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OBITUARIES:  (published Jan. 11, 2018)

Frances N. Couet
Frances N. Couet, 84, of Oak Brook passed away Dec. 29, 2017, with her children by her side.
   She was born in 1933 in Chicago and was a retired clerk for Gladestone Park Bakery.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas A. Couet; her son, Michael (Kristen); and her sister, Adelaine Paplauskas.
   She is survived by her children, Mark, Gregory and Michelle; her granddaughter, Cassandra Michelle; her siblings, William (Marge) Duszynski, George (Emily) Duszynski, Freida (the late Larry) Duszynski and Ramona (the late Ted) Kukulewicz; and many nieces and nephews.
   A funeral Mass was said Jan. 4 at Notre Dame Parish in Clarendon Hills.
   Interment was private at Maryhill Cemetery in Niles.
   Memorials may be made online to the American Cancer Society at
Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Ernest Jacob Dufner
Ernest “Ernie” Jacob Dufner, 79, of Burr Ridge, died peacefully Jan. 5, 2018, at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.
   Ernie was born in 1938 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a buyer for Fisher Fazio Foods until 1980 and then relocated to Grant, Mich., and later Bakersfield, Calif., to William Bolthouse Farms, where he worked for 28 years.
   Ernie was preceded in death by his wife, Katarina, nee Sever, who passed away Dec. 20, 2017; his parents, Frank and Hermine Dufner; and his brother, Frank Dufner.
   Ernie is survived by his four children, Sonya Dufner, Andrea Priest, Gregory Dufner and Matthew Dufner; his four grandchildren, Lauren, Noah, Zachary and Nathan; his sisters, Alyce Orange and Mary Day; his brother, Alan Dufner; and many nieces and nephews.
   A funeral Mass was said Jan. 10 at St. Cletus Church in La Grange.
   Interment was at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at

Beth Jo Johnson
Beth Jo Johnson, 61, formerly of Hinsdale, died Dec. 13, 2017, after a brief hospitalization and a long and determined battle with ovarian cancer.
   She was born in Berwyn in 1956 to JoAnn and John Johnson, and she grew up in Clarendon Hills and Hinsdale. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio and lived in Washington, D.C., for several years. She found her professional niche when she began fundraising for the Republican National Committee. She eventually settled in Ann Arbor and became a talented and successful fundraiser for several organizations, including St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, where she was development director. Organized, conscientious and efficient on the job, Beth was also kind, generous and thoughtful, with a remarkably wide network of friends, colleagues and acquaintances.
   Beth enjoyed a variety of active pursuits such as running, cycling on the roads near Ann Arbor, swimming and Zumba classes. She maintained a membership in the Ann Arbor Y and continued working out there until the last few months of her life. She loved gardening, seeing her friends and neighbors and walking her dogs, Henry and Oliver. She valued close contact with her family, visiting and talking with her parents and other family members regularly.
   Since her initial ovarian cancer diagnosis, Beth actively volunteered with the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance in order to educate others about the symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer. Additionally, Beth’s passion for improving care and treatment outcomes for all ovarian cancer patients led her to share her professional expertise and personal experience as a volunteer with Michigan Medicine’s Ovarian Cancer Initiative.
   Beth is survived by her parents, John and JoAnn; her brothers, Blair (Lisa) and Eric; her nieces, Kara, Hillary and Grace; and her nephews, Evan and Nathaniel.
   A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road. A luncheon will follow at the church.
   Memorials may be made online to the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance at

Martha Jean Mills
Martha Jean Mills, 90, of Hinsdale died Jan. 2, 2018, in Joliet.
She was born in 1927 in Hammond, Ind.
   Martha received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from DePaul University in Chicago. She also graduated from Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing and was the RUSH Medical Center president of the Alumni Association. She was a member of the Heritage Society, a longtime member of Christ Church of Oak Brook and a Friendship Bible Teacher.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Sarah, nee Aicken; and her siblings, Elizabeth (the late Joseph) Mulligan, Edmund (the late Alice) Mills and Andrew (Nancy) Mills.
   She is survived by her sisters, Sarah (the late Paul) Lorimer, Esther (the late Henry) Arnold and Aggie (Michael) Manion; and many nieces and nephews.
   Funeral services were held Jan. 6 at Hallowell & James Funeral Home in Countryside.
Interment was at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook.

Robert Moysey
Robert Moysey, 87, passed away peacefully Jan. 4, 2018, at Amita Adventist Medical Center in Hinsdale.
   Bob was born to Leslie and Marie Moysey in 1930 in Berwyn. Bob was a 50-year resident of Hinsdale and, most recently, Mayslake in Oak Brook.
Bob, with his father and brother, had a long career at Moysey & Com. in real estate and insurance. Prior to his career, Bob served honorably in the Navy.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann, who passed away in 2014.
   He is survived by his children, John (Jeanie) Moysey and Lisa (Jay) Puccinelli; his grandchildren, Amanda, Alayna, Timothy, Jack and Spencer (Carrie); his great-granddaughter, Betty; his brother, Charles Moysey; and Diana Janik, with whom he enjoyed a special relationship up until his death.
   A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 64 Norfolk Ave, Clarendon Hills.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to the COPD Foundation at
   Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Evelyn Nerad
Evelyn Nerad, 93, of Burr Ridge, peacefully passed on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2017.
   She was born in 1924 to Frances and Anton Zavrel, founders of the Kenilworth Inn of Lincolnwood. She was a former resident of Glenn, Mich., Naperville and Riverside.
   Evelyn and her husband, Jim, were set up on a date by Jim’s sister, Mildred. They later married in the Notre Dame Log Chapel and were season ticket holders to the football games, rarely missing a game. They returned to that same chapel 50 years later to renew their wedding vows. They danced the night away to the song “Love is Here to Stay.” Evelyn enjoyed spending many winters in Florida with Jim, escaping the cold of Chicago. Her friends thought of her as the “Martha Stewart” of her time, graciously playing the hostess who blended a classic touch with the warmth of old family friendship.
   She is survived by her husband of 67 years, James F. Nerad Jr.; her children, Toni (David) White, James K. (Janine) Nerad and Mary (Jim) Bolts; her grandchildren, James, Anthony, Jennifer, Sarah, Abby, Evan and Kenan; and her great-grandchildren, Norah, Maxwell, Liam and Vivienne.
   Visitation is at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 36 N. Ellsworth St., Naperville. A memorial Mass will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at SS Peter & Paul Cemetery.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Adventist St. Thomas Hospice, PO Box 130, Hinsdale, IL 60522-0130; or St Jude Children’s Hospital online at
   Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Homes & Crematory in Naperville handled the arrangements.

Barbara L. Porter
Barbara L. Porter, nee Papke, a longtime resident of Hinsdale and Downers Grove, passed away Dec. 22, 2017, at Oakbrook Healthcare Centre, surrounded by her family.
   Barbara was born in 1935 in Joliet and was the daughter of Margaret and Arthur Papke.          She grew up in Western Springs, graduated from Lyons Township High School and attended college, studying accounting. Barbara was formerly married to the late David Fuller Porter.
Barbara worked for many years for ETA/Versar Inc. as a bookkeeper/accountant. Volunteering in many roles in her children’s activities, sailing throughout Lake Michigan, hosting great holiday celebrations, traveling throughout the U.S., spending time with long-time high school friends and enjoying the activities of her grandchildren were her greatest joys.
   Barbara is survived by her daughter, Sharon L. (Frank) Homolka; her son, Scott D. (Lisa) Porter; her grandchildren, Hannah Homolka, Christopher Porter and Michael Porter; her friend, William Deutscher; and her special friend and caregiver, Chris Soutar.
   A memorial service will be held at Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge Saturday, Jan. 20.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s/dementia charity of your choice. For memorial service details, contact Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale at (630) 703-9131.


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