Richard “Reif” Reifschneider

Richard “Reif” Reifschneider
Of Buffalo Grove

 Richard “Reif” Reifschneider was born December 18, 1940 in Chicago to Evelyn Reifschneider.  He died April 14, 2017 at his home in Buffalo Grove.

Richard enjoyed spending time with and cooking for his family.  He was an avid sports fan.  He was a terrific story teller, had a great sense of humor and loved to kid with his family.

Richard is survived by his children Doreen (Jim) Spizzirri and Richard II (Laura) Reifschneider, Kelly Wertz, Timothy (Cindy) Wertz, Jr.; his grandchildren Rachel, Christina and Jimmy Spizzirri, Richard III, Kayla and Ryan Reifschneider, Shaulene Stamper, Peter (Jessica), Avery Wertz, Elizabeth Wertz, and by his great granddaughter  Lauren Stamper; his sister Dee Dee (Curt) Rahn his nieces and nephews David and Christopher Rahn and Dawn Wells.

Richard is preceded in death by his wife Sharon L. (nee O’Sullivan) Reifschneider; his children Anthony Wertz and Cindy Wertz; his granddaughter Danielle Wertz; his brother Edwin Reifschneider and by his parents.

Funeral and interment services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Disabled American Veterans, Attn:  Gift Processing, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH  45250. Funeral information and condolences www.GlueckertFH.com or (847) 253-0168.

Richard Allen Makarski

Richard Allen Makarski
Of Arlington Heights

Richard Allen Makarski was born June 28, 1938 in Chicago to Wilfred and Ethel (nee Scarr) Makarski.  He died April 13, 2017 at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.

Richard is survived by his wife Gertrude “Trudy” Makarski; his son David S. (Gina) Makarski; his grandson James R. Makarski; his brother Robert J. (Joanne) Makarski and by many nieces and nephews.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial visitation Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10 AM until the time of service at 11 AM at Glueckert Funeral Home, 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. Interment private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605. Funeral information and condolences www.GlueckertFH.com or (847) 253-0168.

Joan Barbara Shanley

Joan Barbara Shanley (nee Schladen), mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend and colleague, completed her life on April 12, 2017 at the age of 88.  She will be greatly missed by her five children, Scott (Sherry) Reese, Lindsey (Jim) Cometa, Bryn (Dean) Klovens, Todd (Carolyn) Reese, and Jason (Lauralee) Reese; her nine grandchildren, Chad (Nina) Reese, Laura (Jaime) Cometa, Brian Cometa, Rhys Klovens, Morgan Klovens, Kathryn Reese, Evan Reese, and Logan Reese; and her four great grandchildren, Brady Reese, Jackson Reese, Adaline Obando Cometa and Santiago Obando Cometa.  She is aunt to seven nieces and nephews.  She will be reunited with her parents, John and Helen (Nahm) Schladen, sister Diane Zickerman, infant son Bradford, and granddaughter Kiandra Peterson.  Joan is preceded in death by her first husband, Owen Reese III, the father of their children.

Joan was born in Berwyn, IL, attended New Trier High School and Northwestern University. She worked in real estate for a time and then pursued her passion, obtaining a nursing degree from William Rainey Harper College in her 40’s.

Joan was a woman of strong spirituality, independence and adventure.  She traveled the world without a tour guide, visiting five continents and scores of countries, exploring exotic locales, participating in history as it unfolded and immersing herself in local culture. Her life spanned the gamut, from raising her children in the northwest suburbs, to living in the mountains of Fiji and trekking the lakes district of Kashmir and the pyramids of Egypt. She hitch-hiked through Greece in her 50’s and periodically taught conversational English in Spain.  She was in Prague’s Wenceslas Square the night of the Velvet Revolution, helped tear down “The Wall” in Berlin, and called family from Pink Floyd’s performance of “The Wall “ in Australia.  If you sat next to her on a plane flight, you were good friends when you arrived at your destination.

Joan devoted much of her career to psychiatric nursing in both Chicago and Southern California, retiring at age 82 from the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. She loved the arts, volunteered for many cultural organizations, founded the Sandburg Village Book Club, served regularly as a Cook County Judge of Elections and attended Unity Church in Chicago.

As Joan requested, she has gifted her body to medical science so that others may learn. A celebration of Joan’s life will be held in late summer.  In lieu of flowers, Joan would ask you to live your life as a daring adventure, make every effort to live each day to the fullest, loving your family unconditionally.  As everyone knows, life is short.  Have no regrets!

For and condolences, www.glueckertfuneralhome.com.

Edwin J. Spellman

Edwin J. Spellman
Formerly of Arlington Heights

Edwin Spellman was born August 19, 1923 in Lynn, MA to Edwin J. and Marion (nee O’Leary) Spellman .  He died April 5, 2017 in St. Charles.

Edwin attended Pittsfield High School, where he dreamed of becoming a plane caller at LaGuardia Field.  His plans changed when he answered the call to serve his country during WWII.  He was a medical technician on-board the USS Stockton, a Destroyer Escort for troop transports across the North Atlantic.  After WWII, he decided to make a career out of the Navy, serving on the USS North Carolina, USS Kearsarge, and USS Quincy.

In 1959, Edwin was assigned to the Naval Ordinance Plant, in Forest Park Illinois, where he met his wife Nancy.  They enjoyed 52 years of married life together.  Edwin was a dedicated father, good-natured always with an easy going demeanor.  He was affectionately known as “The Pal” by friends and family.

Edwin is survived by his children, Edwin (Victoria), David (Adriana), Michael (Julia) and Susan (Brian) Heiser;  his grandchildren, Devin, Alexa and Shane Spellman, Jack and Jeffrey Spellman, Michael and Sara Heiser; his sister in law Barbara Rapp; his nieces; Cheryl, Cindy, Christi and their families.

Edwin is preceded in death by his wife Nancy L. (nee Zimmer) and by his parents.

Visitation Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 3 PM until 7 PM at the Glueckert Funeral Home Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road., (4 blocks south of Palatine Rd.) Arlington.  Funeral service will be 9 AM, Monday April 10, 2017 at Glueckert Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Ft. Sheridan Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be given to your local Knights of Columbus Chapter.

 

James R. Hickey

us-flag-foldedJames R. Hickey
Of Arlington Heights

James R. Hickey was born May 15, 1930 in Chicago to James V. and Frances (nee Darge) Hickey.  He died March 18, 2017 at his home in Arlington Heights.

James was an avid reader and gardener.  He was fun loving, loved to meet new people and was always pleasant to be around.  He enjoyed telling silly Irish jokes.

James is survived by his wife Grace (nee Rybarczyk) Hickey; his children James (Margaret), Terrence (Diana), Anita (Mike) LaVigne, Thomas (Evelyn), Mary (Charles) Baltes and John (Annette); his grandchildren Julia, William, Christina, Sarah, Kelly, Brandon, Adam, Molly Grace, Emily, Danielle, Carley; his 8 great grandchildren; his sister Frances (late William) Dutton.

James is preceded in death by his step father Nick Novak and by his parents.

Visitation Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 3 PM until 9 PM at the Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road, (4 blocks south of Palatine Road) Arlington Heights.  Prayers 8:45 AM, Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Glueckert Funeral Home to Our Lady of the Wayside Church, 440 S. Mitchell Ave., Arlington Heights, for Mass at 9:30 AM.  Interment will be at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Maryville Academy, 1150 N. River Rd., Des Plaines, IL 60016.  Funeral information and condolences www.GlueckertFH.com or (847) 253-0168.

Carlene V. Kretschmar

Carlene V. Kretschmar
Of Mundelein

Carlene V. Kretschmar was born August 13, 1935 in Chicago to Karl and Viola Andersohn.  She died March 14, 2017 at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington.

Carlene enjoyed painting, crafting, gardening but most of all spending time with her family.  In celebration of her life, please wear bright colors.

Carlene is survived by her husband Kenneth C. Kretschmar; her children Keith (Patty) Kretschmar, Lynn (John) Hagan, John Kretschmar and Scott (Melanee) Kretschmar; her grandchildren Matthew, Kalie, Brittany, Michael, Kelly, Ryan, Tyler and Kain; her sister Anita (late George) Toblesky.

Carlene is preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation Sunday, March 19, 2017 from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road, (4 blocks south of Palatine Road) Arlington Heights.  Funeral service 11:00 AM, Monday, March 20, 2017 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 111 W. Olive Street, Arlington Heights.  Interment will be at Ridgewood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 2151, 501st St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38101-2151.  Funeral information and condolences www.GlueckertFH.com or (847) 253-0168.

Verlene Barr


Verlene Barr

Of Arlington Heights

Verlene Barr was born July 26, 1935 in Dale County, Alabama to Pleas and Essie (nee Stanton) Smith.  She died February 24, 2017 at the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights.

Verlene is survived by her siblings James H. (Alceria) Smith, Carolyn (late Richard) Morehead and Wayne (Doris) Smith; her step son Phillip (Miriam) Barr; her grandchildren and by many nieces and nephews.

Verlene is preceded in death by her husband Charles H. Barr; her siblings Inearl (late Howard) Sherrer, Gladys (late Manuel) Sherrer, Pleas J. Smith and Bernice (late Harold) Hancock and by her parents.

Visitation Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 3:00 PM until the time of funeral at 7:00 PM at the Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road, (4 blocks south of Palatine Road) Arlington Heights.  Interment private.

Memorial contributions may be given to American Heart Assn. / American Stroke Assn., Memorials & Tributes 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.  Funeral information and condolences www.GlueckertFH.com or (847) 253-0168.

Mary Beth Graff

Mary Beth Graff
Of  Glen Ellyn

Mary Beth Graff was born November 8, 1958 in Chicago to Donald and Sara (nee Walsh) Graff.  She died February 17, 2017.

Mary Beth worked in the Insurance/Surety industry for over 30 years in the Chicagoland area.  She enjoyed entertaining, baking, wellness, yoga, traveling, gardening and walks with her grand-dog Cora. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Loving mother of Elle (Ethan) Pressly; cherished companion of Steve Anderson; dear sister of Susan (Joe McCarthy) Graff, Donald A. Graff, Lynn Graff (Michael) Thomas, Jim (Laura) Graff and Michael (Angela) Graff; loving aunt to 14 nieces and nephews.

Mary Beth is preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 3:00 PM until the time of funeral service at 7:00 PM at the Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road, (4 blocks south of Palatine Road) Arlington Heights.  Interment private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 2151, 501st St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38101-2151 or The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults | 1215 E Fort Ave, Ste. 104 | Baltimore, MD 21230 Funeral information and condolences www.GlueckertFH.com or (847) 253-0168.

Albert E. Haeger

us-flag-foldedAlbert E. Haeger
Formerly of Arlington Heights

Albert E. Haeger was born December 3, 1925 in Chicago to Albert and Rose (nee Duensing) Haeger.  He died February 16, 2017 at JourneyCare of Barrington.

After graduation from Oak Park River Forest High School he entered the Specialized Army Training Program at Michigan State University.  After serving in WWII in an engineering battalion he attended Valparaiso University and Purdue University on the GI Bill and earned his Civil Engineering degree.  In his early career, he worked on the design and construction of the interstate highway system from West Virginia to Utah. In 1969 he founded Haeger and Associates, a civil engineering and land surveying company of which he was the president until his retirement in 2002. He resided in Arlington Heights for over 50 years, where he and his wife Jean raised their family before relocating to Fontana, WI.

Albert is survived by his children Martha Haeger, Rev. Martin (Peggy) Haeger, Janet (Robert) Bunn, Mark Haeger, Mary Vanek; his grandchildren Elisabeth (Christopher) Hajduk, Rebecca Bunn, Robert Bunn III, Matthew Haeger, Kate Vanek, Emma Vanek and Madelyn Haeger; his great grandson Andrew Hajduk.

Albert is preceded in death by his wife Martha “Jean” (nee Schnedler) Haeger; his sister Lillian Ross and by his parents.

Visitation Sunday, February 19, 2017 from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road, (4 blocks south of Palatine Road) Arlington Heights and Monday, February 20, 2017 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 111 W. Olive, Arlington Heights from 9:00 AM until the time of funeral service at 10:00 AM.  Interment will be at Walworth Cemetery, Fontana, WI.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to JourneyCare Foundation, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview, IL 60025-7635 or Senior Ministries at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 111 W. Olive, Arlington Heights, IL 60004. Funeral information and condolences www.GlueckertFH.com or (847) 253-0168.

Frances Simon


Frances Simon

Of Arlington Heights

 Frances Simon was born March 11, 1927 in Chicago to John and Daisy (Sheldon) Simon.  She died February 15, 2017 at her home in Arlington Heights.

Thanks to the loving care of her family, Frances was able to remain in her home until the last day with her daughter Nancy as her caretaker.

Frances is survived by her children, Jane (Leonard) Witter, William Jr. (Joyce E.) Simon, Nancy M. Simon and George Simon; her grandchildren, Andrew, Morgan, Jason, Amy, Susie, William, John, Nicole, Michelle, Adam and Daisy; her great-grandchildren, Asa, Hannah, Ava, Shayla, Ian, Keira, Nathan and Ben; her siblings Jeanne (Milton) Moore and Kathy (Frank) Mouton.

Frances is preceded in death by her husband William G. Simon; her brothers James Simon and John Simon and by her parents.

Visitation from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm, Friday, February 17, 2017 at Glueckert Funeral Home Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights.  Prayers Saturday, February 18, 2017, 10:15 AM at Glueckert Funeral Home, to St. James Catholic Church, 831 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights for mass at 11:00 AM. Interment Memory Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Salvation Army, 5040 N. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL 60630.  Funeral Information and condolences can be given at www.GlueckertFH.com or (847) 253-0168.