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OBITUARIES:  (published Feb. 15, 2018)

Elizabeth Weeks MacNally
Elizabeth “Beth” Weeks MacNally, formerly of Hinsdale, passed away Jan. 21, 2018, at her home in Lawrence, Kan., in the company of family.
   Beth, a daughter of Helen Gallon and Sinclair Gardner Weeks, was born and grew up in Garden City, N.Y. In her teens she was presented her school’s annual prize for Courtesy and Fine Feeling, traits so many of her friends and acquaintances would associate with her throughout her life.
   She met her husband Bob on a blind date while attending Simmons College. They married upon her graduation in 1956, settled in Cambridge, Mass., and started a family. Bob’s work took the family to several locations around the country before they settled in Hinsdale in 1968. In 2006 she moved to the Woods of King Bruwaert in Burr Ridge, a community of many dear friends. In the last few years of her life, Beth lived with her daughter Susan in Lawrence.  
   Over the years, Beth volunteered with various charity and church groups, including Junior League of Chicago and Women’s Guild of Grace Episcopal Church. Her special touch with events in these activities led to a position at George Williams College in charge of special events in the 1980s.
   Beth was active throughout her life, from canoing and field hockey in her youth to tennis and golf in her prime, and dance in later years. She and Bob were world travelers, fortunate to visit every continent except Antarctica. She was first mate on their bareboating adventures and willing explorer on excursions to Europe, the Holy City, Australia, Africa and China. While at KB, Beth was an active member of KB Adorables dance troupe and enjoyed attending cultural events with her friends and neighbors. Beth will be remembered for her sweet smile, kind ways and warm sense of humor.
   Beth was preceded in death by her husband of almost 50 years, Robert F MacNally II; her son, Robert; and her sister, Camilla Duncan.
   She is survived by her sister, Susan Sinclair; her children, Susan, Anne (Paul) Goto and Will (Christine); and four grandchildren, Greg and Max Goto and Alex and Haley MacNally.
   A memorial service to celebrate Beth’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Grace Episcopal Church, 120 E. First St., Hinsdale.
   In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in her memory to Simmons College, Office of Advancement, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115 or, or to a favorite charity.

James Matthew O'Brien
James Matthew O’Brien, 60, of Clarendon Hills, passed away peacefully with his family at his side Feb. 12, 2018, at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.
   He was born in 1957 in Chicago.
   He is survived by his wife, Susan O’Brien, nee Memenga; his children, Amanda O’Brien, Shannon (Steve Montgomery) O’Brien-Montgomery, Nicole O’Brien and Kelly (Michael Deinert) O’Brien; his grandchildren, Gerald Austin III, Serenity Hope O’Brien, Celestiel Faith O’Brien, Joey Oros and Aiden Deinert; his brother, John (Nancy) O’Brien; his nephew, Robert O’Brien; and his nieces, Kristy and Amy O’Brien. Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 at Adams -Winterfield & Sullivan Funeral Home, 4343 Main St., Downers Grove.
   Interment is private.

Norval E. "Bud" Poulson
Norval E. “Bud” Poulson, 90, of Hinsdale and Sarasota passed away Dec. 2, 2017, at Burgess Square of Westmont. He fought cancer and heart disease with courage and strength.
   The son of Frank and Astrid Poulson, he graduated from Kelvyn Park High School in Chicago. He then enlisted, at age 17, in the Army Air Corps, working on B-29s at the end of World War II. He was honorably discharged and entered Northwestern University School of Commerce. He was named president of the Delta Sigma Pi fraternity, Zeta Chapter, at Northwestern (1949-50) and is a life member. He married Ellen Moore in 1953 and together they raised three daughters: Carol, Gail and Susan Poulson.
   He joined the family business, Certified Burglar Alarms, and in 1973 was awarded the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association’s Morris Weinstock “Man of the Year” award. Bud worked on many committees and was chairman of the Research and Education Foundation and a member of the Crime Prevention Committee of Chicago. For many years, through the International Visitor’s Center (now WorldChicago), he hosted numerous international visitors and dignitaries at the Poulson family home in River Forest. Due to his extensive knowledge of the layout and history of Chicago, he drove many of the visitors all over the city and gave them fascinating tours. 
   For many years after retirement, he lived on his beloved sailboat, “Tanglefoot,” in Sarasota.    He truly enjoyed life, extensive travel, European biking, crewing on a dragon racing sailboat, tennis, and his friends and family.
   He married Tiffany Glass in 1992, and they resided in Hinsdale. He cherished his dogs, Coco and Anjou. He was an active weekly participant in the current events discussion group at the Oak Brook Library until a few months before his passing. He was an active member of the Hinsdale Unitarian Church since moving to Hinsdale in 1977.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; his aunt, Borghild Ness; and his older brother, Robert “Pat” Paulson.
   He is survived by his wife, Tiffany P. Glass, nee Mayer; his children, Carol (Don) Nistler, Gail (Jim) Sutton and Susan (William) Poulson-Houser; his six grandchildren, Sara (Matt) Misemer, Ryan Nistler, Robert Poulson-Houser, Laura Poulson-Houser, Bridget Sutton and Julia Poulson-Houser; two great-grandchildren, Emily and Logan Misemer; his brother, Charles Britton (Marlene) Poulson; many nieces and nephews; and his former wife, Ellen Poulson.
   A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Hinsdale Unitarian Church, 17 W. Maple St., Hinsdale. 
   Memorials may be made to the Hinsdale Humane Society, 22 N. Elm St., Hinsdale, IL 60521; or the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.


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