Anna (nee Lambacher) Hoffman of Niles, a former resident of Evanston for 70 years, died Aug. 30 at St. Benedict Retirement Home in Niles, where she had been a resident since 1999. She was 100.
She was born July 23, 1904, in GŁnz, Germany.
A homemaker, Mrs. Hoffman had several careers throughout her lifetime, including that of a caterer and nanny.
She was an active member at St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church in Evanston and a past member of the Friendship Club.
According to relatives, Mrs. Hoffman was an avid gardener, especially taking pride in her roses and vegetable garden.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul.
Survivors include daughter Mariann Ennis of Glenview; son Paul (Sylvia) of Winnetka; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A private memorial Mass was celebrated at St. Benedict Home, with intermenty in Calvary Cemetery, Evanston.
Arrangements were handled by the Cremation Society of Illinois.
Myrtle L. Hoffman
Myrtle L. (nee Halverson) Hoffman, 85, a resident of Northfield, died Sept. 12 in Brentwood North Nursing and Rehab Center in Riverwoods, Ill.
Mrs. Hoffman served as president of Lenny Hoffman Excavating, a position she held since her husband Leonard "Lenny" Hoffman died in 1982. The company is still operated by her family.
Survivors include three daughters, Judith Hoffman, Carol Dodson and Betty (Randolph) Herr; three sons, Leonard D. Hoffman, Eugene Hoffman and Lawrence Hoffman; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Mass will be held at 10 a. m. on Thursday, Sept. 16 at St. Joseph Church, 1747 Lake Ave. , Wilmette.
Interment will take place in Memorial Park Cemetery
Elizabeth Ann Pisanelli
Elizabeth Ann (nee Nugent) Pisanelli, 46, a resident of Northbrook, formerly of Northfield, died Sept. 10 at Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview after a three and a half year struggle with cancer.
Mrs. Pisanelli was born June 1, 1958 to Patricia and the late James Nugent. She grew up in Northfield where she attended St. Philip the Apostle School. She graduated from Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette in 1976 and went on to receive a bachelor's degree from Mundelein College in Chicago in 1980.
She worked as an assistant buyer for Marshall Field and Company and for the past ten years she was national accounts manager for Sanrio Japanese firm's "Hello Kitty. " She married Stephen Pisanelli and the couple settled in Northbrook where they have lived for 15 years. She was a devoted sports parent, attending all of her children's sporting events even throughout her recent illness. Relatives said she loved to spend time with family and friends, was a wonderful entertainer and loved to shop. She was also an active member of the St. Norbert Women's Guild.
Survivors include her husband of 16 years, Stephen Pisanelli; two children, Michael and Madelyn; her mother, Patricia Nugent of Northbrook; and three brothers, James (Victoria) Nugent, III of Florida, Michael (Ann) Nugent of Northbrook and Mark Nugent of Chicago.
She predeceased by her father, James Nugent.
Services were held Tuesday, Sept. 14 at St. Norbert Church in Northbrook.
Interment was at All Saints Cemetery
in Des Plaines.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Norbert School Endowment Fund, c/o St. Norbert Church.
Frances H. Sebastian
Frances H. (nee Reitz) Sebastian, 72, a resident of Wilmette, died Aug. 29 in Skokie.
Mrs. Sebastian was born April 3, 1932 in Chicago.
Survivors include her son, Mark Sebastian of Wilmette; her daughter, Laura Sebastian of Fort Collins, Colo. ; her sisters, Ellen Conrad and Linda (Bruce) Kole; and six nieces and nephews, Adrienne, Max, Tracy, Andrew, Jennifer and William.
She is predeceased by her husband, Joel Sebastian.
Memorials to WOLF, an animal sanctuary, PO Box 1544, LaPorte CO 80535, www. wolfsanctuary. net.
Thomas S. Ziemba
Thomas S. Ziemba, 59, a former resident of Wilmette, died Sept. 10. at his home in La Quinta, Calif.
Mr. Ziemba was born July 5, 1945 in Chicago. He graduated from Mendel Catholic High School and the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. He taught high school and worked for IBM before joining the Printing Systems Division of Xerox in 1974. While with Xerox, he held successive positions in sales, branch and regional sales management, and marketing before his retirement.
Survivors include his wife Doris Ziemba; his sister, Johanna Bartel of McHenry; and nine nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Diane Fill Ziemba; and his son, Jon Jacob Ziemba.
Wanda P. Cunningham
Wanda P. Cunningham, 89, of Lake Forest, formerly of Evanston and Wilmette, died Oct. 3.
She was the wife of the late Lyle Cunningham; mother of Wanda (Jim) Dill of Lake Forest; grandmother of two; sister of Caroline Grochocinski, the late Genevieve Braun, Emily Carroll, Helen Siebert and Mary Evers.
Funeral services were held Oct. 6 from Wenban Funeral Home, Lake Forest. Funeral Mass was held at St. Patrick's Church, Lake Forest. Interment was private. Contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Assn. , 4709 Golf Road, Skokie IL 60076.
Mary Inglis Aitken Greer
Mary Inglis Aitken Greer, 75, a former resident of Kenilworth and Winnetka, died Sept. 27 in Houston, Texas.
Mrs. Greer was born Sept. 29, 1928 to William Inglis and Helen Cook Aitken. She graduated from Wellesley College in Boston and served as a feature writer for the Lincoln Journal-Star. She spent most of her life in Kenilworth and Winnetka, where she helped raise three children and was an active member of the Kenilworth Union Church, Girl Scouts of America and the Junior League of Evanston.
Survivors include her two sons, William Raymond Greer and James Aitken Greer; one daughter, Julie Richardson Greer; two grandchildren, James Raymond Greer and Mary Margaret Greer; and two sisters, Martha Aitken Greer and Nancy Aitken Senger; and by her nieces and nephews, the Rev. Helen Leslie Greer, Taylor Aitken Greer, Jeffrey Martin Senger and Richard Aitken Senger.
She was predeceased her husband, Raymond C. L. Greer, Jr.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the First Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln, Neb. and an additional memorial service will be held at 10 a. m. on Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Kenilworth Union Church in Kenilworth.
Aaron R. Hultman, 8, of Chicago's Norwood Park community, died Sept. 28 at his home. He was born in Park Ridge on Nov. 13, 1995. He had been a student at Norwood Park School.
Last year, a few days after his eighth birthday, Aaron was diagnosed with adrenoleukodystrophy, a rare genetic disorder - affecting young boys - which gradually blocks neurological functions which control learning, movement, vision and hearing.
In an effort to slow that deterioration, the Hultmans took him in January to Fairview Children's Hospital, affiliated with the University of Minnesota, which was introducing disease-free stem cells into young patients with ALD. When his first transplant proved unsuccessful this spring, Aaron's condition had advanced too far to be reversed by a second transplant attempt.
Relatives and friends hosted a major fundraiser in September to help the family with its mounting medical bills.
Aaron is survived by his parents, Gary and Florence (nee Greene); a sister, Lisa (Nathan) Hazell; grandparents Robert and Kathleen Greene and Roy and Lillian Hultman; many aunts and uncles and cousins.
Visitation was held Friday at the M. J. Suerth Funeral Home in Chicago.
At Aaron's funeral service Saturday at the Presbyterian Church of Norwood Park, his uncle, John Greene, remembered him for his keen sense of humor, his love of learning, and his ongoing fascination with space travel and astronauts. Aaron had originally hoped to be the first man on Mars, but although that dream went unfulfilled, he had managed to correspond with past and present astronauts and to meet several of them.
"We can lament he was only 8, but he had a very rich life," Greene said. "He had seen things, learned things and accomplished much. Aaron went through a lot but I never heard him complain. . . Aaron was not a quitter. "
Katie McMahon, one of the teachers who knew Aaron at Norwood Park School, remembered being impressed by Aaron's charm and bravery. "He demonstrated strength, courage and the will to live together with the constant love of his family. "
The service was conducted by the Rev. David Jones, pastor, assisted by the Rev. Paul Bechtold, C. P. , of the Passionist Monastery. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery
in River Grove.
Memorials were requested to the Adrenoleukodystrophy Foundation, 739 Michigan Ave. , Slidell LA 70458, or the Ronald McDonald House, 621 Oak St. S. E., Minneapolis, MN 55414.
Frank J. Meier, Jr.
Frank J. Meier, Jr. , 95, a former resident of Wilmette, died Oct. 3 at Hospice of the North Shore in Skokie.
Mr. Meier was born in Wilmette on Nov. 12, 1908 to Margaret Abbink and Frank J. Meier, Sr.
He and his wife, Anna Huerter Meier, were the founders and original owners of Meier's Tavern located in Glenview. The business opened July 3, 1935 and was sold in 1963. Mr. Meier was a life long member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wilmette. He was also a Fourth Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include 14 nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Anna Huerter Meier; his siblings, Albert, Raymond, Marcus and James Meier and Margaret Meier (Joseph) Rossberger and Rosanna Meier (Edward) Pietroski.
Mass was held Wednesday, Oct. 6 at St. Joseph Church in Wilmette.
Interment will be in All Saints Mausoleum in Des Plaines.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Church or Palliative Care Center and Hospice of the North Shore, 2821 Central St. , Evanston, IL 60201.
Molly Buckingham Sweet
Molly Buckingham Sweet, 42, a former resident of Kenilworth, died Sept. 17 in Cape Haze, Fla. after a battle with breast cancer.
Mrs. Sweet was born Nov. 27, 1961. She grew up in Kenilworth where she attended Joseph Sears School. She was active in Girl Scouts, basketball and field hockey. She graduated from New Trier East in 1979. While at New Trier, she was involved in a number of groups including field hockey and badminton. She was an award winning member of the debate team and received a National Merit Scholar Letter of Commendation. She received a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Duke University in 1983 and worked as a computer programmer for many years.
Mrs. Sweet was active in many environmental groups and cared for how one lived on this earth, relatives said.
Survivors include her husband, Todd M. Sweet; her son, Simon T. Sweet; her parents, Don and Rhoda Rice of Cape Haze; a brother, Donald Buckingham of Sedgwick, Maine; and her sisters, Beth Baxter of Kenilworth, Susan Buckingham of Bethesda, Md. , Sarah Buckingham of Etna, N. H. , Amy Buckingham of Manchester, N. H. and Polly Buckingham of Spokane, Wash.
A memorial Mass was held at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Boca Grande, Fla.
Memorial donations may be made to Save Our Suwannee, an environment group dedicated to preserving and protecting the flora fauna of the Suwannee River Basin in Florida, PO Box 669, Bell FL 32619.
Lois Virginia Powell Wheeler
Lois Virginia Powell Wheeler, 91, former resident of Glencoe and Evanston, died Sept. 27 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Mrs. Wheeler was born the oldest of six children on Dec. 25, 1912 in Cairo, Ga. to Bertha Ann Marshall and Perry Brazwell. She was given the surname Powell after her stepfather, John Emery Powell. She grew up in Kissimmee, Fla. , graduating from Jones High School in Orlando, Fla. and was homecoming queen, basketball captain and is a member of the Jones High Hall of Fame. She and her husband, William Wheeler came to the North Shore in 1946 to find work. They lived in Evanston, then moved Glencoe. Mrs. Wheeler's prowess as a host and cook spread to the school playgrounds, and throughout several suburbs. She made homemade jams and jellies, and bakery items.
She worked with the Parent-Teacher Clothing Exchange at Central School in Glencoe as well as the Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and for Public Broadcasting System fund raising and she and her husband were members of the Glencoe Human Relations Committee. She presided as an election judge in Glencoe for many years and in her later years was the village tennis women's singles champion. The Pioneer Press papers, Scott Foresman Publishing and others often requested Mrs. Wheeler and her children and grandchildren to pose for front-cover and other photographs in the 1950s and 1990s.
In the late 1970s, the Wheelers lived on a farm in Harvard, thereafter with their adult children in and grandchildren in Northfield. After her husband's death in 1991, Mrs. Wheeler continued as a homemaker for her grandchildren. In 1995, she moved to Colorado Springs to live with her youngest daughter and family for several years. She resided in the Alzheimer's Unit at Aspen Living Center in Colorado Springs beginning June 2000, where she was care for until her death.
Mrs. Wheeler had been a member of St. Paul A. M. E. in the 1950s and early 1990s. She was a member at King Solomon Baptist Church in Colorado Springs from 1995 to 2003 and New City Community Church in Colorado Springs until her death.
Survivors include her children, Hilde M. Carter of Highland Park; Beverly "Blue" Wheeler of Northfield, "Bud" Alvin Curtis Wheeler of Winnetka and Joyce M. Dinkins of Colorado Springs, Colo. ; her step-children, Jim E. Wheeler of Henderson, Nev. , and Ted S. Wheeler of Iowa City, Iowa and North Carolina; 18 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Queen Elizabeth Powell of Kissimmee, Fla. ; many nephews, nieces, great nieces and nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, William Wheeler; her stepson, William Wheeler; and her siblings, Annie, Willie, Christopher Columbus, and George William.
Services were held on Saturday, Oct. 2 at St. Paul A. M. E. Church, 336 Washington Ave. , Glencoe.
Interment was at Memorial Park Cemetery
Memorial donations may be made to the Powell Scholarship, available to a needy African-American student attending Jones High School in Orlando, Fla. who aspires to attend a historically black college. For more information e-mail applesofgoldinpicturesofsilver@juno. com.
Maureen Louise Carlson
Maureen Louise Carlson (nee Nevins), 47, a resident of Wilmette, died Thursday, Nov. 27 in her home after a four-year struggle with breast cancer.
Mrs. Carlson was born in Chicago and was a longtime employee of Hackney's on Lake Avenue in Wilmette and Bed Bath and Beyond at Edens Plaza.
Survivors include her brothers, Jim (Lisa) Nevins of Fairborn, Ohio, Rick Nevins of St. Charles, Tim (Rose) Nevins of Louisville, Ky. , and Tom (Lynette) Nevins of Orland Park; her former husband, Harvey Carlson of Wilmette; and his parents, Stewart and Margaret Carlson of Wilmette.
A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a. m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Winnetka Congregational Church, 725 Pine St. , Winnetka.
Memorials to the Palliative Care Center of the North Shore, (847) 425-1541.