(published March 16, 2017)
Marilyn "Mimi" Browning
Merilyn “Mimi” Browning, nee Bever, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at her home in Hinsdale with her family by her side.
Mimi, 79, was born in 1937 in Champaign. She was raised in Champaign and graduated from Champaign High School and the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where she joined Pi Beta Phi sorority. It was at college where she met fellow U of I student Walter “Bud” Browning; they married on June 20, 1960.
After living in Schenectady, N.Y., Mimi and Bud moved back to Illinois. They raised their children, Amy and Tom, in LaGrange Park. Mimi was an active volunteer at her children’s schools. She was a room mother, baseball team mom and arts advocate, bringing a special arts program to the schools.
While raising her family, Mimi also worked at a sewing store. Later, she worked as a travel agent in Chicago, specializing in trips to Europe. She was a world traveler herself, frequently visiting France, Spain, England, Germany and other European destinations. Mimi also ventured to far-off places such as Turkey, Thailand and China — a place where she was photographed often by the locals.
Mimi was a passionate homemaker who loved Christmas and to cook and entertain her friends. She was also a voracious reader and photographer who loved scrapbooking. Mimi created beautiful photo albums of her trips as well as lovingly and meticulously collected photos and mementos documenting the lives of all of her grandchildren.
All will miss Mimi’s positive and resilient demeanor, generous spirit and loving embrace.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Bud; her daughter Amy (Tom) Novicki of Chicago and son Tom (Jill) Browning of Downers Grove; her grandchildren, Tommy and Anna Novicki and Susannah, Eric and Will Browning.
A memorial gathering will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, at Clarendon Hills Community Presbyterian Church, 39 N. Prospect Ave., with services to follow in the Church sanctuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at events.lls.org/pages/il/InMemoryofMerilynBrowning.
Sullivan Family Funeral Homes in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.
Arthur Kirchhoff, 92, a 40-year resident of Clarendon Hills and US Navy World War II veteran, died March 9, 2017, at Manor Care of Westmont.
He was born in 1924 in Cicero and worked as a commercial and residential architect.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence; and his brother, Randy (Roberta) Kirchhoff.
He is survived by his children, Keith (Darlene) Kirchhoff, Candis Hickman (the late Thomas Waters) and Cheryl Kirchhoff (Bob Kloss); his grandchildren, Heather Sigman, Sean Tardi, Stacy (William) Weiland, Ben (Crissy) Kirchhoff, Adam (Tiffany) Kirchhoff, Alina and John Kloss; his great-grandchildren, Haley, Jeremy and Jayce Sigman, Sam and Marissa Kirchhoff, and Cabe Waters; his nephew, Randy (Debbie) Kirchhoff; his niece, Kathy Pejsa; and his brothers-in-law, Raymond and Shan Fox.
The family offers special thanks to Sue Blaha, John and Linda Zwirk, and James Hathaway for your love and support along with Arthur’s caregivers. Rowena, Al and Charles Enriquez.
Visitation is from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 17, at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook.
Interment will follow at Clarendon Hills Cemetery in Darien with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 4709 Golf Road, Suite 1015, Skokie, IL 60076 or online at alzmass.org; or to the American Cancer Society at cancer.org.
Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.
Vita Parsons, 93, formerly of Hinsdale, passed away peacefully with family by her side March 7, 2017.
Vita was born in New Albany, Ind., in 1923.
She was an accomplished watercolorist and an avid fly fisherwoman. Her grandchildren called her the “Healthy Grandma.” She spent her time between Wyoming, Arizona and San Carlos, Mexico. She and her high school sweetheart, Bob, married and then moved to Golfview Hills in the early 1950s where she raised their family, enjoyed bridge club and sailing on “the Slough.”
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, also from New Albany.
She is survived by her three sons, David (Susan), Dennis (Sally) and Drew; and her five grandchildren.
Vita’s ashes will join her husband’s and the rest of the world’s greatest generation in a private interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.
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