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OBITUARIES:  (published Jan. 18, 2018)

Penny Lee Besecke
Penny Lee Besecke, nee Asel, 74, of Schaumburg, passed peacefully at Sunrise Memory Care in Bloomingdale Jan. 8, 2018, from complications associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
   She was born in 1943, in Kansas City, Mo., to Arthur E. and Frances L. Asel, Jr. Penny graduated from Center High School in 1961. She attended Baker University and later married her college sweetheart, Walter, on Aug. 16, 1963. The couple lived in the Chicago area after their wedding and, after the birth of their daughter Leslie, moved to New Jersey and later Pennsylvania, where their daughter Kelly was born. They returned to the Chicago area in 1983.
   Penny was active in her communities and a tireless supporter of her family. She was a devoted friend to dogs and birds, delighted in creating a beautiful home and garden, and enjoyed pottery, quilting, rug making and furniture decorating. Penny was a faithful friend who constantly thought of others before herself and could strike up a warm conversation with anyone she met. She was full of joie de vivre, skilled with puns and good jokes and quick with a contagious laugh. She will be missed greatly by her family and friends.
   She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Judith A. Asel.
Penny is survived by her husband of 54 years, Walter A. Besecke III; her daughters, Leslie M. (Anish Chatterjee) Besecke of Hinsdale and Kelly S. Besecke; her sisters, Katharine F. (Michael) O’Bryhim and Ann E. Asel; her grandchildren, Alyson, Julia and Evan Chatterjee; her extended family; and many dear friends from Kansas City, Mo., Hatboro, Penn., and Schaumburg.
   The family is planning a celebration of Penny’s life in the Chicago area in April. Her ashes will be buried privately in a family plot in Forest Hill Cemetery in Kansas City.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631 (online at; or to The Nature Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203 (online at

Dr. James Thomas Bolan
James Thomas Bolan, M.D., 81, died peacefully Jan. 8, 2018 surrounded by family members.
   James was born in 1936 in Evanston to James Thomas and Anne B. Bolan.
   James was a resident of Hinsdale for 37 years. He spent the majority of his career as a pathologist at Palos Community Hospital and served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, where he served in Vietnam.
   James is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Jo Bolan, nee Buckley; his children, Peter (Kristy), Patrick (Nancy), Daniel (Meredith), Bill, and Thomas (Amanda) Bolan; his grandchildren, Jamie, Robert, Rebecca, Jack, Ella, James, Brooke, Sophie, Julia, Liam and Kathleen Bolan; and his brother, the Hon. Michael B. (Sandee) Bolan.
   A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at St. Isaac Jogues Church, 306 W. Fourth St., Hinsdale.
   A memorial celebration will follow from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at La Grange Country Club, 620 S. Brainard Ave.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at
   Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Jordan Thomas Schanck
Jordan Thomas Schanck, 86, formerly of Oak Brook, passed away Jan. 13, 2018, in Maryville, surrounded by loved ones.
   He was born in 1931 in Portland, Ore.
   Tom was known as a great businessman and leader. His college years were spent at Dartmouth. After serving with great distinction during the Korean conflict, he began his career with Signode Steel Strapping Co. He was named chairman and chief executive officer in 1982 and continued in that role for 14 years. In addition, he was vice chairman of Illinois Tool Works, parent company of Signode.
   Tom also served on numerous corporate boards of directors, including American National Bank, Amerifin Corp., Amsted Industries, Lindberg Corp. Maytag and Snap-on-Tools. As a business leader, he also served on the governing boards of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Economic Club of Chicago.
   Tom used to say “busy people are happy people” and he certainly was busy with his church, Christ Church of Oak Brook, family and friends. His free time was spent serving Christ and serving others. Tom enjoyed traveling and he spent much of his retirement in Loblolly Bay, Fla., and Bar Harbor, Maine, where he enjoyed golfing, boating and photography. Tom was a lifelong Cubs fan and was extremely pleased to watch them win the World Series in 2016.
   He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara Burgoyne; his children, Karen (Brian) Lynch, Rebecca (Mitch) Nelson and William (Maureen) Schanck; his five grandchildren, Kaitlin (Mike) Self, Margaret (Jordan) Perry, Jordan Thomas (Kaylyn) Lynch, Abygail Nelson and Ashley Schanck; his four great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Sam, Ben and Beau; and his siblings,    Susan Fawcett and Peter Schanck.
   Services are private.
   Adolf Funeral Home in Willowbrook handled the arrangements.


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