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OBITUARIES:  (published Jan. 25, 2018)

James "J.C." Brandt
James “J.C.” Brandt, 28, of Hinsdale, passed away Jan. 18, 2018.
   J.C. was loved by family and friends for his heart of gold. His loyalty, devotion and love for who knew him, were beyond words. An avid sports enthusiast, J.C. had a command of all sports stats, especially with a love for football and hockey, which started at a very early age.    J.C. attended Saint Isaac Jogues and Hinsdale Central, moving on to the University of Arizona before transferring to the University of Iowa.
   J.C. is remembered by his peers as a loyal friend, always there with a helping hand, an open ear or a joke to make them smile.
   J.C. always loved to be surrounded by the company of his family and friends, he enjoyed spending time with his sister, Mackenzie, whom he admired throughout his life. J.C.’s proudest moment in life was when his daughter, Daisy, was born.
   Daisy will always know the great love her father had for her, and she will forever have a beautiful Guardian Angel watching over her.
   He is survived by his daughter, Daisy Alyson Brandt; his parents, James R. and Ann E. Brandt (nee Dietz); his sister, Mackenzie A. Brandt; his aunts and uncles, William (Patrice) Brandt, John A. (the late Debbie) Brandt, Michael J. (Diane) Brandt, James B. (Vicki) Dietz, John E. (Dora) Dietz, Deborah (Chuck) Schuyler, and Carolyn (William) Gates; and his cousins, Mac, Amy, Amanda, Coco, Ella, Louise, Katherine, William, Joan, John, Briana, Peter, Luke, Camden, Bryan, Corinne, Ben, Sarah, Brad, Logan, Kaylee, Geoff, Kelly and Patrick.
   Visitation is from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at Sullivan Funeral Home, 60 S. Grant St., Hinsdale.
   A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at St. Isaac Jogues Church, 306 W. Fourth St., Hinsdale.
   Interment will follow at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a college fund for J.C.’s daughter at Hinsdale Bank and Trust, 25 E. First St., Hinsdale, IL 60521, in the name of Daisy A. Brandt-Minor Utma (#737604); or to The Hinsdale Humane Society, 22 N. Elm St., Hinsdale, IL 60521.

Elaine H. Kennedy
Elaine H. Kennedy, 85, formerly of Western Springs and Hinsdale, died Jan. 20, 2018, at her home in LaGrange Park.
   She was born in 1932 in Hinsdale and was a lifelong resident of the western suburbs, graduating from Hinsdale Township High School in 1950 and celebrating reunions for many years following. She attended Beloit College from 1951-52 and later graduated from Elmhurst College in 1984 thanks to her love of learning. She was an active member of Tri Delta sorority for 67 years and treasured her BBC Beloit friends.
   Elaine loved to entertain and bring people of all ages together. She cherished friendships with many for her entire life. She especially enjoyed her time with Long Lake in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Proud of her grandchildren, she supported each of their interests with joy.
   Elaine was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church of Western Springs, where she was a faithful Altar Guild member. She volunteered for many years at LaGrange Community Hospital as a Girl Scout leader. She enjoyed her book group, playing bridge, tennis, a little 9-hole golf course and cultural offerings of the Chicago Symphony, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Theatre of Western Springs. She was a member of Questers and participated in area historical projects.
   Elaine worked for Needham, Louis & Brorby and First Congregational Church of Western Springs. She spent a lifetime loving her husband, children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Donald A. Kennedy.
She is survived by her children, Anne Kennedy, Martha Kennedy and Donald George (Carie) Kennedy; her grandchildren, Michael Kennedy, Joseph Donald “J.D.” and Meghan Anne Malone, Ingrid Elaine and Margot Victoria Weiss and Audrey Thayer and Sophia Summer Kennedy; and her nieces and nephews, Barbara (Dan) Lawhorn, Nancy (Timothy) Papadapoulas and Laura Hamrick.
   A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Plymouth Place, 315 N. LaGrange Road, LaGrange Park.
   Inurnment is private at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook.
   In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to support movement disorders research at Rush University Medical Center, 1700 West Van Buren, Suite 250, Chicago, Illinois 60612; or to All Saints Episcopal Church, 4370 Woodland Ave., Western Springs, IL 60558.
   Hallowell & James Funeral Home in Countryside handled the arrangements.

Raymond Walter Laase
Raymond Walter Laase, 84, formerly of Hinsdale, died peacefully at his home Jan. 21, 2018.
   Ray was born in 1933 in Chicago, where he spent his childhood. He graduated in 1951 from Mount Carmel High School and attended the University of Arizona. After meeting Nancy at the university in Tucson, the two married on Aug. 29, 1953, in Racine, Wis.
   Ray was a livestock buyer in the Chicago Stockyards and traded at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to spend his free time fishing and hunting with family and friends. Ray enjoyed traveling with Nancy around the world and the United States, including a year in Alaska. He lived in Hinsdale for 50 years before retiring to Tucson, Ariz.
   Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond William and Vera Emilia, nee Banach; and his brother, William (Sandra).
   He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Delores “Nancy,” nee Erickson; his sister, Sandra (Richard) Rumsey; his brother, Joseph (Christine); his nine children, Clarice (Craig) Smithson, David (Kim), Cynthia (Neil) Krupicka, Julie Anne, Terri Anne (William) Robertson, Mary Jane (Stephen) Cashman, Suzanne (Mark) Caldwell, Jacqueline (Beau) Parrillo and Robert; his grandchildren, Emily (Jeff) Irwin, John Smithson, Katherine Smithson, Makenzie Laase, Michael Laase, Adam (Jessica) Krupicka, Erica (Ryan) Conger, Lindsey (Tyler) Reichwald, Taylor Smith, Anne Robertson, William Robertson, Charles Cashman, Jane Cashman, Christian Caldwell, Henry Caldwell, Harrison Laase, Ruby Laase and Josephine Parrillo; and his great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Claire Irwin, Miles and Jackson Krupicka and Edith and Benjamin Conger.
   Visitation is at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, in the Fireplace Room at St. Isaac Jogues Church, 306 W. Fourth St., Hinsdale
   A funeral Mass will follow at the church at 10 a.m.
   Interment is at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Salmon Unlimited Inc. online at
   Adolf Funeral Home in Willowbrook hanlded the arrangements.


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