James E. Nichol of Elgin
Private memorial services for James E. Nichol, 53, will be held today, at Laird Funeral Home, 310 S. State St., Elgin. The Rev. Thomas Atamian will officiate.
Born May 13, 1945, in Elgin, to Benjamin and Phyllis Nichol, he died Monday, March 22, 1999, at the Illinois Veterans Home in La Salle, Ill. Burial will be private.
Mr. Nichol was a lifelong resident of Elgin and had been employed by Continental Can Company. A veteran, he had served in the Navy. He was a member of St. Hugh of Lincoln Episcopal Church of Elgin.
Surviving are his parents of Elgin; sisters, Kay (Jerry) Marks and Sue (Scott) Meyer, both of Houston, Texas; brothers, John Nichol of Elgin and David Nichol of South Elgin; nephews, Zachary and Alexander Meyer and Daniel (Kristen) Skelley; and great-niece, Sydney Skelley.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
William E. O'Brien formerly of Dundee and Elgin
Mr. William E. O'Brien of Naples, Fla., died Thursday, March 18, 1999.
Born in Boston, Mass., he received a B. A. degree from Boston College, class of 1925, and an M. E. degree from New York University in 1933. He was a winter resident of Naples since 1974 and a permanent resident since August 1989.
Mr. O'Brien was employed by the Toastmaster Division of McGraw Edison Company, retiring in 1958, as vice president of sales and advertising. He was very active in the Elgin community having served as a director of the Association of Commerce, general chairman of the Community Chest, president of Catholic Charities, and president of Elgin Country Club. During his business career, he was vice president and director of National Housewares Manufacturers Association and director of National Electric Manufacturers Association.
In 1958 he became president of Sunbeam Electric Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico until the company was dissolved in 1965. Returning to Elgin, he served as executive director of the Economic Development Commission from 1967 to 1969.
Mr. O'Brienwas founder and chairman of the Anvil Club in Dundee. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Naples and Wyndemere Country Club, a George Harris Fellow of Rotary International, BPOE 2010 (Elks), former member of the Union League Club, Berwin Country Club, Dorado Beach Club of Puerto Rico and president of the Elgin Country Club.
He is survived by his beloved daughter, Patricia Ann Moylan of Encino, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and sister, Katherine Marston of Belfast, Maine.
He was preceded in death by his dear wife of 67 years, Irene; and brother, Paul S. O'Brien of Baton Rouge, La.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to O'Brien House, 1220 Main St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Dundee, later this summer.
Anthony J. `Tony' Petkus
A funeral Mass for Anthony J. `Tony' Petkus, 80, of Daytona Beach, Fla., formerly of Chicago, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church.
Born April 23, 1918, in Chicago, he died Monday, March 22, 1999, in Daytona Beach. Burial will be in St. Casimir Cemetery, Chicago.
He had been employed as butcher, and had served in the Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater.
He was the husband of the late Stelle Petkus; brother of Donald (Estelle) Petkus of Mount Prospect, Helen (Arthur) Bauer of Algonquinand Bernice Sabalauski of Palm Beach, Fla.; and brother-in-law of Elizabeth `Betty' Petkus of Clarendon Hills.
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, at Wait Ross Allanson Funeral Chapel, Algonquin.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to the American Cancer Society.
For information, (847) 658-4232.
Herbert Punches, 71, of Boca Raton, Fla., formerly of Arlington Heights, died Saturday, March 20, 1999. Arrangements were made by Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd., Arlington Heights, (847) 253-0168.
John F. Schroeder, 92, of Northbrook, died Tuesday, March 23, 1999. Arrangements were made by Kolssak Funeral Home, Wheeling, (847) 537-6600.
Synneva Jeanne Setser, 87, of Downers Grove, died Monday, March 22, 1999. Arrangements were made by Toon Funeral Home, Downers Grove, (630) 968-0408.
J. Earle Smith of Prospect Heights
A memorial service for J. Earle Smith will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, at the home of G. Grant Smith, 604 Hermosa, Wauconda. There will be open visiting with family and friends from3 to 6 p.m.
Born Sept. 11, 1913, in Midvale, Ohio, Mr. Smith died Friday, March 19, 1999, at Condell Medical Centerin Libertyville.
A 53-year resident of Prospect Heights, he was a commercial artist. He also enjoyed playing the guitar and gardening.
Survivors include his sons, G. Grant (Barbara) Smith of Wauconda, Neal (Lea) Smith of Island Lake and Paul (Debbie) Smith of Marengo; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Kathleen Amick of New Philadelphia, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Francene Bartlett Smith, to whom he was united in marriage on Nov. 11, 1939; sisters, Evelyn and Margie; brother, Homer; and his parents.
Margaret A. Vingan of Elk Grove
Village A memorial service for Margaret A. Vingan (nee Salathiel), 70, will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 208 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
Born Sept. 27, 1928, in Independence, Kan., she passed away suddenly at her home on Friday, March 12, 1999.
She was the beloved wife of the late Philip Vingan; dear mother of Paul (Holly) Vingan; and loving grandmother of Rachel.
For information, please call the church at (847) 885-3350.
Arliss J. Weigel of South Elgin
Services for Arliss J. Weigel, 66, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, atSt. John's Lutheran Church in Elgin. The Rev. Thomas Niermann will officiate.
Born Oct. 28, 1932, in Elgin, to Arwin and Eunice (nee Pfafflin) Gerberding, she died Wednesday, March 24, 1999, at Sherman West Court in Elgin. Burial will be in Bluff City Cemetery.
Mrs. Weigel was a lifelong resident of Elgin and South Elgin, and a 1950 graduate of Elgin High School. She had worked as a bookkeeper with Weigel's Auto Safety Service. Mrs. Weigel was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Elgin, where she served in the Altar Guild.
Surviving are her daughter, Debra (Terry)Pfortmiller of Elgin; son, Richard (Deanne) Weigel of Elgin; grandchildren: Tera, Robert, Tegan, Danielle and Tessa; and her companion for the past 13 years, Sable.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert E. Weigel; and stepfather, Robert Prell.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today, at Laird Funeral Home, 310 S. State St., Elgin, and from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. Friday, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. John's Lutheran Church or to the Hospice of Northeastern Illinois.
Frank N. White of Prospect Heights
Memorial services for Frank N. White, 76, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, at the Lutheran Home for the Aged, 800 W. Oakton St., Arlington Heights.
Born July 24, 1922, in London, Ontario, Canada, he died Wednesday, March 17, 1999, at the Lutheran Home for the Aged.
Mr. White was a retired damage estimator for State Farm Insurance Company for more than 10 years.
Survivors include his wife, Lois (nee Chirpe); daughters, Ruth Ann McClinton and Patricia (Howard) Nolte; and brother, Clanon White.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mooseheart, Route 31, Mooseheart, IL 60539, Attn: Chuck Thulin.
Arrangements were made by Meadows Funeral Home, Rolling Meadows.
Lolita Ann De Bruin Williams of Schaumburg
Lolita Ann De Bruin Williams, 62, died unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999.
Originally from Janesville, Wis., she received a bachelor of arts in history and English from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 1970 she earned her master of library science from Rosary College in River Forest. Also in 1970 she accepted the job of librarian at Barrington High School, where she remained for three years. By 1973 she was at Elgin High School where she taught until her retirement in 1994. After retirement shepursued her hobbies of gardening, prairie restoration, computers, antiquing and her walking club.
Survivors include her daughters, Lolita Ann Williams of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Laura Wills of Champaign, Ill.; brother, GeorgeDe Bruin of Manitowoc, Wis.; nephew, George Jude De Bruin of Iowa; niece, Noel De Bruin of Texas; and greatuncle, Robert Murray of Cordova, Tenn.
Her daughter Laura has custody of her cats, Bob and Murray.
A memorial service is being planned for April.
Donations may be given to a charity of your choice.
Marita J. deGuzman of Vernon Hills
Services for Marita J. deGuzman (nee deJesus), 53, will be held at9:30 a.m. Saturday, at St. Mary of Vernon Church.
Born March 3, 1946, in Manilla, Philippines, she died Wednesday, March 24, 1999, at Rush North Shore Medical Center. Burial will be private.
A homemaker, she was a member of St. Mary of Vernon Church.
Survivors include her husband, Rodrigo; children, Jose of Vernon Hills and Johanna (Michael) Bergeron of Forest Park; parents, Pedro and Emilia of The Philippines; brothers, Pedro Jr. (Cynthia) deJesus of The Phillipines and Rafael (Marilyn) deJesus of Grayslake; sisters, Escolastica (Joseph) Santiago of The Philippines and Flor (Bing) Cagungun of Reston, Va.; and grandchildren, Timothy and Gabriela.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and Friday, at A. K. Barnett Funeral Home, 29 E. Route 45, Vernon Hills.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
For information, (847) 634-6470.
Elizabeth W. `Betty' Arnold of Winfield
Services for Elizabeth W. `Betty' Arnold will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, at Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, 430 E. Roosevelt Road (one block east of Naperville Road), Wheaton.
Born in Freeport, she died Wednesday, March 24, 1999, at Lake Forest Hospital's Westmoreland Facility. Interment will be in Union Cemetery, St. Charles.
Ms. Arnold was a longtime resident of Winfield, Fox Lake and Sun City, Ariz.
She was a graduate of Northwestern University, where she majored in social work.
During World War II, she served as a Red Cross volunteer. Betty enjoyed golf, bridge, boating and traveling with friends and loved ones. She particularly enjoyed entertaining and listening to the piano music of her beloved friend, Rick Cote, and attending gatherings of her many cherished friends.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today, at the funearl home.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Betty's favorite charity, Orphans of the Storm, 2200 Riverwood Road, Riverwoods, IL 60110, would be appreciated.
Frances E. Bedingfield
A funeral Mass for Frances E. Bedingfield (nee Perry), 91, of Oak Park, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Ascension Catholic Church, 801 S. East Ave., Oak Park.
Born June 16, 1907, in Chicago, she died Wednesday, March 24, 1999, at Oak Park Hospital in Oak Park. Burial will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.
Mrs. Bedingfield was a homemaker raising her family and a member of the Ascension Church Golden Domers.
Survivors include her son, George (Bernardine) Bedingfield of Arlington Heights; daughters, Judy (Raymond) McGady of New Bern, N. C. and Clare (Larry) Murphy of Oak Park; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded indeath by her husband, Clifford Bedingfield in 1989; sister, Julia Vlahos; and brother, Edward Perry.
Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today, at P. M. Smith & Sons Funeral Home, 245 Madison St., Oak Park.