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  • Elizabeth "Bettie" Graham

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Elizabeth "Bettie" J. Graham, 91, of Bentonville, Ark., formerly of Hinsdale, passed away on May 4, 2024, in her home with her daughter by her side. She was boElizabeth "Bettie" J. Graham, 91, of Bentonville, Ark., formerly of Hinsdale, passed away on May 4, 2024, in her home with her daughter by her side. She was born in 1932, in Westmont, the daughter of Edward William and Evelyn Elizabeth McAllister Powers. After retiring as an echocardiologist, Bettie worked in sales a loc...

  • Billy "Bun" Robertson

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Billy "Bun" Robertson, 66, of Hinsdale passed away May 10, 2024, at his home. He was born in Chicago in 1957. Those who lived in Hinsdale in the 1960s to 1980s probably knew Billy "Bun" in some way. Growing up, from the age of 2 on, across from Burns Field was such a gift to him. It allowed him to run across the street every day after school and play football, ice hockey or baseball. He helped start the Burns Field Turkey Bowl, which he participated in for more than 40 years....

  • Eva Evenhouse

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Eva Evenhouse, formerly of Hinsdale, passed away at her home in Western Springs May 11, 2024. Eva played tennis at the Salt Creek Racquet Club and belonged to three bridge groups. Back in the day she excelled at pottery and at quite a young age she was a talented oil painter. She loved to go to Mr. Kelly's with Donald to see her favorite jazz artists, like Oscar Peterson and The Modern Jazz Quartet. In later years Eva became an avid sports enthusiast, developing a fondness...

  • Katherine Patricia Riihimaki

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Katherine Patricia Riihimaki, 84, of Golfview Hills passed away May 13, 2024. Kathy was born in 1940 and spent her childhood in Riverside, where her parents owned an FTD florist shop at the corner of Herbert and Herrick. Kathy met her future husband, Richard Riihimaki, at a summer camp in Lake Villa. They were married in November 1962 and later had a daughter. Kathy has lived in unincorporated Hinsdale (Golfview Hills) since 1963, where she was known as a caring/giving person...

  • Charlene Mae Edith Hassel

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Charlene "Char" Mae Edith Hassel, nee Saxer, passed away peacefully May 2, 2024, just shy of her 94th birthday. Born in Hinsdale, Charlene lived a long, fulfilling life surrounded by loving family and friends. Growing up in Hinsdale, Charlene developed a range of talents supported by her mother Frieda, nee Wendt, father William Saxer and older sister Mayme (nee Saxer) Andrews. She learned to cook, bake, sew, and acquired a passion for the arts, playing both the flute and...

  • Nancy Cracknell Clough

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Nancy Cracknell Clough, 81, a former 40-year resident of Clarendon Hills, passed away April 30, 2024. She was born in 1943 in Kenore, N.Y., to Cyril and Ann Cracknell. At the heart of Nancy's world were her cherished relationships. She shared a remarkable bond with her late husband, Fred, that was nothing short of extraordinary. Together, they painted a canvas of love and companionship that inspired all who knew them. As a devoted mother to Casey (Mark) Downer and Kelly...

  • Callie Anne Clark

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Callie Anne Clark, nee Coughlin, 91, of Burr Ridge, formerly of Hinsdale, died at home peacefully May 10, 2024, with her family nearby. Callie Anne grew up in Big Stone Gap, Va., during the area's boom time. As a child, she developed a passion for music, learning to play the clarinet and the piano. She was active in marching band, choir and several school clubs. As a teen, Callie Anne loved to test drive any new Harley Davidson motorcycle that arrived at her parents' Jeep and...

  • 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...

  • Harry Erickson

    Updated May 15, 2024

    Harry Edward Erickson, 88, of Hinsdale, formerly of Crete, died May 9, 2024. He graduated from Bloom High School in 1953, and attended Milliken University, where he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Harry worked for General Electric in Hobart, Ind., and was a private accountant on the weekends. He later worked as a marketing manager for Middleby Toastmaster and took classes at Northwestern University at night. In his later years, he was a consultant who...

  • Violet Marecek Broschka

    Updated May 15, 2024

    Violet Marecek Broschka, 93, passed away May 3, 2024. Violet was born in 1931 in Berwyn to John and Christine (Chlapecka) Marecek. As a Berwyn native, Violet graduated from Harrison High School in Chicago in 1948. She was a resident of Hinsdale since 1951. Violet lovingly and faithfully supported her husband in raising their three children and managing their wedding photography business. She gave generously of her time, service and resources to her family, whom she adored, and they adored her. She is survived by her husband...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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