ray wasn't working, he spent much of his time coaching youth...

  • Leslie Hodges

    Updated May 1, 2024

    Leslie Hodges, 75, of Hinsdale passed away on April 29, 2024. He recently learned that he had metastatic pancreatic cancer. The last two months were especially difficult, first Central DuPage hospital, then rehab, and then back to the hospital. Leslie was the only son of Martha and Robert Hodges in Decatur. Grandma Moore lived with the family and helped raise Leslie while his mother worked in an insurance adjustment office. Leslie Hodges was a quiet man with a kind heart. He...

  • Peter J. Bokos

    Updated May 1, 2024

    Peter J. Bokos, 76, of Hinsdale died April 19, 2024. Peter was a devoted husband, father, Papou and brother. He was known for his gentle nature, compassion for those around him, generosity and his unique storytelling ability. Combined with his diverse achievements, love for the arts, boating and cars, Peter forged strong and meaningful relationships with many in his community both as a mentor and friend. Peter was a thrill-seeker. He traveled the world with his wife, family...

  • Norman Victor Chimenti

    Updated Apr 27, 2024

    Norman Victor Chimenti, 83, of Westmont, a former longtime Hinsdale resident, died peacefully on April 7, 2024, surrounded by family after being ambushed by a rare and fast-moving form of cancer. Norm was born in Chicago in 1940 to Dante and Laura (Magrini) Chimenti of Chicago. He spent his early years on Chicago's west side, moving further west when it became time to attend Hinsdale Township High School. Norm inherited a good mind and a strong body from his parents. These...

  • Charles E. Simanek

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    Charles E. "Chuck" Simanek, 77, a 23-year Hinsdale resident, died April 6, 2024. Chuck was born in 1946 at Oak Park Hospital to Frank and Eleanor, nee Mareska. He grew up in Cicero and attended Lincoln School, Morton East High School and Loyola University of Chicago. For most of his career, he produced trade shows nationally and internationally for the construction industry. Chuck was a world traveler, and he and wife Edna Burke enjoyed many trips together. He maintained...

  • Kenneth Lauerman

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    Kenneth Lauerman, 77, passed away peacefully in Moses Lake, Wash., on Feb. 23, 2024. Born in 1946, Ken grew up in Hinsdale. He attended Hinsdale Township High School, graduating in the class of 1964, and lettered in cross country, swimming and golf. He earned a bachelor's degree in June 1968 from the University of Denver, where he was an active member of Phi Kappa Sigma. Ken completed his graduate studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a master's degree in econom...

  • Thomas Marshall Gibson

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    Thomas Marshall Gibson, 97, of Hinsdale died at home while in hospice care April 14, 2024. Tom was born in Chicago in 1927 to Humphrey and Ethel Gibson and reared in that city. He attended Culver Military Academy in Culver, Ind., and graduated in 1945. Tom attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and the University of Arizona, and was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. Before he graduated, he left school to join his father in the family business, Gibson...

  • Karen L. Doll

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    Karen L. Doll, 60, passed away peacefully April 14, 2024, at home after a battle with cancer. Karen was born in 1963 to Bill and Janet Doll, the youngest of five children. She was a 1981 graduate of Hinsdale Central High School and received her bachelor's degree from Rockford College in 1985. Karen spent most of her life in the Hinsdale area, most recently moving to Wheaton. She selflessly spent a significant amount of time caring for her grandmother and parents. Her passions...

  • Thomas Marshall Gibson

    Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Thomas Marshall Gibson, 97, of Hinsdale died at home while in hospice care April 14, 2024. Tom was born in Chicago in 1927 to Humphrey and Ethel Gibson and reared in that city. He attended Culver Military Academy in Culver, Ind., and graduated in 1945. Tom attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and the University of Arizona, and was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. Before he graduated, he left school to join his father in the family business, Gibson...

  • Alex McClement

    Updated Apr 19, 2024

    Alexander "Scotty" McClement, 91, passed away peacefully March 28, 2024. Alex was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1932 to Alexander and Janet "Jennie" McClement. He immigrated to the United States in 1951. In his younger days, he was a semi-professional hockey player and worked within the food industry, which paved the way for his entrepreneurial journey. Alex founded McClement Management Group, dedicating nearly five decades to servicing the McDonald's corporation. The company...

  • Bruce L. Tobias

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    Bruce L. Tobias, 68, of Woodridge, a former 30-year resident of Hinsdale, passed away April 14, 2024. He was born in Chicago in 1955 to Ralph and Anna Tobias. At age 18, Bruce entered the fire service as a cadet, serving for 15 years until he retired from the Hinsdale Fire Department in 1983. He married Patrice Foster on June 26, 1975, in Hinsdale. In 1975, Bruce entered into business with his father-in-law as co-owner of Foster ServiceMaster, and in 1998 joined ServiceMaster...

  • Beverly Louise Leija

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    Beverly Louise Leija of Oak Brook passed away April 11, 2024. Beverly was a straight shooter with a brutally honest personality and loved nothing more than bragging about her grandchildren, who called her Aha, and their accomplishments. She was always up for a good meal while enjoying a top-shelf margarita and fiery political discussions with her family. She will be affectionately remembered as Beckus, and her unique presence will be missed. She is survived by her husband of...

  • Myron Dale Sailer

    Updated Apr 10, 2024

    Myron Dale Sailer, 94, a longtime resident of Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale and Downers Grove, passed away March 22, 2024, at his home. Myron was born in 1929 in Evansville, Ind., the only son of Raymond and Clara Esche Sailer. He spent his early years in Evansville, but after the death of his mother when he was 13, he moved to the family farm near Mount Vernon, Ind., to be raised by his maternal grandparents. He attended Evansville College, earning a degree in engineering, then...

  • John L. LaCount

    Updated Apr 10, 2024

    John L. LaCount, 82, a U.S. Air Force Veteran and former Hinsdale resident, passed away March 31, 2024. He was born in Hinsdale and went to Hinsdale Township High School. He moved to San Francisco after the Air Force to work for United Airlines. When United Airlines moved its headquarters to Chicago, the family settled in Hinsdale. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Anna LaCount; his children, Michael LaCount, Lisa (Jeff Mariner) LaCount, and Andre (Katie) LaCount; his...

  • Diones D. "Di" Desideri

    Updated Apr 10, 2024

    Diones D. “Di” Desideri, 90, of Oak Brook, passed away April 6, 2024, after a long illness, surrounded by her family and her loyal grand dog, Rudy. Diones was born in Chicago in 1933 to George and Carrie (Roberts) Kral. She grew up in Berwyn, where she had a very happy childhood. Her fondest memories from her youth were the summers she spent at her family’s cottage on Lake Superior in Herbster, Wis., which she would eventually share with her own family. Diones graduated from Morton East High School. She then worked for Illin...

  • Maureen McNally Walsh

    Updated Apr 4, 2024

    Maureen McNally Walsh, 76, of Clarendon Hills, formerly of Hinsdale, died March 30, 2024. She was born in 1947 to Bernard and Eleanor McNally. Maureen was a graduate of Edgewood College in Madison, Wis., and held master’s degrees from Northwestern University and Rosary College. She was a librarian and teacher for the entirety of her career. From her days as a reference librarian in Downers Grove to establishing surgical libraries at the University of Chicago to teaching children to read at Seward Academy in the Back of the Y...

  • Marilyn Musil

    Updated Apr 3, 2024

    Marilyn Musil, 88, of Naples, Fla., passed away Feb. 7, 2024. Marilyn was a caring mom and doting grandmother who loved spending time with her grandkids. She was a wonderful, energetic neighbor to many in Westchester, where she lived for 60 years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, George. She is survived by her children, Scott (Renee) Musil of Hinsdale, George (Laura) and Rick (Elizabeth); her grandchildren, Kylie, Lucas, Luke, Libbie, Anneliese, Christian...

  • Gaile Marie May

    Updated Apr 3, 2024

    Gaile Marie May, nee Servi, 97, passed away Feb. 13, 2024. She was born in 1926 in Polar, Wis., and spent the last 60 years living and working in Hinsdale. Gaile worked for 30 years at the Hinsdale Adventist Hospital in the admissions and the development offices, and she was a longtime member of the Hinsdale Seventh-Day Adventist Church, where she volunteered as a children's Sabbath School teacher and as a greeter. Raised in Lily, Wis., in a home with no indoor plumbing, Gaile...

  • Dolores Krajewski

    Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Dolores "Dee Dee" Krajewski, nee Noviski, 93, passed away peacefully March 12, 2024, at Victory Lakes Senior Living Center in Lindenhurst. Dee Dee was born to Edward and Sally Noviski in Chicago and raised in Marion, Ind., along with her sister, Bernice. She attended Ladywood High School in Indianapolis (Class of '47) and then graduated from Rosary College in River Forest (Class of '51) where she met her beloved life partner, John "Jack" Krajewski. They were married on Nov....

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