(published March 30, 2017)
Sandra Jean Litster
Sandra Jean Litster, 79, died Feb. 17, 2017, at Lexington of Lombard following a long illness.
She was born in 1937 in Harvey to Glenn and Odie Swanson.
Sandra spent part of her childhood in Beecher before moving to Harvey after her father accepted a position at the Bank of Harvey. Faith was a foundation of her childhood, with Sundays spent at church and then home singing hymns with her parents and younger brother. Her faith and her church family remained important to her throughout her life.
She graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in teaching and later earned her master’s in sociology from Northwestern University. She spent most of her career in Naperville schools, teaching history and then working as a middle school counselor before she retired.
She met her future husband, John Litster, while teaching at Proviso West High School. The two were married in November 1962 and moved to Western Springs shortly after.
There they raised their two sons, Dan and Matt, and were involved in the First United Methodist Church of Western Springs. Sandra taught junior high Sunday school, sat on the missions team and the education committee, served as lay leader, was a member of United Methodist Women and sang in the choir.
Traveling was a passion for Sandra and John, who spent three months in Europe the summer after they were married. They traveled overseas and to the American Southwest many times, with Salzburg, Austria, and Chaco Canyon, N.M., among her favorite destinations. The two also enjoyed music and spent many seasons as ticket-holders at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera. Sandra grew to love Mozart almost as much as her husband did.
Her interest in history and education were evident in her enjoyment of Questers and PEO. She also loved spending time in her garden.
She is survived by her husband, John Richard; her sons, Dan (Pam Lannom) and Matt (Colleen); her grandchildren, Gibson, Gannon, Gatlin and Ainsley; her brother, Glenn (Sharon); her niece, Chris Gear; her nephew, Scott (Shilpa); and her great-nieces and -nephews, Ashley, Mikayla and Sydney Gear, and Sedona, Aiyana and Braeden Swanson.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at the First United Methodist Church of Western Springs, 4300 Howard Ave. Inurnment will be private in the church’s memorial garden.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 4300 Howard Ave., Western Springs, IL 60558; or to the PEO International Star Scholarship, PEO Foundation, International Headquarters, 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312 or online at peointernational.org.
Eleanor Towne Louie
Eleanor Towne Louie, 92; passed away March 23, 2017, with her family by her side at her home in Oak Brook.
She was born in 1964 in Chicago.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David S. Louie.
She is survived by her sons, Dr. Eric K. (Dr. Karen) Louie and Dr. Alan K. (Dr. Betty) Louie; and her grandchildren, Andrew D. (Becky), Steven M. (Sarah), Dexter L. and Spencer L. Louie.
A funeral was held March 28 at Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale.
Interment was at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook.
Walter Mihelich, 92, of Hinsdale passed away March 22, 2017, six weeks after his wife passed away.
Walter was born in 1924 in Chicago to John and Frances Mihelich. He attended Lindblom High School and served in the Army-Air Force from 1943-46. He worked most of his life in the printing trade. He enjoyed ballroom dancing with his wife and spending time outdoors. He especially cherished time with his grandchildren.
Walter was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Justina (Schuch) Mihelich; and his sister, May Mihelich Piecuch.
He is survived by his children, Kenneth (Nancy) Mihelich, Steven (Jennie) Mihelich and Nancy (David I) Mihelich-Morey; his grandchildren, Laura Mihelich, Christopher Mihelich, Lisa Mihelich, Nicole Mihelich, and David Morey II; and his brother, John Mihelich.
Visitation will be at 9 a.m. Friday, April 7, at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, 421 S. Clay St. Hinsdale. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 10 a.m. at the church.
Interment will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20953 W. Hoff Road, Elwood.
Memorials may be made to Autism Speaks, Attn: Web Gift, 1060 State Road, 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540, or online at autismspeaks.org.
Katherine K. Schuetz
Katherine K. Schuetz, nee Keenan, 94, of Downers Grove died March 23, 2017, at Amita Adventist Medical Center in Hinsdale.
She was born in 1922 in Philadelphia, Pa.
Katherine married Charles in 1951 in Elkins Park, Pa. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She and her husband raised their family in Hinsdale, and she worked alongside him in his construction business.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; her son, Carl (Joyce); her daughter, Ruth; and her sister, Dorothy.
She is survived by her children, Christine (Randel) Graves, Roy and Rachel (Robert) Krohn; her daughter-in-law, Margaret Schuetz; her grandchildren, Russell (Shannon), Lawrence (Melissa), Alan, Dennis (Alexandra), Daniel, Alexander, Chad, Brett, Kurt, Andie (Jeremy) Embree, Allison and Tom; her great-granddaughter, Nora; and her sister, Irene.
A memorial service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 6, at Christ Lutheran Church, 60 55th St., Clarendon Hills.
In lieu of flowers, donations to a favorite charity appreciated.
Hallowell & James Funeral Home in Countryside handled the arrangements.
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