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OBITUARIES:  (published March 2, 2017)

David B. Bossert
David B. Bossert, 86, formerly of Hinsdale, died Feb. 27, 2017, at his home in Burr Ridge.
   He was born in 1931 to Alice, nee Carey, and Harold Bossert.
   He grew up in Oak Park and was a graduate of Michigan State University. He was a loyal fan of the Spartans and the Chicago Bears. He was a former board member and supporter of Little Friends. He and his family were longtime summer residents of Saugatuck, Mich.
   He was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Blanck; and his brother, Jack.
   He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Julie, nee Kenyon; his children, David Bossert Jr., Laura Bossert and Mark Bossert; and his grandchildren, Grace and Jack.
   A service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the Church of the Holy Nativity, 275 S. Richmond Ave., Clarendon Hills.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Little Friends, 140 N. Wright St., Naperville, IL 60540.

Dr. George T. Caleel
Dr. George T. Caleel, 87, died at his home in Oak Brook Feb. 18, 2017, with his family at his side.
   He established a remarkable reputation in his 60-year career at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he treated patients and was a professor.
   He was born in 1929 in Detroit, Mich., to Tamer Sarkis and Mary Caleel and came to Chicago in 1951. 
   Caleel received his doctorate at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1955, specializing in internal medicine, and later studied the then cutting-edge specialty of nuclear medicine, receiving his certification at the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies. He remained certified in internal medicine, nuclear medicine and endocrinology.
   Caleel was a true Renaissance man of his day, active in many arenas from finance to real estate to medicine, but throughout his extensive career his true devotion was always to osteopathic medicine. He was vice president for clinical education and a professor of medicine and pharmacology, among many other positions, at Midwestern University over the past several decades and was honored many times by the American Osteopathic Association, ultimately receiving the Great Pioneers in Osteopathic Medicine award in 2008.
   Caleel’s past positions include vice president of medical affairs for Hyde Park and Louise Burg hospitals; clinical dean, CCOM; and chairman of the Illinois Medical Disciplinary Board.    He was a member of the AOA, IOMS and AMA. He was chairman of the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Education. He served for many years on the American Osteopathic Board of Nuclear Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine as an officer and examiner. Notably Caleel was also a consultant in Washington, D.C., during the 1960s and ’70s for the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Division of Physician Manpower, National Institutes of Health. Additionally, he was a board member of Little Company of Mary Hospital and the St. James Hospital Foundation. He was president of the Oak Brook Library Foundation and served as a trustee of the Village of Oak Brook.
   Dr. Caleel is survived by his wife, Rebecca; his sons, Dr. George Sarkis (Emilee) Caleel and Dr. Tamer George (Alta) Caleel; four grandchildren, Isabella, Elise, Chase, and George Jacob; and a brother, Dr. Richard T. (Annette).
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Infant Welfare Society of Oak Brook Auxiliary, 3600 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL 60647; or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital online at
   A celebration of life will take place at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at Edgewood Valley Country Club, 7500 Willow Springs Road, La Grange.
   Burial will be private.
   Sullivan Funeral Home of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Patricia Murphy Coleman
Patricia Murphy Coleman, 91, a 47-year resident of Hinsdale, passed away Feb. 24, 2017, at home.
   She was born in 1925 in Sullivan to Joseph Clement and Josephine, nee Daugherty, Murphy.
   She graduated salutatorian of Dundee High School in 1943 and was a second generation Illini.
   She was the first paralegal at Vedder Price, from where she retired in 2010, and was active in the Illinois Paralegal Association, serving in many offices including President. She received the Local Leader of the Year Award from the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and the IPA Lifetime Achievement Award. She was also active in the National Association of Enrolled Agents, Hinsdale Committee of 100, Village Caucus and Luminaria Committees, American Legion Auxiliary and Christ Church of Oak Brook.
   She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Victor Warren Coleman.
   She is survived by her sons, James Philip (Margaret Norton) and John Warren (Kristin Patton); her grandchildren, Miranda Grace, Bryce Joseph, Josephine Isabelle and Katherine Elizabeth; her brothers, James Lewis and John Franklin Murphy; and seven nieces and nephews.
   A visitation will be held from 7 to 9 tonight, March 2 at Sullivan Funeral Home, 60 S. Grant St, Hinsdale.
   Burial will be private at The Mound Cemetery in Willow Hill.
   Memorials may be made to The University of Illinois Foundation online at or to Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook, IL 60527.

Thomas Sprott Cousins
Thomas Sprott Cousins, 67, of Broomfield, Colo., formerly of Hinsdale, died Feb. 11, 2017.
   He was born in 1949 and grew up in Hinsdale.
   He graduated from Southern Illinois University and began his career in municipal bonds at William Blair & Co., Chicago.
   He moved to Denver in 1973 where he was a general partner of Boettcher & Co., specializing in municipal bond sales and trading. He retired from Piper Jaffray & Co. Denver in 1999. His memberships included the Union League Club of Chicago.
   He is survived by his wife, Diane; his children, Leigh and Thomas; his sisters, Margaret (Gordon) Austin and Suzanne (Dino) Greco, both of Hinsdale; and his brother, John (Kris) Cousins.
   Services were held Feb. 16 in Denver.
   Memorials may be made to Avon Old Farms Scholarship Fund at
   Condolences and memories may be posted online at

James John Szudarek
James “Jim” John Szudarek, 73, of Burr Ridge, a longtime resident of Hinsdale, passed away Feb. 28, 2017.
   He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Raymond and Agnes Szudarek. He attended Cathedral Latin High School in Cleveland. On an ROTC scholarship, he graduated from Ohio University with a degree in business. After graduation, he served in the Vietnam War from 1968-69, where he earned a Bronze Star. During this time, he developed his aversion to white rice and his love of travel and cultural wonders. On April 11, 1970, he married Ann Burke. Together, they had three daughters. Jim worked in the Craftsman division at Sears for too many years to count, and then took his knowledge of hand tools to a tool supplier and restarted his global travel.
   He enjoyed working in the yard and collecting things of all sorts and could fix anything under the sun. Jim loved going to the lake, spending time with his family, bargain hunting and passing on useful information or jokes.
   He was preceded in death by his brother, Joe.
   He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Ann; his daughters, Julie (Todd Entzminger), Lori, Mary (Joe Janusonis); and his four grandchildren, McKenna Ann, Sloane Ann, Paxton James and Charlotte Ann.
   Visitation is from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at Modell Funeral Home, 7710 S. Cass Ave., Darien.
   A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Monday, March 6, at St. Isaac Jogues Church, 306 W. Fourth St., Hinsdale.
   Interment will follow at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.

Martha M. Thomas
Martha M. Thomas, 95, a lifelong resident of Hinsdale, passed away peacefully with family at her side on Feb. 20, 2017, at the King Bruwaert Home in Burr Ridge.
   She was born in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1921 to Elon and Helen Messenger but grew up and lived most of her adult years raising her family in Hinsdale.
   Martha graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois with academic honors. She was active in theater and Mortar Board and served as president of her junior class. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and Zeta Phi Eta for Speech honors.
   Her teaching career began at U of I as a new graduate. She then married Harvey Thomas, who also grew up in Hinsdale, in 1944, then moved and started a family of five children. They later divorced and Martha attended Northwestern University to receive a master’s degree in speech.
   In the 1970s she began teaching English, speech and drama at the College of DuPage and later would become dean of adult learning/ESL until her retirement.
   She served as member and president of the Hinsdale School Board. She has been a lifelong member of Union Church.
   Martha was a loving mother and grandmother. She had a quick wit and a fantastic sense of humor. She was an avid gardener, reader, knitter and cook. She enjoyed the CSO and Art Museum.
   The family offers a special thanks to all the staff at KB home for the 17 years of care and love they provided.
   She was preceded in death by her daughter, Katherine; and her brother, James Messenger.
   She is survived by her children, Timothy K., Rachel, Theodore E., and Louise Leuthner (Steven); her sister, Adele Mayer; her brother, Archie Messsenger; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, niece and nephews.
   A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 11, at Union Church, 137 S. Garfield Ave., Hinsdale, with a reception to follow at church.
   Memorials may be made to King Bruwaert Home nursing scholarship, c/o Julie Ryan, 6101 S County Line Road, Burr Ridge, IL 60527.

Margaret Wolf
Margaret “Marge” Wolf, nee Casselman, 99, died Feb. 25, 2017, at the Birches in Clarendon Hills.
   She was born in 1917 in Cincinnati and was a longtime resident of Clarendon Hills.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Matthew Wolf; and her son, Daniel “Red” Wolf.
   She is survived by her children, Gerard (Barbara) Wolf, Greg (Laurie) Wolf and Denise Vincent; her grandchildren, Paul (Shari) Gianini, Peter (Katherine) Gianini, Elizabeth (Jake) Gianini, Loren MacGregor, Paula (Scot) McCosh, Lindsey (Brad) DeKuiper, Susan (Aaron) Stott, Jon (Audra) Centeno, Samuel Wolf, Thomas Wolf and Robert Wolf; her 17 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
   Visitation is at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 3, at Notre Dame Church, 64 Norfolk Ave., Clarendon Hills. A funeral Mass will follow at the church at 11:30 a.m.
   Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.
   Memorials may be made to Notre Dame Parish, 64 Norfolk Ave., Clarendon Hills, IL 60514.
   Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.


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